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*AUGUST EVENTS*    

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

August 2, 2007.  DJINN performs French gypsy music at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  $8.  9pm.

August 2, 2007.  NEW ORLEANS NATIVE KAMU SEITU performs jazz at LES JOULINS JAZZ BISTRO (country French cuisine), 44 Ellis St. @ Powell, SF, 415.397.4436 or http://www.jazzbistrosf.com for details.

August 2, 2007.  SOUND OF THE SOUL.  “The Tiburon Film Society presents a timely documentary with director Stephen Olsson in person.  Religious tolerance is in short supply in many critical areas of the globe, but in Fez, Morocco, the tolerant atmosphere is palpable.  Perhaps the most vivid example of religious pluralism is the annual FEZ FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC, known as ‘The Fez.’”  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  415.332.3871 or http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/index.html for details.  6pm-7:15pm.  Free.

Opening August 3, 2007.  MOLIERE (dir. Laurent Tirard; with Romain  Duris) opens in Landmark Theatres, including the Clay, SF.  http://www.LandmarkTheatres.com for details.

August 3, 2007.  CONVIVIAL FRENCH CONVERSATION AT SASSAFRAS. Please join us for convivial French conversation, dinner, and/or   beverages at the monthly French Chat at Sassafras Restaurant.  We'll begin this evening, July 6, at 6:15. Dinner and beverages are   available for purchase all evening.  Sassafras is located at 1229   North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (www.sassafrasrestaurant.com).  If you haven't made it to a monthly Chat before, we're an informal group who simply enjoys the opportunity to speak French, especially while   eating and drinking.  Please let Barbara know via email to teamwoof@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.

August 3, 2007.  GENO DELAFOSE AND FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE perform at the Bayside Pavilion, 2203 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda.  415.285.6285 for details.  $18.  9pm.

August 3, 2007.  PARIS DAKAR INTERNTIONAL with DJ MPENZI spinning ZOUK and more.  Baobab Café, SF. $3.  10pm.

Through August 4, 2007.  COMME T’Y ES BELLE / GORGEOUS! (dir. Lisa Azuelos. Language: French, English and Hebrew subtitles).  "Gorgeous!" really earns that exclamation point. In this tale set in the City of Lights, director Lisa Azuelos and her co-writers have crafted an inviting comic drama that celebrates the au courant Parisian woman. They've whipped up a coterie of breathtaking Sephardic femmes whose witty, rat-a-tat-tat dialogue crackles with energy. The entire film vibrates with their smarts, charm, guile and not an insignificant amount of sex. Isa (Michele Laroque), Lea (Aure Atika), Alice (Valerie Benguigui) and Nina (Geraldine Nakache) are nobody's fools as they stare down traditional gender roles, the tax system, the beauty business and the institution of marriage - such as it is in France. Screenings:   Castro Theatre: July 22 2007 5:00pm ; The Roda Theatre: July 29 2007 6:45pm ; Aquarius Theatre: July 31 2007 6:15pm ; Smith Rafael Film Center: August 4 2007 6:30pm.  For full schedule and prices, go to:  http://sfjff.org/festival_2007/film/484/Co-presented by the Alliance Francaise de San Francisco.

Through 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.

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

August 4, 2007.  KALBASS, tropical Afro-Beat band from HAITI, performs at El Rincon, 2700 16th at Harrison, SF.  http://Elriconsf.com or 415.437.9240 for details.

Through August 5, 2007.  MAUVAISE FOI / BAD FAITH (dir. Roschdy Zem) plays at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Clara and Ishmael are gorgeous, happy, in love and in Paris. How nice is that? Like many cosmopolitan Parisian couples, the fact that she is Jewish and he is Muslim barely crosses the minds of these oh-so-secular lovebirds...until Clara announces that she's pregnant. That's when the troubles start in this charming and timely romantic comedy whose title could have been "Guess Who's Coming to Shabbos Dinner?" Screenings:   Castro Theatre: July 21 2007 9:30pm ; Aquarius Theatre: July 29 2007 7:00pm ; The Roda Theatre: August 1 2007 6:30pm ; Smith Rafael Film Center: August 5 2007 8:30pm.  For full schedule and prices, go to: http://sfjff.org/festival_2007/film/472/Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco. 

