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New Beaujolais Nouveau Event Menu    

On Monday the Portland press will begin discussing in earnest the upcoming Beaujolais Nouveau festival at the Heathman. The highly anticipated menu for the event has just been released - highlights include fresh shucked Hama Hama oysters, seared Ahi tuna, steamed Penn Cove mussels, Gérard & Dominique salmon, Vol au Vent lobster, roast leg of beef, Carlton Farms roasted pig, Brie Le Châtelain, Roquefort Société, and much more. Click here for the complete menu, from hors d'oeuvre to desserts. Just 90 tickets are left for this event; click here for event info and here for tickets. Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit education missions of the Alliance and the FACC.    

La Chambre Bleue Continues Thru Thursday   

We're hearing from Anglophones and French alike that they are enjoying the movie La Chambre Bleue (Blue Room) that is playing at Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland. The theater is extending the film's run through this Thursday, November 6. Says director Linda Witt, "We recommend the film for adult learners of French at all levels. The format of the dialogue is question-and-answer with the judge magistrate questioning the suspects. The pace and the repetition of the dialogue make for a good exercise in listening comprehension - and subtitles are available as well." Click here for the trailer.  

Measuring Your French - For Fun           
The international standard for describing one's mastery in another language is the Common European Framework, which identifies 6 levels: A1-A2 beginner/basic, B1-B2 intermediate/upper, and C1-C2 high proficiency/advanced. Classes at the Alliance are ranked by that framework. Several standardized tests, such as the TCF (Test de connaissance du français), measure one's fluency according to the 6 levels. Now there is a free online TCF test simulator on TV5MONDE's site; you can take the tests as often as you like. Click here, choose one of the 10 "series", and complete the 3 parts (each part has 10-15 questions): Listening comprehension, language structure and reading comprehension. Select your answers and at the end of each part, you'll get immediate, accurate feedback on where you fall in the A1 to C1 scale. Seeking improvement? Come take a class with us! 
Seeking Interview Subjects for Montreal Radio 
A French-language radio program in Montreal is seeking interview subjects (over the phone) as follows. If you would like to help, email info@afportland.org and we'll connect you. "Nous recherchons une personne qualifiée, s'exprimant couramment en français, pour nous accorder une entrevue sur le droit de mourir dans la dignité en Oregon. Nous souhaitons également aborder le cas de Brittany Maynard, cette jeune femme souffrant d'un cancer au cerveau qui doit mettre bientôt fin à ses jours, en Oregon. Au Québec, nous sommes en processus d'obtenir le droit de mourir dans la dignité, ce sujet est donc d'une grande importance ici. Nous cherchons un médecin, politicien, procureur, militant ou tout autre communicateur francophone qui peut nous expliquer comment fonctionne ce système en Oregon et si possible, dans les quatre autres états américains qui permettent le geste." 
Postings, Reminders and Events  
Embassy Visit: Alliance directors Linda Witt and Rhonda Lynn attended a series of  meetings last week at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. The convention was attended by the new Ambassador of France, the new Paris-based president of the Fondation Alliance Française, and by representatives of many of the 112 Alliances in the U.S. 
Siri Vi
k Event:  
Tonight (Sunday, November 2), is the Franco-Allemand
concert at Vie de Bohème in SE Portland. Ticket prices are just $8-10 and can be bought at the door. Click here for complete details on this rare opportunity.  
Roche Bobois  Grand Opening in Portland:  A number of Alliance members were spotted at the October 30th opening party of the brand new Roche Bobois store on SW Washington in downtown Portland. The 3-hour opening party was attended by a crowd estimated at close to 150.
Cercle Français:
The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 20, and will be part three in the baroque mCercle titleusic series by the Ferruas. For details, click here
Dates to Remember
Ending Nov. 6: La Chambre Bleue at Living Room Theaters
Nov. 2: Franco-Allemand Concert with Siri Vik
Nov. 21: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Nov. 22: Alliance Fall Term Ends
Dec. 6: French Holiday Market at FAIS
Quick Web Links

Fall Term wraps up November 22.  

Enrolling soon for December short term and Winter (Jan-March) term.  




Some are hosted by Alliance staff, board members or other volunteers. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW, N, or Central   

St Honoré 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., Dec. 6.  

SE Portland

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

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


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



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TV5MONDE November Highlights

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