LIAISON March 2007


For a listing of the French Cultural Events in the U.S. and the French movies on U.S. Television check the pages of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy



The Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street; Tel: 312-846-2600


One of the largest of its kind, featuring 55 films from 24 countries. Don’t miss out!

Following please find the list of films from France and films in French:

JPEG The Ax/Le Couperet Directed by Costa-Gavras; starring José Garcia and Karin Viard. March 4 at 4:45 pm; March 6 at 6 pm.

JPEG Exterminating Angels/Les Anges exerminateurs Directed by J. Brisseau, starring Frédéric van den Driessche and Maroussia Dubreuil. March 24 at 8 pm.

JPEG Me and My Sister / Les Sôeurs fâchées Directed by Alexandra Leclère; starring Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Frot. March 11 at 3 pm: March 15 at 6 pm.

JPEG Private Fears in Public Places / Coeurs Directed by Alain Resnais; starring Sabine Azéma and André Dussollier. March 16 at 6 p.m.

JPEG Regular Lovers / Les Amants réguliers Directed by Philippe Garrel; starring Louis Garrel and Clotilde Hesme. March 24 at 3 pm; March 26 at 6:30 pm.

JPEG The Role of Her Life / Le Rôle de sa vie Directed by François Favrat; starring Agnès Jaoui, Karin Viard. March 18 at 3:15 pm; March 22 at 8 pm.

JPEG The Iceberg Directed by Dominique Abel; starring Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy. March 10 at 6:15 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the European Union representatives in Chicago. Organized with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Doc Films
Max Pavlesky Cinema, University of Chicago

1212 E. 59th St.; Tel: 773-702-8575

JPEG A Day in the Country Directed by Jean Renoir. One of the most famous short films of all time, about a mother and daughter’s escape from the city for a day. March 5 at 7 pm as a double bill with the film below.

JPEG Le Crime de Monsieur Lange Directed by Jean Renoir.; written by Jacques Prévert. Employees take over a publishing firm at the supposed death of its sleazy owner, in what is considered one of the best political films ever made. March 5 at 7 pm as a double bill with the film above.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave; Tel: 773-871-6604

JPEG Zazie dans le métro Directed by Louis Malle. March 3 and 4 at 11:30 am.

For additional film offerings, please see Festival de la Francophonie under "Special Events."


JPEG The Strangerer . George Bush and John Kerry are among the characters in this re-invention of Camus’s work. Written by Mickle Maher, presented by Theater Oobleck. At the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street; Through March 25. Tel: 773-347-1041.

JPEG The Girl in the Iron Mask. Alexandre Dumas’s classic is adapted for both the stage and an all female cast by R. L. Nesvet. Presented by Babes With Blades; directed by Kevin Heckman; featuring Dawn Alden, Alison Dornheggen and Amy E. Harmon. Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark Street. March 12 through April 15. Tel: 773-348-8160.


“Nouveaux modèles d’écriture littéraire de l’histoire”: A Talk (in French) by Dominique Viart of Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille III. Presented by the France Chicago Center, The French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures of the University of Chicago. Thursday, March 8 at 4 pm. Wieboldt Hall #207, 1050 E. 59th St.


JPEG Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron to the Avant-Garde. This exhibition assembles works one of the most influential art dealers of the turn of the last century showcased in his exhibitions, including pieces by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Bonnard, Vuillard and Van Gogh (a never before seen triptych), all of whom Vollard was one of the first to support and/or represent. The exhibition also includes objects from the dealer’s archives, such as correspondence and purchase orders. Through May 12. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Tel: 312-443-3600. (Photo: Pierre Bonnard. Ambroise Vollard with His Cat, c. 1924. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, PPP 3052)

French artists Michel Nedjar, Gérard Sendrey and Jaber are part of this outsider art show at Juday A. Saslow Gallery, 300 W. Superior. Tel: 312-943-0530. Through April 14.

Red All Over . The socio-political paintings of Hungarian born Parisian artist Franyo Aatoth ( receive their first U.S. solo exhibit at FlatFile Galeries, 217 N. Carpenter. Tel: 312-491-1190. Through April 30.

Eugène Delacroix and North Africa. A collection of etchings and lithographs documenting the artist’s fascination with North Africa. Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Tel: 312-443-3600. Through April 13.


Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. One of France’s top orchestras travels to Chicago to perform Berlioz’s Symhonie Fantastique and Ravel’s Mother Goose, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. March 21 at 8 pm at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Tel: 312-294-3000.

