By PAM HARBAUGH
Oops. Permettz-moi d’enlever mon beret.
Ahhh..that’s better. But you might as well get used to people struggling with their French this week….if you are heading anywhere near the Eau Gallie Arts District. That’s because some special French events are happening. The openings of:
THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, which runs April 7 to 22 at the Foosaner Art Museum
INSPIRATION: FRANCE art exhibit running April at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
APRIL IN PARIS First Friday along Highland Avenue this Friday evening
That First Friday kicks off the whole shebang when, as the EGAD newsletter states, Highland Avenue is turned into “a Parisian Boulevard.” Indeed, there will be French music, French food with café seating, French wines, Crepes, macarons, a patisserie, a fromagerie, champagne and even an Eiffel Tower.
Oh la la.
If you’ve never been to one of these First Fridays, you are in for a big treat. They are simply delightful. The casual fun invites people into galleries and the museum and stores for a sip of wine, bite of cheese. You’ll hear music, see people having mellow fun. First Fridays are held in the evening along Melbourne’s Highland Avenue and its environs.
For this APRIL IN PARIS First Friday, the focal event will be the outdoor screening of “LE BALLON ROUGE,” a delightful, although darkly poignant (hey, it’s a French film, whaddya expect?) story about a little boy and his red balloon. This 1956 classic by auteur Albert Lamorisse is fodder for every self-respecting film buff. It runs 35 minutes. The screening begins at dark in Eau Gallie Square, so bring folding chairs and food if you want.
Read more about the French Film Festival and Inspiration France exhibit in additional posts this week on Brevard Culture.