Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
December 8-16, 2005

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*DECEMBER EVENTS*.  

December 8, 2005. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: La Maîtresse de Brecht by JACQUEES-PIERRE AMETTE. Led by Raymond LEMIEUX. Maison de l'Alliance, 613 4th Street, Santa Rosa, in the Kress building. 7pm. 707.543.8151 for details.  http://www.afsantarosa.org

December 8, 2005.  INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS:  START IN MEDITERRANEE / INVEST IN PROVENCE. Are you a US expatriate from France, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon or near-by Mediterranean countries and are you interested in developing activities or investing in your native country? We can help you create, develop and grow your activities in the Mediterranean Basin. Pre-register NOW at no cost to this Silicon Valley event.  This offer is limited to the first 150 registrations.  Includes talks on: Opportunities in the Euro Mediterranean  with Pierre Distinguin – directeur prospection & marketing - Provence Promotion; Success stories and business models in the Mediterranean Countries with Omar Tazi - Chief open source evangelist, Oracle, Abdeslam Kasseh - CEO, Medin Tech, Eric Pouligny -EMEA director, Parametric Technology & Daniel Braun - Manager, Percall; Marc Oiknine- partner, Atlas Venture; Ghazi Benothman - General Partner, Minah Ventures; and Yacine Rahmoun - President - AAA NC; Legal & fiscal framework in Mediterranée with Michel Comb - partner, Landwell Price Waterhouse Coopers; Provence, a hub for your setting up in Euro-Méditerranée, with Sébastien Dagault- project manager, Start in Provence, Provence Promotion.  Email: jpf@interfrench.comor visit http://www.siliconfrench.com Complimentary buffet, wine and pastis!  Menlo College, Russell Center, http://www.menlo.edu for map.  1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.  Starts at 5:30pm.  Send an e-mail to:  askmyva@interfrench.org to pre-register at no cost to this event. This offer is limited to the first 150 registrations.   http://www.interfrench.org for other details.

December 8, 2005.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING WITH THE SWISS AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  5.30pm to 7.30pm. $5 for Members, $10 for Non Members at Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, (between Washington and Jackson Street).  Please pre-register by emailing com@faccsf.com

Through December 9, 2005.  SALON DU LIVRE / FRENCH BOOK FAIR.  Come and stock up on books, CDs, DVDs, in French and in English.  Very attractive prices; big selection for all ages.  All proceeds will benefit the library of the French-American International School & International High School / Lycée International Franco-Américain.  8:30am-6pm.  Location:  150 Oak Street (between Franklin & Gough), SF, 3rd Floor Library.  Questions:  catherinesul@frenchamericaninternational.org or armellem@frenchamericaninternational.org or isabellem@frenchamericaninternational.org for details.

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

December 9, 2005.  RECEPTION DE NOEL AU SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM.  Ariège Arseguel, executive director of the museum, fera une présentation en français.  Reception and holiday refreshments immediately following.  5:30pm-8pm.  Free parking available across the street in Macy’s garage.

December 9, 2005.  VOCI performs FAURE and more.  Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.  510.531.8714 or http://www.coolcommunity.org/voci for details.  8pm.  $15-$20.

December 9, 2005.  CALVARY CHOIR & ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CONCERT, including the music of JOSQUIN DESPREZ.  Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore (at Jackson), SF.  415.346.3832 or http://www.calvarypresbyterian.org for details.  8pm; free.

December 9, 10 & 11, 2005.  THE COTTAGE LECTURES:  PARIS TRANSFORMING, CHOCOLATE AWAKENING. Leonard Pitt, author of Promenades dans le Paris Disparu, and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club will present a double-header evening made up of his new Paris show followed by a chocolate tasting.  Act 1. Pride and Passion - The Histrionics of Paris Urban Design  We  think of city planning as the result of a process of reason and deliberation. And it is. But in the case of Paris, the layout of much of the city was triggered by raw violent emotion. Come hear the stories and see the images behind Les Halles, the Louvre, Palais Royal, and the Left Bank presented by one of the Bay Area's most passionate Francophiles.  Act 2: Chocolate Awakening  We'll begin with a brief overview of the history of chocolate. Then from a selection of five bars of premium chocolate we'll taste, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy. Liking chocolate is one thing. Tasting a variety and comparing them is a revelatory experience that deepens our own choco appreciation while opening us up to the subtleties and nuances of this food of the gods.  visit: http://www.berkeleychocolateclub.com  8pm, 1542 Grant St. at Cedar in Berkeley in Leonard's 17th century French cottage.  Donation $25.  Seating is limited.  Don't wait.  Reservations a must.  Email me, then put a check in the mail to the above address. Zip is 94703. leonardp@sbcglobal.net

Through December 10, 2005. UBU RULES! adapted from ALFRED JARRY's UBU ROI, directed by Judy Navas. Every man is capable of showing his contempt for the cruelty of the universe by making his own life a poem of incoherence and absurdity. An absurd, wild, hilarious commentary on power and politics in the outrageously obnoxious Father Ubu takes control of the bourgeois class. Ives Hall, Studio 76, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. http://www.sonoma.edu for details.

