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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
February 2-10, 2006

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February 2, 2006.  CAFÉ PHILO at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  19h.  Thème: Le travail, condamnation ou liberation? 5$ donation.  afberkeley@sbcglobal.netSend contributions to suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu.

*FEBRUARY EVENTS*.  

February 2, 2006.  CAFÉ PHILO at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  19h.  Thème: Le travail, condamnation ou liberation? 5$ donation.  afberkeley@sbcglobal.net

February 2, 2006.  TOM PIAZZA, jazz historian and New Orleans resident, talks about WHY NEW ORLEANS MATTERS, a vehement argument for why we must rebuild this unique, culturally vibrant metropolis.  Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berkeley.  7:30pm.  510.486.0698 or http://blackoakbooks.com for details.

February 2, 2006.  AL’LEESSI… AN AFRICAN ACTRESS (Rahmatou Keita, Niger, 2004).  Film about the life of Africa’s first professional actress, ZALIKA SOULEY.  Free.  African Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

February 2 & 3, 2006.  VIBRANT VOICES… PASSIONATE PIANO.  Pacific Union presents a concert at the Presidio featuring San Francisco Conservatory of Music soprano SEPIDEH MOAFI and baritone PAUL MURRAY singing MASSENET and others, while DAVID KO, MAYUMI TSUCHIDA and SAMANTHA FANG perform DEBUSSY and more.  The Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco.  8pm.  Limited seating; reservations recommended.  415.447.6274 or http://www.presidio.gov for details.  Free.

February 2, 3 & 5, 2006.  BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (Renoir).  "Despite the problems of sound recording in 1932, Jean Renoir went out of the studio and shot this film on the streets of Paris and along the banks of the Seine, so it is not only a lovely fable about a bourgeois attempt to reform an early hippie (Michel Simon is the shaggy-bearded tramp who spills wine on the table and wipes his shoes on the bedspread) but a photographic record of an earlier France." – Penelope Gilliatt (1932, 87 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002, Friday, February 3 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 5 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

February 2, 3, 10 & 17, 2006.  AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 for details.

February 3, 2006.  RUSS KING talks about THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS.  King chronicles the origins of Impressionism against the backdrop of the artistic and cultural events of the 19th century, as exemplified by the work of two artists, ERNEST MEISSONIER, the most successful artist of his era, and EDOUARD MANET, reviled in his time but herald of a radical change.  Stacey’s Booksellers, 581 Market St., SF.  12:30pm.  415.421.4687 for details.  http://www.staceys.com.

February 3, 2006.  PARISII QUARTET.  Russian River Chamber Music will present the renowned PARISII QUARTET on Friday, February 3 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Windsor. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. and followed by a reception with the artists at the Café Noto on the Windsor Green. Admission is free and donations are welcome.  The church is located at 8400 Old Redwood Highway in Windsor.  This concert is graciously co-sponsored by MG Vineyards and The Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa. The Parisii's 18 definitive recordings of French repertoire and their impassioned expressiveness on stage has helped to establish them as one of the leading French string quartets performing today. They will perform GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE’s String Quartet, Beethoven's Quartet in F Major, Op.18, No.1 and the Quartet in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms.  For more information, go to the RRCM website at http://www.russianrivermusic.org or call their message number:  707.524.8700.

February 3, 2006.  SOIREE CREPES A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  18h30.  RSVP. 5$, bring your own toppings and/or drinks!  afberkeley@sbcglobal.net

February 3, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA:  SOIREE CREPES.  Réunion chez Chantal et Bernard. February 3, 2006. Chantal et Bernard nous accueillent pour leur SOIRÉE CRÊPES de la chandeleur, ce vendredi 3 février.  Voici des infos détaillées sur la tradition de la chandeleur:  http://www.momes.net/dictionnaire/c/chandeleur.html.  Voici les détails concernant la soirée de vendredi :  à partir de 19h00 (7pm), Fête de La Chandeleur:  Crêpes (cuites par Bernard) + musique pour danser.  RSVP : cbground-petaluma@yahoo.com  Nous fournirons : Crepes, jambon, sucre, confiture.  Vous pouvez apporter à boire et quelque chose pour farcir les crêpes :  Saucisses (Bratwurst ou italiennes) ou Ratatouille (legume) ou Nutella ou liqueur, style Grand Marnier ou autre.  Ne pas apporter de dessert.   http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

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 3, 2006.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm.  $13.

February 4, 2006.  SALON DU TOURISME FAMILIAL EN FRANCE et MARCHE DE LA SAINT VALENTIN.  Gratuit, de 9h30 à midi.  Vous voulez emmener votre famille en France ou dans un pays francophone ?  Venez nous retrouver au deuxième salon du tourisme familial en France et au marché de la Saint Valentin. Collectez les informations necessaries pour organiser facilement un voyage mémorable !  Consultez des experts :  Des parents et enfants qui y sont déjà allés; Des représentants de diverses régions de France; Des professionnels du tourisme; Informations pratiques:  Comment se loger, se déplacer ? Que faire avec des enfants ? Activités classiques et moins classiques...  Où manger, faire ses courses et ses achats...  Nouveau cette année : Le marché de la Saint Valentin, Un authentique marché français.  Plus d'une douzaine de commerçants offrant une variété de produits et de services.  De l'artisanat à l'art en passant par la nourriture, la mode, les antiquités et le vin.  Lycée International Franco – Américain, 150 Oak street, entre Gough et Franklin.  Suivez les pancartes jusqu'au cafétorium.  Pour davantage d'informations consultez : http://www.frenchamericansf.org/francefair

February 4, 2006.  VALLEJO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL and more.  Conductor David Ramadanoff.  Hogan Auditorium, 850 Rosewood Avenue, Vallejo.  $10-$35.  8pm.  707.643.4441 for details.

February 4, 2006.  SISTERS IN LAW (Cameroon, 2005).  Film follows two women lawyers.  African Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  7pm.

February 4, 2006.  THE COLONIAL MISUNDERSTANDING (Jean-Marie Teno, Germany/Cameroon, 2004).  African Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  9:05pm.

February 4, 2006.  CHARADE.  Audrey Hepburn is pursued all over Paris by men who want the fortune stolen by her murdered husband.  The enigmatic Cary Grant comes to her aid… KQED TV9, 10:20pm.

February 4, 5 & 11, 2006.  MIEUX VIVRE GRACE A L’ECRITURE.  Ateliers d'écriture expressive avec Philippe Berthoud, Professeur (Université John F. Kennedy).  De nombreuses études scientifiques nous ont récemment révélé les multiples  vertus de l'écriture. Ecrire permet de soulager nos maux physiques et émotionnels. L'écriture nous aide aussi à mieux nous connaître, à avoir accès à notre sagesse intérieure et à nous épanouir.  Que vous écriviez ou non, faites l'expérience de cet admirable outil, à travers différents exercices d'abord simple et ne demandant aucun don d'écrivain. Cet atelier favorise l'écriture dite "expressive"; il n'est ni un atelier littéraire (mettant l'accent sur le style), ni une thérapie de groupe, et bien qu'offert en anglais à l'Université de Stanford et ailleurs, il est le seul à être donné en français dans la Baie.  Nous écrirons pour enrichir notre vie et nous sentir mieux, nous exprimant sur ce qui nous touche le plus: nos relations, notre travail, notre histoire, notre santé, notre créativité, notre vie intérieure, nos aspirations, etc. Partager ce que nous écrirons est entièrement facultatif, mais facilité, pour ceux qui le désirent, par un climat de stricte confidentialité et de profond respect pour l'écriture de l'autre.  De 10 à 17 heures. Même programme à chaque date. $125 (8 jours à l'avance: $95). Ouvert à tous. L'atelier est conduit en français mais vous  pouvez écrire dans votre langue maternelle.  San Rafael: samedi 28 janvier; Berkeley: dimanche 29 janvier; Santa Rosa: samedi 4 février  -  San Francisco: dimanche 5 février  -  Walnut Creek: samedi 11 février.  Renseignements et inscriptions: Philippe Berthoud, 510.234.4799 or PhilBerthoud@aol.com

February 4 & 12, 2006.  FOOD (Maya Gouby, Belgium, 2005, 5 minutes) is shown as part of the SF Independent Film Festival.  http://sfindie.com or 415.820.3907 for details on the festival;  http://www.labigfamily.com for details on the film.

