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*FEBRUARY & MARCH EVENTS*     

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.  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. Website: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/africanfilm_2008

February 28, 2008. LECTURE BY DR. STEPHANE PETERMANN about the SWISS AUTHOR NICOLAS BOUVIER. San Francisco State University www.sfsu.edu  1600 Holloway Avenue Humanities Building #211 San Francisco This event is open to the public. The lecture in French by Prof. Stéphane Pétermann will be followed by the Film "Le hibou et la baleine" and a question and answer  session. 2pm - 4pm. Stéphane Pétermann's lecture tour to the United States has been made possible with funds for Culture from Switzerland's Department of Foreign Affairs in Berne.

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.  ODESSA. ODESSA, with MICHALE BOGANIM AT STANFORD. Michale Boganim, In Person Young French-Israeli filmmaker Boganim follows the journeys of Odessa's  Jewish community, exiled in Israel and the United States, and offers a  nostalgic and touching triptych of three cities in three colors: blue  Odessa, with the faded beauty of an old city; Little Odessa, a Russian  enclave in brick-colored New York; and Ashdod, a glaringly white mushroom  town that has sprung up in the Israeli desert. This event has been made possible by the Center for Russian, East European  and Eurasian Studies, and by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General  of France in San Francisco.  7pm.

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 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.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Nous invitons le Cercle Français de Petaluma à venir passer la soirée chez nous le Vendredi 29 Fevrier de 7H30 a 10H30 dans 2 semaines . Ce sera un vrai POT LUCK car nous serons absents jusqu'au Vendredi midi . Je n'aurai donc pas beaucoup de temps pour cuisiner a l'avance. Pour ma part , je prevoyerai de la salade verte et des omelettes que je fairai a la demande car je ne sais jamais combien de gens seront la. Apportez votre boisson preferee et de la nourriture a partager.  Le Jaccuzi sera chaud .  Apportez vos serviettes . A bientot , Bonne Route   Bernard & Chantal Bouyssounouse, Tel.: 415.892.2245  or chantalbernard@bouyssounouse.com

February 29, 2008,  DGINN performs at Mystic Theater & Music Hall, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.  707.765.2121 or http://www.mcnears.com for details.  8pm doors.  $10.  18+ only.

February 29, 2008.  MARK ST. MARY ZYDECO performs at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm.  $15.

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, 2008.  VILLAGE IMPORTS / MADE IN FRANCE Specialty Foods and Wines at Wholesale Prices (Yoghurts & Petits Suisses will be available on a limited basis).  211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.  415-562-1120.  2:00pm - 6:00pm.  Note:  "NEW" from White Toque:  A new world of frozen food: Croissants, Danishes, Appetizers, Desserts... Open warehouse updates now available at:http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

February 29 & March 1, 2008.  INTERNATIONAL CAREER FAIR. Worldwide job opportunities for engineers, scientists and managers  Over 40 companies and organizations will come to recruit for openings in France, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Engineering, scientific and business graduates, and experienced professionals, are encouraged to attend. With company presentations and exhibits, 7 keynotes and 11 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.   Participating companies include: Ansaldo STS, Cegelec, Cosmetic Valley, CNRS, Danone R&D, Dell, EDF R&D, Egis Rail, GE Energy, Heraeus, INSERM, INRA, Intensiv Filter, Inteq, Lafarge, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Renault-Nissan, Schmid, Thales, Total. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required at <http://www.icf08.com>. Online registration closes on Sunday, 2/24 at midnight. Walk-in registration is possible, however pre-registration increases your chances of securing a pre-scheduled interviews.  Special Offer: The first 1500 pre-registered candidates coming to the event will receive a free LinkedIn personal plus account (a $60 value). Friday, February 29 – 11:30am to 7pm Saturday March 1, 2008 – 8am to 5pm Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco. <http://www.icf08.com>

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.

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.  JAMES TIPTON speaks about ANNETTE VALLON:  A NOVEL OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. Come have tea with James Tipton who will tell us about why and how he chose to write a novel on Annette Vallon usually known only as an early chapter in Wordsworth's romantic life.   Born into a world of wealth and pleasure, Annette enjoys the privileges of aristocracy, but a burning curiosity and headstrong independence set her apart. Set amid the terror and excitement of the French Revolution, Tipton's evocative novel is the story of a woman who has for too long been relegated to the shadows of history.  2pm to 4pm  The Sitting Room, 170 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, www.SittingRoom.org

March 1, 2008. VODOO CABARET THEATRE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE.  With DJ MOHAMMED KOUYATE and others.  African drums, music, dancing.  El Rincon, 2700 16th St. (at Harrison), SF.  415.437.9240.

