More, Better, Summer

photo: stage a denfert, fete de la musique, 21 june

'Summer' in Paris officially began with Friday's Fête de la Musique - here at Denfert-Rochereau.

Ending With a 'Nuit Blanche'

Paris:- Saturday, 22. June 2002:- Last Tuesday morning Christophe Girard presented Paris' summer program for an assembled handful of about 100 Paris-watchers, who only had to wait about an hour before cocktails were served in the garden.

Visitors as well as residents will benefit from the city's new policy of having more theatre performances throughout the summer - and more of everything else too. Besides cheaper seat prices for independent cinemas, there will also be outdoor projections at three locations in August - Montmartre, Ménilmontant and in the Place des Vosges.

You can add this to the summer program at the Forum des Images. Mr. Girard said it would amount to Paris becoming the 'going-to-movies' capital of the world. In case you think this may not be enough, Paris' annual 'Quartier d'Eté' program has been given a massive shot in the arm - It plays throughout Paris from Sunday, 14. July until Saturday, 17. August.

The 'summer' will be longer too - until it ends with an all-invited, all-night 'Nuit Blanche,' to be held on 5-6. October, which might be 'Indian-summer' time. More details coming soon about this and other summer events.

Today's special 'Scene d'Eté' column has had a lot of summer items added, while last week's regular 'Scene' column remains valid - except for its expired items like the Fête de la Musique. If you want all of it, you'll have to glance at both.



Don Giovanni - will be opera under the stars, beginning at the Parc de Sceaux just outside Paris, until the end of June, then playing in the Luxembourg from Sunday to Tuesday, 18, 19 and 20. July. Thereafter, on three evenings in September at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. InfoTel.: 08 92 70 11 22.

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 Spaceposter: les kings d'aubervilliers, thtr 5 diamants 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.

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 bizarro 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.

Exile-Exile - with the 2nd 'Exile' being backwards, featuring Raoul Marek and his 'La Salle du Monde,' in three dimensions. Until Sunday, 13. October, from 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.

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 or September. 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.

25th Foire Saint-Germain - is an annual fair, taking place in the Quartier Latin, mostly in the area between the Place Saint-Sulpice and the Odéon theatre. This continues a tradition begun in 1176 - and relaunched in 1978. It includes an antiques' market, music, exhibitions and street theatre. Until Sunday, 7. July. For more details, try Foire Saint-Germain. Mostly near the Place Saint-Sulpice. Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Festival Soirs d'Ete - continues at 21:30 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. Until Sunday, 14. July. Times are in afternoons and evenings. At the Orangerie de Bagatelle, Route de Reine-Marguerite, in thebrochure: les canaux de paris 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.

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

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 - see below.

Tour de France - after riding around, up and down, in France for three weeks followed by a huge supporting circus including many motorcycled TVs, this year's bike race wheels off its final laps in Paris. The finishing line is on the Champs-Elysées and the day to see it will be Sunday, 28. July.

Fête the Eve of the Fête de la Bastille - at the firemen's balls scattered around Paris. Montmartre started it in 1937 and the good-natured brave lads party on - all these are on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14. July, mostly with live music. Saturday's edition of Le Parisien should have the fête locations listed. The first fête lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs-Elysées parade.

Two Big 'Bals' - one is usually at the Place de la Bastille, beginning at 22:00 and continuing until 02:00, with lots music and lots of party-people. Paris 4, 11 and 12. Métros: Saint-Paul, Sully- Morland, Chemin-Vert, Bréguet-Sabin or Ledru-Rollin.

The Parvis de la Hôtel de Ville - might be the scene of the other grand 'Bal,' also beginning at 22:00 and continuing until 01:00 or 02:00. Both of these 'Bals' will be held on Saturday, 13. July. Paris 4. Possible métro stops for the Hôtel de Ville will be Châtelet, Cité, Pont-Marie and the RER 'C' line's Saint-Michel stop.

Military Parade - this always takes place on the whole Champs-Elysées, from Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. On Sunday, 14. July. The official viewing stand is usually set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros: count on the métro stops at Etoile, George V, Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed - arrive by way of the next nearest ones.

Fireworks - should have their night on Sunday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The dazzlers will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. The show will last about 40 minutes, and is usually held rain or shine. Paris 7. Métros: Alma-Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte-Picquet- Grenelle - also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

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: my guess, 1.50euro 3 sign. InfoTel.: 08 10 81 00 10.

Paris Plage, Part 1 - begins 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.

Quartier d'Eté - a vastly greater variety of events make up this summer's Paris program of artisticposter: hernani by victor hugo, thtr bibliotheque historique treats - from techno to opera to circuses - to be performed on streets, places and unusual locations throughout the city. This program goes on more or less non-stop from Sunday, 14. July until Saturday, 17. August. Some of these events are free and others are not. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have complete details. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Walk-In Outside Movies - are now a tradition at the Parc de la Villette, which has a big grassy place for you to watch movies projected on an inflated screen. Films roll from Tuesday, 16. July until Sunday, 25. August; and start about 22:00, when it's dark enough. Deckchairs are also available. Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 76 92.

Fêtes de Bohème et de Moravie - will be five days of modern, classical and jazz from the Czech Republic, each evening at 20:30, from Tuesday, 27. August to Saturday, 31. August. At the Cabaret Sauvage, in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 58 71 01 01.

Les Grands Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and baroque musical fountain show. Every Sunday, at the 'Grande Perspective' from 11:00 to 12:00; and at 15:30 at all of the Bassins and Bosquets, with the finale at the 'Bassin de Neptune' around 17:20. Also on Saturdays, until 6. October including the 15. August. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or the RER 'C.' InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

Les Grands Eaux Nocturnes - is a sunset sound and light spectacular which includes the fountains of the château, plus fireworks and dancers, in a show lasting nearly two hours. On Saturdays at 21:30 - on 6, 20. and 27. July. In the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or the RER 'C.' InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88. Note:- different sources give different times and dates for what may be one show, instead of what seems to be two different ones noted above.

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.

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.

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 theyposter: le cirque cruel 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.


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