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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
September 13-21, 2007

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*SEPTEMBER EVENTS*    

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

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 13, 2007.  CHECK, PLEASE! features local restaurants, including CAJUN PACIFIC RESTAURANT & CATERING.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

September 13, 2007.  SANTANA:  HYMNS OF PEACE LIVE AT MONTREUX.  A stellar group of musicians create a one-of-a-kind musical experience at the famous jazz festival of Switzerland.  KQED TV9, 10:30pm.

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 VENEZ DINER APRES LA CONFERENCE DU 13 SEPTEMBRE!  People who plan to attend the Thursday evening presentation are welcome to join Sara and Joe Evinger - as well as votre conferenciere - at a new restaurant, "Unicorn" (excellent Pan-Asian cuisine, meat, fish, and vegetarian, reasonable prices) at 191 Pine Street (at Battery). Plenty of free street parking in the evening, no liquor license yet, but you can bring your own wine - no corkage). It's a 7-block walk from The French Class for those on foot, or we can all carpool.  Info on the restaurant can be found at:  http://unicorndining.com/index.html

September 14, 2007. HAITI:  WE MUST KILL THE BANDITS (Pina, 2007).  First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley, San Rafael.  415.924.3227 or http://mitfamericas.org.  $5-$10.

September 14, 2007.  ROBIN NOLAN TRIO WITH THE FISHTANK ENSEMBLE perform RED-HOT GYPSY-INFUSED JAZZ at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Robin Nolan and The Fishtank Ensemble play a style of music based on Django Reinhardt, who fused the French waltzes and traditional gypsy music of the 1920s with the new sounds of Louis Armstrong. The result is breakneck tempos, swinging rhythms, flashy guitar tricks, and a take-no-prisoners style - Gypsy-infused jazz. This music, even in the delicate delivery of a haunting ballad, generates excitement and enthusiasm.  The Fishtank Ensemble formed around the arrival in our midst of the gifted young fiddler Fabrice Martinez. Originally from France, he has spent the last seven years traveling around Europe in a mule-drawn caravan learning and playing folk music with the ensemble "Croque Mule." Much of that time was spent living in Romania, often in Romani (Gypsy) villages.  From the smokey cafes of Bucharest to the Gypsy caravans of yesterday, The Fishtank Ensemble evokes the spirit of a past age with the sounds of tomorrow.  8:00pm.  $35.00/$25.00   To Purchase  Tickets Call: 415-383- 9600   Or Online at Ticketweb.

September 14, 2007.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN music at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com.  8:30pm.  $12.

September 14 & 15, 2007.  MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS.  Buy specialty food treats and wines for Columbus Day at:  MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS  European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale  211 South Hill Drive  Brisbane, CA 94005  415-562-1120  Friday September 14th (2:00pm - 6:00pm) & Saturday September 15th (8:30am - 1:30pm)  Open warehouse updates now available at:         http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

September 14 & 15, 2007.  4 CELLOS CONCERT, including music by MARIN MARAIS.  Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda.  510.865.5060.  $20-$25.  8pm.

September 14 & 15, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at LEFT BANK in Pleasant Hill, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. 925.288.1222 or www.leftbank.com.  No Cover Charge.  Have a cocktail at the bustling bar or in their spacious dining room. Design highlights include one-of-a-kind brasserie lighting fixtures, Daumier-like column murals, colorful French advertising posters, huge wall mirrors and fanciful tile flooring. It's a combination of delicious, country French cuisine and the exquisite attention to detail that really makes this restaurant happen.  Live music can be heard anywhere in the restaurant. www.laurentfourgo.com for more on Laurent!  7pm-11pm.

September 14 & 16, 2007.  L’ICEBERG.  Come and cool off with L’ICEBERG , a deadpan, nearly dialogueless comedy from Belgium that tells the story of Fiona, a restaurant manager who accidentally gets locked in the walk-in freezer and as a result becomes obsessed with everything cold and icy, eventually leaving home in search of an iceberg. Using mainly sound and vision, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Rony employ a series of inventive set pieces that are sure to elicit laughter. "Not since René Clair and Jacques Tati have gags been so expertly constructed! A tasty concoction with equal measures of poetic fantasy and slapstick comedy." - MOMA New Directors/New Films Series (2006, 84 min., in French w/English subtitles) Friday, September 14 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 16 at 4:00.  Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

September 15, 2007.  HAITIAN BAND KALBASS closes out the summer with an "END OF SUMMER FLING" – A CONCERT SERIES TO CELEBRATE LOVE & HOPE FOR HAITI at Mojito (1337 Grant Ave. SF). 10pm. www.kalbassskreyol.com

September 15, 2007.  SIMON DRAY performs at Café Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real a Menlo Park.  20h-23h.  http://www.simondray.com for details.

September 15, 2007.  INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN MARKETPLACE.  Live music, international food, arts & crafts, children’s activities.  Bayview Opera House / Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 Third St., San Francisco.  888.877.7763 or http://www.bvhpafricanmarketplace.org for details.  Noon-5pm. 

September 15, 2007.  LA CHANSON FRANÇAISE & INDIAN SUMMER NIGHTS.  Simon Dray & the Simon Dray’s Band perform at Café Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.  650.327.0830.  8pm-11pm. http://www.simondray.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

September 16, 2007.  FIFTH ANNUAL FRENCH HERITAGE DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO.  The Fifth annual French Heritage day in San Francisco will by hosted M. Pierre-Francois Mourier, consul general of France and Mrs Rachel Mourier, at their residence on September 16th 2007 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  2570 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.  French American Cultural Society, Tel: 415.591.4802.

