Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
June 1-9, 2006

**PLEASE NOTE: The Bay Area Francophile List will be en vacances during the month of July. Please send any Bastille Day announcements as soon as possible for inclusion during the month of June.**

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*JUNE EVENTS*   

June 1, 2006.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON presented by The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, the International School of The Peninsula, SFBA and La Table Noire.  Location:  Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.  Accessible by Caltrain, Redwood City Station Starts at 12:00pm.  Speakers: Joanna Hoffman, Romanus Wolter.  Registration:  This event is $43 for members, $48 for non-members and $55 at the door.  For more information and registration: http://www.faccsf.com/Events/frenchwomeninbusiness_june06.html Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 http://www.faccsf.com

June 1, 2006. THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL co-presents LE CAUCHEMAR DE DARWIN / DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE. César 2006 for Best First Film & Academy Awards nominated Documentary. This Academy Award nominated documentary by HUBERT SAUPER focuses on what globalization is doing to the lives of people living in a local fishing community in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania, and is a powerful insight into what happens to small economies when western societies have a desire for their exportable commodities. We actually get to see first hand the people involved ; from prostitutes, homeless children and local fisherman to World Bank agents, EU-commissioners and the Soviet Pilots who bring weapons to support countless wars in Africa in exchange for the fish. Darwin’s nightmare was a hit in France; don’t miss it!  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

June 2, 2006.  SONOMA PROVENCE EXCHANGE FRENCH EVENING.  Please come by Sassafras Restaurant on Friday, June 2, for good food and wide-ranging conversation with the Sonoma-Provence Exchange.  The conversation is in French and all levels of expertise are welcome.  We start arriving at 6:15 p.m.   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; http://www.sassafrasrestaurant.com  Email:  sonprov@sbcglobal.net for details.

June 2, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Soirée française chez Hélène, vendredi 2 juin à 19h (à cause du week-end du mémorial la semaine dernière).

June 2, 2006.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda.  510.285.6285 for details.  $13.  9pm.

June 2, 2006.  THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL co-presents- L’ENFANT / THE CHILD, Palme d’Or at the Cannes Internatinal Film Festival 2005, opening this Friday June 2, at the Crest Theatre, Sacramento.  Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne present another uncompromising, emotionally devastating depiction of human struggle with *The Child*. Handheld cinematography, realistic acting, and a music-free soundtrack to create a poetically heightened sense of reality:  the result is a supremely humane work of art.

June 2 & 3, 2006.  MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale, 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA.  415-562-1120.  Friday, June 2nd, 2:00pm - 6:00pm) & Saturday June 3rd, 8:30am - 1:30pm.  Open warehouse updates now available at:  http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

June 2 & 4, 2005.  JACQUES OFFENBACH’s TALES OF HOFFMANN.  Presented by DONALD PIPPIN’S POCKET OPERA, Florence Gould Theater, Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., 415.972.8934.  $18-$35.  7:30pm.

June 2, 3 & 4, 2006.  LA GUERRE:  TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF WAR.  16th- and 17th-century works, including pieces by CLEMENT JANEQUIN, on the all-too-present theme of battle performed by CHANTICLEER:  AN ORCHESTRA OF VOICES.    5/19:  St. Vincent’s Church, Petaluma; 5/20: Mission Dolores, SF; 5/21: First Congregationalist Church, Berkeley; 6/2:  Carmel; 6/3:  San José; 6/4: Mission Dolores, SF.  415.392.4400 or http://www.chanticleer.org for details.  $25/$37/$42

June 2-18, 2006.  ONE NIGHT IN PARIS.  An original ‘dansical’ about an innocent boy corrupted by rich and colorful characters in the city of Paris.  Performed by the DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB DANCERS.  Stage Dor Performance Space (Sausalito).  415.339.1390 or http://stagedor.com

June 3, 2006.  FRENCH CHEF:  THE POTATO SHOW.  Julia Child turns potato basics into classic French meals.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

June 3, 2006.  JOHN LITTLEWOOD talks about CELEBRATING THE SEASONS AT WESTERBEKE RANCH.   Cuisine shaped by French and Mediterranean influences, among others.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, SF.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  Noon.

June 3, 2006.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform fiddle-led CAJUN/BLUES ROCK at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details.  8pm.  

June 3 & 4, 2006. VALLEY OF THE MOON PETANQUE CLUB QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT.  Contact Jacques Mathieu, Materre@vom.com, or visit  http://www.sonomapetanque.com for details.  On the Courts de Sonoma; spectators welcome.

June 3 & 4, 2006.  CITY BALLET SCHOOL, in association with CITY YOUTH BALLET, performs its spring showcase featuring Yuri Zhukov’s version of CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS’ CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, the story of two children who find themselves inside a zoo after hours…  with more new choreography.  Cowell  Theater, Fort Mason Center, SF.  415.345.7575 or http://www.cityballetschool.org for details.   2pm and 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.  $23.50. 

June 3 & 4, 2006.  ART DECO AND MODERNISM.  Weekend-By-The-Bay, including vintage fashion show, Saturday, 2pm, dance demonstrations, walking tours and more.  $9.  Concourse Exhibition Center, 8th & Brannan St., SF.  650.599.DECO or http://artdecosale.com for details.

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, 2006.  DANCES, SUITES AND SERENADES by POLINA OSETINSKAYA.  Concert will include RAVEL’s PAVANE POUR UNE INFANTE DEFUNTE and more.  142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  7:00pm.  $20.00 General Admission.  Buy tickets at  TicketWeb or by calling 415.383.9600.

June 4, 2006.  PACIFICAJUN performs NEW ORLEANS funk at The Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St. at Geary, SF.  415.673.8000 or http://www.boomboomblues.com for details.

