The 'Future' Gets Longer

photo: grande roue, concorde

At Concorde, the big wheel's days are numbered. Will a
new spot be found for it?

The 'Present' Is Long Enough

Paris:- Saturday, 2. June 2001:- This issue has a feature about Paris' free shows. One is happening and the other one wasn't when I went to it on Wednesday. I remembered reading about it, but failed to remember it is in the future and is not a current event.

This means I should read this column carefully instead of just writing it. I will try to remember this if I ever intend to do any more tours of 'free' art in Paris.



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. Until Saturday, 30. June. At 64 locations throughout Paris. Featured in this week's issue. InfoTel.: 01 43 38 02 66.

Viel Spaß* - will show aspects of the contemporary German artistic scene, as represented by six artists. 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.

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.

La Garde Républicaine - will have 'open doors' next Saturday and Sunday, 9. and 10. June. see the exhibition and the horses and saddles, Napoléon's drummers andposter: mois de l'estampe juin the 'Fusiliers du Roy. From 9:00 to 18:: on both days. At the Garde Républicaine, 18. Boulevard Henri IV, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 88 11 30.

MAGYart - is the name of a long Hungarian season in Paris, which begins this week, goes through the summer and continues into early fall. On Wednesday, 6. June, at the Théâtre du Châtelet see and hear Béla Bartók concerts by the Orchestra de Paris, under the direction of Pierre Boulez. On Thursday see the show by Pina Bausch, titled 'Zöld Föld, Terre Verte,' at the Théâtre de la Ville. The official opening evening will be Tuesday, 12 June, with Pierre Boulez directing Bartók's 'Le Château de Barbe-Bleu' at the Théâtre du Châtelet. This will also be presented in Budapest. Both theaters are at the Place Du Châtelet, Paris 1 & 4. Métro: Châtelet. Théâtre du Châtelet, InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40. Théâtre de la Ville, InfoTel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

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.

Foire Saint-Germain - is an annual fair, taking place in the Quartier Latin, mostly in the area between the Place Saint-Suplice and the Odéon theater. This continues a tradition begun in 1176; relaunched in 1978. It includes an antiques market, music, exhibitions and street theater such as 'Une fille à brûler,' which is about Jeanne d'Arc. From Thursday, 7. June until Sunday, 8. July. For more details, try Foire Saint-Germain. Foire aux Antiquaires, from Thursday, 7. June until Monday, 18. June; at the Place Saint-Suplice. Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice, Saint-Germain, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Vineyard Day - is next Sunday in Paris, from 11:00 to 19:00. At the vineyards at Bercy, in theposter: journee des vignes Parc Georges Brassens, at the 'Clos Montmartre' and at the 'Clos des Envierges' in the Parc de Belleville. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75, or try Paris' own Web site.

Latitudes - Inde du Sud - is a program of music and dance from southern India, beginning on Friday, 8. June and continuing until Sunday, 10. June. In and near the Cité de la Musique, at the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Juarès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Festival Agora 2001 - features music, dance and theatre in a big and diversified program lasting for three weeks, until Saturday, 23. June. Note - this is 'serious' music, organized by the Pompidou Centre's Ircam. The festival takes place in five locations, including Fontainbleau. At the Ircam, 1. Place Igor-Stravinsky, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel-de-Ville. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 48 16.

Prize Racing - is featured in two events soon. The Prix de Diane Hermés on Sunday, 10. June at Chantilly also has something to do with Hungary. Racing starts about 14:00. InfoTel.: 08 21 21 32 13. The other race is called the Prix du Président de le République, and it will be run at the track at Vincennes on Sunday, 17. June. Racing starts at 13:45. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 49 77 17 17.

Antiques - 3 Marchés - the first begins on Wednesday, 6. June, and is at the Carré Rive Gauche area until Sunday, 10. June. On the Rues de Bac, Beaune, Lille and the Quai Voltaire, all Paris 6. On Thursday, 7. June, the Place Saint-Suplice within the Foire Saint-Germain is the location, continues until Monday, 18. June - as does the next, beginning on Friday, 8. June - featuring the dealers near the Avenue Montaigne holding their fête in the Hôtel Dassault, at 7. Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8. Either one or all, bring money.

