Lots Of Music Coming Up

photo: paris balloon weekend

The 'Montgolières were fewer than expected, on a windy day.

And Really Big Street Parties

Paris:- Saturday, 27. April 2000:- Well, well, well - under a pile of papers I thought was mere rubble, it turns out there are a dozen events that were not already in this column.

If I was the one going to all of them, this choice would pose a problem. Most likely, like you, I have to pick and chose - and wonder what went on at the places where I wasn't. Too bad life is so short when there's so much to do.

Here's hoping this week's list of events does not cause your browser to sigh and black out from this decidedly over-size 'page.'



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

Jean Colin - started out doing posters for films until 1950, then branched out into posters for industry and publicity. Until Saturday, 22. July, at the Bibliothèque Forney, 1. Rue du Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Vignes, Vins et Paris - everything you ever wanted to know about vines, grapes and wine, at the Chai de Bercy, Parc de Bercy, 41. Rue Paul-Belmondo, Paris 12. Until Sunday, 25. June; from 13:30 to 17:30 except Mondays. Métro: Bercy or Cour Saint-Emilion

Festival Franco-Britannique - although more details were promised for this week, I know no more now thanposter: la traviata, thr de la ville then - except for some posters I saw at WH Smith's a couple of weeks ago. Try this Web site for the Festival Franco-Britannique. If nothing else, its dates are from Monday, 5. June to Saturday, 24. June. Info. Tel.: 01 47 42 44 38.

La Comédie Humaine en Peinture - features illustrations of texts by Balzac, too large to be printed, by Serge Kantorowicz. Balzac, a failed printer, did want his books illustrated - and the Edition Furne of the La Comédie Humaine is one result. When he died in 1850 about 110 engravings had been done - and by the best there was. These serve as a counterpoint to Serge Kantorowicz' works. From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40; until 24. September; at the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

La Seine et Paris - is an exhibition that treats two subjects that are inseparable. The Seine has fed Paris and the river continues to play its important role - while Parisians and visitors get to admire it. This exhibition can be found from Tuesday, 30. May until Friday, 7. July, when it will be in the Mairie of the 4th arrondissement, at the Place Baudoyer. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. In both locations, from 12:00 to 18:00; Mondays to Friday.

Roland Garros - even though I am not a tennis fan I do know that 'Roland Garros' is the Roland Garros, because it starts on Monday, 29. May and continues until a winner is declared on Sunday, 11. June. Ticket sales begin last Monday - and Pete somebody is already out of it! Scores 6-4, 7-6, and all tied. Info. Tel.: 01 47 43 48 00.

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.

Fête de la Musique - takes place Wednesday, 21. June, all over Paris, all day long. The Ville de Paris has set up sort of a mini-tour in the Marais, featuring Brazil, Haiti and Cuba, at the following times and locations: 19:30 at the Musée Carnavalet; 20:00 at the Hôtel d'Albret; 21:00 at the Musée Carnavalet and the Bibliothéque Historique; and 22:00 at the Hôtel d'Albret again. These places are quite close together. Starting at 18:30, you can sample 'Klezmer' music performed by four groups, at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme at 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau or Saint-Paul.

Montmartre en Europe 2000 - is a festival including Montmartre and 12 European countries, excluding France. Art, food, artisans, culture; all over the Butte from Friday, 9. June until Saturday, 24. June. Info. Tel.: 01 53 41 18 18.

100% Johnny - is Johnny Hallyday of course. France's oldest performing live rock-icon, makes good on his threat to treat us to a free concert, weather permitting. He couldn't get the Champs-Elysées, so he's 'lighting his fire' at the Tour Eiffel - read, Champ de Mars - Paris' new all-purpose outdoor 'big place' for big shows. On Monday, 10. June at 22:00. An event to be broadcast 'live' by TF1 for people who don't like 'big places.'

Big Choirs - Paris' conservatories send 5-600 singers out twice, for twoposter: johnny hallyday at the tour eiffel, 10 june evenings of mass signing of some classical pieces. First: Wednesday, 14. June at 23:30 at the Place René Cassin, Paris 1. Second: Thursday, 15. June at 20:30, at the Place de la Bourse, in front of the Palais Brongniart, Paris 2. Info. Tel.: 01 42 36 17 86. These concerts are one week before the Fête de la Musique, in case you have difficulty remembering their dates.

Le Printemps des Rues - is a street 'fête' that takes place in east Paris, in the 10, 11, 12, 13, 19. and 20. arrondissements, on the coming weekend, 3. and 4. June. Expect free concerts and picnics all over, but concentrations of activities at the Square Maurice-Gardette, Quai de la Gare, Bassin de la Villette, Parc de Belleville and the Jardin des Amandiers - plus Bercy. Info. Tel.: 01 43 72 71 29.

Eltham Choral Society - is a mixed adult choir from London which will be singing music from Vivaldi, Mozart, Bruckner and Tippett. At 20:00 on Saturday, 3. June at the Eglise Evangelique Allemande in the Rue Blanche, Paris 9. The Abby School Orchestra follows on Friday, 30. June; at the same time, same location. This second concert is called a 'Musical Journey Through Time,' with a performance of well-known classical music from the 16-20th centuries, focusing on Handel, Bizet's 'Carmen' and Pietro Mascagni. Métro: Trinité.

La Traviata - by Verdi, is to be broadcast on TV to 125 countries throughout the world from the Paris of 1900 - from the salons of the Hôtel Boisgelin, the Petit-Palais and the Ile Saint-Louis as well as Versailles. Directed by Zubin Mehta, with the voices of Eteri Gvazava, José Cura and Ruggero Raimondi. Video direction will be by Andrea Andermann. Starting at local times on Saturday, 3. or Sunday, 4. June. Check your TV-guide for exact times.

Waitresses, Waiters, On Your Marks! - real trays with fake bottles and glasses will be transported - bistro! bistro! - through Paris by the our hardworking café and bistro friends, who are required to wear regulation leather aprons and proper ties. This is sort of a busman's holiday, but - starting point is in front of the Hôtel de Ville. From there, west on Rivoli to Concorde and across the bridge to the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Saint-Michel, Notre-Dame, Pont d'Arcole; to end up where they started. Start-time: 14:30. Date; Sunday, 25. June; which is the Fête-Dieu. You don't need an Info. Tel. for this, but an umbrella is recommended.

Nils-Udo - moves into the Musée Zadkine as soon as the expansion work being done allows, to take up temporary residenceposter: roland garros 2000 in its garden atelier in order sculpt some vegetation - up to five metres high. Do not try to visit before Friday, 16. June. After then, Nils-Udo will be there until 24. September; from Tuesdays to Sundays; and including the holidays of 14. July and 15. August. Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin.

La Catrina - is a musical show having something to do with La Catrina and other 'figures of life and death in Mexico.' By Jorge Reyesand Ariane Pellicer, after an original text by Erando Gonzàlez, with costumes made of paper. Two performances only; on Wednesday, 14 and Thursday, 15. June at 20:30. At the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Mesurer l'Atmosphère - is a temporary 'weather' exhibition at the nuts and bolts museum, which probably starts on Tuesday, 6. June. 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.

Latitudes Villette / Brasil - Brazilian Percussion comes from Salvador in the form of the 6th PercPan, which blew away São Paulo earlier this year. Coming to Paris for three days in May with Naná Vasconcelos and Gilberto Gil, be sure to get ready for the World Percussion Panorama.

Part two features 150 drummers from the Portela Samba School, playing outside. Other performances are inside and for these there are two sorts of tickets - one for all of an evening's concerts for 160 francs, or 120 francs for either the Grande Halle or the Cité de la Musique. At La Villette on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2, 3 and 4. June. The music starts at 19:00; or at 15:30 on Sundays. Métro: Porte de Pantin. Info. Tel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Festival de Saint-Denis - this very cultural annual festival located to the north of Paris kicks off this year on Thursday, 15. June. It features concerts, dance, and 'creations.' Métro; Saint-Denis Basilique. Info. Tel.: 01 48 13 06 07. Reservations can also be made through the Web site, highlighted above.

Meeting Ferté 2000 - is yet another annual exhibition and flying show, with real airplanes - some of which are really old. This is the airplane nut's airshow. The two-day 'meeting' is out of town, but not far away at the Aérodrome at Cerny-La Ferté-Alais, in Essonne. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, 24. and 25. June.

L'Incroyable Pique-Nique - This coming Bastille Day's 'incredible picnic' is treated in more detail on another page in the week before last's issue. For those who are forgetful, Bastille Day is on Friday, 14. July and the picnic will be 1000 kilometres long.

Monet At Marmottan - for the first time in Paris, the Musée Marmottan presents the complete collection of paintings by Claude Monet. A special section is set aside for the Giverny paintings. Degas, Caillebotte, Sisley and Gauguin are also present, but this is nearly a mono-Monet show. Until 31. December; from 10:00 to 17:00, except Mondays. Musée Marmottan, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. Info. Tel.: 01 42 24 07 02.

Soleils Mexicains - is a big show of 250 pieces that continues until 13. August. Featuring pre-Columbianposter: pascin in atelier napolitain works, up to the major talents of the 20th century. This is part of the '2000 In Paris' homage to the Americas. At 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.

