Paris Stays Open

photo: chalet, buvette, luxembourg garden

Out in the country in the middle of the Quartier Latin,
in the Luxembourg garden.

Day and Night, All Summer

Paris:- Saturday, 5. June 2003:- The only thing harder than doing one 'Scene' page a week, is doing two of them. I think if I had been around longer enough, I would have really liked Paris in the summers when everybody rolled down the shutters and disappeared for two months.

But those days are long past. The result is even more events than during the so-called 'season' from mid-September to mid-June. This column is no exception to the rule that not everything is in it. There's probably more current events advertised in an average métro station. If in doubt, check one out.

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

Contents of Scènes d'Eté this Week
  • Summer Stuff
  • Fête de la Bastille
  • Summer 2003
  • Paris Pools
  • Some Kid Stuff
  • Unclassifieds + Bikes

Bright Lights - the Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel as it is known here, has been re-bulbed to twinkle every night on the hour for ten minutes, for the next ten years. This should give you an ample window of time to see this free show too that can be seen from many locations in Paris besides the Champ de Mars. Paris 7. Métro: Trocadéro or Ecole Militaire.

90th Tour de France - this bicycle classic started in 1903 so this is its centennial year. This year's 'tour' started 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.

Balzac S'Affiche - is an exhibition of theatre and movie posters done for Balzac's works during most of the 20th century, along with the names of the star actors who performedposter: catacombs in them, with accompanying newspaper articles that often 'make' various productions. Until Sunday, 28. September. Except on Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Alger - is an exhibition about urban and architectural aspects of Algiers. Continuing 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. 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, on view now. 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 and Sarah Moon - both have exhibitions of their photo works 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, 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, continuing until Thursday, 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.

Lizensheng - even if I've spelled the name wrong, the photos in this exhibition are of China's Culturalposter: thtr offenbach, m choufleuri Revolution. Continuing 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, to continue until Sunday, 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.

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 Tuesday, 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. 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 continue until Wednesday, 3. September. 'Guignol' continues until Sunday, 28. September. At 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.

Gustave Moreau - Mythes et Chimères - an additional centennial exhibition for this ultra-productive painter of myths and antiquities, with all pieces on show on loanposter: ete russe montmartre from the Musée Gustave-Moreau, including some never shown before in public. Until Sunday, 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 a colorful and interesting expo about 100 years of two-wheeled legends, continuing 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.

Destins Croisés - are the works by Iranian photo-reporter Reza, taken of the children of the world's less peaceful places. The outside photos hung on the fence around the Luxembourg garden are visible all the time, until Tuesday, 30. September. From the Place Edmond Rostand to the Rue de Médicis. Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No InfoTel necessary.

Vivre C'est Habiter - is a 'big show' lacking details other than the dates, from Thursday, 17. July until Saturday, 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.

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

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.

Leonardo de Vinci - see drawings by Leonardo until Monday, 14. July - a day when I expect the Louvre will be closed because it is Bastille Day. Maybe not. 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.

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.

Two Exhibitions - feature Naglaa Walker and Xavier Frossiart, 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.

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. Seeposter: reza, enfants, grille luxembourg 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.

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.

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.

Sous La Plage - with 'Piratages Meets Cakeposter: centre culturel irlande & Milk,' started on with the Fête de la Musique. Usually from 14:00 to 21:00. Coming dates are the Sundays of 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.

Photography at the Turn of the Century - 'Du Pictorialisme à Engène Atget,' will be a major exhibition to watch for beginning Tuesday, 15. July, continuing until Sunday, 19. October. 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.

100 Years for the Musée Gustave Moreau - inaugurated in January of 1903, Moreau's reception room has remained closed for 100 years until its recent reopening. 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.

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 of 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 - usée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour-Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

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