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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.   

Through August 23, 2007.  LE DOULOS, a new 35 mm print, with new translation and subtitles, of JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE’s 1962 film  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF.  415.621-6120 or http://www.castrotheatre.com for details.

August 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, 2007.  ZYDECO FLAMES performs in Union Square Park.  6pm.  http://jazzinunionsquare.usbank.com for details.  Drinks $5; all proceeds go to the SFJAZZ educational programs.

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.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Nous invitons le groupe du cercle français de Petaluma à venir chez nous:  le vendredi 24 août à partir de 7H jusqu'à 11H.  Cette réunion se tiendra dans le jardin.  Pot Luck - Piscine - Jacuzzi - Musique.  N'oubliez pas vos serviettes de bain si vous désirez vous baigner.  Les enfants sont les bienvenus jusqu'à 9H30 dans le jardin seulement. Chantal et Bernard, 415 892 22 45, chantalbernard@bouyssounouse.com or nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

August 24, 2007.  BRIAN JACK AND THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS.  Bayside Pavilion, 2203 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda.  415.285.6285 for details.  $15.  9pm.

August 25, 2007.  WORLD RENOWNED WEST AFRICAN GRIOTS SOLO CISSOKHO AND OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE perform at Open Secret Bookstore. Two World renowned Senegalese, West African, Griots will present music from Senegal’s ancient traditions as well as Solo’s own compositions created in the vibrant Casamance style of his native region. Griots are heredity musician/poets and oral historians who formerly sang for the Mandinka kings and still preside over life’s major transitional ceremonies. Solo is a singer and a master KORA player, playing the 21 stringed traditional lute-harp, and Ousseynou is a singer and dancer. Both have wonderful voices and the combination of Solo’s deep earthy voice and Ousseynou’s clear fluid melodic singing should be marvelous and promises to lift your soul and to leave you in a joyful peace-loving spirit! Kaira ning Kano (“Peace and Love” in Mandinka). Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael. http://www.opensecretbookstore.com/ or 415.457.4191 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.

August 25 & 26, 2007.  THE SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL, featuring the ZYDECO GAMBLERS.  See the website,  http://www.cotatifest.com/for details.

August 26, 2007.  THIRTEENTH ANNUAL ARAB CULTURAL FESTIVAL.  Including music by GEORGES LAMMAM ENSEMBLE, North African (ALGERIAN) music by MOH ALILECH, and more.  San Francisco County Fair Bldg., Golden Gate park, corner of Ninth & Lincoln, SF.  415.664.2200.  $2-$5.  11am-6pm.

August 25 & 26, 2007.  GOLDEN GATE RENAISSANCE FAIRE - Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, JFK and Transverse drives; 415 354-1773; http://www.ggfaire.com.  Fourth annual event highlights events and culture of the Renaissance period, with feasting, jousting, entertainment, music, shopping and actors and actresses in full traditional costume impersonating historical figures. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $15. Marti Miernik, 408.506.6499 or marti@miernik.com

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.  TASTE OF MARIN features local restauranteurs, including INSALATA, LARK CREEK INN and others.  St. Vincents, just outside San Rafael.  4pm-10pm.  Silent auction, seated dinner, etc.  $150 per person.  415.663.9667 or http://www.tasteofmarin.org for details.

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

August 26, 2007.  MADEMOISELLE KIKI and LE JAZZ HOT perform a CABARET D’AMOUR with Kitty Kitty Bang Bang at the Café du Nord, 2170 Market St., SF.  415.861.5016 or http://www.cafedunord.com for details.  8pm.

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.

August 29, 2007.  LA PROCHAINE REUNION DU CLUB FRANÇAIS, à Redwood City. Heure: 7:00 le soir; chez Dave Forter.  R.S.V.P. Jan Half, la fondatrice, jandot5@mac.com or 650.345.6338.  Please bring snacks or drinks to share.

August 29, 2007.  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

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.  LES AMIS DE MARIN meet in Sausalito, chez Linda. Les Amis De Marin is inviting you to our French evening at Linda s house in Sausalito.  Please bring snacks or drinks to share.  RSVP to Linda (415) 331-9350.  For directions, please write me at:lesamisdemarin@yahoo.com7pm.

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: @ L'Atelier, 2325 3rd Street (at 20th) #231 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. 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. After its California Shakespeare premiere, the production will also open SAN JOSE REPERTORY’s new season.  Discussed in the August 5, 2007 SF Chronicle Datebook (pink pages), pp.16-17. California Shakespeare Theater, 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley. 510.548.9666 or http://www.calshakes.org for details.