December 10, 2005. FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY meet at Champagne next to the Sequoia Theater on Throckmorton. 10am-11am. suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details and to RSVP.

December 10, 2005.  VOCI performs FAURE and more.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.531.8714 or http://www.coolcommunity.org/voci for details.  3pm.  $15-$20. 

December 10, 2005.  MAGNIFICAT performs CHARPENTIER’S NATIVITY PASTORALE with traditional French Christmas carols.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  415.979.4500 or http://www.magnificatbaroque.org for details.  8pm.

December 10, 2005.  SACRED AND PROFANE perform POULENC and more.  St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley.  510.524.3611 or http://www.sacredprofane.org for details.  8pm.  $10-$18.

December 10, 2005.  SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT CHORALE presents SONGS OF CELEBRATION, traditional and new music for the Christmas season. Join the carol sing-along in the candlelit Mission Dolores Basilica, 16th & Dolores, S.F. Saturday, December 10 at 8 pm.  For tickets, call 415.840.0675.  www.sfconcertchorale.org

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

December 10, 2005.  RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS.  Colorful montage exploring holiday celebrations in PARIS, BURGUNDY and more.  KQED TV9, 2pm.

December 10 & 11, 2005. FEU LA MERE DE MADAME, pièce de GEORGES FEYDEAU mise en scène par CLEMENCE PINAUD.  Alliance Française de Berkeley.  $5.  510.548.7481 ou afberkeley@sbcglobal.net ou http://www.afberkeley.org

December 12, 2005. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP MARIN. Le team InterFrench-Frenchip de Marin County se réjouit de vous accueillir Lundi 12 décembre 2005 à 19 heures chez Michel. Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Merci. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s'ils parlent peu le Français. (White Elephant Party: Pour célébrer les fêtes de fin de l’année, nous \ avons décidé d’inclure à notre soirée le « White Elephant Gift Exchange » ou nous échangerons un petit cadeau que chacun doit amener et qui doit coûter dans les $15 ! ) marincountyinterfrench@hotmail.com or 415.925.1241

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

December 14, 2005.  A L’ATTAQUE (2000; 1h30).  De Robert Guédiguian, avec Ariane Ascaride, Jacques Boudet, Gérard Meylan, Frédérique Bonnal, Jean-Jerome Esposito. Deux scénaristes tentent d'écrire ensemble un film politique. Cependant leur vision est différente. Entre les deux amis, les discussions vont bon train sur l'orientation de l'histoire du garage "Moliterno & Cie". Gigi et Jean-Do réparent les automobiles, Lola les nettoie et Marthe tient la comptabilité. Le grand-père chante des chansons révolutionnaires à l'enfant de Lola, Vanessa et Mouloud font les marchés. Tout ce beau monde travaille très dur pour s'en sortir. Malgré leurs efforts, l'entreprise familiale est menacée par les factures impayées d'une multinationale. $3 AFSF members $6 non members.  Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

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

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

Through December 17, 2005.  DEAR WORLD, Jerry Herman’s musical based on THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT by JEAN GIRAUDOUX.  Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond.  510.232.4031 or http://www.masquers.org for details. $15.

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

December 17, 2005.  RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS.  Colorful montage exploring holiday celebrations in PARIS, BURGUNDY and more.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

December 17, 2005.  LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (1978, with Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault).  KQED TV9, 9pm.

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

December 21, 2005.  THE NIGHTINGALE.  French filmmaker CHRISTIAN CHAUDET’s animated fantasy is based on Igor Stravinsky’s Chinese fairy-tale opera.  KQED TV9, 10pm.

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

December 25, 2005.  RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS.  Colorful montage exploring holiday celebrations in PARIS, BURGUNDY and more.  KQED TV9, 6pm.

