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*FEBRUARY EVENTS*    

February 14, 2008.  THE EYES OF LOVE -- VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT WITH HELENE ATTIA AND HER JAZZ HEARTBEATS. John R. Burr, keyboards and Alex Murzyn, flute & sax.  "Back by popular demand--our lovely local chanteuse, Helene Attia, will select from her vast repertory to present the juiciest of international love songs, including many beautiful French love songs. Be ready for Jazz, Blues, Bosa Nova, romantic classics and popular ballads--- by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf and Michel Legrand; plus contemporary songs by Burt Bacharach, Lennon & McCartney and Al Jarreau. Helene will also sing original songs from her new CD, The Eyes of Love. Come solo or with significant others!" "All You Need is LOVE…" Members $15 ; Public $25 (admission includes hors d'oeuvres, libations and dessert)  For reservations, call 415-393-0100 or email at rsvp@milibrary.org    http://www.milibrary.org  7:00 PM, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA  94104

February 14, 2008.  CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT LEFT BANK BRASSERIES!  Chef Roland Passot's Left Bank Brasseries in the San Francisco Bay Area will be celebrating Valentine's Day, Thursday February 14, 2008 with a little French romance and flavor!  Join us on: Thursday, February 14, 2008 Hours: 5:30PM to 11PM In addition to our regular dinner menu, we will be offering a special 4-course menu, prix fixe $45., also available "à la carte". Amuse Bouche Foie Gras Mousse toasted brioche, 5. Pour commencer Oysters four oysters, Champagne mignonette, 8.25 Crab-Avocado Gâteau citrus and mâche salad, blood orange vinaigrette, 10.25 Les Plats Pan Seared Halibut artichokes barigoule, fennel and lemon confit with savory, 24.5 Oven-Roasted Pork Rack mustard herb crust, sautéed mushrooms, pearl onions, fingerling potatoes, 24.5 Le Dessert Chocolate "Décadence" hazelnut praline feuillantine, chocolate mousse, raspberry coulis, crème Chantilly, 8. Left Bank Brasseries "transport" guests to a charming and lively brasserie in Paris, where diners feast upon simple, delectable French cuisine in a bustling, carefree atmosphere.  Left Bank Brasserie's signature dishes include sumptuous French preparations like our signature dish Moules Frites, Onion Soup des Halles, Salade Niçoise, Bouillabaisse and Brasserie Steak Frites; other menu highlights include seasonal farmers' market produce, artisan cheeses, delectable desserts, and an award-winning wine list featuring both local and French selections.  Left Bank Brasserie Executive Chefs, along with luminary chefs Roland Passot and Joël Guillon, are committed to bringing a little piece of Paris to the Bay Area.  Left Bank Brasseries serve lunch and dinner each day, seven days a week, and offer private dining rooms for celebratory events.  For reservations and contact numbers please visit www.leftbank.com <http://www.leftbank.com/> . Left Bank Brasseries:  LARKSPUR 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA  94939 415.927.3331 MENLO PARK 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA  94025 650.473.6543 PLEASANT HILL 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523 925.288.1222 SAN JOSE 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA  95128 408.984.3500 SAN MATEO 1100 Park Place, San Mateo, CA  94403 650.345.2250

February 14, 2008.  CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO!  Bring your sweetheart for a romantic evening to Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio, CA.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  $12.  7:30.

February 14, 2008.  LAURENT FOURGO performs French classics and more for VALENTINE'S DAY at Servino Ristorante, Thursday February 14th  (Valentine's Day) 7:30 - 10:30pm 9 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920 Phone (415) 435-2676 www.servino.com  No cover charge, but reservation is advised Where you will find a dining experience like no other. You'll discover fine Southern Italian food, a full-bar, eclectic live-music, special events, and views to-die-for, all waiting for you in a beautiful waterfront setting. Come to where the locals relax and dine!

February 14, 2008.  SWISS AMERICAN BUSINESS FORUM. The Swiss-American Business Forum is an informal gathering place for American and Swiss-American business people. There are many presentations from interesting companies who maintain a link with the Swiss-American community either in the United States or in Switzerland. This month, the local chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce kindly invites you to join in an evening of networking and information exchange. There will be no speaker, instead the evening will be reserved for socializing! As always, appetizers and refreshments will be served by the Chamber and an optional no host dinner follows at a local restaurant.  Co-organized with the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Details : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/SACCfeb08-networking Registration : http://www.acteva.com/go/saccbizforum Location & Parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact.  5:30pm-7:30pm.

February 14, 2008.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents YELEEN (Brightness) Souleymane Cisse's YELEEN evokes the ancient Bambara culture of Mali well before its 16th century invasion by Morocco. In this luminous film that is equal parts creation myth and Oedipal reality, a young man arrives at the crossroads between childhood and adulthood. As he begins to fathom the mysteries of nature - or komo, the science of the gods - his father cruelly prevents the son from deciphering the elements of the Bambara sacred rites. (1987, 105 min., in Bambara w/English subtitles). Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 in Darwin 103.

Opening February 15, 2008.  THE 2007 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL, including LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (France, Philippe Poliet-Villard); TANGHI ARGENTINI (Belgium; Guido Thys & Anja Daelemans); MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI (Canada, C. Lavis & M. Szczerbowski); MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (S. Tourneux & S. Vanesse, France).  Embarcadero Center, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Shattuck, Berkeley.  http://www.magpictures.com for additional details.

February 15, 2008.  JEFFERY BROUSSARD ZYDECO performs at Eagles hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285 for details.  $15.  9pm.

February 15 & 17, 2008.  THE JOSH KORNBLUTH SHOW features local author LALITA TADEMY, author of CANE RIVER, a novel set in historical Louisiana.  KQED TV9.  2/15, 2:30pm; 2/17, 6pm.

Through February 16, 2008.  THE MEDIEVAL REMAKE. “It seems that people like the Middle Ages.”—Umberto Eco “People started dreaming of the Middle Ages from the very beginning of the modern era,” Umberto Eco once claimed. It’s only natural, then, that the medieval would find many expressions in the cinema, a modern medium of collective dreams. The films in this series make and remake the Middle Ages in diverse forms and with diverse motivations, from political imperative to personal obsession. In the hands of Eisenstein or Lang, the medieval is an epic theater of national identity; viewed by Dreyer or Bresson, the spiritual intensity of the past mirrors a quest for aesthetic purity. Bergman makes the Middle Ages echo with the anxieties of a post-nuclear age, while in the world of Saint Francis, Rossellini finds a studied simplicity. For all these filmmakers and still others, the medieval is a rich and tactile field for the imagination. Our series was inspired by The Contagious Middle Ages in Post-Communist East Central Europe, an exhibition on view at the Townsend Center for the Humanities on the UC Berkeley campus through January. Films in the series by Tarkovsky, Paradjanov, Vlácil, and Majewski illuminate the exhibition’s themes in compelling images, while masterworks from Western Europe provide an expanded view of how films make the past present, and refract the concerns of the present through the prism of the past.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.  Film calendar includes:

  • Friday, February 1, 2008, LANCELOT OF THE LAKE. 7:00 p.m.  Bresson gives us Lancelot and Guinevere and the end of the Arthurian era, a brave experiment in sound, image, and souls.

Through February 16, 2008.  SAVAGE ARTS.  A play about an exotic French artist and his victims… The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 21st), SF.  $15-$35.  800.838.3006 or http://www.themarsh.org for details.  Reviewed in the February 6, 2008 SF Weekly, p.33.

February 16, 2008.   HISTOIRE DE VOIR: LES PIONNIERS DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. Conférence, illustree de 80 diapositives et presentee par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (One and a half hours each. Includes handouts.  Qu'est-ce que la photographie? Et qu'est-ce que photographier?  La photographie, que l'on croyait d'abord reservee aux seules applications scientifiques, regne aujourd'hui dans les musees comme sur l'internet. Comment l'epoustouflant kaleidoscope d'images qu'elle a engendre a-t-il radicalement et irreversiblement change notre maniere de voir, notre regard sur la creation ou l'information, la memoire ou l'histoire? Comment ses divers developpement nous ont-ils permis de voir l'invisible?  Depuis les cliches des pionniers de la photographie (Niepce, Daguerre, Fox-Talbot, Muybridge, Marey) aux images transmises par les satellites, quels sont les enjeux de la photographie?  On suivra, a travers des images de Bayard, Nadar, Lewis Caroll, Julia Margaret Cameron et d'autres encore, l'etonnant parcours technique et mental de ce nouvel art pour cerner ce que l'on a pu nommer l'"imaginaire" photographique. Tuesday, February 12  (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) ou bien Saturday, February 16 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM.)  IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est necessaire de reserver.  SVP, contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire  pour reserver. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com 

February 16, 2008.  KEREN ANN performs at YOSHI’S with Dean & Britta of Luna.  Tickets now on sale, http://www.yoshis.com .  $18-$22.  8pm. http://www.kerenann.com/ for details on the artist.

February 16, 2008.  AN EVENING OF FRENCH SHORT FILMS.   The Sacramento French Film Festival invites you to a fun EVENING of FRENCH SHORT FILMS Saturday February 16th at 7pm at the Asylum Gallery!  We will present an original and assorted program of favorites from previous festival editions as well as French short films never shown before in Sacramento.  This free screening will be followed by wine and pastries. Don't miss it! Please RSVP littlececile@gmail.com if you plan to attend.  Asylum Gallery is located 1719 25th Street (between Q & R Streets), see you there!

February 16, 2008.  SERENADE TO YOUTH, a special fundraiser organized by the NAPA VALLEY YOUTH SYMPHONY.  Lincoln Theater, Veterans Home of California, 100 California Drive., Yountville, CA.  7:30pm.  707.944.1300 or http://www.lincolntheater.com or http://www.serenadetoyouth.org for details.

February 16, 2008  JORDI SAVALL, the man behind the music in TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE, performs viola da gamba.  Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  Currently sold out; go to the website to add your name to notification list . 

February 16, 2008.  MARDI GRAS DANCE PARTY.  Dance Palace, Point Reyes.

