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No Duck Soup

photo: rollers, sunday, rue gassendi

Sunday winter rollers in the Rue Gassendi.

And No Nuts

Paris:– Saturday, 31. January 2004:– The only event not listed below is a festival of Marx Brothers movies. In fact no movies at all are mentioned, but visits to either the 'Forum des Images' or 'Cinemathèque Française' Web sites will fix this lack. As for the rest, take a look.

Adieu Champs–Elysées

The new central location of the L'Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris 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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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. Beginningposter: expo, du coeur a l'ouvrage, vdep 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.

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.

Du Coœur à l'Ouvrage – five years in the making by the Compagnons du Devoir, apprentices and their mentors show off their wood–working skills, as well as the evolution of these skills since the Middle–Ages. Until Sunday, 29. February. On the Parvis of the Hôtel de Ville, near the Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61. Free entry.

Jardins de Paris au Temps des Rois – is an exhibition presenting five centuries of the art of gardens, from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to our times. Until Monday, 12. April. Closed on Tuesdays, open from 11:30 to 18:00. In the Trianon at the 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. A complementary exhibition is in the Jardin des Plantes, until Monday, 3. May. At 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00..

Ce que J'ai Vu – is an exhibition of photos that have recorded history from the time of Nadar to our times. Eight photographers are represented, each with eight to ten photos. Some names are Darius Kinsey, Ben Shahn, Philip Jones Griffiths and Eugene Richards. Until Wednesday, 10. March. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30, until 20:30 on Wednesdays, and from 11:00 to 18:45 on Saturdays. At the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2. Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaïté. InfoTel.: 01 42 75 59 15.

Art et Révolte – is featuring the works of Brazilian sculptor Frans Krajcberg, until Sunday, 29. February. 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 Louisiane, de la Colonie Française à l'Etat Américain – is, as the title suggests, a memory of Louisiana from earliest times to the purchase by the United States. The 200th anniversary was last year. Except Sunday and Monday, from 11:00 to 18:00, with Wednesdays until 21:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34. Avenue de New York, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma–Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 38 88.

L'Impératrice et Ses Peintres – the Empress Josephine was not only an avid collector of art, but had a gallery with 450 works, of which 50 are on display now, until Monday, 1. March. Open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:15. On weekends from 10:00 to 17:45. At the Musée du Château de Malmaison, Avenue du Château, in Rueil–Malmaison. RER line '1,' then take bus 258 to the Château' stop. InfoTel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

Le tour de France de Mérimée – features drawings and photos of monuments preserved by Prosper Mérimée. On view until Sunday, 29. February. Winter hours are 10:00 to 17:00. At the Conciergerie, I. Quai de l'Horloge at the corner of the Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 53 73 78 50.

Sophie Calle – M'as–Tu Vue – for the first time in ten years, an expo featuring older works along with ones created for this show. Continuing until Monday, 15. 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.

Vous Avez Dit 'Bollywood?' – is festival of older and brand–new popular filmsposter: expo sophie calle, pompidou centre made in Bollywood, in India rather than Queens. From Wednesday, 4. February until Thursday, 19. April. In the Cinéma 1 and Cinéma 2, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 11 33.

La Poétique du Béton – is about design and building with cement, on show in this unique cement location. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 18. April. Except Tuesday, from 10:00 to 17:00. At the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293, avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80. Be sure to visit the aquarium too.

Paris, Visite Guidée – from Lutèce to Paris, from Philippe Auguste to the Périfreak! – how was the city built? On show until the end of 2006. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 18:30, on Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully–Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

J'aime Chéri Samba – featuring contemporary art from the Congo, until Sunday, 2. May. Same dates for Australian designer Marc Newson's 'Kelvin 40.' 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 67.

Kim Tschang Yeul – is the star of a first retrospective in France, that moves from drops of water to writing on the drops. Continuing until Monday, 22. February. Open except Mondays, from 12:00 to 19:00 and until 21:30 on Tuesdays. Opening on weekends at 10:00. 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 52.

Poupées – the guide says, 'Arts & trad. pop, ethno, jouets.' So anything is possible, until Sunday, 25. July. 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.

Blake et Mortimer à Paris – on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Jacob, 200 original designs are on view, with echos of the prehistoric. Until Friday, 30. April. Except for Tuesdays and holidays, from 9:15 to 17:15. At the Musée de l'Homme, Palais de Chaillot, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 05 72 72.

D'Or et d'Argent – presents comparisons of book binding, between antique contemporary. All with lots of gold and silver. Until Monday, 28. March. From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, 24. Rue Pavé, Paris 4. Métro: Saint –Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 40 60.

Philip–Lorca diCorcia – on the streets or in a studio, this photographer shows the reality behind the subject. Until Monday, 15. March. Closed Tuesdays; hours are from 12:00 to 19:00, and until 21:00 on Mondays. At the Centre National de la Photographie, Hôtelposter: expo, martin vaughen james, gal e de montbel Salomon de Rothschild, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 31.

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.

Martin Vaughn –James – has an exhibition of his latest works which continues until Saturday, 13. March. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00. On view at the Galerie Eric de Montbel, 34. Rue de Seine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 34 31.

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.

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 Monday, 16. 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.

Confucius 551–479 – will be in another major 'Year of China' exhibition. This one continues until Monday, 9. February. 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.

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.

Le Caffè Greco – in Rome was the hot–spot for early photographers in Italy, which is shown in this exhibition which began in Rome last November. From Friday, 13. February until Sunday, 18. April in Paris. 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.

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. Februaryposter: expo, j'aime cheri samba, kelin 40, fond cartier 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.

Joan Mirò – is to have an exhibition focusing on his creations between 1920 and 1930, with about 100 paintings and an equal number of collages – some on public view for the first time. Beginning Wednesday, 3. March and continuing until Monday; 28. June. from 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays until 23:00. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Picasso –Ingres – with a century between them, this exhibition attempts to show ow close they were. Coming on Thursday, 18. March, continuing until Monday, 21. June. From 9:30 to 17:30, except on Tuesdays. Until 18:00 starting in April. At the Musée National Picasso, Hôtel Salé, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

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