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Paris:- Saturday, 5. February 2000:- As I usually try to do, I am watching the TV-news tonight and it is showing me the Dragon dance, because today is the beginning of the 'Year of the Dragon.'

When I see this I smack myself in the head. Did I not put in the date for this, somewhere in this magazine, early in January? Yes I did, and then I forgot all about it. Ouch!

The odd thing about tonight's TV-report, is that it doesn't mention Chinatown. There are 'dragon dances' in several areas of Paris, but not, apparently, in the south of the 13th arrondissementphoto: retro fiat 500 where Chinatown in Paris is located. One resident there wondered out loud a couple of years ago - why anybody Chinese lived near Belleville.

A red Fiat 500 can only mean Rétromobile is soon.

In any case, something that I would have liked to have 'covered' is only given 90 seconds of TV-treatment. This leaves me hoping all these non-Chinese areas are having pre-New Years' fêtes and I still have time to catch-up.

This turns out not to be the case and I really regret it. After the other New Years at Etoile, I am about ready for another one already.

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The items below are not necessarily 'new;' but they are new to this column.

Trésors des Arts Asiatiques - is from the collection of Mr and Mrs John D. Rockerfeller III, which is now managed by the Asia Society. This show features 81 major pieces from the entire collection, and comes to Paris after being shown in Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. Thisposter: expo tresor arts asiatics©asia society show starts next Friday, 11. February and continues until Sunday, 14. May. It can be seen daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40, at the Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Monceau or Villiers. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Image©The Asia Society

8th Semi-Marathon de Paris - is shorter than the full marathon in April, but seems to have just as many rules. Maximum number of runners: 14,000. Lonely you will not be. Deadline for sign-up is Friday, 25. February. A medical certificate is required. Starting place: Stade Charléty, 17. Avenue Pierre-de-Coubertin, Paris 13. Métro: RER 'B' - Cité Universitaire. Starting time: 10:00. To be run on Sunday, 12. March. Info. Tel.: 01 41 33 15 68, Fax.: 01 41 33 15 69. Check the Web site for additional details.

24th Marathon de Paris - suggests you get off to a 'good start' by registering. Last year - or the year before - Metropole had a reader in this race, who trained for it in northern India where there are some high hills. He did not win because he was looking forward to the free pasta party, held, I assume, after the race. This year the marathoners will run out to the Bois de Vincennes, then back to the Bois de Boulogne before heading to the finish line in the Avenue Foch. On the métro this would be quite a long aller-retour.

Deadline for sign-up is Sunday, 19. March. A FFA license or a medical certificate is required. Starting place: Champs-Elysées. To be run on Sunday, 9. April. Info. Tel.: 01 41 33 15 68, Fax.: 01 41 33 15 69. Check the Web site for additional details.

The Centre Georges Pompidou - aka 'Beaubourg,' is again open to the public and the public, deprived of its cultural factory is turning up in droves - just like it used to do. There is an important exhibition on at the moment according to a TV-report, but I can find nothing written about it which I expected to do instead of remembering the TV thing - which I don't. The fallback is Beaubourg's Web site.

The BnF Launches Gallica 2000 Free of charge, France's Bibliothèque Nationale has just cranked up its Gallica server to offer more than 35,000 titles - either for consulting online or for download as PDF files. Most of these titles are 19th century texts and few are literature - but this will change over time. After all its stops and starts, the BnF is now 'open to the world.'

Les Chrétiens de l'An Mil - involves the posing of the question of how our ancestors faced the year 1000. The documents on show in this exhibition - for the first time - tell us exactly what was going on then in the minds of the people concerned. On show at the Musée d'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Until Monday, 3. April. Open daily except Tuesdays; on Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45; on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 62 18.

