Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
March 5, 2004

February & March Events | Job Opportunities | Restaurants | Cinema | Art
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*MARCH EVENTS*

Opening February 27, 2004. RUY BLAS. Period drama by VICTOR HUGO. UC Santa Cruz. $7-$11. 831.459.2159.

Beginning March 2, 2004. CAJUN/ZYDECO 2-STEP. Dance classes at Ellington Hall, 3535 Industrial Drive B-4, Santa Rosa. 707.545.6150 or www.ellingtonhall.com.

Opening March 3, 2004. MONSIEUR IBRAHIM. Landmark Theatres of the Bay Area. Details to follow.

March 3, 2004. LA FILLE DE L'AIR (Maroun Bagdadi). Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com

March 3, 2004. LES RIVIERES POURPRES. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

March 3, 2004. MYSTERY OF THE BLACK DEATH. Program examings why some survived the plague that ravaged medieval Europe. KQED TV9, 9pm.

March 4, 2004. CAFÉ PHILO. Thème: la différence. Alliance Française de Berkeley. $5. afberkeley@sirius-mail.com

March 4, 2004. SISTERS IN RESISTANCE. During the Nazi occupation of France, four very young women chose to risk their lives as resistance fighters. Their intense friendship, rieting memories, and social activism lasted long after the war was won. KQED TV9, 11pm.

March 4, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY/HOLLOWAY's EN BLANC ET NOIR. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org.

Through March 5, 2004. CAVALIA. A multimedia equestrian extravaganza created by Cirque du Soleil cofounder Normand Latourelle, subtitled "A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Man." Features 33 horses plus riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians and a horse whisperer, under a huge white tent. Giants Parking Lot B at SBC Park, 1250 Fourth St., SF. 866.999.8111. $35-$73.

Opening March 5, 2004. MARAT/SADE. Peter Weiss' drama set in 1808 in the lunatic asylum at charenton, France. Zellerbach Playhouse, Bancroft Way at Dana St., UC Berkeley. 866.468.3399 or facilities.calperfs.berkeley.edu/zellerbach_playhouse/www.ticket.web.com $14.

March 5, 2004. JOURNEE ART: EXCEPTIONNELLEMENT VOTRE, à Davis. Organized by the SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCEUIL. RDV: à 11h à John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis. Davis se trouve à 1 heure de Berkeley et 1h30 de San Francisco. Dès 11h, nous ferons la connaissance d'Anne Delbée, actrice tragédienne et écrivain francais, qui a favorisé la reconnaissance et la singularité de Camille Claudel, la sculpteur élève de Rodin, notamment par une bibliographie "Une femme" et un spectacle qu'elle a écrits. Elle nous presentera les auto-portraits et sculptures de Camille Claudel exposés pour la première fois aux Etats-Unis! Nous aurons par là-même le plaisir de visiter la galerie de John Natsoulas qui a sponsorisé la venue de Madame Delbée dans notre région et qui expose aussi en ce moment les sculptures de bois de Barbara Spring qui domine l'art Californien féminin depuis plus de 50 ans. Vers midi, nous déjeunerons en compagnie d'Anne Delbée dans le "restaurant des artistes" situé au: Natsoulas Center of Arts. A 13h30, nous suivrons une visite guidée des ateliers d'environ 1h30 où 26 artistes sont représentés dont plus de la moitié sont des peintres. Parmi eux internationallement connus, Alejandro Rubio, influencé par Picasso et le cubisme et le sculpteur Rene Martucci, ainsi que William Maul, peintre réaliste Américain. Vous trouverez en attachement des informations sur les oeuvres variées de quatre artists. Nous pourrons ainsi découvrir ce centre important qui soutient activement les artists talentueux Californiens depuis la fin des années 70 et favorise de nombreux évènements visuels, littéraires et musicaux en relation avec l'Université de Davis. Notre rencontre à Davis se terminera vers 15h. Pour ceux qui désirent prolonger leur journée au centre culturel Natsoulas, une conférence sur le thème "Pioneering Women in Art" animée par Anne Delbée, Barbara Spring et Lynn Hirschman, se tiendra à la galerie à 17h. Pour plus d'informations, consultez les sites: www.annedelbee.net et www.natsoulas.com. Les membres d'associations francaises et francophones de la Baie sont cordiallement invités à participer à cette rencontre. Eventuellement, possibilité de co-voiturage. Inscriptions impérativement AVANT LE 27 FEVRIER auprès de: Marie-Elise Lyman : (415) 759-7274, melyman@attglobal.net

March 5, 2004. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez MARCIA. 707.235.6778 or mybarahona@hotmail.com. Pas d'enfants. 19h.

March 5, 2004. MARK ST. MARY AND HIS ZYDECO BAND. Eagles Hall, 22305 Alameda, Alameda. 510.285.6285. 9pm. $12.

March 5-14, 2004. ANNE DELBEE &endash; LECTURES, CLASSES AND PERFORMANCES. Renowned French actress, director and author Anne Delbée will be coming to the Bay Area to present a series of lectures, classes and performances on Racine, Sarah Bernhardt and Camille Claudel, the famous French sculptress. These events will take place in Davis, San Francisco, and Berkeley from March 5th to 14th, 2004. Dates and links at www.annedelbee.net.

  • March 5 and 6: Conference and play in Davis
  • March 8: Conference at the Alliance Francaise in San Francisco "Camille Claudel Symbol of Feminism?"
  • March 11: Lecture "L'Art de Camille Claudel" Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • March 13: Workshop Racine's "Phedre" Berkeley Repertory Theater School
  • March 14: Play "Anne Delbee joue Sarah Bernhardt", Berkeley Aurora Theater.

March 6, 2004. BABAR. An elephant's many adventures. Presented by the Young Performers Theatre, Building C, Suite 300, Ft. Ft. Mason. 415.346.5550 or www.ypt.org.

March 6, 2004. SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE FESTIVAL. High School students from around the Bay Area are invited to compete in contests and perform for a rocking audience. SSU Cooperage, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Contests 10am-12pm; Cabaret 1pm-3pm. Call Christine at 707.664.3159 or Suzanne at 707.664.4177 with questions or see http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/festivalfrench.html for details.

March 6, 2004. LA BALLADE DES DALTON / LUCKY LUKE RETURNS! InterFrench Film Series. Family matinée followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com Refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

March 6, 2004. AUCTION BENEFIT featuring works by PICASSO, MIRO, MATISSE, CHAGALL, RENOIR, LAUTREC and more. Benefiting Special Olympics of Northern California. Christopher-Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary St., SF. Preview 10am to 5pm. Live auction 6pm. for reservation or to obtain absentee bidder form, call 415.397.7781. clarkfineart.com.

Through March 7, 2004. THE MAN OF DESTINY. George Bernard Shaw takes on Napoleon in an encounter between the future emperor and a young woman who isn't all that impressed. Aurora Theater, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. 510.843.4822 or www.auroratheatre.org. $28-$34. 8pm.

Through March 7, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX to music by SAINT-SAENS. 415.565.2000 or 415.533.4672 or www.sfballet.org. $8-$132.

