Alliance Franaise de Fresno Newsletter
Bulletin d'Informations
Novembre 2014
In This Issue
Beaujolais Nouveau December 7
The Maids
Les Garcons Trottoirs
French Photography Exhibit
Nobel Prize: Patrick Modiano
Winter French Classes
Upcoming Alliance Francaise Events

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Novembre 2014


Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting


Sunday, December 7, 2014

6:30-8:30 PM La Boulangerie

(Fig Garden Village at Palm and Shaw in Fresno)

  • Sample 3 different Beaujolais wines
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner by Patrick Bourrel of La Boulangerie.
  • Be entertained by music and songs � la fran�aise.

- $25 for members who RSVP by mailing
payment in advance

       - $30 for non-members who RSVP by mailing payment in advance



RSVP by November 30, 2014! Make check out to L'Alliance Fran�aise.

AF de Fresno for correct amount.

Mail to

L'Alliance Fran�aise.

c/o Ellie Stokle

1463 W. San Madele

Fresno, CA 93711

This is always a great evening! Any questions?
Call Norman at (559)430-6773

CSUF's production of "The Maids"
One Madame. Two maids. One sublime crime.


Don't miss THE MAIDS by the leading 20th. century French dramatist, Jean Genet. Performances run from October 31 to November 8 at the CSUF Woods  Theatre. Time: 8p.m.  ( 11/ 2 @ 2 p.m.) 

Ticket prices: Adults $17; Seniors $15; Students $10.

 Box office: 559 278 2216  Buy Tickets



Fresno Folklore Society presents featuring one of the finest gut bucket bass players on the planet (according to the Accordion Babe) and hot club swing string band music with that French twist. Accordion Babe Renee De La Prade will open.


November 14, 2014 @ 8PM


Full Circle Brewing 620 F Street 93706 in Fresno's historic Chinatown, Showtime is 8PM Doors open at 7PM $8 ADV/FFS $12 Door Advance tickets at National Hardware, Patrick's Music and All Ages (with adult supervision) Kids under 12 free



This summer Jim and Micheline Curnyn along with their daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law traveled to France for a family visit. Places visited were Paris, Nemours, Moret-sur-Loing, Fontainbleau, and Giverny. 


Of course Jim took many photographs and will be showing his work at Le Parisien Cafe located at 7775 North Palm, Fresno


Place: Le Parisien Cafe 7775 North Palm

Date: The months of November and December 2014

Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano

A few weeks ago, a Frenchman won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature: Patrick Modiano, the quiet yet prolific writer was humbly surprised when he got the news and was almost speechless, stumbling on words when interviewed by a mob of journalists, flooding his apartment with countless camera flashes, bouncing off the many glistening microphones, inches from his bumbling mouth. To the surprise of the crowd, he hesitantly stated that he had been writing the same book all his life, "in a discontinued fashion". This statement was greeted with congenial laughter. Prior to the Nobel crown, he had already won many industry accolades, including the Grand Prix de L'Academie Francaise, the Prix Goncourt, the Austrian State Price for European Literature and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for lifetime achievement. Other prizes include the German Preis der SWR-Bestenliste for the 2010 release of the German translation of his first published book La Place de L'Etoile. Jean Patrick Modiano is 69 years old and lives in Paris.

Complete list of works by Patrick Modiano


Another Frenchman, Jean Tirole, won the 2014 Novel Prize in Economics. Read about him next month in this newsletter. 

What's better than taking a French class, getting
a friend to take one, too, and both of you  
winning fabulous prize baskets?


Our next semester of French classes will start in January.  The new year is a perfect time to start learning the beautiful French language, or to renew the love of studying French. We have come up with a fun new incentive to take a class this coming January: a raffle, and here is how it works. When an Alliance member refers a new student to one of our language classes and the student signs up for a class, the names of both the Alliance member and the new language student will be entered into the raffle. Both members of the winning duo will each win a basket filled with a generous amount of office supplies, the perfect aid to successful study.  More information on available classes will soon be posted on the website. 


Refer a friend to a language class, and bonne chance!



Beginning French I
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30
Beginning French IIMonday, 5:30-7:30Staff
Beginning French IIFriday, 5:30-7:30
Intermediate French IITuesday, 5:30-7:30
Intermediate French IIIFriday, 5:30-7:30
Advanced French I
Monday, 5:30-7:30
Advanced French II
Thursday, 5:30-7:30
Advanced French IIIThursday, 5:30-7:30
French for TravellersWednesday, 5:30-7:30Staff


Saturday French for Children

Level 17-9 year-olds 9am-10am10-12 year-olds 11am-Noon
Level 2
7-9 year-olds 10am-11am
10-12 year-olds Noon-1pm

11/14 Les Garcons Trottoirs, an Acoustic Boy Band, Full Circle Brewing Company, 8:00 PM

11/21 CineCulture Film Screenings - Couleur de peau: miel (Approved for Adoption), Peters Auditorium, 5:00PM 


12/7 Beaujolais Nouveau
12/ 12 - Fresno Filmworks presents the French film "Bird People", co-sponsored by L'Alliance Francaise de Fresno



TBA La Chandeleur et Tombola
Dr. John Moses French Film 1930s

An evening with Michael Parent, the famous Quebec story teller (in English)

Keys to the Mont St Michel, Lecture by Norman Stokle

TBA AFF Scholarship presentation, reception, and program

Bastille Day Celebration
Tous les jeudis � 15h30 � La Boulangerie de Fig Garden Village, � Fresno.