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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
March 16-24, 2006

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*MARCH EVENTS*

March 16, 2006.  LES VAMPIRES (1916).  Not really vampires, but just as evil – selections from LOUIS FEUILLADE’s serial, with live music by the Ahl-I-Nafs.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  $10.  7pm.

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.  2006:  TRENDS IN THE IT VENTURE CAPITAL MARKET.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco proudly invites you to its:  "2006: Trends in the IT Venture Capital Market"  Participants:  Alex Serge VIEUX, Chairman, CEO and Founder, Dasar, Eric BUATOIS, Managing Director, Sofinnova Ventures, Nicolas ELBAZE, Partner, Partech International, Aymerik RENARD, General Partner, Innovacom.  Location:  Bingham McCutchen, 1900 University Avenue, East Palo Alto,  For more information and registration:  http://www.faccsf.com/Events/ht_march2006.html

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.  TOM RIGNEY performs ACOUSTIC NEW ORLEANS… Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea.  650.728.BREW or http://www.hmbbrewingco.com for details.  6pm-9pm

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 16-19 & 23-26, 2006.  JESS CURTIS / GRAVITY AT CounterPULSE.  Jess Curtis/Gravity presents an evening of fun and thoughtful interdisciplinary dance and aerial works choreographed Jess Curtis in collaboration with international guests Jörg Müller (France) and members of Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company : Claire Cunningham (Scotland), and Jami Quarrell (England).  Tickets: $15-20; Info/Res : (415) 435-7549 www.jesscurtisgravity.org; 8:30 pm.  CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St @ 9th, San Francisco

Through March 17, 2006.  5TH ANNUAL TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Tiburon Playhouse Theater, 415.381.4123 or http://www.TiburonFilmFestival.com or info@TiburonFilmFestival.com for details.  Films of possible interest to francophiles include: 

* ABSOLUT (Switzerland, dir. Romed Wyder, 2004)
* AFRICAN MIDDLEWEIGHTS (Belgium, dir. Daniel Cattier, 2004)
* BLACK IN MEN (Canada, dir. Alexandre Gibault, 2005)
* A DECENT FACTORY (France/Finland, dir. Thomas Balmès, 2004)
* DOO WOP (France, dir. David Lanzmann, 2005)
* ELLEKTRA (Belgium, dir. Rudolph Mestdagh, 2004)
* FACES OF CHANGE (Mauritania and others, multiple directors, 2005)
* FOR BREAD ALONE (Algeria, Morocco, dir. Rachid Benhadj, 2005)
* ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (Tahiti surf film, dir. Brown & Barracks, 2004)
* MAKING OF MAHDOKHT (Morocco, dir. Shirin Neshat, 2005)
* MAMAN LAST CALL (Canada, dir. François Bouvier, 2004)
* 1 KEY FOR TWO (Belgium, dir. Delphine Noels, 2005)
* ONE SIBELIUS SEASON (France, dir. Mario Fanfani, 2005)
* OÏO (Canada, dir. Simon Goulet, 2003)
* PARABOLA (Belgium, dir. Karim Ouelhaj, 2005)
* PHOTOGRABBER (France, dir. Pascal Tosi, 2004)
* SAINT MONICA (Canada, dir. Terrance Odette, 2002)
* STRANGE CRIME (France, dir. Roberto Andò, with Daniel Auteuil, 2004)
* TUAREGS AND TOUBABS (Mali, dir. Dottie Leroux, 2005)
* UNITED STATES OF ALBERT (Canada, France, Switzerland, dir. André Forcier, 2005)
* VISIONS OF EUROPE (European Union Member States, 2004)

March 17, 2006.  ETEL ADNAN talks about IN THE HEART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

March 17, 2006.  THE AWARDS – A TASTY COMPETITION.  Contest for imaginative mustard recipes from celebrity chefs.  Authentic NEW ORLEANS JAZZ will provide the ambiance… Guests can vote on the People’s Choice Chef of the Year.  $100 in advance; $150 at the door.  7pm.

March 17, 2006.  PERSPECTIVES SUR LA PERSPECTIVE (1e partie):  DE LA PERSPECTIVE NATURELLE A LA PERSPECTIVE ARTIFICIELLE. Conférence animée par Renée Morel, proposée par San Francisco Bay Accueil à l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755.  Jusqu'au XVe siècle, en Occident, les peintres ont souvent multiplié les angles de vue à l'intérieur du même tableau, privilégiant ainsi les qualités narratives de l'image aux dépens d'une observation réaliste. Mais, à la Renaissance, la recherche de l'unité spatio-temporelle fait que l'on va focaliser le regard.  En 1425, l'architecte italien Brunelleschi fait la première démonstration de la perspective linéaire, que le peintre Masaccio applique dans sa fresque de la Trinité à Santa Maria Novella, à Florence. Bientôt, les méthodes empiriques qui, depuis toujours, gouvernent la représentation, sont supplantées par une maîtrise scientifique des principes de la perspective. Pour la première fois, la peinture est conçue comme un savoir rationnel, défini à l'aide de règles, un système totalisant qui permet de produire un art d'illusion. Cette révolution picturale va transformer notre manière de voir!    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 17, 2006.   MY LUNCH WITH ANNA.  Screening of Alain Buffard’s film about Anna Halprin.  A question and answer session will follow, featuring Anna Halprin & Alain Buffard.  7pm.  ODC Theater, 3153 Seventeenth Street, San Francisco.  415-863-9834.  www.odctheater.org.  7pm.

March 17, 2006.  ANDREW THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm.  $13.

March 17-19, 2006.  ALAIN BUFFARD IN SAN FRANCISCO.  The French choreographer, dancer and video artist Alain Buffard will be at ODC in San Francisco, March 17th through 19th.  Buffard is a major rising figure in French contemporary art. This is his Bay Area debut. On his way to New York, he will come to San Francisco for three days to show work and screen his film, a tribute to legendary Bay Area icon, Anna Halprin.  Specifically: March 18 & 19, 2006.  GOOD BOY, solo piece by ALAIN BUFFARD.  ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell, SF.  415.863.9834 or http://www.odctheater.org for details.  $18.  Saturday 8pm, Sunday 7pm.: This program is supported by the Cultural Service, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

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.  BUYING A HOME IN FRANCE.  Seminar presented by Laurence Raybois, author of Chez Moi: The Foreigner's Guide to Buying a Home in France.  Saturday March 18, 2006, 9am to 4pm, at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street in San Francisco, Suite 310.  Information and registration at The French Class, 415.362.3666.  The fee is as follows: $95 if registering on or before February 28, 2006, $115 after that; $80 for spouse/domestic partner of person paying full price, if registering before February 28, 2006, $100 after that.  The presentation will cover the following topics:  A step-by-step summary of the process, with an emphasis on the French peculiarities; A close look at prices and types of real estate for each geographical area; Renting your property for profit; Undertaking a construction or remodeling project; The cultural mistakes to avoid in the process; Questions and answers.  Details:  The French Class, 415.362.3666.

March 18, 2006.  AUX CAJUNALS performs at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Blvd., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 for details.  $11-$13.

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 18, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Prochaine réunion chez Jon Daley à Bodega.  18h.  The event will be hosted at:  Chanslor Ranch, 2660 Coast Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923.  (We're lucky to have access to this fabulous place (as Jon works there).  There's room to dance if we have the music. It overlooks the ocean.  There is a big white sign that says Chanslor Ranch out front.   Daniel is in the process of gathering some musician friends so that we can offer a nice live music jam.  Jon will provide some fresh French bread, some salads, and some drinks. As usual, bring also your preferred food/drink too, so to contribute as a potluck.  Kids: welcome, but parents supervision is required.  IMPORTANT:  For the success of this event, please RSVP to Daniel (ddigallo@hotmail.com)  and Jon (frosebcal@yahoo.com) ASAP.

March 18 & 19, 2006.  GOOD BOY.  Alain Buffard’s solo is about the fragility of the body, of overcoming illness, and of survival.  Performances take place at ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell Street, San Francisco.  415-863-9834.  http://www.odctheater.org 

March 18-19, 2006.  THE MARKETPLACE – A SIGNATURE EVENT FOR CONNOISSEURS.  Mustards from around the world.  11am-5pm.  Copia, Napa.

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 19, 2006.  CLASSICAL GUITARIST PAUL GALBRAITH performs works from his forthcoming CD of music by DEBUSSY, RAVEL and Bach.  Spreckels Performing Art Center, Rohnert Park.  707.588.3400 or  http://www.spreckelsoneline.com for details.  7:30pm. 

