Spring Events Begin

photo: morning, cafe ecole militaire

Breakfasters in a café near the Ecole Militaire.

With the Calendar If Not the Weather

Paris:- Saturday, 24. March 2001:- Writing here two weeks ago that I was 'halfway out the door' must have been a premonition that I wouldn't get more that halfway back through it for this column and this edition.

There are no excuses for this, none that are worth offering that is, so I won't give any. I won't even promise to reform - because Paris will simply step up its multitude of events, to keep me constantly overwhelmed anyway. Tant pis.



Springtime for Museums - translates into free entries to nearly 1000 museums in France and throughout Europe, this coming Sunday, 1. April 2001.

Salon de la Musique - for five days, everything about music in France - composers, artists, instruments, performances - is on show at various locations in the Parc de la Villette, which includes Paris' Cité de la Musique. For this edition, special emphasis is given the estimated five million amateur musicians in France. From Friday, 30. March until Tuesday, 3. April. Find more detailsposter: expo ticket, signac at the Cité de la Musique. At the Parc de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

Le Printemps des Poètes - from now until next Sunday, do not be surprised if you are assaulted by poets in Paris wherever you go, because they've been given the keys to the city, figuratively speaking. Some poems will be sung. In case you are likely to miss this in person, check out the Printemps des Poètes' Web site. If your favorite café features a living poet, pay careful attention!

Persian Gardens - or, 'Jardins Persans et Moghols,' is a major exhibition in one of Paris' fancier gardens, the Parc de Bagatelle. To begin on Friday and continuing until Sunday, 1. July, this is a two-part show. There will be photos of delicious Persian gardens by Persians, and there will be exceptional pieces from these gardens. Closed on Tuesdays. Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs.

Contes de Fées - oral culture rendered into 280 pieces of text, some dating to 1695 and Perrault. On view until Sunday, 17. June, at the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Gérard Garouste - takes themes from the Divine Comedy or Don Quixote, to carry on a tradition of painting born in the middle ages. Until Monday, 28. May. At the Musée d'Art et Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53.

Quatrième Parallele - features eight French and African artists who worked together in the rain forest in Salo, in the Republic of Central Africa. The works on show are a result of this unusual encounter and collaboration. Until Friday, 20. April, from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salle Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. No entry charge.

Les Années Pop - painting, film, design, architecture, music, shows - the '50's and '60's in all their pastel and plastic glory. 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.

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 anphoto: maison de balzac, passy 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.

Balzac's little hideout in Passy.

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 continues 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. This column's images are of posters that are around Paris this week, but some are for events - not necessarily listed in the text.

Paysages d'Italie - is an exhibition of fresh-air painters in Italy from 1780 to 1830, when 'grand tours' were popular for artists and other forerunners of tourists. From Thursday, 5. April until Monday, 9. July. Except Tuesdays, usually from 10:00 to 20:00. At the Grand Palais, Clemanceau entry. Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

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 - andphoto: musee guimet continuing from Wednesday, 6. June to Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th.

Stand-Up Comics - One night only, for Dave Fulton at 20:30 on Tuesday, 3. April. Rob Newman comes in for three one-nighters on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 15, 16 and 17. April; all at 20:30. For more coming comics, see the Laughing Matters Web site. 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.

The exterior of the Musée Guimet looks vaguely Asian.

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.

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.

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.

Niele Toroni - From Friday, 6. April until 16. September; at the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris' modern art museum.
La Mode et l'Enfant - From Saturday, 12. May until 14. October; at the Musée Galliera, Paris' museum devoted to fashion.
Au-Dessus des Catacombs - from the reopening in June, until 31. December; at the Catacombs, of course. Visitors who try to visit the Catacombs can now also wonder where the 'Lion de Belfort' has gone. It was plucked away from the Place Denfert-Rochereau for some restoration work and should be back in place around the end of July.
Dessins Romantiques Français - rarely seen works from private collections. From Saturday, 12. 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: expo regards objectifs, chateau, blois 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 - and now 'Ed' too - Paul Signac was the Riviera's 'Impressionist' - in a part of France he knew and painted 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. The above show contains watercolors too - if these are as good, don't miss this. 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. Seen in person, 'Ed' agrees. 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 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.

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.

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. Until Sunday, 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.

"Mille Sabords!" - features Tintin, Haddock, the dog and the other characters from the ever-lasting comic book series by Hergé. 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.

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.

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,poster: expo quatrieme parallele 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.

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

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.

Archéo 2000 - 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. In the Orangerie, in the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

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 is sort of the museum's north porch. Métro: Cluny. Sort of featured in a recent issue.


Les Enfants du Monde - 21 sculptures by Rachid Khimoune, a 'spiritual follower' of César. This means these are intricate conceptions in heavy metal, with painted highlights. If you see one you like, place a bid on it - there is one copy of each two-metre high sculpture available. See the pieces which are placed on the terrace of the Bercy park. Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

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.