March 7, 2004. CLUB VERT de l'Alliance Française de Berkeley, suivi d'un BRUNCH, appelez Madeleine 510.526.0287. 9h. afberkeley@sirius-mail.com

March 7, 2004. RICK STEVENS' EUROPE MARATHON. A marathon of the travel cinéaste's best travels, including Paris. KQED TV9, 1pm-8pm.

March 7, 2004. RICK STEVES, the original "Backdoor Traveler," gives a lively, fact-filled talk for TRAVELERS TO EUROPE. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or www.bookpassage.com. 9am.

March 7, 2004. SAVOUR SUNDAY WITH AN ARTISANAL FRENCH CHEESE AND WINE TASTING AND WINE PAIRING. Café Society is pleased to have Stu Fisher of Tastee Cheese and Shawn LaRue of Swanson Vineyards who will be offering a class about the beauty and diversity of French cheese paired with local as well as regional French Wines. To reserve, e-mail sales@cafesocietystore.com or call 707.256.3232 x 206. $35 per person.

March 7, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET featuring JEREMY COHEN in concert at the Jazz School in Berkeley, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. 510.845.5373.

March 7, 2004. HASSAN HAKMOUN, INKA (Moroccan Gnawa music) at the Powerhouse Brewing Company, Sebastopol.

March 8, 2004. THE PYRENEES MOUNTAINS, FRANCE AND SPAIN. KQED TV9, midnight (set your VCRs the night before!).

March 8, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

March 7 & 9, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS and others. 415.479.8100 or http://marinsymphony.org for details.

March 8, 2004. CAMILLE CLAUDEL, SYMBOLE DU FEMINISME? Conférence d'Anne Delbée. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for more details.

March 10, 2004. L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

March 10, 2004. A PHOTOGRAPHER IN PARIS. The Friends of the Mill Valley Library invite Francophiles to experience Paris through the lens of noted photographer David Robinson. Presentation showcases Robinson's individual, intimate, beyond the obvious views of the "City of Light." 7:30pm at the Mill Valley Library, Creekside Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.389.4292.

March 10, 2004. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. La Gare Restaurant. 12h. $18/$20. Please call Andrea at 707.829.7708 by Friday, March 5 (note the change!) to reserve. Specify if you would prefer a vegetarian entrée.

March 11, 2004. SKIING THE FRENCH ALPS. KQED TV9, 5:30am (set your VCRs the night before!).

March 11, 2004. CHOCOLATE TASTING & RECIPE DEMONSTRATION: CHOCOLATE FRENCH BOOKSIGNING. Join E. Guittard Chocolate and TCB-Cafe Publishing at the Alliance Francaise of Santa Rosa to enjoy a chocolate tasting and demonstration. Learn more about the history of France and chocolate from Professor Suzanne Toczyski of Sonoma State University, enjoy the mouth-watering sensuality of Guittard artisanal chocolate, and see a demonstration by a well-known local chef of their recipe from the new book, CHOCOLATE FRENCH. Publisher/editor A.K. Crump, Professor Toczyski and the chef will also be signing copies of the new cultural cookbook, "CHOCOLATE FRENCH: Recipes, Language, and Directions to Francais au Chocolat." E. Guittard Chocolate Company is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's oldest and most prestigious chocolate makers (http://www.guittard.com). For more information, contact the Alliance Francaise of Santa Rosa, http://www.afsantarosa.org or TCB-Cafe Publishing http://www.cafeandre.com. Contact@cafeandre.com. Price: $20, includes chocolate tasting and demo, plus a personally autographed copy of CHOCOLATE FRENCH (Retail value $19.95). Attendees will also receive a free three-month subscriptions to France Today magazine.

March 11, 2004. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Texte: LES LETTRES DE MME DE SEVIGNE (pp.77-147). 19h. hildray@aol.com ou 707.545.5748.

March 11, 2004. LE BALLET NATIONAL D'ALGERIE. A magical evening of traditional dances from Algeria, presented by the Algerian American Association of Northern California and the Alliance Française. Scottish Rite Theatre, 1547 Lakeside, Oakland. 510.832.0189 for details; 800.769.9669 for tickets. $25-$40. 8pm. www.aaa-nc.org

March 11-13, 2004. MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, in the SFS commission world-premiere of DEBUSSY's EN BLANC ET NOIR, with new orchestration by Robin Holloway. $15-$97. sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000.

March 11-April 11, 2004. MY OLD LADY. American writer Mathias Gold arrives in Paris intent on financing a new life with the sale of his recently inherited apartment. He soon discovers that his father bequeathed the apartment complete with tenants a very French, 90+-year-old, very determined Mathilde and her equally headstrong daughter. Play by ISRAEL HOROVITZ; directed by AMY GLAZER. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208 for subscription/tickets.

March 12, 2004. CHOCOLATE FRENCH. Booksigning at the Alliance Française de Berkeley. Recipes, language and directions to Français au chocolat, Chocolate Lover's Guide to French, includes a demonstration and a tasting. 19h. $15 members, $18 non members. afberkeley@sirius-mail.com

March 12-13, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY'S/ROBIN HOLLOWAY'S EN BLANC ET NOIR (SF commission, world premiere). 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org.

March 12-18, 2004. LA CODE MENTALE. Screening at Landmark Theatres. Tickets and schedule: www.landmarktheatres.com. THE CODE centers around Dris, played by Samuel Le Bihan (Brotherhood of the Wolf), who returns to a quiet life with his devoted fiancé after serving four years in prison. When Yanis, a childhood friend played by Samy Naceri (Taxi), lures him into one more heist, Dris can't refuse. Back into the world of organized crime, Dris discovers that the code of the streets is strict and the penalty for betrayal is far worse than prison. Torn between his loyalties, Dris must decide whether adhering to the code is worth risking his life. Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893 or 415.777.FILM #028.

March 12-18, 2004. TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. 240 independent short and feature films from 50 countries. tiburonfilmfestival.com. Playhouse Theater, Main Street, Tiburon. Five minute walk from the Tiburon Ferry. 415.381.4123.

March 13, 2004. SOUTH OF FRANCE. KQED TV9, 5am (set your VCRs the night before!).

March 13, 2004. FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Fluent French Speakers of Mill Valley. Caffe Oggi, in the Albertson's plaza in Mill Valley, 745 E. Blithedale Avenue. 10am to 11am. suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

March 13, 2004. SMART TRAVELS WITH RUDY MAXA, including a program on Renaissance Europe. KQED TV9, 3pm-9pm.

March 13, 2004. FRENCH CABARET MUSIC WITH MARIA FERNANDES MARQUEZ & FRIENDS at CAFÉ SOCIETY. 1000 Main Street, #100 Napa, CA 94559. 707.256.3232 X206. 8pm performance.