Montparnasse and the XIVe Arrondissement - the Action Artistique de le Ville de Paris has brought together a multi-layered show, featuring drawings, paintings, building plans and some early photos taken from balloons, to present a 'history' of one of Paris' more 'artistic' arrondissements - showing a bit more of the arrondissement than of Montparnasse itself. This exhibition continues until Wednesday, 1. March. You can find it in the annex of the Mairie of the 14th, at 12. Rue Durouchoux. Métro: Mouton-Duvernet. Open daily from 12:00 to 18:00; and conferences are held at 16:00 from Monday to Friday. Info. Tel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

This item closes the opening 'new' events for this week. You will find some other new items below. Again, lack of time has not permitted me to form a text to go with each of the images - but they do represent current events in Paris.

Rétromobile 2000 - For old car and old boat fanciers, the 25th edition of Rétromobile offers the best there is in Europe. This year, the 'Best of Ferrari' takes the spotlight, with 20 modelsposter: retromobile 2000 on display. Other famous racing cars will also be featured, along with a special section for scooters. Also see what is possibly the oldest car in the world - built by Etiènne Lenoir between 1863 and 1883.

Need a rare part? It will be here too, plus everything else to do with old speed machines - such as a 1950 Ferrari-powered speedboat. The dates for the coming edition of Rétromobile 2000 are from Friday, 11. February to Sunday, 20. February 2000. At Paris-Expo.

Fly Fishing In Paris - this quiet sport has its fans in France and their world is on show at the Centre de l'Automobile, 25. Rue Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves in Pantin. Métro: Hoche. Dates: from Friday, 11. February to Sunday, 13. February: from 10:00 to 19:00. Entry: 50 francs.

Paris' Museums Online - is not the official name for the new Web site that is being launched, to present Paris' own 15 museums. To begin, the city's museums will be grouped on one Web site, but are expected to eventually develop their own sites. The city has hired 20 young people to put this together, and in the future the site should be very elaborate, with a mine of information available.

Il Signor di Balzac - is an Italian view of superstar Balzac, which was planned but has been put off until fall on account of storm damage to the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

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' view of it. Until Sunday, 6. February at the Petit Palais.

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. 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.

Here Come Les Fauves - for 30 years nobody has paid much attention to these wild men of color, who crashed in the public's consciousness in 1905 with their flaming palettes. No 'isms' here; just full-tilt color. Big names by the metre, lots of color; a perfect winter show. From 10:00 to 17:30 daily except Mondays; until 27. February 2000, at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

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. This exhibition presents 60 representative works and it continues until Tuesday, 2. February, at the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Pri-ya - is the name of an Israeli artist who is featured in an exhibition with the long title of 'New Acrylic Technique In the Art of Painting,' in the Chagall Salon of the Maison France-Israel, 64. Avenue Marceau, Paris 8. On show until Tuesday, 29. February. Info. Tel.: 01 44 43 36 36.

print: zoran music©Venise de Zoran Music - is an exhibition of 100 paintings and aquarelles done by Zoran Music between 1946 and 1998, at Paris' museum for the 18th century. At the Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8. Rue Elzéir, Paris 3. Opening hours are 10;00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays and holidays, until Sunday, 16. April. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 07 21.

Image©Zoran Music

Oser Le Savoir - which translates as 'Dare to Know,' features '10 keys to the future' which will be presented with exhibitions and debates, from February until the end of the year. This takes place, in cooperation with the CNRS, at the Cité des Sciences & de l'Industrie at La Villette. 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Info. Tel.: 0140 05 80 00.

Lasar Segall - the retrospective has been put together by the Laser Segall Museum of Sao Paulo, the Jewish Museum of New York and the Smart Museum of Chicago. Little-known in France despite a four-year period in Paris and a retrospective in 1959, Segall spent most of his life in Brazil. From Thursday, 3. February to Sunday, 14. May, at the Musée d'Art et Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53.

Marcel Proust - and his 3000-page 'A la Recherche du Temps Perdu' is supposedposter: expo oser le savoir to be as exhaustive as Eugène Atget's collection of photos. They might not have been exactly in the same circles, but they were at the same time. This exhibition, with material from the Musée d'Orsay, is at the Grande Bibliothèque, in the Grande Galerie - Hall Est - which is still at the Quai François-Mauriac, Paris 14. Métro: end of the line 14. Info. Tel.: 01 53 97 59 59.

