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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
November 4-12, 2004

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*NOVEMBER EVENTS*.

November 3-5, 2004. JEAN-PAUL RAPPENEAU A SAN FRANCISCO. On Set With French Cinema 2004. Projection de CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Stanford University, le 3 novembre à 20h. Q & A avec le réalisateur à l'issue de la projection. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France (à New York et au Consulat Général de France à San Francisco) et l'Université Stanford. A l'occasion de la semaine du Français, une projection gratuite du film Cyrano de J.P. Rappeneau est organisée à San Francisco pour les classes étudiant le Français. Le réalisateur nous fera l'honneur d'être présent et pourra donc répondre aux questions des étudiants suite à la projection. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le San Francisco Film Society.// Special screening of Cyrano de Bergerac followed by a discussion with film director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Wednesday, November 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m., in Cubberley Auditorium on the Stanford campus. The film is in French with English subtitles. The event, free and open to the public, launches the second year of the film series From Script to Screen: Conversations on Contemporary French Cinema, sponsored by the Research Unit in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. For more information, contact Mireille Le Breton (mireille@stanford.edu) or visit http://dlcl.stanford.edu/research/frenchfilm.html or contactez: Grégory Douet-Lasne, gregory.douet-lasne@diplomatie.gouv.fr ou Véronique Fayard, (415) 591-4822 veronique.fayard@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Opening November 4, 2004. CALIGULA DISMEMBERED. Adapted and directed by Stanford professor JEAN-MARIE APOSTOLIDES. 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.725.5838 for details.

November 4, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT (the quartet of Hot Club of San Francisco) will join the JOE CRAVEN QUINTET in celebration of Joe Craven s new CD, DJANGO LATINO! (New Latin interpretations for the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli) http://www.joecraven.com/ Redwood City, CA - The Little Fox Theatre - 8:00pm. http://www.foxdream.com or 650.FOX.4119 for details.

November 4, 2004. DESERT BLUES: MARKUS JAMES and the WASSONRAI, featuring MAMADOU SIDIBE, KARAMBA DIABATE, and special guest MASSAMBA DIOP, with special guest appearance by RAMATOU DIAKITE, top Wassoulou woman singer-songwriter from MALI. Presented by Segue Entertainment and The Sebastopol Community Center. Before the concert there will be a screening of the music documentary TIMBUKTOUBAB, filmed on location in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa. Recent selection of the Mill Valley International Film Festival 2004. Film at 7 PM & concert at 8 PM. General admission: $13, students: $8. All ages welcome. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511. For more info: info@firenzerecords.com or 707.578.6728

November 4, 2004. CAFÉ PHILO: LE DESTIN. Alliance Française de Berkeley. 19h $5, call 510.548.7481

November 4 and December 8, 2004. INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT at the International School of the Peninsula. 151 Laura Lane ~ Palo Alto, Ca 95303 (Cohn Campus). Information for families interested in the school's International Baccalaureate program for middle school grades. 7pm.

Opening November 5, 2004. THE GOLDEN STATE. The DELL'ARTE COMPANY makes a long-overdue return to regular Bay Area presentations with a 21st century California remake of MOLIERE'S THE MISER. Joan Schirle stars as a miserly widow whose sexually rambunctious grown children pose a threat to the fortune she has stuffed in her bra. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St., SF. 415.869.3736 or www.brava.org for details. $13. Reviewed in the November 3 Pacific Sun, p.25.

November 5, 2004. CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA. Thème: « Lounge ». On peut s'habiller en « polyester » et manger « cocktail food »*. Apporter: "Cocktail food" ou "Finger food": SVP, amenez par exemple petites quiches, saucisses avec pics, sauces variées du style guacamole, « dips », ou « spreads », et/ou desserts. Amenez aussi une boisson de votre choix. De mon coté (avec l'aide de mon fils dont la vocation est chef gourmet!), j'offrirai cocktails de crevettes, filets de poulet, et autres « snacks ». Pas d'enfants (je suis désolée), mais les adolescents sont bienvenus. RSVP à : SShamsavari@xandex.com Il y aura beaucoup d'activités : ping pong, baby-foot (fussball), fléchettes (darts), backgammon, échecs, instruments a jouer. Vers minuit, la musique commencera pour la danse.

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

November 5, 2004. SONOMA-PROVENCE EXCHANGE MONTHLY FRENCH GROUP. Time for our monthly French Chat. Let's meet at a new location on a different day and, hopefully, more people can come.Please join us on Friday, November 5, beginning at 6 p.m. at Sassafras Restaurant. We'll meet in the bar area where we can also order food. Sassafras is open until 9 and is located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (College Avenue heading west, right onto Dutton, left into large parking lot of Santa Rosa Business Park; www.sassafrasrestaurant.com). If you haven't been able to join previous French Chats, we hope this new arrangement will work for you. Come enjoy a casual chat in French and share a toast to fall.

November 5, 2004. LES SANS CULOTTES. Bardot A Go Go's FRANCOPHILE FEST with Les Sans Culottes, a cheeky group of ironists from Brooklyn with but a single genuine Parisian (CELINE DIJON) among them. They deliver pitch-perfect retro pop ~ sung in French ~ à la Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), SF. $10. 415.861.5016 or visit www.cafedunord.com for details. Begins after the opening act at 9pm.

November 5, 2004. RICHARD RHODES, author of JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN, talks about his book. Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in NY from France in 1803... Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.

November 5, 2004. AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE FESTIVAL. Traditional African dance, drumming, and songs. Guests include ASSANE and OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE. Buriel Clay Memorial Theatre, 762 Fulton St., SF. 415.922.2049 for details. $15-$20. 9pm.

November 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2004. GOLDEN JOE d'ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT. Le Théâtre du Coin est fier de présenter sa production 2004: "Golden Joe", pièce de Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, à Palo Alto, Théâtre de Cubberley, 4000 Middlefield Rd, les 5, 6, 12 et 13 novembre 2004 a 20h. Prix: $ 12. Réservations conseillées à colette@beraut.com C'est la 10ème saison de la troupe du Théâtre du Coin qui a joué, par le passé, Une Aspirine pour Deux (Woody Allen), L'importance d'entre Constant (Oscar Wilde), Dogg's Hamlet (Tom Stoppard), présenté au Festival d'Avignon en 2003, comme rapporté ici et là. Mise en scène d'Hélène Charmet. Le Théâtre du Coin est une troupe amateur, entièrement bénévole, financée par les représentations et ses généreux mécènes, et est ouverte à toute proposition d'aide pour l'année prochaine. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt est l'un des auteurs dramatiques français actuels les plus joués, avec La Nuit de Valogne et Le Visiteur, consacré par un immense succès et trois Molière. Eric Emmanuel Schmitt a aussi écrit plusieurs romans, dont L'Evangile selon Pilate. L'adaptation cinématographique de Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2001), signée François Dupeyron, a permis à Omar Sharif de remporter son premier César en 2004. En 2003, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt a été l'écrivain contemporain français le plus lu dans le monde. Il a reçu le Prix du Théâtre de l'Académie Française 2001, pour l'ensemble de son œuvre. Golden Joe, c'est la question d'être ou de pas être, que Joe, héritier d'un empire financier de la City londonienne, ne s'est jamais posé. Avoir est son maître mot, posséder sa seule préoccupation. Elevé au royaume du matérialisme intégral, il a le dollar pour credo, le profit pour raison d'être. Pourtant, l'apparition spectrale de son père défunt sur l'écran de son ordinateur va bousculer sa belle assurance de machine à fabriquer de l'or. Tandis qu'il découvre les menées criminelles qui agitent sa famille, il s'aperçoit que l'homme n'est pas un robot dénué de sentiments. Il n'avait jamais pensé qu'on pût aimer, souffrir, rire ou pleurer. Il comprend enfin qu'il y a quelque chose de pourri au royaume du capitalisme. Survivra-t-il à cette révélation ? S'humanisera-t-il ? Cela vaut-il la peine de devenir humain ? Golden Joe a reçu 2 nominations aux Molière 1997: Meilleure pièce de création - Meilleur Comédien (Francis Huster).

November 5-12, 2004. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs AN EVENING IN OLD VIENNA, including Michael Haydn's music to VOLTAIRE'S ZAIRE and more. Pre-concert discussion 45 minutes before each performance. Performances in Palo Alto, Lafayette, Berkeley and San Francisco. Call 415.392.4400 or www.philharmonia.org for details.

Through November 6, 2004. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts,, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925.943.7469 or www.dlrca.org for details.

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

November 6, 2004. THOMAS KELLER talks about his new book BOUCHON. When Keller imagined opening a second restaurant in Napa Valley, next door to his French Laundry, he envisioned a place serving food that excited him in a different way from the food at the French Laundry. He craved food that was less complicated and a place that was more casual. And that was how BOUCHON was born. This cookbook is a collection of recipes for the home cook. Book Passage, SF Ferry Building, 11am. www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 6, 2004. ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs at THE FILLMORE in San Francisco. The fantastic music of African-born singer Angelique Kidjo is all about uniting people from across the globe. This is reflected in her latest release, Oyaya! (Which is the word for "joy" in Yoruba, Kidjo's native language.) Angelique Kidjo, whose work has garnered her three Grammy nominations, has woven the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of R&B, funk and jazz, as well as beats and rhythms from musical traditions of the Caribbean Diaspora. Angelique's show will so powerfully conquer your heart that you'd want to just… kiss her. Kidjo's performance is fun, beautiful, energetic, soft and just…crème delicieuse a la Kidjo style. 9pm. The Fillmore, San Francisco. $25.00. Get your tickets early. For more details, call 510.501.1900, http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C0038FD8E532CCC?brand=&artistid=769899&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=5. For more details, call 510.501.1900

November 6, 2004. EL CAMINO YOUTH SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS and more. Messiah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Rd., Redwood City. $5-$10. 7:30pm. 650.327.2611 for details.

November 6, 2004. FIONA SIMON, violin, and GWENDOLYN MOK, piano, perform RAVEL, FAURE and more. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento, SF. 415.474.1608 for details. $9-$15. 8pm.

November 6, 2004. GROUPE DU JOUR CAJUN TRIO performs at the Dance Palace. (No further details available at this time.)

November 6, 2004. JEANNE STARK IOCHMANS and LEON BATES, piano, perform DEBUSSY and more. Calvin Simmons Theatre, 10 10th St., Oakland. 510.601.7919. $25-$35. 7:30pm.

November 6, 2004. BERKELEY CHAMBER GROUP performs MILHAUD and more. Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley. 510.549.3864 for details. $8-$12. 8pm.

November 6 & 21, 2004. PARIS TRANSFORMING: THE BEAUTY AND THE HORROR OF URBAN RECONSTRUCTION. Lecture by Leonard Pitt. During the 1850s and '60s, Paris underwent the greatest urban reconstruction program the world had ever seen. Much of the city's history was lost as Medieval and Renaissance quarters crumbled. The man appointed to carry out this task was Baron Georges Haussmann. What motives lay behind this massive urban redesign? How did Parisians react as they saw their old city swept away? With over 200 images you will walk through pre-Haussmann Paris to witness this transformation and then continue into the 20th century to see how succeeding generations have stamped their vision onto one of the world's great cities. leonardp@sbcglobal.net for details.

Through November 7, 2004. CITY OF LOST CHILDREN. Catch dinner and an eerrie movie as Foreign Cinema shows the 1995 French cult flick. Free with Dinner. 2534 Mission St., SF. 415.648.7600 or www.foreigncinema.com for details.

Through November 7, 2004. BIZET'S CARMEN, performed by the LOS ANGELES OPERA. Conducted by Plácido Domingo and Nicola Luisotti. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA. losangelesopera.com for details.

November 7, 2004. FRANCE, A LOVE STORY. The new anthology, "France, A Love Story, women write about the French experience" edited by CAMILLE CUSUMANO (Seal Press) has just hit the bookstores and is flying off the shelves. Come hear several of the authors read from this edge-of-your-seat anthology. Book Passage, 7pm, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 800.999.7909 or 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 7, 2004. CABARET MONTMARTOIS, conçu et animé par Paule Aubéry, avec l'accordeoniste Valerie Kieser et la chanteuse Armelle Leroux. $12 membres et $15 non-membres, réservations à l'alliance de Berkeley 510.548.7481. La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley. 19h30

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

November 8, 2004. MARYBETH BOND talks about A WOMAN'S EUROPE. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.

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

November 10, 2004. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Culinary Café, Santa Rosa Junior College Arts Center, in the Brickyard, 458 B Street, Santa Rosa. Join us in tasting the fabulous organic and delicious foods prepared by professionals just for us. Soup, choice of three entrees, and dessert, $15 (non-members $20). Reserve by Sunday November 7 by calling 707.829.7708 at the latest. Reserve in advance by sending a check to AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Space is limited to 30. Parking is available in the 7th St. Parking Garage.

November 10, 2004. DES NOUVELLES DU BON DIEU (D. Le Pêcheur, 1993). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

November 11, 2004. JOURNEE PORTES OUVERTES au Lycée International Franco-Américain, 150 Oak Street, San Francisco (entre Gough et Franklin). Tél : 415.558.2000. Cher ami de la communauté française de la Baie ~ Le Bureau des Admissions a le plaisir de vous inviter à notre date "Journée Portes Ouvertes" qui se déroulera le jeudi 11 novembre, de 9h00 à 11h00. Si vous connaissez d'autres familles françaises qui, dans l'immédiat ou à l'avenir, sont susceptibles d'être intéressées par la présentation de notre programme bilingue exceptionnel, veuillez s'il vous plaît leur faire part de cette invitation. Le Lifa est l'un des établissements scolaires privés les plus importants et les plus prestigieux de la Californie du Nord. Un élève inscrit au LIFA fait partie du système éducatif français ; le programme du LIFA est conforme au programme officiel français depuis le cycle des apprentissages premiers jusqu'à la classe de terminale. Grâce à notre homologation par le ministère français de l'Education Nationale, un élève français du LIFA peut poursuivre ses études dans tout établissement français de France et de l'étranger, sans avoir à passer d'examen d'entrée. Nous espérons vous rencontrer le 11 novembre. Veuillez s'il vous plaît effectuer votre réservation auprès du Bureau des Admissions au 415.558.2060. Si vous ne pouvez pas vous joindre à nous, veuillez toutefois consulter notre dépliant pour en savoir plus sur notre mission. Dans cette période d'incertitude au niveau mondial, nous sommes convaincus qu'une éducation véritablement internationale et bilingue est le meilleur gage de réussite pour nos leaders francophones de demain. Nous vous remercions par avance de bien vouloir faire connaître le nom du Lycée International Franco-Américain au sein de notre communauté française.

November 11, 2004. ALISON ANDERSON talks about DARWIN'S WINK: A NOVEL OF NATURE AND LOVE, the story of two naturalists who find unexpected love as they work to save a rare bird species on an island off the coast of Mauritius (L'île Maurice). Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.

November 11, 2004. CLUB FRANÇAIS ~ 22ième ANNIVERSAIRE à San Mateo. 7:00 du soir. Bring hors d'oeuvres or drinks to share (no red wine, please) and pick up a new membership list. Birthday cake provided by le Club Français. Current 2004 members … no charge for celebration; renew now for 2005 at $10. RSVP & get additional details by Monday, November 8 at jandot5@mac.com or 650.345.6338.

November 11-December 12, 2004. LIFE X 3 by YASMINA REZA's LIFE X 3, translated by Christopher Hampton. Life x 3 plays at Marin Theatre Company from November 11 through December 12. Yasmina Reza's Life x 3 is as witty and acerbic as Art her enormous worldwide success. In Life x 3, Reza contrasts man's ability to analyze and map the outermost reaches of the universe with his total inability to respond rationally to the most trivial domestic mishap. She examines how the slightest random event can effortlessly derail the most elaborately laid plan. Life x 3 is an original, hilarious and ultimately thought-provoking addition to an increasingly impressive body of work from one of the most fascinating and distinctive voices of the contemporary theatre. Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Order your tickets today by calling the MTC box office at 415.388.5208. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. www.marintheatre.org or 415.388.5208.

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

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

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

November 13, 2004. FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. 10am-11am. Caffe Oggi, Albertson's Plaza just west of 101, Mill Valley. suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

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

November 13, 2004. YEAR OF LANGUAGES. Foreign Language Association of Northern California's Fall Conference. www.fla-nc.org or sarahcr@berkeley.edu or agnes@socrates.berkeley.edu or machetez@sbcglobal.net for details. 8am-4pm.

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

November 14, 2004. MICHAEL SCHADE, tenor, & MALCOLM MARTINEAU, piano, perform works by FAURE and more. Cal Performances, Hertz Hall. $46. 3pm. Ticket office 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

November 14 & 21, 2004. LES DEMOISELLES DE PIGALLE. Sylvie Braitman's moving show is a musical exploration of the world of prostitution. The "oldest profession in the world" has lit the imagination of many lyricists. Abused, harassed, wasted, but also dangerous and seductive in their feminity, prostitutes continue to fascinate us. Perhaps because they trade not only sex, but also illusions, do they strike a very personal chord in each of us. In their extreme misery they point to universal longing. Sung in 5 languages, performed with flair and beauty, Les Demoiselles de Pigalle takes us into the thirties and the streets of Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Panama and Warsaw with unforgettable songs. 7PM. The Empire Plush Room, 940 Sutter Street, San Francisco www.empireplushevents.com 415.885.2800. $20 and two drinks See www.SylvieBraitman.com for further details. With M. Grossman (piano), Odile Lavault (accordion), Jeremy Cohen (violin), Michael Knapp (bass).

November 16, 2004. ARABESQUE. JANE BIRKIN IN CONCERT. "La plus française des chanteuses anglaises" discovered by Serge Gainsbourg. Classics with an Arabic sound. Great American Music Hall - 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco. Billets à l'avance, 30$ (35$ au guichet) Billets en vente à la billetterie du Great American Music Hall ou par fax (formulaire téléchargeable sur le site du GAMH, www.tickets.com ou www.virtuous.com) Pour plus d'information : 415.885.0750 / www.gamh.com Un concours sera organisé en octobre pour gagner des places au concert. Plus d'informations sur le site du Service Culturele n octobre ou voir www.afsf.com ou 415.775.7755. 20h.

November 17, 2004. LUNDI MATIN (O. Iosseliani, 1994). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

November 17, 2004. INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS. You are cordially invited to the next monthly event of InterFrench Silicon Valley. Please join us at this next monthly meeting to enjoy French hospitality (catered buffet, French wine, pastries and crêpes), make and renew networking connections and learn from the multiple presentations and SIGs (special interest groups). www.interfrench.org for details.

November 17-20, 2004. ONCE-A-YEAR FETE DU BEAUJOLAIS. Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives At Left Bank! On the third Thursday of November, Left Bank celebrates one of the most frivolous and animated rituals of the wine world Ð welcoming the first wine harvested from the summer season, a wine known as "Beaujolais Nouveau." When it's midnight on Thursday in France, it's 3 PM on Wednesday in California Ð when we begin to serve the 2004 Beaujolais Nouveau. (November 17). All five of the Bay Area's popular French Left Bank brasseries will be pouring fresh and fruity, easy-to-drink Beaujolais Nouveau. Taste wine from world famous winemaker Georges DeBoeuf, one of France's largest and best-known French wine merchants; and have a glass from two smaller boutique, hard-to-find suppliers: Dominque Piron and Domaine Ruet. Left Bank will celebrate four days of Beaujolais Nouveau beginning Wednesday, November 17 through Saturday, November 20. Each evening diners can enjoy selections from our à la carte Beaujolais menu as well as costumes, prizes, live music and delicious dishes to complement this fragrant, festive new wine. In Pleasant Hill on Wednesday and Thursday, we will have a Beaujolais Pavilion. Our holiday tent will be party headquarters - $10.95 includes lives music and appetizer buffet, plus six Nouveaus from five producers. Part of the excitement of this celebration is knowing that on the same night Ð in restaurants, bistros, cafes, pubs, homes and bars around the world Ð people will simultaneously lift glasses in festivity and fanfare. Beaujolais Nouveau À La Carte Menu: Rabbit terrine with frisee salad, Beaujolais reduction and whole grain mustard vinaigrette, 9.25; Hazelnut crusted venison medallion, butternut squash & Roquefort tian, Willey Farms spinach, Beaujolais sauce 22.75; Grilled sea bass wrapped in fig leaves served with a fall root vegetable gratin with a cassis and Beaujolais sauce 18.95; Beaujolais poached pear tart with vanilla bean ice cream. And Beaujolais syrup 6.25. Left Bank's five Bay Area Parisian-style brasseries serve lunch through dinner, seven days per week commencing at 11:30 AM. For more information visit www.leftbank.com. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415/927-3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows Ð 650/345-2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza Ð 925/288-1222. Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Ð 650/473-6543 San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row Ð 408/984-3500

November 19, 2004. LES ARTISTES ET LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. Conférence en français par Renée Morel. Comment la photographie, art nouveau au XIXe siecle, s'est-elle inscrite au coeur de l'esthetique des peintres symbolistes, puis de ceux qui les ont suivi? Quel role a-t-elle joue dans le processus de la creation chez des artistes aussi differents que Degas, Moreau, Gauguin, Bonnard, Vallotton, Vuillard, Mucha, Much et Picasso? Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. Organisé par SF Bay Accueil / Marie-Elyse Lyman. Coût: $7. 10am-11:30am. To reserve: rmorel@ccsf.edu

November 19, 2004. RENDEZ-VOUS LITTERAIRE de L'Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. Texte: LES CHAMPS D'HONNEUR de Jean ROUAUD presented by David Rafoni. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Free.

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

November 19, 2004. CONVERSATION A L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. Venez avec un plat et une bouteille pour parler français. call 510-5487481. 18h30.

November 19, 2004. PEPE LE MOKO. Film screening at the Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco When: Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7 Reservations: 415-393-0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org - www.milibrary.org Film Synopsis: Jean Gabin sacrifices life for love in Julien Duvivier's classic tale of the Casbah. Terrance Gelenter is Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941. Phone: 415.388.4956. Fax: 415.388.1266. Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

November 19, 2004. THE WOMEN ARE BURNING. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN WITCH-HUNTS. Lecture by Leonard Pitt. The tension between men and women has been played out for centuries in personal relationships, family dynamics, and community mores. No more dramatic example of this tension exists than the Church's organized persecution of women during the infamous witch-hunt trials. How did women come to be perceived as evil, all-powerful, and in the service of the Devil? What was the Church's logic as it carried out this program of repression? What were the consequences? leonardp@sbcglobal.net for details.

November 19 & 21, 2004. DEPUIS QU'OTAR EST PARTI / SINCE OTAR LEFT. This superb first feature provides a delicate and amusing portrait of three women in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Ada, a girl of 25, shares a cramped apartment with Marina, her mother, and Eka, her grandmother, in the capital city Tbilisi. They must deal with one another and with the absence of the most important man in their lives, Eka's beloved son, who is working in Paris and sends them a little money from time to time. Otar takes on mythic status within the family and his phone calls and letters are treated as an oracle. Catastrophe comes when a friend brings word of Otar's sudden death. Fearing for the grandmother's health, his sister and niece decide to hide this disastrous news from her. They write letters, as if from Otar, inventing a happy life for him. In this tender, wire-walking family drama, director Julie Bertuccelli gives us a deftly drawn, instantly recognizable dynamic of a frustrated female clan, while never losing sight of the fact that everything that happens is born of affection. Winner of the prestigious Critics' Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and featuring a trio of stunning performances. (2003, 102 min., in French w/English subtitles) Video Projection. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Times: Friday, November 19 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 21 at 4:00. For more information, visit the Sonoma Film Institute website www.sonoma.edu/sfi, or call (707)664-2606.

