One 'Last Chance' One-Night Stand, Once

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Before the rains came it was still fall.

Plus Many Long-Running Items, Forever

Paris:- Saturday, 1. December 2001:- What seemed wise last week - to say this column is 'long enough' - holds true this week as few expired items get cut, and some more overlooked, bit no less worthy, items get added.

The 'Year of the Circus' continues in Paris. No less than 12 will be performing for most of December and some continue into January, with more starting in January and February, and the whole thing goes until the end of February. Don't miss seeing some of them.



A Midsummer Night's Dream - by Willy Shakespeare, is being performed for one night only by the University of Cambridge European Theatre Group on their European Tour 2001, which has been doing whistle-stop one-night stands for 43 years. They get away with this by adding flamenco and other erotic bits to Shakespeare. All of this takesposter: shakespeare, university cambridge theatre group place - one night only! - at 19:00 on Wednesday, 5. December at the Théâtre Bernard Marie-Koltés, Bâtiment L, at the Université Paris 'X' in Nanterre. Métro: take the RER 'A' in the direction of Saint-German-en-Laye, to Nanterre-Université. No InfoTel, just show up as you are. Tickets are 20 to 50 francs.

It looks more like a midsummer night's delerium - but one chance only.

Les Défis du Vivant - a wide-ranging cascade of exhibitions, debates and conferences inspired by the scientific musings of Joël de Rosnay - on the nature of man and his future in the 21st century. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and until 19:00 on Sundays, closed on Mondays. At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

La Magie de Magritte - featuring 12 of Magritte's works, designed to be educational, with puzzling games for young kids, to show off the life and work of the painter. For kids 4 and up. Until Sunday, 31. March. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed Christmas and New Years days. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Hôpital et Utopies - or 'Demain Sera Meilleur,' is an exhibition featuring the long history of hospitals and the search for their utopic perfection. Until Sunday, 17. March, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Assistance Publique - Hôpiteaux de Paris, Hôtel de Miramion, 47. Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5. Métro: Maubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 50 05.

Paquebots de Rêves - is an exhibition about luxury liners. The kinds that crossed the Atlantic and all of the world's high seas in high style. Continuing until Saturday, 23. March. Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

Salon du Cheval - horses will invade Paris by filling up four of the big halls at Paris Expo, until Sunday, 9. December. This salon is choc-full of events, some perhaps unusual in Europe, but including traditional competitions such as the world's championships for Arabian horses, show-jumping, and the 'Horse Wood' trophy. Not including donkeys and ponies, 800 horses will be on view.

The Nuit du Cheval show takes place on Wednesday, 7. and Thursday, 8. December, at 20:30. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00, on Tuesday, 4. December until 22:00. The Salon du Cheval will take place at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Toll InfoTel.: 08 92 68 65 86.

Salon Nautique - is otherwise known as the boat show, and is international in scope. Get your feet wet until Monday, 10. December. Hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 except for until 23:00 on Thursday, 7. December, and with the close-down at 17:00 on the last day. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 68 00 51.

Jean-Baptiste Farkas - puts on a sort of evolving do-it-yourself show with ordinary objects turned to unordinary purposes. This starts on Friday, 7. December and continues until Sunday, 27. January, from Monday to Saturday, from 13:00 to 19:00. In the Espace d'Art Contemporain, 55. Rue du Montparnasse, Paris 14. Métro: Montparnasse or Edgar Quinet. No entry charge.

MuseumExperts Com/Fr - is a two-sided Web site for museum professionals and forposter: mag, beaux arts, la cuisine the people who go to them. The 'Sitem' part deals with the nuts and bolts behind the displays and the 'Sime' part features up-to-date news about what is going on at the museums. The idea, created by Jean-François Grunfeld, has been put online by France's Ministry of Culture, with the URL of http://www.museumexperts.com.

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. All of the rest, including Jean Cocteau's 'Antigone,' until Friday, 21. December. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00. Also see the Festival d'Automne's Web site.

"Mille Sabords!" - features Tintin, Haddock, the dog and the other characters from the ever-lasting comic book series by Hergé. It's the Tintin connection that has brought 300,000 to see this, and cause long lines on weekends. Only until Monday, 10. December, from 10:00 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Patrimoine Disparu - from the time of Clovis until the end of the industrial revolution all sorts of important monuments - châteaux and jardins - have been disappearing. It's a wonder that there is anything left to look at. Madame de Pompadour's Bellevue at Meudon may be long gone, but a wisp of drawings remain. On view until Sunday, 16. December. Closed on Tuesdays. At the Trianon de Bagatelle, Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

"Moi Zénobie, Reine de Palmyre" - the cultural centre of the Panthéon has arranged this exhibition to tell us about the reign of Zénobie in the third century in Egypt. Until Sunday, 16. December, from Monday to Saturday, from 10:45 to 17:45. On Sundays and holidays from 14:00 to 18:40. Mairie of the 5th, 21. Place du Panthéon, Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 55 43 10 50.

