Cultural Agenda / Events


March 2007



For a complete list of the cultural events in Chicago, see the March edition of LIAISON.

For a complete calendar of events for the French and French-speaking associationsin your area, please visit their respective web sites.

Please check BUREAU EXPORTS, The French Music Export Offices, for a monthly listing of all French artists in concerts in the U.S.


JPEG March 23: Cinema: Beauty and the Beast
Enjoy this classic tale of love by Jean Cocteau(1946, 93 min.) at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. 201 Schaumburg Ct, Tel: 847.894.3600.

JPEG March 29-April 7: Theatre: An Imaginary Invalid by Molière
Obsessed with his own well-being, Argan becomes the object of ridicule in Molière’s comedy of a hypochondriac sure of his imminent demise. Squandering his family fortune on pills and elixirs, Argan goes so far as to offer his mdaughter’s hand in order to acquire the most fawning medical attention. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Tel: 217.333.6280.


Fort Wayne
JPEG March 15: Concert : Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
One of the most extreme bands on the French heavy metal scene, Gojira is both a band and a political statement. Their newest album, a statement of political revolt, will leave audiences spellbound. Pierre’s, the Midwest’s largest nightclub. 5629 St. Joe Rd. Tel: 260.486.1979.


Cedar Rapids
March 13: Concert: Concert : Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th Street SW. Tel: 319.365.8656.


March 23: Alliance Française Annual Dinner
Cocktails 6:30 PM, Dinner 7:30 PM at the Le Relais Restaurant at Bowman Field. There will be door prizes and more! A strolling accordion player will provide the final touch for a memorable evening. Our guest of honor will be Mme Evelyn Cohn who founded our language center in 1987. We’re celebrating 20 years of offering French language instruction to the Louisville community! $45 for AFL members, $50 non-members. Reservations are necessary. Checks payable to Alliance Française de Louisville should be sent to the AFL office: 10507 Timberwood Circle, Suite 214, Louisville, KY 40223.


Bloomfield Hills
March 7: Lecture: "L’Amité Franco-Américaine et la nécessité de la compréhension de la culture de l’autre"
The French Institute Michigan presents Axel Maugey, a Franco-Canadian writer and critic, who will present a lecture on the ups and downs of our French-American cultural love affair.

Grand Rapids
JPEG March 17: Concert: Concert : Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. The Orbit Room, 2525 Lake Eastbrook S.E.

March 14-18: Francophone Festival of Kalamazoo
The Francophone Film Festival of Kalamazoo is conducted to provide the communities of Western Michigan University and of Kalamazoo, as well as educators across Michigan and the surrounding Midwestern states, an opportunity to experience a broader and more diverse view of the many world cultures which express themselves in French. The FFFK is dedicated to the presentation of original creative cinema from the Francophone World. Western Michigan University.

March 16: Lecture: "Francophonies en Images"
The French Section of the Department of Modern Languages of Western Michigan University proudly announces "Francophonies en Images: Kalamazoo Symposium on Pedagogical Applications of French and Francophone Films," a one-day conference on the use of French and Francophone films in the French classroom pedagogy. The conference is planned for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Western Michigan University Little Theater. For more information contact:

Mount Pleasant
March 22-April 1: Cinema: Central Michigan International Film Festival
French Films presented as part of the Tournées Festival of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with the support of the FrenchMinistry of Culture (CNC):
-March 25, 27, 28: Cache by Michael Haneke
-March 26, 29: De Battre Mon Coeur S’est Arrêté by Jacques Audiard
-March 26, 28: Delwende by S. Pierre Yameogo
-March 26, 27: L’Enfant by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
-March 24-25: Petite Jérusalem by Karin Albou
Central Michigan University, 129 Moore Hall. Tel: 989.774.2694.


March 2-30: Exhibition: Works by Koffi Mbairamadji
The Alliance Française is pleased to share with you the spirit, color, and intellect of Koffi Mbairamadji. Born in Chad, Koffi Mbairamadji started painting years ago as a hobby. Today it is part of his daily life. The exhibition will be on display in the Grande Salle at the Alliance Française. An opening reception will be held on March 2 from 5:30-7 pm. Please RSVP at 612-332-0436.

JPEG March 2-17: Cinema: Women with Vision 2007: Mirror Image
The 14th annual international festival of films by women directors presents three weeks of the best contemporary cinema, offering not only a reflection of our world, but also new ways of seeing ourselves. The first six features, from Italy, France, Scotland, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Germany, are grouped under the banner “New Europe.” Moving past postcolonialism, these dramas and comedies identify a place where people are united by their situations rather than separated by their differences.
Walker Cinema, Walker Art Center.

