A See-Art Week

photo: cafe zeyer, alesia

Not the 'See-Art' part, but the palms in Paris part.

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by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 9. June 2003:- On Saturday it was mostly sunny and pretty humid, and it felt a lot hotter than it was. It cooked on into the night. The forecast storm dropped a lot of rain in the morning, and Sunday was cool and gray with some showers.

Despite the dubious forecast for hot and humid weather today, it has been clear and blue, with the temperature being just right no matter what it was on the thermometre. I wish I could have gone out to play instead of wrestling with this issue.

But for the future, the crystalphoto: avenue leclerc, 1300 sunday ball is cloudy. This morning's Le Parisien warns of storms and humidity for Tuesday. Tonight's TV-news weather forecast calls for sunny to change to partly cloudy, with the high temperature to be about 25 C.

On the avenue, Sunday, 13:00.

Both the paper and the TV forecasters agree that Wednesday should have a day-long sunny period except after sundown - to be about 21:55 - and they also agree the high temperature will be 28 degrees. All fine and good.

Thursday will be the problem day. It will be hot - either 28 or 30 - and sunny will turn to only partly as the air gets heavier and thicker, and damper, and maybe even becomes unstablephoto: avenue leclerc, 1300 monday. Le Parisien says we will have an immense barbeque, and the potatoes will be roasted.

The TV-weather news didn't want to go out on a limb about Friday. The paper shows a slightly lower temperature, but says your pet penguin will not want to go out for a stroll.

On the avenue, Monday, 13:00.

The weather isn't like horse races. You can't begin to predict the future by relying of past performance - except to say that predictions and forecasts have been wrong somewhat more often than right. This situation will continue, I think.

One thing is true though. The overall weather this spring has been a lot better on average than we've had for a good many years.

Café Life

Line's Paintings are Hung Up

Line paints water. She goes over to the west of Ireland where there is a vast view of the Atlantic Ocean and then she comes back to her tiny apartment in the 14th and paints the water in the ocean.

Last Thursday evening an exhibition of her paintings was inaugurated at the café Village Daguerre. I broke off writing the day's club meeting 'report' to check this out, and found the tidy café to be full of the usual crowd of Daguerréotypistas.

Most of them were in the bar area of the café, because Dimitri was sitting at a table with five ladies in the dining part of the café where the paintings are hung. The free wine was there too, so if a Daguerréotypista needed a refill they could look at the paintings too.

It was a very warm evening. The kind of evening when Daguerréotypistas like to hang around in cafés a long time because cafés usually serve cool drinks, free or otherwise.

Normally Tina, who runs the Village Daguerre singlehandedly, shuts her doors at 22:00 so that she canphoto: line's vernissage, cafe village daguerre open them again early in the morning. This also allows Daguerréotypistas to recuperate for a new day too, but Tina seemed ready to continue the successful 'vernissage.'

Line's seawater paintings in the café Village Daguerre.

Retreating back to the editorial office, I ran into yet more Daguerréotypistas heading for a view of Line's paintings. After that, I haven't seen any of them. Unofficially, I guess it was a pretty successful opening. The exhibition continues until mid-July. Line might be back from Florida by then, maybe with some new views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Another Little Art Show

Most people probably think the only things going on in the Place Denfert-Rochereau are street demonstrations or great lines of the curious waiting to get in and see the wonders of the Catacombs.

I kind of thought so too until I saw a small sign in front of the Nicolas shop pointing to an otherwise unobtrusive office, which has lent itself to a small show of paintings, photos and sculptures - many of glass - done by artists working in Slovakia.

Besides showing off excellent craftsmanship, many full of playful whimsy, the show is meant to draw attention to the plight of distressed orphans in the region, by Les Enfants du Danube association.

If you are not currently involved in a street demonstration or waiting to see the Catacombs, drop in to see the show at the southwest corner of the place.

You'll find it in the Espace Natkin, at 16. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14 - just beyond the little cinema. The show continues until Friday, 13. June and its hours are from 13:00 to 19:00. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau.

'Scene' is Late, 'Au Bistro' is No-Show

It would be possible to do a 'Scene' column every week, if I did nothing else. But it makes more sensephoto: bear on tricycle, juraj cutek, expo slovac, natkin presse to do it every couple of weeks, just so long as you remember read the 'until' dates carefully and don't try to see events that are over and gone.

This week I picked up a particularly rich number of new summer items, and I haven't had time to stuff them all in yet. The column will also have to be broken into two parts, to be just a little bit handier.