February 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2008.  SWISS PIANIST HANNY SCHMID WYSS.  Hanny Schmid Wyss is well known in Switzerland as well as abroad. She comes regularly to the San Francisco Bay Area with her beautiful music and we are happy to welcome her. Hanny's repertoire ranges from early Baroque to contemporary works, and her  singularly expressive play has been praised both for its "attractive, nicely rounded tone" as well as its "Fiery Commitment".  February 16, 2008 8pm Houseconcert - Hillside Concerts 2692 Shasta Road  Berkeley RSVP www.cowart.com/concerts   February 17, 2008 2pm St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 1601 Mary Drive  Pleasant Hill info: 925 685 4720 Solorecital  February 23, 2008 7:30pm Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA Mozart Piano Concerto K414 - Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Timothy Smith http://www.cccorch.org  February 24, 2008 7:30pm Dean Lesher Regional Center for Performing Arts Walnut Creek, CA Mozart Piano Concerto K414 - Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Timothy Smith http://www.cccorch.org  or www.lesherartscenter.org

Through February 17, 2008.  LOVERS AND OTHER MONSTERS staged by at THRILLPEDDLERS the HYPNODROME.   Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome presents "Lovers and Other Monsters" featuring Jill Tracy in concert with violinist Paul Mercer Plus! Jello Biafra, Monte Cazazza, RE/Search publication's V. Vale, Mel Gordon, Harmon Leon Thrillpeddlers preview new productions for 2008 and debut Creepshow Camp.  February 12-16 (Tues-Sat) at 8pm February 17 (Sunday) at 7 PM  The Hypnodrome 575 10th Street (at Bryant) San Francisco  general admission: $20.00 Shock Box seats for two:  $69.00 Ticket info: http://brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006 With a diabolical nod to Valentine's (and Presidents) Day,  Thrillpeddlers present Lovers and Other Monsters, a week-long line-up of live music and theatre, exquisite torture and expert testimony that all dare to touch the taboos that haunt these holidays. Lovers and Other Monsters celebrates the return of award-winning noir chanteuse Jill Tracy and acclaimed Atlanta violinist Paul Mercer (Faith and the Muse/The Changelings/DP3) to The Hypnodrome stage, in concert and each taking a leading role in a new dramatic work from Thrillpeddlers.   Note that on February 12, 13, 14 & 17, there will be the additional attraction of Berkeley professor MEL GORDON: The Erotic World of Paris -- legendary UC Berkeley Professor Mel Gordon will discuss the link between theatre and French sensuality in glorious detail.

February 17, 2008. SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES performs FEAST FOR ST. VALENTINE.  Acclaimed chorus, dressed in period costume, sings troubadour love songs and sacred church music of the Renaissance, both a cappella and with lute accompaniment.  $15 general, $10 seniors.  St. John’s Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross.  415.246.0993 or http://www.stjohnsmusic.org for details.

February 17, 2008.  EUROPEAN SOIREE.  Meet other internationally-minded people in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us!  Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. You'll discover a friendly group where mingling is mandatory! The soirée starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event on Meetup at http://euro.meetup.com/80/. (Meetup registration is quick and free.) BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE  "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends." http://www.bafoe.org/ 

February 19, 2008.  LAW & CULTURE:  FRENCH AND AMERICAN DIFFERENCES, a talk by Professor MARIE GALANTI. The Alliance Française de Santa Rosa is proud to present a Dinner-Conference at la Gare Restaurant, 208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa, Tuesday February 19 2008  Socializing: 6pm - Dinner: 6:30pm - Conference: 7:30pm  Law and Culture: French and American Differences by Marie Galanti  A country 19s laws reflect its culture. At the same time, cultural and social values shape each country 19s laws. In the course of the last 30 years, France and the United States have grown apart in many ways. Each has become increasingly critical of the other and relations have become strained. One can wonder whether this is simply a temporary aberration or a long-term trend. A look at French and American laws affecting such important questions as capital punishment, abortion, civil unions, privacy and personal freedom, provides valuable insight and yields interesting answers to this question.  Marie Galanti has been a university professor, a journalist and publisher, and now a lawyer. Her professional activity in all three professions has been characterized by a great love for French language and culture. A native of Montreal, Marie has a PhD in French civilization. At the Alliance Francaise, she is well-known as the former publisher of Journal Francais and France Today. From 1976 until 2005 when the publications were sold, Marie was, with Anne Prah-Perochon, one of the owners of the Journal and France Today. During that time, she wrote countless articles, including the Journal 19s monthly editorial.  She received her law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In her practice, based in Santa Rosa, she specializes in wills, trusts and all aspects of estate planning. In addition, because of her long association with France, she assists clients with all their transactions with France including contracts, succession and all aspects of buying and selling property. In her career as a journalist and now, as a lawyer, she has always been a keen observer of cultural differences between France and the United States. In her lecture, she will discuss how each country 19s laws reflect the culture and how culture shapes the law.  You can attend the dinner and conference, or the conference only. Please reserve by Friday February 15, 2008 at the latest for dinner/conference by sending your check for $35 to AFSR, 613 Fourth Street, suite 200, CA 95404. Please do not forget to indicate your entree selection: beef, fish, chicken or vegetarian on your check. Dinner begins promptly at 6:30. For the conference only, tickets are $12 and reservation is preferred; you may pay at the door.   For more information, please call (707) 543-8151 or send an email at info@afsantarosa.org  Please visit our website at www.afsantarosa.org

February 19, 2008.  ECHOES OF THE 2008 DAVOS WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF). Join swissnex and our esteemed panel for a debriefing and discussion on the recent 2008 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Learn how today’s economic and social challenges affect our future and translate to changes in the world. All speakers are 2008 World Economic Forum participants in Davos and bring their own unique insight. With :  Paul Saffo (moderator) - Forecaster & Essayist, Professor at Stanford and Fellow to the World Economic Forum John Markoff - Senior Writer with the New York Times Joe Schoendorf - Venture Development, Accel Partners & Member and Strategic Partner of WEF  Details : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/WEF-2008 Free event, but registration required at : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/WEF-2008 Location & Parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact 6:30pm-9:00pm.

February 19, 2008,  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Blvd., Berkeley.  $10.  8:30pm. 

Through February 20, 2008.  SF INDIEFEST presents the 10TH SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL.  Films include:  PARANOID PARK (Gus van Sant, France, 90 minutes, in English?); SWITCH (Jean-Julien Pous, 6 min); LA CRÈME (Reynald Bertrand, France, 2007, 87 min); and MASSACRE AT MURAMBI (Sam Kauffmann, 2007, 5 min, regarding our response to the genocide in Rwanda).  http://www.sfindie.com for details.

February 20, 2008. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit DAVID GOLDER d’IRENE NEMIROVSKY. AFSF, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.  707.543.8151 for details.

February 20, 2008.  KADER ATTIA, French multimedia artist, speaks at the San Franicsco Art Institute.  French multimedia artist Kader Attia explores questions of belonging and exile in the age of globalization - in particular, the tensions between North African culture and Western consumerism.  With formal sophistication, he deploys humor, politics, pop culture, and personal history. In The Landing Strip, Attia presents a slideshow depicting Algerian transsexuals and transvestites living in Paris; in Hallal, he transforms a Paris gallery into a boutique featuring Islamic-branded couture. Attia’s international exhibitions include the 2003 Venice Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, Le Magasin in Grenoble, and the ICA in Boston.  He will give a lecture at San Francisco Art Institute on February 20, 7:30 pm.  The Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco, are proud to welcome Kader Attia on the West Coast and support his visit.

February 20, 2008.  GABRIEL LAURIN D’AIX, PEINTRE.  UN MONDE EN COULEURS.    Madame Monique von Nagel, née Laurin, nous fait l'honneur de nous donner une conférence, suivie d'un débat, sur: Gabriel Laurin d'Aix, Peintre  Un monde en couleurs http://www.gabriellaurin.com/Memoires.htm  Cette conférence se tiendra le mercredi 20 février 08, à  7.00 pmau restaurant 'Chez Pierre' 7330 Redwood Blvd Novato CA 94945 Tel 415 408 1134 Puis nous dinnerons ensemble. Les places sont limitées, merci de réserver.

February 20, & 27 & March 5 & 12, 2008. JACQUES RANCIERE TO OFFER SIX WEDNESDAY SEMINARS AT UC BERKELEY. Jacques Rancière will be returning to Berkeley as  the Pajus Distinguished Visitor in French Studies  again this semester. He is Professor Emeritus of  Esthetics at the University of Paris, VIII. His  work focuses on the relation between politics and  esthetics in modernity. He is the author of  numerous books, including The Nights of Labor, a  study of workers who labored in factories by day  and wrote poetry at night, The Ignorant  Schoolmaster (1986) , which tells the story of a  radically egalitarian 19th c teacher named Joseph  Jacotot, On the Shores of Politics ( 1992) ,  Disagreement ( 1995), Mallarmé (1996),  and The  Flesh of the Words ( 1998).  An internationally  renowned figure in the fields of philosophy,  esthetics, and literary criticism, Rancière is  one of the French thinkers most in view both in  France and around the world.  Recent works  include The Future of the Image, a remarkable set  of reflections on the aesthetic fate of the image  in today’s world, Hatred of Democracy, and  Politique de la littérature, which was published  earlier this year and includes material presented  during his seminar here at Berkeley in 2006.  His seminars (in French), will take place on  Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30, for six weeks starting  February 6, in 3401 Dwinelle (Level C).  The  title for the seminar is "Les métamorphoses de la  fiction," and more information is available at http://french.berkeley.edu/news/news_events_ind.php?id=45  Professor Rancière will also be delivering a  lecture (in English, title TBA) on Tuesday, March  11 at 4 p.m. in 370 Dwinelle.  Check the French  Department website in a few weeks for more details.

February 21, 2008.  BISTRO CUISINE A LA FRANÇAISE.  Venez chez Janet à San Rafael pour une soirée passée à faire et à manger ensemble la cuisine française. Et bien sûr, parlez Francais!  Menu:  Crème de soupe d’asperges et rouleaux de crabe;  Trio des legumes rose – beterave, poireaux et chou fleur;  Poisson roti aux aromates;  Carottes dorees a l’ail, piment fume et cumin;  Oignons rouges farcis;  Pommes de terre au safran;  Claufoutis aux cerises avec la glace de crème fraiche.  Arrivez a 6 heures de 9 heures pour un repas fantastique! $75 chaque personne.Janet Dresser.415 455 8939 dresserj@msn.com  www.cookingforyourlife.com

February 21, 2008.  L’ASSURANCE MALADIE PUR LE CITOYEN / RETRAITE INTERNATIONAL. Atelier offert à Livermore par Thierry GABADOU, UFE, 925.366.9983 or tgabadou@psfin.com. 18h30.

February 21, 2008.  A NIGHT IN THE MARAIS WITH LEONARD PITT & CARA BLACK, Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.  Contact Madeline Wood, Email: madeleinewood@pacbell.net.  7:30pm. 

February 21 & 22, 2008  LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK (Pleasant Hill). 7:00 - 11:00pm 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Phone: (925) 288-1222 www.leftbank.com  No Cover Charge Have a cocktail at the bustling bar or in their spacious dining room. Design highlights include one-of-a-kind brasserie lighting fixtures, Daumier-like column murals, colorful French advertising posters, huge wall mirrors and fanciful tile flooring. It's a  combination of delicious, country French cuisine and the exquisite attention to  detail that really makes this restaurant happen. Live music can be heard anywhere in the restaurant.

February 22, 2008.  GUIDE TO BLACK PARIS:  BOOK SIGNING AND RECEPTION. Paris is an absolute must see on the list of international destinations and there is no better way to do it than with soul. Soul on the Seine that is! Robin Nicole Bates, founder of Café de la Soul and founding partner of Black Paris Divas is pleased to share her latest project, Soul on the Seine: Your Hip Guide to Black Paris, a unique travel publication that takes a look at a modern, urban Paris from an African American perspective.  Come and hear about some of the soul-stirring experiences that await you in the City of Light!   Books available for sale Feb 11 at the Alliance Francaise reception desk.  7pm.  Alliance Auditorium, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

February 22, 23, 24 or 27 2008,  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features CAFÉ ROUGE, LE COLONIAL, and others.  2/22, 8:30pm; 2/23, 9am or 1pm; 2/24, 5:30pm; 2/27, 2:30pm.

