Wisconsin Events with a Francophone Flavor

March, 2002

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

March 1, 2002, Milwaukee/Shorewood. An Evening with Québec Novelist Diane-Monique Daviau.7 :30 p.m. Alliance Française de Milwaukee 1800 E. Capitol Drive Shorewood, WI 53211 (414)964-3855 A native of Montréal, Mme Daviau began publishing her works in the seventies, while studying German literature. Her work for Radio Canada, and the Montréal daily Le Devoir, as well as other programs like Lettres québecoises and Liberté, not to mention her consulting on various film and theater projects gives her a wonderful perspective on the richness of the contemporary Québec arts scene. She has always had a special relationship with languages, and understands the condition of the Québecoise writer in contrast to that which exists in France and the United States. Don't miss this unique opportunity to :

Friday March 1, Milwaukee/Shorewood.10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Parent-Child Workshop. Come and play with your young children while helping them to learn French. Held at the Alliance Française Center.

Saturday March 2.7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Chansonnier Kevin Soucie will perform songs from France and Québec. Come and enjoy authentic French cuisine, drinks & ambiance at Jacques French Café, 1101 S. 2nd Street, located in Milwaukee's historic Walker's Point, (414)672-1040. -Also at Jacques French Café, view an exhibit of photos taken in France by Cindy Pawelski.

Saturday, March 2, Milwaukee. French Immersion day. This immersion day will help you to freshen up your grammar and conversation skills. Advanced level. From 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Alliance Française centre. Cost is $90.00 for Alliance members and $100.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855.Registration and payment due by February 27.

Saturday, March 2 Morocco. Discover the imperial cities and the culture of Morocco. From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Alliance Française centre. Cost is $39.00 for AF members and $45.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855.Registration and payment due by February 27.

Monday March 4, Milwaukee. 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Alliance Française in the United States. Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro. (414) 962-6750. Gala four course French dinner with wines, $85 per person. 8 p.m. Join Alliance Française members and toast the Alliance Française. 1800 E. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee. (414) 964-3855.

March 5, Madison. FRENCH HOUSE, 633 NORTH FRANCES STREET, Madison (Park on Lake Street Ramp). 4:30 UNTIL 6:30 P.M. (PRESENTATION STARTS AT 5 P.M.). Anyone WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES is welcome- FREE EVENT. Contact Francois Tochon: 608-263-7570 for information and to confirm topic and time.

Wednesday March 6, Green Bay 1) The Neville museum downtown Green Bay at 7 pm. Faat-Kine, film by Ousmane Sembène of Senegal. Sponsored by the Green Bay Film Society. Free and in large screen format. Introduced by Professor Ken Fleurant, UW--Green Bay.

Faat-Kine *Green Bay Premiere (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 118min, French and Wolof w/English Subtitles, 16mm, 2000) An inspiring heroine, Faat Kine is a brash, bawdy, self-made woman who is managing a gas station, supporting her mother, and putting two children through college. Disowned as a teenager by her father when she became pregnant by her professor, then betrayed and abandoned by the father of her second child, Kine worked her way up form gas station attendant to financial security. The film's mixture of celebration and accusation climaxes in a raucous graduation party where the undeserving men are driven out and the deserving one welcomed into Kine's arms. Ousmane Sembene, recently called "the greatest of all African filmmakers" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment), directed this easygoing comedy with an outspoken social consciousness and a strong feminist slant. "This intelligent easygoing masterpiece ranks close to Semebene's best work."-David Sterrit, Christian Science Monitor [Mature Themes]

Saturday, March 9. Milwaukee Pronounciation Course. Learn and practice French pronounciation and intonation. This is an excellent way to improve the overall clarity with which you speak. All levels. From 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the Alliance Française centre. Cost is $39.00 for Alliance Française members and $45.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855. Registration and payment due by March 6.

March 9. Milwaukee Paris Short Course. Discover the charm of Paris with a Parisian. From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Alliance Française centre. Cost is $39.00 for Allilance Française members and $45.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855. Registration and payment due by March 6.

March 9, Stevens Point. Central Wisconsin Regional high scholl/ middle school French Contest will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (registration between 8:30 and 9:00). If you have not mailed your registration forms, please fax them right away: Attention: Marcia G. Parker, Department of Foreign Languages, UW-SP 715-346-4215. or email: phone: 715-346-2379. If you fax or email the information to me, send the registration fees as soon as possible to: Marcia G. Parker, 408 Collins Classroom Center, Dept. of For. Lang., UW-SP, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Samedi, le 9 mars à 19h30 et dimanche, le 10 mars à 17h, Madison. Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte présente: Huis clos de Jean-Paul Sartre "Le bourreau, c'est chacun de nous pour les deux autres." Écrite en 1944 durant l'occupation allemande à Paris, HUIS CLOS a pour thème l'existence devant autrui. Après avoir été introduits par le garçon d'étage, Garcin le publiciste et homme de lettres, Inès, l'employée des postes et la mondaine Estelle sont séquestrés en enfer - une salle d'attente -où ils se livrent un combat de mots qui leur fera prendre conscience du sens de la vie et de la mort. Spotlight Room, Madison Civic Center 211 State St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. TICKETS: 7$ adults (5$ students with i.d.) Reservations: (608) 287-0460

Monday, March 11, Milwaukee Great Books Roundtable Discussion, focusing on Guy de Maupassant, will be held from 7-9pm in the Special Collections Room (4th Floor) of the Golda Meir Library at UW-Milwaukee. If you are interesting in joining, the texts for the discussion are available on-line in both French and English (although the discussion will be in English).

The address is: The short stories are listed alphabetically in French, with the English title following:
Apparition, 1883, Apparition (the English title, too)
Le diable, The Devil 1886 (look under 'D')
Un fou, 1885, Diary of a Madman (look under 'F')
La parure, 1884, The Necklace (look under 'P').

If you would prefer to pick up a hard copy, copies in both languages will be available at the Great Books Office, Curtin Hall 806 (look for them to the right of the door).

About the Great Books Roundtable Discussion:

These discussions are open to all members of the UWM community - students, faculty, staff, friends, and neighbors. Part of the purpose is to illustrate the pedagogical methods of "shared inquiry." There is no lecture. A moderator begins with a broad question about the text; thereafter the discussion is allowed to grow spontaneously among the participants. The one rule is that comments must be aimed at gaining an understanding of the meaning of the text. No expertise is required; we only ask that you read the selected text. Undergraduates are especially welcome.

Great Books Roundtable Discussions are sponsored by UWM's Certificate Program in the Study of the Liberal Arts through Great Books, a program aimed at promoting the study of foreign languages, mathematics, history and great books at UWM. For more information, contact David Mulroy, Curtin Hall 805, 229-4711. (

Week of March 11 Godard Week.Featuring four of legendary French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's touted masterpieces, three in new film prints, Godard Week is a tribute to maybe the cinema's greatest living filmmaker.

"JLG/JLG" *Free and Open to the Public Tuesday, March 12 - 7pm Jean-Luc Godard stars as a fictional character of his own creation, musing about in his home in Rolle, Switzerland. As he suffers the rude interruption of critics and the cheeky services of a pretty maid, he contemplates the end of western culture, cinema, and himself. Bursting with the genius and humor of Godard. Experimental Tuesdays Presentation, cosponsored by UWM Film Department & Union Theatre. (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 60min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 1994) "Radiant, cranky, tender, poignant, voluptuous, revelatory, this putative self-portrait is actually an elegy for the death of cinema. BEST FILM OF THE 1990's!" Amy Taubin, Village Voice

"Weekend" *New 35mm Print Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 & 14 - 8pm A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations. Jean Luc Godard's outrageous work mixes pornography, slapstick violence, political rhetoric and virtuoso camerawork. (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 105min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 1967) ($3 Discount, $4 General) "It's his vision of Hell and it ranks with the greatest." (Pauline Kael)

"Band of Outsiders" *New 35mm Print Friday - Sunday, March 15 -17 - 7pm "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun." Jean Luc Godard. This French New Wave gangster movie, long unavailable in the United States, follows two small-time toughs who begin a dalliance with a local girl, the ephemeral Anna Karina, whose aunt just happens to have a large pile of banknotes lying in a cupboard at home. Described by Pauline Kael as 'a reverie of a gangster movie ...It's as if a French poet took a banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines; Godard recreates the gangsters and the moll with his world of associations -- seeing them as people in a Paris cafe, mixing them with Rimbaud, Kafka, "Alice in Wonderland". This lyrical tragicomedy is perhaps Godard's most delicately charming film.' (Jean Luc Godard, France, 95min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mmB/W, 1964) ($4 Discount, $5 General) "One of Godard's most appealing and underrated films!" Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Breathless" *New 35mm Print Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16 - 9pm Ranking with The Birth of a Nation and Citizen Kane as one of the true major turning points in the history of cinema, Godard's first feature, the harbinger of the French New Wave, is a jazz like improvisation on Existential crime thrillers. Features the now legendary performances of Jean Paul Belmondo as a small time hood and Jean Seberg as the casual American girl. As funny, daring, and fresh today as it was forty years ago. (Jean Luc Godard, France, 90min, French With English Subtitles, 35mmB/W, 1959) ($3 Discount, $4 General) "...not only the most important of the New Wave Films, but also the most passionate." Andrew Sarris, Village Voice

UWM Union Theatre
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., 2nd Fl. UWM Union
(414) 229-4070 or (414) 229-4825
Discount Tickets: Students; UWM Faculty, Staff and Alumni; and Senior Citizens.

Tuesday, March 19 As part of Milwaukee's celebration of the Semaine de la francophonie (Week of French speaking Nations) Québec's dynamic folk trio Matapat will be coming to Milwaukee for a single show:

7:30 p.m.
Miramar Theater
2844 N. Oakland Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53211
$3 adults, $1 students
Sponsored by the Alliance Française de Milwaukee
(414) 964-3855.

Matapat's Benoit Bourque, Gaston Bernard and Simon Lepage have electrified audiences from France to California with high energy performances that combine French-Canadian country music and step dancing with Celtic melodies, jazz and world music. All three harmonize beautifully on songs and ballads, introduced in English and sung in French. They will transport you to a Québec kitchen party and warm your heart. Prepare yourself for a show you will not easily forget! As 1999 finalists for Canada's prestigious Juno award, Matapat's concert is one you do not want to miss.

March 20, 2002. Around the world. La Journée de la Francophonie !

l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie vous invite à faire la fête ! Où que vous soyez, quelle que soit votre activité, quel que soit votre âge, prenez l'initiative d'organiser un événement dont la Francophonie soit le centre et le moteur. Vous pouvez faire diffuser votre événement auprès de la Communauté francophone en nous informant de votre projet à l'adresse suivante :

March 23, Hartland. the Regional High School/ Middle School oral French contest for the Southeastern region [Milwaukee North] will take place at Arrowhead High School South Campus in Hartland, Wisconsin on March 23. Registration will be between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Registrations should be sent to: Bill Peche, Arrowhead High School, 700 North Avenue, Hartland WI 53029 [phone262-369-3611 ext 4162]. Registrations must reach the coordinator two weeks prior to the contest, or by Friday, March 8! Be sure to send one copy of your Théâtre de Chambre and Reader's Theater selections along with your registration [if applicable].

March 23, Racine. Regional High School/ Middle School oral French contest for the Southeastern region (Racine/Kenosha/South Milwaukee) will take place at Carthage College (Registration at 9:30). Registrations should be sent to: Alice Peterson, Racine Unified School District, 2220 Northwestern Ave. Racine, WI 53404. e-mail: - phone: 262-631-7080

Tuesday, March 26, Milwaukee 7:00 pm UW-Milwaukee Curtin Hall 175 (3243 N. Downer) La situation de la langue française aujourd'hui dans le monde: des raisons valables d'espérer ? By Jean HARZIC (in French, but M. Harzic can answer questions in English and several other languages.) Jean Harzic's career includes over 40 years of service to France's language and culture in both diplomacy and academics. In July, 2001 he retired after 13 years as Secrétaire général (Executive Director) of the Alliance Française de Paris. Prior to that, he served as Délégué général of the Alliance Française in the United States (Washington, 1982-1988) in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, 1978-1982) and Argentina (Buenos Aires, 1971-1978). His diplomatic career also includes stints as attaché culturel in Wellington, New Zealand from 1969-1971, and as conseiller culturel adjoint in New York from 1966-1969. Publications include a monography on William Faulkner published by Bordas, and numerous articles. He is proficient in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

The producers of Milwaukee's 2002 Bastille Days are searching for francophone performers of music and other fine arts for the "secondary" stages. If you are interested, please email John Ertl at Please forward this email to friends or acquaintances who might be a good fit. Merci!

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 April

I would once again like to let you all know about the upcoming Language, Culture and Education Institute on April 5-6, 2002 at the Oshkosh Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There will be a variety of sessions related to working successfully with linguistically diverse populations in Wisconsin, with a particular interest on weaving the arts into one's work with language and culture. Registration material should be available from UW Oshkosh Continuing Education in approximately one week. However, you can register online today by following these steps:
1) Go to the UW Oshkosh Continuing Education website
2) Click on the 2nd Annual Language, Culture and Education Institute icon - Click on Education - Click Language, Culture and Education Institute 3) Scroll down to the bottom and click on Language, Culture and Education Institute. And then finally fill out the needed information and submit it in by clicking the icon. If you have questions or problems with getting into the website please contact Don Hones at (920) 424-7209 or email Don Hones,, or Katie Grothman (920) 424-0413.

April 2, Green Bay Art by French playwright Yasmina Reza, Weidner Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay. 7:30 pm. Presented in English by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Art is a comedic play about the power and problems of friendship. Tony Award winner. For Information see


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University of Wisconsin--Green Bay
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