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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
August 1-31, 2008

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*AUGUST EVENTS*      

August 1, 2008.  LE CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA se reLunit chez Chantal et Laurent: Laurent et moi vous invitons le groupe pour notre rencontre bi mensuelle, le 1er aout. La recette est la meme que d'habitude, vous pouvez apporter un p'tit plat prepare et votre boisson prefere. RSVP bien appreciee par email ou telephone 707.775.3054. nadinepavloff@netscape.net

August 1, 2008.  EXPLODING, PLASTIC & INEVITABLE.  Artist talk and multimedia performance.  Switzerlandfs Stefan Mueller Arisona and Victoria, BCfs Steve Gibson are media artists who have established a strong footing in academia while keeping their fingers on the throbbing pulse of the club scene, DJ-ing and VJ-ing underground. Grounded in the history of audiovisual tinkering, they take creative hints from illustrious forebearers to push multimedia environments into the next realm. Mueller Arisona and Gibson joined forces to create a digital-age reenactment of The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the boundary-breaking multimedia show conceived in the 1960fs by Andy Warhol with the complicity of Lou Reed and his cult rock act The Velvet Underground. Originated under the auspices of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich's (EHTZ) gDigital Arts Weeks Plush, Mueller Arisona and Gibsonfs take on Warholfs circus makes full use of digital technology and the free-flowing, associative thinking of the techno age. Armed with multiple projectors, a barrage of laptop computers and additional data-churning devices, the pair have already performed in Zurich, Victoria, Chicago, Vancouver and Shanghai: they now take on swissnex San Francisco, where audiences will have ample space to let their minds, ears and legs wander along with the beats and pixels. The performance of Exploding, Plastic & Inevitable redux will be preceded by an artist talk with Stefan Mueller Arisona and Steve Gibson. 6.30pm-11pm  Free event (it will be Swiss National Day !) but RSVP required Details & Registration : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/explodingplasticmultimedia Location & Parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact

August 1, 2008.  DIMITRI FROM PARIS performs at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., SF.  415.625.8880 for details. Tickets at ticketweb.com.  See also:  http://www.myspace.com/mezzaninesanfrancisco

August 1, 2008.  GENO DE LA FOSSE & FRENCH ROCKING BOOGIE performs at the Just Dance Ballroom, 2500 Embarcadero, Oakland.  510.436.9888.  $18.  9pm.

August 1-7, 2008.  JACQUES NOLOT'S "BEFORE I FORGET", SFFS SCREEN, SUNDANCE KABUKI CINEMA.  In its second month of programming, SFFS Screen will present Jacques Nolot's film, a frank, semiautobiographical tale of a Parisian ex-Gigolo. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1330

August 1 & 8, 2008.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the LOS GATOS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. Beauty and the Beast: An original production from the French Fairy Tale. This hauntingly beautiful tale of redemption comes to our stage in classical storytelling style.  You may order tickets and Season Passes (one low price, three dates of your choice) 24 hours a day online. You can visit our website for a full calendar of the shows:  www.lgshakes.org  Or call 800-838-3006 to order tickets from our hotline, please mention that you want the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival when you call. You may also order by mail as well. All major credit cards accepted! Look for details on our website. Oak Meadow Park, 200 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos.  As always, seating is provided in our outdoor ampitheater in the park. All shows are evening performances starting at 8 PM.

Opening August 2, 2008.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Rey Carolinofs updated retelling of the 17th-century French story.  Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., SF.  415.508.1808 for details.

August 2, 2008.  GENO DELAFOSSE & FRENCH ROCKINf BOOGIE, 2008 Grammy nominee, perform ZYDECO/CAJUN music straight from the Bayouc A family-friendly outdoor concert with playground at the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 200 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael.  Picnic, dance & enjoy live music under beautiful Marin skies!  Gates open at 6:15pm; concert begins at 7pm; over by 10pm.  Students 1/2 price; kids 6 & under free.  $25 public; $20 members; $12.50 students.

August 2, 2008.  SANTANA:  HYMNS FOR PEACE LIVE AT MONTREUX 2004.  KQED TV9, 1am.  Show rebroadcast August 5, 10:30pm.

August 2-September 14, 2008.  SHOTGUN PLAYERS perform UBU FOR PRESIDENT, based on UBU ROI by ALFRED JARRY.  Patrick Dooley directs this story about a fictional, larger-than-life tyrant who tramples over his enemies with gusto.  John Hinkel Park, Off Arlington Ave. at Southampton Ave., Berkeley.  510.841.6500 or http://www.shotgunplayers.org for details.

Through Augusst 3, 2008.  THE DJANGO FESTIVAL at Yoshifs in Oakland.  510 Embarcadero St., Oakland.  510.238.9200 or http://wwww.yoshis.com for details.

Through August 3, 2008.  TARTUFFE, performed by the AFRICAN AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, in an adaptation by Charles Edward Pogue.  Buriel Clay Theatre, 762 Fulton, SF.  1.800.838.3006 or http://www.african-americanshakes.org.  $20-$25.  8pm.

Through August 3, 2008.   NAPA SONOMA WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL. This popular roving festival takes place outdoors in spectacular settings and in select theaters and venues in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The festival presents features, documentaries, shorts and animation. Gilles Legrand's "The Maiden and the Wolves" ("La jeune fille et les loups") will be presented on July 27 at 8:45pm. http://www.winecountryfilmfest.com/

August 3, 2008.  MARY CASSATT:  FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST. Lecture given by JODI ALLEN at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3638 or http://www.famsf.org or aolson@famsf.org for details.  1pm.

