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French NYC is mostly in the Upper East Side around the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), the French Consulate, and Lycée Français. It’s also in Brooklyn.
NYC’s Little Paris is on Centre St between Broome and Grand. Le District is a lovely French food hall (NYC’s Les Halles) with French markets and restaurants in Battery Park City.
The Statue of Liberty, the icon of NYC, is a gift from France, rather ironically (think Haiti) celebrating the legal end of human slavery in the United States.
Friday, September 9 – October 28, 2022
FIAF and other venues
Upper East Side & NYC
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Continue Reading The FIAF Crossing the Line Festival 2022 Brings Great Francophone Performers to NYC
Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25, 2022
METROPOLITAN PAVILION
Chelsea, Manhattan
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Tuesday, September 6-25, 2022
ON SALE Tuesday, August 16, 2022
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September 21-October 2, 2022
NEW YORK CITY CENTER
Midtown, Manhattan
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Open Run
HIRSCHFELD THEATRE
Times Square Theater District
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Closes February 18, 2023
MAJESTIC THEATRE
Times Square Theater District
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Friday-Wednesday, September 9-14, 2022
SPRING STUDIOS
Tribeca, Manhattan
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Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, 2022
JAVITS CENTER
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
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Thursday-Sunday, September 8-11, 2022
CIPRIANI SOUTH STREET
Manhattan Financial District
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Moulin Rouge! (Best Musical) is at the Hirschfeld on Broadway in open run. (12+) From $69. 🇫🇷
Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running Broadway show, is at the Majestic on Broadway in open run. From $29. (4+) 🇫🇷
On Sun, Dec 11, Remember Carlos Gardel, the iconic Argentine Tango singer who was born in Toulouse, France in 1890. 🇫🇷🇦🇷
New York City Ballet presents “George Balanchine, The Nutcracker” at the David H Koch Theater from Friday, November 25 – Saturday, December 31, 2022.
OPENING RECEPTION
Gracelee Lawrence: Marisol, art inspired by the New York Venezuelan French artist Marisol Escobar, opens with a reception at Heroes Gallery in the Lower East Side, on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 5-8pm. The show runs to October 22. heroesgallery.gallery 🇻🇪🇫🇷
The Affordable Art Fair New York Fall 2022, of contemporary art priced from $100-$10,000, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25, 2022. 🇦🇷🇨🇦🇨🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
Celebrate Bastille Day on Thu, Jul 14. 🇫🇷
FIAF’s Bastille Day 2022 Celebration is a street fair of French culture on Madison Avenue from 59th St to 63rd St on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 12noon to 5pm. Free. 🇫🇷
Madeleine Peyroux sings French-influenced Jazz for the Blue Note Jazz Festival at Sony Hall in the Times Square Theater District on Thu-Fri, Jun 2-3 at 8pm (6pm doors). From $50. 🇫🇷
Celebrate La Fête de la Musique (World Music Day), the Parisian tradition of live street music on the night of the Summer Solstice, Tue, Jun 21. 🇫🇷
Henri Matisse : The Red Studio (1911), looks back at one of the foundational works of Modern Art, at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Sun, May 1 – Sep 10. 🇫🇷
Bernard Piffaretti : Pick Up shows new repetitions by the French abstractionist at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea, Wed, May 4 – Jun 11. lissongallery.com 🇫🇷
Celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) on Mar 1, 2022.
