Huge Hugo Marathon

photo: champ de mars, tour eiffel

Playtime at the world's playground.

One, Repeat, One Time Only

Paris:- Saturday, 15. June 2002:- The city has announced, in the nick of time, that it is going to lay out its entire program for the summer - next Tuesday. Not having new details for the summer's outdoor movies and Sunday music sessions at La Villette has had me worried.

Paris' new policy is more of everything for folks who live here, and this is in addition to all the items already in the column. So then, coming next week, the Paris' program for the 2002 summer, for you.

This year's dates for the Summer Sales - 'Les Soldes d'Eté' - have been announced by the 'Préfecture' in Paris and they are from Wednesday, 26. June until Tuesday 6. August. The dates will vary slightly in other parts of France depending on the whims of local authorities.



Hugo Marathon - not 'huge,' but HUGO! And huge all the same. Actor Jean Reno, huge Hugo fan, is acting as godfather to this once-only 12-hour marathon, featuring 15 pieces by our man of the year, played by 120 theatre students, non-stop from noon until midnight. See Théâtre en Liberté' which Hugo never saw in his own lifetime, plus much, much more. Directed by Nadia Vadori with musical direction by Amnon Beham. Free entry. Set to unroll on Saturday, 22. June in the courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00.

Exile-Exile - with the 2nd 'Exile' being backwards, featuring Raoul Marek and his 'La Salle du Monde,' in three dimensions. Until Sunday, 13. October, fromposter: expo exile, musee zadkine Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

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

Objets de Réflexion - is the name of the current exhibition in this new art space, continuing until Sunday, 18. August. 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.

5th Salon des Taxis et des Ambulances - reader Chris Lawson wants Paris taxi drivers to know that Goldsboro in Wayne County, North Carolina is seeking public transit workers. By sheer chance, there is salon for this on Sunday and Monday, 23 and 24. June, from 9:30 to 18:30. In Hall 2.2, at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

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.

Fêtes des Tuileries - exciting amusement rides and cotton-candy vendors have moved into the Tuileries gardens and will be staying 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.

i ka nyè tan - is a photographic exhibition featuring works by Seydou Keïta, Philippe Houdjina, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Malick Sidibé. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 25. August. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. To be at the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenueposter: expo i ka nye tan, centre photo ile de france de la République, in Pontault Combault. By SNCF train for 30 minutes from Gare de l'Est, in the direction of Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.

Playtime - is a rare film by Jacques Tati, largely forgotten, but now restored to its original 70 mm splendor with great care and shown on a big screen. Scenes for it were shot at Orly and Cergy because Paris wasn't 'modern enough' at the time. Before each showing, see a 30-minute 'spectacle' on stage, to get you in a 'Tati-mood.' This is a 'don't miss' event. Until Tuesday, 30 June, at 20:30, and starting at 15:00 on Sundays. No show, in contrast, on Friday, 21 June or on Mondays. Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Yannick Noah - if you liked this tennisfellow at Roland Garros, come to hear him do his brand of rock, pop, reggae, rap and salsa for three nights from Tuesday, 18. June until Thursday 20. June, beginning at 20:00. At the Café de la Danse, just off 28. Rue de Lappe, in the Passage Louis-Philippe, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 57 59.

Théâtre du Châtelet - beginning on Wednesday, 20. June with Placido Domingo's opera 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.

Festival Soirs d'Ete - begin at 21:30 on Friday, 21. June and continue until Sunday, 14. July, except for Sundays and Mondays. At the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement, 2. Rue Eugène-Spuller, Paris 3. Métro: Temple. No InfoTel.

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. Lotsbrochure: foire st germain 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 and bass lines from Saturday, 22. June until Sunday, 30. June. In, on Montmartre. Paris 18. InfoTel.: 01 42 54 45 21.

Fête du Cinéma - reels 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.

Out of Town - the SNCF has teamed up with amusement parks just outside Paris to offer all-in-one prices for transport and entries to France Miniature at Elancourt, the 'Mer de Sable' - Sea of Sand - plus the Parc Asterix, Auvers-sur-Oise, Versailles and Fontainbleau. Access to some of these requires bus transfers, so the inclusive prices are handy as well as a way to save money. Tickets available at most major train stations in Paris. Also try the SNCF's Web site or call InfoTel.: 01 53 90 20 20.

For the Carless - the Seine-side speedways will be liberate from car-crazies 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's expressway 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.

La Révolution Surréaliste - is 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 an art form, continues until Monday, 24. June. 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.

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.

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, until Tuesday, 25. June. The Sorbonne, at 17. Rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5. Métro: 'RER' Luxembourg. No InfoTel.

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.

Anniversary of the First Flight - the first solo non-stop transatlantic from New York to Paris was on 21. May 1927. Charles Lindbergh's exploit will be celebrated at Le Bourget on Friday, 28. June, beginning at 19:00. Make a visit to the Air and Space museum and the 'Traversées de l'Atlantique Nord 1919-1930' exhibition, and then there will be an overflight by a patrol of Mirage 2000s, followed by a 50-minute light and sound show ending with a landing by a replica of the 'Spirit of St. Louis.' Fireworks follow and a jazz band playing hits from the 1920s will round the evening off. At the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace - at Le Bourget airport, on the Route National 17. It can be reached via the Autoroute A1, but also with the bus 350 from Gare du Nord or the bus 152 from the Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 49 92 71 99, or from outside France, InfoFax.: 33-1 49 92 70 95.

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: my guess, 1.50euro 3 sign. 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 - starts with a 'Canal En Fête' all day on Sunday, 30. June. Then the beach opens, except for dates and a intermission on Sunday, 28 July for the Tour de France's tour of Paris, from Sunday, 21. July until Sunday, 18. August - nothing else is known about this except traffic circulation will be reduced on weekends beside the Canal Saint-Martin. We'll see. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

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.

Mondial de l'Automobile 2002 - it is Paris' turn to hold the biannual International Motor Show, which features the world's latest wheeled creations. If you like shiny, clean cars with no milage, this is the place to see them if you don't mind huge crowds, all kicking the tires. This year, beginning on Saturday, 28. September, until Sunday, 13. October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

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.

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 onposter: expo, homage lindbergh, le bourget 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.

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 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 until August, presented at Hugo's exile home at Hauteville House on the Ile of Guernsey.

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.

Les Chemins de l'Encre - is about 20th century Chinese paintings by T'Ang Haywen. 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.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or an expo featuring the musical Yves Montand that continues 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.

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.

Art ou Nature? - the outdoor part of this exhibition in the Luxembourg garden near the Orangerie continues until Saturday, 21 September. At the garden entry at 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Saint-Suplice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 33 99.

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.

Affiches de Théâtre - this expo-sale presents theatre performance posters for collectors, until September. 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 thisposter: parc asterix 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 on 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.

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.

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 - 'The Pharaoh's Artists' 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.

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 Thursday and Friday, 11 and 12. July. Jardin du Luxembourg, near the Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 6. Métro: 'RER' Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 08 20 82 09 39.

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.

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' locationsposter: parc mer de sable have disappeared. Being presented in the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame, 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.

Martine Franck - this Magnum photographer presents landscapes, portraits of artists and scenes from the 'Théâtre du Soleil,' in this exhibition of 90 photos. 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.

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, to continue 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.

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.

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.

Revoir Paris - every Tuesday see four films about Paris. In all, the Vidéothèque has 6500 films about Paris. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

Cinemathèque Française - the film museum 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.

La Méthode - Laurent Millet - the photos in the windows of this gallery stopped me, until I went in and found out they are really photos. Until Saturday, 29. June. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 19:00. Galerie Camera Obscura, 12. Rue Ernest Cresson, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or Mouton-Duvernet. InfoTel.: 01 45 45 67 08.

Paris Jazz Festival - this year's edition continues until Tuesday, 28. July. Music in the park from 15:30 weekdays and from 16:30 on weekends. Major artists will be on hand, so the trip will be worth it. 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.

Hugo au Jardin - the 'Man of the Year' in Paris is on a green stage with performances until the endposter: parc france miniature of September, in or at the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, in the Jardin Pré-Catalan, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Port Maillot and then bus 244, direction Reuil-Malmaison InfoTel.: 01 40 19 95 33.

'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. Current productions, some with July dates, include Rossini's 'Barber of Seville,' Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' and 'Rusalka' by Dvorak. 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.

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 lasting until the end of June. The final 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.

Au XIXème Siècle - at the time, two centuries ago now, Paris was the world'sposter: playtime, jacques tati, chaillot circus capital. This show has been put together by the Bibliothèque Nationale, as an exhibit within the annual Foire de Saint-Germain. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, 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.

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! Until the beginning 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.

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.

Sur la Terre Comme au Ciel - is also known as how western gardens looked at the end of the middle ages. 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 Pestacles - is for kids, with free shows featuring clowns, music, puppets, music, magic, clowns, music and so on. On Wednesdays at 14:30, until Wednesday, 25. September. 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.

Balloons Away! - Eutelsat is now the sponsor of the tethered balloon flights at the Parc André Citroën. These take place, weather permitting, from 9:00 until 30 minutes before the park closes. At the Parc André Citroën, Rue Cauchy, Paris 15. Métro: Javel or Balard. For flight conditions call InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

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. Prolonged until 14. October, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. 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.

'Sprague' Métro Train - 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 23 and 30. June, 21. July, 4. and 18. August, and 1. and 8. September. Métro: line 6. Reservations are very necessary. ResaTel.: 01 40 02 38 33.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Catacombs are open again. Note - the standard '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.

Tous à la Plage - is an exhibition recalling the 'good old days' and their weekends spent at the guinguettes and bathing spots along the Marne. Closed on Monday and Friday, this exhibition continues until 31. October. The free-entry Musée Municipal is at 36. Boulevard Gallieni, in Nogent-sur-Marne. 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.

For Roller Folks - the free Friday night 'roller rando' around Paris goes on all year, starting at 22:00 on Fridays, from the front of the Gare Montparnasse. Each complete tour takes about three hours - so not they are for the wobbly or faint-hearted. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 89 81.

More For Roller Folks - the free Sunday afternoon 'other roller rando' around Paris goes on all year too, but starts at 14:30 on Sundays from the Place de la Bastille. Complete tours take about three hours, but are not so taxing as the night tours. Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 44 54 07 44.

Balade à Vélo - is to discover on bikes the artisanal and ex-industrial patrimony of eastern Paris, on the 1st Saturday of every month. Starts at 10:00 from the Place d'Aligre. Paris 12. Métro: Ledru-Rollin. InfoTel.: 01 53 17 03 18.

Roue Libre - this RATP partner has added enriched oxygen 'green' tours to its program, as well as Paris-by-night tours. Bike rentals are from 3.10euro 3 sign per hour. Both completeposter: expo hommes de mer, musee marine accessories and insurance are available. There are special long-term rates for bike rentals too. Tours are from 21euro 3 sign for adults. These require reservations. The year-round HQ is open from 9:00 to 19:00 daily, at 1. Passage Mondétour in Les Halles. Métro: Les Halles or Etienne-Marcel. InfoTel.: 08 00 44 15 34, or email rouelibre@wanadoo.fr.

Mike's Bullfrog Bike Tours - if you need guiding in English, then Mike's may be right for you. Meet at the south leg - 'Pilier Sud' - of the Tour Eiffel for low-effort, wide-ranging tours of Paris. There are two daytime tours, at 11:00 and 15:30, and a night tour at 19:00. Exceptions this year are on Sunday, 28. July and on Sunday, 14 July. Rates are 22euro 3 sign for days, 26euro 3 sign for nights, or 44euro 3 sign for both. Also, lots of service and Paris info at Mike's HQ. This is at 24. Rue Edgar-Faure Paris 15. Métro: Dupleix. InfoTel.: 01 56 58 10 54.

Final note - Roue Libre's bike tours for English speakers are conducted by Mike's Bullfrog Bike Tours in Paris. Final final note - Paris' other carless bike routes will be open on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

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