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 Triheurs,' Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 6
ï Films, 'La Féline' and 'Trouble Every Day,' La Villette, Paris 19


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