More September Futures

photo: expo yann photos, luxembourg

The Yann Arthus-Bertrand arial-photo exhibition,
hung on Luxembourg's railings.

And a Few New Theatre Items

Paris:- Saturday, 26. August 2000:- Looking at the coming season's program is like looking at a poorly printed t-shirt that has been attacked by starving moths. It is full of holes.

The good news is that more and more places of events are putting up their Web sites and some of their press services are even trading in their faxes for email.

Of course none of this good stuff is of any use if I wait until it's too late to find out I've got the moth-eaten t-shirt instead of the whole thing. Well, maybe, it's half useful, if I ever remember to use it, them.

Even though I don't know a darn thing about the 'Animal Expo,' at least now I know there is one, and the dates for it are below. Do you care? Am I wasting valuable Internet electrons, or whatever they are? You decide.



The three theatre items below are not 'new' at all, but they open this week's column. Here are summer's last gasps even if they continue until the fall:

Gros Chagrins - is by G. Courteline, and seems to be subtitled 'La Peur des Coups' and/or 'La Paix Chez Toi.' Presented by Les Tréteaux Bleus. Every Friday at 21:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays at 17:00. At Le Tambour Royal, 94. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 11. Métro: Goncourt or Belleville. InfoTel.: 01 48 06 72 34.

Footeur de Merde! - is presented by Mama Films and they claim it is a comedy by Grégorie Aubert, with a cast of four major characters, one of whomposter: theatre les coproprietaires is not a 'footeur.' From Tuesday at Saturday, at 21:00. At the Sudden Théâtre, 14, bis. Rue Saint-Isaure, Paris 18. Métro: Jules Joffrin. InfoTel.: 01 43 62 35 00.

Les Copropriétaires - has been written and is directed by Gérard Darier. 'Copropriétaires' means the owners of a condo, in a théâtre !!! (?) Expected to run until 31. December, at the Théâtre Trévise, 14. Rue Trévise, Paris 9. Métro: Cadet or Grands Boulevards. InfoTel.: 01 45 08 50 06.

La Terre Vue du Ciel - is 150 photos taken of 75 countries from the air over 10 years by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Slated to come down on 18. June, this open-air gallery hung from the railings of the Luxembourg gardens, continues until the end of October. A priceless free show. Along the Rue de Médicis, Paris 6. Métro: RER Luxembourg is closest. Daily.

14th Festival Musique en l'Ile - the whole program continues until Thursday, 14. September; followed by the musical season, starting on Saturday, 28. October. The 14th Festival Musique en l'Ile, at the Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile church and the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.

This item closes the 'opening' events for this week. You will find some other new items below. The images are of posters that are around Paris, but some are for coming events - not necessarily listed in the text.

The Paris provisional program for this fall is long and varied; and it is longer than I thought. Slowly but surely most of it will find a place here. The third week of starters:

Fêtes de la Seine 2000 - watersports, boat cruises, races, fireworks, plus the 'Champs Nautiques.' From Friday, 8. September to Sunday, 10. September, and continuing somehow for the rest of the month. Location: on or near the river Seine in Paris.

Créateurs de Demain - exhibition of tomorrow's 25 international fashion designers. This exhibition begins the same day as the seasonal professional prêt-à-porter shows, which are reserved for industry professionals. From Friday, 8. September until Sunday, 17. September. Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 8. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. Info. Tel.: 01 47 20 85 23.

L'Art Dans le Monde 2000 - this is the 2nd edition of a panorama of 'new talent' selected by 36 of the world's top art magazines, and they've chosen 100 artists of 50 nationalities. Besides the magazines, there will be paintings, sculpture, photographs, videos, 'installations' and performances. From Saturday, 9. September until Wednesday, 8. November; open daily except Mondays, from 11:00 to 19:00. The location is given as the 'Culée' of the Pont Alexandre III; with the entry located on the right bank. This is supposed to be a tunnel, both 'warm' and 'industrial.' We will see.

