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Artist's Open Doors

Since there is no new 'Scene' column this week, this is where I will mention that there will be 120cartoon: open doors artists ateliers open artists' ateliers in the 14th arrondissement next weekend, on 26 and 27. April. See the works of 300 of my neighborhood artist friends from 11:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

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There will be a lot of other activities along with this, with some street acts, including Lulu, Rita and Renato in the Rue Daguerre and some Brazilian crew traipsing around. For details, call in at the Mairie of the 14th arrondissement on either day. Métro: Mouton-Duvernet.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Last week's issue featured a report by Allan Pangborn about taking Metropole's wine to the 'Taste Washington' exhibition in Seattle, where visitors to the Moonlight booth had to stand in line to get a taste. Use this link to take you to the latest news about Metropole's sparkling wine, with vague links to all the previous 'news' about it.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link to last week's 'Mark Kritz' First 'First' club meeting report. Mark became a member quite earlyphoto: visit sewers, egouts in the club's life and comes to meetings often, but more often than not he leaves early. Last week he arrived for the meeting slightly before the club's secretary for his first 'First,' even though the club's secretary wasn't late.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. April. The saint's day of the week will be Saint-Fidèle. This saint is not listed under saint's names. It is not listed as a town in France either. How it got on the calendar for 24. April is a total mystery to me, especially since this is a Republican country.

Ninety-five percent of the many details concerning the club - not much more than the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the one-stop 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card on this page may be useful. If it wasn't, I wouldn't have made it for you.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.17 - 22. April 2002 - This issue started off with the Café Metropole column's ' Shocko Horror Election Show.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline screamed 'Stupefication! Le Pen Beats Jospin.' This issue's feature was titled, 'Election Springtime - Some of the Players.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meetings on 25. April featured the quote, "I Just Want Some Red Shoes!" as the report's title. This issue's 'Scene' column was suspended indefinitately. Therephoto: sign, promenade quai d'orsay were four glittering new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was called, 'Non Vote.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.17 - 23. April 2001 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Lucky Poster Tour.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'The Bridges of May.' The feature of the week was titled '21,173 Meals In France - 'French Fried,' by Harriet Welty Rochefort. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 26. April had the 'Sidewalk' Is Not Cricket' report. The 'Scene' column headline was, 'Paris Tangos Again!' There were the four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon explained, 'How French Toast Was Invented,' which has not been challenged yet. This issue's Photo Page featured 'The Tower and the Flame.'

Numbers for Foodies

Forget Georges Simenon and his 100th anniversary. I don't know the date of it anyway. Ever eagle-eyed Jim Auman has written to say that Maxim's restaurant is 100 years old sometime this month. Actually the famous restaurant will be 110 years old on Wednesday. But its art déco interior wasn't added until 10 years later, which is what it is famous for - rather than the fact that neither Jim nor I can afford to look at it.

In another food milestone, the Tour d'Argent - which claims to be 400 years old - since 1582 - will be celebrating another number this month on Tuesday, 29. April, when one of 120 specially invited guests will officially get the restaurant's one millionth pressed duck.

At the same time the command of the sixth-floor restaurant that overlooks Notre-Dame willphoto: plaque, pelouses et baignades interdits, risques d'accidents des canons pass from the hands of Claude Terrail, 85, to André Terrail, his son. 'Caneton Tour d'Argent' was first placed on the Tour d'Argent's menu in 1890.

'Grass and swimming forbidden. Beware of the cannons.'

According to the Associated Press report, ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani did away with duck number 971,612, narrowly missing the magic number that could have made him famous. The duck is prepared according to an ancient recipe, designed for 19th and 20th century people with serious appetites.

It was reported that one American customer said to the owner, 'I hate your duck.' It is not reported who ate duck number one, but as with many of the restaurants earlier customers, this person is unlikely to be able to repeat the experience on account of age rather than lack of desire.

For duck-pressed count-down fans, the number of days left this year is 253. This may seem like a long time until 2004, but it is no time at all until summer, which is 'officially' only 62 days off. Unofficially, we had a preview of summer already, so don't expect any more.
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