Under Open Skies

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Saturday night dancing on 'Paris Plage.'

Outdoor Events, Day by Day

Paris:- Saturday, 27. July 2002:- Last Sunday's opening of the first edition of 'Paris Plage' has coincided with the proper weather to go with it, and it is proving to be a big success. For this reason this 2nd special summer column contains mostly outdoor 'Scenes.'

'Scene 1' - is the regular column. It is two weeks old, but contains many of the current cultural events, and someposter: cinema au clair de lune future ones for the 'end of summer,' which officially continues until the all-invited, all-night 'Nuit Blanche,' to be held on Saturday-Sunday, 5-6. October. If you look at this page, be sure to keep a lookout for any now 'expired' dates of past events.

'Scenes d'Eté' - is the summer events' column. It is also two weeks old, but it lacks the many of the details of outdoor items listed in this column. I thought these would be readily available from other sources, but some readers have asked for them here.

Many events listed below - by dates - are free for come-as-you-are folks, but a few of them are not. Some world-class professional artists have been engaged to give world-class performances. On show, in Paris, this summer.

If You Feel Lost

This year in Paris there are 170 'reception ambassadors' scattered around the city, all of whom speak your language.

There are eight reception posts run by the city and 23 in the RATP's transport network. This is within the framework of 'Votre Eté à Paris' or 'Your Summer In...' If you have any questions just look for the young people wearing the orange jackets or their colorful kiosks.

Not all of these ambassadors are Parisian university students and not all are even French, but all have been given a 10-day orientation course by the Tourist Office. Their purpose is not only to answer visitors' questions, but also to help visitors discover less obvious aspects of Paris.


Outdoor Everything

Quartier d'Eté - is a vastly greater variety of events to make up this year's summer Paris program of mostly outdoor artistic treats - from techno to opera to circuses - to be performed on streets, places and unusual locations throughout the city. This program goes on moreposter: quartier d'ete or less non-stop until Saturday, 17. August. Some of these events are free and others are not. The Quartier d'Eté Web site may have more complete details than are listed here. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

It is also the summer of cinema in Paris, with films being shown nightly, except Mondays, at La Villette's walk-in outdoor cinema. Additionally, starting on Tuesday, 6. August, the Forum des Images takes its movies outside too - to various locations all over Paris.

Not listed here - but at least four theatres in Paris are open with stage performances throughout August, including 'man of the year' Victor Hugo's entire works being staged at the Théâtre du Nord-Ouest, until the end of the year. The others are the Théâtre Comedia, the Comedie de Paris and the Théâtre de la Gaité Montparnasse. Three other 'spectaculars' are playing at the Théâtre des Mathurins, the Palais des Glaces, and until Wednesday, 7. August you can see 'Un Eté avec Prevert' at the Théâtre des Champs- Elysées.


Monday, 29. July to Sunday, 4. August

Mon, 29. July:- Soul Flower Mononke Summit, 'World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6

Tues, 30. July:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' at the Etoile, Paris 8, and the endstation is the Lac du Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12
ï Soul Flower Mononke Summit, 'World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Mnozil Brass, 'Austrian World Music,' 19:00, Parc George Brassens, Paris 15
ï Jazz, Kenny Garret, saxophone, 21:00, courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4
ï Ballet de l'Opéra National de Lyon, 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'L'Ombre d'un Doute,' La Villette, Paris 19

Wed, 31. July:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' at the Gare du Nord, Paris 10, and the endstation is the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6. In between, Saint-Denis.
ï Stories and words, by Lucienposter: expo, daniel buren, pompidou Gourong, at 8:00 and 17:00, in the Montparnasse cemetery, Paris 14
ï Soul Flower Mononke Summit, 'World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Mnozil Brass, 'Austrian World Music,' 19:00, Parc de Belleville, Paris 20
ï Jazz, Yves Robert, trombone, 21:00, courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4
ï Film, 'Convoi des Femmes,' La Villette, Paris 19

Thur, 1. August:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' at Pantin, Paris 19, and the endstation is Père-Lachaise, Paris 20
ï Mnozil Brass, 'Austrian World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Poetry reading by Sabine Macher, 19:00, in the garden of the Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6
ï Soul Flower Mononke Summit, 'World Music,' 19:00, Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Octour de France, chamber music, 21:00, Orangerie de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16
ï Jazz, Steps Ahead, avant-garde, 21:00, courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4
ï Ballet de l'Opéra National de Lyon, 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Aller Vers le Soleil,' La Villette, Paris 19