September 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 18, 2007.  DINER-CONFERENCE:  THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE SMALL INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLER IN FRANCE TODAY.  A talk by Sonoma State University professor JONAH RASKIN at the Assemblée Générale de l’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  $35 for dinner, wine not included.  $12 for the talk only.  All reservations due Friday, September 14, 2007.  Send check to AFSR, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA  95404 – and don’t forget to indicate your entrée selection:  beef, fish, chicken or vegetarian.  Dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm; conférence begins promptly at 8pm.  Reservations are required for both.  Event will take place at LA GARE, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.

September 18, 2007.  ARNO BERTINA gives a talk entitled DEVENIRS DU ROMAN.  Arno Bertina, born in 1975, is the prolific and   critically acclaimed author of several novels, including Anima motrix (2006), Appoggio (2003) and Le Dehors ou la migration des truites   (2001), as well as many essays and collective   publications. He is one of the founders and   editors of the highly regarded literary and   philosophy review Inculte, as well as one of the   many contributors to a collective work on the   contemporary French novel, Devenirs du roman,   which was published earlier this year. He is one   of a trio of authors (along with François   Bégaudeau and Olivier Rohe) responsible for Une   Année en France. référendum, banlieues, CPE, an   experimental, mixed-genre work also published   earlier this year.  For more information on some   of these publications, see http://www.inculte.fr/inrocks.jpg or http://www.zone-litteraire.com/entretiens.php?art_id=1227. A number of his books will be available soon in the French Department Library    In his appearance here at Berkeley, Bertina will   discuss the project of the volume Devenirs du roman (which covers such topics as the state and nature of the contemporary novel in France: the trends, the history, the major figures, the   future, the comparisons with American fiction) and will also discuss his own work, celebrated   for its powerful treatment of political and   social themes mixed with dazzling linguistics   and innovative narrative technique.  French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle Hall  Tuesday, September 18 at 5 p.m.  (In French.)   Comparative Literature and French Administrative Unit 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580 Berkeley, CA 94720-2580  510.642.2712  http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/

September 18, 2007.  GATOR BEAT performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8pm dance lesson with Diane Castillo; music at 8:30.  $10.

September 18 & 20, 2007.  AMOUR D’ENFANCE. Alliance Française de San Francisco revives our movie night tradition with the Universciné Series, which brings you the best of contemporary French cinema that you otherwise might not get a chance to enjoy. This season’s series focuses on the theme of the French family. All films are in French and NOT subtitled in English.   Paul returns home to his family farm after graduating from college to find his childhood home irrevocably altered. His father is terminally ill with cancer and after his death it will be up to Paul to save the farm as the locals struggle with suburban development in their once quaint village. This drama by Yves Caumon was screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival  $6 General admission ($3 AFSF members). Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

September 19, 2007.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SANTA CLARA VALLEY.  Chez Barbara.  408.226.3970 or barbara_jessat@sbcglobal.net . Veuillez la contacter soit par téléphone, soit par courriel et lui dire ce que vous souhaitez apporter et n'oubliez pas d'apporter $2 pour la bourse scolaire. Merci.

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.  BOUNDARIES AND MEANING IN LANDSCAPES:  FROM SCIENCE TO ART AND BACK. Boundaries are an ever-shifting phenomenon in our lives that are full of meaning and consequences.  Using the opening of Prof. Ariel Ruiz i Altaba’s exhibit Minimal Landscapes as a jumping-off point, swissnex San Francisco presents an evening of spirited discussion on the relationship between art and science.  The round-table discussion will be conducted by Dr Leonard Shlain, Chairman of Laparoscopic Surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center and author of various books and articles on the subjects.  The panelists of this round-table include: the artist and Professor at the University of Geneva Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, gallery owner Stephen Wirtz, LBNL Professor Emeritus of Chemistry John Hearst,  author Piero Scaruffi, SF-MOMA curator Rudolf Frieling, and University of San Francisco Professor of Chemistry Tami Spector.  This event is sponsored by Think Swiss (www.thinkswiss.org) and co-sponsored by the Leonardo Scientists Working Group (www.leonardo.info). Think Swiss is a US-wide program on Education, Research and Innovation. The program is under the auspices of Presence Switzerland (PRS), the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.  Detailed program and registration : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/MinimalLandscapes Location & parking : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact   

September 19, 2007. LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at A.P. Stumps, 163 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112, Phone: 408.292.9928 or www.apstumps.com for details.  6:00-9:00pm. www.laurentfourgo.com for more on Laurent.

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 21, 2007.  LIVING IN CALIFORNIA AND NOT KNOWING WHERE TO RETIRE, FRANCE OR CALIFORNIA?  To follow up with workshops presented in the San Francisco bay area (San  Francisco, Sonoma and San Jose) and targeted at educating an audience  contemplating retirement in France *or* in the USA; it is now time to  close the two sessions by a comparison.  Hence, the purpose for the next event, is to compare retiring in  California or retiring in the US within the scopes of Retirement, Health  Care Coverage and Legacy Planning, during the “Union des Français:  Portes Ouvertes” of 9/21/07 during an hour presentation/discussion  followed by a buffet.  Location : l’Alliance Française of San Francisco 1345 Bush street, San Francisco (Parking available accross and near the Alliance Francaise)  *Time*: 6:30 pm. Seating is limited so please rsvp by calling or  emailing at:  Thierry Gabadou : 925.366.9983 E mail : tgabadou@psfin.com A 5 $ participation for UFE members and10 $ for non members will be  requested upon arrival. (for information about UFE membership: http://www.ufesf.org/membre.html)  The workshop will be followed by a « Buffet » organized by UFE ( www.ufesf.org ).

