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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
July 5-13, 2007

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*JULY EVENTS*    

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

RESERVE TICKETS NOW for HELENE ATTIA’S July 14th performance PARIS, YESTERDAY & TODAY at the Mechanics’ Institute in honor of BASTILLE DAY!  8pm. 415.393.1011 or contact rsvp@milibrary.org

July 5, 2007.  DIRECTOR TALK at the LOS GATOS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, including discussion about TARTUFFE.  Los Gatos Women's Club Hall 550 Hubbel Way, Los Gatos.  Free!  See http:// www.lgshakes.org 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 5-31, 2007. LABORFREST: THE INTERNATIONAL WORKING CLASS FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL. Includes CENTRAL BAKERY O, DRIDI (Camy Julien, France, 2002) on July 20. http://www.laborfest.net/ for more information, times, venues...

July 5-August 26, 2007. AFRICA ON STAGE, a part of the STANFORD SUMMER THEATER 2007 FESTIVAL, explores the politics of West Africa through theater, film, and public lectures on the role of arts in educating people. Includes Lorraine Hansberry's LES BLANCS (July 19-August 5) and a Monday night summer film series with films from SENEGAL, RWANDA and more, including CHOCOLAT (July 9), LUMUMBA (July 16), BAMAKO (July 30), and more. For more information: http://www.stanford.edu/group/summertheater/index.html or 650.725.5838.

July 6, 2007. LES PERCUSSIONS MALINKE, a percussion ensemble focusing on the captivating rhythms, chants and dances of GUINEA, WEST AFRICA, Les Percussions Malinke is led by Bolokada Condé, a charismatic performer and master showman. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 510.849.2560, ext. 20, or http://www.lapena.org for details. 8pm. $15. All ages.

July 6 & 7, 2007.  PINK MARTINI WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  Twelve-piece ensemble performs a mix of musical styles, including “the heart-wrenching tunes of a smoky Paris nightclub…”  This concert sold out last year!  415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org/summer for details.  8pm.

July 6 & 7, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK – PLEASANT HILL.  7:00 - 11:00pm.  60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.  Phone: 925.288.1222 or www.leftbank.com for details.  No Cover Charge.  On Friday night, the TRIO Laurent Fourgo, vocals Dave Miotke, piano/accordion Steve Hanson, upright bass On Saturday night, the QUARTET Laurent Fourgo, vocals Malcolm Granger, piano Eric, electric bass Tracy Rose, drums Have a cocktail at the bustling bar or in their spacious dining room. Design highlights include one-of-a-kind brasserie lighting fixtures, Daumier-like column murals, colorful French advertising posters, huge wall mirrors and fanciful tile flooring. It's a combination of delicious, country French cuisine and the exquisite attention to detail that really makes this restaurant happen. Live music can be heard anywhere in the restaurant. http://www.fourgo.com/

July 6-August 7, 2007.  THE LEARNED LADIES by MOLIERE. First performed in 1672 and as fresh and funny today as it was more than 3 centuries ago, The Learned Ladies is a brilliant mix of satire and farce.  The Learned Ladies is the story of a weak-willed husband who finds his home turned into a salon for snobbery by his overbearing wife, his pretentious daughter and his delusional sister. These "learned ladies" wish only to be educated in order to impose their opinions on all those around them, especially the members of their own household!  Written in fast-paced, witty verse and flawlessly translated by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Richard Wilbur, The Learned Ladies is guaranteed to entertain and delight.  Santa Rosa Junior College Newman Auditorium, $8-$15. http://www.summerrep.com/shows.php#s4 or 707.527.4419 for details.

July 7, 2007.  SIMON DRAY AND FARZAD FLAMENCO perform FLAMENCO JAZZ WITH A FRENCH TWIST, live aboard the luxury yacht CALIFORNIA SPIRIT.  Cruise the San Francisco Bay and enjoy fun food and live music.  http://www.7-seen.com , then reply directly to Simon Dray and he will give you a code which will get you more than 30% discount, meaning that the ticket will cost you $40.00 instead of the regular $60.00.  General Admission: Cash Bar, Food sold separately - $60.00.  "A night of fun and joy on a special night… 4 Artists on a three decker yacht cruising the San Francisco Bay. Live and DJ music. Come and see the moon on a straight 7 nigh from the deck of a luxury yacht." This is the perfect opportunity to spend a great Saturday night on San Francisco Bay, enjoying the best live music around, including a favorite local French singer songwriter!!! Be there!!!

July 7, 2007.  AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS perform MARIN MARAIS and more.  Jeffrey Thomas, conductor.  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere.  415.621.7900 or http://www.americanbach.org for details.  $20-$37.  8pm.

July 7, 2007.  FESTIVAL OPERA features BIZET’S CARMEN.  Dean lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.  925.943.7469 or http://www.festivalopera.com for details.  $36-$100.  8pm.

July 7, 2007.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  $10.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com 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

Through 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.

July 8, 2007.  CELEBRATION DU 14 JUILLET.  L’Alliance Francaise et L’Ile de France se reunissent à partir de midi pour un pique-nique au Park Sanborn, Saratoga, site Ohlone (ci-joint le plan de route). Nous chanterons la Marseillaise a 12h45. Apporter votre pique-nique et un dessert à partager. Parking $5.00. Et n’oubliez pas vos jeux! Boules de petanque, badminton, etc.. http://www.afscv.org Chantal Da Rosa Presidente  L'Ile de France P.O. Box 2836 Sunnyvale, CA 94087-0836 or 408-732-3420 or www.ilefr.com or  chantal@ilefr.com.

July 9, 2007.  ANNE WALTHER reads from LOSS OF INNOCENCE. Anne Walther (A Time for Treason) reads from her latest novel Loss of Innocence. This tale of intrigue and adventure tells the story of French countess Eugénie Devereux, who risks her life to save Marie-Antoinette. Along with an American shipper who has won her heart, Eugénie plunges into a little-known historical plot by French nobles and courageous Americans to rescue the queen from her prison in France and spirit her across the Atlantic to the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.  6pm.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http:///www.afsf.com for details.  $6 / $8.

July 9, 2007.  DBF. Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet arrose de vins français et d'un invite dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassee et de l'assistance.  Pour chacun c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones.  Pour cette nouvelle edition nous avons le plaisir d'accueillir Geoff Roach, Executive Director of San Jose Jazz. De 18h30 a 21h.   Geoff is a native of New Orleans where he first became addicted to great music, spicy foods, good times. Before joining San Jose Jazz in October 2005, Geoff spent 30 years as an entrepreneur in the technology industry in the United States and Europe with management positions at Cullinet, DEC, Informix, Pure Software, Mergent Systems and other companies . In music, Geoff leads and plays woodwinds in the critically acclaimed octet, Octobop.  Geoff has performed with Mel Torme, Nelson Riddle, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, as well as many musicals, shows, and other productions. His primary influences in playing and writing include Gerry Mulligan, James Moody, Sam Butera, Bill Holman, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle, and Henry Mancini.  Geoff has a BS from University of Louisiana, an MS from Clemson University, an MBA from the University of Missouri, and is a graduate of the Stanford Business School Executive Program. He is still trying to create the perfect gumbo.  Venez nombreux découvrir le parcours de Geoff Roach ! 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.   http://www.dbf.net

July 9, 2007.  BASTILLE DAY WITH THRILLPEDDLERS ~  WHORES, DOGS AND GERMANS:  STEREOTYPING AND THE GRAND GUIGNOL!  Celebrate Bastille Day in the Grand Guignol tradition.  San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum is offering its annual Bastille Day celebration in conjunction with Thrillpeddlers and UC Berkeley scholar of the grotesque MEL GORDON.  Live excerpts of three classic Grand Guignol plays & a performance presentation about a most unusual earlly 20th century Weimar performer, VALESKA GERT, recreated by BIJOU O’KEEFE.  The evening also includes excerpts from several FRENCH PLAYS of the genre, including one about a British femme fatale spy in China with a torture fetish.  Show starts at 7pm; reservations recommended.  415.255.4800 or http://www.sfpalm.org for details.

