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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
December 1-8, 2006

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*DECEMBER EVENTS*    

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.  CONVIVIAL CONVERSATION AT SASSAFRAS.  Come out of the cold and join the warmth of convivial conversation in  French at Sassafras on December 1 beginning at 6:15 p.m.  All French speakers are welcome.  Dinner and beverages are available for purchase all evening.  Each person is responsible for his/her own order.  Sassafras is located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (College Avenue heading west, right onto Dutton, left into large parking lot of Santa Rosa Business Park;  http://www.sassafrasrestaurant.com ).   It is always helpful to the   restaurant if we know approximately how many will attend.  Please let  me know if you can, but don't worry if you decide at the last minute. sonprov@sbcglobal.net  or 707.576.1124.

December 1, 2006.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Kids OK if 9 and older.  Chez Maggy, Sebastopol.  6:30pm-10 pm.  707.874.9565 for details.

December 1, 2006.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  $13.  9pm.

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 1-10, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs MANON LESCAUT, the story of the Chevalier de Grieux who runs away with his lover Manon, who later leaves de Grieux for a wealthy roué… Arrested as a thief, she is exiled to Louisiana, where she dies in the arms of her first love.  San Francisco Opera, 415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com for details.

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. In the first half of the 19th century, a new art movement swept across Europe: Romanticism. Rebelling against the idealized forms and literary subjects of Neo-Classicism, young painters admired fierce power and celebrated energy, explosive action. They depicted contemporary events:  scenes from the Greek Wars of Independence, the anti-slavery movement or political scandals of the day. Their use of shock tactics to stun the viewer's sensibilities was something radically new in its toe and intention.  In France, two artists embody the spirit of Romanticism: Theodore Gericault (1791-1824) and his friend Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). Both belonged to a generation born of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. Both sided with the liberal opponents of the Restored Monarchy. Rejecting the Age of Reason, Gericault painted the insane, the suffering, the dead. He became interested in the development of modern psychopathology. As for Delacroix, the purpose of his colorful and thrillingly staged scenes was to "electrify." His art aimed at a large public - to appeal to the new, populous democratic society; above all, to catch and inflame its imagination.  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating discussions!  Come practice your French and meet others!  Organized by our great Cafe Musee team.  Open to all. Donation: $3.

December 2, 2006.  BELGIAN-TRAINED VIOLINIST ANDRÉ RIEU performs at HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara (at North Autumn), San José.  408.999.5797.  8pm  $40-$60.

December 2-9, 2006.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs CARMEN by BIZET, the story of Corporal Don José who abandons family and fiancée to run off with Carmen, who, in turn, leaves him for a toreador, thereby sealing her fate…  San Francisco Opera, 415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com for details.

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

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

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

December 5, 2006.  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 5, 2006.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  $9.  9pm.

December 5 & 6, 2006.  JUDITH LYON-CAEN AT UC BERKELEY.  Lyon-Caen's book La lecture et la vie. Les usages du roman au temps de Balzac is rapidly being recognized as one of the most significant contributions to French literary studies in recent years. She will give a lecture on December 5 and lead a seminar on December 6. Her lecture and seminar will focus on her new work on literature and the social sciences in the 19th century.  Lecture - December 5, 5 pm.  French Department Library (4229 Dwinelle).  http://french.berkeley.edu/news/news_main.php#81.  Seminar - December 6, 12:30 pm, French Department Conference Room (4226 Dwinelle),  http://french.berkeley.edu/news/news_main.php#81.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

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 7, 2006.  ALL THAT GLITTERS... IS NOT JUST GOLD.  Come revel in sparkling baubles and bijoux direct from Paris, St. Petersburg and Shanghai.  Cafe Society's elegant trunk show will feature a shimmery array of necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings, all personally selected or designed by Joan Osburn during her international travels. APÉRITIFS * CHOCOLATE * JEWELRY. Cafe Society & Osburn Design, San Francisco Design Center/ Galleria, 101 Henry Adams Street, Suite 445, San Francisco.  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  RSVP:  Email kate@cafesocietystore.com or Tel: 415.487.2333 X208 or Fax: 415.487.2345.

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

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

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

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

Through 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.

December 9, 2006.  MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE meets at to view PIAF... HER STORY... HER SONGS at the Rafael Theater (see below), and then convenes after the film in the café next door, perhaps with a surprise guest... Reserving a ticket in advance is strongly recommended. Contact:   Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.  Venez nombreux!