Through March 19, 2006.  NORTH BAY REP presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, based on the 17th-century French fairy tale.  San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael.  415.485.3333 for tickets.

March 20, 2006.  BOOK CLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Première réunion le lundi 20 mars, à 6 :30pm, San Francisco (chez Bérénice autour d’un potluck, envoyez un email à  blemarch@sfsu.edu pour l’adresse exacte). Notre première sélection est «Une Si longue lettre » de Mariama Bâ, auteur du Sénégal. Venez partager et discuter de vos idées sur ce petit livre décrivant la culture et la société de l’Afrique francophone.

March 20, 2006.  JULIA!  AMERICA’S FAVORITE CHEF.  When Julia Child volunteered in Europe during World War II, she met her two lifelong loves:  her husband Paul and FRENCH FOOD.  She changed the way Americans cooked, ate, and thought about food.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

March 20, 2006.  SONOMA-PROVENCE FEAST AT THE FINLEY CENTER.  For information, write to christine@piccin.com or check out http://www.SantaRosaRec.com or http://www.SurLaTable.com for more details.

March 21, 2006.  MOROCCAN TAJINES CLASS at Sur La Table. For information, write to christine@piccin.com or check out http://www.SantaRosaRec.com or http://www.SurLaTable.com for more details.

March 21, 2006.  PIETER WISPELWEY, cellist, performs DEBUSSY’S SONATA NO.1 IN D MINOR.  Dejan Lazic, piano.  San Francisco Performances.  http://www.performances.org or 415.392.2545 for details.

March 21, 2006.  HELENE ATTIA, vocals & guitar, performs with Owen Davis, congas, at BISTRO LIAISON, 1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.  510.849.2155. 6:00pm - 9:00pm.  http://www.liaisonbistro.com for details.

March 21, 2006.  BIRDY NAM NAM.   Blasthaus presents the San Francisco debut of one of France's most exciting new acts, Birdy Nam Nam. Entirely created on the turntables, BNN's first album was received in high acclaim worldwide. A fusion of 4 DJ-technicians who decided to focus on music after winning the 2002 DMC World Team Championship. BNN take the turntable to a totally different level. Check it. An entire week of events celebrating the launch of SF's newest destination for art, music and cuisine, BOCA, the Bar of Contemporary Art.  8 pm doors / show 9 pm.  BOCA, 414 Jessie St., San Francisco / 21+UP  http://www.blasthaus.com/calendar.html   $7 advance ($1 service charge) / $10 door / capacity limited / 21+UP

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

March 21-25, 2006.  BOUQUETS TO ART.  Regula Allenspach-Weil - Floral Designer Bouquets to Art - at the De Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco www.bouquetstoart.org.  What is a better introduction to Spring than dozens of stunning, elaborate floral arrangements displayed in a dramatic museum setting? And what better way to see the new de Young than when the museum is filled with Bouquets to Art?  This eagerly awaited annual event, now in its 22nd season, features the work of one hundred and thirty noted Bay Area florists, designers and garden clubs. Each participant selects a painting or sculpture from the de Young in advance, and creates a floral design related to the artwork or setting. For more information:  Consulate General of Switzerland, 456 Montgomery Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94104, Tel:  415 788 2272 or Vertretung@sfr.rep.admin.ch for details.

March 22, 2006.  MARTHA, MARTHA (2000).   De Sandrine Veysset avec Lucie Régnier, Valérie Donzelli, Yann Goven.  Interdit aux moins de 12 ans.  Dedicated "to the need for consolation," Sandrine Veysset’s MARTHA...MARTHA tells the incredibly bleak tale of a woman who collapses under the weight of her own desperation. Martha (played with reckless abandon by Valerie Donzelli), a young wife and mother, begins to loathe the quiet, boring life she has managed to carve for herself.  $6 ($3 AFSF members).  In French with English Subtitles.  Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, 415.775.7755

March 22, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  THE RED WINES OF BURGUNDY. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

Through March 23, 2006.  THE CONFORMIST.  Bernardo Bertolucci film with JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT.  Balboa, 3630 Balboa (at 38th), SF.  415.221.8184 or http://www.balboamovies.com for showtimes.

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.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses LE PETIT GARÇON de PHILIPPE LABRO.  Animated by Raymond Lemieux at the AF, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200.  707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.  7pm.

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 23, 2006.  VITALIC.  Blasthaus presents the San Francisco debut live performance by France's VITALIC. An entire week of events celebrating the launch of SF's newest destination for art, music and cuisine, BOCA, the Bar of Contemporary Art.  9 pm - 2 am.  BOCA, 414 Jessie St., San Francisco / 21+UP.  http://www.blasthaus.com/calendar.html   $15 advance ($1 service charge) / $12 door / capacity limited / 21+UP

March 23, 2006.   SILICONFRENCH and GABA (German American Business Association) presents LEADERSHIP IN MULTI-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS.  Come and join us for our third SiliconFrench event of the year 2006  which will be moderated by Red Herring. Mingle with old and new French-speaking professionals and many other international friends.   info@interfrench.com 6pm-9pm. SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304.  $30.   For more information:  http://www.gaba-network.org  Co-hosted by Silicon French www.siliconfrench.com.

March 23 & 24, 2006.  COMING TO TERMS.  Many societies are forced to confront the past as they chart their course to the future.  In BURUNDI, former enemies are learning how to share power without violence, while in northern Spain, a BASQUE family is divided on the question of self-determination.  KQED TV9.  8pm on 3/23 and 2am on 3/24.

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. 3/24, Grace Cathedral, SF; 3/25, Mission Santa Clara, Santa Clara; 3/31, Grace Cathedral,  SF; 4/1, St. Mark’s Church, Berkeley.  All performances at 8pm. http://www.chanticleer.org or 415.392.4400 or info@chanticleer.org for details.

March 25, 2006.  CELEBREZ LA FRANCOPHONIE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE ~ CONCOURS DE DICTEE.  Venez tester votre connaissance de la langue française à l’Alliance. 3 dictées seront proposées: Une en 3 niveaux de difficulté pour les francophones une seconde pour les français de langue maternelle, et une dernière pour les élèves des établissements franco-américains. De nombreux prix à gagner! 14h, Suivie à 15h30 de la projection du film “Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran” (2003 François Dupeyron).  Alliance Française , 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, Entrée libre,  RSVP 415.775.7755.

March 25, 2006.  ELLIS MARSALIS, NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PATRIACH, performs at the SF Jazz Spring Season.  8pm.  Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.  800.225.2277 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

March 25-April 9, 2006.  LE THEATRE DE LA BAIE DU SUD joue POPCORN.   Le Theatre de La Baie du Sud va jouer une nouvelle piece fin mars debut Avril.  After the success of “Impair et Père” in 2004, the "Théatre de la Baie du Sud " (South Bay Theatre) is proud to invite you to "Popcorn" by British playwright Ben Elton.  The play will be performed in French with English subtitles. Under 15 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.  Outline of the play :  An independent film director is going to live the craziest and most dangerous time of his life. Hollywood, TV, violence, sex and drugs… an explosive and thought provoking cocktail!  Community School of Music & Arts at Finn center, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.  3/25 8:00pm ; 3/26 7:00pm ; 4/8 8:00pm, 4/9 7:00pm.  At the door: $15 ; Reservation:  $12 at http://www.theatrebds.com/prochainement.html or contact a member of the theater group.  Students, SFBA, Alliance Française, Seniors : $12 (please bring your membership card).

Through March 26, 2006.  THE WIDE-ANGLE CINEMA OF MICHEL BRAULT.  Documentary collaborations between BRAULT and Quebec radio personality PIERRE PERRAULT; 5 decades of collaboration, POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE (Of Whales, the Moon and Men), DRIFTING UPSTREAM (with a young Genevieve Bujold), ORDERS, and more.  Nearly 80, Brault will appear at screenings in conjunction with his current PFA teaching residency.   Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  $4-$8.

