Year of the Serpent

photo: patinoire, hotel de ville

Open until 25. February, the free skating rink
in front of the Hôtel de Ville.

And Dragon Dancing

Paris:- Saturday, 13. January 2001:- Normally I miss noticing the second New Year and I think I did it again by failing to notice the eastern Orthodox version.

As a special treat, the details for this year's third New Year which I usually overlook too, are below:

Year of the Serpent

The Chinese Year of the Serpent begins on Wednesday, 24. January, replacing last year's Year of the Dragon. In Paris the Chinese new year of 2544 coincides with the beginning of Têt, tending to make it a double occasion.

Events begin with a dragon dance at the Cité de la Musique on Sunday, 21. January, starting at 19:00. There will also be a buffet dinner, a Chinese marché - with Chinese music of course. Entry is 210 francs for adults. Atposter: wild woman blues, thr mogador the Cité de la Musique, 221. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Soirée Rock de Chine starting at 20:00 on Wednesday, 24. January, will feature Chinese rock star Cui Jian. At the Divan du Monde, 75. Rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. Entry: 90 francs. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 44 92 77 66.

Grand Parade No 1.: beginning at 10:00 on Saturday, 27. January, from about 43. Rue du Temple, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville.

Grand Parade No 2.: beginning at 13:00 on Saturday, 27. January, from about 66. Avenue d'Ivry, Paris 13. Métro: Porte d'Ivry or Tolbiac. Contact Mr. Sinna at InfoTel.: 01 53 79 01 29.

Grand Parade No 3.: most likely starting at 14:00 on Saturday, 27. January and/or on Sunday, 28. January, from the Avenue d'Ivry, Paris 13. Métro: Porte d'Ivry or Tolbiac. Call InfoTel.: 01 45 84 68 68 for details.



Baldini at the Sénat - in a short exhibition, the French Sénat has invited the world-famous sculptor Jean-Pierre Baldini to show his bronzes - some of them huge - from Monday, 15. January until Sunday, 28. January. On weekdays from 10:30 to 19:00 and on weekends from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Hôtel de Questure, 64. Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. For an appointment, phone: 06 63 01 57 26.

More Comics - is the short title for 'Les Etats d'Art de la Bande Dessinée, Suite...' which is an exhibition not so much about speech balloons, but about the paintings by cartoon artists - in this case five stars - Claire Bretecher, Juillard, Loustal, Moebius and Martin Veyron. But just in case you forget what is going on here, comic pages are beside the paintings. Until Wednesday, 28. February; from 10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday; from 14:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. At the Fondation Coprim, 46. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 60 00.

Crave - is about the optimistic belief of four nameless characters that they can communicate. Sarah Kane's fourth play, is put on in English by the Glasshouse Theatre Company, but only from next Wednesday to Saturday; at 19:00. In La Bohême at the Théâtre les Déchargeurs, 3. Rueposter: grand comme un mouchoir, bibliotheque forney des Déchargeurs, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 36 00 02.

volt(a) - from the spark to the battery, is an electrifying exhibition to be presented, beginning I assume, on Tuesday, 23. January at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. Open daily except Mondays and holidays; from 10:00 to 18:00; on Thursdays until 21:30.

Grand Comme un Mouchoir - is an exhibition presenting antique handkerchiefs, and contemporary artistic ones. From Tuesday, 16. January until Saturday, 17. March; from Tuesday to Saturday, from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney - Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie InfoTel.:01 42 78 14 60.

Jean Vilar - actor and director, Jean Vilar ran the Théâtre National Populaire from 1951 to 1963. On show, photos, models of decors, posters and costumes by Gischia. Until Sunday, 1. April; from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Musée - Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Don Giovanni - by W. A. Mozart; performed by the orchestra and chorus of the Opéra National de Paris under the direction of Ivor Bolton. On 17, 23, 26, 29, 31. January and 2. and 5. February, at 19:30. At the Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Chantons Sur la Pluie - may be better known as 'Singing In the Rain' and in this production the songs are in English, while the music and the comedy is in French. Starting Tuesday, 17. January and continuing, but not on Mondays. Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and Sundays at 15:30. Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, 16. Boulevard Saint-Martin, Paris 10. Métro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis. InfoTel.: 01 42 08 00 32.

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.

Romeo et Juliette - musical comedy by Gérard Presgurvic, after Bill Shakespeare. Version 2001. Begins on Friday, 19. January, until Saturday, 12. May. At the Palais des Congrés, 2. Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 17. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 01 40 68 00 05.

La Verité Nue - features masters of Austrian expressionism; Boecki, Gerstl, Kokoschka and Schiele. Coming on Friday, 19. January; remaining until Monday, 23. April. At the Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Alberto Giacometti - 'Le Dessin à l'Oeuvre,' features 150 working drawings, from public and private collections - a Giacometti retrospective on the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. From Thursday, 25. January until Monday, 23. April. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

L'Asie des Steppes - 'From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan' is the first major exhibition to be hosted by the Musée National des Guimet (see below). The time spans from 350 BC to 1225 AD, from Europe to China; reunited in 150 works. From Thursday, 25. January until Sunday, 1. April. Except Tuesday, open from 9:45 to 17:45.

