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Through a Lens Darkly

By Nick Hammond

There is nothing film directors like more than to make movies about their own craft. From classics like Fellini’s 8 1/2, Truffaut’s La Nuit Américaine (Day for Night) and Singin’ in the Rain to more recent examples like The Artist, … Read More

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

In Paris, the grass is green, even in winter. Pictured: the Luxembourg Garden. Photo: Ron Fox

What's Happening in Paris This Week

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

February 29

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Bonnard, Pierre and Marthe, directed by Martin Provost.

Le Balzac, Paris

March 5

Paris Half Marathon

Soak up the atmosphere at the Sémi-marathon de Paris, ending at the Place de la Bastille.

La Villette, Paris

Through March 3

A barnyard in Paris

The Salon International de l’Agriculture brings the best of the country’s livestock and crops – and the products made from them – to Paris. Pictured: Oreillette, the pinup cow for this year’s salon, a proud example of the Normand breed.

Porte de Versailles, Paris

March 3

Laundresses united!

The Carnaval des Femmes brings back to life the historic Fête des Blanchisseuses, a costumed parade first organized by Paris’s laundresses. Starts (3pm) and ends at the Place du Châtelet after parading through the Marais.

Place du Châtelet, Paris

Through March 5

Kiddie cinema

Tout-Petits Cinéma screens films for children aged 18 months to four years and holds interactive workshops for them.

Forum des Images, Paris

March 6–10

Contemporary French literature

The festival Effractions brings social scientists together to analyze texts on such topics as migration, mourning and the environment from the point of view of their expertise.

BPI, Centre Pompidou, Paris

March 9-11

Specialty coffee festival

Paris’s bustling coffee scene is celebrated at the Paris Café Festival.

 Carreau du Temple, Paris

March 16

Racing in nature

Eco-Trail offers a variety of eco-responsible races, from 80K trail to 10K Nordic walking.

Paris and suburbs

March 8-17

Antique fair in a bucolic setting

A visit to the Foire de Chatou antique market and regional products fair makes a great weekend outing.

Chatou, Île-de-France

March 14-17

Eclectic Music Fest

The Paris Music Festival presents an eclectic program of concerts in unusual venues, including Boris Vian’s apartment and the Cité de l’Architecture.

Various locations, Paris

March 23

Shopping for a good cause

Toutocoto is an annual flea market with 600 vendors whose profits go to charities and schools.

Avenue de Longchamp, Saint Cloud

March 24

Servers on the run

Normally, it’s hard to get a Parisian server to hurry, but not during the newly revived Course des Cafés (formerly the Course des Garçons de Café). This year, 200 servers will participate in the race. They must run 2 kilometers and cross the finish line carrying a tray holding a still-intact cup of coffee, a glass of water and a croissant. Pictured: The 1941 race passes by the Opéra de Paris.

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

March 20-24

Emerging artists

The Chorus Festival presents a wide-ranging list of up-and-coming performers in concert, including previous winners of its Prix Chorus.

La Seine Musicale, Paris

March 30

Mass dictation

Test your knowledge of written French at the Grande Dictée du Sport. Open to everyone. Free admission. Reserve online.

La Sorbonne, Paris

Through March 31

Half off your meal

One thousand restaurants in Paris and around France, some with Michelin stars, offer special meals at a 50 percent reduction for the Festival TheFork

Various locations, France

April 20

Free stuff exchange

Help save the environment by recycling stuff at the Giant Free Troc Party swap event. Online registration (required) opens on April 16 at noon.

Académie du Climat, Paris

Through June 2

Indoor/outdoor street art

The Colors festival invites street artists to decorate an abandoned house, this one in a Paris suburb. Reserve online.

37, ave. Roger Salengro, Champigny-sur-Marne

June 2-7

Literary lessons

This year’s weeklong Paris Writers Workshop will feature masterclasses and more led by Lan Samantha Chang (director of the Iowa Writers Workshop), Jennifer Lauck, Kevin Brockmeier, Diane Lake, Heather Hartley and Don George. Early-bird registration is now open.

Reid Hall, Paris

March 20-June 21

Drawing season

Le Printemps du Dessin presents exhibitions and workshops highlighting this accessible art form across the country.

Various venues, France
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