Cinèma - Directeurs de la Photographie - are also called 'Opérateurs' in French. No films are made without them. For them, a special week, with the magazine 'Positif.' From Saturday, 9. September until Sunday, 17. September. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque, Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Salon Naifs et Primitifs - will feature more than 200 works by about 40 international artists. From Sunday, 10. September until 3. October. At the Espace Saint-Martin, 256. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris 10. Métro: Louis Blanc. See the Web site for Naifs et Primitifs.

Statues - Bagatelle - a set of 12 statutes, representing mythic characters; somewhat mythic themselves, may have been removed from Bagatelle before 1905. Were these done for the Comte d'Artois in 1778? From Wednesday, 13. September until Sunday, 12. November. Open daily from 11:00 to 17:00. Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Sèvres, Bois de Boulogne. Métro: Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

FIAC - is Paris' annual international contemporary art exhibition, which includes artists and their dealers. From Wednesday, 13. September to Monday, 18. September; at the Pavillon du Parc at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Sous le Ciel de la Peinture - Paris - 150 works; oils, aquarelles, drawings, from theposter: expo, l'art dans le monde 17th century to today; by David, Corot, Delacroix, Picasso, Matisseand others, all showing the 'light' of Paris. From Thursday, 14. September until Sunday, 17. December. In the Salle Saint-Jean, Hôtel de Ville, Rue de Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Rouge - blood, fire, revolt - in 100 films; one of the three colors with a word in every one of the world's languages. From Tuesday, 19. September until Sunday, 22. October. At the Forum des Images, Porte Saint-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles.

Apple Expo - the tangerine, raspberry, aqua, purple, lime-colored iMac that used to be known more formally as plain Macintosh, has its own show from Wednesday, 20. September to Sunday, 24. September. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Mondial de l'Automobile - translates into Paris' biannual International Motor Show, which features the latest creations on wheels from all the world's manufacturers. It you like shiny, clean cars with low milage, this is the place to see them. This year, from Saturday, 30. September until Sunday, 15. October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Animal Expo - is an annual domestic animal - pets - exhibition. No details, only dates; the weekend of Saturday, 30. September and Sunday, 1. October. At the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. The park is open from 9:30 to 19:00. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 43 43 92 95.

1940 - 'L'Année de Tous les Destins,' traces the fall of France and the emergence of the fight to win it back. From Wednesday, 4. October to 22. July 2001. At the Mémorial Leclerc, Jardin Atlantique, behind and above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse.

Archéo 2000 - opening of the restored Orangerie, Paris' only 17th century example, in the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. On show: a collection of the archeological finds from Bercy; featuring 4-6000 year-old canoes. Actual dates to come. In October, Paris in 3D, from 1850. Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul.

Mois de la Photo 2000 - this year's dates are from Sunday, 29. October until Sunday, 26. November.

Versailles: Summer Events - Versailles' summer events do not vary much, but remain spectacular. The 'Fêtes de Nuit' are at the Neptune basin and take place on Saturday evenings. The next are on Saturdays, 2. and 9. September, also at 21:30. 'Les Grandes Eaux Musicales' are every Sunday until 8. October. For more details, check out the Musée du Château de Versailles Web site. To get to Versailles take the RER 'C' line, to Versailles R-G, or take the SNCF train from the Gare Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 30 83 77 88.

