New Alliance Française d’Austin’s offers

On top of the regular language classes, pétanque games and ciné-club screenings, the Alliance Française d’Austin launched literature and cooking classes at the beginning of the year. The first one is tied to the spring session schedule. But the cooking class can be joined at any time, for one time or more. In February, participants will learn how to make little madeleines and financiers to be tasted with French Mariage Frères tea.


A drawing class is also to be announced soon.

And a Cercle de lecture is to start. Go to the Alliance Française d’Austin’s website,, for more details and contact info.

My Angers Week picks

There will be so much going on next week as part of Angers Week. I thought I would share my picks. (Although it’s very personal and you should check the full schedule at All events are also on the French in Austin calendar.)

There’s a lot more, and you should check the full listing of events on, Facebook or the French in Austin calendar (from which you could easily add all French-speaking and francophile events in Austin to your calendar using the Google Agenda button).

The covers for the different shows are very reasonable given the number and quality of the bands playing, but if you’re short on money and still want to attend, you could volunteer with Austin Angers Creative (the organizer of the festival) as an event floater on There are also opportunities to put up flyers and posters, and to pick up artists or the Angers chef at the airport. Check them out on!

Angers Day becomes Angers Week

angers-week“Angers Week takes place Tuesday, November 8th to Saturday, November 12th with programs, concerts and activities featuring French music, film, cinema, art, culture and technological innovation from Angers, France,” announced Austin Angers Creative and Freestyle Language Center, co-organizers of the five-day long event started last year as a one-day celebration of Austin’s sister city in France, Angers.

“Programming for Angers Week includes:

  • Angevine musicians Cherry Plum, VedeTT, Medue and San Carol,
  • visual artists SMOH and Paul Liaigre,
  • Chef & Owner Pierrick Le Drain of Un Brin Folk,
  • Brewer Benoît Durand of Brasserie Angevine
  • and Premiers Plans Film Festival Director Xavier Massé in collaboration
  • with Austin-based artists including Devin James Fry, Project ATX6, Ethan Azarian, Kalu James, Little Mazarn, The ABGB brew-masters, Chef Lynzy Moran and SprATX.

Events range from daytime to evening, free or ticketed, 21+ or all ages.

Participating venues include: Capital Factory, Cheer Up Charlies, Lenoir, Aviary Lounge, Kitty Cohen’s, The Blackheart, The ABGB, Stay Gold, Swan Dive, Freestyle Language Center and the Austin Film Society Marchesa Theatre.

The Vortex & Butterfly Bar will host a family-friendly French “pique-nique” on Saturday, November 12th from noon to 7PM featuring:
– all visiting Angers musicians,
– a photography showcase highlighting the “Austin Week” that took place in September (at the same time as Levitation France) and featured over 50 Austin-based musicians, producers, chefs and artists,
– children’s activities,
– food & drink specials,
– and Francophone community groups.

A full lineup and schedule is available at or

Tickets for culinary events at Kitty Cohen’s and film screenings at Austin Film Society at The Marchesa Theatre will be available in advance.

Additional events and participating businesses will be announced in the coming weeks.”

French in Austin in July: fête nationale and Euro soccer competition

Life got in the way of this blog, and I haven’t kept my promise to send monthly newsletters, nor I’ve updated the calendar of French speaking and francophile events in Austin in the last few months-shame on me!

Four months after the last newsletter regarding French speaking month, it is time to resume posting on the occasion of the French “fête nationale”, happening just 10 days after Independance Day, but as early as tomorrow in Austin!

The capital of Texas’ main Bastille Day celebration is, indeed, the Alliance Française‘s one, always taking place on the Saturday before July 14 on the grounds of the French Legation. It’s usually very hot, and will again be this year, but it is not to be missed with its two music shows, crêpes, frozen ice, wine, beer, and other French treats for sale + a photo booth, face painting, balloon twisting, hula-hoop station, pétanque lessons, silent auction, etc.
Details on the Alliance française’s website.

