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photo: park, square des batignolles

If you are 'lost - looking for Clichy,' you may find the
Square des Batignolles instead.

For the Rentrée?

Paris:- Saturday, 1. September 2001:- While Parisian parents muddle through next week adjusting to their return to the city and their kids' return to schools, the events calendar takes one final little breather, before it launches into the new season.

This really starts on the following weekend of 15-16. September, with the Fête de l'Huma' getting a jump on it by starting on Friday. There will be no 'Fêtes de la Seine' this year, but there will be an international fishing contest instead. Expect the riverside party to return next year.

Events for Fall 2001 were outlined in a separate column last week, and this has even been updated a little - but still remains within last week's issue 6.35. A link to this page is included here, and below this week's contents list.

A few more new items beginning in September are below for 'Openers' - while nearly everything that is over is gone from the scene, all except for the 'Last Chances' of course.



Fête de l'Humanité - it used to be the 'rentrée's big party, but now it competes with everything else. But the 'Fête de l'Huma' has lots of experience and lots of everything, from Manu Chao to Patrick Bruel to Compay Segundo - plus! - techno nights. It starts on Friday, 14. September and winds up on Sunday, 16. September. Entry for three days is 60 francs. At the Parc de La Courneuve, Espace Fêtes. Take the RER 'B' line to Le Bourget and follow the crowds.

Les Journées du Patrimoine - this is the weekend - on Saturday, 15. September and on Sunday, 16. September - 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.

La Course des Femmes - is sponsored by Le Parisien so it's called 'La Parisienne' for its 5th edition and will be run off over a seven kilometre course in the Jardins de Bagatelle. This will be on Sunday, 16. September. At Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. For the race, InfoTel.: 01 45 75 67 12. And this for the Web site.

Electrocadéro? - the one-time Techno-Parade gets a new name but the non-parade planned for Trocadéro is unwelcome there. Wherever it will be, it should take place on Saturday, 15. September, fromposter: savignac, bibliotheque forney 13:00 to 19:00. 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.

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.

UNESCO's Patrimony In Japan - has gathered 50 photos by Kazuoshi Miyoshi, showing Japan's sites selected by UNESCO to be part of the planet's patrimony. Until Saturday, 29. September, open from 12:00 to 19:00 and until 20:00 on Thursdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. At the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101 bis, Quai Branley, Paris 15. Métro: Bir-Hakeim. InfoTel.: 01 44 37 96 01.

Lettonie, Latvija - is an exhibition from the collection of the National Museum of History of Latvia. The occasion is the 800th anniversary of the founding of Riga. Until Sunday, 20. January. Except for Tuesdays and holidays, from 9:15 to 17:15. At the Musée de l'Homme, Palais de Chaillot, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 05 72 00.

Michel Kikoïne - was one of the 'artist-emblems' of the 'Ecole de Paris.' On show until Monday, 17. September. Also see 'Jérusalem' - photographs by Didier Ben Loulou, done between 1993 and 2001. Until Friday 28. September. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and Sundays, from 10:00 to 18:00. 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 53.

Art-Wall Sticker - instead of having boring old wallpaper in rolls, 'Art-Wall Sticker' is a set of stickers that will cover about 15 square metres. These sets are designed by 20 different artists and seriographed, mostly on a transparent backing. My favorite is 'Socks' by Santiago Reyes, which has 45 versions of people with mis-matched pairs of socks and feet. It's up to you how to arrange them on your favorite wall. Each series is limited to 100 sets. This year's collection is on view until Friday, 14. September, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00, at the Espace Paul Ricard, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine.

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 Bagatelle, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

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.

27th 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.

Pre-Columbian Arts - featuring ceramics and sculptures from central America; on show in Paris from the Barbier-Muller Collection. Until Sunday, 9. September; from 12:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. Atposter: saison musicale royaumont the Maison de l'Amérique-Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 75 00.

Le Lion, le Lys et l'Abeille - Venice in decline in the 18th century had lost nothing of its power and seduction, as this exhibition within the 'Med-Arces' series shows. Until Monday, 10. September. Open daily except Tuesdays; on Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45; on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45. Musée l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

La Dame de la Mer - the first lady oceanographer, Anita 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 Sunday, 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.

Montmartre - Vendanges - last year the Butte's own vineyard produced a 'Cuvée Lapin Agile,' and this year may be even better. Find out on Saturday, 6. October when Montmartre has its annual wine fête and costume parade, which starts at the Mairie at 14:00 and is expected to arrive at the Rue des Saules about 16:00. Paris 18. Métro: Jules-Jofferin or Lamarck-Caulaincourt.

François et Nicolas de Poilly - contributed to Paris reputation, beginning in 1630, as the capital of European engraving. In addition to 100 of their prints, see views of Paris at the beginning of Louis XIV's reign. From Tuesday, 18. September until Thursday, 11. October. Daily from 10:45 to 17:45, at the Mairie of the 5th - Centre Cultural du Panthéon, 11. Rue de Mirbel, Paris 5. Métro: Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 55 43 10 50.

Jean Dubuffet's - centennial means a major retrospective for this painter, from Wednesday, 12. September until the end of the year. From 11:00 to 21:00 except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

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 bebrochure: premiers films competition 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.

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. 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 'patrimoine 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.

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, whichposter: festival ile de france 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 Graam. 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.


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