June 5, 2006. LEONARD PITT reads from WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read.  Black Oak Books in Berkeley. 1491 Shattuck Ave. 510.48.0698 or http://www.blackoakbooks.com for details.  7:30pm.   leonardp@sbcglobal.net

June 5, 2006.  DBF, with JEAN CLAUDE VIOLLIER.  Jean Claude Viollier, Vice President, Cap Gemini.  18h30 - 21h00.  Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (RMKB), 1001 Marshall St, Redwood City.  Jean-Claude Viollier is a Vice President and the Manufacturing & High Tech Industry Leader for the western region of Capgemini technology, consulting, and outsourcing services.  In this position, he is responsible for delivering high-value global programs in the IT industry around three major offerings: customer relationship management (CRM), channel management, end-to-end supply chain management and IT transformation. A note about DBF:  Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet accompagné de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassée et de l'assistance. Pour chacun c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones.  Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur http://www.dbf.net et n'oubliez pas de nous protéger de vos logiciels anti-spam. La participation de $30 sera collectée à l'entrée. Les Membres de la Chambre de Commerce Franco-Américaine beneficient d'une réduction de $5 sur la soirée DBF.  Notez aussi les réunions de nos partenaires :  French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco:  http://www.faccsf.com

June 6, 2006. LEONARD PITT reads from WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read. Get Lost Books in San Francisco. 1825 Market St. between Gough and Guerrero. 7pm.  leonardp@sbcglobal.net

June 7, 2006. GATE OF THE MORNING: SACRED MUSIC OF GUILLAUME DUFAY. Performed by Vox Populi Vocal Ensemble at the 2006 Berkeley Early Music Festival & Exhibition.  Chapel of St. Joseph of Aritmathea, 2316 Bowditch St., Berkeley.  Admission $12 general / $10 students & seniors. For more  information, visit http://www.vox-pop.org or http://www.sfems.org  6pm.

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 7, 9 & 10, 2006.  LE POEME HARMONIQUE ET LE CENTRE NATIONAL DES ARTS DU CIRQUE BAROQUE CARNIVAL.  Zellerbach Hall - UC Berkeley Campus - 8 p.m.  With Vincent Dumestre, Artistic Director, Jean-Denis Monory, Stage Director, Cécile Roussat, Choreographer.  Renowned for its authentic stage productions marrying the music and arts of the 17th century, Le Poème Harmonique joins forces with the Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) to transport us to Rome for the extravagant revelry of the famed Carnival season, a time of raucous merrymaking prior to the austere 40 days of Lent. Expressing the creative energy of the traditions so important to the Carnival celebration, hand-selected acrobats and jugglers of CNAC join musicians and singers onstage... $30, $42 (half-price for 16 and under).  For more information and to order tickets:  http://bfx.berkeley.edu/bfx/index.php

June 7-October 7, 2006.  CYRANO DE BERGERAC by EDMOND ROSTAND.  Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR.  541.482.4331 or http://www.osfashland.org for details.

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, 2006.  SEAN WILSEY talks about THE THINKING FAN’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD CUP:  32 WRITERS ON 32 COUNTRIES.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, SF.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

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 9, 2006.  L’ENFANT / THE CHILD.  Proudly Co-presented by the Sacramento French Film Festival.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.  $5.50 tickets Monday - Thursday for Alliance Francaise Members.  Sacramento French Film Festival, 2634 28th street, Sacramento CA 95818.  (916) 455-9390 or FilmFest@afdesacramento.org or  http://afdesacramento.org/filmfest

June 9, 2006.  SOIREE DE TRICOT FRANÇAISE.  À Philato.   Philato est au 125 Washington Street, Petaluma.  Le site web http://www.philato.com donne des directions, et autres informations.  De 7h à 9h du soir.

June 9, 2006.  GATOR BEAT performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Summer Pool Parties, Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.  707.545.8530 or http://www.flamingoresort.com/newsletter.php for details.  In the Lounge, 5pm-8pm.

June 9 & 10, 2006.  LE POEME HARMONIQUE & LE CENTRE NATIONAL DES ARTS DU CIRQUE perform the American premiere of BAROQUE CARNIVAL, a recreation of the splendors of a 17th-century Roman Feast of Fools Carnival, including tumblers, jugglers, acrobats, and processions, plus period musicians and singers.  Highlights include LE POEME HARMONIQUE performing a program of the works of MICHEL RICHARD DE LALANDE, as well as harpsichordist SKIP SEMPÉ and Capriccio Stravagante in a program of the greatest hits of MARIN MARAIS, LOUIS COUPERIN and more.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  $30, $42 (ages 16 and under 1/2 price).  8pm.  http://bfx.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988 for details.

June 10, 2006. MILL VALLEY FLUENT FRENCH TABLE. Champagne Café, on Throckmorton right next to the Sequoia Theater. Réunion sur la terrasse, s'il fait beau! 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

June 10, 2006.  DJINN performs FRENCH VAGABOND FUNK at the 28TH ANNUAL HARMONY FESTIVAL, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.  12:30pm-1:15pm.  Tickets available at Whole Foods and Albertsons in Sonoma County, all Copperfield’s and Oliver’s Markets, and at dozens of other outlets throughout northern California.  707.861.2035 or info2006@harmonyfestival.com or http://www.harmonyfestival.com for details.

June 10, 2006.  PINK MARTINI LIVE:  DISCOVER THE WORLD.  Pink Martini performs romantic French ballads, sultry Latin tunes, and much, much more.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

June 10, 2006. O WONDROUS NOVELTY, performed by the ST. ANN CONSORT.  11th and 12th century monastic chant and early polyphony from/of L'Abbaye S. Martial de  Limoges, Perotin (Ecole de Notre Dame de Paris), and Hildegard von Bingen.   2006 Berkeley Early Music Festival & Exhibition.  Chapel of St. Joseph of Aritmathea, 2316 Bowditch Ave., Berkeley.  Admission $15 general / $8 students & seniors.  For more information, visit http://www.sfems.org.  1pm.

June 10, 2006.  PACIFIC COLLEGIUM performs THE GRAND MOTETS OF FRANÇOIS COUPERIN.  2006 Berkeley Early Music Festival & Exhibition Fringe.  St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Admission $18 general / $12 seniors / $8 students.  For more information, visit http://www.pacificcollegium.org or http://www.sfems.org.  3pm.

June 10, 2006.  RECEPTION WITH THE GERONIMO'S CREW organized by the FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  The Boat is coming back from breaking the San Francisco-Yokohama (Japan) record in 14 days !  Venue and Time to be confirmed.  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA.  Tel: 415 442 4717.

