More Van Gogh; More Everything

photo: panorama terrace, samaritaine

A clear and breezy view from Samaritaine's
panorama lookout.

Including the Man Who Said 'No'

Paris:- Saturday, 9. October 1999:- The newly reopened Palais des Congrés is hosting a super-show known locally as 'De Gaulle, Celui Qui a Dit Non' in a production that lasts two hours and fifteen minutes and has been promoted around Paris for the past six months.

It is directed by Robert Hossein, with script assistance from the well-known historians Alain Decaux and Alain Peyrefitte - both members of the Académie Française. Alain Decaux used to be pretty good at making history dramatic on TV.

In 1940 the newly promoted General Charles De Gaulle was not in a stupor like the government. When Marshal Pétain requested an armistice on 17. June 1940, De Gaulle immediately quit his post and flew to London with 100,000 francs and the key to Paul Reynaud's London flat.

The next day, he hectored Churchill into letting him loose with a BBC microphone; with which he made his famous four-minute 'Non' speech to no more than 10,000 listeners in France.

This epic re-enactment reproduces little of the high drama of the time according to Le Parisien. It isphoto: palais des congres also not a musical like 'Starmania!' and apparently it has no memorable songs to whistle while leaving. Palais de Congrés.

The new front of the Palais des Congrés would be stunningly boring if it were a shoebox with tin staircases.

The 40 year-old De Gaulle, nearly friendless, nearly penniless, an official enemy of the state, stuck his sizeable nose into history and it stayed there through his sheer force of willpower. Rather than brooding about his situation, he considered it an 'adventure' which has seemed to elude the authors of the present epic. From Tuesday to Saturday, at 20:30; also at 15:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. At the Palais des Congrés, Paris 16. Métro: Porte Maillot. Info. Tel.: 01 40 68 00 35.

Théo Van Gogh, Dealer, Collector - and brother of Vincent Van Gogh, put all his resources into his family, his collection and to promoting the 'unsalable' production of his brother. Théo followed all the 'isms' of the day and this varied show reflects many of them, from Camille Corot to Camille Pissarro - as well as his brother, Vincent. Until Sunday, 9. January. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:00; Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00. Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion-d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C' Musée d'Orsay. Info. Tel.: 01 40 49 48 84.

Le Coup d'Etat du 18 Brumaire, An VIII - is a exhibition-dossier of the original text ofbrochure: bonapartre proclamation a proclamation by the General-in-Chief Bonaparte, issued at 11 o'clock in the evening of 10. November 1799. It begins, "On my return to Paris, I found the authorities divided and that the Constitution was half destroyed, unable to save liberty." This is accompanied by a decree, issued the day before - ordering the legislature to Saint-Cloud.

On view, except Tuesdays, from Monday to Friday, 12:00 to 17:45; on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45; until Friday, 31. December. Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Musée d'Historie de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 62 18. And at the Musée Municipal de Saint-Cloud, 60. Rue Gounod, Saint-Cloud. Info. Tel.: 01 46 02 67 18.

Le Geste d'Art 99 - Until Sunday, 7. November. 30 sculptures: on the street, from 1. to 129. Avenue Daumesnil, beside the Viaduc des Arts; info office at 87. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Gare de Lyon. Info. Tel.: 01 44 75 80 66.

Flèche d'Or Café - is also called a 'Gare Scenique' because it has a daytime view of abandoned rails, once known as the Petite Ceinture. Next weekend features Lazzi, with 'Apérorock' followed by Grave de Grave with 'Java Rock.' Saturday evening opens with Naab's trip-hop drum'n bass, together with Charlie, Doll and Mr. Aul doing 'jungle.' On Sunday, there is live salsa from 17:00 until Jim Cuomo comes on at 21:00. In short, something daily, starting at 19:30, with the live salsa on Sundays starting at 17:00. Entries vary from free to 30 francs. The Flèche d'Or Café, 103 bis, Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20. Métro: Alexandre Dumas or Porte de Bagnolet. Info. Tel.: 01 43 72 04 23.