September 21-23, 2007.  QUEBEC BAND LE VENT DU NORD performs at the 13th Annual Celtic Music Festival, with many others.  Sebastopol Community Center & Laguna Youth Park.  707.823.1511 or http://www.cumuluspresents.com .  For information on the band: http://www.onqueueartists.com/nord.html

September 22, 2007.  SPECIAL BLOC PARTY on HARVARD AVENUE in Palo Alto, featuring SIMON DRAY AND THE SIMON DRAY'S BAND.  2:00pm TO 5:00pm.  http://www.simondray.com for details.

September 23, 2007.  COREY LEDET & HIS ZYDECO BAND perform at the Historic 23 Club, 23 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane.  415.467.7717 or http://www.myspace.com/the223club for details.  $15 cover.  4pm potluck, 5pm show.

September 23, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform outdoors at The Waterfront Jazz Series in Suisun City (701 Civic Center Blvd.).  3:00pm-5:00pm.  Tel: 707.421.7300.

September 25,2007.  FROM MARKET TO DISCOVERY AND BACK, THE VALUE OF EARLY COMMERCIALIZATION.  Life Science Breakfast. Due to increased competition and difficulty in bringing new and innovative products to market, aligning R&D and commercial functions has been an area of increasing focus for the last 15 years.  The industry has been forced to define ways to address these challenges and ensure that scarce R&D and commercial resources are focused on the most commercially viable targets. Attempts to address these challenges have resulted in various models incorporating cross-functional project teams, aligning around a therapeutic area, or establishing cross-functional portfolio decision-making bodies.   This session will cover the drivers for early commercialization models improvements, explore the paradoxes it can create and what it takes to develop the right product for tomorrow leveraging relationships between sciences, sales and marketing. SPEAKERS Jean-Marc Niemetz,  Vice President of Global Life Science at Capgemini  Kristi Jones,  Director of Sales at Genentech  Additional speakers to be confirmed Registration $20 members; $25 non members; $30 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 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621. 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

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

September 26, 2007. LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at A.P. Stumps, 163 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112, Phone: 408.292.9928 or www.apstumps.com for details.  6:00-9:00pm. www.laurentfourgo.com for more on Laurent!

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, 2007.  MA VIE EN ROSE (1997). Ludovic is a young boy who can't wait to grow up to be a woman. When his family discovers the little girl blossoming in him they are forced to contend with their own discomfort and the lack of understanding from their new neighbors. Their anger and impatience cave and Ludovic is sent to see a psychiatrist in the hopes of fixing whatever is wrong with him. A movie that addresses trans-gender and gender issues in general through the eyes of a child.  Sonoma State French Ciné-Club, Erin Fisher Room, Student Union, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu 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.

Through September 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 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 28, 2007.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at Servino Ristorante (outdoor), 9 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920. 415.435.2676 or www.servino.com.  6:00pm - 9:00pm. www.laurentfourgo.com for more on Laurent!

September 28 & 30, 2007.  PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES. A real estate agent, Thierry, lives with his younger sister Gaelle and searches desperately for love. Dan and Nicole are looking for a bigger apartment anticipating, maybe, a new arrival. Lionel is a barman who tries to mend his relationship with his sick (and nonetheless extremely mean) father. Charlotte has discovered Jesus. Everyone is trying to maintain his/her relationship without much success. Master director Alain Resnais brings us this lovely and moving meditation on the human heart (based on a play by Alan Ayckbourn) making enchanting use of artifice and theatricality while remaining gloriously cinematic. Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and four César Awards including Best Director and Cinematography. (2006, 120 mins, in French with English subtitles)  Sonoma Film Institute. Friday, September 28 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 30 at 4:00. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

September 28-30, 2007.  ART INTERNATIONAL:  A FINE ART FAIR.  Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion.  http://www.artinternationalfair.com for details.

September 29, 2007.  SIMON DRAY performs at Café Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real a Menlo Park!!!  20h-23h.  http://www.simondray.com for details.

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 29, 2007.  CHEF’S STORY features STRASBOURG-BORN JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN.  KQED TV9, 1:30pm.

September 30, 2007.  THIRZA VALLOIS talks about AVEYRON, A BRIDGE TO FRENCH ARCADIA.  This is the captivating story of a once destitute corner of France that is now singled out for its quality of life.  Both a travel book and a portrait of the people of the Aveyron who are building bridges to the outside world.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  4pm.

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.

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.

AMOUR D’ENFANCE. Alliance Française de San Francisco revives our movie night tradition with the Universciné Series, which brings you the best of contemporary French cinema that you otherwise might not get a chance to enjoy. This season’s series focuses on the theme of the French family. All films are in French and NOT subtitled in English.   Paul returns home to his family farm after graduating from college to find his childhood home irrevocably altered. His father is terminally ill with cancer and after his death it will be up to Paul to save the farm as the locals struggle with suburban development in their once quaint village. This drama by Yves Caumon was screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival  $6 General admission ($3 AFSF members). Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. September 18 & 20, 2007. 

BOB LE FLAMBEUR (Melville, 1954). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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 28, 2007. 

DEUX JOURS A PARIS / 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.

THE FILMS OF GUY DEBORD.  LAB, 2948 16th St., SF.  415.864.8855.  $6-$10.  September 18, 2007. 

HAITI:  WE MUST KILL THE BANDITS (Pina, 2007).  First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley, San Rafael.  415.924.3227 or http://mitfamericas.org.  $5-$10.  September 14, 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.

L’ICEBERG.  Come and cool off with L’ICEBERG , a deadpan, nearly dialogueless comedy from Belgium that tells the story of Fiona, a restaurant manager who accidentally gets locked in the walk-in freezer and as a result becomes obsessed with everything cold and icy, eventually leaving home in search of an iceberg. Using mainly sound and vision, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Rony employ a series of inventive set pieces that are sure to elicit laughter. "Not since René Clair and Jacques Tati have gags been so expertly constructed! A tasty concoction with equal measures of poetic fantasy and slapstick comedy." - MOMA New Directors/New Films Series (2006, 84 min., in French w/English subtitles) Friday, September 14 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 16 at 4:00.  Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. September 14 & 16, 2007. 

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

MA VIE EN ROSE (1997). Ludovic is a young boy who can't wait to grow up to be a woman. When his family discovers the little girl blossoming in him they are forced to contend with their own discomfort and the lack of understanding from their new neighbors. Their anger and impatience cave and Ludovic is sent to see a psychiatrist in the hopes of fixing whatever is wrong with him. A movie that addresses trans-gender and gender issues in general through the eyes of a child.  Sonoma State French Ciné-Club, Erin Fisher Room, Student Union, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details. September 27, 2007. 

LA MÔME / LA VIE EN ROSE (the extraordinary story of EDITH PIAF). Empire; 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.

PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES. A real estate agent, Thierry, lives with his younger sister Gaelle and searches desperately for love. Dan and Nicole are looking for a bigger apartment anticipating, maybe, a new arrival. Lionel is a barman who tries to mend his relationship with his sick (and nonetheless extremely mean) father. Charlotte has discovered Jesus. Everyone is trying to maintain his/her relationship without much success. Master director Alain Resnais brings us this lovely and moving meditation on the human heart (based on a play by Alan Ayckbourn) making enchanting use of artifice and theatricality while remaining gloriously cinematic. Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and four César Awards including Best Director and Cinematography. (2006, 120 mins, in French with English subtitles)  Sonoma Film Institute. Friday, September 28 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 30 at 4:00. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. September 28 & 30, 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*   

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 17, 2007.  PAINTINGS BY MARC CHAGALL, SALVATOR DALI, ALEXANDER CALDER and others, including Chagall’s LE SONGE DU CLOWN.  Weinstein Gallery, 301 Geary St., SF.  415.362.2230 or http://www.weinstein.com for details.

September 19-October 15, 2007.  RUNNING FENCE RECYCLED, A PIECE OF ART HISTORY.  Features fine fiber-artworks created by California artists out of the historic panels of CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE’s historic Running Fence.  Plaza Arts Center, Healdsburg.  707.431.1970 or http://plazaartscenter.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*

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

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 10, 2007.  MIEUX VIVRE GRACE A L’ECRITURE.  Atelier d’écriture expressive avec PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, M.A. MFT, professeur à l’Université John F. Kennedy.  Série de 8 ateliers d’écriture dont le premier aura lieu le lundi 10 septembre à 10h15.  De nombreuses études scientifiques ont récemment confirmé les multiples vertus de l’écriture. En effet, écrire permet de soulager nos maux physiques et émotionnels, tout en nous aidant à mieux nous connaître et à nous épanouir, et à accéder à notre sagesse intérieure.  Que vous écriviez ou non, faites l’expérience de cet admirable outil, et ce, au travers de différents exercices d’un abord simple, et ne demandant aucun don d’écrivain.  Ces ateliers favorisent l’écriture dite « expressive ». C’est dire que ce ne sont ni des ateliers littéraires portant sur le style, ni des thérapies de groupe. Ce sont les seuls à être donné en français dans la Baie.  Nous écrirons individuellement pour enrichir notre vie et nous sentir mieux, en nous exprimant sur ce qui nous touche le plus : nos relations, notre travail, notre histoire, notre santé, notre créativité, notre vie intérieure, nos aspirations, nos projets, etc…  L’atelier se déroulera dans un climat de stricte confidentialité et de profond respect pour l’écriture de l’autre, facilitant ainsi, pour ceux qui le souhaitent, le partage de cette expérience d’écriture.  Vous avez la possibilité de venir au premier atelier le 10 septembre 2007 et de décider à l’issue de cet atelier si vous souhaitez continuer la série. Les dates des sept autres ateliers seront finalisées à la première séance.  Coût du premier atelier du 10 septembre:  $50; coût pour la série:  $380.  Renseignements et inscriptions:  Philippe Berthoud, 510.234.4799 or pberthoud@jfku.edu ou Anne Dumontier, 650.966.8780 ou annedumontier@gmail.com .

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.

Beginning June 2008.  COURS D’ETE A LATITUDE.  The Latitude Cultural Center is located in the ancient riverside hamlet of La Toulzanie (about 55 km east of Cahors in the Quercy). Nearby are the cave paintings at Pech-Merle, one of France's most beautiful villages (St. Cirq Lapopie), the Chateau of Cenevieres (with its amazing alchemy room), and the pilgrimage site, Rocamadour. ( Founder/director Barbara Phillips is formerly a professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at San Francisco State. She divides her time between La Toulzanie and Berkeley.)      Latitude will be offering  a variety of week-long  classes in summer, 2008, including a week of Total Immersion in French. Visit http://www.latitude.org/  for details.

