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Upcoming Events: C'est presque complet ... 
   The Sixth Annual French Night at the Blazers, set for February 19 at the Moda Center, is very close to sold out - a mere handful of tickets remains. If you haven't gotten tickets yet and would like to join the group-night event, where Nicolas Batum will meet with fans after the game for Q&A in English and in French, then call our Group Sales Manager, Greg Bauman, directly at 503.963.3947. Please note that only those persons who buy their tickets via theBatum French group code, will be allowed access to the group event. For questions or exceptions, email lindaw@afortland.org. 
   Venting in French: The workshop on venting in French has only a couple of seats left. For event details (including options for the English version and the French version of the workshop) and to register online, click here
ilm Tickets: The Alliance has sold out of its supply of PIFF vouchers for the international film festival that begins tomorrow. Tickets are available online from the PIFF site, by phone and at the festival box office. Buy tickets well in advance to be sure to get into the films that are at the top of your wish list. Click here for complete details. 
Ludovic Morlot - Special Symphony Offer

The Oregon Symphony invites Alliance bulletin readers to receive 20% off tickets to its presentation of the Seattle Symphony, on Sunday, March 30 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Now in his third year as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, French conductor Ludovic Morlot (click here for his impressive bio) will lead the orchestra in Varèse's Déserts and Debussy's La Mer. To redeem this offer, click  here, and your 20% discount will be automatically entered into your shopping cart. You may also call the ticket office at 503.228.1353 from 10 am - 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and mention this special offer and the promo code: ALLIANCE. Note that this discount expires March 30, 2014. 

Articles Worth Reading
Recent days have seen some notable articles in the press. Here are a couple that we think will interest our readers.
   SLATE'S "BOO TO THE BOULANGERIE": Alliance Director Linda Witt describes an article in Slate, "The article starts out as 'light' but then it explores with great clarity the reasons for deep-seated differences between French and American practices in the workplace, which in turn has major impact on daily life as experienced not only by tourists but also by longer-term residents in France. It's a fascinating read." Click here for the article.
   NEW YORK TIMES: The growth of dual-language French programs in New York, largely financed by the French government, recently got big coverage in the New York Times. Click here for that article.
   WASHINGTON POST: A legislator in New Mexico is proposing to count computer programming as credits toward foreign language requirements for public-school students. Click here for that article and make sure to scan the readers' comments afterward - they are just as enlightening (some of them are very witty!) as the article itself. 
Jobs, Movies, Music and More
   Kelly Services is seeking applicants for a call center representative who is fluent in French Canadian. Pay is $16/hour; location is downtown Portland. Click here for complete details. 
   Members Seeks French-Speaking Babysitter for Summer Trip to Paris: Alliance memParis Signbers who will be traveling to Paris this summer are seeking a truly fluent French-speaking babysitter to travel with them for 3 weeks, late June to mid-July. Click here for complete details including compensation and contact info. 

   Canoe Island French Camp in the San Juan Islands is welcoming registrations for 2014. Since 1969 they've been offering youngsters healthy outdoor activities, an introduction to French and French culture, and wonderful French food, all staffed by counselors from France. Visit their website at www.canoeisland.org.
  Multiple Music Notes: 1) Alliance member St. Honoré Boulangerie will feature Eric John Kaiser this Friday, Feb. 7, from 6-9pm at their new location at 3333 SE Division. 2) Tea Zone/Camellia Lounge on NW 11th will feature a night of romantic French love songs on Friday, February 14, 8 to 11 p.m. (Valentine's Day) with Twist3 (Zilka, Boicourt & Rossio, shown here). $49.95 per couple. 3)  Malian artist Habib Koité is one of Africa's most popular and recognized musicians. He'll perform tonight (Feb. 5) at Alberta Rose Theatre. Click here for a recent interview in French (subtitled in German) on ARTE.    

   The 24th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films is underway at Portland Community College's Cascade campus and includes five French-language films. Click here for complete details. All the films are free and open to the public

Dates to Remember
Feb. 6-22: PIFF Festival
Feb. 18: Balzac & Flaubert at Literary Arts
Feb. 19: Blazers French Night at the Moda Center (Rose Garden)
Feb. 28: Venting in French - A Unique Workshop!
Quick Web Links


Winter Term (Jan.-March) now in progress. Some openings available. 

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., Feb. 5 & 19 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Feb. 10 at 7:00p.m. and at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


Lapellah Restaurant in Vancouver, Tues., Mar. 4 at 5:30 p.m.



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