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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
November 10-18, 2005

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*NOVEMBER EVENTS*. 

November 10, 2005. BRODEUSES / SEQUINS. French Films and Schools - Projection gratuite de Brodeuses (Sequins) pour les classes de Français. Mercredi 9 novembre ~ 1:00 pm Landmark's Bridge Theatre, San Francisco; Jeudi 10 novembre ~ 1:00 pm Landmark's Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto. Co-organisé par le Service Culturel du Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et le San Francisco Film Society, ce programme propose pour la troisième année consécutive la projection gratuite d'un film français (avec sous-titres en anglais) pour les classes de Français.

November 10, 2005.  DON’T LET MY PEOPLE DIE.  Belly dancing extravaganza to raise money for an organization that helps nomadic tribes in NIGER who’ve been affected by drought and food shortages.  Also:  live music, silent auction, raffle, food, vendors.  Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (between York and Hampshire), SF.  $30.  http://www.dontletmypeopledie.org for details.

November 10, 2005. LE GRAND RÔLE will be shown as part of the 2005 SONOMA COUNTY JEWISH FIILM SERIES. Venues: Santa Rosa Rialto Cinema and Petaluma Blvd Cinema. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Agency of Sonoma County. 707.528.4222 or http://www.jcagency.org for details on tickets and other information.

November 10, 2005. THOMAS KELLER presents his book BOUCHON in a luncheon at BOUCHON RESTAURANT. Keller is owner of the French bistro BOUCHON and also of the highly recognized FRENCH LAUNDRY. Luncheon at Bouchon Restaurant, 6534 Washington Street, Yountille. $140 per person/$235 per couple for the meal and the book. 12:30pm.

November 11, 2005. YOUSSOU N'DOUR & THE EGYPTIAN ORCHESTRA. Senegalese superstar YOUSSOU N'DOUR is perhaps the most appealing musician on the world music stage since Bob Marley. Traditional percussion, griot singing, and Afro-Cuban and indigenous dance rrhythms. In this show, he combines Senegralese melodies with Egyptian and Arab orchestral sounds into a lyrical celebration of Muslim mystical culture. Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details. YOUSSOU N’DOUR OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY.  Shattuck Downlow, 9pm.  $5-$8.

November 11, 2005.  ANDRE THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm.  $13.

November 11, 2005.  BAGA BAE with AMADOU CAMARA.  Music of GUINÉE  and more.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com

November 11-12, 2005. ARTS OF FASHION FOUNDATION hosts NATIONAL FASHION STUDENTS COMPETITION IN SAN FRANCISCO. The 70 Fashion and Accessories students selected from 43 different U.S. fashion Schools and Universities will present their design related to the theme 2005 / Art and Fashion and Industry / in the frame of a unique fashion show and display, presided over by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The prestigious jury composed with our international guests will award 3 prizes and select 15 designs to represent the U.S. in Paris for the 23rd edition of the « Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode » at the Carrousel du Louvre on December 15, 2005. In addition, there will be seminars, debates, lectures and exhibitions with high profile guests and the jury members. The jury session will meet on Friday Nov 10 / 9:00-12:00 and the Fashion Show Competition & Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday Nov 12. The 2 day fashion event is about youth and education, fashion and design today allowing each one to meet.. Multiplevenues; to view the program go to: http://www.af-competition.com/af%202005/Pre%20Program%20SF%202005.htm Contact: Nathalie Doucet, US Coordinator AF-competition, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, nathalie.doucet@arts-of-fashion.org or 415.252.0734

November 11-13 and 18-20, 2005. A NIGHT IN THE MARAIS WITH CARA BLACK AND LEONARD PITT. Cara Black, author of five murder mysteries set in Paris, will talk about her alter-ego, crime investigator Aimée Leduc, and how she solved a murder in the Marais that never happened. Leonard Pitt will present a lecture with slides recounting the history of the Marais, from a posh quarter for the French aristocracy in the 17th century, to a desperate slum by the 1950s, to one of Paris's most elegant neighborhoods today. 8pm. 1542 Grant St. in Berkeley. $20. Wine served. Reservations a must. Phone: 510.841.0686 or email: leonardp@sbcglobal.net

November 11-December 18, 2005. MARIUS by MARCEL PAGNOL. Meet Panisse, Fanny and Cesare, the characters after whom Alice Waters named her Berkeley restaurant. Originally produced in Paris in 1929, Marius is the first play of Pagnol's trilogy. MARIUS boldly presents the working class characters of Marseille. A story of youth, love, and yearning, this world premiere is the first new English translation (by Zack ROGOW, translator of COLETTE) in 70 years. Aurora Theater, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. http://www.auroratheatre.org or 510.843.4822 for details.

Through November 12, 2005. ALBERT VAN AMSTEL performs French music in California. Educational Programs of International Songs. For more information, please visit: http://www.albertvanamstel.info

November 12, 2005. JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN featured in IN JULIA'S KITCHEN WITH MASTER CHEFS, KQED TV9, 1pm.

November 12, 2005.  ELIZABETH PITCAIRN, violin, with DAVID FUNG, piano, performs SAINT-SAENS and more.  Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 Spring St., St. Helena.  $45; 3pm.  707.967.9009 for details.

November 12, 2005. GRAND CONCERT with the BAGUETTE QUARTETTE and special guests. Location: Saint Albanís, 1501 Washington Ave., Albany (200 meters north of Berkeley). Tickets: $15 & $12, Info: (510) 528-3723 or http://www.baguettequartette.org. BAGUETTE QUARTETTE is the only Ensemble in North America exclusively devoted to the tradition of Parisian CafÈ Music from 1920 to 1950. With: Odile Lavault: accordion & vocal; Rachel Durling: violin; Olivier Zyngier: guitar & mandolin; Rich Trevor: bass. 8pm.

November 12, 2005.  DAVIDE VEROTTA, piano, performs DEBUSSY and more.  Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., SF.  415.647.6015 for details.  8pm.  Free.

November 12, 2005. MOTOR DUDE ZYDECO performs at a CD release party at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219 or http:/www.ranchonicasio.com for details. $12; 8:30pm.

November 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2005.  MIEUX VIVRE GRACE A L'ECRITURE.  Ateliers d'écriture expressive avec Philippe Berthoud, professeur (Univ.John F. Kennedy)  Que vous écriviez ou non, faites l'expérience de ce merveilleux outil, dont les multiples vertus nous sont révélées par de récentes recherches. Partager notre écriture est facultatif. L'atelier est conduit en français, mais nous pouvons écrire dans notre langue maternelle. Philippe enseigne l'écriture expressive dans la Baie et en Europe, où il a récemment été invité àdonner des séminaires d'écriture en Suisse, en Irlande et en France. Deux formules:1. Ateliers d'un jour (10h-17h). Samedi 12 novembre: San Francisco;  Dimanche 13 novembre: Berkeley;  Samedi 19 novembre: San Rafael Dimanche 20 novembre: Santa Rosa. $120 ($90 si vous envoyez votre chèque une semaine a l'avance). Info: PhilBerthoud@aol.com ou 510 234 47992.   ALTERNATIVE:  Atelier de 8 semaines, tous les 15 jours dès le lundi 7 novembre de 10h30 à 13h à Los Altos. Vous ne vous engagez qu'après participation à la séance du 7 novembre. $45 pour la première réunion, $345 pour la série complète. Info: http://www.dumontier.net/berthoud ou Anne Dumontier: 650.966.8780.  Attention: les deux formules ont un nombre de places limité!

Through November 13, 2004. THE MOROCCAN PROJECT. A combination of ballet and traditional Moroccan music from a new partnership between ALONZO KING and seven NORTH AFRICAN musicians and vocalists, including traditional Moroccan percussive instruments. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF. 415.978.ARTS or http://ybca.org for details.

Through November 13, 2005. PHAEDRA, playwright-actor-director Matthew Maguire's take on 17th-century French playwright JEAN RACINE ~ hip, hilarious, beautifully written, and heavily combustible, presented in a Bay Area premiere by LAST PLANET THEATRE, a bold company in the habit of introducing Bay Area audiences to some of the best of inexplicably overlooked modern drama. Maguire's version of the Hippolytus myth follows the currents of desire through lines of incest, money and power in the devastating vacuity of American dreaming. We invite you to join us for our season kick-off, Matthew Maguire's stunning and erotic reimagining of Phaedra, the classic (and very hot) step-mother/step-son myth. Directed by John Wilkins, Phaedra is about nothing less than the cruelty of desire. Purchase online before October 15 and save $3 on any ticket. Today corporate dynasties (think Murdoch, etc.) are passing from the founders to their children by various wives. It is in just such a transition that Maguire's Phaedra unfolds, where powerful men get ruined, young love gets destroyed, and a little boy of 21 learns about a real woman's desire. Matthew Maguire, whose singular voice has made him one of the most significant experimental playwrights in this country, offers a stylistic and intellectual range that is truly amazing. Last Planet Theatre, 351 Turk, SF. 415.440.3505 or http://www.lastplanettheatre.com for details.

Through November 13, 2005.  SHOCKTOBERFEST 2005:  GRAND GUIGNOL IN SAN FRANCISCO.  For the sixth blood-curdling year!  Thrillpeddlers presents Shocktoberfest 2005:  "Sissies Stay Home!" October 13 - November 13 At San Francisco's exclusive horror show headquarters, The Hypnodrome.  Plus added Special Added Attractions:  Celebrate Halloween at THE HYPNODROME Oct 29, 30 & 31 Jill Tracy and The Malcontent Orchestra in concert New York City's mad musical scientist Thomas Truax, mentalist Bob Taxin, and Czar of Noir Eddie Muller… And The Shocktoberfest!! 2005 Finale, November 13.  One-act plays inspired by the infamous Theatre du Grand Guignol of Paris, as well as brand new and recently re-discovered fetish-shockers never before seen on the American  stage. With a real working 1792 guillotine!  Two shows nightly. Costumes admired but not required!   Plays include:  A Wedding of the Member by Robert Keefe, suggested by the Grand Guignol comedy GAI, GAI, PENDONS-NOUS! (1930) by JACQUES JOUVIN  (A winemaking family and a bottle-making family have fallen on hard times. An arranged marriage seems to be the answer to everyone's problems-- until the bride discovers her husband-to-be is well-hung...); A Slight Tingling by Robert Keefe, suggested by the Grand Guignol comedy LES OPERATIONS DU PROFESSEUR VERDIER  (1907).  (When a surgeon's daughter uses electro-magnetism to find a lost pair surgical scissors in the bodies of three of her father's patients all hell (and more) break out…)  The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street (between Bryant and Division), San Francisco, $18 advance / $20 door general admission, $69 Deluxe SHOCK BOX seat for two.  Ticket Info: http://hypnodrome.com/ or phone: 415-248-1900.  On-line tickets available at http://www.inticketing.com/

November 13, 2005.  INAUGURAL MEETING OF EXPAT EUROPEANS.  The aim of this new social group is to bring together internationally-minded Bay Area people (35+) with a European background or connection. Through informal, relaxed social gatherings, we hope to build a circle of cosmopolitan friends with a European affinity who meet, talk, exchange experiences, help each other and feel at home.  Anyone connected with or having a love of Europe is welcome: European expats and their friends, people with European family roots, Europhiles, world citizens, global nomads...!  If an expat, you might have just recently relocated to the U.S. or be a longtime naturalized resident.  We'll try to meet at least once a month for apéritifs (and sometimes food) in a pleasant café, a not-too-noisy lounge bar or restaurant, or a gracious person's home. Other gatherings may happen in conjunction with fun activities and cultural events.  Become a member of Expat Europeans today and help create a vibrant social circle.  Find us on Bay Area Linkup: http://bayarealinkup.com/group.php?id=677  Inaugural meeting: Sunday, November 13, 2005. See website for details.

November 13, 2005.  JONATHAN LEMALU, bass baritone, and MALCOLM MARTINEAU, piano, perform songs by FAURE and more.  Cal Performances, Hertz Hall, University of California, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.  $42; 3pm.

November 14, 2005.  AN EVENING WITH BERTRAND TAVERNIER with a special screening of his last film, HOLY LOLA.  Event open to the public. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details.  However, here is an opportunity for Alliance Française members only!  The Alliance Française de San Francisco is happy to offer 15 pairs of tickets and reduced prices to its members to attend an “An Evening with Bertrand Tavernier”, the great French Director, with a special screening of his last film Holy Lola. How to get the tickets : be the first to call Alliance Francaise at 415 775 7755 to win your tickets (give your name, phone number and AFSF member#). Only the first 15 calls will get tickets. If you don’t win the tickets and still want to attend the event you will pay only $5.50 a ticket if you are a member of the Alliance Française of San Francisco.   Presented by the Smith Rafael Film Center in association with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Alliance Française de San Francisco. Bertrand Tavernier. Director: Bertrand Tavernier. (France 2004) 125 min.

November 15, 2005.  DISCUSS HOLY LOLA WITH BERNARD TAVERNIER.  The famed French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier will screen his latest film Holy Lola at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center on November 14.   Thirza Vallois, author of Romantic Paris will introduce photographer Christopher Peacock and his Paris on November 15 at the Mechanics' Institute.  Contact: PARIS-THROUGH-EXPATRIATE-EYES Terrance Gelenter is Director of Paris Through  Expatriate Eyes  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 16, 2005.  SUZY GERSHMAN reads from C’EST LA VIE, her irresistible story of making a fresh start at middle age by moving to Paris after the unexpected death of her husband.  A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books, Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.441.6670 or http://www.bookstore.com for details.  7pm.

November 16-19, 2005. BIENVENUE, BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU! Join LEFT BANK RESTAURANTS as we celebrate the first wine harvested from the summer season -- with live music, prizes, and delicious dishes to complement this fragrant, festive new wine. Beginning at 3pm ! See htttp://www.leftbank.com for details.

November 17, 2005.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU.  L’UFE organise un déjeuner arrosé au Beaujolais nouveau le jour ou le fameux vin sera commercialisé :  Le 17 novembre (3ème jeudi de novembre) à l’hôtel Argent  (http://www.argenthotel.com/).  12H15 réception hors d’œuvres - suivie du déjeuner.  On boira : Beaujolais nouveau 2005 de Louis Tête.  Pour réservation: Wilma Bellone - BelloneDAltv@aol.com  $32 membre - $37 non-membre.

November 17, 2005.  HELENE ATTIA performs at LEFT BANK.  Helene Attia, vocals and guitar, will appear at the Pleasant Hill Left Bank to celebrate The Beaujolais Festival on Thursday, Nov. 17th, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.  With Roger Glenn, flute, sax and vibes, Owen Davis, congas & percussion, Geoff Carter, keyboards.  Please join us for a fun evening of world jazz in French, Italian, Brazilian and English.  Left Bank, 60 Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill.  925.288.1222 or http://www.leftbank.com to reserve.  For more information, contact Helene Attia at 510.508.3611 or visit her website: http://www.heleneattia.com

November 17, 2005.  JOURNEE PORTES OUVERTES AU LYCEE INTERNATIONAL FRANCO-AMERICAIN.  Le Bureau des Admissions a l'honneur de vous informer de notre "Journée  Portes Ouvertes" qui se déroulera le jeudi 17 novembre, de 9h00 à 11h30. Si vous connaissez des familles françaises qui, dans l'immédiat ou à l'avenir, sont susceptibles d'être intéressées par la présentation de notre exceptionnel programme français, ou êtes vous même intéressé, veuillez s'il vous plaît leur faire part de cette invitation.   Nous espérons rencontrer de nombreuses familles françaises le jeudi 17 novembre. http://www.frenchamericansf.org

November 17, 2005. AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET. Join us and be transported to Paris for an evening of French cabaret. Edith Piaf, Mistenguette, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker - let their words enchant you! Featuring Moana Diamond, Craig Jessup and Danny Slomoff along with Jerry Frohmader on piano, Dartanyan Brown on bass and Ron Sfarzo on accordion. Featuring LE PETIT ENSEMBLE DU LYCEE (directed by Hélène Dallaire). 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

November 17-December 18, 2005. MARIUS.  The first play in MARCEL PAGNOL’s FANNY trilogy is reborn in a new translation by ZACK ROGOW.  A fable of youth, love, and yearning.  Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.  510.843.4822 or http://www.auroratheatre.org for details.

November 18, 2005.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA  Réception chez Nadine et Armand le VEN 18 NOV. : http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

November 18, 2005. THIRD ANNUAL BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU CELEBRATION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Oh, la, la! It's the third annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration!  Come celebrate the arrival of the very first wine made from the 2005 harvest with the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. The festivities take place on Friday November 18, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa  Rosa. We will be joined by special guest--columnist, radio personality,  raconteuse, and founder of the Sonoma Provence Exchange--Michele Anna  Jordan.  Magnificently situated atop Fountaingrove and overlooking estate vineyards and the Russian River Valley wine appellation, Paradise Ridge Winery boasts  "the most beautiful view in Sonoma County."  French singer Joseph Bain will serenade us as we enjoy both French Beaujolais Nouveau and Paradise Ridge wines. There will be sumptuous locally crafted French savory treats and desserts, and Chef Roger Praplan of La Gare restaurant will be dishing up his fabulous French Onion Soup. 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.  We invite you to meet Bordeaux artist Jean-Pierre Got--the last working poster artist in France--who creates Art Deco and Art Nouveau wine country  art for clients all over the world. He will be signing original posters and calendars. Preview Jean-Pierre's art at jeanpierregot.online.fr.  Tickets for this festive soirée are $25 for Alliance Française members ($30 non-members) in advance (send the attendees' names along with your check byMonday, November 14, 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 http://www.afsantarosa.org

November 18, 2005. ENSEMBLE KABOUL WITH SPECIAL GUEST USTAD FARIDA MAHWASH. Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

November 18 & 20, 2005. JAGUAR (1957; 92 min). Part documentary and part fiction, JAGUAR tells the story of three young men from the Savannah of Niger who leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. JEAN ROUCH's seminal film, which was the result of improvised on-screen action and then later, improvised narrative voice-over, is the story of their travels. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

Through November 19, 2005. RACINE'S PHAEDRA performed by NO NUDE MEN. Drama set in a secluded island estate in early 19th c. Europe. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St., SF. 415.621.1503 or http://www.horrorunspeakable.com for details. (Note: there are currently two different shows of Racine's PHEDRE going on in the Bay Area right now!)!

November 19, 2005.  MARCHE DE NOEL.  Le lycée Français La Pérouse ouvrira ses portes au 755 Ashbury Street à San Francisco le 19 novembre de 11h à 16h à l'occasion de son marché de Noël annuel. Environ 30 vendeurs seront présents proposant toutes sortes de produits (nourriture, vin, bijoux, habits, décoration, livres...).  L'entrée est gratuite.

November 19, 2005.  LA VIE ET RIEN D’AUTRE / LIFE AND NOTHING ELSE (Tavernier, 1989).   Historia, a new CCSF club, invites you to the screening of two films by French director Bertrand Tavernier about WWI, followed by a discussion.  The film denounces the misplaced nationalism that led to horrendous and senseless killing of "the Great War." The plot revolves around the patriotic use of the Dead, particularly in creating the myth of the "Unknown Soldier" --representative of the sacrifice of all-- to fight antimilitarism and low morale rampant in 1917, a year marked by suicides, mutiny and desertion.  10am-1pm.  In French with English subtitles. Shown at the CCSF Ocean Campus (50 Phelan Avenue) in the Visual Arts Building (Room V114). Free and open to all! (Bring your popcorn!)

November 19, 2005. THE BOOK OF MIRACLES by EDWIDGE DANTICAT featured on Selected Shorts, KQED 88.5, 8pm. Read by Sonia Manzano.

November 19, 2005.  COLLEEN QUEN COUTURE, HIS BY HER, LINDLAND’S CORDAROUNDS, AND JEAN PIERRE RAMOS’S first fall Fashion Show at 24th BEAUJOLAIS & BEYOND FESTIVAL.  To help celebrate the launching of the Beaujolais Nouveau (the First Wine of the Year), this year the French–American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco has united a wonderfully creative team of local artists to bring to you the latest fashion trends. We are proud to partner with Colleen Quen Couture, His By Her, Lindland’s Cordarounds, Jean-Pierre Ramos, and Cecile and Jeanne to bring you their latest collections for a show out of this world.  And to add the final touches to create a spectacular show, we will have as part of our team local SF based companies- Juice Beauty- the organic skincare line, hair salons- Atelier Emmanuel and Alcheme, and JE Talent agency.  Therefore, if you can’t be in France for the Fashion Week or NYC, then join an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of fashion glitz and celebration right here in San Francisco for the best festival in town.  The fashion show will take place at: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 6:45pm to 7:15pm, with DJ Melvin “J” from 6:00pm to 9:30pm, spinning French and American tunes for those who wish to dance., Silent Auction (last year there were more than 100 prizes); An amazing variety of food and wine samplings; $55 ticket if purchased before 11/10, $60 after.   Registration at http://www.faccsf.com

November 20, 2005. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs from 7pm-10pm at Enrico's on Kearny at Broadway in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Reservations recommended http://www.enricossidewalkcafe.com/ 415.982.6223. Hotclub Hotline: 415.931.0909.

November 20, 2005.  A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE. Slideshow on the architecture, gastronomy, culture, and history of Quercy, by E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, San Francisco State University, and Founder/Director, Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie (Lot). In English (with possibility of French converstion after, with refreshments). North Berkeley. Free, but reservations needed due to space limitation. Email Barbara at barbara@latitude.org for directions and reservations. 6pm.

November 20-22, 2005. VERLAINE: MUSE AND MUSIC-MAKER. A bilingual multi-media performance based on the poetry of PAUL VERLAINE and directed and choreographed by CHRISTINE RENAUDIN. In this multimedia, bilingual performance, Christine Renaudin brings together French and English, dance, theater, visuals, instrumental music and vocals in a unique poetic collage that stages a selection of nineteenth-century French poet Paul Verlaine’s poems. At the crossroads of such famous aesthetic movements as Romanticism, Symbolism, Impressionism, and the blurrier notion of Decadence, Paul Verlaine’s poetry and personality made him an impressive, if at times controversial, figure on the social and literary scene of his era. The poet who, in his Ars Poetica. claimed “Music, first and foremost, and forever,” as the cardinal rule of his verse, championed the suggestive powers of “nuance,” of “subtle and shaded hue” over color and stridence. Indeed, Verlaine came to be known for the extreme musicality and intensely suggestive powers of his poetry. As a result, his texts have inspired no less than 1500 musical compositions, by some 650 composers, including Claude Debussy and Reynaldo Hahn, both featured in the show, along with the perhaps less-known Arthur Maskats. Today Verlaine continues to amuse and delight a wide and diverse audience, and to move the creative mind beyond the boundaries of a text upon a page. Staging Verlaine as Muse and Music Maker, is therefore in many ways an homage to the enduring inspirational powers of a poet who, interestingly in his personal life, claimed not the sweetness of la vie en rose, but the bolder, more intensely passionate and sometimes dangerous vie en rouge. For, to quote the poet one more time, “The art, my dears, is to be absolutely yourself.” With Verlaine: Muse and Music Maker, Renaudin brings to the Bay Area  community a multilayered performance which retraces the poet’s journey into the flesh. The show does not merely illustrate Verlaine’s texts but, rather, seeks to explore a rich variety of readings and responses generated among artists of all kinds, from the actor to the dancer, the musician to the photographer. In this collage of renditions, the director has sought to puzzle the mind and delight the senses in a series of interesting collisions meant to impress upon the viewer a renewed sense of his or her connection to the world. Location: PE1, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.3159 or http://www.sonoma.edu/users/r/renaudin/verlaine/ or christine.renaudin@sonoma.edu for details/times.

November 22, 2005. NEW ORLEANS: ANATOMY OF A DISASTER, a minute-by-minute eye witness account of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Nova, KQED TV9, 8pm.

November 23, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: LES CHORISTES / THE CHORUS (2004). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

November 26 & 27, 2005. RICK STEVES' EUROPE MARATHON. KQED TV9, 8:30am-4:30pm on Saturday and 11:30am-7:30pm on Sunday.

November 30, 2005. CINE-CLUB D'INTERFRENCH: HARRY, UN AMI QUI VOUS VEUT DU BIEN / WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY (2000) Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

Through December 14, 2005.  LES ECRIVAINS DEVANT LA GRANDE GUERRE.  Course offered in French by Renée Morel at The French Class.  La guerre de 1914-18, avec les progres technologiques qui l'ont "deshumanisee", a ete une guerre de feu et de fer. Pacifistes ou engages volontaires, de nombreux poetes ou ecrivains ont ete les acteurs ou les temoins de cet univers cataclysmique ou l'individu est confronte a l'enfer des tranchees et a la mort absurde, violente et quotidienne (dix millions de morts en 1560 jours).  Venez (re)decouvrir ces auteurs qui ont ete la voix et la conscience de leur generation: Peguy, Apollinaire, Cendrars, Celine, Cocteau, Giono, Dorgeles, Barbusse, Genevoix, etc.  Un cours de 8 semaines, illustre de diapositives (photos, tableaux et oeuvres graphiques). Je montrerai egalement deux films en dehors des sessions, probablement "Capitaine Conan" et "La vie et rien d'autre", tous deux de Bertrand Tavernier (le premier sur un episode de la guerre des Balkans et le second sur la "recuperation patriotique" des morts). On pourrait egalement voir "Paths of Glory" de Stanley Kubrick (1957, interdit en France jusqu'en 1974, parce qu'il traite des mutineries de 1917 et de l'imbecillite du haut commandement francais).  10:30am-Noon.  The French Class, 500 Sutter St., Suite 310, San Francisco.  415.362.3666; fax 415.362.4334.  $205 for 8 week class.

Through December 17, 2005. THE FALSE SERVANT, OR THE BUSINESS OF LOVE by PIERRE MARIVAUX. Abydos Theater announces a provocative and amusing French classic  play staged with fresh eyes for the 21st Century: The  False Servant. A brand new translation/adaptation by local writers, Ann  and George Crowe, specially commissioned by Abydos. This world premiere production will be directed by Jessica Heidt,and will open November 4 for six weeks through  December 17 at EXIT on Taylor, San Francisco. In The  False Servant, a pretty girl disguised as a beau Chevalier spies on her  husband-to-be while he connives to extricate himself from a previous marriage commitment (without coughing up the pre-nup penalty).  Avarice pervades a world  of pretend love-making in this cross-dressing gender intrigue where "show me the  money" outfoxes "whom shall I love?" For more information, see http://www.abydostheater.org  or email theatreabydos@aol.com.  

