French NYC

French NYC is in art, architecture, ballet, film, opera, fashion, food, FIAF, the UN, and the Statue of Liberty. The concept of “Latin America” is French.

‘Sleeping Beauty’ NYC Ballet at the David H Koch Theater

LINCOLN CENTER, Tue-Sun, Feb 13-17 & 19-24, 2019, French ballet dance theatre ~ One of NYC Ballet’s most elaborate productions with over 100 dancers.

Jordi Savall Spanish Classical Music

CARNEGIE HALL, ZANKEL HALL, Thu, February 21, 2019 ~ The Catalan Spanish early music master plays a concert of French baroque music
#SPANISH #CLASSICAL MUSIC #LIVE MUSIC

“Phantom of the Opera” Broadway at the Majestic Theatre

MAJESTIC THEATRE, TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, Dark Sundays, Ongoing ~ The Paris Opera House is haunted

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

EPIPHANY to FAT TUESDAY (MARDI GRAS), Sun, January 6 to Tue, March 5, 2019 ~ This reversal ritual is a Christian winter festival rooted in the seasonal norms of European agrarian society that spread around the world. What can you say? It’s a Latin party!
#CHRISTIAN #WINTER #FESTIVAL

Socrates Annual at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS: Daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 11, 2019 ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park founded by Italian-American abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero. FREE
# dominican french peruvian puerto rican outdoor sculpture

Saint-Saëns “Samson et Dalila” French Opera

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, LINCOLN CENTER, Wed & Sun, March 13 & 16, 2019 ~ Starring Rachvelishvili and Antonenko
#FRENCH #OPERA #LIVE MUSIC

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

CARNEGIE HALL STERN AUDITORIUM/PERELMAN STAGE, MIDTOWN, Thu, April 18, 2019 ~ Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the French pianist Hélène Grimaud playing Ravel.
#FRENCH #CLASSICAL #LIVE MUSIC

Mother’s Day 2019

1st May Sun (2018: 5) Portugal, Romania & Spain
May 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
2nd May Sun (2018: 12) U.S. & many countries
May 15: Paraguay
Last May Sun (2018: 26) Dominican Republic & France
May 27: Bolivia
May 30: Nicaragua
Aug 15: Costa Rica
3rd Oct Sun (2018: 20) Argentina
Dec 8: Panama

Carlos Gardel, Argentine icon, Latin movie idol, International Day of Tango

DECEMBER 11 (2019, Wed) ~ Charles Romuald Gardès, who gained fame in Argentina as the iconic tango singer and second Latin movie idol, was born in Toulouse, France in 1890

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

NOVEMBER 11, (Weekend, Fri-Mon, November 8-11, 2019) ~ Honors all who serve our country and commemorates the end of World War I
#HOLIDAY

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

LOURDES, FRANCE; Feb 11, 1858 (Tue in 2020); French Marion devotion ~ A Marion apparition told 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous to dig a well. Its water is famous for healing miracles.

Westminster Dog Show brings Latin breeds to MSG

HELL’S KITCHEN & CHELSEA, Mon-Tue, Feb 11-12, 2019, Dog show with African, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican, Spanish and Portuguese breeds.

See Phantom or Chicago during NYC Broadway Week

JAN 21 – FEB 10, 2019 ~ 2-for-1 tickets to popular Broadway shows are on sale now.
# broadway #theatre #sale

NYC Ballet dances neoclassical ballet masterpieces at Lincoln Center

LINCOLN CENTER, Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2019 ~ Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpieces “Apollo,” “Orpheus” and “Agon” set to Stravinsky. Russian-French ballet dance theatre.

Isabel Leonard stars in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” at the Met

LINCOLN CENTER, Thu, Jan 31 ~ Debussy’s only French opera is a slice of tragedy.
# french opera argentine star

Master Drawings New York 2019 at 30 galleries

UPPER EAST SIDE, Jan 26-Feb 2, 2019 ~ A collaborative exhibition of old master art at 30 international dealers within walking distance of each other.
# old masters drawings art fair

‘The Image Book’ Jean-Luc Godard French cinema at Film Society

LINCOLN CENTER, daily Jan 24 to Feb 7, 2019, French movies ~ A jaw-dropping kaleidoscope of sound and imagery from the 87-year old French New Wave master filmmaker.