August 5, 2008.  THE IMPRESSIONIST ERA:  FASHION AND CULTURE. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

August 5, 2008. CARA BLACK, author of the AIMEE LEDUC investigation series set in PARIS, discusses writing crime in foreign climes. Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave Campbell, 7:30 pm Mystery Panel.

August 5, 2008.  CREOLE BELLES & ANDREW CARRIERE perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  $10.  8:30pm.

August 5 or August 9, 2008.  DE BONAPARTE A NAPOLEON. Conference illustree de RENEE MOREL.   * Tuesday, August 3  (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) or * Saturday, August 9 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). At THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire et retenir votre place en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

August 7, 2008.  ART DE VIVRE. A fun and entertaining Thursday evening amid the open galleries! Fellow AFSF art-lovers check out contemporary art and weigh-in en francais.  Discussion suitable for all levels of French, moderated by French-American artist Suzanne Husky. Followed by wine and cocktails at Otis Lounge (25 Maiden Lane).  49 Geary, SF.  6pm wine hour.

August 7, 2008.  LA TABLE DES AMIS at CHOUCHOU RESTAURANT. Informal gathering -- bring your own drink; socializing and friends and good energy!  Starts at 5:30pm | 6pm at Chouchou restaurant, 400 Dewey Blvd, San Francisco.  415.242.0960 or www.chouchousf.com or chouchourestaurant@yahoo.com for information.

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

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

August 10, 2008.  MANON LESCAUT broadcast in GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET.  Featuring Karita Mattia and Marcello Giordani.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

August 10, 2008.  AMERICAfS TEST KITCHEN FROM COOKfS ILLUSTRATED:  FRENCH CLASSICS. KQED TV9, 5pm.

August 10, 2008.  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 soiree   starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if   they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San   Francisco event at http://euro.meetup.com/80/. Meetup registration is   quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE  "Where Europeans and   Europhiles can meet and make friends." http://www.bafoe.org/ 

August 10, 24, and September 2, 7, 13 & 20, 2008.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE FEMININE TOUCH:  IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS BY BERTHE MORISOT, MARY CASSATT, EVA GONZALES, MARIE BRAQUEMONDE. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  All talks will take place at 1pm. 

August 12, 2008.  INTERACTIONS BETWEEN MANUFACTURERS, RETAILERS AND SHOPPERS IN A CONSUMER-CENTRIC ENVIRONMENT, organized by SWISSNEX.  A new paradigm of relations between consumers, retailers and manufacturers is upon us with the advent of recent technological advances and changes in demand.  How can we reach an appropriate balance between consumer pulls and technology pushes?  How can manufacturers keep up with ever-shorter product cycles and the need for greener and cleaner products and processes?  What are the new opportunities and challenges in this quickly changing environment and what's coming next ? Join our esteemed panel of experts who will address these topics and more in an intimate setting and have the chance to ask them your own pressing questions at swissnex San Francisco 6.30pm-9.30pm In partnership with the Greater Zurich Area. Free event but RSVP required Details & Registration : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/consumerenvironment Location & Parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact

August 13, 2008.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Jewels in the Square, Union Square Park, between Geary & Post, San Francisco.  12:30pm-1:30pm.  http://www.unionsquarepark.us or 415.477.2610 for details. 

August 13, 2008.  ROLES AND INTERACTIONS BETWEEN DESIGN, TECHNICAL INNOVATION AND BUSINESS RELEVANCE, organized by SWISSNEX.  Innovation can reduce costs and grow corporate value.  It is one of the most important criteria investors look for in a company.  Most Fortune 500 companies even assign a dollar figure to it in their annual reports and websites.  A study by Ernst & Young Cap Gemini reports that some experts estimate that innovation accounts for about 7.5% of a companyfs total market value. How does design fit in? Does design matter? What is the ROI? How do you measure the impact of design to your business relevance? In partnership with the Greater Zurich Area. Free event but RSVP required Details & Registration : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/designinnovation Location & Parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact 6.30pm-9.30pm

August 14, 2008. CARA BLACK, author of the AIMEE LEDUC investigation series set in PARIS, discusses writing crime in foreign climes. Milpitas Library, 40 M. Milpitas Blvd Milpitas. 7:30 pm Mystery Panel.

