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Carry Over to September

Paris:- Saturday, 23. August 2003:- All I can say about this week's new events is that there aren't many of them. Mostly what's new is coming in September, which is only a week away.



World Athletic Championships - were omitted from the last update of the 'Scène' column because I thought there would be a later update. Now they are being held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and continue until Sunday, 31. August. Métro: St-Denis-Porte de Paris or RER 'A' station at La-Plaine- St-Denis. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 78 78. Check the Paris 2003 Saint-Denis Web site for further details.

Festival Silhouette - is a festival of short films from France and around the world, to be held outdoors from Thursday, 28. August until Sunday, 31. August, nightly at 20:30. At the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Place Armand Carrel, Paris 19. Métro: Laumière.

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.

Paris-Saint Petersbourg - "when Russia spoke French..." is the subtitle for this exhibition of objects from 1800-1830 timed to coincide withposter: festival silhouette, short films 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 - Musée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour-Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

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.

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.

Jazz à La Villette - starts with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine at 20:00 on Friday, 5. September and closes with concerts by the Bill Carrouthers Trio and the Michel Portal Quartet, beginning at 18:00 on Sunday, 14. September. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 08 03 07 50 75.

Festival d'Ile de France - is subtitled 'Le Paradis et Ses Jardins.' This annual festival begins on Wednesday, 3. September with a 'Chaâbi' evening at 20:30 at the Cabaret Sauvage and winds up on Friday, 12. September with a sort of opera at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and a one act ballet at Le Trianon - all within the 'Djazair' program. If none of this makes sense, check the Festival d'Ile de France Web site. In Paris and the Ile de France region. ResaTel.: 08 03 07 50 75.

The Louis Vuitton Classic - is subtitled 'L'art de voyager sans limites,' and features some clean but very old cars that parade around in the Parc Saint-Cloud, on Saturday starting at 12:00 and Sunday starting at 10:00, on 6. and 7. September. In the Parc Saint-Cloud, between Sèvres and Saint-Cloud. Métro: Pont de Sèvres. InfoTel.: 01 47 70 72 47.

Festi-Toys - toys of legend, toys for collectors, on view for one day only, on Sunday, 14. September, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the POPB, or Bercy for short, 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 23 01.

Les Rendez-Vous Electroniques - this 6th edition promises to be a sort of major event, musically, I think. From Friday, 5. September until Sunday, 14. September. Grab more info from the Technopol Web site. InfoTel.: 01 48 01 03 96.

Techno Parade - is the colorful andposter: expo plantu, musee carnavalet loud street version of 'Les Rendez-Vous Electroniques,' to roll through Paris on Saturday, 13. September, from 13:00 to 20:00. Get everything you need to know from the Technopol Web site. InfoTel.: 01 48 01 03 96.

Cirque Eloize - presents 'Nomade,' beginning on Tuesday, 16. September, and continues until Sunday, 19. October. No show Mondays, otherwise at 20:30, and at 16:00 on Sunday. At the Pelouse de Reuilly, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton InfoTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

Fire Works - the occasion may be part of the Festival d'Automne, but these must be the fireworks of Friday, 19. September. In case of bad weather, the name changes to the fireworks of Saturday, 20. September. Either day, at sundown. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Journées Européennes du Patrimonie - for this 20th version, this year's theme is 'Patrimonie Spirituel.' It means 'open doors' throughout Europe, beginning on Saturday, 20. September but mostly on Sunday, 21. September. Paris, France, and Europe. InfoTel.: 08 20 56 15 61.

Soirée du Patrimonie - is linked to the above, but involves a historical tour named 'Paris du Soleil aux Lumières,' from 20;00 to midnight on Sunday, 21. September. Perhaps starting at the Place des Vosges, perhaps ending at Saint-Sulpice with emphasis on the 16th and 17th centuries. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Mail-Art - decorated envelopes existed before La Poste itself, but have really inspired artists of the 20th century, and continue in the 21st. Starting off with a 'Network' in 1962, modern development stops at nothing, like postmen themselves. On exhibit, the works of six mail-artists plus the works of a large international group. From Monday, 22. September until Saturday, 1. November. At L'Espace Beauregard, 6. Rue Beauregard, Paris 2. Métro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis.

Festival d'Automne - every year, without details, except perhaps on the Web site. From Wednesday, 24. September until Tuesday, 23. December. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00.

Fête des Jardins - instead of having a party in a garden, Paris gardens have a party from Friday, 26. September until Sunday, 28. September. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

La Route du Poisson - last held on the occasion of 'Horse Days' in 2001, the descendants of the draft-horses that used to bring fish to Paris daily from the Channel ports will be in action and on display. This weekend event, beginning on Friday, 26. September in Boulogne-sur-Mer at 8:00, the draft-horses will show off on Sunday, 28. September from 10:00 to 19:00. Check out the Route du Poisson Web site. At the Vincennes racetrack, 2. Route de la Ferme, Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château-Vincennes or Charenton-Ecoles. InfoTel.: 03 44 38 54 50.

Edouard Vuillard - is featured in a major exhibition this fall. From Thursday, 25. September to Sunday, 4. January 2004. 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-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Jean Cocteau - Starting from Thursday, 25. September to Monday, 5. January 2004. From 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesday. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Parures de Tête - no details yet, but not to be missed. From Thursday, 25. Septemberposter: expo, gustav moreau, mus vie romantique until July of 2004. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, except Monday and Tuesday. Entry charge but free 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.

Art Paris - Paris best galleries show off their artists' latest works in this commercial show and sale. From Friday, 26. September until Monday, 29. September, from 11:00 to 20:00, until 22:00 on Friday and until 19:00 on Sunday. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 56 26 52 00.

Paris-Versailles - the 28th edition of this marathon from the base of the Tour Eiffel to Louis' place in Versailles. From 10:00 on Sunday, 28. September. Paris 7. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 30 21 10 25.

Rowing Through Paris - I have missed mentioning this watersports event in the past because it is usually over before I wake up. Times given are 06:30 to 8:00, but I think the start may be at 8:15. Check the Web site to find out where exactly. The date for it is Sunday, 28. September. On the Seine in Paris. InfoTel.: 01 48 75 75 10.

Nuit Blanche - this is not Paris' first sleepless 'Nuit Blanche,' but it is this year's new, improved version. To be more 'outside' than last year, in six parts of the city. Beginning about 19:30 on Saturday, 4. October and continuing, maybe, all day on Sunday. The Métros should be running all night as well as some RER lines. Paris' own Web site should have detailed info. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Paris Photo - French and international photo galleries join together to put on this salon of photos, works prints dating from the 19th century to our times. From Thursday, 13. November until Sunday, 16. November, from 11:00 to 20:00, until 22:00 on Friday and until 19:00 on Sunday. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 80.

Plantu - before this cartoonist hit the front page of Le Monde, there was nothing on it to see except text. An exhibition of drawings and sculptures. Until Sunday, 26. October. Also see Lucien Jones and his building 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.

Gustave Moreau - Mythes et Chimères - an additional centennial exhibition for this ultra-productiveposter: saison musicale 2003 painter of myths and antiquities, with all pieces on show on loan 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.

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. At the Musée Gustave-Moreau, 14. Rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité or Saint-Georges. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 38 50.

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.

La Clé du Champs et Arthu Bispo do Rosario - the location says painting but maybe it's sculpture, fields, or the keys to Rosario. Continuing 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.

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 on 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 - 1.50 euros. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Marlene Dietrich - in an exhibition subtitled 'creation of a myth,' which will be on view from until December. 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.

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. September. 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.

Queen Mary II - 'birth of a legend' may be a bit premature for the world'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.

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.

Daniel Pflumm - is in a featured exhibition, on view now. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noonposter: la villette, jardin d'ete 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.

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.

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 continues 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

Personnages de Contes pour Enfants - pays homage to contemporary dolls. Until Wednesday, 2. November. Also see the permanent collection containing 500 dolls. 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.

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.

Saharas d'Algerie - is a show about a lot of sand, or, an 'unexpected paradise.' It continues until Tuesday, 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 otherwise 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 Sunday, 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.

