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Hardly a 'Scene,' but high in popularity - the Ile Saint-Louis.

Not On this Summer - the World Cup

Paris:- Saturday, 3. April 1999:- Well, well, here we are, right after the beginning of the new year, in April already. The printing presses have rolled at last so now there are fairly complete programs for the coming months; to the end of June at least.

These are not all in this week's column because if I put them in now I wouldn't be working on anything else, and this page would be bigger than the whole rest of the magazine - so I'll continue feeding it in a bit at a time.

Paris will also have special summer events, and not all of these have been announced. One of these events this year is not the World Cup, although the FIFA football people are talking about having the big show every two years instead of every four. Paris will probably not get the Olympics it wants either, with Athens having wrapped them up for 2004 (is this the right year?), but rules can be changed if the bid it high enough.

The advantage of not having
really big over-organized events is having little, locally-organized events, which reflect how Paris and the Ile-de-France really are - as these are put together by local people for local people, and visitors get a 'bonus' show. These will be coming up for you this spring and summer.

Attention: Romans! - Paris and Rome were twinned a few years back. In Rome, residents can get a Paris museum pass, which allows free entry to most the city's museums - not the national museums - and of course it works in reverse for Parisians too. However, to get the 'Carte Paris-Rome' you need to be able to prove residence, so this is not for everybody. I for one, will have to pay to get into the Mercati Traianei e Foro di Traiano.

Les Hommes - in 100 films, starts on Wednesday with 'Husbands' by John Cassavetes and 'Women' by George Cukor - at theposter: les hommes, forum des imagesForum des Images, and continues until 29. June. This is in the Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

La Poste is getting ready for its Philexfrance 99 exhibition in July with a three-stamp block, named 'Chefs-d'oeuvre de l'Art.' This block features the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Delacroix' La Liberté, on a sheet with the Chatte de Bastet. The face price of 50 francs also includes a pass to the exhibition.

'La Poste's' services for philatelists are accessible by the Web to interested collectors. La Poste offers information about its subscription service in English, German, Spanish and Italian, in addition to French. La Poste also accepts payments made with Visa or Mastercard.

Musée Rambolitrain - may be an odd name, but it is one of the very few model train museums around. It has more than 4,000 engines and wagons and 400 metres of tiny tracks. According to the photos, there are also steam trains for riding, and a special weekend for them is planned for Mayday. Open on holidays, but otherwise open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30. Entry for big people is 22 francs and for normal people from four to 12 it is 14 francs. In Rambouillet, 4. Place Jeanne d'Arc. Info. Tel.: 01 34 83 15 93.

Jean Racine 1699-1999 - gets a big remembrance in the Yvelines department this spring, with theatre, conferences, tours, an exhibition and concerts being staged. For detailsbrochure: program ile de france of the full program, try the Web site for the Ile-de-France, which is not the same as the one mentioned in earlier issues.

In addition to the city of Paris, the Ile-de-France is composed of seven other departments. Yvelines gets mentioned a lot because of Versailles and Saint Germain- en-Laye, but the biggest department, Seine-et-Marne gets mentioned only seldom, even though it is the location of our local Disneyland. Check out the Web site for details.

Musée Française de la Photographie - is not in Paris but in Bièvres, which is in the Essonne part of the Ile-de-France. The museum is marked clearly on my map, but it must be a hard place to get to, as it is off the N118, on the D53, between Bièvres and the horrible intersection at Vélizy-Petit Clamart. There is a train line running through Bièvres, between Versailles-Chantiers and Massy-Palaiseau, but the museum is a good 1700 metres from the station.

But if you are brave enough to read this, then you are brave enough to go and see the exhibition of photos by Chrystèle Lerisse, which starts on Saturday and continues until 20. July. Although there will be 60 photos on view, all shot between 1995 and 1998, they will be presented in the format of the negative: six by six centimetres. If adventure is your game, the address is 78. Rue Paris, Bièvres. Info. Tel.: 01 69 35 16 50.

Le Béton à Paris - a few weeks ago I was the Pavillon de l'Arsenal to look for something and when I asked what the subject of their next exhibition would be, the fellows at the reception seemed to think reinforced-cement would not be particularly interesting. They may be right but you may be a fan of the stuff, so it's on show now. I have no start or end date for this, but it is at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Avenue Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Sporty Cars - with two doors, with and without roofs, will be on show at the Salon du Cabriolet et du Coupe from Friday, 9. April until Sunday, 11. April; from 11:00 to 22:00, Sunday only to 19:00. The 15,000 square metres of exhibition space will be devoted to some of the fancy old cars that were at 'Retromobile' but there will be plenty of new ones to see as well. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.

Musicora and MusicMania - for its 15th edition the international Musicora salon celebrates voice, in addition to instruments, the artists, and the latest trends concerning the marriage of computers to music. This salon gives the visitor a chance to see France's production of musical instruments as well as hear a lot of musicians trying them out.

