Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (15)

Apr 17, 2012
February 18, 2012
  • Edith Piaf, alive and living in New York

  • Feb 18, 2012 at 4:30pm to Jun 21, 2012 at 6:00pm
  • Location: The Metropolitan Room
  • Description:

    Edith Piaf Alive and Living in New York

    Introducing Floanne

    Written by Floanne Ankah & Alice Jankell

    Directed by Alice Jankell

    Piano: Audrey Saint-Gil, Accordion: Kate Dunphy

    Guitar: Marcel Van Dam, Percussion: Alby Roblejo

    Saturday, Jan 21/Feb 18/Mar 17 at 9:30

    Thursday, April 19/May 17/Jun 21 at 9:30

    The Metropolitan Room

    34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 Tickets $20.00, 2 drinks minimum (212) 206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com


    French actress and singer Floanne Ankah recounts the Piaf story. This authentic ‘chanteuse’ and farm girl opens the door to her culture, by taking a closer look at the legendary ‘Little Sparrow’ —with that husky, mournful voice so popular in the 1940’ and 50’s. The performance is a culturally rich and moving presenta- tion that will make you smile, with tunes transporting you to other times and places.

    Yes, both Floanne and Edith Piaf will be attending the rendez-vous in a medley of vintage tunes from their native France... with a modern twist. She w

  • Created by: Flo Ankah
March 2, 2012
  • Middle Eastern Music Lessons/Classes at Alwan for the Arts

  • Mar 2, 2012 to May 25, 2012
  • Location: Alwan for the Arts
  • Description:
    Alwan for the Arts is excited to announce weekly group and private Arab Music Instruction this spring. Opportunities are available for beginners and seasoned musicians of all ages to learn fundamentals of Arab music and/or study specialized topics, such as focusing on many iterations of a single Maqam throughout a few decades, learning to sing and perform many maqams and popular songs along with classical Arabic poetry, studying vocal repertoire in an all-woman setting, and learning to play and jam on Arabic percussion instruments. Private lessons are also available on traditional as well as Western instruments and voice.  

    Group Classes include:  
    Maqam theory and practice (Maqam Rast in Early 20th c. Egypt)
    Arabic Percussion
    Women's Choir (Arabic repertoire, no knowledge of Arabic necessary!)
    Iraqi Maqam (repertoire and variation)


    Private lessons also available on violin'oudbuzuqqanunsanturtrumpetpercussionvoice (male and female).
    All other instrumentalists encouraged to stud
  • Created by: Lety ElNaggar
March 6, 2012
  • Act French: French language classes for theater lovers

  • Mar 6, 2012 at 1:00pm to Apr 17, 2012 at 6:00pm
  • Location: Pearl Studios
  • Description:

    Six-week interactive French language classes for theater lovers

    20% discount for NY in French members with code: NYinFrench

    Our fast-paced classes are designed to help you learn to speak French with confidence and make friends with a wonderful group of like-minded foreign language lovers. The class culminates in a big cultural party where you'll get to practice the language with native speakers, eat delicious food from the region and, if you choose, present the  theater scenes you work on during the semester in a relaxed, friendly environment (no one is forced to perform). There will be actors in this class but no acting experience is necessary. All you need to bring to this class is a passion for international culture and a spirit of adventure!

    *Act French for beginners: 
    Tuesdays (March 6-April 17)
    Time: 8:15-10pm


    *Act French for intermediates
    Tuesdays ( March 6 - April 17)
    Time: 6:15-8
    Last class party is 8-10pm

    Visit http://actfrench.com to register

  • Created by: Manisha Snoyer - Actress/Teacher
March 10, 2012

  • Mar 10, 2012 at 1:00pm to Apr 22, 2012 at 1:00pm
  • Description:

    Daniel Horowitz is an award-winning illustrator and art director. Working primarily as a digital artist over the last decade, one day Daniel Horowitz considered what might happen if he were to pull out a blank page and begin to draw. Not on commission and with no particular purpose in mind. The self imposed minimum, one drawing a day, was to serve as an exercise to pull himself away from the computer and to begin to explore analog creativity. Daniel was concerned that the quality of these artworks would be too different from, or inferior to, his better known commercial illustrations, so he had little intention of sharing this experiment. However, as days turned into weeks he began to realize that within the spontaneity of this process, something curious and new began to emerge.

    Horowitz formed a blog and began to post his daily explorations. The overwhelming response helped to see the project through to its end at 365 drawings.  Although the requirement was to post a sketch or line draw

  • Created by: lucien zayan / the invisible dog

  • Mar 10, 2012 at 1:00pm to May 5, 2012 at 1:00pm
  • Description:

    A sculptural installation overwhelming the ground floor of the Invisible Dog Art Center inspired by R. Justin Stewart’s research into the Jewish concept of the messiah and curated by Risa Shoup

    After two years of research, R. Justin Stewart, a professed agnostic, will install Distorting (a messiah project, 13C), an intricate environment constructed of fleece, rope and plastic that will serve as a 3-D representation of the concept of the messiah in the 13th Century. Distorting is a visual delight that will overwhelm the viewer with color and shape as it invades the Invisible Dog. Those viewers wanting to understand the connection between the sculptural elements and the information that inspired them will need only to scan QR codes, discreetly embedded throughout the sculpture, with their phone or other mobile devices to download the information they seek.

    In the coming years, Stewart will unveil additional installations under the umbrella of “a messiah project.” Just as Distorting only fo

  • Created by: lucien zayan / the invisible dog
March 13, 2012

  • Mar 13, 2012 to Apr 25, 2012
  • Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center & Sunshine Cinemas
  • Description:

    Audrey Tautou is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy, and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche, and average looking office subordinate, Markus (comic star Francois Damiens, Heartbreaker).

    At first stunned by Nathalie’s unexpected attention, Markus comes to gradually believe in her feelings and shifts into romantic high gear. As their relationship goes from awkward to genuinely loving, Nathalie and Markus will have to overcome a host of obstacles including everyone else’s judgmental perceptions as well as their own self-doubts.

  • Created by: Aimee Morris
March 29, 2012
  • Michèle Caussin-Bellon: Painting on Light

  • Mar 29, 2012 to Apr 19, 2012
  • Location: Agora Gallery
  • Description:

    NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of French artist, Michèle Caussin-Bellon in Portals of Perception. The exhibition is scheduled to run from March30, 2012 through April 19, 2012 (opening reception: Thursday, April 5, 2012).


    About the Artist


    Michèle Caussin-Bellon was one of France’s leading pastel artists until an accident forced her to look for a new form of expression. After much research she developed her unique and distinctive style of short, crosshatched brushstrokes of tempera in a palette of earth-toned hues. The resulting canvases span still lifes, portraits, landscapes and nudes, her impressionist-style aesthetic infusing subtle dashes of color and surprising lighting effects into exquisitely executed compositions.

    Her particular style of paint application, which she follows with a layer of soap or wax to achieve an unexpected textural effect, privileges light, making every image appear as if it is emerging from a sun-bleached midsummer aft

  • Created by: Lee Eagle
April 12, 2012

  • Apr 12, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
  • Location: Elinor Bunin Muroe Film Center and Angelika Film Center
  • Description:

    After learning of the death of an elementary school teacher, Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.  Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself thrown into an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. The film features exquisite performances by Fellag and the child actors playing Monsieur Lazhar’s young students coping with grief and learning to heal.

    Award-winning writer-director Philippe Falardeau’s previous works - including Congorama and It’s Not Me I Swear! - have been screened at festivals around the world including Cannes, Toronto, New Directors/New Films, Berlin and Locarno. MONSIEUR LAZHAR, his fourth feature, is an adaptation of the play “Bashir Lazhar” by Montreal playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere.

  • Created by: Aimee Morris
  • Retrospective Robert Bresson at BAMcinématek

  • Apr 12, 2012 to May 6, 2012
  • Location: BAMcinematek
  • Description:
    Robert Bresson
    Restrospective, BAMcinématek

    BAMcinématek presents the first complete retrospective in over a decade of the most uncompromising and visionary of directors.

    This retrospective takes place from April 13 - May 6.

