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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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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Nov
7
7:00 AM07:00

Practice your French at Meijer Gardens

Voulez-vous parler français?

If you would like to practice your French, brush up a little or just enjoy an evening with other francophones, please join us on Tues. Nov. 7 at the Meijer Gardens cafeteria.  The session will run from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. 

Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

You should be able to put together a sentence but fluency is not required. 

Si vous comptez vous joindre à nous veuillez contacter Linda FitzGerald avant le 5 novembre à linfreniu2@gmail.com.  Merci!

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