Fra Angelico to Bonnard - features 106 major paintings from the Rau Collection - by El Greco, Tiepolo, Millet, Fragonard, Pissarro, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, to name a few. Until Thursday, 4. January 2001. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00; on Thursdays until 22:00. Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Picasso's Sculpture - is an exhibition, largely postered in the métro, currently at the Centre Pompidou. You know who Picasso is and you know what sculpture is, so this is just an excuse to put in the culture factory's Web URL - which may be a new one. Otherwise, the place is open from 11:00 to 21:00 or 22:00; but never open on Tuesday. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Pierre Bonnard - One on the summer's events, featuring 90 paintings, from Nabi to nudes. Until Monday, 9. October; from 11:00 to 18:00, until 21:00 on Thursdays. Closed Tuesday. Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, 59 - 61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Monet At Marmottan - an exhibition showing a fairly complete collection of paintings by Claude Monet. A special section is set aside for the Giverny paintings. Degas, Caillebotte, Sisleyposter: noites do brasil, divan du monde and Gauguin are also present, but this is nearly a mono-Monet show. Until Sunday, 31. December; from 10:00 to 17:00, except Mondays. Musée Marmottan, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 42 24 07 02.

L'Arts d'Afrique, d'Asie, d'Océanie et des Amériques - this exhibition 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. InfoTel.: 01 40 30 51 51.

Eugène Delacroix - the national museum devoted to this painter occupies part of his personal apartment. After quitting his atelier in the Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Delacroix moved into the Rue de Fürstenberg in 1857, in order to work on Saint-Suplice. Open from 9:30 until 16:30 daily except Tuesday. Musée National Eugène Delacroix, 6. Rue de Fürstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

La Dame de la Mer - Anita Conti was one of the first woman oceanographers; one who sailed all of the seas, from 1935 until the '60's. This is an exhibition of her photos, taken of the world of deep-sea fishing. Until Sunday, 10. September. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. RER and métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Yiddish? Yiddish! - the exhibition continues until Sunday, 8. October, with a little more Yiddish Atmosphère on 17. and 18. October. 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. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

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 Monday, 24. September; from Tuesdays to Sundays; and including the holiday Tuesday, 15. August. Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Mesurer l'Atmosphère - is a temporary 'weather' exhibition at the newly renovated and worth a visit nuts-and-bolts museum. After ten years of being mostly closed and about four years of being all closed, a major Paris museum has reopened. It is full of the tools and machines - many original - that helped make our modern world. A report about my visit to it is featured in an issue earlier this year.

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. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 82 20.

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 Sunday, 1. October, at the Musée de la Vie Romantique. In the Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Le Canotage - while canoes are happening outside, in the interior there will be 'Intérieur' by Vlaminck, which the Musée Fournaise thinks he may have painted there. 'There' is the Ile des Impressionistes at Chatou, which has its boatworks, historic museum and a restaurant. Until Sunday, 29. October. At the Musée Fournaise, Ile des Impressionistes, 78400 Chatou. Take RER line 'A' to Chatou-Croissy or Reuil-Malmaison. Open Thursday and Friday from 11:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 01 34 80 63 22.


Aventures Architecturales à Paris - is subtitled 'The Art In the Rulers.' Not all new architecture is ugly even if this seems to be the case. The current show, which continues until Sunday, 1. October, shows off Paris' best modern works. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 18:30; Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 00 97.

Voilà. Le Monde Dans la Tête - what else can you expect when 50 international modern artists are around? Big names, big flashy stuff, until Sunday, 29. October. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:30, on weekends from 10:00 to 18:45. Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Alma-Marceau InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

The 'Lost Angel' of Montparnasse - is Abraham Mintchine, who came from Kiev to Montparnasse in 1926, andposter: yiddish, yiddish 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 continues until Sunday, 10. September. At the 'Chemin du Montparnasse,' 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

La Comédie Humaine en Peinture - illustration 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. These serve as a counterpoint to Serge Kantorowicz' works. From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40; until Sunday, 24. September; at the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Atget, le Pionnier - his pioneering photographs have become photographic treasures; an exhibition of them continues until Sunday, 17. September. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint-Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

Exodes - for six years and through 40 countries, the photographer Sebastião Salgado sought the story of the world's refugees. Also see the 'Prix Arcimboldo.' Until Sunday, 3. September, at the Maison Européenne de la Photo, 5-7. rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