February 5, 2006.  PHILIPPE LEFEBVRE, acknowledged master of improvisation, performs a free organ recital at Grace Cathedral, Sunday, February 5 at 4pm.  Philippe Lefebvre, the titular organist of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will perform on the treasured Alexander Memorial Organ at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco's landmark cathedral on Nob Hill.  The recital will be given on Sunday, February 5 at 4:00 p.m. Featured in the concert will be several extended improvisations, of which art Mr. Lefebvre is an undisputed master, along with works by Franck, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Duruflé.  Philippe Lefebvre is today considered one of the foremost representatives of the French organ tradition. His career as recitalist and soloist with orchestras has taken him all over the world and he has made a number of recordings. He is director of the Conservatoire in Lille, Professor of Improvisation at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris,and the Musical Director of "Musique Sacrée" at Notre-Dame. Grace Cathedral is located on Nob Hill in San Francisco at 1100 California Street at Taylor Street.  For complete information, call (415) 749-6350, write to concerts@gracecathedral.org or visit http://www.GraceCathedral.org

February 5, 2006.  THE GOLDEN BALL (Cheick Doukouré, Guinea, 1994).  A small boy yearns to play soccer.  African Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

February 5 & 11, 2006.  TRUE FRIENDS (Jelle de Beule, Belgium, 2004, 6 minutes) is shown as part of the SF Independent Film Festival.  http://sfindie.com or 415.820.3907 for details on the festival;  http://www.labigfamily.com for details on the film.

February 6, 2006.  CAMEROON.  Globe Trekker.  KQED TV9, 4am.  Set your VCR the night before.

February 6, 2006.  BERNARD-HENRI LEVY.  AMERICAN VERTIGO:  A JOURNEY IN THE STEPS OF TOCQUEVILLE.  For the past year celebrated philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy has been traveling in the tracks of another Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, who in 1831 wrote what remains the most influential book about America: Democracy in America. The result is American Vertigo, a fascinating new look at a country we sometimes only think we know.   Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of France's leading writers, a philosopher, journalist, and activist. He writes for the Atlantic Monthly, and his thirty books include, most recently, Who Killed Daniel Pearl? which was an international bestseller. He is the co-founder of Action Internationale Contre la Faim, and the anti-racist group SOS Racism, and he has served on diplomatic missions for the French government. Co-presentation : Commonwealth Club of California/Alliance Française of San Francisco.  Location:  Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, San Francisco.  In English.  $8 AFSF members $15 others.  Reservations: 800.847.7730.

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.  WINTER IN VALAIS SWITZERLAND.  Burt Wolf:  Travels and Traditions.  KQED TV9, 1:30pm.

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.  MIRROR VISIONS ENSEMBLE presents PORTRAITS DE PARIS ET DE SES PARISIENS:  MIROIRS MUSICAUX.  When Music Meets Literature… The Mirror Visions Ensemble was co-founded in New Haven in 1992 by Tobé Malawista, Richard Lalli and Scott Murphree. The ensemble is dedicated to commissioning and performing new music both in America and abroad. Their innovative programming has provided unique collaborations with venues such as the Yale Art Gallery, The Carnavalet Museum, Cambridge University in England and the musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris.   Christopher Berg is the featured composer, with two San Francisco premieres: Postal Pastimes, musical settings of short poems by Stephane Mallarmé written on visiting cards to his artist friends (Verlaine, Degas, Whistler), and the cantata, Portrait en miniature de Madame de Sévigné, based on her letters.  With the generous support of The Florence Gould Foundation.  Concert at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com.

February 7, 2006.  BERNARD-HENRI LEVY tracks AMERICAN VERTIGO:  TRAVELING AMERICA IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF TOCQUEVILLE.  Organized by Cody’s Books.  Large Assembly, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.  7:30pm.  http://www.codysbooks.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 7, 2006.  TRAGEDIE A VAUX-LE-VICOMTE:  LOUIS XIV JALOUX SE VENGE DE SON MINISTRE NICOLAS FOUQUET, by ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON.  Dîner-conférence at LA GARE. Organized by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.    En septembre 1661, quelque temps après la fête au luxe insolent donnée en son honneur par le brillant ministre des Finances Nicolas Fouquet, le jeune Louis XIV, offusqué par un tel étalage de luxe, le précipite dans la disgrâce et le fait emprisonner à vie.  S'emparant ensuite des trésors de Vaux-le-Vicomte, il engage le trio talentueux: l'architecte Louis Le Vau, le paysagiste André Le Nôtre et le peintre-décorateur Charles Le Brun pour transformer Versailles en un palais sublime. Fouquet aura ainsi fourni au Roi-Soleil à la fois le modèle et les hommes.  La présentation sera accompagnée de superbes diapos montrant les personnalités, les réceptions, les costumes du Grand Siècle ainsi  que les ressemblances entre les châteaux et les jardins de Vaux-le-Vicomte et de Versailles.  Notre conférencière Anne Prah-Perochon a été rédactrice en chef du Journal Français et de France Today pendant 29 ans jusqu’en 2005 et continue à écrire pour ces publications. Elle est docteur en histoire médiévale de l’Université d’Aix-en-Provence et possède un M.A. en philologie anglaise. You can attend the dinner and conference, or the conference only.  Please reserve by Friday February 3, 2006 at the latest for dinner/conference by sending your check for $36 to AFSR, 613 Fourth Street, suite 200, CA 95404.  Dinner begins promptly at 6:45.   For the conference only, tickets are $12 and no reservation is required. Conference begins promptly at 8 pm, and you may pay at the door.  La Gare Restaurant, 208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa.   6:30 pm

February 7 & 8, 2006.  HELENE CIXOUS and THE FLYING MANUSCRIPT.  Hélène Cixous speaks at the Townsend Center, UC Berkeley.  Cixous is known for her experimental writing that crosses the traditional limits of academic discourse into poetic language.  Her practice crosses into many discourses, where she is admired for her role as an influential theorist, and also as a novelist, a playwright, and an educational innovator.  In the United States, she is primarily recognized for developing “écriture feminine,” a method of dealing with subjective difference in writing and social theory, and overcoming the limits of Western logocentrism.  LECTURE Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30pm in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley; PANEL DISCUSSION Wednesday, February 8 at 4pm in the Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/una.shtml for details.

