October 2019

Dear Alliance Française Members,

'I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers' says Anne of Green Gables. We agree. Hello October! We're ready for Halloween candy, carving pumpkins, everything we see, touch or eat, looking or tasting like pumpkin. We at the Alliance don't have any cucurbit-related event in our program this month, but we're a creative community and will make sure our NEW cooking workshop makes up for that failing in November.


  • We'll start the month at the North Carolina Museum of Arts with the second part of The Color Blue with docent Diane Beckman. Tuesday, October 1st, 11:00am. Hurry; there are only 4 spots left. On Tuesday, October 15th, 11am, Diane will take us outside for Art in the Park. Register for either one or both tours here. Registration for the special exhibition tour on Riviera/Kahlo scheduled onNovember 20th, 12:00pm, will open on our website on October 16th.

  • L'Alliance Française and Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies co-sponsor 2 African events this month:

  • on Thursday October 10th, 4pm, critic and curator Oulimata Gueye will present Digital Imaginaries in Africa, a talk about the impact of digital technology on urban popular cultures in Africa.

  • On October 29th, 6:30pm, MTN Director Papa Sow will present Mobile Phones: A Daily Revolution in Africa. Both events take place at Duke East campus, Pink Parlor.

  • Our much awaited Wine Tasting Workshop will take place at the Alliance on Saturday 12 October, 5:30 to 7pm, with wine expert Loïc Lautredou. This time around, Loïc will focus on the basics of pairing food and wine, which we all agree should be on any francophile's short list of survival skills. The workshop is bilingual, open to all, and there are still a few spots available. Register here.


  • Because of a conflict of schedule with the museum tour, our October Welcome Café is postponed to Tuesday, October 8th, 10:30am. Open to all, coffee and tea drinkers alike.

  • We'll start the Hike in French season with a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk at the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary, on Sunday 13th October, 2pm. We'll combine a first easy 1.2 mile trail with a more challenging 0.8 mile loop so as to accommodate all kinds of hikers. In other words: you can quit before the climb. Please register here.

  • Club de Lecture will meet on Thursday, October 17th, 10:00am, and feature "Chanson Douce" by Leïla Slimani. The book won France’s most prestigious literary Goncourt prize in 2016. A journalist and specialist of women’s and human rights, Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair France’s annual list of The Fifty Most Influential French People in the World. Register here.

  • Our next Cercle de Convivialité will be held in Cary on Sunday, October 20th, from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Do not miss this opportunity to network and practice your French, even if you are a beginner. Open to all. You will receive the exact address upon registration here.

  • A quick reminder that we also offer the following events on a regular basis: Apero'Sing on Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Yoga on Friday, 10-11am, and Theater on Saturday, 12-1:30pm.


  • Our cultural highlight in November is a talk and demo about The Making of Tapestry, from French Gobelins' and Aubusson's tapestries to modern designs made in America today. Hélène Crié-Wiesner, journalist and haute lisse tapestry weaver, will bring her portable loom to show us how one can create spectacular craftwork using century old techniques. Several of her tapestry pieces will be on display at the Alliance that night. On Thursday, November 7th, 7pm.

  • We'll hold our first Easy Cuisine workshop with Cathy Monnet, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2pm, at one of our members' home in North Raleigh. This first of a series will feature 'Variations on Gougère and Profiteroles'. One of the variations includes pumpkin. We promise. More information coming soon.

We wish you all an early Happy Halloween! While Halloween is not traditionally celebrated in francophone countries, it’s become a very popular holiday in Quebec - pronounce 'L'Aaaloweene'. And remember: if a door closes and another one opens, your house is probably haunted. Or your cat is playing tricks on you. The Alliance team.

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5510 Munford Road

Raleigh, NC 27612

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