June is here and it is full of promise! Most of us now feel safe to go out and about again and attend all those outdoor cookouts, family reunions, pool parties and other weddings that have been postponed for too long. At the Alliance, we'll have 2 opportunities to attend outdoor events this month: on Saturday 19 June, 1pm, we're going back to the North Carolina Museum of Art for a guided tour of the sculptures in the park! Then on Friday 25 June, we'll celebrate the Fête de la Musique with live bluegrass music in our backyard. Launched in 1982 in France, Fête de la Musique is a free celebration of music held on June 21st every year - we have moved it to June 25 this year for convenience purposes. Here is what else is happening at the Alliance this month: Zoom Café Tuesday 1st June, 10am Le Café is our monthly get-together to catch up with each other through the wonders of Zoom. Join us from the beach, the Smokies, or your blooming backyard. In French. Free and open to members and aspiring members. Sign up here Mirage Blues Tuesday 1st June, 2pm Author Virna Lorentz, live from her home in Monaco, presents her new novel, Mirage Blues, based on a true story. In French. For members. Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 June, 5:15 or 8:15pm. This is your chance to practice your French with AF members from all over the country. In French. For members. Sign up here Gilles Legardinier Wed, 9 June, 2pm Best-selling French author Gilles Legardinier makes his English-language debut with The Paris Labyrinth, a pulse-pounding thriller set in 1889 Paris. Legardinier will be interviewed by Kate Mascaro, his publisher, and your questions will be invited as well. In English. For members. Sign up here Paris as a refuge for African Americans Friday 11 June, 12pm Professor Sharpley-Whiting portrays the African American artists who came to Paris after WWI, the complicated cultural lines they walked, and the community they forged with members of the African diaspora there. She also discusses what Paris has meant to subsequent generations of African Americans, up to the present day. In English. For members. Sign up here Ciné-Club Tuesday 15 June, 10am Exceptionally this month, Club de Lecture is taking a break and replaced with Ciné-Club on Tuesday morning. We'll discuss Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément, a quirky romantic comedy that won the audience award at the 19th annual COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Best First Film award at the 2015 Cabourg Film Festival . In French. For members. Sign up here
L'Apéro Friday 18 June, 5pm. Apéro Antivirus has been renamed "l'Apéro." Yes, so much creativity is hard to bear. We might need to double up on our favorite drink to take it all in. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Art in the Park Sat. 19 June, 1pm Welcome back to the North Carolina Museum of Ar! Follow docent Diane Beckman through the famous Rodin garden and other striking works of art amidst the West Building landscape. Note: the 1-hour tour is limited to 10 people. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too. In French. $10 members, $15 for non members. Sign up here Proust For Beginners Friday 25 June, 12pm. Intimidated by Proust? Afraid to even crack open In Search of Lost Time? Relax! Proust expert Caroline Weber acquaints us to the man, his milieu and writing, as smoothly as can be. In English. For members. Sign up here Fête de la Musique Friday 25 July, 6-10pm. We've been waiting for an opportunity to get together again; here it is! Join us for an outdoor celebration of Make Music Day. With local bluegrass band Wyldwood Stringband. At the Alliance. Free and open to AF members and members of AFCDC. Details coming soon
Reminders: Early Bird Summer Registration and Haiku Contest end on June 5th!