  • 2nd week in June:  2 classes
  • (1) Southwest French cuisine will be featured in this cooking class. The teachers: two women who live in the Lot --  Yvette Soursou, in charge of the local hunting feasts, among other triumphs, and Francoise Griffin, an excellent French cook (bilingual) who taught dessert-making at Latitude several years ago. Together, they will conduct a hands-on workshop focusing on local specialties such as cassoulet and pastis (not the drink). 
  • (2) Wine tasting and discovery. This class features wines from southwest France, much less known globally than wines from the Loire, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Agathe Thullier, bi-lingual oenologist with expertise, degrees, and a good nose, will guide us through tastings and a history of wine plus a look at the future of vines in the area. (There will be an extra charge for tasting fine wines of 30 euros.)
  • 3rd  week of June, 2 classes:
  • (1)  Distinguished U.S. political scientist Michael Parenti will talk about "Theocracy versus Democracy: History and Current  Issues."  Michael has written many books (including Democracy for the Few, now in its 8th edition) and  taught at many universities. Those who know his work  appreciate his progressive point of view.  One blurb for his most recent  book, Contrary Notions (2007),  claims that he is "more readable than Noam Chomsky and more serious than Michael Moore."  He is a terrific teacher --with a great sense of humor! 
  • (2) Serge Marc Lazard will lead a painting workshop, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Serge is bilingual, having lived and taught  art in the U.S. for over 20 years. He presently calls Paris home. He can teach in either (or both) languages, depending on what participants prefer.
  • 4th week of June, 2 classes:
  • (1) : Rob O'Brien, who taught at Latitude in 2006, returns to offer another watercolor workshop. Rob has garnered  many honors in his home region of New England --  and for good reason!
  • (2) A Taste of Southwest France, featuring visits to the 20,000 +year-old cave paintings at Pech-Merle, wineries, a goat cheese farm, a local market, and a medieval walkabout, led by Latitude's founder/director, Barbara Phillips
  • 2nd week of July:  TOTAL IMMERSION IN FRENCH WEEK-- MORNING AND AFTERNOON CLASSES, IN FRENCH, PLUS MEALTIMES RESTRICTED TO THE FRENCH LANGUAGE.
  • (1) Mornings: Renee Morel will offer a morning class about the history of modern French art (with many slides). This will be Renee's 7th time teaching at Latitude. Students and former students (at Latitude, City College in San Francisco, San Francisco State, and The French Class in San Francisco) all tell us she is a terrific teacher who is very organized, speaks clearly and knowledgeably, and who  invites questions.
  • (2)  Afternoons:  Potpourri! A variety of speakers, including Jean-Pierre Nouveau, head of Maisons Paysannes de la France in Quercy,  Agathe Thullier, oenologist and art gallery proprietor, and Christine DaBlanc, a politically-active mother and grandmother, will lead discussions (and some will show slides) on a variety of topics, ranging from local architecture to child-rearing practices and the future of the wine trade in France. Also, Paul Verdier, Ph.D. in Comp. Literature and an expert in local history. If you have any questions about French customs, this will be a good  time to get the informed opinions  of  various knowledgeable people; most summer in the Lot but live in bigger cities, such as Paris and Clermont-Ferrand.

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)* 

October 1, 2007.  DBF, Redwood City. 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 - Fax: (415) 442 4621, www.faccsf.com 

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, 2007.  CAFE-CONVERSATION.  A 16h au Boulanger de Los Gatos.  Contactez Sylvie Charmot à <sylviecharmot@yahoo.com>

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.  CONVERSATION AT SASSAFRAS.  Please join us for convivial French conversation, dinner, and/or   beverages at Sassafras Restaurant.  We'll begin this evening, October 5, 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.

October 5, 2007.  LE FRANÇAIS, LES AUTRES LANGUES ET LA DIVERSITE CULTURELLE.  Conférence de JEAN HARZIC organisée par l’Alliance Française de la Santa Clara Valley. Invité par l'Alliance Française de SCV, Mr  Jean Harzic viendra de Paris pour parler du sujet suivant: le français, les autres langues et la diversité culturelle.  La conférence promet d'être distrayante, Jean Harzic étant un conférencier chevronné qui truffe ses interventions d'anécdotes personnelles. Jean Harzic est une des grandes personnalités qui ont fait l'histoire de l'Alliance Française de ces 30 dernières années.  Il fut le premier délégué général de l'AF de Paris aux Etats-Unis où il séjourna neuf ans. Il passa également sept ans en Argentine et quatre ans au Brésil. Bilan des courses : il parle couramment quatre langues. Après toutes ces pérégrinations, il occupa le poste de Secrétaire Général de l'AF de Paris de 1988 à 2001. Et que fait-il depuis la fin de son mandat? Il parcourt le monde! Invité à donner des conférences, il a visité 124 pays sur cinq continents.  Entrée gratuite  --  rafraîchissements.  Le vendredi 5 octobre, 19h30.  Santa Clara University, The Adobe Lodge .

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

October 5, 2007.  MICHAEL DOBBS talks about NEVER SURRENDER, an account of the events of Friday, May 10, 1940 when Hitler launched a devastating attack that would, in three days, overrun France, Holland and Belgium, and bring Britain to its knees at Dunkirk. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  1pm.

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.  WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN FRANCE.  Costs, pitfalls to  avoid, legal issues to consider. Get answers to these and other questions in  a discussion with former Journal Français publisher, Marie Galanti, Attornet  at Law . Tuesday, October 6, 2007, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The French Class, 500  Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF, CA 9102. $10. Please call (415) 362-3666 to purchase  your ticket.

October 6, 2007.  NOAH CHARNEY talks about his novel THE ART THIEF, an adventure into the world of art collecting and art theft.  With cleverly drawn characterizations and an intriguing narrative, Charney weaves the mystery of three fictional art thefts in Rome, Paris and London, with a dazzling array of facts about real-life masterpieces. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  7pm.

October 6, 2007.  HAITIAN BAND KALBASS performs at EL RINCON, 2700 16th St., SF.  10pm. www.kalbassskreyol.com

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

October 6 & 7, 2007.  FALL FEST, uniting the finest in local food, wine and spirits.  Premier food and wine tastings, epicurean artisans, chef demonstrations, live music, and more.  Restaurants represented include FOREIGN CINEMA and ILUNA BASQUE.  http://www.sffallfest.com for details.

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 10, 2007.  JESUS DE MONTREAL (1989). A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church.  Sonoma State French Ciné-Club, Erin Fisher Room, Student Union, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

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 11-13, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS’s SYMPHONY #9 (organ).  http://www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

October 11-21, 2007.  GEORGES FEYDEAU’S A FLEA IN HER EAR.  A comic farce that revolves around a husband's lack of intimacy with his beautiful wife, and how she suspects an affair, although his problem is a nervous condition.  In her attempt to prove this infidelity, she unexpectedly and unwittingly begins to involve more and more people until the whole event explodes at a chic downtown Paris hotel.  This classic has it all. An "anonymous" love letter, the lusting bachelor friend, a jealous Spaniard, a nephew with a speech impediment-although corrected, an affair with the cook and mistaken identity. Guest director Hector Correa is in charge of bringing all this madness to some sense on the Evert B. Person Stage when the play opens on Oct. 12. Center For Performing Arts Box Office- 707.664.2353 or www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/boxoffice.shtml Tickets for the Fall Programs go on sale Sept. 3.   Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 

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 14, 2007.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GARDEN PARTY AT HOLBROOK PALMER PARK. 11am.  Let's have a good time together in the sun! The French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco invites its members and their family to join them at the Holbrook Palmer Park for a great Déjeuner sur l'herbe!  Get the opportunity to meet other members in a different environment  and treat yourself to a wonderfully catered barbecue! You can register now ! 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 - Fax: (415) 442 4621, www.faccsf.com  

October 14, 2007.  LEFT BANK BRASSERIE DINNER & AUCTION WILL HELP SAVE MARIN FARMLAND. Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur, CA will host the first annual Farmland Forever dinner and auction to benefit Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 14, 2007. Renowned chef Roland Passot of Left Bank Brasseries, Tanglewood and La Folie will create a 6-course Parisian inspired menu featuring local, seasonal foods with a "Grown in Marin" theme. Tickets at $250 per person include a farmers' market stroll and tastings from local producers, followed by a sumptuous sit-down dinner, an unforgettable performance by celebrated pianist John Bayless and an auction of luxury adventures, culinary experiences and exclusive wine offerings.   Topping the list of live auction items are: * Dinner for 10 prepared and cooked in your own home by Chef Roland Passot * Exclusive tour of De Loach Winery (Russian River Valley) with wine tastings, private dinne, and overnight luxury lodging for three couples at De Loach's private guesthouse * Two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay with coastal view accommodations, dinner for two at Navio which features northern California coastal cuisine and two 60-minute Bay Signature Massages in the Ritz-Carlton Spa  * Private tour and lunch for 10 at the Point Reyes Farmstead Blue cheese-making facility overlooking Tomales Bay. Silent auction items include cases of vintage wine, spa treatments, private wine tours, weekend getaways in Northern California, and much, much more. Tickets are available by calling 415-663-1158 or at www.malt.org.  For more info:   www.leftbank.com   

October 14, 2007.  LALITA TADEMY will read from CANE RIVER,  her acclaimed novel which begins in francophone Louisiana during the slave era. Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.835.1020 for details.   2pm.

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 15, 2007.  ANALYSIS OF THE RECENT FRENCH ELECTIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON U.S.-FRANCO RELATIONS.  Commonwealth Club San Francisco. Howard H. Leach, Former U.S. Ambassador to France, Pierre-Francois Mourier, New Consul General of France in San Francisco, Marc Verstaen, President, French-American Chamber of Commerce,  Sophie Clavier, Assistant Professor of International Relations, San Francisco State University - Moderator . The implications of the recent elections in France are drawing attention around the globe. A distinguished panel of scholars and French officials will share their keen insights and observations on the new dynamics in play shaping the relations between the United States and France.  Time: 11:30 check-in, noon program, Registrations.  For details, 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 - Fax: (415) 442 4621, www.faccsf.com   

October 16, 2007.  TECH CONNECTION.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco and the Embassy of France Economic Department cordially invite you to join them to a:  TECH CONNECTION Tuesday October 16th 5.30pm - 9.30pm @ Mighty 119 Utah St, San Francisco The 6th Tech Connection is the latest in a series of gatherings allowing tech community entrepreneurs to meet and network with peers. Business angels, VCs, Entrepreneurs, and members of the Press are all welcome to join us for this exciting evening, where 10 hot French technology selected startups will demo their products for you in a relaxed atmosphere.   Presentations by startup companies will begin at 7:00 p.m. A "speed geeking" demo format will follow these brief introductions. All presenters and their teams will be available for one-on-one conversations before and after the demo session.  More information about the companies will be available soon.  Food and wine are included with admission.   This event is part of the first French Tech Connection Tour in Silicon Valley. This week long Tour aims to showcase 10 selected French Technology startups during the week of this year's Web 2.0 Summit (October 15-19). $10 for FACCSF members; $15 for non members 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 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621 . For 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 - Fax: (415) 442 4621, www.faccsf.com    

October 17, 2007. DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SANTA CLARA VALLEY.  Chez Marie-Claude, marieclaude@afscv.org or 408.445.2095.  Veuillez la contacter soit par téléphone, soit par courriel et lui dire ce que vous souhaitez apporter et n'oubliez pas d'apporter $2 pour la bourse scolaire. Merci.