'Bear on a Tricycle,' by Juraj Cutek, in the Espace Natkin.

During the coming week the city will be holding a press conference to let me know the details of their newer, bigger, more-better-more, plans for the summer. I don't expect this to add much to the 'Scene' column but I do like to get the free crackers that go along with the PR session. And who knows - there may be some surprises after all.

I realize that the absence of the 'Au Bistro' column of weekly 'news' from Paris is missed by many readers. I buy the papers daily but I seldom get time to read them. When I do, I see good stuff, but then something robs me of the time to set the juicier items into text. I am not 'on strike.' I think I am slowing down, because my clutch is slipping.

Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc News

It is ready at last. Allan Pangborn, the maker of the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine has written to say that it can now be ordered through the Moonlight Web site. It is really real.

Now that online ordering is possible, you will also be able to read the latest news about the wine on the Moonlight site. On this end I'll be adding an 'About Metropole's Wine' page that will tell the story, plus have a link like the URL above so that you can place orders easily - which I hope you will do. Every bottle sold will make Metropole's tax inspector happier.

The last bit of news about Metropole's wine was the report by Allan about taking the wine to the 'Taste Washington' exhibition in Seattle, where visitors to the Moonlight booth had to stand in line to get a taste or two. Use this link to take you to this news about Metropole's sparkling wine, with vague links to all the previous 'news' about it.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link lightly to get last week's 'Eulipian Vision' is a Meeting 'First' club meeting report, the one that would feature some cool jazz by member Farris Smith if Metropole had anything as nifty as 'RealAudio,' or whatever it's called.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. June. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Guy. This is another one on the calendar but with no mention in my saints-book. For a substitute I propose Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, which may not have a calendar day, but is a small place near Montpellier with a very old church.

Only a few of the minor details concerning the club can be found handily grouped on the all-purpose 'About the Club' page, because there are only a few. The virtual membership card on this page may also be useful, but not for getting discounts except during the Soldes d'Eté. It is free even if they are not.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.24 - 11. June 2001 - This issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Free Champagne & Street Eats.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Take the TGV-Med.' The feature of the week was titled 'Fête In Les Frigos - Art On Ice.' There were two email pages, with 'The Flying Rhino' from Charles Fremont and 'The Politics of Orangina' from Al Riley. The Café Metropole Club update for thisphoto: sign, rue vercingetorix, 14th issue on 14. June had a kind of instructional 'When In Paris' report. There were the four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Mole Art.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 5.24 - 12. June 2000 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Exclusive Art Discovery.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined , 'Mega Johnny Lights Mega Fire.' One feature was titled 'Peep! "Hey! Move it! Hey!" Peep!' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 15. June resulted in the 'What Happened?' report. Other club 'news' was titled, 'A Cavalcade of 'Firsts.' The Scene column's title was 'Varoom-varooooom Weekend.' Like every year at this time. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned 'Johnny Sells Out.' He is doing it again too.

'Mardi Noir' Part 6.5

The government, after a meeting tomorrow, is expected to announce concessions about its the proposed decentralization measures and retirement pension 'reforms.' Those opposing the measures, are readying 8500 amendments for the Assembly National sessions.

It has already been decided to go ahead with another 'Mardi Noir.' The last one continued after lastphoto: sign, rue de grancey Tuesday, and some effects of it were felt by citizens leaving for the long Pentecôte weekend. Many returned early today in order to have enough time to walk to work tomorrow, if necessary.

Therefore, expect a less splendid 'Mardi Noir' tomorrow. The forecast for it tonight has been less comprehensive that last week's, but pretty much the same actors will be on stage, or 'on strike:'

- Métro - 25 percent operational
- TGV - one out of three trains
- Eurostar - normal schedule
- Air France - one flight out of five, with long-distance flights 'normal.' - Air controllers - expected to be on strike until Thursday
- Truckers - all sizes, everywhere
- Autoroutes - south of France, free passage
- Public transport - throughout France, varying degrees
- Expect some post offices to be closed, as well as some banks. Other public sectors affected will be teachers, tax collectors, garbage collectors and national unemployment services.

For Never-Say-Die Hardnosed Countdown Fans

With next-to-no fanfare, the number of days left this year is 205. This may not seem like an overly long time until 2004, but who can count higher than twenty? Otherwise it is nearly no time at all until summer, which is 'officially' only 13 short days from today, and commences with the Fête de la Musique.
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