Upcoming events

    • 01/04/2021
    • (EST)
    • 04/03/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Zoom Online Classes
    • 67

    AFB Adult French Classes / Winter Term 2021/ Zoom
    90 minutes each lesson: On Zoom

    • Beginner A101 - Nathalie (Mondays 5:30 - 7PM) 12 Lessons - $252
      January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Zoom)  
    • Beginner A102 (New Morning Class) - Nathalie (Thursday Mornings 9- 10:30AM) 11 Lessons - $231  
    • January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 (Zoom)  

    • Intermediate A2 - Christine Rieuf (Mondays, except first class will be taught on Tuesday 11AM- 12:30 PM) 12 Lessons - $252 
    • January 12, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Zoom)

    • Intermediate/Advanced B1/B2 - Benoît (Wednesdays 5:30 - 7PM) 12 Lessons - $252 
    • January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Zoom)

    • Advanced French Level B2 - Sophie (Thursdays 5:30 - 7PM)  10 Lessons - $210
      January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25  (Zoom)

    • Presentations on Themes that reinforce speaking, writing, reading and thinking (Intermediate level)- Nathalie (Wednesdays 4:45 - 6:15PM) 11 Lessons - $231   January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Zoom)

    *Note, We strongly encourage you to register in advance to allow for your registration to be processed before the first day of class.

    • 01/16/2021
    • 10:00 AM (EST)
    • 03/27/2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom Online Classes
    • 15

    AFB Kids French Classes / Winter Term 2021/ Zoom
    60 minutes each lesson: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    8 Lessons

    Liza Rivera will lead fun, interactive lessons filled with songs, art, movement and culture - Yes all this on Zoom, from the comfort of your living room! 

    Whether your child is a beginner or intermediate, our classes will accommodate.

    Winter session Saturdays:

    • February 6, 13, 20, 27, 
    • March 6, 13, 20, 27, 

    Winter Session Fee:  $80.  (AFB Members); $100. (Non-Members)

    $136 (sibling discount-for 2 children from the same family.)

    • 01/22/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

    The French-American Journeys of Josephine Baker

    January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

    In English

    Join Ilana Navaro, director of the documentary “Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening,” in conversation on Zoom with Pamela Druckerman.

    How did a poor black girl from Missouri become the queen of Paris, before joining the French Resistance and then adopting twelve children to create her own utopian “Rainbow Tribe”? Ilana Navaro will talk about Josephine Baker’s life in France, and her journey from “banana dancer” to humanist fighter and civil-rights activist alongside Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Navaro is a filmmaker and radio producer who lives in Paris. “Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening” has been shown on the Franco-German channel Arte; on Cinemoi in the U.S.; and on nineteen television channels around the world. It won the Rockie Award in Arts and Culture, Banff Word Media Festival, 2020.

    Pamela Druckerman is the author of five books, including the forthcoming rhyming picture book for children Paris by Phone.

    This program, produced by Pandemonium U.

    Zoom code will be emailed on the day of the event. 

    • 01/23/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

    Pursuing the Dream: Living and Investing in France, with Adrian Leeds

    Saturday, January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    English with some French vocabulary

    If you’ve had even a glimmer of an idea to enrich your life with a move to France – whether living full-time or part-time in the Hexagone – this is your opportunity to learn the steps to help make the dream come true. In this one-hour session on Zoom you’ll get the inside scoop from moving-to-France and property expert, Adrian Leeds. Adrian has lived in France for over 25 years; her expertise has been featured on House Hunters International. She understands the ins and outs of finding an apartment to rent or a home to buy anywhere in France (not just Paris). In this session she’ll discuss getting a visa, determining where in France you might want to live, and the steps to finding the perfect home. The session will also include an open forum for questions.

    Adrian Leeds: French property expert, HGTV personality, published journalist and author, events coordinator, marketing, public relations and communications expert, Adrian Leeds arrived in Paris in 1994 with more than 21 years of experience in marketing and public relations, not to mention a daughter. In her need to survive in the City of Light as a single mother, she created a variety of businesses devoted to assisting other expats in their quest to fulfill their dream to live in France. Her company, the Adrian Leeds Group, is a licensed real estate agency offering complete property consultation services primarily for North Americans and other Anglophones wanting to live and/or invest in France. Photo credit: Paul de Burger.

    This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members.

    Zoom code will be emailed on the day of the event. 

    • 02/06/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

    Pamela Druckerman Presents Paris by Phone

    Saturday, February 6 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

    In English

    Author and journalist Pamela Druckerman joins us via Zoom from her home in Paris to present her new rhyming picture book Paris by Phone, and discusses the myth of the American in Paris.

    For many Americans, Paris isn’t just a place – it’s a solution, an idea of perfection and the ultimate Plan B. In her new children’s picture book Paris By Phone, Pamela Druckerman explores this through the story of one little girl. Josephine Harris is an ardent young Francophile who decides that Paris is where she really belongs. She even manages to travel there, using her magic phone. But then, oh là là! Despite the lovely things she saw, Josephine feels a certain je ne sais quoi.

    Pamela is a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times and author of the best-selling Bringing Up Bébé. She’ll join us for a lively discussion about the genesis of her new book, her own experience as a Parisienne, and the history and meaning of the American-in-Paris story.

    This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members.

    Zoom code will be emailed on the day of the event. 

    • 02/17/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

    Discussion with Scott Carpenter, author of French Like Moi

    Wednesday, February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

    En français

    Join Eileen Walvoord (President-Elect of the American Association of Teachers of French) as she interviews Scott Dominic Carpenter (above left) about his hilarious new memoir, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris. When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps―not to mention all those lectures about cheese! It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure. In French Like Moi, Carpenter guides us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, he keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

    Scott has already presented this work in English. This event will be conducted in French (except for brief readings in English), and will probe more deeply into issues of language and intercultural understanding.

    Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018) and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, he’s the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His shorter work has appeared in a wide variety of venues, including South Dakota Review, The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His website is sdcarpenter.com.

    Eileen Walvoord is the President of the Alliance Française of the North Shore (IL) and the President-Elect of the American Association of Teachers of French. A longtime French teacher and a fluent French speaker, Eileen has been decorated by the French government as an Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

    This event is en français and is free and open to all AF members.

    Zoom code will be sent on the day of the event. 

    • 03/07/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

    André Nerman presents Molière, Décidément Contemporain

    Sunday, March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

    En français

    Join us for an exceptional online event with the talented actor and director, André Nerman, who is well known to the Alliance Française USA audience. André will share his in-depth knowledge of the great French playwright, Molière. This Zoom presentation will be in French and is suitable for persons with high-intermediate to advanced levels of French.

    Retrouvez-nous pour une conférence exceptionnelle avec le talentueux comédien et metteur scène, André Nerman. Grand habitué de la scène des Alliances Françaises des Etats-Unis, André Nerman mettra son savoir au profit d’une conférence interactive sur le grand dramaturge français. 

    André Nerman : « Le génie de cet auteur, pourtant bien ancré dans son époque, a été de porter sans cesse un message universel dans l’observation critique de ses contemporains. S’il n’a jamais parlé de lui comme un esprit novateur Molière a profondément révolutionné le théâtre. Je vous parlerai de sa vie, de son œuvre, et des étapes marquantes de la façon dont ses pièces ont été interprétées par les metteurs en scène de notre temps. Nous verrons que quelle qu’en soit la lecture, la mise en perspective, les mots de Molière continuent de nous parler, toute génération confondue, de nous parler de nous… » 

    About the presenter : André Nerman a commencé sa carrière en interprétant des grands rôles du répertoire classique (notamment Roméo, Rodrigue du «Cid», Oreste d « Andromaque »). Parallèlement André joue des premiers rôles dans des séries télévisées. Puis il enrichit son expérience aux USA où il travaille régulièrement depuis. Il participe à de grandes tournées internationales, puis avec la Compagnie Caravague, il va signer de nombreuses mises en scène et organiser des tournées en Amérique du Nord. Il aborde ainsi un répertoire contemporain théâtral et poétique (Duras, Apollinaire, Prévert, Cocteau…) ainsi que des spectacles musicaux dont « Jacques Brel ou l’Impossible Rêve » qui restera plusieurs années à l’affiche à Paris et tournera dans le monde entier. En 2013, André traduit et met en scène la pièce « Un rapport sur la banalité de l’amour » de Mario Diament au Théâtre de la Huchette. La pièce est reprise en 2017 et 2018 au Festival d’Avignon et part en tournée en France, aux USA, au Canada, en Suisse et au Maroc. Il interprète lui-même le rôle de Martin Heidegger. Entre temps, il est engagé par John Mc Lean pour jouer dans « Blind Date » (Mario Diament), et il met en scène et joue « La Leçon » de Ionesco, « Huis Clos » de Sartre, une adaptation de « Terre des hommes » de Saint Exupéry et de « La chute » d’Albert Camus.

    This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members.

    Zoom code will be emailed on the day of the event. 

Past events

01/17/2021 Dances and Improvisations with pianist Mark Markham
01/15/2021 French Apéro January 2021
01/12/2021 Paper Bullets : Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis
01/07/2021 National French Conversation Group as an Apéro
12/18/2020 French Apéro Décember 2020
12/02/2020 Tom Wohlmut – The Light Between Two Towers
11/23/2020 2020 December Extension for Adult Classes
11/20/2020 French Apéro November 2020
11/16/2020 Discussion with Harriet Welty, author of Final Transgression
11/12/2020 Uncovering the secrets of the Paris Metro (En Français)
11/10/2020 Uncovering the secrets of the Paris Metro
11/10/2020 National French Conversation Group as an Apéro
10/23/2020 French Apéro October
10/13/2020 National French Conversation Group as an Apéro
10/10/2020 Pursuing the Dream: Living and Investing in France, with Adrian Leeds
10/09/2020 Betrayal in Occupied France: Who killed Jean Moulin?
10/06/2020 The Seine; The River that made Paris presentation by author Elaine Sciolino
10/03/2020 2020 Fall Kids Classes
10/01/2020 French Like Moi; A Midwesterner in Paris presentation by author Scott Dominic Carpenter
09/27/2020 French Games
09/26/2020 A Frenchwoman in Provence, with Mireille Guiliano
09/18/2020 French Apéro September
09/14/2020 2020 Fall Adult Classes
09/13/2020 French Games
09/08/2020 National French Conversation Group as an Apéro
08/22/2020 Undiscovered secrets of Paris
08/13/2020 Uncovering the secrets of the Paris Metro
08/11/2020 National French Conversation Group as an Apéro
07/17/2020 French Apéro July 2020
06/25/2020 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
05/22/2020 French Apéro May 2020
04/24/2020 French Apéro April 2020
04/20/2020 2020 Spring Adult Classes
02/15/2020 Conversation groups


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