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. Reviewed in the August 15, 2007 SF Weekly, p.40.

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.

LE DOULOS, a new 35 mm print, with new translation and subtitles, of JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE’s 1962 film  Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF.  415.621-6120 or http://www.castrotheatre.com for details. August 17-23, 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 continues at SFMOMA...

LA MÔME / aka / LA VIE EN ROSE (the extraordinary story of EDITH PIAF). Rafael, San Rafael; Four Star, SF; Opera Plaza, SF; 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; Shattuck,Berkeley; Lumiere, SF.  Rated PG-13.

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...

A TRIBUTE TO MAX OPHULS.  Films include THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE…, LOLA MONTES, and more.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa for details.

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. Embarcadero Center, SF; CinéArts@Pleasant Hill; Albany; Rafael; Aquarius, Palo Alto, Campbell; CinéArts@Santana Row; San José; Rialto, Santa Rosa.  Reviewed in the Sunday, August 19, 2007 Datebook (pink pages), pp.26-27.

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* 

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.  THE PASSIONATE GESTURE, an exhibition focusing on gestural abstraction.  Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 250 Sutter St., SF.  415.362.7152 or http://www.hackettfreedman.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.

September 19-October 12, 2007.  MINIMAL LANDSCAPES.  University of Lausanne Professor Ariel Ruiz i Altaba descibes his exhibit Minimal Landscapes as "an exploration of form in its essence, devoid of distracting elements.  The photographic images show black islands forming archipelagoes of explicit and implicit meanings that become imaginary landscapes in the viewer's mind.  Each image is the approximation of actual living form to classical minimal perfection."   The exhibit will be kicked off by a round-table discussion on the subject "Boundaries and Meaning in Landscapes: From Science to Art and Back", led by Dr. Leonard Shlain, Chairman of Laparoscopic Surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center and noted author. swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Opening night event:  Wednesday, September 19, 2007 6pm Register at: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events Exhibit open September 19 - October 12, 2007; M-F, 11am - 5pm.

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

November 1, 2007.  INOUT DESIGNERS EXHIBIT AT AIA SF.   The young Swiss design group INOUT, based in Lausanne, brings an exhibit of their work that (re)designs urban landscapes.  INOUT designers have partnered with the  local chapter of the American Institute of Architects along with swissnex San Francisco to bring this unique exhibit to the West Coast. AIA San Francisco 130 Sutter St, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104 Thursday, November 1, 2007 5:30pm.

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 -- a recreation!  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through December 2, 2007.  MUTUAL ADMIRATION.  Paintings, prints and sculptures by EUGENE CARRIERE and his fellow artists.  Cantor Arts Center at  Stanford University, 2 Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*

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.

Beginning August 23, 2007.  FRENCH EVENING SEMINARS AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY.  French Evening Seminars at SJSU begin August 23rd; Advanced proficiency: FREN 140B - Littérature du 20e et 21e siècle (dominique.vanhooff@sjsu.edu); FREN 210 - Français et Technologie (danielle.trudeau@sjsu.edu); FREN 280 - Les Penseurs français et la religion (desalvoj@email.sjsu.edu). Registered auditors welcomed. Contact professors for add numbers.  We also offer advanced French classes in composition, reading, and grammar analysis. Contact professor Desalvo (desalvoj@email.sjsu.edu) or Trudeau (danielle.trudeau@sjsu.edu) for information.

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 29-October 17, 2007.  DE LUTECE AU PARIS DU ROI-SOLEIL (Une histoire de Paris et des Parisiens)  Victor Hugo a dit: "Paris est synonyme de Cosmos. Paris est Athenes, Rome, Jerusalem. Toutes les civilisations y sont en abrege, toutes les barbaries aussi".  Une humble bourgade au creux d'une boucle de la Seine: c'est ainsi que commence, avant l'ere chretienne, Lutece, appelee un jour a devenir la Ville Lumiere. Au Moyen-Age, Paris devient la plus vaste cite europeenne. L'elite intellectuelle y sera formee: l'Ecossais Duns Scott, l'Anglais Roger Bacon, l'Italien Dante Alighieri, l'Espagnol Raymond Lulle, etc. De combien d'evenements, de drames, de passions, d'evolutions et de revolutions les berges de la Seine n'ont-elles pas ete le miroir? Venez decouvrir la vie de ses habitants, de l'epoque gallo-romaine a celle du Roi-Soleil, au XVIIe siecle.  A quoi ressemble le Paris des pecheurs et des mariniers du Moyen-Age? Celui des "escholiers" querelleurs de la Sorbonne? La capitale prospere de Philippe-Auguste? Ou le Paris turbulent des guerres de religion? Decouvrez, a travers des textes et des images, l'"ame" de la ville que nous aimons tous.  Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives et enseigne par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) 8 weeks (August 29 - October 17, 2007) $245 ($240 for members)  IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver!  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) San Francisco TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 info@frenchclass.com

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. 

