Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
December 1-10, 2004

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*DECEMBER EVENTS*.

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

December 1-4, 2004. YAN PASCAL TORTELIER CONDUCTS LORD BENJAMIN BRITTEN'S DOUBLE CONCERTO. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), SF. 415.864.6000 for details. $20-$103.

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

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

December 2, 2004. BUCHE DE NOEL CLASS. Learn how easy it is to make this delightful cake for your holiday gathering. We'll make and taste three different buches and we'll try our hand at making the log's whimsical decorations: meringue mushrooms and chocolate leaves. Everyone will decorate a mini-buche to take home. Finley Center, 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.43.3737 or enroll on-line at www.SantaRosaRec.com.

December 2, 2004. COCKTAIL ET CONFERENCE. Learn about the production of champagne from an insider's point of view, from CECILE LEMERLE BERBES, an international winemaker based in Sonoma County. Conference will be followed by Champagne tasting. Please confirm your presence in advance by calling 707.829.7708 by November 30. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. www.afsantarosa.org for details. $10 members, $15 non-members.

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

December 3, 2004. WINE, ART AND CIVILIZATION. An illustrated talk by renowned art historian NINA WEMYSS, followed by a reception featuring fine Sonoma County wines and hors d'oeuvre. Sonoma County Wine Library, Piper and Center Sts., Healdsburg. $25 members, $30 non-members. For reservations, call 707.431.2898. Presented by the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County in association with KUZ and Sonoma State University Library.

December 3, 2004. CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA chez Michel & Janis. À partir de 19h00 (7pm). Pas d'enfants SVP. Apporter un plat, à boire.

December 3, 2004. SONOMA PROVENCE EXCHANGE CHAT GROUP beginning at 6pm at Sassafras Restaurant. We'll meet in the lounge area where you can order food and beverages. Sassafras is open until 9 and is located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (College Avenue heading west, right onto Dutton, left into large parking lot of Santa Rosa Business Park; www.sassafrasrestaurant.com). If you haven't been able to join previous French Chats, we hope this new arrangement will work for you. Come enjoy a fun, casual chat in French and share a toast to the holidays.

December 3, 2004. MAMADOU DIABATE & WALTER STRAUSS perform at the Bolinas Community Center.

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

Through December 4, 2004. ART. Tony Award-winning play by YASMINA REZA. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. 925.943.7469 or www.dlrca.org for details.

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

December 4, 2004. FETE DE NOEL du SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL. Venez fête Noël avec nous! Le Père Noël a prévu de venir nous faire un petit coucou à 16h30 précises et à 17h le spectacle de Boswick le clown commence. Concours de pâtisserie: Petits et grands à vos fourneaux! Pour participer, merci de vous inscrire à activites_sfba@yahoo.com Membres: inscrivez-vous auprès de activites_sfba@yahoo.com ($12 par adulte; gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 12 ans.) Non-membres: $17 par Paypal. www.sfbacc.org/noel/fete_noel.htm

December 4, 2004. TRUFFLE CELEBRATION. Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley. 888.648.9463 or www.bernardus.com for details.

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

December 4, 2004. MAMADOU DIABATE & WALTER STRAUSS. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (at 23rd), SF. 415.282.2317. 8:15pm. $14-$16.

December 4 & 5, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC CHORUS FALL 2004 CONCERT features THE CHORAL MUSIC OF FRANCE. Including music by Guillaume Dufay, Josquin des Pres, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Gabriel Fauré, César Franck, Francis Poulenc, Camille Saint-Saëns, Hector Berlioz and Arthur Honegger. Trinity Episcopal Church, Bush & Gough Streets, SF. $20 general, $17 advance sale/seniors; free admission for students 5-18 with ID. Please, no children under 5. Purchase tickets by phone at 510.849.4769 or on the web at www.sflc.org/concerts

December 4-5, 2004. ART DECO AND MODERNISM HOLIDAY SALE. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St. (at Brannen), SF. 650.599.3326 or www.artdecosale.com for details.

December 4, 2004-January 9, 2005. TRAVESTIES. A Tom Stoppard play that brings together a variety of literary figures and artists significant during WWI, including TRISTAN TZARA. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr), Berkeley. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. 510.841.6500 or www.shotgunplayers.org for details.

Through December 5, 2004. LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES. The Machiavellian maneuvers of pre-Revolutionary French elite schemers are the centerpiece of this scandalously sexual drama. Christopher HAMPTON's adapation of CHODERLOS DE LACLOS's 1782 French novel. San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., Creative Arts Bldg., SF. 415.338.2467 or www.sfsu.edu/~allarts for details. $10.

