Fall Open House & Pop-Up Bookstore Opening
Saturday, Sept 9
12 to 3 pm


Discover our new French Corner Bookstore,
opening this  weekend during our Fall Open house  ! 

AFMSP's new French bookstore offers a curated selection of books in French as well as works translated into EnglishTitles are priced competitively and include contemporary fiction, classic authors, bandes désinées and children's books from France and Francophonie.

Come explore our French Corner and all things French through food, culture and conversation at our Fall Open House :
 -Discover and taste the secrets of French cuisine with cooking demonstrations
 
-View an exhibition of French-inspired paintings by local artist Dan Raphael

-Staff members and teachers will be on hand to answer questions about fall French classes, give tours of the historic North Loop building and talk about upcoming events

-Attendees will have the chance to win a pair of tickets to one of 3 performances; internationally acclaimed dancer Alarmél Valli's upcoming performance at the Cowles Center, electro-swing DJ/composer phenomenon Parov Stelar at the Myth, or Senegalese Hip-Hop group Bideew Bou Bess at the Cedar Cultural Center

Learn about France, in English! 
Leaving Paris: Traveling Through France
Five weeks, Thursdays, Sept 14- Oct 12, from 6 to 8 pm
If you've visited Paris but are curious about what to see in other parts of France, this is the class for you! Damien will work with you to discover "l'hexagone" and spots worth a visit. 
No French experience required, classes will be led in English. 

Les Événementsevents
Conversation with Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman
Wednesday, Sept 13| 6 to 8 pm
From Franco-German Reconciliation to the Integration of Recent Immigrants in the US and Germany: An Intellectual, Political and Personal Journey. In partnership with  American Council on Germany.| Read more
Les Navigateurs de la Littérature
Intermediate-Advanced Book Club
Wednesday, Sept 13| 6 to 8 pm
Utilize your reading skills and comprehension with les Navigateurs de la Littérature. This month the group will discuss Au Pays de Tahar Ben Jelloun. Come prepared to discuss the text and share your favorite passages. Discussion will be held in French.  |

A conversation with French author Camille Laurens
Monday, Sept 18| 6 to 8 pm
Camille Laurens will read select passages, speak about her book WHO YOU THINK I AM and her trajectory, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. (The presentation will be in French). This book and others by Camille Laurens are available for purchase at AFMSP! Pick up your copy at the office today!|
See our full  calendar !
Adult Classes
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Fall Session: Sept 11-Nov 19
View the full schedule here.

Discover our new classes :
-In Minneapolis, St Paul, Edina and Rochester
- Original Topics Classes like Paul Bocuse: superstar of la cuisine française 
-Workshops including Beyond Beaujolais, les expressions idiomatiques
- And... a five-week French théâtre class with Alexie!

New Beginner 1 evening class :
Due to a high volume of registrations, we have decided to open a new Beginner 1 evening class on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm.

All fall classes are open for registration online
Register by phone: 612 332 0436

Classes in Edina, Rochester, St Paul, and now TriDistrict and Osseo!
This fall we will extend our off-site options to offer French for Travelers in TriDistrict and Osseo!
We are also offering Foundation, Conversation, Topics, and Workshop options in Edina, Rochester and St Paul. 
Register here:

Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
 
Alliance Fran çaise for Kids and Teens
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Fall Kids Classes Open for Registration
This selection includes grammar classes for Pre-K through 8th Grade. Most classes are held on Saturdays.  Register  here
 

Classes for Home Schooled Students
This fall we offer classes for both Beginner and Intermediate students from 1st to 10th grade during the week. Add from to your home school curriculum! 
Register children here
Register teens here

Alliance Française After School
The Alliance Française is pleased to return to Kenwood,
Burroughs and  Hale  for a sixth year of after-school French classes! Our instructors are French-speakers with training and experience helping children discover the French language through fun, engaging activities


Les Djeunes : French Cooking Class
Saturday, Sept 16, 4:30 to 6:30pm

Come cook with Valerie !
Discover traditional French pastries and learn how to cook them !
Pastries in this activity include éclairs, gougères, and more.

Currently this event is full. To be added to the wait list please
Email Alexie : alexieb@afmsp.org
Like any Djeunes event, it's free !
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Discover Senegal! A Guided Trip with AFMSP
January 26 to February 5, 2018

Join AFMSP and discover the land of  teranga !  After learning about Senegal during our "mois de la francophonie" in March 2017, our members asked for an opportunity to visit there with  Alliance  Française .  Et voilà !  

 

Beginning in Dakar, we will learn more about the country's history and rich cultures.  On our way north to Saint Louis, the former French capitol of West Africa, we will stop in the Lompoul Desert for lunch and a camel ride in the dunes.  After exploring Saint Louis and meeting local artists, we will travel south to Toubab Dialaw on the Petite-Côte, an area known for its beautiful beaches and artist colonies, with a stop in Thiès.

 

This special opportunity is perfect for people with a sense of adventure, looking to discover new French-speaking countries! Read more about this trip!


Join the Gala Committee!
Do you have an interest or background in event planning or fundraising? AFMSP has already begun first steps towards our annual fundraising gala for May 2018. Next year's theme will be Monte Carlo and meetings will take place monthly on Mondays, alternating between afternoons and evenings. We'd love your ideas and expertise! Contact Maggie with interest. 

Discount for AF Members: Renaissance Festival
AF Members receive discounted admission to the Renaissance Festival when buying tickets in advance!
Read about their themed weekends through Oct 1. Email Anna for discount codes and instructions. 


AFMSP is Hiring a Children's Class Instructor
The Alliance Française Mplsw/St Paul is currently accepting applications for French instructors specialized in children's classes. This is a part-time position, requiring availability on Saturdays and afternoons during the week. Read more here

NADIA  -  Giving voice to the most influential music teacher of the 20th century through her words and music at MacPhail Center for Music
Enjoy a $5 discount before the day of the performance
Expressive violinist Stephanie Arado and the brilliant pianist Michael Kim trigger Nadia's memories of her life, the deaths of her father and lover, the complex relationship she had with "the true genius of the family", her sister Lili, and the "crazy pleasure" she feels teaching.
In this homage to great teachers, themes include the richness of the mentor/scholar relationship, the balance of artistic freedom with craft, truth vs. perception, and the counterpoint of emotion endured by those who live intensely.
Sunday Sept 17, 4 pm and Monday, Sept 18, 7:30 pm
   


The Bideew Bou Bess concert at  The Cedar Cultural Center  
BIDEEW BOU BESS is a performing group of three brothers. The tri o is recognized throughout  Senegal  for their  innovative mix of musical genres and languages, as well as for their attention and commitment to important social is sues at home and abroad. 

Members receive a $5 discount on tickets

Sept 17 at 7:30 pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
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Alarmél Valli at the Cowles Center
Ragamala Dance Company launches its 25 th  anniversary  home
season with an evening of dance by legendary dancer/choreographer Alarmél Valli. 
Acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry, Alarmél Valli's dance is uncompromisingly classical, but is, at the same time, an undeniable language of self-expression. 

Members receive a $2 discount on tickets

Thursday, Sept 14 7 pm and Saturday, Sept 16 7:30 pm at the Cowles Center

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Autour des Villes Jumelles

International Cabernet Night at Honey with Francine Roche and Mark Stillman
AF instructor Francine will be performing with Mark Stillman at Honey tomorrow, Thursday, Sept 7 from 7:30 to 9 pm! Enjoy classic European cabaret, tap your toes, dance along! They'll be back at Honey on Oct 5 and Nov 2.  More info.

Booya and Beyond: French Canadian Influences in Ramsey County
Learn about the French Canadian history of Minnesota on Thursday, Sept 21 at 5:30 pm at Shoreview Library. Ramsey County Libraries and the Little Canada and Shoreview Historical Societies present Professeur Virgil Benoit, tracing the French culture that still is present in our area today. 

Citroen CV2 for Sale
1985 Citroen 2CV.  One of the last of the French-built 2CVs.  I have owned the car for 20 delightful years and have driven it an average of only 400 miles per year.  It has ALWAYS been garaged (and never driven after September or before May).  The car has only 33,200 miles/53,400 km.  $12,000, or best offer.  Contact Desmond at desmondwhitney@comcast.net.

French Heritage Storytelling
September 15 join the French-American Heritage Foundation at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. Music and refreshments provided. Reserve your place online. Read more here
 
French Artwork to sale
French Artwork for sale. View  3 items (hover at bottom of page for scroll bar). Prices are negotiable. Please email Christine at  cbishopc@gmail.com

Parov Stellar at Myth
On Friday, Nov 3 electro-swing DJ/composer/musician Parov Stelar will perform at the Myth. This Austrian musician draws inspiration from lots of French music, and has work placed in a number of French films, and videos made in partnership with French companies and groups. Stay tuned for some ticket giveaways in this e-newsletter and on social media!  �� �� WIN TICKETS During our Open House ����
Buy tickets here. Check out this video, made in partnership with Chanel.