Bastille Day is around the corner!

This blog has been mostly silent this year, but couldn’t pass on the Alliance Française d’Austin’s fantastic Bastille Day celebration. It takes place at The Triangle this year. And while food and drink (like crêpes, macarons, but also lobster and grilled cheese sandwiches) are available for purchase, as usual, entrance is FREE at this new location!

Bastille Day party poster

So there’s no excuse for missing it (unless you have a flight to catch that day like me… Poor planning!). Raffle tickets are already for sale and a great way to support the Alliance that brings us a full line up of artists, but also a Bastille Day Market, feats by the Texas Juggling Society, pétanque demos and games, balloon twisting and a Hula Hoop Station, all near a shaded playground and a splash pad. It’s also still time to be a sponsor like the Civil Exchange Project, Trader Joe’s, WCK, Kathie Griffing Consultin and Do 512. Checks to support the Alliance Française Bastille Day Celebration may be sent to: Alliance Française d’Austin, 4101 Medical Parkway Suite 106; Austin Tx 78756.


July is more than Bastille Day month!

Because a lot of people are on vacation, there won’t be an Alliance française d’Austin apéritif tonight, nor an InterFrench netwroking event next week (as they usually takes place, respectively on the first Monday and Wednesday of every month). And because I will be travelling that week, there won’t be a French Friday on the third week of the month this month.

But July will anyway be a great month for French speakers and French language and cultures lovers, since it’s Bastille Day month, and Austin is ready to celebrate in style. See my previous post, dedicated to Bastille Day, for details!

And I just updated French in Austin’s calendar with more events, such as Austin Film Society’s Mia Hansen-Love Selects series, beginning tonight with a screening of The Mother and the Whore (La maman et la putain), and concluding Friday July 10th (just before Bastille Day celebrations begin) with a screening of Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden. (followed by a discussion in French hosted by Freestyle Language Center, that is giving away free tickets on their Facebook page for each of the screenings of the Mia Hansen-Love Selects series).

Summer is as francophile as usual in Austin!

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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