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 1-7, 2008.  CONTRA COSTA INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  Films include: Bad Faith / The Rape of Europa / La Maison De Nina  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article788

March 2, 2008.  DGINN performs at Smiley’s in Bolinas.  With open mic as well.

March 2, 2008.  GEORGES LAMMAM ENSEMBLE performs at Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell (at Union), SF.  415.646.0018.  $10.  8:45pm.

March 2, 2008.  MARIE ANTOINETTE, a film by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

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 4, 2008.  WINE DINNER AT TWIST BISTRO. For the reservation you need to e-mail me at d@twist-bistro.com or call us at 408-370-2467.

March 4, 2008.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride; performance at 8:30pm.  $10.

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 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.

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 6, 2008.  INTERFRENCH WORKSHOP :  COACHING ~ KEYS TO IMPROVED RESULTS.  You are cordially invited to our next event, Thursday, March 6th.    L'Executive Club is a gathering of French-speaking chief executives in Silicon Valley. Its goal is to create a working as well as a support group for top executives in a convivial atmosphere. Meetings include top executives from start-ups to billion dollar companies. InterFrench SV is the business networking and education arm of InterFrench in Silicon Valley, a not-for-profit California Corporation. InterFrench also has chapters in many other places in the world: http://www.interfrench.com/. Event Venue: Hillview Avenue.

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 8, 2008  RICK STEVES’ EUROPE MARATHON.  KQED TV9, 4pm-10pm.

Through March 9, 2008.  CANDIDE by VIRAGO THEATRE COMPANY at Rhythmix Cultural Works.  Virago Theatre Company performs John Caird’s newer, darker version of the musical scored by Leonard Bernstein and adapted from 18th c. French philosopher VOLTAIRE’s story about the audacity of losing all hope.  Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding, Alameda.  510.845.5060 or http://www.rhythmix.org for details.  $15-$25.

March 11, 2008.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes a dinner with Mr. SERGE BELLANGER. Mr. Serge Bellanger, President of the FACC NYC, and until recently UCCIFE President, is traveling to the West Coast in March. He will be our guest for a dinner at Cortez in San Francisco. Please join us for this great occasion to get together!  This event is reserved to our members.  Please contact Marie Brun at the FACCSF to reserve your seat.  Please note that space is very limited. info@faccsf.net

March 11-15, 2008.  SWISS FLORAL ARTIST REGULA ALLENSPACH WEILL presents her work at the 24TH ANNUAL BOUQUETS TO ART exhibit. The 24th Annual Bouquets to Art comes to the de Young in March. The de Young's galleries will feature nearly one hundred and fifty floral arrangements, by prominent Bay  Area designers and garden clubs, among them will be the talented Swiss floral artist, Regula Allenspach Weill. This event, organized and produced by the members of the Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary, raises funds to support acquisitions, traveling exhibitions, and education programs. It includes an opening night gala, lectures on floral design as well as luncheons and teas. De Young Museum www.bouquetstoart.org 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive Golden Gate Park San Francisco.

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.  SOIREE AVEC LE CHEF DE CHANCELLERIE M. JEAN CHARLES LEDOT, ET LE CONSUL HONORAIRE DE SAN JOSE M. HERVE LE MANSEC.  Sponsorisée par FABRIQUE DELICES, (www.fabriquedelices.com), TWIST CAFE/BISTRO (www.twist-bistro.com) (www.twist-cafe.com); WHITE TOQUE (www.whitetoque.com), GALAXY DESSERTS (www.galaxydesserts.com).  Organisée par l’Union des Français de l’Etranger (www.ufesf.org).  Contact:  Thierry Gabadou, atgabadou1@comcast.net

