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This is an annual series of events, with 820 years of history behind it. There is singing, dancing, theatre, exhibitions of paintings and artists, and book sellers' stands - mostly located at the place Saint-Suplice. This 'foire' runs to the end of the month. Find the program at the Mairie of the 6th, at 78 rue Bonaparte, or phone 01 40 46 75 12 for more information.

César, the Sculptor

See examples of his heavy-duty modern works, done from the early 1950's through to the '70's; some of it done with welding torches.

Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume
Place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Until 19. October; from 12:00 to 19:00 weekdays, to 21:30 on Tuesdays, and 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. Closed Mondays. Info Tel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Acrobat Mime Parfait, l'Artiste en Figue Libre

This new show is another sculpture exhibition of the works by many artists, around the theme of the self-portrait, suggesting Statue of Henri IV the artists as acrobats. Works are from the first half of this century, and names such as Borofsky, Calder, Chagall, Klee, Klein, Léger, and go on with many more through Picasso to Ossip Zadkine. Judging by the names, maybe it isn't all sculpture - or even any; but all sorts of self-portraits. The openings are always on days when I can't go and when I can, there are no openings. This looks like it's one of the big summer shows, and I'll be sorry if I miss it.

Musée Zadkine

From Wednesday, 18. June until Sunday, 14. September.
100 bis, rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Vavin - this museum is just to the south of the Luxembourg Gardens.
Open every day from 10:00 to 17:30, except Mondays and public holidays.

Fête des Tuileries

If your kids are wearing you out complaining about being dragged through modern art shows, get your credit charged up and take them to the annual 'fête forain' in the Tuileries Gardens; It starts next Saturday and runs until Sunday, 24. August.

Features rides, ferris wheel with good view of the Louvre and Rivoli, plus the usual ikky cotton candy junk. Open daily from 11:00 to midnight, and to 01:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays. Métro Tuileries will get you there. There are also plenty of other things to sneak off and do while your kids are whirling around, so let them have their wretched excesses.

Check out the World Cup France 98 Web site if you are seriously interested in this football extravaganza, which will be inescapable next summer, if it isn't ruined by overkill before then.

This site is in both English and French, so you can brush up on player's names in either language. I had a look at it and it seems to already have much more than I want to know about the event - but if you are a true fan, you can't get enough, can you?

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.18 - 24. June 1996 featured the columns - Metropole 'Diary' - One to One: Reader-Editorial Interactivity; and 'Au Bistro' - France Is Holding Its Breath. Articles in the issue were: Lounging at Trocadéro and Former 'Bottle House' is Now Respectable, also about Trocadéro. There was a debut restaurant review, entitled 'Bring Little Money and No Tipping' and another film review, the "Conte d'Eté" - "A Summer Tale." A reader wanted to know if the avenue Foch was still intimidating; plus the week's Paris Posters and Ric's Cartoon of the Week.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:

Only 929 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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