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Par Amour de l'Art

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An installation of tin in front of La Palette café.

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Paris:– Saturday, 24. April 2004:– Here is another overly–long events column made longer by a gremlin putting all sorts of spaces in it, that had to be taken out by hand. This only left a short bit of time to cut out worn– out items and add a few new ones. All of them, except the bonus spaces, are below.

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Par Amour de l'Art – is a presentation of the hidden treasures of the collectors Edouard et Nélie Jacquemart–André, also creators of this museum. Classic art from an exceptional collection. On view until Sunday, 15. August, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Jacquemart–Andre, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Arelis – Itinéraire d'un Fil – shows off the art of tapestries and their fibres, with 36 contemporaryposter: expo, soleil, cite sciences works, some including bronze and others containing humor. This exhibition continues until Saturday, 24. July. Open from Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. Note – the Forney will be closed on 1, 8, 20 and 29. May, and 14. July. At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens,1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont–Marie InfoTel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Vénus au Cœur du Brasier – on Tuesday, 8. June the planet Venus is going to make a pass in front of the sun, an event that nobody living has seen before. This expo is all about it, beginning on Sunday, 9. May and continuing until Sunday, 20. June. Open on Wednesday, Friday and weekends, from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Observatoire de Paris, 61. Avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert–Rochereau or RER Port Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 23 01.

Institut de France, Its Photos – an exhibition of 220 rare photos from the 40,000–item collection, spanning the period from 1839 to1918. These are historical in several senses. Continuing until Sunday, 27. June. From 10:00 to 18:00, except on Mondays. At the Musée Marmottan–Monet, 2. Rue Louis–Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

Lee Friedlander and François Kollar – one photographer of Americans at work for 16 years, and the other of workers in France in the 1930s. This photo exhibition continues until Sunday, 26. June. 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.

Karim Kal, Auteuil 2004 – this exhibition is composed of works hung on the fence around the 'Hôtel.' On view until Monday, 28. June. Closed Tuesdays, hours are from 12:00 to 19:00, and until 21:00 on Mondays. At the Centre National de la Photographie, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 31.

Meryon Does the Paris of Baudelaire – is an exhibition featuring the engravings of Meryon, a great admirer of Baudelaire, who admired Meryon. Continuing until Sunday, 18. July. From 11:00 to 19:00, but closed on Mondays. Also closed on the 1st, 2nd, 20th and 30. May, and 14. July. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 24. Rue Pavée, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 40 60.

Foire de Paris – is Paris' annual jumbo home fair, including its Fête de Jazz and the inventors' show, the Concours Lépine, which should never be missed even if it is always jammed to the rafters. Beginning on Thursday, 29. April, until Sunday, 9. May. Open hours are usually 10:00 to 19:00. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Plus Jamais Ca ! – the archives about the battle for human rights in the first half of the 20thposter: expo, francis bacon, fond dina virney century are in view in this extensive and important exhibition. This continues until Friday, 2. July. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30, and from 14:00 to 17:30 on Sunday. At the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, Hôtel National des Invalides 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 54 91.

6th Springtime for Museums – is next Sunday, 2. May, when 1000 museums throughout Europe open their doors – for one and all, for free – for all to discover their mysteries and treasures. If none of the participating museums is next door to you, get more details from the 'Printemps des Musées' Web site.

Musicora Fête ses 20 Ans – a birthday party for Musicora will feature contemporary and classical concerts. From Thursday, 6. May until Monday, 10. May. Daily from 10:00 to 19:30, but on Monday from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean –Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

VE Day – rates a public holiday of memorium in France on Thursday, 8. May, with a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe at 11:00, and other cultural events. Paris 8. Métro: Etoile – but this station will likely be closed, so use George V, Argentine or Ternes instead.

Tango – written and directed by Hervé Charton, begins on Wednesday, 12. May and continues until Saturday, 7. July. From Wednesday to Saturday, at 20:30. To be at the Théâtre Le Guichet Montparnasse, 15. Rue du Maine, Paris 14. Métro: Gaîté or Edgar Quinet. InfoTel.: 01 43 27 88 61

50 Ans de Photographie – features Marc Riboud as a witness of the century, with 100 new prints and another 30 prints from the past. This show continues until 17. October. Coming in June – Susan Paulsen, Ernestine Ruben, Anne de Vandière and Philippe Bordas. 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.