December 28, 2005.  A SEASON’S GRIOT.  Madafo Lloyd Wilson returns to KQED TV9 with his annual program of African and African-American folklore and song; each story is rooted in the lands of WEST AFRICA… KQED TV9, 8pm.

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

December 31, 2005.  ZYDECO FLAMES celebrates New Year’s Eve at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  9pm.  $35-$45.

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*JOB OPPORTUNITIES*

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

A L'ATTAQUE. See Special Events, above, December 14, for details.

CAPTAIN CONAN (Tavernier, 1996). See Special Events, above, December 10, 2005.

LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR / MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. Four Star, SF, 415.666.3488; Oaks, Berkeley, 510.526.1836. (Luc Jacquet; in English, narrated by Morgan Freeman).

PARIS. See Special Events, above, December 22.

LE PERE NOEL EST UNE ORDURE / SANTA CLAUS IS A SWINE. See Special Events, above, December 14.

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*ART* 

Through December 2005.  PHOTOGRAPHS OF PARIS, 1949-1950 by BENJAMIN CHIN.  Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary, SF.  415.788.4641 for details.

Opening December 3, 2005.  LIUDMILA KONDAKOVA brings PARIS TO SAN FRANCISCO.  Oil paintings and limited edition serigraph prints.  Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary (between Powell and Mason), SF.  415.956.0345 or  http://www.martinlawrence.com for details.

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

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

December 10, 2005-January 10, 2006.  MASTERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE:  THE ART OF APPROPRIATION.  Featuring works by TOULOUSE-LAUTREC and others.  Christopher Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary, SF.  415.397.7781 or  http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.  Opening Reception Saturday, December 10 from 6pm-9pm; lecture at 7:30pm; please RSVP.

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

Through December 12, 2005.  MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, CHAGALL, PICASSO and more.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF.  415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

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

Through January 2, 2005.   EXPO DMG.  "APAISER (APPEASE)"  [Apeze (Apez)]. Transitive verb from the word Paix (Peace), from the Latin Pax, Pacis: Relations among individuals who are not in conflict, in dispute. To make less agitated, bring back to a state of calm, cause to smile.   "COURBE [CURVE(D)]"  [Kurb(e) (Kûrv[d])]. Adjective and (feminine) noun from the Latin Curvus: Evolution of a phenomenon. Changing direction without forming an angle, along the body of a woman.   "FLUIDE (FLUID)"  [Flyid (Flooid)]. Adjective and (masculine) noun from the Latin Fluidus, from Fluere, to Flow, to Run: Neither solid nor thick, flowing easily. Flowing by, like passing time; to be continued...  Maxime, DMG. Design, 1231 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415.474.1181.  Exposition at the Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com.  Admission free.

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

Through March 5, 2005.  RECENT WORK BY WANG DU.  After being jailed in China for his role in pro-democracy protests, Wang Du moved to Paris where, the SF Weekly says, “he was confronted by the West’s great cultural export:  the media.  Speaking no French, he was struck by the flood of images, which he brought to life in oversize sculptures that retained the altered perspectives of the photographs he worked from.  The exhibit … features Défilé and Tapis Volant.”  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Galleries, 701 Mission (at Third), SF.  $3-$6.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details.

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

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

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*OTHER MEDIA*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*TELEVISION & RADIO*

SITE INTERNET DE RADIO FRANCE:

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

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

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

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*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

PECHE MIGNON FOR CHRISTMAS.  We are very pleased to announce you that our store Péché Mignon has received a new shipment from France, full of wonderful gifts for Christmas.  Amongst other wonders we have received many baby items such as pajama hangers in the shape of a stork, frames in different sizes, colors and shapes, pink or blue bags to take the baby's items during a week-end escape, boxes for girls and boys.  We also have great candles in the shape of a milk bottle, baroque candles, hearts looking-like-leather candles, cows, angels, many candleholders and teddy bear candles. Peche Mignon carries also new white earthenware such as chocolate pots, jugs and teacups and saucers, and beautiful orange tea and coffee sets with a gold lid in the shape of the Kremlin.  We also received many new tablecloths, dishtowels and runners, new wine decanters and accessories, purple bed linens and new beauty products and eaux de toilette from Marseille.  Finally, our Christmas tree is flowing with cute and funny ornaments such as Santa Claus serving wine or cheese or bread. It's a real delight for the eyes and they also exist in bigger figurines to place at the center of your Christmas table or on your bar.

