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Coming Events:

Retromobile 1998 rolls into the exhibition grounds at Paris-Expo on Friday, 6. February and Retromobile 98 runs through to Sunday, 15. February. Several 100th anniversaries are going to be celebrated; those of Renault, Ford and Michelin's very round Mr. Bibendum. In addition to old cars in sparkling 'as new' shape with 'low milage,' there will also be some old speedboats such as the famous 1912 'Batboat 1' and a steam-powered motorcycle. Need some parts for your 2CV which is 50 years old this year? This is the place. In the Hall 2/1, open all week. Watch this space for daily times.

Already Playing:

Berlin - Fin du Monde is a series of short scenes from springtime in the Berlin of 1945: houses in ruins, corpses, war sounds, droll massacres... sounds like good, clean fun. This is put on by L'Ultime & Co., directed by Sylvain Maurice. The author is ex-zonard Lothar Trolle. This show runs until Monday, 16. February; skipping all Tuesdays. Performances at 20:30 Monday to Saturday and at 17:00 on Sundays. At L'Atalante, 10. place Charles Dullin, Paris 18; near métro Anvers or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 46 06 11 90.

Les Larmes d'Eros seems to be some sort of 'spectacle' involving life and death, death and life, some of it brutal, some of it violent Les Larmes d'Eros and all according to its author, Georges Bataille. His texts are adapted here for the stage by Marc Zammit. The best part may be that the theatre's bar opens an hour before the performances at 19:00, which are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Last showing is on Saturday, 7. February. At the Theâtre Molière - Maison de la Poésie, 161. rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3; but the entry is at 157, in the Passage Molière. Resa. Tel.: 01 44 54 53 00.

La Boite à Outils or the 'Toolbox' is also playing at the Theâtre Molière - Maison de la Poésie and its last date is Sunday, 8. February. This piece is about our daily life around taps, doors, locks, bottles; which sounds safe enough until Pandora is mentioned... I have no times for this one, so you'll have to try the Info. Tel.: 01 44 54 53 00 - which is the number for reservations, cited above.

Oops - Almost Over: There is an exhibition showing the activities of the 900 year-old Order of Malta, which in its present incarnation is devoted to all sorts of good works - which have been going on a long time; especially since the Order defended Malta well enough to stop Turkish expansion into the Western Mediterranean in the 16th century. The Maltese Cross is like a discrete version of the Red Cross and if you want to find out more about the Order's activities, hurry along to the Mairie of the 5th arrondissement. This is located at 21. place du Panthéon. The last day is next Saturday, 24. January.

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.

Exhibitions About to Close:

The 'George de la Tour' show ends its run on at the National Galleries du Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées-Clemanceau, on Monday, 26. January.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.03 - 20. January 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - Lunch In, Lunch Out; Year In, Year Out' andcount-down eiffel 'Au Bistro' had - 'Men Available, Pay-TV, Johnny and Boxing.' The articles in the issue were 'Boulogne-Billancourt - In a Worker's and Architect's Paradise' - 'Is European Union Dead Duck? Could Be Self-Fullfilling Prophesy' and a 'First-Hand Account of Revolution in Bulgaria' by Paul Swider. The Email question from Ken Romero was, 'Is the Winston Churchill Pub Still In Existence?' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week closed off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 712 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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