More about la moquette:
The most popular item in the previous bulletin
was the article about the
PDX airport carpet. Readers wondered, however, what the title (A Portland, la moquette ne se fume pas
) means. Our teachers explain that the title means, literally, that the carpet is not for smoking (as in drugs, hashish, marijuana). It relates to an expression, "fumer la moquette
," which is explained very well on this website.
Another $29 Prix-Fixe Menu Recommendation:
We're hearing from members about their favorite $29 prix-fixe three-course menus at French-inspired restaurants around town. In the previous bulletin we shared Heathman's menu. Members also recommend Higgins' menu
- remember that the $29 promotion is only valid for the month of March!
St Honoré Conversation Group
: The Alliance is still seeking volunteers to host the St Honoré
(the one on NW Thurman) once per month. The group meets twice per month, so a possibility could be two hosts that take turns hosting. Email email@example.com
. All levels of French are acceptable.
Third Annual French Fest in Seattle: If your travels take you to Seattle this month, keep an eye out for the 3rd Annual French Fest at the Seattle Center on March 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; it's free and open to the public. Festival-goers will listen to live music, watch dance performances, attend the first French Fashion Show in Seattle, taste international cuisine, learn from informative seminars and cooking demonstrations, and enjoy a day full of fun activities en français! The event is jointly organized by the nonprofit France Education Northwest (FEN), the FACC PNW, the French Consular Agency, and all the French-speaking community groups from around the Puget Sound area. Click here for more info. Shown here at the right is Olivier, the event's Master of Ceremonies.
Recalling a Favorite: Occasionally we re-publish a favorite link from earlier bulletins. Here's a popular one that has a handy interactive map of France, showing how many cheek kisses are "typical" to each region. Click here.
Terroir Presentation: An audience of close to 25 enjoyed the Terroir Presentation at the Kamm House on March 6. The event (shown in the photo at right) attracted Alliance members interested in the development of the French wine industry, as well as PSU students and others. Merci to the presenter, Joseph Bohling (Assistant Professor of History at PSU) and to Alliance member Kris Kern for her help in laying the groundwork for the event.
French West Indies Presentation: Click here for a few photos from the March 13 presentation of author Timothy Williams. Note that his books will be available for sale at the Alliance through March 20.
La Fête de Rostand: In conjunction with the run of the show, Cyrano, at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, Portland Center Stage will hold a festival of "all things French" on Sunday, April 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby, between the matinee and evening performances. The event will feature specialty cocktails, French press coffee, champagne and pastries, as well as local musicians performing in French (including Portland favorite, Eric John Kaiser).
Leave your Selfie-Stick at Home: Terry Beard of Infogentsia kindly alerts us to a new development at Paris major museums which involves the likely banning of selfie-sticks such as the one shown here. Click here for the article explaining why, which is in English on France 24.
Intersession Workshops - a varied sampling of short classes are available in the next two weeks (March 16 -28). It's not too late to sign up for those. Click here for the list and call the Alliance office to enroll.