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October 4, 2007. TILDEN TRIO performs RAVEL’S PIANO TRIO IN A MINOR. Cole Hall, UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. 415.476.2675 for details. Noon. Free.
October 4, 2007. CAFE-CONVERSATION. A 16h au Boulanger de Los Gatos. Contactez Sylvie Charmot à <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 FESTIVALTURNS 30! Locations: CinéArts @ Sequoia, Mill Valley & 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley & Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. Tickets: 877.874.MVFF or http://www.mvff.com for details. French-related films include:
October 4-November 17, 2007. THRILLPEDDLERS launch the 8th annual GRAND GUIGNOL TERROR THEATRE TRIBUTE: SHOCKTOBERFEST – MAKER OF MONSTERS! At the Hypnodrome, San Francisco As the popularity of Grand Guignol explodes on stage and screen, Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome is "ground zero" for the authentic, visceral thrills of a Grand Guignol horror theatre. Thrillpeddlers present a bill of classic Grand Guignol shock-shows, hot comic farce and "lights-out" spookshow thrills. Couples even have the option of enhancing their Shocktoberfest!! experience via The Hypnodrome's signature "Shock Box" seats for two, now newly remolded and tricked-out with electrifying special effects. Shocktoberfest!! 2007: Maker of Monsters previews October 4 - 6, opens October 11 and runs Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm through November 17 with a special Halloween performance on Wednesday, October 31 at The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. in San Francisco. Tickets are $20 general admission, $69 for "Shock Box" seats (admits two) and are now on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. Thursdays / Fridays / Saturdays - 8pm. * Previews October 4, 5, and 6. Press Opening Night: October 11. Special Halloween Performance on Wednesday, October 31 The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (between Bryant and Division) San Francisco. TICKETS: $20 general admission; $69 for "Shock Box" seats (admits two). www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. Website: www.thrillpeddlers.com. More info: 415-377-4202.
Opening October 5, 2007. D’ARC, WOMAN ON FIRE. Writer/performer Amanda Moody and director Melissa Weaver team with the humor and eclectic dynamism of composer Jay Cloidt, and cellist Elaine Kreston, known for her sumptuous, edgy playing. D'Arc offers a surreal inquiry into the costs of dreams, lived and unlived. Weaving the threads of the Dark Ages with our own dark times, D'Arc depicts a present-day intercession by Saint Joan of Arc. We meet Joanne. Home alone, she fixates on letters from her daughter who vanished while working abroad in a war-torn region. Raging against loss, Joanne begins to receive bizarre visions through the cold flame of her television set. It is Saint Joan, burning through the TV twilight to answer her grief. Relating tales of her own battles and trials, Joan teases and admonishes Joanne, disrupts her obsessions and challenges her to listen anew to the call of her own life. Jay Cloidt’s haunting music drives this D'Arc night of the soul. Integrating Moody’s mercurial vocalizations with acoustic and processed cello, the composition features original songs, underscoring, and sound design. His composition spans 14th century hymns, post-Romanticism, aggressive electronic music and heart-thumping gospel to evoke the strange dream of Joanne and Joan’s collision-course. Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., San Francisco. 415.289.2000 or http://www.ftloose.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. YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE and others perform WEST AFRICAN KORA / WORLD / REGGAE at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. 9pm. $12 in advance; $15 at door.
October 5, 2007. GERARD DELAFOSE AND HIS ZYDECO BAND perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda. 415.285.6285 for details. 9pm. $15.
October 5, 2007. SOLODUO, guitar, performs the music of 18th-century French composer ANTOINE DE LHOYER and more. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Ave and Clement St., SF. 415.242.4500 or http://www.omniconcerts.com for details.
October 5, 2007. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DEPETALUMA chez Ron. À partir de 19 heures. Tel : 707.778.9065. Les enfants sont les bienvenus. Apportez ce que vous voulez. Si on a de la chance, il y aura des entrees, des plats principaux et des desserts. Mais s'il n'y a que des desserts, on s'amusera quand-meme. Oh, et n'oubliez pas d'apporter a boire.
