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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
August 11-19, 2005

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*AUGUST EVENTS*

August 10 & 11, 2005. GARAGE A TROIS, the funk group who created the soundtrack for the French film OUTRE MER, performs at Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. $23. 415.771.1421. 8:30pm.

August 11-25, 2005. A TRIBUTE TO LOUIS MALLE: A 20 film tribute to the great French director, Louis Malle, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/programs/6-2005/malle05.htm) in collaboration with Nouvelles Éditions de Films S.L., Janus Films, and the Criterion Collection, with the support of French Cultural Services. We will be presenting new prints on most of the films in the series. Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street at 37th Avenue, San Francisco. 415.221.8184 or http://www.BalboaMovies.com Film schedule:\

  • August 11: LES AMANTS / LOVERS and LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR / MURMUR OF THE HEART.
  • August 13: SILENT WORLD (with Jacques Cousteau) and VIVE LA TOUR.
  • August 13: ATLANTIC CITY and PRETTY BABY
  • August 14: PHANTOM INDIA part 1 (1-3)
  • August 15: MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and VANYA ON 42ND STREET
  • August 16-17: LE FEU FOLLET / THE FIRE WITHIN and LE VOLEUR / THE THIEF OF PARIS
  • August 18: DAMAGE and BLACK MOON
  • August 19-20: LACOMBE LUCIEN and AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS
  • August 21: PHANTOM INDIA part 2 (4-7)
  • August 22: VIVA MARIA and A VERY PRIVATE AFFAIR
  • August 23-24: ZAZIE DANS LE METRO and MILOU EN MAI / MAY FOOLS

ALSO: The Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley will present a schedule of Malle films. See http://www2.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/malle/index.html In addition, Landmark Theatres will open the restored version of Malle's ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS in San Francisco and Berkeley August 19 &endash; 25.

August 12, 2005. T-BROUSSARD AND THE ZYDECO STEPPERS. Eagles Hall,, 2305 Alameda, Alameda. 415.285.6285. 9pm. $15

August 13, 2005. RICK STEVES' EUROPE MARATHON. Steves hosts journeys to the Alps, Switzerland, Provence and more. KQED TV9, 9am-5pm.

August 13, 2005. DEDICATION FOR EUGENE PIERROT. The Sonoma County Historical Society is pleased to invite the members of the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa to a special event honoring Eugene Pierrot, a native son of France. The Sonoma County Historical Society invites you to attend the dedication of a new marker for the grave of Eugene Pierrot, artist, soldier, and teacher. Pierrot, who emigrated from France to America in 1850, served in the 4th Texas Mounted Infantry during the Civil War. He later became an artist and teacher; some of his works hang in a museum in Fort Worth. Pierrot moved to California, where he painted Sonoma County Hospital <http://www.sonomacountyhistory.org/painting.htm> in 1896. SCHS has been raising funds to restore and return it to public display. Eugene Pierrot died in 1919, ironically in the same hospital building that he painted. He was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery thanks to the generosity of his landlord, who paid for the plot. The unmarked grave was discovered 86 years later during research into the provenance of the painting. With the assistance of Santa Rosa Memorial Park, a tombstone was ordered from the U.S. Veteran's Administration. The stone was installed at no charge by SRMP, as their contribution to the project. Please join us at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 13, 2005, in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Santa Rosa. Parking will be available near the main building of Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue. Meet at the Mausoleum for the short walk to the grave. Persons having difficulty walking may be driven directly to the site.

Through August 13, 2005. LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES de CHODERLOS DE LACLOS, performed by the ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHICO. Translated by Christopher Hampton; directed by Dawn McConnell. Shakespeare in the Park, Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park, Chico. 530.891.1382 or http://www.ensembletheatreofchico.com for details.

August 13-September 11, 2005. DANGEROUS, a modern adaptation of PIERRE CHODERLOS DE LACLOS' 1782 novel LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, centers on a group of young gay men in the midst of love, seduction and betrayal. The production won rave reviews in London last year. Laclos's novel is set in 18th c. France, following the outrageous love affairs of high society's most sex-crazed aristocrats; this update moves the story to the modern gay social scene turning one character into a gym trainer and another into a soon-to-be-ordained priest. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), SF. $22-$40. 415.861.8972 or http://www.nctcsf.org for details.

Through August 14, 2005. THE DANCE PALACE SUMMER STOCK PLAYERS, a teen theater group, perform MOLIERE'S TARTUFFE. Dance Palace, 5th & B Streets, Point Reyes Station. Box Office: 415.663.1075. $4-$8 for tickets.

August 14, 2005. MICHAEL DOUCET ET BEAUSOLEIL perform at the Stern Grove Festival. 19th Avenue at Sloat Blvd., SF. 415.252.6252 or http://www.sterngrove.org for details. Admission is free. 2pm. Arrive early to claim a seat!

August 17, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

August 17, 2005. TIRESIA (2002). Sous-titré anglais; Déconseillé aux moins de 16 ans. De Bertrand Bonello, avec Laurent Lucas, Clara Choveaux, Alex Descas, Lou Castel, Thiago Teles, Célia Catalifo, Olivier Torres, Fred Ulysse. Le pari était d'importance : adapter à notre époque le personnage de Tirésias, connu, au travers des écrits de Sophocle et d'Hérodote. Tirésias est le seul être qui a été successivement homme et femme. C'est le thème traité dans la première partie du film de Bonnello : or, qui, de nos jours, incarne mieux cette transformation que les transsexuels ? C'est donc le parti que prend le réalisateur, qui met une créature "plus parfaite que la réalité", un transsexuel brésilien du nom de Tiresia, entre les mains de Terranova, un esthète fasciné par l'androgynie. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

August 18, 2005. 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. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

August 19, 2005. LES 400 COUPS / THE 400 BLOWS. Film Night in the Park, Creekside Park, San Anselmo. Movie starts at 8pm; arrive early with a picnic dinner and low chairs or blankets to claim a spot. http://www.filmnight.org or 415.453.4333 for details.

August 19, 2005. ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (with Jeanne Moreau) opens at the Lumiere in San Francisco. Win a run-of-engagement pass for two at A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books. Details on page 112 of the SF Bay Guardian, August 10 issue. Deadline to enter: 8/15.

August 19, 2005. JEAN-LUC PONTY, with STANLEY CLARKE and BELA FLECK, performs at the Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga, CA. 408.741.2822 or http://www.mountainwinery.com for details.

August 19 & 20, 2005. MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS EUROPEAN GOURMET FOOD WAREHOUSE SALE, 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005. 415.562.1120. Friday 2:00pm - 6:00pm & Saturday 8:30am - 1:30pm.

August 20, 2005. HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO'S M. PAZZO teaches a master class in arpeggios, etc at Gryphon Music in Palo Alto- 650.493.2131 or http://www.HCSF.com for details. 415.931.0909 the HOTCLUB HOTLINE

August 21, 2005. ORGAN RECITAL by FR. PAUL E. PERRY, who will play the works of DUPRE and others. St. Sebastian Church, Greenbrae. Free. Program and commentary will run one hour.

August 21, 2005. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Enricos' in North Beach SF, 7-10pm. 415.982.6223 or http://www.HCSF.com for details. 415.931.0909 the HOTCLUB HOTLINE.

August 21 & 26, 2005. THAT RASCAL SCAPIN by MOLIERE, directed by Amy Himes. Shakespeare at Benbow Lake State Park, Highway 101, south of Garberville. 707.923.1060 or http://www.shakespearebenbow.com for details.

