Velvet Underground exhibit opens March 30 at the Philharmonie de Paris

“New York Extravaganza” From March 30 to August 21, 2016, the Velvet Underground are the subject of a new exhibit the Philharmonie de Paris. Among the numerous related events, John Cale will perform the Velvet Underground’s classic debut album with Animal Collective and the Libertines on April 3. The Velvet Underground in 1970 LtoR: Doug... Continue Reading →

BnF commemorates 100th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s birth

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s birth (December 19, 1915) with an exhibition presenting Piaf’s recordings, photographs, posters, letters and performance programs. Also included is her iconic black dress. Edith Piaf’s little black dress This black dress is inextricably linked to Edith Piaf. And it’s not a... Continue Reading →

Fête de la musique 2014

Saturday, June 21 The Spirit of “La Fête” When, in October 1981, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at Jack Lang’s request, he applies his reflections to the musical practice and its evolution: “the music everywhere and the concert nowhere”. When he discovered, in a 1982 study on the cultural habits of the French,... Continue Reading →

Abelard, the medieval punk monk

12th century France Peter Abelard (1079–1142) You know the story: Teacher and student fall in love, have a baby (a boy, Astrolabe!), then marry secretly. Furious, student’s uncle has teacher castrated. The lovers separate, carry on in various monasteries and abbeys, all the while managing to stay in touch. Classic medieval shenanigans. So why all... Continue Reading →

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