Featured Portland French Events
The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!
The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.
If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.
- Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
- Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
Cancellations & Refunds:
- Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
- If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
- Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.
The Alliance Française will launch a new Wednesday night drop-in Apéro-Conversation group next week at 5:15pm. Think of it as a Zoom happy hour in French! The hosts will be from a rotating list of Alliance board members and volunteers.
The idea is to bring a glass of wine or your favorite drink to your computer, log into the free Zoom session, and enjoy the camaraderie of other Francophiles and French who want to "exercise" their French! Register below to get on the list to receive the Zoom link. The first weekly session will be on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:15 p.m.
Register for Apéro-Conversation May 20
The Alliance’s free weekly conversation group, run by board members and other volunteers, is held on Zoom every Wednesday night at 5:15 p.m.
It attracts 30-40 registrants who converse in small groups (Breakout Rooms) of 4-6 people for 3-4 segments of 15 minutes. Then the groups get re-created so that everyone gets to chat with a new group of people for the next cycle, and so on.
Participants are mainly from Oregon and Southern Washington but also hail from other states.
Levels include lower-intermediate to advanced and native-level speakers. Most high-A2 to C1 students can feel comfortable in this mixed-level conversational setting. Not sure of your level? Check in with the AF Portland office for guidance.
Sign up to be added to the notification list for the next session (no need to sign up again if you’ve already signed up for an earlier session). These groups are free, but memberships are strongly encouraged (just $36 provides membership benefits for a full year and is tax-deductible).
Register for Apéro-Conversation May 27
Visit the Portland Alliance at our virtual Open House via Zoom on Thursday, May 28, from 5-6:30pm. Summer Term runs online from June 8 - August 15 in two 5-week mini-terms.
Chat with special guest François Wevers, the new President of the Alliance's Board of Directors. Share your thoughts about the new online Alliance with François or Alliance director Sherry Charles. Pick up some Zoom tips if you're new to online classes.
Enjoy mingling with your classmates, friends, and Alliance staff and teachers. You'll have to bring your own refreshments -- we can all toast the coming of summer. Scoot off to a break room anytime with a prof to discuss summer term options.
For diversion, we have a three question quiz for you –– the winner will receive a copy of Oliver Gee's new book, Paris On Air. Just put your answers into Chat, and we'll pick a winner at 6:15.
On Friday, May 29, at 9 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. Paris), Alliance Française of Portland members are invited to attend a free webinar from the comfort of their home computers. The session will be hosted by Pamela Druckerman via Zoom from Paris, as part of her popular Pandemonium U series of educational sessions on Zoom (this session is sponsored by the national Federation of Alliances Françaises, of which AF Portland is a part).
Pamela (in the right photo) has lived in the City of Lights since 2004 and is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting, which has been translated into 30 languages. She’s been a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times since 2013 and a columnist for 1843/the Economist since last year. Pamela has held events at our Alliance Française here in Portland in the past, and we are happy to visit again with her virtually!
In the 45-minute Zoom meeting, Pamela will discuss French cooking with Bill Buford (photo at left above), best-selling author of Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French...
Thinking about starting French this summer, or picking up where you left off? Maybe you tried a French Hour class or two recently and are ready to set aside more time to learn. Take advantage of a free Trial French Class to experience the ease of studying, speaking, and sharing French online. Your 90-minute class will show you how enjoyable and effective a Zoom classroom can be.
Not sure of your level? Call 503.223.8388 for quick placement. Please note that these classes are available only to students not already enrolled in summer term. You do not need to be an Alliance member to take the Trial French Class.
Choose one of three levels, depending on your experience:
On Friday, June 5, at 9 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. Paris), Alliance Française of Portland members are invited to attend a free webinar from the comfort of their home computers. The session will be hosted by Pamela Druckerman via Zoom from Paris, as part of her popular Pandemonium U series of educational sessions on Zoom. (This session is sponsored by the national Federation of Alliances Françaises, of which AF Portland is a member.)
Pamela has lived in the City of Lights since 2004 and is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting, which has been translated into 30 languages. She’s been a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times since 2013 and a columnist for 1843/the Economist since last year. Pamela has held events at our Alliance Française here in Portland in the past, and we are happy to visit again with her virtually!
In the 45-minute Zoom meeting, Pamela will discuss artists and intellectuals in Nazi-occupied Paris with Alan Riding, best-selling author of And the Show Went On. Riding is the former Paris bureau chief and European cultural correspondent of The New York Times, and is the author of And the Show Went On: Cultural...
What in the world is in that bottle?
Reading a French wine label is like reading a foreign language. (Actually it is a foreign language – it's French!) But more than just a different language, those labels represent an entirely different approach to wine that confuses Americans.
Want to be able to buy French wine with more confidence? Then pour yourself a glass of something delicious and join sommelier and wine educator Maxine Borcherding for a series of short workshops on decoding French wine.
Decoding French Wine is presented in three hour-long seminars, from 5-6pm on Friday, June 5, 12, and 19. Drop in on any session or take the whole series. The seminars are in English, with a taste of French. $20 each for members, $25 for non-members.
Since tasting is essential to learning about wine, Maxine will taste three wines during each seminar and invites students to taste them along with her. The Alliance is pleased to offer these wines for sale to the seminar students; please download the tasting notes for more information. Salut!
June 5: What is terroir, and why it is key to understanding
the French approach to wine.