First, the Fête

photo: opera, palais garnier

The home of ballet-type fêtes, the Opéra's Palais Garnier.

Then, the Beach

Paris:- Saturday, 7. July 2001:- The summer's holidays have officially begun, with the season's second big exodus taking place this weekend. The final big push will happen next weekend, during the 'Fête Nationale,' or Bastille day celebration.

This should leave the coming week clear to take in the spring season's 'last chances' - listed below - which will be closing their doors around next weekend. Keep your eyes open for their posters around the city, because some of them can sprout 'prolonged' stickers suddenly - perhaps adding a couple of weeks to their runs.



The eve of Bastille day and the day itself are the season's last official - and popular - 'fêtes,' and they include the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées, with 'popular' neighborhood 'bals' on both days.

Two Big 'Bals' - one will be at the Place de la Bastille, beginning at 22:00 and continuing untilphoto: expo, palais royal, sculpt antonio lopez garcia, hombre de pie 02:00, with the music of the Grand Orchestra Gilles Pellegrini, with the singer Yannic to be featured from midnight for 40 minutes. Paris 4, 11 and 12. Métros: Saint-Paul, Sully- Morland, Chemin-Vert, Bréguet-Sabin or Ledru-Rollin.

In the garden of the Palais Royal, pieces of sculpture on show. The closest one is by Antonio López-Garcia.

The Parvis de la Hôtel de Ville - will be the scene of the other grand 'Bal,' also beginning at 22:00 and continuing until 01:00 or 02:00. Music will be supplied by Les Arrosés and the Tryo group. Both of these 'Bals' will be held on Friday, 13. July. Paris 4. Possible métro stops for the Hôtel de Ville will be Châtelet, Cité, Pont-Marie and the RER 'C' line's Saint-Michel stop.

Fête the Eve of the Fête de la Bastille - at the firemen's balls scattered around Paris. Montmartre started it in 1937 and the good-natured brave lads party on; all these are on Friday, 13 and Saturday, 14. July, mostly with live music. Rousseau, 21. Rue du Jour, Paris 1; Sévigné, 7. Rue Sévigné, Paris 4; Blanche, Rue Blanche, Paris 9; Chaligny, 26. Rue de Chaligny, Paris 12; Champerret, 3. Rue de l'Yser, Paris 17 and Montmartre at 12. Rue Carpeaux, Paris 18. Métro: Guy-Moquet. The first fête lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs-Elysées parade.

Military Parade - this always takes place on the whole Champs-Elysées, from Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. Guest of honor will be Spain's King Juan Carlos, and Spain's Royal Guards will be participating in the parade and the musical entertainment. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. On Saturday, 14. July. An official viewing stand has already been set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros: count on the métro stops at Etoile, George V, Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed - arrive by way of the next nearest ones.

Fireworks - have their day on Saturday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The dazzlers will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. The show will last about 40 minutes with a Charles Trenet theme, and is usually held rain or shine. Paris 7. Métros: Alma-Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte-Picquet- Grenelle - also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

Coincidences Fatales - is the name on an exhibition subtitled 'Alfred Hitchcock et l'Art' which features 200 art objects plus 300 photos from Hitchcock's films, some film posters, and 40 extracts from the master's films. Except Tuesdays, open from 11:00 to 21:00 daily, until Monday, 24. September. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place George Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Chillida - is one on the 20th century's most important sculptors and this exhibition features his works in all materials from lead to paper. Until Sunday, 16. September. Closed Mondays; open on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 21:30, Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Jeu de Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Paris' Canals - are featured in an exhibition with the full title of 'De Biefs en Ecluses, Les Canauxposter: expo, de biefs en ecluses, canaux, salon d'acceuil, paris de Paris.' Canals are still used for working, but mainly for all sorts of pleasures - not like in the 19th century when Parisians were short of water. This exhibition features the history of everything surrounding them. Until Saturday, 29. September. Except on Sundays, from 9:30 to 18:30. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 43 43. Free entry.

