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Visitors to the exhibition “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Monnaie de Paris can have a bite of this skeleton by Daniel Spoerri (bone-shaped bits are offered on a plate for those brave enough to eat them). It is just one of the edible exhibits in this fun, truly participative show. Other objects can be taken home or exchanged for others. My favorite exhibit was Carsten Höller’s installation of edible pills with “unknown effects” dropping one by one from the ceiling, but there was plenty more to like from 40 artists, including Gilbert & George’s provocative slogans (“Decriminalize Sex,” “Burn This Book,” etc.), available on free buttons to take away; Yoko Ono’s olive tree hung with tags on which visitors can write their hopes and dreams; and piles of free posters by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Heidi Ellison


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Estival de Saint Germain-en-Laye
> Music festival featuring such francophone stars as Barbara Hendricks, Brigitte and Alexis HK. Various locations, Saint Germain-en-Laye, through Oct. 10.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more, various locations, Paris, through Dec. 31.

Festival d'Ile de France
> Concerts of classical, world, jazz and electronic music in various locations in Paris and other locations in the Ile de France, through Oct. 11.

Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> “Extraordinary Gardens, Collectors’ Gardens” is the theme of this year's popular garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Nov. 1.

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre
> Montmartre celebrates its grape harvest with a parade, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, special menus in restaurants, wine tastings, fireworks and more. Various locations, Paris, Oct. 7-11.

Foire de Chatou
> Antique market and regional products fair. Chatou, through Oct. 4.

La Plage
> Sandy beach and nightly concerts or DJs. Glaz'Art, Paris, through Oct. 3.

Nuit Blanche
> Art after dark: an all-night festival of outdoor art events, plus special events in museums, which will stay open late for free. Various locations, Paris, Oct. 3.

> Outdoor exhibition of the work of 40 non-European photographers on the banks of the Seine. Promenade du Quai Branly, Paris, Through Nov. 22.

Tous au Restaurant
> Participating restaurants offer two meals for the price of one. Various locations, Paris, through Oct. 4.


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