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Paris is now full of 'Irish Pubs' and all of these will be having Saint Patrick's Day parties. Not many of the 'Irish Pubs' are actually run by Irish people, but most of them are run by people with an affinity for Ireland, so if some of them are a bit more ersatz than others, the spirits are at least imported.

Saint Patrick's Day parties can also be attended by civilians. This means all who are neither Irish nor Saints; which probably comprises most of the people who will actually attend parties in the name of this good Saint. It is unlikely that Saint Patrick was in fact Irish, so it doesn't really matter who has a good time on account of him.

In Ireland, Saint Patrick is, of course, a Saint. He is supposed to have banished snakes from that green and gentle land, but nobody can say for sure, because nobody has seen a snake there.

The illustration is from a beer mat picked up at the Divan du Monde, which is not an 'Irish Pub' as far as I know. In case the typo is unreadable, 'L'Ange Vert,' 'Dirty Linen,' 'Paris Ceili' and 'Deirdre' will be performing for all elbow-benders present. There's also something about 80 francs, the party gets underway at 20:00 and the address is 75. rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. Oh yeah, I forgot. It's happening tomorrow night.

Brigitte Terziev

For a long time I have had an announcement about theexpo: brigitte terziev exhibition of Brigitte Terziev's works at the Musée Bourdelle, but the description of her work is so elaborate that I haven't had the heart to get out the dictionary to try and decipher it.

There is clay and rusty nails, and there are a number of war-like terms - offense, defense, assault - but also the 'perfume of the desert and sand' - does sand have a smell? - but when I received an invitation to the opening night, I see what it is about.

For people who take in poetry through their eyes, the work of this 1997 Bourdelle Prize winner, will offer something a bit more than words.

Exhibition: until 5. July. From 10:00 to 17:40, except Mondays and public holidays.
Musée Bourdelle
16. rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Falguière
Info. Tel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Lumière du Monde, Lumière du Ciel

I mentioned the 'Visions du Nord' exhibition in an early February issue, but an enthusiastic review of the show in Saturday's International Herald Tribune by Michael Gibson has prompted this re-run.

Specifically, Mr. Gibson writes, "'Lumière du Monde, Lumière du Ciel' is perhaps the most impressive, poignant and rewarding exhibition in Paris this year." Since this is only mid-March, it may be a premature estimate, but Mr. Gibson may know what he's talking about. If so, then this is a 'don't miss event:'

This is one of four parts, presented under the umbrella title of 'Visions du Nord,' which is an exhibition that focused on 20th century artists of the nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

The show is divided into parts: historical, contemporary and recent works. The first category is represented by the works of Edward Munch, August Strindberg, Carl Fredrik, Akseli Gallen-Kallena and Helene Schjerfbeck.

Between contemporary and historic, are works by Per Kirkeby. More than 20 young creators fill up the contemporary section, under the title of 'Nuit Blanche' - and this can include video and associations with music.

Catalogues have been produced for each of the three sections. The dates run to either 10. May or 17. May, and there will be other manifestations surrounding this show.

Musée d'Art Moderne / ARC
11. avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: either Iéna or Alma-Marceau. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Printemps Vietnamien

With a written text about a visual exhibition, I may do nothing. But when I get an illustrated invitation to an opening, and it's a good design, then my interest starts to pick up. Last week I received one of these, for an exhibition entitled, 'Lumières.'

The full title is 'Lumières - Laques, Lavis, et Aquarelles du maître laqueur Nguyenvietnam spring Van Minh' - and I will bet Nguyen Van Minh did the illustration you see here. His show can be seen at the Mairie of the 2nd Arrondissement, 8. rue de la Banque, Paris 2. From Friday, 20. March until Thursday, 30. April. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Paris-Hanoï-Saigon, l'Aventure de l'Art Moderne au Vietnam is an exhibition of plastic artworks by Professors of French at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Hanoï, in addition to four master Vietnamese artists. This will be at the Pavillon des Arts from Saturday, 21. March until Sunday, 17. May. At 101. rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

La Photographie Vietnamienne is an exhibition of photos of contemporary Vietnam by five photographers. This runs in the Espace Photographique des Halles, from Friday, 20. March until Wednesday, 20. May. At the Forum des Halles, Place Carrée, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 40 26 87 12.

Recontres et Programmations Musicales features the contemporary musical works of Ton That Thiêt, plus a program including other forms of Vietnamese music. This is at the Médiathèque Musicale de Paris at the Forum des Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 20 50.

These exhibitions fall within the over-all framework of the 'Printemps Vietnamien,' to be held mainly at Les Halles, and lasting until 20. June. The 20. March is the anniversary day of the Francophonie, and it was decided to put on a Vietnamese Season in Paris on account of the recent Francophonie Summit in Hanoï.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.11 - 17. March 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'The Pubs May Be Fake, But the Paddy is Real' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'Eurodemo' Replaces 'Eurostrike' as Week's 'Euroword.'' The articles in the issue were 'Books, Books and More Books at Salon du Livre,' 'Publishers from Africa, 'Little' Editors from France and Students From Paris,' 'CD Review - Mr. Eddy Scores Ten, by Mike Harmon' and 'History and Photos in the Land of Odd.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was named 'The Wet Class?'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 656 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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