Archives for January 2016

Si on chantait ?

French popular music: a lecture and live performance presented by two passionate French musicians.

Come join Alliance Française de Monterey on February 14, 2016 with 2 fabulous events (Limited Space).

  • Si On Chantait ! et Vive La Chandeleur will follow
  • Carmel Masonic Lodge on Lincoln Street between 7th and 8th Ave. Starting at 2:00pm.
  • Price $15.00 for member / $20 for non-member.

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Make checks payable to “Alliance Française Monterey” and mail to Alliance Française Monterey, PO Box 3573, Carmel, CA 93921

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Presentation about Cocteau

On Sunday, 17 January, you are cordially invited to a presentation in French about the French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. The French writer Isaline Remy will make the presentation entitled “Cocteau: His Life and Works,” at 2:00 P.M., Pauline Cantin’s home, 17 Via Ladera, Monterey 93940. Please call to make reservations through Pascale Richards-Deliens at 831-333-6677 or This event will replace the monthly Soirée-Vidéo at Pauline Cantin’s home.

Please be kind enough to bring a snack and something to drink.

The presentation will include information about the Cocteau home, now a museum, at Milly La Forêt and the showing of his film La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) (1946, 96mn) with Jean Marais et Josette Day. Below, an introduction to the film, so as not to spoil the plot:

The plot of Cocteau’s film revolves around Belle’s father, who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from the Beast’s garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father’s place. The Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis, which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to the Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family and telling her that if she does not return to him within a week, he will die of grief.

Isaline Remy is an artist and literary journalist. She is passionate about different forms of art and literature. She received an award for Poésie de la Promotion Radiophonique from the Société des Poètes Français. Presently, she is Editor and critic of La Revue Indépendante and Le Courrier des Yvelines (hebdo, culture et loisirs). She has written the following, among others:

Fete de l’Epiphanie

…was a great success!

On Sunday, 10 January, we held our Annual General Meeting.  All members were encouraged to attend and we had an excellent turnout. The AF team presented the new team, ideas and plans for 2016.

La Fete de l’epiphanie – Delicious galettes and champagne were provided by the AF.

Come back next year for another wonderful, annual event!