Coming Soon

Atget & Abbott - is two exhibitions. One is Berenice Abbott's 'Changing New York, 1935 - 1939' which wasposter: atget and abbott organized by the New York City Museum and the other is 'Itnéraires Parisiens' by Eugène Atget - with the invitation illustration featuring triangle buildings in New York and Paris. This exhibition starts Wednesday, 13. October and continues until Sunday, 16. January. Except Mondays and holidays, daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Frédéric Chopin - on the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death, 10 concerts of his music will be performed by major artists, from 11:00 to 21:30 at Paris' Hôtel de Ville, on Saturday, 16. October and Sunday, 17. October. Free entry; first come, first seated. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Brésil Baroque - Between Earth and Sky - 500 years ago next 22. April, Alvarès Cabrai found an unknown land, which is known as Brazil today. Apparently unlike Peru or Mexico, Brazil was a blank slate, to be filled in by Indians, Africans and Europeans. The resulting art is little known in Europe and this exhibition will change our 'blank slate.'

This exhibition begins on Thursday, 4. November and continues until 6. February. Next spring, 30 centuries of Mexican art will take over, also in 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.

Portrait of Mexico - as part of the '2000 in Paris' salute to the new world of the Americas, a film history of Mexico is a current attraction at the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque. This is in the Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Other New Stuff:

La Femme, Mode d'Emploi - 'Balzac - Superstar' is a phrase making the rounds at the moment, due in part to waves he made 170 years ago with the publication of 'Méditation de Philosophie Electique Sur le Bonheur et Malheur Conjugal' - or, 'Physiologie du Mariage' for short.

The heavy name of the work is a smokescreen for an ironic parody, intended as a 'Guide for Bachelors.' It was dropped like a bomb into a society which held the customs of marriage to be politically and morally untouchable.

Balzac had 'scientific' aid, provided by the experiences of two of his mistresses, to lend authenticity and authority to the work, and even provided interesting 'statistics,' worthy of later work by Masters and Johnson. Contemporary cartoons by Monnier, Gavarni and Daumier round out the picture. This exhibition continues until Tuesday, 4. January.

At the 'Maison de Balzac.' Its library reopened in mid-September and the Web has swung into gear for the bi-centenary of Balzac's birth. In addition to the Web site above you mayphoto: poster for viaduc des arts want to take a look at another one, to see complete texts and illustrations. These amounted to, at his death, 10,816 pages in 97 volumes. Open daily except Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette or Passy. Info. Tel.: 01 42 24 56 38.

La Mort n'en Saura Rien - is an exhibition of 74 pieces or sets depicting how man faces death, from two widely separated civilizations; Europe and the islands of the oceans - selected for their aesthetic qualities from public and private collections. This exhibition begins Wednesday, 13. October and continues until 24. January 2000. Two other single-artist exhibitions begin on Friday, 29. October; featuring the Moroccan artist Farid Belkahia and the little-known Clovis Trouville.

At the Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée and bus 46. Open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:30. Entry fee for the temporary exhibitions includes access to the permanent collection of art from Africa and the islands of the oceans. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme - has two shows: the first is entitled 'Regards - Sur la Vie Juive au Maroc' and the second, in the 'Chambre du Duc,' will present the works of Jean-Pierre Bertrand with the title 'Ethrog, 1999.' Both exhibitions continue until Sunday, 2. January 2000.

The museum 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. Since it is a new museum, there is also an Internet address you can write to for information. Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme, in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan. This is 'in' the Marais, at 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau.

Salon d'Automne - almost a century old, this is a showcase for 'contemporary' art in France. Painters, sculptors, engravers and other artists will be on display until Sunday, 17. October, at the Espace Eiffel-Branly. From 11:00 to 19:00; and until 22:00 on 8, 12, and 15. October. Address: 29-55. Quai Branly, Paris 7. Near RER 'C' station Pont de l'Alma, or bus 42, 60 or 63.

Jean-Sans-Peur's Tower Reopens - 'John-Without-Fear' was scared witless by the potential revenge of the Armagnacs, so he built himself a early 15th century fortified towerposter: halloween at the zenith as a 'security-blanket.' Renovated over the past 13 years, its six floors are now open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 13:30 to 18:00. During school holidays, open every day except Monday. At 20. Rue Etienne Marcel, Paris 2. Métro: Etienne Marcel. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Halloween at the Zenith - you know the date.

Hadrian's 'Hôtel' - was actually a villa, because he was a Roman; one known to prefer walls to towers. His Villa Adriana, rediscovered at the end of the 18th century, has yielded treasures which are now on display at the Mairie of the 5th; assembled as a set for the first time. On view until Sunday, 19. December; from 11:00 to 17:45 during the week and from 14:00 to 17:45 on Sundays. Mairie of the 5th, 21. Place de la Panthéon, Paris 5.

The Musée de la Poupée - this small museum is showing Bécassine, Bluette and the dolls that were featured in the 'Semaine de Suzette,' a weekly magazine for girls that was published from 1905 to 1960. These will be shown along with dolls made under the 'Corolle' name. Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. Opposite the métro exit at Rambuteau. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Current Big Exhibitions:

Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000 - this open-air sculpture show was mounted for the first time in 1996 and this year's new edition gets the '2000' label too. Of the 52 pieces to on view, most have never been shown in France before. One reason for this is that about half of the works have been executed especially for this free exhibition.

The artists represent five continents and 25 of the pieces I saw on my visit were dated 1999. In addition, only the works of living artists are on show -with works dating from 1960 to the '90's. Photos of the works are appearing in Metropole; in this column and in the '2000 In Paris' column.

On the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, from the Rond-Point to the Place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Métros: Franklin Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées Clemenceau and Concorde. Continues until Sunday, 14. November.

Chardin's Still Lifes - are called 'Natures Mortes' in French, which sort of means 'dead nature' which is not what is meant at all. Jean Siméon Chardin didn't finishposter: save men, kookai men fund paintings until they were finished in his eyes - which he kept open for 80 years until his death in 1779.

There were a series of billboard ads like this one all around Paris last week. 'Save men, indeed!'

In pre-photographic times, interior light was also inferior, so Chardin's production of 200 exquisitely detailed still lifes is something of a record. For this major exhibition, 95 of them are on display at the Grand Palais until Monday, 22. November. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Wednesdays until 22:00. Reservations are required for morning visits. At the Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 47.

India Ink - is behind an exhibition titled 'Le Parfum de l'Encre, Peintures Chinoises de la Collection Roy et Marilyn Papp.' I liked india ink, but I think what this exhibition of 53 works will show is Chinese artists from the Ming Period -1349-1644 - and the Qing Period - 1644-1911 - were absolute masters of it. Starting Friday, 24. September, this exhibition continues until Thursday, 30. December. To be at the Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers or Monceau. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Jean Béraud et le Paris de la Belle Epoque - While the impressionists were all the rage a century ago, Jean Béaud recorded in paint the streets and byways of the City of Light, capturing the charm and the spirit of it. With the publication of the first critical catalogue of Béaud's works by Patrick Offenstadt, this exhibition presents 60 representative works. Runs until 2. February 2000, at the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Ulysses's Europe - was also known as the Bronze Age, which lasted from 2000 to 750 BC. Archaeologists have found that people travelled from Scandinavia to the Aegean and the near-east. This coming exhibition presents 200 pieces from the time. This exhibition continues until 10. January 2000. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 47 47.

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 - modern art - needle-and-thread works, until Saturday, 20. November. At the Bibliothèque Forney, 1. Rue de Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Le Jardin Planétaire - is a huge exhibition about plants and people, about earth, vegetation, animals and climate; about what we know and about what we should do to keep the world fit for habitation as we pass into the third millennium. This veggie workshop takes up 8500 square metres of the Grand Halle at La Villette. It continues until 23. January 2000. Fromposter: cirque plume, la villette 10:00 to 18:00 Tuesdays to Fridays; from 11:00 to 19:00 on weekends. Grand Halle, La Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Advance reservation tickets available at fnac, Bon Marché and Carrefour. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

Also check La Villette's Web site for the 'Cirque Plume.' Playing until 29. December.

