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.

Ghana, Yesterday and Today - presents the artistic heritage of Ghana as well as this African country's current works. Beginning on Friday, 7. March, until Sunday, 13. July. 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.

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.

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: home sweet home, centre photographique d'ile de france 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.

The Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France features photos by Todd Hido.

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, 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.

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.

La Place Vendôme - could be subtitled 'Art, Pouvoir et Fortune,' because this is theposter: expo, ghana, musee dapper three-century history of the Place Vendôme. This exhibition has moved from its Place Vendôme location to the Mairie of the 1st arrondissement, until Sunday, 2 March. Open, probably from 10:00 to 17:00, except on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. At 1. Place du Louvre. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli.

Coming soon to the Musée Dapper.

Memoires du Visible - are plates and engravings from the Louvre's collection of lithographs. 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.

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.

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 it. 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.

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.

Henry Clarke - Fashion Photographer - Clarke started began his real career in Paris with an exclusiveposter: expos, un hiver au palais de tokyo 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' saw 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.

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. 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 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. 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 the 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.

poster: abbi patrix raconte au bout du mondeLe 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.

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.

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 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 toposter: expo, buddhas de saigon, hotel d'albret 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. 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 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 not much per hour or day. 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 holidays' 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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