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Night, winter, on the Pont des Arts.

And 'Last Chance' Stuff

Paris:- Saturday, 7. December 2002:- After a couple of weeks of neglect this column has had some large hunks clipped out, but since the 'Mois de la Photo' isn't entirely over, some of it has been imported along with the new items that have managed to pile up here.

There are not many new items in the Christmas column, but I have added some items about dining on Christmas Eve and making a 'fête' on New Years Eve. Find this in 'Noël 2002 in Paris' - now included in this issue.



Volcans Meurtriers - recounts the tragic destinies of Pompeii and Saint Pierre on Martinique. Except on Tuesdays, until Friday, 28. February, from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Thursdays. At the Museum of Natural History in the Jardin des Plantes, at 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Censier-Daubenton. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

Les Sixties - Mode d'Emploi - is about how we looked in the '60s, if 'we' were around in those ancientposter: ray charles concert, zenith, 21 nov times. Except Mondays, 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.

Chevaux et Chevaliers Arabes - as depicted on the arts of the Middle East. Until Sunday, 30. March except on 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.

Carnets de Voyage - are excerpts from our long past history, perhaps from dugout canoe days. Beginning on Wednesday and continuing until Monday, 10. March. Except for Tuesdays and holidays, from 9:15 to 17:15. At the Musée de l'Homme, Palais de Chaillot, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 05 72 00.

De la Representation à l'Action - since this is at a 'site of contemporary art creation' it could mean anything, but if there is no 'action' complain to the MGT. Starts on Thursday and continues until Sunday, 16. February. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, on weekends from 11:00 to 19:00. 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.

Frantisek Bílek - exhibition of sculptures, part of the Bohemia Magica season, with Czech sculptor Frantisek Bílek. Until Sunday, 2. February, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 except on Mondays. At the Musée Bourdelle, 18. Rue Antoine-Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

La Consolation de l'Absence - is about miniatures made to be reminders of absent loved ones, even if they were autoportraits. Until Sunday, 19. January. Open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8. Rueposter: dance, koen augustijen, thtr de la ville Elzévir, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 07 21, or InfoFax.: 33 1 40 27 89 44.

La Légende d'un Héros - marks the centennial of the birth of Philippe Leclerc de Hautclocque. This is the general who was chosen by Charles De Gaulle to liberate Paris and Strasbourg. Until Thursday, 8. May. 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,' entry via the Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

La Place Vendôme - could be subtitled 'Art, Pouvoir et Fortune,' because this is the three-century history of the Place Vendôme, and what could be better place to show it off? Until Sunday, 19. January, daily from 12:00 to 18:00. At the Hôtel de Villemaré, 9. Place Vendôme, Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. Note - this exhibition moves to the Mairie of the 1st arrondissement, from Thursday, 24. January to Sunday, 2 March. At 1. Place du Louvre. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli.

What Better Place? - 'Quel meilleur endroit?' - to invite ten artists to express themselves about a place than in the place itself? Yet this isn't about Balzac or his house. It is about what you might think of it if you were invited to. I visited it and I did - before this exhibition. Beginning on Wednesday, 11. December and continuing until Sunday, 16. March. 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.

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.

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.

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 'test' period for this new Web site should be completed. Check out www.maitresdart.com

Méditerranée, Méditerranées II - is a musical program, mostly on weekends, mostly featuring North African artists. This continuesposter: music, mediterranees 2 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.

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. 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.

Les Maîtres de la Lumière - fresh air painting from the Irvine Museum in California, features 60 landscapes from the collection. Until Saturday, 14. December. Except Sunday and Monday, from 10:30 to 18:30. At the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34. Avenue de New York, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 38 88.

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

Memoires du Visible - are plates and engravings from the Louvre's collection of lithographs. Starting on Friday, 17. January and continuing until Monday, 14. April. Open from 9:00 to 18:00 and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Prix d'Amerique - is Paris' number one race for trotters in January when most bettors are broke, but don't mind fresh weather to clear their heads. On Sunday, 26. January, at the Hippodrome de Paris-Vincennes, 2. Route de la Ferme, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Charenton-Ecoles, plus a long walk. InfoTel.: 01 49 77 17 17.

Expolangues - how to learn babble comes to Paris again, with some exhibitors showing how to get thereposter: mazout neutron, thtr de caniveau or here. From Thursday, 30. January until Saturday, 1. February, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 41 41.

Trésors d'Argent - reunited for the first time, the finest examples of the artistry of the Froment-Meurice clan of silver and jewelry craftsmen. To be on show from Tuesday, 4. February until Sunday, 15. June, 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 55 31 95 67.

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

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 inposter: expo, l'art de la soie prelle, mus carnavalet France before. Includes drawings and sculpture. Until Sunday, 2. March. 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.

