This March and April, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, celebrates electronic dance music from France with EDM Anthems: French Touch on Film. The new CinéSalon film series will be accompanied by events with leading artists of French Touch, including a master class, a panel discussion, and a rooftop dance party. EDM Anthems: French Touch on Film is presented in partnership with UniFrance, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bureau Export/France Rocks, and French Move.
Since the mid-1990s, a group of French DJs and producers have revolutionized dance music with their distinct mix of disco samples and robotic vocals. Known as the French Touch, musicians associated with this movement—including Daft Punk, Kavinsky, and Air—have also put their mark on contemporary cinema. Presenting a series of films scored by and about DJs, EDM Anthems: French Touch on Film explores how French Touch has extended beyond the dance floors to transform the look and feel of cinema itself. Each screening will feature an episode of French Waves, the web series about French Touch music and its artists.
EDM Anthems: French Touch on Film kicks off on Tuesday, March 1 with the New York theatrical premiere of the 2015 documentary Daft Punk Unchained, the story of the masked French duo that would indelibly change dance music.
FIAF and French Waves welcome DJ and former Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter (Busy P) on Thursday, March 3 for a French Touch Master Class, where he will be joined by DJs Boston Bun, Superpoze, rising star Jacques, and French Waves director Julian Starke for live demonstrations. Rooftop bar and discothèque Le Bain celebrates French Touch with a Dance Party featuring DJs Busy P., Boston Bun, Superpoze, and Jacques onFriday, March 4. And as part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a talk with French Touch Composers Grégoire Hetzel, Mathieu Lamboley, and Mark Snow, composers, respectively, of Summertime, Lolo, and The X Files, on Monday, March 7, moderated by Variety’s Elsa Keslassy.
- French Touch Master Class with DJ Pedro Winter (Busy P), Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm at FIAF
- Dance Party with Busy P, Boston Bun, Jacques, and Soperpoze, Friday, March 4 10pm-4am at Le Bain
- Talk with French Touch Composers: Grégoire Hetzel, Mathieu Lamboley, and Mark Snow,Monday, March 7 at 7:30pm at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
- Daft Punk Unchained, dir. Hervé Martin-Delpierre, Tuesday, March 1 at 4 & 7:30pm. Free with RSVP! Q&A with Director Hervé-Martin Delpierre and DJ Superpoze after 7:30pm screening.
- Grand Central, dir. Rebecca Zlotowski, Tuesday, March 8 at 4 & 7:30pm.
- You and the Night, dir. Yann Gonzales, Tuesday, March 15 at 4 7:30pm.
- Eden, dir. Mia Hansen-Løve, Tuesday, March 22 at 4 & 7:30pm.
- Love at First Fight, dir. Thomas Cailley, Tuesday, March 29 at 4 & 7:30pm.
- The Virgin Suicides, dir. Sofia Coppola & Trip to the Moon, dir. Georges Méliès, Tuesday, April 12 at 4 & 7:30pm.
- Drive, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, Tuesday, April 19 at 4 & 7:30pm.
- Girlhood, dir. Céline Sciamma, Tuesday, April 26 at 4 & 7:30pm.
- Tickets are now on sale for the First Annual New York City Drone Film Festival, the world’s first film festival dedicated to works filmed using drones. Schedule for Saturday, March 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater, NYCDFF is a one-of-a-kind, world-class event showcasing world premieres alongside drone films never before seen on the big screen.Tickets are available at www.NYCDRONEFILMFESTIVAL.
It was raining Crocs today on 34th street where Vanessa Lachey helped kick off summer at the Crocs Grand Opening of their flagship store in New York. The actress and TV personality looked stunning in an ivory dress, pairing them with fabulous pair of Crocs cap toe flats and a gold cursive necklace reading, “Camden.”
The day began with a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the bustling storefront where Vanessa cut the inaugural ribbon alongside Crocs executives Dan Hart (Chief Legal and Administrative Officer), Dale Bathum (Chief Product Officer), Greg Sullivan (General Manager of the Americas Region) and Mario Caruso (34th Street Store Manager). Sullivan gave an announcement to fans who gathered around the store to cheer on Crocs and welcome them to the neighborhood.
