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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
March 15-23, 2007

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*MARCH EVENTS*    

The TOUR OF FRANCE continues at LEFT BANK RESTAURANTS!
For February's menu & to find out how you can win a trip to France by eating out, click on the "Restaurants" link, above.  

Opening March 15, 2007.  THRILLPEDDLERS PRESENTS PARISIAN GRAND GUIGNOL:  HYPNODROME HEAD TRIPS! Astounding Music!  Grotesque Comedies!  Amorous Appendages!  Plus. A Night of Unbridled Lust and Mayhem!   San Francisco's sensational Grand Guignol venue pulls out all the stops   in a startling line-up of entertainments, indulgences and oddities!  Hypnodrome Head Trips, an all-new Thrillpeddlers extravaganza - Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday night.  To celebrate being named one of San Francisco's latest Literary Laureates,  "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller presents his adaptation of ORGY IN THE LIGHTHOUSE, a Grand Guignol classic shocking even by today's standards. When religious devotion collides head-on with rampant lust during a stormy night in a desolate lighthouse. all hell breaks loose. Russell Blackwood directs Eric Tyson Wertz, Larkin Boero, Joseph Holmes, Leah Dashe, and Yusef Lambert in this sexy, spine-tingling, and combustive one-act drama.  Jean Vadim is a gay-nineties Parisian bon vivant about to be decapitated by the guillotine for a crime he did not commit.  Luckily, the prison physician, Dr. Maris, has a method for sustaining Vadim's life - or the life of his head, at least.  Show also features: THE JULIET DRUG and THE GLASS WOMB (the first chapters of writer/designer Jonathan Horton's original theatrical "weird science" serial), COBRA (legendary jazz composer John Zorn's most popular improvisational "game piece,”);   CHICK HABIT (an homage to all souls damned to the lake of fire by the gospel tracts of Jack T. Chick); and  THE EMPRESS OF COLMA (the new Queen of the Damned has a secret to keep from her South City gal pals - and it ain't pretty).  Veteran Hypnodrome contributor Rob Keefe pens another hilariously grotesque comedy-thriller that can only lead one place - straight into Thrillpeddlers' signature "lights out" SPOOKSHOW finale! Buyers of "Shock Boxes" beware! Our private boxes can literally be an electrifying experience!     Thrillpeddlers'  Hypnodrome Head Trips  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.  575 10th Street (between Bryant and Division), San Francisco Previews March 1 - 10  Opening March 15 - April 28  General Admission:  $25  "Shock Box" seats for two:  $69  Box Office:  www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006  Info:  www.hypnodrome.com or 415-377-4202. 

March 15, 2007. PATRICK JAMIESON gives a talk on SIXTY YEARS OF HAITIAN ART. Sonoma State University, Schulz Information Center, Room 3001, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.4240 or 707.664.4177 or suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu or karen.brodsky@sonoma.edu for details. 4pm. Free and open to the public.

March 15, 2007.  INTERFRENCH BUSINESS EVENT. 2007-2012 Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Outlook. New Spaces, New Opportunities, New Money, Same M.O.?  Moderator:  Daniel Zimmermann, Cooley Godward Kronish. Panelists:  Jean-Louis Gassee - Partner, Allegis Capital; Charly Kleissner - PhD, Partner Acumen Fund; Tony Seba - Author of "Winners Take All - The 9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy".   Location:  Cooley Godward Kronish LLP; 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130.  For more information, please email Angelika at  angelika@interfrench.org

March 15, 2007. CARA BLACK presents her new novel MURDER ON ILE SAINT-LOUIS.  Readers Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.  7:30pm.  http://www.readersbooks.com for details.

March 15, 2007.  ROGER HOUSDEN talks about DANCING WITH JOY:  99 POEMS, a collection of poetry that includes work by French authors.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

March 16, 2007.  1914-1918:  LA “GRANDE GUERRE” (Seconde partie). 2 août 1914 : les puissances européennes entrent en guerre. Par le jeu complexe des alliances, le conflit se transforme rapidement en affrontement mondial. La “Grande Guerre”, avec les progrès technologiques qui l’ont “déshumanisée”, a été une guerre de feu et de sang.  Pacifistes ou engagés volontaires, de nombreux peintres (Braque, Kisling ou, en Allemagne, Otto Dix), poètes et écrivains ont été les acteurs ou les témoins de cet univers cataclysmique où l’individu est confronté à l’enfer des tranchées et à la mort. La mort n’est plus héroïque, mais absurde, violente et quotidienne (dix millions de morts sur une période de 1650 jours). En France, Péguy, Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Céline, Alain-Fournier, Jean Cocteau, Roland Dorgelès et Jean Giono deviendront la voix et la conscience de leur génération.   Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par Renée Morel à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

March 16, 2007.  FOIRE AUX VINS ~ EXCEPTIONAL WINE FAIRE.  Deals on Selected Wines and Specialty Food Treats at: MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale, 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.  415.562.1120.  2:00pm-6:00pm.Open warehouse updates now available at:  http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

March 16, 2007.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Chantal et Bernard.   C'est avec grand plaisir que nous recevrons le Cercle Français, le vendredi 16 mars de 7pm à 10h30.  Le jacuzzi sera chaud . Apporter Serviettes de bain.  Amenez le beau temps .  Pot Luck  - Apportez ce que vous voulez , à condition que ce soit prêt.  Contact:  Nadine. 

Through March 17, 2007.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs BAROQUE BANQUET, including MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S OVERTURE & CHACONNE “LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES TUILERIES, and more.   Various locations:  Palo Alto, Friday, March 9, 8:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue; Berkeley, Saturday, March 10, 8:00 pm & Sunday, March 11, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way; San Francisco, Friday, March 16, 8:00 pm, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue; Lafayette, Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive.  For tickets & artists’ bios:  http://www.philharmonia.pmailus.com To purchase tickets, call (415) 392-4400 or visit http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

Through March 17, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’s SUITE No.2 FROM DAPHNIS ET CHLOE and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

March 17, 2007. MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE. Join the Mill Valley French Table at Café Champagne on Saturday morning from 10am to 11am. The Café is located next to the Sequoia Cinema on Throckmorton in Mill Valley, and all are welcome. For more details, contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu.

March 17, 2007.  FRENCH CAMP for high school students.  Walden West.  Pour tout renseignement:  Fabienne Vardan, fvardan@fremont.k12.ca.us .

March 17, 2007.  DESSOUS at A LA FOLIE.  The lingerie line DESSOUS will hold a trunk show at A La Folie’s newest location in Berkeley.  The event will feature a fashion show, discounts, sweets, champagne, and a lingerie raffle.  A La Folie, Berkeley, 510.845.1616 or http://dessousnyc.com for details.

March 17, 2007. A HISTORIC LOOK AT FASHION: LA BELLE EPOQUE, 1890-1914 and THE 18TH CENTURY WOMAN. Film Series at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th St., SF. 415.750.7634 for details. 3pm-5pm.

March 17 & 18, 2007. JOHN KARL HIRTEN performs BUXTEHUDE, LANGLAIS and more. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th St., SF. 415.863.3330 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 4pm.

March 18, 2007.  DIXON LONG shows slides and talks about THE MARKETS OF PARIS.  Meandering through Parisian street markets is pure pleasure.  Long explores and desribes markets in every neighborhood, including places that are devoted to selling rare items – such as the centuries-old booksellers along the Seine – to those who sell fabric and discounted clothing.

March 18, 2007.  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. Usually there are between 20 and 30 members and guests and mingling is mandatory! Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The soirée starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose.   The stylish Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse Café offers wine, beer and cocktails and, at the time we'll be there, a "Par 3" menu which is a limited version of their lunch menu plus additional appetizers.  This event will be pay-as-you-go by paying individually or contributing your share to a group tab. Look for the Bay Area Linkup table sign near the bar area in the café.   Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse Café 300 Finley Road  San Francisco, CA (415) 561-4653. 4:00pm-7:00pm. http://www.presidiogolf.com/ http://maps.google.com/?f=q&hl=en&q=300+Finley+Road%2C+San+Francisco%2C+CA  Expat Europeans Group: http://bayarealinkup.com/group.php?id=677

Through March 19, 2007.  OYSTER FETE:  ONE WEEK CELEBRATION OF MARVELOUS MOLLUSKS AT LEFT BANK. Left Bank Brasseries (Multi-locations: Larkspur, Menlo Park, Pleasant Hill, San Jose, San Mateo) and Hog Island Oyster Farm (Marshall, California) announces a week of celebration of marvelous mollusks with the Oyster Fête 2007 from Monday March 12 to Monday March 19, 2007. Left Bank Brasserie's Executive Chefs celebrate the oysters of Hog Island Oyster Farm and invite you to discover their favorite recipes in a festive selection  of entrées and appetizers, all available "À la Carte" from Monday March 12, to Monday March 19, 2007. All recipes are available online at http://www.leftbank.com/. Traditional menu is also available.  Multi-Locations: Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue 415.927.3331; San Mateo 1100 Park Place at Bay Meadows, 650.345.2250, Pleasant Hill 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza, 925.288.1222, Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, 650.473.6543, San Jose 377 Santana Row, suite 1100, 408.984.3500  Reservations may be made online.  http://www.leftbank.com/

March 19, 2007.  CARA BLACK, author of MURDER ON THE ILE SAINT-LOUIS, joins Terrance Gelenter to talk about her new novel.  Cara Black is back in San Francisco and this time she has brought Aimée Leduc with her.  With the publication of her seventh Paris investigation MURDER ON THE ILE-SAINT-LOUIS, Cara Black's detective Aimée Leduc has gained international notoriety.  She will join me and Cara for a grilling at the Hotel Rex on Monday March 19.  6 pm - 7:30pm.  Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street San Francisco.  Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar.  Tickets:  $25 (advance purchase required).  Seating is limited and this event will sell but quickly-reserve today! Reservations: 415-388-4956 or terrance@paris-expat.com.  Confirm via check: PTEE 38 Miller Ave., PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941 or PayPal at http://paris-expat.com/events or email: terrance@paris-expat.com or phone: 415.388.4956 or go to the web: http://www.paris-expat.com

March 19, 2007.  8 FEMMES / 8 WOMEN (2002), presented by the SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FRENCH CINÉ-CLUB.  7pm in Stevenson 2006 on the campus of the university, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  Admission to the film is free.  All films in French with English subtitles!  Daily non-reserved parking pass:  $2.50 (available from machine in parking lot). 

