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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
May 3-11, 2007

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*MAY EVENTS*    

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

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

May 3, 2007.  MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005). San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), SF.  415.557.4400.

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.

Opening May 4, 2007  VINCENT, Leonard Nemoy’s play abut VINCENT VAN GOGH, opens at the Academy of Art, 79 New Montgomery St., SF. 415.618.6527 for details.  $10-$25.

May 4, 2007.  SPIKE LEE talks about WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE:  A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS, an HBO documentary film available for purchase.  Borders, Union Square, 400 Post St., SF.  6pm.  Time and space are limited.

May 4, 2007.  LEROY THOMAS AND THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS.  Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285 for details.  $15.  9pm.

May 4, 2007.  AFRICAN SELECT spins ZOUK, SOUKOUS and more at Baobab, SF.  10pm.  $3.

May 4, 2007.  MOH ALILECHE AZA, North African / Berber music, performed at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. at Gilman.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  9pm.  $13.

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.How have models been used throughout the centuries and how did they gain prominence in Western art?  At the time of the Renaissance, the move from religious to secular art, coupled widespread interest in anatomy, caused painting academies to hire models for art education. In the academy, the model was a male, subjected to the collective scrutiny of other males bound together in a brotherhood. However, when professional artists started to use studio models for their lone atelier, they favored females. The model was then the "other," the object of a subjective, admiring gaze. Complex social relations developed between artists and models. Viewing the studio as a site of mystery and sexual intrigue, outsiders soon fostered the myth of the female model as muse and mistress, partner and possession - an inspiring yet dangerous femme fatale.  We will contrast clssical myths, allegories (Pygmalion, Apelles and Campaspe, Raphael and his Fornarina) and erotic antasies about the artist's muse with the reality (an inequality both sexual and social), often depicted as satire or pictorial narratives. Finally, we will look at male models fulfilling the dual role of muse and companion in the 20th century.     [Presente - en francais, naturellement! - par Renee Morel] 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, 2007.  MICHAEL VAN WHY performs FAURE songs based on poems by PAUL VERLAINE and commentary by CHRISTINE RENAUDIN and others.  SSU, Ives 119. 8pm.  Free.

May 5, 2007.  ELIZABETH PRIOR RUNNICLES, viola, and AVI DOWNES, piano, perform VIEUXTEMPS and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608 for details.  8pm.  $12-$15.

May 5, 2007.  HENRY CLEMENT AND THE GUMBO BAND.  New Orleans’ style!  Freight and Salvage Coffee House.  $18.50.  8pm. 

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 6, 2007.  LIVE COVERAGE OF THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE.  Join us Sunday morning for croissants, coffee and a live feed of election coverage from French television network TV5. Cast your mock vote upon arrival and see if France agrees!  Sunday, May 6 from 10am - 12pm.  Language: French.  FREE admission.  Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com

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: MARC VERSTAEN.  Marc Verstaen est Senior Director, Hyperion Solutions et President de la Chambre de Commerce Franco - américaine - San Francisco.  18h30 - 21h00.  Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (RMKB) 1001 Marshall St, Redwood City.  Marc Verstaen commence sa carrière chez Renault dans le calcul scientifique puis devient responsable du développement des logiciels scientifiques.  En 1991, il décide de créer sa propre société: "Lorienne" ; l'idée était de faire des logiciels cartographiques développés avec des cartographes pour leurs besoins. Michelin a ainsi converti toutes ses cartes, auparavant réalisées à la main, grâce à ce logiciel.  En 1996, Marc s'expatrie aux États Unis avec un visa investisseur afin de créer une filiale de Lorienne : "Beatware". Il réussit à lever 14 millions de dollars auprès d'investisseurs intéressés par l'approche de Beatware sur le marché des applications graphiques.    En décembre 2006, Marc vend "Beatware" à Hyperion  ...en février 2007, Oracle rachète Hyperion !  Marc Verstaen a une formation classique avec un diplôme d'ingénieur océanologue.  Il est diplômé de l'ENSTA. Depuis 2005, Marc est Président de la Chambre de Commerce Franco - américaine de San Francisco. Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur www.dbf.net... La participation de $30 sera collectée à l'entrée. Les Membres de la Chambre de Commerce Franco-Américaine beneficient d'une réduction de $5 sur la soirée DBF.

May 7, 2007.  JULIA WHITTY talks about THE FRAGILE EDGE:  DIVING AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC.  Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of coral reefs off RANGIROA in FRENCH POLYNESIA, where hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary underwater creatures.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 800.999.7909 for details. 

May 7, 2007.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO.  Yerba Buena CD Release Party. Yoshi’s Jazz Club at Jack London Square, Oakland.  8pm.  510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.  510.238.9200 or http://www.yoshis.com for details.

May 8, 2007.  GATOR BEAT performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. at Gilman.  $7.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  8:30pm.  $10.  With 8pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride.

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 9, 2007.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.   Texte:  Les Ames grisees de Philippe Claudel.  Animé par Raymond Lemieux.  info@afsantarosa.org for details.

Through 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.)

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 10, 2007.  INTERFRENCH presents DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT:  WHAT’S NEXT? Moderator Raphael Hitzke: Mobile Digital Home Marketing at Intel Corp. (http://www.intel.com) and Marketing Coordinator of the Sacramento French  Film Festival (www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org)  Panelists * Frederic Descamps: Senior Director of Business Development &  Marketing, at Xfire (www.xfire.com), part of MTV Networks. * Khai Minh Pham: CEO of Easyplanet (www.easyplanet.com) * Stephane Savard: Chief Scientist, at Current TV  (www.currentmedia.com) * Frederic Sitterle: New Media General Manager, at Socpresse/Le Figaro  (www.lefigaro.fr) and CEO of Sport24 (http://www.sport24.com) What is the impact of Youtube? What is the impact of gaming culture becoming mainstream? Are newspapers going to disappear? What kind of business models are emerging from the digital revolution in  the media and entertainment industries? What is the ripple effect on the other businesses?  If you want to find out please join our experts on May 10th, 2007:  The new digital technologies are changing how people and companies create  entertainment and how people consume their entertainment. It also has a  major impact on companies beyond these industries: advertizers are trying  to reach these moving audiences.  6:00pm-9:00pm.  Menlo College, 1000 El Camino, Menlo Park, CA, 94027.  650-906-5542.  COST & REGISTRATION:  $15.  Website: http://www.siliconfrench.com Email:   info@interfrench.org Phone:   650 906 5542 Contact: Angelika Blendstrup

May 11, 2007.  POUVOIR ET PRESTIGE:  LES DUCS DE BOURGOGNE (1363-1482).  Conférence en français animée par RENEE MOREL et proposée par SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL.  La Bourgogne a été un état pratiquement indépendant pendant plus de cent ans (1363-1482), au cours des XIVe et XVe siècles. Pendant cette période, son territoire s'étendait bien au-delà de la province française que nous connaissons. Elle comprenait en effet ce qui est maintenant la Belgique, le Luxembourg, les Pays-Bas et le nord-ouest de la France.  Ses manufactures textiles prospères en faisaient un des états les plus riches d'Europe, envié par ses voisins pour sa puissance et son prestige. Riche architecture gothique, chefs-d'oeuvre de l'artisanat, opulence de la production artistique : tout reflétait la splendeur de la cour de Bourgogne, ainsi que son rayonnement politique, économique et culturel.  Venez admirer les tapisseries, broderies, enluminures, et l'art funéraire de ce prodigieux duché. Découvrez le nouveau style de peinture lancé par les artistes flamands -- Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Dieric Bouts et Rogier van der Weyden -- qui ont beaucoup contribué au prestige des ducs de Bourgogne. Suivez ensuite la fabuleuse descendance de l'héritage bourguignon, passé dans les mains des Habsbourg après la mort de la jeune et belle duchesse Marie.  La conférence se terminera vers 11h30.  Coût:  $7/personne.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

May 11, 2007.  JACQUES ELLUL:  PROPHET IN THE TECHNOLOGICAL WILDERNESS.  Conférence Vendredi 11 mai  à 18h30.  Jacques Ellul (1912-94) was one of the 20th century’s most powerful critics of the impact of technology on modern life.  According to Aldous Huxley, Ellul’s book “La technique, ou, l’enjeu du siècle”(1954) (traduction anglaise, The Technological Society, 1964) « made the case » that he had tried to make in Brave New World.  Ellul wrote more than fifty books, mostly in sociology and social criticism but also on religious and ethical themes. He was active in the Resistance during the German occupation, served as Professor of the History and Sociology of Institutions at the University of Bordeaux (1946-80), and was a pioneer in the environmental protection movement in southwestern France.  David W. Gill discovered Ellul as he was finishing his undergraduate degree at Berkeley (1968) and eventually wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on Ellul’s ethics at the University of Southern California (1979).  He currently teaches (St Mary’s College MBA program) and writes mostly in the ethics of business and technology.  He is the President of the International Jacques Ellul Society (www.ellul.org).  $8 members $10 non members  Avec mes remerciements. Alliance Française de Berkeley 2004 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 510-548-7481 www.afberkeley.org