March 13-21, 2008.  TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, including:  A PERFECT MATCH (Belgium, 2007); PERSONAL SPECTATOR (Belgium, 2006); LE SYSTEME POUTINE / THE PUTIN SYSTEM (France, 2007); BEYOND THE BLUE (Fiji, 2007, 8 min); FISHEYE FANTASEA (Fiji, 2007, 8 min); LA MAISON JAUNE / THE YELLOW HOUSE (Algeria/France, 2007); 99 DAYS ON THE ICE (France, 2006); SON NOM (France, 2007, 22 min); UNE FEMME A ABATTRE / KILL THE MESSENGER (France, 2007); MONSIEUR MAX (France, 2007); IL ETAIT UNE FOIS… SACHA ET DÉSIRÉ (France, 2006, set in Guadeloupe, 25 min); LA PLUIE DES PRUNES / PLUM RAIN (France, 2007); WELCOME EUROPA (France, 2006); LES MURS ONT DES VISAGES / THE FACES ON THE WALL (France/Iran, 2007); LA BRUNANTE / TWILIGHT (Canada, 2007); VOLEURS DE CHEVAUX / IN THE ARMS OF MY ENEMY (France/Canada/Belgium, 2007); CLOUDS OVER CONAKRY (Guinea, 2007), plus and SWISS FILMS DOUBLE TALK (5 min short), I WAS A SWISS BANKER (75 min); THE BELLRINGER (4 min.); PROTESTATION V (7 min.);  IT SNOWS IN MARRAKECH (15 min.).  Location:  1680 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.  415.381.4123 or http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for details.

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 14, 2008.  SOIREE UNION DES FRANCAIS DE L’ETRANGER à l’ISTP de Palo Alto (http://www.istp.org/).  18h30   A travers les ateliers UFE, l’objectif est d’offrir aux Français de la Baie une opportunité pour se rencontrer, profiter de mets succulents et de vins français « gouteux », offerts par nos « sponsors », et fournir des réponses sur des sujets aussi variés que la retraite, l’assurance maladie, l’immobilier, la taxation d’expatriés ou le rôle d’accompagnement du Consulat Français dans la vie des expatriés de la baie.   A cet effet et pour notre soirée du 13 Mars 2008, M. Jean Charles Ledot, Chef de Chancellerie et Consul Adjoint nous fera le plaisir d’offrir une présentation sur les thèmes suivants : L’Education de nos enfants : les nouveautés en matière de prise en charge; La Sécurité en cas de cataclysme : Un lien entre la France et la Californie; La Protection du citoyen français : Un rôle de soutien; Le Vote : Une voie pour les Français de l’Etranger; L’inscription au consulat : L’Etat Civil rendu simple.  Le Consulat Français : Un Service d’accompagnement, d’accueil et de partenariat dans la vie des Français de l’Etranger.  Nous aurons également la chance d’avoir la présence de M. Herve le Mansec, Consul Honoraire de San Jose. 

March 14-22, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC OPERA presents LA BOHEME, one of Giacomo Puccini’s most famous works, which centers around a community of artists in Paris.  Cowell Theater, SF.  800.919.8088 or http://sfflyricopera.org 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.  THE BIBLE IN IMAGES: ARTISTS AND THE OLD TESTAMENT. – conférence en français offerte par Renée Morel. For over two thousand years, the Bible has fired passions and imaginations alike. Synonymous with the word "book," this cornerstone of Western civilization presents, in the form of myths, narratives, prayers, proverbs, oracles or legislative texts, a vast chronicle of humankind and its relationship with God.  Obscure artisans as well as famous artists of all times have illustrated this "Book of Books," whether in medieval miniatures, sculptures adorning Romanesque chapels or Gothic cathedrals, vast compositions on the ceilings or walls of Baroque churches. How have they represented the stories from the Old Testament, common to the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox faiths? We will examine differences in the various visual depictions of the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, the Tower of Babel, Jacob and the Angel, or Biblical figures from Abraham to Moses. We will also discuss a strange paradox: Why is it that the Book so concerned with the ineffable transcendence of God, so determined to fight idolatry and graven images, has become the greatest source of visual art in the Western world? [This presentation is offered in conjunction with the "Treasures from the Holy Land" [or "Dead Sea Scrolls"] exhibit at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.] Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating discussions! Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Café Musée team. Open to all. Donation: $3; parking an additional $2. (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM).  Visual Arts Bldg, Room V114, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., SF.

March 15, 2008.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  $27.  8pm.

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, 2008.  UNE SOIREE FRANÇAISE to benefit the Merola Opera Program. In the spirit of the opulent BELLE EPOQUE era, the Merola Opera Program presents an evening of French music, cuisine and culture at this elegant party at the Four Seasons Hotel.  $2500-$10000.  San Francisco.  6:30pm-10:15pm.  415.565.6427 or http://www.merola.org for details. 

