Events at Coucou
Coucou summer film series and cinema workshop
This August, Coucou is organizing its own mini-festival, curated by our teacher Malik, who works as a film director/editor/gaffer when not teaching French at Coucou. We will host free screenings at Coucou every Sunday between July 27th and August 24th, open to all students. In addition, we will offer advanced-level students a conversation class with a twist - the Monday night class will focus on that week’s film. You will also learn about French cinema history and watch scenes from other classic French films. The class will last only 5 weeks until our regular level 6 and 7 classes resume in September, so you can join even if you are only in town for the summer. The conversation class is open to students of level 4 through 7 – make sure you sign up in advance on the group classes page as spots are limited!
Free screenings schedule
July 27th: La règle du jeu (The Rules of The Game - Jean Renoir, 1939)
August 3rd: Les Diaboliques (Diabolique, Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)
August 10th: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows - François Truffaut, 1959)
August 17th: Tchao Pantin (So Long, Stooge - Claude Berri, 1983)
August 24th: Entre les murs (The Class - Laurent Cantet, 2008)
All films will be screened on Sunday at 7.30pm at Coucou. French with English subtitles unless otherwise stated. Please check our facebook page for latest updates.
A portrait exhibition with Sara Renaud
Friday, July 11th – 7-10pm
Join us for an interactive art exhibition at Coucou!
Some of you will remember the linocut extravaganza we hosted last summer when Sara was in town, one of the first events we ever held at Coucou. A year later, Sara is back for more and will be exhibiting her latest works, including a series of exclusive portraits and drawings of New Yorkers Sara encountered during her trip! In addition, attendees will be encouraged to join in on the fun – there will be paper, pencils and colors on hand so people can draw each other, and the drawings will become part of the show. You can even come back and pick up your portrait when we take down the show at the end of the summer!
Check out some of Sara’s drawings here.
Also, this date marks the one year anniversary of Coucou’s opening – come celebrate with us, and stay tuned for further birthday celebration news!
Saturday, May 17th, 4:00 PM
Nice weather is bound to be upon us sooner or later – and when that time comes, Coucou will be ready! To celebrate, we’re hosting a French apéro/barbecue/garden party extravaganza.
Expect chilled rosé and grilled treats by Durazzo & Friends (which some of you may remember from our outdoor screening last summer). Maybe we’ll even get to play pétanque, the favorite outdoor game of old, béret-clad southern French men and Parisian hipsters alike. Join us for a typical French spring afternoon in the Coucou garden on Saturday, May 17th!
Did you know: one suggested folk origin for the word “barbecue” is that it comes from the French “(de la) barbe au cul”, meaning you would skewer and roast a lamb or a pig “from the beard to the ass”.
This event is open to our students (past, present, and future) and friends only.
Les Revenants / The Returned
Screening Episode 1: Camille Saturday March 29th – 8pm
Les Revenants (The Returned) is a recent French TV drama that’s been causing a stir. Set in a small village in the French Alps, the show uses the mysterious mountain backdrop to create a gothic atmosphere reminiscent of recent hit shows The Killing and Top of the Lake, or even the cult series Twin Peaks. Strange events start to unfold and the lines between the living and the dead are blurred. We’ll be screening the first episode at Coucou, and maybe the second one as well if everyone is into it… Bring your friends and YOB!
Christmas movie night
Friday, December 20th – Screening 8pm
To celebrate the holidays à la française, we will be screening the cult French comedy “Les Bronzés font du ski”. In this wintertime classic, a group of tourists meets up on a skiing vacation in the French Alps, and hilarity ensues. As French comedies go, we believe this one is likely to be understood and appreciated by an American audience, since the humor is very much slapstick rather than language-based, with a little 70s kitsch thrown in the mix. Christmassy treats and refreshments will be served before, during and after the movie – join us for a merry evening at Coucou!
PERFORMA 13 // 100% Transparent
Friday, November 22nd – Opening 6-8pm, Performance 7pm
Julie Béna, The Song of the Hands
100% Transparent, Coucou Brooklyn’s series of window exhibitions, the brainchild of French-American resident curator Linda Mai Green, teams up with Performa 13, New York’s live art biennial, to present The Song of the Hands by French artist Julie Béna. Julie has exhibited her work at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris among many other venues. For her very first show in the United states, Julie has created a site-specific installation with layers of printed, semi-transparent blinds, which she will use as the backdrop for a new collaborative performance with partner Adrien Vescovi. The exhibition is on view at Coucou from November 18th until the holidays. The performance will be held on the evening of Friday November 22nd – join us for a unique artistic experience tailored specifically for Coucou’s space!
