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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
October 5-20, 2006

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*OCTOBER EVENTS*   

October 5, 2006.  CLAUDE LORRAIN:  PAINTER AS DRAFTSMAN.  Lecture given by Lynn Federle Orr.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th and Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 for details.  10am.

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

October 5-15, 2006.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. French or French-relatd films include: AVENUE MONTAIGNE by director Danièle Thompson, INDIGENES / DAYS OF GLORY directed by Rachid Bouchareb (about North African soldiers fighting the Nazis under the French flag), Swiss film GOING PRIVATE (in German), DE PARTICULIER À PARTICULIER / HOTEL HARABATI directed by Brice Cauvin, LA MEMOIRE DES AUTRES / THE MOON ON THE SNOW, with Julie Dépardieu (dir. Pilar Anguita-MacKay), LES PETITES VACANCES / STOLEN HOLIDAYS, directed by Olivier Peyon, TAAFE FANGA, set in 18th-century Mali, DIN (a 12-minute short, not for children); and THE WALLET (also a short, also not for kids). http://mvff.com/node/1653 for complete details.

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

October 6, 2006.  MONTHLY FRENCH CHAT AT SASSAFRAS.  By popular demand our monthly French Chat returns to Sassafras on  Friday, October 6th.  Please join us for convivial conversation in French beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Sassafras restaurant.  Dinner and beverages are available for purchase all evening.  Each person is responsible for their own order.  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; www.sassafrasrestaurant.com).   It is always helpful to the restaurant if we know approximately how many will attend.  Please let me know if you can but don't worry if you decide at the last minute. sonprov@sbcglobal.net 

October 6, 2006.  ANDRE THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  $13.  9pm.

October 6 & 8, 2006. THE TROUBLES WE'VE SEEN: A HISTORY OF JOURNALISM IN WARTIME. Part One, Friday at 7pm; Part Two, Sunday at 4pm. Including work in French. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium / Ives Hall. 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

October 6-8, 2006.  PARIS-BORN ARTIST MARTINE JARDEL shows her work at SOMA Open Studios in San Francisco.  Friday, 6pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm.  For more information:   http://www.martinejardel.com/

October 6-22, 2006.  OAKLAND OPERA THEATER performs LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES, with the music of Philip Glass, a production of his 1996 version of the JEAN COCTEAU film.  Oakland Metro, 201 Broadway, Oakland.  510.763.1146 or http://www.oaklandopera.org for details.

Through October 7, 2006. LE MARIAGE DE FIGARO, an 18th-century comedy by BEAUMARCHAIS.  Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.  925.943.7469 or http://www.dlrca.org for details.

October 7, 2006.  BOLOKADA CONDÉ & LES PERCUSSION MALINKÉ perform at a Harvest Moon Celebration of drum and dance in Bolinas.  Bring an instrument for a post-concert drum circle led by Bolo.  Bolinas Community Center, downtown Bolinas.  415.868.8860 or http://www.michaelpluznick.com for details.  8pm-10:30pm.  $15.

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

October 7, 2006.  MENLO BRASS QUINTET performs RAMEAU and more.  St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park.  650.854.6555 for details.  $12-$15  7:30pm.

October 7, 2006.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  $13.

October 7-26, 2006.  OUSMANE SEMBENE: PIONEER OF AFRICAN CINEMA.  "Sembène is an African Molière."- Jack Kroll, Newsweek Often referred to as the "pioneer" or "dean" of African cinema, Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène (b. 1923) gained international recognition in 1966, when he was awarded the Jean Vigo Prize at Cannes for Black Girl. His films have influenced several generations of African filmmakers and allowed viewers in many parts of the world to gain greater insight into Senegalese culture. Known as a talented novelist before he turned his attention to filmmaking at age forty, Sembène was motivated to make films in order to reach a wider audience in African countries, where high illiteracy rates prevented his books from receiving broad circulation.  Films include:  BLACK GIRL - Sat Oct 7, 6:30 - Senegal, 1966 / MANDABI - Sat Oct 7, 8:15 - Senegal, 1968 / CEDDO - Fri Oct 13, 8:15 - Senegal, 1977 / XALA - Sat Oct 14, 8:15 - Senegal, 1974 / EMITAÏ - Fri Oct 20, 6:30 - Senegal, 1971 /MOOLAADÉ - Fri Oct 20, 8:35 - Senegal/France, 2004 / GUELWAAR - Sat Oct 21,6:30 - Senegal, 1992 / FAAT-KINE - Sat Oct 21, 8:45 - Senegal, 2001 / THE CAMP AT THIAROYE - Thu Oct 26, 7:30 – OUSMANE SEMBENE, THIERNO FATY SOW - Senegal/Tunisia, 1988.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/ousmane/index.html.  PFA Theater - 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  Info: .510.642.1124

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

October 8, 2006.  LA BETE HUMAINE (dir. JEAN RENOIR, 1938) shown at The Mechanical Age, Pacific Film Archive.  5:30pm.  PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  Info: 510.642.1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/mechanical/index.html .

October 9, 2006.  BURST LONGING – MARC-ANDRE DALBAVIE AND YORK HÖLLER. The composers’ works are performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, David Milnes, Music Director.  The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players embraces the music of European postmodern romantics Marc-André Dalbavie and York Höller in an evening of transcendent new work. Combining refined orchestration with Modernist acumen, these composers create evocative and yearning music, each in his distinctive voice. William Bennett, acclaimed Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Symphony, solos with the ensemble in Dalbavie's moonlit La marche des transitoires for eleven players.  Pieces include:  Marc-André Dalbavie, Axiom (2004) / Marc-André Dalbavie, La marche des transitoires (2005) / William Bennett, oboe / York Höller, Tagträume (1994, US premiere) / York Höller, Ex tempore (2002, US premiere).http://www.sfcmp.org/indexflash.htm.  Tickets $27 General | $22 Seniors | $10 Students.  Call 415.978-2787 – http://www.ybca.org.  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm.Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. at 3rd, San Francisco.  8pm.

October 10, 2006.  FRENCH INVESTORS TEAM.  Come and mingle with French-speaking real estate investors every 2nd Tuesday of the Month in San Jose. Whether you are an experienced real estate investor, a homeowner or wanting to become knowledgeable in real estate, join our friendly community of investors and trusted advisors.  Learn and get inspired from peers' success and understand how immigrants have created wealth living in their homes and through their investment properties.  Retrouvons nous le 10 Octobre pour une soirée Francophone spéciale immobilier. Que vous soyez un investisseur expérimenté, un propriétaire ou simplement intéressé de mieux comprendre le domaine de l'immobilier, rejoignez notre sympathique communauté d'investisseurs et d'experts de l'immobilier.  Venez apprendre et écouter les expériences de notre communauté d'investisseurs afin de découvrir comment l'immobilier est la source première des richesses de notre communauté d'expatriés Francophones.  In this interactive session, you will learn to analyze real estate investment opportunities.  This month seminar: Learn How to crunch the numbers! Evaluate a real estate investment opportunity.  You will learn:  the investment terminology; the simple ways to analyze investment properties to determine value; how to read the financial data presented in listings; how to determine an investor's rate of return; how to calculate Gross Rent Multipliers (GRM's) & CAP rates; the differences between residential and commercial lending; how to apply different financing programs for different investment properties; how to evaluate small investment properties so that you can make good business decisions; how to achieve financial independence by leveraging existing assets.  This interactive seminar will take place on Tuesday October 10th at 6:30pm at Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis, 25 Metro Drive, Seventh Floor San Jose, California 95110.  RSVP BY: Tuesday October 5th.  Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.  Register online at http://www.frenchinvestors.com/seminar-series.html#payment.  RSVP Geraldine by email - If you have any questions, please contact Geraldine Michel, Event Coordinator at 650.625.0335 x117.

October 10-14, 2006.  VERSAILLES IMPROMPTU by MOLIERE, directed by Julianna Rees. Versailles Impromptu is a play within a play as Moliere tries to assemble his actors for a command performance before the king when they are unprepared. All performances will begin at 7:00 pm at the new Daniel Caldwell Theatre, located at the back of Tamalpais High School's campus by Almonte Blvd. Tamalpais High School is located at 700 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley, California. Tickets are $5 for Students/Seniors and $10 for Adults. Visit CTE's website: or call 415.380.3535.

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

October 12, 2006.  AUTHOR CARA BLACK will discuss MURDER IN MONTMARTRE, her sixth Aimée Leduc Investigation.  A Great Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, CA.  7pm.

October 12, 2006.  SCIENCE AND SOCIETY:  FRENCH GENETICIST ALBERT JACQUARD speaks about SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS AND THE DEFINITION OF THE HUMAN.  Who are we? We have to admit that we are nothing more than "dust in the wind".What, then is this remarkable nature of ours? We are both the result of natural processes that we attribute to our genes and the result of all those we have ever met, which includes us in the whole of humanity.  Albert Jacquard is a geneticist and a graduate of the École Polytechnique in Paris. He has written numerous works on science and society.  A. Jacquard takes part in battles such as fair housing policies, and against racism. Albert Jacquard is the recipient of the Legion of Honor and of numerous scientific and literary prizes.  With the support of the Delegation Generale of the Alliances Françaises USA.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  In French >>  AFSF members $8 Others $10 >> RSVP 415.775.7755.

October 13 & 14, 2006.  POETRY OF THE EVERYDAY at UC Berkeley.  A Conference Given by the French Department of UC Berkeley.  The Home Room, International House, (2299 Piedmont Avenue).  Speakers include:  Michael Sheringham, Oxford University / Cole Swensen / Eric Suchère / Véronique Pittolo / Alain Milon , University of Paris / Derek Schilling, Rutgers / Carrie Noland, UCI / Ross Chambers, U. of Michigan / Noel Verzosa, UCB / Eric Prieto, UCSB / Véronique Hélenon, International University of Florida / Hilary Gay, UCB / Alain Milon, Paris 10 / Daniel Tiffany, USC / Katharine Conley, Dartmouth.  Talks and discussion in English and French.  http://french.berkeley.edu/poetry/.  Contact Information: Ann Smock, asmock@berkeley.edu

October 13 & 14, 2006.  MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale. Buy specialty food treats and wines for your Halloween party.  211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.  415.562.1120 for details.  Friday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm, & Saturday, 8:30am - 1:30pm.  Open warehouse updates now available at:  http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

October 14, 2006.  ROBERT GURNEY, organ, plays GIGOUT and more.  Legion of Honor, Llincoln Park, 34th and Clement, SF.  415.863.3330 for details.  4pm.

October 14-16, 2006.  FRENCH MAESTRO BRUNO FERRANDIS conducts the SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY.  New SRS music director joins the symphony from PARIS.  Performances are held at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  If you are a member of the SR Alliance Frrançaise, you may call Kara Whittington at the SRS for special discounted tickets.  707.546.7097 ext.210.

October 14-November 19, 2006.  ANDROMACHE, Gary Graves’ new adaptation of JEAN RACINE’S neoclassical play, starring LEONTYNE MBELE-MBONG, at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.  510.848.7800 for details.  $9-$25.

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

October 15, 2006.  HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN (dir. LOUIS MALLE, 1972) shown at The Mechanical Age, Pacific Film Archive.  5:30pm.   PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  Info: 510.642.1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/mechanical/index.html

October 15-17, 2006.  ARMY OF SHADOWS will be shown at the Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994 or http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details.

October 16, 2006.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes a Business Disputes Conference & FACCSF Networking Event:  "Causes, California specific basics of the legal system, practical tips to avoid or deal with disputes" At Yield Bar, San Francisco.  Contact:  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103, Tel: 415.442.4717 for details.

October 16, 2006.  SETTING THE TABLE WITH DANNY MEYER.  The founder/owner of some of NYC finest and most successful restaurants:  Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern and the Modern at MOMA will discuss his philosophy of enlightened hospitality and its influence on his work and life.  Whether eating a hamburger at the Union Square Cafe's counter or peering through the 35-foot windows that front the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller sculpture garden at the Modern you will feel the invisible hand of Danny Meyer ensuring a wonderful experience.  6 pm - 7:30pm.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar.  Tickets:  $20 (advance purchase required).  Seating is limited and this event will sell out quickly-reserve today!  Reservations: 415.388.4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com.  Confirm via check: PTEE 38 Miller Ave., PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941 or PayPal at http://paris-expat.com/events

October 17, 2006.  LA «TAPISSERIE» DE BAYEUX:  CHEF-D’OEUVRE DE PROPAGANDE NORMANDE OU THRILLER MEDIEVALE?  Dîner-conférence à La Gare Restaurant, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa, organized by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  5:30pm, drinks; 6:30pm, dinner; 7:30pm, conference par Dr. ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON.  Lecture will be held in French; non-French speakers should have no problems following as the Tapestry will be illustrated by numerous slides.  You can attend the dinner and the conference, or the conference only.  Please reserve by Friday, October 13, 2006 at the latest for the dinner/conference by sending your check for $36 to AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, CA  95404.  Dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.  For the lecture only, tickets are $12 and no reservation is required.  Lecture begins promptly at 7:30 and you may pay at the door.

October 17, 2006.  DANNY MEYER:  SETTING THE TABLE.  Cooks with Books Series at Left Bank Larkspur presents:  Danny Meyer: Setting the Table.  The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business.  Tuesday, October 17, 12:00 noon at the Left Bank.  The price of the combined book and meal is $95 per person/$155 per couple.  For more information www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.3331.  Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939  http://www.leftbank.com

October 17, 2006.  HISTORY AND ART:  THE PARIS OF ARTISTS AND WRITERS, by author THIRZA VALLOIS.  Whereas in pre-Revolutionary days, the arts were a state-owned monopoly, in the 19th century the artist carved for himself a new place in the new Parisian society that emerged out of the Revolution. Come and find out how the artists and writers of Paris gradually shook off the shackles of convention and brazenly brought about a revolution in the arts, which continued into the 20th century and outraged bourgeois upright Paris.   Thirza Vallois is an expert on Paris . She has lived in Paris for over forty years and holds several post-graduate degrees from the Sorbonne. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed Around and About Paris series, and Romantic Paris. She has worked for PBS, BBC, the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and CNN. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  In English. >>  AFSF members $8 Others $10 >> RSVP 415.775.7755.

October 18, 2006.  LE PLACARD / THE CLOSET, with Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Dépardieu.  Sonoma State University French Club.  Nichols 173.  SSU Campus:  1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles.  7pm.  Venez nombreux!

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

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

October 19, 2006.  AUTHOR CARA BLACK will discuss MURDER IN MONTMARTRE, her sixth Aimée Leduc Investigation.  Spellbinding Tales, 1910-A Encinal Avenue, Alameda, sponsored by Sisters in Crime.  7pm.

October 19, 2006.  THE FRENCHNESS OF JACK KEROUAC, a lecture by GERALD NICOSIA.  Born of French-Canadian parents in Massachusetts Jack Kerouac did not speak English until he was 6 years old.  Raised in the Franco-American culture and schooled by French priests, Kerouac was immersed in his French identity since his earliest years.  Nicosia will discuss how both the positive aspects of this identity and the negative contributed to make Kerouac the great writer he became. He will also discuss how the quest to find his roots dominated Kerouac's later years, leading to a trip to Brittany in 1966 that resulted in the book “Satori in Paris.”    Gerald Nicosia is a poet, historian, biographer, playwright, and journalist.  He is best known for his biography of Jack Kerouac, Memory Babe (1983).In 2003, the London Times called it "still the best book on Jack Kerouac."   Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  In English. >>  AFSF members $8 Others $10 >> RSVP 415.775.7755.

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

Opening October 20, 2006.  MARIE ANTOINETTE, Sofia Coppola’s $40 million dollar biopic of the French queen, from age 14 to the guillotine.   Starring Kirsten Dunst.  In local theaters.

October 21, 2006.  MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE meets at Café Champagne next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton.  10am-11am.  (NOTE:  Usually we meet on the second Saturday, but in October and November, we will meet on the third Saturday instead.)  Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.  Venez nombreux!

October 21, 2006.  FETE DE CHAMPAGNE.  40 boutique champagne producers gather in one place, including CHANTAL GONET and BENOIT TARLANT.  638 Fourth St., SF.  877.559.4637.  http://www.klwines.com for details.  1pm-4pm.

October 22, 2006.  ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & EMANUEL AX perform at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.  3pm.

October 23, 2006.  BRUCE BÉGOUT gives a talk entitled, UN BÂTIMENT SANS QUALITÉ:  LE MOTEL AMÉRICAIN at UC Berkeley.   Bruce Bégout is a philosopher who teaches at the Université de Picardie.  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in San Francisco and New York.  5 pm.  UC Berkeley - French Department Library - 4229 Dwinelle.  http://french.berkeley.edu/news/news_main.php#75

October 25, 2006.  AUTHOR CARA BLACK will discuss MURDER IN MONTMARTRE, her sixth Aimée Leduc Investigation. Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton.  It will included a reading of A Night in Marais and a PowerPoint presentation about the Marais section of Paris with Leonard Pitt, author of Walks in Lost Paris.  7pm.

October 25, 2006.  SENA JETER NASLUND talks about ABUNDANCE:  A NOVEL OF MARIE ANTOINETTE.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

October 25-November 12, 2006.  UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL - SPARKS OF HUMANITY.  The United Nations Association Film Festival was established in 1998 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was created with the help of members of the Stanford Film Society as an independent project of the United Nations Association (UNA), a grassroots, community based, nonprofit organization.  Stanford University, Palo Alto Traveling Festival Screenings: November 4 - Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) / November 10-12 – Monterey.  Films include:  BLOWING UP PARADISE (60 minutes) France - Director: Ben Lewis; EPITAPH - (13 minutes) France/USA - Director/Producer: Mikael Lubtchansky.  http://www.unaff.org/2006/index.htmlfor details.

October 27, 2006.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS ~ Première partie:  DE LA FIN DE L'EMPIRE A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830.  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

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

October 27 & 29, 2006. LES REGLES DU JEU / THE RULES OF THE GAME. Jean Renoir's masterpiece about France on the eve of World War II: social caricature, matchless mise-en-scène. (1939; 108 min; in French with English subtitles. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium / Ives Hall. 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

October 28, 2006. ABBYWASSERMAN presents TOSCA’S PARIS ADVENTURE, a children’s picture book, in English, with full French translation by Aurélie Vincent, glossary and pronunciation guide. For children 3-10 and their parents, especially for children with any French connections.  In Tosca’s Paris Adventure Tosca, a small gray cat from New York, learns through challenges that we are all essentially the same under the skin.  2 p.m.: Reading at The Works bookstore, 667 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, CA. Tel: 831.372.2242

October 28, 2006.  CAFÉ MUSÉE:  "LE SECRET DES PEINTRES: CAMERA OBSCURA ET CAMERA LUCIDA" (d'apres l'ouvrage de David Hockney "Secret Knowledge")-- 9:30am- 12:30pm.  CCSF (Visual Arts Building, Room V114).  Conference en français par Renée Morel.  Détails à suivre.

October 29, 2006. ABBY WASSERMAN presents TOSCA’S PARIS ADVENTURE, a children’s picture book, in English, with full French translation by Aurélie Vincent, glossary and pronunciation guide. For children 3-10 and their parents, especially for children with any French connections.  In Tosca’s Paris Adventure Tosca, a small gray cat from New York, learns through challenges that we are all essentially the same under the skin. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Client Appreciation Day, Adventures for Kids bookstore, 3457 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Abby will be one of a number of authors who will read and talk about their books.  Tel: 805.650.9688.

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

October 30, 2006.  THE LAST BEST HOPE:  A TRUE STORY OF ESCAPE, EVASION AND REMEMBRANCE.  A World War II pilot returns to the site where he crashed in enemy territory, reuniting with the Belgians who waged a secret war against Hitler.  KQED TV9, 10pm.

October 31, 2006.  DAVID SEDARIS talks about his current life in France and more.  Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz.  831.420.5260 or http://www.ticketmaster.com for details.  $25-$36.  8pm.

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

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

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

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*CINEMA*

See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings! All titles listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.

ARMY OF SHADOWS will be shown at the Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994 or http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details. October 15-17, 2006.

LA BÊTE HUMAINE (dir. JEAN RENOIR, 1938) shown at The Mechanical Age, Pacific Film Archive.  5:30pm.  PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  Info: 510.642-1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/mechanical/index.html .  October 8, 2006. 

CALVAIRE / THE ORDEAL(Du Welz, Belgium, 2004).  Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.  Reviewed in the October 4, 2006 SF Bay Guardian, p.81 and also in the SF Weekly, p.26.

HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN (dir. LOUIS MALLE, 1972) shown at THE MECHANICAL AGE, Pacific Film Archive.  7pm.   PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  Info: 510.642-1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/mechanical/index.html .  October 15, 2006. 

MARIE ANTOINETTE, Sofia Coppola’s $40 million dollar biopic of the French queen, from age 14 to the guillotine.   Starring Kirsten Dunst; in English.  In local theaters. Opens October 20, 2006.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. French or French-relatd films include: AVENUE MONTAIGNE by director Danièle Thompson, INDIGENES / DAYS OF GLORY directed by Rachid Bouchareb (about North African soldiers fighting the Nazis under the French flag), Swiss film GOING PRIVATE (in German), DE PARTICULIER À PARTICULIER / HOTEL HARABATI directed by Brice Cauvin, LA MEMOIRE DES AUTRES / THE MOON ON THE SNOW, with Julie Dépardieu (dir. Pilar Anguita-MacKay), LES PETITES VACANCES / STOLEN HOLIDAYS, directed by Olivier Peyon, TAAFE FANGA, set in 18th-century Mali, DIN (a 12-minute short, not for children); and THE WALLET (also a short, also not for kids). http://mvff.com/node/1653 for complete details. October 5-15, 2006.

LA MOUSTACHE / THE MOUSTACHE.  Dir. Emmanuel Carrière.  Opera Plaza, SF.

THE NIGHT OF TRUTH (Fanta Régina Macro, Burkina Faso). THE NIGHT OF TRUTH (Burkina Faso).  Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

OUSMANE SEMBENE: PIONEER OF AFRICAN CINEMA.  "Sembène is an African Molière."- Jack Kroll, Newsweek Often referred to as the "pioneer" or "dean" of African cinema, Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène (b. 1923) gained international recognition in 1966, when he was awarded the Jean Vigo Prize at Cannes for Black Girl. His films have influenced several generations of African filmmakers and allowed viewers in many parts of the world to gain greater insight into Senegalese culture. Known as a talented novelist before he turned his attention to filmmaking at age forty, Sembène was motivated to make films in order to reach a wider audience in African countries, where high illiteracy rates prevented his books from receiving broad circulation.  Films include:  BLACK GIRL - Sat Oct 7, 6:30 - Senegal, 1966 / MANDABI - Sat Oct 7, 8:15 - Senegal, 1968 / CEDDO - Fri Oct 13, 8:15 - Senegal, 1977 / XALA - Sat Oct 14, 8:15 - Senegal, 1974 / EMITAÏ - Fri Oct 20, 6:30 - Senegal, 1971 /MOOLAADÉ - Fri Oct 20, 8:35 - Senegal/France, 2004 / GUELWAAR - Sat Oct 21,6:30 - Senegal, 1992 / FAAT-KINE - Sat Oct 21, 8:45 - Senegal, 2001 / THE CAMP AT THIAROYE - Thu Oct 26, 7:30 – OUSMANE SEMBENE, THIERNO FATY SOW - Senegal/Tunisia, 1988.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/ousmane/index.html.  PFA Theater - 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  Info: .510.642.1124. October 7-26, 2006.

LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC / THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer, 1928).  With live score by Lester “Tombstone” Raw.  Artists’ TelevisionAccess, 992 Valencia St., SF.  415.824.3890. 

LE PLACARD / THE CLOSET, with Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Dépardieu.  Sonoma State University French Club.  Nichols 173.  SSU Campus:  1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles.  7pm.  Venez nombreux! October 18, 2006.

LES REGLES DU JEU / THE RULES OF THE GAME. Jean Renoir's masterpiece about France on the eve of World War II: social caricature, matchless mise-en-scène. (1939; 108 min; in French with English subtitles. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium / Ives Hall. 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details. October 27 & 29, 2006.

RENAISSANCE.  Futuristic film depicting an Orwellian PARIS, ca. 2054.  Opening Friday, September 29, at Lumiere, SF, 415.267.4893: Kabuki, SF; 1000 Van Ness, SF& Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456. In English.

SARKIS AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE.  Film and Installation Artist Sarkis Gives Public Lecture. 7:30pm.  Actively involved with the avant-garde movements in Europe during the 1960s revolution, Sarkis has become one of the main figures in the global art scene over the last few decades. Born in Istanbul, Turkey to an Armenian family, Sarkis moved to Paris in 1964. His works address his experiences of an "exile" who travels incessantly.  Sarkis' public lecture corresponds with an exhibition of his work, curated by Hou Hanru, on view in SFAI's Walter and McBean Galleries from September 21 through December 8, 2006, which will also include a corresponding film screening at SFAI during October.  Free and open to the public.  Lecture Hall - San Francisco Art Institute - 800 Chestnut Street Campus.  http://www.sfai.edu/Event/Event.aspx?eventID=1621&navID=161&sectionID=7.  Supported by a grant from Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.

LA SCIENCE DES RÊVES / SCIENCE OF SLEEP (dir. Michel Gondry). Dir. Michel Gondry.  Embarcadero, SF, 415.267.4893. CinéArts at Marin, Sausalito, 415.331.0255; CinéArts at Sequoia, Mill Valley, 415.388.4862; CinéArts at Empire, 415.661.2539; Embarcadero Center, SF, 415.267.4893; Albany; Embarcadero; Piedmont .  Also showing at various locals in the East Bay, on the Peninsula, in San Jose and more. In French with English subtitles. Also opens in September at the Crest Theatre, with the support of the Sacramento  French Film Festival.

THE TROUBLES WE'VE SEEN: A HISTORY OF JOURNALISM IN WARTIME. Part One, Friday at 7pm; Part Two, Sunday at 4pm. Including work in French. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium / Ives Hall. 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details. October 6 & 8, 2006.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL - SPARKS OF HUMANITY.  The United Nations Association Film Festival was established in 1998 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was created with the help of members of the Stanford Film Society as an independent project of the United Nations Association (UNA), a grassroots, community based, nonprofit organization.  Stanford University, Palo Alto Traveling Festival Screenings: November 4 - Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) / November 10-12 – Monterey.  Films include:  BLOWING UP PARADISE (60 minutes) France - Director: Ben Lewis; EPITAPH - (13 minutes) France/USA - Director/Producer: Mikael Lubtchansky.  http://www.unaff.org/2006/index.htmlfor details.  October 25-November 12, 2006. 

VERS LE SUD / HEADING SOUTH (French/Canadian co-production directed by Laurent Cantet, adapted from three short stories by DANY LAFERRIERE).  With Charlotte Rampling. Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222. Also opens in September at the Crest Theatre, with the support of the Sacramento  French Film Festival.

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*ART*  .

October 5-November 4, 2006.  SEYDOU KEITA:  BLACK AND WHITE STUDIO PORTRAITS, 1949-1960.  “San Francisco’s first in-depth look at the photographer whose portraits made him something like an African counterpart to August Sander.”  John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Ave., SF.  415.781.4629 or http://www.berggruen.com for details.

October 6-8, 2006.  PARIS-BORN ARTIST MARTINE JARDEL shows her work at SOMA Open Studios in San Francisco.  Friday, 6pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm.  For more information:   http://www.martinejardel.com/

October 7-December 31, 2006.  SWISS PAINTER MONIKA STEINER presents CONFLUENCE.  Plaza Gallery, Bank of America, 555 California St., SF.  http://gtfineart.com for details.

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

October 9, 2006.  INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP invites you chez Lynn, 415.789.0121. VERY SERIOUS NOTE TO ALL: Absolutely NO smoking on the premises; building and grounds are non-smoking areas  or Lynn will get evicted with only 30 days notice.  19 heures chez Lynn.  Nous vous prions de ne pas fumer dans et autour des immeubles de Lynn!  Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde.  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.

October 13-15, 2006.  PARIS-SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST EXCHANGE, in conjunction with San Francisco Open Studios.  Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.  Opening reception:  Friday, October 13, 6pm-10pm.  Location:  Cachi Art Studio, 312 Valencia St. at 14th.  Sixteen San Francisco-based artists of the Paris - San Francisco Artist Exchange are pleased to welcome seventeen visual artists from Paris, France for a joint exhibition this October, to coincide with San Francisco's "Open Studios" event. Artists from Paris:  Jean-Jacques LaPoirie, Véronic Roux Voloir, Liliane Maurin, Rena Tzolakis, Marcel Roger, Jacqueline Fauchère-Fruchère, Ludovic DeVita, Patrick Lipski, Tracy Mead, Sonia Burel Polska, Jean Chazy, Danielle Loisel, Isabelle Gaudin, Claudine Capdeville, Jean-Robert Franco, Jacques Pibot.  The Paris - San Francisco Artist Exchange began in October 2005 when nearly 30 American artists from San Francisco and Chicago participated in Paris Open Studios. As part of a series of international cultural exchanges coordinated by the Paris-based arts association "Le Génie de la Bastille," the French and American artists exhibited work together in locations throughout the Bastille neighborhood in Paris. The American artists received a warm welcome from their Parisian hosts, city officials, and hundreds of exhibition guests.  This year, the San Francisco artists are pleased to reciprocate by hosting sixteen Parisian artists and including them in the annual San Francisco Open Studios. The French artists and their San Francisco hosts will participate in a joint exhibition at the Cachi Art Studio during the Mission District Open Studios weekend. The opening reception and weekend exhibition celebrate a bond of creativity and artistic freedom that connects artists and art lovers, regardless of their cultural background or homeland.  The participants represent years of artistic experience and a wide variety of visual media. For more info:  http://r.vresp.com/?ParisSanFranciscoArt/b57a36db2a/706896/bdb3ab1ba9/9d18962 or contact@usaparisartexchange.org or 415.864.4545.

October 14, 2006-January 14, 2007.  CLAUDE LORRAIN:  THE PAINTER AS DRAFTSMAN.  More than a dozen paintings and scores of drawings by 17TH-CENTURY FRANCE’S LEADING LANDSCAPIST.  From the British Museum.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF.  415.863.3330 or http://www.thinker.org for details.

Through October 16, 2006.  PATTERNS.  Traditional West African textiles juxtaposed with quilts from Gee’s Bend.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or http://www.moadsf.org for details.

Through October 28, 2006.  LE SILENCE DES CHOSES, paintings by LILLE-based CATHERINE JANSENS that suggest a “Proustian sensibility.”  Modernism, 685 Market St., Suite 290, SF.  415.541.0461 or http://www.modernisminc.com for details.

Through November 3, 2006.  EXHIBIT:  LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR (1906-2001).  Centennial Celebration at the Alliance Française.    "Gueule du Lion et sourire du Sage" an exhibition curated by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.  This exhibition presents the Senegalese poet and statesman, founder of the Senegalese Democratic Bloc.  He is at the origin of the concept of Négritude, defined as the literary and artistic expression of the black African experience.  In historical context the term has been seen as an ideological reaction against French colonialism and a defense of African culture.   He died in France on December 20, 2001.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.comfor details.

November 6-December 4, 2006.  PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT:  MICHEL & ROBIN ALGRET.   Michel Algret: This photographer, who quit the photography world in the 1970's, has now returned to his artistic passion.  Behind Mr. Algret's photos, the keen observer instantly recognizes the vision of a young photographer working his first job as a photojournalist at the Dalmas Agency in the company of famed French photojournalist R. Depardon.  Mr. Algret's photos were featured at Photobis, an international Photography festival, in 2003.  His work is currently being shown at the Mamya Beretsché Galleries in Paris, and with his son at Art Génération.  Robin Algret: A wide-eyed, curious traveler, Robin Algret constantly seeks out others with his camera.  He not only captures the lives of his peers on film, but he also never hesitates to shoot everyday moments lived by nomads under desert tents to life on the streets of Paris or New York.  His approach closely resembles that of the Humanistic photographers and aims to reproduce the emotions of our times.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755.  Opening Reception Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 >> 6-8 pm Free Admission.

Through November 11, 2006.  "HUMANS WERE HERE : BUILDING IN LA".  CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco.   "Humans Were Here: Building in LA" will present the work of Barbara Bestor Architecture, Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Fritz Haeg Studio, Taalman Koch Architecture, Francois Perrin, and Alexis Rochas. Beginning to make a mark on their city and beyond, these six young and diverse architecture and design practices are part of a large community of architects and designers on the east side of Los Angeles.  http://www.wattis.org/exhibitions/2006/humans/

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

Through December 2006.  CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE:  THE LAND.  Preparatory drawings for the environmental artists’ large-scale, temporary works.  Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa.  707.579.1500 or http://www.sonomacountymuseum.org for details.

December 4, 2006-January 2, 2007.  GEORGETTE OWENS / BERNARD RENOT:  POINT DE VUE.   Georgette L. Owens was born in Paris, France. At 16 she was accepted at the Beaux Arts Art School and she studied later with Andre Lhote. Picasso came to her first exhibition. Many exhibitions followed: Musée d’Art Moderne, Salon des Indépendants, Grand Palais “Biennale des Femmes”, and “les Contemporaines”.  She moved to the USA and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Cincinnati, The Museum of Art in Cleveland, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and at the George Wiener Gallery, New York. She met Salavador Dali who became her mentor.   Bernard Renot: Invoker of movement, of women, of life. Tense, alive, incisive. Dissecting his subject to abstraction to recompose in his own way.   Renot makes war on rigidity. His themes are inspired by the world at large interpreted with sensitivity, lightness, a slight irony.  Entirely self taught, growing in character and control over 50 years of metier. Strong colors tempered by artistic reflection mirror the man behind  the brush. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755.  >>Opening reception: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006  >> 6-8pm >> Free admission

Through December 8, 2006.  SARKIS AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE.  Actively involved with the avant-garde movements in Europe during the 1960s revolution, Sarkis has become one of the main figures in the global art scene over the last few decades. Born in Istanbul, Turkey to an Armenian family, Sarkis moved to Paris in 1964. His works address his experiences of an "exile" who travels incessantly.  Sarkis' public lecture corresponds with an exhibition of his work, curated by Hou Hanru, on view in SFAI's Walter and McBean Galleries from September 21 through December 8, 2006, which will also include a corresponding film screening at SFAI during October.  San Francisco Art Institute - 800 Chestnut Street Campus. Supported by a grant from Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.

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

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

Beginning October 2006.  ELYCEE : MAINTIEN DE LA LANGUE ET LA CULTURE FRANÇAISES.  eLycée est un programme extra scolaire pour les élèves francophones scolarisés dans des middle et des high schools américaines. eLycée offre un programme via Internet qui aide ses élèves à maintenir un bon niveau en français en s’appuyant sur la culture française dans toute sa modernité.  Nous conservons l’expérience sociale de l’école en privilégiant l’interaction avec l’enseignant et la collaboration entre les élèves grâce à l’utilisation des technologies de pointe et une réflexion pédagogique novatrice adaptée à cet environnement intelligent.  Visiter notre site web à  http://www.elycee.com/ ou contacter Julian au +1 215 253 4438, julian.hirst@elycee.com.

October 9-November 6, 2006.  FALL SESSION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  http://www.afsantarosa.org or school@afsantarosa.org for details.

October 14, 2006.  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE.  Costs, pitfall to avoid, legal issues to consider.  Paris or the Provinces? How to begin my search? How do French real estate agencies work? What is the role of a French notaire? Will I need a French will?  What are the tax implications?  Get answers in a discussion with former Journal Français publisher, MARIE GALANTI, Attorney at Law.  6:00pm to 7:30pm. Here at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF . $10 in advance. $15 at the door. Space is limited.  415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com for details.

Beginning October 23, 2006. CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Allons-y! The new session starts October 23…sign up today! We offer a wide array of beginner to advanced and specialized french courses. Visit http://www.afsf.com or call (415)775-7755 for schedules and enrollment.

October 23, 2006.  NEW 8 WEEK SMALL GROUP CLASSES at The French Class, 500 Sutter St., Suite 310, SF. All levels are offered. Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9. 5 days. 15 hours of instruction for $275. $25 off  if you pay before December 9!  Call now 415.362.3666.  http://www.frenchclass.com or info@frenchclass.com for details.

Beginning October 23, 2006.  ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF.  Call us at 415.362.3666 to register or go to:  http://www.frenchclass.com or info@frenchclass.com for details. Workshops are in French unless  indicated otherwise. The level of each workshop is indicated according to our group class levels (see our class schedule). We are sorry, we cannot give refunds or credits for missed workshops.  Twenty-four hour cancellation policy applies. Discounts or make-up classes do not apply to workshops. Workshops are 1.5 hour long with a minimum of 3 students. 2 students, one hour.  Sign up for 4 workshops and pay only $20 each. 

  • Mon. 10/23 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 10/26 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 10/28 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - Levels 1 to 7.  Conditionnel et imparfait . How do they work together? When to use them.  Many practical examples will be presented so you can use these tenses in   conversation. (Level 4 to 6)                     
  • Mon. 10/30 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 11/2 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 11/4 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 -  The Passive Forms . Avoid direct translation from English to French. Learn  the most commonly used form in French with “se faire+verbe.” (Level 4 to 6)
  • Mon. 11/6 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 11/9 - 1:00 to 2:30 - $22 - Les Pronoms interrogatifs . Qui. Que. Quoi. Dont. Où. Quel. Lequel, etc.  (Level 4 to 6)                     
  • Mon. 11/20 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - Les Négatifs . Ne..pas, plus, aucun, ni, nulle part, plus jamais, plus  rien,etc. (Level 4 to 6)                      
  • Mon. 11/27 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 11/30 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 12/2 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - La poésie de Rimbaud .  Analyse et discussion sur les plus beaux textes de  l’un des plus grands poètes français. (Level 5 to 8)              
  • Mon. 12/4 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 12/7 - 1:00 to 2:30 - $22 - Living and working in France: What you need to know before you move there. 
  • Mon. 12/11 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 12/14 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 12/16 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - The use of “en” and “y” . A clear and practical presentation of these two  commonly used pronouns through questions and examples. (Level 3 to 7).

November 4, 2006.  CHEESE!  An Amazing and Delicious Workshop presented by Colette Hatch: “Madame de Fromage.” At The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, on Saturday, November 4, from 10 to 12.  Learn, taste, appreciate, ask...all about cheese. $39. Reserve your space now  with a credit card number.   415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass for details.

December 18-22, 2006. DECEMBER INTENSIVE  COURSES at The French Class, 500 Sutter St., Suite 310, SF. All levels are offered. Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9. 5 days. 15 hours of instruction for $275. $25 off  if you pay before December 9!  Call now 415.362.3666.  http://www.frenchclass.com or info@frenchclass.com for details.

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

Summer 2007. SUMMER COURSES AND RELAXATION AT THE LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER.  Summer courses and relaxation at the Latitude Cultural Center in Southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley. Located in the historic Moulin de La Toulzanie (14th century) and a converted tobacco hangar in a riverside hamlet in Southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley (featured in National Geographic Traveller,September, 2005). From $1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. Details at http://www.latitude.org    

  • June 2-9, 2007 : (1) Two courses ---WINE TASTING, HISTORY, AND DISCOVERY. (A la découverte des vignobles du Lot à travers ses vins –dégustation).  Instructor: Agathe Thullier, bi-lingual French expert in oenology.  Afternoons (2) PAINTING THE LIGHT AND COLORS OF THE LOT: A Watercolor and oils workshop.   Instructor: Jean-Claude Thullier, bilingual painter. For rank beginners as well as advanced students. Mornings.  The workshop will focus on color and light, including  methods of showing light via color. Rapports colorés, harmonies colorées, la lumière au moyen de la couleur. Paysages ou natures mortes.

  • June 9-16:  (1) A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE  Instructor: E. Barbara Phillips, Professor Emerita of Sociology & Urban Studies, San Francisco State. Discover culinary/social history of southwest France. Visits with  farmers & artisans who continue to produce gastronomic specialities in  traditional ways, e.g., "cabecous"(small goat cheeses).. "Cazelles" (shepherds' drystone huts), "pigeonniers" (dovecotes) + other Quercynois architectural gems will also be visited,. Explore connections between food, family life, & national identity.

  • June 9-16:  (2) FOOD WRITING FOR FOOD LOVERS  with Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction, and More, which won the Cordon d’or Literary Reference Award in 2005.   These two courses—A Taste of SW France and Food Writing -- will be synchronized so participants can take both!

  • June 23-30: TROUBADOURS, TARTS AND TOURDIONS:  MUSIC, CUISINE, AND DANCE OF MEDIEVAL FRANCE (in English, with music in multiple languages, and one lecture in French).  Instructors:  Shira Kammen, renowned early music specialist and teacher who performs on vielle and medieval fiddle as well as voice, (<http://www.shirakammen.com/>), with collaborating instructor Theresa Nelson  who performs regularly with Ms Kammen and the California Revels.This week-long workshop will involve you in the revelry and celebration of music, food, dance and life of the 14th and 15th centuries when the historic mill, la Moulin de La Toulzanie, was already standing.   Requirements: Participants must have prior vocal experience and should enjoy dancing, cooking, feasting, and revelry. Be sure to sign up early as numbers are limited!

  • June 30 -July 7:  BIG MACS & BAGUETTES:  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE?  An exploration of French and U.S. cultures -- their connections and disconnections -- led by Dorothy Kaufmann,  professor of  French Literature in the U.S. and American Studies in France.  Dorothy has taught at Mills College, Clark University, and the Université de Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines. She is the author of many articles on Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and a biography,  Edith Thomas: A Passion for Resistance (Cornell, 2004). She is a fluent French speaker, but this course will be taught in English. The Course includes (1) Language codes and what they mean (2)  To be or not to be. . . French  (3)  Sex and romance: Vive la différence! (4) Loving and hating the U.S. and (5) What is the good life?  Dorothy intends that participants will relish spirited discussion during (and outside of) class!  In English.

  • June 30-July 7:  THE BOOK IS DEAD!  LONG LIVE THE BOOK!   Books, Technology, and Human Knowledge, a week-long discussion from Gutenberg to Google and beyond led by Niko Pfund, currently Vice President and Publisher of the Academic and Tradebook Divisions of Oxford University Press in New York City. A life-long reader of books, he does find himself, somewhat to his surprise, reading on-line these days as well. In English.

  • July 7-14  :  FRENCH TOTAL IMMERSION WEEK   2 courses in the French language  The Invention of Modern European Art. Instructor: Renée Morel, Doctoral candidate, French Literature, University of California at Berkeley .  Instructor, French & Linguistics, City College of San Francisco .  Instructor, The French Class, San Francisco, and San Francisco State University . Renee will  guide us through  modern art history. Her slides are well chosen, and her  speech easy to understand. She will discuss, among others, Van Gogh, Vuillard, and  Picasso. She is a fabulous teacher-- patient, welcoming of questions, superknowledgeable, and understanding.  Mornings.  ALSO:  L’HISTOIRE DE QUERCY. (avec visites guidées) Instructor:   Paul Verdier, docteur d'état en litterature comparé. Afternoons.  Paul parlera des Celtes en Quercy vers le IVe siècle a.c. et la réutilisation du mobilier autochtone: dolmens et menhirs; les envahisseurs" en Quercy: Divona et Auxellodunum conquises par César; le royaume wisigoth de Toulouse-Barcelone et sa limite quercynoise: Tour de Faure et l'arianisme; quelques aspects de la Guerre de Cent Ans : Plantagenêt et Valois à Saint Cirq Lapopie, une guerre franco-française; cathares, protestants et catholiques en Quercy.

  •  July 14-20:  SHAMANS, CAVE PAINTINGS, HISTORY AND MYSTERY, offered by Adrienne Amundsen and Doug Coffee (whose 2005 course, a variation on this theme, was a smash-hit!). Adrienne Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, and Doug, a lawyer in the Bay Area, is a more-than-amateur historian of Neolithic Times and a very decent photographer. In English.

Please visit www.latitude.org http://www.latitude.org/ for more information on the courses, the cost, accommodations, etc.

FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL.  Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Monday evenings. Beginners 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Intermediates 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.  Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere.  Helpful for travelers looking for survival French.   Heavy emphasis on cultural topics.   The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French.  Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered.  Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510.886.1000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

November 1, 2006.  MICHEL RICHARD, chef at CITRONELLE in Washington, DC,  talks about THE CRAFT OF COOKING, THE ART OF EATING.  Left Bank, 507 Magnolia, Larkspur.  6:30pm.  Price of combined meal and book:  $100 per person/$180 per couple.

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

November 1, 2006.  LA VIE REVEE DES ANGES / THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS.  Sonoma State University French Club.  Nichols 173.  SSU Campus:  1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles.  7pm.  Venez nombreux!

November 1, 2006.  SALVADOR ALLENDE (Patricio Guzman, 2004, 100'), Cannes Festival 2004, In French and Spanish with English subtitles.  September 11, 1973. A military coup d'état crushes Chile's peaceful revolution by eliminating the elected president, Salvador Allende.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  7pm.  In French with English subtitles.  Alliance members, $3, others $6. 

November 1 & 2, 2006.  JULIEN GREEN ET L’AMERIQUE.  Présenté par la Société Internationale d’Etudes Greeniennes en collaboration avec le programme de français à San José State University.  Pour tous renseignements veuillez contacter Dr. Dominique van Hooff, dvanhoof@email.sjsu.edu or 408.924.4608. Voici le lien pour le programme: http://www.sjsu.edu/foreignlanguage/green/Julien_Green_programme.pdf

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

November 2, 2006.  PEABODY TRIO performs recent works including THIERRY DE MEY’s MUSIQUE DE TABLES, scored for… three tables, and more.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  415.392.4400 or http://www.performances.org for details.

November 3, 2006. MONTHLY FRENCH CHAT AT SASSAFRAS.  By popular demand our monthly French Chat returns to Sassafras on Friday, October 6th.  Please join us for convivial conversation in French beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Sassafras restaurant.  Dinner and beverages are available for purchase all evening.  Each person is responsible for their own order.  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; www.sassafrasrestaurant.com).   It is always helpful to the restaurant if we know approximately how many will attend.  Please let me know if you can but don't worry if you decide at the last minute. sonprov@sbcglobal.net 

November 3, 4, 17 & 18, 2006.  PLATYPUS THÉÂTRE présente:  JACQUES OU LA SOUMISSION, une pièce d’EUGÈNE IONESCO.  Jouée en Français.  Avec: Yvette Adida; Arnaud Cabanel; Juliette Chochon-Davis; Talia Fellah; Céline Hakoun; Thomas Marigné; Vincent Moreau; Stéphanie Nehring; Cédric Westphal.  Mise en scène:  Pascale Couderc.  Lever du rideau à 19 heures 30.  Entrée: Général $15, étudiants $10.  Lieu:  NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street , San Francisco, CA 94110.  Site web:  http://www.theatreofyugen.org/nohspace.html.  Réservations et renseignements: 415.558.0651 ou pascouderc@yahoo.com

November 3-9, 2006.  FANFAN LA TULIPE, a  newly restored version starring Gérard Philippe, opens in Landmark Cinemas around the Bay Area. Details to follow. http://rialtopictures.com/fanfan.html

November 4, 2006.  CHEESE!  An Amazing and Delicious Workshop presented by Colette Hatch: “Madame de Fromage.” At The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, on Saturday, November 4, from 10 to 12.  Learn, taste, appreciate, ask...all about cheese. $39. Reserve your space now  with a credit card number.   415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass for details.

November 5, 2006. ELENA AND HER MEN, a film by Jean Renoir featuring Ingrid Bergman, about a Polish countess who is caught between her desires for power and love. 1956; 98 min; in French with English subtitles. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium / Ives Hall. 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

November 5, 2006.  LE JAZZ HOT:  THE MUSIC OF DJANGO REINHARDT, featuring DORADO SCHMITT.  In the swinging spirit of Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France of the 1930s, French acoustic-guitar virtuoso Dorado Schmitt leads an all-star group in two fun-filled performances of "le jazz hot": a full-length evening concert and a shorter, family-oriented, discount-priced afternoon show.   The SF Jazz Festival runs Oct. 20-Nov. 12. For complete information, visit sfjazz.org or call 415-788-7353.  *also 3pm "Family Matinee Concert" but no discount for 3pm show or other Festival concerts. ** Mention "Alliance Française" and receive a 10% discount for 7pm show.  Presented by the SF Jazz Festival and Alliance Française.  Herbst Theatre >> 7pm* >> AFSF Members receive 10% ** >> Info: 415.788.7353  800.225.2277 or http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

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

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

November 9, 2006.  CECILE GAMBINI & REBECCA DAUTREMER, two French Illustrators, present their art.  Rébecca Dautremer was born in 1971 in the South of France. She attended classes in the ENSAD in Paris and graduated in graphic edition in 1995. She afterwards became a graphic editor and illustrator. Dautremer started writing books of her own only relatively recently. She also works for children's book publishers (Milan Presse and Fleurus Presse), academic publishers, and in advertising.  Cécile Gambini an author-illustrator, was born in Grasse, France.  She has taken courses at the fine arts school of Aix-en-Provence, and she holds a degree from the Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Her first album was published in 1999.  Gambini also works in children's publishing.  With the support of the cultural services of the French Consulate. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755. >> 7pm >> In French >> AFSF Members $3 Others $6  >> RSVP 775.7755

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

November 15, 2006.  LA CITE DES ENFANTS PERDUS / THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN.  Sonoma State University French Club.  Nichols 173.  SSU Campus:  1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles.  7pm.  Venez nombreux!

November 15, 2006.  PINK MARTINI performs at The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco.  $36.50 floor and $32.50 balcony.  Doors at 7, show at 8.  415.775.7722 for details.

November 15, 2006.  LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR:  THINKER, STATESMAN AND POET, a lecture by SOULEYMANE DIAGNE.  Prof. Diagne will present a  biographical sketch and the intellectual process of a man who left his mark on the century: First, as the theoretician of a peaceful decolonization founded on the affirmation of the values of an African civilization. Next, as the statesman who for twenty years was president of a Senegal which he, set on the path toward a multiparty democracy.  Souleymane B. Diagne taught philosophy at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal. He is currently a Prof. of Philosophy and Religion at Northwestern University.  An alumnus of Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris where he studied with Louis Althusser and Jacques Derrida , Pr. Diagne obtained his PhD in philosophy at the Sorbonne. His field of research includes history of philosophy, Islamic and African philosophy.   *Co-presented with MOAD (Museum of African Diaspora).  With the support of the Delegation Generale of the Alliances Françaises USA.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755.  7pm >>  In English >> AFSF/MOAD Members $8 Others $10  >> RSVP 775.7755

November 15-18, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs  with the SF Symphony debut of the FRENCH CANADIAN pianist MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

November 16, 2006.  JOANN SFAR, one of the most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, presents his work.  Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than 100 books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Blain, Emmanuel Giubert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the USA he’s best known for his children’s books, Little Vampire Goes to School, which made the New York Times best-seller list, and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, which was recently nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for The Rabbi’s Cat. He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbi’s cat. A book signing will follow the event.  With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755.  7pm >>  In French w/translation >> AFSF/Members $8 Others $10  >> RSVP 775.7755

November 16-21, 2006.  HANNY SCHMID WYSS, SWISS PIANIST performs in the Bay area.  November 16, Piedmont Piano Co., 660 3rd Street, SF; November 17, University of Notre Dame de Namur, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont; November 19, Crocker Art Museum, 26 O Street, Sacramento; November 20, University of California, 6000 J Street, Sacramento.

November 17, 2006.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU in SANTA ROSA.  Oh, là, là! It's time for the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration!  Come celebrate the arrival of the very first wine made from the 2006 harvest with the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. The French-themed festivities take place on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. We will be joined by emcee and special guest--newspaper columnist, radio personality, raconteuse, and founder of the Sonoma Provence Exchange--Michele Anna Jordan.  Beaujolais Nouveau is a fruity French red wine from southern Burgundy, made from grapes harvested just a few months before. By French law, it may be sold only after midnight the third Thursday of November. The Beaujolais Nouveau tradition delights wine lovers the world over, who gather that third weekend of November to toast the harvest with the first wine of the vintage.  French singer Joseph Bain will serenade us at this year's festive soirée as we enjoy both French Beaujolais Nouveau and Paradise Ridge wines. There will be lots of sumptuous locally crafted French treats both savory and sweet, and Chef Roger Praplan of La Gare restaurant will be dishing up one of his own delectable creations. Local cheese purveyors will be on hand, including Madame de Fromage Colette Hatch who will guide guests through a tasting of French and Sonoma County cheeses.  The setting, Paradise Ridge Winery, boasts "the most beautiful view in Sonoma County." The winery is magnificently situated atop Fountaingrove and overlooking estate vineyards and the Russian River Valley wine appellation.  Tickets to the Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration are $25 for Alliance Française members ($30 non-members) in advance (send the attendees' names along with your check by Monday, November 13, to AFSR, 613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404), or $35 members ($40 non-members) thereafter. For more information, please call (707) 543-8151 or visit www.afsantarosa.org.

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

November 17, 2006. RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTION ~ 2e partie:  LOUIS-PHILIPPE ET LA REVOLUTION DE 1848.  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

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

November 17, 2006.  JOËLLE LÉANDRE performs at Mills College Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.  510.430.2296 or http://music.mills.edu for details.

November 18, 2006.  MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE meets at Café Champagne next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton.  10am-11am.  (NOTE:  Usually we meet on the second Saturday, but in October and November, we will meet on the third Saturday instead.)  Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.  Venez nombreux!

November 18, 2006.  LE BOUCLIER / SHIELD by PHYLLIS STOWELL.  Shield /Le bouclier is a three part poem by Phyllis Stowell and a sequence of ten paintings by Pacia Sallomi on the theme of feminine wounding and healing. The book was mostly composed while mother and daughter were living in the south of France. Each, however, approached the subject with her own engagement.   Phyllis Stowell, MA, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita from the English Department of St Mary's College of Moraga, CA. Her previous books of poems were “Emergence”, Who is Alice, and Asset of Solitude. Her most recent book of poetry is Arc of Grief.   Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755.  5pm >> In English >> AFSF Members $3 Others $6  >> RSVP 775.7755

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

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

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

November 29, 2006.  COMME UNE IMAGE / LOOK AT ME.  Sonoma State University French Club.  Nichols 173.  SSU Campus:  1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles.  7pm.  Venez nombreux!

November 29-December 23, 2006.  THE LEARNED LADIES OF PARK AVENUE, freely adapted from MOLIERE’S LES FEMMES SAVANTES.  “David Grimm’s new farce transports the literary pretensions and pedantry of the original to the ART DECO world of Cole Porter’s Jazz Age Manhattan.  The course of true love runs afoul of a wealthy mother’s preference for the gold-digging poet who flatters her snobbery in this West Coast premiere.”  TheatreWorks, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.  650.463.1960 or 888.273.3752 or http://www.theatreworks.org for details.

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

December 2, 2006.  CAFÉ MUSÉE:  "LES MAITRES DU ROMANTISME FRANCAIS: GERICAULT ET DELACROIX."  9:30am- 12:30pm.  CCSF (Visual Arts Building, Room V114).  Conference en français par Renée Morel.  Détails à suivre.

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

December 6, 2006.  TRUFFAUT:  UNE AUTOBIOGRAPHIE (Anne Andreu, 2004, 78’).  This "autobiography" sets out to highlight the director's recurrent themes, as they appear in film after film: childhood, apprenticeship, the conflictual relationships between men and women, death.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  7pm.  In French with English subtitles.  Alliance members, $3, others $6. 

December 8, 2006.  CHAMPAGNE TASTING.  Prepare for New Year’s Eve with millions of French bubbles and a festive buffet.   Champagne is the wine of celebration. No other wine is so associated with joy and festivity. Its meaning and appeal are universal.  Champagne pairs well with most cuisines. It is the most versatile wine in the world.  It can be an aperitif, an entrée of fish or meat, or with dessert. We will explore the different styles of champagne from Extra Brut to Demi-Sec. Come taste the variety of flavors bursting from their tiny bubbles.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755.  >> 7pm >>  In English >> AFSF Members $40 Others $45  >> RSVP 775.7755.

December 8, 2006.  BALTHUS: AMBIGUITES ET PROVOCATIONS EROTIQUES. Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

December 8-10 & 15-17, 2006.  THE CHRISTMAS REVELS:  A THEATRICAL CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE.  Revels celebrates the holiday season by bringing a unique form of musical theater to the bay area in celebration of Winter Solstice and New Year traditions. The 21st annual Christmas Revels looks to the north to the rugged snow covered forests of 18th century French Canada. Joining us will be the internationally acclaimed Pierre Chartrand of Montreal’s Danse Cadence. His amazing Quebecois dancing will have you tapping your feet and singing along to the “kitchen music” in true Revels tradition. Performances are held at the beautiful Scottish Rite Theater on Lake Merritt in Oakland. Tickets are $15-$42 (discounts for Seniors and youth under 18) and sales begin October 16th at www.calrevels.org  or by calling 510-452-3800.

December 9, 2006.  MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE meets at Café Champagne next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton.  10am-11am.   Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.  Venez nombreux!

December 9, 2006.  PIAF… HER STORYHER SONGS.  To celebrate Edith Piaf's Birthday and the release of "Piaf..Her story… Her songs" on DVD (Lionsgate Films) The California Film institute will be screening "PIAF..Her story..Her songs" Saturday, December 9th 2006 at 7.30pm.  RAQUEL BITTON will be present for a Q@A after the screening.  Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901.  415.454.1222 Info-Line for Showtimes.  Winner of the Special Jury Award for Most Moving Film Experience at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Piaf: Her Story…Her Songs celebrates Piaf's extraordinary life through stories and songs that reflect each major episode of her life from singing in the streets of Paris as a child to becoming the highest paid singer in the world at that time.  French jazz singer Raquel Bitton, who has been internationally praised as the greatest interpreter of Piaf's music, beautifully presents Piaf's songs through a theatrical presentation.   Part documentary, part stage performance Piaf: Her Story…Her Songs showcases 16 famous songs fully orchestrated including Piaf's signature songs “La Vie en Rose,” “No Regrets,” “Milord,” and “A Hymn to Love.”  Sung in both French and English, Bitton's heartfelt renditions and powerful delivery, along with interviews with friends, family and colleagues, take  audiences on an intensely moving journey.   The DVD also includes “Les Avions sont  des Oiseaux” - a new original song composed by Academy Award®-winning composer Francis Lai - who was PIAF's accordionist and composer.  Piaf: Her Story… Her Songs is truly the only film of its kind and a must have for all Piaf fans.

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

December 21, 2006.  GOLDEN GATE BOYS CHOIR AND BELLRINGERS perform a Swiss Christmas Concert at the Wells Fargo Bank Museum, San Francisco, between California and Sacramento.  510.887.4311 or http://www.gggbc.org for details.

December 31, 2006 & January 1, 2007.  SWISS NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY CONCERTS.  http://www.sfsinfonietta.org or http://www.sfcmc.org for details.

January 27, 2007.  GENO DELAFOSSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE.  Authentic zydeco band straight from the Louisiana’s bayou.  Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.   8pm.

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

February 9, 2007.  1914-1918:  LA “GRANDE GUERRE” (Première partie).  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

March 3, 2007.  FRENCH PIANIST PASCAL ROGE will make his Bay Area recital début on March 3, 2007, in San Francisco.  Winner of two Grammys and a Grand Prix du Disque, Roge will perform an all-French program.  Subscriptions available now; single tickets available Jan 1. Tickets are available online at http://www.chambermusicsf.org  or by phone at 415-392-4400.  See also:  http://www.chambermusicsf.org/index.html#roge

March 9-17, 2007.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs BAROQUE BANQUET, including MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S OVERTURE & CHACONNE “LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES TUILERIES, and more.   Various locations:  Fri Mar 9 - Palo Alto; Sat Mar 10 - Berkeley 1; Sun Mar 11 - Berkeley 2; Fri Mar 16 - San Francisco; Sat Mar 17 - Contra Costa. To purchase tickets, call (415) 392-4400 or visithttp://www.philharmonia.orgfor details.

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

March 16, 2007.  1914-1918:  LA “GRANDE GUERRE” (Seconde partie).  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par Renée Morel à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

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

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

April 6, 2007.  EDOUARD VUILLARD: DE LA DECORATION A L'ABSTRACTION.  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 11-June 8, 2007.  SMUIN BALLET performs Michael Smuin’s world premiere adaptation of MAURICE RAVEL’s celebrated opera THE ENCHANTED CHILD, plus his playful take on musical instruments come to life.  Various locations, as follows:  May 11-20, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; May 25-26, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; May 30-June 3, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; June 8-9, 2007, Sunset Center, Carmel.  415.495.2234 or http://www.smuinballet.org for details.

May 18, 2007.  LA SPLENDEUR DES DUCS DE BOURGOGNE.  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

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

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