Last Chances

Pablo Gargallo - "A Catalan from Catalonia and the Catalan of the Ecole de Paris," also known as 'the Catalan sculptor.' Until Sunday, 10. June; from 11:00 to 17:30; exceptposter: cartexpo, 15, 16 june Mondays. At the Hôtel de la Monnaie, 11. Quai de Conti, Paris 6. Métro: Pont Neuf or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 40 46 58 40.

Sextet - features photographers Bernard Dufour, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh, Daniel Lasclet, Diana Michener and Guy Pellaert. Until Sunday, 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.

Tennis, Anyone? - hey, it's Roland Garros time again. What is in dispute is a round of the international 'Grand Chelem' - aka 'slam.' 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.

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 - part of the Hungarian season 'MAGYart' begins 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. Junephoto: poster, fest agora, ircam, pompidou 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.

Chopin Festival - has its 18th edition with large program of concerts and recitals, finishing up on Saturday, 14. July. On Sunday, 17. June, eight young pianists perform in the afternoon. The festival begins on Saturday, 16. June. All at the Orangerie at the Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

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.

Cinquante Ans de Sculpture Espagnole - presents 19 significant Spanish artists, from the last half of 20th century, with some works made especially for this expo, which will be shown later in Madrid, in the Retiro. Opening date is fixed for Monday, 18. June. Free entry, from 7:00 to 23:00, in the gardens of the Palais Royal, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal.

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.

Marché de la Poesie - I don't know if this involves the buying and selling of poetry, but it is an event within the Foire de Saint-Germain. Load up on poetry from Thursday, 21. June until Sunday, 23. June; from 12:00 to 20:00. Place Saint-Suplice, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

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.

Feux de Saint-Jean - is called a 'spectacle pyrotechnique' which translates into a free fireworks show. About 23:00 on Sunday, 24. June, with rockets to be fired off from the upstream tip of the Ile Saint-Louis, with a view from the Quai Saint-Bernard. Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu or Gare d'Austerlitz.

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 Monday 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 exceptposter: willy ronis, pour la liberte de la presse 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.

Marché de la Bibliophile - is a book market, also within the Foire de Saint-Germain and it will feature collectible books, bindings, engravings and autographs. This is its 8th edition. Beginning on Wednesday, 27. June and continuing until Monday, 2. July. From 11:00 to 20:30. Place Saint-Suplice, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Villette Jazz Festival - is basically two three-day weekends of jazz in all its forms. Some concerts are free because they will be performed outside. Big names, some not so big, but lots of live music. Varieties of combo tickets are available. Dates - are Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 29, 30. June and 1. July; and Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 6, 7 and 8. July. Concerts start as early as 16:30. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Juarès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Da Adversiadade Vivemos - from the '60s and '70s, 14 of Latin America's most dynamic young artists, chosen by Carlos Basualdo. 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.

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. 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 20:00. At the Grand Palais, Clemanceau entry. Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

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; dailyposter: niele toroni, musee art moderne 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.

Strebelle à Paris - from the Opéra and along the Rue de la Paix, and filling the Place Vendôme, find the monumental - really huge! - sculptures of Olivier Strebelle, on show until Friday, 15. July. Paris 1 and 2. Métro: Opéra or Madeleine. Free entry of course - open non-stop. Mentioned in this week's issue.

La Mode et l'Enfant - 'mode' did exist for kids, for at least three centuries before our own, and it is on display, including costumes for royal kids. Until 18. November; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Mode - Galleria, 10. Avenue Pierre-1st-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 88 00.

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. Also see the new Web site for the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 85 00.

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 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.

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. 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.

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 Trésor de la Sainte-Chapelle.' 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.

Le Bestiaire d'André François - with texts by Vincent Pachès, features paintings and designs of the animal zoo at Le Monde, more lively than nature. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30 to 18:30; or by appointment. At L'Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Voyages - plunge into a dim and 'zen atmosphere,' in an small series of installations created by Rachel Mahler. Continuing until Thursday, 28. June. Open from Monday to Saturday; from 13:00 to 19:00. At a fairly new location called the Espace d'Art, 55. Rue du Montparnasse, Paris 14. Métro: Montparnasse or Edgar Quinet.

