Two Weeks Worth

photo: canal st martin

The Canal Saint-Martin, two weeks before spring.

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Paris:- Saturday, 10. March 2001:- I don't think I should say this, but I feel as if I'm already halfway out the door, to have a week's holiday. For this reason, this week's column is going to have to tide you over for two weeks.

As I was putting on my coat, I chanced upon the item for the Salon du Livre. 'Covering' this in 1995 was my first job for the Internet - and this years' edition is right in the middle of my 'holiday.' What is the boss going to say about this?

On a more sober note, the current plague of hoof-and-mouth disease has caused certain attractions featuring animals to close. The zoo in the Jardin des Plantes is closed, for example. If you want to see anything with animals associated with it, try to phone for information first.



Diamants - The show for blonds - features 400 of the world's best - or biggest? - sparklers. Feared to be just some old crystals, the show required a fleet of Brinks' trucks to get it into place. This continues until Sunday, 15. July; daily from 9:00 to midnight except on Tuesday, when closing time is 20:00. At the Museum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

The Salon du Livre - features the entire magic of the French publishing world. Germany, another big publishing country, is this year's 'country of honor.' See Metropole's past issues to get an idea about this salon. From Friday, 16. March until Wednesday, 21. March. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Châteaux Disparus - as in seeking them in Paris and the Ile-de-France, through their images behind on 17th and 18th century engravings. These have beenposter: expo, chateaux disparus assembled by the Commission du Vieux Paris. On view until Sunday, 8. April; daily from 11:00 to 17:45, on Sunday from 14:00 to 17:45. At the Rotonde de la Villette, Place Stalingrad, Paris 19. Métro: Jaurés or Stalingrad.

Temps Mesurés, Temps Démsurés - is an exhibition about time, measured and out of whack. This continues until Sunday, 31 March. On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Paris Observatoire, 61. Avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert- Rochereau or RER Port-Royal.

La Genèse d'un Film - features the birth of a film by Youri Norstein, with the help of designer Franceska Yarbousova. Beginning this week, continuing until Sunday, 15. July. Except Monday, from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Salle Saint-Jean in the Hôtel de Ville, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Goxwa, Paintings - are featured in an exhibition, until Saturday, 14. April; from Tuesday to Saturday; from 10:00 to 19:00 and on Monday from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Galerie de l'Europe, 55. Rue de Seine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Mabillon.

L'Inspecteur - has been adapted from Gogol and is performed by the Footsbarn Travelling Theatre in a tent in the Jardin des Tuleries. Until Saturday, 31. March; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 20:00 and Sunday at 16:00. Jardin des Tuleries, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. Organized by the Athénée. InfoTel.: 01 53 05 19 19.

Voyageur Sans Tête - for kids and performed by the Théâtre Fantastique. Until Sunday, 22. April; on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, at 14:30. Except Mondays, continuous during school holidays. Théâtre Pepinière-Opéra, 7. Rue Louis-le-Grand, Paris 2. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 01 42 60 01 86.

L'Extraordinaire Aventure de la Vache Meu-Meu - is another one for kids, created by Rachid Adjelout and directed by Corinne Chevalier. Wednesday and Saturday at 14:30. At the Théâtre Bourvil, 13. Rue des Boulets, Paris 11. Métro: Nation or Boulets-Montreuil. InfoTel.: 01 43 70 77 70.

Dead Guilty - is by Richard Harris and it concerns a wrong woman who survives her boyfriend's fatal car crash, but will she survive his widow? Until Saturday, 31. March; from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30. At the Théâtre les Déchargeurs 3. Rue des Déchargeurs, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 36 00 02.

The Vase - is by Georgia Smith. A smooth divorce turns bumpy when both parties want the same pot. Until Saturday, 31. March; from Tuesday to Saturday at 22:00. At the Théâtre les Déchargeurs 3. Rue des Déchargeurs, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 36 00 02.