Try new restaurants with friends during NYC Restaurant Week

Jan 21 – Feb 8, 2019 ~ 2-course lunches for $26 and 3-course dinners for $42.
# african brazilian cuban french italian mexican latin & spanish food

Discover Art Brut at the 2019 Outsider Art Fair

CHELSEA, January 17-20, 2019 ~ America’s leading art fair for “Art Brut” or art created outside the art world.
# french art fair

5,000 years at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

UPPER EAST SIDE, Opening night Thu, Jan 17, Show Jan 18-27, 2019, daily ~ African, French, Haitian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish antiques, art and design. The show benefits East Side House Settlement which provides educational programs to families in the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
# antiques fair bronx philanthropy

New York Jewish Film Festival at Film Society

LINCOLN CENTER, Daily, January 9-22, 2019 ~ Films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience
# jewish film festival argentine french israeli spanish movies

Golden Globes 2019 Winners

NBC BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL, HOLLYWOOD, Sun, January 6, 2019 ~ “Green Book”, “Roma” and “A Star is Born” won film awards. Patricia Arquette and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won TV Golden Globe Awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
#AWARDS #FRENCHCANADIAN #ITALIAN #MEXICAN #MOVIES #TV

Film Comment Selects 2019 at Film Society

LINCOLN CENTER, Wed-Sun, Feb 6-10, 2019, Film festival with Brazilian, Chilean, French & Spanish movies curated by Film Comment magazine editors.

May Day

MAY 1 (2019, Wed) ~ The old spring festival is also International Workers Day
#CELEBRATION

Celebrate All Souls Day, the Catholic day for remembering dead family

November 2
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The Catholic day for tending family graves was blended in Mexico with Aztec traditions into the Day of the Dead

Beaujolais Nouveau Day ~ Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

November 21, 2019, Thursday
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Taste the fruit in this season’s Beaujolais by drinking it chilled right after it is bottled

Black Friday opens the holiday shopping season

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 ~ Shopping for Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, French, Italian, Spanish or Venezuelan fashion

Bergdorf Goodman is NYC’s most luxurious department store

Daily
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Midtown, Manhattan
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NYC’s most luxurious department store also has the most elegant Christmas windows

Metropolitan Museum of Art

UPPER EAST SIDE, Daily ~ NYC’s encyclopedia of art

MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art

MIDTOWN, Daily, FREE Fridays 4-8 pm ~ The world’s most important collection of Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art and film

Guggenheim Museum

UPPER EAST SIDE, Fri-Wed ~ One of the world’s great Impressionist, Modern, Post-War & Contemporary collections includes French, Italian, Jewish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish artists

Carnegie Hall Calendar (2018-19)

CARNEGIE HALL CITYWIDE, 2018-19 Season ~ African, Cuban, Filipino, French and Puerto Rican Boogaloo, Jazz and Hip-Hop

FIFA World Soccer Ranking

ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND, Thu, December 20, 2018 ~ Half the top 10 are Latin: France, Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay, Spain. USA women are #1.

Ballet Hispánico soars in “CARMEN.maquia” at The Apollo

APOLLO THEATER, HARLEM, Fri-Sat, December 7-8, 2018 ~ America’s leading Latino dance company shows a Spanish contemporary take on Bizet’s French opera about the fiery Romani woman “Carmen”

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

BROADWAY LINCOLN SQUARE, Monday, November 26, 2018 ~ Street fair with entertainment, inexpensive food tastings, Christmas tree lighting, parade, family fun. FREE

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

UNIVISION, November 15, 2018 ~ Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Watch videos of all the winners in this story.

The Salon Art + Design Fair 2018 is a matter of taste

November 8 – 12, 2018
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PREVIEW, November 8
Nathalie and Laura de Gunzburg
Benefits Dia Art Foundation
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Park Avenue Arrmory
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Historic, modern and contemporary furniture and groundbreaking design

Clémentine Margaine closes Bizet’s French opera “Carmen” at the Met

LINCOLN CENTER, Oct 30, 2018 to Feb 8, 2019 ~ French opera of Spanish Romani culture. French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine and tenor Roberto Alagna star.

TEFAF New York Fall 2018 at the Park Avenue Armory

OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW
October 26, 2018, Friday
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FAIR
October 27 – 31, 2018
Sunday – Wednesday
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Park Avenue Armory
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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New York society loves the Fall New York edition of Europe’s leading antiques fair. It focuses on fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920.