December 5, 2004. CHANTEZ NOEL! Sara Evinger et Cheryl Keller, sopranos, and Miles Graber, pianiste. Including: Quittez Pasteurs; Pastourelles, Pastoureaux; Voyage de Joseph et de Marie à Bethléhem; L'Adoration des Bergers; L'Adoration des Mages; Priez pour la paix (Poulenc); Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons (Debussy); Les Noëls Bourguignons (Bernard de la Monnoye); Le Cantique de Noël d'Adolphe Charles Adam, and more. Réception au champagne suivant le concert. Ce concert est donné au benefice de l'Alliance Française de Berkeley.

December 5, 2004. CHEZ FELICE RESTAURANT will be hosting Château Félice Winery dinners the first Sunday of each month. Exquisite dishes prepared by Executive chef Laurie Souza will be paired with wines made by Geneviève Llerena. Château Félice is one of the few wineries in the exclusive Chalk Hill appelation and produces roughly 6000 cases per year. 716 McClelland Dr., on the Windsor Town Green. for more information or to purchase tickets, please call 707.836.9922.

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

December 7, 2004. A TALE OF TWO CUISINES AT LEFT BANK. A Chef's Dinner with Roland Passot. Left Bank brasserie in Menlo Park will host an exclusive "Chef's Table" dinner on December 7th. Roland Passot, chef/owner of La Folie and Left Bank, along with Menlo Park's Chef de Cuisine David Bastide, will prepare a four-course dinner that incorporates the best of Left Bank's rustic French cooking style with La Folie's more sophisticated cuisine. Guests will all dine at a personal "Chef's Table" and Chef Roland will visit and chat with diners between the four courses. This is an opportunity to discuss French cooking techniques, food, and socialize with personable Chef Roland, who was recently honored as the Chef of the Year by the Maitres Cuisiniers de France. 7pm. $75.00 per person, excluding wine and gratuity. Limited Seating Available. Reservations Required 650.473.6543. 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park www.leftbank.com

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

December 7, 2004. INTERFRENCH PROGRAM. InterFrench, in conjunction with the Passport Program, presents a panel of experienced international executives speaking on building and managing technology innovations in the global market place. The event will be held December 7th at 7pm (registration starts at 6pm) in the SAP building in Palo Alto. 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Registration: 6:00pm. $20 Passport Program Members $25 SDForum, ANZA, CSPA, Silicon French & Silicon Vikings members $35 Non-members www.interfrench.org for more details.

December 8, 2004. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Space limited to 30 people only. Culinary Cafe, Santa Rosa Junior Arts Center in the Brickyard, 458 B Street, Santa Rosa. Please reserve by calling 707.829.7708 by Sunday, December 9 at the latest. $15 (non-members $20). Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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

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

December 9, 2004. HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW! ALL THAT GLITTERS... IS NOT JUST GOLD. Come revel in sparkling baubles and bijoux direct from Paris, St. Petersburg and Shanghai. Café Society's elegant trunk show will feature a shimmery array of necklaces, rings, and earrings, all personally selected by Joan Osburn during her international travels. Café Society & Osburn Design, San Francisco Design Center, 2 Henry Adams Street, Suite 360, San Francisco. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP: Email suzanne@cafesocietystore.com or call 415.487.2333.X118. French and Italian apéritifs and hors d'oeuvre will be served.

December 9, 2004. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Text: C'ETAIT TOUS LES JOURS TEMPETE by JEROME GARCIN. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details. 7h.

December 10, 2004. RECEPTION DE NOEL AU SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM. Ariège Arseguel, executive director, fera une présentation en français. Reception and holiday refreshments immediately following. 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Call the Alliance Française, 707.543.8151 or 707.82.7708 or visit www.afsantarosa.org or write info@afsantarosa.org for more information.

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

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

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

December 11, 2004. FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Caffe Oggi, in the Albertson's plaza in Mill Valley, 745 E. Blithedale Avenue. 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

December 11, 2004. HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW! ALL THAT GLITTERS... IS NOT JUST GOLD. Come revel in sparkling baubles and bijoux direct from Paris, St. Petersburg and Shanghai. Café Society's elegant trunk show will feature a shimmery array of necklaces, rings, and earrings, all personally selected by Joan Osburn during her international travels. Café Society, Riverfront District, 1000 Main Street, Napa. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP: Email sales@cafesocietystore.com or call 707.256.3232.X201. French and Italian apéritifs and hors d'oeuvre will be served.

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

December 12, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO will be playing at Enricos, Kearny @ Broadway, SF. 415.982.6223. 7pm-11pm. Super cool atmosphere, yummy food. No cover- reservations recommended!!! HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

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

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

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

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

December 17, 2004. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. Ken Burns American Stories tells the story of the monument's creation, from its complicated construction in France to its arrival in New York, and examines what this symbol of liberty means to foreigners and Americans alike. KQED TV9, 9pm.

December 19, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO will be playing at Enricos, Kearny @ Broadway, SF. 415.982.6223. 7pm-11pm. Super cool atmosphere, yummy food. No cover- reservations recommended!!! HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

December 23, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO BOYS CHORUS IN CONCERT. The chorus performs GABRIEL FAURE's REQUIEM op.45 at Grace Cathedral. KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

December 24, 2004. HELENE ATTIA A LEFT BANK. Singer-guitarist, Helene Attia performs with her band at The Left Bank, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, 5:30pm - 9:30pm. 925.288.1222 to reserve. No cover charge, great food and drinks, plenty of parking. Anyone interested in booking Helene Attia for future performance can contact her at 510.508.3611 hsattia@yahoo.com

December 26, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO will be playing at Enricos, Kearny @ Broadway, SF. 415.982.6223. 7pm-11pm. Super cool atmosphere, yummy food. No cover- reservations recommended!!! HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

December 27, 2004. NEW ORLEANS, Part 1 of 3. Antiques Roadshow goes to New Orleans. Among the items brought for appraisal are a pair of exquisite LALIQUE sculptures and an unusual decorative ceramic pot made by a New Orleans pottery art club. KQED TV9, 8:07pm.

December 31, 2004. LE JAZZ HOT will be continuing its tradition of playing at Olivetos in Berkeley- 510.547.4381. GREAT FOOD, Great way to ring in the New Year! HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

December 31, 2004. RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT LEFT BANK. All Left Bank brasseries will be open from 5:30pm through midnight on New Year's Eve. Celebration includes live jazz and more. Reserve now. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415/927-3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows Ð 650.345.2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza Ð 925/288-1222. Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue 650.473.6543 San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row 408.984.3500.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

BONJOUR MONSIEUR SCHLOMI. (Israeli nurse married to Moroccan Jewish husband; in Hebrew with subtitles). Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893.

CALLAS FOREVER. Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893; Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456.

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

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

WHO KILLED BAMBI? (Gilles Marchand, France &endash; director of "With a Friend Like Harry"). Castro, SF, 415.621.6120.

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*ART*

Opening November 20, 2004. WORKS by French painter JALINE POL. Hanson Gallery, 669 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Opening reception 11/20, 2pm-5pm. 415.332.1815.

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

December 4, 2004-January 4, 2005. A DECADE OF DECADENCE: TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE ART OF THE BELLE EPOQUE. Christopher-Clark Fine Art Gallery, 377 Geary St., SF. 415.397.7781 or www.clarkfineart.com for details. OPENING RECEPTION December 4, 6pm to 9pm, lecture at 7:30pm.

Opening December 9, 2004. STORIES OF WWII: MAKING HISTORY COME ALIVE.. New exhibit at the Marin History Museum, 1125 B.St., San Rafael. 415.454.8538 for details.

Through December 13, 2004. PHILIPPE BERTHO. Newest paintings and the first of limited edition serigraphs by French Pop Illusionist Philippe Bertho. Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary St. (between Powell and Mason), SF. www.martinlawrence.com or 415.956.0345 for details/RSVP.

Through December 30, 2004. MARTINE JARDEL presents SPACES + MORCEAUX D'ESPACES. Micaela, 333 Hayes St., SF. 415.551.8118 or www.micaela.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Through March 30, 2005. THE WYNN COLLECTION, including works by PICASSO, VAN GOGH, RENOIR, MONET, MATISSE, GAUGUIN and more. Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, 160 West Liberty St., Reno. 800.FOR.RENO or www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/wynn for details.

