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April 10, 2008.  RUMMAGING IN ATTICS:  A HUGUENOT FAMILY RETELLS FRENCH HISTORY.  Lecture Historians who study private lives and "ordinary people" often find their documentary sources in attics, rather than in government archives. What revisions of the past, and what new issues of professional ethics, come from peering into private lives? Can historians treat intimate lives the same way they have learned to treat public figures? Carolyn Lougee Chappell, Frances and Charles Field Professor in History, will share the story of a Huguenot family’s exile and discuss her experiences searching for, and using, their private family papers. Carolyn Lougee Chappell is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History and the Martin Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. A specialist in early modern Europe, she writes on the history of women and families, religious history, demographic history, and the history of education. Professor Lougee Chappell is the author of Le Paradis des Femmes: Women, Salons, and Social Stratification in Seventeenth-Century France and Death at School: Saint-Cyr in the Eighteenth Century. Conversations at the Stanford Humanities Center brings together Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, students, and guests for an evening of spirited conversation on a topic of common intellectual concern. The evening kicks off with a faculty presentation, after which guests participate in a dinner discussion and a Q&A session with the speaker. Buffet Dinner Included $50 per person Seating is limited: please respond no later than April 2. To make a reservation, please send a check to: The Stanford Humanities Center 424 Santa Teresa Street Stanford, CA 94305 Please make check payable to "Stanford University" and indicate the names of those attending. For questions, call Zoë Bower at 650.724.8155. Stanford University. 6 pm  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article941

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

April 10, 2008. MICHEL TREMBLAY’S FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN.  Olympia Dukakis joins Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s new artistic director Marco Barricelli for a special benefit for the company April 10th, at 8pm, at Campbell’s Heritage Theatre.  The event includes an audience Q-&-A with Dukakis, moderated by Barricelli and preceded by the artists performing selected scenes from Michel Tremblay’s “For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again,” reprising their roles from the 2002 American Conservatory Theater production.  Tickets, $45-$125; 408.866.2700.

April 10-12, 2008.  SWISS CONDUCTOR CHARLES DUTOIT conducts SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY playing DON QUIXOTE. Talented conductor Charles Dutoit was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and his musical training included studies in violin, viola, percussion, the history of music, and composition in Geneva, Siena, Venice, and Boston. He has been awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal as well as the Diploma of Honor by the Canadian Conference of the Arts. In 1998 he was invested as Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest award of merit.  The theme of this concert is Spain with music by Falla, one of the country's greatest composers, and Strauss: a rollicking, tender take on Don Quixote, featuring SFS  musicians as soloists, under the baton of Charles Dutoit.  Join the conductor Charles Dutoit for "Off the Podium" an informal Q & A session immediately following the concert of April 11.  Featured Artists: Michael Grebanier, cello and Awet Andemicael, soprano April 10, April 11, and April 12 at 8pm  San Francisco Symphony www.sfsymphony.org Davis Symphony Hall San Francisco.

April 11, 2008.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA CHEZ CRISTY & ANDRE.  Soiree du 11 Avril Chez Cristy et Andre.  From 7 to 11 PM.  No kids.  Bring meat for the BBQ if you want. Nous avons un BBQ pour cuire la viande. I will have hors d'oeuvres, a salad, potato salad and a cake. We will have wine but if you have a preference please bring your own. Address and directions follow. Andre & Cristy; 707.484.4135 Cell. Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

April 11, 2008.  CONVERSATION EVENING at the Alliance Française de Berkeley. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.  AFBerkeley.  6:30pm.

April 11, 2008.  LEROY THOMAS AND THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, http://www.louisianasue.com.  $15.  9pm.

April 11, 2008.  STORYTELLING:  UNE FOLLE HISTOIRE DES PIEDS AVEC CONTEUSE JEUNESSE CLAIRE MALLET. On va commencer à raconter l'histoire du “petit lutin et du magician”, une histoire créée specifiquement pour l'atelier, and the kids will create the rest of the story along with Claire en français.  For children 4 years and under. Moms and dads welcome. 5:30pm.  $6 per child.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

April 12, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES performs MUSIC OF THE LABYRINTH, featuring the music and dances connected with the labyrinths in the great cathedrals of the FRANCO-FLEMISH RENAISSANCE, including CHARTRES and AUXERRE.  Music includes GUILLAUME DUFAY (Gloria), WIPO DE BOURGOGNE (Chant/Victimae paschali laudes), JOSQUIN DES PREZ (Missa da pacem), THOMAS CRECQUILLON (Sancta Maria), JEAN MOUTON (Missa Alleluia) and others.  Todd Jolly, music director.  Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave., SF.  415.664.2543 or http://www.sfrv.org for details. 7:30pm.  Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 7th Ave., San Francisco.

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

April 12, 2008.  INTIMACIES AND OUTBURSTS - Sonoma County Choral Society presents a program of the journey through the ups and downs of love, featuring works by Purcell, Rossini, Mozart, Faure, Brahms and Bernstein. Center of Performing Arts, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 8pm, Saturday, April 12. Ives 119. $15 general; $12 faculty/alumni/staff; $8 seniors/students; SSU students free. (707) 664-2791. http://www.sonoma-choral.org/ for details.

April 12, 2008. MELANCHOLIA: GENIUS AND MADNESS IN WESTERN ART.  Cette conference a l'Alliance Francaise de Berkeley avait ete annulee en fevrier dernier. J'ai le plaisir de vous annoncer qu'elle aura lieu le samedi 12 avril à 10h. (La maison sera ouverte a partir de 9h45 pour vous accueillir.) Melancholy has haunted Western cultural history from its very beginning. Countless famous people have been prey to this sacred illness: Ajax, Heracles, Michelangelo, Lorenzo di Medici, Gerard de Nerval, Kierkegaard...  Aristotle pondered the relationship between melancholy and genius; nowadays psychoanalysis offers other interpretations. Since the Antiquity, melancholy or "black bile," one of the four humours has been known under a variety of names: acedia, spleen, neurasthenia, depression.  Is it an affliction of the soul or of the body? A sin or a sign of election? The influence of Saturn or the work of the Devil?  Why is melancholy so intimately tied to creation, memory, and imagination? For Victor Hugo or Baudelaire, melancholy denotes a spiritual perspective; it is a desire for an unreachable ideal, a yearning for the infinite. Later, in his writings on Aesthetics, Hegel will see time as the very substance of melancholy.  Come and see, through a wide array of works by Durer, Goya, Delacroix, C.D. Friedrich, Munch, Odilon Redon, Edward Hopper, Anselm Kiefer, and many others, the ever shifting faces of melancholy. [La conference, illustree de 80 diapositives, sera EN FRANCAIS.] Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley (pres de la station BART de ASHBY)  $12 ($10 pour les membres des AF)  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, les reservations sont essentielles car les places sont limitees.  SVP, contactez Claire Van Brunt: <c.vanbrunt@comcast.net> ou: (510) 849-2283.

