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.


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