The Everything Weekend

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Paris' most lived-on bridge - the Pont des Arts.

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Paris:- Saturday, 25. May 2002:- If you can get this big page to load, you will find that there are a great number of things to do in Paris right now, and more coming in the near future. Nobody has any reason for boredom.

'No Smoking Day' in Paris is next Friday, 31. May. This is associated with the WHO's 'Sport Sans Tabac,' which is the theme for this year's World No Smoking Day. For the occasion, the city will set up three 'No Future for Cigarettes' tents in front of the Hôtel de Ville.

No regular 'Paris Sans Tabac' days are currently planned.



Anyone for Tennis? - tennis fans can make their annual way to the Roland Garros shrine, beginning this week, when winter is expected to be over - but it doesn't seem like it. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. See a bit of a bio for Roland Garros in last week's Café Metropole column.

Arcavals - Carnival continues for the 18thposter: photo expo, opera, nathalie debellay, crypte notre dame arrondissement, at 16:00 on Saturday, 1. June, at the Mairie. Watch for 'Attitude 18' from Tuesday, 28. May until Sunday, 9. June too. A different carnival again in the 11th arrondissement at the Place Voltaire, at 17:30 on Saturday, 8. June. More, this time in the 9th, at the church Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, at 16:00, on Saturday, 15. June. InfoTel.: 01 40 09 03 34.

Mâkhi Xenakis - phantoms came to this exiled Greek who took Corsica as a substitute home, and they are featured in this posthumous exhibition, which continues 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.

Festival Agora 2002 - features music, dance and theatre in a big and diversified program lasting for two weeks, from Friday, 31. May until Saturday, 15. June. Last year's note - this is 'serious' music, organized by the Pompidou Centre's Ircam. The festival may take place in multiple locations. At the Ircam, 1. Place Igor-Stravinsky, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel-de-Ville. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 48 16.

Latitudes Villette / Mahgreb - is a program of music and dance from north Africa, beginning on Friday, 31. May and continuing until Sunday, 9. June. Various times. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Juarès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Le Printemps des Amandiers - is the 20th arrondissement's spring fête, beginning on Friday, 31. May at 18:30, and continuing on Saturday and Sunday with parades, bands, 'repas du quartier,' theatre, concerts and dancing. Various times. Paris 20. InfoTel.: 01 40 33 50 30.

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 storytelling form but also a major publishing business in France. From Saturday, 1. June until Wednesday, 5. June. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Fête du Vélo - not be outdone by upstart roller folk, bike fans get their own two days in Paris and throughout France on Saturday and Sunday, 1. and 2. June. Meeting place is in front of Paris' main city hall. Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. These are this year's dates, but this is last year's Web site - try Fête du Vélo, which is last year's Web site URL.

39th Foire à Photo - is a big event where you shouldn't go if your credit is limited. Antique photos andposter: expo, art ou nature, orangerie, luxembourg equipment, buyers and sellers, and classy photo expos. One day only, Sunday, 2. June, starting at 9:00 and continuing until 18:00 - and only a short way from Paris in Bièvre. Hit Foire à Photo. This will be at the Place de la Mairie in Bièvres, which can be reached with the RER 'C' from the Gare d'Austerlitz. There is supposed to be a train every hour. By car, leaving from the Porte de Chatillon, take the RN 309 straight ahead about nine kilometres. In Bièvres, look for the parking lot and a shuttle-bus to the Place de la Mairie.

Monum Vert - may be the green part of France's patrimony, with a big show mainly on Friday and Saturday, 1 and 2. June, but going on in some places throughout June. In Paris, emphasis on Notre Dame's towers, the Palais-Royal and the Tuileries. Paris and France. InfoTel.: 01 44 61 21 50.

Paris From the Sky - is proposed for a limited time by the Institut Géographique National in the form of a new aerial-photo montage, 11 metres by 15, which is not so tiny but is very detailed. If you've ever wanted to dance on Paris, this is the place to do it. On view in the Parc André Citroën, entry at the corner of the rues Saint-Charles and Balard. Paris 15. Métro: Balard InfoTel.: 01 43 98 83 06.

