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Next Weekend - the Fête de la Musique

Paris:- Saturday, 12. June 1999:- If you have just rolled into Paris and you've brought your high-heeled dancing shoes with you or you are a non-dancing lizard of the musical lounges, then you will want to know who's on where and when.

magazine: lylo music guideA musician tipped me to 'Lylo,' which is a little bitty hip-pocket magazine of about 64 pages, which announces the coming concerts and play dates of just about everything hip and hop in the Paris area - for a three week period.

The magazine is free, but only 50,000 copies are printed and they disappear fast. The fnac chain is a place to buy tickets to concerts and gigs, and also where you might find Lylo.

Lylo's listings are in the categories of Rock, Jazz, World Music and Singers. The current issue lists 1598 events in 304 locations, from 12. June through to 2. July. The back of the mini-magazine has the addresses of the 304 locations.

Fête de la Musique - is a modest musical partyposter: musee de l'annee, musee cartes a jouer, issy held throughout France every year and it appears as if this year's edition will be next weekend. I have been surprised by this event before and I only am aware of it this year because Issy-les-Moulineaux has sent me their program. For Issy, at least, it is on Sunday, 20. June and Monday, 21. June. if I remember correctly, I think the Fête de la Musique will get underway in Paris as early as Friday night - and the whole capital will echo to the sound of music. 'Sound of bongos' will be more like it.

While on the subject of Issy - the 1998 winner of the Grand Prix for municipal public relations! - I'd like to mention that their unique Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer has been awarded the trophy as the 'Musée Européen de l'Année 1999.' I haven't gotten around to visiting this museum yet, but if you want to see it, it can be found at 16. Rue Auguste Gervais in Issy, not far from the métro station Mairie d'Issy.

Hommage à Moustapha Dimé - will feature an Senegalese pal of Ousmane Sow's, who currently lives on the island of Gorée, out in the Atlantic off the coastbrochure: exhibition moustapha dime of Dakar. Dimé, who died in 1998, is not as well-known as Sow but was picking up prizes for his sculptures at Johannesburg and at the Biannual of Venice. See the present exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. The exhibition begins on Wednesday, 16 June, with a vernissage for the public at 18:00. Otherwise hours are from 11:00 to 19:00 daily except Mondays, until 19. September.

Sculpture, Dimé: photo©Ville de Paris

Killer Kondom - is a film by Martin Walz inspired by a comic book by Ralph König. The hero's name is Luigi Mackaroni and the rest of the brief description seems to indicate that this may be an X-rated film or a film about 'X.' Probably not coming to a cinema near you unless to happen to be in Paris, where many cinemas have no shame. Which is a good thing for free-speech fanatics but bad for those who wish to demonstrate about the lack thereof.

Lord of the Dance - is signed Michael Flatley and comes from Ireland to do some Celtic stomping for a shortposter: lord of the dance run at the Zénith, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Dates: Friday, 25. June and Saturday, 26. June; at 20:30. Tickets at fnac, Virgin, Carrefour. Info. Tel.: 01 42 08 60 00.

Demures - is the name of the new exhibition at the Musée Zadkine. Two invitations to the vernissage have arrived before the press release so I can't tell you what this is about yet. 'There's time,' as the Irish say; because the sculpture exhibition which starts on Friday, 18. June will continue until 17. October. At the Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Mondays.

Posters by Jacques Nathan-Garamond - if you like dramatic posters this is an exhibition to see; and this sort of graphic show is a specialty of this city library. At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4.. Métro: Pont-Marie or Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Italian Theatre - if, by chance, you feel like hearing a bit of spoken and sung, or poetic Italian while you are in Paris, then you should check out the program for June at the Théâtre du Rond-Point. Pieces include 'Pulcinella,' 'Pinocchio' and 'Una Disperata Vitalià.' There are 15 different shows in all, lasting until Saturday, 26. June.

Théâtre du Rond-Point, 2. bis, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin Roosevelt. Resa. Tel.: 01 44 95 98 10. Tickets also available at fnac, Virgin, France Billet and other agencies.

Nuit du Caire - features Fawazy Al-Aiedy who does Oud-Chant and percussions with a partner, and the Awalemposter: jazz at la villette Company, who do Egyptian 'Raqs Sharqi' dancing. This is in two parts: the music and dancing is at the Café de la Dance, Thursday and Friday; 24. and 25. June - and the 'Soirée Orientale' is on Friday, 25. June, starting at 23:00; at the Espace Montorgueil, 34. Rue Montorgueil, Paris 1. Métro: Etienne-Marcel. Café de la Dance, 5. Passage Louis-Philippe, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. Info. Tel.: 01 44 75 37 82. Tickets at fnac, Virgin, and Café de la Dance. The two events: 130 francs.

Festival Musique à Sully - features a long classical music program, lasting until Sunday, 27. June. This takes place in Sully-sur-Loire, which I think is close to Orléans. There are combo tickets-hotels for weekends, when most events at the festival are scheduled.

Festival de Saint-Denis - is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. For a month, Saint-Denis will be home to classical music, flamenco, music from Morocco, some Spanish 'palm' music, which is part of much else 'arabo-andalou.'

After the exotic there will be accordions, dance, 'Magic Mirrors,' cabaret, jazz, classical soloists - both musicians and singers, and much more until the last performance on Thursday, 1. July. Visit the festival's Web site, or Info. Tel.: 01 48 13 06 07.

24 Heures du Mans - BMW staged a surprise win at Le Mans - on Sunday, 13. June - beating the formidable Toyota team. For the results of the race, check out thescores and Le Mans Web sites.

'Old' New Stuff: - I have seen posters announcing that Monet's 'Nymphéas' are playing now in the Musée de l'Orangerie, until Monday, 2. August. So far, I've been forgetting to note the details from the posters, and have not found any other information about this show.

'L'Artiste Selon Balzac' - The 'Maison de Balzac' reopened with a newbrochure: fete des loges, st germain en laye exhibition of artistic works relating to an article published in 1830, in which Balzac defined the creative aspects within artists. On exhibit will be Raphael, done by Ingres, La Fontaine, and Balzac by Picasso, plus science types such as Descartes and Newton; to illustrate Balazc's argument.

It is also the bi-centenary of Balzac's birth - which was on 20. May 1799 - so the Web has swung into gear. In addition to the Web site above you may want to take a look at this other one, to see complete texts and illustrations. These amounted to, at his death, 10,816 pages in 97 volumes.

The exhibition continues until 5. September. The museum's library is currently closed, but will reopen on 19. September. Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 42 24 56 38.

Les Jardins 'Allegoria' - these are made up of five imaginary but real gardens, symbolizing the five senses, by Jean-Paul Guerlain. In fact, these gardens are much more than symbolic because you can visit and see their sculptures, done by Nathalie Decoster as well. Pascal Gasquet helped with the gardens. The 'gardens' move to the Boutique Guerlain, 68. Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8 - from about mid-June until 28. August.

The Big Shows:

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. 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.

Casablanca - or 'Birth of a Modern City On African Soil' is an exhibition about how Casablanca came toposter: 22nd foire saint germain be and what it like today. Somewhat similar to Americans settling their west coast, the Moroccan city of Casablanca has become the 'Far West' to all North Africans and peoples from all around the Mediterranean.

With an entire continent at its back and the Atlantic Ocean as its front door, Casablanca has welcomed all religions and all forms of art and architecture - most of it relatively modern, as Casablanca is a 20th century creation. While Hollywood helped make Casablanca famous - or notorious - with a stage set; the real is many times more intriguing.

Espace Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Until Sunday, 18. July. Open from 12:00 to 19:00, except Mondays and public holidays. Entry: 20 francs. Publication 'Portrait de Ville,' 100 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Paris-Casa 'Suites Marocaines' - in conjunction with 'Casablanca,' this exhibition features the contemporary artistic Franco-Moroccan scene in styles both traditional and modern. A parallel program of concerts, debates, video showings and dances are scheduled for every Friday and Saturday, until 17. July.

Au Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Until 25. July. Except Mondays, open daily from 11:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 75 39. More artistic Moroccan works are featured until 26. June in various Paris' libraries. Phone 01 44 78 80 00 for further information.

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. 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 Topkapi'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.


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