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Paris:- Saturday, 1. June 2002:- After the last fully-charged weekend, things settle down for a merely full program of summer activities in Paris, and I am sure there will be more events to add here over the next couple of weeks.
Some items that are seasonal were added to the recent issues, using last year's information. In some cases new details about addresses and phone numbers have been updated for this week's column.
Art Saint-Germain des-Prés - is the annual 'open doors' of 100 galleries, this year lasting from Thursday, 6. June until Sunday, 9. June. On Thursday, starting at 18:00, then from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00, and from 14:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain, Mabillon or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 53 09.
One Night Stand - by Rene Miller's Wedding Band - famous for jazz on bridges, and weddings! - on Wednesday, 5. June, starting at 20:00. At the Sentier des Halles, 50. Rue d'Aboukir, Paris 2. Métro: Sentier. InfoTel.: 01 42 61 89 96.
Onze Bouge - is called the 'Festival de Création à Paris,' but is probably just the 11th arrondissement kicking up its heels in a big way. From Thursday, 6. June until Sunday, 16. June. Paris 11. InfoTel.: 01 53 27 13 68.
Au XIXème Siècle - at the time, two centuries ago now, Paris was the world's circus capital. This show has been put together by the Bibliothèque Nationale, as an exhibit within the annual Foire de Saint-Germain. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, from Thursday, 6. June until Sunday, 7. July, in the Mairie's Salle du Vieux Colombier, 78. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.
Anyone Still for Tennis? - tennis fans should already be at the Roland Garros shrine, twisting their necks watching yellow balls fly back and forth over red clay. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. Matches continue until this coming weekend.
La Méthode - Laurent Millet - the photos in the windows of this gallery stopped me, until I went in and found out they are really photos. Until Saturday, 29. June. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 19:00. Galerie Camera Obscura, 12. Rue Ernest Cresson, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or Mouton-Duvernet. InfoTel.: 01 45 45 67 08.
Two Races Left - At Two Tracks - note the following dates if you fancy major racing on grass - for the Prix de Diane Hermés on Sunday, 9. June, at Chantilly. Then, if you still feel lucky, there's a grand steeplechase race at Auteuil on Saturday, 15 June. InfoTel.: 08 21 21 32 13.
Musique En la Sorbonne - within the framework of the 'Bohemia Magica,' the Sorbonne's amphitheatre Richelieu echoes to the sounds of music every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday, 4. June until Tuesday, 25. June. The Sorbonne, at 17. Rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5. Métro: 'RER' Luxembourg. No InfoTel.
Sur la Terre Comme au Ciel - is also known as how western gardens looked at the end of the middle ages. Begins on Wednesday, 5. June and continues until Monday, 16. September, from 9:15 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:45, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée de Moyen Age, 6. Place Paul Painlevé, Paris 5. Métro: Cluny-La Sorbonne. InfoTel.: 01 53 73 78 16.
Arcavals - watch for the 'Attitude 18' carnival until Sunday, 9. June. A different carnival again in the 11th arrondissement happens at the Place Voltaire, at 17:30 on Saturday, 8. June. More carnival, this time in the 9th, at the church Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, at 16:00, on Saturday, 15. June. InfoTel.: 01 40 09 03 34.
Festival Agora 2002 - features music, dance and theatre in a big and diversified program lasting for two weeks until Saturday, 15. June. Last year's note - this is 'serious' music, organized by the Pompidou Centre's Ircam. The festival may take place in multiple locations. At the Ircam, 1. Place Igor-Stravinsky, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel-de-Ville. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 48 16.
Miniature World - little things will be on show, beginning Thursday, 6. June, until Sunday, 9. June, from 10:00 to 19:00 daily. At the Espace Auteuil, 1. Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 49 91 75 12.
25th Foire de Saint-Germain - is the western Quartier Latin's big fête for itself, lasting a full month from Thursday, 6. June until Saturday, 7. July. Paris 6. Métro: Mabillon or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.
Courturier Superstar! - is a supershow that begins on Wednesday, 5. June and continues until Sunday, 29. September, with everything except, maybe, Madame Carven. From 11:00 to 18:00, from 11:00 to 21:00 on Thursday, and from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. Closed Mondays.Musée de la Mode et Textile, at 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal-Louvre. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.
Play Time - is, as Ed Sullivan used to say, a 'really big show.' In French it is a 'spectacle.' From Saturday, 8. June until Sunday, 23 June, at 20:00, with the show starting at 16:00 on the last day. No show, in contrast, on Friday, 21 June or on Mondays and other Sundays. Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.
