Brava At the Café de Flore

photo: carnaval, mairie 14, saturday

Saturday's finale to the first carnival parade ever held
in the 14th arrondissement.

'Too Much' - Continued

Paris:- Saturday, 23. March 2002:- From a convoluted route by way of Kate Thirwall reporting in the Guardian last Wednesday, and passed along by Alan Pavlik, I have learned that there are theatre 'readings' upstairs at the Café de Flore every Monday evening until May.

These are organized by Brava Productions, with plays by Sheridan, Neil Simon and Christopher Durang coming up soon. You can take part in these lit/theatre sessions merely by tipping Bernard the waiter fairly, but you need to get a seat early, before 20:15. At the Café de Flore, 172. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6. Get on Brava's mailing list by writing to Kim-Michelle Broderick.

This version of this column will carry over for a few weeks from today, on account of Ed's absence. Expect to see the next update in issue 7.16, to be online about Monday, 15. April.



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 and see the feature in this issue. This remainder of this year's edition continues only until Wednesday, 27. March. In Hall 1 at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Winterreise - this exhibition presents photos by Luc Delahaye until Sunday, 26. May. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 13:00 to 18:30. No entry charge. At theposter: expo, winterreise, luc delahaye, cent photo ile de france 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, direction Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.Photo © Luc Delahaye

Marché de Paques - or Easter Market, will be held 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 and continuing 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.

La Bella Maniera - is an exhibition of 'maniériste' engravings from the collection of Georg Badelitz, on view until Sunday, 5. May. Except Mondays, from 13:00 to 19:00. In the Salle Comtesse de Caen, at the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, 14. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 50 74.

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 Saturday, 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.

Karel - an exhibition of this artist's designs and sculptures continues 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. Atposter: expo, fabuleux jardins, bagatelle 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.

68. Quai de Scènes - used to be called 'Printemps Multipistes' but it is still the circus company '36 du Mois' with its 360-degree tent on the Quai de la Seine, featuring 60 artists until Sunday, 7. April. Except Wednesdays, at 19:00 and 21:00, on Sundays at 16:00 and 18:00. At 68. Quai de la Seine, near the Rue de Crimée. Paris 19. Métro: Crimée. InfoTel.: 01 40 96 00 09.

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. In the Jardin des Plantes at the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 36 00.

'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.

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 attractions 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, but there may still be room for you. 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. Closedposter: salon de lecture, le villette 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 be lacking because you missed the 'Beautiful Cow Show.' This is the foire that includes the famous inventors' showcase, usually featuring the latest 'oyster-opener of the year.' 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 - important 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. See the furry cup and saucer, withposter: hugo, min culture the furry-spoon as an accessory. This craziness, know seen as an art form, 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.' 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.

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.

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 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 working 'Centre of Art,' facing the existing Paris' Museum of Modern Art. This is to be an active 'happening,' where contemporary may still be wet or moving. 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.

La Passion du Dessin - will feature the collection of Jan and Marie-Anne Kruger-Poniatowksi, 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: mere courage, thtr colline and mixed them with his own strange and imaginary life. 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.

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.

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 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.

Esprits d'Afrique - from a poster seen in the métro and good things heard from Télérama critic Michel Daubert, who says music and dance from Africa is good stuff. Also, but without dates, watch for the exhibition 'L'Afrique Révélée.' The first, until Sunday, 7. April. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 - Fondationposter: program musee de la marine Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

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.

The Louvre - 'Les Artistes de Pharaon' are featured in a special exhibition from Friday, 19. April until 22. July. 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.

Victor Hugo Goes to the Movies -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.

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.

Revoir Paris - every Tuesday see four films about Paris. In all, the Vidéothèque has 6500 films about Paris. Until Sunday, 26. May, seeposter: paris jardins, visites guidees the 'Maman!' program. From Wednesday, 29. May, see the 'Director's Fortnight.' At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

Max Ophuls - begins a cycle of films continuing until Sunday, 14. April, at the Chaillot location. Meanwhile, Italian 'B'-class films will be shown at the Grands Boulevards cinema. 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.

