Wisconsin Events with a Francophone Flavor

February, 2003

[Franco Wisconsin Map image] Throughout the month For a list of French movies available on US television during the month of December see le site web du service culturel de l'ambassade de France

Sunday evenings, Milwaukee. Le "happy hour" franco: la nouvelle façon de socialiser en français à Milwaukee! Le dimanche, 16h-19pm au Trocadero (1758 N. Water street). renseignements: ou par téléphone à Brett (414) 390-0588 ou à Anne-José (414) 526-1135. [For Feb 2 see note below]

Wednesday evenings, Green Bay, Table Française. 7:30 pm. French Conversation at the Attic Coffee shop, 730 Bodart St. Green Bay. Sponsored by the Cercle Français of UW--Green Bay. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday evenings, Milwaukee, French Table: at 8:00-9:30 p.m., Schwartz Bookshop Café 4092 N. Oakland Ave.

Thursday mornings, Milwaukee. Table Française. 11:30 - 1:30 a.m. UWM, Curtin Hall, room 766, For information: 414.229.4382.

Thursday mornings, Green Bay. Table Française. 12:30 pm. French conversation in the International Student Center, IS 1900, University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Sponsored by the Cercle Français of UW--Green Bay.

SUNDAY, February 2, Milwaukee. Trocadero is having its employee party this Sunday afternoon, so it will be closed to customers. Therefore, the "happy hour" franco will have a "special" event at another location. The place is called Shaharazad, and they serve Middle Eastern cuisine at very reasonable prices! Sunday, February 2nd, 2003 from 5:00 to 7:00, Shaharazad Middle eastern restaurant (2847 N. Oakland Ave.) Reservations: Anne-José or 414-526-1135

MONDAY, February 3, Milwaukee. Find out more about Concordia Language Village positions for French language counselors, teachers, and health care providers (as well as food service and other positions) by visiting with a representative on UW-M campus: Curtin Hall, 7th Floor (across from the elevators), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages, Denise Phillippe, Associate Director, 800-450-2214 ,

TUESDAY, February 4, Milwaukee LE CINEMA FRANÇAIS. UWM Union Theatre. Derrida *Milwaukee Premiere; 7:00 pm. (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, USA, 85min, 35mm, 2002) Ground-breaking and revelatory document of one of the most visionary and influential thinkers of the 20th century: French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Capturing intimate footage of the man as he lives and works, the film's bold visual style, mesmerizing score, and novel editorial approach create a rich, lively cinematic experience which at once provokes and entertains. "Challenging and fascinating-everything you didn't know you didn't know about Derrida's life and work." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

WEDNESDAY, February 5, Milwaukee Casse-Croûte Français: from noon to 2 p.m., at the Alliance Française

WEDNESDAY, February 5, Milwaukee Study Abroad Fair, Center for International Educational Education and International Relations Society, Union Concourse, UW – Milwaukee. For more information: 414.229.5182,

WEDNESDAY, February 5, Milwaukee Petit Goûter Français: for bilingual children, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. At the Brown residence in Brookfield. Please contact the Alliance Française 414.964.3855

February 6, Mequon. Nouvelle Conversation Francaise: At 11:30 a.m. Panera Bread 1400 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon Contact Kathy at 262.375.9654

February 6, Milwaukee. Milwaukee Art Nuseum Salon Night, 6:15pm. George & Chris Tysh Reading & Discussion: "The Role of the Image in the creation of memory and desire". Chris Tysh was born in Paris, France, and holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She currently teaches creative writing and women's studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. She offers a French perspective on the concepts of memory and desire. Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with Woodland Pattern 700 N. Art Museum Drive Admission free with MAM featured exhibit ticket.

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, Milwaukee. Conversation Group for Beginner students registered at AF Classes: FREE! From 1:30 - 2 p.m., at the Alliance Française Instructor Christina Botbyl (Every Friday)

FRIDAY, February 7, Milwaukee. Of their poses: little else remains. Photographs by George Tysh & texts by Chris Tysh February 7 through 28. Reception, Artist talk, Friday, February 7. Woodland Pattern, 720 East Locust St. 5 to 7pm George Tysh's 13 photo-erotic instants - taken in formal studio situations or improvised in the moment - express an impossible longing for permanence within the ever-changing register of desire. Chris Tysh was born in Paris, France. She offers a French perspective on the concept of desire.

FRIDAY, February 7, Milwaukee.Cajun Mardi Gras Celebration – Milwaukee Art Museum First Fridays, Music: Feel the sounds of the accordion and banjo in the Cajun/Zydeco blend of music provided by Big Nick and the Cydecos. Eat: Feast on Cajun style appetizers provided by Ellen’s Catering. Enjoy: A video/slide presentation in the Lubar Auditorium of authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras costumes by visual artist Gerald Duane Coleman. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. $15/$10 MAM Members. Free for college students with a valid college ID. 414.224.3200,

Friday February 7, Madison. Kevin Soucie sings French and French Canadian songs. Weary Traveler Freehouse 1201 Williamson St, Madison 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 8, 2003, 9AM- 12PM

Board Room, Campus Center
Directions to Carroll College: For maps go to: From Milwaukee: Take I-94 west. Proceed past the Hwy 18 Waukesha exit. Exit on Hwy 164, turn left going south. At Moreland Boulevard, do not follow Hwy 164. Cross Moreland Boulevard and continue south on Hwy 18 (North Street) to Barstow Street, which is 2.5 miles south of I-94. Turn left on Barstow Street, which dead-ends on College Avenue. Turn left. Drive one block, crossing East Avenue. The Campus Center is on your left on East College Avenue. From Madison: Take I-94 east and exit on Hwy 164, turn right going south. Then follow directions from Milwaukee CARNAVAL SUR LE QUÉBEC

Mahdi Hamadi will host the Winter SWAAF meeting at Carroll College. Merci, Mahdi!

Trois québécois, Guy Dayen, Josée Cordeau and Anne-José Villeneuve, présenteront un programme en trois volets:
Le carnival de Québec
Les contes traditionnels québécois
"La petite vie": une parodie du people québécois

Before their presentation, we will view a 50-minute video entitled When Wisconsin was New France, which illustrates beautifully the historical connections of Wisconsin's Native Americans with the French-speakers in Québec. This recent video was produced by the Wisconsin Historical Society and would be of interest to high school and college students as well as teachers. A short part of our meeting will be devoted to business and future SWAAF activities.

For further information contact Gabrielle Verdier,
Mahdi Hamadi,

Saturday February 8, Milwaukee. Les Causeries du samedi. Mme. Rachel Eustache parlera de l’architecture de la ville de Nancy, avec projection de diapositives. Rafraîchissements et conversation à 13h30, causerie à 14 heures. 1910 E. North Ave., Milwaukee.

Saturday February 8, Milwaukee. Kevin Soucie sings French and French Canadian songs. Jacques’ French Café 1101 So. 2nd Street, Milwaukee 7:30 pm

FRIDAY, February 7--16, Milwaukee.Ebony on Ice – Surya Bonaly, three-time World Figure Skating Champion from France. The first all black ice show traces the roots of black music from the rhythmic drumming of Africa to present day. February 7 – 16, 2003, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, CHICAGO. 312.902.1500,

February 8, Milwaukee. Alliance Française de Milwaukee. PARIS for Travellers. Discover Paris with a Parisian.(in English) Saturday, February 8 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the AF centre. Cost is $39.00 for AF members and $45.00 for non-members. Please, call to register: 414/964-3855 #2.

Monday February 10 Milwaukee. Kevin Soucie sings French and French Canadian songs. “Hotel Milwaukee” radio show taping, Pabst Theater 6:00 pm

First UW-Madison Field Evening of 2003: Franklin Middle School, Janesville on Tuesday Feb 11, 5:30-7:30 pm

Contact: Francois Tochon
WHEN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

(Please bring a floppy disk!)

DPI Clock Hours are available for teacher who attend a minimum of two Field Evenings.

How Technology Can Motivate F.L. Students

Edna Feldman-Schultz will present some of the activities she has created or adapted for Grade 7 and Grade 8 students learning Spanish. She will offer tips on how to integrate different programs into your curriculum, as well as how to incorporate technology and Spanish into other subjects taught in middle school. Programs used include PowerPoint, Inspiration, HyperStudio, Microsoft Word, and Grade Book. Edna loves teaching middle school children. One of the reasons that she tries to incorporate technology into her daily teaching is to give students a more holistic learning experience. Technology is something that comes naturally to young people, so Edna uses this fact to her and her students' advantage. This is a great way to motivate learning, acquire knowledge, and have fun!

Edna Feldman-Schultz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Israel. She came to the USA in 1982. She taught Hebrew at Beloit College and currently teaches Spanish at Franklin Middle School in Janesville. She is the Director of "Franklin Café, the school's Human Relations Club. She has two BAs and teaching certificates, one in Physical Education from the Tel Aviv Teachers' Kibbutzim College in Israel and the other in Spanish from Beloit College.

Directions to Franklin Middle School from Madison.

From Madison:
Start on PARK STREET in Madison, continue south past the Beltline on US-14 through Oregon and Evansville to JANESVILLE.



Continue on MEMORIAL, then turn LEFT on MARION (one street after OSBORN)

Go on MARION until it BEARS RIGHT and becomes CROSBY AVENUE.

After the stoplight at MINERAL POINT AVENUE you will see the school on the LEFT. Drive past the Main Entrance and turn LEFT into the school parking lot. Enter the side door, go down the hall until you turn RIGHT at the first hallway after the AUDITORIUM. The computer laboratory is the FIFTH DOOR on the RIGHT.


Franklin Middle School
450 N. Crosby Ave.
(608) 743-6005 (main office)
(608) 743-6130 (Edna's room)

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2003: February 14-16 and February 21-23, Milwaukee

This program is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Community Media Project. Alias Betty and Murderous Maids are $4 Discount and $5 General, all the other films are free to the public.

Friday, February 14 -- 8pm
Saturday, February 15 -- 6pm
Sunday, February 16 -- 8pm

Alias Betty (Betty Fisher et autres histories) *Milwaukee Premiere (Claude Miller, France, 101min, 35mm, French w/Eng. St., 2001) Betty is a young single mother whose son dies in an accident. Devastated by the loss, she barely notices when her deranged mother kidnaps a boy from the projects to replace him. Soon Betty decides to keep her new "son" and becomes the unwilling party to a criminal act. The plot thickens at the entrance of the boy's sexually promiscuous mother and unsavory circle of friends. Featuring award-winning performances from three of France's most acclaimed actresses, Nicole Garcia, Sandrine Kiberlain, and Mathilde Seigner.

Friday, February 14 -- 6pm
Sunday, February 16 -- 6pm
Little Brothers (Petites freres) (Jacques Doillon, France, 92min, 35mm, French w/Eng. St., 2000) This sincere study of childhood in the projects is as gritty as it is lyrical and recalls Italian neo-realist cinema. Talia, a 13-year old girl, runs away from home with her beloved pit bull Kim. Talia, in an attempt to rescue Kim, strikes an uneasy friendship with four boys. Soon Talia and her gang of "petites freres" find real friendship and humanity in their harsh surroundings.

Saturday, February 15 -- 8pm
My Wife is an Actress (Ma femme est une actrice) (Yvan Attal, France, 93min, French w/ Eng. St., 35mm, 2001) Tells the story of a struggling sports writer (Yvan Attal) married to a successful and famous actress (Charlotte Gainsbourg), leading to jealousy of her new film co-star, Terrence Stamp. "An enjoyable romantic comedy! A terrifically deft picture about the thick line that separates movie glamour from the real world, and the thin line that separates movie glamour from the real world, and the thin line between common sense and paranoia." Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

Friday, February 21 - 8pm
Saturday, February 22 - 6pm
Sunday, February 23 - 8pm
Murderous Maids (Les blessures assassines) *Milwaukee Premiere (Jean-Pierre Denis, France, 94min, 35mm, French w/Eng. St., 2001) This superbly chilling tale is based on one of the most extraordinary crimes of 20th Century France, in which an upper middle class woman and her daughter were brutally murdered by their young maids, who were sisters, in 1933. This most authentic dramatization encompasses an in-depth psychological study and intense love story between the two sisters. The Cesar Award-winning acting of Sylvia Testud, in the role of a paranoid schizophrenic servant, gives this crime of passion an intelligence no Hollywood version could match.

