Attention! Old Car

photo: snow, champs elysees, sat 4 jan 03

Saturday afternoon scene on the Champs-Elysées,
from the entry of the Tourist Office.

And Young Cow Fans

Paris:- Saturday, 4. January 2003:- This is the kind of events week I like. I get to cut out a ton of stuff and put another two tons into 'Last Chances,' and then I find that most of the 'futures' are already in the column.

Attention again - this column is not going to be updated for a few weeks, so keep an eye sharpened for 'consume before' dates, or you will be out of luck.

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. Openposter: paris semi marathon, 9 march 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.

Le Palais de Justice - has everything you ever wanted to know about Paris' main place of justice, which is not exactly a palace. Until Friday, 4. March, from 9:30 to 17:00, on weekdays. At the Conciergerie, Palais de la Cité, 2. Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1. Métro: InfoTel.: 01 53 40 60 97.

Le Jour La Nuit Le Jour - features ultra modern works by Louis Bourgeois, in Paris' museum for the ultra modern. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight, until Sunday, 6. April. At the Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Electric Body - is 'backstage with Jimi Hendrix' in this 60th anniversary exhibition with unpublished photos, some on loan from the Hendrix family, and maybe a bit of guitar music too.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.

Constable - 'Le Choix de Lucian Freud' includes 200 works with many portraits by this English painter more known for his landscapes, in this first retrospectiveposter: le vent des peuplier, thtr montparnasse 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.

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.

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.

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. Rue Elzévir, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 07 21, or InfoFax.: 33 1 40 27 89 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.

Le Geste Kôngo - or 'Les Bois Sacrés d'Hélénon,' is an 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.

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.

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.

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.

30th Festival Angoulême - is the international comics meeting of the world's best of bests. Tucked away in the small world of Cognac, the festival is oneposter: festival angouleme, 23 - 26 jan colorful long weekend, from Wednesday, 23. January until Sunday, 26. January. Too much for details here, check out the festival's Web site. The SNCF has special reduced-price round-trip ticket for this. Their ResaTel.: 08 92 35 35 35.

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 there 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.

Art Premier des Iapyges - will have an exhibition of very antique ceramic objects from Italy, beginning on Thursday, 6. February and continuing until Saturday, 29. March. 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.

Rétromobile - even though they are old, no wheels squeak at this annual salon for worldwide old car fans. This year from Friday, 7. February until Sunday, 16. February. From 11:00 to 19:00, 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends and from 11:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday and Thursday.At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 48 44 30 30.

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.

Jeune Création - used to be the Salon for Young Painters, and still is I think. Anyhow, new stuff on show from Thursday, 20. February until Sunday, 2. March, usually from 11:00 to 21:00. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 06 20 12 93 42.

Salon de l'Agriculture - will be featuring its beautiful cows again, plus everything else there is to eat. From Saturday, 22. February until Sunday, 2. March. Usually from 9:00 to 19:00, but until 22:00 on 28. February. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 68 63.

Philippe Starck - will be featured in a major exhibition beginning on Wednesday, 26. February, continuing until Monday, 12. May.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.

Un Heros des Deux Rives - will be about Abd El Kader, 'L'homme et sa legende,' about which I am totally unaware, so I had better see this. From Wednesday, 26. February until Saturday, 24. May. Open daily except Tuesdays; on Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Ghana, Hier et Aujourd'hui - is the name of the coming major exhibition here, beginning on Friday, 7. March. Openposter: expo, vulcans meurtieres, mus histoire naturel 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.

Marathons - Paris semi-marathon will be run on Sunday, 9. March and the big one will take to the streets on Sunday, 6. April. More info for both events can be found on one Web site here. Signing up for either event will be cheaper until the end of January.

Coming Big Shows - include Leonardo de Vinci's designs at the Louvre starting in May, Chagall at the Grand Palais beginning in March and the Daguerréotype Français at the Musée d'Orsay, starting on Monday, 12. May.

