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Paris Marathon

Just in case anybody has forgotten, the 22nd Paris Marathon takes to its heels next Sunday, 5. April. The first marathon was on 19. July 1896 and it had 191 runners. For some reason, the next one was held on 18. September 1976.

Starting point in midway on the Champs-Elysées and from there the 22,000 participants will head east, along rue de Rivoli - all the way out to the Château of Vincennes, and then back again.

Metropole is supposed to have a runner, who was training in the Himalayas, but he has not been heard from for some time now. In Paris, 3000 volunteers will supply contestants with water and other drinks, and give directions if necessary. For last minute info, Tel.: 01 53 17 03 10.

13th Festival du Film de Paris

This festival, which is becoming more important, started yesterday, and it runs until next Sunday, 5. April. There are 50 films 'inedits,' which usually means first-run, but means something else here because there will be a mini-festival of Claude Lelouch movies.

There will also be theme days and exhibitions, meetings with film makers and films for younger people. Sean Penn is the President of this 13th edition. Several awards will also be given to films in competition.

Films are projected from 9:30 until 23:00, and a daily ticket is 40 francs. A ticket for theplay: the Clearing whole week is 150 francs. At the Espace Pierre Cardin, 1-3. avenue Gabriel, Paris 8.

The Clearing

The Dear Conjunction Theatre Co. has been performing 'The Clearing' by Helen Edmundson since 17. February and I've decided to mention it because the last performance is on Thursday, 2. April. This show is at the Petit Hébertot, 78-bis, boulevard des Batignolles, Paris 17. Métro Rome or Villiers. The show starts at 19:00 and tickets cost either 70 or 100 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 44 70 06 69.

Le Jardin de Serres d'Auteuil

The park features 'L'Elegance et l'Exotisme' of the end of the 19th century, and this is all I know about it. If you walk west from the métro station of Porte d'Auteuil, you will come to the 'Jardin des Poètes,' which I never heard of either, and the Jardin de Serres is just beyond it; kind of on top of the Périphérique. The poster for the garden is on the poster page and that's why I menion it at all.

Les Nouvelles Plaisirs de Versailles

Plaisirs de VersaillesAlready started and running until 9. July, are a series of concerts at the Château de Versailles. These include works by Jean-Sébastien Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Pleyel, Berlioz, Rossini, Schubert, and a long list of other names. Performances are of classical favorites and of contemporary works.

At the Opéra Royal, see 'Les Femmes Savantes' by Molière and 'Les Caprices de la Danse' which is a ballet, done in the style of the court of Louis XV. Info. Tel.: 01 30 83 78 78.

Still On Show:

Brigitte Terziev Continues

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.

Printemps Vietnamien

The following exhibitions fall within the over-all framework of the 'Printemps Vietnamien,' to be held mainly at Les Halles, and lasting until 20. June. Friday, 20. March:

'Lumières - Laques, Lavis, et Aquarelles du maître laqueur Nguyen Van Minh.' 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 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
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.

Rencontres et Programmations Musicales
Médiathèque Musicale de Paris at the Forum des Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 20 50.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.13 - 31. March 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Walk on the Grass? In Paris?' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'Red Wine Good Against Senility.' The articles in the issue were 'Pascin's 25 Year-Long Party in Montparnasse' and 'Restaurant Review: Altas Opéra.' Kim Murray sent an eMail about 'President Chirac Having Fun.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'One-fingered Reporter.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 642 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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