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Lights In the Night

photo, luxembourg palace

Sunday lounge in the Luxembourg.

Eat, Drink and Other Antique Pleasures

Paris:– Saturday, 30. April 2005:– Yet again a Scène column in two parts. This page mostly with what's on right now and the 2nd page with what's coming and exhibitions that will be over soon. As always, not everything is here so be sure to top up on arrival in Paris.

Lights In the Night – is this year's new 'La nuit des musées' event. At sundown on Saturday, 14. May, many museums throughout France offer free entry and will be staying open until 01:00. This will be like a démi 'Nuit Blanche,' with culture. InfoTel.: 01 40 15 36 00.

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Les Femmes Oubliées de Buchenwald – while mostly men were held in Buchenwald, many women from all over Europe were slave workers supporting theposter, expo, les femmes oubliees de buchenwald concentration camp, and this is their story. On view until 30. October. Open daily except Mondays, 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.

Du Refuge au Piège – from refuge to trap, the history of the deportation of Jews from Paris and France. Of some 75,721 sent east only 2567 returned. Featuring historic documents and places, such as 'Le Pletzl.' A must–see from Thursday until 13. August. 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.

Porte–Bouquets – little cones of metal, porcelain or glass for carrying bouquets were an indispensable accessory for young ladies in the 19th century. On show, 130 of them, until 16. October. Open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:40. The Musée Cognacq–Jay, 8. Rue Elzévir, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Paul or Chemin–Vert. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 07 21, or InfoFax.: 33 1 40 27 89 44.

La France Romane – covers the neglected period from the coronation in 987 of Hugues Capet, to the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, from Roman art to Gothic. Until Monday, 6. 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 51 51.

Eat, Drink and Other Antique Pleasures – takes you on an ancient evenings trip through Lutèce, to see the intersection of Roman tastes with Gallomania. From Wednesday, 11. May until 15. January. Except Mondays, 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.

Martin Vaughn–James – see this meticulous painter's latest Paris expoposter, expo, vaughn james, gal meyer le bihan from Thursday, 12. May until Saturday, 2. July. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Galerie Meyer Le Bihan, 108. Rue Vielle du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Sébastien Froissart. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 81 16.

'L'heure du thé' by M. Vaughn–James

Ecriture en Délire – in 'art brut' or 'primitive' art, signs of letters in 150 works, on view until Sunday, 31. 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.

Brésil, Brésils – this is Brazil's 'Year in France' so it is not one show but a whole country's culture that is on view and in the air here and there, now and then, all over. Watch for 'Raízes do Brazil' which should be on now, for 'Verdade tropical' this summer and 'Galáxias' in the fall. For more info, check the Brésil, Brésils web site. InfoTel.: 01 53 69 83 69.

Amazonia, Brazil – is a visit to the Amazon's rain forest right here, possibly without mosquitos. Until 28. August. Except Monday, open daily from 9:30 to 18:00, on Sundays and some holidays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt or Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 43 20 21.

The Hidden Tribes of the Amazon – close to the frontiers with Peru and Columbia, Sydney Possuelo led an expedition to visit the Felcheiros indians. For three months National Geographic photographer Nicolas Reynard saw nothing, but... this exhibition is the result. Until 29. August. Except for Tuesdays and holidays, from 9:45 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.

The Essential Fassbinder – is a selection of films from a large production, beingposter, poussin, watteau, expo grand palais shown until Monday, 6. June. Hours from 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays until 23:00. At the BPI cinema in the Centre Georges Pompidou, 19. Rue Beaubourg, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.<</P>

Objectif Paris – from five Parisian collections, images of the city, continuing until Sunday, 19. June. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet–Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

French Masterworks – from German collections of 17th and 18th century works, featuring Poussin, Le Lorrain, Watteau, David. This continues until Monday, 1. August. Open 10:00 to 20:00, and until 22:00 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Square Jean Perrin entry, Paris 8. Métro: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Robert Mallet–Stevens, Architect, 1889–1945 – an exhibition presenting works in Paris and from the five corners of France, plus projects still on the drawing board. See this exhibition until 29. August. 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.

Du Refuge au Piège – presents the history of the Jewish quarter Saint–Gervais in the Marais, from the Medieval era to the close of WWII. To begin Thursday, 28. April and continue until Saturday, 30. July. 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 deposter, expo porte bouquets, mus cognacq jay Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61. Free entry.

The Drink, the Food and Other Antique Pleasures – is an exhibition about the good life in old Lutèce, when the Romans met the Gauls. To begin on Wednesday, 11. May and continue until 15. January, but closed from 31. October to 29. 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.

The Assembly National, Drawn by Mougey – features cartoons of the national players, until Thursday, 30 June. From Tuesday to Friday, from 13:00 to 19:00. On Saturday, per request. At the Atelier An–Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

From Seurat to Paul Klee – another one of the big–name face–offs, this one with paintings. And another together with Paul Signac in the Galerie des Arts Graphiques. Continues until Sunday, 10. July. 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.

Mona Lisa's New Home – the room usually known as the Louvre's Salle des Etats has reopened, completely renovated to provide a fitting showcase for the museum's collection of Italian art. 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.

Bacon and Picasso – one of the other big–name face–offs, with sparks., continuingposter, drawings by mougey, alelier a girard until Monday, 30. May. 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.

Paul Guigou – escaped practicing law to paint the colors of Provence in Paris and is considered by some to be the initiator of 'Impressionism.' Guigou's problem is that he died too soon, at 37, in 1871. Continuing until Sunday, 26. 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.

