Did I Mention Festivals?

photo: affichage libre, 13 juillet

The number of events is reflected by a local poster display.

Métro's Line Two Partly Closed

Paris:- Saturday, 3. July 1999:- in addition to the contents of this page, you can find more details about dance and music events during the summer in Paris on this week's 'Good, Clean Fun' page and music is featured on the 'High Life' page. Maybe some of the items on those pages should be here. Oh, I don't know - I'm all mixed up. There's a ton of this stuff! I'll never make Monday's deadline. You won't live long enough to do all this, so skip what you want.

Love Parade in Berlin: - the Gay Pride parade snuck up on me last weekend so it is with extreme hoopla *HeyYou!* that I announce the - coming! - on Saturday, 10. July 'Love Parade in Berlin.' Unless I've got this mixed up, this 'parade' is sort of a moveable Woodstock that became legit after participants outnumbered local police; plus every kid in Germany with flared pants and a plastic card started showing up and spending those old DM's like - what? - and they say 'nichts neues im Westen!' News dated yesterday says this parade will not be held in Berlin in 2000... but check the Web site yourself. Live video feed to the Web promised for 10. July.

Summer Festivals Everywhere - are featured on Télérama's Web site, after clicking on 'Festivals.' I came across the guide while looking for Rouen's Armada du Siècle. Rouen's 'Armada' site has given me the dates, 9 to 18. July, a photo, and very little else. This is the last really big sailing ship meeting in this century, so if you don't already know the details, you'll never get a seat for it.

La Fiesta de Paris - is nothing less than a Mega Salsa Festival, with Joe Arroyo y La Verdad, les Cubains de Sonora La Calle, Milonga, Les Sombres Héros, Orlando de Cali, Livan, Jesus et José El Loco de la Salsa, Salle Marcel-Cerdan, 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. On Saturday, 10. July; 22:00 to dawn. Info. Tel.: 01 47 00 00 02.

Bastille Firecrackers: -Pétards et Artifices' - at La Flèche d'Or, 102 bis. Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20. Tuesday, 13. July, all night long. Info. Tel.: 01 45 85 38 88. The 'Flèche d'Or' is mentioned 43 times on this week's 'High Life' page, so it is a name to be reckoned with - for the next 15 minutes.

Did I Mention - the Paris Jazz Festival at the Parc Floral de Paris? I've now found a tiny mention of it in Paris' magazine 'Paris le Journal.' The dates are - 'every' Saturday at 16:30, until 25. September - and the concerts are free and no less good because of it. The 30th birthday of the Parc Floral also marks the 6th edition of its Festival 'Classique au Vert,' which features free concerts on Sundays at 16:30. 'Les Pestacles' are on every Wednesday at 14:30 for children from three to ten. Métro: Château de Vincennes. Info. Tel.: 01 43 43 92 95.

Opéra Comique: - gets a mention because it has a featured poster this week. Otherwise, it has both the French and Italian versions of Tosca on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, all at 19:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. That is, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. July. Opéra Comique, 5. Rue Favert, Paris 2. Info. Tel.: 01 42 44 45 46.

Fréderic Chopin: - would have been 150 years older if he was still as alive today as his music. It's a good excuse to have a Festival Chopin, which is what we've got until Wednesday, 14. July. At the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle, in the Bois de Boulogne. Métro: Neuilly-Sablons. Info. Tel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Molière et Ses Médecins: - is a musical-comedy by Molière, directed byposter: moliere les medecines, le tambour royal Rosine Margat with choreography by Virginie Tocque. Starts on Tuesday and runs until 29. August. No show on Mondays in July; none on Monday to Wednesday in August; weekdays at 20:30 and Sundays at 15:30. See it at Le Tambour Royal, 94. Rue du Faubourg du Temple. Paris 11. Métro: Belleville or Goncourt. Tickets at fnac, Virgin, Kiosque and agencies. Info. Tel.: 01 48 06 72 34.

Fête des Loges: - has been playing in the forest of Saint-Germain every year at this time since - oh - hundreds? thousands? of years and this year is no exception. The forest it is in is pretty old too. This is a 'Fête Foraine' so don't dress up and make sure your small coins are safe before taking some of the rides. There is a combo price of 125 francs, which is good for 18 rides, or 18 goes on one ride. 14 Restaurants, 150 attractions. Fête des Loges, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Western terminus of RER line 'A.'

Métro Closed: - the elevated part of line two of the métro Porte Dauphine-Nation is closed for renovations between the stations of Belleville and Blanche until Saturday, 28. August. A free bus is available, to fill the gap caused by the seven closed stations. Take this into consideration for connections at Pigalle, Barbés, La Chapelle, Stalingrad, and Colonel Fabien.

Festival Times

La Villette Jazz Festival - features 50 concerts in eight days, winding up on Sunday, 4. July. There is one free concert a day in the Grande Halle; the others have to be booked. Some names: John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, the Jan Garbarek Group, the David Murray Big Band, Steve Coleman and Herbie Hancock, to list a few. Evening combos tickets are available. For the program, Info. Tel.: 01 40 03 77 21 and for reservations, Tel.: 01 44 84 44 84. Tickets also available at fnac outlets. At La Villette, in the park, the Grande Halle and in the Cié de la Musique. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

Philexfrance 1999 - La Poste being La Poste, it will be issuing a whole raft of special 'first day' stamps for the occasion of their current exhibition. One is 'Cérés 1849-1999' with a hologram, another is for the celebration of the year 2000, and of course there isstamp: la poste; eclipse one for this year's eclipse as well. Also be sure to see the historical displays of various postal delivery systems - by road, rail, boat and air.

