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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
November 9-17, 2006

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*NOVEMBER EVENTS*    

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

November 9, 2006.  WEST AFRICAN HARP AND FINGER-STYLE GUITAR performed by MAMADOU DIABATE AND WALTER STRAUSS.  When Malian kora master Mamadou Diabate and American guitarist Walter Strauss engage in a musical interplay of West African harp and eclectic finger-style guitar, the result is a deep, soulful music that is simultaneously ancient and fresh.  Their unique collaboration combines 20 fingers, 27 strings, two continents and 700 years of cultural tradition.   Mamadou Diabate is from a 700-year lineage of Malian jelis (Keepers of the musical and oral lore of West African culture), and is an adventurous composer who seamlessly innovates within a musical tradition while remaining true to its essence.  The son of kora virtuoso Djelimory Diabate and cousin to Touomani Diabate, Mamadou's most recent album, Behmanka, follows on the footsteps of his critically acclaimed work, Tunga.  Walter Strauss is a gifted singer-songwriter born in Rawlins, Wyoming who has always found inspiration in the great open spaces of the American West.  This quest for wildness permeates his music, both as a songwriter and an instrumentalist.  Walter's unorthodox finger-style guitar approach mixes rhythms, counter-rhythms, melody and harmony in a way that gives the impression of several instruments playing at once - across the musical genres of Americana, world beat, folk, jazz and classical guitar.  142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  $20.00 General Admission, Doors 7:45pm; $30.00 Pre-seating Admission, Doors 7:00pm.  Show starts at 8pm.  415.383.9600 or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.

November 9, 2006.  JEAN POMMIER, Founder and VP of Ilog, is organizing a panel with top experts about quality of life in the Silicon Valley.  For the ones knowing the French or Parisian expression, there is no metro-boulot-dodo here. The Silicon Valley is unique by the richness of its history in high tech, in venture capital, and its unmatched gathering and leveraging of so many cultures. But never heard about the fear of its model being replicated in other regions of the world? There is definitely something you would never take away from our Valley though, this is the environment. The climate, the nearby hills, the hundreds of miles of trails, the redwoods, etc. Money will never buy or build that elsewhere!Your Silicon Valley is unique: go outdoors!  From walkers to runners, bird watchers to bikers, photographers to horse riders, we are surrounded of opportunities to enjoy this invaluable environment which our visitors either envy or don't even know and appreciate. Come to listen to great stories and information about the area and discover new ideas and tips to enjoy it even more. From busy professionals who find the time to hit the trails as well as volunteering to preserve this unique environment provided by Mother Nature. For one evening let's get off the trail of the usual business topics (Internet, computers, software, venture capital, ...) and gather for a cool, friendly and open round table.Sponsored by Interfrench.  http://www.interfrench.com for details.

November 9, 2006.  GLOBAL SOUNDS.  The question yogi-musicians known as SEAN JOHNSON AND THE WILD LOTUS BAND bring the multicultural, ambitextural sounds of NEW ORLEANS to Open Secret with an adventurous blend of the mystic, the funky, and traditional Indian call-and-response Kirtan chanting.  Open Secret, 923 C Street, San Rafael.  415.457.4191.  $15.  7pm-9pm.

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

November 10, 2006.  AN EVENING WITH CECILE GAMBINI.  San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro Street, SF.  7pm.  More information : http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=857.  All events are free and open to the public. They are followed by a book signing organized by Foto-Grafix Books (at the San Francisco Public Library, the California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Center for the Book) and the Alliance Française (at its location).

November 10, 2006.  ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285 for details.  $13.  9pm.

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

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

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

November 11, 2006.  MIREILLE GUILIANO talks about FRENCH WOMEN FOR ALL SEASONS:  A YEAR OF SECRETS, RECIPES AND PLEASURE.  The author of French Women Don’t Get Fat shows how to add some “joie” to one’s “vie”-and to the table – every day of the year.  She includes many recipes and her strategies for cooking and shopping throughout the year.  She also tells some delectable stories about life in Paris, New York, and all points westward.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  3:30pm.

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

November 11, 2006.  SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF HARPS with MAMADOU DIABATE and many others.  Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.  707.588.3400 or http://www.spreckelsonline.com for details.  $24.  2:30pm.