Jean Moulin, 1899-1943 - This is a special exhibition, on the occasion of the anniversary of Jean Moulin's birth. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris et Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Until Sunday, 2. January 2000, daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. Catalogue available, 80 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

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 film's storyboard by Maxime Rabière, costumes for the film by Christian Lacroix, decor by Philippe Turlure and photographs by Marion Stalens. Until Sunday, 9. January, 2000, at the Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Montparnasse In October

Demures - continues until Sunday, 17. October at the Musée Zadkine and shouldn't be missed. Despite the exhibition's sedate name, there are some very wild examples of - what are they? - wall installations; especially the ones by Johan Muyle; as well as the more elegant efforts of Michel Paysant.

After the 'Demures' exhibition ends the museum remains open with its permanent sculpture collection on view. The next major exhibition, of works by François Morellet, begins on Friday, 10. December - with lots of blue neon.

At the Musée Zadkine 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Mondays. Métro: Vavin or Notre-Dame-des-Champs, or RER Porte Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

The Scandinavians - have followed the Russians at the former Musée du Montparnasse. It is now called 'Le Chemin du Montparnasse,' but its location and vocation are unchanged. The cobbled surface of its alley in Montparnasse is being torn up by a waterworks crew - so you have to step carefully to get to the gallery's entrance.

The exhibition which has just begun is named 'Les Vikings à Montparnasse.' These Norsemen precededposter: son al son, at the balajo the Russians to Paris, by settling in Montparnasse around 1905; mainly to attend the various academies in the area - those of Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, André Lhote and Bissière. They were into every 'ism' going on at the time.

Live Latin java at the Balajo next Thursday at 22:30.

See the works of Allan Osterlind, Issac Grünewald, sculpture by Astrid Noack, abstraction by Erik Olson, and the works of Greta Knutsson, who was the wife of Tristan Tzara. In collaboration, many of these joined Léger, Foujita, Cendars, Nils de Dardel and Per Krohg in assisting Rolf de Maré to mount the avant-garde 'Ballets Suédois' at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; a unique enterprise which continued for five years in the '20's.

Also see, in the contemporary gallery, the works of Karin Lewin, who has rendered the artist's 'tools of the trade.' Both exhibitions continue until Sunday, 9. January. The main gallery also has a compact video screening room; for showing films about the gallery's subjects - many produced by the Arte-TV cultural channel. Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00.

Animal - Antoine Bourdelle liked animals when he was a little kid, something he learned from his grandfather. Even then, he made little models of them. The grown-up Bourdelle did even more with animals and this is the subject of the current exhibition - which also has works by 120 other artists - at the Musée Bourdelle, 16. Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. Except Monday, open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily. Continues until 16. January 2000. Info. Tel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Jérôme Boutterin - until I see the work of this painter I won't know what it is; nor do I know anything about this 'Espace' in the Rue du Montparnasse. Details follow next month after the exhibition begins on Thursday, 4. November; until Tuesday, 30. November. From Monday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 20:00. Espace d'Art Contemporain, 55. Rue du Montparnasse, Paris 14. Métro: Montparnasse or Edgar Quinet. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 66 77.


ArtWorks

Hommage à Moustapha Dimé - the sculptor lived on the island of Gorée, out in the Atlantic off the coast of Dakar. Dimé, who died in 1998, was picking up prizes for his sculptures at Johannesburg and at the Biannual of Venice. 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 Sunday, 14. November.

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. Until 27. February, 2000. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

1 Monde Réel - the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain was created in 1984 and since 1994 has been in its present location. The current exhibition asks itself the question about 'the dialectical relations and infinite riches between imaginary and act, known and unknown territories, present and dream, experience of the real and fiction.' In other words, this is a science fiction show because its objects were created by artists instead of engineers.

Until Sunday, 14. November. Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain, 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail or Denfert-Rochereau. Except Mondays, open daily from 12:00 to 20:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 18 56 51.

Scène Est - is the new association name of the group of galleries in the rue Louise Weiss. Once again they together put on a joint exhibition of modern art works which continues until Wednesday, 10. November. The area is close to the about-to-become 'East Paris' centre in the 13th arrondissement. Usual hours are from 11:00 to 19:00; except Mondays. Métro: Chevaleret.