August 14, 17, 22 or 24, 2008.  VISITE A LfEXPO gWOMEN IMPRESSIONISTSh (Oeuvres de Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalez et Marie Braquemond) au Palais de la Legion dfhonneur, en francais! Guide:  RENEE MOREL. Location:  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (near 34th & Clement), SF.  8/14, 9:45am; 8/17, 2:45pm; 8/22, 2:45pm; 8/24, 2:45.  Rendez-vous: By the pyramid in the courtyard of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur (or under the columns in case of rain).  COST: FOR MEMBERS: $2 per person (This is for myself.)  [Be nice: If you come alone, invite some other "Legionnaire" to get in with you for $2.] PROCEDURE FOR MEMBERS: Use the machine inside to issue one or two tickets with  your museum card. Check in with Mme Morel. COST: FOR NON-MEMBERS: $7 per person  PROCEDURE FOR NON-MEMBERS: Check in with Mme Morel. Get a sticker. See if someone can invite you. If not, go inside and purchase a $5 ticket with your sticker.  IMPORTANT!!! Do *NOT* purchase your ticket until *after* you have checked in with me (without the "College visit" sticker, you will be charged the full price, which is significantly higher: $15 [adults], $12  [seniors], and will *not* be able to get a refund.)  Visits will start 15 mn after the time indicated and will last an hour and 15  to 30 mn. Feel free to leave anytime (however, if you leave and are not a member, you will not be readmitted for free).  (1) RESERVATIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!  Specify the day you want and, SVP, do *not* sign up for two visits.  Send me an e-mail. Please use this e-ddress to reserve (25 people maximum): reneemorel@gmail.com (2) IF, AFTER YOU HAVE MADE A RESERVATION, YOU FIND YOU CANNOT ATTEND, SVP,  CONTACT ME. This way, I can take someone from the waiting list. Les etudiants qui auront  reserve mais ne seront pas presents le jour de la visite seront places sur la  liste "Legion d'Horreur" et ne seront pas consideres tres serieusement a  l'avenir. (3) IL EST IMPERATIF DE VENIR A L'HEURE! Because this will be a very popular show, I have to start on time. People who arrive late will have to pay the full price. C'est la vie... (4) Backpacks and largish purses need to be checked in.

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

August 15, 2008.  19TH CENTURY PAINTINGS, a course conducted by DR. MARIA CHEREMETEFF, Chair, Art Department, City College of San Francisco.  Florence Gould Theater, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  $60 for a 3-unit City College course taken for credit; $130 for a non-credit through Continuing Education.  415.750.3640.

August 16, 2008.  JACQUES PEPIN:  FAST FOOD MY WAY presents HURRAY!  CASSOULET at KQED TV9, 11am.

August 17, 2008.  FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM:  THE ARTISTS AND THEIR PAINTINGS. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 18, 2008. CARA BLACK, author of the AIMEE LEDUC investigation series set in PARIS, discusses writing crime in foreign climes. Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave Saratoga. 7:30 pm Mystery Panel

August 19, 2008. MARIE SIMMONS talks about THINGS COOKS LOVE:  IMPLEMENTS, INGREDIENTS, RECIPES.  Her book, gGlobetrotting Kitchen Essentialsh discusses an international array of ingredients, cookware and recipes for French and Moroccan food and more.  Cooks with Books, Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  Seating at 6:30pm for dinner.  Coffee and conversation end about 2-1/2 hours later.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the book (one copy per couple).  $95 individual / $170 per couple.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.

August 20, 2008.  RICHARD BANGSf ADVENTURES WITH PURPOSE features SWITZERLAND:  QUEST FOR THE SUBLIME.  KQED TV9, 9pm.  Program rebroadcast 8/23 at 4am and 6pm.

August 20-September 21, 2008.  THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE THEATER CO. presents VOLTAIREfS CANDIDE. Rough and Tumble is thrilled to announce their next full production, Len Jenkin's hyper-theatrical adaptation of Voltaire's Enlightenment- era satire Candide. The show opens on August 20, 2008 at the Berkeley City Club (near the UC Berkeley campus and 2 blocks from Telegraph Ave.) and runs until September 21st.  Candide is considered a key text of the European Enlightenment and a classic of world literature. In this hilarious picaresque adventure, Voltaire sardonically skewers the metaphysical philosophy of Optimism (all is for the best!), religion, politics, and the romantic adventure stories which were popular during his time. Through the constant misfortunes of the title character, Voltaire showcases his considerable wit while posing meaningful questions about the nature of human suffering.  Rough and Tumble is looking forward to sharing this comic masterpiece with our audiences. Stay tuned for more details! http://www.randt.org/Next.htm

August 21, 2008.  LE JAZZ HOT performs in The Magic of Macyfs at Union Square.  6pm.  Union Square Park.

August 22, 2008.  RATATOUILLE will be shown in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.  http://www.filmnight.org/ for details.

August 22, 2008.  MANU CHAO AT SAN FRANCISCO'S OUTSIDE LANDS. San Francisco's Outside Lands (music and arts festival), Golden Gate Park,  5pm. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1476

August 23, 2008.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Yerba Buena Gardens, between Mission & Folsom, 3rd & 4th St., San Francisco. 1pm-2:30pm.  http://www.ybgf.org or 415.543.1718 for details. 

August 24, 2008.  EXPAT EUROPEAN GATHERING. 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 event   starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if   they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San   Francisco event at http://euro.meetup.com/80/. Meetup registration is   quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE  "Where Europeans and   Europhiles can meet and make friends." http://www.bafoe.org/

August 28, 2008.  IMPRESSIONISTS, programs #101, 102 and 103, featuring MONET & GIVERNY at 9pm; MONET & THE IMPRESSIONISTS IN PARIS at 10pm; and  MONET IN HOLLAND AND ON THE COAST OF FRANCE at 11pm.  KQED TV9. 

August 28, 2008.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Carroll Burdick and McDonough, San Francisco. Reserved to our Members On August 28th, The Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council Northern California, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California and the German American Business Association of California will organize a great European Networking event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business, but in a very relaxed and European atmosphere! Save the date! http://www.faccsf.com for details.

August 30, 2008.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features ABSINTHE BRASSERIE.  KQED TV9, 9am.  Program rebroadcast 8/30 at 1pm and 8/31 5:30pm and 11:30pm.

