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April 19-27, 2007

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*APRIL EVENTS*    

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

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

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

April 19, 2007.  POETRY READING IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH BY POET PHYLLIS STOWELL Poet Phyllis Stowell’s SHIELD / LE BOUCLIER is a collaborative project that occurred during a six-month residence in the south of France. Shield is a dialogue between poet and painter, mother and daughter, age and youth, one in which both seek to confront apparent reality without expecting to encompass it or to ignore its mystery.  7pm.  Language: English and French.  $6 members/$8 non-members. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or  http://www.afsf.com for details.

April 19, 2007.  PORCELAIN AND THE EVOLUTION OF DINING IN 19TH-CENTURY EUROPE.  San Francisco Ceramic Circle Lecture by JEFFREY MUNGER, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln & 34th, SF.  Enter the museum from the West terrace.  415.752.3830.  7:30pm-9:45pm.

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

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

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

April 20, 2007.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  $13.  9pm.

April 20, 2007.  GEORGES LAMMAM performs at La Peña Cultural Center.  8pm.  $20.

April 20 & 21, 2007. MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS  European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale.  Buy specialty food treats and wines for Mother’s Day!  211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.  415-562-1120.  Friday April 20th (2:00pm - 6:00pm) & Saturday April 21st (8:30am - 1:30pm).  Open warehouse updates now available at: http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

April 20 & 21, 2007.  THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS.  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF.  415.621.6120 or http://www.castrotheatre.com for details.

April 20-29, 2007.  CUBA CARAÏBE FESTIVAL OF DANCE, MUSIC AND THEATER.  Music from Cuba, Haïti and Brazil… based on their common roots in West Africa.  Show includes HAITIAN CHOREOGRAPHER-DANCER PORTSHA JEFFERSON who performs celebratory and religious ceremonial dances from Haiti with her group, RARA TOU LIMEN, as well as MICHELLE MARTIN, who has studied voudoun, and her troupe KONPAYI, who also dance.  Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., SF.  415.273.4633 or http://www.dancemission.com for details.  $15-$20.  8pm Th-Sat, 7pm Sun.  Additional 2pm matinée April 29th. 

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

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

April 21, 2007.  CURATOR’S LECTURE:  MASTERPIECES OF FRENCH JEWELRY.  Martin Chapman, Curator of European Decorative Arts, FAMSF.  415.750.7634 or rbaldocchi@famsf.org for details.  2pm-3pm.

April 21, 2007.  MADELINE AND THE GYPSIES.  Based on the classic childrens’ books.  Young Performers Theatre, Bldg. C., Ft. Mason, SF.  415.346.5550.  $6-$9.  1pm.

April 21, 2007.  JEAN GENET IN CHICAGO screens at Artist’s Television Acess, 992 Valencia St. SF.  415.824.3890 or http://www.atasite.org for details.  $5.

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

April 23, 2007.  A POETRY READING BY NICOLAS PESQUÈS. A Poetry Reading by Nicolas Pesquès. 5 PM, in the French Department Library. In French.  The French Department of the University of California-Berkeley is pleased to present the  poet Nicolas Pesquès, who will read from his work  on Monday, April 23, at 5:00 in the Department Library.  Nicolas Pesquès  is a major figure in the world  of experimental poetry in France.  He was born in  1946; his work began appearing in the early  1970’s.  He is best known for the series of five  book-length poems he has devoted to Mount  Juliau­the mountain whose north face he sees from  the window of his home in the Ardèche.   These  books are called La Face nord de Juliau un, deux,  trois, quatre, and Physis. Cole Swensen, the  well-known poet and translator, who translated  the most recent in the Juliau series, describes Pesquès’ writing like this:  “Fusing philosophy into his spare lyricism, he  focuses on nature in a way that foregrounds the  mind and examines its role in constituting the  world that we see and that we love.”  Nicolas Pesquès also writes on contemporary art  and literature; for example he is the author of a book on Jacques Dupin. Two volumes of the Juliau series are displayed in the French library.

April 23, 2007.  FRENCH WINE SOCIETY CLASS:  BORDEAUX. The great mystery and fascination surrounding this region, held by collectors and novices alike, will be explored, taking enthusiasts on a journey along the Gironde estuary into the appellations on the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux.  Having some of the finest expressions of Cabernet and Merlot in the world, the class will feature wines representing the authentic quality and extract found each year on the vines of what is the Grandfather of grapes found throughout the world. For more information and registration, please visit our San Francisco chapter at www.frenchwinesociety.org Santé! Location:  Fort Mason, Buchanan St and Marina Blvd, San Francisco.  6:45pm to 8:15pm.  Session Cost $150 members, $180 non-members.

April 23, 2007.  FRANÇOISE MOULY AND ART SPIEGELMAN, founders of RAW, in conversation with Dave Eggers.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  415.392.4400 or http://www.cityboxoffice.com for details.

April 23, 2007.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT @ Cooley Godward Kronish 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alto, 94304. 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Sponsored by The French American Chamber of Commerce, Northern, The Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chapter, and others.  Registration: $10 for Members of one of these organizations; $20 for non members; $ 25 at the door.  Cancellations must be made 5-days prior to the event date Any cancellation within a 5-day period of the scheduled date will not be refunded. Name of guests will be kept at the door. For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR http://www.faccsf.com for details.

April 23, 2007.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF SAN FRANCISCO presents the GLOBALIZATION OF CLINICAL TRIALS at their next Life-Science Breakfast. 7:30 am - 9:30 am at Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco.  Breakfast will be served.  Swissnex connects the dots in science, education, art and innovation, between Switzerland and Western North America.  415 442 4717.  $20 for FACCSF members, $25 for non members, $30 at the door. For more information: Carole Granade - Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 OR  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

April 23-27, 2007. LEFT BANK CELERATES ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT DAY. Left Bank brasseries invite you to bring your favorite Administrative Assistants to lunch. When you dine with us, you may enter your business card in our lottery drawing to win a sumptuous meal for 2 (valued at $100.00) at any Left Bank brasserie. Our lottery drawing will take place at each of our 5 locations on Monday, April 30th. Each winner will be personally contacted to arrange details for receiving their dining gift certificate. For reservations, please visit our website or call your favorite Left Bank brasserie: Left Bank Larkspur: 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA  94939, 415.927.3331;  Left Bank Menlo Park:  635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 650.473.6543; Left Bank Pleasant Hill:  60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, 925.288.1222; Left Bank San Jose: 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128, 408.984.3500, Left Bank San Mateo: 1100 Park Place, San Mateo, CA 94403, 650.345.2250.

April 24, 2007.  SPECTACLE du programme de français à San Francisco State University: Le mardi 24 avril, 4:15-7:45pm, (salle HUM 587). Les étudiants présenteront des scènes  de théâtre, poèmes, dances, chansons, etc. Potluck. Tirage au sort de prix.  Venez vous amusez avec nous! Contact: Prof. Bérénice Le Marchand:  blemarch@sfsu.edu, 415-338-7419.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 26-29, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, along with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS, SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS, and PACIFIC BOYCHOIR, performs BERLIOZ’s THE DAMNATION OF FAUST and more.  CHARLES DUTOIT, renowned for his idiomatic interpretation of the French repertory, conducts one of Romanticism’s great musical dramas, told with the wild theatrical flourishes of BERLIOZ’s most colorful musical language.  Free “Inside Music” talk by James Keller one hour prior to each concert. http://sfsymphony.org for details.

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

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

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

April 28, 2007.  A GATHERING OF GREATNESS – ALLEGORIAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMOUS PERSONS IN THE PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY, PARIS.  Photographic Exhibition and Lecture by Dorothy Levitt Mayers. Oakland photographic artist Dorothy Levitt Mayers takes viewers on her personal tour of the world-famous Parisian Cemetery, Pere-Lachaise. Mayers has combined iconographic images of famous persons with monuments from their Pere-Lachaise gravesites. Evocative images of Sarah Bernhardt, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Isadora Duncan are on exhibit at Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum.     Lecture and slides will describe how Dorothy found her way to this fascinating place within a fascinating place. How the concept of photo montage combining famous persons and their memorial sites evolved.  And lastly, the artistic journey which began with conventional photography, where she had great skill, to a reinvention of her style through the digital medium. Artist Biographical Information: http://www.mycuriouseye.com/ The event will take place at Chapel of the Chimes,4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611.  Free and open to all. 510.228.3207; arodman@lifemarkgroup.com

