Metropole's Shortest 'Café' Column

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If it is hot in the métro, this café
is waiting for you at Châtelet.

Except For the Events List, Of Course

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 17. August 1998:- This is two days after the 15th of August, which is the official dead-centre of summer holidays, and is itself a national holiday - so I'm extending it to this column.

For once I am going to say I am not going to pad this column with a set amount of words.

In this issue you can read my oft-rehashed, but new, versions of holidays in Normandy. For all I know you are on holidays too and are going to do no such thing.

Therefore this is the end of this issue's Cafe Metropole column.

If you would prefer to read more fully padded 'Café' columns, Iphoto: cafe au bon percheur suggest there are plenty in the online archives, or you can have a laugh and see what I tried to do last year and two years ago at about the same time as now.

Another terrace for people-watching at Les Halles.

If none on the above suit you, then wait two weeks for Metropole's next - and last - holiday issue, which I have managed to make really gabby.

But I would really prefer it if you are on holidays right now too - and just forget the whole thing.

If you will, I will too.

Cinéma en Plein Air à La Villette

With the way the weather has been in the last half of July, my advice for the nightly 'walk-in' movies 'under the stars' at the ninth open air festival at La Villette, is to check the sky before you go. Check the Web site too for the list of the 39 films to be shown, until Sunday, 30. August. At 22:00, rain or shine.

Aoüt au Ciné

If you are less than 25, there are 150 independent cinemas showing movies for the entire month of August, for photo: musee maurice utrillo, sannois25 francs a seat. All you have to do is find out where to get the free 'Carte Août au Ciné' - and you can start by asking for one at the Paris Tourist Office on the Champs-Elysées and possibly at Fnac outlets and RATP ticket windows. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 44 72.

Searching For Festivals?

If summer heat sets in like it seems to have done, then nights are really wonderful and even better if you are on the Côte d'Azur and there's a festival event to attend within walking distance.

The guide to festivals in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is now online. If you intend to be down that way between now and September, give it a look to find out what you can see and hear.

Barbie En Vacances

A 'retrospective' of everybody's favorite Barbie, with 300 models from 1959 onwards, presented in 24 holiday settings. Until Sunday, 20. September.

Halle Saint-Pierre
2. rue Rosard, Paris 18. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

More Sensory Excitement

Partly due to a somewhat unattractive poster, but also due to the late posting of it, a major show devoted to various forms of eye, mouth, ear, nose and feel-candy called 'Théâtres des Sens' has already been open for two months, but is probably still worth a visit.

This show is running under the umbrella of the Comité Colbert, whichphoto: chemin des impressionnistes is the trade association of the French luxo industry. If you are an anti-materialist and like sack-cloth, you will not appreciate the stuff on show here.

If on the other hand, you think the French are pretty good at making fancy stuff for high prices, and you are either a dreamer or rich or both, then this is probably a real treat of an exhibition. Make a note of it, in case there are any rainy days to come.

Les Quatre Théâtres des Sens
Palais de la Découverte, avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin-Roosevelt. Open from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. Closed also on 2. and 15. August. This show runs until 3. January 1999. Info. Tel.: 01 40 74 89 00.

L'Afrique Par Elle-Même

A photographic exhibition which presents contemporary Africa, within seven different themes. Until Sunday, 23. August. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, 11:00 to 20:00.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie
82. rue François-Miron, Paris 4. Info. Tel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Les Années Supports-Surfaces

The artistic 'Supports-Surfaces' movement was the last in France to achieve the category of 'a movement,' regardless of me never having heard of it. This exhibition brings together works from the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art and the George Pompidou Centre for a current display at the Jeu de Paume.

National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume
At the place de la Concorde, Paris 1. Métro: Concorde. Until Sunday, 30. August; open Tuesday to Fridays from 12:00 to 19:00, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00; closed Mondays. Open Tuesday evenings until 21:30.

Trésors Fatimides du Caire

The Moslem dynasty of the Fatimids ruled over North Africa, and parts of Egypt from 909 to 1171. During this time, its Moslem art and civilization reached its highest degree ever, and its influence swept from the Middle East to Spain. This exhibition, lasting until Sunday, 30. August, shows 300 pieces, including a hundred from Egyptian museums.

Institut de la Monde Arabe
1. rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Leclerc et L'Indochine

Leclerc's expedition to Indochina is presented through photographs and original documents, including newspapers, maps, and mission reports. An original film documentary has been assembled by the ECPA for this exhibition, which last until Sunday. 30 August.

Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Haureclocque et de la Libération de Paris et Musée Jean Moulin
Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse
23. allée de la 2nd Division Blindée, Paris 15. From Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 17:40. Closed Mondays and holidays such as Saturday, 15. August. Info. Tel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Les Didot, Trois Siècles de Typographie et de Bibliophilie - 1698 to 1998

This exhibition is concerned with printing and bookmaking and focuses uniquely on the Didot collections. Manuscripts, autographs, books, original designs from the school of David, and many other original works.

Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris
22. rue Mahler, Paris 4. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; and on Sundays from 12:00 to 19:00. Closed Mondays and holidays. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Paris - Les Lieux de Spectacle

Paris has always had a lot of shows and spectacles as well as 'World Exhibitions,' and this show takes you both behind and in front of the scenes, from the past to the present. As this is in the city's architectural museum, this is not about costumes, but about the buildings and the stages. This show ends in September.

Pavilion de l'Arsenal
21. boulevard Morland, Paris 4. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 18:30; and on Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

1898 - Le Balzac de Rodin

Apparently Rodin did not appreciate what the critics had to say about this sculpture; so he said it was indestructible. He also said it was the result of his entire life, and the 'pivot of his esthetic.' Go and see it; on display until Sunday, 13. September.

Musée Rodin, Hôtel Biron
77. rue de Varenne, Paris 7. Open daily except Mondays from 9:30 to 17:45.

Picasso's Color Box

An exhibition for kids that takes them through Picasso's 'Periods,' from the Blue Period to the 'Classic' to the collages, the cubism - the life of Picasso in short. Along the way there are puzzles and errors to find.

Le Musée en Herbe, Jardin d'Acclimatation
Entree to the Jardin is 12 francs for adults and six for children. Kids under three, no charge. Other attractions in the park. Open all year. Métro Sablons in Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. There is also a little train that runs to the park from Porte Maillot; 24 francs round trip. From 11:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 40 67 90 82.

Touches d'Exotisme -14th to 20th Centuries

This exhibition presents the exotic in dress through 250 costumes, accessories and fabrics, which chronologically trace through six centuries.

Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Musée du Louvre, 107. rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Open daily except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00. Métro: Palais-Royal-Louvre. Info. Tel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Exhibitions and Events in Versailles

These are so copious - at least throughout July - that you should check the Web site if you think you will be interested in getting tickets to various spectacles in advance. If in Versailles, pay a visit to the tourist bureau.

Paris' Centre de la Mer

While Lisbon has its World's Fair with aphoto: auvers sur oise, impressionnistes ocean theme, Paris has its own Institut Océanographique, in spite of being some way from the nearest sea.

The 'Centre de la Mer,' as it is also called, currently has a exhibition lasting until 6. September. The event being marked is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Albert 1st of Monaco, who founded the institution; based on 28 scientific cruises undertaken between 1885 and 1914.

Also, if you get too hot in Paris and haven't got time to go to the coast, a visit to this institute will remind you of the sea, with its displays and aquariums.

Centre de la Mer - Institut Océanographique
195. rue Saint-Jacques, Paris 5. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:15 to 17:30. Open weekends from 10:00 to 17:30. Info. Tel.: 01 44 32 10 90.

Beaubourg Moves to Paris' Modern Art Museum

Here is an example of being totally renovated and showing your stuff off at the same time. Some 350 of the Centre Georges Pompidou's modern art treasures are on show at Paris' Museum of Modern Art.

This is a long showing so it will be in three parts, with the third kicking in at the end of this coming October. All of the sub-classifications of modern art will be represented; from the fauves through to the 1981 'Psycho-sites' of Jean Dubuffet.

Until Sunday, 19. September 1999.
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11. avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30; weekends from 10:00 to 18:45. Closed Mondays. Entry: 30 francs; catalogue of 80 pages, 49 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

The brochures pictured above can be obtained at
the Paris Tourist Office.
This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

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Bracketing This Week, These Were the Two Metropoles, Two Years Ago:

Issue 1.25 - 12. August 1996 - This issue featured Metropole Diary and Au Bistro as a single column - 'Views and News for Summer.' The article in the issue was 'In Search of Romanticism In Nouvelle-Athénes - Look for La Païva at St. Georges.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and there was a 'Ric's Cartoon of the Week.'

Issue 1.26 - 19. August 1996 - This issue featured Metropole Diary and Au Bistro as a single column - 'Nothing in View on the Horizon.' The article in the issue was 'How To Not Be In Spain - Membership at the 'Club Vacances' Not Wanted.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and there was a 'Ric's Cartoon of the Week.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 502 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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