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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.


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