IFPDA Print Fair 2018

PREVIEW
October 24, 2018, Wednesday
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FAIR
October 25 – 28, Thursday – Sunday
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Javitz Center, River Pavilion
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
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The biggest fine art prints fair

World Ballet Day 2018

FACEBOOK, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 ~ Go live behind the scenes with the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet and Australian Ballet

Fall for Dance Festival 2018

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN ~ Mon-Sat, October 1-13, 2018 ~ $15 seats to watch four world-class companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies perform ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances. Sells out every year!

Delacroix

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, UPPER EAST SIDE, Daily, September 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019 ~ The rich colors and emotions of this Romantic painter inspired the Impressionists and all who followed
#FRENCH #ROMANTIC #PAINTER

US Open Tennis 2018 Nadal, Halep, Del Potro, Garcia, Fognini

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish players including the #1 men’s and women’s singles players.
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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
August 27-September 9, 2018
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ROUND OF 16
Sunday – Monday
September 2 – 3, 2018
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QUARTER FINALS
Tuesday – Wednesday
September 4 – 5, 2018
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SEMI FINALS
Thursday – Friday
September 6 – 7, 2018
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FINALS
Saturday – Sunday
September 8 – 9, 2018

Marguerite Humeau: Birth Canal

NEW MUSEUM, LOWER EAST SIDE, Tue-Sun, September 4, 2018 to January 6, 2019 ~ French artist channels the Goddess of prehistoric Venus figurines
#FRENCH #CONTEMPORARY #SCULPTOR

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2018 (NYCWFF)

PIER 94, HELL’S KITCHEN & AROUND MANHATTAN, Thu-Sun, October 11 – 14, 2018 ~ A weekend of fine wine and food prepared by over 500 world-renowned French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish chefs and TV personalities from the Food Network and Cooking Channel
#WINEFESTIVAL #FOODFESTIVAL

New Yorker Festival 2018

October 5 – 7, 2018
Friday – Sunday
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African, French, Italian & Mexican thinkers

Affordable Art Fair 2018 Fall

Preview, Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Thursday – Sunday
September 27 – 30, 2018
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Metropolitan Pavilion
Chelsea, Manhattan
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Over 70 exhibitors of art for less than $10,000, including French, Italian and Spanish galleries

New York Film Festival 56 (2018)

September 28 – October 14, 2018
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OPENING NIGHT
Friday, September 28, 2018
“The Favorite” Yorgos Lanthimos (Greek)
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CENTERPIECE
Friday, October 5, 2018
“ROMA,” Alfonso Cuarón (Mexican)
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CLOSING NIGHT
Friday, October 12, 2018
“At Eternity’s Gate” Julian Schnabel (Jewish)
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Alice Tully Hall
Film Society of Lincoln Center
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One of America’s oldest and most influential film festivals is screening Argentine, Chilean, Cuban, Filipino, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Spanish films

UN General Assembly 73 (2018) UNGA 73

GENERAL DEBATE
September 25 – October 5, 2018
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UN Headquarters
Midtown East, Manhattan
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Heads of state visit so Midtown East is blocked with security and traffic

Celebrate the Summer Solstice 2019, the shortest night of the year

Friday, June 21, 2019
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Celebrate Midsummer, the shortest night of the year, with a little Fête de la Musique.

Bastille Day 2019, the French national day

July 14, 1789 ~ the storming of the Bastille fortress launched the French Revolution.
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Celebrate the Assumption of Mary, her Catholic heavenly birthday

Feast Day August 15
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Frick Collection of old masters, European sculpture, and decorative arts

1 East 70th St at Fifth Ave
Upper East Side
Closed on Mondays

Met Cloisters is a museum of medieval European art

99 Margaret Corbin Dr
Fort Tryon Park
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Daily

Louis Vuitton New York ~ French handbags and fashion

Midtown East (Flagship)
SoHo & Battery Park City stores
Bloomingdale’s, Upper East Side
Macy’s, Garment District
Saks Fifth Avenue, Midtown East

Givenchy the French couture designer who defined 1950s elegance

Hubert de Givenchy passed away near Paris on March 10, 2018.
Givenchy New York
747 Madison Avenue
(at 65th St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Open daily