July 9-14, 2007.  YERBA BUENA CHOREOFEST, including DIAMANO COUR WEST AFRICAN DANCE, and more.  Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, between Mission & Folsom, and 3rd & 4th Streets, SF.  415.543.1718 or http://www.ybgf.org for details.  12:30pm.

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 12, 2007.  L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO & SLOW FOOD SAN FRANCISCO present GEORGEANNE BRENNAN, author of a A PIG IN PROVENCE. Georgeanne Brennan will read from 'A Pig in Provence', an extraordinary memoir of a woman embarking on a new life in the South of France.  Thirty years ago, the James Beard Award-winning author set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence en Provence.  Filled with delicious recipes and local color, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her life cooking and living in the Provençal tradition.  In addition to her books, Brennan writes regular features for The San Francisco Chronicle's food section and is a contributor at The New York Times.  Book sales and signing to follow.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http:///www.afsf.com for details.  $6 / $8.

July 12, 2007.  CHECK, PLEASE, BAY AREA! features CAFÉ ROUGE, LE COLONIAL and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

July 12, 2007.  BUSINESS ETHICS – A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE. Globalization has increased demands for business transparency, the rule of  law and universal standards and norms. In addition, some advocate  expansion of managerial goals beyond shareholder profits to include social  responsibility to multiple stakeholders including employees, environment,  local economy and neighbors. Moreover, governments and NGOs press for more  regulation, including financial securities, privacy and information  protection, homeland security and export restrictions, money laundering  and corrupt practices, IP protection, quotas and tariffs, environmental  and human rights, wage and union rules, and occupational safety.)  Co-hosted by Silicon French.  6:30pm-9:00pm.  Pillsbury Winthrop, 2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94304. http://www.pillsburylaw.com .  COST & REGISTRATION: Preregistration: $15 members/$25 non-members. At the door: $20 members/$30 non-members. http://hispanic-netjul2007.eventbrite.com/  Website: http://www.hispanic-net.org  Email:   ccastro@hispanic-net.org . Phone:   415.278.9761.  Contact: Cesar Castro .

July 12, 2007.  GEOREGANNE BRENNAN reads from A PIG IN PROVENCE .  Presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco & Slow Food San Francisco.Georgeanne Brennan will read from A Pig in Provence, an extraordinary memoir of a woman embarking on a new life in the South of France.  Thirty years ago, the James Beard Award-winning author set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence en Provence.  Filled with delicious recipes and local color, this evocative and passionatememoir describes her life cooking and living in the Provençal tradition.  In addition to her books Brennan writes regular features for The San Francisco Chronicle's food section and is a contributor at The New York Times.  Book sales and signing to follow.  Thursday, July 12 at 7pm  Language: English  $10 members/$15 non-members.  http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

July 13, 2007.  BASTILLE DAY – BAL POPULAIRE DE LA COMMUNAUTE.  6 pm at the Basque Cultural Center.  It's not too soon to think about celebrating Bastille Day 2007!  Come join us and the French associations of San Francisco and the Bay Area to celebrate Bastille Day on Friday, July 13, 2007.  Starting at 6 pm at the Basque Cultural Center (599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco) cost $55 per person, (gourmet dinner choice of Filet Mignon or half chicken, wine included) a program of Franco-American music and dance, and a raffle (grand prize: a trip for two to Paris courtesy of the official committee). .  Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, veuillez contacter M. André Fournier au 415.924.2998. Or: contact Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com for details.

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.

Through 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.

July 14, 2007.  STORM THE BASTILLE at LEFT BANK BRASSERIES!   Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI’s Ancient Regime.  By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king’s power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers. This marked the end of absolute monarchy, the birth of the sovereign Nation, and, eventually, the creation of the (First) Republic, in 1792.  At Left Bank Brasseries, we will embrace all aspects of this triumphant, joyful and most patriotic French holiday on Saturday, July 14th . . . with outdoor Pétanque, champagne and cheese tastings, special menus inspired by and dedicated to the Revolution, clowns, jugglers, mimes, live re-enactments of the storming of the Bastille and even appearances of Marie-Antoinette herself! Come one, come all and vive la tradition française!  http://www.leftbank.com for details!

July 14, 2007.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA FETE LE 14 JUILLET!  Samedi 14 Juillet chez Valerie et Abram Richman.  2:00pm - ?? (Note: Val va DJ chez Pazzo 9:00pm-1:00am la soiree du 14...  que la fete continue en ville!  Je promets de jouer "Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher", "Alexendrie, Alexandra" et bien sur… "Toucher la Chatte a la Voisine". Enfants oui, si leurs parents les surveillent, surtout pres de la piscine. Il y a une piscine - apportez vos maillots et serviettes de bain.  Il y a un parc en face ou on peut jouer aux boules.  Il y aura le babyfoot, bien sur! Apporter qqch a boire et a manger, soit pour le BBQ soit un "side dish", ou un dessert. Vous serez gentilles de me dire si vous veniez ou pas, et avec combien de gens. Val - Cell 707.695.9268

July 14, 2007.  PARIS LITFEST.  Paris-for-Expatriates celebrates Bastille Day in San Francisco.  Starting at 1PM at Books, Inc at Opera Plaza our second annual Paris LitFest commences with special guests DIANE JOHNSON, CARA BLACK, CAROLYN BURKE & GEORGEANNE BREANNAN and continues at 7:30PM with Helene Attia in concert singing the songs of Paris from yesterday and today at the Mechanics’ Institute (see below for details about Hélène’s concert). Terrance@paris-expat.com for details.

July 14th, 2007.  HELENE ATTIA & ENSEMBLE presents PARIS, HIER ET AUJOURD’HUI ~ 7TH ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION.  Paris, Yesterday and Today. Hosted by Msr. Terrance Gelenter. French singer / songwriter / guitarist, Hélène Attia takes us on a musical journey of French music through time, from the classic songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and Charles Trenet to the contemporary songs of such current popular French artists as, Maurane, Claude Nougaro, Francis Cabrel, Liane Foly, and Michel Fugain. Helene will also perform a few of her original French compositions from her latest CD release, "The Eyes of Love."  She will be accompanied by David Baioni (accordion & keyboards), Ross Gualco, (keyboards), and Jack Gates, on guitar.  Highly acclaimed in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hélène Attia is well known for promoting French culture in concert throughout the U.S., including several national tours for the AllianceFrançaise. She has also performed in France, where she presented an original French song for the European song Festival, L'Eurovision. TICKETS:  Members of MI and PTEE $15 ; Public $25.  Co-sponsored by Paris through Ex-patriot Eyes.  7:30 pm Paris Bistro; 8:00 pm Café Concert.  For ticket sales: call 415.393.1011 or contact rsvp@milibrary.org .