After the ribbon cutting, Vanessa continued inside where she was greeted with a Crocs cake from Carlo’s Bakery, Home of TLC’s Cake Boss, who recreated the New York store’s exclusive “I (HEART) NY” Crocs. The new mom glowed about her family when asked about them. Lachey shopped throughout the two-story retail space picking out some shoes for her family – baby Camden and husband Nick. But she spent a majority of her time at the Jibbitz bar decorating a Crocs backpack for baby Camden stating, “Camden is gonna flip when he sees all of these! They have all of his favorites – Goofy, Cars, and Batman!”
She went downstairs and browsed through their selection of over 300 different pairs where she picked up another pair of Crocs Flip Flops for husband, Nick Lachey. “He stole the black pair from one of his friends, so he’s gonna be excited when I bring these brown ones home!”
The store was open to the public and New York centric prizes were given away at every :34 of the hour including backstage Yankees tickets, helicopter rides around New York, dinner experiences, spa services and more!
Photo Credit: Bobby Banks
last night the ASPCA hosted the 16th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball at The Plaza Hotel. The black tie ball, “Animal Kingdom,” welcomed a passionate and distinguished crowd of animal lovers to dine and dance in support of the ASPCA’s mission, “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
We have photography of all of our esteemed attendees, including our Master of Ceremonies, Isaac Mizrahiand ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres, who was honored during the ceremony.
Also in attendance were the following VIPs: actress Lake Bell and her fiancée, artist Scott Campbell, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg, Carolina Herrera, Graydon Carter, Dylan Lauren, Fredrik Eklund (Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing), Joanne Nosuchinsky (Miss New York USA)
Additional attendees and photography include: WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough, model Camilla Hansen, NBC sports reporter Michelle Beadle, 1stDibs.com Founder Michael Bruno, author Barbara Taylor Bradford,Laura Zambelli Barket, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Michele and Fredrik Gradin, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Margo and James Nederlander, Amy and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber, among others.
Additionally, to commemorate the evening, the Empire State Building was aglow in orange.
- July 29th (Sun) 2012Japan Block Fairat Astoria Queens, on Broadway between 43rd & 44th street
I am more than excited for this!!
On May 19th & 20th, 2012, Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Park will transform into an amusement park of food and drink, The Great GoogaMooga. Approximately 75 food vendors, 35 brewers, 30 winemakers and 20 live music performances will be on hand to help us relish some of life’s greatest pleasures—gathering with friends and neighbors to eat, drink, talk, laugh, dance, linger and just . . . be together.
We envision a place where the best chefs and purveyors can serve their food and bring about instant elation. Where everyday food lovers can discover and share amazing new tastes, and where the right slice of pizza can be as treasured/praiseworthy as four-star fois-gras.
And with such an inclusive feel that it will appeal to everyone who eats.
In order to take this idea from the imagined to reality, we reached out to a team of collaborators, contributors, dreamers and tinkerers that includes Anthony Bourdain (author and host of No Reservations), David Rockwell (founder & CEO of the Rockwell Group), Tom Colicchio (chef & judge of Top Chef), Garrett Oliver (brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery), Paul Grieco (sommelier/co-owner of Terroir & Hearth), Eddie Huang (chef/owner of Baohaus) and several others.
As the presenters behind some of today’s most successful festivals, we’ve been inspired by the rich food traditions of New Orleans where Superfly got its start, the stick-to-your-ribs goodness of Tennessee down home cooking at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the vibrant flavor of the Bay Area’s Californian cuisine, wine and produce which is omnipresent at Golden Gate Park’s Outside Lands Festival.
After a quick look around, there was no question but to hold The Great GoogaMooga in New York, amid Brooklyn’s swagger, enthusiasm, and adventurousness and of course, in beautiful Prospect Park. Already America’s food capital, New York is experiencing a culinary revolution that is transforming a whole generation into food enthusiasts. (“Food,” noted one critic, “is the new rock.”)
Here is a sneak peek on the FOOD VENDORS: