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November 2014

The daring scribes who weave moments of ambivalence or assuredness into these texts with the needle of tone and the thread of language have long caught the attention of critics and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic. This November, we offer the editors and authors of fiction and literary critique, as seen in journals and publications (or revues), a new haven for collaboration and reflection.
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Free French classes and West African culture at Malian Cultural Center in Harlem

Every Saturday, Assetou Sy drives her mini van across the Bronx and as far as Queens to pick up young francophone students for the French class at the Malian Cultural Center in Harlem. “Madame Sy,” as she is better known, has been doing that with the help of her husband for 5 years, and she makes a point in having all children attend.
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Street of Thieves

Exiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin, Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts, a group he worked for in Tangier not long after being thrown out on the streets by his father.
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French Dual Language Programs in the U.S.

2015 Trends and Supports on French Immersion and Bilingual Education. A Report of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States.
festivals

100 Years Later: France and America Commemorate the Great War

Sept 2014 - Feb 2015
The Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago presents a series of events to commemorate the WWI centennial in partnership with Midwest institutions.
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What 200 schools in 30 States and 116 cities have in common

200 schools in 30 states and 116 cities offer a French bilingual program in the United States. They serve approximately 40,000 children who each day are becoming more and more bilingual, bi-literate, and multicultural.

books

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The Knight and His Shadow

A brilliant tour de force, this book tells the tale of Lat-Sukabé’s quest to find his former lover, Khadidja. As Lat-Sukabé recounts his past with Khadidja, reality shapeshifts and takes on a dreamlike quality. A lyrical novel from a master of Senegalese literature, where postmodernist sensibilities meet postcolonial concerns .
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Nagasaki

In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Indeed, food begins to go missing. This Académie Française prize‐winning novel is a moving tale of alienation in the modern world.
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Free Jazz / Black Power

This treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism remains a testimony to the long ignored encounter of radical African American music and French left-wing criticism. A classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture.
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Happy Are the Happy

The internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza stages a band of eighteen characters at war with their lives, with only humor to sustain them. A spiky, brilliantly observed novel about marriage, infidelity, dreams and disillusion.
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Top 10 French Books of the Year—Book Department Picks

It probably won't come as a huge surprise that here at the Book Department, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is having more time to read. If you're still wondering what books to check out this winter, look no further. We've compiled our picks for the year's top 10 titles, from psychological thrillers to beaux livres, from the more buzzed about titles to those critics may have overlooked.
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10 French Books on US "Best of 2014" Lists

Quite a few French books are making "Best Books of the Year" lists here in the US. Wondering where to start? Read on for our (far from exhaustive) list of 10 titles in translation that won critics over this year.

music

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Quatuor Hermès on Tour in February and March

The celebrated French ensemble, "Quatuor Hermès" will perform a US tour in February.
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Stromae on Tour in 2015

The Belgian music superstar Stromae returns in 2015 with several major shows including New York's legendary Madison Square Garden in October.
blog

French Nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards

The French are back again with many nominations for the Grammy Awards, with winners to be announced live on February 8, 2015.
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French Actor and Musician Louis-Ronan Choisy on Tour

A frequent actor and indie rock artist in France, where he has collaborated with celebrated filmmaker François Ozon, Louis-Ronan Choisy will perform three concerts in the US in November and December.
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France Rocks October Playlist: Halloween

A monthly feature, the France Rocks Playlist in October features a spooky slew of songs from French-produced musicians, old and new.
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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.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Design on show : works by Yannick Hamon and Aaron Thomas

December 2, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Zener Schon Contemporary Art 23 Sunnyside Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
The Zener Schon Gallery presents works by American designer Aaron Thomas and French Pop Artist Yannick Hamon, who collaborate to create hand painted deconstructed Louis chairs.
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Facets: The Mystery of Self, by Jilian Adi Monribot

November 20, 2014 - January 15, 2015
Dryansky Gallery
The Dryansky Gallery is presents an exhibition of new works on paper by French-born San Francisco-based artist Jilian Adi Monribot - "Facets: The Mystery of Self".
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Art in Motion at Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco

November 14, 2014 - January 31, 2014
Jules Maeght Gallery
Jules Maeght continues the Maeght family legacy of passion, adventure, and a commitment to artists and creative experimentation in the new Hayes Valley San Francisco gallery.
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Paris in the Sixties, by Imogen Cunningham

January 17, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Harvey Milk Photo Center
The Harvey Milk Photo Center presents the exhibition Imogen Cunningham: Paris in the Sixties, with exquisitely beautiful and subtle images of the City of Light.
news

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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Ultraviolet (Grenoble, FR 1935 – New York, NY 2014)

The French-American artist Isabelle Collin Dufresne, better known as Ultraviolet, died on Saturday, June 14th in New York.

Film, TV & New Media

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Our Christmas Film Wish List !

We tell you what we want, what we really really want for Christmas.
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Futur en Seine Call for Proposals

Futur en Seine, the biggest European festival dedicated to digital innovation, takes place each year in Paris from June 11th to June 14th. The festival offers a profusion of events related to digital culture from tech demos to workshops and concerts taking place in the heart of Paris.
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Jean-Claude Carrière to Receive Honorary Oscars

Jean Claude Carrière will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the sixth annual Governors Awards on November 8th in Los Angeles for his whole film career.
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Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

January 16, 2015 - February 13, 2015
Pacific Film Archive Theater
Pacific Film Archive's year-long Jean-Luc Godard retrospective continues with some of the master’s more recent films.
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Abderrahmane Sissako Won Best Director Award at the 50 Edition of Chicago International Film Festival

Director Abderrahmane Sissako won few days ago the Silver Hugo grand prize for best director for his film Timbuktu, at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival.
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Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market: Cohen Media Group ink bought 8 French films to Gaumont

For the occasion of the second edition of Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market, Cohen Film Collection has acquired North American rights to eight films from Gaumont.
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