Fri, 2. August:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' at the Parc Montsouris, Paris 14, and the endstation is the Place de la Nation, Paris 12
ï Stories and words, by Valérie de la Rochefoucauld, at 8:00 and 17:00, in the Passy cemetery, Paris 16
ï Mnozil Brass, 'Austrian World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Soul Flower Mononke Summit, 'World Music,' 19:00, Parc Montsouris, Paris 14
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16
ï Jazz, Fées et Gestes, quartet, 21:00, courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4
ï Ballet de l'Opéra National de Lyon, 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Et la Vie Continue,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sat, 3. August:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' being 'Les Iles Cité and Saint-Louis,' Paris 1 and 4, and the endstation is infinity, also in Paris 1 and 4
ï Mnozil Brass, 'Austrian World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Jazz, Susheela Raman, singer, 21:00, courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4
ï 'Aller-Retour,' outdoor film, 22:00, Rue Oudiné at the Rue du Dessous des Berges, Paris 13
ï Film, 'Dr. Strangelove,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sun, 4. August:- Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 15:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Octour de France, chamber music, 16:30, Orangerie de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16
ï Bratsch, 'clochard World Music,' 17:00, Parc de Parc de le Légion d'Honneur, Saint-Denis
ï 'World-music' with a free 'bal-concert' at the Kiosque à Musique, 17:30, in the Parc de la Villette, Paris 19
ï Orchestre les Archets de Paris, 19:15, Saint-Chapelle, Ile de la Cité, Paris 1
ï Jazz, Moutin Réunion, French-jazz, 21:00, courtyard of the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4
ï Film, 'La Promesse,' La Villette, Paris 19

Monday, 5. August to Sunday, 11. August

Mon, 5. August:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' being a two-day tour of the Petite Ceinture and the Boulevards Maréchaux, all of the way around Paris
ï Bratsch, 'clochard World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Orchestre les Archets de Paris, 21:00, Saint-Chapelle, Ile de la Cité, Paris 1
ï Niels 'Storm' Robitzky, 'Solo for Two,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1

Tues, 6. August:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, with 'Point Zero' being a two-day tour of the Petite Ceinture and the Boulevards Maréchaux, all of the way around Paris
ï Bratsch, 'clochard World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai deposter: trompterkorps, osnabruck la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Orchestre les Archets de Paris, 21:00, Saint-Chapelle, Ile de la Cité, Paris 1
ï Niels 'Storm' Robitzky, 'Solo for Two,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain,' Square Willette, Montmartre, Paris 18
ï Film, 'La Grande Illusion,' La Villette, Paris 19

Wed, 7. August:- Travelling & dancing with Christine Quoiraud, from 06:30 to 18:00, today's 'Point Zero' is in front of Notre-Dame, with the real 'Point Zéro' at Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, endstation of the RER line 'B.' Tour and dance through Fontenay-aux-Roses, the Verrières forest, Saclay, and the Port Royal forest
ï Stories and words, by Bérard Potier, at 8:00 and 17:00, in the Montmartre cemetery, Paris 18, métro, Place Clichy
ï Bratsch, 'clochard World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Bollywood Brass Band, 'Bollywood World Music,' 19:00, Parc de Belleville, Paris 20 - or at the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Orchestre les Archets de Paris, 21:00, Saint-Chapelle, Ile de la Cité, Paris 1
ï Niels 'Storm' Robitzky, 'Solo for Two,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'La Nuit Américaine,' Bercy Village, Paris 12
ï Film, 'Kairo,' La Villette, Paris 19

Thur, 8. August:- You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Poetry reading by Katalin Molmar, 19:00, in the garden of the Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6
ï Bratsch, 'clochard World Music,' 19:00, Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, Paris 19
ï Bollywood Brass Band, 'Bollywood World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Niels 'Storm' Robitzky, 'Solo for Two,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï 'Les Nuits des Etoiles' - is a France-wide event that starts when it's dark enough, and there are clear skies. Here's hoping.
ï Film, 'Panique,' Lagny sportsfield, Paris 20
ï Film, 'Chérie Je Me Sens Rajeunir,' La Villette, Paris 19