August 30, 2008.  LUST FOR LIFE, featuring Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh and Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

Through September 28, 3008.  FRENCH FILMS AT THE PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  The PFA will offer various French films this summer, with three different series: 

  • "THE LONG VIEW: A CELEBRATION OF WIDESCREEN" will run from July 16 to August 30. The summer-long series includes Westerns, melodramas, thrillers, musicals, and science fiction, and ranges from nascent explorations to classic bigger-than-life productions. Among other widescreen masterpieces presented are Godard's "Pierrot le Fou", Alain Resnais' "Last Year at Marienbad" and Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" "Pierrot le Fou", Saturday, August 2, 8:45pm, (France, 1965, 110 min.) "Last Year at Marienbad", Friday August 15, 7:30 and Sunday August 17, 7:00pm (France, 1961, 94 min., new print) "The 400 Blows", Tuesday, August 26, 7:30pm (France, 1959, 99 min., new print)
  • "STREETS OF NO RETURN: THE DARK CINEMA OF DAVID GOODIS" will run from August 1-23. A retrospective honoring American pulp writer David Goodis through films like Francois Truffaut's "Shoot the Piano Player", or "Moon in the Gutter". French films included in the retrospective are: "Shoot the Piano Player" (Francois Truffaut, 1960), Saturday, August 2, 6:30pm and Tuesday August 5, 7:30pm "Descent into Hell" (Francis Girod, 1986), Sunday, August 10, 7:00pm "The Burglars" (Henri Verneuil, 1971), Thursday, August 14, 6:30pm "And Hope to Die" (ReneL CleLment, 1972), Thursday August 21, 8:30pm "Moon in the Gutter" (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1983), Saturday August 23, 6:30pm
  • "MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA: TALKING PICTURES", August 9-Sept. 28 The Pacific Film Archive presents a retrospective of the Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who has worked in many co-productions with France: "My Case" (France/Portugal, 1986, 88 min.), Wednesday, August 20, 2008; 7:30 p.m. "I'm Going Home" (Portugal/France, 2001, 90 min.), Saturday, September 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Christopher Columbus: The Enigma" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2007, 70 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m. "A Talking Picture" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2003, 96 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 5:00 p.m. "Belle de Jour" (presented as a prequel of Oliveira's "Belle Toujours"), Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Abraham's Valley"(Portugal/ France/ Switzerland, 1993, 203 min.), Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:30 p.m. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1473

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

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

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*CINEMA*

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

AVANT QUE JfOUBLIE / BEFORE I FORGET (J. Nolet).  Sundance Kabuki, SF.

BOTTLE SHOCK, about the triumph of a small American winery in competition with exalted French wines.  In English.   Opening around the Bay Area in Landmark Cinemas, August 6, 2008.

FRENCH FILMS AT THE PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  The PFA will offer various French films this summer, with three different series: 

  1. "THE LONG VIEW: A CELEBRATION OF WIDESCREEN" will run from July 16 to August 30. The summer-long series includes Westerns, melodramas, thrillers, musicals, and science fiction, and ranges from nascent explorations to classic bigger-than-life productions. Among other widescreen masterpieces presented are Godard's "Pierrot le Fou", Alain Resnais' "Last Year at Marienbad" and Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" "Pierrot le Fou", Saturday, August 2, 8:45pm, (France, 1965, 110 min.) "Last Year at Marienbad", Friday August 15, 7:30 and Sunday August 17, 7:00pm (France, 1961, 94 min., new print) "The 400 Blows", Tuesday, August 26, 7:30pm (France, 1959, 99 min., new print)
  2. "STREETS OF NO RETURN: THE DARK CINEMA OF DAVID GOODIS" will run from August 1-23. A retrospective honoring American pulp writer David Goodis through films like Francois Truffaut's "Shoot the Piano Player", or "Moon in the Gutter". French films included in the retrospective are: "Shoot the Piano Player" (Francois Truffaut, 1960), Saturday, August 2, 6:30pm and Tuesday August 5, 7:30pm "Descent into Hell" (Francis Girod, 1986), Sunday, August 10, 7:00pm "The Burglars" (Henri Verneuil, 1971), Thursday, August 14, 6:30pm "And Hope to Die" (ReneL CleLment, 1972), Thursday August 21, 8:30pm "Moon in the Gutter" (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1983), Saturday August 23, 6:30pm
  3. "MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA: TALKING PICTURES", August 9-Sept. 28 The Pacific Film Archive presents a retrospective of the Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who has worked in many co-productions with France: "My Case" (France/Portugal, 1986, 88 min.), Wednesday, August 20, 2008; 7:30 p.m. "I'm Going Home" (Portugal/France, 2001, 90 min.), Saturday, September 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Christopher Columbus: The Enigma" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2007, 70 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m. "A Talking Picture" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2003, 96 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 5:00 p.m. "Belle de Jour" (presented as a prequel of Oliveira's "Belle Toujours"), Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Abraham's Valley" (Portugal/France/Switzerland, 1993, 203 min.), Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:30 p.m. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1473 Through September 28, 2008.

JACQUES NOLOT'S "BEFORE I FORGET", SFFS SCREEN, SUNDANCE KABUKI CINEMA.  In its second month of programming, SFFS Screen will present Jacques Nolot's film, a frank, semiautobiographical tale of a Parisian ex-Gigolo. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1330 August 1-7, 2008.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH - 3D. Based on the JULES VERNES classic. In English.  Northgate, San Rafael; Fairfax; 1000 Van Ness; Century San Francisco Center; Century Daly City; and many other theaters around the Bay Area.

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD.  Part of gThe Long View:  A Celebration of Widescreen.h  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa for details.

MAN ON WIRE, a documentary about Frenchman Philippe Petit, who, in 1974, walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in New York City. In English.   Opening around the Bay Area in Landmark Cinemas, August 6, 2008.

NAISSANCE DES PIEUVRES / WATER LILIES (dir. Celine  Sciamma). Opera Plaza; Shattuck, Berkeley.

NAPA SONOMA WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL. This popular roving festival takes place outdoors in spectacular settings and in select theaters and venues in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The festival presents features, documentaries, shorts and animation. Gilles Legrand's "The Maiden and the Wolves" ("La jeune fille et les loups") will be presented on July 27 at 8:45pm. http://www.winecountryfilmfest.com/ July 22-August 3, 2008.

NE LE DIS A PERSONNE / TELL NO ONE (dir. Guillaume Canet). Rialto, Santa Rosa; Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Stonestown; Clay, SF.

PIERROT LE FOU (Godard, 1965). Part of gStreets of No Returnh at Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa for details.

ROMAN DE GARE.  Opera Plaza, SF.

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL presents several French-language or French-relevant movies, including ALICE AND I (France), BEING JEWISH IN FRANCE (France); DANCING ALFONSO, DESCRIPTION OF A STRUGGLE;EMOTIONAL ARITHMETIC (Canada; about Francy, a World War II camp in France), OPERATION MURAL CASABLANCA 1961; STRANGERS; TEL AVIV BY GIRLS; TWO LIVES PLUS ONE; WE WERE EXODUS.  Multiple venues; see website for details: http://sfjff.org/festival_2008/ or call 925.275.9490. July 24-August 11, 2008.

TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE / SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER.  Part of gStreets of No Returnh at Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa for details.

UNE VIEILLE MAITRESSE / THE LAST MISTRESS (Catherine Breillat). http://www.ifcfilms.com. Embarcadero, SF; Rialto, Santa Rosa.

THE VISITOR.  Story centers on a Senegalese and an Arab emigre in New York. (in English). CineArts Sequoia, Mill Valley; Stonestown; Embarcadero, SF; Four Star, SF. (Minimal French connection, but a very nice movie!)

CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO.  Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. To learn more :  http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

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*ART*   

Through August 2, 2008.  VALERIE MREJEN AT CCA WATTIS INSTITUTE. French artist ValeLrie MreLjen will be showing "Small talks #11" at CCA Wattis in July, as part of the "Passengers" exhibit. ValeLrie MreLjen is both a published writer and an established filmmaker, although both media often overlap and interrelate in her work. MreLjen is most interested in the banal, minute details of the everyday. Her films often seem intimate, featuring universal conversations or monologues.  ValeLrie MreLjen will discuss her solo Passengers project on Tuesday, July 1, at 5:00pm. Reception with refreshments to follow. Location: Upper Wattis Gallery http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1376 Passengers is supported by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

Through August 4, 2008.  MANOUCHES:  NATASHA DEVAUD. When she's not making visual effects for movies at Industrial Light + Magic, Swiss artist Natasha Devaud enjoys going back to painting with real brushes and colors. With Manouches (Gypsies), the artist presents a series of kids' paintings where  abstract lines and colorful shapes bring to life various scenes and characters in a Miro-like style. Originals are acrylic and ink on canvas. Natasha Devaud - Manouches July 6th - August 4th Reception with the artist on August 4th, 6 - 8 p.m. Mill Valley Art & Paper 475 Miller Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941 www.bluecaravelle.com  415.388.5642.

Through August 17, 2008.  SOMA TO MOCA, featuring the work of MARTINE JARDEL and others.   Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato.  415.506.0137 or http://www.marinmoca.com for details.  Artistfs website: http://www.martinejardel.com/

Through August 20, 2008.  SEASIDE / COUNTRYSIDE.  Paintings by DANIEL LEVIGOUREUX.  Reception July 11.  Thomas Reynolds Gallery, 2291 Pine St., SF.  415.441.4093 or http://www.thomasreynolds.com for details.

Through August 30, 2008.  SEASIDE, paintings by FRENCH-BORN ARTIST DANIEL LEVIGOUREUX, will be shown at Thomas Reynolds Gallery, 2291 Pine St., SF.  415.441.4093 or http://www.thomasreynolds.com for details.

Through August 31, 2008. CINDY PAVLINAC ~ NOUVELLES PHOTOS SUR LA FRANCE at CHEZ PIERRE.  Photos of Paris (Notre Dame, the Louvre), the Loire Valley Chateaux, Burgundy Abbeys, Mont-Saint-Michel, and more.  Chez Pierre! 7330 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94945 Tel 415 898 4233 or http://www.chezpierremarin.com or http://www.sacred-land-photography.com/France.html for details.

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

September 2-December 13, 2008.  THE WIZARD OF OZ, CCA WATTIS, Opening Reception Tuesday September 2, 2008 Lower Gallery, Logan Galleries, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco The Wizard of Oz is a unique exhibition featuring the work of 20 international artists. It takes L. Frank Baum's popular novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as its starting point to examine the relationship between art and literature, our idea of home and place, as well as the cultural and social fabric of America itself. Featuring French artists Loris GreLaud and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Loris GreLaud will attend the opening reception on September 2 http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1494 "The Wizard of Oz" is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.