Philexfrance '99 - Paris-Expo Hall 1, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Friday, 2. July until Sunday, 11. July; from 14:00 to 20:00 on 2. July, 10:00 to 19:00 for the other days. Info. Tel.: 01 56 53 99 99.

Chien Cru - Cirque Bâtard - the Cie Cahin Caha presents a melange of French formality and American 'roughness' in this show featuring three performing artists and three circus artists; part French and part American. This 'raw dog of pure beef' starts in mid-July and continues until 4. September. From Wednesdays to Saturdays, at 20:00, in the Espace Chapitaux, Parc de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette.

The Non-Iffy Les Mis' - Last Week I had doubt that this show is on. This week a phone call settled the issue - 'Les Mis' are on this summer, to play out in the original Roman Arènes de Lutèce. Denis Llorca's Les Misérables runs from Monday, 5. July until Saturday, 24. July, at 19:00 daily. Arènes de Lutèce, Rue de Navarre, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu or Place Monge. Reservations at fnac, Virgin and other points. Info. Tel.: 01 44 90 00 96.

Les Nouveaux Plaisirs - is Versailles' main spring and summer program, featuring theatre, music and dance. On the royal menu are Molière, the Ballet à l'Opéra Royal, Rossini, Boulez, and several attractions with the Topkapi theme. Many performance dates have passed, but some are still to come. Check out Spectacles au Château for details.

''Ciel une Eclipse' - the Hôtel de Ville's reception area has been turned into an eclipse exhibit. The title of the exhibit either means an 'eclipse in the sky' or 'Heavens! An Eclipse.' Astronomers think eclipses are grand occasions for viewing moons, planets and suns; butphoto: official eclipse shades this year the general public is invited too, because a near-total eclipse is combined with the last or second-last year of a millennium.

Eclipse-gazers need really dark glasses. These were 15 francs; the ones from the Hôtel de Ville cost 60.

This summer's eclipse is scheduled for Wednesday, 11. August, between 12:16 and 12:34. In Paris it will not be total. For this, go to Chantilly or Senlis, to the north. If you do intend to - look - at the eclipse, be sure to be wearing proper eye protection. Ordinary sunglasses or ski glasses are not sufficient. The eclipse exhibition in the reception office has special glasses available, for about 60 francs.

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

Salon d'Acceuil, Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli,Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Open daily except for Sundays and holidays, from 9:30 to 18:00. No entry charge for the eclipse exhibition, which continues until 25. September. A free brochure about the eclipse is available.

Solaire - is a current, and free, exhibition at the Observatoire de Paris. Ordinarily I would not know about this, but one of Metropole's readers wanted to know when the Observatory's 'towers' had been torn down - and I went by to find out. The place is intact, but I paid so much attention to the answer that I forgot about the exhibition.

It is a great chance to see the inside of this building which is open only rarely. Did you know our planet is speeding along in 'our' galaxy at the rate of 250 kilometres per second? Find out more about 'our' sun and the eclipse at the Observatoire de Paris, 61. Avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or RER Port Royal. Robot Info. Tel.: 01 40 51 21 74.

Renan by Nadar At Issy - there is an exhibition of about 30 photographic portraits by Nadar, of his contemporaries, at the Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer. The connection is Ernst Renan, who grew up in Issy, and was born three years after Gaspard Félix Tournachon, who was known as Nadar - an extraordinary character, who Renan thought, ended up as a refugee in the 'Botany Bay' of photography. Other faces on show are Dumas, Hugo, George Sand, Balzac and Thiers.

Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, 16. Rue Auguste Gervais, Issy-les-Moulineaux. Métro: Mairie de Issy. Until 28. November; open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00.

More Photographs - are on view in an exhibition lasting until 5. September which features Roland Topor, Helmut Newton, Alice Springs, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi and Charles Matton. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Beneath the Maps - maps can contain more information than may be apparent, and for this reason they were once jealously guarded by those in power. A history of maps, especially those of Paris, are featured in all their details in a current exhibition at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Pa ris 4. Métro: Sully Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Theatre In the Green - Four shows will be presented outside, weather permitting, between now and 3. October. 'Le Joueur de Flute' is for children, and it continues until 18. July; on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week. 'Une Chaise Anglaise' will be on from 24. July to 29. August; on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. 'Volpone' runsbrochure: la ratp renov line 2 concurrently starting on 31. July, from Tuesdays to Saturdays, until 29. August. To close, there will be Shakespeare's 'Peines d'Amour Perdu,' from 4. September to 4. October, on Saturdays and Sundays. All in the magical Shakespeare Garden, within the Jardin du Pré-Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 40 19 95 33.

Hommage à Moustapha Dimé - will feature an Senegalese pal of Ousmane Sow's, who lived on the island of Gorée, out in the Atlantic off the coast 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 hours are from 11:00 to 19:00 daily except Mondays, until 19. September.

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. This exhibition of sculpture 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.

Park-a-Car, Rent-a-Bike - the surface parking at the Place de la Concorde and the underground lot at Saint-Eustache - Forum des Halles, are nw renting bikes. This is part of the RATP's 'Roue Libre' bike operation. If there is sufficient demand for it, other parking locations will adopt the service. 'Roue Libre' charges 30 francs per day during the week.

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