March 15, 2008  LES MILLE ET UNE NUITS:  A FUNDRAISER FOR L’ECOLE FRANCAISE DE SUNNYVALE.  Le PTA de l’ecole francaise de Sunnyvale organise une soiree fundraising le Samedi 15 Mars 2008 a 7h au Fairbrae Swim Club de Sunnyvale. Le theme de la soiree: "Les mille et une nuits"  Program: Buffet Dinner Live auction Raffle Open Bar Surprises Dance  $35 par personne (cocktail or arabian nights attire)  Et c est organise par notre talentueuse Danseuse Anne Lorraine Bahi, cela risque d’etre tres tres sympa. J’attends vos reponses avec impatience.  Contact:  stephaniewboireau@gmail.com

March 15, 2008. RICK STEVES’ EUROPE MARATHON.  KQED TV9, 1am-7am.

March 15 & March 20, 2008.  A GIRL IS A GUN, UNE AVENTURE DE BILLY LE KID, at SFMOMA.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article846.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

March 15 & 22, 2008.  ABSTRACT PAINTING WORKSHOP offered by SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER. Northbay Artworks Suite 208, 7049 Redwood Boulevard Novato, CA for info and registration contact Monika at 415 785 8883or e-mail: mosteiner@gmx.net [mailto:mosteiner@gmx.net]  A second workshop will take place on April 18 and April 25 in Sausalito, CA.

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

Through March 16, 2008.  ENDGAME by Irish expat SAMUEL BECKETT.    Rob Melrose directs this reimagining of Samuel Beckett’s tale of earth’s last four remaining inhabitants.  A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida St., SF.  800.838.3006 or http://www.cuttingball.com for details.

March 16, 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/

March 16, 2008.  FINE FRENCH 18TH C. FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ARTS, featured at a BOHHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS SOMA Estate Auction.  200 lots are French-related.  A legendary sale of the estate of PHYLLIS BUTTERFIELD, one of the founding family.  Open to the public; items may be viewed on March 14 and 15.  For more information:  http://bonhams.com/us or email christine.larson@bonhams.com or call 415.503.3479.

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 19, 2008.  FRENCH DINNER RECEPTION at the WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL. A catered buffet dinner for francophones with a planned address by the French Consul in San Francisco will be held by the World Affairs Council with the participation of members of its long running French Dinner Group, as well as of other interested francophones.  The language for this event is  French at the advanced and intermediate level, with many native speakers  also expected. There is a fee for this event of $15 for members of the World Affairs Council and $25 for non-members. Pre-paid registration is recommended - it can be made at the listing of this event at the online  calendar of the World Affairs Council . Location  of the event: 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA.  6:30pm-9pm. (http://www.itsyourworld.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2167&SnID=535440509). 

March 19 & 20, 2008.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features CAFÉ ROUGE and LE COLONIAL.  KQED TV9, 2:30pm on 3/19 or 7:30pm on 3/20.

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 21, 2008. SUSAN VREELAND presents her book LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY at Borders, 4750 Natomas Blvd., Sacramento.  7pm.

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 22, 2008.  MOULIN ROUGE (1952), the rich, colorful tale of a TOULOUSE-LAUTREC.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

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, 2008. SUSAN VREELAND presents her book LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY at Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market St., San Francisco. 12:30pm.

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 27, 2008. GUITARIST ALAIN GARCIA AT THE LYCEE FRANCAIS LA PEROUSE. 7pm.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article858.  In partnership with the French American Cultural Society.

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

March 31, 2008.  GLOBE TREKKER features MICRONESIA.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

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.

CARAMEL (Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, in Arabic and French). Opera Plaza, SF.

CONTRA COSTA INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  Films include: Bad Faith / The Rape of Europa / La Maison De Nina  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article788 March 1-7, 2008. 

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

THE EYE.  Horror flick by French duo DAVID MOREAU AND XAVIER PALUD. Century 20; AMC Eastridge 15.   

A GIRL IS A GUN, UNE AVENTURE DE BILLY LE KID, at SFMOMA.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article846.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco. March 15 & March 20, 2008. 

IN BRUGES. In numerous theaters in the Bay Area! 

