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Thursday, September 20th | 6:00–8:00, followed by  optional dinner, TBA
Verodalla Studio at Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue, Studio 302
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Mana is an easy ten-minute walk from the Journal Square PATH station. If you are driving, there is a free public parking lot located on the campus. Quick access from the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels and from the New Jersey Turnpike make visiting Mana a convenient trip.

About Verodalla

VeroDalla was born Véronique Anne Chabrolle, in the French village of Beaune, Burgundy, her father a scientist, her mother a co-owner of some of Burgundy’s highly acclaimed vineyards. At the early age of ten, she was faced with catastrophic health challenges and, while hospitalized during a major surgery, brought back from the brink of death. She describes her experience:

“It’s a state of mind where you feel everything is a part of a whole, everything is connected. You don’t only see the light – you feel it, you live it, you are a part of it.”


Wednesday, October 10th | 7 pm
Dinner | National Arts Club
Speaker: Philippe Ungar, French Writer and Audio Archivist based in Brooklyn.

Since 2001, he has worked as an audio archivist for prestigious art foundations, art collections, museums and galleries in Europe and in the United States, including the Fondation Alberto and Annette Giacometti (Paris), the Tinguely Museum (Basel, Switzerland), the Niki Charitable Art Foundation (Santee, California), the Panza Collection Archives (Mendrisio, Switzerland) or the Lévy Gorvy Gallery (New York) among others.

Since 2005, he has published several books of interviews and biographies.

Prior to his curent career, from 1985 to 2005, he taught philosophy in high school and in the university institute for professors training (IUFM) in Lille (France). He also ran seminars and workshops on cultural heritage and museums as part of programs funded by the European Union (Interreg III).

Simultaneously, he was a journalist for Swiss French radio cultural program (RTS).


Tuesday, November 6th | 7–10 pm
Soirée d’automne | Ophelia at Beekman Tower | 3 Mitchell Place (49th & First)

Built in 1928, the iconic art deco tower on the East River was originally known as the Panhellenic Tower, where it  served as a women-only club and hotel space for the national Greek-letter sororities. In 1934 it was rebranded as the Beekman Tower and opened to all.

Ophelia sits a top of this esteemed monument of classic New York architecture, designed by John Mead Howells and featuring sculptures by Rene Paul Chambellan, an American sculptor who studied at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design in Paris and was one of the foremost practitioners of what was then called the “French Modern Style” and has subsequently been labeled Zig-Zag Moderne or Art Deco.

Muse for New Yorkers, including one time regular – Frank Sinatra, now it’s yours to enjoy! The doors to the 26th floor have once again opened and are now inspiring a new generation.

Open wine and beer bar and hors d’oeuvres featuring avocado toast, lobster spring rolls, pork belly sliders, truffle-oil fries, plateau de fromages, charcuterie and crudités.

Wednesday, December 12th | 1 pm
Lunch | National Arts Club
Speaker: Christopher Cerf

Christopher Cerf is an American author, composer-lyricist, voice actor, and record and television producer. He is known for his musical contributions to Sesame Street, for co-creating and co-producing the award-winning PBS literacy education television program Between the Lions, and for his humorous articles and books.

His father was co-founder of Random House, publisher, editor and TV panelist Bennett Cerf. His mother was journalist and children’s book publisher Phyllis Fraser. His father was Jewish and his mother Roman Catholic. Cerf attended the Deerfield Academy and then graduated from Harvard College.He was married to Geneviève Charbin who is a Catholic of French descent. He married Katherine Vaz in July 2015. After his father’s death, his mother remarried ex-New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr.

Since its first season in 1970, Cerf has played a significant role in the creation and production of the Sesame Street television program, most notably as a regular contributor of music and lyrics, and as the producer of many of its music albums. In the process, he has won two Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards for songwriting and music production. Cerf also played a pivotal role in the ongoing funding of Sesame Street, founding and serving as the original editor-in-chief of Sesame Workshop’s books, records, and toys division.

