The 'Summer' Scene

photo: model of opera, musee d'orsay

Fluke Surrealism in the Musée d'Orsay.

A Tip of the Iceberg

Paris:- Tuesday, 10. June 2003:- There are two 'Scene' columns in this issue because all of the new items wouldn't fit in one. To help your planning, some special events have been added, including the Fête Nationale and the Tour de France.

What you don't find on this page, will be on the 'Scene I' page. This page should have many special and summer items, while the 'Scene I' page has the typically current 'Scene' items.

Please excuse the extra typos and flubs. Doing this week's two columns has taken so long that spots in my eyes have interfered with proof- reading.


Contents of Scene I this Week
  • This Week's 'Openers'
  • Last Chances
  • Major Events, Exhibitions, Salons
  • More Events, Exhibitions, Salons
  • Photo, Cinema and Multimedia
  • Dance, Music, Opera, Theatre
  • Culture, History, Science
  • Commercial Salons

The Year of Algeria - this is a multi-month multi-cultural series of dance, music and theatre events continuing until July. The over-all name for it is 'Djazair.'

Fête de la Musique - music all day and all night all over Paris is scheduled for Saturday, 21 June, the first day of 'official' summer, with the shortest night. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 94 70.

Fête du Cinéma - all of France is supposed to turn out to watch as many movies as we can from Sunday, 22. June until Tuesday, 24. June. At any nearby or far off cinema.

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 visits on Sunday, 15. June,photo: view from hcb fondation plus Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22. June. At Le Bourget. InfoTel.: 01 41 69 24 82.

Sous La Plage - with 'Piratages Meets Cake & Milk,' starting on Saturday, 21 June with the Fête de la Musique. Usually from 14:00 to 21:00. Other dates are the Sundays of 6. July, 10 and 31. August, and 14. September. In the Parc André Citroën, Rue Cauchy, Paris 15. Métro: Javel or Balard. InfoTel.: 01 43 49 68 68.

View from the Henri Cartier-Bresson Fondation.

The Gay Parade - is known this year as 'La Marché des Fiertes, Lesbiennes, Gaies, Bi & Trans!' after having names in past years like 'Lesbian And Gaypride Paris,' which was a jolly parade not quite ever matching the huge event in Berlin. The date for it is Saturday, 28. June, and here is its Web site URL, as you will surely want to know more.

Alger - is an exhibition about urban and architectural aspects of Algiers. From Wednesday, 25. June until Sunday, 14. September. Also see Une Provocation Constructive for the same dates. Open from 10:00 to 17:30 except on Tuesday. At the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Four Exhibitions - include Alors la Chine?, until 13. October, La Dation Brancusi and Oliver Debre, both until Sunday, 14. September. Signes des Ecoles d'Art continues until Monday, 22. September. All four begin on Wednesday, 25. 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.

Daniel Pflumm -is in a featured exhibition, to start at the end of June. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight. Entry: 3 or 5 euros. Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Jim Dine, Sarah Moon - both have exhibitions of their photo works, beginning on Wednesday, 25. June and continuing until Sunday, 14. September. From 11:00 to 20:00 daily except Monday and Tuesday. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

A Table! - features the illustrations of food in Japan by Michiko Shimamoto, from Thursday, 26. Juneposter: shakespeare & co, lost, beat until Thursday, 31. July. 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.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 'Peintures' - the history of a body of work is on exhibit here, beginning on Thursday, 26 June, continuing until 23. October. 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.

Two Exhibitions - feature Susana Aviles and Siew Wah Poh from Wednesday, 26. June until Saturday, 5. July. They are followed by Naglaa Walker and Xavier Frossiart from Friday, 10. July until Saturday, 19. July. Possibly closed on Mondays, but open from 14:00 to 19:00. Cité Internationale des Arts, 16. Rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 42 78 71 72.

