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Just say "ouí" & leap right in: The five things you can't miss at FrenchCultures Fest
We're already a few days into the monthlong French Cultures Festival — "Mois de la Francophonie" — but there are still myriad diversions on hand. The calendar's jam-packed, so we've selected five Frenchy options to indulge your joie de vivre.
1.) At local art star daniel-kayne's studio, take in a selection of sculptures by Véronique Chalandar. Open your eyes to Chalandar's work at the exhibition opening on March 26 at 6:30 p.m, 2300 McKinney, Studio #403.
2.)Leaps into the Void: Documents of Nouveau Realist Performance, curated by The Menil Collection's Michelle White, unveils on Friday. Drawing heavily on the Menil's outstanding collection of 20th-century French art, the show's pieces feature pyrotechnics, exploding pigment, blowtorches, lacerated décollage and found materials. These radical media, tools and gestures characterize Nouveau Réalisme (New Realism), an avant-garde movement founded in Paris in 1960.
3.) Step outside on Sunday, March 21 for an outdoor film screening on the Menil lawn of Yves Klein, la révolution bleue, directed by François Lévy-Kuentz. Touted as "documentary fiction", the film makes for a remarkable introduction to abstract art through one of its most influential personalities, the enigmatic painter and sculptor Yves Klein. Get an insider's view on Klein's storied, short-lived, eight- year career through previously unreleased archival material (including Klein's own flims).
4.) Hungry yet? Every Saturday this month, cash in on free admission to French gastronomy celebrations at Spec's Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods at 2410 Smith. Your inner bon vivant will be happy you did.
5.)The House of Bernarda Alba, Frederico García Lorca's final play, is running at Talento Bilingüe de Houston next Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Widely considered one of Lorca's masterpieces, the play explores themes of passion, oppression and conformity on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Watch your foray into the French Cultures Festival come full circle as Véronique Chalandar creates a scene inspired by the feminine characters in the play.