Expo At the Hôtel de Ville

photo: cafe la terrace, gal lafayette

'La Terrace,' on the terrace of the Galeries Lafayette, stays open until the end of September.

Bargain Day At Apple Expo

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 18. September 2000:- This is a thin issue. I didn't realize this until I was looking up 'Metropole One Year Ago' and two years ago at the bottom of this page. I didn't know about Saturday's Techno Parade until I bought Saturday's edition of Le Parisien.

The weather forecasts at the end of the week were completely wrong for Thursday and Friday - it was nice instead of not - but were right for the weekend which was definitely a 'few degrees below normal' for the season.

The Techno Parade has had its reports in Metropole before so I was not heart-broken about not spending hours walking around surrounded by over-loud machine-noise, being a 'few degrees below normal.'

I've never been to the big 'Fête de la Huma' - but I decided against it in favor of staying home and wearing a lot of extra clothing. Onphoto: rue scribe TV, I heard rock-movie star Eddy Mitchell tell Communist Party secretary Robert Hue that he'd been a young, non-card-carrying commie in his crazy youth.

The view birds have of downtown's Rue Scribe.

Not getting out to Vincennes for the '1st Open Pétanque' over the weekend was another weather-based decision. Grey skies don't suit pétanque; which probably explain why its big leagues are in the south of France.

Whatever it was I did during the week didn't translate into proper feature articles; not even this week's 'Downtown, Dark Street, Bright Roof' which came about by accident - weather again - rather than design. This leaves:

Café Life

Paris Sous le Ciel de la Peinture

There are subversives around who mock 'modern art' even if it is served up with great fanfare and roasted cow meat. Luckily there are also occasional exhibitions of old-fashioned avant-garde art.

'Modern' as a term to describe art, only came into use in the late '40's, to distinguish between avant-garde art that made a bit of sense and forms of art that usually do not have much 'sense' to display; and may even lack elementary technique.

The Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean is not known for its major exhibitions, but in its quiet way it seems to have put one on. Its title, 'Paris Sous le Ciel de la Peinture,' is a bit misleading, if poetic.

If the title was 'Paris by Masters' I'm sure there would by lines waiting to get in all the way around the block to the Place de la Hôtel de Ville.

Before photographers came along to take their snapshots of Paris, its representations had to be done by hand. Even after photography, artists kept applying their hand to it.

This started in the 14th century, and still goes on. 'Tableaux Parisiens' is an introduction by Jérôme Godeau, 17 pages long, which sums up this exhibitionphoto: paris sous le ciel, salle st jean pretty well. Since I can't reproduce it here, the simplest thing is to suggest you don't miss this show.

If you do, you will see works by Bonnard, Caillebotte, Chagall, Corot, David, Delacroix, Dubuffet, Feininger, Giacometti, Granet, Jongkind, Léger, Marquet, Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro, de Staël, Utrillo and Vuillard - and about 20 others; represented by about 160 works.

The interior of the Salle Saint-Jean exhibition space.

Many of these are from private collections, so they will not be on view together elsewhere. The exhibition space in the Salle Saint-Jean is comfortable, with large, high-ceilinged open spaces and smaller corridors, for smaller pieces. A 300-page catalogue is available for 270 francs, but entry to the exhibition itself is free.

At the Salle Saint-Jean, Hôtel de Ville, 5. Rue de Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 17. December. Except Monday, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

Apple Expo Again

It makes no difference to me if 90 percent of Metropole's readers use PC-type computers to view and read the magazine; which is put together using an elderly Macintosh.

The Internet reduces the differences between the two types of computer and their software systems to a common denominator. Since I have nearly nothing to do with the server side of producing Metropole, only minimal software is necessary.

So there is not much reason for me to even go to Apple's annual expo in Paris. Free apples are no longer offered to all visitors. Instead, many of the outfits that sell parts and software in Paris for the Macintosh are present, and their prices are a bit lower than during the rest of the year.

Apple had two new things to plug: its 'G4 Cube' and its new operating system, 'OS-X,' which would otherwise be known as OS-10 if 'X' didn't sound so spacy.

