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August 2014

For a long time, summer has been linked with love. As heat waves rush through the air they too pervade our minds. Endlessly picked apart, revered, and smote in literature new and old, love is a topic we humans can’t get enough of.
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Jewish Mothers Never Die

The mothers of some of the most illustrious Jewish men in recent history—Albert Einstein, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers—are chatting in heaven. The subject: their respective sons—and their undying love for their mothers.Written with a delicate touch, Jewish Mothers Never Die reveals in tender, funny, and searing portraits how some women continue to live through their children—even after death.
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I Know a Bear

In this touching, hopeful story that reads like a modern classic, a young girl befriends a bear in the zoo. Using a gentle tone, spare language, and gorgeous illustrations, Mariana Ruiz Johnson reminds young readers that being a good listener is what makes for a good friend.
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Books for Busy Minds

Keep your mind alert and socially engaged with this non-fiction selection for Labor Day.
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Steamy Titles

The heat has been cranked up this week in our Summer Reads blog series, featuring several steamy titles with some very thirsty protagonists…
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Books, like You’ve Never Seen before

This Friday’s Summer Reads list pushes all sorts of boundaries. Everything from the passions of a butcher, a laconic account of unfinished or missing pieces, and asking your boss for a raise are all explored as topics in these unprecedented works.

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French Books USA: Week in Review

This week's literary news feature French children's novels stats in the US, a government reshuffle, treasures to protect, a journal and a book reviews, and ideas to develope francophone literature.
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On the Abolition of All Political Parties

Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit, the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Simone Weil forcefully makes the case that a true politics can only begin where party spirit ends.
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Jewish Mothers Never Die

The mothers of some of the most illustrious Jewish men in recent history—Albert Einstein, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers—are chatting in heaven. The subject: their respective sons—and their undying love for their mothers.Written with a delicate touch, Jewish Mothers Never Die reveals in tender, funny, and searing portraits how some women continue to live through their children—even after death.
new titles

I Know a Bear

In this touching, hopeful story that reads like a modern classic, a young girl befriends a bear in the zoo. Using a gentle tone, spare language, and gorgeous illustrations, Mariana Ruiz Johnson reminds young readers that being a good listener is what makes for a good friend.
blog

Books for Busy Minds

Keep your mind alert and socially engaged with this non-fiction selection for Labor Day.
blog

Steamy Titles

The heat has been cranked up this week in our Summer Reads blog series, featuring several steamy titles with some very thirsty protagonists…

music

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France Rocks August Playlist: French Songs in US TV Shows

The France Rocks August Playlist, featuring songs by French artists that have appeared on US TV shows, is the perfect way to prep for the Emmy Awards (Aug 29th).
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France Rocks July Playlist: A French Summer

A MONTHLY FEATURE FROM FRANCE ROCKS, July's Playlist brings you the perfect tracks for A French Summer
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JUNE PLAYLIST: What's Next? French Electro

A new feature from France Rocks, our monthly playlist series, explores French-produced music of all stripes, new and old. Listen and read about the brightest new talents in French Electro music in June's installment.
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French-American Jazz Pianist Dan Tepfer Awarded Charles Ives Prize

Dan Tepfer, a French Jazz pianist now based in New York City, was recently awarded the extremely prestigious Charles Ives Prize Fellowship for young composers. He will perform a number of dates with major American and international jazz artists in the coming months.
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VIDEO: JazzFest 2014

An exchange that has bridged both sides of the Atlantic for 100 years, Jazz music and its finest young French players were at their best for January’s French Quarter Jazz Fest at Small’s in New York.
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May Playlist: French New York

[MAY PLAYLIST] from FRANCE ROCKS on Spotify: FRENCH NEW YORK. Fifteen songs by French artists new and old across genres putting into song their sentiments about New York.

Visual & Performing Arts

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GERMINAL, by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort

September 18, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Portland State University
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art presents GERMINAL, by French artists Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, as part of its annual festival Time-Based Art. The performance smartly dismantles the conventions of theater into a metaphor for human evolution and employs the stage as a fruitful open space where new worlds are up for the making.
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The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden

June 14, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Portland Art Museum
Paris will come to the Park Blocks this summer with this international exhibition celebrating the Tuileries Garden. This stunning exhibition explores the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden.
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On The Boards presents GERMINAL, by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort

September 25, 2014 - September 27, 2014
On The Boards
If we had the opportunity to start from scratch, even in a space of 8 meters by 10 meters, how would we do it? This question is tackled in the performance GERMINAL, by French artists Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, presented by On The Boards.
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Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

June 6, 2014 - October 20, 2014
Monterey Museum of Art
French artist Jules Tavernier's works of art will be presented in an unprecedented exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art.
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Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Celebrates 30 Years

This year the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a series of exhibitions, performances and digital projects, beginning with Vivid Memories, a five month long rotating exhibition looking back acr
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Six Characters in Search of an Author

November 7, 2014 - November 8, 2014
Cal Performances
Cal Performances presents Théâtre de la Ville's production of Luigi Pirandello's absurdist psychological drama, "Six Characters in Search of an Author".

Film, TV & New Media

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French Films at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging

September 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014
New People Cinema
Bright Days Ahead (Les beaux jours), by Marion Vernoux, will be screening at this year's edition of The Legacy Film Festival on Aging.
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Applications Open : Tournées Festival 2014-2015

Applications are now open for the Tournées Festival grant. Apply by October 1st, 2014 to bring French films to your campus.
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Recently Released French Films to Catch this Summer!

The Film, TV & Media Department at the Cultural Services has selected a list of movies that are creating buzz right now in the hexagon. So, whether you are in the U.S. or you are lucky enough to be visiting France for summer vacation, anyone can enjoy these newly released French films.
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French T.V. Series You Won’t Want to Miss

The Film, TV & Media Department at the Cultural Services has put together a list of some of the TV shows creating a buzz in France right now. Although only two are available to US audiences on instant streaming, and a third on Showtime, if you happen to be in France this summer, the titles below are worth checking out.
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Toronto International Film Festival 2014 : A Record Year for French Cinema

Several French movies and co-productions in The 39th Toronto International Film Festival's film selection for the 2014 edition.
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An Eclectic Slate of French Cinema at the 52nd New York Film Festival

Sept 26 - Oct 12, 2014
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The New York Film Festival has revealed the main slate of the 52nd edition: 30 features including 13 French films and co-productions. This selection combines the most significant films of the year from a wide range of filmmakers and film styles.
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