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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.
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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?
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Masks

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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Sphinx

"Sphinx" is the debut novel of the inventive French author Anne Garréta, one of the few female members of OuLiPo. This influential and experimental French literary group aims to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints.

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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.
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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!
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Independent Publishing as Art

Jean-Christophe Menu discusses his work as an artist and a publisher and the ethics of independent production with Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos.
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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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French Books USA: Week in Review

French best-seller to be adapted for film by "Persepolis" author Marjane Satrapi, acclaimed French graphic memoir series "Arab of the Future" to be published in the US, and the works of Jean Echenoz.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

Artists pay hommage to La Hune, the famous Parisian bookstore closing next month; new plans proposed to meet France's request for lower tax rate on e-books, 33 Days by Léon Werth is published in English for first time with introduction by his friend Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Stéphane Mallarmé's translation and Edouard Manet's illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven; and BTBA shortlist announcements.

music

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Opera Lafayette presents: L'Épreuve Villageoise

May 30, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with Opera Lafayette, present the opera production of André Grétry's L'Épreuve Villageoise at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jean Rondeau in Concert: The Harpsichord Redefined

June 16, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Embassy of France
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the first U.S. performance by French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau. Awarded at the prestigious Les Victoires de la Musique Classique as Best Solo Artist Revelation in 2015, Rondeau will offer a program to his audience in Washington, DC that features works by Scarlatti and Bach. This concert joins the spirit of the 34th annual Fête de la Musique under the 2015 theme Vivre ensemble la musique - Living Music Together.
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Les Arts Florissants to Perform in the US

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in the world. They will play several US dates in 2015, including a performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Visual & Performing Arts

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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.
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Jean-Michel Othoniel at Versailles

Jean-Michel Othoniel, French artist famous for his large-scale glass installations, presents an exhibition in the fountains of Versailles.
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Interview with Noémie Solomon, Editor of DANSE: A Catalogue

An interview with Noémie Solomon, Editor of DANSE: A Catalogue, a collection of dialogues and essays that reflects on DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas, which took place in New York in May 2014.
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Diplorama+: Interview with Christopher Santerre, Designer

An interview with Christopher Santerre, one of the designers who contributed to the exhibition Diplorama+ for WantedDesign Brooklyn.
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Diplorama+: Interview with Samy Rio, Designer

An interview with Samy Rio, one of the designers who contributed to the exhibition Diplorama+ for WantedDesign Brooklyn.
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Interview with Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, Co-Founders of WantedDesign

Five years ago, French team Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat set out to create WantedDesign, a platform for US and international design that culminates each May with a series of events and conversations.

Film, TV & New Media

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The French Cinémathèque presents: Maestro

June 9, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
The French Cinémathèque series by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the screening of Maestro, a film by Léa Fazer. This 2014 film begins with the story of Henri, a young French actor who dreams of starring in an American blockbuster movie. Contrary to his expectations, however, he finds himself cast in a film by Cédric Rovère, a legendary independent filmmaker.
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The Hermione Brings to Shore French Animated Films

June 10 & 11, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
The Poitou-Charentes Region, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, is pleased to offer a cultural program to join the celebration of the Hermione in Washington, DC. Discover the series The Hermione Brings to Shore French Animated Films featuring two César award-winning French animated films.
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Two French TV Series Now Available in the US

Two of France’s most successful television dramas, A French Village and Witnesses are now available in the U.S.
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Applications Now Open for the Tournées Film Festival !

Since 2015, participating universities will now choose SIX FILMS: FIVE CONTEMPORARY (FEATURED AND/OR ALTERNATIVE SELECTION) + ONE CLASSIC FILM. The grant to cover the cost of screening SIX FILMS (either in digital or in 35 millimeter), will be $2,200.
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A Conversation with Abd al Malik

French slam artist, poet, writer, and film director Abd al Malik talks about his literary work and autobiographical feature film "Qu’Allah bénisse la France !"
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Online Events at Albertine Books April 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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