Everyone’s French on the dance floor

March 15, 2013

The annual, month-long Francophonie Cultural Festival features films from France, music from Mali, theater from Haiti and a celebration of French DJ culture. Fans of breezy, '70s-influenced electro from groups such as Telepopmusik and Phoenix won't want to miss Parisian duo Isaac Delusion, who perform at Malmaison on Saturday. Have a listen:

On Tuesday, Bloombars screens "Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno," a 2012 documentary exploring how techno went from tiny clubs to stadiums and commercials. A Q&A follows the film. Then, next Saturday, Malmaison welcomes Parisian duo Make the Girl Dance, who get dance floors moving with scuzzy, throbbing beats in the vein of Justice or early Daft Punk.

Looking for something a little more refined? Try the Grand Fete de la Francophonie at the French Embassy on Friday, March 22. Embassies from 35 French-speaking countries will offer food, drink and culture to guests. Swiss pop star Bastian Baker performs, and DJs spin late into the night. Be warned: This event sells out, and tickets probably won't be available at the door, so get them now.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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