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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
August 24-31, 2006

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*AUGUST EVENTS*   

August 24, 2006.  NETWORKING BREAKFAST.  Port of Oakland, sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

August 25, 2006.  KING CREOLE will be screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.  8pm.

August 25, 2006.  MOTOR DUDE ZYDECO performs at Rancho Nicasio.  On The Town Square, Nicasio, 415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.

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

August 26, 2006.  GOLDEN GATE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, featuring costumed performers, Renaissance-era food, cooking competitions, dancing, interactive theater, and more.  Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, SF.  415.354.1773 or http://www.ggfaire.com for details.  $5-$15.  10am-6pm.

August 26, 2006. BAGUETTE QUARTETTE DINNER/DANCE at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  8:30pm.

August 26, 2006.  REPAIR! REBUILD! RENEW!  Enjoy New Orleans’ richly eclectic musical traditions.  Proceeds benefit the New Orleans Kid Camera Project, Common Ground Collective, and other grass-roots organizations.  Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax.  http://www.freewebs.com/nolabenefit or 415.331.3096 for details.  $10.  7pm-midnight.

August 26, 2006.  FRENCH DISCO performs at the Stork Club, 2330  Telegraph, Oakland.  510.444.6174 or http://www.storkcluboakland.com for details.

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

August 27, 2006.  ABBY WASSERMAN talks about TOSCA’S PARIS ADVENTURE at Book Passage.  Children and adults view time differently, as Tosca, a small gray cat from NY, and her family, Poire and Poireau, discover on their Paris vacation… Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  11am.

August 27, 2006.  FR. PAUL plays works by SAINT-SAENS, VIERNE and more.  St. Sebastian Church, Greenbrae.  3pm.  Program will last one hour, with commentary.  Free.

August 28, 2006.  ANTIQUES ROADSHOW presents a 19th-century glass vase bought at a PARIS flea market.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

August 29, 2006.  SEMINAR ON HOW TO RENT A HOME IN FRANCE (not for vacation rental).  Laurence Raybois, author, speaker and consultant specialized in HOUSING IN FRANCE FOR FOREIGNERS will: Teach you to decipher a rental add and its abbreviations and evaluate the various sources of rental listings; guide you through the maze of tight and extensive home rental regulations; and sensitize you to the cultural differences inherent to housing, and how they affect the length and the nature of the rental contract, the space and appearance of the dwelling, and the quality of the amenities provided.  5pm to 8pm at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310 in San Francisco.  The fee is $90 per person.  Information and registration at info@frenchclass.com or at 415.362-3666.  For more information about the presenter, please go to http://www.yourfrenchhome.com

August 29, 2006.  ROBERT BRESSON DOUBLE FEATURE, showing AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR and MOUCHETTE.  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. 

August 30, 2006.  A PARIS EVENING with MEREDITH MULLINS.  The California writer/photographer introduces her new book, IN A PARIS MOMENT, and presents a collection of her black-and-white Cartier-Bresson-like Paris photos, as well as stories about the spirited cast of Parisian characters. The book is a featured selection of the American Booksellers Association (April Book Sense): "The dramatic photographs and beautifully written short essays do far more than depict the streets and monuments of the City of Light—they capture the essence and soul of Paris."  The Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera, 94925. 415.927.0960. 7 pm.   View photographs at http://www.meredithmullins.artspan.com

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

August 31, 2006.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING.  An event with the Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council, Northern America, the German American Business Association of California, the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chapter and the British American Business Council, Northern California. Join the European-American business associations for an evening of food, drinks, silent auction and networking. Enjoy the opportunity to network in an European atmosphere.  5:30pm to 7:30pm at Swissnex, 730 Montgomery St, San Francisco.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

August 31, 2006.  FROM THE PARIS OPERA BALLET.  Groundbreaking choreographer George Balanchine made ballet a modern art.  The Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris showcases his masterpiece, JEWELS.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

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

On-going.  BLOOD BUCKET BALLYHOO.  A Grand Guignol-style horror review.  Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., SF.  415.248.1900 or http://www.hypnodrome.com for details.  $18-$20.

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

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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.

AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson).  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF.  August 29, 2006.

CHANGING TIMES (dir.  André Téchiné, with Gérard Dépardieu and Catherine Deneuve).  Lumiere, SF, 415.267.4893.  In French with English subtitles.

DARSHAN, THE EMBRACE (Jan Koumen, France, 2005).  Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222;  Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.

DISTRICT B-13.  Opens August 25th at the Crest Theatre, with the support of the Sacramento  French Film Festival. Also playing at the Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994.

THE DOGWALKER (Jacques Thelemaque, 2006).  Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

GABRIELLE (dir. Patrice Cheneau).  Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087; Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

KING CREOLE will be screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.  8pm.  August 25, 2006.

MATISSE PICASSO (Philippe Kohly, 2002).  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  2pm daily.

MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson).  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF.   August 29, 2006.

LA SCIENCE DES RÊVES / SCIENCE OF SLEEP (dir. Michel Gondry).  Opens in September at the Crest Theatre, with the support of the Sacramento  French Film Festival.

LE TEMPS QUI RESTE / TIME TO LEAVE.  (dir. François Ozon, with Jeanne Moreau and Melvil Poupaud) Embarcadero Cinema Center, SF.. 415.267.4893.   In French with English subtitles.

VERS LE SUD / HEADING SOUTH.  Opens in September at the Crest Theatre, with the support of the Sacramento  French Film Festival.

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*ART*  

Opening August 18, 2006.  VINTAGE EUROPEAN POSTERS.  A collection of more than 1000 original posters from Europe and the United  States.  Ft. Mason Firehouse, SF.

Through August 27, 2006.  IMPRESSIONISTS OF NORMANDY & BRITTANY.  Montgomery Gallery, 406 Jackson St., SF.  415.788.8300 for details.

August 30, 2006.  IN A PARIS MOMENT.  Photographer Meredith Mullins presents her black-and-white, Cartier-Bresson-like photographs of Paris at The Book Passage in Corte Madera. She'll discuss "zen and the art of waiting" for the "decisive moment" to photograph what reviews have called "her own moveable feast of  of striking portraits, landscapes, and ideas." She will also sign copies of her new book, In A Paris Moment—a collection of stunning photographs and heartfelt stories about Paris.  The Book Passage.  51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  7pm.  415.927.0960. View photographs at http://www.meredithmullins.artspan.com

Through August 31, 2006.  PAINTINGS AND PASTELS BY BARBARA LAWRENCE.  “A Marin-based artist and teacher, Lawrence creates impressionist-style pieces that highlight her love of the land—particularly the landscapes of Marin, Sonoma and the SOUTH OF FRANCE.”  Public reception for the artist August 3, 2006, from 6pm to 8pm, at the gallery.  The Painter’s Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  415.461.0351 or http://thepaintersplace.com for details.

Through August 31, 2006.  SALON D’ETE 2006.  An homage to the Parisian art salons.  Micaela Gallery, 333 Hayes St., SF.  415.551.8118 or http://www.micaela.com for details.

September 2-30, 2006.  ATMOSPHERICS. A Two-Person Show by Painters Michele King and Diane Rollins Feissel.  Opening reception: Thursday September 7, 6-8pm.  Free admission.  In "Atmospherics," the artists explore connections between emotional states and physical landscapes via both abstract painting and abstracted representational painting.  Michele is inspired by intangible moments and feelings.  Real and imagined. She explores these subtle yet important distinctions through color, organic forms, and metaphor in her paintings and mixed media works.  http://www.michelemking.com  Diane's work explores the overlap of psychological and physical space, and the relationship between the external and internal "worlds" or "atmospheres" of our existence. Diane received a B.A. in painting from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and continued art studies through classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is represented in San Francisco by Hang Art Gallery.  http://www.dianeandjohn.com/ 

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

Through September 3, 2006.  CONCIERGES.  Photographs by French native MICHELLE VIGNES.  Bonnafont Gallery, 946A Greenwich, SF.  415.431.7546 for details.

Through September 17, 2006.  MONET IN NORMANDY.  Claude Monet spent much of his life in Normandy in northern France and his art reflects his special relationship with this countryside and its topographical features, with its towns and villages, and the seasonal rhythms of the region. Monet gained artistic inspiration from these subjects and returned to them throughout his career. Of particular interest is his interpretation of the sparkling, surging bodies of water found in Normandy, from the bustling commercial harbor at Le Havre, to scenery along the Seine, or beside quiet river banks, such as the Epte, to the crashing waves at Etretat. Manmade monuments, such as Rouen cathedral, also figure in Monet’s repertoire and will be represented in this selection of approximately 60 paintings. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (34th at Clement), SF.  http://www.thinker.org/legion/index.asp or 1.866.912.6326.

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

Through October 9, 2006.  CARRIE MAE WEEMS:  THE LOUISIANA PROJECT takes a critical look at the legacy of Louisiana through its varied cultures, including Franco-Caribbean and African; Weems uses the masquerade theme of MARDI GRAS to examine the history of New Orleans’ “co-mingling culture.” Narrative, video, and photography.   Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street (at Third), SF.  415.358.7200.

