January Newsletter

Dear Alliance Française Member,

As we happily kick this rollercoaster of a year to the curb, we would like to thank our students and members who have stuck with us during these tumultuous times. We are immensely grateful for your loyalty and confidence as we continue to spread the French word through the newly discovered powers of Zoom. We would like to also recognize our incredible team of teachers who gracefully surf the tides with innovation, competence and a healthy dose of humor. We hope that taking a French class with us or joining one of our online groups made your year just a little brighter. We look forward to plenty more opportunities to see you, starting with our January events. January, the month aptly named after Janus, the ancient Roman god, often depicted as having 2 faces - one looking forward and one looking back - god of beginnings and endings, transitions, doors and gates. Here we go!

Cook with Florence: Boeuf Bourguignon and Crème Brûlée Sunday 3 January, 5-7pm Let's start by opening the kitchen doors with comfort food, albeit the French type. Perfect for a cold, winter day. $30/person for a 2-hour virtual class. In English. Open to all. Sign up here. Zoom Café Tuesday 5 January, 10am -11am Zoom Café re-opens for all interested in casual French conversation. Topics range from last night's dinner to the vastness of the universe, depending how much French vocabulary is available to Café participants on that day. Free and open to all. Sign up here. Bake with Florence: The Art of Choux Pastry Saturday 9 January, 10am-12pm The New Year calls for some treats! Time for a close look at Choux baking under Florence's guidance. Profiteroles, chouquettes, gougères, so many choux options, so little time... $30 for a 2-hour virtual class. In English. Open to all. Sign up here. Mon Pays: Le Québec Monday 11 January, 1-2pm Our Tour de la Francophonie is looking North this month, namely to the beautiful province of Quebec. Join our fellow Triangle resident Roxanne Banville in conversation with Hélène Crié-Wiesner for a conversation about life in Québec, and what it's like to be a French Canadian living in North Carolina. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Paper Bulletts: 2 Artists Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis Tuesday 12 January, 4-5pm During WWII, French artists Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe distributed anti-Hitler notes, called "paper bullets," written under the disguise of a Nazi soldier called “The Soldier with No Name,” meant to sway other soldiers from believing in the Nazi rhetoric. Learn more about this little known story from author Jeffrey H. Jackson. In English. For members only. Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 January, 5:15 or 8:15pm. A monthly French conversation group, free and open to all AF members across the US. For intermediate to advanced French speakers. Members only. Sign up here More Baking with Florence: French Macarons Saturday 16 January, 10am-1pm If you missed our Macaron workshop in September, this is your opportunity to catch up on mastering the elusive little treat. In English. $40 for a 3-hour virtual class. Open to all. Sign up here. "Dance and Improvisations," with pianist Mark Markham Sunday 17 January, 3pm. Brighten up the season with a beautiful musical program chosen by world renowned pianist Mark Markham. “Dances and Improvisations”, includes music of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, as well as J.S. Bach and improvisations from the American Songbook. Mark's affinity for French culture make him a great ambassador for both countries! For members only. Sign up here Club de Lecture Tuesday 19 January, 10am-11am. Take another peek into Quebec's culture with the novel "Il pleuvait des oiseaux" by Canadian author Jocelyne Saucier, a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination, The book received the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. In French. For members. Sign up here. Quebec: An Irreducible Gallic Village in North America Wednesday 20 January, 6:30-7:30pm. Remember the French comic strip Asterix the Gaul, where one small village of indomitable Gauls holds out against the Roman invaders? Hold on to that thought as you join guest speaker Chantal Pagé for a talk about Québec's cultural identity. In (Canadian) French. Open to all. Sign up here. The French-American Journeys of Josephine Baker Friday 22 January, 12-1pm. 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 introduce us to Josephine Baker’s life in France, and her journey from “banana dancer” to humanist fighter and civil-rights activist alongside Dr. Martin Luther King. In English. For members only. Sign up here Apéro Antivirus Friday 22 January, 5-6pm. Our local