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

Calcinculo - Feria-Musica - is in the Grande Halle, also at La Villette. This is some sort or aerial-ballet, suitable for all ages. Until Saturday, 9. September; from Wednesday to Saturday at 20:00; on Sundays at 16:00. Adults, 110 F. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

L'Eté Satie - is a series of exhibitions and concerts running all summer, which are intended to get you out of the casinos in Normandy. 'Satie sur Scène' is at the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur and 'Variations Satie' is at the Abbaye-aux-Dames in Caen; the first until Monday, 18. September and the second until Sunday, 10. September. Most of the concerts are in Honfleur, at the Greniers à Sel. InfoTel.: 02 31 09 06 00. Other events are programmed for September; InfoTel.: 02 31 85 73 16.

Operissima - part one is a live 'best of' the 19th century Italian opera, with the Ignacio Jarquin Company and the Polyphorum Symphony Orchestra; and part two is a whole opera, 'Cavalleria Rusticana.' Every Sunday at 16:00 at the Bataclan, 50. Boulevard Voltaire, Paris 11. Métro: Oberkampf or Saint-Amboise. InfoTel.: 01 43 14 35 35.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - called 'Celebration of a Myth,' this homage is to a real person; aviator and writer. Until Monday, 20. November; from 6:30 to 18:30. In the Panthéon, Place de Panthéon, Paris 5. Métro: Cluny or RER Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 44 32 18 00.

Le Siècle Métro - is about the 100th birthday of Paris' underground transport system. The Maison de la RATP has an exhibition about itself, continuingposter: theatre, le tambour royal until 1. January 2001. Except Saturdays,, open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At 189. Rue de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Gare de Lyon, where 10 bus lines also have stops. Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 68 77 14. See 'Métro rides' below.

Fugues Impressionistes - is an 'escape' brochure put out by the Ile-de-France, intended to get you to run around Luzarches, Auvers-sur-Oise, Sannois, Pontoise and Osny. After tiring of impressionism, then you are supposed to take a break at the 'Guinguettes des Bords de Marne,' which are on the opposite side of Paris. 'Sundays in Canoes' also includes Marly-Le-Roi and Rueil-Malmaison. Then you get to the 'Paysagists,' who are scattered around Barbizon and Moret-sur-Loing. Find out more at the Espace Tourisme d'Ile-de-France, in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.

De Gaulle - August 1944 - 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. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

Also visit the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris et Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Ecrits, Dessins, Papiers - Jean Cocteau was his own archivist and didn't write like you or me - he rewrote, re-designed his words and their placements on a page, over and over again. Paris' Bibliothèque Historique now has a large sampling of theposter: threatre, footeur de merde, sudden theatre poet's works, which will be on display until Sunday, 1. October. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. Closed Tuesday, 15. August. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 24. Rue Pavée, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 58.

Oser Le Savoir - which translates as 'Dare to Know,' features '10 keys to the future' which will be presented with a changing program of new exhibitions and debates until the end of the year. This takes place, in cooperation with the CNRS, at the Cité des Sciences & de l'Industrie at La Villette. 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

'Pas Si Bêtes! 1000 Cerveaux, 1000 Mondes' - The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle is for discovering evolution. The museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

Revoir Paris - classic films of yesterday and today, such as 'L'Amour Existe' by Maurice Pialat or 'Les Dites Cariatudes' by Agnès Varda. Until Friday, 8. September. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque, Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

L'Etrange Festival -'extreme' films by directors such as Mario Brava, Norifumi Suzuki, Daniele Cipri and Alice Sprinkle. Until Wednesday, 5. September. Also at the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque, Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Walk-In Outside Movies - are now a tradition at the Parc de la Villette, which has a sit-down place for you to watch free movies on an outdoor screen. Except on Mondays, films roll nightly until Sunday, 3. September; and start about 22:00 when it's dark enough. Deck-chairs are available too, if you don't like sitting on grass. Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. This summer's double bill: 'B' movies and 'Classics.' 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-InfoTel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

For those with strong legs, a lot of audible tolerance and a bags of stamina, this section features 'Befores,' 'Dayclubbing,' 'Nightclubbing' and 'Afters.' No suits needed for any of these. Even if these places are closed when I go, they'll be open for you when you flash plastic.

