The 'Classic' Scene

photo: che, photo by roger pic, mus montparnasse

Che in the jungles of the Musée du Montparnasse.
Che photo © Roger Pic

Throw Darts at It

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. These are on the 'Scene II' page.

What you don't find on this page, will be on the 'Scene II' page. This page should be like a typical 'Scene' page, while many special and summer items are on the 'Scene II' page.

If this week isn't enough for you, tomorrow I have to get up really early and go to the Hôtel de Ville to find out what Paris has planned for you this summer.


Contents of Scene II this Week
  • Coming Events, Exhibitions, Salons
  • Fête de la Bastille
  • Summer 2003
  • Some Kid Stuff
  • Unclassifieds + Bikes

Bright Lights - at 23:00 on Saturday, 21. June, the Tour Eiffel will be sparkling again. Paris' mayor Bertrand Delanoë, assisted by tourism czar Jean-Bernard Bros, will throw the switch for the new 20,000-bulb installation. This event will be accompanied with - what else? - music at the foot of the tower while the lights twinkle into Sunday morning. Thereafter, more twinkle lights every night on the hour for ten minutes, until 02:00 in summer, and until 2013. It's a free show that can be seen from many locations besides the Champ de Mars. Paris 7. The show opener will be broadcast on France-2 TV too. Métro: Trocadéro or Ecole Militaire.

Jacques-Henry Lartigue - is featured in an important photo exhibition continuing until 22. September. 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.

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,' theposter: 38th salon de la marine '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. For 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.

Foire Saint-Germain - an annual 'foire' with hundreds' of years' history, but officially this is only the 26th edition. Centred around the Place Saint-Sulpice, with arts, theatre, concerts, shows and exhibitions. Until Sunday, 6. July. Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Festival Tzigane - means gypsies, meaning vivid music every Thursday at 20:00, beginning on 12 June and ending on Thursday, 10. July. At Le Trianon, 80. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 08 92 23 11 17.

La Vie à la Campagne - 'sculptée par Bouchard,' is the subtitle. Another part features 'Femmes.' Except for a 16-31. June closure, until Wednesday, 13. September. Only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. InfoTel.: 01 46 47 63 46.

Extérieur Nuit - are the photos by Véronique Durruty and Patrick Guedj. The outside photos hung on the garden's fence are visible all the time, until Sunday, 31. August. From the Place Edmond Rostand to the Rue de Médicis. Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No InfoTel necessary.

Janine Janet - Metamorphoses - as seen on posters, this exhibition features sculptures made of plants. Until Sunday, 21. September. Except Mondays, open from 11:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Hôtel de Guénégaud, 60. Rue des Archives, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 92 40.

Pasquier, and Enveloppes de Caractères - two exhibitions, one about the small spaces on stamps and the other about envelopes. The first until Tuesday, 30. August and the second until Friday, 8. September. The exhibition, Le Timbre Algérien begins on Saturday, 17. June, until the end of November. 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

La Deguerréotype Français - a exhibition featuring rare and early photographs, beginning from the late1830s. 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. Summer hours after Saturday, 21. June are from 9:00 to 18:00, and until 22:00 on Thursday. Note - the museum's current entry is on the Quai Anatole France.

Labyrinthes - have been added to the Bagatelle park, for you to get lost in green. Until Thursday, 14. September, from 9:00 to 19:00, and not all night long. Possibly closed onposter: cimenatheque francias Tuesdays, unless it's summer. Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry - 1.50euro 3 sign. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Hommage aux Amis du Musée Delacroix - is an 'at home' with the painter Eugène Delacroix, in a quiet place in the Quartier Latin. Until Monday, 15. Sepember. Open from 9:30 to 17:00 daily except Tuesday. At the Musée National Eugène Delacroix, 6. Rue Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

Sur les Pas de Jean Moulin - follow this Résistance hero, not quite like the Gestapo. Until 15. October. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Plantu - before this cartoonist hit the front page of Le Monde, there was nothing to see except text. An exhibition of drawings and sculptures. Until 26. October. Also see Lucien Jones and his murals from the '30s. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Marc Riboud - is featured with photos of Parisiennes. Starting on Wednesday, continuing until 12. October. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51.

'J'Aime Pas la Culture' - for this I have no details other than it is a major 'Euroculture' event. Continues until the end of the year, with open hours of 10:00 to 18:00 and until 22:00 on Fridays. At 68. Quai de la Seine, Paris 19. Métro: Crimée. InfoTel.: 01 40 38 09 31.

Au Bonheur des Kimonos - features the legend of the Mitsukoshi department store 'since 1673.' Until Saturday, 5. July, from 14:00 to 18:00 except on usual holidays, Sunday and Monday. At the Espace des Arts Mitsukoshi-Etoile, 3. Rue de Tilsitt, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile. InfoTel.: 01 44 09 11 11.

Carrières Parisiennes - a photographic exhibition showing Paris' recent past as one big quarry. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00, and otherwise from 9:00 to 16:00. Entryposter: titantic, la villette, mai, juin charge of 5euro 3 sign includes entry to Musée Carnavalet. At the Catacombs de Paris, 1. Place Denfert Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

Dante et Virgile aux Enfers - shows off many of the paintings by Eugène Delacroix until Saturday, 5. July. Also see drawings by Leonardo de Vinci until Monday, 14. July - a day when I expect the Louvre would be closed. 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.

L'Eventail au Masculin - is an exhibition subtitled 'entre accessoire et objet d'art' and we are talking about fans here. Until Wednesday, 30. July. Open from 14:00 to 18:00, only from Monday to Wednesday. At the Musée de l'Eventail, Atelier Houquet, 2. Boulevard de Strasbourg, Paris 10. Métro: InfoTel.: 01 42 08 90 20.

Marlene Dietrich - in an exhibition subtitled 'creation of a myth,' which will be on view from Saturday, 14. June until Sunday, 12. October. Daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Personnages de Contes pour Enfants - pays homage to contemporary dolls. Until 2. November. Also see the permanent collection all-year round. 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.

Fables de L'Identité - is another photographic exhibition, beginning on Wednesday, 18. June and continuing until Thursday, 28. August. Closed Tuesdays; hours are from 12:00 to 19:00. At the Centre National de la PhotographieCentre National de la Photographie, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 31.

Paris - Manière Noire - is an exhibition of photos by Nicolas Bruant. Beginning on Wednesday, 18. June and continuing until Sunday, 24. August. Open from 10;00 to 18:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday, but closed on Mondays. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Russes? - features Russian artists from St. Petersburg who were in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century. From Friday, 20. June until Sunday, 21. September. Open from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 18:00, but closed onMonday. At the Musée de Montmartre, 12. Rue Cortot, Paris 18. Métro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt. InfoTel.: 01 46 06 61 11.

L'Etoile du Che à Paris - 150 photos of which about 40 are on first public view, of Ernestoposter: expo saharas d'algerie Guevara de la Serna. Photos by Roger Pic, Korda, René Burri, Osvaldo Salas and others. Also contains other documents and letters. Only until Thursday, 19. June. 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.

Le Train Capitale - is an outdoor exhibition on and along the Champs-Elysées from Rond-Point to Concorde - old trains, TGVs, mini streetcars - until Sunday, 15. June. With a little help from the SNCF, Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, the RATP and the national railway museum in Mulhouse.

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 Sunday, 15. June, 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.

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.

Raoul Dufy - presented in 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.

Jean Fouquet - is an exhibition featuring the works of this 15th century painter and illuminator. Continuing until Sunday, 22. June. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Michelangelo - shows off many of his drawings 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.

Paris-Saint Petersbourg - "when Russia spoke French..." is the subtitle for this exhibition of objects from 1800-1830 timed to coincide with the 300th year ofposter: landru, thtr etoile du nord the founding of Saint-Pete. Until Sunday, 31. August, from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays except in July and August. At the Hôtel National des Invalides - Musée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour-Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

Ghana, Yesterday and Today - presents the artistic heritage of Ghana as well as this African country's current works. 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.

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.

Tableaux Kuna - are extraordinary art works of elaborate 'paintings' on textiles, done by the Kuna of Panama. The tapestries are called Molas. These are on exhibition until Saturday, 26. July. From 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.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - 'De Qui s'Agit-il?' is a exhibition not to be missed, on show 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 with an exhibition space in a villa in the 14th arrondissement, was scheduled to open on Friday, 2. May. In the Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaité. InfoTel.: 01 42 75 59 15.

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.

Tim - Etre de Son Temps - which were from 1919 to 2000 for Louis Mitelberg. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 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.

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 will be made of good stuff too. Until 2; February 2004. Also, see 'Les Génies de la Mer,' which shows off navel sculpture, until the same date. The painterly 38th Salon de la Marine continues until Monday, 29. September. 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.

Susanna Fritscher - will be presented in a sculpture exhibition continuing until Sunday, 5. October, from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Saharas d'Algerie - is a show about a lot of sand, or, an 'unexpected paradise.' Itposter: 20th festival chopin continues until 21. October. The garden is open from 7:30 to 19:45. If the expo is in the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution it is closed on Tuesdays, but open from 10:00 to 18:00, and on Thursdays until 22:00. In the Jardin des Plantes, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu or Austerlitz. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

L'Esprit fe la Forêt - features Yanomani and other artists in this show continuing until 12. October. 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.

Paris et Ses Chemins de Fer - within 30 short years Paris evolved from being an old but important barge stop to becoming the utopian railroad roundhouse of France. See this historically-oriented exhibition organized by the Action Artistique de Paris, from 11:00 to 17:00, and until 19:30 on Thursdays, from until Friday, 18. July, at the Mairie of the 12th, 130. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Dugommier. For group visits, InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Music Posters - are supposed to be 'contemporary' but some may be not so. Take a look 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, so a visit to all of it will be worth your while.

Vus par Zadkine - Vincent and Théo Van Gogh, as seen by sculptor Ossip Zadline. Until Sunday, 21. September, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Trop - features Barbara Berger's collection of fantasy bijoux from the 1920-60's period, augmented by this museum's permanent collection. Until Sunday, 31. August. Also see De la Réclame à la Publicité 1920-1950 at the same time. 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, 107-111. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

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 toposter: festival mon bel accordeon 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.'

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. Also see the exhibition, '30 Years of the Périphérique,' until Sunday, 14. September. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Philippe Dereux - is featured in this exhibition site usually reserved for 'primitive' art, until Friday, 27. July. Also see René Moreu until early next January here. 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.

Stone Vines - is a photographic exhibition showing the frequent use of vines in stone as architectural decoration in Paris. This exhibition may continue beyond Sunday, 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.

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. 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.

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.

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 still swinging in Paris in June and until mid-July at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. For both opera and ballet names and dates, check the Web site, or call Toll number InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Himalaya - Tibet - or, 'Leposter: laverdac, l'un visible Choc des Continents' is an important exhibition, most likely featuring very high mountains. Continuing 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.

Bazart - is a commercial show of contemporary art put together by working artists and on view in the art déco interior of the Samaritaine department store. Until Saturday, 23. August. During store hours, therefore closed on Sundays. At Samaritaine, across from the Pont-Neuf, Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf. InfoTel.: 01 42 21 88 43.

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