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 8, 2006.  PETITES COUPURES (2002).  De Pascal Bonitzer avec Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ludivine Sagnier.  En plein hiver, Bruno, un journaliste communiste dont les convictions vacillent, est partagé entre sa compagne Gaëlle et sa jeune maîtresse Nathalie. Deux autres femmes entreront dans sa vie : Béatrice et Mathilde.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com

February 9, 2005.  THE URBAN UNREST OF NOVEMBER IN FRANCE.  Panel discussion.  Location: Bechtel International Center, Assembly Room (http://www.stanford.edu/dept/icenter/).  Time: catered buffet dinner at 6:00 pm, price: $6.25 (Mexican fajita  bar or vegetarian), for those who want (reservation required; contact   Hubert Mprel-Seytoux at (650) 365 4080 or hydroprose@batnet.com) then panel discussion at 7:00 pm (free, no reservation required; however notice of intention to attend is appreciated).  Language: English.  Sponsors: Bechtel International Center, Alliance Française of Santa Clara Valley, Palo Alto-Albi committee of Neighbors Abroad, Palo Alto CinéClub, SiliconFrench, Peninsula chapter of World Affairs Council, and International School of the Peninsula.  Panel discussion structure: The panel presentation will be divided into two parts.  In the first part (about 2 panelists, about 8-10 minutes for each panelist plus about 5 minutes for questions asked by the moderator to the panel), the panelists would discuss the "facts" about the events.  Questions such as: How many cities or suburbs were involved? How extensive was the damage to cars, buildings, etc.  What were the casualties?  Who was involved? Who were the rioters?  What was the reaction of the government? What were the reactions of the French population to the events? etc.  The first panel will consist of (a) first hand observers who were able to witness personally and to a significant extent what was going on, and (b) individuals who for professional reasons are well informed about what took place and have hard data and statistics. The second panel (about 2-3 panelists, about 7-8 minutes for each panelist plus about 5 minutes for questions asked by the moderator to the panel) would present analysis and interpretations.  Questions such as: Why? Why now? Why so much? What are the possible, probable or plausible causes? Could it have been avoided? What needs to be done about it? Should or will immigration policies be changed?  Is immigration a cause in the first place? What should be done? What can the French and the French government do in the future? etc. Following the two panel presentations we shall have personal witnessing from various individuals.  They will speak from the podium and will have around 5 minutes.  Then a Questions and Answers period from the floor.  Confirmed panelists: Pierre Mattot, Press attache, San Francisco French consulate; Steve de Bonvoisin; Edouard Mayoral, Conseiller élu à l'Assemblée des Français de l'Etranger; Sophie Clavier, Assistant Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University; Pascal Baudry (written statement); Philippe Gonzalez;  Alice Endamne. 

February 9, 2006.  QUAI DES BRUMES / PORT OF SHADOWS (Carné & Prévert).  The first of the collaborations between director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert, who would go on to make LE JOUR SE LEVE and CHILDREN OF PARADISE, PORT OF SHADOWS is a brooding story of love between a Colonial army deserter (Jean Gabin) and an orphan (Michèle Morgan), on the waterfront of Le Havre. With Michel Simon and Pierre Brasseur. (1938, 91 min., In French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

February 10, 2006.  "GUERNICA" ET LA GUERRE CIVILE ESPAGNOLE.  Conférence animée par Renée Morel, proposée par San Francisco Bay Accueil.  A l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush, San Francisco.  Le 26 avril 1937, la petite ville de Guernica, au Pays Basque, est détruite par des bombardiers nazis au service des nationalistes espagnols. Picasso exprime son indignation au moyen d'une toile qui est un véritable cri. Des deux côtés des Pyrénées, artistes et intellectuels voient, dans le fascisme et dans l'apocalypse des guerres, la fin de l'art et de toutes les valeurs occidentales. Malraux, Hemingway et bien d'autres s'engagent dans les Brigades Internationales.  A travers des oeuvres signées Picasso, Miró, Dali, ou produites de façon anonyme, à travers des documents de l'époque (affiches politiques et photos d'actualité), revivez la guerre civile espagnole, période tourmentée où l'héroisme côtoie l'horreur, et l'espoir, le désespoir.  Picasso ne remettra plus les pieds en Espagne et "Guernica" ne sera installé à Madrid qu'après la mort de Franco. Manifeste politique unique en son genre, ce chef-d’oeuvre connu de tous continue à inspirer artistes et activistes en quête d'un monde meilleur.  10h du matin; La conférence se terminera vers 11h30.   Coût:  $7/personne.

February 10, 2006.  TRAVEL NIGHT:  LA HAUTE SAVOIE by CELIA COENE.  Alliance Française de Berkeley. 18h30: 5$ for members, 8$ for non-members.  afberkeley@sbcglobal.net

February 11, 2006. MILL VALLEY FRENCH CONVERSATION TABLE. At Champagne, on Throckmorton, next to the Sequoia Theater. 10am-11am. Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

February 11, 2006.  WINTER OPEN HOUSE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   Get 10% off on classes* and win free memberships.  Take a free language evaluation.  Attend a free demo class at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.  Meet teachers and administrators.  Bring your little ones for fun activities.  Watch “Les Triplettes de Belleville” at 1.30pm.  Take a tour of our facility at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.  Listen to Dhyani Dharma Mas at 3pm (French classical guitarist).  Participate in a wine tasting (4-5.00pm).  Get 10% off your lunch & dinner at “La Cave” (The bistro at the Alliance)  Feb. 11th only.  *Valid for new students and new members only.  1pm-6pm.

February 11, 2006.  TRAVEL SECRETS TO ENJOYING FRANCE BY CAR. Seminar given by Cecilia and Larry  Bridges. The class is part of the College of Marin, Community Education  program.  10am to 4pm.  For more information, see:   http://marincommunityed.org/spring2006/course/travel.htm

February 11, 2006.  A BAR OF CHOCOLATE, A GLASS OF WINE, AND … THOU.  CHOCOLATE FOR LOVERS – A VALENTINE INDULGENCE.  Bring your loved one to a magical 17th Century French cottage and guide your senses through touch, scent, sound and taste.  Snuggle with your sweetie while tasting a variety of premium chocolate, a revelatory experience that deepens appreciation, opening us up to the subtleties and nuances of this food of the gods.  But we'll do more than taste chocolate. We'll exchange small gifts, whisper poems or favorite passages, and experience surprise and   delight in a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Imagine the   possibilities… a crackling fire, a champagne toast, scrumptious chocolate…  1542 Grant St. at Cedar in Berkeley.  $50 a couple - Limited to seven couples.  Reservations a must:  Your hosts: Leonard Pitt and Kimberly Vergez  8pm.

February 11, 2006.  PRE-VALENTINE DINNER & DANCE with BAGUETTE QUARTETTE.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE is the only Ensemble in North America exclusively devoted to the tradition of Parisian Café Music from 1920 to 1950.  With Odile Lavault, accordion & vocals; Rachel Durling: violin; John Schott: guitar; Rich Trevor: bass.Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio, CA.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details. 8:30pm.

February 12, 2006.  COTTAGE BRUNCH – IN FRENCH!  Our first cottage brunch was a fabulous, stupendous, marvelous,  wonderful high of a success. Twenty-four people at different levels of French, from beginners to advanced, chatted away with beautiful  abandon.  The fairy tale ambiance of the cottage and the magical feeling it evokes of being far away put everyone at ease, not to mention the  array of buffet offerings including morning pastries, mimosa cocktails, pitchers of fresh coffee, juice, steamed milk, and  chocolat chaud.  The supportive atmosphere of the gathering encourages people to  correct each other and to ask questions. No one is here to impress anyone and everyone wants to learn. Remember, everyone receives a French flag upon arrival. Simply wave it when you need help and more  fluent speakers will come to your aid tout de suite (right away).  If you'd like to attend the next buffet, contact me to reserve your  place.  Leonard Pitt.   Come anytime between 10 am and noon, 1542 Grant St. at Cedar in Berkeley, $20 per person, Reservations a must.  Children welcome at half price. Call: 510-841-0686 or lpitt@sbcglobal.net for details.

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 short excerpts from FLOATING THROUGH FRANCE:  REFLECTIONS ON THE CANAL DU MIDI, edited by Barbara Euser, which will be formally launched in May.  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.  DBF: ERIC BENHAMOU, CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures.  6.30 pm – 9.00pm.  Attention, changement de date! @ Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley, 4eme Etage, 1001 Marshall Street, Redwood City, CA 94063.  Attention:  Exceptionnellement nous ne nous reunirons pas le premier lundi du mois mais le 13 février 2006.  Eric Benhamou is chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC. Benhamou Global Ventures, started in 2003, invests and plays an active role in innovative high tech firms throughout the world.  Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur http://www.dbf.net

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 14, 2006.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs Django-like jazz at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.   7:30pm.  $15.

