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These people are not layabouts - they are eclipse observers.

Until the Rentrée and 'Paris 2000'

Paris:- Saturday, 14. August 1999:- While 'summer' - not yet over! - really ends on Tuesday, 21. September, there is a period called the 'rentrée' in France - for the first three weeks in the month.

'Rentrée' is another word for the total chaos of getting the kids back to school, which can never be managed without fear, loathing, total confusion, strikes and general civil uncivility. The French have invented this peculiar sub-season to chase their summer holiday cobwebs away; there is no other explanation for it.

In past years I was personally involved with this insanity. I fully believed nothing else happened in September. I thought the fall season started sometime in early October. Luckily for you, this is not the case.

Sea, Sex and Fun - happens every Saturday in August, not September. I'm putting it here before getting to serious stuff. This funk, soul, salsa, house, mix-groove-disco stuff continues until Saturday, 28. August, at L'Opus Jazz and Soul Club, 167. Quai de Valmy, Paris 10. Métro: Louis-Blanc. Entry 60 francs. Starts at 23:00 and runs until dawn. You want more info? Call 06 13 64 87 68.

Tours of the Jewish Marais - are organized on the occasion of the European Day of Jewish Culture, on Sunday, 29. August, by the Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme.

The visits include the Synagogue in the Rue des Tournelles, the Rue des Rosiers and the museumphoto: musee art juif, photo pignol itself. The guided visits are free. The first, at 21 bis. Rue des Tournelles is from 10:00 to 12:00. For the Rue des Rosiers, tours are on the hour, from 10:00 to 17:00 and this is the same for the museum.

The courtyard of the Hôtel de Saint-Aigan. Photo©Pignol.

Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aigan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53, or write to info@mahj.org for full details. Until the end of August, the museum also has a photo exhibition featuring European post-war Jewish communities.

Art History - is offered at the Centre d'Etude d'Historie de l'Art at Chatou. A diploma coursebrochure: study art history, chatou of studies of Paris' history is part of the curriculum, beginning on 12. October and 19. October and continuing until June. These involve Tuesday visits to Paris sites, starting at either 10:00 or 14:00; with each of the 14 tours lasting two hours. You may skip the examination for this and just audit the course, which is given by history professor Claude Rabaté. For info, contact the CEHA at the Mairie de Chatou, 1. Rue Ernest Bousson, 78400 Chatou. Info. Tel.: 01 34 80 46 89.

The Fall Season and 'Paris 2000'

Summer ends on Wednesday, 1. September and the fall season begins. 'Paris 2000' also begins. This is nothing more or less than Paris' 16 month 'Fête de Millennium,' slated to end on or about 1. January 2001. September's fall 'season only lasts one month. See the preliminary details for both below:

Paris In September - in past years, during the chaos of the 'rentrée' in September, I have managed to remain supremely unaware of early, early-September events.

'Les Fêtes de la Seine' - start on Thursday, 2. September and continue until Sunday. Last year I think this was only on one Sunday, but Paris is upgrading its river to be a water-sport-and-leisure attraction, so this year the festivities will last for four days - also a 'Paris 2000' event this year.

Starting as a one-day event, a 'Fête des Jardins' is scheduled, I think for the first time, for Sunday, 12. September. Keep watching this space for details. There will be something happening at every park in every arrondissement.

Paris Sheep Day - Feel like you've been clipped? Then see how French sheep like it on Sunday, 5. September, at the Ferme de Paris. This is just to the west of the Vincennes racetrack, in the Bois de Vincennes, by the Route de Pesage. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes or Charenton-Ecoles.

Une Capitale Poëtique, 1850 - 1914 - is mainly a photographic exhibition. Thebrochure: musee de la vie romantique works of Charles Marville fill in the second half of the 19th century and Eugéne Atget's works begin this century about to end.

The photos are organized thematically around the poets Nerval, Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Appollinaire. This starts at the Bibliothèque Historique de Paris on Friday, 10. September and runs to Thursday, 7. October. Then it runs at the Bibliothèque Buffon until 10. November. Bibliothèque Historique de Paris, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Patchwork, Quilts and Textiles - 50 of the best contemporary French works have been chosen for this exhibition, which will later go on tour in Germany and the United States. See these modern needle-and-thread works, from Tuesday, 14. September until Saturday, 20. November. At the Bibliothèque Forney, 1. Rue de Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Messages from the Other-World - part of this show is from Lausanne's collection 'Art Brut;' some of the 30 artists represented are William Blake, Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Minnie Evans, Madge Gill, Heinrich Nüsslein, Laure Pigeon and Victorien Sardou. From Monday, 13. September to 27. February, 2000. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Latin American Artists - are a main feature of the FIAC show, with 30 Latin American galleries represented, from Mexico to Patagonia. In all 182 galleries will be presenting the latest from the art world. For the duration of the FIAC, its entry tickets will be also honored at Paris' Modern Art Museum. From Tuesday, 14. September until Monday, 20. September. FIAC, at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Festival Internationale de Danse - all I have are its dates; from Tuesday, 21. September until Saturday, 25. September. The location: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Sand - Musset: 'Les Enfants du Siècle' - this exhibition displays all the background involved with the making of the film 'Les Enfants du Siècle' by Diane Kurys.

