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The original Notre Dame de Paris, showing its new face.

Paris' 'Regular' Program

Paris:- Saturday, 23. December 2000:- What can I say? By the time this is online, Christmas will be over. I'll try not to fracture my knee-cap next year. Meanwhile, there's New Years to look forward to, so let's do it.

This page features the regular events page, even if they are happening at this holiday season. Officially there are no 'Millennium' events or things to see other than the ones that continue on from 2000, such as the big wheel at Concorde.

To all your questions - 'yes' - there will be fireworks at the Tour Eiffel on Sunday evening on 31. December. I suppose you should get to the Champ de Mars around 23:00 to be in time for it.

When I last had the chance, I couldn't find the city's giant Christmas tree. Even though I still don't know where it is, by now its location is moot, even though Parisians will keep their own trees up until the end of January.

So then, this week all regular items are on this page and most seasonal items are on this week's Scene II page. New Years, in the form of 'five acts,' has finally - at long last - been added to it too.



Staline Mélodie - imagine this: in January 1948 Joe Stalin and some pals are sitting around trying to think up a musical piece to represent 'real' Soviet music. With Victor Lanoux as Stalin; by David Pownall and directed by Régis Santon. Until Saturday, 6. January. At the Théâtre Silvia Monfort, 106. Rue Brancion, Paris 15 - this is in the Parc Georges Brassens - Métro: Porte de Vanves. InfoTel.: 01 56 08 33 88.

Les Jardins de la BD - mixes figures from the comics with unusual settings for Christmas, and includes objects the kids can take away with them from the atelier on Friday, 29. December. In the Parc de Bercy Paris 12. Métro: Bercy or Cour Saint-Emillion. InfoTel.: 01 53 46 19 19.

Retrospective Luchino Visconti - for film fans, but only until Sunday, 31. December. Atposter: semi marathon the film museum Cinémathèque Française, at the Palais de Chaillot, garden entry, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.:01 56 26 01 01.

Sarah Bernhardt - besides being a myth in her own time, she inspired hundreds of artists to paint, sculpt, draw, photograph, posterize and costume her - shown here in 300 various items. Until Sunday, 14. January; from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. At the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Les Crimes de Paris - shows off Paris' crime scenes, according to thrillers dating from Louis' time to WWI. Until 31. March. From Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:00; and on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. At the Bibliothèque de Littérature Policière - aka BILIPO; 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

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 events - not necessarily listed in the text.

The Paris Dog Show - is not about the 15 tons deposited by dogs daily on Paris streets, but is a salon for fancy dogs - some 5000 of them, divided by 300 breeds. From Friday, 12. January until Sunday, 14. January. In the Parc Floral at the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. Entry: 50 francs for adults; children under 12, free.

Rétromobile 2001 - without details, but here because so many readers are old car fans - the coming edition of Rétromobile takes place in Paris from Friday to Sunday, 9. to 18. February 2001.

Angoulême 2001 - for its 28th edition, this international comics festival has a lady cartoonist as its president for the first time; Florence Cestac. From Thursday, 25. January until Sunday, 28. January; from 10:00 to 19:00. Saturday until 21:00. The easiest way to get to Angoulême is via the TGV 'Atlantique' that departs from Montparnasse; the trip takes two hours and 20 minutes. By the autoroute A10, it is 445 kilometres. The SNCF has a general 25 percent and special 50 percent reduction offers for festival visitors. Tickets for the festival, InfoTel.: 08 20 07 20 20. 'Passport' for three days, 150 francs. Hotel accommodations, InfoTel.: 05 45 69 48 65; from outside France, 33 5 45 69 48 65.

Semi-Marathon de Paris - the 9th edition of this little stroll through Paris' 13th and 12th arrondissements and the Bois de Vincennes is scheduled for Sunday, 4. March 2001. Sign-up deadline is 16. February.

International Marathon de Paris - is the 25th edition and it takes place in Paris about a month later, on Sunday, 8. April 2001. This 'big one' takes routes into both the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, but mainly runs through Paris' centre on the right bank, with a dip into the 16th arrondissement. Sign-up deadline is 18. March.

Les Andalousies - is sub-headed 'from Damascus to Cordoba,' and concerns the concentration of culture founded by the Umayyad dynasty, begun in Damascus and transferred to Andalusia in 756 AD. Until 15. April; daily except Mondays; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Paris Pour Escale - or, 'Passing Through,' features mostly non-western modern artists who are migrating through the art scene, from there to here and beyond. Until 11. February; except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

L'Ecole de Paris 1901-1929 - is a big expo devoted to artists who arrived in Paris before 1914, and photographers who showed up in the '20's - until it was mostly over in 1930. Based on the twin peaks of Montmartre and Montparnasse, these 'visitors' had a tremendous influence on French art. From Wednesday, 29. November until 11. March; except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

La Gloire des Empereurs - China's last big exhibition in Paris was in 1973; this major one presents the considerable finds since then; from the Bronze Age to the Liao epoque. Also featured are the photographs of Roland Michaud. This new exhibition continues until Sunday, 28. January; from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40; on Thursdays until 20:00. At the Petit Palais. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Manet, les Natures Mortes - is French for 'still life' so it is not as sinister as you may have thought. Impressionistic apples and pears by the square metre, but a major show all the same. Until Sunday, 7. January; open daily except Monday; fromposter: 25th paris marathon 10:00 to 18:00, to 21:45 on Thursdays, and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C' Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Visions du Future - is a really big show which presents an entire history of mankind's hopes - and fears. Except Tuesdays, the hours are from 10:00 to 19:15; on Thursdays until 21:45. Reservations required before 13:00. Until Monday, 1. January 2001, when the world is not coming to an end again. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Méditerranée - 'from Courbet to Matisse,' is a visual 'first take' to the shock of light that greeted a group of 39 painters between 1850 and 1920 when they discovered the Mediterranean sun and sky. An explosion of discovery, from the Gulf of Genoa to Catalonia. "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.

Fra Angelico to Bonnard - features 106 major paintings from the extraordinary 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. In the French Senat's Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

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.

Arman - his 'Vingt Stations de l'Objet' have been chosen by the sculptor to represent the past 20 centuries, from Year One up to the invention of photography. This exhibition continues until 21. March. Except Mondays, open from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médécine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. InfoTel.: 06 66 84 67 25.

Friedl Dicker-Brandies - an exhibition of pastels, designs and engravings by this artist, known for works associated with Bauhaus, and the camp at Terezin. Except Saturday, daily from 11:00 to 18:00 and 10:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. At the Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaisme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 48.

Morellet - features a large body of work, from geometric paintings done in 1952, up to contemporary executions. Until Sunday, 29. January; except Mondays, from 12:00 to 19:00; from 12:00 to 21:30 on Tuesdays, and from 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. At the Galerie Nationale du Jeu du Paume, in the Tuleries at the Place de la Concorde, Paris 1. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Le Dessin Pour Passion - some artists stayed in Paris during the war and some were 'invited' to Germany, and Paul Belmondo was one of these. The time seems right for the 'rediscovery' of this sculptor's designs, with an exhibition of 60 of them. Continues until Wednesday, 21. February. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Avenue Winston-Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Le Coton et la Mode - ordinary cotton may form most t-shirts, but this material has a long and rich historyposter: nature vive, jardin des plantes that is not particularly well-known. Until Sunday, 11. March; daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 20 85 23..

Génies Timbrés - is an exhibition of postage stamps featuring lesser-known inventors and other egg-heads who have brought us things like the sewing machine and the tube radio. Until 24. February; open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse.

Argenterie d'Usage - 'Argenterie de Prestige' is an exhibition of the best French silverwork from the 18th and 19th centuries, assembled from the collections of the city's Petit Palais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Until Sunday, 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. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 07 21.

5th Salon d'Art - of 'Histoires Naturelles,' features works of artists who have lent their talents to nature. The exhibit's poster photo is by Sarah Moon, for example. Except Tuesday, open from 10:00 to 17:00; until Sunday, 14. January. Free entry; part of the catalogue's price goes to replacing plants damaged by last December's storm. At the Galerie de Botanique, Jardin des Plantes, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, 18. Rue Buffon, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 37 69.

L'Arche Ethiopienne - Exhibition of works from the 14th to 18th centuries, from Ethiopian and European collections, featuring African Christianity which dates to the 4th century. Until Sunday, 7. January. At the Terrace Lautréamont, Porte Rambuteau, Les Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Notre Peyre - 'Qui êtes odieux,' features the works of Gilbert Peyre who does funny stuff that critics might not think is art - which is serious business. See his 'King Pig.' Until Sunday, 31. December. At Paris' weird art centre, the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers or Barbés. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Archéo 2000 - launches the 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 the recent Bercy digs; featuring in whole or parts, ten 4-6000 year-old canoes. These have become part of the Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris permanent collection. Open Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

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

"Du chaos dans le pinceau..." - is from Victor Hugo's 'Les Misérables' as is this exhibition of his little-known designs, paintings, furniture and other elements point towards surrealism. Featured in a recent issue. Until Sunday 7. January; from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

Le Diable Sucré - features cakes, cannibalism, death and... no, it's not the same show as Halloween or Toussaint. Tuesday to Friday, 14:00 to 19:00; weekends, 13:00 to 19:00. Until Sunday, 28. January. At the Pavillon Paul Delouvier in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

This year's Fêtes d'Automne continues until the end of the year, with Italy as the theme this year. Some of the exhibitions featured here are part of this festival, while other exhibitions, concerts and special theatre productions are too numerous for complete listings. The city's Web site has more, and there is also the InfoTel.: 01 52 45 17 17.

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. Expect more things mediaeval to be popping up in Paris soon.


Beuville - exhibition of the works of an illustrator, cartoonist, painter of the air and of nature, but basically a funny guy. Until the end of January 2001. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30 to 18:30; or by appointment. At L'Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel/Fax.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Panorama - 'des Capitales Européennes' is the full title, and this architectural exhibition takes place until the end of February in the city's dedicated museum for it; at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.:01 42 76 33 97.


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