Dear AF Members, Welcome February! Will the groundhog see his shadow on Sunday? If he does, 6 more weeks of winter it is! Not a problem for the French American community; we have plenty to keep ourselves entertained with this month beyond Punxsutawney Phil, from Chandeleur to African American History Month, Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Random Act of Kindness Day (yes, on Feb 17th!) and all the events we have in store at the Alliance. Here we go:
Tuesday 4 February, 10:30am: Le Café starts the new month with casual French conversation over tea or coffee. Open to all. No registration required.
Sunday 9 February, 2pm: Fête de la Chandeleur! There are a few theories for why crêpes became a part of the "candlelight festival" in France. Are sun-shaped crêpes an invitation for the sun to return as days grow longer? Or is the tradition just a tasty way to get rid of extra wheat that’s been stored through the winter? Regardless, we'll be flipping crepes in Durham and you're all invited! Free event. Register here to receive the address.
Wednesday 12 February, 7:15pm: Ciné-Club will screen My Afternoons with Margueritte, (La tête en Friche) by Jean Becker, in French with English subtitles. With Gérard Depardieu and Gisèle Casadesus. Jeff Dermott will host the event at his home theater in Cary. Free for members. $5 for non-members. Register here.
Sunday 16 February, 1pm: We will meet at the North Carolina Museum of Arts for Animals in Art, from Ancient Egypt to Modern times - a guided tour in French with docent Diane Beckman about the symbolism of animals in the Museum's art collection. $10 for members, $15 for non members. Register here.
Tuesday 14 February, 10am: This month's pick at the Club de Lecture is Petit Pays by the Franco-Rwandan novelist Gaël Faye. The bestselling debut novel won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2016 and has since been translated into 36 languages. At the Alliance. No registration required. Please note that Club de Lecture is moving permanently to Tuesday instead of Thursday.
Saturday 22 February, 4-6pm: Easy Cuisine workshop with Cathy Monnet. We will learn the secrets to a perfect Winter Bistro Menu, and act as food critics as we savor our culinary creations. In North Raleigh. $40 for members, $50 for non-members. More information and registration here.
Sunday 23 February, 1pm: We'll meet in Umstead Park for a Hike in French, as long as the weather allows. Sal's Branch Trail is an easy 2.8 mile trail with beautiful views of Big Lake. Register here.
February, 7pm : We'll close the month with a talk by local writer Jane Gabin about her novel The Paris Photo. The Paris Photo is a moving and thoroughly researched account of life in Paris during the dark days of the Nazi occupation. A must read for anyone interested in WWII or Jewish history. At the Alliance. Free and open to all.
In addition to the above special events, our weekly events will continue throughout the month, as usual, with Apéro'Sing on Thursday - 6:30pm, Yoga on Friday - 10am, and Theater workshop on Saturday -12pm. We wish you all a wonderful month of February, full of Valentine love and random acts of kindness. And as per the old farmer's almanac: "If Candlemas Day be mild and gay Go saddle your horses, and buy them hay". We are unsure of the profound meaning, but it sure sounds lovely. The Alliance Team.