February 23, 2008.  LEO TARDIN & GRAND PIANORAMAX offer a jazz concert at The Fillmore. Swiss Musicians Leo Tardin and Grand Pianoramax will play Jazz and Improvizational Music at a preprogram to a concert by Maceo Parker (ex. James Brown) www.leotardin.com  February 23, 9pm (doors open at 8pm) The Fillmore, www.thefillmore.com, 1805 Geary Boulevard & Fillmore San Francisco Tel 415 346 6000 tickets $ 28.50 at Ticket Master 415 421 8497 or www.livenation.com.  This event is co-sponsored by Pro Helvetia the Arts Council of Switzerland.

February 23, 2008. HOT HOT CARIBBEAN NIGHTS: KALBASS KREYOL + DJS MILLER, EMMANUEL NADO, LINDEN B; MC AVOTCJA – all at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  http://www.ashkenz.com.  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:05 pm $15 / $12 advance & students Buy tickets online! www.kalbasskreyol.com

Through February 24, 2008.  said SAÏD by KENNETH LIN.  A provocative political thriller set simultaneously in Algiers in 1954 during the infamous BATTLE OF ALGIERS and in present day Vermont, this is the story of Kasbah doctor/poet turned U.S. Poet Laureate André Saïd and his French interrogator, Major Michel Garcet.  The play jumps between the two time periods as the two old combatants seek the truth about the mysterious and indecipherable writing that lined Saïd’s prison cell.  Will the code reveal that Saïd was a terrorist?  A patriotic freedom fighter?  Or a pawn in one of the world’s first urban terrorist wars? Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.  415.388.5208 or http://www.marintheatre.org for details. Reviewed in the February 1, 2008 Pacific Sun, p.35.

February 24, 2008.  THE FRENCH TOUCH.   City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Presents presents: Pleasanton Chamber Players to Perform at Amador Theater 3:00pm-5:00pm , Amador Theater  1155 Santa Rita Road  Pleasanton, CA, 94566  (925) 931-3444  http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/community/arts/amador-theater.html  $15, $20, & $25; on line, by phone at (925) 931-3444 or in person at the  Amador Theater Box Office at 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.  Box Office  hours are Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and two hours prior  to each performance.  http://www.civicartstickets.org or Phone: 925-931-3444 Professional musicians from the local area will perform a program entitled  The French Touch, which was created to take the audience on a musical  voyage from the Baroque period to modern times.  It will include the works  of well-known composers while demonstrating some of the less-recognized  characteristics of the French repertoire and style. Strings, flute,  clarinet, voice, harp and piano will gather in various groupings of 2, 3  or 4, highlighting the talents of each performer.  The program will open with The French Suite, arranged from a 1729  collection of Chansons by British composer William Alwyn, and will be  followed by Trio of the Young Ishmaelites, an interlude from BERLIOZ’s Cantata L'Enfance du Christ.  The program will continue with Liszt's symphonic poem, Orpheus, performed  in a trio version by CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS and a piano solo, Ballade, by CLAUDE DEBUSSY in a trio arrangement by Dominique Piana.  Other selections include Three Water Colors by PHILIPPE GAUBERT, the  Terzettino by Theodore Dubois, Une flute invisible by SAINT-SAENS,  Portrait by CECILE CHAMINADE, the well-known Habanera by MAURICE RAVEL,  Elegie by GABRIEL FAURE and Finale from a Trio by VINCENT D’INDY. The Pleasanton Chamber Players is comprised of musicians Cecilia Huang,  violin; Melissa Huang, viola; Gay Dunn, cello; Lawrence Granger, cello;  Karen Veca, flute; Joseph Bonfiglio, clarinet; Dominique Piana, harp; and  Priscilla Granger, piano.  Special guest soprano for this concert will be  Alison Collins, a former student of Pleasanton's own Erie Mills,  well-known opera singer and coach, who is now on the faculty of San Jose  State University and Chabot College.

February 24, 2008.  NINA SCHUYLER talks about her novel, THE PAINTING, which is set in Tokyo and Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.  Joint reading with Toni Mirosevich.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpasage.com.  4pm.

February 24 & 26, 2008.  MARIN SYMPHONY performs SCREEN GEMS, including SATIE’S DEUX PRELUDES POSTHUMES ET UNE GNOSSIENNE (used in the movie CHOCOLAT) and Mozart’s ouverture to the MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. 7:30pm.  415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org for details.

February 26, 2008.  MR. STÉPHANE PÉTERMANN, assistant diplomé du centre de recherches at Lausanne University, will give a lecture on the Swiss author, traveller and photographer NICOLAS BOUVIER, as part of the Swiss Consulate’s celebration of LA FETE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE.  Rory McLean has called Bouvier, an enlightened world traveller, “Switzerland’s answer to Jack Kerouac.”  Bouvier’s work is at once intimate and real, concentrated on knowing the Other through personal and sometimes mystical experiences of a errant and vagabond soul. The lecture will take place at 3pm in Schulz 3001, and is open to the public.  In conjunction with this lecture, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures will be screening Mr. Bouvier’s film LE HIBOU ET LA BALEINE; date and time TBA.

February 26, 2008.  THE EUSEBIUS DUO, with Hillary Norwell, piano, and Monika Gruber, violin, performs CLAUDE DEBUSSY’s SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN G MINOR and GABRIEL FAURE’s SONATA NO. 1 IN A MAJOR. . Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St (at Grant), SF.  http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org for details.

February 26, 2008.  CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS with Terrance Gelenter in San Francisco. A "Paris Through Expatriate Eyes" Event, Plush Room of the Hotel York, 940 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA  http://www.paris-expat.com/events.html  Contact: Terrance, Email: terrance@paris-expat.com  6:00 pm

February 27, 2008.  NATHAN A. JONES, author of BLACK MAN IN EUROPE. A teacher, community activist, administrator, musician and Oakland native, Nathan A. Jones discusses contemporary political and social situations in Paris, and will read poems from Black Man in Europe. Drawing on diverse perspectives, Jones shows that, once again, the African American Man stands at the very center of the contemporary, and that he voices some of Western culture’s greatest concerns. Black Man in Europe analyzes the historic and social constructs of race, the sensual and artistic images of “Blackness” in Europe.  Taut vignettes paint exhilarating and tragic interactions, framed by race, that anyone who has ever felt like a stranger may relate to. Black Man in Europe is available for sale at the AFSF Reception Desk.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415. 775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

February 27, 2008.  A DINNER FROM SOUTHWEST FRANCE at BISTRO LIAISON. Chef/owner Todd Kniess of Bistro Liaison (corner of Shattuck/Hearst in Berkeley) is making a southwest French dinner on Wednesday, February 27th. It will cost $38 per person, excluding wine, tip, tax. Todd just returned from southwest France where he conducted, with the help of local experts, a truffle hunt (with pigs, not dogs!). The dinner will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation about the area of the southwest where Latitude Cultural Center is located: THE QUERCY.  If you'd like to attend this special event, pls let the restaurant know directly.

Through February 28, 2008.  AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL at the Pacific Film Archive, in Berkeley.   In its fourteenth year, the New York–based African Film Festival is more important than ever. While Africa may get glancing treatment in Western news, images made and fashioned by Africans are still shut out of our television screens, movie theaters (since 2000, only two African films on average per year have been released in the United States), and even major film festivals. PFA is proud to present a selection of films from this year’s festival, representing not only established industries in Cameroon and Senegal, but also emerging visions from Ethiopia, Guinea, and the Congo. These works may lack budgets or name-brand stars, but they’re outraged and insightful enough to open the blind eye that has been turned to African ideas and ideals. While most of the festival focuses on new, up-and-coming directors, we’ve also organized a mini-retrospective of arguably the most successful African filmmaker in recent years, the Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako (Bamako; Waiting for Happiness). And, in tribute to Ousmane Sembène, the pioneer of African cinema who passed away last year, we offer a free screening of two of his short films, including one of his first, Borom Sarret. Over forty years old, it’s a reminder of how humble beginnings can harbor greatness.  Website: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/africanfilm_2008 Schedule: Thursday, January 24, 2008 6:30 p.m. Bamako Set in the Malian capital of its title, Abderrahmane Sissako’s passionate polemic centers on a show trial in which the plaintiff, “African society,” argues against exploitation by the defendant, the World Bank. Repeated on Saturday, January 26.   Saturday, January 26, 2008   6:30 p.m. Waiting for Happiness Abderrahmane Sissako’s tale of life in a Mauritanian seaside village unfolds in a series of arresting images. “A poignant, poetic reflection on themes of exile, travel, home, and displacement.”—Variety Saturday, January 26, 2008 8:30 p.m. Bamako See Thursday, January 24. Thursday, February 7, 2008 5:30 p.m. Two by Ousmane Sembène, plus Menged (Free Screening!)  Free First Thursday Screening! Introduced by Paap Alsaan Sow.Two influential early films by African cinema’s spiritual father, Ousmane Sembène: Borom Sarret and Tauw. With Menged, an award-winning new film from Ethiopia, featuring music by Tlahoun Gessesse. Saturday, February 9, 2008 8:30 p.m. Clouds over Conakry Hip-hop and laptops collide with religious edicts and traditional demands in this lively romantic drama from Guinea. “An impressive debut.”—Variety Wednesday, February 13, 2008 6:30 p.m. Young Rebels: New Visions from Africa An eclectic, electric program offers magic realism from Lesotho, documentary from Zimbabwe, and social commentary from Nigeria.   Wednesday, February 13, 2008   8:10 p.m. Life on Earth   Sissako’s rapturous portrait of his father’s village in Mali as it waits for the 21st century. With Sissako’s Rostov-Luanda. Sunday, February 17, 2008 5:30 p.m. The Forgotten Man Osvalde Lewat-Hallade’s thoughtful documentary on the Cameroonian prison system “shows you what a camera can do.”—Village Voice. With Lewat-Hallade’s A Love During the War. Thursday, February 28, 2008 7:30 p.m. Juju Factory   A Congolese intellectual in Brussels struggles to keep his new book from being exoticized in this dazzling cinematic essay on exile, colonialism, and history, a combination of the challenging theatrics of Brecht and the intellectual savvy of Frantz Fanon.

February 28, 2008. CERCLE DE LECTURE, animée par Bernadette Theisen. Lecture:  L’AFRICAIN, de JEAN-MARIE LE CLEZIO (2004).  Courriel :  theisen@netzero.net Au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 heures.

February 28, 2008.  LES AMIS DE MARIN se réunissent à Sausalito. Le team des Amis de marin se réjouit de vous accueillir Jeudi 28 Février 2008 à 19 heures chez Linda à Sausalito.    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. Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde.   lesamisdemarin@yahoo.com   Mobile:   415-297-2023 “Les Amis de Marin” team is pleased to invite you Thursday, February  28th 2008 at 7PM at Linda’s house in Sausalito.   Come meet other francophone, practice your French, exchange information, or just have good time between friends.  Your friends are welcome even if they speak little French. Please bring something to drink or to eat to share with everyone.  Thanks. lesamisdemarin@yahoo.com   Mobile:   415-297-2023

February 28, 2008.  EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS’ GET-TOGETHER:  NEW DIRECTIONS IN EUROPEAN RESEARCH. Presentations : - "Switzerland : different from what you think !" by Christian Simm, Executive Director, swissnex San Francisco - “Recent Directions in European Research” by Laurent Bochereau, Counselor, Head of Science, Technology & Education, Delegation of the European Commission to the US in Washington DC -   "The European Research Council: State of Play and Plans for the Future" by Elena Bordini, European Research Council - "ERA-Link: Where We Are Now, and Where We Are Going" by Izabella Zandberg, ERA-Link Project Manager Co-organized with ERA-Link, the EU's Office in Washington and ThinkSwiss (www.thinkswiss.org) Details : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/eralink-new_directions Free event, but registration required at: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/eralink-new_directions Location & Parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact 6:30pm-9:00pm.

