May Newsletter

Dear Members,

The sun is warming, birds are chirping, the garden is growing. Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Weekend are just around the corner. What is there not to love about the month of May? Granted, we could do without Root Canal Awareness Week (May 4-11.) Thankfully, we will have Dance Like a Chicken Day to recover from it (May 14.) If you are addicted to the Hokey Pokey, it's time to turn yourself around. This month at the Alliance, our Tour de la Francophonie is taking us to beautiful Haiti. Described in French literature as the "Jewel of the Caribbean," Haiti melds French, African and Caribbean cultures into something truly unique. Yet it also resists easy definition. In his presentation "Haiti: A Misunderstood Nation," Lionel Dorismond will offer new perspectives on his home country. We will dive deeper into Haiti's culture with Bain de Lune by author Yanick Lahens at Club de Lecture, and Mon Pays: Haiti with local community member Myriam Augustin.

Here is what else is happening this month:

Zoom Café Tuesday 4 May, 10am Our monthly get-together to catch up with each other, practice our chicken dance moves and welcome newcomers. In French Free and open to all. Sign up here La Louisiane: de 1699 jusqu'asteur. Wednesday 5 May, 7pm A series of events about Louisiana's Creole and French heritages, organized by AF New Orleans. In French. For members. Sign up here Paris By Phone Saturday 8 May, 2pm Author Pamela Druckerman presents her new rhyming picture book and discusses the myth of the American in Paris. In English. Free and open to all. Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May, 5:15 or 8:15pm. Where you meet and chat with AF members from all over the country. In French. For members. Sign up here Le Métro dans les arts Thursday 13 May, 7:30pm From Zazie dans le Métro to Le Dernier Métro, from the historic Guimard entrances to the brand new stations, come discover fascinating art themes about the Paris Métro. In French. For members. Sign up here Cook with Florence: Indian Curry Saturday 15 May, 3:30pm Cook with Florence and learn how to prepare an Indian curry, coconut rice and homemade nans. A virtual 2 hour-class - $30/household. In English. Sign up here Club de Lecture Tuesday 18 May, 10am. Explore Haitian literature with Bain de Lune by author Yanick Lahens. In French. For members and aspiring members. Sign up here. Haiti: A Misunderstood Nation Wednesday 19 May, 7pm. Misconceptions abound when it comes to Haiti. Lionel Dorismond debunks myths and replaces them with fascinating facts about his country. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Meet Martin Walker Thursday 20 May, 2pm. Martin Walker shares his story of what inspired him to write his best-selling series Bruno, Chief of Police, based on real life characters in a small village in Dordogne. In English. For members. Sign up here Apéro Antivirus Friday 21 May, 5pm. The right blend of happy hour and French conversation. A Haitian crema, anyone? Free and open to all. Sign up here

L'Oeil Ouvert Tuesday 25 May, 11-11:45am. Docent Diane Beckman takes us to a virtual preview of NCMA's Art in Bloom event. In French. Free for members, $5 for non members. Sign up here Mon Pays: Haïti Wednesday 26 May, 7pm A conversation with Myriam Augustin about her childhood in Haiti. In French. For members. Coming soon Strong Female Voices Thursday 27 May, 1pm. A monthly online gathering exploring how we redefine power, consent, and submission. Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. In English. Free and open to all. Sign up here Ciné-Club Friday 28 May, 5pm. This month's film is Les Intouchables by Olivier Nakache and Eric Tolédano. In French. For members and aspiring members. Sign up here