Scene - A Pause For Air

photo: chateau versailles

More visitors than apparent on a winter day in Versailles.

Now - the Russians Are Coming

Paris:- Saturday, 27. February 1999:- This week I am not getting a 'pause for air,' but this column is. By accident I have picked up more 'coming events' than I anticipated and have less time to get them organized to lay out here.

The First Lot of Russians - are being exhibited at the new Musée du Montparnasse in a show entitled 'Saint-Pétersbourg/Vavin, les Russes à Montparnasse.' From Chagall, Soutine, Zadkine and all the others who made up the 'Ecole de Paris,' here are 40 of their works. There's a story to go with it, but I haven't written it yet - watch for it in an upcoming issue.

Musée du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. The Russian show continues until 1. August. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 13:00 to 19:00. Entry: 20 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Russian Winds in Issy - this is how the announcement begins - explaining the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Alexandr Pushkin's birth, which Issy intends to do in a big wayposter: ticket rambouillet from Saturday, 13. March until Sunday, 11. April. (Pushkin is spelled 'Pouchkine' in French; apropos of confusion.)

Issy-les-Moulineaux gets this honor because of the many Russians who settled in the area after the Revolution. I don't know if the Russians in Meudon declined this opportunity, or threw in with Issy.

For myself, I made one immigration to Europe on the Italian Line's Cristoforo Colombo and the last, more permanent one, on the Russian ship, the Alexandr Pushkin.

Anyway, the show will be a double one: rare books illustrated by Russian artists and a hundred portraits by 36 painters. Just as the French spellings of the names need translation, I also need to clear up what will be where - between Issy's Médiathèque and the Musée Française de la Carte à Jouer.

Last week Metropole had a bit of a feature about Issy's involvement with the Fête de la Météo along with Québec - which I will try to keep abreast of - and next week - Tah! Tah! - Issy will pull yet another card out of its sleeve in the form of 'Le Premier Techno-Mariage On-Line de l'Histoire Numerique.'

I am not joking and neither is Issy. Whether it is a 'first' or not, I don't know. This town claims the 'Grand Prix des Relations Presse 1998' and with these announcements you can understand why they got this prize. 'Relations Presse' in English is PR.

Mr. André Santini is the mayor of Issy - as well as deputy in the national assembly - and he will officiate at the online marriage ceremony of Fred Forest and Sophie Lavaud, on Thursday, 18. March, starting at 16:30 at the Hôtel de Ville in Issy. You are invited to assist with the ceremony too. More on this next week, if I can confirm any of it.

All of the above, except for the Russians in Montparnasse, has something to do with France's coming 'Fête de l'Internet.' Last year this fête seemed to be dominated by banks and other megacorporations and I couldn't find anything to recommend it. This year, with current online events the way they are, there may be more sparks.

The Centre Culturel Suisse: - is a small but busy establishment in the Marais, which promotes Swiss culture. It also has temporary exhibitions and the next one will be of Michel Huelin's 'paintings and vidéo.' This starts on Saturday, 6. March andposter: swiss culture centre runs until 6. June. In parallel, there is also an exhibition at the Galerie Zürcher, which runs until 8. April.

Image: 'Matelas' by Michel Huelin©1999

Centre Culturel Suisse, 38. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul. Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 38 38. Galerie Zürcher, 56. Rue Chapon, Paris 3. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 19:00.

La Second Surprise de l'Amour - is by Marivaux and is directed by Daniel Mesguich. This is running at the Grande Salle of the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, located in the Square de l'Opéra Louis-Jouvet, 7. Rue Boudreau, Paris 9. On Tuesdays at 19:00, Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20:00, and at 16:00 on Sundays. Until Saturday, 20. March. Info and Resa Tel.: 01 53 05 19 19, plus at fnac, Virgin and Crous.

Rimbaud, Dernière Escale... - a play based on the correspondence of the Rimbaud family, written by Michel Rachline with Laurent Malet. Nada Strancar directed and the principle actors are Laurent Malet, Madeleine Marion and Ophélie Orecchia. At the Théâtre Molière Maison de la Poésie, in the Passage Molière, 157. Rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3. Performances continue until Sunday, 21. March; Wednesdays to Saturdays at 21:00 and at 17:00 on Sundays. Info and Resa Tel.: 01 44 54 53 00, plus at fnac.

Historic Writer's Route - is a tour of 12 famous French writer's homes, located west of Paris on both sides of the Seine valley, as far as Normandy. Even if you don't actually visit the houses, this would be a good trip and would probably take a couple of days or wandering around.

Mallarmé, Louis Aragon, and Chateaubriand are not on the route itself, but are in the Ile-de-France. Those on the Seine route are Tourgueniev, Dumas, Zola, Maeterlinck, Michelet, Corneille, Flaubert, Hugo, and Jean de la Varende down at Le Chamblac near Broglie.

There may be more information about it on the Web site of the Ile-de-France regional council, but in the quick look I took I didn't find anything except for a note that the site was undergoing changes.

