WBEZ | Alliance Française de Chicago http://www.wbez.org/content/alliance-fran%C3%A7aise-de-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en April in Paris: Black Paris with Kiratiana Freelon (in English) http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-21/april-paris-black-paris-kiratiana-freelon-english <p><p>Discover the historical Paris of African-American expatriates and the contemporary Paris of the Africans and Caribbeans who now call the city home. <strong>Kiratiana Freelon </strong>is a Harvard graduate who has traveled to more than 25 countries and has appeared on the Travel Channel. She's also an expert on Paris. In 2006, she fulfilled one of her dreams and lived in Paris for a year. She is now launching a series of destination travel guides she hopes&nbsp;will inspire&nbsp;other African Americans to&nbsp;travel. The first book in the series is her <em>Travel Guide to Black Paris</em>.</p><p>In this lecture and book signing,&nbsp;Kiratiana will&nbsp;take you on a tour of La Goutte d'Or, the heart of modern black Paris, show you how to <em>coupé décalé</em>, and explain how Josephine Baker took over Paris in the twenties. According to the author, &quot;<em>Black Paris</em> is reading James Baldwin&rsquo;s <em>Go Tell it on the Mountain </em>at Café de Flore, the same place Baldwin wrote it; <em>Black Paris</em> is eating Senegalese Thieb at Chez Aida, Paris&rsquo; longest running African Restaurant; <em>Black Paris </em>is arriving at the Alizé nightclub at&nbsp;two in the morning, dancing to Coupe Décalé and not leaving until 7AM; <em>Black Paris</em> is buying a dress by Sadio Bee and then wearing it back home in America where everyone asks, 'Where did you buy you dress?'&quot;</p><p><em>Black Paris</em> is just an <em>avant-goût </em>of our spring series looking beyond the Tour Eiffel at la Ville des Lumière,&quot;April in Paris.&quot; This upcoming series will include: &quot;<em>La banlieue: Lieu du ban</em>,&quot;&nbsp;a <em>table ronde</em> discussing the suburbs of Paris, where the outliers, not to say the outlaws, have created a hybrid culture rocking the medieval core of the city and its language; &quot;Virtual Paris,&quot; with post-production magician Hybride Technologies (Sin City, Spy Kids), a division of next-gen gaming company giant Ubisoft Montreal (Assassin&rsquo;s Creed), who will&nbsp;explain how they constructed their version of Paris and other European cities, pixel by pixel; &quot;The Renewal of Catholicism in Paris,&quot; with Jean Luc Marion, one of the Académie française &quot;immortals&quot; and a reputed philosopher and theologian, who will speak on the post-war years--a time of turmoil, and renewal, for christianity; art historian Olivier Bernier on a Paris maybe bygone but never forgotten; and &quot;<em>Portrait de Paris</em>,&quot; a series of documentaries presented in collaboration with the Forum des Images under an agreement between the Fondation Alliance Française and the City of Paris.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:18:02 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-21/april-paris-black-paris-kiratiana-freelon-english April in Paris: La banlieue, Le lieu du ban http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-16/april-paris-la-banlieue-le-lieu-du-ban <p><p>Join us for this <em>table ronde </em>discussing the suburbs of Paris, where the outliers, not to say the outlaws, have created an <em>hybride</em> culture rocking the medieval core of the city and its language. <em>La banlieue, moi, je kiffe grave! </em></p><p>Our&nbsp;special guests include:&nbsp;<strong>Mamadou Gaye</strong>, founding member of the Parisian organisation Banlieues du Monde; <strong>Tim Brown </strong>from the IIT College of Architecture; and moderator <strong>Ritt Deitz</strong>, Executive Director, UW-Madison Professional French Masters Program.</p></p> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 17:19:51 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-16/april-paris-la-banlieue-le-lieu-du-ban April in Paris: Paris at the Time of La Révolution with French Historian Olivier Bernier (in English) http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/april-paris-paris-time-la-r%C3%A9volution-french-historian-olivier-bernier-english <p><p>Join us for this conversation with art historian Olivier Bernier on a Paris that may be bygone but never forgotten.</p><p><strong>Olivier Bernier</strong>, widely acclaimed for his lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was born in the United States of French parents and was educated in Paris and at Harvard. He is the author of several critically acclaimed histories, including <em>Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: The Mob, the Monarchy, and the French Revolution </em>and Louis XIV: A Royal Life. He will come to remind us of Paris&nbsp;in which heads rolled off the guillotine.</p></p> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 17:10:02 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/april-paris-paris-time-la-r%C3%A9volution-french-historian-olivier-bernier-english April in Paris: The Renewal of Catholicism in Paris http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-13/april-paris-renewal-catholicism-paris <p><p>One of the Académie française &quot;immortals&quot; and a reputed philosopher and theologian, speaks on the post-war years in France, a time of turmoil, and renewal, for christianity.