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April 2014

This month I am pleased to announce two piquant festivals. As intellectually rigorous as they are delectable, these energetic initiatives focus on how we engage with visual art and poetry today.
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Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

January 31, 2014 - April 19, 2014
Pacific Film Archive Theater
Jean-Luc Godard has shaped the course of film history in profound ways. Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive are honoring the legendary French filmmaker, who will turn eighty-four this year, with a year-long retrospective: between January and April by focusing on his pre-1968 films and in the fall by presenting his post-1968 oeuvre.
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Wébinaires pédagogiques

Wébinaire n°4 : jeudi 17 avril 2014, de 15h30 à 17h00 (EST) / Formateur du CLA : Jean-Marie Frisa / Thème proposé : « Enseigner le socioculturel »
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A Night Walk in Marseille

Now you can take a night stroll through Marseille without leaving home. Google has teamed up with Radio Grenouille and Amsterdam-based 72 and Sunny to create a virtual tour of Cours Julien, a neighborhood in Marseille known for its street art and nightlife.

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Albert Camus’ Life and Legacy

April 16, 2014
Notre Dame de Namur University
Alliance Française Silicon Valley organizes a conference about the famous French writer and philosopher Camus, under the exhibition hold in Notre Dame de Namur University during the whole month of April.
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Thomas Piketty in San Francisco

April 22, 2014 - April 23, 2014
Multiple Locations
On the occasion of the publication of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", French economist Thomas Piketty will be giving talks in San Francisco and in University of California, Berkeley.
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French Literature in the Making: Colette Fellous

April 28, 2014 | 7pm
Maison Française of NYU
La Maison Française of NYU hosts French Literature in the Making, a series of evenings with French writers speaking about their work in conversation with Olivier Barrot. The upcoming event will be on January 27th with Colette Fellous, novelist, editor, radio producer and author of Aujourd’hui (Prix Marguerite Duras), Pour Dalida, Un Amour de frère, La Préparation de la vie.
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Master Class with Adonis and Jorie Graham

April 29, 2014 | 7-8:30pm
The Public Theater
In a rare visit to the States, the once-imprisoned Syrian author Adonis, considered by many to be the most important Syrian poet, will converse with celebrated American poet Jorie Graham. The first installment of the 2014 master class series, this conversation will explore the lyrical and the analytical, the sensuous and the philosophical, and is sure to delight poets and readers alike.
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What does the future of digital graphic novels look like?

Thanks to the International Digital Publishing Forum’s support for ePub, the accessibility of digital works has greatly improved in recent years. But with the advent of so much new technology, a need for more uniform standards in digital graphic novel media has arisen and is beginning to be addressed.
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Salon du Livre in Paris Honors Argentinian Literature

This year’s Salon du Livre in Paris will feature the multicultural and dynamic literary collection of Argentina. Visitors will be able to discover innovative, diverse, and poetic contemporary literature.

music

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Avedis Chamber Music Series plays French composers' works

April 20, 2014
Legion of Honor
Avedis Chamber Music Series presents French Music for flute, harp and strings.
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Johnny Hallyday in San Francisco

April 25, 2014
The Regency Ballroom
French Rock 'n' Roll legend will be performing at Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
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French-American Fund for Contemporary Music Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 31, 2014 -- The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects – commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes – that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States.
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Cécile McLorin Salvant's US Tour

Make it your New Year’s resolution to hear French jazz musician Cécile McLorin Salvant at least once in 2014. Salvant is playing a number of shows, including a very special performance at the Lycée Français in New York on January 9th.
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Lady Gaga Samples Zombie Zombie in “Venus”

Lady Gaga samples the voices of French duo Zombie Zombie on her new single “Venus”, the third single off the album Artpop, to be released on November 11th. The similarity between Lady Gaga’s “Venus” and “Rocket Number 9″, performed by Zombie Zombie and released in March 2012, does not stop with the sample used, but can also be found in the way in which the American artist sings.
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Daft Punk Scores Big at 2014 Grammy Awards

The French duo Daft Punk won five awards this year, including album of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best dance/electronica album, all for their 2013 Random Access Memories. It was an unprecedented haul for a French group, and more awards than any other artist that night.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Ron Agam - Living Among Lines: Video by a French Artist in NYC

Ron Agam, a New York City based abstract artist of diverse, innovative works characterized by geometric shapes, pure color, and lucid design, sees the city as an inspiration for his work.
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A Salute to Street Artist Bilal Berreni, aka Zoo Project

It is with tremendous sadness that we have learned of the death of young artist Bilal Berreni in Detroit this past summer due to tragic circumstances that have not been fully elucidated.
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Opera Parallèle presents Les mamelles de Tirésias/Mahagonny Songspiel

April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014
YBCA Theater
Mahagonny Songspiel Music by Kurt Weill and libretto by Bertolt Brecht Les Mamelles de Tirésias Music by Francis Poulenc, based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire
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Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles

February 12, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
For nearly fifty years, Barbara Chase-Riboud has created elegant and powerful sculptures and drawings in which materials, forms, and cultural references unite in a continuous interplay of bold physicality and metaphoric associations.
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"Address Unknown" starring Thierry Lhermitte and Patrick Timsit

April 29, 2014 - April 30, 2014
Lycée Francais de San Francisco
French play "Address Unknown" will be on show at Théâtre du Lycée Français in San Francisco.
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Katinka Bock: A and I

February 1, 2014 - May 4, 2014
Henry Art Gallery
The Henry Art Gallery presents Paris-based German sculptor Katinka Bock’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

Film, TV & New Media

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Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

January 31, 2014 - April 19, 2014
Pacific Film Archive Theater
Jean-Luc Godard has shaped the course of film history in profound ways. Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive are honoring the legendary French filmmaker, who will turn eighty-four this year, with a year-long retrospective: between January and April by focusing on his pre-1968 films and in the fall by presenting his post-1968 oeuvre.
news

Cannes Film Festival 2014: A Look Ahead

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is set to take place May 14-25, 2014. One month before its opening, let’s take a look at what we know so far.
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Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014 Gathers 15,000 Spectators

This year’s edition of the French film festival organized by UniFrance Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center met with an unprecedented success.
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57th San Francisco International Film Festival

April 24, 2014 - May 8, 2014
Multiple Locations
The 57th annual San Francisco International Film Festival will be presenting a wide array of French films.
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TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE NEW MEDIA FUND

CALL FOR PROJECTS - The New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction media projects focused on social issues which go beyond traditional screens – integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites.
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2014 Cross Video Days’ Call for Projects

The Cannes Film Festival, the Cross Video Days, and Sunny Side of the Doc are looking for cross-media projects from both sides of the Atlantic! The 2014 Cross Video Days’ call for multi-platform projects in development is launching in conjunction with Cannes Film Market and Sunny Side of the Doc, creating more opportunities for the 50 selected projects to be seen, financed, co-produced and distributed at an international stage.
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