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Outside of Paris, the Château de Belleroy, the Château de Maisons and the Château de Blois, were designed by Mansart. This exhibition displays 40 original designs, some tools of the trade such as drawing tables, and photos of the buildings as they are today. There are also several models of his buildings.

This exhibition is assembled from items belonging to the Bibliothèque Nationale, Stockholm's National Museum, the graphic arts department of the Louvre and the National Archives, just around the corner.

Hôtel de Rohan
87. rue Vielle du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Hôtel de Ville or Saint-Sébastien Frossiart, or bus 29. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 17. January 1999. Except Mondays and holidays, open daily from 12:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 62 18.

Remembering Cocktails

This is a poster exhibition, featuring a lot of the drinks you may wish you never heard of - and probably quite a few that are familiar to you. The posters are drawn from the Bibliothèque Forney's collection of 15,000, plus a few are borrowed from the Publicity Museum. Some date from the debut of the poster itself, in the 1880's, and go up to the 1960's.

While the posters present a sort of a social history - cocktails are good/bad for you! - they also display invention, fantasy and good feelings. Today's ads for water can do this too, but water itself can't, as hard as I try it to think it can.

Bibliothèque Forney
1. rue du Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. This exhibition continues until Saturday, 5. December. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 13:30 to 20:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Daylight On Hidden Art

This stuff - described as 'Laves Emaillées' - enameled washes? - was done for the Saint Vincent-de-Paul church in the 11th arrondissement by Jules Jollivet, at the end of the last century. Somehow the works were accepted and hung up, but the priests running the place told mothers to tell their daughters not to 'raise their eyes' to them.

So they were taken down and stored in a celler for 138 years. Now they are on display again. I haven't seen them myself yet, so I don't know what you should tell your daughters. To be seen in the restored atelier of Ary Scheffer, in this museum.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
16. rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Pigalle. Until Sunday, 17. January 1999. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Traipsing Through Fancy Hotels

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the palace known localy as the Hotel Ritz. From 'Palais' to 'Palace' is the name of this exhibition about Paris' grand hotels, which really are 'hotels' and are sometimes called 'palaces' - as opposed to 'hôtels' which are mere town-houses, but sometimes bigger that the 'palaces,' also-known-as 'ritzy hotels.'

The 19th century was characterized by a very few extremely rich people who made their money frombrochure: palais palaces industry or finance, and the remainder of mankind who were paid a dollar a day if they were paid at all.

Paris was popular with 'les riches' during the last round of the '90's and 13 of their favorite palaces are presented here, along with older grand 'hôtels,' transformed into commercial hotels. Documents on show include photos of banquets, menus, brochures and other souvenirs of an age we will not see again - not even if we can afford to stay at the Hotel Ritz today.

Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris
23. rue de Sévigne, Paris 3. Métro: Chemin-Vert, or bus 29. Until Sunday, 24. January 1999. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Rites et Festins de la Chine Antique

This is also known at 'Bronzes du Musée de Shanghai' - plus there is a mention that the museum where it is being shown is having its 100th anniversary. I do not know Chinese art objects at all, but judging from the length of this expo, these are important items that you would otherwise have to travel to Shanghai to see.

Musée Cernuschi
7. avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Until 10. January 1999. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. Métro: Villiers.

Batéké

One word is enough for this exhibition of works by the painters and sculptors of central Africa. There are 240 pieces on display, many seen in public here for the first time; many coming from European collections.

Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie
293. avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: porte Dorée. Until 4. January 1999. Open, except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:30; until 18:00 on weekends. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

A Slightly More Modest Show:

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 18thposter: expo jomon 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.

At left, exhibition at the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101. quai Branly, Paris 15 - on until Monday, 28. November.

Long-Run Events

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 now.

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 keep from being beaten 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. This show runs until 3. January 1999. Open from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 40 74 89 00.

The Pompidou Centre - Where's Beaubourg?

The interior of this museum has been undergoing interior renovations since October 1987. Many of the museum's collections will be on view at other museums in Paris, at other cities in France and other countries - until the renovations are completed.

In front of the museum there is a tepee which has information about the centre, presented in a multimedia form. The public library remains open at 11. rue Brantôme, just to the north of the museum. The south gallery will be showing 'Dijon/Le Consortium.Coli' in November and David Hockney arrives in January 1999. The Atelier Brancusi also remains open.

Musée d'Art Moderne

This Ville de Paris museum is showing a selection from Beaubourg, through to 19. September 1999. Currently, the 1920's are represented by Braque, Masson, Miro, Magritte, Ernst, Derain and Fautrier. In November a new cycle starts with Nouveau Realisme and Arte Povera.

Pierre Huyghe, Dominique Gonzalez-Foester and Philippe Parreno are young French artists whose works are also currently on display, until 29. November.

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11; avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Open Tuesdays to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:45. Special openings on 1. and 11. November. Info. Tel.: 01 53 40 00.

On the Boards - Théâtres:

The Théâtre de la Cité Internationale has a winter program which has already begun. Electre, by Hugo Hofmannsthal, directed by Michel Cerda, is playing now, until Friday, 20. November. This theatreposter: mariage de figaro has a dance program too, which begins on Saturday, 21. November. 'Carmen Linares' is a musical, which begins on Thursday, 3. December.

Théâtre de la Cité Internationale
21. boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14. Closest transit stop is Cité Universitaire on the RER line 'B.' For the full program, call Info. Tel.: 01 43 13 50 50.

At right, until Tuesday, 8. November; at the Théâtre Silvia Monfort. Info. Tel.: 01 45 31 10 96.

On the Floor - Dancing:

The Théâtre de la Ville et des Abbesses is another municipal centre for the performing arts - theatre, dance, music, 'world music,' and singing - and its 1998-1999 season has a program of 87 events, for which I do not have a single detail, yet.

Théâtre de la Ville et des Abbesses
29. - 31. rue des Abbesses, Paris 18. Métro: Abbesses. Info. Tel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

On Screen - Film Cycles:

Anges et Idiots is the title the current cycle of movies, running until Monday, 26. October, at the auditorium of the Louvre. The subtitle is 'Figures de l'Innocence.' Monday's films are probably silent, but most of the other films are from the '40's, '50's and '60's. Some director's names are Kurosawa, J-D Pollet, Frank Capra, Truffaut, Rosselini, Fellini and Buster Keaton.

During the week, on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays, the showing times are usually at 20:30. Double features on Saturdays and Sundays start at 18:00. Single films are 25 francs, but a choice of ten can be had for 170 francs.

Auditorium du Louvre, entry by way of the Pyramid. Métro: Palais-Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 51 86.

Last-Chance Events:Opéra and Ballet:

Ballet: 'Coppélia' by Léo Delibes, until 25. October, at the Opéra Garnier.

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