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

April 12, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  Fort Mason Conference Center (Marina & Buchanan), SF.  $17.50-$20.  Opens at 10am.  http://www.sfchocolatesalon.com for details.

Through April 13,2008. THE BLUEBIRD at CINNABAR in Petaluma!  An extraordinary Young Rep production from the wickedly creative minds of Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. Follow a young brother and sister, along with their faithful dog and duplicitous cat, on a dangerous and exciting journey to find the Blue Bird of happiness. Along the way they meet up with earth, water, fire and a host of other remarkable and intriguing characters.  The level of quality of this Young Rep production is astonishing.  Sharp, poignant wit for the old folks; fast & fun action for the kids! The Blue Bird is adapted from L'Oiseau bleu, a 1908 play by Maurice Maeterlinck. It premiered in 1908 at Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre and has been turned into several films and a TV series. Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller's adaptation maintains the spirit of Maeterlinck's classic play while having an ingenious, contemporary sensibility.   To purchase tickets by phone, call 707-763-8920.

Through April 13, 2008. THE THREE MUSKETEERS AND THE FAMOUS FEMALE DUELIST OF FRANCE. A new take on the story of Alexandre Dumas' fictional Athos, Porthos, Aramis & D'Artagnan and focused on their counterpart -- a woman!, La Maupin, whose "masculine tendencies" including swordfighting, opera singing, and a taste for adventure. Director Anna Budd melds the historical figure with the Dumas classic and gender-bending highjinks ensue. Flex Theatre, Building 3, Room 129, Cañada College Campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. 650.306.3396 or http://www.canadacollege.net for details.

April 13, 2008.  DJANGOFEST BENEFIT CONCERT. The Hot Club of San Francisco, Hot Club Pacific, Bo Django with Dan Hicks and Special Guests Gonzalo Bergara, Annie Staninec, Doug Martin, Pere Soto. Join us for a special DjangoFest Benefit Concert  DjangoFest Mill Valley, now in its fifth year, has presented some of the biggest names in the genre to thousands of happy fans throughout the Bay Area.  Tonight's performance is to benefit the rising costs of bringing European and world-class jazz performers to the Bay Area for the festival which is slated for May 29th thru June 1st, 2008.   142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/ for details.

April 13, 2008.  DJINN.   Open Mic at Smiley’s, Bolinas.

April 14, 2008.  CERCLE DE LECTURE Animatrice Bernadette Theisen. Courriel :  theisen@netzero.net  Le jeudi 14 avril nous discuterons Une mort très douce de Simone de Beauvoir (1964). Nous discuterons ce livre à l'occasion du centenaire de la naissance de Simone de Beauvoir. Nous avons également la joie de vous annoncer que le Professeur Yolanda Patterson, la grande spécialiste de Simone de Beauvoir, nous fera l'honneur de sa présence ce jour-là. Ces réunions auront lieu comme d'habitude au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 heures.  Pour le Cercle du mois de mai veuillez contacter Bernadette à theisen@netzero.net

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

April 15, 2008.  ALEXANDRIE… NEW YORK.  Film to be shown at AFSF. Fictional Egyptian film director Yehia encounters his first love Ginger as he was being debuted in New York at 19 years old. The American Dream was the thing of the 20th century. Forty years later, they are back together but the world has changed and the American Dream is no longer what it used to be. Yehia finds out that he had begotten an American child, a boy. Through a boisterous epic in which heroes love, sing, dance, laugh and cry, director Youssef Chahine reconsiders his past and his ambiguous relationship to America which he loved so much.  Presented with the support of the Egyptian Consulate’s Bureau of Press and Information in San Francisco.In Arabic and French with English subtitles Free admission.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  6pm.  Free.

April 15, 2008.  LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS perform CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  8pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Dana DiSimone.  8:30pm performance.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 15 & 16, 2008.  MIREILLE HUCHON gives two talks entitled, LOUISE LABE LYONNAISE, UN COLLECTIF DE POETES and NARRATION FABULEUSE ET SATIRIQUE MOQUERIE CHEZ RABELAIS.  The UC Berkeley French Department is pleased to announce a lecture and seminar by: Mireille Huchon Professor, Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne Lecture: Tuesday, April 15, 4 PM "Louise Labé lyonnaise, un collectif de poètes" French Dept Library, 4229 Dwinelle Hall Seminar: Wednesday, April 16, 2-3:30 PM "Narration fabuleuse et satirique moquerie chez Rabelais" 3401 Dwinelle Hall All are welcome. Refreshments to be served after the lecture.   Comparative Literature and French Administrative Unit, 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580, Berkeley, CA 94720-2580.  510.642.2712.  http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/ or http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/ for details.

April 15 or 19, 2008. FIGURATIONS ET DEFIGURATIONS: LES PORTRAITS DE PICASSO. Au XXe siecle - siecle de l'abstraction - qu'en est-il du portrait, ce genre si etroitement associe au realisme pictural?  D'Olga a Paloma, d'Apollinaire a Kahnweiler, Picasso repond a la question au moyen d'une production absolument phenomenale d'images: epouses, maitresses, enfants, amis, relations.  Picasso a fait tres peu de portraits sur commande et il peignait rarissement d'apres nature, ce qui rend son oeuvre plus interessante encore. Tour a tour deroutants, feroces, emouvants ou tragiques, ces portraits refletent directement les etats d'ame de l'artiste. Il est evident, en effet, que le style de Picasso change -  et parfois radicalement - chaque fois qu'une autre femme surgit dans sa vie. Pris collectivement, ces portraits, figures, defigures et refigures par le tenperament du maitre, forment donc un portrait composite, aussi bigare qu'eloquent, du plus grand peintre de notre temps.  Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par RENEE MOREL - en francais, naturellement!  Tuesday, April 15   (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) or Saturday, April 19 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) ). $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice). IMPORTANT! Il est imperatif de reserver (sinon l'atelier risque d'etre annule!).  Contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, SVP, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com  Details to follow.

