Bay Area
Francophile List

Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
December 16, 2004 to January 7, 2004
This will be the last list of 2004.
Happy Holidays!

December & January Events | Job Opportunities | Cinema | Art | Other Media | Television
Announcements | Restaurants | Conversation Opportunities
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suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu.

*DECEMBER & JANUARY EVENTS*.

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.

December17, 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 17, 2005. ALLISON LOVEJOY performs FAURE and more. Victorian Englander House, 807 Franklin St., SF. 415.362.6080 or www.sfclassicalmusic.com for details. 10pm. $15.

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.

December17, 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

December 17, 2004. CONVERSATION ET FETE DE NOEL A L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE BERKELEY. Les délices de France viendront pour une dégustation de pâté et saucisson et fromages, $5 pour couvrir les frais. 16h30..... call for infos 510.548.7481

December 17 & 18, 2004. MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS EUROPEAN GOURMET FOOD WAREHOUSE SALE. Buy specialty food treats for your Christmas & New Year celebration. 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005, 415.562.1120. Friday, December 17th, 3:00pm - 7:00pm & Saturday, December 18th, 8:30am - 3:30pm. Bring some friends along! Our Tips: 1. Arrive early if you want to get Petits Suisses and "La Fermiere" Yoghurts; 2. Bring your sweater and your ice-box, or insulated bags for products in our fridge/freezer; 3. Meet your friends there, it's more fun when shopping in group. During this Wholesaler's exceptional Open Warehouse event, you will be able to buy all kinds of imported European Gourmet Foods, Beverages, Soap & Bath Products and Wines at discounted prices. Featuring a world of Chocolates: From France (Valrhona, Le Nôtre, Cacao Noel, Cocoa Barry), From Belgium (Côte D'Or, Callebaut), From Holland (Fabbri), From Switzerland (Swiss Army Chocolates), and even From San Francisco! (Guittard).

December 18, 2004. CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ SOIREE A SAN FRANCISCO. Valérie Turck à San Francisco organise une party de Noël chez elle le 18 déc. (elle habite dans le sympatique quartier de Bernal Heights), donc ça fera office de dernier Cercle Français pour cette année, pour ceux qui voudront descendre à San Francisco ce jour-là. Détails ici : http://djterra.741.com/cerclefrancais/reunions.html

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. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA, formerly PENINSULA FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL REUNION. ISTP will be hosting the "First Class Alumni Reunion Cocktail Party" on Sunday, December 26th, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. on their Cohn Campus for special friends of the school, the 1979-1980 alumni, their families, and teachers from that year. Madame Charlotte de Géry, now retired and living with husband Xavier in Menlo Park, will be attending the "First Class Alumni Reunion Cocktail Party" on Sunday, December 26th and is looking forward to seeing her former students once again. The cocktail party is also an excellent chance for alumni to reconnect with one another and share stories from their life journey. Please help ISTP to locate the class of 1979-1980, and other early classes. If you are an alumnus or a family member of a former student of the International School of the Peninsula (formerly known as the Peninsula French-American School), please contact Jovi Craig in the Office of Advancement at 650.251.8520 or email JoviCraig@istp.org. You may also visit the school's website at http://www.istp.org to submit alumni information.

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.

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

Through January 2, 2005. BEAST. The African American Shakespeare Company adapts the classic FRENCH FAIRY TALE. Zeum, 221 Fourth St., San Francisco. 415.762.2071 ext.1 or www.zeum.org or www.african-americanskakes.org for details. $10-$30.

January 6, 2005. CAFÉ PHILO at the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. 19h. $5.

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. INTRODUCTION A L'ARGOT PARISIEN DE VILLON A SAN ANTONIO par BERNARD METAIS. Suivi du tirage de la galette des rois. $10 pour les membres, $12 pour les non-membres. Réservez au 510.548.7481. 19h.

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

January 8, 2005. FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. Caffe Oggi, in the Albertson's plaza in Mill Valley, 745 E. Blithedale Avenue. 10am-11am. suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

January 9, 2005. 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 10, 2005. LES CHORISTES de CHRISTOPHE BARRATIER. Le Consulat Général de France vous propose de venir à la projection du film Les Choristes, un film de Christophe Barratier, (http://www.leschoristes-lefilm.com/) qui n'est pas encore sorti aux États-Unis. Cette projection aura lieu lundi, le 10 janvier 2005 à 13h00, à Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School (780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306), et le film dure environ 95 minutes. L'entrée au film sera gratuite, mais il faudra répondre à Véronique Fayard Veronique. FAYARD@diplomatie.gouv.fr, tél : (415) 591-4822 aussitôt que possible afin de réserver des places pour vos élèves. Pour plus de détails, vous pouvez voir le site web du Service Culturel chez le Consulat : http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/culturel/cl_scac.html . Synopsis du film : En 1949 Clément Mathieu, professeur de musique sans emploi, est nommé surveillant dans un internat de rééducation pour mineurs. Particulièrement répressif, le système d'éducation du directeur Rachin peine à maintenir l'autorité sur des élèves difficiles. En familiarisant les pensionnaires à la magie du chant, Mathieu va transformer leur vie.

