arts 02.4.08

French Dossier


PHOTOGRAPHY
At Howard Greenberg, an exhibition by photographer Marc Riboud. Riboud was born in Lyon, learned from Cartier-Bresson, and was the first European photographer allowed to work in China. He's done war imagery, but much else—as shown in the accompanying image.





FOOD/WINE
One of Murray's best cheeses—and at $44.99/lb one of its priciest—is Abbaye de Citeaux. It's a washed-rind, raw cow milk beauty that the monks have been making since 1925. Aging is by the great affineur Hervé Mons. "A buttery, charcoal-grilled corn flavor" is how Murray's describes the flavor.

Richard Luftig, Wine Director of Cookshop, is offering a Wine Tour de France now through June at Le Skyroom, 22 E. 60th [Mad/Park]. Each month, a region is considered—next up (2/25) is Burgundy. A single session is $115, $300 for three sessions.




ART
Coming up at the Met, two shows by major French painters: Starting February 12th, Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions, which looks at landscapes by the 17th century master…And on February 27th, the Met will host the first retrospective in decades of Gustave Courbet whom the museum describes as a "pioneering figure in the history of modernism."




MOVIES
Lots of good stuff being screened for fans of le cinéma. At the IFC, they've got Andre Techine's coming-of-age film The Witnesses. Also at the IFC, on weekends through March, the movies of Louis MalleRare Treasures of French Cinema are screened Tuesday this month at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th [Park/Mad].




TALK
A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York is the new memoir by André Schiffrin, due in March. Schiffrin's father was a major publisher in Paris, but the family fled to New York during the Nazi takeover. Mr. Schiffrin has been a social activist and major publisher in his own right, founding The New Press after a long stint at Pantheon. He'll be at NYU's La Maison Française, tomorrow night, 7pm.





MUSIC
Great jazz and world music pair up at Lycée Français, 505 E. 75th [York/FDR] when Richard Bona and Sylvain Luc perform on Thursday night, 7:30pm. Reserve at 212.439.3820. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance.




INBOUND/OUTBOUND
Join Paris in NY as the writer searches New York "for everything that reminds me of Paris but of course is still New York."…Why Travel to France—this one's self-explanatory.
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