November 12, 2006.  LES VOIX, an afternoon of French songs, arias, history and poetry presented in the Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Hosted by HELENE LAROCHE DAVIS, Modern Language & Culture Department and DEBRA LAMBERT, Music & Vocal Art Department.  Sunday, November 12, at 3pm.  Followed by a reception in the Ralston formal dining room.  Call 650.508.3429 for details.

November 12, 2006.  BAL POUR FRANCOPHONES ET FRANCOPHILES.  Salle d’activités & reunions, NOTRE DAME DES VICTOIRES, SF.  Parking public en face.  Boissons NON alcolisees vendues. Apportez vos propres:  bieres, liqueurs, vins, si le coeur vous en dit !  Merci d'aller verifier mon annonce sur le site www.meetup.com (Merci de vous enregistrer,  pour faire monter le nombre car pour l'instant nous sommes en 1er place avecc 614 membres & on  risque de la perdre car le groupe hispanophone est entrain de grimper en #...).  Choisir SF, puis Languages, Puis French, puis Calendrier.  Contact:  Karine, 415.923.1029 / 415.412.1524 or plouf102@juno.com.  $5.  14h a 17h.

November 13, 2006.  OPENING RECEPTION of BIRDS & CHAIRS. The art of Summer Lee and Meredith Tennent.  Free admission.  The paintings of Summer Lee and Meredith Tennent seek to find ways to nourish and replenish the soul through the spiritual in nature or the refuge of a separate space—and to accent how imperiled these both are in the increasingly fragile and fractious environment.  On exhibit through November 22.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

November 14, 2006.   JOANN SFAR, one of the most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, presents his work.  Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than 100 books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Blain, Emmanuel Giubert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the USA he’s best known for his children’s books, Little Vampire Goes to School, which made the New York Times best-seller list, and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, which was recently nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for The Rabbi’s Cat. He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbi’s cat. A book signing will follow the event.  With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.  San Francisco Main Library at 2 pm and at Barnes & Noble, 5604 Bay Street, Emeryville at 7 pm.  Banjo music included. Book signing to follow.

November 14, 2006.  FRENCH INVESTORS SEMINAR SERIES:  HOW TO GROW YOUR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TAX-FREE.  Michel, Marcel, Patty and Philippe will share their story how they became real estate investors, how they grew their real estate assets and what they have learned along the way.  Get started in real estate through the inspiration of their real-life investments!  You will also learn through precise examples taken from their personal experience.  6:30pm, Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis, 25 Metro Drive, Seventh Floor, San Jose, California 95110.  More information : http://www.frenchinvestors.com/  Pre-register for $15; you can also send an email to:  info@frenchinvestors.com or call Geraldine at 650.625.0335 extension 114.  Food for this event is sponsored by Fabrique Délices,  http://www.fabriquedelices.com 

November 14, 2006.  TRILATERAL GLOBALISM:  ASIA, EUROPE & AMERICA.  A conversation with the Hon. Rolf E. Schütte, German Consul General.  University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100.  5:45pm.  Free and open to the public.  Reservations recommended:  415.422.6828 or http://www.pacificrim.usfca.edu for details.

November 14 & 15, 2006.  FREE SCREENING of the DARDENNE BROTHERS’ FILM L’ENFANT – FOR GRADES 9-12 TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS ONLY !  Tuesday, November 14, Landmark's Bridge Theater, San Francisco, 10am.  Wednesday, November 15, Landmark's Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto, 10am.  Free screenings of L'Enfant (Belgium, 2005) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, winner of the Golden Palm at 2005 Cannes Festival, followed by A Quoi sert l'Amour, a short animation film by Parisian director Louis Clichy (In person).  About L'Enfant: 20-year-old Bruno (Jérémie Renier), lives happily a hand-to-mouth existence funded by goods stolen by the schoolkids in his gang and by benefits paid out to his 18-year-old girlfriend Sonia (Déborah François) who, as the film begins, has just hours before given birth to their child. Though almost as reckless as Bruno, she's unprepared for his cavalier attitude towards parenthood: unbeknown to her, he arranges, in return for easy money, for the baby to be illegally adopted. Contact : Keith Zwölfer at kzwolfer@sffs.org or 415 561 5040 More information :  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=880.  Sponsored by the Cultural Service, Consulate General of France in San Francisco, in association with the San Francisco Film Society Education Program

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

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

November 15, 2006.  JOANN SFAR, one of the most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, presents his work.  Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than 100 books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Blain, Emmanuel Giubert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the USA he’s best known for his children’s books, Little Vampire Goes to School, which made the New York Times best-seller list, and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, which was recently nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for The Rabbi’s Cat. He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbi’s cat. A book signing will follow the event.   8 pm, Comic Relief - 2026 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.  http://www.comicrelief.net

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

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

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

November 16, 2006.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU AT PECHE MIGNON.  Beaujolais Nouveau at Peche Mignon, 147 Clement Street San Francisco.  415-221-6000.  Complementary wine and French cheese in a relaxed and cozy French atmosphere with French music.

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

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

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

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

November 17, 2006. RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTION ~ 2e partie:  LOUIS-PHILIPPE ET LA REVOLUTION DE 1848.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS (1814-1851).  Iere PARTIE: DE LA FIN DE L'EMPIRE A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830.  Apres l'exil de Napoleon et le retour de la monarchie avec Louis XVIII, la France cherche sa voie. Entre restauration et revolutions, permanence et resistance, la premiere moitie du XIXe siecle est marquee par de delicates cohabitations: les nostalgiques de l'Ancien Regime composent avec les heritiers de la Revolution et de l'Empire, les defenseurs d'une economie traditionnelle avec les adeptes du liberalisme economique.  Venez revivre la richesse et la complexite de cette periode mal connue, du retour des Bourbon en 1814 au coup d'etat d'un futur empereur, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, en 1851. C'est veritablement au cours de ces decennies de transformation que les Francais entrent dans l'ere industrielle et commencent leur apprentissage de la democratie.Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

November 17, 2006.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA FETE LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU.  Please join us at our house in Petaluma Friday November 17 anytime after 7PM to test the 2006 wine. Please bring some new or “old” wine, or anything you would like to share for dinner. We will vote for the best Beaujolais Nouveau. Kids are welcome.  Nadine and Armen, 707.762.2143 for directions to our house in Petaluma.

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

November 17 & 18, 2006.  MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale.  Buy specialty food treats and wines for Thanksgiving!  211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.  415-562-1120.  Friday November 17th(2:00pm - 6:00pm) & Saturday November 18th (8:30am - 1:30pm).  Open warehouse updates now available at:  http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

November 17 & 18, 2006.  PLATYPUS THÉÂTRE présente:  JACQUES OU LA SOUMISSION, une pièce d’EUGÈNE IONESCO.  Jouée en Français.  Avec: Yvette Adida; Arnaud Cabanel; Juliette Chochon-Davis; Talia Fellah; Céline Hakoun; Thomas Marigné; Vincent Moreau; Stéphanie Nehring; Cédric Westphal.  Mise en scène:  Pascale Couderc.  ( JACK OR THE SUBMISSION BY EUGENE IONESCO .   There is a terrifying, almost suffocating logic about the works of Ionesco.  Life, he says, is a grotesque practical joke constantly pulling away chairs from under human dignity and reason. Nothing is sane, reality is a hall of distorting mirrors reflecting the grimness of our own pretensions. Performed in French.)  Lever du rideau à 19 heures 30.  Entrée: Général $15, étudiants $10.  Lieu:  NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street , San Francisco, CA 94110.  Site web:  http://www.theatreofyugen.org/nohspace.html.  Réservations et renseignements: 415.558.0651 ou pascouderc@yahoo.com

November 18, 2006.  REUNION DES ENSEIGNANTS DE FRANÇAIS.  Chez Mme Michele Shockey, enseignante à Santa Rosa High. Notifier:  Finaritra.RAMIALISON@diplomatie.gouv.fr de votre participation au plus tard le vendredi 10 nov. Nous discuterons en priorite de l'etat de l'enseignement du français dans les écoles americaines, aussi bien que les strategies possibles quant à une meilleure promotio/diffusion du francais.  De la part de:  Finaritra Ramialison, Chargée de Mission linguistique, Service culturel, Consulat de France à San Francisco, 540 Bush Street, San Francisco.  Tel: 415.591.4803.

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

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

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

November 18, 2006.  BETH O’DONNELL AND KIMBERLEY SEVCIK talk about ANGELS IN AFRICA.  This important book presents seven African women who are working to overcome devastating problems in their communities.  Through photographs and first-person accounts, their stories reveal the strength of the human spirit.  O’Donnell’s photojournalistic work on Africa has been published internationally and exhibited in galleries across the U.S.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

November 18, 2006.  ROYAL DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI & MOMBASA PARTY.  One of Africa’s greatest percussion ensembles performs on sacred drums music often association with ceremonial moments such as births and marriages.  Techniques have been passed from father to son.  Their massed drum sound, “Burundi beat,” has influenced musicians from Adam Ant to Joni Mitchell.  8pm.  Marin Center, 415.499.6800 or http://marincenter.org for details.  $18 (students) to $40.

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

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

November 19, 2006.  BARBARA SJOHOLM talks about INCOGNITO STREET:  HOW TRAVEL MADE ME A WRITER.  An evocative look at Europe through the eyes of a maturing writer.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

November 19, 2006. A TASTE OF QUERCY with E. Barbara Phillips, Professor emerita, San Francisco State, in the  Berkeley Hills. A Powerpoint presentation of one of France’s best-kept secrets—the Quercy, including St. Cirq Lapopie, Pech-Merle’s cave paintings, the Cenévières castle, gastronomic delights, the idyllic Lot Valley. Free, but reservations needed due to space limitations. Please r.s.v.p. to barbara@latitude.org  for reservations, address, and directions.  5:30pm.

November 19, 2006.  THE QUATUOR PARISII.  With baritone Jerome Correas and pianist Philippe Bianconi.  Arnaud Vallin and Jean-Michel Berette, violins; Dominique Lobet, viola; Jean-Philippe Martignoni, cello program : Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Fauré.  7 pm - Theatre du Petit Trianon - 72 N. Fifth Street, San Jose.  http://www.sjchambermusic.org/schedule.html

November 19, 2006.  BRUNO PELLETIER-BACQUAERT QUARTET will perform a JAZZ CONCERT featuring the music of composer Pelletier-Bacquaert. Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert, guitar, Matt Renzi, saxophone, Sam Bevan, bass, and Bryan Bowman, drums.  4pm. Venue:  San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living, 280 Claremont Blvd @ Ulloa (in West Portal District), San Francisco, CA 94127.  Donations: $10-$15 (sliding scale).  Contact:  brunopelbac@yahoo.com for details.

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

November 21, 2006.  VINGT-QUATRIÈMEANNIVERSAIRE DU CLUB FRANÇAIS CHEZ JAN.  19h. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and birthday cake provided by le Club Français. Pick up a new membership list.  Current 2006 members … no charge for celebration; Non-members … $10 for celebration; join now for 2007 at $10.  Guests welcome … $10 for celebration only.  RSVP to Jan by Sunday, November 19 at jandot5@mac.com or 650.345.6338.

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

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

November 29, 2006.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA reads Etoile errante de P. M. Le Clézio.   Contact Raymond Lemieux for details. 707.543.8151.

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

Through November 30, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, by Rossini, based on the play by BEAUMARCHAIS.  See  how Figaro, Seville’s wiliest barber and jack-of-all-trades, uses clever schemes, disguises. and quick thinking to bring about a happy ending for two young lovers.  http://www.sfopera.org or 415.864.3330 for details.

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

Through December 16, 2006.  JACQUES RIVETTE: REHEARSALS AND REVERSALS AT THE PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Once a denizen of the French New Wave's "Left Bank," Jacques Rivette is still making pictures that challenge our perception of cinema, life, and the intersection of the two, set against the delights and mysteries of Paris. We are pleased to present his work, from the well-loved early features Céline and Julie Go Boating and Paris Belongs to Us, to the acclaimed historical epic Joan the Maiden, to the elegant comedy Va savoir.  Jean Renoir, The Boss (Jean Renoir, le patron) / Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman (Jacques Rivette, le veilleur) / Céline and Julie Go Boating (Céline et Julie vont en bateau) / Wuthering Heights (Hurlevent) / Love on the Ground (L'amour par terre) / Paris Belongs to Us (Paris nous appartient) / La belle noiseuse / Divertimento / The Story of Marie and Julien (L'histoire de Marie et Julien) / Joan the Maiden (Jeanne la pucelle) / Va savoir (Who knows?) / Up/Down/Fragile (Haut bas fragile)  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/jrivette/index.html  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco. 

Through December 16, 2006.  JANUS FILMS : A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.  PFA pays tribute to Janus Films, a signature distributor of world cinema to American audiences.  The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, Fri, Nov 3, 7:00; Jules and Jim, François Truffaut, Fri, Nov 3, 9:00; The Earrings of Madame de ., Max Ophuls, Sun, Nov 5, 4:00; Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda, Sun, Nov 19,  3:00; The Rules of the Game, Jean Renoir, Fri, Dec 1, 7:00; Beauty and the Beast, Jean Cocteau, Sat, Dec 2, 5:00; The Organizer Mario Monicelli, Sat, Dec 16, 8:15.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/janusfilms/index.html.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

ÇA TWISTE À POPONGUINE (Absa, 1993).  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF  415.978.ARTS or http://www.ybca.org.  $6-$10.

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

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

FANFAN LA TULIPE, a  newly restored version of Christian-Jacques’ swashbuckler starring Gérard Philippe & Gina Lolabrigida, opens in Landmark Cinemas around the Bay Area. Opening November 3 at the Lumiere, SF, Opera Plaza, SF, 415.352.0810 , and at the Shattuck, Berkeley. http://rialtopictures.com/fanfan.html Reviewed in the November 3, 2006 Pacific Sun, p.46.

GABRIELLE (Patrice Chereau).  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

JACQUES RIVETTE, THE NIGHT WATCHMAN (Claire Denis, 1990).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, Sofia Coppola’s $40 million dollar biopic of the French queen, from age 14 to the guillotine.   Starring Kirsten Dunst; in English. At many local cinemas including Fairfax, 415.453.5444; Larkspur Landing, Larkspur, 415.461.4842; Regency, Terra Linda, 415.479.5050; AMC Loews Metreon 15; AMC 1000 Van Ness; Kabuki, SF; Century Theaters 20 Daly City; United Artists Vogue, Sacramento @ Presidio, SF; as well as at many theaters in the East Bay, San José, in the North Counties and on the Peninsula. 

LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR / WINGED MIGRATION (Jacques Perrin, 2002).  Red Vic, 1727 Haight, SF, 415.668.3994.

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

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

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Jacques Rivette, France, 1985).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.1124 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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*ART* 

Through November 2006.  SUMMER LEE & MEREDITH TENNENT present CHAISES ET OISEAUX (CHAIRS AND BIRDS). The paintings of Summer Lee and Meredith Tennent seek to find ways to nourish and replenish the soul through the spiritual in nature or the refuge of a separate space—and to accent how imperiled these both are in the increasingly fragile and fractious environment.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

Through November 12, 2006.  REBECCA DAUTREMER AND CECILE GAMBINI ~ ORIGINAL ARTWORK.  Illustrators and authors of children's books, crafters of book-objects.  Exhibition of their original artwork.  San Francisco Main Library, Fisher Children's Center, 2nd floor, 100 Larkin Street, SF.

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

November 18, 2006.  EXPOSITION DES ETIQUETTES ANCIENNES DE FROMAGE DE CHEVRE.  A la fête du Beaujolais Nouveau, on aura l’occasion de regarder une petite exposition sur ce sujet peu connu:  les etiquettes anciennes de fromage de chèvre.  Présentés par Lewis Baer, ces morceaux de papier décorés de dessins charmants et colorés démontrent le changements de l’industrie française et de la publicité au cours du 20e siècle.  Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa.  Call for times and dates:  707.543.8151.

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

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

Through November 30, 2006.  MARC CHAGALL:  THE ART OF DREAMS.  An extraordinary retrospective of rare prints, newly acquired paintings by the artist, and featuring the complete NICE AND COTE D’AZUR suite.  Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary St. (between Powell and Mason), SF.  415.956.0345 or http://www.martinlawrence.com or geary@martinlawrence.com for details. 

Through November 30, 2006.  PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. Work of resin, wood, aluminum, and found objects by French artist PHILIPPE JESTIN.  Hang Art, 556 Sutter St., SF.  415.434.4264 or http://hangart.com for details.

Through November 30, 2006.  HALF PAST MIDNIGHT.  Works by 25 international artists and a five-person artist installation team.  Gray Area Gallery, 371 11th St., 2nd floor, SF.  http://www.grayareagallery.com for details. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTS OF FASHION.  Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim...  Contact:  Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107.  Tel 415 252 0734  http://www.af-competition.com or  http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

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*CLASSES*

Through December 16, 2006 .  ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF.  Call us at 415.362.3666 to register or go to:  http://www.frenchclass.com or info@frenchclass.com for details. Workshops are in French unless  indicated otherwise. The level of each workshop is indicated according to our group class levels (see our class schedule). We are sorry, we cannot give refunds or credits for missed workshops.  Twenty-four hour cancellation policy applies. Discounts or make-up classes do not apply to workshops. Workshops are 1.5 hour long with a minimum of 3 students. 2 students, one hour.  Sign up for 4 workshops and pay only $20 each. 

  • Th. 11/9 - 1:00 to 2:30 - $22 - Les Pronoms interrogatifs . Qui. Que. Quoi. Dont. Où. Quel. Lequel, etc.  (Level 4 to 6)                     
  • Mon. 11/20 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - Les Négatifs . Ne..pas, plus, aucun, ni, nulle part, plus jamais, plus  rien,etc. (Level 4 to 6)                      
  • Mon. 11/27 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 11/30 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 12/2 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - La poésie de Rimbaud .  Analyse et discussion sur les plus beaux textes de  l’un des plus grands poètes français. (Level 5 to 8)              
  • Mon. 12/4 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 12/7 - 1:00 to 2:30 - $22 - Living and working in France: What you need to know before you move there. 
  • Mon. 12/11 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 12/14 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 12/16 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - The use of “en” and “y” . A clear and practical presentation of these two  commonly used pronouns through questions and examples. (Level 3 to 7).

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

January 9-March 1, 2007.  FRENCH CLASSES taught by ANNE BISHOP at Book Passage.  Including Beginning French, Lower Intermediate French, Intermediate French, Interactive French, and Advanced French.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 15-March 13, 2007.  FRENCH CLASSES taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage.  Including French Literature and Grammar (for advanced students), French for Travelers, and French for Movie Lovers.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27 & May 25, 2007.  THROUGH THE EYE OF THE ARTIST:  A VIEW OF 19TH-CENTURY FRENCH CULTURE.  Taught at Book Passage by ANNE BISHOP.  Texts include Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun by Gita May, The Wild Ass’s Skin by Honoré de Balzac, The Lady of the Camellias, by Alexandre Dumas fils, and The Divine Sarah:  A Life of Sarah Bernhardt.  $95; does not include price of book.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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

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

Summer 2007. WEEK-LONG COURSES IN FRANCE's LOT VALLEY at LATITUDE. Relax! Enjoy! Discover "deep France" in southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley.  Latitude is a unique cultural center, located in a riverside hamlet, near Cahors and the painted caves at Pech-Merle. Founded and directed by E. Barbara Phillips, Professor emerita, San Francisco State, Latitude, is located in the historic, 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie and a converted tobacco hangar in La Toulzanie, 7 minutes from St. Cirq Lapopie (featured in the National Geographic Traveller in September, 2005).  From $1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. Details at http://www.latitude.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

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

December 1, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. On se réunit chez Maggy à Sebastopol.

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

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

December, 2, 2006.  CINEMA HEAVEN ENCORE will present JULES DASSIN’S RIFIFI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd.  The film will be shown at the Melt Cafe on a large, state-of-the-art film screen.  Located at 700 Columbus Avenue (across from Washington Square) in North Beach.  The film is free.  The purchase of beverages and/or dinner would be appreciated.

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

December 4, 2006.  LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE LIT GIGI DE COLETTE.  Un petit groupe sympa se retrouve tous les deux mois autour d'un potluck pour discuter d'une oeuvre choisie ensemble. Contactez Bérénice pour les détails: berenicevlm@yahoo.com

December 4, 2006.  DBF.   Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (RMKB), 1001 Marshall St, Redwood City.  18h30-21h00.  Sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717.  Fax: 415.442.4621.  http://www.faccsf.com

December 5, 2006.  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE.  How do I begin my search? How do French real estate agencies work? What is the role of a French notaire? Will I need a French will? What are the tax implications? Get answers to these questions in a discussion with former Journal Français publisher Marie Galanti Attorney at Law, December 5, 2006, 6:30-7:30. $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Space is limited. Call (415) 362-3666 or  info@frenchclass

December 5, 2006.  LEONARD PITT talks about WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS:  A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF HISTORIC PARIS.  Pitt takes us on a guided tour of one of Paris’s most popular districts, the MARAIS.  Originally a posh quarter for the French aristocracy, the Marais had deteriorated into a grimy slum.  In the 50s, the city came close to demolishing the entire quarter.  A few enlightened individuals stepped forward to save this historic district for posterity.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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

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

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

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

December 8, 2006.  RECEPTION DE NOEL AU SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM.  The museum connects Sonoma County’s rich  history with contemporary artistic and cultural currents.  6pm to 8pm.  Free parking available across the street in Macy’s garage.  The executive director of the museum will present the museum, followed by a reception with holiday refreshments.  707.543.8151 for details.

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

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

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

December 9, 2006.  TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI at CINEMA HEAVEN ENCORE’s FRENCH FILM NOIR SERIES.  Film stars Jean Gabin and Jeanne Moreau.  The film will be shown at the Melt Cafe in North Beach at 8pm.  Viewers’ purchase of a beverage or dinner while watching the movie is appreciated.

December 11, 2006.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF SAN FRANCISCO NAPA NETWORKING EVENT.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com or com@faccsf.com for details.

December 13, 2006.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA at SASSAFRAS RESTAURANT & BAR.  Join us for food, conversation, and fun!  Choices to be made from menu distributed before lunch.  Some changes may be made periodically.  Bar service extra.  $20 members -- non-members $22.  1229 North Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.  Please reserve by calling 829.7708 by Monday 6 at the latest.  We will collect it at the door.  http://www.sassafrasrestaurant.com/

December 14, 2006.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON.  Fairmont, San Jose.  For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com or com@faccsf.com for details.

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

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

December 22, 2006.  WOODY ALLEN & HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND perform at 142 Throckmorton Theatre.  For the last few years, Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band have been heading off to Europe for their Winter Tour. This year, on their first major tour of the US, they are spending the holidays in sunny (we think!) California and Florida.  Please join us for a rare evening of New Orleans Jazz with Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band.  8:00pm.  415.383.9600 or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.

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

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

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

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

February 23-27, 2006.  CARMEN, PRESENTED BY THE SACRAMENTO OPERA.  The Sacramento Opera, one of the generous and proud sponsors of the SFFF, presents Carmen the most famous French opera with music by Georges Bizet.  Exclusive discount for SFFF patrons! Take 20% off one ticket to Carmen.  Mention "downtown" to receive the discount via phone (916.264.5181), Box Office, or http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe5a1d777764017b7110-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874  Ticket.com. Offer valid through 2/27/07. Not valid on previous purchases and does not apply to handling or shipping charges. At the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento.

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

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

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

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

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

March 29, 2007.  GEORGEANNE BRENNAN talks about A PIG IN PROVENCE:  SIMPLE PLEASURES AND TRADITIONAL FOOD IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.  Book Passage and Left Bank:  Cooks with Books.  Part memoir, part travelogue, part cookbook, this is a journey in to the peaceful, rural life in Provence where Georgeanne and her young family bought a small farmhouse 30 years ago.  Filled with delicious recipes and local color and tradition, this story will captivate Francophiles who love good French food.  Brennan runs a cooking school in Frnace and lives part time in California.  $95 per person/$165 per couple.  6:30pm at Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  Approximately 2-1/2 hours.  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the book.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 20-22 & 28-29, 2007!  SIXTH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

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