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, 2007.  LA FRANCE AU PAS DE COURSE AVEC LE PRESIDENT SARKOZY EN TETE.  Conférence offerte par la professeur JACQUELINE LINDENFELD à l’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA  95404.  Rupture?  renouveau?  Que faire du chômage?  de l’immigration?  et au niveau européen?  au niveau international?  Quelques mois après la montée au pouvoir de Sarkozy, où en est l’équipe gouvernementale dan chacun de ces domaines?  Et quels sont les rapports entre la droite et la gauche de l’horizon politique dans cette France ‘en devenir’?  Reserve your place:  707.543.8151 by Monday, October 15, 2007.  $12 membres, $15 non-members. Refreshments & snacks will be served after the conference.

October 18, 2007.  CERCLE DE LECTURE animé par BERNADETTE THEISEN, theisen@netzero.net à 16 heures au Boulanger de Los Gatos.   Nous y discuterons le roman de BENOIT DUTEURTRE, CHEMINS DE FER (2006) .

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 19 & 21, 2007.  BAMAKO. In the courtyard of a communal dwelling in Mali, a remarkable tribunal has been convened: The people of Africa are putting on trial officials from the International Monetary Fund and other international institutions, charging them with promoting policies that have increased the continent’s deprivation. Director Abderrahmane Sissako (WAITING FOR HAPPINESS) effortlessly alternates the images and rhythms of everyday village life with a stark exposé of the causes of underdevelopment. Filled with warm colors and inspirational music, BAMAKO voices Africa’s grievances in an original and profoundly moving way: educating, and at the same time, entertaining the audience. (2006, 115 mins, in Bambara and French with English subtitles) Friday, October 19 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 21 at 4:00.  Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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 21, 2007.  ALEX ROSS talks about THE REST IS NOISE: LISTENING TO THE 20TH CENTURY, with attention the influence of music in Paris in the 20s on the secret modern music world. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 for details.  7pm.

October 21, 2007.  L’ILE DE FRANCE – SOCIETE FRANÇAISE DE LA VALLEE DE SANTA CLARA organise dégustation, déjeuner et concert de Simon Dray à Sunol. Renseignements: Iledefranchechantal@yahoo.com  

October 23, 2007.  FRENCH-CANADIAN CLASSICAL PIANIST MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN performs DEBUSSY at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), SF.  415.392.4400 or http://www.performances.org for details.

October 24, 2007.  LA DOUBLURE / THE VALET (2006).  Pierre Levasseur, an important CEO, is photographed with his lover, Elena, a world-famous model. In an attempt to salvage his marriage, he tries to convince his wife that Elena is not his lover, but that of François Pignon, a valet who was passing by and ended up on the photograph. To make his story believable, Levasseur then has to convince Pignon and Elena to move in together and to pretend to be a couple. Sonoma State French Ciné-Club, Erin Fisher Room, Student Union, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu 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. CAFÉ MUSEE - BETWEEN DISTORTION AND ABSTRACTION: GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM.  Slide presentation by RENEE MOREL, with brunch, $3, en français!  9:30am-12:30pm. CCSF (Visual Arts Bldg, RM V114) - 50 Phelan Ave, SF.

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 1, 2007.  LA GUERRE D'ALGERIE: HISTOIRE D'UNE DECHIRURE. Slide presentation - free and open to all - en francais!  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Castro Campus (James Lick Middle School), 1220 Noe Street (at 25th St.), SF.

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 2 OR 11, 2007.  MARIE-ANTOINETTE ET LE PETIT TRIANON A VERSAILLES.  Visite guidée – en français, naturellement – avec Renée MOREL.On November 17 the Legion of Honor will unveil the world-exclusive exhibition, "Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles." This represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the contents of Marie-Antoinette's personal refuge -the Petit Trianon- in the United States.  It's quite appropriate that this opportunity occurs at the Legion of Honor, home to world renowned examples of 18th-century French paintings and decorative arts. By examining the decorative arts of the Petit Trianon, the exhibition dispels the myths and scandals surrounding Marie-Antoinette, and reveals both her role as a tastemaker and her participation in the social and political history of France.  Friday at 9:45 AM *or* Sunday at 2:15 PM.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.  Rendez-vous devant la pyramide, dans la cour interieure (ou sous la colonnade s'il pleut). Si le musee oblige les visiteurs a entrer, le rendez-vous sera a l'interieur. $7 par personne ($2 seulement si vous etes membre du musee).  I will collect $2 per person. Then you need to purchase a $5 surcharge ticket at the door (Do *not* pay the full price: Say you are a CCSF student with the guided tour.)  RESERVATIONS AB-SO-LU-MENT NECESSAIRES! Repondez a ce message si l'une des visites vous interesse (e-mail ou [415] 255-8301) et n'oubliez pas de me dire la date et le nombre de personnes. 25 personnes maximum par visite.  SVP, let me know ASAP if you need to cancel your reservation later. People who sign up but fail to show up will be put forever on a Legion d'HORREUR list!

