CLASSIC FRENCH FILMS A series of 26 French classics from the 1930s by influential directors including Abel Gance, Jean Vigo and Leos Carax will be shown at French Cinema: From Classic to Contemporary. The showings, part of the Year of France in China programme, will be shown at the Hong Kong Film Archive cinema from Friday to February 13. All films are in French with English subtitles, except The Golden Coach (1952), which is in English. The Samurai (1967) has additional Chinese subtitles. To tie in with the film screenings, the archive is hosting discussion sessions where filmmakers and film critics share how French cinema has influenced them. Speakers include Mary Stephen, Patrick Tam, Yonfan and Christopher Cheung. Tickets priced at $40 for each screening (half-price for students) are available from Urbtix on 2734 9009. PICASSO VERSUS EINSTEIN Local theatre group Theatre Space will stage Steve Martin's off-Broadway smash hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a comedy based on a fictional meeting between a young Pablo Picasso and a young Albert Einstein at a Parisian cafe. During the meeting, the two geniuses discuss their thoughts on beauty and science. The Cantonese play will be staged at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre's Theatre from Friday to Sunday, at 8pm, with weekend matinees at 3pm. Tickets at $140 and $90, with half-price concessions for students, are available from Urbtix.