The Django All-Stars play French Jazz Manouche at The Django in Tribeca on Thu, Mar 3 at 10pm. 🇫🇷
The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema film festival is at Film at Lincoln Center, Mar 3-13. $15. 🇫🇷
The New York International Children’s Film Festival 2022 (NYICFF) screens Oscar-qualifying children’s films for a variety of ages at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, Manhattan, Fri-Sun, Mar 4-19, 2022. From $17. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇱🇲🇽🇵🇸🇺🇬🇺🇸
In Django A Go Go, French guitarist Stephane Wrembel plays Jazz Manouche at The Town Hall in Midtown, Sat, Mar 5 at 8pm. From $47. 🇫🇷
Fictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast, exposes the duplicity of colonial representations of the Black figure, in contrast to the ways important contemporary artists such as Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley represent themselves, at the Met Museum in Central Park, Thu, Mar 10, 2022 – Mar 5, 2023. 🇫🇷🇺🇸
Propagazioni: Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres is an installation of very meditative Arte Povera porcelains made by the Italian artist at the Sèvres factory in France, at The Frick Collection in the Upper East Side, Thu, Mar 17 – Aug 28. 🇮🇹🇫🇷
Nina Childress: Who’s That Girl?, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures about the youth and beauty of women, opens at Nathalie Karg Gallery in the Lower East Side on Thu, Feb 10, and runs to Mar 19. nathaliekarg.com 🇫🇷🇺🇸
Vincent Peirani and Émile Parisien: Abrazo play French tango at Joe’s Pub in NoHo, Manhattan on Tue, Mar 22 at 9:30pm (9pm doors). $35. 🇦🇷🇫🇷
The Spring Affordable Art Fair of contemporary art under $10,000, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Mar 23-27, 2022. From $30. 🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇹
The Outsider Art auction at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center is Thu, Feb 3 at 10am.
The Outsider Art Fair of art created outside the art industrial complex, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Thu-Sun, Feb 3-6. outsiderfair.com
Manhattan Theatre Club’s Prayer for the French Republic, David Cromer’s tale of a Jewish family trying to stay safe in World War II Paris, is on Stage I at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan on Feb 1-27. Extended to Mar 27. From $99. 🇫🇷✡️
Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman, about the leading Neoclassicist working during and after the French Revolution, is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park, Thu, Feb 17 – May 15. 🇫🇷
Doc Fortnight 2022, MoMA’s documentary film festival, is online to members and in-person at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Wed, Feb 23 – Mar 10. 🇧🇷🇫🇷🇲🇽🇵🇭🇪🇸
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
Stephane Wrembel plays Django Reinhardt style French Jazz Manouche at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sat, Jan 29 at 7:30pm. $36. 🇫🇷
Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints: Revolution, Resistance, and Activism is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park through Jan 17, 2022. 🇫🇷🇭🇹🇮🇳🇲🇽🇪🇸
Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada – A Raft is at MoMA in Midtown through Jan 9, 2022 🇫🇷🇲🇦
Stephane Wrembel plays Django Reinhardt French Jazz Manouche at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Sundays from 10pm – 1am. $20. 🇫🇷
Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven’s story of a nun’s forbidden passion, opened at Film at Lincoln Center on Fri, Dec 3 and ran in NYC to Feb 24. 🇫🇷
Mademoiselle Malvina sings French Cabaret at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem on Wed, Dec 22 at 7 & 9pm (6pm doors). $20. 🇫🇷
Lionel Sabatté: Possible Remains of our Future is at Ceysson & Bénétière in the Upper East Side Wed, Nov 10 – Dec 18. ceyssonbenetiere.com 🇫🇷
The New Museum 2021 Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone is in the Lower East Side, Oct 28 – Jan 23, 2022. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇯🇲🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇸|🇨🇩🇿🇦|🇮🇳🇵🇭|🇫🇷
The E/AB Editions Artists’ Book Fair is virtual Oct 18-31. FREE eabfair.org 🇧🇷🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇱🇮🇹🇲🇽
The 59th New York Film Festival is at Film at Lincoln Center, Fri, Sep 24 – Oct 10. 🇦🇴🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇦🇨🇴🇫🇷🇮🇳🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇹🇷🇴🇪🇸🇺🇸
Cézanne Drawing is at MoMA in Midtown through Sat, Sep 25, 2021. 🇫🇷
The Affordable Art Fair is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea Thu-Sun, Sep 23-26. From $25 🇨🇦🇨🇺🇫🇷🇲🇽🇪🇸🇺🇸
Little Girl by Sébastien Lifshitz (2020), a gentle story of how a 3-year old boy deals with the world after declaring herself a girl, opens at Film Forum in Hudson Square in French with subtitles on Fri, Sep 17. 🇫🇷🏳️‍🌈
Altuzarra shows at New York Fashion Week in the Studio at Spring Studios on Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 3pm. 🇫🇷
Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life is at MoMA in Midtown through Mon, Sep 6, 2021. 🇫🇷
New York City’s big French fesivals are Bastille Day on 60th St produced by FIAF, the Rendez-vous with French Cinema film festival at Film at Lincoln Center with UniFrance, and French Restaurant Week.