Through February 29, 2008.  JEAN-PIERRE LEAUD:  THE NEW WAVE AND AFTER. If the French New Wave has a face, it might be the beaky, piercing-eyed visage of Jean-Pierre Léaud. In 1959, at age fifteen, Léaud made his debut as Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut’s The400 Blows; over the next two decades, he would play alter ego not only to Truffaut, but to a generation that grew up (or failed to) in parallel with him. For Jean-Luc Godard, he was one of the “children of Marx and Coca-Cola” in films like Masculine Feminine (1966) and La Chinoise (1967). Later, Léaud worked with Jacques Rivette in the epic Out 1 (1972) and stalked through the wreckage of the late-sixties dream in Jean Eustache’s anti-epic The Mother and the Whore (1973), a film and a performance that obliterate sentimentality. The effect of all these collaborations is cumulative: when Léaud appears in a film by Aki Kaurismäki or Olivier Assayas, his history appears with him. “Léaud is an anti-documentary actor,” Truffaut said. “He has only to say ‘good morning’ and we find ourselves tipping over into fiction.” Or, in Godardian terms, a Léaud film is Léaud, twenty-four frames per second. Not one to disappear into a role, Léaud brings a defining set of gestures to each performance; Manny Farber wrote, “Léaud’s acting trademark is a passionate decision that peaks his frenzied exasperation, physical compulsiveness.” Declaiming his lines with solemn clarity or demented enthusiasm, Léaud can be compelling or brilliantly comic, sometimes strange, always iconic. .  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.    Films include: 

  • February 8, 2008 7:00 p.m. The Mother and the Whore Léaud gives perhaps his greatest performance as a castaway from the sixties and the sexual revolution, waffling between two women, in Jean Eustache’s chronicle of disenchantment in post-1968 Paris.
  • Thursday, February 14, 2008 8:50 p.m. Masculine Feminine Léaud stars as one of Godard’s “children of Marx and Coca-Cola”—the young people of Paris in 1965, choosing between la tendresse and politics.
  • Friday, February 15, 2008 7:00 p.m. Weekend “Godard’s vision of bourgeois cataclysm. . . . A savage Swiftian satire, it traces a new Gulliver’s travels through the collapsing consumer society as a married couple set out for a weekend jaunt.”—Time Out. Léaud has a revolutionary cameo.
  • Sunday, February 17, 2008 1:00 p.m. Out 1: Spectre The 240-minute “short” version of Jacques Rivette’s legendary epic, with Léaud as a self-styled detective.
  • Friday, February 29, 2008 7:00 p.m. La vie de Bohème Aki Kaurismäki’s update of Henri Murger’s novel is “a fine, deceptively querulous comedy that mocks the conventions of art and romantic love while . . . exalting them as the only means of salvation.”—N.Y. Times. Léaud puts in a brief but pivotal appearance. Friday,
  • February 29, 2008 9:00 p.m. Irma Vep Olivier Assayas casts Hong Kong icon Maggie Cheung as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot, with a classically irascible Léaud as director.

February 29, 2008.  LE GRAND DÎNER À DOMAINE CHANDON.  Sumptuous courses at le Grand Dîner of the NAPA VALLEY MUSTARD FESTIVAL, which runs February 2-March 31, 2008.  Limited to 120 guests; $350 per person.  http://mustardfestival.org for details and information on other events associated with the Festival.

February 29 & March 1, 2008.  INTERNATIONAL CAREER FAIR! On February 29 and March 1, 2008, the International Career Fair will bring together graduate students from the top engineering, scientific and business universities and seasoned professionals with industry experience with leading companies from Europe, Asia and the US looking for highly qualified candidates for positions throughout the world. With company presentations and exhibits, keynotes and workshops relative to international careers, and one-on-one interviews, the International Career Fair is an event that cannot be missed by anyone interested in working in an international environment. The International Career Fair offers companies a unique opportunity to strengthen their international teams by hiring highly skilled candidates graduating from top US universities, as well as qualified professionals with an international profile. By attending one event located on the West Coast of the United States, companies have access to a large pool of candidates from all the top-level universities of the region. Employers participating in the Fair receive a secure access to our resume database and interview-scheduling tool.  Register now!

Through March 1, 2008.  SONG OF BERNADETTE.  Play depicts the life of a young mid-19th century French girl who had visions of the Virgin Mary.  St. Boniface Theater, 175 Golden Gate, SF.  $10.  http://www.livingmiraclesproductions.com or http://www.sflivingroom.org for details.

On-going.  TEATRO ZINZANNI present  A LA FOLIE!  Starting February 21, A LA FOLIE will feature the legendary LILIANE MONTEVECCHI as Madame Zinzanni.  Delicious passion and elegant abandon in a new show with a decidedly French flavor!  This singular performance marries a fine five-course meal to music, circus stunts, tap dancing, magic, food-fetish parody, and lots of boisterous audience interaction.  415.438.2668 or http://www.zinzanni.org for details.  Pier 29 on the Emarcadero.

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

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*CINEMA*

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

Opening February 15, 2008.  THE 2007 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL, including LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (France, Philippe Poliet-Villard); TANGHI ARGENTINI (Belgium; Guido Thys & Anja Daelemans); MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI (Canada, C. Lavis & M. Szczerbowski); MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (S. Tourneux & S. Vanesse, France).  Embarcadero Center, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Shattuck, Berkeley.  http://www.magpictures.com for additional details.

CARAMEL (Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, in Arabic and French). Embarcadero Center, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Opera Plaza, SF.

THE EYE.  Horror flick by French duo DAVID MOREAU AND XAVIER PALUD.  1000 Van Ness; SF Centre. 

IN BRUGES. Kabuki, SF; Embarcadero, SF.  In English. 

JEAN-PIERRE LEAUD:  THE NEW WAVE AND AFTER. If the French New Wave has a face, it might be the beaky, piercing-eyed visage of Jean-Pierre Léaud. In 1959, at age fifteen, Léaud made his debut as Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut’s The400 Blows; over the next two decades, he would play alter ego not only to Truffaut, but to a generation that grew up (or failed to) in parallel with him. For Jean-Luc Godard, he was one of the “children of Marx and Coca-Cola” in films like Masculine Feminine (1966) and La Chinoise (1967). Later, Léaud worked with Jacques Rivette in the epic Out 1 (1972) and stalked through the wreckage of the late-sixties dream in Jean Eustache’s anti-epic The Mother and the Whore (1973), a film and a performance that obliterate sentimentality. The effect of all these collaborations is cumulative: when Léaud appears in a film by Aki Kaurismäki or Olivier Assayas, his history appears with him. “Léaud is an anti-documentary actor,” Truffaut said. “He has only to say ‘good morning’ and we find ourselves tipping over into fiction.” Or, in Godardian terms, a Léaud film is Léaud, twenty-four frames per second. Not one to disappear into a role, Léaud brings a defining set of gestures to each performance; Manny Farber wrote, “Léaud’s acting trademark is a passionate decision that peaks his frenzied exasperation, physical compulsiveness.” Declaiming his lines with solemn clarity or demented enthusiasm, Léaud can be compelling or brilliantly comic, sometimes strange, always iconic. .  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.  Through February 29, 2008. Films include: 

  • Thursday, February 14, 2008 8:50 p.m. Masculine Feminine Léaud stars as one of Godard’s “children of Marx and Coca-Cola”—the young people of Paris in 1965, choosing between la tendresse and politics.
  • Friday, February 15, 2008 7:00 p.m. Weekend “Godard’s vision of bourgeois cataclysm. . . . A savage Swiftian satire, it traces a new Gulliver’s travels through the collapsing consumer society as a married couple set out for a weekend jaunt.”—Time Out. Léaud has a revolutionary cameo.
  • Sunday, February 17, 2008 1:00 p.m. Out 1: Spectre The 240-minute “short” version of Jacques Rivette’s legendary epic, with Léaud as a self-styled detective.
  • Friday, February 29, 2008 7:00 p.m. La vie de Bohème Aki Kaurismäki’s update of Henri Murger’s novel is “a fine, deceptively querulous comedy that mocks the conventions of art and romantic love while . . . exalting them as the only means of salvation.”—N.Y. Times. Léaud puts in a brief but pivotal appearance. Friday,
  • February 29, 2008 9:00 p.m. Irma Vep Olivier Assayas casts Hong Kong icon Maggie Cheung as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot, with a classically irascible Léaud as director.

PERSEPOLIS, made by French directors MARJANE SATRAPI and VINCENT PARONNAUD, and set during Iran’s Islamic Revolution.   In French.  Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Embarcadero Center, SF; Kabuki, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley. 

LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON / THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (dir. Julien Schnabel; starring Mathieu Amalric), based on the story of JEAN-DOMINIQUE BAUBY, former editor of the French fashion magazine Elle who suffered a stroke and wrote his book by blinking his eyes.  Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes. CinéArts Marin, Sausalito; Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Embarcadero Center, SF; Four Star, SF; Kabuki, SF; Oaks.

SF INDIEFEST presents the 10TH SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL.  Films include:  PARANOID PARK (Gus van Sant, France, 90 minutes, in English?); SWITCH (Jean-Julien Pous, 6 min); LA CRÈME (Reynald Bertrand, France, 2007, 87 min); and MASSACRE AT MURAMBI (Sam Kauffmann, 2007, 5 min, regarding our response to the genocide in Rwanda).  http://www.sfindie.com for details. February 7-20, 2008. 

YELEEN (BRIGHTNESS) Souleymane Cisse's YELEEN evokes the ancient Bambara culture of Mali well before its 16th century invasion by Morocco. In this luminous film that is equal parts creation myth and Oedipal reality, a young man arrives at the crossroads between childhood and adulthood. As he begins to fathom the mysteries of nature - or komo, the science of the gods - his father cruelly prevents the son from deciphering the elements of the Bambara sacred rites. (1987, 105 min., in Bambara w/English subtitles). Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 in Darwin 103. Sonoma Film Institute. 

ZIDANE.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO.  Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. The featured films for January and February are:  Pas Sur la Bouche (Not on the Lips) by Alain Resnais and Cesar et Rosalie by Claude Sautet.  To learn more :  http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

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*ART*   

February 15 & 16, 2008.  RENE LALONDE, Montréal-born artist, presents his remarkably colorful, creative, and whimsical original prints and paintings at Martin Lawrence Galleries, 747 Beach St., SF.  http://www.martinlawrence.com for details.  415.229.2784 to RSVP.

Through February 17, 2008.  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES.  Many believe her obsession with supreme style sparked a revolution.  But there’s  more to Marie Antoinette’s story – brilliantly revealed through the contents of her private residence, the Petit Trianon.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through February 24, 2008.  ARTSF SAN FRANCISCO presents Swiss artist MONICA SCHMID’s work as part of 500 PENDANTS (Metal Art).  Velvet da Vinci Gallery San Francisco. Info: 415.441.0109.

Through February 28, 2008.  TEMPORARY PORTRAITS by Canadian artist GAETANNE LAVOIE, Academy of Art University Galleries, 79 New Montgomery, SF, http://www.academyart.edu for details.

Through March 1, 2008.  THE ZINKY COLLECTION OF RARE 17TH- TO 20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN FINE ART PRINTS.  Engravings, lithographs, etchings, and more.  Thos. Moser Gallery – San Francisco, 3395 Sacramento St., SF.  415.931.8131 or http://www.thosmoser.com for details.

Through March 2, 2008. BUTABU: ADOBE ARCHITECTURE OF WEST AFRICA. Photographs by JAMES MORRIS. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.7862 or http://www.svma.org for details.

Through March 6, 2008.  THE EVOLUTION OF ORIGINAL GRAPHIC WORKS FROM DURER TO MOTHERWELL.  Prints by MAGRITTE, PICASSO, RENOIR, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC and more.  Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 565 Sutter, SF.  415.433.2771 for details.

Through March 29, 2008.  WHEN AND WHAT.  Works by EUGENE ATGET, EDOUARD BALDUS and others.  Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.421.0122 or http://www.kochgallery.com for details.

Through April 6, 2008.  ANNA HALPRIN: AT THE ORIGIN OF PERFORMANCE, at YBCA.   Opening Night Party (Performance, video, live music), January 17, 6 pm.  Pioneer of postmodern dance and performance, Halprin is known for blurring boundaries: between art forms, professional and amateur, performer and audience. Produced by the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon and curated by Jacqueline Caux.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article567

Through April 13, 2008.  HEARST CASTLE COMES TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.  With 40 diverse objects including Renaissance paintings, European furniture and art objects, Gothic tapestry, etc.  The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento.  916.653.7524 or http://www.californiamuseum.org for details.

Through May 25, 2008.  KAHNWEILER, EDITEUR.  Twelve books published between 1909 and 1928 by French art dealer DANIEL-HENRY KAHNWEILER.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.863.3330 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.

Through June 1, 2008.  AFRICA.DOT.COM : DRUMS 2 DIGITAL.  Exhibition showcases Africa’s changing landscape in the field of communications through art & technology.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or http://www.moadsf.org for details.

June 21-September 21, 2008.  LES FEMMES IMPRESSIONNISTES:  MARY CASSATT, BERTHE MORISOT, EVA GONZALES, MARIE BRAQUEMOND.  At the time impressionism was born, female artists were starting to come to the forefront of the art world.  This exhibition breaks new ground in feminist art history by looking at the work and contributions of four female Impressionists together for the first time in the United States. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.

Through September 2008. PASSENGERS AT CCA WATTIS, SAN FRANCISCO.  Passengers is a permanent but constantly transforming exhibition of emerging international contemporary artists (including VALERIE MREJEN), none of whom has ever had a solo presentation in an American public art institution. Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article577

Ongoing.  AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION.  Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University,  Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going.  A NEW 19TH CENTURY :  THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED.  Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections.  Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going.  MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF.  415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going.  FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT.  Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol.  http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

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

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

On-going.  GODOT.  Works sy WILLIAM T. WILEY.  Arion Press, 1802 Hays ST., the Presidio, SF.  415.668.2542 or http://www.arionpress.com for details.  For more on the artist: http://www.arionpress.com/catalog/077.htm

ARTS OF FASHION.  Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim...  Contact:  Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107.  Tel 415 252 0734  http://www.af-competition.com or  http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE.  Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

ST. LOUIS BLUES ART une galérie permanente qui expose des huiles représentant des scènes de rue ou de club, musique et dance sur le thème du Blues, Flamenco , Tango, peintes par l'artiste français BERNARD E. BENEITO, qui vient d'être reconnu Maître dans le livre d'art international "Maîtres et Epigones" de l'écrivain, historien et critique d'art international Sam Aberg, Laval, Québec, Canada. Le livre a été présenté à la foire du livre de Montréal en octobre 2007.  Toutes informations dans le nouveau site http://www.bernardbeneito.com qui remplace www.stlouisbluesart.com .  M. BENEITO offre des cours de peinture à Palo Alto, à la Maison des Artistes; voir son site web pour des renseignements supplémentaires.

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*CLASSES*

Continuing .... February 22, March 28, April 25 & May, 23, 2008.  PARIS:  THE SETTING FOR MEDIEVAL PASSION & REVOLUTION, TO CONTEMPORARY TIMES.  A course taught by Anne Bishop.  Paris is brought to life through a biography and novels written by contemporary writeres.  The legendary story of Abélard and Héloïse unfolds in 12th century Paris.  An enlightened artistocrat from Marie-Antoinette’s court flees the guillotine for the New World, before returning to post-revolutionary Paris.  Through the psychological novel and Nouveau Roman, we explore the memories and passions that drive characters in modern Paris from the mid-20th century to today.  Texts are:  Farewell, My Only One (Antoine Audouard), Bluebird, Or the Invention of Happiness (Sheila Kohler), Bonjour Tristesse (Françoise Sagan), The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein (Marguerite Duras), The Mark of the Angel (Nancy Huston).  Five Fridays, 10am-12pm.  $95.

Beginning June 2008.  COURS D’ETE A LATITUDE.  The Latitude Cultural Center is located in the ancient riverside hamlet of La Toulzanie (about 55 km east of Cahors in the Quercy). Nearby are the cave paintings at Pech-Merle, one of France's most beautiful villages (St. Cirq Lapopie), the Chateau of Cenevieres (with its amazing alchemy room), and the pilgrimage site, Rocamadour. ( Founder/director Barbara Phillips is formerly a professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at San Francisco State. She divides her time between La Toulzanie and Berkeley.)      Latitude will be offering  a variety of week-long  classes in summer, 2008, including a week of Total Immersion in French. Visit http://www.latitude.org/  for details.

  • June 7-14:  2 classes
  • (1) Southwest French cuisine will be featured in this cooking class. The teachers: two women who live in the Lot --  Yvette Soursou, in charge of the local hunting feasts, among other triumphs, and Francoise Griffin, an excellent French cook (bilingual) who taught dessert-making at Latitude several years ago. Together, they will conduct a hands-on workshop focusing on local specialties such as cassoulet and pastis (not the drink). 
  • (2) Wine tasting and discovery. This class features wines from southwest France, much less known globally than wines from the Loire, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Agathe Thullier, bi-lingual oenologist with expertise, degrees, and a good nose, will guide us through tastings and a history of wine plus a look at the future of vines in the area. (There will be an extra charge for tasting fine wines of 30 euros.)
  • June 14-21, 2 classes:
  • (1) Music in a Jugular Vein. Facilitator, Bebo White, head, California Jug Band Association
  • (2) Serge Marc Lazard will lead a painting workshop, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Serge is bilingual, having lived and taught  art in the U.S. for over 20 years. He presently calls Paris home. He can teach in either (or both) languages, depending on what participants prefer.
  • (3) Creative Loitering in the Lot: A photography workshop with Jeff Berner, who lives in Paris and Marin County
  • June 21-28, 2 classes:
  • (1) : Rob O'Brien, who taught at Latitude in 2006, returns to offer another watercolor workshop. Rob has garnered  many honors in his home region of New England --  and for good reason!
  • (2) A Taste of Southwest France, featuring visits to the 20,000 +year-old cave paintings at Pech-Merle, wineries, a goat cheese farm, a local market, and a medieval walkabout, led by Latitude's founder/director, Barbara Phillips
  • July 12-19:  TOTAL IMMERSION IN FRENCH WEEK-- MORNING AND AFTERNOON CLASSES, IN FRENCH, PLUS MEALTIMES RESTRICTED TO THE FRENCH LANGUAGE.
  • (1) Mornings: Renee Morel will offer a morning class about the history of modern French art (with many slides). This will be Renee's 7th time teaching at Latitude. Students and former students (at Latitude, City College in San Francisco, San Francisco State, and The French Class in San Francisco) all tell us she is a terrific teacher who is very organized, speaks clearly and knowledgeably, and who  invites questions.
  • (2)  Afternoons:  Potpourri! A variety of speakers, including Jean-Pierre Nouveau, head of Maisons Paysannes de la France in Quercy,  Agathe Thullier, oenologist and art gallery proprietor, and Christine DaBlanc, a politically-active mother and grandmother, will lead discussions (and some will show slides) on a variety of topics, ranging from local architecture to child-rearing practices and the future of the wine trade in France. Also, Paul Verdier, Ph.D. in Comp. Literature and an expert in local history. If you have any questions about French customs, this will be a good  time to get the informed opinions  of  various knowledgeable people; most summer in the Lot but live in bigger cities, such as Paris and Clermont-Ferrand

June 20-28, 2008.  THE JOY OF SPEAKING FRENCH!   8 days  of a Total Immersion Experience, with accommodation - classes - outings and visits to  beautiful surroundings - sharing meals (purchasing & preparing) and conversing, all in French!  An Intermediate to Advanced level of proficiency is necessary. Nadine Goodban, has been teaching French to adults for 25 years within the San Francisco area. Also conducts workshops - 3 or 6 days (including gourmet vegetarian meals).  Her love for the language is truly communicative, as proven by students who come regularly from a 50 mile radius but they come from much farther away for her workshops.   The workshop, near Toulouse, in France, will consist of 3 hours of classes: grammar, exercises, practice, dialogues, reading, discussions. Lunch will be prepared together. In the afternoons we will visit the local markets / artisans / various places of interest. In the evenings we will have the choice of dining together at home under the stars, or in restaurants, with more conversation.  And all the while you will be corrected on pronunciation, grammar or syntax. $1,275.00 includes a double-room w/shared bath, breakfasts, classes and visits to various markets (food, antiques, etc.)   Lunch & dinner are the students' responsibility but will be prepared family-style all together. For more information, please contact : Nadine Goodban, (707)644-3421  nadalang@comcast.net

August 2008. SPANISH 1 IN FRENCH, FOR STUDENTS OF FRENCH.  The SRJC Dept. of Modern and Classical Langugages is delighted to     announce a new course: Spanish 1 in French! That's right. Next fall (beginning in August), you will have the    opportunity to learn Elementary Spanish at SRJC in a French-language classroom. This course is designed for those of you who have attained an advanced-intermediate level of French (meaning you've completed two years of French) and now are excited at the idea of using your French as you begin to learn Spanish. The elementary Spanish book used in the class is published in France for French learners of Spanish.  The language of the classroom (when it isn't Spanish) will be French. Spanish 1 in French will be taught by an instructor who is fluent in and experienced at teaching both languages. This is a unique opportunity. Indeed, I don't think many of my colleagues really believe that there are enough students out there  to fill this class, but I know you, the wonderful students who have come through our French classes. Information: Todd Straus,  tstraus@santarosa.eduor 707.527.4608.

August-December 2008.  FRENCH CLASSES AT DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE include first-, second-, third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-semester French, as well as first-, second- and third-term conversational French. Day and evening classes available http://www.dvc.edu for information, or contact Julia Flanagan-Schmidt at jflanagan-schmidt@dvc.edu, or Claudia Martinez at cmartinez@dvc.edu .  

eLYCEE is pleased to announce the opening of its new Minischool, with weekly French classes for kids aged 9 and 10. Based on our popular Maintien de la Langue classes for French-speaking students in the USA, our Minischool gives younger kids access to our unique virtual classroom.  Our native French teachers  encourage production and creativity, bringing the language and the culture to life in 90-minute total immersion sessions.   In our relaxed learning environment, students develop their language skills and confidence, they work together, and - best  of all - they love it.  It's a brand new way to learn French for Life.  For more information, visit www.elycee.com 

POUR TOUS LES PETITS:  NEW CLASS FOR KIDS at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  With native speaker EVELYNE WHITMAN.  To register, contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org  or call 707.543.8151. Saturdays, 11am-12pm. 

eLYCEE "http://www.elycee.com/"  eLycée has a new agenda for 2007, with a range of new online courses to choose from, including, for Middle School & High School students: private tutorials, Summer Camp, AP classes; for College students: private tutorials, workshops, French Club, AP classes, online OuLiPo workshops; for Adults: private tutorials, workshops, French Club, online OuLiPo workshops; and OuLiPo’s online ‘Ateliers d’Ecriture’ are available online for the first time ever; ONLY with eLycée.  We have a new website, too:  http://www.elycee.com/ If you would like to know more about this innovative program of after school classes, please contact Julian Hirst at julian.hirst@elycee.com, or +1 877 624 5330.  www.elycee.com

FRENCH WINE CLASSES. Session 1 begins March 12 The French Wine Society is offering French wine classes in San Francisco. Each class will be an in-depth lecture of a particular region including a tasting of six carefully selected fine wines to illustrate the regions character. These classes should not be missed. They represent a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of French wine.  Eric Lecours, Regional Director of the French Wine Society Bay Area, will be instructing the classes. He is a Certified Wine Educator and holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the WSET. He is also one of only 20 Americans to be certified by the region of Bordeaux as an official instructor, having been sponsored by the Bordeaux Wine Council to attend a weeklong educational program in Bordeaux last year. He continues his studies and is working toward his Masters of Wine, the most respected qualification in the Wine Industry.  For more information and registration: http://www.frenchwinesociety.org

CLASSES DE CUISINE.  L'alimentation saine, c'est delicieuse! Venez tous chez Janet, infirmière et chef de cuisine, pour des classes de cuisine. Mes classes, à San Rafael, sont petites et vous travaillez dans ma grande cuisine professionelle pour apprendre les recettes qui sont bien pour maigrir et prévenir les maladies. Après, nous dinons en famille. Et bien sur, nous parlons français! Janet Dresser 415.455.8939 ou http://www.cookingforyourlife.com

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion.  http://www.ArtandCookingClassesinFrance.com Philippe Gion was a resident of San Francisco from 1986 to 2001, then time shared between the US and Provence.  Owner & chef of the restaurant "Café Landais" (1986-1990) then, manager of the restaurant of the "Alliance Fançaise,” he was also Executive Chef at Stanford University ("East House Residency", 1997- 2000).  He was a member of the Board of Director at the "Lycée Français Lapérouse" (1988-1991) and creator of the first French Ciné-Club in San Francisco ("Alliance Française Ciné-Club" with the partnership of the Lycée Français).  In 1996, Philippe Gion founded "Art and Cooking Classes in France" dedicated to bringing to our Anglo-Saxons friends and gourmets the best of the joie de vivre in France and, most of all, an attractive approach of the traditional French gastronomy in Provence.

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

NEW CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666. www.frenchclass.com for full details.

  • TRANSLATION COURSE ON LINE Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carrière :  devenez traducteur ou traductrice.  Spécialisez-vous dans le domaine de votre choix, explorez les possibilités. Formation assurée par Dominique Brémond, traductrice certifiée par le  Consulat Général de France à San Francisco, 20 ans d’expérience. Pour plus de  renseignements, veuillez contacter :  Dominiquebremond@aol.com 
  • WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES Please sign up in advance. Call (415) 362-3666 to register.  Workshops are in French unless indicated otherwise.  We are sorry, we cannot give refunds, credits, discounts or make-ups  for missed workshops. 24 hour cancellation policy applies. 
  • SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE January 26, 2008 - $85 - 4 hours of instruction + snacks Pronunciation Level 1. 10:00 to 11:00 - the 7 basic sounds and nasals    Pronunciation Level 2. 11:00 to 12:00 - combinations and special sounds 30 minute break: wine and cheese provided. Miam! Miam! Pronunciation Level 3. 12:30 to 1:30 - liaisons, intonations and rhythm Pronunciation Level 4. 1:30 to 2:30 - contractions and exceptions Offered again: Saturday, February 23, 2008
  • Thursday 1/17 - 1:00 to 2:30. $24. What is a tense and what is a mood? La différence entre le présent de l’indicatif, du subjonctif et duconditionnel. And more... (Level 1 to 6)
  • Thursday 1/31 - 1:00 to 2:30. $24. Passé composé ou imparfait? A clear and easy presentation of the main differences between these 2 tenses. (Level 3 to 7)  
  • CONFERENCES BY RENEE MOREL $10 - (one hour and a half each; includes handouts; Each conference is offered twice). Space is limited. Please reserve early and call (415) 362-3666 to register. (1) “RUBENS, MAITRE DU BAROQUE FLAMAND"Tuesday, January 22 (6:00 to 7:30 pm) or Saturday, January 26 (10:30 am to noon); (2) “LES PIONNIERS DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE” Tuesday, February 12 (6:00 to 7:30 pm) or Saturday, February 16 (10:30 am to noon)
  • Thursday 2/14 - 1:00 to 2:30. $24. French etiquette: polite form with use of  the conditional, how to ask a question or favor. (Level 4 to 8) Thursday 2/28 - 1:00 to 2:30. $24. The expression of time: since, for, ago...  and appropriate verb tenses. (Level 3 to 7)
  • CHEESE WORKSHOP Saturday, March 8, 2008 - From 10 to 12 $45 - 2 hours of instruction + cheese & wine A selection of cheese from the different regions of France, to discover,  discuss and, of course, taste! Explore the taste and the flavor of “du terroir.”
  • WEEKEND INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAMS Level one: Saturday & Sunday, March 1 & 2, 2008. 14 hrs of instruction. $250 9:30 to 12:30. Break (snacks & drinks provided). 1:00 to 5:00 Level 6/7: Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16. 10hrs of instruction. $180 10 to 12. Break (snacks & drinks provided). 1 to 4.
  • Going to France soon and forgot to learn French? ...OOPS!  It’s never too late!  6 hours of private instruction for only $199 + book  $21.70 Call now (415) 362-3666 to schedule your first level Zero “oops!” class.
  • 5 DAY INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAMS June 23 to 27 and December 15 to 19, 2008 All levels are offered (separately). Classes are 3 hours per day, either in  the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9 for 5  days. $275.  $20 off if paid 7 days before the intensive course begins! Sign up  now!
  • FRENCH BY PHONE AND INTERNET It is as simple as A, B, C! A. Try a FREE 15 min. lesson. No obligation. If you like it: B. Pay for FOUR 30 minute Phone Lessons @ $25 per lesson. (or $30 for one) C. Call us on the day of your appointment. (415) 362-3666 For more information, please call The French Class at (415) 362-3666 or  contact Dominiquebremond@aol.com The French Class - 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102 -  (415) 362-3666. www.frenchclass.com   

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 classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email info@optimalearning.com or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, http://www.optimalearning.com or http://www.optimalearningcenter.org

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

March 1, 2008.  DICTEE DE LA BAIE, organisée par San Francisco Bay  Accueil, avec la participation des écoles et alliances francaises de la  Baie et des Consulats de France et du Canada. Evènement gratuit, ouvert  à tous les francophones et francophiles de 6 à 99 ans. Dictées par  niveaux, en fonction des inscriptions. Remise de prix et goûter. Cette  année, la dictée se tiendra au Lycée français La Pérouse de San  Francisco sur la 19ème avenue à Ortega (ancien conservatoire de  musique). Les enfants seront regroupés par niveau scolaire, du CM1 à la  terminale et les adultes en 3 catégories, débutants, intermédiaires et  avancés. Inscription obligatoire avant le 15 février par email,  téléphone ou fax auprès de Christine Lemor-Drake.  christine@appletopomme.com tél  (415)292-7227 Fax(415)292-7247. Pour chaque candidat, nous avons besoin  du nom, de l'âge au 1er mars, de l'adresse, de l'email, du téléphone et  du niveau de français. A 13:30 heures.  // San Francisco Bay Accueil, a  French non-profit organization for French and Francophone, supported by  the French and Canadian Consulates, is organizing a "Dictée" in San  Francisco on March 1st, to celebrate the month of "Francophonie" in the  world. After a few years at the Alliance  Française, the success of this  entertaining and educational event has forced us to host it somewhere  else bigger. For this 5th edition of the "Dictée de la Baie", we will be  hosted by the Lycée français La Pérouse de San Francisco, in the  avenues. The event will start at 1:30 and should last about 3 hours. We would love to have coverage by the media interested by the French Culture.

March 1, 2008.  THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS.  The Sonoma & Mendocino Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a 3.5 hour course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in today's world.  This certified course, developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, Switzerland will be offered on March 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa. To register for the class, please call 707-577-7600. The class is free of charge. 

March 1, 2008.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  8:30pm.

March 3, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, Contact: Owen; Phone: 510-849-2087; Email: owenmoes@gmail.com  7:00pm.

March 3, 2008.  DBF, Redwood City. Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com  French American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 www.faccsf.com

March 4, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS.   Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925.  Contact: Karen West.  Phone: (415) 927-0960.  Email:  kwest@bookpassage.com  7pm

March 5, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS.  Stacey’s Bookstore 581 Market St. San Francisco, CA  94105 Contact: Ingrid Nystrom Phone: (415) 421-4687 Email: ingrid@staceys.com  12:30pm.

March 5, 2008 CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS.   Cody’s Bookstore 1730 Fourth Street Berkeley, CA 94710 Contact: Melissa Mytinger Phone: 510-845-0837 (events)     510-559-9500 (store) Email: melissa@codysbooks.com .  7pm.

March 6, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  Books, Inc. Town and Country Shopping Center El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94304 Contact: Margie Scott Tucker

March 6, 2008.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH DOMINIQUE NORA.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco,  the French American International School, San Francisco Bay Accueil and La Table Noire cordially invite you to join us for a :  Women in Business Luncheon Special "International Women's Day"! With Dominique Nora Thursday, March 6th Carnelian Room - "Bay Room"- 12:00 pm 555 California Street, 52nd Floor - San Francisco, CA 94104 The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (FACCSF) invites regularly the Francophile Women in Business to a professional network to promote their career, broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen. Take part of this great networking event  and seize the opportunity to meet French speaking business Women of the Bay area.  Come and network with Women in Business ! Men are welcome. Since 1989, Dominique Nora has been an economic writer for the famous French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.  Most recently, and still in the television field, she co-hosted for 2 years La semaine de l'économie, a weekly business show on the French TV channel France 5. Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com  French American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 www.faccsf.com

March 8, 2008.  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE.  Seminar presented by Marie Galanti, Attorney at Law, specializing in Estate Planning  and International Transactions, former Journal Français and France Today  publisher, at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310 San Francisco,  CA 94102 $15 per person. For reservations, please call (415) 362-3666, or contact  info@frenchclass.com Please purchase your ticket in advance, space is limited.  Topics: Costs, pitfalls to avoid, legal issues to consider. Paris or the Provinces? How do I begin my search? How do French real estate agencies work?  What is the role of the French notaire? Will I need a French Will? What are the tax implications while I own the property? When I sell? Is this a good idea...? Get answers to these and other questions in a discussion lead by Marie  Galanti. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

March 12, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at Booksmith 1644 Haight St. San Francisco, CA 94117 Contact: Thomas Phone: 415-863-8688 Email:   read@booksmith.com .  7pm.

