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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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