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 AngersWeek.com. 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 AngersWeek.com, 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 SignUp.com. 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 SignUp.com!

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 AngersWeek.com or Facebook.com/AngersWeekinAustin.

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.”

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!

French chamber music 1h30 from Austin

Just like we have a Franco American Vocal Academy teaching opera in Elgin, we have an international center for performance and learning of chamber music in Round Top, at an about 1h30 drive from Austin, heading towards Houston: the Round Top Festival Institute, named after the festival taking place in that wonderful location every summer.

The first master class took place today, the first shows will take place this week-end and the festival will go on until July 12th.

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