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JANUARY 15, 2014
What's on this month?

French & Francophone events in Boston and New England (co-sponsored or supported by the Consulate General of France in Boston).

January 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Center for the Arts at the Armory
161 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Free and open to all

Sound Icon is a Boston-based, sinfonietta-sized ensemble committed to performing fundamental new music repertoire from the past few decades.

Come and see them perform Gérard Grisey's 1990 Le Noir de l'Etoile, an unparalleled listening experience featuring six percussionists placed at various locations within the audience. Grisey, a former student of Messiaen, Dutilleux and Stockhausen, was one of the leading composers of "spectral music", a scientific approach to music in which compositional decisions are informed by sonographic representations and mathematical analysis of sound spectra.

This event is free and open to all (limited seating available). With the support of the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music.

January 16 to February 16, 2015
Online Festival

My French Film Festival, an innovative concept presented by uniFrance Films that enables Internet users all over the world to access French films for a month, is back for a 5th edition. Ten French features and ten short films will compete in this year's edition. Internet users will once again be invited to grade films and leave their comments on the website.

Deadline: February 17, 2015

Apply by February 17 to these grants offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE)!

The French-US Exchange in Dance program (FUSED) introduces choreographers and performers whose works have not yet been seen in their partner country. It offers grants to American and French non-profits willing to pledge to a new bilateral dance project.

The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater is dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in the theater field. It is particularly interested in supporting theater projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect cultural and aesthetic diversity.

In the publishing field, the French Voices Award awards both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France within the last 6 years. The Hemingway grant provides publishers with financial aid for the translation and publication of French works and the Acquisition of Rights Program helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Channing Memorial Church
135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI ‎

As part of the Newport Music Festival's winter concert series, French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac will team up with Eric Ruske for a beautiful program of horn and harp. The program will include works by Strauss, Satie, Gounod and Massenet.

Now released

Coming in early 2015, Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe joins BEMF's GRAMMY-nominated series of opera recordings. Receiving rave reviews after its first performance at the 2011 Festival, this opera was recorded in 2013 in Bremen, Germany, and features Karina Gauvin and Philippe Jaroussky in the leading roles.
The BEMF and Jaroussky will also tour Europe with Niobe throughout January, with four stops scheduled in France. Tell your friends across the pond about this exceptional collaboration!

Through February 15, 2015
Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown

Rediscover France's most celebrated painter through the eyes of an eminent American artist, Ellsworth Kelly. The Clark Art Institute presents this one-of-a-kind art exhibit, following Ellsworth Kelly's inspirational journey through Claude Monet's works. It compares and contrasts the two artists' works, allowing viewers to discover their respective beauty in synchrony and distinction.

Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.
West Newton Cinema
1265 Washington Street, West Newton, MA

Among the many family-friendly films that the 12th Annual Family Film Festival in Belmont has selected to show from January 16 to 19, be sure not to miss Belle and Sebastian, Nicolas Vanier's heart-warming story of the friendship between a six-year-old orphan and a wild dog during WWII.

Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Emerson/Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston

In homage to Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, the father of African cinema, ArtsEmerson will show Sembene's Black Girl (La Noire de... in French), a 1966 feature film widely considered to be the first Sub-Saharan African film by an African filmmaker to receive international attention. The screening will be preceded by an introduction and followed by a Q&A.

This event is free and open to all (limited seating).

Through May 25, 2015
Boston Society of Architects/AIA
290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

In this groundbreaking exhibition, with works from all across the globe, artists explore and expand the traditional boundaries of typography by integrating elements of animation, craft, performance, nanoscience, and graffiti into their work. Especially noteworthy is the work of French artists Jerome Corgier, Evan Roth and Petra Mrzyk & Jean-François Moriceau.

Through June 14, 2015
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Through February 1, 2015
Boston Athenæum
10½ Beacon Street, Boston

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, the exhibition "Over There!" at the Museum of Fine Arts features fifty wartime posters from the United States and Europe, including select examples from Britain, France, Germany, and Russia.

A related exhibition, "Over Here: WWI Posters from Around the World," is on view at the Boston Athenæum through February 1, 2015. It features 44 framed posters displaying striking but rarely seen images from one of the most critical moments in world history.

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