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FIAF Presents – Oscar and the Pink Lady

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Thanks to our friend Lili Chopra, FIAF Vice President of. Cultural Affairs, we had the chance to see the preview of this emotional and heart pulling one woman play and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room at the end. This was a beautiful experience not to be missed.

FIAF Presents – Oscar and the Pink Lady
By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Starring Rosemary Harris
Directed by Frank Dunlop

Fridays, January 16, 23 & 30, 2009 at 8pm
Saturdays, January 17, 24 & 31, 2009 at 3 & 8pm
Sundays, January 18, 25 & February 1, 2009 at 3pm

[Harris] radiates an effortless grandeur.” —The New York Times

Internationally renowned actress Rosemary Harris stars in this tour-de-force by award-winning French author and playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. Helmed by esteemed director Frank Dunlop, this mesmerizing adaptation of Schmitt’s Oscar et la dame rose is sure to touch audiences both young and old.

In Oscar and the Pink Lady, Tony® and Emmy® award-winner Harris tackles an array of memorable characters, among them Oscar, a ten-year-old patient in the cancer ward of a hospital. She also brings to life his friends, his family, and of course Granny Pink, a candy striper of sorts whose wit, compassion, and indomitable spirit transform the lives of those around her. Granny Pink’s observations are by turns funny, touching, and profound, and Harris’s luminous performance is ultimately a celebration of life.

Rosemary Harris is best known to today’s younger generation of moviegoers as Spider-Man’s Aunt May, but her illustrious career spans decades and crosses borders and genres. Her many Broadway credits include Edward Albee’s All Over in 2002, which garnered her an OBIE Award. In 1960 she helped Ellis Rabb found his theatre company, The Association of Producing Artists (APA), and in 1966 won a Tony® for The Lion in Winter. She also received a Golden Globe® for the television series The Holocaust, and an Emmy® for Notorious Woman: The Life of George Sand.

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Written by Jon Cronin

January 22, 2009 at 18:29

Fused – French-US Exchange in Dance

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The French-US Exchange in Dance program, known as FUSED, melds the French and American dance communities by fostering dialogue and exchange, consolidating professional relationships and spawning choreographic innovation. This multi-year program introduces choreographers and performers whose works have not yet – or rarely – been seen in the partner country.

The FUSED program offers grants to U.S. and French non-profit presenting institutions willing to pledge to a new bilateral dance project with possibilities for residencies, commissions, and/or touring the work of at least one choreographer/performer from the partner country. Co-productions between presenters are encouraged

More info: FACE

Written by Jon Cronin

January 22, 2009 at 18:03

Guy Bedos: Hier aujourd’hui demain

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“There is a gap between technological advances (internet, fax, cell phone) and human behavior, which has remained in the Middle Ages.” And the tone is set… and for anyone who knows Guy Bedos (a celebrity in France who has appeared with Barbara, Sophie Daumier, Michel Boujenah, Smaïn and Muriel Robin), that tone is unmistakable. The Algerian-born French humorist (also an actor and writer) has never been one to bite his tongue or hold back, heeding the impulse to hunt down the farcical aspects of life, to “bring laughter from sadness.” His new show is an irresistible invitation to catharsis, to laugh at the tragic craziness of the world.

Performed in French, with no subtitles.
Tue, Feb 24 at 8 pm
Wed, Feb 25 at 8 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
$75; Students, Seniors, Groups $60

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Written by Jon Cronin

January 22, 2009 at 15:53

Posted in Cultural Exchange

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Taoub Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger

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“Like the intoxicating scent of exotic spices, Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger will transport you to a far away fantasia. The lively sights and sounds of a Moroccan bazaar fill The New Victory as this agile troupe climbs and cavorts its way through dramatic tumbling and balancing acts. Evocative staging, mesmerizing music and aerial exploits conjure illusions of majestic mountains and vast terrains. TAOUB brings to life the traditions–and the future–of Moroccan street performance, blending ancient acrobatic routines from the beaches of Tangier with contemporary technology and design. This lyrical and humorous exploration of North African culture, from the creative team behind Plan B and IJK, is full of “exuberant daring.” – The Telegraph (UK)