JPEG Jazz Fauré Cabaret Concert. Join Chicago chanteuse Claudia Hommel and friends for a CD release and evening of music and French dining. HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, or 312-362-9707. March 21 at 7:30 p.m. (dining begins at 6:30 p.m.).

JPEG The Prototypes. This French pop group sings sexy tunes inspired by a variety of musical influences. March 12 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tel: 773-525-2508.

French electronica in clubs around town:
Para One. March 22 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Tel: 773-549-0203.

Digitalism. March 24 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark Street. Tel: 773-549-0203.

David Guetta. March 16 at Crobar Nightclub, 1543 N. Kingsbury. Tel: 312-266-1900.

JPEG Sylvain Chauveau and Félicia Atkinson. An evening of sound and poetry by one of France’s leading emerging composers accompanied by live poetry. March 7 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Tel: 773-276-3600.

Please see Festival de la Francophonie, under Special Events, for additional musical events taking place this month.

JPEG For information on performances by French jazz singer and bass player Cécile Savage in the Chicago area, please visit


Dialogues of the Carmelites. The Lyric Opera presents Francis Poulenc’s stirring opera set in a convent during France’s Reign of Terror. Featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, Patricia Racette, Felicity Palmer, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Anna Christy. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. Tel: 312-332-2244; March 2, 5, 14 and 17.




An annual celebration of French speaking cultures around the world featuring music, theater, cuisine, exhibitions, films and discussions. March 2-30 at the Alliance Française of Chicago. Pease click (here) for a complete schedule of events, or visit


Alliance Française of Chicago
54 W. Chicago Ave.; Tel: 312-337-1070

Café-conversation: different levels and meeting times. Check website.

Café Littérature. Le Destin de Louri Voronine by H. Jelinek. March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

Café Théâtre. Saul by André Gide. March 5 and 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the salon.

Café Philosophique. Led by Professor Souleymane Diagne, philosophy professor at Northwestern University. March 14 at 6 p.m. in the médiathèque.

Café Poésie. March 6 at 6 p.m. in the médiathèque. "Histoires" and "Paroles" by Jacques Prévert.

Wednesdays from 6:15 to 10 p.m. Informal gathering of Francophiles and Francophones at Portillo restaurant, 100 W. Ontario. Information at 312-255-0567.

Groupe Professionnel Francophone. Francophones from various professions meet for cocktails, French conversation and networking in French. Great Street Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Drive. The last Thursday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m; Tel:773.525.5776.

Alliance Française of the North Shore

Café Conversation: March 5 at 10 a.m. at Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Avenue.

Café Conversations, Evening Edition: March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread at 6059 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

"Mélodies Françaises, Poèmes de Verlaine mis en musique et autres mélodies françaises." A program of music and discussion presented by Ruth Granick and M. George Ténégal. March 19 at 1 p.m. at the Wilmette Public Library Auditorium.

"Les Bavards" a monthly francophone dinner and converstation group in DesPlaines. Information: or
Tel: 847-698-7436. March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

"Les Bavards du Nord,” a monthly francophone lunch and conversation group in Buffalo Grove.
or Tel: 847-921-7864. March 17 at 1 p.m.

Alliance Française of DuPage County:

Café-Conversation. Panera Bread, 1492 S. Randall Road, Geneva. March 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tel: 630-584-5992

Café-Conversation. Caribou Coffee 1523 N. Aurora Rd, Naperville. March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tel: 630-232-4353.

French Election Night: special discussion in English about the 2007 French presidential election, issues and candidates. March 23 at 7 pm. John Greene Realtors, 1311 S. Route 59, Naperville. Information: 630-03-3900.

L’Institut Francophone. Weekly francophone gathering, every Monday at Bad Dog Tavern, 4535 N Lincoln Ave, from 8 to 10 p.m.


"Vwa Lakay: The Voice from Home." Frantz Rémy, Patrick Augustin and other Haitians present music, news, and culture from the diaspora as well as the motherland, in Creole and French. Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on WHPK 88.5 FM.

"The Old Songs" Traditional and folk music from North America, the British Isles and France. Mondays 4 - 5 p.m. on WHPK 88.5 FM.

TV5, The International Channel: programs in French from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Canada. Around the clock throughout the United States. Now available on TV via satellite. Information: 1-888-902-5322 or 303-267-5801. or

Le Journal de 20h de France 2 (in French with English Subtitles):

Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on RCN, channel 65 on Chicago Cable.

Monday through Friday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. on COMCAST channel 240 on Chicago cable.

Radio France International: For information on Francophone music, visit RFI Musique at

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