De Bébé Cadum à Mamie Nova - this poster show features animals, people, and other objects used to personify products for their promotion. The posters in question are old ones, some featuring products past their heyday, some featuring ones that are still around. There are three interests satisfied here: graphics, French products and how they were promoted Until Friday, 31. March. At the Bibliothèque Forney, 1. Rue de Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

François Morellet - moved into the Musée Zadkine for a stay until Sunday, 5. March. See comment in a recent 'Café' column. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:30. Until Sunday, 5. March. At 100 bis, Rue d'Assas; Paris 6. Go to the back of the garden and turn right. Métro: Note-Dame-des-Champs. Info. Tel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Le Temple de l'Homme - is some 60 works by Paul Landowski which have been gathered from four continents for this major retrospective exhibition. Landowski did the 'Christ Rédempteur' that overlooks Rio which will give you an idea of which league this one is in. Now on and continues until Sunday, 5. March. Open from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40, at the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

(de main de maître) - or, 'Les Métiers d'Art En l'An 2000' is a showcase for French 'creation,' supposedly with the best there is when it comes to hand-crafted works, such as glassware and fancy clothing; although there is much more than just this. Open daily, from 10:00 to 19:00, until Sunday, 6. February. At the Palais des Congrès, Paris 17. Métro: Porte Maillot. Entry fee: 40 francs.

Robert Desnos - was a popular pioneer surrealist. All surrealism was pioneering, but not all of it was 'popular.' Desnos is having homage paid to him apparently at the bookshop of the Paris' Bibliothéque Historique, which is a few doors away from the Bibliothéque Historique itself, in the Rue Pavée. Exhibition at 22. Rue Malher, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

La Montagne à Paris - the history and the patrimony of the 'mountains' of the 20th arrondissement are featured in this exhibition, from the 18th century to modern times. Organized by the Action Artistique, at the Mairie of the 20th, Place Léon Gambetta. Métro: Gambetta. From Thursday, 3. February to Tuesday, 21. March; from 12:00 to 18:00. No entry charge. Info. Tel.: 01 43 15 20 20.


Cornélia Marjolin Scheffer - died just over 100 years ago, but was the daughter of Ary Scheffer and a painter herself as well as being married to a surgeon. Anyhow, she turned her house into a 'salon' and it became the Musée de la Vie Romantique. This special exhibition is in addition to the permanent collection, and continues until Thursday, 27. July. At 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Paris Invented - nearly everything usual today in Paris. The Pont-Neuf was invented in 1606 for example. The first covered and heated swimming pool was opened on 8. July 1884, and somebody had to dream up the first cinema, which was done in 1907. Reportedposter: pavillon des arts, nogent sur marne to be a very good exhibition. See the history of all this until the end of March, at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

The Three Styles of Bouchard - here I am mentioning a sculptor whose work I've never seen and who died in 1960. The current exhibition shows about 30 of Henri Bouchard's works, executed between 1906 and 1914. Until Saturday, 11. March; open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. Info. Tel.: 01 46 47 63 46.

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.

Herb Ritts - a 'grand' retrospective is the order of the day for Herb Ritts, with 100 remarkable photos of stars and fashion, from the '80's and '90's. Until Sunday, 12. March, at the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain, 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail or Denfert-Rochereau.Info. Tel.: 01 42 18 56 51.

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 item is presented in more detail in an earlier 'Scene' column: La Fondation Pour la Photographie.

Presences - is a classic music festival being held for the 10th time. It will feature 96 contemporary composers, 121 compositions and 34 free concerts. This festival began on Friday, 4. Februaryposter: v hugo house, guernsey and continues until Sunday, 20. February. At the Maison de Radio France, 116. Avenue du President-Kennedy, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 42 30 15 16.

