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From Cocteau to Chen Zhen

photo: nuit blanche, seine

Seine lights, 'Nuit Blanche.'

By Way of Piaf and Lollobrigida

Paris:- Saturday, 4. October 2003:- According to a recent interview it is not easy to mount a major public-pleasing exhibitions because most major artists have had their 'big shows' within living memory. So many have been shown in Paris that some new shows are being imported, because they show off art from an unusual angle.

With this week's column, most if not all of this season's major shows are included. It's not a short list - partly because some of the shows are not 'major,' and will only be shown once, and possibly only in Paris.



Lucien Jonas - this is an exhibition of Jonas' designs for wall murals, done in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s - many of which have disappeared. Until Tuesday, 28. October. Also see the 19th century photographs by Auguste-Hippolyte Collard until Sunday, 30. November. 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 44 58 58 58.

Edouard Vuillard - is featured in a major exhibition this fall. Until Sunday, 4. Januaryposter: expo, gauguin, tahiti, grand palais 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 - 'Sur le Fil du Siècle,' is presented in a big exhibition continuing 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, with plenty of time to go 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.

Botticelli - subtitled, 'De Laurent Le Magnifique à Savonarole,' will be a major exhibition brought to Paris by the Sénat. It continues until 22. February 2004. 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.

Gauguin - Tahiti - will feature paintings from Gauguin's tropical south seas atelier in this major show. Continuing until Monday, 19. January. Open from 10:00 to 20:00 and until 22:00 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. RésaTel.: 08 92 68 46 94.

De Delacroix à Renoir - Algeria as seen by French painters of the past is the focus of this exhibition. Beginning Tuesday, 7. October and continuing until Sunday, 18. January. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 19:00 on weekends. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Gina Lollobrigida - sculptures of or by, La Lollobrigida? From Friday, 10. October until Sunday, 7. December. Except Monday, from 11:00 to 17:00. At the Hôtel de la Monnaie, 11. Quai de Conti, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Pont-Neuf. InfoTel.: 01 40 46 56 66.

Piaf, la Môme de Paris - follows Yves Montand's popular show in the city hall's free reception area. From Friday, 10. October until Saturday, 31. January. For this occasion, EMI Music has produced an album containing Edith Piaf's Paris songs. Except on Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61. Free entry.

Fête des Vendanges - is the annual one on Montmartre, on the weekend of 11 and 12. October. Parade, onposter: expo, vuillard, grand palais Sunday, starts on the Boulevard de Rochechouart at 14:00 and winds around the Butte until reaching the vineyard in the Rue Saint-Vincent about 16:30, for the ceremony of the new wine. This year's theme is 'Le temps des cerises.' Paris 18. Métro: Anvers, Pigalle, Abbesses or Lamarck-Caulincourt. InfoTel.: 01 46 06 00 32. Montmartre's own Paris 18 Net may have more details.

La Semaine du Goût - Taste Week - France shows off its talents with creative things to put in your mouth, that do more than keep you merely alive. Tastings, and instructions, everywhere for the week beginning on Monday, 13. October, until Sunday, 19. October. Find more details here.

JVC Jazz Festival - this annual event takes place from Monday, 13. October until Tuesday, 21. October. Concerts are in several locations, so your best bet is to check the Web site, where reservations can also be made. InfoTel.: 01 46 21 08 37.

Chen Zhen - is the author of 'Silence Sonore,' an exhibition to be on view until Sunday, 18. January 2004. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight. See also Pierre Joseph, Michael Lin, Daniel Pflumm and Mathieu Briand. Entry: 3 or 5€. Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

30th FIAC 2003 - is the annual contemporary art fair - covering yesterday and today - to be held in its usual fair hang-out, from Thursday, 9. October until Monday, 13 October. Open hours are usually from about noon to 20:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 80.

