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Paris Through the Lens of Residents

The New York Times published this week two thought-provoking articles on Paris, both written by journalists of standing who've lived in the city for some time. The first article, by author Thomas Chatterton Williams, discusses the evolution of the Pigalle quartier and is called, "How Hipsters Ruined Paris" - he describes changes that can be viewed as positive or negative, depending on your perspective. The second article - uplifting and surprising - is entitled, "The Other Paris, Beyond the Boulevards," by Mira Kamdar of the Times's Editorial Board. She describes through her own personal experiences the rebirth of the Pantin quartier in the northern suburbs. Both articles are insightful - bravo NYT!

Online or Printable: Class Lists for All!

In the previous bulletin we announced open enrollment for the December Holiday term that runs from December 2 to 21, and some students are signing up for as many as four workshops or intensive classes in that "gap" session. A couple days ago, the complAfClassete class lists for the full Winter 2014 Term (Jan. 6 - March 15) were also posted online. The winter term features exciting new conversation classes such as METRONOME, discovering France through the métro system. Of course there are also some 40 offerings in the core series of building and perfecting your foundation (Latitudes and Edito). Click here for a printable listing of the December offerings, here for the Winter 2014 adult classes and here for the children's classes. Early-bird registrants for Winter 2014 classes get their first choice of class, and a 10% discount.

Beaujolais Menu Just Released, New Press

The Heathman has just published the menu for the Beaujolais Nouveau event set for Friday, November 22. Click here to scan the gourmet listing for the event that has been covered in recent weeks by KGW.com, KPTV.com, the Portland Monthly and moBojo2012are. New this year will also be an expanded array of local French wine producers and French importers of French wines. Beverage selections this year - all included in the ticket price - will include Georges Duboeuf and Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau and wine selections from WillaKenzie, Pacific Rim, Cooper Mountain, Terroirs Originels and Petit Monde. Belgian beers will be Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden. Drink options will also include Virtue Cidre Nouveau, Hardy Cognac, Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain, Chambord and Cointreau Noir. Finally, a Wall of Wine will feature Sokol Blosser, Torii Mor, and other premium wines.  A handful of event tickets remain; call 503.223.8388 with questions.

Free French Films: Les Choristes & Amour 
On Friday, November 22, at 6:30pm, Clark College's French Club will show the French movie, Les Choristes, and invites the public to come for free. The film will be shown in the Foster Auditoriam (campus is at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, Washington). The 2004 film, rated PG-13, was nominated for Best Foreign Picture and won many awards. Click here for the IMDB page and the trailer.
  The Alliance has just added the 2012 Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, AMOUR, to the free DVD lending library. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, the film earned 5 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The film joins the other 250 classic and contemporary DVDs available to Alliance members. Membership is just $36 per year, the DVD library is available 6 days a week. Click here for the IMDB page and trailer.
Dates to Remember
Nov. 15: Alliance Student Appreciation Party - SOIREE DES ETUDIANTS
Nov. 22: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Nov. 29-30: Fresh French Shorts at NW Film
Dec. 5: Holiday Portes Ouvertes - Open House
Quick Web Links


Now enrolling for the December Holiday Term and the Winter Term (Jan.-March). Visit www.afportland.org 

or call 503.223.8388. 




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., Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Dec. 9 at 7:00p.m. at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


Lapellah Restaurant in Vancouver, Tues., Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.



In-Kind Sponsors







Paris Central Tours with Susanne, Holiday Market Volunteers,
and More     

  Malian Storytelling: Last Friday's storytelling session with Baba Wagué Diakité drew close to 60 attendees of all ages, including community-college students (from Mount Hood Community College), people with ties to Mali, Alliance students, and more. Shown here are Alliance members Alfredo Torrejon, Jennifer Coyne (who is also an Alliance board member) and the featured speaker.  

  More Info on the Foire aux Livres: More info is now available on the book sale to be held at FAIS in Cedar Mill on November 25 and 26, in the library of the school, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Alliance are invited to browse the sale which will include primarily fiction books for children, ages K through 8.

  Alliance Sponsoring FAIS Holiday Market: The Alliance will sponsor and have a booth at the FAIS Holiday Market which will be open to the public on December 7. Volunteers are needed to man the Alliance booth. Email info@afportland.org if you'd like to help out.

  Tips + Tours with Susanne: Frequent Alliance partner Paris Central (based in Portland and in Paris) is now offering tours with Susanne Millien, who has lived in Paris for 30 years. Millien (shown here), who is originally from Sweden, is fluent in English and French, and offers walking tours, shopping excursions, event organization, museum and exhibition visits, and more. Click here for complete details.

  Paris ApartBeard Aptment "La Condamine": Alliance member Terry Beard offers his Paris apartment, in the 17th arrondissement, for rent in 2014 (short stays and long stays). The fully equipped one-bedroom apartment (pictured at left) is located in Batignolles, a trendy Parisian neighborhood near métro Rome. The apartment is a few minutes by métro to Opéra, Montmartre and Champs Elysées, and away from the mainstream tourist areas but close enough to enjoy the tourist area conveniently. Rent for a week-end or more; Alliance Française members receive a 10% discount off the published price. Click here for photos; for availability contact Terry at 503.349.1245 or email terry@pariscentral.com.Eiffeltourists

  Event Reminders: Alliance students in any term in 2013 are invited to attend a free social evening on Friday, November 15 - it's a Student Appreciation Night or SOIREE DES ETUDIANTS. For this and all upcoming events, visit the Events page.

  Last Chance for Raffle Tickets: Test your "chance" and buy a raffle ticket for just $10 (or 5 for $40) and you may win two roundtrip tickets to ANYWHERE in the world that Delta Airlines flies (as well as KLM). Visit the raffle page and purchase your tickets online, ASAP. Our computer program fills out your stubs for you and emails you your receipt. The drawing is in just 9 days (Nov. 22, 2013). Winners need not be present to win. Un grand merci to the Official Air Lines sponsor, Delta Air Lines, for this raffle that benefits the nonprofit missions of the Alliance and the FACC.


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