March 19, 2007.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NETWORKING EVENT IN NAPA.  Details to follow.  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 / Fax 415.442.4621 or info@faccsf.com for details.

March 19, 2007.  DR. ANNE DE LOVINFOSSE and JACQUES GAUCHEY speak about FRENCH-AMERICAN CROSS-CULTURAL DIFFERENCES.  Dr. Anne de Lovinfosse, clinical psychologist, and Jacques Gauchey, media professional, will address the richness and challenges of cross-cultural differences. The accent will be on French-American differences as it is part of the "Journee  internationale de la  Francophonie" The event is  graciously hosted by Swissnex.  Monday 19 March  2007 06:30 PM -09:00 PM This conference will be held in  English! SWISSNEX 730 Montgomery Street,San Francisco, Ca 94111 For more information : _http://www.swissnex.org/our-actions/events/francophonie/view_  415-456 5502 or  _http://www.delovinfosse-anne.com_

March 19, 2007.  PARIS TRANSFORMING:  THE BEAUTY AND HORROR OF URBAN RECONSTRUCTION.  An evening with LEONARD PITT.  Judith and Ramon Sender and The Noe Valley Ministry invite you to join us for an evening with Leonard Pitt March 19, 7 PM at The Noe Valley Ministry, Fellowship Hall (downstairs), 1021 Sanchez Street at 23rd Street, San Francisco.  ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION.  Paris Transforming - The beauty and the horror of urban reconstruction. During the 1850s and '60s, Paris underwent the greatest urban reconstruction program the world had ever seen. Much of the city's history was lost as Medieval and Renaissance quarters crumbled. The man appointed to carry out this task was Baron Georges Haussmann. What motives lay behind this massive urban redesign? How did Parisians react as they saw their old city swept away? With over 200 images, you will walk through pre-Haussmann Paris to witness this transformation and then continue into the 20th century to see how succeeding generations have stamped their vision onto one of the world's great cities.  Leonard's unique perspective offers a view of Paris in all its beauty and drama that is not available anywhere else. The French press came out with numerous glowing reviews when his book appeared in 2002 (now available in English as "Walks Through Lost Paris: A Journey Into The Heart of Historic Paris.  Also, consider joining us for a no-host pizza/salad or other entrée dinner ($12-15), 5:30 p.m. at the Noe Valley Pizza Restaurant, northeast corner of 24th and Sanchez Streets. Please email or RSVP for dinner only at jlsender@webtv.net Parking at the parking lot on 24th between Sanchez and Vicksburg is available at $5 for 6 hours.  The Odd Monday Series is a project of The Noe Valley Ministry.

March 20, 2007. CARA BLACK presents her new novel MURDER ON ILE SAINT-LOUIS.  A Great Good Place for Books, with David Corbett.  6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland.  510.339.8210 or http://www.ggpbooks.com for details.  7:30pm.

March 21, 2007.  CONFERENCE ON BLAISE CENDRARS, BY CHRISTINE LE QUELLEC COTTIER - IN FRENCH. Wednesday, March 21, 2 pm  Christine Le Quellec Cottier, PhD (Université de Lausanne) will present the Swiss writer Blaise Cendrars and his work. Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961) wrote the novel L'Or (Sutter's Gold), among others, in 1925, that tells the fabulous story of the General Johann August Sutter.  Lycée La Pérouse, Ortega campus auditorium, 1201 Ortega Street Reservation : culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org No admission without reservation.  The conference is organized by the Lycée La Pérouse, the French-American International School, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco. Sponsored by the Département fédéral des affaires étrangères, Centre de compétence pour la politique étrangère culturelle, Berne.   

March 21, 2007.  ORIENTAL CARPETS IN RENAISSANCE PAINTING.  A talk by Lauren Arnold.  USF Center for the Pacific Rim, Lone Mountain Campus, Turk at Parker, Room 100, SF.  415.422.6828 or http://www.pacificrim.usfca.edu for details.

March 21, 2007.  EAST BAY NETWORKING EVENT:  CELEBRATING SPRING, BLOOMS & BUBBLES AT ENTREZ!  Open House, Wednesday, March 21st, Oakland - 5:30pm to 8pm.  Please join us in a very nice store in Oakland to network around a glass of Champagne and a buffet. A great occasion to meet and get to know each other better in the East Bay!  A gift over $40 will be offer to the 12 first paid registrations! For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

March 21, 2007. CARA BLACK presents her new novel MURDER ON ILE SAINT-LOUIS.  Bookshop, 856 Southampton Rd., Benecia.  707.747.5155.  Panel with David Corbett and Rhys Bowen.  http://www.bookshopbenicia.com for details.  7pm.

March 21, 2007.  THE RED WINES OF BURGUNDY. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

March 21, 2007.  LA PROCHAINE REUNION DU CLUB FRANÇAIS.  7:00 le soir chez Allegra à Belmont, 650.591.8842.  R.S.V.P.  Contact:  Jan Half, la fondatrice, jandot5@mac.com, 650.345.6338.  Please bring snacks or drinks to share.

Through March 22, 2007.  THE RULES OF THE GAME, JEAN RENOIR'S MASTERPIECE.   Cast: Marcel Dalio, Nora Grégor, Roland Toutain, Jean Renoir 1939, 106 mins NEW 35MM RESTORED PRINT!  March 9-14 - San Francisco - The Castro Theatre - http://www.thecastrotheatre.com/mar.htm March 16-22 - San Rafael - Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center - http://www.cafilm.org

March 22, 2007.  THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS:  A ROUND TABLE. The French Studies Program and IES are proud to sponsor an upcoming discussion of the French Presidential elections.  The 2007 French presidential election will be held to elect a president of France for a five year term.  The first round of voting will take place on Sunday 22 April 2007 with a second round, if no candidate wins 50% or more of the vote, on Sunday, May 6, 2007.  This will be the ninth presidential election of the  5th French Republic.  Top contenders are:  Ségolène Royal (French Socialist Party)and conservative Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP), the third man Francois Bayrou (The centrist party) to succeed President Jacques Chirac.  Guest speakers include Jonah Levy of UC Berkeley's Political Science Department and Laurent Bouvet, Political Scientist from the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis.  Round table with Anne Senges: (graduate from UC Berkeley Journalism School), West Coast Bureau Chief Editor of France-Amerique (the international edition of Le Figaro) and Managing Editor of France Today. 12H00.  UC-Berkeley, 223 Moses Hall.

March 22, 2007.  MARTIN FROST, clarinet, and ROLAND PONTINEN, piano, perform works by MESSAIEN, RAVEL and more.  Herbst Theatre, 8pm.  $27/$39.  415.392.2545 or http://www.performances.org for details.

March 22, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO performs music from his latest CD at SERVINO’S RISTORANTE, Tiburon, CA. A note from Laurent Fourgo about his new CD:  “This CD, Half & Half / Moitié-Moitié has its roots in the music of the past, but the sound is really current. This recording was a natural transition for me after performing Pop Jazz tunes at local public venues in Northern California. Being French, I naturally chose French tunes that became Jazz and Pop Standards in the US.   Despite the fact I was singing them half in French, half in English, I noticed that most of the time, audiences didn’t know they were originally French! This is a way for me to pay tribute to those who created these beautiful tunes that generations have been enjoying.”  7:00 - 10:00pm More info: Phone (415) 435-2676 www.servino.com or Www.laurentfourgo.com or Www.fourgo.com/calendar.html

March 22, 2007.  MAURICE RICHARD / THE ROCKET.  The Consulate General of Canada presents Maurice Richard (The Rocket), a film from Québécois director Charles Binamé about a Canadian hockey superstar bound for the Hockey Hall of Fame. In French with English subtitles. 7pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  AFSF Members $3,  Non-Members $6. 

