Paris' Big Wheel

photo: foto expo, vulcans, grille luxembourg

Another free outdoor show - 'Les Volcans et des
Hommes' at Luxembourg.

Is a 'Last Chance' In the Past

Paris:- Saturday, 19. January 2002:- Gradually last season's events and exhibitions glide to their ends while the new season's attractions begin to appear in this week's calendar.

February seems to be the month when the major part of this transition takes place. But remember that most of the locations listed below also have permanent collections, worth viewing all year long.



Figures du Carneval - 'au Temps de Balzac' is an exhibition on 110 designs and engravings by Gavarni of the carnival in Paris at the time of Balzac. Beaucoup des drôleries. From Wednesday, 23. January until Sunday, 21. April. 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 90.

Palais de Tokyo - this has been reopened as a 'Centre of Art,' facing the existing Paris' Museum of Modern Art. Its doors opened on Friday, 18. January and is supposed to be an active 'happening,' where the paint may still be wet and other arty things willposter: parcs jardins, dan l'urbanism be going on. Closed Mondays, but open from 12:00 to midnight. At the Palais de Tokyo, 11. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Des Volcans et des Hommes - is an exhibition resulting from 10 years of inspecting volcanos around the world. Philippe Bourseiller was accompanied by Jacques Durie for this modest task, and the result is 100 large photos with detailed captions, hanging from the Senat's Luxembourg garden fence - along the Rue de Médicis and Rue de Vaugirard. This show continues until Thursday, 28. February. Paris 6. Métro: RER 'B' at Luxembourg.

Drawing & Watercolor Salon - this is billed as a 'major event,' but I have no other details. From Thursday, 24. January until Monday, 4. February. Hours are from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Espace d'Auteuil, 1. Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 46 72 37 08.

Madame Carven - is presented here showing 50 years of creative clothing, from 'afternoon' dresses to suits for air hostesses. The exhibition features designer clothing, sketches and photos from private collections and institutions such as the Musée du Parfum de Grasse. From Friday, 25. January until Sunday, 26. May. Daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Troc at Troc - only means the 'Salon des Antiquaires' in the Trocadéro gardens for 10 days, until Monday, 28. January. Daily from 11:00 to 21:00. Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 88 52 60.

Expired Last Chance of the Week

Paris' Big Wheel - has been legally evicted from its prestige location at the Place de la Concorde, and its operator has finally agreed to dismantle the popular attraction. The last twirl, with Champagne, is scheduled for Sunday night. There is a slight possibility that 'Paris' Big Wheel' will reappear somewhere else in the city, so this 'last chance' is not definitive. Not yet.

Close-Up du Génie - features Eddy Novarro's photographs of France's most famous artists, taken since the '50s. The prints on show are a large selection from 80 published in the book, 'Close-Up du Génie.' This exhibition continues until Friday, 25. January. From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00, at the Espace Paul Ricard, Galerie Royale 2, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 88 00.

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 Sunday, 27. January. Free entry, at the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - says 'Trapèze' - with a look back at the film, some of which was shot at the Cirque d'Hiver. Continuing until 27. January. At 20:30 from Tuesday to Friday and 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday and Saturday, with 14:00 and 20:30 for Sundays. No shows on Monday and Thursday, except during school holidays when the show must go on. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

Jouets de Princes - includes the period of 1770 to 1870, when toys for royal kids formed part of their education for their future royal jobs rather than for sheer fun. Many French parents think the same today - growing up is a 'serious' business, royal or not. Until Monday, 28. January. Except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00. At the Musée des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau, Avenue du Château, in Malmaison. Take either the métro or the RER to La Défense, then the bus 258 to the Bois-Préau or the château. InfoTel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

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. 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.

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.

Expolangues - features everything you wanted to know about learning languages, with Ireland as the 'country of honor' this year. From Wednesday, 30. January until Sunday, 3. February, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Grand Hall, Parc de Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 41 41.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' will be featured in a major show from Friday, 8. February until Sunday, 12. May. Dailyposter: semi marathon, paris 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.

Rétromobile - starting on Friday, 8. February everybody will be going out to the Porte de Versailles to get 'rétro' again, in the wheel sense - which will include as usual motorcycles and boats, all museum pieces - some of which are for sale. Try to get yours before the final day on Sunday, 17. February. Hours are usually from 11:00 to 19:00, but start earlier on Saturday and Sunday, and go later on Tuesday and Friday. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 48 44 30 30.

International Poster Salon - also includes 'Arts de la Rue,' which could mean anything. On view from Saturday, 16. February until Thursday, 28. February. Organized by UNESCO, 7. Place Fontenoy, Paris 7. Métro: Cambronne. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 08 88.

'Vieux Papiers' - info is skimpy for this big event, other than the mention that this year's theme is 'the cat.' 'Old papers' means collectible ones. Dates are Thursday, 21. February until Sunday, 3 March, and hours are generally from 11:00 to 19:00. Not at Paris-Expo, but at the Espace Champerret, 6. Rue Jean-Oestreicher, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret. InfoTel.: 01 56 53 93 93.