October 5, 2007. THE FILMS OF GUY DEBORD continues with THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE (France, 1973), preceded by REFUTATION OF ALL JUDGMENTS, PRO OR CON, THUS FAR RENDERED ON THE FILM ‘THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE’ (France, 1975). Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St., SF. 415.824.3890 or http://www.atasite.org for details. $6-$10.
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 5 & 6, 2007. ANNE ETCHEGOYEN ~ FRENCH & BASQUE SONGS. Musicienne basque Anne Etchegoyen donnera un concert spécial à l’Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires, le vendredi 5 octobre, 20:00h, et un autre concert au Centre Basque. Sponsored by the Basque Educational Organization. Details: http://calendar.ndvsf.org/index.asp?command=&month=10&year=2007 or http://www.anne-etchegoyen.com/
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. ZYDECO FLAMES perform at the WINE COUNTRY CAJUN FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL. Zydeco music and New Orleans-style cuisine. Downtown Napa, First & Main, Napa. 1pm-6pm. Free. http://www.winecountrycajunfestival.com for details.
October 6, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE’S FALLFEST 2007. With premier food & wine tasting, European artisans, and more. Justin Herman Plaza. Tickets $80/$150. http://www.sffallfest.com for details.
October 6, 2007. PIANO RENAISSANCE performs works by DEBUSSY and others. Sherman Clay Piano Store, 1388 Locust St., Walnut Creek. 925.736.3807. 6:30pm. $10.
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 6-14, 2007. MOLIERE’S DON JUAN. Comedy about a man driven by hedonism. Golden Gate Park, Bunny Meadow, John F. Kennedy Drive and Conservatory Drive W, San Francisco. 415.515.0851 or http://www.pangstheater.com for details. $20 donation.
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 7, 2007. HEART AND SOUL: THE LIFE OF HENRI NOUWEN. Film profiles this priest, professor, author and activist who spent over ten years at L’ARCHE in Trosly, France, the first of over 100 communities founded by Jean Vanier where people with developmental disabilities live with assistants. KQED TV9, 1:30pm.
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 9, 2007. SAUCE PIQUANTE performs CAJUN music at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. 8pm Cajun/zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride; show at 8:30pm. $10.
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. email@example.com for details.
October 10, 2007. JEUNE ROMANCIER FRANÇAIS ARNAUD CATHRIN speaks about his work and about trends in popular fiction in France at SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY. Clark Hall 206, SJSU. Sponsored by the Services du Consulat de San Francisco et le programme français de SJSU. Pour plus de renseignements sur cet auteur singulier, rendez-vous sur son site web: http://www.frenchculture.org/a_arnaud-cathrine-_1105.cfm
October 10, 2007. PARISIAN DANCE DUO “JUSTICE” (consisting of XAVIER DE ROSNAY & GASPARD AUGE, performs at Mezzanine. 9pm. 415.625.8880 or http://www.mezzaninesf.com for information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 12 & 13, 2007. VILLAGE IMPORTS MADE IN FRANCE OPEN WAREHOUSE. Friday, 2pm-6pm and Saturday, 8:30am to 1:30am. BBQ sausages, lemonades, imported European gourmet foods, chocolates, and pastry ingredients. Visa, Mastercard or cash. 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA. 415.562.1120 or http://www.levillage.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... email@example.com ou 707.644.3421 .
October 14, 2007. BRUNO PELLETIER-BACQUAERT performs at a SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR NIGHT, with two fine Acoustic fingerstyle Guitarists: Mokai and Goh Kurosawa. http://www.brunojazz.com/. The show will be Sunday October 14, 2007 at 6:00pm. "SF Center for Spiritual Living, 280 Claremont Blvd @ Ulloa (in West Portal District) , San Francisco, CA 94127. Donations: $8-$15 (sliding scale) 415/648-6992.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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 14, 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 - "WhereEuropeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends" - http://www.bafoe.org/
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 - email@example.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 15 & 16, 2007. PROJECTIONS GRATUITES DU FILM "MAUVAISE FOI / BAD FAITH." The San Francisco Film Society Education Program & Cultural Services - Consulate General of France in San Francisco present our annual French Films & Schools Screening, Monday, October 15 10:00 am Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto, and Tuesday, October 16 10:00 am Landmark’s Bridge Theatre, San Francisco. Each fall, the Consulat General of France in San Francisco in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society Education Program presents French Films & Schools, a free education program designed to expose high school French students in the Bay Area to the wonderful culture of France through film. MAUVAISE FOI / BAD FAITH, directed by Roschdy Zem, Running Time 88 minutes. Roschdy Zem was nominated for a 2007 César for Best New Work and won a 2007 Étoile d’Or for Best First Film. Actress Cécile De France also won a 2007 Étoile d’Or for her leading role in the film. This charming directorial debut reinvents Guess Who's Coming for Dinner? for the 21st century. The 1967 film dealt with the racial tensions here in the US. Bad Faith tackles many of the same themes but in the new setting of France with the immigrant population of Arabs and Israeli Jews. This social comedy tackles faith, love and the difficulties of combining the two. When Jewish Clara discovers that she is pregnant with her Muslim boyfriend’s baby, they realize that they are going to have do the unthinkable: meet each other’s families. Their love is then put severely to the test and will have to find its way through the weight of traditions, the conditioning of identity, and other family pressures. Roschdy Zem, who also plays the role of Ismael, accurately pinpoints the cultural and religious obstacles between the two communities. The film, with its excellent dialogue, sways between laughter and seriousness without ever seeing things in black and white. Ultimately giving us a refreshing view of tolerance. Note: Mild profanity and sexual situations. Suggested Subject Areas: French, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, Social Studies, and Women’s Issues Grades: 9-12 This event will be a free screening for teachers and their students. For more information or to order tickets, contact: Keith Zwölfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-561-5040.
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 - email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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. 19h.
October 18, 2007. FINE JEWELRY AUCTION at BONHAM’S & BUTTERFIELDS Auctioneers & Appraisers, featuring a FRENCH CARTIER art deco diamond and platinum bracelet. http://www.bonhams.com/us for details. Auction takes place in New York but will be simulcast in San Francisco.
October 18, 2007. INTERFRENCH WORKSHOP: “HOME SWEET HOME.” Moderator: François Laugier. Panelists include: Pierre Distinguin, Executive Director Provence Promotion; Antoine Buat, Founder of DIGDASH (Mobile content) ex. BUSINESS OBJECTS USA; - Vincent Berge, Founder of MOBILE DISTILLERY (Mobile Content: Porting - Technology Solution); - Kamel Ounadjela, Founder of SPINROC (Chip Design) ex. CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR (USA); - Jacques Souquet, Founder of SUPERSONIC IMAGINE (Medical Device), ex. Philips Medical, USA; - Remy de Tonnac, CEO of INSIDE CONTACTLESS CARDS (Chip Design) ex. GEMPLUS, USA; - Michel Combe, Associate, Landwell Global Paris and Marseille; - Jean-Charles Pericchi, founder of REVELUM (Human Resources Adviser) - Sebastien Dagault, Young Entrepreneurship Initiative, MIT Boston; Pierre Distinguin / Franck Araujo, Home Sweet Home task force. At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, 2475 Hanover St., Palo Alto CA 94304, USA Please register online: www.investinprovence.com
October 18, 2007. CERCLE DE LECTURE animé par BERNADETTE THEISEN, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Through October 21, 2007 . THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE by PIERRE MARIVAUX. Directed by Lillian Groag, with Stacy Rose. San José Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San José. 408.367.7255 or http://www.sjrep.com 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. ILE DE FRANCE ~ SORTIE D’AUTOMNE. Venez nombreux nous retrouver au Bosco’s Bones & Brew, 11922 Main Street, à Sunol. 925.862.0821 ou http://www.boscosbonesandbrew.com . A partir de midi et pendant tout le repas: no host bar. 12h30 déjeuner suivie du CONCERT AVEC LE CHANTEUR FRANÇAIS SIMON DRAY. $21 membres $25 non-membres (taxes et 18% service compris). Le concert est offert gracieusement par l’Ile de France. Pour ceux qui le désirent, nous avons prévu la visite des caves d’Elliston Vineyards avec « wine tasting » gratuit. Rendez-vous à 11h30 devant les caves, 463 Kilkare Road, Sunol, CA 94586 (Kilkare Road se trouve en face du restaurant) www.elliston.com/contact.htm . Pour toutes questions au sujet de la journée à Sunol, veuillez appeler Mark Jacops au 925-862-2904. VEUILLEZ RESERVER avant le 6 Octobre et par courrier seulement (Réservations non-remboursables par le Restaurant) D'autres renseignements: Iledefranchechantal@yahoo.com
October 21, 2007. MUSIC FOR PRAGUE: SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE performs medleys from LES MISERABLES and more. Ives Concert Hall 119, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. http://www.sonoma.edu for details. $10 general, $8 FANS, $6 seniors/students, SSU students free.