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

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

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

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

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

April 29, 2007.  CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN, baritone, and JULIUS DRAKE, piano, perform wors by DEBUSSY, DUPARC and more.  San Francisco Performances.  Herbst Theatre, SF.  $27/$49.  7pm.  415.392.2545 or http://www.performances.org for details. 

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

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

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

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

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

AVENUE MONTAIGNE (dir. Danièle Thompson).  Features Cécile de France as a young woman from the provinces who moves to Paris and becomes a waitress at a bistro in the city’s nexus for art, music, theater and fashion.  Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Lumière,  SF; Opera Plaza, SF.  

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS.  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF.  415.621.6120 or http://www.castrotheatre.com for details. April 20 & 21, 2007. 

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

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

IVRESSE DU POUVOIR / COMEDY OF POWER (dir. Claude Chabrol, with Isabelle Huppert).  Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.

JEAN GENET IN CHICAGO screens at Artist’s Television Acess, 992 Valencia St. SF.  415.824.3890 or http://www.atasite.org for details.  $5. April 21, 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

SOUND OF THE SOUL, a film about the FEZ FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC.  Roxie, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

LA TOURNEUSE DES PAGES / THE PAGE TURNER.  A noir, Hitchcock-like thriller.  NR. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222;  Opera Plaza, SF.

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

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*ART* 

April 18-October 14, 2007.  KUNSTKAMMER.  Prints, drawings and photographs from the UC Berkeley Art Museum, including works by PAUL GAUGUIN and LOUISE BOURGEOIS.  2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.0808 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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

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

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

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

Through April 30, 2007.  MEMOIRES OUBLIEES & NOMADISME INTERIEUR by Swiss artist SYLVIE SEREX-BONNET.  Paintings exhibited in the lobby of 456 Montgomery St., SF.  Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland, SF.  http://www.swissemb.org/culture/sfevent.pdf for details.  http://www.sylanse.org for more on the artist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

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

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

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

April 23 to 27 - August 20 to 24, 2007. TWO INTENSIVE FRENCH COURSES FOR ALL LEVELS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter St., SF, 415.362.3666 or INFO@FRENCHCLASS.COM or WWW.FRENCHCLASS.COM.  All levels are offered (Separate groups and programs for each level). 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 one week before the course starts!  $255.

Beginning April 30, 2007.  FORMATION POUR L’ENSEIGNEMENT DU  FRANÇAIS LANGUE ETRANGERE A.  Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carrière : l’enseignement du français langue  étrangère. Découvrez et pratiquez toutes les techniques de l’approche  communicative. Créez un plan de cours varié, efficace et dynamique pour tous  les niveaux de langue. Offrez à vos élèves les éléments pédagogiques dont ils  ont besoin en fonction de leur niveau et de leurs buts, ainsi qu’une  atmosphère qui facilite l’apprentissage. Apprenez à enseigner à différents niveaux au  sein d’un même groupe ainsi que tous les tuyaux du métier qui feront de vous  un(e) enseignant(e) hors du commun. Programme de 3 mois, un samedi par mois. $225. Trois samedis de 9 heures à midi + trois suivis pédagogiques (on line). Formation présentée par Dominique Brémond. Inscrivez-vous au (415) 362-3666. THE FRENCH CLASS. 500 Sutter St., SF, 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

April 30-June 23, 2007.  INTRODUCTION AU THEATRE AVEC MARIE-FRANÇOISE TEISSIER-BEGUE.  Pour les niveaux avancés. En vous initiant à la dramaturgie, pénétrez les coulisses d’un théâtre qui n’a cessé d’évoluer au cours du temps, dans une perpétuelle confrontation avec le public. Partez à la découverte des plus grandes tragédies, comédies, farces, drames et autres pièces qui savent encore nous toucher.  Tous les mercredis de 19h00 à 20h30.  Cost is $250 per person. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

May 1-June 28, 2007.  WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES at THE FRENCH CLASS. 500 Sutter St., SF, 415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or http://www.frenchclass.com for details.

