From the 1906 Fire to the Internet, French Libraries in San Francisco Reinvent Themselves

The oldest French library in the San Francisco Bay Area is located at the Alliance Française San Francisco (AFSF.)  The newest French library is found at the Alliance Française Silicon Valley (AFSCV.) What they...

Los Angeles Buzz: COLCOA French Film Festival Celebrates 21st Anniversary

COLCOA, which stands for City of Lights, City of Angels, kicked of its 21st year with a lovely reception at the Beverly Hills residence of Monsieur Christophe Lemoine, Consul of France in Los Angeles....

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: The Legion of Honor, and Young Monet...

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French came to San Francisco to find their fortune. It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is seen...

The Reopening of the Franco-American Museum

During the First World War, 350 American women – all volunteers – left comfortable lives in the United States to help the war-ravaged civilian population in Picardy, in northeastern France. The dynamic leader of this effort...

From Cartier-Bresson to Contemporary PhotoFairs: San Francisco Photography

Looking at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s black and white photographs at the Leica Store Gallery exhibit, it’s clear that he put the “instant” in Instagram. There’s a man leaping into a water puddle the instant before...

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque: Washington DC

In a special exhibition opening on February 4, The Phillips Collection in Washington presents an extraordinary selection of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s  iconic and rare printed works from nearly the entire period of his lithographic...

Coming of Age: A Film Series at The French Embassy in Washington DC

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the French film series "Coming of Age.” From the 1950s to today, the films in this series present various views of the tumultuous time that is...

Macaron Mecca Comes to Los Angeles

Among all the mouthwatering French pastries, the Ladurée macaron is iconic. Quite simply, Ladurée macarons are magical. The good news: no longer do Angelenos need to fight that irresistible urge to hop on a plane...

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Hayes and Gough/Octavia

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French came to San Francisco to find their fortune.  It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is seen...

Le Français: The Common Language in the New World

Nearly a century before the Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, now Cape Cod, the French ran a thriving fur trading business from eastern Canada and southward into what became the...