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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 areposter: jardins de paris 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.

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.


Arpad Szenes - 25 years after his retrospective at Paris' modern art museum, Arpad Szenes returns for another retrospective, this time in the Salle Saint-Jean, in the Hôtel de Ville. Another European artist who washed up in Paris in the '20's, mixed into Montparnasse with success, but went to Brazil during the war. He returned to Paris in 1947, bringing some sunlight back. Until Sunday, 17. June; except Mondays, from 11:00 to 19:00. Salle Saint-Jean, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. No entry charge. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

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.

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 termsposter: les ailes du monde, glaz'art 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.

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.

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, 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 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 are on display until Friday, 31. March. Except Tuesday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. The problemposter: en train de lire, salon, sncf 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 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.

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.

Festival Itinerant - is a well-organized commercial music festival, held in various city locations such as the Olympia and La Cigale. It continues until Friday, 24. March. If you are halfway interested, you can not only get more info where tickets are sold, you can also get 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. Casse 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.' 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.

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.

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.

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'est 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 documentsphoto: natures en tete, jardin des plantes 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.

'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.

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.'

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 - 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. Check the Paris Marathon Web site for all the 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, both downhill and uphill.

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.

The RATP's 'Cyberdeck' - Without much fanfare Paris' transport authority, the RATP, installed four Internet terminals in their Port Royal RER 'B' station. These offer free access and unlimited online time. Cyberdeck' units are equipped with touch-screens instead of 'mice' and they have French keyboard layouts, so these are two features that take a bit of getting used to. Now the RATP plans to install the stand-up 'Net centres in other stations. These will be at Denfert-Rochereau, Luxembourg and Châtelet-Les Halles; all on the same RER line 'B.'

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.

Free Entries - are offered to all on Sunday mornings, from 10:00 to 13:00, at all of Paris' own museums. This involves up to 15 different places, so I'm not going to list them all here. When I write 'places' it is because the list includes the archeological crypt under the parvis in front of Notre Dame - of which I know nothing - and the Maison de Balzac, which is currently closed with storm damage.

One exception to free entry is the Catacombs, at Denfert-Rochereau, possibly because they are right next door to me - but most likely because they don't open until the afternoon. Except for bigger shows in the Musée du Petit Palais, most of Paris' own museums have modest entry charges anyway.

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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