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Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, 6. avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16 - on the border of the Jardin d'Acclimatation - métro: Sablons. Except Tuesday, daily from 9:30 to 17:15. Entry is 25 francs and for 37 francs you can get a combo ticket allowing you to view the museum's permanent collection as well. Info. Tel.: 01 44 17 60 00.

Cyrano At 100 Years is an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the play by Edmond Rostand about the man with the nose. At the Théâtre National de Chaillot, place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. In the evenings, from Tuesday to Saturday, starting at 19:00; and on Sundays from 14:00. Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 00 or 01 53 65 30 04.

Two for One: The city of Paris, known locally as the Ville de Paris, has a little operation going which involves getting two places at concerts for the price of one.

In French it says, 'Take a place, come with two.' I don't think they mean for you to share a seat, so it is a 50 percent reduction offer. Exactly what it's good for I don't know, but you can find out by calling 01 42 78 44 72. This operation continues until Sunday, 18. January.

Exhibitions About to Close:

Prud'hon, or 'le Rève du Bonheur' - at the National Galleries du Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées-Clemanceau - winds up on Monday, 12. January.

Same place, different date: the 'George de la Tour' show ends its run on Monday, 26. January.

The Havemeyer Collection at the Musée d'Orsay finishes its run on Sunday, 18. January.

'Pajou - Sculpteur du Roi' at the Musée du Louvre, will be letting it its last viewers on Monday, 19. January.

The Musée du Château de Fountainbleau has been showing off a selection from Napoléon's library of 2,378 volumes he had at Elba to while away the time he was there from May of 1811 to February 1815. The exhibition has been on since the end of October 1997 and ends on Monday, 19. January. Info. Tel.: 01 50 71 50 77.

Coming Attractions: New 'Grand' Exhibitions

Musée du Louvre: the 'Lemme Collection' of 17th and 18th century portraits: opens on Friday, 13. February.
Musée d'Orsay: 'Manet, Monet, the Gare Saint-Lazare' opens on Thursday, 12. February.
There are 12 other 'Grand' exhibitions scheduled to open in Paris, mostly between March and the end of June.

Nouvelle Image, Nouvelle Réseaux - Revisited

Last week I wrote that Paris' Science City has just opened a new 2,000 square-metre exhibition to show off the latest Mairie - city hall state of image, sound, and video, coupled together with communications technologies, and so on and so forth.

I also wrote that I was not particularly impressed with the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie's web site treatment of this large and important exhibition. One reader wrote to say he was impressed with the site and that it was jazzy, and a fellow wrote from the Cité des Sciences to suggest it wasn't all that difficult to download 'Flash.'

Around here, this is a mega reaction, so I went and fired up my old browser and gave the site another hit. I must still be stuck somewhere in fuddy-duddyhood because I could detect no difference. I didn't download 'Flash' because I didn't see anything warning me that I needed to do it.

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. 'Nouvelle Image, Nouvelle Réseaux' - open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:30; on Sundays until 18:30.

Hello 1998; Goodbye 1997

If you are reading this I sincerely wish you and yours a Happy New Year for 1998. This is a repeat of last week's goodwill message - especially for Metropole's French readers - who send and receive New Years Greetings rather than Christmas Cards. With this formality out of the way - Metropole Paris can begin a new year, starting with this issue 3.01. The three is for third year of publication and the zero-one is for the week-of-the-year.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 2.01/2.02 - 6. January 1997 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Jumps a Week' and count-down eiffel 'Au Bistro' had - 'Big Blah on TV, Big Crowd in Real Cold.' The articles in the issue were 'Paris - In The Future Recent - A Short and Fast First Mini-Tour of 1997' - 'Paris - In The Passé Recent - Highs and Lows of the Last Grand Tour of 1996' and 'The Half-Price Dress of Your Dreams - 'On Sale' in Paris May Be Better than 'Wholesale' Elsewhere.' 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 726 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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