Through September 21, 2008.  LES FEMMES IMPRESSIONNISTES:  MARY CASSATT, BERTHE MORISOT, EVA GONZALES, MARIE BRAQUEMOND.  At the time impressionism was born, female artists were starting to come to the forefront of the art world.  This exhibition breaks new ground in feminist art history by looking at the work and contributions of four female Impressionists together for the first time in the United States. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details. Docent tours:  10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm.

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

Through September 28, 2008.  VOLLARD, EDITEUR.  ILLUSTRATED BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE LEGENDARY FRENCH ART DEALER. The second in a series of exhibitions that focus on legendary publishers who were primarily art dealers.  Ambroise Vollard (1865-1939) opened his first art gallery in Paris in 1893 and by 1895 was publishing individual prints and portfolios by the artists he represented.  His publications include Parallelement, featuring poetry by PAUL VERLAINE and delicate lithograph illustrations by PIERRE BONNARD; GUSTAVE FLAUBERTfs La tentation de Saint Antoine, with illustrations by ODILON REDON, and HONORE DE BALZACfs Le chef dfoeuvre inconnu, a collaboration with Pablo Picasso.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

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

Through October 12, 2008.  ROOM FOR THOUGHT:  ALEXANDER HAHN & YVES NETZHAMMER.  This exhibition of work by two Swiss artists will showcase the work of two generations of artists who have continuously worked with the computer as an artistic tool. Both artists' use of digitally created, mesmerizing spaces articulates a deep concern with the history of painting, photography, and film, and reveals a fascination with internal landscapes of the mind. Hahn's interactive Luminous Point allows the viewer to take a self-guided tour of a virtual simulation of the artist's Manhattan apartment, using a remote  control to navigate a gamelike labyrinth of spaces derived from digital manipulations of photographic and filmic records. Where Hahn's hybrid space incorporates images of the real world, Netzhammer presents a poetic world of pure invention. Premiering at SFMOMA, his Furniture of Proportions incorporates highly stylized wall drawings, animation, and sculptural objects to create an intricate spatial narrative.  This exhibition is sponsored by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Opening November 1, 2008.  YVES SAINT LAURENT.  A collaboration with Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent and the Montreal Museum of Art, this is a look at Yves Saint Laurenfs entire career.  Approximately 135 fully accessorized ensembles, as well as the artistfs original drawings and videos from the archives of the Fondation.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. 

Through January 4, 2009.  IN THE BEGINNING:  ARTISTS RESPOND TO GENESIS.  Works by contemporary artists alongside works by MARC CHAGALL and others.  Contemporary Jewish Museum, 763 Mission, SF.  http://www.thecjm.org for details.

Ongoing.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.   California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*CLASSES*

July 30 - August 20, 2008.  HISTOIRE DE LA LANGUE FRANCAISE: DU TRAITE DE RASTATT A LA CHARTE EUROPEENNE DES LANGUES REGIONALES. Un nouveau cours de 4 semaines a French Class, enseigne - en francais, bien sur - par Renee Morel. Comment, avec le Traite de Rastatt (1714) signe entre Louis XIV et l'empereur germanique Charles VI, la langue de Moliere a-t-elle ete promue au statut de langage diplomatique? Comment a-t-elle ensuite ete imposee a l'ecole (1881-1882), grace a la volonte farouche de Jules Ferry et des Republicains desireux de former de bons citoyens? Cependant, si la Troisieme Republique, soucieuse d'abolir toute distinction sociale et regionale, eradique les dialectes, ceux-ci auront leur revanche en 1999, avec la Charte europeenne qui prevoit la protection des langues regionales. La France reconnait enfin que ces langues font partie integrale du patrimoine national et ses habitants peuvent les pratiquer en lisant Tintin en breton ou en basque, en corse ou en catalan. Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives. 4 weeks. Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM -12:00 NOON) $ 125 ($115 for early birds).  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

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

August 3 or August 9, 2008.  DE BONAPARTE A NAPOLEON. Conference illustree de RENEE MOREL.   * Tuesday, August 3  (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) or * Saturday, August 9 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). At THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire et retenir votre place en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

August 25-October 24, 2008.  FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes.  For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

August 30-September 13, 2008.  WATERCOLOR PAINTING WORKSHOP IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE WITH JULIE COHN. Watercolor Painting Workshop with Julie Cohn Two Enchanting Weeks in The South of France.  Just a few spaces left!  Enjoy the charming town of Limoux, surrounding villages, and the luxurious Montfaucon Inn! Learn about the Montfaucon Inn on the  following web sites: www.montfaucontours.com and www.pyradice.info/nita/montfaucon.htm   Plein Air Painting & Travel Sketching  Watercolor is a great medium to take on your travels. It is easy to carry, dries quickly, and it is a wonderful choice for capturing the extraordinary beauty of the south of France. Learn how to paint small travel sketches quickly and paint larger works within a few hours. Some plein air art equipment, easels and stools will be provided.   Every day our small group, from  8 to 10 participants, will start with a delicious breakfast and travel by van to a different site or two, taking in the mesmerizing landscape and/or seascape along the way. We will paint from 3 to 5 hours each day and get some exercise while walking to historic sites, castles and charming villages. Dining is fabulous!    Julie Cohn is an established watercolor painter who has taught for over 20 years. See her web site: www.juliecohnproductions.com.  Contact Julie either at juliecohnproductions@yahoo.com or at 510 644 1402.