In addition to his contributions to Sesame Street, Cerf’s musical material has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The National Lampoon Radio Hour, The Electric Company, Square One Television, Between the Lions, and in numerous Muppet productions, and his songs have been performed by such stars as Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, R.E.M., James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Dixie Chicks, Tracy Chapman, Carol Channing, Randy Travis, The Four Tops, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Wynton Marsalis, Little Richard, B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett, Bart Simpson, and the Metropolitan Opera’s José Carreras—not to mention the blond, curly-haired Muppet character from Sesame Street who is his namesake and the lead singer of the rock group “Chrissy and the Alphabeats.”

Before joining Sesame Street, Cerf spent eight years as a senior editor at Random House (co-founded by his father in 1927), where he worked with such diverse authors as George Plimpton, Andy Warhol, Abbie Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, Richard Fariña, and Dr. Seuss. In 1993, Cerf renewed his ties to Random House when he assumed the role of Chairman of the Modern Library’s Board of Advisors.


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Donate to the Paris American Club’s Educational Fund, to benefit the Boerum Hill School for International Studies, New York City’s first public high school featuring a French Dual Language 6-12 International Baccalaureate program,  created in partnership with the French Embassy and French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation.




 

Calendar of Events 2018 Meetings

Registration generally opens three to four weeks in advance of each event, once the prior event has concluded. So mark your calendar and come back to register once open.

Date & Day Event Speaker/Topic/Partner Venue
Oct 10
Wed
Dinner
7:00
Philippe Ungar NAC
Oct 16
Tue
Conférence
6:30
Le Cocktail Français
Martin Winckler, auteur français et canadien
NAC
Oct 17
Wed
Press Conference
6:00
HEC The Future of Retail NAC
Oct 27
Sat
Pastry Lesson
3:00
Simon Herfray
Atelier Sucre
Atelier Sucre
Nov 5
Mon
7:00 Mentoring Meeting by invitation Château Village
Nov 6
Tues
Soirée
7−10
Soirée d’automne Ophelia
Beekman
Tower
Nov 7
Wed
Conférence
7−9:30
Le Cocktail Français
Patricia Duffy,
Synaesthesia
NAC
Nov 16
Fri
Tour
6−8
Delacroix at the Met w/Page Knox Met
Dec 12
Wed
Dinner
7:00
Christopher Cerf NAC

 

Tentative Calendar of Meetings 2019 (As of 9/20/18)

Date & Day Event Speaker/Topic/Partner Venue
Jan 15
Tues
Lunch
1:00
Annual Business Meeting
Galette des Rois
Frédérique Bardos
NAC
Feb 1-3
Fri-Sun
Ski
Weekend
Swiss Ski Club Vermont
Feb 12
Tues
Dinner
7:00
La Chandeleur
Yann Coatanlem, Citigroup
NAC
Mar 5
Tues
Lunch
1:00
Mardi Gras
John Moran, NYU
French in Louisiana
NAC
Mar 12
Tues
Soirée
6:30
Cocktail Français, Soirée parisienne, Reynaldo Hahn NAC
Mar 19
Tues
Reception
7:00
New Members
By Invitation
Private Residence
April 2
Tues
Théâtre
6:30
Cocktail Français, Soirée théâtrale, Goethe et Frédérique NAC
April 3
Wed
Fête
7:00
April in Paris TBA
April 10
Wed
Lunch
1:00
Luke Barr, Author
Ritz & Escoffier
NAC
May 14
Tues
Dinner
7:00
Pascale Mansart, Hermès NAC
June 9
Sun
Brunch
10:30
Roland Garros Finals Monte’s
June 12
Wed
Soirée
7:00
Le Cocktail Français NAC
July 4
Thur
11:00–6:00 Barbecue & Pool Party South Salem, NY
July 12
Fri
Ball
6:30–11:30
CAFUSA Bastille Ball TBA
Aug 22
Wed
Summer Social
6:00
French-American Chamber of Commerce TBA
Sept 15
Wed
Pétanque
1−5
Minetta Block Association Minetta Street
Sept 18
Sun
Dinner 7:00  NAC
Oct 16
Wed
Lunch
1:00
NAC
Nov 12
Tues
Soirée d’automne 7:00 TBA
Nov 21
Thur
Tasting
6−8
Beaujolais Nouveau TBA
Dec 11
Tues
Lunch
1:00
NAC