For the Carless - it may seem kind of early in the year for the summer season to start, but the Seine-side speedways will be liberated for the use of strollers, bikers and rollers on Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 17:00, until next fall. On the right bank - from the Tuileries to Bercy and on the left bank - from the Quai Anatole France to the Quai Branly.
During the summer, the right bank will be completely closed to traffic from Sunday, 21 July until Sunday, 18. August. One exception - on Sunday, 28. July, for the arrival of the Tour de France.
Bike routes all year round - on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75. Also see Rollers and Bikes at the end of this column.
Salon de la Bande Dessinée à Paris - for the first time Paris will have its own major salon devoted to the comics, which are not only a major storytelling form but also a major publishing business in France. Until Wednesday, 5. June. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.
Latitudes Villette / Mahgreb - is a program of music and dance from north Africa, continuing until Sunday, 9. June, at various times. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Juarès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.
Héros Populaires - since sometime before the Middle Ages Europe has had more than its share of heros, both real and fictional - including anti-heros. This exhibition's poster features Cuba's Ché, and you can expect Cinderella too. Until Monday, 10. June. Daily from 9:45 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, 6. Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16. Métro: Sablons in Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 70.
L'Art du Jardin - the Parc de Saint-Cloud is worth a visit, especially when this 9th edition of its multi-facetted garden show takes place. From Friday,14. June until Monday, 17. June, from 10:00 to 19:00. Stay until midnight on Saturday for the fireworks. Access by the Pont de Sèvres or by taking the métro to Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud, and entering the park just after the château. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 42 98.
Objets de Relexion - is the name of the upcoming exhibition in this new art space, from Thursday, 13. June until Sunday, 18. August. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, on weekends from 11:00 to 19:00. At Le Plateau, at the corner of the Rue des Alouettes and the Rue Carducci, Paris 19. Métro: Buttes-Chaumont. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 88 10.
Les Chemins de l'Encre - is about 20th century Chinese paintings by T'Ang Haywen. From Thursday, 13. June until Monday, 9. September. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. Musée National des Arts Asiatique - Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.
Daniel Buren - will be featured in a major exhibition starting as a limited engagement on Wednesday, 19. June and stretching out to Monday, 23. September. To be 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.
Fêtes des Tuileries - amusement rides in the Tuileries gardens move in on Friday, 14. June and stay until the end of August. Hours are 11:00 to midnight, and until 01:00 on Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays. Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 46 27 52 29.
i ka nyè tan - is a coming photographic exhibition featuring works by Seydou Keïta, Philippe Houdjina, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Malick Sidibé. From Friday, 14. June until Sunday, 25. August. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. To be at the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenue de la République, in Pontault Combault. By SNCF train for 30 minutes from Gare de l'Est, in the direction of Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.
Théâtre du Châtelet - beginning on Wednesday, 20. June with Placido Domingo's opera voice competition - with the finale at 19:30 - the Châtelet begins a big 10 days. 'Adriane auf Naxos' will be performed on three dates and 'Lucie de Lammermoor' will have four dates, up to Sunday, 30. June. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.
Fête de la Musique - this year's edition takes place on Friday, 21. June, all day and night, everywhere in Paris and in France. Try the Web site for more details. Hope for 'no rain.' A special show of Victor Hugo's tunes will be featured at the Hôtel de Ville, probably in the evening.
Festival Soirs d'Ete - begin at 21:30 on Friday, 21. June and continue until Sunday, 14. July, except for Sundays and Mondays. At the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement, 2. Rue Eugène-Spuller, Paris 3. Métro: Temple. No InfoTel.
19th Chopin Festival - is for you if you feel like a little music from the country, in a big park. From Saturday, 22. June until Sunday, 14. July. Times unknown. At the Orangerie de Bagatelle, Route de Reine-Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry - possibly 1.50 euros. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19, ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.
Fêtes du Bassin le la Villette - with the slogan, 'Le 19e, Mon Village,' this party starts at 22:00 on Saturday, 22. June and goes from 14:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. Lots of loud and funky brass, lots of nautical stuff, fireworks, right beside the canal. At the Bassin de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Stalingrad or Jaurés. InfoTel.: 01 44 52 29 13.
