Some Coming Events

photo: statue etienne marcel, hotel de ville

Etienne Marcel, outside the Hotel de Ville, facing the Seine.

Are Nearly Right Now

Paris:- Saturday, 21. September 2002:- Today's column of events is a slap-dash version - mainly a 'clip-job' that has removed the expired and finished.

For this week there are fair number of 'last chances,' and a lot of 'coming events' that are beginning very soon. The coming weekend is loaded with events. Don't miss any of them.

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.

Villette Numérique - is dedicated to all 'digital arts.' This short but big show involves all of the Villette park, from Tuesday, 24. September untilposter: festival villette numerique Sunday, 29. September. At the Grande Halle, the Cité des Sciences and the Cite de la Musique. Some events are free and others not. Special guest stars - Kraftwerk. Parc de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Maquis - is a word connected to the Resistance, and so is this modern art exhibition by six artists whose works are in perpetual movement. Until Sunday, 24. November. Open Saturday from 14:00 to 19:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry. Le Plateau, at the corner of the Rue des Alouettes and the Rue Carducci, Paris 19. Métro: Buttes-Chaumont. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 84 10.

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. 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 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 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.

Festival Art Outsiders - what is assumed to be a photographic exhibition, may be something like a 'voyage to theposter: knock, patrice luchini, thtr athenee heart of the virtual.' 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 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'Hélénon,' is a new exhibition of 'Nikisi' and 'Minkisi' - which are statuettes, singular or plural, done by the Kongo and their immediate neighbors in Africa. To be seen until Sunday, 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.

Antique Salon at Auteuil - featuring mostly deco and furniture. Until Monday, 30. September and 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, until 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,' 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.

Matisse - Picasso - is a big show featuring these two painters, more or less side-by-side and they have more in common than you may think. 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.

Manet - Velasquez - in another double-header in the 'Spanish manner,' which examines art of the 19th century in this big show 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.

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.

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.

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 continue 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.

Regards Sur le Cirque - is constituted by more than 400 original photos of the circus in Paris, taken from 1890 to 1960. Exceptposter: film, corto maltese 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.

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.

Festival Classique au Vert - this year marks the 9th edition, which 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.

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.

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.

Squatts d'Artistes - means 'art-squat' but this is hardly a typical example because it lasts for a fixed period 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.

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.

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 tha 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.

Virade de l'Espoir - first 'Olivades' and now 'Virade,' adds up to two words not in my 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.

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 ifposter: expo, questions d'etiquettes, biblio forney 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.

Questions d'Etiquettes - is an exhibition featuring commercial labels, from the 18th century to our time. From Wednesday, 1. October 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.

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. All-night operation of the métro is now doubtful, so you may have to stay where you are until the 'after' is happening. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

'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.

Lire en Fête - is the annual book party for readers. This takes place in public libraries, at the Hôtel de Ville, at the Cité Universitaire, at the Espace des Blancs-Manteaux and at the Rue des Libraires in the 19th arrondissement. The dates are Friday, 18. October until Sunday, 20. October, and you'll find the complete program here.

FIAC No 29 - is the annual contemporary art fair, this year hosted by 165 galleries from 19 countries, divided into five sectors, including video. From Thursday, 24. October until Monday, 28 October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

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