1st Open de Pétanque In Paris

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Paris:- Saturday, 2. September 2000:- Here it is only the second day in September, and already this new season is starting off with some novelties.

The first of these is the city putting out its monthly magazine for Paris residents 'Paris - Le Journal' two or three weeks earlier than it has in past years. The other half of its new stuff should be here next week if it hasn't expired by then.

The other novelty was running across some events posters in odd places during the week, and remembering to photograph them in case I didn't run into any other mention of them. With no further ados, here we go:



How clever of me to put in lots of 'coming events.' For this section all I do is clip from 'futures' and paste into 'starting this week' - right here:

Fuzz - by Kriki, is an exhibition continuing until Wednesday, 4. October at the Galerie Kamel Mennour, 60. Rue Marazine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon.

Un Siècle d'Enfance Parisienne - 100 years of growing up in Paris, presented in photos and childhood souvenirs. About 30,000 kids are born in Paris each year. Until Saturday, 7. October. At the Salon d'Acceuil in the Hôtel-de-Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 43 43.

2nd Open Calvin Klein - is merely 'Golf in Paris,' which I think was reported in Metropole last year; as an account of the world's strangest golf course, with all sorts of unusual hazards. All I have are its dates; next weekend - Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10. September. If you see it, act like a golf fan.

Journée des Vignes de Paris - while Paris may have a 'small dozen' of vineyards, there are four important ones; at Belleville, Bercy, Montmartre and in the Parc George Brassens in the 15th. Their 'day' is next Saturday, 9. September. Turn out to cheer the grape!

Fêtes de la Seine 2000 - watersports, boat cruises, races, fireworks, plus the 'Champs Nautiques.' In total, more than 30 events; cultural, touristic, festive and sportive - boat racing! Fireworks! From Friday, 8. September to Sunday, 10. September, andposter: golf in paris, 9, 10 sept continuing somehow for the rest of the month. Location: on or near the river Seine in Paris.For complete information, check Paris' own Web site.

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.

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.

Paris' program for this fall is now firming up. It is long and varied; and it is longer than I thought. Slowly but surely most of it will find a place here. Note that last week's dates for Apple Expo and the FIAC show were wrong; now they are right. The fourth week of starters:

CUBA 2000 - features 15 artists from Havana, plus music by the groups 'Conson' and 'Trindad,' and with readingposter: jardin medieval, cluny from texts by Abilio Estevez and Alejo Carpentier, by Marie-Laure Jeanneteau. From Wednesday, 13. September until Friday, 6. October; daily from 11:00 to 20:00. At the Espace Commines, 17. Rue Commines, Paris 3. Métro: Filles-de-Calvaire or Saint- Sébastien-Froissart. InfoTel.: 01 42 77 53 26.

Des Statues pour Bagatelle - or the 'Histoire d'un Retour.' This is a set of 12 statutes, representing mythic characters; somewhat mythic themselves, which 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.

Apple Expo - the tangerine, raspberry, aqua, purple, lime-colored iMac that used to be known more formally as plain Macintosh, has its own show, for its own fanatic fans, from Wednesday, 13. September to Sunday, 17. September. In the Hall 4 at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

1st Open de Pétanque de Paris - is the first to be held in Paris, so it is open to all players, for a modest inscription fee of 75 francs which must be in by Wednesday, 13. September. This two-day event even features serious prizes of 15,000 and 5000 francs. In the Bois de Vincennes on the Pelouse de Reuilly; on Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16. September. Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. Address unknown for inscriptions. InfoTel.: 01 43 46 58 79, and expect to hear an uproar.

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

Fête de l'Huma 2000 - organized by the newspaper L'Humanité every year, this fête is September's last summer event and is always a good show with a full carnie boogie, food and drink, and Communist Party stands from all over France. Lots of entertainment, including Tonton David, Sergent Garcia and blues-schmooz Eddy Mitchell. From Friday, 15. September until Sunday, 17. September - all for the one low price of 60 francs. At the Parc de la Courneuve, Espace Fête. Métro: somewhere around the end of line 7, at La Courneuve.

Le Cadre à Travers les Siècles - is what the invitation says, but other info I have here is more about modern frame-making, by the masters of the profession in France. The dates don't match either - it's the rentrée! - so my guess is that this exhibition starts on Tuesday, 19. September and continues until Saturday, 25. November. From Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney, in the Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue du Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. InfoTel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Rouge - blood, fire, revolt - in 100 films; 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.

Le Jardin Médiéval - is what has been done with the space between the Cluny and the Boulevard Saint-German, at theposter: vignes de paris, 9 sept corner of the Boulevard Saint-Michel. More exactly, it sort of surrounds the museum. According to its poster, opening day is Saturday, 23. September. Métro: Cluny.

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.

FIAC - is Paris' annual international contemporary art exhibition, which includes artists, their works and their dealers. This year, for 2000, the art fair features an exceptional 200 one-man shows. A colloque organized for 'L'Art Dans le Monde 2000' will be held here on Wednesday and Thursday, 25 and 26. October, in the afternoons. The FIAC is from Wednesday to Monday, 25 to 30. October; at the Pavillon du Parc at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

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.

Piste - is the Cirque Bouglione's new show, beginning on Saturday, 28. October and continuing until 31. December. At the Cirque d'Hiver, Place Pasedeloup, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-de-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 08 92.

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 last one is on 9. September, 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 onphoto: gal mennor, fuzz by kriki 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, Sisley 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 1000 to 18:00; until 21:00 on Thursdays. Entry: 35 francs. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 82 20.


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