July 14, 2007. AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET ~ BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION! $25 regular admission (doors at 7:30); $35 pre-seating admission (doors at 7). 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. Buy tickets at TicketWeb or by calling 415.383.9600. http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/

July 14, 2007.   BASTILLE DAY BASH AT THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO - Rupa and the April Fishes, MC Rai, Les Croque Notes Saturday, July 14, Doors: 8:00 pm - Show: 9:00 pm.  If local singer Rupa were a movie, she would be Amélie meets Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown meets Latcho Drom meets Do the Right Thing. She'd be set in India and Berkeley...She would be (and, in fact, is) an instant cult classic among the smart, idealistic, international set. --Hiya Swanhuyser, SF Weekly  WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE SHOW ! Deadline : June 22 http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=1068

July 14, 2007.  BASTILLE DAY POODLE PARADE in San José!  You don’t have to be a French Poodle to strut your stuff in our second annual “Poodles on Parade!” Bring your (leashed) four-footed friend for a Bastille Day doggie competition. There’ll be plenty of treats, and everyone will be a winner. "French Poodles on Parade" is proudly co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Humane Society, www.hssv.org Sponsored by Left Bank Restaurants, http://www.leftbank.com

July 14, 2007.  REPAS POUR LA FETE NATIONALE!  In celebration of Bastille Day and Eurowest 2007, you are cordially invited to an ETE special dinner at Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA  94070.  $40 per person, catered by LEFT BANK RESTAURANTS, http://www.leftbank.com .  RSVP – reserve your seat today.  Send your check, payable to ETE, to Edwin Rikkelman, c/o ETE, P. O. Box 21544, Concord, CA  94521.  For additional information, call Jim Recker, 650.801.4723.

July 14, 2007.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION.  Le samedi 14 juillet, au Café Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 650.327.0830, de 20:00 heures à 23:00 heures, Concert “Bastille Day Celebration” avec Simon Dray et The French Connection Band. Chantal Da Rosa Presidente  L'Ile de France P.O. Box 2836 Sunnyvale, Ca 94087-0836 or 408-732-3420 or www.ilefr.com or  chantal@ilefr.com.

July 14, 2007.  GRANDE FETE DE LA BASTILLE – PIQUE-NIQUE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Let’s celebrate together at Ragle Park in Sebastopol, Sonoma County.  Bring your favorite food to share.  Don’t forget your own utensils and a set of boules, if you have them.  And of course we will have la grande tombola (raffle) du 14 juillet.  Join us for a great evening!  Entry to the picnic is free.  There is a $3 per car fee for parking inside the park.  To get there, turn right on Ragle Road if you go west out of Sebastopol and drive about a half mine to the intersection of Ragle Road and Covert Lane.  info@afsantarosa.org or http://www.santarosa.org for details.  If you would like to help with the planning, please contact Upi at upi@upistruzak.com .

July 14, 2007.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT CHRISTOPHE’S in Sausalito.  Special dishes to honor the day… http://www.french-restaurant-marin.com/index.htm or 415.332.9244 for details.

July 14, 2007.  CELEBREZ LA FETE NATIONALE au TWIST CAFÉ.  Lapin à la moutarde… http://www.twist-café.com for details.

July 14, 2007.  BASTILLE DAY AT CAFÉ CLAUDE.  Reservations required!  7 Claude Lane, SF. 415.392.3505 or http://www.cafeclaude.com/  or http://www.beldenplace.com for details.

July 14, 2007.  FLOYD LANDIS talks about POSITIVELY FASE:  THE REAL STORY OF HOW I WON THE TOUR DE FRANCE.  Landis, whose 2006 victory was stripped due to doping allegations, shares evidence he hopes will clear his name.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909.  7pm.

July 14 & 15, 2007.  EXPOSITION FERROVIAIRE FRANÇAISE ET EUROPEENNE.  Trains miniatures et maquettes français.  Réseaux HO, HOm, et LGB européen.  Horaire exclusivement français pour le 14 juillet.  Ateliers et démonstrations.  Vidéos des trains européens.  Coin bourses.  Stands de fabricants et distributeur.  Tombola.  Concours pour jeune et vieux.  Rafraîchissements et délices.  Tarifs (accès au musée inclus:  adulte $9, senior $6, jeunes (5-17), $6, enfants (0-4), gratuit.  Infos, vente et coin bourses, coordonnées par:  Jens Ullmann, jens.ullmann@grinsen.de, 408.813.4183.  http://www.ete.org or http://www.hiller.org.  Musée de Hiller Aviation, 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos, Ca.  94070.  Samedi, 14 juillet, 10h à 17h; dimanche, 15 juillet, 10h à 16h.

July 14 & 15, 2007.  20e FESTIVAL FRANÇAIS DE SANTA BARBARA.  Les 14 & 15 juillet, 20ème Festival Francais de Santa Barbara, de 11h00 à 19h00,  au Oak Park, entrée et parking gratuits.   www.frenchfestival.com

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 14-August 30, 2007.  SCAPINO! adapted from MOLIERE.  Directed by Joe Hilsee.  Free!  Shakespeare in the Park Plaza, City Plaza, Chico.  530.891.1382 or http://www.ensembletheatreofchico.com for details.

July 15, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents RETOUR DE FLAMME / SAVED FROM THE FLAMES. AFSF co-presents the 12th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Film Festival Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15. Join life-long collector preservationist and showman Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, direct from Paris, for an unforgettable program of early French cinema - with many surprises! A treasure-trove of French rarities by George Melies, Gaston Velle and Ferdinand Zecca from 1900-1928.12:45pm.  Reduced tickets for AFSF members throughout the festival: $13.  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street (between Market and 18th), San Francisco, CA 94114.  415.621.6120.

July 15, 2007.  EUROPEAN SOIREE. Meet other internationally-minded people in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us!  Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. You'll discover a friendly group where mingling is mandatory! The soirée starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose.  The stylish Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse Café offers wine, beer and cocktails and, at the time we'll be there, a "Par 3" menu which is a limited version of their lunch menu plus additional appetizers. The event is pay-as-you-go by paying individually. Meet up at the bar.  Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse Café, 300 Finley Road,  San Francisco, CA.  [http://www.presidiogolf.com/]  Bay Area Friends of Europe [http://www.bafoe.org/] "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends." 4:00pm-7:00pm

July 16, 2007.  FETE NATIONALE FRANCAISE, Les Amis de la Culture Française, Berkeley.   Accordéon, hors d'oeuvre.  5 - 7 pm.  R.S.V.P.  à Françoise Cohen, 510.654.0493.