Fri, 9. August:- Stories and words, by Ben Zinet, at 8:00 and 17:00, in the Bagneux cemetery, bus 128 to 92 Bagneux
ï Be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Bratsch, 'clochard World Music,' 19:00, Parc Montsouris, Paris 14
ï Bollywood Brass Band, 'Bollywood World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Orchestre les Archets de Paris, 19:15, Saint-Chapelle, Ile de la Cité, Paris 1
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï 'Les Nuits des Etoiles' - is a France-wide event that starts when it's dark enough, and skies are clear enough.
ï Film, 'Les Misérables,' Place des Vosges, Paris 4
ï Film, 'The Purple Rose of Cairo,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sat, 10. August:- You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Bollywood Brass Band, 'Bollywood World Music,' 18:00, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtreposter: expo, arnold newman, hotel sully de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Classic concert with Laurent Korcia and Dana Ciocarlie, 16:30, Parc Floral, Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12
ï Theatre, Pagnol's 'Marius,' 19:00, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5
ï Beth Sheba Gospel Wave, 20:30, at the American Church, 65. Quai d'Orsay, Paris 7
ï Films and Merce Cunningham & Co, in person, at the Cinémathèque Française, 20:30, Palais de Chaillot, Trocadéro, Paris 16
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï 'Les Nuits des Etoiles' - is a France-wide event that starts when it's dark enough, and skies are clear enough.
ï 'Aller-Retour,' outdoor film, 22:00, Rue Simone-Weil, Paris 13, near Avenue d'Ivry
ï Film, 'La Nuit de Varennes,' Avenue de Breteuil, at Rue d'Estrées, Paris 7
ï Film, 'One Two Three,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sun, 11. August:- Be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Bollywood Brass Band, 'Bollywood World Music,' 17:00, Parc Départemental de Chanteraines, Gennevilliers, 92
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 15:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï 'World-music' with a free 'bal-concert' at the Kiosque à Musique, 17:30, La Villette, Paris 19
ï Film, 'Le Samouraï,' Parc de Choisy, Paris 13
ï Film, 'La Mouche,' La Villette, Paris 19

Monday, 12. August to Sunday, 18. August

Mon, 12. August:- You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with 'Event' and 'How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1

Tues, 13. August:- You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with 'Event' and 'How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Tchao Pantin,' Ménilmontant sportsfield, Paris 11
ï Film, 'Matrix,' La Villette, Paris 19

Wed, 14. August:- Stories and words, by Mélancolie Motte, at 8:00 and 17:00, in the Père-Lachaise cemetery, Paris 20
ï You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with 'Event' and 'How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run,' 22:00, Cour d'Orléans, Palais-Royal, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Tout le Monde Dit I Love You,' Jardins Trocadéro, Paris 16
ï Film, 'Et Là-bas Quelle Heure Est-il?' La Villette, Paris 19

Thur, 15. August:- Be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 15:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Octour de France, chamber music, 16:30, Orangerie de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Fric-Frac,' Place de la Bourse, Paris 2
ï Film, 'The Third Man,' La Villette, Paris 19

Fri, 16. August:- Stories and words, by Jacques Combe, at 8:00 and 17:00, in the Thiais cemetery, bus 185 to 94 Thiais
ï You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Les Tricheurs,' Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 6
ï Films, 'La Féline' and 'Trouble Every Day,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sat, 17. August:- You can be part of the 'Living Poster,' by Compagnie Eux et Elles, from 11:00 to 19:00, 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19
ï Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucreceposter: cite des sciences Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Beth Sheba Gospel Wave, 20:30, at the American Church, 65. Quai d'Orsay, Paris 7
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Symphonic, Circus Polka and Stravinski's Firebird, with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France, 21:30, Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Will be on Sunday if rained out Saturday.
ï Film, 'Midnight,' Parc Monceau, Paris 8
ï Film, 'La Soif du Mal,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sun, 18. August:- Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 15:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï 'World-music' with a free 'bal-concert' at the Kiosque à Musique, 17:30, La Villette, Paris 19
ï Film, 'Pour Rire!' Rue Louis-Blanc and Quai des Jemmapes, Paris 10
ï Film, 'Twin Peaks,' La Villette, Paris 19

Monday, 19. August to Sunday, 25. August

Tues, 20. August:- Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Les Gaspards,' Parc André Citroën, Paris 15
ï Film, 'To Be or Not To Be,' La Villette, Paris 19

Wed, 21. August:- Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Film, 'On Connaît le Chanson,' Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris 19
ï Film, 'Sous le Soleil de Satan,' La Villette, Paris 19