Through 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.

August 8, 2007.  CLASSE DE CUISINE:  LA CUISINE MAROCAINE LEGERE – chez Janet  à San Rafael.  Tomates au four au goût marocain; salade de carottes rapées; salade de poivrons rouges et jaunes grillés; tagine d’agneau aux olives vertes et au citron préservé; poisson entière au four à la sauce Chermoula; pilaf avec couscous et courgettes; beghir – crêpes aux fraises et au miel.  Venez apprendre à faire la cuisine sous la direction du chef Janet.  Nous parlons français et nous dégustons le repas autour d’une table avec de la conversation en français.  $75 par personne, recettes comprises.  8 personnes minimum pour la classe.  RSVP à Janet Dresser, 415.455.8939 ou dresserj@msn.com.  De 18h à 21 h.

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, 15, 22 & 29.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at the SAN FRANCISCAN RESTAURANT. We will be holding down the fort there throughout the month of August.  Hope you can make it to one (or ALL) of these performances! http://www.fourgo.com

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 9, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at SERVINO’S RISTORANTE.  9 Main St, Tiburon, 415.435.2676 or http://www.servino.com for details.  7:30pm-10:30pm.

August 10, 2007.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA ~ MEXICO PARTY.  Chez Randy.  nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

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… Opening in Landmark Theatres.

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 11 & 12, 2007.  2007 GRAVENSTEIN APPLE FAIR, with music by GATOR BEAT and many others.  Ragle Ranch Rd., Sebastopol.  $10; seniors $8; youth $5.  http://www.farmtrails.org or 800.207.9464 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, à 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 12, 2007.  LES YEUX NOIRS IN CONCERT, Sunday, 8/12 at 5:00 pm.  Don't miss internationally acclaimed Gypsy/Klezmer/Jazz sensation, Les Yeux Noirs! One sale now, tickets are $15 for PJCC Members, $18 General Public, $8 Youth (17 and under). Call 650.212.PJCC (7522) or visit Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. www.pjcc.org.

August 12, 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.

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 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

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.  AMERICANS IN PARIS:  FROM BEN FRANKLIN TO DIANE JOHNSON.  Lecture by Terrance Gelenter at the Alliance Française of San Francisco.  In English; $6 members, $8 non-members. Join us for a lively discussion of the American expatriates who left their mark on Parisian life, with special emphasis on Hemingway and Les Années Folles. We’ll hear stories about Ben Franklin, Diane Johnson, Janet Flanner, Adam Gopnik and relive Paris through expatriate eyes.  1345 Bush St. , SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

August 16, 2007.  VINCENT & THEO (R. Altman, 1990).  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 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 16, 2007.  LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR / WINGED MIGRATION.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

August 17-19, 2007.  2007 HEALDSBURG GUITAR FESTIVAL,with over 130 of the world’s greatest luthiers.  http://www.festivalofguitars.com or 1.800.477.4437 for details.

August 18, 2007.  DREAM OF A FRENCH SUMMER NIGHT, with SIMON DRAY…  By general request, and for those who missed it!!!  Two new chances for you to come and enjoy “Dream of a French Summer Night…”  8pm–11pm at Café Borrone with Simon Dray & Eddie Warner, the “French Connection Duo.”  Joined by John Higham on bass and Monte Reyes on percussions… for a live re-run of our last concert! http://www.simondray.com

August 21 & 23, 2007.  PETITE CHERIE. 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 (NO subtitles).  In Anne Villacèque’s black family comedy we meet, Sybille, (Corinne Debonnière) pushing thirty and still living at home with her parents. When the tall, dark Victor comes into her life, however, Sybille is transformed and her parents are charmed by him too. Little do they know that Victor is not what he seems.  7pm. 1345 Bush St. , SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

Opening August 24, 2007.  TWO DAYS IN PARIS (dir. Julie Delpy; France, 2007).  A cross-cultural romantic comedy… Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222. Also in other Landmark Theatres:  http://www.LandmarkTheatres.com for details.

August 24, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Chantal et Bernard. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

August 25, 2007.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform in the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival – Free Outdoor Program.  1pm-3pm.  Between Mission & Folsom, 3rd & 4th Streets, SF.  415.543.1718 or http://www.ybgf.org for details. 

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 25, 2007.  DREAM OF A FRENCH SUMMER NIGHT, with SIMON DRAY…  By general request, and for those who missed it!!!  Two new chances for you to come and enjoy “Dream of a French Summer Night…”  8pm–11pm at Café Borrone with Simon Dray & Eddie Warner, the “French Connection Duo.”  Joined by John Higham on bass and Monte Reyes on percussions… for a live re-run of our last concert! http://www.simondray.com

August 25, 2007.  UNCORKED:  WINE MADE SIMPLE (FRANCE).  KQED TV9, 8:30pm.

Through 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.

August 26, 2007.  THE BARBER OF SEVILLE – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET.  KQED TV9, 11am.

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.  FROM MARKET TO DISCOVERY AND BACK:  THE VALUE OF EARLY COMMERCIALIZATION.  A Life science Breakfast at Swissnex San Francisco.  Registrations are already available online.  Hosted by Swissnex, http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ Contact:  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA.  Tel: 415.442.4717 for details.

Through 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.

August 30, 2007.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features the French-California menu of JARDINIERE and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

August 30, 2007.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. Location: Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce, The British American Business  Council Northern California, The Business Association Italy America, The  German American Business Association of California, The Swedish-American  Chamber of Commerce and The Swiss American Chamber of Commerce are pleased  to jointly organize this European networking event in San Francisco.   This is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with numerous  entrepreneurs and professionals in a very European atmosphere…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.

August 31-September 6, 2007.  LA PLANETE SAUVAGE / FANTASTIC PLANET.  Animated fantasy combines psychedelic imagery with political allegory.  In French with English subtitles.   Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

Through 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.

Through September 9, 2007.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS, based on the famous DUMAS novel, is performed by the SHOTGUN PLAERS.  John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Ave., Southampton off Arlington , Berkeley.  510.841.6500 or http://shotgunplayers.org for details. 

Through 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.

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.

BAMAKO (Sissako, 2006).  Red Vic, SF. 

LES BAS-FONDS.  Jean Renoir in the Thirties.  SFMOMA, 151 Third Ave., Koret Visitor Center, SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

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…Lumière, SF; Lark, Larkspur; Opera Plaza, SF.  In English.

CHACUN SA NUIT / ONE TO ANOTHER (Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr, France, 2006).  Lumière, SF.

COMME T’Y ES BELLE / GORGEOUS! (dir. Lisa Azuelos. Language: French, English and Hebrew subtitles).  "Gorgeous!" really earns that exclamation point. In this tale set in the City of Lights, director Lisa Azuelos and her co-writers have crafted an inviting comic drama that celebrates the au courant Parisian woman. They've whipped up a coterie of breathtaking Sephardic femmes whose witty, rat-a-tat-tat dialogue crackles with energy. The entire film vibrates with their smarts, charm, guile and not an insignificant amount of sex. Isa (Michele Laroque), Lea (Aure Atika), Alice (Valerie Benguigui) and Nina (Geraldine Nakache) are nobody's fools as they stare down traditional gender roles, the tax system, the beauty business and the institution of marriage - such as it is in France. Screenings:   Castro Theatre: July 22 2007 5:00pm ; The Roda Theatre: July 29 2007 6:45pm ; Aquarius Theatre: July 31 2007 6:15pm ; Smith Rafael Film Center: August 4 2007 6:30pm.  For full schedule and prices, go to:  http://sfjff.org/festival_2007/film/484/Co-presented by the Alliance Francaise de San Francisco. July 22-August 4, 2007. 