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 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. If this is out-of-date, try the Web site. In the Salle Richelieu at the Comédie Française, 2. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 58 15 15.

Arabella - by Richard Strauss, in this production beginning on Wednesday, 10. April. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Opéras - are in full voice in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. Coming productions include Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' and Mozart's 'Idomeneo' - after 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.

Victor Hugo - l'Homme Océan - must be about writing because this is at the Bibliothèque Nationale, and goes 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.

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.

Héros Populaires - since sometime before the Middle Ages Europe has had more than itsposter: thomas eakins, musees nationaux 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.

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.

Année du Cirque - The 'Year of the Circus' taking place in 150 locations around France with the 2nd third of the yearlong program starting now and lasting until the end of June. The last part takes place during the summer and early fall. See the Année du Cirque Web site for complete details. Also see specific items below.

Paris Aime le Cirque - in Paris this is the all-over name given to the first half of the 'Year of Circus Arts.' In addition to the circuses noted below, there will be five circuses in residence in July and four will be performing throughout August this year.

Circus Cruel - brings you a paradise of 'bad-taste' every week from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 in an old cinema reconverted into a circus-cabaret, until the end of June. Look for Le Zèbre, at 61-63. Boulevard de Belleville, Paris 11. Métro: Belleville or Coronnes. InfoTel.: 01 47 99 40 40.

Larue et Compagnie - presents 'Perdre la Tête' from March to September. Every Saturday at 20:30 and on Sundays at 16:00.Chapiteau Larue et Compagnie, 62. Rue Binet, Paris 18. Métro: Porte de Clignancourt. No InfoTel.

Le Tradition est Notre Culture - is a bulky name for the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann, which performs all year long on Wednesdas, Saturdays and Sundays at 15:00 with an additional Saturday show at 23:30. Sounds like real circus. Find it at 9. Boulevard du Bois le Hêtre, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Saint-Ouen. InfoTel.: 01 64 05 36 25.

Cirque Alexandra Franconi - is another traditional circus with clowns, jugglers, aerial acts, magic, and - circus! From Sunday, 14. April until Sunday, 28. April, in the Bois de Boulogne, behind the Auteuil racetrack. Paris 15. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil or Ranelagh. From Wednesday, 1. May until the begginning of October, in the Parc de Saint-Cloud near the Musée Ceramique de Sèvres. Métro: Pont de Sèvres. InfoTel.: 01 43 24 33 18.

Cirque Lydia Zavatta - is with a new show, with wild animals, daring acrobats, adroit jugglers and falling down clowns. In March on Wednesdays and weekends at 15:00, plus daily during Easter school holidays in April, until Sunday, 28. April. In Lydia Zavatta's tent at the Place Stalingrad, Paris 19. Métro: Stanlingrad or Jaurés. InfoTel.: 06 16 04 03 02.

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.

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.: 01 40 03 75 75..

Opus 2 - La Cirque du Tambour - returns for part 2 on Wednesday, 12 June and continues until 6. July. From Wednesday to Sunday. At the Théâtre Silvia Monfort, 106. Rue Brancion, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Vanves. InfoTel.: 01 56 08 33 88.

Au XIXème Siècle - which was two centuries ago now, but at the time, Paris was the world's circus capital. This is an exhibition put together by the Bibliothèque Nationale, within the annual Foire de Saint-Germain. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, from Thursday, 6. June until 7. July, in the Mairie's Salle du Vieux Colombier, 78. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Fabuleux Jardins - in the style of Duchene, are on show 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. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Cata combs are open again, with a new photo exhibitionposter: expo, bella maniera, beaux arts 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.

Parc Walt Disney Studios - Disneyland Paris, which I'm supposed to call a 'resort,' is branching out with a whole new park, called 'Studios' for short. Besides riding a tram past extravagant special effects, you'll also become a TV-actor or 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.

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