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Asterix Park Reopens for 1999

Paris:- Saturday, 8. May 1999:- Unlike Disneyland Paris which is open year-round, the Parc Asterix closes long enough in the winter for its principal actors to perform in new movies and cartoons. The park opened again in April, with the announcement of new features for this year:

For its 10th anniversary, 'L'Oxygénarium' has been inbrochure: asterix park 99 operation since 3. April and it might be some sort of hairy ride on a rubber tire, but I don't know for certain. The park is adding a hotel as well, but this will not open until July. In total, there are 28 'attractions' within six theme areas; not all of them Gallo-Roman.

I have never been at one of these amusement parks so I do not know if I am a 'fan' of them. However my family has tested all the ones near Paris - while I 'test' Paris itself - and the Parc Asterix gets high marks for prices, organization and pure fun.

Before rushing off willy-nilly, check out SNCF, RER and RATP ticket windows for combination transport and park-entry tickets. These can be purchased in advance and used any day during the season. Children under three have free entry. The Parc Asterix is on the Web too. In France, Info. Tel.: 02 44 62 34 04, and from abroad: 33 2 44 62 34 04.

Homage à Jean Rigaud - presentsposter: jean rigaud, musee de la marine 80 years worth of this marine painter's production in an exhibition lasting until 23. August. If you have kids and want to take your time while doing a tour of this museum, there is a show called L'Ile au Trésor on every Wednesday, starting at 14:45. By reservation only: for the 8-12s, 25 francs. Tel.: 01 53 65 69 53. For the museum, open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:50. Musée de la Marine, Palais de Chaillot, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro.

Painting: 'Phare de Men-Brial' by Jean Rigaud. ©Musée de la Marine / P. Dantec

Dali Folies - is a dance and comedy show, adapted from Salvador Dali's writing; somewhat concocted and directed by Jacques Darcy. This started last week and runs for about a month, at the Espace Pierre Cardin, 1. Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. From Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sundays at 15:00. Tickets: fnac, Virgin and France Billet. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 27 35.

Festival du Rire - is a live, late-late show at Le Canotier, starting at midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and continuing until dawn. Le Canotier, 62. Boulevard Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 46 06 02 86.

Passeport Intersites - is free, if you can find one, and it permits discounts to entries at a group of sites in the Val d'Oise. These include the Abbaye de Royaumont, the Château d'Auvers and the Château de la Roche at Guyon; plus three others. If you can answer six questions about the sites, you have a chance to win a Peugeot 206 to take home as a souvenir. I found my 'passeport' at the Paris Tourist Office on the Champs-Elysées.

Nouvelles Histories Comme Ça - is a 'spectacle' by Richard Demarcy, which consists of three short pieces from Rudyard Kipling, Blaise Cendrars and Lewis Carroll. This is for all ages except those less than seven, but is only on until Tuesday, 19. May. At the Théâtre du Rond-Point Champs-Elysées; 2 bis, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris 8. Info. Tel.: 01 44 95 98 10, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00.

George Dandin ou Le Mari Confondu - is a replay of one of Molière's pieces; one which I have not seen. Actually I have only seen two-thirds of one play, once, and it was a very long time ago. This version, directed this time by Christophe Lidon, is on only until next Sunday, 16. May. At the Théâtre 14 - Jean-Marie Serreau, 20. Avenue Marc Sangnier, Paris 14. Métro: Porte de Vanves. Info. Tel.: 01 45 45 49 77.

Musée d'Art Américain - is featuring 'Ville et Campagne, les Artistes Américains, 1870-1920.' With Mary Cassatt, Homer Winslow, Robert Henri and Whistler, as well as Frederick Childe-Hassem, Charles Curran and John Singer Sargent. The exhibition's pieces are from the collection of the Terra Foundation for the Arts. The museum is located in Giverny, near Claude Monet's house and gardens, and can be reached by road via the A13 autoroute. Or take an SNCF train from Saint-Lazare to Vernon. Museum open from 10:00 to 18:00, except on Mondays. Info. Tel.: 02 32 51 94 65.

L'Avare - is more by Molière and this version is directed by Jérôme Savary. Now being performed with a 'dream' Harpagon - played by Jacques Sereys - and continuing until Sunday, 20. June at the Théâtre National de Chaillot. In the Salle Jean Vilar at 20:00, from Tuesday to Saturday with an afternoon performance at 15:00 on Sundays. No show on 15. June.

Coming Soon: 'Wouah! Wouah!' - is a comedy adapted from Roland Topor's novel, with direction and music by Jacques Coutureau. Love causes imaginary crises and over-reactions, depending on different countries at different times; and this is put together by the creator of the Grand Magic Circus.

The first above at Chaillot; the other coming to the Théâtre National de Chaillot, in the Salle Gémier, on Thursday, 27. May. Showtime will be Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30, and this piece will run until Saturday, 26. June. 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. Ticket at the theatre or at fnac, Virgin and other agencies. Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 01.