February 15, 2006.  HILARY KAISER talks about THE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND MADEMOISSELLE:  LOVE AND MARRIAGE AFTER WWI AND WW2.  Thousands of American soldiers married French women after both World Wars. What were the policies of the U.S. Army, the State Department and the French government, with regard to these marriages? What difficulties did these women face in adapting to a new culture?   Daughter of a war veteran, Hilary Kaiser was born in New York City in 1946 and grew up in San Francisco, CA. In the 1960s, she lived in France for three years with her parents. She earned a B.A. degree in French and English from SFSU in 1969. Following her marriage to a French Fulbright scholar, she returned to Paris, and obtained a PhD from the University of Paris VII. She teaches at the University of Paris-Sud.   Hilary Kaiser is the author of two books Des Amours de GI's: les petites françaises du Débarquement (2004) and Veteran Recall, Americans in France Remember the War, (2004). She is currently working on a third book about the children of GI's and French women after World War II. Alliance Française Auditorium, Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com.  $6 ($3 AFSF members).  In English.  Refreshments to follow.  7pm

February 15, 2006.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at Cafe Royale in SF, Le Jazz Hot Trio plays 8-10:30 $5 cover.  http://www.caferoyale-sf.com/home.shtml  Thank you for continuing to support live Gypsy Swing.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or http://www.hcsf.com

February 15, 2006.  THE BANQUET, an episode of WINDSOR CASTLE.  Six months of planning have gone into preparations for the arrival of France’s President and Madame Chirac.  But delays caused by protestors could upset all of the hard work.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

February 15, 2006.  STORM AT SAINT NAZAIRE, an episode of GREAT RAIDS OF WORLD WAR II.  KQED TV9, 10:30pm.

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 16, 2006.   A ROMANTIC EVENING IN PARIS AT THE THROCKMORTON THEATER IN MILL VALLEY.  Love is in the air!  Join us and be transported to Paris for a romantic evening of French Cabaret - Edith Piaf, Mistenguette, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker - let their words enchant you!  With Moana Diamond, Craig Jessup and Danny Slomoff.  415.383.9600 or info@142throckmortontheatre.com or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.   $20 General Admission $15 Students/Seniors.  8pm.

February 16 & 17, 2006.  LA RONDE (Ophuls).  Max Ophuls’ extraordinary merry-go-round of sexual deception was adapted from a play by Arthur Schnitzler. Turn of the century Vienna is the setting for a linked series of "amours" – a perfect example of Ophuls’ wit and elegant amorality, as well as of his unmatched mastery of fluid mise-en-scene. The once-in-a lifetime cast includes Jean-Louis Barrault, Simone Signoret, Gerard Philippe, Simone Simon, Danielle Darrieux and Anton Walbrook. (1950, 97 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002 and Friday, February 17 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

February 16-26, 2006.  TOMANIA. Ballet inspired by the surrealism of RENE MAGRITTE or “Magrittomania,” a quirky choreographic style.  San Francisco Opera House.

February 17, 2006.  LE DIABLE EN PARTAGE de FABRICE MELQUIOT.  Reading/Play at the Alliance Française de San Francisco. Le Diable en Partage is a remarkable piece set during the war in ex-Yugoslavia. The play’s protagonist, Lorko, a Christian, falls in love with and marries Selma, a Muslim. As the war breaks out, Melquiot shows us the pressures on their love, their families, and the crumbling world around them in a style that seamlessly blends expressionism, poetry, fantasy, and harsh, raw reality. Written just after the war, Le Diable, makes compelling art of world-altering violence, of fratricidal hatred, and of the literal dehumanization of war. Most important, Melquiot manages this without bitterness, and without clichéd anti-war propaganda.  This project brings together a noteworthy contemporary French play, Le Diable en Partage, by young French Playwright Fabrice Melquiot, the unique theatrical background and talent of Ben Yalom, Artistic Director of foolsFURY Theater Company, and the significant cultural influence of Alliance Française of San Francisco.  For more information about Le Diable En Partage visit http://www.foolsfury.orgAlliance Française Auditorium, Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com   Box office 1.866.GOT.FURY

February 17, 2006.  CONVERSATION NIGHT at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Bring your own drinks and dishes to share around a French discussion!  afberkeley@sbcglobal.net

February 17, 2006.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at Left Bank Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, Le Jazz Hot w/Isabel on vocals 7-11pm.  http://www.leftbank.com/locations/pleasant_hill.php  Thank you for continuing to support live Gypsy Swing.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or http://www.hcsf.com

February 17, 2006.  GRAND DINER A L’AUBERGE DU SOLEIL.  Napa Mustard Festival event.   707.938.1133 or info@mustardfestival.org or http://www.mustardfestival.org for details.

February 17 or 19, 2006.  VISITE GUIDÉE:  POLITICS AND WIT: THE COMIC GENIUS OF ANDRE GILL.  Offerte par Renée Morel, CCSF.  André Gill, 1840-1885, était un caricaturiste de génie qui a satirisé les célébrités politiques et artistiques de son époque, c'est-à-dire le temps de Napoléon III et de la Troisième République.  Friday, 2/17, at 10:00am or Sunday, 2/19 at 2:45pm.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, SF.  Rendez-vous devant la pyramide, dans la cour intérieure (ou sous la colonnade s'il pleut). Je serai au musée pour une durée totale d'environ 1h15, mais la visite de l'expo Gill sera beaucoup plus courte.  $2 par personne (membre ou non membre).  Ce prix comprend l'entrée au musée.  25 personnes maximum par visite!  RESERVATIONS ABSOLUMENT NECESSAIRES! Répondez à ce message si une des visites vous intéresse (e-mail rmorel@ccsf.edu ou 415.255-8301 et n'oubliez pas de me dire la date!  Attention:  This exhibit is in the Logan Room, a very small gallery within the museum.  Consequently, we won't *all* be allowed to go inside at the same time. Since I have to split the group, some people will have to go to *another* part of the museum --either another room or the bookstore-- while I show the works by Gill to a small group. On the same floor, there is a most interesting exhibit of photos of the S.F. 1906 earthquake contrasted with contemporary photos taken at the same spot. After our visit, you are welcome to stay in the museum on your own.

February 20, 2006.  LAURENT DE BRUNHOFF celebrates BABAR.  Cody’s Bookstore, San Francisco location (2 Stockton St.).  5:30pm.   http://www.codysbooks.com for details.

February 20 & 21, 2006.  CAROLYN BURKE talks about LEE MILLER, Man Ray's lover after Kiki – a part of the surrealist scene. February 20:  Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street San Francisco.  Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar.  Tickets:$20 (advance purchase required). 6PM-7:30 PM; February 21:  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 or PayPal.  6:30PM-8:30 PM

February 21, 2006.  BISTRO CLASSICS, PART DEUX.  America’s Test Kitchen, KQED TV9, 1pm.

February 22, 2006.  RACINES (2002).  De Richard Copans Documentaire.  Le réalisateur Richard Copans se lance à la recherche de ses origines. En quête de liens familiaux, il fait la rencontre d'un ouvrier, d'un fils de poète juif, d'un violoniste, d'un généalogiste, d'une descendante d'esclaves, de plusieurs cousins et de trois musiciens de jazz, dont la musique ne va plus le quitter.  Alliance Française Auditorium, Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com

February 23, 2006.  SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE.  Burt Wolf:  Travels & Traditions.  KQED TV9, 1:30pm.

February 23, 24 & 26, 2006.  THE RIVER (Renoir).  Jean Renoir’s first film in color was shot in India and is based on Rumer Godden’s novel about a young girl’s growing up pains in a foreign land. "The river is a potent image for Renoir – remember BOUDU and A DAY IN THE COUNTRY – but in India Renoir learned its value as a mystical symbol of continuity in the face of all local, human tragedy." – David Thomson (1950, 99 min) (Please note: film is in English).  Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002 and Friday, February 24 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

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.

February 24, 2006.  TANGUY.  Cinema at the Alliance Francaise: “Tanguy”, by Etienne Chatillez. 5$ for a movie and a dinner!  7pm.  afberkeley@sbcglobal.net

February 24, 2006.  KING WAWA ~ RESPECT MOVEMENT.  King Wawa and The Oneness King Band (OKB) are bringing the RESPECT MOVEMENT to the Bay Area and the world community Friday, February 24, 2006 at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Ashkenaz Community Center in Berkeley.  King Wawa’s newest release “Respect Each Other,” is due out on February on his new album Respect Movement, and thus this performance will celebrate the seed of the RESPECT MOVEMENT.  It is the spiritual soundtrack to deliver the healing power of love and humanhood to all.  An accomplished singer, percussionist, guitarist and songwriter, King Wawa was born on the island of Haiti and has lived in Port-au Prince and other cities around the world.  He has grown up performing folkloric and traditional Haitian and African music.  King Wawa lived in the neighborhood of the most popular musical groups including Nemour Jean Baptiste , the creator of the "Compas Direct" style of music that most Haitian bands play.  His love and gift for music quickly distinguished him in Haiti's music scene where he frequently played Afro-Caribbean music and Haitian popular music with many well-established local and international bands.  His diverse musical background also proved most valuable at the Salesians Vocational School where he was an instructor of percussion.   Join King Wawa and The Oneness Kingdom Band on Friday, February 24 @ Ashkenaz Community  Center, 1317San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, California, (510) 525- 5054.  Show starts at 9:00p.m.  Cost:  $13 door  and $11 in advance.

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.

Through 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.

February 25, 2006.  JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS À STANFORD UNIVERISTY.   Le thème de notre Journée sera :  La France actuelle et sa diversité Nous vous proposons donc le programme préliminaire suivant prenant la France actuelle comme thème pour nos présentations.  Nous sommes très heureux de vous annoncer que l’AATF-NC offrira gratuitement aux participants de la Journée le matériel présenté pendant les différentes sessions.  Véronique Fayard, représentante du Consulat Général de France, nous offrira également du matériel pédagogique.  Cette Journée de Printemps se déroulera sur le campus de Stanford University, dans le bâtiment de CERAS (voir carte sur le site web : http://campus-map.stanford.edu/campus_map/index.jsp).  Je vous rappelle que les inscriptions pour la Journée de Printemps se font auprès d’Anne-Marie Lemoine, notre trésorière.  Veuillez la contacter avant le 19 février.  Pour les étudiants l’inscription est de $30 par personne, avec le déjeuner.  Quant aux retardataires qui se présenteront le 26 février sans s’être inscrits au préalable, il leur faudra payer $40 d’inscription et apporter leur déjeuner.  AATF-NC Trésorière Anne-Marie Lemoine, Tél : 650.369.7765.

February 25, 2006.  ANGELE DUBEAU & LA PIETA perform at Bimbo’s, San Francisco.  World-class classical in an elegant cabaret setting.  415.901.0210 or http://www.kdfc.com for details.  About the artist:  http://angeledubeau.com  8pm.

February 26 & 28, 2006.  ADAM GOPNIK, author of PARIS TO THE MOON, speaks at City Arts & Lectures.  KQED 88.5, Sunday at 1pm, Tuesday at 8pm, and Wednesday at 2am.

February 28, 2006.  THE SHRINE AT LOURDES, FRANCE.  Burt Wolf:  Travels & Traditions.  KQED TV9, 1:30pm.

Through April 1, 2006.  NAPA VALLEY MUSTARD FESTIVAL.  707.938.1133 or info@mustardfestival.org or http://www.mustardfestival.org for details.  Many events sure to please Francophiles!  Opening night,  January 28:  LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER, Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, St. Helena.  Live auction to benefit key organizations that help preserve the flavor of New Orleans.

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

SILICONFRENCH EVENTS.  For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

DIRECTOR, ADULT LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN BERKELEY. Alliance Française de Berkeley seeks native or near-native French speaker to manage adult language school and bring innovative ideas for classes and cultural events. Must be fluent in French and English, bi-cultural, have 5 years teaching experience, excellent communication and managerial skills, and good contacts with local French community. Requires person with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to multitask.  Director manages part-time staff and teachers and assists Board with outreach to Bay Area French community, event planning, strategic planning, and budgeting. 25 hours/week, afternoons and some evenings and weekends.  Send cover letter and CV by February 28 to: Marsha Black, President, Board of Directors, Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, CA 94703; or e-mail, with cover letter and CV in body of e-mail: afberkeley@sbcglobal.net.

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.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 for details. Through February 17, 2006.

AL’LEESSI… AN AFRICAN ACTRESS (Rahmatou Keita, Niger, 2004).  See “Special Events,” February 2, for details.

BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (Renoir).  See Special Events, February 2, 3 & 5, 2006, above.

CACHÉ. With Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil; in French, with English subtitles. CinéArts at Marin, Sausalito, 415.331.0255; Clay, SF; Stonestown; Albany.

THE COLONIAL MISUNDERSTANDING.  See “Special Events,” February 4, for details.

FOOD. See "Special Events," February 4 & 12, above.

THE GOLDEN BALL.  See “Special Events,” February 5, for details.

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON:  THE IMPASSIONED EYE (Heinz Bütler, Germany, 2003).  Balboa, SF.

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 16, 2006.

PETITES COUPURES (2002).   See “Special Events,” February 8, for details.

QUAI DES BRUMES. See Special Events, February 9, above.

RACINES (2002).  See “Special Events,” February 22, for details.

THE RIVER. See Special Events, February 23, 24 & 26, above.

LA RONDE. See Special Events, February 16 & 17, above.

SISTERS IN LAW.  See “Special Events,” February 3, for details.

TANGUY.  See “Special Events,” February 24, for details.

TRUE FRIENDS. See Special Events, February 5 & 11, bove.

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*ART* 

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 February 15, 2006.  MATISSE:  RHYTHM AND LINE.  Collection of linoleum cuts and lithographs.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF.  415.421.7171 for details.

Through February 22, 2006.  IMAGES OF ENCHANTMENT.  Photographs of Morocco and Egypt by HALLA AYLA.  Arab Cultural and Community Center, 2 Plaza, SF.  415.383.8970 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.

Through March 9, 2006.  FRANÇOIS MIGLIO EXHIBIT at Stanford University Art Spaces.  For more information:  http://www.onefourth.net/miglio.html or http://cis.stanford.edu/~marigros/

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

Through March 30, 2006.  NEW ACQUISITIONS:  FINE ORIGINAL PRINTS FROM THE 16TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT, including works by RENOIR, TISSOT and more.  Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter, SF.  415.433.2771 for details.

Through April 2006.  WHY DO THEY HATE U.S.?  FOREIGN CARTOONISTS VIEW A DOMINATING CULTURE.  Contemporary life in the United States through cartoons from  more than 25 countries on such subjects as American elections, George Bush, Iraq, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hurricane Katrina. Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission  St., SF.  415.227.8666 or http://www.cartoonart.org for details.

Through 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.

June 17-September 17, 2006.  MONET IN NORMANDY.  Claude Monet spent much of his artistic career in Normandy in northern France.  This exhibition will showcase approximately 50 paintings that highlight his special relationship with the topographical character of this region.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (34th at Clement), SF.  http://www.thinker.org/legion/index.asp or 1.866.912.6326.

