Bastille Day celebrations

“Raise your glass in celebration of (France’s National Day, aka) “Bastille Day” with a Waiter’s Race, a round of Pétanque, music by Chico Chico and Christine Albert, and great food by Pascal’s Catering, Artisan Bistro, Baguette House, and Mom & Pops Frozen Ice”, invites the Alliance Française d’Austin.

This will be the organization’s “20-Year Anniversary Bastille Day Celebration on the grounds of the French Legation Museum”, “Saturday July 11, 6:00-10:00pm”. So make sure to mark your calendars.

And if you plan to go, please note “tickets will be available on July 11th at the door for $20”. But “advance-sales tickets are available now on the Alliance Française website for $15. (Eventbrite service fee applies.)

Also mark your calendars for Justine’s Brasserie Bastille Day celebration, on France’s National D-Day, July the 14th. It hasn’t been announced yet, but it looks like the French punk band Metal Urbain (whose singer, Eric Debris, moved to Austin two years ago -he’s a photographer most recently exposed at the Romani Gallery, and mixing 60s tunes every Friday night at the Aviary on South Lamar) will be reunited on this occasion. Look what they posted on their Facebook page!

If you’re ready for J’irai chier dans ton vomi and other punk tunes by Metal Urbain, I look forward to party with you there! It might not be a very respectful way to celebrate France’s National Day, but it should be fun. And as Georges Brassens sung in La Mauvaise réputation, July the 14th doesn’t have to be for military stuff like “musique qui marche au pas” and “clairon qui sonne” only!


Bastille Day is around the corner!

Patriotic fireworks are over for 2014. But that doesn’t mean we have to store our three-colored attire in the closet until next 4th of July! Bastille Day is coming up really fast (it’s only ten days after Independance Day after all) and France’s national colors are the same as the American ones (no stars nor stripes though…).

Bastille Day 2014 posterI think Austin is the best place in Texas to celebrate France’s national day because we have the French Legation. Alliance française d’Austin throws a beautiful party there every year.

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