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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
October 1-8, 2004

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*OCTOBER EVENTS*.

October-November 2004. BIZET'S CARMEN performed by the Los Angeles Opera. 888.OPERALA or www.LosAngelesOpera.com for details.

October 1, 2004. FRENCH SINGER-GUITARIST HELENE ATTIA will be performing with her band at THE LEFT BANK, French Bistro, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925.288.1222 for reservations. Anyone interested in booking Helene Attia for a future performance can contact her at: 510.508.3611 or hsattia@yahoo.com With Owen Davis, congas, Geoff Carter, keyboards and Bill Hampton, guitar. No cover charge, great food & drinks and plenty of parking. 7pm-11pm

October 1, 2004. INTIMATE STRANGERS . SPANGENBERG THEATRE, 780 Arastradero Road at Foothill Expressway, Palo Alto. 650.354.8263 or http://www.spangenbergtheatre.com

October 1, 2004. LA GRANDE ILLUSION (Renoir, 1937). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org

October 2, 2004. NEW ORLEANS MENU. America's Test Kitchen. KQED TV9, 11am.

October 2, 2004. FRENCH SINGER-GUITARIST HELENE ATTIA will be performing with her band in front of HEAR MUSIC, 1809 4th Street, Berkeley (next to Betty's Diner). 510.204.9585. Pre-release CD party, admission free. Helene will be performing songs from her new CD "The Eyes of Love" with : Roger Glenn, flute, sax & vibes, Owen Davis, congas, Ross Gualco, keyboards. "The Eyes of Love" will be on sale at Hear Music. Anyone interested in booking Helene Attia for a future performance can contact her at: 510.508.3611 or hsattia@yahoo.com

October 2, 2004. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA ~ REUNION EN PLEIN AIRRSVP dès que possible, directement à Marie-Amélie: Rich5255@aol.com, 13h00 (1pm) à 18h00 (6pm). BBQ - Pot Luck. Tél. 707.539.0841 or cell. 707.756.2072. Enfants surveillés ok..

October 2, 2004. THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1973). Tongue-in-cheek version starring Raquel Welch. KQED TV9, 8pm.

October 2, 2004. CHANTICLEER performs POULENC and more. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., SF. 415.392.4400. 8pm. $25-$42.

October 2, 2004. MIKHAIL YANOVITSKY, piano, performs RAVEL and more. First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and L Streets, Livermore. 925.447.2752 or www.delvallefinearts.org for details. 8pm. $13-$15.

October 2-10 & 24 2004. FESTIVAL DU FILM ARABE ~ CINEMAYAAT ~ SAN FRANCISCO ARAB FILM FESTIVAL. Cette année encore, le Festival du Film Arabe fait la part belle à des productions ou coproductions françaises, entre autres Viva Laldgerie de Nadir Mokneche, film sorti en 2003. Pour plus d'information : www.aff.org or 415.564.1100 for details.

Through October 3, 2004. 8TH ANNUAL MADCAT WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The MadCat Film Festival screens the best cutting-edge experimental and independent films from around the world. Featuring shorts, documentaries, narratives and animated works selected from more than 900 submissions. This year's lineup includes 12 programs of timely, insightful, humorous and deeply moving experimental and independent films by some of the finest up-and-coming and established women filmmakers. Includes: Films of GERMAINE DULAC Sept 28 * El Rio * 8:30pm movies * 6:30pm. Free BBQ & Live original music by Secrets of Family Happiness and Paper Boats. MadCat celebrates the sublime French avant-garde maven Germaine Dulac with a screening of her avant-garde masterpieces Seashell and the Clergyman and The Smiling Madame Beudet. For full program listing: http://www.madcatfilmfestival.org/festival_info.html

Through October 3, 2004. FIFTH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL. At a variety of venues with dance, music, film, opera, theater and visual arts from 15 countries. www.sfworldmusicfestival.org or 415.561.6571.

Through October 3, 2004. OPERA SAN JOSE performs THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. Mozart's perennial comic opera, based on the play of the same name by 18th century radical BEAUMARCHAIS. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San José. 408.437.4450 or www.operasj.org for details.

October 3, 2004. RUTH REICHL at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park. 1:00 pm. Tickets to this special event are $135 per couple, $85 per individual, and include a four-course luncheon, wine, tax and gratuity, plus one copy of The Gourmet Cookbook. Guests will be able to discuss food, restaurants, cooking and more with celebrated authority Ruth Reichl. 650.324.4321 to order tickets For reservations, call 650/473-6543 or visit www.leftbank.com

October 3, 2004. KIRI TE KANAWA IN RECITAL. Program to include BERLIOZ and more. San Francisco Symphony. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org for details.

October 3, 5, and 6, 2004. ADAM GOPNIK, author of PARIS TO THE MOON, can be heard on San Francisco City Arts & Lectures, KQED 88.5. Sunday, 1pm, Tuesday, 8pm, and Wednesday, 2am.

October 6, 2004. WILD WRITING WOMEN LITERARY SALON. Featured speaker CARA BLACK discusses Paris and the arrondissements in her Aimée Leduc Investigation series. Wednesday, 6 Oct 2004 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Monticello Inn, 127 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA. 866.778.6169 toll free.

October 6, 2004. SEJOUR DANS LA VALLEE DE LA LOIRE. Join BIZOU RESTAURANT and K&L Wine Merchants for an evening of cuisine and wine from the Loire Valley. 5-course feast prepared by Chef Loretta Keller. Apéritif reception, 6:30pm. Dinner 7pm. $85 per person, gratuity included. For reservations, please call 415.896.1734. Bizou is located at Fourth and Brannan, San Francisco. 415.543.2222 or www.bizourestaurant.com

October 6-19, 2004. JEWELS OF INDOCHINA. An in-depth discovery of Myanmar, Thailand & Cambodia with the Commonwealth Club of California. From $4795 plus air (flights within Indochina are included in tour cost). For more information: 415.597.6720 or e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org.

October 6-31, 2004. CAN-CAN. Cole Porter's songs highlight a wry comedy about the battle between a serious-minded judge and a free-spirited Montmartre nightclub owner during La Belle Epoque--the era when the scandalous can-can dance turned Paris into "Gay Paree!" Includes "C'est Magnifique" and "Allez-Vous-En." 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness Ave, #E3621, SF. www.42ndstmoon.org or 415.255.8207 for details and tickets.

October 7, 2004. LE PLAISIR (Max Ophuls, 1952). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org

October 7, 2004. CONTEMPORARY AMERICANS IN FRANCE. Conférence de la professeur JACQUELINE LINDENFELD, anthropologiste et linguiste. Cocktails, cheese, wine. Maison de l'Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 4th St., Santa Rosa, in the Kress Building. 707.829.7708 by October 5 to reserve. $10/$15.

October 7, 2004. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND & BEAU SOLEIL. "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" with this traditional Louisiana celebration featuring the festive sounds of the "the best jazz band in the land' and "the best Cajun band in the world". Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 707.546.3600. 8pm.

October 7-17, 2004. 27TH ANNUAL MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL AND VIDEOFEST. Movies include:

  • MOOLAADÉ (Ousmane Sembene), an exploration of the clash of ancient traditions with modern thinking (Sénégal)
  • TIMBUKTOUBAB, white blues guitarist Markus James's passionate chronicle of his musical collaboration with three musicians in Mali: Hamma Sankare, Hassi Sare and Solo Sidibe.
  • THE CHORUS (France/Switzerland). Touchingly sweet, fetchingly musical directorial debut by Christophe Barratier.
  • OUR MUSIC, Jean-Luc Godard's treatise on war and cinema.
  • MONDOVINO (France/USA). A fascinating documentary about the winemaking industry, with Michel Rolland.

Order advance tickets on line at www.mvff.com or by fax, 925.866.957 or at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Box Office. Movies will be shown in Mill Valley (a limited number), Larkspur and San Rafael. $10 for most screenings.

October 7-28, 2004. WOMEN ARTISTS. Slide lecture course by Kerrin Meis will discuss MARIE ANTOINETTE's favorite painter, ELIZABETH VIGEE-LEBRUN as well as BERTHE MORISOT. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. 1:30pm-4pm. $160.

October 9, 2004. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS. Slide show/trip into the lives, the successes and the scandals of the artists who took on the French art establishment. Class will also visit (virtually) the towns the Impressionists immortalized. 10am-1pm. $40. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com.

October 10, 2004. FRENCH CHEESE AND WINE TASTING. Stu Fisher and Shawn LaRue, of Tastee Cheese, will offer a series of three classes held one Sunday afternoon each month, beginning August 1, 2004, 3-5 pm. The other two classes will be held September 12th and October 10th. Tastee Cheese was founded on the basis that learning about fine food (and wine) should be a fun, exciting and unpretentious experience. These tastings will take you to small French villages, where life is simple, the land is beautiful, and farmers have been practicing their craft for hundreds of years. Join us for our relaxed Sunday afternoon tastings which will be a bit about expanding your knowledge of French cheese, and will certainly inspire you to continue to discover what excites your own palate. This Curriculum in French Cheese & Wine Tasting will include: Session 1: The Basics of Creating the Perfect Cheese Plate; Session 2: Cheeses of Northern France (paired with cider and beer); Session 3: Goat and Sheep's Milk Cheese; Tickets are $35/person per session; $90/person for all three sessions. Make your reservations now: Email sales@cafesocietystore.com or call 707.256.3232 X206

October 10-12, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL's Pictures at an Exhibition. 415.499.6800 or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org. $24-$57.

October 11, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.) Vous êtes invites lundi prochain à la réunion InterFrench-Frenchip qui se trouvera chez Michel à Greenbrae, Marin County, le 9 août à 19 heures pour 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. Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Merci. RSVP

October 13, 2004. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. New location: Culinary Café, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Brickyard, 458 B Street, Santa Rosa. Noon. $15/$20. Space limited to 30 people; reserve by call 707.829.7708 by October 10th at the latest.

October 13, 2004. ALLIES AT WAR examines the relationship between Roosevelt, Churchill and De Gaulle during World War II. KQED TV9, 10pm.

October 14, 2004. LES 400 COUPS (Truffaut, 1959). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org

October 15, 2004. HISTOIRE DE VOIR. LES PIONNIERS DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. Conférence en français, animée par Renée Morel, proposée par San Francisco Bay Accueil. Qu'est-ce que la photographie? Et qu'est-ce que photographier? La photographie, que l'on croyait d'abord réservée aux seules applications scientifiques, règne aujourd'hui dans les musées comme sur l'internet. Comment l'époustouflant kaleidoscope d'images qu'elle a engendré a-t-il radicalement et irréversiblement changé notre manière de voir, notre regard sur la création ou l'information, la mémoire ou l'histoire? Comment ses divers développements nous ont-ils permis de voir l'invisible? Depuis les clichés des pionniers de la photographie (Niepce, Daguerre, Fox-Talbot, Muybridge, Marey) aux images transmises par les satellites, quels sont les enjeux de la photographie? Les spécificités de son régime? On suivra, à travers des images de Bayard, Nadar, Lewis Caroll, Julia Margaret Cameron et d'autres encore, l'étonnant parcours technique et mental de ce nouvel art pour cerner ce que l'on a pu nommer l'"imaginaire" photographique. La conférence se terminera vers 11h30. Coût: $7/personne.

October 16, 2004. HURRAY! CASSOULET. Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way. KQED TV9, 10:30am.

October 16, 2004. HIGHLIGHTS OF PARIS: EIFFEL AND MONET TO CRÈME BRULEE. Rick Steve's Europe, KQED TV9, 3pm.

Through October 17, 2004. TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission, SF, 415.648.7600. Screening through October 17.

Through October 20, 2004. L'HISTOIRE A TRAVERS LES PLUS BELLES CHANSONS DE FRANCE. Rondes et canons, chansons de marche et chansons de mer, chansons populaires et chansons traditionnelles, rois et soldats, marins et bergeres, revolutionnaires et resistants. Decouvrez les histoires cachees sous les paroles et, a travers elles, la France et son histoire. Ces melodies chantent la joie et la tristesse, le comique, le politique et le tragique. Venez ecouter - et chanter, si le coeur vous en dit! &endash; la "Complainte de Mandrin", celle du "Roi Renaud", l'air bien enleve du "Roi Dagobert" (interdit par Napoleon), la pastorale qui fut adoptee par la Commune de Paris ("Le temps des cerises"), l'hymne attribue (a tort) aux Canuts revoltes, les marches des revolutionnaires (de la "Carmagnole" a la "Marseillaise" nationale), le beau "Chant des Partisans", et bien d'autres encore! Il est inutile de savoir chanter pour suivre ce cours: il suffit d'apporter votre enthousiasme pour ces chansons aimees des Francais, parfois depuis des siecles! Un cours illustre de diapos, enseigne par Renee Morel et chante ~ heureusement ~ par d'autres: Yves Montand, Guy Beart, Serge Reggiani, Nino Ferrer, etc. WEDNESDAY MORNINGS (10:30 AM-12:OO PM). $205 - includes handouts with lyrics and tunes. [ATTENTION: COMME POUR LE TGV, LES RESERVATIONS SONT NECESSAIRES!] The French Class, 500 Sutter St. (Suite 310), SF 415.362.3666 / FAX: 415.362.4334.

October 20, 2004. INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS. As every month, our next event will take place the 3rd Wednesday. www.interfrench.com for details.

October 21, 2004. BELGIUM: BRUGES AND BRUSSELS. Rick Steve's Europe. KQED TV9, 3pm.

October 21, 2004. A BOUT DE SOUFFLE / BREATHLESS (Godard, 1959). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org

October 22, 2004. JEAN-LUC PONTY performs with AL DI MEOLA & STANLEY CLARKE at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. www.sfjazz.org or 415.776.1999 for details.

October 23, 2004. PROJECT TEACH EUROPE. Présentation générale de l'Europe, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley. A l'heure de l'élargissement de l'Europe, le Service Culturel de l'Ambassade de France (Consulat Général de France à San Francisco) et le Goethe-Institut lancent le programme Teach Europe dans la Baie de San Francisco. Ce séminaire vise à former les enseignants de langue (Français et Allemand) et de Sciences Humaines pour enseigner l'Europe dans leurs classes. Cette initiative organisée sur la Côte Est depuis quelques éditions est lancée pour la première année sur la Côte Ouest. Les séminaires se composent de conférences le matin et d'ateliers spécifiquement pédagogiques l'après-midi. L'objectif est véritablement de fournir aux enseignants la matière et les matériaux leur permettant de présenter une vision juste de l'Europe. Lunch offert par les organisateurs. Du matériel pédagogique sera distribué aux professeurs à l'issue des conférences. Pour plus d'information : www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/culturel/cl_scac_TeachEurope.html . Contact : Grégory Douet-Lasne, gregory.douet-lasne@diplomatie.gouv.fr ou Véronique Fayard, (415) 591-4822 veronique.fayard@diplomatie.gouv.fr Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le Goethe-Institut à San Francisco.

October 23, 2004. ROKIA TRAOURE ~ MALIAN MAGIC performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The "New Queen of African Music," Rokia Traouré emanates from the musical well-spring of Mali, homeland of world-renowned artists like Ali Farka Touré. Traouré fuses Western harmonies with African rhythms and Arabic intonation to create a unique international blend of clarity and intimacy. www.sfjazz.org or 415.776.1999 for details.

October 23, 2004. MOANA DIAMOND - FRENCH CABARET at Cafe Society in Napa. Café Society is located at 1000 Main Street in 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 Please feel free to contact us for additional information Phone: 415.487.2333 X118. Reservations are now being accepted at sales@cafesocietystore.com or 707.256.3232 X206.

October 24, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET performs at the 22nd annual SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL's "Swingin' on the Bay" Program. San Francisco Spirit Yacht, $80. 11am. www.sfjazz.org or 415.776.1999 for details.

October 27-30, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY-HOLLOWAY's EN BLANC ET NOIR and more. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org for details.

October 28, 2004. DIABOLIQUE (Clouzot, 1955). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org

October 29, 2004. FRENCH SINGER-GUITARIST HELENE ATTIA will be performing with her band at THE LEFT BANK, French Bistro, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925.288.1222 for reservations. Anyone interested in booking Helene Attia for a future performance can contact her at: 510.508.3611 or hsattia@yahoo.com With Owen Davis, congas, Geoff Carter, keyboards and Bill Hampton, guitar. No cover charge, great food & drinks and plenty of parking. 7pm-11pm.

October 30, 2004. PROJECT TEACH EUROPE. Les relations USA-Union Européenne, Goethe-Institut, San Francisco. A l'heure de l'élargissement de l'Europe, le Service Culturel de l'Ambassade de France (Consulat Général de France à San Francisco) et le Goethe-Institut lancent le programme Teach Europe dans la Baie de San Francisco. Ce séminaire vise à former les enseignants de langue (Français et Allemand) et de Sciences Humaines pour enseigner l'Europe dans leurs classes. Cette initiative organisée sur la Côte Est depuis quelques éditions est lancée pour la première année sur la Côte Ouest. Les séminaires se composent de conférences le matin et d'ateliers spécifiquement pédagogiques l'après-midi. L'objectif est véritablement de fournir aux enseignants la matière et les matériaux leur permettant de présenter une vision juste de l'Europe. Lunch offert par les organisateurs. Du matériel pédagogique sera distribué aux professeurs à l'issue des conférences. Pour plus d'information : www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/culturel/cl_scac_TeachEurope.html . Contact : Grégory Douet-Lasne, gregory.douet-lasne@diplomatie.gouv.fr ou Véronique Fayard, (415) 591-4822 veronique.fayard@diplomatie.gouv.fr Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le Goethe-Institut à San Francisco.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

SEEKING FRENCH TEACHER FOR YOUNG CHILD. We are looking for a native French speaker to teach French to our 3 year old daughter. We're looking for someone who can introduce her to language, become friends with her, talk to her, read, play with her and so on. Either me or my wife will be at home, so it's not even babysitting as such. We are looking for someone who can be more of a teacher than a caregiver to her. We hope to establish a long term relationship with someone. Weekends and evenings are preferable, and we can pick you up/drop off at Castro Valley BART station. Please contact Vadim at vpokotylo@yahoo.com or call 510.583.8125 in the evenings.

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*CINEMA*

See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

8TH ANNUAL MADCAT WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The MadCat Film Festival screens the best cutting-edge experimental and independent films from around the world. Featuring shorts, documentaries, narratives and animated works selected from more than 900 submissions. This year's lineup includes 12 programs of timely, insightful, humorous and deeply moving experimental and independent films by some of the finest up-and-coming and established women filmmakers. Includes: Films of GERMAINE DULAC Sept 28 * El Rio * 8:30pm movies * 6:30pm. Free BBQ & Live original music by Secrets of Family Happiness and Paper Boats. MadCat celebrates the sublime French avant-garde maven Germaine Dulac with a screening of her avant-garde masterpieces Seashell and the Clergyman and The Smiling Madame Beudet. FOR FULL PROGRAM LISTING http://www.madcatfilmfestival.org/festival_info.html

27TH ANNUAL MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL AND VIDEOFEST. Movies include:

  • MOOLAADÉ (Ousmane Sembene), an exploration of the clash of ancient traditions with modern thinking (Sénégal)
  • TIMBUKTOUBAB, white blues guitarist Markus James's passionate chronicle of his musical collaboration with three musicians in Mali: Hamma Sankare, Hassi Sare and Solo Sidibe.
  • THE CHORUS (France/Switzerland). Touchingly sweet, fetchingly musical directorial debut by Christophe Barratier.
  • OUR MUSIC, Jean-Luc Godard's treatise on war and cinema.
  • MONDOVINO (France/USA). A fascinating documentary about the winemaking industry, with Michel Rolland.

Order advance tickets on line at www.mvff.com or by fax, 925.866.957 or at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Box Office. Movies will be shown in Mill Valley (a limited number), Larkspur and San Rafael. $10 for most screenings.

LES 400 COUPS (Truffaut, 1959). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

A BOUT DE SOUFFLE / BREATHLESS (Godard, 1959). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. Rialto, Santa Rosa, 707.525.4840.

CINEMAYAAT ~ SAN FRANCISCO ARAB FILM FESTIVAL. Cette année encore, le Festival du Film Arabe fait la part belle à des productions ou coproductions françaises, entre autres Viva Laldgerie de Nadir Mokneche, film sorti en 2003. Pour plus d'information : www.aff.org or 415.564.1100 for details.

DIABOLIQUE (Clouzot, 1955). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

ENDANGERED SPECIES by LIVING CINEMA. Canadian filmmaker PIERRE HEBERT and SF new-music composer Bob Ostertag present a live show in which they create an animated movie and soundtrack on the spot. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th), SF. $9-$15. 415.626.3311 or www.theintersection.org for details. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

LA GRANDE ILLUSION (Renoir, 1937). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

INTIMATE STRANGERS Playing October 1 at SPANGENBERG THEATRE, 780 Arastradero Road at Foothill Expressway, Palo Alto. 650.354.8263 or http://www.spangenbergtheatre.com

LE PLAISIR (Max Ophuls, 1952). Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7. Reservations: 415.393.0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org or www.milibrary.org See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

THE ROAD TO LOVE (Lange, France/Algeria). Castro, SF, 415.621.6120.

TRAVAIL D'ARABE. Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.

TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission, SF, 415.648.7600. Screening through October 17.

VIVA LALDJERIE (Mokneche, Algeria). Castro, SF, 415.621.6120.

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*ART*

Through October 2, 2004. PLACES AND PEOPLE. Photos by Brian Aftanas. Le thème de ce portfolio de photographies de Brian Aftanas, la permanence et la transition, montre que si les gens vont et viennent à Paris, si les époques se succèdent, Paris l'éternelle demeure. Ces photos ont été prises lors de nombreuses escales d'un jour à Paris au cours des cinq dernières années. Brian Aftanas est un photographe documentariste nomade. Sa cible: les similarités de l'existence moderne dans divers endroits du monde. Sa fiche technique : photographies de rues 35 mm noir et blanc. Ses projets récents: documentation des rues d'Atyrau, au Kazakhstan, et de la vie à Luanda, en Angola. Son projet actuel: documenter la dèche urbaine dans la modernité de Lagos, au Nigéria. Brian Aftanas a fait don de nombreuses photographies pour des campagnes de levées de fonds en Angola, au Kazakhstan et en Californie. Ses photos ont été publiées dans les magazines Shutterbug et Shots. Il a également fait l'objet d'un reportage photo dans le San Francisco Chronicle. Cette exposition est sa quatrième en solo dans la région de la baie de San Francisco. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com.

Through October 3, 2004. FUSEPROJECT. Solo exhibit of the work of Swiss artist YVES BEHAR. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. at Mission, SF. Free to $10. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org.

Through October 16, 2004. STEPHANE COUTURIER. Images from building sites around the world. Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary, SF. 415.982.3292.

October 23, 2004-February 22, 2005. ROY LICHTENSTEIN: ALL ABOUT ART. Lichtenstein's paraphrases of a wide range of visual sources, including master works by Monet and Picasso. SFMOMA. www.sfmoma.org or 415.357.4135 for details.

Through October 30, 2004. 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION of the Modernism Gallery, including works by LE CORBUSIER and more. 685 Market St., SF. 415.541.0461.

Through November 5, 2004. COLOR AND LIGHT OF FRANCE by NORMAL NICOLSON. Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville. 707.968.2203.

Through November 14, 2004. CHARELS PARSONS' SHIPS OF THE WORLD. 19 re-creations of historical ships, including Louis XIV's REALE DE FRANCE. San Mateo County History Museum, 777 Hamilton St., Redwood City. 650.3359.1462.

Through November 15, 2004. ART IN DIALOGUE. Work by CHAGALL, MATISSE, PICASSO and more. Baxter Chang Patri Gallery, 222 Mason St., Sf. 415.397.2000.

On-going. THE SFMOMA COLLECTION. 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

Date & Location TBA. COULEUR VIVANT / LIVING COLOR: EXPLORING THE ART OF COLOR WITH RHONEL ROBERTS. Benefit Art Exhibit hosted by the Centre Joséphine and Café de la Soul and the Alliance Française de San Francisco. Bay Area artist Rhonel Roberts presents a series of new works, including portraits, abstracts, and scenes of a recent trip to Paris. Roberts' pieces are visually and spatially stimulating, vibrant and moving, and depict his reflections on the life and the people, places and things that motivate him to paint. The title of the exhibition refers to the joy Roberts finds in vivid colors and how he allows the color to inspire his creations. Reception at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com. Parking available at the Bush/Polk garage. A portion of the proceeds will go towards furthering the activities of the Centre Joséphine, a non-profit cultural and education resource organization dedicated to nurturing the historically strong ties between African Americans and the French. 415.254.4099 for additional details.

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*OTHER MEDIA*

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. Win free tickets to French movies... and more! Email Terrance at terrance@paris-expat.com or call 415.388.4956 for details.

TONICITY SAN FRANCISCO. Le journal web (joueb) des francophones de San Francisco et de la Bay Area. Tonicity est un site d'information et de discussion, fait par ses lecteurs. Nous publions des articles en francais sur les sorties, le cinema, les restos, et tout ce dont vous avez envie de parler. En ce moment, venez decouvrir comment faire une bonne choucroute a la californienne, ou acheter des bons croissants et yaourts et des merguez, ou manger les meilleurs canards et lapins de la vallee et apprenez la signification des porterhouse et autres new york steaks. (de temps en temps, on parle aussi d'autre chose que de bouffe :O). Pour ne pas etre perdus, lisez : http://c-esttout.com/tonicity/news/1.shtml. A bientot sur http://c-est-tout.com/tonicity/ !

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*

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*

SABOU, a new CD by Mory Kanté, a seminal figure in West African music, is reviewed in this week Sunday's DATEBOOK, p. 47.

October 24-29, 2004. ALBERT VAN AMSTEL ~ EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OF INTERNATIONAL SONG. At this moment I do not have any confirmations for concerts in the Bay Area. There are a few teachers who have asked for more information. But bookings are still open for the entire period between October 24-29.

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

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

CAJUN / ZYDECO TWO STEP LESSONS available at Ellington Hall, 3535 Industrial Drive, Suite B4, Santa Rosa. Go to www.ellingtonhall.com or call 707.545.6150 for details.

NOUVELLE CLASSE DE MATERNELLE. En raison du nombre accru des demandes d'inscription, l'Ecole Internationale de la Péninsule (EIP) ouvre en septembre 2004 une nouvelle classe de maternelle moyenne section (pre-kindergarten). L'EIP est accreditée par le Ministre de l'Education Nationale et offre depuis 25 ans un programme académique rigoureux. Pour tous les renseignements complémentaires veuillez contacter le bureau des admissions situé au 3233 Cowper St. à Palo Alto, tél. 650.852.0264.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

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.

First Wednesday of the month: SOIREE DE CONVERSATION, Pearson & Company, 2759 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Pearson's cafe stays open just for francophones on the first Wednesday of the month. You can purchase wine, beer or coffee during that time; dinner is available until 7pm. Information: 707.576.1434. Begins at 5:30pm.

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.

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: CONVERSATION A POWELL ST. "Venez pratiquer votre francais avec nous !" Depuis deux ans, un groupe de conversation francaise (sfofrench) se rencontre chaque vendredi soir, de 18h30 a 22h30, a Cafe Segafredo, 231 Powell Street (pres de Union Square), a San Francisco. Tous les niveaux de francais sont les bienvenus. Tout le monde est sympathique et l'atmosphere tres detendue ! Nous organisons parfois d'autres activites (cinema, restaurant, randonnee, 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.

New date! 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.

Second Saturday of the month: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Caffe Oggi, in the Albertson's plaza in Mill Valley, 745 E. Blithedale Avenue. 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

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.

LE LUNDI SOIR. Nouveau cours A L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE BERKELEY: LE FRANCAIS FAMILIER. Le lundi 17h30-18h30 niveaux intermédiaire-avancé et avancé. E-mail: afberkeley@sirius-mail.com

October 7-28, 2004. WOMEN ARTISTS. Bookpassage course taught by Kerren Meis, four Thursdays, 1:30pm-4pm. Slide/lecture course examines the role of women artists from medieval times to the early part of the 20th c. Art historian Kerren Meis discusses the economic and social milieu in which women artists lived. Highlights include Marie-Antoinette's favorite painter, Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, and Berthe Morisot. bpclasses@bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 for details. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

October 9, 2004. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS. Bookpassage course taught by Georgia Hesse, 10am-1pm. $40. The Impressionists might have been called the Revolutionists, given the way they took on the French art establishment and created a new way of looking at the world. Take a slide show/trip into the lives, the successes and scandals, the moods and maladies of the masters who created this enduring school of art. En route, the class calls on towns the Impressionists immortalized, including Honfleur, Fecamp, Auvers, Barbizon, Vernon, Giverny, Pont-Aven, and Nice. bpclasses@bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 for details. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

Through October 20, 2004. L'HISTOIRE A TRAVERS LES PLUS BELLES CHANSONS DE FRANCE. Rondes et canons, chansons de marche et chansons de mer, chansons populaires et chansons traditionnelles, rois et soldats, marins et bergeres, revolutionnaires et resistants. Decouvrez les histoires cachees sous les paroles et, a travers elles, la France et son histoire. Ces melodies chantent la joie et la tristesse, le comique, le politique et le tragique. Venez ecouter - et chanter, si le coeur vous en dit! &endash; la "Complainte de Mandrin", celle du "Roi Renaud", l'air bien enleve du "Roi Dagobert" (interdit par Napoleon), la pastorale qui fut adoptee par la Commune de Paris ("Le temps des cerises"), l'hymne attribue (a tort) aux Canuts revoltes, les marches des revolutionnaires (de la "Carmagnole" a la "Marseillaise" nationale), le beau "Chant des Partisans", et bien d'autres encore! Il est inutile de savoir chanter pour suivre ce cours: il suffit d'apporter votre enthousiasme pour ces chansons aimees des Francais, parfois depuis des siecles! Un cours illustre de diapos, enseigne par Renee Morel et chante ~ heureusement ~ par d'autres: Yves Montand, Guy Beart, Serge Reggiani, Nino Ferrer, etc. WEDNESDAY MORNINGS (10:30 AM-12:OO PM). $205 - includes handouts with lyrics and tunes. [ATTENTION: COMME POUR LE TGV, LES RESERVATIONS SONT NECESSAIRES!] The French Class, 500 Sutter St. (Suite 310), SF 415.362.3666 / FAX: 415.362.4334.

January 28-June 24, 2005. FAMOUS FRENCH WOMEN AND THEIR LOVERS ~ A SEMINAR WITH ANNE BISHOP. Participants will read books by and about famous French women from medieval times to the 20th century, and will discuss the public woman who contributed to the intellectual, artistic and political life of her times, and the private woman: as wife, mistress, lover and soul mate. Read the first book, French Lovers from Heloise & Abelard to Beauvoir & Sartre, before the first meeting. Other texts include: The Letters of Abelard and Heloise; Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc; Voltaire in Love, Marianne (George Sand); A Simple Heart (Gustave Flaubert); and Camille Claudel: A Life. Cost: $95. Time: 10:30am-12:30am. Call 415.332.8710 or write to annebishop@usa.net for details.

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

FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. The French Class can set up a program according to your needs and goals, including conversation, grammar and pronunciation. You may want to try it first before signing up for a number of lessons, to see if this would work for you. Lessons are 30 minutes long and $25 each, or $23 for The French Class members. They are scheduled in advance so we can call you on the day of your appointment, at the time you scheduled your lesson for. For more information or to schedule a phone lesson, please call us at 415.362.3666. THE FRENCH CLASS- 500 Sutter Street Suite 310 - San Francisco, CA 94102. info@frenchclass.com

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

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

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

Other courses available. 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)*

November 1 & 6, 2004. SEMAINE DU FRANCAIS. FRED BERNARD et FRANCOIS ROCA présentent leur travail d'auteur-illustrateur. Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street &endash; 1er novembre 2004 &endash; 7 pm San Francisco Public Library, Fisher Children's Center, 100 Larkin Street &endash; 6 novembre 2004 &endash; 2 pm. Présentation suivie d'une séance d'autographes. Pour plus d'information : www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/culturel/calendrier/cr_index.html#LIVRE Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco, en collaboration avec le Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco Public Libray et Foto-Grafix Books.

November 3-5, 2004. JEAN-PAUL RAPPENEAU A SAN FRANCISCO. On Set With French Cinema 2004. Projection de Cyrano, Stanford University, le 3 novembre à 20h. Q & A avec le réalisateur à l'issue de la projection. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France (à New York et au Consulat Général de France à San Francisco) et l'Université Stanford. A l'occasion de la semaine du Français, une projection gratuite du film Cyrano de J.P. Rappeneau est organisée à San Francisco pour les classes étudiant le Français. Le réalisateur nous fera l'honneur d'être présent et pourra donc répondre aux questions des étudiants suite à la projection. Pour réserver vos places, contacter : Grégory Douet-Lasne, gregory.douet-lasne@diplomatie.gouv.fr ou Véronique Fayard, (415) 591-4822 veronique.fayard@diplomatie.gouv.fr Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le San Francisco Film Society.

November 5, 2004. JAZZ ELEGANCE WITH MARSHA REMAS & THE JULES BROUSSARD QUINTET at CAFÉ SOCIETY, a French bistro in Napa. 8pm. $20. 1000 Main Street in downtown Napa, next door to the Napa Valley Opera House. www.cafesocietystore.com for more details.

November 5-13, 2004. GOLDEN JOE. Le Théâtre du Coin présente "Golden Joe," une pièce d' Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, mise en scène par Hélène Charmet. "Etre ou ne pas être, Golden Joe ne s'est jamais posé la question. Avoir est son maître mot ;posséder sa seule préoccupation. Héritier d'un empire financier de la City londonienne,élevé au royaume du matérialisme intégral, il a le dollar pour credo, le profit pour raison d'être.Pourtant, l'apparition spectrale de son père défunt sur l'écran de son ordinateur va bousculer sa belle assurance de machine à fabriquer de l'or. Tandis qu'il découvre les menées criminelles qui agitent sa famille, il s'aperçoit que l'homme n'est pas un robot dénué de sentiments.Il n'avait jamais pensé qu'on pût aimer, souffrir, rire ou pleurer. Il comprend enfin qu'il y a quelque chose de pourri au royaume du capitalisme. Survivra-t-il à cette révélation ? S'humanisera-t-il ?" Les 5, 6, 12 et 13 novembre 2004, à 20 heures. Au Théâtre du Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd - Palo Alto. Entrée: $ 12. Réservations: colette@beraut.com

November 7, 2004. FRANCE, A LOVE STORY. The new anthology, "France, A Love Story, women write about the French experience" edited by Camille Cusumano (Seal Press) has just hit the bookstores and is flying off the shelves. Come hear several of the authors read from this edge-of-your-seat anthology. Book Passage, 7pm, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 800.999.7909.

November 8, 2004. PATRICIA WELLS'S THE PROVENCE COOKBOOK. Come join us for a delicious French luncheon to celebrate THE PROVENCE COOKBOOK, over 200 recipes, a truly intimate guide to the culinary pleasures of the Provence region. Book + meal: $95 per person/$175 per couple. Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Bookpassage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Meal includes wine, tax, tip, & a signed copy of the book (one copy per couple). www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 for details. 12:30pm.

November 8, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

November 11-December 12, 2004. YASMINA REZA's LIFE X 3, translated by Christopher Hampton. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. www.marintheatre.org or 415.388.5208.

November 12, 2004. ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S LES HALLES COOKBOOK. Before Anthony Bourdain became a bestselling author (Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour), he spent many years serving up some of the best brasserie food in New York at Les Halles. Come meet this candid, funny, and charming food personality at a luncheon. He will teach strategies and techniques of classic bistro cooking. Book + meal: $95 per person/$175 per couple. Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Bookpassage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Meal includes wine, tax, tip, & a signed copy of the book (one copy per couple). www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 for details. 12:30pm.

November 12, 2004. FRENCH SINGER-GUITARIST HELENE ATTIA will be performing with her band at THE LEFT BANK, French Bistro, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925.288.1222 for reservations. Anyone interested in booking Helene Attia for a future performance can contact her at: 510.508.3611 or hsattia@yahoo.com With Owen Davis, congas, Geoff Carter, keyboards and Bill Hampton, guitar. No cover charge, great food & drinks and plenty of parking. 7pm-11pm

November 12, 2004. LE CONCERT SPIRITUEL ~ the music of CHARPENTIER. Highly praised French ensemble led by founder Hervé Niquet, makes its first local appearance with a program of 17th-century French music. Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu. Location: First Congregational Church. Details to follow.

November 13, 2004. LE CARNAVAL DE VENISE ~ ANNUAL AUCTION 2004. French-American International School and International High School. Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco. www.fais-ihs.org/auction The FAIS-IHS Annual Auction is the school's largest fundraising event of the year, both in revenue raised and attendance. The evening features cocktails during the Silent Auction, a sit-down dinner and Live Auction, and after-dinner dancing. Tickets are priced at $100 and $175 and tables of ten are also available at the $1750, $2500, or $5000 levels. We invite you to get involved and make this year's Auction benefit the French-American International School more than ever! For more information, to donate items or to purchase tickets, please contact Sabra Stoner at sabras@fais-ihs.org.

November 13, 2004. NATASHA MILLER ~ JAZZ AT CAFÉ SOCIETY. Gifted jazz vocalist Natasha Miller brings her inimitable style to Café Society, Saturday, November 13, for an evening of musical magic. Doors open at 7pm for the Café's prix fixe dinner. Reservations for Natasha Miller and for dinner are now being taken, so call us at 707.256.3232 x206 or email us at sales@cafesocietystore.com.

November 16, 2004. JANE BIRKIN IN CONCERT. Great American Music Hall - 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco. Billets à l'avance, 30$ (35$ au guichet) Billets en vente à la billetterie du Great American Music Hall ou par fax (formulaire téléchargeable sur le site du GAMH, www.tickets.com ou www.virtuous.com) Pour plus d'information : 415.885.0750 / www.gamh.com Un concours sera organisé en octobre pour gagner des places au concert. Plus d'informations sur le site du Service Culturel en octobre. 20h.

November 19, 2004. CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA chez Nadine pour le Beaujolais Nouveau. Détails à suivre.

November 20, 2004. BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU at the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Détails à suivre.

November 26-28, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY'S PRINTEMPS, SAINT-SAENS' PIANO CONCERTO NO.2, and more. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org for details.

December 1-4, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs CHAUSSON'S SYMPHONY IN B-FLAT MAJOR and more. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org for details.

December 2, 2004. THE SOULFUL ART OF MARC CHAGALL AND MARK ROTHKO ~ Talk by Anne Goldman, Associate Professor of English, SSU ~ and CLAUDE CAHUN / MARCEL MOORE'S AVEUX NON AVENUS: SUBVERSIVE TEXT AND SUBLIMINAL IMAGE ~ Talk by Jennifer Shaw, Associate Professor of Art History, SSU. Sonoma State University, Schulz 1121, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.664.4177 for details. Noon. Free.

December 2 & 9, 2004. TIMELESS TUNISIA. A study of the art at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, taught by Kerrin Meis. Course lasts two days. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. 1:30pm-4pm. $80.

December 4, 2004. LOCAL PERFORMER GAIL CHASE BIEN TO DELIGHT NAPA AUDIENCE WITH HER SULTRY JAZZ AT CAFÉ SOCIETY, Napa's French bistro! Tickets are available for $20 and Prix Fixe supper is available for an additional $15 starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 707.256.3232 X206 or sales@cafesocietystore.com Main Street in downtown Napa, next door to the Napa Valley Opera House.

December 8-12, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S DAPHNIS ET CHOLE, Suite No.2, PASCAL DUSAPIN'S EXTENSO and more. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org for details.

December 10, 2004. CAFÉ SOCIETY FAVORITES: THE TALENTED TIM HOCKENBERRY & GUITARIST JERRY CORTEZ FOREVER IN DEMAND! Tim & Jerry will perform Friday, December 10, 2004 at 8:00 PM. Main Street in downtown Napa, next door to the Napa Valley Opera House. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 707.256.3232 X206 or sales@cafesocietystore.com Main Street in downtown Napa, next door to the Napa Valley Opera House.

December 13, 2004. MARIN COUNTY INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP meets on the second Monday of each month, chez Michel, in Greenbrae. Please call 415-925-1241 or e-mail zsolution4u@yahoo.com for more information (directions, what you can contribute to the potluck, etc.).

December 16-19, 2004. NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs A BAROQUE HOLIDAY, including CHARPENTIER. Venues in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael. 415.392.4400 or www.ncco.org for details.

January-February 2005. ROMÉO ET JULIETTE de GOUNOD performed by the Los Angeles Opera. www.LosAngelesOpera.com or 888.OPERALA for details.

January 6-February 6, 2005. THE GAMESTER by Freyda Thomas, based on LE JOUEUR by JEAN-FRANÇOIS REGNARD. In this "saucy and sexy reworking ofJean-François Regnard's farce," every turn of the roulette wheel reveals naughty dalliances and scandalous situations. The odds are stacked against Valère: a compulsive gambler, he loves the beautiful and rich Angélique, but she refuses to marry him unless he abandons his wild life-style. A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater), 30 Grant Avenue, SF. www.act-sf.org or 415.749.2250 for information.

January 7, 2005. CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA chez Nadine pour le Galette des Rois. Détails à suivre.

Opening January 28, 2004. FETES DE LA NUIT. Written by Charles L. Mee; directed by Les Waters. Set in contemporary Paris, Fêtes de la Nuit is a theatrically vibrant collage on the themes of love and romance. The play examines the Parisians' attempt to reconcile their history with the multiculturalism of the present. Berkeley Rep, Berkeley.

January 28-30, 2004. MAGNIFICAT, the early music ensemble led by artistic director Warren Stewart, will perform works by 17th-century French composer MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, including THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM and THE PRODIGAL SON. Friday performance: First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, 8pm. Saturday performance: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, 8pm. Sunday performance: St. Gregory Nyssen Episcopal Church, San Francisco, 4pm. For tickets and information, call 415.979.4500 or visit www.magnificatbaroque.org

January 29-30, 2005. LE CIRQUE ÉLOIZE. Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu. Location: TBA. Details to follow.

February 5, 2004. SEKOU SUNDIATA performs BLESSING THE BOATS. Stanford Lively Arts. 650.725.2787 or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

February 6-8, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN. 415.499.6800 or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org. $24-$57.

February 19, 2004. ENSEMBLE KABOUL and USTAD MAHWASH perform at Stanford Lively Arts. 650.725.2787 or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

March 6, 2005. MUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO perform DUTILLEUX and more. Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu. Location: Hertz Hall. Details to follow.

May 8, 2005. GYPSY CROSSINGS, WITH BIRELI LEGRENE AND TARAF DE HAIDOUKS. www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

Opening March 11, 2004. FOR BETTER OR WORSE. Based on plays by GEORGES FEYDEAU. Translated and adapted by Geoff Hoyle; directed by David Ira Goldstein. Berkeley Rep. New adaptation of two of Feydeau's most outrageous one-act plays.

March 11-17, 2005. FOURTH ANNUAL TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. 415.381.4123 or www.tiburonfilmfestival.com.

March 25-April 3, 2005. LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE presents CANDIDE, an operatic work in semi-staged, concert format, based on the work of VOLTAIRE with a brilliant musical score composed by Leonard Bernstein. Journey around the world alongside young Candide as he ultimately discovers the very meaning of life. 3/25: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 3/26: Herbst Theatre, 3/29: Dean Lesher Center; 4/2-3: Napa Valley Opera House. Opera West Foundation, 415.227.4797 or www.lamplighters.org

March 26, 2005. EMANUEL AX AND YEFIM BRONFMAN, piano duo, perform DEBUSSY, RAVEL, and more. Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu. Location: TBA. Details to follow.

April 3, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by RAVEL and more. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org to subscribe.

April 10, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs MUSSORGSKY & RAVEL's PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org to subscribe.

April 14-17, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS' CELLO CONCERTO #1 and more. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org to subscribe.

April 17, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by DEBUSSY and others. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org to subscribe.

May 1, 2005. OPERA VERDI EUROPA performs featured works from BIZET'S CARMEN and more. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 707.546.3600. 8pm.

May 1-3, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR and BERLIOZ'S SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE. 415.499.6800 or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org. $24-$57.

May 8, 2005. GYPSY CROSSINGS. Featuring BIRÉLI LAGRÈNE & TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS. Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu. Location: TBA. Details to follow.

June 2-5, 2005. NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs HENRI DUTILLEUX'S MYSTERE DE L'INSTANT. Venues in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael. 415.392.4400 or www.ncco.org for details.

June 4, 2005. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL's ALB ORADA DEL GRACIOSO and BOLERO and HENRI DUTILLEUX's SYMPHONY NO.2. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org to subscribe.

June 14-July 9, 2005. LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES by GEORGES BIZET. San Francisco Opera Premiere. 301 Van Ness Avenue, SF. A rarely performed gem. Two men vow never again to let a woman come between them, but one can't resist and the pact is broken. Sung in French with English subtitles. San Francisco Opera,www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330.

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