Dolls and Dix

photo: france photos, grille luxembourg

Another free open-air expo at Luxembourg -
'Territories de France.'

Chagall and Dufy

Paris:- Saturday, 3. March 2003:- If you got tired of looking at the last 'Scene' column, now you can get tired of looking at this one until I feel it needs a touch-up. Or, until when I feel I can face it again.

Normally I get about 12 to 15 new pages of events per month, both current and coming. Last time I made the pickup, the printer pumped out 72 pages. Not all of them are here, but if you intend to print this, I suggest you edit it first - unless you own an ink factory.



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 the official Web site.

Dessins d'Otto Dix - ah, Berlin decadent by Dix. Don't miss this. Until Monday, 31. March, 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.

Alter Ego - is the exhibition titled 'Anthropologies involontaires.' Plus see Norbert Ghisoland's 'Fragments de view ordinaires.' Until Sunday, 23. March. Exceptposter: expo, les genies de la mer, musee marine 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.

Poupées de Poche - not 'pocket Barbie' but 'Polly Pocket' and friends are on view until Sunday, 18. May. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Poupée, in the Impasse Berthaud, just off 22. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Raoul Dufy - an exhibition, until Monday, 16. June. Except Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Chagall Connu et Inconnu - is a major exhibition, continuing until Monday, 23. June. 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-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Paris en Piste! - is subtitled 'L'Aventure du Cirque à Paris.' Until Saturday, 31. May. Except on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 19:00. 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. Free entry.

Territories de France - is an exhibit of large photos of France by Jean-Pierre Gilson hung on the iron grill of the Luxembourg gardens. Inside photos are viewable during park hours, but the outside ones are visible all the time, until Tuesday, 15. April. From the Place Edmond Rostand to the Rue de Médicis. Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No InfoTel necessary.

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.

Ce Qui Arrive - is an exhibition concocted by Paul Virilio, continuing until Sunday, 30. March. From 12:00 to 20:00 except on Mondays. At the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain, 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail or Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 42 18 56 50.

René Magritte - wore a bowler and painted a strange world, much vaster than you imagine. Forposter: expo, musee de la poste, les gaulois this major show I have no other information - other than it is happening now, for surreal. Until Monday, 9. June. Except for Mondays and holidays, from 12:00 to 19:00, from 12:00 to 21:30 on Tuesdays and 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. At the Galeries Nationales du Jeu du Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, inside the Tuileries, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Nos Ancêtres les Gaulois... - Not as usual, not an expo about stamps - but all about Gauls who have messages for us but no envelopes. Until Saturday, 29. March, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Sundays and holidays. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. Entry 4.5euro 3 sign

Au Bonheur des Dames - might be an expo about happiness in department stores, but I forget exactly. Is it Balzac? Do I have this book? Did I finish reading it? Until Sunday, 13. April, from 10:00 to 19:00, and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. 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 49 49.

Queen Mary II - 'birth of a legend' may be a bit premature for the workd's hugest ocean liner when it hasn't even been launched yet. But I can personally vouch for the Queen Mary I, so this show is worth seeing because the new ship's fares will not be discounted. Also, see 'Les Génies de la Mer,' which shows off navel sculpture, until next year. From 10:00 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Les Batisseurs des Rêves - were the great scene decorators from 1950 to 1980. On view until Sunday, 9. March, from 10;00 to 18:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

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.

Francis Picabia - this exhibition presents about 200 items from Picabia's lifetime of works, includingphoto: vive la mer 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.

Street art is also free and open-air.

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.

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.

Les Sixties - Mode d'Emploi - is about how we looked in the '60s, if 'we' were around in those ancient times. Until Sunday, 16. March, 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.

La Nuit Celtique - Saint-Patrick's is coming up and so are the world's Celts to beat the drums, kinda loudly. Scheduled for Saturday, 15. March. Doors at the Stade de France open at 17:30. InfoTel.: 08 92 70 09 00, which is a toll number.

Michelangelo - shows off his drawings, beginning on Friday, 28. March, until Monday, 23. June. 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.

