Summer in Paris Film Series; August 15-24
Aug
15
to Aug 24

Summer in Paris Film Series; August 15-24

Alliance Française d'Austin and AF Ciné-club are proud to sponsor a wonderful month-long French film series entitled SUMMER IN PARIS showing at the Violet Crown.  SUMMER IN PARIS is a collection of eight films showcasing great French cinema beyond the New Wave. The four films that remain will be shown August 15th through August 24th.

August 15-24:  Alphaville, Eyes Without a Face, The Obscure Object of Desire, & Delicatessen

Tickets for SUMMER IN PARIS screenings are $9 per film.  Join Alliance Française d'Austin and AFA Ciné-club at the Violet Crown to see the remaining films selected for the SUMMER IN PARIS Series August 15th through August 24th.  We hope to see you there!
Details & Tickets HERE

 

 

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Sunday Afternoon Pétanque
Aug
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

Sunday Afternoon Pétanque

Join Alliance Française on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month on the beautiful grounds of the French Legation Museum to play Pétanque, a favorite French leisure sport. The shaded gravel walkways at the French Legation provide excellent courts.  Experienced players team up with novices to enjoy this simple but exciting game.  No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.  PLEASE NOTE - although Legation Museum Tours are temporarily closed, Alliance Française Pétanque will continue to be held at the Legation on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

Food and drink are potluck.  Bring bread, fruit, cheese & crackers, a beverage to share, or your favorite French recipe.  Pétanque can be enjoyed by participants of all ages and families are welcome. This activity is open to everybody. We hope to see you soon to experience & enjoy Pétanque.

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FRENCH MATERIALS LIBRARY HOURS;  SUNDAY September 3rd
Sep
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

FRENCH MATERIALS LIBRARY HOURS; SUNDAY September 3rd

Join us the first Sunday of each month at AFA's French Materials Library.  Members are invited to stop in for a visit, browse our materials, and to borrow a book or two. The French Materials Library offers AFA members the opportunity to check out French materials appropriate for all levels of proficiency, with special offerings added to the mix on occasional first-Sundays throughout the year.  Find a book, play a round of French Scrabble, and see what the AFA Library has to offer.  Tea and biscuits will be available to all who visit the French Materials Library on September 3rd.  We're located in Suite 106 at the Alliance Française School located at 4101 Medical Parkway.  

Our French Materials Library is reserved for use by current AFA members only. To obtain materials, Alliance Française membership is required.  Discover the French-language materials AFA has to offer during upcoming library hours.  Hope to see you September 3rd!

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Fall New Member Coffee, Thursday September 7th
Sep
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Fall New Member Coffee, Thursday September 7th

New to Alliance Française d'Austin? AFA WELCOMES YOU!  AFA welcomes new members to our dynamic community year-round.  Attending an AFA NEW MEMBER COFFEE is a great way to familiarize yourself with AFA programs & offerings and the benefits of AFA membership.  Attending an AFA New Member Coffee is also a great way to get to know AFA's Board, staff, advisors, longtime members, and other new members.  If you have been a member of Alliance Française d'Austin one year or less, enjoy treats & casual conversation over a relaxing cup of coffee with your friends at Alliance Française d'Austin. 

The New Member Coffee is free & open to new AFA members - those who wish to attend the September 7th New Member Coffee are asked to provide their name and intention to attend via email at info@afaustin.org.  Our New Member Coffee address (near Anderson HS) will be distributed via email by 10am on Thursday morning September 7th.  New members, you are among friends at Alliance Française d'Austin.  Join us Thursday September 7th for coffee, treats, and fun!  Please RSVP to info@afaustin.org by 10am Thursday Sept 7th.

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SALON DE CONVERSATION - What Would You Do if You Won the Lottery?!?
Sep
9
11:00am11:00am

SALON DE CONVERSATION - What Would You Do if You Won the Lottery?!?

AFA's Salon de Conversation meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11:00-12:15 at Café Express.  On September 9th participants will be asked to explain what they would do if they won the lottery!  If you were set for life financially, what would you do??  Salon de Conversation is a French-only event that is guided by native French speakers. Assistance & practice will be offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.  

Please note the 2nd Saturday Salon de Conversation is a members-only event. Members' names must appear on the current membership list.  Sign-in with Alliance Française required. Pick up your own food or drink or just come to speak French. All levels of fluency are welcome.  Please come prepared to speak in French about what you'd do first, next, and in general if you won the lottery.  We look forward to seeing you September 9th at 11:00am at Café Express.

 

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September Club de Lecture - Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaitre
Sep
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

September Club de Lecture - Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaitre

AFA Club de Lecture meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 2:00pm at the Arboretum location of La Madeleine French Café. It is recommended that participants have at least an intermediate level of French proficiency to join book discussion.  AFA members with lower levels of French are welcome to attend and listen. Book Club members supply their own books. Club de Lecture is open to current members whose names appear on the current membership list.

In September, Club de Lecture will meet to discuss Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaitre. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, an ambitious lieutenant sends two scouts over a hill and secretly shoots them in the back to incite his men to heroic action and sets in motion a series of devastating events that will inextricably bind together the fates and fortunes of the lieutenant and the two soldiers who witness his crime. We'll discuss on September 23rd! For more information about Club de Lecture and coming selections visit our website.  Club de Lecture members must be AFA members in good standing & participants are responsible for obtaining their own books.  Become an AFA member and join us for our September 23rd Club de Lecture gathering.

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October 1 Launch of 2017 Annual Fund Campaign
Oct
1
8:00am 8:00am

October 1 Launch of 2017 Annual Fund Campaign

The theme of AFA's 2017 Annual Fund Campaign is YOUR FRENCH CONNECTION.  Your gift to the AFA Annual Fund provides support for Alliance Française d'Austin operations, programs, technology enhancements, member benefits, and more.  

Alliance Française of Austin is your French Connection. Why pursue language and why study French? The study of language & culture cultivates fresh perspectives, appreciation, trust, and understanding.  French is the first language of 220 million people on five continents and it is the second language of millions more.  It is the language of high fashion, cuisine, visual art, dance, architecture, philosophy and diplomacy. French is one of the world's major languages.  French connects people to the world and to each other. Our fundraising goal for this year's Annual Fund is $3000.  Connect to culture, to community, and to 220 million people in 40 French-speaking countries & territories around the world through Alliance Française d'Austin, your French Connection!

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JULY CINÉ-CLUB SCREENING:  ADAMA BY SIMON ROUBY
Jul
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

JULY CINÉ-CLUB SCREENING: ADAMA BY SIMON ROUBY

On the third Sunday of each month join Alliance Française at Austin Studios to discover both classic and contemporary French film.  AFA Ciné-Club is open to everyone, both AFA members and non-members.  Attendees are welcome to bring refreshments.  Snacks & cold drinks will be available on a donation basis. Films presented in French with English subtitles.

This month AFA Ciné-club will show the animated drama ADAMA by Simon Rouby.  12 year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa sheltered by cliffs. Beyond the cliffs lies the Land of Breaths, a kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Adama's brother Samba vanishes, Adama sets off in search of his brother.  Adama's quest takes him overseas, across France, to the hell-on-earth WWI battle of Verdun. The year is 1916.  Inspired by the stories of West Africans who were conscripted by France to fight in the first World War, director Simon Rouby’s debut film features impressive, distinctive animation techniques that combine sculpture, and 2D & 3D animation that express an enormous spectrum of place and emotion. An unforgettable journey adored by adults and children. ADAMA is the 2014 winner of the Work In Progress competition of France’s Annecy Animation Film Festival. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets HERE and join us!  82 minutes.
 

 

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AFA BASTILLE DAY PARTY - JULY 8 @ TRIANGLE PARK!
Jul
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

AFA BASTILLE DAY PARTY - JULY 8 @ TRIANGLE PARK!

Alliance Française d'Austin is thrilled to present our 22nd annual Bastille Day Party, a relaxed and delicious celebration in the park from 6:30-10:00pm on July 8th.  Enjoy French standards by vocalist Priscilla Badhwar, 1930's Parisienne jazz by Hot Club of Austin, and the iconic French chansons of singer Julie Slim & Rendez Vous.  French wine, beer, and soft drinks, along with delectable food by Crêpe Crazy, Emoji's Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Garbo's Lobster, Rocheli Patisserie, La Patisserie, and Mom & Pop's Frozen Ice will be available for purchase.  There's no admission charge for the July 8th Party.  Admission and the live show are FREE!

Activities will include a hula-hoop station, Pétanque lessons, dancing, Triangle Park's popular Playscape and Splash Pad, amazing feats by the Texas Juggling Society, and our Bastille Day Market.  Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are encouraged.  AFA looks forward to celebrating with you July 8th in central Austin's beautiful Triangle Park!

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Game Night @ Cherrywood Coffee House - June 2nd
Jun
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Game Night @ Cherrywood Coffee House - June 2nd

Members, join Alliance Francaise at Cherrywood Coffee House on Friday June 2nd for AFA Game Night. Pick up coffee or a glass of wine for yourself, take part in a game or sit back and watch the fun.  We'll speak French as we play traditional French board & card games as well as American board games en français.  Members' names must appear on the current membership list.  Non-members & guests will be charged a $5 fee.  

Memberships may be purchased online anytime and Game Night sign-in with Alliance Française is required.  We hope to see you soon at Cherrywood Coffeehouse - join us for French, fun, and games Friday June 2nd!

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AFA Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament
May
6
8:00am 8:00am

AFA Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament

Alliance Française of Austin invites you to participate in the Saturday May 6th AFAustin Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament at Pharr Tennis Center in north central Austin.    This round robin tournament is family-friendly and will offer play appropriate for all.  Groups will be organized by skill-level with no direct elimination.  There are many prizes to win thanks to AFA partner and one of Austin's best local tennis stores The Tennis Shop, as well as the internationally-recognized racquet sports giant Babolat.

