La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in December, including a December 10 centennial concert featuring Olivier Messiaens Quartet for the End of Time, presented by the Alliance Players. Events are free and open to the public, except for the Dec. 10 concert (see below). For more information, call 212.998.8750 or visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.
A schedule of events follows:
- Tues., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Lecture: Fin de la culture française? Faux-problème, erreur de jugement ou médisance? by Michel Deguy, poet, philosopher, critic; author of Biefs; Interdictions du séjour. In French.
- Thurs., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Lecture: Why Beckett Never Gave Up on English, Despite (His) French by Robert Harvey, SUNY at Stony Brook; author of De lexception à la règle.
- Sun., Dec. 7, 3 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Dramatic reading: Les Justes by Albert Camus. In French, by NYU students. Followed by a Q&A. Conceived and adapted by Daniel Darwin. Music by Christopher Alden. For reservations, call 212.998.8750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weds., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Centennial concert: Olivier Messiaens (1908-1992) Quartet for the End of Time, presented by the Alliance Players: Nurit Pacht, violin; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Darrett Adkins, cello; and Priya Mayadas, piano. Admission: $20, general public; $10, for NYU students with current ID. Reservations: 212.998.8750; email@example.com.