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 by the French filmmaker from the 1930s.  Phyllis Wattis Theater, SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

LADY CHATTERLEY, a French adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s scandalous 1928 novel, is now playing in the Bay Area! Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Embarcadero Center Cinema, SF; Opera Plaza, SF. 

MAUVAISE FOI / BAD FAITH (dir. Roschdy Zem) plays at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Clara and Ishmael are gorgeous, happy, in love and in Paris. How nice is that? Like many cosmopolitan Parisian couples, the fact that she is Jewish and he is Muslim barely crosses the minds of these oh-so-secular lovebirds...until Clara announces that she's pregnant. That's when the troubles start in this charming and timely romantic comedy whose title could have been "Guess Who's Coming to Shabbos Dinner?" Screenings:   Castro Theatre: July 21 2007 9:30pm ; Aquarius Theatre: July 29 2007 7:00pm ; The Roda Theatre: August 1 2007 6:30pm ; Smith Rafael Film Center: August 5 2007 8:30pm.  For full schedule and prices, go to: http://sfjff.org/festival_2007/film/472/Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  July 21-August 5, 2007.

MOLIERE, by French filmmaker LAURENT TIRARD, shows at the Clay, SF; CineArts@Empire, SF; CineArtsMarin, Sausalito; Albany; Pleasant Hill; Camera 7, Campbell.  Opening August 3, 2007.

LA MÔME / aka / LA VIE EN ROSE (the extraordinary story of EDITH PIAF). Rafael, San Rafael; Clay, SF; Bridge; Shattuck, Berkeley. http://www.edithpiafmovie.com for details. 

MON MEILLEUR AMI / MY BEST FRIEND (dir. Patrice Leconte, starring Daniel Auteuil, Julie Gayet, Dany Boon; France, 2006).  About an arrogant antiques dealer who is blindsided by the revelation that none of his acquaintances actually like him.  Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Embarcadero Center, SF; Albany.  Rated PG-13.

NUE PROPRIÉTÉ / PRIVATE PROPERTY (J. Lafosse, Belgium, 2006).   Roxie Film Center, SF, http://www.roxie.com for details.

PARIS, JE T’AIME.  Eighteen shorts (one per arrondissement minus two) by a range of directors. Lumiere, SF; Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

PETITE CHERIE. 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 (NO subtitles).  In Anne Villacèque’s black family comedy we meet, Sybille, (Corinne Debonnière) pushing thirty and still living at home with her parents. When the tall, dark Victor comes into her life, however, Sybille is transformed and her parents are charmed by him too. Little do they know that Victor is not what he seems.  7pm. 1345 Bush St. , SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. August 21 & 23, 2007. 

LA PLANETE SAUVAGE / FANTASTIC PLANET.  Animated fantasy combines psychedelic imagery with political allegory.  In French with English subtitles.   Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222. August 31-September 6, 2007. 

THE RAPE OF EUROPA. Stonestown.

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

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMShttp://www.sfshorts.orgThrough August 11, 2007. 

SOUND OF THE SOUL.  “The Tiburon Film Society presents a timely documentary with director Stephen Olsson in person.  Religious tolerance is in short supply in many critical areas of the globe, but in Fez, Morocco, the tolerant atmosphere is palpable.  Perhaps the most vivid example of religious pluralism is the annual FEZ FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC, known as ‘The Fez.’”  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/index.html or 415.332.3871for details.  6pm-7:15pm.  Free. August 2, 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… Opening in Landmark Theatres. Opening August 10, 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 August 19, 2007.  REMEMBERING  NEW ORLEANS IN ART.   Paintings by Leonard Breger, Harry Cohen and Michael Killen. 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 25, 2007.  LES PETITS MAITRES REVISITED.  Post-Impressionist European paintings.  Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, 531 Sutter St., SF.  415.433.2771 or http://www.pasqualeart.com for details.

Through August 26, 2007.  SUNSET SCAVENGER:  POST-UTOPIA CALIFORNIA AND POST-KATRINA LOUISIANA.  Photographs by Bill Daniel.  RayKo Photo  Center, 428 Third St., SF.  415.495.3773 or http://www.raykophoto.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 9, 2007.  ECHOES OF SURREALISM.  Works by gallery artists including MAGRITTE.  Volakis Gallery, 6730 Washington St., Yountville.  707.945.1125 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 .

August 8, 2007.  CLASSE DE CUISINE:  LA CUISINE MAROCAINE LEGERE – chez Janet  à San Rafael.  Tomates au four au goût marocain; salade de carottes rapées; salade de poivrons rouges et jaunes grillés; tagine d’agneau aux olives vertes et au citron préservé; poisson entière au four à la sauce Chermoula; pilaf avec couscous et courgettes; beghir – crêpes aux fraises et au miel.  Venez apprendre à faire la cuisine sous la direction du chef Janet.  Nous parlons français et nous dégustons le repas autour d’une table avec de la conversation en français.  $75 par personne, recettes comprises.  8 personnes minimum pour la classe.  RSVP à Janet Dresser, 415.455.8939 ou dresserj@msn.com.  De 18h à 21 h.

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

Starting August 22, 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.

Starting August 27, 2007.  FRENCH IMMERSION:  NO PLANE TICKEET REQUIRED!  NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF SAN FRANCISCO. Sign up for classes at the Alliance, our next session stats on August 27th!  Registration is open throughout August. You are invited to take a free placement test followed by an orientation session without appointment on : Aug.15, 16, 17 : 9:00 am to 7:00 pm ; Aug. 18 : 9.00 am to 3:00pm.  Online registration is available (www.afsf.com), as well as registration in person or by phone. As always, you can register for private or semi-private classes at any time!

August 31-November 16, 2007.  PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS?  COOK AND LEARN FRENCH AT THE SAME TIME!  Parlez-vous Français?  Then this may be the cooking class for you!  Please join Chef Christine Piccin and French instructor Julia Fornage for "French through Cuisine"-- a French class and a cooking class in one.  Each class, taught in French, will provide lessons in grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills while you and your fellow students create a fabulous French meal. The class meets Friday evenings from August 31 through November 16, from 6-10:15 p.m.at at SRJC's main campus. Why not make it a Date Night or come with a friend?  French Through Cuisine is suitable for advanced-beginner to intermediate French speakers. From Boeuf Bourguignon to Crêpes Suzette, come cook with us, en français!  Here are the details: French through Cuisine (French 120 in the schedule of classes) is French section number 3133 (needed for online registration). Completion of French 50A or knowledge of beginning French is required; class fee $75. Additional SRJC fees may be applicable at registration time.  To apply and register for SRJC classes online or by phone, go to: https://www.santarosa.edu/app/admissions/ and follow the prompts.  For more info, email Christine at christine@piccin.com, or call 535-0161.

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 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.

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)* 

September 1-3, 2007.  GASTRONOMY BY THE BAY.  An international festival focused on gastronomy and fine food writing, including cooking demos by internationally known chefs, roundtable discussions, and book signings.  SF Ferry Building. http://www.gastronomyfestivals.com/ for details.

September 7, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Anne-Laure et John. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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 of Samson—who loses his heart, his hair, and nearly his soul to Delilah – springs to life in this opulent production.  Feast your eyes on the lavish scenery and treat your ears to glorious singing.    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 11, 2007.  PINK MARTINI performs at the Paramount Theatre, Oakland.  Tickets on sale now at http://livenation.com.

