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 - L Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.


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