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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 how 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.

Jean–Auguste–Dominique Ingres – what Picasso hasn't, the Louvre has, from Wednesday, 17. March until Monday, 14. June. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and until 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 50 50.

24th Salon du Livre – another occasion for the Année du Chine, with 1200 publishers from 25 countries other than France, along with 1800 live authors. This year, Friday, 19. March until Wednesday, 24. March. Hours are from 9:30 to 19:00, to 22:00 on Tuesday, and until 18:30 on the last day. More info on the Web site. In Hall 1 at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 40.

Salon International de l'Estampe – features old – 16th century – modern and contemporary engravings and prints. Starting on Saturday, 20. March, until Monday, 22. March. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, or 18:00 on Monday. At the Espace Auteuil, Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 45 56 09 09.

Le Printemps des Musées – the 6th edition of this giant freebie takes place on Sunday, 2. May. Check out the 20 events proposed by the Web site. Throughout France and Paris.

Piaf, la Môme de Paris – features Paris' own 'little sparrow' in a popular exhibition in the city hall's reception area. Prolonged until Saturday, 20. March. 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'Acceuilposter: annee george sand, egalite of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61. Free entry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Métamorphoses du Livre – will feature books done by artists, of their own works. On show, the productions of artists from around the world. 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.

Vies de Châteaux – is an exhibition of 200 stamps with themes from the Middle Ages, plusposter: expo, famille rouart, mus vie romantique 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.

Lautrec et les Cancans du Moulin - an exhibition showing Toulouse-Lautrec and the world of the Moulin Rouge, for both kids and their parents. Until Friday, 30. April. 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.

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.

Irving Penn – features photos of Dahomey, taken in 1967. Continues 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.

Objectif Une – Un Demi–Siècle Vu par l'Express – is probably anotherposter: bijoux et foulards, nat musees 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.

Photographier La Guerre d'Algérie – forms part of France's record in a former colony. 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.

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.

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. Openposter: rugby, france, italy, 21 feb 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, see '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 performancesposter: expo, blake et mortimer, musee homme 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 – is 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.

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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