March 26, 2006.  COTTAGE BRUNCH EN FRANÇAIS chez LEONARD & KIMBERLY.  People at all levels of French speaking away with great abandon in a supportive atmosphere that encourages people to correct each other and to ask questions… By now you now the run down:  morning pastries, mimosa cocktails, pitchers of fresh coffee, juice,steamed milk, and chocolat chaud.  If you'd like to attend, contact Leonard to reserve your place.  Come anytime between 10 am and noon.  Berkeley.  $20 per person.  Reservations a must.  Children welcome at half price.  Call: 510.841.0686 or leonardp@sbcglobal.net

March 29, 2006.  SAMIA (2000).  De Philippe Faucon avec Lynda Benahouda, Nadia El Koutei, Kheira Oualhaci.  Samia is a teenage girl belonging to a family of Algerian Muslims who have settled in the southern French town of Marseilles. Although lured by the pleasures and opportunities that contemporary Western culture offers her, Samia is continually restrained by her family. Naturally, they expect her to follow their traditions to the letter and, for a woman, this means staying at home all day looking after their men folk. In the end, Samia has no option but to rebel against her family and find a new life for herself… $6 ($3 AFSF members).  In French with English Subtitles.  Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, 415.775.7755

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 30, 2006.  NOUS NON PLUS performs at the Café du Nord.  For information about this “best French rock band in all of New York City,” peopled by former members of SANS CULOTTEShttp://noisepop.com/2006 for details.

March 30 - April 2, 2006.  THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF JACQUES DEMY.  Cinephile turned filmmaker Jacques Demy (1931-1990) created a filmic world shaped by his deep appreciation for the works of René Clair, Jean Cocteau, Robert Bresson, and Max Ophuls (to whom he dedicated his first feature Lola) as well as many classical Hollywood directors. Themes of chance and absence, circular plotlines tracing the destinies of his characters, masterfully choreographed camera movements, and a penchant for decorative elegance are trademarks of Demy's cinematic style.  Demy's connection to musical structure, expressed through his frequent collaborations with composer Michel Legrand, gives yet another distinctive quality to his melancholic tales of love. From the spectacular opening glissando of Bay of Angels, in which Beethoven's Seventh Symphony accompanies a tracking shot along the French Riviera, to the sung-through recitative of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg or the expressive dance numbers of The Young Girls of Rochefort, Demy's world is one of harmony and grace. His use of location shooting-in his hometown of Nantes, Cherbourg, Rochefort, and, remarkably, Los Angeles-reveals his love for locale. Demy's world is steeped in tender emotion, his eye for cinema an extension of his love of life. (Susan Oxtoby)  Movies include:  Lola, Bay of Angels,Model Shop, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacquot,The Young Girls of Rochefort.  Supported by the Cultural Service, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way between College and Telegraph - http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/enchanting/index.html 

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.

March 31 &  April 1, 2006.  HUMANITIES WEST presents EMPEROR CHARLES V:  CONQUEST, FAITH, AND SPLENDOR IN THE WORLD OF A RENAISSANCE PRINCE.  Although Charles V was Emperor of Spain and had dominion over Austria as well, much of this conference may be of interest to francophiles, including performances of secular music from the sixteenth century and secular music from the sixteenth century.  For more information:  415.391.9700 or http://www.humanitieswest.org for details.

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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THE BRANSON SCHOOL SEEKS PART-TIME FRENCH TEAHER, 2006-2007 SCHOOL YEAR.  Located in Ross, California, The Branson School is an academically rigorous coeducational day school, serving 320 students grades 9-12.  The Branson School is seeking a part-time French Teacher beginning September 2006.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in French with teaching experience at the high school or university level.  Advanced degree and expertise in literature and history of the French-speaking world outside of France preferred.  Prior experience in independent schools is a plus.   Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to:  Margaret Cecchetti, Language Department Chair, The Branson School, P.O. Box 887, Ross, CA  94957 or Margaret_Cecchetti@branson.org.  The Branson School is an equal opportunity employer.

FRENCH LANGUAGE TEACHERS NEEDED IN MONTEREY. Visit the website: http://www.dliflc.edu  See Vacancy Announcement FPS-06-001, How to Apply section. 831.242.4403

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.

CACHÉ. With Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil; in French, with English subtitles. Embarcadero Center,  SF ; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.464.5980; Rialto, Santa Rosa, 707.525.4840 .

THE CONFORMIST.  Bernardo Bertolucci film with JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT.  Balboa, 3630 Balboa (at 38th), SF.  415.221.8184 or http://www.balboamovies.com for showtimes.

March 9-17, 2006.  5TH ANNUAL TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Tiburon Playhouse Theater, 415.381.4123 or http://www.TiburonFilmFestival.com or info@TiburonFilmFestival.com for details.  Films of possible interest to francophiles include: 

* ABSOLUT (Switzerland, dir. Romed Wyder, 2004)
* AFRICAN MIDDLEWEIGHTS (Belgium, dir. Daniel Cattier, 2004)
* BLACK IN MEN (Canada, dir. Alexandre Gibault, 2005)
* A DECENT FACTORY (France/Finland, dir. Thomas Balmès, 2004)
* DOO WOP (France, dir. David Lanzmann, 2005)
* ELLEKTRA (Belgium, dir. Rudolph Mestdagh, 2004)
* FACES OF CHANGE (Mauritania and others, multiple directors, 2005)
* FOR BREAD ALONE (Algeria, Morocco, dir. Rachid Benhadj, 2005)
* ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (Tahiti surf film, dir. Brown & Barracks, 2004)
* MAKING OF MAHDOKHT (Morocco, dir. Shirin Neshat, 2005)
* MAMAN LAST CALL (Canada, dir. François Bouvier, 2004)
* 1 KEY FOR TWO (Belgium, dir. Delphine Noels, 2005)
* ONE SIBELIUS SEASON (France, dir. Mario Fanfani, 2005)
* OÏO (Canada, dir. Simon Goulet, 2003)
* PARABOLA (Belgium, dir. Karim Ouelhaj, 2005)
* PHOTOGRABBER (France, dir. Pascal Tosi, 2004)
* SAINT MONICA (Canada, dir. Terrance Odette, 2002)
* STRANGE CRIME (France, dir. Roberto Andò, with Daniel Auteuil, 2004)
* TUAREGS AND TOUBABS (Mali, dir. Dottie Leroux, 2005)
* UNITED STATES OF ALBERT (Canada, France, Switzerland, dir. André Forcier, 2005)
* VISIONS OF EUROPE (European Union Member States, 2004)

JOYEUX NOEL (Christian Carion).  Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film based on a true story:  Christmas Eve 1914 – On a World War I battlefield, a momentous event changed the lives of soldiers from France, Germany and England.  Sequoia, Mill Valley, 415.388.4862; Embarcadero Center, SF; Albany; Clay, SF, 415.267.4893 or CinéArts@Empire, SF, 415.661.2539.  View the trailer at http://www.joyeuxnoelmovie.com

LES VAMPIRES (1916).  Not really vampires, but just as evil – selections from LOUIS FEUILLADE’s serial, with live music by the Ahl-I-Nafs.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  $10.  7pm.  March 16, 2006.

WHEN THE SEA RISES (Yolande Moreau & Gilles Porte, France, 2005). A woman discovers the beauty of simplicity in her comedy show around the French-Belgian border.  Balboa, 3620  Balboa St., SF.  415.221.8184 or http://www.balboamovies.com for details.

 THE WIDE-ANGLE CINEMA OF MICHEL BRAULT.  Documentary collaborations between BRAULT and Quebec radio personality PIERRE PERRAULT; 5 decades of collaboration, POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE (Of Whales, the Moon and Men), DRIFTING UPSTREAM (with a young Genevieve Bujold), ORDERS, and more.  Nearly 80, Brault will appear at screenings in conjunction with his current PFA teaching residency.   Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  $4-$8.  March 9-26, 2006.

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*ART* 

Now open. WORKS BY EUROPEAN, AMERICAN AND MEXICAN MASTERS, including TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, TISSOT, ROUAULT, BRAQUE, CHAGALL and more.  Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF.  415.433.2771 or http://www.pasqualeart.com for details.

March 18-June 18, 2006.  INTERNATIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS exhibit.  International perspective on the history of arts and crafts.  De Young Museum.  415.863.3330 or http://thinker.org/deyoung for details.

March 21-26, 2006.  SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE, a multimedia exhibition of portraits and historic testimonials from the TUBEHO PROJECT about the RWANDAN genocide.  Project Artaud Theatre, 450 Florida, SF.  415.863.9834.

