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Moroccan Times at Paris' Bibliothèques - if you can, get a copy of the program for the city's bibliothèques for May-June-Summer because many of them have events and exhibitions relating to 'Le Temps du Maroc à Paris.' Many of these are one-time events, but a few continue until July, such as 'Le Maghreb Dans Tous Ses Etats' at the Bibliothèque Maurice Genevoix, 19. Rue Tristan Tzara, Paris 18. Until 17. June. Info. Tel.: 01 46 07 35 05. 'Images du Maroc' by Mustapha Labzé can be seen at the Bibliothèque Trocadéro, 6. Rue du Commandant Schloesing, Paris 16. Until Saturday, 3. July. Info. Tel.: 01 47 27 26 47.

Other Exhibitions:

Now On: '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 togetherbrochure: festival musique a sully by the creator of the Grand Magic Circus. In the Salle Gémier. Showtime will be Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30, and this piece will run until Saturday, 26. June.

L'Avare - is 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 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.

Both of the above at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, 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.

The above are new, recently started 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.


Paris User's Guide - Is a new 130-page bilingual booklet that is a pretty handy as well as complete 'Mode d'Emploi' for Paris, published by the tourist office - which has changed its name to 'Office de Tourisme et des Congrès - but not its address on the Champs-Elysées. So what I used to call the 'PTO' is now the 'PTOC.'

Dali Folies - is a dance and comedy show, adapted from Salvador Dali's writing; somewhat concocted and directed by Jacques Darcy. This runs until mid-June, 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.

Long-Running Exhibitions, Shows and Events:

Jean Moulin, 1899-1943 - This is a special exhibition, on the occasion of the anniversary of Jean Moulin's birth. More biographical than the permanent exhibit. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libérationposter: rotation, danse theatre, festival st denis 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.

Hommage à Jean Marais - is an exhibition about this famous French actor, which continues until 5. September. Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16. Rue Chaptel, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

L'Age d'Or de la Céramique Chinoise - features the private collection known as the Meiyintang Collection. At the Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers. Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays; until 27. June. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Coiffures / Sculptures d'Océanie - features two series of spectacular headgear and hairdos from the South Pacific areas of Nouvelle Bretagne and Irian Jaya, which is western Indonesia. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. Except Tuesdays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:30 and on weekends until 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 44 74 84 80.

Les Fleurs - of Jacques Henri Lartigue exhibition starts Sunday, 6. June and continues until 19. September. Located between Cergy-Pontoise and Chantilly, the L'Isle-Adam is in the Val-d'Oise, bracketed by Auvers-sur-Oise and the Abbayes of Maubuisson and Royaumont - where Route Nationale 1 intersects with the Route Nationale 184, and the Autoroute A16 begins. Centre d'Art Jacques Henri Lartique, 31. Grand Rue, 95290 L'Isle-Adam. Open daily from 14:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. Info. Tel.: 01 34 08 02 72.

'L'Oeuvre en Movements' - is the name of an 'Opuscule' - or brochure - about an exhibition of paintings by Mark Goodman. A visit to the artist in his Marais atelier, may be arranged by contacting Alain Selmersheim at the Galerie Selmersheim, 9-11. Rue Sainte-Anastase, Paris 3. Closed Mondays; otherwise after 12:00 daily. Métro: Saint-Paul or Saint-Sébastien Froissart. Info. Tel.: 01 44 61 07 46.

The Musée de la Poupée - for the centenary of the Société Française de Fabrication de Bébés et Jouets, Paris' doll museum will have an exhibit of the 'Les Plus Belles,' dating from 1899 to 1957. Many of these are from private collections. 'Les Plus Belles' will be on show at the museum from Friday, 4. June until 12. September.

Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. Except Monday, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Boutique next door. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

A la Rencontre des Dieux Gaulois, un Défi à César - is about an old story of an Italian visitor's problems with local Gods on a visit to Gaul; backed up by history and archeology. At the Musée des Antiquités Nationales, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. At the western terminus of the RER 'A' line. The exhibition continues until Monday, 28. June. Info. Tel.: 01 39 10 13 00.