  •    Pronunciation - Level 3 . Practice all the French sounds in a text  specifically designed to improve your pronunciation. This innovative approach will give  you a new ear for French.  (Level 3 to 7) $22. Tuesday 5/1 - 9:30 to 11:00 or  Thursday 5/3 - 1:00 to 2:30. 
  • Pronunciation - Level 4 . Intonation, contractions, pronunciation and body  language. Listen, identify and practice sounds and intonation to improve your  comprehension. (Level 4 to 7) $22. Tuesday 5/8 - 9:30 to 11:00 or Thursday 5/10  - 1:00 to 2:30.
  • Common slang and idioms. Part 2.  Improve your comprehension of every day  French and movies.  (Level 5 to 8). $22. Tuesday 5/15 - 9:30 to 11:00 or Thursday  5/17 - 1:00 to 2:30. 
  • Pronominal verbs in the present, past and negative forms. “Je ne me suis pas  ennuyé. Vous ne vous êtes pas demandé si...” Put it together and practice the  most common pronominal verbs.  (Level 3 to 5). $22. Tuesday 5/22 - 9:30 to  11:00 or Thursday 5/24 - 1:00 to 2:30.    
  • Subjunctive: Present and past .  A clear and practical presentation with lots  of examples on how and when to use the subjunctive. (Level 3 to 6). $22.  Tuesday 5/29 - 9:30 to 11:00 or Thursday 5/31 - 1:00 to 2:30.
  • All about “y & en”. Practice lots of examples and learn everything there is  to know about these two pronouns. (Level 4 to 7). $22. Tuesday 6/5 - 9:30 to  11:00 or Thursday 6/7 - 1:00 to 2:30.
  • Les expressions de temps: depuis, pendant, pour, dans, en, il y a, d’ici, il  y a...que, ça fait...que, etc. Practice the nuances and revew the verb tenses  connected to these expressions. (Level 4 to 7). Tuesday 6/12 - 9:30 to 11:00  or Thursday 6/14 - 1:00 to 2:30.
  • Relative Pronouns : qui, que, quoi, dont, où, auquel, à laquelle, etc. A  great practice and review with a comparison with the same pronouns in English.  (Level 3 to 7). Tuesday 6/19 - 9:30 to 11:00 or Thursday 6/21 - 1:00 to 2:30.
  • Living and working in France- Make a plan, get a visa, gather information,  learn practical tips and more about common transactions and resources you’ll  need to be living in France. This workshop will be mostly in English. (Level 1 to  8). Tuesday 6/26 - 9:30 to 11:00 or Thursday 6/28 - 1:00 to 2:30.

May 21 OR May 23, 2007.  IMPRESSIONISM – A REVOLUTION IN ART.  A course taught by ANNE BISHOP. 19th century Paris brought together an extraordinary group of artists, who sought a new way of defining truth, through radically different styles of painting. Artists such as Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Morisot, Degas and Cezanne exhibited in Independent shows when rejected by the Salons. We will view their art and explore the turbulent changes in French society and literature as well as the importance of Social Realism, the Barbizon School and the genius of Manet, all of which led to the birth of Impressionist art. Special consideration will be given to Berthe Morisot, a leading woman artist of the group, and one of the pioneers of Impressionism.   Place: Book Passage, Corte Madera May 21 6:30-9:00 May 23 1:30-4:00 Instructor: Anne Bishop, MA Art History Fee: $50.

