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Picasso Intime – the works on show in this major exhibition come from the private collection of Jacqueline Picasso. Continuing until Sunday, 28. March 2004. Open from 10:00 to 19:00, and until 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Pinacothèque de Paris, 30–bis. Rue du Paradis, Paris 10. Métro: Château d'Eau or Poissonnière. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 71 41.

Piaf, la Môme de Paris – features Paris' own 'little sparrow' in a popular exhibition in the city hall's reception area. 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.

Chen Zhen – is the author of 'Silence Sonore,' a stunning exhibition to be on view until Sunday, 18. January Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight. See also Pierre Joseph, Michael Lin, Daniel Pflumm and Mathieu Briand. Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01. Also watch for 'Playlist,' coming on Thursday, 12. February.

Hugo Face à Rodin – with sculptures taking the time they do, Rodin spent nearly a lifetime working on Hugo. Collected in this exhibition along with other objects, it continues until Wednesday, 4. February. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

Vies de Châteaux – is an exhibition of 200 stamps with themes from the Middle Ages,poster: thtr, mickey la torche, les dechargeurs plus 400 other objects from the same period are on view. Until Saturday, 24. April, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Sundays and holidays. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

La Boussole et l''Orchidée – is an exhibition retracing the scientific voyages of discovery to Latin America of Alexander Humbold and Aimé Bonpland at the beginning of the 19th century. Open daily except Mondays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Thursdays until 21:30. At the Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 82 51.

Queen Mary II – 'birth of a legend' may be a bit premature for the world's newest and hugest ocean liner, which has recently been launched. But I can personally vouch for the Queen Mary I, so this show may be worth seeing because the new ship will be made of good stuff too. Until Monday, 2. February 2004. Also, see 'Les Génies de la Mer,' which shows off navel sculpture such as figureheads, 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.

Pierre Buraglio – is featured is an exhibition titled, 'Prolongements et Prélèvements.' This show continues until Sunday, 1. February. 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.

Fondation Cartier – see the 'Crystal Palace' sculptures of Jean–Michel Othoniel, and the 'beat' and 'pop' photos by Daido Moriyama. Both on show until Sunday, 11. January. 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.

François Boucher – is featured in the exhibition of his works, titled 'Yesterday and Today.' This 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.

Affiches de Festivals 2003 – this busy poster gallery begins the new year with a collection of high quality festival posters. This expo–sale continues until the end of March. 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 exhibition at the Crypte Archéologique, organized by the Musée Carnavalet – 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.

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.

Pink Floyd Interstellar – rock sounds and an exhibition about this famous group, grouped together for an extended stay, until Sunday, 25. January. Organized around the idea of the 'Dark Side of the Moon.' Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. On concert evenings, the temporary exhibitionsposter: show, jin xing, casino de paris are open until 20:00. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Opéras – included this season are 'Die Fledermaus,' 'La Belle Hélène', and 'Der Fliegende Hollander' at the Opéra in 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. Coming in February – 'Les Capulet et les Montaigu' and 'L'Espace Dernier.'

Ballet – included in this winter's program are performances by the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, including 'Ivan le Terrible,' 'Le Lac des Cygnes,' 'La Fille du Pharaon,' and 'Le Clair Ruisseau,' all 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. In February expect 'Giselle.'

Canada Vraiment – That's Canada – it is a big and often cold place, with a lot of different people in it who keep pretty quiet. All the more reason for an exhibition about the whole thing, to continue for a long time, until Monday, 30. August. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and until 19:00 on Sundays, closed on Mondays. At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. Avenue Corentin–Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Plots and Attacks on Hitler – are documented in an exhibition demonstrating German resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. To continue until Sunday, 28. March 2004. 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.

Tassili at the Musée de l'Homme – presents an exhibition showing off the 'lost' art and civilization of the Tassili. This is part of the 'Year of Algeria' program. 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.

Lautrec et les Cancans du Moulin – is an exhibition showing Toulouse–Lautrec and the world of the Moulin Rouge, for both kids and their parents. At the same location, seeposter: expo, droles de trams, nogent sur marne 'Gauguin par-çi, Gauguin par-là,' until Wednesday, 28. January. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, but 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.

L'Invention du Monde – maps, globes, and the world as seen by contemporary artists will entertain kids and their minders. Until Monday, 8. March.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.

Le Cirque à l'Ancienne - is actually 30 years old, but is still an Alexis Grüss production. Continues until Sunday, 29. February. Performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00, at 20:30 on Friday, on Saturday at 14:00 and 20:30, and at 14:00 and 17:15 on Sundays. At the Cirque Alexis Grüss, Pelouse de Saint-Cloud, in the Bois de Boulogne west of the Auteuil racetrack. Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh or Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 71 26.

Tintin, Le Temple du Soleil – is the musical comedy version of the comic book and is probably a pretty big show. 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.

Voltige – at the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione. 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.

Le Grand Céleste – is a smaller, human-scale circus that mixes up carny acts like the 'Human Cannon' with original music and with sort of a story to it all. Until 25. April, showtimes are at 20:45 on Friday and Saturday. Additional shows at 15:00 on Sundays and holidays, and at 14:30 and 17:00 on Sundays in December. At Le Grand Céleste, 22. Rue Paul–Maurice, Paris 20. Metro: Porte des Lilas. RésaTel.: 01 53 19 99 13.

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.

Zingaro – a very snazzy show full of snazzier horses, with Tibetan monks attending, and directed by Bartabas. Until Sunday, 29. February, at 20:30 and at 17:30 on Sundays. No shows on Monday and Thursday. At the Théâtre Zingaro, 176, Avenue Jean-Jaurés, in Aubervilliers. Métro: Aubervilliers –Pantin Quartre Chemins – or Paris bus 65. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 18 91.

Cirque d'Arlette Gruss – presents 'Carnaval,' a traditional circus, with two hours worth of laughs. Until Sunday, 29. February. Usually at 20:30, other performances are at 14:00. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 08 00.

Megalopolis – is a 'hip-hop' circus, inspired by the Tower of Babel, presented by Joseph Bouglione. This continues until Sunday, 29. February. Usually at 14:30 on Wednesdays, at 15:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Check for other times. At the Pelouse de Saint–Cloud, in the Bois de Boulogne west of the Auteuil racetrack. Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh or Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 06 80 11 11 98.

Tendres Doudous – an exhibition of teddies – or 'doudous' as they are called here. Until Sunday, 21. March. 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.

Ice Skating – Outdoors – the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink is back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. Another one is located in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Both will be open for daily twirling, often until midnight, until end of February. Skate rentals are usually offered. A third rink is in operation on the Esplanade at La Défense.

Ice Skating – Indoors – isposter: paris bibliotheques open to the public at the POPB, or 'Bercy' for short. The actual name is the Sonja–Henie Patinoire. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 18:00. On Saturday evening also open from 21:30 to 00:30, with a DJ for skaters who like music. 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.

'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. This is now a year–round occasion.

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