</p><p><strong>Jean-Luc Marion, </strong>a professor at the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne, will&nbsp;give&nbsp;a lecture&nbsp;on&nbsp;Cardinal Lustiger and the &quot;New Springtime of the Church&quot; in Paris. Marion gave an <em>éloge</em> for Archbishop Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger&nbsp;when he&nbsp;assumed the cardinal's seat in the Académie française.</p><p>As Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Lustiger gained the nickname &quot;le bulldozer&quot; for his efforts to rebuild the Church by founding new parishes, establishing a new seminary and the École Cathédrale, creating Catholic Radio Notre- Dame and KTO television, establishing a cultural center for dialogue at the Collège des Bernardins (a thirteenth-century monastery building recovered from the state), and publishing a best-selling books, among them <em>Osez Croire</em>, or Dare to Believe.</p><p>Lustiger&rsquo;s work was grounded in a deep spirituality nourished by the &quot;French School&quot; of Bérulle and François de Sales, a commitment to reconcile the French Church with democracy, and an effort to establish deeper relations with the Jewish people.</p><p>This event is co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought at the University of Chicago</p></p> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 17:01:21 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-13/april-paris-renewal-catholicism-paris Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-28/kings-queens-and-courtiers-art-early-renaissance-france <p><p>Preview the Art Institute of Chicago's latest exhibition! <strong>Martha Wolff</strong>, the Eleanor Wood Prince Curator of European Painting before 1750, explains how France entered an age of expansion and creative energy after two young kings, Charles VIII and Louis XII, pursued dynastic claims and dreams of glory by invading Italy. The result: an exuberant and elegant fusion of the flamboyant Gothic art of northern Europe with the Italian art of the Renaissance. This talk will be in English.</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:02:58 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-28/kings-queens-and-courtiers-art-early-renaissance-france Black Paris with Kiratiana Freelon http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-01/black-paris-kiratiana-freelon <p><p>Discover the historical Paris of African-American expatriates and the contemporary Paris of the Africans and Caribbeans who call the city home. <strong>Kiratiana Freelon </strong>is a Harvard graduate who has traveled to more than 25 countries and has appeared on the Travel Channel. She's also an expert on Paris. In 2006, she fulfilled one of her dreams and lived in Paris for a year. She is now launching a series of destination travel guides she hopes&nbsp;will inspire&nbsp;other African Americans to&nbsp;travel. The first book in the series is her <em>Travel Guide to Black Paris</em>.</p><p>In this lecture and book signing,&nbsp;Kiratiana will&nbsp;take you on a tour of La Goutte d'Or, the heart of modern black Paris, show you how to <em>coupé décalé</em>, and explain how Josephine Baker took over Paris in the twenties. According to the author, &quot;<em>Black Paris</em> is reading James Baldwin&rsquo;s <em>Go Tell it on the Mountain </em>at Café de Flore, the same place Baldwin wrote it; <em>Black Paris</em> is eating Senegalese Thieb at Chez Aida, Paris&rsquo; longest running African Restaurant; <em>Black Paris </em>is arriving at the Alizé nightclub at&nbsp;two in the morning, dancing to Coupe Décalé and not leaving until 7AM; <em>Black Paris</em> is buying a dress by Sadio Bee and then wearing it back home in America where everyone asks, 'Where did you buy you dress?'&quot;</p><p><em>Black Paris</em> is just an <em>avant-goût </em>of our spring series looking beyond the Tour Eiffel at la Ville des Lumière,&quot;April in Paris.&quot; This upcoming series will include: &quot;<em>La banlieue: Lieu du ban</em>,&quot;&nbsp;a <em>table ronde</em> discussing the suburbs of Paris, where the outliers, not to say the outlaws, have created a hybrid culture rocking the medieval core of the city and its language; &quot;Virtual Paris,&quot; with post-production magician Hybride Technologies (Sin City, Spy Kids), a division of next-gen gaming company giant Ubisoft Montreal (Assassin&rsquo;s Creed), who will&nbsp;explain how they constructed their version of Paris and other European cities, pixel by pixel; &quot;The Renewal of Catholicism in Paris,&quot; with Jean Luc Marion, one of the Académie française &quot;immortals&quot; and a reputed philosopher and theologian, who will speak on the post-war years--a time of turmoil, and renewal, for christianity; art historian Olivier Bernier on a Paris maybe bygone but never forgotten; and &quot;<em>Portrait de Paris</em>,&quot; a series of documentaries presented in collaboration with the Forum des Images under an agreement between the Fondation Alliance Française and the City of Paris.