BastilleDay commemorates the storming of the Bastilleprison on July 14, 1789, which began the brief overthrow of the French monarchy and the French Revolution. Fun! In France, the holiday makes for parades and fireworks. In New York,French expats and Francophiles can get in on the celebration via the finer things: food, wine, shopping and film. We've rounded up some events for you below.

Hors d'oeuvres

The Joy of Cheese brings you Fromage et Vin,a French-themed tasting of --what else?--  nine French cheeses pairedwith five wines. Sample Ossau-Iraty, a sweet sheep's milk from thePyrenees and Hervé Mons Roquefort, an ardent blue cheese that's hard to find over here. Tomorrow, midtown's Le Bateau Ivre is offering six oysters and a glass of white wine for $20.50 or a French mojito (with liqueur and champagne substituted for soda and rum) for $12.
Stella, 13 Front St., (212) 533-3072, Tuesday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here; Le Bateau Ivre, 230 E. 51st St., (212) 583-0579.


Honor France's magnifique cuisine with an indulgent steak au poivre or some frites. La Grenouille offers a pricey ($325 with tax and tip) eight-course menu with six wines, while Bouchon Bakery hasa deal for slimmer wallets with a buffet of french cuisine, wine,champagne, and music for $65. The person who answered the phone attried and true French bistro  Le Relais de venisetold us "every day is Bastille day" at the restaurant, and thoughthey're not doing anything special tomorrow, their usual $24pre-fixe dinner makes it a nice little option.
La Grenouille, 3 E. 52nd St. (212) 752-1495. 7 p.m.; Bouchon Bakery, 10 Columbus Circle
(212) 823-9364, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
; Le Relais de Venise. 590 Lexington Ave., (212) 758-3989.


New York may have the corner on nightlife, but the French know a good party, too. Fort Greene's Chez Oskar, "le funky French bistro de Brooklyn," celebrates Wednesday with a prix fixe menu, a jazz quartet, s DJ, and dancing, while social club French Tuesdays welcomesthose dressed in revolutionary costumes or business attire to theirsoiree at Water Taxi Beach, also on Wednesday, with music by Jean Michel. This weekend brings usthe largest pétanque (like bocce, but somehow much cooler) tournament this side of the Atlantic at Bastille Day Brooklyn on Cobble Hill's Smith Street, which also promises wine and munchies from nearby Bar Tabac.
Chez Oskar, 211 DeKalbAve. Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 6 p.m. (718) 852-6250. Free.; Water Taxi Beach. 54-34 2nd St., Long Island City, Queens. 6 p.m.-1 a.m., $20. Buy tickets here; Bar Tabac. 128 Smith St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 923-0918.

Faire des Courses

Bring out your inner Parisian chic bystopping by one of these sample sales by French designers. At French label Lilith's sample sale you'll find their playful, ultra-femmeSpring collection for 40 to 50 percent off. With a name fashioned from the French word for poppy, it's no surprisethat the shoe brand and boutique Coclico are as girly and charming asthe bloom itself. Samples of their environment-friendly kicks are up to70% off, along with selections from the Nolita shop like free-spiritedfrocks from Wren, Chie Mihara's jaunty heels, and Mociun's organicprints.Gents can head to C'est Beau, a pop-up shop created by threeSyracuse University business students where you can find minimalist cardigans andpullovers from Nom de Guerre, 90's-inspired streetwear from PegLeg, and Claw Money's impressive collection of vintage shades.
Lilith, 227 Mulberry St. (212) 925-0080, Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-7 p.m.; Coclico, 670 Broadway, Ste. 502., Tues.-Thurs., 12 p.m.-4 p.m; C'est Beau, 55 Delancey St., Mon.-Sun.,12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Les Artistes

The Museum of Modern Art opensits three-month long exhibition "Matisse: Radical Invention: 1913-1917" this Sunday. The exhibition investigates a pivotal and experimental four years ofthe French painter Henri Matisse's career, which many historians have long ignored as a  deviative reaction to cubism, but produced his mostesoteric, stunning works, including "Bathers by a River" and "The Moroccans."
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., (212) 708-9400. Check here for hours. July 18 - October 11.

Le Cinematheque

Sultrybed hair, seductive cat eyes, and pouty lips are perhaps French actressand style icon Brigitte Bardot's greatest legacies, but you can checkout her acting chops in En Cas de Malheur (Love Is My Profession). Brigitte plays a petty thief who returns her lawyer's services with some, er, services of her own, as his lover. It's considered one of Bardot's best, if not smuttiest, roles. Allez-y!
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., (212) 355-6100. Tues, July 13, 12:30 P.M., 4 P.M., 7 P.M. $10. Tickets here