A Little Picnic

photo: bd madeleine

And a little rain.

Plus a Métro Attraction

Paris:- Saturday, 5. March 2000:- One of the most agreeable ideas to be put forward to mark this year 2000 is the 'Incroyable Pique-nique' - the 'Incredible Picnic' - which is planned for Bastille Day, Friday 14. July.

While some good people in Gien are busily making a 700 kilometre-long tablecloth, other people are trying to find flat spaces in the Gorges de l'Aude. In total four million are invited to this outdoor lunch.

During the picnic, ambiance will supplied by 'l'incroyableposter: semi marathon paris radio,' which will only be broadcasting for this event. More 'incroyables' are expected to be rolling towards each other; on foot, on horseback, on bicycles, rollers - of course! - and overhead in balloons and ULMs, little planes and air force jets.

Now, this 'incroyable' picnic will be taking place in France from Dunkirk, through 337 towns and villages, through Paris, all the way to Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste in the eastern Pyrenées - but I thought it was to continue all the way to Barcelona.

In Paris, picnic grounds are certain to be in the Luxembourg Gardens, in the garden of the Observatory and in the Montsouris park - but there will be other places too, such as on the banks of the Seine and Montmartre.

This event will outstrip my resources to 'cover' it, so I intend to participate in it instead. How about you? Everybody is invited as far as I know.

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.

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.

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. Lonelyposter: thr, yiddish atmosphere you will not be. 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. More details for the full-sized Paris Marathon are below, in the 'Sports' section.

Métro Tuileries - reopened last December, and the whole underground station has been decorated to celebrate the 100th birthday of the métro itself. Although the smallest métro station in Paris, both quays have 150 metre-long tableau, depicting the last century; with musical accompaniment. Starting in April, nine other stations will be slated for redecoration at the rate of one per month. No Info.; all you need is one little green ticket.

Nôtre Dame de Paris - is sold out for its run until 30. April at the Palais de Congrés, but it will come back on Tuesday, 4. July and continue its performances until 26. August. For Info., see fnac tickets at the end of this column.

Oliver Twist - is a musical comedy in French by Charles Dickens about an orphan who... but you know the story. Maybe your kids don't. On Wednesday, 15. March at 14:30 and Sunday, 19. March at 16:00; at the Théâtre Victor-Hugo, 14. Avenue Victor-Hugo, in Bagneux. Take bus 188 or 197. Theatre Info. Tel.: 01 46 63 10 54.

SKA-P Eurosis - is having an 'en concierto' on Monday, 13. March, at 20:00; at the Elysée-Montmartre, 72. Boulevard Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. I'm not entirely sure about this, because Sawt el Atlas is supposed to go on at 19:30 in the same place on the same date.

Un Mois à la Campagne - is by Ivan Tourgueniev - you know who I mean - under the direction of Yves Beaunesne and is a history of 'gens de trop.' From Tuesday, 7. March until Saturday, 8. April; mostly at 20:00. In the Grand Salle at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, in the Square de l'Opéra Louis-Jouvet, 7. Rue Boudreau, Paris 9.Info. Tel.: 01 53 05 19 19.

Sally Nyolo - goes into the Café de la Danse for a three day gig, from Thursday, 9. March until Saturday, 11. March; at 20:30. As usual, in the Passage Louis Philippe at number 5. In Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. Tickets at the usual agencies.

Casse Pipe - is what exactly? I thought it was theatre, but it seems to be some sort of group. Never mind. Casseposter: the, morts sans sepulture Pipe plays from Tuesday, 21. March until Saturday, 25. March, at 20:00. If you like them, you can follow them around France until the end of April. At La Maroquinerie, 23. Rue Boyer, Paris 20. Métro: Gambetta. Info. Tel.: 01 40 33 30 60.

Morts Sans Sépulture - is by Jean-Paul Sartre and directed by Axelle Hair. I think this may be a krimi, but who knows? At the sinister-sounding Théâtre des Cinq Diamants, 10. Rue des Cinq Diamants, Paris 13. Métro: Corvisart or Place de l'Italie. Oh-oh, this finishes today. The poster runs anyway!

Yiddish Atmosphère - features Tolilo and Ben Zimet, performing in 20 exceptional concerts. Traditional chansons and stories, outlining yiddishkeit. Until Friday, 31. March, at 20:30; and at 17:30 on the Sundays, 12. and 26. March. At the Auditorium Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 4. Rue Félibien, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Mabillon. Info. Tel.: 01 44 07 37 43.

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.

Carnaval do Brasil - started already without telling me, but there's more to come. On Saturday, 11. March, Carnaval de Bahia; 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.

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 Madeposter: the, casse pipe In Britain' - in French - is scheduled for the Cité Universitaire, and 'La Terrible Voix de Satan' by Gregory Motton will play at Paris-Villette. See poster in this issue.

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 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.

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, Avenueposter: concert, sally nyolo 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.

Etienne-Jules Marey - was an all-round scientist during the last part of the 19th century and the Espace Electra has teamed up with the Cinémathèque Français to put on an exhibition, tracing Marey's history. Atposter: thr, un mois a la campagne 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 itposter: concert, ska p, eurosis 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 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.

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 Metropole. 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 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.

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.

Lasar Segall - the retrospective has been put together by the Laser Segall Museum of Sao Paulo, the Jewish Museum of New Yorkposter: thr, oliver twist 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. Until 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.

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.

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.

Maison de Balzac - on account of storm damage, this site is closed. Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.


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 atposter: thr, voix de satan 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Out of Time, Out of Words - See 'Y a t'il un Facho dans le Frigo?' at the Splendid until Saturday, 25. March; 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.

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, is going to do some stuff in an unusual space. Until Saturday, 15. April. At 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.

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.

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. Until Sunday, 26. March. Théâtre du Rond-Point, 2. bis, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: same name. Info. Tel.: 01 44 95 98 10.

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.

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.

Prévert - and this is Jacques Prévert to be exact; the kind of person called a 'lebens-künstler' in German - Prévert's life was is art form. Writing to his brother in 1954, he added this PS: "...mais le 4 Février 2000 c'estposter: prevert, montparnasse mon centenaire et je suis sûr que nous le passerons tous 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.

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 somewhat tipsy films until Sunday, 19. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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 is 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!

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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