June 6, 13 & 20, 2007.  EXPLORING THE CHEESES OF FRANCE WITH SHERRY PAGE.  Exclusive Club for Refined Taste Buds.  Class 1 – This class will provide an overview of the cheese making process and its history in France. We will taste some of the finest cow’s milk cheeses from France and learn where and how they are produced.  Class 2 – This class focuses on the goat’s milk and sheep’s milk cheeses of France. We will taste samples of these exquisite cheeses as we learn about where and how they are made.  Class 3 – In this class, we will look at cheeses on a regional basis, learn how to create a cheese plate, discuss wine pairings and taste a variety of cheeses and accompaniments.  Classes will be held on three Wednesdays in June: June 6, 13 and 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Language: English.  Total cost for all three classes is $195 per person.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 7, 2007.   DBF.  Détails à suivre.

May 9, 2007.   AUTHOR SEBASTIAN ROCHÉ speaks about THE 2005 RIOTS IN FRANCE. Sebastian Roché is a political scientist at the Centre de recherche sur le Politique, l’Action publique et le Territoire. Roché presents us with a nuanced and well-informed perspective on this new wave of unrest that is sweeping contemporary France. During the course of the lecture, we will learn about the driving forces behind this societal crisis which include issues of economics, education, religion and race. In collaboration with the Délégation Générale de l’Alliance Française.  (Talk in English.) 7pm.  $15 AFSF members, others $20.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 13, 2007.  A VIRTUAL TOUR OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS AT THE DE YOUNG.  Docent Lecture by Jim Kohn.  1pm-2pm.  415.750.3638 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

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

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

May 16-27, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL.  Led by artistic director Rhodessa Jones, the event will fill the city with performances and exhibitions that explore the theme Truth in Knowing/Now:  A Conversation Across the African Diaspora.  Various locations, SF.  415.439.2456 or http://sfiaf.org for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 23, 2007.  FRENCH VIOLINISIT FRÉDÉRIC PÉLASSY performs in San Francisco. Join French violin virtuoso Frédéric Pélassy for a program including Bach’s Second Partita, Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin Solo, Ysaye’s Two Sonatas for Violin Solo and Paganini’s Several Caprices. In collaboration with the Délégation Générale des Alliances Françaises. 7pm.  $15 AFSF members, others $20. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 10, 2007.  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS BOOSTER. Enroll in an 8-week one-on-one mentorship program!  Join a network of high-level experts and mentors in your business field!  For full details about the program, see below, August 1, 2007.

June 11, 2007.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE. Notre prochaine réunion sera le lundi 11 juin, chez Joel et Jacqui à San Francisco); merci d'avance de votre accueil! Nous avons choisi de lire des nouvelles de Anna Gavalda tirée de son oeuvre, Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part. Je propose de lire les nouvelles suivantes: "I.I.G", "Cet homme et cette femme", "Pendant des années","Le fait du jour", et "Ambre".  Contactez:  Bérénice, berenicevlm@yahoo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2007.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA FETE LE 14 JUILLET chez Valerie et Abram.  Valerie et Abram nous invitent a celebrer le 14 Juillet chez eux, details suivront.  Nadine,  nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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

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

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

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

August 1, 2007.  OPENING SESSION OF THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS BOOSTER, an eight-week one-on-one mentorship program for entrepreneurs that was created in 2005. Last year five entrepreneurs took part in this mentorship program to challenge and increase their businesses through weekly interactions with mentors, experts & other participants. They received one-on-one support in communication, marketing, legal, finance and business development. In addition, they made a formal presentation of their business to a panel of entrepreneurs, potential investors, Angels and venture capitalists.  Mentors include successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, consultants, accountants and corporate executives. This business seminar helps entrepreneurs to acquire a deeper understanding of what it takes to improve their own business strategy. For the last session they have the chance at a monetary prize for "The best business presentation. The Business Booster is based on the interaction between participants / mentors and the quality of the presentation of our experts  If selected: - You will attend eight workshop sessions (2 hours weekly meeting) - You will be given in-between session homework - You will be assigned one or two mentors who will follow your project during the program   At the end of the program, each participant 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.  Please visit our website for more information Please contact Carole Granade to get more information on this exciting program Tel: 415.442.4717 ;  carole@faccsf.com 

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

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

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

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

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

August 26, 2007.  MADELEINE PEYROUX performs in the Mountain Winery 2007 Concert Series.  http://mountaiwindery.com or 415.421.TIXS for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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