Aimée - In 1931 Marguerite Anzieu met Jacques Lacan in the Sainte-Anne booby-hatch after she attempted to kill Huguette Duflos, an actress. Dr. Lucan called this 'Le Cas Aimée' which was about paranoia, which in turn captured the attention of the Surrealists - which led to it all being turned into theatre stuff. Based on text by Marguerite Anzieu, with a little help from her shrink. At the Lucernaire, 53. Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Daily except Sundays and Mondays; at 18:15. Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

C'est Pour Demain - is a 'comedy' based on 'Les Diaboliques' by Roland Dubillard. It has something to do with an innocent prisoner who has a composer for a keeper; one whose wife throws pots at his head. This plays from Thursday to Saturday at 20:00 and on Sundays at 15:00; until Sunday, 27. February, at the Aktéon Théâtre, 11. Rue du Général Blaise, Paris 11. Métro: Saint-Amboise or Saint-Maur. Info. Tel.: 01 43 38 74 62.

Ain't Misbehavin' - is also called 'The Fats Waller Show.' This show, based on the 'success' of Thomas 'Fats' Waller, won three Tonys. The flat note here, is that this show doesn't show up until Thursday, 30. March, when it begins a four-day stand in Paris. Info. Tel.: 03 89 64 21 36, and tickets at the usual places.

Comtesse Eleonore Frankenstein - may be an early version of the 'Adams Family's' aunt, and for this you can blame Alexandre Delimoges. This piece has a starring cast of four plus a 'voice,' belonging to Catherine Lachens. Every Thursday and Saturday, at 20:00. At Le Bout, 6. Rue Frochot, Paris 9. Métro: Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 42 85 11 88.

Théâtre Châtelet Reopens - completely renovated, this large theatre belonging to the city has programmed 210 performances and has 276,297 seats forposter: sentier des halles 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.

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.

L'Envol du Pingouin - Jean-Jacques Vanier is a sailor navigating in an ocean of nonsense, which I think is another way of saying he makes a living by fast-talking sketches on stages. Tuesday to Saturday, at 20:30; on Sundays at 17:00. At L'Européen, 5. Rue Viot, Paris 17. Métro: Place de Clichy.Info. Tel.: 01 43 87 97 13.

Another item: Palais des Congrés - The newly reopened Palais des Congrés is hosting a super-show known locally as 'De Gaulle, Celui Qui a Dit Non.'

'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. There are other concurrent exhibition at the Jardin des Plantes as well. The museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

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 Shop 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.

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

Alcools - will be featured in 100 films, from Wednesday, 9. February until Thursday, 16. March, at the Forum des Images at the Nouveau Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Etienne-Jules Marey - France is like Russia; everything was invented here first. But the French go one better by turning up French inventors who were 'before' French inventors. The Lumière brothers did not invent moving films; this guy Etienne-Jules Marey did. He used it to film bugs in motion and was horrified by the idea of it being entertaining. Marey died in 1904, thus leaving the coast clear for the Lumière brothers and Disney. See this exhibition, until Sunday, 19. March, at the Espace Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Open daily except Monday, from 12:00 to 19:00. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

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.

Cyclotourists should also check out the 'The Best Biking Guide to Paris And Day Trips Outside Paris,' which is by Rose Burke who has personally tested everything for you.

Cyberposte - France's La Poste has 1000 post offices throughout France with Internet connections, possiblyposter: philatheque la poste 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. Also see 'La Poste's' services for philatelists. Service Philatélique de La Poste, 18. Rue François-Bonvin, 75758 Paris, Cedex 15.

Musée du Jouet - is not in Paris, but in Poissy and I have actually been in it. Its building is also worth a look for some its 14th century parts. Old time toys often look too fragile to have been used and abused by kids; their main attraction is that they were made by hand. There are temporary exhibitions as well as a large permanent collection. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30. Closed Mondays and holidays. Musée du Jouet, 1. Enclos de l'Abbaye, in Poissy. Reach by train from Saint-Lazare or by RER line 'A;' or autoroutes A13 - free - or A14 - tollroad. Info. Tel.: 01 39 65 06 06.

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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