Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Beaujolais Nouveau dinner

15 November at the University Club in Downtown Grand Rapids. Before-dinner cocktails at 6:00p.m, with dinner about 6:45p.m.  The complete dinner offers an entrée choice of Shrimp Scampi or Chicken Françoise. There will be four wines served in addition to the Beaujolais Nouveau.

Cost for the dinner is $65 per person and includes gratuity, tax and parking.

To make reservations and chose your entrée selection please call the University Club at 616-456-8623. They may pay by credit card, or use their Club Membership number.

Deadline for reservations is Monday, November 12th.

Oh yes there are NO Walk-ins permitted.

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Apr
5
9:30 AM09:30

From Revolution to the Belle Epoque: Stories of 19th century Women of Paris

Charlotte Corday, Marie Bashkirtseff, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Sophie Blanchard, Jane Avril, Loïe Fuller, Juliette Recamier, Berthe Morisot are just a few of the fascinating women you’ll meet in this two-week class. French, Russian, American, so many incredible women brought their talents to Paris and helped define the history and culture of France. Many were superstars of their time but are too often forgotten today.

AFGR member Steve Soper will introduce you to women whose work transcends time, whose spirit lives on in paintings, in literature, in the very culture of European and Western Civilization.

Two sessions, April 5 and April 12, 9:30-11:30am, Browne Center, Aquinas College.

For more information visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Aquinas College.

 “Julie Le Brun looking in a mirror” by her mother, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

“Julie Le Brun looking in a mirror” by her mother, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

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Apr
12
9:30 AM09:30

From Revolution to the Belle Epoque: Stories of 19th century Women of Paris

Charlotte Corday, Marie Bashkirtseff, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Sophie Blanchard, Jane Avril, Loïe Fuller, Juliette Recamier, Berthe Morisot are just a few of the fascinating women you’ll meet in this two-week class. French, Russian, American, so many incredible women brought their talents to Paris and helped define the history and culture of France. Many were superstars of their time but are too often forgotten today.

AFGR member Steve Soper will introduce you to women whose work transcends time, whose spirit lives on in paintings, in literature, in the very culture of European and Western Civilization.

Two sessions, April 5 and April 12, 9:30-11:30am, Browne Center, Aquinas College.

For more information visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Aquinas College.

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Marie Bracquemond

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Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

Conversation group/La Conversation en Automne

  • 1825 Weymouth Drive Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49508 United States (map)
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All levels and abilities are welcome for a casual evening of French conversation.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

When: The conversation group will be meeting on Monday, Nov. 12 from 6:30-8:00pm.

Where: 1825 Weymouth Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, 49508

RSVP by Sat. Nov. 10 to Linda at linfreniu@juno.com or text her at 616-970-8260.

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Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

An evening of French song, music and poetry

  • Grand Valley State University Cook-Dewitt Center on the Allendale Campus (map)
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Mélodies - An evening of French song, music and poetry/Une soirée de chansons et de poésies françaises. Presented by the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.

Wed. Nov. 7, 2018
6:00-8:30pm
Grand Valley State University
Cook-Dewitt Center on the Allendale Campus

There will be refreshments and snacks before the show begins.

Free admission.

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Oct
17
9:30 AM09:30

Historic Cemeteries of Paris

In this two-week session at Aquinas College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Steve Soper will explore the four most popular cemeteries of Paris: Passy, Montmartre, Montparnasse and of course Père-Lachaise. You’ll meet some of the world’s greatest artists, musicians, writers, and many of France’s most revered historical, cultural and intellectual treasures and hear some truly amazing stories, stories that live on in stone and local memory. They’re all dead of course but that doesn’t stop the French from leaving notes, stones, Metro tickets and otherwise paying homage not just to a person but also to their own history. 

In the second week we’ll focus our attention on the incredible art open air museum that is Père-Lachaise where we’ll examine just a few of nearly 2,000 works of art. Between the stories and the art you’ll soon understand why more than 3 million people visit this cemetery every year.

For more information visit OLLi online.

To get a head start visit: www.pariscemeteries.com.

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Oct
10
9:30 AM09:30

Historic Cemeteries of Paris

In this two-week session at Aquinas College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Steve Soper will explore the four most popular cemeteries of Paris: Passy, Montmartre, Montparnasse and of course Père-Lachaise. You’ll meet some of the world’s greatest artists, musicians, writers, and many of France’s most revered historical, cultural and intellectual treasures and hear some truly amazing stories, stories that live on in stone and local memory. They’re all dead of course but that doesn’t stop the French from leaving notes, stones, Metro tickets and otherwise paying homage not just to a person but also to their own history. 

In the second week we’ll focus our attention on the incredible art open air museum that is Père-Lachaise where we’ll examine just a few of nearly 2,000 works of art. Between the stories and the art you’ll soon understand why more than 3 million people visit this cemetery every year.

For more information visit OLLi online.

To get a head start visit: www.pariscemeteries.com.

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Sep
25
6:15 PM18:15

French Consul to speak at Calvin on September 25

  • 835 Knollcrest Circle Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49546 United States (map)
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On Tuesday, Sept. 25 the Calvin College French Department in partnership with  the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is hosting the French Consul from Chicago, Guillaume Lacroix, for a lecture on French-US relations. For more information visit the World Affairs Council online.

Social Time -- 6:15-7:00 PM  
Program -- 7:00-8:00 PM

Calvin College, Commons Annex Lecture Hall, 1835 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Use Covenant Fine Arts Center parking lot.

Cost to attend: $10

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Sep
19
9:30 AM09:30

Puccini's La bohème in Chicago

Join the Friends of the Opera on a trip to the Lyric Opera in Chicago on Sunday, October 14, 2018 to see the 2pm matinee performance of Puccini's La bohème. 

  • Travel to and from Chicago by comfortable Motor Coach

  • Depart 9:30 am, sharp, and return 10:30 pm, approximate

  • Rendezvous at the Jenison Meijer, 550 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428

  • Dine in one of several Lyric restaurants


Cost $100-205 and includes your ticket to the performance and round-trip bus fare.



Reserve by 19 September!


For more information or to reserve your seat contact Peggy Barber at 231-740-8200, or email: trips@fotogr.org.

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Book Club at Schuler's

Our next book club selection is the last book by Peter Mayle, My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now.  Peter Mayle passed away in January of 2018.

Many of you have probably already read or heard about his many books and films starting with his first, A Year in Provence.

We hope you get a chance to enjoy Peter's memoir and join us Tuesday, September 18 for our next discussion.

For more information contact Marijke Wiersema.

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Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Fall Reception

The Annual Fall Reception of the Alliance Franҫaise de Grand Rapids is your opportunity to renew friendships and introduce your guests to our organization. It will give them an opportunity to join and take part in the many activities members enjoy throughout the year.

First Time Guests who join will have their $10 costs for the event credited to their membership fee.

Members may take part in one of our conversation groups, a book club, as well as French language classes. Members are also notified of French related activities such as the Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration, Mardi Gras, Bastille Day as well as wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and musical and artistic events as they occur.

For more information on the Fall event please contact Ellen VandenMey.

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Jul
24
5:30 PM17:30

Book Club at Schuler's

Our next book club selection is Renoir's Dance by Catherine Hewitt.  This 2018 published in 2018 this biography of Suzanne Valadon reads like a novel.  Suzanne started out as a model for the impressionist painters and under the mentoring of Degas became a painter herself. She also was the mother of Montmartre painter Maurice Utrillo. 

Self-portrait:

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Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

Bastille Day in Grand Rapids!

Bastille Day or Quatorze Juillet, as the French call it will be celebrated in Grand Rapids on Sunday, July 15.

Alliance Française de Grand Rapids members will receive an invitation with more details about the festivities in their inbox or mailbox.

Are you not a member? Please click on "Join" at the top of this page to learn how to become a member so we can send you an invitation.

Let's honor France's National Day together!

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Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

La Conversation d'été!

  • 1825 Weymouth Drive Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49508 United States (map)
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 Come join us for wine, cheese and conversation on Tuesday July 10 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  All ability levels are welcomed and encouraged to join in.  

Weather permitting we will be on the deck, if not, then indoors.  Wine and cheese is provided but if you have a tasty treat you would like to share, please feel free to do so!  

We will be meeting at Linda FitzGerald's house - 1825 Weymouth Dr. SE, Grand Rapids.  RSVP to linfreniu@juno.com or text to 616-970-8260.  Je vous verrai en juillet!

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May
15
5:30 AM05:30

Book Club at Schuler's

Our next book club meeting is May 15 at 5:30pm at Schuler Books on 28th Street in Grand Rapids and the selection is The Mistress Of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret by Catherine Hewitt, the story of  19th century Parisian courtesan Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne. For more information contact Marijke Wiersema.

According to The New York Times Book Review, “A gorgeous, smart, ambitious, hard-working, steely autodidact and businesswoman whose product was herself, Valtesse would be totally at home in our self-branding society.” 

Valtesse was fictionalized by Émile Zola in his novel Nana and painted by Édouard Manet:

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Une soirée de conversation - part deux

Une soirée de conversation - part deux! Fluent or beginner - like to talk or just listen - everyone is welcome.  Come for conversation, wine and light hors d'oeuvre on Wednesday April 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Chez la Porte Rouge
1825 Weymouth Drive SE
Grand Rapids  49508

Please RSVP by Mon. April 23  to Linda FitzGerald at linfreniu@juno.com or 827-7214

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Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Castalia Quartet at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Castalia Quartet with Jenna Anderson, violin, Leslie Van Becker, viola, Alice Eppinga, cello and Mary Scanlan, piano, will be performing at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Sunday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. for the Museum's Sunday Classical Concert Series. The program will feature music by women composers, and is free with admission and free to Museum members. 

Mary Scanlan is a long time member of our Alliance Française chapter. Go hear the music

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Feb
7
6:45 PM18:45

An evening of French Conversation

  • 1825 Weymouth Drive Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49508 United States (map)
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Une soirée de conversation!  Come join us for an evening of French conversation.  Beginners through advanced - all are welcome.  Wed. Feb. 7 from 6:45 to 8:00 at 1825 Weymouth Dr. SE, Grand Rapids.  RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 6 to Linda FitzGerald at linfreniu@juno.com or 616-827-7214.  Please let me know if you will be attending.  Wine and a light hors d'oeuvre will be served.  Je vous attends!

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