Arts Asiatiques - after six years of work, one of the world's most important museums devoted to the arts of Asiaposter: expo volta, mus arts et metiers reopens on Friday, 19. January.Shown on TV, it looks great. Hours are 9:45 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

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.

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.

The Cow Show - I do not have the official dates for the coming Salon de l'Agriculture, but guess they may be from Sunday, 25. February until Sunday, 4. March. As always, at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles.

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.

L'Or des Amazones - is an exhibition of the prestigious works by nomads from the steppes of Asia; from 600 BC to 400 AD. All the pieces are on loan from southern Russian museums and include the entire collection from the tomb of the Princess of Kobiakovo. Coming to the Musée Cernuschi on Friday, 16. March; continuing until 15. July.. Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers. InfoTel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

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 Primitifs Italiens - 50 newly restored rare works, by Giotto, Boticelli and Monaco; and four other major schools of Italian painting are represented in this important exhibition. Until Sunday, 25. March; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Andre-Jacquemart, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 42 89 04 91.

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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 foreign 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. Until Sunday, 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 theposter: capital danse, thr silvia monfort photographs of Roland Michaud. This 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.

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.

René Margotton - Works - returning to the Parisian scene, this student of Fernand Léger shows his symbolic and lyric works until Wednesday, 31. January. Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 19:30; on Saturday from 11:00 to 19:30. At the new Galerie Orsel, 47 bis. Rue Orsel, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 29 13 00.

Nijinsky - was born in 1889 and lived until 1950. Along the way this exceptional dancer was admired by artists, from Cocteau to Chagall and depicted in paintings, sculptures, designs, engravings and photographs. Until Sunday, 18. February; from 10:00 to 18:00; until 21:45 on Thursday; from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed Monday. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Sur Le Mékong - is the result of two months' work by Jean-Jacques Dournon in Vietnam's Mekong delta, it features drawing, paintings and photographs. Until Friday, 2. February; from Monday to Friday; from 10:00 to 18:00. Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Poster Festival of the Year 2000 - Paris jumped the gun by having its 'Millennium' festival a year early, but some of the posters for it are exceptional. See - and perhaps buy - these now and until the end of March. 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.

Le Musée Gustave Moreau - is in the old apartment of Gustave Moreau's parents and has been restored to the way it was when he turned it into a personal museum. In the 2nd and 3rd floor ateliers, Moreau's collection on view is as it was discovered by André Breton and the surrealists. Open Monday and Thursday from 11:00 to 17:15; and from 10:00 to 12:45 and 14:00 to 17:15, from Thursday to Sunday. Musée Gustave Moreau, 14. Rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité. InfoTel.: 01

Parfum l'Expo - is supposed to introduce you to the magic world of perfume, which is a major industry in France. Continuing until Sunday, 4. March. Open daily except Monday, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays and some holidays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt or Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 43 20 21.

Les Crimes de Paris - shows off Paris' crime scenes, according to thrillers dating from Louis' time to WWI. Until Saturday, 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.

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 Wednesday, 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 until Monday, 5. March. 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 Coton et la Mode - ordinary cotton may form most t-shirts, but this material has a long and rich history 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 Saturday, 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; 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.

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 has been extended until Sunday, 4. March. 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.

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.

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.


Les Jardins de la BD - although the Christmas aspect of this exhibition may be over, I think it continues for some time yet. In the Parc de Bercy Paris 12. Métro: Bercy or Cour Saint-Emillion. InfoTel.: 01 53 46 19 19.

Beuville - exhibition of the works of an illustrator, cartoonist, painter of the air and of nature, but basicallyposter: crime du xxi seicle, thr de la colline a funny guy. Until the end of January. 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.

Images of Bretagne - features a selection of Henry de Waroquier designs, from the rich drawing cabinets of the Musée des Années 30; on show until Sunday, 28. January. In the Espace Landowski, 28. Avenue André Morizet, Boulogne-Billancourt. Métro: Marcel-Sembat. InfoTel.: 01 55 18 46 42.

L'Oeil et la Main - features more than 200 photos of Bourdelle at work and his works in progress, for the first time, from the collection of Mme Dufet-Bourdelle. Continuing until Sunday, 18. February. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Bourdelle, 18. Rue Antoine-Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Des Européens à Paris - is a photographic exhibition, presenting Paris as a place to visit or an European crossroads; voyagers leave traces and their histories here. Until Saturday, 3. February. At the reception area of the Hôtel de Ville, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel-de-Ville. If Rue Lobau doesn't seem right, try the Rue de Rivoli entrance.

