May's 'Bridges'

photo: tuileries gardens, 10 april

Here's hoping that May's weather will match April's -
in the Tuileries.

As In Olden Times

Paris:- Saturday, 27. April 2002:- Below you will find an item about rides on antique métro wagons, which are organized by the RATP on some coming Sundays. As far as I can make out, there will only be one round trip per date, and available places are limited.

The suburban town of Marly-le-Roi has had a similar idea. It has gotten together with eight other riverside communities along the 'Impressionist' stretch of the Seine, and boat trips are planned for a - very - fewposter: expo, tous a la plage, musee nogent sur marne Sundays this year, with places limited to 30. The dates are 12. May, 2. June, 22. September and 13. October. ResaTel.: 33 1 30 61 61 35.

Here is a poster for the city museum at Nogent-sur-Marne, for an exhibition called, 'Tous à la Plage.' In the 19th century, mass tourism for Parisians started on its doorstep, on imported sandy beaches. There still are guinguettes operating - in season - on this stretch of the Marne, so the past isn't quite gone.

The museum is closed on Monday and Friday, while the exhibition continues on all the other days until 31. October. The free-entry museum is at 36. Boulevard Gallieni, in Nogent. Take the RER 'A' line to Nogent, or the RER 'E,' or the métro line 1 to Château de Vincennes and then the 114 bus. InfoTel.: 01 48 75 51 25.

Except for Nogent, the RATP and Marly are seeming to be very cautious with what may be popular attractions. No mentions are made of any email addresses or Web sites, so all you've got are the telephone numbers. If you think these aren't enough, let me know.

A final note for the coming week - Wednesday, 1. May really is a public holiday in France and most of Europe. Many inside attractions will be closed. This May also has its usual weekend 'bridges,' including one that is being called a 'viaduct' here - from 8. to 12. May. This will not as 'closed' as May Day, but keep it in mind.



Madame Pompadour et les Arts - the connection is made with many portraits of her, plus other works, including furniture and textiles. Also see her newly-restored apartment. Until Sunday, 19. May, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Musée des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, in Versailles. SNCF trains from Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or RER line 'C.' InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 00.

Ubuntu - is an exhibition featuring the somewhat little-known cultures and arts of South Africa. Moreposter: expo, madame pompadour, versailles than 200 pieces from European and South African collections are on view. Until Monday, 17. June. Except Tuesday, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80.

Victor Hugo in Caricatures - 70 cartoons inspired by the person of Victor Hugo, mostly by Honoré Daumier, Gustave Doré and André Gill, await you - out of 500 caricatures that were made during Hugo's lifetime. On view until Sunday, 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 80. Also see the Ministry of Culture's portal for more Victor Hugo events, such as 'Exilium Vite Est,' on show from Tuesday, 7. May until August, presented at Hugo's exile home at Hauteville House on the Ile of Guernsey.

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 Sunday, 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 to eat that you may be lacking because you missed the 'Beautiful Cow Show.' This is the fair 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 untilposter: fete des jazz, foire de paris 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 concern 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.

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.

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 andposter: expo, hugo caricatures, maison de balzac 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.

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 - Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Daumier's 'toon' of Victor Hugo, called 'Le Charivari.' ©Photothèque des Musées de la Ville de Paris. Cliché Joffre.

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.

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 'Sprague' Métro - again this year, the RATP will be running its antique 'Sprague' métro wagons between the stations Kléber and Raspail on Sundays. The trip takes 45 minutes and is accompanied by a commentary, most likely in French. Also, there are only 160 places available. Coming dates are 12. May, 2, 9, 23, and 30. June, 21. July, 4. and 18. August, and 1. and 8. September. Métro: line 6. Reservations are very necessary. ResaTel.: 33 1 40 02 38 33.

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 continuesposter: expo, sauvage sentiment, photos, jean luc chapin 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: Maubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 46 38.

Mâkhi Xenakis - phantoms came to this exiled Greek who took Corsica as a substitute home, and they are featured in this posthumous exhibition, beginning on Thursday, 23. May and continuing until Friday, 5. July. 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.

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 Sunday, 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.

Coming In the Fall - beginning in September and October, you will find Manet and Vélasquez at the Musée d'Orsay, Matisse and Picasso, followed by Constable, at the Grand Palais, as well as Kramer and Picasso at the Musée Picasso, and 'Rituels Tibétains' at the Guimet Museum.

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, 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.

Un Temps d'Exubérance - characterized the lesser-known arts déco at the time of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. This big show continues until Monday, 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.

Mondrian - 1892 - 1914 - is subtitled 'on the paths to abstraction' for this exhibition continuing until Sunday, 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.

Les Paris de Victor Hugo - this is a two-part exhibition featuring Victor Hugo's personal Paris locations and the locales detailed in 'Les Misérables' and 'Notre Dame de Paris,' which 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,' continuingposter: expo, fragilisme, fondation cartier, 7 july 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 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.

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.

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 Friday, 14. July, at the Musée Rodin, 77. Rue de Varennes, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes. InfoTel.: 01 44 18 61 24.

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.

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.

Le Train Se Découvre - contains everything you ever wanted to know about trains in this exhibition lasting until Sunday, 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.

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 Sunday, 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.

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.

Premiers Mouvements - or, 'Fragiles Correspondences,' is one of the first events at this brand-new contemporary art centre. Until Saturday, 1. June. 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.

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. Rueposter: expo, martine franck, musee de la vie romantique de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

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.

Photo © Martine Franck. The exhibition begins Monday at the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

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.

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.

The Louvre - 'Les Artistes de Pharaon' are featured in a special exhibition based on the artisans of Deir- el-Medina lasting until Monday, 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.

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 Sunday, 14. July, on the top of the Grand Arche at La Défense. Métro: Grande Arch-La Défense. InfoTel.: 01 49 07 27 57.

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 everyposter: musee americain, giverny 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, 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.

'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 test 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.

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 - which is named 'Identification d'un Ville. 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. Dailyposter: musee du vin 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 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' 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 Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 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! 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, hike across the bridge and turn right. InfoTel.: 01 43 24 33 18.

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. 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 Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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. Closedposter: expo, temps d'exuberence, grand palais 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 Catacombs are open again. 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.

Bike 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.

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