Le Dépôt Matignon - is having a series of exhibitions and the next one features Barbara Gaille's 'AREA' works, beginning on Saturday, 16. October and continues until Saturday, 23. October. At 8. Rue Jean Mermoz, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin Roosevelt. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 33 00.

PhotoWorks

Paris Match's 'Eye' - belonged to Roger Thérond while he picked photos for France's famous illustrated weekly for 50 years up until two months ago. From his vast private and personal collection, 240 views have been selected, divided into 15 themes - including rare views from the first days of photography. These are on show until Sunday, 9. January, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Une Capitale Poëtique, 1850 - 1914 - is mainly a photographic exhibition. The works of Charles Marville fill in the second half of the 19th century and Eugène Atget's works begin in our century, now about to end with a blaze of blitz lights on the Tour Eiffel.

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

Renan by Nadar At Issy - there is an exhibition of about 30 photographic portraits by Nadar, of his contemporaries. 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 Sunday, 28. November; open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00.

Catacombs Photo Show - some Parisians have their bones on permanent view in the Catacombs, which are underneath where I live. These are adorned with pithy signs and some of these can be seen in 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 Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-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. I see the lineups for this every day except Mondays.

Cinéma and Théâtre

Théâtre Châtelet Reopens - completely renovated, this large theatre belonging to the city has programmed 210 performances and has 276,297 seats for sale for the 1999-2000 season. Two pieces by Gluck start off Châtelet's new life, with music by John Eliot Gardiner and direction by Robert Wilson. Info. Tel.: 01 40 28 28 00.

Billie Holiday's Last Blues - is a show devoted to Billie Holiday, her work and her life. Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Georges Werler. The runs until Friday, 15. October, from Tuesdays to Saturdays, at 20:30. At the Kiron Espace, 10. Rue La Vacquerie, Paris 11. Métro: Voltaire. Info. Tel.: 01 44 64 11 50.

Les Trois Mousquetaires - based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, comes riding into the Théâtre du Rond-Point with a big supporting cast and will stay there until 31. December. At 2 bis, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin-Roosevelt. Info. Tel.: 01 44 95 98 10.

Les Nouvelles Brèves de Comptoir - are witty or pithy sayings collected in cafés, bars and bistros by Jean-Marie Gourio, who has been eavesdropping since 1987. This new collection covers the period from 1994 until now; and they have been gathered together by director Jean-Michel Ribes for presentation in the Théâtre Fontaine, 10. Rue Fontaine, Paris 9. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 74 40.

Mon Père Avait Raison - is a comedy by Sacha Guitry, directed by Jean-Claude Brialy. Frankly, I have no idea what the story is about, but the title is interesting and the names are well-known. From Tuesday to Friday at 20:30, on Saturdays at 21:00 and Sundays at 17:00. At the Bouffes Parisiens, 4. Rue Monsigny, Paris 2. Métro: 4. September. Info. Tel.: 01 42 96 92 42 - and tickets at the usual agencies.

Salut les Artistes! - announces the Chaillot 1999/2000 season - its 80th. Details from this program may follow in this column, but if you want to be up-to-date right now give the Web site of the Théâtre National de Chaillot a hit or call the Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

'Le Tartuffe' - is by Molière, and is the only French play I've seen 2/3rds of. This representation is directed by Jean-Marie Villégier and it is playing in the Grand Salle of the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, which is in the square of the same name - or at 7. Rue Boudreau, Paris 9. Métro: Harve Caumartin. Tuesday at 19:00, Wednesday to Saturday at 20:00 and Sunday at 16:00. Info. Tel.: 01 53 05 19 19.

La Valse du Hasard - is a teeth-gritting comedy, located between paradise and hell. Directed by Jacques Auxenel, it features Annie Chaplin and Thierry Debuyser. At 20:30 from Tuesday to Saturday; at 16:30 on Sundays. At the Théâtre du Renard, 12. Rue du Renard, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 46 50.

