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Joyaux - by George Balanchine, is a new production featuring the opera's first dance team. Music for 'Rubis' is by Igor Stravinsky and the music for 'Diamants' is by Tchaikovsky. At 19:30 on the following days in December: the 15th, 16th, 19th, 2Oth, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th. At 17:00 on Sunday, 17. December. Opéra Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opéra, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Grupo Corpo - Choreography by Rodrigo Perderneiras. Music for 'Parabelo' by Tom Zé andposter: theatre jemmapes José Miguel Wisnik. Music for 'O Corpo' by Arnaldo Antunes. From Monday, 18. December until Sunday, 24. December; at 20:00. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Place de l'Alma. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

Pietragalla - dances in solo, with choreography by Carolyn Carlson. From Monday, 18. December until Sunday, 24. December; at 20:30. At the Olympia, 28. Boulevard des Capucines, Paris 9. Métro: Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 47 42 25 49.

Juana la Loca - as performed by Sara Baras Flamenco Ballet, with music by the Grupo Flamenco Sara Baras. From Wednesday, 27. December - including Sunday, 31. December - until Sunday, 7. January; at 20:00. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Place de l'Alma. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

La Flute Enchanté - with the orchestra and chorus of the Opéra. Alternate direction by Ivan Fischer and Stéphane Denève. Until Saturday, 6. January. On the following days at 19:30; the 18th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th. On the 25th at 15:00. Opéra Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opéra, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

La Chauve-Souris - otherwise, the 'Bat,' by Johann Strauss, with the orchestra and chorus of the Opéra. Directed by Coline Serreau. Until Sunday, 21. January. At 19:30 on the following days; the 14th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. At 16:00 on Sunday, 17. December. Opéra, Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

How Could This Happen? - 'La Nativité' by John Adams, directed by Peter Sellers. Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet, Paris 11. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Alexis Gruss - after 26 years of the 'Cirque à l'Ancienne' which follows a tradition established in 1770, to have lots of horses clowns, balancing acts and jugglers. On Wednesdays at 14:00; at 14:00 and 20:30 on Saturday and 14:00 and 17:15 on Sunday. Daily at 14:00 during school holidays. Until 25. February, at the Allée de la Reine Marguerite in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 08 00.

Cirque Phenix - is the gypsy circus 'en liberté,' which means its tent has no interior poles. With musicians and violins and acrobats. Until Saturday, 23. December at 14:30 and 21:00 on Wednesday; at 14:00, 17:00 and 21:00 on Saturday, and 10:30, 14:00 and 17:00 on Sunday. Then until Sunday, 7. January at 15:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday ans Saturday. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charanton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 56 29 19 18.

Cirque Joseph Bouglione - features 'Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Ete,' from Monday, 25. December until 18. February. To be located in the Square Alexandre et René Parodi, which is opposite the Palais des Congrès. Paris 16. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 06 80 11 11 98.

L'Air de Paris - is a musical revue by Jacques Pessis, directed by Thierry Harcourt and features Patrickposter: barouf, theatre 13 Dupond, Manon Landowski and Olivier Benard. Except Monday, daily at 20:30 and at 15:00 on Sundays. Espace Pierre Cardin, 1-3. Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Place de la Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 27 35.

Musiques et Danses Viennoises - Viennese waltzes with the Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra. Only on Monday 18. December at 15:00; and Tuesday, 19. December at 15:00 and 20:30. At the Zenith, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 03 02 00 40.

Grand Bal - is a big dance for spectators and dancers which is supposed to be 'at the Palais' but is really at the POPB. This starts at 19:30 on Tuesday, 19. December. At Bercy, 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 08 25 03 00 31.

La Dame aux Camelias - by Alexandre Dumas, Fils. Directed by Alfredo Arias, this piece marks the end of a long absence for Isabelle Adjani. Except Mondays, at 20:30; 16:00 and 20:30 on Saturday and at 16:00 on Sunday. Théâtre Marigny, Carré Marigny, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 96 70 00.

Hamlet - by Bill Shakespeare and directed by Peter Brook. With subtitles in French. Except Sunday and Monday, daily at 20:00 and 15:00 on Saturday. Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, 37 bis. Boulevard de la Chapelle, Paris 10. Métro: La Chapelle. InfoTel.: 01 46 07 34 50.


poster: theatre villette This section remains to be updated for the 2000/2001 season. I hope to do this during the week, but at the latest it will be done for next week's issue.

However, for a preview, this following is from last year's Metropole guide. The reason for including it is twofold - it is still Paris' oldest restaurant and it hasn't upped its price for this year.

"You can dine well at Paris' oldest restaurant, at the Auberge Nicolas Flamel for 295 francs. Besides age, this restaurant's other claim to fame is its wine list, which has very 'big' names at very competitive prices. 51. Rue de Montmorency, Paris 3."

Paris has its 'big names' for the 'good stuff.' It also has its 'small names' for equally 'good stuff,' but I don't know these - therefore only the biggest of the 'big names.' For these, make sure your 'plastic' is gold:

  • Dalloyau - out of five locations, here are two: 25. Boulevard des Capucines, Paris 2 and 101. Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8.
  • Fauchon - only one address: 26. Place de la Madeleine, Paris 8.
  • La Grande Epicerie de Paris - in the Bon Marché, 38. Rue de Sèvres, Paris 7.
  • Hédiard - out of six locations, here are two: 21. Place de la Madeleine, Paris 8 and 31. Avenue Georges V, Paris 8.
  • Lenôtre - out of four locations, here are two: 61. Rue Lecourbe, Paris 15 and 44. Rue d'Auteuil, Paris 16.
Anno 1999:

Last year was somewhat confusing because Paris decided it was changing the century and the millennium, so there was a big program for this year-early fête - which was quite successful.

However, all the hoopla for it subtracted a bit from Paris' usual seasonal program - and caused Metropole to have three weekly 'Scene' columns for a number of issues. Once was enough, so the 'Millennium Party' is not official this year.

Metropole Issue 4.51 - 20. December 1999:

Metropole Issue 4.52 - 27. December 1999:

Anno 1998:

Metropole Issue 3.48 - 30. November 1998:

Metropole Issue 3.49 - 7. December 1998:

Metropole Issue 3.50 - 14. December 1998:

Metropole Issue 3.51 - 21. December 1998:

Metropole Issue 3.52 - 28. December 1998:

Anno 1997:

Metropole Issue 2.49 - 8. December 1997:

Metropole Issue 2.50 - 15. December 1997:

Metropole Issue 2.51 - 22. December 1997:

Metropole Issue 2.52 - 29. December 1997:

Anno 1996:

Metropole Issue 1.43 -16. December 1996

  • Features: 'Shopping' on the Rue Saint Honoré,' 'Standing Around Waiting for Food' and 'Best Christmas Window Contest.'

Metropole Issue 1.44 - 23. December 1996

  • Feature: 'The Eating Season'

Metropole Issue 1.45 - 30. December 1996

  • Feature: 'New Year's in Paris'
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