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An Ostentatious Auto-Clock - nicknamed 'de Charles Quint.' Augsberg was famous for its clockworks and especially for its 50 auto-clocks. Three in the form of sailing ships exist, and one of them is on view until Wednesday, 5. January at the Musée de laposter: thr aquarium, cartoucherie Renaissance, at the Château d'Ecouen. Not easy to find, but the SNCF can take you part way, from Gare du Nord. The bus 269 goes the final distance. Info. Tel.: 01 34 38 38 50.

La Maison Fournaise - is a 19th century guinguette, on an island in the Seine near Chatou. The nearby Grenouille, a floating café at Croissy, was too frenzied with boaters and bathers for Renoir, so he immortalized La Maison Fournaise with his 'Le Déjeuner des Canotiers' instead. Canoe fans came every weekend, and they still do because of the adjacent boatworks. Guy de Maupassant was another guest of the riverside café, and he included it in his 'La Femme de Paul, Mouche, Yvette.'

Until 2. April 2000, La Maison Fournaise presents its history and its former guests. On the Ile des Impressionistes, in Chatou. Take 'RER' line 'A' to Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Croissy. Open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:00. Info. Tel.: 01 34 80 63 22.

Messages from the Other-World - in French: 'Art Spirite' aka 'Mediumnique, Visionnaire, Messages d'Outre-Monde.' Part of this show is from Lausanne's collection 'Art Brut.' Also see Lucile's funny sculptures somewhere in the snackbar. Until 27. February, 2000. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Maitres de l'Encre - features Chang Dai-Chien, T'ang Hayen and Zao Wou-Ki, three Chinese brush masters, with their limpid ink sketches done on the fly, that look as if they are still wet. Until 6. February, from Wednesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 18:00. At the Musée de Pontoise, 4. Rue Lemercier, Pontoise. Access via SNCF from Gare du Nord or Saint-Lazare. Info. Tel.: 01 30 38 02 40.

The following items are featured in more detail in an earlier 'Scene' column: Turner et la Seine, India Ink and the live sculptor Mirza Moric is still on hand.

Atget & Abbott - is two exhibitions. One is Berenice Abbott's 'Changing New York, 1935 - 1939' which was organized by the New York City Museum and the other is 'Itnéraires Parisiens' by Eugène Atget. This exhibition 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.

Mois de la Photo - The 11th - or the 20th! - Anniversary of the bi-annual 'Mois de la Photo,' calls for a more ambitious program than usual. However, the 'Month of the Photo,' starts in November, 2000. In the interval, check out the Maison Européenne de la Photo, 5-7. rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 44 78 75 07.

The following photo items are presented in more detail in an earlier 'Scene' column: La Fondation Pour la Photographie, Paris Match's 'Eye' and theCatacombs Photo Show.

'Pas Si Bêtes! 1000 Cerveaux, 1000 Mondes' - Paris' Grande Galerie de l'Evolution du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle has 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.

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,' willposter: jean jacques vanier a l'europeen 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, at 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau.

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; it was intended as a 'Guide for Bachelors.' This exhibition continues until Tuesday, 4. January.

At the 'Maison de Balzac.' 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.

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 Monday, 10. January 2000. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 47 47.

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. From 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.

Hommage à Bernard Anthonioz - editor and contemporary of André Malraux, Bernard Anthonioz touched nearly everything classified as art today. This exhibition shows works of artists he supported, from Picasso and Braque, to Cueco and Viallat. Until Sunday, 2. January, at the Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Cluny-La Sorbonne. Open Tuesday at Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 39 64.

Hadrian's 'Hôtel' - villa rather, rediscovered in Paris 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.

Voyages Dans la Ferveur - is an exhibition of paintings by the Japanese artist Kaï Higashiyama, who was 91 years old when he left this planet last spring. Part of this show was in Paris in 1977 at the Petit Palais, but this particular exhibition debuts here before going on show in Japan. Until Wednesday, 5. January, except Sundays and holidays; from 10:00 to 18:00. At Mitsukoshi-Etoile, 3. Rue de Tilsitt, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile. Info. Tel.: 01 44 09 11 11.

Jean-Sans-Peur's Tower Reopens - at 20. Rue Etienne Marcel, Paris 2. Métro: Etienne Marcel. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Also see: Le Coup d'Etat du 18 Brumaire, An VIII and Jean Moulin, 1899-1943.

The Scandinavians - have followed the Russians into the 'Le Chemin du Montparnasse,' formerly the Musée du Montparnasse. Its location and vocation are unchanged. The exhibition is named 'Les Vikings à Montparnasse.'

These Norsemen preceded 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.

See the works of Allan Osterlind, Issac Grünewald, sculpture by Astrid Noack, abstraction by Erik Olson, and the works of Greta Knutson, 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 popular 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. 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 and he made little models of them. The grown-up Bourdelle did even more with animals and this is the subject of the current exhibition 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.

Cheap Seats - if you are under 26, first class private theatre seats are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for one price: 70 francs. With the Folies Bergère, 43 other theatres are taking part in this offer of cheap seats. Info. Tel.: 08 00 80 07 50.

Outrage aux Moeurs - or, the three trials of Oscar Wilde, by Moïsés Kaufman, adapted by Jean-Marie Besset, directed by Thierry Harcourt. Until Saturday, 8. January. At the Théâtre 14 / J M Serreau, 20. Avenue Marc Sangnier, Paris 14. Métro: Porte de Vanves. Info. Tel.: 01 45 45 49 77.

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.

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.

La Fausse Suivante - appears to be a piece of theatre which is currently playing at the mint. 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.

Salut les Artistes! - announces the Chaillot 1999/2000 season - its 80th. 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.

See the following theatre items: Les Trois Mousquetaires, L'Amant Anglaise, Les Nouvelles Brèves de Comptoir and 'Le Tartuffe' - which is by Molière, and dance items: Iles des Danses and L'Art d'Etre Spectateur; all in more detail an an earlier 'Scene' column.

See two other items: Palais des Congrés - The newly reopened Palais des Congrés is hosting a super-show known locally as 'De Gaulle, Celui Qui a Dit Non.' and the 8th Festival de Théâtre Hispanique.

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

New for me - my very own street now has its very own roller boutique and skate rental shop. Does this mean I will soon join the Friday Night Roller Rando? Not likely. It's freezing out there.

Cyberposte - France's La Poste has 1000 post offices throughout France with Internet connections, possibly making La Poste the world biggest cybercafé without any café. All 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.

Fleuve Noir - is the name of a 'pulp fiction' publisher, celebrating 50 years of success. One hundred authors, 6000 titles; see them all at the - the French name is too long! - at Cop Shopposter: erro, jeu de paume Books, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 5. Until 26. February; closed Mondays, open weekdays from 14:00 to 18:00, from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. Info. Tel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Rétromobile 2000 - If you wish to exhibit at the coming Rétromobile 2000, here are the telephone and fax numbers of the people who organize this exhibition: from outside France telephone 33 1 48 44 30 30; the fax number is 33 1 48 44 15 15.

I am including this information here because the 'Rétromobile' organization is not on the Web and has no email. When asked why not, they said, 'Because we are Rétro.' For visitors, the dates for the coming edition of Rétromobile 2000 are from Friday, 11. February to Sunday, 20. February 2000. At Paris-Expo.

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.

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.'

fnac's site will also present a vast array - 6000 shows - of performances, events, and amusement park entries, in Paris, the Ile-de-France, and throughout France. fnac is present in many locations in Paris, throughout France and also in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Taiwan.

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