Two 'Scenes' for the Price of One

photo: north arm, pont neuf, friday

The Pont Neuf, as seen from the traffic-free Pont des Arts.

The 'Regular' Program

Paris:- Saturday, 8. December 2001:- The seasonal events that were on this page last week have been transferred to a companion page this week. Some 'regular' events that were found here have been moved to the other page too, because these may suit the season better than what remains here.

'What remains here' is merely a small selection of Paris' current offerings. There are a great number of musical, song and dance events that are not listed, simply because of their sheer volume - and many of them are one-night stands.

Find the 'Year of the Circus' plus Christmas and New Years events on this week's companion 'Scene' page.



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 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. Decemberposter: expo, mikio naruse, cent cult japon 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.

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.

Paquebot de Rêves - is an exhibition about luxury liners. The kinds that crossed the Atlantic and all of the world's high seas, carrying mail 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 fromposter: cirque bouglione, trapeze 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, featuring 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.

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, ofposter: expo, louvre, peinture comme crime 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.

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.

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.

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 landedposter: cirque pinder 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 settled 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.

August Strindberg - has been subtitled 'Painter and Photographer' for this exhibition which continues until Sunday, 27. January. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. The temporary entry to this museum is on the Quai Anatole France. 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.

Giorgio Morandi - Dans l'Ecart du Réel - has been assembled by London's Tate Modern and shows 80 works featuring a series from the '50s and '60s. Until Sunday, 6. January. Also see Traversées (New French Wave), featuring France's artists who have 'new energy,' on show here featuring architecture, music and literature. Until Sunday, 13. January. Both at Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

L'Atelier de Gilbert Boyer - is an installation based on a text by Zadkine and a voyage to Canada - Gilbert Boyer from Quebec explores the ties between public and private spaces. Until Sunday, 27. January. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Les Sports - as sculpted by Bouchard, for the 1924 Olympics foreseen for Paris. Continuing until Wednesday, 13. March 2002. Only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. InfoTel.: 01 46 47 63 46.

Territories - is an exhibition demonstrating the crossroads between art, information and the news, as interpreted artistically. Until Sunday, 30. December, except Mondays, from 13:00 to 19:00. Watch for the coming 'Italia Antigua' exhibition, from January to the end of March 2002. At the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, 14. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 50 74.

Aux Frontières de l'Art Brut - continues a show begun two years ago with the works of seven others artists, operating between 'art brut' and 'art naive.' Also see 'Noir sur Blanc' which presents eight other artists, working without colors. Until Sunday, 6. January. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.:01 42 58 72 89.

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 until Saturday, 12. January. 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.

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.

Humour et Fantaisies - with Maurice Henry, also featuring works by Gus Bofa, Beuville, Chastel, Roger Wild and André Girard. Continues until Friday, 11. January. Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30 to 18:30. At the Atelier An-Girard, 7. Rue Campagne-Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

The Louvre - is a huge place, somewhat like a 'hypermarché' of a museum. In addition to the tens of thousands of exhibits on permanent display, there are also special exhibitions. One on now is called 'Le Quartier du Musée du Louvre, XVIIe Siècle,' which continues until 31. December. Also see 'La Peinture Comme Crime' featuring artists as diverse as Odilon Redon and Jackson Pollock. until 14. January 2002. From 9:00 to 18:00 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. The Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 57 60.

Photographs - by Don McCullin until February 2002. Also see the exhibits by Marie-Laure de Decker and Jorge Molder, until Sunday, 13. January. 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.

Jean Nouvel - is an architect who presents a 'manifesto' here without models, drawings or other objects, byposter: tango pasion, thtr champs elysees using only manipulated images. Until Monday, 14. January. Except on 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.

One Hundred Eyes - is an photographic exhibition by Mac Adams, lasting until Sunday, 6. January. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 13:00 to 18:30. At the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenue de la République, in Pontault-Combault. By SNCF train for 30 minutes from Gare de l'Est, in the direction of Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.