Through March 25, 2006.  CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN ABSTRACTION.  Work by many artists, including CHRISTIAN DE CAMBIAIRE.  Newmark  Gallery, 251 Post St.,  SF.  415.392.3692 or http://www.newmarkgallery.com for details on the show.  For more information about the artist, see:  http://perso.wanadoo.fr/christian.decambiaire/

Through March 25, 2006.  AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, including UBU TELLS THE TRUTH (1996-97),  Portfolio of eight etchings.  This suite of 8 etchings depicts the notorious despot Ubu Roi, created by avant garde playwright ALFRED JARRY in 1896. In Jarry's farce, Père Ubu--a mediocre, middle level official--is urged by his wife to murder Poland's royal family to become king himself. His is a reign of terror and corruption, and his character comes to personify all that is base, cruel and stupid in the world.  Originally designed for marionettes, Jarry's farce caused an uproar in Paris and helped shape the progress of avant-garde theater in the 20th century. In the late 1990s, Kentridge was invited to participate in an exhibition entitled "Ubu + 100". He produced a whole series of narratives about the character, fitting the iconic villain into a South African context. In these etchings, Kentridge splits the Ubu character in two (a similar format to his ongoing narrative feud between Felix and Soho in his other works), suggesting with the different forms, a rift between the public and private self. The absurd but devastating despot is pictured in chalk white outline, wielding his sword and pontificating through a megaphone, while the nude figure is shown trapped within, subsumed by his outer persona but constantly trying to rid or cleanse himself of his public actions.  Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., SF.  415.771.7020 for details.

Opening March 25, 2006.  ALBERT HADJIGANEV ~ Paintings by the Paris-educated Bulgarian artist.  Axelle Gallery, 434 Post St., Union Square, SF.  415.434.4341 or http://www.axelle.com/sanfrancisco/ah/index.htm for details.

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 1, 2005.  HENRI MATISSE:  RHYTHM AND LINE.  Aquatints and etchings.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF.  415.421.7171 or http://www.meyerovich.com for details.

Through April 1, 2006.  THE WORK OF LYNNE MICHAELIS.  Lynne Michaelis was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where nature inspired her early passions. An ever persistent curiosity made her a keen explorer and from age eighteen she travelled extensively. Influences during the time she spent in Jerusalem (where she lived for 27 years), are clearly noticeable in her work. With a strong interest in medieval history and art, and a deep need to experiment with nature’s forces, she developed a unique personal duel between paper and its intricacies by studying Filigree, a weaving art form using thin threads of either gold or silver.   Now living in San Francisco with her husband David, Lynne Michaelis is reaping the benefits of having been a part of so many different world cultures, and it is here, at the furthest point of the Western worlds, where she further perfects and pursues her art and career. Her work is part of a number of significant private collections, both in Jerusalem and San Francisco. She also enjoys working in close collaboration with designers and art consultants on specific projects. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, 415.775.7755.

April 7-May 12, 2006.  MATERIAL WORLD ~ CCA ART EXHIBIT.  Alliance Française and California College of the Arts present ” Material World”, a group exhibition of graduate students, alumni, and faculty curated by Charles Beronio with a screening curated by Virginia Kleker.  The show addresses an array of concerns regarding the world we inhabit and issues of globalization, economy, commerce, consumerism, materialism, the immaterial, and the sublime.  This exhibiton marks the first in an annual exchange between Alliance Française and the California College of the Arts.  Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco .  Free.  415.775.7755.

Through April 23, 2006.  BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS BY SWISS ARTIST HANS MAULI.  American Conservatory Theater A.C.T. Gallery at the Geary, 2nd Floor, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-5834.  M information at: http://galleryatthegeary.com/pages/mauli.html Join us for the Artist reception on Saturday, March 4 from 5pm-7pm

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.

Through May 13, 2006.  THOMAS HIRSCHHORN ~ UTOPIA, UTOPIA = ONE WORLD, ONE WAR, ONE ARMY, ONE DRESS, presented by The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.  Opening reception: Thursday, March 9, 7:30-9:00 PM.  In the past decade, Thomas Hirschhorn has emerged as one of the most provocative and inventive figures in contemporary art.  Utopia, Utopia = One World, One War, One Army, One Dress, his ambitious new exhibition project, examines the ubiquity of camouflage in contemporary society. Without advancing a specific political position, it asks us to consider anew what it means when a costume of war becomes a universal style - adopted not only by military and paramilitary groups around the globe, but also by fashion, consumer products and even children's toys. Spanning references from music videos and art history to war and haute couture, Utopia, Utopia invites us to freshly confront our experience of the world as it exists today.  This exhibition was co produced by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.  For further information on the CCA Wattis Institute please visit http://www.wattis.org .  CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Logan Galleries, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, Tel: 415.551.9210, Gallery hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday.  Sponsored by:  Consulate General of Switzerland, 456 Montgomery Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94104, Tel:  415 788 2272 or Vertretung@sfr.rep.admin.ch for details.

May 19-June 30, 2006.  SYLVIE SEREX-BONNET presents MEMOIRES OUBLIEES.  Sylvie Serex-Bonnet is from Geneva, Switzerland and lives in the Bay Area. She has a Master Degree in Psychopedagogy from the University of Geneva with a specialization in Psychoanalysis for Children. For several years she has been involved professionally as well as personally in helping children in difficulty. She spent five years in the hospital for children in Geneva and was in charge of the psychological support of the children having cancer, leukemia and children abused and neglected.  She started to do painting as a self-taught person and then, took some classes at the "Beaux Arts of Geneva". These past few years have awoken in her a need to share her paintings. Her aim is to set up an exhibition which would entirely profit a specific foundation working to help suffering children.  Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco .   Free.  415.775.7755.

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*

RECHERCHE FAMILLES D’ACCUEIL / LOOKING FOR HOST FAMILIES. ETE / SUMMER 2006  (June or July or August, 2 weeks total).  Student #1:  ECHANGE: Clément a 11 ans,  il est en Cinquième. Il sera en vacances à partir de la fin juin. Il recherche un petit copain américain qui pourrait sejourner chez lui en France en juin ou juillet et ensuite Clément souhaiterait venir séjourner dans cette famille californienne pendant une semaine ou deux.  Clément joue au tennis, aime jouer aux jeux video, il est actif et aime etre occupé, il est très curieux. Il a déjà beaucoup voyagé à l'étranger avec ses parents. Il habite à Cabries (près de Aix en  Provence et de Marseille). Clément a une soeur de 7 ans, Camille).  //   Student #2 : Rémi  a 16 ans, il est en Seconde. Il sera en Californie à partir du 15 juin. Il souhaite découvrir la culture américaine et améliorer son anglais. Il recherche une famille d’accueil avec de préférence un adolescent de son age pour y séjourner 1 ou 2 semaines. Rémi aime lire, l'histoire, le judo, et autres sports, et écoute beaucoup de musique. Il est de caractère doux et calme. Il habite à Clamart, France (région parisienne) avec ses parents et son frère Denis, 11 ans.  PLEASE CONTACT : Sylvie Langlois (aunt of these 2 children).  Tel : (707) 257.3408 evening or E-mail : sls@saverglass.com

BOURSES POUR LES JEUNES ETRANGERS.  Le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et l'Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis proposent chaque année des bourses destinées à permettre à de jeunes étrangers (18-25 ans) parlant français de séjourner en France pendant une dizaine de jours et de particper à un programmes d'activités culturelles et/ou sportives (v. pièce attachée).  Pour les 10 états de la zone consulaire, les cinq bourses concernent les villes ou régions suivantes Paris (3) du 17 au 24 juillet  ou du 24 au 31 juillet  ou du 31 juillet au 7 août 2006 La Rochelles francofolies (1) du 11 au 20 juillet 2006 Alsace (1) du 6 au 20 août 2006 Seul le billet d'avion  Etats-Unis/Paris/Etats-Unis est à la charge du candidat retenu.  Le descriptif et le formulaire de préinscription sont disponibles sur le site du Service Culturel de l'Ambassade : http://www.frenchculture.org/education/support/youth/index.html  Il importe que le formulaire de préinscription parvienne au Consulat de France à San Francisco avant le 10 mars 2006.  (Jean-François QUESTIN, Attaché culturel adjoint, Consulat Général de San Francisco, http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org 

WIN A TRIP TO PARIS!  Folies Fantastiques Prize Drawing (proceeds benefit the French American International School & International High School).   Enter to win one of 3 fabulous prizes, including a trip for two with airfare to Paris or a B&B stay at the Ritz-Carlton!  To find out more about this wonderful opportunity or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.frenchamericansf.org/ways_to_give/foliesfantastiques_2006.htm Please direct questions or comments to Sabra Stoner at sabras@frenchamericaninternational.org.

SOIRÉE DES ARTS GALA.  Sunday, April 30, 2006.  The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.  The Soirée des Arts, originally conceived as an homage to the culinary talent in San Francisco, has evolved over the years to acknowledge unique individuals who have, through art or technology, made a difference to our community and beyond. This year’s honorees will be Joyce Goldstein & Paula West.   A six-course dinner will be prepared by celebrated Bay Area chefs and a silent auction will allow guests to bid on some fantastic items. Funds raised at the Soirée des Arts benefit the arts and technology programs at the French American International School and International High School.  Individual Ticket: $225, Patron Ticket: $325 (includes a champagne reception with the honorees and performers).  Visit http://www.frenchamericansf.org/ways_to_give/soiree.html for more information.  Please direct questions or comments to Sabra Stoner at sabras@frenchamericaninternational.org.

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

NÉFETARI®!  Néfetari® skin care products and services caters to each individual’s special needs. Its owner, Houria, has studied under world-renowned skin experts and dermatologists and brings over 15 years of knowledge to Néfetari’s clients. This experience and a unique attention to each client’s needs, allows Néfetari to guarantee results, even for the most troubled skin. Nefetari uses and recommends only the highest quality skin care and make-up products, by Sothys® Paris, made from all-natural ingredients. For more information, go to http://www.nefertari.com or call 650.324.0659

CANOE ISLAND FRENCH CAMP.  Canoe Island French Camp is nestled in the center of the sunny San Juan Islands of Northwestern Washington. Campers from ages 9-16 live and explore their own 47-acre island while taking part in a unique mix of French language and culture and the outdoor and artistic activities of a classic Northwest summer camp.  With only 40 participants each session, campers can customize their experience -- artistic and theatrical, adventuresome and athletic - or a mixture.  Days are filled with new friends and exciting activities, all with a French flair.  http://www.canoeisland.org/

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

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.

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 IN MENLO PARK.   All levels welcome!   Place: CAFE BORRONE, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park CA 94025.  Time:  6:30 p.m.  (people come anytime between 6:30 and 10:00).  LOOK FOR THE TABLE WITH THE FRENCH FLAG AND DICTIONARY!

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

Thursday afternoons.  CAUSERIES DU JEUDI.  1710 Mendocino Avenue Café.  4:30pm-6pm, with Marina Velichensky.

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 !  Un groupe de conversation française (sfofrench) se rencontre chaque vendredi soir, de 19h à 22h00, à Cafe Segafredo (dans la salle du fond), 235 Powell Street, à San Francisco. Tous les niveaux de français sont bienvenus. Tout le monde est sympathique et l'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*

YOUR SECRET GARDEN IN PARIS.  Your Secret Garden in Paris.  Take your morning coffee and afternoon aperitif in your private garden in Paris! Relax in a quiet, peaceful and comfortable studio apartment looking out on the trees and flowers of your garden.  Walk to the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’ Orsay, and the Seine embankment in minutes.  One block from a metro station and many buses; near cafes and shops.  The 325 sq. ft.  apartment consists of a bed-sitting room (with double bed, couch, TV, dining area) with large glass doors opening on to the garden; a kitchenette with clothes washer and dryer; and a bathroom.  In a well-maintained, clean and secure modern building. Linens, dishes, etc.. provided - everything needed to make your vacation easy and comfortable.  Sleeps two persons.  Non-smokers only.  Rent $750 per week, includes all utilities except telephone calls.  Photos available.  Contact Martine LeGrand at martine.legrand@neuf.fr or call her in France:  (33) 1 39 31 18 73. 

AN APARTMENT ON A MARKET STREET.  Our newly-renovated and newly furnished one bedroom apartment is in an 1895 building on picturesque Rue de Levis.  The neighborhood is safe, secure, very lively and non-touristy.  Around the corner is metro station Villiers (15 minutes from the Louvre), buses, and taxis. Walk to the charming Batignolles district, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees.  This totally renovated apartment features high ceilings, wood floors, old decorative moldings, and a fireplace.  Located on the 5th floor (with elevator), one floor from the top, all rooms face on a quiet courtyard.  This apartment is approximately 500 sq. ft, (48 square meters) and is ideal for two people, though it can accommodate a third.   Bedroom, living room with convertible sofa, kitcheonette, bath and shower.  Please, no smoking. $900 per week or $1950 per month.  Photos available.  Contact Myrna Walton, myrnawalton@sbcglobal.net or call Paris - 33 1 42 94 28 97.

FRENCH WOMAN SEEKS RENT IN SF OR BERKELEY.  French woman, certified Qigong instructor, would like to rent a lodging in SF or Berkeley, half of the rent could be in French classes and/or Qigong classes. Short term rent, 2 or 3 months. Call Marie Christine or Pamela at: 415.793.3329

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*

March 21-May 16, 2006.  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED FRENCH at Book Passage offered by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

March 27-May 24, 2006.  FRENCH CLASSES at Book Passage offered by ANNE BISHOP.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 5-May 24, 2006.  FRENCH REGIONALISM TODAY :  A CULTURAL, LINGUISTIC AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.  Taught by Jacqueline Lindenfeld.  Recent riots in France point to a need for re-assesing the country’s representation of itself as a homogenous and unitary nation – at a time when it also has to re-define its identity in the context of a supranational European Union.  In a spirit of democratic uniformization which can be traced back to the 1789 Revolution, French authorities have tried for over two centuries to stamp out differences within the nation.  But just as the centralization scheme never totally eliminated regional differences in the country, the French  model for integrating immigrants has not succeeded in dealing with ethnic differences within its borders.  The time has come to face the reality of the diversity of France.  In this course we will examine it from various perspecties :  history and geography, sociology and cultural anthropology, as well as ‘layman’ linguistics.  We will explore (with occasional visual support) the existence in France of regional and immigrant languages and cultures.  Lectures, followed by discussion.  No knowledge of French necessary.  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sonoma State University, School of Extended Education, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2691 or http://www.sonoma.edu/exed  or barbara.brooks@sonoma.edu for details. 

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.

September 30-October 14, 2006.   FRENCH COOKING & LANGUAGE CLASSES AT CHATEAU DE CHAMBOST near Lyon.   Imagine learning to cook the way your French grand-mère did! Join us for two 7- day classes where you will learn the traditional French recipes  passed down from family to family as well as have "cours de francais" with Marie-Pierre. The price of $1595 includes all meals, cooking and language classes, and local excursions in and around the region: a tour of Lyon with a boat ride on a "bateau mouche along the Rhone River, a visit to our local  goat cheese farm, as well as learning to make chocolate chez Dufoux. Details at  http://www.frenchpropertyshares.com or 503.678.5402.

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)* 

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 the scholarship fund of the French program at Santa Rosa Junior College. It 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 or by sending a check to AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 by Monday March 27.

April 2, 2006.  FRANCES MAYES talks about A YEAR IN THE WORLD:  JOURNEYS OF A PASSIONATE TRAVELER.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

April 2, 2006.  SKAMPA QUARTET performs RAVEL’S STRING QUARTET  IN F and more.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  http://www.performances.org or 415.392.2545.

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 3-May 24, 2006.  A COURSE ON REGIONAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY IN FRANCE   Taught by Jacqueline Lindenfeld, anthropologist, for the spring ssession of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State Univeristy.  Recent riots in France point to a need for re-assesing the country’s representation of itself as a homogenous and unitary nation – at a time when it also has to re-define its identity in the context of a supranational European Union.  In a spirit of democratic uniformization which can be traced back to the 1789 Revolution, French authorities have tried for over two centuries to stamp out differences within the nation.  But just as the centralization scheme never toally eliminated regional differences in the country, the French  model for integrating immigrants has not succeeded in dealing with ethnic differences within its borders.  The time has come to face the reality of the diversity of France.  In this course we will examine it from various perspecties :  history and geography, sociology and cultural anthropology, as well as ‘layman’ linguistics.  We will explore (with occasional visual support) the existence in France of regional and immigrant languages and cultures.  Lectures, followed by discussion.  No knowledge of French necessary.  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sonoma State University, School of Extended Education, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2691 or http://www.sonoma.edu/exed  or barbara.brooks@sonoma.edu for details. Course will meet on Wednesdays 9:45-11:30 starting April 3.

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.  SUBVERSION ET DESTRUCTION DE LA PERSPECTIVE CLASSIQUE.  Conférence animée par Renée Morel, proposée par San Francisco Bay Acccueil à l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  À partir du XVIIe siècle, la perspective linéaire (dite aussi "classique" - ou "artificielle", car elle suppose un point de vue unique) est si bien entrée dans les moeurs qu'elle semble parfaitement naturelle. Les peintres l'utilisent pour accentuer la lisibilité de leur production ou bien son intensité dramatique.  L'invention de la photographie, puis celle de la chronophotographie, vont cependant déstabiliser les principes de la perspective. Cézanne, suivi par les peintres cubistes (Picasso, Braque) et surtout les futuristes italiens (Boccioni, Balla, Severini), élaborent des perspectives dynamiques suggérant le mouvement par la multiplication d'instants à l'intérieur d'une même composition. De Degas à Warhol, une foule d'artistes novateurs discréditent la vision réaliste avec leurs points de vue inhabituels, leurs cadrages arbitraires et leur fractionnement du réel. Le XXe siècle, on le sait, marque la désagrégation définitive du système perspectif classique... même si celui-ci est revenu en force avec le mouvement hyperréaliste!  10h à 11h.  Les conférences se termineront vers 11h30. Coût:  $7/personne.

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 5, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  THE RED WINES OF BORDEAUX. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

April 5, 2006.  L’AFFAIRE VALERIE   (François Caillat, 2004, 75').  A film-maker travels through mountain villages and  along the shores of Alpine lakes to investigate the disappearance of Valérie  20 years earlier. She allegedly murdered a Canadian tourist before disappearing without a trace. At least that is how the narrator, who was passing through the region at the time, remembers the story. Over the course of the interviews, the elusive Valérie seems to disappear a second time, literally engulfed by the Alpine landscape, magnificently captured on film by François Caillat. A haunting, imposing landscape, where chasms and precipices become metaphors, characters in a work of fiction that the camera turns into a documentary. A film in the form of an essay in which the director takes his work on memory to its highest degree of abstraction.  Alliance Française San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco; $3 AFSF Members $6 others.  In French w/ English subtitles.

April 5-9, 2006.  SONOMA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  For information and complete listing, see http://www.CinemaEpicuria.org or call 707.933.2600. 

April 5 & 12, 2006.  JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU:  OCEAN ADVENTURES.  Premier episode of this multi-part HDTV series.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

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 7, 2006.  HELENE ATTIA, vocals & guitar, performs with Owen Davis, congas, John R.  Burr, piano, Alex Murzyn, flute & sax, and Rich Girard, bass, at ANNA'S JAZZ ISLAND, 2061 Allston Way, Berkeley. 510.841.JAZZ or http://www.AnnasJazzIsland.com for details. 9:00pm-midnight.

April 10, 2006.  KLAUS HARPPRECHT speaks about FRANCE, GERMANY, AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPE.  Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco and the Goethe Institute.  The French-German reconciliation contributed to the origins and developments of EU. Bringing an end to the age-old rivalries, it  constitutes a historic event which transformed the relations of the two peoples. The most challenging ordeal so far has been the American government's unilateral strategy. Even if the situation seems to improve, a huge cultural gap has already been exposed through controversial topics such as religious fundamentalism, the death penalty, and environmental issues. Klaus Harpprecht was born in 1927 in Stuttgart. During WW2, he was wounded and taken as a Prisoner of War by the Americans. In 1953, he became a commentator for American Radio RIAS-Berlin. After publishing his first book, he became the Chief Correspondent for Radio Free Berlin. He worked fifteen years as a press correspondent in the U.S. From 1972 to 1974, he was the chief speech writer to Chancellor Willy Brandt. He has won  awards in journalism and is a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.  7pm.  Alliance Française San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.  AFSF/Goethe Institut members $7 Others $ 10.  RSVP 415.775.7755. In English.

April 11 & 12, 2006.  FORUM USA is an opportunity for students, post-docs and  professionals in all disciplines including engineering, computer science, life sciences (pharmacy, chemistry, biology), and business--to meet and be recruited by leading French and international companies and major research agencies.  Exhibitors include leading  international companies and major research agencies:  Astra Zeneca, Altran, EADS, Airbus, EDF, Total, Saint Gobain, Safran, Solucom, Michelin, Groupe ONA, Highdeal, Genfit, Masterfoods, CNRS, Inserm, INRIA, INRA, CNES, Genopole, etc.  New This Year: The Company Creation Zone: This space brings together all the stakeholders supporting the creation of innovative companies in France including the French Agency for Innovation (http://www.oseo.fr/)  incubators, regional and national economic development agencies.  To participate,  please register at our website:  http://www.forumusa.org/ and upload your resume so that it can be viewed by our exhibitors. Registration is free. All nationalities are welcome.  http://www.siliconfrench.com for more details.  Held at UC Berkeley’s International House.

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 12 & May 10, 2006.  AFRICAN METROPOLIS FILM SERIES.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF.  415.487.ARTS or http://www.ybca.org for details.  $5-$7.  7:30pm.

April 13, 2006.  THE HONORABLE CHRISTINE LAGARDE gives a talk entitled FROM THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF BAKER MCKENAZIE TO THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT:  A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON FRANCE AND FRENCH AMERICAN RELATIONS.  Reception and lunch.  Registration 11:45am-Lunch 12:15pm.  Alexandra Room, Westin St Francis,  335 Powell Street at Union Square - San Francisco, CA 94102. Christine Lagarde has degrees from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) and from the Law School of Paris X University.  She has a post-graduate diploma (DESS) in labour law, a Master’s degree in English and a diploma from Holton Arms School in Bethesda (USA).  Christine Lagarde lectured at Paris-X Law School before joining Baker & McKenzie Paris in 1981.  Christine Lagarde was chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s global policy committee from October 2004 to June 2005. Before then, she chaired Baker & McKenzie’s global executive committee from October 1999 to October 2004. Lawyer with the Paris Bar specializing in anti-trust and labor law, Christine Lagarde had been a partner with Baker & McKenzie Paris since 1987 and served as managing partner from 1991 to 1995, when she was elected to the global executive committee.  The mother of two children, Christine Lagarde has been awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. For more information and registration: http://www.faccsf.com/Events/dejeuner_christine_lagarde.html  

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 18, 2006.  THE THEME OF ALGERIA AND VIOLENCE IN THE WORK OF BOUALEM SANSAL, including discussion with ALGERIAN AUTHOR BOUALEM SANSAL, co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco and the UC Berkeley French Studies Department.  Moderator: Soraya Tlatli (Associate Professor, Department of French, UC Berkeley).  Boualem Sansal was born in Algeria in 1949 and started his career as a writer at the age of 50.  Until that point the economist and engineer, who holds a doctoral degree, had worked as a high-ranking official in the Algerian ministry of industry.  But the assassination of President Boudiaf (1992), the death of a friend, and the ordeal of persecution in a homeland burdened with civil war inspired him to write, in French, about his country, and in so doing enter into a state of inner exile. B. Sansal is the author of Le serment des Barbares (Gallimard, 1999)  and Harraga (Gallimard, 2005)Alliance Française San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.  AFSF members $5  Others $8.  RSVP 415.775.7755.  In French.  7pm.  

April 19, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  THE WINES OF THE RHÔNE. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

Beginning April 26, 2006.  FACCSF STARTUP BOOSTER.  Boosting Early-stage Projects in the Life Science Industry.  Starting April 26th -- Registration Deadline April 12th.  Bio Entrepreneur enroll in a high level 8 week mentorship program and join a network of experts and mentors in your business field !  You have a business idea? Get help for the first step!  From your idea to your project, get unique, personal, one to one expert coaching.  The Startup Booster main goal is to provide support to early stage entrepreneurs through a series of workshops where high-caliber professionals of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF) act as experts and mentors. They will assist individuals interested in developing a business proposition and improve on their entrepreneurial skills. They will also help develop robust business models and attractive business plans for professional investors and/or budget holders within a larger organization. The FACCSF Entrepreneurs and Life Science Committees will provide program participants with strong professional skills, expertise in the bioscience field, and experience with fund raising and start up growth. By the end of the program, as a participant: You will be connected to the extensive FACCSF network, including many high-level decision makers.  You will have acquired a fresh yet firm understanding of what it takes to start your own business or develop new business strategies.  You have a chance to present your business plan to a panel of experts and potential investors and to win a prize attributed to the best business plan and presentation. In addition, the winner of the competition will get a prize to help get started with the business. Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Lawyers, Consultants, members of the FACCSF will mentor these workshops:  Elie Asmar - CEO Interpro; Jean Jacques Bienaime, CEO Biomarin; Pierre Cassigneul - President and CEO XDX; Marc Dangeard - CEO Silicon Valley Technopole; Marie Alice Dibon - Alice Communications, Principal; Martin Doyle - CEO Claryan Technology; Toby Freedman - Author, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development; John E. Hammer - Managing Director, Burill & Co.; Steven D. Kam - Managing Director MP Cogent Valuation; Francois Laugier - Partner Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley(RMKB); Daniel D. Meyers -  Attorney; Didier Perez - Managing Partner Inoventures; Olivier Poissonier - Corporate Finance Consultant; Charlotte Rogers – Consultant; Florent Saint Clair - CEO, SMI Healthcare; Cindy Steiner - Communication Consultant.  For more information and registration: http://www.faccsf.com/Events/Biobooster.html 

April 27, 2006.  CARA BLACK, author of MURDER IN MONTMARTRE, speaks at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  About “Murder in Montmartre”: A childhood friend of Aimée's, now a policewoman, is accused of shooting her partner. In order to clear her friend of the charges against her, Aimée must confront Corsican Separatist terrorists, Montmartre prostitutes, a Surrealist painter's stepdaughter, the French Security Services and the Parisian police. But in so doing Aimée comes one step closer to identifying the culprit in her own father's death, a death that still haunts her.  7pm.  Alliance Française San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.  AFSF members $3 Others $6. RSVP 415.775.7755.  In English.

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 28, 2006.  RANDY WESTON’S AFRICAN RHYTHMS & THE GNAWA MASTER MUSICIANS OF MOROCCO perform at the SF Jazz Spring Season.  800.225.2277 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

April 28, 2006.  DAVID SEDARIS, author of ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, speaks at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium.  8pm.  Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Marin Veterans Auditorium Box Office.

April 28, 2006.  AMADOU & MARIAM perform at Bimbo's 365 Club  (http://www.bimbos365club.com), 1025 Columbus Avenue (at Chestnut Street), San Francisco.   Doors open at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.   Tickets are $25. 21 & over are welcome. http://www.amadou-mariam.com

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 3, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  CHAMPAGNES! All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

May 3, 2006.  LES MAUVAIS GARÇONS (D. Carr Brown, P. Bourgeois, P. Bodet,  2004, 90’).  Or how a small middle-class housing estate – “ La Commanderie ” in Creil – turned into a ghetto in the space of 40 years. Time enough for two generations to lose their sense of self in everyday violence. The third part in a series (Chroniques de la violence ordinaire) coproduced by public television channel France 2 on the problems in the suburbs, Les Mauvais garçons is a critique of immigration and urban planning policies of recent decades. The directors spent two years getting to know the residents. The result is an intimate portrait of a housing estate, portrayed in all its complexity, with Eric, I-B, Zac and their mates as protagonists.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  $3 AFSF Members $6 others.  In French w/ English subtitles. 7pm.

May 3 & 4, 2006.  KIRSTEN LOBE’S PARIS HANGOVER.  A hilarious & glamorous novel in the  Sex-in-the City style with sharp and funny observations about a thirty-something young female New Yorker's adventures being love-struck, lovelorn,  bemused and seduced by life in today's Paris.  After five years, the author knows Paris like the back of her favorite compact and shares sexy, witty and soulful insights with her readers.  PARIS HANGOVER will leave you intoxicated and ready to take the next plane to take your own chances in the City of Light and Love. Wednesday May 3. 6:30PM-8:30 PM, Hotel Montgomery 211 South First Street San José, Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar, Tickets: $20 (advance purchase required).  Thursday May 4 6PM-8 PM, Anne Fontaine Boutique, 118 Grant Ave at Maiden Lane, San Francisco.  Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, a copy of PARIS HANGOVER and shopping night with 10% discount for PTEE guests and friends.  Tickets:  $35 (advance purchase required).  Reservations: 415.388.4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com. Confirm via check: PTEE, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941.  Seating is limited and these events will sell out quickly.

May 4, 2006.  ALEX PRUD’HOMME presents BON APPETIT:  MY LIFE IN FRANCE (co-authored with JULIA CHILD) in Book Passage’s Cooks with Books series.  Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  12:30m.  $100/person; $160/couple.  Tickets are purchased in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 4, 2006.  THE FRENCH EXCAVATIONS AT BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN by DR. TARZI, professor of archaeology and President of the APAA*, is the Director for the "French Survey and Excavation Missions at Bamiyan" since 2002, following the removal of the Taliban regime.  Dr. Tarzi, a native of Afghanistan, came to France at age 20 to study with the legendary Prof. Schlumberger. Tarzi went back to Afghanistan and became the Director of Archaeology and Conservation of Historical Monuments, and undertook the restoration of the Bamiyan Buddha statues that were dynamited by the Talibans in 2001. Dr. Tarzi had through the pre-war years initiated efforts to find the mysterious 1000 feet long reclining Buddha statue at Bamiyan.  Dr. Tarzi, undeniably the Bamiyan expert, will give you a history of the excavation campaigns illustrated by beautiful images of recent finds and lead you in on the search for the sleeping Buddha of Bamiyan. *Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology.  7pmAlliance Française San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San FranciscoAFSF members $3 Others $6.  RSVP 415.775.7755.  In English.

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 7-28, 2006.  LE DIABLE EN PARTAGE / THE DEVIL ON ALL SIDES.   FoolsFURY and Alliance Française  present The Devil on all sides, a play by FABRICE MELQUIOT.  This is a haunting tragedy set during the war in the former Yugoslavia. The protagonist, a Christian, falls in love with and marries 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. THE DEVIL ON ALL SIDES makes compelling art of world-altering violence, and of fratricidal hatred of the war. "Most remarkable," say director Yalom, "Melquiot manages this without either bitterness or predictable finger pointing.  The play is translated and directed by foolsFURY artistic director Ben Yalom. The play won great acclaim when it premiered in 2003, including two major awards from the National Dramatic Critics' Syndicate in France where it was named "Theatrical Discovery of the Year" and "Best French Language Play of the Year".  The project received the prestigious Creative Work Fund in 2005. Location:  TJT Traveling Jewish Theater , 470 Florida St, SF.  http://www.foolsfury.org or call 1.866.GOT.FURY

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, 2006.  BELGIAN AUTHOR AMELIE NOTHOMB appears for the first time in San Francisco!  Moderator : Laureline Amanieux( University of Paris X), author of Amélie Nothomb, l’éternelle affamée , a biography of the writer published by Albin Michel (2005) .  Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer. She was born in Kobe, Japan, before living in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, and Laos. Her first novel, Hygiène de l'assassin was published in 1992. Since then, she has published approximately one novel per year among them: les Catilinaires (1995), Stupeur et tremblements (1999) le Robert des noms propres (2002), and Acide sulfurique (2005).  Amelie Nothomb’s novels have been translated into more than 30 languages; the most famous, Fear and Trembling, has been made into a film. Her books are published in France by Albin Michel and in the US by St   Martin's Press.  7pm.  Alliance Française 1345 Bush Street San Francisco; AFSF members $8 Others $12.  RSVP 415.775.7755.  In French.

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 13, 2006.  SCREENING OF FEAR AND TREMBLING and Q & A WITH AMELIE NOTHOMB.  Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco and the SF Film Society.  Based on Amélie Nothomb's best-selling autobiographical novel, Fear and Trembling (Alain Corneau, 2003), the film stars Sylvie Testud, winner of a César award for Best Actress.  Amélie, a dreamy young Belgian woman, arrives in Japan to work as a translator for the giant Yumimoto Corporation. For Amélie, who spent her childhood in Japan, this is a dream come true. It is her chance to become a ''real Japanese.'' Unfamiliar with the customs of the Japanese workplace, she commits a series of cultural missteps and is singled out as a deviant within the company hierarchy. 5pm.  Delancey Street Theater 600 Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94107.  AFSF/SFFS members $9 Others $12. RSVP 415.775.7755   

May 16, 2006.  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS ~ AUCTION at Bonham & Butterfields.  Including work by JOSEPH CARNAUD (1821-1905) and more.  220 San Bruno Ave., SF.  415.861.7500 or 415.503.3263 or 800.223.2854 or Malcolm.walker@bonhams.com or http://www.bonhams.com/us for details.  1pm.

May 17, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

May 27, 2006.  DHYANIDHARMA MAS’ “AEM ANOSSET ET KEEVA.  An inspiring, spiritual, and ecumenical Stabat mater. The piece, in Hebrew and Spanish has echoes of Ladino culture and flamenco music.  A laureate of the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs, the Prix Sacem and the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice, Dhyanidharma Mas has also received a research grant from the French Ministry of Culture and has worked in instrumental research at the IRCAM in Paris. Composer in residence with the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra, he also teaches music at the French lycée la Pérouse. His available CDs are entitled "Guitar Concertos","Duende Latina" and " Just for you" Ariel Camperi is a 12-year old seventh grader at the Lycée français Lapérouse. He is a member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus Concert group and has been singing since he was 7. He has also sung at the San Francisco Opera in their productions of Puccini's “Tosca”, Tchaikovsky's “Queen of Spades”, and Mozart's “Magic Flute for Kids”.  5pm, Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco 415.775.7755.  AFSF members $10 Others $15.  RSVP 415.775.7755. 

May 31, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  THE WINES OF BURGUNDY. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

June 3-28 2006. THE MAID OF ORLEANS / JOAN OF ARC by Tchaikovsky. San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue,SF. 415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com 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 7, 2006.  ODESSA… ODESSA!  (Michale Boganim, 2004, 100’)  «Odessa is one of those places with a mythical name, a legendary city that was once a centre of Yiddish culture, one of those places that you carry inside you long before you go there ». Michale Boganim, a young Franco-Israeli film-maker, follows the journeys of Odessa’s Jewish community, exiled in Israel and the United States, and offers a nostalgic and touching triptych of three cities in three colours: blue Odessa, with the faded beauty of an old city; Little Odessa, a Russian enclave in brick-coloured New York; and Ashdod, a glaringly white mushroom town that has sprung up in the Israeli desert. Selected for many international festivals, the film was released in cinemas in France in 2005.  Wednesdays @ 7pm.  Alliance Française San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco$3 AFSF Members $6 others.  In French w/ English subtitles.

June 8, 2006.  PASCAL BAUDRY speaks on UNDERSTANDING AMERICANS AND THE FRENCH.  Pascal Baudry is the author of a book entitled "Français et Américains - L'autre rive", which has gathered a readership in excess of 80 000. Dr. Baudry has been living for more than twenty years in the United  States. During the conference, the author will analyze visible as well as hidden dimensions of the French culture, and will situate them in comparison with their American counterparts. He is president of WDHB Consulting Group in Berkeley, where he has organized, over 18 years, more than 300 "Learning Expeditions" for senior executives from 30 countries. He is also Professor at the MBA program of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.  French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco www.faccsf.com  Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco and the French-American Chambrer of Commerce.  7pm; Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco 415.775.7755.  AFSF & FACCSF members $3  Others $6.  RSVP 415.775.7755.  In French.

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 10-July 2 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.

June 13, 2006.  TYLER STOVALL presents MADE IN FRANCE?  PARIS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN DIASPORA.  Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco and MOAD.  The idea that African Americans are part of a broader African diaspora has become a key theme in the study of modern black life.  Yet there is also a specifically African American diaspora, in which blacks from the United  States have traveled both throughout the country and throughout the world in search of better opportunities.  This talk will address the ways in which some key themes of diaspora first appeared among the African American expatriate community in Paris during the twentieth century."  Tyler Stovall, Professor of History at UC Berkeley, is the author of Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light, (1996) and The Rise of the Paris Red Belt, (1990). He is co-editor, with Sue Peabody, of The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, (2003). He is the author of numerous articles on French history and has been President of the Western Society for French History. His work on African Americans in France and on the building of an African American diasporic community in Paris is of special importance to contemporary understanding of both French and American culture.  Museum of the African Diaspora www.moadsf.org  7pm.  AFSF & MOAD members  $3 Others $6.  RSVP 415.775.77 55.  In English.  Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.

June 14, 1006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  REGIONAL ROSÉS. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

June 19 & 25, 2006.  LAURA CLAYCOMB, soprano, performs PRÉVIN’s FOUR SONGS, CHAUSSON’s LE COLIBRI, and more.  Chamber Music San Francisco, 415.392.4400 or http://chambermusicSF.org for details.  Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  $27-$38.  2pm.

June 24, 2006.  LEONARD PITT presents PARIS TRANSFORMING:  THE BEAUTY AND THE HORROR OF URBAN RECONSTRUCTION. During the 1850s and '60s, Paris underwent the greatest urban reconstruction program the world had ever seen. Much of the city's history was lost as Medieval and Renaissance quarters crumbled. The man appointed to carry out this task was Baron Georges Haussmann. What motives lay behind this massive urban redesign? How did Parisians react as they saw their old city swept away? With over 200 images you will walk through pre-Haussmann Paris to witness this transformation.  Leonard Pitt is a writer, actor and teacher. He has taught and performed at theatres and festival around the world.Leonard's guide to Paris, Promenades dans le Paris disparu came out in 2002. His second book on Paris will come out in France in this fall. Leonard Pitt will sign his latest book.  5pm; Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco.  415.775.7755.  AFSF members $3 Others $6.  RSVP 415.775.7755.  In English.

June 28, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

July 5, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  SAUVIGNON BLANCS & CHARDONNAYS. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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

July 14-17 & 22-23, 2006.  5TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL at the Crest Theater. Films include:  DE BATTRE MON COEUR S'EST ARRETE (The Beat that My Heart Skipped) wins 8 French Academy Awards during Saturday February 25th César ceremony.   http://thecrest.com for details.

July 19, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS: DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

August 2, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  CHAMPAGNES! All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

August 5 & 6, 2006.  CHAMPIONS ON ICE, including STEPHANE LAMBIEL.  8/5:  HP Pavilion at San Jose, 2pm, 408.998.TIXS; 8/6: Cow Palace, 3pm, 415.421.8497 for details.  Tickets start at $30.

August 16, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

August 30, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  DELUXE RHÔNES. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

September 6, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  THE RED WINES OF FRANCE. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

September 7, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY’s JEUX, RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G, and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

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

September 20, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  THE RED WINES OF BORDEAUX. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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

September 30-October 14, 2006.   FRENCH COOKING & LANGUAGE CLASSES AT CHATEAU DE CHAMBOST near Lyon.   Imagine learning to cook the way your French grand-mère did! Join us for two 7- day classes where you will learn the traditional French recipes  passed down from family to family as well as have "cours de francais" with Marie-Pierre. The price of $1595 includes all meals, cooking and language classes, and local excursions in and around the region: a tour of Lyon with a boat ride on a "bateau mouche along the Rhone River, a visit to our local  goat cheese farm, as well as learning to make chocolate chez Dufoux. Details at  http://www.frenchpropertyshares.com or 503.678.5402.

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

October 4, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

October 5, 2006.  NHK SYMPHONY OF TOKYO, with pianist HELENE GRIMAUD, performs DEBUSSY’s LA MER and more.   http://sfsymphony.org for details.

October 11, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  CHAMPAGNES! All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

October 18-21, 2006.  JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET and the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS’s PIANO CONCERTO No.2 and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

October 31-November 30, 2006. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE performed by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. http://sfopera.com for details.

November 1, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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

November 8, 2006. THE FRENCH CELLAR WINE APPRECIATION CLASS:  HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES! All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours.  Classes will be limited to only 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for the Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 48 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France.  À vôtre santé!    32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or  http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or  thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

November 19-December 10, 2006. MANON LESCAUT performed by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. http://sfopera.com for details.

November 21-December 9, 2006. BIZET'S CARMEN sung in French by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. http://sfopera.com for details.

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

December 14-16, 2006.  YAN PASCAL TORTELIER conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’s performance of DUTILLEUX’s SHADOWS OF TIME, RAVEL’s BOLERO and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

February 7-10, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s LES NUITS D’ETE, DEBUSSY’s NOCTURNES and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

March 14-7, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’s SUITE No.2 FROM DAPHNIS ET CHLOE and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 18-21, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs Strauss’s LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME SUITE and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 26-29, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, along with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS, SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS, and PACIFIC BOYCHOIR, performs BERLIOZ’s THE DAMNATION OF FAUST and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

June 14-29, 2007. IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE , sung in French by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. http://sfopera.com for details.

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