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Some [Coming] Events:

The History of Skates

Despite what I read about this exhibition, roller skating is not a Californian invention of the '50's. However, Californians certainly like their wheels and may have contributed to the present popularity of roller skating in all its forms. See about 400 objects relating to skates - skateboards, clothing, photos, films - everything you want to know about the life of wheels on your feet.

Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires
6. avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16. Métro: Sablons in Neuilly. Exhibition 'Skater la Ville' continues until Monday, 5. October. Info. Tel.: 01 44 17 60 00.

Rollers at Trocadéro

The 3rd edition of 'Tatoo Roller Skating de Paris' rolls around at the parvis at Trocadéro on Saturday, 10. October and Sunday, 11. October. In addition to demonstrations of acrobatics by experts, there will be a competition named 'La Course des As,' which will feature the world's top rollers - and there will be a 12 km long cruise through the Bois de Boulogne on Sunday.

To participate, signup time is 10:00 on Saturday, 10. October, at Trocadéro. Info. Tel.: 01 40 71 83 66.

Ongoing Events, New Here:

Under Paris, Underwater

If you intend to visit Paris' Catacombs, you will get a bonus of a exhibition of 60 black and white photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, who has shot just about everything wet, flowing and flooding around Paris. You pass this exhibition on the way down to the Catacombs, which are at 1. place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. This is right across the street from the métro exit of the same name, and a photo of the entrance was in last week's Metropole. The photo exhibition lasts until next March. Info. Tel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

The History of Medicine

This museum has one of the oldest collections in Europe and is on show in one of the great halls of the Collège de Chirurgie. Much of the collection was assembled by Lafaye in the 18th century, and it includes items dating to the end of the 19th century. Rare tool kits of old surgeons are on display; sensitive visitors should leave their imaginations outside.

Le Musée d'Historie de la Médecine
In the courtyard of the Université René-Descartes, at 12. rue de l'Ecole-de-Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Info. Tel.: 01 40 46 16 93.

Two Big Painters

They never met, except in this exhibition in the Musée d'Orsay, but Jean-François Millet, who lived from 1814 to 1875, had a big influence on Vincent Van Gogh, born in 1853, dead in 1890.

Lightning hit Van Gogh at an exhibition of Millet's designs and pastels in 1875, just a few months after the death ofbrochure: galerie touber the latter. At the time, Van Gogh was hustling paintings for an art dealer - he didn't begin painting until 1880.

Until 31. October - Jacques Bosser's 'Continents' are featured at the Florence Touber Galerie, 117. rue Vielle-du- Temple, Paris 3

This exhibition places similar paintings by the two artists side-by-side for the viewer to draw obvious conclusions - of the inspirations Van Gogh drew from Millet; to finally gain his own identity - showing also how artists learn from each other. The comparisons do not lessen Van Gogh's stature; they undoubtedly increase that of the less well-known Millet.

This is one of the fall season's big shows, so all the business of making advance reservations applies. Entry charge: 40 francs, reduced: 30 francs. Catalogue: 190 francs.

Musée d'Orsay
1. rue de la Légion-d'Honneur, Paris 7. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 21:45. Info/ Tel.: 01 40 49 48 73.

Charles Trenet Sings Again

From the book by Jacques Pessis, Jérôme Savary presents the Paris world of the '50's, as sung by Charles Trenet. It was a time of no unemployment and the discovery of paid holidays; the show is a remembrance of a time when things only seemed to be getting better.

In the entrance to the theatre, there is a Charles Trenet exhibition and on Fridays, there is a supper show after the performance. This show continues until Sunday, 3. January 1999.

Théâtre National de Chaillot
1. place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Opéra Briefs:

Ballet: 'Coppélia' by Léo Delibes, until 25. October, at the Opéra Garnier.
Opera: 'Madame Butterfly' by Giacomo Puccini, until 7. October, at the Opéra Bastille.
Opera: 'La Cenerentola' by Gioacchino Rossini, until 8. October, presumably at the Opéra Bastille. Info. Tel.: 08 36 69 78 68. (This may be a toll number.)

Still Playing:

Constant Permeke Retrospective

Belgian landscape painter Constant Permeke is being treated to a retrospective in the Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean. The entry to this gallery may be somewhat unknown to visitors because it is at 3. rue Lobau; which is opposite to the front of Paris' City Hall - just off the rue de Rivoli.

Permeke started as a landscape painter, but also turned to nude studies and sculpture during a long working life that began before WWI and continued until after WWII. In 1951, he travelled to Brittany, in order to gain inspiration for his final landscapes.

The exhibition continues until Sunday, 1. November. It is open daily from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11:00 to 19:00. There is no entry charge. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

Musée Jacquemart-André

This is the private mansion collection containing Tiepolo frescos - in the process of being restored. These are on display until some time 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.

Théâtres des Sens

This has already been open for many months now, but is probably still worth a visit, especially if it is raining as it seems to be doing all the time since Saturday.

If you think the French are pretty good at making fancy stuff for high prices, and you are either a dreamer or rich or have managed to clean up in the market lately, then this is probably a real treat of an exhibition.

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. This show runs until 3. January 1999. Info. Tel.: 01 40 74 89 00.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:count down Eiffel Tower

Issue 2.39 - 29. September 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Paris' Loooong August' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'President Chirac's Roadshow.' The articles in the issue were 'Wandering Towards Beaubourg' and 'Les Halles Is a Hole In Paris' Centre.' There were two 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called ''Indian' Summer for Waiters,' which may have been about the weather.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 460 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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