Liaison - April 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



Chicago International Documentary Film Festival
March 30-April 8

Please visit website for showtimes and venue information: or call: 866-466-ARTS.

Following is the list of French productions and co-productions:

My Husband Andrei Sakharov . Directed by Inara Kolmane (Latvia/France).

Return to the Border . Directed by Zhiao Liang (France/China).

Grace Kelly, A Destiny of a Princess . Directed by Partrick Jeudi (France).

Kill the Messenger . Directed by Mathieu Verboud and Jean Robert Vialet (France).

Merchants of Miracles . Directed by Gilles Remiche (France /Belgium).

Cuba, the African Epic . Directed by Jihan El-Tahir (France/ Egypt).

Even If She Had Been a Criminal . Directed by Jean-Gabriel Periot (France

Madrid Before Hanita . Directed by Eran Trobiner (France / Israel / Germany/ Spain).

The Nanjing Massacre: Memory and Oblivion . Directed by Michael Prazan (France).

The Secret Nuremberg Notebooks . Directed by Jean-Charles Deniau (France).

Jose Manuel, The Mule and the Television Set . Directed by Elsa Cornevin (France).

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

La Promesse (1996; 93 min.). Directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. April 18 at 7:30 pm.

Playtime (1967; 126 min.). Directed by Jacques Tati. April 21 at 1:00 pm.


JPEG Internationally acclaimed French pianist François Chaplin is the featured soloist during an all-French concert with the University of Chicago’s University Symphony Orchestra. Works by Debussy (Prélude à ’L’Après-midi d’un faune’; Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre); and Chausson (Symphony in B-flat Major, Op. 20). Barbara Schubert, conductor. April 28 at 8:00 pm at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street. Tel: 773-702-8069.Click (here) for flyer.

French chanteuse Denise Le Brun, star of the popular Chicago run of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, comes to the Saint Patrick Performing Arts Centre to perform songs by Brel and Piaf, accompanied on the piano by Paul Dupree. April 13 at 8:00 pm. Tel: 773-286-8470.

French electronica and world music in clubs around town:

Justice (electronica). April 27 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Tel: 773-549-0203.

Salif Keita. World music from Mali. April 18 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tel: 773-728-6000.

JPEG "In the City of Light." Chicago chanteuse Claudia Hommel performs with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. This is a benefit dinner and concert. April 14 starting at 6:00 pm at The Carlisle, 435 East Butterfield Road in Lombard. Stephen Alltop, music director and Eric Garcia, guest conductor. Reservations required. Tel: 630-941-0202.

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


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. Through April 15. Tel: 630-362-7008.


April 26-30 at the Merchandise Mart

Four international art events and more in one location!

Art Chicago: modern and contemporary art fair showcasing artists and galleries from around the world. Make sure to visit Paris galleries Martin du Louvre, Galerie Daniel Templon and Galerie Boulakia. The Merchandise Mart, 7th Floor.

Bridge Art Fair: contemporary art with a focus on new and emerging artists. ThinkArt and Bleu Acier will be among the exhibitors with French artists in their collections: David Gista, Hervé di Rosa, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Michel Haas and others. 350 W. Mart Center Drive, 12th floor.

International Antiques Fair: antiques from around the world. The Merchandise Mart, 8th Floor.

Intuit Art Show: a showcase of international outsider artists and galleries. The Merchandise Mart, 8th Floor.

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.

JPEG Chicago-based French artist Chantal Philipon-Cegede is part of a group show April 13 from 6:00 to 10 pm at 2nd Fridays Art Crawl, 4Art Gallery, 1932 S. Halsted St.


"Béatrice et Bénédicte by Hector Berlioz." In conjunction with the May performances of this Berlioz opera by the Chicago Opera Theatre, a conversation between various members of the company takes place at the Alliance Française of Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave. Tel: 312-337-1070. April 24 at 6:15 pm.

Christopher Mead, professor of history and architecture at the University of New Mexico, discusses the work of 19th century French architect Victor Ballard, best known as the designer of the Halles Centrales in Paris. April 20 at 3 pm at Northwestern University, 2-130 Kresge Hall, FIG room. Tel: 847-467-2770


"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 7:00 p.m. on WHPK 88.5 FM.

"The Old Songs" Traditional and folk music from North America, the British Isles and France. Mondays 4:00 - 5 :00 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 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on RCN, channel 65 on Chicago Cable.

Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. on COMCAST channel 240 on Chicago cable.

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

"France Feelings." (program in French) CAN TV, TV21 (Chicago Access Network Television). April 25 at 8:30 pm.


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

Café-conversation level 2: Tuesdays at 4 pm in the lounge.

Café-conversation level 1: April 11 at 6:30 pm in the médiathèque.

Café Littérature. Les Particules élémentaires by Michel Houellebecg. April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

Café Théâtre. La Guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu by Jean Giraudoux. April 2 and 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the salon.

Café Philosophique. Led by Professor Souleymane Diagne, philosophy professor at Northwestern University. April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the médiathèque.

Café Poésie. April 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the médiathèque. "Histoires" and "Paroles" by Jacques Prévert.

Wednesdays from 6:15 to 10:00 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 pm; Tel: 773.525.5776.

Alliance Française of the North Shore

Café Conversation: April 2 at 10:00 am at Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Avenue.

Café Conversations, Evening Edition: April 9 at 7:30 pm at Panera Bread at 6059 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

"Christine de Pizan: Une invitée médiévale au Dinner Party de Judy Chicago." Lecture by Dr. Julia Nephew at the Wilmette Public Auditorium. April 16 at 1:00 pm.

"Les Bavards," a monthly francophone dinner and converstation group in DesPlaines. Information: or
Tel: 847-698-7436.

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

L’Institut Francophone. Weekly francophone gathering, every Monday at Bad Dog Tavern, 4535 N Lincoln Ave, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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