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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.”
festivals

Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
events

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.
news

Win a Pair of Economy Class Tickets to Paris!

Do you know which French fashion designer is famous for the cone bra? Or what American TV show is also known as Le juste prix? Can you name all the wine regions of France or every film by Jean-Luc Godard? Do you know your masculin and féminin nouns? If so, you've got a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets to Paris on Air France!
blog

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.
blog

Books for Busy Minds

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

books

festivals

Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
new titles

Limonov

Limonov is a thrilling page-turner that also happens to be the biography of one of Russia’s most controversial figures.
new titles

In My Heart

In My Heart is a charming children's book that illustrates feelings in words and pictures.
new titles

What's These Worlds Coming To?

Our contemporary challenge, according to Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurelien Barrau, is that a new world has stolen up on us. We no longer live in a world, but in worlds. Together, Barrau, an astrophysicist, and Nancy, a distinguished philosophy professor, argue that contemporary thought has shifted from deconstruction to what they carefully call the struction of dis-order.
events

Les rendez-vous d'Albertine

Oct 3-29, 2014
Albertine Books in French & English
The recently opened Albertine will host several events with speakers including Véronique Ovaldé, Hervé This, Inès Jourde, Karla Suárez, Laurent Seksik and Maylis de Kerangal.
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The State of French Literature

Oct 8, 2014 | 6 PM
Columbia's Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall
Pierre Jourde will be in conversation with Elisabeth Ladenson and Antoine Compagnon about the state of French literature : "La littérature française respire-t-elle encore ?"

music

events

Jazz Pianist Claude Diallo in New York

Sept 17 - Oct 13, 2014
Shapeshifter Lab
Beginning on September 17th, Franco-Swiss jazz pianist Claude Diallo plays a series of concerts in New York City.
events

Lycée Français Events This October

Oct 8, 2014
Lycée Français de New York
The Cultural Center of the Lycée Français of New York offers a wide range of panels, lectures, films and concerts. This October, catch a flamenco concert and a film.
events

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.
events

Premiere of French Compositions With Carol Robinson and Nate Wooley in Brooklyn

Oct 24, 2014 | 8 PM
Issue Project Room
Hear the American premiere of the iconoclastic compositions of French composers Eliane Radigue and Denis Dufour by clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley at Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room.
news

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.
events

Renowned Jazz Accordionist Richard Galliano in New York

Oct 23 - 26, 2014
Jazz Standard
World-acclaimed French jazz accordionist Richard Galliano will perform with his quintet in late October at the Jazz Standard in New York.

Visual & Performing Arts

festivals

Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
events

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.
podcast

Henri Matisse, The Cut-Outs: An Interview with MoMA Curators

Interview with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, and Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, with Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, on "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" an upcoming exhibition opening at the MoMA October 12 2014.
interview

Interview with French director Arthur Nauzyciel

This fall, Seuls en scène, the third edition of the Princeton French Theater Festival, curated by Florent Masse will present Faim (Hunger) by the Norwegian author, Nobel prize in Literature in 1920, Knut Hamsun. The production of Faim is a collaboration between Arthur Nauzyciel, director of the Centre Dramatique National (CDN) in Orléans and the actor Xavier Gallais, who adapted the text for the stage with Florient Azoulay. In 2011, it had its premiere at the Théâtre de la Madeleine in Paris.
events

French Fashion and Global Style

October 16, 2014 | 7 PM
Albertine Books in French & English
In the early part of the 20th century, when Coco Chanel issued the now-famous dictum “Fashion must come up from the streets,” the only sidewalks that mattered were located in the chic arrondissements of Paris or in the seaside resort towns of Deauville or Nice. Today, the streets that count constitute a worldwide network—from Shanghai to Stockholm, Berlin to Beirut. What is the place of French fashion in this global system?
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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

festivals

Festival Albertine

Oct 14 -19, 2014
Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus, the Festival Albertine will take place from October 14th through 19th as part of the opening celebrations for the Albertine bookshop, providing a preview of the special events and cross-cultural programming that will take place at the venue year-round.
events

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.
events

Vivre Sa Vie - Special Screening at the Rubin Museum of Art

Oct 10, 2014
The Rubin Museum of Art
Join The Rubin Museum of Art for the special screening of Godard's Vivre sa vie on Friday, October 10 at 9.30 pm
events

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.
events

Olivier Assayas in the Post-May Period

October 14, 2014 | 7pm
Albertine Books in French & English
In France, the phrase “Post-May” speaks of the long, even endless shadow cast by the extraordinary events of May and June 1968, when a dispute at a single college campus outside of Paris led to a wildcat general strike that brought France to a standstill and, depending on who was conducting the post-mortem, almost dissolved the country into anarchy or raised the specter of a new way of a life, a new definition of freedom that inspired and tormented people all over the globe
interview

Interview of French Digital Creator David Dufresne on the Occasion on NYFF 2014

“I’m a… punk. In a sense, I try to break rules any time I can… The entire project Fort McMoney was driven from the start by the idea of combining documentary film and video games, auteur perspective and spectator freedom”.
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