The Himalayas - are featured in large photos fixed to the Luxembourg garden's fence near the Place Edmond Rostand. A related film will also being shown, starting at 23:00, from Monday, 24. June until Saturday, 29. June and on Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13. July. Luxembourg garden, Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 6. Métro: 'RER' Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 08 20 82 09 39.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or an expo featuring the musical Yves Montand, beginning on Thursday, 30. May and continuing until October. Free entry. Except on Sundays, from 9:30 to 18:30. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 43 43.

William Klein's Paris - after living in Paris for the past 50 years, the 'MEP' asked William Klein to photograph his hometown in 1997. Or more exactly, put together an exhibit of photos he had already taken here. Continues until Sunday, 1. September. At 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.

A Block Party - has been declared for tomorrow, Tuesday, 28. May. Supposedly a France-wide fête, the posters for it only appeared recently. Actually, residents are supposed to get the poster and hang it on their buildings, and invite everyone in for a get-to-know-you party. Nice idea. I hope it doesn't rain. Throughout Paris and France.

Bohemia Magica - the Czech Republic has had its own special relations with Paris and these are celebrated this year, at the Musée d'Orsay and the Montparnasse Museum. Besides featuring 20th century Czech artists in Paris, the 'Bohemia Magica' program also offers a showcase for contemporary Czech artists, film makers and writers. Until the end of the year.

For the Carless - it may seem kind of early in the year for the summer season to start, but the Seine-side speedways will be liberated for the use of strollers, bikers and rollers on Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 17:00, until next fall. On the right bank - from the Tuileries to Bercy and on the left bank - from the Quai Anatole France to the Quai Branly.

During the summer, the right bank will be completely closed to traffic from Sunday, 21 July until Sunday, 18. August. One exception - on Sunday, 28. July, for the arrival of the Tour de France.

Bike routes all year round - on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00, in the 5th arrondissement around Mouffetard, and in the 10th, around the canals from the Quai de Valmy and up to the Quai de Jemmapes. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Canal Birthday - concerns the Ourcq, with was ordered built by Napoléon, and opened on 19. Mayposter: expo designer's days, to 2 june 1802. An exhibition which ends on Friday, 31. May, celebrates this 200th anniversary. Open from 9:00 to 17:00, at 9. Quai du Loire, Paris 19. Métro: Stalingrad or Jaurés.

4th International Montmartre Festival - 'En Europe,' with the theme of the union of culture, from the Atlantic to the Urals. Until Saturday, 1. June. In, on Montmartre. Paris 18. InfoTel.: 01 42 64 04 60.

Mai des Montparnos - continues on the first weekend in June with its 'open doors.' In the 15th, plus at Les Frigos, at the Quai de la Gare in the 13th. Paris 13 and 15. Keep your eyes peeled for wet paint.

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.

Three Races - Two Tracks - note the following dates if you fancy major racing on grass - for the Prix du Jockey Club on Sunday, 2. June and the Prix de Diane Hermés on Sunday, 9. June - both at Chantilly. Then, if you still feel lucky, there's a grand steeplechase race at Auteuil on Saturday, 15 June. InfoTel.: 08 21 21 32 13.

Musique En la Sorbonne - within the framework of the 'Bohemia Magica,' the Sorbonne's amphitheatre Richelieu echoes to the sounds of music every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday, 4. June until Tuesday, 25. June. The Sorbonne, at 17. Rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5. Métro: 'RER' Luxembourg. No InfoTel.

Sur la Terre Comme au Ciel - is also known as how western gardens looked at the end of the middle ages. Begins on Wednesday, 5. June and continues until Monday, 16. September, from 9:15 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:45, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée de Moyen Age, 6. Place Paul Painlevé, Paris 5. Métro: Cluny-La Sorbonne. InfoTel.: 01 53 73 78 16.

Les Chemins de l'Encre - is about 20th century Chinese paintings by T'Ang Haywen. From Thursday, 13. June until Monday, 9. September. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. Musée National des Arts Asiatique - Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Daniel Buren - will be featured in a major exhibition starting as a limited engagement on Wednesday, 19. June and stretching out to Monday, 23. September. To be from 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Miniature World - little things will be on show, beginning Thursday, 6. June, until Sunday, 9. June, from 10:00 to 19:00 daily. At the Espace Auteuil, 1. Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 49 91 75 12.

