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April 5-20, 2007

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*APRIL EVENTS*    

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

Through April 2007.  THE VEUVE CLIQUOT LOVESEAT.  Hotel Vitale and Restaurant Americano present The Veuve Cliquot Loveseat throughout the month of April.  “Prolific designer Karim Rashid has collaborated with the legendary House of Veuve Cliquot  to reinterpret the traditional French 18th century loveseat with a modern twist.  Participate in this unique sensory experience by lingering in the Veuve Cliquot loveseat.  Sit, sip, celebrate and flirt French-style!  Curious epicurians may inquire at http://hotelvitale.com .

Through April 6, 2007.  DON’T LET GO OF THE POTATO by TODD LEJEUNE.  A solo comedy about growing up in the cultural backwaters of rural LOUISIANA.  Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia St., SF.  800.838.3006 or http://www.themarsh.org for details.

April 6, 2007.  EDOUARD VUILLARD: DE LA DECORATION A L'ABSTRACTION.  La carrière étonnamment riche d'Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) couvre la fin-de-siècle et les quatre premières décennies du XXe siècle. Souvent qualifié de "peintre intimiste", cet artiste est surtout connu pour ses oeuvres post-impressionnistes: scènes montrant ses proches dans des intérieurs saturés de motifs décoratifs (papiers peints, rideaux, tissus) qui virent à l'abstraction.  Contrairement à ses contemporains Degas et Toulouse-Lautrec, qui recherchaient l'animation des boulevards et des cabarets, Vuillard préfère l'intimité et le confort des espaces domestiques, ainsi que les coins tranquilles des jardins publics.  Désireux de s'éloigner du réalisme, Vuillard rejoint la confrérie artistique des "Nabis" (du mot hébreu pour "prophète"), connue pour ses associations mystiques et religieuses (elle s'apparentait au mouvement plus vaste du symbolisme). Cependant, cet artiste versatile a également créé des panneaux décoratifs monumentaux et des décors de théâtre pour des pièces d'avant-garde, ainsi que des paysages lumineux et des portraits d'une grande élégance.  Venez découvrir les richesses de ce peintre profondément parisien, depuis ses intérieurs petits-bourgeois, inquiétants et provocants, jusqu'à ses rapports complexes avec un nouveau médium, la photographie.  La conférence se terminera vers 11h30.  Coût:  $7/personne. 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 6, 2007.  PREMIERE of SITES, a solo exhibition of new works of oil on canvas by Paris-born artist MARTINE JARDEL. Jardel’s paintings reveal the impossibility of defining monolithic identities or meanings. These new paintings continue her ongoing exploration of color and occupation of space.  Color and abstraction are foremore, as she intuitively arranges color and shapes her work, and develops an immediately beautiful abstract and luminous environment. Her skilled use of color and space demonstrates purpose, defining each canvas with appreciative worth.  Approximately twenty pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed, will be on exhibition.  Micaëla Gallery, 333 Hayes Street (between Franklin & Gough), SF.  http://www.micaela.com or info@micaela.com for details.

April 6, 2007.  FRENCH CONVERSATION AT SASSAFRAS.  Please join us for friendly conversation in French while having   dinner or refreshments at Sassafras on Friday, April 6th, beginning   at 6:15 p.m.  We'll be in the private dining room.  It is always   helpful if you can let me know that you plan to attend.  Dinner and   beverages are available for purchase all evening.  Sassafras is   located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa. www.sassafrasrestaurant.com   If you haven't made it to a monthly   Chat before, we're an informal group who simply enjoy the opportunity   to speak French, especially while eating and drinking.  Hope to see you for our monthly French chat.  Cordialement, Evelyn, 707.576.1124.

April 6, 2007.  DAVIDE VEROTTA, piano, performs DEBUSSY, FOUILLAUD, others.  Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., SF.  415.647.6015 for details.  8pm.  Free.

April 6, 2007.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU, CAJUN ORKESTRA, perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  8:30pm.  $12.

April 6, 2007.  THE ORANGEY RED OCHRE SHADES.  Exposition d'huiles de Bernard E. Beneito.  La Maison des Artistes, 926 Emerson Str. 2nd floor, Palo Alto CA. 650.327.9893 or maisondarte@comcast.net for details. 7pm-10pm.

April 6-27, 2007.  APRIL IN PARIS FILM FESTIVAL at the Mechanics’ Institute.  AFSF co-sponsors CinemaLit at the Mechanics’ Institute for the month of April. All films are in French with English subtitles. THE CHAMBERMAID ON THE TITANIC, Friday, April 6 at 6:30pm; UN COEUR EN HIVER, Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm; TWO ENGLISHGIRLS; Friday, April 20 at 6:30pm; A SELF-MADE HERO, Friday, April 27 at 6:30pm.  Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street in San Francisco.  415.393-0100.  Free to AFSF and Mechanics’ Institute Members, Non-members $10.

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 7, 2007.  THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL AND THE CREST THEATRE PRESENT A TASTE OF THE SFFF IN APRIL!  The special screening ofAvenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'Orchestre), the hit Parisian comedy by Daniele Thompson, will be held onSaturday April 7th at 8pm sharp!  There will be a pre-screening drawing to win passes to the SFFF and other goodies and a post screening discussion lead by Kevin Elstob!  The Crest is generously giving an exclusive discount to SFFF patrons! Tickets will be $5.50 that nightand on weekdays Monday to Thursday. Print this email and bring it with you or say "BASTILLE DAY" at the Box Office before purchasing your tickets.   The charming Cecile de France sizzles as a waitress with a dream and leads an all-star cast in the French romantic comedyAvenue Montaigne.  Directed by Daniele Thompson (La Buche) and written with her son, Christopher (who also plays a major role in the film), Avenue Montaignetakes place on the fashionable street from which the film takes its name.  Having just moved to Paris, Jessica found a temporary job in a bistro where she will meet an art collector (Claude Brasseur) and his son (Christopher Thompson); a classic pianist (Albert Dupontel) and his manager/wife (Laura Morante); a star (Valerie Lemercier, who won the Cesar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007) and a film director (Sidney  Pollack).  Avenue Montaigne features unique interesting characters, excellent acting, a lot of fun and fascinating talk about art, music, theater, food, and other French cultural delights.  Avenue Montaigne opens on April 6th.  See you there! To be sure you receive our emails, please add "filmfest@afdesacramento.org" to your address book or safe sender's list.      

April 10, 2007.  LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI AND JACK HIRSCHMAN : SAN FRANCISCO ICONS. Lawrence Ferlinghetti will read from his translations of French poet and Beat forerunner Jacques Prévert. He will be joined by San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman. Presented by the Center for the Art of Translation - At 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco http://www.catranslation.org/News-Events/ne-events.htm#Lawrence12:30 pm

April 10, 2007.  ERIK BULLOT LECTURE.  Erik Bullot will show and comment upon three of  his short films - "Glossolalie" (26 minutes), and two other, shorter films: "Cryptogramme" (4   minutes), and "Visible Speech" (9 minutes). Erik Bullot has made more than a dozen experimental films which have been shown in museums and   festivals throughout Europe. He locates them  somewhere in between the documentary and the art   film. In a text devoted to Bullot, Emeric de   Lastens calls them "films-essais.” Often they bear on cinema itself: its history, its techniques and materials, the many ways it has   been dreamed about or imagined. They examine the   relation between image and sound, and explore cinema’s relation to language. Among Bullot’s   most recent works is "Glossolalie," about   imaginary languages; he is midway through a longer film about three Mediterranean cities –   Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona. He has started a   film in Berkeley, inspired by his English class, called "Tongue-Twisters." Erik Bullot is the author of a novel (Tombeau   pour un excentrique, Deyrolle,1996), and of  several texts on cinema: for example, Le Singe  de la lumière (Le Credac, 2002), and “Keaton and   Snow” (published in October, fall 2005, no. 114,  pp. 17-28). He is on the editorial board of the  review Cinéma, and contributes regularly to  Trafic. He teaches cinema at the Ecole nationale   supérieure d’art in Bourges.    His talk will be in French.    Contact Information: Ann Smock, asmock@berkeley.edu    5:00PM in the French Department Library (4229 Dwinelle) 

April 11, 2007.  ZERO FOR CONDUCT (Jean Vigo, France, 1933).  8:00pm.  Live Musical Soundtrack by UC Berkeley Student DJs! With Vigo's TARIS (France, 1931, 9 mins), accompanied by the UC Jazz Ambassadorial Quintet. PFA Theater - http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

April 11, 2007.  WALK ACROSS FRANCE WITH ROD AND CENA BESSOLO.  Join two intrepid travelers for a multimedia presentation of their 750 km trek on the pilgrimage route of St. Jacques de Compostelle in France.  7pm.  Language: English.  $6 members / $8-non members.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

April 11, 2007.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Join us for food, conversation, and fun!  Choices to be made from menu distributed before lunch.  Bar service extra.  Members $20; non-members, $22.  Sassafras Restaurant, 1229 North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.  Reserve by calling Adrena, 707.823.5539 by Monday, April 9 at the latest.  Noon.

April 11, 2007.  LA PROCHAINE REUNION DU CLUB FRANÇAIS avec les participants de INTERFRENCH OF MARIN. 7:00 le soir chez Linda à Sausalito. RSVP directement à Linda:  415.331.9350 ou lagapekian@sbcglobal.net.  Please bring snacks or drinks to share. For information, contact Jan Half, la fondatrice, jandot5@mac.com, 650-345-6338.

April 11, 2007.  CELEBRATE LA COURSE PRESIDENTIELLE (or CELEBRATE FOR NO REASON) at 7:PM at Tao Café.  3 course prix fixe menu $23.00/person tax & tip not included.  Menu:  Rouleaux de printemps au confit de canard et gingembre Pâtes impériaux aux crevettes Salade vietnamienne au poulet, papaye verte et fleur de bananier; Caille rôtie, légumes verts et riz; Bœuf poêle aux nouilles aillées et ratatouille; Filet de cabillaud poêle, sauce à la mangue, riz (supplément $2.00); Poire pochée au vin rouge et a l'anis, glace a la crème fraiche   Gâteau au chocolat, glace à la vanille.  Bon Appétit et Bon Parler Francais!   No English version of the menu available today. There's one at your request. But the veggie version does exist on our Menu!  --Thuy

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 12, 2007.  MOLIERE-THAN-THOU.  Tim Mooney (actor, director and playwright) will provide a lecture on the life of Molière and then perform his celebrated one-man show "Molière Than Thou" (in English) at CSUS from 5:00 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2007 (in the Summit Room - University Union).   FREE EVENT (arrive early - seating limited).

April 12, 2007.  CNN+, CANAL+ & GLOBAL WARMING:  AN INTERFRENCH WORKSHOP.  First part - Answer questions from CNN+ and CANAL+; 2nd part - Climate Change: Large Companies and NGOs on a mission!  Come early and be on TV! Carlos de Vega, a reporter with CNN+ and CANAL+ is making a documentary about French people living in the United  States. The TV crew will ask you your perspective about France, what you expect for the coming elections, how and Why you came to the Silicon Valley? Do not miss this unique opportunity to be on TV! Arrive at 6 PM sharp for shooting just before our talk. http://www.interfrench.com/ or  http://www.interfrench.org for details.

April 12, 2007.  SPRING BISTRO MENU ~ Cooking with Janet Dresser. Offerte en français chez Mme Dresser.  12 avril, 6:00 p.m., $75.  http://www.cookingforyourlife.com/ for full details.

April 12, 17, 18 or 25, or May 5, 2007.  FREE WORKSHOP ON  PHONETICS in various Bay Area locations, presented by Finaritra Ramialison. Following the CLTA 2007 Conference, come and participate in a small FREE workshop on phonetics, presented by Finaritra Ramialison, Language and Education Coordinator at the French Consulate. We will work on the elaboration of activities developing the students' phonetical skills in French. Choose one among the following 5 sessions: San Mateo (4/12); Sacramento (4/17); San Jose (4/18); Oakland (4/25) or Santa Rosa (5/5).  Information / Registration: at least one week before the session, through Finaritra @ (415) 591-4803 or  finaritra.ramialison@diplomatie.fr

April 13, 2007.  THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN (Djibril Diop Mambéty, Sénégal, 1999).  7pm.  Preceded by: LE FRANC (Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1994). PFA Theater, http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

April 14, 2007.  JOURNÉE PORTES OUVERTES: OPEN HOUSE APRIL 14, 1-6PMNEW SESSION OF CLASSES STARTS APRIL 30!  Get 10% off on classes and win free memberships.  Take a free language evaluation.  Attend a free demo class (1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30pm, 5:30 pm).  Take a tour of our facility (1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm; 4:00pm, 5:00pm).  Get 10% off your lunch & diner at “La Cave” bistro restaurant located underneath the Alliance, Saturday April 14, 2007 only *Valid for new students and new memberships only.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through 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.

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 16-20, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S CONCERTS FOR KIDS features RAVEL and more.  Davies Symphony Hall, SF.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 17 & 18, 2007.  BENJAMIN STORA, FROM MAGHREB-EUROPE INSTITUTE, PARIS.  April 17, 6:30 pm at Stanford University - April 18, at UC Berkeley.  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=1003

April 17 & 19, 2007.  ANNIE STORA-LAMARRE, FROM BESANCON UNIVERSITY.  April 17, at UC Berkeley - "The Republic of the Weaks" and April 19, 4pm, at Stanford University - "Law and the Third Republic, 1870-1914. http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=1005

April 18, 2007.  FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2007.  Ever wonder how the French elect their leaders? The Alliance invites you to a lecture on the 2007 election by Jonah Levy, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. 7pm.  Language: English.  $6 members/$8-non members. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

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, 2007.  POETRY READING IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH BY POET PHYLLIS STOWELL Poet Phyllis Stowell’s SHIELD / LE BOUCLIER is a collaborative project that occurred during a six-month residence in the south of France. Shield is a dialogue between poet and painter, mother and daughter, age and youth, one in which both seek to confront apparent reality without expecting to encompass it or to ignore its mystery.  7pm.  Language: English and French.  $6 members/$8 non-members. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com 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.  FRENCH WINE SOCIETY CLASS:  BORDEAUX. The great mystery and fascination surrounding this region, held by collectors and novices alike, will be explored, taking enthusiasts on a journey along the Gironde estuary into the appellations on the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux.  Having some of the finest expressions of Cabernet and Merlot in the world, the class will feature wines representing the authentic quality and extract found each year on the vines of what is the Grandfather of grapes found throughout the world. For more information and registration, please visit our San Francisco chapter at www.frenchwinesociety.org Santé! Location:  Fort Mason, Buchanan St and Marina Blvd, San Francisco.  6:45pm to 8:15pm.  Session Cost $150 members, $180 non-members.

April 23, 2007.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT @ Cooley Godward Kronish 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alto, 94304. 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Sponsored by The French American Chamber of Commerce, Northern, The Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chapter, and others.  Registration: $10 for Members of one of these organizations; $20 for non members; $ 25 at the door.  Cancellations must be made 5-days prior to the event date Any cancellation within a 5-day period of the scheduled date will not be refunded. Name of guests will be kept at the door. 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.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF SAN FRANCISCO presents the GLOBALIZATION OF CLINICAL TRIALS at their next Life-Science Breakfast. 7:30 am - 9:30 am at Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco.  Breakfast will be served.  Swissnex connects the dots in science, education, art and innovation, between Switzerland and Western North America.  415 442 4717.  $20 for FACCSF members, $25 for non members, $30 at the door. 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, 2007.  SPECTACLE du programme de français à SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY Le mardi  24 avril, 4-8pm, (salle HUM 587). Récitations de poèmes et de fables, des chansons françaises, danses, scènes de pièces, etc. Tout ça en français!  4:00pm-7:30pm, dans la salle HUM 587 (Humanities building, 5e étage). Cet événement est un pot de la fortune (potluck) français.  Des questions? Bérénice: 415.902.6129.

April 24, 2007.  NEW JULIA CHILD BIOGRAPHY AT THE MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE. AFSF co-sponsors the Mechanics’ Institute presentation of a vivid new biography of Julia Child, America’s favorite gourmand. Newsweek contributor Laura Shapiro highlights Child’s passionate marriage, discovery of French cuisine and the creation of her groundbreaking television show The French Chef.  6:00 pm.  Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street in San Francisco.  415.393.0100.  Free to AFSF and Mechanics’ Institute Members, Non-members $10.

April 24 & 25, 2007.  THE MALADY OF DEATH, MARGUERITE DURAS, foolsFURY THEATER.  8 pm - At the Travelling Jewish Theatre, San Francisco - Work-in-Progress.  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=1006

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 25 & May 2, 2007.  THE SORROW AND THE PITY:  A CHRONICLE OF A FRENCH CITY UNDER THE OCCUPATION.  HISTORIA, a CCSF club, invites you to a screening of "The Sorrow and the Pity: A Chronicle of a French City under the Occupation," the gripping 1969 B/W documentary by Marcel Ophuls.  Part I:  "The Collapse" - April 25, 2007 Part II: "The Choice" - May 2, 2007  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ROOM 236) CASTRO-VALENCIA CAMPUS (James Lick Middle School) 1220 NOE STREET (AT 25th STREET) SAN FRANCISCO.  Free and open to all. First come first serve. Free parking available at the school. Please come on time as latecomers disturb everybody. The film will be briefly introduced by French instructor Renee Morel.  In 1969 this epic account of France under the Nazi occupation opened at a tiny theater on the Left Bank of Paris. This documentary, which had already been refused by French TV, was immediately hailed as one of the most moving and influential films of all time. "The Sorrow and the Pity" went on to garner international acclaim --including an Oscar nomination and a recurring homage in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall."  Restored edition. In French with English subtitles. Total running time: 249 minutes (The film will be shown in two parts).

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.  CHARLES DUTOIT, renowned for his idiomatic interpretation of the French repertory, conducts one of Romanticism’s great musical dramas, told with the wild theatrical flourishes of BERLIOZ’s most colorful musical language.  Free “Inside Music” talk by James Keller one hour prior to each concert. http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 26-May 10, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The 50th anniversary of the festival will feature over 200 films from over 50 countries, with an emphasis on work that hasn’t secured distribution in the United States.  415.561.5000 or http://www.sfiff.org for details. (A listing of French-related films is given in the "Cinema" section, below.)

Through April 28, 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. 

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

April 28, 2007.  UNE CHANSON POUR LE PRINTEMPS.  Presented by PROJECT APPLAUSE in association with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF SANTA ROSA.  Local classical vocal artists will give an intimate concert of French mélodie and aria, including the timeless works of FAURE, DEBUSSY, BIZET, DELIBES, MASSENET, OFFENBACH and others.  Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.  $5 general admission; $3 students and seniors; Alliance members free.  For more information, call 707.543.8151 or 707.538.2831.  7pm.

April 28, 2007.  ANDRE SOLTNER, Alsace-born chef at Lutèce for over 30 years, is the subject of CHEF’S STORY, KQED TV9, 1:30pm.

April 28, 2007.  APRIL IN PARIS with THE BAGUETTE QUARTETTE. Parisian Café Music at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  8:30pm.  $12.

April 28 & 29, 2007.  INTERNATIONAL CAREER FAIR.    Hotel Nikko - San Francisco.  Pour inscriptions et informations : www.internationalcareerfair.com

April 29, 2007.  11TH ANNUAL SOIREE DES ARTS presented by the French American International School and the International High School.  A gala dinner honoring acclaimed theatre and opera director Peter Sellars and world-renowned innovative vintner Agustin Huneeus, Sr.  Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco.  All proceeds from the event support the arts and technology programs at San Francisco’s largest independent school, where Bay Area children join students from over 45 countries around the world to benefit from a rigorous French and English curriculum. 

April 30, 2007.  FRENCH WINE SOCIETY CLASS:  CHAMPAGNE. What‘s the difference between fine and thick bubbles in a glass of Champagne?  Is Champagne made of more than one grape?  Answers to these questions and hundreds more will be given in our class on one of the most celebrated wine regions in the world. Many have tried to replicate the mysterious qualities behind this highly-influential beverage, all failing to recreate what may only be found in the terroir of Champagne.  Understand why the Monarchy of Russia chose Champagne (found out which in the class) as the official drink of the court.  This knowledge may be taken to your next gathering of friends, shared among the greatest bubbles in the world!   For more information and registration, please visit our San Francisco chapter at www.frenchwinesociety.org Santé! Location:  Fort Mason, Buchanan St and Marina Blvd, San Francisco.  6:45pm to 8:15pm.  Session Cost $150 members, $180 non-members.

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.

THE ALPS: AN IMAX FILM. 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 20, 2007.

APRIL IN PARIS FILM FESTIVAL at the Mechanics’ Institute.  AFSF co-sponsors CinemaLit at the Mechanics’ Institute for the month of April. All films are in French with English subtitles. THE CHAMBERMAID ON THE TITANIC, Friday, April 6 at 6:30pm; UN COEUR EN HIVER, Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm; TWO ENGLISHGIRLS; Friday, April 20 at 6:30pm; A SELF-MADE HERO, Friday, April 27 at 6:30pm.  Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street in San Francisco.  415.393-0100.  Free to AFSF and Mechanics’ Institute Members, Non-members $10. April 6-27, 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. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Rialto, Santa Rosa, http://www.rialtocinemas.com ; Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley. 

BEYOND THE GATES (Rwanda/Britain).  Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (Jeunet & Caro).  Red Vic, 1727 Haight St., SF.  415.668.3994 or http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details.

THE COP, THE CRIMINAL AND THE CLOWN.  A bumbling crook is taken for a policeman and gets cozy with his fellow officers.  In French with English subtitles.  With Roy Dupuis.  Lumiere, SF. 

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.

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 19 & 20, 2007. 

INDIGENES / DAYS OF GLORY.  Empire.

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN (Djibril Diop Mambéty, Sénégal, 1999).  7pm.  Preceded by: LE FRANC (Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1994). PFA Theater, http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco. April 13, 2007.

THE PAGE TURNER.  A noir, Hitchcock-like thriller.  NR.  Lumière, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

POLICE BEAT, about a Muslim, Republican, African born police officer in Seattle who thinks in Wolof.  Roxie New College Film Center, 3117 16th St., SF.  415.863.1087 or http://www.roxie.com for details.

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The 50th anniversary of the festival will feature over 200 films from over 50 countries, with an emphasis on work that hasn’t secured distribution in the United States.  415.561.5000 or http://www.sfiff.org for details. April 26-May 10, 2007.  Films include:

  • BAMAKO (Mali/France, 2006): a show trial in which African society argues against exploitation…
    CONGORAMA (France, 1006):  existential comedy about a man who learns he’s adopted…
  • DANS PARIS (France, 2006):  a wistful tale of two brothers in the City of Lights…
  • DARATT (Chad/France/Belgium/Austria, 2006): a fable-like gem about a young man who seeks to avenge his father’s murder…
  • FLANDERS (Bruno Dumont, France, 2006): austere war film set in norther France and an unnamed Middle Eastern country…
  • FOREVER (Heddy Honigmann, 1006):  the directed wnaders through Père-Lachaise Cemetery and interviews tear-streaked visitors to the most tourist-mobbed graves…
  • GARDENS IN AUTUMN (France/Russia/Italy, 2006):  a hilarious satire about a middle-aged minister who loses his job, his apartment and his wife…
  • GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL (Denmark/USA, 2006):  a riveting documentary about two gang leaders in a notorious slum in Haiti (with Wyclef Jean);
  • HEAVEN’S DOORS (Morocco, 2006):  a young man enters into a cycle of crime…
  • THE IRON MASK (Alan Dwan, 1929):  a lavish version of The Three Musketeers…
  • JOSEPHINE BAKER:  BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD…
  • LADY CHATTERLEY (France, 2006):  a sensual French update of a classic…
  • ON FIRE (Claire Simon, France/Switzerland, 2006):  the romantic fantasies of careless youth…
  • A PARTING SHOT (France, 2006):  a troubled woman accidently shoots a young boy…
  • PRIVATE EARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Alain Resnais, France/Italy, 2006):  six lonely, loosely connected people searching for love in Paris…
  • THE RAPE OF EUROPA (2006):  a chronicle of how the Nazis looted and destroyed European artworks…
  • ROME RATHER THAN YOU (Algeria/France/Germany, 2006):  Algerian lovers make plans to flee their war-torn country…
  • SEVEN YEARS (France, 2006):  a behind-bars love triangle…
  • SOUNDS OF SAND (Belgium/France, 2006):  an East African family abandons its village…
  • LA VIE EN ROSE, about the legendary Edith Piaf…
  • WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE:  A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS (2006) – Spike Lee’s documentary on Hurricane Katrina (255 minutes).

LE SILENCE DE LA LIBERTÉ / INTO GREAT SILENCE.  This documentary is the firrst film ever made about life inside La Grande Chartreuse, the legendary monastery in the French Alps. Lumière, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

THE SORROW AND THE PITY:  A CHRONICLE OF A FRENCH CITY UNDER THE OCCUPATION.  HISTORIA, a CCSF club, invites you to a screening of "The Sorrow and the Pity: A Chronicle of a French City under the Occupation," the gripping 1969 B/W documentary by Marcel Ophuls.  Part I:  "The Collapse" - April 25, 2007 Part II: "The Choice" - May 2, 2007  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ROOM 236) CASTRO-VALENCIA CAMPUS (James Lick Middle School) 1220 NOE STREET (AT 25th STREET) SAN FRANCISCO.  Free and open to all. First come first serve. Free parking available at the school. Please come on time as latecomers disturb everybody. The film will be briefly introduced by French instructor Renee Morel.  In 1969 this epic account of France under the Nazi occupation opened at a tiny theater on the Left Bank of Paris. This documentary, which had already been refused by French TV, was immediately hailed as one of the most moving and influential films of all time. "The Sorrow and the Pity" went on to garner international acclaim --including an Oscar nomination and a recurring homage in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall."  Restored edition. In French with English subtitles. Total running time: 249 minutes (The film will be shown in two parts). April 25 & May 2, 2007. 

ZERO FOR CONDUCT (Jean Vigo, France, 1933).  8:00pm.  Live Musical Soundtrack by UC Berkeley Student DJs! With Vigo's TARIS (France, 1931, 9 mins), accompanied by the UC Jazz Ambassadorial Quintet. PFA Theater - http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa.  Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco. April 11, 2007.

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* 

April 6, 2007.  THE ORANGEY RED OCHRE SHADES.  Exposition d'huiles de Bernard E. Beneito.  La Maison des Artistes, 926 Emerson Str. 2nd floor, Palo Alto CA. 650.327.9893 or maisondarte@comcast.net for details. 7pm-10pm.

April 6-May 31, 2007. SITES, a solo exhibition of new works of oil on canvas by Paris-born artist MARTINE JARDEL. Jardel’s paintings reveal the impossibility of defining monolithic identities or meanings. These new paintings continue her ongoing exploration of color and occupation of space.  Color and abstraction are foremore, as she intuitively arranges color and shapes her work, and develops an immediately beautiful abstract and luminous environment. Her skilled use of color and space demonstrates purpose, defining each canvas with appreciative worth.  Approximately twenty pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed, will be on exhibition.  Micaëla Gallery, 333 Hayes Street (between Franklin & Gough), SF.  http://www.micaela.com or info@micaela.com for details.

Through April 14, 2007.  CCA AT 100:  ALUMNI LOOKING FORWARD, including works by Paris-born, San Francisco-trained artist JULES DE BALINCOURT.  Braunstein/Quay Gallery, 430 Clementina St., SF.  415.278.9850 or http://www.bquayartgallery.com for details.

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 25, 2007. ANNIE BATES-WINSHIPS shows PHOTOGRAPHS OF PARIS.  Annie Bates-Winship will be having a show of her black & white, and hand-colored photographs of Paris for the month of April. It will be in the Mill Valley City Hall, Council Chambers at 26 Corte Madera Ave.  There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you have any questions, please call 415.459.0462.

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 April 28, 2007.  FRENCH ELLEN TEXTILES presents ARTIFACTS OF LYON TEXTILE DESIGN.  From sketch to runway, highly specialized ateliers of old Lyon have historically collaborated to produce many of haute couture’s most famous fabrics. Here is a unique opportunity to appreciate rare fabric mill artifacts along with a series of original textile design sketches. Reception on Friday, April 20 from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  March 31 through April 28, Alliance Française hours of operation. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through April 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 30, 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 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

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

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*CLASSES*

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 12, 2007.  SPRING BISTRO MENU ~ Cooking with Janet Dresser. Offerte en français chez Mme Dresser.  12 avril, 6:00 p.m., $75.  http://www.cookingforyourlife.com/ for full 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.

April 19 & 26 and May 2, 2007.  LEARNING FROM PARIS.  A class at the Santa Rosa Junior College held on three consecutive Wednesday evenings.  Taught by Steve Rabinowitsh and Rick Theis.  Includes slide presentations on the history of the development of Paris, including its architecture, public places and boulevards.  Each class will featuer the tasting of wines and cheeses from different regions of France.  Discover wonderful things to do in Paris and learn inside tips on the best museums, parks, etc.  To register on-line, go to http://www.santarosa.edu/communityed or call 707.527.4372.

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.

July 9-20 or August 13-24, 2007.  eLYCEE / ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY ~ SUMMER CAMP!  We are proud to announce the creation of a partnership between Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley and eLycée to offer an innovative Summer Camp for Middle and High School students eLycée¹s Summer Camp sessions start in July and run throughout the summer. Each stand-alone session is 2 weeks long. Students log in from wherever they are and spend the morning - from 10am to 12:30pm - at Camp. Unlike our classes, there will be no homework. Each session explores a particular theme or topic; students work together - using our full range of creative and collaborative tools - to the same high academic standards as they would in class. Just like eLycée’s classes, the summer camps are taught by credentialed native speakers.  Dates Camp 1 : Monday  July 9 - Friday  July 20 Camp 2 : Monday August 13 - Friday August 24  For more information and to sign up, go to: http://www.elycee.com/elycee-campus/v2/summer_camp_middle_school.php

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.

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

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

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

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

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA 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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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

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 7, 2007.   DBF.  Détails à suivre.

May 10, 2007.  CLOSING NIGHT of the SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, with a screening of the new film LA VIE EN ROSE (in French, LA MÔME) at the Castro Theatre at 7pm, followed by the closing night party, at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St. (between 5th & 6th), SF. 10pm-12:30am.  Various packages available.  http://sffs.org or 925.866.9559.

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 18, 2007.  LE DEJEUNER DES CANOTIERS, un nouvear roman de SUSAN VREELAND. Depuis 84 ans qu'il tableau dans The Phillips Collection à Washington, "Le Déjeuner des canotiers" de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, symbolise aux yeux des Américans la France et la culture française. Dans sa force évocative et sa légéreté triomphante, il n'a de rival que cet autre émissaire de France, la Statue de la Liberté. Plus qu'un simple éloge de l'amitié joyeuse et de la chaude convivialité, c'est une véritable peinture de l'âme française. Il nous invite à s'interroger : Comment fait-on pour vivre une vie si empreinte de beauté et si riche de plaisir? Vous êtes cordialement invité(e/s) à une conférence en anglais sur  Luncheon of the Boating Partyby Susan Vreeland.  12:30pm.  Luncheon at Book Passage, with slide presentation of Luncheon of the Boating Party.  Cost of luncheon is $40.00 which includes the book. Tickets to be purchased at the store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Contact: Karen West, 415-927-0973; kwest@bookpassage.com 

May 18, 2007.  A WELCOMING PARTY FOR BRUNO FERRANDIS, new Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, organized by the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA at the Deloach Winery, 1791 Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa.  Space is limited!  Please RSVP by May 1 at 707.543.8151.  5pm-7pm.

May 18, 2007.  LE DEJEUNER DES CANOTIERS, un nouveau roman de SUSAN VREELAND. Depuis 84 ans qu'il tableau dans The Phillips Collection à Washington, "Le Déjeuner des canotiers" de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, symbolise aux yeux des Américans la France et la culture française. Dans sa force évocative et sa légéreté triomphante, il n'a de rival que cet autre émissaire de France, la Statue de la Liberté. Plus qu'un simple éloge de l'amitié joyeuse et de la chaude convivialité, c'est une véritable peinture de l'âme française. Il nous invite à s'interroger : Comment fait-on pour vivre une vie si empreinte de beauté et si riche de plaisir? Vous êtes cordialement invité(e/s) à une conférence en anglais sur  Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland.  Le vendredi, 18 mai 2007, à dix-neuf heures.  Copperfield's, Sebastopol.  http://www.svreeland.com/invites/fr-sebastopol.html for details.

May 19, 2007.  LE DEJEUNER DES CANOTIERS, un nouveau roman de SUSAN VREELAND. Depuis 84 ans qu'il tableau dans The Phillips Collection à Washington, "Le Déjeuner des canotiers" de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, symbolise aux yeux des Américans la France et la culture française. Dans sa force évocative et sa légéreté triomphante, il n'a de rival que cet autre émissaire de France, la Statue de la Liberté. Plus qu'un simple éloge de l'amitié joyeuse et de la chaude convivialité, c'est une véritable peinture de l'âme française. Il nous invite à s'interroger : Comment fait-on pour vivre une vie si empreinte de beauté et si riche de plaisir?   *Danville* Garden party and presentation of Luncheon of the Boating Party. Watch painters at work en plein air in eight gardens. Wear a boater or straw hat decorated with flowers. Enjoy the French music. Promenade through the "Allée des Peintures." Take home a party favor prepared by the author. Open to the public. $5. for book event only; $40 for tour of eight gardens. For location, contact: Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books, 925-837-7337.  rakestraw_books@yahoo.com  2pm.

May 22, 2007.  COOKS WITH BOOKS features JACQUES PEPIN talking about CHEZ JACQUES. 12:30pm. Of the 20-plus cookbooks Jacques Pépin has written, Chez Jacques is his most personal and engaging. Now starring in his tenth PBS series, Pépin ranks among Americas most beloved cooking teachers, and this book shows us why. The books 100 recipes for soups and appetizers, main courses, side dishes, and desserts are Pépin's own favorites among the thousands he has created over a lifetime of cooking. Using readily available ingredients and relying upon familiar techniques, these are the dishes he makes when preparing food at his Connecticut home. But Chez Jacques is more than a collection of well-liked recipes; its also a captivating sentimental journey. Each dish is introduced by a recollectionof picking dandelion greens for a spring salad, of buying fresh eggs from the local farmerthat invites readers to share in the traditions and rituals of Pépin's most intimate circle.  The price of the combined book and meal is $140 per person/$250 per couple. Book Passage "Cooks with Books" events are served at the Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. The authors/chefs discuss their cooking ideas with guests during the meal. Seating begins at 12:30pm for lunch and 6:30pm for dinner. Coffee and conversation usually end about two and one-half hours later. (Tickets are purchased in advance at Book Passage. The price includes the meal, wine, tax and a signed copy of the book. (one copy per couple).

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 2-July 1, 2007.  IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE by CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK.  Sung in French with English supertitles. Iphigénie is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and the sister of Elektra and Orestes. Her troubling dream about her murderous family sets the story in motion. When King Thoas announces that the survivors of the latest shipwreck on the shores of Tauris must be sacrificed, she recognizes them as Orestes and his friend Pylades. Through the agency of the goddess Diana, Iphigénie, her brother, and the Greek people are ultimately saved.  War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove, SF.  415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details.

June 3, 2007.  LE DEJEUNER DES CANOTIERS, un nouveau roman de SUSAN VREELAND. Depuis 84 ans qu'il tableau dans The Phillips Collection à Washington, "Le Déjeuner des canotiers" de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, symbolise aux yeux des Américans la France et la culture française. Dans sa force évocative et sa légéreté triomphante, il n'a de rival que cet autre émissaire de France, la Statue de la Liberté. Plus qu'un simple éloge de l'amitié joyeuse et de la chaude convivialité, c'est une véritable peinture de l'âme française. Il nous invite à s'interroger : Comment fait-on pour vivre une vie si empreinte de beauté et si riche de plaisir? San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, lower level Presentation, slide show, book sale and signing. Civic Center, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Contacts: Joan Jasper, Catherine King, 415-557-4595. 

June 4, 2007.  LE DEJEUNER DES CANOTIERS, un nouveau roman de SUSAN VREELAND. Depuis 84 ans qu'il tableau dans The Phillips Collection à Washington, "Le Déjeuner des canotiers" de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, symbolise aux yeux des Américans la France et la culture française. Dans sa force évocative et sa légéreté triomphante, il n'a de rival que cet autre émissaire de France, la Statue de la Liberté. Plus qu'un simple éloge de l'amitié joyeuse et de la chaude convivialité, c'est une véritable peinture de l'âme française. Il nous invite à s'interroger : Comment fait-on pour vivre une vie si empreinte de beauté et si riche de plaisir?   6:00-8:00pm. *San Jose* Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Rooms 225/229 (Suites A & B) 150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112 Presentation, slide show, book sale and signing. For more information, contact Diane White, 408-808-2384 . 

June 5, 2007.  LE DEJEUNER DES CANOTIERS, un nouvear roman de SUSAN VREELAND. Depuis 84 ans qu'il tableau dans The Phillips Collection à Washington, "Le Déjeuner des canotiers" de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, symbolise aux yeux des Américans la France et la culture française. Dans sa force évocative et sa légéreté triomphante, il n'a de rival que cet autre émissaire de France, la Statue de la Liberté. Plus qu'un simple éloge de l'amitié joyeuse et de la chaude convivialité, c'est une véritable peinture de l'âme française. Il nous invite à s'interroger : Comment fait-on pour vivre une vie si empreinte de beauté et si riche de plaisir?   7:00pm. Alliance Française de San Francisco. Presentation in English, slide show, music, book sale and signing. 1345 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94109. Open to the public. Contact: Kathryn Cohen, 415-775-7755.

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 17-June 29, 2007.  LE SOCCER CAMP, powered by DOMINIQUE ROCHETEAU FOOTATLANTIC CAMPS FROM FRANCE.  Internet Sports Travel is proud to introduce Le Soccer Camp powered by Dominique Rocheteau FootAtlantic Camps from France!  Located on the superb campus of Menlo College in Atherton, a privileged location in the Silicon Valley, Dominique Rocheteau FootAtlantic Soccer Camps(camp taught in French!) will bring the experience of a French soccer legend and a very popular French Soccer Camp in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Dominique Rocheteau will be on the fields everyday)   Dates: Sunday June 17, 2007 to Friday June 29, 2007 (1 week (Sunday to Friday) or 2 weeks camp)   Boys and Girls 10 to 16 year old (Coed sessions, residential or day camp).  This Soccer camp is staffed by highly qualified and experienced French soccer coaches and educators. Please contact us if you have any questions:   info@internetsportstravel.com or 1.650.324.9899 / 1.866.374.9899.  Our website: http://www.lesoccercamp.com/

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 9-20 or August 13-24, 2007.  eLYCEE / ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY ~ SUMMER CAMP!  We are proud to announce the creation of a partnership between Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley and eLycée to offer an innovative Summer Camp for Middle and High School students eLycée¹s Summer Camp sessions start in July and run throughout the summer. Each stand-alone session is 2 weeks long. Students log in from wherever they are and spend the morning - from 10am to 12:30pm - at Camp. Unlike our classes, there will be no homework. Each session explores a particular theme or topic; students work together - using our full range of creative and collaborative tools - to the same high academic standards as they would in class. Just like eLycée’s classes, the summer camps are taught by credentialed native speakers.  Dates Camp 1 : Monday  July 9 - Friday  July 20 Camp 2 : Monday August 13 - Friday August 24  For more information and to sign up, go to: http://www.elycee.com/elycee-campus/v2/summer_camp_middle_school.php

July 14 & 15, 2007.  INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO. Chocolatiers prepared to satisfy the Chocolate Lover's every dream!   Chocolate lovers, en garde! The first major chocolate show on the West Coast in two decades takes place this  summer at the San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON on BASTILLE DAY Weekend, July 14 and 15, 2007 at the Fort Mason Conference Center in  San Francisco.  Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists can experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one  of the world's great culinary metropolitan areas. A wealth of artisan, gourmet & premium chocolates to try! The Salon's participants include NEWTREE Gourmet Belgian Chocolate,  Cosmic Chocolate, Lillie Belle Farms Artisan Chocolates, Cocoa Vino,  Theo Chocolate, San Francisco Chocolate Factory, XOX Truffles, Grand  Avenue Chocolates, MarieBelle Fine Treats and Chocolates, DeBrito  Chocolate Factory, The TeaRoom Chocolate Truffles, Terra Nostra Organic  Chocolate, Gelato Classico, Quady Winery, Le Creuset, Swissmark,  Putumayo World Music, Chocolate Television, and much, much more.  Salon highlights feature chocolate tasting, demonstrations, chef & author talks, wine pairings, chocolate painting, a chocolate spa and  makeovers, and ongoing interviews by TasteTV's Chocolate Television  program. The Salon will also include an evening charity fund-raiser  featuring a Chocolate Fashion Show.  In honor of the Bastille Day Weekend, the Salon's 2007 theme is  "Chocolat." Ticket prices are $20 for adults. Hours are Saturday July  14th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, Sunday July 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  For more information, go to www.SFChocolateSalon.com  

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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