Wisconsin Events with a Francophone Flavor

May, 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

Wednesday, May 1 , 2002 7 pm. statewide "When Wisconsin was New France" is a documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Producer Mik Dirks traveled from one end of the State to the other gathering information for this program on the French in 17th and 18th century Wisconsin. It will be broadcast at 7 pm on the state public TV network. Check local listings for Public Television station in your area. For further information, several maps and a program sample, see WPT schedule and other information can be found at The program will be repeated on May 6 at 10pm.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002, Milwaukee Casse-croûte Français - Informal discussion in French. 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Alliance Française (414) 964-3855.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002, Milwaukee Five Fabulous Frenchmen – Musical bonbons by Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré & Poulenc. A feast for the ears! 7:30 p.m. Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. 414.291.7605.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002, Milwaukee French Table - Informal discussion in French. 8:00pm – 9:30pm at the Schwartz Bookshop Café, 4093 N. Oakland Ave. (414) 964-3855.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2002, Milwaukee. Table Française – Informal French discussion group. 11:30am – 1:30pm Curtin Hall rm. 766, UW-Milwaukee campus. (414)229-5897.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2002, Milwaukee Intermediate French Conversation Group – 6:00pm at the Hotel Metro. Call (414) 483-3702 before attending.

May 3, 4, and 5, Madison Jean-Paul Sartre's Huis Clos presented by the Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte 7:30pm. Music Hall, UW-Madison. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance. Call (608) 262-3941 for reservations. All performances will be IN FRENCH. Questions contact: Weekday Contact: Jodi Samuels, Ph.D. Business Manager. Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte. (608) 262-4965. Weekend Contact: Christian Flaugh, ABD Performer, Co-Founder Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte (608) 287-0460.

Friday, May 3rd, 2002, Milwaukee Parent-Child Workshop - Come and play with your young children, while helping them learn French. 10:00am – 11:00am at the Alliance Française.

Friday, May 3rd, 2002, Chicago Nuit des Etoiles. French-American Chamber of Commerce Gala in honor of Marc Onetto, Executive of the Year. Union League Club, Chicago. 312. 595.9524, ext. 2,

Saturday, May 4th, 2002, Milwaukee Kevin Soucie, chansonnier, will perform songs from France and Québec – 7:00pm until 9:00pm. Authentic French cuisine, drinks and ambiance at Jacques French Café, 1101 S. 2nd Street (located in Milwaukee's Historic Walker's Point.) (414) 672-1040. While at Jacques French Café, view an exhibit of photos taken in France by Cindy Pawelski.

Saturday, May 4, MilwaukeeFrench for Travellers (course for Beginners). Learn simple French linguistic skills necessary for communicating in everyday situations encountered by tourists visiting France and the Francophone world. From 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Alliance Française centre. Cost is $90.00 for AF members and $100.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855 #2

Sunday, May 5th, 2002, Chicago. For French citizens: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Le scrutin pour le deuxième tour de l’élection du Président de la République aura lieu dans les locaux du Consulat Général de France à Chicago, 737 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 312.787.5359.

Sunday, May 5th, 2002, Shorewood, MilwaukeeJoin us at the Alliance Française office to watch the results of the final round of the presidential elections on TV5. Call before 5 p.m. on Friday for details on viewing times and directions to Alliance.

May 6, statewide 10 pm. Documentary, "When Wisconsin was New France" on Wisconsin Public Television, 10 pm See Wednesday May 1 above for further information.

May 7 Madison. Pedagogical Evening Series at the 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.)For: ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES - FREE EVENT. DPI Clock Hours available for teachers who attend a minimum of two meetings. TIME: 4:30 UNTIL 6:30 P.M. (Presentation starts at 5 pm). "A Plunge into TPR-Storytelling" By Bernie Schlafke, Sun Prairie Area High School
PRESENTATION NARRATIVE The purpose of this evening is to acquaint teachers with the method of TPR-Storytelling, and to give them a chance to experiment with the method, which was begun by Blaine Ray. The presenter has found it to be a lively addition to his "methods toolbox" in his German and Spanish classroom and especially effective for teaching and retention of vocabulary. Students enjoy it! The evening's activities will include an overview of the background of TPR-Storytelling, two examples of its application, and an analysis and discussion of the method in the examples. Participants will then be encouraged to practice TPR-Storytelling using either a short song or a cultural situation (such as eating in a cafe, checking into a hotel, traveling by train). Creation of the stories, as an adaptation and extension of the classroom textbook, will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged not only to bring a copy of the text they use, but also to have a simple (children's) song from their target language in mind. Biography Bernie Schlafke has taught German and Spanish in the Sun Prairie Area School District since 1991, he is Dean of the German Credit Abroad Program for Concordia Language Villages of Moorhead, Minnesota, and he has sung with the UW-Madison's Madrigal Singers since 1992. A 1984 graduate of the UW School of Education, Schlafke also lived in Bavaria, Germany and studied Spanish and Music Theory at the Univeritaet Regensburg. In Regensburg he taught conversational and business English at the Inlingua Sprachschule. Bernie is currently writing a song teaching manual based on TPRS for Waldsee, the German village of Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji, Minnesota. Questions contact Francois Tochon: 608-263-7570

Wednesday, 8 May, Madison 6 p.m Malika Oufkir will talk about her memoir, Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in A Desert Jail, on . at the 711 State Street location, 257-3784. In the book, Oufkir recounts her childhood growing up as a virtual princess in the court of the Moroccan king, Muhammad V, before getting to the meat of the story: a 20-year prison ordeal that she, her siblings and her mother endured from 1972 to 1992. They spent the first 15 years in three different prisons located in the Sahara Desert and the last five under house arrest in Marrakesh after escaping from Bir-Jdid prison.