Ecce Homo – this busy poster gallery continues the year with a collection of high quality advertising posters. This expo–sale continues until the end of July. 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.

1944 – the Destruction of Hungary's Jews – a sad commemoration of the Nazi roundup of Hungary'sposter: thtr, accords parfaits, gaite montparnasses Jews, that began on 15. May 1944. Presented in part by the Fondation Pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, whose president is Simone Veil. Starts on Tuesday, 4. May and continues until Sunday, 6. June. 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, by the Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Giuseppe Penone – is one of the veterans of 'Art Povera' from 30 years ago, and this retrospective contains works done up until 2002. Continuing until 23. August. Except Tuesdays, open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Sao Paulo, 450 Ans – this exhibition at the Crypte Archéologique, organized by the Musée Carnavalet, features 80 photos by some well–known by names such as Claude Lévi–Strauss. Beginning on Saturday, 1. May, and continuing until Sunday, 30. 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 55 42 50 10.

Lasar Segall – was formed by various emigrations, to Brazil, to Paris, to the world of the '30s. To continue until Sunday, 2. May. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint–Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

A Collective Exhibition – features 110 artists from 40 countries, represented by many art forms. Continues until Sunday, 9. May. Other artists continue later in May and June. Open daily from 14:00 to 19:00. Salle Edouard Marcel Sandoz and Salle Michel David-Weill. Cité Internationale des Arts, 18. Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 78 71 72.

Kangxi – Empereur de Chine – the Forbidden City is installed in the heart of the Château de Versailles, to show off 350 pieces that retrace the life of Kangxi. Until Sunday, 9. May. Except Monday, hours are 11:30 to 17:30, after 1. April, until 18:30. At the Château de Versailles, in Versailles. Take the RER 'C' line to Versailles–Rive Gauche, or a SNCF train from Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 30 83 77 88.

Between Dogs and Wolves –is how Anri Sala sees his most recent films and videos. Until Sunday, 16. May. Except Monday, daily from 12:00 to 20:00. At the Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Metro: Odéon or Cluny. InfoTel.: 01 46 33 33 75.

Primitifs Français – an exhibition subtitled 'discovered' and 'rediscovered,' the Louvre's collection of primitive works by French artists is on show untilposter: gal grande monde, ecce homo 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.

La Photographie Sous le Second Empire – photography began in the reign of Napoléon III, but some of the royal collections were sent up in smoke by the Commune. Other collections, at Compiègne and Fontainebleau were preserved, for this exhibition continuing until Sunday, 30. May. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. At the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Pyramides. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Papiers de Chine – will be a 'Chinese Year' exhibition continuing 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.

Alexandre – Théodore Brongniart – the Musée Carnavalet shows off its collection of designs by Brongniart, famous for designing the Paris Opéra. This continues until Friday, 30. May. 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.

The Portrait of an Artiste as a Clown – this is 'La grande parade' of contemporary art writ large, with Tiepolo, Goya, Daumier, Courbet, Seurat, Ensor, Rouault, Léger, Klee, Chagall, Picasso, Boltanski and Cindy Sherman. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. This exhibition continues until Monday, 31. May. 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.

Belleville's Open Doors – Belleville's 180 artists open 100 doors to their ateliers for four afternoons from 15:00 to 21:00. Invited guests are from Munich and Ménilmontant. Beginning on Friday, 14. May, continuing until Monday, 17. May. Headquarters are at 32. Rue de la Mare, Paris 20. Métro: Ménilmontant, walk uphill and turn left after the church. InfoTel.: 01 46 36 44 09.

Counter Clock Wise Revolution Counter – features contemporary art by Bruno Peinado, and Daniel Buren with 'Deux fois moins ou deux fois plus?' Both from Friday, 14. May until 22. August. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight.poster: vdep, environnement naturelPalais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Roberto Stephenson – Hatless Haïti – comes from a saying there that claims nobody was ever buried wearing a hat. See this photo exhibition, beginning Monday, 24. May, until Friday, 9. July. From 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salon Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs – Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00. No entry charge.

Détectives Privés Français, Réels et de Fiction – from Vidocq to Nestor Burna. Private dicks, French style. Beginning on Wednesday, 26. May and continuing until 16. October. From Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:00; and on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. At the 'BILIPO' – Bibliothèque de Littérature Policière, 48 – 50. Rue du Cardinal–Lemoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal–Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Arcimboldo et les Cinq Sens – kids will be able to distinguish their five senses after seeing some of this Italian painter's now–you–see–it, now–you–don't works. On show from Wednesday, 2. June until the last day of the year. 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.

Roland Garros – means the annual neck–twisting grand slams happen as usual from Monday, 26 May until there's a winner on Sunday, 8. June, wrather permitting. At the Stade Roland Garros, 2. Avenue Gordon–Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil.

Pierre Alechinsky – has added 30 new works to the 250 already in this museum's collection. All are on view beginning on Wednesday, 23. June, and continue until 27. September. 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.

George Sand, une Nature d'Artiste – this exhibition presents a reunion of the writer's friends, Liszt, Marie d'Agoult, Chopin, Musset and Flaubert, plus glimpses of the avant–garde she championed. The exhibition begins on Tuesday, 29. June continues until 29. November. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée deposter: orchestra, musique tcheque la Vie Romantique – Hôtel Scheffer–Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint–Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 55 31 95 67.

7th Printemps des Rues – it's party time in the streets of Paris on the weekend of 5 – 6. June. Bring your dancing shoes and some friends. InfoTel.: 01 47 97 36 06.

Akagi, à Paris, 1963–2003 – this exhibition at the Crypte Archéologique, organized by the Musée Carnavalet, features 25 paintings and 40 watercolors by this artist who has called Paris home for 40 years. Beginning on Wednesday, 9. June, continuing until 28. November. 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 55 42 50 10.

Air and Space Show – this is the bi–annual event for all airplane fans, for those who want to buy a new AirBus 380 or a used Russian supersonic fighter. Although it is a 'professional' salon from Saturday, 12 June until Saturday, 19. June, the public is invited too – probably on the weekends. Out at the Expo Parc Le Bourget. Take RER line 'B' to Le Bourget. InfoTel.: 01 53 23 33 33.

While out there don't miss seeing the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace – at Le Bourget airport, on the Route National 17. It can be reached via the Autoroute A1, but also with the bus 350 from Gare du Nord or the bus 152 from the Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 49 92 71 99.

Salon du Timbre – is the annual big stamp salon, or ganized by La Poste. From Saturday, 26. June until Sunday, 4. July. To be in the Parc Floral de Paris, in its expo space, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 41 87 13 18.

International Auto Salon – it's a long time off, so book your flight now while you can still get a good price. This year's 'Mondial de l'Automobile' begins on 25. September and continues showing off its shiny new paint until 10. October. To be at Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 56 88 22 40.

Mois de la Photo 2004 – Paris' bi-annual and somewhat elusive 'Mois de la Photo' begins in October, has most of its exhibitions in November, and continues into December.

Dante et Virgile aux Enfers – or, in one imagined by Eugène Delacroix. A little bit of classic art for you continuing until Monday, 5. July. Also see 'Paris 1400, les Arts Sous Charles VI,' which continues until Monday, 12. July. 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 51 51.

Francis Bacon – Le Sacré et le Profane – this will be a good chance to see Bacon's various conceptions of Pope Innocent X by Vélasquez. This exhibition continues until Wednesday, 30. June.poster: thtr ranelagh, la panne Except Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 19:00 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.

Moi ! Autoportraits du XXe Siècle. – the 150 self – portraits to be on view, are also a portrait of the late 20th century. Continuing until Sunday, 18. July. To be on view every day, but if not, then 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.

Joan Mirò – is featured in 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. This continues 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.

Jean–Auguste–Dominique Ingres – what Picasso hasn't, the Louvre has in this show, continuing 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.

