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French Cultural Nights – Premiere Night Tonight, The Bubble Lounge NYC

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Hope to see you there tonight or at Future Events!

French Cultural Nights
Wednesday, October 21 | 7 – 11pm
The Bubble Lounge,
228 West Broadway, New York NY

French-speakers of all backgrounds and levels are invited to attend, as is anyone who loves French culture. Admission fee of $20 includes a complimentary glass of Champagne Louis Roederer and a French Culture Guide – COOL 2009 issue.

FEATURED PERFORMERS at October 21 Premiere Night
• Catherine Capdeville, noted jazz singer (7-7:30 and 8:30-9pm)
• Nicole Renauld, the “accordion fairy” (7:45pm)
• Movie preview, “How to Seduce Difficult Women” (8pm)
Amélie Chabannes (painting ,video) and Marie Maillard (video) , recently featured in “Crossing the Line” at the French Institute
• Haiti Optimiste (photography), a visual celebration of the positive aspects of Haiti
• DJ Jacques Motombo (9pm-midnight)

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October 21, 2009 at 21:01

Amélie Chabannes – French Creative Connection Video Interview

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Thibaut Estellon interviews Amelie Chabannes in her studio in Red Hook for The French Creative Connection Blog. Watch the Video (In French) and follow him on Twitter.


Jeune artiste installée depuis quelques années à New York, Amélie Chabannes nous reçoit aujourd'hui dans son atelier de Red Hook, Brooklyn, pour le premier volet de cette série vidéo qui lui est consacrée.

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October 12, 2009 at 23:13

2010 New York City Michelin guide book released

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(Relaxnews) –

The Big Apple can be take some comfort in the fact that Michelin awards a single star to less than 10 percent of all restaurants they cover, and has awarded NYC 44.On October 6 French travel guidebook and restaurant kingmaker Michelin released their Michelin Guide New York City 2010.

The book has a retail price of $17.99 (€12) but can currently be found at sites like Amazon for $11.53 (€7.80) or Waterstone’s for £9.99 (€10.80).

Covering all five boroughs in New York City, the guidebook also features 109 restaurants offering a meal under $25 (€17), in a nod to the current economic woes.

The “Small Plates” category, featuring restaurants with a unique menu, ambiance or service style, also makes its first appearance in any Michelin guidebook.

The  so-called ‘City That Never Sleeps’ now offers 5 three-star restaurants, 6 two-star restaurants and 44 one-star eateries – far fewer three-star restaurants than Tokyo, which earned nine this year, and Paris, which was awarded 11.

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October 7, 2009 at 20:25

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Crossing the Line 2009 | matsune & subal – store

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I had a chance to visit one of the final events of the Crossing the Line 2009 festival on Saturday and before I write about the event, I would like to offer a huge round of applause and the loudest possible Bravo! to to Lili Chopra (Artistic Director at FIAF) and Simon Dove (Director, School of Dance at Arizona State University), for putting on THE best possible cultural event this city has seen in a while. If you didn’t get a chance to see any of the events, you really missed out this time, but there is always next year…

The event was – store – by: matsune & subal and the location was Luxe / Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. You had to see this to truely experience the whole. I will let the video try and tell the story, but unless you where a participant you can probably never figure it out.

Come on down to the Lower East Side and experience a “pop-up” the likes of which you’ve never seen!

Watch the Video

See the Photos!

For four days only, matsune & subal bring you “store” – a collection of more than 60 amazing and astonishing, unique performance products. Priced to sell! No budget too small! But when this store’s gone, it’s really gone. So don’t miss this brief opportunity to consume like you’ve never consumed before!

With both ingenuity and humor, store questions the consumption of art and our consumption of the consumption culture. It lets audiences/customers/viewers analyze their own roles as consumers of performance and as performers of consumption, as they purchase individualized performance products that they may consume on the spot, take away, or get delivered in the mail.

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October 7, 2009 at 17:10

BlueNefertiti’s Paris@Night: A French Cabaret – Galapagos Art Space – Brooklyn

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BlueNefertiti’s Paris@Night: A French Cabaret

Friday, October 23rd
Doors: 10pm/Show: 10:30pm

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BlueNefertiti’s style is a direct reflection of her vast influences in music…the eloquence of Edith Piaf, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, and Minnie Ripperton; the sophistication of Joao Gilberto; the vocal acrobatics of Bobby McFerrin; and the dynamic duality of Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald.She began singing professionally with her older sister in France during the mid 1990’s; later forming the 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.

With her sensual stage presence she lures you into her world of experimental frequencies… Electronic, Dub, Soul, House, Hip Hop, and then… with the sparkle in her eye… she subtly invites you to sink into your seats and travel through time and space to the era of great Jazz Standards and French Realism.

The show is an unconventional mélange of ingenious originals and innovative renditions of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck… and at any given moment, an unexpected guest may grace the stage with an impromptu display of their unique talents.

Welcome to Paris@Night – BlueNefertiti’s Ek’lectric Cabaret- where the Blues of past loves mingle with the Pink and Gold of life’s joys… the intensity of an eternal glimpse… the memory of a sacred moment… and the urge of colourful souls calling out for LOVE…

Kenny Muhammad [The Human Orchestra]

AnOuCh hiGh sOul

Amelie Chabannes
Antonia Dias Leite

Farid Abdi

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October 7, 2009 at 15:34

The French Creative Connection: Amelie Chabannes

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Thibaut Estellon a.k.a. The French Creative Connection shares a place in our hearts as a leading purveyor of French Creatives here in New York City. We applaud his effort to help push the “French in America” cultural exchange in the right direction and we encourage you to read his blog often. We will be highlighting many of his blog posts and we hope that you enjoy his latest portrait of Artiste: Amelie Chabannes. (my wife)

Read the full article here
(in French)

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October 6, 2009 at 16:39