March 31: Opera: "Lakmé"
Cultures collide in Delibes’ mystical and sumptuous tale of ill-fated love. Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, falls hopelessly in love with the British officer Gérald, who, unwittingly breaking a sacred taboo, seals their fate. A 19th-century romantic treasure that was once a star vehicle for Lily Pons at the Met, Lakmé is directed by Adam Cook and designed by Mark Thompson in a spectacular production that brings the color and exoticism of Imperial India to Minnesota for the first time. World premiere at the Opéra-Comique, Paris April 14, 1883. Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Join the Alliance for refreshments at a private reception during intermisssion. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Special AF member price: $60. Pre-paid parking is available for $10. Tel: 612.342.9575.

March 19: Lecture: Lakme education event
Held at the MN Opera offices. AFMSP Member price: $15. Call 612.342.9575 to reserve your spot. Remember to mention your Alliance membership to receive the discounted rate.


JPEG March 3: Cinema: "Welcome Europa" by Bruno Ulmere
Each year, men from the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe make their ways to the wealthy countries of Western Europe. There the jobs and security they had hoped for are nowhere to be found. Instead, they lead furtive, desperate lives, sleeping in boxes, bathing in convenience store bathrooms and, often, selling their bodies for money. It’s bleak truth, but as told by Ulmer, there is at least poetry and dignity in the bleakness. Q&A with the director to follow film. Part of the True/False Film Festival. Ragtag CineaCafé, 23 N. 10th St. Tel: 573.443.4359.

Kansas City
March 10: Concert: Concert : Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania. Tel: 816.561.2560.


JPEG March 24-May 13: Exhibit : Collecting the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Collecting the Impressionists features 12 works selected to highlight the strength of the Clark’s Impressionist holdings and the spectacular taste of the Institute’s founders. Artists are Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street. (Photo: Degas, The Dancing Lesson, Collection of The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute).

March 30: Theatre : The Lark de Jean Anouilh
Enjoy this classic tale telling the story of Joan of Arc. Wine and cheese reception to preceed the performance. College of St.Mary’s Gross Science Building Conference Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the Alliance Française of Omaha. For tickets and more information contact: 402.445.8989.


March 7: Concert: Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. Club Playmakers. For tickets and more information contact:


GIF March 24: Festival de la Francophonie et EduFest
The Alliance Française Education Committee presents
EDUFest “Celebration of International Francophone Week” at Newport On The Levee Community Center. EDUFest is a collaborative Outreach Program which aims to enhance sharing of Francophile Resources in Southern Ohio and the Tri-State region. EDUFest is an International Forum for Francophiles and Francophone culture, a platform for students, teachers and Francophiles to network, share, and gather resources pertaining to French culture and ducation.
Free and open to the public. Click (here) for complete details.

March 15-25: Cinema: Cleveland International Film Festival

For the past 31 years, the CIFF has been the premier film event in Ohio. Today the CIFF presents a full survey of contemporary international and American Independent filmmaking, with 120 features and 100 short subjects from 50 countries.
Films at the Cinematheque of the Cleveland Institute of Art:
-3/16-17: Polissons et Galipettes France, 2002, Michel Reilhac
-3/16-17: L’Armée des Ombres France/Italy, 1969, Jean-Pierre Melville
Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd. Tel: 216.421.7450.

JPEG March 12: Cinema: "The First Time I Was 20" Directed by Lorraine Levy
Set in 1960’s France, this is a classic and appealing tale of an underdog who struggles to find her place in a rather hostile environment. Marilou Berry gives a marvelous performance of a girl who remains true to herself, despite the temptation to give up. Laced with dark humor, and a fabulous jazz soundtrack - this is the sort of uplifting film that will send you from the theater feeling great. Part of the Columbus Jewish Film Festival. Click (here) to purchase tickets.

JPEG March 14: Cinema: "Tintin et Moi"
Tintin et Moi explores the appeal and style of a legendary European comic strip and character through extensive interviews with artist Herge (the pen name of Georges Remi). Wexner Center For the Arts, Ohio State University. Tel: 614.292.0330.

March 16: Concert: Concert : Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. Club Headliners.


Sioux Falls
March 11: Concert: Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. Sioux Empire Fair Expo Hall
4000 W. 12th Street. Tel: 605-367-7178.


March 2-4: Cinemas of the Scattered African Diaspora
The Community Media Project will present a series of films (FREE screenings) around the theme Africa Beyond: Cinema from Haiti, Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya,United Kingdom, France, Senegal and South Africa. Union Theater,
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

JPEG March 10: Women Without Borders Film Festival: "They Call Me Muslim” by Diana Ferrero
In popular Western imagination, a Muslim woman in a veil, or hijab, is a symbol of Islamic oppression. To express themselves, one woman in France decides to wear the veil despite the government’s “anti veil law” and another in Iran defiantly wears it her own way. The film highlights how women still must struggle for the right to control their own bodies, not only under theocratic regimes, but also in secular, democratic countries where increasing discrimination against Muslims and sexism intersect.
Union Theater, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

March 11: Concert: Gojira, A French Heavy Metal Band
See Indiana for more details. The Rave, Milwaukee.

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