July 16, 2007.  SAMBA MAPANGALA, from the BAS-CONGO, performs at Yoshi’s Monday Night Dancing celebration.  510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.  8pm & 10pm.  http://www.yoshis.com or 510.238.9200 for details.  For more on the artist: http://www.africanmusiciansprofiles.com/samba.htm 

July 16, 2007.  JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID is the focus of SIMON SCHAMA’S POWER OF ART.  Art, decreed David in 1789, must no longer be the amusement of the mighty and the leisured; it must make citizens of mere people.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

July 17 & 19, 2007.  LE LAIT DE LA TENDRESSE HUMAINE. AFSF revives our movie night tradition with the Universciné Series, which brings you the best of contemporary French cinema that you otherwise might not get a chance to enjoy. This season’s series focuses on the theme of the French family. All films are in French and subtitled in English.   Dominique Cabrera’s psychological drama explores the challenges of new motherhood, marriage and friendship through the eyes of Christelle (Marilyne Canto). Also starring Patrick Bruel.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

July 17-September 2, 2007.  ENDGAME by Irish ex-pat SAMUEL BECKETT.  Beyond the Bay, Theater Arts Center, UC Santa Cruz.  831.459.2159 or http://www.shakespearesantacruz.org for details.

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 19, 2007.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE performs a Palo Alto Concert, Thursday, July 19, at noon, during the Brown Bag Concert Series on Cogswell Plaza (Lytton @ Ramona), Palo Alto.  http://www.baguettequartette.org/index.html

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 21, 2007.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE celebrates BASTILLE DAY in the Noe Valley Music Series, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (near 23rd).  $16 advance/$18 at the door.  415.454.5238 or http://www.noevalleymusicseries.com for details.  To purchase tickets in advance, send checks to SF Live Arts, PO Box 862, Fairfax, CA, 94978.  Please specify which show you are requesting.

July 21, 2007.  AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHT featuring ALPHA YAYA DIALLO AND THE BAFING RIDERS from GUINEA.  Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael.  http://www.marinjc.org or 415.444.8000 for details.  7pm.

July 21, 2007.  JOANNE WEIR’S COOKING CLASS features MOROCCAN MENU.  KQED TV9, noon.

July 23, 2007.  ANNE NEWTON WALTHER talks about LOSS OF INNOCENCE:  A NOVEL OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, and encore to her previous book, A TIME FOR TREASON.  Action, suspense, passion… Walther makes history exciting! Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909.  7pm.

July 25, 2007.  THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE THREE MUSKETEERS.  A Come hear a Staged Reading of Act I of "The Further Adventures of the Three Musketeers," a new script that is slated to premiere as one of the shows of the LOS GATOS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL's 2008 season. Written by Mark Pickens of FTE, this comedy/adventure/romance pits the Musketeers against a dangerous spy and an impossible dream of love for one of their members. Los Gatos Women's Club Hall 550 Hubbel Way, Los Gatos. Free!  See http:// www.lgshakes.org for details.

July 25-August 22, 2007.  L'ENFANT SOUS L'ANCIEN REGIME Discipline recente (elle remonte a l'etude de Philippe Aries en 1960); l'histoire de l'enfance permet de retracer la transformation de la vie familiale. Ce vaste champ historique nous fait decouvrir l'evolution de la societe tout entiere; mais aussi celle des traditions liees a l'accouchement; du lent recul de la mortalite infantile; de l'age dit "de raison" et de l'education. Qu'en est-il de l'education des princes? De celle des filles? L'amour maternel est-il vraiment inne?  Avec le "roman pedagogique"  de Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "Emile ou De l'education", les reflexions sur l'enfance vont interesser de nombreux penseurs. C'est le moment ou l'on assiste; dans les annees 1760; a l'emergence de l'enfant en tant que personne et bien precieux.;  Un cours passionnant, enseigne par Renee Morel, et illustre de diapositives.  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) 5 weeks (July 25 - August 22, 2007) $ 155 ($ 150 for members; $135 with early bird discount)  IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) San Francisco TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 info@frenchclass.com

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.

Through July 28, 2007.  LA FOLLE DE CHAILLOT / THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, a comedy by JEAN GIRAUDOUX.  Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre, 55 E. Remington Dr., Sunnyvale.  408.720.0873 or http://www.ctcinc.org for details.  $18-$25.

July 28, 2007.  ABBY WASSERMAN talks about TOSCA’S PARIS ADVENTURE.  Children and adults view time differently, as Tosca, a small gray cat, discovers on a family vacation in Paris.  Tosca goes wandering with a Parisian cat, while her owners do everything they can to find her.  Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, SF.    http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.835.1020 for details.  11am. 

July 28, 2007.  LILI (1953).  Leslie Caron stars as a French orphan who attaches herself to a carnival and a self-pitying puppeteer (Mel Ferrer).  KQED TV9, 8pm.

Through July 29, 2007.  BIRD IN THE HAND, a new play by LOUISIANA-BORN ANNE GALJOUR.  Central Works Theater Ensemble, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. (between Shattuck & Telegraph), Berkeley.  (Dinner at the City Club served Tuesday through Saturday; call 510.848.7800 for reservations.)  510.558.1381 or http://www.centralworks.org for details. 

July 30, 2007.  THE ETHNIC PARIS COOKBOOK co-author OLIVIA SNAIJE joins TERRANCE GELENTER for a discussion of the ethnic diversity of the Parisian plate. When: Monday July 30, 6:00-7:30 Where: Hotel Rex- 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, Tickets:  $25 (advance purchase required). Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar Reservations: Terrance@paris-expat.com or 06.70.98.13.68  Reserve today! Seating is limited and this event will sell out quickly.

July 31 OR August 4, 2007.   LA REVOLUTION DE 1789 (Part One). Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice).  * Tuesday, July 31 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)* Saturday, August 4 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). IMPORTANT: Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com

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.

AFRICA ON STAGE, a part of the STANFORD SUMMER THEATER 2007 FESTIVAL, explores the politics of West Africa through theater, film, and public lectures on the role of arts in educating people. Includes Lorraine Hansberry's LES BLANCS (July 19-August 5) and a Monday night summer film series with films from SENEGAL, RWANDA and more, including CHOCOLAT (July 9), LUMUMBA (July 16), BAMAKO (July 30), and more. For more information: http://www.stanford.edu/group/summertheater/index.html or 650.725.5838. July 5-August 26, 2007.

BROKEN ENGLISH (Zoe Cassavetes, 2007). Nora (Parker Posey) unexpectedly meets Julien, a quirky Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) who opens her eyes to a lot more than love… Shattuck, Berkeley; Embarcadero, SF.  Opens July 6, 2007; in English.

FLANDERS, A FILM BY BRUNO DUMONT With Flanders, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Dumont returns to the land of his childhood in northern France to make what many are calling his most accessible film to date.  Landmark's Theatre, San Francisco and Berkeley / Sacramento French Film Festival / NWFilm Forum, Seattle http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/article.php3?id_article=1054 Lumiere, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

HENRI MATISSE:  FIGURE, COLOR, SPACE (Edith Jud, 2006) shows daily through September 16 daily at 2:30pm and Thursdays at 7pm at SFMOMA, Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. between Mission & Howard, SF, 415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

JEAN RENOIR IN THE THIRTIES.  Featuring works made by the French filmmaker in the 1930s, such as A DAY IN THE COUNTRY, LA MARSEILLAISE; RULES OF THE GAME, and more.  Complete schedule:  http://www.sfmoma.org .  Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000.

LE LAIT DE LA TENDRESSE HUMAINE. AFSF revives our movie night tradition with the Universciné Series, which brings you the best of contemporary French cinema that you otherwise might not get a chance to enjoy. This season’s series focuses on the theme of the French family. All films are in French and subtitled in English.   Dominique Cabrera’s psychological drama explores the challenges of new motherhood, marriage and friendship through the eyes of Christelle (Marilyne Canto). Also starring Patrick Bruel.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. July 17 & 19, 2007. 

LA MÔME / aka / LA VIE EN ROSE (the extraordinary story of EDITH PIAF). Rialto, Santa Rosa; Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Clay, SF; Century San Francisco Centre 9, SF; Albany Landmark, Albany; Piedmont, Oakland; Pleasant Hill; Menlo Park; CinéArts @ Santana Row, 3088 Olsen Drive, San Jose.  http://www.edithpiafmovie.com for details. 

PARIS, JE T’AIME.  Eighteen shorts (one per arrondissement minus two) by a range of directors. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Clay, SF; Embarcadero, SF; Kabuki, SF; Presidio, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; CineMark CinéArts at Pleasant Hill; Menlo Park Landmark Theaters.

THE RAPE OF EUROPA (in several languages, including French).  Opera Plaza, SF; Balboa, SF; Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222. http://therapeofeuropa.com/videosTheStory.asp 

RATATOUILLE, Pixar’s long awaited story of a rat-cum-gourmet chef!  At many local theaters near you...

SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents RETOUR DE FLAMME / SAVED FROM THE FLAMES. AFSF co-presents the 12th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Film Festival Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15. Join life-long collector preservationist and showman Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, direct from Paris, for an unforgettable program of early French cinema - with many surprises! A treasure-trove of French rarities by George Melies, Gaston Velle and Ferdinand Zecca from 1900-1928.12:45pm.  Reduced tickets for AFSF members throughout the festival: $13.  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street (between Market and 18th), San Francisco, CA 94114.  415.621.6120. July 15, 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 available in June 2007. Crest Theatre, Sacramento. July 20-22 & 28-29, 2007! 

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

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*ART* 

FRENCH ARTIST DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA is currently exhibiting in Santa Rosa in the Montgomery village.  See:  http://artdominiqueamendola.com for details.

Through July 7, 2007.  BREAKING GROUND BREAKING, including a spoof on the work of MARCEL DUCHAMP by Ray Beldnerand work inspired by 16th century French printmaker JACQUES CALLOT by Sandow Birk.  Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna (at Third), SF.  41.399.1439 or http://www.cclarkgallery.com for details.

Through July 7, 2007.  WHEREVER WE GO : ART, IDENTITY, CULTURES IN TRANSIT, AT SFAI. Opening reception : May 10, 5:30 pm  The artists for phase one are Adel Abdessemed / Yael Bartana / Banu Cennetoglu / Latifa Echakhch / Ni Haifeng / Huang Yong-Ping / Mella Jaarsma / Koo Jeong-A / Tsuyoshi Ozawa / Adrian Paci / Shen Yuan / Nari Ward. http://www.sfai.edu/page.aspx?page=262&navID=587&sectionID=4 

Through July 13, 2007.  FIN DE PARTIE / ENDGAME.  An installation by French artists CÉSAR COFONE-DADAMO and MARION JANNOT at Ampersand International Arts, 1001 Tennessee, SF.  415.285.0170 for details.  Reception June 15, 6pm-8:30pm. See also http://ampesandintlarts.com.

July 14 & 15, 2007.  EXPOSITION FERROVIAIRE FRANÇAISE ET EUROPEENNE.  Trains miniatures et maquettes français.  Réseaux HO, HOm, et LGB européen.  Horaire exclusivement français pour le 14 juillet.  Ateliers et démonstrations.  Vidéos des trains européens.  Coin bourses.  Stands de fabricants et distributeur.  Tombola.  Concours pour jeune et vieux.  Rafraîchissements et délices.  Tarifs (accès au musée inclus:  adulte $9, senior $6, jeunes (5-17), $6, enfants (0-4), gratuit.  Infos, vente et coin bourses, coordonnées par:  Jens Ullmann, jens.ullmann@grinsen.de, 408.813.4183.  http://www.ete.org or http://www.hiller.org.  Musée de Hiller Aviation, 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos, Ca.  94070.  Samedi, 14 juillet, 10h à 17h; dimanche, 15 juillet, 10h à 16h.

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 July 28, 2007.  CRITICAL FOREGROUND, AT NEW LANGTON ARTS. Opening Reception, Thursday May 17, 7 pm  New Langton Arts presents Critical Foreground, a group show of international contemporary artists whose works foreground the artificiality of cultural and economic devices that condition the representation and understanding of landscape. The exhibition includes works by French artist Melik Ohanian (Hidden, 2005) and Romanian artist Mircea Cantor (The Landscape Is Changing, 2003). http://www.newlangtonarts.org/index.html Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

Through July 31, 2007.  ECHOES OF SURREALISM, including works by JEAN-PAUL BOURDIER, M.C. Escher, and others.  Volakis Gallery, 6739 Washington St., Yountville.  707.945.1125 or http://www.volakisgallery.com for details.

Through August 19, 2007.  REMEMBERING  NEW ORLEANS IN ART.   Paintings by Leonard Breger, Harry Cohen and Michael Killen.  (Reception July 8, 1pm-3pm.)  First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin, SF.  415.776.4580 for details.

Through August 25, 2007.  SUMMER IN THE CITY.  Works by CHRISTIAN DE CAMBIAIRE, GILLES COMBET, ANNA CONTI, others.  Newmark Gallery, 251 Post St., SF.  415.392.3692 or http://www.newmarkgallery.com for details.

Through August 31, 2007.  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.  Works by John Whitworth Robson, Lost Art Salon, 245 S. Van Ness, Suite 303, SF.  415.861.1530.

Through September 3, 2007.  ART OF BEING TUAREG.  Objects crafted by the Tuareg people of NIGER, MALI & ALGERIA.  Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, alo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

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

Through September 16, 2007.  MATISSE:  PAINTER AS SCULPTOR.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

Through September 23, 2007.  LENS ON LIFE : FROM BAMAKO TO SAN FRANCISCO.  This exhibition, which grew out of the biennial photography festival hosted in venues throughout Bamako, Mali is comprised of photographs taken all over the African continent. In keeping with the multi-venue presentation in Mali, MoAD is collaborating with a diverse group of Bay Area venues to present this stunning work to the broadest of audiences. The exhibition is organized by international curator Simon Njami and features the work of 22 photographers from the 2005 Bamako Biennale. San Francisco's African American Art & Culture Complex located in the Western Addition neighborhood will present the work of photographers Akinbode Akinbiyi (Nigeria) and David Damoison (Martinique/France). The Women's Building in the Mission District hosted artist Myriam Mihindou (France/Gabon) who used her artist's residency as a means to photograph the myriad community of people who use this prominent San Francisco facility. That same venue will host a presentation of her work throughout the exhibition. An additional exhibition of work by Ananias Léki Dago (Ivory Coast) will be displayed at San Francisco City Hall alongside the work of Bay Area photographers Bayeté Ross Smith and Lewis Watts. Opening receptions May 17, 7 pm - Moad, 685 Mission Street May 21, 6 pm - African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street May 22, 6 pm - The Women's Building, 3542 18th Street May 23, 5:30 pm - San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Way Moad, the Museum of the African Diaspora http://www.moadsf.org/exhibits/upcoming.html Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco, and CulturesFrance.

Through September 29, 2007.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO  celebrates LAURY HARROCH  35 years of painting Claude Monet’s Giverny with an extended summer exhibit. Harroch’s oils and watercolors channel the spirit of Giverny while employing fresh, colorful strokes to bring this beautiful subject to life. Laury will also share her abstracts and California landscape series on a rotating basis.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http:///www.afsf.com for details.

Through September 30, 2007.  GERTRUDE AND ALICE:  100 YEARS, 100 ROSES.  Celebrates PARIS denizens Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and their impact on the arts.  Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., SF.  415.292.1233 or http://www.jccsf.org for details.

Through October 2, 2007  AUGUSTE RODIN AND HENRY MOORE:  MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE AT THE LEGION.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through October 7, 2007.  AUGUSTE RODIN AND HENRY MOORE.  Selected works by the master sculptors.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th and Clement, SF.  415.863.3330 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.

Through October 7, 2007.  REMBRANDT TO THIEBAUD:  A DECADE OF COLLECTING WORKS ON PAPER.  Including prints by PAUL GAUGUIN.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  http://www.famsf.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 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

Opening November 18, 2007.  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON.  A visual history through 88 pieces of the finest furniture, paintings and sculpture from the château.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. http://www.famsf.org 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.

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

MOROCCAN COOKING WITH PAULA WOLFERT.  Ramekins Cooking School, Sonoma.  $195.  To register, go to http://www.ramekins.com .

NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. AFSF, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

  • FRENCH IMMERSION…NO PLANE TICKET REQUIRED!  NEW SESSION OF CLASSES FOR ALL AGES AND LEVELS RUNS FROM JUNE 25-AUGUST 19   There is still time to sign up for classes at the Alliance!  Registration is open through the third week of July.  N.B.: Those new to French can register through Sunday, July 1, and thereafter should call us for other options (415.775-7755).  Online registration is available (www.afsf.com), as well as registration by phone.  As always, you can register for private or semi-private classes at any time!   Don’t forget that students enrolled in 3 hours of instruction per week can sign up for free learning assistance sessions (restrictions apply - call for details).
  • An Addition To Our Children's Programs.  French for Little Ones: Children ages 3 – 6   It’s story time with Jeanne-Chantal Asseu! Tuesdays or Wednesdays 5:00pm to 5:45pm Children’s Corner of the AF Library Non-student Alliance members: $80 Current Alliance students: $60 Space is limited.
  • NEW! SUNDAY CLASSES for Beginner Levels 1 and 3 Sundays 9:30am-12:30pm (24 hours of instruction)  First class meeting: Sunday, July 1  $395.00
  • Intermediate Vocabulary Strengthen and broaden your French vocabulary using crossword puzzles.  Students must have at least an Intermediate level 3 to enroll in this fun and engaging course.   Thursdays 5:30pm – 7:00pm, or Fridays 9:30am – 11:00am $185.00 
  • Littérature africaine francophone   A partir d’oeuvres d’auteurs africains, nous aborderons et étudierons des thèmes tels que la civilisation, la Négritude, la colonisation et son impact sur le peuple d’Afrique Noire.  Jeudi de 11h00 à 12h30 ou de 17h30h à 19h00  $185.00
  • Ethnologie de la France   Interroger le quotidien, bousculer les évidences et dépasser les stéréotypes, voilà ce que vous ferez de manière active pendant ce cours. A partir de textes écrits par des ethnologues, nous tâcherons de nous approprier leur regard décentré pour analyser et discuter à notre tour de la culture, souvent plurielle, et des traditions françaises.  Mercredi de 17h25h à 18h55  $185.00
  • Découverte de l’Afrique francophone.  A travers films et récits, allons tous à la découverte des pays de l’Afrique francophone comme la Côte d’Ivoire, le Sénégal et le Bénin.  Mardi de 11h00 à 13h70 ou de 18h00h à 20h00  $250.00  
  • Pays francophones d’Europe   Venez découvrir les pays européen où l’on parle aussi français : Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse, Monaco et Andorre.  5 semaines seulement du 28 juin au 26 juillet  Jeudi de 11h05 à 13h05  $160.00  
  • Contes et histoires   Les contes et légendes, formes de récits structurées, rythmées et stylisées, sont un outil de découverte d’une langue et de ses richesses. Ecouter et raconter, c’est retrouver une fonction première du langage et s’assurer une des clés de sa maîtrise. Venez tendre l’oreille et peut-être narrer à votre tour quelques histoires. Jeudi de 9h30 à 10h30  $125.00  
  • Surfez sur la vague branchée   Vous partez pour 2 ou 3 jours de shopping à Paris ? Vous voulez flirter à la française ou participer à la vie sociale du pays? Apprenez le vocabulaire et les expressions dans l’air du temps qui rendront votre prochain voyage en France inoubliable !  Mardi de 9h30 à 11h00 ou jeudi de 19h00h à 20h30  $185.00  
  • Français du tourisme   Perfectionner votre français en développant votre expression orale dans des situations pratiques de tourisme.  6 semaines seulement du 26 juin au 31 juillet  Mardi de 11h05 à 12h35  $140.00.
  • Histoire de l'Union Européenne   Ce module vous proposera l'histoire de l'intégration européenne, dès les premières idées d'unification jusqu'à nos jours. Venez découvrir comment, après deux guerres dévastatrices, l'Europe a réussi à trouver son unité, combien l'idéal européen a passionné les débats dans les cercles politico-intellectuels français et européens, comment cette union à 27 états membres fonctionne et quels sont ses défis pour l'avenir.  Jeudi 9h30 - 11h  $185.00. 

Through 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

July 24-August 14, 2007.  INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Four Tuesdays. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm-3pm.

July 25-August 22, 2007.  L'ENFANT SOUS L'ANCIEN REGIME Discipline recente (elle remonte a l'etude de Philippe Aries en 1960); l'histoire de l'enfance permet de retracer la transformation de la vie familiale. Ce vaste champ historique nous fait decouvrir l'evolution de la societe tout entiere; mais aussi celle des traditions liees a l'accouchement; du lent recul de la mortalite infantile; de l'age dit "de raison" et de l'education. Qu'en est-il de l'education des princes? De celle des filles? L'amour maternel est-il vraiment inne?  Avec le "roman pedagogique"  de Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "Emile ou De l'education", les reflexions sur l'enfance vont interesser de nombreux penseurs. C'est le moment ou l'on assiste; dans les annees 1760; a l'emergence de l'enfant en tant que personne et bien precieux.;  Un cours passionnant, enseigne par Renee Morel, et illustre de diapositives.  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) 5 weeks (July 25 - August 22, 2007) $ 155 ($ 150 for members; $135 with early bird discount)  IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) San Francisco TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 info@frenchclass.com

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

  • 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. 

Beginning September 10, 2007.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Classes include French for Movie Lovers and French Literature & Grammar. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 11-January 8, 2007.  CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS, taught by Pat Holt, includes IRENE NEMIROVSKY’s SUITE FRANÇAISE.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

Beginning September 24, 2007.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE taught by ANNE BISHOP.  Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced French.   Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 13-20   OR  October 28-November 4, 2007.  DEUX ATELIERS DE LANGUE FRANÇAISE à BIARRITZ, France. Chambre d'hotel + 1/2 pension, classes, visites dans la ville, sessions avec profs et autorités locales, etc. Petit groupe d'adultes : $975.00 pp en chambre pour 2 pers., $1275 pour 1 pers. (sdb et cuisine privées dans chaque chambre). 13-20 OCT. 2007 : Niveau intermédiaire; 28 OCT - 4 NOV : Niveau Avancé  Tours en bus: Bilbao (Espagne) musée Guggenheim - Pélérinage à Lourdes - Visite de villages Basques typiques, etc... nadalang@comcast.net ou 707.644.3421 .

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)* 

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.

Opening August 10, 2007.  TWO DAYS IN PARIS (dir. Julie Delpy).  A comedy about a filmmaker (Delpy) who brings her American boyfriend (Adam Goldberg) to meet her parents (Delpy’s actual parents) in Paris.  Details to follow…

August 11, 2007.  LES YEUX NOIRS, Paris-based octet offering an irresistible blend of gypsy & klezmer.  $20-$25.  Summer Nights at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.  200 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.

August 12, 2007.  ILE-DE-FRANCE A LA PLAGE.  Pour ceux qui sont interessés, nous proposons un rendez-vous á la plage, le Dimanche 12 aout, á Seacliff State Beach, State Park Dr Aptos, CA 95003  Apportez votre pique-nique !  Chantal Da Rosa Presidente  L'Ile de France P.O. Box 2836 Sunnyvale, Ca 94087-0836 or 408-732-3420 or www.ilefr.com or  chantal@ilefr.com.

August 13, 2007.  SHEILA KOHLER talks about BLUEBIRD, OR THE INVENTION OF HAPPINESS.  A French aristocrat manages to keep her family and herself safe while those around, including King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, are guillotined.  Eventually she secures passage to America,,, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909.  7pm.

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 16, 2007.  NEW ORLEANS’ MARC BROUSSARD’S SOUL REVUE featuring Shannon McNally performs at The Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), Sf.  415.346.6000 for details.  $22.50.  Doors 8pm, Show 9pm.

August 23 OR 25, 2007.   LA REVOLUTION DE 1789 (Part Two). Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice).  * Thursday, August  23 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)  * Saturday, August  25 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) IMPORTANT: Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com

August 25, 2007.  MADELEINE PEYROUX performs at Rodney Strong Vineyards during the 17TH ANNUAL KJZY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.  Doors 2pm, Show 4pm.  707.869.1595 or http://RodneyStrong.com for details.

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

August 27, 2007.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Vers 7pm, chez José à SF.  Notre sélection est "Bel-Ami" de Guy de Maupassant (1850-93)... ce qui nous laisse 2 mois et demi pour lire ce roman un peu plus "gros". Je passe commande à European Bookstore ce soir et je vous tiens au courant de quand les livres arrivent...   Site avec le résumé: http://www.alalettre.com/maupassant-belami.htm  Contact pour le groupe:  berenicevlm@yahoo.com

August 28, 2007.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE sponsors a Life Science Breakfast dedicated to RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SCIENCE AND MARKETING, in San Francisco. Contact:  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA.  Tel: 415.442.4717 for details.

August 30, 2007.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. San Francisco. Contact Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com for details.

August 31-September 3, 2007.  GASTRONOMY BY THE BAY, an international gourmet food festival, features European and local chefs coming together to discuss culinary trends in a relaxed forum.  Food luminaries include:  HELENE DARROZE, executive chef of RESTAURANT HELENE DARROZE in Paris, GILLES PUDLOWSKI, creator of the famed PUDLO GUIDE to French restaurants, and MARSHA MCBRIDE, owner and executive chef of Berkeley’s CAFÉ ROUGE. Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, SF.    http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.835.1020 for details.

September 7-28, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS’ SAMSON & DELILAH, with libretto by FERDINAND LEMAIRE.  See Olga Borodina as the temptress in Saint-Saëns’ biblical epic.  http://www.sfopera.org or 415.864.3330 for details.

September 10, 2007.  PINK MARTINI performs at the 25th Anniversary Performances for the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Hwy 10 to River Road, Santa Rosa.  $15.50-$39.50.  707.546.3600 or http://wellsfargocenterarts.com for details.

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 13 or 15, 2007.   LA CAGE AUX FAUVES (DEARAIN, VLAMINCK, BRAQUE...). Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice).  * Thursday, September 13 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) or * Saturday, October 15 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) IMPORTANT: Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com

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 20, 2007.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS AT THE SPINNAKER, SAUSALITO. Contact Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.com for details.

September 27 OR 29 2007.   LIAISONS DANGEREUSES: L'ETAT ET LES RELIGIONS EN FRANCE. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice)  * Thursday, September 27 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, September 29 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) IMPORTANT: Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com

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 9, 2007.  ANNE WILLAN talks about THE COUNTRY COOKING OF FRANCE.  Award-winning cooking teacher with world famous school LA VARENNE at CHATEAU DU FEY in France.  This cookbook is a beautiful, full-color piece that takes you into the heart of French culture and cuisine.  Every recipe and culinary term fully explained.  Sponsored by Book Passage.  Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  Seating at 6:30pm; coffee and conversation end approximately 2.5 hours later.  $120 per person; $185 per couple incluces meal, wine, tax, tip, and signed copy of the book.

October 11 OR 13, 2007.   PICASSO, "GUERNICA" ET LA GUERRE D'ESPAGNE. Une serie de conferences, illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  $10 (one and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice) * Thursday, October 11 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, October 13 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)  IMPORTANT: Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 or FAX: (415) 362.4334 or info@frenchclass.com

October 13-20   OR  October 28-November 4, 2007.  DEUX ATELIERS DE LANGUE FRANÇAISE à BIARRITZ, France. Chambre d'hotel + 1/2 pension, classes, visites dans la ville, sessions avec profs et autorités locales, etc. Petit groupe d'adultes : $975.00 pp en chambre pour 2 pers., $1275 pour 1 pers. (sdb et cuisine privées dans chaque chambre). 13-20 OCT. 2007 : Niveau intermédiaire; 28 OCT - 4 NOV : Niveau Avancé  Tours en bus: Bilbao (Espagne) musée Guggenheim - Pélérinage à Lourdes - Visite de villages Basques typiques, etc... nadalang@comcast.net ou 707.644.3421 .

