Not Closed In August!

photo: wedding band, pont saint louis, sunday

The 'Wedding Band,' at their favorite Sunday performance location - on the Pont Saint-Louis.

Samba, Rumba, Jazz and More Salsa!

Paris:- Saturday, 4. August 2001:- It is beginning to seem as if there are more events in summer than during the other Paris seasons - and this is not far off. As usual, this column does not contain everything, but it seems longer than usual - for summer.

With France's traditional 'grandes vacances' staggered over two months, rather than concentrated in one month or the other, more Parisians than ever before are 'on holiday' in the city. While there may be more free parking slots available, the waiting lines to see events are longer.

Starting with the next issue, see the beginning of the listing of the coming fall and winter events. Find the first of these on 'The Fall / Winter Season Begins' page, in issue 6.34, to be online sometime on Monday, 20. August.



Hans Erni - was one of the 20th century's most prolific book illustrators as well as being a poster designer, sculptor and painter. His works are on view until Sunday, 30. September. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 24. Rue Pavée, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Jerusalem, Traverses et Marges - the old city has been photographed non-stop since 1993 by Didier Ben Loulou, and a selection of the photos are on view until Friday, 28. September at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

Rodin Vu Par Bourdelle - says it all and you can see it too, until Sunday, 2. September. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Bourdelle, 18. Rue Antoine-Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Photos of All Kinds - features the German photographer Jürgen Klauke, the Italian Rossetta Bellusci and the Frenchman, Français Jean-Philippe Reverdot. Also see the latest images of Kertész, of Jeno Delvay - all until Sunday, 2. September. As forposter: expo hitchcock, centre pompidou the Maison's garden, you can thank Keiichi Tahara for it until December. 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.

Decoding Hair - or, 'Le Cheveu se Décode' is an exhibition about hair, which is more fascinating than you may think, regardless of it being short, long, blond or green. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00; until 6. January 2002. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

L'Humor Médecine - is a 17th century 'medical' satire by Jean-Simon Prévost, 'after' Molière, performed by the Lustres-Théâtre. Until Sunday, 26. August. At the Shakespeare garden in the Pré-Catalan, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh. InfoTel.: 01 40 19 95 33.

Grass - Lawns - experimentation has shown that grass in Paris is not damaged by walking, sitting or lying on it - and this is indicated by tri-lingual green 'smiley' signs indicating 'safe' grass. All the same some grass remains delicate, and it is indicated by signs too, usually saying 'Pelouse Interdite.' Playing football is 'interdite' everywhere.

Paris' Summer Specials

Noites do Brasil - August's Saturday nights at the Divan have a latin tradition, beginning at 23:00 and going until sunrise - and until 23. August. Featuring samba, 'funk de Sao Paulo,' samba reggae and other good, hot stuff. At the Divan du Monde, 75. Rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 44 92 77 66.

Bals - Concerts - will be found at the Kiosque à Musique at Villette every Sunday until the end of August; usually starting about 17:30. These free concerts can be a lot of fun if the weather comes too. There is another 'Kiosque à Musique' nearposter: noites de brasil, divan du monde the museum where brasses can be heard on Sundays, at 16:30, until the 26. August. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Ciné l'Eté - if you are 25 or under this program offers seats at independent cinema for 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.

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 until Sunday, 26. August; and start about 22:00 when it's dark enough. Deckchairs are also available. At the 'Prairie du Triangle,' Parc de la Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 76 92.

Les Piscines, Paris Plage - a short list of the open-top pools open this summer in Paris. 'Open-top' means the pool, and does not guarantee water-free sunbathing space.

Piscine Roger-Le-Gall, 34. Boulevard Carnet, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Vincennes.
La Butte-aux-Cailles is historic and has triple-pools, at 5. Place Paul-Verlain, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie.
The Piscine Champerret has, like the pool at Auteuil, grass to lie on, to catch sunrays without getting wet. At 36. Boulevard de Reims, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret.
The Piscine Hébert was built in 1896 and renovated in 1992, but remains a bit small. At 2. Rue des Fillettes, Paris 18. Métro: Marx-Dormoy. Closed on 28. August until 1. September.
Piscine Georges-Hermant, 4. Rue David-Angers, Paris 19. Métro: Danube.
The Piscine Georges-Vallerey was built in 1924 for the Olympics and is where Johnny Weissmuller won the 400 metres before becoming Tarzan. At 148. Avenue Gambetta, Paris 20. Métro: Porte des Lilas.
The Piscine d'Auteuil, in the Bois de Boulogne - two pools and grassy sunbathing - on the Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh.
Dim inside, sun outside at Boulogne-Billancourt at the Parc de Billancourt pool, 165. Rue du Vieux-Pont-de-Sèvres. Métro: Billancourt.