April 16, 2008.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA au restaurant SASSAFRAS.  Join us for food, conversation, fun.  Choices to be made from the menu distributed before lunch.  Bar service extra.  Members $20; non-members $22.  Please reserve by calling Adrena at 707.823.5539 by Monday, April 14.  We will collect at the door.  Noon.  1229 North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.

April 16, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BIZET & RAVEL: special offer for ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO members. Peter Grunberg, Musical Assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas and SF Symphony pianist illuminates the similarities between these composers and why these particular pieces are examples of the French classical style exclusively for Alliance Française members. Join fellow music-lovers for this private pre-performance talk over wine & tapas at Bistro Clovis (1596 Market St. at Page, SF).  Members only talk, 6:45pm-7:30pm.  Concert at 8pm.Group seating in Upper Orchestra area.  AFSF Members-Only Discount Tickets $65.  Limited Availability.  Contact: Alliance Française de San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

April 16, 2008.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA CLARA VALLEY.  Contact: Irène Preysman, Tél: (408) 738-1580. Courriel: ipreysman@yahoo.com

April 16, 2008.  DEBAT ENTRE L’UMP ET LE PS. Auditorium de l’Alliance Française de San Francisco. L'entrée sera libre et un cocktail sera servi, dans la limite des places disponibles.  18h30.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 ou http://www.afsf.com ou Catherine Stevenson (cathstevenson@comcast.net) for details.

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

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

April 17, 2008.  HOW EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY LEADERS ARE PREPARING FOR TOMORROW’S MOBILE CONTENT. Special L`Executive Club Event. In the US, a cellphone is a tool but in Europe, it is a lifestyle. Come and learn the latest mobile broadcasting innovations from a continent where the mobile culture is so prominent and affecting all layers of society. The TV and the mobile phone are 2 inventions that profoundly affected our culture so come understand how the merging of both technologies will revolutionize the industry. Introduction by Jean-Louis GasseeWHEN:  April 17th, 2008 at 5:30 PM, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP ( pillsburylaw.com<http://www.pillsburylaw.com/> ) 2475 Hanover St, Palo Alto - (650) 233-4500  Program:   *   5.30 PM: BUFFET AND NETWORKING  *   6.20 PM: INTRODUCTION - Jean-Louis Gassee;  *   6.25 - 6.30 PM : KEY ATTRACTIVITY FACTORS ON MOBILE TECHNOLOGY : MEDIA & NETWORKS CLUSTER OF BRETAGNE - Marc Gillaux;  *   6.30 - 7.30 PM : SUCCESS STORIES - DISRUPTIVE ICT TECHNOLOGIES CREATING GLOBAL MARKETS - Christiane Schwartz; - Jean-Dominique Meunier; - Regis LE ROUX; - Gérard Faria; - Eric Spampinato; - Christian Dumard; - Frederic Coste;  *   7.45 - 8.00 PM : HOW TO CREATE YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE US ?  *   Darin Beach;  *   8.00 PM : NETWORKING after `le mot de la fin` from Jean-Louis Gassee; Pour vous inscrire des maintenant, cliquez ici : http://www.lexecutiveclub.com/upcoming_event_lhr.html

April 17 & 18, 2008.  TERROR AND THE MAKING OF MODERN EUROPE.  An international conference bringing together scholars from France, Britain, and the United States working on a variety of approaches to violence in politics, state repression, modern warfare, and colonialism in modern European history. All sessions are free & open to the public. 9:30 am - 05:30 pm.  Schwab Residential Center, East Vidalakis Room, 680 Serra Street, Stanford University.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article942

April 17 & 24 & May 1, 2008.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS.  A class for lovers of Paris, focusing on the history, architecture, and neighborhoods of Paris as presented by STEVE RABINOWITSH.  RICK THEIS will provide different French wines and cheese for tasting at each class, as well as describe his favorite restaurants, wine bars & shops.  This is an updated version of the “Learning From Paris” class offered previously.  Thursday evenigns, 7pm-9pm.  For further information:  707.527.4372 or http://www.santarosa.edu/communityed for details.

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

April 18, 2008.  CONFERENCE:  SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR. Christine Sodini, ancienne élève de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure et agrégée en lettres classiques, fera une présentation de la vie et l’œuvre de Simone de Beauvoir .  Simone de Beauvoir, née le 9 janvier 1908, fait cette année, année du centenaire de sa naissance, un éblouissant "come back" dans l'univers intellectuel français. Divers colloques, numéros spéciaux, rééditions, et surtout de nombreux essais lui ont été consacrés. En fait Simone de Beauvoir sort d'une sorte de purgatoire. Sans doute a-t-elle connu de son vivant un  réel rayonnement surtout pour son étude de la condition féminine dans son fameux ouvrage: "le Deuxième sexe." Encore ce succès a-t-il  été difficilement gagné.  Le livre a été accueilli fraîchement  à sa sortie en France, violemment critiqué par la "chiennerie française" qui lui reprochait indécence et immoralité. Il a dû attendre la reconnaissance américaine pour permettre à Simone de Beauvoir d'acquérir sa véritable dimension de pionnière du féminisme. Beaucoup de ses détracteurs ont d'abord été hostiles à une personnalité tranchante et autoritaire. Mouloudji, son ami pourtant, la jugeait "dure et cassante", "une femme qui ne mange que de l'essentiel". Son amie Nathalie Sorokine lui reprochait d'être "une horloge dans un frigidaire". Par ailleurs elle a eu du mal à faire publier ses premiers romans, dont le succès indéniable après le Goncourt attribué aux "Mandarins " est toujours resté ambigu. Enfin on a souvent prétendu que pour toutes ses idées philosophiques, ses prises de position politiques, elle n'avait jamais été qu'à la remorque de Sartre. Aujourd'hui pourtant, vingt-deux ans après sa disparition, on mesure mieux l'intérêt de sa personnalité et l'importance de son œuvre.  Vendredi 18 avril à 19h00 à l’Alliance Française de Berkeley.

April 18, 2008.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  $12.  8:30pm.

April 19, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES performs Franco-Flemish music.  We join with Alta Sonora Renaissance Wind Band (Peggy Murray, Director) with the music for Eastertide and the Feast of St. Fulbert des Chartres from the great cathedrals of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance. Dancerie Terpsichore (Aurie Bradley, Director) joins the voices and instruments with dances of the period including a re-creation of the pilota dance of the clerics that was danced on the labyrinth at the Cathedral at Auxerre.   Thomas Crecquillon’s Sancta Maria based on St. Fulbert’s text will be performed along with Guillame Dufay’s Gloria, Missa da pacem by Josquin de Prez & Jean Mouton’s glorious Missa Alleluia.  St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley.  4pm.  http://www.sfrv.org for details.

April 19, 2008.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 20, 2008.  EUROPEAN SOIRÉE.  Meet other internationally-minded people in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us!  Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. You'll discover a friendly group where mingling is mandatory! The soirée starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San Francisco event on Meetup at http://euro.meetup.com/80/. (Meetup registration is quick and free.) BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE  "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends." http://www.bafoe.org/

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

April 22, 2008.  RENDEZ-VOUS!  CONVERSATIONCLUB. Join lovers of the French language after work for conversation and drinks. Rendez-Vous! is a fun, welcoming environment to socialize in French for all levels of experience. Enjoy wine, soda, and snacks while mingling with others en français.  Alliance professeur Leila Chair moderators keeps the conversation flowing. 6pm-7pm.  $5.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through April 23, 2008.  THE CLASH OF '68 AT THE PFA -  Dedicated to the memory of May '68 and its surrounding history, this series  evokes an expansive sense of global unrest. Before the Revolution / Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 /  A Grin  Without a Cat / La Chinoise / The Battle of Algiers / 1973 / The Man Who  Left His Will on Film / The Revolutionary / Queimada! / Z / La Commune  (Paris, 1871) / Society of the Spectacle French film series at the PFA are supported by the Cultural Services,  Consulate General of France in San Francisco. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?rubrique111

April 23 & May 8, 2008. MANAGING YOUR LIFE GOALS OVER TWO CONTINENTS.  April Financial Workshop.  6:30pm - Location: ISTP/Palo Alto.  Many French residents of the Silicon Valley have accumulated assets over the years (or will) through retirement plans and personal investments of various types.  Their estate has grown on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Many want to stay 6 months in California (preferably in the winter) and 6 months in France. Some want to return to France and invoke the cost of US health care as an important reason for the move.  Finally, others want to stay here for retirement, because their family lives here.  Most are US permanent residents or have become US citizens.  Being of dual citizenship/residence adds a degree of complexity in fulfilling one’s life goals. Adapting one’s resources accordingly requires careful planning.  This workshop titled: “Managing your life goals over two continents” will discuss Planning and will consist of two sessions.    In session #1, we will discuss goal setting and resource planning. Topics will cover but will not be limited to: financial planning, investment planning, retirement planning, French/US Treaties (Social Security, Tax…) and tax planning (stock options and Alternative Minimum Tax, Global income declaration, Expatriation Tax provisions (IRC section 877)).  I will share the presentation with Ms Montaine Farbos, Tax Consultant and Partner at Jade Associates (http://www.jade-associates.com/) …   Session #2 (May 08) will discuss Estate planning implications of staying in California or moving back to France. Thierry Gabadou  President, Financial Advisor  CA Insurance Lic# 0E38712    TG Financial Advisory Services  "The International Specialist"   Direct: (925) 366-9983  Email: tgabadou@psfin.com

April 24, 2008.  OPENING NIGHT, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL features UNE VIEILLE MAITRESSE / THE LAST MISTRESS by director CATHERINE BREILLAT, who is expected to be in attendance.  With The Last Mistress, the masterful Catherine Breillat continues her candid exploration of female sexuality in a smartly crafted period drama starring the alluringly vulpine Asia Argento. Arguably the most accessible film to date from Breillat, this sophisticated chamber piece adapted from Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly’s controversial novel is erotic, funny, cruel and supremely intelligent. After the film, Opening Night continues with a lavish party at the new, stylish urban gateway of City View at Metreon. Enjoy culinary delights from local restaurants, sophisticated cocktails and, of course, dancing. The party begins at 9:30 pm. Opening Night is sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways. Tickets are $70 and include the film and the after party. Tickets are available only to year-round Film Society members whose memberships are valid through May 31, 2008 and to Festival Fans valid through May 9, 2008. General public sales begin April 3.  7 pm. The Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco are proud to support French films at the Festival.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article943 

April 24-May 8, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Many French-language and France-related films will be shown, including:  IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (set in Strasbourg, 2007); ALL IS FORGIVEN (France, 2007); FAUBOURG TREMÉ:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS (US, 2008); LA FRANCE (set in WWI, 2007); A GIRL CUT IN TWO (Chabrol, 2007); ICE PEOPLE (USA/France, set in Antarctica, 2007); LADY JANE (France, 2007); OPERATION TURQUOISE (the role of French troops after the Rwandan genocide, France, 2007); THE ROMANCE OF ASTREA AND CELADON (Rohmer, 2007); THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN (Tunisian-French director Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2007); STRANDED:  I’VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS (France, 2007); TWO LADIES (Algerian-French director, France, 2007); UNDER THE BOMBS (set in Southern Lebanon, France, 2007); WATER LILIES (about French tweens, France, 2007).  http://sffs.org or 925.866.9559 for details.

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

April 25, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Isabelle et Ron.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

April 25, 2008.  THIRZA VALLOIS presents AVEYRON, A BRIDGE TO FRENCH ARCADIA, a cocktail-conference offered by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.Come and enjoy an evening with Thirza Vallois when she will be presenting her latest book "Aveyron, A Bridge to French Arcadia."  A long-time Paris resident and an agrégée of the Sorbonne, Thirza Vallois is the acclaimed author of the highly acclaimed "Around and About Paris" series, "Romantic Paris". She has also written the Paris Entry for the Encarta Encyclopaedia and has appeared on BBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, Discovery, The Travel Channel, the French Cultural Channel, and contributes regularly on Paris and France to the international media the Financial Times, United Airlines'Hemispheres, and Condé Nast Traveller, among others.  After decades of devotion to her beloved Paris, Thirza Vallois has ventured into the last and most remote corner of France. She has come back astounded by what she has discovered. At tonight's presentation she will share with you her amazing journey to the Averyon, where the cutting-edge Millau Viaduct and the ancient Roquefort cheese cohabit, where Knights Templar villages host anti-globalization rallies, where Michelin-starred restaurants serve contemporary cuisine next to prehistoric monuments and by the old pilgrim road to Compostela. Above all, in a recent poll the Aveyron was voted by the French themselves as the number one area for its unbeatable quality of life.Sponsored by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Vista del Lago Club House, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  Please confirm your presence by calling in advance 707.543.8151 by Monday,  April 21.  $12 members; $15 non-members.  Refreshments and snacks will be served after the conference.  6pm.

April 25, 2008.  MADEMOISELLE KIKI’S CABARET D’AMOUR PREMIERES AT BROADWAY STUDIOS.  Cabaret show featuring romantic songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker and Kurt Weill, Friday April 25th.  Mademoiselle Kiki’s Cabaret d’Amour -European Vintage Cabaret- will take you on a romantic journey to experience “Love Parisienne style” at San Francisco landmark, Broadway Studios, April 25th.  . At 8pm Mademoiselle Kikiwill offer her new showCabaret d’Amourfeaturing  France’s beloved songstress, Edith Piaf , Jacques Brel , Kurt Weill and Moulin Rouge style dancing girls and circus artists.  General admission in advance is $18, at the door $25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.frenchcabaret.net or by phoning (415)596-8333. Broadway Studios is located at 435 Broadway in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach.  Mademoiselle Kiki, the coquettish alter ego of Bay Area resident Moana Diamond, has been charming Bay Area audiences with her playful style of European Cabaret whenever she performs. Engaging and seductive, Cabaret D’Amour is an evening of song, burlesque dance a la Moulin Rouge, beautiful vintage costumes and a taste of la vie Française.  Cabaret D’Amour at Broadway Studios April 25th will feature songs from La Vie en Rose, the movie that just won the “Best Actress Academy Award”.   Kiki will perform - La Vie en Rose, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien and Milord– which tell of love won, love desired, and, of course, love lost.  For more information on Mme. Kiki andCabaret D’Amour, please visit the website at www.frenchcabaret.net

April 25, 2008.  MARIAGES. Gabrielle has carefully planned all the details for the wedding of Johanna and Benjamin. The day turns out to be unforgettable, but not for the reasons expected…  Dès le début du film, Alex, le garçon d’honneur (interprété par Jean Dujardin) cite un proverbe chinois : « le mariage, c’est comme une citadelle assiégée. Ceux qui sont dehors veulent entrer, ceux qui sont dedans veulent sortir ». Le ton est donné. RSVP : It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you.  Non member, $10, Member, $8.  6:30pm.

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

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

April 26, 2008.  FETE DE PRINTEMPS de SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL.  A partir de 20h jusqu'a... a l'ISTP de Palo Alto, 151 Laura Lane - Palo Alto CA 94303 Au programme: danse avec le DJ Mel et buffet varie. Nous vous invitons des a present a faire votre reservation en ligne : http://www.sfbacc.org/soiree_dansante_2008.htm Prix : $15 pour les membres et $25 pour les non-membres.

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

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

April 27, 2008.  MANON LESCAUT, with Karita Mattila and Marcello Giordani.  KQED TV9, noon.

April 27, 2008.  LEIF OVE ANDSNES performs DEBUSSY’S PRELUDES & SELECTIONS FROM BOOKS I & II.  Special invitation by San Francisco Symphony, Davies Hall, SF.  415.864.6000.  $25-$81.  7pm.

April 27-May 4, 2008.  NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL.  A celebration of all things New Orleans!  With, among many huge names, LES RACONTEURS, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, TERENCE BLANCHARD, THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO and much, much more!  http://www.nojazzfest.com for details.

April 28, 2008.  FRENCH PIANIST DENIS PASCAL performs CHOPIN and SAINT-SAENS at the Pacific Chamber Symphony.  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article913 for details.

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

April 29, 2008.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPRING MEMBERS TO MEMBERS. The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco cordially invites you to join us for a : Spring Members to Members ! 7 pm to 9 pm L'Atelier - 2325 Third Street - San Francisco A great opportunity to meet other members of the French American Chamber of Commerce around a glass of wine! Free for members: You need to register by sending an email to info@faccsf.com  $20 for non members  Register now !

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

“GREAT FRENCH MOVIES YOU’LL NEVER SEE” – Article by Mick LaSalle in the the Sunday, April 6, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Datebook (pink pages), pp.28-29.  Worth a read!

BAB’AZIZ:  THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL.  Visually breathtaking, dual storytelling from TUNISIA, set in both contemporary and ancient worlds. Landmark Theaters. http://landmarktheatres.com for details. Lumière, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

BOARDING GATE.  French S&M thriller starring Asia Argento.  Clay, SF. 

THE CLASH OF '68 AT THE PFA -  Dedicated to the memory of May '68 and its surrounding history, this series  evokes an expansive sense of global unrest. Before the Revolution / Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 /  A Grin  Without a Cat / La Chinoise / The Battle of Algiers / 1973 / The Man Who  Left His Will on Film / The Revolutionary / Queimada! / Z / La Commune  (Paris, 1871) / Society of the Spectacle French film series at the PFA are supported by the Cultural Services,  Consulate General of France in San Francisco.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.5249.   http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?rubrique111 Through April 23, 2008.

THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS.  Lavish romantic drama set in 1820s Paris, from JACQUES RIVETTE.  Landmark Theaters. http://landmarktheatres.com for details. Based on the novel by Honoré de Balzac.  Clay, SF; Elmwood, SF; Lumiere, SF.

HORS DE PRIX / PRICELESS (with Audrey Tautou). CinéArts, Sequoia, Mill Valley; Embarcadero Center Cinema, SF; Albany; Piedmont.

IN BRUGES. In numerous cinemas around the Bay Area, including Northgate, San Rafael; Playhouse, Tiburon; Opera Plaza, SF; Stonestown; Elmwood, SF; Four Start, SF; Opera Plaza, SF, etc.!

MARIAGES. Gabrielle has carefully planned all the details for the wedding of Johanna and Benjamin. The day turns out to be unforgettable, but not for the reasons expected…  Dès le début du film, Alex, le garçon d’honneur (interprété par Jean Dujardin) cite un proverbe chinois : « le mariage, c’est comme une citadelle assiégée. Ceux qui sont dehors veulent entrer, ceux qui sont dedans veulent sortir ». Le ton est donné. RSVP : It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you.  Non member, $10, Member, $8.  6:30pm.  April 25, 2008.