Picasso –Ingres – with a century between them, this exhibition attempts to show how close these painters were. This two–for–one exhibition continues until Monday, 21. June. From 9:30 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée National Picasso, Hôtel Salé, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Au Cœur de l'Impressionnisme – at the end of the 19th century the family of Henri Rouartposter: roubaix,40 ans mustang, 70 ans traction 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 is reunited here. This exhibition continues 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.

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 on 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.

Elsa Schiaparelli – is in an exhibition featuring 250 costumes created by Coco Chanel's closest competitor. With accessories, designs, photos and films. Continuing until 29. August. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00, and from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends, and on Wednesdays until 21:00. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107-111. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Don Fred Deux – on show, 80 designs and two albums by this writer–designer. To be seen until Monday, 6. June. From 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays, but on Thursdays until 23:00. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Yves Talks to Art – the 'Yves' is Yves Saint – Laurent, with 40 creations from 1962 to 2002 to view until Sunday, 18. July. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:30. At the Fondation Pierre Bergés Yves Saint – Laurent, 3. Place Léonce Reynaud, Paris 16. Métro: Alma–Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 31 64 31.

Faussement Vôtre! – presents the fake version of our daily objects, along with the museum's permanent collection of other counterfeits. The expo, until Monday, 5. July. From Tuesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 17:30. At the Musée de la Contrefaçon, 16. Rue de la Faisanderie, Paris 16. Métro: Porte Dauphine. InfoTel.: 01 56 26 14 00.

Paris, Visite Guidée – from Lutèce to Paris, from Philippe Auguste to the Périfreak! – how was the city built? Where is it going? 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.

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.

Orlan – at the centre of this exhibition of photographs, videos and installations, you will find Orlan himself. Also beginning this week and continuing until Monday, 28. June. Closed Tuesdays, with open hours from 12:00 to 19:00, and until 21:00 on Mondays. At the Centre National de la Photographie, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 31.

L'Atelier du Sculpteur Henri Bouchard – features photos of Bouchard's ateliers in Rome and in Montparnasse and Auteuil, along with sketches, designs and models. Until 11. September. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. InfoTel.: 01 46 47 63 46.

Forum des Images – most if not all 6500 movies on view 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.

Napoléon et la Mer – despite some setbacks – who remembers Trafalgar? – marine affairs were a major Napoléonic preoccupation. This big show shows all, tells all, until 23. August. 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 53.

Historical Arms – are presented in a temporary exhibition of the collection of the Musée de l'Armée, which is otherwise closed until the spring ofposter: thtr la plaine, peines d'amour perdus 2005. All the best are on view now and until the end of this year. Hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays except in July and August. At the Hôtel National des Invalides – Musée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour – Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 38 77.

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 very 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.

Histoire des Catacombs – is an exhibition continuing until 14. November. 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.

Piranhas Enivrés – are not as bad as their reputation, so come and see some in the aquarium here. The exhibition continues until 31. August. Open from 10:00 to 17:30 except on Tuesday. At the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80.

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.

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 – 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.

Paris Plage, Summer 2004 – will be a replay of 2003's smash hit, to feature three kilometres of right – bank beach front beside the Seine especially for pedestrians, sunbathers, bikers, strollers, rollers – for four weeks in July and August. A small swimming pool will be added this year, and there may be more cooling fog machines. There will also be palms, sand, deckchairs, entertainment and spots to dance, with some pétanque players, and 'clubs' for kids, as well as refreshment kiosks. Fishing and tango lessons will also be on the program. In principle, to be open 24 hours daily, but most entertainments will shut down at 23:00.

For Roller Folks – the free Friday night 'roller rando' around 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 – and they are not for the wobbly or faint – hearted. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 89 81.

More For Roller Folks – the free Sunday afternoon 'other roller rando' aroundposter: musee de l'air, bourget 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, but are not so taxing as the night tours. Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 44 54 07 44.

Paris Rando Vélo – is another Friday night bike rendez – vous that meets at the Hôtel de Ville at 21:30. This group also has a 10:30 session on the third Sunday of every month. Check the Web site for 'yet another roller rando,' always in sunny weather of course. Probably also not so taxing as the original night tours. At the Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville InfoTel.: 06 10 87 05 87.

Roue Libre – this RATP partner has bike rentals, costing not much per hour or day. Both 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 00 44 15 34.

'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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