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Concerts

Le Quatuor - with 'Il Pleut des Cordes,' directed by Alain Sachs. Featuring Laurent Vercambre et Jean-Claude Camors on violins and Pierre Ganem, alto. Laurent Cirade, violoncello. Performing Schubert, Mozart and Lemarque. Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Les Victor Racoin - is a quintet with a burlesque show involving a 'pot pourri' of silly action and insane music. Until Saturday, 6. January. At the Auditorium Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 4. Rue Félibien, Paris 6. Métro: Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 44 07 37 43.

La Périchole - is opéra-bouffe - musical comedy - based on a piece by Offenbach and staged extravagantly by Jérôme Savary and Gérard Daguerre Until Sunday, 7. January. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 12. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Opéraccordéon - lyric fantasy for soprano Catherine Estourelle and accordionist Arnaud Methivier, aroundphoto: book shop, marais melodies by Puccini, Berio, Fauré and Pergolèse. Directed by Agnès Boury. At the Espace La Comedia, 2. Impasse Lamier, Paris 11. Métro: Philippe-Auguste. InfoTel.: 01 44 64 83 76.

Juana la Loca - as performed by Sara Baras Flamenco Ballet, with music by the Grupo Flamenco Sara Baras. From the preview on TV - stunning! 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 Chauve-Souris - otherwise, the 'Bat,' by Johann Strauss, with the orchestra and chorus of the Opéra. Directed by film director Coline Serreau. Until Sunday, 21. January. At 19:30 on the following days; the 27th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. 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 is now over, but Astor Piazzolla is honored on Sunday, 7. January at 11:00.. 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 Sunday, 7. January at 15:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday and Saturday. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 56 29 19 18.

Cirque d'Arlette Gruss - a traditional circus, but with themes such as 'Arlette Dépasse les Bornes.' Until Sunday, 7. January. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 43 44 09 09.

Pinder- Jean Richard - big Christmas trees mix it up with this traditional circus, untilphoto: rue vieille du temple, marais Sunday, 7. January. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 43 44 09 09. This circus also takes part in the world's first Circus Festival, from Wednesday 10. January to Sunday, 14. January. InfoTel.: 01 40 40 10 00.

Le Grand Céleste - is a smaller, human-scale circus that mixes up street acts with an original score, with sort of a story to it all. At 13. Avenue de la Porte des Lilas, Paris 19. Metro: Porte des Lilas InfoTel.: 01 53 19 99 13.

Cirque Joseph Bouglione - features 'Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Ete,' until Sunday, 18. February. 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 Patrick 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.

La Dame aux Camelias - is by Alexandre Dumas, Fils, of course. 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.

Dolls and Bears - is 'Poupées et Ours' in French, and it is an exhibition and not a musical. Until Sunday, 7. January. Entry for adults is 48 francs and it's at the top of the Tour Montparnasse, 33. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 45 38 52 56.


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.
2001 In Metropole Paris

As regular readers know, I fractured my kneecap on 30. November - which reduced my agility considerably. For most of a month I worried about getting the Christmas and New Years' programs together - withoutphoto: cafe vins, la cagnotte, belleville knowing that some of the vital information would not be available until Saturday, 30. December.

According to vague reports, a record number of visitors came to Paris in 2000 - and it was my impression that a larger number than usual would be here to see the arrival of the new millennium.

Even if the absence of the fireworks at the Tour Eiffel was a major disappointment, I hope you found that there were thousands of other warm and friendly places to pass into the new year. Bonne Année!

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