Dreamspaces - features photos by Jeff Berner, who was more worried about misplaced caps on the invitation to the vernissage than telling me about the expo - which he probably thinks I've forgotten about. Continues until Friday, 14. November. At the Fous de l'Ile, 33. Rue des Deux-Ponts, Ile Saint-Louis, Paris 4. Métro: Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 76 67.

Les Saintes Ellipses - are paintings or designs, but probably installations, by Gérard Garouste, and are part of the Festival d'Automne program. On view until Sunday, 2. November, from 8:30 to 18:30. At the Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, 47. Boulevard de l'Hôpital, Paris 13. Métro: Saint-Marcel. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 17.

Pink Floyd Interstellar - rock sounds and an exhibition about this famous group, together for an extended stay. From Friday, 10. October, until Sunday, 25. January. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 toposter: affiches mode, galerie grand monde 18:00. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Affiches Mode - this busy poster gallery returns with a collection of high quality fashion posters. This expo-sale continues until December. 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 worth your while.

L'Ile de la Cité - 2000 years of history is the theme of the next exhibition at the Crypte Archéologique, organized by the Musée Carnavalet - assumed to begin on Wednesday, 8. October, scheduled to continue until next May. 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.

François Arago - and his professional relations with the 'Observatoire de Paris,' continues until Sunday, 6. December. On Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Observatoire de Paris, 6. Avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or RER Porte-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 23 01.

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

Festival d'Ile de France - is subtitled 'Le Paradis et Ses Jardins.' This annual festival winds up on Sunday, 12. October with a sort of 'chamber' opera at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, and a one act Andalusian ballet at Le Trianon - all within the 'Djazair' program. Check the Festival d'Ile de France Web site. In Paris and the Ile de France region. ResaTel.: 08 03 07 50 75.

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.

Cirque Eloize - from Québec, presents 'Nomade,' which 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.

Four Exhibitions Minus Three - now only include Alors la Chine?, which will be on show until Monday, 13. October. 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.

Labyrinthes - have been added to the Bagatelle park, for you to get lost in green. Until Wednesday, 15. October, 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€. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

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.

Marc Riboud - is featured with photos of jolies Parisiennes, continuing until Sunday,poster: expo, lucien jones, musee carnavalet 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.

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.

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.

François Boucher - is featured in the exhibition 'Yesterday and Today.' This begins on Friday, 17 October and continues until Monday, 19. January. Open from 9:00 until 17:30, and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesday, but closed Tuesday. 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.

Nicolas de Largillierre - this painter of the 'Grand Siècle' and the Regency is the star of this major exhibition. From Tuesday, 14. October until Friday, 30. January. From 10:00 to 18:00, and until 22:00 on Monday.. At the Musée Jacquemart-Andre, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Zao Wou Ki - is featured in a major exhibition, which is part of the 'Year of China' in France. From Tuesday, 14. October until Sunday, 7. December. 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.

Rainbow Attitude - this is the first European Gay and 'Gay-Friendly' salon, so it is a bit of a first-time exclusive as well as a mystery. Date for this is the 18-19. October weekend. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 02 70.

20 Kms de Paris - is, quite simply, a race on foot, somewhat longer than 100poster: expo, botticelli, musee luxembourg metres. Start time is 10:00, on Sunday, 19. October, and the place is the Pont d'Iéna in front of the Tour Eiffel. Paris 7 or 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 45 52 38 77.

Picasso - 'On Est Ce Que l'On Garde' is an exhibition from the deep archives of the Picasso museum. To begin on Tuesday, 21. October and to continue until Monday, 19. January. From 9:30 to 17:30 except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Picasso, Hôtel Salé, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Voltige - at the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, starting Saturday, 25. October. On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 14:00 and 17:00, and at 14:00 every day during school holidays. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 48 70.

Confucius 551-479 - will be in another major 'Year of China' exhibition. From Wednesday, 29. October until 9. February 2004. 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.

