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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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Great Journeys from Your Couch

Summertime FOMO (fear of missing out) spreads as the travel bug continues to take bites out of the weary and the over-worked. These summer reads will have you trotting the globe with wild tales of adventure through time and space—all from the comfort of your couch.
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Family Feuds and Affairs

Family feuds are as old as time. Bloodbaths, in the figurative sense, are explored by French authors as families hash out their angst and troubles for this summer reads selection.
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Bone-Chilling Books

Delve into these bone-chilling summer reads as the line between fact and fictionn horror and wonder, becomes more and more blurred.
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Mothers: A Love-Hate Relationship

Mothers, we love them, but sometimes we cannot stand them. Today, we celebrate motherhood, not for the number of children, but for the complexity and richness behind our love-hate relationships with mothers and the influences of maternal bonds upon literature.
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Family Road Trips Are Better with Books

The alphabet and license plate games only go so far in abating boredom on the road… This year indulge in a more exciting road trip of the mind with these imaginative stories for you and your children.

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French Books USA: Week in Review

The lastest French literary news include the IFLA convention in Lyon, the ground gaining of American titles on the rentrée littéraire, book market battles between Hachette and Amazon and a paper on Saint-Exupéry.
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Great Journeys from Your Couch

Summertime FOMO (fear of missing out) spreads as the travel bug continues to take bites out of the weary and the over-worked. These summer reads will have you trotting the globe with wild tales of adventure through time and space—all from the comfort of your couch.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

From Colette's work to fixed pricing and book therapy, enjoy our selection of articles of the week.
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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

From four stunning and accomplished French women, discover a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.
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Saving Mona Lisa

In late August 1939, as war loomed over Europe, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. Thus began the biggest evacuation of art and antiques in history.
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Family Feuds and Affairs

Family feuds are as old as time. Bloodbaths, in the figurative sense, are explored by French authors as families hash out their angst and troubles for this summer reads selection.

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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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Emmanuel Ceysson and the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble in Concert

June 1 and 8, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art
As part of the 72nd Season of Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France supports the concert by French harpist, Emmanuel Ceysson as well as the musical performance by the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble. Both performances feature music by 19th century French composers.
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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.

Visual & Performing Arts

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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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Degas/Cassat

May 11 - October 5, 2014
National Gallery of Art
While the strong influence that Edgar Degas (1834-1917) had on the American painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) is widely acknowledged, the equally powerful impact that Cassatt's work had on Degas's is not as evident. In the exhibition Degas/Cassatt currently on view at the National Gallery of Art, this special interaction is displayed through the works of these two Impressionist painters in 19th century Europe.
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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.
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Call for Applications Fieldwork: Marfa 2015

Marfa is the joint project of two leading European art academies, Les Beaux-Arts de Nantes and HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design). This international researcher-in-residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and borders and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.
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Special Mention for Jean Louis Cohen at International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale opened last week. During the opening ceremonies, awards were given out by the exhibition jury for the most noteworthy contributions to this year's festival. France's pavillion, Modernity: promise of menace?, curated by Jean Louis Cohen, received one of three "Special Mentions," along with Canada and Russia.
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Performing Arts Festivals in France 2014

From street performances to avant-garde dance and cutting edge theater, France's many performing arts festivals offer a glimpse into current performance in the country and beyond. In addition to world-renowned festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon now under the leadership of Olivier Py or the Festival International de Théâtre et de la Rue in Aurillac, June Events (Paris) also offers innovative programming this summer.

Film, TV & New Media

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Films on the Green - Washington, DC edition

Sept 4 and 5, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.
Woods-Brown Amphitheatre | American University Campus

After two successful editions of Films on the Green in New York City and in Boston, American University, in partnership with the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, is ready to wel

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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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Screening of UN POISON VIOLENT

Sept 9, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France

The French Cinémathèque at the Embassy of France will feature the screening of Un poison violent (Love Like Poison) on September 9th.

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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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French Touch in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Lineup

Several French movies and co-productions in The 39th Toronto International Film Festival's film selection for the 2014 edition.
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