March 13, 2008.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO presents classic Django Reinhardt Gypsy jazz and original compositions.  Kanbar Center, Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Cnter, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  8pm.

March 13, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS.   Orinda Books Sisters in Crime with Rhys Bowen 276 Village Square Orinda, CA 94563 Contact: Kathy Phone: 925-254-7606.  4pm.

March 13, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  Readers Books 130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 Contact: Lilla Weinberger Phone: 707-939-1779 Email: lilla@readersbooks.com ,  7:30pm.

March 13, 2008.  UNE INTERVENTION DU CHEF DE CHANCELLERIE DU CONSULAT GENERAL DE FRANCE. Organisée à Livermore par Thierry GABADOU, UFE, 925.366.9983 or tgabadou@psfin.com. 18h30.

March 14, 2008.  AN EVENING WITH CARA BLACK, presented by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  An evening with Cara Black  at Vista del Lago Country Club House, in the Bennett Valley section of Santa Rosa .  Cara Black's love affair with Paris and all things French stem from her Francophile family; a father who loved gastronomy and an  uncle who studied art with Georges Braque in Paris and meeting  the prix Goncourt winning author Romain Gary on her first trip to  Paris. She's a member of the Marais Historic Society and the Historic Society of the 10th arrondissement in Paris. She writes the award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in the different arrondissements of Paris.  Her talk will cover why she writes about Paris, why detective  stories and insights into her eighth mystery, Murder in the Rue de  Paradis.  Location : Vista del Lago Club House - 3150 Lakeview Drive,  Santa Rosa  Please confirm your presence in advance by calling  707.543.8151 by Monday 10 March - $12 members, $15 non-  members. Refreshments and snacks will be served after the  conference. 

March 14, 2008.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs at Zellerbach Hall.  In today’s contemporary music world, there is simply no musician quite like Angélique Kidjo.  Since the 1980s, the scintillating vocalist from BÉNIN, West Africa, has created a bridge that unites the rhythms and spirits of Africa with the grooves and vibes of the New World’s African diaspora.  An electrifying performer, she performs in French, English and her native Fon/Yoruba.  She has just released DJIN DJIN. http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 for details.

March 15, 2008.  JOURNEE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SACRAMENTO. 10am-4pm at the Alliance Française de Sacramento.   We are soliciting proposals (in English and French) from professors, teachers, independent scholars, journalists, businesses and/or community members for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Francophone culture and French language.   We also seek participants for our Cabaret Show. We hope to attract faculty, students, and community members who can perform as musicians, dancers or singers.   Proposals are due by January 31. Send proposals/inquiries to Dr. Vanessa Arnaud: arnaud@saclink.csus.edu

March 15, 2008.  LA BIBLE EN IMAGES:  L’ANCIEN TESTAMENT. Le Cafe Musee (a CCSF) fera, comme a son habitude, deux presentations en francais ce semestre. Notez-les si les themes vous interessent! Comment a-t-on, a travers les ages, illustre "le plus grand livre du monde", piece maitresse de la civilsation occidentale? 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM);CCSF (Visual Arts Bldg., Rm. V114)

March 15, 2008.  GALA DINNER AT MONDAVI WINERY.  On March 15th 2008, the French American Cultural Society and the Mondavi Winery will organize a gala event in celebration of the inaugural French American Cultural Society. World known chef Laurent Manrique of Aqua will prepare a gourmet dinner and famous pianist George Michalski will delight us with his music. Our event will be co-chaired by Madame Magrit Mondavi and the Consul General of France Monsieur Pierre-Francois Mourier.  The high public profile will be composed by people in the fields of business, politics, culture and preservation.  The organization is interested in your sponsorship in order to make this event a very special one. Sponsorship levels:  Benefactor - $4,600 Patron - $2,800  Sponsor Ticket - $500 for one - $850 for two Patron Ticket - $350   Donation Opportunity: If you are unable to attend but would like to support the French American Cultural Society remember that your deduction is tax deductible.   EIN: 94-3343354  For more information, please contact the French-American Cultural Society.

March 15-23, 2008.  SOUS LES YEUX DES FEMMES GARDE-COTES. La troupe de théâtre Platypus présente une comédie en deux actes de l'auteur Hongrois Pál Békés, "Sous les yeux des femmes garde-côtes". Avec: Yvette Adida, Arnaud Cabanel, Talia Fellah, Céline Hakoun, Emmanuelle Lambert, Thomas Marigné, Vincent Moreau,  Stéphanie Nehring et Michel Tassetto.  Mise en scène de Pascale Couderc. La pièce est jouée en français. La pièce sera jouée les samedis 15 et 22 mars,  à 19 heures 30 et les dimanches 16 et 23 mars, à 17 heures, au Théâtre Rhinoceros, 2926 -- 16th Street  (at South Van Ness), à  San Francisco.  (www.therhino.org).   Réservations: platypustheatre@yahoo.com

March 18, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  Bookshop West Portal 80 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 Contact: Neil Phone: 415-564-8080 Email: nsofman@aol.com.  7pm.

March 19, 2008.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit LA FOLLE DE CHAILLOT de JEAN GIRAUDOUX. AFSF, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.  707.543.8151 for details.

March 20, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS @ Sacramento Public Library Sacramento Bee Newspaper Book Club Pick Tsakopoulos Library Galleria 828 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 264-2800 Event arranged by Al Pierleoni Phone:  916 321-1128 Email: apierleoni@sacbee.com

March 20 & 22, 2008.  THE WORK OF PAULINE VIARDOT, 19TH C. FRENCH MEZZO AND COMPOSER, by star mezzo-sopranos Marilyn Horne and Frederica von Stade.  Staged by Lotfi Mansouri.  Herbst Theatre. Details to follow.

March 21, 2008.  THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS.  Lavish romantic drama set in 1820s Paris, from JACQUES RIVETTE.  Landmark Theaters. http://landmarktheatres.com for details.

March 22, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  BookSmart 80 East 2nd Street Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Contact: Jordan Rosenfeld Phone: (408) 778-6467 Email: jordansmuse@gmail.com 1pm.

March 24, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  Alliance Francaise de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, California 94109 Contact: Stephanie Wells Phone: (415) 775-7755 x 13 Email: stephanie@afsf.com 7pm.

March 25, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  A Great Good Place For Books 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 Contact: Kathleen Phone: (510) 339-8210 Email: books@ggpbooks.com 7pm.

March 25 or 29, 2008. BALTHUS: AMBIGUITE ET PROVOCATIONS. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par RENEE MOREL - en francais, naturellement!  Tuesday, March 25   (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) or Saturday, March 29 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM). $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice). IMPORTANT! Il est imperatif de reserver (sinon l'atelier risque d'etre annule!).  Contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, SVP, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com  Details to follow.

March 27, 2008. CERCLE DE LECTURE, animée par Bernadette Theisen. Lecture:  LUTETIA, de PIERRE ASSOULINE (2005).  Courriel :  theisen@netzero.net  Au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 heures.

March 28, 2008.  L’EUROPE ROMANTIQUE. The SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL invites RENEE MOREL to speak at the Lycee Francais de S.F. (Campus d'Ortega).  Détails à suivre.

March 29, 2008.  INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA’S 20TH ANNUAL GALA AND AUCTION.  Event: International School of the Peninsula¹s 20th Annual Gala and Auction:  Kabuhayan! An ISTP Filipino Fiesta! Date and Time: Saturday, March 29th, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Venue: Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA Description: ISTP¹s 20th Annual Gala and Auction brings guests a glimpse of the Philippines with their Filipino culture-themed event. Guests will be treated to a delicious gourmet Filipino dinner, entertainment, dancing, and live auction. All proceeds benefit the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, CA ‹ a dual language immersion nursery through 8th grade school with French and Mandarin Chinese programs. To register or for more information, visit www.istp.org/gala or call (650) 251-8538. Tickets are $175 per person, black tie / elegant attire, please. Website: http://www.istp.org/gala

April 3-5, 2008.  URBAN BUSH WOMEN / COMPAGNIE JANT-BI CREATIVE EXCHANGE presents BEAUTY OF LITTLE THINGS.   This unique project brings together african and African American dance companies – one all-male and one all-female – and two powerhouse female choreographers.  GERMAINE ACOGNY, hailed as the mother of contemporary African dance, expores the role of community in forming idenitty with Brooklyn-based BESSIE Award-winnning choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, of Urban Bush Women.  Acogny choreographs for her all-male troupe, JANT-BI.  In this Bay Area premiere, artists from Africa collaborate with the children of the Diaspora on a work that explores the crossroads between culture and ethnicity, history and modernity. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco.  http://www.ybca.org for details.

April 4, 2008.  BAB’AZIZ:  THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL.  Visually breathtaking, dual storytelling from TUNISIA, set in both contemporary and ancient worlds. Landmark Theaters. http://landmarktheatres.com for details.

April 8, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADISb at  San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Contact: Joan Jasper Phone: (415) 557-4595 Email: jjasper@sfpl.org 6:30pm.

April 10, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at Mrs. Dalloways 2904 College Ave Berkeley, CA 94705 Contact: Marion Phone: 510-704-8228 Email: marion@mrsdalloways.com .  7:30pm.

April 12, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at Healdsburg Walking Tours, LLC P.O. Box 2097 Healdsburg, CA 95448 Contact: Darla Meeker Phone: 707.484.6249 Email:  info@healdsburgwalkingtours.com 12pm.

April 12, 2008.  INTIMACIES AND OUTBURSTS. From the most intimate art song to fiery operatic duet, this program takes you on a journey through the ups and downs of love, featuring works by Purcell, Rossini, Mozart, FAURÉ, Brahms and Bernstein.  Jenni Samuelson joins faculty and concert artists from CSU Stanislaus.  Ives Concert Hall 119, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2353 or http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/ for details.  4pm.

April 15, 2008.  GENOCIDE OF THE TUTSIS IN RWANDA, a lecture by MS. MATHILDE MUKATABANA, as part of “LOST AND FOUND:  LIVING IN A POST-HOLOCAUST WORLD.”  25th Annual Sonoma State University Holocaust Lecture Series.  Free public lecture in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU.  Open to all.  Tuesdays, 4pm-5:40pm.

April 15 or 19, 2008. FIGURATIONS ET DEFIGURATIONS: LES PORTRAITS DE PICASSO. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par RENEE MOREL - en francais, naturellement!  Tuesday, April 15   (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) or Saturday, April 19 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) ). $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice). IMPORTANT! Il est imperatif de reserver (sinon l'atelier risque d'etre annule!).  Contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, SVP, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com  Details to follow.