Utopic Parks - At the turn of the last century Paris found itself behind other major cities in the 'park-race,' and this called for all sorts of plans - many of which remained 'plans.' In the last 20 years 150 new gardens have been created, bringing the total of green flecks to 420. For the phantom ones, see this exhibition from Thursday, 6. December until Sunday, 24. February 2002, at the Maison du Lac in the Parc de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy or Cour St-Emilion. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Africolor - is a festival of African music and dance being held in various locations in Montreuil, Saint-Denis and other areas beyond Paris' northern rim. Beginning on Friday, 14. December and continuing until Christmas Day. For details, try the Africolor Web site, or their office at 145. Rue de Ménilmontant, Paris 20. InfoTel.: 01 47 97 69 99.

Tango Pasion - by 'A Los Amigos,' features choregraphy by Hector Zaraspe with El Sexteto Mayor and Guillermo Galvé as the featured singer. On Wednesday, 19. December, then from Friday, 21. December until Sunday, 6. January. No shows on 25 December and 1. January. At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

The seasonal sights are on show soon or already here with decorated windows at the Galeries Lafayette, the Bon Marché, Samaritaine and Printemps. The Avenue Montaigne lights up along with the Rue Royal and the Champs-Elysées on Thursday, 29. November. Then it is the turn of the Place Vendôme and the Rue de la Paix on Monday, 3. December. Most lights stay lit until the end of December or until early in January.

Christmas 'Marchés' - take place, beginning at the end of November, at Montparnasse, the Place de la Bourse, the Place de la Nation, the Place Bastille, at Bercy, and at the Place Maurice-Chevallier in Menilmontant. The pedestrian area near the Pompidou Centre will also be a vast marché until Sunday, 23. December.

Crêches - the big one is inside Notre Dame cathedral, beginning on Wednesday, 5. December. Thenposter: expo, huges sambin, chateau d'ecouen there will a tour of some - at Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile, Saint-Sévérin and Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis. This tour begins on Wednesday, 26. December and continues until New Year's Day. From 10:00 to 20:00 daily. See the Catholique.Com Web site for details about all of this.

Also see 'Noël la Paix Dans le Monde' - which features 200 crêches from around the world, starting on Saturday, 8. December, until Sunday, 6. January, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Paroisse Saint-Joseph Artisan, 214. Rue La Fayette, Paris 10. Métro: Louis-Blanc.

Choirs - for the season begin at the Eglise Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile on Saturday, 8. December, and the following Friday at the Eglise Saint-Roch. After mid-month, frequency increases, with a Sunday concert at the Théâtre du Châtelet. A Christmas Eve mass will be held in the chapel of Saint-Louis de l'Ecole Militaire. The Grand Choir of the Moussorgsky State Opera from Saint Petersburg performs nightly from Tuesday, 25. December until Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at the Eglise Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile.

Christmas Trees - fashion designers turn their talents to decorating Christmas trees and about 80 of these will be on view from Thursday, 20. December until Wednesday, 2. January, from 11:00 to 18:00. At the Espace Pierre Cardin, 1-3. Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 27 35.

Le Mystère de Noël à Notre Dame - is a really big show, an opera in fact, featuring the 'Bonne Nouvelle' of Christmas with digital images. Actually these are based on the works of Rembrandt, Van Eyck and Giotto, with some by Rouault and Chagall. Famous actor's voices tell the story, with subtitles in English. Beginning on Saturday, 1. December and continuing until Sunday, 6. January. Shows every hour from 10:00 to 18:00. In front of Notre Dame, on the Ile de la Cité, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 56 56 44 22. See Catholique.Com's Web site for details about this.

Ice Skating - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink will be back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall, possibly on Thursday, 6. December. It will be open daily for twirling - from 9:00 to a late 22:00, going by last year's times - and continue until late in February. Skates will be available for rent. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Early 2002 - See Carla Accardi's 'Urgent Painting' at Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne beginning on Monday, 2. January. 'Le Carnaval' shows up at the Maison de Balzac on Tuesday, 15. January. For fashion, see 'Madame Carven' at the Musée Galleria, beginning on Friday, 25. January.

Sous le Soleil de Mithra - is an exhibition of religious subjects inspired by antiquity and done by Picasso - most likely also concerning some heads of bulls. Continuing until Monday, 4. March 2002. From 9:30 to 17:30, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Picasso, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Au Temps de Marcel Proust - an exhibition presenting more than 200 pieces from the François-Gérard Seligmann collection, mostly from the Musée Carnavalet's own collection. Focused on the Belle Epoque, with paintings of Paris of the period, with portraits of the real people Proust used as models in his prose. Paintings by Jean Béraud, Henri Somm and Abel Truchet. Marcel Proust was featured in Metropole earlier this year. Until Sunday, 20. January. Except Mondays, 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 42 72 21 13.