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 21, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Victoria et Christian. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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 27-30, 2007.  ART INTERNATIONAL:  A FINE ART FAIR.  Featuring works by Old Masters, 19th and 20th century artists, and contemporary artists.  Preview 9/27.  Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion.  Organized by the O.S.A.T. Co.  http://www.artinternationalfair.com for details.

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

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

October 5, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Isabelle et Ron. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

October 5 & 6, 2007.  VOLTAIRE AND THE FRENCH ENLIGHTENMNT.  Prolific author, philosopher, social reformer and successful businessman, Voltaire was a leading figure of the French Enlightenment and a friend and advisor to monarchs of Europe, including Frederick the Great of Prusia and Catherine the Great of Russia.  A fierce critic of the Church, religion, and aristocratic privilege, he offended many powerful interests, but also helped lay the foundations for a modern society based on the rule of law and reason.  Keynote address:  IDEAS OF THE FRENCH ENLIGHTENMENT with Keith Baker and Jean-Paul Gimon; ART OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT by Maria Cheremeteff; and COMPOSERS OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT with Kip Cranna; VOLTAIRE AND HIS MISTRESS with David Bodanis; VOLTAIRE AND HIS IDEAS, with Carla Hesse.  All will be followed by a performance of the works of RAMEAU by DAVID MORRIS.  Herbst Theater, San Francisco.  415.392.4400 or http://humanitieswest.org for details.

October 6, 2007.  THE ZYDECO FLAMES and more appear at THE WINE COUNTRY CAJUN FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL.  Details to follow…

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 23, 2007.  FRENCH-CANADIAN CLASSICAL PIANIST MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN performs at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), SF.  415.392.4400 for details.

October 27, 2007.  PRESERVATION HALL BAND performs with other N’AWLIN BANDS at the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Masonic Center, Nob Hill, SF.  866.920.5299 or http://www.sfjazz.org 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 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 4, 2007.  TINARIWEN and VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ perform in the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Gritty, soulful guitar riffs direct from the Sahara… Palace of Fine Arts Theater, SF. 866.920.5299 or http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

November 4, 2007.  LE JAZZ HOT – THE MUSIC OF DJANGO REINHARDT at the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Herbst Theatre, SF. 866.920.5299 or http://www.sfjazz.org 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 13, 2007.  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS at BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS.   Inquiries Malcolm Walker, 415.503.3263 or malcolm.walker@bonhams.com for details.  220 San Bruno Avenue, SF.  http://www.bonhams.com/us .

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 15-December 9, 2007.  LOVERS & EXECUTIONERS, an adaptation of a 17TH-CENTURY MONTFLEURY MASTERPIECE by John StrandSwashbuckling adventure and romance to cheer for, along with a crazed Spanish conquistador, some rollicking swordfights, and an execution… Special family matinee December 15 & 16.  Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.  415.388.5208 or http://www.marintheatre.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 16, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Nadine et Armen pour fêter le BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

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

November 30, 2007.  YOUSSOU N’DOUR, the voice of SENEGAL, performs in the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Masonic Center, Nob Hill, SF. 866.920.5299 or http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

December 15, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Valérie et Abram. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

January 4, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Nadine et Armen pour fêter la GALETTE DES ROIS.nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

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 18, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Janice et Michel. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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.

January 31-February 24, 2008.  said SAÏD by KENNETH LIN.  A provocative political thriller set simultaneously in Algiers in 1954 during the infamous BATTLE OF ALGIERS and in present day Vermont, this is the story of Kasbah doctor/poet turned U.S. Poet Laureate André Saïd and his French interrogator, Major Michel Garcet.  The play jumps between the two time periods as the two old combatants seek the truth about the mysterious and indecipherable writing that lined Saïd’s prison cell.  Will the code reveal that Saïd was a terrorist?  A patriotic freedom fighter?  Or a pawn in one of the world’s first urban terrorist wars? Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.  415.388.5208 or http://www.marintheatre.org 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. 

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

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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