Final August Final

photo: porte st denis, enceinte de paris

The Porte Saint-Denis once formed part of
the 'Encientes' of Paris.

Summer's Long Goodbye

Paris:- Saturday, 25. August 2001:-

Some 'coming events' have been placed in a new column in this issue, with the title 'The Fall Scene - from September to December.' This new column contains some of the items beginning in September and throughout the fall, up until December and the beginning of 2002. A link to this page is included, below this week's contents list.

The remainder of items beginning in September are below - while nearly everything that is over is gone from the scene. All except 'Last Chances' of course.



Just about nothing new starts between now and the end of the month - except more movies, of course.

poster: tristan and yseult, espace cardin27th Festival Cinéma Américain - this annual event provides an evening alternative to Deauville's casino following an afternoon at the racetrack. I'm not sure if its purpose is to give Europe a preview of coming US films or gives US actors a chance to plug Hollywood's latest attractions on TV-news here. Whichever - or both! - from Friday, 31. August until Sunday, 9. September. At Deauville, in Normandy.

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 'inderdite' everywhere.

Paris' Summer Specials

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. 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.

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 withoutposter: art wall sticker, espace paul ricard 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.'

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. This brief exhibition continues until Sunday, 2. September. At the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 81 26.

Musique En l'Ile - 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.

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.

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.

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 for the Maison's garden, you can thank Keiichi Tahara 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.

More Summer Movies - often overlooked even by the art-cinema circuit, short films are an art of their own. France's film mecca puts on a rare selection from now until the year's end, on Saturdays at 16:30, at the Trocadéro location. Meanwhile, a selection of musical comedies will be screened until Sunday, 2. September at the Grands Boulevards branch.

The Cinémathèque Française operates in two locations - at the Palais de Chaillot at Trocadéro, gardenposter: thr, le fetichiste, guichet montparnasse entry - and at its location on the Grands Boulevards at 42. Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10. Métros: Trocadéro for Chaillot and Bonne Nouvelle for Grands Boulevards. Program InfoTel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

Jan Prouvé à Paris - is an exhibition showing how and why this iron artist became an constructor, engineer and architect. Until Friday, 31. August. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Le 'Prince Noir' - this was the nickname of crime writer Andre Héléna, who has remained largely unknown despite being an extraordinary writer. This exhibition includes his original works, posters and photos. Until Thursday, 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.

Electrocadéro - the one-time Techno-Parade gets a new name and location, and might not even be a parade any more. Who can tell with such loud music. Music? On Saturday, 15. September, from 13:00 to 19:00, at the Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. Nuit Techno is the 'after' for the day, to take place 'all night long' at the Zenith, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

Fishing - other than the dates I have no details about the World Championship Fishing, to be held on Paris on the 15. and 16. September weekend. TV-news has shown the French and Parisian champions in training. Judging by the size of their catches, there may not be much left by the time of the competition - which will take place along the Seine, of course.

Les Journées du Patrimonie - this is the weekend when France shows off its treasures, some of which are not usually open to the public, such as some of Paris' churches. Paris' own 'Maison des Parisiens' - the Hôtel de Ville - also opens its doors on Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 9:30 to 18:00. Main entry by the front door. Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Visits are also possible for groups, by reservation one or two months in advance. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 60 37. For the rest of Paris, no less than 38 major attractions with open doors. For the rest of France, find details at the Ministry of Culture's Web site. Les Journées du Patrimonie - on Saturday, 15. September and on Sunday, 16. September.

30th Festival d'Automne à Paris - a long and important program of opera, theatre and dance is included within this festival, which is dedicated to Merce Cunningham. Also to be featured is a new installation by Jenny Holzer, on view at the Salpêtrière from 20. September until 4. November. From Monday, 17. September until Friday, 21. December, when winter starts. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00. Also see the Festival d'Automne's Web site.

Festival Ile-de-France - for six weeks, the eight departments surrounding Paris have their autumn festival too, this year with European themes. Beginning in September and continuing until Sunday, 14. October. For more info try the Ile-de-France Web site or InfoTel.: 01 58 71 01 01.

Les Neuf Encientes de Paris - each phase of Paris has its own wall, rampart, barrier or today's Perifreak! This exhibition shows them all, all at once, and from Thursday, 13. September until Sunday, 18. November; from 10:00 to 17:00 - all at the Musée de l'Armée, Hôtel des Invalides, 129.poster: cinema au clair de lune Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes or Latour-Maubourg. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Jardins en Fête - in Paris' 90 green spaces and gardens, a weekend orgy of flowers, demonstrations and exhibitions, all with the 'patrimonie végétal' as a theme. The place in front of the Hôtel de Ville will be transformed into a 'village de la fête, ' from 10:30 to 18:30. On Saturday, 22. and Sunday, 23. September, throughout Paris. On Friday, 21. September, the International Dahlia competition, at the Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincennes.

Fireworks - part of the 5th arrondissement's Fêtes d'Automne program, sparkles in the sky starting at 21:00 on Saturday, 22. September, at the Quai Saint-Bernard. Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu or Gare d'Austerlitz.

La Route du Poisson - on the occasion of 'Horse Days' in Paris, the descendants of the draft-horses that used to bring fish to Paris daily from the Channel ports will be in action and on display. This may be a weekend event, beginning on Saturday, 29. September, but the draft-horses will be the leads on Sunday, 30. September. Check out the Route du Poisson Web site. At the Vincennes racetrack, 2. Route de la Ferme, Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château-Vincennes or Charenton-Ecoles. InfoTel.: 03 44 40 80 13.

Babel TV - Patrick Mimran will be at the Orangerie de Bagatelle from Friday, 7. September until Monday, 15. October, from 11:00 to 18:00 daily except Tuesdays. Whatever it is besides a 'major event,' see Babel TV when you've got time to visit the Orangerie de Bagetelle, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

Savignac - one of the best poster designers in the last half the last century, Raymond Savignac had his first displayed in 1933. This exhibition runs from Tuesday, 11. September to Saturday, 12. January 2002. 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.

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.

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 last half of 20th century, with some works made especially for this expo, which willposter: thr, monsieur butterfly, lucenaire 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 yung artists, chosen by Carlos Basualdo. Also on view, Niele Toroni and
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