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France-Amérique Highlights Portland Event 

France-Amérique, the largest French-language magazine in North America (based in New York), has publishFAarticleBelleed an article entitled, La belle époque à Portland. Click here to read the article which features photos from the event at the MAC, which raised funds to help finance technology projects and public events such as Bastille Day. By popular demand, the event will be repeated next spring - many attendees echoed the view of Claudine Fisher, former Honorary Consul: "Il faut le refaire tous les ans!"

Events: One Sold Out, Others Still Open  

   Film Premiere on May 8: The Alliance premiere screening of "Dans la maison" (In the House) at Living Room Theaters is sold out with a long waitlist. If you miss tMitziZilkahe premiere, catch the movie during its regular run which begins May 10.

   Trois Chanteuses on May 8 at 7:30pm: There are still tickets for a rare treat on May 8 at Tony Starlight's Supper Club in the historic Hollywood District: Trois Chanteuses. Bulletin readers who reserve in advance by calling the club at 503-517-8584 get $1 off the $8 cover charge and may win free CDs from the singers. Shown here (above): Mitzi Zilka, one of the three featured performers. Click here for furtNormand2her details.

  Normandy Dinner at the MAC on June 6: Tickets are available for this unique experience, where two of Portland's prominent French chefs from Normandy will cook up a four-course menu in honor of the historic day in 1944. Click here for complete details, including the menu. Note: MAC members should order tickets directly through the club and not through the Alliance.

Richland (Wash.) French Students Visit Portland  

Since 2009 the Alliance has hosted annual visits of French students from Richland, WashingtonRichland2013, coordinated by their teacher, Sarah McMenamin. This year's group of 40 students visited Portland the weekend of April 27-28, simulating a European experience for the students, with train and streetcar travel, meals facilitated by Brasserie Montmartre and Capers Café Catering, and afternoon classes at the Alliance.

Postings, Free Movie Passes and More

  French Toastmasters: Alliance member Terry Bespeakerard is looking for others to join him in becoming a charter member of "Alliance Française - Toastmasters Portland Chapter."  Times of the group Toastmasters still to be determined. Participants would need to  have B1/B2 level of French; native French speakers could also participate. Click here for a short survey; for questions email terry@pariscentral.com or call  503.349.1245

 baguette  Foux du fafa: One of our favorite French-related spoofs is the Foux du fafa skit by Flight of the Concords. This online version has English subtitles: click here for the amusing spoof of 1960s French, clichés, and at the same time, a celebration of the language. 

     AFS Intercultural Programs is looking for fAFS USA Logoamilies in Portland to host French high school exchange students for the period August 2013 through June 2014. Click here for complete details; the focus is 16-year-old Felix whose interests include cooking, playing video games, chatting on Skype, watching movies and spending time in the great outdoors.

    Le Monde ImmersionPortland's first French immersioIronChefn public charter school, will have a fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, at Tonkon Torp in downtown Portland. Ticket price for the Iron Chef-themed "après-dinner night out for adults" is $75 and includes wine and dessert. Click here for complete details on the event, at which the Alliance's director, Linda Witt, will be a volunteer judge.

  Air Lines Raffle: Alliance partneDeltaNew2012r, the FACC PNW, has its own raffle of Seattle-Paris roundtrip tickets. The drawing will be May 11 in Seattle but winners needn't be present to win. Maximum 250 tickets will be sold; price per raffle ticket is $20. To oRenoir Couplerder, contact Blandine at trade@faccpnw.org or call 206.443.4703 no later than May 10.

  The film RENOIR opened May 3 at Fox Tower 10 in Portland (next to Director Park). Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, the drama  tells the story of Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Alliance members enjoyed this film when it showed in Portland in February during PIFF. If you missed it then, you can catch it now at Fox Tower 10.

   Giveaway of 20 NW Film Passes to Claire Denis Films! We have 20 free passes to give away to current or new Alliance members who'd like to catch one of the ClaireWhite Material Denis films, showing through May 16 at the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum. Click here to claim up to 2 passes (one for you and one for a friend). Then visit the film listing online to determine which film you'd like to see; her work often deals with themes of colonial and post-colonial West Africa, as well as issues in modern France (shown here at right: the award-winning film, White Material). Most of the films are in French but not all. Once you've successfully signed up for a free ticket or two, pick them up at the Alliance (sorry, we won't mail tickets) and enjoy your show!

Attention, French Citizens

The French legislative election of June 2012 in North America was recently nullified and must be held again. For complete  dfrenchflagetails visit the consular website and click here for local election info. Also note that the local elections board needs at least one more volunteer (who must be a French citizen, registered); contact vbres@faispdx.org.

Dates to Remember
May 8: Premiere Screening of Dans la maison, at Living Room Theaters
May 8: Trois Chanteuses at Tony Starlight's Supper Club
Now thru May 16: Claire Denis Films at Whitsell Auditorium (Portland Art Museum)
June 6: Normandy Dinner at the MAC
June 21: FETE DE LA MUSIQUE at Versailles Gardens
Quick Web Links

 Limited openings in the Spring 10-Week Term.

 Visit www.afportland.org 

or call 503.223.8388. 


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 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.






TV5Monde May Highlights  
Quality programming on TV5Monde (premium channel 695 on Comcast) is a good way to connect with the language and complement Alliance class work. May highlights are:
May highlights
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