October 14, 2006-January 14, 2007.  NATURE AND CULTURE:  CLAUDE LORRAIN FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.863.3330 or http://legionofhonor.org for details.

Through November 26, 2006.  CHASING  HISTORY.  European art from the museum’s collection.  Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Lomita Drive & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177.

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

On-going.  FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT.  Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol.  http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

On-going. BETWEEN ART AND LIFE: THE CONTEMPORARY PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION, including works by LOUISE BOURGEOIS. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), SF. 41.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

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*CLASSES*

Beginning August 22, 2006. FALL CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. Courses taught in French this semester include First-Semester French, Third-Semester French, Introduction to Literary Analysis and Critical Writing, and France Today. Courses taught in English include French Literature and Cinema and Francophone Literatures of the Caribbean. Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

Beginning August 23, 2005. FALL FRENCH COURSES AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY. M.A. and B.A. level / Late-afternoon and evening classes/ Small Groups. Registered Auditors Welcome (http://ies.sjsu.edu/ou/). Enroll Now!  Classes include:   * Civilisation et littérature francophone - FREN 202 (M.A.) Mardi, 16:30-19:15. Prof. J.-L. Desalvo - desalvoj@email.sjsu.edu  * Le Roman au féminin - FREN 250 (M.A.) Jeudi, 17:30-20:15.  Prof. D. van Hooff - dvanhoof@email.sjsu.edu;  * Littérature du XVIIe et XVIIIe siècle -FREN 120B (M.A. & B.A.) Mercredi, 17:30-20:15. Prof. D. Trudeau - trudeau@email.sjsu.edu; *Morphologie et Syntaxe - FREN 110 (M.A. & B.A.) Mardi, 16:30-19:15. Prof. D. Trudeau- trudeau@email.sjsu.edu Note:  Classes start on Aug. 23rd. Enrollment is open until Sept. 15 then until Sept. 22nd with late fee.

Beginning August 28, 2006.   NEW SESSION OF FRENCH CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Our new session of French classes runs from August 28 to October 21.  We offer a wide array of beginner to advanced and specialized courses.  Visit www.afsf.com or call 415.775-7755 for schedules and enrollment.  1345 Bush Street, San Francisco.

Beginning August 28, 2006. SIX SESSIONS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  C’est la rentrée!  Yes, it is back to school time!  During this school year 2006-2007, we will have six sessions:  1. Monday 28 August –Thursday 2 October (6 weeks); 2.  Monday 9 October –Thursday 16 November (6 weeks); 3.  Monday 20 November–Thursday 14 December (4 weeks) ; 4.  Monday 8 January – Thursday 15 February (6 weeks); 5.  Monday 19 February – Thursday 29 March (6 weeks);  6.  Monday 16 April – Thursday 24 May (6 weeks).  Classes include themed classes, beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, and conversation classes. The rate for the six weeks sessions will be $168.  The four weeks session will be $112.   Contact:  herve@afsantarosa.org.

Beginning September 5, 2006. FALL CLASSES AT THE COLLEGE OF MARIN include Conversational French 1 & 2 and 5 &6, taught by Ellen Karel.  http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

Summer 2006. SUMMER COURSES AND RELAXATION AT THE LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER.  Summer courses and relaxation at the Latitude Cultural Center in Southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley  (featured in National Geographic Traveller,September, 2005). Headquarters: a 14th century mill in La Toulzanie. From$1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, andbeautiful scenery. Two 2006 courses in French.  Details at http://www.latitude.org     

  • Aug 26-Sept 2   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Granzow> FindingYour Inner Artist, a watercolor workshop with Sandy Granzow. In English. Before Sandy  taught watercolors, she worked in the fields of international communication and development. She remains vitally interested (and has written books about) world poverty and possibilities for decreasing it. At the same time, she has found another avocation -- watercolor painting. Shecan take absolute beginners and get astonishing results with them! 
  • Sept 2-9    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Phillips2> A Taste of Southwest France, an introduction to the gastronomy, architecture, traditional arts and crafts, and culture of the Quercy area of southwest France, offered by E. Barbara Phillips. In English and French, and a bit of Occitan. 
  • Sept 9-16    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Phillips1> The Searchfor Community in Modern Society, offered by E. Barbara Phillips, Ph.D., who taught Sociology at San Francisco State University and Stanford. The class will consider questions such as these: Can individuals feel BOTH intimately connected to their community AND autonomous at the same time?   Do some religious or spiritual groups (e.g., Mormons,  drumming circles) represent contemporary attempts to find togetherness? Can globalization and a sense of community co-exist? In English.

September 18-November 28, 2006.  FRENCH CLASSES, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN, at Book Passage.  Titles include:  Beginning French, French for Travelers, French for Movie Lovers.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 25-November 16, 2006.  FRENCH CLASSES, taught by ANNE BISHOP, at Book Passage.  Titles include:  Beginning French (3rd Session), 3rd-year French, 4th-year French, Interactive French, and Advanced French.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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

Wednesdays:  WELLNESS WORKSHOP IN FRENCH.  Christine Esters’ classes consist of fun hands-on learning in French about the body and exceptional health.  Wednesdays, 18h00-19h30.  $108.  Call the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa for additional details.  707.543.8151. 

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

THE FRENCH CLASS OFFERS OCCASIONS TO LEARN FRENCH FOR ALL TASTES. Members receive discounts on special events and book groups; membership $60 per year. 415.362.3666 to join or contact us at info@class.com The French Class ~ 500 Sutter Street ~ Suite 310 ~ San Francisco, CA 94102. http://www.frenchclass.com Opportunities include:

  • Beginning October 1, 2005. L'ECOLE DU SAMEDI AT THE FRENCH CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO. Saturday Classes for Children. The Ecole du Samedi aims to create a comfortable, interesting and engaging atmosphere for children who study French at school and would like to perfect their skills. Activities are conducted in French by experienced French native teachers and include vocabulary, grammar and conversation. 9:30 until 12. The cost is $895 for 25 Saturdays. Books are not included. Register your child now. (415) 362-3666.
  • JUST CONVERSATION. Talk, talk, talk... Discuss different topics every week according to your own subjects of interest. Improve your vocabulary & oral skills. No homework! Groups are small, "et il y a une bonne ambiance".
  • CONVERSATION: SUPER FRENCH. For students who wish to improve their oral comprehension and participation when part of a group of French people speaking together.
  • GRAMMAR AND WRITING CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Améliorez votre grammaire et votre français écrit grâce à un cours dynamique, interactif et truffé d'informations linguistiques variées, présenté (cours 607 et 608) par la directrice et fondatrice de "The French Class", Dominique Brémond.
  • INTERMEDIATE FRENCH GRAMMAR. Review and practice all the basics: pronouns, verb tenses, prepositions, sentence structure, and more....
  • ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND WRITING COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Améliorez votre grammaire et votre français écrit grâce à un cours dynamique, interactif et truffé d'informations linguistiques variées, présenté (cours 703 & 705) par la directrice de "The French Class," Dominique Brémond.
  • GROUPE DE LECTURE DE NOUVELLES INTERNATIONALES AT THE FRENCH CLASS. International News Reading Group. Free for French Club members. Monthly meeting to discuss news around the world.
  • LONG DISTANCE FRENCH. No time to commute to classes at The French Class? Dominique Bremond, the director of The French Class is San Francisco, is now offering "Long Distance French" to people who can't make it to a class. Call her at (415) 362-3666 or send her an e-mail at http://www.frenchclass.com to get your own personalized French tape according to your level and needs.
  • FRENCH BOOK CLUB AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Monthly meeting to discuss the French novel we pick together and read at home.
  • COOKING CLASSES. With Robert Reynolds, former owner of the restaurant Le Trou, in San Francisco, conducted in French and focused on the preparation of delicious yet simple dishes while discussing cultural aspects of taste, food and cuisine.
  • HISTOIRE, ART ET CIVILISATION. "L'art n'est plus ce qu'il était" Depuis Duchamp et ses ready-made, on a souvent vu, dans l'art moderne, une provocation, voire une imposture. Entre abstraction et installations, minimalisme et accumulations, art haut et art bas, art d'ici et art d'ailleurs, comment s'y reconnaître? Parallèllement à la lecture de la pièce de Yasmina Reza, "Art", nous discuterons des oeuvres qui emblèmatisent l'éclatement esthétique, géographique et social de la notion d'art au 20ème siècle. Un cours passionnant présenté par Renée Morel.
  • LITTERATURE ET CULTURE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. "Ingrid Caven" de Jean-Jacques Schul. Prix Goncourt 2000, ce roman nous fait traverser plusieurs décades de 1943 à nos jours à travers la vie d'un personnage quasi mythique : une "femme qui, sur scène, a le sand-froid d'un torero, la concentration d'un moine bouddhiste et la vitale fantaisie d'une animatrice de bordel."
  • OOPS! Going to France in a few weeks and forgot to learn French? Call us now and schedule 4 classes of 90 minutes each 6 hours of instruction.
  • CONVERSATION and LITERATURE. Conversation on current topics and a short novel in French to read at home and discuss in class. Improve your vocabulary and oral expression. This session: "La Cousine Bette" d'Honoré de Balzac. $10.85. Groups are small "et il y a une bonne ambiance." Various times available.
  • FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Parlez français par téléphone! Our French by phone program is growing. We now have students in 6 states. The flexibility (schedule at your convenience) and price ($25 for a thirty minute lesson) make it very attractive to people who are either too busy to leave their office or too far away to attend our courses.

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - ingrid@maisonettesf.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Next session starts the second week of May Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 info@ifrenchclub.com Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes

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

LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING ™. French for children ages 3-9 years, based on the OptimaLearning methodology. Learning is active, fun, quick and easy using music, songs, conversation, and play acting, all in the target language. info@optimalearning.com or 415.898.0013 for details. The OptimaLearning Enrichment Center (OLEC) of Novato, an extension of the Barzak Educational Institute International. http://www.optimalearning.com

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

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

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

September 6, 2006.  PAUL DANS SA VIE (Rémi Mauger, 2004, 100’) - FIPA d’argent 2005.  Paul - farmer, fisherman and bachelor - 75, is about to retire. A world long spared by modernity is about to disappear.  7pm at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  AFSF members $3, others $6.  In French with English subtitles.

September 7, 2006.  NOUVELLE VAGUE performs music from their new CD BANDE A PART at the Fillmore, SF. 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, California.http://www.nouvellesvagues.com/ for details on the band.  415.346.6000 or http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/1259 for details on the venue.

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

September 7-October 8, 2006.  ORSON’S SHADOW, written by AUSTIN PENDLETON.  Bay Area Premiere of a major off-Broadway hit:  the ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants, Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier.  Welles, sensing his foothold in the screen industry slipping, is coaxed by legendary critic Kenneth Tynan to direct Olivier and Olivier’s young paramour Joan Plowright in Eugène IONESCO’S RHINOCEROS.  Adding to the volatile mix of legendary icons is Olivier’s excentric wife Vivian Leigh…  Marin Theatre Company, 415.388.5208 or http://www.marintheatre.org for details.  Full-time students, $19 per ticket, any show.

September 9 & 10, 2006.  THE PACIFIC COLLEGIUM.  The Pacific Collegium presents MAURICE DURUFLE’S REQUIEM and more.  A 9/11 Memorial Benefit Concert on behalf of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, This September, to mark the five-year anniversary of the World Trade Center  disaster, the Pacific Collegium will present large-scale orchestral versions of  Maurice Durufle's Requiem and two major works of Gerald Finzi in a benefit concert on behalf of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.  Noted soloists include baritone Joseph Wright, soprano Tonia D'Amelio, organist Susan  Matthews, and conductor Christopher Kula.  The NDSDF was prominent in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. September 9, 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland; September 10, 5pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., San Francisco.  Ticket prices range from $10-30, and are available on-line.  For more information, visit http://www.pacificcollegium.org, email  info@pacificcollegium.org or call 510.717.9422.  Visit the beneficiary's website at http://www.ndsdf.org

September 11, 2006.  DBF autour de HENRI RICHARD,  Chief Sales and Marketing Officer AMD Corp.  Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet accompagné de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassée et de l'assistance. Pour chacun c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones. Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur www.dbf.net... et n'oubliez pas de nous protéger de vos logiciels anti-spam. Les informations que vous donnez à DBF ne sont jamais partagées et ne servent qu'à vous envoyer l'invitation à notre reunion mensuelle.  La participation de $30 sera collectée à l'entrée. Les Membres de la Chambre de Commerce Franco-Américaine bénéficient d'une réduction de $5 sur la soirée DBF.  Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (RMKB), 1001 Marshall St, Redwood City, 18h30 - 21h00.  http://www.siliconfrench.com  See also:  French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, http://www.faccsf.com or info@faccsf.com for details.

September 13, 2006.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON at the Spinnaker, Sausalito, sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

September 13 & 25, 2006.  AN EVENING WITH CHARLES AZNAVOUR.  Legendary French music-hall pianist, singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour - known for his bittersweet love songs and his roles in movies as divergent as "Shoot the Piano Player," "Candy," and "The Tin Drum" - is making a rare appearance at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on September 13. Tickets go on sale Sunday, June 25 at http://tickets.com .  If you live in the South Bay, make sure you don't miss his performance on September 25th at the beautiful Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Tickets for that performance are on sale now at  http://www.mountainwinery.com.  

September 14, 2006.  GRAND HOTEL, THE MUSICAL. Join the Bay Area French Group and friends for hors d’oeuvres and French conversation Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 6:30 PM, followed by the 8:00 PM production of “Grand Hotel, the Musical,” at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.  The musical takes place in the 1920’s when the world is between wars, and the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life, and optimism rules the day.  GRAND HOTEL, performed without an intermission, intertwines a cast of unforgettable characters through a series of fateful encounters, including the dancing diva, who sings “Bonjour Amour.”  Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, http://www.hillbarntheatre.org, is a small (175 seats), informal, and intimate  environment for watching a musical.  $22 includes: Wine/cider and cheese, vegetables and dip at 6:30 PM; Reserved seats for “Grand Hotel, the Musical” at 8:00 PM; $32 for French speakers to join French Group and attend the event.  Please send check payable to Jan Half, “Grand Hotel” on the memo line, by Thursday, August 31 to:  Jan Half, 1180 Shoreline Drive, San Mateo, CA 94404. Hope you and others will join us for this special event!   Questions? Call or email Jan, 650-345-6338, jandot5@mac.com.  Note: Reservations made after September 1 or at the door will be $32.

September 16, 2006.  THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS AND THE RED CROSS.  The Sonoma County Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a 3.5 hour course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in today's world.  This certified course, developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, Switzerland will be offered on September 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa. To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of charge. For more information:  Tim Miller, CEO, Sonoma County Red Cross, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.  707.577.7600 or tmiller@sonomacounty.redcross.org for additional details.

September 16-17, 2006.  JOURNEES DU PATRIMOINE 2006.  Theme: "faisons vivre notre patrimoine".  Exposition de Jean Pierre Got au Consulat de France de San Francisco: affiches publicitaires crees pour des vignobles Français et californiens.  Avec le Vin pour sujet  et peints dans les styles traditionnels, ces pastiches publicitaires sont un "clin d'oeil" à nos grands affichistes du passé.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

September 20, 2006.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS BOOSTER 2006.  First session: Wednesday, September 20th.  Deadline to apply : August 28th.  Accelerating Your Business Project ! Enroll in an 8-week one-on-one mentorship program.  Join a network of high-level experts and mentors in your business field !  Challenge your business & Boost it through weekly interactions with mentors, experts & other participants, opportunities with one-on-one consulting on communication, marketing, legal, finance & business development; provided tools, documents and materials ; a formal presentation of your business to a panel of potential investors and venture capitalist. Share business experiences with successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, consultants, accountants and corporate executives.  The important event to boost and to improve your business.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

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

September 21, 2006.  COOL DEMOS AT FRANCE TELECOM R&D.  South San Francisco.  Sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

September 21, 2006.  AN EVENING WITH… KHALIL BENDIB:  CARTOONS THAT SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. Khalil Bendib is a naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Berkeley who was born in Paris. He grew up in Morocco and Algeria before coming to California at age 20. He is well known both as an editorial cartoonist and artist. His cartoons have been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle … Mr. Bendib also hosts the radio show "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa" on KPFA.  For more information on our guest, please visit http://www.bendib.com/ 7pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. AFSF Members $7, Others $10.  In English.

September 27-30, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s OVERTUER TO BENVENUTO CELLINI and more.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

September 28, 2006.  EXQUISITE DISCUSSION WITH BEST-SELLING FRENCH AUTHOR PHILIPPE CLAUDEL.   Philippe Claudel was born in 1962. After teaching French in High-School, he began working in specialized centres for children with motor disabilities. During this time he also taught cultural anthropology and literature at the University of Nancy II. His experience of teaching in a prison inspired the novel Le bruit des trousseaux (Stock, 2002).  His following novel Les âmes grises (Stock, 2003) was voted best book of the year 2003 by Lire magazine, awarded the Renaudot prize in 2003 and the Elle Readers’ Literary prize in 2004. It has been translated into 23 languages, and released last June in the US under the title “By a Slow River” (Knopf, 2006). La petite fille de Monsieur Linh (Stock, 2005) released last year in France, was a major success. In 2004, Philippe Claudel was asked by the French publisher Stock to edit a new collection  consisting of four novels a year based around the theme of wine. Also a scriptwriter, P. Claudel did the adaptation to the screen of Les âmes grises released in 2005. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. AFSF Members $8, Others $12.  In French.

September 30, 2006.  FLAVORS OF FRANCE, hosted by the French-American School of Silicon Valley.  Sunnyvale.   The French American School of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale will host “Flavors of France” bringing an authentic French marketplace for the first time to the South Bay. Visitors will browse through an abundant choice of French stalls selling food, gifts, books, clothing & accessories and hand crafted wares by artisans. The marketplace will also feature an outstanding French Bistro and Bakery featuring delicious French cuisine and pastries.  Visitors will also be able to enjoy dance performances by French-owned professional dance company, Harmony Dance Center, and other performances throughout the day. Raffle tickets for a trip to the Paris Las Vegas Resort Hotel & Casino will be available for purchase three weeks prior to the event and on the day itself. Money raised at this event will fund various enrichment programs at our school and upgrading of our library and computer labs. We are now inviting companies and corporations to participate in our fair:  Vendor booths – sell your French products at our fair; Advertising – for your store or services on our promotional materials and website (www. FlavorsOfFrance.com); Sponsorship – make a donation of cash, products or services to this fundraiser or underwrite prizes for our Raffle (more details available upon request).  11am to 5pm; Serra Park in Sunnyvale, off of Hollenbeck near Homestead.  Deadline:   Vendors registration dateline :             June 30h, 2006; Sponsors/ Advertisers, please respond by June 30th .  For more information:  Jemane Ing,  jemane.ing@sbcglobal.net or 408.838.0205 or Stephanie Vives, steph_vives@yahoo.com or 408.829.0959.  http://www.flavorsoffrance.com 

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

October 2, 2006.  DBF autour de OMAR TAZI, Chief Open Source Evangelist, Oracle. Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet accompagné de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassée et de l'assistance. Pour chacun c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones. Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur www.dbf.net... et n'oubliez pas de nous protéger de vos logiciels anti-spam. Les informations que vous donnez à DBF ne sont jamais partagées et ne servent qu'à vous envoyer l'invitation à notre reunion mensuelle.  La participation de $30 sera collectée à l'entrée. Les Membres de la Chambre de Commerce Franco-Américaine bénéficient d'une réduction de $5 sur la soirée DBF.  Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (RMKB), 1001 Marshall St, Redwood City, 18h30 - 21h00.  http://www.siliconfrench.com  See also:  French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, http://www.faccsf.com or info@faccsf.com for details.

October 3, 2006.  LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST, sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce."Challenges and opportunities of biodefense contracts: a road map" at Swissnex.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

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

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

October 6, 2006.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE Concert at FREIGHT & SALVAGE.  With Odile Lavault: Accordion & Vocals, Rachel Durling: Violin,John Schott: Guitar & Banjo, Rich Trevor: Bass.  And Special guest: John Hanes on Musette drums.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE is the only Ensemble in North America exclusively devoted to the tradition of Parisian Café Music from 1920 to 1950.  Accordionist Odile Lavault, born in the heart of Paris played for many years in the cafés and streets of the capital, before moving to Berkeley in 1992. Here, she gathered around her wonderful musicians attracted by her amazing knowledge of this music, its style and its original performers.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE wide repertoire includes all the popular dances of the time: valse musette, java, tango, fox trot, paso doble and marche plus French chansons. Lavault introduces the vocal selections in her beguiling English, taking audiences back to the tiny alleys of Paris, the bistros, the lives and passions of colorful characters. http://www.baguettequartette.org.  Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison St. Berkeley, Tel: 510.548.1761, Tickets: $18.50 http://www.freightandsalvage.org.  8pm.

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

October 15, 2006.  HELENE GRIMAUD AND VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY perform DEBUSSY’s LA MER with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details. 

October 18, 2006.  ACOUSTIC AFRICA featuring HABIB KOITÉ, BAMADA, VUSI MAHLASELA & DOBET GNAHORÉ.  Cal Performances and Putumayo Records present an epic musical journey featuring three of Africa’s most accomplished performers.  Habib Koité, from MALI, is a superstar in his own country as well as an international sensation.  Koité and South Africa’s Vusi Mahlasela are joined by Dobet Gnahoré, from the IVORY COAST, whose music reflects a variety of influencesm including Mandingo music, Congolese rumba, ziglibiti from the Ivory Coast, and Cameroonian bikutsi.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

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

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

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

October 30, 2006. ANGELE DUBEAU AND LA PIETA perform at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  This twelve-member all-women string chamber orchestra is led by violinist ANGELE DUBEAU, one of Canada’s most prominent and successful artists.  In 1997 she created LA PIETA chamber orchestra composed of the finest women musicians in Canada.  Under Dubeau’s direction, the musicians are inspired with fire and brilliant show-stopping technique. Location:  50 Mark West Springs road, Santa Rosa, CA.  http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.com for details on the performance;  http://www.AngeleDubeau.com for details on the artist.  $16/$25/$35.  7:30pm.

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

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

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

November 5, 2006.  DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL featuring DORADO SCHMITT.  San Francisco Jazz Festival at Herbst Theatre, SF.  800.225.2277 or http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

November 6, 2006.  DBF at Ropers Majeski, Redwood City, sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

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

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

November 17, 2006.  FRENCH THROUGH CUISINE.  Parlez-vous Français?  Then this may be the cooking class for you!  Please join Chef Christine Piccin and French instructor Julia Fornage for "French through Cuisine"-- a French class and a cooking class in one.  Each class, taught in French, will provide lessons in grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills while you and your fellow students create a fabulous French meal. The class meets Friday evenings from August 25 through November 17, from 6-10:15 p.m.at SRJC's Culinary Arts Center in downtown Santa Rosa.  French through Cuisine is suitable for beginning to intermediate French speakers, but more advanced students will have fun too. From boeuf bourguignon to crêpes Suzette, come cook with us, en français!  Here are the details: French through Cuisine (French 120 in the schedule of classes) is Section number 3151 (needed for online registration).   Completion of French 50A or knowledge of beginning French is required; class fee $75. Additional SRJC fees may be applicable at registration time.  Please enroll ASAP!  To apply and register for SRJC classes online, go to:  https://www.santarosa.edu/app/admissions/ and follow the prompts.  For more info, email Christine at christine@piccin.com, or call 707.535.0161.

November 17, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Beaujolais Nouveau chez Nadine et Armen.  Détails à suivre.

November 18, 2006.  LA SOIRÉE:  25TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF).  Come and celebrate with us the launch of the “Beaujolais Nouveau” (first wine of the year) at the annual fundraising event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.  This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of Food and Wine tasting. If you can’t make it to France in time for the traditional celebration of the uncorking of the first wine of the year, join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town.  Hyatt Regency Embarcadero - the Atrium, 5 Embarcadero Center, (Davis St @ California St) , San Francisco.  Program includes: French Food and Wine Tasting, Fashion Show, Silent Auction with a lot of items! (we had over 100 items last year), Music and dance with a DJ who will spin French and American tunes.  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.faccsf.com or by calling 415.442.4717.  The cover charge of $55 if purchased before November 10 and $60 after that date. For additional information, contact:  Chloris Perrotin at (415) 442-4717, or email at events@faccsf.com.  The San Francisco Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) is a non-profit, member driven organization dedicated to serving the needs of the French-American business community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.   5pm to 10 pm.

November 19-December 10, 2006. MANON LESCAUT performed by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove, SF.  415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com for details.

November 21-December 9, 2006. BIZET'S CARMEN sung in French by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove, SF.  415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com for details.

December 1 & 2, 2006.  COMPAGNIE TCHÉTCHÉ performs DIMI (WOMEN’S SORROW) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  YBCA continues to present cutting-edge work from Africa with Compagnie TchéTché, a powerful all-female dance quartet from the IVORY COAST known for performances that feature live music and their signature style of powerhouse dancing at the edge of physical danger. Dimi (Women’s Sorrow) reflects on the inner conflicts of a generation of women who survive and even thrive in an atmosphere of chaos, social injustice and repressive morality.  The fall 2006 tour is produced by Multi Arts Projects & Productions through the Africa Consortium, a partnership to promote and facilitate exchange among performing artists and public communities in the US and the continent of Africa.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St @ 3rd, San Francisco, CA.  415.978.ARTS (2787) or http://www.ybca.org for details.  8pm.

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

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

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

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

March 25 & 27, 2007.  MARIN SYMPHONY CHORUS performs DURUFLÉ’s REQUIEM, DEBUSSY’s LA MER, and more.  Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Marin Civic Center.  7:30pm.   415.479.8100 or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details.

April 1, 2007. MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN, soprano, performs less frequently heard songs by CHAUSSON along with more familiar works by RAVEL and more. Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

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

April 25, 2007.  SALIF KEITA.  A key founder of modern Afro-pop, Keita commands attention with his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals, and emotion-packed songs.  He is currently exploring his Mande birthright; Keita is a direct descendent of the warrior king who founded the Malian empire in the 13th century.  His work blends the traditional griot music of his childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

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

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

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

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

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

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