The Year of the Horse

photo: yellow cab of love

'Sea, sex, sun and sand' - is the destination of this
'Yellow Cab of Love.'

Get Married Before It!

Paris:- Saturday, 9. February 2002:- From an already long column not much gets cut this week, while quite a number of new items have been added - especially for March. Some of these continue until June or July.

In doing this week's column, I've noticed some changed 'start' dates for various events. The dates below are the corrected ones, but I may not have caught all of them. Slightly later starting dates seems to be the trend.

Victor Hugo's bicentennial is noted below - but not all of this year's programmed events surrounding this occasion have been added yet, although there are some new items this week.



Year of the Horse - is the name given to the coming Chinese New Year, beginning on Tuesday, 12. February. It is supposed to be an unlucky year for marriages, so watch your step. This year there will be two celecbrations - one on Tuesday and the other on Sunday, 17. February, for the parade which will be in the 13th arrondissement, beginning at 13:30. Métro: Tobliac or Maison-Blanche. InfoTel.: 01 45 20 74 09.

Toulouse-Lautrec et l'Affiche - displays a major selection of posters done by the short painter, until Monday, 6. May. 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.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' will be featured in a major show until Sunday, 12. May. 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.

Rétromobile 2002 - car crazies are goingposter: peugeot 301 badge out to the Porte de Versailles to get 'rétro' again, in the wheelie sense - including as usual motorcycles and boats, all museum pieces - some of which are for sale. Until Sunday, 17. February. Hours are usually from 11:00 to 19:00, but start at 10:00 on Saturday and Sunday, and go on until 22:00 on Tuesday and Friday. At Rétromobile, Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 58 95 40 15.

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.

Risky Business - is the life for photo reporters, especially when the agencies they work for are taken over by Bill Gates' 'Corbis' unit. The agencies were Sygma, Kipa and Tempsport, and 42 photographers got the sack. On view and for sale, in very limited series, until Saturday, 16. February. At the Galerie Victor Sfez, 47. Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 40 46 94 95.

Didier Trénet - Transmissions (1) & (2) - three photo exhibitions, at two locations, include photosposter: expo, opera cosmique, la villette 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.

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..

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

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 toposter: poulenc, sorbonne 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.

Le Plus Belles Robes du Cinéma - come from the collection of the Cinémathèque Française, and 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.

Rouge et Or - or, the 'Trésors du Portugal Baroque,' is a major exhibition continuing until Monday, 25. February. 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.

'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.

Afghanistan - une Histoire Millénaire - is an exhibition possibly planned before the tragic events last September. Scheduled to start on Friday, 1. March 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.

Théodore 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 required for morning visits up to 13:00, and are available daily from the Paris Tourist Office. 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.

La Révolution Surréaliste - will be a major exhibition dealing with, possibly, the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. Starting Wednesday, 6. Marchposter: cendrillon, opera en ile de france 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.

Premiers Mouvements - or, 'Fragiles Correspondences,' is one of the first events at this new art centre. Beginning on Thursday, 7. March, until Saturday, 1. June. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, on weekends from 11:00 to 19:00. At Le Plateau, at the corner of the Rue des Alouettes and the Rue Carducci, Paris 19. Métro: Buttes-Chaumont. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 88 10.

Les Stroganoff - Princes and Benefactors - is another major exhibition coming on Friday, 8. March and continuing until Sunday, 2. June. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Salon des Antiquaires - put on a major effort from Friday, 8. March until Monday, 18. March. Daily from 11:00 to 20:00 and from 11:00 to 22:00 on Thursday, 14. March. At the Hippodrome d'Auteuil, Allée des Fortifications, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil.InfoTel.: 01 44 88 52 60.

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.

4th Printemps des Poètes - means poetry I guess, but I don't have further details. From Monday, 11. March until Sunday, 17. March. Maybe the Web site has more details. InfoTel.: 01 53 80 08 00.

Sasha Waltz - is a major dance event, in two parts. From Wednesday, 13. March to Sunday, 17. March see 'S.' This is followed by 'Körper' from Wednesday, 20. March until Sunday, 24. March. At 20:30 and 15:00 on Sunday. At the Théâtre de la Ville, 2. Place de la Châtelet, Paris 4. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

Mondial Image Photo Son - means 'International,' plus 'image, 'photo' and 'sound,' and my guess is this is a commercial exhibition. Dates are from Thursday, 14. March until Monday, 18. March. Hours are 10:00 to 19:00 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Monday. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

La Passion du Dessin -will feature the collection of Jan and Marie-Anne Kruger-Poniatowksi, beginning on Tuesday, 19. March and continuing until Sunday, 30. June. Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Andre-Jacquemart, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Victor Hugo - l'Homme Océan - must be about writing because this is at the Bibliothèque Nationale, beginning on Thursday, 21. March and going on until Sunday, 23. June. From 10:00 to 19:00; and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closedposter: tous assis pour vitra, musee pub Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale - Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 49 49.

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.

Mondrian - 1892 - 1914 - is subtitled 'on the way to abstraction' for this coming exhibition, beginning on Wednesday, 27. March. Until 14. July. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. 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.

International Marathon de Paris - is the 26th edition and it takes place in Paris about a month later, on 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. Also see the Ministry of Culture's portal for more Victor Hugo events.

Raphaël - Grâce et Beauté - Casanova said nobody did human figures better and he knew something about the subject. Raphaël Sanzio and 80 of his paintings are in the Senat's little gallery located in a Medicis park, after a 20-year absence from Paris. This popular exhibition has been extended to Sunday, 24. February. Free entry, at the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

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. Continuing 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.


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