'MusicMania' is a parallel exhibition featuring today's sounds and Paris' own musical activities. In addition to showing instruments, music is performed in a variety of concerts, from Offenbach to classical, from jazz to children's choirs.

Musicora and MusicMania, at the Grand Halle de la Villette, Porte de Pantin, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. From Friday, 9. April until Monday, 13. April. One entry is good for both salons. The Friday is reserved for professionals at both salons. Public hours are from 10:00 to 19:30; until 18:00 on 13. April.

Part of Musicora takes place at the nearby Cité de la Musique. Info. Tel. for Musicora: 01 49 53 27 00. Info at the Web site for MusicMania.

14th Paris Film Festival - this festival is often overlooked, but from Tuesday, 6. April until Monday, 13. April, it will be holding premieres for seven full-length feature films, which will be subject to a jury selection. For the public, the daily showing will be at 11:30, and the 'stars' will show up for autograph sessions at 12:45 and 14:00 daily. Including the 50 other non-competing films, all of this takes place at the Gaumont Marignan, 27. Avenue du Champs-Elysées, Paris 8. Info. Tel.: 01 45 72 96 40.

The above are new or coming events. Below are events already mentioned in this column; minus the ones that have left the scene. Also below, are some of this week's new posters and other images so take a skim anyway.

Little Big Horn On the Pont des Arts - 11 near-full-size horses and 28 people are African sculptorphoto: pont des arts Ousmane Sow's representation of the principal actors of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

The Pont des Arts makes a good gallery; there is a lot of light, except at night. The bridge is a good open-air hang-out spot, and Ousmane Sow's sculptures make it very lively - his figures are very dynamic and strong.

This outdoor show is not only free, but you get to cross the Seine at the same time. The figures will remain in place until Thursday, 20. May. If you are in Paris, don't miss it - especially if you need to cross the river.

200 Years of Lithos - is a new exhibition featuring the short but revolutionary history of a modern form of art expression. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. rue Malher, Paris 4. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 4. April. Hours for the exhibition are daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Spring Is Here Now - and Parc Floral is having a spring bud show until 18. April. For this season, Paris has published a new edition of 'Les Jardins de Paris,' which is the practical program to the city's guided tours of its parks and gardens. The 70-page booklet is free and also contains information concerning visits for the deaf and those whose sight is not tip-top.

La Légende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier - by Gustave Flaubert is a play, directed by Christian Rist. Flaubert was a bit depressed when he wrote this in 1877, with the title of 'Trois Contes,' so it has been around awhile. At the Théâtre de l'Aquarium, at the Cartoucherie in the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. From the métro, there is a shuttle bus. Until 18. April, Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sundays at 16:00. Resa Tel.: 01 43 74 99 61, or tickets at fnac outlets.

Molière et Lully - has two alternate titles of 'Le Sicilien' or 'L'Amour Peintre' and it is put on by the Théâtre de l'Impossible under the direction of Robert Bensimon. What might be giddy performances, are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 18:00; beginning Thursday, 25. March and continuing until Sunday, 17. April. This takes places at the Théâtre Mouffetard, 73. Rue Mouffetard, Paris 5. Métro: Monge. Info. Tel.: 01 43 31 11 99.

Festival de l'Imaginaire - seems like a logical follow-up to the proceeding, and it has Chinese opera, Korean dances, African and Japanese stuff; as well as 'Vilokan' from Haiti and a Qawwali ceremony from Pakistan and a Riho de Mestia choir from Georgia, which is not the one in the US.

The Festival de l'Imaginaire has a Web site as well as an Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 72 30, to get the complete program. For reservations, call fnac at 01 45 44 41 42. At La Maison des Cultures du Monde, 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. This festival has already begun, but it continues until mid-April; so you haven't missed everything exotic yet.

A Demain Cette Nuit - is described as 'like' an 'impossible' rendezvous. If you've been to and survived the three events above, I can believe it. The best thing about this piece of musical and dancing Dada is that it comes to us thanks to Le Preau and the Centre Dramatique National located in Basse-Normandie.

Performances of 'A Demain Cette Nuit' begin on Tuesday, 23. March and continue until Saturday, 10. April; at the well-known Café de la Danse, 5. Passage Louis-Philippe, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. Thisposter: arte - polars pur sang is the one you get to by taking the Rue de la Lappe and turning off at number 21. No show on Sundays. Tickets from fnac or Info. Tel.: 01 40 21 70 70.

On Arte TV - perhaps in your hotel room. Polars, Krimis, Cops and Robbers.

Today's Russians in Issy - this is how the announcement begins about our second lot of Russians - which is about the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Alexandr Pushkin's birth, which Issy intends to do in a big way until Sunday, 11. April.

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