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Bastille Day

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When last seen – Paris Plage's cool pool.

Paris Plage and Pools

Paris:– Saturday, 25. June 2005:– Here is page two of your summer program, a lot longer than I remember it being. This page has most of the summer events like Bastille Day and Paris Plage, while the regular events are on the first page in this issue. Watch out for duplicates and expired events, mistakes, typos and café stains.

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Opening Items for This Week

Derain et la Scène – between 1918 and 1951 Derain conceived décors operas and ballets performed here. See photos, sketches, letters and films, until Sunday, 28. August. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed on performance days, and 14. July and 15. August. At the Bibliothèque–Musée de l'Opéra, Place de l'Opéra Palais Garnier, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 01 40 01 24 15.

Chats with Nature, Forêts Urbaines – the park celebrates its 100 years with an expo of the works of Brazilian artist Frans Krajcberg, featuring sculptures, graphics and photos. Closed on Tuesdays, open from 11:30 to 18:00. Withinposter, saltimbanco 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.

Robert Couturier – on a 100th anniversary, this expo is a major retrospective presenting the sculptor, including a series of photos taken by Frank Horvat. Continues until Monday, 19. September. 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.

Burlesques Contemporains – is an exhibition featuring the meeting of art with literature and cinema, supposedly defying gravity. Continues until Sunday, 18. September. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00, Tuesday evenings to 21:30, and on weekends from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1, place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Metro: Place de la Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 52.

Versailles – has three spectacular shows, called 'Musicales,' 'Nocturnes' and 'Fêtes de Nuit.' The first begins in March and continues with three shows every weekend and holiday until 25. September. 'Nocturnes,' at 21:00, are on Saturdays beginning on 9. July and continuing until 13. August. The 'Fêtes de Nuit,'photo, parasols, palms starting at 21:30, are on Saturdays from 27. August until 10. September and on Thursdays from 1. September to 15. September. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint–Lazare, or the RER 'C' line. InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil – features 'new' soloists at the renovated Serres d'Auteuil, which is a city nursery and palm plantation full of music in the summer. Check the Web site for details. Until Sunday, 11. September. Park hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Pavillon des Azalées, Serres d'Auteuil, 1–bis, Avenue Gordon–Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte–d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 46 32 02 26

Feed Back – a mini–festival of a little emerging loud music out in the open air, from Saturday, 9. July to Monday, 11. July. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Scènes d'Eté – is back with free live music on Sunday afternoons in summer at the Kiosque à Musique in the park at La Villette. Music from far away meant to make you dance. Starting at 17:30 on Sunday, 24. July and continuing until 28. August. At the 'Kiosque' in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Espace Brésil – an address where you can find Brazil daily and for free, until Sunday, 25. September. Concerts, exhibitions, theatre, crafts and films. At the Espace Brésil, Carreau du Temple, 2. Rue Perrée, Paris 3. Métro: Temple or Filles du Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 14 52.

Fête de la Bastille

L'Incroyable Rallye – hang out with artists in east Paris to get a Bastille–time 'taste' of the city. On Thursday, 14. July, beginning at 9:30, meet at thephoto, sundown, paris plage Mairie of the 11th, Place Léon Blum. Check this year's Web site for sign–details.

Les Sapeurs –Pompiers – have a tradition of turning their firehalls into dancehalls for the Fête de la Bastille. The 'bals' will be held on the evenings of Wednesday, 13. July and Thursday, 14. July. At various locations in Paris and throughout France. These 'bals' are popular so you are advised to arrive early. Some feature live music, others have DJs. Initially held in 1937, the first 'bal' lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs–Elysées parade.

Mairie of the 3rd – in addition to the firemen some city halls stage Bastille Day fêtes too, such as this one to be held on Wednesday, 13. July, from 21:30 until 02:00. At Rue Eugène Spuller, Paris 3, this is also part of the Festival Soirs d'Eté program.

Big Scene, Bastille – this year Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, is the star performer at this popular 'bal' to be held at the Bastille on the evening of Wednesday, 13. July. Expect a really big show here, perhaps all night long.poster, new organ, st louis en l(ile church

Bastille Day Parade – this always takes place on the whole Champs–Elysées, from Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. To be on Thursday, 14. July. The official viewing stand is usually set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros – count on the Métro stops at Etoile, George V, Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed. Plan to arrive by foot or from the next nearest ones. This is also the day that Paris plays host to the military, so buy that sailor a drink!

