Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
January 12-20, 2006

January Events | Job Opportunities | Cinema |
Art
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Send contributions to suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu.

*JANUARY EVENTS*.  

January 12-14, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL's MOTHER GOOSE and MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL'S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

January 13, 2005.  LA FRANCE A VELO.  Travel night at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  19h. $5 membres, $8 non-membres. Réservez: 510.548.7481  ou afberkeley@sbcglobal.net ou http://www.afberkeley.org

January 13, 2006. CIARAMELLA performs GUILLAUME DUFAY, ANTOINE BUSNOIS, LUDWIG SENFL and more.    First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.  510.528.1725 or http://www.sfems.org

January 13, 2006.  ANDRE THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285-6285 for details.  9pm. $13.

January 13 & 14, 2006.  MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale.  Buy specialty food treats and wines.  211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.  415-562-1120.  Friday ,2:00pm - 6:00pm & Saturday,8:30am - 1:30pm.

January 14, 2006. MILL VALLEY FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS meets at 10am at Champagne, next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton Street in downtown Mill Valley. 10am-11am. suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

January 14, 2006.  THE PACIFIC COLLEGIUM:  A FRENCH BAROQUE EPIPHANY.  St. Gregory’s Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), SF.  415.255.8100 for details.  7:30pm.  $8-$18.

January 14, 2006.  CIARAMELLA performs GUILLAUME DUFAY, ANTOINE BUSNOIS, LUDWIG SENFL and more.  St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley.  510.528.1725 for details.  $10-$25.  8pm.

January 14, 2006.  TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz.  Berkeley. 8pm.  $13.

January 15, 2006.  A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE.  You and yours are cordially invited SUNDAY, January 15, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at 1043 Oxford St., Berkeley (about 1 1⁄2 miles N of UC Berkeley; cross street – Los Angeles Ave.) to a special presentation, TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE, featuring the social/culinary history & architectural gems (e.g.,"pigeonniers," restored medieval villages) of the Quercy, a region of remarkable natural beauty with a colorful past, a distinctive culture,  & a rich gastronomic tradition plus  news & views of the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie, France, an ancient and  picturesque hamlet in "the most beautiful 51 km stretch of France, according to Karen Brown's guidebook. (Latitude's headquarters is the 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie on the banks of the river Lot, not far from Cahors & about  1.5 hours N of Toulouse's airport.), plus details of Latitude's Summer 2006  week-long courses.  Please note: Entrée libre. (Admission is free.) But seating is limited. R.S.V.P.:  Please call (510) 525-8436 or e-mail barbara@latitude.org to reserve your place(s). Refreshments & discussion (in French & English) will follow the presentation. Hope to see you there!

January 15, 2006.  EXPAT EUROPEANS:  JANUARY MEETING.  Meet other cosmopolitan Euro-types in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Have substantial conversations. Make interesting new friends. Have fun!  The aim of Expat Euros is to bring together internationally-minded people (35+) with a European background or connection.  Through informal, relaxed social gatherings, we hope to build a circle of friends with a European affinity who meet, talk, exchange experiences, help each other and feel at home. 4pm.  Details at http://bayarealinkup.com/event_detail.php?eid=9089

January 15 & 16, 2006.  ORCHESTRE REVOLUTIONNAIRE ET ROMANTIQUE performs Mozart at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van ness, SF.  415.864.6000 for details.  $20-$79.

January 18, 2006.  L’ARRIERE PAYS (1998), 1h30.  De Jacques Nolot avec Jacques Nolot, Henri Gardey, Henriette Sempé.  Retour dans son Marciac natal pour Jacques, célibataire homo quinquagénaire, appelé au chevet de sa mère mourante. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

January 18, 2006.  FRENCH SINGER-SONGWRITER GENEVIEVE CHARLOT at the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA.  The International School of the Peninsula is fortunate to have an opportunity to host Geneviève Charlot, French singer-songwriter.  Ms. Charlot will be joining us on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 and will perform a special concert with complementary admission at 7:00PM at the International School of the Peninsula.  Ms. Charlot has been writing and performing her music for 25 years, and will be introducing her fourth album, “Le présent interieur”, and sharing with us her own musical commentary about the sweet, sad, or funny moments of life we have all experienced. 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto, CA 94560.  Please RSVP to Sylvie Jannon-Shields by email or phone at 650.251.8506.

January 19, 2006.  FRENCH WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCH EVENT. At Downtown Restaurant - 2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 9470.  Accessible by BART, station Downtown Berkeley.  Registration 12:00pm - Starts at 12:30pm.  This Women in Business Lunch has been specially organized with Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley.  Come and network with Women in Business !  The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco invites regularly the Francophile Women in Business to a professional network to promote their career, broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen.  “La Table Noire’ a premier network of French Speaking businesswomen and San Francisco Bay Accueil co-sponsor the events. This event is $37 for FACCSF, SFBA, La Table Noire members, East Bay French American School parents, $42 for non members and $50 at the door.  For more information and registration:  http://www.faccsf.com/Events/frenchwomeninbusinessjan06.html 

January 19, 2006.  MAGIC AND CINEMA:  MELIES, EPSTEIN AND FEUILLADE. A series of French silent films with live musical accompaniment by The Ahl-I. During Winter 2006 the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco presents a series of fantastic silent film masterpieces. These programs will be introduced by film historian, David Giovacchini, of Stanford University. They will feature new soundtrack music performed live by ambient-jazz-world group, The Ahl-I Nafs. Program 1: The Man in the Moon Has a Headache: The Short Films of Georges Méliès (1902-1905) Méliès was cinema's first great fantasist. The short films he made between 1902 and 1905 are treats. His experiments with special effects laid the ground work for everything that was to come after Program will include: The Impossible Voyage; The Untamable Whiskers; The Cook in Trouble; Tchin-chao, the Chinese Conjurer; The Wonderful Living Fan; The Mermaid; The Living Playing Cards; The Black Imp; The Enchanted Sedan Chair; The Scheming Gambler's Paradise; The Hilarious Posters; The Mysterious Retort; The Eclipse; and Méliès' best known work, A Trip to the Moon. $3 AFSF members $6 non members.  Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

January 20, 2005. EVERY LITTLE THING (Nicolas Philibert, director of ETRE ET AVOIR, 1996, 105 min.) Every summer, the patients and staff of La Borde psychiatric clinic come together to put on a play. This film records the intimate details of one summer's rehearsals and culminates in a public performance, displaying the power of theater to at least partially heal. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

January 20, 2006.  CHAMPAGNE ET FRAISES ~ TOMBOLA at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  A raffle will take place and the prizes will be free sessions / classes at the AFSR school.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa  Rosa.  707.543.8151 or  http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.

January 20, 2006.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Daniel, 7pm.. Pas d'enfants - adolescents OK.  Potluck - Diaporama surprise à 9h00 http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

January 20, 2006.  CACHÉ.  Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil star in Michael Haneke's (The Piano Teacher) latest film.  Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941.  Phone: 415.388.4956.  Fax:   415.388.1266.  Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

January 20 & 21, 2006.  JEAN RACINE’S PHÈDRE featuring OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, part of A.C.T.’s First Look New Plays Festival:  Adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Directed by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman.  Timberlake Wertenbaker's newly commissioned translation of Jean Racine's Phedre.Zeum, 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA.  415-777-2800 or http://act-sf.org/index.cfm?s_id=&pid=nev_pre_dea&pr=192 for details.

January 20-February 25, 2006. CUTTING BALL THEATER COMPANY presents JEAN GENET’S THE MAIDS.    Based on a famous double-murder case, Jean Genet's 1947 play explores the dark and romantic side of master / servant relationships. Solange and Claire are sisters and maids in the household of Madame. When their mistress is away, they perform a violent and expressive ritual. This game, deadly and captivating, allows the women to act out their desire to murder their captor/mistress. Genet, always challenging his society, dares his audience not to blink as an impossible idea suddenly becomes tangible reality. The Cutting Ball’s production is the West Coast premiere of Martin Crimp’s translation. Crimp’s translation uses the revised ending Genet wrote for the play’s first production. Because Crimp’s is the only English translation that uses this ending, this is the first time West Coast audiences will be able to see the play as Genet intended it.  EXIT Theatre and The EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., SF.  415.419.3584 or http://www.cuttingball.com for details.

Through January 21, 2006.  NO REGRETS:  THE SONGS OF EDITH PIAF at the CINNABAR.  With SYLVIE BRAITMAN and more. Final performance includes a special wine and dessert tasting, benefiting our youth program. Flash! Surprise guest performer (hint: someone we all know and love...)  http://www.cinnabartheater.org  for details.  Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA  94952, Ofc: 707.763.8920.

January 22, 2006.  THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Buñuel, 1962), a surrealist masterpiece. Ever thrown a party...and then wished the guests would hurry up and leave? Well, imagine a soiree where -- inexplicably -- no one is able to leave the room, let alone the house.  That's the premise of Luis Bunuel's wickedly subversive masterpiece, in which the creme de la creme of Mexico's "high society" find themselves mysteriously bound to a single room after a dinner party, pushing their hosts' hospitality to the limit.  As the days and weeks drag on, their impeccable manners inevitably break down, and Bunuel chronicles it all with unblinking irony. The word "masterpiece" gets bandied around a lot, but this is the real deal: a film that offers rich new rewards with each viewing!  KABINET is located on 1719 25th Street in midtown Sacramento (between Q & R Streets, next door to the Alliance Francaise). For more information:(530) 848-9027 or http://www.kabinet.org.   8pm.