Diamonds and the Power of Love - I'm not sure if this is safe for everybody, but it's being sponsored by the AXA insurance group. From Friday, 27. June until Sunday, 6. July. Open from 12:00 to 19:00. At the Hôtel de Villemare, 9. Place Vendôme, Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 41 05 80 69.

Lizensheng - even if I've spelled the name wrong, the photos in this exhibition are of China's Cultural Revolution. From Friday, 27. June until Sunday, 21. September. 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.

Paris-Marseille - or, 'From Montparnasse to the Canebière,' is an exhibit about old-time artists, set to start on Friday, 27. June, to continue until 12. October. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 19:00. At Le Musée du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Objets d'Orgueil - means Objects of Pride, but which ones are unknown. This exhibition starts on Thursday, 3. July and last until Sunday, 13. July. At the Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 40 46 05 47.

La Clé du Champs et Arthu Bispo do Rasario - the location says painting but maybe it's sculpture, fields, or the keys to Rosario. It begins on Wednesday, 9. July and continues until 28. September. 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.

Miouzik' - this an exhibition especially for kids from 4 to 12 years. The entire park is for kids in fact. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 all during school holidays. Also on view Gauguin par-ci, Gauguin par-là, startng on Thursday, 26. June. 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.

Théâtre de Guignol - Shows at 15:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and on all days during school holidays, which are from Monday 30. June until Wednesday, 3. September. 'Guignol' continues until Sunday, 28. September. Atposter: zurban, paris la nuit 2003 the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 49 23 94 37.

Bolero Flamenco - is a big musical show with flamenco singing and dancing. Beginning on Wednesday, 18. June and continuing until Sunday, 6. July. At 20:30 and on Sundays at 15:30. No show Monday. At the Théâtre Mogador, 25. Rue de Mogador, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité. InfoTel.: 01 53 42 32 00.

100 Years for the Musée Gustav Moreau - inaugurated in January of 1903, Moreau's reception room has remained closed for 100 years until its coming reopening on Tuesday, 17. June. Restored to its original condition in every detail for this occasion, resulting in an extraordinary museum within the museum with its exceptional collection. Open from 10:00 to 12:45 and from 14:00 to 17:15 except on Tuesday. [See the Gustave Moreau exhibition coming in July, below.] At the Musée Gustave-Moreau, 14. Rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité or Saint-Georges. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 38 50.

Gustave Moreau - Mythes et Chimères - an additional centennial exhibition for this ultra-productive painter of myths and antiquities, with all pieces of show on loan from the Musée Gustave-Moreau, including some never shown before in public. From Tuesday, 22. July until 9. November. Hours are 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.

Tour de France - this is an expo about 100 years of two-wheeled legends, from Thursday, 26. June until Saturday, 30. August. Except on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 19:00. At 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.

90th Tour de France - this bicycle classic started in 1903 so this is its centennial year. Starting from Paris on Saturday, 5. July, 'Le Tour' runs around France for three weeks before returning to the finish line on the Champs-Elysées on Sunday, 27. July. Paris 8. InfoTel.: 01 41 33 15 00.

Photography at the Turn of the Century - 'Du Pictorialisme àposter: expo paris st petersbourg Engène Atget,' will be a major exhibition to watch for beginning Tuesday, 15. July, continuing until 19. October.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, entry Quai Anatole France, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Vivre C'est Habiter - is a 'big show' lacking details other than the dates, from Thursday, 17. July until 8. November. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 18:00, in summer possibly until 21:30, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06. ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

L'Incroyable Rallye - starts at 11:00 on Saturday, 12. July at the Mairie of the 11th, and resumes on Sunday at 10:00 at the same place. A reception follows between 17:00 and 19:30, and the awards are given out from 19:30 until 02:00 on Monday, followed by a 'Grand Bal' the same day. Check out L'Incroyable Rallye if you don't believe this. 12. Place Léon-Blum, Paris 11. Métro: Voltaire. InfoTel.: 01 43 57 49 85.

