Much, Much More

photo: pyramide louvre, sunday

Umbrellas are becoming a popular clothing accessory
in Paris these days.

Than You Can See In a Week

Paris:- Saturday, 23. February 2002:- This week's column quits marking time and balloons up to over-size again, with a little bit of something for nearly everybody. Don't forget that in addition to the 'events' listed here, all of the museums and monuments in Paris and the Ile-de-France have permanent collections or are permanent attractions.

More Victor Hugo gets added this week and so does more circus, which is only slowly unfolding details of its very large program in three parts - one of which is over. Also, staring in May, Paris will be treating you to its 'Saison Tchèque' - 'Czech Season' - which really gets going in June, and continues until the end of the year.



A Fleur de Terre - features the photos of Olivier Grunewald until Wednesday, 15 May. Open daily except Monday, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays and some holidays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt or Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 43 20 21.

OEil Pour OEil - is one exhibition in this location known for 'primitive' artworks that have picked up the name 'art brut.' The other exhibition features Jehan de Villiers, with both running side-by-side until Sunday, 28. July. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Trousseaux de Poupées - even dolls dress up to be married, and this exhibition shows some of their fancier dresses. Until Sunday, 17. March. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Poupée, in the Impasse Berthaud, just off 22. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Oscar Niemeyer - is featured in a major exhibition until Sunday, 31. March. Except for Mondays and holidays, from 12:00 to 19:00, from 12:00 to 21:30 on Tuesdays and 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. At the Galeries Nationales du Jeu du Paume, 1. Placeposter: mag, victor hugo, parisien de la Concorde, inside the Tuileries, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Victor Hugo Goes to the Movies - starting Tuesday, 26. February, films based on Hugo's novels will be shown every Tuesday evening. Check the Web site for more details. Other screenings from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

1, 2, 3... Cirque! - is sort of a festival of all the circuses, some in and around the big tent in the park at La Villette. In all, 11 circuses over three days, all over Paris. See the Année du Cirque Web site for more details. 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.

Année du Cirque - The 'Year of the Circus' taking place in 150 locations around France is a third over, with the 2nd third starting now and lasting until the end of June. The last part takes place during the summer and early fall. The event mentioned above, '1, 2, 3... Cirque!' is also national in scope. See the Année du Cirque Web site for complete details. Also see specific items under 'Circus' below.

Théodore Chasseriau, 1819 - 1856 - will be featured and billed as a 'major event,' beginning on Thursday, 28. February, continuing until Monday, 27. May. Openposter: frissons, forum des images 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.

Salon de l'Agriculture - which is known by all Metropole readers as the 'Paris Beautiful Cow Show.' It has returned for another run this year, continuing 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.

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.

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.

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.

Paris et Ses Avocats - this exhibition presents something special for lawyers, for 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.

'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. 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.

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 concerning 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.

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'Art du Mexique - the name for Mexico's culture is fusion, between the old world and the new. This exhibition shows 520 examples of these riches, from Spain to the Philippines, focused in Central America.Beginning on Tuesday, 5. March and continuing until Saturday, 13. July. 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.

Les Paris de Victor Hugo - beginning in March there will be a two-part exhibition featuring Victor Hugo's personalposter: art mexique, bibliotheque forney Paris locations and the locales detailed in 'Les Misérables' and 'Notre Dame de Paris.' This will be on show in several of Paris' public libraries, not yet announced. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 50. Also note that Paris has a 'Bibliothèque Administrative' on the 4th floor of the Hôtel de Ville. This has works concerning law, politics and Paris' own history, and is open to researchers and the general public. At the Hôtel de Ville, entry 5, Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 48 87.

Salon des Grands Vins - is a commercial exhibition by France's wine producers and dealers. From Friday, 8. March until Sunday, 10. March, from 10:00 with various closing times at 19:00 or after. At the Espace Auteuil, 1. Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 45 03 21 26.