Tim - Etre de Son Temps - which were from 1919 to 2000 for Louis Mitelberg. The exhibition begins on Wednesday, 26. March and continues until 31. August. 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.

Salon du Livre - this years Paris book salon begins on Friday, 21. March and closes on Wednesday, 26. March. Coming to Paris-Expo, Portephoto: future location musee henri cartier besson de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 40.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - has a foundation and it is currently preparing an exhibition space in a villa in the 14th arrondissement. Scheduled to open later this spring. To be in the Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaité. InfoTel.: 01 42 75 59 15.

Notes - Coming Up - expect François-Marie Banier to begin at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie on Wednesday, 26. February. More about Paris' mines will be featured at the Catacombs, beginning in 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.

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.

Coming Big Shows - include Leonardo de Vinci's designs at the Louvre starting in May and the 'Daguerréotype Français' at the Musée d'Orsay, starting on Monday, 12. May. Set aside Saturday, 21. June for the Fête de la Musique, most likely lasting all night.

Train Capitale - to be on view on and along the Champs-Elysées from Rond-Point to Concorde - whole trains, old trains, TGVs, mini streetcars - from Saturday, 17. May until Sunday, 15. June. With a little help from the SNCF, the RATP and the national railway museum in Mulhouse.

Air Show - Le Bourget - this semi-annual affair has a huge official name, and hundreds of exhibitors from many countries. If you need an air force, this is the place to get one. Daily air shows will be featured, but the public will be restricted to a few dates. These are expected to be from Sunday, 15 June, and possibly the following weekend.

Philippe Starck - is featured in a major exhibition continuing until Monday, 12. May. This show isposter: anniversaire au self, thtr melo d'amelie mainly 'virtual' but entertaining as shown on TV. Also see the Nicolas De Staël exhibition until Monday, 30. June. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Trajectories du Rêve - from romantism to surrealism, until Monday, 8. June. Except Mondays, 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.

Objets d'Art, Objets d'Armes - says, 'recuperated civil war weapons transformed and sculptured.' This is part of the ongoing Festival Imaginaire. Until Sunday, 30. March, from 14:00 to 19:00, except Mondays. At La Tour, 111. Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1. Métro: InfoTel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

Rêves de Capitale - is subtitled 'Paris and its embelishment plans.' Continuing until Saturday, 19. April. Except Monday, from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 88 64.

Armand Avril and Philippe Dereux - with the first until Sunday, 27. April and the second until Friday, 27. July. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Black Out - is an exhibition of contemporary photographs, on view now. Open from 12:00 to 19:00 and until 20:00 on Thursdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. At the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101 bis, Quai Branley, Paris 15. Métro: Bir-Hakeim. InfoTel.: 01 44 37 95 01.

Art Premier des Iapyges - will have an exhibition of very antique ceramic objects from Italy, 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.

Malévitch - because of the closing of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Malévitch moves to Paris, until Sunday, 27. April. So does Steve McQueen, along with 'Caméra,' an exhition by Chinese artists - until Sunday, 23. 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.

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. Alsoposter: expo, joel rougie, cafe flore, gal st germain see Tobias Bernstrup and Louise Bourgeois - and somewhere, Tobias Rehberger and Plamen Dejanoff too. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight. Some artists on show until Sunday, 6. April, but others finish sooner. 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.

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 17:00 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.

Feel Free - presents the 50 textile murals, chosen by an international competition - 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.

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.

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.

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 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, 30. 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.

Home Sweet Home - features the photographic works of Todd Hido and about a dozen friends. Untilposter: a la recherche du temps perdus, proust, thtr lucernaire 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.

Caylus, Mécène du Roi - features the treasures of an 18th century collector. Until Monday, 17. March. Also see Jean Fouquet, 15th century painter, until Sunday, 22. June. Open from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. Closed Mondays. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Photo Collection - 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. 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.

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.

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.

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 toposter: fesitval chorus, hauts de seine 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.

Ice Skating - is now open to the public at the POPB, or Bercy for short. Hours and tarifs unknown. 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 08 25 03 00 31, toll number.

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' aroundposter: abdelkader alloua, forum cult blanc mesnil 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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