Spring Edito

As the new Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States, it is a great pleasure to address this first seasonal note to you.
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Savage Seasons

Kettly Mars’s "Savage Seasons" describes a pivotal and painful period in Haitian history by weaving together two stories: the personal story of Nirvah and her family and the universal story of Duvalier’s dictatorial regime and its abuses.

Livestream Events at Albertine Books June 2015

A list of this month's livestream events at Albertine Books, within the Cultural services of the French Embassy. Each month Albertine hosts a number of lively events with visiting authors and other personalities who's work is in some way related to French Culture. All events are free and open to the public.
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The Arachnean and Other Texts

What is a space perceived outside of language? What is the form of a movement without perspective or goal? How do we engage with a world that is not our own, a world turned upside down yet truly common, where acting cohabitates with our actions and the unknown with our forms of knowledge?

Robot at BAM

June 9 - 14, 2015
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
BAM presents the US premiere of Robot, a show by Blanca Li. Robot will run from June 9-14 at the Howard Gilman Opera House, and will feature robots, mechanical music, and in the midst of dancers responding to these stimuli, surprising humanity.
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Originally published in France under the title Un drame bien parisien (1890), this darkly humorous tale is quintessential Allais—a pataphysical text admired by the Surrealists.


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Savage Seasons

Kettly Mars’s "Savage Seasons" describes a pivotal and painful period in Haitian history by weaving together two stories: the personal story of Nirvah and her family and the universal story of Duvalier’s dictatorial regime and its abuses.

French Story Hour with Pénélope Bagieu

May 30, 2015 | 11 am
Albertine Books
A morning of reading and drawing with illustrator Pénélope Bagieu, who will tell the story of Edmond: la fête sous la lune.

Les rendez-vous d'Albertine: May 2014

May 2-30, 2015
Albertine Books
Check-out Albertine's numerous and exciting weekly events!

Kris Di Giacomo about her new book "Enormous Smallness"

May 23-31, 2015
Greenlight Bookstore
Illustrator Kris Di Giacomo will be having several events in celebration of her most recent childern's book written with Matthew Burgess, "Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings".

The Albertine Book Club

June 1, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Albertine Books
Join the Albertine Bookstore for a colorful chat on Philémon with bestselling author of the satirical graphic novel Quai d’Orsay, Antonin Baudry.
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Ariol: Where's Petula?

ARiOL is your average everyday donkey. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He’s in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, ARiOL is just like you and me!



Emmanuel Ceysson Named Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harpist at the Opéra National de Paris for the past decade, has won the audition at the Metropolitan Opera for the seat left vacant by Deborah Hoffman who died in February 2014. He will start in September, performing one his favorite pieces: Tannhäuser by Wagner.

Paris Loves NYC at Le Baron

June 4, 2015 | 9PM
Le Baron
Presented by Verrechia and Partners, and hosted by Le Baron NYC, the press acclaimed show “Paris Loves N.Y.C” is taking the city by surprise with a musical event around sexy and iconic Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s sulfurous affair through twenty of their best songs.

Mise-en Music Festival 2015

June 10-14, 2015
New York City // Several Locations
MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL will be from June 10-14, 2015 and will include the music of French composer Sivan Eldar who will premiere her composition 'Tarr' in the US on June 10th.

Bruce Brubaker at Le Poisson Rouge

June 16, 2015 | 7:30PM
Le Poisson Rouge
Associated with the recent revitalization of classical music (sometimes termed "alternative classical"), Bruce Brubaker will perform June 16th at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan.

The Dø on Tour

The indie pop group The Dø will be in the US in May and June, stopping in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom and notably at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, among other dates.

Svart Crown on Tour

As part of the Metal Alliance tour, Svart Crown will perform throughout the United States in May and June, including 2 New York shows: at Gramercy Theater in NY and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.

Visual & Performing Arts


Vera Molnar: Regarding the Infinite

April 9 - May 30, 2015
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
Senior & Shopmaker is pleased to present a selection of works on paper from a 37-year period constituting Molnar’s first one-person show in New York.

Three Molière's Pieces in New York

May 20 - 31, 2015
4th Street Theater
L’Atelier Théâtre & DifFRactions Theatre bring three, classic Molière plays to the New York City stage: The Imaginary Invalid, The Affected Ladies and The Countess of Escarbagnas.

France Summer Performing Arts Festivals

Summer is soon arriving, and in France that means many summer performing arts festivals are also on the horizon. From Paris to Marseille and from the most renowned to the most intimate festivals, there is something for every taste!

Book launch of DANSE: A Catalogue

June 4, 2015
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to announce the book launch event for DANSE: A Catalogue on June 4, at 6:30 pm.

Arman and César at Allan Stone Projects

March 26 - June 6, 2015
Allan Stone Projects
Allan Stone Projects presents Arman and César, an exhibition which highlights significant works by two of the most prominent artists of the French artist group, Nouveau Réalisme.


April 29 - June 6, 2015
STUX + HALLER presents EYES ONLY, a group exhibition of photographs highlighting ORLAN's works from her Re-Figuration / Self-Hybridization Pre-Columbian series.

Film, TV & New Media



May 29, 2015 | 8:30pm
Central Park Cedar Hill
Films on the Green 2015 opens with Roger Vadim's "... And God created Woman" in Central Park on May 29. The film that turned Bardot into an international star!


June 5, 2015 | 8:30pm
Washington Square Park
Films on the Green 2015 presents Franco-Lebanese movie "Caramel" in Washington Square Park on June 5. Director Nadine Labaki’s first feature film!

18th Edition of the Brooklyn Film Festival

May 27 - June 7, 2015
Various Locations

Join the Brooklyn Film Festival as they screen Sotiris Dounoukos's 2015 film Single Body.



June 12, 2015 | 8:30pm
Washington Square Park
Films on the Green 2015 presents "Pépé le Moko" by Julien Duvivier in Washington Square Park. A truly iconic performance by Jean Gabin!

Special Screening of FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON

06/12/2015 I 7:30 pm
Billy Wilder Theater
Director Hou Hsiao-hsien brings dreamlike, elliptical sensibilities to the City of Light in this pensive homage to Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956).

Five Classics by French Director Claude Sautet to Premiere in NYC

June 12 - June 18, 2015
Lincoln Plaza Cinema
Join Rialto Pictures as they release five films by French Director Claude Sautet and don't miss the opportunity to rediscover the cinema of this legendary director !
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