Les Sapeurs-Pompiers - have a tradition of opening their firehalls for celebrating the Fête de la Bastille. The 'bals' will be held on the evenings of Sunday, 13. July and Monday, 14. July. At various locations in Paris and throughout France. Initially held in 1937, the first 'bal' lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs-Elysées parade.

Mairie de Paris - the city hall organizes its Bastille fête at the Place de la Bastille, because there's enough room for it. During the evening of Sunday, 13. July. Paris 4 or 11 or 12. Métro: Bastille. Come as you are.

Place Maurice Chevalier - why this 'bal populaire' gets a special mention I know not. On Sunday, 13 July, from 19:00 to 23:00. Paris 20. Métro: Ménilmontant. InfoTel.: 01 40 33 50 50.

Military Parade - this always takes place on the whole Champs-Elysées, fromposter: l'etoile du che a paris Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. To be on Monday, 14. July. The official viewing stand is usually set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros: count on the métro stops at Etoile, George V, Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed - arrive by foot or from the next nearest ones.

Fireworks - fans will have their night on Monday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The rockets will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. The show usually lasts about 40 minutes, and is held rain or shine. Paris 7. Métros: Alma-Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte-Picquet- Grenelle - also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

Soldes d'Eté - if there's anything left, buy your Summer 2003 gear at deep discounts, starting from Wednesday, 25. June until Saturday, 26 July. The 'sales' may last a week longer, according to another source. 'First come' gets the best stuff. These dates are for Paris and may vary elsewhere in France.

Paris Plage - will be bigger and better replay of 2002's smash hit, to feature three kilometres of right-bank beach front beside the Seine especially for pedestrians, sunbathers, bikers, strollers, rollers - from Sunday, 20. July until Sunday, 17. August. There will be China palms, sand, striped deckchairs, entertainment and dance floors, with some pétanque players, and 'clubs' for kids, as well as refreshment kiosks. Fishing and tango lessons are also in the program. In principle, to be open 24 hours daily, but most entertainments will shut down by 23:00. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Paris Jazz Festival - cool music in the park every Saturday and Sunday from 15:00, with this year's edition continuing until the last set on Sunday, 27. July. Major artists will be on hand, so the trip out east will be worth it. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Un Eté Russe à Montmartre - could produce all sorts of surprises, but I have no details yet. Continuing until Monday, 29. September - on Montmartre. Paris 18. Métros: Abbesses or Lamarck-Caulaincourt.

Musique Côté Jardin - are a series of free concerts performed on the bandstands in Paris' parks. Continuing until Sunday, 28. Sepember. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Fête des Tuileries - sticky food and tricky rides with lots of boom-boom sounds. From Saturday, 21. June until Sunday, 31. August. Daily from 11:00 to midnight, and to 01:00 on Friday, Saturday and the eves of holidays such as Sunday, 13. July. In the Tuileries garden.Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries InfoTel.: 01 46 27 52 29.

Fête des Loges - is the same as above, but with more food on offer, and is set in the forestposter: 28th foire de saint germain at Saint-Germain-en-Laye. From Friday, 27. June until Sunday, 17. August. Daily from 15:00. RER: Saint-Germain-en-Laye. InfoTel.: 01 30 87 20 88.

Paris Cinéma - starts on Wednesday 2. July and continues until Tuesday, 15. July. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61.

Meet International Films - from Wednesday 2. July and continues until Sunday, 13. July. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 63 24.

Walk-In Outside Fresh-Air Movies - are now a fresh-air tradition at the Parc de la Villette, which has a big grassy place for you to watch movies projected on a huge inflated screen. High quality 'Monde d'Orages' films roll nightly except Mondays from Tuesday, 8. July until Sunday, 24. August; and start about 22:00, when it's dark enough. Deckchairs are also available. Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

20th Chopin Festival - is for you if you feel like hearing a little music in a comfy park. From Thursday, 19. June until Monday, 14. July. Times are in the afternoons and evenings. At the Orangerie de Bagatelle, Route de Reine-Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métros: Pont de Neuilly, and bus 43 or from Porte Maillot, and bus 244. Park entry - 1.50euro 3 sign. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19, Fax.: 01 40 67 70 08.