This operating system, in a 'public-beta' version - which means it is unfinished and has rough edges - it's not crashproof! - was being retailed for a hefty 249 francs and Macfanatics were eagerly lining up to pay real money for it.

'Macfanatics' is a good name for them; because they should know as well as I do that 'OS-X' will only be stable and safe to run about the time 'OS-11' is being flogged. In fact, it might be better to keep using 'OS-8' or 'OS-9' for another couple of years.

All of these ever-ritzier operating systems require huge amounts of hard-disk memory. Since all of my stuff is elderly, I prefer to use the little disk space I have for doing this magazine - which is very 'retro' when it comes to techno.

Also 'retro' were some of the dealer stands. 'Macfanatics' wait all year for the bargains offered at Apple Expo, and show up with big shopping lists. It is also the only place in Paris where prices can be compared.

Buyers waited three-deep to place an order, then waited six-deep elsewhere to pay for it; before going to yet another area to wait for the goodies to be handed over.

The stands are not warehouses, so it was possible to order an item, or several, wait an eternity to pay for them - only to find they had been sold out in the meantime.

Sights of 'Macfanatics' in states of extreme distress were not uncommon. Oddly, and for the first time ever, I got my two little items on the first try - after a long but entertaining wait.

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Health Care While In Paris

After planning your visit to Paris long in advancephoto: apple expo and then finally getting here, the worst thing to happen is coming down with some kind of 'bug.' HighwayToHealth offers a service that allows you to seek medical aid here almost as easily as if you were at home.

Low-tech 'Ed' checks out high-tech Apple Expo.

HighwayToHealth has fashioned a 'city health profile' for Paris, to give you information about local health services, including the ability to make appointments for health care.

Added to this is a full line of travel insurance. You can take care of this before you leave home, so be sure to check out all of the 'HighwayToHealth' services for travellers.

Don't Carry Your Boules Home

The game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - even in snow - by nearly everybody. Any old bit of ground can be used as a playing field - as you might know if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regular boules are made out of metal. You can buy these in France, but they are a bit heavy to carry around in your baggage. 'Petanque America' imports France's Obut boules and can ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

Petanque America's online shop also has boules for children, plus books about the game and its short list of rules. Get Petanque America to do the heavy work for you while you shop around for thermal underwear to wear while playing pétanque in Minnesota.

Paris Hotel Online Reservations

'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service permits you to get a preview of hotels available in Paris, enabling you to choose your Paris accommodations easily, well in advance of your arrival.

The Café Metropole Club's 50th Meeting

The server-lady Linda Thalman was the only member of any category at last Thursday's club meeting - again. We had another chat of little consequence; so I filled up the bulk of the 'report' with what little there was. The club's waiters were equally under-employed. Where is everybody?

If you skipped Thursday's update, you didn't miss all the wonderful 'Quotes of the Week' that remained again unsaid. The 'report' therefore contains little exciting news, if I recall correctly.

New readers can look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page, if they are interested in learning more about this magazine's club for readers in Paris. Everybody is allowed to look at it actually.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.38 - 20. Sept. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Freezing and Starving.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The Government Can't Do Everything.' This issue had two features, titled 'Jacques Melac's Grape Harvest' and 'Boulevard du Techno.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Les Champs de la Sculpture.' Therephoto: rue du harve, sign were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Techno, Wino.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.38 - 21. September 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Where Are My Beautiful Balloons?' The 'Au Bistro' column's title asked 'Techno Parade 'Seduces' Paris.' This issue had two features, titled 'The Place de la Concorde - Place With Headroom' and 'No Magic at Apple Expo for Revisit No. 12.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Techno Jazz?' This year; it's 'event' burn-out.

Metropole Paris' Exclusive Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This countdown - how did it start? You may have forgotten and you probably think I have too. Not so! There are wise people - other than me! - who know that the 21st Century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001. The big celebration for '2000' was a freebie; a countdown to the beginning of the last year of the 20th Century. Thus the countdown last year was in the wrong year, unless you have a fondness for the last year of a millennium.

Now that it's all straight for everybody and we know what we're doing, there really are only about 104 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. Even if you remember the last countdown, you probably won't care that 269 days have gone since New Year's 2000. What's gone is gone and this will include the 2nd Millennium, which is nearly gone too.
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