September-December 2007.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH, BEGINNING LEVELS 1 & 2 AND INTERMEDIATE LEVELS, 1 & 2, taught by Ellen Karel at the College of Marin.  http://www.marincommunityed.org for complete details.

Beginning September 5, 2007.  FALL CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF BERKELEY.  The class schedule for Fall (September-October) in now posted on the website at http://www.afberkeley.org/classes.pdf .  Classes begin Wednesday, September 5. You will see new classes and new teachers at all levels to match our newly painted school. Early registration ensures that you get the class you want.  You may sign up by sending us a check with the class number (example:  “Beginner 6 – 1642“) noted or register on line (see  Http://www.afberkeley.org/registration.php ).  Checks should be sent to our address (see below), made out to Alliance Française de Berkeley. Tuition is listed on the class schedule and varies depending on the length of the class.  Most are two-hour classes for eight weeks and cost $256.  See the schedule for details. We can also send you the schedule as an attachment. Please call us at 510/548-7481 or send an e-mail if there are any questions.   Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, CA 94703.  510-548-7481 or http://www.afberkeley.org/ for details.

September 5-October 17, 2007.  THE LITERARY LIFE OF FRANCE:  1980-2007.  Course focuses on the traditional and new international directions of contemporary French literature, including the most important writers of the younger generation, many originating from other countries.  Lectures, discussion and readings are in English.  Taught by Erika Harkins. 7 Wednesday afternoons.  College of Marin.  http://www.marincommunityed.org for complete 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.

September 19-November 7, 2007.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS AT DRAKE.  Taught by Colette Scafani at Drake High School, Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm.  8 sessions.  $95.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

September 20-November 8, 2007.  FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS.  Taught by Dominique Paillet at Redwood High School, Rm. 156.  Thursdays, 7pm-9pm.  8 sessions.  $95.  http://www.marinlearn.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 .

October 25, 2007. MOROCCAN COOKING WITH PAULA WOLFERT.  Ramekins Cooking School, Sonoma.  $195.  To register, go to http://www.ramekins.com .

November 1-29, 2007.  THE ART AND IMPACT OF IMPRESSIONISM.  Explore the emergence, reception and legacy of Impressionism, and see how the Impressionist artists porrayed and impacted the world they lived in.  Includes Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt and others.  Taught by Karen Upson.  Thursdays, 7pm-9pm, Tamalpais High School, Wood Hall 153.  4 sessions; no session November 22.  http://www.marinlearn.com for details.

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 2007.  CHANTICLEER’s 30th season features MY SPIRIT SANG ALL DAY, including the music of POULENC as well as the Romantics and more throughout September.  San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Fremont, Petaluma, Davis, Carmel and Santa Cruz.  800.407.1400 or http://www.chanticleer.org for details.

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 5, 2007.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER ON THE ILE SAINT LOUIS on a mystery panel at the Eighth Annual Sonoma County Book Festival.  Old Courthouse Square, downtown Santa Rosa, Arts Council Gallery, 529 5th St., Santa Rosa.  3pm.  http://www.carablack.com for details about her book.

September 6, 2007. JACQUELINE LINDENFELD, PhD, instructor in French at SRJC and Alliance Française, will give a lecture (in English) entitled FRANCE ON THE GO WITH PRESIDENT SARKOZY AND HIS TEAM  on Thursday September 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Auditorium, 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. This event is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. For further information, go to their web site http://www.wacsc.org