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. 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 - antique dealers 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. Another salon of the same nature will be held in the Tuileries gardens from Friday, 23 March until Sunday, 1. April. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 85 20.

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 was 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.

Fête de l'Arbre - don't miss this unusual event, which actually lasts from Tuesday, 12. march to Sunday, 17. March. For example, on this Sunday Paris' own loggers will be doing some high and daring rigging, in the trees along the Champs-Elysées near the Avenue Tuck. Shows every two hours starting at 12:00. Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. Also see the giant aerial photo of Paris' green flecks in the Parc André Citroën.

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. Datesposter: semi marathon de paris 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.

Nuit Celtique - straight from Festival Interceltique de Lorient, this Celtic bagpipe-rock fest will be held on Friday 15. March in the super-huge Stade de France, beginning at 20:00. Expect to see and hear 600 musicians and singers celebrating Saint-Patrick for three hours a couple of days early. In Saint-Denis. Métro: Saint-Denis, Porte de Paris. RER 'B' station La Plaine-Stade de France, RER 'D' station Stade de France-S. Denis. Entry - from 25 to 100euro 3 sign. Tickets available from the Paris Tourist Office and agencies.

26th Paris-Champagne Rallye - the cars taking place in this rallye will be on show from 7:30 to 9:00 on Saturday, 16. March at the Pavillon Ledoyen, just to the east of the Petit Palais. After the start at 9:00, the rallye will follow the Seine's right bank to Bercy. Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. The rallye returns to Paris from Reims on Sunday.

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.

Serge Kantorowicz - will be featured in an exhibition with the subtitle, 'Pages Arrachées au Journal de Victor Hugo.' Kantorowicz has taken scenes from Hugo and mixed them with his own strange and imaginary life. From Wednesday, 20. March until Friday, 26. April, 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, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00. No entry charge.

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, 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. Performances begin on Thursday, 11. April and contine 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.

Salon de la Bande Dessinée à Paris - for the first time Paris will have its own major salon devoted to the comics, which are not only a major story-telling form but also a major publishing business in France. From Saturday, 1. June until Wednesday, 5. June. To be at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

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.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' is being featured in a major show until Sunday, 12. May. Daily fromposter: 123 cirque, annee du cirque10:00 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 paint 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.

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.

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 Carnaval - '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. Exceptposter: bestiaire forain, thtr licorne, villette 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.

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.

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.

Paquebot de Rêves - is an exhibition about luxury liners - the kinds that crossedposter: prodige, by nancy huston, thtr intl villette 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.

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.

Otar Iosseliani - Un Pessimiste Joyeux - see films by Otar Iosseliani until Sunday, 3. March, 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.

poster: expo victor hugo, bnfLa Vie Parisienne - is 'the' opéra bouffe by Jacques Offenbach, put onto the stage this time by Jérôme Savary. This is all about a 'joyeux tourbillon,' a sensation which can only be experienced in Paris. Until Saturday,27. April. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Aime le Cirque - is the all-over name given to the first half of the 'Year of Circus Arts,' in Paris. For additional details check out the Web site of the magazine, 'Cirques Aujourd'hui' and the Web site for the Année du Cirque.

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.' 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.

Cirque de La Licorne - features animals such as the giant flea and other marionette versions of traditional circusposter: concert nuit celtique 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.

Printemps Multipistes - the circus company '36 du Mois' installs its 360ö tent on the Quai de la Seine, to feature 60 artists from Friday, 8. March until Sunday, 7. April. At 68. Quai de la Seine, near the Rue de Crimée. Paris 19. Métro: Crimée. InfoTel.: 01 40 96 00 09.

Carlos Santos - Samaruck - features a lot of magic and music, in sort of an aerial opera somewhere between the air, earth and possibly, Catalonia. From Friday, 26. April until Sunday, 19. May. At the Espace Chapiteaux at La Villette. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 08 03 07 30 50 75.

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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