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.


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