September 2014

As the theoretical physicist Geoffrey West reminds, “We form cities in order to enhance interaction, to facilitate growth, wealth creation, ideas, innovation, but in so doing, we create, from a physicist's viewpoint, entropy.”

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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.

Exploring Culture through Fiction

Even though we are all back to school and work, September is still an opportune time to mull on dreams of travel and keeping our minds open to exploring cultures and society through fiction.

Stylistic Challenges

Both puzzling and exciting, these reads will have you scratching your head and itching for more: a one-sentence story, a fiction with missing letters and characters, and a plot told almost a hundred times.

Back to School Reads

To gently get you back on the path to school and work, this week we recommend three titles on life in front of the blackboard.



Rodica Draghincescu on tour

Sept 6-16, 2014
Poets House
Linguist and francophone author Rodica Draghinescu will be touring in New York September 6-16, 2014. There will be poetry readings with Hélène Cardona, David Amram and poet friends from the current American literary scene.
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Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais

This long awaited collection of rare theatrical texts includes original translations—never before published in English—of ten monologues, three one-act plays, and twelve shorter dialogues.
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Julia Deck

December 2-9 2014
United States

Julia Deck became an overnight literary sensation when Viviane was published in France in 2012.


French Books USA: Week in Review

This week in French book news: A major literary prize is announced, a prestigious invitation is ignored, and classrooms incorporate cartoons into their lessons.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Sept 21, 2014
Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
Francophone author Scholastique Mukasonga will join a debate on the question of faith in literature during the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York.

Festival America Kicks Off Its 7th Year This Week

Over 35,000 people and 40 French publishing houses are expected to converge on Vincennes, France for this year’s Festival America this September 11th through the 14th.



Lentonia Records Tour the US with Alex June and EDH

Announcing the US electro invasion by all female Parisian label Lentonia Records, who bring two of their up-and-coming artists, Alex June and EDH to the US for a tour, including a stop at the Standard East Village in New York.

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.

New Yann Tiersen Tour Dates, Music Video With Clémence Poésy

After releasing 'Infinity' earlier this year, Yann Tiersen (prolific genre-bending musician and composer of the score to 'Amélie') is back with this music video and more tour dates.

Gojira Continues North American Tour: More Dates Announced

Progressive metal band Gojira, who toured recently in the US with Mastodon, have just added more than 20 dates to their 2014 tour schedule for the fall, including two in the New York area.

Celebrate Bud Powell's Birthday at Birdland With Dan Tepfer

Sept 23 - 26, 2014
On what would be the 90th birthday of one of Bebop's founding innovators, Bud Powell, French pianist Dan Tepfer joins a group of legendary jazz musicians in musical celebration at New York's Birdland Jazz club.

Anoraak on North American Tour in Fall

The unique French electro/synth pop composer and DJ Anoraak returns to North America for a tour in October. Stops include a performance at Brooklyn's Escape Music Festival.

Visual & Performing Arts


Bach Forever – or my Honeymoon in Chernobyl

September 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Brick Theater
The New York Clown Theater Festival presented by The Brick Theater returns in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from September 5 – 28, 2014. On this occasion, The French company Sans Paradis Fix will present Bach Forever – or my Honeymoon in Chernobyl, created and performed by Lucie B.

Fall 2014 in Paris

Paris will be abuzz in Fall 2014 with new exhibitions and retrospectives of major art figures such as Marcel Duchamp, Paul McCarty, Nikki de St Phalle and Sonia Delaunay. But there also will be a focus on one of the greatest American photographers, William Eggleston. Moreover, two prestigious places will re-open after renovations: the Musée Picasso, headed by Laurent Le Bon, and L'Hôtel de la Monnaie. Finally, the highly anticipated Fondation Louis Vuitton will open in a sumptuous building designed by Frank Gehry.

Highlights of the exhibition The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec (MoMA)

A little over a month into the exhibition The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters presented at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from July, 26th, 2014 to March, 22, 2015, Dorothée Charles, Visual Arts, Architecture and Design Program Officer at the French Cultural Services, met with Sarah Suzuki, the curator of the exhibition. As a highlight of the exhibition, this interview intends to make visible "the incredible range and richness of Toulouse-Lautrec's work". That is that Sarah Suzuki "hopes that people are getting out of this show".

Opening of Christian Berst Gallery in New York

The Galerie Christian Berst first opened its doors in 2005. Since then, as Paris’s only specialist Art Brut gallery, it has worked tirelessly to promote creators of exceptional talent, exhibiting the “classic” names of Art Brut already featured in museums and collections and discovering the stars of the future. The gallery is now pleased to announce the opening of its new space located at 95 Rivington Street (lower east side), on October 30th, 2014.

Guillaume Bruère: Vanilla

Septembre 4 - October 1, 2014
Nahmad Contemporary
Nahmad Contemporary presents Vanilla, a solo exhibition of work by French artist, Guillaume Bruère, curated by de Pury de Pury, the husband-and-wife team of Simon and Michaela de Pury. This is the artist’s debut presentation in New York City.

Molière malgré moi

Oct 4, 2014 | 8pm
Florence Gould Hall (FIAF)
The French Theatrical Foundation presents the American premiere of Molière Malgré Moi, a one-man show starring the acclaimed actor of the stage, screen and television, Francis Perrin, on Saturday evening, October 4 at 8pm at Florence Gould Hall at FIAF, 55 East 59th Street in Manhattan.

Film, TV & New Media


Screening of 'Brooklyn' at Urban World Film Festival

Sept 20, 2014
Urban World Film Festival
Join Urban World Film Festival for the US Premiere of BROOKLYN, a first feature film selected at Cannes Fim Festival, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.

The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy at MoMA

Sept 2-21, 2014
Join MoMA for The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy series and the screening of French films from Tuesday, September 2 to Friday, September 21, 2014.

Anthology Film Archive Presents Lines and Nodes: Infrastructure, Media and Aesthetics

Sept 19-21, 2014
Anthology Film Archives
Join Anthology Film Archive for the Lines and Nodes: Infrastructure, Media and Aesthetics series which include 3 films The Land of Wandering Souls by Rithy Panh, The Seaman by Bouchra Khalili and An Italian Film by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st.

Films on the Green 2014 Photo Album

The seventh annual Films on the Green festival has closed another successful year! Follow the much loved French film festival as it made its way from park to park, in our online photo album.

FIAF Presents CinéSalon Alain Resnais: Time, Memory & Imagination

Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014
FIAF French Institute / Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall
Join the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for the CinéSalon series Alain Resnais: Time, Memory & Imagination every Tuesday from September 30th to October 28th, 2014 at 4 & 7.30 p.m.

An Eclectic Slate of French Cinema at the 52nd New York Film Festival

Sept 26 - Oct 12, 2014
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The New York Film Festival has revealed the main slate of the 52nd edition: 30 features including 13 French films and co-productions. This selection combines the most significant films of the year from a wide range of filmmakers and film styles.
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