Thur, 22. August:- Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Film, 'Les Nuits de la Pleine Lune,' Parc Montsouris, Paris 14
ï Film, 'Kilsottum,' La Villette, Paris 19

Fri, 23. August:- Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 20:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Film, 'La Faute à Voltaire,' Institut de Monde Arabe, Paris 5
ï Film, 'Brazil,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sat, 24. August:- Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1
ï Classical music, Cecile Daroux and Leonardo Sanchez, 16:30, Parc Floral, Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12
ï Film, 'Un Drôle de Paroissien,' Place René-Cassin, Paris 1
ï Film, 'La Dame de Shanghai,' La Villette, Paris 19

Sun, 25. August:- Theatre, Hugo's 'Lucrece Borgia,' 15:30, Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne,
ï 'World-music' with a free 'bal-concert' at the Kiosque à Musique, 17:30, La Villette, Paris 19
ï Film, 'Le Jour et l'Heure,' Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris 4
ï Film, 'Apocalypse Now,' La Villette, Paris 19

Monday, 26. August to Sunday, 1. September

Tues, 27. August:- Jazz and traditional music, 'Le Voyage Bohèmien,' 21:30, Le Cabaret Sauvage, La Villette, Paris 19
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1

Wed, 28. August:- Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Scaramouche,' 20:30, Arènes de Montmartre, Paris 18
ï Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Donna Giovanni,' 20:30, Courtyard of the Mairie, Paris 2
ï Jazz and traditional music, 'Le Voyage Bohèmien,' 21:30, Le Cabaret Sauvage, La Villette, Paris 19

Thur, 29. August:- Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Scaramouche,' 20:30, Arènes de Montmartre, Paris 18
ï Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Donna Giovanni,' 20:30, Courtyard of the Mairie, Paris 2
ï Jazz and traditional music, 'Le Voyage Bohèmien,' 21:30, Le Cabaret Sauvage, La Villette, Paris 19

Fri, 30. August:- Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Scaramouche,' 20:30, Arènes de Montmartre, Paris 18
ï Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Donna Giovanni,' 20:30, Courtyard of the Mairie, Paris 2
ï Jazz and traditional music, 'Le Voyage Bohèmien,' 21:30, Le Cabaret Sauvage, La Villette, Paris 19
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1

Sat, 31. August:- Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Scaramouche,' 20:30, Arènes de Montmartre, Paris 18
ï Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Donna Giovanni,' 20:30, Courtyard of the Mairie, Paris 2
ï Jazz and traditional music, 'Le Voyage Bohèmien,' 21:30, Le Cabaret Sauvage, La Villette, Paris 19
ï Jazz, 'Pianissimo,' 21:00, Sunside, Rue des Lombards, Paris 1

Sun, 1. September:- Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Scaramouche,' 15:30, Arènes de Montmartre, Paris 18
ï Festival Arènes de Montmartre, 'Donna Giovanni,' 20:30, Courtyard of the Mairie, Paris 2. This festival continues, with two additional titles, until 15. September.


Paris As a Beach

'Paris Plage' - is more than three kilometres of Seine-side beach front on the right bank, open only for 'soft'poster: paris plage 2002 traffic, for pedestrians, skaters, strollers, rollers - all until Sunday, 18. August. Expect to see some live entertainment and spots to dance, some pétanque players, and 'clubs' for kids, as well as refreshment kiosks. Fishing and tango lessons are also on the program.

Opening day on Sunday, 21. July, was 'tested' by your Internet reporter in Paris, and by about a half-million other fresh air sensation seekers. Read about it here.

Far off places with lots of real beaches like Sydney in Australia have suggested 'Paris Plage' is a fake - but a lot of people haven't noticed because it is summer right here in Paris, while Sydney is having its admittedly, mild winter, way down there.

In addition to strolling by the Seine, there are deckchairs available and even some small patches of real sand, so bring a beach towel. During the week, the beach volley-ball court opened in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Next to this is the world's smallest mini-golf course, complete with deckchairs at its '19th' hole.

'Paris Plage' is open 24 hours daily. Refreshment kiosks open early in the morning, and sports start about 11:00. Most entertainments are scheduled to begin around 16:00 and to shut down by 23:00, but when the weather is nice Parisians and visitors are staying out late, to add some life to the Seine after midnight under starlight. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Before there was a 'Paris Plage' there were all the others places to lounge beside the Seine - and the Canal Saint-Martin. These include the quays that line most of both banks and the islands. There is the Parc André Citroën in the 15th, and the Quai de la Gare in the 13th with its music peniches.