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: 

  • 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.

ODESSA. ODESSA, with MICHALE BOGANIM AT STANFORD. Michale Boganim, In Person Young French-Israeli filmmaker Boganim follows the journeys of Odessa's  Jewish community, exiled in Israel and the United States, and offers a  nostalgic and touching triptych of three cities in three colors: blue  Odessa, with the faded beauty of an old city; Little Odessa, a Russian  enclave in brick-colored New York; and Ashdod, a glaringly white mushroom  town that has sprung up in the Israeli desert. This event has been made possible by the Center for Russian, East European  and Eurasian Studies, and by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General  of France in San Francisco.  7pm.  February 28, 2008.

PERSEPOLIS, made by French directors MARJANE SATRAPI and VINCENT PARONNAUD, and set during Iran’s Islamic Revolution.   In French. Northgate, San Rafael; Kabuki, SF; Empire, SF; Embarcadero, SF; Opera Plaza, 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. Rafael, San Rafael; Kabuki, SF; Opera Plaza, SF; Four Star, SF.

TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, including: 

  • A PERFECT MATCH (Belgium, 2007);
  • PERSONAL SPECTATOR (Belgium, 2006);
  • LE SYSTEME POUTINE / THE PUTIN SYSTEM (France, 2007);
  • BEYOND THE BLUE (Fiji, 2007, 8 min);
  • FISHEYE FANTASEA (Fiji, 2007, 8 min);
  • LA MAISON JAUNE / THE YELLOW HOUSE (Algeria/France, 2007);
  • 99 DAYS ON THE ICE (France, 2006);
  • SON NOM (France, 2007, 22 min);
  • UNE FEMME A ABATTRE / KILL THE MESSENGER (France, 2007);
  • MONSIEUR MAX (France, 2007);
  • IL ETAIT UNE FOIS… SACHA ET DÉSIRÉ (France, 2006, set in Guadeloupe, 25 min);
  • LA PLUIE DES PRUNES / PLUM RAIN (France, 2007);
  • WELCOME EUROPA (France, 2006);
  • LES MURS ONT DES VISAGES / THE FACES ON THE WALL (France/Iran, 2007);
  • LA BRUNANTE / TWILIGHT (Canada, 2007);
  • VOLEURS DE CHEVAUX / IN THE ARMS OF MY ENEMY (France/Canada/Belgium, 2007);
  • CLOUDS OVER CONAKRY (Guinea, 2007), plus
  • and SWISS FILMS
  • DOUBLE TALK (5 min short),
  • I WAS A SWISS BANKER (75 min);
  • THE BELLRINGER (4 min.);
  • PROTESTATION V (7 min.); 
  • IT SNOWS IN MARRAKECH (15 min.). 
  • Location:  1680 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.  415.381.4123 or http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for details. March 13-21, 2008. 

LA VIE EN ROSE.  Lark, Larkspur.

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*   

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.

March 20-May 31, 2008.  ADEL ABDESSEMED : DON'T TRUST ME, at San Francisco Art Institute.  Examining the system of spectacle, French artist Adel Abdessemed works in video, animation, performance, and sculptural installation.  March 19 - Opening reception, 5:30 pm / Public Lecture, 7:30 pm; March 20 - May 31 – Exhibition; http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article853.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

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 April 30, 2004.  MONIKA STEINER at JOE HAMER SALON.  Talented Swiss artist Monika Steiner (www.monikasteiner.net)  is exhibiting some of her work at Joe Hamer Salon - until April 30 18 Petaluma Boulevard North Petaluma, CA for opening hours: Tel 707 773 1735.

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*

March 17-May 8, 2008.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by ANNE BISHOP, including Beginning French, Lower Intermediate French, Intermediate French, Upper Intermediate French, Advanced French. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

Continuing .... 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.

March 25-May 13, 2008.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  SECOND YEAR, FOURTH QUARTER.  Taught by Ellen Karel at College of Marin, Kentfield Campus, http://www.marincommunityed.org.  Tuesday evenings, 7:10pm-9pm. $84.

March 26-May 14, 2008.  THE LITERARY LIFE OF FRANCE:  THE ROMAN OF THE ROSETaught by Erika Harkins at College of Marin, Kentfield Campus, http://www.marincommunityed.org.  Wednesday afternoons, 2:10pm-4pm. $84.

