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photo: place st suplice

Saturday afternoon - hordes on the boulevard, these few at the Place Saint-Suplice.

Followed by the Salon Du Livre

Paris:- Saturday, 26. February 2000:- First the drought, now the deluge. Maybe I shouldn't use these terms for the cow and cheese show which opens at Paris-Expo.

But in these times of tricky food, it won't do if the French get too picky - so President Jacques Chirac will give it a lot of attention, and José Bové will get about three minutes of it.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Parisians will trek down to the Porte de Versailles to lookposter: salon du livre 2000 at very sleek cows, pigs, sheep, goats and whatever else there is - chickens, man! - that we eat on purpose. For this year's poster, there is a nice moo of beef instead of a colossal bull.

I have even been alerted by overseas farmers that some may show up for coming meetings of the Café Metropole Club, so watch for its update next Thursday.

The other big show coming up in March is the Salon du Livre and this will call for another birthday - just a small one - because I first covered this event with online reports in 1995.

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

37th 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. Until Saturday, 5. March. At Paris-Expo, Métro: Porte de Versailles. Web Info.

20th Salon du Livre - is the show where French publishers worldwide put their stuff on display for six days, which isn't really enough time to see it all. Portugal is the guest of honor this year. This starts on Friday, 17. March and continues until Wednesday, 22. March. Salon du Livre, at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Info. Tel.: 08 36 68 00 51.

Jumping International de Paris - is not pogo but horses, and it's part of the world championship so it will feature the best there is. There will be a showdown on Friday, 3. March, tobrochure: 13-25 ans, loisirs a paris decide on 18 finalists for the Grand Prix. From Friday, 3. March until Sunday, 5. March. At the POPB which is known to the rest of us as Bercy. Métro: Bercy. Info. Tel.: 01 40 02 60 60.

Spielvogel! - is Laurent's family name and it means 'playbird.' This spectacle has been written for him by François Cohn-Bendit, who I do not think is related to Dany. Spielvogel, whose poster is featured on this week's Morris column, is going to do some stuff in an unusual space - the Palais des Glaces, 37. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 10. Métro: République or Goncourt. Info. Tel.: 01 48 03 11 36.

La Fausse Suivante - is by Marivaux and is about a beautiful girl who dresses up like a man to find out about her future husband; without being kinky about it. Until Saturday, 18. March, at the Théâtre de la Ville, Place du Châtelet, Paris 4. Métro: Châtelet. Info. Tel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

Paris' Balloon - got a bit ripped up by the 26. December storm last year, but has been put back together again and should the taking to the air as you read this. But because it is a balloon, you should always phone first to find out if it is flying. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc Andé Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Ballard. Info. Tel.: 01 44 26 20 01.

L'Epopée des Heike - is something not to miss. History in the form of 250 sculptures of exquisite paper, carefully folded by hand. Until Saturday, 13. May; Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00 and on Thursdays until 20:00. On display now at the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101. Quai Branly, Paris 15. Métro: Bir-Hakeim. Info. Tel.: 01 44 37 95 00.

The Life of Jesus - is not the name of this exhibition of large photographs by Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly, but it would do. After a lot of research, they brought a lot of models together to recreate scenes from Jesus' life, in 85 key images. Until Sunday, 2. April, at 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 Grèce à Paris - is an exhibition of 113 examples of 19th and 20th century Greek architecture, which may be new to you as we seldom think of Greece in terms of modern architecture. 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.

Prévert - and this is Jacques Prévert to be exact; the kind of person called a 'lebens-künstler' in German - Prévert's life was his art form. Writing to his brother in 1954, he added this PS: "...mais le 4 Février 2000 c'est mon centenaire et je suis sûr que nous le passerons tousposter: carnaval do brasil, divan du monde ensemble." Collages, designs, unpublished texts, models, and photos by Brassaï, Doisneau, Pic - but mainly words, words. Until Sunday, 9. April. At Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00.

Princesse Tam-Tam Strips - so you don't have to, while trying on fancy lingerie. If I have this right, the entirely virtual Princesse Tam-Tam has been hired by the Galeries Lafayette for the duration of the Festival de la Lingerie, which will be from Thursday, 9. March until Thursday, 30. March. All of this effort in aid of trying it on without taking it off. The real stores involved in this operation are in Paris, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse. This may be a 'World 1st,' so don't miss it!

Les Ponts de Paris - Parisians can't get enough of the Seine's bridges even though there are plenty of them; so here is another exhibition - about which I'm short of details. On weekdays, from Friday, 10. March until Tuesday, 11. April; from 12:00 to 18:00. At the Mairie of the XIII, 1. Place d'Italie, Paris 13. Métro: Place d'Italie. Produced by Paris' Action Artistique.

Carnaval do Brasil - started already without telling me, but there's more to come. On Saturday, 4. March, Carnaval de Rio; and on Saturday, 11. March, Carnaval de Bahia; both from 23:00 until dawn. At the Divan du Monde, 75. Rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 43 38 70 76.

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. Starting Tuesday, 29. February, 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.

Out of Time, Out of Words - See 'Y a t'il un Facho dans le Frigo?' at the Splendid; Info. Tel.: 01 42 08 21 93. Check out David Harrower's 'Des Couteaux Dans les Poules' at the Amandiers in Nanterre until 31. March. Info. Tel.: 01 46 14 70 00. The Festival 'Exit' is out in Creteil and lasts from 3. to 18. March. Info. Tel.: 01 45 13 19 19. Finally, don't miss 'Hammerklavier' which is on stage until 1. April at the Théâtre International de Langue Française, out at La Villette. Info. Tel.: 01 40 03 93 93.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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, openposter: l'epopee des heike, cult japon 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.

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.

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 up 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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, his secret was revealed and 90 of his works are on display now. Except Monday, daily from 11:00 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.

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.

Zingg - died in 1942 and for the first time this painter's sketches and designs are being shown to the public. See the feature in this issue. 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.

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 artists 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.

Le Crépuscule des Dinosaures - is something 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. This exhibition ends on 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, atposter: festival exit, creteil 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 holiday, until Sunday, 16. April. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 07 21.


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