March 13, 2004. JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS: GASTRONOMIE DES PAYS FRANCOPHONES ET PEDAGOGIE. Le thème de notre journée sera: Le ventre des mots: gastronomie et pédagogie. On prend la gastronomie comme fil d'Ariane pour nos présentations. Nous aurons le plaisir d'accueillir un grand chef, M. Philippe Bressolier, de notre région qui réjouira nos estomacs de gourmands / gourmets et nos esprits en nous dévoilant des secrets culinaires séculaires. Nous sommes aussi très heureux de vous annoncer que l'AATF-NC offrira gratuitement aux participants de la Journée le matériel présenté pendant les différentes sessions. Grégory Douet-Lasne, notre dévoué attaché 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 de Micheline Le Gall, notre trésorière. Veuillez la contacter avant le 7 mars. Quant aux retardataires qui se présenteront le 13 mars sans s'être inscrits au préalable, il leur faudra payer $40 d'inscription. . . et apporter leur déjeuner. With lectures by Dominique van Hooff, Hélène Chan, Anne Jensen, Francine Shirvani, Philippe Bressolier, and Grégory Douet-Lasne. Stanford University. aatfnc@hotmail.com. Contact Micheline Le Gall, AATF-NC treasurer, for details: 650.494.7930.

March 13, 2004. ANDREW TODHUNTER talks about A MEAL OBSERVED. A luxurious dinner at the Paris restaurant TAILLEVENT is described in delectable detail by Todhunter. In this case, he is both an American sharing a meal with his wife and the apprentice-cum-reporter who spent several months working in the restaurant's exacting kitchen. Conversations with the chef, the pâtissier, the sous-chefs, the sauciers, and the sommelier bringhim ever closer to what makes a great chef and an exceptional meal. Book Passage, Ferry Bldg., SF. www.bookpassage.com for details. 1pm.

Through March 14, 2004. CANDIDE. An irreverent satire based on Voltaire's novel about the search for the best of all possible worlds. Foothill College Playhouse, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. $10-$22. 650.949.7360.

Through March 14, 2004. OKRA, set in Louisiana Cajun country where emotions run high and no action is too extreme. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St., SF. 415.647.2822. www.brava.org.

March 14, 2004. EDWIN OUTWATER conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA in a program to include works by BERLIOZ and more. 2pm. Recommended for ages 12 and older. $10. sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000.

March 15, 2004. LAKE GENEVA AND VERBIER, SWITZERLAND. KQED TV9, midnight. (Set your VCRs the night before!)

March 16, 2004. RICK STEVES' EUROPE MARATHON. KQED TV9, 7:30pm-11:30pm (partial repeat of March 7 show).

March 16, 2004. GENOCIDE IN RWANDA. Lecture by MATHILDE MUKANTABANA. Holocaust Lecture Series, Sonoma State University. Details: mccaffry@sonoma.edu.

March 17, 2003. VILLAGE FRANCOPHONE: PREPARATION DE LA SEMAINE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE OFFERTE PAR LE SERVICE CULTUREL. Cette annee, nous avons decide, avec l'aide l'AATF et d'autres partenaires, d'organiser un evenement ambitieux dont les acteurs seront les eleves en francais de tout age. Pour le moment, nous avons elabore un concept et nous comptons sur l'aide de tous les professeurs pour organiser cette journee. Nous avons deja identifie un lieu. La directrice de La Maison Internationale de Berkeley, Mme Liliane Koziol, qui est aussi Consul Honoraire de Madagascar, a accepte de nous preter la salle des fetes pour cette occasion (The Chevron Auditorium). Si vous voulez voir a quoi ressemble l'endroit : http://ias.berkeley.edu/ihouse/s/index.html. Pour que nous commencions des maintenant a fixer la date d'une premiere reunion a la rentree, nous avons besoin de savoir si le projet vous interesse. Contactez-nous et faites nous savoir des que possible si vous voulez participer par email : culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org ou par telephone : 415.397.0321.

March 18, 2004. PARIS LA GRANDE. SPECTACLE DE CHANSONS DE PHILIPPE MEYER. Dans son spectacle, il chante Paris comme une sorte d'Amérique, un nouveau monde, où l'on peut s'affranchir, refaire sa vie, tracer son chemin, devenir l'acteur de son destin. Nostalgie ou regret, défi à la Rastignac ou illusion, insolente ou militante, la chanson va d'un Paris à son contraire et met le talent de l'interprète à célébrer cette métropole où l'homme peut aimer, vivre, s'amuser, entreprendre et penser sans entraves. Elle raille, elle brocarde, ou plus simplement croque une scène de rue, brosse un tableau de la vie ordinaire. Accompagné de Philippe Gesbert au piano, Meyer prouve merveilleusement que, comme le dit la chanson, Paris sera toujours Paris. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for more details.

March 18, 2004. WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A SINGLE AMERICAN FEMALE LIVING IN FRANCE. Talk by Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director of the International Living Paris Office will be in San Francisco. Baker Street Bistro, 2953 Baker Street, San Francisco, California. 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres. No-host wine bar. $15. Reservations Email terrance@paris-expat.com or call 415-388-4956 and send your check in the amount of $15/person to: PTEE, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Don't delay; talk is limited to the first 30 respondents.

March 18, 2004. CONVERSATION à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley. Apportez à boire et à boire et venez parler français. 18h30. afberkeley@sirius-mail.com

March 18-26, 2004. LA MUSIQUE DU ROI SOLEIL. Program by PHILHARMONIA. 415.392.4400 or http://www.cityboxoffice.com or http://www.philharmonia.org for tickets and information.

March 19, 2004. TAHITI AND SAMOA. KQED TV9, 5am. (Set your VCRs the night before!)

March 19, 2004. OAKLAND EAST BAY SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S BOLERO and more. 510.444.0801 or http://www.oebs.org for details.

March 19, 2004. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP DE MARIN COUNTY. Notre reunion InterFrench-Frenchip de Marin County se trouvera chez Michel, le lundi 8 Mars à 19 heures. Il y aura des crepes pour tout le monde et nous pourrons voir un film Français. Donc amenez soit quelques choses pour garnir vos crepes ou quelque chose à boire pour partager avec tout le monde. Merci. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s'ils parlent peu le Français. zsolution4u@yahoo.com Domicile: 415.925.1241.

March 19-21, 2004. INTERNATIONAL LIVING. If you've always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a "pied-à-terre" of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these two-and-a-half days in San Francisco will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinner, cocktails -- with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S. -based expertsYou'll have an opportunty to ask questions and learn all you'll need to know to make your dream come true to live in France or just be a part of the profits on owning property there. We'll open with a cocktail party, enjoy a dinner together and discover all the fabulous atmosphere San Francisco has to offer. Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, 2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, USA. http://www.sheratonatthewharf.com. Conference Fees: First Person $895; Early Bird Registration Before February 15, 2004 $795; Spouse or Partner $595. Reservations and information: U.S. OFFICE; Schuyler Hoffman, Special Projects Manager; Toll Free in the U.S. 1-877-IL PARIS (1-877-457-2747). Email: RSVP@InternationalLiving.com

Through March 20, 2004. CONCOURS DE L'AATF-NC. Grand Concours FLES, Elizabeth Miller, 650.325.6314 or mmemiller@aol.com; Grand Concours secondaire, Pat Nakashima, 408.910.3525 or pnakashima@comcast.net; Concours universitaire, Dr. Yolanda Paterson, 650.854.4183 or guyyopat@aol.com.

March 20, 2004. TREKKING IN AUSTRIA AND SWITZERLAND. KQED TV9, 5am. (Set your VCRs the night before!)

March 20, 2004. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL CEZANNE: PAINTER OF LIGHT. Slide and lecture tour by travel editor and writer GEORGIA HESSE. Follow the footsteps of the famed artists beginning near his birthplace in Aix-en-Provence, to his schools, his favorite cafés, churches, and the house where he died. Virtual tour of the French countryside and its villages with travel suggestions (lodging, restaurants, wines). Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. www.bookpassage.com. 10am-1pm. $40.

March 20, 2004. THE FÈS FESTIVAL: THE SPIRIT OF FÈS TOUR. The ancient city of Fès, Morocco, plays host every spring to a one-of-a-kind event tht brings together performers from all over the globe in a unique musical celebration of the divine. On tour for the first time, some of the Festival's finest artists come to Zellerbach Hall, including Morocco's HADRA DES FEMMES DE TAROUDANT and Algerian vocalist FRANCOISE ATLAN. UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall. $22-$42. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu. 510.642.9988 for details.

March 21, 2004. ORGAN CONCERT by OLIVIER LATRY, the Notre-Dame de Paris Catherdral organist, to be held at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. 3pm. For more information: 707.829.7708.

March 22, 2004. LE FRANCAIS, L'ANGLAIS, EVOLUTIONS PARALLELES. Conférence de Loïc Depeker. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for more details. (Conférence dans le cadre de la semaine de la francophonie.)

March 23, 2004. DINE WITH JACQUES PEPIN. A benefit at Town Hall to support KQED. Town Hall, 342 Howard St. (at Fremont), San Francisco. Collaborative four-course dinner, including Jacques Pépin's cream of mussel soup, endive salad with hearts of palm, candied walnuts, and bleu cheese dressing, slow-roasted duck with toasted wild rice, pecans, spiced dates and gingersnap gravy, and Jacques Pépin's chocolate meringue. $125. (For $500 per person, enjoy the dinner and visit the set of Jacques Pépin's new series for an exclusive taping and toast of champagne.) 415.553.3322. Space is limited.

March 24, 2004. LA VIE EST TRANQUILLE. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

March 24-April 18, 2004. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDS. Lorelei and her friend Dorothy liven up a trip to Paris on the Ile de France with musical standards such as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and more. Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin. 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness Ave, #E3621, SF. www.42ndstmoon.org or 415.255.8207 for details and tickets.

March 25, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET at the Baltic in Pt. Richmond. 7:30pm-10:30pm. 510.235.2532. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED.

March 26, 2004. LE LOCATAIRE / THE TENANT. Alliance Française de Berkeley. $10 donation for pizza and wine. 18h30. afberkeley@sirius-mail.com

March 26, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET at Left Bank Restraunt in Pleasant Hill, 7pm-11pm. 925.288.1222. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

March 27, 2004. CAFE MUSEE: "LA NATURE MORTE." La nature morte [still-life] en tant que genre pictural emerge soudainement au XVIe siecle. De toute evidence, les artistes se mettent a exploiter ce genre considere mineur afin de montrer leur talent. Cependant, ils insufflent aussi a de nombreuses natures mortes une intensite presque spirituelle qui nous force a considerer la beaute tranquille des objets representes et leur signification profonde. Venez admirer un kaleidoscope etonnamment varie de natures mortes: realistes ou surrealistes, baroques ou classiques, extravagantes ou, au contraire, humbles, voire minimalistes, ces petits chefs-d'oeuvres changent la facon dont nous regardons le monde. 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. $2.50 (brunch included!). City College of San Francisco, Visual Arts Building (Room V114) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

March 28, 2004. THE JOY OF PIGS. Explores the lives of such creatures as the truffle-sniffing pigs of France, and more! KQED TV9, 11am.

March 30, 2004. ANDREW TODHUNTER speaks about A MEAL OBSERVED. Andrew Todhunter will be at the Mechanics' Institute on 3/30 to describe his "A Meal Observed" at Paris' 3-star Taillevent- FREE to PTEE members. In this seductive account, reminiscent of A.J. Lieblings "Between Meals", of a long, luxurious dinner at the venerable Paris restaurant Taillevent, Andrew Todhunter is both the American abroad sharing a rare gastronomic adventure with his wife and kitchen apprentice-cum-reporter who reveals culinary secrets and tantalizing tales from behind the scenes! 6PM. Mechanics' Institute-57 Post Street, San Francisco. Reservations& Info: 415.393.0100, rsvp@milibrary.org MI & PTEE Members free; Public $5.

March 31, 2004. MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

FRENCH LECTURER POSITION OPEN AT CAL STATE-FRESNO. Lecturer is a temporary position. Initial appointment is for one year. A subsequent appointment to a second or third year may be considered based upon budget, performance and programmatic need. Available: Academic Year: 2004/2005. Salary: Dependent upon academic preparation and professional experience. Teaching Load: 12 units per semester with an additional 3 units of service. Instructional Level: Undergraduate. Specific Position Characteristics: Duties and responsibilities include teaching all levels of French language, composition, and culture courses: Specific assignments are dependent upon department needs. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the department and college. Qualifications: Academic Preparation: An earned doctorate in French (Language or Linguistics) or the equivalent or candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) is preferred. The minimum qualification is a master's degree in French (Language or Linguistics) or the equivalent. Native or near-native ability in French is required. Teaching or Other Professional Experience: Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to or potential for teaching excellence at the university level. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Please submit the online application form to be found at http://www.csufresno.edu/aps/vacancy/sc1.pdf In addition to the items listed, please send at least three confidential letters of recommendation, the names and contact information of at least five professional references, original transcripts, sample course syllabi and copies of teaching evaluations. Applications: Correspondence, applications, and confidential papers should be sent to: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn, Search Committee Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, California State University, Fresno, 2320 E San Ramon #218 M/S &endash; EE96, Fresno, CA 93740-8030. Phone: 559.278.2386; fax: 559.278.7878. e-mail: rosemk@csufresno.edu Open Until Filled: To assure consideration of their application, applicants are encouraged to have all application materials on file by April 9, 2004.

RECEPTIONIST NEEDED. The French Class is looking for a receptionist. Approx. 35 hours per week. $21,000 to $29,000 per year. 12:30 to 7:30 Monday to Thursday, 9:00 to 4:00 Friday. Computer: word, excel, filemaker (training provided). Send resume to: Dominique Bremond, The French Class, 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com

ON LOCATION EDUCATION SEEKS BAY AREA MULTI-LINGUAL EDUCATOR. OLE, the country's premiere on-set education service for the entertainment industry, is seeking a native French speaker who is also fluent in Spanish to teach an 11-year-old performer in a San Francisco-based production. Educator must be able to teach in French, Spanish and English. Part-time daytime availability is a must. Please fax resume and cover letter to 914.666.3810 Attn Becca Gershowitz or e-mail becca@onlocationeducation.com.

PRESCHOOL TEACHER AND 1ST-3RD GRADE TEACHER SOUGHT. The French International School in Santa Rosa is looking for preschool teachers and a teacher to teach a combination 1st-3rd grade. Teachers must be fluent French (preferably native French speakers) and have experience teaching these grades. Resumes can be sent to: The French International School of Sonoma County, 4905 Kinsington Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Our phone number is 707-538-3996.

CHERCHANT NANNY/FILLE AU PAIR. Cherchant nanny/fille au pair francophone pour garder un bebe. Plein temps ou mi-temps. Sois vers 07h30 a 17h30 ou 19h30, ou vers 17h30 a 19h30 lundi-vendredi. Preparer le diner aussi. Contactez Joanna - lawyergirl2000@hotmail.com. A partir de janvier 2004 ou plus tard, dependant sur la situation. Location San Mateo/Foster City.

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*RESTAURANTS*

FIRST CRUSH, 24 Sunnyside, Mill Valley, 415.381.7500, reviewed in this week's Pacific Sun, pp.17-18.

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*CINEMA*

See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

***WIN A RUN-OF-ENGAGEMENT PASS for TWO to the stylish French crime drama THE CODE / LA MENTALE. To enter, drop off a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St. (near Polk), SF. One grand prize winner will receive a gift certificate of twelve hours of French lessons from the AF. Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 9. One pass per household; no exceptions. www.afsf.com.

L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special showings!

LA BALLADE DES DALTON / LUCKY LUKE RETURNS! InterFrench Film Series. Family matinée followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com Refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special showings!

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (Denys Arcand, 2003; winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film ). CinéArts at Marin, Sausalito, 415.331.0255; Oaks, Berkeley, 510.526.1836; Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893 or 415.777.FILM #028.

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. A new 35mm print to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film based on the 1954-1960 conflict between France and Algeria. Castro Theatre, SF, 415.621.6120; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456 or 777.FILM #024.

BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS / THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (Sylvain Chomet, 2003). Rialto, Santa Rosa, 707.525.4840 ; Embarcadero Center, SF, 415.267.4893 or 415.777.FILM #154; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456 or 777.FILM #024.

THE DREAMERS (Bertolucci; set in Paris). California, Berkeley, 510.843.3456 or 415.777.FILM #015; Lumiere, 415.267.4893 or 415.777.FILM #097; Empire, SF, 415.661.2539.

LA FILLE DE L'AIR (Maroun Bagdadi). Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

LE LOCATAIRE / THE TENANT. Alliance Française de Berkeley. $10 donation for pizza and wine. 18h30. afberkeley@sirius-mail.com See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

MELODIE EN SOUS-SOL. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

LA MENTALE / THE CODE. Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893 or 415.777.FILM #028. Opens March 12.

MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (with Omar Sharif and Pierre Boulanger). A young Jewish boy learns tolerance and respect from an elderly Muslim shopkeeper. Sequoia, Mill Valley, 415.388.4862; Albany, 510.843.3456 or 415.777.FILM #013; Clay, SF, 415.267.4893 or 415.777.FILM #096. Reviewed in this week's Pacific Sun, p.30.

LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR / WINGED MIGRATION (Jacques Perrin). Rialto, Santa Rosa, 707.525.4840; Copia, 500 First St., Napa, 707.259.1600.

LES RIVIERES POURPRES. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture. See above for specific dates!

TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. 240 independent short and feature films from 50 countries. tiburonfilmfestival.com. Playhouse Theater, Main Street, Tiburon. Five minute walk from the Tiburon Ferry. 415.381.4123. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special showings!

LA VIE EST TRANQUILLE. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special showings!

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*ART*

March 1-27, 2004. NEW PAINTINGS BY WINSTON BRANCH. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for more details.

Through March 6, 2004. MODERN MASTERS EXHIBITION. Special collection of works on paper and prints by Chagall, Matisse, Miro and Picasso. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF. 415.421.7171 or www.meyerovich.com.

March 6 - July 4, 2004. ART DECO, 1910-1939. The most comprehensive presentation ever staged on one of the most glamorous and popular of all artistic styles. Features are some 300 works including Cartier jewelry, Tiffany silver, sculpture by Leger and Brancusi, fashion by Lanvin and Chanel, and paintings by Tamara de Lempicka and Joseph Stella. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.863.3330. http://www.legionofhonor.org.

Through March 19, 2004. PARIS NIGHTS. Photographs by Frank Horvat. Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma. 707.781.3200.

Through March 20, 2004. PHILIPPE VASSEUR AND ALBERT HADJIGANEV. New paintings. Axelle Fine Arts. 434 Post St., SF. 415.434.4341.

Opening March 25, 2004. HAUT ATELIER, a monthlong exhibit of vintage poster classics by Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other great turn-of-the-century masters. Enjoy the color, whimsy, and artistry of the burgeoning advertising industry's work as it appeared on the streets of Paris 100 years ago. Sarah Stocking Fine Vintage Posters, 431 Jackson St., SF. 415.984.0700 or www.sarahstocking.com

Through March 27, 2004. OMAHA BEACH. Digital images, installation and video production. James Nicholson Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF. 415.397.0100.

Through April 1, 2004. GAME OF LOVE. A special exhibit of 18th and 19th century English and French hand fans depicting courtship, love and marriage, printed as well as hand decorated. The Hand Fan Museum, 372-A Healdsburg Avenue, inside the Hotel Healdsburg. 707.431.2500 or www.handfanmuseum.com

Through April 25, 2004. MODE 2, French graffiti artist, operates in the tradition of Basquiat. Future Primitive Sound, 597 Haight (at Steiner), sf. Free. 415.551.2328 or www.futureprimitivesound.com

Through May 30, 2004. MAPPING THE PACIFIC COAST: CORONADO TO LEWIS AND CLARK. More than 30 pieces, dating from 1544 to 1802, document the ocean voyages of French, Spanish, English and Russian explorers. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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*NEW MEDIA*

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. Win free tickets to French movies... and more! Email Terrance at terrance@paris-expat.com or call 415.388.4956 for details.

TONICITY SAN FRANCISCO. Le journal web (joueb) des francophones de San Francisco et de la Bay Area. Tonicity est un site d'information et de discussion, fait par ses lecteurs. Nous publions des articles en francais sur les sorties, le cinema, les restos, et tout ce dont vous avez envie de parler. En ce moment, venez decouvrir comment faire une bonne choucroute a la californienne, ou acheter des bons croissants et yaourts et des merguez, ou manger les meilleurs canards et lapins de la vallee et apprenez la signification des porterhouse et autres new york steaks. (de temps en temps, on parle aussi d'autre chose que de bouffe :O). Pour ne pas etre perdus, lisez : http://c-esttout.com/tonicity/news/1.shtml. A bientot sur http://c-est-tout.com/tonicity/ !

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*

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 Thursday at 5 pm, Friday at 12:30pm, and Saturday at 8 p.m. 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.

 

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

Starting March 2004. FRENCH CONVERSATION CLASS in the Sunset district in San Francisco (Taraval & 28th ) every Friday morning from 10 to 11. The class will be charged $15 per person and 2 people minimum are needed. For more information, you can call Sandra @ (415) 664 4452 or email me at arsene4@hotmail.com

CALIFORNIA STAGE will hold open AUDITIONS FOR LES PRECIEUSES RIDICULES / THEM PRECIOUS LITTLE LADIES. The play is first set in 18th c. Paris France then, in 19th c. Paris, Texas!! Director: Ray Tatar. Audition times: Saturday, February 14 and Saturday February 22, 3-5PM. Callbacks & Final choices Sunday February 22 10AM. Characters: Men and women 19-25 who speak French and/or can achieve a convincing French dialect and a Texan dialect. It is a broad, fast-moving comedy. Dialect coaches from the Alliance Francaise will be provided for all actors. PREPARE? No preparation is necessary--- The men will be reading from the first scene of the play in French and then in English. The women will read from the third scene and fourth scene as well as scene 10 &11 in French and then in English. Scripts are available at the Alliance Francaise at 1725 25th street, Sacramento, or will be available at the Audition. Production opens April 23 and plays Fri/Sat 8 pm., Sun 2 pm. Discounts for groups. The audience will be able to see the short Comedy twice--in French and then in English. Honorariums are provided for all artists at California Stage. Questions: Call 916.451-5822

CONCOURS FRANCOPHONIE 2004. Comme chaque année, la Francophonie célébrera, le 20 mars 2004, sa Journée Internationale. La célébration de cette journée donne lieu, durant tout le mois de mars, à de multiples manifestations. Le Service Culturel du Consulat de San Francisco a choisi pour 2004, de lancer 2 concours pour les classes de Collèges et Lycées, Junior High School et High School, de toute la circonscription. *1er Concours : création d'une page Internet. Consigne : chaque classe participante créera une ou des pages Internet dédiées à pays francophone. Le lien vers les pages internet doit nous être envoyé par email à culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org * 2ème Concours : rédaction d'une nouvelle (histoire courte). Consigne : chaque classe participante, ou chaque élève, rédigera une nouvelle sur le pays francophone de son choix. Le texte ne doit pas faire plus 650 mots. Les 10 mots suivants doivent impérativement être utilisés : diversité &endash; ethnie &endash; sacré &endash; espérance &endash;rêve &endash; rituel &endash; absurde &endash; mystère &endash; légende &endash; forêt. Les histoires sont à envoyées soit par email à culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org soit par courrier à French General Consulate - Service Culturel, 540 Bush Street - San Francisco - CA 94108. La date limite de réception des textes et des pages web est le 20 mars 2004. Les rédacteurs des nouvelles les plus originales et les créateurs des pages Internet les plus complètes recevront des prix (CD, CDROM, Livre, etc ….). Les textes gagnants figureront sur notre site internet dès que les résultats seront connus. N'hésitez-pas à consulter le site www.francophonie.org pour y trouver des idées. Pour toute question, veuillez contacter Laetitia Giansily au 415.397.0321.

HOLLAND, BELGIUM AND FRANCE IN BLOOM. Trip to France departing March 31, 2004. Nowhere in the world can quite compare the beauty of the tulip fields in bloom in Holland. Visit the beautiful tulip fields and world-famous Keukenhof Gardens of Holland. Explore medieval town of Brugge in Belgium, and then finish your trip with three nights in Paris! (or extend and spend more time in France on your own!) 9 days, 7 night, fully escorted. $1630.00 per person double, $2350.00 single. Land Only. Price includes: 7 nights accommodations, daily breakfasts and three dinners including special farewell dinner, deluxe motorcoach transportation, roundtrip airport transfers, professional tour escort, fluent French speaking American Escort, Leather Travel Journal, Portage for one piece of luggage per person. This is an exclusive tour, and will be a small group (under 20, including the guide)! Price reduced $25 per trip if you mention you read about this trip in the Bay Area Francophile List! http://www.csaa.com/travel/travelofferdetail/0,1438,1003020000%257C4160,00.html for more details.

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

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.

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.

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. 510.309.9903. kumpo@yahoo.com.

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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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

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.com

First 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: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. 707.829.7708.

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 at 5:30, 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 Keith at mwforw@yahoo.com or Rushani at rushani@alum.mit.edu.

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: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. 707.829.7708.

First Wednesday of the month: SOIREE DE CONVERSATION, Pearson & Company, 2759 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Pearson's cafe stays open just for francophones on the first Wednesday of the month. You can purchase wine, beer or coffee during that time; dinner is available until 7pm. Information: 707.576.1434. Begins at 5:30pm.

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.

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: CONVERSATION a l'Alliance Francaise de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey, (510)548-1520. Une fois par mois, le 3eme jeudi, nous nous rencontrons pour parler francais a la fortune du pot, autour d'un pot, a partir de 18h30 jusqu'a environ 21h. Vos hotes: Madeleine et Xavier. Contact: 510.548.7481.

Third Thursday of every month: NEW CAFE EVENT! Join Cafe Society for a celebration 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.

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 your young ones in one of SF's parks or in a home for this French playgroup. We meet Fridays around 4pm.

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.

Second Saturday of the month: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. CHANGE OF LOCATION: Caffe Oggi, in the Albertson's plaza in Mill Valley, 745 E. Blithedale Avenue. 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 in Santa Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

Sunday afternoons: CONVERSATION IN PACIFICA. A group of students from SFSU have started a French conversation group in Pacifica. We welcome all who wish to converse in French: native speakers, beginner, intermediate or advance students. We meet at Starbuck's in the Linda Mar Shopping center, every Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Come and join us. For any questions, email vakaruru@hotmail.com

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

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*CLASSES*

LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN. The International School of the Peninsula located in Palo Alto is offering extensive adult language classes and children's after-school program. For adults we offer separate classes for varying proficiency levels for each language: Arabic, English ESL, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The next 14-week session starts on Monday, February 2, 2004, enrollment starting early January. Join our Open House on Saturday, January 24, 2004 from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. For children in grades pre-K-8th offering a great selection of after-school activities such as art class, chess, Chinese dance, chorus, basketball, soccer, and language classes (Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Russian and Spanish). The new semester starts on Monday, February 2, 2004, enrollment starting on Tuesday, January 19, 2004. For more information please contact Béatrice Bergemont. BeatriceBergemont@istp.org, Phone: 650.251.8519, Web site: www.istp.org.

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.

Starting March 1, 2004. 8-WEEK SESSION FOR BEGINNERS AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Special offer for Level One students: $40 Off your level 1 French course (Regular $340 tuition is now only $300!); FREE French Class membership (A $60 value and 10% for a year); FREE French Class Newsletter (A $35 value. See benefits in our brochure); FREE tote bag to carry your material for class (while supplies last). 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com.

Starting March 1, 2004. 8-WEEK SESSION FOR ADVANCED SPEAKERS. Level 6. Tuition per class for 8 weeks $190. New topics and material every 8 weeks! Repeat these classes until you're ready for the level 7. (Drop ins: $28 per class if space available). Bonus #1: Receive our early-bird discount when you re-enroll. Bonus #2: Free lesson planning with the director of The French Class. Bonus #3: Get $10 off with our referral card. Pick some cards today. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com.

March 3-April 21, 2004 or March 4-April 22, 2004. LITTERATURE ET CULTURE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Découvrez: ALEXANDRE JARDIN, "Autobiographie d'un amour" ... à la française. Prix Femina. Un homme quitte sa femme et disparaît après 7 ans de mariage car il pense qu'elle n'est pas heureuse avec lui. Deux ans plus tard, Octave, son jumeau, arrive. Jeanne croit voir en lui le mari idéal mais qui est Octave? Découvrez ce romancier français à succès grâce à un cours passionnant et dynamique offert par Sophie Perrotet. (Drop ins: $28 per class if space available). Wednesday Mornings, 10:30-12: 8 weeks - $205. Thursday Evenings: 8 weeks - $205 &endash; 5:30pm &endash; 7pm. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF. For more information: 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com.

March 3-April 21, 2004. HISTOIRE, ART ET CIVILISATION AT THE FRENCH CLASS: "La Question religieuse en France". Des pratiques des druides au port du foulard islamique, la question religieuse a toujours été partie prenant de l'histoire de France. Bien que persécutée à ses débuts, la religion chrétienne s'installe, jusqu'à la montée de l'humanisme. Les constantes remises en question (protestantisme, Réforme, jansénisme, déisme et même déchristianisation) aboutiront à la célèbre loi sur la séparation de l'Église et de l'Etat. Venez revivre ces débats théologiques et politiques passionnants toujours d'actualité. Un cours dynamique, illustré de nombreuses diapositives, enseigné par Renée Morel. (Drop ins: $28 per class if space available). Wednesday mornings, 10:30-12. $205. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF. For more information: 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com.

April 29 - May 6, 2004. THE IMAGE OF WOMAN IN RENAISSANCE ART. Art historian KERRIN MEIS explores Woman as the Other in Renaissance painting and sculpure. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. www.bookpassage.com. 1:30pm &endash; 4pm. $75.

May 3-26, 2004 OR July 28-August 25, 2004. "LES RENDEZ-VOUS DE L'ACTUALITE" Conservatisme ou, au contraire, reformes, voire revolutions, quelles sont les tendances de la France a l'aube de ce millenaire? Venez lire et discuter des articles de _L'Express_ portant sur des problemes sociaux contemporains qui amusent, choquent ou divisent les Francais, formant ainsi un "temperament hexagonal" toujours en mouvance. 4 weeks. Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (from 5/3 to 5/26/04). $105. The French Class. 500 Sutter St. SF. (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com. 5 weeks. Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (from 7/28 to 8/25/04). $130. The French Class. 500 Sutter St. SF. (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com

Through May 12, 2004. ONE DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF. For more information: 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com. To register, simply mail your check & registration form or call with a credit card number. All workshops are in French unless indicated otherwise. The level of each workshop is indicated according to group class levels (see schedule). Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions (415) 362-3666. Discounts, make-up classes or credits do not apply to workshops. No refund or credit for missed workshops. 24 hour cancellation policy applies. Courses in pronunciation, phonetics, grammar, prepositions, sentence structure, subjunctive, history of the French language, Toulouse-Lautrec, and more! Workshops taught by Dominique Bremond or Renee Morel.

March 22-May 12, 2004. FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE. Beginning through Advanced French daytime classes taught by Maritza Pick. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or www.bookpassage.com for details. $150-$160 per set of eight classes.

Summer 2004. TRAVEL WITH SCHOLARS. Journeys for the intellectually curious traveler, including trips to the south of France. www.unex.berkeley.edu/welcome/tws4 or 1.800.209.7344 ext. 878

Summer 2004. LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER, La Toulzanie (Lot Valley), located in what guidebook writer Karen Brown calls the "most spectacular 51 km stretch of France). Headquarters: The 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie. Week-long courses from late May thru early July plus public, free near-weekly evening talks & events. Costs: From $1,000 per course, per week, which includes lodging, instructor, all but 3 meals,& special welcome dinner. Details at http://www.latitude.org email: barbara@latitude.org

Classes:

May 29-June 5: DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY; THE MODERN DIGITAL TECHNIQUE (in English). Instructor: Bill Owens, world-renowned photographer; author, Suburbia, Working, Our Kind of People.

June 5-12. A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE (in English & French). Instructor: E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, San Francisco State University. Visits to traditional producers, architectural gems, cave paintings.

June 5-12 LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP. Instructor: Jim Wisnowski, Chicago artist, workshop leader on 3 continents.

June 12-19 NARRATIVE AND ITS SETTING; STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF PLACE IN YOUR WRITING (in English). Instructor: Jeffrey Greene, author, French Spirits;award-winning poet, teacher.

June 12-19 US AND FRENCH CHILDHOODS, PAST AND PRESENT (in English). Instructor: Joe Illick, professor emerita of history, San Francisco State; author, American Childhoods (2002).

June 19-26 CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION; FROM LOSE-LOSE TO WIN-WIN (in French & English). Instructor: Sandra Melone, Executive Dr., European Centre for Common Ground, NGO based in Brussels.

June 26-July 3 LE SIECLE DE LOUIS IV: L'AGE D'OR DE LA FRANCE (in French). Instructor: Renee Morel, instructor, The French Class, City College and San Francisco State, San Francisco.

June 26-July 3 LA VIE MEDIEVALE EN QUERCY (in French). Instructor: Paul Verdier, researcher for CNRS & author, The Celtic Calendar, holds a Doctorate in Comparative Lit.

July 3-10 L'AMOUR: DE FREUD A LACAN (in French). Instructor: Hermine Mercadie, psychoanalyste a Toulouse.

July 3-10 DE LA SOUPE TO NUTS (in English & French). Instructor: Antoinette Constable, Parisienne and Californian, award-winning poet and chef with her own catering business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

July 1-July 31, 2004. SUMMER IN PARIS WITH NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE. Accent International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad. Contact: Anne-Marie McEligot, 707.224.3931. $2900. Credit transferrable.

July 1-31, 2004. EUROPEAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION SUMMER PROGRAM IN PARIS, organized by CSU Hayward and San Francisco State University. Dr. Thomas Blair, tblair@ccsf.edu. OR: www.esaparis.org.

NO TIME TO COMMUTE AND GO TO 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. All you have to do is 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. Just call Dominique and let her know what you would like to find on your tape and she will make a tape just for you. $21.70 (including tax) + $2.30 shipping. Total $24. You may send a check to the order of The French Class or use any credit card. Dominique Bremond has been teaching French in the Bay Area for over 20 years and specializes in grammar, prononciation, practical French and easy learning. Call now 415.362.3666.

FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. The French Class can set up a program according to your needs and goals, including conversation, grammar and pronunciation. You may want to try it first before signing up for a number of lessons, to see if this would work for you. Lessons are 30 minutes long and $25 each, or $23 for The French Class members. They are scheduled in advance so we can call you on the day of your appointment, at the time you scheduled your lesson for. For more information or to schedule a phone lesson, please call us at 415.362.3666. THE FRENCH CLASS- 500 Sutter Street Suite 310 - San Francisco, CA 94102. info@frenchclass.com

CONVERSATION AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Petits groupes de conversation bien structurés et "sympas" pour apprendre plus de français, de nuances, discuter sur des sujets vivants et contemporains et passer un bon moment, c'est (presque) comme être en France. Thursday or Saturday mornings or Monday evenings. For more information: 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com. Location: 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF.

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. (Drop ins: $28 per class if space available). Monday or Thursday mornings or Wednesday or Thursday evenings. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF. For more information: 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com.

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.

Other courses available. 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)*

April 2, 2004. "VOIR, C'EST CROIRE: LE TROMPE-L'OEIL EN PEINTURE" &endash; CONFERENCE DE RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française pour le San Francisco Bay Accueil (SFBA) Pourquoi le trompe-l'oeil? Pour dialoguer avec le spectateur, le faire entrer dans un jeu, lui montrer les enjeux de la representation (apres tout, tout tableau figuratif n'est-il pas une forme de trompe-l'oeil?). Depuis toujours, les artistes ont utilise cette technique pour montrer leur virtuosite technique, mais aussi pour agrandir l'espace (en architecture ou scenographie), pour exprimer leurs sentiments (ironie, modestie) ou leurs convictions politiques et surtout pour etonner le public. Laissez-vous seduire par ce genre qui prend souvent plaisir a simultanement construire et detruire l'illusion et, de ce fait, a nous faire reflechir sur sa portee philosophique. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM). $6. [Members or non members]. Alliance Francaise de San Francisco. 1345 Bush Street (at Polk). www.afsf.com.

April 7, 2004. L'HOMME DU TRAIN. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

April 12, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

April 13-16, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs MONOTONES I & II to music by ERIK SATIE. 415.565.2000 or 415.533.4672 or www.sfballet.org. $8-$132.

April 14, 2004. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. InterFrench Film Series. Film at 8pm, followed by a reception with delicious pastries, quiches, pates, cheeses, and more! Suggested donation $7 ($5 reduced for InterFrench members). www.interfrench.com. Movies begin at 8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, refreshments available. Seating limited to 180. Suggested Donation $7 ($5 Reduced). All films shown at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium,, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto (at Embarcadero). For more information, send email to info@frenchcineclub.org Co-sponsored by the International School of The Peninsula and by the Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Culture.

April 15-17, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S SUITE FROM MOTHER GOOSE. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org.

April 15-18, 2004. CALIFORNIA LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE. Monterey. 310.391.7127 ou HirschinCC@aol.com ou www.clta.net.

April 22, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET at the Baltic in Pt. Richmond. 7:30pm-10:30pm. 510.235.2532. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

April 22, 2004. PIAF: HER STORY, HER SONGS. Starring Raquel Bitton; Filmmaker/Performer Raquel Bitton will be interviewed by Gerald Nachman after the screening. Presented by California Film Institute. Sumptuously filmed concert-documentary. Previous screenings in the Bay Area have been sold out, so buy your tickets early! Advance tickets available beginning Monday, March 8: Tickets: $10 ($8 members & seniors at Rafael box office only-see below). By phone, 925.275.9490, until 4:00pm, April 21; Internet sales, until 4:00pm, April 21 at www.thecastrotheatre.com or www.cafilm.org ; In person at the Smith Rafael Film Center and the Castro. This very special screening at the sumptuous Castro Theatre is to benefit the outreach program of the California Film Institute.

April 24, 2003. GRIOT NEW YORK. http://www.livelyarts.stanford.edu or 650.725.2787 for details.

April 25, 2004. INITIATION A LA PETANQUE. Initiation à la pétanque par les membres du club de La Pétanque marinière, et entrainement pour les équipes qui participeront à la Pétanque du LIFA plus tard. Possibilité de faire ses emplettes,de manger au marché et d'acheter des boules de pétanques. Près du Marin Civic Center à San Rafael. 9h-13h. Renseignements: great@wco.com

April 25, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS' CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS. Storytelling in Music Family Concert. 3pm. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. $10/$5. 415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details.

April 29, 2004. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 19h. hildray@aol.com ou 707.545.5748.

April 29-May 6, 2004. THE IMAGE OF WOMAN IN RENAISSANCE ART. Art historian KERRIN MEIS explores Woman as the Other in Renaissance painting and sculpure. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. www.bookpassage.com. 1:30pm &endash; 4pm. $75.

May 2, 2004. SOIREE DES ARTS. Benefit for the French-American School. Ritz-Carleton party featuring a patron reception, general reception, and dinner celebrating the culinary and performing arts. $225-$325. SF. 5:30pm-11pm. 415.558.2017 or www.fais-his.org for details.

May 7, 2004. PETANQUE DU LIFA. Pique-nique. Terrain du Club de la boule d'or, dans le Golden Gate Park. Des équipes représentant les écoles françaises (composées de un élève, un prof et un parent ou alumnus ou membre de CA) peuvent s'inscrire dans ce tournoi. Public bienvenu. A partir de midi. Renseignements: christine@appletopomme.com

May 7-9, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY'S RONDES DE PRINTEMPS and more. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 8, 2004. CAFE MUSEE: "ART DEC0: 1910-1939" L'Art Deco est la grande epoque des bijoux de Cartier ou de Tiffany, des verres Lalique, des sculptures en chrome de Brancusi, des tissus de Sonia Delaunay, des ensembles resolument modernes de Chanel, mais aussi des robes fluides et sensuelles de Lanvin, Poire ou Schiaparelli. C'est l'epoque des grands hotels de luxe, des croisieres transatlantiques, de la celebre Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs de Paris (1925). Production eminemment elitiste , certes - reservee aux "beautiful people" peints par Tamara de Lempicka - ces oeuvres d'avant-garde allient l'esthetique a la technologie, le raffinement a l'imagination. (Offert parallement a l'expo de la Legion d'Honneur sur le meme theme - "One of the most glamorous and popular artistic styles;" "Escapism in sexy streamlined fun!") 9:30am-12:30 PM). $2.50 (brunch included!). City College of San Francisco, Visual Arts Building (Room V114). rmorel@ccsf.edu.

May 10, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

May 21-23, 2004. SOCIETE SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR COLLOQUE INTERNATIONAL. Monterey Institute of International Studies. Renseignements: gkapuscinski@miis.edu ou guyyopat@aol.com.

June 11-13, 2004. FIRST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO DJANGO REINHARD FESTIVAL. Fox Theater, Redwood City. Details to follow.

June 14, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

July 12, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

August 9, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

September 13, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

September 14-October 3, 2004. THE ROMANTIC RHINE & MOSELLE TO HISTORIC ALSACE & LORRAINE. The Commonwealth Club of California takes a journey aboard the 78-passenger Rembrandt. An elegant river journey through some of Europe's most enchanting scenery. An optional Strasbourg extension is available. Tour cost: From $2495 + air. For more information: 415.597.6720 or e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org.

October 6-19, 2004. JEWELS OF INDOCHINA. An in-depth discovery of Myanmar, Thailand & Cambodia with the Commonwealth Club of California. From $4795 plus air (flights within Indochina are included in tour cost). For more information: 415.597.6720 or e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org.

October 6-31, 2004. CAN-CAN. Cole Porter's songs highlight a wry comedy about the battle between a serious-minded judge and a free-spirited Montmartre nightclub owner during La Belle Epoque--the era when the scandalous can-can dance turned Paris into "Gay Paree!" Includes "C'est Magnifique" and "Allez-Vous-En." 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness Ave, #E3621, SF. www.42ndstmoon.org or 415.255.8207 for details and tickets.

October 11, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

November 8, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

December 13, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

ALWAYS CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DATES AND TIMES!

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