Les Yeux Dans la Bière - has been loosely inspired by songs by Jacques Brel, and this piece has been put together by the Bla-Bla Theatre Company, featuring Raba. These names are not made up. The show is in Fridays and Saturdays at 19:00. Théâtre des Déchargeurs, 3. Rue des Déchargeurs, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. Info. Tel.: 01 42 36 00 02.

Bonheur Parfait - is not, of course, about perfect happiness because it involves a fireman about to retire and his sister, Grenouille, who quotes Racine; while Clementine has a torrid love affair with Raphaël, who died ten years earlier. In short, it is about how to live as a threesome when there are four. Françoise Dorner directed and also plays, with Cerise and Frank Olivier Bonnet. At the Théâtre Pépiniére Opéra, 7. Rue Louis Le Grand, Paris 2. Info. Tel;: 01 42 61 44 16.

'Le Horla' - is by Maupassant, and is guaranteed to cause shivers. The director will be Régis Gayrard and features Jean-Marc Galera. This piece is playing at the Théâtre Lucernaire, 53. Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs. Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

The Cinémathèque Française - is France's movie museum and it has a non-stop program of rare film projections. The museum operates in two locations: at the Palais de Chaillot, garden entry; and at its location on the Grands Boulevards at 42. Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10. Métros: Trocadéro for Chaillot and Bonne Nouvelle for Grands Boulevards. Auto-Info Tel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

Magic Cinéma Season - this is another season's program and the Magic Cinéma has a Web site too - thus saving me having to write out all the details. The cinema is located in the Rue du Chemin Vert, in Bobigny. Info. Tel.: 01 41 60 12 34.

Festival d'Ile de France - takes place for the tenth time in the area surrounding Paris which is not quite as big as Texas, but is big enough to be a complicated transport affair. Some of its events take place within Paris - so the best thing to do if you want details of the events - mainly musical - is to consult the Web site of the Ile-de-France, or phone 01 44 94 28 50. This festival has already started and continues until Sunday, 17. October.

Sporty Paris

20 kms de Paris, For Fun - this annual urban course is being run off for the 21st time, starting at 15:00 next Saturday, 16. October, from a 'village' installed at the base of Tour Eiffel. There is music and animation, from 9:00 to 19:00 on Saturday as well as from 9:00 to 12:00 on Sunday, 17. October. This is the kind of low-key event I sometimes find out about from evening TV-news on the day of the event. Why do as many as 15,000 people want to send their Saturday running - walking? - around Paris -even if there is music?. To inscribe: 80 or 100 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 45 75 67 12.

Cruising In Paris

Batobus - the shuttle-bus on the Seine is something to think about if your feet get tired from walking beside it. Down on the water there is a different view too. All-day tickets are not overly expensive and allow getting on and off as often as you wish. From the Tour Eiffel to Saint-Michel there are about four landings and there are two on the right bank at the Hôtel de Ville and the Louvre.

Rent-a-Bike - details about the RATP's 'Roue Libre' and other bike rental possibilities are included in a previous 'Scene' column.

Destination: Pleasure - is the title of a 'new' booklet put out by the RATP bus service, outlining their touring services for the rest of this year. These tours involve Paris, the Ile-de-Franceposter: frederic chopin and further afield. Find the booklet and make reservations at the RATP kiosk, at the east side of the Madeleine church in front of the flower market. Métro: Madeleine. Info. Tel.: 01 40 06 71 45.

Next weekend, at the Hôtel de Ville, Frédéric Chopin.

Cyberposte - La Poste promises and La Poste delivers - 1000 post offices in France have been outfitted with Apple's iMacs and they are connected to the Internet, possibly making La Poste the world biggest cybercafé without café. What you do is buy a rechargeable Cyberposte card for 50 francs, which is good for one hour of network time. A recharge of the card only costs 30 francs and it can be recharged as often as you want. You can also get a personal email account.

2000 In Paris - Metropole has two 'Scene' columns. This one contains actual and coming events, and the '2000 In Paris' column features events - up to next summer - related to Paris' 'millennium party' - and includes some details concerning the coming New Years Eve.

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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