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.”

French in Austin in August: getting ready to get back to school!

Following Bastille Day celebrations, it seems like all francophiles are getting ready to get back to school these days.
The school of the Alliance française d’Austin announced that its next 7-week session would start August 31st (registration on Thursday the 27th from 5:30 to 7:30pm or Saturday the 29th from 1 to 4pm);
and Freestyle Language Center will hold an open house on Friday the 28th from 6 to 8pm;
while the different French schools in Austin prepare to resume classes (see the French In Austin directory of French schools).

But summer fun is not over, starting with an Under the Oaks concert tomorrow at the French Legation museum.

And the most exciting recent development for French fun is the relaunch of the Alliance française “ciné-club”, or a monthly screening of a French movie on the third Sunday of every month.
It was relaunched last weekend at the Austin Film Studios screening room by a French volunteer of the Alliance française d’Austin that is a movie professional, Julia Podgorsek McMahan, with a screening of La bataille de Solférino in French with English subtitles. So the new start of the Alliance française ciné-club was typically French: political, passioned, but also very far from the long and slow French movies stereotypes.
When I interviewed her for French Morning Texas, Podgorsek McMahan said her only criteria to select the movies from the French Institute catalog that the Alliance française can access for free was the “uniqueness” of the movie, so the selection should be pretty diverse.
Next screening, on August the 16th, will be of Grand Central by by Rebecca Zlotowski. Tickets are just 5$ (at the door; 4$ in advance), and only cover the cost of renting the Austin Film Studios screening room.
Like the Alliance française d’Austin ciné-club Facebook page to keep up with their news!

French crime masterpiece The connection at the Alamo Drafthouse

Beyond summer blockbusters, “you also have the option to check out an incredibly unique and special film, the Austin debut of the next Drafthouse Films release: THE CONNECTION”, informs Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League in the company’s latest newsletter.
la-french-sd1“Based on a true story and a bookend to William Friedkin’s THE FRENCH CONNECTION, this French crime thriller is set in Marseilles in the late ’70s disco era and follows Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin as a police magistrate hellbent on finally shutting down the “French Connection” heroin trade for good.
The film was made by first-time director Cédric Jimenez, who is currently in Hollywood being courted heavily for his American studio directorial debut.
Watch THE CONNECTION this week and, when he makes it big next year, you can be part of the elite crowd who are in the know early about this raw, amazing new talent.”
Since In the Name of my Daughter is still screening at Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills, this makes for a nice historical French Riviera combo!