New Events:

Paris' Ottoman Springtime

'L'Art Ottoman' is a show currently on at the Trianon de Bagatelle. With the 'Temps du Maroc' and the Egyptian mixup, I neglected to mention the details for this one.

Paris is celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire, which started with Sultan Mehemet II in Constantinople - an 'open' city, lavishly decorated according to the seasons, with a passion for nature. Objects from various collections make up the show as well as an exhibition by 70 photographers, who have rendered Istanbul in all of its variety.

Trianon de Bagatelle, Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Sèvres, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly and then bus 43 for the rest of the way. This exhibition continues until 1. August. Entry to the park is 10 francs, and to the Trianon, 28 francs.

The Other Related Shows:

Meknès Gate at Concorde - was featured in issue 4.15. Its full name is 'La Porte de Meknès Bab El Mansour.' Its 3000 square metres of complex decor is being recreated by Catherine Feff - in France - but in inspired directly from the original at Meknès, and it will only be fully complete in June. As it is already 15 metres high, it is hard to overlook - but don't miss it!

Maroc - les Trésors du Royaume - is an exhibition featuring more than 400 works from Morocco's long prehistory, up to the Islamic period. A final part of the exhibition deals with European painters who worked in Morocco in the late 19th century, such as Matisse and Dufy.

'Le Temps du Maroc' - until Sunday,18. July - can be visited at the Petit Palais, Avenue du Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. Except Monday, open from 10:00 to 17:40; to 20:00 on Thursdays. Catalogue available. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

L'Art Egyptien au Temps des Pyramides - by total coincidence, this exhibition is across the street from Morocco in the Petit Palais, at the Grand Palais. Paris exists in a fever of constant Egyptomania. This Egyptian exhibition focuses on the time of the pyramids - from 2700 to 2100 BC. This is also one of the 'big shows' and exhibits have been borrowed from the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.

L'Art Egyptien - until 12 July, at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Square Jean Perrin, Paris 8. Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. Closed on Tuesdays, otherwise reservations are required for visits from 10:00 to 13:00 - no reservations required from 13:00 to 20:00; 22:00 on Wednesdays. Entry: 56 francs with reservations, 50 francs without. Catalogue available. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Les Trésors du Sultan Topkapi à Versailles - is a sample of Topkai's collection, going back through centuries to the treasures of Suleiman, the First as well as the Magnificent. At the Château, continuing until... when? Info. Tel.: 01 30 84 74 00. Also in Versailles, the musical Festival des Yvelines has a date for classical on Thursday, 27. May, in the Royal Chapel of the chateau at 20:30. Reservations required: Info. Tel.: 01 39 07 70 92.

Other Coming Shows, Events and Exhibitions:

'L'Artiste Selon Balzac' - The 'Maison de Balzac' reopens on Thursday, 20. May with a new exhibition of artistic works relating to an article published in 1830, in which Balzac defined the creative aspects within artists. On show will be Raphael, done by Ingres, La Fontaine and science types such as Descartes and Newton; to illustrate Balazc's argument.

Until this exhibition begins on 20. May, the Maison de Balzacis closed for renovations. The museum's library has also closed, but will reopen on 19. September. Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 42 24 56 38.

Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne - 'Painting After Abstraction, 1955 to 1975' is the coming exhibition. The painters Martin Barré, Jean Degottex, Raymond Hains, Simon Hantaï and Jacques Villeglé will be featured. Beginning Thursday, 20. May and going through to Sunday, 19. September.

The above are new or coming events. Immediately below are long-running events which are nearing their final days. These are followed by current events and way down at the end you will find events that still have a long time to run.


Jean Moulin, 1899-1943 - This is a special exhibition, on the occasion of the anniversary of his birth. Pre-war government administrator, Jean Moulin was one of the most important leaders of the resistance, until captured and executed in 1943. More biographical than the permanent exhibit; many private papers and photos are presented, along with a new film, in super-panoramic-format, narrated by Robert Hossein. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris et Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Until 2. January 2000, daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. Catalogue available, 80 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

'Le Vagabond du Surréalisme' - is Georges Malkine, consideredposter: georges malkine, pavillon des arts to be one of the founders of surrealism. He lived in the USA from 1949 until returning to Paris in 1966. The exhibition will feature 70 works, from the periods of 1925-30 and 1960-70. In the '20's, he was the first 'informalist.' Coming to the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Until 29. August. To be open from 11:30 to 18:30, except on Mondays and holidays.

Detail of 'Le Baiser' by Malkine. ©Adagp 1999 ©Paris Musées

Bon Appétit Mon Roi - For a change, some theatre for little kids; directed by Lucette Grimault. The king loses his appetite and 'Grandma Tartine' goes on a voyage, looking for ne taste sensations. On Wednesdays at 15:00 and on Sundays and holidays at 16:30; until 29. June. At the Théâtre Astral in Paris. Info. Tel.: 01 42 41 88 33.


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