Huge Hugo Marathon

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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 Sndays 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.


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