L'Octuor de France - offers chamber music concerts in the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle with several concerts beginning on Thursday, 17. July and continuing intil Sunday, 17. August. Calculate concert prices with the extra 1.50euro 3 sign for entry to the park. From Thursday, 18. July until Thursday, 15. August. In the Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16.Nearest métros: Pont de Neuilly, and bus 43 or from Porte Maillot, and bus 244. InfoTel.: 01 42 29 07 83.

Quartier d'Eté - offers a variety of events to make up this summer's Paris program of artistic treats - from techno to opera to circuses - to be performed on streets, places and unusual locations throughout the city. This program - so far, incomplete - seems to begin on Thursday, 17. July. Some of these events are free and others are not. Last year's Quartier d'Eté Web site should have complete details.

Les Pestacles - is for kids, with free shows featuring clowns, music, puppets, music, magic, clowns, music and so on. On Wednesdays at 14:30, 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.

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 also has musical accompaniment. Prolonged until Sunday, 5. October. From 10:00 to 18:00. 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.

Trésors du Titanic - is an exhibition of objects found on the deep seabed surrounding the wreck of the Titanic. Until Sunday, 31. August. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00 and 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. Also see the exhibitions 'Images,' 'Le Cerveau Intime,' 'Jeux sur Je,' 'L'Homme et Ses Gènes,' 'Chimie Naturellement' and 'Aluminium.'

Himalaya - Tibet - or, 'Le Choc des Continents' is an important exhibition, most likely featuring very high mountains. Continuingbrochure: paris est a vous until Monday, 4. August. Closed Tuesdays, its hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 22:00. At the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 36 00.

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.

Ca C'est du Cirque - is the name for the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann, which performs all year long on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 with a second Saturday show at 20:30 twice a month. Other performanes on all holidays. Most likely like real circus. Find it at Rue de la Haie-Coq, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Chapelle or bus 65. InfoTel.: 01 64 05 36 25.

In the Land of the Clowns - by the Cirque Phenix Junior, just right for kids 4 years old and up. Until Monday, 14. July. On Wednesday at 14:45, and at 14:30 and 16:30 on weekends and holidays. In the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 56 29 19 10.

Ice Skating - is now open to the public at the POPB, or Bercy for short. The actual name is the Sonja-Henie Patinoire. Open Wednesday, from 15:00 to 18:00, Friday from 21:30 to 00:30, Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00 and 21:30 to 00:30, and on Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. Entry on north, garden side. 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 01 40 02 60 60.

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.

Catacombs - note that the standard 'tour' is 1.7 km long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. 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, 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.

Les Escapades d'Aligre - are for discovering the artisanal and ex-industrial patrimony of eastern Paris, onposter: chaumont 03, fest intl de l'affiche d'art bikes. On the 1st Saturday of every month. Starts at 10:00 from the Place d'Aligre. Paris 12. Métro: Ledru-Rollin. InfoTel.: 01 53 17 03 18.

Roue Libre - this RATP partner has bike rentals, not costing 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.

Batobus - is the scheduled boat-bus service on the Seine that docks at many major attractions. With an all-day ticket you can hop on and off when and where you want. The service runs upstream along the left bank from the Pont d'Iéna near the Tour Eiffel, to the eastern tip of the Ile Saint-Louis before returning downstream along the right bank. Like city buses on the streets, the Batobus offers no babbling sightseeing commentary. For adults, 10euro 3 sign per day and 12.50 for two. Kids, about half price.

For the Sunday and holidays' program called 'Paris Respire,' the Seine-side speedways and other areas around Paris will be closed to motor traffic so slower folks without powered wheels can stroll and roll around without worrying about the automobilistas. Usually until 17:00 on Sundays.

Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini