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 te Espace Paul Ricard, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 88 00.


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