Note: Adrian Leeds' Parler Parlor has a 3rdposter: expo, temps measurer, observatoire anniversary offer for both of the above English language plays on Thursday, 15. March. For details, check out her Web site.

100 Years of the Olympics - is otherwise known as 'Les Jeux Font Leur Cinéma,' and is currently playing daily except Sundays and holidays, until Saturday, 2. June. The reason? Paris has applied to host the Olympics in 2008. In the reception space at the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

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. Lots of other music, films, dance - all available from the program. All the rest until Saturday, 7. April. Mostly at 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Placide or Notre-Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

This item closes the 'opening' events for this week. Since this issue runs over two weeks, some items below have their 'start' dates within this period. This column's images are of posters that are around Paris this week, but some are for events - not necessarily listed in the text.

Les Années Pop - painting, film, design, architecture, music, shows - the '50's and '60's in all their pastel and plastic glory. From Thursday, 15 March until Monday, 16. June; daily from 11:00 to 21:00, except Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

"Mille Sabords!" - features Tintin, Haddock, the dog and the other characters from the ever-lasting comic book series by Hergé. From Friday, 16. March until Sunday, 15. July; from 10:00 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. It's the Captain Haddock connection that put this into the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 53.

Belle, Au Bois Dormant - with the dancers from the ballet company of Ekterinbourg, and the danse centre of Caen. Thursday, 15. March to Sunday, 18. March. At the Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Ballet - featuring the stars and first dancers, some coming dates begin on Friday, 23. March and continue to the end of April, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

K . . . de Philippe Manoury - is based on 'Le Procés' by F. Kafka. Coming dates continue to the end of the March, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Don Carlo - by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by James Conlon. Coming dates begin on Friday, 16. March and continue into April, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - by Gioachino Rossini. This production in Italian under the direction of Evelino Pido. Coming dates continue until Tuesday, 20. March, at variousposter: expo picasso erotique times. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

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. Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays. Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers. InfoTel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Stand-Up Comic - Derek Edwards was a big hit in Timmins, Ontario before he left town 10 years ago for bigger things in 'The Soo,' and will be taking a break from UK-TV to tryout some 'Canuck' jokes in Paris. See, hear, Derek Edwards at the Hôtel du Nord, 102. Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10. Closest métro: probably is Gare de l'Est. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 98 88.

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

Salon de la Musique - is an annual salon featuring everything about music, from instruments to musicians. This year it unrolls Friday, 30. March until Tuesday, 3. April. Out at La Villette and around the Cité de la Musique there. Additional details to come.

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.

The Bunch Grass Edge of the World - is a short story by Annie Proulx, to be performed by Word for Word, a San Francisco Theatre Troupe, a group that plays 'every word' the author has written. At 20:00 on Wednesday, 11. April. Contact the American Library in Paris, Salle Adyar, Square Rapp, Paris 7. Métro: Ecole-Militaire. InfoTel.: 01 53 59 12 60.

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, from 10:00 to 19:00, and to 22:00 on Friday, 13. April. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.
Au-Dessus des Catacombs - From the reopening in June, 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.

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. 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. Untilposter: footsbard, thr athenee 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. 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.

Signac 1865 - 1935 - is an exhibition of this significant artist's works, mounted by the Musée d'Orsay and staged at the Grand Palais. According to a TV-report, Paul Signac was the Riviera's 'Impressionist' - in a part of France he knew better than his northern brothers. 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.

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.

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. The 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 working 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.

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.

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.

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. Until Friday, 30. March. At the Institut Cervantes, 7. Rue Quentin-Bauchart, Paris 8. Métro: George V. Info. Tel.: 01 40 70 92 92.

American Folk Art - features American painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, whose works are called either 'folk art' or 'primitive.' From the Fenimore Artposter: voyageur sans tete, thr pepiniere opera Museum. Except Sunday and Monday, from 10:30 to 18:30; until Saturday, 24. March. At the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34. Avenue de New York, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 38 88.

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. Until Tuesday 15. May, at the Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

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 their building and craft traditions, 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 tan 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.


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