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November 16, 2006. JOANN SFAR, one of the most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, presents his work. Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than 100 books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Blain, Emmanuel Giubert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the USA he’s best known for his children’s books, Little Vampire Goes to School, which made the New York Times best-seller list, and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, which was recently nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for The Rabbi’s Cat. He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbi’s cat. A book signing will follow the event. With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755. 7pm >> In French w/translation >> AFSF/Members $8 Others $10 >> RSVP 775.7755
November 16, 2006. BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU AT PECHE MIGNON. Beaujolais Nouveau at Peche Mignon, 147 Clement Street San Francisco. 415-221-6000. Complementary wine and French cheese in a relaxed and cozy French atmosphere with French music.
November 16, 2006. COBBLE’S BABY: SCOTT COADY’S PARIS-ROUBAIX ADVENTURE. Coady’s adventure during the “Queen of the Classics” professional bike race in FRANCE. At both the Grand Lake, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510.452.3556 for details – and – Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 415.924.5111 or http://www.norcalmth.org for details. $12.
November 16-18, 2006. VIVE LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU! It's Holiday Season at Left Bank! Vive le Beaujolais Nouveau! Come and enjoy our featured pours: Momessin, Georges Duboeuf and Bacarra Beaujolais 2006 and Beaujolais inspired dishes Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 16-18 in the Friends and Festive ambience of Left Bank! Music Program, Extended Happy Hour, Can Can Dancers and much more on http://www.leftbank.com
November 16-19, 2006. BALLET SAN JOSE presents GISELLE. Choreography by Dennis Nahat (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Music by Adolphe Adam, Performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. With music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Dennis Nahat (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.) GISELLE was first performed over 150 years ago in Paris. The quintessential Romantic ballet, GISELLE is the tale of a young girl who falls in love with Albrecht, a duke from a neighboring land who disguises himself as a villager to win her love. When a jealous rival suitor discovers Albrecht's true identity and reveals it to Giselle, she dies of a broken heart, believing that she has been betrayed. In the midst of a midnight forest glade, both of GISELLE'S suitors visit her grave. There they encounter the Wilis, spirits of young maidens who were betrothed but died before their wedding days, and Myrtha, the queen who commands them. Hoping to be reunited with Giselle, Alrecht must risk his life to spare her from the power of the unforgiving Myrtha. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose. Tickets: $25 - $78. Box Office: 408.288.2800. Buy online at www.balletsanjose.org
November 16-21, 2006. HANNY SCHMID WYSS, SWISS PIANIST performs in the Bay area. November 16, Piedmont Piano Co., 660 3rd Street, SF; November 17, University of Notre Dame de Namur, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont; November 19, Crocker Art Museum, 26 O Street, Sacramento; November 20, University of California, 6000 J Street, Sacramento.
November 17, 2006. BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU in SANTA ROSA. Oh, là, là! It's time for the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration! Come celebrate the arrival of the very first wine made from the 2006 harvest with the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. The French-themed festivities take place on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. We will be joined by emcee and special guest--newspaper columnist, radio personality, raconteuse, and founder of the Sonoma Provence Exchange--Michele Anna Jordan. As an exciting addition to the evening, we will also be hosting a fundraising auction, to help sustain the Santa Rosa chapter of the non-profit organization Alliance Française. Beaujolais Nouveau is a fruity French red wine from southern Burgundy, made from grapes harvested just a few months before. By French law, it may be sold only after midnight the third Thursday of November. The Beaujolais Nouveau tradition delights wine lovers the world over, who gather that third weekend of November to toast the harvest with the first wine of the vintage. French singer Joseph Bain will serenade us at this year's festive soirée as we enjoy both French Beaujolais Nouveau and Paradise Ridge wines. There will be lots of sumptuous locally crafted French treats both savory and sweet, and Chef Roger Praplan of La Gare restaurant will be dishing up one of his own delectable creations. Local cheese purveyors will be on hand, including Madame de Fromage Colette Hatch who will guide guests through a tasting of French and Sonoma County cheeses. The setting, Paradise Ridge Winery, boasts "the most beautiful view in Sonoma County." The winery is magnificently situated atop Fountaingrove and overlooking estate vineyards and the Russian River Valley wine appellation. Tickets to the Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration are $25 for Alliance Française members ($30 non-members) in advance (send the attendees' names along with your check by Monday, November 13, to AFSR, 613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404), or $35 members ($40 non-members) thereafter. For more information, please call (707) 543-8151 or visit www.afsantarosa.org.
November 17, 2006. FRENCH THROUGH CUISINE. Parlez-vous Français? Then this may be the cooking class for you! Please join Chef Christine Piccin and French instructor Julia Fornage for "French through Cuisine"-- a French class and a cooking class in one. Each class, taught in French, will provide lessons in grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills while you and your fellow students create a fabulous French meal. The class meets Friday evenings from August 25 through November 17, from 6-10:15 p.m.at SRJC's Culinary Arts Center in downtown Santa Rosa. French through Cuisine is suitable for beginning to intermediate French speakers, but more advanced students will have fun too. From boeuf bourguignon to crêpes Suzette, come cook with us, en français! Here are the details: French through Cuisine (French 120 in the schedule of classes) is Section number 3151 (needed for online registration). Completion of French 50A or knowledge of beginning French is required; class fee $75. Additional SRJC fees may be applicable at registration time. Please enroll ASAP! To apply and register for SRJC classes online, go to: https://www.santarosa.edu/app/admissions/ and follow the prompts. For more info, email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 707.535.0161.
November 17, 2006. RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTION ~ 2e partie: LOUIS-PHILIPPE ET LA REVOLUTION DE 1848. RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS (1814-1851). Iere PARTIE: DE LA FIN DE L'EMPIRE A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830. Apres l'exil de Napoleon et le retour de la monarchie avec Louis XVIII, la France cherche sa voie. Entre restauration et revolutions, permanence et resistance, la premiere moitie du XIXe siecle est marquee par de delicates cohabitations: les nostalgiques de l'Ancien Regime composent avec les heritiers de la Revolution et de l'Empire, les defenseurs d'une economie traditionnelle avec les adeptes du liberalisme economique. Venez revivre la richesse et la complexite de cette periode mal connue, du retour des Bourbon en 1814 au coup d'etat d'un futur empereur, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, en 1851. C'est veritablement au cours de ces decennies de transformation que les Francais entrent dans l'ere industrielle et commencent leur apprentissage de la democratie.Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 10am-11:30am. $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement! SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) email@example.com for details.