March 22-30, 2007.  TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Over 225 films showcased in nine days.  Films include:  A SUNDAY IN KIGALI (Canada, Robert Favreau, 2006); DUO (Canada, Richard Ciupka, 2006); DELIVREZ-MOI (Canada, Denis Chouinard, 2006); HERO BY NATURE (Canada, Roger Cantin, 2005); REVOLVER TANGO (Canada, Pascale Marcotte, 2005, running time 5 min.); THE REMAINING DAYS (Canada, Simon Olivier Fecteau, 2004, running time 12 min.); LUMIERE & COMPANY (France & others, 1995); RWANDA, THROUGH US, HUMANITIE (Belgium, Marie-France Collard, 2006); LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (France, Georges Méliès, 1902); NUIT NOIRE (Alain Tasma, France, 2005); BURNT OUT (France, Fabienne Godet, 2005); JUDAS (Nicolas Bary, France, 2005, running time 17 minutes); LE BAISER (France, Stéfan Le Lay, 2005, running time 5 minutes); LES ANNEES MAO (France, Bernard Debord, 2005); L’ENFANT D’UNE AUTRE (France, Virginie Wagon, 2006); L’ENFANT ENDORMI (Belgium/Morocco, Yasmine Kassari, 2004).  1680 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA.  info@tiburonfilmfestival.com or   http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com or 415.381.4123 for details.

March 23, 2007.  LEFT BANK’S SUNSET SOIREE, DESTINATION FRENCH TAHITI! Imagine yourself in Paris - but wait - you hear the ocean's waves and feel the trade winds on your face.  This is not France - this is French Tahiti!  Left Bank Brasserie at Santana Row [377 Santana Row, San Jose, 408.984.3500] announces a celebration of their new happy hour, "Sunset Soiree: Destination French Tahiti," replete with Tahitian drinks and Island cuisine.  To kick off this fun-filled fête, Left Bank at Santana Row is throwing a party [Friday, March 23 from 3-8 pm] complete with exotic Tahitian dancers, French-influenced Polynesian cuisine, fun-filled Island martinis, and an entire bar that has been transformed into a palm-thatched Tahitian village!      MARCH 23 KICK-OFF PARTY: TAHITIAN DANCERS AND ISLAND FLAVOR ABOUND     Left Bank's ever-popular bar, where people watching along the boulevard has been elevated to a sport, will be transformed into a tropical Polynesian Village!  Tropically-attired maidens and grass-skirted Tahitian dancers will make for a night to remember.  As our Tahitian-inspired bar serves happy hour drinks and savory snacks, San Jose's own Tahitian dance troupe Lokeanna will entrance spectators, performing both traditional and contemporary Tahitian dances, as well as the fast-paced Hula for which the island is so well known.  Lokeanna performs from 7-8 pm.     FRENCH TAHITIAN-INSPIRED ADDITIONS TO OUR HAPPY HOUR MENU     Executive Chef David Bastide has created myriad specials for the Tahitian Happy Hour to complement Left Bank's stellar menu.  The recipes highlight the unique influences of traditional French cuisine on the local fare of the Pacific Islands.  Inspired by Chef Bastide's travels in French Polynesia, these creations are culled from traditional recipes of the region as well as Chef Bastide's classically trained background.  Guests will have the opportunity to savor such delicacies as spicy sesame-marinated baby octopus, chicken and mushroom boulettes with soy-infused shallots, sweet potato and ginger gnocchi in a coconut milk sauce, curried cod beignets with a zesty fresh salsa, sautéed Pacific tiger prawn cakes, and French profiteroles filled with sweet coconut pudding. Reservations may be made at 408.984.3500 or <http://www.leftbank.com/> .

March 24, 2007. CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH ET LE ROMANTISME ALLEMAND. CAFE MUSEE (scrumptious brunch; $3 donation), Visual Arts Building, Room V115 (next to our usual room), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco.  9:30 AM - 12:30 NOON.

March 25 & 27, 2007.  MARIN SYMPHONY CHORUS performs DURUFLÉ’s REQUIEM, DEBUSSY’s LA MER, and more. Treat yourself ot a night of music that literally shimmers – both with the harmonies of the modern French school and with t hemes of the see.  Don’t miss free preconcert talks and the Tuesday night post-concert wrap party.  Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Marin Civic Center.  7:30pm. 415.499.6800 or  415.479.8100 or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details.

March 26, 2007. BONJOUR TO TONY PARKER AT ORACLE ARENA.  Join us at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for Alliance Française Night as the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs. Say bonjour to Tony Parker (French native basketball player for the spurs). See http://www.afsf.com for special details. 7:30pm. AFSF Members $20-$30, Non-Members $35-$40.  For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

March 27, 2007. CARA BLACK presents her new novel MURDER ON ILE SAINT-LOUIS.  Barnes & Noble, 6060 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito.  510.524.0087.  7pm.

March 27, 2007.  DANIELE MAZET-DELPEUCH talks about THE HISTORY OF TRUFFLES AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE CUISINE FRANÇAISE.  Ms Mazet-Delpeuch is former private chef to President François Mitterrand and currently a private cooking teacher near Brive in the Périgord region of southwest France.  Dîner-conférence at La Gare Restaurant, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.  6pm, drinks; 6:30, dinner; 7:30, conférence.  Please reserve by Friday, March 23 at the latest by sending your check for $35 to AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA  95494.  For more information:  707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org or info@afsantarosa.org for details.

March 27, 2007.  FRENCH-AMERICAN BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT at the Domaine Chandon, Yountville, 6pm to 8pm.  Because our last Event in Napa was a great success, we are reaching out again to our Wine Country Members and friends. Please join us for a great networking moment. A perfect time to meet and get to know each other better in a nice environment. We have the pleasure to organize this Event with: Domaine Chandon and the Alliance Française de Napa. For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

March 27 OR March 31, 2007. LE CUBISME DE BRAQUE ET DE PICASSO. The French Class - 500 Sutter (Suite 310) $8.  Tuesday, 3/27, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM or Saturday, 3/31, 10:30am-noon.  (Please note that this is the *same* conference, offered twice.)  Comme pour le TGV, les reservations sont obligatoires!  415.362.3666.

March 28, 2007.  DIDIER FAUSTINO, AT SFAI. Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 pm  Didier Faustino works at the frontier between architecture and multimedia art and is deeply interested in the creation of "temporary autonomous zones" as a function of architecture design, and developing projects in this direction. In his work he examines the influence of new media on the projected future of architecture and living. With provocative installations, performances, video, and computer projects, he analyzes in particular the relationship between bodies and space. His architectural and artistic projects are focused on the issue of space as a political, social, and corporeal experience. He's the co-founder of the Bureau des Mesarchitectures in Paris and his work has been recently featured in the 2006 Sao Paulo Bienal. In March-April 2007 he will be in residence at SFAI for a workshop project as part of SFAI's gallery program Reaching Out to the City.  San Francisco Art Institute - 800 Chestnut Street  http://www.sfai.edu/Event/Event.aspx?eventID=1670&navID=328&sectionID=7   Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

March 28, 2007.  GEORGEANN BRENNAN talks about A PIG IN PROVENCE, an enticing tale to whet the appetite and the spirit.  Cody’s Fourth Street, Berkeley.  7pm. 

March 28, 2007.  JULIA!  AMERICA’S FAVORITE CHEF.  When Julia Child volunteered in Europe in World War II, she met her two life-long loves:  her husband Paul, and French food.  She changed the way Americans cooked, ate, and thought about food.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

March 28, 2007.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Texte:  Thérèse Raquin d’Emile ZOLA.  Discussion led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX. For more information:  707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org or info@afsantarosa.org for details.

March 28 & 29, 2007.  SWISS HARPIST NATHALIE CHATELAIN performs in San Francisco.  (Location TBA; 7pm.) This talended musician began playing the harp at age eleven at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. She is the winner of several competitions:  1989 Winner of the Maurice Sandoz Prize; 1998 Second Prize International Music Competition in Rome.  Information: e-mail bklchodges@aol.com . Sponsored in part by Camac Harps.

March 29, 2007.  GEORGEANNE BRENNAN talks about A PIG IN PROVENCE:  SIMPLE PLEASURES AND TRADITIONAL FOOD IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.  Book Passage and Left Bank:  Cooks with Books.  Part memoir, part travelogue, part cookbook, this is a journey in to the peaceful, rural life in Provence where Georgeanne and her young family bought a small farmhouse 30 years ago.  Filled with delicious recipes and local color and tradition, this story will captivate Francophiles who love good French food.  Brennan runs a cooking school in Frnace and lives part time in California.  $95 per person/$165 per couple.  6:30pm at Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  Approximately 2-1/2 hours.  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the book.  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.

March 29, 2007. CARA BLACK presents her new novel MURDER ON ILE SAINT-LOUIS.  Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda.  925.254.7606 or http://www.orindabooks.com for details.  4pm.

March 29, 2007.  EUROPEAN JAZZ BANDS OF SSU.  The European Jazz Bands of SSU will be playing on March 29 at 7:30pm.   The show will take place in Warren Auditorium on the 2nd floor of Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Free. 

March 30, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Christine.  Détails à suivre.

March 30-April 15, 2007. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, performed by INDEPENDENT ARTISTS OF MARIN. The 17th c. French fairy tale comes to life at The Playhouse in San Anselmo, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA.

