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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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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.
blog

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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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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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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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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Films on the Green Playlist!

Films on the Green has teamed up with WNYU DJs for this year’s festival to bring you tunes before each screening. Now, we’re offering a sample of their DJ skills ; embrace your inner francophile with this playlist by WNYU DJ Kevin Schulman.
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Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Met

Oct 24, 2014 | 7 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Renowned contemporary jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan on October 24th.
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Mali Now Festival

Sept 19 - Oct 30, 2014
Metropolitan Museum of Art
A look at contemporary Malian music, culture, and politics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring notable performances from Salif Keita and Bassekou Kouyate as well as a lecture series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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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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.
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Musée Picasso Welcomes a New President

The Musée Picasso has a new president. Laurent Le Bon, currently director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz has been chosen to succeed Anne Baldassari as president of the museum.

Film, TV & New Media

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Leos Carax series at Film Forum

August 15-21, 2014
Film Forum
Join Film Forum for a week-long Leos Carax series from Friday, August 15 through Thursday August 21, 2014 that includes four Carax features, along with the release of the documentary MR. X: A Vision of Leos Carax (2014).
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Amelie

Aug 21, 2014 | 6pm
Front/Row Stage
The first annual Seaport Film & Food Festival presents Amelie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
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BAMcinématek Presents A Retrospective of Master Cine-essayist Chris Marker

Aug 15-28, 2014
BAMcinématek
Join the BAMcinématek for a retrospective of the sui generis cinema poet, French filmmaker and artist Chris Marker from August 15th through August 21st, 2014. The retrospective features the North American theatrical premiere of Marker's 1997 film Level Five.
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Cohen Media Group Presents 50th ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION Philippe de Broca’s THAT MAN FROM RIO

Aug 22-28, 2014
Film Forum
Join the Cohen Media Group for the screening of Philippe de Broca’s madcap adventure spoof THAT MAN FROM RIO (1964), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac, which will have a one-week run at Film Forum from Friday, August 22 through Thursday, August 28 in a new restoration, followed by other cities.
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MoMA and Trace Foundation Presents YARTSA RINPOCHE - PRECIOUS CATERPILLAR

August 21-31, 2014
MoMA
Join the MoMA and Trace Fondation for the opening reception of the ContemporAsian film series with the screnning of YARTSA RINPOCHE (Precious Caterpillar) of Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang, for its North America premiere on Thursday August 21 at 7:00 pm.
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THE FRENCH MINISTER

September 4, 2014 | 7:30pm
Columbia University, Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
The young Arthur Vlaminck is hired as speechwriter for French Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms. Struggling to handle the minister’s overbearing personality, Vlaminck navigates the ever-changing plots of foreign affairs with the minister’s ultra-calm private secretary and a band of quirky counselors by his side.
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