June 10-25, 2006.  THE SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL:  INTERSECTIONS:  TIME, PLACE, AND SPIRIT.  Revealing universalities of world cultures through dance.  Weekend Two (June  17-18) includes:  BALLET LISANGA CONGOLESE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY.  Boucher, an African dance performed by competing vendors at  the marketplace of the Balari people, Congo;  Weekend  Three (June 24-25) includes:  DIAMANO COURA WEST AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY,  A masked dance of the Baga people of Guinea, in which the  spirit Kakilambe is summoned; and, ZOOZ DANCE COMPANY, Innovative works deeply rooted in Middle Eastern and North  African dance.  http://www.worldartswest.org/edf/2006/index.html .  Tickets $22-$36.  415.392.4400 or http://www.cityboxoffice.com for details.

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 11, 2006.  CAMILLE at BIMBO'S.  Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $20. (21 & over are welcome).  Bimbo's - 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), San Francisco.  Tel: 415-474-0365;  http://www.bimbos365club.com/

June 12, 2006.  GEORGIA HESSE gives a lecture on 10 ports from Lisbon to Rome.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, SF.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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 13, 2006.  WORLD SOCCER CUP GAME:  FRANCE VS. SWITZERLAND. Join the French and Swiss American Chambers of Commerce networking event watching the World soccer cup game - 8.30am.  France/Switzerland at the Goethe Institute, San Francisco & at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.  Organized by the French American Chamber of Commerce.  For more information:  http://www.faccsf.com or email:   events@faccsf.com or phone: 415-442-4717

June 13, 2006.  ASSEMBLEE GENERALE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA, suivi par un dîner-conférence, au restaurant LA GARE, 208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa.  Invité:  Alain Fournier, Président de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.  $30, wine not included.  7pm.  Reservations are due by Friday, June 9, 2006.  Please send your check to the Alliance, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, 95404.  Indicate entree preference on check:  pork, fish, chicken, or vegetarian.

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 14, 2006.  PINK MARTINI LIVE:  DISCOVER THE WORLD.  Pink Martini performs romantic French ballads, sultry Latin tunes, and much, much more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

June 15, 2006.  STEVEN RINELLA talks about THE SCAVENGER’S GUIDE TO HAUTE CUISINE.  This book is about one man’s fascinating quest to live off the land and recreate the recipes from ESCOFFIER’S LE GUIDE CULINAIRE, the 1903 magnum opus that still standsas one of the greatest haute cuisine cookbooks ever written.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

June 15, 2006.  GENERAL MEETING OF THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director  French American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 http://www.faccsf.com

June 16, 2006.  BAABA MAAL and CHEB I SABBAH & 1002 NIGHTS.  SF Jazz spring season.  Join Senegalese superstar Maal and Algerian-born Cheb I Sabbah for this global groove fest.  Masonic Center, SF.  8pm.  http://www.sfjazz.org or 1.800.225.2277 for details.

June 16, 2006.  ANTHONY BOURDAIN talks about THE NASTY BITS.  Cody’s Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley.  510.559.9500 or http://www.codysbooks.com for details.  7pm.

June 17, 2006.  PINK MARTINI LIVE:  DISCOVER THE WORLD.  Pink Martini performs romantic French ballads, sultry Latin tunes, and much, much more.  KQED TV9, 1am.  Set your VCR the night before!

June 17, 2006.  FRENCH CHEF:  OMELETTE SHOW.  Julia Child talks technique and tools for the perfect French omelette, answering the key question, “shaken or stirred?”  KQED TV9, 8:30am.

June 19, 2006.  ALAN FURST talks about THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT.  In this World War II tale of espionage, Alan Furst takes us to 1939 Paris where the murder of an Italian political émigré by OVRA, Mussolini’s secret police, brings new danger to his successor, Carlo Weisz, who finds himself the new target.  Stacey’s Booksellers, 581 Market St., F.  415.421.4687 or http://www.staceys.com for details.

June 19, 2006.  KATE HORSLEY imagines BLACK ELK IN PARIS, 1888.  Cody’s Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley.  510.559.9500 or http://www.codysbooks.com for details.  7pm.

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 19-August 11, 2006.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

June 20, 2006.  ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS perform the piano and sngs of ALLEN TOUSSAINT with his NEW ORLEANS HORN SECTION.  Paramount Theatre, Oakland.  8pm.  $45.50-$65.  415.421.8497 or http://www.bgp.com or http://www.paramounttheatre.com for details.

June 20, 2006.  KATE HORSLEY talks about BLACK ELK IN PARIS.  The daughter of a wealthy family in 19th-century Paris attends a Wild West show and is strangely drawn to the American Indian Black Elk, with whom she gradually falls in love.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

June 20-August 26, 2006.  FRENCH SUMMER CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS at The French Class • 500 Sutter Street • Suite 310 • San Francisco, CA 94102.  415.362,  3666 • info@frenchclass.com or DominiqueBremond@aol.com  Three age groups: 7 to 10 or 11 to 13 or 14 to 16.  Four levels: Complete Beginner •    One year of French  •Two years of French • Three years of French.  Full Day or Three Options:  Mornings, 9 to 12, $225 per week (Monday to Friday); Afternoons, 1 to 5, $300 per week (Monday to Friday); Full day 9 to 5, $500 per week (Monday to Friday). 10% off if you pay a week in advance.

June 22, 2006.  LES YEUX NOIRS in CONCERT. Alliance Francaise and Great American Music Hall offers you to win 5 pairs of tickets for the concert of French Gypsy Band “Les Yeux Noirs.”  Just send us an email before June 15th to  nadege@afsf.com  with the answer to the following question : What is the title of the last CD released by Les Yeux Noirs?   Concert details:  7:30pm, Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St. SF. Tickets:  http://www.gamh.com or call (415) 885-0750.

June 23, 2006.  AUTOMNE opens in the Bay Area.  American-born director Ra’up McGee debuts with a French noir starring MICHEL AUMONT and IRENE JACOB, the star of RED.  Opera Plaza, SF.

June 23, 2006.  LEMMING opens in the Bay Area.  Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling star in this French thriller, in which a deceased older woman possesses the soul of a younger woman.  Details to follow.

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, WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read. .  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 24, 2006.  TASTE OF MOROCCO, taught by Kitty Morse from Food Writer and Cooking Teacher. Kitty Morse was born in Casablanca, Morocco. After attending graduate school in the United States, she established her own catering company and began teaching Moroccan and Mediterranean cooking. Kitty appears regularly on television and radio and writes for the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of a number of cookbooks, including her recent hits, Cooking at the Kasbah and Couscous. Kitty enjoys taking groups on culinary and cultural tours of Morocco where she owns a home.  10:00AM-1:00PM.  Class Code: 062406AM. $85.00.  http://www.ramekinsclasses.com/

Through 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.

June 25, 2006. VALLEY OF THE MOON PETANQUE CLUB SPRING TOURNAMENT.  Contact Jacques Mathieu, Materre@vom.com, or visit  http://www.sonomapetanque.com for details.

June 25, 2006.  BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO performs at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  4pm.  $15.

June 25, 2006.  J. MAARTEN TROOST talks about GETTING STONED WITH SAVAGES:  A TRIP THROUGH THE ISLANDS OF FIJI AND VANUATU.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

June 26 – July 1, 2006.  2006 GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORAL FESTIVAL, featuring the CHOEURS D’ENFANTS DU BENIN.  Concerts are scheduled throughout the week:  Opening Ceremonies and Concert: Tuesday, June 27, 3 pm, Mormon Interstake Center, 4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.  Features eight visiting choirs from China, Austria, Benin (Africa), Chattanooga, Seattle, Minneapolis, Livermore and Marin. Special Guest:  Clockwork.  Free concert.  Also, on Thursday, June 29, there will be the Historic/Folk Competition at the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 7:30pm. Features choirs from Bénin (Africa), Marin, Piedmont.  Free concert.  On Friday, June 30, there will be a Community Concert at the Old First Church, 1750 Sacramento St., San Francisco.  7:30pm. Features choirs from China, Bénin (Africa), Piedmont.  Tickets: $15/$12 for seniors and full time students.  The Gala Closing Concert will take place Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm.  It is a massed choir of 500+ with performances by Dance Naganuma and competition winners.  Farnsworth Theatre, Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.  Tickets: Advanced sales: General admission $20/$10 students 18 & under/Premium seating $40.  General admission  $25/$15 for students 18 & under at the door.  For additional Festival information check the Piedmont Choirs website at www.piedmontchoirs.org/festival.lasso

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

June 30, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Medley et Larry McClary.

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

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*JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES*

SEEKING A FRENCH-SPEAKING MOTHER-HELPER: I need someone to help with the house and kids. My twin boys are 3 years old and my girl is 11 months old .We live in the country 15 minutes north of Santa Rosa  ( there is no bus station close by).  This is a part-time position. If you are interested please call Cécile at 707 887 8601 or email cecile@derbes.net

SEEKING TEACHER FOR L’ECOLE NOTRE DAME IN SAN FRANCISCO.  Je voudrais partager mon poste de prof de francais pour l'annee scolaire prochaine: donc on cherche un francais ou francaise, qui soit prof, avec de  l'experience avec les enfants.  Contactez:  Corinne Brion, cobrion@hotmail.com 

SEEKING FRENCH-SPEAKING MARKETING PROFESSIONAL.  We have a wonderful new opportunity for a French speaking marketing professional with 3+ years of experience for a short-term engagement.  Our client is managing a trade show to be held in France in September.  They need a website designed and launched, as well as some collateral developed.  A background working with large technology companies is a big plus.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE CONSULTANT MUST BE FLUENT IN FRENCH AND MUST BE ABLE TO DEVELOP A WEBSITE FROM SCRATCH.  This opportunity is onsite, in San Francisco, for the next 4-6 weeks, beginning as soon as a consultant is identified, for 40-45 hours weekly, and is offered to the consultant at a flat rate of $8,000/month, to be paid on a W2 basis.  If you are available and interested, please email to me the latest MS Word version of your resume which details your web and collateral development expertise, as well as a brief cover letter detailing your fluency in French.  I will be back in touch with you if I see there is a match. Joel Bailey- Business Development Manager, M Squared Inc., 111 Sutter Street, Suite 850, San Francisco, CA 94104.  ph 415.391.1038; fx  415.981.6731.  jbailey@msquared.com or http://www.msquared.com

SEEKING FRENCH-SPEAKING CHILDCARE.  Looking for dedicated, French speaking individual to take care of our little girl that will be born towards end of June 2006 in the McDonald neighborhood of Santa Rosa.  The job is full-time in a beautifully French decorated house with formal garden, easy parents to work with, full use of gourmet kitchen and possibility of “logement” depending on the individual.  Please contact Najine at 707-571-8461 or via email  najine@itsyounutrition.com .

APPLE COMPUTER SEEKS FRENCH SPEAKERS.  A new division of Apple Computer, Inc is creating the technologies of tomorrow (confidential of course!). It is lead by a French-speaking executive that would like to share with the InterFrench community 5 open positions for gifted and smart C developers with strong analytical and mathematical background. If you are striving in fast-paced and high-performance environment and you want to be part of a winning team that will affect the future of digital entertainment, do not wait one more second and send us your resume now!  Positions open in Silicon Valley and optionally in Paris, France (positions in Paris require cryptology expertise).  Jean-Pierre François, Members Coordinator, InterFrench, jpf@interfrench.org or Tel: 408.426.8263. 

SEEKING FRENCH-SPEAKING CHILDCAREGIVER.  My daughter is 6 months old and I need someone to play with her for me to get chores and errands done.  The hours and days are flexible. Anywhere from 8 to 18 hours per week.  I live in Northwest Berkeley near the No. Berkeley Bart and the 4th street shopping. Pay negotiable.  If you are interested or you know someone who is, please let me know.  Pear  (510) 486-8214. 

SEEKING FRENCH-SPEAKING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER SPECIALIZING IN MEDIA/PRESS RELATIONS.  The firm of HUMBLOT-GRANT ALEXANDER is among big 15 recruitment consultants in France. For one of its clients, a top international pharmaceutical company in Lyon, Cabinet HUMBLOT-GRANT ALEXANDER is looking for a Communications Manager specializing in Media/Press Relations for a specific range of the company's products. The person should ideally be American or Canadian with business/management school or communications training, perfectly bilingual (French-English) and bi-cultural. Experience in media/press relations necessary. The person will handle crisis management and must be interested in science.  Contact via e-mail and under ref SPFR2: Anne  JANTET, HUMBLOT-GRANT ALEXANDER Executive Search, ajantet@humblot.com  or call +011.33.4.72.07.47.60

THE BRANSON SCHOOL SEEKS PART-TIME FRENCH TEACHER, 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.

AUTOMNE opens June 23 in the Bay Area.  American-born director Ra’up McGee debuts with a French noir starring MICHEL AUMONT and IRENE JACOB, the star of RED.  Opera Plaza, SF.

LE CAUCHEMAR DE DARWIN / DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.  See “Special Events,” June 1, above, for details.

CLEAN (dir. Olivier Asseyas, France, 2004, with Maggie  Cheung and Nick Nolte). Lumiere, SF, 415.352.0810; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456.  Reviewed in the May 26, 2006 Pacific Sun, p.38.

THE DA VINCI CODE,  much of which is set in Paris and with lots of dialogue in French, now showing in a theater near you.  In English and French.

DISTRICT B-13 (Luc Besson).  “The most (maybe the only) fun action movie of the summer…” Set in 2010  Paris, with masters of the new French sports craze parkour.  Opening this week in the Bay Area…

L’ENFANT / THE CHILD.  Proudly Co-presented by the Sacramento French Film Festival.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.  $5.50 tickets Monday - Thursday for Alliance Francaise Members.  Sacramento French Film Festival, 2634 28th street, Sacramento CA 95818.  (916) 455-9390 or FilmFest@afdesacramento.org or  http://afdesacramento.org/filmfest Opening June 2, 2006.

LEMMING opens June 23 in the Bay Area.  Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling star in this French thriller, in which a deceased older woman possesses the soul of a younger woman.  Details to follow.

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 7, 2006.

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*ART* 

Opening May 20, 2006.  ERTÉ:  AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING OF RADIANCE.  Including original Erté designs, limited edition prints, bronze sculpture, and featuring a collection of ART TO WEAR:  JEWELEY BY ERTÉ.  In association with the Art Deco Society of Northern California.  Opening extravaganza Saturday, May 20, 7pm-9pm, with special prsentation at 8pm by Stephan, acclaimed Erté historian, as well as a special Erté gown inspired by the Contessa serigraph presented by Dena May originals.  Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary St. (between Powell and Mason), SF.  415.956.0345 or http://www.martinlawrence.com or geary@martinlawrence.com for details. 

Through June 4, 2006.  JUDGING BY APPEARANCE.  Master Drawings.  From the collection of Joseph and Deborah Goldyne:  For nearly four decades, Joseph and Deborah Goldyne have formed one of the largest and most diverse collections of master drawings in the United States. A special aspect of the collection is that Joseph Goldyne is a highly regarded artist, with this experience informing their choices. The drawings range from old masters by Guercino, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Piranesi to 19th-century artists such as Turner, COROT, MILLET, PISSARRO and DEGAS. The 20th century features works by MATISSE, Morandi, Mondrian, Gorky and Ruscha. A number of the drawings in the exhibition have been generously given to our museum over the years.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.863.3330 or http://legionofhonor.org for details.

Through June 4, 2006.  BEAUTY, PRESTIGE, AND POWER:  TEXTILES AND COSTUME FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS.  More than 100 objects on view, including  European couture, contemporary fiber art, textiles and costume from Africa and more.  De Young Museum, 75 Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park.  415.750.3600 or http://www.thinker.org for details.

Through June 6, 2006.  CAMILLE PISSARRO AND HIS DESCENDENTS.  Featurings paintings, drawings and original prints.  Christopher Clark Gallery, 377 Geary St., SF.  415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.

Through June 17, 2006.  JACQUES MAHÉ DE LA VILLEGLÉ ~ DECOLLAGES AND DRAWINGS.  Modernism Gallery, 685 Market St., SF.  415.541.0461 or http://www.modernisminc.com for details.

June 17-September 17, 2006.  MONET IN NORMANDY.  Claude Monet spent much of his life in Normandy in northern France and his art reflects his special relationship with this countryside and its topographical features, with its towns and villages, and the seasonal rhythms of the region. Monet gained artistic inspiration from these subjects and returned to them throughout his career. Of particular interest is his interpretation of the sparkling, surging bodies of water found in Normandy, from the bustling commercial harbor at Le Havre, to scenery along the Seine, or beside quiet river banks, such as the Epte, to the crashing waves at Etretat. Manmade monuments, such as Rouen cathedral, also figure in Monet’s repertoire and will be represented in this selection of approximately 60 paintings. 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.

Through 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.

Through June 23, 2006.  INTERNATIONAL WATERS, including work by GUY DEBORD.  Steven Wolf Fine Arts Galler, 49 Geary, Suite 411, SF.  415.263.3677.

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; Weems uses the masquerade theme of MARDI GRAS to examine the history of New Orleans’ “co-mingling culture.” Narrative, video, and photography.   Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street (at Third), SF.  415.358.7200.

Through 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.

Through July 1, 2006.  INTERATIVE ABSTRACTION – E PRINT PAINTINGS” New works by Christian de Cambiaire.  Public reception for the artist, Saturday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Christian de Cambiaire presents his latest works in a long series of radical artistic structures he calls "visual propositions".  The work results from the application of a unique computer program, Explorer, following combinatorial algorithms designed by the artist.  Each work is completely unique and the electronic file is deleted once the piece is finished.  The artist finds his legitimacy once the program runs its course.  Evaluating the experimental result, he either rejects or accepts the work globally, with no modification. This does not eliminate the hand  of the artist, but displaces it from one creative position to another.   Freed from production the artist can devote himself to the assessment of the profusion of what has been produced.  To remain true to the logic of computer's operating mode, and to preserve the spontaneity and vivaciousness that it brings about, the  image has gone directly from its luminous birth on the computer screen to its definitive material state (digital ink jet prints on plastic sheets), without any intervention at any stage whatsoever of the "hand  of the artist".  Images from the show can be viewed here:  http://newmarkgallery.com/cdc1.html  Selected high resolution images can be viewed here:  http://newmarkgallery.com/stage/cdc/titles.html.  Christian de Cambiaire is a native of Toulouse, France where he continues to live and work.  His reputation has remained on the cutting edge of European conceptual and constructivist art throughout his fifty  year career.  Newmark Gallery San Francisco is located at 251 Post Street, Suite 412 in the Union Square area of San Francisco. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment. Please view our website at http://www.newmarkgallery.com for more information and upcoming events.

Through July 30, 2006.  PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES:  ASPECTS OF EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY.  Work by EDOUARD-DENIS BALDUS, EDGAR DEGAS and others.  De Young Museum, 75 Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.thinker.org for details.

Through September 3, 2006.  PICASSO AS BOOK ILLUSTRATOR.  Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave (at Clement), 415.863.3330 or http://www.thinker.org for details.

Through September 17, 2006.  PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES:  ASPECTS OF EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY.  European photography from its beginnings in the 1840s to the present.  De Young Museum, SF.  http://www.thinker.org for details. 

Through October 2, 2006.  EUROPEAN TAPESTRIES FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION.  Selected works in wool, silk and even gold from the Fine Arts Museum’s collection.  415.863.3330 or http://legionofhonor.org for details.

On-going.  MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF.  415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

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*

FRENCHNETWORK.ORG.   Des meubles ou une voiture à vendre avant de rentrer?  Les prochains événements francophones à venir près de chez vous?  Un portail où trouver rapidement un colocataire, un coiffeur, un traiteur ou un médecin francophone?  Et si on pouvait centraliser les besoins de 3 millions d'expatriés français dans le monde sur une seule plateforme ... ? Ne rêvez plus. C'est chose faite avec FrenchNetwork.org, le premier portail de la communauté française avec une couverture mondiale. : Petites annonces, offres d'emplois et de stages, forum de discussions. Le tout TOTALEMENT GRATUIT ET INTERACTIF ! 1) Déposez votre profil dans « l'annuaire particulier»  avec tous les mots clés qui vous caractérisent le mieux, pour des rencontres inattendues ou des prises de contact par des employeurs à l'étranger. http://www.frenchnetwork.org/home.php?page=inscription&etape=1 2) Déposez vos petites annonces concernant vos besoins de logement, ventes-achats de biens ou de services, de rencontres professionnelles ou personnelles. http://www.frenchnetwork.org/home.php?page=aj_annonce&etape=1 3) Consulter l'annuaire des entreprises françaises classées par localisation géographique http://www.frenchnetwork.org/home.php?page=annuaire_pro&etape=1 C'est que nous appelons le «  Targeted Networking  ».  Visit us right now! <http://www.frenchnetwork.org>  FrenchNetwork, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL 33139.

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*

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED!  Have you ever thought about hosting an exchange student?  NWSE is a student exchange program that finds host families for High School age students from all over the world.  Making the decision to host an exchange student takes time, but can be a great experience.  Your family will gain knowledge about another culture that you may or may not know much about.  It also provides a great opportunity to travel and brush up or learn a new language.  All that is required of host families is: two to three meals a day, a bed (not necessarily their own room), and to be included in some occasional activities with the family. Students pay for their own travel expenses and entertainment.  If you are interested or know anyone that is please contact : Jennifer Cantacuzene at 707 566 8486 or leisel3@aol.com.  We have lots of students still waiting to be placed.

VALLEY OF THE MOON PETANQUE CLUB organizes interclub tournaments, including the qualifying tournament for the world championships, to be held in Grenoble in September.  Introductory tournaments for “New Commers” held in the spring; lunch included.

FRANCOPHILE UK-BORN ARTIST is looking for studio/cottage in which to live and paint for a few months.  Would prefer Sonoma-Napa-Marin country location, small rent or house-sitting. Please contact roy.design@hotmail.com

July 13-August 2, 2006. BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS!  ENJOY THE EXCITEMENT OF CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE!  HOST A FRENCH STUDENT FOR 3 WEEKS THIS SUMMER!  Is your family interested in hosting a French student this summer?  If you have a school-aged child who is enthusiastic about showing a French visitor a glimpse of American life, please contact me about a possible placement.  Families without children can also be considered.  The families do not need to speak French and activities do not need to be extravagant.  The students are keen to make new friends across the Atlantic in beautiful California and to bring the warmth and sun of Méditerranée, la “Grande Bleue” to your family!  Please contact Mona Nyandoro for more details:  415.977.8788 or monanyandoro@yahoo.com

VIVE LES VACANCES SUMMER CAMP.  The Alliance Française de San Francisco and its team of dedicated teachers are offering eight weeks of discovery through various entertaining workshops to develop your children’s skills, broaden their horizons and make friends! Register for one week or more (June 6 to August 11) .  5 days a week 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.   1 week : $170 (except for week 3, including July 4th : $140)   Get 10 % off if child registers for 4 weeks (valid until may 15th 2006)   The Alliance Française Summer Camp is a eight-week journey into Art, Song, Music, Games, and Cooking… for children ages from 5 and up, divided in small groups, for all levels of French (activities will be conducted mostly in French).   Beginners are welcome!   Call 415 775 77 55 for more information or registration

PRIVATE TENNIS LESSONS IN FRENCH.  Junior & Adult, Beginner to Competitive Levels.  Year Round.  Membership not required.  Call tennis director Laurent Lecellier, 707.544.2330 for details.  Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club, 500 Wikiup Drive, Santa Rosa.

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.

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.

LEFT BANK PLEASANT HILL JAZZ CAFÉ.  Parisian Jazz Café every Friday and Saturday night at the bar (seasonally, on the terrace), 7pm to 10pm.  During the month of June, Left Bank will feature:  6/2 & 6/3:  BIG ROY’S BAND, 6/9 & 6/10:  MARSHA REMAS W/JULES BROUSSARD; 6/16 & 6/17:  DUO GADJO; 6/233 & 6/24:  JOHN THOMAS QUARTET.  For more information:  http://www.leftbank.com

RESTAURANT GERVAIS, 14560 Big Basin Way, near Fifth, Saratoga.  408.867.7017.  Recently opened by Vanessa Nguyen and Jean-Baptiste Su.  Un petit mot de Jean-Baptiste:  Nous voulons encourager les associations et groupes francophiles à venir dans notre restaurant en leur proposant des menus personnalisés, des évènements, etc....  View a review at:  http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/14466186.htm

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

CREPE EXPRESS.  Taste Paris!  Savory and sweet crêpes, French sandwiches and more  1476 Haight at Ashbury, SF.  415.865.0264.

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.

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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

First, Third and Fifth Tuesdays: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP. We meet  at the Dana Street Roasting Company in Mountain View. The address of  the cafe is 744 W. Dana Street. The cafe is about 100 yards south of  Castro, just beside Alberto's dance hall. 7:30 - 10:00 pm. All levels  welcome. From time to time, we organize other events such as picnics  or parties on Saturdays or Sundays. For more information, e-mail Dave  Bogdanoff at dbogdanoff@mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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 & Daphne Smith.

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@sbcglobal.net 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 Café, 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*
  

FABULOUS PARIS STUDIO (light, bright, wood floors, 3 big windows, 325 sq. ft.) on 2nd floor of a beautifully renovated building (with large elevator) in historically noted Cour Damoye (a quiet pedestrian-only cobblestone street spoking off Place de la Bastille) is available from April '06 through September '06. (Location! Location! Location!  The studio is one minute from the Bastille opera house, across the boulevard from the Marais, a minute from the Bastille métro/major bus lines, around the corner from the best roving twice-weekly market in Paris.) The separate kitchen has: a 2-burner cook top, a frigo, cupboards, sink and counter. The white-tile bathroom (remodeled in 1999) has sink, toilet, walk-in shower. The studio is unfurnished but the price is accommodating. If you are interested and can furnish it with a futon, etc. for temporary living, please contact me.  Electricity is included; the price is $700 per month!  writemelinda@mac.com (or call: 415.826.1234). Non-smokers only.

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.

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

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*CLASSES*

June 21-July 26, 2006.  THE LIVES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE:  BIOGRAPHIES ARE BACK!  Explore the lives of six famous people, including VERCINGETORIX, KING PHILIPPE IV OF FRANCE, NINON DE LENCLOS and EMILE ZOLA.  Class taught by Erica Harkin.  6 Wednesdays, 2:10pm-4pm.  Fee: $51 (includes $2 materials fee).  Collge of Marin, Kentfield Campus, Harlan Center 170.  http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

June 22-July 27, 2006.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS.  Taught by Ellen Karel.  College of Marin Kentfield Campus, Harlan Center 170.  Fee:  $77.  6 Thursdays, 7:10pm-9pm.  http://www.marincommunityed.org 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

August 2-23, 2006.  RECITS: ENTRE FAITS ET FICTION.  Un cours de 4 semaines offert par Renée Morel à THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter, SF.  La fin du XXe siecle a ete marquee par une abondance de textes de nature autobiographique -- recits plutot que romans. Venez discuter des extraits de quatre auteurs tres differents: Patrick Modiano, Francoise Sagan, Emmanuel Carrere et Annie Ernaux y convoquent memoire, vie privee et experiences subjectives dans des oeuvres qui sont autant d'investigations.  Il n'y aura pas de livres a acheter: on parlera des extraits des 4 textes: "De si braves garcons" (PM), "Avec mon meilleur souvenir" (FS), "La moustache" (EC) et "La place" (AE).  Four weeks (Wednesdays, 10:30 AM-12:00 noon), starting August 2, 2006.

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.

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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@sbcglobal.net 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)* 

July 2, 2006.  NEW ORLEANS PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND & fireworks display.  Proceeds donated to Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.  Robert Mondavi Winery.  1.888.RMW.JAZZ or http://www.robertmondaviwinery.com for details.  7pm.

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 7, 2006.  DESMOND HOEBIG & JEFFREY KAHANE perform DEBUSSY’s SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO and more at the 2006 Green Music Festival.  Evert B. Person Theater, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  http://greenmusicfestival.sonoma.edu/ for details.

July 9, 2006.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA fête la Coupe du Monde/ France/Corée du Sud/midi/ chez Nadine et Armen (aussi Fathers’ Day).  Détails à suivre.

July 9, 2006.  MANIF LE JOUR DE LA BASTILLE  A GOLDEN GATE PARKCette manifestation est sponsorisée par la ville de San Fancisco et aura lieu le dimanche 9 juillet à partir de 13 heures. Un orchestre jouera uniquement de la musique classique française ainsi que les hymnes nationaux.   Détails à suivre.

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 11-22, 2006.  LES PERCUSSIONS DE GUINEE perform at the 2006 MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL’s 20th anniversary celebration.  For information and tickets, call 707.937.4041 or visit http://www.mendocinomusic.com

July 12, 2006. LEONARD PITT reads from WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read. City Lights Bookstore, SF. 7pm.  leonardp@sbcglobal.net

July 13, 2006. LEONARD PITT reads from WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read. Mechanics Institute. 57 Post St. SF. Members free.  Public $7. This will be an evening shared with mystery writer Cara Black. Our theme will be A Night in the Marais.  leonardp@sbcglobal.net

July 14, 2006.  BAL POPULAIRE. Centre Basque.  Réservations auprès de Charles Ségalas.  Maître de cérémonie:  Patrick Patterson.  Air France fera le don d’un billet pour deux personnes aller/retour San Francisco/Paris pour le tirage de la tombola. TV5 sera également un des sponsors de la soirée. Invitation nécessaire.

July 14, 2006. LEONARD PITT reads from WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in San Francisco.  425 Market St. 2 to 4 pm.  To register call: 415-405-7700. Cost: $25.  leonardp@sbcglobal.net

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.  Advance passes will be on sale in June but *you can get your Festival passes now by becoming a sponsor of the Festival. To become a sponsor, go to :  http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org The four films of the classic program of the next SFFF have been  selected, they include:  LE VIEIL HOMME ET L’ENFANT (The Two of Us) by Claude Berri – 1967; LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT (Mr Hulot's Holiday) by Jacques Tati – 1953; LA HAINE(Hate) by Mathieu Kassovitz – 1995; WEEK-END by Jean-Luc Godard – 1967.  Sacramento French Film Festival, 2634 28th Street, Sacramento CA 95818.  (916) 455-9390 or FilmFest@afdesacramento.org or  http://afdesacramento.org/filmfest

July 16, 2006.  PIQUE-NIQUE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  5pm to sunset at Ragle Park, Sebastopol, Sonoma County.  Bring your favorite food to share.  Don’t forget your utensils and a set of boules, if you have them.  And of course we will have LA GRANDE TOMBOLA du 14 juillet.  Entry to the picnic is $5 per adult, under 18 free.  $3 per car fee for parking inside the park.  info@afsantarosa.org 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

July 20, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs THE ORCHESTRAL SUITE from BIZET’S CARMEN, and more.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.  8pm. 

July 22-23, 2006.  FESTIVAL OF ART & WINE IN DUNCANS MILLS, featuring music by STOMPY JONES with ZIZOO playing CAJUN ZYDECO, and more.  Fifteen wineries and eight breweries.  Five tastings, $10, with each additional taste for $1.  Benefiting the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.  Food, wine, community and the arts.  $6-$8 admission; under 12 free.  Opens at 10am.   707.824.8717 or http://www.winecountryfestivals.com for details.

July 24, 2006. LEONARD PITT reads from WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS.  The English edition of Leonard Pitt’s Paris book makes its official debut next week.  The title en Anglais is Walks Through Lost Paris.  The publisher, Shoemaker & Hoard, had the vision to include the entire original text, much of which was cut by the French publisher. Now with all the stories and anecdotes this edition is an even better read. Book Passage in Corte Madera. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. 7pm. leonardp@sbcglobal.net

July 28, 2006.  PINK MARTINI will be performing melodies and rhythms from around the world, including romantic FRENCH BALLADS, with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.  8pm.

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 4, 2006.  GATOR BEAT performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Summer Pool Parties, Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.  707.545.8530 or http://www.flamingoresort.com/newsletter.php for details.  In the Lounge, 5pm-8pm.

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 10, 2006.  ANISSA HELOU talks about MEDITERRANEAN STREET FOOD.  Cooks with Books! at Left Bank in Larkspur.  Combined book and meal, $95 per person, $160 per couple.  Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at Book Passage in Corte Madera.  6:30pm.

August 14, 2006.  BOOK CLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Notre prochaine réunion est fixée au lundi 14 août, 6 :30pm chez Olga (qui nous enverra plus tard son adresse/ coordonnées). Nous avons décidé de nous plonger dans un grand classique de la littérature française : «Au Bonheur des dames » d’Émile Zola. Voici ci-dessous quelques liens sur l’auteur et son œuvre. C’est une œuvre plus longue que nos deux premières sélections, toutefois nous avons 3 mois pour la lire !  Personnellement, c’est un de mes romans préférés de Zola…. blemarch@sfsu.edu for details.

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 22, 2006.  A PROVENÇAL FEAST at SUR LA TABLE.  For more information:  contact Christine Piccin, christine@piccin.com or visit http://www.SantaRosaRec.com or http://www.SurLaTable.com for details.

August 26 & 27, 2006.  COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.  Performances from 10am to 8pm.  Cotati Town Square, Cotati.  $17-$25; children under 15 free.  707.664.0444 or http://www.cotatifest.com for details.

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 2-October 8, 2006.  ORSON’S SHADOW.  An ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants – Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier.  Welles, sensing his foothold in the screen industry slipping, is coaxed by his friend to direct Olivier and Olivier’s young paramour in IONESCO’s absurd masterpiece RHINOCEROS.  Marin Theatre Company.  http://www.marintheatre.org for details.

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, 2006.  ACOUSTIC AFRICA featuring HABIB KOITÉ, BAMADA, VUSI MAHLASELA & DOBET GNAHORÉ.  Cal Performances and Putumayo Records present an epic musical journey featuring three of Africa’s most accomplished performers.  Habib Koité, from MALI, is a superstar in his own country as well as an international sensation.  Koité and South Africa’s Vusi Mahlasela are joined by Dobet Gnahoré, from the IVORY COAST, whose music reflects a variety of influencesm including Mandingo music, Congolese rumba, ziglibiti from the Ivory Coast, and Cameroonian bikutsi.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

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 19, 2006.  PUTUMAYO PRESENTS:  ACOUSTIC AFRICA.  Montalvo Arts Center, http://montalvoarts.org or 408.961.5858 for details.  7:30pm.

October 27 & 28, 2006.  LYON OPERA BALLET featuring MAGUY MARIN’s GROOSLAND, groundbreaking Belgian dancemaker ANNE THERESA DE KEERSMAEKER’s GRANDE FUGE and more!  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

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 1-5, 2006.  GATE THEATRE OF DUBLIN presents WAITING FOR GODOT  by Irish expatriot to Paris, SAMUEL BECKETT.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

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 9-December 10, 2006.  TARTUFFE.  An adaptation of MOLIERE’s play presented by the DELL’ARTE COMPANY.  Masks, music, and physical comedy combined with the finely crafted satire of Moliere.  Marin Theatre Company.  http://www.marintheatre.org for details.

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

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 14-17, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’s SUITE No.2 FROM DAPHNIS ET CHLOE and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

March 25 & 27, 2007.  MARIN SYMPHONY CHORUS performs DURUFLÉ’s REQUIEM, DEBUSSY’s LA MER, and more.  Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Marin Civic Center.  7:30pm.   415.479.8100 or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org or http://www.marinsymphony.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 25, 2007.  SALIF KEITA.  A key founder of modern Afro-pop, Keita commands attention with his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals, and emotion-packed songs.  He is currently exploring his Mande birthright; Keita is a direct descendent of the warrior king who founded the Malian empire in the 13th century.  His work blends the traditional griot music of his childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

April 25, 2007.  IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA.  Stanford Lively Arts, http://livelyarts.stanford.edu or 650.725.ARTS 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.

May 4-5, 2007.  THE MUSIC OF MARIN MARAIS AND ANTOINE FORQUERAY, performed by JORDI SAVALL, viola de gamba, PIERRE HANTAL, harpsichord, XAVIER DIAZ, theorbo and guitar.  At the beginning of the 18th century, the sublime 17th-century French composer Marin Marais’s talent was often compared to that of Antoine Forqueray, his younger contemporary, who was said to have played like a devil, while Marais played like an angel.  This concert explores the work of these extraordinary masters in a concert featuring Marais’ virtuoso SUITE D’UN GOUT ETRANGER and a selection of Forqueray’s intriguing and revealing PORTRAITS MUSICAUX.   Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

May 5-8, 2007.  SACRED MONSTERS ~SYLVIE GUILLEM & AKRAM KHAN.  Perhaps the world’s most celebrated ballerina, Sylvie Guillem, reigning star of the Paris Opera Ballet, here teams up with choreographer and dancer Akram Kahn.  Their ambitious new collaboration explores the notion aof male and female energies as spiritual forces rotted in creation stories & myths.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

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

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