November 17, 2006. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA FETE LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU. Please join us at our house in Petaluma Friday November 17 anytime after 7PM to test the 2006 wine. Please bring some new or “old” wine, or anything you would like to share for dinner. We will vote for the best Beaujolais Nouveau. Kids are welcome. Nadine and Armen, 707.762.2143 for directions to our house in Petaluma.
November 17, 2006. JOËLLE LÉANDRE performs at Mills College Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 510.430.2296 or http://music.mills.edu for details.
November 17 & 18, 2006. MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale. Buy specialty food treats and wines for Thanksgiving! 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005. 415-562-1120. Friday November 17th(2:00pm - 6:00pm) & Saturday November 18th (8:30am - 1:30pm). Open warehouse updates now available at: http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents
November 17 & 18, 2006. PLATYPUS THÉÂTRE présente: JACQUES OU LA SOUMISSION, une pièce d’EUGÈNE IONESCO. Jouée en Français. Avec: Yvette Adida; Arnaud Cabanel; Juliette Chochon-Davis; Talia Fellah; Céline Hakoun; Thomas Marigné; Vincent Moreau; Stéphanie Nehring; Cédric Westphal. Mise en scène: Pascale Couderc. ( JACK OR THE SUBMISSION BY EUGENE IONESCO . There is a terrifying, almost suffocating logic about the works of Ionesco. Life, he says, is a grotesque practical joke constantly pulling away chairs from under human dignity and reason. Nothing is sane, reality is a hall of distorting mirrors reflecting the grimness of our own pretensions. Performed in French.) Lever du rideau à 19 heures 30. Entrée: Général $15, étudiants $10. Lieu: NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street , San Francisco, CA 94110. Site web: http://www.theatreofyugen.org/nohspace.html. Réservations et renseignements: 415.558.0651 ou firstname.lastname@example.org
Through November 18, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with the SF Symphony debut of the FRENCH CANADIAN pianist MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.
November 18, 2006. REUNION DES ENSEIGNANTS DE FRANÇAIS. Chez Mme Michele Shockey, enseignante à Santa Rosa High. Notifier: Finaritra.RAMIALISON@diplomatie.gouv.fr de votre participation au plus tard le vendredi 10 nov. Nous discuterons en priorite de l'etat de l'enseignement du français dans les écoles americaines, aussi bien que les strategies possibles quant à une meilleure promotio/diffusion du francais. De la part de: Finaritra Ramialison, Chargée de Mission linguistique, Service culturel, Consulat de France à San Francisco, 540 Bush Street, San Francisco. Tel: 415.591.4803.
November 18, 2006. MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE meets at Café Champagne next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton. 10am-11am. (NOTE: Usually we meet on the second Saturday, but in October and November, we will meet on the third Saturday instead.) Suzanne.email@example.com for details. Venez nombreux!
November 18, 2006. LE BOUCLIER / SHIELD by PHYLLIS STOWELL. Shield /Le bouclier is a three part poem by Phyllis Stowell and a sequence of ten paintings by Pacia Sallomi on the theme of feminine wounding and healing. The book was mostly composed while mother and daughter were living in the south of France. Each, however, approached the subject with her own engagement. Phyllis Stowell, MA, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita from the English Department of St Mary's College of Moraga, CA. Her previous books of poems were “Emergence”, Who is Alice, and Asset of Solitude. Her most recent book of poetry is Arc of Grief. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755. 5pm >> In English >> AFSF Members $3 Others $6 >> RSVP 775.7755
November 18, 2006. LA SOIRÉE: 25TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF). Come and celebrate with us the launch of the “Beaujolais Nouveau” (first wine of the year) at the annual fundraising event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of Food and Wine tasting. If you can’t make it to France in time for the traditional celebration of the uncorking of the first wine of the year, join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town. Hyatt Regency Embarcadero - the Atrium, 5 Embarcadero Center, (Davis St @ California St) , San Francisco. Program includes: French Food and Wine Tasting, Fashion Show, Silent Auction with a lot of items! (we had over 100 items last year), Music and dance with a DJ who will spin French and American tunes. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.faccsf.com or by calling 415.442.4717. The cover charge of $55 if purchased before November 10 and $60 after that date. For additional information, contact: Chloris Perrotin at (415) 442-4717, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The San Francisco Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) is a non-profit, member driven organization dedicated to serving the needs of the French-American business community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. 5pm to 10 pm.
November 18, 2006. BETH O’DONNELL AND KIMBERLEY SEVCIK talk about ANGELS IN AFRICA. This important book presents seven African women who are working to overcome devastating problems in their communities. Through photographs and first-person accounts, their stories reveal the strength of the human spirit. O’Donnell’s photojournalistic work on Africa has been published internationally and exhibited in galleries across the U.S. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 4pm.
November 18, 2006. ROYAL DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI & MOMBASA PARTY. One of Africa’s greatest percussion ensembles performs on sacred drums music often association with ceremonial moments such as births and marriages. Techniques have been passed from father to son. Their massed drum sound, “Burundi beat,” has influenced musicians from Adam Ant to Joni Mitchell. 8pm. Marin Center, 415.499.6800 or http://marincenter.org for details. $18 (students) to $40.
November 18, 2006. COBBLE’S BABY: SCOTT COADY’S PARIS-ROUBAIX ADVENTURE. Coady’s adventure during the “Queen of the Classics” professional bike race in FRANCE. Meet the filmmaker and other special guests. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. 415.554.9600 for details. $12.
November 18, 2006. FRENCH DISCO with Gran Via. House of Shields, 39 New Montgomery, SF. 415.975.8651 or http://houseofshields.com for details.
Through November 19, 2006. ANDROMACHE, Gary Graves’ new adaptation of JEAN RACINE’S neoclassical play, starring LEONTYNE MBELE-MBONG, at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. 510.848.7800 for details. $9-$25.
November 19, 2006. BARBARA SJOHOLM talks about INCOGNITO STREET: HOW TRAVEL MADE ME A WRITER. An evocative look at Europe through the eyes of a maturing writer. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 4pm.
November 19, 2006. A TASTE OF QUERCY with E. Barbara Phillips, Professor emerita, San Francisco State, in the Berkeley Hills. A Powerpoint presentation of one of France’s best-kept secrets—the Quercy, including St. Cirq Lapopie, Pech-Merle’s cave paintings, the Cenévières castle, gastronomic delights, the idyllic Lot Valley. Free, but reservations needed due to space limitations. Please r.s.v.p. to email@example.com for reservations, address, and directions. 5:30pm.
