NYC French Events to check out in January and February

December 31, 2016

Here’s a round up of French cultural events to check out around New York over the next few weeks. Let us know if you have any to add to the list!

Saturday, January 21st, 12pm (discussion & screening), 1pm (screening only)

The Met: Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star as opera’s classic lovers in Charles Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher’s new production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score. Music in French. For more information and tickets, visit BAM’s site:


Peter Jay Sharp building

30 Lafayette Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00pm

Ada: A Literary Discussion on Artificial Intelligence

French author Antoine Bello and French journalist Maurin Picard will discuss the possibilities of artificial intelligence along with the foundations of human creativity based on Bello’s latest novel Ada at Albertine, New York’s dedicated French bookstore. Discussion in French. More details on Albertine’s website:



972 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10075

Saturday, January 28th, 7pm-7am

A Night of Philosophy and Ideas

This all-night event will feature philosophical debates, screenings, performances, readings, and music from world renowned philosophers. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, this event is a part of  the series La Nuit des Idées, a project of the Institut français Paris with events happening in 30 cities around the world on the same night. See the website for more details:


Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY 11238

Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00pm

Chocolat Screening and Discussion

Columbia University’s Maison Française will show this 2016 film following Rafael Padilla, a former slave who became a star in 19th century Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. Film followed by a moderated discussion in English. RSVP required. More information and link to RSVP @


Maison Française East Gallery

Buell Hall

515 West 116th St

New York, NY 10027

Saturday, February 4th, 4:00pm

Concert: Durey Rediscovered

Louis Durey, created music in Paris and wrote songs set to poetry by Mallarmé and Heine, Éluard, Hikmet and Audisio, and Langston Hughes. Durey’s music reflects themes of the 20th century, especially having to do with politics.  This concert premieres previously unheard work. More details @

General admission tickets are $20 and an RSVP is required. Contact NYU’s Maison Français by email at or by phone at 212-998-8750.


La Maison Française, NYU

16 Washington Mews

New York, NY 10003

Saturday, February 11th, 8:00pm

Oh My Gad! @ Carnegie Hall

French comedian Gad Elmaleh takes on American audiences in his latest stand-up routine. The routine builds on jokes that he is known for overseas and incorporates his new observations as a foreigner living in the United States. Performance in English. Tickets are limited, call Carnegie Hall for more information at 212-247-7800. To see event details, visit


Carnegie Hall

881 7th Avenue

New York, NY 10019

Wednesday, February 15th, 6:00pm

French Slam Poetry Event: Résidents de la Republique

Award-winning poet, performer, and author Capitaine Alexandre will perform slam poetry and readings from his recently published work, Résidents de la Republique. Performance in French. RSVP required. For more details and to reserve, visit


Maison Française East Gallery

Buell Hall

515 West 116th St

New York, NY 10027

Thursday, February 16th, 6:30pm

La Double Vie de Veronique (1991) screening and Q+A w/ starring actress Irène Jacob.

This film follows Veronique, a young french woman, and Weronika, an identical young woman in Poland of no relation, as the two navigate their parallel lives and career goals. After the film, professor Annette Insdorf will lead a Q+A session with Irène. RSVP required. For more details and to reserve, go to


Maison Française East Gallery

Buell Hall

515 West 116th St

New York, NY 10027

Friday, February 27th, 7:00pm

Music Performance by Irène and Francis Jacob

French actress Irène Jacob and her brother Francis will perform songs from their new album En Bas de Chez Moi in an intimate performance at Columbia’s Maison Française. Music in French. RSVP required. For more details and to reserve, visit


Maison Française East Gallery

Buell Hall

515 West 116th St

New York, NY 10027

Tuesday, February 28th, 7:00pm

Detaching from Photography- A Conversation with Valérie Belin and Quentin Bajac

French artist Valérie Belin will discuss her work with author Quentin Bajac, whose book Detaching from Photography focuses on her work. The two will discuss the experience of photography, the photographic image, and the nature of photography. More information on Albertine’s website:


972 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10075