La Nouvelle Athènes - many think the Second Empire period of the 19th century represented the 'Belle Epoque' but forget the preceding intimate and literary period that associated Balzac, Dumas, Baudelaire, Chopin and Georges Sand, with the 'July Monarchy,' all within a small area in the 9th arrondissement's 'Nouvelle Athènes.' Paintings, sculpture and photographs from the period are on view. From Friday, 7. December until Sunday, 10. February 2002, from 13:00 to 19:00, at the Fondation Taylor, 1. Rue La Bruyère, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Free entry.

Arnold Böcklin - is featured in an exhibition showing the influence of Italy on this 19th century Swiss painter, usually considered to be 'Germanic.' Also see 'Klinger/Brahms,' featuring for the first time in France, Klinger's 26-metre long 'Brahmsphantasie.' Both artists on show until Sunday,13. January. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Paris - Barcelona - is subtitled 'From Gaudi to Miro' and features the artistic interaction between the two cities from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, featuringposter: expo, nouvelles images du japon painting, sculpture, architecture, photography - and Surrealism, of course. Lots of big names. Until Monday, 14. January. Except Tuesdays, open 10:00 to 19:15 and from 10:00 to 21:15 on Wednesdays. Reservations required for morning visits up to 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Raphaël - Grâce et Beauté - Casanova said nobody did human figures better and he knew what he was talking about. Raphaël Sanzio and 80 of his paintings will turn up in the Senat's little gallery located in a Medicis park, for an extended stay after Raphaël's 20-year absence from Paris. Continues until the end of January 2002. Free entry, at the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Lumières Magyares - between 1870 and 1920 Hungarian painters left the 'academy' behind in their studios and began painting the light outside, which brought Hungarian painting to its highest level of 'Impressionism.' See these tendencies and Metropole's feature in this issue. Until Sunday, 13. January. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00. Free entry. In the Salle Saint-Jean in the Hôtel de Ville, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

L'Orient de Saladin - or 'Au Temps des Ayyoubides,' is an exhibition about the life and times of the Crusades, which are unrelated to our times. Continues until Sunday, 10. March 2002. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Kannibals et Vahinés - how we looked at the south seas, as seen through popular literature from the end of the 18th century until now. With comics, cinema, travel magazines - from Jules Verne to Tintin. On show until Monday, 18. February 2002. Daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 85 00..

Rouge et Or - or, the 'Trésors du Portugal Baroque,' is a major exhibition continuing until Monday, 25. February 2002. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Andre-Jacquemart, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 42 89 04 91.

La Juif Errant - an exhibition around the legend, within other legends, of the 'Wandering Jew.' This continues until Sunday, 24. February 2002. 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.

L'Or des Rois Scythes - this big exhibition will fill up the Grand Palais until Thursday, 31. December. Reservations required for morning visits until 13:00; come as you are afterwards. Closed Tuesdays. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Jean Dubuffet's - centennial means a major retrospective for this painter. On view until the end of this 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.

Nostalgies Coréennes - features 100 paintings and 27 screens from the 17th to 19th centuries, all from the harmonious collection of Lee U-Fan. Until Monday, 14. January, from 10;00 to 18:00, except on closed Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Dans la Lumière du Nord - is a retrospective of Bengt Olson's works, with about 60 pieces on show. Many feature northern nature scenes, in their frozen state. This continues until Monday, 14. January, when it may still be winter here. Except Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Mali-Kow - is an exhibition where you can discover the various realities of Mali, though objects and films from this African country. Until Sunday, 24. February 2002. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, in the Pavillon Paul Delouvrier. At the Parc et Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Jean Cocteau - 'à Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by Roger Pic and Pierre Bergé. This continues until Sunday,poster: thtr, berg & beck, mus d'art et histoire judaisme 3. February 2002. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Worth a visit just to see this museum belonging to the past. At Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Etienne Falconet à Sèvres - is subtitled ' the art to please.' Etienne Falconet was the head of the 'Manufacture' at Sèvres in the period from 1756 to 1766, when everybody in Europe was asking for his pieces - and about 120 of them will be on show. Also see the works by Robert Deblander, done within the last 50 years. Until Monday, 4. February 2002. Except Tuesday, open from 10:00 to 17:00. Musée de Céramique, Sèvres, Place de la Manufacture, in Sèvres across the bridge from the métro stop, Pont de Sèvres. InfoTel.: 01 41 14 04 20.

Lam Métis - Wifedo Lam was born in Cuba in 1902, with roots in Africa and China. He moved to Spain and painted there until his involvement with the civil war landed him in a sanatorium near Barcelona, which led to his arrival in Paris in 1938, where he met Picasso for the first time. With WWII he moved with other French artists to Cuba, then to New York. Afterwards he returned to Paris and finally setted in Italy. In one period in the '70s he produced 500 artworks. For this exhibition, see a selection from Wifedo Lam's paintings done between 1938 and 1961. Until Sunday, 20. January. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.


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