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photo: strollers in luxembourg

A green corridor in the Luxembourg garden.

From Gauguin to Ming

Paris:- Saturday, 5. April 2003:- Whew! After adding two dozen minor items I checked this column from bottom to top looking for overlooked deadwood, and managed to cut 10 percent out, much lessening the weight of the 35 percent added.

There are items that are all-year round, left in for occasional readers, and there are annually recurring events - so you may think you've seen some items before. You have. I get to see them every time I get to do this thing.

There are new upcoming items that are annual, and are mentioned here for the first time. If you don't see anything you like that is currently playing, look at coming events. You may not see anything interesting here either - so there is Paris Plage to wait for. Or is it the 'Son of Paris Plage?'

From Cézanne to Dubuffet - is an exhibition that will feature 170 paintings and 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. 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, theposter: expo magritte, jeu de paume late 19th century's most important artist's colony - were the who's who of the time met Paul Gauguin. 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.

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.

Picasso's Paint Box - here's a chance for kids from four to 12 to play with toys Picasso made for his kids. Until Sunday, 22. June, daily from10:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66. Note that the Musée des Arts et Traditions is in the same location, but is closed on Tuesdays. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 00.

Tableaux Kuna - are art works done by the Molas of Panama on exhibition until Saturday, 26. July. From Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. Closed on Saturday, 19. April and most Thursdays in May, and Saturday, 7. June. This public library and museum is preparing itself to withstand the coming 'flood of the century.' At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens,1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie InfoTel.:01 42 78 14 60.

Fernand Pouillon, Architect - is featured in an exhibition for his work on the 'new' cities of Pantin, Montrouge, Boulogne-Billancourt and Meudon-la-Fôret - which were revolutionary in their times. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and baroque musical fountain show, continuing until 5. October. Three shows every Sunday - at the 'Grande Perspective' from 11:00 to 12:00, and from 15:30 to 17:00 in the Petit Parc, with the closing spectacle at the Bassin de Neptune at 17:20, lasting for 10 minutes. Same hours on Saturdays, from 3. May until 27. September. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or the RER 'C' line. InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

Ming - is an exhibition showing off the best of China's golden age of furniture. On view until Thursday, 17. July. 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.

Territories de France - is an exhibit of large photos of France by Jean-Pierre Gilson hung on the iron grill of the Luxembourg gardens. The photos are outside the park and 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.

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. Atposter: expo, les molas, un art d'amerique, forney 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.

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.

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.

Icônes Arabes - is curiously subtitled 'Christian Art of the Levant.' This exhibition begins on Friday, 25. April and continues until 10. August. Except 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.

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 living 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 fromposter: paris jazz clubs, arte tv 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.

5th Springtime for Museums - is on Sunday, 4. May, when 1000 museums throughout Europe open their doors - for one and all, for free - for all to discover their mysteries. If none of the participating museums is next door to you, get more details from the 'Printemps des Musées' Web site.

Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés - although called 'Esprit' it is also called Festival, so I think this involves live music, from Monday, 5. May until Saturday, 17. May. In and around Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Paris 6. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

VE Day - rates a public holiday of memorium in France on Thursday, 8. May, with a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe at 11:00, and other cultural events. Paris 8. Métro: Etoile - but this station will likely be closed, so use George V, Argentine or Ternes instead.

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 on Friday, 9. 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.

Les Pestacles - is for kids, with free shows featuring clowns, music, puppets, music, magic, clowns, music and so on. On Wednesdays at 14:30, beginning 14. May and continuing until 24. September. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

Designer's Days - is supposed to a weekend show featuring French designers and what they are doing. Set aside the long weekend of Thursday, 15. May to Sunday, 18. May for this. InfoTel.: 01 42 59 73 40.

Train Capitale - to be on outdoor 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.

Des Arts de la Marionnette - is biannual and international and happens this year from Monday, 19. Mayposter: expo, le ruche, musee montparnasse until Saturday, 7. June, at a variety of times. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Table Tennis Championships - these are the world championship variety, and do not cause as much neck-twisting as tennis but require keen eyes to follow the light-speed pings and pongs. From Monday, 19. May until Sunday, 25. May. At the POBP-Bercy, 8 Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 08 25 03 00 31.

Foire du Livre Ancien - is a major weekend buy, sell and trade fest for the collectors of rare paper, books, cards, maps. From Thursday, 22. May until Sunday, 25. May, and from 17:00 to 21:00 on the first day and from 11:00 to 19:00 thereafter. At the Maison de la Mutualité, 24. Rue Saint-Victor, Paris 5. Métro: Maubert-Mutualité or Cardinal-Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 46 38.

Belleville's Artists - open their atelier doors to all comers from Friday, 23. May to Monday, 26 May, generally from 15:00 to 21:00. In the Belleville Quartier. Paris 19 and 20. Métro: Belleville, Pyrenées, Jourdain or Télégraphe. InfoTel.: 01 46 36 44 09.

Printemps des Rues - it's party time in the streets of Paris on the weekend of 24-25. May. Bring your dancing shoes and a friend. InfoTel.: 01 47 97 36 06.

La Fête du Vélo - this party takes place on the following weekend - on 31. May-1. June. Unlike the Paris fête above this one is France-wide and has offical hours, which are from 9:30 or 10:00 to 18:00. If you have one, bring a bike. If you don't, rent one from Roue Libre. InfoTel.: 01 49 35 69 25.

Roland Garros - annual neck-twisting grand slams happen as usual from Monday, 26 May until there's a winner on Sunday, 8. June. At the Stade Roland Garros, 2. Avenue Gordon-Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. If curious, see a bit of a bio for Roland Garros in last year's Metropole.

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.

Lost, Beat and New - to fill a gaping void in the world's lit-life, Shakespeare & Co. will be hosting its first literary festival. Three sections will feature the 'Lost Generation,' the 'Beat Generation' and today's 'Something Generation,' and it will all come to a climax with 'Bloomsday,' to remind everybody how or why we have gotten where we are, if anyplace. Dates are from Monday, 9. June until Monday, 16. June. Forposter: expo, tresors du titanic, cite des sciences some events there may be small entry fees for this otherwise non-profit festival. Places will also be limited, so come early. Shakespeare & Co., 37. Rue Bucherie, Paris 5. Métro: Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 96 50.

Notes - Coming Up - 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.

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