Through March 31, 2007.  PLEASURE AND PAIN by MONTREAL PLAYWRIGHT CHANTAL BILODEAU.  A woman’s erotic daydreams fall into the wrong hands at the office.  Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building D, San Francisco.  Box Office: 415.441.8822; E-mail: info@magictheatre.org; http://www.magictheatre.org/jsp_index.jsp

March 31, 2007. CARA BLACK presents her new novel MURDER ON ILE SAINT-LOUIS.  Author Luncheon Book Talk Q&H, Healdsburg, CA.  11:30am-1pm.

March 31, 2007.  GEORGEANNE BRENNAN talks about A PIG IN PROVENCE:  SIMPLE PLEASURES AND TRADITIONAL FOOD IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE  at the San Francisco Book Passage in the Ferry Building.  Thirty years ago, Brennan set out to realize the dream of a rural existencein Provence complete with a little land, and a few goats and a pig.  Filled with delicious recipes and local color, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her life cooking and living in the Provençal tradition.  415.835.1020 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  12pm.

March 31, 2007.  SPRINGTIME IN PARIS. Presented by the San Francisco Choral Society in collaboration with Masterworks Fine Art Institute for Works on Paper.  You and your guest are cordially invited to mingle with art and music lovers at a Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert reception featuring     Belle Epoch to Modern Masters--Renoir, Chagall, Matisse, Toulouse Lautrec, Cezanne, Dufy, and Vintage French Photography, a live art auction, Masterworks Fine Art Institute, 251 Post Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco.  Saturday, March 31, 2007. 7pm.  Art Preview, 8 PM Live Auction   Tickets $25 (non-deductible).  Cocktail attire optional.  Advance purchase required   Ticket price will be applied to any art purchase   A portion of all sales will be donated to the San Francisco Choral Society.

March 31, 2007.  A. K. CRUMP, ed. talks about CHOCOLATE FRENCH (2nd edition).  Crump takes readers on a culinary tour of this popular sweet.  Packed with recipes, facts, and restaurant informaiton, the book explores chocolate from several angles:   history, literature, music and even fashion.  Crump will be bringing a mystery chocolatier.  Book Passage, SF Ferry Building, SF. .  415.835.1020 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  2pm.

March 31, 2007. 19th ANNUAL GALA & AUCTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA, Palo Alto. For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

Through May 3, 2007.  NAPA VALLEY MUSTARD FESTIVAL, full of exciting French chefs and food.  http://www.mustardfestival.org for details.

On-going.  BLOOD BUCKET BALLYHOO, a Grand Guignol-style horror revue.  Thrillpeddlers, 575 10th St., SF.  415.248.1900 or http://www.hypnodrome.com for details. 

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.

8 FEMMES / 8 WOMEN (2002), presented by the SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FRENCH CINÉ-CLUB.  7pm in Stevenson 2006 on the campus of the university, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  Admission to the film is free.  All films in French with English subtitles!  Daily non-reserved parking pass:  $2.50 (available from machine in parking lot).  March 19, 2007

AVENUE MONTAIGNE (dir. Danièle Thompson).  Features Cécile de France as a young woman from the provinces who moves to paris and becomes a waitress at a bistro in the city’s nexus for art, music, theater and fashion.  Opens Friday, March 16, 2007 at the Clay, San Francisco and Shattuck, Berkeley cinemas.

LA BATAILLE D’ALGERS / THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS.  Museo Italamericano, Bldg. C, Ft. Mason.  415.673.2200 or http://www.museoitaloamericano.org for details.

INTO GREAT SILENCE opens Friday, March 16, 2007 at the Lumiere, San Francisco and Shattuck, Berkeley cinemas. This documentary is the firrst film ever made about life inside La Grande Chartreuse, the legendary monastery in the French Alps.

MAURICE RICHARD / THE ROCKET.  The Consulate General of Canada presents Maurice Richard (The Rocket), a film from Québécois director Charles Binamé about a Canadian hockey superstar bound for the Hockey Hall of Fame. In French with English subtitles. 7pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  AFSF Members $3,  Non-Members $6. March 22, 2007.

LES REGLES DU JEU / THE RULES OF THE GAME, JEAN RENOIR'S MASTERPIECE.   Cast: Marcel Dalio, Nora Grégor, Roland Toutain, Jean Renoir 1939, 106 mins NEW 35MM RESTORED PRINT!  March 9-14 - San Francisco - The Castro Theatre - http://www.thecastrotheatre.com/mar.htm March 16-22 - San Rafael - Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center - http://www.cafilm.org March 9-22, 2007.

TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Over 225 films showcased in nine days.  Films include:  A SUNDAY IN KIGALI (Canada, Robert Favreau, 2006); DUO (Canada, Richard Ciupka, 2006); DELIVREZ-MOI (Canada, Denis Chouinard, 2006); HERO BY NATURE (Canada, Roger Cantin, 2005); REVOLVER TANGO (Canada, Pascale Marcotte, 2005, running time 5 min.); THE REMAINING DAYS (Canada, Simon Olivier Fecteau, 2004, running time 12 min.); LUMIERE & COMPANY (France & others, 1995); RWANDA, THROUGH US, HUMANITIE (Belgium, Marie-France Collard, 2006); LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (France, Georges Méliès, 1902); NUIT NOIRE (Alain Tasma, France, 2005); BURNT OUT (France, Fabienne Godet, 2005); JUDAS (Nicolas Bary, France, 2005, running time 17 minutes); LE BAISER (France, Stéfan Le Lay, 2005, running time 5 minutes); LES ANNEES MAO (France, Bernard Debord, 2005); L’ENFANT D’UNE AUTRE (France, Virginie Wagon, 2006); L’ENFANT ENDORMI (Belgium/Morocco, Yasmine Kassari, 2004).  1680 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA.  info@tiburonfilmfestival.com or   http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com or 415.381.4123 for details. March 22-30, 2007. 

WE MUST KILL THE BANDITS. Bay Area premiere of Kevin Piña’s documentary about the oppression of the Haitian people.  Grand Lake, 3200 Grand Lake Avenue, Oakland.  510.452.3556 for details.

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* 

March & April 2007.  MEMOIRES OUBLIEES & NOMADISME INTERIEUR by Swiss artist SYLVIE SEREX-BONNET.  Paintings exhibited in the lobby of 456 Montgomery St., SF.  Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland, SF.  http://www.swissemb.org/culture/sfevent.pdf for details.  http://www.sylanse.org for more on the artist.

Through March 24 , 2007.  THE CALM OF NATURE AND GENTLENESS OF THINGS:  NEO-IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS BY MAXIMILIEN LUCE, French Pointillist Painter, 1858-1941.  Pasquale Ianetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF.  415.433.2771 or http://www.pasqualeart.com for details.

Through March 31, 2007.  PASCAL “LOUPI” BARNIER EXHIBIT at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  The surrealist artist Pascal “Loupi” Barnier hails from Provence and abstracts his creations from representational photography, while mixing in elements of painting. Join the artist at an opening reception on Saturday, March 10, 4-6pm.   Through March 31. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF. Free admission.   http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

April 1-30, 2007. A GATHERING OF GREATNESS:  ALLEGORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMOUS PERSONS IN PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY, PARIS. Oakland photographic artist Dorothy Levitt Mayers takes viewers on her personal tour of the world-famous Parisian Cemetery, Pere-Lachaise. Mayers has combined iconographic images of famous persons with monuments from their Pere-Lachaise gravesites. Evocative images of Sarah Bernhardt, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Isadora Duncan will be included in this exhibit. The backdrop of Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum (a city of Oakland historical landmark itself) provides a synergistic backdrop for this exhibition. Mayers will be present to discuss her work. All are invited to view the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and live French accordion music. The exhibit will remain at the Chapel of the Chimes throughout the month of April. Mayers will present a lecture focused on this body of work on Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm.    Artist Biographical Information: http://www.mycuriouseye.com/   Artist Reception & Photographic Exhibition by Dorothy Levitt Mayers.  Reception Sunday, April 1, 2007; 1-3 pm.  Lecture Saturday, April 28, 2007; 2 pm.  Exhibit ends April 30, 2007.  Lifemark Group/ Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611.  Free and open to all.  Info: 510.228.3207; arodman@lifemarkgroup.com

Through April 14, 2007.  WORLD FACTORY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE. World Factory presents over 30 international artists whose works respond to the issues and conflicts within the global « free market » economy. The outsourcing of manufacturing from «  First World » to « Third World » countries causes serious impacts on both sides : pollution, displacement of populations, excessive exploitation of natural resources, and uneven development resulting in further divisions between the rich and the poor. Concurrrently, the formation of a global consumerist culture is exerting significant influences on local cultures. World factories are not only producing a new social consciousness and mobilization. The artists in World Factory are responding to these conditions with different models and new methods of creation. Taking the form of an exhibition-in-progress, World Factory uses a variety of strategies for presentation including the overlapping phases of the gallery installation, workshops, film screenings, seminars, off-site and site-specific projects, and web-based works. The exhibition is curated by Hou Hanru, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at SFAI. Active Witness - January/February.  Michael Blum / Jean-Baptiste Ganne / Map Office (Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix) / Zhou Hao and Ji Jianghong.  Reception: January 25, 2007.  http://sfai.edu/Event/Event.aspx?eventID=1668&navID=328&sectionID=7/ Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

Through April 27, 2007. LIFE IN BOLD COLORS: HAITIAN ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF PATRICK JAMIESON. Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery, Schulz Information Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. http://library.sonoma.edu/ for details.

Through May 11, 2007.  JOURNEY EAST:  PATTERNS OF COLLECTING.  Objects from North Africa, India and the former Ottoman Empire.  Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley.  510.549.6950 or http://www.magnes.org for details.

Through May 13, 2007. NEW WORK : SYLVIE BLOCHER, AT THE SFMOMA. French artist Sylvie Blocher has been working on her Living Pictures video series since 1992. This ongoing project is made up of multiple site-specific video installations. Each work follows a basic format: the artist recruits volunteers through classified ads and other postings, then conducts filmed interviews with these subjects. Editing the videos into a compilation, Blocher creates a group portrait out of individual encounters. Her interviewing technique opens up possibilities for personal response and reflection and touches on issues such as immigration, privacy, memory, and the authority of the artist. This exhibition features Living Pictures/Je et Nous, a 2003 project in which Blocher filmed volunteers wearing T-shirts printed with statements they had written. In addition, it includes a new San Francisco-based installment of Living Pictures, commissioned by SFMOMA.  Artist Talk : Sylvie Blocher - February 22, 6:15 p.m  SFMOMA - 151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets), San Francisco http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=278  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

Through May 26, 2007.  NOT GIVEN:  TALKING OF AND AROUND PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARAB WOMEN.  SF Camerawork, 657 Mission, SF.  415.512.2022.

Through June 10, 2007.   DESIGN AND DECADENCE: FRENCH WORKS ON PAPER OF THE MODERNIST ERA, AT THE LEGION OF HONOR.  The Art Deco movement of the early 20th century was unabashedly decorative, unrooted in any particular philosophy. Art Deco's elegant lines were seen as ultra-modern even as it looked to the past in the form of Egyptian, Aztec, and African influences. The movement lost ground in the 1940s, criticized for its gaudy (and by that time false) sense of luxury. This exhibition showcases prints, drawings, posters, and artist books by Fernand Léger, Cassandre, Georges Barbier, Erté, André Lhote, and others, including the renowned fabric designs produced by Bianchini Ferier.  Legion of Honor - Lincoln Park - 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco. http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=671

Through June 10, 2007. MASTERPIECES OF FRENCH JEWELRY, AT THE LEGION OF HONOR.  This exhibition celebrates the astonishing inspiration, refined workmanship, and variety of French jewelry from the Art Nouveau period at the beginning of the century to contemporary pieces. Featured in the show are works by the most famous Parisian jeweler. They begin with the sensuous Art Nouveau forms of René Lalique and Georges Fouquet, followed by the daring and exotic creations of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels in the Art Deco era, and finishing with the ingenious and beautifully made designs of JAR in the late 20th century.  Legion of Honor - Lincoln Park - 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco. http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=612

Through Spring 2007.  FRESCO FRAGMENTS by ISABELLE PROUST.  Art at the Inn at the Willows, 15905 River Road, Guerneville, CA.  http://www.innatthewillows.com for details.

Through September 3, 2007.  THE MOTOR CAR IN ART.  More than a century of American and European fascination with the automobile, w ith more than 200 objets d’art in various media, including paintings, sculptuer and more.  Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. 10am to 5pm.  $5-$8.  925.736.2277 or http://www.blackhawkmuseum.org 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.

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

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*CLASSES*

Beginning March 12, 2007.  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

NEW AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO:  SPECIAL INTEREST CLASSES (HELD IN FRENCH- ADVANCED LEVEL ONLY)

  • INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH THEATRE Wednesdays 5.30pm-7pm - $220Acquaint yourself with the dramatic arts and explore behind the scenes of an ever-evolving theatrical tradition. On your way you will discover the greatest of tragedies, comedies, farces, dramas and other plays whose impact is still felt today.
  • PARIS AND THE LESSER-KNOWN REGIONS OF FRANCE Fridays 10.30am-12pm - $200Discover Paris, the Parisians, the different districts, the monuments, but also the history of the city, its importance in art, literature and film. Moreover, you will be introduced to other regions of France (the Charentes, Limousin, Brittany and Corsica) by natives of each area who will present and familiarize you with their respective homelands.  http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.
  • NUTRITION AND WELL-BEING A LA FRANCAISE. Eating well is essential for staying in good shape and good health. As with all Mediterranean cuisine, meals should be varied with all food groups represented. To help you find your well-being, this course will set out the basic rules of nutrition… and a few little tips for a sensible diet! This is not a cooking class. Will be held in French.  Thursdays 9.30am-11am - $200  http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

March 12-May 10, 2007.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by ANNE BISHOP at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  Courses include Beginning French, Lower Intermediate French, Intermediate French, and Advanced French. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

March 16, 2007.  LA GRANDE GUERRE (IIeme partie):  DE L’”ANNEE TERRIBLE” (1917) A L’AMERE VICTOIRE.  Presentation illustree de 80 diapos, EN FRANCAIS, offerte par Renée Morel.  Alliance Francaise de San Francisco / SFBA ($7), 1345 Bush Street - San Francisco.  10:00am-11:30am.  415.775.7755 or rmorel@ccsf.edu

March 27-May 15, 2007.  INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH: SECOND YEAR, FOURTH QUARTER. Taught by Ellen Karel.  7 Tuesdays, 7:10pm-9pm.  $84. For more details:  http://www.marincommunityed.org .

March 28-May 16, 2007.  LITERARY LIFE OF FRANCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY, 1950-1980.  Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Anouilh, Ionesco, Queneau, Yourcenar & Duras.  Taught by Erika Harkins.  7 Wednesdays.  2:10pm-4pm. For more details:  http://www.marincommunityed.org .

March 29-May 10, 2007.  500 YEARS OF EUROPEAN ART:  A SURVEY OF STYLES.  European painting and sculpture created between 1400 and 1900.  Taught by Karen Upson.  Thursday afternoons, Kentfield Campus.  $58.  For more details:  http://www.marincommunityed.org .

March 29-May 17, 2007.  BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  FIRST YEAR, FOURTH QUARTER.  Taught by Ellen Karel.  7 Thursdays, 7:10pm-9pm.  $84. For more details:  http://www.marincommunityed.org .

March 29-May 17, 2007.  POETRY:  FROM DELIGHT TO WISDOM.    Read Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Verlaine & Rimbaud (in English) before studying T. S. Eliot.  Taught by Jacqueline Kudler.  7 Thursdays, 1:10pm-3pm. For more details:  http://www.marincommunityed.org .

April 4-May 30, 2007.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS. Drake High School.  Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm.  $89.  Teacher:  Colette Scafani.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

April 5-May 31, 2007.  FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS.  Drake High School.  Thursdays, 7pm-9pm.  $89.  Teacher:  Dominique Paillet.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

April 9-June 4, 2007.  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS. Taught by Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  Seven Mondays, 1pm-3:15pm.  $190 + book. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

April 10-June 5, 2007.  FRENCH LITERATURE AND GRAMMAR  (for advanced students).  Taught by Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  Nine Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm.  $210 + books. http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

April 16 – May 25, 2007.  FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Beginners, Advanced, Advanced Theme Class.  For registration please contact the director, Hervé, herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.  Classes in the Kress Building, 2nd floor, Santa.  Public parking available on 5th Street and 3rd Street and D Street.

Beginning April 18 OR May 16, 2007.  BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH ONLINE.  Monitored by Amy Page.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

June 16-24 and June 30-July 7, 2007.  HEART OF PROVENCE CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS.  This summer live in a 16th century Chateau in the heart of lavender country with people who love to write, take pictures, and explore their creativity. Writing/ journaling and photography workshops June 16-24 and June 30-July 7. Fall sessions to be announced.  Price: $1600 includes 7 nights at Chateau de Pontfrac, 2 fantastic meals a day, daily workshops, excursions, and friendships that will last a lifetime.  Deadline for booking is April 15 due to limited space at the Chateau.  http://www.hidden-france.com  or  call 919.732.5601.

October 13-20 & October 27-November 3, 2007.  ATELIERS DE CONVERSATIONS POUR FRANCOPHILES A BIARRITZ: Deux Ateliers de conversation française auront lieu à BIARRIEZ, sud-ouest, en France. 13-20 OCT, 2007 pour les intermédiaires 27 OCT-3 NOV, pour les avancés. Une expérience à ne pas manquer! Petit groupe seulement! Chambre à deux : $975.00  -  Chambre pour 1 pers.: $1,275.00, 8 jours en demi-pension et cours quotidiens compris - RESERVATIONS : 707.644.3421    nadalang@comcast.net

Wednesdays:  WELLNESS WORKSHOP IN FRENCH.  Christine Esters’ classes consist of fun hands-on learning in French about the body and exceptional health.  Wednesdays, 18h00-19h30.  $108.  Call the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa for additional details.  707.543.8151. 

Summer 2007. WEEK-LONG COURSES IN FRANCE's LOT VALLEY at LATITUDE. Relax! Enjoy! Discover "deep France" in southwest France's idyllic Lot Valley.  Latitude is a unique cultural center, located in a riverside hamlet, near Cahors and the painted caves at Pech-Merle. Founded and directed by E. Barbara Phillips, Professor emerita, San Francisco State, Latitude, is located in the historic, 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie and a converted tobacco hangar in La Toulzanie, 7 minutes from St. Cirq Lapopie (featured in the National Geographic Traveller in September, 2005).  From $1250 for lodging, gourmet meals, instruction, pool, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. Details at http://www.latitude.org

  • June 2-9, 2007 : (1) Two courses ---WINE TASTING, HISTORY, AND DISCOVERY. (A la découverte des vignobles du Lot à travers ses vins –dégustation).  Instructor: Agathe Thullier, bi-lingual French expert in oenology.  Afternoons (2) PAINTING THE LIGHT AND COLORS OF THE LOT: A Watercolor and oils workshop.   Instructor: Jean-Claude Thullier, bilingual painter. For rank beginners as well as advanced students. Mornings.  The workshop will focus on color and light, including  methods of showing light via color. Rapports colorés, harmonies colorées, la lumière au moyen de la couleur. Paysages ou natures mortes.

  • June 9-16:  (1) A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE  Instructor: E. Barbara Phillips, Professor Emerita of Sociology & Urban Studies, San Francisco State. Discover culinary/social history of southwest France. Visits with  farmers & artisans who continue to produce gastronomic specialities in  traditional ways, e.g., "cabecous"(small goat cheeses).. "Cazelles" (shepherds' drystone huts), "pigeonniers" (dovecotes) + other Quercynois architectural gems will also be visited,. Explore connections between food, family life, & national identity.

  • June 9-16:  (2) FOOD WRITING FOR FOOD LOVERS  with Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction, and More, which won the Cordon d’or Literary Reference Award in 2005.   These two courses—A Taste of SW France and Food Writing -- will be synchronized so participants can take both!

  • June 23-30: TROUBADOURS, TARTS AND TOURDIONS:  MUSIC, CUISINE, AND DANCE OF MEDIEVAL FRANCE (in English, with music in multiple languages, and one lecture in French).  Instructors:  Shira Kammen, renowned early music specialist and teacher who performs on vielle and medieval fiddle as well as voice, (<http://www.shirakammen.com/>), with collaborating instructor Theresa Nelson  who performs regularly with Ms Kammen and the California Revels.This week-long workshop will involve you in the revelry and celebration of music, food, dance and life of the 14th and 15th centuries when the historic mill, la Moulin de La Toulzanie, was already standing.   Requirements: Participants must have prior vocal experience and should enjoy dancing, cooking, feasting, and revelry. Be sure to sign up early as numbers are limited!

  • June 30 -July 7:  BIG MACS & BAGUETTES:  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE?  An exploration of French and U.S. cultures -- their connections and disconnections -- led by Dorothy Kaufmann,  professor of  French Literature in the U.S. and American Studies in France.  Dorothy has taught at Mills College, Clark University, and the Université de Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines. She is the author of many articles on Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and a biography,  Edith Thomas: A Passion for Resistance (Cornell, 2004). She is a fluent French speaker, but this course will be taught in English. The Course includes (1) Language codes and what they mean (2)  To be or not to be. . . French  (3)  Sex and romance: Vive la différence! (4) Loving and hating the U.S. and (5) What is the good life?  Dorothy intends that participants will relish spirited discussion during (and outside of) class!  In English.

  • June 30-July 7:  THE BOOK IS DEAD!  LONG LIVE THE BOOK!   Books, Technology, and Human Knowledge, a week-long discussion from Gutenberg to Google and beyond led by Niko Pfund, currently Vice President and Publisher of the Academic and Tradebook Divisions of Oxford University Press in New York City. A life-long reader of books, he does find himself, somewhat to his surprise, reading on-line these days as well. In English.

  • July 7-14  :  FRENCH TOTAL IMMERSION WEEK   2 courses in the French language  The Invention of Modern European Art. Instructor: Renée Morel, Doctoral candidate, French Literature, University of California at Berkeley .  Instructor, French & Linguistics, City College of San Francisco .  Instructor, The French Class, San Francisco, and San Francisco State University . Renee will  guide us through  modern art history. Her slides are well chosen, and her  speech easy to understand. She will discuss, among others, Van Gogh, Vuillard, and  Picasso. She is a fabulous teacher-- patient, welcoming of questions, superknowledgeable, and understanding.  Mornings.  ALSO:  L’HISTOIRE DE QUERCY. (avec visites guidées) Instructor:   Paul Verdier, docteur d'état en litterature comparé. Afternoons.  Paul parlera des Celtes en Quercy vers le IVe siècle a.c. et la réutilisation du mobilier autochtone: dolmens et menhirs; les envahisseurs" en Quercy: Divona et Auxellodunum conquises par César; le royaume wisigoth de Toulouse-Barcelone et sa limite quercynoise: Tour de Faure et l'arianisme; quelques aspects de la Guerre de Cent Ans : Plantagenêt et Valois à Saint Cirq Lapopie, une guerre franco-française; cathares, protestants et catholiques en Quercy.

  •  July 14-20:  SHAMANS, CAVE PAINTINGS, HISTORY AND MYSTERY, offered by Adrienne Amundsen and Doug Coffee (whose 2005 course, a variation on this theme, was a smash-hit!). Adrienne Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, and Doug, a lawyer in the Bay Area, is a more-than-amateur historian of Neolithic Times and a very decent photographer. In English.

Please visit www.latitude.org http://www.latitude.org/ for more information on the courses, the cost, accommodations, etc.

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

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 RESIDENTS.  Philippe Gion & Marie-Pierre.  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 1, 2007.  ARTIST’S RECEPTION FORA GATHERING OF GREATNESS:  ALLEGORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMOUS PERSONS IN PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY, PARIS. Oakland photographic artist Dorothy Levitt Mayers takes viewers on her personal tour of the world-famous Parisian Cemetery, Pere-Lachaise. Mayers has combined iconographic images of famous persons with monuments from their Pere-Lachaise gravesites. Evocative images of Sarah Bernhardt, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Isadora Duncan will be included in this exhibit. The backdrop of Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum (a city of Oakland historical landmark itself) provides a synergistic backdrop for this exhibition. Mayers will be present to discuss her work. All are invited to view the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and live French accordion music. The exhibit will remain at the Chapel of the Chimes throughout the month of April. Mayers will present a lecture focused on this body of work on Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm.    Artist Biographical Information: http://www.mycuriouseye.com/   Artist Reception & Photographic Exhibition by Dorothy Levitt Mayers.  Reception Sunday, April 1, 2007; 1-3 pm.  Lecture Saturday, April 28, 2007; 2 pm.  Exhibit ends April 30, 2007.  Lifemark Group/ Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611.  Free and open to all.  Info: 510.228.3207; arodman@lifemarkgroup.com

April 1, 2007. MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN, soprano, performs less frequently heard songs by CHAUSSON along with more familiar works by RAVEL and more. Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

April 2, 2007.  BRODEUSES / SEQUINS (2004), presented by the SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FRENCH CINÉ-CLUB.  7pm in Stevenson 2006 on the campus of the university, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  Admission to the film is free.  All films in French with English subtitles!  Daily non-reserved parking pass:  $2.50 (available from machine in parking lot). 

April 4, 2007.  CHOCOLATS NOIRS & THE RED WINES OF BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

April 6, 2007.  EDOUARD VUILLARD: DE LA DECORATION A L'ABSTRACTION.  Conférences offertes par SFBA [San Francisco Bay Accueil] et présentées par RENEE MOREL à l'Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  10am-11:30am.  $7 par personne.  Ces conferences seront presentees en francais - naturellement!  SVP, arrivez a l'heure! (Please allow ample time for parking.) rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

April 7, 2007.  FOOD AND ART OF AFRICA at CELL SPACE. On April 7th, we are having a celebration at the Cell Space.  Please come prepared to ENJOY THE FOOD & THE ART OF AFRICA. For a $10 cover charge, come also prepared to DANCE & ENJOY A GREAT PERFORMANCE BY RENNEA & RUPA. Celebrate with us: RENNEA Y SUS AMIGOS, RUPA , DJ Waltdiggz, BISSAP BAOBAB Senegalese cuisine, AMANDLA SHEA BUTTER and YOU.  Money collected will help support the efforts of  HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, an organization that provides programs for the   homeless children in Cameroon.   Hosted by Achille Massoma and friends. The event will start at 7PM with an art show of African masks an sculptures. From 7 PM to 9PM, we will serve delicious Senegalese food from The Baobab with a background of Latin, Hip Hop, and African music. The first performance will start at 9PM (Rupa/Rennea). The second  set will start at 10:15 PM (Rupa/Rennea). After the last set, the DJ will keep the party going untill 1:30AM. 

April 12, 2007.  JULIEN CLERC IN SAN FRANCISCO. Julien Clerc belongs to the special 'long-life' generation of French artists who launched their careers in the 60's and are still going strong today! Like Johnny Hallyday, Jacques Dutronc and 60's pop diva France Gall, Julien Clerc's career continues to go from strength to strength more than 30 years after he first shot to fame. Clerc, a youthful and elegant-looking 50-something, still enjoys immense popularity in France, his concerts attracting hundreds of his original fans as well as their children.    Alternating between sad, sentimental songs and upbeat rhythmic numbers, Julien Clerc has always appeared to strike the perfect balance between finely-honed lyrics and populist melodies.  For the first time after 8 years, Julien Clerc will perform in San Francisco and will interpret at the Herbst Theater his most famous songs such as Ma preference, Femmes je vous aime and more recently Double  enfance and Si j’étais elle. Joined by his musicians and vocalists Julien Clerc will offer to the  audience his electric presence and generous performing commitment  transporting the spectators to a unique and memorable show.  Herbst Theatre - San Francisco.  8:00 PM. POUR LES FRANCOPHONES:  Concert de Julien Clerc: 12 avril 2007 à 20h: Ne ratez pas le concert-événement de Julien Clerc à San Francisco au Herbst Theatre. Figure emblématique de la chanson française depuis plus de 30 ans, Julien Clerc interprètera, dans le cadre de cette tournée 2007, ses plus grands succès. Réservez vos places dès maintenant en contactant eventsinsf@gmail.com ou en téléphonant à Myriam  415.728.4615 ou Emmanuelle 415.642.1557. Vous bénéficierez des meilleures places de chaque catégorie et n'aurez pas à payer les frais de réservation en ligne.

April 16, 2007.  BOOK CLUB FRANCOPHONE.   Notre prochaine réunion aura lieu le lundi 16 avril chez Mark à Berkeley, vers 7pm.  Notre prochaine sélection est LA FEE CARABINE de DANIEL PENNAC, un roman policier/ intrigue, un genre que nous n'avons pas encore lu. Contact Bérénice LeMarchand, berenicevlm@yahoo.com.

April 18, 2007.  THE WINES OF THE RHONE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

April 18-21, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs Strauss’s LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME SUITE and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 19 & 20, 2007.  FOR EVER MOZART (Godard, 1997).  A journey through recent European history and JEAN-LUC GODARD’s filmic past.  In French with English subtitles. Sonoma Film Institute.  Thursday screening:  Darwin 103, 7:30pm; Friday screening:  Warren Auditorium, 7pm.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details. 

April 20, 2007.  IMAX FILM:  THE ALPS. Centered in the heart of Europe, the Alps are home to some of the most famous peaks in the world including the Matterhorn, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Featuring dramatic footage shot under extreme filmmaking conditions, the Alps: Giants of Nature follows the footsteps of some of the most famous climbing pioneers and explores the beauty and uniqueness of this landscape. 39 min. http://www.alpsfilm.com IMAX Corp. Esquire Theatre in Sacramento, CA.  Co-sponsored by Switzerland Tourism and Holcim

April 21, 2007.  CAL DAY 2007 features UC-BERKELEY’S INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, with food, music, and cultural events from all over the world.  2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley.  10am-5pm.  http://www.berkeley.edu/calday/  Sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

April 23, 2007.  L’ENFANT / THE CHILD (2005), presented by the SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FRENCH CINÉ-CLUB.  7pm in Stevenson 2006 on the campus of the university, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  Admission to the film is free.  All films in French with English subtitles!  Daily non-reserved parking pass:  $2.50 (available from machine in parking lot). 

April 23, 2007.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT, Palo Alto.  Details to follow. For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

April 23, 2007.  LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST ~ GLOBALIZATION OF CLINICAL TRIALS.  San Francisco. For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

April 24 OR April 28, 2007.  TOULOUSE-LAUTREC ET L’ESPRIT DE MONTMARTRE.  Tuesday, 4/24, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM or Saturday, 4/28, 10:30am to Noon.  The French Class - 500 Sutter (Suite 310) $8. (Please note that this is the same conference, offered twice.)  Comme pour le TGV, les reservations sont obligatoires! 415.362.3666

April 25, 2007.  SALIF KEITA.  A key founder of modern Afro-pop, Keita commands attention with his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals, and emotion-packed songs.  He is currently exploring his Mande birthright; Keita is a direct descendent of the warrior king who founded the Malian empire in the 13th century.  His work blends the traditional griot music of his childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

April 25, 2007.  IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA.  Stanford Lively Arts, http://livelyarts.stanford.edu or 650.725.ARTS for details. 

April 26-29, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, along with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS, SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS, and PACIFIC BOYCHOIR, performs BERLIOZ’s THE DAMNATION OF FAUST and more.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 28, 2007. ARTIST’S LECTURE ONA GATHERING OF GREATNESS:  ALLEGORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMOUS PERSONS IN PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY, PARIS. Oakland photographic artist Dorothy Levitt Mayers takes viewers on her personal tour of the world-famous Parisian Cemetery, Pere-Lachaise. Mayers has combined iconographic images of famous persons with monuments from their Pere-Lachaise gravesites. Lifemark Group/ Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611.  Free and open to all.  Info: 510.228.3207; arodman@lifemarkgroup.com

May 2, 2007.  CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

May 3 & 4 & 6, 2007.  PLAYTIME (Tati, 1969).  A group of tourists wander through interchangeable glass & steel skyscrapers – modern day Paris!  With an occasional visit by Tati’s M. Hulot… Sonoma Film Institute.  Thursday screening:  Darwin 103, 7:30pm; Friday screening:  Warren Auditorium, 7pm.  Sunday screening:  4pm, Warren Auditorium.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

May 4-5, 2007.  THE MUSIC OF MARIN MARAIS AND ANTOINE FORQUERAY, performed by JORDI SAVALL, viola de gamba, PIERRE HANTAL, harpsichord, XAVIER DIAZ, theorbo and guitar.  At the beginning of the 18th century, the sublime 17th-century French composer Marin Marais’s talent was often compared to that of Antoine Forqueray, his younger contemporary, who was said to have played like a devil, while Marais played like an angel.  This concert explores the work of these extraordinary masters in a concert featuring Marais’ virtuoso SUITE D’UN GOUT ETRANGER and a selection of Forqueray’s intriguing and revealing PORTRAITS MUSICAUX.   Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

May 5, 2007. L'ATELER DE L'ARTISTE: MODELES ET MUSES. CAFE MUSEE (scrumptious brunch; $3 donation), Visual Arts Building, Room V114, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco.  9:30 AM - 12:30 NOON.

May 5-6, 2007.  SACRED MONSTERS ~SYLVIE GUILLEM & AKRAM KHAN.  Perhaps the world’s most celebrated ballerina, Sylvie Guillem, reigning star of the Paris Opera Ballet, here teams up with choreographer and dancer Akram Kahn.  Their ambitious new collaboration explores the notion aof male and female energies as spiritual forces rotted in creation stories & myths.  Cal Performances.  http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510.642.9988.

May 7, 2007.  BANLIEUE 13 / DISTRICT B-13 (2004), presented by the SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY FRENCH CINÉ-CLUB.  7pm in Stevenson 2006 on the campus of the university, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  Admission to the film is free.  All films in French with English subtitles!  Daily non-reserved parking pass:  $2.50 (available from machine in parking lot). 

May 10, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO performs JAZZ AT PEARL’S, 256 Columbus (below Broadway).  San Francisco.  $15. A note from Laurent Fourgo about his new CD:  “This CD, Half & Half / Moitié-Moitié has its roots in the music of the past, but the sound is really current. This recording was a natural transition for me after performing Pop Jazz tunes at local public venues in Northern California. Being French, I naturally chose French tunes that became Jazz and Pop Standards in the US.   Despite the fact I was singing them half in French, half in English, I noticed that most of the time, audiences didn’t know they were originally French! This is a way for me to pay tribute to those who created these beautiful tunes that generations have been enjoying.”  Two Shows: 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm Doors open 7:30 pm Box Office: 415-291-8255 www.jazzatpearls.com or Www.laurentfourgo.com or Www.fourgo.com/calendar.html

May 11, 2007. LA SPLENDEUR DES DUCS DE BOURGOGNE.  10:00 AM-11:30 AM.  Alliance Francaise de San Francisco / SFBA $7  1345 Bush Street - San Francisco  IMPORTANT! This presentation was originally scheduled for MAY 18. Note that the new date is MAY 11.

May 11, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Marie et Art.  Détails à suivre.

May 11, 2007.  ALLEN TOUSSAINT performs at Herbst Theatre.  SF Jazz Spring Season.  8pm. http://wwwsfjazz.org or 800.225.2277 for details.

May 11-June 8, 2007.  SMUIN BALLET performs Michael Smuin’s world premiere adaptation of MAURICE RAVEL’s celebrated opera THE ENCHANTED CHILD, plus his playful take on musical instruments come to life.  Various locations, as follows:  May 11-20, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; May 25-26, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; May 30-June 3, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; June 8-9, 2007, Sunset Center, Carmel.  415.495.2234 or http://www.smuinballet.org for details.

May 12, 2007.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO, BENINESE VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER. The African-born songstress performs at Herbst Theatre during the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s GLOBAL GROOVE program.  8pm.  http://www.sfjazz.org or 800.225.2277 for details on the show or see Kidjo’s official website, http://ayemusic.free.fr/.

May 16, 2007.  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS at Bonhams & Butterfields, 220 San Bruno Avenue, CA.  Consignments now invited.  Inquiries:  Malcolm Walker, 415.503.3263 or http://www.bonhams.com/us for details.  Including work by Alexandre Hyacinthe and others. 

May 16, 2007.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

May 17, 2007.  PATRICIA WELLS talks about VEGETABLE HARVEST.  Wells, award-winning author and master of French cooking, is celebrating her 10th cookbook.  From arugula to zucchini, Wells covers every kind of produce favored by French cooks from North to South, from winter through fall.  Wells includes profiles on local French farmers, home gardeners, and home cooks.  She has lived in France for over 20 years.  Discuss cooking ideas with Patricia Wells over dinner at Left Bank Restaurant.  Cooks with Books at Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  Seating begins at 6:30pm; coffee and conversation usually end about 2-1/2 hours later.  Tickets are purchased in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip & signed copy of the book (only one copy per couple).  $105 per person; $175/couple).  6:30pm.

May 24, 2007.  HARRY CONNICK JR. sings songs from his new CD, a tribute to New Orleans, called CHANSON DU VIEUX CARRE.  Davies Symphony Hall, 8pm.  415.421.TIXS or http://www.livenation.com for tickets.

May 27, 2007. LYNN HARRELL AND FRIENDS perform RAVEL'S DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO and more. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th, SF. 415.392.4400 or http://www.chambermusicSF.org for details.

May 30, 2007.  THE WINES OF BURGUNDY. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

June-July 2007. MEDITERRANEAN DREAMS TOUR 2007.  Michael Wrenn, Tracy High School French teacher, is planning a European trip for adults for June-July 2007.  There are still spaces available on our "Mediterranean Dreams" tour highlighting the best of Italy and the south of France.  Our 19-day excursion includes Rome, Tuscany, the French Rivera and Provence.  Some of the cultural and artistic highlights of our custom-designed itinerary include the Vatican Museums, the Roman ruins of Cività Vecchia, Assisi, Siena and the Tuscan hill towns, the Picasso museum with dinner in Cannes on the French Riviera, wrapping up with the wonders of Paris.  Of course, wine tasting and several gourmet dining experiences are planned.  Join educators, professionals, their spouses and friends for an educational, sophisticated, enriching look at the art and culture of these two Mediterranean countries.  Professional development units are available for educators.  Mr. Wrenn has lead annual tours to Europe since 1997 for both students and adults.  He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and speaks French and Italian fluently. The tour operator for the trip is ACIS, one of the most respected names in student travel.   Total cost including, hotel, airfare, fees, taxes, and most meals is $5827, based on double occupancy.   The departure date is June 28. If you would like information and further details about itineraries, registration, etc, please contact Michael Wrenn at mwrenn@tusd.net or (510) 331-1471.

June 1, 2007.  DEADLINE to submit for the Business Booster 2007, with BUSINESS BOOSTER 2007: KICK OFF! starting in August 1st. Entrepreneurship  Program for accelerating your Business Project!!  Business Booster is an 8-week one-on-one mentorship program for entrepreneurs created in 2005.  For more information, feel free to contact Louis Crépin at com@faccsf.com or Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR see http://www.faccsf.com for details.

June 7-July 8, 2007.  MOLIERE’S THE IMAGINARY INVALID.  In this cheeky satire, an old hypochondriac believes in nothing and no one—except the dubious diagnoses his quack doctors keep delivering. A.C.T.'s new production of The Imaginary Invalid offers a hysterical exposé of society's childlike devotion to staying "well"—and a prescription for a rollicking good time.  American Conservatory Theater, http://act-sf.org/ or 415.749.2ACT for details.

June 8 - July 14, 2007.  RING 'ROUND THE MOON by JEAN ANOUILH, adapted by Christopher Fry and directed by John Hull, at The Masquers Playhouse.  Frederic, who is shy and sensitive, and Hugo, who is heartless and aggressive, are twin brothers. Frederic is in love with a hussy who is in love with Hugo. To save Frederic from an unhappy marriage, Hugo tries to distract him by bringing to a ball a beautiful dancer who masquerades as a mysterious personage and becomes the triumph of the occasion. She is a susceptible maiden in her own right. She not only breaks up all the cynical romances that have been going on before she arrived, but loses her own heart as well.  The Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond.  Call 510.232.4031 for reservations.

June 13, 2007.  REGIONAL ROSÉS. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

June 14-29, 2007. IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE , sung in French by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. http://sfopera.com for details.

June 22, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Dominique.  Détails à suivre.

June 27, 2007.  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

June 27, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ HAWAII PARTY. Chez Julie B.  Détails à suivre.

July 5, 2007.  SAUVIGNON BLANCS & CHARDONNAYS. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

July 7-14, 2007.  L'INVENTION DU MODERNE.  Seminaire d'une semaine sur differents mouvements artistiques majeurs qui, ensemble, ont abouti a notre notion de "moderne".  Venez passer une semaine dans la region idyllique de la vallee du Lot (l'ancienne province du Quercy, reputee pour son histoire comme pour sa gastronomie) et pratiquer votre francais!  LATITUDE, Moulin de La Toulzanie, St. Martin-Labouval,France.  Course offered by Renée Morel at Latitude, barbara@latitude.org or www.latitude.org

July 14-15, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  TasteTV / Chocolate Television / TCB CAFE Publishing &  Media LLC are  sponsoring a two-day event during the weekend of Bastille Day, July  14-15 in San Francisco. This unique event is called the:  San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON. The theme for the 2007 Salon is "Chocolat," and the event will include  approximately 30 chocolate vendors and 6 wineries, as well as other  vendors, experts, chefs, authors and more. We expect between 1,000-4,000 attendees from throughout Northern California, as well as summer  tourists to the City.  You are invited to attend as a guest speaker.  If you are interested in participating in the event, or want to find out  more, please go to the website: http://www.SFChocolateSalon.com Space is Limited.

July 18, 2007.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

July 20-22 & 28-29, 2007!  SIXTH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

July 25-October 27, 2007.  TARTUFFE by MOLIERE, translated by Ranjit Bolt.  Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon.  866.545.6337 or http://www.osfashland.org for details.

August 1, 2007.  CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

August 8, 2007.  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

August 8-September 2, 2007. THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE by PIERRE MARIVAUX in a world premiere adaptation written and directed by Lillian Groag. A sharply drawn and elegantly composed comedy by one of France's most popular playwrights, The Triumph of Love explores the nature of love in all its romantic glory and painful cruelty. California Shakespeare Theater, 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley. 510.548.9666 or http://www.calshakes.org for details.

August 10, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ MEXICO PARTY.  Chez Randy.  Détails à suivre.

August 15, 2007.  DELUXE RHONES. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

September 7-28, 2007. SAMSON & DELILAH, by CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, will be performed by the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. Details to follow.

September 12, 2007.  THE RED WINES OF FRANCE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

September 19, 2007.  CHOCOLATS NOIRS & THE RED WINES OF BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

September 30-October 15, 2007.  STEVE’S TOUR TO PARIS.  Steve Rabinowitsh will lead a series of five walks of the neighborhoods of Paris next September.  The walks will include many little known places, parks, residences and architectural wonders of Paris.  The tour is for first time as well as frequent visitors to Paris. Steve, who speaks French, led a very successful Paris walking tour last year. He lived in Paris for a year and worked as a professional city planner for many years in Colorado prior to being elected to the Santa Rosa City Council. This tour will also include a river cruise on the Seine to Giverny, Auvers sur Oise, Rouen, Honfleur and Le Havre.  The tour is being organized by Nancy Berto at Flying Dutchman Travel.  For more information, call Nancy at 546-1212 or 546-2870.  PRICE: * CAT. A $2801 (upper deck) ; B, $2709 (middle deck, mid-ship); C, $2617 (middle deck forward) price reflects 8% group discount.  In addition to the group discount, there is also early booking discount of $250 pp if booked by Dec. 18, 2006. Includes: 7 night cruise, outside cabin, port charges, fuel surcharge, all meals, welcome and captain’s farewell dinner, 6 guided tours, wine tasting, lectures and French food demonstrations.  DEPOSIT: $400 by check or credit card to Flying Dutchmen Travel.  Send deposit check (credit card # for cruise) to Nancy Berto, Flying Dutchmen Travel, 1455 N. Dutton, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401.Phone 707.546.1212(B) 546.2870 (H) or 800.248.7471 Include name (passport), address, phone, and cabin choice. Not included: int’l air taxes.  Itinerary and prices subject to change. Cancellation insurance available.  Cancellation penalty each portion (Paris & cruise): 121 days prior to departure, $100pp; 120-90 days 40%, 89-60 days 50%; 60-45 days 75%; 45 days no refund.

October 3, 2007.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

October 17, 2007.  CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

October 31, 2007.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

November 7, 2007.  HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES!  THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes.  A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine.  Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France!   THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street  Los Gatos.  Telephone:  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net for details.

November 17, 2007.  26TH BEAUJOLAIS & BEYOND FESTIVAL:  LA SOIREE.  Come and join us to celebrate the first wine of the year in a French- American atmosphere!  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 / Fax 415.442.4621 or info@faccsf.com

May 2-11, 2008.  THE LITTLE PRINCE.  Composer Rachel Portman’s 2003 operatic treatment of the ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY children’s classic.  Libretto by Nicholas Wright; directed by Francesca Zambello.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  Details to follow. 

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