Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

CINE-SALON: "La Jalousie" Premiere Screening    

The Alliance will hold a special advance screening of the latest Philippe Garrel film, Jealousy (La Jalousie) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7pm at Living Room Theaters. Members and non-members at all levels of French can attend (the film is subtitled in English); click here for info and here for the trailer). After the film, participants will have the option to discuss the movie with other attendees and Alliance staff over a glass of wine. Specially priced tickets are available exclusively through the Alliance for this private event (the theater donates 100% of proceeds). Click here to reserve tickets at the low price of $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Seating will be limited; reserve soon. 21 and over. 

December Workshops Tempt with Variety   

Each December the Alliance features a "short term" between the 10-week fall and winter terms. It's a chance for new students to try out a short course and an opportunity for current students to work on a particular skill area such as phonetics, or to get in a some study/review hours prior to the January-March term. The December term contains several totally new offerings, including lunch-time conversation practice with Alliance staff, themed classes on "edible" expressions, and much much more! Click here for the class options which are listed from beginner through advanced. The December term features primarily adult classes but also offers art workshops for children (ages 7-14). Also offered is a free trial class for beginners who've never before attended an Alliance class.    

Beaujolais Nouveau Novelties: Spirits and Salt            
The Beaujolais Nouveau event, to be held November 21 at the Heathman, will offer not only wine but also spirits. Look for representatives from Hardy Cognac USA to pour tastings their rare Cognacs as well as cocktails made from Elation Nectar de Poire. Pear Williams are selected at their peak of ripeness and the fruit is macerated in aged cognac, creating a liqueur that hints of pear, vanilla and honey.
  Nestled among the food buffets this year, guests will find the newest in culinary exotica, salt block cooking. Shown here, salt block cooking allows the development of subtle flavors and introduces a variety of natural minerals for a healthy and unique dégustation.
  Guests will also enjoy tastings of cocktails made with Balinoff Vodka. A blend of fine French whe
at "eau de vie", with purified spring water, naturally filtered through the limestone rocks of the cognac region, Balinoff's pureness sets it apart. The premium vodka is produced by a 4th generation master distiller in the heart of the Cognac region.
  These are but three of the new features this year. A few event tickets are still available; click here for reservations. 
Tip for Intermediate/Advanced Students  
If you are an intermediate or advanced student who'd like to tune your listening comprehension in between your Alliance classes, then consider this option.  The website usa-expat.com is a site geared to French expatriates living in the United States, and one of the site's features is a small section called Actu France-USA. It contains multiple short video clips of news stories in French. Below each video clip is a transcription (in French) of the story. This is a great format for high intermediate and advanced learners of French. First view and listen to the video. Then read the transcription. Then go back and listen to the clip again. Repeat as needed. Click here to sample (make sure to pick one of the 10 options in the red tab marked Actu France-USA). Free.
Dates to Remember
Nov. 19: Alliance CINE-SALON Event at Living Room Theaters - La Jalousie
Nov. 21: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Nov. 22: Alliance Fall Term Ends
Dec. 4: December Open House (Portes Ouvertes) at the Kamm House
Quick Web Links

Fall Term wraps up November 22.  

Enrolling now for December short (intersession) term. Winter (Jan-March) term to be posted shortly.  




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. 19       

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

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Dec. 6. for B2/C1 levels (advanced, fluent)  

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., Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.



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Special Deals, Movie News and More
Le Point Article: Just published a few days ago, this article contains some interestLePointing insights on why American companies are reducing their investments in France. Click here for the article (in French). Merci to Philippe in Toulouse for giving us the heads up.
Siri Vik at Vie de Bohème:  The Siri Vik cabaret-concert at Vie de Bohème in SE Portland last week was standing room only - a great crowd and a super ambiance, as reported by many. Look for Siri to come back to Portland soon, to repeat this success.
New Event Menu at St Honoré: Planning a holiday party at home or at the office? St Honoré has just announced its new event menu which includes Mini Quiche, Mini Croque Monsieur, Sacristan cheese sticks, and Gougères (items that are not in their regular menu). Click here for the new event menu and remember that Alliance members qualify for 10% discounts at all St Honoré locations. 
New French Skincare Website:
Alliance organization member Hélène Lawless of Be Smooth in the Pearl is pleased to offer 10% first orders from her new site, LeFrenchSkinCare.com. The site features some of the best French skincare products, free local shipping, samples and video tutorials on how to select and use products based on your skin type.
Diplomatie Film: The film, Diplomatie, will open November 14 at Living Room Theaters. Click here for the listing and here for the trailer. It's a historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling. The film is in French and subtitled in English.
Seeking Seattle Commuter: Are you traveling from Seattle to Portland between now and November 20? We need a volunteer to bring in some supplies from our Seattle partner, the French-American Chamber of Commerce. In exchange we can offer a nice product prize. Email lindaw@afportland.org.

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