Dessins Romantiques Français - rarely seen works from private collections. This show continues until Sunday, 15. July; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. In addition to the museum, other activities are organized here, such as tours of the quarter. Featured in a recent Metropole issue. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Médée Furieuse - is a 'major exhibition' that continues until Monday, 30. July; daily except Tuesdays from 9:30 to 17:00. At the Musée Delacroix, 6. Rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 44 41 85 50.

Les Bronzes d'Ousmane Sow - this African artist last took over the Pont des Arts and was 'held-over' for a long time. Now Ousmane Sow returns with his first bronzes, to be on showposter: cinematheque francaise until Saturday, 30. June. Exhibition hours are unknown, but free entry at the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Victor Hugo. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Les Gemmes de Louis XIV - 'gemmes' means a special kind of vase, made of hard stone - rare stone, this is. This exhibition reunites Louis XIV's collection, which includes rare pieces from antiquity up to the 17th century. Until Tuesday, 23. July; from 9:00 to 18:00 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Jouer la Lumière! - features threads, textiles, lace - all of which changes with light and one's viewpoint. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00; on Wednesdays until 21:00. Until 31. December. At the Musée de la Mode, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Desnos, Foujita, Youki - surrealist love in Montparnasse was - surrealistic! Until Sunday, 29. July; 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.

Echos du Paradis - or, 'Jardins Persans et Moghols,' is a major exhibition in one of Paris' fancier gardens, the Parc de Bagatelle. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 1. July and 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.

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.

"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.

volt(a) - from the spark to the battery, and about Alessandro Volta - is an electrifying exhibition, continuing until Sunday, 17. June. 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.

Sex Obsessions - of Robert 'Mr. Natural' Crumb and James Chedburn, features designs - 'lines on paper' - comic pages and mobile sculptures. Dimitri didn't tell me there were mobiles too. Until 11. October, daily from 10:00 to 02:00 - the late show - at the Musée de l'Erotisme, 72. Boulevard de Clichy, Paris 18. Métro: Blanche. InfoTel.: 01 42 23 24 78.

Portraits d'Ecrivains - is an exhibition of 666 photos by Sophie Bassouls, featuring famous writers and some not so famous, and some no longer with us. Until Friday, 15. June,from Tuesday to Saturday; from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 12:00 to 19:00. Closed Thursday, 24. May. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Carlos Freire - or, 'Tout Doit Disparaître,' which includes about 100 photos of his meetings with famous people like Orson Wells or Marguerite Yourcenar. Until Saturday, 30. June. At the Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 04 49 54 75 35.

Infidèles - is the name of a movie program, features 120 films of passion, 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.

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.

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.

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.' Until Saturday, 9. June, at 19:00; but on Thursday, Friday and 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

Mozart and Berlioz - two shows, 'La Clemenza di Tito' at the Opéra Garnier and 'La Damnation de Faust' at the Opéra Bastille. Dates for both continue into June. Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. Check the Web site for both the Bastille and Palais Garnier at the Place de l'Opéra, for opera events as well as current ballet productions. Toll ResaTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

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.

Pompeii - is an exhibition advertised on posters, but one that I know nothing about otherwise except that it used to be about 17 km south of Naples, until 79 AD. At the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: same name. Info. Tel.: 01 56 43 20 21.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Le 'Prince Noir' - this was the nickname of crime writer Andre Héléna, who has remained largely unknown since his death in 1972 despite beingphoto: poster pestacles, parc floral an extraordinary writer. This exhibition includes his original works, posters and photos. Until 30. August. From Monday to Friday; from 14:00 to 18:00, and on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. At the BILIPO, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Les Pestacles - is for kids, with 22 free shows featuring clowns, music, puppets, music, magic, clowns, music and so on. On Wednesdays at 14:30, until 29. September. 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.

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.

Les Grands Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and musical fountain show. Every Sunday, at the 'Grande Perspective' from 11:00 to 12:00; and at 15:30 at all of the Bassins and Bosquets, with the finale at the 'Bassin de Neptune' around 17:20. Also on Saturdays from 7. July to 29. September including the 15. August. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or the RER 'C.' InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

Pouet-Pouets! - is an exhibition of dolls based on famous comic book characters - perhaps some of them by R. Crumb. Until 30. September; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Poupée, in the Impasse Berthaud, just off 22. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3. 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 until the end of the year 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 - presents 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 the end of 2001 so there are a couple of days left for your ride. Place de la Concorde, Métro Concorde.

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