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Spring Edito

In a time marked by tragedy, culture continues to draw us together and open our minds to the world, to its diversity and nuance, and sow seeds of mutual understanding.
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Nostalgia: When Are We Ever at Home?

Moving from Homer’s and Virgil’s foundational accounts of nostalgia to the exilic writings of Hannah Arendt, Barbara Cassin revisits the dangerous implications of nostalgia for land and homeland, thinking them anew through questions of exile and language.
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Charlotte

The gorgeous, haunting, and ultimately redemptive bestselling French novel, recounting the tragic life of artistic visionary Charlotte Salomon, who died in Nazi gas chambers at the age of 26.
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The French Embassy and IIE strengthen their partnership with a new Benjamin Franklin Scholarship

The French Embassy provides more funding and modifies its existing Benjamin Franklin Scholarship Program to increase study abroad in France as part of the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative and IIE's Generation Study Abroad Campaign.
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Lafayette Debates 2016 - The balance between Security and Civil Liberties in Democracies

Since 2013, the French Embassy has partnered with The George Washington University to organize intercollegiate policy debates which invites students from the best universities in the country to engage in the discussion.
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Transatlantic Friendship & Mobility Initiative: Second Bilateral Seminar Held in Paris

The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Intitiative, a joint declaration made on May 13, 2014 by the U.S.

books

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Leon the Raccoon Discovers the World

Will leaving the city change Leon's life forever? Get ready for an adventure!
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French Love Poems

Filled with devotion and lust, sensuality and eroticism, fever and overture, these poems showcase some of the most passionate verses in the French language.
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Anna and Froga: Out and About

In the fifth volume of Anouk Ricard's hilarious modern kids’ classic, Anna, Froga, Ron, Christopher, and Bubu continue their non-adventures with bickering, needling, cajoling, and honest friendship. No white lie goes unexposed, no small embarrassment goes unrevealed, no secret is kept.
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By Fire

Tahar Ben Jelloun’s By Fire, the first fictional account published on the Arab Spring, reimagines the true-life self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, an event that has been credited with setting off the Tunisian revolt.
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Éric Rohmer: A Biography

This exhaustive biography uses personal archives and interviews to enrich our knowledge of Rohmer's public achievements and lesser known interests and relations.
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Abahn Sabana David

Available for the first time in English, Abahn Sabana David is a late-career masterpiece from one of France’s top writers.

music

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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the Lincoln Center Festival

July 20 - 24, 2016
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
One of the great comedies of Western literature is shown here in a critically acclaimed production by Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (A Magic Flute). Award-winning director Denis Podalydès goes back to the origins of this “comédie-ballet,” incorporating Lully’s music as well as dance interludes. With exquisite costumes by Christian Lacroix, this Bourgeois Gentilhomme recalls the bravura of the original version that so delighted Louis XIV at its premiere. Far from diluting the potency of the work’s scathing social critique, this vibrant production reinvigorates its relevancy. In an “exuberant” performance (Libération), Pascal Rénéric brings tenderness to the titular gentleman, Monsieur Jourdain, a textile manufacturer who aspires to the aristocracy. As this “man of little light, who speaks nonsense on all topics and applauds only at wrong moments” attempts to acquire the tastes and manners of the elite, the farce ramps up, resulting in a “magical Baroque extravaganza” (Libération) filled with “playfulness, invention, and intelligence” (Le Figaro).
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Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
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Les Arts Florissants in the United States

Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism. They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.
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Open Call For Applications: French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE)

The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. Co-administered by FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form.
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Caravan Palace Announces Tour

Parisian 7 piece electronic big band Caravan Palace is set to tour the U.S. this spring in support of their critically acclaimed third full-length album, <|°_°|>, out now on Le Plan Recordings. See below for a full list of dates.Since its release, <|°_°|> has received extensive critical praise. In premiering the record, KCRW noted that “this new album keeps the good times coming, with a potent mix of fun-loving genre mashups.” Host Marco Werman of PRI’s “The World” commented on air, “you can see my body moving, because…it is!” and PopMatters named the album the “#2 Pop Record of 2015.” The record also saw chart success, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Electronic/Dance Album chart and #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart; it has remained on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart for over 20 weeks.
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Asaf Avidan on Tour

International creative force Asaf Avidan is a unique voice in today’s music scene. A bestselling, Platinum certified, mass followed star across Europe, he will be winning the hearts of a new audience this April on a nationwide US tour. Living all over the world, Avidan left the continent of America untrodden until just two years ago, and so was less known state side. Once introduced, he quickly garnered the attention of critics. Described by the New York Times as “an artist that writes like Leonard Cohen, sings like Robert Plant, and has the charisma of a cabaret performer” and NPR drawing comparisons to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan “but they add up to a wholly original sound, with songs that are beautifully written and fervently performed”, Avidan is set to continue building his following across America with the upcoming tour dates.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Karine Laval: 'Artificial by Nature' at Benrubi Gallery

​May 19 – Jul 1, 2016
Benrubi Gallery
Benrubi Gallery presents Artificial by Nature, a new exhibition by Karine Laval in New York, through July 1.
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Philosophy for Kids

On March 19, 2016, as part the Tilt Kids Festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York initiated a one-of-a-kind event for children, inspired by the French books "Les Goûters Philo". Under the starry ceiling of Albertine Books, 80 children gathered in small groups to deep dive into philosophy and express their thoughts on subjects such as friendship and the infinite. The workshops were led by Critchley’s PhD students, who shared their experiences with us following this first-time event.
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Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
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Interview with Playwright Israel Horovitz

Read our interview with playwright, screenwriter and director Israel Horovitz, whose new play 'Out the Mouths of Babes' will be presented at The Cherry Lane Theater from June 7 to July 17, 2016.
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'GLMAOUR': Renaud Jerez's Exhibit at Fahrenheit

May 14 - Jul 30, 2016
Fahrenheit | Flax Foundation
From May 14 to July 30, 2016, Fahrenheit will present GLMAOUR, an extensive installation produced by Renaud Jerez, in collaboration with artist Anina Troesch and writer Hardy Hill. It is the result of a one-month working process, realized on-site at Fahrenheit.
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2016 Summer Performing Arts Festivals in France

From the cutting-edge proposals of the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis to the street shows of the Festival International de Théâtre de Rue in Aurillac, here is our French festival round-up in dance and theater.

Film, TV & New Media

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TV5MONDE Voyage and TV5MONDE Cinema Now Available

TV5MONDE Cinema--providing travelers with the best in recently released French films.
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Documentary about Bernard Maris: Screening of "Oncle Bernard" at UnionDocs

July 1 - 3, 2016
UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art
NYC premiere Richard Brouillette’s film Oncle Bernard: A Counter-Lesson in Economics, a conversational portrait of late French economist and columnist for Charlie Hebdo, Bernard Maris.
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Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
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French-Language Events July 2016 American Cinematheque

07/14/2016
Aero Theatre
The American Cinematheque presents seven French film events throughout the month of July!
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Sandtown Murals

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present the project Sandtown Murals led in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.
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French Films Extravaganza

Back by popular demand! Under The Milky Way will again be offering a collection of 50 French films at discounted prices for the month of May.
With special thanks and gratitude to our sponsors