Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fête de Noël !

Friday, December 18th, 6 to 8 PM, at the Alliance !

French Carols, great food, roasted pig, Bûches de Noël, and wine... lots of fun and cheers !

Please call to let us know if you will be coming : 215-735-5283.

Free for Alliance Française members; non-members, $20.00

Apéro Français

Join us every second Tuesday of the month !

The next Apéro Français will be held on Tuesday, December 8th, from 5:30 to 7:00pm, at the Bourse at the Sofitel Hotel.

Make new acquaintances and share the latest tips on travel, movies and events by joining our French conversation and cocktail hour. Each of our prior soirées has been a charming gathering of current and former students, as well as native speakers of French !

Thursday, November 12, 2009


New !

The Alliance Francaise invites you to join our group of young friends interested in practicing French and having a French Culture Experience in Philadelphia : Les FrancoPhilliens !

You can visit the group and the profile on Facebook : Les FrancoPhilliens

For some more information, you can email us @ : francophilliens@gmail.com, or call the Alliance : 215-735-5283.

THE AGE OF COMFORT: When Paris Discovered Casual - and the Modern Home Began

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 - 5:30 @ The Athenæum of Philadelphia (219 S 6th St, Philadelphia)

Joan DeJean will discuss a colorful cast of visionaries - legendary architects, the first interior designers, and the woman who shaped the tastes of two successive kings of France: Louis XIV's mistress Madame de Maintenon and Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour. Their revolutionary ideas would have a direct influence on realms outside the home, from clothing to literature and gender relations, changing the way people lived and related to one antoher for the foreseeable future. She identifies the moment in modern history when informality and comfort first became priorities, setting off a transformation in the worlds of architecture and interior decoration.

Joan DeJean is the author of nine books on French literature, history, and culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught for eighteen years.

The Alliance Française is not taking reservations for this event, please reserve directly with Susan Gallo (215-925-2688 or sgallo@philaathenaeum.org) at the Athenæum.