“They fill the stage with multiple back-flips, dizzying cartwheels, perilous human pyramids and vaulting trampoline stunts…Everyone was spellbound.” – The Guardian

The New Victory Theater
229 West 42nd Street, Fl 10
New York, NY 10036-7299

Feb 6th – 26th, 2009

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Written by Jon Cronin

January 22, 2009 at 15:46

Posted in Cultural Exchange

FACE – FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE

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FACE – FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the state of New York, dedicated to nurturing French-American relations through innovative international projects in the arts, education, and cultural exchange. Housed in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York FACE serves an extensive network of patrons through its film-based programs and provides support to various initiatives through its partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

FACE MISSION:
• To further French American cultural exchange and international understanding and to support contemporary creative work in the arts and education.
• To develop and nurture relationships between professionals in all creative fields, and to encourage collaborative projects between cultural and educational institutions.
• To combine the strengths of both the French and American traditions of support for the arts and education in one common initiative:

More info: FACE

Written by Jon Cronin

January 22, 2009 at 15:29

French Food – Brooklyn, NY

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We all know that French people have a passion for great food, relaxed country style and cafe living. (Not to mention their extremely sophisticated palettes) So, it is no wonder that they have some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. I started noticing over the past 9 years that South Brooklyn is changing and it is no longer an Italian dominated neighborhood scene – but – it is becoming “Little France”. (This could explain the over reaction of Italian Americans parading into French bistros with their enormous flags on Smith Street after the World Cup) – I have a hard time finding two good Italian bakeries and one great Italian restaurant in the Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. But I have no trouble finding 30 amazing, colorful, fun, charming, clean, fresh, tasty and authentic French Restaurants/Cafes in the same area and beyond. In areas like Fort Greene, Red Hook, and the South Slope the menus are full of delicious French choices. I have put together a list here for you and if you know of any French Restaurants I am missing PLEASE let me know!

Patois – 255 Smith St | Btwn Douglass & Degraw
Bar Tabac – 128 Smith St | At Dean St
Bacchus
– 409 Atlantic Ave | At Bond St
Quercy
242 Court
Le Petite Café – 502 Court St [Nelson]
French deli – On Clinton and Amity
Petite Crevette – 144 Hicks St Union
Belleville – 330 5th Ave | At 5th St
Cafe Lafayette – 99 S Portland St | At Fulton St
Cafe Nova 210 Court St | At Warren St
Cafe Scaramouche – 524 Court St | At Huntington St
Chance – 223 Smith St | At Butler St
Chez Oskar – 211 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Clermont Ave & Adelphi St
Cocotte – 337 5th Ave | Btwn 3rd & 4th St
iCi– 246 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave
Jolie 320 Atlantic Ave | Btwn Smith & Hoyt
Le Gamin Cafe 556 Vanderbilt Ave | Btwn Dean & Bergen St
Loulou – 222 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Adelphi & Clermont St
Moutarde 239 5th Ave | At Carroll
Pit Stop 127 Columbia St | Btwn Kane & Degraw
Provence en Boite 263 Smith St
Red Cafe – 78 5th Ave | Btwn St. Mark’s Ave & Prospect
Marquet Patisser – 221 CourtSt. [Warren]
Robin Des Bois195 Smith St | Btwn Warren & Baltic

Written by Jon Cronin

January 21, 2009 at 19:58

French Language in the United States

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According to the National Education Bureau, French is the second most commonly taught foreign language in U.S. high schools, colleges and universities behind Spanish. French was the most commonly taught foreign language until the 1980s, when the influx of Hispanic immigrants aided the growth of Spanish. According to the U.S. 2000 Census, French is the fourth most spoken language in the United States after English, Spanish and Chinese with over 1.6 million speakers.

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More info: Wikipedia

Written by Jon Cronin

January 21, 2009 at 18:11