Try and Take a Pick

photo: rue lepic, montmartre

The busy Rue Lepic, from the Place Blanche.

For September and October

Paris:- Saturday, 7. September 2002:- If this huge page loads before you fall asleep, you will see that there is more going on here than is supposed to be normal. Take your pick.



Squatts d'Artistes - means 'art-squat' but this is hardly a typical example because it lasts for a fixed period from Tuesday, 10. September until Wednesday, 2. October - from noon to midnight, from Tuesday to Sunday. Entry: 3 or 5euro 3 sign. At the Palais de Tokyo, 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 52 00.

Jazz à la Villette - has changed its nameposter: expo, lieux communs au femmes pluriel, maison balzac from 'Villette Jazz Festival' but it's the same good music. This year, until Saturday, 14. September. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

La Force de l'Esprit - is an exhibition by 30 modern artists, to benefit research for Alzheimer's disease, sponsored by the Eisai pharmaceutical firm. Until Saturday, 21. September, from 10:30 to 18:30. At the Espace Cardin, 1-3. Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 46 28 35 72.

Modes à Suivre 2 - is a showcase for 45 new and young clothing designers, perhaps offering a look at tomorrow's big names. Until Wednesday, 18. September, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Mondays. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Lieux Communs au Féminin Pluriel - Balzac's literary ladies were hardly models - they tended to be monsters, with good souls. Shown here in this exhibition of caricatures, by Monnier and Gavarni. From Wednesday, 11. September until Sunday, 17. November, from 10:00 to 17:40 except on Mondays. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Max Beckmann - is a ' Peinture dans l'Histoire' who is worth a major exhibition from Thursday, 12. September until Monday, 6. January 2003. 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.

Kayassine - after its world tour, Kayassine puts on its elaborate aerial ballet, beginning on Thursday, 12. September, until Sunday, 20. October. Thursday to Saturday at 20:30, and at 17:00 on Sunday. On the Pelouse de Reuilly in the Bois de Vincennes. Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 48 91 81 71.

Le Nozze di Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's big hit opera is playing again, beginning at 19:30 on Monday, 9. September. Other dates in September are the 12, 16, 18, and the 24th. The time for Sunday, 22. September is 15:00. If the program is correct, this opera returns for 12 more dates, from May to July 2003. At the Opéra Bastille, 2-bis, Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 78 68.

Sur la Corde Rêve - as performed by the Quatuor. From Tuesday, 10. September until 5. January 2003. Except on Mondays, times are 20:30 and at 16:00 on Sundays. At the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, 4. Rue Monsigny, Paris 2. Métro: Quatre-Septembre. InfoTel.: 01 42 96 92 42.

Bohêmes - takes place within the Festival Ile-de-France this year, which means it is not only in Paris. Something like 37 events are planned, continuing until mid-October. Some transfer buses from Paris will be available for out-of-town locations. In Paris and the Ile-de-France region. InfoTel.: 01 58 71 01 01.

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 on 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.

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.

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.

Bertrand Lavier - covers some area between painting and sculpture, while Philippeposter: salon, mondial de l'auto, 2002 Parreno is more multiplex, using everything he gets his hands on. Both until Sunday, 22. September. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40; until 18:45 on weekends. At Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 80.

Un Maïtre du Portrait - means Arnold Newman's photographs of everybody famous, to be admired until Sunday, 22. September. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 30 60.

Daniel Buren - is featured in a major and extraordinary exhibition stretching out to Monday, 23. September. 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. On view for free, see Buren's columns in the courtyard of the Palais-Royal.

Ingres - 'Les Cartons de Vitraux,' 25 of them from the Louvre's collection, are on view continuing until Monday, 23. September. Open from 9:00 to 17:30 and until 21:30 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. The Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Paris With a View - is a paraphrase of the photographic exhibition 'Paris au Plus Haut des Cieux,' which shows Philippe Muraro's affection for high places in the city. The series, begun in 1999, is not yet finished. On view from Friday, 13. September until Thursday, 31. October, 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.

Minä Sinä Me - is an exhibition featuring works by the Finnish photographers Marjaana Kella, Pekka Turunen and Heli Rekula. This exhibition begins on Friday, 13. September and continues until Wednesday, 22. December. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. To be at the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenue 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.

