This edition: July 2009Tweet
Original tape date: July 23, 2009.
1/ Statue of Liberty Crown Reopening
The Statue of Liberty, a gift to the USA from France, wears a beautiful crown. For many visitors the view from its portals has meant a symbolic glimpse of hope and freedom. Sadly after 9/11 the crown was closed for security reason. Happily July 4, 2009 marked the re-opening of the crown to the world. CANAPE cruises to the occasion on a visiting schooner from the French Navy, talks to the French Ambassador, and listens to what speakers have to say about Lady Liberty.
2/ Jazz in Juan
What do Charlie Mingus, Solomon Burke, and Sonny Rollins have in common? OK, that is, apart from being great American musicians. They have all played at Jazz at Juan, the ten day long music festival held every July in the lovely coastal town of Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera. Founded in 1960, the festival offers first rank global talent and draws an equally global crowd of vacationing music lovers. CANAPE makes a stop to take a closer look and listen.
3/ Films on the Green Film Festival
Films on the Green is going… green! For its second year running, the popular free outdoor French film festival will feature movies about the environment and the beauty of the natural world. Following the remarkable success of last year’s inaugural Films on the Green, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation have once again joined forces to present a selection of seven critically acclaimed French films that will be screened every Friday at sunset in New York city parks during the months of June and July.
4/ "Napoleon III and Paris" exhibit at the Met
The 19th century gave the world its first growth of great industrial cities. It also gave us photography, the means of seeing and preserving the changes in the cities in the industrial world. The new exhibit Napoleon III and Paris at the Metropolitan Museum in New York offers a photographic dossier of a city in the midst of its re-birth into modernity. The ravishing photos, all of which come from the collections of the museum, are complemented by works from other media. CANAPE offers a stroll through the exhibit.
5/ "Lorna's Silence" by the Dardennes Brothers
In the United States it’s the Coen brothers. In Italy it’s the Tavianni brothers. And in Belgium it’s the Dardennes brothers, Jean Pierre and Luc. For the past decade they have been picking up major awards at film festivals around the world for their sensitive portraits of everyday life among the marginal residents of a not so prosperous Europe. Their latest work Lorna’s Silence takes a look at an Albanian woman who will even consider murder to get permanent residence in the West. CANAPE visits the family Dardennes.
Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor, New York City
Ken Burns Film Director
Malcolm Daniel Curator
Jean-Pierre Dardenne Film Director
Roy Hargrove Trumpeteer
Nicole Henry Jazz Singer
Sashird Lao Musicians
Gregory Meeks Congressman (Dem-Queens)
Jean Pierre Film Director
Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior
Pierre Vimont Ambassador of France to the United States