'Circus City'

photo: paella on daguerre

'Street food' to be found in the Rue Daguerre.

With Some Other Attractions

Paris:- Saturday, 16. March 2002:- It seems like Paris has the intention of becoming a number one 'Circus City' even if it is twinned with Rome, where circuses for the folks along with free handouts of grain were very popular at one time.

Not content to just have one whole 'Year of the Circus,' the city is adhering to a charter named 'Droit de Cité Pour la Cirque.' This will mean more and better sites for circus tents, as well as a space for circus acts to train. See 'The Circus!' below for more details.

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. There seems to be a couple of other 'Years' this year too.



Carnaval du XIV - there's a first for everything, and this is the first carnival parade for the 14th arrondissement, to be followed by a masked costume ball. On Saturday, 23. March, starting at 15:00 at the corner of Rue Didot and Alésia, it will follow the Avenue Villemain, the Rue Raymond Losserand, the Rue du Château, to arrive at the Mairie at 17:30. The ball takes place at the Mairie's annex at 12. Rue Durouchoux. Paris 14. Métro: Plaisance, Pernety or Mouton-Duvernet. InfoTel.: 01 45 41 58 53.

The Sinking of the Titanic - is a 'Complete Disaster' because it is performed by Kesselofski and Fiskeposter: chasseriau, gal nat grand palais on stage instead of on location in the North Atlantic. Put on in English by the Dear Conjunction Theatre Company, daily except Mondays at 19:00, until Sunday, 24. March. At the Sudden Théâtre, 14-bis. Rue Sainte-Isaure, Paris 18. Métro: Jules Joffrin or Simplon. InfoTel.: 01 42 62 35 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.

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.

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.

A Week of French - this continues 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.

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.

Antiquaires - another salon of antiques will be held in the Tuileries gardens from Friday, 23. March until Sunday, 1. April. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 85 20.

First, Last and Only Chance

UNESCO's World Poetry Day - asks whether peace and love is possible through poetry. Hear the following poets reply - Susan Ellis, Ethan Gilsdorf, Laure Millet, Michelle Noteboom, Srikanth Reddy and Todd Swift. Only on Thursday, 21 March, beginning at 19:30. At the Red Wheelbarrow, 13. Rue Charles V, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul, Sully-Morland or Pont Marie. InfoTel.: 01 42 77 42 17. Free entry.

Jean Cocteau - 'à Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by Pierre Bergé, with twoposter: willy ronis, dhouailly & cie 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.

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.

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.

Faith Healer - is an epic tale of Frank the faith healer, as told by Frank, his wife and his manager, whose stories do not match. Put on in English by the Dear Conjunction theatre folks every Saturday and Sunday at 19:00, from 30. March until Sunday, 5. May. At the Sudden Theatre, 14 bis. Rue Sainte-Isaure, Paris 18. Métro: Jules Joffrin or Simplon. InfoTel.: 01 42 62 35 00.

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. Some of the attractionsposter: titantic, thtr sudden theatre are not usually open to the public. Paris' own museums are calling this day 'Les Cinq Sens' with special programs at the following - the Musée d'Art Moderne, Maison de Balzac, Musée Bourdelle, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Cognacq-Jay at 18. Rue Elzévir, Paris 3, the Musée Galliera, and around the Petit Palais. InfoTel.: 01 40 15 36 00 or 08 20 00 75 75.

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 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.

Martine Franck - this Magnum photographer presents landscapes, portraits of artists and scenes from the Théâtre du Soleil, in this exhibition of 86 black and white photos. From Tuesday, 30. April until 29. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays and public holidays. Once you seen the expo, give yourself a tea in the museum's secluded garden. 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.

Foire de Paris - is Paris' 'home show' with regional specialties that you may beposter: paris marathon, 7 april 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.

3rd Fête des Jazz - starts this year on Tuesday, 30. April and continues until Sunday, 12. May. From 10:00 to 19:00 and until 22:00 on Friday, 3. May. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Marc Chagall - works are featured in an exhibition from Tuesday, 30. April until 15. September. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and on 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 60.

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.

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.

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.' Thisposter: carnaval xiv, 23 march 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.

Théodore Chasseriau, 1819 - 1856 - is featured and billed as a 'major event,' 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.

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. Place de la Concorde, inside the Tuileries, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Afghanistan - une Histoire Millénaire - is an exhibition possibly planned before the tragic events last September. To 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.

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 Msée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.


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