Salon de l'Agriculture - which is known by all Metropole readers as the 'Paris Beautiful Cow Show.' It returns for another run this year, from Friday, 23. February until Sunday, 3. March. Daily hours are mostly from 9:00 to 19:00, except on Friday, 1. March when the barn stays open until 22:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 93 89.

La Révolution Surréaliste - will be a major exhibition dealing with, possibly, the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. Starting Wednesday, 27. February and continuing until Monday, 24. June. From 11:00 to 21: daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Afghanistan, Mémoire Blessée - an exhibition possibly planned before the tragic events last September. Scheduled to start on Thursday, 28. February and continue until Monday, 27. May. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except closed on Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet - Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Chasseriau, 1819 - 1856 - will be featured and billed as a 'major event,' beginning on Thursday, 28. February, continuing until Monday, 27. May. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations (often) 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.

6th Festival de l'Imaginaire - features traditional music and song from countries as wide apart as Egypt, Korea and Brazil in this festival lasting from Tuesday, 5. March until Sunday, 7. April. All of it at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

The Salon du Livre - features the entire 'touch' of the French publishing world, which is considerable. Italy, another big publishing country, is this year's 'country of honor.' See Metropole's past issues to get an idea about this salon. This year's edition is from Friday, 22. March until Wednesday, 27. March. In Hall 1 at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Semi-Marathon de Paris -is the 10th edition of this little 21 kilometre stroll through Paris' 13th and 12th arrondissements and the Bois de Vincennes is scheduled for Sunday, 10. March. The lower sign-up fee deadline is 24. February. A higher fee will be charged after this date, up to Saturday, 9. March. Signing-up is not possible by fax. The sign-up fee is payable in euros. InfoTel.: (33) 1 41 33 15 68.

International Marathon de Paris - is the 26th edition and it takes place in Paris about a month later, onposter: visiteurs, thtr l'etoile du nord Sunday, 7. April. This 'big one,' of 42.195 kilometres - has room for 30,000 runners. It takes routes into both the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, but mainly runs through Paris' centre on the right bank, with a dip into the 16th arrondissement. The sign-up deadline is 17. March. InfoTel.: (33) 1 41 33 15 68.

'Voir des Etoiles' With Victor Hugo - for the bicentennial the focus is on Victor Hugo's theatre efforts, in cooperation with the Comédie Française and the Bibliothèque Nationale. With 200 years to look back on, Hugo's works stand the test of modernism. Beginning on Thursday, 11. April and continuing until Sunday, 28. July. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

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.' 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.

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.

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'Orient de Saladin - or 'Au Temps des Ayyoubides,' is an exhibition about the life and times of the Crusades, which are mostly 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.

Pirates! - where else but in the Marine museum? Illustrated, cartooned and filmed, the 'myth' of pirates belongs to the sea and is ably presented here, assembled from various collections. Continuing until Monday, 13. May, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays and 1. May. Also see another exhibition, 'L'America's Cup,' until Monday, 13. May. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

'L'Ile de la Cité au XIXe Siècle' - features photos taken from 1858 to 1877, by Charles Marville, of the excavation work done in the 19th century for the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame. This workposter: marathon, paris was begun under the direction of Baron Haussmann. The expo continues until Sunday, 14. April. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, on the Ile de la Cité. Métro: Cité or Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51. Entry: 3.35euro 3 sign. The Crypte Archéologique is under the direction of the Musée Carnavalet, in association with the Commission du Vieux Paris.

Affiches de Festivals 2001 -France is a land of festivals and all of them have posters. See the best - and perhaps buy for modest prices - these now and until the end of March. At the Galerie Grand Monde, in the Cour Damoye, entry via 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 51 30. The Cour Damoye has several other galleries and shops, so a visit to all of it will be worth your while.

Fred Kleinberg - is the author of the exhibition of paintings 'Retour de Moscou, Carnets de Voyage,' to be on view until Friday, 1. March. From 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salon Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00. No entry charge.

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

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.

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. 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..

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. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, in the Pavillon Paul Delouvrier. Check the Web site for other temporary exhibitions at the same location, including 'Poussières d'Etoiles' and 'Look Again.' All 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. 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.

Les Sports - as sculpted by Bouchard, for the 1924 Olympics. Continuing until Wednesday, 13. March. 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.

Le Plus Belles Robes du Cinéma - come from the collection of the Cinémathèque Française, andposter: la jalousie, thtr edouard vii many have never been exhibited before. Illustrated with sketches, photos and film extracts. Some very big designer names are shown here. Until Sunday, 24. February. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Jean Cocteau - 'à Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by the late Roger Pic, and Pierre Bergé. This continues until Sunday, 3. February. 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.

