Coming On Friday - Beautiful Cows

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On a clear day in Paris, you can see - much better.

Another Hold-Over Week

Paris:- Saturday, 16. February 2002:- From last week's already long column I have cut as much as legally allowed and have added next-to- nothing. I'm not sure whether the city's magazine will be out next week, and if it is, whether it will contain items not already here.

Victor Hugo's bicentennial - on Tuesday, 26. February - is still noted below, but not all of this year's programmed events surrounding this occasion have been added yet. If all of them are, they won't fit.



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.

6th Salon d'Art Contemporain - is an event that has caught me out, but according to its poster it is worth a look because 'contemporary' includes Picasso's treatment of animals. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 14. April. Closed Tuesdays, hours are from 10:00 to 18:00; Thursdays until 22:00. At the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 36 00.

'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.

Rétromobile 2002 - car crazies are going out to the Porte de Versailles to get 'rétro' again, in the wheelie sense - including as usual motorcycles and boats, allphoto: retromobile, pegaso 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. Rétromobile was featured in last week's issue.

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

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.

Beat Streuli, Didier Trénet and Transmissions (2) - continue until Sunday, 24. February. These photo exhibitions are open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. Both are at the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenueposter: au fou, pistacio, thtr des trois bornes 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.

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 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.

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.

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-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

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.

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,poster: l'amuse guele, thtr d'edgar the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. Starting Wednesday, 6. March 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. Closed 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, anotherposter: expo, majean, gal l boyrie 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.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' is being 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.

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.

Palais de Tokyo - this has been reopened as a 'Centre of Art,' facing the existing Paris' Museum of Modern Art. This is to be an active 'happening,' where contemporary paintposter: moi, bertolt brecht, thtr rive gauche may still be wet. Virginie Barre, Christophe Berdaguer, Marie Péjus, Alain Declercq and Wang Du are currently featured. Closed Mondays. See the Metropole feature about 'The Palais de Tokyo' in a recent issue. At the Palais de Tokyo, 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.' 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.

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.

Jean Cocteau - 'à Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by Pierre Bergé, with two films by the late Roger Pic. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 24. March. 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.

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. There is also a combo deal that includes a Seine cruise, starting from the Porte de la Bordonnais, at the base of the Tour Eiffel. InfoTel.: 01 44 11 33 44.

'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. Continuing 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.

Affiches de Festivals 2001 -France is a land of festivals and all of them have posters. See the best of 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.

Fred Kleinberg - is the author of the exhibition of paintings 'Retour de Moscou, Carnets deposter: hurlevent, ballet, opera garnier 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.

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.

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.

Frissons - features all of your favorite horror movies. All of them! With multiple versions of Frankenstein and Dracula. On now, until Sunday, 10. March. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

Architectures de l'Image - are photos by Lucien Hervé of Le Corbusier's buildings, which set new standards for the art. Until Sunday, 17. March. 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.

Eté 1851 - consists of rare photos done by Baldus, Bayard, Le Secq, Le Gray and Mestral - of monuments before their restoration. Until Sunday, 7. April. 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 00.

Von Sternberg, Dietrich & Pirates - see 22 films featuring 'Pirates' until Sunday 24. February. Also see films by 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. Odd 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 voice in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. Coming productions include Verdi's Macbeth and Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Stauss - until the beginning of April. For ballet, you can expect 'Coppélia.' 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, forposter: rene aubry, concert, 7 march a change. It features eight centuries of the 'legal' history of Paris. Until Saturday, 2. March, from 9:30 to 18:30 except on Sundays. 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.

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, both 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.'

Cirque Joesph Bouglione - features 'Jules Verne l'Odyssée 2001,' or 'Je ne Voyagerai Plus qu'en Réve.' Continues until Sunday, 3. March, with frequent perfomances during the school holidays. At Porte Maillot, in the newly re-named Square Alexandre-et-Réne-Parodi. Paris 16. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 45 00 59 28. Also see the Web site above.

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, only 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.

Cirque de La Licorne - features animals such as the giant flea and other marionetteposter: expo duc d'enghein, mus conde, chantilly versions of traditional circus beasts, from minuscule to gigantic. 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 in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. It will be open daily for twirling - from 9:00, to a late 24:00 on Friday and Saturday at the Hôtel de Ville. Until Sunday, 3. March. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Smaller rinks are also open from 9:00 to 20:00 or 22:00 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.

'A Table' - In the 19th Century - is a show about tables, cooking, restaurants and everything concerningposter: expo thomas eakins, mus d'orsay the act of eating, which may include more than just the 19th 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 Friday, 26. April. 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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