Harlem Renaissance in Paris - 'Celebrating Black History Month' concludes this coming Friday, 5. March when Richard Long, the Atticus Haygood Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, will present a talk on the Harlem Renaissance - its golden age; the flowering of African American arts and culture early in this century.

As a change of pace, the 'Overture' Gospel singers, a musical ministry from Nashville, Tennessee, will perform during the evening, followed by a performance during a service at the American Church. They are enthusiastic young people who want to improve the world and deliver a powerful message of hope through their music..

African-American Literary Soirée, at Atelier Sevigné, 11. Rue Sevigné, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Meet and mingle at 19:30; the program begins at 20:15, and the entry costs 65 francs.

To reserve your place for this evening, write to Patricia Laplante-Collins or Tel.: 01 42 61 37 00, Fax.: 01 45 21 40 46. Or visit the Web site.

Rue Louise Weiss: - The modern art galleries grouped in the rue Louise Weiss, Paris 13, are now calling themselves 'Rue Louise Weiss.' The group of six modern art galleries start a new exhibitionposter: louise weiss on Sunday, 7. March, which continues until 20. June.

I may not have this right. The exhibition is called 'Rue Louise Weiss.' I've gotten it all wrong. This exhibition is not in Paris; not in the 13th nor in any other arrondissement.

The galleries from Louis Weiss are on exhibition in the Abbaye Saint-André, in Meymac, which is near no place in particular, in Corrèze. If you take the N 89/E 70 between Clermont-Ferrand and Brive-la-Gaillard and start asking around in Ussel - Meymac is about eight kilometres off the main road, to the northwest.

If you get lost, call Caroline Bissière or Jean-Paul Blanchet at 05 55 95 23 30. This exhibition is open daily except on Tuesdays, from 14:00 to 18:00. Tell them you heard about it in Metropole and they'll think you are from the moon.

'Vivre Paris' - is an exhibition featuring 30 artists from Latin America who live and work in Paris. From the description, 'grand masters' are placed beside upcoming 'young Turks' and varying styles are placed edge to edge.

'Vivre Paris' can be seen at the Fondation Electricité de France's Espace Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Until Sunday, 18. April. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Pièce Pour un Rhinocéros et Autres Morceaux Choisis is a minimalist spin-off from the 'Festival Musiques en Scène,' which is actually on show at the Musée d'Art Contemporain in Lyon.

Ian Carr-Harris' rhinoceros can be seen until Wednesday, 24. March, at the Centre Culturel Canadien, 5. Rue de Constantine, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides. Open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 44 43 21 90.

Bibliothèque Forney - Last week's plug for 'Historical Irons' led me to this library and museum. Basically it contains a quarter million works on art, design, engraving, painting and sculpture, plus art deco and the crafts of art - all from the 18th century to today. Worth a visit; a friendly place. Temporary library cards can be obtained by showing a passport.

Run, do not walk to see the 'Historical Irons.' Here's the scoop: an exhibition called 'Vingt Siècles de Tradition, Lavage et Repassage' is no less than an extraordinary collection of more than 100 irons for unwrinkling clothing; dating from prehistory to this century.

The reason for running, is this exhibition's last day is Saturday, 6. March. This might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see something really different! At the Bibliothèque Forney, in the Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue du Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Salon International de l'Agriculture - also known as the 'Famous Cow Show,' starts next Sunday. A reader enquired about this a week ago, and a Web-search turned up last year'sposter: maisons d'ecrivains information. A call to the organizers recently did not result in a press info package arriving - but now I can read all about it in Le Parisien. How lucky!

The 36th edition of this event just about takes over all of Paris-Expo's many halls, and as usual it will feature the judging to choose the most beautiful cows in the world. France Farms Corp. SA will field 1,300 exhibitors who will show off 580 cows, 550 sheep or goats, thousands of chickens and rabbits, 30 breeds of horses and a bunch of donkeys and ponies, plus lots of pigs and fish; and many different kinds of ham sandwiches. Cheese and wine will not be absent either.

The Salon de la Pèche de Loisir runs concurrently at Paris-Expo from Thursday, 4. March until Sunday, 7. March, and features everything about fishing for fun. The entry paid for the Salon de l'Agriculture is good for this too.

36th Salon International de l'Agriculture, at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Paris 15. From Sunday, 28. February until Sunday, 7. March; from 9:00 to 19:00 daily and until 22:00 on Friday, 5. March. Entry: 55 francs for adults and 35 francs for children over six. Kids under six: free entry.

Two Shorties: - both start Friday, 12. March. One is the 21st 'Festival International Films de Femmes, which will be onscreen at the Maison des Arts in Créteil until Sunday, 21. March. Info. Tel.: 01 49 80 38 98.

The other is 'Chorus des Hauts-de-Seine' - part of the 12th Festival de la Chanson - which continues until Wednesday, 31. March. Info. Tel.: 01 47 74 51 11.

Banlieues Bleues '99 - If you like the Blues and you don't mind the 'Burbs, then you'll want to take in all or some of the 16th edition of Banlieues Bleues which takes off in various locatons in Seine-Saint-Denis starting Tuesday, 9. March.

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