PANORAMA SUR LA PRESENCE FRANÇAISE DANS LA REGION DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Afin de dresser un panorama sur la présence française dans la région de San Francisco, le Service Scientifique du Consulat général de France à San Francisco vous invite à répondre à ces questions parmi d'autres.  C'est en contribuant à cette enquête en ligne que nous pourrons avoir une vision plus précise sur la situation des français qui vivent dans la  région. Cette enquête est faite de telle façon qu'elle protège totalement l'anonymat de chacun. Elle est présentée en format HTML et 5 minutes suffisent pour y répondre ! Vous pouvez y accéder d'un simple clic sur le lien suivant : http://www.science-odyssee.org/enquetefrancais/  Les résultats de cette enquête seront rendus publics et accessibles  (début 2006) sur le Portail Français des Scientifiques en Amérique du Nord : www.science-odyssee.org.  Nous vous remercions par avance pour votre contribution et comptons sur vous pour rediffuser ce questionnaire à vos amis et collègues français travaillant dans la région de San Francisco.

DISNEY CHANNEL INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION SEEKING YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SPEAK FRENCH.  My name is Krisha Bullock and I am currently casting French, Italian & Japanese speaking young people between the ages of 9 and 18 years (looking)for a Disney Channel International television show "Movie Surfers". This is a very successful TV show here in the U.S. and Disney is looking to branch out to the international market with it.  We are looking for outgoing, friendly, bright, well spoken enthusiastic young people who can talk to ANYONE about a wide variety of topics ON CAMERA. No acting experience is necessary. We will be holding auditions after Thanksgiving and thru December.  Krisha Bullock, Casting Director, 323.468.5010 or 323.468.5011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*RESTAURANTS*

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

CUISINE & SAVEURS.  Cuisine & Saveurs est un service traiteur (catering events planning et personnel chef).  Nous faisons une cuisine créative et distinguée àl'image des bons restaurants.  Pour vos repas de fêtes, célébrations de toutes occasions mariage, anniversaire, graduation...  Cuisine & Saveurs vous propose des menus de qualité conçus à votre goût, à votre budget, avec un service irreprochable.  Noël et le jour de l'an approchent, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter: http://www.cuisineetsaveurs.com

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

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

LA CAVE (formerly Curbside Bistro) is open for lunch. Located below the Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco. 415.923.1375. La Cave serves excellent soupes, salades, and ensuite (afterward/dessert) with genuine French style. Here you can try French favorites such as coq au vin (chicken with wine), and faux filet sauce bordelaise (sirloin with Bordeaux sauce). For dessert, try le bouchon special maison (the house special), a hot luscious, dark chocolate cake with raspberries outside and liquid chocolate inside.

CAFÉ SOCIETY, 1000 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559. Café Society, an authentic French bistro and retail store by day and an intimate cabaret style nightclub by night, is a feast for the senses. The bi-monthly Cabaret Evenings at Café Society are extremely popular and fast becoming a favorite venue for top-notch performers. Audiences may enjoy authentic bistro food paired with French wines, Belgian Beers, Italian espresso, Parisian hot chocolate and a selection of specialty beverages while listening to stellar Bay Area performers. The Café Society store is constantly evolving with a rotation of fine European antiques, lighting, gifts and jewelry assembled from shopping trips to France and Italy by store proprietors, and award winning interior designers Joan and Steve Osburn. Café Society is located at 1000 Main Street in historic downtown Napa, directly next door to the Napa Valley Opera House. For more information on happenings at Café Society and ongoing events including poetry readings, French conversation, writer's café, poetry readings, Conversation Café, cabaret evenings, tastings, book signings and other lively presentations, visit www.cafesocietystore.com or call 415.487.2333 X118. A TASTE OF PARIS AT YOUR DESK...CAFE SOCIETY NOW DELIVERS! Call or Fax 11-2 Monday - Friday for delicious French Bistro Food including: Croque Monsieur w/Salad, Mocha Frappes, Prosciutto & Gruyere Baguette Sandwiches, Gourmet Soups like Roasted Tomato Garlic & Hearty Chicken Vegetable, Spinach Quiche w/Salad, Salade Nicoise. Tel: 707.256.3232 x203 Fax: 707.256.3237

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES*

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

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

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

BAY AREA FRENCH GROUP. Last November marked the 21st anniversary of the Bay Area French Group. Thanks to the interest and contagious enthusiasm of our members, our membership has grown from 4 to 40 people from Marin, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the East and South Bay. As a member, you will receive a monthly notice with information about each "réunion," with French conversation and food, from our "sécretaire extraordinaire," Marian Hirsch. This notice, and your e-mail notice, if you provide us this address, includes the date (a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 7 PM) and directions to the member's home. Please remember to bring some light food or drink so that our gracious host has fewer preparations. You are encouraged to invite other French-speaking people, since that is how our 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.comFirst Monday of the month: THE FRENCH CONNECTION OF THE SILICON VALLEY. 1st Monday of the month, 6:30pm to 9pm. Networking plus speaker plus buffet for more info, register at : http://www.dbf.net. 1001 Marshall St., Redwood City CA.