August-December 2008.  FRENCH CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, including French 101 (Beginning French), French 201 (Complete Review of French Grammar), French 300 (Introduction to Literary Analysis and Critical Writing), French 314 (French Caribbean Literatures in English), French 321 (France Today), plus FL 214 (French Literature and Cinema.  Write suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

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

September 3-7 or 5-7, 2008.  WORKSHOP IN FRENCH CONVERSATION, INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL.  A 3 or 5 DAY WORKSHOP IN French Conversation, including grammar, lots of practice, individual tutoring and daily lunch ! As if you were in France ...  in Vallejo, 45 min from San Francisco. Accommodation a possibility.  SEPT. 5-7, 2008 :  $225.00  and SEPT. 3-7, 2008 : $375.00  -  INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL. For Beginner to Intermediate, please inquire : nadine goodban; nadalang@comcast.net; (707)644-3421.

September 8 or 13, 2008.  MORT OU VIF: ARTISTES ET ANATOMISTES Conference illustree de RENEE MOREL.   * Monday, September 8 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)or * Saturday, September 13 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). At THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire et retenir votre place en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

Fall 2008.  FRENCH 101 and FRENCH 102 at College of Marin (2 sections of each).  http://www.marin.edu for details.

September 16-November 18, 2008. FRENCH CLASSESAT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan. French for Movie Lovers; 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 24, October 22, November 19, 2008 & January 21, 2009.  LITERARY MASTERS, taught by LIZ EPSTEIN, including a class session on GUSTAVE FLAUBERTfS MADAME BOVARY. 10am-12pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 1-November 20, 2008.  FRENCH CLASSESAT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by Anne Bishop.  Beginning Plus French; Lower Intermediate French; Intermediate French; Upper Intermediate French; 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 27-December 19, 2008. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes.  For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

January 5-March 6, 2009. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes.  For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

March 9-May 8, 2009. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes.  For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

May 11-July 10, 2009. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes.  For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*COMING SOON(ER OR LATER)* 

September 4, 2008.  THE POLITICS OF MATERNITY:  MOTHER AND CHILD IMAGERY IN THE ARTS OF AFRICA.  Art history lecture offered by DR. HERBERT C. COLE, professor emeritus, UC Santa Barbara.  De Young Museum of Art, Golden Gate Park.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org for details.

September 8, 2008.  LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE lit VIPERE AU POING.  Le lundi 8 septembre, 7pm: "Vipere au poing, roman d'HerveL Bazin. Le film est sorti en 2004 avec Catherine Frot, Jacques Villeret, etc. Details forthcoming.berenicevlm@yahoo.com.  Details a suivre.

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

September 8 or 13, 2008.  MORT OU VIF: ARTISTES ET ANATOMISTES Conference illustree de RENEE MOREL.   * Monday, September 8 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)or * Saturday, September 13 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). At THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire et retenir votre place en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

September 13-20, 2008.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAUfs PYGMALION and more.  Various venues:  Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Palo Alto.  415.252.1288 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

September 18, 2008.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses STENDHALfS LA CHARTREUSE DE PARME. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org.

September 18, 2008.  FROM MANTEGNA TO COURBET:  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, AND PRINTS FROM THE JAMES SIMON COLLECTION.  Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10am.

September 25, 2008.  RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE SCULPTURE FROM THE JAMES SIMON COLLECTION. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10am.

September 26, 2008.  AMELIE will be shown in the park in San Anselmo. http://www.filmnight.org/ for details.

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

October 3-5, 2008.  MAGNIFICAT BAROQUE:  VOICES AND INSTRUMENTS OF THE EARLY BAROQUE, with Warren Stewart, artistic director, performs CHARPENTIERfS LES PLAISIRS DE VERSAILLES.  Venues in San Francisco, Berkeley and San JoseL.  http://www.magnificatbaroque.org/ or 800.853.8155 for details.

October 5 & 7, 2008.  MARIN SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S BOLERO and more, with QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO.  415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details.  7:30pm.  World premiere.

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

October 16, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses HENRI PIERRE ROCHEfS JULES EET JIM. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

October 19, 2008.  ZYDECO FLAMES performs in the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  San Francisco Spirit, Pier 9; Brunch included.  11am.  415.788.7353 or http://sfjazz.org or 866.920.JAZZ. 

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

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

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

November 5, 2008.  TOUMANI DIABATE from Mali performs in the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Herbst Theatre .  11am.  415.788.7353 or http://sfjazz.org or 866.920.JAZZ.

November 9, 2008.  VADIM REPIN & NIKOLAI LUGANSKY perform DEBUSSYfS SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN G MINOR and more.  Koret Recital Series.  Cal Performances, http://www.calperformances.org or 510.642.9988 for details.  5pm.

November 14, 2008-January 4, 2009.  THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, based on the book by GALLANT.  A reanimation of the 18th-century French legend by MARY ZIMMERMAN.  To save her life, a beautiful bride must spin hypnotic tales of genies, jesters, thieves and kings | winning her freedom by eventually winning her husbandfs heart.  As he falls under Scheherazadefs spell, Zimmerman enchants the audience as well with her signature style that transforms simplicity into the sublime.  Amidst a thousand tales of honor, revenge, and honor, only love emerges victorious.  Berkeley Rep.  510.647.2949 or http://berkeleyrep.org for details.