Edwynn Houk Gallery represents major photographers

745 Fifth Avenue #407
at 58th St
Midtown East, Manhattan
Monday – Friday

Chanel New York

Madison Avenue, Upper East Side
57th Street, Midtown
SoHo

NY Art Book Fair 2018 ~ the world of books

FAIR (FREE)
Friday – Sunday
September 21 – 23, 2018
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TICKETED PREVIEW
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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MoMA PS1
Long Island City, Queens
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Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese and Puerto Rican books.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the big North American film festivalr

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, French, Israeli, Italian, Mexican, Filipino, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan films.
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Toronto, Canada
September 6 – 16, 2018

New York International Salsa Congress 2018

Marriott Marquis
Times Square Theater District, Manhattan
Thursday – Monday
August 30 – September 3, 2018

New York Fashion Week Women’s SS 2019 (September 2018)

Around town
Thursday – Wednesday
September 6 – 12, 2018

White | Black monochrome group show of art stars at Acquavella Galleries

August 13 – September 28, 2018
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Acquavella Galleries
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Compare the aesthetics of Miquel Barceló (Spanish), Louise Bourgeois (French), Jean Dubuffet (French), Jacob El Hanani (Jewish), Manolo Millares (Spanish), Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan) and Americans Keith Haring, Robert Longo & Andy Warhol.

International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC

Costa Rican, French, French-Canadian & Puerto Rican puppetry
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Wednesday – Sunday
August 8 – 12, 2018

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2018 $28 lunches and $42 dinners

Brazilian, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican & Spanish prix-fixe lunches and dinners.
RESERVATIONS
Monday, July 9, 2018
DINING
July 23 – August 17, 2018

France World Cup 2018 Final

Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow, Russia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France wins

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bastille NYC ~ French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

60th Street
Fifth Avenue to Lexington
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, July 15, 2018

LAMC 2018 Latin Alternative Music Conference

The Stewart Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 14, 2018

Django Reinhardt NY Festival keeps the Gypsy Jazz legend alive

Birdland
Hell’s Kitchen
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 15, 2018

Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France 2018

Colombian, French, Italian & Spanish riders.
July 7 – 29, 2018
Tour de France 2018 winners:
TIME Geraint Thomas (British)
POINTS Peter Sagan (Slovakian)
CLIMBER Julian Alaphilippe (French)
YOUNG Pierre Roger Latour (French)
TEAM Movistar (Spanish)
COMBATIVE Daniel Martin (Irish)
COLOMBIAN
Nairo Quintana finishes 10th time, 8th climber.
Egan Arley Bernal Gomez 2nd youth
Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda 5th youth

NYC Dance Week 2018 ~ 10 days FREE dance, fitness & wellness classes

June 14 – 23, 2018

Tony Awards 2018 honor the best of the 2017-2018 Broadway season

Caribbean, Colombian, Filipino, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish nominees.
Live on CBS
Radio City Music Hall
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘Kamchatka’ is a new opera about a boy’s view of Argentina’s Dirty War

Produced by Americas Society
Dixon Place
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Wednesday
June 5 – 6, 2018

SummerStage 2018 FREE concerts in NYC parks

JUNE – SEPTEMBER
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Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Parks across NYC

UEFA Champions League Final 2017-2018 ~ Real Madrid Threepeat

The world’s most respected club soccer tournament.
September – May
FINAL
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
Saturday, May 26, 2018

ABT’s Spring 2018 ‘Firebird / AFTERITE’ stars Ferri, Copeland & Cornejo

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Alessandra Ferri (Italian), Misty Copeland (African-American) & Herman Cornejo (Argentine)
Friday – Saturday
May 25 – 26, 2018

Dance Parade 2018 is NYC’s biggest dance event with over 10,000 dancers

African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more
Broadway, University Place, 8th St, Tompkins Square Park & Nublu 151
Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village & East Village
Rain or Shine
Saturday, May 19, 2018

American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 ‘Giselle’ stars Bolle, Cornejo and Abrera

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday – Saturday
May 14 – 19, 2018

New York City Opera in the Park in Bryant Park

Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Occasional Dates
May 14 – September 17, 2018
FREE

Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller is the auction of the century

May 8, 2018: Christie’s sets auction records for Corot, Delacroix, Monet, Matisse, Morandi, Odilon, Vuillard, and makes its collection guarantee at the very first auction.