L'Art de la Soie Prelle, exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet. Until 23. February.

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? This expo continues until Sunday, 16. March. 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.

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. Continues until Monday, 24. February. 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. Continues through to Sunday, 16. March. 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.

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.

The Cremaster Cycle - Matthew Barney's complete cycle, including films, sculpture, photos and drawings, from a baroque imagination that mixes Greek mythology with magic, psycho stuff and hardcore music. Sounds soothing. Until Sunday, 5. January except on 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.

'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. 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.

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. 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 - Velázquez - in another double-header in the 'Spanish manner,' which examines art of the 19th century in this big show continuing until Monday, 6. January. 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.

Max Beckmann - is a ' Peinture dans l'Histoire,' who is worth an ultra major exhibition and your gazes until Monday, 6. January. 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.

Constable - 'Le Choix de Lucian Freud' includes 200 works with many portraits by this English painter more known for his landscapes, in this first retrospective in Paris. Until Monday, 13. January. 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.

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. 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.

Bohemia Magica - the Czech Republic has had its own special relations with Paris and these are celebrated this year, at the Musée d'Orsay, the Montparnasse Museum and elsewhere until the end of the year. Besides featuring 20th century Czech artists in Paris, the 'Bohemia Magica' program also offers a showcase for contemporary Czech artists, film makers and writers.

Lanterna Magika - beginning in the 1920s Czech artists were mixing art with technology, and with a hop into 'Europe' in 1989 this multi-discipline was accelerated. The 'magic' part of the lantern was its technology, more ancient than the 19th century, now riding into the 21st. Here you will see neon, projections, video, interactive installations - from the past to the future. Until Sunday, 19. January, from 12:00 to 19:00, except Mondays and holidays. Free entry. At the EDF's Espace Electra, 6. Recamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. InfoTel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

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 institutions like the opera. Continuing until Sunday, 23. February. 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.

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.

Electric Body - is 'backstage with Jimi Hendrix' in this 60th anniversary exhibition with unpublished photos, someposter: expo sculpture, frantisek bilek, mus bourdelle, to 2 feb on loan from the Hendrix family, and maybe a bit of guitar music too. Until Sunday, 12. January, from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Monday. At the Musée de la Musique, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Sculpture by Frantisek Bilek at the Musée Bourdelle, until 2. February.

Aubes - or, 'Rêveries au Bord de Victor Hugo' seems to involve a guest list starting with Antonin Artaud and ending with Zhou Xiaohu, with Franz Kafka somewhere in the middle. Credit goes to Harald Szeemann for this. Until Sunday, 19. January, from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

Dance Posters - this little poster gallery is at it again with a collection of high quality 'Affiches de Danse.' This expo-sale of posters continues until December. At the Galerie Grand Monde, in the Cour Damoye, entry via 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 51 30. The Cour Damoye has several other galleries and shops worth your while.

Paris' bi-annual and elusive 'Mois de la Photo' began in late in October, had most of its exhibitions in November, and continues into December. Some exhibitions such as the one for Henry Clarke continue until early 2003. The following are events that are still 'on show.'

Mario Rizzi - international fashion photographer, showing photos shot in Rome, Amsterdamposter: mode photo by mario rizzi, expo hotel d'albret, to 3 jan and Berlin. Until Friday, 3. January. At the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs- Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00. No entry charge.

Exhibition 'Une personne un jour' - Photo© Mario Rizzi

Sophie Ristelhueber - photos of the photographer's enfant territory, specially conceived for this location. Until Sunday, 2. February 2003. 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 55 42 77 20.

Max Penson - captured the changes in the world of the Uzbeks from the 1920s to the 1940s. On view until Sunday, 29. December. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or a photo expo featuring the musical Yves Montand and his Paris. This has been extended to Tuesday, 31. December. Yves Montand lived in the Place Dauphine for years, and many of the photos were taken nearby. Free entry. From 9:30 to 19:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. 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.

Henry Clarke - Fashion Photographer - Clarke started 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. Until Sunday, 2. March, 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.

Jean Dieuzaide - 'Une regard, un vie' is the name of this exhibition of nearly 200 photos that document Dieuzaide's career over 50 years as a working photographer. Until Sunday, 2. February. Except Mondays and holidays, 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.

Memories du Lieu - the photographs of Bernard Plossu are reunited on 28 banners that also contain comments made by the personal of this museum that is about to close. Until Friday, 31. January. Except on Tuesday, open from 10:00 to 17:30. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Le Portrait? - presents original photos by Brancusi, made of models he sculpted - and of the resulting sculptures which might be quite different from both the photos and the models. On purpose or by accident, it translates into art. Until Monday, 30. December, from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed on Tuesdays. At the Atelier Brancusi at the Centre Pompidou, Paris 1. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Corpus Christi - is an exhibition of photos with Jesus Christ as the model, taken from 1855 to 2002. Frantisek Drtikol, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano are some of the photographers represented. Until Sunday, 5. January. 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 47 75.