Ephémères - means transitory because the art works are vegetal, and otherwise known as 'Land Art.' After having seen cabbages at Invalides or sets of twigs at Etoile, these creations are no longer 'en situ,' but they continue as photos at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

La Chauve-Souris - otherwise known as 'Die Fledermaus,' by Johann Strauss, with the orchestra and chorus of the Opéra. Directed by film director Coline Serreau. At 19:30 on 16. January and at 15:00 on the 21. January. Check times for 18. to 20. January. Opéra, Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

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.

Polyeucte - written by Pierre Corneille in 1641 and is now directed by Thierry Harcourt. It is either a tragedy or a eulogy to fanaticism. Until Sunday, 25. February; from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and at 15:30 on Sundays. At the Théâtre Mouffetard, 73. Rue Mouffetard, Paris 5. Métro: Monge. InfoTel.: 01 43 31 11 99.

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.

Diner des Cons - by Francis Veber was a hit on stage and in the flicks, in French; and now it has been adapted by Barbara Bray and the Dear Conjunction Theatre Company for a production in English. This play's run is scheduled to continue until Saturday, 21. April. Showtimes are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 21:00. At the Sudden Théâtre, 14. bis, Rue Sainte-Isaure, Paris 18. Métro: Jules-Joffrin. InfoTel.: 01 44 70 06 69

Pour l'Humour d'Oscar Wilde - "Le mariage est aussi nocif que les cigarettes et tellementposter: francois morel, thr 71 malakoff plus cher." From Wednesday to Sunday, at the Akteon Théâtre, 11. Rue du Général Blaise, Paris 11. Métro: Saint-Amboise. InfoTel.: 01 43 38 74 62.

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.

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.

Le Procès - is by Franz Kafka, and is about the banker Joesph K. who gets arrested without any reason. Adapted and directed by Emile Salimov; it features Bernard Gabnay. In the Théâtre Rouge, from Tuesday to Saturday, at 20:00. Also at the Lucenaire, 53. Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

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.

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 Line 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 continues until Saturday, 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.

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.

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 for kids at the Espace Tourisme d'Ile-de-France, in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. 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.

This section features 'Befores,' 'Dayclubbing,' 'Nightclubbing' and 'Afters' for those with a lot of audible tolerance and an ability to stand up.

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. Closedposter: un songe, thr 13, august strinbrtg Monday and Tuesday. 102, bis. Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20. Métro: none close by. InfoTel.: 01 43 72 41 44.

Glaz'Art - 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. The Café de la Danse, 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.

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.

Les Artists Américains à Paris - 'in 1900.' From Friday, 2. February until 29. April. At the Musée Carnavalet.
Balzac Dans Ses Murs - presents a new layout at the museum, and emphasis on Balzac's working style and life in Passy. From Thursday; 15. February until 15. May, at the Maison de Balzac.
Ani, Capitale de l'An Mil - From Thursday; 15. February until 15. May, at the Pavillon des Arts.
Le Paris Semi-Marathon - takes place on Sunday, 4. March 2001.
L'Or des Amazones - From Friday, 16. March until 15. July; at the Musée Cernuschi
La Mode Enfantine - From Sunday, 1. April until 31. October; at the Musée Galliera.
Paris et Charles V - From Wednesday, 4. April until Friday, 1. June; at the Bibliothèque Forney
Le Paris Marathon - takes place on Sunday, 8. April 2001.
Au-Dessus des Catacombs - From Wednesday, 2. May until 31. December; at the Catacombs, or course.
Le Dessin Romantique - From Thursday, 3. May until 15. July; at the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

Ice Skating - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink is back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. At the moment it has the only ice in the city. Open daily for twirling from 9:00 to a late 22:00; until 25. February. Skate rental - 30 francs per day. Two antique merry-go-rounds compete with the 1200 square-metre ice rink for kids' attention. Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

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 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.

The Notre-Dame Crypt - features archaeologic discoveries dating to Gallo-Roman times made since 1970 and is open to individuals on the first Thursday of each month at 10:30. The next date is Thursday, 1. February. In front of Notre-Dame, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 33.

Catacombs - a very long time ago Parisians were buried near where they lived, worked and worshiped. Then came another, later time in 1810, when cemeteries took up too muchposter: crave, glasshouse, thr la boheme valuable downtown real estate, and the poor bones had to find other lodgings. Some of the bones are on permanent view at Paris' Catacombs. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 16:00; on Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00. At 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63. Note: the Catacombs will be closed for 'renovations' from the end of February until some date later in 2001.

Echos de Lumière - the city 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 the passing boats you ride. To view this, embark at the Port de l'Arsenal with Canauxrama or Paris Canal. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Musée de la Poupée - Paris' doll museum is featuring the dolls from the 'Kingdom of the Apes,' which include 200 monkeys as toys, souvenirs and pieces of art. Until Sunday, 11. March. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. In an alley opposite the métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

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