Jazz à Montmartre - the 8th edition puts out its drum rolls and bass lines from Saturday, 22. June until Sunday, 30. June. In, on Montmartre. Paris 18. InfoTel.: 01 42 54 45 21.
Fête du Cinéma - reels out for three days throughout France, from Sunday, 23. June to Tuesday, 25. June. Paris and the surrounding country, including Corsica. InfoTel.: 01 40 29 85 61.
Musique En l'Ile - starts its 16th season on Thursday, 27. June and musically wends its way around the islands and through the summer until Sunday, 1. September. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.
Louis Vuitton Classic - is, I suspect, classic horse jumping, lasting two days. Friday and Saturday, 28. and 29. June, from 12:00 to 18:00 the first day and from 10:00 to 19:00 on the second, with the parade and the prize ceremony at 16:00. In the Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: my guess, 1.50. InfoTel.: 08 10 81 00 10.
Ex-Lesbian & Gaypride Parade - is now to be called 'La Marche des Fiertes Lesbienne, Gai, Bi & Trans!' - which makes a lot more sense, when we know it will still be the same old techno-rock noise-blitz with jolly costumes. Mark Saturday, 29. June in your calendars. Now add 14:00, and guess the rest. Maybe the Web site knows more. Somewhere in Paris. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 47 01.
Paris Plage - starts with a 'Canal En Fête' all day on Sunday, 30. June. Then the beach opens, except for dates and a intermission on Sunday, 28 July for the Tour de France's tour of Paris, from Sunday, 21. July until Sunday, 18. August - nothing else is known about this except traffic circulation will be reduced on weekends beside the Canal Saint-Martin. We'll see. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.
Coming In the Fall - beginning in September and October, you will find Manet and Vélasquez at the Musée d'Orsay, Matisse and Picasso, followed by Constable, at the Grand Palais, as well as Kramer and Picasso at the Musée Picasso, and 'Rituels Tibétains' at the Guimet Museum.
Bohemia Magica - the Czech Republic has had its own special relations with Paris and these are celebrated this year, at the Musée d'Orsay and the Montparnasse Museum. Besides featuring 20th century Czech artists in Paris, the 'Bohemia Magica' program also offers a showcase for contemporary Czech artists, film makers and writers. Until the end of the year.
Marc Chagall - important works are featured in an exhibition, 'Hadassah, de l'Esquisse au Vitrail,' until Sunday, 15. September. 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 Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.
Ubuntu - is an exhibition featuring the somewhat little-known cultures and arts of South Africa. More than 200 pieces from European and South African collections are on view. Until Monday, 17. June. Except Tuesday, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80.
La Révolution Surréaliste - is a major exhibition dealing with, possibly, the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. See the furry cup and saucer, with the furry-spoon as an accessory. This craziness, now seen as an art form, continues until Monday, 24. June. 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.
Un Temps d'Exubérance - characterized the lesser-known arts déco at the time of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. This big show continues until Monday, 8. July. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.
Mondrian - 1892 - 1914 - is subtitled 'on the paths to abstraction' for this exhibition continuing until Sunday, 14. 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, entry at 62. Rue de Lille, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.
Victor Hugo in Caricatures - 70 cartoons inspired by the person of Victor Hugo, mostly by Honoré Daumier, Gustave Doré and André Gill, await you - out of 500 caricatures that were made during Hugo's lifetime. On view until Sunday, 4. August. Except on Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80. Also see the Ministry of Culture's portal for more Victor Hugo events, such as 'Exilium Vite Est,' on show from Tuesday, 7. May until August, presented at Hugo's exile home at Hauteville House on the Ile of Guernsey.
Les Paris de Victor Hugo - this is a two-part exhibition featuring Victor Hugo's personal Paris locations and the locales detailed in 'Les Misérables' and 'Notre Dame de Paris,' which will be on show in several of the public libraries around Paris. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 50.
Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or an expo featuring the musical Yves Montand that continues until October. Free entry. Except on Sundays, from 9:30 to 18:30. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 43 43.
Mâkhi Xenakis - phantoms came to this exiled Greek who took Corsica as a substitute home, and they are featured in this posthumous exhibition, which continues until Friday, 5. 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, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00. No entry charge.
Art ou Nature? - is an exhibition continuing until Saturday, 15 June. From 11:00 to 18;00, in the Orangerie du Luxembourg. The outdoor part in the Luxembourg garden has the same start date, but continues until Saturday, 21 September. At the garden entry at 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Saint-Suplice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 33 99.
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