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Some of the works can be viewed beforehand at Drouot-Montaigne from Sunday, 14. December and on 15, 16 and 17. December from 11:00 to 21:00; on the last day from 11:00 to 17:00. Phone Drouot-Montaigne for details.

15. avenue Montaigne, Paris 8.
Tel.: 33-1 48 00 20 80. Fax.: 33-1 48 00 20 83 and 33-1 48 00 20 86.
These lines will be open during the exhibition and the sales.

Film Retrospective: Nagisa Oshima

Together with Cahiers du Cinéma, this retrospective Expo: Nagisa Oshima presents 20 films made by Nagisa Oshima - of which about ten are being shown in Europe for the first time. The films range from 'Une Ville d'Amour et d'Espoir' made in 1959, to 'Max Mon Amour,' made in 1986. Oshima's 'L'Empire des Sens,' made in 1976, is among the films being shown, and is still prohibited to moviegoers under 16 in France. Titles and showtimes vary from day to day and may change; a robot-telephone has the latest info at 01 40 03 76 92.

Until Tuesday, 16. December. From Tuesday to Friday, films start at 20:30. On Saturdays they start at 14:30, 17:00 and 20:30. Two showing on Sunday: at 15:30 and 18:00. No shows on Monday.

At La Villette, in the Grand Halle, Salle Boris Vian. 211. avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. Parking at the Cité de la Musique.

Cirque du Docteur Paradi

Cirque Dr. ParadiThe spectacle of the Circus of Doctor Paradi was inspired by the works of the Vesque sisters; Marthe and Juilette. Between 1905 and 1950 they created a body of works in watercolors, much prized today, for the homage paid to the circus. This live Circus of Doctor Paradi is not a tableau taken from the paintings, but uses the ingredients - the horses, August, the white clown, the juggler, the ring, the aerials, an orchestra - with fantasy rather than parody; respecting its roots and its traditions, while being contemporary.

At the Espace Chapiteaux, near the Cité des Sciences and next to the canal Saint-Denis. Closest métro is the one at the Porte de la Villette. On until Wednesday, 31. December. Wednesday to Saturday at 20:30, Sundays at 16:00. No performances on Monday or Tuesday. Info. Tel.: 08 03 30 63 06; reservations, Tel.: 08 03 07 50 75 - toll numbers.

Musée Maurice Denis - 'Le Prieuré'

Some time when it is hanging heavily on your hands, take the Musee le Prieure RER's 'A' train out to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to see the home of the 'Nabis,' at a former 17th century orphanage named 'Le Prieuré.' After 1914 it was the home of Maurice Denis, who was a co-founder of the 'Nabis' movement; so-named when the group who formed it published a manifesto in 'Art et Critique' in 1890.

The Denis collection includes works by the Symbolists, Nabis, post-Impressionists, and the Pont-Aven group - who collectively provided the 'gust of wind' which revived French art in the 1890's. This is an important and cohesive collection and is worth a visit.

That said, I was unaware of this museum's existence and I drove right past every morning last year while running a car-pool. In theory, as you leave the RER, turn right and find the rue au Pain. Follow this to the rue Bonnenfant, straight into the rue de Mareil, and you will be in front of the museum. There is supposed to be a bus 'E' from the RER, but I think all buses in Saint-Germain have numbers now.

If by car, take the RN-13 to Saint-Germain and take the 2nd sortie for Saint-Germain Centre, turn right, turn right again, go along, then very sharply at the first left. If you take the 1st sortie by accident, try to find the rue Schnapper and if you find it, take the 1st right going off it, into the rue Maurice Denis.

The Musée Maurice Denis 'Le Prieuré' is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:30; on weekends the hours are from 10:00 to 18:30. Entry is 25 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 39 73 77 87.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.42 - 9. December 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Looking count-down eiffel for the Why It Has Happened Before' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'First the Good News; and With Regret, the Bad News.' The articles in the issue were ' Cruise by Day, Cruise Fast by Night - Motor Nautics at the Salon Nautique' and 'On the Roman Road to Where? - If They All Go to Issy, Then What?.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 754 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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