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 8, 2007.  LEFT BANK BRASSERIE PLEASANT HILL celebrates LA FETE DU COCHON / THE FESTIVAL OF THE PIG. The festival mirrors an annual August event in a small town called Trie-Sur-Baise in the south of France. In Trie-Sur-Baise, the entire town and countryside come together to celebrate everything about the pig - from charcuterie tastings, to pig costume and squealing contests to festive dancing and music. At Left Bank Brasserie Pleasant Hill, we also take the "Festival of the Pig" very seriously! Come one, come all and experience a jubilant slice of true French-Parisian life at Left Bank Brasseries.  Join us from 2pm - 10pm on Saturday, September 8th for . . .  -A traditional organic pig roast and special pork-inspired menu  -Special appearances by prized "pigs" - "Sammy Le Snout" and "Ze Piggy Ziggy"  -Children's games and activities hosted and sponsored by Little Gym ("running of the pigs" relay race, "baguette battle challenge", "pig in the mud" and more fun!) <http://www.tlgpleasanthillca.com/>   -Pig Plinko for kids and adults  -Piglet costume contest "on the red carpet"  -Pig pen storytelling time for kids  -Farmer's table (dinner with the farmer)  -French Pétanque -Live Parisian swing band music from Duo Gadjo (5pm - 10pm)  -Strolling French accordionist (2pm - 5pm)  ... and much more...     For reservations and contact numbers please visit <http://www.leftbank.com/> .     60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523  925.288.1222

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 11-26, 2007.  MADCAT WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.    Various venues.  http://www.madcatfilmfestival.org or 415.436.9523 for details.

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

September 13 or 15, 2007.   LA CAGE AUX FAUVES (DERAIN, 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 15 & 16, 2007.  19th ANNUAL GLENDI ETHNIC FOOD FAIR, featuring music by Brass Menazeri, Mediterranean Soul and more bands known to folk dancers throughout the Bay Area. Glendi is Greek for party, as in PARTY! Saturday, September 15 (11am-9pm) and Sunday, September 16 (12-6pm). Entry $10. St. Seraphim Orthodox Church, 90 Mountain View Avenue, Santa Rosa (near Friedman's). More info: www.glendi.net

Sept 16, 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. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event on Meetup at http://euro.meetup.com/80/. (Meetup registration is quick and free.)  Bay Area Friends of Europe [http://www.bafoe.org/] "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

September 17, 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

September 19, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S OPENING GALA fatures RAVEL’S SHEHERAZADE and more. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

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

September 20, 2007.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON. Join us for the new edition of the Women in Business Luncheon Thursday, September 20th at The Spinnaker 12:00- 2:00 pm, 100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito.  You are cordially invited by  The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, The French Lycee La Perouse San Francisco Bay Accueil and La Table Noire.  The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (FACCSF) invites regularly the Francophile Women in Business to a professional network to promote their career, broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen. Take part of this great networking event  and seize the opportunity to meet French speaking business Women of the Bay area. Come and network with Women in Business ! Men are welcome. Registration  $40 for Members of FACCSF, SFBA and Lycee Francais La Perouse $45 for non members $50 at the door.  Cancellations must be made 5-days prior to the event date Any cancellation within a 5-day period of the scheduled date will not be refunded Name of guests will be kept at the door.  French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.

September 21, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Victoria et Christian. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

September 25, 2007.  LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST:  FROM MARKET TO DISCOVERY & BACK:  THE VALUE OF EARLY COMMERCIALIZATION.  At swissnex, San Francisco.    Hosted by Swissnex. Sponsored by Invest in Northern France.  For more information: 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.  http://www.faccsf.com

September 27, 2007.  EUROPEAN PORCELAIN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN.  Art History Lecture by Letitia Roberts at the Legion of Honor. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, Lincoln Park, SF.  415.750.3638 for details.  10am.  $4 general admission; $3 members.  http://www.famsf.org

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 28, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs SAINT-SAENS’ SAMSON & DELILAH with a simulcast at AT&T Park, presented in partnership with the San Francisco Giants.  Free tickets are now available at http://www.sfopera.com/giants .  Ticket holders who have pre-registered on-line will get early admission to the 8pm performance.

September 28, 2007.  CITIZEN FRED – THE AMERICAN DREAM.  A documentary film by Theo Stich Fred Ruckli was an 18 year old farm boy from Meggen, Lucerne when in 1949 he emigrated to his uncle in Livermore, California. The story of the "americanization" of a young Swiss, who became a man under dramatic conditions. After the Korean war broke out in 1950, Fred was drafted and sent to the frontline although he was still only a  Swiss citizen. While visiting Switzerland Fred remembers the difficult and successful moments of his life. Today Fred Ruckli is 76 years old still living in California with his wife. He is a member  of the Swiss Club "Aelpler Gruppe Inc." and will be present for Q & A after the film www.lumenfilm.ch 7pm  Goethe Institute 530 Bush Street San Francisco  Admission $5  Sponsors: United Swiss Societies and the Goethe Institute San Francisco  The Consulate General of Switzerland will sponsor Swiss wine and soft drinks following the presentation of the film.

September 29, 2007.  FETE DES FRANCOPHONES, organisée par la FEDERATION DES ASSOCIATIONS FRANCOPHONES, SILICON VALLEY. La première  « FETE des Francophones » se deroulera le 29 Septembre 2007 dans les locaux de l’ISTP (International School of the Peninsula) à Palo Alto, CA. Cette grande FETE, qui s’annonce pleine de surprises, permettra également aux associations membres de faire leur promotion directement auprès des participants. Détails:  http://www.fafsv.org/

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 2, 2007.  FABERGÉ:  TREASURES TO BEHOLD.  Docent lecture by Ellen Harden, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, Lincoln Park, SF.  415.750.3638 for details.  1pm.

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 4-11, 2007.  OLIVIER ASSAYAS IN RESIDENCE:  CAHIERS DU CINEMA WEEK.  Includes screening of Assayas’s latest movie, BOARDING GATE (France, 2006).  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.

October 4-14, 2007.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  200 movies from 50 countries.  Various venues.  415.383.5256 or http://www.mvff.org 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 7, 2007.  SWISS SINGING SOCIETY.   The Swiss Singing Society of San Francisco (about 25 singers) will be performing  at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church. The service will be multilingual and will be followed by a good fellowship meal for everybody. There is plenty of parking available in the parking lot just west of the church.  St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church 3281 - 16th at Dolores  San Francisco, CA  Sunday, October 7, 11am.

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 11-21, 2007.  GEORGES FEYDEAU’S A FLEA IN HER EAR.  Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2353 or http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/ 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 .

October 14, 2007.  ANIMALS IN THE ARTS celebrated with a performance of SAINT-SAENS’ CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, along with an art exhibition and a sale.  The art exhibition, at 1pm in the Green Room of the Veterans’ War Memorial Building, will include animal-themed paintings and photographs.   At 3pm in Herbst Theatre, George Daughterty wil lead the BAROQUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in Saint-Saëns, along with music by DEBUSSY and others.

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 18-28, 2007.  ARAB FILM FESTIVAL.  Includes a TUNISIAN documentary about the making of “Tarzan of the Arabs.”  Various venues.  415.564.1100 or http://www.aff.org for details.

October 20, 2007.  OAKLAND BALLET COMPANY is back with an ALL-FRENCH MUSIC PROGRAM, including Marc Wilde’s BOLERO set to music by RAVEL, Vaslav Nijinsky’s THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN, set to music by CLAUDE DEBUSSY, and GYMNOPÉDIES, set to Erik Satie.  Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland.  510.763.7308 or http://www.rgfpa.org 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 25-November 3, 2007.  MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH, a hip-hop-inspired look at family and society from a HAITIAN perspective.  ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., SF.  415.863.9834 or http://www.odctheater.org 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 1, 2007.  INOUT DESIGNERS EXHIBIT AT AIA SF.   The young Swiss design group INOUT, based in Lausanne, brings an exhibit of their work that (re)designs urban landscapes.  INOUT designers have partnered with the  local chapter of the American Institute of Architects along with swissnex San Francisco to bring this unique exhibit to the West Coast. AIA San Francisco 130 Sutter St, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104 Thursday, November 1, 2007 5:30pm.

November 2-10, 2007.  THE PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAU’s CASTOR ET POLLUX, suite d’orchestre, REBEL’s LES CARACTERES DE LA DANSE, and more.  11/2: San Francisco; 11/3 & 4: Berkeley; 11/6:  Contra Costa; 11/9: Palo Alto; 11/10:  Carmel.  For tickets:  415.392.4400 or go to http://www.philharmonia.org for more 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 8-11, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION SHOWCASE.  Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, SF.  415.561.5500 or http://www.sffs.org for details.

November 13, 2007.  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS at Bonham & Butterfields, Auctioneers & Appraisers.  Includes works by GUILLAUME SEIGNAC (French painter, 1870-1924) such as “At the Fountain.”  220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco.  Malcolm Walker, 415.503.3263 or malcolm.walker@bonhams.com or http://www.bonhams.com/us for details.

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

Novmber 15, 2007.  SWISS & FRENCH FLUTIST EMMANUEL PAHUD performs at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), SF.  415.392.4400 for details.  $30-$45; 8pm.

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 5-8, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE and LÉLIO.  415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.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. 

June 7, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs POULENC’s FIGURE HUMAINE and more. 415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

July 18-20 & 26-27, 2008.  THE 7TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  Détails à suivre…

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