This is a mixed double tournament - sign up in pairs or if you don't have a partner, Alliance Française of Austin will assign a partner for you. AFA's Mixed-Doubles Tournament will be great exercise, great fun, and a great way to get to know friends who share an interest in tennis!  Registration TODAY for the May 6th Tournament.  Entry Deadline is May 1st.

REGISTRATION is $15 for AFA members and $20 for non-members.
Participation is limited, REGISTER NOW!

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March Apéritif Bubbles & Sweets
Mar
20
5:30pm 5:30pm

March Apéritif Bubbles & Sweets

AFA's March Apéritif will take place on March 20th in celebration of the International Day of Francophonie, a world-wide day of food, fun and celebration in recognition of French language and Francophone cultures.  Alliance Française invites members to join us from 5:30-7:00pm by the playground at Triangle Park for salty snacks, chocolate, macarons, sparkling wine, and petit fours to celebrate.  AFA Apéritifs are free to AFA members & children are welcome. Members' names must appear on the current member list.  Non-members & guests will be charged a $5 fee. Sign in with Alliance Française when you arrive and join us for salty snacks, sweets, sparkling wine, fun, & French at AFA's March Apéro. 

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La Chandeleur Crêpe Party - SOLD OUT!
Feb
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

La Chandeleur Crêpe Party - SOLD OUT!

Celebrate La Chandeleur with food, drinks, and friends at AFA's fabulous crêpe party this Saturday Feb 25 @ 7:30pm at Café Crème on East Oltorf.  Enjoy hard cider & wine with a savory crêpe entrée served with salad. Your savory crêpe meal will be followed with a selection of sweet crêpe tastings of Bordeaux bites, Framboise bites, assorted caramels, and Valrhona chocolate.  Featuring French café accordion music in the bal-musette style by Austin folk icon Shirley Johnson.  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!  We'll see you tonight.

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AFA Annual Meeting & Holiday party
Dec
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

AFA Annual Meeting & Holiday party

On Friday evening December 9th, AFA Members are invited to celebrate the Season with their Alliance Française d'Austin family.  Members are asked to bring a hearty dish to share.  Alliance Française will furnish bottled water, soft drinks, wine, and a beautiful Bûche de Noël.   Our party location will be distributed to current Alliance Française members via email.

Come and enjoy potluck supper, a recap of Alliance Française 2016 offerings, a preview of the great year ahead, and vote to fill available positions on the Alliance Française Board of Trustees.  Enjoy lively French conversation, a glass of wine, decadent dessert, and your Alliance Française friends.  Not a member?  Check out the benefits of AFA membership and join us for AFA's Annual Meeting and Holiday Party.  

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Beaujolais Nouveau
Nov
17
8:00am 8:00am

Beaujolais Nouveau

Come toast the arrival of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau! It is time to enjoy the bountiful harvest. Each year this light, fruity red wine is welcomed throughout France in bars, restaurants and markets with fanfare, fireworks and music.  The festival that was once a small regional feast has become a global celebration.  Join us at Flour & Vine for a delightful evening of wine, delicious food and French songs by chanteuse Julie Slim and Rendez Vous.   

Alliance Française d'Austin's November 17th Beaujolais Nouveau dinner includes
a three-course dinner, 2 complimentary glasses of wine, and gratuities. 

This event sells out quickly. Purchase your ticket today!    
DETAILS and TICKETS HERE

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Fall Soirée:  SOLD OUT!
Oct
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Fall Soirée: SOLD OUT!

Members AFA's Fall Soirée IS SOLD OUT!  Thanks for your support and see you tonight!

AFA Soirées feature authors, artists, wine experts, scholars and distinguished guests who present informal talks about their area of expertise.  On Oct 27 AFA welcomes renowned painter, sculptor, and printmaker Peter Julian to lead a discussion in French about art, his work, and the creative process.  AFA Soirées are members-only events.  Admission is $10 and includes hors-d'oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets.  Attendees' names must appear on the current membership list at time of purchase.  Please note the Fall Soirée is an adults-only event for members age 21 and older, all sales final.  For more information about Peter Julian and his work go to http://www.galerie-mlc.com/artistes-peter-julian/

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Museum Trip - Portraits of the Musée d'Orsay
Nov
1
7:30am 7:30am

Museum Trip - Portraits of the Musée d'Orsay

  • Pottery Barn & Z Gallerie Parking Lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Alliance Française d'Austin has arranged a wonderful trip to the Kimbell Art Museum, new Renzo Piano Pavilion, to view the exhibition

   "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay" 

  TRIP ITINERARY

7:30   Meet at the Pottery Barn & Z Gallerie parking lot at the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd

8:00   Depart for Fort Worth

11:30   Arrive at the Kimbell (approximate time)

            "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay" 

             Lunch on your own 

             Tour of the Kimbell's distinguished permanent collection

             Acoustiguide Audio Tour

3:15     Depart for Austin

 

 

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