Tango Is Back!

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How could have I missed putting this Hôtel de Ville
outdoor TV in this column?

And Photos Aren't Far Behind

Paris:- Saturday, 16. October 1999:- The Tango item(s) below seemed very similar to something that was featured here a year ago, and sure enough - it is Tango Time in Paris again folks. Put on your red shoes and dance!

It is also nearly time for Paris' Mois de la Photo to start. If I remember my own note from the '2000 in Paris' page, this years' one month-six weeks photo extravaganza will last until next summer. The odd thing is, I have not seen any mention of it.

So it was only random chance that led me to the CCF's La Fondation Pour la Photographie at the Galerie Baudoin Lebon in the 4th arrondissement yesterday. Besides their own show, they had programs from the Centre National de la Photographie up on the Rue Berryer in the 8th, and a publication called 'L'Australie En France,' which is currently interesting because of John Kelly's 'Cow Up a Tree' which is part of the 'Champs de la Sculpture' - which is mentioned below.

Bob Bauer, a photographer from California, was recently visiting Paris and from what he told me there is a renaissance of photography, in galleries, shows and exhibitions going on in the city. He should know, heposter: pas si bete, brain expo, jardin des plantes went around for weeks like Sherlock Holmes and tracked them all down - including one gallery on my own street. As a warning then - get ready for the so-called 'Mois de la Photo.' But first, some brainworks; below:

'Pas Si Bêtes! 1000 Cerveaux, 1000 Mondes' - While the rest of France made a big to-do about our planet finally reaching a theoretical population of six billion human beings during the week - not counting ants, pinheads and mosquitos of course - Paris' Grande Galerie de l'Evolution du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle started an exhibition about the possible interactivity between brains. I don't have any info about this other than the address of the Web version, which will be online until 10. July 2000. The museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

Paris-Banlieues-Tango - Last year about this time Norman Barth send me an email, asking if I knew about Paris' Tango Festival and the Tango's 100th anniversary. He wondered whether anybody would be interested in it.

He wrote then, "Many people may not be aware of the connections between Tango and Paris, or that Carlos Gardel - the 'Caruso' of Tango - was born in Toulouse; immigrated with his mother at age four to Argentina, and returned in 'triumph' at the height of his career, to Paris."

This year must be Tango's 101th anniversary and I have no information about it except for a program, which is three pages long, crammed full of tiny text. Fortunately the Paris-Banlieues-Tango has a Web site - and its program should be up and running. For information, write to the FAMA or Info. Tel.: 01 48 87 74 23. The 60 days of Tango continue until Sunday, 5. December. The Fondation Argentine at the Cité Universitaire is also behind this.

Cabaret Tango - is outside the official program of Tango madness, but features it all the same every Wednesday at 20:30 to 00:30. Bring your red shoes! At La Java, 105. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 10. Métro: Belleville. Info. Tel.: 01 42 02 20 52.

La Fausse Suivante - appears to be a piece of theatre which is currently playing at the place where pieces of money are made. It is by Marivaux, and directed by Michel Verschaere. Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:30; and Fridays and Sundays at 18:00. Until Sunday, 19. December. At the Théâtre à la Monnaie de Paris, 11. Quai de Conti, Paris 6. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Odéon. Info. Tel/Fax.: 01 39 55 10 62.

Iles des Danses - is one of these jumbo festivals for which the Ile-de-France is famous. It will feature 104 performances of dance, in 43 cities, towns and villages throughout the region surrounding Paris, from Tuesday, 9. November until Sunday, 19. December. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 06 58.

25 Ans - for this celebration by the Orchestra National of the Ile de France, the program is packed into one night: Saturday, 23. October, at the Salle Pleyel. The concert begins at 20:30 and features the composers Jean Sibelius, Einojuhani Rautavarra, Ernest Chausson and Maurice Ravel. Under the direction of Jacques Mercier; featuring soloists and the Philharmonic Choir of Finland and the Choeur Régional Vittoria d'Ile de France. Salle Pleyel, 252. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8. Métro: Ternes. Info. Tel.: 01 43 68 76 00.

L'Art d'Etre Spectateur - is a season program, continuing until next June, put on by the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale. This is at 21. Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14. Near RER 'B' station Cité Universitaire. Info. Tel.: 01 43 13 50 50.

Pepe Fernandez - Photographies - this is an exhibition connected to the Paris-Banlieue-Tango days and the Fondation Argentine. Until Saturday, 30. October, at the Fondation Argentine, which is inside the Cité Universitaire, but at 27A. Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14. Near RER 'B' station Cité Universitaire. Info. Tel.: 01 44 16 29 00.

Catherine Gfeller, Yoshiko Murakami - are the featured photographers at the Galerieposter: ccf fondation photo expo Baudoin Lebon, in a dual exhibition sponsored by the CCF's La Fondation Pour la Photographie. This exhibition is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 19:00. It continues until Saturday, 13. November. Find the gallery at 38. Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Paris 4.

Le Geste d'Art 99 - This is another open-air sculpture show with 30 pieces - on the sidewalk in front of the old railway viaduct on the Avenue Daumesnil near the Gare de Lyon, which is now called the Viaduc des Arts.

The arches under the viaduct have been transformed into showrooms and artisan's workshops. The sculpture adds a lively touch to an otherwise boring street - the arches go from here to infinity, with hardly any typical Paris life to them.

On top of the viaduct, where the rails were, there is a narrow promenade of a park which offers green views closeup and nearby redevelopment views further away. Some few of the arches do contain working artisans and these are worth visiting, which is also encouraged. With so many other artisans chased out of Paris by high rents, it is hard not to wonder what sort of subsidies are at work here.

Palais des Congrés - 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.

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. Theposter: pepe fernandez photos 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.

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 of 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.

Coming Soon

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 filledposter: 25 ans orchestra ile de france 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 may 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 - selectedposter: cabaret tango for their aesthetic qualities from public and private collections. This exhibition 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.

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 tower 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.

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. In a dead-end 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 52poster: theatre de la cite 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.

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 finish paintings until they were finished in his eyes - which he kept open for 80 years until his death in 1779.

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. Reservation are required for morning visits. At the Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 47.


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