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The 'Open Gardens' and 'Day of Patrimony' are annual events, but airplanes and balloon races, Techno, no-cars and car parades are all new, and all in September. I do not know if this will continue into October with more and bigger events, leading non-stop up to the Year 2000 as a gigantic 365-Event-of-Events. We will see.

The Tocqueville Connection This Week:

My favorite part of each Friday's 'The Tocqueville Connection' is usually the section called 'French Style.' Although this week's lead is entitled 'Aubusson, From Medieval to Modern,' I found 'Falling In Love, Transatlantically' to be more informative about the interactions between the French and the Americans, men and women.

Actually this week's account is the third in a series of four; with parts one and two already run and part four coming next week - and it will be about what French men think of American women. Watch for it.

Even Though September May Be Overloaded With Events:

There are all sorts of regular events, salons and exhibitions. By next week I should have the program and a selection from it should appear here. In the meantime:

Musée Jacquemart-André

This is the private mansion collection, for which there is a brochure photo with this week's article about the Institut de France. Before I get to write more about this extraordinary museum, here is a reminder that the museum's Tiepolo frescos - while in the process of being restored - are on display, until sometime in October.

Musée Jacquemart-André
158. boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8.
Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and the museum's café is open daily from 11:30 to 17:30. Info. Tel.: 01 42 89 04 91. Nearest métro station: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule.

Still Playing:

More Sensory Excitement

'Théâtres des Sens' has already been open for three months, but is probably still worth a visit, especially if it is raining.

This show is running under the umbrella of the Comité Colbert, which is the trade association of the Frenchposter: belmondo theatre 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.

Jean-Paul Belmondo is on stage again, at the Théâtre Marigny. If I can find the dates, I will add them here.

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.

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.

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 aesthetic.' Go and see it; on display until next Sunday, 13. September.

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

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.

Lights and Sounds in Versailles

'Les Fêtes de Nuit,' a spectacle in five acts at the Château de Versailles, will have its last performance on Saturday, 12. September. This show was shown on several dates in July, one in August and one last Saturday.

For more information and reservations check Versailles' Web site. If in Versailles, pay a visit to the tourist bureau.

Beaubourg Moves to Paris' Modern Art Museum

Some 350 of the Centre Georges Pompidou's modern art treasures go on show at Paris' Museum of Modern Art, starting on Thursday, 18. June.

The third part of this long show will kick off at the end of this October. The second part is still playing. All of the sub-classifications of modern art will be represented; from the fauves through to the 1981 'Psycho-sites' of Jean Dubuffet.

From Thursday, 18. June 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.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 2.36 - 8. September 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Who Demands 'Tabloid' Garbage?' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Diana and Dodi's Fatal Ride - Lots of News But Few Facts.' The articles in the issue were 'At the Place de l'Alma Crash Site' and 'Surviving Back-to-School Chaos by 95 Percent.' There were two 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was replaced by events beyond the control of the author..

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 481 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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