January 25, 2006.  JANUARY WINTER MARKET at CAFÉ SOCIETY / SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN CENTER.  101 Henry Adams St. Ste 445, San Francisco, CA  94103.  5pm-8pm.  To help celebrate the opening, come meet the hosts of Million Dollar Dinner television, Susan Jones and Sandy Rouge, who will be signing autographs, showing video clips from this local food, wine and lifestyle program, and registering attendees to win a $100 Million Dollar Dinner, as well as other great giveaways.  To see a video clip of Million Dollar Dinner Television, go to: http://cafeandre.com/PodcastIntroA.movor to the website, http://www.MillionDollarDinner.com  RSVP BY JANUARY 19, 2006 TO: kate@cafesocietystore.com

January 25, 2006.  LES DERNIERS JOURS D’EMMANUEL KANT (1993), 1h10.  De Philippe Colin avec David Warrilow, André Wilms, Roland Amstutz, Christian Rist…  Kant, célèbre philosophe, auteur de La Métaphysique des mœurs, approche de la fin de sa vie. Vieux monsieur, son existence est entièrement rythmée par des habitudes prises depuis tant d'années, et il ne peut se résoudre à échapper aux rites qui régissent ses journées. Pourtant, l'arrivée d'un nouveau majordome dans la maison du philosophe va bouleverser cette vie si bien planifiée. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

January 25, 2006.  THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA.  Turning the Tide/Unintended Consequences.  Part 1:  After three years of defeats, the British start to tighten the noose on the outnumbered French forces; Part 2:  In the aftermath of the victory, tensions between the colonies and the British escalate.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

January 26, 2005.  DINNER WITH A FRENCH TWIST.  Join the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA for dinner at EMILE’S CREEKSIDE BISTRO, 2800 4th Street, Santa Rosa.  Menu:  seafood pâté with aioli, cassoulet with confit de canard, sausages & Hobbs bacon, greens with diced beet, basil vinaigrette, and tarte tatin with coffee or tea.  $36 per person, plus tax and tip; wine is available for purchase by the bottle or by the glass.  To reserve, call Emile’s at 707.575.8839 and mention that you’re with the AFSR.  7pm.

January 27, 2005.  CINEMA A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY:  LA CHEVRE.  19h.  $5 for food.  Réservation 510.548.7481. afberkeley@sbcglobal.net ou http://www.afberkeley.org

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, 2005. LOVE, POWER AND INTRIGUE IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE. This group reads works by and about the great rulers, philosophers, lovers and writers of France from the 16th to the 20th century. Catherine de Medici reigned during religious strife and political intrigue, while Josephine Bonaparte survived the terror to become Empress of France. Candide and The Red and The Black explore the philosophical ideas and hypocrisy of their times, while in The Vagabond Colette describes the struggle for both love and independence in the modern woman. Five Fridays: 10:00 12:00. annebishop@usa.net for details. Location: Sausalito; Cost, $190; 415.332.8710 for details.

January 28, 2006.  JACQUES PEPIN presents HURRAY!  CASSOULET.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

January 28, 2006.  JEAN PLANTU:  THE EDITORIAL IN CARTOONS (with Mark Fiore as special guest). Join us and meet the most famous French editorial cartoonist... Plantu will present his work as a cartoonist and journalist: “ Wherever I go, I have a habit of probing my colleagues in order to better understand how much room for expression and creativity their respective countries allow them. In the U.S., I will try to figure out the line that cannot be crossed. Every country has its taboos and France is no exception” Jean Plantureux (aka Plantu) was born in Paris in 1951. In 1971, he quit school to study drawing in Brussels. A year later, Le Monde published his first drawing dealing with the Vietnam War. His editorial cartoons have graced the front page since 1985. Mark Fiore will share the stage with Plantu. A San Francisco based political cartoonist, Mark Fiore cartoons and animated cartoons have appear in numerous American papers and a number of websites. He has been recently awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and an Online Journalism Award by the Online News Association. Mark Fiore is also a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. Please note that books will be on sale after the event In collaboration with the Delegation Générale of the Alliances Françaises USA.  In French and English (Translation provided). Refreshments to follow. Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  5PM.

January 28, 2006. CHAVA ALBERSTEIN with LES YEUX NOIRS. Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.725.ARTS or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

January 29, 2006.  MADE IN USA (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966).  8pm.   Guns, girls, primary colors, pinball machines, Jean-Pierre Leaud...and Anna Karina: Godard's muse through much of the Sixties!  MADE IN USA is truly mind-bending; if you're a fan of the French New Wave, DO NOT MISS THIS SCREENING!  KABINET is located on 1719 25th Street in midtown Sacramento (between Q & R Streets, next door to the Alliance Francaise). For more information:(530) 848-9027 or http://www.kabinet.org

January 29, 2006.  LES YEUX NOIRS, the Paris-Based octet, perform a diverse mix of gypsy, klezmer, jazz and world music.  Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://marinjcc.org for details.

January 30, 2006.  CHRIS PATTEN talks about COUSINS AND STRANGERS, the three-way relationships between the U.S., Europe and China.  World Affairs Council, 415.293.4600 for more details.

On-going.  THRILLPEDDLERS perform BLOOD BUCKET BALLYHOO, a Grand-Guignol-style horror revue.  The Hypnodrome, 575 19th St., SF.  415.248.1900.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

CALIFORNIA LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION conducts its Placement Information Exchange as a service to members, to schools and school districts (elementary, middle school, high school, and community college) at no charge. The association's role is limited to providing information: to the teachers who are seeking positions, to the schools and school districts which post vacancies. Responsibility for taking further action rests with the recipients of the information. Go to:http://www.clta.net/jobs/index.html for details.

EDJOIN. The Education Job Opportunity Network is a portal to thousands of teaching and other education job openings throughout California. Go to: http://www.edjoin.org/ for information.

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*CINEMA*

See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings! All titles listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.

L'ARRIERE PAYS. See "Special Events," January 18, above.

CACHE. Opening January 20 in the Bay Area. With Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil.

LA CHEVRE. See "Special Events," January 27, above.

LES DERNIERS JOURS D'EMMANUEL KANT. See "Special Events," January 25, above.

EVERY LITTLE THING. See "Special Events," January 20, above.

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL. See "Special Events," January 22, above.

MADE IN U.S.A. See "Special Events," January 29, above.

MAGIC AND CINEMA:  MELIES, EPSTEIN AND FEUILLADE. See "Special Events," January 19 , above.

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*ART* 

Opening January 6, 2006.  BLUE.  Artists reception, 6pm-7pm, lobby of the Consulate General, 456 Montgomery Street, SF.  An exhibition of works by contemporary Swiss artists - presented with swiss roots!  http://www.swissroots.org for details.

Through January 13, 2006.  MISERERE ET GUERRE.  Etchings by GEORGES ROUAULT.  Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge, Berkeley.  510.649.2541 for details.

January 14-April 30, 2006.  POLITICS AND WIT:  THE COMIC GENIUS OF ANDRE GILL.  Portraits by the French artists from the 1860s.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (near 34th and Clement), SF.  415.863.3330 for details.

Through January 28, 2006.  PHOTOGRAPHS OF PARIS, 1949-1950 ~ BENJAMIN CHIN.  Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.788.4641 for details.

Through February 13, 2006. TRANSCRIPTIONS D’ARCHITECTURES.  ARCHITECTRE ET PATRIMOINE – QUELS ENJEUX POUR DEMAIN? Rien n’est plus difficile que de tenter de définir cet art qui consiste à prolonger la vie du patrimoine architectural. En proposant le terme « transcriptions d’architectures », Christine Desmoulins et Philippe Robert montrent comment le travail sur le bâti existant est un acte de créativité. L’exposition sur affiches aborde les différentes façons de ré-inventer l’architecture. Ces préoccupations rejoignent celles qui sont issues du développement durable, qui invitent à imaginer des solutions nouvelles pour limiter la consommation de matériaux de construction. Du 2 janvier au 13 février 2006 à l’Alliance Française Exposition ADPF.  Free Admission.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through March 5, 2005.  RECENT WORK BY WANG DU.  After being jailed in China for his role in pro-democracy protests, Wang Du moved to Paris where, the SF Weekly says, “he was confronted by the West’s great cultural export:  the media.  Speaking no French, he was struck by the flood of images, which he brought to life in oversize sculptures that retained the altered perspectives of the photographs he worked from.  The exhibit … features Défilé and Tapis Volant.”  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Galleries, 701 Mission (at Third), SF.  $3-$6.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details.

March 9-May 13, 2006.  UTOPIA UTOPIA.  Exhibition of works by Swiss artist THOMAS HIRSCHHORN.  California College of the Arts CCA, Wattis Institute, 1111 Eighth St., SF.  http://www.wattis.org or 415.551.9210 for details.  http://www.swissroots.org

On-going.  FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT.  Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol.  http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

On-going. BETWEEN ART AND LIFE: THE CONTEMPORARY PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION, including works by LOUISE BOURGEOIS. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), SF. 41.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

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*OTHER MEDIA*

MILLION DOLLAR DINNER TELEVISION SEASON TWO DEBUTS ON JANUARY 15TH and will include a variety of FRENCH RESTAURANTS.  Happy New Year and Bon Appétit! Season 2 restaurants on Million Dollar Dinner Television include top spots like Absinthe, Jack Falstaff, Shanghai 1930, Citron, COPIA, Paragon, the Park Chalet, Jardiniere, and Farallon. Food, wine, chefs, recipes, Putumayo music and more, it's almost like you were there -- and since this is Million Dollar Dinner Television, maybe you were!!! TWO broadcasts a week, plus Video on Demand (VOD) on Comcast Cable.  http://www.MillionDollarDinner.comfor more details.