Chano, un Cubain à New York - is possibly, a 'big show.' After a spring season, it returns on Friday, 13. September and continues until Sunday, 29. September. Weekday shows at 20:00, Saturdays at 21:00 and on Sundays at 16:30. No show on Mondays. At the Opéra Comique, 1. Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Techno Parade - just when I thought this was replaced by something else, here it is, back again. Thank you, Jack Lang! On Saturday, 14. September. It starts at 13:00 from the Place Denfert-Rochereau. Paris 14. Destination is the Place de la Bastille. To start, Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 42 47 84 76.

Fête de l'Humanité - is the newspaper's and the Communist Party's 'welcome back from holidays' annual three-day rock-and-folks' party featuring artists like Tito Fuentes. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 13, 14 and 15. September. Take the RER 'B' to Le Bourget and look for shuttle-buses to La Courneuve's big park. Entry, 10euro 3 sign for the three days.

More Coming Events, Exhibitions, Salons

Giulio Cesare - Georg Friedrich Händel's opera opens on Monday, 16. September at 19:00. Other dates are 19, 24, 27, 30. September and 11. and 14. October. The time for Sunday, 6. October is 14:30. At the Opéra Garnier, 1. Place de l'Opéra, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 78 68.

Les Contes d'Hoffman - by Jacques Offenbach have their times too and these are all at 19:30 on Tuesday, 17. September, plus 19, 24, 27. and 30. September and 4, 7, 9. and 17. October. The time for Sunday, 13. October is 15:00. At theposter: expo, finnish photos, photo pekka turunen Opéra Bastille, 2-bis, Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 78 68.

Questions d'Etiquettes - is an exhibition featuring commercial labels, from the 18th century to our time. From Tuesday, 17. September until Saturday, 28. December. From Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens,1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie InfoTel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Photo © Pekka Turunen

Manet - Velasquez - examines the 'Spanish manner' in the 19th century, in this big show beginning on Wednesday, 18. September and continuing until Sunday, 6. January 2003. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays, and 9:00 to 18:00 on Sundays, but it's all closed on Monday. 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.

Festival Art Outsiders - is assumed to be a photographic exhibition, but without further details. Beginning on Wednesday, 18, September, it continues until Sunday, 20. October. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:30. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Dancer - is the title of an exhibition of photographs by Irving Penn, on view from Wednesday, 18. September until Sunday, 20. October. From 11:00 to 20:00 daily except holidays, and Monday and Tuesday. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Le Geste Kôngo - or 'Les Bois Sacrés d'Hélènon,' is a new exhibition of 'Nikisi' and 'Minkisi' - which are statuettes, singular or plural, done by the Kongo and their immediate neighbors in Africa. On view from Wednesday, 18. September, until 19. January 2003. Open daily from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry on the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Vivez Nature - is a biofood salon for biofood-hungry people. From Thursday, 19. September until Monday, 23. September. From 11:00 to 19:30 and stretching out to 21:30 on Friday. At the Espace Champerret, 6. Rue Jean-Oestreicher; Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret. InfoTel.: 03 86 78 19 20.

Antique Salon at Auteuil - featuring mostly deco and furniture. Dates are from Friday, 20. September until Monday, 30. September are hours are 11:00 to 20:00 daily. Antiquaires à Auteuil, Espace Auteuil, 1. Place de la Porte Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 45 61 05 35.

XXI Biennale des Antiquaries - leans more towards pieces of art, some in ornate frames by Dimitri. See the big time at the Biennale des Antiquaries, beginning on Friday, 20. September too, but ending on Sunday, 29. September. From 11:00 to 23:00, and from 11:00 to 20:00 on Sundays. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 51 74 74.

Walking Around the Luxembourg - with an exhibition titled 'Victor Hugo Promeneur du Luxembourg,' beginning on Saturday, 21. September and continuing until Friday, 6. December. Quite a long walk. Entry by the Rue de Médicis, to the Jardin Du Luxembourg. Paris 6. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No other info about this as yet.

Gala des Etoiles du XXI Century - these ballet 'stars' are featured on three dates, Saturday, 21. September at 20:00, Sunday, 22. September at 15:00 and on Monday, 23. September at 20:00. At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Rond-Point. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

Matisse - Picasso - will probably be a big show featuring these two painters, because it will last from Sunday, 22. September until Monday, 6. January 2003. As usual, advance tickets are required for mornings from 10:00 to 13:00. Otherwise open from 10:00 to 19:15, and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

19th Journées du Patrimonie - means open doors and free entries for mostposter: cirque kayassine, les arts sauts of France's treasures - some only on public view for this weekend. On Saturday, 21. September and Sunday, 22. September. Check the Min. Cult Web site for some details, after Monday, 16. September. InfoTel.: 01 40 15 37 37.

