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In the Rue de la Gaité, the théâtre Montparnasse.

Stars of Stage, Screen and Even TV

Paris:- Saturday, 10. February 2001:- There are a large number of theatre stages in Paris and they all seem to have something playing on them, except on Mondays, which is the traditional day of rest for actors.

I don't really know whether visitors are interested in theatre events, for the simple reason that 98 percentphoto: poster transfert, thr montparnasse of the productions are in French. Before coming to Paris, I went to see a Molière piece in Hamburg in French, and got lost somewhere around Act 2.5.

But TV often has previews, and many of the pieces do have a little action, and there are a great many very good actors to be seen live. In fact, if you walk down the Rue de la Gaité, you may seen them 'live' on the street, between rehearsals.

And not all actors can be in films all the time. Some well-known film actors prefer the stage, and some alternate frequently from one to another - because acting is their profession. Note Jean-Louis Trintignant and Marie Trintignant below - father and daughter, stars of stage and screen, plus Marie Trintignant is also a respected film director.



Rétromobile 2001 - and not forgetting Rétronautique for old boat fans - is here again and featured in this issue. This year's edition honors Mercedes Benz in the form of their big ones, their racers and their sometimes dowdy convertibles. This is also the grand meeting for those searching for dreams - Brigitte Bardot's 1962 Riva - or rare parts for your Ferrari or 2CV. Rétromobile continues until Sunday, 18. February. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 to 19:00; on Tuesday and Friday from 11:00 to 22:00; and on weekends from 10:00 to 19:00. In Hall 2/1, at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

La Mort en Images - our relations with death are treated in 150 films, which seems to be more than in life. Until Tuesday, 27. March. Also see 'Autour de Georges Perec' from Wednesday, 7. March until Saturday, 17. March. At the Forum des Images, Porte Saint-Eustache, Form des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles.

Ani, Capitale d'Arménie - 1700 years ago Armenia adopted Christianity as its state religion. This exhibition presents 100 objects from the capital, Ani - a mediaeval city buried in time, at the crossroads of Asia minor. About 20 manuscripts from the 11th to 14th centuries are also on view. From Thursday, 15. February until Tuesday 15. May, at the Pavillonphoto: poster, isabelle aubert, bobino des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Le Misanthrope - is a little comedy in five acts, by Molière, with direction by Jean-Paul Miquel, supported by a large cast. Continuing until Sunday, 3. March, usually at 20:00, 19:00 on Tuesday and at 16:00 on Sunday. Théâtre du Vieux Colombier, 21. Rue du Vieux-Colombier, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice. Info. Tel.: 01 44 39 87 00.

Comédie Sur un Quai de Gare - is written and directed by Samuel Bencherit, and features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie Trintignant and Patrick Lizana and a train station platform. Except Monday, at 21:00, 17:30 and 21:00 on Saturday, and at 15:00 on Sunday. Théâtre Herbertot, 78 bis. Boulevard des Batignolles, Paris 17. Métro: Villiers or Rome. Info. Tel.: 01 42 87 23 23.

Transferts - see Andréa Ferreol, Tom Novembre and André Falcon, directed by Jean-Claude Idée, in what may be a comedy because it's on daily except Monday at 21:00, 17:00 and 21:00 on Saturday, and at 15:30 on Sunday, at the Théâtre Montparnasse, 31. Rue de Gaité, Paris 14. Métro: Gaité or Edgar Quinet. Info. Tel.: 01 43 22 77 74.

Othello - is by Bill Shakespeare and directed by Dominique Pitoiset, also with a big cast. Playing until Sunday, 25. February, except on Mondays, at 20:30 and at 15:00 on Sunday. Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Josephine Baker - is an exhibition of costumes, photos and documents, from the life and times of this stunning personality. Until Wednesday, 28. February; from 10:00 to 20:00; at the Espace Drouot Montaigne, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Alma-Marceau. Info. Tel.: 01 48 00 20 80.

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.

Festival de l'Imaginaire - mostly takes place at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, and is a chance to take a look and listen to cultures from all over the world. Music, films, dance - all available from the program. From Tuesday, 27. February until Saturday, 7. April. Mostly at 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Placide or Notre-Dame-des-Champs. Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

The Rolling Stones - will have a retrospective - are they dead? - presented in documentaries and, or films, that trace their less than placid history. From Friday, 23. February to Sunday, 25. February, in the salle des concerts at the Cité de la Musique. 221. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. Info. Tel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Nuits Jazz et Boogie Piano - two nights of jazz, blues and boogie, with 20 musicians from five countries. At 21:00, on Friday, 23. February and Saturday, 24. February. At the Salle Wagram, 39. Avenue du Wagram, Paris 17. Métro: Ternes Info. Tel.: 01 41 31 20 60.

The Cow Show - is officially known as the Salon International de l'Agriculture, and features France's most beautiful cows and other farm animals - plus, much more, including an incredible variety of food from all of France's regions, including exotic offshore ones. From Sunday, 18. February until Sunday, 25. February; from 9:00 to 19:00; until 22:00 on Friday, 23. February. As always, at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles.

