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The Tuileries Garden at dusk. © Paris Update

 

Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French artists at the Grand Palais
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The Salon des Artistes Français gives over 600 artists a chance to show their work. Grand Palais, Paris, Feb. 15-19.

Affordable art

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Painting by Calixte.

> At the Grand Salon d’Art Abordable, prices for artworks range from €50 to €5,000. La Bellevilloise, Paris, Feb. 17-19.

Contemporary textile art
>Exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Dominique Cabrera's Corniche Kennedy, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 17.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Tribute to the graphic arts
> The Graphic Design Festival sponsors various events, including exhibitions and sports graphics on street furniture. Various locations, Paris, through Feb. 22.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.

Chinese New Wave
> Nouvelles Voix du Cinéma Chinois screens films by a new generation of directors beginning around the turn of the 21st-century. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 20.

Winter sales
> Retail sales all over France: through Feb. 21.

 

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Champagne for Blondes

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CHAMPAGNE FOR BLONDES

The British press reports today on a revolutionary new closure for champagne bottles developed by Alcan (inventors of the screw-top closure for wine) and pioneered in the impregnable bastion of French tradition by Carole Duval Leroy, head of a 150-year-old family-owned champagne house. But where’s champagne without the characteristic “pop”? That was the biggest challenge, it appears. The “pop” is preserved by using a lever on the side of the neck, which means, says the Times of London, that the “traditionally male job is now open to le sexe faible.” I presume that remark was tongue-in-cheek. Plenty of voices have been raised in criticism, of course – the end of champagne as we know it has even been predicted. Richard Hesse