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.

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.

Max Beckmann - is a ' Peinture dans l'Histoire,' who is worth an ultra major exhibition andposter: expo, la geste kongo, musee dapper your gazes 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.

Georges Mathieu - this abstract artist's works from the '50s and '60s are on splendid view in this 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.

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.

Lieux Communs au Féminin Pluriel - Balzac's literary ladies were hardly models - they tended to be monsters, but with good souls. Shown here in this exhibition of caricatures, by Monnier and Gavarni, 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.

Photos by Nathalie Darbellay - features photos taken during the renovations of the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique and the Châtelet theatre, all once part of Paris' 'Le Grand Opéra,' of the 19th century. Except for these, the other extravagant 'grand' locations haveposter: festival d'humour, thtr point virgule 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.

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.

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.: 0148 78 28 71.

Le Nozze di Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's big hit opera is playingposter: des souris et des femmes, thtr 13 again, at 19:30 on Tuesday, 24. September. 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 versatile Quatuor, 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.

Giulio Cesare - Georg Friedrich Händel's opera will have performances on 24, 27, 30. September and 11. and 14. October, all at 19:00. 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 24, 27. and 30. September and 4, 7, 9. and 17. October. The time for Sunday, 13. October is 15:00. At the Opéra Bastille, 2-bis, Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 78 68.

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.

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. Some of these pieces continue until early next year.

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 and Friday, thisposter: occupe toi d'amelie, thtr trianon 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.

Kayassine - after its world tour, Kayassine puts on its elaborate aerial ballet, 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.

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.

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'sposter: oktoberfest bier, paulaner 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 Saturday 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.

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