Warning: these places are too well-known in Paris to be really hot anymore. They are even mentioned on Radio FIP. If you are tardy, they'll be yesterday's news for certain. But there's also old clubs in Paris that 'never die.' Any one of these may become one.

Batofar -Nova says 'most hyped;' Nova also says with Nova DJ's. Special effects, especially on weekends, plus weekdays. Nothing on Mondays. At the Batofar, from 21:00. Entry, drink; 30 francs. Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare. InfoTel.: 01 56 29 10 00.

Guingette Pirate - Next door on the Seine to the Batofar, so it's either-or. On the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare. InfoTel.: 01 56 29 10 20.

Flèche d'Or - almost every night, loud surprises - sometimes on theposter: film, fausses rumeurs rails underneath. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 102, bis. Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20. Métro: none close by. InfoTel.: 01 43 72 41 44.

Glaz'Art - Cuba Cubana includes lots of 'Happy Hours,' which are between 21:00 and 22:00. Then there's something about DJ's and 'every Friday,' until Friday, 8. September. 'Afters' continue at the Batofar. All of it at Glaz'Art, 7 to 15. Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 55 65.

La Java - mainly Cuban music, helped out at times with heavy-duty African drums. Dance lessons too. Plus dancers. Go crazy! 105. Rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris 10. Métro: Goncourt or Belleville. InfoTel.: 01 42 02 20 52.

Divan du Monde - Naçao Pemambuco from Recife From Thursday to Saturday at 20:30; until Saturday, 9. September. Every Friday and Saturday, Noites do Brasil from 23:00 to dawn. Luma gives a concert on Saturday, 16. September, also from 23:00 to dawn. At 75. Rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 44 92 77 66.

Hôtel Costes - class act for mixed drinks; top DJ mixes. Act famous; other people do. Some are. At 239. Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 42 44 50 25.

Café de la Danse - doors open at 19:30 to see Zenc Auesta + guests on Thursday, 21. September. May be spelled wrong; odd typo. At 5. Passage Louis Philippe, just off the Rue de Lappe. Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 57 59.

Cithéa - is more than its two zincs; jazz of all shapes, dancing. At 114. Rue Oberkampf, Paris 11. Métro: Saint-Maur or Ménilmontant. InfoTel.: 01 40 21 70 95.

La Casa 128 - Cuban music, dancing, dining; Thursday to Saturday; from 21:00 to 04:00. At 128. Rue Lafayette, Paris 10. Métro: Gare du Nord. InfoTel.: 01 48 01 05 71.

Le Gibus - Ex-hard techno, now 'house.' Is it softer? Open every night. At 18. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 11. Métro: République. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 78 88. Same address below is not a mistake.

La Favela Chic - is the Parisian version of a Brazilian slum with music; now in a new location, open since May. Closed Sunday evenings. Check out Favela Chic, 18. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 11. Métro: République. InfoTel.: 01 40 21 38 14.

Le Crocodile - More than 200 cocktails, since 1966. At 6. Rue Royer-Collard, Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 43 54 32 37.

Roue Libre - is the RATP's program to get you out of the métro and off the buses, and on to your own pedal-power. HQ is at 95. bis, Rue Rambuteau in Les Halles, plus seven other locations. Bike rentals are from 20 francs per hour and tours are from 85 francs, and require reservations. On the month's last Saturday, long tours are organized - call the HQ for details. InfoTel.: 01 53 46 43 77, which is necessary to call for the guided tours.

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.

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: Balard. InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 01.

Musée de la Poupée - 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. Until Sunday, 5. November. 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. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

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. There are exceptions to the free entry. 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. InfoTel.: 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. France's giant media and cultural retailer also has its 'fnac' Web site, which also has tickets for many events of every sort.

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