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  • 07 Dec 2017 1:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Tout en étant obligé de s’inscrire dans la lignée des comtes d’Ormesson, il s’était fait son propre nom, en forme de sourire, qui reflétait bien son caractère facétieux : Jean d’O. Plus il vieillissait, plus Jean d’Ormesson – qui est mort dans la nuit du 4 au 5 décembre à l’âge de 92 ans – était charmant et charmeur, avec son œil si bleu et son air à jamais espiègle. « Il a toujours dit qu’il partirait sans avoir tout dit et c’est aujourd’hui. Il nous laisse de merveilleux livres », a déclaré sa fille, Héloïse d’Ormesson. Il pensait avec raison que la gaieté est une politesse et voulait mériter un qualificatif presque perdu, « dans un siècle où règne le ressentiment » : délicieux.
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  • 07 Dec 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Pop star Johnny Hallyday has died:

    Johnny Hallyday s'est éteint dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi à l'âge de 74 ans. C'est son épouse Laeticia qui a annoncé la terrible nouvelle cette nuit dans un communiqué envoyé à 2h34 du matin à l'Agence France Presse. "Johnny Hallyday est parti. J'écris ces mots sans y croire. Et pourtant c'est bien cela. Mon homme n'est plus. Il nous quitte cette nuit comme il aura vécu tout au long de sa vie, avec courage et dignité." L'annonce de sa mort suscite des milliers de réactions parmi ses innombrables fans mais aussi de la part de toutes les personnalités qui l'ont cotoyé au fil de ses soixante ans de carrière.

  • 05 Nov 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Manon Pignot is a French historian specializing in the experience of children during World War I and in war and more broadly. She is an associate professor at the Jules Verne University of Picardy and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of The Crayon War: When the little Parisians drew the Great War (Editions Parigramme, 2004); Let's go children of the fatherland: Generation Great War (Le Seuil, 2012); The child-soldier, 19th to 21st century: A critical approach (Armand Colin, 2012); and Paris in the Great War (Editions Parigramme, 2014).


    The study of “teen-combatants” is a growing subfield in the history of children at war, the history of war violence in general, and World War I in particular. Too young to be legally enlisted as conscripts in 1914-1918, teen combatants also felt that they were too old to remain on the home front. This lecture will explore the cross-European phenomenon of “teen-combatants” both as a rite of passage into male adulthood and as a transgression of wartime norms.

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  • 05 Nov 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous member

    In a career that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) was deeply inspired by tradition yet rebelled against its idealized forms, introducing innovative practices that paved the way for modern sculpture. He believed that art should be true to nature, a philosophy that shaped his attitudes to models and materials. Many know Rodin for the controversies surrounding certain of his works, such as the scandals around The Age of Bronze or the Monument to Honoré de Balzac, and for his unfinished projects, most famously The Gates of Hell. But few who recognize Rodin's sculptures have failed to be moved by them. 

    To celebrate his life and legacy, cities around the world are exhibiting Rodin's sculptures! Check out the Midwest exhibitions below.

    Rodin—100 Years 

    September 1, 2017 to May 13, 2018

    The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA

    The Hysterical Material

    September 14 to December 17, 2017

    Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition

    September 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

    Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

    November, 3 2017 to March 4, 2018

    The Art Institute of Chicago, Il, USA

  • 05 Nov 2017 1:38 PM | Anonymous member

    Teaming up with photographer/muralist, JR, Agnès Varda journeys through rural France, meeting locals and developing a sense of humanity and character through art by virtue of their own sensibilities and the perspectives of those they meet along the way.

    Primary female director of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has been revered as the mother and grandmother of the movement. From drama film, Cléo from 5 to 7 to revered documentaries, The Beaches of Agnès and The Gleaners & I, Varda has regarded political and feminist ideologies in the most revealing proximity. 

    “Magnificently moving, funny, life-affirming, and altogether wonderful...a screen duo for the ages.” - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

    Check out this delightful preview:

    Opens in Cincinnati, OH on November 1, 2017 at the Mariemont Theatre.
    Opens in Columbus, OH on November 3, 2017 at the Gateway Film Center.

  • 01 Nov 2017 4:13 PM | Anonymous member

    Reel Art: Way Public Library, Perrysburg, Ohio
    Friday, November 17th, 7:00PM Free

    The Two of Us (1967)
    Le vieil homme et l'enfant (original title)
    Not Rated | 1h 26min | Comedy, Drama

    Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter and a anti-Semite, but he does not know about Claude's religion. The film is the story of their growing mutual affection.

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  • 31 Oct 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Claude Monet, Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), c. 1876, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.

    This intimate exhibition focuses on the Detroit Institute of Art’s only painting by Claude Monet — Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), formerly known as Gladioli and recently retitled based on new research. Monet painted this work while living in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil between late 1871 and early 1878. His time in Argenteuil was especially productive, for it was there that he and fellow avant-garde painters formed the Impressionists. Experience the DIA’s painting together with 10 other Argenteuil paintings by Monet and fellow impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and discover the story behind the creation of Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs) and how it fits into the history of Monet’s work and the Impressionist movement. 

    One ticket provides admission to both Monet: Framing Life and Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage.

    Now through March 4, 2018.  More information at

  • 22 Oct 2017 11:04 PM | Anonymous member

    EXPLORING MUSIC: 11:00AM WGTE 91.3FM This week’s theme: French composers from the generation before Les Six (Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, et al), and we are fondly calling our composers Les Cinq Plus. Like Les Six, our composers did not have a great deal in common, and the way they all have been grouped is an historical accident — artists who happened to inhabit a particular locale at a given time. A few of these composers shared some characteristic traits, but they were incidental, and the artists didn’t even care much for each other. Unlike Les Six, Les Cinq Plus grew up listening to the art songs of the 1800s, and each in their way, carried this romantic torch forward. Chabrier, Massenet, Duparc, Chausson, Dukas, and perhaps Satie as “L’Autre.”

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  • 02 Oct 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Direct from the Parisian overground French pop connoisseurs La Femme released their new album Mystère worldwide last September..

    Hailing from Le Pré Saint Gervais and Ivry-sur-Seine’s windingstreets, La Femme have made a huge mark on modern Paris’s cultural landscape, with the two sides of the city–the glamour and the grit–engrained in their music. “Mystère” reached the second place of the French digital charts, the 8th place of the overall French charts, and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the French Music Awards 2017.

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