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Taking in the free show, outdoors on the Ile Saint-Louis.

Paris' Fish Days

Paris:- Saturday, 17. June 2000:- The big deals in Paris this week are the Fête de la Musique which takes over the whole town - maybe the whole country! - on Wednesday, and Paris' first 'Fish Days' next weekend.

Look - I don't know if these 'Fish Days' are really Paris' first. I see no history, no '10th Annual,' or any posters for this; so all I know is I've never heard of them before a couple of minutes ago. Even if there were an 'Info Tel' for it, who would answer it on a Saturday?

Next week I hope to add enough new items here to tide you over while I go on holidays. If this turns out to be insufficient, why not take in the Musée de l'Armée which has just added a new section devoted to Général De Gaulle and 'France-Libré? This deals with the terrible times of WWII, but they were stirring times as well, which produced many unknown heros.



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

De Gaulle - Musée de l'Armée - The occasion for the new installation of an exhibition devoted to Général Charles De Gaulle and France-Libré is the 60th anniversary of the General's famous 'appeal' to the occupied French; broadcast from BBC transmitters on 18. June 1940. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Armée, north entrance of the Hôtel des Invalides, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides, Latour-Maubourg or Varenne. Info. Tel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

Nils-Udo - moves into the Musée Zadkine to take up temporary residence in its garden atelier in order sculpt some vegetation - up to five metres high. This exhibition continues until 24. September; from Tuesdays to Sundays; from 10:00 to 17:30: 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.

Désirs de Rivages - is the name of the first marine photographic biannual, withposter: desirs de rivages, musee de la marine homage to be paid to René Jacques. This exhibition is open from 10:00 to 17:50 daily except Tuesdays, until 18. September. At the Musée de la Marine, in the Palais de Chaillot, Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Poster photo: by René Jacques, ' Littoral Atlantique' © Ministère de la Culture

Comédie. Pas Moi - concerns two short plays by Samuel Beckett, which run about one hour together. Directed by Christian Rist, with Sylvie Chenus and Catherine Laborde, plus the director. On Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. At the Théâtre de l'Aquarium Cartoucherie in the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Métro: Château de Vincennes. Free shuttle bus is called 'Cartoucherie.' Info. Tel.: 01 43 74 99 61, or see TheatreOnline and fnac below for tickets.

Jacqueline Dans Ma Vitrine - is a film by Philippe Pollet-Villard and Marc Adjadj that stated its run in Paris cinemas on Wednesday, 14. June. I think it may be a sort of Paris version of 'My Beautiful Launderette,' but I can't be sure. Exact locations, see local cinema guides.

Carmen - Opéra de la Rue - by the Compagnie Off, will be playing at the tent - the Espace Chapiteaux - only untilposter: yiddish, musee art, historie du judaisme next Sunday, 25. June. On Friday, one performance at 20:00 and on weekends, at 16:00 and 20:00. At La Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. Info. Tel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Yiddish? Yiddish? - you'll have to have keen eyes to read the Hebrew version on the poster, but what it involves is a large program, especially including the Klezmer music on Wednesday, 21. June. Otherwise, exhibition(s) continue until 8. October, with a little more Yiddish Atmosphère on 17. and 18. October. Ecran Yiddish shows movies, until Tuesday, 4. July. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville. Museum hours Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00; and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

Trois Imprimeurs d'Art - features three art printers, grouped together for a joint show of lithography, typography and engraving at the Mairie of the 10th. From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00. Until Friday, 30. June. At 72. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris 10. Métro: Château d'Eau.

Starting / Opening This Week:

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 Bibliothèque 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.

Paris Fish Days - are next weekend; starting on Friday; 23, 24, and 25. June. Head down to the Seine's quays, betweeninvitation: nils udo, musee zadkine the Pont d'Austerlitz and the Pont de Sully, to see everything there is about fishing except salt water and whaling demonstrations. No entry charge.

Musée de la Poupée - has a new exhibition starting tomorrow and continuing until 5. November. Paris' doll museum will be featuring dolls made from 1850 to 1959 that pre-figured Barbie, followed by Barbie herself, from 1959 to 2000. The third part shows off Barbie's rivals; all the Bellas, Sindys and Nancy de Famosa to mention a few. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. In an alley opposite the métro: Rambuteau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

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.

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.

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 firstposter: 3 imprimeurs d'art 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.

L'Incroyable Pique-Nique - This coming Bastille Day's 'incredible picnic' is treated in more detail on another page in a past issue. But L'Incroyable Pique-Nique now has its Web site, so you can find out more than I know now. For those who are forgetful, Bastille Day is on Friday, 14. July and the picnic will be 1000 kilometres long.

Last Chances:

Last Chance: 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. Only 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.

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.

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.

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 Dulac. 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.

Marianne et les Révolutionaires - is a sculpted group by Ousmane Sow, which is accompanied by a film by Béatrice Soulé. This continues until Monday, 26. June. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Longer Runs:

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 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 tobrochure: bibliotheque forney 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.

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.

23rd Foire Saint-Germain - this is some theatre, concerts, exhibitions and various other animations for all ages, with a program brochure of 30 pages. This 'Foire' actually began in 1176, but this year 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.

Gallimard et la Suisse - is an exhibition displaying a century of literary affiliation between the publisher and the country. 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.

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.

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 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 inposter: compagnie off, carmen, la villette 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.

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.


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