August 24, 2005. EN HAUT DES MARCHES (1983). Sous-titré anglais. De Paul Vecchiali, avec Danielle Darrieux, Hélène Surgère, Micheline Presle, Françoise Lebrun, Nicolas Silberg, Gisèle Pascal Françoise, 66 ans, revient à Toulon après vingt ans d'absence. Avant de retrouver sa famille, elle se remémore la Guerre et l'Occupation. Son mari, dénoncé comme collaborateur, fut assassiné à la Libération. Françoise soupçonne certains membres de sa famille d'en être responsables, et leur en veut d'avoir ensuite investi leur maison près de la mer, qu'ils avaient fait cosnstruire au prix de lourds sacrifices. Paul Vecchiali signe l'un des meilleurs films sur l'Occupation, avec une Danielle Darrieux exceptionnelle. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

August 25, 2005. DAVID DOWNIE in conversation with DIANE JOHNSON. Join Diane Johnson as she talks with David Downie about PARIS, PARIS. Discover the enchantments of the Luxembourg Gardens and Place des Vosges; follow the author as he tracks Modigliani and Coco Chanel, encounters the Michelin Man, and finds legions of the dog-obsessed in the world's favorite city. Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details. 7pm.

August 25-27, 2005. LEFT BANK CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH HEIRLOOM TOMATOES. Left Bank celebrates the taste of summer with a three day special dinner menu of heirloom tomato dishes, on August 25, 26 and 27th. Tomatoes are one of the summer's most versatile ingredients, says Co-Propriétaire and Executive Chef Roland Passot. We are pleased to incorporate these dishes into our rustic, seasonal cuisine grand-mère. Left Bank San Mateo's Chef de Cuisine Quentin Topping, who created our Tomato Fête menu, says that tomatoes are a delicious component of many Left Bank summer recipes. The juicy, full flavor of ripe tomatoes lends itself to both chilled and warm dishes. What a great way to enjoy the taste of summer. Our Tomato Fête begins at 5 PM during this three day salute. Order à la carte, or order the Tomato prix fixe menu for $35.00, excluding gratuity, tax and beverage. http://www.leftbank.com for more details. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415.927.3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows 650.345.2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza 925.288.1222; Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Ð 650.473.6543; San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row 408.984.3500

August 25-28, 2005. LES SYLPHIDES with KUNST-STOFF. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Mission between Third and Fourth Streets, SF. 415.543.1718 or http://www.ybgf.org for details

Through August 26, 2005. FRENCH SUMMER CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS. Ages: 7 to 10-11 to 13-14 to 16. Morning 9 to 12, $225 per week (Monday to Friday); Afternoon 1 to 5, $300 per week (Monday to Friday); Full day 9 to 5, $500 per week (Monday to Friday). 10% off if you sign up and pay a week in advance. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

Through August 26, 2005. RISK AND REINVENTION: THE FILMS OF LOUIS MALLE at Pacific Film Archive, 255 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. All films in French with English subtitles. (See also A TRIBUTE TO LOUIS MALLE, below, for more Malle films in San Francisco!!) Note: Extensive article on Louis Malle in the August 7, 2005 SF Chronicle Datebook (pink pages). Through August 26. Includes screenings of:

LA POURSUITE DU BONHEUR / AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (1986)
VIVE LE TOUR (1962)
PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE (1974)
ZAZIE DANS LE METRO (1960)
LE FEU FOLLET / THE FIRE WITHIN (1964)
LE SOUFFLE DU COEUR / MURMUR OF THE HEART (1971)
LACOMBE LUCIEN (1974)

August 26, 2005. RON BARBARDIER & THE BAYOU BOYS perform CAJUN and BAYOU at the Larkspur Landing Summer Music Series' Free Concerts in the Plaza. Fridays, 6pm-8pm. Presented by the Larkspur Landing Merchants directly across from the Ferry Terminal. 415.461.3700 for details.

August 27, 2005. OPEN HOUSE at LA MAISON DES ARTISTES. La Maison des Artistes Fine Art since 1999 organizes an open house on Saturday August 27th,2005 from 4pm-6pm. Oil painting art classes available for 5 years old to adults. Location: 333 Hayes Street, Suite 106 San Francisco. For more information, email: maisondarte@earthlink.net or visit http://www.stlouisbluesart.com or call Bernard at 415.621.4813.

August 31, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: DELUXE RHONES at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

August 31, 2005. DANIEL LIEBOWITZ & CHARLES PEARSON talk about THE LAST EXPEDITION: STANLEY'S MAD JOURNEY THROUGH THE CONGO. In 1887, Henry Morton Stanley embarked on a mission to rescue Emin Pasha, the last remaining lieutenant of the martyred General Gordon and presiding governor of Equatoria, a province of Egyptian Sudan. The authors provide a fascinating chronicle of this ill-fated journey from its ambitious inception to the heated public controversy that raged in the European press when the survivors returned home, three years later. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960. 7pm.

August 31, 2005. BEAU FIXE (1999). Sous-titré anglais. De Christian Vincent, avec Isabelle Carré, Elsa Zylberstein, Estelle Larrivaz, Judith Rémy, Frédéric Gelard. Etudiantes en seconde année de médecine, Armelle, Valérie, Frédérique et Carine se retrouvent à Saint-Palais-Sur-Mer à l'invitation de l'une d'elles. Elles souhaitent y passer deux semaines afin de se ressourcer et de mener à bien les révisions de l'examen capital qui les attend. Mais très vite la cohabitation idyllique s'envenime… Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

Through September 3, 2005. ART by YASMINA REZA. Extended run! A sniping comedy about friendship. SF Playhouse, 536 Sutter, SF. 415.677.9596. $30. http://www.ticketweb.com for details.

Through September 5, 2005. CYRANO DE BERGERAC, an adventure of unrequited love, passion and sword fighting by EDMOND ROSTAND. Shotgun Players, John Hinkel Park, the Arlington and Southampton Avenue, Berkeley. 510.841.6500 or http://www.shotgunplayers.org for details.

Through September 5, 2005. CHOCOLATE. A wide-ranging new exhibit on the history of cacao in Europe and elsewhere. Lectures, films, tastings and cooking demonstrations also part of the show. California Academy of Sciences, temporarily located in downtown San Francisco. 415.321.8000 or http://www.calacademy.org for details.

Open-ended run. THRILLPEDDLERS Presents BLOOD BUCKET BALLYHOO, An All-New Hypnodrome Horror Revue! Prepare for a summer of sinful sensation… Plus added attractions starting Saturday, July 2. The world's only Grand Guignol triple terror stage show is back! Following the spectacular success of last fall's wildly popular Welcome to the Hypnodrome (a Halloween treat held over till Christmas!), THRILLPEDDLERS, veteran purveyors of perverse stage shenanigans, return with an even more elaborate evening of hospitable horror ~ Blood Bucket Ballyhoo! Also returning are the Hypnodrome's notorious "Shock Boxes" ~ devilishly renovated ~ in which audience members will actually feel the effects of bizarre mind control, rat catcher's poisonous gas and Blood Bucket Ballyhoo's electro-magnetic lights-out finale! (Patrons who book these private "Shock Box" seats for two are advised to bring someone they enjoy clutching in terror.) With this fresh summer show, THRILLPEDDLERS is declaring its transformation from an annual Halloween-season tradition into a year-round smorgasbord of sensation, combining works of vintage Grand Guignol with contemporary, original plays by noted crime and horror authors. The new show debuts a pair of wickedly dark sex farces by playwright Rob Keefe: LIPS OF THE DAMNED, A SLIGHT TINGLING, and THE DRUG. (See the website for more details!) Things get more contemporary starting Saturday, July 2, when Mel Gordon, America's foremost expert on the history of Grand Guignol theatre, debuts his original play ABU GHRAIB. Also beginning Saturday, July 2, The Hypnodrome will present Special Midnight Shows of Blood Bucket Ballyhoo, for patrons who really know how to stretch out a summer weekend. "The midnight shows will be full of surprises, like a theatrical séance." says THRILLPEDDLERS' producer-director Russell Blackwood. "We're listing the curtain time as 11:45 so we'll have everyone in their seats, ready to go. This year is the 150th anniversary of spirit theatre, and we think this is the proper way to celebrate it. And it's only one of the ideas we're working on the make the late shows special for the hardcore fans who stay up late with us!" LOCATION: The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street (between Bryant and Division), San Francisco. Shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 23 - August 13, 8 p.m. nightly, plus a special Midnight Show (11:45 curtain) every Saturday starting July 2. TICKETS: $18 advance / $20 Door / $69 SHOCK BOX for two. On-line tickets available at http://www.inhousetickets.com Or in-person at the TIX Booth in Union Square. More Info: http://www.hypnodrome.com or 415.248.1900.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

TRANSLATION. Long term Employment position, In San Francisco. Candidates MUST be familiar with Quebec culture. Candidates must have use of Termium. JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides English to Canadian French translations on all marketing materials. Job Responsibilities: Translate all marketing communications, including but not limited to signage copy, Event Packs, Seasonal Packs and videos, and Shoplink. Ensure integrity of internal translations by researching and verifying terminology through various sources (terminological databases, internet, etc.) Format documents where necessary, proofread advertising documents before release. Ensure consistency with English originals and edit English originals where necessary. Provide interpretation over the phone (3-way conference calls) where needed. Maintain and update signage copy spreadsheets and other copy documents. Job Qualifications: Strong communication skills, fluency in Canadian French and English (written and verbal), strong organizational skills, creative copy writing skills, outstanding oral and written communication, outstanding proofing/editing skills. Degree in language or linguistics. 2-4 years experience in Canadian French translation. Some experience in creative copy writing. Strong computer skills (MS Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Microsoft Outlook, internet) What is offered: Great Benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Generous. Please contact: Victor Griffin, Andiamo Group, San Francisco, Office: 415.373.8004; Cell: 510-459-0418

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.

LES 400 COUPS / THE 400 BLOWS. Film Night in the Park, Creekside Park, San Anselmo. Movie starts at 8pm; arrive early with a picnic dinner and low chairs or blankets to claim a spot. http://www.filmnight.org or 415.453.4333 for details. August 19, 2005.

ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (with Jeanne Moreau) opens at the Lumiere in San Francisco (415.267.4893). In French with English subtitles. Win a run-of-engagement pass for two at A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books. Details on page 112 of the SF Bay Guardian, August 10 issue. Deadline to enter: 8/15. Film opening August 19, 2005.

BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS. Based on the autobiographical novel by Dai SIJIE, published in France where the author lived for twenty years, but filmed in China (2003). A story of "reactionary intellectuals" in China whose biggest secret arises from the discovery of a suitcase filled with novels by forbidden Western writers, most of them French, including Flaubert, Dumas and Balzac. Smith Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222. August 2005.

BEAU FIXE (1999). Sous-titré anglais. De Christian Vincent, avec Isabelle Carré, Elsa Zylberstein, Estelle Larrivaz, Judith Rémy, Frédéric Gelard. Etudiantes en seconde année de médecine, Armelle, Valérie, Frédérique et Carine se retrouvent à Saint-Palais-Sur-Mer à l'invitation de l'une d'elles. Elles souhaitent y passer deux semaines afin de se ressourcer et de mener à bien les révisions de l'examen capital qui les attend. Mais très vite la cohabitation idyllique s'envenime… Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm. August 31, 2005.

EN HAUT DES MARCHES (1983). Sous-titré anglais. De Paul Vecchiali, avec Danielle Darrieux, Hélène Surgère, Micheline Presle, Françoise Lebrun, Nicolas Silberg, Gisèle Pascal Françoise, 66 ans, revient à Toulon après vingt ans d'absence. Avant de retrouver sa famille, elle se remémore la Guerre et l'Occupation. Son mari, dénoncé comme collaborateur, fut assassiné à la Libération. Françoise soupçonne certains membres de sa famille d'en être responsables, et leur en veut d'avoir ensuite investi leur maison près de la mer, qu'ils avaient fait cosnstruire au prix de lourds sacrifices. Paul Vecchiali signe l'un des meilleurs films sur l'Occupation, avec une Danielle Darrieux exceptionnelle. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm. August 24, 2005.

LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS / CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Marcel Carné, 1945). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

RISK AND REINVENTION: THE FILMS OF LOUIS MALLE at Pacific Film Archive, 255 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. All films in French with English subtitles. (See also A TRIBUTE TO LOUIS MALLE, below, for more Malle films in San Francisco!!) Note: Extensive article on Louis Malle in the August 7, 2005 SF Chronicle Datebook (pink pages). Through August 26. Includes screenings of:

LA POURSUITE DU BONHEUR / AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (1986)
VIVE LE TOUR (1962)
PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE (1974)
ZAZIE DANS LE METRO (1960)
LE FEU FOLLET / THE FIRE WITHIN (1964)
LE SOUFFLE DU COEUR / MURMUR OF THE HEART (1971)
LACOMBE LUCIEN (1974)

MA MERE (dir. Christophe Honoré, with Isabelle Huppert). Based on an unfinished Georges Bataille novel; some have called this film a French "Spanking the Monkey". Lumiere, SF, 415.267.4893; Act I & II, Berkeley, 510.464.5980. In French with English subtitles.

LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR / MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. (Luc Jacquet). Playhouse, Tiburon, 415.435.1234; Rowland, Novato, 415.898.7469; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Albany, 510.843.3456; Century Plaza, South San Francisco, 650.742.9200; Century 20, Daly City, 650.994.7469; Clay, SF415.267.4893; Empire, SF, 415.661.2539; Emery Bay, Emeryville, 510.420.0107; Piedmont, Oakland; Petaluma Boulevard Cinemas; Pacific's Rohnert Park; Sonoma Cinema 6; Century Cinedome 8, Napa; Raven, Healdsburg; Sebastopol Cinema 9. In ENGLISH ~ narrated by Morgan Freeman.

LE MARIAGE DE CHIFFON (Autant-Lara, 1941). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

REMORQUES (Grémillon, 1941). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

STUPEUR ET TREMBLEMENTS / FEAR AND TREMBLING (dir. Alain Corneau; with Sylvie Testud). Balboa, SF, 415.221.8484 or http://www.balboamovies.com In French with English subtitles.

TIRESIA (2002). Sous-titré anglais; Déconseillé aux moins de 16 ans. De Bertrand Bonello, avec Laurent Lucas, Clara Choveaux, Alex Descas, Lou Castel, Thiago Teles, Célia Catalifo, Olivier Torres, Fred Ulysse. Le pari était d'importance : adapter à notre époque le personnage de Tirésias, connu, au travers des écrits de Sophocle et d'Hérodote. Tirésias est le seul être qui a été successivement homme et femme. C'est le thème traité dans la première partie du film de Bonnello : or, qui, de nos jours, incarne mieux cette transformation que les transsexuels ? C'est donc le parti que prend le réalisateur, qui met une créature "plus parfaite que la réalité", un transsexuel brésilien du nom de Tiresia, entre les mains de Terranova, un esthète fasciné par l'androgynie. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm. August 17, 2005.

A TRIBUTE TO LOUIS MALLE: A 20 film tribute to the great French director, Louis Malle, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/programs/6-2005/malle05.htm) in collaboration with Nouvelles Éditions de Films S.L., Janus Films, and the Criterion Collection, with the support of French Cultural Services. We will be presenting new prints on most of the films in the series. Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street at 37th Avenue, San Francisco. 415.221.8184 or http://www.BalboaMovies.com Film schedule:

  • August 11: LES AMANTS / LOVERS and LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR / MURMUR OF THE HEART.
  • August 13: SILENT WORLD (with Jacques Cousteau) and VIVE LA TOUR.
  • August 13: ATLANTIC CITY and PRETTY BABY
  • August 14: PHANTOM INDIA part 1 (1-3)
  • August 15: MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and VANYA ON 42ND STREET
  • August 16-17: LE FEU FOLLET / THE FIRE WITHIN and LE VOLEUR / THE THIEF OF PARIS
  • August 18: DAMAGE and BLACK MOON
  • August 19-20: LACOMBE LUCIEN and AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS
  • August 21: PHANTOM INDIA part 2 (4-7)
  • August 22: VIVA MARIA and A VERY PRIVATE AFFAIR
  • August 23-24: ZAZIE DANS LE METRO and MILOU EN MAI / MAY FOOLS

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*ART*

Through August 13, 2005. STITCHES AND OTHER CONNECTIONS: HANDMADE SEWING AND KNITTING LINKING A FRENCH CANADIAN PAST TO THE FUTURE. Using French Canadian craft skills she learned as a child, SUSAN FIELD incorporates unusual bits of material into her work… At the Meridian Gallery, 545 Sutter (at Powell), SF. 415.398.7229 or http://www.meridiangallery.org for details.

Through August 14, 2005. THE ART OF THE CHAIR, including works inspired by LE CORBUSIER. Furniture masterpieces from the 14th century to the present. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.7862 or http://www.svma.org for details.

Through August 27, 2005. 35 YEARS: AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Works by LAUTREC, RENOIR, TISSOT, MATISSE, BRAQUE, LEGER, ROUAULT, CHAGALL and more. Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF. 415.433.2771 or http://www.pasqualeart.com for details.

Through August 27, 2005. SAINT-JOHN PERSE, L'EXILÉ. .Autre écrivain diplomate, disparu il y a 30 ans, Saint-John Perse refusera de renouer avec la diplomatie après la guerre (Secrétaire Général du Quai d'Orsay de 1933 à 1940, il refuse le poste d'Ambassadeur à Washington en 1947) pour se consacrer à la poésie qui lui vaudra en 1960 d'être Prix Nobel de Littérature. Il y a peu d'exemples, dans notre littérature, d'écrivains dont la vie et l'œuvre ont été en accord aussi profond que la vie du diplomate Alexis Léger et l'œuvre du poète Saint-John Perse: " Et l'écriture suit le procès-verbal." L'Antillais créole est devenu au fil de sa vie professionnelle parisien, chinois, européen, américain... Dans ses fonctions de directeur de cabinet d'Aristide Briand et de secrétaire général des Affaires Etrangères, il s'est trouvé au cœur des bouleversements de son temps. Par la diversité de ses origines, de ses itinéraires, de ses voyages, de ses interlocuteurs et des problèmes qui lui furent posés, Alexis Léger a été en symbiose avec le poète, qui est, par nature, lui " aussi sur la chaussée des hommes de son temps". Pour marquer une ligne de frontière entre le diplomate et le poète, l'auteur choisit un second pseudonyme qui, tantôt entier, tantôt abrégé, sera définitif: Saint-John Perse. Cette exposition d'affiches, également réalisée par l'ADPF, retrace ce parcours exceptionnel. Parcourir l'exposition, c'est donc se porter en imagination vers la France dans ses relations avec le reste du monde face à deux grands conflits mondiaux et à un entre-deux-guerres tourmenté, face aux crises économiques, aux immenses bouleversements politiques ainsi qu'aux vains efforts de paix, parmi lesquels ceux tentés par Alexis Léger; mais aussi face aux manifestations explosives des sciences, de la littérature et des arts.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through September 2005. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS including PICASSO, MATISSE, CHAGALL, and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

September 2-20, 2005. MABOU PARIS DES ANNEES 20. Mabou puise son inspiration dans différentes sources. Tchèque par ses racines et par son enfance praguoise, française par sa vie d'adulte et par ses études en histoire de l'art, elle s'intéresse à la personne humaine qu'elle traite avec un mélange d'ironie et de bienveillance. Amusée et désabusée, elle s'inspire tantôt du monde qui l'entoure, tantôt du monde du passé avec son cortège de personnages historiques. Elle travaille par séries, qu'elle adapte aux lieux auxquels elles sont destinées. Ses hommes d'affaires animent les murs des banques, les amoureux sentimentaux s'enlacent dans les recoins des demeures cossues, les dames en robe d'apparat contemplent les visiteurs des châteaux, les forains égayent la salle d'une clinique. Mabou crée un monde peuplé d'hommes politiques et d'enfants, de musiciens et de demi-mondaines. Elle vous propose un aperçu thématique de son oeuvre Ses tableaux en relief, faits de résine synthétique, de papier et de peinture à l'huile, s'apparentent autant à la sculpture qu'à la peinture. Il s'agit d'une technique personnelle qu'elle utilise depuis une vingtaine d'années. Mabou a exposé à St'art, la foire d'Art contemporain de Strasbourg, à Paris, à Shangaï et à Europ'Art, le salon d'Art contemporain de Genève et prochainement en Octobre à Art Fair de Zurich. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through September 4, 2005. SUMMER EXHIBITION, including work by PICASSO, CHAGALL and others at the Serge Sorokko Gallery, 51 Grant Ave., SF. 415.391.6655

Through September 18, 2005. CELEBRATING SWITZERLAND. Works by Sharon Collier and Patrick Wildi. A Different Angle Gallery, 5833 College Avenue, Oakland. 510.653.8848.

Through September 17, 2005. "AND THEY WERE FRUITFUL": A DEDICATION TO THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. The AfroSolo Arts Festival XII kicks off its Visual Arts Exhibition by showcasing artist NENA ST. LOUIS's dynamic wood sculptures. Inspired by the Dogon sculpture of MALI, West Africa. Sargent Johnson Gallery, African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton, SF. 415.922.2049; concurrent exhibition at the SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St., SF. 415.786.2500 ext.228.

Through September 30, 2005. SALON D'ETE. Works by 26 artists in homage to Parisian art salons of the 19th and 20th centuries. Micaela Gallery, 333 Hayes, SF. http://www.micaela.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*

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.

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*RESTAURANTS*

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

August 25-27, 2005. LEFT BANK CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH HEIRLOOM TOMATOES. Left Bank celebrates the taste of summer with a three day special dinner menu of heirloom tomato dishes, on August 25, 26 and 27th. Tomatoes are one of the summer's most versatile ingredients, says Co-Propriétaire and Executive Chef Roland Passot. We are pleased to incorporate these dishes into our rustic, seasonal cuisine grand-mère. Left Bank San Mateo's Chef de Cuisine Quentin Topping, who created our Tomato Fête menu, says that tomatoes are a delicious component of many Left Bank summer recipes. The juicy, full flavor of ripe tomatoes lends itself to both chilled and warm dishes. What a great way to enjoy the taste of summer. Our Tomato Fête begins at 5 PM during this three day salute. Order à la carte, or order the Tomato prix fixe menu for $35.00, excluding gratuity, tax and beverage. http://www.leftbank.com for more details. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415.927.3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows 650.345.2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza 925.288.1222; Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Ð 650.473.6543; San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row 408.984.3500

Through September 2005, LEFT BANK AND MENLO PARK ATHERTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION. Through September 2005, Menlo Park's popular French brasserie Left Bank is partnering with the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) for a community-wide fundraiser which will benefit all the children in Menlo Park City School District's K-8 public schools. The general public is invited to participate in this deliciously easy fundraiser. Simply purchase a special Left Bank gift certificate, valued at $50.00 but sold for $45.00 only through MPAEF. Redeem the gift certificates at Left Bank in Menlo Park. Gift certificates available ONLY through the MPAEF website: www.mpaef.org; On sale through June 2005, and redeemable through September 2005; Forty five percent of the proceeds from the sale of each certificate benefits MPAEF. For questions, please email promo@mpaef.org The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation is an award-winning, all volunteer, non-profit organization formed in 1982. Money raised by the MPAEF supports programs and personnel in critical areas such as libraries, science, technology and music. The MPAEF also funds teaching excellence through innovation grants and professional development programs. Visit www.mpaef.org for more information, or to make a donation. 635 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. Open everyday from 11:30 AM, serving casual country French meals as well as offering a popular, kid-tested children's menus. For reservations, 473-6543 or www.leftbank.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONSIEUR LE FREAK, San Francisco's favorite French DJ from Toulouse. Maître d' of funky eclecticism, combining the smooth acoustic sounds of Côte d'Azur with the sensual, sweaty rawness of the Paris underground... He spins at Butter (www.smoothasbutter.com/current/html), Fluid (www.fluidsf.com), Element Lounge (www.elementlounge.com) and Ze Lounge (www.zebrasf.com) on various nights of the week. Check the websites for specifics...

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

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

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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

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

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

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

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

Mondays: FRENCH CLUB OF MARIN. 415.663.8177 for details.

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

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION group. Every Monday 7:30 pm-9pm. Join "le petit groupe" in San Francisco. Call for additional information 415.269.7718 or cobrion@hotmail.com

First Monday of the month: THE FRENCH CONNECTION OF THE SILICON VALLEY. 1st Monday of the month, 6:30pm to 9pm. Networking plus speaker plus buffet for more info, register at : http://www.dbf.net. 1001 Marshall St., Redwood City CA.

Second Monday of the month: MARIN INTERFRENCH. Meetings chez Michel à Greenbrae. zsolution4u@yahoo.com or http://www.interfrench.com or 415.925.1241 for details.

Tuesday afternoons: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS GROUP at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, at noon. Contact Len Rogers, 415.435.2651 for details.

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

Every other Tuesday afternoon: CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE. Organized by The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666. Every other Tuesday at 5:30, free activity for the members of our French Club. Please call for information on how to become a member of our French Club.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday afternoons: CHEZ GLORIA CAMERON. 707.433.9490 for information.

Wednesday 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 first Wednesday of the month. There is a French language dinner table. Call beforehand to reserve your spot: Zazie, 941 Cole, 564-5332 http://dinesite.com/info/rstrnt-307188/?&t=372424

Second Wednesday evening of each month: CONVERATION A VILLA MARIN. Marin, a San Rafael retirement residence, has a French table; if you are fairly fluent and would like to dine at the French table, call Raymonde Kaplan at 415.492.2567. Subtitled French film shown after dinner.

Third Wednesday evening of each month: NETWORKING AT INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS, Santa Clara. Please note that the InterFrench Workshops have moved. We will be meeting now every 3rd wednesday night at the beautiful Silicon Valley Bank facility at 5200 Patrick Henry Drive in Santa Clara. Please let your friends know as you are only among these special 10% of people that actually read their email! Do NOT enter through the main lobby and look at the map on our website as it may be difficult to find the first time: http://www.siliconfrench.com/events_directions_svbank.shtml

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

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

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

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) 531-7836 for 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 your young ones in one of SF's parks or in a home for this French playgroup. We meet Fridays around 4pm.

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

First & third Fridays of the month: SALON DE CONVERSATION FRANCAISE A GLEN ELLEN. French salons in Glen Ellen for advanced students, first and third Fridays of the month, 6 to 7:30pm. Small groups starting in February. For more information and to reserve, call 707.938.0321 or email Yannickponte@yahoo.com.

Third Friday of each month: CONVERSATION (Tous Niveaux) à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey (near Ashby BART station) à partir de 18h30. Beginners Welcome! Potluck style hosted by Madeleine and Xavier. Contact: afberkeley@sirius-mail.org or 510.548.7481.

Saturday mornings: 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 levels welcome, 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. Caffe Oggi, in the Albertson's plaza in Mill Valley, 745 E. Blithedale Avenue. 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

Last Saturday of the month: FRENCH WALK. For all ages. Jogger-Strollers ok. 10am. For meeting place and time, call Fabienne, 415.482.8479 at the latest the night before the walk. If interested, bring a picnic.

Last Saturday of each month. FRENCH PLAY TIME AT THE PARK. 10:00 a.m. A growing group of parents and children have started meeting the last Saturday of each month for play time and French conversation at a local park. Not all the children speak French, but they all like to play and will benefit from hearing the language. For more information, call Evelyn at 576-1434 or email to sonprov@sonic.net.

Sundays at noon: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

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

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

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*CLASSES*

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 for $199 + level one book $21.70 The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

JUST CONVERSATION. Tuition for 8 weeks $190. 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".Various times available. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH GRAMMAR. Tuition for 8 weeks $190. Review and practice all the basics: pronouns, verb tenses, prepositions, sentence structure, and more.... The grammar class you wish you'd had in High School. A practical and conversational approach to grammar. Don't just study grammar, speak it! Book: Cours de Grammaire de la Sorbonne. Niveau Moyen. $30.55. Various times available. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

CONVERSATION and LITERATURE. Tuition for 8 weeks $190 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. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

CONVERSATION: SUPER FRENCH. Tuition for 8 weeks $200 This class is for students who wish to improve their oral comprehension and participation when part of a group of French people speaking together. "Super French" is conducted by one teacher hosting one or more French speakers for one hour. Students are encouraged to join the conversation. They can also just listen and try to understand as much as possible as if they were sitting with French friends. Each class ends with a 30 minute summary of the vocabulary used and topics covered. Various times available. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

Through August 24, 2005. ONE DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS. See list, below. To register, simply mail your check & registration form or call with a credit card number. All workshops are in French unless indicated otherwise. The level of each workshop is indicated according to group class levels (see schedule). Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions (415) 362~3666. Discounts, make~up classes or credits do not apply to workshops. No refund or credit for missed workshops. 24 hour cancellation policy applies. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

  • Wed. 8/10 ~ 10:00 to 12:00 ~ or Th. 8/11 ~ 1:00 to 3:00 ~ or Sat. 8/13 ~ 10:00 to 12:00 ~ $34 ~ PRONUNCIATION, LEVEL 2. Learn how to recognize all the French sounds and practice them. Pronunciation in French is very regular, a clear presentation will help you learn the sounds once for all. (Level 3 to 7) Philippe Glade ~ Anne Boucher
  • Wednesday 8/17 ~ 1:00 to 3:00 or Saturday 8/20 ~ 9:30 to 11:30 ~ $34 ~ TEACHERS PROGRAM, PART I ~ For teachers of French. Advanced grammar and classrooms techniques: simplifying presentations, reduce students' stress, address various learning styles and levels simultaneously , improve class dynamic. (Open to native and non native speakers) Dominique Brémond
  • Wednesday 8/24 ~ 1:00 to 3:00 ~ or Saturday 8/27 ~ 9:30 to 11:30 ~ $34 ~ TEACHERS PROGRAM, PART II ~ For teachers of French. Advanced grammar and classrooms techniques: simplifying presentations, reduce students' stress, address various learning styles and levels simultaneously , improve class dynamic. (Open to native and non native speakers) Dominique Brémond

Through September 2005. COURSES AT LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER IN LA TOULZANIE, organized by E. Barbara Phillips, Professor Emerita of San Francisco State University. A series of week-long courses," in French, in English, and in both languages (with a touch of Occitan in one course...) will take place at the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie (Lot) in Southwest France, near Cahors. Guidebook writer Karen Brown calls this stretch of the Lot Valley the "most stunning 51 kilometer stretch in France." Latitude's headquarters is the 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie, a chateau-like, stone building. Prices start at 1000 euros for lodging, most meals (all but 2 dinners, 1 lunch), course instruction. For details, visit www.latitude.org

  • Sept. 3-10 afternoons British, American, and French Childhoods, Past & Present ( in English only) with Joe Illick, professor emerita of history, San Francisco State, and author, American Childhoods ,2002
  • Sept. 3-10 A Taste of Southwest France (in English & French) with E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, SF State University and Founder/Director, Latitude
  • Sept. 10-17 Creative Loitering in the Lot: Awakening Vision photography workshop (in English) with Jeff Berner, award-winning photographer (including two portrait prizes from Life magazine) who lives in Paris and Northern CA; author of a dozen books , including The Photographic Experience (Doubleday/Anchor).

August 17 or 20 and August 24 or 27, 2005. TEACHERS' PROGRAM AT THE FRENCH SCHOOL. This course will focus on advanced French grammar and classrooms techniques: simplifying presentations, reduce students' stress, address various learning styles and levels simultaneously, improve class dynamic. For teachers of French, native and non native speakers. Wednesday 8/17, 1:00 to 3:00 or Saturday 8/20, 9:30 to 11:30 ~$34. Part one Wednesday 8/24, 1:00 to 3:00 or Saturday 8/27, 9:30 to 11:30 - $34 ~ Part two. $65 for both workshops or $34 each. Presented by Dominique Brémond. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

September-November 2005. FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by Maritza Pick at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for course options, times, costs, etc.

September 2005-January 2006. POTPOURRI OF LITERARY PRIZES. Carol Benet leads a book group to discuss, among others, MAVIS GALLANT's PARIS STORIES. Either Mondays or Tuesdays available. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960.

FALL FRENCH CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. Classes include Beginning French, Intermediate French, Introduction to Literary Analysis and Critical Writing, and France Yesterday (Lascaux to the Revolution). Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

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

NO TIME TO COMMUTE AND GO TO THE FRENCH CLASS. Dominique Bremond, the director of The French Class is San Francisco, is now offering "Long Distance French" to people who can't make it to a class. All you have to do is call her at (415) 362-3666 or send her an e-mail at http://www.frenchclass.com to get your own personalized French tape according to your level and needs. Just call Dominique and let her know what you would like to find on your tape and she will make a tape just for you. $21.70 (including tax) + $2.30 shipping. Total $24. You may send a check to the order of The French Class or use any credit card. Dominique Bremond has been teaching French in the Bay Area for over 20 years and specializes in grammar, prononciation, practical French and easy learning. Call now 415.362.3666.

FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Parlez français par téléphone! Our French by phone program is growing. We now have students in 6 states: California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. 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. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at 415.362.3666 or at info@frenchclass.com For more information or to schedule a phone lesson, please call us at 415.362.3666. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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

GRAMMAR AND WRITING CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Améliorez votre grammaire et votre français écrit grâce à un cours dynamique, interactif et truffé d'informations linguistiques variées, présenté (cours 607 et 608) par la directrice et fondatrice de "The French Class", Dominique Brémond. (Drop ins: $28 per class if space available). Monday or Thursday mornings or Wednesday or Thursday evenings. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, SF. For more information: 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com.

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

September 7, 2005. CLARA ET MOI (2003). Sous-titré anglais D'Arnaud Viard, avec Julie Gayet, Julien Boisselier, Michel Aumont, Antoine Duléry, Sacha Bourdo, Christian Charmetant, Cyril Bedel, Pascale Arbillot. Antoine a 33 ans. Il est idéaliste, perpétuellement insatisfait et à la recherche du grand amour. Son aisance naturelle et l'apparente légèreté avec laquelle il sillonne Paris ne masquent plus sa solitude. Et puis un jour, Antoine rencontre Clara: elle est belle, libre et généreuse, passant de l'insouciance à la gravité avec un charme auquel Antoine succombe instantanément. Ils sont faits l'un pour l'autre et n'ont jamais rien connu de tel. Mais la vie n'est pas si simple et ils auront à affronter des épreuves auxquelles ils ne sont pas préparés. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

September 7, 2005. PINK MARTINI performs at Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. 408.998.TIXS or 415.421.TIXS or 510.625.TIXS or http://ticketmaster.com for tickets. http://montalvoarts.org for details.

September 7, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: THE RED WINES OF FRANCE at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

September 8, 2005. AN EVENING WITH DAVID DOWNIE, author of PARIS, PARIS: JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT. 6pm-7:30pm. Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets: $20. Books available. Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar. Reservations: Call 415.388.4956 or email to: terrance@paris-expat.com Seating is limited and will sell out quickly! Reservations guaranteed by pre-payment. Send checks to: PTEE, 38 Miller Ave., PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941

September 9, 2005. ZYDECO FLAMES perform CAJUN & ZYDECO at the Larkspur Landing Summer Music Series' Free Concerts in the Plaza. Fridays, 6pm-8pm. Presented by the Larkspur Landing Merchants directly across from the Ferry Terminal. 415.461.3700 for details.

September 12, 2005. FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FINANCIAL PLANNING WORKSHOP. 8:00 AM. DBF at Ropers Majeski, Redwood City. E-mail com@faccsf.com for details.

September 13, 2005. FIRST SESSION OF THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STARTUP COMPETITION. E-mail com@faccsf.com for details.

September 14, 2005. TWENTY-NINE PALMS (2002). Sous-titré anglais. Déconseillé aux moins de 16 ans. De Bruno Dumont, avec David Wissak, Katia Golubeva Denny, photographe, et Katia, son amie, quittent Los Angeles à la recherche d'un cadre désertique pour une séance de photos. Utilisant un motel de Twentynine Palms comme base de travail, ils passent leurs journées à sonder le Joshua Tree Desert, s'y perdre à tous les sens du terme. Le 3e film du vainqueur de la Palme d'Or à Cannes 1999. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

September 15, 2005. LYRIC OPERA MAESTRO. Presented one week before the opening of their new production of GEORGES BIZET's CARMEN, the San Francisco Lyric Opera's Artistic Director Barnaby Palmer will speak at the Alliance Française and will guide the listener through a performance of this masterpiece. Georges Bizet, who was born in Paris on October 25,1838 died at the age of 36 on June 3, 1875, exactly three months after the first performance of his masterpiece Carmen. His death, at the same age as Purcell and Mozart, is one of the major tragedies of music history. For, while those earlier composers had been able to do justice to the genius that was in them, Bizet only found his true form in the last three years of his life, in the music for Daudet's play L'Arlésienne, and above all, in Mérimée's short story Carmen. We will discuss and illustrate through excerpts just how this masterpiece has continued to grow in popularity and remains the most widely performed opera today.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 7pm; free.

September 16, 2005. MADELEINE PEYROUX returns following her two sold-out SFJAZZ spring concerts; the Georgia-born, Paris-raised jazz singer will sing songs from her new CD, Careless Love. Nob Hill Masonic Center, SF. 415.776.1999 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

September 16-17, 2005. FOUSTIN LINYEKULA / LES STUDIOS KABAKO. This acclaimed troupe from the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO makes its North American debut in TRIPTYCH SANS TITRE, a performance centered on a character struggling to both forget and unearth history. Yerba Buena Gardens, SF. 415.543.1718 or http://yerbabuenaarts.org for details.

September 16-18, 2005. FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL WORKSHOP WEEKEND FOR BEGINNERS. As always, material & lunches are included in the $250.00 for 3 days. We can only accommodate 8 students, so plan to reserve now. Individual lessons are on-going in the summer and group sessions will start Sept 7, 2005 for all levels. Contact: Nadine Goodban, nadalang@sbcglobal.net or 707.644.3421 for details.

September 18, 2005. MUMBO GUMBO performs at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio. http://www.ranchonicasio.com or 415.662.2219 for details. 4pm. $12.

September 21, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: THE RED WINES OF BORDEAUX at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

September 21, 2005. CLAUDE SAUTET OU LA MAGIE INVISIBLE (2002). Non sous-titré! De N.T. Binh, avec Bertrand Tavernier, Philippe Sarde, Jean-Pierre Marielle, José Giovanni, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jean-Louis Livi, Jean-Loup Dabadie Début 2000, le réalisateur Claude Sautet, en phase terminale de cancer, commente sa filmographie avec le réalisateur N.T. Binh et la journaliste Domenica Rabourdin. Parallèlement à ses souvenirs de réalisateur, il se souvient de ses débuts comme assistant à la mise en scène, de son travail de consultant sur scénarii, de ses colères et désillusions politiques. Après sa mort, N.T. Binh et Domenica Rabourdin interviewent également quelques-uns de ses proches collaborateurs ainsi que son épouse Graziella. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

September 22, 2005..FRENCH WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON organized by the FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. E-mail com@faccsf.com for details.

September 22, 2005. 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. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

September 23-October 3, 2005. 9E FESTIVAL DU FILM ARABE. Cette année encore, le Festival du Film Arabe apportera à San Francisco quelques-unes des dernières productions en langue arabe parmi lesquelles de nombreuses co-productions françaises. French films sponsored by the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. Co-productions françaises ou ayant un distributeur français (longs et courts métrages):

  • ABOUNA, de Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Tchad)
  • NADIA ET SARRA, de Moufida Tlatli (France /Tunisie)
  • EXILS, de Tony Gatlif (France)
  • BAB EL WEB, de Merzack Allouache (France/Algérie)
  • HAMEAU DE FEMMES, de Mohamed Chouikh (Algérie)
  • LES YEUX SECS, de Narjiss Nejjar (Maroc)
  • LE PRINCE, de Mohamed Zran (Tunisie)
  • LA FIANCEE SYRIENNE, de Eran Riklis (Israël/France/Allemagne)
  • LILA DIT ÇA, de Ziad Doueiri (France)
  • L'ENFANT ENDORMI, de Yasmine Kassari (Maroc)
  • LE GRAND VOYAGE,, de Ismael Ferroukhi (France/Maroc)
  • LITTORAL, de Wajdi Mouawad (Québec/France)
  • COUSINES, , de Ilyes Salem
  • LA DANSE ETERNELLE, de Hiam Abbass

Outre la projection des films, des panels seront organisés autour du cinéma arabe francophone, auxquels participeront divers réalisateurs (Nadia Mouflatti, Merzak Allouache, Toni Gatlif, (tbc). Pour plus d'information, consultez le site http://www.aff.org/

September 28, 2005. CAPITAINES D'AVRIL. Non sous-titré. De Maria de Medeiros, avec Stefano Accorsi, Maria De Medeiros, Fele Martinez, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot, Manuel Joao Vieira, Marcantonio Del Carlo. Au Portugal, dans la nuit du 24 au 25 avril 1974, la radio diffuse une chanson interdite : Grândola. Il pourrait s'agir de l'insoumission d'un journaliste rebelle. C'est en fait le signal programmé d'un coup d'Etat militaire qui changera la face de ce petit pays affligé par des décennies d'archaïsme et le destin d'immenses territoires en Afrique. Au son de la voix du poète José Alfonso, les troupes insurgées prennent les casernes. A trois heures du matin, elles marchent sur Lisbonne. Peu après le triste putsch militaire au Chili, la Révolution des Oeillets se distingue par le caractère aventureux, mais aussi pacifique et lyrique de son déroulement. Ces 24 heures de révolution sont vécues par trois personnages : deux capitaines et une jeune femme, professeur de lettres et journaliste. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

September 28, 2005. THE BAGUETTE QUARTET performs tango, fox-trot, and marches&emdash;music that was once popular on Paris street corners, in cafes, and in dance halls. Levi's Plaza, SF. 415.776.1999 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

September 29, 2005. FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & PERSONALIZED MEDECINE. The San Francisco French American Chamber of Commerce is hosting a life science breakfast discussion panel on Thursday, September 29 to discuss the concept of "personalized medecine". Event details can be found at : http://www.faccsf.com/Events/LifeScienceBr_september.htm. With the support of Swissnex. 7:30am-9:30am at Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Breakfast will be served.

September 29, 2005. NEW CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION ~ DISCUSSION MODERATED BY THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. E-mail com@faccsf.com for details. 6pm.

September 30-October 2, 2005. FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL WEEKEND WORKSHOP FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED STUDENTS. As always, material & lunches are included in the $250.00 for 3 days. We can only accommodate 8 students, so plan to reserve now. Individual lessons are on-going in the summer and group sessions will start Sept 7, 2005 for all levels. Contact: Nadine Goodban, nadalang@sbcglobal.net or 707.644.3421 for details.

October 3, 2005. JEAN-LOUIS BOURLANGES speaks on L'EUROPE: QUI? QUOI? COMMENT? Longtemps vouée à une œuvre de réconciliation entre les belligérants des deux guerres mondiales sous la houlette protectrice de l'Alliance atlantique, l'Union européenne doit aujourd'hui se donner les moyens de penser sa spécificité par rapport au reste du monde, d'exprimer et de faire valoir les intérêts communs de ses membres et de sortir enfin du ghetto économique où elle était enfermée. C'est à la lumière de cette mutation fondamentale qu'il faut analyser et évaluer l'ensemble des changements intervenus au cours des quinze dernières années dans les domaines monétaire, économique, international, militaire et institutionnel. Si les résultats obtenus paraissent relativement médiocres, c'est peut-être d'abord que le cahier des charges s'est très sensiblement alourdi. Hier la communauté n'avait d'autre but que de créer des relations de bon voisinage entre ses membres. Aujourd'hui l'Union a pour ambition d'exprimer leur volonté commune dans un monde rendu paradoxalement plus dangereux par la fin de l'affrontement bipolaire. Ancien élève de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris et de l'ENA, Agrégé de lettres modernes, J.-Louis Bourlanges est depuis 2002 professeur à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Parallèlement à ses activités d'enseignement, il est a été élu au conseil municipal de Dieppe (Seine-Maritime) et au conseil régional (Haute-Normandie) pendant douze ans, ainsi que membre du Parlement européen en 1989, réélu en 1994 et 1999, institution au sein de laquelle il occupe divers postes et fonctions, dont celle de Rapporteur Général du Budget de l'Union pour l'année 2000 ou celle de Président de la Commission Parlementaire Union européenne-Pologne. NOTE: Dernière minute: Les changements intervenus dans l'actualité européenne avec les non français et néerlandais seront au coeur de l'exposé de Jean-Louis Bourlanges Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 3, 2005. FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MR. ALEX SERGE VIEUX, founder and CEO of DASAR. La participation de $30 sera collectée à l'entrée. Les Membres de la Chambre de Commerce Franco Américaine jouissent d'une réduction de $5 sur la soirée DBF. E-mail com@faccsf.com for details.

October 5, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

October 5, 2005. SALIF KEITA, THE MANSA OF MALI performs at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), SF. 415.885.0750.

October 9, 2005. TAKACS QUARTET with pianist GARRICK OHLSON performs DEBUSSY and more. Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

October 9 & 11, 2005. MARIN SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's IBERIA and RAVEL's RHAPSODIE ESPAGNOLE and more. Conductor Alasdair Neale; pianist Jeffrey Kahane. http://www.marinsymphony.org or 415.479.8100 for details.

October 10, 2005. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP MARIN. Le team InterFrench-Frenchip de Marin County se réjouit de vous accueillir à 19 heures chez Michel. Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Merci. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s'ils parlent peu le Français. marincountyinterfrench@hotmail.com or 415.925.1241

October 12, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: CHAMPAGNE! at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

October 19-20, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL's ALBORADA DEL GRACIOSO and more. With JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET on piano. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details. 8pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm.

October 21-30, 2005. RING AROUND THE MOON (L'INVITATION AU CHÂTEAU) by JEAN ANOUILH. Abydos Theater announces a provocative and amusing pair of French classic plays staged with fresh eyes for the 21st Century&emdash;The False Servant, or the Business of Love, and Ring Round the Moon for 2005-06. Abydos will present a new production of Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon in association with the Center for Performing Arts at Sonoma State University and directed by Abydos Artistic Director Paul Draper. Sonoma State dates are October 21-30, 2005 in Person Theater on the SSU campus. San Francisco dates and location to be announced. Ring Round the Moon, a romantic comedy about the intrigues of a summer night, is played out during a lavish spring ball at a grand chateau. Identical twin brothers lose their hearts to an alluring dancer hired as a hoax. She also loses hers (but to which one?!). This tangle of love colors an evening of gossamer lightness. But behind the romance lurks a parable of innocence, cynicism, and the embittering power of money. For more information, see http://www.abydostheater.org or call 415.386.2373. On campus contact information: Person Theater, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. http://www.sonoma.edu for details.

October 26, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: DELUXE RED BORDEAUX at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

October 27, 2005. 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. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

October 29, 2005. YUSEF LATEEF, with SYLVIE COURVOISIER and others. San Francisco Jazz Festival. http://sfjazz.org for details.

October 30, 2005. PARIS COMBO, joined by LE JAZZ HOT (the Hot Club of San Francisco). San Francisco Jazz Festival, http://sfjazz.org for details.

October/November 2005. REVIVAL OF ROBERT BRESSON'S PICKPOCKET. Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street at 37th Avenue, San Francisco. 415.221.8184 or http://www.BalboaMovies.com

October / November 2005. ELEONORE FAUCHER's BRODEUSES / SEQUINS. Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street at 37th Avenue, San Francisco. 415.221.8184 or http://www.BalboaMovies.com

November 2, 2005. YALE CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO organizes a lunch with former AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE HOWARD LEACH (2001-2005). 12:00pm. Howard Leach has recently returned from France after serving there as US Ambassador from 2001-2005. A Northern California native, he has long experience in business and public service. Ambassador Howard H. Leach presented his credentials as United States Ambassador to France on September 4, 2001. He served until April 16, 2005. Prior to his nomination by President Bush, Ambassador Leach developed a long career in business as an entrepreneur, investor and chief executive. He began his career as founder and president of several agri-business corporations. He has served as president and major shareholder of numerous industrial and financial companies. In his capacity as United States Ambassador to France, Ambassador Leach is active in many organizations devoted to French-American relations. He is the honorary president, co-president or chairman of the following organizations: French American Commission for Educational Exchange (the "Fulbright" program), American Library in Paris, Association France Etats-Unis, Cercle Jefferson, French American Press Club, Anglo American Press Association of Paris, American Hospital of Paris, Board of Trustees of the American School of Paris, the Federation of Alliances Francaises, the American Aid Society and USO Paris. The lunch will take place at: World Trade Club, One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco (Map: http://www.worldtradeclub.org/contact/map.shtml ) When: November 2nd , 2005, 12 noon. Cost: $25 Current 2005 YCSF members/$30 Non-members/General Public. http://www.yalesf.org/ for more details. RSVP by October 31st: By Credit Card: http://www.acteva.com/go/yalesf; By Check: Send to: William Ziering, 440 Davis Ct, San Francisco, CA 94111-2445. Questions?: Call William Ziering at (415)982-4581 or e-mail wmziering@sbcglobal.net

November 3, 2005. PETER MAYLE IN CONVERSATION WITH TERRANCE GELENTER at San Francisco's Clay Theater. Call 415.388.4956 or email to: terrance@paris-expat.com for information.

November 4-December 17, 2005. THE FALSE SERVANT, OR THE BUSINESS OF LOVE by PIERRE MARIVAUX. Abydos Theater announces a provocative and amusing pair of French classic plays staged with fresh eyes for the 21st Century&emdash;The False Servant, or the Business of Love, and Ring Round the Moon for 2005-06. A brand new translation / adaptation by local writers, Ann and George Crowe, specially commissioned by Abydos. This world premiere production will be directed by Jessica Heidt, Associate Artistic Director at Magic Theater, and will open November 4 for six weeks through December 17 at Exit on Taylor, San Francisco. In The False Servant, a pretty girl disguised as a beau Chevalier spies on her husband-to-be while he connives to extricate himself from a previous marriage commitment (without coughing up the pre-nup penalty). Avarice pervades a world of pretend love-making in this cross-dressing gender intrigue where "show me the money" outfoxes "whom shall I love?" For more information, see http://www.abydostheater.org or call 415.386.2373.

November 6, 2005. KONONO No. 1. From Kinshasa, Congo &endash; producing music like nothing else on earth, including traditional Bazombo trance music. San Francisco Jazz Festival, http://sfjazz.org for details.

November 8-12, 2005. ALBERT VAN AMSTEL performs French music in California. Educational Programs of International Songs. For more information, please visit: http://www.albertvanamstel.info

November 9, 2005. WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE at THE FRENCH CELLAR. 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, baguettes 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 joining with you, in sampling the great wine finds of France. Merci! Classes are held at The French Cellar on 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos, California. www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

November 11, 2005. YOUSSOU N'DOUR & THE EGYPTIAN ORCHESTRA. Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

November 11-12, 2005. ARTS OF FASHION FOUNDATION hosts STUDENT COMPETITION IN SAN FRANCISCO. The 70 Fashion and Accessories students selected from 43 different U.S. fashion Schools and Universities will present their design related to the theme 2005 / Art and Fashion and Industry / in the frame of a unique fashion show and display, presided over by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The prestigious jury composed with our international guests will award 3 prizes and select 15 designs to represent the U.S. in Paris for the 23rd edition of the « Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode » at the Carrousel du Louvre on December 15, 2005. The jury session will meet on Friday Nov 10 / 9:00-12:00 and the Fashion Show Competition & Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday Nov 11. All the event is about youth and education, fashion and design today allowing each one to meet. The theme of this year is Art and Fashion and Industry. The competition regroups 43 U.S. fashion Schools and Universities; in addition, there will be seminars, debates, lectures and exhibitions with high profile guests and jury members. The competition is open to the public, students, and faculty coming for the event from all over the U.S. French Multi fashion designer JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC accepted to be the President of the event in San Francisco. Multiple venues; to view the program go to: http://www.af-competition.com/af%202005/Pre%20Program%20SF%202005.htm Following the event, fifteen students have the opportunity each year to present their work in Paris international contest among many other countries. Contact: Nathalie Doucet, US Coordinator, AF-Foundation, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, nathalie.doucet@arts-of-fashion.org or 415.252.0734

November 11-December 18, 2005. MARIUS by MARCEL PAGNOL. Meet Panisse, Fanny and Cesare, the characters after whom Alice Waters named her Berkeley restaurant. Originally produced in Paris in 1929, Marius is the first play of Pagnol's trilogy. MARIUS boldly presents the working class characters of Marseille. A story of youth, love, and yearning, this world premiere is the first new English translation in 70 years. Aurora Theater, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. http://www.auroratheatre.org for details.

November 17, 2005. 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. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

November 18, 2005. ENSEMBLE KABOUL WITH SPECIAL GUEST USTAD FARIDA MAHWASH. Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

December 6, 2005. ADAM GOPNIK, author of PARIS TO THE MOON, in conversation with Daniel Handler. Herbst Theatre, SF, 8pm. http://www.cityboxoffice.com or http://www.cityarts.com or 415.392.4400 for details.

December 6-9, 2005. UBU RULES! adapted from ALFRED JARRY's UBU ROI, directed by Judy Navas. Every man is capable of showing his contempt for the cruelty of the universe by making his own life a poem of incoherence and absurdity. An absurd, wild, hilarious commentary on power and politics in the outrageously obnoxious Father Ubu takes control of the bourgeois class. Ives Hall, Studio 76, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. http://www.sonoma.edu for details.

December 12, 2005. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP MARIN. Le team InterFrench-Frenchip de Marin County se réjouit de vous accueillir Lundi 13 Juin 2005 à 19 heures chez Michel. Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Merci. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s'ils parlent peu le Français. (White Elephant Party) marincountyinterfrench@hotmail.com or 415.925.1241

December 15, 2005. 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. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 7-8, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's JEUX and more. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

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

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

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

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

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