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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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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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Jewish Mothers Never Die

The mothers of some of the most illustrious Jewish men in recent history—Albert Einstein, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers—are chatting in heaven. The subject: their respective sons—and their undying love for their mothers.Written with a delicate touch, Jewish Mothers Never Die reveals in tender, funny, and searing portraits how some women continue to live through their children—even after death.
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I Know a Bear

In this touching, hopeful story that reads like a modern classic, a young girl befriends a bear in the zoo. Using a gentle tone, spare language, and gorgeous illustrations, Mariana Ruiz Johnson reminds young readers that being a good listener is what makes for a good friend.
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Books for Busy Minds

Keep your mind alert and socially engaged with this non-fiction selection for Labor Day.
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Steamy Titles

The heat has been cranked up this week in our Summer Reads blog series, featuring several steamy titles with some very thirsty protagonists…

books

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French Books USA: Week in Review

This week's literary news feature French children's novels stats in the US, a government reshuffle, treasures to protect, a journal and a book reviews, and ideas to develope francophone literature.
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On the Abolition of All Political Parties

Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit, the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Simone Weil forcefully makes the case that a true politics can only begin where party spirit ends.
new titles

Jewish Mothers Never Die

The mothers of some of the most illustrious Jewish men in recent history—Albert Einstein, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers—are chatting in heaven. The subject: their respective sons—and their undying love for their mothers.Written with a delicate touch, Jewish Mothers Never Die reveals in tender, funny, and searing portraits how some women continue to live through their children—even after death.
new titles

I Know a Bear

In this touching, hopeful story that reads like a modern classic, a young girl befriends a bear in the zoo. Using a gentle tone, spare language, and gorgeous illustrations, Mariana Ruiz Johnson reminds young readers that being a good listener is what makes for a good friend.
blog

Books for Busy Minds

Keep your mind alert and socially engaged with this non-fiction selection for Labor Day.
blog

Steamy Titles

The heat has been cranked up this week in our Summer Reads blog series, featuring several steamy titles with some very thirsty protagonists…

music

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French DJs Zimmer and Kartell at Glasslands Gallery

Sept 5, 2014 | 11:30 PM
Glasslands Gallery
At the forefront of the French electro scene, DJs Zimmer and Kartell perform at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery on September 5th.
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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 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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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.
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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

Visual & Performing Arts

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Interview with Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer, Princeton University

Interview with Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer, French and Italian Department at Princeton University, curator of Seuls en Scène festival and Director of the Student Theater Workshop L’Avant Scène.
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Seuls en Scène 2014

The French Cultural Services are pleased to announce the return of Seuls en Scène, Princeton University French Theater Festival, from September 15 to October 11, 2014 in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts.
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Interview with Marion Aubert, Author

Marion Aubert's play, DEBACLES, was presented at the Lark Play Development Center on June 3, 2014, as part of HOTINK at the Lark, an international play reading series. Following the premiere, a representative of the French Cultural Services sat down with Marion to talk about her experiences as a French author here in the Unites States.
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Crossing the Line 2014

The eighth edition of the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) festival Crossing the Line runs from September 8th to October 10th, 2014 and brings together fifteen extraordinary international artists and companies. The French Cultural Services in partnership with FACE Foundation and New England Foundation for the Arts-National Dance Project is pleased to announce the productions of several artists supported by the French American Fund for Contemporary Theater and the FUSED Program.
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James Lee Byars, New York/Paris

From June to September 2014 : exhibitions and performances are presented at MoMA PS1 in New York and at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris to celebrate the American artist James Lee Byars (1932-1997).
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Laurent Grasso: Soleil Double

Sept 13 - Oct 18, 2014
Sean Kelly Gallery
Sean Kelly announces Soleil Double, an exhibition of new work by Laurent Grasso. This will be the artist’s first solo show in New York since his critically acclaimed SoundFossil of 2010 and his first solo exhibition in the gallery’s new space.

Film, TV & New Media

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Film Forum Presents THE CONFORMIST - NEW RESTORATION

Aug 29 - Sept 4, 2014
Film Forum
Join Film Forum for the screening of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1971), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, in a new restoration from Friday, August 29 through Thursday, September 4.
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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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Cohen Media Group Presents 50th ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION Philippe de Broca’s THAT MAN FROM RIO

Aug 22- Sept 4, 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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Simenon on Screen at Anthology Film Archives

Sept 5 - Sept 7,2014
Anthology Film Archives
Join Anthology Film Archives and Penguin Books for a weekend of further Simenon screenings from Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7, 2014.
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Thérèse by Alain Cavalier - Special Screening

Sept 7, 2014
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join Film Society of Lincoln Center for the "50 Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?" series and the special screening of Alain Cavalier's Thérèse on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:30pm.
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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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