Only Ordinary Attractions

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Paris' Rue Emile Richard, without one address.

With Some Extraordinary Ones

Paris:- Saturday, 2. November 2002:- Without looking back at every past year, this would have been the earliest that Metropole has ever featured the beginning of the Christmas events - but an email hiccup over the weekend has caused this to be put off until the next issue. Watch for 'Noël 2002 in Paris' in the coming issue.

The still elusive 'Mois de la Photo' is also sort of in full swing - I think - but you can really find out more about this on this week's 'Mois de la Photo' page.

This page, the one I presume you are looking at, has some of the 'ordinary' events that are playing in Paris right now, or coming fairly soon.



Monday, 11. November - the Président of France, Jacques Chirac, will take part in the memorial ceremony at the Etoile's Arc de Triomphe at 11:00. A free concert featuring Brahms will be given at 16:00, at the Saint-Eustache church, Les Halles.

Salon du Patrimonie Culturel - with the theme of industrial patrimony, this edition of the salon highlights restoration of furniture and its cultural aspects. From Thursday, 7. November until Sunday, 10. November. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Sky Meets Space - presents everything you wanted to know about amateur astronomy, including the equipment needed and the names of places where the heavens arephoto: expo modigliani, musee luxembourg visible. On Saturday, 9. November and Sunday, 10. November, from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Monday, 11. November from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 45 89 81 44.

Monet at Marmotten - an exhibition featuring artists such as Delecroix, Boudin, Cham, Guys, Forain, Morisot, Cross, Signac, Renoir and Monet of course - all on paper, from the museum's collections. From 10:00 to 18:00 until 2. February, except on Mondays. At the Musée Marmotten - Monet, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

Lumière du Laque - is an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the master lacquerer Pierre Bobot. Also see the exhibition 'L'Art de la Soie,' featuring the productions of Prelle done for Paris subjects like the opera.. Continuing until 23. February 2003. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Modigliani - is 'L'Ange au Visage Grave' and was an impressionist genius. This exhibition has a hundred paintings, of which a third have never been shown in France. Includes drawings and sculpture. Until 2. March 2003. Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 19:00, from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekends and from 10:00 to 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Rituels Tibetains - or, the 'Visions Secrèts du Ve Dalai Lama' is an exhibition organized around 56 original pages of the 'Secrèts,' accompanied by other objects, some on view here for the first time. Beginning on Wednesday, 6. November and continuing until 24. February 2003. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques / Musée Guimet - Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Francis Picabia - this exhibition presents about 200 items from Picabia's lifetime of works, including his Dadaist period. Starting on Wednesday, 6. November and going through to 16. March 2003. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00 and 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.

The Cremaster Cycle - Matthew Barney's complete cycle, including films, sculpture, photos and drawings, from aposter: mazout et neutron baroque imagination that mixes Greek mythology with magic, psycho stuff and hardcore music. Sounds soothing. Until Sunday, 5. January, with same times as above item. At Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 80.

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.

Carnet d'un Voyage - an exhibition of two books, the 'Carnet d'un Voyage' by André Girard and 'Libido' by Gus Bofa. Some of the original artworks in both are on view until Friday, 3. January. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:30 to 18:30. At the Atelier An-Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Méditerranée, Méditerranées II - is a musical program, mostly on weekends, mostly featuring North African artists. This continues until Saturday, 14. December, with most performances at 20:30. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

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

Huit Artistes Pour La Source - the purpose is to support the arts among isolated rural kids, and this is a collective exhibition of personal works by the artists in residence at La Source, who have been helping the kids. Until Saturday, 7. December, from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. Fondation Coffim, 48. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 60 00.

Maître d'Art - is a title accorded since 1994 to exceptional 'artisans' of the arts trades. France's Ministry of Culture has just launched a new Web site that acts as a doorway to 40 of their ateliers. The Web site is in a 'test' period until the end of November. Your comments and observations will be welcome. Check out www.maitresdart.com

All this column needs is a bit of neglect to make 'last chances' disappear, plus a number of other items. Your bonus this week is two smaller 'events' pages for the price of one big one. Oh happy day!

Jacqueline Kennedy - if you missed it at the time or if you missed the time entirely, see Jackie O's costumes from her period in the White House, from 1959 to 1963. This includes 70 costumes plus 200 other documents. Do you remember the 'Pill Box' hat? Starting on Wednesday, 20. November and continuing until 16. Marchposter: doit on le dire, thtr mouffetard 2003. Except Monday, from 11:00 to 18:00, 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends and on Wednesdays until 21:00. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Métiers d'Art - means artisans rather than artists, but more than 3000 of these essential professionals throughout France are having 'open doors' from Friday, 29. November until Sunday, 1. December. Some locations in Paris are the Maison des Metallos, Viaduc des Arts, the Musée des Arts et Métiers and ateliers in the Goutte d'Or. For the moment, more Métiers d'Art info at this Web site.

Salon du Cheval 2002 - 500 exhibitors from 12 countries will be showing off horses and everything about them - performances, material, tourism, and a 'Concours Hippique' that presents ribbons to beautiful horses. Beginning on Saturday, 30. November and continuing until Monday, 16. December. Hours are 10:00 to 19:00 and until 22:00 on Tuesday, 3. December. Check the Salon du Cheval Web site for more details. At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 65 86.

Concours Hippique - is the part of the Salon du Cheval when the horses show off their tricks. On Friday, 29. November and Saturday, 30 November at 20:00 and at 13:00 on Sunday, 1. December.At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 65 86.

The Parade of Horses - is part of the Salon du Cheval andposter: expo le cerveau intime, cite sciences will feature 250 horses, some pulling wagons, starting out at 10:00 from the Porte de Versailles and taking a three-hour tour around central Paris. On Sunday, 1. December. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 65 86.

The Night of Horses - is part of the Salon du Cheval, with horses doing their fancy stuff on two nights, Friday, 6. December and Saturday, 7. December, with both nights at 20:30. At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 65 86.

Arabian Horse World Championship - is part of the Salon du Cheval will feature 100 of the world's fanciest and most expensive horses. Starting at 10:00 on Friday, 6. december and Saturday, 7. December, and on Sunday, 8. December at 11:00.At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 65 86.

Salon Nautique - is otherwise known as the 'wet show,' and features more than you wanted to see of things that float, sail, glide, dive and half-fly - on lakes, rivers, seas and oceans. Beginning on Thursday, 7. December and continuing until Saturday, 16. December. Usually from 10:00 to 19:00, with a longer evening on Tuesday, 13. December. At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 10.

Les Nuits des Musiciens - will be three nights with a lot of musicians and singers, with each night different. Patricia Petibon's 'night' starts it off on Thursday, 12 December, followed by Bireli Lagrene's 'night' on Friday, 13 December, to finish with the 'night' of Sanseverino on Saturday, 14. December. All at 20:30. At the Trianon, 80. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 70 73.

De Caillebotte à Picasso - features major works from the collection of Oscar Ghez, essentially a round-up of French painting from 1870 to 1950. Until 15. June 2003, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Jacquemart-Andre, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Constable - 'Le Choix de Lucian Freud' includes 200 works with many portraits by this Englishposter: mon ile deserte, thtr de la cite painter more known for his landscapes, in this first retrospective in Paris. Until Monday, 13. January 203. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations (often) required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.


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