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 3, 2007. L’ILE DE FRANCE – SOCIETE FRANÇAISE DE LA VALLEE DE SANTA CLARA organise une visite d’une exploitation d’endives et déjeuner à Rio Vista. Renseignements: Iledefranchechantal@yahoo.com

November 3, 2007. HAITIAN BAND KALBASS performs at EL RINCON, 2700 16th St., SF.  10pm. www.kalbassskreyol.com

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.  LA FEMME NIKITA (1990). Nikita is a young lady who with two Nihilist friends commit robbery and murder while on drugs. After her trial she is not executed or taken to prison, but to a school for special operatives. She is told that Nikita no longer exists and she will be trained to pay back society for what she has done, as a spy/assassin…. Sonoma State French Ciné-Club, Erin Fisher Room, Student Union, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu 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, 2007.  FILM: "THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS" by Gillo Pontecorvo (1966). 6:30pm-8:45pm.  Castro Campus (James Lick Middle School), 1220 Noe Street (at 25th St.), SF.  In French and Arabic, with English subtitles - free!)

November 15, 2007.  RICK STEVES talks about THE VALUE OF TRAVEL IN SHAPING THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.  Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael.  7pm.  Free.

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 16 & 18, 2007.  FOREVER. “Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and the final repository of the famous. Among its occupants are medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard, Modernist icons Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and sixties rocker Jim Morrison. Through its gates come tourists toting cameras to the burial site of Marcel Proust (though they might never have read him) and who sing at the gravesite of Yves Montand. Widows of well-remembered husbands, meanwhile, sweep their late spouses' gravestones and water the flowers. Into this ripe milieu, Heddy Honigmann—Peruvian-born Dutch documentarian and career-long chronicler of dislocation—brings her unique perspective and boundless curiosity, looking for the key to art and eternity, the allure of a celebrity afterlife, and the solace to be found in a necropolis of stars….Honigmann has made a film of great tenderness as well as profound inquiry. She is never reticent about asking a question; her trademark is getting people to open up in ways that must surprise even them. But she exercises the greatest respect, even awe, for those who walk among the headstones or occupy the more ethereal world of Forever.” – San Francisco International Film Festival (2006, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles) Friday, November 16 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 18 at 4:00. Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

November 17, 2007.  LA SOIREE 26TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL!Come and celebrate with us the launch of the “Beaujolais Nouveau” (first wine of the year) at the annual fundraising event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. Let’s celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of Food and Wine tasting. Join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town. The Hyatt Regency Hotel 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm Program: French Food and Wine Tasting Silent Auction We had over 100 items last year ! Le Marché 1 to 6 pm A Holiday Market showcasing products with a “French touch”. La Before 2.30 to 4.30 pm A Professional French sparkling wine tasting open to professionals only. Music and dance with a DJ who will spin French and American tunes. Purchase tickets at www.faccsf.com or call: (415) 442-4717 Member : 50$ Non member : 60$ At the door : 70$

November 17, 2007.  REMI BOUCHER, French-Canadian classical guitarist, performs at the Green Room, War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, SF.  1.888.400.6664 or http://www.Omniconcerts.com for details.  See http://www.remiboucher.com/ for information about the artist.

November 17, 2007.  HAITI'S 203 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION – HAITIAN BAND KALBASS performs at ASHKENAZ, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  9pm.  http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. www.kalbassskreyol.com 

November 18, 2007.  LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU is fêted by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA CLARA VALLEY.  Détails à suivre…

November 29, 2007.  LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (1978). Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner.  Sonoma State French Ciné-Club, Erin Fisher Room, Student Union, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

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 1, 2007.  CAFÉ MUSEE ~ MELANCHOLIA: GENIUS AND MADNESS IN WESTERN ART. Slide presentation by RENEE MOREL, with brunch - $3 - en francais! CCSF (Visual Arts Bldg, RM V114) - 50 Phelan Ave, SF.  9:30am-12:30pm.

December 1, 2007. HAITIAN BAND KALBASS performs at EL RINCON, 2700 16th St., SF.  10pm. www.kalbassskreyol.com

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 9, 2007. L’ILE DE FRANCE – SOCIETE FRANÇAISE DE LA VALLEE DE SANTA CLARA organise son dîner de Noël chez Pierre Bossaert. Renseignements: Iledefranchechantal@yahoo.com

December 9, 2007.  LA FETE DE NOEL de L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA CLARA VALLEY.  Chez Marie-Claude.  Détails à suivre…

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 6 & 7, 2008.  COMPANY EA SOLA presents DROUGHT AND RAIN, VOLUME 2.  Born in Vietnam and trained in Paris, choreographer Ea Sola creates vital contemporary works grounded in the traditional culture, music, dance and history of Vietnam.  An 80-minute multidisciplinary work… with ballet, music played on traditional instruments, opera and more.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco.  http://www.ybca.org for details.

February 9, 2008.  MADELINE AND THE BAD HAT.  Join Madeline in this original musical with an amusing and thought-provoking storyline about enemies becoming friends.  Based on the popular book by LUDWIG BEMELMAN. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  http://wells.fargocentrarts.org 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, plus music from the movie CHOCOLAT.  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-May 11, 2008.  THE BRIGANDS by JACQUES OFFENBACH. Deep in their hideout high in the french Pyrenees, a band of thieving brigands is about to embark on the biggest burglary of their career. Led by the fearless Falsacappa, and his beloved daughter Fiorella, a plan is hatched to acquire 3 million francs! Of course, to pull it off the band will have to intercept a royal wedding, don a host of disguises, and play the part of Spanish royalty in the Italian court—all this without losing their cool. Perhaps they’ve bit off more than they can chew...after all, the biggest thieves aren’t always hiding in the forests. Suffused with light social satire and Offenbach’s bubbly music.  $10-$15. http://www.cinnabartheater.org/cinnabar.2007-08brigands.html 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.

April 27, 2008.  STEPHEN PRUTSMAN, pianist, performs RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR and more.  Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.  http://wells.fargocentrarts.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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