BLOG POUR FRANCOPHILES, published by a French native living in San Francisco.  Great daily reading material for novices and more!  http://www.geneline.blogspot.com/

CITIZENVALLEY.ORG. CitizenValley repose sur le principe du journalisme citoyen où chaque internaute peut y participer en proposant un article (cela peut être son point de vue, une expérience, son resto favori...), des photos, des vidéos, en participant aux forums ou simplement en laissant un commentaire. On travaille déjà par exemple avec l'Alliance Française de Santa Clara, l'école ISTP et d'autres cercles francophones et volontaires,en reprenant leurs articles et en les encourageant à participer. Et on espère rapidement impliquer les étudiants et les professeurs de français de la baie à ce projet. Nous sommes par exemple à la recherche de personnes qui seraient motivées par animer une rubrique, un forum, une fonction(correction d'articles, promotion, graphisme...). Notre espoir est que CitizenValley devienne le portail de la communauté francophone et francophile de la Valley (et elle est nombreuse!)et soit le site de tout le monde, pour tout le monde. Animateurs: Hélène et Jean-Baptiste, 408-661-1452 or jbsu@citizenvalley.org or http://www.citizenvalley.org for details.

TELEGRAMME.NET. A free, non-commercial electronic newspaper dedicated to the French-speaking community in the United States, published by Philippe Crouzillacq, a full-time French journalist currently living in Paris (France ;-). Visit http://telegramme.net or e-mail overseas.telegram@gmail.com for more information

BAY AREA FRANCOPHONE PARENTS. Are you a Francophone or Francophile parent in the Bay Area? Then visit the Frenchparents.org web site. It's Bons Plans (Recommendations) forum is full of interesting local tips, and to really participate, subscribe to the biweekly online newsletter, where new memebers are introduced and announcements and want ads are posted. Hope to see you soon on http://www.frenchparents.net.

FRANCE TODAY. France Today, the Journal of French Travel and Culture, takes you on a journey to France ten times per year with in-depth information on travel destinations all over France and practical travel tips to make your trip a care-free one. Subscribe now for only $32 - Bay Area Francophile List price (regular price $39). Click here for details: http://www.francetoday.com/subscribe_ft_bafl.php

JOURNAL FRANÇAIS. Journal Français is your Vital Link to France and the French Language, as well as your Best Resource for French Products and Services available in the U.S. Entirely in French. One year subscription, 12 issues shipped/one per month. Only $34 -Bay Area Francophile List (regular price $41). Click here for details: http://www.journalfrancais.com/subscribe_jf_bafl.php

WWW.PARIS-EXPAT.COM. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes. Enjoy a FREE monthly subscription to PARIS THROUGH EXPATRIATE EYES' monthly newsletter THE PARIS INSIDER. We've been expanding the content of the newsletter and developing new Paris programs for travelers. Visit www.paris-expat.com and enroll on the home page. Win free tickets to French movies... and more! Email Terrance at terrance@paris-expat.com or call 415.388.4956 for details.

FRANCETIME: The Online French Connection - Le Reseau francophone mondial. FranceTime is the place where Francophiles interact in English or French: French news, virtual/real Tours, Free classified, chat rooms, travel tips and advice and more. Don't miss our virtual our of Paris, "Paris en Images". We are looking for volunteer writers who want to share their knowledge of the French culture (i.e., travel tips, reports, journal, culture, etc.). If you want to submit material, go to http://www.francetime.com/submit.php. Visit us now at http://www.francetime.com. A tout de suite.

THE FRENCH CLASS NEWSLETTER. FRENCH NEWSLETTER: language and travel tips, list of activities in French such as wine tastings, free conversation groups, French parties, cooking classes, dinner, museums visits, workshops, etc. Only $30 per year for 6 issues. Call The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF (415.362.3666) for details.

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*TELEVISION & RADIO*

SITE INTERNET DE RADIO FRANCE:

  • 1. Allez sur GOOGLE: http://www.google.com
  • 2. Tapez "radiofrance"
  • 3. Puis choisissez entre: france inter, france culture ou france musique
  • 4. Cliquez sur: "ecouter " ou "ecouter en direct".

TV5 NOW AVAILABLE ON CABLE! Watch the best in French programming on TV5, now available on Cable TV with Comcast in many cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. TV5 is only $10.99 a month in addition to your Comcast cable subscription. For complete details about service, prices and availability or to subscribe call toll free 1-888-824-8058.

FRENCH AMERICAN TELEVISION : French-American TV is now on Berkeley community Media. Go to: www.betv.org Now on Monday at 7:30pm and Wednesday at 2:30pm and Friday at 8:30 pm. Click on tv 28, then click on stream. The shows are on the internet at the same time they are aired. Also I am on the internet and the link to the stream fatv shows is: http://www.chantvshow.tv/French/Television.htm and on www.french-american.tv and soon on http://valleyaccesschannels.tv. Contact: aline@french-american.tv.

MILLION DOLLAR DINNER TELEVISION SEASON TWO DEBUTS ON JANUARY 15TH and will include a variety of FRENCH RESTAURANTS.  Happy New Year and Bon Appétit! Season 2 restaurants on Million Dollar Dinner Television include top spots like Absinthe, Jack Falstaff, Shanghai 1930, Citron, COPIA, Paragon, the Park Chalet, Jardiniere, and Farallon. Food, wine, chefs, recipes, Putumayo music and more, it's almost like you were there -- and since this is Million Dollar Dinner Television, maybe you were!!! TWO broadcasts a week, plus Video on Demand (VOD) on Comcast Cable.  http://www.MillionDollarDinner.comfor more details.

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

CAPITAL RISQUE dans la Silicon Valley : rapport du service scientifique du Consulat General de France a San Francisco Le Capital Risque est une activité consistant à financer en capitaux propres des entreprises nouvellement créées et à fort potentiel de croissance. Cette activité semble désormais retrouver une certaine vigueur aux Etats-Unis et en particulier dans la région de San Francisco. Le consulter.  415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS INITIATIVE.  The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US, is organizing for the second time, the Young Entrepreneurs Initiative. This initiative provides young U.S.-based researchers and entrepreneurs the unique and exciting opportunity to pursue their project to create an innovative company in France especially in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials and information technology.  Entrepreneurs selected to participate in this program will receive financial assistance and suitable support from the Office for Science and Technology and its French partner institutions to ensure that their projects can be carried out.  There are no restrictions on age or nationality. To apply or for further information, please visit our website at http://www.france-science.org/innovation/yei  The deadline for applications is March 5th, 2006.  Startup Booster Spring 2006 Targeting Life Science Entrepreneurs, this workshop series will take place in April and May 2006, more information to come. If interested, please contact Aurelie Vincent avincent@faccsf.com

FRENCH CONTRACTOR.  Experienced French general contractor, Gerard Dahan, votre contractor français.  Nous specialisons en cuisines et salles de bain. Nous avons de tres bonnes references.  Gerard,  from Paris has been working in the S.F. Bay Area for many years.  His specialty is kitchen and bath remodeling.  Please call Gerard at Norcal Construction, 510.471.9551.

EXPERIENCED FRENCH TEACHER FROM PARIS available for private tutoring in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.  Sorbonne educated; trilingual; 12 years teaching experience; 8 years working at one of the most acclaimed language schools in Paris; extensive experience tutoring students of all ages and needs at every level, from advanced University French to introductory French.  My emphasis is on communication, and I use grammar as a tool, not an end in itself (except if that is what you need for an exam!).  I am patient, gentle, and dedicated to teaching you French, in a way that will help you build your confidence.  I like to consider myself as a coach, encouraging my students to improve through a very progressive and personalized approach.  Call Sandrine at 415.513.8179.  (Local and international references available)

BELLATERRA TRAVEL, LLC. BellaTerra Travel offers fully planned tours to some of the most beautiful destinations in Europe: Haute-Savoie and Provence. Explore the sights and sounds of these regions on this 11-day tour originating in Annecy and concluding in Avignon. This tour takes on the leisurely pace of Southern France while keeping an ambitious itinerary sure to offer you a variety of new and never-to-be-forgotten experiences. A lot of free time is included, allowing you to enjo the feel of each locale. Charminyg and historic accommodations that are typical of each region were carefully selected. You will only change hotels one time allowing you to have a place to call "home" and from which you will take day trips. Come with us and experience a real "French vacation"! Trip highlights include a gondola ride up the highest peak in Europe, shopping in ritzy Geneva, strolling through the medieval streets of Annecy and Avignon, wine tasting in world-renowned Châteauneuf-du Pape, and much more! BellaTerra Travel is based in San Francisco. Visit http://www.BellaTerraTravel.com or call 1-800-9-BELLA-TT.

COLORS OF PROVENCE, Fine Table Linens and Accessories. Bring a touch of Provencal sunshine and elegance to your home! Colors of Provence is an online boutique offering tablecloths, napkins, kitchen accessories, purses and bags imported from Provence. Please come see our selection of products at http://www.colorsofprovence.com. (Distributor is located in Menlo Park)

GÎTES FOR RENT IN THE DORDOGNE. Bay Area Family has 2 different houses set upon a hill in a hamlet of old stone houses dating from the 1700's. Beautiful stone 1 bedroom and 3 bedroom homes with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, separate WC, living room with big stone fireplace, TV, DVD player and CD player. All amenities are within walking distance down the country lane. The Perigord is famous for its food: black truffles, canard, pâté de foie gras, cèpes, and walnuts, with many good restaurants in the area; as well as the rich historic sites as many famous grottes (caves), Bastille towns, Castles, and old villages are less than 1-hour drive away (Lascaux is only 20 minutes). Visit our website: www.lesgitesfleuris.com for details.

FRENCH CONSUMERS ADORE AMERICAN PRODUCTS! I seek to associate with an individual or company wishing to develop a market for selling their product or service in France. Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, I now live in the south of France, GARD (30) (4+ yrs). Since you subscribe to this on-line Bay Area Francophile List, you certainly understand that French consumers (especially the young) adore American products and lifestyles. So, if you have a serious product to sell and desire to profit from this lucrative marketplace please write me, identifying your product or service for my consideration (jhillpresentsFR@aol.com or VillesVillagesFR@aol.com). If I feel we can establish a profitable alliance I will respond with my particulars within 3 days of receipt. Amicalement, John-North HILL, "John Hill Presents" Chusclan, France.

FRENCH ESCAPADE. Don't be a tourist, be our guest. Discover France another way. Delight your senses and renew your romantic side in the exquisite South East of France with this fully escorted 9-day tour from the Alps to Provence in a group of 6 by French Escapade. Your personal bilingual tour guide and chauffeur will treat you to highlights of the local culture-from the majestic Alps to the eleventh-century forts and cathedrals, quaint French towns, lavender fields, outdoor markets and French cafes. Every night, you will revel in traditional 4-course gourmet meals, prepared just for you and relax by the fire in a charming restored 19th Century country estate with spectacular view on the Alps. Women-only tours available. Visit www.frenchescapade.com

PARIS THROUGH EXPATRIATE EYES. Enjoy a FREE monthly subscription to PARIS THROUGH EXPATRIATE EYES' monthly newsletter THE PARIS INSIDER. We've been expanding the content of the newsletter and developing new Paris programs for travelers. Visit www.paris-expat.com and enroll on the home page.

LA MAISON DES ARTISTES OF SAN FRANCISCO has been conceived to be an art center gathering together "young artists" with an international concept where pictorial art, music and dance are the symbolism of the Art in the general way. It is simply a warm meeting place where all individuals can get an artistic training from teachers with degrees in art and hence qualified. All classes will be full of wealth and life. For being alive means being open, which will allow for a richer learning experience. In addition, La Maison des Artistes will host quarterly art and music exhibitions by the students. This will facilitate the exchange of artistic flavors and communications among the" young artists" as well as provide an opportunity to present their work to the public. La Maison des Artistes was created in 1999 by Bernard-Emmanuel Beneito who is a former French teacher from Ministry of National Education Paris for 34 years and international post-expressionist artist, academical Knight from Greci Marino Order - Italy. Until now, La Maison des Artistes was strictly a painting school located in Palo Alto. With the desire to offer more styles of art to more people, Bernard-Emmanuel Beneito has expanded La Maison des Artistes to include sculpting-ceramic work as well as music classes. Opening September 2004 in the heart of San Francisco in plush Hayes Valley, La Maison des Artistes is open to all ages and all abilities and hopes to enrich the lives of all. Locations: 333 Hayes Street, Suite 106, San Francisco CA 94102. Email: stlbluesart@netzero.com; Ph/fax 415.621.4813. Note also: LA MAISON DES ARTISTES OF PALO ALTO, 926 Emerson street. 2nd floor Palo Alto CA 94301. Email : stlbluesart@netzero.com. Ph/fax 650.327.9893

MASSAGE & FRENCH. Why not combine the pleasure or massage and review or simply speak French at the same time?? French massage therapist certified by the Sebastopol Massage Center offers Swedish massage with integrated Shiatsu/Breema bodywork in the comfort of your home. Santa Rosa, Sebatopol, Russian River, Healdsburg, Forestville. $50.00 per session of 1hour and 15/20 minutes. Grounding and relaxing results guaranteed. Other locations or longer sessions, please email for details. I am in Forestville and cna massage at my home. Please email to jean_charles_david@hotmail.com or call 707 843 0656.

FRANCE TODAY. France Today, the Journal of French Travel and Culture, takes you on a journey to France ten times per year with in-depth information on travel destinations all over France and practical travel tips to make your trip a care-free one. Subscribe now for only $32 - Bay Area Francophile List price (regular price $39). Click here for details: http://www.francetoday.com/subscribe_ft_bafl.php

JOURNAL FRANÇAIS. Journal Français is your Vital Link to France and the French Language, as well as your Best Resource for French Products and Services available in the U.S. Entirely in French. One year subscription, 12 issues shipped/one per month. Only $34 -Bay Area Francophile List (regular price $41). Click here for details: http://www.journalfrancais.com/subscribe_jf_bafl.php

FRENCH IMMERSION FAMILY HOME DAYCARE - Pre-school curriculum, ages 2-5 and after-school French Programs For Elementary School Kids (Beginning &endash; Fluent). Santa Rosa 707-539-6888 for information; Lic. 493004688.

POSTERS FRANCAIS. Pour les petits comme pour les grands, des posters pour chacun. Posters2France (a lire en francais : Posters de France), http://www.posters2france.com, propose des posters varies de la France de Robert Doisneau ou de Rene-Jacques aussi bien que celle de Yann Arthus-Bertrand et beaucoup d'autres. Vous y trouverez aussi Babar, le petit Prince, Tintin et les vieilles publicites francaises. 50% de reduction sur les prix web pour les ecoles et professeurs pour toute commande superieure a $100. (Distributor is a local San Franciscan.)

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*RESTAURANTS*

Bay Area restaurants of interest to Francophiles are invited to send a short description for inclusion here.

CUISINE & SAVEURS.  Cuisine & Saveurs est un service traiteur (catering events planning et personnel chef).  Nous faisons une cuisine créative et distinguée àl'image des bons restaurants.  Pour vos repas de fêtes, célébrations de toutes occasions mariage, anniversaire, graduation...  Cuisine & Saveurs vous propose des menus de qualité conçus à votre goût, à votre budget, avec un service irreprochable.  Noël et le jour de l'an approchent, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter: http://www.cuisineetsaveurs.com

THE ACADEMY GRILL, California Culinary Academy, 625 Polk St., San Francisco, the hottest new Civic Center Lunch Spot, is now serving a new French bistro menu. To go orders available: 415.216.4301 for details.

LA CAVE (formerly Curbside Bistro) is open for lunch. Located below the Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco. 415.923.1375. La Cave serves excellent soupes, salades, and ensuite (afterward/dessert) with genuine French style. Here you can try French favorites such as coq au vin (chicken with wine), and faux filet sauce bordelaise (sirloin with Bordeaux sauce). For dessert, try le bouchon special maison (the house special), a hot luscious, dark chocolate cake with raspberries outside and liquid chocolate inside.

CAFÉ SOCIETY, 1000 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559. Café Society, an authentic French bistro and retail store by day and an intimate cabaret style nightclub by night, is a feast for the senses. The bi-monthly Cabaret Evenings at Café Society are extremely popular and fast becoming a favorite venue for top-notch performers. Audiences may enjoy authentic bistro food paired with French wines, Belgian Beers, Italian espresso, Parisian hot chocolate and a selection of specialty beverages while listening to stellar Bay Area performers. The Café Society store is constantly evolving with a rotation of fine European antiques, lighting, gifts and jewelry assembled from shopping trips to France and Italy by store proprietors, and award winning interior designers Joan and Steve Osburn. Café Society is located at 1000 Main Street in historic downtown Napa, directly next door to the Napa Valley Opera House. For more information on happenings at Café Society and ongoing events including poetry readings, French conversation, writer's café, poetry readings, Conversation Café, cabaret evenings, tastings, book signings and other lively presentations, visit www.cafesocietystore.com or call 415.487.2333 X118. A TASTE OF PARIS AT YOUR DESK...CAFE SOCIETY NOW DELIVERS! Call or Fax 11-2 Monday - Friday for delicious French Bistro Food including: Croque Monsieur w/Salad, Mocha Frappes, Prosciutto & Gruyere Baguette Sandwiches, Gourmet Soups like Roasted Tomato Garlic & Hearty Chicken Vegetable, Spinach Quiche w/Salad, Salade Nicoise. Tel: 707.256.3232 x203 Fax: 707.256.3237

LUNCH IN A BOX from LEFT BANK IN PLEASANT HILL. Left Bank, Pleasant Hill's popular French brasserie, has launched a new dining option targeted to local businesses and anyone who wants fresh, delicious meals with Left Bank flavor and style. WHAT: a variety of sandwiches, side salads and sweets, freshly made-to-order and boxed for easy pick up. Just think "Left Bank To Go." WHERE: Left Bank brasserie, 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza in Pleasant Hill, conveniently located off the 680 freeway. WHEN: Available every day, from 10am-10am; Minimum 24 hour pre-order is appreciated. HOW TO ORDER: Call Left Bank at 925.288.1222 and ask for Caite Daniel or the Manager on duty. PRICE: $10.95 plus sales tax; $1.00 per bottle for bottled water or assorted soft drinks available upon request. All items may be prepared platter style. Delivery options available.

PARISIAN CAFÉ JAZZ IN PLEASANT HILL. Left Bank of Pleasant Hill features jazz on Friday evenings from 7pm to 11pm, including LAURENT FOURGO from Paris! 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925.288.1222 or www.leftbank.com for more details.

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*MUSIC*
NOTE: For Special Musical Events, see section I, above.
For general news about the music world, see below.

AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET. Join us and be transported to Paris for an evening of French cabaret. Edith Piaf, Mistenguette, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker - let their words enchant you! Featuring Moana Diamond, Craig Jessup and Danny Slomoff along with Jerry Frohmader on piano, Dartanyan Brown on bass and Ron Sfarzo on accordion. One Thursday per month at142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

HELENE ATTIA. Singer/guitarist Helene Attia performs a wide selection of music, including world jazz, pop, and Latin which she sings in French, English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. She is available to perform as a soloist or with her band, for concerts, weddings, private parties, festivals, conventions and private events. For booking information please contact her at: (510) 508-3611 hsattia@yahoo.com , or visit her at www.heleneattia.com

XAVIER DE LA PRADE, ACCORDIONIST and specialist of French café music, can lead sing-a-longs with lyrics to over 50 French songs. M. de la Prade often plays for the Alliances of Marin and Santa Rosa along with the Lafayette Club of Marin County. Anyone needing a French accordionist should contact him directly at 415.662.2105.

HENRI-PIERRE KOUBAKA performs ancient and contemporary Mandingo Music from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Kongo with vocals and acoustic guitar. When not performing solo Henri-Pierre Koubaka leads a band which often incorporates a variety of instruments such as balafon, violin , cello, bass . guitar . This large ensemble may also feature dancers while the unavoidable percussion section contributes secular and spiritual rhythms. 510.501.1900. kumpo@yahoo.com.