Friday, February 21 - 6pm
Sunday, February 23 -- 6pm
Girls Can't Swim (Les filles ne savent pas nager) (Anne-Sophie Birot, France, 101min, French w/Eng. St., 35mm, 2000) This touching story of two girls in transition features one of the rising young stars of French Cinema, Isild Le Besco (Sade) as Gwen. She lives on the Brittany coast where her best friend Lise joins her every summer vacation. But in the turmoil following Lise's father's death, their reunion is soon soured by Gwen's maturing interest in the opposite sex. "The complexity of the teenage heart has seldom been more deftly portrayed." John Anderson, Newsday

Saturday, February 22 - 8pm
Code Unknown (Code inconnu: récit incomplet de divers voyages) (Michael Haneke, France, 117min, French w/Eng. St., 35mm, 2001) Special Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival From acclaimed French director Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher), starring Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche, comes "the most intellectually stimulating and emotionally provocative piece of European cinema of recent times." (Sight and Sound) A seemingly innocuous yet cold incident on a busy Parisian street briefly links the lives of five very different people: a struggling actress, a teacher of deaf children, a war photographer, an aimless teenage boy, and a Romanian illegal immigrant.


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Saturday, February 15, Appleton. Dégustation de vins. Alliance Française de la Vallée du Renard. 16h30. Apportez une bouteille de vin français (avec une brève description du vin) et/ou un plat de hors d'oeuvres. Réservations. tél: Gervais ou Mary Kay Reed 920 734-4776.

Saturday, February 15, Milwaukee Kevin Soucie sings French and French Canadian songs. Jacques’ French Café 1101 So. 2nd Street, Milwaukee 7:30 pm

February 15, Milwaukee Concours National de Français 2003 : Grand prize is an all-inclusive trip to France! Feb. 15, 10-noon at UW-Milwaukee, Curtin Hall, room 124. Call the Alliance Française at 414-964-3855 for more information.

Tuesday, February 18, Milwaukee - 7pm. India Song. (Marguerite Duras, France, 120min, French w/ Eng. st., 16mm, 1974) Duras's oft-discussed but rarely screened modernist masterpiece. Set among an outpost of fashionably dressed foreign diplomats in an Indian city along the Ganges in the 1930's, India Song choreographs layerings of voice, camera movement, stasis, and gesture to craft a hypnotic fugue of free-floating memory and unmoored time. With the indomitable Delphine Seyrig. Print courtesy of French Cultural Services.

Saturday, February 22, Oshkosh. Kevin Soucie sings French and French Canadian songs. New Moon Coffee Co. 401 N. Main St, Oshkosh 8:00 pm

Through the month, Milwaukee. Cafe Bar Tabac Trocadero: kiosque with French and International newspapers and magazines
1758 Water Street (North of Brady, near Holton Bridge)
Tel: (414) 272-0205
Open Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 1 AM
Sat, 7 AM- 2 AM
Seats 100

For events in Chicago see the web page for the French Consulate in Chicago.

For other francophone events in the Midwest visit the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

If you have a Wisconsin event with a francophone flavor to anounce, send us the information in advance and we would be pleased to include it in the WFC calendar.

Looking ahead to March, April

UW--Milwaukee French Film Festival: Continues to March 2

"National Foreign Language Week" - - March 3-9, 2003 The dates and themes for National Foreign Language Week are determined annually by Alpha Mu Gamma National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society. National Foreign Language Week will be celebrated March 3-9, 2003. The theme for the year 2003 poster is:"Make Friends - Peace Follows" For more information contact the following: Alpha Mu Gamma National 855 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029-3500 Tel: (323) 644-9752 Fax: (323) 644-9752 or e-mail at:

Note to French teachers in Milwaukee area: The Milwaukee regional Concours Oral will be held on March 15, 2003 at Waukesha West High School. Send all registrations to: Lisa Rettler Waukesha West High School 3301 Saylesville Road. Waukesha, WI 53189-6600

UWM French Immersion Weekend: Intermediate -- Focus on Québec. 400-210 (U) 1 cr Friday, March 7, 5:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday, March 8, 9:00am-5:00pm & Sunday, March 9; 10:00am-2:00pm Pre-Req: 3 semesters college or 3 years HS French. Please encourage your more advanced students to take this immersion course. It will be taught by Anne-José Villeneuve and another instructor, and should be a lot of fun.

International Job Fair sponsored by the French Embassy. April 5 – 11, 2003. Chicago, (202)944-6261,

If you have a Wisconsin event with a francophone flavor to anounce, send us the information in advance and we would be pleased to include it in the WFC calendar.

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