Second Monday of the month: MARIN INTERFRENCH. Meetings chez Michel à Greenbrae. zsolution4u@yahoo.com or http://www.interfrench.com or 415.925.1241 for details.Tuesday afternoons: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS GROUP at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, at noon. Contact Len Rogers, 415.435.2651 for details.

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

Every other Tuesday afternoon: CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE. Organized by The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666. Every other Tuesday at5:30, free activity for the members of our French Club. Please call for information on how to become a member of our French Club.

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

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

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

Wednesday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, 10am. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.Wednesday afternoons: CHEZ GLORIA CAMERON. 707.433.9490 for information.

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

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

Second Wednesday evening of each month: CONVERATION A VILLA MARIN. Marin, a San Rafael retirement residence, has a French table; if you are fairly fluent and would like to dine at the French table, call Raymonde Kaplan at 415.492.2567. Subtitled French film shown after dinner.Third Wednesday evening of each month: NETWORKING AT INTERFRENCH WORKSHOPS, Santa Clara. Please note that the InterFrench Workshops have moved. We will be meeting now every 3rd wednesday night at the beautiful Silicon Valley Bank facility at 5200 Patrick Henry Drive in Santa Clara. Please let your friends know as you are only among these special 10% of people that actually read their email! Do NOT enter through the main lobby and look at the map on our website as it may be difficult to find the first time: http://www.siliconfrench.com/events_directions_svbank.shtml

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

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

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

First Friday of the month: SONOMA-PROVENCE FRENCH CHAT. Sassafras Wine Bar, 1229 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.All levels of French are welcome Beginning at 6:15 p.m. We'll meet in the lounge area where you can order food 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. E-mail sonprov@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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

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

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

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

Friday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP in San Francisco - "Venez pratiquer votre français avec nous !" Depuis deux ans, un groupe de conversation française (sfofrench) se rencontre chaque vendredi soir, de 19h à 22h30, à Cafe Fresco, 480 Sutter (pres de Powell St.) à San Francisco--tel.: 415.398.8900. Tous les niveaux de français sont la bienvenue. Tout le monde est sympathique etl'atmosphère très détendue ! Nous organisons parfois d'autres activités (cinéma, restaurant, randonnée, etc.). Pour de plus amples renseignements, contactez : sfofrench@yahoogroups.

First & third Fridays of the month: SALON DE CONVERSATION FRANCAISE A GLEN ELLEN. French salons in Glen Ellen for advanced students, first and third Fridays of the month, 6 to 7:30pm. Small groups starting in February. For more information and to reserve, call 707.938.0321 or email Yannickponte@yahoo.com.Third Friday of each month: CONVERSATION (Tous Niveaux) à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey (near Ashby BART station) à partir de 18h30. Beginners Welcome! Potluck style hosted by Madeleine and Xavier. Contact: afberkeley@sirius-mail.org or 510.548.7481.

Saturday mornings: LA GARDERIE PLAY GROUP AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Have coffee downtown while your child learns French. Drop off your child (3-16) in room "Le Petit Prince" every Saturday from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm. S/he will be well taken care of by a French speaker. Plenty of books, tapes, movies. Cost, $5. 707.543.8151 for details.

Saturday mornings, every two weeks.  LE SAC A HISTOIRES.  La bibliothèque de l’Alliance Française de San Francisco propose un atelier lecture pour enfants.  Le samedi matin tous les quinze jours, de 10h à 11h, Emmanuelle lira et racontera des histoires pour les enfants de langue française, francophones et francophiles, à partir de 5 ans. La lecture se fera en français pour faire découvrir des aventures et des contes de langue française. L'atelier aura lieu dans la bibliothèque de l'Alliance.   Les enfants doivent maîtriser le français et être inscrits auprès de la réception (415-775-7755). Enfants membres AFSF: Gratuit.  Enfants membres Bay Accueil: $3/enfant.  Autres enfants: $6/enfant   Auditorium de l’ Alliance, 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

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

Second Saturday of the month: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Champagne Cafe, on Throckmorton right next to the Sequoia Theater. 10am-11am. Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