Brésil Indien – for Paris' Year of Brazil,' this exhibition displays the remarkable arts of the original inhabitants. Continuing until Monday, 27. June. Open 10:00 to 20:00 and until 22:00 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Square Jean Perrin entry, in the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Pharaoh – is an exhibition about who the Pharaohs were, with material from the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and from the Louvre's collections. Prolonged until Sunday, 12. June. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés–Saint–Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Richard Linder – Adults Only – celebrate the reopening of this museum with an exhibition of the works of this Euro–American artist, having his first show since his retrospective in 1974. Continues until Sunday, 12. 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.

Napoléon – of Propaganda and Legend – this is about Napoléon arranging his own legend, for his time and ours. To continue until Monday, 6. June 2005. Except 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.

Au Temps des Merveilleuses – the ten years between 1794 and 1804 are remembered more for style than names like 'Directoire' or 'Consulat,' both related to Napoléon. Lots of 'nouveaux' – 'riches' and 'pauvres,' and all marvelous. Until Sunday, 12. June. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3.poster, concert louise attaque Métro: Saint–Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Adriana Varejão – Chambre d'échos – for the first time in Europe see this avant garde Brazilian artist's powerful works mixing the contemporary with the traditional. Also see photos by Rinko Kawauchi. Both until Sunday, 5. June. 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.

Matisse – a Second Life – a showcase of later works by this artist, includes his letters exchanged with André Rouveyre, from 1941 to 1954. Continues until Sunday, 17. July. Open daily, from 11:00 to 19:00, and until 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 12 90.

Jurassic Pork II – by Alain Séchas, is an installation that invites you to bring a flashlight to search for Siegfried lost in the jungle of 'Jurassic Pork.' You may see the Comtesse Pornault attacked by 'hordes of porcs!' This continues until Sunday, 5. June, then becomes part of the permanent collection of the Abattoirs in Toulouse. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight. Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Le Monde de Franquin – if you think comics are silly, here are some full of inventions, featured in 250 original comics pages shown here in a science museum not just for kids. On view until 30. August 2005.. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin–Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

The Walls of No Man's Land – Palestine – is an exhibition of photos by Larry Towell, winner of the Prix HCB 2003. On view until Sunday, 31. July. Fromposter, mozart, thtr de paris Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30, until 20:30 on Wednesdays, and from 11:00 to 18:45 on Saturdays. Evenings free. At the Fondation Henri Cartier–Bresson, 2. Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaïté. InfoTel.: 01 56 80 27 00.

Adolphe and Georges Giraudon – traces the history of a publishing house located near the Beaux–Arts, with a photo bibliothèque in the Rue Bonaparte. Continues until Tuesday, 19. June. Open from 9:30 to 17:45, but closed on Monday. At the Musée Rodin, 77. Rue de Varenne, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes. InfoTel.: 01 44 18 61 10.

Photo Collection, Ponthault–Combault – Arnaud Claas has made a selection from the 700 photos in the FRAC's Ile–de–France collection, with a singular vision. This continues until Sunday, 29. May. Open from Wednesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 19:00, on weekends from 11:00 to 19:00. Le Plateau, site of contemporary art creation. At the corner of the Rue des Alouettes and the Rue Carducci, Paris 19. Métro: Buttes–Chaumont. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 84 10.

Jules Verne, le Roman de la Mer – on the centennial of Jules Verne's death, '20,000 Leagues Under Sea' is at the heart of this big show. Sails on until 30. August. From 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 53.

De la Bastille à Bonaparte – 64 seldom–seen gouaches by Lesueur covering the period from 1789 to 1806 illustrate the exhibition above, more or less. On view until Sunday, 12. June. 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.

Sartre dans Son Siècle – the century as seen and lived by Jean–Paul Sartre, with paintings by Giacometti and Wols and photos by Brassaï, Cartier–Bresson and Gisèle Freund. Deep thinking until 28. August. From 10:00 to 19:00, and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, – Grande Galerie, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 82 64.

The Poetry of Ink – as in China, in Korea painting is a brother of calligraphy and poetry, but follows the Sing model and the Song tradition, mixing two schools. Continues until Monday, 6. June. 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.

Parades, Seductions – animals express their desires in a multitude of ways, on displayposter, expo, et voila le travail, seine st denis here, in partnership with the museums of natural history of Brussels, Leiden and Paris. Continuing until 16. January. Closed on Tuesdays, the hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 22:00. In the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution at the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 36 00.

also Jardin des Plantes. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

Historical Arms – are presented in a temporary exhibition of the collection of the Musée de l'Armée, which is otherwise closed until later this spring. All the best are on view 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.

Crad'Expo – subtitled as the 'Impolite Science of the Body,' this is a fantastic show about the real us, with smells and sound effects, designed to be appreciated more by kids than parents. Continuing until 31. August. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin–Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione – see the new show 'Bravo,' which celebrates the 70th anniversary of this traditional but modern, real circus. Has everything except Barnum. Shows are at 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and at 20:30 on Tuesday and Friday, and at 14:00 on all school holidays. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles du Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

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. Also visit Il Etait une Fois Léonard. Arcimboldo continues until the end of June. 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.

Batobus – has resumed its transport service on the Seine, following its usual loop from the Tour Eiffel to the upstream end of the Ile Saint–Louis, making eight stops. Until 17. March, from 10:30 to 16:30. Then from 10:00 to 19:00 until 21. April when the full season starts. Until the end of September, the Batobus cruises its loops until 22:00, with 15 to 30 minutes between boats.

Catacombes – are closed for renovations until the sometime in the late spring. Catacombes de Paris, 1. Place Denfert Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert–Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

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' around 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 rolling rando,' always in sunny weather of course. 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 18:00 on Sundays. This is now a year–round occasion.

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