The story is about the legendary passion between George Sand and the young Alfred de Mussat. On show are the storyboard by Maxime Rabière, costumes for the film by Christian Lacroix, decor by Philippe Turlure and photographs by Marion Stalens. From Tuesday, 21. September until 9. January, 2000. Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Paris 2000

Once every millennium about this time, people start making plans to visit Paris, to be here when the tired old '99 rolls over into the brandnew '00.

Many of the planned events are coupled to occasions that Paris has long celebrated, but many more are special events - which Paris is officially characterizing as the 'choix du cúur. No new, hyper-gigantic Stade de France in other words.

The Balloon Goes Up - without even waiting for September, the tethered balloon at the Parc André Citroën took its first flight on Thursday, 1. July at 18:00, and now offers rides to the public when the winds permit. A brief overview:

September:
  • The giant sundial at the Place de la Concorde is in place, but it is so big that it can only be seen from the:
  • 'The Big Wheel' - 60 metres high - which is to be erected at the beginning of the month.
  • Les Fêtes de la Seine have been expanded from one day to three. From Thursday, 2. September until Sunday, 5. September. Water sports will be one of many features.
  • Les Champs de la Sculpture open-air exhibition is scheduled to begin in mid-September; to continue until mid-November.
  • Spaceship II Thousand - Le Vaisseau II Mille - is under construction by students from seven technological high schools in the Paris region. This nine-ton thingee will be complete at the year's end and be viewable at La Villette.
October:
  • Robert Hossein presents a huge spectacle entitled "The Man Who Said 'No'" - about Charles de Gaulle and his wartime followers. At the Palais des Congrès.
  • The first exhibition of 'Fauvism' in 30 years begins at mid-month at Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne. Over 200 works by Matisse, Derain, Marquet, Manguin, Puy, Camoin, Vlaminck, Van Dongen, Braque, Friesz and Dufy.
  • The theatre at Châtelet re-opens, with the opera 'Outis' created by Luciano Berio for La Scala, beginning in November. The 'Nutcracker Suite' - 'Caisse-Noisette' - follows in December.
  • Les Enfants du Monde
November:
  • The 20th Anniversary of the annual 'Mois de la Photo,' calls for a more ambitious program than usual - one that continues to the 'Month of the Photo' in November, 2000.
  • 4. November at Saint-Germain-des-Prés; the International World Tour of Sacred Songs, presents the first of eight concerts in historic Paris locations.
  • Paris, known as the 'City of Light' due it its early adoption of electric lighting, turns on many, many more lights, everywhere.
December:
  • From 20. December to 5. January 2000, Paris does its traditional Christmas season - see past Christmas issues of Metropole - with the addition of a new children's village at Trocadéro, to be packed with new snow daily.
  • 'Capitales' is a giant book 15 metres high, to be set up at Palais-Royal. On hand will be hundreds of authors and artists from all over the world. 31. December and 1. January.
  • 'Countdown 2000' calls for gathering mankind at the base of the Tour Eiffel to help the countdown time display reach zero. An extra 20,000 flash-lights have been added to the tower; set to blitz each hour until 1. January 2001.
January 2000:
  • New Year's Day - Saturday, 1. January 2000:- 'The Great Parade of Paris.' Enjoyed by Montmartre for the past six years, this edition will parade through all Paris - with all of the world's marching bands invited.

These are only the barest details of some of the events of the 'Paris 2000' program. Watch this space for additional information. Although seemingly modest, the 'Paris Lights Up' alone will be worth seeing. The plans for Bastille Day 2000 call for the re-enactmentbrochure: bizz'art of the history of France and Paris, to be produced by Robert Hossein. Following the show, there will be three 'grand balls,' at Concorde, Invalides and the Champ-de-Mars.

Paris Visite 1999-2000 - The famous 'Visite' pass may be worth the price of its booklet, if you don't mind a lot of very small print. This is not for the 'ifs,' 'ands' and 'buts' - but for all of the information included, as well as the descriptions of the museums, monuments and visitor attractions listed in it. Showing the pass where you see its logo displayed will be worth something too.

