April Newsletter

Dear Members,

As part of our "Tour de la Francophonie," April is the month of The Democratic Republic of Congo at the Alliance. The DRC, also known as RDC, RD Congo, or Congo Kinshasa, is not to be confused with Congo-Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, the other, much smaller, Congo. Both countries are separated by the impressive river Congo; the giant DRC and its capital Kinshasa to the East of the river, the smaller RC and its capital Brazzaville to the West. So now we know which is which - or getting close. Two members of our local community will share their perspectives about their native DRC: Didier Kabing on 21 April, and Samuel Yemey on 28 April. We'll learn about Congolese author Henri Lopes at the Club de Lecture, Which Congo, might you ask? Both: Lopes was born in Kinshasa and moved to Brazzaville. We'll then discuss the movie "Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont," at the new Ciné-Club. The comedy tells the true story of a brilliant doctor from Congo (come find out which) who takes a job in rural France in the 70's. To add to these snapshots of Congo's culture, L'Oeil Ouvert with docent Diane Beckman will open our eyes on African Arts, based on the NC Museum of Arts' collection. We can't travel yet, but we can prepare. And learn a few things about Congo. One or the other. Or both. Here is what else we have in store at the Alliance this month:

The Stolen Renoir Friday 2 April, 12pmAuthor James McAuley tells the story of The stolen Renoir: the fate of a painting and a family in wartime France.La petite Irène,” which shows a young girl in profile, is one of the most impressive portraits Renoir ever painted. It’s also a painting with a dark history of Nazi theft and a Jewish family destroyed by the Holocaust. In English - Members only. Sign up here Zoom Café Tuesday 6 April, 10am Grab your morning drink and join us for casual French conversation with fellow members - aspiring members welcome! In French - Free and open to all. Sign up here The Olympic Games, from Antiquity to the Present Saturday April 10, 1pm Eric Monnin will present on the rich history of the Olympic Games and their evolution to their current form as an international showcase of competing nations in peacetime. In French. Members only. Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 April, 5:15 or 8:15pm. Practice French and meet with AF members from all over the US. In French - Members only. Sign up here The Paris Library Tuesday 13 April, 2pm Janet Skeslien Charles will join us from Paris for a discussion of her new best-selling novel: The Paris Library. The book is based on the true, and little known, WWII story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris. In English. - Free and open to all. Sign up here Virtual Tour of Blérancourt Museum Friday 16 April, 11am Valérie Lagier - Heritage Curator of the Franco-American Museum of Blérancourt Castle - will talk about the incredible history of the French and American friendship. You will watch, at your leisure, the virtual tour video before joining Valérie, who will be live from the museum and ready to answer your questions! In English. Members only. Sign up here Demystifying the French Saturday 17 April, 1pm Janet Hulstrand will present her book, Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You. Aimed at first-time visitors to France as well as expatriates, Demystifying the French is designed to help readers avoid common mistakes, and get off on the right foot with the French. In English. Members only. Sign up here Club de Lecture Tuesday 20April, 10am. This month's selection is Tribaliques, a collection of 8 short stories by Congolese author Henri Lopes. Tribaliques received the Grand Prix Littéraire de l'Afrique Noire in 1972. In French. Members only. Sign up here. The DRC: A Giant In The Heart Of Africa Wednesday 21 April, 6:30pm. Local resident Didier Kabing talks about his native country, the second largest in Africa and the most ressource-rich country in the world. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here The City of Immortals Thursday 22 April, 7pm. The City of Immortals celebrates the eccentricity of Père-Lachaise Cemetery through the history of the site and portraits of the cultural icons buried within its walls. In English. Members only. Sign up here Apéro Antivirus Friday 23 April, 5pm. Our monthly Happy Hour in French. Happy is mandatory. French much preferred. Apéro strongly recommended. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here L'Oeil Ouvert Tuesday 27 April, 11-11:45am. Docent Diane Beckman will present African Arts, based on the NC Museum of Arts' collection. A virtual tour to prepare for a return to the museum in person! In French. Free for members, $5 for non members.