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October 26-November 3, 2006

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*OCTOBER & NOVEMBER EVENTS*   

Through October 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

October 26, 2006.  RON MCKEAN, organ, performs SAINT-SAENS and more.  First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland.  510.444.3555 for details.  12:15pm.

October 26, 2006.  SENA JETER NASLUND reads from ABUNDANCE:  A NOVEL OF MARIE ANTOINETTE.  Books Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness St., SF.  415.776.1111 or http://www.booksinc.net for details.

October 26, 2006.  BRUNO PELLETIER-BACQUAERT will be playing a Duo with saxophonist Michael Gold this coming Thursday, October 26th at The Crossroads Cafe: 699 Delancey Street, San Francisco(near the Embarcadero and SBC Park).  415.836-5624. 7:30pm-10pm.  There is no cover.  Note: the Cafe is located in a cul-de-sac, which can only be entered from Brannan Street.  The Crossroads Cafe, run by the Delancey Street Foundation, is a bright, modern coffee house, art gallery, and bookstore located near the Embarcadero, south of Market.

October 26, 2006.  HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCE OF SUCCESS IN THE VALLEY.  Sponsored by Interfrench.  http://www.interfrench.com for details.

October 27, 2006.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS ~ Première partie:  DE LA FIN DE L'EMPIRE A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS (1814-1851).  Iere PARTIE: DE LA FIN DE L'EMPIRE A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830.  Apres l'exil de Napoleon et le retour de la monarchie avec Louis XVIII, la France cherche sa voie. Entre restauration et revolutions, permanence et resistance, la premiere moitie du XIXe siecle est marquee par de delicates cohabitations: les nostalgiques de l'Ancien Regime composent avec les heritiers de la Revolution et de l'Empire, les defenseurs d'une economie traditionnelle avec les adeptes du liberalisme economique.  Venez revivre la richesse et la complexite de cette periode mal connue, du retour des Bourbon en 1814 au coup d'etat d'un futur empereur, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, en 1851. C'est veritablement au cours de ces decennies de transformation que les Francais entrent dans l'ere industrielle et commencent leur apprentissage de la democratie. 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, 2006.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm.  $14.

October 27 & 28, 2006.  LYON OPERA BALLET featuring MAGUY MARIN’s GROOSLAND, groundbreaking Belgian dancemaker ANNE THERESA DE KEERSMAEKER’s GRANDE FUGE and more! Repertory by the world’s finest neoclassic and postmodern choreographers, including, at this performance, works by three pioneering female European choreographers.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

October 27 & 28, 2006. INTERNATIONAL VINTAGE POSTER FAIR.  Featuring over 10,000 vintage posters from around the world.  This 13th annual event has as its theme HAUNTING IMAGES.  Fort Mason, Building A, SF.  415.441.5706 for details.  5pm-9pm Friday; 10am-7pm Saturday.  $12.

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 27-30, 2006.  FINE EUROPEAN & AMERICAN FURNITURE, DECORATIVE ARTS AND SILVER.  Upcoming auction, Bonham & Butterfields, 220 San Bruno Avenue, SF.  1.866.266.0688 or http://www.bonhams.com/us for details.

October 28, 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.  2 p.m.: Reading at The Works bookstore, 667 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, CA. Tel: 831.372.2242

October 28, 2006.  CAFE MUSEE EVENT:  "SECRET KNOWLEDGE:  REDISCOVERING THE LOST TECHNIQUES OF THE OLD MASTERS."  (Talk given in French.)  From the early 15th century, many Western artists used optics (i.e., mirrors and lenses or a combination of both) to create living projections.  Some artists used these projected images directly to produce drawings and paintings, and before long this new way of depicting the world --this new way of seeing-- had become widespread. Many art historians have argued that certain painters used the camera obscura in their work --Vermeer and Canaletto, in particular, are often cited-- but the British artist David Hockney (b. 1937) created a stir when suggesting, a few years ago, that optics were used widely as well as early.  Some consider that for an artist to use optical aids would be "cheating"; that somehow this theory attacked the idea of innate artistic genius. Optics, of course, do not make marks, only the artist's hand can do that, and it requires great skill. Optics would have given painters a new tool with which to make images that were more immediate and more powerful. To suggest that artists used optical devices is *not* to diminish their achievements --it makes them all the more astounding!  Come and give your opinion on the subject!  [Présenté - EN FRANÇAIS, naturellement! - par Renée Morel.]  The Cafe Musee is an officially recognized CCSF club whose activities are funded in part by the Associated Student Union.  Visual Arts Bldg (Room V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue, SF.  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating discussions! Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Cafe Musee team.  Open to all! Donation: $3.  9:30am - 12:30pm.

October 28, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES perform PIERRE DE LA RUE and more.  Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, SF.  415.664.2543 or http://www.sfrv.org for details.  $12-$15.  7:30pm.

October 28, 2006.  FRESCO FRAGMENTS by ISABELLE PROUST opens at the Inn at the Willows, 15905 River Road, Guerneville, CA.  http://www.inatthewillows.com for details.

October 28, 2006.  DIAVOLO DANCE COMPANY performs music choreographed by JACQUES HEIM.  Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.725.2787 for details.  $13-$44.  8pm.

October 28, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez les CORKSUCKERS.  We would like to invite les "frenchies" to the party we are co-hosting with Marin Corksuckers  (Marcus Curry from Biomarin).  Guests bring a bottle of wine  (in this case Beaujo) and an appetizer. The wine is disguised and voted upon.  Since it is Halloween (or almost) people will be in costume -- and those who are not will be required to ????  Given such decadence, petits enfants, pets and youth who do not qualify as  "designated drivers" are excluded (we will have a family day & hike another time). RSVP because les corks need to know how many wine glasses to bring.  E-mail me (writest@aol.com)  or jeff (jlemontt@aol.com) or call Cindy.

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 29, 2006.  ELISABETH PRUEITT AND CHAD ROBERTSON, co-owners of TARTINE BAKERY and BAR TARTINE, talk about their book TARTINE.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.  Free.

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.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, by Rossini, based on the play by BEAUMARCHAIS.  See  how Figaro, Seville’s wiliest barber and jack-of-all-trades, uses clever schemes, disguises. and quick thinking to bring about a happy ending for two young lovers.  http://www.sfopera.org or 415.864.3330 for details. 

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 4, 2006.  MIEUX VIVRE  GRACE A L’ECRITURE :  ATELIERS D’ECRITURE avec PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, Prof Univ. John F. Kennedy.  Deux ateliers vous sont offerts :  1.  Atelier d’une journée : samedi 4 novembre 06, de 10h à 17h à Los Altos, $120 ; 2.  En formation : série de 8 séances, le lundi soir (chaque 15 jours) à Los Altos, $345.  Ces ateliers d’écriture « expressive » sont ouverts à tous, que vous écriviez ou non. Partager notre écriture est facultatif, et a lieu dans un climat chaleureux et confidentiel. De nombreuses recherches scientifiques récentes nous ont révélé les multiples vertus de l’écriture : écrire nous aide à nous épanouir.  Renseignements : Philippe Berthoud – PhilBerthoud@aol.com – 510.234.4799.  Philippe Berthoud, M.A., enseigne l’écriture comme outil de développement personnel à l’Université John F. Kennedy à Pleasant Hill, ainsi qu’en Europe, où il donne des retraites d’écriture en anglais et en français. Après des études de Sciences Politiques à l’Université de Genève, Philippe a été délégué de la Croix-Rouge Internationale en Asie et en Afrique. Il s’est ensuite formé comme psychothérapeute aux USA. Il est le seul à offrir des ateliers d’écriture en français dans la Baie de San Francisco.