Other peniches are scattered along the quays, and these offer café terraces, some with dining, and some have entertainment too. If you look around, you'll find your spot by the water, some of which may be calmer than 'Paris Plage.'

Other Events, Scenes

Fêtes des Tuileries - some mind-numbing 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 the eves of holidays. Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 46 27 52 29.

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.

Zelle la Grenouille - will be in the 'Jardin des Parapluies,' in a spectacle featuring marionettes by Gérard Weiss. This will be enjoyed by kids from 3 to 8. Except on Saturdays, from Thursday, 1. August until Wednesday, 28. August, at 15:00 and on Sundays at 16:30 plus Thursday, 15. August. At the Théâtre Astral in the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 43 71 31 10.

Festival Classique au Vert - this year marks the 9th edition, which begins on Saturday, 3. August and continues until Sunday, 29. September, on Saturdays and Sundays at 16:00. In the 'Valley of Flowers' by the 'Espace Delta' in the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Park entry is 1.50euro 3 sign. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

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.

Les Nuits des Etoiles - must be at night and there must be visible stars. This event takes place in Paris and throughout France. Scheduled for Thursday to Friday, 8 to 10. August. Try the Ciel, Eté, Espace Web site for details. InfoTel.: 02 33 25 01 80.

Les Grands Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and baroque musical fountainposter: mag, nova, paris ouvert l'ete 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, and on Thursday, 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 Friday, 30. August and 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.

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. 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!

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.

Paris From the Sky II - 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.

Hugo au Jardin - the 'Man of the Year' in Paris is on a green stage with performances until the end 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. See dates above.

Roofless Pools

Les Piscines, More Paris Plage - here is a short list of the open-top pools topless this summer in Paris. 'Open-top' means the pool, and does not guarantee people-free sunbathing space.

- Piscine Roger-Le-Gall, 34. Boulevard Carnet, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Vincennes.
- La Butte-aux-Cailles is historic and has triple-pools, at 5. Place Paul-Verlain, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie. The interior pool is closed until 4. August.
- The Piscine Keller, 14. Rue l'Ingénieur Keller, Paris 15. Métro: Charles-Michels. This pool, taken over by the city, is expected to reopen at the end of July.
- The Piscine d'Auteuil, in the Bois de Boulogne - two pools and grassy sunbathing - on the Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh. Some part of it is supposed to close on 5. August.
- The Piscine Champerret has, like the pool at Auteuil, grass to lie on, to catch sunrays without getting wet. At 36. Boulevard de Reims, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret.
- The Piscine Hébert was built in 1896 and renovated in 1992, but remains a bit small. At 2. Rue des Fillettes, Paris 18. Métro: Marx-Dormoy.
- Piscine Georges-Hermant, 4. Rue David-Angers, Paris 19. Métro: Danube.
- The Piscine Georges-Vallerey was built in 1924 for the Olympics and is where Johnny Weissmuller won the 400 metres before becoming Tarzan. At 148. Avenue Gambetta, Paris 20. Métro: Porte des Lilas.
- Dim inside, sun outside at Boulogne-Billancourt at the Parc de Billancourt pool, 165. Rue du Vieux-Pont-de-Sèvres. Métro: Billancourt.

Unclassified Outdoors

Lectures d'Eté - Paris' public libraries are bringing their books outside to deliver reading material to drowsy readers lounging around in parks. Operating in nine outdoor locations, don't be surprised to see librarians hustling around shopping carts full of books to lend.

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 andphoto: palms, paris plage 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.

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.

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.

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 complete accessories and insurance are available. There are special long-term rates for bike rentals too. Tours are from 22euro 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. Roue Libre InfoTel.: 08 00 44 15 34, or email rouelibre@wanadoo.fr. Libre has one of its bike rental buses at 'Paris Plage' near the Pont d'Arcole.

Final note - Roue Libre's bike tours for Englishposter: amour on the sidewalk speakers are conducted by Mike's Bullfrog Bike Tours in Paris. Café Metropole Club members have recommended Mike's evening tour which shows off Paris from another viewpoint. Final final note - all of Paris' other carless bike routes will be open on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.


Other 'Scene' Pages

Regular cultural events are listed on the normal 'Scene' page, which appeared two issues ago.

Many other summer events and services are listed on the 'Scenes d'Eté' page, which also appeared two issues ago.

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