Picasso Erotique - features about 40 paintings and 250 drawings and engravings, more or less treating one subject - one of Picasso's favorites - from the beginning of the last century up until the '60's. From Wednesday, 21. February until Sunday, 20. May; from 12:00 to 19:00 and 12:30 to 21:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; closed Mondays. At the Jeu de Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, Paris 1 - within the Tuileries. Métro: Concorde. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Rodin En 1900 - this exhibition recreates as nearly as possible one mounted in 1900, featuring 168 sculptures, drawings and photographs that were shown at the Pavillon de l'Alma. From Wednesday, 21. Februaryposter: saison 2001, theatre de la cite until Thursday, 10. May; from 11:00 to 18:00; except Mondays. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon r Saint-Suplice. Info. Tel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Paris 1900 - 'Les Artists Américains à Paris,' include William Merrittchase, James McNeill Whistler, Sargent, Tiffany Vitrail - who were shown at the Universal Exposition of 1900. From Wednesday, 21. February until Sunday, 29. April. At the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Un Surréaliste Espagnol - for the first time in Paris, the works of the Spanish artist, Gonzalez Bernai, are on exhibition. From cubism to 'magic' realism, to surrealism. From Monday, 26. February until Friday, 30. March. At the Institut Cervantes, 7. Rue Quentin-Bauchart, Paris 8. Métro: George V. Info. Tel.: 01 40 70 92 92.

Brouillons d'Ecrivains - are essentially the scribbles of working writers, but when these are named Pascal, Rousseau or Hugo, then they are museum pieces. About 200 examples on view, from Tuesday, 27. February until Sunday, 17. June. From 10:00 to 19:00; and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale - Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François-Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand Info. Tel.: 01 53 79 49 49/

Signac 1865 - 1935 - is another exhibition of this significant artist's works, mounted by the Musée d'Orsay and staged at the Grand Palais. From Friday, 2. March until Monday, 28. May; by reservation from 10:00 to 13:00; otherwise none necessary. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

Mistinguette - is a musical comedy by Franklin Le Naour and Jérôme Savary, evoking the atmosphere of pre-WWI music halls in Paris, by way of the history of the last show by 'Miss' at the Casino de Paris. From Thursday, 1. March until Saturday, 28. April. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïledieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. Info. Tel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Banlieues Bleues - the 18th edition of this jazz festival with 37 concerts, scattered around 17 towns near Paris. Scheduled from Friday, 2. March until Thursday, 5. April. Check the Banlieues Bleues Web site for complete details. InfoTel.: 01 49 22 10 10.

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.

Paris Film Festival - features 60 films, many for the first time. Alain Delon is this year's festival president and this year's guest of honor is Rome's Cinecitta with lots of Italian film folk. Renault's fairly new Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées will have an exhibition for the occasion. See the Festival du Film de Paris Web site for more details. From Wednesday, 28. March until Tuesday, 3. April. Info. Tel.: 08 26 02 27 27.

Springtime for Giuseppe Verdi - opera, opera as concert, a huge musical spectacle at Bercy, plus a selection of opera films at the Louvre - all treat Verdi during March. He is obviously somebody's darling.

Balzac Dans Ses Murs - presents a new layout at the museum, and emphasis on Balzac's working style and private life in Passy. From Wednesday, 28. February until 15. May, at the Maison de Balzac - which is closed until Tuesday, 27. February.
Salon du Livre - features Germany this year as the country of honor. From Friday, 16. March until Wednesday, 21. March. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.
La Mode Enfantine - From Sunday, 1. April until 31. October; at the Musée Galliera.
Paris et Charles V - the 'Wise,' son of Jean le Bon, crowned in 1364. Builder and arts patron, Charles V transformed the Louvre from a fortress into a palace. From Thursday, 5. April until Saturday, 26. May; at the Bibliothèque Forney - and continuing from Wednesday, 6. June to Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th.
International Model Salon - or, for its full name, 'Mondial de la Maquette et du Modèle Réduit - Salon des Jeux.' 300 exhibitors, over 10,000 models; plus 1000 games. From Saturday, 7. April until Monday, 16. April, from10:00 to 19:00, and to 22:00 on Friday, 13. April. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.
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.

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. The time spans from 350 BC to 1225 AD, from Europe to China; reunited in 150 works. Until Monday, 2. April. Except Tuesday, open from 6:45 to 17:45. Arts Asiatiques - after six years of work, one of the world's most important museums devoted to the arts of Asia has reopened. Shown on TV, it looks great. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Alberto Giacometti - 'Le Dessin à l'Oeuvre,' features 150 workingphoto: theatre gaite drawings, from public and private collections - a Giacometti retrospective on the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. Until Monday, 23. April; from 11:00 to 21:00 except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Another one of the Rue de la Gaité's several theatres.

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.

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 19:00. Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

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.