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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

BERKELEY. Conversation Group has been meeting in Berkeley for the past 12 years. The teacher is a native speaker with a Master's degree in French literature and a teaching credential. The level is intermediate, advanced. We read and talk. Call Michele at 510.549.1675 or e-mail michouthorsen@aol.com for dates and times.

BROWN-BAG LUNCH WITH THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB One for intermediate speakers of French, and another for advanced. At its office downtown, 595 Market Street. The contact and meeting information is given below. Membership in the Commonwealth Club may be required: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/languages.html

Monthy dinner meetings. DINNER WITH THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL. You can write to these groups requesting to be placed on their distribution list. The dinners are held at different restaurants in San Francisco. http://www2.itsyourworld.org/yp/language_dinner_contact.php

BAY AREA FRENCH GROUP. Last November marked the 21st anniversary of the Bay Area French Group. Thanks to the interest and contagious enthusiasm of our members, our membership has grown from 4 to 40 people from Marin, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the East and South Bay. As a member, you will receive a monthly notice with information about each "réunion," with French conversation and food, from our "sécretaire extraordinaire," Marian Hirsch. This notice, and your e-mail notice, if you provide us this address, includes the date (a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 7 PM) and directions to the member's home. Please remember to bring some light food or drink so that our gracious host has fewer preparations. You are encouraged to invite other French-speaking people, since that is how our group grows! Our annual dues is $10.00, which covers: postage for mailing monthly meeting notices; monthly e-mail notices, if you provide an e-mail address; periodic membership list updates (by Marian); opportunity to attend monthly French Group gatherings; annual birthday celebration for the French Group. CONTACT: jandot5@mac.com

Mondays: FRENCH CLUB OF MARIN. 415.663.8177 for details.

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION with Anne Marie MacEligot.Every Friday 6pm-7pm. Interested in speaking French with others? All levels are welcome to this informal gathering. Cafe Society, 1000 Main Street, Napa. Call for additional information 707.256.3232 x206. Email sales@cafesocietystore.com or http://www.cafesocietystore.com.

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION group. Every Monday 7:30 pm-9pm. Join "le petit groupe" in San Francisco. Call for additional information 415.269.7718 or cobrion@hotmail.comFirst Monday of the month: THE FRENCH CONNECTION OF THE SILICON VALLEY. 1st Monday of the month, 6:30pm to 9pm. Networking plus speaker plus buffet for more info, register at : http://www.dbf.net. 1001 Marshall St., Redwood City CA.

Second Monday of the month: MARIN INTERFRENCH. Meetings chez Michel à Greenbrae. zsolution4u@yahoo.com or http://www.interfrench.com or 415.925.1241 for details.Tuesday afternoons: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS GROUP at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, at noon. Contact Len Rogers, 415.435.2651 for details.

Tuesday afternoons: CAUSERIE a OAKMONT. 4-5pm. Berger Center, 6634 Oakmont Drive.

Every other Tuesday afternoon: CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE. Organized by The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666. Every other Tuesday at5:30, free activity for the members of our French Club. Please call for information on how to become a member of our French Club.

Tuesday evenings. CAUSERIE A HEALDSBURG. 5:30 - 7:30 only. Call Sue Phillips 707.433.8074, Myrna Green 707.433.3677, or Audrey Darby 707.431.1619, for details.

Tuesday evenings: CAUSERIE A SEBASTOPOL. 6pm - 8pm. Copperfield's Annex, 176 Gravenstein Highway North. For information, call Madeleine(707.829.1297).

Tuesday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP meeting 7:30-8:30pm every Tuesday at Cafe Borrone (http://www.cafeborrone.com/) located at 1010 El Camino Real, in Menlo Park. All levels welcome. For more information, please email bay_frenchclub@yahoo.com

Wednesday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, 10am. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.Wednesday afternoons: CHEZ GLORIA CAMERON. 707.433.9490 for information.

Wednesday afternoons:  JE TRICOTE, TU TRICOTES, NOUS TRICOTONS.  Venez joindre Monique pour une après-midi sympa à tricoter ou à apprendre à tricoter. Tous les mercredis de 14h00 à 16h00, à partir du mercredi 4 janvier.  Votre don pour l’école sera accepté avec plaisir.  Téléphonez au 707.543.8151 à l’Alliance à l’avance pour réserver. Amenez seulement votre tricot. /Come and join Monique and enjoy (learning) knitting and speaking French at the same time in this relaxed atmosphere.  She meets every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, starting January 4, 2006. Please call 707.543.8151 in advance to attend. Just bring your knitting and a donation for the school will be always welcomed.

Wednesday evenings: THE FRENCH MEET-UP meets Wednesday evenings nearly every month. Sign up to get their notices as to dates and locations: http://french.meetup.com/groups/?country=us&nil=0&zip=94121

First Wednesday of the month. CONVERSATION AT ZAZIE. Dinner group meets at Zazie, 941 Cole, San Francisco, organized by the restaurant, every firstWednesday of the month. There is a French language dinner table. Call beforehand to reserve your spot: Zazie, 941 Cole, 564-5332 http://dinesite.com/info/rstrnt-307188/?&t=372424

Second Wednesday evening of each month: CONVERATION A VILLA MARIN. Marin, a San Rafael retirement residence, has a French table; if you are fairly fluent and would like to dine at the French table, call Raymonde Kaplan at 415.492.2567. Subtitled French film shown after dinner.Third Wednesday evening of each month: NETWORKING AT INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS, Santa Clara. Please note that the InterFrench Workshops have moved. We will be meeting now every 3rd wednesday night at the beautiful Silicon Valley Bank facility at 5200 Patrick Henry Drive in Santa Clara. Please let your friends know as you are only among these special 10% of people that actually read their email! Do NOT enter through the main lobby and look at the map on our website as it may be difficult to find the first time: http://www.siliconfrench.com/events_directions_svbank.shtml

Thursdays: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. 707.829.7708, for Intermediate/Advanced, led by Marina Velichinski.

Second Thursday of the month: LES DYNAMIQUES. 18h30. El Torrito, 10330 North Wolfe Avenue, Cupertino (entre la 280 et Stevens Creek). Denis, 408.746.0123 or Marie-Helene, 408.379.7817.

Third Thursday of every month: NEW CAFE EVENT! Join Cafe Society for acelebration of the European cafe lifestyle with French wine & hors d'oeuvre, Belgian beer and more. Every Third Thursday 6-9PM. Napa Riverfront District. For additional information, please contact Susan Hewitt 415.487.2333 x118 shewitt@cafesocietystore.com.

First Friday of the month: SONOMA-PROVENCE FRENCH CHAT. Sassafras Wine Bar, 1229 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.All levels of French are welcome Beginning at 6:15 p.m. We'll meet in the lounge area where you can order food and beverages. Sassafras is open until 9 and is located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (College Avenue heading west, right onto Dutton, left into large parking lot of Santa Rosa Business Park. E-mail sonprov@sbcglobal.net for more information.

First Friday of the month: LE CERCLE DES AMIS FRANCOPHONES. Le Cercle des Amis Francophones is a social group and potluck for gay and lesbian francophones. We meet on the first Friday of every month at a private home in The San Francisco Bay Area. Call Ralph at (415) 861-3155 or Stefen at (510) 531-7836for info.

Friday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information. 10am.

Friday afternoons: FRENCH FOR FREE at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco. Everybody is welcome. 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Fridays afternoons: FRENCH PLAY GROUP IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Sybille Schneider : Coordonnees: sybilleschneider@yahoo.com. Join us with youryoung ones in one of SF's parks or in a home for this French playgroup. We meet Fridays around 4pm.

Friday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP in San Francisco - "Venez pratiquer votre français avec nous !" Depuis deux ans, un groupe de conversation française (sfofrench) se rencontre chaque vendredi soir, de 19h à 22h30, à Cafe Fresco, 480 Sutter (pres de Powell St.) à San Francisco--tel.: 415.398.8900. Tous les niveaux de français sont la bienvenue. Tout le monde est sympathique etl'atmosphère très détendue ! Nous organisons parfois d'autres activités (cinéma, restaurant, randonnée, etc.). Pour de plus amples renseignements, contactez : sfofrench@yahoogroups.

First & third Fridays of the month: SALON DE CONVERSATION FRANCAISE A GLEN ELLEN. French salons in Glen Ellen for advanced students, first and third Fridays of the month, 6 to 7:30pm. Small groups starting in February. For more information and to reserve, call 707.938.0321 or email Yannickponte@yahoo.com.Third Friday of each month: CONVERSATION (Tous Niveaux) à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey (near Ashby BART station) à partir de 18h30. Beginners Welcome! Potluck style hosted by Madeleine and Xavier. Contact: afberkeley@sirius-mail.org or 510.548.7481.

Saturday mornings: LA GARDERIE PLAY GROUP AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Have coffee downtown while your child learns French. Drop off your child (3-16) in room "Le Petit Prince" every Saturday from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm. S/he will be well taken care of by a French speaker. Plenty of books, tapes, movies. Cost, $5. 707.543.8151 for details.

Saturday mornings, every two weeks.  LE SAC A HISTOIRES.  La bibliothèque de l’Alliance Française de San Francisco propose un atelier lecture pour enfants.  Le samedi matin tous les quinze jours, de 10h à 11h, Emmanuelle lira et racontera des histoires pour les enfants de langue française, francophones et francophiles, à partir de 5 ans. La lecture se fera en français pour faire découvrir des aventures et des contes de langue française. L'atelier aura lieu dans la bibliothèque de l'Alliance.   Les enfants doivent maîtriser le français et être inscrits auprès de la réception (415-775-7755). Enfants membres AFSF: Gratuit.  Enfants membres Bay Accueil: $3/enfant.  Autres enfants: $6/enfant   Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Saturday mornings: CHOUCHOU, French Bistro, in SAN FRANCISCO. A group of adult working students from City College of San Francisco has organized a conversation group which meets every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00. All levelswelcome, beginners to native speakers. Address: 400 Dewey at Laguna Honda, across from the Laguna Honda Hospital. San Francisco. To confirm meeting details and for more information, contact Robert at liborsf@sbcglobal.net, or (415) 387-9010.

Saturday mornings: GROUPE DE CONVERSATION A BERKELEY. Un groupe de conversation en français se tient depuis 10 ans à Berkeley, le samedi matin de 9heures 45 à 11 heures 45. Si intéressé, contacter Michele Thorsen au 510-549-1675 ou michouthorsen@aol.com

Second Saturday of the month: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Champagne Cafe, on Throckmorton right next to the Sequoia Theater. 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

Last Saturday of the month: FRENCH WALK. For all ages. Jogger-Strollers ok. 10am. For meeting place and time, call Fabienne, 415.482.8479 at the latest the night before the walk. If interested, bring a picnic.Last Saturday of each month. FRENCH PLAY TIME AT THE PARK. 10:00 a.m. A growing group of parents and children have started meeting the last Saturday of each month for play time and French conversation at a local park. Not all the children speak French, but they all like to play and will benefit from hearing the language. For more information, call Evelyn at 576-1434 or email to sonprov@sonic.net. Sundays at noon: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue inSanta Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

Sunday afternoons: CONVERSATION AT LAKE MERCED. SFSU French Group would like to welcome all students of all levels to join us at Lake Merced in SF (near SFSU) on Sunday afternoons to walk and talk (in French of course). We will also be regularly meeting with SFO French at Segafreddo's, 231 Powell St., SF. SFO French is a group of native speakers from France, Canada and Belgium. There are also many students who attend. To know more about our activities or group, pleasesend a message to vakaruru@sbcglobal.net or register with our yahoo group at SFSUFrenchGroup-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

HAITIAN MASS. Fourth Sunday of the month. 6pm. Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA. 415.454.8141. http://www.saintraphael.com.

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*HOME EXCHANGES/APARTMENTS FOR RENT*

DREAM OF OWNING A PLACE IN FRANCE? Look no further! I  research and buy wonderful old properties in France in order to provide a home base for people who love the idea of their own place but prefer to share the on-going expenses among 6 or more members. It only makes sense! New home shares available in 2006 include Paris and the south of France. For more information, contact Ginny at bkwll@centurytel.net or visit http://www.frenchpropertyshares.com

FOR SALE:  Charming 18th Century stone beautifully restored in a private setting in the Lot/Dordogne region of France with three bedrooms and two baths.  Beautiful views with a pool and covered outdoor terrace for outdoor dining.  It has been successfully rented as a vacation home for 11 years.  Website will be included in sale of property.  Price:  325,000 Euros.  For more information, write info@french-farmhouse.com or visit http://www.french-farmhouse.com

3-MONTH HOME EXCHANGE (SANTA ROSA FOR FRANCE) SPRING 2006. I am an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and will be taking a sabbatical leave in the spring semester 2006. I will be doing research in France, so I would like to find a home exchange in France from mid-March through mid-June (or close to these dates; June, July, August). I am open to all offers but would prefer countryside in central or southern France close to a city. If you or someone you know would be interested in an exchange, I would love to hear from you. MERCI! cdunn@santarosa.edu

ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN SAN FRANCISCO; FRENCH SPEAKER PREFERRED. You and me: Non-smoker, no drugs, no pot, but otherwise liberal; cool, fun professionals in late 20s/early 30s (I am a girl; you are a guy or girl) Safe, sunny neighborhood with plenty of street parking; Walking distance to Glen Park BART/Muni station/Glen Canyon Park; Easy access to 280 and 101; just 10 minutes from SFO airport; 2 blocks from Safeway supermarket. House has 3BR / 2BA and is 1700 sq ft total; very cool circular floor plan; Eat in kitchen AND dining room; hardwood floors throughout; Fabulous garden. Room is large and very private and does not share a wall with another bedroom . Rent is $895 plus $895 deposit. Available September 24; no charge for September rent Call Andrea, 415.341.3677

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*CLASSES*

January 2006.  CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:  French 102 (Second-Semester French), French 202 (Oral French), French 314 (Francophone Caribbean Literatures in English), French 411 (Literature, Middle Ages-Revolution) and French 475 (Senior Seminar:  Autobiography) will be offered.  Call Suzanne Toczyski at 707.664.4177 or Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for more details.  All courses available through SSU Extension.

January 2006.  CLASSES AT COLLEGE OF MARIN, including Elementary French I and II, French Classic Literature Goes to the Movies, French Conversation III, Intermediate French IV, and Advanced French I & II.  http://www.marin.cc.ca.us for details. 

January 2006.  CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Les classes recommencent en janvier, l’horaire est sur le site:  http://www.afberkeley.org

January 12-February 162006.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by Anne Bishop, including Second-Year French and Intermediate French Conversation.  5 classes from beginners to intermediate and advanced levels at Book Passage. Emphasis is on interactive conversation and practical French for traveling. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

Beginning January 2006.  NEW SESSION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Our new session of french classes runs from Jan. 2 to Feb. 25. We offer a wide array of beginner to advanced and specialized courses.  We offer a friendly and stimulating environment to help you gain confidence in the language.   All classes are conducted in French, giving you maximum exposure to and practice in the language. For further information we recommend you speak to our Director of Education at 415.775.7755 who will provide advice on courses best suited to your levels and needs. If you are not a beginner, you can schedule a free assessment test at your convenience. You can also visit us and register on the WEB at http://www.afsf.com/school.shtml

Beginning January 2006.  FRENCH SONG FROM EDITH PIAF TO THE PRESENT.  Course offered by Todd Straus at the Santa Rosa Junior College.  (Register for French 48.3.)  For details, call 707.527.4608 or write tstraus@santarosa.edu

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, 2005. LOVE, POWER AND INTRIGUE IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE. This group reads works by and about the great rulers, philosophers, lovers and writers of France from the 16th to the 20th century. Catherine de Medici reigned during religious strife and political intrigue, while Josephine Bonaparte survived the terror to become Empress of France. Candide and The Red and The Black explore the philosophical ideas and hypocrisy of their times, while in The Vagabond Colette describes the struggle for both love and independence in the modern woman. Five Fridays: 10:00-12:00. annebishop@usa.net for details. Location: Sausalito; Cost, $190; 415.332.8710 for details. COURSE ALSO TAUGHT AT BOOK PASSAGE : Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

Summer 2006. SUMMER COURSES AND RELAXATION AT THE LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER.  Summer courses and relaxation at the Latitude Cultural Center in SouthwestFrance's idyllic Lot Valley  (featured in National Geographic Traveller,September, 2005). Headquarters: a 14th century mill in La Toulzanie. From$1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, andbeautiful scenery. Two 2006 courses in French.  Details at http://www.latitude.org    

  • June 3-10   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Palmer> I Think,Therefore . . . What? : French Thought from Descartes to Foucault, offeredby Don Palmer, Ph.D., who taught philosophy at the College of Marin inKentfield, CA.  In English. 
  • June 3-10    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Maxwell> TerroirTravels: A Week of Wine and Cheese Tasting in Southwest France with RahsaanMaxwell, ABD, Political Science, UC Berkeley; devotee of fresh markets and fine (vegetarian) food; respected wine buff; seminar-giver on wine pairings, and on-line wine commentator. In English. A fun introduction to the wines of SW France, a region tracing its viticulture roots to the Roman era.   
  • June 10-17    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Perry> Painting the Beauty of Southwest France , a workshop in oil painting with Gil Perry, a distinguished Vermont oil painter. Gil is also a master of drawing,particularly of landscapes.  In English, 30 (not 15)  hours of instruction.  
  • June 10-17    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#O%27Brien> Paintingthe Light and Texture of Southwest France, a plein-air, watercolor workshop with Rob O'Brien award-winning artist from Perkinsville, Vermont. He uses a watercolor technique known as "drybrush" for textural effects, and, he says,the Lot Valley fit this technique perfectly. In English, 30 (not 15) hours of instruction. 
  • June 24-July 1   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Bishop> FamousFrench Women and Their Lovers , a seminar in literature and culture by Anne Bishop, experienced teacher of French  literature, culture, and language(University of California at Berkeley Extension, Book Passage in CorteMadera, a 20-year resident of France, and  very supportive seminar leader! In English. 
  • June 24- July 1   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Miller> Taking Flight: A Creative Writing Workshop (in English) Instructor: Carolyn Miller, award-winning poet; experienced workshop leader of prose and poetry in Northern California and Europe. Carolyn's workshop is meant for people who have never fulfilled their long-held desire to write as well as for experienced writers. Carolyn says, "In this workshop, you will learn tosilence your inner critic and focus your attention on creating new work ineither prose or poetry." Carolyn has a special gift for gently encouraging would-be writers. 
  • July 1-8  <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Morel> Romantisme et Revolutions: le XIXe siecle français (en français, avec diapos) with RenéeMorel.   Instructor, City College of San Francisco and The French Class, SanFrancisco, and San Francisco State University. Renee enjoys a very loyal following in and around La Toulzanie--as well as in the Bay Area of Northern California -- because she is a fabulous teacher.She speaks so distinctly that middle-level French speakers will not be lost. This will be Renee's 6th year of teaching at Latitude. In French.   
  • July 1-8   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Verdier> 1,000 Years of Knights and Days in Southwest France, (en français, avec visites guidées). Instructor: Paul Verdier, docteur d'état en litterature comparée; professeur d'université à Paris XIII et à Tananarive, chercheur émerite à CNRS; auteur,Le calendrier celtique et Les Druides (co-auteur). If desired by English-only speakers, a translator can be provided for this course. 
  • Aug 26-Sept 2   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Granzow> FindingYour Inner Artist, a watercolor workshop with Sandy Granzow. In English. Before Sandy  taught watercolors, she worked in the fields of international communication and development. She remains vitally interested (and has written books about) world poverty and possibilities for decreasing it. At the same time, she has found another avocation -- watercolor painting. Shecan take absolute beginners and get astonishing results with them! 
  • Sept 2-9    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Phillips2> A Taste of Southwest France, an introduction to the gastronomy, architecture, traditional arts and crafts, and culture of the Quercy area of southwest France, offered by E. Barbara Phillips. In English and French, and a bit of Occitan. 
  • Sept 9-16    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Phillips1> The Searchfor Community in Modern Society, offered by E. Barbara Phillips, Ph.D., who taught Sociology at San Francisco State University and Stanford. The class will consider questions such as these: Can individuals feel BOTH intimately connected to their community AND autonomous at the same time?   Do some religious or spiritual groups (e.g., Mormons,  drumming circles) represent contemporary attempts to find togetherness? Can globalization and a sense of community co-exist? In English.