Through November 20, 2004. THE THRILLPEDDLERS perform WELCOME TO THE HYPNODOME. Three classic tales of terror inspired by the GRAND GUIGNOL THEATER of Paris. 575 10th St, SF. 415.248.1900 for details.

Through November 20, 2004. AVANT GARDARAMA! Five plays, including one about a couple of French stewardesses who attempt to prevent two Texas jumbo jets from going to war. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), SF. 415.419.3584 or www.cuttingball.com

November 20, 2004. LA FETE DU BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. Members $20, non-members $25. Tickets may be reserved in advance by sending your check to the AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. The envelope should be postmarked by November 12. Tickets will also be sold at the door, for $25, but this event could sell out early. Call the Alliance Française, 707.543.8151 or 707.82.7708 or visit www.afsantarosa.org or write info@afsantarosa.org for more information. Event starts at 6pm.

November 20, 2004. DINER DU BEAUJOLAIS. Alliance Frrancaise de Berkeley. 19h $40 membres $45 non-membres. Reserve before November 13 at 510.548.7481.

November 20 and December 11, 2004 and January 8 & 29 and March 12, 2005. PROMOTING AND MEASURING LITERACY IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM. Room I-24 Elsie Allen High School, 599 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.664.2409 or 415.485.3286 for details.

November 21, 2004. A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE -- a slideshow about the Quercy featuring architectural gems, gastronomic delights, historic markers from Pech-Merle's painted caves to The 100 Years' War and beyond. Commentary by E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, San Francisco State, and Founder/Director, The Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie (Lot), France. Followed by refreshments, door prize, and conversation in French and English. Entrance is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating. North Berkeley. For reservations and directions, please email barbara@latitude.org or call Barbara at 510-525-8436. 5pm.

November 25, 2004. THANKSGIVING AT LEFT BANK. Left Bank Serves Two Kinds of Thanksgiving Dinners. In addition to our traditional Thanksgiving dinner served from noon to 8 PM at our five brasseries, we are also offering a casual THANKSGIVING BAR MENU. Reservations not necessary in the bar. We will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 25th from Noon to 8:00 P.M. Larkspur & Menlo Park $42.00 per person, $9.95 Children 6-12 yrs,Complimentary for Children 5 yrs & under. Pleasant Hill, San Jose & San Mateo $38.00 per person, Complimentary for Children 12 yrs & under, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415/927-3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows Ð 650.345.2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza Ð 925/288-1222. Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue 650.473.6543 San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row 408.984.3500.

November 26, 2004. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Alliance Francaise de Berkeley, 510.526.6404

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

Through November 27, 2004. SCAPINO! Based on MOLIERE'S play LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN. Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda. 510.523.1553 for details.

November 27 and December 3 & 17, 2004. STEVE VENTRELLO - FRENCH ACCORDION AT CAFÉ SOCIETY. When Steve Ventrello is not making wine at his vineyard, Parador, in the Napa Valley, he can occasionally be found playing the accordion at Cafe Society! Stop by and have a glass of delicious French wine while Steve plays music from Edith Piaf to Amelie which will take you straight to Paris. So much fun that no one wants to leave Café Society on Ventrello nights. Café Society, 1000 Main Street, Napa. Call for additional information 707.256.3232 x206 or email sales@cafesocietystore.com Reservations not required, Suggested Donation: $6

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

FRENCH SPEAKING ACTOR / TOUR GUIDE. Seeking a French speaking (preferably a professional French woman in her thirties) actor or tour guide whom is living in San Francisco that can translate one evening for a small group of French visitors on Dec. 1, 2004. The evening will involve dinner, entertainment and a very interesting tour of the city. Sophisticated and conservative individuals need apply only. Some knowledge of San Francisco is important. Call 408.298.3001 X 11.

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

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*CINEMA*

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

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Alliance Francaise de Berkeley, 510.526.6404 See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

CITY OF LOST CHILDREN. Catch dinner and an eerrie movie as Foreign Cinema shows the 1995 French cult flick. Free with Dinner. 2534 Mission St., SF. 415.648.7600 or www.foreigncinema.com for details. Through November 7.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Stanford University, le 3 novembre à 20h. Q & A avec le réalisateur à l'issue de la projection. JEAN-PAUL RAPPENEAU A SAN FRANCISCO. On Set With French Cinema 2004. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France (à New York et au Consulat Général de France à San Francisco) et l'Université Stanford. A l'occasion de la semaine du Français, une projection gratuite du film Cyrano de J.P. Rappeneau est organisée à San Francisco pour les classes étudiant le Français. Le réalisateur nous fera l'honneur d'être présent et pourra donc répondre aux questions des étudiants suite à la projection. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le San Francisco Film Society.// Special screening of Cyrano de Bergerac followed by a discussion with film director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Wednesday, November 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m., in Cubberley Auditorium on the Stanford campus. The film is in French with English subtitles. The event, free and open to the public, launches the second year of the film series From Script to Screen: Conversations on Contemporary French Cinema, sponsored by the Research Unit in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. For more information, contact Mireille Le Breton (mireille@stanford.edu) or visit http://dlcl.stanford.edu/research/frenchfilm.html or contactez: Grégory Douet-Lasne, gregory.douet-lasne@diplomatie.gouv.fr ou Véronique Fayard, (415) 591-4822 veronique.fayard@diplomatie.gouv.fr See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

DEPUIS QU'OTAR EST PARTI / SINCE OTAR LEFT. This superb first feature provides a delicate and amusing portrait of three women in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Ada, a girl of 25, shares a cramped apartment with Marina, her mother, and Eka, her grandmother, in the capital city Tbilisi. They must deal with one another and with the absence of the most important man in their lives, Eka's beloved son, who is working in Paris and sends them a little money from time to time. Otar takes on mythic status within the family and his phone calls and letters are treated as an oracle. Catastrophe comes when a friend brings word of Otar's sudden death. Fearing for the grandmother's health, his sister and niece decide to hide this disastrous news from her. They write letters, as if from Otar, inventing a happy life for him. In this tender, wire-walking family drama, director Julie Bertuccelli gives us a deftly drawn, instantly recognizable dynamic of a frustrated female clan, while never losing sight of the fact that everything that happens is born of affection. Winner of the prestigious Critics' Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and featuring a trio of stunning performances. (2003, 102 min., in French w/English subtitles) Video Projection. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Times: Friday, November 19 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 21 at 4:00. For more information, visit the Sonoma Film Institute website www.sonoma.edu/sfi, or call (707)664-2606.

FAUT-IL AIMER MATHILDE? (Edwin Baily, 1993). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

JEAN-PAUL RAPPENEAU A SAN FRANCISCO. On Set With French Cinema 2004. Projection de CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Stanford University, le 3 novembre à 20h. Q & A avec le réalisateur à l'issue de la projection. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France (à New York et au Consulat Général de France à San Francisco) et l'Université Stanford. A l'occasion de la semaine du Français, une projection gratuite du film Cyrano de J.P. Rappeneau est organisée à San Francisco pour les classes étudiant le Français. Le réalisateur nous fera l'honneur d'être présent et pourra donc répondre aux questions des étudiants suite à la projection. Organisé par les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France, Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le San Francisco Film Society.// Special screening of Cyrano de Bergerac followed by a discussion with film director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Wednesday, November 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m., in Cubberley Auditorium on the Stanford campus. The film is in French with English subtitles. The event, free and open to the public, launches the second year of the film series From Script to Screen: Conversations on Contemporary French Cinema, sponsored by the Research Unit in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. For more information, contact Mireille Le Breton (mireille@stanford.edu) or visit http://dlcl.stanford.edu/research/frenchfilm.html or contactez: Grégory Douet-Lasne, gregory.douet-lasne@diplomatie.gouv.fr ou Véronique Fayard, (415) 591-4822 veronique.fayard@diplomatie.gouv.fr

LUNDI MATIN (O. Iosseliani, 1994). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

MONSIEUR BATIGNOLE. Rialto, Santa Rosa, 707.525.4840.

DES NOUVELLES DU BON DIEU (D. Le Pêcheur, 1993). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm. See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

PEPE LE MOKO. Film screening at the Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco When: Café opens at 6PM for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members FREE, public $7 Reservations: 415-393-0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org - www.milibrary.org Film Synopsis: Jean Gabin sacrifices life for love in Julien Duvivier's classic tale of the Casbah. Terrance Gelenter is Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941. Phone: 415.388.4956. Fax: 415.388.1266. Email: terrance@paris-expat.com See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!

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*ART*

November 1-December 2, 2004. SOUVENIRS DE MONTPELLIER. Paintings and works on paper. Works by WILLIAM MCELHINEY. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

November 4-January 16, 2004. PASSION FOR DRAWING: POUSSIN TO CEZANNE, WORKS FROM THE PRAT COLLECTION. Exhibition looks at the development of the drawing medium between 1600 and 1900. The show's presentation of landscapes, portraits, still lifes and figure studies includes selections by CLAUDE LORRAIN, FRANCOIS PERRIER, THEODORE GERICAULT, and ODILON REDON. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. See getty.edu for details.

Opening November 5, 2004. PHOTOGRAPHS, SCULPTURE, GRAPHIC ART, DRAWING, BY LEONARD PITT. Giorgi Art Gallery. leonardp@sbcglobal.net for details.

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

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

Through November 15, 2004. LE PETIT MAITRE. Works by minor Impressionists and post-Impressionist artists. Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF. 415.433.2771 or www.pasqualeart.com for details.

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

Through November 17, 2004. RENE GRIFFITH exhibit entitled PARIS, featuring Polaroid SX-70 prints. Modernpast, 67 Chenery St., SF. 415.333.9007.

November 29-January 3, 2004. WOMEN OF THE MAGDALEINE. Paintings by Richard Vettel-Becker inspired by the figure of Marie-Magdalene. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

Through January 2, 2005. CEZANNE IN THE STUDIO: STILL LIFE IN WATERCOLORS. Exhibition focuses on the painter's watercolor masterpieces and reveals another side to an artist often celebrated for his rich oil paintings. Pages from Cézanne's sketchbooks shed light on the evolution of his works from pencil lines to layered color wshes. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. See getty.edu for details.

Through January 23, 2005. FRENCH CURVES: THE AUTOMOBILE AS SCULPTURE. Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles.

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

Through February 27, 2005. THE JEWISH JOURNEY: FREDERIC BRENNER'S PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY. French photographer Frédéric Brenner has taken 80,000 photos of Jewish folk spread out over 40 countries on five continents. 100 large-scale Brenner prints are on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 121 Steuart (at Mission), SF. 415.591.8000 or visit www.thecjm.org for details.

On-going. THE SFMOMA COLLECTION. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

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

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*OTHER MEDIA*

BAY AREA FRANCOPHONE PARENTS. Are you a Francophone or Francophile parent in the Bay Area? Then visit the Frenchparents.org web site. It's Bons Plans (Recommendations) forum is full of interesting local tips, and to really participate, subscribe to the biweekly online newsletter, where new memebers are introduced and announcements and want ads are posted. Hope to see you soon on http://www.frenchparents.net.

FRANCE TODAY. France Today, the Journal of French Travel and Culture, takes you on a journey to France ten times per year with in-depth information on travel destinations all over France and practical travel tips to make your trip a care-free one. Subscribe now for only $32 - Bay Area Francophile List price (regular price $39). Click here for details: http://www.francetoday.com/subscribe_ft_bafl.php

JOURNAL FRANÇAIS. Journal Français is your Vital Link to France and the French Language, as well as your Best Resource for French Products and Services available in the U.S. Entirely in French. One year subscription, 12 issues shipped/one per month. Only $34 -Bay Area Francophile List (regular price $41). Click here for details: http://www.journalfrancais.com/subscribe_jf_bafl.php

WWW.PARIS-EXPAT.COM. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes. Enjoy a FREE monthly subscription to PARIS THROUGH EXPATRIATE EYES' monthly newsletter THE PARIS INSIDER. We've been expanding the content of the newsletter and developing new Paris programs for travelers. Visit www.paris-expat.com and enroll on the home page. Win free tickets to French movies... and more! Email Terrance at terrance@paris-expat.com or call 415.388.4956 for details.

FRANCETIME: The Online French Connection - Le Reseau francophone mondial. FranceTime is the place where Francophiles interact in English or French: French news, virtual/real Tours, Free classified, chat rooms, travel tips and advice and more. Don't miss our virtual our of Paris, "Paris en Images". We are looking for volunteer writers who want to share their knowledge of the French culture (i.e., travel tips, reports, journal, culture, etc.). If you want to submit material, go to http://www.francetime.com/submit.php. Visit us now at http://www.francetime.com. A tout de suite.

THE FRENCH CLASS NEWSLETTER. FRENCH NEWSLETTER: language and travel tips, list of activities in French such as wine tastings, free conversation groups, French parties, cooking classes, dinner, museums visits, workshops, etc. Only $30 per year for 6 issues. Call The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF (415.362.3666) for details.

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*TELEVISION*

TV5 NOW AVAILABLE ON CABLE! Watch the best in French programming on TV5, now available on Cable TV with Comcast in many cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. TV5 is only $10.99 a month in addition to your Comcast cable subscription. For complete details about service, prices and availability or to subscribe call toll free 1-888-824-8058.

FRENCH AMERICAN TELEVISION : French-American TV is now on Berkeley community Media. Go to: www.betv.org Now on Monday at 7:30pm and Wednesday at 2:30pm and Friday at 8:30 pm. Click on tv 28, then click on stream. The shows are on the internet at the same time they are aired. Also I am on the internet and the link to the stream fatv shows is: http://www.chantvshow.tv/French/Television.htm and on www.french-american.tv and soon on http://valleyaccesschannels.tv. Contact: aline@french-american.tv.

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

IMPORTANT SURVEY FROM THE FRENCH CONSULATE. La Mission pour la Science et la Technologie (MS&T) - Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis mène, pour le compte de l'Etat, une enquête sur le devenir des post- doctorants français en Amérique du Nord après leur post-doctorat. Cette enquête est donc destinée à tous ceux qui sont ou qui ont été post-doctorants en Amérique du Nord. Pour accéder à l'enquête, il suffit de cliquer sur le lien suivant : http://www.science-odyssee.org/postdoc Seules deux minutes suffiront pour y répondre ! Cette enquête est faite de telle façon qu'elle protège totalement l'anonymat des individus et la confidentialité sur leur activité. Les résultats de cette enquête seront accessibles sur le Portail Français des Scientifiques en Amérique du Nord : www.science-odyssee.org Nous vous remercions pour votre contribution à cette enquête et n'hésitez pas la rediffuser auprès de vos amis et collègues français concernés. C'est la condition du succès de cette enquête !

A LA RECHERCHE D'UNE FAMILLE FRANCAISE. Une ancienne collegue en ESL, Peggy McCurdy, qui habite maintenant Palo Alto, m'a confie une tache: de trouver une famille en France qui ait une fille d'environ 15 ans pour un echange eventuel avec sa niece, qui habite Mountain View. Je connais pas mal de familles en France, mais aucune avec une fille de cet age. La niece aimerait passer un mois en France cet ete, ayant etudie le francais depuis 3 ans. Elle s'appelle Liz Johnson. Idees? Contactez: Tobey Louise Wiebe twiebe@sonic.net

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

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

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

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

MASSAGE & FRENCH. Why not combine the pleasure or massage and review or simply speak French at the same time?? French massage therapist certified by the Sebastopol Massage Center offers Swedish massage with integrated Shiatsu/Breema bodywork in the comfort of your home. Santa Rosa, Sebatopol, Russian River, Healdsburg, Forestville. $50.00 per session of 1hour and 15/20 minutes. Grounding and relaxing results guaranteed. Other locations or longer sessions, please email for details. I am in Forestville and cna massage at my home. Please email to jean_charles_david@hotmail.com or call 707 843 0656.

XAVIER DE LA PRADE, ACCORDIONIST and specialist of French café music, can lead sing-a-longs with lyrics to over 50 French songs. M. de la Prade often plays for the Alliances of Marin and Santa Rosa along with the Lafayette Club of Marin County. Anyone needing a French accordionist should contact him directly at 415.662.2105.

FRANCE TODAY. France Today, the Journal of French Travel and Culture, takes you on a journey to France ten times per year with in-depth information on travel destinations all over France and practical travel tips to make your trip a care-free one. Subscribe now for only $32 - Bay Area Francophile List price (regular price $39). Click here for details: http://www.francetoday.com/subscribe_ft_bafl.php

JOURNAL FRANÇAIS. Journal Français is your Vital Link to France and the French Language, as well as your Best Resource for French Products and Services available in the U.S. Entirely in French. One year subscription, 12 issues shipped/one per month. Only $34 -Bay Area Francophile List (regular price $41). Click here for details: http://www.journalfrancais.com/subscribe_jf_bafl.php

FRENCH IMMERSION FAMILY HOME DAYCARE - Pre-school curriculum, ages 2-5 and after-school French Programs For Elementary School Kids (Beginning &endash; Fluent). Santa Rosa 707-539-6888 for information; Lic. 493004688.

HENRI-PIERRE KOUBAKA performs ancient and contemporary Mandingo Music from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Kongo with vocals and acoustic guitar. When not performing solo Henri-Pierre Koubaka leads a band which often incorporates a variety of instruments such as balafon, violin , cello, bass . guitar . This large ensemble may also feature dancers while the unavoidable percussion section contributes secular and spiritual rhythms. 510.501.1900. kumpo@yahoo.com.

POSTERS FRANCAIS. Pour les petits comme pour les grands, des posters pour chacun. Posters2France (a lire en francais : Posters de France), http://www.posters2france.com, propose des posters varies de la France de Robert Doisneau ou de Rene-Jacques aussi bien que celle de Yann Arthus-Bertrand et beaucoup d'autres. Vous y trouverez aussi Babar, le petit Prince, Tintin et les vieilles publicites francaises. 50% de reduction sur les prix web pour les ecoles et professeurs pour toute commande superieure a $100. (Distributor is a local San Franciscan.)

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Bay Area restaurants of interest to Francophiles are invited to send a short description for inclusion here.

ONCE-A-YEAR FETE DU BEAUJOLAIS. Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives At Left Bank! On the third Thursday of November, Left Bank celebrates one of the most frivolous and animated rituals of the wine world Ð welcoming the first wine harvested from the summer season, a wine known as "Beaujolais Nouveau." When it's midnight on Thursday in France, it's 3 PM on Wednesday in California Ð when we begin to serve the 2004 Beaujolais Nouveau. (November 17). All five of the Bay Area's popular French Left Bank brasseries will be pouring fresh and fruity, easy-to-drink Beaujolais Nouveau. Taste wine from world famous winemaker Georges DeBoeuf, one of France's largest and best-known French wine merchants; and have a glass from two smaller boutique, hard-to-find suppliers: Dominque Piron and Domaine Ruet. Left Bank will celebrate four days of Beaujolais Nouveau beginning Wednesday, November 17 through Saturday, November 20. Each evening diners can enjoy selections from our à la carte Beaujolais menu as well as costumes, prizes, live music and delicious dishes to complement this fragrant, festive new wine. In Pleasant Hill on Wednesday and Thursday, we will have a Beaujolais Pavilion. Our holiday tent will be party headquarters - $10.95 includes lives music and appetizer buffet, plus six Nouveaus from five producers. Part of the excitement of this celebration is knowing that on the same night Ð in restaurants, bistros, cafes, pubs, homes and bars around the world Ð people will simultaneously lift glasses in festivity and fanfare. Beaujolais Nouveau À La Carte Menu: Rabbit terrine with frisee salad, Beaujolais reduction and whole grain mustard vinaigrette, 9.25; Hazelnut crusted venison medallion, butternut squash & Roquefort tian, Willey Farms spinach, Beaujolais sauce 22.75; Grilled sea bass wrapped in fig leaves served with a fall root vegetable gratin with a cassis and Beaujolais sauce 18.95; Beaujolais poached pear tart with vanilla bean ice cream. And Beaujolais syrup 6.25. Left Bank's five Bay Area Parisian-style brasseries serve lunch through dinner, seven days per week commencing at 11:30 AM. For more information visit www.leftbank.com. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415/927-3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows Ð 650/345-2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza Ð 925/288-1222. Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Ð 650/473-6543 San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row Ð 408/984-3500

THANKSGIVING AT LEFT BANK. Left Bank Serves Two Kinds of Thanksgiving Dinners. In addition to our traditional Thanksgiving dinner served from noon to 8 PM at our five brasseries, we are also offering a casual THANKSGIVING BAR MENU. Reservations not necessary in the bar. We will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 25th from Noon to 8:00 P.M. Larkspur & Menlo Park $42.00 per person, $9.95 Children 6-12 yrs,Complimentary for Children 5 yrs & under. Pleasant Hill, San Jose & San Mateo $38.00 per person, Complimentary for Children 12 yrs & under, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415/927-3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows Ð 650.345.2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza Ð 925/288-1222. Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue 650.473.6543 San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row 408.984.3500.

CURBSIDE BISTRO. The Curbside Bistro serves excellent soupes, salades, and ensuite (afterward/dessert) with genuine French style. Here you can try French favorites such as coq au vin (chicken with wine), and faux filet sauce bordelaise (sirloin with Bordeaux sauce). For dessert, try le bouchon special maison (the house special), a hot luscious, dark chocolate cake with raspberries outside and liquid chocolate inside. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the Curbside Bistro for its food and French atmosphere.

CAFÉ SOCIETY, 1000 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559. Café Society, an authentic French bistro and retail store by day and an intimate cabaret style nightclub by night, is a feast for the senses. The bi-monthly Cabaret Evenings at Café Society are extremely popular and fast becoming a favorite venue for top-notch performers. Audiences may enjoy authentic bistro food paired with French wines, Belgian Beers, Italian espresso, Parisian hot chocolate and a selection of specialty beverages while listening to stellar Bay Area performers. The Café Society store is constantly evolving with a rotation of fine European antiques, lighting, gifts and jewelry assembled from shopping trips to France and Italy by store proprietors, and award winning interior designers Joan and Steve Osburn. Café Society is located at 1000 Main Street in historic downtown Napa, directly next door to the Napa Valley Opera House. For more information on happenings at Café Society and ongoing events including poetry readings, French conversation, writer's café, poetry readings, Conversation Café, cabaret evenings, tastings, book signings and other lively presentations, visit www.cafesocietystore.com or call 415.487.2333 X118.

PARISIAN CAFÉ JAZZ IN PLEASANT HILL. Left Bank of Pleasant Hill features jazz on Friday evenings from 7pm to 11pm, including LAURENT FOURGO from Paris! 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925.288.1222 or www.leftbank.com for more details.

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BAY AREA FRENCH GROUP. Last November marked the 21st anniversary of the Bay Area French Group. Thanks to the interest and contagious enthusiasm of our members, our membership has grown from 4 to 40 people from Marin, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the East and South Bay. As a member, you will receive a monthly notice with information about each "réunion," with French conversation and food, from our "sécretaire extraordinaire," Marian Hirsch. This notice, and your e-mail notice, if you provide us this address, includes the date (a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 7 PM) and directions to the member's home. Please remember to bring some light food or drink so that our gracious host has fewer preparations. You are encouraged to invite other French-speaking people, since that is how our group grows! Our annual dues is $10.00, which covers: postage for mailing monthly meeting notices; monthly e-mail notices, if you provide an e-mail address; periodic membership list updates (by Marian); opportunity to attend monthly French Group gatherings; annual birthday celebration for the French Group. CONTACT: jandot5@mac.com

Mondays: FRENCH CLUB OF MARIN. 415.663.8177 for details.

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION with Anne Marie MacEligot. Every Friday 6pm-7pm. Interested in speaking French with others? All levels are welcome to this informal gathering. Cafe Society, 1000 Main Street, Napa. Call for additional information 707.256.3232 x206. Email sales@cafesocietystore.com or http://www.cafesocietystore.com.