</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:46:12 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-01/black-paris-kiratiana-freelon Profession: Parfumeur http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-12-01/profession-parfumeur <p><p><em>L&rsquo;histoire des Parfums de l&rsquo;Antiquitée à nos jours</em>: An olfactory journey with Patricia de Nicolaï, president of the Osmothèque of Versailles, where perfumes both existing and extinct are archived with scents dating as far back as the 1st century.<br /> <br /> Limited seating, please note this talk will be in French. A <em>vin d'honneur </em>will be served after the presentation.This event is organized in partnership with the <em>Délégation générale de l&rsquo;Alliance Française aux Etats-Unis </em>and with the support of <em>l&rsquo;Osmothèque</em>. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.pnicolai.com "><strong>Patricia de Nicolaï</strong></a>, first chemist and now creator of perfume for 20 years, was born in Paris and raised in the Guerlain town house, side-by-side with four generations of the Guerlain family. Her childhood was, of course, perfumed with the most delicate essences. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.asp?event=636&amp;type=0">Register for this event</a>! Members $25, non-members $35. Please present proof of membership at the door!</p></p> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 16:08:41 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-12-01/profession-parfumeur Panel discussion on Le style Deneuve http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-17/panel-discussion-le-style-deneuve <p><p>Panel discussion on <em>Le Style Deneuve</em>, comparing it to the American Style. <strong>Mary Ann Childers</strong> moderates panelists<strong> </strong><strong>Gillion Carrara</strong>, from the Fashion Department of the SAIC; <strong>Nena Ivon</strong>, retired special events manager and fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue; and <strong>Tim Long</strong>, from the Costume Department of the Chicago Historical Museum.<br /> <br /> Mary Ann Childers is best known to Chicagoans as one of the most recognized, and respected voices in local broadcasting. As an anchor and reporter, Mary Ann reported virtually every major story in Chicago for nearly 3 decades. She is presently a senior consultant with Res Publica Group a strategic-communication firm where she advised clients on new media resources.<br /><br /> Please provide proof of membership at the door to obtain special member price at cultural programs. More information at the front desk at (312) 337-1070<br /><br /> After the panel, attend a screening of <em>Belle de Jour</em> at 7:30 pm. <br /> In French with English subtitles.<br /> Réalisateur: Luis Bunuel, 1967, 101min,with Michel Picccoli <br /> Unable to share intimacy with her husband, Séverine seeks to fulfill her sexual fantasies as a Belle de Jour, a daytime prostitute. What could be a lurid tale becomes a masterpiece of erotica in the eye of filmamaker Luis Bunuel, confirming Deneuve's reputation as a fearless actress. Deneuve, dressed by Saint-Laurent, also exmplifies the eternal elegance we have come to associate with French women. <br /><br />For more information and to register, <a href="http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.asp?event=622&amp;type=0">visit the Alliance Française website</a>.</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:47:47 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-17/panel-discussion-le-style-deneuve Lecture on French Culture and Philosophy with Jean-Luc Marion of l’Académie française. http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-09/lecture-french-culture-and-philosophy-jean-luc-marion-l%E2%80%99acad%C3%A9mie-fran%C3%A7aise <p><p>Join the Alliance Française for an intriguing lecture by Jean-Luc Marion on French Culture and Philosophy: Beyond Post-modernism. After the talk, enjoy a glass of wine as you discuss this view of contemporary French thought.<br /><br /> <strong>French Culture and Philosophy: Beyond Post-modernism </strong><br /><br /> The philosophes of the Enlightenment and positivist thinkers of the 19th-century were confident in the power of reason and science to discover truth and establish a just human society. The tragic history of the 20th-century and the critique of modernity by philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzche and Jean-Paul Sartre led to a French intellectual culture that abandoned modernity's confidence in human reason. <strong>Jean-Luc Marion </strong>considers France's &quot;post-modern&quot; culture and discuss how writers and philosophers have either given up on the idea of truth or taken up the challenge of seeking truth where human reason alone has failed. Professeur Marion teaches at l'Université Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Chicago.<br /> <br />For more information and to pre-register, <a href="http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.asp?event=666&amp;type">go to the Alliance Française website</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:27:13 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-09/lecture-french-culture-and-philosophy-jean-luc-marion-l%E2%80%99acad%C3%A9mie-fran%C3%A7aise