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

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

December 9, 2006.  OPENING RECEPTION for PARIS STREETSCAPES from LIUDMILA KONDAKOVA.  “Paintings… so rich with clarity and light that they reflect in their extraordinary draftsmanship a sense of artistic and spiritual well-being. One might describe her style as Romantic Realism—her meticulous attention to every detail allows us to become intimately involved in the life of her paintings.  In the artist's words: ‘To me, these streets, with their worn cobblestones and aged buildings, evoke a sense of nostalgia and romance with a touch of melancholy. It is the ideal kind of space in which I would like to live.’”  Martin Lawrence Gallery, 366 Geary Street, SF.  http://www.martinlawrence.com for details.  RSVP:  415.956.0345.

December 9, 2006.  JOELLE LEANDRE AT OTHER MINDS 12.  French double bass virtuoso and preeminent improvising artist Joelle Leandre performs with her trio, featuring German-based players Gunda Gottschalk (violin) and Xu Fengxia (guzheng).  8 pm.  Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street.  Ph: 415.292.1233 - arts@jccsf.org or http://www.jccsf.org/content_main.aspx?progid=1378&catid=338

December 9, 2006.  COLLEGE OF MARIN COMMUNITY CHORUS performs HEAVENLY COUNTERPOINT, the music of early French composer JOSQUIN DESPRZ, and more.  College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 415.485.9460.

Through 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.

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.

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

Through December 12, 2006.  RADICAL CLOSURE CURATED BY AKRAM ZAATARI.  How can cinema respond to a history shaped by violence?  Curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari, [this series of short films, documentaries, and experimental works focuses on the Middle East as a site of successive wars, division, and stereotyping, but also as the source of a rich, subversive, and stimulating visual culture.  Films include:  War: The Visible Signs, Tue, Dec 5, 7:30; Intensive Care, Thu, Dec 7, 5:30; Education as a Site of Indoctrination, Thu, Dec 7, 5:30; Personal Narratives, Tues, Dec 12, 7:30.  PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/radicalclosure/index.html

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

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

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

December 15, 2006.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Janis et Michel.  Détails à suivre.

December 15, 2006.  RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES perform at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley!  The april fishes make music that mixes sounds from chansons françaises, tango, jazz, American folk with tones from Indian ragas. What is created is a living music and a lively performance, a sonic examination of living at the edge of so many cultures, with arrangements ranging from sparse and spacious to wildly danceable.  Sweetwater Saloon, 153 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley.

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.

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

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

December 22, 2006.  WINTER DANCE WITH THE BAGUETTE QUARTETTE.  Baguette Quartette plays all the dances from Paris in 1930: valse musette, java, tango, fox trot, one-step, polka, marche, paso-doble...With Odile LAVAULT: accordion & vocals; Rachel DURLING: violin; Will BERNARD: guitar & banjo; Jean REPETTO: bass.  9pm Music; 8pm Dance Lesson by Persephone.  ASHKENAZ 1317 San Palblo Ave. Berkeley.  Tickets: $13 & $11, Info:  510.525.5054.  http://www.askenaz.com  or http://www.baguettequartette.org for details.

Through 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.

December 31, 2006.  ZYDECO FLAMES celebrate the New Year at Rancho Nicasio.  Dance to Louisiana zydeco, enjoy party favors and a champagne toast.  Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://ranchonicasio.com for details.

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

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

BELLE ET LA BETE.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

LA BELLE NOISEUSE (Jacques Rivette, 1991).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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 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. Through December 16, 2006.

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

RADICAL CLOSURE CURATED BY AKRAM ZAATARI.  How can cinema respond to a history shaped by violence?  Curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari, [this series of short films, documentaries, and experimental works focuses on the Middle East as a site of successive wars, division, and stereotyping, but also as the source of a rich, subversive, and stimulating visual culture.  Films include:  War: The Visible Signs, Tue, Dec 5, 7:30; Intensive Care, Thu, Dec 7, 5:30; Education as a Site of Indoctrination, Thu, Dec 7, 5:30; Personal Narratives, Tues, Dec 12, 7:30.  PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/radicalclosure/index.html Through December 12, 2006. 

REGLES DU JEU / RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir, 1939).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

SCIENCE OF SLEEP.  Opera Plaza, SF. 

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 9, 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 6, 2006.

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*ART* 

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.

December 9-31, 2006.  PARIS STREETSCAPES from LIUDMILA KONDAKOVA.  “Paintings… so rich with clarity and light that they reflect in their extraordinary draftsmanship a sense of artistic and spiritual well-being. One might describe her style as Romantic Realism—her meticulous attention to every detail allows us to become intimately involved in the life of her paintings.  In the artist's words: ‘To me, these streets, with their worn cobblestones and aged buildings, evoke a sense of nostalgia and romance with a touch of melancholy. It is the ideal kind of space in which I would like to live.’”  Martin Lawrence Gallery, 366 Geary Street, SF.  800.510.2450 or http://www.martinlawrence.com for details. 