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 7 & 8, 2006.  L’ILLUSTRATION A L’HONNEUR AU LYCEE INTERNATIONAL FRANCO AMERICAIN.  Deux illustratrices françaises et deux illustrateurs américains pour une rencontre artistique et un mélange des genres  RÉBECCA DAUTREMER, CECILE GAMBINI, Matt Faulkner, Mark Ulriksen.  Vernissage: Mardi 7 Novembre de 17h30 a 19h.  Salle d'art du Sous-Sol.  Lycée international franco américain, 150 Oak Street, San Francisco.  Présentation des oeuvres de 17h30 à 18h avec Emmanuelle Serroy Leaf (agent d`illustrateurs de la French Touch Agency) qui animera la rencontre avec les artistes suivie d`une signature de  livres.  (Vente sur place - Foto-Grafix Books).  Exposition du Mardi 7 Novembre de 8 a 19h et Mercredi 8 Novembre de 8 à 17h, pour les élèves accompagnés d`un professeur.  Merci au Service culturel du Consulat Général de France à San Francisco.

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, 2006.  JEAN POMMIER, Founder and VP of Ilog, is organizing a panel with top experts about quality of life in the Silicon Valley.  Sponsored by Interfrench.  http://www.interfrench.com for details.

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.

Through November 11, 2006.  SHOCKTOBERFEST!  2006:  LABORATORY OF HALLUCINATIONS.  A “schlocktastic horror tale” written in 1916 by ANDRE DE LORDE, an employee at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France by day, and principal playwright of France’s GRAND GUIGNOL theater by night.  Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), SF.  $20-$30.  415.248.1900 or http://www.hypnodrome.com for details.  Not for the faint-of-stomach.

November 11, 2006.  FRENCH AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ANNUAL AUCTION:  LE TAPIS ROUGE at the San Francisco Design Center's GALLERIA.  The evening will feature cocktails and a silent auction, dinner and live auction, and after-dinner dancing.  For more information and for tickets go to:  http://www.frenchamericansf.org/pk8/index.fsp?lang=en

November 11, 2006.  MOROCCAN MENU.  Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class, KQED TV9, 11:30am.

November 11, 2006.  MIREILLE GUILIANO, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, speaks about FRENCH WOMEN FOR ALL SEASONS:  A YEAR OF SECRETS, RECIPES & PLEASURES.  Cody’s Books, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley.  510.559.9500 or http://codysbooks.com for details.  7pm.

November 12, 2005.  LES VOIX, an afternoon of French songs, arias, history and poetry presented in the Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Hosted by HELENE LAROCHE DAVIS, Modern Language & Culture Department and DEBRA LAMBERT, Music & Vocal Art Department.  Sunday, November 12, at 3pm.  Followed by a reception in the Ralston formal dining room.  Call 650.508.3429 for details.

November 14, 2006.  TRILATERAL GLOBALISM:  ASIA, EUROPE & AMERICA.  A conversation with the Hon. Rolf E. Schütte, German Consul General.  University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100.  5:45pm.  Free and open to the public.  Reservations recommended:  415.422.6828 or http://www.pacificrim.usfca.edu 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 16-19, 2006.  BALLET SAN JOSE presents GISELLE.  Choreography by Dennis Nahat (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Music by Adolphe Adam, Performed by Symphony Silicon Valley.  With music by Adolphe Adam  and choreography by Dennis Nahat (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.) GISELLE was first performed over 150 years ago in Paris.  The quintessential Romantic ballet, GISELLE is the tale of a young girl who falls in love with Albrecht, a duke from a neighboring land who disguises himself as a villager to win her love.  When a jealous rival suitor discovers Albrecht's true identity and reveals it to Giselle, she dies of a broken heart, believing that she has been betrayed.  In the midst of a midnight forest glade, both of GISELLE'S suitors visit her grave.  There they encounter the Wilis, spirits of young maidens who were betrothed but died before their wedding days, and Myrtha, the queen who commands them.  Hoping to be reunited with Giselle, Alrecht must risk his life to spare her from the power of the unforgiving Myrtha.  San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose.  Tickets: $25 - $78.  Box Office: 408.288.2800.  Buy online at www.balletsanjose.org

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.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS (1814-1851).  Iere PARTIE: DE LA FIN DE L'EMPIRE A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830.  Apres l'exil de Napoleon et le retour de la monarchie avec Louis XVIII, la France cherche sa voie. Entre restauration et revolutions, permanence et resistance, la premiere moitie du XIXe siecle est marquee par de delicates cohabitations: les nostalgiques de l'Ancien Regime composent avec les heritiers de la Revolution et de l'Empire, les defenseurs d'une economie traditionnelle avec les adeptes du liberalisme economique.  Venez revivre la richesse et la complexite de cette periode mal connue, du retour des Bourbon en 1814 au coup d'etat d'un futur empereur, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, en 1851. C'est veritablement au cours de ces decennies de transformation que les Francais entrent dans l'ere industrielle et commencent leur apprentissage de la democratie.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 18, 2006.  ROYAL DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI & MOMBASA PARTY.  One of Africa’s greatest percussion ensembles performs on sacred drums music often association with ceremonial moments such as births and marriages.  Techniques have been passed from father to son.  Their massed drum sound, “Burundi beat,” has influenced musicians from Adam Ant to Joni Mitchell.  8pm.  Marin Center, 415.499.6800 or http://marincenter.org for details.  $18 (students) to $40.

November 18, 2006.  FRENCH DISCO with Gran Via.  House of Shields, 39 New Montgomery, SF.  415.975.8651 or http://houseofshields.com for details.

Through 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.

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.

November 30, 2006.  LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world.  Capitola Bookstore. 1745 41st Avenue in Capitola. 7:30 pm.

On-going.  SHOCKTOBERFEST! 2006:  LABORATORY OF HALLUCINATIONS.  The horror-themed theatrical troupe Thrillepeddlers stages its annual frightfest, a ghoulish show inspired by the gruesome GRAND GUIGNOL.  Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., San Francisco.  415.377.4202 or http://www.hypnodrome.com .  $20.  8pm. 

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.

THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT (Marker, 2004).  Veteran documentary artist Chris Marker’s look at CONTEMPORARY FRENCH POLITICS.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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.

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, 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.

AN EVENING WITH JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET features his whimsical AMELIE (France, 2000) and an early short film, FOUTAISES / THINGS I LIKE, THINGS I DON’T LIKE (France, 1989).  Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 for details. 

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

HUMAN TOUCH (France, 2005).  Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 for details. 

MARIE ANTOINETTE, Sofia Coppola’s $40 million dollar biopic of the French queen, from age 14 to the guillotine.   Starring Kirsten Dunst; in English. At many local cinemas including Century 20; Kabuki; Vogue; Sony Metreon; AMC 1000 and AMC Eastridge 15.

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.

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.

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, 2006.

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; Balboa; Piedmont; Clay; Shattuck.  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.

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. 

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.

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*ART*  .

Opening October 21, 2006.  MARC CHAGALL:  THE ART OF DREAMS.  An extraordinary retrospective of rare prints, newly acquired paintings by the artist, and featuring the complete NICE AND COTE D’AZUR suite.  Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary St. (between Powell and Mason), SF.  http://www.martinlawrence.com or geary@martinlawrence.com or 415.956.0345 for details.  Opening reception Oct.21, 7pm-9pm.  RSVP.

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.

October 28, 2006-Spring 2007.  FRESCO FRAGMENTS by ISABELLE PROUST.  Art at the Inn at the Willows, 15905 River Road, Guerneville, CA.  http://www.inatthewillows.com for details.

November 2-30, 2006.  PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. Work of resin, wood, aluminum, and found objects by PHILIPPE JESTIN.  Hang Art, 556 Sutter St., SF.  415.434.4264 or http://hangart.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.

Through 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.

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 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.

Through November 25, 2006.  EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, photographs from the private collection of Richard Avedon, including work by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON.  Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.981.2661.  http://www.fraenkelgallery.com for details.

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

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.

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

Through January 7, 2007.  YOUR HOUSE, MY HOUSE.  Homes from around the world, including an M’BURE from the tropics of FIJI.  Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito.  415.339.3900 or http://baykidsmuseum.org for details.

Through 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.

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*

October 23, 2006-February 12,  2007.  ATELIER D’EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE offert par PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, Prof Uni (JFK).   Deux formules vous sont offertes:  1. Atelier d'un jour, le samedi 21 oct. à Los Altos, de 10h à 17h, $120; 2. Atelier les lundi matins, de 10h à 13h, à Los Altos, du lundi 23 oct. au lundi 12 fév. 07- 8 séances, $345. On s'engage à la série entière après participation à celle du 23 oct.  L'écriture expressive nous aide à nous épanouir, et ne demande aucun don d'écrivain. Partager nos écrits est facultatif, et a lieu dans un climat chaleureux et confidentiel.  Philippe enseigne l'écriture expressive à l'Université John F. Kennedy ainsi  qu'en Europe. Ses cours, ateliers et retraites d'écriture sont très appréciés.  Renseignements et inscriptions: Ph. Berthoud - 510 234 4799 -  PhilBerthoud@aol.com

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. WEEK-LONG COURSES IN FRANCE's LOT VALLEY at LATITUDE. Relax! Enjoy! Discover "deep France" in southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley.  Latitude is a unique cultural center, located in a riverside hamlet, near Cahors and the painted caves at Pech-Merle. Founded and directed by E. Barbara Phillips, Professor emerita, San Francisco State, Latitude, is located in the historic, 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie and a converted tobacco hangar in La Toulzanie, 7 minutes from St. Cirq Lapopie (featured in the National Geographic Traveller in 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)* 

December 1, 2006. LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world.  Mrs. Dalloway's. 2904 College Avenue at Russell in Berkeley. 7:30pm.

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 3, 2006.  CHANTONS NOEL! Un nouveau programme de Noëls traditionnels et pas-si-traditionnels du 16è au 20è siècles avec Sara Evinger et Cheryl Keller, sopranos et Miles Graber, pianiste. Ce concert est offert au bénéfice de l'Alliance Française de Berkeley et sera donné dans la belle maison de l'une de nos membres. Réception au champagne après le concert.  Donation de $45 ($40 pour members de l'AFB), payable en avance avec votre réservation. Réservez tôt, places limitées. Pour réservation et directions, contactez Claire Van Brunt au 510-849-2283 ou c.vanbrunt@comcast.net.  À 5h.  English version:  A new program of traditional and not-so-traditional French Noëls from the 16th to the 20th centuries, with Sara Evinger and Cheryl Keller, sopranos, and pianist Miles Graber. This concert is a fundraiser for the Alliance Française de Berkeley and will be held at one of the members' beautiful home.  A champagne reception will follow. A requested donation of $45 ($40 for AFB members) is payable in advance with your reservation. Seating will be limited. To reserve and get directions, contact Claire Van Brunt at 510-849-2283 or c.vanbrunt@comcast.net.  5pm.

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

December 5, 2006.  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE.  How do I 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 to these questions in a discussion with former Journal Français publisher Marie Galanti Attorney at Law, December 5, 2006, 6:30-7:30. $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Space is limited. Call (415) 362-3666 or  info@frenchclass

December 5, 2006. LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world. Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera.  7pm.

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 7, 2006.  LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world. Get Lost Books. 1825 Market Street in San Francisco. 7pm.

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.  CALIFORNIA REVELS celebrates THE MUSIC OF FRENCH CANADA. California Revels is celebrating our 21st year of bringing festive seasonal performances to the Bay Area.  Each year we journey to another time in a culture's history bringing our audience music, drama and fun.  This year our theatrical celebration of the winter solstice is featuring the music, drama and dance of late 18th century Quebec.  We invite you to come with us on a wintry journey to the densely forested and beautiful terrain of 19th century French Canada.  Become part of life in the village of Trois Revieres as our narrator takes us back to a time of hardship and dangers but also of abundant feasting, celebration and great joy.  Joining us this year is the internationally acclaimed PIERRE CHARTRAND of MONTREAL’S DANSE CADENCE.  Pierre's amazingly quick Quebecois dancing and vivacious musicianship will leave you tapping your feet and singing along to the "kitchen music" in true Revels tradition.  If you are interested in more information regarding the 2006 Christmas Revels, December 8-10 & 15-17 at the Scottish Rite Theater on beautiful Lake Merritt, please contact me or visit our website: http://www.calrevels.org.   We offer discounts for seniors and children 18 and under as well as special group rates for parties of 10 or more. 510.452.3800 or 510.452.9334 or tickets@calrevels.orgfor details.

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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