Where's the Program?

photo: lenoir & spectators

The world's oldest car creates a scene at Rétromobile.

What's On? Where? When?

Paris:- Saturday, 12. February 2000:- I don't know if it is a result of being a little more organized - any kind of organization here is a 'lot' more - or it is something I've never noticed before, but there seems to be a 'hole' in the calendar of events for Paris.

Last Wednesday at the Paris Tourist Office on the Champs-Elysées, I could not obtain aposter: belle lurette, operetta brochure with the 'spring-summer' program for this year. The program for Paris' own sites, which I did obtain, seems to be blank until next fall.

Then, the date is working against me. 'Paris - le Journal,' which contains a wealth of information, will not appear until Tuesday, 15. February at the earliest. For this reason, new items may be a bit rare for this issue.

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

Le Maroc - as photographed by Gérard Rondeau, from 1994 to 1997. Done for the book, 'Figures au Maroc,' this exhibition shows a part of the photos - of architecture, landscapes, portraits and typical scenes; plus a photo-report tracing the life of Delacroix in Morocco. Until Monday, 13. March. Except Tuesday, open daily from 9:30 to 17:00. At the Musée Eugène Delacroix, 6. Rue Fustenburg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain. Info. Tel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

Droit de Cité Pour la Presse - is subtitled 'Liberté à la Une' - Freedom for the Front Page. This is an exhibition entirely devoted to the idea of the right to access information and freedom of expressing it. Historically it passes from Théophraste Renaudot's 'La Gazette' to the Internet of our times. Until Monday, 15. May, at the Palais-Brongniart, which is also known as the Bourse de Paris. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00. Métro: Bourse.

Les Acteurs à l'Ecran - is a little film festival that runs from Friday, 25. February until Sunday, 5. March; at the Ciné 104 at Pantin, in Saint-Denis. Info. Tel.: 01 48 20 99 20.

La Belle Lurette - is an operetta, possibly with sailors, because it is playing on board the Opéra Péniche. Supposedly, this piece is how Paris' plain folksposter: dinosaures, palais de la decouverte would have done it in the 'Belle Epoque' if they hadn't been scrambling for their daily bread. Until Saturday, 4. March. La Péniche Opéra, tied up to 42. Quai de la Loire, Paris 19. Info. Tel.: 01 53 35 07 77.

Shirley - is a one-lady show, featuring Judith Magre. If this is the one I saw on TV-news, she has an unusually gravelly voice, somewhat like a cement-mixer. Except Mondays, at 19:30 and at 15:30 on Sundays. Théâtre du Rond-Point, 2. bis, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: same name. Info. Tel.: 01 44 95 98 10.

Le Crépuscule des Dinosaures - is something to scare adults with, but kids will love it. Until Sunday, 14. May. At the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: same name. Info. Tel.: 01 56 43 20 21.

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.

Jean Chevolleau - this is a retrospective for a modern painter's output over 50 years: showing his adventures with cubism, light, color and abstraction. This exhibition begins on Friday, 25. February and continues until Sunday, 12. March. At the Mairie of the 15th Arrondissement, 31. Rue Péclet, Paris 15. Métro: Vaugiraud. Assume this show to be closed on Sundays and open during usual business hours.

The Tour Eiffel In 352 Snapshots - Last year, starting on 1. January, Jean-Paul Lubliner posed himself beneath the Tour Eiffel and snapped its photo daily. These 'snaps' go on display, starting on Saturday, 18. March, until Friday, 31. March. Except Tuesday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. The problem here is the location given doesn't match the given métro station, and neither seem a likely location for this exhibition. Details to come.

The Month of British Theatre - 'Londres sur Seine' is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 7. March, and will run in three Paris theatres: Théâtre Silvia Montfort, Info. Tel.: 01 43 13 50 60; at the Cité Internationale, Info. Tel.: 01 45 33 66 70; and Paris Villette, Info. Tel.: 01 42 02 02 68. Programmed for Silvia Montfort: 'East' by Steven Berkof; 'The Importance of Being Ernest' by Oscar Wilde; 'Sell Out' by Micheal Wynne and 'Some Explicit Polaroids' by Mark Ravenhill. 'Operation Made In Britain' - in French - is scheduled for the Cité Universitaire, and 'La Terrible Voix de Satan' by Gregory Motton will play at Paris-Villette.

15th Festival du Film de Paris - begins on Monday, 27. March and continues until Monday, 3. April: all at the Cinéma Gaumont-Marignan, 27. Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8. The subtitle for this is 'Paris-Hollywood sur Seine.' Details, I hope, to follow.

This coming spring, 30 centuries of Mexican art will take over from Brazil Baroque, 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.

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 - was to have been 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. Note: the Maison de Balzac is closed to the public for repairs.

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. This show continues until Sunday, 14. May. It can be seenposter: films, stars au feminin 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.

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.

Next To Last Chance: 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. So perfect that Jan and Dana Shaw say buying entry tickets in advance is absolutely necessary if you want to get in. 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.

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 models 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 1882.

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. Until Sunday, 20. February 2000. At Paris-Expo. See the feature in this issue.

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.

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.

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.

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, Segallposter: ©succession 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.

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Marcel Proust - and his 3000-page 'A la Recherche du Temps Perdu' is supposed 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 untilbrochure: program la villette Sunday, 5. March. Open from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40, at the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Méro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.


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