Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Experience a French Holiday Gathering
When you stop by the holiday gathering this Thursday at 6:15pm at the Kamm House (1425 SW 20th Ave.), you'll experience the ambiance of a French holiday party with wine, French-themed snacks, and a lot of friendly conversation taking place in French (and English). Chat with staff about new classes (winter term begins January 11) or about membership. Get a last-minute discount on classes and buy some French-themed holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. The open house is free; no registration is required. Venez nombreux! Click here for options for free parking within a short walk of the building. 
Fête de Noël at Al's Den, Dec. 22
LA-based artist/producer Scott Fisher returns to Portland in December to celebrate the holidays and his French-American heritage through music. Fisher is the son of former Honorary Consul Claudine Fisher. His band was hired by the French government to play official showcases at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, and more recently he composed and sang three French-lyric songs on the soundtrack of "The Last Word" starring Winona Ryder. On Dec. 22 he will pay tribute to his bicultural heritage with a performance at McMenamins Al's Den in the Crystal Hotel. Click here for more info on the event, which is free and which also features Eric John Kaiser. Ages 21+; songs will be a mix of English and French.  
Doni Belau on Paris Cocktails
Doni Belau, founder of the popular website Girls' Guide to Paris, with over 1,000,000 readers, has just released a book called Paris Cocktails, which is about the new craft cocktail movement in Paris with recipes, bar reviews, French party ideas and more. On Thursday, January 28, at 6:30pm Belau will be in Portland at The Cleaners (event space in the Ace Hotel) to share information on the cocktail recipes in her book. Guests will enjoy three custom-crafted cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres. Ticket price is $45 and includes a copy of the book (which can be signed by the author). The presentation will be in English. Click here to reserve.  
Beaujolais Nouveau Photos Now Online
Professional documentary photographer Heather Heaton and food photographer Aubrie LeGault captured in photos the ambiance of the Beaujolais Nouveau festival last month. Click here to view Heather's photos of the attendees and the activities at the event (the photos are copyrighted for Alliance use; contact Heather via her website to inquire about other uses). Then click here to view the food-and-wine album of the event - magnificent displays of seafood, desserts, cheeses and more - from Aubrie LeGault.    
Hervé Koubi Performance
French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi, one of Europe's most distinctive choreographers, will make his White Bird debut in Portland at the end of January with a highly physical, fluid work in which 12 French-Algerian and African male dancers perform capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance. Click here for a 7-minute narrated preview (in French) of the show, Ce que le jour doit à la nuit, described as "spectaculaire et raffiné." Tickets are available for performances Jan. 28-30, 2016 at PSU's Lincoln Hall. Click here for details and to purchase tickets. Use the promo code ALLIANCE for a 20% discount (cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets).   
Quick Web Links

Enrolling now for December and Winter (Jan.-March) classes. Private lessons available.   




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

NW, N, or Central   

St Honoré on NW Thurman on

Wed., 6pm, Dec. 16 

The advanced group (for levels B2/C1 meets at Palio's in Ladd's Addition on Jan. 2, 11am. 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Dec. 14 and Jan. 11, at 7pm

At Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30pm


At Gustav's

on Jan. 12 at 5:30pm.









Je Suis en Terrasse, Movie Passes, Fencing and More

   News Coverage in the Huffington Post has some photos, text and cartoons illustrating the significance of the new rallying cry in Paris, "Je Suis en Terrasse." Also check out the links at the end of the article for personal-interest stories arising from the November attacks in the City of Light. Click here for the article.
   Northwest Fencing is a nonprofit fencing instruction organization in SW Portland that has a number of French speakers on its staff, including its head coach. On December 11 the organization will have a potluck fundraiser; click here for details.
   Mayor Hales tweeted a couple days ago that he was in Paris for the climate talks.
   French Ambassador Araud
recently visited sites and schools in Washington, Idaho and Utah. His visits included frequent Alliance event partner, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as visits with one of the Beaujolais Nouveau event sponsors, Lactalis American Group. Click here for photos of his visits, as organized by the Consul Pauline Carmona, whose San Francisco-based consular district includes Oregon.  
  Jobs Where Speaking French in a Plus: Custom Directors, Inc. in Portland is seeking a customer experience specialist where bilingualism in French and English is a plus; click here. Tech firm Mural in Portland is seeking a French-speaking Cloud Technology Advisor; click here
  Paris Property Pricing - Higher Taxes in 2016: Adrian Leeds recently published an interesting article on rising taxes on French properties. Click here for the article which also includes a map showing the most expensive arrondissements of the city. In Paris the average cost per square meter is 8,000 euros but in some areas it averages 11,000 euros. For purposes of comparison, the higher average cost in Paris comes to close to $1100 per square foot; the newest condo high-rise in the Pearl has an average price of $690 per square foot.
  It's Not Too Early to Think About 2016 Camps: Canoe Island French Camp is an Alliance organization member that offers a unique experience in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Its campers are exposed to French language (suitable for beginners and fluent Francophones alike), culture, and cuisine. Counselors, many of whom are from France, share their culture, food, and history. Click here for details or visit their website - book early for popular weekends in 2016.
      Immersion Program: Last Friday's immersion program drew close to 25 attendees. Former director Linda Witt covered 7 top immersion programs, comparing them on several parameters including pricing, accommodations, formats, pedagogy, location/convenience, size of classes, program length, ages of students, participant motivation and mix of levels. If you missed the presentation but would like to have the program information (slides and website URLs of all the programs, including direct email addresses of the providers) please email newsletter@afportland.org. There is a fee of $15 to receive the complete packet by email; proceeds benefit the Alliance Française. 
  Impressionism by Monet and Cézanne: Don't forget that the Portland Art Museum exhibit, "Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks," contains five iconic works from Monet as well as pieces by Cézanne and other masters. Catch it before it ends on January 10, 2016. Click here for more information on the exhibit. 
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