    Dates and Tickets @ BAM

    Paring the language of film down to its essential elements—minimally expressive performances by nonprofessional actors, highly detailed sound design, tableau-like compositions that sear themselves into the mind’s eye—Robert Bresson (1901—1999) searched for the soul in the modern world, revealing the divine in the unlikeliest places and exploring states of both spiritual rapture and lament. BAMcinématek presents the first complete retrospective in over a decade of the most uncompromising and visionary of directors. All films in 35mm and in French with English subtitles. 

    "Bresson is to French cinema what Mozart is to German music and Dostoevsky is to Russian literature.” —Jean-Luc Godard 

    “Every film is a must-see!” —Dave Kehr, The New York Tim

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles
April 17, 2012
  • Cara Black discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE

  • Apr 17, 2012 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: The Mysterious Bookshop
  • Description: Cara Black discusses all things Parisian and murder with the publication of her 12th book in the Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in different quartiers of Paris. Affairs of the heart, the smallest and oldest Chinatown in Paris, the Knight Templar what has Aimée gotten into this time?http://www.carablack.com
  • Created by: Cara Black
  • Meet the Actress: Bernadette Lafont presents The Mischief Makers and Such a Gorgeous Girl Like Me

  • Apr 17, 2012 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Bernadette Lafont comes to FIAF and presents The Mischief Makers and Such a Gorgeous Girl Like Me followed by a Q&A session.

    The Mischief Makers
    Les mistons

    François Truffaut, 1957 B&W. 23 min.
    In French with English subtitles

    Truffaut’s second short and Lafont’s film debut captures two intertwined views of youth. The intimacy of two teens is threatened by five boys who, with no girlfriends of their own, jealously conspire to make trouble for the couple and everyone else they meet.

    Such a Gorgeous Girl Like Me
    Une belle fille comme moi
    François Truffaut, 1972 Color. 98 min.
    With Claude Brasseur, Charles Denner,
    Guy Marchand, Bernadette Lafont
    In French with English subtitles

    A young sociologist’s interview with killer Camille Bliss is the unlikely foundation for one of Truffaut’s most successful comedies. Conceived as a tribute to Lafont, Such a Gorgeous Girl Like Me uses flashbacks and farce to chronicle the men who have fallen under her spell and paid dearly for it.

  • Created by: FIAF
  • UG! COMEDY SHOW!! 3.0 (Tuesday April. 17th)

  • Apr 17, 2012 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: MUG Lounge: 448 East 13th st. (bet. 1st ave and ave A)
  • Description:

    UG! COMEDY SHOW!! Tuesday April 17th, 2012 ed.

    Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby present awesome comics in front of a cool supportive crowd in the epicenter of hip NYC the East Village. Featuring both established comic veterans you've seen on TV to the up and comers, UG guarantees a swell time all for FREE! We've also got tons of drink specials ($3 drafts $4 wells)! So what are you waiting for? Come down and UG! it with us!!!

    UG! COMEDY SHOW!! (Now @ MUG)

    Presented by Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby

    TUESDAYS @ MUG Lounge
    448 East 13th st. (bet. 1st and ave. A)
    showtime: 8:00PM No Cover, One Drink Min.
    ($3 drafts, $4 wells)
    For info/reservations: (646) 746-1357
    Via subway: L train to 1st ave.; or F train to 2nd ave.

    This week’s guests (Tuesday April 17th, 2012 ed.):

    Alex Fossella!

    Randy Humphrey!

    Bodger Millerd!
    Angel Castillo!
    Justy Dodge!

    Kyle Bostic!
    Angry Bob!
    Et al.!

    Hosted by Todd Montesi! Featuring Pat Rigby!! UG IT


  • Created by: Todd M.
  • New York African Film Festival: OUTSIDE THE LAW (Hors la Loi) by Rachid Bouchareb

  • Apr 17, 2012 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Location: Walter Reade Theater
  • Description:


    Filmmaker in person!

    From acclaimed writer-director Rachid Bouchareb (Indigenes) comes this epic story--a 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film--of three brothers who fight for Algeria’s independence from France following World War II. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina, Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France, and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. Co-presented by 3rd I NY


    Presented under the banner theme 21st Century: The Homecoming, this year’s New York African Film Festival will screen contemporary and classic A

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles