Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
September 22-30, 2005

September Events | Job Opportunities | Cinema | Art | Other Media | Television & Radio
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Attention! Due to technical difficulties, the Bay Area Francophile List may be on a brief hiatus. If you do not see an updated list over the next few weeks, rest assured that it will be back up as soon as possible. Thanks! Suzanne

*SEPTEMBER EVENTS*

Through September 22, 2005. OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Malonga Casquelourd Theater. 510.451.3456 or http://www.oiff.org for details.

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. SWISS MUSICIAN CHRISTOPHE FELLAY, Electro-acoustic performance; conceptual work combining rhythm and computer technologies, as well as extensive improv skills FELLAY is SF's first swissnex artist-in-residence. swissnex, 730 Montgomery, SF. 415.912.5901 x106 or http://www.swissnex.com for details. 6:30pm. Free.

September 22, 2005. INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS. Main workshop, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm Financial Planning workshop: Taxation. Thierry Gabadou, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed (http://www.waddell.com); Crista Lucey, Principal, Spott; Lucey and Wall. Spott, Lucey & Wall is a CPA providing income tax compliance and planning services to the international business community. Over the last 30 years or so they have worked with people and businesses from about 25 different countries having activities in the US. As a result of that experience and the common questions they answer everyday they have developed a seminar that discusses what happens when U.S. tax residents (with varying immigration status) have assets outside the U.S., and the U.S. income tax implications when that happens. This presentation provides exposure to the issues created when money is coming in the US as a family gift or inheritance or when money is going out as a foreign investment. Second Workshop, From 8:15 pm to 09:15 pm, Management and HR. Please join this interactive workshop and learn about an expert who handled start-ups to top performing organizations. John McSorley, Former Vice-president HR - nVIDIA Corp. (http://www.nvidia.com)will tell us about the fantastic success story of nVIDIA, the worldwide leader in Graphics and Digital Media Processors. Moderated by Geraldine Reau, VP Operations &endash; SiliconFrench (http://www.siliconfrench.com). Please join this interactive discussion about the strategies and tools to build a successful organization. Volunteer! Free admission for helping out from 10am to 6:30pm or from 6pm to 11pm. To volunteer, please send an email to jpf@interfrench.com or call directly ISTP, 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Parking available. info@interfrench.com

September 22, 2005. ISLANDS WITH A FRENCH CONNECTION by ROSEMARY STRALEY. Part of the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa's Cocktail et Conférence series. AF member Rosemary Straley will show images and share impressions of St. Helena, Mauritius, the Seychelles, La Réunion, and more collected during her recent voyage. She has worked with UNESCO in Paris and Washington DC, and was director of the Peace Corps in Cameroun. Reserve in advance at 707.829.7708 by September 19. The series takes place at the Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. $10 members, $15 non-members. 7h du soir.

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 22, 2005. ZIGABOO MODELISTE performs with the FORGOTTEN SOULS BRASS BAND and JOHN GROS in a benefit for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Slim's, 333 11th St., SF. 415.522.0333 for details.

September 22, 2005. PARAGON. San Francisco Chef's recipe demonstration, three-course menu and wine tasting. The Million Dollar Dinner Menu of Events ~ Unique, Authentic, Delicious. TCB-Cafe Publishing & Media and the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL bring to television "MILLION DOLLAR DINNER (tm). On this exciting and stylish interactive, reality-based television program, diners visit fantastic restaurants, meet the chef, have a private recipe demonstration, taste wine, and enjoy a fabulous three-course meal. http://www.cafeandre.com/dinerspriorityreg.html

Opening September 23, 2005. MODIGLIANI. Mick Davis' biopic of the Italian artist and bon vivant who settled in with post-World War I LEFT BANK crowd in PARIS. Starring Andy Garcia, it details the bitter feud the painter and sculptor had with PABLO PICASSO. At the Roxie, San Francisco.

September 23, 2005. SOIREE PORTES OUVERTES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Soirée de dégustation opur professeurs oenophiles et oenophiles en herbe. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. 6pm. Reserve by calling 707.543.8151 by September 19.

September 23, 2005. MUSICAL BENEFIT FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS. With NEW ORLEANS brass funk band BONERAMA. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., SF. 415.673.8000. 8pm-2am. $12.

September 23, 2005. ANDRE THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda. 415.285.6285. $13. 9pm.

September 23, 2005. LAURENT FOURGO ENSEMBLE. French jazz vocalist performs at Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 415.435.2676 for details. 6pm-11:30p.

September 23 & 24, 2005. CARMEN by GEORGES BIZET presented by the GOLDEN GATE OPERA. Only two shows! Marin Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. http://goldengateopera.org or 415.499.6800 or http://ticketmaster.com for tickets.

September 23-24, 2005. MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS. Buy specialty food treats and wines for your Columbus day party at MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale, Friday September 23rd (2:00pm to 6:00pm)& Saturday September 24th (8:30am to 1:30pm). Arrive early if you want to get Petits Suisses and "La Fermiere" Yoghurts. During this Wholesaler's exceptional Open Warehouse event, you will be able to buy all kinds of imported European Gourmet Foods, Beverages, Soap & Bath Products and Wines at discounted prices. Featuring a world of Chocolates: From France (Valrhona, Le Nôtre, Cacao Noel, Cocoa Barry), From Belgium (Côte D'Or, Callebaut), From Holland (Fabbri), From Switzerland (Swiss Army Chocolates), and even From San Francisco! (Guittard). From France: Specialty Cheeses, Petits Suisses, Mamie Nova Yoghurts, Almond Powder, Carte Noire Coffee, Cachou Lajaunie, Amora Mustard, Soupe de Poissons-Fish Soup, Maille Mustard New "La Fermiere Yoghurts" with crème fraîche! Location: 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005. 415.562.1120

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/

Through September 24, 2005. THRILLPEDDLERS Presents BLOOD BUCKET BALLYHOO, An All-New Hypnodrome Horror Revue! The world's only Grand Guignol triple terror stage show is back, featuring LIPS OF THE DAMNED ('suggested' by the 1906 Grand Guignol comedy LA VEUVE by EUGENE HÉROS and LÉON AUBRIC); my personal favorite, THE DRUG, adapted from the 1930 thriller LA DROGUE by RENÉ BERTON; and A SLIGHT TINGLING, suggested by the 1907 Grand Guignol comedy LES OPERATIONS DU PROFESSEUR VERDIER by ELIE DE BASSAN. 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 Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street (between Bryant and Division), San Francisco. Shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m. nightly, plus a special Midnight Show (11:45 curtain) every Saturday. 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.

September 24, 2005. FALLFEST 2005. Premier wine and food tastings, including many by French chefs. Justin Hermann Plaza, Embarcadero Plaza, noon-4pm. $75; VIP tickets $125.

September 24, 2005. THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS. Young Performers Theatre, Bldg. C, Fort Mason, SF. 415.346.5550 for details. 1pm.

September 24, 2005. RUSSIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SOCIETY performs MASSENET and more. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View, Belvedere. 415.664.1760 for details. 3pm. $50.

September 24, 2005. VICKI TRIMBACH, piano, DAN REITER, cello, PRISCILLA CALL ESSERT, flute, and BRIAN PERTL, didjeridu, perform DEBUSSY and more. Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley. 510.549.3864 for details. 8pm. $8-$12.

Saturday 24, 2005. CHANTICLEER performs SAINT-SAENS and others. Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 415.392.4400 for details. $25-$42. 8pm.

Saturday 24, 2005. MISSION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs DUPARC and more. Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San José. 408.293.6060 for details. $5-$20. 8pm.

September 24, 2005. NOUVELLE VAGUE. 80s punk and postpunk classics as bossa nova tunes, by by French producers MARC COLLIN AND OLIVIER LIBAUX and a bevy of petites chanteuses. Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco. 415.474.0365. $16. 9pm.

September 24 & 25, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO BLUES FESTIVAL, including MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES AND ZYDECO. Great Meadow, Fort Mason, SF. 415.979.5588 or http://sfblues.com for details. $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $40 for two days, advance only.

Through September 25, 2005. DANGEROUS, based on CHODERLOS DE LACLOS'S LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), SF. $20-$30. 415.861.8972 or http://www.nctcsf.org for details.

September 25-October 16, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL. Various locations. 415.561.6571 or http://www.sfworldmusicfestival.org for details.

September 26, 2006. LE CINEMA ARABE INTERNATIONAL AUJOURD'HUI. Débat/Conférence offert par l'Alliance Française de San Francisco en partenariat avec Cinemayaat, organisateur du 9ème Festival du Film Arabe de la Baie. Appropriate to the challenge of bringing Arab films and filmmakers to a Western audience and market, many of the films in this year's Arab Film Festival (dates) deal with the theme of crossing borders-of the heart,national identity, gender, and ethnicity-taking us into unfamiliar lands and situations. Join filmmakers from Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine,and Morocco, as well as from France, Canada, and the United States to discuss crossing cinematic borders in a world riddled by war and economic hardship. Panelists include: Mohamed Chouikh, Algéria, (Douar of Women), Inas El Deghedy Egypt, (Diary of a Teenage Girl and Looking For Freedom), Ruba Nada Syria/Canada (Sabah), Ridha Behi Tunisia (The Magic Box), Hiam Abbass Palestine (The Eternal Dance), Sara Rashad USA/Egypt (Tahara), Jamal Dajani USA/Palestine (Occupied Minds), Hakim Belabbass Morocco. 7pm; in English. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. Cost: $5 for filmmakers and $10 general admission.

September 27, 2005. TRAGEDY IN DARFUR. Learn more about the catastrophic genocide in Darfur and how you can help. Presentation, video and discussion sponsored by Marin Pax Christi and St. Raphael Church. 7pm-8:30pm. St. Sylvester's Chapel, 1115 San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For more information, contact Judith Howell, St. Raphael Parish Office, 415.454.8141.

September 27, 2005. COMME UNE IMAGE / LOOK AT ME (Agnès Jaoui). San Jose State University French Club, Foreign Language Media Center, Sweeney Hall 211. 5pm. The film is in French with English subtitles. Free! For more information, go on: http://dfl.sjsu.edu/

September 27, 2005. ONE MEAL, ONE NIGHT, ONE NATION. Join Berkeley's Liaison Bistro & "Share Our Strength" for a special benefit dinner for Hurricane Katrina victims. Chef Todd Kniess of Liaison Bistro spent two years in the "Big Easy" as sous chef in the Fairmont Hotel's Sazerac Dining Room.Todd will prepare an authentic New Orleans Dinner for this special night. The dinner will cost $50.00 per person, including a glass of wine. It will feature Cajun specialties: gumbo, crawfish etouffée, blackened catfish,jambalaya, and beignets. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit "Share our Strength", a national hunger relief organization whose volunteers comprise many of the country's top chefs & restaurateurs. To make reservations at Liaison Bistro (Shattuck and Hearst in Berkeley) for this nationwide event to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, please call 510.849.2155.

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. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: LA VIE EST UN LONG FLEUVE TRANQUILLE / LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER (1998). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

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-October 2, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL. http://www.sfworldfilmfestival.com or 415.725.0009

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 29, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: Mémoires d'Hadrien de MARGUERITE YOURCENAR. Led by Raymond LEMIEUX. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. 7pm.

September 29, 2005. INTERFRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB EVENT at Hyde Street Bistro, 1521 Hyde St. SF. http://www.interfrench.org for details.

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.

September 30, October 2, 7 & 8, 2005. BIZET'S CARMEN performed by the SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC OPERA. Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park. 415.392.4400 or http://www.sflyricopera.org for details.

Through October 2, 2005. LA BELLE ET LA BETE. Philip Glass's opera, based on the JEAN COCTEAU film classic, gets a rare airing by the OAKLAND OPERA THEATER. Oakland Metro, 201 Broadway, Oakland. http://oaklandmetro.org or 510.763.1146 for details.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

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.

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. September 23-October 3, 2005. 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/

ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (with Jeanne Moreau) opens at the Lumiere in San Francisco (415.267.4893), California, Berkeley, 510.843.3456, and also at Act I&II, Berkeley. 510.843.3456. In French with English subtitles.

BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Balboa, SF, 415.221.8184; Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456. In Sichuan dialect with English subtitles.

BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Godard, 1964). Castro, SF, 415.621.6120. In French with English subtitles.

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.

COMME UNE IMAGE / LOOK AT ME (Agnès Jaoui). San Jose State University French Club, Foreign Language Media Center, Sweeney Hall 211. 5pm. The film is in French with English subtitles. Free! For more information, go on: http://dfl.sjsu.edu/ September 27, 2005.

COTE D'AZUR CinéArts at Marin, Sausalito, 415.331.0255 , Embarcadero, SF; Grand Lake; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456.Go to http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details.

LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR / MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. (Luc Jacquet). Playhouse, Tiburon, 415.435.1234; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Clay, SF, 415.267.4893; Piedmont, Oakland, 510.843.3456; Albany, 510843.3456; Emery Bay, Emeryville, 510.420.0107. In ENGLISH ~ narrated by Morgan Freeman.

MASCULINE / FEMININE (Godard, 1966). Castro, SF, 415.621.6120. In French with English subtitles.

LA VIE EST UN LONG FLEUVE TRANQUILLE / LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER (1998). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098. September 28, 2005.

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*ART*

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.

Opening September 22, 2005. PISSARRO: FOUR GENERATIONS. Selected works by CAMILLE, LUCIEN, GEORGES MAZANA, FÉLIX, LUDOVIC-RODO, PAULEMILE. H. CLAUDE, and LELIA. Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF. 415.433.2771 or http://www.pasqualeart.com for details.

Opening September 24, 2005. PAINTINGS by ELISABETH ESTIVALET. Axelle Fine Arts, 434 Post Street, SF. 415.434.4341 or http://www.axelle.com or Europe@axelle.com for details. Opening reception with the artist, 6pm-9pm.

Through September 25, 2005. DOUBLE VISION, an exhibition of three-dimensional "expressionist" paintings by JAZ FABRY, at Studio 333, 333-A Caledonia Street, Sausalito. A mixed media exhibition consisting of neon paintings and 'samplings' of his digital photographs of mannequins, Paris metro posters, Berlin Wall graffiti and more. FABRY is Paris-trained and has worked with Jean-Yves Guinet, among others. The exhibition also includes portraits by Chris Blair. 415.331.8272 or http://www.333show.com for details.

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.

Through October 2005. CYRANO AND THE FOUR HUMORS. Literary prints by ART HAZELWOOD. Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Streets, Oakland. 510.238.2200 for details.

Through October 10, 2005. A MODERN APPROACH: ART OF THE 20TH CENTURY MASTERS, including CHAGALL, PICASSO, MATISSE and DALI. Christopher Clark Fine Art, 377 Geart St., SF. 415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.

October 11-December 9, 2005. VISUAL ART EXHIBITION by Swiss artists PHILIPPE MONOD, pastels, & CATHERINE BOLLE, acrylic glass sculpture, at swissnex, in the presence of a Swiss delegation and the State Secretary for Education and Research. swissnex, 730 Montgomery, SF. 415.912.5901 x106 or http://www.swissnex.com for details.

Through October 15, 2005. LOUISE BOURGEOIS. Works on paper and cloth by French-born American Abstract Expressionist Sculptor, born in 1911. Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary St., SF. http://www.gallerypauleanglin.com or 415.433.2710 for details.

Through October 28, 2005. SHADES OF AFRICA, photographs by Gloria Upchurch, and RWANDA: 10 YEARS AFTER, photographs by Julie Pudlowski. World Affairs Council Library, 312 Sutter, SF. 415.293.4647 for details.

Through October 29, 2005. HENRI HAYDEN AND FRIENDS ~ CUBIST PAINTINGS FROM THE 1910s and 1920s. Modernism Gallery, 685 Market St., SF. 415.541.0461 for details.

Through November 18, 2005. VELOFLANEUR. Solo show by CHARLES LINDER. Light boxes and photo panels that reflect upon an ephemeral summer in Paris in 2004. Brian Gross Gallery Space at One Post, 1 Post Street, SF. 415.788.1050 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*

BELLATERRA TRAVEL, LLC. BellaTerra Travel offers fully planned tours to some of the most beautiful destinations in Europe: Haute-Savoie and Provence. Explore the sights and sounds of these regions on this 11-day tour originating in Annecy and concluding in Avignon. This tour takes on the leisurely pace of Southern France while keeping an ambitious itinerary sure to offer you a variety of new and never-to-be-forgotten experiences. A lot of free time is included, allowing you to enjoy the feel of each locale. Charming and historic accommodations that are typical of each region were carefully selected. You will only change hotels one time allowing you to have a place to call "home" and from which you will take day trips. Come with us and experience a real "French vacation"! Trip highlights include a gondola ride up the highest peak in Europe, shopping in ritzy Geneva, strolling through the medieval streets of Annecy and Avignon, wine tasting in world-renowned Châteauneuf-du Pape, and much more! BellaTerra Travel is based in San Francisco. Visit http://www.BellaTerraTravel.com or call 1-800-9-BELLA-TT.

COLORS OF PROVENCE, Fine Table Linens and Accessories. Bring a touch of Provencal sunshine and elegance to your home! Colors of Provence is an online boutique offering tablecloths, napkins, kitchen accessories, purses and bags imported from Provence. Please come see our selection of products at http://www.colorsofprovence.com. (Distributor is located in Menlo Park)

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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*HOME EXCHANGES/APARTMENTS FOR RENT*

ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN SAN FRANCISCO; FRENCH SPEAKER PREFERRED. You and me: Non-smoker, no drugs, no pot, but otherwise liberal; cool, fun professionals in late 20s/early 30s (I am a girl; you are a guy or girl) Safe, sunny neighborhood with plenty of street parking; Walking distance to Glen Park BART/Muni station/Glen Canyon Park; Easy access to 280 and 101; just 10 minutes from SFO airport; 2 blocks from Safeway supermarket. House has 3 BR / 2BA and is 1700 sq ft total; very cool circular floor plan; Eat in kitchen AND dining room; hardwood floors throughout; Fabulous garden. Room is large and very private and does not share a wall with another bedroom . Rent is $895 plus $895 deposit. Available September 24; no charge for September rent Call Andrea, 415.341.3677

À LOUER ENTRE LE 4 DÉCEMBRE 2005 ET LE 27 JANVIER 2006. Pour une durée de 3 à 7 semaines. Bel appartement, dans résidence moderne, très calme, entre Bastille et Voltaire, 85 m2 (+ petite terrasse) 2ème étage (ascenseur), très clair, entièrement meublé et équipé: entrée, cuisine équipée, machine vaisselle; grande pièce à vivre; 1 très belle chambre à coucher lit 2 places + espace bureau donnant sur terrasse privative; 1 chambre avec canapé lit 2 places et piano; 2 salles de bains, 2 wc, lave-linge; TV, Chaîne stéréo, vidéo, DVD, accès ADSL haut débit. Électricité et chauffage compris. Pour un mois : 2 200 euros; Pour 7 semaines : 3 800 euros. Tel : 01 43 55 11 20 (répondeur). Mél: sandra.bessis@free.fr pour voir des photos de l'appartement.

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS. Beautiful and comfortable one bedroom apartment in an 1895 Paris building will be available for Christmas; owned by long-time member of the Alliance Française Berkeley. Within walking distance of Opera, Madeleine and the Arc de Triomphe. Located on a pedestrian market street with marvelous bakeries, cafes, and shops, in a genuine Parisian neighborhood. Christmas in Paris is magic - music, fantastic lighting displays throughout the city, gorgeous shop windows, and the arrival of the cheese and sausage sellers from the Auvergne. 5th floor with elevator and fireplace. Sleeps 2 or 3. For details, photos and rates, contact myrnawalton@sbcglobal.net.

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*CLASSES*

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.

September 22-November 10, 2005. FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS. Tamalpais District Adult and Community Education, Drake High School. 8 sessions, Thursday evenings, 7pm-9pm. $85. Instructor: Ismalia Blaye. http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

September 29-November 17, 2005. FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES at Book Passage, taught by ANNE BISHOP. Classes for beginners and intermediate speakers. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 30-October 2, 2005. THREE-DAY FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL WORKSHOPS IN VALLEJO FOR ADVANCED SPEAKERS. Only 8-10 students per session. Lunch and material included. Reservations with $250 by August 30, if you please. Nadine Goodban, nadalang@sbcglobal.net or 707.644.3421

October 7-9, 2005. THREE-DAY FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL WORKSHOPS IN VALLEJO FOR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL LEARNERS. Only 8-10 students per session. Lunch and material included. Reservations with $250 by August 30, if you please. Nadine Goodban, nadalang@sbcglobal.net or 707.644.3421

Through October 26, 2005. WEEKLY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, 415.362.3666 http://www.frenchclass.com or info@frenchclass.com Please make sure you sign up in advance. Space is limited. We are sorry we cannot give refunds, credits or make-ups for missed workshop. 24 hour cancellation policy applies. Call us now at 415.362.3666 to sign up for the workshop of your choice. Feel free to suggest a topic you do not find on our workshop schedule.

  • Wed. 9/21 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 9/24 10:00 to 12:00 $34 Phonetics. Unit 10. Le français familier. Améliorez votre compréhension: "je ne suis pas" devient "chuipa" ou "je ne sais pas" devient "chépa" (équivalents à gimme, wanna, betcha, etc., en anglais). Elision du "e" dans "je" et le préfixe "re". (Level 3 to 7). Renée Morel
  • Th. 9/22 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 9/25 1:00 to 3:00 $34 Pronunciation Level 1 A clear and easy presentation of French sounds. Students who took this course noticed improvement right away. Great tips and tricks to improve your pronunciation. Anne Boucher.
  • Wed. 9/28 10:00 to 12:00 or Th. 9/29 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 10/1 10:00 to 12:00 - $34 La Vallée de la Loire : Découvrez l'une des plus belle région de France. (Level 3 to 7). Anne Boucher.
  • Wed. 10/5 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 10/8 10:00 to 12:00 $34 Liaisons dangereuses : l'Etat et les religions en France. Les origins de la laïcité et sa formation progressive, depuis la Révolution de 1789, permettent de mieux en comprendre la nature réelle. Venez revivre les grands moments de cette "passion française." (Level 5 to 7). Renée Morel
  • Th. 10/6 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 10/8 1:00 to 3:00 $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) Anne Boucher
  • Wed. 10/12 10:00 to 12:00 or Th. 10/13 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 10/15 10:00 to 12:00 - $34 Les expressions de temps : il y a, depuis, ça fait, etc. Practice them and revew the verb tenses connected to these expressions. (Level 4 to 7) Anne Boucher.
  • Wed. 10/19 1:00 to 3:00 $34 Magritte : le magicien bourgeois. Details to be announced. (Level 5 to 7). Renée Morel
  • Wed. 10/19 10:00 to 12:00 or Th. 10/20 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 10/22 10:00 to 12:00 $34 Pronouns : qui, que, quoi, dont où, auquel, à laquelle, etc. A great practice and review with a comparison with the same pronouns in English. (Level 3 to 7). Anne Boucher.
  • Wed. 10/26 1:00 to 3:00 $34 Manet et la manière espagnole en 19ème siècle. Details to be announced. (Level 5 to 7). Renée Morel
  • Wed. 10/26 10:00 to 12:00 or Th. 10/27 1:00 to 3:00 or Sat. 10/29 10:00 to 12:00 $34 Working in France : write your CV and cover letter in French. (Level 3 to 7) Anne Boucher.

Through October 29, 2005. VOULEZ-VOUS PARLER FRANÇAIS? FRENCH LESSONS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF SANTA ROSA. 613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Telephone: 707.543.8151. Costs: $180 for 8 week session. Times: Children 8-12 years old, Monday 4:30-5:45 pm or Saturday 9:30-10:45 am; Teens 13-16 years old, Monday 6:00-7:15 pm or Saturday 11:00- 12:15; Adult beginners, Tuesday 12:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00-12:00 am, Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm, or Saturday 10:00-12:00; Adult intermediate, Monday 10:00-12:00 am, Tuesday 9:00-11:00 am, Wednesday 1:00-3:00 pm, Thursday 9:00-11:00 am, or Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm; Adult Advanced Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm; Adult Advanced Theme Class: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm or Monday 6:30-8:30 pm. Contact Person at the Alliance Française: Upi Struzak Alliance Française of Santa Rosa. Fall session, including classes for children and teenagers! Maison de l'AF de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa. $180. 707.543.8151 for details.

November 1-29, 2005. JEWISH MEN AND WOMEN OF THE FRENCH RESISTANCE. A UC Berkeley course offered in conjunction with Lehrhaus Judaica in San Francisco. In this 5-session course, we will investigate through film and literature the extraordinary lives of Jewish men and women in the French Resistance, in the historical context of France as a divided country before, during and after WWII. We'll discuss the lives of resistance fighters Jean-Pierre Levy, Daniel Mayer, Yves Oppert & Paulette Oppert, with readings from Marguerite Duras, Simone Weil, Margaret Collins Weitz's Sisters in the Resistance: How Women Fought to Free France 1940-1945 and Lucie Aubrac's Outwitting the Gestapo. Pre-registration is highly recommended but not required.Instructors: Daniel Y. Harris and Tracy L. Harris. Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. $65; $55/Learning for Life (age 65+). Congregation Beth Sholom, 1301 Clement St (at 14th Ave), San Francisco. Directions/parking: 415.221.8736; Registration or more information: 510.845.6420 or http://www.lehrhaus.org/ or email: info@lehrhaus.org

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.

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)* 

October 1, 2005. MIEUX VIVRE GRACE A L'ECRITURE. Séminaire d'écriture expressive le samedi 1er octobre 2005 avec Philippe Berthoud, Professeur (John F. Kennedy University) Los Altos, de 10h à 16h30. De nombreuses études scientifiques nous ont récemment révélé les multiples vertus de l'écriture. Ecrire permet de soulager nos maux physiques et émotionnels. L'écriture nous aide aussi à mieux nous connaître, à avoir accès à notre sagesse intérieure et à nous épanouir. Que vous écriviez ou non, faites l'expérience de cet admirable outil, à travers différents exercises d'abord simple et ne demandant aucun don d'écrivain. Ce séminaire favorise l'écriture dite "expressive"; il n'est ni un atelier littéraire (mettant l'accent sur le style), ni une thérapie de groupe, et bien qu'offert en anglais à l'Université de Stanford et ailleurs, il est le seul à être donné en français dans la Baie. Nous écrirons pour enrichir notre vie et nous sentir mieux, nous exprimant sur ce qui nous touche le plus: nos relations, notre travail, notre histoire, notre santé, notre créativité, notre vie intérieure, nos aspirations, etc. Partager ce que nous écrirons est entièrement facultatif, mais facilité, pour ceux qui le souhaitent, par un climat de stricte confidentialité et de profond respect pour l'autre. Coût: $110 (ou $90 si vous envoyez votre chèque avant le 25 septembre). Renseignements: Philippe Berthoud (510,234.4799 et PhilBerthoud@aol.com) et/ou Anne Dumontier (650,966.8780 et anne@dumontier.net). Inscriptions: Philippe Berthoud, 3237 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94115. Le séminaire a lieu dans le cadre intime d'une résidence privée à Los Altos. Les participants sont invités à prendre avec eux un pique-nique pour la pause déjeuner. Philippe Berthoud, M.A., enseigne "Writing as a Psychospiritual Tool", un cours sur l'utilisation de l'écriture comme outil de développement personnel, à l'Université John F. Kennedy à Pleasant Hill.

October 2, 2005. LA FETE DES VENDANGES A L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. It's La Fete des Vendanges! Come to have a cheerful French barbecue in our garden, we will celebrate the end of wine growing season and last warm days! Bring your food and wine. 12H30. afberkeley@sbcglobal.net 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 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2005. INVENTIONEERING ARCHITECTURE: LECTURE SERIES ON SWISS ARCHITECTURAL TEACHING. In celebration of Switzerland's rich architectural heritage and the unveiling of the new de Young Museum by the Swiss architecture firm STUDIO BASEL OF HERZOG & DE MEURON, the four Swiss architecture schools, in collaboration with swissnex, California College of the Arts, and UC Berkeley's Department of Architecture. With a month-long interactive exhibit. Opening reception, Monday, October 3. Speakers will be: 10/3, Marc ANGÉLIL; 10/10, Andrea Deplazes; 10/17, Inès LAMUNIERE; 10/24, Valerio Olgiati, and 10/31, Dirk Hebel and Jörg Stollmann. Lectures and entry to the exhibition are free and open to the public. California College of the Arts, http://www.cca.org, 1111 Eighth St., SF.

October 4, 2005. CITRON, Oakland (Rockridge) Chef's recipe demonstration, three-course menu and wine tasting. The Million Dollar Dinner Menu of Events ~ Unique, Authentic, Delicious. TCB-Cafe Publishing & Media and the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL bring to television "MILLION DOLLAR DINNER (tm). On this exciting and stylish interactive, reality-based television program, diners visit fantastic restaurants, meet the chef, have a private recipe demonstration, taste wine, and enjoy a fabulous three-course meal. http://www.cafeandre.com/dinerspriorityreg.html

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 6, 2005. DINNER WITH A FRENCH TWIST. Every other month beginning this month, the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa is going out to dinner! Please join us! We will be dining at Emile's Creekside Bistro where each four-course dinner will have a French theme and will be a wonderful opportunity to join some of your Francophone friends around the table. This month's French soirée takes place on Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm. The dinner price is $36 per person, plus tax and tip. Wines are available for purchase by the bottle or by the glass. Dinner will be prepared by classically trained chef and owner, Emile Gaston Waldteufel, who boasts both Lyonnais and Alsatian heritage. In the past, Vanity Fair ranked Emile's cuisine as one of the best in the United State and Gourmet Magazine featured Emile's fare on two separate occasions. Learn more about Chef Emile at www.sterba.com/sro/creekside/bistro/. Phone Emile's Creekside at 7077.575.8839 to make your reservations, and mention you're with the Alliance Française. (And you cannot make it after you've reserved, please let Emile know by the day before the dinner. Your consideration is appreciated.) Emile's is located at 2800 4th Street in Santa Rosa.

October 6, 2005. CAFÉ PHILO AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. This month the subject will be: L'eveil. Fees: 5$. 19h. afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.

October 6-16, 2005. MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. http://mvff.com for details. Featured guest artist at this year's film festival is JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET, including an on-stage interview after the October 13 screening. List of films to follow.

October 7, 2005. SONOMA-PROVENCE EXCHANGE FRENCH CONVERSATION at Sassafras. The group begins arriving around 6:15 and people come when they can throughout the evening. We are a casual group of native speakers and non-native speakers, ranging from beginners to fluent. The conversation naturally varies each time, but travel, culture and food are popular subjects. Each person is responsible for whatever they order. You can order food and beverages until 9. Sassafras is located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (College Avenue heading west, right onto Dutton, left into large parking lot of Santa Rosa Business Park; http://www.sassafrasrestaurant.com Write sonprov@sbcglobal.net for more details.

Opening October 7, 2005. THREE DANCING SLAVES. Gael Morel has succeeded as an actor (WILD REEDS) and is becoming one of France's leading alternative directors. The three slaves in the title of this new film are brothers coming to terms with their manhood and extricating themselves from their controlling, distant father. Lumière Theater, SF.

October 7 & 8, 2005. COMPAGNIE JANT-BI, the SENEGALESE dance company, performs FAGAALA, a dance piece focusing on the RWANDAN genocide, the product of a collaboration between GERMAINE ACOGNY, the doyenne of contemporary African dance, and Kota Yamazaki. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard, SF. $19-$25. 8pm. 415.978.2787 http://www.ybca.org for details.

October 9, 2005. OPEN HOUSE AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. We can help you get acquainted with the language and culture of France! Find basic information about the Alliance Francaise : our biligual staff will answer any questions regarding French classes and cultural events, and will be available for class and membership registration; Free language evaluations : our Directors of Education will conduct free languages tests; Mini-Classes for adults of all levels : instructors will give 25 minute demonstration classes which will include Q and A on our teaching methods (times : 10:30 am, noon, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm); Activities for children : Games : 3-5 yers old, 10:30 am (15 minutes); Story telling : 5-7 years old, 11:00 am (15 minutes); Songs : 3-5 years old, 2:00 pm (15 minutes); Screening of French Film (with English subtitles) : 2:30 pm in our Theater; 10 % off lunch at La Cave, the Alliance Francaise in-house bistro; Complimentary croissants and coffee for all!The Alliance Francaise of San Francisco invites you to an Open House . Alliance Francaise de San Francisco,1345 Bush Street (bet. Polk and Larkin), San Francisco, CA 94109. 415.775.7755 OR http://www.afsf.com or afsf@afsf.com 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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 11, 2005. LA BONNE CHANSON, AN EVENING OF FINE FRENCH FOOD AND SONG. Presented by PROJECT APPLAUSE in association with FIFES GUEST RANCH. Fife's is cooking up a beautiful, four-course gourmet French meal. After dinner, local students of classical voice will present an intimate recital of classical FRENCH MELODIE AND ARIA. Fifes, Guerneville. 6:30pm, cocktails & hors d'oeuvre & no-host bar; 7:15pm, dinner; brief lecture on the history of French song, 8:15pm; concert at 8:30pm. Accompaniment by Dr. Leslie Dukes. $55, includes dinner, concert and gratuity. Limited seating; reserve now. 707.869.0656. Project Applause ~ Creating Performance Venues for Students. Contact Michael Van Why at Performers@sbcglobal.net or 707.481.4360.

October 11, 2005. THEA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE IN SANTANA ROW. San Jose Chef's recipe demonstration, three-course menu and wine tasting. The Million Dollar Dinner Menu of Events ~ Unique, Authentic, Delicious. TCB-Cafe Publishing & Media and the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL bring to television "MILLION DOLLAR DINNER (tm). On this exciting and stylish interactive, reality-based television program, diners visit fantastic restaurants, meet the chef, have a private recipe demonstration, taste wine, and enjoy a fabulous three-course meal. http://www.cafeandre.com/dinerspriorityreg.html

October 12, 2005. FRENCH KISS at the CINÉ-CLUB DE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th St., Santa Rosa. Kress Building. 6:30pm. Register three days in advance. Wine and drinks provided by the Alliance. Bring snacks, cheese or fruit to share. $5. Contact 707.543.8151 or anne@afsantarosa.org for details. 6:30pm.

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 13-16, 2005. OTHER WORDS. Fourth SF International Poetry Festival. Including, on October 15, ANNE ROTHSCHILD ~ FRENCH AND ENGLISH POETS. Rothschild is Swiss and Belgian; she won the Max-Pol Fochet award for poetry in 1983. She lives in Paris, where she is the head of the Education Department of the Jewish Art and History Museum. Rothschild will read her poems in French and English. For complete schedule and venues, see http://www.other-words.com

October 16, 2005. CRÊPES CLASS taught by CHRISTINE PICCIN. Hands on class through Relish Culinary in Healdsburg. See http://www.relishculinary.com or write to Christine@piccin.com for details.

October 19, 2005. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708 by October 16. Do not send a check!

October 19, 2005. LE PETIT PRINCE AND THE POETICS OF LOSS and CAMUS AND SARTRE. Two talks in the Sonoma State University Library's fall lecture series by Suzanne Toczyski and Tony Mountain respectively. Noon, Schulz Information Center, Room 3001, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.4240 for more details.

October 19, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: L'AILE OU LA CUISSE / THE WING AND THE THIGH (1976). 6:00 PM; LES AVENTURES DE RABBI JACOB / THE MAD AVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (1973), 8:00PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

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 19-23, 2005. UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL. http://www.unaff.org or 650.724.5544

October 20, 2005. VERLAINE: MUSE AND MUSIC-MAKER, lecture by CHRISTINE RENAUDIN, and ANOUILH'S TRANSPARENT CASTLE: CLASSISM IN RING ROUND THE MOON, lecture by PAUL DRAPER. Noon, Schulz Information Center, Room 1121, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.4177 or suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for more details.

October 20, 2005. INFLUENCES FRANÇAISES ET ACTIVITÉS DES FRANÇAIS AUX ÉTATS-UNIS A L'HEURE ACTUELLE. Conférence faite par Jacqueline Lindenfeld, professeur d'anthropologie et de français, qui poursuit ses recherches ethnologiques sur les immigrants français aux Etats-Unis. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708 by Monday, October 17. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th St., Santa Rosa. Kress Building. $10 members; $15 non-members.

October 20-22, 2005. TERRE BRUNE, performed by the AXIS DANCE COMPANY, led by French Canadian SONYA DELWAIDE. Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice, Oakland. 925.798.1300 or http://www.axisdance.org for details. $12-$20. 8pm.

October 20-November 13, 2005. PHAEDRA, playwright-actor-director Matthew Maguire's take on 17th-century French playwright JEAN RACINE ~ hip, hilarious, beautifully written, and heavily combustible, presented in a Bay Area premiere by LAST PLANET THEATRE, a bold company in the habit of introducing Bay Area audiences to some of the best of inexplicably overlooked modern drama. Maguire's version of the Hippolytus myth follows the currents of desire through lines of incest, money and power in the devastating vacuity of American dreaming. Last Planet Theatre, 351 Turk, SF. 415.440.3505 or http://www.lastplanettheatre.com for details.

October 21, 2005. JULIE & JULIA: 365 DAYS, 524 RECIPES, ONE TINY APARTMENT KITCHEN. Bored, 30 years old with a dead-end job, living in a tiny apartment in Queens, Julie Powell gave herself a deranged assignment: to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in one year. She first confided her hilarious experiences to a blog, which soon attracted thousands. Now you can read her book (movie rights have been sold to Columbia Pictures) and meet the author in person. On Friday October 21, students and instructors in the SRJC Culinary Arts Program will prepare a special lunch featuring recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Author Julie Powell will read passages from her book and sign copies for sale. Cost of the lunch will be $20, all inclusive of the meal, tax and tip. Reservations are required (and going quickly!) They may be made by calling the SRJC Culinary Arts Center at 707-576-0279. Seating is limited.The Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Arts Center, in partnership with Copperfield's Books, presents: Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, One Tiny Apartment Kitchen, by Julie Powell, Friday, October 21, Noon-2:30PM. SRJC Culinary Arts Center, corner of 7th and B Streets, in the Brickyard Center, Santa Rosa

October 21, 2005. JULIE POWELL talks about her recent book JULIE & JULIA: 365 DAYS, 524 RECIPES, ONE TINY APARTMENT KITCHEN, recounting her experience cooking all of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's classic MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING in a single year. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.

October 21, 2005. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. Réunion : chez Shadi, le vendredi 21 octobre, http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

October 21, 2005. FRENCH CONVERSATION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. As every month, the French conversation takes place at the Alliance Francaise of Berkeley. Come to party with us with wine and food in a warm atmosphere. All levels accepted. afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.

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 22, 2005. LAVAY SMITH & HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS. Rancho Nicasio Restaurant and Bar, On The Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.

October 22-23, 2005. COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD performs feminist solo dance work at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard, SF. October 22 & 23, 2005. San Francisco Performances. http://www.performances.org or 415.392.2545 or 415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details. Call for times and prices.

October 23, 2005. CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR. San Francisco SYMPHONY musicians perform works by RAVEL and more. $37/$42. 2pm. http://sfsymphony.org for details.

October 23, 28 & 29, 2005. LE THEATRE DU COIN presents POLAROÏD. Le Théâtre du Coin est heureux de vous convier à son spectacle 2005: POLAROÏD, l'assemblage de petites scènes & sketches d'auteurs contemporains, Xavier Durringer, Jean Michel Ribes et quelques autres. Dérives possibles ou imaginaires de situations du quotidien, ces instantanés de vie composent un spectacle humoristique et tendre, presque café-théatre. C'est la 11ème saison de la troupe du Théâtre du Coin qui a joué, par le passé, Une Aspirine pour Deux (Woody Allen), L'importance d'être Constant (Oscar Wilde), Dogg's Hamlet (Tom Stoppard), présenté au d'Avignon en 2003, et, en 2004, Golden Joe, (Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt). Le Théâtre du Coin est une troupe amateur, entièrement bénévole. Représentations: Dimanche 23 ! Octobre, 14h30, au Gaslighter Theatre, Campbell (400 E. Campbell Av.) - http://www.thegaslighter.com Vendredi 28 et samedi 29 Octobre, 19h30, au NOHspace Theatre, San Francisco, 2840 Mariposa Street @ Florida) http://www.theatreofyugen.org/location.html. Avec: Colette Beraut, Hélène Charmet, Karim Dabbagh, François Granade, Jean-Marc Parmentier, Pierre-Xavier Thomas Mise en scène: Hélène Charmet Eclairages & sonorisation: Gilbert Davoud. Prix des places: $12 sur réservation à theatreducoin@yahoo.com ou $15 sur place.

October 24, 2005. A SIMPLE PARISIAN SOIREE with hostess extraordinaire Peggy Knickerbocker, author of SIMPLE SOIREES, showing us how to create a fabulous evening-from morning marketing to champagne and flowers à table! Where: Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. When: Monday October 24, 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Tickets: $20 Complimentary Appetizers, No-Host Bar. Reservations: 415-388-4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com. Seating is limited and will sell out quickly! http://www.paris-expat.com Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax: 415.388.1266. Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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 26, 2005. ADAM GOPNIK reads from THE KING IN THE WINDOW, the story of Oliver, a 10-year-old American boy miserably trapped in Paris where his father is stationed as a journalist. One night, Oliver puts on a gold paper crosn, looks at himself in the window, and sees an amazing vision. An exhilarating romp through time and an unforgettable adventure for fantasy readers of all ages. Gopnik is the author off PARIS TO THE MOON. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.

October 27, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: Les Œufs de Pâques by JACQUELINE DE ROMILLY. Led by Raymond LEMIEUX. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. 7pm.

October 27, 2005. MARTINICAN DRUM & DANCE PRESENTATION by musician and professor JULIAN GERSTIN, on the campus of Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. 4pm-6pm; free. Location TBA. For details, contact Christine Renaudin at 707.664.3159 or christine.renaudin@sonoma.edu

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 27, 2005. COPIA. Napa Chef's recipe demonstration, three-course menu and wine tasting. The Million Dollar Dinner Menu of Events ~ Unique, Authentic, Delicious. TCB-Cafe Publishing & Media and the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL bring to television "MILLION DOLLAR DINNER (tm). On this exciting and stylish interactive, reality-based television program, diners visit fantastic restaurants, meet the chef, have a private recipe demonstration, taste wine, and enjoy a fabulous three-course meal. http://www.cafeandre.com/dinerspriorityreg.html

October 28, 2005. FILM: DINER DES CONS at the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. The Alliance will show the Diner de Cons, a successful French comedy of Francis Veber. There will be a dinner and conversation, and the fees will be of 5$ per person. The film has English subtitles. afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.

October 28-30, 2005. INTERNATIONAL VINTAGE POSTER FAIR. A huge quantity of American and European vintage posteres from the 1890s to the 1980s are for sale at the oldest and largest sale of its kind. Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, Golden Gate Room, Marina and Laguna, SF. 1.800.856.8069 or http://www.poseterfair.com for details. 5pm-9pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday. $12.

October 29, 2005. RICK STEVES' EUROPE MARATHON. KQED TV9, 2pm-10pm.

October 29, 2005. YUSEF LATEEF, with SYLVIE COURVOISIER and others. San Francisco Jazz Festival. 415.776.1999 or http://sfjazz.org for details. Herbst Theatre, 8pm.

October 30, 2005. RICK STEVES' EUROPE MARATHON. KQED TV9, 11am-7pm.

October 30, 2005. PARIS COMBO, joined by LE JAZZ HOT (the Hot Club of San Francisco). San Francisco Jazz Festival, 415.776.1999 or http://sfjazz.org for details. Herbst Theatre, 7pm.

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 1-29, 2005. JEWISH MEN AND WOMEN OF THE FRENCH RESISTANCE. A UC Berkeley course offered in conjunction with Lehrhaus Judaica in San Francisco. In this 5-session course, we will investigate through film and literature the extraordinary lives of Jewish men and women in the French Resistance, in the historical context of France as a divided country before, during and after WWII. We'll discuss the lives of resistance fighters Jean-Pierre Levy, Daniel Mayer, Yves Oppert & Paulette Oppert, with readings from Marguerite Duras, Simone Weil, Margaret Collins Weitz's Sisters in the Resistance: How Women Fought to Free France 1940-1945 and Lucie Aubrac's Outwitting the Gestapo. Pre-registration is highly recommended but not required.Instructors: Daniel Y. Harris and Tracy L. Harris. Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. $65; $55/Learning for Life (age 65+). Congregation Beth Sholom, 1301 Clement St (at 14th Ave), San Francisco. Directions/parking: 415.221.8736; Registration or more information: 510.845.6420 or http://www.lehrhaus.org/ or email: info@lehrhaus.org

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 2, 2005. GANGBÉ BRASS BAND from BÉNIN "has the world in its grasp… its music leaps among the many ethnic traditions of its home and beyond to the New World's African diasporas, segueing from traditional voodoo rhythms to jazz without missing a beat." San Francisco Jazz Festival. Great American Music Hall. 415.776.1999 or http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

November 2, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES / A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (2004). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

November 3, 2005. PETER MAYLE IN CONVERSATION WITH TERRANCE GELENTER at San Francisco's Clay Theater. It's not too early to reserve your spot fo our Bay Area exclusive event, Peter Mayle in conversation with Terrance Gelenter at San Francisco's Clay Theatre! http://www.paris-expat.com Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax: 415.388.1266. Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

November 3, 2005. SWEET CREPES: A DEMO AND TASTING. Class taught by CHRISTINE PICCIN. Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th St., Santa Rosa. Kress Building. $10 ($15 non-members) 7pm-8:30pm. 707.535.0161 or Christine@piccin.com for details and to reserve. Space is limited!

November 4, 2005. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. Chez Daniel. Thème: mon projet de FIAT BBQ. http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

November 4 & 6, 2005. MADANM TI ZO / MRS. LITTLEBONES. An intimate look into traditional health practices, this cinema-vérité style film looks at mid-wife and herbal doctor Madanm Ti Zo who runs her own clinic in Jacmal, Haiti. (2004, 60min.) Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

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 6, 2005. PETER MAYLE speaks about CONFESSIONS OF A FRENCH BAKER. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 3pm.

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. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

November 9, 2005. A TASTE OF FRANCE ~ EXPLORING THE HAVEN OF THE EPICURIOUS ~~ QUERCY! Join Liaison Bistro in Berkeley (Shattuck & Hearst) & Barbara Phillips, founder/director of Latitude, a cultural center in southwest France (and professor emerite, San Francisco State), for an evening exploring the food & culture of the Quercy, a region of France called the "Haven for the Epicurious" by London's Financial Times (July 2, 2005). Quercy is the still-used, pre-Napoleonic name for the present-day Lot and parts of the Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn departments. This area is revered for its duck, truffles, foie gras, walnuts, Cahors wine, cabecous (small goat cheeses), saffron, and honey as well as its architectural gems, including medieval châteaux and churches that line the river Lot. The Department of the Lot, where Latitude is located, is also the home of 20,000+ year old cave paintings, Roman aqueducts, and Rocamadour, a key pilgrimage site en route to St. James of Compostela. Its beautiful villages are featured in the September issue of National Geographic Traveller. Barbara will guide us through the history and many charms of the region with a slide show and talk. Chef Todd Kniess will prepare a three-course dinner, featuring Quercy specialties: salade Quercynoise, cassoulet, and crème brulée au safran. It will be $48. per person, which includes 2 glasses of wine, exclusive of gratuity and tax.There will be one seating at 6:30 p.m. Reserve at 510.849.2155.

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 9, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: ON CONNAIT LA CHANSON / SAME OLD SONG (1997). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

November 10, 2005. LE GRAND RÔLE will be shown as part of the 2005 SONOMA COUNTY JEWISH FIILM SERIES. Venues: Santa Rosa Rialto Cinema and Petaluma Blvd Cinema. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Agency of Sonoma County. 707.528.4222 or http://www.jcagency.org for details on tickets and other information.

November 10, 2005. THOMAS KELLER presents his book BOUCHON in a luncheon at BOUCHON RESTAURANT. Keller is owner of the French bistro BOUCHON and also of the highly recognized FRENCH LAUNDRY. Luncheon at Bouchon Restaurant, 6534 Washington Street, Yountille. $140 per person/$235 per couple for the meal and the book. 12:30pm.

November 11, 2005. YOUSSOU N'DOUR & THE EGYPTIAN ORCHESTRA. Senegalese superstar YOUSSOU N'DOUR is perhaps the most appealing musician on the world music stage since Bob Marley. Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

November 11-12, 2005. ARTS OF FASHION FOUNDATION hosts NATIONAL FASHION STUDENTS 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. In addition, there will be seminars, debates, lectures and exhibitions with high profile guests and the jury members. 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 12. The 2 day fashion event is about youth and education, fashion and design today allowing each one to meet.. Multiplevenues; to view the program go to: http://www.af-competition.com/af%202005/Pre%20Program%20SF%202005.htm Contact: Nathalie Doucet, US Coordinator AF-competition, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, nathalie.doucet@arts-of-fashion.org or 415.252.0734

November 11-13 and 18-20, 2005. A NIGHT IN THE MARAIS WITH CARA BLACK AND LEONARD PITT. Cara Black, author of five murder mysteries set in Paris, will talk about her alter-ego, crime investigator Aimée Leduc, and how she solved a murder in the Marais that never happened. Leonard Pitt will present a lecture with slides recounting the history of the Marais, from a posh quarter for the French aristocracy in the 17th century, to a desperate slum by the 1950s, to one of Paris's most elegant neighborhoods today. 8pm. 1542 Grant St. in Berkeley. $20. Wine served. Reservations a must. Phone: 510.841.0686 or email: leonardp@sbcglobal.net

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 (by Zack ROGOW, translator of COLETTE) in 70 years. Aurora Theater, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. http://www.auroratheatre.org or 510.843.4822 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. BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU CELEBRATION OF THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Paradise Ridge Winery. Details to follow.

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

November 18 & 20, 2005. JAGUAR (1957; 92 min). Part documentary and part fiction, JAGUAR tells the story of three young men from the Savannah of Niger who leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. JEAN ROUCH's seminal film, which was the result of improvised on-screen action and then later, improvised narrative voice-over, is the story of their travels. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

November 20-22, 2005. VERLAINE: MUSE AND MUSIC-MAKER. A bilingual multi-media performance based on the poetry of PAUL VERLAINE and directed and choreographed by CHRISTINE RENAUDIN. PE1, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.3159 or christine.renaudin@sonoma.edu for details/times.

November 23, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: LES CHORISTES / THE CHORUS (2004). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

November 30, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: HARRY, UN AMI QUI VOUS VEUT DU BIEN / WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY (2000) Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

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 7, 2005. PAULA WOLFERT speaks about the new edition of THE COOKING OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE, augmented by 60 new and improved recipes since its original publication 22 years ago, in conjunction with dinner, which will take place at LEFT BANK RESTAURANT in Larkspur, 507 Magnolia Ave. Seating begins at 6:30pm. Coffee and conversation end 2 1/2 hours later. Price for combined book and meal is $100 per person / $185 per couple. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 7, 2005. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

December 8, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: La Maîtresse de Brecht by JACQUEES-PIERRE AMETTE. Led by Raymond LEMIEUX. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. 7pm.

December 9, 2005. POUR LE PIANO. Piano students of MARILYN THOMPSON present an evening of solo and duo piano works. Ives Concert Hall 119, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928. Box Office: 707.664.2353 or http://www.sonoma.edu/Depts/PerformingArts for details. 7:30pm.

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 14, 2005 LE PERE NOEL EST UNE ORDURE / SANTA CLAUS IS A SWINE (1982). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

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.

Decemberr 16, 2005. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. Valérie Richman vient de gentillement se proposer pour le 16 décembre. Voir info sur notre page : http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

January 6, 2006. HENRI LANGLOIS: THE PHANTOM OF THE CINEMATHEQUE. Langlois, with Georges Franju, co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 1936, the world's first film archive, was an enormously curious and classically rumpled film aficionado who fought film's disposable status by saving everything. (2004, 128 min., In French with English subtitles.) Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

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 20, 2005. EVERY LITTLE THING (Nicolas Philibert, director of ETRE ET AVOIR, 1996, 105 min.) Every summer, the patients and staff of La Borde psychiatric clinic come together to put on a play. This film records the intimate details of one summer's rehearsals and culminates in a public performance, displaying the power of theater to at least partially heal. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

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 8, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

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 23-25, 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.

March 8, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

March 24, 25, & 31 and April 1. 2005. CHANTICLEER performs EARTHQUAKE MASS, a rarely-heard masterpiece by ANTOINE BRUMEL, a top Renaissance composer in the Franco-Flemish tradition. In San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on March 24 & 31; in Santa Clara on March 25, and in Berkeley on April 1. http://www.chanticleer.org or 415.392.4400 or info@chanticleer.org 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 6-8, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's JEUX and more. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

April 12, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

April 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 7, 2006. SFS CHAMBER MUSIC performs RAVEL's STRING QUARTET IN F MAJOR. SF Symphony, http://sfsymphony.org for details. 2pm.

May 10, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

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

May 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 and KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE perform POULENC's CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS and RAVEL's LA VALSE. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

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