November 16-December 7, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA stages LA BOHEME, a mix of romantic passion, poignant tragedy, and high-spirited fun, set in Paris.  http://sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details.

November 20, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses ALBERT CAMUS | LA CHUTE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

November 22, 2008.  LA SOIREE:  27TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL. The gBeaujolais Nouveauh is coming soonc For this occasion, the French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco organizes its annual fundraising event on Saturday, November 22, 2008 to celebrate the launch of this French wine, the first wine of the year.  This event, which takes place every year in France on the third Thursday of November, is a great opportunity to enjoy wine tasting and mingle with Bay Area Francophiles and other participating businesses. With an estimated 1000 guests, this is the best annual festival in town which presents a large variety of French Wines and Gourmet Food.  Location:  The Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center, SF.  6pm to 9:30pm.  Program:  Silent Auction; Fashion Show; Music and Dance.  Information: Tel : 415-442-4717 or Email : info@faccsf.com or Website : www.faccsf.com .  Purchase tickets at www.faccsf.com or call: (415) 442-4717.  (Member: 50$ Non member: 60$ at the door: 70$)

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

January 15, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JEAN DIWOfS 249 FAUBOURG ST. ANTOINE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

January 16, 2009.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO perform at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  Travel back to the 1930s to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the Hotel Ritz.  Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 10 years. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.  8pm; pre-show discussion at 7pm.

January 30-31, 2009.  PASCAL RIOULT DANCE THEATRE performs for CAL PERFORMANCES, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

February 4, 2009.  ROKIA TRAOURE from MALI performs in Stanford Lively Arts, http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

February 14, 2009.  ACADEMCY OF SAINT MARTIN OF THE FIELDS performs with JULIA FISCHER. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

February 14 & 15, 2009.  JOHN KENDALL BAILEY conducts the AMERICAN PHILHARMONIC OF SONOMA COUNTY, performing SAINT-SAENSfS BACCHANAL FROM SAMSON & DALILA, RAVELfS BOLERO, and more. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

February 19, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses YASMINA KHADRAfS LfATTENTAT. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

February 21-23, 2009.  SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY, under the director of French-born BRUNO FERRANDIS, performs DEBUSSYfS NOCTURNES and more.  Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

February 27-28, 2009.  JORDI SAVALL, viol de gambe (behind TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE), performs LE CONCERT DES NATIONS. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

March 1 & 3, 2009.  MARIN SYMPHONY performs OF BRITAIN, BIZET AND BALANCHINE, including BIZET’S SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MAJOR. 415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details.  7:30pm.

March 20-28, 2009. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAUfs SUITE OF DANCES FROM LES INDES GALANTES and more.  Various venues:  Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Palo Alto.  415.252.1288 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

April 3, 2009.  HABIB KOITE & BAMADA performs for Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

April 16, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JACQUES LE FATALISTE de DENIS DIDEROT. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

April 17 & 18, 2009.  CONFRONTING NAPOLEON:  EUROPEAN CULTURE AT THE CROSSROADS.  The French Revolution unleashed institution-shattering forces.  Napoleon successfully refocused these forces on Europe, and the French tide swept over the continent, and event across the Mediterranean, leaving the remnants of many anciens reLgimes refashioned in its wake.  Napoleon invaded Egypt yet crafted enlightened policy sympathetic to Islam, resurrected Roman civil law, inspired Beethoven, challenged Goethe and Tolstoy to think again, and bankrolled a return to grandeur in the fine arts.  Francefs reassertion of cultural preeminence varied from uncritical enthusiasm to repugnance, from the love-hate with the Russian aristocracy to British resistance to both armies and cultural influence Moderator.  Friday, April 17, 8pm:  Keynote address by Steven Englund, gNAPOLEON: THE GRANDEUR RESTORED;h Illustrated lecture:  gNAPOLEON AND THE VISUAL ARTS.h  Saturday, April 18, 10am-4pm:  Lecturers include Laurent Mayali, gNAPOLEONIC CODE,h Luba Golburt, gTOLSTOYfS NAPOLEON:  A DETHRONEMENT,h Juan Cole, gEGYPTOMANIA OR ORIENTALISM:  PAINTING NAPOLEON BONAPARTEfS EGYPT.h  Plus, performance by Teresa Yu, gLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN ON NAPOLEON:  THE EROICA VARIATIONS.h  Panel discussion moderator, Roger Hahn.  415.392.4400 or http://www.humanitieswest.org for details.

May 9 & 10, 2009.  GABRIEL SAKAKEENY conducts the AMERICAN PHILHARMONIC OF SONOMA COUNTY, performing RAVELfS SUITE FROM DAPHNIS & CHLOE. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

May 15, 2009.  A NIGHT OF OPERA FAVORITES, including numbers by GOUNOD. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

May 16-18, 2009. SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY, under the director of French-born BRUNO FERRANDIS, performs RAVELfS PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR, MESSAIENfS TURANGALILA and more.  Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

May 21, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE LfALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses MURIEL BARBERYfS LA GOURMANDISE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you:  707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details.  613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

June 4-7, 2009.  BOLSHOI BALLET dances LA BAYADERE. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

June 9-30, 2009.  EX MACHINA performs THE BLUE DRAGON, by Canadian authors ROBERT LEPAGE & MARIE MICHAUD.  In co-production with LA COMETE ISCENE NATIONALE DE CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE & others.  Cal Performances, http://www.calperformances.org or 510.642.9988 for details.  Zellerbach Hall; times vary.

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