These are not all the pools there are, but the ones where you can get some soleil as well as your feet wet. Look for the brochure titled 'Nager à Paris.'

Quartier d'Eté - a vast variety of events make up this summer's Paris program of artistic treats - frombrochure: paris quartier d'ete 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 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.

Cordel do Fogo Encantado - is music from Brazil's northeast, featured in Paris within the Quartier d'Eté program. First date is Tuesday, 7. August at 19:00 at the Square Maurice-Gardette, Rue du Général-Blaise, Paris 11. The following night's location is the Square Carpeaux, Paris 18. Then from Thursday, 9. August they stay put until Saturday, 11. August, in the Jardin du Luxembourg - for performances at 18:00. This is a Quartier d'Eté production.

Postonove Brasilian Night - put on by the Favela Chic for one night only - on Saturday, 11. August, with the blastoff at 21:00. Somewhere in the Jardin des Plantes, Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5. Métro: Monge, is closest. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have more details.

Last Chances

A Beach - has been 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 - but apparently no swimming is possible. 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. 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.

Romanes - Cirque Tsigane - is with the subtitle 'Nothing In the Pocket' - which may mean this a a gypsy-type of circus, or a reference to a clown's costume. No shows on Sundays, otherwise at 21:30 until Saturday, 11. August. This is part of the Quartier d'Eté program, Web site should have complete details. In the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries or Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Trésors de Byzance - is merely the Bibliothèque Nationale showing off its collection of original Greek manuscripts, numbering about 50 items you can't see elsewhere. The exhibition begins on Monday, 20. August and continues until Sunday, 2. September. At the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 81 26.

Danse - within the 'Festival Quartier d'Eté' program, there remain two dance events - the Ardha Nareeswara group from 7. to 10. August, followed by the 'Europe Danse' taking place from 13-15. August. All of these will be in the Cour d'Orléans at the Palais-Royal. Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal-Louvre. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have complete details. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Classical Music - Sainte-Chapelle is the scene of classical events, featuring soloists from the Orchestre Symphonique Français and the harp and flute duo of Gabriel Fumet and Iris Torossian. On 21, 22. and 24. August at 19:15. At 4. Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 42 77 65 65. The Egliseposter: festival ile de france, cabaret sauvage, villette Saint-Séverin also features the Orchestre Philharmonique de France, on 11 and 14. August. Paris 5. Métro: Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 42 50 96 18. Notre-Dame will be the scene of one performance by its Gregorian Ensemble, on Tuesday, 14. August; at 20:30. Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 56 10. 'Violins de France' and the 'Trumpets and Organ' of Versailles will stage one performance on Tuesday, 21. August; at 20:30 - at the Madeleine, Paris 8. Métro: Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 42 50 96 18.

Musique En l'Ile - features 'Les Voix de Neva' from Saint Petersburg, on several dates, and at two locations - the Saint-Germain-des Prés church and Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile church. Other concerts will be given by the soloists and choir of Christ Church, from Greenwich in the US. Finally there will be one performance by the soloists and choir of the Kremlin Museum's La Capella, on Tuesday, 28. August. For complete details see the Festival Musique en l'Ile Web site. Paris 4 and 6. Métro: Saint-Germain and Pont Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.

Musique Classique Au Vert - the Dana Ciocarlie and Khroma lead a string quintette for one performance on Saturday, 18. August; at 16:30. Jordi Saval follows on Sunday, 26. August; 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.

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.

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 Sunday, 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 by 200 photos and 20 photographers - which in turn represent three photographic schools in Tehran alone. Continuing until Friday, 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 Monday, 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 Saturday, 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.

Cinquante Ans de Sculpture Espagnole - presents 19 significant Spanish artists, from the lastposter: cubacabana, glazart half of 20th century, with some works made especially for this expo, which will be shown later in Madrid, in the Retiro. Very large pieces, mostly in metal. Continues until Sunday, 23. September. Free entry, from 7:00 to 23:00, in the gardens of the Palais Royal, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal.

Da Adversiadade Vivemos - from the '60s and '70s, 14 of Latin America's most dynamic young artists, chosen by Carlos Basualdo. Also on view, Niele Toroni and Dan Graham. The first two until Sunday, 16. September and the third until 14. October. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40; until 18:45 on weekends. At Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

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 Sunday, 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.

Raymond Hains - is presented in a retrospective, with works done from 1949 through to startling 'new realism.' Until Monday, 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.

Paris' Canals - are featured in an exhibition wih the full title of 'De Biefs en Ecluses, Les Canaux 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.


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