Maybe Just a Skim

photo: tuileries in blossom

A bit windy and not very sunny, but Tuileries fans
are out anyway.

But Not Skimpy

Paris:- Saturday, 13. April 2002:- This is a week like any other, with new items coming in the near future, new items happening right now, items that have been happening and will continue, and some few items that are about to expire, plus one item that is a 'one-time-only.'

Take your pick. You can even be choosy. As usual, not listed here are all of the permanent exhibits, in all of the city's galleries, other show places and museums, or in the national ones. Here you will find just a slight skim off the top.



Bikes Tours - take place every Saturday beginning at 10:00, starting from the Place d'Aligre, for tours of the artisanal and ex-industrial areas of eastern Paris. Paris 12. Métro: Ledru Rollin. InfoTel.: 01 53 17 03 18.

Afrique Secrète - is an exhibition drawn from this museum's own collection, meant to shed light on death rites of equatorial Africa and the initiation ceremonies practiced in west Africa. Also see the sculptures of Ndary Lo from Senegal. Both expos run until 21. July, 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.

'Voir des Etoiles' With Victor Hugo - for his bicentennial the focus is on 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 testposter: salon du maquette of modernism. The exhibition and performances 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, such as 'Exilium Vite Est' from Tuesday, 7. May until August, presented at Hugo's exile home at Hauteville House on the Ile of Guernsey.

Portraits de Victor Hugo - are by Auguste Rodin, and can be found at his house, except on Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00, from 10:00 to 21:45 on Thursdays, and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. Until 14. July, at the Musée Rodin, 77. Rue de Varennes, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes. InfoTel.: 01 44 18 61 24.

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 which continues 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. Continuing until Sunday, 21. April. 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.

Le Train Se Découvre - contains everything you ever wanted to know about trainsposter: voir des etoiles, hugo in this exhibition lasting until 1. September. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Jirí Slíva - an exhibition of this Czech artist's humoristic or ironic works are currently on view 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.

Lotterie Nationale En Affiches - France is a land of lotteries - love is a gamble! - and this expo-sale of posters for them presents examples from the '50s and '60s. See them in the afternoons 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.

After 11. September - images from New York's 'ground zero,' by Joël Meyerowitz. This homage in photos continues daily from 10:00 to 20:00 until 14. July, on the top of the Grand Arche at La Défense. Métro: Grande Arche-La Défense. InfoTel.: 01 49 07 27 57.

Only Chance!

Shamrock Festival - for the 4th year in a row, this one-night stand features the latest in pop-rock, with a who-knows-what-connection with shamrocks? This event features Perry Blake, Simian, Rubin Steiner, Luke and Maximilian Hecker. Only on Wednesday, 17. April, at the Elysée Montmartre, at 72. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. If you miss this one, you can try the 'Panik' Night on Saturday, 4. May. 'Shamrock' will also appear at the Grand Mix in Lille and the Olympic in Nantes. Try Sofa for more details.

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. 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.

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. 'Victor Hugo in Caricatures' is also on view, until 4. August. 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.

Le Polar Européen à Paris - World Book Day on Tuesday, 23. April will be celebrated in Paris with a whole week devoted to crime novels, and their filmedposter: expo sliva, at an girard versions. Books and films are from Spain, Portugal, France and Belguim, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Germany, and of course, Britain. 'Tatort' and 'krimi' week continues until Saturday, 27. April. UNESCO is part of this, so check out their Web site for more details about World Book Day.

Martine Franck - this Magnum photographer presents landscapes, portraits of artists and scenes from the 'Théâtre du Soleil,' in this exhibition of 90 photos. From Tuesday, 30. April until 29. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays and public holidays. See the expo, then give yourself a tea in this 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, 'Hadassah, de l'Esquisse au Vitrail,' 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.

Underground Jobs - in addition to the métro, other areas of underground jobs in Paris concernposter: pour la vie en couleur, elections the Catacombs and the quarries. 'Les Métiers du Monde Souterrain' features these jobs in photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, beginning on Tuesday, 30. April and continuing until next March. 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.

Five Exceptional Days - are set aside for stamp collectors and dealers, from Wednesday, 8. May until Sunday, 12. May, from 9:00 to 18:00. At the Carré Marigny, in the Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D Roosevelt. No InfoTel.

Fête du Nautisme - is a Paris and France-wide nautical festival, to be held on Saturday, 11. May and Sunday, 12. May. InfoTel.: 08 20 82 01 54.

Two Sports Events - include the final of the football season, where one team will pick up the 'Coupe de France.' Kickoff is at 20:45 on Saturday, 11. May, at the Stade de France. Tennis fans can make their way to Roland Garros, beginning on Monday, 27. May, when winter is expected to be over.

Paris Jazz Festival - this year's edition begins on Saturday, 18. May and continues until Tuesday, 28. May. From 15:30 weekdays and from 16:30 on weekends. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

international Old Book Fair - this is Paris' big annual event for dealers as well as collectors, scheduled to take place from Thursday, 23. May until Sunday, 26. May. From 10:00 to 19:00, and from 15:00 to 21:00 on the first day. At the Maison de la Mutualité, 24. Rue Saint-Victor, Paris 5. Métro: M aubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 46 38.

Photos by Nathalie Darbellay - features photos taken during the renovations of the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique and the Châtelet theatre, all once part of Paris' 'Le Grand Opéra,' of the 19th century. Except for these, the other extravagant 'grand' locations have disappeared. To be presented in the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame, from Wednesday, 29. May until 29. September. 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 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.

Mondrian - 1892 - 1914 - is subtitled 'on the paths to abstraction' for this exhibition 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 Révolution Surréaliste - will be a major exhibition dealing with, possibly, the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. See the furry cup and saucer, with the furry-spoon as an accessory. This craziness, now seen as a true 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. Reservationsposter: expo trains, cite des sciences, villette 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 a historical exhibition continuing 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 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Toulouse-Lautrec et l'Affiche - displays a major selection of posters done by the shortposter: le polar, world book day, 23 april 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.

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.

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 the 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.

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,poster: loterie nationale, affiches, grand monde 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, see 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.

Cinemathèque Française - Italian 'B'-class films will be featured 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.

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, 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.

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.

Opéras - are in full voice in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. Coming productions include Puccini's 'Tosca' and Bizet's 'Carmen' and the 'Flying Dutchman' - after the beginning of May. For ballet, you can expect 'Don Quichotte' and some evenings with Stravinsky. 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 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.

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 'Year of Circusposter: l'opera, season tickets 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' until 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 20:30. 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! 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. 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 exhibition continuingposter: figures de femmes, 26 - 28 avril 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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