Quartier d'Eté - a vast variety of events make up this summer's Paris program of artistic treats - from techno to opera to circuses - to be performed on streets, places and unusual locations throughout the city. This program goes on more or less non-stop from about Saturday, 14. July until mid-August. Some of these events are free and others are not. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have complete details. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Ciné l'Eté - formerly 'Aout au Ciné,' now begins on Sunday, 15. July. If you are under 25 your cinema seat costs 25 francs. The list of participating cinemas can be found on a postcard, available nearly everywhere. At the boxoffice, be prepared to prove your age. The program continues until Friday, 31. August. These conditions are also accepted at the outdoor movies at La Villette and the Parc André Citroën. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Forum des Images - has a full-summer program for kids, plus one for adults, with 'adult' themes until Sunday, 29. July. Starting on Thursday, 16. August, 'Le Film Dans le Film,' which will feature movies that have featured movies as subjects. Then there will be a shorter 'Etrange Festival' from 22. August until 4. September. 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.

Antique Métro Rides - because of the métro's 100th anniversary last year, the RATP has decided to re-re-run the old red and green 'Sprague' wagons dating from the '30s. The line chosen for this is the six, between Kléber and Nation, which is largely elevated and crosses the Seine twice. Brief photo-op stops are made on the Bir-Hakeim and Bercy bridges. Reckon on 80 minutes for the round-trip. Trains leave from the Kléber station at 14:30 and 16:30. These trains will be running on Sundays only - on the 15. and 29. July; the 12. and 26. August; 9. and 23. September and 7. October. Reservations are necessary. InfoTel.: 01 48 04 22 65.

Last Chances

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. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Anatole France, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

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.

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 toursposter: expo, jeu de paume, chillida 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.

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.

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.

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.

Marc Couturier : Secrets - installation featuring the idea that some objects are living and are so powerful that they can't be seen by the non-initiated. Voodoo? Until Monday, 16. July. 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.

Prolonged - 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. Prolonged until Sunday, 29. July; daily from 9:00 to midnight except on Tuesday, when closing time is 19:00. At the Museum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

Walk-In Outside Movies - are now a tradition at the Parc de la Villette, which has a sit-down place for you to watch free movies on an inflated screen. Films roll from Tuesday, 17. July until Sunday, 26. August; and start about 22:00 when it's dark enough. Deckchairs are also available. Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 76 92.

L'Octuor de France - offers 10 chamber music concerts in the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle. Brahms, Prokofiev, Verdi - in nine concerts - with two entry prices: 100 francs for afternoons and 150 francs for candlelight - plus 10 francs for entry to the park. From Thursday, 19. July until Wednesday, 15. August. Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly, plus bus 43, plus 10 minutes' walk. InfoTel.:01 42 29 07 83.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the wait is nearly over for the reopening of the Cata combs, with this new exhibition starting on Tuesday, 17. July and continuing until February 2002. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau Info. Tel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

A Beach - will be installed inside the gigantic Stade de France, featuring a mini-sea for sailboats and some sand for a beach - with palms! This will be touched up with beach tents, deck chairs and parasols. Experts will be giving sailing lessons to the 6-17 age group while there will be an inflated 'castle' for the little people to bounce in. For big people, the beach will be equipped with sound, games and contests. Oh, there will also be a beach café too. From Wednesday, 25. July until Sunday, 12. August; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis. Take RER 'D' to Stade de France-Saint-Denis or RER 'B' to La Plaine-Stade de France. InfoTel.: 08 25 30 19 98.

Tour de France - after riding around France for three weeks followed by a huge supporting circus including TV on motorcycles, this year's bike race wheels off its final laps in Paris. The finishing line is on the Champs-Elysées and the final day will be Sunday, 29. July.

The Château de Budapest - part of the Hungarian season called '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. 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.

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 threeposter: expo, images, voir autrement, la villette photographic schools in Tehran alone. Continues 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 watery scenes every other year. Until Mondday, 27. 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 69.

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.


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