Special Events

Opening Night Celebration

6:15 p.m. Sunday, March 15 in McAuley Hall (adjacent to the O'Hare Academic Center)

The reception will feature live music by Joe Flood and a free wine tasting courtesy of Spring Street Spirits. The feature film, "On My Way," will begin at 7 p.m. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a basket of French products offered by festival sponsor French Source. The drawing will be held Sunday, March 22 (must be present to win).

Matinee Reception

4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 in the O'Hare Academic Center

A reception will follow the screening of "Ernest & Celestine." Enjoy refreshments and live music at this event co-sponsored by Alliance Francaise of Newport and Sodexo. Guitarist and vocalist Jacques and Marie-Claude Moriarty will perform familiar French songs such as those sung by Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel.

Closing Night Coffee

7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the O'Hare Academic Center

Come by early for complimentary coffee and pastries provided by the French Confection before the 7 p.m. screening of "The Past." Enter the raffle for a wine basket courtesy of Spring Street Spirits.

Selections from Contemporary French Musicians

"La chanson Francaise," or French song, is a tradition that dates back to the troubadours of the Middle Ages. Recordings from selected contemporary musicians associated with "la nouvelle chanson Francaise" will be featured prior to each screening.