Zola - more than a photo exhibition, this show traces the three phases of Zola's life on his death's centennial. Until Sunday, 19. January. From 10:00 to 19:00; and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays and holidays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale - Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Robert Capa, Israel - photos from the early days of the state of Israel, from the postwar reception camps to the first grand projects. Until Sunday, 5. January. 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 de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

Masterpieces - the Musée d'Orsay has just opened its new and permanent photographic gallery, which includes many photos from photography's first century - the 19th. Big names as well as unknowns are represented. For the opening, 80 of its best images are on show. Until Sunday, 23. February. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

James Nachtwey - this photoreporter's images of war from all fronts, from Rwanda to the USA. Until Sunday, 2. March, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. Closed Mondays, 23. December and 1. January. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

1902 - 2002 - The 'National Archives' are on show along with Russian fashion photos, plus photos by Sandrine Expilly, Carole Bellache, Quentin Bertoux and Peter Gayle. Until Sunday, 19. January. Open daily except Tuesdays. From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45 and on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 60. Rue des Francs- Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Martine Aballea - an undefinable melange between conceptional art, gardening, the kitchen, literature and photos. Continuing until Monday, 17. February. Other than closed Tuesdays, hours are from 12:00 to 19:00. At the Centre National de la Photographie, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 31.

Lucinda Delvin - has photographed the leisure industry in the USA. On show until Sunday, 29. December. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 83 15.

Trouble En Vue - photos by Marian Penner Bancroft and Sylvie Readman. Until Saturday, 8. February. At the Centre Culturel Canadien, 5. Rue de Constantine, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides. InfoTel.: 01 44 43 21 55.

Plusieurs Versions d'Elle - portraits by Catherine Gfeffer of a 'femme fictive.' Continues until Sunday, 22. December. At the Centre Culturel Suisse, 38. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 38 38.

Juan Rulfo - besides being a world-famous author, Juan Rulfo has also become known for his photos, taken over the past 20 years. Until Wednesday, 15. January. At the Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 75 35.

ABCDF - are photo and video portraits about the complexity of living in Mexico City. Until Wednesday, 8. January. At the Centre Culturel du Mexique, 119. Rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 61 84 44.

Le Regard au Coeur - is by Alberto Diaz Guttierez, aka 'Korda,' who captured Ché Guevara on film. Until Saturday, 4. January. At the Fnac Forum des Halles, entry via Rue Pierre Lescot, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 40 41 40 00.

Cuba Révoltionaire! - is a collective exhibition, probably about socialist Cuba. Many more 'Ché' photos. Until Saturday, 4. January. At the Fnac, in the Italie-2 shopping centre, at 30. Avenue d'Italie, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie. InfoTel.: 01 58 10 30 00.

Studio - Paolo Roversi - like other great fashion photographers, Paolo Roversi goes beyond the merely superficial. Until Saturday, 21. December. At the Galerie Caméra Obscura, 12. Rue Ernest Cresson, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 45 45 67 08.

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.

Forum des Images - has a many multi-film cycles, 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.

C'etait Bonaparte - is another one of a seemingly endless series of Big Shows produced and directed by Robert Hossein. The historian Alain Decaux has had some influence on this story, but other historians are not so sure. But it's aposter: expo miniatures, mus cognacq jay, to 19 jan 'spectacular' after all, not Napoléon's autobiography. Usually at 20:30 with an additional performance at 15:00 on Saturdays, and only at 15:00 on Sundays. Except on Mondays, playing ceaselessly at the domed Palais des Sports at the Porte de Versailles. Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 18 02

Miniatures at the Musée Cagnacq-Jay, until 19. January

Sur la Corde Rêve - as performed by the versatile Quatuor, until Sunday, 5. January. 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.

Some ballet and opera performances are included on the 'Noël 2002' page in this week's issue.

Ordre et Disordre à l'Hôpital - is an exhibition showing the situation of interns, from learning to their fêtes. Continuing until 25. May. Except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôtel de Miramion, 47. Quai de la Tour, Paris 5. Métro: Maubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 50 05.

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.

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 and fog news call InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - note that 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 Parisposter: bonjour mr brel, sudden thtr, to 5 jan 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 they are not 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 bike rentals, costing 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.

The Sunday and holiday program called 'Paris Respire' means the Seine-side speedway and other areas around Paris will be closed to motor traffic so folks without powered wheels can stroll and roll around without worrying about the automobilistas. Usually until 17:00 on Sundays - all winter.

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