EXHIBIT: Napoléon, Power and Splendor – June 9 – September 28 | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Step inside the private world of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769–1821) and discover the exquisite works of art that crafted Napoléon’s image, as well as the Imperial Household that supported his audacious rise to power. More than 200 works of art—many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States—reveal the intricacies of the Emperor’s daily life and the range of works commissioned by and for him. This exhibition of international loans includes major masterpieces of painting, decorative arts, sculptures, engravings, and more—brought together from the Château de Fontainebleau, the Louvre, the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, and other world-class collections.
SCREENING: July 16–September 3, the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Downtown Silver Spring presents its “Canada Now film series”. The series features a variety of French-language films, including a restoration of master-documentarian Michel Brault’s 1967 narrative debut “BETWEEN SWEET AND SALT WATER [ENTRE LA MER ET L’EAU DOUCE]”.
OPERA “ROMEO ET JULIETTE”: 15 July – 21 July, 2018. Wolf Trap Opera presents a new production of Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, first performed in Paris in 1867. The libretto is mostly faithful to the Shakespearean tragedy on which it was based, but its authors took the liberty of keeping Roméo alive long enough in the tomb scene to sing the opera’s fourth and final duet with Juliette when she awakens from her drug-induced sleep. Starring Alexander McKissick and Vanessa Vasquez in the title roles. In French with English titles.
EXHIBIT: “Sense of Humor”, from July 15, 2018 to January 6, 2019, at the National Gallery of Arts, celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics. The exhibition includes major works by some French artists such as Jacques Callot and Honoré Daumier.
FILM SCREENING : “The Goddesses of Food / À la recherche des femmes chefs” by Vérane Frédiani. In the male dominated food universe, discover the women changing the game on all levels. July 21 at 6:30 pm. In French, Chinese, English and Spanish with English subtitles. In partnership with Film Fest DC +, at La Maison Française. Tickets are $14 and must be purchased in advance.
CONCERT: FORMIDABLE! The Aznavour tribute”: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018. Gil Marsalla & Directo Productions present FORMIDABLE! The Aznavour tribute, starring the internationally acclaimed Jules Grison. At La Maison Frnçaise, in partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce.