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The Best of French in The City in September

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

All the cool events, movies, books, concerts and the playlist of the month right in your inbox!

Food and drinks

French Mondays: The New Apero Art de Vivre

Let's start with a very French activity:

Eat and drink!

Every Monday in September, starting on the 16th, the group Brooklyn French host an "apéro" in the Midtown bar and Lounge "Flûte". Meet up, catch up, have fun.

Every Wednesday and Friday this month, get your fruits and vegetables at the Bryant Park French Market. The summer might be gone, but the flavors don't have to.

On September 28th and 29th, Dee Cuisine, the food blog will host the The 2nd Annual Taste of France in Bryant Park, the biggest outdoor market dedicated to French food.

Put to use all the Fresh ingredients you bought at the market by learning how to cook some classic French dishes. On September 12th, learn how to make a "bouillaibaisse", this renown fish stew from the south of France, at Home Cooking New York, in Soho. If you have a sweet tooth and would prefer to bake, why not enroll in a pastry cooking class? Mille Feuille Bakery offer macarons, croissants and mille-feuilles baking classes. Numerous dates available.

For a list of restaurants, bakeries, cafés, bars and shops selling French items click here.

Movies and Theater

On September 3rd watch the last film of the serie "films on the Green", Oliva, an art film from 1951, based on Dorothy Bussy's short novel. Learn about "La Nouvelle Vague" with a French Film Workshop on September 6th.

Playing at Film Forum, now through September 19th, a first class work, Mr Klein, directed by Joseph Losey, with Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau. “A slow-burning French thriller… Suffused not only with history, but also with echoes of Kafka, Dostoyevsky and the clipped paranoia of Losey’s collaborations with Harold Pinter.”– Ben Kenigsberg , NYT

From September 12th to October 12th, "Crossing The Line Festival" will show innovative works by French, Francophone and Americans artists. The festival opens with "Opening Night" in which Iconic French actress Isabelle Adjani makes her long-awaited New York theatrical debut on the FIAF stage with Morgan Lloyd Sicard and Frédéric Pierrot in a riveting cross-media adaption of John Cassavetes’ Get discounted $25 tickets now through Tuesday, September 3 only with the code CTLA25 on the fiaf website.

Books: Events and Releases

C'est la rentrée ... litéraire! September is probably the most important month for book releases, so it's time to make the list of all the books you will read this year. To help you, here is a selection of the latest books. If you are a lover of old books, don't miss the Brooklyn Antiquarian Fair on September 7th. This is the country biggest book fair and it features rare books from all over the world. The event takes place at the Brooklyn EXPO center.

Albertine, the French Bookstore will host various literary events. On September 12th, a discussion with author Kate Kirkpatrick around her ground-breaking biography Becoming Beauvoir: A Life. Bonne lecture!

Art: Expo

Opened now until January 22nd

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion is the first New York retrospective in forty years to focus on the legendary couturier. Drawn primarily from Pierre Cardin’s archive, the exhibition traverses the designer’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Brooklyn Museum

Music: Concerts and the playlist of the month

This month again, the Club Bonafide will host several French Jazz performances. On September 1st, the vocalist Chloé performs jazz classics, bossa nova selections, French standards and even a few compositions of her own. Later that evening, the Jazz ensemble "So Jazz Cabaret" will perform a salute to Piaf, Aznavour, Brel and more with their "From Paris with Love" jazz serie.

On September 13th, Alfredo Sings Jacques Brel Chansons In French with The life and story of Brel told in English.

If French electronic music is more your jam, there are 2 great concerts to see this month. On September 12th the French trip hop producer Wax Tailor who has released 6 albums and has collaborated with a great number of artists, will perform a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl . On September 13th Polo and Pan, will play at Terminal 5. The group formed of Paul Armand-Delille and Alexandre Grynszpance are two DJs and electronic music producers, who have been electrifying French and American audiences with their dreamy and vibrant music styles, marked by smooth lyrics and exotic melodies. On September 15th, Matthieu Eveillard, the song writer from Brittany will bring his poetic melodies at the Lung Harvest Festival in the lower east side. On September 18th, the two brothers Bigflo & Oli, the French hip hop duo from Toulouse will play at "Le Poisson Rouge".

To close this selection here is the playlist of the month. The songs featured have been released between the last few months and the last few days. I have chosen to include many different style to reflect what is currently happening in the French musical scene. Bonne écoute and don't forget to subscribe to receive this monthly newsletter.

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