May 11, 2007. VOIR, C'EST CROIRE:  RHETORIQUE DU TROMPE-L'OEIL:  une conférence de RENEE MOREL.  Organisé par LES AMIS DE LA CULTURE FRANCAISE <amiscf@amiscf.org> a Berkeley. (En francais, naturellement, avec 80 diapositives.) Pourquoi le trompe-l'oeil? Pour dialoguer avec le spectateur, le faire entrer dans le jeu, lui montrer les enjeux de la representation, car tout tableau figuratif n'est-il pas, au fond, un trompe-l'oeil?  Depuis l'antiquite, les artistes ont utilise cette technique pour montrer leur virtuosite, mais aussi pour agrandir un espace, que ce soit dans le domaine de l'architecture ou de la scenographie, pour exprimer leurs sentiments (ironie, sarcasme, modestie, etc.) ou bien encore leurs convictions politiques et, surtout, pour etonner le public.  Laissez-vous seduire par ce genre qui prend souvent plaisir a simultanement construire et detruire l'illusion et, de ce fait, a nous faire reflechir sur sa portee philosophique.  6:00pm-7:30pm.  $10 pour les non membres (gratuit pour les membres des Amis de la Culture francaise).  St. John’s Presbyterian, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley; Room TBA; watch for signage. La conference sera suivie, pour ceux qui le desirent, par un diner convivial dans un restaurant de Berkeley (choix encore a determiner).

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/.

Through May 13, 2007.  CINNABAR THEATER presents BLUEBEARD by JACQUES OFFENBACH. All shows at 7:30pm, except Sundays at 2pm.  Bluebeard? A Young Rep musical? You betcha! But this Bluebeard will leave you rolling in the aisles rather than gaping in horror. Bluebeard has just discovered his sixth wife in Boulotte, a feisty peasant girl. But no sooner has he wed once again than a shepherdess (actually, a princess in disguise) captures his fervid attention. She in turn is in love with another shepherd who turns out to be a prince. The two young royals are reunited when Bluebeard shows up, claiming that Boulotte has just died and he is now free to marry the princess. But, aha! Popolani, the alchemist charged with disposing of Bluebeard's past wives, has carefully preserved all six alive - and that's only the beginning! Hilarious characters, social satire and, of course, Offenbach's brilliant music all make this show a winner.  Tickets $12 general/$8 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets by phone, call 707-763-8920  For more information, see our website: http://www.cinnabartheater.org

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.THE TRUTH IN KNOWING/NOW:  A CONVERSATION ACROSS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA.  African-rooted art, dance, music, theater in venues all over town.  Includes CIRCUS BAOBAB from GUINEA and more.    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 18-20 & June 1-9, 2007.  CUISINE ET DEPENDANCES, une pièce de AGNES JAOUI ET JEAN-PIERRE BACRI.  Le Théâtre du Coin est heureux de vous convier à son spectacle 2007:  Cuisine et Dépendances une pièce de Agnès Jaoui et Jean-Pierre Bacri   Recette pour un dîner parisien: mettez une bombe sexuelle et un  célèbre présentateur télé dans l'appartement d'un couple bourgeois.  Ajoutez une dose de vieux sentiments, une cuillérée de regrets, un soupçon de ressentiments et une pincée de poker. Vous obtiendrez un repas très salé et une vision amère du couple.   Le contrôle de la soirée leur a complètement échappé: ont-ils aussi  perdu le contrôle de leur vie ?   C'est la 12ème saison de la troupe du Théâtre du Coin, http://www.theatreducoin.com qui a joué, entre autres, Golden Joe (Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt), Une Aspirine pour Deux (Woody Allen), L'importance d'être Constant (Oscar Wilde), Dogg's Hamlet (Tom Stoppard) présenté au Festival d'Avignon en 2003. Le Théâtre du Coin est une troupe amateur, entièrement bénévole.   Représentations:  Dragon Theatre - 535 Alma Street, Palo Alto, http://www.dragonproductions.net - Vendredi 18 mai, 20h - Samedi 19 mai, 20h - Dimanche 20 mai, 14h 30  EXIT Theatre - 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, http://www.sffringe.org) - Vendredi 1 juin, 20h - Samedi 2 juin, 20h - Vendredi 8 juin, 20h - Samedi 9 juin, 20h  Avec: Colette Béraut, François Granade, Jean-Marc Parmentier, Rébecca  Scholl, Pierre-Xavier Thomas  Mise en scène: Hélène Charmet   Prix des places: $15 (donation jusqu'à $25 bienvenue).  RESERVATIONS CONSEILLEES:  http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=theatreducoin@yahoo.com or theatreducoin@yahoo.com (paiement par chèque ou PayPal).