French NYC includes the Statue of Liberty and ballet.
Bastille Day on 60th St is New York City’s big New York celebration. Mardi Gras is our big international celebration. FIAF is NYC’s French cultural center and biggest French library.
The concept of “Latin America” is French. New York Latin Culture Magazine began publishing in Paris, France as Tango Beat® in 2009. English is just French badly pronounced. Oh là là.
The Statue of Liberty, the icon of New York City and the United States, is a gift of the French people. The French Consulate/Embassy is in the Upper East Side.
Manhattan’s French community is in the Upper East Side around FIAF and the Lycée Français. Brooklyn’s French community is in Carroll Gardens around the International Academy and in Greenpoint.
Paris was the world capital before New York, “Oh là là.”
Ballet is an Italian court dance that was developed in France.
France is famous for its wine and champagne.
Cirque Nouveau (as in Cirque du Soleil) is French-Canadian, but its mime circus culture is very French.
France colonized much of West Africa and ran a major slave trade from there. In the Americas, French controlled the waterways. French pirates took over the western part of the island of Hispaniola from the Spanish. It must have been a real paradise, because the French always chose the best land.
The French sugar colony of Saint-Domingue (1625-1804, now Haiti) practiced the cruelest form of industrial slavery. It was the richest French colony and the richest Caribbean colony. It became a business model with a highly developed literature and guidebooks you could use to run your plantation. It was sort of a “Farmer’s Almanac.”
Because it was so profitable, the French slaving model was copied around the Caribbean. It was also carried around by French plantation owners, including those who settled in Spanish Trinidad. It also went with the diaspora from Saint-Domingue during the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804).
The British eventually copied the model from the Bahamas, and used it as the model for slavery in the United States. That highly structured business model became the foundation of American slavery and American big business.
There are French footprints everywhere in the Caribbean, even in places that aren’t French. The first family of bomba, the Puerto Rican folk music and dance, says their family tradition comes from a French plantation in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
Caribbean Carnival is indirectly French. It developed in Trinidad in response to French masquerade balls on Mardi Gras. It went really wild after abolition. The term “mas” for a Carnival group comes the French “masquerade.”
Voodoo and Vodou are Orisha faiths based on the Indigenous faiths of West Africa.
There is nothing bad or scary about any of this. These are beautiful folk faiths based on nature. Colonizers demonized everything African and made up a bunch of nonsense stories that people still associate with Voodoo and Vodou today.
The modern country of Benin is the home of Vodun. The old Dahomey capital Porto-Novo was a major slave port. The French called it the “côte des esclaves” (the Slave Coast) and brought Africans from there to Saint-Domingue and other parts of the French Caribbean.
In Haiti, Vodun faith was syncretized (blended) with French Catholicism into Voodoo and in New Orleans into Vodou. We get interesting blends like “Bondyé,” the Voodoo supreme God. The name derives from the French, “Bon Dieu” (Good God).
Jazz isn’t directly French, but there are some roots. Jazz is from New Orleans, before that the Caribbean, and before that Africa. The Saint-Domingue/Haitian Diaspora brought a stronger level of syncopation to Cuba and New Orleans.
For a time Africans were allowed to have a market and sing and dance at Place Congo (Congo Square) in New Orleans. Jazz and African American culture both begin in Congo Square.
Pornography is universal, but modern pornography begins with French postcards with pictures of prostitutes.
High heel shoes come from the boots of Turkish cavalry. They are like cowboy boots. The heel prevents the rider’s foot from falling through the stirrup which can be deadly.
This style was copied by European courts when the Turks were one of the great military powers. For a time both sexes wore high heels. Red soles were a mark of royalty. Christian Louboutin copied that.
Eventually men’s clothing changed to be easier to work in. French postcard makers put high heels on the prostitutes they photographed. That sexualized the heels and they’ve been with us ever since.
French culture was long considered the world’s high class culture. It remains with us in many ways that are just not well taught in the United States. Vive la France!
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