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The Alliance will host its Summer Term Open House (Portes Ouvertes) this Thursday, June 13, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Kamm House TerraceCP (1425 SW 20th Avenue). Special guest will be Jean-François Genay, the head of la Mission laïque française in North AmericaNo reservations are necessary to attend the June 13 event - just pop by to chat with guests, staff and Alliance teachers. The Open House is also the last day for the Early Bird Discount of 10% off class fees for the Summer Term that runs June 24 - August 31, 2013. Shown here: students and their teacher enjoying the terrace of the historic Kamm House.

Last Week's French Events Attracted 200

A total of 170 people attended last Thursday's Normandy Dinner at the MAC and 30 attended the author reading on Friday; click here for photos. The Normandy event featured fine dininThreeNormandyg and tributes to special guests, including a veteran who was present on D-Day in 1944 and a Frenchwoman who, as a teenager, helped in the Resistance. Chefs Philippe Boulot and Dominique Geulin told stories of growing up in Normandy, providing insights on the culture, cuisine and people. Alliance member Merrill McPeak was one of the speakers, opening his presentation in French, to the delight of the audience. Click here for an interview published earlier, on the retired general (French version is first, then English). Photo credit: Jessie Kirk.

Bastille Day Volunteers, Art Exhibit and More 

Portland's Bastille Day Festival, set for July 13 in Director Park, is the only large-scale Bastille Festival on the West Coast. The exhibitor space for crafts anBD Logod education groups sold out weeks ago; there are a couple of booth spaces still available for community organizations. New this year will be an art exhibit by students from the French immersions schools throughout the greater metropolitan area. The committee is also wishing to line up some "en plein air" painters. Contact lindaw@afportland.org if you are interested. Lastly, the organizing committee is seeking additional volunteers for July 13 - please fill out the short online survey. Not familiar with the festival? Click here for the web page and here to see photos of last year's event, which drew close to 8,000.

Fête de la Musique on Friday, June 21 

The Portland Fête de la musique is being added to the FeteNewofficial international roster of World Music Day celebrations - one of just 20 in the United States. Worldwide there will be close to 500 such celebrations in more than 100 countries on June 21. Mark your calendar to attend the event, held at Versailles Gardens and Castaway event center in Northwest Portland. Complete details including musicians and more are online on the Alliance website. Note: we could use a few more volunteers to help with this event, as stage helpers, in the bar area, for raffle sales, and more. Email pascalinel@afportand.org if you can help on Friday, June 21.


Dates to Remember
June 13: "Portes Ouvertes" Alliance Quarterly Open House
June 24: Start of Summer Term
July 13: Bastille Day in Director Park
Quick Web Links

 Enrolling Now for the Summer 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., June 19 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., July 8 at 7:00 p.m. & at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

Downtown PDX

At Little Bird Tues., July 2 at 3-4 p.m.

SW Portland

St Honoré in Lake Oswego (Lakeview Village) Tues., June 18, 6-7 p.m.


At Lapellah Restaurant (breaking for the summer). Next will meet Tues., Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m.






Movies and Series News, Used Book Sales, Paris on Video   
  Online videos of Paris: The site www.toutparisenvideo.com is an online collection of videoBetty in Pariss on various aspects of Paris. Each is narrated by a speaker and there is also a script below the video frame. The script follows the narration pretty closely but not exactly. Still, it's a great way to tune your listening and reading comprehension at the same time. Click here for a sample (Notre Dame). There is also a whimsical video of Paris as seen through the eyes of a child. Click here for that video (Betty à Paris), which is set to music. Description: Un regard complètement différent, un délicieux regard d'enfant, GastonSculptureune petite fille pleine d'humour qui nous montre Paris de son regard espiègle. Cette superbe vidéo accompagnée d'une très belle musique a été réalisée par Ben et Gabriel Blair. All the sites videos are free and no sign-up is required.  
   MAN / WOMAN: Gaston Lachaise: The Portland Art Museum is featuring an exhibit by PaEngrenagesris-born sculptor, Gaston Lachaise, through September 8. One of the pioneers of American Modernism, Lachaise (American, born France, 1882-1935) is celebrated internationally for his glorification and amplification of the female nude.
   Netflix and Comcast: A recent article in The New York Times compares Netflix' The Killing with the French TV series, Spiral (Engrenages) -- a policier that now has three seasons on Netflix. (This was Netflix' first foreign series with English subtitles; others such as the NorwegiMoliere moviean comedy, Lillyhammer with Steven Van Zandt, have come along since then.) Also on Netflix is the romantic comedy, Le Nom des Gens (English title is Names of Love). Currently free on Comcast under the "Free Movies!" category, is Molière, starring Romain Duris and Fabrice Luchini. All of the above are recommended by Alliance staff.
   New in the Bibliothèque: The next time you're selecting DVDs from the Alliance's collection of 250 top films, don't forget to check out the new feature - staff picks/recommendations. Use of the library is free for members; membership starts at $36 per year. Enroll online or by calling 503.223.8388.
   Save $, Enroll Early: The earlybird discount of 10% off summer term classes will end this Thursday, June 13, at midnight. Register early for classes online or at the Open House, and enjoy the savings.
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