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Année de la Chine

photo: notre dame, soir

Notre Dame de Paris

Remembering Confucius

Paris:– Saturday, 3. January 2004:– This year, instead of the usual no–fireworks at the stroke of New Years, the city is planning to have an extra special Chinese New Years, to accompany its 'Année de la Chine' program.

If there aren't some firecrackers popping during the parade on the Champs–Elysées on Saturday, 24. January, I'll eat one of my hats. For the occasion, I may just go to Chinatown to get an edible hat.

Adieu Champs–Elysées

The L'Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris, usually referred to here as the PTO, closed its doors on the Champs–Elysées forever at 19:00 on Wednesday, 31. December 2003.

Its new central location at 25–27. Rue des Pyramides will not be open for business until next June. From now until then, the PTO's services will be scattered around the city. See the updated Links page for details about locations and open times.

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Soldes d'Hiver – all my guesses were wrong for the start date of Paris' Winter Sales. Officially, they begin on Wednesday, 7. January, and the final day will be Saturday, 7. February. As always, early shoppers get the best bargains.

L'Œil de Simenon – this exhibition continues until Sunday, 22. February. 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.

Beijing Culture Week – is scheduledposter: nouvel an chinoise to begin on Saturday, 10 January with a photographic exhibition, which will continue until Sunday, 18. January. The 'week' will be from Thursday, 22. January until Tuesday, 27. January. A parade on the Champs-Elysées is planned for Saturday, 24. January, which might be 'the' New Years event of the year. See the Année de la Chine Web site for additional details.

Chinese New Year – the actual date is Thursday, 22. January. Expect appropriate festivities on the weekend before, on the actual day, and on the weekend after – in Belleville, the 3rd arrondissement and in Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement – with a first-ever parade on the Champs–Elysées on Saturday, 24. January. See the Année de la Chine Web site for additional details.

Objectif Une – Un Demi–Siècle Vu par l'Express – is probably another photo-expo sponsored by the Senat, hung from the grille around the Luxembourg gardens. Continuing until Wednesday, 31. March. From the Place Edmond Rostand to the Rue de Médicis. Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No InfoTel necessary.

Des Villes en Chine – features photos of early 20th century Peking, taken by Albert Dutertre and Stéphane Passet. From Friday, 9. January until Sunday, 18. January. No entry charge. In the Salle des Prévêts, in the Hôtel de Ville, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 40 40.

Zazou – is a musical about love during the occupation, by Jérôme Savary. Shows continue 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.

Edouard Vuillard – is featured in a major exhibition, with about 300 works on view. Until Monday, 5. January 2004. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations –recommended– or required, for morning visits before 13:00. Afterwards, it's come–as–you–are. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Gauguin – Tahiti – features paintings from Gauguin's tropical south seas atelier inposter: expo, triomphe de delft, 16 feb, mus ceramique de sevres 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., which continues 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.

Au Cœur de l'Impressionnisme – at the end of the 19th century the family of Henri Rouart hobnobbed with art's avant–garde, while père Rouart was himself a painter. Also a collector, the collection was dispersed in 1912 – and some of it will be reunited here. Beginning on Tuesday, 3. February, and continuing until Sunday, 13. 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.

Irving Penn – features photos of Dahomey, taken in 1967. Beginning on Wednesday, 14. January and continuing until Sunday, 14. March. 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.

Métamorphoses du Livre – will feature books done by artists, of their own works. Onposter: affiches de festivals, grand monde show, the productions of artists from around the world. Beginning on Tuesday, 20. January, continuing until Friday, 9. April. Open 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.

Angoulème – Festival BD – the 31st edition of the annual comics festival in Angoulème shows off this year's selection of the best 'bandes dessinées.' From Thursday, 22. January until Sunday, 25. January. The town-wide event features comic veterans and the 'young wolves.' If it's cold, having it in Cognac helps.

Photographier La Guerre d'Algérie – forms part of France's record in a former colony. From Friday, 23. January until Sunday, 18. April. 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.

