More Cuts Than Additions

photo: roger pic photos, chemin montparnasse

See Roger Pic's photos in Montparnasse.

And Two Montparnasse Items, Again

Paris:- Saturday, 30. September 2000:- This week's contents of events matches last week's, except for those whose shelf-life has expired. This column is either too long or not long enough, but I continually wish it were shorter.

Not adding anything to it will make it shorter and probably won't make much difference to you. By this time next week, the new 'Paris' journal will be out and I expect it to contain some new items - which I will add here.

All the same, my reporter's notebook has yielded a couple or 'street finds' and they are included below - just to see if you are paying attention.



Here are few selected events for this week. September is finished so you should peer closely at 'Coming Events' below for some that start very soon in October.

1940 - or, 'Année de Tous les Destins,' retraces the WWII campaign of May-June 1940 in France which was fairly clear for one side - drive around the Maginot Lineposter: expo 1940, annee de tous les destins instead of through it - but extremely confusing for the defenders who suffered a total collapse. There are few combat photos in this exhibition, but the beginning of the come-back is presented. This exhibition begins on Tuesday, 3 October and continues until 21. July 2001. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Salon du Champignon - all you want to know about mushrooms lasts from Saturday, 7. October until Sunday, 15. October, at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. This museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

Roger Pic - is one of the reporter-photographers who has been in all the wars and witnessed all the famines, everywhere in the world. Now his home is Montparnasse and some of his thousands of photos are currently on exhibition at the Le Chemin du Montparnasse. I missed a chance to get more information, but this young museum in an old place is usually is open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Entry: may be 25 francs. At 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. Info. Tel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Pierre de Mougins - was the name of an artist on an interesting poster I saw somewhere during the week. The works are supposed to be on display until Saturday, 7. October at the Fondation Taylor, at 1. Rue La Bruyère, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Then there is another exhibition lasting until Monday, 30. October at the Coupole, 102. Boulevard Montparnasse, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin. This one is where the pictures fit in and you can have a quiet drink while looking at them.

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. See this week's not-so-special report. This year, until Sunday, 15. October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Rallye Métro - this is supposed to take place on Saturday, 7. October. Even though the métro station where I saw the poster had a info booth, they had no info about this at all. If interested, try the Métro's 100th birthday Web site.

This item closes the 'opening' events for this week. You will find some other 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 has mostly fallen into place, before the leaves are off the trees. It is long and varied; and it is much longer than I thought. It always is. Some small part of it will find a place here.

Sam Szafran - 'L'Atelier dans l'Atelier' presents the artist with his pastels and watercolors of interiors and stairways, in Ary Scheffer's recently renovatedposter: expo sam szafran, mus vie romantique atelier. Besides 50 well-known works, 50 other images are from private collections. This exhibition begins Tuesday, 17. October and continues until Sunday, 14. January. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique, Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Il Signor di Balzac - is an exhibition first shown in Rome last June. Balzac visited Italy five times between 1836 and 1846, for some Balzacian adventures which included the Comtessa Clara Maffei, and later his novel 'Massimilla Doni.' In Naples there was Madame Hanska... leading to Ubuzac and Balzubu. From Wednesday, 11. October until Sunday, 7. January; open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 57. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy. Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Echos de Lumière - the city has commissioned Keiichi Tahara with the light job of illuminating 600 metres of the underground part of the Canal Saint-Martin, between the Rue du Chemin Vert and Oberkampf. The 'echoes' are built into the canal's waters and the light projections will be set off by passing boats. This will become a permanent Paris attraction, with its inauguration on Thursday, 19. October. Paris 11. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Argenterie d'Usage - 'Argenterie de Prestige' is an exhibition of the best French silverworks from the 18th and 19th centuries, assembled from the collections of the city's Petit Palais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. From Tuesday, 24. October until 25. February 2001; from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8. Rue Elzévir, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 07 21.

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 open from Wednesday to Monday, 25 to 30. October; from 12:00 to 20:00; on Thursday, 26. September to 22:00, and on the weekend from 10:00 to 20:00. at the Pavillon du Parc at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Archéo 2000 - opening of the restored Orangerie, which is 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.

Méditerranée - 'from Courbet to Matisse' is a visual treat to the shock of light that greeted a group of 39 painters when they discovered the Mediterranean sun and sky. An explosion of brilliance, from the Gulf of Genoa to Catalonia, from 1850 to 1920. "Quel soleil ici!" Monnet wrote to Rodin in 1888. Until Monday, 15. January 2001; except Tuesday, daily from 10:00 to 20:00; on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 22:00. Reservations required before 13:00; none afterwards. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

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,brochure: plantes, courson, aut 2000 'installations' and performances. See the report in a recent issue. 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 on the right side of the bridge. This is a tunnel, both 'warm' and 'industrial.'

