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Bordeaux-USA provides to residents of Gironde the opportunity to share Franco-American friendship, culture and ideas through English-speaking events and our Library in the heart of Bordeaux.
We can try for FREE to take part to one talk (Thursday evening 7:00 pm) OR one conversation hour (see 'Practice your English' tab).

COMING NEXT !

Thursday, January 24th: "American Pie" Unraveled

“bye bye miss American pie…” a famous chorus of a song, written in 1971, actually the longest song (8mn) to reach the top of the charts in the 70’s and still popular today in campfires and karaoke. 




It could have been called “Once upon a time in America during the 60’s”, since it is a piece of American history which portrays that period in a very symbolic way. 




The meaning of the lyrics has long been debated, and for decades, the author Don McLean declined to explain the symbolism behind the many characters and events mentioned. Trying to go underneath those symbols makes you feel like Robert Langdon ( Dan Brown’s main character) deciphering the “Da Vinci Code”!



Thursday, January 17th: Art Gallery Première Ligne Presents Gregory Masurovsky

Cécile Odartchenko is the owner of the art gallery Première Ligne. On Thursday, she will talk about her work and will focus on American artist Gregory Masurovsky she met in the 60's in the USA.

Since his arrival in France in 1954, the artist has been using four media: quill and ink, engraving needle and copper sheet, shallow gouge and wood or linoleum and also chalk and stone to express his black and white universe. 
Indeed, Masurovsky tries to reveal the "colors of the soul" through those two non-colors by working on light effects enhancing shadows that represent the depth of night.

After a period when he mingled figuration and abstraction, he has added to his images hand-written texts.









January Potluck

It's time for our traditional-first-Thursday-of-the-month Potluck Dinner!



Please bring one or more of your favorite 'salé ou sucré' dishes and some drinks to share!




Potlucks are perfect to meet with our members, making new friends and chat in English in a very relaxed unformal atmosphere.


Thursday 20th: Christmas Party

"Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful…"

…especially at BDX-USA at Christmas time:

Christmas Potluck


If your family name starts with a letter between A and G, bring some savory food and if your family name starts with a letter between H and Z bring some sweet things.


Gift Exchange

Everybody brings a little present (Nothing more than €5) and puts it under the Christmas tree. Each gift holds a number so that when Santa Claus himself gives you a present, he'll tell your first 3 numbers. If the number of your gift is mentioned you can still pick one of the two other presents. Smart, isn't it?



Carol Singing

Do you prefer more "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree "or "Ho, Holy Night"? or are you ready to sing "Twelves Days Before Christmas"?! Anyway, we'll sing a wide range of both French and English carols to cheer us up!






Thursday, December 13th: discover the medieval weapons and how to use them!

Léonore and Mehdi are 2 students  whose passion is medieval fights and weaponry, promote ancient arts of combats: martial arts using swords, daggers, spears and even axes and also wrestling.

"Dungeons & Dragons" rendition


The Confrérie d'Armes de Saint-Michel is all about historical medieval and Renaissance art of combat according to the traditions of Italy and Germany. They use academic methodology to peruse  documents from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.



December Potluck

It's time for our traditional-first-Thursday-of-the-month Potluck Dinner!


Please bring one or more of your favorite 'salé ou sucré' dishes and some drinks to share!




Potlucks are perfect to meet with our members, making new friends and chat in English in a very relaxed unformal atmosphere.


Thursday, 29th: The Chiaroscuro Trio



Contralto Elizabeth Pétillot enjoys a versatile career as an engaging soloist, chorister, educator and choral conductor. Her repertoire includes operatic roles such as Carmen, and Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), symphonic works such as Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd symphony and the Alto Rhapsody by Brahms.

A champion of new music, Elizabeth has worked closely with many renowned composers including Libby Larsen, Michael Colgrass, Dan Welcher, and Robert Kyr, on their chamber, operatic and oratorio works. She has recorded and performed under the direction of Matthew Halls, Wayne Marshall, Helmuth Rilling, Craig Hella Johnson, Paul Hillier and Peter Phillips. Elizabeth has had the honor of recording two Grammy® nominated CDs with Craig Hella Johnson and the Conspirare chamber choir including the 2015 Grammy® winning album for best choral performance: The Sacred Spirit of Russia, and the 2016 Grammy® nominated The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda.

She also released an album of contemporary American chamber music with her ensemble The Chiaroscuro Trio entitled New People (Albany Records, 2013).
Elizabeth currently lives in Bordeaux, France where she teaches
classical and non-classical vocal technique at l’école de musique, danse et théâtre Dominique Boudot. Having recently won a national exam for voice professors, she is now a tenured faculty member. Elizabeth sings locally as a soloist with choral and orchestral ensembles in large oratorio and symphonic works and also in the chorus at the Opéra du Capitole in Toulouse, France. She directs four choral ensembles in the Bordeaux area including a recently created men’s chorus and a women’s chorus now in its 4th year of activities. She recently directed her 40 voice mixed choir Crech’endo, along with 30 other choristers from the region accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra in a performance of Fauré’s Requiem and has spearheaded a new festival for women composers which will take place in March of 2019, in which her semi-professional ensemble Castafiori will perform accompanied by the Cordiale Quartet.
Before moving to France in 2014 Elizabeth taught classical voice and directed of the university women’s chorus at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University Bloomington and both her Master and Doctoral degrees also in vocal performance from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her life as a performer, Elizabeth is a dedicated scholar and is currently writing about the history and modern notion of the contralto voice. Elizabeth speaks English, French and Italian fluently and is happy to be discovering life in the Southwest of France with her husband and son.



Her talk would focus on life as a musician in France and in the States, its rewards and its difficulties.
But, more than a lecture, she'd love for it to be an exchange, and a Q&A.