Nos sincères condoléances
We will miss Ruth Redhead

We are deeply saddened to announce that our good friend and long-time AFMSP member Ruth Redhead passed away on October 29.  

A Celebration of Life will take place in the Grande Salle of the Alliance Française on Friday, Dec 1, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm.  Please join us in remembering Ruth.
Give to the Max Day!
Schedule Your Gift for Thursday, Nov 16

This year, make your gift go further...

For 2017 the AFMSP Board of Directors is excited to match your gift up to $1000! 

Additionally, when you schedule a gift between Nov 1-Nov 15 for Give to the Max you enter AFMSP into a drawing for a $10,000 Golden Ticket AND each day they add a $500 Golden Ticket to one donation. 

When you donate ON Thursday, Nov 16, there will be an hourly drawing to add $1,000 onto one lucky donaton. 
Mini Session Open for Registration
3-Week Session | Nov 27-Dec 16
Classes include:
-Three-Week conversation classes or review classes
- Parler en public with Alexie, EX1+
- Au Pays Basque; Explore southwestern France with Pauline, BE5+
- Atelier Découverte; Interested in learning French? Start with a one-day workshop!

Les Événements events

Apéritif en français
Thursday, Nov 9| 6-7:30pm

The Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St. Paul is pleased to partner with the University Club of St Paul for a monthly conversation group in French. Join us the second Thursday of every month on the hills of Summit Avenue, from 6 to 7:30 pm, in the Club's Member Bar for an Apéritif en français .Read more

Ciné Kids: Boule & Bill
Sunday, Nov 12| 3 to 4:30pm
Join Ciné Kids at AFMSP, and watch the hilarious film, Boule & Bill by Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier.  Bring the kids at 3 pm for a screening of the film, in French. Popcorn will be provided. | Read more

Beaujolais Nouveau Apéro with JCD | Thursday, Nov 16| 6 to 8pm
Discover the French tradition of Beaujolais Nouveau, which is always released on the 3rd Thursday in November and learn about Beaujolais wines from France. |   Read More

Ciné Club: Good Luck Algeria | Friday, Nov 17| 7 to 8:45pm

Sam and Stephane are two friends  working together designing hand-crafted skis. To promote their skem, they take a crazy gamble and decide to qualify Sam for the Winter Games in cross-country skiing under the flag of his father's country, Algeria. |  Read More

Visit our online  event calendar  for more!
Adult Classes
Winter Session Foundation and Conversation Classes Open Next Week!
View the current schedule of adult classes here.

Winter Session Intensive Classes
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Semi-Intensive
Winter session Intensive classes are open for registration! Winter session will run from Jan 15 through Mar 24. Ten-Week options available both day and evening. We are also featuring a semi-intensive Advanced class. 

One-Day Workshop
Beyond Beaujolais Nouveau: Wednesday, Nov 15 from 6 to 8 pm
You're familiar with the Beaujolais Nouveau wine that is ubiquitous in mid-November, but what about other wines from the same region? Take a trip with Damien and discover other wines from this area. For students Beginner 3 +. Register by Saturday, Nov 11 at noon.

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

Unsure of your level? Take our  placement test

Cooking with Valérie
  Join Valérie to learn authentic French recipes and methods. 
Register here and view the full calendar. $75/class

Sign up for individual classes! 
Mondays 9 am to noon, Thursdays 6 to 9 pm OR Saturdays 1 to 4 pm
This Week: Dauphine
Next Week; Week of Nov 13: Winter Comfort Food

There are also some mini-session options
Alliance Fran çaise for Kids and Teens
Mini-Session Kids Classes Open for Registration
Fêtons l'Hiver!
Get ready for the holidays with activities, art projects, and songs! 
Register your child for one of our 3-week classes ($55). Classes meet once per week for 1.5 hours. Open to all levels of French. We are also offering a class for Grades 6-9 Immersion students.  Register  here

Les Djeunes
French Club for High Schoolers
On Sunday, Nov 12, view the film Boule et Bill. In French, without subtitles. Popcorn and sodas provided! 
Each month Les Djeunes meets for an activity. 
Les annoncesannonces
Discover Senegal! A Guided Trip with AFMSP
January 26 to February 5, 2018
Limited places remain!

