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Spring Edito

As the new Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States, it is a great pleasure to address this first seasonal note to you.
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Savage Seasons

Kettly Mars’s "Savage Seasons" describes a pivotal and painful period in Haitian history by weaving together two stories: the personal story of Nirvah and her family and the universal story of Duvalier’s dictatorial regime and its abuses.
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Livestream Events at Albertine Books June 2015

A list of this month's livestream events at Albertine Books, within the Cultural services of the French Embassy. Each month Albertine hosts a number of lively events with visiting authors and other personalities who's work is in some way related to French Culture. All events are free and open to the public.
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The Arachnean and Other Texts

What is a space perceived outside of language? What is the form of a movement without perspective or goal? How do we engage with a world that is not our own, a world turned upside down yet truly common, where acting cohabitates with our actions and the unknown with our forms of knowledge?
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Robot at BAM

June 9 - 14, 2015
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
BAM presents the US premiere of Robot, a show by Blanca Li. Robot will run from June 9-14 at the Howard Gilman Opera House, and will feature robots, mechanical music, and in the midst of dancers responding to these stimuli, surprising humanity.
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Masks

Originally published in France under the title Un drame bien parisien (1890), this darkly humorous tale is quintessential Allais—a pataphysical text admired by the Surrealists.

books

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Savage Seasons

Kettly Mars’s "Savage Seasons" describes a pivotal and painful period in Haitian history by weaving together two stories: the personal story of Nirvah and her family and the universal story of Duvalier’s dictatorial regime and its abuses.
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Ariol: Where's Petula?

ARiOL is your average everyday donkey. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He’s in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, ARiOL is just like you and me!
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A Professional Meeting of Comic Books Publishers

May 26, 2015 | 9:45 am - 12:15 pm
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
This Tuesday, the BIEF and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy will host a whole day of meetings around the theme of comic books. French and American comic books publishers will discuss subjects such as the reception of French comics on the American market or the question of digital publishing in the comics industry.
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Independent Publishing as Art

Jean-Christophe Menu discusses his work as an artist and a publisher and the ethics of independent production with Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos.
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Livestream Events at Albertine Books June 2015

A list of this month's livestream events at Albertine Books, within the Cultural services of the French Embassy. Each month Albertine hosts a number of lively events with visiting authors and other personalities who's work is in some way related to French Culture. All events are free and open to the public.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

French best-seller to be adapted for film by "Persepolis" author Marjane Satrapi, acclaimed French graphic memoir series "Arab of the Future" to be published in the US, and the works of Jean Echenoz.

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Mise-en Music Festival 2015

June 10-14, 2015
New York City // Several Locations
MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL will be from June 10-14, 2015 and will include the music of French composer Sivan Eldar who will premiere her composition 'Tarr' in the US on June 10th.
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The Dø on Tour

The indie pop group The Dø will be in the US in May and June, stopping in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom and notably at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, among other dates.
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Svart Crown on Tour

As part of the Metal Alliance tour, Svart Crown will perform throughout the United States in May and June, including 2 New York shows: at Gramercy Theater in NY and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.
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French Acts at Central Park SummerStage

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Central Park SummerStage, a series of Free concerts presented by the City Parks Foundation, featuring artists of all genres for diverse audiences. In 2015, there will be a number of French acts, including fearless musical hybrid Meshell Ndegeocello, world-soul singer and human rights icon Angelique Kidjo, XL-Recordings-signed French-Cuban twin duo Ibeyi, the newest voice out of Cabo Verde - Mayra Andrade, and a dance and music event celebrating the transatlantic voyage of the Hermione to New York.
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Bruce Brubaker at Le Poisson Rouge

June 16, 2015 | 7:30PM
Le Poisson Rouge
Associated with the recent revitalization of classical music (sometimes termed "alternative classical"), Bruce Brubaker will perform June 16th at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan.
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Les Arts Florissants to Perform in the US

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in the world. They will play several US dates in 2015, including a performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Proust and Joyce at The Majestic

May 28, 2015 | 7 pm
Albertine Books
Staged reading, in French, of an original play by Debbie Wiess ‘Proust and Joyce at the Majestic’ tells of the true event 93 years ago that brought the celebrities of the time together for an extraordinary dinner. Produced by Ange Berneau and Philippe Orawski.
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Vera Molnar: Regarding the Infinite

April 9 - May 30, 2015
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
Senior & Shopmaker is pleased to present a selection of works on paper from a 37-year period constituting Molnar’s first one-person show in New York.
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Three Molière's Pieces in New York

May 20 - 31, 2015
4th Street Theater
L’Atelier Théâtre & DifFRactions Theatre bring three, classic Molière plays to the New York City stage: The Imaginary Invalid, The Affected Ladies and The Countess of Escarbagnas.
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Book launch of DANSE: A Catalogue

June 4, 2015
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to announce the book launch event for DANSE: A Catalogue on June 4, at 6:30 pm.
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Arman and César at Allan Stone Projects

March 26 - June 6, 2015
Allan Stone Projects
Allan Stone Projects presents Arman and César, an exhibition which highlights significant works by two of the most prominent artists of the French artist group, Nouveau Réalisme.
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Pascal Rambert's A (micro) history of world economics, danced, at the New Hazlett Theater

June 5 - 6, 2015
New Hazlett Theater
French theater director Pascal Rambert presents his piece A (micro) history of world economics, danced at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh.

Film, TV & New Media

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22nd edition of New York African Film Festival

May 1-15, 2015
Various locations
Run finds shelter with fellow dissident Assa (Isaach de Bankolé) after assassinating the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast. While in hiding, Run’s story is revealed in three separate flashbacks—his childhood with Tourou, when his dream was to become a rainmaker; his adventures with Gladys, the competitive eater; and his past as a young member of a militia, amid conflict in the Ivory Coast—which together speak volumes about contemporary life in the troubled country. Philippe Lacôte’s feature-film debut is a mesmerizing coming-of-age tale, alternately dreamlike and ultra-realistic.
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FIAF Presents CinéSalon: Haute Couture on Film

April 7 – May 26, 2015
Fiaf, Florence Gould Hall
Join the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for the CinéSalon series Haute Couture on Film, every Tuesday from April 7th to May 26th, 2015 at 4 & 7.30 p.m.
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Screening of The Chosen by director Aurélien Grèzes

May 27, 2015
FiveMyles Gallery
The town councilor of Comolars, a community of 3000 people in the south of France, hopes to become the president of the French Senate. Facing his imaginary audience through the camera, the candidate takes the place of the famous politician he dreams to be. Is it real?
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AND GOD CREATED WOMAN

May 29, 2015 | 8:30pm
Central Park Cedar Hill
Films on the Green 2015 opens with Roger Vadim's "... And God created Woman" in Central Park on May 29. The film that turned Bardot into an international star!
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CARAMEL

June 5, 2015 | 8:30pm
Washington Square Park
Films on the Green 2015 presents Franco-Lebanese movie "Caramel" in Washington Square Park on June 5. Director Nadine Labaki’s first feature film!
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PÉPÉ LE MOKO

June 12, 2015 | 8:30pm
Washington Square Park
Films on the Green 2015 presents "Pépé le Moko" by Julien Duvivier in Washington Square Park. A truly iconic performance by Jean Gabin!
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