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Simenon's La Chambre Bleue - Free Tickets   

The Alliance is partnering with the promoters of La Chambre Bleue (The Blue Room) film starring Mathieu Amalric, to give away 40 "admit-two" passes. The film opens in Portland on October 24 at Living Room Theaters, and is based on a novel by Georges Simenon, in which two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in a brain-teasing thriller (click here for the trailer). The free passes will be given to new, renewing or current Alliance members; pass-holders can bring one guest (for a party of two) to their choice of show dates on October 27-30 (Monday-Thursday). Current Alliance members should click here to request a movie pass. New or renewing members should click here to sign up for membership at the same time as requesting a movie pass for two. 

24 Raffle Tix Left: Business Elite on Delta   

In the previous bulletin we announced the availability of an exclusive Delta Air Lines raffle for two Paris Watchround-trip Business Elite (business class) tickets from Portland to Europe via Amsterdam. Bob Derrick is the winner of an earlier Delta raffle and as it happens, he took his free trip this month and reported great feedback, noting that "the Delta flights were exceptional." Other past raffle winners likewise report excellent feedback on their experience. Don't miss your chance to participate in next month's drawing - click here for details and here to purchase raffle tickets securely online - while the ticket supply lasts.    

Halloween Ateliers/Workshops in SE Portland          
Friends of the Alliance will host a series of art workshops around the theme of Halloween, on October 29, 30 and 31 in SE Portland, for children, ages 5 to 8. Visiting artist Isabelle Rastion from Paris will teach the workshop and welcomes English speakers, French speakers and French learners. Click here for the flyer that has details on each workshop (atelier); they can be purchased individually ($50) or as a group ($125). Max 8 children per workshop. The contact info is on the flyer. 
The Language Corner             
Alliance staff members Linda Fuchs and Francine Chough recently attended intensive training in Seattle and subsequently passed exams that certify them as DELF/DALF examiners and correctors at all CECR proficiency levels. Executive Director Linda Witt notes, "Obtaining this broad level of certification is an important accomplishment. Many of our students and others in the region are keen to have their level of French officially assessed, for example, to apply to teach English in France through the Teaching Assistant Program. (Note that the TAPIF application deadline is coming in January.) Flicitations, Linda et Francine! 
French Music at Vie de Bohme              
Alliance organization member, Vie de Bohme in SE Portland, will host two French-connected events in late October and early November. First, on October 25, Eric John Kaiser will join forces with Alex Toucourt (shown here at right), a singer/songwriter from France, currently on tour in the U.S. (Click here for an idea of Toucourt's music.) The evening is a CD release party for Eric John Kaiser and his band, and starts at 8pm. Tickets ($10 or $12 for reserved seats) can be purchased online. The evening will also feature French wine and French food specials. Alliance members: Show your membership card and claim a free CD.
Then on November 2, the same venue will host a unique evening concert of French and German music by Siri Vik. Vik's concerts usually command ticket prices of $30-40 but here in Portland the tickets for this special event will be just $8 to $10. For complete details visit the event web page which now also includes a link for ordering tickets in advance (as well as instructions on how to get a 10% discount).    
Dates to Remember
Oct. 24: La Chambre Bleue Opens at Living Room Theaters
Oct. 25: Toucourt/Kaiser at Vie de Bohème
Oct. 31: Alain Resnais Film at NW Film Center Hollywood Theatre
Nov. 2: Franco-Allemand Concert with Siri Vik
Nov. 21: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
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Some are hosted by Alliance staff, board members or other volunteers. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

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St Honor on NW Thurman on

Wed., 6pm, Nov. 5      

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

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Nov. 1 @ 11am (first meeting) 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Nov. 10, at 7p.m.

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

Vancouver

At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

  

 

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Consular Visit Info, Member Announcements
and More

  
  Tourne Consulaire: In the last bulletin we announced a Consular visit to Portland that is set for November. Readers in Washington state will be interested in news of a consular tour scheduled also for Seattle in November. Click here for a detailed announcement from the Agence Consulaire de Seattle. (Reading this type of bulletin is also a good exercise in bureaucratic French for learners of French!)    
   FAIS Open House Events in November:
The French American International School will hold an open house for their elementary grades on Wednesday, November 12, 2014; 9:00-11:00am. The Gilkey International Middle School will hold an open house on Thursday, November 6, 2014; 6:30-8:45pm. Visit www.faispdx.org for more info.
  Bndicte Hardy, the head of Hardy Cognac in France, visited the Alliance Franaise last week. She is shown here with Maury Hornstein, who'll be featuring the company's fine cognacs at the upcoming Beaujolais Nouveau festival at the Heathman.
  Beaujolais Nouveau Tickets: Got your tickets yet for the largest Beaujolais Nouveau event on the West Coast? It's set for Friday, Nov. 21, at the Heathman in downtown Portland. VIP reserved tables are almost sold out (only two remain), and the majority of the Young Professional tickets are also sold out. Most tickets, though, are at the Standard Guest level ($70) and those are still available. Visit the event page which has updated details as well as the link (highlighted in yellow on that page) for ordering tickets, or call the Alliance at
  Top Quality Wines & Wineries at Beaujolais man-pouring-wine.jpg Nouveau: In addition to two Beaujolais Nouveau wines (Georges Duboeuf and Maison Joseph Drouhin), the event on November 21 will feature several local wineries who've made their names on the wine scene and also for their generosity in supporting the Alliance education mission. Perennial favorites WillaKenzie Estate, Pacific Rim (Riesling Rules, Rainstorm Pinot Noir) and Cooper Mountain Vineyards will be joined by Eola Hills and Ruby Vineyard. Exciting French imports from Terlato Wines and Terroirs Originels will be sampled as well.
   French aerial dance artist Fred Deb' (Frdrique Debitte, shown here at left) will perform Frida: A Rare Evening of Women in Circus, this coming Friday and Saturday (10/24-10/25) in the gym at the French American International School in Cedar Mill. Click here for info including the online link for tickets. Alliance students are welcome to request the discounted student ticket price (a savings of $5 per ticket).

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