Onze Bouge - is called the 'Festival de Création à Paris,' but is probably just the 11th arrondissement kicking up its heels in a big way. From Thursday, 6. June until Sunday, 16. June. Paris 11. InfoTel.: 01 53 27 13 68.

25th Foire de Saint-Germain - is the western Quartier Latin's fête for itself, lasting a full month from Thursday, 6. June until Saturday, 7. July. Paris 6. Métro: Mabillon or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Courturier Superstar! - is a supershow that begins on Wednesday, 5. June and continues until Sunday, 29. September, with everything except, maybe, Madame Carven. From 11:00 to 18:00, from 11:00 to 21:00 on Thursday, and from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. Closed Mondays. Musée de la Mode et Textile, at 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal-Louvre. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Fêtes des Tuileries - amusement rides in the Tuileries gardens move in on Tuesday, 14. June and stay until the end of August. Hours are 11:00 to midnight, and until 01:00 on Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays. Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 46 27 52 29.

Théâtre du Châtelet - beginning on Wednesday, 20. June with Placido Domingo's operaposter: 25 years carree rive gauche, to 2 june voice competition - with the finale at 19:30 - the Châtelet begins a big 10 days. 'Adriane auf Naxos' will be performed on three dates and 'Lucie de Lammermoor' will have four dates, up to Sunday, 30. June. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Fête de la Musique - this year's edition takes place on Friday, 21. June, all day and night, everywhere in Paris and in France. Try the Web site for more details. Hope for 'no rain.' A special show of Victor Hugo's tunes will be featured at the Hôtel de Ville, probably in the evening.

19th Chopin Festival - is for you if you feel like a little music from the country, in a big park. From Saturday, 22. June until Sunday, 14. July. Times unknown. At the Orangerie de Bagatelle, Route de Reine-Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry - possibly 1.50 euros. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19, ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

Fêtes du Bassin le la Villette - with the slogan, 'Le 19e, Mon Village,' this party starts at 22:00 on Saturday, 22. June and goes from 14:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. Lots of loud and funky brass, lots of nautical stuff, fireworks, right beside the canal. At the Bassin de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Stalingrad or Jaurés. InfoTel.: 01 44 52 29 13.

Jazz à Montmartre - the 8th edition puts out its drum rolls from Saturday, 22. June until Sunday, 30. June. In, on Montmartre. Paris 18. InfoTel.: 01 42 54 45 21.

Fête du Cinéma - spins out for three days throughout France, from Sunday, 23. June to Tuesday, 25. June. Paris and the surrounding country, including Corsica. InfoTel.: 01 40 29 85 61.

Musique En l'Ile - starts its 16th season on Thursday, 27. June and musically wends its way around the islands and through the summer until Sunday, 1. September. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.

Louis Vuitton Classic - is, I suspect, classic horse jumping, lasting two days. Friday and Saturday, 28. and 29. June, from 12:00 to 18:00 the first day and from 10:00 to 19:00 on the second, with the parade and the prize ceremony at 16:00. In the Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs. InfoTel.: 08 10 81 00 10.

Ex-Lesbian & Gaypride Parade - is now to be called 'La Marche des Fiertes Lesbienne, Gai, Bi & Trans!' - which makes a lot more sense, when we know it will still be the same old techno-rock noise-blitz with jolly costumes. Mark Saturday, 29. June in your calendars. Now add 14:00, and guess the rest. Maybe the Web site knows more. Somewhere in Paris. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 47 01.

Paris Plage - except for dates and a intermission on Sunday, 28 July for the Tour de France's tour of Paris, the beach will be open from Sunday, 21. July until Sunday, 18. August - nothing else is known about this except circulation will be reduced on weekends on the Canal Saint-Martin. We'll see.

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.

Marc Chagall - important works are featured in an exhibition, 'Hadassah, de l'Esquisse au Vitrail,' until Sunday, 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.

Ubuntu - is an exhibition featuring the somewhat little-known cultures and arts of South Africa. More 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.

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. Atposter: le killer, theatre chavel 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.

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 d 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.


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