9th Salon Européen du Chocolat - for a chocolate-loving public, 150 international stars of the chocolate world show off their creations, which can also be tasted. From Wednesday, 29. October until Sunday, 2. November. From 10:00 to 20:00, and until 22:00 on Friday. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 72 51 62

Paris Photo - French and international photo galleries join together to put on this salon of photos and 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 70.

Le Chat s'Expose - at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts, from Saturday, 25. October until Sunday, 4. January. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, 14. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 50 00

Aux Origines de l'Abstraction - takes us back to the period from 1800 to 1914, to kind of showposter: expo, piaf, salon d'acceuil us how art got where it is. To begin on Thursday, 5. November, continuing until 9. February 2004. 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.

Salon du Patrimoine Culturel - is focused on theatre arts and plain art. Starting on Thursday, 6. November and ending on Sunday, 9. November. Hours are 10:00 to 19:00, and until 18:00 on Sunday. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Zazou - is a musical about love during the occupation, by Jérôme Savary. From Friday, 14. November until Sunday, 11. January. At 20:00 and at 15:00 on Sunday. No shows on Monday, and none on Thursday, 8. January. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

The Cirque de Pekin Visits the Cirque Phenix - features circus stars' from China. To start on Monday, 22. November and continue until Sunday, 4. January, with no shows on Mondays. At the Pelouse de Reuilly, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton InfoTel.: 08 25 03 90 40.

Epouses et Concubines - is just one of the dances put on by the company and soloists of the Chinese National Ballet. From Friday, 21. November to Tuesday, 25. November. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Horse Show - this salon features everything about horses, and some horses too, including horses doing their tricks and winning prizes for being beautiful. Starting on Saturday, 29. November and continuing until Wednesday, 7. December. Hours are generally 10:00 to 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 76 87.

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-productive painter of myths and antiquities, with all pieces on show onposter: expo, l'ile de la cite, crypte 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.

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

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. 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.

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 and their stamps plus the works of a large international group. Until Saturday, 1. November. From 10:00 to 19:00 and on weekends from 12:00 to 18:00. At L'Espace Beauregard, 6. Rue Beauregard, Paris 2. Métro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis or Bonne-Nouvelle.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 'Peintures' - the history of a body of work is on exhibit here,poster: expo, gerard garouste, salpetriere 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.

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.

'Les Saintes Ellipses' by Gérard Garouste.

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.

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.

Forum des Images - most if not all movies shown here have a bit of Paris in them. 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.

Opéras - included this fall are 'La Bohême,' 'Les Troyens' by Hector Berlioz, and Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' at the Opéra in the Place de la Bastille. Expect 'Lulu' and Ariadne auf Naxos' in late November and early December. For both opera and ballet names and dates, check the Web site, or call Toll number InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Ballet - included in this fall's program are performances by the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, including 'Clavigo,' at the Palais Garnier. For both opera and ballet names and dates, check the Web site, or call Toll number InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Lucinda Childs - by the Ballet de l'Opéra National du Rhin, is included in this fall's program are performances. Within the Festival d'Automne à Paris program, at the Théâtre de la Ville, 2. Place de la Châtelet, Paris 4. Métro: Châtelet. ResaTel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

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, 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. Untilposter: expo, dreamspaces, jeff berner 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.

Jeff Berner's 'Dreamspaces.'

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.

Tintin, Le Temple du Soleil - is the musical comedy version of the comic book and is probably a pretty big show. Starting on Saturday, 8. November. Regular showtimes are 20:30, with 15:00 and 20:30 on Wednesday and Saturday, and at 15:30 on Sunday. No shows on Monday or Tuesday. At the Hippodrôme d'Auteuil, Allée des Fortifications, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 42 61 39 95.

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, at 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' aroundposter: expos, un automne au palais de tokyo 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€ for ten hours, or 110€ 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. Like city buses on the streets, the Batobus offers no babbling sightseeing commentary. Sunday, 2. November is the final day of this year's season. For adults, 10€ 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 motors 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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