Sunday May 12, Green Bay 2pm the Acadian musical group Grand Dérangement will be at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay. The Group's site is at where there are song samples to listen to. The group combines traditional French Acadian music and dance with contemporary styles, Cajun and Irish elements. The Weidner web site has information on tickets since they are handling ticketing for the Meyer ( The Meyer theatre has finished the first stage of a 6 Million $ renovation and the essence of its very interesting old "movie palace" interior has been restored.

Tuesday, May 14, Wausau Acadian music of Grand Dérangement at the Grand Theater 7 pm Tkts: $18 / $12. See May 12 above for information on the group. Information: Box Office Phone (715) 842 – 0988 Toll Free Phone 1 – 888 – 239 – 0421

MAY 15 is the deadline for two important awards offered by the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers. One is the Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award offered to a current WAFLT member with one to three years of language teaching experience. The second is the WAFLT Professional Service Award offered to current and recent retirees for quality foreign language education. If you know of suitable candidates for these two awards, please nominate them! Details are available on the blue sheets of the winter mailing, pp. 67-72 of the 2001 Fall Conference Program, pp. 40-45 of the Fall VOICE, and the WAFLT Web Page (

May 16, 17, and 18 at 7:35 p.m., Appleton Spring Term Play, The Learned Ladies by Molière. Directed by Timothy X. Troy. A smart comedy of love and learning. Stansbury Theatre Box Office: 920-832-6749

May 19 at 2:35 p.m., Appleton , The Learned Ladies of Molière. See May 16, 17 and 18.

Sunday, May 19, Racine. 7 p.m. - Curtis Stotlar will play a concert of French Piano Music by Ravel, Satie, Poulenc, Debussy and Chopin at the Siena Center, Convent of Dominican Sisters, 5635 Erie St., Racine. Free, donations accepted. For more information, call Monique Monroe at (262) 632-1907.

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 June and July

Tuesday, June 4 7:30 p.m. - Concert of French Cabaret Songs by Robin Pluer. Followed by a Reception in the cabaret bar with French Music performed Kevin Soucie. Broadway Theatre Center. Alliance Française Members - $10, Non-Members - $15, Full-time Students and Teachers - $3. Advance tickets available at the Alliance Française.

Summer class for foreign language teachers:

June 17-21, 2002 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1 credit (graduate or undergraduate)

Format of the class:
The idea is for foreign language teachers to share their successful ideas and their common challenges (morning sessions) and then to have time to prepare those new ideas so that they are classroom-ready for the fall (afternoon sessions). Topics include: the Internet, teaching reading/literature, classroom games, culture/use of realia.

For information or to register, contact Karen Norton at UW-Oshkosh, 920-424-3324.

French Summer Camps at the French House, Madison, Wisconsin (esp. teens!)

For information, respond directly to :

French Summer Camps at the French House, Madison
French camps for teenagers (12-14 year olds) will get you the closest feeling you will get to going to France (or Quebec) without leaving Madison. Half days (including 3-4 course lunch) or full days (with afternoon "immersion excursions" around Madison) are a great way to extend your linguistic and cultural experience and have fun at the same time. There's even an overnight/sleepover option this year (one night of the week) for the first time this year. Maybe we'll have our own "Fete du Cinema"!

July 8-12, 2002 Tour de France (Optional overnight Thursday, July 11)             Level 1, beginners and near beginners
            Level 2, intermediate learners

July 15-19, Francophonie 2, (Optional overnight Thursday, July18)
            Level 2, intermediate learners (can include students from level 1 July 8-12)
            Advanced, 14+ years old, for students entering High School French 2

Half day, 9:00am-1:00pm = $175
Full day, 9:00am-4:00pm = $220
Overnight 4:00pm-9:00am = $35
10% tuition discount if paid in full by May 15
There is also a $10 student annual Alliance Francaise membership fee.

The Alliance Française de Milwaukee is looking for volunteers for three separate booths during the Bastille Days Festival on the streets of Milwaukee on and around Cathedral Square. This is the biggest celebration of Bastille Days in the United States - perhaps in the world! We are looking for responsible volunteers in shifts from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4-8, and 8-midnight on July 11, 12, 13 and 14th. We need people to work selling beignets and café au lait in our very popular beignet stand, selling souvenirs and items from France in our cultural tent, or selling food tickets to the general public and adding a French flair. We also need volunteer teachers to give free 1/2 hour mini-French lessons at the Cultural Tent at 1, 3 and 5 each day. Anyone willing to volunteer for a shift, please specify the date and time, as well as the booth you would prefer. Please include your telephone # and address so we can send confirmations. You may e-mail the Alliance:


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University of Wisconsin--Green Bay
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