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 13, 2005. A CELEBRITY SALUTE TO MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS. The SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by BIZET and more. 415.864.6000 or sfsymphony.org for details.

January 15, 2005. STEVE VENTRELLO - FRENCH ACCORDION. 9:30-11:30pm FREE - Tip suggested. Café Society, 1000 Main St. #100, Napa. CA 94559 www.cafesocietystore.com or 707.256.3232 x201 or 415.235.6724 for details.

Through January 16, 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. Reviewed in the December 15 SF Weekly, p.39.

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, 2005. CONVERSATION A L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE BERKELEY. 18h30 Free, bring a bottle and something to eat. Call 510.548.7481.

January 21, 2005. 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 & 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, 2005. 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, 2005. TRIPLE ARGENT d'ERIC ROHMER a l'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. Salad and pizza, and drinks served: $10 call 510.526.6404. 19h.

January 28-30, 2005. 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, 2005. STEVE VENTRELLO - FRENCH ACCORDION. 9:30-11:30pm FREE - Tip suggested. Café Society, 1000 Main St. #100, Napa. CA 94559 www.cafesocietystore.com or 707.256.3232 x201 or 415.235.6724 for details.

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

January 30, 2005. A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE. A slideshow presentation about the gastronomic pleasures, architectural gems, ancient cave paintings, preserved medieval villages, and unique culure of this part of "la France profonde," presented by E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, San Francisco State University and Founder/Director, the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie (Lot), France. Entrance is free, but please reserve via email due to space limitations. North Berkeley. Directions follow confirmed reservations. Conversation and refreshments follow the presentation. barbara@latitude.org for details. 5pm.

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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!

AMELIE. Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994.

CALLAS FOREVER. (Fanny Ardant plays Maria Callas). Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893; Smith Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456.

January 10, 2005. LES CHORISTES de CHRISTOPHE BARRATIER. Le Consulat Général de France vous propose de venir à la projection du film Les Choristes, un film de Christophe Barratier, (http://www.leschoristes-lefilm.com/) qui n'est pas encore sorti aux États-Unis. Cette projection aura lieu lundi, le 10 janvier 2005 à 13h00, à Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School (780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306), et le film dure environ 95 minutes. L'entrée au film sera gratuite, mais il faudra répondre à Véronique Fayard Veronique. FAYARD@diplomatie.gouv.fr, tél : (415) 591-4822 aussitôt que possible afin de réserver des places pour vos élèves. Pour plus de détails, vous pouvez voir le site web du Service Culturel chez le Consulat : http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/culturel/cl_scac.html . Synopsis du film : En 1949 Clément Mathieu, professeur de musique sans emploi, est nommé surveillant dans un internat de rééducation pour mineurs. Particulièrement répressif, le système d'éducation du directeur Rachin peine à maintenir l'autorité sur des élèves difficiles. En familiarisant les pensionnaires à la magie du chant, Mathieu va transformer leur vie.

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Bridge, Geary @ Blake, SF, 415.751.3213.

January 28, 2005. TRIPLE ARGENT d'ERIC ROHMER a l'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY. Salad and pizza, and drinks served: $10 call 510.526.6404. 19h.

TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994.

A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, with Audrey Tatou. Embarcadero Center, SF. Reviewed in the December 12 Datebook of the San Francisco Chronicle.

WHO KILLED BAMBI? (Gilles Marchand, France &endash; director of "With a Friend Like Harry"). Little Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.

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*ART*

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 4, 2005. A DECADE OF DECADENCE: TOULOUSE LAUTREC AND THE ART OF LA BELLE EPOQUE. Poster designs, theater program designs, song sheet covers and lithographic editions. Christopher Clark Gallery, 377 Geary St., SF. 415.397.7781 or www.clarkfineart.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 January 29, 2005. LAUTREC & HIS CONTEMPORARIES. Art of fin-de-siècle Paris. Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF. 415.433.2771 for details.

