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Fanny Ardant Film at Living Room Theaters 
Now playing at Living Room Theaters is the romance, Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours), starring Fanny Ardant as an older woman, just retired, who takes on a younger lover. Many know Ardant for her role in Ridicule (one of the most popular films in the Alliance's DVD lending library) and others will remember her as Marie de Guise, opposite Geoffrey Rush in the Oscar winner, Elizabeth.  Click here to view the new film's trailer (subtitled in English) and here for the schedule. Finally, click here for a recent artéMédia interview in French (5 minutes, not subtitled) with the actress, as she touches on the clichés of the "cougar" and more. 
Normandy Dinner - Tickets Now Available

Friday, June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Normandy native Philippe Boulot, Executive Chef of the Multnomah Athletic  Club, will celebrate the cuisine of the region and pay tribute to this major anniversary with a special dinner featuring the culinary traditions of northern France. The Alliance is organizing some tables at this event where guests will have the option to be seated with table-mates who wish to speak French (only), English (only) or mixed English-French. To reserve seating through the Alliance, click here (the event is open to the public; you do not need to be an Alliance member or a MAC member). The cost for the three-course dinner (click here for the menu) is $55 and includes the gratuity. Guests will pay separately for drinks of their choice.    

Tuileries at the Portland Art Museum

Paris will come to the Portland Art Museum starting June 14 with an  international exhibition celebrating le Jardin des Tuileries. The garden, which stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and became Paris' first public park in 1667.  The exhibition in Portland involves the exceptional collaboration of the Louvre and the Musée Carnavalet Histoire de Paris, as well as the promotional support of the Alliance Française, among others. Click here for further information.

St Honoré (SE Division) Dinner & Convo
There are just a handful of tickets left for the Alliance's Paris-in-Portland dinner to be held on May 20, 2014, at St. Honoré's new location on SE Division. Click here for the Alsace-inspired menu; the fixed price of $33 includes the multi-course dinner as well as complimentary cocktail apéritifs and the gratuity. Click here to reserve tickets; the event is open to all.
  Also consider popping into the restaurant on Monday, May 5, at 6pm, when the chef/owner will demo how to bake tarte-flambée during the once-monthly conversation group; participants will be invited to sample as well; no reservation necessary; free.   
Member Announcements, Job Postings & More 
  TeAF Logo 2013acher Openings: The Alliance is interviewing for experienced FLE teachers; must have native-level fluency or equivalent. Also must already have the right to work in the U.S. (visas are not sponsored). Send CVs to Linda Fuchs (lindaf@afportland.org).
    Student Successes: We are pleased to share that Alliance students Toni Castro and Anna Koon have both passedDELF-DALF the DALF C1 exam. According to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), language users at the C1 level can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They possess a large vocabulary, can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments, and they can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation, which shows controlled use of structures. Félicitations to Anna, Toni and their Alliance teacher, Oana Talpalaru.
  Le Point Article: Le Point recently published an interesting article that explai
nsLePoint how anglicisms tend to invade the speech of French expatriates. Click here to read the online article (in French) and the readers' comments as well (often as enlightening as the article). Merci to Béatrice Lantres of Bordeaux for sharing this article.
  OPB Radio Spots: No, it's not your imagination - occasionally you'll be hearing radio spots about the Alliance Française, on OPB radio.
   Baba Wagué Diakité, an engaging storyteller, writer and illustrator from Mali (West Africa) will be presenting his storytelling skills live at Mt. Hood Community College on Monday, May 12, 2014, from 12:00-2:00 PM, at the MHCC Student Union's Fireplace Room. Diakité presented in French last year at the Alliance; at MHCC he'll present in English with a smattering of French vocabulary. This event is free and open to the public. 
Dates to Remember
May 17: Franco-Allemand Maifest at Oaks Park
May 20: Portland-in-Paris Dinner at ST HONORE
June 6: Normandy Dinner - 70th Anniversary of D-Day
June 12: Alliance Summer Open House (Portes Ouvertes)
Quick Web Links

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Hosted by Alliance staff or board members. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW or Central PDX 

St Honoré on NW Thurman on Wed., 6pm, May 7 & 21

C'est Si Bon on NE 7th on Tuesdays @ 6pm 

SE Portland

At St Honoré on SE Division, Monday, May 5, at 6pm.

At Chez Machin, Mon., May 12, at 7p.m.

At Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., May 6 at 5:30 p.m.



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