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A BASTILLE DAY Bash for All at ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

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Avoiding the road closures, the mindless hordes of tourists and the long lines for just about everything coming this July 4th? Burn off away post-Independence Day doldrums less than the week later as the Alliance Française de Washington hosts a party in honor of the Fourth’s French equivalent, Bastille Day.

From 7 to 9 PM on Friday, July 9, the Kalorama cultural center is celebrating its homeland’s biggest national holiday with an assortment of France’s national passions — namely, crepes, cheese champagne and American music. (We kid, we kid.)

For $49, the general public will be treated to evening featuring soul-funk outfit Dimestore, “traditional French music and off beats tunes” from DJ Hervé, an exhibition of ultra-rare Citroën roadsters, and roving (no doubt snooty) waiters serving a wide array of traditional Gallic cuisine.

Most importantly, the Bastille Day gala will be set around a silent auction that’s set to include luxury dining, travel and entertainment packages donated by Conrad Brussels, Les Folies Bergère, Paris’s famed Moulin Rouge and more. Reservations are required, so head to www.francedc.org to RSVP and find out all the particulars.

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