May's Holdovers

photo: luxembourg garden

Another seasonal holdover - the Luxembourg gardens.

Run Into June's New Events

Paris:- Saturday, 19. May 2001:- Here is this week's 'abbreviated' column of current and coming events in Paris. If anybody is unhappy with this 'short list,' nobody has bothered to complain about it yet. Is 'no news' good news?



Tahiti 1842-1848 - is the name of an exhibition at a low profile but visually interesting major museum, which continues until Monday, 25. June. Open Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30; and on weekends from 12:30 to 18:00. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 85 00.

The Louvre - is a huge place, somewhat like a 'hypermarché' of a museum. But in addition to the tens of thousands of exhibits on permanent display, there are also special exhibitions. One on now is called 'Le Quartier du Musée du Louvre, XVIIe Siècle,' which continues until 31. December. Also see 'L'Etrange et le Merveilleux en Terres d'Islam,' until Monday, 23. July. Until Monday, 27. August, see 'Le Trésorphoto: expo objectif picasso de la Sainte-Chapelle.' Open from 9:00 to 18:00 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. All at the Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 57 60.

Héros Populaires - from the Middle Ages to our times, heros have been depicted as heroic or buffoons, to either inspire or horrify us. Our popular heros, on show from Wednesday, 23. May until Sunday, 10. June; daily except Tuesdays; from 9:45 to 17:00. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 00.

Quatre Jours de Marigny - this is for stamp collectors looking for themes, collections by countries, and has collectible letters and post cards. Dates are from Thursday, 24. May until Sunday, 27. May; from 9:00 to 18:00. Marché aux Timbres de la Ville de Paris, Avenue de Marigny or Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 39 81 46 61.

Paris Jazz Festival - is merely 22 free concerts, featuring names - Lisa Ekdahl, Salif Keita, Russell Malone, Didier Lockwood, Tania Maria, Buena Vista Social Club, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck - to name but a few. Until Sunday, 29. July. Concerts are on weekends only at 16:30. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

Last Chances

Objectif Picasso - caught by chance for a 'last chance,' this gallery exhibition of photos of Picasso runs out of time on Thursday, 31. May. Besides Picasso, many of the photographers have names too. At the Galerie Kamel Mennour, 60. Rue Mazarine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 56 24 03 63.

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. Prolonged until Sunday, 27. May; 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.

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.

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. Until Saturday, 26. May; at the Bibliothèque Forney - but continuing as 'Paris En 1400' from Wednesday, 6. June to Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice.

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.

Buenos Aires Tango - the end of a month of tango in Paris, featuring many Argentinean tango stars. The festival gets into the swing of things with six complete programs, continuing until Sunday, 27. May. In addition, tango classes are offered. Various times, all at the Théâtre National du Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00 & ResaTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

The Zoo Story - by Edward Albee. Produced in English by the Insight America Touring Theater of Seattle under the direction of J D Lloyd and featuring Alan Becker and Matt Slinger. Hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which said it was 'finely tuned.' From Thursday, 24. May until Saturday, 9. June, at 19:00; but on Thursday, Friday andbrochure: expos april june, ville de paris Saturdays only. At the Sudden Théâtre, 14-bis. Rue Sainte-Isaure Paris 18. Métro: Jules-Joffrin or Simplon. ResaTel.: 01 42 62 35.

Catone In Utica - by Antonio Vivaldi, in three acts with subtitles in French. Dates for this begins on Friday, 25. May and continues into June. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58

Tennis, Anyone? - hey, it's Roland Garros time again - almost ensuring bad weather. What is in dispute is a round of the international 'Grand Chelem' - aka 'slam.' From Monday, 28. May until Sunday, 1O. June. At the Roland Garros stadium, 2. Avenue Gordon-Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil and walk west. InfoTel.: 01 47 43 48 00, but not for reservations.

Arts de la Marionette - is the 2001 edition of an international biannual show, featuring everything about puppets, with a worldwide viewpoint. From Wednesday, 30. May until Sunday, 3. June. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Juarès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 64 79 70.

Infidèles - is the name of a movie program, features 120 films of passion, beginning on Wednesday, 30. May and continuing until Sunday, 29. July. Screenings from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00. At the Forum des Images, Porte Sainte-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Viel Spaß* - will show aspects of the contemporary German artistic scene, as represented by six artists. This show begins on Thursday, 31. May, following the 'DeSign Zinc' show which closes on Friday, 25. May. Viel Spaß continues until Friday, 13. July. Open Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Espace Paul Ricard, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 88 00.

Le Mois de l'Estampe - for its 4th edition, Paris invites you to come and see its lithographs, in all forms, and in the ateliers of the artists who make them. From Friday, 1. June until Saturday, 30. June. Throughout Paris. InfoTel.: 01 43 38 02 66.

Da Adversiadade Vivemos - from the '60s and '70s, 14 of Latin America's most dynamic young artists, chosen by Carlos Basualdo. From Friday, 1. June until 30. September. At Paris' Musée d'art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Fête du Vélo - not be outdone by upstart roller folk, bike fans get their ownphoto: paris jazz festival, parc floral two days in Paris on Saturday and Sunday, 2. and 3. June. Meeting place is in front of Paris' main city hall. Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 68 93 13, so cheaper via the Web - Fête du Vélo is the Web site's name.

For Camera Fans - a photographer once told me never to go to the annual Foire à la Photo de Bièvres with any sort of plastic card. Its 38th edition is coming up, on Sunday, 3. June, starting at 9:00 and continuing until 18:00. This will be at the Place de la Mairie in Bièvres, which can be reached with the RER 'C' from the Gare d'Austerlitz. There is supposed to be a train every hour. By car, leaving from the Porte de Chatillon, take the RN 309 straight ahead about nine kilometres. In Bièvres, look for the parking lot and a shuttle-bus to the Place de la Mairie.

Festival de Saint-Denis - this annual affair features music, operas and creations - but mostly music, and a lot of it will be Italian this year. This festival begins on Wednesday, 6. June and continues until Thursday, 5. July. Events take place at four locations in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. Métro: Saint-Denis-Basilique or RER line 'D' to Gare de Saint-Denis. InfoTel.: 01 48 13 06 07.

Caricatures Tous Genres - Balzac went bust as a publisher, so he joined Philipon to found the weekly, 'La Caricature,' which featured Daumier, Grandville and Monnier, to name a few. Philipon founded the first illustrated daily, 'Le Charivari.' To begin on Tuesday, 12. June and continue until 9. September. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 90.

The Château de Budapest - the Hungarian, season opens with this exhibition about the history of Budapest's Château; repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. Most items on display are from the Budapest History Museum. From Wednesday, 13. June until 16. September. Except Mondays, generally open from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

La Dame de la Mer - the first lady oceanographer, Anti Conti travelled the world's oceans for a technical institute to look at fish, and stayed on to photograph everything maritime. An exhibition of her work opens on Friday, 15. June and continues until 9. September. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Rue Rambuteau, level 1, Terrace Lautréamont, Les Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet, Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Paysages d'Entre - Villes - will be an open-space or garden show, presenting the works of various artists, including the Stalker group from Rome. This expo will have a relationship to another, the 'Cosa Mentale - Paysage(s)' this summer. From Sunday, 10. June until 30. September; from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Air Show - Le Bourget - this semi-annual affair has a huge official name, and 1700 exhibitors from 43 countries. If you need an air force, this is the place to do your shopping. Daily air shows, but only open to the public on Sunday, 17. June and the following Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24. June; from 9:30 to 18:00. Out at Expo Parc Le Bourget. Take RER line 'B' to Le Bourget. InfoTel.: 01 53 23 33 33.

The Lesbian & Gaypride Parade - winds its noisy and colorful way this year from the Porte Dorée to the Place de la République, starting at 14:00; on Saturday, 23. June. Start at Paris 12, métro: Porte Dorée and end up in Paris 11. To be followed by 'afters,' probably until dawn. Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 68 11 31.

Fête de la Musique - for its 20th edition, amateurs will be celebrated, and professionals will be very much 'on stage' too. Mostly free, with outdoor live concerts in big places and little. Try the places of République, Denfert-Rochereau and the Invalides. All day and part of the night on Thursday, 21. June. Paris 1 to 20. Métros: nearly all. InfoTel.: none.

Guitar Masters - many of the names are unknown to me, but some like Al di Meola, John Williams, Enrico Macias and BB King are not. This festival begins Saturday, 23. June and continues until Tuesday, 26. June. Start times are either 20:00 or 21:00. At the Palais des Congrés, 2. Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 17. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 01 40 68 00 05. While it's guitar time, Mark Knopfler will also be on stage on Mon and Tuesday, 25. and 26. June, at the Zenith, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

Raymond Hains - is presented in a retrospective, with works done from 1949 through to 'new realism.' Opening on Wednesday, 27. June and continuing until 3. September. Daily except Tuesdays; from 11:00 to 21:00. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Springtime for Italy - Italian art could stand up to the test of modernism, from 1880 to 1910. In addition to this major exhibition also see Carlo Bugatti and Gabriele d'Annunzio. Until Sunday, 15. July. Open from 10:00 to 18:00; until 21:45 on Thursdays. On Sundays, opening at 9:00; and at 9:00 beginning on Thursday, 21. June. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Anatole France, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Dessin à Bologne - one hundred year's worth, from 1490 to 1580, from the Renaissance to the 'Réforme Tridentine,' otherwise known as the Council of Trent. Until Monday, 2. July; from 9:00 to 17:45 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays.brochure: forum des images Musée du Louvre, Pyramid, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

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. Until Monday, 9. July. Except Tuesdays, usually from 10:00 to 0:00. At the Grand Palais, Clemanceau entry. Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.


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