TEFAF New York Spring 2018 is the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fairs

Museum-quality art and antiques by Brazilian, French, Italian, Latin American, Uruguayan and some of New York City’s leading galleries.
Park Avenue Armory
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Friday – Tuesday
May 4 – 8, 2018

William Ropp ‘Tafari: He who Inspires Awe’ at Throckmorton Fine Art

Ethiopian body of work by a French photographer whose subjects seem to be looking at you.
Throckmorton Fine Art
Midtown East, Manhattan
Monday – Saturday
May 3 – June 23, 2018

Art of the Real 2018 is Film Society’s documentary film festival

Brazilian, French, Mexican & Romanian films.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
April 26 – May 6, 2018

Met Opera’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’ stars Ailyn Pérez and Charles Castronovo

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
April 23 – May 12, 2018

40th Artexpo 2018 with SOLO and FOTO SOLO at Pier 94

African, Argentine, Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Filipino, French, French-Canadian, Haitian, Israeli, Italian, Mexican, Romanian, Spanish, Uruguayan & Venezuelan galleries.
Pier 94
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Thursday – Sunday
April 19 – 22, 2018

Youth America Grand Prix 2018

DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER, Wed-Thu, April 18-19, 2018 ~ The world’s ballet scholarship finals and gala performance are nothing, but electric

17th Tribeca Film Festival 2018

The younger of New York City’s two major film festivals brings red carpet premieres, stars, filmmakers, and film fans to NYC. Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Italian, Jewish, Puerto Rican, Romanian & Spanish films.
April 18 – 29, 2018

PEN World Voices Festival 2018 Resist and Reimagine

165+ writers and artists from over 50 countries gather in NYC to talk about the theme ‘Resist and Reimagine.’
April 16 – 22, 2018

‘Cendrillon’ is a new Met Opera production of Massenet’s Cinderella opera

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
April 12 – May 11, 2018

Teatro La Re-Sentida ‘La Dictadura de lo Cool’ Chilean theatre

Chilean experimental theatre about the anarchy of the bourgeoisie.
NYU Skirball
New York University
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Friday – Saturday
April 6 – 7, 2018

Juliette Dumas ‘Angels’ French painter of nature at Silas Von Morisse

Silas Von Morisse Gallery
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Thursday – Sunday
April 5 – 29, 2018

AIPAD Photography Show 2018 is America’s leading fine art photography fair

Pier 94
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
VERNISSAGE
Wednesday, April 4
FAIR
Thursday – Sunday
April 5 – 8, 2018

Verdi’s ‘Luisa Miller’ stars Spanish-Mexican opera legend Plácido Domingo

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
March 29 – April 21, 2018

47th New Directors / New Films 2018 screens the future of cinema

Movies by new Brazilian, Dominican, Filipino, French, and Portuguese directors.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Upper West Side, Manhattan

MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art
Midtown, Manhattan

March 28 – April 8, 2018

‘Back to Burgundy’ is the next generation of a traditional winemaking family

Angelika Film Center
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
March 23 – 29, 2018

‘Like Life Sculpture, Color, and the Body’ at The Met Breuer

Upper East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
March 21 – July 22, 2018

Affordable Art Fair New York Spring 2018

Argentine, French, French-Canadian, Italian, & Spanish galleries.
Metropolitan Pavilion
Chelsea, Manhattan
PREVIEW
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
FAIR
Thursday – Sunday
March 21 – 25, 2018

French NYC is centered in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens and Greenpoint. Brooklyn is becoming BoBo (Bourgeois-Bohème). French life in Manhattan is centered around Lyçée Français and FIAF on the Upper East Side.

Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Hermes, Lacoste, and Louis Vuitton have New York City stores.

Bouley in Tribeca is currently the top French restaurant in New York City. It is closely followed by Daniel in the Upper East Side, Tocqueville in the Flatiron District, and Jean-Georges in the Upper West Side.

France has had a great influence on New York City. New York Bay was discovered for Europeans by Giovanni da Verrazzano working for King Francis 1 of France in 1524. The French Revolution (1789-1799) forever changed the western dynamic between governing elites and the people they ruled. We are still working that out today.

We bought the central third of our country from Napoleon in the Louisiana Purchase of 1804. Napoleon’s Peninsular War with Spain (1807-1814) led to the independence of the Spanish colonies.

The icon of New York, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French people (1886). The concept of “Latin America” is French. The Modern art movement began in France. Paris was the capital of the art world until 1945. Ballets Russes of Paris brought Ballet to  the Americas. French cuisine is still considered one of the peaks of gastronomy. Paris remains one of the world’s fashion capitals.