March 27-May 15, 2008.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  FIRST YEAR, FOURTH QUARTER.  Taught by Ellen Karel at College of Marin, Kentfield Campus, http://www.marincommunityed.org.  Thursday evenings, 7:10pm-9pm. $84.

April 2-May 28, 2008.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS. Taught by Colette Scafani.  Drake High School.  Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm.  $95.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

April 7-May 19, 2008.  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS.  Taught by Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 8-June 10, 2008.  FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR. Taught by Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 17-May 22, 2008.  FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS.  Taught by Dominique Paillet.  Redwood High School.  Thursdays, 7pm-9pm.  $75.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

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.

  • FRENCH FOR FUN.  French For Fun, a well-known language and cultural center in the East Bay, has long been a meeting ground for Francophone and Francophile parents. Recently relocated to a newer, larger facility, we’d like to invite you to come and check us out! We have a brand new Baby Circle for one-year-olds on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 10:30 and an ongoing Moms n’Tots program for toddlers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:30. You don’t need an appointment. The first lesson is always free. Drop in and while you’re here feel free to browse our videothèque and library of French children’s books. We’d love to meet you! Madame@FrenchForFun.com or www.FrenchForFun.com

    PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available.  Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

    February 28, 2008.  THURSDAY GRAMMAR WORKSHOP - Thursday Grammar Workshop The expression of time: since, for, ago... and appropriate verb tenses. Example: Ca fait deux ans que je ne l'ai pas vu. Versus, Je le vois depuis  deux ans. (Level 3 to 7) 1:00 to 2:30. $24. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    March 1 & 2, 2008.  LEVEL ONE WEEKEND INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAMS, 14hrs of instruction. $250, 9:30 to 12:30. Break (snacks & drinks provided). 1:00 to 5:00. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    March 8, 2008. CHEESE WORKSHOP. Saturday - From 10 to 12 History, stories, tasting and tips on cheese selection for your guests  enjoyment as well as your own. Explore France and its regions through a selection of  cheese from and, of course, taste! Discover the taste and the flavors “du  terroir. 2 hours of instruction + cheese & wine. $39 in advance or $45 at the door. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    March 15 & 16, 2008. LEVEL 6 & 7 WEEKEND INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAM.  10hrs of instruction. $180. 10 to 12. Break (snacks & drinks provided). 1:00 to 4:00. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    March 22,2008.  LAURENCE RAYBOIS, author of CHEZ MOI:  THE FOREIGNER’S GUIDE TO BUYING A HOME IN FRANCE, will conduct a seminar at The  French Class from 10:00 am to noon. More details coming soon! The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    March 13, 27, April 17 & 24, 2008.  THURSDAY AFTERNOON GRAMMAR WORKSHOPS: March 13. 1 to 2:30. Review and practice of the pronouns: le, la, lui, leur, en, y. March 27. 1 to 2:30. Review and practice of the Subjunctive present and past. April 17. 1 to 2:30. Review and practice of the pronouns: (ce) qui, (ce) que, dont April 24. 1 to 2:30. Review and practice the prepositions: à, de, par, pour, chez. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    April 5, 2008. SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE $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, May 3, 2008. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    June 23-27, 2008.  5-DAY INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAM.  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 you pay 7 days before the intensive course begins!  Sign up now! The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    December 15 to 19, 2008.  5 DAY INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAMS. 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! The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    TRANSLATION COURSE ON LINE Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carriere :  Devenez traducteur ou traductrice.  Specialisez-vous dans le domaine de votre choix, explorez les possibilites. Formation assuree par Dominique Bremond, traductrice certifiee par le  Consulat General de France a San Francisco, 20 ans d'experience.  Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter :  Dominiquebremond@aol.com   The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

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)* 

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 6, 2008.  KATE MOSSE talks about SEPULCHRE.  Another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both 19th-century and 21st-century France.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  2pm.

April 7-11, 2007.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

April 8, 2008. SUSAN VREELAND presents her book LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY at Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.  5:30pm. 

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 11, 2008.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Andre et Cristy.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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 21, 2008.  ALEC LOBRANO taks about HUNGRY FOR PARIS:  THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE CITY’S 102 BEST RESTAURNTS.   Lobrano is Gourmet Magazine’s European correspondent. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Isabelle et Ron.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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.

April 27, 2008.  PAUL SCHWARZBART discusses Paul Schwarzbart talks about his memoir Breaking the Silence:  Reminiscences of A Hidden BREAKING THE SILENCE:  REMINISCENCES OF A HIDDEN CHILD. Child ($20.00). In 1943, young Schwarzbart was hidden in a Catholic boys' school by the Jewish underground. There, for two years he assumed the role of a Belgian Catholic, unable to divulge his real identity. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera, 4:00pm.

April 28-May 2, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

April 29, 2008.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes MEMBERS 2 MEMBERS. A great opportunity to meet other Members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce around a glass of wine !  This is a free event reserved to our Members and their guests!  At L'Atelier - 2325 Third Street, San Francisco.  Thanks to our host.  To register, please send a mail to info@faccsf.com

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 12-16, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

May 13, 2008.  WE’VE ALWAYS HAD PARIS… AND PROVENCE:  A SCRAPBOOK OF OUR LIFE IN FRANCE.  Meet PATRICIA WELLS and her husband Walter to celebrate their memoir.  Cooks With Books, Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  Book + Meal = $100 per person; $175 per couple.  6:30pm.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 14, 2008.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes a EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. Next May 14th, The Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council Northern California, the French American Chamber of Commerce 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 Kronish LLP will host us in Palo Alto.  Special thanks to our host:  Register now ! info@faccsf.net

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 27 OR May 29, 2008.  FOUR WOMEN IMPRESSIONISTS IN PARIS.  Presentation given by ANNE BISHOP, intended to enrich a visit to the exhibit LES FEMMES IMPRESSIONISTES, opening in June at the Legion of Honor.  Tuesday, 6:30pm-9pm or Thursday, 1:30pm-4pm.  $55. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 4, 5, & 7, 2008.  LE POEME HARMONIQUE, a French ensemble, performs works from Venice:  VENEZIA DELLE STRADE AI PALAZZI.  With Vincent Dumestre, Claire LeFilliâtre, Jan van Elsacker, Serge Goubioud, Arnaud Marzorati, Mira Glodeanu, Lucas Guimaraes, Françoise Enock, Joël Grare, Jean-Luc Tamby & Benjamin Lazar. Cal Performances presents the world premiere of Le Poème Harmonique's Venezia delle strade ai Palazzi, featuring the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Manelli. Founded by Vincent Dumestre to promote the authenticity and eloquence of the works of innovative 17th-century composers, the French ensemble made its critically acclaimed West Coast debut at the 2006 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition in Baroque Carnival, a piece that was—like this year's contribution—part concert, part theater and "inventive and charming to witness" (San Francisco Chronicle). The company of superb musicians, led by Dumestre on theorbo and baroque guitar, return to perform this new theatrical event that includes special lighting, costumes, and Baroque gestures to evoke the spirit of Venice at a time when art music and popular forms mixed, creating artistic freedom of a new order. The program includes Claire Lefilliâtre's much-admired rendition of Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa; music by Manelli, who introduced Venice to opera; canzonettes, bergamasques; and the many facets of an art that was constantly evolving. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley.  $62.  8pm.  http://bfx.berkeley.edu for details.

June 4-15, 2008.  THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, an eight day event dedicated to maximizing exposure for independent black filmmakers.  $10-$50.  415.771.9271 or http://www.sfbff.org for details.  Francophone related films include:  LA REBELLE (Haiti, 2006), N.O. REFUGEE (USA, 2006), DRAWING ANGEL (USA, 2007), MOVEMENT (R)EVOLUTION AFRICA (A STORY OF AN ART FORM IN FOUR PARTS) (USA 2006, about choreographers from across francophone Africa), MEMORY THEATER (Canada, 2006); RETURN (Africa, 2006).  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF. 

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 6, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Christine Sauvignon.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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 9-13, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

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, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Karen et Chloe:  «Across the Universe».  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Dorothy et Peter.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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

July 21-25, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

August 1, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Chantal et Laurent.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

August 15, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Randy”  «Live and let die».  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

September 8-12, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

October 2008.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVALhttp://www.mvff.com  Details to follow.

October 6-10, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

October 23, 2008.  WILLIAM EDDINS conducts the BERKELEY SYMPHONY, including works by GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE, CLAUDE DEBUSSY, LILI BOULANTER and more. http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/ for details.

November 3-7, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

December 8-12, 2008.  PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE.  Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11  (other dates available)  Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon.  Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

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