Expolangues – it is languages time again at this annual salon, which always features a lot of babble for the modest entry price. From Wednesday, 28. January until Sunday, 1. February. From 10:00 to 19:00 daily. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 44 08.

Henri Salvador – is over 70 and getting his second or third 'wind,' with the recent release of several smooth new albums. Dates are from Tuesday, 2. February until Sunday, 15. February, usually at 20:30, but at 17:00 on the two Sundays. At the Palais des Congrés, 2. Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 17. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 01 40 68 00 05.

Papiers de Chine – will be a 'Chinese Year' exhibition. Beginning on Wednesday, 4. February, until Monday, 5. May. Except on Tuesdays, open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30, and from 14:00 to 17:35 on Saturday and Sunday. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 87. Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville or Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Salon des Grands Vins – the best and the costliest, on show and for sale here, from Friday, 6. February until Monday, 8. February. From 10:00 to about 20:00 daily. Located in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. Entry at 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro; Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 45 03 21 26.

Rétromobile – once gain, the annual very old used car show, featuring oldie cars, trucks, motorcycles and maybe boats, newer than new. Beginning on Friday, 13. February and rolling along until Sunday, 22. February. On opening day, from 12:00 to 22:00, then from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday and Friday. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Dessins de la Renaissance – is an exhibition formed from Bibliothèque Nationale's own archives. From Tuesday, 24. February until Sunday, 4. April. Except Mondays, 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 59 59.

Primitifs Français – an exhibition subtitled 'discovered' and 'rediscovered,' the Louvre's collection of primitive works by French artists is on show from Friday, 27. February until Monday, 17. May. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesday. 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.

Juliette Greco – Saint-Germain's 'muse' will be onstage from Friday, 27. February until Sunday, 29. February, at 20:30 and at 17:00 on the Sunday. At the Olympia, 28. Boulevard des Capucines, Paris 9. Métro: Madeleine. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 33 68.

Salon de l'Agriculture – known to regular Metropole readers as the 'Beautiful Cow Show,' this annual hyper-event will be with us again from Saturday, 28. February until Sunday, 7. March. Open hours are 9:00 to 19:00, and until 22:00 on Friday, 5. March. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 95 37 00.

Confucius 551–479 – will be in another major 'Year of China' exhibition. This one continues until Monday, 9. February 2004. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Muséeposter: thtr, landru et fantaisies, etoile du nord National des Arts Asiatiques / Musée Guimet – Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Jean–Honoré Fragonard – popular but not well–known, a selection of Fragonard's works are featured in an exhibition of drawings, from both ends of a long and varied career. To continue until Monday, 8. March. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Monday and Wednesday. 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.

Shanghai – is featured in two photo exhibitions. One is 'Shanghaï 1920-1950' and the other is 'Shanghai Hier et Demain' by Marc Riboud. Continues until Sunday, 7. March 2004. 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 59 58 58.

Aux Origines de l'Abstraction – takes us back to the period from 1800 to 1914, to show us how art evolved to a state considered modern – shown in 150 works, from Turner to Picabia. Continuing until Monday, 9. February. 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.

Botticelli – subtitled, 'De Laurent Le Magnifique à Savonarole,' is a major exhibition brought to Paris by the Sénat. About 30 other contemporary artists are featured, including Leonardo. This continues until Sunday, 22. February. 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.

Botero – features the latest works of the past five years from this South American artist – some not so light–hearted. This continues until Monday, 15. March 2004. 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.

Parures de Tête – not to be missed, African hairstyles transposed as sculptures, with plenty of time to go until 11. July. 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.

Nicolas de Largillierre – this painter of the 'Grand Siècle' and the Regency is the star ofposter: thtr, feu d'amour, mc92 bobigny this major exhibition which continues 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.

Picasso – 'On Est Ce Que l'On Garde' is an exhibition from the deep archives of the Picasso museum. 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.

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