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September 2014

As the theoretical physicist Geoffrey West reminds, “We form cities in order to enhance interaction, to facilitate growth, wealth creation, ideas, innovation, but in so doing, we create, from a physicist's viewpoint, entropy.”
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Minds in Migration

Sept 22, 2014 - Nov 18, 2014
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Collège International de Philosophie present Minds in Migration: a series of debates on contemporary issues. Philosophers, novelists, artists, translators, journalists, social and political scientists alike will join the conversation and shed light on questions raised by these works.
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Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
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Win a Pair of Economy Class Tickets to Paris!

Do you know which French fashion designer is famous for the cone bra? Or what American TV show is also known as Le juste prix? Can you name all the wine regions of France or every film by Jean-Luc Godard? Do you know your masculin and féminin nouns? If so, you've got a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets to Paris on Air France!
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Exploring Culture through Fiction

Even though we are all back to school and work, September is still an opportune time to mull on dreams of travel and keeping our minds open to exploring cultures and society through fiction.
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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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The Mad and The Bad

Sept 18, 2014 | 8PM
ISSUE Project Room
Crime and art have always been closely intertwined but it is the prerogative of today’s connoisseur to pass by the elements that link violence and disorder with creation for a somewhat more wholesome view of an art in alliance with social progress or more cynically– one could say– as a lubricant for capital. The Mad and The Bad features readings of recent translations of important historic crime novels, poetry, and political writing, as well as contemporary pulp genre experiments that celebrate all forms of deviation, criminality and antisocial sentiments. With David Georgi, James Hoff, Jason Napoli-Brooks, Luc Sante, and Donald Nicholson-Smith.
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Minds in Migration

Sept 22, 2014 - Nov 18, 2014
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Collège International de Philosophie present Minds in Migration: a series of debates on contemporary issues. Philosophers, novelists, artists, translators, journalists, social and political scientists alike will join the conversation and shed light on questions raised by these works.
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Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
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Brooklyn Book Festival

Sept 21, 2014
Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
Francophone author Scholastique Mukasonga will join a debate on the question of faith in literature during the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York.
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Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais

This long awaited collection of rare theatrical texts includes original translations—never before published in English—of ten monologues, three one-act plays, and twelve shorter dialogues.
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Minds in Migration: Words and Conflicts

Sept 22, 2014 | 7 pm
McNally Jackson
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Collège International de Philosophie present Minds in Migration: a series of lively debates on contemporary issue which will start with "Words and Conflicts".

music

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Charles Aznavour to Play Madison Square Garden

Sept 20, 2014 | 7 PM
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
One of the foremost entertainers of the last century, Charles Aznavour returns to New York for a farewell performance at New York's MSG.
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Emilie Lesbros at the Greenwich House

Sept 21, 2014 | 8 PM
Greenwich House
Genre-defying jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Emilie Lesbros takes the stage this weekend at the Greenwich House for an evening of music with Darius Jones and band.
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Celebrate Bud Powell's Birthday at Birdland With Dan Tepfer

Sept 23 - 26, 2014
Birdland
On what would be the 90th birthday of one of Bebop's founding innovators, Bud Powell, French pianist Dan Tepfer joins a group of legendary jazz musicians in musical celebration at New York's Birdland Jazz club.
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New Yann Tiersen Tour Dates, Music Video With Clémence Poésy

After releasing 'Infinity' earlier this year, Yann Tiersen (prolific genre-bending musician and composer of the score to 'Amélie') is back with this music video and more tour dates.
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Gojira Continues North American Tour: More Dates Announced

Progressive metal band Gojira, who toured recently in the US with Mastodon, have just added more than 20 dates to their 2014 tour schedule for the fall, including two in the New York area.
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Anoraak on North American Tour in Fall

The unique French electro/synth pop composer and DJ Anoraak returns to North America for a tour in October. Stops include a performance at Brooklyn's Escape Music Festival.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
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Fall 2014 in Paris

Paris will be abuzz in Fall 2014 with new exhibitions and retrospectives of major art figures such as Marcel Duchamp, Paul McCarty, Nikki de St Phalle and Sonia Delaunay. But there also will be a focus on one of the greatest American photographers, William Eggleston. Moreover, two prestigious places will re-open after renovations: the Musée Picasso, headed by Laurent Le Bon, and L'Hôtel de la Monnaie. Finally, the highly anticipated Fondation Louis Vuitton will open in a sumptuous building designed by Frank Gehry.
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Guillaume Bruère: Vanilla

Septembre 4 - October 1, 2014
Nahmad Contemporary
Nahmad Contemporary presents Vanilla, a solo exhibition of work by French artist, Guillaume Bruère, curated by de Pury de Pury, the husband-and-wife team of Simon and Michaela de Pury. This is the artist’s debut presentation in New York City.
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Highlights of the exhibition The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec (MoMA)

A little over a month into the exhibition The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters presented at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from July, 26th, 2014 to March, 22, 2015, Dorothée Charles, Visual Arts, Architecture and Design Program Officer at the French Cultural Services, met with Sarah Suzuki, the curator of the exhibition. As a highlight of the exhibition, this interview intends to make visible "the incredible range and richness of Toulouse-Lautrec's work". That is that Sarah Suzuki "hopes that people are getting out of this show".
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Opening of Christian Berst Gallery in New York

The Galerie Christian Berst first opened its doors in 2005. Since then, as Paris’s only specialist Art Brut gallery, it has worked tirelessly to promote creators of exceptional talent, exhibiting the “classic” names of Art Brut already featured in museums and collections and discovering the stars of the future. The gallery is now pleased to announce the opening of its new space located at 95 Rivington Street (lower east side), on October 30th, 2014.
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Molière malgré moi

Oct 4, 2014 | 8pm
Florence Gould Hall (FIAF)
The French Theatrical Foundation presents the American premiere of Molière Malgré Moi, a one-man show starring the acclaimed actor of the stage, screen and television, Francis Perrin, on Saturday evening, October 4 at 8pm at Florence Gould Hall at FIAF, 55 East 59th Street in Manhattan.

Film, TV & New Media

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Swim Little Fish Swim - Interview with Directors Ruben Amar & Lola Bessis

On the occasion of the US release of Swim Little Fish Swim this September, French Culture met directors Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis to discuss the film, their projects and New York.
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Screening of 'Brooklyn' at Urban World Film Festival

Sept 20, 2014
Urban World Film Festival
Join Urban World Film Festival for the US Premiere of BROOKLYN, a first feature film selected at Cannes Fim Festival, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.
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Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
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The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy at MoMA

Sept 2-21, 2014
MoMA
Join MoMA for The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy series and the screening of French films from Tuesday, September 2 to Friday, September 21, 2014.
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Anthology Film Archive Presents Lines and Nodes: Infrastructure, Media and Aesthetics

Sept 19-21, 2014
Anthology Film Archives
Join Anthology Film Archive for the Lines and Nodes: Infrastructure, Media and Aesthetics series which include 3 films The Land of Wandering Souls by Rithy Panh, The Seaman by Bouchra Khalili and An Italian Film by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st.
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NYFF Openning Acts

Sept 19-25, 2014
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the NYFF Openning Acts and the special screenings of three French films from September 19 to September 25, 2014.
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