The Summer 'Scene'

photo: gay parade, rue de rennes, saturday

The ex-Gay Pride parade launches down the Rue de
Rennes on Saturday.

And Some of It Is Free

Paris:- Saturday, 29. June 2002:- As explained a bit last week, Paris has two parallel programs - one for regular events that continue through the summer, and another for summer events that don't continue during the winter.

This is not to say that all of the regular monuments and major museums toss their keys under the door and take off for eight weeks - these are open too. The programs of these are not included here, but you will be able to find occasional Web URLs to give you hints of what else is currently playing.

This 'summer' in Paris will be longer too - until it ends with an all-invited, all-night 'Nuit Blanche,' to be held on Saturday-Sunday, 5-6. October, which might be 'Indian-summer' time. For this, the city intends to keep its cultural doors open all night.

LoveParade Berlin - this is where it started and this is where it keeps on street dancing, if you can't afford to go to Brazil. For this year, on Friday, 12. and Saturday, 13. July. Not in Paris, but in Berlin. Métro/U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Zoo. Try the LoveParade Web site for more information.

Solidays - but if you can't wait, Paris has its own two-day festival this coming weekend, on 6. and 7. July, featuring 40 concerts with a lot of big names. With a 'Solidays' pass, the SNCF is offering fareposter: fete solidays, 6, 7 july reductions. Camping places available - reservations are advised. A 'pass' for the entire weekend is 31euro 3 sign or 34euro 3 sign. Mostly happening at the Longchamp racetrack. Paris 16. Métro: Porte Maillot, Porte d'Auteuil or Boulogne-Jean-Jaurès. Free buses leave from in front of the Palais des Congrés at Porte Maillot. Tickets available at Fnac, Carrefour and France Billet.

Don Giovanni - will be opera under the stars, playing in the Luxembourg from Sunday to Tuesday, 18, 19 and 20. July. Thereafter, on three evenings in September, at the château of Vaux Le Vicomte. The Luxembourg is Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or RER Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 08 92 70 11 22. Vaux Le Vicomte is 55 kilometres southeast of Paris near Maincy, just a bit east of Melun. InfoTel.: 01 64 14 41 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.

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 the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or busposter: la goutte d'or en fete, to 7 july 43. Park entry - possibly 1.50 euros. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19, ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

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 - is having its 16th season, to musically wend its way around the islands and through the summer until Sunday, 1. September. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.

L'Octuor de France - offers chamber music concerts in the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle. With Brahms, Ravel, Bach; Bitsch, Haydn, Debussy and other stars - in several concerts - with twoposter: octuor de france, bagatelle entry prices, 20euro 3 sign for afternoons and 25euro 3 sign for candlelight - plus 1.50euro 3 sign for entry to the park. From Thursday, 18. July until Thursday, 15. August. Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly, plus bus 43, plus 10 minutes' walk. InfoTel.:01 42 29 07 83.

Paris Plage, Part 1 - after the 'Canal En Fête' the beach opens, except for an 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 artistic 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.

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.

Fêtes de Nuit - Versailles - is a sound and light spectacular which includes the fountains of the château, plus fireworks and dancers, in a show lasting nearly two hours. Dates are all on Saturdays - 24 and 31. August, followed by Saturdays on the 7, 14. and 21. September. 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.

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. Besidesposter: boheme, festival ile de france 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.

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.

C'est l'Eté - and Paris goes to the movies, which translates into a couple of good deals for film fans. The first concerns all who are 26 or younger. From Monday, 15. July until Saturday, 15 August, at 150 independent cinemas the entry price will be 3euro 3 sign. This is a reduction from last year, and the age limit has been raised by a year.

3euro 3 sign for Everybody - same deal as above, but for everybody, at 86 Paris cinemas with 372 screens. But three days only - from Sunday, 25. August until Tuesday, 27. August. Get ready for popcorn!

Moonlight Movies - 18 major films will be shown after sundown in parks, places and gardens throughout Paris, with no entry price. Except Mondays, from Tuesday, 6. August until Sunday, 25. August, usually starting about 21:30. See the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque Web site for details. Rome's 'Cittàdi Cinema' has been doing this for nine years, and has propose two major Italian movies filmed in Paris for this cycle. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 18. In case of rain, no show.

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