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Unusually Small Edition of Metropole

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 13. April 1998:- This column usually gets written on its 'date' and today is no exception - except that it is about 12 hours late.

Until 15:00 last Friday I was chugging merrily along on my own private railroad, putting together a really 'big show,' as Ed Sullivan used to say. While waiting for a contact on the quai aux Fleurs, on the Ile de la Cité, the weather changed from 'spring' to 'Easter' within an hour, and I became a victim of it.

For this reason there is no 'Au Bistro' column this week, and a much larger article I was planning to do about Issy-les-Moulineaux, fell by the wayside.

Easter in Paris

easter friday at notre dameFor Europeans, this is a very popular time for a short visit to Paris. Easter is early this year, or I think it is because it is late, and I had forgotten all about it until I happened to use the parvis in front of Notre Dame for a shortcut Friday afternoon.

When I saw the crowds lining up to get into the cathedral, the penny dropped. When I also saw the front of the church buttoned up to the neck in scaffolding, another niggle started. Didn't I say some time ago that this renovation work had been completed? If I did, I was wrong.

The front door to Notre Dame on Good Friday.

If so, was it my fault all those good people were there? I really doubt it. In any case, everybody was headed inside to see the splendors there, and get out of the rising 'Easter' breeze I had not yet noticed.

French Lessons - Department of Argot, Part 22

"The 'Dictionnaire Argot Français sur le Net' might be quite interesting - and I have read that it is - but I did not have the patience to try and figure out the author's conception of his Web pages which are supposed to explain it.

"Maybe it is because I don't understand French well, and it is therefore futile for me to learn any 'argot' - slang - or maybe it is because the Web was full, or because I have a lousy connection and use an old browser. I don't know. If you try it and it doesn't make much sense to you, don't spend a lot of time on it. If you turn up something interesting, let me know."

The two paragraphs above appeared in the Metropole's last issue of last year. The only person who has bothered to write to me about it, is Patrick Lecrosnier, the dictionary's author. He says the Web address has changed. Fine, I say. I'll change it too, right here and now, and I urge everybody to give it a hit. I'm going to. Hit! It works fine and it's a lot of fun. There are competitions for thinking up new argot too, with prizes.

Hanky-panky at Paris' Hôtel de Ville: the centre-right's week of the long knives is not our business. So read about it in Friday's The Toqueville Connection: on Metropole's Links Page.

Triple for 'Delacroix' Season:

Delacroix, le Trait Romantique

An exhibition of abouteaster at shakespeare & co 250 drawings, watercolors and engravings, by Delacroix - showing him to be a master of color and line. The exhibition has two parts; the essentials of his engravings, including the series of lithos for Hamlet and Faust, and the other shows off the artist's different techniques.

What spring can look like.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu
Galeries Mansart et Mazarine
From Tuesday, 7. April to Sunday, 12. July. Open daily except Mondays, from 9:30 to 18:30. Entry, 35 francs; catalogue, 160 pages, about 145 francs. 58. rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 81 10.

Delacroix et Villot

This exhibition accents the copies of Delacroix done by Frédéric Villot, painter, engraver, art historian and friend of the artist. The original and the copies of Sardanapale are shown side by side, for the first time. Other engravings, designs, letters and manuscripts by Villot are also on view.

Musée Eugène Delacroix
From Thursday, 9. April to Friday, 31. July. Open daily, except Mondays, from 9:30 to 17:00. Entry, 30 francs - allows access to the permanent collection as well. 6. rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près. Info. Tel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

Delacroix, les Dernières Années

For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Delacroix, this exhibition at the Grand Palais brings together 88 paintings and 33 drawings and watercolors, representing the last 13 years of the artist's career. In addition to following themes set in his youth, Delacroix experimented with color and applying it with expression; resulting in a hint of Expressionism to come.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
From Friday, 10. April to Monday, 20. July. Open daily, except Tuesdays. Without reservations, from 13:00 to 20:00. Entry: 45 francs.
Entry: Square Jean Perrin. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau.
Make reservations at the Paris Tourist Office, major fnac outlets and France Billet: Resa. Tel.: 01 40 13 49 13. No reservations accepted at the Grand Palais; reservations must be made two days before planned visit. Catalogue, 400 pages, about 290 francs.

Mainly from now until summer, but also running into early next year, there will be eight other Delacroix exhibitions; two in Paris, and one in Chantilly, Rouen, Tours, Bayonne, Versailles and Saint-Maurice in the Val-de-Marne.

Still On Show:

Henri Cernuschi, Voyageur et Collectionneur

From 1871 to 1873, Henri Cernuschi toured the far east, together with the art critic, Théodore Duret. Cernuschi came back with a large collection of oriental treasures, and he had a townhouse built by the Parc de Monceau to house it. His collection influenced French artists and artisans of the time, and was especially famous for its Japanese bronzes, as well as those of China and Korea.

Musée Cernuschi
7. avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. This is at the northern end of the Parc de Monceau. From Wednesday, 8. April until 21. June. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:40, except Mondays and holidays. Entry: 30 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Les Nouvelles Plaisirs de Versailles

Already startedeaster weather in Paris 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.

Just a bit out of the wind in front of the Hôtel de Ville.

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.

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 2.15 - 14. April 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Thoughtlessness and the Significance of Trash' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'Annual Severe Drought Strikes Again.' The articles in the issue were 'At the Salon de la Maquette et Jeux II,' 'With Metropole Readers On a Café Terrace,' 'Walking Down 'La Mouff'' and 'Gérard Depardieu is a French Actor.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Radio Control - Total.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 628 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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