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Although a long time in planning - arm-twisting and so on - this initiative is sort-of being 'sprung' on the citizens of this town located between Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

This effort should be congratulated, and I think it would be a nice gesture to send Mayor François-Henri de Virieu a short message this coming Friday. His URL is 'maire@mairie-marlyleroi.fr' If you are simply curious and don't feel like writing, give Marly-le-Roi's website a tryout.

'Netdays' is the name of an Internet promotion apparently organized by the European Community; about which I have no other information. The residents of Marly-le-Roi call themselves 'Marlychois' but I cannot tell you how it is pronounced. I expect to be attending Marly's 'Netdays' next weekend and you can expect some sort of report about it here in Metropole's next issue.

Beaubourg: Museum Closes, Plaza Stays Open

The Centre Georges-Pompidou, known to one and all as Beaubourg, is getting a face-lift inside and out and is now closed. However, the giant tepee beaubourg 2 year ticket placed in the plaza in front of the museum will continue some of the activities of the museum.

The new Brancusi atelier is not affected, and the south gallery of the museum will host two exhibitions: that of Bruce Nauman from 17. December until 9. March 1998, and Max Ernst from 28. April until 31. August 1998.

Above all, the Centre Georges-Pompidou is France's National Museum of Modern Art, and for the duration you are more likely to see items from this collection in Tokyo, or in other museums around France. For a while, from 15. June 1998 until 13. September 1999, a good part of the collection will be on view at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris - back where they were before moving to Beaubourg.

The 'Laissez-Passer Vers l'An 2000' is a two-year ticket of entry to all the museum's activities; plus it gives a priority to those wishing to attend the re-opening festivities, 1. January 2000. Price: 100 francs.

'transit'

'Around the World, Around the World...' This exhibition presents the contemporary works of 60 artists, most of whom were born after the '60's. These expo: transit works have been acquired during the '90's by the National Fund of Contemporary Art, and are largely grouped around four themes: 'true-fiction,' 'spaces, no places,' 'post-human: present, absent, mutant and portrait,' and 'art - simple, ordinary, banal, without quality, even weak.'

Art in transit, in assimilation, and transitory, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts,
13. quai Malaquais, Paris 6.
Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
On view until Sunday, 2. November. Entry: 20 francs.
Open daily except Mondays, from 13:00 to 19:00
Catalogue: 160 pages, with 65 photos in color; 150 francs.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.35 - 21. October 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Kick Out the Marine'count-down eiffel and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Lots of Funny Numbers and Some Not So Funny.' The articles in the issue were 'Ahoy! The Seaside at Trocadéro - Ships, Cannons, Charts and Great Naval Heros' - 'Lines for Picasso, Elevators for Berlin - Big Expos, Big Cities' and 'The Last of the 'Isagiyoi' Plays20 Years in Paris - Porn in Japan is Psycho in Paris, Nearly Forever - by Makiko Suzuki.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:

Only 803 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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