Serge Gainsbourg night
Friday, November 15th – 8pm – 12pm
Show at 9pm – BYOB
Coucou Brooklyn is proud to present a very special night dedicated entirely to the French singer Serge Gainsbourg, featuring a retrospective musical performance by brother singer-songwriters Jason and Jared Saltiel, as well as an exhibition of large-scale portraits of the artist by local painter and long-time Gainsbourg fan Spero Plagianos.
Known for his omnipresent gitane cigarettes, his penchant for heavy drinking, and a turbulent romantic history with some of the most beautiful women of his time, Gainsbourg is one of the most celebrated figures in French culture. But behind his canonized image as a lovably louche singer, Gainsbourg was the ultimate outsider, and a master songwriter far ahead of his time – from his ironic exercises in pop music to the groundbreaking literary edge of his twisted masterpiece “Histoire de Melody Nelson,” Gainsbourg’s music was always an unholy marriage of intellectual prowess and perversion, and his work anticipated the rampant cynicism of today’s pop culture by an entire generation.
Open House / Journée Portes Ouvertes
Sunday, October 20th 1pm – 9pm
Join us at Coucou on Sunday 10/20 for an Open House where we will showcase the full range of activities we have to offer. Sample one of our classes or simply join us in the evening for a glass of wine – all events are free and all are welcome!
French knitting class with Margaux – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
French for babies with Liz – 4pm – 5pm
French slang workshop – 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Wine tasting in collaboration with Zev Rovine Selections – 7pm – 9pm
Stéphane Pain’s polaroid transfers will also still be up, and as usual we will be selling a selection of French books from Moustache Books.
EXHIBITION BY STÉPHANE PAIN: PORTRAITS AND CITYSCAPES
Opening Friday, October 11th 7pm – 10pm
Stephane Pain was born and raised in Paris, France, where his mother, who was a fashion producer for the iconic fashion magazine Marie Claire, first introduced him to photography. He spent his summers working with her. In 1997, they set up a fashion production company together. Stephane ended his career as producer when he moved to New York in 2007 to fully embrace photography.
He has since photographed hundreds of portraits and urban landscapes, and now uses his pictures as a tool to share with others his view of our modern western society.
In 2013, Stephane exhibited his works at South 4th Café and Pudge Knuckle in Williamsburg. This third exhibition regroups his Polaroid, Fuji transfers and mixed media photography.
The themes chosen for this show revolve around Paris, where the artist grew up; the American Flag, which represents his freedom; Williamsburg, where he currently lives; portraits, in which he sought to capture happiness; and his latest work, in which he describes the things that bother him in our society.
French Caribbean Party
Saturday, September 14th – 10pm til late
Summer months may be winding down but we’re trying to make it last as long as we can, soaking up the last rays of sunshine in our backyard. In that spirit, we are hosting a French Caribbean party on Saturday, September 14th. We want to celebrate the rich culture of the French Caribbean islands (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Haiti to name a few), their fascinating history, and the Creole language. Expect island delicacies, delicious cocktails, colorful outfits and lots of zouk so you can shake what your mama gave you!
Tien ben raid pas moli!
LINOCUTS BY ARTIST ELLOLINO ON VIEW
VERNISSAGE on August 22nd – FINISSAGE on September 5th
We are honored to exhibit the works of Parisian artist, ElloLino, at our space! The exhibition will feature two series of linocuts, entitled Les Bonnes Résolutions and A Sharp Diamond.
ElloLino is a prolific artist specializing in metalwork, but dabbling in a lot of various projects. She operates under the credo that “Art is for Sharing,” a mission that has led her to create numerous public pieces with which viewers can interact. She is Paris-based, but “worldwide inspired” and we are happy to make Brooklyn one of the destinations for her visceral, provocative work!
The pieces will be on view in our space beginning on Thursday, August 22nd – we hope you will join us for a glass of wine at the show’s opening between 7pm and 10pm!
Update We are having a little closing show on Thursday, September 5th from 7pm to 10pm. Sara will have materials and tools on hand if you want to practice or learn linocutting!
Movie Screening: The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Who doesn’t love an outdoor movie screening? Join us in our backyard on Thursday, August 15th at 8pm for a projection of De battre, mon coeur s’est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), one of the best French movies of the 2000′s. Screening organized with support from French Flicks.
Delicious barbecue fares will be handled by Durazzo and friends.