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The Métro's Birthday Party

Paris:- Saturday, 10. June 2000:- It is my sincere hope that this column is easier to read than it is to write. I also hope the information it contains is reasonably accurate and I don't leave in too many items that have passed their 'shelf-life.'

I used to do a thing like this for a magazine in a little town that thought itself the centre of the world, and it was a snap to do because nothing much ever changed and new things were rare.

Now that I'm doing it in a town that is one of the 'centres of the world' I don't feel particularly brave doing this high-wire act without a net. A fall-back I should mention more often, is that there are a dozen program or events magazines you can buy when in Paris - just to be on the safe side.

Since I use none of them, I recommend them all - highly.



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

24 Hours Le Mans - may not seem long to you if you are in the amusement area, but if you are driving a full-tilt racing prototype it may seem like an eternity in the fast lane. This year's event is next weekend, with the green flag being waved at 16:00 on Saturday, 17. June. For more info about the teams, try the Maison Blanche Web site. Info. Tel.: 08 03 02 00 40.

Born On the 19th of July? - Paris' métro was too and if you have the same birthdate - but not in 1900 - the RATP is inviting you to a party. You have to be quick and get your vital details to the RATP before Sunday, 25. June. Send your name, address, telephone number and proof of birthdate, to '100 Ans du Métro,' BP 19-07, 75827 Paris Cedex 17. First come, first served; places are limited too.

A Roller Weekend - is being proposed by France Télécom's 'Wanadoo' Internet service next Saturday and Sunday, at the Porte de la Muette. Lessons are supposed to be available, which can be helpful if you are still wobbly. The ad gives no times, no phone number and no Web URL. Maybe these people don't know anything about rollers either. Just show up and find out.

Comme Toi M'Aime - has got favorable reviews for its unusual production by the Waïtoulé theatre company, for this piece written by Claireposter: waitouke, comme toi m'aime, fleche d'or Denieul. The 'unusual' part is that the stage is on the train tracks in the tunnel under the café La Flèche d'Or, 102. Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20. Be sure to wear a coat because the tunnel is a bit chilly. Get to it by train too: Métro: Gambetta or Alexandre Dumas. Until Saturday, 1. July; at 20:30. Info. Tel.: 01 40 12 31 55.

Favela Chic - is the Parisian version of a Brazilian slum with music; now in a new location, open since May. This is in the Oberkampf area, so if this place is too hot, there are fall-back places nearby almost as hot. Favela Chic, 18. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 11. Métro: République. Info. Tel.: 01 40 21 38 14.

Lost In Paris? - with 14 métro lines, five RER lines, city buses, bikes, rollers, strollers and 14,500 taxis you might still be able to get lost in Paris. Find out how to get around by consulting the PDU Ile-de-France Web site, which may have a solution for you - or may be expecting your suggestions.

Gallimard et la Suisse - is an exhibition displaying a century of literary affiliation between the publisher and the country. The photo is of Charles-Albert Cingria the legendary author, taken in 1947 by Henriette Grindat. Until Sunday, 2. July; from Wednesday to Sunday; from 14:00 to 19:00; at the Centre Culturel Suisse, 38. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Rambuteau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 38 38.

Festival Musique à Sully - is mostly classical mostly on weekends, but features Didier Lockwood on Friday 23. June, followed by the final session with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, 24. June. At Sully-sur Loire, which is east of Orléans. Tickets available at fnac in Paris. See Web site below.

10 Ans d'Acquisitions - concerns the last 10 years of photographic acquisitions by the Musée de la Photographie. I've mentioned this museum's location may be a bit difficult to find before, so be sure to call for directions. Musée Français de la Photographie, 78. Rue de Paris, 91570 Bièvres. This exhibition continues until 17. September. Info. Tel.: 01 69 35 16 50.

Starting / Opening This Week:

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 to 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.

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 orderbrochure: fest musique a sully 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 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.

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.

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.

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 andposter: musee francais de la photographie 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.

Photo©Musée Français de la Photographie

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.

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 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-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 Pavillonposter: thr, bosso exagere trop, palais des glaces 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.

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 until Saturday, 24. June. At La Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. Info. Tel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

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 Parisians 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 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.

Place Vendôme - is normally a ritzy, stone desert; but according to my own view it is full of a lot of dramatic and quite large sculptures. Their installationposter: fantomas, cafe de la danse 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 H⊚tel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.


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