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From the steps of the Opéra, the view down the avenue towards the Louvre.

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Paris:- Saturday, 3. June 2000:- Did I really put in an April date here last week? This must of had something to do with the papers I thought were mere rubble. They concealed a time-warp!

There is very little new in today's edition of 'Scene,' with only a few more coming events added. I hope, of course, that events that are over have been fished out but I never seem to find them all.

Festival season is almost here. These are usually jumbo affairs with very long programs. In order not to take too much space and too much time, I have included their Web site URLs, when they are known.



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

Le Site CRA - is also known as the 'Cirque du Tambour,' which is a mixture of circus and very modern 'musique.' I assume it is 'modern' because 'nouvelles technologies' are mentioned. The 'Cirque du Tambour' may be its location at La Villette, with a supermarket sort of program, running from Wednesday, 7. June until Saturday, 24. June. At La Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. Info. Tel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

23rd Foire Saint-Germain - this is only some theatre, concerts, exhibitions and various other animations for all ages, with a program brochure of 30 pages. This 'Foire' actually began in 1176. Starting on Wednesday 21. June, it continues until Monday, 3. July. The antiques section of this foire is centered at the Place Saint-Suplice. Daily from 11:00 to 20:00 and extended evenings on Friday, 23. June and Thursday, 28. June; until 22:00. Foire Saint-Germain, Paris 6. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

100% Johnny - Johnny Hallyday, France's oldest performing 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. Next Monday, 10. June at 22:00. An event to be broadcast 'live' by TF1.

Roland Garros - even though I am not a tennis fan I do know that 'Roland Garros' is the Roland Garros, because it continues until a winner is declared on Sunday, 11. June. At this writing, no French player will be in the men's finals. 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.

The 'Lost Angel' of Montparnasse - is Abraham Mintchine, who came from Kiev to Montparnasse in 1926, and remained relatively discrete until he died near Toulon in 1931. This exhibition will present 34 paintings, done in the last years of his life. From Wednesday toposter: abraham mintchine, chemin du montparnasse Sunday, from 13:00 to 19:00. This exhibition begins on Thursday, 15. June and continues until 10. September. At the 'Chemin du Montparnasse,' 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. Info. Tel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Big Choirs - Paris' conservatories send 5-600 singers out twice, for two 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 ma Musique, in case you have difficulty remembering its date.

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.

17th Chopin à Paris Festival - out in the Orangerie de Bagatelle, Paris' Societé Chopin will be having its annual tribute to the composer. This involves a lot of concerts, including those by other famous composers. For details, try the Festival Chopin Web site. From Saturday, 17. June until Friday, 14. July. At the Parc de Bagatelle, in the Bois de Boulogne. Métro: Pont de Neuilly or Porte Maillot, and look for the buses. Info. Tel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Villette Jazz Festival - this one-week music festival features only the best, performing at Villette's park, Grand Halle and the nearby Cité de la Musique. In the first part of each evening, a choice of two big concerts; in the second part, three more modest concerts. From Friday, 30. June until Friday, 7. July. Several ticket formulas are available, possibly outlined at two Web sites. Cite-Musique and La Villette. Resa. Tel.: 01 40 03 75 75 or 01 44 84 44 84. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

The Abby School Orchestra - performs well-known classical music from the 16-20th centuries, focusing on Handel, Bizet's 'Carmen' and Pietro Mascagni. On Friday, 30. June At the Eglise Evangelique Allemande in the Rue Blanche, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité.

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 residence 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.

Festival de Saint-Denis - this very cultural annual festival located to the north of Paris kicks offposter: cirque du tambour, villette 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 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. Info. Tel.: 08 25 83 08 25.

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.

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.

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 alsoposter: villette jazz festival 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-Columbian works, up to the major talents of the 20th century. This is part of the '2000 In Paris' homage to the Americas. Until 13. August. 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.

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.

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 Parisiansposter: le lien du sang, espace kiron and visitors get to admire it. This exhibition can be seen until Friday, 7. July at 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.

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

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 Gérard 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 next 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.

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.

James Turrell - the Espace Electra is 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 the 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.

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 Musée du Louvre, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

Calligraphy & Engraving - two other temporary exhibitions are worth your time. 'Calligraphes Ottomanes' from Sakip Sabanci's collection are on view until Monday, 29. May. From the collection of Edmond de Rothschild, 90 engravings plus some drawings from the Custodia Foundation, form the exhibition titled 'Rembrandt, Gravures et Dessins;' on view until Monday, 19. June. Except Tuesdays, daily from 9:00 to 17:45; to 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

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.

Les Peintures de L'Ame - assembles 40 artists who looked into their souls and put what they saw into their works. From Gustave Moreau, to Camille Claudel, to Charles-Marie Dulc. Nickname: 'idealistic symbolism.' Until Sunday, 25. June; daily except Mondays from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrasse Lautréamont, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet or Les Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.


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