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Entre Amis - To find out more about this French discussion group based in Niskayuna, please contact Machteld Depoortere at They typically meet the first Wednesday of the month from September to June. (no summer meetings).

Le Café Francais - Wednesdays, around 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Gateway Diner on Central Ave in Albany. French discussion group.

Le Groupe litteraire - Fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm meet to discuss selected works of French literature at the Colonie Town Library,  629 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211-1196- (518) 458-9274 For details contact Hannelore Wilfert,

2-2-14 Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre in Carmen - Don José’s life was just fine – nice girlfriend, stable military career – until he arrested Carmen, stunningly beautiful and terrifying all at once. There aren’t many woman who will make you throw it all away, but Carmen’s motto is “live free and die free” – and she proves it. Fully costumed and staged, this condensed piano production, featuring mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell and pianist Michael Clement, is sung in French with supertitles. 3pm in the UAlbany Recital Hall.



4-11-14 - Francesca Marciano, novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, Reading — 4:15 pm, University Hall Room 110, Uptown Campus; Film screening of MIELE [HONEY] and discussion with screenwriter Francesca Marciano, acclaimed Italian novelist and short story writer who writes her fiction in English, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who writes her scripts in Italian. — 7:00 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus, Directed by Valeria Golino (Italy, 2013, 96 minutes, color, in Italian with English subtitles)


2-11-14 - Carnival/Carnaval - "Music from the Americas. Pianist Max Lifschitz marks Carnival celebrations performing dance inspired piano music by composers from the Caribbean, Brazil and US." (from PAC) 7::00 pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 442-3997



3-28-14 - Moscow Festival Ballet:Giselle " tells the story of a beautiful young peasant girl and a deceitful man who lures her into a deceptive engagement. When the truth comes out, Giselle goes mad and dies of a broken heart. Her spirit returns to haunt him, but her love eventually saves him in a battle between the mortal and immortal worlds. Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet." 8:00 pm (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204


2-14-14 to 2-28-14 Gloria "Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair — until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. GLORIA is Chile’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards , and stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. In Spanish w/subtitles. (R) 100 min." (from Spectrum 8)

3-8-14 - Man of LaMancha DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM! Enter the mind and the world of Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. Against all odds, a man sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. This lyrical and amusing adventure is a classic tale of the triumph of man over his own follies. “MUSICAL THEATRE AT ITS FINEST ANYWHERE! A TRIUMPH. “ - United Press International - “THE MUSICAL THAT’S SET ABOVE AND APART FROM ALL THE OTHERS BY TOUCHING THE HEART! AN EXQUISITE MUSICAL PLAY...” - The New York Daily News - “CHARM, GALLANTRY AND DELICACY OF SPIRIT.” - The New York Times (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204




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