Wednesdays:  WELLNESS WORKSHOP IN FRENCH.  Christine Esters’ classes consist of fun hands-on learning in French about the body and exceptional health.  Wednesdays, 18h00-19h30.  $108.  Call the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa for additional details.  707.543.8151. 

THE FRENCH CLASS OFFERS OCCASIONS TO LEARN FRENCH FOR ALL TASTES. Members receive discounts on special events and book groups; membership $60 per year. 415.362.3666 to join or contact us at info@class.com The French Class ~ 500 Sutter Street ~ Suite 310 ~ San Francisco, CA 94102. http://www.frenchclass.com Opportunities include:

  • Beginning October 1, 2005. L'ECOLE DU SAMEDI AT THE FRENCH CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO. Saturday Classes for Children. The Ecole du Samedi aims to create a comfortable, interesting and engaging atmosphere for children who study French at school and would like to perfect their skills. Activities are conducted in French by experienced French native teachers and include vocabulary, grammar and conversation. 9:30 until 12. The cost is $895 for 25 Saturdays. Books are not included. Register your child now. (415) 362-3666.
  • JUST CONVERSATION. Talk, talk, talk... Discuss different topics every week according to your own subjects of interest. Improve your vocabulary & oral skills. No homework! Groups are small, "et il y a une bonne ambiance".
  • CONVERSATION: SUPER FRENCH. For students who wish to improve their oral comprehension and participation when part of a group of French people speaking together.
  • GRAMMAR AND WRITING CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Améliorez votre grammaire et votre français écrit grâce à un cours dynamique, interactif et truffé d'informations linguistiques variées, présenté (cours 607 et 608) par la directrice et fondatrice de "The French Class", Dominique Brémond.
  • INTERMEDIATE FRENCH GRAMMAR. Review and practice all the basics: pronouns, verb tenses, prepositions, sentence structure, and more....
  • ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND WRITING COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Améliorez votre grammaire et votre français écrit grâce à un cours dynamique, interactif et truffé d'informations linguistiques variées, présenté (cours 703 & 705) par la directrice de "The French Class," Dominique Brémond.
  • GROUPE DE LECTURE DE NOUVELLES INTERNATIONALES AT THE FRENCH CLASS. International News Reading Group. Free for French Club members. Monthly meeting to discuss news around the world.
  • LONG DISTANCE FRENCH. No time to commute to classes at The French Class? Dominique Bremond, the director of The French Class is San Francisco, is now offering "Long Distance French" to people who can't make it to a class. Call her at (415) 362-3666 or send her an e-mail at http://www.frenchclass.com to get your own personalized French tape according to your level and needs.
  • FRENCH BOOK CLUB AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Monthly meeting to discuss the French novel we pick together and read at home.
  • COOKING CLASSES. With Robert Reynolds, former owner of the restaurant Le Trou, in San Francisco, conducted in French and focused on the preparation of delicious yet simple dishes while discussing cultural aspects of taste, food and cuisine.
  • HISTOIRE, ART ET CIVILISATION. "L'art n'est plus ce qu'il était" Depuis Duchamp et ses ready-made, on a souvent vu, dans l'art moderne, une provocation, voire une imposture. Entre abstraction et installations, minimalisme et accumulations, art haut et art bas, art d'ici et art d'ailleurs, comment s'y reconnaître? Parallèllement à la lecture de la pièce de Yasmina Reza, "Art", nous discuterons des oeuvres qui emblèmatisent l'éclatement esthétique, géographique et social de la notion d'art au 20ème siècle. Un cours passionnant présenté par Renée Morel.
  • LITTERATURE ET CULTURE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. "Ingrid Caven" de Jean-Jacques Schul. Prix Goncourt 2000, ce roman nous fait traverser plusieurs décades de 1943 à nos jours à travers la vie d'un personnage quasi mythique : une "femme qui, sur scène, a le sand-froid d'un torero, la concentration d'un moine bouddhiste et la vitale fantaisie d'une animatrice de bordel."
  • OOPS! Going to France in a few weeks and forgot to learn French? Call us now and schedule 4 classes of 90 minutes each 6 hours of instruction.
  • CONVERSATION and LITERATURE. Conversation on current topics and a short novel in French to read at home and discuss in class. Improve your vocabulary and oral expression. This session: "La Cousine Bette" d'Honoré de Balzac. $10.85. Groups are small "et il y a une bonne ambiance." Various times available.
  • FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Parlez français par téléphone! Our French by phone program is growing. We now have students in 6 states. The flexibility (schedule at your convenience) and price ($25 for a thirty minute lesson) make it very attractive to people who are either too busy to leave their office or too far away to attend our courses.

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - ingrid@maisonettesf.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Next session starts the second week of May Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 info@ifrenchclub.com Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes

FRENCH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE. Learn French at your own pace. French for children, adults and corporate in private or small classes. French Language Institut offers flexibility, fun, customized programs, library, newest educative material, CNED, craft sessions, trip to France and much more! Visit us @ http://www.FL-Institut.com or write to frenchteachers@siliconfrench.com.

LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING ™. French for children ages 3-9 years, based on the OptimaLearning methodology. Learning is active, fun, quick and easy using music, songs, conversation, and play acting, all in the target language. info@optimalearning.com or 415.898.0013 for details. The OptimaLearning Enrichment Center (OLEC) of Novato, an extension of the Barzak Educational Institute International. http://www.optimalearning.com

Other courses available. For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact info@afsantarosa.org. (From the AFSR: Try our French language school with no commitments. Your first lesson is free!) See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to afberkeley@sirius-mail.com for more class opportunities. In Marin, contact the Alliance Francaise for a schedule of classes at 415.457.4838 or http://www.afmarin.org. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

February 3, 2006.  ROSS KING talks about THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS:  THE REVOLUTIONARY DECADE THAT GAVE THE WORLD IMPRESSIONISM.  While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape in the studios of Paris.  The artists who would popularize impressionism were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment.  As King reveals, this artistic movement reordered both history and culture, and resonated around the world.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  7pm.

February 6, 2005.  TERRANCE GELENTER ET BERNARD HENRI LEVY at the Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco. Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

February 6, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco. Ropers, Majeski Kohn & Bentley,  Redwood City. 6.30 pm -9.00 pm. DBF are monthly French speaking events, a great occasion to meet with the French community of the Bay Area.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

February 6, 2006. BERNARD-HENRY LEVY & THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Meeting with Bernard-Henry Levy, French Philosopher. 415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

February 7, 2006.  BERNARD-HENRI LEVY talks about AMERICAN VERTIGO:  TRAVELING AMERICA IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF TOCQUEVILLE.  Lévy spent a year traveling throughout the U.S. with Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America as his guide.  Through interview-based portraits from prison guards to clergymen, Lévy fills his book with a tapestry of American voices.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  1pm.

February 8, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

February 12, 2006. LES VIOLONS DU ROY, with mezzo-soprano MAGDALENA KOZÉNA perform RAMEAU, REBEL and more. Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

February 13, 2006.  APRIL ORCUTT and other contributors read essays from FLOATING THROUGH FRANCE:  REFLECTIONS ON THE CANAL DU MIDI, edited by Barbara Euser.  These essays reveal a rural side of France that is seen less often, but is just as compelling as Paris’s urban excitement.  They explore the areas surrounding the unique, picturesque Canal du Midi, the oldest functioning canal in Europe.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco.  415.835.1020 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  5:30pm.

February 13, 2006.  GEORGIA HESSE on CEZANNE & PICASSO.  Georgia Hesse takes you walking from Aix-en-Provence to Barcelona in the footsteps of two masters of modern art:  Cézanne, who inspired Cubism, and Picasso, who took it to its acme.  Reservations required; call 415.927.0960, extension 400.  Attendees at this event will receive a Book Passage gift certificate compliments of Fugazi Travel of San Francisco.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco.  415.835.1020 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 15, 2006.  DARA HORN talks about THE WORLD TO COME:  A NOVEL.  Benjamin Ziskind, a 30-year-old quiz-show writer, steals a million dollar Chagall painting.  As Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade the police, they find themselves recalling their dead parents—and their stories about trust, loss, and betrayal.  Horn interweaves a real art heist, history, biography, theology, and Yiddish literature.Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  7pm.

February 16, 2006.MAGIC AND CINEMA:  MELIES, EPSTEIN AND FEUILLADE. A series of French silent films with live musical accompaniment by The Ahl-I. During Winter 2006 the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco presents a series of fantastic silent film masterpieces. These programs will be introduced by film historian, David Giovacchini, of Stanford University. They will feature new soundtrack music performed live by ambient-jazz-world group, The Ahl-I Nafs. Program 1: The Man in the Moon Has a Headache: The Short Films of Georges Méliès (1902-1905) Méliès was cinema's first great fantasist. The short films he made between 1902 and 1905 are treats. His experiments with special effects laid the ground work for everything that was to come after Program will include: The Impossible Voyage; The Untamable Whiskers; The Cook in Trouble; Tchin-chao, the Chinese Conjurer; The Wonderful Living Fan; The Mermaid; The Living Playing Cards; The Black Imp; The Enchanted Sedan Chair; The Scheming Gambler's Paradise; The Hilarious Posters; The Mysterious Retort; The Eclipse; and Méliès' best known work, A Trip to the Moon. $3 AFSF members $6 non members.  Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

February 20, 2006.  CAROLYN BURKE talks about LEE MILLER, Man Ray's lover after Kiki – a part of the surrealist scene. Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

February 23-25, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs HENRI DUTILLEUX's MYSTERE DE L'INSTANT. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org/ for details. 8pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm.

Spring 2006. THE MAID OF ORLEANS by Tchaikovsky. San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue,SF. 415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details.

Spring 2006. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO; Mozart, based on the play by PIERRE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS. San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue,SF. 415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details.

March 2005. JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS: LA FRANCE MODERNE ET SA DIVERSITE. Anne Jensen, ajenhrob@earthlink.net, Présidente de AATF.

March 2, 2006.  LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

March 6 & 7, 2006.  MURDER IN MONTMARTRE with CARA BLACK.  Monday March 6 6PM-7:30 PM.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar.  Tickets:$20 (advance purchase required).  Reservations: 415-388-4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com  Send checks to:  PTEE 38 Miller Ave PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941.  Tuesday March 7 6:30PM-8:30 PM.  Hotel Montgomery, 211 South First Street, San José.  Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar.  Tickets:$20 (advance purchase required) Reservations: 415-388-4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com. Send checks to: PTEE 38 Miller Ave PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941.  Seating is limited and these events will sell out quickly.

March 6, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Ropers, Majeski Kohn & Bentley, Redwood City. 6.30 pm -9.00 pm. DBF are monthly French speaking events, a great occasion to meet with the French community of the Bay Area. Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

March 8, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

March 8, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco. Women in business luncheon, speaker:  Nancy Hayes, Dean of the college of business, SFSU. Lunch at the Carnelian room, beginning at 12.00pm. The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco invites regularly the Francophile Women in Business to a professional network to promote their career, broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen.  'La Table Noire' a premier network of French Speaking business women and San Francisco Bay Accueil co-sponsor the events. Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

March 13 & 16, 2006.  KIRSTEN LOBE reads from PARIS HANGOVER, her novel about a 30ish NY model who chucks it all to make a life in Paris. Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

March 15, 2006.  HANNI SCHMID WYSS, Swiss classical musician, performs at Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento St., SF. 415.474.1608 or   http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details.  Post concert reception sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Switzerland.  8pm. http://www.swissroots.org

March 16, 2006. MAGIC AND CINEMA:  MELIES, EPSTEIN AND FEUILLADE. A series of French silent films with live musical accompaniment by The Ahl-I. During Winter 2006 the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco presents a series of fantastic silent film masterpieces. These programs will be introduced by film historian, David Giovacchini, of Stanford University. They will feature new soundtrack music performed live by ambient-jazz-world group, The Ahl-I Nafs. Program 1: The Man in the Moon Has a Headache: The Short Films of Georges Méliès (1902-1905) Méliès was cinema's first great fantasist. The short films he made between 1902 and 1905 are treats. His experiments with special effects laid the ground work for everything that was to come after Program will include: The Impossible Voyage; The Untamable Whiskers; The Cook in Trouble; Tchin-chao, the Chinese Conjurer; The Wonderful Living Fan; The Mermaid; The Living Playing Cards; The Black Imp; The Enchanted Sedan Chair; The Scheming Gambler's Paradise; The Hilarious Posters; The Mysterious Retort; The Eclipse; and Méliès' best known work, A Trip to the Moon. $3 AFSF members $6 non members.  Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

March 18, 2006.  HANNI SCHMID WYSS, Swiss classical musician, performs at House Concert, 2692 Shasta Road, Berkeley,  http://www.cowart.com/concerts/  for details.  Post concert reception sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Switzerland.  8pm.  Tickets $15 RSVP. Sponsored by the Consulate General  of Switzerland. http://www.swissroots.org

March 19, 2006.  HANNI SCHMID WYSS, Swiss classical musician, performs at the United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek.  $20 and $10 sen/jun. 2:30pm. Sponsored by the Consulate General  of Switzerland. http://www.swissroots.org

March 21, 2006.  HANNI SCHMID WYSS, Swiss classical musician, performs Old St. Hilary’s Church, Tiburon.  $15.  8pm.  Sponsored by the Consulate General  of Switzerland. http://www.swissroots.org

March 24, 25, & 31 and April 1. 2005. CHANTICLEER performs EARTHQUAKE MASS, a rarely-heard masterpiece by ANTOINE BRUMEL, a top Renaissance composer in the Franco-Flemish tradition. In San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on March 24 & 31; in Santa Clara on March 25, and in Berkeley on April 1. http://www.chanticleer.org or 415.392.4400 or info@chanticleer.org for details.

April 2006. RING AROUND THE MOON (L'INVITATION AU CHÂTEAU) by JEAN ANOUILH. Abydos Theater announces a provocative and amusing pair of French classic plays staged with fresh eyes for the 21st Century&emdash;The False Servant, or the Business of Love, and Ring Round the Moon for 2005-06. Abydos will present a new production of Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon in association with the Center for Performing Arts at Sonoma State University and directed by Abydos Artistic Director Paul Draper. Sonoma State dates are October 21-30, 2005 in Person Theater on the SSU campus. San Francisco dates and location to be announced. Ring Round the Moon, a romantic comedy about the intrigues of a summer night, is played out during a lavish spring ball at a grand chateau. Identical twin brothers lose their hearts to an alluring dancer hired as a hoax. She also loses hers (but to which one?!). This tangle of love colors an evening of gossamer lightness. But behind the romance lurks a parable of innocence, cynicism, and the embittering power of money. For more information, see http://www.abydostheater.org or call 415.386.2373.

April 2 & 4, 2006. MARIN SYMPHONY performs RAVEL's MINUET from PIANO SONATINE and PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR and more. Conductor Alasdair Neale; pianist Melvin Chen. http://www.marinsymphony.org or 415.479.8100 for details.

April 3 & 5, 2006.  JOHN BAXTER reads from WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS, his memoir about his life in Paris after marrying Marie-Dominique.  Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

April 3, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

April 4, 2006.  DANIEL YOUNG talks about PARISIAN BISTROS, BRASSERIES AND WINE BARS, explaining the nuances of Parisian cooking as he talks home cooks on a vibrant tour of Paris’s best eateries.  Readers will visit many of his favorite spots – some famous and some not – as he presents classic recipes from each.  Young is the author of MADE IN MARSEILLE and THE PARIS CAFÉ COOKBOOK.  He has been restaurant critic for the N.Y. Daily News and has written about French food and culture for many publications such as Gourmet, Conde Nast Traveler, and the L.A. Times.  Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  6:30pm.  $95 per person; $175 per couple.  The author will discuss the book during the meal; coffee and conversation usually end about two and a half hours later.  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book (one copy per couple).

April 4, 2006.  DAN YOUNG reads from THE BISTROS, BRASSERIES & WINE BARS of PARIS.  Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

April 6-8, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's JEUX and more. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

April 11-12, 2006.  FORUM USA. The International Networking event for Researchers, Engineers and Managers, at UC Berkeley on April 11 - 12. Registration.  Deadline January 31st http://www.forumusa.org/

April 12, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

April 22, 2006.  ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER, Swiss harpist, performs at Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $35/$25.  415.499.6800 or  http://www.marincenter.org for details.  Sponsored by the Consulate General  of Switzerland. http://www.swissroots.org

April 25-27, 2006. SEKOU SUNDIATA performs THE 51ST (DREAM) STATE. Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.725.ARTS or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

April 29, 2006.  MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN, Canadian pianist, performs at Herbst Theatre.  Details to follow.

May 1, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

May 7, 2006. SFS CHAMBER MUSIC performs RAVEL's STRING QUARTET IN F MAJOR. SF Symphony, http://sfsymphony.org for details. 2pm.

May 10, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

May 10-13, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's DANSES SACREES ET PROFANES and BIZET's JEUX D'ENFANTS. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

May 11, 2006.  LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

May 11 & 15, 2006.  AN EVENING OF PREMIERES, including PHILIPPE BODIN’S QUINTET FOR STRINGS and more.  Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.  May 11 at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley; May 15 at The Green Room (upstairs from Herbst Theatre).  8pm.  415.642.8054 or http://www.ChamberMusicPartn.org for details.

May 12-June 25, 2006. THE MISER by MOLIERE. Greed is good ~ so thinks Harpagon, paranoid buffoon and incarnation of bourgeois greed who has beggared his family to safeguard his hefty stash of cash. But now his frustrated children have to outsmart the old man to get the money they need to marry the mates they want. Can Harpagon hold onto his hoard (and get himself a hot young bride in the bargain), or will his offspring loosen his stranglehold on the family fortune? This savagely funny comedy about a man and his money gets a dazzling new production at Berkeley Rep by Theatre de la Jeune Lune, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. 510.647.2949 or 888.4BRTtix for details. http://www.berkeleyrep.com for details.

May 25-27, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY and KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE perform POULENC's CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS and RAVEL's LA VALSE. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

June 5, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

July 10, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

September 11, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

September 21, 2006.  WINE, CHEESE AND COOL DEMOS organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

October 2, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

November 6, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

November 18, 2006.  25TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL, HYATT REGENCY, SAN FRANCISCO organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

December 4, 2006.  DBF organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco.  Contact info@faccsf.com for details.

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