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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.

Paris' Museums Online - is not the official name for the new Web site that has been launched, to present Paris' own 15 museums.

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.

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 splendor 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.


Natalie Lamotte - is a strong painter who seems to mix organic shapes with external objects, with colors like hammers. See her exhibit 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.

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 importantposter: new bled, divan du monde 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.

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.

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; 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.

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. Featuringposter: paysages, tv arte 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.

Les Ailes du Monde - is the name for the March program at the Glaz'Art centre for concerts, multimedia and other acts. 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.

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.

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.

Théâtre Châtelet Reopens - completely renovated, this large theatre belonging to the city has programmed 210 performances and has 276,297 seats for sale - less those already sold - for the 1999-2000 season. Two pieces by Gluck started off Châtelet's new life. 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 monposters: vues sur courts, mk2 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.

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.

Augustin Dupré - was the chief engraver for the Monnaies de France. An exhibition of his work can be seen 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.

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. 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.

'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. The museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

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, in 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

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. You have to pedal yourself though.

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 to 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. Maybeposter: omara portuondo, casino de paris 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.'

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Again in the air after a tough winter, you should call first to find out if it is a balloon day. 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. The '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. 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. You can also get a personal email account. Also see 'La Poste's' services for philatelists. Or write to Service Philatélique de La Poste, 18. Rue François-Bonvin, 75758 Paris, Cedex 15. France

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-look.'

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