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 19, 2007.  THE BOOK OF MIRACLES by EDWIDGE DANTICAT, read by Sonia Manzano on Selected Shorts.  KQED Public Radio, 88.5, 8pm.

May 19, 2007.  CINNABAR’S WOMEN’S CHORUS AND CHAMBER SINGERS spring concert includes a medley from LES MISERABLES. Cinnabar's Women's Chorus and Chamber Singers present a joyous concert in celebration of Spring. The program spans four centuries and features such delights as Professor Nontroppo's Music Dictionary, An Address to the Toothache and A Pennyworth of Mirth. More delights include songs by Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen, a medley from Les Miserables and much more.  May 19, 2007,8 p.m.  United Church of Christ  825 Middlefield Road, Petaluma  $12 General Admission/$10 Senior/$8 Youth  707.763.8920  http://www.cinnabartheater.org/cinnabar.season.shows.html#Spring

Through May 20, 2007.  MOLIERE’S IMAGINARY INVALID.  The Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center presents The Imaginary Invalid, Molière’s satire of the medical profession.  Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill.  925.687.4445 or http://www.dvc.edu for details.  $10-$13.

May 21, 2007.  THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII focuses on ANNE OF CLEVES.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

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.

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. CIRCUS BAOBAB at the SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL. Join us for a special French-language performance of the globe-trotting GUINEAN nouveau cirque company, Circus Baobab.   The company will perform their show, The Jumping Drums. Spectacular and hilarious, the show also carries a social message and will delight people of all ages.  7PM.  Reduced tickets for AFSF members: $20 adults, $10 children.  Project Artaud Theater 450 Florida Street in San Francisco For tickets call:  415.439.24567pm.

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 27, 29 & 30, 2007.  FRANÇOISE MOULY & ART SPIEGELMAN in conversation with Dave Eggers.  KQED Public Radio, 88.5, 1pm Sunday, 8pm Tuesday, and 2am Wednesday.

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.

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.

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; Opera Plaza, SF.  

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. 

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

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005). San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), SF.  415.557.4400. May 3, 2007.

LA MOME / LA VIE EN ROSE. CLOSING NIGHT of the SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, with a screening of the new film LA VIE EN ROSE (in French, LA MÔME) about (who else?) EDITH PIAF 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.

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 3 & 4 & 6, 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. 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).

THE VALET (Francis Veber, dir. of LE DINER DES CONS).  Empire; Embarcadero Center Cinemas, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

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* 

May 5-6, 2007.  OPEN STUDIO IN LOS GATOS OF 4 FRENCH ARTISTS.  Fabienne Bismuth (Sculpture), Sophie Gauthier (Mixed Media Paintings), Maggy-Pierre Gregoire (Illustration) and Elisabeth Michel-Meyrueix (Jewelry).  Phone: 408.439.3932 or meyrueix88@yahoo.com May 5th &  6th  from 11am to 5pm.  17274 Verdes Robles Los Gatos, CA  95030.

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.

May 12 & 13 and May 19 & 20, 2007.  OPEN STUDIO IN LOS ALTOS OF 3 FRENCH ARTISTS.  Opening hours 11am to 5pm both week-ends. 1568 Country Club Drive,  Los Altos, CA 94024.  Sophie Gauthier (Mixed Media Paintings), Adriana Ippati-Torrens (Watercolors) and Elisabeth Michel-Meyrueix (Jewelry).  Phone: 408.439.3932 or meyrueix88@yahoo.com

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 28, 2007.  A HIDDEN PICASSO.  Features the discovery of a “hidden” painting under Picasso’s SCENE DE RUE.  San Francisco MOMA, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details. 

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 1, 2007.  KIM FROHSIN:  A PERSONAL SELECTION.  San Francisco artist Kim Frohsin has hand selected works to represent a retrospective from the 1990s to the present. Frohsin enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the Bay Area’s finest artists and draws inspiration not only from the visual, but from the written word as well as musical composition. Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com

Through June 5, 2007.  A SHARED PASSION:  FIVE MASTERS OF ETCHING AND ENGRAVING, including works by TISSOT and PICASSO.  Christopher Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary St., SF.  415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.  Opening reception May 5; RSVP.

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 July 15, 2007.  MOMENTARY PERCH, an installation by RENE CARRIERE.  Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa.  707.579.1500 or http://www.sonomacountymuseum.org for details.

Through Fall 2007.  FRESCO FRAGMENTS by ISABELLE PROUST.  Art at the Inn at the Willows, 15905 River Road, Guerneville, CA. http://www.innatthewillows.com  View photos of artwork at http://picasaweb.google.com/isabelleproust

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. 

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

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*

NEW CLASS FOR LITTLE ONES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF SANTA ROSA.  We finally have a class for young children!  Mondays at 2pm starting 4/30/07.  For children 3 to 5 years old.  With Evelyne Whitman, French native teacher.  Contact the director, Hervé, at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

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.

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

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.

Fall 2007. FRENCH CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, including BEGINNING FRENCH, INTERMEDIATE FRENCH: THE TOTAL GRAMMAR REVIEW; INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS & CRITICAL WRITING, and FRANCE YESTERDAY. Write to : suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

Fall 2007.  FRENCH CLASSES AT THE COLLEGE OF MARIN, including ELEMENTARY FRENCH I (Instructor :  Goff-Tuttle), ELEMENTARY FRENCH II (Instructor:  Levin), and INTERMEDIATE FRENCH III (Instructor :  Goff-Tuttle).  http://www.marin.edu for details. 

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)* 

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 2-3, 2007.  ART DECO AND MODERNISM SALE.  Concourse Exhibition Center.  Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm.  Admission $10 for the public and $8 for the Art Deco Society.  http://www.artdecosale.com or 650.599.3326 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 3, 2007.  DAVID SHALLECK talks about MEDITERRANEAN SUMMER.  Shalleck, a young American chef, describes an alluring, evocative summer voyage on the Mediterranean and into the seaside towns of COTE D’AZUR and Costa Bella – a memorable porrait of old world elegance and life at sea, as well as recipes and tips to recreate the delectable food.  7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 800.999.7909 for details.

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 4, 2007.  CONCERT:  PATRICK BRUEL. Nob Hill Masonic Center à 8 pm, Le 4 juin, ne manquez pas le concert-événement de Patrick Bruel à San Francisco au James devant près de 3000 personnes. Figure emblématique de la chanson française depuis bientôt 20 ans, Patrick Bruel interprètera, lors de cette tournée américaine, ses plus grands tubes. Réservez vos places dès maintenant sur  <http://www.bruelusa.com/> www.patrickbruelusa.com.   INFOLINE : 1 800 230 0418; Tickets : $45, $68, $85, $99; Carré VIP $150; Concerts et spectacles francophones.  2 tickets VIP offerts au 500ème inscrit  <http://bruelusa.com/newsletter.html> .  Tickets en vente sur www.nobhilstickets.com.  Produit par  <http://www.arcoprod.com/>

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 12, 2007.  THE SMALL, INDEPENDENT FRENCH BOOKSTORE:  ENDANGERED BUT STILL CULTURALLY ENGAGED.  A presentation given by Sonoma State University professor Jonah Raskin for the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa at their monthly Dîner-Conférence at La Gare Restaurant (208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa).  Professor Raskin will discuss the crucial role small, independent bookstores play in French society from Paris to Provence.  You can attend the dinner and conference, or the conference only.  Please reserve by June 8 at the latest for dinner/conference by sending your check for $35 to AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, CA, 95404.  Please indicate beef, fish, chicken or vegetarian on your check.  Dinner begins promptly at 6:30.  For the conference only, tickets are $12 and no reservation is required.  Conference begins promptly at 8pm and you may pay at the door.

