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photo: mad mexican chicken, expo forney

Mad chickens are part of Mexico's popular art. At the Bibliothèque Forney.

Plus Poets and Tree 'Fêtes'

Paris:- Saturday, 9. March 2002:- I have been doing this column for some years now and it seems to be getting longer each week. In spite of this an immense number of items are not listed here - such as all of the movies playing or all of the concerts and other acts on stages.

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. One of this week's posters even announces a 'Saison Russe' coming to the Châtelet Theatre. This is addition of the 'Year of the Circus' and Victor Hugo's 'year.' It is too many 'years' in one.



4th Printemps des Poètes - means poetry I guess, but I don't have further details other than to imagine there will be poetry in the Paris air for a week, from now 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 everyposter: fete de l'arbre 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.

A Week of French - this is from Sunday, 17. March until Sunday, 24 March, and involves ten words. These are taken from Victor Hugo this year and the words are, abîme, aurore, bonté, pensif, rayon, escarpement, grotesque, exil, grandir, and s'effacer. This has to do with 'francophonie' and you are supposed to create something with these words during this week. For more info, perhaps, try the official Web site.

Esprits d'Afrique - the poster was seen in the métro and good things were heard from Télérama critic Michel Daubert, who says music and dance from Africa is good stuff. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00. Entry charge but free the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Fabuleux Jardins - in the style of Duchene, are on show from Friday, 15. March until Monday, 24. June. Closed on Tuesdays, open from 11:30 until 18:00.. Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

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, but focused on Central America. 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 Stroganoff - Princes and Benefactors - features a selection from a major Russian collection 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.

Les Paris de Victor Hugo - beginning in March there will be a two-part exhibition featuring Victor Hugo's personal Paris locations and the locales detailed in 'Les Misérables' and 'Notre Dame de Paris.' This will be on show in several of the public libraries around Paris. 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.

6th Festival de l'Imaginaire - features traditional music and song from countries as wide apart as Egypt, Korea and Brazil in this festival lasting 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. This continues 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.

Parc Walt Disney Studios - Disneyland Paris, which I'm supposed to call a 'resort,' is branching out on Saturday, 16. March with a whole new park, called 'Studios' for short. Besides riding a tram past extravagant special effects, you'll also become a TV-actor and get to make a cartoon 'Mickey Mouse.' There's a big dipper ride with Shelton's '59 Eldorado gone blue too. But no Paris-Hollywood. Open all the time. From Paris with the RER 'A' line to Marne-la-Vallée Chessy, or direct via a TGV from elsewhere. InfoTel.: 01 60 30 53 05.

Premiers Mouvements - or, 'Fragiles Correspondences,' is one of the first events at this brand-new contemporary art centre. Until Saturday, 1. June. Also features dance, as in 'Ixkizit,' on Friday, 26. April. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, on weekendsposter: expo afghanistan, musee guimet 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.

Salon des Antiquaires - put on a big effort 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.

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.

Video At Arsenal - five video cabinets have been installed on this architecture museum's 2nd floor, giving a concentrated view of the current exhibit - I think. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Karel - an exhibition of this artist's designs and sculptures continue until Friday, 29 March. Open from 12:30 to 18:30 from Tuesday to Friday. At the Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Hugoposter: saison russe, thtr chatalet 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.

Marché de Paques - or Easter Market, to be held from Friday, 22. March until Monday, 1. April. Daily from 10:30 to 20:00. In the Place du Palais-Royal, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 47 78 42 75.

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, entry at 62. Rue de Lille, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Maria Theresa Kuczynska - has been awarded the Prix Bourdelle 2002, and this exhibition shows why. Beginning on Thursday, 28. March and continuing until Sunday, 30. June. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Bourdelle, 18. Rue Antoine-Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Festival du Film de Paris - dates for this year's event are from Monday, 1. April until Tuesday, 9. April. Check the Web site for the location(s) and the program. InfoTel.: 01 45 72 96 40.

Salon de la Musique - and 'Musicora' comes again to stay from Saturday, 6. April until Tuesday, 9. April. Daily from 10:00 to 19:30 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Tuesday. Mostly at the Cité de la Musique in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Le Printemps des Musées - this is free entry day to sites in Paris and throughout France, and it happens on Sunday, 7. April. Many of the attractions are not usually open to the public. InfoTel.: 01 40 15 36 00.

International Marathon de Paris - is the 26th edition and it takes place in Paris about aposter: salon du livre 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 was 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 continue 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.

Un Temps d'Exuberance - were what happened to the arts déco at the time of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. This big show begins on Thursday, 11. April and continues until 8. July. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Elles de Montparnasse - models and artists added up to inspiration, which is the theme of this exhibition. From Friday, 12. April until mid-September. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Le Musée du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

23rd Salon de Maquette - Paris' ever bigger model show, with games thrown in. See boats, planes, helicopters, rockets - on display or in action. Dates this year are from Saturday, 13. April until Sunday, 21. April, and hours are from 10:00 to 19:00, and 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday, 19. April. Collectors should be on hand for the 20-21. April weekend. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Foire de Paris - is Paris' 'ome show' with regional specialties that you may be lacking because you missed the 'Beautiful Cow Show.' From Tuesday, 30. April until Sunday, 12 May. Hours are 10:00 to 19:00 and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday, 3. May. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.


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