Festival d'Automne - details are slight for the 31st edition of this multi-everything series of events, lasting from Monday, 23. September until Sunday, 22. December. Throughout Paris. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00.

Jeunes Talents Cirque - is a competition for young circus artists, scheduled to be held from Monday, 23. September until Saturday, 28. September. Reservations are necessary. At the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, 21. Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14. Métro: Porte d'Orléans or RER Cité Universitaire. InfoTel.: 01 43 13 50 50.

Danses de Corée - more dancing, again for three performances. This is part of the Festival d'Automne program. The times are all at 20:00 and the dates are Monday to Wednesday, 23. to 25. September. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris - with choreography by Roland Petit and Jerome Robbins. Dates are Wednesday and Thursday, 25. and 26. September at 19:30, plus Saturday, 28. September, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1. and 2. October, and Friday and Saturday, 4. and 5. October, all at 19:30. Finally, on Sunday, 29. September, at 15:00. At the Opéra Garnier, 1. Place de l'Opéra, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 78 68.

Fête des Jardins - takes place this year from Tuesday, 24. september until Sunday, 29. September. I suppose, during the hours when gardens are open. Throughout Paris. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Cirque Dessaccorde - does 'Les Oiseaux - Le Bord de la Monde' from Wednesday, 25. September until Sunday, 20. October. At 16:00 on Sundays, the rest of the time except Mondays and Tuesdays at 20:30. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Ballet Frankfurt - has a four day run, from Wednesday, 25. September until Saturday, 28. September, at 20:30. At the Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

La Flute Enchantée - is another one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's everlasting big hits, playing yet again in this century. Beginning on Thursday, 26. September, and continuing until Sunday, 10. October, at 20:30 from Tuesday to Saturday, and at 15:30 on Sunday. Out at the tent of the Cirque Alexis Gruss, on the Pélouse de Madrid, Allée de la Reine Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. InfoTel.: 01 48 78 28 71.

Les Olivades de Paris - is a 'major event' which may have something to do with olives, but mainly concerns Mediterranean foods. From Thursday, 26. September to Sunday, 29. September, from 10:00 to 20:00. At Bercy Village, 1. Cour Saint-Emilion, Paris 12. Métro: Cour Saint-Emilion. InfoTel.: 01 40 02 90 80.

Court Circuit - is a salon featuring young creators, on show from Friday, 27. September until Sunday, 29. September. From 10:00 to 21:00 except Friday, 27. September when it starts at 15:00. At the Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, 48. Rue Vielle-du-Temple, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 06 75 09 75 49.

Mondial de l'Automobile 2002 - it is Paris' turn to hold the biannual 'World' Motor Show, which features the world's latest wheeled creations. If you like shiny, clean cars with no milage that you may have not seen before, this is the place to see them if you don't mind huge crowds, all kicking the tires together. This year, beginning on Saturday, 28. September, until Sunday, 13. October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Open Doors, La Garde Républicaine - are on Saturday and Sunday, 28 and 29. September, from 9:00 to 18:00. Find the Garde Républicaine at 18. Boulevard Henri-IV, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 49 96 13 26.

La Nuit des Tziganes - actually lasts longer than one night, because of its gypsy nature. On Saturday, 28. September beginning at 20:30 and on Sunday, 29. September at 16:00. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire. ResaTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

Virade de l'Espoir - first 'Olivades' and now 'Virade,' adds up to two words not in myposter: thtr anything goes, theatre de nesle dictionaries. Whatever it is, it happens on Sunday, 29. September from 11:00 to 18:00, in Paris and all over France. Maybe the Web site can help. InfoTel.: 01 40 78 91 91.

Don Giovanni - will be opera under the stars, playing during three evenings in September, at the château of Vaux Le Vicomte. Vaux Le Vicomte is 55 kilometres southeast of Paris near Maincy, just a bit east of Melun. InfoTel.: 01 64 14 41 90.

