Surreal René Magritte

photo: tour eiffel, champs de mars, ecole militaire

The view from the Palais Chaillot at Trocadéro.

From Cézanne to Dubuffet

Paris:- Saturday, 22. March 2003:- In this spring season, which is not yet complete, there is plenty of new shows either on now or coming soon. The problem is with today's weather, which is brilliantly tempting all to be outside in one of Paris' many parks and gardens - or just outside somewhere, taking it easy.

This amazing late-March weather cannot last forever - it never has before - so keep the list below handy for April's rainy days which can't be far off.



Michelangelo - shows off many of 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 exhibitionposter: chagell, grand palais 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.

La Ruche - was officially named the Villa Médicis by its founder, the sculptor Alfred Boucher - but its artistic inhabitants called it the 'beehive' because of its shape, and the shape of things that went on there - mainly artistic, by Chagall, Modigliani, Léger. Since it still fills this function, the exhibition about its past is at the Chemin du Montparnasse, until Wednesday, 14. May. Except Mondays, from 12:00 to 18:30. In the alley off 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Trésors du Titanic - is an exhibition of objects found on the deep seabed surrounding the wreck of the Titanic. Until 31. August. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Places de Paris - of Paris' 450 'places,' 400 were created in the 19th and 20th centuries, a continuation of an urban characteristic since the Middle Ages. From Friday, 28. March until Friday, 2. May. From 12:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday. At the Mairie of the 8th, 3. Rue de Lisbonne, Paris 8. Métro: Europe or Saint-Augustin. InfoTel.: 01 44 90 75 08.

Stone Vines - a photographic exhibition showing the frequent use of vines in stone as architectural decoration in Paris. Until 21. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 except on Monday and Tuesdays. Use this as a excuse to visit the Musée du Vin, Rue des Eaux, 5. Square Charles Dickens, Paris 16. Métro: Passy. InfoTel.: 01 45 25 63 28.

Salon des Antiquaires - posters, engravings, silver, arms, Art Déco, jewelry, clocks, furniture - just everything, but nothing new. From Saturday, 29. March until Sunday, 6. April. From 11:00 to 20:00, but from 14:00 to 20:00 on the first day. Located in a tent in the Jardin des Tuileries, by the métro exit Tuileries. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 65 20.

Bertien Van Manen - is an exhibition by this Dutch photographer, continuing until Sunday, 18. May. 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.

Marathon - Paris big one will take to the streets on Sunday, 6. April. More info for this huge event can be found on the official Web site.

This year's Salon du Livre continues until Wednesday, 26. March. Flanders and Holland are being honored this year. On Tuesday until 22:00, otherwise from 9:30 until 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 40.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From Cézanne to Dubuffet - is an exhibition that will feature 170 paintings andposter: raoul dufy, musee maillol a dozen sculptures from the private Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation collection, which contains many of the masters - many - of the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning on Wednesday, 2. April and continuing until Sunday, 27. July. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry. In the Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean, entry at 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

L'Aventure de Pont-Aven et Gauguin - an exhibition presented by the Sénat about the Breton village Pont-Aven, the late 19th century's most important artist's colony - were the who's who of the time met Paul Gauguin. From Wednesday, 2. April until Tuesday, 22. June. 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.

Tour Auto - is to recreate a classic race, from Paris to Cannes. The race takes place from Monday, 7. April to Saturday, 12 April. See the cars in Paris from 9:00 to 20:00 on 7. April. In the Jardins du Trocadéro, between the Palais de Chaillot and the Avenue de New York. Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 42 59 73 40.

International Model Salon - five categories include planes, boats, trains, cars and figurines, which will be subject of a competition. This is the salon where most of the exhibitors make everything on view, and includes a sub-salon for games of all sorts - except digital ones. From Saturday, 12. April until Monday, 21. April. Hours are generally from 10:00 to 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 64 14.

Shadowing Maigret - on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Georges Simenon, follow his famous detective's footsteps through Paris of 1930-1950, beginning at the BILIPO, the public library specializing in crime literature. There is a published guide to go with this, with seven itineraries. From Friday, 25. April until 20. September. BILIPO, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lémoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lémoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Foire de Paris - is Paris' annual jumbo home fair, including its Fête de Jazz and the inventors' show, the Concours Lépine, which should never be missed even if it is always jammed to the rafters. Beginning on Wednesday, 30. April, until Sunday, 11. May. Open hours are usually 10:00 to 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Big Art Market - a commercial show of contemporary art put together by livingposter: salon de l'estamps, 29-31 march, paris print fair artists, this one also features 10 artists working live on the site, on one painting 30 metres long. From Wednesday, 30. April until Monday, 4. May. From 11:00 to 20:00. At the south side of the Place de la Bastille, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 56 53 93 93.

Trop -features Barbara Berger's collection of fantasy bijoux from the 1920-1960 period, augmented by this museum's permanent collection. From Tuesday, 29. April until 31. August. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00 and 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - 'De Qui s'Agit-il?' is a exhibition not to be missed, from Tuesday, 29. April until Sunday, 27. July. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. At the Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, at the Quai François-Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Bibliothèque Mitterrand or Quai de la Gare. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59. This photographer also 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.

Daguerréotype Français - thank your Kodak to the invention of photography, starting with Niépce in the 1820s and contuining with Daguerre. About 250 Daguerréotypes to be on view. Beginning Tuesday, 13. May and continuing until 17. August. 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.

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.

Notes - Coming Up - More about Paris' mines will be featured at the Catacombs, beginningposter: nicolas de stael, centre pompidou 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.

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.

Raoul Dufy - presents an exhibition of Dufy's season of fauvism, with Cézannian and Cubistic tendancies - all for the price of a single entry. 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.

Philippe Starck - the designer's designer, is featured in a major exhibition desogned by himself continuing until Monday, 12. May. This show is mainly 'virtual' - but entertaining if you like designs by Philippe Starck. Also see the major exhibition of 200 works by artistposter: napoleon, hotel des invalides, musee de l'armee Nicolas De Staël 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.

René Magritte - wore a bowler and painted a strange world, much vaster than you may imagine. For this major show I have no other information - other than it is happening now, honestly for surreal. Until Monday, 9. June. Except for Mondays and holidays, from 12:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 21:00 on Tuesdays. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paris en Piste! - is subtitled 'L'Aventure du Cirque à Paris,' and traces theposter: gauguin, musee luxembourg 200-year history of the circus in 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.

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.

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.

Rêves de Capitale - is subtitled 'Paris and its embelishment plans' and shows how Paris was designed from 1675 to 1815. 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.

Kasimir Malevitch - because of the closing of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the avant-garde Malevitch 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.

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 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 ofphoto: van manen, centre photograpgique ile de france 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.

'On the Beach,' photo by Bertien Van Manen©

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.

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.

Alter Ego - is the exhibition titled 'Anthropologies involontaires.' Plus see Norbert Ghisoland's 'Fragments de view ordinaires.' Until Sunday, 23. March. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

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. Crime films are on view from now untol Sunday, 25. May.. 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.

poster: phedre, andromacque, racine, thtr du lierreC'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.

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. 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.

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.

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' 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, butposter: paris respire reopens 23 march 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. Note that the Seine's flood level in spring may exceed the speedway's, and then it's 'no go' for everybody.

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