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. Open 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.

Didier Trénet - Transmissions (1) & (2) - three photo exhibitions, at two locations, include photos by Beat Streuli, called 'Marseille .98.' The expo 'Transmissions (1)' continues until Sunday, 17. February, at the Ferme du Coulevrain - Ecomusée, Place Georges-Henri Rivière, in Savigny-Le-Temple. Take the RER 'D' train in the direction of Melun, to Savigny-Le-Temple. Hours vary from Tuesday to Sunday. InfoTel.: 01 64 41 75 27.

The other exhibitions by Beat Streuli and Didier Trénet continue until Sunday, 24. February. These are open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 13:00 to 18:30. Both are 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.

Photographs - by Don McCullin, until February 2002. 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.

The Best of FIPA - is a selection of this year's best audiovisual productions that were in competition at Biarritz. From Tuesday, 29. January until Tuesday, 5. February. At the Forum des Images, Porte Sainte-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Von Sternberg, Dietrich & Pirates - see 23 of Josef von Sternberg's films at Chaillot until Sunday, 10. February, and 22 films featuring 'Pirates' until Sunday 24. February. Films by Paul Vecchiali are being shown until Sunday, 3. February, followed by the works of Otar Iosseliani until Sunday, 3. March, both at the Grands Boulevards location. 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.

La Malade Imaginaire - is by Molière, in this production by Claude Stratz. Oddposter: la mouette, thtr nat dela coline dates until March. 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 coming productions include Tosca, Don Quichotte, Fidelo, Medée, Handel's Rodelinda and Rameau's Platée - until the end of February. For both opera and ballet, check the Web site, or call Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Poussières d'Etoiles - could also be called 'stardust,' which is something that unites you and me to the cosmos - here presented as an ultrasensory voyage with lots of special effects. Continuing until 2004, at 21:00 in winter, and at 22:00 in summer, except for Monday and Tuesday. At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 70 72.

Paris et Ses Avocats - this exhibition presents something special for lawyers, for a change. It features eight centuries of the 'legal' history of Paris. 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, even for lawyers.

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. 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.

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. 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.

Héros Populaires - since sometime before the Middle Ages Europe has had more than its share of heros, bothposter: parcs & jardins, 2002 real and fictional - including anti-heros. This exhibition's poster features Cuba's Ché, and you can expect Cinderella too. Until Monday, 10. June. Daily from 9:45 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, 6. Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16. Métro: Sablons in Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 70.

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. In three parts, until the end of 2003. 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.

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.

Paris Aime le Cirque - is the all-over name given to the first half of the 'Year of Circus Arts,' which features a large program - to be followed in March by part two. For additional details check out the Web site of the magazine, 'Cirques Aujourd'hui.'

En Route Pour la Cirque - an exhibition of yesterday's and today's circus, for both little kids and big adults - in this 'Year of the Circus' lasting until April. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00; on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. 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.

Impulsion II - is subtitled 'Hommage aux Saltimbanques,' which means pure circus with clowns, jugglers, wild animals and sawdust. Except on Mondays, until Sunday, 24. February. Cirque National Alexis Gruss, at the Pelouse de Madrid, Allée de la Reine Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Bus: 43, from Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 08 00.

Cyrk 13 - the 13th graduation show by the 14-member class of the circus school, directed by Philippe Decouflé. Until Sunday, 3. February, from Wednesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. At the Espace Chapiteaux at La Villette. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 76 92.

Cirque de La Licorne - features animals such as the giant flea and other marionette versions of traditionalposter: expo baccalino, gal terre des arts circus beasts, from minuscule to gigantic. From Tuesday, 12. February until Sunday, 10. March, from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. At the Cabaret Sauvage in the Villette park. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Opus - La Ménagerie Mécanique - is a 20-minute tour to see some very strange circus 'animals,' mostly fed by electricity. From Wednesday, 27. February until Saturday, 23. March, from Wednesday to Sunday from 18:00 to 23:00. At the Maison de la Villette. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Terre de Cirque 2 - sort of a festival of all the circuses, in and around the big tent in the park at La Villette. From Friday, 1. March until Sunday, 3. March. In the Villette park. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Carlos Santos - Samaruck - features a lot of magic, in sort of an aerial opera somewhere between the air and earth. At the Espace Chapiteaux at La Villette. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Ice Skating - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink is back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. It will be open daily for twirling - from 9:00 to a late 22:00, continuing until early in March. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Smaller rinks are also open from 9:00 to 20:00 at the Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement and in front of the Gare Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement. Skates are available for rent.

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. 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 19thposter: paris sur glace, ice rinks century version. In Orsay's 'Salle des Fêtes.' Until Sunday, 3. March. 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.

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, at the Maison du Lac in the Parc de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy or Cour St-Emilion. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Cata combs are open again, with a new photo exhibition continuing until February. Note - the 'tour' is 1.7 km long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

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