Fireworks – fans will have their night on Thursday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The rockets will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. Another good viewpoint is the Pont de Bir Hakeim, for early arrivals. The show usually lasts about 40 minutes, and is held rain or shine. Paris 7. Métros – Alma–Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte–Picquet–Grenelle – also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

Eté and Fêtes

Sous La Plage – with 'Piratages Meets Cake & Milk,' on Sundays. Dates are the Sundays of 26. June, 17. July, 21. August, and 18. September. Free entertainment, usually from 14:00 to 23:00. Find Sous La Plage in the Parc André Citroën, Rue Cauchy, Paris 15. Métro: Javel or Balard.

92nd Tour de France – this bicycle classic began in 1903 so this is not quite its centennial year. Starting on Saturday, 2. July, 'Le Tour' spins around France for three weeks before arriving at the finish line on the Champs–Elysées on Sunday, 24. July about 14:00. Paris 8. InfoTel.: 01 41 33 15 00.

Shorties – includes Les Pestacles, for kids, at the Parc Floral until Wednesday, 31. August. At the same location, the Paris Jazz Festival, bebops until Sunday, 24. July. The Festival Solidays takes place at the Longchamp racetrack, from Friday, 8. July until Sunday, 10. July.

Pool Time

Paris Plage, Summer 2005 – will be a replay of past summers' smash hits, to feature three kilometres of right–bank beach front beside the Seine especially for pedestrians, sunbathers, bikers, strollers and rollers for four weeks from Thursday, 21. July until Sunday, 21. August. Expect 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, mostly all free. To be open 24 hours daily, but most entertainments will shut down at 23:00.

Paris Plage – has an open–top pool beside the Seine between the Pont Marie and the Pont de Sully, featuring 220 cubes of aqua under the blue sky. Little more than a metre deep it is mainly for kids, but adults are allowed too, in tiny time–slots – from 8:00 to 9:30, and from 19:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday with longer morning sessions on weekends. Kids get all the rest. With showers and changing cabins. Outside the pool there are wooden steps for lying and frying.

Beyond Paris Plage – here is a short list of the open–top pools topless this summer in Paris. 'Open–top' means the pool, and does not guarantee people–free sunbathing space.

– Piscine Roger–Le–Gall, 34. Boulevard Carnet, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Vincennes. Open all week until 20:00 or 21:00, but only until 19:00 on weekends.photo, fishing, paris plage
– La Butte–aux–Cailles is historic and has triple–pools, at 5. Place Paul–Verlain, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie. Open daily, but closes 17:30 to 18:30.
– the Keller,14, rue de l'Ingénieur Keller, Paris 15. Métro: Charles Michels or Javel. Open daily, to 22:30 or 20:00, but only until 19:00 on weekends.
– the Piscine Champerret has, like the pool at Auteuil, grass to lie on, to catch sunrays without getting wet. At 36. Boulevard de Reims, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret. Open daily until 22:00, but only until 19:00 on weekends.
– The Piscine Hébert was built in 1896 and renovated in 1992, but remains a bit small. At 2. Rue des Fillettes, Paris 18. Métro: Marx–Dormoy. Open odd hours during the week, but all day on weekends, until 17:30.
– Piscine Georges–Hermant, 4. Rue David–d'Angers, Paris 19. Métro: Danube. Open until 21:00 with a pause in the afternoons, and on weekends from 9:00 to 18:00.
– the Piscine Georges–Vallerey was built in 1924 for the Olympics and is where Johnny Weissmuller won the 400 metres before becoming Tarzan. At 148. Avenue Gambetta, Paris 20. Métro: Porte des Lilas. To reopen this year.
– the Piscine d'Auteuil, in the Bois de Boulogne – two pools and grassy sunbathing – on the Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh. Open daily until 17:30, but closes at 13:00 on race days.
– dim inside, sun outside at Boulogne–Billancourt at the Parc de Billancourt pool, 165. Rue du Vieux–Pont–de–Sèvres. Métro: Billancourt.