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. This is a highly interesting show. Until Sunday, 17. December. In the city's own Salle Saint-Jean, Hôtel de Ville, Rue de Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

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 lingering events, featuring 90 paintings, from Nabi to nudes. Last chance; only 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, 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.

Affiches 50-60 - are old and rare posters for movies, on exhibition and for sale. Until December. At the Galerie Grand Monde, in the Cour Damoye, entry via 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 51 30. The Cour Damoye has several other galleries and shops, so a visit to all of it will be worth your while.

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? 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.

Le Jardin Médiéval - is what has been done with the space between the Cluny and the Boulevard Saint-German, at the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Michel. More exactly, it sort of surrounds the museum. Métro: Cluny.

Yiddish? Yiddish! - this exhibition continues until Sunday, 8. October, with a little moreposter: thr nat de la colline 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.

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.


Le Cadre à Travers les Siècles - is what the invitation says, but other info I have here is more about modern frame-making, by today's masters of the profession in France. 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.

Les Arts Déco 2000 - is a new exhibition by students of the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, part of which was presented at 'Arts Déco' in Ivry in July. Discover these 'new' artists at the Atelier A. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne-Première, Paris 14. Until Friday, 13. October; from Tuesday to Friday; from 12:00 to 18:30. Métro: Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16/

CUBA 2000 - features 15 artists from Havana, plus music by the groups 'Conson' and 'Trinidad,' and with reading from texts by Abilio Estevez and Alejo Carpentier, by Marie-Laure Jeanneteau. Last chance; only 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.: 0142 77 53 26.

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

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.

Regards de Yoshi Takata - is a photo exhibition that continues until Saturday, 28. October. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00; on Thursdays until 20:00. At the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101 bis, Quai Branly, Paris 15. Métro: Bir-Hakeim.

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.

Cabaret - 'Berlin, Paris, New York' - this year is the 100th anniversary of Kurt Weill's birth, so it makes sense to bring him back with Lotte Lenya, if your imagination is intact. Directed by Christian Abart, with Claudine Van Beneden and Antoine Guillot. Until Tuesday, 26. December; on Tuesdays at 20:30, at the Pibar, 18. Rue Favart, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. Info. Tel.: 01 55 79 05 77.

La Chute - is by Albert Camus, and is his last big piece. Adapted by Catherine Camus and François Chaumette, directed by Michel Miramont; it features Jean Lespert. From Tuesday to Saturday, at 20:00. At the Lucenaire, 53. Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

Sunday Concerts - continue until the end of May 2001. At 11:00, precise. Ticket sales at the door start at 10:00. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, ¨Placeposter: la mouette, checkov, thr lucernaire du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. Tickets also available at fnac, Bon Marché and Printemps. While the concerts are on, there are three different musical ateliers for kids, in three age groups.

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 whom is not a 'footeur' but may be a 'footeuse.' 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, who have a sort of owner's club. Scheduled 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.

Versailles: Early-Fall Events - Versailles' summer events do not vary much, but remain spectacular. 'Les Grandes Eaux Musicales' are every Sunday, but only until the next one on 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.

Un Siècle d'Enfance Parisienne - last chance to see '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.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - called 'Celebration of a Myth,' this homage is to a real person; aviatorposter: sartre, huis clos, the marigny 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, continuing until Monday, 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.

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.

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 features a major theme per month, developed 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.

In the Jardin des Plantes - find the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle - for discovering evolution and Paris' treasures of natural history. The museums are in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

Ile-de-France - is not an island, but the region surrounding Paris - sort of like an 'island' in France. Find out more about its attractions at the Espace Tourisme d'Ile-de-France, in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.

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

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. Early fall's bill features films by Abel Gance, Chantal Akerman, Jack Arnold and Lou Castel. 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 a lot of audible tolerance this section features 'Befores,' 'Dayclubbing,' 'Nightclubbing' and 'Afters.' No suits needed for any of these. If these places are closed when I go to them, they'll be open for you when you flash plastic.

These places 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 an 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 the old 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. '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.

Café de la Danse - doors open at 19:30. New shows all the time. Take a chance, go anyway. 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. Cithéa isn't photogenic, but it's on Oberkampf too, at 114. Rue Oberkampf, Paris 11. Métro: Saint-Maur or Ménilmontant. InfoTel.: 01 40 21 70 95.

La Casa 128 - Cuban music, dancing, dining, more dancing; 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? Sofas maybe? 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 year-round carnival music. 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. No famous people and accepts cash. 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. 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.

Cyclotourists - should also check out the 'The Best Biking Guide to Paris And Day Trips Outside Paris,' which are by Rose Burke who has personally tested everything for you, both downhill and uphill. Rose has done everything except pedal for you.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Still in the air after a dubious summer, you should definitely 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 the 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 just a few. Until Sunday, 5. November. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.poster: rallye metro 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 idea. 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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