Nuts and Bolts at Arts et Métiers

photo: view square willette, montmartre

From Sacre Coeur's steps, looking down at
the Square Willette.

And Zwergs at Bagatelle

Paris:- Saturday, 25. March 2000:- If our brave new 2000 world seems to be full of 'virtual' and bubbles, the reason we have museums is so we can go and see what our great-great-grandparents were up to.

After ten years of being mostly closed and about four years of being all closed, a major Paris museum has reopened. Last week I thought it would be a great treat for my kids to see it - and me too - but they had never been up on the Tour Eiffel, so that's where we went.

All the same, the Tour Eiffel is over a 100 years old and it is built of steel and cables and has gearworks, and this is what the Musée des Arts et Métiers is all about. It has original airplanes as old as the Tour Eiffel in it. It only got 50 centimetres off the ground, but it was a start.

More about this fascinating museum later. For now, Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00; until 21:00 on Thursdays. Entry: 35 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 82 20.

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

15th Festival du Film de Paris - begins today 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,' so expect a lot of shoot-em-up car-chase movies.

Foire du Trône - one of Paris' annual fun fairs, with rides, cotton-candy, popcorn, and noise, with bumper-cars and everything else that'll have you upsidedown and the change falling out of your pockets. Until Monday, 8. May. From Monday toposter: printemps des musees Thursday, 12:00 to midnight; Friday, Saturday and holidays eves, from 12:00 to 01:00. Pélouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte-Dorée or Porte-de-Charenton. No entry charge.

Reverse Roller Coaster - Starting on April Fool's Day, you can take a ride on what appears to be a roller coaster, at Disneyland. Six years in the making, six months to put together, a crew of 60; for 'Indiana Jones,' and 110 seconds of backwards thrills. Maybe it's a time machine? In French it is called the 'Montagnes Russes' and they were a big hit 100 years ago. At Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée. RER line 'A4.'

2000 Nains à Bagatelle - aka Nutville in the Bushes, with a bagatelle of 2K of garden dwarfs - gartenzwergs to you, Emile. For their first real exhibition in France, this is not all kitsch - early zwergs were modelled after court entertainers - and a Metropole reader was looking for one modelled after his late great-great-great-great-grandfather, last seen at the Château de Suresnes around 1715. We couldn't find him - even the château is gone - but we didn't give up and now here's another chance. Except Tuesdays, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Until Sunday, 23. July. Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs.

Faux Frère(s) - is a caustic comedy about two guys who haven't seen each other for 15 years, and are wondering why they're playing in this piece until Saturday, 13. May. Featuring Pierre-Olivier Scotto and Thierry Beccaro; directed by Martine Feldman. Music: Les Beatles. At Kiron Espace, 10. Rue La Vacquerie, Paris 11. Métro: Voltaire. Info. Tel.: 01 44 64 11 50.

Le Banquet de la Sainte Cécile - has played 500 times in the provinces, but I still don't know what it's about - except it features Jean-Pierre Bodin, who I don't know either. Until Monday, 8. May. Most nights at 21:00, Saturday and Sunday at 16:00; no shows Tuesday and Wednesday. At L'Européen, 5. Rue Biot, Paris 17. Métro: Place de Clichy. Info. Tel.: 01 43 87 97 13.

Freebie Day - the 'Printemps des Musées 2000' happens on Sunday, 2. April and it means most museums in France will let you enter for free. For its 2nd year, this event has a theme and it is 'Europe.' Other museums are lending France some of their good stuff for this. The Min of Cult has a full program and possibly the names and addresses of all this free stuff.

Vaux Le Vicomte - is supposed to have inspired Versailles, but unlike Versailles escaped the Révolution and remains in private hands. Built in 1661 and it looks brand-new. Nicolas Fouquet had it built, but big Louis got jealous of its splendorposter: augustin dupre, carnavalet and locked the poor guy up for life. Open from 10:00 to 18:00. Check the Vaux Le Vicomte Web site for transport details. Info. Tel.: 01 64 14 41 90.

Augustin Dupré - was the chief engraver for the Monnaies de France. An exhibition of his work can be seen, starting Saturday, 1. April, until Sunday, 11. June; from 10:00 to 17:40; at the Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Sketch for a stamp, 1797.©Musée Carnavalet

L'Art du Billet, 1800 - 2000 - if you like money even if it's 200 years old - or brand-new, see this exhibition of the collection of the Banque de France. Also starting Saturday, 1. April, until Sunday, 11. June; from 10:00 to 17:40; at the Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Monnaies, Médailles, Antiques - are part of the permanent collection, which have their own department; which also includes a library of 60,000 volumes, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The museum of this department is open to the public from Monday to Friday, from 13:00 to 17:45; on Saturday from 13:00 to 16:45 and on Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00. Groups need reservations. BNF, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 83 40.