October 15, 2007.  EDWIDGE DANTICAT, IN CONVERSATION.  Edwidge Danticat is the author of Krik? Krak!, The Dew Breaker, the American Book Award-winning The Farming of the Bones, and Breath, Eyes, Memory,. Born in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Price, Danticat moved to Brooklyn when she was twelve years old. At the time, she spoke both Creole and French, but not English. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, inspires Danticat's fiction and informs her non-fiction. Her new memoir Brother, I'm Dying tells a deeply affecting story of Danticat's father Mira and his older brother Joseph, who attempted to flee Haiti for Miami in 2004 and was detained by US Customs, held by the Department of Homeland Security, brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. Danticat served as editor for The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States. She lives in Miami and frequently visits Haiti. http://www.cityarts.net/n.danticat.html for details. HERBST THEATRE, 8PM.

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 14, 2007. MIRACLE IN RWANDA, written and performed by LESLIE LEWIS SWORD. An inspiring seventy-minute solo work performed and created by Leslie Lewis Sword, directed and co-created by Edward Vilga. Miracle in Rwanda tells the extraordinary true story of Immaculée Ilibagiza, who survived the 1994 Rwanda genocide by hiding with seven other Tutsi women in the four-foot by three-foot bathroom of a Hutu pastor for ninety-three days.  An uplifting account of courage, luck, perseverance, and forgiveness, Miracle in Rwanda asks us to imagine the unimaginable, and then follow one person's remarkable journey from incomprehension and hatred to compassion and forgiveness. No one can experience the play without being moved to see beyond the horror and the headlines, recognizing a kindred spirit struggling towards understanding and reconciliation.  Ms. Sword will perform Miracle in Rwanda for four nights only, November 1-4, 2007, in Pigott Theater at 7:00 p.m. After a short break, we will follow each evening's performance with a discussion led by experts who have grappled with the issues raised in the play, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Audiences may see the performance one night and attend any or all of the post-show discussions. On Thursday November 1, Fred Luskin, Director of Learning to Forgive, will share his views on the politics of reconciliation, comparing the situation in Rwanda with Northern Ireland. On Saturday November 3, Byron Bland, Associate Director of Stanford's Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, will address the relationship between personal and community-based reconciliation. After the performance on Sunday November 4, Professor Robert Gregg, former Dean of Religious Life, will discuss the role of faith in times of crisis, and the incredibly difficult task of forgiveness. After the performance on Friday November 2, we have invited Immaculée Ilibagiza to join us, describing her life after the genocide and her ongoing work with orphans in Rwanda. A powerful and compelling speaker, Immaculée will also sign copies of her recently published bestseller Left to Tell, which has been featured on 60-Minutes and the Oprah Winfrey Show. (650) 725-5838 with questions. http://www.stanford.edu/group/summertheater/events/Miracle.html

November 3, 2007.  IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA:  DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS?  Painting a vivid musical portrait of the spirit that was and is New Orleans, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is rightly praised for programs celebrating the colorful musical legacies of the Crescent City.  http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 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 8-10, 2007.  FAUSTIN LINYEKULA / LES STUDIOS KABAKA present FESTIVAL OF LIES.  Contemporary dance visionary returns to Yerba Buena with an extraordinary dance theater experience:  part installation, part party, part community event.  In LIES, Linyekula, from the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, evokes “the ruins of his native land.”  Amid a street-fair atmosphere, actors tell stories of daily life and lies of a country misled.  Meanwhile, a band places, audiences eat and drink, dancers create and destry landscapes of urban detritus, and propaganda fills the air  Linyekula forces mutually exclusives together in an evening jam-packed with beauty… and deception.  Come early or late, stay minutes or hours, and immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind performance event.  Thursday & Friday performances run a standard performance length.  The Festival culminates on Saturday with the full, marathon-length event of approximately six hours, which will feature collaborations with a roster of esteemed local artists.  All events include a buffet hosted by YBCA in association with local African eateries.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco.  http://www.ybca.org for details.

November 16, 2007.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2007 ~ ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.   Our fabulous year-end fundraiser! Details to follow.  If you would like to help with the planning, please contact Upi at upi@upistruzak.com

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 12-February 10, 2008.  TERRITORIES by BETTY SHAMIEH.  In this historic thriller set during the Crusades, a French knight captures the sharp-tongued sister of Saladdin, the legendary Arab ruler.  A ruthless chess game of power and love ensues as two cultures collide.  Palestinian-American writer Betty Shamieh explores the roots of religious tensions and gender politics in the Middle East.  Magic Theatre, Bldg D., Fort Mason, San Francisco.  415.441.8822 or http://magictheatre.org for details.

January 27, 2008.  CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, piano, performs OLIVIER MESSAIEN’S VINGT REGARDS SUR L’ENFANT JESUS, some of the most demanding and complex piano music ever written.  http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 for details.

February 3, 2008.  RICHARD GOODE performs DEBUSSY’S TWO ETUDES and FAURE’S NOCTURNE NO.6 IN D-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 63.  http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 for details.

February 24 & 26, 2008.  MARIN SYMPHONY performs SCREEN GEMS, including SATIE’S DEUX PRELUDES POSTHUMES ET UNE GNOSSIENNE and Mozart’s ouverture to the MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.  7:30pm.  415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org or greatmusic@marinsymphony.org for details.

March 14, 2008.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs at Zellerbach Hall.  In today’s contemporary music world, there is simply no musician quite like Angélique Kidjo.  Since the 1980s, the scintillating vocalist from BÉNIN, West Africa, has created a bridge that unites the rhythms and spirits of Africa with the grooves and vibes of the New World’s African diaspora.  An electrifying performer, she performs in French, English and her native Fon/Yoruba.  She has just released DJIN DJIN. http://www.calperformances.net or 510.642.9988 for details.

April 3-5, 2008.  URBAN BUSH WOMEN / COMPAGNIE JANT-BI CREATIVE EXCHANGE presents BEAUTY OF LITTLE THINGS.   This unique project brings together african and African American dance companies – one all-male and one all-female – and two powerhouse female choreographers.  GERMAINE ACOGNY, hailed as the mother of contemporary African dance, expores the role of community in forming idenitty with Brooklyn-based BESSIE Award-winnning choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, of Urban Bush Women.  Acogny choreographs for her all-male troupe, JANT-BI.  In this Bay Area premiere, artists from Africa collaborate with the children of the Diaspora on a work that explores the crossroads between culture and ethnicity, history and modernity. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco.  http://www.ybca.org 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 2008.  JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS.  Jacques Brel Revival comes to MTC.  Direct from its one year off-Broadway run, the highly acclaimed revival of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris is coming to MTC! It will fill the fifth and final Boyer slot for the 2007-2008 season.  With a cast of four actors and three musicians, the show celebrates Brel-s timeless relevance and enduring passions. Translated from the French by American poet Eric Blau and lyricist Mort Shuman the show is a diverse blend of ballads, tangos, boleros, rock and classics. With raw human emotion, each piece tells a story, examining themes of love, war and adventure but never forgetting that life, with all its tragedies and complexities shows us much humor.  MTC's show will be directed by New York director Gordon Greenberg - cast to be announced - and will be co-produced with Dan Whitten, one of the producers of the -07 Tony Award-winning Jay Johnson the Two and Only.  -The best performed musical review to hit New York in ages-  - The Wall Street Journal  -The best musical in New York- - WBAI Radio  Brel tickets are available by subscription ONLY until Oct 30. Call today to subscribe 415.388.5208.Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  http://www.marintheatre.org/ for details.

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

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

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