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.  Internet Sports Travel is proud to introduce Le Soccer Camp powered by Dominique Rocheteau Foot Atlantic 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 and will be assisted by Claire Morel from the France Women's National Soccer Team   Dates: Sunday June 17, 2007 to Friday June 22, 2007 and Sunday June 24, 2007  to Friday June 29, 2007     (1 week (Sunday to Friday) or 2 weeks camp)   Boys and Girls  9  to 16 year old (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:  www.lesoccercamp.com  Special discount of $50 per week for Francophiles, online discount code:  50dollarsoff

June 22, 2007.  TESS HOLTHE talks about THE FIVE-FORTY-FIVE TO CANNES, the train that links northern Italy with the FRENCH RIVIERA while running like a thread through lives that touch one another in unexpected and often secret ways.  7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 800.999.7909 for details.

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

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

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

June 28-July 1, 2007.  MYSTERY WRITERS CONFERENCE, with CARA BLACK, author of six mysteries in the AIMEE LEDUC series set in the ARRONDISSEMENTS OF PARIS. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 800.999.7909 for details.

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 7-8, 2007.  LIVING AND INVESTING IN FRANCE CONFERENCE.  If you've always dreamed of moving to France and enjoying a "pied-à-terre" of your own part of the year or perhaps investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by Adrian Leeds, long time resident of Paris, Editor of the Parler Paris Newsletter and French Property Insider weekly E-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for the International Law Partnership, London, these two afternoons in San Francisco will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! Includes a special presentation by author and Paris historian Leonard Pitt, plus a cocktail reception Saturday evening, followed by an optional celebration dinner with special guest speaker, Paris murder mystery author, Cara Black.  Starting at 1pm.  Save $150 per couple when you register now!...Early Bird Registration: $297 for the first person -- and bring a spouse, partner or friend for only $247!  For more information, conference fees and registration: http://www.parlerparis.com/liveinfrance/LIF_SF_AF_July_2007/home.html  Email: rsvp@parlerparis.com.  Tel.: Schuyler Hoffman at  (310) 593-4741 Central Time.

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 13-August 4, 2007.  MOLIERE’S TARTUFFE at The LOS GATOS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Oak Meadow Park, 200 Blossom Hill Rd.,Los Gatos.  Tartuffe -- Moliere's rollicking classic farce sharply satirizes blind hypocrisy, religious piety and deceit. Will the scoundrel Tartuffe succeed?   Ticket options and a full calendar of our four weekends of plays in reperatory are available online at:   www.lgshakes.org     Or call 800-838-3006 to order tickets from our hotline. Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival  708 Blossom Hill Road #121  Los Gatos, CA 95032  (800)838-3006 Ticket Hotline  (408)996-0635 Business Office.

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.  2007 Sacramento French Film Festival: Two weekends of films, fun & food! There will be no better way to spend the hot summer days than two weekends in the cool Crest Theatre on July 20-22 & 28-29, 2007! Here is a peek at this year's event. The 2007 program will contain many feature films and an eclectic collection of French and local short films never before seen in Sacramento.  Premieres will include among others: Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran, winner of the French Academy Award (Cesar) for Best Film in 2007; the latest comedy by Patrice Leconte, My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami); Dans Paris, the witty homage to the Nouvelle Vague by Christophe Honore. The complete program of new films will be announced in June 2007.  The wonderful selection of classics will include the family comedy My Uncle (Mon Oncle) by Jacques Tati (1958); Fanfan la Tulipe by Christian-Jaque (1952) starring Gerard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida; The City of Lost Children by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director of Amelie) & Marc Caro (1995); and Army of Shadow, the 1969 masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville, which has never before been released in the U.S.   Midnight Films This year, we're cutting the violence out of our typically sexy and violent midnight films to present two erotic and sensual films: The 1974 classic Emmanuelle by Just Jaeckin and the latest film by French cinema's bad boy, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Exterminating Angels (2006). Free breakfasts will be served after the midnight movies, for those of you who are not afraid to stay up late! The complete line-up will be announced in June 2007. If you don't speak French, don't worry: All French films are presented with English subtitles!   Opening Reception and Passes The SFFF will open on Friday, July 20, with a fabulous catered reception with an open bar and music. The SFFF will close with a fun champagne party on Sunday, July 29.  Festival passes are available now at a discount price for individual sponsors. Single Tickets and regular price Passes will be available in June 2007. 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

January 27, 2008.  CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, piano, performs OLIVIER MESSAIEN’s VINGT REGARDS SUR L’ENFANT JESUS.  Cal Performances, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.net for details.

March 14, 2008.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs during the WORLD STAGE EVENTS of Cal Performances, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.net for details.

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

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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