Museum Note - the Musée d'Orsay is doing a bit of interior remodelling this year, and has moved its entry for visitors to the side facing the Seine, on the Quai Anatole France. The entrance for groups is on the opposite Rue de Lille side.

From One Century To Another - 'D'un Siécle à l'Autre, le Compagnonnage du Devoir' shows how the descendants of the cathedral builders carry on the building and craft traditions today, in this show organized by the Compagnons de Devoir. Until Thursday, 31. May; from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Compagnons de Devoir, 1. Place Saint-Gervais, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Info. Tel.: 01 42 74 43 97.

17th Century Design in France - is two exhibitions, featuring design as it was done and as it is done today, by 27 students of the Beaux-Arts. Daily except Monday; from 13:00 to 19:00; until Saturday, 31. March. At the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, 13. Quai Malaquais, Paris 5. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Pont-Neuf. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 50 00.

La Verité Nue - features masters of Austrian expressionism; Boecki, Gerstl, Kokoschka and Schiele. Continues until Monday, 23. April; from 11:00 to 18:00 except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Enkibilalandeuxmilleun - is another exhibition by a comics master, in a country where the comics are an art form, and thus worth as much or more than other forms of art. Therefore, 'art' by Enki Bilal, until Saturday, 14. April. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

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.

volt(a) - from the spark to the battery, is an electrifying exhibition presented 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.

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, engravingsposter: circus, la tribu iota, la villette 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.

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 - will 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.

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 Jardin Médiéval - is what has been done with the space between the Cluny and the Boulevard Saint-Germain, at the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Michel. More exactly, it sort of surrounds the museum. Métro: Cluny. Sort of featured in this issue.


Les Aquarelles de Signac - feature 133 works by Paul Signac, from the Dyke Collection at the Museum of Arkansas. Until Tuesday, 15. May; from 11:00 to 17:00, except Mondays. Musée Marmottan, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 42 24 07 02.

Amazones et Androgynes - is an exhibition reflecting the concerns of Léna Vandrey, who was born in Poland and spent part of her life growing up in Hamburg before moving to Paris. Workingbrochure: musee moyen age, cluny, program in every kind of material, she presents her fantastic vision of myth and history. Until Sunday, 6. May. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Novecento - by Alessandro Baricco, is possibly a very big show that has escaped my attention, because it's been running since last September, and continues until the end of April. Except Sunday and Monday, daily at 21:00; and at 18:00 and 21:00 on Saturdays. At the Opéra Pepinère, 7. Rue Louis-Le-Grand, Paris 2. Métro: Opéra. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 44 16.

L'Air de Paris - is a musical revue with a large cast, directed by Thierry Harcourt. Until Saturday, 31. March; at 20:30 from Tuesday to Thursday; and possibly at 15:00 on Sunday. At the Espace Pierre Cardin, 1-3. Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 27 35.

La Dame de Pique - by Tchaikovsky, features the orchestra and chorus of the Paris opera, under the direction of Vladimir Juroski. Coming dates are February 14, 19, 22, and 26, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille Info. Tel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Parsifal - by Richard Wagner, features the orchestra and chorus of the Paris opera, under the direction of James Conlon - features Placido Domingo. Coming dates are February 15, 18, 21, 24, and 27, at various times.Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille Info. Tel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Romeo et Juliette - musical comedy by Gérard Presgurvic, after Bill Shakespeare. Version 2001. Until Saturday, 12. May; at 20:30. Exta shows at 15:00 on Saturday and 16:00 on Sunday. At the Palais des Congrés, 2. Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 7. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 01 40 68 00 05.

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. Continuing, but not on Mondays, from 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.

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.

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

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.

1940 - or, 'Année de Tous les Destins,' retraces the WWII campaign of May-June 1940 in France. There are few combat photos in this exhibition but much else. 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 - This show presents the 'come-back' of the above exhibition. 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. Closed 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. See Angélique Ionatos at 20:30 until Saturday, 17. February. 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? In any case, international loud music acts. 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.

Sunside - Sunset - has live jazz upstairs and downstairs, and not DJ stuff as I thought it had either upstairs or downstairs. Concerts at 21:00 and 22:00.. Check out Sunside and Sunset, both at 60. Rue des Lombards, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 26 46 60 or 01 40 26 21 25.

Le Crocodile - More than 200 cocktails, mixed since 1966. No famous people and accepts cash. At 6. Rue Royer-Collard, Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 43 54 32 37.

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 Sunday, 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.

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.

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 Sunday, 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. March. 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. In 1810, when cemeteries took up too much valuable downtown real estate, the poor bones had to find other lodgings. Some of these bones are on permanent view at Paris' Catacombs. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 16:00; on Saturdayposter: l'operette imaginiare, bouffes du nord 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 - artful illuminations and 'echoes' are built into 600 metres of the canal Saint-Martin's waters, and projections of lights will be set off by the passing boats you ride through. 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.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Still in the air during winter, but you should definitely call first to find out if it is a balloon day. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Balard. InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 01.

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