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 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 Marmotten - Monet, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

De Caillebotte à Picasso - features major works from the collection of Oscar Ghez, essentiallyposter: festival affiches, gal grande monde 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

La Parade des Petits Soldats - is an exhibition for kid's dreams with 5000 lead soldiers that were once for play but are now only seen in collections. This exhibition has musical accompaniment. Until Sunday, 30. March 2003. From 10:00 to 17:00, except for the 1st Monday of the month. At the Musée de l'Armée, Hôtel des Invalides, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: La Tour-Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

Les Sixties - Mode d'Emploi - is about how we looked in the '60s, if 'we' were around in those ancient 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.

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.

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. Continuing 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.

Festival Posters - this modest poster gallery comes back with a collection of high quality posters for festivals. This expo-sale of posters continues from January until March. 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.

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.

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.

Jean Dieuzaide - 'Une regard, un vie' is the name of this exhibition of nearly 200 photosposter: saison 2002-03, thtr cite international 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Forum des Images - has a many multi-film cycles, from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00. 'Animal' is on view in 80 films Sunday, 26. January. 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. It is a '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

Sur la Corde Rêve - as performed by Le Quatuor, beginning Friday, 24. January. Except on Mondays, times are 20:30 and at 16:00 on Sundays. At the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, 16. Boulevard Saint-Martin, Paris 10. Métro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis. InfoTel.: 01 42 08 00 32.

Opéras - are in full swing in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at theposter: robinson, thtr montreuil Place de la Bastille during the holiday season. For both opera and ballet names and dates, check the Web site, or call Toll number InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68. Falstaff has a few dates in early February, and Faust goes on for most on the month.

Le Dindon - is a turkey of a play that is on every year at this time. Georges Feydeau wrote hits in his time and that's why this one plays all the time at this time. It should be called 'Le Dindon de Noël.' Stays around until next May, just like a Christmas turkey. Playtimes are usually at 20:30 but there are some 14:00 matinees too. At the Comédie Française in its Salle Richelieu, 2. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 58 15 15.

Ruy Blas - is by Victor Hugo, France's favorite dead author of the year, with direction by the live Brigitte Jacques-Wajeman, helped out by a good cast. Continuing until next May. Alternating with 'Le Dindon' at the Comédie Française in its Salle Richelieu, 2. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 58 15 15.

Concha Bonita - is a big and extravagant musical comedy by Alfredo Arias and René de Ceccatty, which just happens to have the extravagant Catherine Ringer in it. Continuing until Sunday, 2. February. At 20:30 and at 15:00 on Sundays. No shows on Christmas Eve, New Years Day and 15 and 16. January, plus no show on any Monday. Special performances are planned for the blind, and for the deaf - on different dates. At the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Le Petit Prince - is a musical comedy based on Antoine de Saint- Exupéry's little fable, staged by Jean-Louis Martinoty, with fancy costumes. Until Thursday, 30. January. At 20:30, at 15:00 and 20:30 on Saturday, and at 16:00 on Sunday. No show on Mondays. At the Casino de Paris, 16. Rue de Clichy, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Lazare or Trinité. InfoTel.: 01 49 95 99 99.

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 liberateposter: paris marathon, 6 april 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.

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.

"Le Cirque" - celebrates the 150 years of the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione with all the stops pulled out. Continuing until Sunday, 26. January. At 20:30 on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. No shows on Monday and Thursday, except during school holidays when the show must go on. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du- Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 48 70.

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. Most likely 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.

Paris On Ice - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink will be back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. The rink is open daily for twirling - from 12:00 to 22:00, from Monday to Thursday, and from 9:00 to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Until Sunday, 23. February. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Smaller rinks will also operate until Sunday, 2. March from 9:00 to 20:00 near the Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement and in front of the Gare Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement. Skates are available for rent.

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 Paris goes on all year, starting at 22:00 onposter: music, che bella la viva, langue francaise 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.

The Sunday and holiday program called 'Paris Respire' means the Seine-side speedways 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. Note that the Seine's flood level in winter may exceed the speedway's, and then it's 'no go' for everybody.

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there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
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