Les Hommes - in 100 films, at the Forum des Images - 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.

'Saint- Pétersbourg/Vavin - is about the first lot of 'Russians' artists to invade Paris. From Vasilieff, Chagall, Soutine, Orloff, Zadkine and all the others, here are 40 of their works. A parallel exhibition features the Slovenian artist and photographer, Veno Pilon. He washed up in Paris in 1926, to settle into the Montparno melting pot with ease - and he recorded it in line, portraits and photographic halftones - the terraces and the artists.

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.

Les Rues de Paris au XVIIIe Siècle - 'As seen by Louis Sébastien Mercier.' In the years before the Revolution, the writer recorded the streets of Paris, observed the work of artisans, heard the cries of street vendors - 'for 30 years.' Mercier set it all down in his 'Tableau de Paris,' written between 1781 and 1789, in 12 volumes with 1,050 chapters. Paris' history museum is showing a selection of Mercier's works - reduced to 8,000 pages - along with a whole assembly of paintings, household objects and even pots and bones rescued by the Vieux Paris commission.

Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris - until Sunday, 20. June. At 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40. Entry: 35 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Homage à Jean Rigaud - presents 80 years worth of this marine painter's production in an exhibition lasting until 23. August. While doing a tour of this museum, there is a show called L'Ile au Trésor for kids 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.

'Le Vagabond du Surréalisme' - is Georges Malkine, considered to be one of the founders of surrealism. At the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Until 29. August. Open from 11:30 to 18:30, except on Mondays and holidays.

Catacombs Photo Show - Parisians have some of their bones on permanent view in the Catacombs. These are adorned with pithy signs and some of them are on view for this exhibition. The texts are not only in French, but in Latin, Greek, Italian and even Swedish - so take a translator. "Arrête! C'est ici l'Empire de la mort," is one example that has been photographed.

The Catacombs, 1. Place Denfret-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfret-Rochereau. Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:00; and on weekends from 9:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00. On view until 14. February 2000, no less.

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 new 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.

Musée d'Art Américain - is featuring 'Ville et Campagne, les Artistes Américains, 1870-1920.' 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. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, except on Mondays. Info. Tel.: 02 32 51 94 65.

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 details of the full program, try the Web site for the Ile-de-France.

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 of wandering around. See the Web site above.

Rickshaw Days - are with us again; now by the name of Vélo Taxi. The locomotion for these are supposed to speak your language and to pedal for no less than three hours, before taking the métro home. The Vélo Taxis are stationed in the Place de la Concorde by the Tuileries - and follow a fixed one-hour route in the bike lanes, around the centre of Paris, on both banks on the Seine. The fare is 90 francs for one and 130 francs for two, which is a heck of a deal if your rollers are busted.

If your guide book is of some age, you don't want to be surprised to find that the The Pompidou Centre - AKA Beaubourg:- is mostly closed but the part that's open, is open from Monday to Friday, from 11:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. Info Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53 and Fax.: 33 1 42 72 97 47.

Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne will often be the scene of exhibitions staged by Beaubourg - as well as other museums around Paris and France - so a visit to Beaubourg's Teepee call tell where the modern art centre's activities are currently taking place. 'Painting After Abstraction, 1955 to 1975' is the current exhibition. Until Sunday, 19. September.

Musée d'Art Moderne, 11; Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Place de l'Alma. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30 and on weekends from 10:00 to 18:45. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Last Chance This Century: an Eclipse - Northern France is hosting a scheduled eclipse of the sun by the moon, onposter: lili boniche at the olympia Wednesday, 11. August - between 12:16 and 12:32 - which will be total in Rouen and Reims and 4,998 other towns and villages, but only partial in Paris.

Since the following eclipse will not be until 2081, to find out more about this one or to get prepared to view it, I advise checking out the following Web sites: the Université de Strasbourg, the Institut de Mécanique Céleste and one known simply as the 'Eclipse Solaire '99.'

Some of the above items have been carried over for many issues of this magazine. If you require more information - such as addresses or phone numbers - check 'All Past Issues' either from here, or from the top or bottom of any page in the magazine.

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