Through December 12, 2006.  RADICAL CLOSURE CURATED BY AKRAM ZAATARI.  How can cinema respond to a history shaped by violence?  Curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari, [this series of short films, documentaries, and experimental works focuses on the Middle East as a site of successive wars, division, and stereotyping, but also as the source of a rich, subversive, and stimulating visual culture.  Films include:  War: The Visible Signs, Tue, Dec 5, 7:30; Intensive Care, Thu, Dec 7, 5:30; Education as a Site of Indoctrination, Thu, Dec 7, 5:30; Personal Narratives, Tues, Dec 12, 7:30.  PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/radicalclosure/index.html

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

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*CLASSES*

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 info@frenchclass.com for details. Workshops are in French unless  indicated otherwise. The level of each workshop is indicated according to our group class levels (see our class schedule). We are sorry, we cannot give refunds or credits for missed workshops.  Twenty-four hour cancellation policy applies. Discounts or make-up classes do not apply to workshops. Workshops are 1.5 hour long with a minimum of 3 students. 2 students, one hour.  Sign up for 4 workshops and pay only $20 each.                     

  • Sat. 12/2 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - La poésie de Rimbaud .  Analyse et discussion sur les plus beaux textes de  l’un des plus grands poètes français. (Level 5 to 8)              
  • Mon. 12/4 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 12/7 - 1:00 to 2:30 - $22 - Living and working in France: What you need to know before you move there. 
  • Mon. 12/11 - 10:30 to 12:00 • Th. 12/14 - 1:00 to 2:30 • OR Sat. 12/16 - 10:30 to 12:00 - $22 - The use of “en” and “y” . A clear and practical presentation of these two  commonly used pronouns through questions and examples. (Level 3 to 7).

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

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

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

January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27 and May 25, 2007.  THROUGH THE EYE OF THE ARTIST:  A VIEW OF NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH CULTURE, taught by ANNE BISHOP at BOOK PASSAGE, Corte Madera. This group will read about the lives of two distinguished woman painters.  Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun began as Marie Antoinette's favorite court portraitist, and survived the Revolution to continue her work in exile, under Napoleon, and during the Restoration.  Berthe Morisot was an intimate friend of Manet's, and joined the Impressionists to break with traditional painting. Examples of their art will be viewed and discussed in class. Two famous novelists, Honore de Balzac and Alexander Dumas 'fils', wrote compelling stories that describe an era of passion, power and courtesans in Paris. Sarah Bernhardt is the legendary actress whose most famous role was Camille in the stage version of Dumas' play La Dame Aux Camelias. TEXTS:  Elizabeth Vigee le Brun: The Odyssey of an Artist in an Age of Revolution By Gita May published by Yale University Press; The Wild Ass's Skin (La Peau de Chagrin) by Honore de Balzac, translated by Herbert J. Hunt, published by Penguin Classics; With Violets: The Life of Berthe Morisot by Elizabeth Robards, published by Five Star; The Lady of the Camelias by Alexander Dumas 'fils', translated by Herbert J. Hunt, published by Quiet Vision; The Divine Sarah: A Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, published by Alfred Knopf.  Five Fridays; $95.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  Sign up at Book Passage or on-line at online at http://www.bookpassage.comNOTE:  The same class will be given in a smaller group in a private residence on the previous Friday morning of each month.  Anyone interested in that class should e-mail Anne Bishop at annebishop@usa.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENTS.  Philippe Gion & Marie-Pierre Desaize.  http://www.ArtandCookingClassesinFrance.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

January 5, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ GALETTE DES ROIS chez Nadine et Armen.  Détails à suivre.

January 19, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Iris.  Détails à suivre.

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 2, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Medley.  Détails à suivre.

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.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

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

March 2, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Isabelle et Ron.  Détails à suivre.

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:  agawacl@yahoo.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! suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu 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.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

March 16, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Chantal et Bernard.  Détails à suivre.

March 17, 2007.  FRENCH CAMP for high school students.  Walden West.  Pour tout renseignement:  Fabienne Vardan, fvardan@fremont.k12.ca.us .

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

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

March 30, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Christine.  Détails à suivre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Marie et Art.  Détails à suivre.

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

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

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

June 22, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Dominique.  Détails à suivre.

June 27, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ HAWAII PARTY. Chez Julie B.  Détails à suivre.

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.

August 10, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ MEXICO PARTY.  Chez Randy.  Détails à suivre.

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.

ALWAYS CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DATES AND TIMES!

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