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

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

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*OTHER MEDIA*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*TELEVISION*

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

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

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

HELENE DALLAIRE SINGS FRENCH CHRISTMAS SONGS FROM THE FRENCH RENAISSANCE AND BEYOND. Helene Dallaire sings French Christmas songs from the French Renaissance and beyond on Ibis recordings ( a Marin County label ). New review: " This news just in - - Helene Dallaire is from another planet ! Seriously, this woman has an unearthly voice - - haunting and innocent, but charmingly grounded . Just how is that possible ? Her vocals are breathy and pure all at once. 'Noel Renaissance' is definitely a holiday c.d. that is out of the ordinary. " Carol Swanson www.Christmasreviews.com ( 2004 ). Noel Renaissance can be found at : www.noelrenaissance.com

WINTER VACATION IN PARIS. Very bright, roomy 2 bed- apt in tower Front de Seine 15th Arr., with panoramic view (9th floor) and swimming pool at top. Close to all conveniences: Metro, bus lines, shopping, movies, fresh food market etc. Comes all equipped. Mature, responsible non-smokers only. Cat-friendly (one nice and quiet low-maintenance female cat). 1,400 Euros incl. utilities + 500 Euros security deposit. Dec.15th-January 6th (dates to be confirmed). Price can be discussed. Contact: caroline.smadja@free.fr

HOUSE EXCHANGE, SAN FRANCISCO/PARIS. I am looking for someone living in San Francisco who would be interested in exchanging their house/apt for ours in the Paris area for 2 weeks (Dec 18 - Jan 2) this Christmas break. We have a unique modern townhouse in an upscale western suburb of Paris on the Parisian metro line. It is a delightful mix of urban life with the tranquility of a private garden and terrace. Easy access to Paris by metro (15 minutes to Eiffel Tower & Tracadero, 20 minutes to Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysees, and 30 minutes to Notre Dame, the latin quarter, the Lourve, the D'Orsay, the Marias, ...). 15 minutes walk to the Bois de Boulogne one of the largest Parisian parks, the garden and museum of Albert Kahn, Park de St Cloud and the Boulogne museum of the 1930s. The 140m2 townhouse is on 3 floors with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, large living/dinning room and kitchen with small eat-in table for 2. 100m2 garden with table, chairs and BBQ. Parking possible. Crib, changing table and some non-mobile baby toys. HI-FI, CDs, multi-standard DVD (small DVD library) and VCR, & twice a week house cleaning included. Within walking distance of several outdoors marches. Photos are posted at: http://www.ahago.com/home-exchange/?ID=HLZ001R001 If you are interested, please contact me via email: sharon.moore@sun.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*RESTAURANTS*

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

A TALE OF TWO CUISINES AT LEFT BANK. A Chef's Dinner with Roland Passot. Left Bank brasserie in Menlo Park will host an exclusive "Chef's Table" dinner on December 7th. Roland Passot, chef/owner of La Folie and Left Bank, along with Menlo Park's Chef de Cuisine David Bastide, will prepare a four-course dinner that incorporates the best of Left Bank's rustic French cooking style with La Folie's more sophisticated cuisine. Guests will all dine at a personal "Chef's Table" and Chef Roland will visit and chat with diners between the four courses. This is an opportunity to discuss French cooking techniques, food, and socialize with personable Chef Roland, who was recently honored as the Chef of the Year by the Maitres Cuisiniers de France. 7pm. $75.00 per person, excluding wine and gratuity. Limited Seating Available. Reservations Required 650.473.6543. 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park www.leftbank.com

CHEZ FELICE RESTAURANT will be hosting Château Félice Winery dinners the first Sunday of each month. Exquisite dishes prepared by Executive chef Laurie Souza will be paired with wines made by Geneviève Llerena. Château Félice is one of the few wineries in the exclusive Chalk Hill appelation and produces roughly 6000 cases per year. 716 McClelland Dr., on the Windsor Town Green. for more information or to purchase tickets, please call 707.836.9922.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT LEFT BANK. All Left Bank brasseries will be open from 5:30pm through midnight on New Year's Eve. Celebration includes live jazz and more. Reserve now. Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415/927-3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows Ð 650.345.2250; Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza Ð 925/288-1222. Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue 650.473.6543 San Jose 1100-377 Santana Row 408.984.3500.

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

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

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

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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

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

Mondays: FRENCH CLUB OF MARIN. 415.663.8177 for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Tuesday: FRANCOPHONES AT CAFÉ BORRONE, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (next to Kepler's Books). 7:30pm-9:30pm. For people already fluent or fairly fluent in French. In good weather, the group meets outside on the patio. When it's colder, the group meets inside, although there is often a problem with noise. It is recommended that everyone order at least a beverage.