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*

URGENT ! À LOUER ENTRE LE 15 DÉCEMBRE 2004 ET LE 30 JANVIER 2005 Pour 15 jours (minimum), 1 mois ou 1 mois et demi. Téléphoner au : 01 43 55 11 20 (répondeur). ou au 06 20 44 07 72. Sandra Bessis sandra.bessis@free.fr Bel appartement, dans résidence de standing, entre Bastille et Voltaire. Possible pour 4 personnes. 85 m2 (+ petite terrasse). 2ème étage (ascenseur), très clair, calme, entièrement meublé et équipé : entrée; cuisine entièrement équipée; grande pièce à vivre; 1 très belle chambre à coucher lit 2 places + espace bureau donnant sur terrasse; 1 chambre avec canapé lit 2 places et piano; 2 salles de bains, 2 wc; TV, Chaîne stéréo, DVD, accès ADSL haut débit possible. Pour 15 jours : 900 euros Pour un mois : 1700 euros. (Electricité et chauffage compris) (Ce message nous vient de la part de Renée Morel.)

LOFT NEAR CANAL SAN MARTIN available for rental JANUARY 8-31, 2005. We have a beautiful loft nr. Canal St. Martin. Although it is steps from the Canal, there is no street noise whatsoever. We are in San Francisco. Call 415.285-0118. CPatelSF@aol.com for details.

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

FORMER PENINSULA FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL IS SEARCHING FOR ALUMNI. Palo Alto, CA ~ The International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, CA, is trying to locate its Alumni. The 2004 ~ 2005 academic year marks ISTP's 25th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, the school is planning a variety of special events throughout the year. For the Holiday Season, ISTP will be hosting the "First Class Alumni Reunion Cocktail Party" on Sunday, December 26th, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. on their Cohn Campus for special friends of the school, the 1979-1980 alumni, their families, and teachers from that year. The International School of the Peninsula was established in 1979 as the Peninsula French-American School and was founded by Madame Charlotte de Géry. With a small group of parents and friends, the school originally opened its doors to nine students. Today, ISTP has grown to approximately 480 students on two campuses with grades Nursery age through 8th grade. What started as just a French-English language immersion school has expanded with Chinese-English and French-English language immersion programs, as well as the world-renowned International Baccalaureate program for its International Middle School. Due to ISTP's humble beginnings, contact with many of the early classes has been lost. Friends of the school and past parents have been helping to reconstruct contact information for early alumni, but it has been a challenging process in locating and communicating with a majority of these early students. Madame Charlotte de Géry, now retired and living with husband Xavier in Menlo Park, will be attending the "First Class Alumni Reunion Cocktail Party" on Sunday, December 26th and is looking forward to seeing her former students once again. The cocktail party is also an excellent chance for alumni to reconnect with one another and share stories from their life journey. Please help ISTP to locate the class of 1979-1980, and other early classes. If you are an alumnus or a family member of a former student of the International School of the Peninsula (formerly known as the Peninsula French-American School), please contact Jovi Craig in the Office of Advancement at (650) 251-8520 or email JoviCraig@istp.org. You may also visit the school's website at http://www.istp.org to submit alumni information.

THE EYES OF LOVE. Helene Attia's new CD "The Eyes of Love" is for sale at HEAR MUSIC, 1809 Fourth St. in Berkeley, (510) 204-9595. Songs in French and English, perfect for holiday gifts. For more info, contact Helene Attia at 510.508.3611 or hsattia@yahoo.com

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.

December 14, 2004. FRENCH TRUFFLE DINNER at MARCHE AUX FLEURS. Indulge in French black and Italian white truffles at a five-course meal perfumed with their haunting aromas. Ross, in Marin County. 415.925.9200 for details. $79. 6:30pm.

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.

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."

Beginning January 10, 2005. CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE BERKELEY. Classes start again on January 10, see schedule on site afberkeley.org or call 510.548.7481.

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)*

February 4, 2005. LA LAICITE: LES RAPPORTS ENTRE LES RELIGIONS ET L'ETAT DE LA REVOLUTION A NOS JOURS Conférence de Renée Morel. La laicite est une passion francaise. Elle a ete au coeur de controverses et debats, parfois violents, pendant plus d'un siecle et demi. Inscrite dans la constitution, elle fait regulierement l'objet d'interrogations, en raison des recentes transformations du paysage social, politique et religieux de la France. Les origines de la laicite (au XIVe siecle, Phlippe le Bel revendiquait deja l'autonomie du pouvoir politique) et sa formation progressive, depuis la Revolution de 1789, permettent de mieux en comprendre la nature reelle. Si la laicite concerne l'ensemble des relations entre l'Etat, ses citoyens et la sphere du religieux, elle s'est vite focalisee sur la question scolaire. De prestigieuses "grandes ecoles" seront fondees hors de l'Eglise clericale. De nos jours, le probleme du "foulard islamique" nous rappelle que les rapports l'Etat, les citoyens et les religions restent delicats. Autrement dit, que l'histoire de la laicite continue a s'ecrire. 10am-11:30am. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. Organisé par SF Baie Accueil / Marie-Elyse Lyman. Coût $7.