June 29-October 9, 2006.  CARRIE MAE WEEMS:  THE LOUISIANA PROJECT takes a critical look at the legacy of Louisiana through its varied cultures, including Franco-Caribbean and African, that were thrown together in a new way.  Museum of the African Diaspora, Mission Street, SF.

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*

BOOK CLUB FRANCOPHONE À SAN FRANCISCO.  Lectures en français; réunions tous les deux mois; rotation de “host place” et potluck possible.  Discussion très ouverte, pas trop structuree, mais plutôt un échange d’opinions/d’idées sur le livre et sur le thème du livre.  Choix de textes à décider ensemble.  Contactez Bérénice Le Marchand,  blemarch@sfsu.edu

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.

PARIS BLUES ~ A NEW CD BY RACHEL BRITTON.  In all major recording stores February 21st,and on Downloads on I Tunes.  Superb Jazz orchestrations and a 24-piece orchestra accompany French jazz singer RAQUEL BITTON in her most extraordinary work to date.  The finest top Jazz musicians are featured on PARIS BLUES, amongst them musicians who had performed and recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn.  Sung in both French and English. A 20-page color booklet is included, containing biographies of each artist paid tribute to, as well as French Lyrics and English translations.  The CD cover illustration is by award winning MARTIN FRENCH (Los Lobos Grammy winner 2004). “ PARIS BLUES ” is the musical story - sometimes joyful, often melancholy, and always hopeful - of a beautiful city in a time of war and liberation.  It's the evocation of an era that produced some of our most gifted composers and performers, Parisians by birth and by adoption who sustained and redefined their city's sense of romance and excitement in the years before, during, and immediately after World II.  PARIS BLUES ranges from the music of the American Sydney Bechet (Petite Fleur); Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (Nuages); Billie Holiday (Je suis folle de t'aimer); the queen of Portuguese “fado” Amalia Rodrigues (Paris s'eveille la nuit); Argentinean Tangoist Tino Rossi (Ecris moi); French crooner  Jean Sablon, who teamed with Django and violinist Stephan Grappelli (Il ne faut pas briser un reve); Band singer Lucienne Delyle (J’ai chante sur ma peine, Pour lui, malgre tes serments); and sultry French Jazz singers Leo Marjane (Je suis seule ce soir) and Suzy Solidor (Escale).Recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. To download CD cover please go to http://www.raquelbitton.com; for more information, contact ParisBluesCD@aol.com

RAQUEL BITTON.  A formidable Bay Area musical presence, Raquel Bitton has sold out Carnegie Hall 3 times (3000-seat theater) and major symphony halls around the country.  She is the star of the award winning film PIAF..Her Story,  Her Songs, distributed by Lionsgate Films.  She appeared at numerous prestigious film festivals internationally, promoting her award-winning film and was the recipient of a Special Jury Prize at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, among many other honors.  The DVD of PIAF..Her story..Her songs will be released by Lionsgate films in early 2006 with an intense promotional campaign for RAQUEL BITTON, this coinciding with the February release of  PARIS BLUES.  Tour dates will be posted at:  http://www.raquelbitton.com  Internationally reviewed as the greatest interpreter of the music from the Edith Piaf repertoire, RAQUEL BITTON celebrates the extraordinary life of the legendary Edith Piaf through her songs. A 20-piece orchestra backs Bitton’s one-woman tribute to the “little sparrow.” Elegant orchestrations are arranged by long-time collaborator Bob Holloway. Bitton tells stories of Piaf’s life that mirror the timeless songs that catapulted Piaf from singing in the streets of Paris as a child to becoming the highest paid entertainer in the world at the time. Bitton’s unique, heartfelt renditions (sung in French) and her powerful delivery take her audience on an intensely moving and emotional journey.  Singing in French and English, Raquel has developed a variety of additional elegant French-themed presentations including “Pops goes to Paris,” “Postcards from Paris,” “Chansons d’Amour,” and “In a Jazzy Mood.”  Book RAQUEL BITTON for live performances at Performing Arts centers, Theaters, and Pops appearances.  AGENT:   Gerald Prolman, President, Sparrow Productions, E.mail:Sparrowprdct@aol.com

KING WAWA AND THE ONENESS KINGDOM BAND.  The Oneness Kingdom Band is an original band skillfully flavored with a distinctive variety of music destined to transport the listener to a different world. With Haiti as your first destination- enjoy the ride as you are piloted onward for an uplifting and spirited musical journey through Latin America, Africa and Brazil. The sound is tropically unique with a magic pulsation agreeable to the heart and powered to make your dance! Everyone will love the Caribbean rhythms of King Wawa and The Oneness Kingdom Band!  Contact 510.410.6963 or visit http://www.kingwawa.com or email wawa@kingwawa.com or onenesskingdom@msn.com

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.

DIAMANO COURA WEST AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY.  Founded in 1975 by dance scholars Zak Diouf and Naomi Washington, this Oakland company is known to raise the roof with its joyous drumming and dancing.  Diamano Coura means ‘those who bring the message’ in Wolof and these powerhouse dancers in traditional dance do just that.  510.733.1077 or http://www.diamanocoura.org for details.

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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:  GROUPE DE RENCONTRE, Folsom Street,  San Francisco, 19h à 21h.  Pour des personnes qui veulent apprendre la  langue française ou qui la parle plus ou moins bien et seraient intéressées à se retrouver régulièrement pour converser en français.  Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom (at 23rd), SF.  19h à 21h.  Gratuit.  Contactez:  Achille, massoma7@yahoo.com

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 BRUNCH IN FRENCH!  Leonard Pitt & Kimberly Vergez are hosting monthly Sunday brunches with French conversation in a “17th-century French cottage” in Berkeley.  A variety of Viennoisserie (croissants & other morning pastries) will be provided, plus other treats, fresh juice, mimosa cocktails, steaming pitchers of coffee, steamed milk, chocolate chaud ... all the continental morning delights.  Beginners and children are enthusiastically encouraged. All levels of French fluency will be represented, and a cooperative atmosphere of joyful camaraderie will help the shy.  Everyone will receive a French flag upon arrival; simply wave it when you need help and more fluent speakers will come to your aid tout de suite.  We all know breakfast is the best meal of the day, and what better way than to combine this with French conversation in an atmosphere of fun and conviviality.  9:30am to noon, $20 per person, children welcome at half price.  Reservations a must.  510.841.0686 or leonardp@sbcglobal.net for details.

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*

February 4, 5 & 11, 2006.  MIEUX VIVRE GRACE A L’ECRITURE.  Ateliers d'écriture expressive avec Philippe Berthoud, Professeur (Université John F. Kennedy).  De nombreuses études scientifiques nous ont récemment révélé les multiples  vertus de l'écriture. Ecrire permet de soulager nos maux physiques et émotionnels. L'écriture nous aide aussi à mieux nous connaître, à avoir accès à notre sagesse intérieure et à nous épanouir.  Que vous écriviez ou non, faites l'expérience de cet admirable outil, à travers différents exercices d'abord simple et ne demandant aucun don d'écrivain. Cet atelier favorise l'écriture dite "expressive"; il n'est ni un atelier  littéraire (mettant l'accent sur le style), ni une thérapie de groupe, et bien qu'offert en anglais à l'Université de Stanford et ailleurs, il est le seul à être donné en français dans la Baie.  Nous écrirons pour enrichir notre vie et nous sentir mieux, nous exprimant sur ce qui nous touche le plus: nos relations, notre travail, notre histoire, notre santé, notre créativité, notre vie intérieure, nos aspirations, etc. Partager ce que nous écrirons est entièrement facultatif, mais facilité, pour ceux qui le désirent, par un climat de stricte confidentialité et de profond respect pour l'écriture de l'autre.  De 10 à 17 heures. Même programme à chaque date. $125 (8 jours à l'avance: $95). Ouvert à tous. L'atelier est conduit en français mais vous  pouvez écrire dans votre langue maternelle.  San Rafael: samedi 28 janvier; Berkeley: dimanche 29 janvier; Santa Rosa: samedi 4 février  -  San Francisco: dimanche 5 février  -  Walnut Creek: samedi 11 février.  Renseignements et inscriptions: Philippe Berthoud, 510.234.4799 or PhilBerthoud@aol.com

May 10, 17 & 24, 2006. THE WONDERS OF PARIS. History of architecture, development of Paris, wine and cheese tasting, public places, markets, cafés, boulevards, neighborhoods, etc. Taught by Steve Rabinowitsh and Rick Theis. $79. Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education, 707.527.4372 or http://www.santarosa.edu/communityed for details.

