Quoi de Neuf in and around DC? 

Sept 3-26, 2021 | Moments Exceptionnels | Photo Exhibit | Washington Printmakers Gallery | 1641 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20007

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Marie-B Cilia De Amicis is a Georgetown-based photographer who travels extensively to capture fleeting moments which a second later do not exist anymore; moments where the light, the colors and the creatures are in perfect harmony and become an exceptional whole.

Wed, Sept 22, 2021 @ 5:30PM Eastern Time | New book on Lafayette: Hero of Two Worlds by Mike Duncan | American Friends of Lafayette

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Mike Duncan, one of the foremost history podcasters in the world (100 million downloads) and a New York Times bestselling author, has turned his attention to Lafayette. His new book, Hero of Two Worlds was released earlier this month, and the American Friends of Lafayette (AFL) will be providing you with a once in a lifetime free event celebrating its release.

You can join here on Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:30pm EDT, for a free Zoom conservation with Mike Duncan about Hero of Two Worlds, led by AFL member, author and UNC Professor, Lloyd Kramer. If you would like to purchase his book, please do so here: Buy Book.

If you would like to know more about Mike Duncan, his book and his thoughts on Lafayette, CBS News had a great interview with him Saturday, which can be viewed here: CBS Interview.

Tue, Sept 28 @ 7 PM Eastern Time | IN-PERSON event | Fun evening of sipping and sketching with drawing instructor Paul Glenshaw | By the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee and Smithsonian Associates

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$37 per person. Tickets available at https://shop.alexandriava.gov.

Join the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee and Smithsonian Associates drawing instructor Paul Glenshaw at the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum (201 S. Washington Street) for a fun evening of sipping and sketching! Perfect for beginners through advanced artists. We’ll tackle two engaging drawing exercises: one will focus on sketching a picture with light and dark shapes, and the other will be an exercise in still life drawing. Paul will demonstrate each exercise and bring in some of his own drawings for you to see. We’ll draw with light and dark charcoal while we enjoy great wine! (Cost includes materials and wine) Register here.

Tue, Sept 28 @ 7PM Eastern Time | Screening "Les Enfants du Paradis" | At La Maison Française - Embassy of France

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Directed by Marcel Carné and written by Jacques Prévert, 1945, 190 min

Please note that masks are mandatory and that proof of vaccination or recent negative test will be required to enter the French Embassy.

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.

Free event, advance registration required. RSVP here.

Fri, Oct 8 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time | Federation of Alliances Françaises USA 2021 Virtual Convention with Leïla Slimani

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Born in 1981 in Rabat, Morocco, Leïla Slimani settled in France in 1999.  She holds degrees from Sciences Po Paris and the ESCP Business School. In 2014, she published her first novel, “Dans le Jardin de l’ogre” (Adèle in English translation) with publisher Gallimard. In 2016, her novel, “Chanson douce” (Gallimard) (The Perfect Nanny in English translation), won her the Prix Goncourt. Trained as a journalist who worked for a time at the magazine Jeune Afrique, in 2017 she published an essay on Morocco titled “Sexe et mensonges” (Sex and Lies in English translation) with publisher Les Arènes, as well as a graphic novel, “Paroles d’honneur” (Les Arènes).  In 2020 she published “Le Pays des autres” (Gallimard), first volume of a series, and “Le Parfum des fleurs la nuit” with publisher Stock. Since 2017 she has been the personal representative of the French President Emmanuel Macron to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Moderators: Florence Klein, Startup Vision TV & Isabelle Leroux, President of Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles

Register here!

October 13 & November 10, 2021 @ 7PM Eastern Time | "French Connections" Tours of D.C. | By Off The Mall Tours

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Off the Mall Tours is a unique walking tour company that brings a fresh perspective to the history of the nation's capital. Its mission is to introduce locals and tourists alike to the DC that awaits "off the mall" and in the neighborhoods of this fascinating, energetic city.  DC is multi-layered and has a multi-cultural heritage, and our company strives to share the contributions of the international community on the city.  To really understand Washington, you need to "get Off the Mall!" 

Katie Kirkpatrick is proud to call herself a DC resident since 2002. She moved to the capital after college for graduate school, and then worked in government for many years. However, history was always her first love. So she started her own company, drawing upon her interests in unique stories, a flair for costuming, and her love of DC. She also has a long-term relationship with France, having studied French since high school and living in France and Francophone countries at several periods in her life. She loves all things French!

There are many connections between DC and our French allies, from the Revolutionary War hero General Marquis de Lafayette to the original planner of our nation's capital Pierre L'Enfant. Join Katie Kirkpatrick on a tour as she shows you the French side of D.C. dressed up as Marquis de Lafayette! Book here

Upcoming "French Connections" tour schedule: 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 7 PM Book a tour

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 7 PM Book a tour

Sept 27, 2021 - January 23, 2022 | A Window to Europe Through Literature and Art

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Plain Sight DC and the EU National Institutes of Culture in Washington, DC (EUNIC) are proud to present A Window to Europe: Through Literature and Art, a series of short exhibitions featuring eleven visual artists from the Washington, DC region who will create work in response to eleven books by European writers, as part of the 2021 Europe Readr project. Featured artists are Hoesy Corona, Alanna Reeves, Mike Thron, Michal Gavish, Julie Wills, MK Bailey, Antonio McAfee, Emily Fussner, Stephanie Williams, Lionel Frazier White III, and Sobia Ahmad. This exhibition series is presented in partnership with the EUNIC Global and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

The Europe Readr is a curated set of European literature brought together under the concept of “The Future of Living” to present a variety of perspectives that contribute to the debate on the future of Europe and to put an emphasis on the importance of culture as a driving force of international integration and sustainable development.

Featured exhibiting artists’ works will explore themes ranging from vulnerability, the natural world, identity, competing human economic and ecological needs, nostalgia, and the limitations of our physical bodies.

Sept 27 - Oct 13
Germany: Hoesy Corona + Lukas Jüliger
Spain: Alanna Reeves + Roser Capdevila

Oct 17 - Nov 2
Portugal: Mike Thron + Bernardo P. Carvalho
Poland: Michal Gavish + Julia Fiedorczuk

Nov 6 - 22
Sweden: Julie Wills + Axel Lindén
Slovenia: MK Bailey + Drago Jančar

Nov 28 - Dec 14
Czech Republic: Antonio McAfee + Marek Šindelka
Italy: Emily Fussner + Tiziano Fratus

Dec 18 - Jan 3
Austria: Stephanie Williams + Michael Roher
Belgium (Flanders): Lionel Frazier White III + Ann De Bode

Jan 7 - 23
France: Sobia Ahmad + Laurie Agusti

Featured Cultural Institutes and Embassies:
Austrian Cultural Forum Washington
Instituto Camões, and Embassy of Portugal, Washington DC
Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. 
Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain
Alliance Française of Washington
Delegation of Flanders (Belgium) to the USA
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington
Embassy of Slovenia in Washington, D.C.
Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Embassy of Italy in the United States, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington
Goethe-Institut Washington

More information: https://www.plainsightdc.com/window-to-europe