Join AFMSP and discover the land of t eranga !  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!

DELF Registration is Open for December
Register by Nov 20 for DELF Junior and DELF Adult tests

The DELF, or diplôme d'études en langue française is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify French language competency for non-native French speakers. This certification or diploma is valid for life.
These certificates are valid for life. DELF and DALF consist of six independent certificates that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The next testing dates for children and adults will take place the week of Dec 4. 

Support AFMSP When You Shop on Amazon with Amazon Smile!

Did you know that you can support the Alliance Française MSP whenever you shop on Amazon? When you select Alliance Française Twin Cities on Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchase goes to the organization! Click on the banner below to shop with Amazon Smile.

Prix Goncourt Books and the AFMSP French Corner Library!

Eric Vuillard has won the  Prix Goncourt this year!

We are excited to be able to offer you his award-winning book, L'ordre du jour, as well as those of the other finalists soon!

Stay tuned for the website and inventory of our French Corner Bookstore.
Coin des Cinéphiles
Beats Per Minute (French 2018 Oscar Submission) at St Anthony Main Theatre
AF Members Receive Discounted Admission!

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.  Read more

View the film November 10-16 on the MSP Film Society screen at St Anthony Main Theater. 

Show your member card at the box office to receive the discount or pre-order your tickets online.
Contact Anna for the AFMSP member code
AF Members Receive a 20% Discount on Tickets 
to two performances at the Cedar Cultural Center
Ce soir! Lo'Jo 
Wednesday, Nov 8 | Doors at 7 pm, Show at 7:30 pm

Since they first got together in 1982, in a tiny village near Angiers, France, Lo'Jo have been one of the most eclectic, eccentric and mesmerizing musical collectives that Europe has ever produced. Like their British contemporaries, The Mekons, Lo'Jo are globetrotting legends and musical shapeshifters who've gone through many incarnations, and they've incorporated theater and visual art into their music since the beginning. 

Discount is open online and available at the door!  B uy tickets here .

An Evening with Elage Diouf
Monday, Nov 20 | Doors 7 pm, Show at 7:30 pm

Master percussionist, Senegalese born singer-songwriter and performer Elage Diouf settled in Canada in 1996, to pursue a musical career that is still growing today. His music - a blend of pop, world, blues, folk and asiko - thrives at the artistic crossroad of artists like Carlinhos Brown, Peter Gabriel and Andres Cepeda. 

Buy tickets here

Contact Anna for the AFMSP member code
AF Members have the unique opportunity to purchase their beautiful Vouvray white and sparkling wines at a special rate through AFMSP!
Last Chance to Reserve your bottles or cases prior to Thanksgiving! 

Last year, while visiting the Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, AFMSP members visited and tasted Domaine Bourillon Dorléans. Now we invite you to enjoy their wines in Minnesota!

Frederic Bourillon's family have been making wine at Rochecorbon for many generations. Documents show the estate was founded in 1875, but it was in the 1921 that Frédéric's great grandfather, Gaston, started to organize the estate as it is today. Since taking over, Frédéric has been a leading figure among younger Vouvray producers, developing earlier-drinking, more user-friendly styles of Vouvray, while maintaining the tradition of laying down great botrytis sweet wines in the best years. Fred is an amusing and original wine marketer, as well as a patron of the fine art of tufa cellar a visit to his wonderful 15 century cellars will testify.

