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Festival de la Francophonie: Chicago premiere of Yves Sioui Durand’s film MESNAK with director Q&A at Alliance Francaise of Chicago


Alliance Francaise of Chicago
March 23, 2013 at 1:00 – 9:00 pm
In partnership with the Festival du Film Francophone de Kalamazoo, curated by Vincent Desroches from Western Michigan University.

7:00 p.m. Mesnak (2011, 96 min.) – Québec / First Nations Introduced by director Yves Sioui Durand While rehearsing the role of Hamlet in Montreal, Dave, an Aboriginal actor in his twenties, receives a photo of Gertrude, his biological mother, about whom he knows nothing. The young man immediately leaves in search of the Kinoganish reserve, where he meets Chief Claude St-Onge, who is preparing a referendum on the cutting rights of a logging company. Without realizing it, Dave has stumbled on Gertrude’s future husband, and an old love triangle involving his dead father, the chief and his mother.

Also being screened will be: 1:00 p.m.: Matière Grise/Grey Matter (2011, 100 min.) – Rwanda, by Kivu Ruhorahoza. Winner Best Actor and Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival; Ecunemical Jury Award at Warsaw International Film Festival. First film ever made in Rwanda. Followed by a café & conversation.

3:00 p.m.: Toussaint Louverture (2012, 180 min.) – France / Haïti, by Philippe Niang. Nominated for outstanding mini-series at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Toussaint Louverture tells the story of the liberation of Haiti. Followed by an apéritif & conversation

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Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Starts January 20th, 2013 – This rare exhibition of work by French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec traces their design career over fifteen years of collaboration and constant evolution. Their first major solo show in the United States in almost ten years, ‘Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac’ is organized by the Centre Pompidou-Metz and highlights their exceptional international career, during which the brothers have become widely recognized as two of the most exciting and innovative designers working today.
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$5 Wine Tasting Open House at The Chopping Block

Join Wine Goddess Diana Hamann at The Chopping Block on Monday, October 11th at 6PM to bid a fond adieu to the stock left over from their last wine list.

Registration is only $5 and it is recommended that you sign up NOW as this event does sell-out.

Diana will be on hand to pour through the lot, dishing about which wines go with this and that, and which is the best value for the money.

Enjoy 30% off the regular retail price, which basically translates to not finding a better wine deal anywhere on the planet!

Fine Print: You must be 21 or over to attend this class. Please present valid ID at the time of check-in. 1-week cancellation policy.

Springtime Date Night Couples Cooking Classes at The Chopping Block

The Chopping Block has a four yummy couples cooking classes lined up this Spring:

Couples Cooking: Middle East Feast

We all know that genies and flying carpets are just make believe… Come experience the real magic that is the Middle Eastern kitchen.
Persian Beef Kebabs with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Relish; Fesenjan (Chicken Braised in a Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce); Saffron Basmati Rice; Baklava Pastries.

Couples Cooking: Paris in the Spring

Ooh la la! Enjoy a night out preparing elegant and romantic French cuisine.
Caramelized Onion and Fennel Tart; Soupe au Pistou; Seared Tuna Steak with Zesty Tapenade; Quick Strawberry Napoleon.

Date Night: Havana Nights

It will be a hot tropical night in our kitchen as we cook up some rich Cuban cuisine. Even Fidel never ate so well!
Ropa Vieja (Flank Steak Braised in Tomato Sauce); Yellow Rice with Pigeon Peas; Platanos Maduros (Fried Plantains); Cuban Flan.

Date Night: Mangia!

Enjoy a fun night out while preparing and feasting on the goodness of Italian food.
Grilled Mushroom and Radicchio Salad with Balsamic Truffle Vinaigrette; Italian Wedding Soup; Linguine al Vongole (Clam Sauce); Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.

Classes are $75 per person.