These are not all the pools there are, but the ones where you can get some soleil as well as your feet wet. Of the 27 municipal pools, most are open this summer. Ones with solariums stay open late, and some pools take a pause in the morning or afternoon. If you can hold your breath a couple of years, Paris is thinking of dropping two floating pools into the Seine.

Movie, Movie

Cinéma en Plein Air – is the 15th edition of summer cinemas under the stars, this year to feature the big successes of the past such as 'Scarface' by Brianposter, thtr,les amazones, bouffes parisiens de Palma and Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction.' Beginning Tuesday, 19. July and continuing until Sunday, 28. August. Shows at sundown but no shows on Mondays. At the Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Paris Cinéma – the now annual Paris Cinéma festival will be happening from Wednesday, 29. June until Tuesday, 12. July. See premieres, festival winners and retrospectives, at participating salles. InfoTel.: 01 55 25 55 25.

Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma – a festival of 'indie' films, often showing prize winners. Begins on Friday, 1. July and continues until Sunday, 10. July. At the Forum des Images, in the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint–Eustache, near the Place Carrée. Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet–Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 01 44 76 62 00.

La Collection Brasiliana – after 1808 foreign artists were welcome in Brazil and the result is here, with the aid of the Pinacothèque de Sao Paulo. This expo begins Tuesday, 28. June and continues until 27. November. 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.

Abstraction 1920 – 1950 – features pieces from the collection of the Musée d'Art Moderne, with a focus on the 'Abstraction Création' and the 'Salon des Réalités Nouvelles' movements. On view from Thursday, 7. July until Saturday, 13. August. Closed Sundays. At the Mairie of the 11th, Place Léon Blum, Paris 11. Métro: Voltaire. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Kilo – is graduating students of the circus playing with weight, balancing, falling, leveraging, all to absurdities. Beginning on Wednesday, 6. July, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:30, and going on until Saturday, 13. August. At the Espace Chapiteaux, Parc et Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Les Arènes du Jazz – from Tuesday, 19 July until Sunday, 24. July, nightly at 21:00 jazz outside in the Arènes de Montmartre, at the top of the Rue Chappe, near the Funiculaire. Métro: Abbesses. Until Sunday, 19. September, but phone for times and titles: Info. Tel.: 01 44 94 98 00. This is part of the 'Festival Paris Quartier d'Eté.'

Festival Chopin – continues until Thursday, 14. July. There's more music of the chamber type with the Octuor de France at the park's Orangerie. Closed onphoto, dancing, paris plage Tuesdays, open from 11:30 to 18:00. Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43.InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Festival Européen Jeunes Talents – shows off their skills with classic and contemporary music, from Saturday, 16. July until Saturday, 30. July. Check the Mairie du 9th for program details. In the Salle Rossini at 6. Rue Drouot, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu–Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 03 34.

Scènes d'Eté – is back with free live music on Sunday afternoons in summer at the Kiosque à Musique in the park at La Villette. Music from far away meant to make you dance. Starting at 17:30 on Sunday, 24. July and continuing until 28. August. At the 'Kiosque' in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Feed Back – a mini–festival of a little emerging loud music out in the open air, from Saturday, 9. July to Monday, 11. July. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil – features 'new' soloists at the renovated Serres d'Auteuil, which is a city nursery and palm plantation full of music in the summer. Check the Web site for details. Until Sunday, 11. September. Park hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Pavillon des Azalées, Serres d'Auteuil, 1–bis, Avenue Gordon–Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte–d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 46 32 02 26

Objectif Paris – from five Parisian collections, images of the city, continuing until Sunday, 10. July. 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.

Foire Saint Germain. – this annual event with antiques, handwork and entertainments continues until Sunday, 10. July. Centered around the Place Saint–Sulpice in the Quartier Latin. Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

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.

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.

Brésil Indien – for Paris' Year of Brazil,' this exhibition displays the remarkable arts of the original inhabitants. Continuing until Monday, 27. June. Openposter, jardin georges delaselle 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.

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.

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.

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.

Catacombes – have 130 steps down, but only 83 steps on the way out, sounding like a bargain without an elevator. Open again, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 to 16:45. Catacombes de Paris, 1. Place Denfert Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert–Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

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