Available Wines Include:
  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, Vielles-Vignes, La Coulée d'Argent, Sec, 2015
Light, bright gold. Racy, mineral-driven aromas of quince, lime and jasmine, with a strong undercurrent of talc. Firm and focused but not hard, offering tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of candied flowers. Finishes with very good sappy persistence and an echo of bitter quinine. -Josh Raynolds
  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, La Bourdonnerie, Demi-Sec, 2014
Light, bright yellow. Fresh pear and nectarine aromas are complicated by dusty mineral and quinine qualities, with a touch of beeswax gaining power with air. Bitter pear skin and citrus pith flavors are complemented by a sweeter, deeper melon note and pick up a touch of anise on the back half. Already shows very good complexity but the zesty base of minerality suggests that this will reward patience. -Josh Raynolds
  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, Helene Dorleans, Sparkling Brut, NV

Available at $22/bottle or $20/bottle when purchasing a 12 bottle case

Contact AFMSP to reserve your bottles! 612 332 0436
A portion of the profits go to the Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
Autour des Villes Jumelles

Tournées Film Festival at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Partake in one last film screening to end the series: 
Tonight! Nov 8: "Loin des hommes", CSB Gorecki 120, 7 pm

Balloonacy at the Minnesota Children's Theatre Company
Imagine a single balloon changing one person's life forever. It starts so simply: In this imagined sequel to Le Ballon Rouge, a balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man's home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens- something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you've learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, and inspired by the classic French film  Le Ballon Rouge, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

Running now through November 12! 

French Connection Presentation at Our Lady of Lourdes
On Saturday, Nov 11 from 6 to 9 pm, Dr. Eileen Angelini will present on the French connection between Canada and New England, based on the documentary Réveil: Waking Up French. $20 per person, includes wine, music and interactive presentation. Reserve your tickets today. 

The Paris Opera Film, Opens Friday at the Lagoon Theater
This October, take a peak behind the curtains of the Paris Opera.  Backstage dramas, crises and triumphs play out each night before the curtain rises, amid the whirlwind logistics that are required to put together breathtaking performances. 

Director Jean-Stéphane Bron masterfully constructs a human comedy to rival those performed onstage, in this engaging portrait of one of the world's great institutions. (Partially subtitled). Read more.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for a give-away of a pair of tickets! 

Friday, Nov 17: French Performance in St Kate's Jean d'Arc Auditorium
Lettres de femmes/Femmes de lettres   
Designed by the Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte and performed by artist and founding Chandelle troupe member, Francine Conley, each woman brought to life on stage showcases how over six centuries women continued (and still) write against silence.  The multimedia performance is in French, but is visually adapted for audiences who don't necessarily speak the language, as much as it is for those learning and/or fluent in French. 

Those we include in a narrative that explores the ideas of letters include, Marie de France (12e), Christine de Pisan (1363-1434), Marguerite de Navarre (1492-1549), Madame de Lafayette (1634-1693), Madame de Sévigné (1626-1696), Olympe de Gouges (1748-1793), Camille Claudel (1864-1943), Colette (1873-1954), Marguerite Duras (1914-1996), and Fatou Diome (1968-).  

The show starts at 7pm, lasts around 50-55 minutes (without intermission), and is followed by a talk back for students.  It is free, but reservations are recommended. Email Anh-Hoa to make your reservation.

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center Seeks Associate Program Director
Learning Abroad Center (LAC) Associate Program Directors take a lead role in developing, implementing, and managing education abroad programs, recruiting and advising students, and working with staff and faculty on curriculum integration. The ideal candidate will be resilient and possess a strong work ethic, capacity to take initiative, and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. French language skills are preferred. 
Job ID: 320704. Review of applications will begin immediately. The anticipated start for the position is December 2017. Apply directly through the online employment system.

French-American Chamber of Commerce Fundraising Gala: Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau and Beyond!
The FACC is honored to welcome French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix at its annual Gala on November 17th in celebration of the  Beaujolais Nouveau and Beyond! This year's celebration will take place at the  Guthrie Theater, blending business with the best of French traditions in art, theater, music, cuisine, wine, design and much more including macarons, chocolat & Beaujolais. More info here.

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as a customer. Here are a few ways we hope to make your Thanksgiving holiday special.