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Toast of the Town Online Edition: December 2020

We get it. 2020 has been… meh. Many of us won’t be traveling and visiting family and friends this holiday season - but that shouldn’t stop us from future planning!


We rounded up some very fun and French online events for the whole family to enjoy this season. Transport yourself to France and beyond -- even if it’s from the comfort of your own couch, for now.


Le Langage de la Cuisine with Alliance Française de Los Angeles Online Workshop

Thursday, December 10th, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Learn your way around the French kitchen. If you love French cooking and want to impress your friends when in the kitchen, words like mijoter, rissoler, effiler or emporte-pièce will be a great addition to your cooking skills.


Besides identifying everyday kitchen utensils and cooking methods, an extensive review of different food groups will be included along with several traditional French recipes.


This event is for intermediate/advanced French levels and the cost is $35. Learn more and register here.


Brooklyn Beanstalk: Online French Art Storytime Live Streamed on Facebook

​Wednesday, December 16th, 3:00 PM


Every other week, artists offer you their interpretation of a classic or original story through their art form. Enjoy your favorite classic story interpreted by a mime, a book maker, a journalist, a puppeteer! Listen to stories you know well in French! Discover the voice of a new talented artist and their original voice. The Beanstalk Hour offers a bimonthly program that features an original teaching artist from our community and introduces you to their Art form.

Open to all ages, though not designed for children younger than 6 years old. The event is free and viewable on the Brooklyn Public Library’s Facebook Page at 3PM, Wednesday, December 16th.


Learn more and register here.



About Time: Fashion and Duration at The Met Museum

Through Sunday, February 7th, 2021, 5:00 PM


The Costume Institute's 2020 exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion—from 1870 to the present—along a disruptive timeline, as part of The Met's 150th anniversary celebration. Employing Henri Bergson's concept of la durée (duration), it will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future.


The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability.


A timed-entry exhibition ticket is required for entry to About Time and capacity is limited. Visit The Met’s website for more information.



European Christmas Market in St. Paul Virtual Event

From November, 1st to Thursday, December 24th, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


The European Christmas Market in St. Paul, MN is a free event based on the traditional, charming, and festive open-air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria, and other European countries during the Advent season.


This year’s market will be online. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, like Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and European inspired delicacies during the first three weekends in December.


This is a great opportunity to find some unique gifts and cross off those holiday shopping lists! Check out the ECM’s website for more details. Start your shopping early and save some dates for their fun virtual entertainment schedule!



French for Dummies Crash Course by Learn French Brooklyn

From December 14th to December 23rd, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Start your future trip planning with our 2-week crash course! Always wanted to learn French but don't want to take year-long classes? Wish you could impress your boyfriend or girlfriend by ordering in French at restaurants or simply want to know enough French to introduce yourself properly? In our French for Dummies course, you will be able to do just that!


Improve your French-speaking, reading and writing skills fast! Gain enough knowledge to be able to travel to a Francophone country and have a simple conversation in French, plus

  • Greetings, small talk, and conversation

  • Tips for French pronunciation

  • Numbers, dates, and times

  • Asking and answering questions

  • Identifying gender

  • Verbs, prepositions and conjugations​

  • Fun games and exercises

Learn more about the course and register here.



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