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

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