July 10-17, 2006.  8 DAY TOTAL IMMERSION in French, near Toulouse, France.  Instructor:  Nadine Goodban. Je suis en Californie depuis 40 ans!  J'ai enseigné à SF et maintenant à Vallejo/Napa depuis plus de 25 ans.  Mes classes pour adultes sont divisées en plusieurs niveaux, durant la journée ou la soirée, en petits groupes ou en classes individuelles. Je retourne en France chaque année et cet été j'organise un atelier de COURS INTENSIFS qui s'annonce très VIVANT.  Includes lodging (double-room), breakfast, daily classes, outings to markets, artisans and surroundings, meal preps, etc.. We will have fun and all in French!  $950.00.  Immediate reservations: nadalang@comcast.net  707.644.3421

Summer 2006. SUMMER COURSES AND RELAXATION AT THE LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER.  Summer courses and relaxation at the Latitude Cultural Center in Southwest France'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. 

FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL.  Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Thursday evenings.   Beginners 6:15pm-8:15pm; Intermediates 7:15pm-9:15pm (through April 6).   Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere.   Heavy emphasis on cultural topics.   The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French.  Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered.  Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510. 886.1000.

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)* 

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 2, 2006.  LE TROU (Jacques Becker). Jacques Becker's last film, LE TROU, is one of the great prison escape films, and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement. It has us rooting--as never before--for the success of its protagonists, all convicts of varying degrees of toughness attempting a prison breakout. (1960, 120 min., in French w/English subtitles)  Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

March 3, 2006.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at Left Bank Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, Le Jazz Hot w/Isabel on vocals 7-11.  http://www.leftbank.com/locations/pleasant_hill.php.  Thank you for continuing to support live Gypsy Swing.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or http://www.hcsf.com

March 4, 2006.  MASTER CLASS with PAZZO of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO.  Master Class with Pazzo at Gryphon Music in Palo Alto Mar 4, 12-2.  info@gryphonstrings.com  $35.  Thank you for continuing to support live Gypsy Swing.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or http://www.hcsf.com

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 9, 2006.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at AT UPTOWN club in Oakland, CA @seventeenth, 510 17th St., Oakland. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday.  Happy Hour 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. 510.433.0577. Thank you for continuing to support live Gypsy Swing.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or http://www.hcsf.com

March 9, 10 & 12, 2006.  DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (Buñuel). Luis Buñuel updated the famous Mirbeau novel about the decadent French upper classes of the nineteenth century to 1928. Against a fittingly autumnal landscape on a country estate, the master unfolds his darkly humorous tale of a chambermaid, both demure and cunning (as portrayed by Jeanne Moreau), who takes a position in a cheerless château and immediately becomes the newest objet d'art for a whole family of perfectly ordinary perverts, from the shoe-fetishist paterfamilias down to the gamekeeper, Joseph, a reactionary and a rapist. With Michel Piccoli (1964, 97 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002, Friday, March 10 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 12 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

March 10, 2006.  SANDOR DIABANKOUEZI, from CONGO, and DJIALY KUNDA KOUYATE perform FULL OF JOY, traditional music of the griots and healing songs from the heart of Africa.  Featuring “The Twins” ASSANE AND OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE of SENEGAL.  7:30pm.  $20/$22 at the door ($70 for entire series).  CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco.  415.575.6175 or http://www.cciis.edu/publicprograms 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 16, 2006.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at The Baltic in Point Richmond. 7:30-10ish.  http://www.thebaltic.org Thank you for continuing to support live Gypsy Swing.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or http://www.hcsf.com 

March 16, 2006.  AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson).  "Robert Bresson's Balthazar is a donkey born, like all beings, to suffer and die needlessly and mysteriously. Hence the Russian roulettish au hasard in both the title and the arbitrary fragmentation of the framing..." (Andrew Sarris). Balthazar the donkey is the central character of Bresson's film; passed from one owner to the next he is both witness to and victim of their suffering. The other main figure in the film is a young farm girl (Anne Wiazemsky) who befriends Balthazar and suffers some of the same fate. (1966, 95 min, In French with English titles).  Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002. Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

March 17, 2006.  PERSPECTIVES SUR LA PERSPECTIVE (1e partie):  DE LA PERSPECTIVE NATURELLE A LA PERSPECTIVE ARTIFICIELLE.  Conférence en français présentée par Renée Morel et l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, et offerte par le San Francisco Bay Accueil.  10am-11:30am.  $7.  AF de SF, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 ou http://www.afsf.com for details.  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.)

March 18, 2006.  FOURTH ANNUAL SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE FESTIVAL, including language contests for local high school students and a cabaret in the afternoon.  For details, contact Suzanne Toczyski, 707.664.4177 or Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu .

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 23, 2006.  THE AFRICAN FRANCOPHONE WORLD.  This first lecture in the James Irvine Arts and Lecture Series will focus on the African francophone world.  Critic, curator and writer Simon Njami will give the keynote address.  Planning by Louis Choud-Sokey of UC Santa Cruz.  Museum of the African Diaspora, Mission Street, SF.  10am-6pm.

March 23, 2006.  HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (Alain Resnais).A French actress, in Hiroshima to make and anti-war movie, meets and falls in love with a Japanese architect. In the 24 hours before she must return home, the lovers are haunted by their memories of their different wartime experiences. Alain Resnais’ first feature from a brilliant script by the novelist Marguerite Duras. (1959, 88 min., in French with English subtitles).  Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

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.

March 30, 2006.  CLAIRE’S KNEE (Eric Rohmer). An intriguing and insightful comedy from Eric Rohmer about a man’s secret and peculiar obsession with a younger woman. When a diplomat is on vacation without his fiancee, he is introduced to two young teenage girls.  Although he insists he has put all his romantic feelings behind him, the two girls prove difficult to ignore. (1970, 106 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

March 31, 2006.  IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA at the San Francisco Jazz Festival spring season.  Palace of the Fine Arts Theater, 8pm.  http://sfjazz.org or 800.225.2277 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 1, 2006.  AN EVENING OF FRENCH SONGS by soprano SUSAN WITT-BUTLER and mezzo-soprano MARY BEARD,  on Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. in Newman Auditorium at the Santa Rosa Junior College.  The program will be a fundraiser for the Alliance Française and will include songs and arias by FAURE, DEBUSSY, RAVEL, SAINT-SAENS, POULENC and HAHN.   Also in the program will be two songs by local composer Charlotte Ellis. Susan Witt-Butler is a professor of voice at Sonoma State University and both she and Mary Beard teach voice privately as well.  Tickets are $6 students, members $12,  general and $15.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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.  Monday April 3, 6PM-7:30 PM at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  Wednesday, April 5th, 6:30PM-8:30 PM at the 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 or PayPal

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. Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, 12PM-1:30PM.  Tickets: PTEE & MI members $12, Public $15 (Advance purchase required).  Charcuterie lunch included.  Reservations: 415-388-4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com .  Send checks to: PTEE, 38 Miller Ave PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA  94941 or  PAYPAL

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

April 6 & 9, 2006.  THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (François Truffaut).  Former lovers, Bernard (Gerard Depardieu) and Mathilde (Fanny Ardant) find themselves reunited as neighbors in a small French village seven years after the violent breakup which ended their passionate love affair. "At first, Mathilde seems reasonable, unlike Bernard. Then the situation is turned around and the drama begins. Without love we are nothing at all. Those extreme conditions that love inspires are what I have wanted to put on film." – Francois Truffaut  (1981, 102 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002 and Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

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 14, 2006.  PERSPECTIVES SUR LA PERSPECTIVE (2e partie):  SUBVERSION ET DESTRUCTION DE LA PERSPECTIVE CLASSIQUE.  Conférence en français présentée par Renée Morel et l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, et offerte par le San Francisco Bay Accueil.  10am-11:30am.  $7.  AF de SF, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 ou http://www.afsf.com for details.  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.)

April 14 & 15, 2006.  EMPIRE LOST:  FRANCE & ITS OTHER WORLDS.  2-day conference at Stanford University. Conference Summary: After a bitter period of decolonization, the empire once known as "la plus grande France" gave way to a constellation of French-speaking worlds, loosely known as "la francophonie." Over the last decade, Francophone Studies has emerged as one of the most dynamic and complex fields of intellectual inquiry in French departments across the States. Politically manifest, and interdisciplinary by nature, la francophonie transcends academia and informs intellectual debate with political, social, and economic realities.  A two-day international conference, "Empire Lost:  France and its Other Worlds" will examine the history, the tensions, and the future of francophonie, as both a political and an academic institution. Though often depicted in neo-imperialist tones, there are signs that la francophonie is emerging as an "alter-globalization" movement dedicated to preserving cultural diversity around the world.  Does la francophonie indeed offer an example of how a multi-polar, cultural, and linguistic global order could take form? Can a cultural heritage born from the violence of history play a role in preventing further violence and oppression? Or does it simply repeat past hierarchical divisions between rich and poor nations? These are some of the questions that will be debated by scholars from literary, historical, sociological, and anthropological perspectives.  Keynote Speaker: Assia Djebar, Professor of Francophone literature at New York University; member of the Académie Française; novelist, translator, and filmmaker.  Complete program will be online at @ http://www.stanford.edu/dept/fren-ital/francophonie/pages/

April 21-May 7, 2006.  SYLVIA, a forgotten 18th century classic ballet with score by LEO DELIBES.  Mark Morris; SF.

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 27 & 28, 2006.  IN THE LAND OF THE DEAF (Nicolas Philibert).  Nicolas Philibert’s (EVERY LITTLE THING, TO BE AND TO HAVE) remarkable, cinema verite film draws the viewer into the silent world of the deaf, a world in which people communicate with the poetic language of signs. The subjects range from a blond, saucer-eyed moppet on the verge of tears from the grueling work of learning to say ‘hello,’ to a wise and witty sign-language teacher with a salt-and-pepper beard (himself deaf) who has much to ‘say’ about life. IN THE LAND OF THE DEAF leads a piquant discussion of how society should relate to people with special needs.  Prepare to have some of your assumptions about the deaf turned upside down." – San Francisco International Film Festival (1992, 99 min., in French and sign language w/English subtitles).  Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

April 28, 2006.  RANDY WESTON’S AFRICAN RHYTHMS & THE GNAWA MATER MUSICIANS OF MOROCCO perform at the San Francisco Jazz Festival spring season.  Herbst Theatre, 8pm.  http://sfjazz.org or 800.225.2277 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 4 & 5, 2006.  BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis).  This haunting tragedy transposes Herman Melville’s Billy Budd to a remote East African Foreign Legion outpost and retells it from the villain’s point of view. Brooding, craggy Sergeant Galoup relates his obsession with a pure-hearted recruit who attracts his attention, then his jealousy, and finally his murderous rage. Claire Denis distills this simple tale to the essence of a languorous tropical dream, in which the Legionnaires engage in hypnotically choreographed routines. (1999, 93 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002 and  Friday, May 5 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

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, 12 & 14, 2006.  UNDER THE SAND (François Ozon). "A fine new feature from the French director François Ozon: his quietest creation to date, but also his most provocative. Charlotte Rampling plays Marie, whose husband disappears from a beach; everyone but Marie believes him dead, and Ozon finds both method and madness in her noble refusal to meet the truth. What could have been glum or morbid is made almost thrilling by Ozon's ruthless cuts and punchy compositions, and Rampling sways back and forth between the litheness of youth and the fallen hopes of middle age."— Anthony Lane, The New Yorker  (2000, 95 min., in French and English w/English subtitles).  Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002, Friday, May 12 at 7:00 and Sunday, May 14 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

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, 2006.  MODIGLIANI: L'ANGE NOIR DE MONTPARNASSE. Conférence en français présentée par Renée Morel et l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, et offerte par le San Francisco Bay Accueil.  10am-11:30am.  $7.  AF de SF, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 ou http://www.afsf.com for details.  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.)

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 18 & 19, 2006.  NOTRE MUSIQUE (Jean-Luc Godard).  Jean-Luc Godard, ever ready to follow a noble example, has modelled the structure of his new film—part drama, part documentary, though not a drama-documentary—on Dante. The first section, entitled "Hell," is a mashing-together of violence, shuffling clips of actual war into snatches of war movies; one longs to know how, or whether, Godard distinguishes between them, given that so much of his youthful work paid homage to Hollywood genres. The second, purgatorial part is the meat of the movie, following Godard himself around a shrouded Sarajevo, where he lectures on subjects dear to him…and where a young Israeli woman (played by Sarah Adler) with a story to tell tracks down the French ambassador. Last and harshest is the advent of heaven—a kitschy but placid paradise beside a lake, guarded by an American marine."— Anthony Lane, The New Yorker (2004, 80 min., in French and Spanish w/English subtitles).  Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 in Stevenson 1002 and Friday, May 19 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  For more information, check the SFI website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi

May 19-21, 2006.  JAZZ/NOIR FILM FESTIVAL, with six great films in three days, including LOUIS MALLE’s L’ASCENSEUR A L’ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS.  Balboa Theater, SF.  http://sfjazz.org for details.

May 23, 2005.  FLOATIING THROUGH FRANCE. REFLECTIONS ON THE CANAL DU MIDI, edited by Barbara Euser.  Formal launching of this new book.  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. Zebulon’s in Petaluma.  Details to follow.

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 4-9, 2006.  TRAVEL TO PARIS in conjunction with the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa’s PARIS FAIT SON CINEMA  Because trips have to be planned a long time in advance, the schedule is subject to minor changes, due to train and classes reservations.  Reservations for this trip have to be made by Friday, April 14, 2006.  Approximate Cost: $ 1500.  Contact the Alliance for details :  anne@afsantarosa.org

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

June 8-11, 2006.  DJANGOFEST SAN FRANCISCO 2006 to be held at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/ for details. Performers will include, among others, THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO!

June 16, 2006.  BAABA MAAL, one of Senegal’s biggest international stars, performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival spring season.  Masonic Center, 8pm.  http://sfjazz.org or 800.225.2277 for details.

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

July 10-17, 2006.  8 DAY TOTAL IMMERSION in French, near Toulouse, France.  Instructor:  Nadine Goodban. Je suis en Californie depuis 40 ans!  J'ai enseigné à SF et maintenant à Vallejo/Napa depuis plus de 25 ans.  Mes classes pour adultes sont divisées en plusieurs niveaux, durant la journée ou la soirée, en petits groupes ou en classes individuelles. Je retourne en France chaque année et cet été j'organise un atelier de COURS INTENSIFS qui s'annonce très VIVANT.  Includes lodging (double-room), breakfast, daily classes, outings to markets, artisans and surroundings, meal preps, etc.. We will have fun and all in French!  $950.00.  Immediate reservations: nadalang@comcast.net  707.644.3421

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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