October 20 OR 25, 2007. LES ARTISTES DE MONTPARNASSE (1910-1930). 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.) Saturday, October 20 (10:30AM -12:00PM) or Thursday, October 25 (6:00PM-7:30PM). IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est necessaire de reserver. SVP, contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte de credit pour reserver. Merci! THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco. TEL: 415.362.3666; FAX: 415.362.4334 or email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
October 25-27, 2007. INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FRENCH PIANIST PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD performs Beethoven and Strauss with the SF Symphony, conducted by the SWISS GUEST CONDUCTOR PHILIPPE JORDAN making his SF debut. Internationally renowned French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes nothing for granted, re-thinking each keyboard stroke. An Alpine Symphony is a journey toward the summit and back, starting at dawn and ending at dusk. http://www.sfsymphony.org for details. Davies Symphony Hall.
October 25-October 28, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW includes exhibitions from France: LES ENLUMINURES and B. B. STEINITZ. Preview, Oct. 24. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Thurs-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. $15, includes catalog. http://www.sffas.org or 415.989.9019 or email@example.com 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.
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.
October 27, 2007. COUNTRY COOKING FROM CENTRAL FRANCE: ROAST BONED ROLLED STUFFED SHOULDER OF LAMB (FARCE DOUBLE), a short story by Harry Matthews, read by Isaiah Sheffer. KQED 88.5, 8pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml
See "This Month's Events,"
above, for details on special screenings!
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 18-28, 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 19 & 21, 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 . Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Embarcadero Center, SF; Piedmont; Shattuck, Berkeley; Stonestown.
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. email@example.com for details. October 24, 2007.
THE FILMS OF GUY DEBORD continues with THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE (France, 1973), preceded by REFUTATION OF ALL JUDGMENTS, PRO OR CON, THUS FAR RENDERED ON THE FILM ‘THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE’ (France, 1975). Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St., SF. 415.824.3890 or http://www.atasite.org for details. $6-$10. October 5, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org for details. October 10, 2007.
MAUVAISE FOI / BAD FAITH. Projection gratuite! The San Francisco Film Society Education Program & Cultural Services - Consulate General of France in San Francisco present our annual French Films & Schools Screening, Monday, October 15 10:00 am Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto, and Tuesday, October 16 10:00 am Landmark’s Bridge Theatre, San Francisco. Each fall, the Consulat General of France in San Francisco in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society Education Program presents French Films & Schools, a free education program designed to expose high school French students in the Bay Area to the wonderful culture of France through film. MAUVAISE FOI / BAD FAITH, directed by Roschdy Zem, Running Time 88 minutes. Roschdy Zem was nominated for a 2007 César for Best New Work and won a 2007 Étoile d’Or for Best First Film. Actress Cécile De France also won a 2007 Étoile d’Or for her leading role in the film. This charming directorial debut reinvents Guess Who's Coming for Dinner? for the 21st century. This event will be a free screening for teachers and their students. For more information or to order tickets, contact: Keith Zwölfer at email@example.com or 415-561-5040. October 15 & 16, 2007.
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVALTURNS 30! Locations: CinéArts @ Sequoia, Mill Valley & 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley & Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. Tickets: 877.874.MVFF or http://www.mvff.com for details. October 4-14, 2007. French-related films include:
LA MÔME / LA VIE EN ROSE (Olivier Dahan, France, 1006). Red Vc, 1727 Haight (at Cole), SF. 415.668.3994 or http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details.
