What Isn't Rétro

photo: harbor, arsenal, bastille

Winter peace at the Bastille's Arsenal harbor.

Seems Very Modern

Paris:- Saturday, 1. Feburary 2003:- This is what it is like here - there's real old historical stuff, some of which is being performed - and there is some real modern stuff, some being done by performance artists. If neither extreme suits you, Jacqueline Kennedy's pillbox hats are somewhere in the middle.

This week's version of Metropole's 'Scene' column contains 71 items, not counting individual mentions contained in 'coming soon' paragraphs - which have been counted as 'one' per paragraph. Since these are 'coming soon' you can't see them this week, so the '71' is just to prove to me that there aren't 123 items in this column that I think there might be here.

Anne Casteu - will be having a show of recent works, beginning on Thursday, 6. February. If you are in the area drop in for the vernissage at 17:00 at the Ca fé des Lettres, 53. Rue de Verneuil, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 52.

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.

Feel Free - presents the 50 textile murals, chosen by an international competitionposter: expo, tresors d'argent, musee de la vie romantique - all made with sewing machines, of some kind. Until Saturday, 22. March. 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.

Zikrayat - is an Arabian dance spectacle, under the direction of Leila Haddad and company. Zikrayat rends homage to Oum Kalsoum, 'everybody's wife.' From Tuesday, 25. February until Wednesday, 2. March. At 20:30, except for the last day at 15:00. At the Théâtre du Trianon, 80. Boulevard Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 45 40 63 32.

Gels et Dégels - shows off another history of the Soviet cinema, from 1926 to 1968. This series includes musicals, on Sundays at 15:00. Only continuing until Monday, 24. February. At the Centre Pompidou's Cinémas. Open 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.

Des Statues Pour un Jardin - in this case the statues are in the garden of the Domaine de Sceaux, otherwise known as 'Versailles II.' Until Sunday, 6. April, from 10:00 to 17:00poster: expo, feel free, bibliotheque forney except on Tuesdays. At the Château de Sceaux. Take the buses 192 or 197, or the RER 'B' to Sceaux, just south of Paris. InfoTel.: 01 46 61 06 71.

Buddhas de Saigon - are presented by Rémy Gastambide until Friday, 28. February. Free entry, 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, Salon Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Fikret Moualla - gets a 100th birthday party, until Friday, 28. February. At La Galerie Visconti, 35-37. Rue de Seine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 85 54.

Home Sweet Home - features the photographic works of Todd Hido and about a dozen friends. Until Sunday, 9. March, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. No entry charge. 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.

Trésors d'Argent - examples from the works of the Froment-Meurice dynasty of fancy jewelers in the 19th century. Royal treasures, rare and very valuable stuff, from many collections. 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.

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me - by Frank McGuinness, as performed by the Dear Conjunction Theatre Company, is directed by Patricia Kessler. Throughout February, at 19:00 from Tuesday to Saturday and at 19:30 on Sundays. At the Sudden Theatre, 14-bis, Rue Sainte-Isaure, Paris 18. Métro: Simplon or Jules-Joffrin. InfoTel.: 01 42 62 35 00

Real Speed Dating? - in case you don't have any loved ones handy for Saint-Valentine's day, a French group called '7intheCity' is proposing a little soirée on Thursday, 13. February, with an 'After Work' evening at the 'Poloroom.' The objective is to avoid having to sit around alone watching Friday night TV, which is not known for the strength of its programming. Attention - this probably involves 'speed dating' so be sure your French is up to speed.

Malévitch - because of the closing of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Malévitch moves to Paris, until Sunday, 27. April. 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.

Trésors d'Argent - reunited for the first time, the finest examples of the artistry of the Froment-Meurice clan ofposter: soviet films, centre pompidou 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.

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.

Un Hiver au Palais - features ultra modern works by Agnes Thurnauer, Ana Laura Alaez, Rivane Neuenschwander, plus 'Hardcore,' in Paris' museum for the ultra modern. Also see Tobias Bernstrup and Louise Bourgeois - and somewhere, Tobias Rehberger too. 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.

Coming Soon - 'Steve McQueen - Camera' will debut at the Musée d'Art Moderne on Friday, 7. February. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00 and until 18:45 on weekends. Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 80.

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.

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. Continuingposter: event, zikrayat, thtr trianon 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.

Martine Aballea - presents 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.

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.

Masterpieces - the Musée d'Orsay recently 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 Légionposter: statues du jardin, chateau de sceaux d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

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.

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.

Memories du Lieu - the photographs of Bernard Plossu were reunited on 28 banners that also contained comments made by the personal of this museum that closed forever on Friday, 31. January after 72 years. The art déco-style Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie sees its collections transferred to the warehouses of the Musée de Quai Branly, which will open in 2005. There are new plans for the classic building, but these are somewhat in the future. The museum's aquarium with its tropical treasures, remains open. Except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:30. At the ex-Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Notes - Coming Up - expect François-Marie Banier to begin at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie on Wednesday, 26. February. The Pavillon des Arts will feature 'Trajectories du Rêve du Romantisme au Surréalisme' from Friday, 7. March. More about Paris' mines will be featured at the Catacombs, beginning in March. Watch for 'Etre de Son Temps' at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, starting on Wednesday, 26. March. Suzanne Fritscher will be on view at the Musée Zadkine from April to June.

'Toucher au Bois' is tentatively scheduled for the Musée Cognacq-Jay from April to May. The Musée Carnavalet will host the cartoonist Plantu from May to September. Roughly at the same time in the same place - Lucien Jones and 'Shanghai.' Photographs by Marc Riboud will be on view from May to September in the Crypte de Parvis de Notre-Dame. Marlene Dietrich will be the subject of a big show at the Musée Galliera from May to September too. Jean Moulin's traces will be exhibited at the Mémorial Leclerc from May to October.

Further in the future - Gustave Moreau shows up at the Musée de la Vie Romantique beginning in July. Victor Hugo by Rodin will be at the Maison de Victor Hugo starting in September.

Dates for big events - the 23rd Salon du Livre begins on Friday, 21. March and continues until Monday, 31. March. Set aside Saturday, 21. June for the Fête de la Musique, most likely lasting all night.

The Year of Algeria - this is a multi-month multi-cultural series of dance, music and theatre events, beginning at the end of February and continuing until July.

Jeune Création - used to be the Salon for Young Painters, and still is Iposter: expo, fikret moualla, galerie visconti 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.

See paintings by Fikret Moualla at La Galerie Visconti.

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.

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