Hans Namuth and Philippe Halsman - Namuth was art director of Harper's Bazaar, plus did 500 portraits of Jackson Pollock and other famous people. Unless it's a typo, Halsman's photos are also on view. Continuing until Sunday, 6. January. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

Forum des Images - the new theme from its film collection is called 'Corps à Corps,' on show from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00 - from now until Tuesday, 22. January. This includes 31 boxing films. Also see new 'Images from Japan' from 13 to 23. December. At the Forum des Images, Porte Sainte-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

The Cinémathèque Française - see Jerzy Skolimowski's films at Chaillot until Sunday, 30. December. George Romero's horrors are being shown until Sunday, 16. December at the Grands Boulevards. The Cinémathèque operates in two locations - at the Palais de Chaillot at Trocadéro, garden 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.

Figure de Passion - is an exhibition featuring Baroque painting and music. Continues until Sunday, 20. January. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Cité de la Musique, at the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

La Malade Imaginaire - is by Molière, in this production by Claude Stratz.. Odd dates from Friday, 7. December until March 2002. In the Salle Richelieu at the Comédie Française, 2. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 58 15 15.

Opéras - are in full swing in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. Current and comming productions include Shéhérazade, Pétrouchka, La Bayadère, Puccini's La Bohème and La Khovantchina. For both opera and ballet, check the Web site, or call Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

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.

Malraux et la Modernité - for the centennial of his birth, André Malraux is honored for his half-century of artistic endeavors and as a 'visionary of culture.' A big and important show, continuing until Sunday, 24. March 2002. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Hôpital et Utopies - or 'Demain Sera Meilleur,' is an exhibition featuringposter: mystere de noel, notre dame 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.

Histoires de Calendriers - is also known as 'De Temps en Temps' and it is an exhibition of the idea of changing time rather than the mechanics of keeping track of it. On display, 200 pieces from 2000 years. Until Friday, 8. February 2002. Except Tuesdays, open from 12:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Investigating Shivers - an exhibition showing how closely crime investigation and crime literature were involved, according to Dr. Watson. Until Wednesday, 26. December, from Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:00; and on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. At the Bibliothèque de Littérature Policière - aka BILIPO; 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

La Comédie Humaine - Balzac's opus, in its 1840 'Edition Furne' was a deluxe edition with a popular price, which launched modern publishing techniques. At the time the trick was to price the work low enough to discourage counterfeits and reading rooms, yet high enough return a profit to bookshops and the author. Until Sunday, 6. January. Except on Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Leclerc et Ses Hommes - Crossed Destinies - the victor of Koufra, liberator of Paris and Strasbourg, did it all with a wide variety men from all stations in life, who contributed to his and their own destinies. Presented with a background of comics from 1948-49, this exhibition continues until Sunday, 20. January. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the 'Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin,' Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

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 Sunday, 6. January. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Queen for a Day... - features the collection of Michelle Muller's 'fèves' - haricots? - beans?? - dishes, games, Parisian monuments, comics, animals - and crowns! - all very decorative, and wih old documents. I can't figure this out. Until Friday, 1. February 2002. At the Hôtel Ambassador, 16. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 44 83 40 40.

'A Table' - In the 19th Century - is a show about tables, cooking, restaurants and everything concerning the act of eating, which may include more than just the 19th century version. In Orsay's 'Salle des Fêtes.' Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and until 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.

Jeu de Rois, Roi des Jeux - merely presentsposter: cirque baroque, troie an exhibition about the pre-tennis game of Jeu de Paume, without associating it with Henri IV, Leonardo or Joséphine, like many other things at Fountainebleau. Where the game is played in Paris was featured in Metropole last year. On view until Monday, 7. January. Except Tuesdays, open from 9:30 to 17:00. Take a SNCF train from Gare de Lyon to Fountainebleau-Avon, where you'll find a bus to take you the rest of the way to the Château. There is a combo ticket including rail transport and entry to the exhibition. In Fountainebleau. InfoTel.: 01 60 71 50 70.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Still in the air until the end of the year but you should definitely call first to find out if it is a balloon day or not. If so, first lift-off at 9:00, until dark. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Balard or Javel. Flight info at InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

Paris' Big Wheel - presents Paris views from another high place, which is called Concorde. Meant to come down at the end of 2000, the concession has been extended until Monday, 7. January 2002. So there are only a couple of days left for your ride. From 11:00 to 00:30, at the Place de la Concorde, Métro Concorde. Six 'Paris-SOS' associations have called for the wheel's removal because the attraction's operator has been asking for another year's parking rights. Will this big wheel keep on rolling?

MuseumExperts Com/Fr - is a two-sided Web site for museum professionals and for 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.

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