November 19, 2006. THE QUATUOR PARISII. With baritone Jerome Correas and pianist Philippe Bianconi. Arnaud Vallin and Jean-Michel Berette, violins; Dominique Lobet, viola; Jean-Philippe Martignoni, cello program : Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Fauré. 7 pm - Theatre du Petit Trianon - 72 N. Fifth Street, San Jose. http://www.sjchambermusic.org/schedule.html
November 19, 2006. BRUNO PELLETIER-BACQUAERT QUARTET will perform a JAZZ CONCERT featuring the music of composer Pelletier-Bacquaert. Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert, guitar, Matt Renzi, saxophone, Sam Bevan, bass, and Bryan Bowman, drums. 4pm. Venue: San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living, 280 Claremont Blvd @ Ulloa (in West Portal District), San Francisco, CA 94127. Donations: $10-$15 (sliding scale). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
November 19-December 10, 2006. MANON LESCAUT performed by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove, SF. 415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com for details.
November 21, 2006. VINGT-QUATRIÈMEANNIVERSAIRE DU CLUB FRANÇAIS CHEZ JAN. 19h. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and birthday cake provided by le Club Français. Pick up a new membership list. Current 2006 members … no charge for celebration; Non-members … $10 for celebration; join now for 2007 at $10. Guests welcome … $10 for celebration only. RSVP to Jan by Sunday, November 19 at email@example.com or 650.345.6338.
November 21-December 9, 2006. BIZET'S CARMEN sung in French by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove, SF. 415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com for details.
November 23, 2006. THANKSGIVING AT LEFT BANK. Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family by gathering around our table to enjoy our Chef’s culinary ensemble of the season’s freshest offerings. Enjoy our bountiful 4-course offering for $39.00, or dine a la carte. A children’s menu will be offered at $6.95, and a full bar menu will be available. http://www.leftbank.com for details.
November 25, 2006. FRENCH-CANADIAN BAND LES GEORGES LENINGRAD performs MONTREAL band music… Experience the confusion. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. 415.621.4455 or http://www.bottomofthehill.com for details. $10; 10pm. For a taste of their music: http://www.lesgeorgesleningrad.org/main.htm
November 29, 2006. COMME UNE IMAGE / LOOK AT ME. Sonoma State University French Club. Nichols 173. SSU Campus: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles. 7pm. Venez nombreux!
November 29, 2006. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA reads Etoile errante de P. M. Le Clézio. Contact Raymond Lemieux for details. 707.543.8151.
November 29-December 23, 2006. THE LEARNED LADIES OF PARK AVENUE, freely adapted from MOLIERE’S LES FEMMES SAVANTES. “David Grimm’s new farce transports the literary pretensions and pedantry of the original to the ART DECO world of Cole Porter’s Jazz Age Manhattan. The course of true love runs afoul of a wealthy mother’s preference for the gold-digging poet who flatters her snobbery in this West Coast premiere.” TheatreWorks, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 650.463.1960 or 888.273.3752 or http://www.theatreworks.org for details.
Through November 30, 2006. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, by Rossini, based on the play by BEAUMARCHAIS. See how Figaro, Seville’s wiliest barber and jack-of-all-trades, uses clever schemes, disguises. and quick thinking to bring about a happy ending for two young lovers. http://www.sfopera.org or 415.864.3330 for details.
November 30, 2006. LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world. Capitola Bookstore. 1745 41st Avenue in Capitola. 7:30 pm.
Through December 10, 2006. TARTUFFE. An adaptation of MOLIERE’s play presented by the DELL’ARTE COMPANY. Masks, music, and physical comedy combined with the finely crafted satire of Moliere. “The commedia experts of Humboldt County’s Dell’Arte Company take on Molière’s classic satire of religious hypocrisy and sanctimonious self-righteousness. Giulio Cesare Perrone directs, with Dell’Arte founder Michael Fields in the title role. Marin Theatre Company. http://www.marintheatre.org for details.
Through December 16, 2006. JACQUES RIVETTE: REHEARSALS AND REVERSALS AT THE PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE. Once a denizen of the French New Wave's "Left Bank," Jacques Rivette is still making pictures that challenge our perception of cinema, life, and the intersection of the two, set against the delights and mysteries of Paris. We are pleased to present his work, from the well-loved early features Céline and Julie Go Boating and Paris Belongs to Us, to the acclaimed historical epic Joan the Maiden, to the elegant comedy Va savoir. Jean Renoir, The Boss (Jean Renoir, le patron) / Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman (Jacques Rivette, le veilleur) / Céline and Julie Go Boating (Céline et Julie vont en bateau) / Wuthering Heights (Hurlevent) / Love on the Ground (L'amour par terre) / Paris Belongs to Us (Paris nous appartient) / La belle noiseuse / Divertimento / The Story of Marie and Julien (L'histoire de Marie et Julien) / Joan the Maiden (Jeanne la pucelle) / Va savoir (Who knows?) / Up/Down/Fragile (Haut bas fragile) http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/jrivette/index.html Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.
Through December 16, 2006. JANUS FILMS : A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. PFA pays tribute to Janus Films, a signature distributor of world cinema to American audiences. The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, Fri, Nov 3, 7:00; Jules and Jim, François Truffaut, Fri, Nov 3, 9:00; The Earrings of Madame de ., Max Ophuls, Sun, Nov 5, 4:00; Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda, Sun, Nov 19, 3:00; The Rules of the Game, Jean Renoir, Fri, Dec 1, 7:00; Beauty and the Beast, Jean Cocteau, Sat, Dec 2, 5:00; The Organizer Mario Monicelli, Sat, Dec 16, 8:15. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/janusfilms/index.html. Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.
On-going. SHOCKTOBERFEST! 2006: LABORATORY OF HALLUCINATIONS. The horror-themed theatrical troupe Thrillepeddlers stages its annual frightfest, a ghoulish show inspired by the gruesome GRAND GUIGNOL. Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., San Francisco. 415.377.4202 or http://www.hypnodrome.com . $20. 8pm.
SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml
See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings! All titles listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.
COBBLE’S BABY: SCOTT COADY’S PARIS-ROUBAIX ADVENTURE. Coady’s adventure during the “Queen of the Classics” professional bike race in FRANCE. November 16: At both the Grand Lake, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510.452.3556 for details – and – Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 415.924.5111 or http://www.norcalmth.org for details. $12. November 18: Meet the filmmaker and other special guests. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. 415.554.9600 for details. $12.
COMME UNE IMAGE / LOOK AT ME. Sonoma State University French Club. Nichols 173. SSU Campus: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Admission is free; movie is in French with English subtitles. 7pm. Venez nombreux! November 29, 2006.
MARIE ANTOINETTE, Sofia Coppola’s $40 million dollar biopic of the French queen, from age 14 to the guillotine. Starring Kirsten Dunst; in English. At many local cinemas including Northgate, San Rafael; AMC Loews Metreon 15; AMC 1000 Van Ness; Kabuki, SF; Century Theaters 20 Daly City; United Artists Vogue, Sacramento @ Presidio, SF; as well as at many theaters in the East Bay, San José, in the North Counties and on the Peninsula. Reviewed in the November 10, 2006 Pacific Sun, p.39.
LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR / WINGED MIGRATION. Roxie, SF. 415.668.3994.
LA SCIENCE DES RÊVES / SCIENCE OF SLEEP (dir. Michel Gondry). Dir. Michel Gondry. Clay; Smith Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Shattuck, Berkeley. Also showing at various locals in the East Bay, on the Peninsula, in San Jose and more. In French with English subtitles. Also opens in September at the Crest Theatre, with the support of the Sacramento French Film Festival.
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL - SPARKS OF HUMANITY. The United Nations Association Film Festival was established in 1998 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was created with the help of members of the Stanford Film Society as an independent project of the United Nations Association (UNA), a grassroots, community based, nonprofit organization. Stanford University, Palo Alto Traveling Festival Screenings: November 4 - Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) / November 10-12 – Monterey. Films include: BLOWING UP PARADISE (60 minutes) France - Director: Ben Lewis; EPITAPH - (13 minutes) France/USA - Director/Producer: Mikael Lubtchansky. http://www.unaff.org/2006/index.htmlfor details. Through November 12, 2006.
Through November 2006. SUMMER LEE & MEREDITH TENNENT present CHAISES ET OISEAUX (CHAIRS AND BIRDS). The paintings of Summer Lee and Meredith Tennent seek to find ways to nourish and replenish the soul through the spiritual in nature or the refuge of a separate space—and to accent how imperiled these both are in the increasingly fragile and fractious environment. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.
Through November 25, 2006. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, photographs from the private collection of Richard Avedon, including work by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON. Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF. 415.981.2661. http://www.fraenkelgallery.com for details.
Through November 26, 2006. CHASING HISTORY. European art from the museum’s collection. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Lomita Drive & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.
Through November 30, 2006. MARC CHAGALL: THE ART OF DREAMS. An extraordinary retrospective of rare prints, newly acquired paintings by the artist, and featuring the complete NICE AND COTE D’AZUR suite. Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary St. (between Powell and Mason), SF. 415.956.0345 or http://www.martinlawrence.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Through November 30, 2006. PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. Work of resin, wood, aluminum, and found objects by French artist PHILIPPE JESTIN. Hang Art, 556 Sutter St., SF. 415.434.4264 or http://hangart.com for details.
Through November 30, 2006. HALF PAST MIDNIGHT. Works by 25 international artists and a five-person artist installation team. Gray Area Gallery, 371 11th St., 2nd floor, SF. http://www.grayareagallery.com for details.
Through December 2006. CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE: THE LAND. Preparatory drawings for the environmental artists’ large-scale, temporary works. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500 or http://www.sonomacountymuseum.org for details.
Through December 4, 2006. PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: MICHEL & ROBIN ALGRET. Michel Algret: This photographer, who quit the photography world in the 1970's, has now returned to his artistic passion. Behind Mr. Algret's photos, the keen observer instantly recognizes the vision of a young photographer working his first job as a photojournalist at the Dalmas Agency in the company of famed French photojournalist R. Depardon. Mr. Algret's photos were featured at Photobis, an international Photography festival, in 2003. His work is currently being shown at the Mamya Beretsché Galleries in Paris, and with his son at Art Génération. Robin Algret: A wide-eyed, curious traveler, Robin Algret constantly seeks out others with his camera. He not only captures the lives of his peers on film, but he also never hesitates to shoot everyday moments lived by nomads under desert tents to life on the streets of Paris or New York. His approach closely resembles that of the Humanistic photographers and aims to reproduce the emotions of our times. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755. Opening Reception Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 >> 6-8 pm Free Admission.
December 4, 2006-January 2, 2007. GEORGETTE OWENS / BERNARD RENOT: POINT DE VUE. Georgette L. Owens was born in Paris, France. At 16 she was accepted at the Beaux Arts Art School and she studied later with Andre Lhote. Picasso came to her first exhibition. Many exhibitions followed: Musée d’Art Moderne, Salon des Indépendants, Grand Palais “Biennale des Femmes”, and “les Contemporaines”. She moved to the USA and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Cincinnati, The Museum of Art in Cleveland, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and at the George Wiener Gallery, New York. She met Salavador Dali who became her mentor. Bernard Renot: Invoker of movement, of women, of life. Tense, alive, incisive. Dissecting his subject to abstraction to recompose in his own way. Renot makes war on rigidity. His themes are inspired by the world at large interpreted with sensitivity, lightness, a slight irony. Entirely self taught, growing in character and control over 50 years of metier. Strong colors tempered by artistic reflection mirror the man behind the brush. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755. >>Opening reception: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 >> 6-8pm >> Free admission
December 5, 2006-January 2, 2007. POINT DE VUE. French artists BERNARD RENOT and GEORGETTE OWENS, present their work at an exhibit organized by the Alliance Française de San Franciso. Owen is the author UNE VIE D’ARTISTE, and Renot is the author of RECUEIL DE POEMES DE FAHRI. Opening reception and book signing, December 5, at the Alliance, 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. Le site de Bernard Renot: http://www.studiorenot.us
Through December 8, 2006. SARKIS AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE. Actively involved with the avant-garde movements in Europe during the 1960s revolution, Sarkis has become one of the main figures in the global art scene over the last few decades. Born in Istanbul, Turkey to an Armenian family, Sarkis moved to Paris in 1964. His works address his experiences of an "exile" who travels incessantly. Sarkis' public lecture corresponds with an exhibition of his work, curated by Hou Hanru, on view in SFAI's Walter and McBean Galleries from September 21 through December 8, 2006, which will also include a corresponding film screening at SFAI during October. San Francisco Art Institute - 800 Chestnut Street Campus. Supported by a grant from Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.
Through December 31, 2006. SWISS PAINTER MONIKA STEINER presents CONFLUENCE. Plaza Gallery, Bank of America, 555 California St., SF. http://gtfineart.com for details.
Through January 7, 2007. YOUR HOUSE, MY HOUSE. Homes from around the world, including an M’BURE from the tropics of FIJI. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito. 415.339.3900 or http://baykidsmuseum.org for details.
Through January 14, 2007. CLAUDE LORRAIN: THE PAINTER AS DRAFTSMAN. More than a dozen paintings and scores of drawings by 17TH-CENTURY FRANCE’S LEADING LANDSCAPIST. From the British Museum. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF. 415.863.3330 or http://www.thinker.org for details.
Through January 15, 2007. BEADED BLESSINGS. The exhibition is comprised of over 4,000 beaded prayers inspired by African amulet traditions. Each contributed piece is a sealed beaded packet containing the written wishes, hopes, dreams and prayers sent in from participants, mainly women, from all over the nation and other countries. Curated by Sonya Clark, Director , Beaded Prayers Project. Beaded Blessings exhibtion is one of three components of The Beaded Prayers Project which also includes a slide lecture and hands-on workshop. 685 Mission St., SF. 415.358.7200 or http://www.moadsf.org for details.
Through Spring 2007. FRESCO FRAGMENTS by ISABELLE PROUST. Art at the Inn at the Willows, 15905 River Road, Guerneville, CA. http://www.inatthewillows.com for details.
On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.
On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.
On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org
On-going. BETWEEN ART AND LIFE: THE CONTEMPORARY PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION, including works by LOUISE BOURGEOIS. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), SF. 41.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.
ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion
NEW ADDITION! CLASSES DE CUISINE. L'alimentation saine, c'est delicieuse! Venez tous chez Janet, infirmière et chef de cuisine, pour des classes de cuisine. Mes classes, à San Rafael, sont petites et vous travaillez dans ma grande cuisine professionelle pour apprendre les recettes qui sont bien pour maigrir et prévenir les maladies. Après, nous dinons en famille. Et bien sur, nous parlons français! Janet Dresser 415.455.8939 ou http://www.cookingforyourlife.com
Through December 16, 2006 . ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF. Call us at 415.362.3666 to register or go to: http://www.frenchclass.com or email@example.com for details. Workshops are in French unless indicated otherwise. The level of each workshop is indicated according to our group class levels (see our class schedule). We are sorry, we cannot give refunds or credits for missed workshops. Twenty-four hour cancellation policy applies. Discounts or make-up classes do not apply to workshops. Workshops are 1.5 hour long with a minimum of 3 students. 2 students, one hour. Sign up for 4 workshops and pay only $20 each.
December 18-22, 2006. DECEMBER INTENSIVE COURSES at The French Class, 500 Sutter St., Suite 310, SF. All levels are offered. Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9. 5 days. 15 hours of instruction for $275. $25 off if you pay before December 9! Call now 415.362.3666. http://www.frenchclass.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
January 9-March 1, 2007. FRENCH CLASSES taught by ANNE BISHOP at Book Passage. Including Beginning French, Lower Intermediate French, Intermediate French, Interactive French, and Advanced French. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
January 15-March 13, 2007. FRENCH CLASSES taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage. Including French Literature and Grammar (for advanced students), French for Travelers, and French for Movie Lovers. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27 & May 25, 2007. THROUGH THE EYE OF THE ARTIST: A VIEW OF 19TH-CENTURY FRENCH CULTURE. Taught at Book Passage by ANNE BISHOP. Texts include Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun by Gita May, The Wild Ass’s Skin by Honoré de Balzac, The Lady of the Camellias, by Alexandre Dumas fils, and The Divine Sarah: A Life of Sarah Bernhardt. $95; does not include price of book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
Through February 12, 2007. ATELIER D’EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE offert par PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, Prof Uni (JFK). Deux formules vous sont offertes: 1. Atelier d'un jour, le samedi 21 oct. à Los Altos, de 10h à 17h, $120; 2. Atelier les lundi matins, de 10h à 13h, à Los Altos, du lundi 23 oct. au lundi 12 fév. 07- 8 séances, $345. On s'engage à la série entière après participation à celle du 23 oct. L'écriture expressive nous aide à nous épanouir, et ne demande aucun don d'écrivain. Partager nos écrits est facultatif, et a lieu dans un climat chaleureux et confidentiel. Philippe enseigne l'écriture expressive à l'Université John F. Kennedy ainsi qu'en Europe. Ses cours, ateliers et retraites d'écriture sont très appréciés. Renseignements et inscriptions: Ph. Berthoud - 510 234 4799 - PhilBerthoud@aol.com
Wednesdays: WELLNESS WORKSHOP IN FRENCH. Christine Esters’ classes consist of fun hands-on learning in French about the body and exceptional health. Wednesdays, 18h00-19h30. $108. Call the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa for additional details. 707.543.8151.
Summer 2007. WEEK-LONG COURSES IN FRANCE's LOT VALLEY at LATITUDE. Relax! Enjoy! Discover "deep France" in southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley. Latitude is a unique cultural center, located in a riverside hamlet, near Cahors and the painted caves at Pech-Merle. Founded and directed by E. Barbara Phillips, Professor emerita, San Francisco State, Latitude, is located in the historic, 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie and a converted tobacco hangar in La Toulzanie, 7 minutes from St. Cirq Lapopie (featured in the National Geographic Traveller in September, 2005). From $1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. Details at http://www.latitude.org
Please visit www.latitude.org http://www.latitude.org/ for more information on the courses, the cost, accommodations, etc.
FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL. Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Monday evenings. Beginners 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Intermediates 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere. Helpful for travelers looking for survival French. Heavy emphasis on cultural topics. The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French. Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered. Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510.886.1000.
THE FRENCH CLASS OFFERS OCCASIONS TO LEARN FRENCH FOR ALL TASTES. Members receive discounts on special events and book groups; membership $60 per year. 415.362.3666 to join or contact us at email@example.com The French Class ~ 500 Sutter Street ~ Suite 310 ~ San Francisco, CA 94102. http://www.frenchclass.com Opportunities include:
FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
December 1, 2006. LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world. Mrs. Dalloway's. 2904 College Avenue at Russell in Berkeley. 7:30pm.
December 1, 2006. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. On se réunit chez Maggy à Sebastopol.
December 1 & 2, 2006. COMPAGNIE TCHÉTCHÉ performs DIMI (WOMEN’S SORROW) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. YBCA continues to present cutting-edge work from Africa with Compagnie TchéTché, a powerful all-female dance quartet from the IVORY COAST known for performances that feature live music and their signature style of powerhouse dancing at the edge of physical danger. Dimi (Women’s Sorrow) reflects on the inner conflicts of a generation of women who survive and even thrive in an atmosphere of chaos, social injustice and repressive morality. The fall 2006 tour is produced by Multi Arts Projects & Productions through the Africa Consortium, a partnership to promote and facilitate exchange among performing artists and public communities in the US and the continent of Africa. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St @ 3rd, San Francisco, CA. 415.978.ARTS (2787) or http://www.ybca.org for details. 8pm.
December 2, 2006. CAFÉ MUSÉE: "LES MAITRES DU ROMANTISME FRANCAIS: GERICAULT ET DELACROIX." 9:30am- 12:30pm. CCSF (Visual Arts Building, Room V114). Conference en français par Renée Morel. Détails à suivre.
December, 2, 2006. CINEMA HEAVEN ENCORE will present JULES DASSIN’S RIFIFI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd. The film will be shown at the Melt Cafe on a large, state-of-the-art film screen. Located at 700 Columbus Avenue (across from Washington Square) in North Beach. The film is free. The purchase of beverages and/or dinner would be appreciated.
December 3, 2006. CHANTONS NOEL! Un nouveau programme de Noëls traditionnels et pas-si-traditionnels du 16è au 20è siècles avec Sara Evinger et Cheryl Keller, sopranos et Miles Graber, pianiste. Ce concert est offert au bénéfice de l'Alliance Française de Berkeley et sera donné dans la belle maison de l'une de nos membres. Réception au champagne après le concert. Donation de $45 ($40 pour members de l'AFB), payable en avance avec votre réservation. Réservez tôt, places limitées. Pour réservation et directions, contactez Claire Van Brunt au 510-849-2283 ou firstname.lastname@example.org. À 5h. English version: A new program of traditional and not-so-traditional French Noëls from the 16th to the 20th centuries, with Sara Evinger and Cheryl Keller, sopranos, and pianist Miles Graber. This concert is a fundraiser for the Alliance Française de Berkeley and will be held at one of the members' beautiful home. A champagne reception will follow. A requested donation of $45 ($40 for AFB members) is payable in advance with your reservation. Seating will be limited. To reserve and get directions, contact Claire Van Brunt at 510-849-2283 or email@example.com. 5pm.
December 4, 2006. LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE LIT GIGI DE COLETTE. Un petit groupe sympa se retrouve tous les deux mois autour d'un potluck pour discuter d'une oeuvre choisie ensemble. Contactez Bérénice pour les détails: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 4, 2006. DBF. Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (RMKB), 1001 Marshall St, Redwood City. 18h30-21h00. Sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, Tel: 415.442.4717. Fax: 415.442.4621. http://www.faccsf.com
December 5, 2006. OPENING RECEPTION: POINT DE VUE. French artists BERNARD RENOT and GEORGETTE OWENS, present their work at an exhibit organized by the Alliance Française de San Franciso. Owen is the author UNE VIE D’ARTISTE, and Renot is the author of RECUEIL DE POEMES DE FAHRI. Opening reception and book signing, December 5, at the Alliance, 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. Le site de Bernard Renot: http://www.studiorenot.us
December 5, 2006. WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE. How do I begin my search? How do French real estate agencies work? What is the role of a French notaire? Will I need a French will? What are the tax implications? Get answers to these questions in a discussion with former Journal Français publisher Marie Galanti Attorney at Law, December 5, 2006, 6:30-7:30. $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Space is limited. Call (415) 362-3666 or info@frenchclass
December 5, 2006. LEONARD PITT talks about WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF HISTORIC PARIS. Pitt takes us on a guided tour of one of Paris’s most popular districts, the MARAIS. Originally a posh quarter for the French aristocracy, the Marais had deteriorated into a grimy slum. In the 50s, the city came close to demolishing the entire quarter. A few enlightened individuals stepped forward to save this historic district for posterity. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.
December 6, 2006. TRUFFAUT: UNE AUTOBIOGRAPHIE (Anne Andreu, 2004, 78’). This "autobiography" sets out to highlight the director's recurrent themes, as they appear in film after film: childhood, apprenticeship, the conflictual relationships between men and women, death. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 7pm. In French with English subtitles. Alliance members, $3, others $6.
December 7, 2006. LEONARD PITT talks about HOW WE ALMOST LOST THE MARAIS, a shocking history most Paris lovers are unaware of, one that will change your next trip to our favorite city in the world. Get Lost Books. 1825 Market Street in San Francisco. 7pm.
December 8, 2006. CHAMPAGNE TASTING. Prepare for New Year’s Eve with millions of French bubbles and a festive buffet. Champagne is the wine of celebration. No other wine is so associated with joy and festivity. Its meaning and appeal are universal. Champagne pairs well with most cuisines. It is the most versatile wine in the world. It can be an aperitif, an entrée of fish or meat, or with dessert. We will explore the different styles of champagne from Extra Brut to Demi-Sec. Come taste the variety of flavors bursting from their tiny bubbles. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755. >> 7pm >> In English >> AFSF Members $40 Others $45 >> RSVP 775.7755.
December 8, 2006. BALTHUS: AMBIGUITES ET PROVOCATIONS EROTIQUES. Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 10am-11:30am. $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement! SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) email@example.com for details.
December 8, 2006. RECEPTION DE NOEL AU SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM. The museum connects Sonoma County’s rich history with contemporary artistic and cultural currents. 6pm to 8pm. Free parking available across the street in Macy’s garage. The executive director of the museum will present the museum, followed by a reception with holiday refreshments. 707.543.8151 for details.
December 8-10 & 15-17, 2006. CALIFORNIA REVELS celebrates THE MUSIC OF FRENCH CANADA. California Revels is celebrating our 21st year of bringing festive seasonal performances to the Bay Area. Each year we journey to another time in a culture's history bringing our audience music, drama and fun. This year our theatrical celebration of the winter solstice is featuring the music, drama and dance of late 18th century Quebec. We invite you to come with us on a wintry journey to the densely forested and beautiful terrain of 19th century French Canada. Become part of life in the village of Trois Revieres as our narrator takes us back to a time of hardship and dangers but also of abundant feasting, celebration and great joy. Joining us this year is the internationally acclaimed PIERRE CHARTRAND of MONTREAL’S DANSE CADENCE. Pierre's amazingly quick Quebecois dancing and vivacious musicianship will leave you tapping your feet and singing along to the "kitchen music" in true Revels tradition. If you are interested in more information regarding the 2006 Christmas Revels, December 8-10 & 15-17 at the Scottish Rite Theater on beautiful Lake Merritt, please contact me or visit our website: http://www.calrevels.org. We offer discounts for seniors and children 18 and under as well as special group rates for parties of 10 or more. 510.452.3800 or 510.452.9334 or firstname.lastname@example.org details.
December 9, 2006. MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE meets at Café Champagne next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton. 10am-11am. Suzanne.email@example.com for details. Venez nombreux!
December 9, 2006. PIAF… HER STORY… HER SONGS. To celebrate Edith Piaf's Birthday and the release of "Piaf..Her story… Her songs" on DVD (Lionsgate Films) The California Film institute will be screening "PIAF..Her story..Her songs" Saturday, December 9th 2006 at 7.30pm. RAQUEL BITTON will be present for a Q@A after the screening. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 415.454.1222 Info-Line for Showtimes. Winner of the Special Jury Award for Most Moving Film Experience at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Piaf: Her Story…Her Songs celebrates Piaf's extraordinary life through stories and songs that reflect each major episode of her life from singing in the streets of Paris as a child to becoming the highest paid singer in the world at that time. French jazz singer Raquel Bitton, who has been internationally praised as the greatest interpreter of Piaf's music, beautifully presents Piaf's songs through a theatrical presentation. Part documentary, part stage performance Piaf: Her Story…Her Songs showcases 16 famous songs fully orchestrated including Piaf's signature songs “La Vie en Rose,” “No Regrets,” “Milord,” and “A Hymn to Love.” Sung in both French and English, Bitton's heartfelt renditions and powerful delivery, along with interviews with friends, family and colleagues, take audiences on an intensely moving journey. The DVD also includes “Les Avions sont des Oiseaux” - a new original song composed by Academy Award®-winning composer Francis Lai - who was PIAF's accordionist and composer. Piaf: Her Story… Her Songs is truly the only film of its kind and a must have for all Piaf fans.
December 9, 2006. TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI at CINEMA HEAVEN ENCORE’s FRENCH FILM NOIR SERIES. Film stars Jean Gabin and Jeanne Moreau. The film will be shown at the Melt Cafe in North Beach at 8pm. Viewers’ purchase of a beverage or dinner while watching the movie is appreciated.
December 11, 2006. FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF SAN FRANCISCO NAPA NETWORKING EVENT. For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
December 13, 2006. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA at SASSAFRAS RESTAURANT & BAR. Join us for food, conversation, and fun! Choices to be made from menu distributed before lunch. Some changes may be made periodically. Bar service extra. $20 members -- non-members $22. 1229 North Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Please reserve by calling 829.7708 by Monday 6 at the latest. We will collect it at the door. http://www.sassafrasrestaurant.com/
December 14, 2006. FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON. Fairmont, San Jose. For more information: Carole Granade-Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com or email@example.com for details.
December 14-16, 2006. YAN PASCAL TORTELIER conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’s performance of DUTILLEUX’s SHADOWS OF TIME, RAVEL’s BOLERO and more. http://sfsymphony.org for details.
December 21, 2006. GOLDEN GATE BOYS CHOIR AND BELLRINGERS perform a Swiss Christmas Concert at the Wells Fargo Bank Museum, San Francisco, between California and Sacramento. 510.887.4311 or http://www.gggbc.org for details.
December 22, 2006. WOODY ALLEN & HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND perform at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. For the last few years, Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band have been heading off to Europe for their Winter Tour. This year, on their first major tour of the US, they are spending the holidays in sunny (we think!) California and Florida. Please join us for a rare evening of New Orleans Jazz with Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band. 8:00pm. 415.383.9600 or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.
January 27, 2007. GENO DELAFOSSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE. Authentic zydeco band straight from the Louisiana’s bayou. Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details. 8pm.
February 7-10, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s LES NUITS D’ETE, DEBUSSY’s NOCTURNES and more. http://sfsymphony.org for details.
February 8, 2007. ELISABETH M. PRUEITT & CHAD ROBERTSON talk about TARTINE. If you have a weakness for things sweet and delectable, this event will lure you to a new level of dining. In the foreword, Alice Waters writes, “[Tartine] is lavish in the use of seasonal fruit, judicious in its deployment of sugar and decoration and best of all, nearly all of the ingredients used are grown nearby and produced sustainably, so that everything that comes out of the kitchen is fresh, unfussy, simple, and alive.” This meal will have other recipes that complement the desserts Tartine will bring from their bakery to share with guests. Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson are co-owners of Tartine, rated in the Zagat Survey as the Best Bakery and Best Breakfast in San Francisco. The price of the combined book and meal is $95 per person/$165 per couple. 6:30 PM. Contact: Book Passage, http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
February 9, 2007. 1914-1918: LA “GRANDE GUERRE” (Première partie). Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 10am-11:30am. $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement! SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
February 23-27, 2006. CARMEN, PRESENTED BY THE SACRAMENTO OPERA. The Sacramento Opera, one of the generous and proud sponsors of the SFFF, presents Carmen the most famous French opera with music by Georges Bizet. Exclusive discount for SFFF patrons! Take 20% off one ticket to Carmen. Mention "downtown" to receive the discount via phone (916.264.5181), Box Office, or http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe5a1d777764017b7110-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874 Ticket.com. Offer valid through 2/27/07. Not valid on previous purchases and does not apply to handling or shipping charges. At the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento.
March 3, 2007. LE FRANÇAIS DANS LES AUTRES DISCIPLINES. Journée de printemps à Stanford University / CERAS. Les members de l’AATF-NC sont encouragés à presenter des sessions sur ce sujet. Pour toute proposition de session, prière d’adresser vos suggestions par courriel à Agnieszka Waclawek avant le 31 décembre 2006: email@example.com
March 3, 2007. FRENCH PIANIST PASCAL ROGE will make his Bay Area recital début on March 3, 2007, in San Francisco. Winner of two Grammys and a Grand Prix du Disque, Roge will perform an all-French program. Subscriptions available now; single tickets available Jan 1. Tickets are available online at http://www.chambermusicsf.org or by phone at 415-392-4400. See also: http://www.chambermusicsf.org/index.html#roge
March 9-17, 2007. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs BAROQUE BANQUET, including MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S OVERTURE & CHACONNE “LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES TUILERIES, and more. Various locations: Fri Mar 9 - Palo Alto; Sat Mar 10 - Berkeley 1; Sun Mar 11 - Berkeley 2; Fri Mar 16 - San Francisco; Sat Mar 17 - Contra Costa. To purchase tickets, call (415) 392-4400 or visithttp://www.philharmonia.orgfor details.
March 10, 2007. SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE FESTIVAL. With language contests for high school students, afternoon cabaret, and more! firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
March 14-17, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’s SUITE No.2 FROM DAPHNIS ET CHLOE and more. http://sfsymphony.org for details.
March 16, 2007. 1914-1918: LA “GRANDE GUERRE” (Seconde partie). Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par Renée Morel à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 10am-11:30am. $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement! SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) email@example.com for details.
March 17, 2007. FRENCH CAMP for high school students. Walden West. Pour tout renseignement: Fabienne Vardan, firstname.lastname@example.org .
March 25 & 27, 2007. MARIN SYMPHONY CHORUS performs DURUFLÉ’s REQUIEM, DEBUSSY’s LA MER, and more. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Marin Civic Center. 7:30pm. 415.479.8100 or email@example.com or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details.
March 29, 2007. GEORGEANNE BRENNAN talks about A PIG IN PROVENCE: SIMPLE PLEASURES AND TRADITIONAL FOOD IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. Book Passage and Left Bank: Cooks with Books. Part memoir, part travelogue, part cookbook, this is a journey in to the peaceful, rural life in Provence where Georgeanne and her young family bought a small farmhouse 30 years ago. Filled with delicious recipes and local color and tradition, this story will captivate Francophiles who love good French food. Brennan runs a cooking school in Frnace and lives part time in California. $95 per person/$165 per couple. 6:30pm at Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Approximately 2-1/2 hours. Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the book. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
April 1, 2007. MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN, soprano, performs less frequently heard songs by CHAUSSON along with more familiar works by RAVEL and more. Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.
April 6, 2007. EDOUARD VUILLARD: DE LA DECORATION A L'ABSTRACTION. Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 10am-11:30am. $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement! SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
April 18-21, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs Strauss’s LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME SUITE and more. http://sfsymphony.org for details.
April 25, 2007. SALIF KEITA. A key founder of modern Afro-pop, Keita commands attention with his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals, and emotion-packed songs. He is currently exploring his Mande birthright; Keita is a direct descendent of the warrior king who founded the Malian empire in the 13th century. His work blends the traditional griot music of his childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal. Cal Performances. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.
April 25, 2007. IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA. Stanford Lively Arts, http://livelyarts.stanford.edu or 650.725.ARTS for details.
April 26-29, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, along with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS, SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS, and PACIFIC BOYCHOIR, performs BERLIOZ’s THE DAMNATION OF FAUST and more. http://sfsymphony.org for details.
May 4-5, 2007. THE MUSIC OF MARIN MARAIS AND ANTOINE FORQUERAY, performed by JORDI SAVALL, viola de gamba, PIERRE HANTAL, harpsichord, XAVIER DIAZ, theorbo and guitar. At the beginning of the 18th century, the sublime 17th-century French composer Marin Marais’s talent was often compared to that of Antoine Forqueray, his younger contemporary, who was said to have played like a devil, while Marais played like an angel. This concert explores the work of these extraordinary masters in a concert featuring Marais’ virtuoso SUITE D’UN GOUT ETRANGER and a selection of Forqueray’s intriguing and revealing PORTRAITS MUSICAUX. Cal Performances. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.
May 5-8, 2007. SACRED MONSTERS ~SYLVIE GUILLEM & AKRAM KHAN. Perhaps the world’s most celebrated ballerina, Sylvie Guillem, reigning star of the Paris Opera Ballet, here teams up with choreographer and dancer Akram Kahn. Their ambitious new collaboration explores the notion aof male and female energies as spiritual forces rotted in creation stories & myths. Cal Performances. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.
May 11-June 8, 2007. SMUIN BALLET performs Michael Smuin’s world premiere adaptation of MAURICE RAVEL’s celebrated opera THE ENCHANTED CHILD, plus his playful take on musical instruments come to life. Various locations, as follows: May 11-20, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; May 25-26, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; May 30-June 3, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; June 8-9, 2007, Sunset Center, Carmel. 415.495.2234 or http://www.smuinballet.org for details.
May 18, 2007. LA SPLENDEUR DES DUCS DE BOURGOGNE. Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 10am-11:30am. $7 par personne. Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement! SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) email@example.com for details.
June 14-29, 2007. IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE , sung in French by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. http://sfopera.com for details.
July 20-22 & 28-29, 2007! SIXTH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL. Crest Theatre, Sacramento.
July 25-October 27, 2007. TARTUFFE by MOLIERE, translated by Ranjit Bolt. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon. 866.545.6337 or http://www.osfashland.org for details.
September 30-October 15, 2007. STEVE’S TOUR TO PARIS. Steve Rabinowitsh will lead a series of five walks of the neighborhoods of Paris next September. The walks will include many little known places, parks, residences and architectural wonders of Paris. The tour is for first time as well as frequent visitors to Paris. Steve, who speaks French, led a very successful Paris walking tour last year. He lived in Paris for a year and worked as a professional city planner for many years in Colorado prior to being elected to the Santa Rosa City Council. This tour will also include a river cruise on the Seine to Giverny, Auvers sur Oise, Rouen, Honfleur and Le Havre. The tour is being organized by Nancy Berto at Flying Dutchman Travel. For more information, call Nancy at 546-1212 or 546-2870. PRICE: * CAT. A $2801 (upper deck) ; B, $2709 (middle deck, mid-ship); C, $2617 (middle deck forward) price reflects 8% group discount. In addition to the group discount, there is also early booking discount of $250 pp if booked by Dec. 18, 2006. Includes: 7 night cruise, outside cabin, port charges, fuel surcharge, all meals, welcome and captain’s farewell dinner, 6 guided tours, wine tasting, lectures and French food demonstrations. DEPOSIT: $400 by check or credit card to Flying Dutchmen Travel. Send deposit check (credit card # for cruise) to Nancy Berto, Flying Dutchmen Travel, 1455 N. Dutton, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401.Phone 707.546.1212(B) 546.2870 (H) or 800.248.7471 Include name (passport), address, phone, and cabin choice. Not included: int’l air taxes. Itinerary and prices subject to change. Cancellation insurance available. Cancellation penalty each portion (Paris & cruise): 121 days prior to departure, $100pp; 120-90 days 40%, 89-60 days 50%; 60-45 days 75%; 45 days no refund.
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