Thérèse Desqueyroux at LRT: Living Room Theaters is featuring Claude Miller's final film, Thérèse Desqueyroux, starring Audrey Tautou (of Amélie fame). Click here for the trailer and visit Living Room Theaters for schedules. Based on François Mauriac's novel, the film depicts Tautou as a provincial housewife in 1920s France, whose suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner inspires her to a fatal bid for freedom.
Maguy Marin "Salves" & Nel Centro Reception: The Alliance will co-host a post-show reception with White Bird Dance on October 11 at 9:30pm at Nel Centro. The complimentary reception will be open to 25 persons who reserve tickets to that evening's performance of the Compagnie Maguy Marin "Salves" show at Newmark Theatre. Present at the reception will be some of the performers from the show. Click here for information (including the discount code for the event tickets) and email Pascaline Lefèbvre (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve for the complimentary reception.
Alliance Student's Photos in National Geographic: The work of Susan Seubert, a professional photographer who is an Alliance member, will be featured in the October issue of National Geographic Traveler. Click here for a preview of her photos (10 in a photo gallery) taken in Beaujolais. Bravo, Susan!
October Bienvenue: Each fall the Alliance is pleased to welcome new members from the area's French immersion schools for children. Bienvenue to this free newsletter; we hope you will find events and workshops of interest to the whole family. Also don't forget to use your membership for discounts at our 15 Les Amis partners around town!
Word Play: To tell someone to go left is allez à gauche, and right is à droite, but straight ahead is tout droit. . . Note that droit refers to straight, whether straight ahead (as in a direction) or vertically (il se tient bien droit). Someone who is left-handed is gaucher (Obama is gaucher) or gauchère (if feminine) but if one is clumsy, one is simply gauche or maladroit. Droit, of course, is used in many common expressions and has many meanings - visit the popular resource, wordreference.com, and consider a class at the Alliance.
Art Exhibit: Alliance staff member Meriem Elatra Bouhaddouda's paintings will be in an exhibition September 27 through December at the Westshore Building, 222 SW Pine Street in Portland. Meriem's works, in ink on watercolor paper, depict Algerian women from the late 19th century to the late 1950s, a period during which Algeria was a French department.
Public Speaking in French: In addition to 10-week classes, the Alliance occasionally offers workshops, such as the Friday, October 4 workshop on public speaking in French. Click here for details.