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

CALIFORNIA LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION conducts its Placement Information Exchange as a service to members, to schools and school districts (elementary, middle school, high school, and community college) at no charge. The association's role is limited to providing information: to the teachers who are seeking positions, to the schools and school districts which post vacancies. Responsibility for taking further action rests with the recipients of the information. Go to:http://www.clta.net/jobs/index.html for details.

EDJOIN. The Education Job Opportunity Network is a portal to thousands of teaching and other education job openings throughout California. Go to: http://www.edjoin.org/ for information.

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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.

BRODEUSES / SEQUINS (Eleonore Faucher; In French with English Subtitles). Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street at 37th Avenue, San Francisco. 415.221.8184 or http://www.BalboaMovies.com See also "Special Events," November 10, above.

LES CHORISTES / THE CHORUS. See "Special Events," November 23, above.

GARÇON STUPIDE.  Lumiere, SF, 415.267.4893; Act I&II, Berkeley, 510.843.3456.   In French with English subtitles.

LE GRAND ROLE. See "Special Events," November 10, above.

HARRY, UN AMI QUI VOUS VEUT DU BIEN / WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY. See "Special Events," November 30, above.

HOLY LOLA (B. Tavernier). Rafael, San Rafael. See "Special Events," November 14, above.

JAGUAR. See "Special Events," November 18 & 20, above.

LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR / MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893; Four Star, SF, 415.666.3488; Oaks, Berkeley, 510.526.1836 ; Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road at Foothill Expressway, Palo Alto, 650.354.8263 ($5). (Luc Jacquet; in English, narrated by Morgan Freeman).

LA VIE ET RIEN D’AUTRE / LIFE AND NOTHING ELSE (Tavernier, 1989).   See "Special Events," November 19, 2005, above.

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*ART*

Opening November 3, 2005.  ART BRUT by ELIZABETH LAMOND.  Opening reception: Thursday, Nov. 3, 6-8pm.  "Art Brut" describes works created by individuals untainted by artistic culture (in contrast to what often happens in the case of intellectuals). It is an art form which is completely individual and untamed, and produced out of pure necessity.  A strong influence of "Art Brut" is an imperious inner voice of a psychic, spiritual nature. In response to this voice, a compulsion emerges: a creative fever propels the artist and she is completely absorbed and indifferent to public contact and scrutiny.  Elizabeth Lamond was born in France and moved to the United States in 1981. With no formal art training, she decided, in 2002, to use paint to fulfill her strong attraction to experimenting with colors in free form. "I paint, weld metals, take pictures or write to deeply explore my connection with the subconscious world and the collective. Letting all feelings come out in whatever forms or colors they want.  Through my art, I can allow myself to roam in unknown territories where perfection means nothing and there are no judges of how good or bad I am, no boundaries…  I just listen, pay attention to what's going on inside and outside of me and let it flow out. I believe that creativity constantly fluctuates. Letting go of control is most important in my artwork at this time of my life. Pushing on the boundaries of "normal" and exploring our inner "turbulences", allowing "a face for our demons" to take shape on the canvas can be very scary, lonely, painful, isolating, and addicting, but also rewarding in the long term…it is the only way to grow as a soul." Free Admission Opening reception:  Thursday, Nov. 3, 6-8pm  Alliance Française 1345 Bush Street San Francisco (415) 775-7755. 

Through November 10, 2005.  RECENT WORKS by QUEBEC ARTIST PAULE DUBOIS DUPUIS and others.  Gallery 405, 2111 Mission St., SF.  415.786.5175 for details.

Through November 15, 2005. THE ART OF THE BELLE EPOQUE: TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, MUCHA, CHERET, LEGRAND, TISSOT AND ROBBE. Opening reception October 15, 6pm-9pm; Lecture at 7:30pm. RSVP: 415.397.7781. Christopher Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary, SF. 415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.

November 15, 2005.  PARIS VISIONS.  Photographs by CHRISTIAN PEACOCK. Artist's Reception, Photography Exhibit & Slide Show Hosted by Thirza Vallois, author of Romantic Paris. When: Tuesday November 15, 6:00 pm (Reception 5:30 pm) Where: Mechanics' Institute 57 Post Street San Francisco Tickets: PTEE & MI Members FREE, public $7 Reservations: 415-393-0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org 

Through November 18, 2005. VELOFLANEUR. Solo show by CHARLES LINDER. Light boxes and photo panels that reflect upon an ephemeral summer in Paris in 2004. Brian Gross Gallery Space at One Post, 1 Post Street, SF. 415.788.1050 for details.

November 19, 2005-March 5, 2006.   RECENT WORK BY WANG DU.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Paris-based, Chinese-born artist, Wang Du, in his first American solo exhibition. In large-scale sculptures, Du examines the sensational disorienting effects of global mass media, a stream of information noise that prevents any real, lasting knowledge of world events, and reduces issues to sound bytes easily consumed and readily manipulated. His overwhelming sculptures in 3-D form, images such as the Columbia shuttle disaster that we've seen over and over-but never quite like this. His energetic style, the towering scale of his artworks, and the in-your-face treatment of these ubiquitous images challenge us to confront the overwhelming info-matrix in which we live.  Born in 1956 in Wuhan, in the People's Republic of China, arrested for taking part in pro-democracy demonstrations in Guangzhou in 1989, jailed and interrogated for nine months, Wang Du subsequently immigrated to France, settling in Paris in August 1990. Initially unable to speak French, penniless, and suffering from culture shock, he was especially overwhelmed by the bombardment of images in the West from all forms of media and global information systems.  Yerba Buena Center for Arts 701 Mission St. @ 3rd For more info call (415)978 ARTS or http://www.YBCA.org

Through November 21, 2005.  ANNE BACHELIER’S WORLD OF MYSTICISM, THEATER AND ROMANCE.  Paintings and works on paper.  Weinstein Gallery, 383 Geary, SF.  415.362.8151 for details.

Opening Decemer 3, 2005. MICHEL DELACROIX ~ PAINTINGS. Axelle Fine Arts Gallery, 434 Post St., Union Square, SF.. 415.434.4341 or europe@axelle.com for details.

Through December 9, 2005. VISUAL ART EXHIBITION by Swiss artists PHILIPPE MONOD, pastels, & CATHERINE BOLLE, acrylic glass sculpture, at swissnex, in the presence of a Swiss delegation and the State Secretary for Education and Research. swissnex, 730 Montgomery, SF. 415.912.5901 x106 or http://www.swissnex.com for details.

Through December 11, 2005.  JACOB EL-HANANI:  DRAWINGS FROM 1978-2005.  A selection of Jewish manuscripts from Morocco on loan from the Judah L. Magnes Museum.  Reception November 9, 6pm-7:30pm.  Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.  510.430.2164.

Through December 15, 2005. ON THE ROAD TO MOROCCO. Images of remaining Jews in Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains. Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., SF. 415.567.3327 for details.

Through January 13, 2006.  MISERERE ET GUERRE.  Etchings by GEORGES ROUAULT.  Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge, Berkeley.  510.649.2541 for details.

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

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

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*OTHER MEDIA*

BLOG POUR FRANCOPHILES, published by a French native living in San Francisco.  Great daily reading material for novices and more!  http://www.geneline.blogspot.com/

CITIZENVALLEY.ORG. CitizenValley repose sur le principe du journalisme citoyen où chaque internaute peut y participer en proposant un article (cela peut être son point de vue, une expérience, son resto favori...), des photos, des vidéos, en participant aux forums ou simplement en laissant un commentaire. On travaille déjà par exemple avec l'Alliance Française de Santa Clara, l'école ISTP et d'autres cercles francophones et volontaires,en reprenant leurs articles et en les encourageant à participer. Et on espère rapidement impliquer les étudiants et les professeurs de français de la baie à ce projet. Nous sommes par exemple à la recherche de personnes qui seraient motivées par animer une rubrique, un forum, une fonction(correction d'articles, promotion, graphisme...). Notre espoir est que CitizenValley devienne le portail de la communauté francophone et francophile de la Valley (et elle est nombreuse!)et soit le site de tout le monde, pour tout le monde. Animateurs: Hélène et Jean-Baptiste, 408-661-1452 or jbsu@citizenvalley.org or http://www.citizenvalley.org for details.

TELEGRAMME.NET. A free, non-commercial electronic newspaper dedicated to the French-speaking community in the United States, published by Philippe Crouzillacq, a full-time French journalist currently living in Paris (France ;-). Visit http://telegramme.net or e-mail overseas.telegram@gmail.com for more information

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 & RADIO*

SITE INTERNET DE RADIO FRANCE:

  • 1. Allez sur GOOGLE: http://www.google.com
  • 2. Tapez "radiofrance"
  • 3. Puis choisissez entre: france inter, france culture ou france musique
  • 4. Cliquez sur: "ecouter " ou "ecouter en direct".

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*

EXPERIENCED FRENCH TEACHER FROM PARIS available for private tutoring in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.  Sorbonne educated; trilingual; 12 years teaching experience; 8 years working at one of the most acclaimed language schools in Paris; extensive experience tutoring students of all ages and needs at every level, from advanced University French to introductory French.  My emphasis is on communication, and I use grammar as a tool, not an end in itself (except if that is what you need for an exam!).  I am patient, gentle, and dedicated to teaching you French, in a way that will help you build your confidence.  I like to consider myself as a coach, encouraging my students to improve through a very progressive and personalized approach.  Call Sandrine at 415.513.8179.  (Local and international references available)

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS for rent by longtime member of the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Our beautiful and comfortable one bedroom apartment in an 1895 building will be available for Christmas. Within walking distance of Opera, Madeleine and the Arc de Triomphe. Located on a pedestrian market street with marvelous bakeries, cafes, and shops, in a genuine Parisian neighborhood. Christmas in Paris is magic - music, fantastic lighting displays throughout the city, gorgeous shop windows, and the arrival of the cheese and sausage sellers from the Auvergne. 5th floor with elevator and fireplace. Sleeps 2 or 3. For details, photos and rates, contact myrnawalton@sbcglobal.net

VOUS AIMEZ LIRE? LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE ORANGE vous propose 36 livres par an, parmi les nouveautés de l'année, publiées en France. Un choix littéraire de qualité partagé par 16 000 adhérents répartis dans le monde. Une cotisation annuelle de $45 pour l'année 2006. (Inscriptions avant le 15 novembre) Les livres circulent au sein de groupes de 24 ou 12 adhérents. Pour rejoindre un circuit dans votre région ou obtenir de plus amples renseignements, Visitez : http://www.bibliotheque-orange.org Contactez : genevievelaverne@msn.com 510.654.73.11 ou anne@dumontier.net, 650.966.8780 pour le nom du représentant de votre région.

JEAN-PIERRE GOT participates in the HURRICANE POSTER PROJECT: Usually, from my studio in Bordeaux, I paint posters for vineyards and restaurants... The HURRICANE POSTER PROJECT was set up by Moxie Sozo, a design firm from Boulder, Colorado, to raise funds for the American Red Cross hurricane disaster relief effort. Poster artists around the world have been solicited to design posters to be donated and sold online. All proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross. On my submission called "Sauvée !" (Saved !), while young lady symbolizes the City of New Orleans and young man personifies volunteers and rescue teams, falling straw hat is a remembrance of all suffering Southern country folks. A print-run of 250 signed & numbered 16 1/2 x 24 1/2 inch offset lithographs, this poster will be sold online by the end of this month. My printer also in Bordeaux, L'impression Graphique, has also been willing to participate by donating paper and printing. See: http://jeanpierregot.online.fr/ For further information on The Hurricane Poster Project, contact Leif Steiner at info@thehurricaneposterproject.com or call : 303-506-2320. http://www.thehurricaneposterproject.com/

BELLATERRA TRAVEL, LLC. BellaTerra Travel offers fully planned tours to some of the most beautiful destinations in Europe: Haute-Savoie and Provence. Explore the sights and sounds of these regions on this 11-day tour originating in Annecy and concluding in Avignon. This tour takes on the leisurely pace of Southern France while keeping an ambitious itinerary sure to offer you a variety of new and never-to-be-forgotten experiences. A lot of free time is included, allowing you to enjo the feel of each locale. Charminyg and historic accommodations that are typical of each region were carefully selected. You will only change hotels one time allowing you to have a place to call "home" and from which you will take day trips. Come with us and experience a real "French vacation"! Trip highlights include a gondola ride up the highest peak in Europe, shopping in ritzy Geneva, strolling through the medieval streets of Annecy and Avignon, wine tasting in world-renowned Châteauneuf-du Pape, and much more! BellaTerra Travel is based in San Francisco. Visit http://www.BellaTerraTravel.com or call 1-800-9-BELLA-TT.

COLORS OF PROVENCE, Fine Table Linens and Accessories. Bring a touch of Provencal sunshine and elegance to your home! Colors of Provence is an online boutique offering tablecloths, napkins, kitchen accessories, purses and bags imported from Provence. Please come see our selection of products at http://www.colorsofprovence.com. (Distributor is located in Menlo Park)

GÎTES FOR RENT IN THE DORDOGNE. Bay Area Family has 2 different houses set upon a hill in a hamlet of old stone houses dating from the 1700's. Beautiful stone 1 bedroom and 3 bedroom homes with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, separate WC, living room with big stone fireplace, TV, DVD player and CD player. All amenities are within walking distance down the country lane. The Perigord is famous for its food: black truffles, canard, pâté de foie gras, cèpes, and walnuts, with many good restaurants in the area; as well as the rich historic sites as many famous grottes (caves), Bastille towns, Castles, and old villages are less than 1-hour drive away (Lascaux is only 20 minutes). Visit our website: www.lesgitesfleuris.com for details.

FRENCH CONSUMERS ADORE AMERICAN PRODUCTS! I seek to associate with an individual or company wishing to develop a market for selling their product or service in France. Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, I now live in the south of France, GARD (30) (4+ yrs). Since you subscribe to this on-line Bay Area Francophile List, you certainly understand that French consumers (especially the young) adore American products and lifestyles. So, if you have a serious product to sell and desire to profit from this lucrative marketplace please write me, identifying your product or service for my consideration (jhillpresentsFR@aol.com or VillesVillagesFR@aol.com). If I feel we can establish a profitable alliance I will respond with my particulars within 3 days of receipt. Amicalement, John-North HILL, "John Hill Presents" Chusclan, France.

FRENCH ESCAPADE. Don't be a tourist, be our guest. Discover France another way. Delight your senses and renew your romantic side in the exquisite South East of France with this fully escorted 9-day tour from the Alps to Provence in a group of 6 by French Escapade. Your personal bilingual tour guide and chauffeur will treat you to highlights of the local culture-from the majestic Alps to the eleventh-century forts and cathedrals, quaint French towns, lavender fields, outdoor markets and French cafes. Every night, you will revel in traditional 4-course gourmet meals, prepared just for you and relax by the fire in a charming restored 19th Century country estate with spectacular view on the Alps. Women-only tours available. Visit www.frenchescapade.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.

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

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.

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.

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

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*RESTAURANTS*

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

BODEGA BISTRO, 607 Larkin (at Eddy), SF, 415.921.1218.  A new restaurant with a pronounced French flair, is reviewed in the November 9, 2005 San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.27.

THE ACADEMY GRILL, California Culinary Academy, 625 Polk St., San Francisco, the hottest new Civic Center Lunch Spot, is now serving a new French bistro menu. To go orders available: 415.216.4301 for details.

November 16-19, 2005. BIENVENUE, BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU! Join LEFT BANK RESTAURANTS as we celebrate the first wine harvested from the summer season -- with live music, prizes, and delicious dishes to complement this fragrant, festive new wine. Beginning at 3pm ! See htttp://www.leftbank.com for details

December 31, 2005. RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT LEFT BANK. All of our brasseries will welcome 2006 from 5:30pm through midnight. Dinner will feature our Chefs' New Year's Eve suggestions and our regular cuisine grand-mère menue. The celebration includes live music, balloons, hats, horns, noisemakers, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Make reservations early. See http://www.leftbank.com for details.

LA CAVE (formerly Curbside Bistro) is open for lunch. Located below the Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco. 415.923.1375. La Cave 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.

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. A TASTE OF PARIS AT YOUR DESK...CAFE SOCIETY NOW DELIVERS! Call or Fax 11-2 Monday - Friday for delicious French Bistro Food including: Croque Monsieur w/Salad, Mocha Frappes, Prosciutto & Gruyere Baguette Sandwiches, Gourmet Soups like Roasted Tomato Garlic & Hearty Chicken Vegetable, Spinach Quiche w/Salad, Salade Nicoise. Tel: 707.256.3232 x203 Fax: 707.256.3237

LUNCH IN A BOX from LEFT BANK IN PLEASANT HILL. Left Bank, Pleasant Hill's popular French brasserie, has launched a new dining option targeted to local businesses and anyone who wants fresh, delicious meals with Left Bank flavor and style. WHAT: a variety of sandwiches, side salads and sweets, freshly made-to-order and boxed for easy pick up. Just think "Left Bank To Go." WHERE: Left Bank brasserie, 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza in Pleasant Hill, conveniently located off the 680 freeway. WHEN: Available every day, from 10am-10am; Minimum 24 hour pre-order is appreciated. HOW TO ORDER: Call Left Bank at 925.288.1222 and ask for Caite Daniel or the Manager on duty. PRICE: $10.95 plus sales tax; $1.00 per bottle for bottled water or assorted soft drinks available upon request. All items may be prepared platter style. Delivery options available.

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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*MUSIC*
NOTE: For Special Musical Events, see section I, above. For general news about the music world, see below.

AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET. Join us and be transported to Paris for an evening of French cabaret. Edith Piaf, Mistenguette, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker - let their words enchant you! Featuring Moana Diamond, Craig Jessup and Danny Slomoff along with Jerry Frohmader on piano, Dartanyan Brown on bass and Ron Sfarzo on accordion. One Thursday per month at142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

HELENE ATTIA. Singer/guitarist Helene Attia performs a wide selection of music, including world jazz, pop, and Latin which she sings in French, English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. She is available to perform as a soloist or with her band, for concerts, weddings, private parties, festivals, conventions and private events. For booking information please contact her at: (510) 508-3611 hsattia@yahoo.com , or visit her at www.heleneattia.com

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.

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.

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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

BERKELEY. Conversation Group has been meeting in Berkeley for the past 12 years. The teacher is a native speaker with a Master's degree in French literature and a teaching credential. The level is intermediate, advanced. We read and talk. Call Michele at 510.549.1675 or e-mail michouthorsen@aol.com for dates and times.

BROWN-BAG LUNCH WITH THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB One for intermediate speakers of French, and another for advanced. At its office downtown, 595 Market Street. The contact and meeting information is given below. Membership in the Commonwealth Club may be required: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/languages.html

Monthy dinner meetings. DINNER WITH THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL. You can write to these groups requesting to be placed on their distribution list. The dinners are held at different restaurants in San Francisco. http://www2.itsyourworld.org/yp/language_dinner_contact.php

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 groupgrows! 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.comFirst 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 at5:30, 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.

Wednesday evenings: THE FRENCH MEET-UP meets Wednesday evenings nearly every month. Sign up to get their notices as to dates and locations: http://french.meetup.com/groups/?country=us&nil=0&zip=94121

First Wednesday of the month. CONVERSATION AT ZAZIE. Dinner group meets at Zazie, 941 Cole, San Francisco, organized by the restaurant, every firstWednesday of the month. There is a French language dinner table. Call beforehand to reserve your spot: Zazie, 941 Cole, 564-5332 http://dinesite.com/info/rstrnt-307188/?&t=372424

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 acelebration 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.All levels of French are welcome Beginning at 6:15 p.m. We'll meet in the lounge area where you can order food andbeverages. 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. E-mail sonprov@sbcglobal.net for more information.

First Friday of the month: LE CERCLE DES AMIS FRANCOPHONES. Le Cercle des Amis Francophones is a social group and potluck for gay and lesbian francophones. We meet on the first Friday of every month at a private home in The San Francisco Bay Area. Call Ralph at (415) 861-3155 or Stefen at (510) 531-7836for info.

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 youryoung ones in one of SF's parks or in a home for this French playgroup. We meet Fridays around 4pm.

Friday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP in San Francisco - "Venez pratiquer votre français avec nous !" Depuis deux ans, un groupe de conversation française (sfofrench) se rencontre chaque vendredi soir, de 19h à 22h30, à Cafe Fresco, 480 Sutter (pres de Powell St.) à San Francisco--tel.: 415.398.8900. Tous les niveaux de français sont la bienvenue. Tout le monde est sympathique etl'atmosphère très détendue ! Nous organisons parfois d'autres activités (cinéma, restaurant, randonnée, 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.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: LA GARDERIE PLAY GROUP AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE. Have coffee downtown while your child learns French. Drop off your child (3-16) in room "Le Petit Prince" every Saturday from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm. S/he will be well taken care of by a French speaker. Plenty of books, tapes, movies. Cost, $5. 707.543.8151 for details.

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 levelswelcome, 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.

Saturday mornings: GROUPE DE CONVERSATION A BERKELEY. Un groupe de conversation en français se tient depuis 10 ans à Berkeley, le samedi matin de 9heures 45 à 11 heures 45. Si intéressé, contacter Michele Thorsen au 510-549-1675 ou michouthorsen@aol.comSecond Saturday of the month: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Champagne Cafe, on Throckmorton right next to the Sequoia Theater. 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details. Note: The October meeting will take place (exceptionally) on October 15.

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 inSanta 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, pleasesend 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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*HOME EXCHANGES/APARTMENTS FOR RENT*

3-MONTH HOME EXCHANGE (SANTA ROSA FOR FRANCE) SPRING 2006. I am an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and will be taking a sabbatical leave in the spring semester 2006. I will be doing research in France, so I would like to find a home exchange in France from mid-March through mid-June (or close to these dates; June, July, August). I am open to all offers but would prefer countryside in central or southern France close to a city. If you or someone you know would be interested in an exchange, I would love to hear from you. MERCI!cdunn@santarosa.edu

ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN SAN FRANCISCO; FRENCH SPEAKER PREFERRED. You and me: Non-smoker, no drugs, no pot, but otherwise liberal; cool, fun professionals in late 20s/early 30s (I am a girl; you are a guy or girl) Safe, sunny neighborhood with plenty of street parking; Walking distance to Glen Park BART/Muni station/Glen Canyon Park; Easy access to 280 and 101; just 10 minutes from SFO airport; 2 blocks from Safeway supermarket. House has 3BR / 2BA and is 1700 sq ft total; very cool circular floor plan; Eat in kitchen AND dining room; hardwood floors throughout; Fabulous garden. Room is large and very private and does not share a wall with another bedroom . Rent is $895 plus $895 deposit. Available September 24; no charge for September rent Call Andrea, 415.341.3677

À LOUER ENTRE LE 4 DÉCEMBRE 2005 ET LE 27 JANVIER 2006. Pour une durée de 3 à 7 semaines. Bel appartement, dans résidence moderne, très calme, entre Bastille et Voltaire, 85 m2 (+ petite terrasse) 2ème étage (ascenseur), très clair, entièrement meublé et équipé: entrée, cuisine équipée, machine vaisselle; grande pièce à vivre; 1 très belle chambre à coucher lit 2 places + espace bureau donnant sur terrasse privative; 1 chambre avec canapé lit 2 places et piano; 2 salles de bains, 2 wc, lave-linge; TV, Chaîne stéréo, vidéo, DVD, accès ADSL haut débit. Électricité et chauffage compris. Pour un mois : 2 200 euros; Pour 7 semaines : 3 800 euros. Tel : 01 43 55 11 20 (répondeur). Mél: sandra.bessis@free.fr pour voir des photos del'appartement.

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*CLASSES*

November 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2005.  MIEUX VIVRE GRACE A L'ECRITURE.  Ateliers d'écriture expressive avec Philippe Berthoud, professeur (Univ.John F. Kennedy)  Que vous écriviez ou non, faites l'expérience de ce merveilleux outil, dont les multiples vertus nous sont révélées par de récentes recherches. Partager notre écriture est facultatif. L'atelier est conduit en français, mais nous pouvons écrire dans notre langue maternelle. Philippe enseigne l'écriture expressive dans la Baie et en Europe, où il a récemment été invité àdonner des séminaires d'écriture en Suisse, en Irlande et en France. Deux formules:1. Ateliers d'un jour (10h-17h). Samedi 12 novembre: San Francisco;  Dimanche 13 novembre: Berkeley;  Samedi 19 novembre: San Rafael Dimanche 20 novembre: Santa Rosa. $120 ($90 si vous envoyez votre chèque une semaine a l'avance). Info: PhilBerthoud@aol.com ou 510 234 47992.   ALTERNATIVE:  Atelier de 8 semaines, tous les 15 jours dès le lundi 7 novembre de 10h30 à 13h à Los Altos. Vous ne vous engagez qu'après participation à la séance du 7 novembre. $45 pour la première réunion, $345 pour la série complète. Info: http://www.dumontier.net/berthoud ou Anne Dumontier: 650.966.8780.  Attention: les deux formules ont un nombre de places limité!

January-February 2006.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by Anne Bishop.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, 2005. LOVE, POWER AND INTRIGUE IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE. This group reads works by and about the great rulers, philosophers, lovers and writers of France from the 16th to the 20th century. Catherine de Medici reigned during religious strife and political intrigue, while Josephine Bonaparte survived the terror to become Empress of France. Candide and The Red and The Black explore the philosophical ideas and hypocrisy of their times, while in The Vagabond Colette describes the struggle for both love and independence in the modern woman. Five Fridays: 10:00-12:00. annebishop@usa.net for details. Location: Sausalito; Cost, $190; 415.332.8710 for details. COURSE ALSO TAUGHT AT BOOK PASSAGE : Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

February-March 2006.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by Maritza Pick.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

Summer 2006. SUMMER COURSES AND RELAXATION AT THE LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER.  Summer courses and relaxation at the Latitude Cultural Center in SouthwestFrance's idyllic Lot Valley  (featured in National Geographic Traveller,September, 2005). Headquarters: a 14th century mill in La Toulzanie. From$1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, andbeautiful scenery. Two 2006 courses in French.  Details at http://www.latitude.org    

  • June 3-10   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Palmer> I Think,Therefore . . . What? : French Thought from Descartes to Foucault, offeredby Don Palmer, Ph.D., who taught philosophy at the College of Marin inKentfield, CA.  In English. 
  • June 3-10    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Maxwell> TerroirTravels: A Week of Wine and Cheese Tasting in Southwest France with RahsaanMaxwell, ABD, Political Science, UC Berkeley; devotee of fresh markets and fine (vegetarian) food; respected wine buff; seminar-giver on wine pairings, and on-line wine commentator. In English. A fun introduction to the wines of SW France, a region tracing its viticulture roots to the Roman era.   
  • June 10-17    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Perry> Painting the Beauty of Southwest France , a workshop in oil painting with Gil Perry, a distinguished Vermont oil painter. Gil is also a master of drawing,particularly of landscapes.  In English, 30 (not 15)  hours of instruction.  
  • June 10-17    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#O%27Brien> Paintingthe Light and Texture of Southwest France, a plein-air, watercolor workshop with Rob O'Brien award-winning artist from Perkinsville, Vermont. He uses a watercolor technique known as "drybrush" for textural effects, and, he says,the Lot Valley fit this technique perfectly. In English, 30 (not 15) hours of instruction. 
  • June 24-July 1   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Bishop> FamousFrench Women and Their Lovers , a seminar in literature and culture by Anne Bishop, experienced teacher of French  literature, culture, and language(University of California at Berkeley Extension, Book Passage in CorteMadera, a 20-year resident of France, and  very supportive seminar leader! In English. 
  • June 24- July 1   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Miller> Taking Flight: A Creative Writing Workshop (in English) Instructor: Carolyn Miller, award-winning poet; experienced workshop leader of prose and poetry in Northern California and Europe. Carolyn's workshop is meant for people who have never fulfilled their long-held desire to write as well as for experienced writers. Carolyn says, "In this workshop, you will learn tosilence your inner critic and focus your attention on creating new work ineither prose or poetry." Carolyn has a special gift for gently encouraging would-be writers. 
  • July 1-8  <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Morel> Romantisme et Revolutions: le XIXe siecle français (en français, avec diapos) with RenéeMorel.   Instructor, City College of San Francisco and The French Class, SanFrancisco, and San Francisco State University. Renee enjoys a very loyal following in and around La Toulzanie--as well as in the Bay Area of Northern California -- because she is a fabulous teacher.She speaks so distinctly that middle-level French speakers will not be lost. This will be Renee's 6th year of teaching at Latitude. In French.   
  • July 1-8   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Verdier> 1,000 Years of Knights and Days in Southwest France, (en français, avec visites guidées). Instructor: Paul Verdier, docteur d'état en litterature comparée; professeur d'université à Paris XIII et à Tananarive, chercheur émerite à CNRS; auteur,Le calendrier celtique et Les Druides (co-auteur). If desired by English-only speakers, a translator can be provided for this course. 
  • Aug 26-Sept 2   <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Granzow> FindingYour Inner Artist, a watercolor workshop with Sandy Granzow. In English. Before Sandy  taught watercolors, she worked in the fields of international communication and development. She remains vitally interested (and has written books about) world poverty and possibilities for decreasing it. At the same time, she has found another avocation -- watercolor painting. Shecan take absolute beginners and get astonishing results with them! 
  • Sept 2-9    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Phillips2> A Taste of Southwest France, an introduction to the gastronomy, architecture, traditional arts and crafts, and culture of the Quercy area of southwest France, offered by E. Barbara Phillips. In English and French, and a bit of Occitan. 
  • Sept 9-16    <http://www.latitude.org/latitude4.html#Phillips1> The Searchfor Community in Modern Society, offered by E. Barbara Phillips, Ph.D., who taught Sociology at San Francisco State University and Stanford. The class will consider questions such as these: Can individuals feel BOTH intimately connected to their community AND autonomous at the same time?   Do some religious or spiritual groups (e.g., Mormons,  drumming circles) represent contemporary attempts to find togetherness? Can globalization and a sense of community co-exist? In English.

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@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 2, 2005. POEMS OF ECSTASY / POEMES DE L’EXTASE.  A live visual music performance  By CaroLuna. Poems of Ecstasy  (Poèmes de L'Extase) is a live multimedia performance by CaroLuna, soprano and filmmaker, with Kristin Pankonin, pianist, featuring works by three prominent French composers of the 20th century with accompanying original video imagery.  Poèmes pour Mi, Trois  Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé,and Quatre Poèmes Hindous  are three exotic song cycles with ecstatic poetry composed by Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, and Maurice Delage respectively. All three hauntingly evocative song cycles speak of divine love, both sacred and profane, and are joined with CaroLuna's visual treatment to create a uniquely immersive sensory experience. The program is one hour long. A reception with refreshments will follow after the performance. Tickets are available at the door and are a suggested donation of $15.00  - $20.00.  http://www.poemsofecstasy.com or http://www.caroluna.com at 8PM.  At St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, CA

December 5, 2005.  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE:  COSTS, PITFALLS TO AVOID, LEGAL ISSUES TO CONSIDER.  Presented by the French Class & Club Français d'Amérique.  Paris or the Provinces? How do I begin my search? How do French real estate agencies work? What is the role of the French notaire? Will I need a French Will?  What are the tax implications while I own the property? When I sell?  Is this a good idea...? Get answers to these and other questions in a discussion with former Journal Français publisher, Marie Galanti, Attorney at Law, specializing in Estate Planning and International Transactions.  December 5, 2005, 6:30 p.m. at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102.  $10 per person. For reservations, please call 415.362.3666, or contact info@frenchclass.com.  Please purchase your ticket in advance, space is limited. The Club Français d'Amérique is a non-profit association. The French Class is the leader in French-language instruction in Northern California. This program is strictly informational and is not intended as a solicitation to buy products or services of any kind.

December 5, 2005. A CELEBRATION OF CHAMPAGNE. Internationally acclaimed authors Don and Petie Kladstrup (Wine & War) describe how a sparkling beverage that became the toast of society during the Belle Époque survived the unprecedented conflict of World War I, becoming even more popular in its aftermath. Where: Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. When: Monday, December 5, 6pm-7:30pm. Tickets: $20 Complimentary Appetizers, No-Host Bar. Reservations: 415-388-4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com Confirm via Check: PTEE, 38 Miller Ave PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

December 6, 2005. ADAM GOPNIK, author of PARIS TO THE MOON, in conversation with Daniel Handler. Herbst Theatre, SF, 8pm. http://www.cityboxoffice.com or http://www.cityarts.com or 415.392.4400 for details.

December 6, 2005.  BRANDT GOLDSTEIN talks about STORMING THE COURT:  HOW A BAND OF YALE LAW STUDENTS SUED THE PRESIDENT—AND WON.  How a group of students threw aside career plans to free 300 Haitian refugees beingheld at Guantanamo Bay.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909.  7pm.

December 6-9, 2005. UBU RULES! adapted from ALFRED JARRY's UBU ROI, directed by Judy Navas. Every man is capable of showing his contempt for the cruelty of the universe by making his own life a poem of incoherence and absurdity. An absurd, wild, hilarious commentary on power and politics in the outrageously obnoxious Father Ubu takes control of the bourgeois class. Ives Hall, Studio 76, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. http://www.sonoma.edu for details.

December 7, 2005. PAULA WOLFERT speaks about the new edition of THE COOKING OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE, augmented by 60 new and improved recipes since its original publication 22 years ago, in conjunction with dinner, which will take place at LEFT BANK RESTAURANT in Larkspur, 507 Magnolia Ave. Seating begins at 6:30pm. Coffee and conversation end 2 1/2 hours later. Price for combined book and meal is $100 per person / $185 per couple. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 7, 2005. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

December 8, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: La Maîtresse de Brecht by JACQUEES-PIERRE AMETTE. Led by Raymond LEMIEUX. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. 7pm.

December 8, 2005.  INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS:  START IN MEDITERRANEE / INVEST IN PROVENCE. Menlo College, Russell Center, http://www.menlo.edu for map.  1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.  Starts at 5:30pm.  Send an e-mail to:  askmyva@interfrench.org to pre-register at no cost to this event. This offer is limited to the first 150 registrations.   http://www.interfrench.org for other details.

December 9, 2005. POUR LE PIANO. Piano students of MARILYN THOMPSON present an evening of solo and duo piano works. Ives Concert Hall 119, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928. Box Office: 707.664.2353 or http://www.sonoma.edu/Depts/PerformingArts for details. 7:30pm.

December 10, 2005.  CAPTAIN CONAN (Tavernier, 1996). Historia, a new CCSF club, invites you to the screening of two films by French director Bertrand Tavernier about WWI, followed by a discussion. An epic of the Great War and its aftermath, as well as an unsettling meditation on war and the shaping of contemporary Europe. A fearless warrior and leader of a band of fifty irregulars, Captain Conan attempts to extricate his men, stationed in the Balkans, from the dirty war when the 1919 Armistice is signed. But peace does not come easily for some...10am-1pm.  In French with English subtitles.  Shown at the CCSF Ocean Campus (50 Phelan Avenue) in the Visual Arts Building (Room V114) , City College of San Francisco.  Free and open to all! (Bring your popcorn!)

December 12, 2005. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP MARIN. Le team InterFrench-Frenchip de Marin County se réjouit de vous accueillir Lundi 13 Juin 2005 à 19 heures chez Michel. Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Merci. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s'ils parlent peu le Français. (White Elephant Party) marincountyinterfrench@hotmail.com or 415.925.1241

December 14, 2005 PALO ALTO FRENCH CINE-CLUB : LE PERE NOEL EST UNE ORDURE / SANTA CLAUS IS A SWINE (1982). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:00 PM. The show will be followed by snacks and refreshments. A short presentation of the feature willbe given before the projection, and a short debate or Q&A session may take place after the movie. Also, special features or short documentaries about the movie will be shown between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. The Cine-Club is run entirely by volunteers: volunteering is a fantastic way to help out and be an active part of your favorite Cine-Club, to meet new friends and have a fun time. You do NOT need to speak French to be part of the team and have a great time! For more information about volunteering, contact Fabien Cappa at fabien@frenchcineclub.com or 408.806.3098.

December 15, 2005. AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET. Join us and be transported to Paris for an evening of French cabaret. Edith Piaf, Mistenguette, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker - let their words enchant you! Featuring Moana Diamond, Craig Jessup and Danny Slomoff along with Jerry Frohmader on piano, Dartanyan Brown on bass and Ron Sfarzo on accordion. Featuring LE PETIT ENSEMBLE DU LYCEE (directed by Hélène Dallaire). 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com for details. 8pm.

Decemberr 16, 2005. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. Valérie Richman vient de gentillement se proposer pour le 16 décembre. Voir info sur notre page : http://cercle.goecs.net/reunions.html

December 17, 2005.  SING NOEL! CHANTEZ NOEL! Sopranos Sara Evinger and Cheryl Keller with pianist, Steve Cram, will present a program of French, English and American carols from the 16th to 20th centuries at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. The program will include carols from Noëls Bourguignons, Noëls Anciens, Francis Poulenc, and Claude Débussy. A donation of $15 for adults, and $10 for children and seniors is requested. For more information, contact Sara Evinger at 510.658.2792 or sevinger@comcast.net.

December 22, 2005. PARIS will be screened at the TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Bay Club Marin, 220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera.

December 31, 2005. RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT LEFT BANK. All of our brasseries will welcome 2006 from 5:30pm through midnight. Dinner will feature our Chefs' New Year's Eve suggestions and our regular cuisine grand-mère menue. The celebration includes live music, balloons, hats, horns, noisemakers, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Make reservations early. See http://www.leftbank.com for details.

January 6, 2006. HENRI LANGLOIS: THE PHANTOM OF THE CINEMATHEQUE. Langlois, with Georges Franju, co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 1936, the world's first film archive, was an enormously curious and classically rumpled film aficionado who fought film's disposable status by saving everything. (2004, 128 min., In French with English subtitles.) Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

January 12, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL's MOTHER GOOSE and MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL'S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

January 20, 2005. EVERY LITTLE THING (Nicolas Philibert, director of ETRE ET AVOIR, 1996, 105 min.) Every summer, the patients and staff of La Borde psychiatric clinic come together to put on a play. This film records the intimate details of one summer's rehearsals and culminates in a public performance, displaying the power of theater to at least partially heal. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.2606 for details. Free for SSU students with ID.

January 20-February 25, 2006. CUTTING BALL THEATER COMPANY presents JEAN GENET’S THE MAIDS.    Based on a famous double-murder case, Jean Genet's 1947 play explores the dark and romantic side of master / servant relationships. Solange and Claire are sisters and maids in the household of Madame. When their mistress is away, they perform a violent and expressive ritual. This game, deadly and captivating, allows the women to act out their desire to murder their captor/mistress. Genet, always challenging his society, dares his audience not to blink as an impossible idea suddenly becomes tangible reality. The Cutting Ball’s production is the West Coast premiere of Martin Crimp’s translation. Crimp’s translation uses the revised ending Genet wrote for the play’s first production. Because Crimp’s is the only English translation that uses this ending, this is the first time West Coast audiences will be able to see the play as Genet intended it.  EXIT Theatre and The EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., SF.  415.419.3584 or http://www.cuttingball.com for details.

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, 2005. LOVE, POWER AND INTRIGUE IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE. This group reads works by and about the great rulers, philosophers, lovers and writers of France from the 16th to the 20th century. Catherine de Medici reigned during religious strife and political intrigue, while Josephine Bonaparte survived the terror to become Empress of France. Candide and The Red and The Black explore the philosophical ideas and hypocrisy of their times, while in The Vagabond Colette describes the struggle for both love and independence in the modern woman. Five Fridays: 10:00-12:00. annebishop@usa.net for details. Location: Sausalito; Cost, $190; 415.332.8710 for details.

January 28, 2006. CHAVA ALBERSTEIN with LES YEUX NOIRS. Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.725.ARTS or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

February 8, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

February 12, 2006. LES VIOLONS DU ROY, with mezzo-soprano MAGDALENA KOZÉNA perform RAMEAU, REBEL and more. Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

February 23-25, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs HENRI DUTILLEUX's MYSTERE DE L'INSTANT. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org/ for details. 8pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm.

Spring 2006. THE MAID OF ORLEANS by Tchaikovsky. San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue,SF. 415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details.

Spring 2006. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO; Mozart, based on the play by PIERRE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS. San Francisco Opera. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue,SF. 415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details.

March 2005. JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS: LA FRANCE MODERNE ET SA DIVERSITE. Anne Jensen, ajenhrob@earthlink.net, Présidente de AATF.

March 8, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

March 24, 25, & 31 and April 1. 2005. CHANTICLEER performs EARTHQUAKE MASS, a rarely-heard masterpiece by ANTOINE BRUMEL, a top Renaissance composer in the Franco-Flemish tradition. In San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on March 24 & 31; in Santa Clara on March 25, and in Berkeley on April 1. http://www.chanticleer.org or 415.392.4400 or info@chanticleer.org for details.

April 2006. RING AROUND THE MOON (L'INVITATION AU CHÂTEAU) by JEAN ANOUILH. Abydos Theater announces a provocative and amusing pair of French classic plays staged with fresh eyes for the 21st Century&emdash;The False Servant, or the Business of Love, and Ring Round the Moon for 2005-06. Abydos will present a new production of Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon in association with the Center for Performing Arts at Sonoma State University and directed by Abydos Artistic Director Paul Draper. Sonoma State dates are October 21-30, 2005 in Person Theater on the SSU campus. San Francisco dates and location to be announced. Ring Round the Moon, a romantic comedy about the intrigues of a summer night, is played out during a lavish spring ball at a grand chateau. Identical twin brothers lose their hearts to an alluring dancer hired as a hoax. She also loses hers (but to which one?!). This tangle of love colors an evening of gossamer lightness. But behind the romance lurks a parable of innocence, cynicism, and the embittering power of money. For more information, see http://www.abydostheater.org or call 415.386.2373.

April 2 & 4, 2006. MARIN SYMPHONY performs RAVEL's MINUET from PIANO SONATINE and PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR and more. Conductor Alasdair Neale; pianist Melvin Chen. http://www.marinsymphony.org or 415.479.8100 for details.

April 6-8, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's JEUX and more. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

April 12, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

April 25-27, 2006. SEKOU SUNDIATA performs THE 51ST (DREAM) STATE. Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.725.ARTS or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

May 7, 2006. SFS CHAMBER MUSIC performs RAVEL's STRING QUARTET IN F MAJOR. SF Symphony, http://sfsymphony.org for details. 2pm.

May 10, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Food, conversation and fun. Fabulous meal includes soup, choice of three entrees, dessert and coffee or tea. $15/$20; SRJC Culinary Café, 458 B Street in the Brickyard Center. Space limited to 30 people only. Reserve by calling 707.829.7708.

May 10-13, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY's DANSES SACREES ET PROFANES and BIZET's JEUX D'ENFANTS. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

May 11 & 15, 2006.  AN EVENING OF PREMIERES, including PHILIPPE BODIN’S QUINTET FOR STRINGS and more.  Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.  May 11 at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley; May 15 at The Green Room (upstairs from Herbst Theatre).  8pm.  415.642.8054 or http://www.ChamberMusicPartn.org for details.

May 12-June 25, 2006. THE MISER by MOLIERE. Greed is good ~ so thinks Harpagon, paranoid buffoon and incarnation of bourgeois greed who has beggared his family to safeguard his hefty stash of cash. But now his frustrated children have to outsmart the old man to get the money they need to marry the mates they want. Can Harpagon hold onto his hoard (and get himself a hot young bride in the bargain), or will his offspring loosen his stranglehold on the family fortune? This savagely funny comedy about a man and his money gets a dazzling new production at Berkeley Rep by Theatre de la Jeune Lune, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. 510.647.2949 or 888.4BRTtix for details. http://www.berkeleyrep.com for details.

May 25-27, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY and KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE perform POULENC's CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS and RAVEL's LA VALSE. http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

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