Paris-Versailles - is not a duel but a marathon and this is its 27th edition. Starting time is 10:00 on Sunday, 29. September and the pole position is under the Tour Eiffel. Paris 7. Métro: Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro or Ecole Militaire. InfoTel.: 01 30 21 10 25.

Rowboats Race Across Paris - actually involves, I think, the spiffy little skiffs where a guy sits in back with a megaphone telling the scullers they'll be thrown in if they don't shift the oars faster. From 8:00 to 12:00 on Sunday, 29. September. The French word 'Aviron' sums it up. Location - on the Seine of course. InfoTel.: 01 48 75 79 10.

Vendanges à Montmartre - features some of Paris' newest grapes, a 'folkloric' parade and some serious eating and drinking. The parade starts at the Boulevard de Rochechouart at 14:00 and ends up at the Rue des Saules about 16:30. On Saturday, 5. October. Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 46 06 00 32.

Nuit Blanche - is certainly not Paris' first sleepless night, but it is the first official one. Beginning about 19:30 on Saturday, 5. October and continuing until, maybe, 8:00 on Sunday. All Paris might be involved. The métro should be running all night. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75. Also see the 'Pyramid of shoes' at the Hôtel de Ville, all day Saturday.

'Fleurs du Mal' by Constantin Guys - Guys painted Paris ladies who were sometimes over-painted themselves, from 1860 to 1880, and this bi-centennial exhibition shows about 100 of his works. Guys was championed by Baudelaire as a 'peinture de la vie moderne' in 1863, but slighted by contemporary critics. From Tuesday, 8. October until Sunday, 5. January 2003, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, except Mondays. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Henry Clarke - Fashion Photographer - Clarke started as a 'gofer' at Vogue's New York studio, but began his real career in Paris with an exclusive contract with Condé-Nast in 1951. Working at the top until 1991, he left his works to the Musée Galliera. This year's 'Mois de la Photo' sees 200 of Clarke's works being exhibited for the first time. From Friday, 25. October until 2. March 2003 from 10:00 to 18:00, except Mondays. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Georges Mathieu - this abstract artist's works from the '50s and '60s are on splendid view in thisposter: jazz a la villette retrospective. Until Sunday, 6. October. Except for Mondays and holidays, from 12:00 to 19:00, from 12:00 to 21:30 on Tuesdays and 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. At the Galeries Nationales du Jeu du Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, inside the Tuileries, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Robert Rauschenberg - is featured in a major exhibition lasting until Monday, 14. October. Except Tuesday, daily from 11:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

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.

Le Belém - is an exhibition devoted to the fabled destiny of a cargo-carrying multi-masted sailing ship. Until Monday, 30. September, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Finin - Etoffes du Mali - features designed textiles from this African country, from the 11th century to the present. Until Sunday, 29. September. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

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.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or an expo featuring the musical Yves Montand that continues until Wednesday, 30. October. Yves Montand lived in the Place Dauphine for years, and many of the photos were taken nearby. 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.

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.

Photos by Nathalie Darbellay - features photos taken during the renovations of the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique and the Châtelet theatre, all once partposter: expo, paris au plus haut des cieux, photos p muraro of Paris' 'Le Grand Opéra,' of the 19th century. Except for these, the other extravagant 'grand' locations have disappeared. Being presented in the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame, until Sunday, 29. September. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, on the Ile de la Cité. Métro: Cité or Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51.

Martine Franck - this Magnum photographer presents landscapes, portraits of artists and scenes from the 'Théâtre du Soleil,' in this exhibition of 90 photos. Until Sunday, 29. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays and public holidays. See the expo, then give yourself a tea in this museum's secluded garden. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Forum des Images - has a multi-film cycle with the title, 'Intolérance,' until Sunday, 13. October. Many other concurrent 'cycles' as well, from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00. At the Forum des Images- Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

Cinemathèque Française - the official film museum operates in two locations - at the Palais de Chaillot at Trocadéro, garden entry - and at its location on the Grands Boulevards at 42. Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10. Métros: Trocadéro for Chaillot and Bonne Nouvelle for Grands Boulevards. Program, InfoTel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

Hugo au Jardin - the 'Man of the Year' in Paris is on a green stage with performances until the end of September. See 'Le Roi s'Amuse' 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.

Festival Classique au Vert - this year marks the 9th edition, which continues untilposter: salon, 14th, painting, sculpture 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.