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

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

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

Wednesday afternoons: CHEZ GLORIA CAMERON. 707.433.9490 for information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday mornings: GROUPE DE CONVERSATION A BERKELEY. Un groupe de conversation en français se tient depuis 10 ans à Berkeley, le samedi matin de 9heures 45 à 11 heures 45. Si intéressé, contacter Michele Thorsen au 510-549-1675 ou michouthorsen@aol.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 3-February 26, 2004. FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, Fourth St., Kress Building (2nd floor), Santa Rosa. Class sizes limited to 8. Call 707.543.8151 or go to www.afsantarosa.org for details. Also one THEMED class on FRENCH REGIONAL CUISINES. $44/one class per month. Covers Provence, Dauphine & Alsace, along with vocabulary specific to utensils, types of food, produce, and general rules of "savoir-faire autour de la table française."

January 10-February 10, 2005. FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL BEGINNERS 2. Redwood High School, Larkspur. Tam District Adult and Community Education, www.marinlearn.com or 415.945.1017 for details.

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

January 12-March 9, 2005. FRENCH BASIC CONVERSATION WITH THE TRAVELER IN MIND. Redwood High School, Larkspur. Tam District Adult and Community Education, www.marinlearn.com or 415.945.1017 for details.

January 12-March 9, 2005. FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS. Wednesday evenings. Drake High School, San Anselmo. $80. Tam District Adult and Community Education, www.marinlearn.com or 415.945.1017 for details.

January 13-February 3, 2005. FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL BEGINNERS 2. Redwood High School, Larkspur. Tam District Adult and Community Education, www.marinlearn.com or 415.945.1017 for details.

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

February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16. FAMOUS FRENCH WOMEN AND THEIR LOVERS taught by Anne Bishop at Book Passage. Texts include: The Letters of Abelard and Heloise; Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc; Voltaire in Love, Marianne (George Sand); A Simple Heart (Gustave Flaubert); and Camille Claudel: A Life. Five Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm once a month. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. $150. www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

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

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

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

FRENCH BY PHONE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Parlez français par téléphone! Our French by phone program is growing. We now have students in 6 states: California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. The flexibility (schedule at your convenience) and price ($25 for a thirty minute lesson) make it very attractive to people who are either too busy to leave their office or too far away to attend our courses. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at 415.362.3666 or at info@frenchclass.com For more information or to schedule a phone lesson, please call us at 415.362.3666. 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)*

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

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

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

January 9, 2004. CELEBRATION DE LA FETE DES ROIS Organized by Les Amis de la Culture Française, 925.943.3095 or 510.526.9412 or amiscf@amiscf.org for details.

January 12, 2005. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Space limited to 30 people only. Culinary Cafe, Santa Rosa Junior Arts Center in the Brickyard, 458 B Street, Santa Rosa. Please reserve by calling 707.829.7708 by Sunday, December 9 at the latest. $15 (non-members $20). Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. www.afsantarosa.org for details.

January 20, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: JE M'EN VAIS by JEAN ECHENOZ. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details. 7h.

January 21, 2004. L'ISLAM ET L'INTEGRISME. Conférence par Laurence Michalak organized by Les Amis de la Culture Française, 925.943.3095 or 510.526.9412 or amiscf@amiscf.org for details.

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

January 21 & 28, 2005. DAMES, DEMOISELLES AND DILETTANTES: WOMEN IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH ART. When one imagines the paintings and sculpture of 18th c. France, frolicking nymphs, pastel nudes and resplendent courtly ladies readily come to mind. As delightful as these images are, they tell only part of the sstgory of women's role in the visual arts during the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. This frisky two part class takes a refreshing new look at the changing roles of women in the creation, in the patronage, and in the teaching of French art, as well as looking as those delightful paintings. Instructor Heidi Chrétien, Ph.D., who teaches Art History and Graduate Humanities at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details.

January 27, 2005. PARIS ARCHITECTURE AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE 20TH CENTURY. Cocktail et conférence at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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

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

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

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

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

February 17, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: LAISSE FLOTTER LES RUBANS de JACQUELINE DE ROMILLLY. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details. 7h.

February 17, 2005. UN TRES LONG ENGAGEMENT / A VERY LONG ENGAGMENT opens at Landmark Theatres. www.landmarktheatres.com or local newspaper for time and theater. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs Audrey Tatou and Jodie Foster.

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

March 1, 2005. HABIB KOITE & BAMADA. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), SF. 45.885.0750.

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

March 31, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: COLOMBA de PROSPER MERIMEE. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details. 7h.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 26, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: PIERRE ET JEAN de GUY DE MAUPASSANT. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org for details. 7h.

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

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

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

Fall 2005. RING ROUND THE MOON / L'INVITATION AU CHATEAU by Jean ANOUILH will be performed by ABYDOS, The Director's Theater. Details to follow. For more information, see www.abydostheater.org or call 415.386.2373.

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