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Film Premiere Event at Living Room Theaters  

On Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Alliance will partner with Living Room Theaters for a premiere screening of the film, InTheHouse2"In the House" (Dans la maison), before it opens to the general public. Purchase your tickets for just $6 for this benefit event (the theater donates all proceeds to the nonprofit mission). Directed by François Ozon, the film features three big stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Fabrice Luchini. Critics describe the movie: "Impressively directed and darkly funny, this is a hugely enjoyable French black comedy with a clever, thought-provoking script and terrific performances from a note-perfect cast." Click here for the trailer and here to reserve tickets online. In French with English subtitles.

Soirée Belle Époque - Photos Online!

Visit the online gallery to get a sense of the revelry at the MAC on April 20, when close to 230 Francophiles aSoiree Belle Epoquend Francophones enjoyed the Alliance's first Soirée Belle Époque. The photos are being viewed from far and wide, even garnering attention in the international press. Pictured here: guests Jason Kafoury and Whitney Martin with a cancan dancer and the performer John Ellingson (the mime extraordinaire), both from NWCTS. Click here for all the photos (hint: run the slideshow with seconds set to 1) -- a big thanks to photographer Ben Trimbo!

Normandy Dinner Event on June 6 at the MAC  

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the course of history was changed on a beach in Normandy. Two Normandy chefs, Philippe Boulot and Dominique Geulin, honor that historic dateNormandy Dinner 2 with a special dinner on June 6 at the MAC. The Alliance Française is organizing some tables at this event where guests will have the option to be seated with tablemates who speak French (only), English (only) or mixed English-French. To reserve seats  through the Alliance, click  here (you do NOT need to be an Alliance member or a MAC member). The cost for the four-course dinner of Normandy-inspired cuisine (click here for the menu) is $66 and includes the gratuity. (Guests will pay separately for drinks of their choice.)

Delta Air Lines Raffle Winner!

Raffle tickets for two roundtrip Portland-Paris tickets were pre-sold in April via this bulletin and offered for sale during the event at the MAC on Saturday, ApriDeltaNew2012l 20. Many thanks to all of you who participated inlauriw the raffle. We are pleased to announce that the winner is Lauri Winther (pictured here at right), who bought her tickets (a packet of 5 for $40) during the pre-sale period. Lauri is planning to use the tickets for fall travel to Paris and Beaune. Merci to the official air lines sponsor, Delta Air Lines, for their support of the fundraiser.

Dates to Remember
May 1: Paris to Pyrenees at Powell's
May 8: Alliance Private Screening of "Dans la maison" at Living Room Theaters
May 8: Trois Chanteuses at Tony Starlight's Supper Club
June 6: Normandy Dinner at the Multnomah Athletic Club
Quick Web Links

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Conversation Groups

Hosted by Alliance staff or board members. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

 NW Portland

St Honoré on NW Thurman on Wed., May 1 & 15 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., May 13 at 7:00 p.m. & at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

Downtown PDX

At Little Bird Tues., May 7 at 3-4 p.m.

SW Portland

St Honoré in Lake Oswego (Lakeview Village) Tues., May 7 & 21, 6-7 p.m.


At Lapellah Restaurant on Tues., May 7, at 5:30 p.m.






RailEurope Promotion, Cercle in May, Job Posting (Again), French Chanteuses in Hollywood District, and More  

   Cercle français, jeudi 9 mai: Marie-Pierre WolfeCercle title nous éclairera sur la vie et l'œuvre de Ferdinand Céline. For details, visit the Cercle  page.

   David Downie at Powell's on Wednesday, May 1: Author David Downie will be at Powell's City of Books Paris to the Pyrenees(1005 W. Burnside St), on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30pm. He'll discuss his latest book, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James. For details, click here.

  Three French Chanteuses: On Wednesday, May 8, Tony Starlight's Supperclub in the historic Hollywood District of NE Portland will feature an evening of French song with three of
our city's top chanteusesAlliance bulletin readers who reserve in advance will save $1 off the $8 cover charge.

    Travel &RailEurope Leisure RailEurope Promotion: Click here for more info about a RailEurope promotion for 20% off - please note that the promotion ends April 30, so act quickly!

  Job Posting with Updated Contact Info: In a March bulletin we posted a job opening for French Artist Club, a wholesale company that imports and distributes greeting cards and gifts from France, Germany and England. They are still looking for a part-time, commissioned sales representative to sell their products to gift shops, florists, toy stores, stationery stores, and bookstores in the Portland region. Please note the NEW email address to send resumes to: it's now infofac238@gmail.com.

   YeuSeeking Cultural Exchange: New Alliance members the Stasnas are seeking a cultural and linguistic exchange for Paul, age 14, who lives in Paris. Click here for the members' ad, which includes the possibility of hosting (in exchange) an American child at tChocolatheir Paris home or on the Ile d'Yeu - pictured here, off the western coast of France, not too far from Nantes.

  Claire Denis Series at NW Film: From May 3 to May 16, NW Film offers a series of films by Claire Denis, beginning with the powerful film, Chocolat (note: this is NOT the Johnny Depp film). Alliance members get $1 off the standard film price. Visit the NW Film site for tickets and check out Shawn Levy's detailed reviews in the April 28 Oregonian.    

  Summer Sun  Alliance Summer Term: Many of you are inquiring about the summer schedule. The schedule for adult classes will be posted in mid-May for classes running June 24 to August 31. The schedule for summer camps for children is available and enrollment for those is actively underway. Contact 503.223.8388 to inquire about the summer camps. Finally, interviews for the Immersion Program for adults in August at the Oregon Coast will be getting underway in the next two weeks.

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