Put On Your 'Fête' Shoes

photo: entry palais de la decouverte

The entry to the Palais de la Découverte.

For Music, Parades and Fireworks

Paris:- Saturday, 16. June 2001:- This coming week presents 'party time' in Paris with the Fête de la Music all day on Thursday, the Lesbian & Gaypride Parade on Saturday, and the 'Feux de Saint-Jean' fireworks show on Sunday evening.

Too bad all this isn't on one of May's long weekends. The good news is that the weather forecast for the coming week is pretty optimistic, and it should be pretty warm next weekend.



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.

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; onposter: feux de la st jean, 24 june 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 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.

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, 24. June; from 12:00 to 20:00. Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris - features lino-engravings by Picasso, to complement Paris' Mois de l'Estampe. Until 16. September; from 9:30 to 18:00 except on Mondays. At the Musée Picasso, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Maggie Salcedo - see this illustrator of Art Déco posters, with an exhibition from 19. June until 25. August; from Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens,1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie InfoTel.:01 42 78 14 60.

Regards Persans - is an exhibition presenting the last 20 years of photography in Iran, represented with 200 photos and 20 photographers - which in turn represent three photographic schools in Tehran alone. Beginning on Wednesday; 20. June and continuing until 31. August. At the Espace EDF Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylon. InfoTel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

37th Salon de la Marine - discover the salon that presents the French Navy's official painters, plus other artists attracted by salt-water scenes every other year.Until Thursday, 30. August; from 10:00 to 17:50 daily except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 53.

Maillol Peintre - is an exhibition of 60 of the painter's works, from the period of 'Nabi' to the '40s. Until 20. October; from 11:00 to 18:00 daily except 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.

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 a really recent issue of Metropole. InfoTel.: 01 43 38 02 66.

MAGYart - is the name of a long Hungarian season in Paris, which goes through the summer and continues into early fall. Until Saturday, 23. June, see the show by Pina Bausch, titled 'Danzon,' at 20:30 at the Théâtre de la Ville. Théâtre de la Ville, Place Du Châtelet, Paris 4. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

The Château de Budapest - part of the Hungarian season 'MAGYart' begins with this exhibition about theposter: jean rustin, halle st pierre history of Budapest's Château; repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. Most items on display are from the Budapest History Museum. Until16. 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 has opened 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.

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. Free entry, from 7:00 to 23:00, in the gardens of the Palais Royal, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal.

Opéras - Mozart's 'La Clemenza di Tito' at the Palais Garnier, and Berlioz' 'La Damnation de Faust' and Massenet's 'Manon' at the Bastille, continue into July.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.

Last Chances

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 Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24. June; from 9:30 to 18:00. Out at the Expo Parc Le Bourget. Take RER line 'B' to Le Bourget. InfoTel.: 01 53 23 33 33.

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.

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.

Patrick Wolff - 'art is a game,' according to Max Jacob, and 'too bad for those who think it is a duty.' See Patrick Wolff oil pastels, from Tuesday, 26. June until Friday, 27. July; from Tuesday to Friday; from 12:30 to 18:30. At the Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Viktor - to popular music from Lombardy, Toscana, and southern Italy, Pina Bausch has arranged the direction and choreography for a show by the Tanztheater Wüpptertal, which also includes New Orleans jazz and dances from the '30s. From Wednesday, 27. June until Saturday, 30. June; at 20:00. Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

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, not on 12. June but on Tuesday, 26. June andposter: joyce, gisele freund continue until 23. September. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

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.

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-Sulpice, 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.

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 a recent 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.

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. 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.

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.

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' until Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice.

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 duposter: maggie salcedo, art deco, biblio forney 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.

Maggie Salcedo's posters are featured at the Bibliothèque Forney.

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 an exhibition presenting the three versions, shown in one place for the first time, along with nearly all the sketches. This 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 three bronzes, to be on show until Saturday, 30. June. Exhibition hours are from 11:00 to 19:00, and the entry is free 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 continuesposter: patrick wolff, atelier an girard 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.

On view at the Atelier An. Girard - Patrick Wolff's works.

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.

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.

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.

Chopin Festival - has its 18th edition with large program of concerts and recitals. The festival continues until Saturday, 14. July.. 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.

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 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.

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 'finelyposter: salon de la marine 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

Ballet - Roméo et Juiliette at the Opéra Bastille, and 'Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Eté' at the Palais Garnier. Dates for both continue into July. 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. Atposter: ousmane sow, musee dapper the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: same name. InfoTel.: 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.

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.

Foire Saint-Germain - is an annual fair, taking place in the Quartier Latin, mostly in the area between the Place Saint-Sulpice and the Odéon theatre. This continues a tradition begun in 1176; relaunched in 1978. It includes an antiques market, music, exhibitions and street theatre such as 'Une fille à brûler,' which is about Jeanne d'Arc. Until Sunday, 8. July. For more details, try Foire Saint-Germain. Mostly near the Place Saint-Sulpice. Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Le 'Prince Noir' - this was the nickname of crime writer Andre Héléna, who has remained largely unknown since his death in 1972 despite being 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 dailyposter: imprimeurs d'art, mois de l'estampe 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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