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.

February 19, 2005. STEVE VENTRELLO - FRENCH ACCORDION. 9:30-11:30pm FREE - Tip suggested. Café Society, 1000 Main St. #100, Napa. CA 94559 www.cafesocietystore.com or 707.256.3232 x201 or 415.235.6724 for details.

February 26, 2005. JOURNEE DU PRINTEMPS. La Journée du Printemps aura lieu plus tôt cette année, le 26 février 2005 à CERAS, Stanford. FAYARD@diplomatie.gouv.fr, tél : (415) 591-4822 aussitôt que possible afin de réserver des places

March 1, 2005. HABIB KOITE & BAMADA. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), SF. 415.885.0750. 8pm. $21-$23.

March 4, 2005. L'AUTOPORTRAIT: DE LA MAIN PREHISTORIQUE AU BODY ART" [PART I]. 10am-11:30am. Signe de la promotion sociale de l'artiste et mode privilegie de ses recherches, l'autoportrait traverse l'histoire de l'art, de la main prehistorique au "body art". L'artiste du paleolitique "signait" sa presence en laissant sur une paroi l'empreinte de sa main. Celui du Moyen Age, simple artisan dans un atelier ou le travail est collectif, utilise son portrait comme marque individuelle. Ce n'est qu'a la Renaissance, avec l'amelioration de la qualite des miroirs, que la pratique de l'autoportrait va se generaliser. Ostentation? exhibition? affirmation de soi? Certes. Mais aussi, et plus souvent: recherche, reflexion sur la peinture, interrogation, angoisse, tete a tete avec la mort. Ainsi, a la conjonction de l'ethique et de l'esthetique, l'etude de l'autoportrait revele, de maniere paradoxale, un apprentissage de l'identite, mais aussi de l'alterite. [IMPORTANT! Ce sujet etant tres vaste, il y aura *deux* sessions differentes sur l'autoportrait. La premiere portera sur le developpement historique de l'autoportrait. La seconde focalisera sur les problematiques contemporaines, en photographie comme en peinture. Conferences en *francais* par Renee Morel a l'Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, presentees par San Francisco Bay Accueil (Merci a Marie-Elise Lyman!)

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.

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.

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.

April 1, 2005. L'AUTOPORTRAIT: DE LA MAIN PREHISTORIQUE AU BODY ART [PART II]. 10am-11:30am. Signe de la promotion sociale de l'artiste et mode privilegie de ses recherches, l'autoportrait traverse l'histoire de l'art, de la main prehistorique au "body art". L'artiste du paleolitique "signait" sa presence en laissant sur une paroi l'empreinte de sa main. Celui du Moyen Age, simple artisan dans un atelier ou le travail est collectif, utilise son portrait comme marque individuelle. Ce n'est qu'a la Renaissance, avec l'amelioration de la qualite des miroirs, que la pratique de l'autoportrait va se generaliser. Ostentation? exhibition? affirmation de soi? Certes. Mais aussi, et plus souvent: recherche, reflexion sur la peinture, interrogation, angoisse, tete a tete avec la mort. Ainsi, a la conjonction de l'ethique et de l'esthetique, l'etude de l'autoportrait revele, de maniere paradoxale, un apprentissage de l'identite, mais aussi de l'alterite. [IMPORTANT! Ce sujet etant tres vaste, il y aura *deux* sessions differentes sur l'autoportrait. La premiere portera sur le developpement historique de l'autoportrait. La seconde focalisera sur les problematiques contemporaines, en photographie comme en peinture. Conferences en *francais* par Renee Morel a l'Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, presentees par San Francisco Bay Accueil (Merci a Marie-Elise Lyman!)

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 13, 2005. VERSAILLES: LES MIROIRS DU ROI-SOLEIL. 10am-11:30am. Embleme du pouvoir absolu de Louis XIV, Versailles inspirera les souverains de toute l'Europe. Venez (re)decouvrir son histoire, du simple pavillon de chasse de Louis XIII a la signature du traite de Versailles qui mit fin a la Premiere Guerre mondiale. Nos promenades nous meneront a travers l'immense parc, avec ses jardins a la francaise et ses innombrables fontaines, ainsi qu'a l'interieur du chateau et de sa celebre Galerie des Glaces. Art, architecture, mais aussi perspectives sur la vie quotidienne a la cour du plus grand roi du monde. Conferences en *francais* par Renee Morel a l'Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, presentees par San Francisco Bay Accueil (Merci a Marie-Elise Lyman!)

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 10-12, 2005. DON JUAN & MOLIERE performed by the EIFMAN BALLET, set to MOZART & BERLIOZ. Cal Performances, Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

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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