Scene's 'New Look,' Part II

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It looks like Santa is equally fascinated.

Is 'Under Reconstruction'

Paris:- Saturday, 20. November 1999:- I don't know who it was who said, "Don't eat anything bigger than your head." Even if I knew, it still has not stopped me from trying.

This page remains virtually non-updated from last week, except for date-expired deletions. Below, you will see the inclusion of 'Paris Christmas 99' and '2000 In Paris.' Neither of these are updated this week, but this situation will change if next week contains nine days.


8th Festival de Théâtre Hispanique - is mainly Spanish, but also features artists from Argentina and Cuba, who fill this location with theatre, dance and a Flamenco concert as a final event on 28. November. Vingtième Théâtre,7. Rue des Plâtrières, Paris 20. Métro: Ménilmontant. Info. Tel.: 01 43 66 01 13.

Le Bon Roi Dagobert? - is staged by the Campagnie Patchwork; as a musical fantasy for kids from four to nine. As odd as it may sound, Dagobert was a French king and when he started out, he was not 'bon' at all. At the Théâtre de l'Espace Jemmapes, 116. Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10. Métro: Gare de l'Est or Jacques Bonsergent. Continues until Sunday, 28. November. On Wednesdays and school holidays at 14:30; on Saturdays and Sundays at 15:00. Tickets: fnac, Carrefour, France Billet, or Info. Tel.: 01 48 03 11 99.

L'Amant Anglaise - by Marguerite Duras, is directed by Patrice Kerbrat and features Suzanne Plon, Jean-Paum Roussillon and Hubert Godon. There is a crime, an innocent, a guilty party and an incomprehensible act. Which is which? At the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre, 55. Rue de Clichy, Paris 9. Tuesday to Friday at 21:00, Saturday at 19:00 and 21:30 and Sunday at 15:30. Info. Tel.: 01 44 53 88 88.

Eve Anderson - is a play written by Michelle Robert Reich and directed by Hugo Ezan, featuring Irma Schmitt et Estelle Grynszpan who play opposing roles at the end of WWII. The theatre is unusual because it only has 30 seats; reservations are suggested. Fridays andposter: cirque pekin, villette Saturdays at 20:30 and 17:00 on Sundays. Until Sunday, 28. November, at the Théâtre Pandora, 30. Rue Keller, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. Info. Tel.: 01 42 74 05 93.

Les Contes Drolatiques - is a piece by current superstar, Balzac, and this is one of his sexy works not taught in schools. Playing daily except Sundays, at 21:30 in the Théâtre Rouge, presented by the Théâtre Lucernaire, 53. Rue de Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

Les Bâtisseurs d'Empire - or 'Le Schmüz' is by Boris Vian, who was a postwar man of all arts. This particular play is directed by Daniél Lacroix and it can be seen until Sunday, 28. November at the Théâtre de l'Epouvantail, 6. Rue de la Folie Méricourt, Paris 11. Métro: Saint-Amboise. Info. Tel.: 01 43 55 14 80.

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.

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. This is all I know about it, except that Robert Hossein has more of these jumbo shows planned.

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.

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; until Sunday, 19. December. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 06 58.

L'Art d'Etre Spectateur - is a multi-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.

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.

Les Trois Mousquetaires - based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, is playing at the Théâtre du Rond-Point and will stay there until Friday, 31. December. A piece by Marguerite Duras named 'Savannah Bay' is at the same theatre and it continues until Sunday, 19. December. Théâtre du Rond-Point, 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. 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.

'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 thebrochure: cinematheque francaise Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, which is in the square of the same name, 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.

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.

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. The film 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.

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

Cyberposte - La Poste has 1000 post offices throughout France outfitted with Apple's iMacs and they are connected to the Internet, possibly making La Poste the world biggest cybercafé without any café. All you do is buy a rechargeable Cyberposte card for 50 francs, whichposter: pinocchio 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.

Tickets: Théâtre On Line - presents the majority of theatre performances in Paris and the Ile-de-France, with news of new shows, criticism, and has a searchable database. On top of this, you can buy tickets for performances, and if you become a member of Théâtre On Line's 'club,' you may be offered special prices.

Tickets: www.fnac.com - France's giant media and cultural retailer also has its 'ticket' Web site, which has just been presented with a new face-lift, which is called a 're-loook.' However this is all it is - when I checked it, construction still seemed to be going on, and I haven't thought to check it with another browser.

fnac's site will also presents a vast array - 6000 shows - of performances, events, and amusement park entries, in Paris, the Ile-de-France, and throughout France. Without having a 'fnac member's card' you can still access the service; but without getting all of the discounts. Maybe memberships are also sold online too. fnac is present in many locations in Paris, throughout France and also in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Taiwan.


Paris Christmas 1999 Contents

For this week, the following items remain unchanged from the last time they appeared in Metropole, in issue 4.45, on Monday, 8. November. Subheadings with no contents this week should have some next week.

Handily located at the eastern end of the 'RER' line B4, Disneyland Paris is proposing a 'nuit de folie' lasting until 04:00 on Saturday, 1. January 2000. Places are still free at only 999 francs. Possibly included: costumes. Info. Tel.: 01 60 30 60 30.

According to a recent edition of Le Parisien, a special New Years' Eve fête, catered by the celebrated Paris restaurant Lucas-Carton, for the occasion at Chantilly, still has places free. Their proposed 'bon bouffe' - 'The Dinner of the Millennium!' - with all the trimmings, costs 20,000 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 22 00; from abroad, fax.: 33 1 42 65 06 23.

Shopping information will fill this space. Until then, it is for rent.

Places to celebrate New Years will come here. This space is so valuable it is not for rent. See poster below.

France's Minister of Transport, Jean-Claude Gayssot has announced a giant freebie for public transport users. From 17:00 on Friday, 31. December until 12:00 Saturday, 1. January 2000, all public transport in the Ile-de-France will be free of charge.


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