Software and Hardware - the digital world moves into Paris Expo with seven different trade shows, all starting on Tuesday, 28. March and all ending on Wednesday, 3. April. Telecoms, DTP, CAD, Online, and software make up a part of the palette. All the expos have two organizers, either Infopromotions or BIRP. Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.

Salon de la Maquette - has now got a spiffier name which is also longer - 'Mondial de la Maquettte et Modèle Réduit,' with 'Salon des Jeux.' In other words, Paris' annual model and games show. This starts on Saturday, 1. April and continues until Sunday, 9. April. This salon also has a Web site. Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.

Rokia Traoré - has two dates for concerts, on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30. March; at 20:30. At the Café de la Danse, 5. Passage Louis Philippe - off the Rue de Lappe - Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. Info. Tel.: 01 47 0057 59.

The Month of British Theatre - 'Londres sur Seine' has begun and will run in three Paris theatres: Théâtre Silvia Montfort, Info. Tel.: 01 43 13 50 60; atposter: l'art du billet, carnavalet 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.

Les Ailes du Monde - is the name for the March program at the Glaz'Art centre for concerts, multimedia and other acts - such as the Ukulele Club de Paris, which will be playing on Thursday, 30. March at 20:30. Glaz'Art, 7 to 15. Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. Info. Tel.: 01 40 36 55 65.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Musée Bouchard - here I am mentioning a sculptor whose work I've never seen and who died in 1960. 'Bouchard et la Bourgogne' begins on Saturday, 15. April, to run until 13. September. 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.

1900 - The last turn of the century lasted from 1895 until 1905 and I expect ours will go on for another five years too. One hundred years ago Europe was booming along industrially, and art was booming too, and plants were an inspiration.

This exhibition of things '1900' is like looking in your great-grandparent's attic; all of it too 'Mucha.' A must-see. Until Monday, 26. June. Open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 20:00, on Thursday until 22:00. Morning entries by reservation; after 13:00, at the door. Closed Monday, 1. May. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

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. No entry charge. Conferences and hands-on demos. Featured in Metropole in this issue.

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. 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.

Trésors des Arts Asiatiques - is from the collection of Mr and Mrs John D. Rockerfeller III, which is now managed by the Asia Society. Thisposter: faux freres, espace kiron 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, but only until Sunday, 2. April. 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.

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.

Imaï, la Guerre et la Paix - is an exhibition by the Japanese artist Imaï, who mixes Japan with the west, in Europe and in America. Several of his works are in the permanent collection at the Pompidou Centre. On show, his latest works, from 1992 to today. At the Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine; Paris 6. Métro: Cluny or Odéon. Open from 11:00 to 19:00 - except Mondays. Until Wednesday, 5. April. Info. Tel.: 01 40 46 05 47.

Natures En Tête - shows other ways of looking at nature, and includes some animations - also with a theatre for children, and debates. Until Monday, 22. May, inphoto: halle saint pierre the Galerie de Botanique, at the Jardin des Plantes, 18. Rue Buffon, Paris 5. Métro; Jussieu, Gare d'Austerlitz or Censier-Daubenton. Info. Tel.: 01

The Halle Saint-Pierre.

Haiti - Anges et Démons - plus voodoo graffiti, Holy Sun, metal Ogou, and contemporary 'magic' - in 300 pieces done between 1945 and today. 'Magic painting,' according to André Malraux. Until Friday, 30. June; from 10:00 to 19:00, daily. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

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 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 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.

Les Grands Boulevards - are getting a constant drumroll these days and now an exhibition too. From Monday to Friday; from 12:00 to 18:00. Until Friday, 28. April, at the Mairie of the 9th arrondissement, 6. Rue Drouot, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot.

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, 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.

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 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. 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'sbrochure: ratp plaisir bus tours 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.

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 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.

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 wasposter: chateauvaux le vicomte 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 problem here is the location given doesn't match the given métro station, and neither seem a likely location for this exhibition. There should be more info on Paris' own Web site, so hit it if you are interested.

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.

Quatre Actes avec Olga - is by Chekhov and Olga Knipper played many principle roles at Moscow's Art Theatre. Here the texts are by Valérie Durin and the direction is by Dominique Verrier. A companion piece is 'Via Sébastopol.' Both are performed by La Bouche d'Ombre company. At the Théâtre Lucien Paye, 45. Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14. This is at the Cité Universitaire. Métro: Porte d'Oléans or RER station, Cité Universitaire. Info. Tel.: 01 43 48 22 15.

Out of Time, Out of Words - 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. 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.concerningposter: le banquet de la sainte cecile, thr l'europeen 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.

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 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.

'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 theposter: theatre, bonjour feydeau 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 André 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 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 some 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.

There are exceptions to the free entry; one 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.

Guided Visits - Paris Gardens - the city has an annual program of guided visits to its gardens - also for the blind and the deaf; which include conferences, demonstrations of gardening and explanations about the life of plants. There is a brochure with more details available, and there is also the city's Web site. Info. Tel.: 01 40 71 75 60.

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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