Last Saturday of the month: FRENCH WALK. For all ages. Jogger-Strollers ok. 10am. For meeting place and time, call Fabienne, 415.482.8479 at the latest the night before the walk. If interested, bring a picnic.Last Saturday of each month. FRENCH PLAY TIME AT THE PARK. 10:00 a.m. A growing group of parents and children have started meeting the last Saturday of each month for play time and French conversation at a local park. Not all the children speak French, but they all like to play and will benefit from hearing the language. For more information, call Evelyn at 576-1434 or email to sonprov@sonic.net. Sundays at noon: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue inSanta Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

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

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

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*HOME EXCHANGES/APARTMENTS FOR RENT*

FOR SALE:  Charming 18th Century stone beautifully restored in a private setting in the Lot/Dordogne region of France with three bedrooms and two baths.  Beautiful views with a pool and covered outdoor terrace for outdoor dining.  It has been successfully rented as a vacation home for 11 years.  Website will be included in sale of property.  Price:  325,000 Euros.  For more information, write info@french-farmhouse.com or visit http://www.french-farmhouse.com

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

January 2006.  CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:  French 102 (Second-Semester French), French 202 (Oral French), French 314 (Francophone Caribbean Literatures in English), French 411 (Literature, Middle Ages-Revolution) and French 475 (Senior Seminar:  Autobiography) will be offered.  Call Suzanne Toczyski at 707.664.4177 or Suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for more details.  All courses available through SSU Extension.

January 2006.  CLASSES AT COLLEGE OF MARIN, including Elementary French I and II, French Classic Literature Goes to the Movies, French Conversation III, Intermediate French IV, and Advanced French I & II.  http://www.marin.cc.ca.us for details. 

January 2006.  CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Les classes recommencent en janvier, l’horaire est sur le site:  http://www.afberkeley.org

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

Beginning January 2006.  FRENCH SONG FROM EDITH PIAF TO THE PRESENT.  Course offered by Todd Straus at the Santa Rosa Junior College.  (Register for French 48.3.)  For details, call 707.527.4608 or write tstraus@santarosa.edu

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

January 5, 2005.  CAFÉ PHILO à l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 19h $5, la grace, appelez 510.548.7481 ou afberkeley@sbcglobal.net ou http://www.afberkeley.org

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

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

January 13, 2005.  LA FRANCE A VELO.  Travel night at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  19h. $5 membres, $8 non-membres. Réservez: 510.548.7481  ou afberkeley@sbcglobal.net ou http://www.afberkeley.org

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

January 20, 2006.  CHAMPAGNE ET FRAISES ~ TOMBOLA at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  A raffle will take place and the prizes will be free sessions / classes at the AFSR school.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa  Rosa.  707.543.8151 or  http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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

January 26, 2005.  DINNER WITH A FRENCH TWIST.  Join the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA for dinner at EMILE’S CREEKSIDE BISTRO, 2800 4th Street, Santa Rosa.  Menu:  seafood pâté with aioli, cassoulet with confit de canard, sausages & Hobbs bacon, greens with diced beet, basil vinaigrette, and tarte tatin with coffee or tea.  $36 per person, plus tax and tip; wine is available for purchase by the bottle or by the glass.  To reserve, call Emile’s at 707.575.8839 and mention that you’re with the AFSR.  7pm.

January 27, 2005.  CINEMA A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY:  LA CHEVRE.  19h.  $5 for food.  Réservation 510.548.7481. afberkeley@sbcglobal.net ou http://www.afberkeley.org

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

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

February 6, 2005.  TERRANCE GELENTER ET BERNARD HENRI LEVY at the Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco. Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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

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

February 20, 2006.  CAROLYN BURKE talks about LEE MILLER, Man Ray's lover after Kiki – a part of the surrealist scene. Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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

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

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

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

March 6, 2006.  CARA BLACK reads from MURDER IN MONTMARTRE.  Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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

March 16, 2006.  KIRSTEN LOBE reads from PARIS HANGOVER, her novel about a 30ish NY model who chucks it all to make a life in Paris. Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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

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

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

April 3, 2006.  JOHN BAXTER reads from WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS, his memoir about his life in Paris after marrying Marie-Dominique.  Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

April 4, 2006.  DAN YOUNG reads from THE BISTROS, BRASSERIES & WINE BARS of PARIS.  Contact Terrance Gelenter, Director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 9494; Phone: 415.388.4956; Fax:   415.388.1266; Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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