PERSEPOLIS.  Red Vic, SF

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Many French-language and France-related films will be shown, including:  IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (set in Strasbourg, 2007); ALL IS FORGIVEN (France, 2007); FAUBOURG TREMÉ:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS (US, 2008); LA FRANCE (set in WWI, 2007); A GIRL CUT IN TWO (Chabrol, 2007); ICE PEOPLE (USA/France, set in Antarctica, 2007); LADY JANE (France, 2007); OPERATION TURQUOISE (the role of French troops after the Rwandan genocide, France, 2007); THE ROMANCE OF ASTREA AND CELADON (Rohmer, 2007); THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN (Tunisian-French director Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2007); STRANDED:  I’VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS (France, 2007); TWO LADIES (Algerian-French director, France, 2007); UNDER THE BOMBS (set in Southern Lebanon, France, 2007); WATER LILIES (about French tweens, France, 2007).  http://sffs.org or 925.866.9559 for details. April 24-May 8, 2008. 

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. To learn more :  http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

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*ART*   

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

Through April 14, 2008.  LE MONDE DE CARICATURE DE TAMER YOUSSEF. Caricaturist Tamer Youssef’s special exhibit, Le Monde de Caricature, is an artistic collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Egyptian Consulate’s Press and Information Bureau. Youssef is widely known in his native Egypt and throughout the world for his humorously representative, yet objective political cartoons. His work has appeared in Le Progrés Egyptien, The Egyptian Gazette, Al-Ahram Weekly, and various French publications. The evening will include a live performance of Egyptian music by the duo “Flowers of the Nile”, and Egyptian hors d’oeuvres.   Presented with the support of the Egyptian Consulate’s Bureau of Press and Information in San Francisco. Public Reception Sat. April 5th, 6:00-9:00pm.  Free admission. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through April 26, 2008.  NEW YORK, MONT ST. MICHEL, GUILIN, CHAUSEY.  Photographs by MICHAEL KENNA.  Reception April 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Stephen Wirtz Gallery, 49 Geary, SF.  415.433.6879 for details.

Through April 30, 2008.  MONIKA STEINER at JOE HAMER SALON.  Talented Swiss artist Monika Steiner (www.monikasteiner.net)  is exhibiting some of her work at Joe Hamer Salon - until April 30 18 Petaluma Boulevard North Petaluma, CA for opening hours: Tel 707 773 1735.

Through May 3, 2008.  FRANCK-ANDRE JAMME:  NEW EXERCISES at the Meridian Gallery. The exhibition comprises a selection of small mirrors inscribed with short texts by one of France’s leading contemporary poets.  The idiosyncratically unbroken texts as well as the disorienting interaction of text and mirror in these works stimulate the reader/viewer’s mind, fostering a condition of unusual concentration. Each text is a kind of philosophical instruction or “exercise”; like modern koans they exude qualities of impossibility, ephemeralness, and paradox.  Dhy?na: Contemporary anonymous Tantric drawings from Rajasthan. The Tantric drawings shown here—which are from the collection of poet Franck André Jamme—were made anonymously as an aid to meditative practice. The forms and colors in these works are not unique but rather highly conventional signs that have evolved for over a thousand years both to signify and to stimulate specifi c mental and spiritual experiences. Dhy?na is a Sanskrit word for deep meditation and as such could be used to describe not only this exhibition but the two concurrent shows as well.  Meridian Gallery 535 Powell St.  San Franciscohttp://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article838

Through May 3, 2008.  FORM + features the work of LÉONIE GUYER and others.  Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell, SF.  415.398.7229 or http://www.meridiangallery.org for details.

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

Through June 1, 2008.  PROTEST IN PARIS, 1968.  Photographs by SERGE HAMBOURG.  UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.0808 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. Reviewed in the April 2, 2008 SF Bay Guardian, p.43.

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

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

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

Through September 28, 2008.  STUDIO PRACTICES  Prints by artists from the 16th through 18th c.  Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details. 

Through September 28, 2008.  ARTISTS ABROAD.  Works on paper that feature views of PARIS, Rome, and other picturesque locations. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

LES VINS DE FRANCE. Come join us for a class dedicated to learning the history and culture of French wine through a series of lectures and tastings. We will visit some of the most renowned wine establishments in San Francisco, including hotspots like Amelie, Arlequin Wine Merchant, Cellar 360, and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. Learn how to discuss wine with your fellow enthusiasts, in French and in English! All are welcome.  Eight week course tuition including wine $285 (TBD). Signups & more information contact us by email:afsf@afsf.com.  Subject line: Course Culturel: Les Vins de France.

April 17 & 24 & May 1, 2008.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS.  A class for lovers of Paris, focusing on the history, architecture, and neighborhoods of Paris as presented by STEVE RABINOWITSH.  RICK THEIS will provide different French wines and cheese for tasting at each class, as well as describe his favorite restaurants, wine bars & shops.  This is an updated version of the “Learning From Paris” class offered previously.  Thursday evenigns, 7pm-9pm.  For further information:  707.527.4372 or http://www.santarosa.edu/communityed for details.

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

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

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

Beginning April 8, 9 & 10, 2008.  COURS DE L’ALLIANCE - FRENCH CLASSES. The Spring session will start April 8th, 9th and 10th. For more information, check our website  www.afscv.org  or contact Marie-Claude at marieclaude@afscv.org   or  408-445-2095.

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

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

April 19, 2008. SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE IN SANTA ROSA - $85 in advamce or $95 at the door   4 hours of instruction + snacks Pronunciation Level 1. 10:00 to 11:00 - the 7 basic sounds and nasals  Pronunciation Level 2. 11:00 to 12:00 - combinations and special sounds 30 minute break: wine and cheese provided. Miam! Miam! Pronunciation Level 3. 12:30 to 1:30 - liaisons, intonations and rhythm Pronunciation Level 4. 1:30 to 2:30 - contractions and exceptions Please call (415) 362-3666 to register and get exact location in Santa Rosa The French Class www.frenchclass.com (415) 362-3666 500 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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

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

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

Summer 2008.  FRENCH 101 at COLLEGE OF MARIN, taught by M. Goff.  http://www.marin.edu for details.  9 hours/week; MTWR, 6pm-9pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 5, 2008. SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE $85 - 4 hours of instruction + snacks Pronunciation Level 1. 10:00 to 11:00 - the 7 basic sounds and nasals.  Pronunciation Level 2. 11:00 to 12:00 - combinations and special sounds 30 minute break: wine and cheese provided. Miam! Miam! Pronunciation Level 3. 12:30 to 1:30 - liaisons, intonations and rhythm Pronunciation Level 4. 1:30 to 2:30 - contractions and exceptions Offered again:  Saturday, May 3, 2008. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    June 23-27, 2008.  5-DAY INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAM.  All levels are offered (separately). Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9 for 5 days. $275.  $20 off if you pay 7 days before the intensive course begins!  Sign up now! The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

    December 15 to 19, 2008.  5 DAY INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAMS. All levels are offered (separately). Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9 for 5  days. $275.  $20 off if paid 7 days before the intensive course begins! Sign up now! The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

May 1, 2008.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco  cordially invites you to join them to a:   Life Science Breakfast: "Removing Reimbursement Barriers and Improving Access to Create a Competitive Advantage" Tuesday, May 13th   7:30 am - 9:30 am at Swissnex 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. info@faccsf.net for details.

May 2, 2008.  MAI 1968, 40 ANS APRES.  Conférence offerte par JEAN-MARIE APOSTOLIDES à la Bibliothèque de Saratoga. 19h    Jean-Marie nous parlera de Mai 68 avec quelques anecdotes vécues à la clé.  Jean-Marie Apostolidès is the William H. Bonsall Professor in French at Stanford University. He has served as chair of the Department of French and Italian and as executive editor of the Stanford French Review and the Stanford Literature Review.   Professor Apostolidès was educated in France, where he received a doctorate in literature and the social sciences. He taught psychology in Canada for seven years and sociology in France for three years. In 1980 he came to the United States, teaching at Harvard and then Stanford, primarily French classical literature (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and drama. He is also a playwright, whose work has been staged in Paris, Montreal, and New York.

May 2, 2008.  FEMMES IMPRESSIONNISTES:  BERTHE MORISOT, MARY CASSATT, EVA GONZALES.  Conference animée par RENEE MOREL et proposée par le Lycée Français La Pérouse & San Francisco Bay Accueil. Dans un monde dominé par les hommes, trois femmes modernes, Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Éva Gonzalès (1849-1883) et l’Américaine Mary Cassatt (1845-1926), originaire de Philadelphie, partagent un certain nombre d’idées esthétiques qu’elles montreront au public lors d’expositions. Souvent connues, de 1865 à 1895, sous le nom de “femmes impressionnistes”, elles ont cependant peint dans des styles différents, notamment la “manière espagnole” chère à Manet, ou produit des estampes inspirées par l’art japonais.  Berthe Morisot, qui deviendra le modèle préféré de Manet (elle épousera son frère Eugène) intéresse ce dernier à la peinture en plein air. Quant à Mary Cassatt, pastelliste de talent, elle ne manque pas d’attirer l’attention de Degas. Éva Gonzalès, aux couleurs plus sombres, connaîtra le succès au Salon avant de mourir prématurément à l’âge de 34 ans.  Lasses de voir les femmes représentées en portraits conventionnels - ou en nus - ces trois artistes les placent dans leur temps, que ce soit dans le tourbillon de la vie parisienne (soirées au théâtre ou à l’opéra, intérieurs bourgeois) ou bien à la campagne, occupées à des activités diverses en compagnie d’enfants ou d’amies. Thèmes de la modernité ou scènes intimistes présentent des compositions novatrices (gros plans, contre-plongée), qui doivent parfois à la photographie, une grande fraîcheur de ton et une palette souvent lumineuse et vibrante, aux touches larges, disposées avec grande liberté.  Cette présentation s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’exposition Women Impressionists, qui s’ouvrira le 21 juin au California Palace of the Legion of Honor à San Francisco.  La conférence se terminera vers 11h30.  Coût:  $7/personne. Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.  10h dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega St., San Francisco (at 19th).  L’entrée est du côté de la 20e Ave.

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

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

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

May 4, 2008.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Marie-Christelle et Matthew:  Lunch. nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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

May 9, 2008.  DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN THE FACCSF BUSINESS BOOSTER 2008. Entrepreneurship Program for accelerating your Business Project Enroll in an 7-week one-on-one mentorship program Join a network of high-level experts and mentors in your business field! Challenge your Business & Boost it: - through weekly interactions with mentors, experts & other participants; - through opportunities of one-on-one exchanges on communication, marketing, legal, finance & business development; - through provided tools, documents & materials; - through a formal presentation of your business to a panel of potential investors and venture capitalists. At the end of the program, you will - be a part of an extensive FACCSF network with high-level professionals and decision makers; - have acquired a firm understanding of what it takes to boost your own business strategy Calendar May 9      Deadline to submit a 3-4 page executive summary  May 21 - Candidates are selected by the Committee members July 23    Drinks Opening Session 8 Week Program  o July 30    Kick-off - Elevator Pitch o Aug 6 - Market Assessment & Business Development o Aug 13 - Present P & L o Aug 20 - Corporate Law  IP Protection, HR , and other legal issues o Aug 27 - Negociation o Sept 3  - PowerPoint Presentation Skills o Sept 10- Rehearsal o Sept 17   Closing Session: Present your project to Experts and VCs / Angels  Mentors will include successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, consultants, accountants and corporate executives. More information and Registration, Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com  French American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 www.faccsf.com

May 9-11, 2008.  SUDDEN INFANT – JOKE LANZ.    Swiss artist Joke Lanz is touring the United States and will perform on the West Coast. His experimental new music consists of sounds and special effects www.suddeninfant.com  May 9 Terminal 3957 San Leandro Street Oakland CA  May 10 Radio live performance 3pm-6pm KFJC Radio 89.7 Nozmo King's Psycho-Acoustic Sound Clash 12345 S. El Monte Road Los Altos Hills CA  May 11 Art SF www.artsf.org 110 Capp Street San Francisco info: info@artsf.org  Tel. 415 552 7873  This US concert tour is sponsored by Pro Helvetia, the Arts Council of Switzerland.

May 10, 2008.  CONCOURS DES LYCEENS.    Le concours des lycéens aura lieu samedi le 10 mai, 2008 à San Jose City College.  Prière aux professeurs de contacter Jacqueline Walker avec leur liste de participants.    Tél : (408) 749-1076 Courriel :  jackie.walker3@comcast.net 

May 10, 2008.  SWISS SINGING SOCIETY OF SAN FRANCISCO together with the ALPHORN TRIO of Steve and Sue Fox and René Sommer invite you to a Mother's Day Luncheon and a Swiss Music Concert by the Swiss Singing Society and Tony Raymann Saturday, May 10 at 12noon Basque Cultural Center 599 Railroad Avenue @ Magnolia Avenue South San Francisco No-host cocktails at noon - 4-course lunch at 1pm - concert at 2:30pm Pre-paid reservations must be received by May 1st with a check of $32 (indicate luncheon choice of either Veal Roast and Potatoes or Salmon "Champagne" and Rice or Vegetarian Pasta Children - Chicken Nuggets & Fries $12) RSVP to Margrith Reichmuth 36348 Tunbridge Drive Newark, CA 94560 Tel. 510 792 4572

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

May 11, 2008.  RAFAL BLECHACZ, pianist & Warsaw Chopin Competition gold medalist, plays DEBUSSY’s ESTAMPES and more.  Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, 7pm.  $34-$38.  Chamber Music San Francisco, 415.392.4400 or http://chambermusicSF.org for details.

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

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

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

May 14, 2008.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT organized by the FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Cooley Godward, Palo Alto.  On May 14th, The Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council Northern California, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California and the German American Business Association of California will organize a great European Networking event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with numerous entrepreneurs and professionals in a very European atmosphere. For this event, Cooley Godward will host us in Palo Alto. Save the date! More information and Registration, Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com  French American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 www.faccsf.com 

May 14, 2008.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes a EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. Next May 14th, The Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council Northern California, the French American Chamber of Commerce and the German American Business Association of California will organize a great European Networking event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with numerous entrepreneurs and professionals in a very European atmosphere. For this event, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP will host us in Palo Alto.  Special thanks to our host:  Register now ! info@faccsf.net

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

May 22–June 25, 2008.    JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS.  Jacques Brel Revival comes to MTC.  Direct from its one year off-Broadway run, the highly acclaimed revival of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris is coming to MTC! It will fill the fifth and final Boyer slot for the 2007-2008 season.  With a cast of four actors and three musicians, the show celebrates Brel-s timeless relevance and enduring passions. Translated from the French by American poet Eric Blau and lyricist Mort Shuman the show is a diverse blend of ballads, tangos, boleros, rock and classics. With raw human emotion, each piece tells a story, examining themes of love, war and adventure but never forgetting that life, with all its tragedies and complexities shows us much humor.  MTC's show will be directed by New York director Gordon Greenberg - cast to be announced - and will be co-produced with Dan Whitten, one of the producers of the -07 Tony Award-winning Jay Johnson the Two and Only.  -The best performed musical review to hit New York in ages-  - The Wall Street Journal  -The best musical in New York- - WBAI Radio  Brel tickets are available by subscription ONLY until Oct 30. Call today to subscribe 415.388.5208.Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  http://www.marintheatre.org/ for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 7, 2008.  LE MODELE DE L'ARTISTE: MUSES, MAITRESSES ET MYTHES. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (One and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice.) 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON.  Cet atelier sera egalement offert un soir de la meme semaine, 6:00 - 7:30 PM. IMPORTANT! Il est imperatif de reserver (sinon l'atelier risque d'etre annule!).  Contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, SVP, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666.  FAX: (415) 362.4334.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com

June 7 & 8, 2008.  LE THEATRE DE LA BAIE DU SUD présente  DU VENT DANS LES BRANCHES DE SASSAFRAS. Pièce dirigée par Joelle Berthoud. Cette pièce délirante et génialement écrite par René de Obaldia en 1965 nous propose un voyage au pays des cow-boys et des Indiens sortis tout droit des westerns de série B de notre enfance.  Gunn High School  780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306   Dimanche 1er juin : 15h30 (3:30 p.m.)  Samedi 7 juin : 20h (8 p.m.)  Dimanche 8 Juin : 14h30 (2 :30 p.m.) et 19h (7 p.m.)  Prix des places :    $15 étudiants -    $18 à l’avance    -    $25 sur place  http://www.theatrebds.com/ Pour tout renseignement, contacter philippe.gonzalez@afscv.org

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

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

June 15, 2008.  AMERICAN PREMIERE of ARTHUR ET LES CHEVALIERS DE LA TABLE RONDE. Spectacle, en français, à Sonoma State University, Person Theatre, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Nous aurons une  représentation  le 15 juin 2008, à 2 PM. Nous avons monté ce nouveau spectacle : ARTHUR ET LES CHEVALIERS de la  TABLE RONDE avec 44 enfants, et musique live, tout en français..   La musique est de Catherine Lara (La Craie dans l'Encrier, Nuit  Magique...) Cette comédie musicale est extrêmement récente (2005).  Catherine Lara l'a composée sous le titre de GRAAL.  Ce qu'il y a de particulièrement intéressant cette fois-ci, c'est que  nous avons la première mondiale de cette oeuvre!!! ( à Sonoma State!)  Nous avons plus de 100 costumes originaux, éclairage, mise-en-scène et  accompagnement musical professionnels.

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

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

June 20, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Karen et Chloe:  «Across the Universe».  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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

July 13, 2008.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Dorothy et Peter, «Summer of Love».  nadinepavloff@netscape.net

July 18, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Dorothy et Peter.  Contact: nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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

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

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

August 9, 2008.  DE BONAPARTE A NAPOLEON. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement! $10 (One and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice.) 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON).  Cet atelier sera egalement offert un soir de la meme semaine, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  IMPORTANT! Il est imperatif de reserver (sinon l'atelier risque d'etre annule!).  Contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, SVP, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte bancaire. Merci!  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666.  FAX: (415) 362.4334.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com

August 9-14, 2008.  SIX DAY TOUR IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.  Take a 6-day coach trip around Northern California, and meet people, learn about France, and practice your French skills all at the same time.  The tour is organized to welcome 12 people from Chambolle-Musigny in Bourgogne, the French sister-city of Sonoma, who will be traveling to Sonoma for two weeks.  The trip is planned for the second week of their visit.  Departure from Sonoma; bus capacity 50 people.  $1300 (includes everything).  For more information, call Edith Murith, 707.939.3031 or email edith.murith@gmail.com .

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

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

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

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

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

November 1 & 2, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES’ annual Halloween weekend concert this year features the hauntingly beautiful Requiem by Antoine Brumel, one of the earliest extant requiem masses along with Josquin’s Mille regretz & La deploration de la morte de Johannes Ockeghem.FEAST for ALL SOULS, November 1 – 7:30 PM - Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 - 7th Avenue, San Francisco; November 2 – 7:30 PM - All Saint's Episcopal, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto.  http://www.sfrv.org for details.

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

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

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