Theatre Season Openers - include Sarah by John Murell, L'Homme en Question by Félicien Marceau, Speaking In Tongues - 'Les Couleurs de la Vie' - by Andrew Bovell, Savannah Bay by Marguerite Duras, Le Dearroi de Monsieur Peters by Arthur Miller, Une Nuit Arabe by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Le Regard by Murry Schisgal, Nuit d'Ivresse by Josiane Balasko, Hysteria by Terry Johnson, Le Limier by Anthony Shaffer and Minetti by Thomas Bernhard. The earliest date is Tuesday, 3. September and some pieces continue until early next year.

Other Events, Scenes

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.

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. 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. Last dates are Saturdays, the 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.

Destinations Auschwitz - an exposition of the Nazi's 'final solution' and the role played the Vichy government in France. Focussed on one particular convoy of captured members of the Resistance, on 27. April 1944. Until Sunday, 13. October. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the 'Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin,' Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse, or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Rare Rocks - are always on show at the little-known museum attached to the Ecole des Mines. From Tuesday to Friday, from 13:30 to 18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00. At the Musée de Minéralogie, 60. Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 5. Line 'B' RER: Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 91 39.

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 andposter: thtr 93 bobigny, saison 02, 03 Friday, this exhibition continues until Thursday, 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.

Jardin Botanique - is Paris' 'show' garden, featuring its ordinary, its rare and its exceptional plant-life, such as a rare tree from Easter Island. Until Sunday, 30 September; daily from 9:30 to 19:30. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 43 28 47 63.

Balloons Away! - the tethered Eutelsat balloon flights at the Parc André Citroën 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.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Catacombs are open again. Note - the standard 'tour' is 1.7 km long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. Also see the exhibition 'Les Métiers du Monde Souterrain,' featuring underground jobs in photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, to continue until March 2003. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

For Roller Folks - the free Friday night 'roller rando' around Paris goes on all year, starting at 22:00 on Fridays, from in 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. 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. InfoTel.: 08 00 44 15 34, or email rouelibre@wanadoo.fr.

Mike's Bullfrog Bike Tours - if you need guiding in English, then Mike's may be right for you. Meet at the south leg - 'Pilier Sud' - of the Tour Eiffel for low-effort, wide-ranging tours of Paris. There are two daytime tours, at 11:00 and 15:30, and a night tour at 19:00. Also, lots of service and Paris info at Mike's HQ. This is at 24. Rue Edgar-Faure Paris 15. Métro: Dupleix. InfoTel.: 01 56 58 10 54.

Regards Sur le Cirque - is constituted by more than 400 original photos of the circus in Paris, taken from 1890 to 1960. Except Mondays, until Sunday, 29. September, usually from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Année du Cirque - The 'Year of the Circus' taking place in 150 locations around France. See the Année du Cirque Web site for complete details. Also see specific items below.

En Route Pour la Cirque - an exhibition of yesterday's and today's circus, for both little kids and big adults - in this 'Year of the Circus.' Daily from 10:00 to 18:00; on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Circus Cruel - brings you a paradise of 'bad-taste' every week from Tuesday to Saturdayposter: thtr ils nous ont relaches c'matin, thtr trevise at 20:30 in an old cinema reconverted into a circus-cabaret, until the end of September. Look for Le Zèbre, at 61-63. Boulevard de Belleville, Paris 11. Métro: Belleville or Coronnes. InfoTel.: 01 47 99 40 40.

Larue et Companie - 'loses its head' more or less non-stop, but mainly on Saturday at 20:30 and Sunday at 16:00, until the end of September. At the circus tent of Larue et Companie, 62. Rue Binet, Paris 18. Métro: Porte de Clignancourt. No InfoTel:- find details at the location from 16:00 to 18:00.

Le Tradition est Notre Culture - is a bulky name for the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann, which performs all year long on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 with an additional Saturday show at 20:30. Sounds like real circus. Find it at 9. Boulevard du Bois le Hêtre, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Saint-Ouen. InfoTel.: 01 64 05 36 25.

Cirque Alexandra Franconi - is another traditional circus with clowns, jugglers, aerial acts, magic, and - circus! Until the beginning of October, in the Parc de Saint-Cloud near the Musée Ceramique de Sèvres. Métro: Pont de Sèvres, hike across the bridge and turn right. InfoTel.: 01 43 24 33 18.

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