Christian Bouchon - retrospective of drawings and pastels, to be seen until the beginning of April. Fromposter: oui, paris 2008 Tuesday to Friday; from 12:30 to 18:30. At the Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin. Info. Tel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

La Beauté Inconfortable - with '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. Working 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.

Architecture - if Paris interests you its architecture might too. See permanent displays at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.:01 42 76 33 97.

1st Double Show - 'Yeux' by Jean-Baptiste Huynh, and 'Le Meutre de l'Image' by Jean Baudrilliard. Until Sunday, 8. April. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 26.

2nd Double Show - 'Photographe' by Daniel Masclet, and 'Le Plus Bel Age' by Guy Peelaert. Until Thursday, 10. June. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 26.

Ballet - featuring the stars and first dancers, some coming dates 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 continue into April, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

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

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.

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. A really 'big show' until Saturday, 28. April. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïledieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. Info. Tel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

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.

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 Pepinère-Opéra, 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.

Romeo et Juliette - musical comedy by Gérard Presgurvic, after Bill Shakespeare. Version 2001. Until Saturday, 12. May; at 20:30. Extra 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.

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.

Balzac Dans Ses Murs - presents a new layout at the museum, and emphasis on Balzac's working style and private life in near-rural Passy. Until Sunday, 27. May; open from 10:00 to 17:00 daily except Mondays. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy. Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Brouillons d'Ecrivains - are essentially the scribbles of working writers, but when these are named Pascal, Rousseau or Hugo, then they are museum pieces. Note - see some of Balzac's above. About 200 examples on view, 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. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 49 49.

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.

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 been assembled by the Commission du Vieux Paris. This 'Commission' gets a new home in the Rue Cadet soon, and the Rotonde mentioned here is slated to become a musical café. 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.

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 - all of it 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.

La Genèse d'un Film - features the birth of a film by Youri Norstein, with the help of designer Franceska Yarbousova. 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.

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. The director Jack Cardiff's films are on view until Sunday, 29. April. During most of April, also see films by Raoul Walsh. 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,' 'Afters' and concert halls for those with a lot of audible tolerance for every sort of music except classical.

L'Olympia - of the living, only Elvis hasn't played here. Ex-cinema, ex-roller coaster. 28. Boulevard des Capucines, Paris 9. Métro: Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 55 27 10 00.

Hôtel du Nord - fairly new for acoustic rock; also has a theatre somewhere on the premises. 102. Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10. Closest métro: probably is Gare de l'Est. InfoTel.: 01 40 40 78 78.

Le New Morning - known for jazz, also has World Music. No bad views. 7-9. Rue des Petites-Ecuries, Paris 10. Métro: Château d'Eau. InfoTel.: 01 45 23 51 41.

Le Bataclan - first opened in 1864 and still one of the best, for big acts. 50. Boulevard Voltaire, Paris 11. Métro: Oberkampf or Filles du Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 43 14 35 35.

Le Scène - new on the scene and appreciated even if it looks like an abandoned garage outside. At 2 Bis, Rue des Taillandiers, Paris 11. Métro: Ledru Rollin. InfoTel.: 01 48 06 12 13.

La Cigale - everybody except Elvis has played here too, from Mistinguette to Iggy Pop. At 120. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle or Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 23 15 15.

Le Zénith - huge place, but smaller than Bercy - a musician's favorite, equal to La Cigale. In the park at La Villette, near 59. Boulevard MacDonald, Paris 20. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 44 52 54 60.

Batofar - last year's 'most hyped' joint, if an ex-lightship can be called this. Nothing on Mondays. 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. 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 La Fayette, Paris 10. Métro: Gare du Nord. InfoTel.: 01 48 01 05 71.

Le Gibus - Ex-punk, now techno, going on for 20 years. In any case, international loud music acts, some of which are DJs. 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.

Paris has hundreds of places with entertainment. Some is live, some is done by DJ's and some you bring yourself. As the crossroads between the Near-East, North Africa and Africa, and Europe too, expect to find your own exact groove if you are looking for it.

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.

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, 5. April. In front of Notre-Dame, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 33.

Catacombs - Note: the Catacombs are closed for 'renovations' until some date lateposter: printemps des musees, 1 april in June. On reopening, see 'Au-Dessus des Catacombs.' InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63. The Ville de Paris 'regrets' - etc, but even catacombs need occasional renovations.

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.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Still in the air during spring, but you should definitely call first to find out if it is a balloon day or not. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Balard. InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 01.

Paris' Big Wheel - offers Paris views from another high place, which is called Concorde. Meant to come down at the end of 2000, the concession has been extended until late June of this year, so the gentle twirling in the sky continues. Place de la Concorde, métro Concorde.

Tickets:Théâtre On Line - presents the majority of theatre performances in Paris and the Ile-de-France, with news of new shows, criticism, and has a searchable database.

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