Russes? - Russian artists from St. Petersburg who were in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century left their marks here. This is part of 'Un Eté Russe à Montmartre.' Until Sunday, 21. September. Open from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 18:00, but closed on monday. At the Musée de Montmartre, 12. Rue Cortot, Paris 18. Métro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt. InfoTel.: 01 46 06 61 11.

Music Posters - are supposed to be 'contemporary' but some may not be. 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 visiting all of them will be worth your while.

Vus par Zadkine - Vincent and Théo Van Gogh, as seen by sculptor Ossip Zadkine. 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.

Susanna Fritscher - is 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.

La Vie à la Campagne - is with 'sculptée par Bouchard,' as the subtitle. Another part features 'Femmes.' 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.

Fernand Pouillon, Architect - is featured in an exhibition for his work on the 'new' cities of Pantin,poster: l'ete au senat 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.

René Moreu - is featured in this exhibition site usually reserved for 'primitive' art, until Monday, 5. January 2004. 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.

'J'Aime Pas la Culture' - for this I have no details other than it is a major 'Euroculture' event. This 'I Hate Culture' show 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.

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.

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 performed in them, with accompanying newspaper articles that often 'made' 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.

Photography at the Turn of the Century - 'Du Pictorialisme à Engène Atget,' is a major exhibition 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.

Marc Riboud - is featured with photos of jolies Parisiennes, continuing until Sunday, 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.

Jacques-Henry Lartigue - is on show with an important photo exhibition continuing 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.

Lizensheng - even if I've spelled the name wrong, the photos in this exhibition are of China's Cultural 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.

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.

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 gardenposter: expo itami jun, musee guimet 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.

Forum des Images - most if not all movies shown here have a bit of Paris in them. Sixty of them are featured from Tuesday, 15. July to Sunday, 27. July and from Wednesday, 20. August to Tuesday, 9. September. 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.

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

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and baroque musical fountain show, continuing until Sunday, 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, 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.

Opéras - included this fall are Puccini's Tosca and Les Indes Galantes by Rameau at their locations in the Palais Garnier or 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.

Shadowing Maigret - on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Georges Simenon, follow his famous detective's footsteps through the Paris of 1920-1950. Start at the BILIPO, the public library specializing in crime literature. There is a published guide to go with this, with seven itineraries. Until Saturday, 4. October. BILIPO, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lémoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lémoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Alger - is an exhibition about urban and architectural aspects of Algiers. Continuing until Sunday, 14. September. Alsoposter: clin d'oeil, forum des images 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.

Vivre C'est Habiter - is a 'big living show' lacking details other than the dates, lasting 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.

Sur les Pas de Jean Moulin - follow this Résistance hero, not quite like the Gestapo. Until Sunday, 19. 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.

Carrières Parisiennes - a photographic exhibition showing Paris' recent past as one big quarry. Until Sunday, 12. October. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00, and otherwise from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs de Paris, 1. Place Denfert Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

Himalaya - Tibet - or, 'Le Choc des Continents' is an important exhibition, most likely featuring very high mountains. Continuing until Monday, 3. November. 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.

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.

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 Wednesday, 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. Continues 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.'

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 performances 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.

Ice Skating - is 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, weatherbooklet: paris, in russian 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 slow, wobbly or faint-hearted. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 89 81.

More For Roller Folks - the free Sunday afternoon 'roller rando for slower folks' 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. 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, on 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 and guided tours are offered too. A day's rental is 12 euros for ten hours, or 110 euros for 365 days. 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 10 44 15 34. Roue Libre also has a Marne branch at the RER 'A' station Neuilly-Plaisance. Open from 06:30 to 20:30 during the week and from 9:30 to 19:30 on weekends. InfoTel.: 01 48 15 28 88.

Batobus - is the scheduled boat-bus service on the Seine that stops near 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, 10 euros per day and 12.50 for two days. Kids, about half price.

'Paris Respire' - is the Sunday and holidays' program allowing slower folks unpowered by wheels to stroll and roll around without worrying about the automobilistas on the Seine-side speedways and other areas around Paris, which are closed to motor traffic until 17:00 on Sundays.

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