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The Comité du 14 juillet presents: Bastille Day on 60th Street -NYC

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The Comité du 14 juillet presents: Bastille Day on 60th Street

Art de Vivre à la Française

A Three Block Festival in Celebration of
French and American Friendship

Sunday, July 12, 2009
Noon to 6pm
East 60th Street, from Fifth to Lexington Avenues

Rain or Shine!

For more than ten years, Bastille Day on 60th Street has been the largest public celebration in New York of the friendship between France and the United States: nearly 25,000 visitors attended the fete in 2008. Originally commemorating France’s Independence Day, Bastille Day has grown to be a celebration of liberty, freedom, and cultural diversity, echoing on both sides of the Atlantic. Bastille Day on 60th Street is a unique gathering of French-speaking people and American Francophiles, all yearning for the tastes, sounds, and joie of France.

Spanning three city blocks, between Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue on East 60th Street, Bastille Day offers a fun-filled street fête that abounds with food, music, games, and more. For six hours, the street is closed to traffic and dedicated to Franco-American celebrations. With this year’s theme, Art de Vivre à la Française, the celebration will feature the French way of life, offering the best of France in New York.

Highlights will include:

  • French music and dance showcase, including the wildly popular French Can-Can dancers, to be presented on the main stage located between Madison and Park Avenue throughout the afternoon
  • French treats, including a wine and cheese tasting at the FIAF building, crêpes and pastry galore, high-end restaurant booths, and delightful pique-nique tables lining each block
  • Fabulous raffle prizes, including a Grand Prize trip to France and drawings throughout the day
  • Family Activities, including a pétanque contest, the Kids’ Corner organized by the FIAF Language Center, face painting, games, and classic Citroen cars.
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    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 18, 2009 at 14:33

    Find French ExPats in America

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    Would you like to get in touch with French expatriates in America? Discover the French expatriate community.

    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 10, 2009 at 17:27

    Don’t Miss! Paris@Night by: BlueNefertiti – New York City

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    Blue Nefertiti

    Paris@Night is truly a tour de force! BlueNefertiti is stunning to the eye, mesmerizing to the ear and soothing to the soul. Do not miss this sexy show!” — Thembisa S. Mshaka, Author, Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business.
    A nü creation from Célia Faussart of the Afropean duo Les Nubians, Paris@Night explores the intricate nature of LOVE and the affinitive relationship between jazz, funk, soul, house, drum’n’bass, samba, and hip hop.
    BlueNefertiti’s vocal styling is founded in the eloquence of Edith Piaf, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, and Minnie Ripperton; the sophistication of Joao Gilberto; and the vocal landscaping of Bobby McFerrin.
    She began singing professionally with her older sister in France during the mid 1990’s; later forming the Grammy-nominated internationally renowned singing duo Les Nubians. After 10 years in the business, a myriad of encounters, recordings and awards, she is now outwardly expressing her inner workings… a cabaret style performance project aptly named Paris@Night.
    The show is an unconventional mélange of ingenious originals and innovative renditions of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Josephine Baker, Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck… an exhilarating soundtrack to the bi-lingual narrative of her love triangle with Cameroon, Paris and New York City.
    Paris@Night is a refreshing, intriguing and interactive show that has gained recognition as one of New York’s hottest new spectacles.

    Le Poisson Rouge (LPR)
    158 Bleeker New York, NY Manhattan, NY

    Sun., June 21, 2009
    7pm 

    Description: BlueNefertiti’s Paris @ Night, a French Cabaret Presented by LPR & The Butterfly Network.

    SPECIAL EDITION w/ Cucu Diamantes, Queen GodIs, Rhythmic Fusion f/ Malik Alston, WiseGuy & Gaston, DJ Super Jaimie, Visuals & Set by Amelie Chabannes and Antonia Dias Liete

    Paris@Night is truly a tour de force! BlueNefertiti is stunning to the eye, mesmerizing to the ear and soothing to the soul. Do not miss this sexy show!” — Thembisa S. Mshaka, Author, Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business.

    A nü creation from Célia Faussart of the Afropean duo Les Nubians, Paris@Night explores the intricate nature of LOVE and the affinitive relationship between jazz, funk, soul, house, drum’n’bass, samba, and hip hop.

    BlueNefertiti’s vocal styling is founded in the eloquence of Edith Piaf, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, and Minnie Ripperton; the sophistication of Joao Gilberto; and the vocal landscaping of Bobby McFerrin.

    She began singing professionally with her older sister in France during the mid 1990’s; later forming the Grammy-nominated internationally renowned singing duo Les Nubians. After 10 years in the business, a myriad of encounters, recordings and awards, she is now outwardly expressing her inner workings… a cabaret style performance project aptly named Paris@Night.

    The show is an unconventional mélange of ingenious originals and innovative renditions of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Josephine Baker, Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck… an exhilarating soundtrack to the bi-lingual narrative of her love triangle with Cameroon, Paris and New York City.

    Paris@Night is a refreshing, intriguing and interactive show that has gained recognition as one of New York’s hottest new spectacles.

    La Belle Époque in Boston

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    June 18, 2009 7-8:30 pm

    Alliance Française of Boston
    53 Marlborough St.
    Boston, MA 02116 
    617.912.0400
    $10 members/$15 nonmembers

    Concert featuring French mélodies and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen performed by Boston Opera Collaborative. This event is presented in English and French.  Reception to follow.

    via: FAB

    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 10, 2009 at 16:45

    NAPOLEON III AND PARIS at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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    Napoleon III and Paris
    June 9, 2009-September 7, 2009
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

    This dossier photography exhibition will focus on the changing shape of Paris during the Second Empire, when the city’s narrow streets and medieval buildings gave way to the broad boulevards and grand public works that still define the urban landscape of the French capital. A prologue will introduce Napoleon III and his family, and an epilogue will depict the ruins of Paris in the aftermath of the Commune. Drawn entirely from the Metropolitan’s collection, the exhibition will feature portraits of the Imperial family by Gustave Le Gray and Benjamin Delessert; views of old Paris by Charles Marville; photographs of the New Louvre by Edouard Baldus and of the Opera by Delmaet and Durandelle; and scenes of the destruction of Paris and Saint-Cloud during the Commune by Alphonse Liebert and Pierre-Ambrose Richebourg. The exhibition will also include works in other media from various departments of the Museum. 

    via: M.E.T.

    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 10, 2009 at 16:44

    Posted in Art, French History, New York City

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    Written by Jon Cronin

    June 10, 2009 at 16:31

    Posted in Obama