OLIVIER ASSAYAS IN RESIDENCE: CAHIERS DU CINEMA WEEK. Includes screening of Assayas’s latest movie, BOARDING GATE (France, 2006). Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley. October 4-11, 2007. Discussed in the October 3, 2007 San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.67.
PAPILLON (based on the HENRI CHARRIERE novel). Castro, SF.
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
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 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 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 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.
Through October 29, 2007. REVERIE: THE ART OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS. Featuring prints by PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR and EDOUARD MANET, and paintings and drawings by CAMILLE PISSARRO & HIS DESCENDANTS, and more. Christopher Clark Fine Art Gallery, 377 Geary, SF. 415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com 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-January 26, 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 17, 2007 – February 17, 2008. MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. Many believe her obsession with supreme style sparked a revolution. But there’s more to Marie Antoinette’s story – brilliantly revealed through the contents of her private residence, the Petit Trianon. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.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.
June 21-September 21, 2008. LES FEMMES IMPRESSIONNISTES: MARY CASSATT, BERTHE MORISOT, EVA GONZALES, MARIE BRAQUEMOND. At the time impressionism was born, female artists were starting to come to the forefront of the art world. This exhibition breaks new ground in feminist art history by looking at the work and contributions of four female Impressionists together for the first time in the United States. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707.543.8151.
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... email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com The French Class ~ 500 Sutter Street ~ Suite 310 ~ San Francisco, CA 94102. http://www.frenchclass.com Opportunities include:
FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
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  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. firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
November 7, 2007. HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2 hours and are limited to 16 participants. The cost of classes including wines for tasting, are $50 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $80 per person, and $65 per person for our new “Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux” classes. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate food to wine. Reservations will be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund. We look forward to you joining with us in sampling the great wine finds of France! THE FRENCH CELLAR offers regional wines & objects from France.32 East Main Street Los Gatos. Telephone: 408.354.0993 or fax 408.354.2723 or http://www.thefrenchcellar.com or email@example.com 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 8 OR 17, 2007. L'AUTOPORTAIT (I): DE LA MAIN PREHISTORIQUE AUX PORTRAITS DU GRAND SIECLE. 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, November 8 (6:00PM-7:30PM) or Saturday, November 17 (10:30AM -12:00PM). IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est necessaire de reserver. SVP, contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte de credit pour reserver. Merci! THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco. TEL: 415.362.3666; FAX: 415.362.4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 12, 2007. BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE. Notre prochaine réunion est le lundi 12 novembre chez Laura, 7pm à SF. Nous avons décidé de faire une soirée poésie... Apportez donc un poème de votre choix (et faites des photocopies pour une douzaine de personnes)... lors de la soirée nous lirons les poèmes, vous partagerez pourquoi vous avez choisi ce poème... nous essayerons de deviner l'auteur et l'époque de votre poème! Contact: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Strand. Swashbuckling 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 email@example.com
November 16, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Nadine et Armen pour fêter le BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. HAITIAN KALBASS is excited to organize again this year a Cultural Extravaganza to celebrate VERTIERES DAY at Ashkenaz Dance and Community Center in Berkeley. Vertieres Day is the last battle in which Haitian slaves defeated Napoleon Bonaparte's army to become the first free black republic in the Western Hemisphere. This momentous victory on November 18, 1803 marked the end of slavery in Haiti and the beginning of a freedom movement throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Come and help us celebrate 203 years of Haitian independence this November. www.kalbasskreyol.com 9pm. http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.
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. email@example.com 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 6 OR 8, 2007. L'AUTOPORTRAIT (II): DES PORTRAITS DU GRAND SIECLE AU "BODY ART". 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, December 6 (6:00PM-7:30PM) or Saturday, December 8 (10:30AM -12:00PM). IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est necessaire de reserver. SVP, contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte de credit pour reserver. Merci! THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco. TEL: 415.362.3666; FAX: 415.362.4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com for details.
January 4, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Nadine et Armen pour fêter la GALETTE DES ROIS.firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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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