April 16, 2008 CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  The Metropolitan Club 640 Sutter Street San Francisco Contact: Patrick Email: 415 673-0600.  11am.

April 16-18, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S PAVANE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS and BIZET’S SYMPHONY IN C MAJOR.  With Bernard Labadie, conductor.  415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

April 17, 2008.  GESTION DE PATRIMOINE QUAND LES OBJECTIFS SONT SUR DEUX CONTINENTS. Atelier offert à Livermore par Thierry GABADOU, UFE, 925.366.9983 or tgabadou@psfin.com. 18h30.

April 18, 2008.  SIXTH ANNUAL SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE FESTIVAL.  Join SSU language students and faculty for morning langauge competitions held for local high school students, followed by an afternoon Cabaret and an evening INTERNATIONAL DISCO!  Daytime events to be held in the Cooperage; evening disco to be held in the Multi-Purpose Room.  http://www.sonoma.edu.forlang for details.

April 24-May 11, 2008.  COCO, with music by ANDRÉ PREVIN.  Cabaret and concert star Andrea Marcovicci brings her captivating high style to the role of the magnificent and mercurial fasion doyenne COCO CHANEL.  Set in the early 1950s when Chanel was considered a has-been, Lerner and Previn’s musical memory play focuses on the Divine Coco’s amazing comeback – as well as her battles with a jealous rival designer and the boyfriend of her protégé.  Songs include Always Mademoiselle, The World Belongs to the Young, When Your Lover Says Goodbye, Fiasco, and Coco.  42ND Street Moon, Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA.  415.255.8207 or http://www.42ndstmoon.org for details. 

April 25-May 11, 2008.  THE BRIGANDS by JACQUES OFFENBACH. Deep in their hideout high in the french Pyrenees, a band of thieving brigands is about to embark on the biggest burglary of their career. Led by the fearless Falsacappa, and his beloved daughter Fiorella, a plan is hatched to acquire 3 million francs! Of course, to pull it off the band will have to intercept a royal wedding, don a host of disguises, and play the part of Spanish royalty in the Italian court—all this without losing their cool. Perhaps they’ve bit off more than they can chew...after all, the biggest thieves aren’t always hiding in the forests. Suffused with light social satire and Offenbach’s bubbly music.  $10-$15. http://www.cinnabartheater.org/cinnabar.2007-08brigands.html for details.

April 25-June 8, 2008.  LE THEATRE DE LA JEUNE LUNE presents FIGARO, inspired by Mozart and BEAUMARCHAIS, adapted by Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand, at BERKELEY REP’s Roda Theatre.  Another eccentric take on a timeless text, this performance marries famous characters from the plays of Beaumarchais with music from Mozart’s magnificent opera to create an accessible and exceptional new show.  In this version, Figaro and the Count recall their rivalry years later, amidst the bloodshed of the FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Intrigue, seduction, juicy love triangles… a revolutionary experience!  510.647.2949 or http://www.berkeeyrep.org for details.

April 27, 2008.  STEPHEN PRUTSMAN, pianist, performs RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR and more.  Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  http://wells.fargocentrarts.org for details.

May 2008.  JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS.  Jacques Brel Revival comes to MTC.  Direct from its one year off-Broadway run, the highly acclaimed revival of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris is coming to MTC! It will fill the fifth and final Boyer slot for the 2007-2008 season.  With a cast of four actors and three musicians, the show celebrates Brel-s timeless relevance and enduring passions. Translated from the French by American poet Eric Blau and lyricist Mort Shuman the show is a diverse blend of ballads, tangos, boleros, rock and classics. With raw human emotion, each piece tells a story, examining themes of love, war and adventure but never forgetting that life, with all its tragedies and complexities shows us much humor.  MTC's show will be directed by New York director Gordon Greenberg - cast to be announced - and will be co-produced with Dan Whitten, one of the producers of the -07 Tony Award-winning Jay Johnson the Two and Only.  -The best performed musical review to hit New York in ages-  - The Wall Street Journal  -The best musical in New York- - WBAI Radio  Brel tickets are available by subscription ONLY until Oct 30. Call today to subscribe 415.388.5208.Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  http://www.marintheatre.org/ for details.

May 2, 2008.  LES FEMMES IMPRESSIONNISTES. The SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL invites RENEE MOREL to speak at the Lycee Francais de S.F. (Campus d'Ortega).  Détails à suivre.

May 2, 2008. CARA BLACK, creator of Aimée Léduc, presents her new book MURDER IN THE RUE PARADIS at  Alliance Française de Berkeley 2004 Woolsey Street Berkeley, CA 94703 Contact: André Gout Phone: 510-548-7481 Email:  afberkeley@sbcglobal.net  6pm.

May 2-11, 2008.  THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY’S THE LITTLE PRINCE.  The West Coast premiere of composer’s  Rachel Portman’s adaptation of the beloved children’s classic.  For the whole family.  St.-Exupery’s fable about a pilot who crash-lands in the desert and meets an open-heared boy from another planet is a gentle reminder to hold on to what is truly important in life.  Sung in English with English supertitles.  Tickets for ages 16 and under are half-price for all performances.  http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 for details.

May 3, 2008. "L'IMPRESSIONNISME AU FEMININ:  BERTHE MORISOT, MARY CASSATT, EVA GONZALEZ" Trois grandes artistes qui possedaient autant de talents que leurs contemporains masculins (offert en conjonction avec l'exposition qui se tiendra au California Palace of the Legion of Honor cet ete). 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  CCSF, Visual Arts Building, Room 114.

May 8 & 9, 2008. SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE performs ORPHEUS.   "The masterpiece of magical filmmaking. Though a narrative treatment of the legend of Orpheus in a modern Parisian setting, it is as inventive and enigmatic as a dream." - Pauline Kael. Directed by Jean Cocteau. (1949, 86 min., in French w/English subtitles). Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 in Darwin 103 Friday, May 9 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.

May 10, 2008. PINK MARTINI performs with the NAPA VALLEY SYMPHONY at the Lincoln Theater In Yountville. $35-$110. 8pm. 707.226.8742 or http://www.napavalleysymphony.org for details.

May 11, 2008.  RAFAL BLECHACZ performs DEBUSSY and more.  Herbst Theatre, http://chambermusicSF.org or 415.392.4400 for details.  $34-$38.  7pm.

May 13 or 27, 2008. GAUGUIN ET L'ECOLE DE PONT-AVEN. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par RENEE MOREL - en francais, naturellement!  Tuesday, May 13   (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) or Saturday, May 17 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM). $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice). IMPORTANT! Il est imperatif de reserver (sinon l'atelier risque d'etre annule!).  Contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, SVP, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com  Details to follow.

May 14, 2008.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT at Cooley Godward, Palo Alto.  Next May 14th, The Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council Northern California, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California and the German American Business Association of California will organize a great European Networking event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with numerous entrepreneurs and professionals in a very European atmosphere. For this event, Cooley Godward will host us in Palo Alto. Save the date!

May 22, 2008.  GESTION DES DROITS DE SUCCESION QUAND LES BIENS SONT SUR DEUX CONTINENTS. Atelier offert à Livermore par Thierry GABADOU, UFE, 925.366.9983 or tgabadou@psfin.com. 18h30.

May 28-31, 2008.  EX MACHINA:  THE ANDERSEN PROJECT.  By CANADIAN-BORN director-writer ROBERT LEPAGE and performed by YVES JACQUES.  Content appropriate for mature audiences only.   http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 for details. 

May 31 & June 1, 7 & 8, 2008. DU VENT DANS LES BRANCHES DE SASSAFRAS.  La troupe du théatre de la Baie du Sud présentera cette pièce de René Obaldia aux dates suivantes:  le samedi 31 mai, le dimanche 1 juin, le samedi 7 juin, et le dimanche 8 juin. Les représentations auront lieu au théâtre de l'école Gunn à Palo Alto. Un "western" burlesque pour tous, touchant d'humanité avec ses personnages fragiles et ses rencontres inattendues. Résumé de la pièce :    "Du Vent dans les branches de sassafras" est sans doute l'une des rares pièces de théâtre dont l'action se déroule dans le Far West. Comment en effet recréer dans un espace scénique forcément restreint l'épopée des colons américains, les luttes entre cow-boys et indiens et la vie mouvementée des grandes étendues de l'Ouest ? Pourtant, c'est le pari réussi de l'auteur René de Obaldia, membre de l'Académie française, dans cette pièce mise en scène pour la première fois en 1966, avec Michel Simon dans le rôle titre, et qui connaît depuis un succès jamais égalé pour l'oeuvre d'un auteur encore vivant. L'histoire se concentre sur le destin d'une famille de colons du Kentucky, les Rockefeller, qui tentent de survivre dans un monde où la raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure. Le vénérable John-Emery et sa femme Caroline doivent faire face aux conflits de générations avec leurs deux rejetons adolescents, à la présence d'un médecin ivrogne qui tape l'incruste dans le ranch familial, et se battre pour cultiver le lopin de terre qui leur sert de gagne-pain. Pour pimenter un peu le tableau, ne voilà-t-y pas que les Peaux-Rouges décident de se soulever et de mettre la région à feu et à sang ! Gunn High School, Palo Alto.

June 5 & 7, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs POULENC’s FIGURE HUMAINE and more. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

June 8, 2008.  NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs works by SAINT-GEORGES and more. Kanbar Center, Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Cnter, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  5pm.

June 19-21, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY’S SIX CHANSONS DE JEUNESSE and more.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

June 19-21, 2008.  HAITIAN ARTIST MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH performs at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  http://www.ybca.org for description and show times.

June 20-28, 2008.  THE JOY OF SPEAKING FRENCH! 8 DAYS  of a Total Immersion Experience. ( with accommodation - classes - outings and visits to  beautiful surroundings - sharing meals (purchasing & preparing) and conversing, all in French!)  An Intermediate to Advanced level of proficiency is necessary.  Nadine Goodban, has been teaching French to adults for 25 years within the San Francisco area. Also conducts workshops - 3 or 6 days -(including gourmet vegetarian meals). Her love for the language is truly communicative, as proven by students who come regularly from a 50 mile radius but they come from much farther away for her workshops.  The workshop, near Toulouse, in France, will consist of 3 hours of classes : grammar, exercises, practice, dialogues, reading, discussions. Lunch will be prepared together. In the afternoons we will visit the local markets / artisans / various places of interest. In the evenings we will have the choice of dining together at home under the stars, or in restaurants, with more conversation, And all the while you will be corrected on pronunciation, grammar or syntax.  $1,275.00 includes a double-room w/shared bath,  breakfasts, classes and visits to various markets (food, antiques, etc.)   Lunch & dinner are the students' responsibility but will be prepared family-style all together.  For more information, please contact : Nadine Goodban, (707)644-3421 nadalang@comcast.net

July 18-20 & 26-27, 2008.  THE 7TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  Détails à suivre…

November 7, 2008.  DBF aura le plaisir d'accueillir DIDIER MORETTI, VP Business Incubation chez Cisco System de 18h30 à 21h.  French-American Chamber of commerce, http://www.faccsf.com.  Détails à suivre…

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