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION group. Every Monday 7:30 pm-9pm. Join "le petit groupe" in San Francisco. Call for additional information 415.269.7718 or cobrion@hotmail.com

First Monday of the month: THE FRENCH CONNECTION OF THE SILICON VALLEY. 1st Monday of the month, 6:30pm to 9pm. Networking plus speaker plus buffet for more info, register at : http://www.dbf.net. 1001 Marshall St., Redwood City CA.

Second Monday of the month: MARIN INTERFRENCH. Meetings chez Michel à Greenbrae. zsolution4u@yahoo.com or http://www.interfrench.com or 415.925.1241 for details.

Tuesday afternoons: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS GROUP at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, at noon. Contact Len Rogers, 415.435.2651 for details.

Tuesday afternoons: CAUSERIE a OAKMONT. 4-5pm. Berger Center, 6634 Oakmont Drive.

Every other Tuesday afternoon: CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE. Organized by The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666. Every other Tuesday at 5:30, free activity for the members of our French Club. Please call for information on how to become a member of our French Club.

Tuesday evenings. CAUSERIE A HEALDSBURG. 5:30 - 7:30 only. Call Sue Phillips 707.433.8074, Myrna Green 707.433.3677, or Audrey Darby 707.431.1619, for details.

Tuesday evenings: CAUSERIE A SEBASTOPOL. 6pm - 8pm. Copperfield's Annex, 176 Gravenstein Highway North. For information, call Madeleine (707.829.1297).

Tuesday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP meeting 7:30-8:30pm every Tuesday at Cafe Borrone (http://www.cafeborrone.com/) located at 1010 El Camino Real, in Menlo Park. All levels welcome. For more information, please email Keith at mwforw@yahoo.com or Rushani at rushani@alum.mit.edu.

Wednesday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, 10am. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

Wednesday afternoons: CHEZ GLORIA CAMERON. 707.433.9490 for information.

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

Second Wednesday evening of each month: CONVERATION A VILLA MARIN. Marin, a San Rafael retirement residence, has a French table; if you are fairly fluent and would like to dine at the French table, call Raymonde Kaplan at 415.492.2567. Subtitled French film shown after dinner.

Third Wednesday evening of each month: NETWORKING AT INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS, Santa Clara. Please note that the InterFrench Workshops have moved. We will be meeting now every 3rd wednesday night at the beautiful Silicon Valley Bank facility at 5200 Patrick Henry Drive in Santa Clara. Please let your friends know as you are only among these special 10% of people that actually read their email! Do NOT enter through the main lobby and look at the map on our website as it may be difficult to find the first time: http://www.siliconfrench.com/events_directions_svbank.shtml

Thursdays: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. 707.829.7708, for Intermediate/Advanced, led by Marina Velichinski.

Second Thursday of the month: LES DYNAMIQUES. 18h30. El Torrito, 10330 North Wolfe Avenue, Cupertino (entre la 280 et Stevens Creek). Denis, 408.746.0123 or Marie-Helene, 408.379.7817.

Third Thursday of every month: NEW CAFE EVENT! Join Cafe Society for a celebration of the European cafe lifestyle with French wine & hors d'oeuvre, Belgian beer and more. Every Third Thursday 6-9PM. Napa Riverfront District. For additional information, please contact Susan Hewitt 415.487.2333 x118 shewitt@cafesocietystore.com.

First Friday of the month: SONOMA-PROVENCE FRENCH CHAT. Sassafras Wine Bar, 1229 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. Casual conversation over wine and dinner. Food and beverages are available for purchase until 9pm. E-mail sonprov@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Friday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information. 10am.

Friday afternoons: FRENCH FOR FREE at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco. Everybody is welcome. 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Fridays afternoons: FRENCH PLAY GROUP IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Sybille Schneider : Coordonnees: sybilleschneider@yahoo.com. Join us with your young ones in one of SF's parks or in a home for this French playgroup. We meet Fridays around 4pm.

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

First & third Fridays of the month: SALON DE CONVERSATION FRANCAISE A GLEN ELLEN. French salons in Glen Ellen for advanced students, first and third Fridays of the month, 6 to 7:30pm. Small groups starting in February. For more information and to reserve, call 707.938.0321 or email Yannickponte@yahoo.com.

New date! Third Friday of each month: CONVERSATION (Tous Niveaux) à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey (near Ashby BART station) à partir de 18h30. Beginners Welcome! Potluck style hosted by Madeleine and Xavier. Contact: afberkeley@sirius-mail.org or 510.548.7481.

Saturday mornings: CHOUCHOU, French Bistro, in SAN FRANCISCO. A group of adult working students from City College of San Francisco has organized a conversation group which meets every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00. All levels welcome, beginners to native speakers. Address: 400 Dewey at Laguna Honda, across from the Laguna Honda Hospital. San Francisco. To confirm meeting details and for more information, contact Robert at liborsf@sbcglobal.net, or (415) 387-9010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COURS DE LITTERATURE FRANCAISE - Niveau avancé à The French Class &endash; 500 Sutter Street - Suite 310 - San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666 - info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com Tuition for 8 weeks $205 Texte: "La Bicyclette Bleue" de Régine Deforges. Prix des Maisons de la Presse en 1983. Premier volume d'un roman épique et d'une grande fresque romanesque et historique située entre 1939 et 1945. Les choix impossibles devant lesquels se trouvent une jeune bordelaise de 17 ans: Léa, "rousse, pulpeuse à souhait, une merveilleuse petite française, si merveilleusement gourmande tout." (Françoise Xénakis). Découvrez un nouvel aspect de la littérature française contemporaine grâce à un cours passionnant et dynamique offert par Caroline Vanderputten. (Drop ins: $30 per class if space available)

Through December 18, 2004. ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street - Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102. 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclasscom for details.

• Wednesday 11/3 - 1:00 to 3:30 or Saturday 11/6 - 9:30 to 12:00 - $42 -Phonetics. Unit 3 &endash; LES VOYELLES NASALES (ou comment commander "Un bon vin blanc" sans accent!). Opposition voyelles orales et voyelles nasales. Différences entre le français écrit et le français parlé. Les élisions du français parlé (sons qui sont fréquemment éliminés quand on parle vite. (Level 3 to 8). Renée Morel

• Wednesday 11/10 - 1:00 to 3:00 - $34 &endash; PRONOMINAL VERBS in the present, past and negative forms. "Je ne me suis pas ennuyé. Vous ne vous êtes pas demandé si..." Put it together and practice the most common pronominal verbs. (Level 3 to 5). Dominique Bremond

• Wednesday 11/17 - 1:00 to 3:30 or Saturday 11/20 - 9:30 to 12:00 - $42 - L'Histoire de France en images. VERSAILLES: Emblème du pouvoir absolu de Louis XIV, Versailles inspirera les souverains de toute l'Europe. Venez (re)découvrir son histoire et ses merveilles: jardins à la française, jeux d'eau, Galerie des Glaces, orangerie, ainsi que la vie quotidienne à la cour du plus grand roi du monde. (Level 4 to 8) Renée Morel

• Wednesday 11/24 - 1:00 to 3:00 - $34 &endash; FRENCH SLANG: Everything you always wanted to know about French slang: words you may use, words you should avoid, but... understand. (Level 4 to 8) Dominique Bremond

• Wednesday 12/1 - 1:00 to 3:00 or Saturday 12/4 - 9:30 to 11:30 - $34 PRONUNCIATION - Level 1 - A clear and easy presentation of French sounds. Students who took this course noticed instant improvement. Great tips to improve your pronunciation. (Level 1 to 8) Dominique Bremond

• Wednesday 12/8 - 1:00 to 3:30 or Saturday 12/11 - 9:30 to 12:00 - $42 - Phonetics. Unit 4 . LE TERRIBLE R FRANCAIS: théorie, stratégie, pratique. Contrastes entre i/u/ou. L'intonation des phrases déclaratives. Quand prononcer le [s] final de "tous" et de "plus".(Level 3 to 8). Renée Morel

• Wednesday 12/15 - 1:00 to 3:00 or Saturday 12/18 - 9:30 to 11:30 - $34 - PRONUNCIATION - Level 2 . Learn how to recognize all the French sounds and practice them. This very clear presentation will help you learn the sounds once for all. (Level 3 to 8) Dominique Bremond

January 10-March 17, 2004. FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOKPASSAGE. Beginners, Second- and Third-Year, Intermediate-Advanced and Advanced French. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. $140 per course; $150 for beginners.

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

June-September 2005. COURSES AT LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER IN LA TOULZANIE, organized by E. Barbara Phillips, Professor Emerita of San Francisco State University. A series of week-long courses," in French, in English, and in both languages (with a touch of Occitan in one course...) will take place at the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie (Lot) in Southwest France, near Cahors. Guidebook writer Karen Brown calls this stretch of the Lot Valley the "most stunning 51 kilometer stretch in France." Latitude's headquarters is the 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie, a chateau-like, stone building. Prices start at 1000 euros for lodging, most meals (all but 2 dinners, 1 lunch), course instruction. For details, visit www.latitude.org

  • June 26-July 2 afternoons Cooking Lite French Dinners (in English and French) with Antoinette Constable, Parisienne and Bay Area resident, professional caterer who cooks intimate dinners and wedding feasts, and everything in between!
  • June 25-July 2 mornings Taking Flight: A Creative Writing Workshop (in English) with Carolyn Miller, award-winning poet and experienced workshop leader of prose and poetry in Northern California and La Serrania, Mallorca.
  • July 2-9 mornings Le siecle de Louis XIV : l'Age d' or de la France (in French only) with Renée Morel, instructor, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University,The French Class in San Francisco, and four-time instructor at Latitude
  • July 2-9 afternoons La vie medievale en Quercy (in French only) with Paul Verdier, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, CNRS researcher emeritus, author of books on the Celtic calendar, the Druids.
  • July 9-16 Landscape Painting: A Plein - Air Workshop (in English only) with Jim Wisnowski, prize-winning Chicago watercolorist & experienced workshop leader. All-day workshop
  • July 9-16 Paleolithic Art & Consciousness: Neuropsychology & Shamanism in the Caves of Southwest France (in English) with Adrienne Amundsen, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Northern Cal. & Douglas Coffee, Attorney in San Francisco whose passion is ancient history and language.
  • Sept. 3-10 afternoons British, American, and French Childhoods, Past & Present ( in English only) with Joe Illick, professor emerita of history, San Francisco State, and author, American Childhoods ,2002
  • Sept. 3-10 A Taste of Southwest France (in English & French) with E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, SF State University and Founder/Director, Latitude
  • Sept. 10-17 Creative Loitering in the Lot: Awakening Vision photography workshop (in English) with Jeff Berner, award-winning photographer (including two portrait prizes from Life magazine) who lives in Paris and Northern CA; author of a dozen books , including The Photographic Experience (Doubleday/Anchor).

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

FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Parlez français par téléphone! Our French by phone program is growing. We now have students in 6 states: California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. 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. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at 415.362.3666 or at info@frenchclass.com For more information or to schedule a phone lesson, please call us at 415.362.3666. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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

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

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

Other courses available. See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to afberkeley@sirius-mail.com for more class opportunities. In Marin, contact the Alliance Francaise for a schedule of classes at 415.457.4838 or http://www.afmarin.org. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)*

December 1, 2004. REINES D'UN JOUR (Marion Vernoux, 2001). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

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

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

December 2, 2004. COCKTAIL ET CONFERENCE. Presentation on the production of champagne organized by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. Details to follow.

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

December 4, 2004. RUBENS, MASTER OF THE FLEMISH BAROQUE. Conférence en français offerte par Renée Morel. There's more to Rubens than the fabled Rubenesque nude. This painter was one of the most versatile and influential artists of northern Europe in the 17th C. Gifted with a remarkable ability to bring his paintings joyfully alive, Rubens was a successful businessman, a classical scholar and a respected diplomat on intimate terms with European royalty. Cafe Musée: convivialité, petit déjeuner et art! City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue, SF. Visual Arts Bldg, V114. Donation: $2.50. 9:30am-12:30pm. To reserve: rmorel@ccsf.edu

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

December 7, 2004. NOEL ANCIENS BOURGUIGNONS, TRADITIONNELS et LE CANTIQUE DE NOEL avec Sara Evinger et Cheryl Keller, sopranos, et Miles Graber, pianiste. Reception au champagne suivra. Reserver au 510.849.2283, places limitees $35 or $40 at the door. Fundraising effor for the Alliance Française de Berkeley.

December 7, 2004. AN EVENING WITH KERMIT LYNCH. French wine importer extraordinaire, Kermit Lynch, will discuss and sign his new book, Inspiring Thirst. "This book is a treasure: a compulsively readable collection by the revolutionary wine merchant who, almost single-handedly, has brought about a new understanding of wine as a unique expression of land, tradition, and people. " (Alice Waters, Chez Panisse Restaurant). Where: Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, When: 12/7 at 5:30 PM. A Kermit Lynch wine selection & cheese assortment. Tickets: Mechanics' Institute members $7, public $10. Reservations: Event + Book: MIL members $47 or Public $50. Reservations: Event only 415-393-0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org - www.milibrary.org In conjunction with Paris-Through-Expatriate Eyes. Terrance Gelenter is Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941. Phone: 415.388.4956. Fax: 415.388.1266. Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

December 8, 2004. J'AIMERAIS PAS CREVER UN DIMANCHE (Didier Le Pêcheur, 1998). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

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

December 10, 2004. CHRISTMAS RECEPTION for the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa at the SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM. 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Call the Alliance Française, 707.543.8151 or 707.82.7708 or visit www.afsantarosa.org or write info@afsantarosa.org for more information.

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

December 10-11, 2004. THE ART OF MIME WITH BILI THE MIME. Sponsored by the International School of the Peninsula. Cubberly Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd ~ Palo Alto, Ca 94303. 7:30 p.m. sharp (Show lasts approx. 1h 30 m.). Cost: $18 adults / $12 for children under 14. To order tickets, call 650.251.8520 or visit www.bilithemime.com or www.istp.org Desc: "Bili" the Mime presents his one-man show, "The Art of Mime". Sponsored by the International School of the Peninsula, "The Art of Mime' displays over 25 years of experience and performance of mime.

December 10 or 17, 2004. BONJOUR, MONSIEUR COURBET. Presentation in French by Renée Morel. Heir to the Romantic movement, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) soon rejected its fictions to throw himself into an expressly modern style, free, sincere, and cut off from the past. Examine Courbet's technique, his compositions, his bold, somber palette. See his famous works, but also the lesser known melancholy portraits, seascapes that influenced Impressionist painters, and sensual nudes - including the (still) scandalous "Origine du monde"! Offered in conjunction with the "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" exhibit on loan from the Musee Fabre in Montpellier, France (the collection of Alfred Bruyas, a patron of Courbet). 10am-11:30am. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. Organisé par SF Baie Accueil / Marie-Elyse Lyman. Coût: $7.

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

December 15, 2004. TOTAL KHEOPS (Alain Bévérini, 2000). CinéAlliance of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. 6pm.

December 16, 2004. BONJOUR, MONSIEUR COURBET! Presentation in English by Renée Morel. Heir to the Romantic movement, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) soon rejected its fictions to throw himself into an expressly modern style, free, sincere, and cut off from the past. Examine Courbet's technique, his compositions, his bold, somber palette. See his famous works, but also the lesser known melancholy portraits, seascapes that influenced Impressionist painters, and sensual nudes - including the (still) scandalous "Origine du monde"! Offered in conjunction with the "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" exhibit on loan from the Musee Fabre in Montpellier, France (the collection of Alfred Bruyas, a patron of Courbet). California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Florence Gould Theater. Fee TBA. 1pm-3pm. To reserve: rmorel@ccsf.edu

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

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

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

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

January 21, 2004. LA SEPARATION DE L'EGLISE ET DE L'ETAT DE 1905 A NOS JOURS. 10am-11:30am. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. Organisé par SF Baie Accueil / Marie-Elyse Lyman. Coût $7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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