Cow and Cheese Show Coming Up

photo: quai des grands augustins

On the Quai des Grands Augustins in February.

Plus Glass, Sax, Painters and Etc.

Paris:- Saturday, 19. February 2000:- What I wrote here last week needs repeating but I won't do it. I went to see an exhibition and I saw nothing because it hadn't started yet.

I failed to notice that I left off the 'start date' when I put the item in last week - and merelyphoto: salon de l'agriculture assumed it was 'on' because I remembered putting the rest of it in this column.

The 'hole' in the program for Paris still exists, but there are 5493 other things to do plus all the standard stuff, so I'm not going to worry if the city isn't going to get its act together to suit Metropole's deadline - which is now long past.

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

Salon de l'Agriculture - This International Salon is coupled with the Salon du Fromage for its annual invasion of Paris by the country; with its animals, food products and all the food-chain stuff city slickers know little about. Cows are a big feature and this year you can expect they will be extra attractive, to counter all the bad press they've been getting. From Sunday, 27. February until Saturday, 5. March. At Paris-Expo, Métro: Porte de Versailles. Web Info.

Expolangues - is the international language-learning salon, that has less babble than you may think. Starts on Wednesday, 23. February and continues until Sunday, 27. February. At the Grande Halle, out at La Villette. Web Info.

Carpeaux Painter - Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was a famous sculptor who died in 1875 without telling anybody he was a painter too. Discovered 19 years after his death, hisposter: carpeaux, musee luxembourg secret was revealed and 90 of his works are on display now. Except Monday, daily from11:00 to 18:00, and on Thursday until 20:00. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue de Vaugiraud, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or RER 'B' Luxembourg. Web Info.

Detail of Carpeaux painting©Musée du Petit Palais

Arts du Spectacle - this section of the Bibliothèque Nationale began in 1920 with the collection of Auguste Rondel, and now numbers three million documents.concerning the theatre, circus, music hall, and cinema. This department of the BNF is located at the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 1. Rue de Sully, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Hours are Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 25 25.

Albert Hadjiganev - seems familiar but I can't place him. All the same, see his works from Friday, 25. February until Monday, 20. March, at the Galerie de l'Europe, 55. Rue de Seine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Web Info and Info. Tel.: 01 55 42 94 23.

Zingg - died in 1942 and for the first time this painter's sketches and designs are being shown to the public. From Tuesday, 22. February until Friday, 21. April; from Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30 to 18:30, and by rendez-vous. At L'Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Info. Tel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Adolphe Sax - I have seen the name around and it is described as an exhibition-concert; and there is a Adolphe Sax Quartet. From Friday, 3. March - at 19:00 - until Saturday, 19. March. At the Centre Artistique Jacques Catinat, 3. place Maurice Berteaux, in Chatou. Take RER line 'A' to Chatou. Info. Tel.: 01 30 53 32 05.

Lumières en Eclat - the Centre International du Vitrail has done me a favor by sending me a beautifully illustrated catalogue for a temporary exhibition by nine artistsbrochure: lumieres en eclat, chartres working in glass - as in, glass as an art object. Fantastic. This exhibition lasts until 24. September; at the Centre International du Vitrail, 5. Rue du Cardinal Pie, in Chartres. Hours are 9:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 until 18:00; daily. It's worth the trip for the catalogue. Info. Tel.: 02 37 21 65 72.

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.

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.

Natalie Lamotte - is a strong painter who seems to mix organic shapes with external objects, with colors like hammers. See her exhibit from Tuesday, 28. March until Thursday, 20. April, Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00 at the Espace Paul Ricard, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. This is located in a mall de luxe; go straight in until you see the Paul Ricard sign. Info. Tel.: 01 53 30 99 00.

The Musée de la Poupée - the Paris' doll museum has two temporary exhibitions of dolls coming soon. One will show communion and marriage costumes. This starts on Tuesday, 7. March and continues until Monday, 12. June. 'Gene' is another doll, younger and bigger than Barbie, based on Gene Tierney or Greta Garbo. 'Gene à Paris' will feature 50 dolls in an exhibition, which begins on 7. March and ends on Sunday, 4. June.

Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Boutique next door. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Rallye des Princesses - The first rallye for lady drivers rolled out of Paris in 1929 and followed a route through Vichy and Hyères, to finish upbrochure: zingg, gal a girard at Saint-Raphaël. Count Edme de Rohan-Chabot, who started it all, died in 1972 and the last rallye was run in 1974. Patrick Zaniroli, an ex-Paris-Dakar competitor have revived this rallye for ladies and it will take place from Tuesday, 25. to Sunday, 30. April.

Sketch by Zingg© for l'Atelier An. Girard.

Until Sunday, 20. April, the entry fee for the Rallye des Princesses is 19,500 francs for the driver and co-pilot. This fee includes assistance, mechanical aid; plus accommodations and meals. There will be a 'gala' at the finish and this is included too. Men can participate, but only as assistants. The fee for this is 4500 francs, and includes accommodations and meals.

This year's Rallye des Princesses starts in Paris, and goes through La Châtre, Vichy, Vals-les-Bains, Aix-en-Provence, to finish up at Saint-Raphaël - with a 'gala!' The ladies will spray Champagne on each other.

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. These 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,poster: hadjiganen, gal de l'europe 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 Michael 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.

Painting by Albert Hadjiganev© at the Galerie de l'Europe

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, Sydneypaint: natalie lamotte, espace paul ricard and Shanghai. This show 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.

Coming to the Espace Paul Ricard: Natalie Lamotte©

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. 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.

Le Crépuscule des Dinosaures - is some to scare adults with, but kids will love it. This is a big show, with possibly big lineups, so make your plans carefully. 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.

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. Thisphoto: expo, liberte a l'une 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, 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 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 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.

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. Until Tuesday, 21. March; from 12:00 to 18:00. No entry charge. Info. Tel.: 01 43 15 20 20.


Jean Chevolleau - this is a retrospective for 50 years of a modern painter's output: his adventures with cubism, light, color and abstraction. This exhibition 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 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. 'Stars au Féminin' features 150 films, until 2. October. There is also 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.

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. Reported 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. 'Bouchard et la Bourgogne' follows on Saturday, 15. April. 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.

Le Maroc - as photographed by Gérard Rondeau, from 1994 to 1997. Done for the book, 'Figures au Maroc,' thisbrochure, arts du spectacle, b n f 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.

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.

Next 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.

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 folks 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.'

'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 exhibitions 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.

Jean-Sans-Peur's Tower Opens - read Metropole's feature then go and 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 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 - The French go one better by turning up French inventors who were 'before' French inventors. Thebrochure: adolphe sax, chatou 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.

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.

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, 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 asbrochure: jeune publique, musees de paris 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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