What’s different this year -and exciting!- is that there will be more than one opportunity to celebrate the French national day:

  • On Sunday afternoon, the Jean-Jacques Rousseau French immersion school proposes, for the first time, a bilingual story time “focused on the search for freedom” at Half Price Books North Lamar.
    Details on the Austin French Social MeetUp Group.
  • And on Thursday, July 14, Bastille Day, Freestyle Language Center offers champagne and bonbons prior to the screening of the French movie Loulou, as well as French conversation following the film, at the Marchesa Theater.
    Details on the event page.
    NB: the screening part of an Austin Film Society’s Maurice Pialat retrospective.

euroIt is also to be noted that the first of these two additional events represents a conflict with the final game of the Euro 2016 soccer competition, in which France will play against Portugal. Members of the French in Austin Facebook group are super excited about the occasion and are calling all supporters of the “Bleus” to gather at Haymaker.
Details on the Facebook event page.

Parents will have to decide who stays with the kids by attending Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s bilingual story time! (The youngest ones that would not follow a soccer game at least…)
Le jour des corneillesAnother special event this month is the one year anniversary of the rebooted Alliance Française’s Ciné Club on July 17.  The celebration will consist in a special family screening of the animation movie Le jour des corneilles with snacks and drinks. Should be fun!
Details on the Ciné Club’s webpage.

Also enjoy a finally updated French In Austin’s calendar including all recurring events and a couple of music shows and other dates.


March is French-speaking month

It’s that time of the year again: it’s time for Frenchs-peaking month -le mois de la francophonie!

French-speaking month Austin couvThis year, the Austin group of the French-American civics organization Français du Monde du Monde South Central USA has made French in Austin’s job of listing all French-speaking and francophile events much easier by coordinating with the different French-American organizations in Austin to put together a document that lists French speaking month events and more.
You can access it at,
and find them all on French in Austin’s calendar.

Here, I’m just going to list the highlights (and what’s really an event special to French speaking month):

In the meantime, Education Française Austin will have hosted spring break camps, la French Tech will have gathered in Austin on the occasion of South by Southwest, and received a warm welcome from the French-American Business Council of Austin, the French Music Export Bureau will have promoted French artists through a series of France Rocks concerts… Not to mention the occasional show by a French-American band in Austin or different French speaking gatherings organized by different French conversation groups. Austin will be blooming wth French-speaking and francophile events this month of March!

French in Austin in February: crêpes, romantic movies and a gothic masterpiece

Candlemas* was Tuesday, but the traditional crêpes parties are this weekend, starting with the Alliance française d’Austin’s Fête de la Chandeleur tonight at 7PM in the kitchen of the Sustainable Food Center, off East MLK Boulevard, while the Austin French Circle’s Cercle de lecture meets again to discuss Albert Camus’ La Peste at Central Market North Lamar. Then it will be Education Française Austin’s turn to celebrate la Chandeleur on Sunday afternoon.

After all those crêpes, francophiles will then be able to head to Freestyle Language Center’s free Love is in the Air French and Italian Film Fest at the Austin Film Studios to see La Fille sur le Pont with Vanessa Paradis, and stick around for French conversation after the screening.

In between all those events, French immersion school Jean-Jacques Rousseau will be hosting an open house tomorrow from 10AM till noon.

But the following weekend, French-American organizations seem to have decided to take a break for Valentine’s Day (which is not as big in French-speaking Europe than it is here), and possibly President’s Day. So why not indulge into some Big Easy fun to celebrate another French-related tradition next week, on the occasion of Fat Tuesday? Do512 has listed many Mardi Gras celebrations.

Cultural francophile activities resume after February 15, with a pretty special docent-led tour of an exhibit about the Crusader Bible, “one of the most celebrated French illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages”, at the Blanton Museum of Art organized by the Alliance française.

A kids movie screening at Jean-Jeacques Rousseau French immersion school, an open house of the French curriculum Austin International school, and a screening of the French movie Amitiés Sincères screening by the Alliance’s ciné club will then conclude the month, before we head into March and French-speaking month.

* Celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, and different from Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, falling on Tuesday 8 this year, explains Wikipedia