The pass is available in three flavors of transport zones, and for periods of one, two, three or five days' duration. Half price for children from four to 11. All you have to do is buy it, write your name on the card, the number on the ticket and the dates for which it is valid.

Eclipsomania! Leftovers

''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.'

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. 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 planets 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.

Elton John's Shades - is a musical comedy about rock-n-roll dreams of love and football, by ordinary people like you and me; by Davis Farr; adapted by Attica Guedj and Stephan Meldegg. Starting Monday, 23. August, at the Théâtre Tristan Bernard, 64. Rue du Rocher, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers or Europe. Info. Tel.: 01 45 22 08 40.

Mariage / Marriage - fashion illustrates the sentimental history of marriage, from the Middle Ages to our times. Like a fiction with the wedding costume as its leading prop, this exhibition tells all about the ritual, until Sunday, 29. August. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. Info. Tel.: 01 47 20 85 23.

Viaduc des Arts - the 46 artists and artisans who have showrooms in the Viaduc des Arts are showing a selection of costumes, wigs, and accessories in their windows - all made by the ateliers of the Paris opera and ballet during their first 10 years of production. Until Tuesday, 31. August. Viaduc des Arts, 9-129. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Ledru Rollin or Gare de Lyon.

Don't Walk Around Naked - by Feydeau, is called 'Mais n'te promène donc pas toute nue!' in French, and is called a 'Boulevard Comedy.' Never on Sundays, but otherwise at 20:00, at the Théâtre Lucernaire, 53. Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs. Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

La Poste - is celebrating its first postage stamp, the 'Cérès' and the dates 1849-1999. This stamp features a hologram, which is a bonus. This stamp is available with aposter: boris vian, et avant la zique first day notice and an accompanying document for collectors.

'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. La Poste also accepts payments made with plastic cards.

Le Parc de la Villette - in Paris' northeast 19th arrondissement has a variety of summer-only attractions in addition to its year-round Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Grande Halle, Zenith concert hall, and the Cité de la Musique. It doesn't like itself to be referred to as an 'amusement park' but that is exactly what it is - even if it leans towards Science! Industry! Culture! Serious Music! in all has Rock and Circuses! Find details in issue 4.31's 'A Multi-Theme Park.'

Paris Quartier d'Eté - is all over town with at least a dozen live-performance events daily. Watch for signs of it wherever you are in the city. More than good enough to keep us away from cablo-TV re-runs and new TV game shows.

Août au Ciné - is a special deal that starts on Sunday, 1. August. It allows the under-25s entry to 150 independent cinémas in Paris for 25 francs. Find the little brochure at any one of Paris' 21 city halls, stick your photo on it and hide out watching the movies and eating popcorn until Tuesday, 31. August.

Etoiles Filantes - cinema figures never die, but this cycle of films features actors and actresses who had their rising careers cut short for various reasons. Some foreign, some French; some well-known, someposter: l'etrange festival, forum des images not so. Also, beginning on Wednesday, 18. August, there is 'L'Etrange Festival' - its 7th edition - with wonderful features such as 'Mondo Trasho.' Both series run until 31. August, with as many films being screened daily. At the Forum des Images in the Forum des Halles. Grande Galerie, porte Saint-Eustache, Paris 1. Métro: Les Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Du Rififi Chez les Hommes - is a 'B'-type crime movie made by Jules Dassin in 1954 which falls into the 'film noire' or 'polar' category. Re-mastered in black and white, for showing in Paris, starting Friday, 13. August. This is supposed to be a 'classic' film so don't miss it if you can help it.

Quelques Pas Dans les Etoiles - is an exhibition featuring legends and myths 'between the earth and the heavens,' from the planets and stars. From 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00 daily except Sunday. At Hermès, 24. Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine.

Bazart - is in a new space at Samaritaine's building two on the 5th floor, surrounded by its inner iron architecture. The 'Bazar' features 1600 original works by 32 artists, from about 400 to 1000 francs. Self-service, and a framing service is at the same location. From 9:30 to 19:00 Monday to Saturday; Thursday evenings until 22:00. Continues until 4. September at Samaritaine: métro Louvre and Pont-Neuf.

'Palmiers' - Between Sun and Shade - is an wildly sublime palm tree exhibition I visited early in June and wrote about as 'The Year-Round Winter Garden.' This exhibition is continuing until Sunday, 10. October. At the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, 3. Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16.Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil or Michel-Ange Molitor. Info. Tel.: 01 40 71 76 07.


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