L'Arts d'Afrique, d'Asie, d'Océanie et des Amériques - this is the first exhibition of the Quai Branly museum so it is housed in the newly re-opened Pavillon des Sessions in the Louvre. The 'artworks' featured are called 'primitive' by some, but the French have coined a new phrase; 'Arts Premiers.' The entry to the Louvre's new section is located to the south of the Carrousel Arch. Follow the signs to the Porte des Lions. Info. Tel.: 01 40 30 51 51.

2000 Nains à Bagatelle - with a bagatelle of 2000 garden dwarfs, zwergs, nains. For their first real exhibition in France, this is not all kitsch. See the Metropole feature. 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.

Makishi - In a spectacular show, masked dancers from Tshokwe, Luvale, Ngandela in Angola, from Zimbabwe, Zambia and from the south of the Congo, stage a return visit to the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, within the framework of the 4th Festival de l'Imaginaire - co-organized with the Maison des Cultures du Monde. The exhibition continues until Monday, 26. June. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Les Esprits, l'Or et le Chamane - Gold had no monetary value to the original Americans, who used it for decorations. For the first time in France, 300 of the best examples from the Bogota's Museo del Oro show how the Americans saw death and the destiny of souls. Until Monday, 10. July. Reservations required from 10:00 to 13:00, come as you are from 13:00 to 20:00. Except Tuesdays, open daily and on Wednesdays until 22:00. Closed 1. May. Clemenceau entry, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

L'Empire du Temps - from its own collections, the Louvre presents the legends of time, from antiquity to Christian and western eras. Also suggested is how to use a museum to kill time. This continues until Monday, 10. July. Open daily except Tuesdays; from 9:00 to 17:45; until 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Palais Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

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 for art if not food.

This exhibition of things '1900' is like looking in your great-grandparent's 'jungle' attic. 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. Until Monday, 26. June. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

Festival de l'Imaginaire - has been going on for months, but there's no harm in giving it a boost because it continues until 25. June. In contrast, its acts and dates are varied and its locations are all over town, so I suggest you check out the Web site for Festival de l'Imaginaire details or call Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

20 Years of Nakedness In Montparnasse - shows that Montparnasse is making a definite comeback. This exhibition features the young photographer Hélène Tilman, with herself as model, and painter Gérardposter: comedie humaine, maison de balzac Fromanger, who started out before Hélène was born. The real title is 'Avoir 20 Ans à Montparnasse, Nus.' From Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 19:00; until Monday, 12. June. At the 'Chemin du Montparnasse,' 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. Info. Tel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Balzac's 'La Comédie Humaine' - by Serge Kantorowicz©

Place Vendôme - is normally a ritzy, stone desert; but according to my own view of it yesterday it is full of a lot of dramatic and quite large sculptures. Their installation definitely improves the vast place. The sculptor's name is Louis Debré. Open 24 hours a day; seven days a week; but until when? Paris 1. Métro: Opéra.

Les Grands Boulevards - are getting some more constant drumroll these days and now another exhibition too. See 'Traditions et Innovations' from Monday to Friday; from 12:00 to 17:45 on weekdays and from 13:45 to 17:45 on weekends. Until Sunday, 30. July, at the Centre Historique des Archives Nationales - Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot.

Bijoux Romantiques - were made in the time of George Sand, which is now considered 'romantic.' This exhibition of decorative jewelry featuring more than 200 pieces - some from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - will be taking place until 1. October, at the Musée de la Vie Romantique. In the Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Lumière aux Cordeliers - eight well-known artists who use light, but not always with electricity, will be having their works shown in the Couvent des Cordeliers. Until Sunday, 4. June. Open from Tuesday to Sunday; from 11:00 to 19:00. Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Info. Tel.: 01

James Turrell - concurrently with the exhibition at the Couvent des Cordeliers, the Espace Electra will be featuring James Turrell, who plays with light and space. Until Tuesday, 18. July. This event also marks the Espace Electra's 10th anniversary. At 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Mutations/Mode 1960/2000 - is an exhibition that takes a look at how fashion has evolved in the last 40 years, with a special look at the textiles themselves and theposter: zec expo at galerie de l'europe industry that makes clothing. Until Sunday, 30. July; daily except Mondays and certain holidays; from 10:00 to 18:00. Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 8. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. Info. Tel.: 01 47 20 85 23.

Painting by Zec© - Galerie de l'Europe, 55. rue de Seine.

L'Empire du Temps - is an exhibition about the legends of time, the chaos of the origins of our grand myths, from antiquity upwards through time towards us. It also asks questions about the relationships between art and time. From the Louvre's own collection plus pieces from the Musée d'Orsay. Until Monday, 10. July. Except Tuesdays, daily from 9:00 to 17:45; to 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. At the Mus&eacue;e du Louvre, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.


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