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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
October 18-26, 2007

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*OCTOBER EVENTS*    

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

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.  LA VIE PROMISE (dir. Olivier Dahan; in French with English subtitles)Isabelle Huppert shines as Sylvia, a young prostitute in Nice who has a tenous relationship with her estranged teenage daughter Laurence (Maud Forget).  When Laurence commits a crime, mother and daughter take it on the lam to the countryside, where they struggle to reconcile their differences while Sylvia searches for her first husband.  It is a tour de force of the highest caliber.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF; 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  $10 ($6 for members).  4:30pm and 7pm. 

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, 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, 2007.  MICHAEL EDWARDS, MICHAEL FLAKSMAN, clarinet & cello, perform DEBUSSY and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608 for details.  $12-$15.  8pm.

October 19, 2007.  MARK ST. MARY ZYDECO BAND performs at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm. 

October 19, 20 & 24, 2007.  OPERA AT BELROSE.  Arias from CARMEN, LA BOHEME, and more.  Belrose Theatre, 1215 5th Ave., San Rafael.  415.339.9546 or http://www.goldengateopera.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.

Through October 20, 2007.  ALSATIAN CHOUCROUTE at TWIST BISTRO during the week of Oktoberfest. Taste the choucroute with smoked meat and sausage and we'll serve you the French beer from Alsace to compliment the dish.  The price is $21.00 (including the beer.)  Come over and celebrate Oktoberfest the French way. Twist Bistro, 245 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008, T: 408-370-2467 or www.twist-bistro.com

October 20, 2007.  PUBLIC ISLAM IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPE. In current debates, diverse Muslim practices are often portrayed as either "radical" and/or are grounded in binary oppositions: secular  vs. theological, public vs. private, etc. As the discussion between pre-eminent scholars of European Islam Jocelyne Dakhlia and Malika  Zeghal will show, the current situation is in fact much more complex.  By taking into account both the "longue durree" (including historical processes pre-dating the colonial period) and contemporary efforts to  redefine European identity, this colloquium will attempt to position  the question of public Islam in Europe beyond the antagonistic logic  of mutual exclusion between East and West, Democracy and its "Other."  Program (Subject to Change):  Introductory Remarks Professor Soraya Tlatli, Department of French, University of California at Berkeley  "The Secular State and its Theological Temptations: Rethinking French  Secularism" Professor Malika Zeghal, The Divinity School, University of Chicago  "Must an Entente be Cordiale?" and "The Mediterranean Lingua Franca" Professor Jocelyne Dakhlia, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales  Discussant: Professor Stefania Pandolfo, Deptartment of Anthropology,  University of California at Berkeley  Co-sponsored by the Department of French and the Townsend Center.  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/  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Sultan Room, 340 Stephens Hall, Center for Middles Eastern Studies. University of California at Berkeley.

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 20, 2007.  TIPS ~ GEORGES BRAQUE inspired a piece composed by the late Steve Lacy. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco.  $16-$18.  8:15pm.  http://www.noevalleymusicseries.com for details. 

October 20 & 21, 2007.  DREAMS AND REALITIES, an exhibit of work by modern masters such as CHAGALL, PICASSO, DALI & MIRO at Gallery Keoki.    In the Village at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe.  Special Weekend Package, 2 for $399, includes concert, two nights at the Village, wine reception, dinner for two, continental breakfast, and gift package; without lodging, $199.  800.995.3654 or http://www.GalleryKeoki.com for details.

October 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 .

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.

Through October 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 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.  OAKLAND BALLET COMPANY performs CARNIVAL D’AIX, TROIS GYMNOPEDIES, and more.  Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland.  510.465.6400 or http://www.ticketmaster.com for details.  $15-$50.  2pm and 8pm.

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 info@frenchclass.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 23, 2007.  MADAME PROUST, A BIOGRAPHY OF MARCEL PROUST’S MOTHER – a talk (in English) by EVELYNE BLOCH-DANO.  Sponsored by the French Department of the University of California-Berkeley. Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Evelyne Bloch-Dano  studied English and modern literature. With an  advanced degree in modern literature, she has  taught in schools in the Paris region since 2000.  Recently, she has published a number of  prize-winning biographies. Madame Zola, published  in 1997, won Elle Magazine’s readers’ Grand  Prize, Flora Tristan la Femme-Messie won the  François Billetdoux Prize in 2001, and Madame  Proust received the Renaudet Prize for an essay  in 2004, as well as the literary prize from the  Circle of the Union and the prize bestowed by the  Proustian Literary Circle of Cabourg-Balbec. Her  most recent book, The Biographer, which brings  together, in an original work, her mother’s own  biography and that of actress Romy Schneider, has  been a hit in France since its publication in February, 2007.  This lecture is organized with the support of la  Délégation générale de l’Alliance Française de Paris aux Etats-Unis  Comparative Literature and French Administrative Unit 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580 Berkeley, CA 94720-2580.  French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle Hall. Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m.  510.642.2712 or http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/ or http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/

October 23, 2007.  SWAMP COOLERS perform CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman), Berkeley.  8pm dance lesson with Diana Castillo.  8:30pm performance.  $10.

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 24-December 12, 2007.  DU PARIS DU ROI-SOLEIL A CELUI DE HAUSSMANN.  (Une histoire de Paris et des Parisiens)  Victor Hugo a dit: "Paris est synonyme de Cosmos. Paris est Athenes, Rome, Jerusalem. Toutes les civilisations y sont en abrege, toutes les barbaries aussi".  Meme s'il deserte la capitale pour s'installer a Versailles en monarque absolu au milieu de sa cours, Louis XIV continue a faire de Paris un lieu artistique et culturel d'exception. Il la rend egalement beaucoup plus agreable a vivre en creant la charge de Lieutenant General de Police afin d'y assurer la securite publique.  A quoi ressemble cette ville, plus tard, dans la tourmente revolutionnaire, alors que clubs, cafes et journaux de toutes tendances politiques s'y multiplient? Par quelles modernisations Napoleon laisse-t-il ensuite sa marque? Fontaines, canal, eclairage et numerotation des rues, mais aussi batiments publics et cimetieres modernes, agrementes d'arbres: le Paris imperial est encore present de nos jours.  Enfin, comment le baron Haussmann s'y prend-il pour incorporer les communes nouvellement annexees (20 arrondissements au lieu de 12), approvisionner la capitale (les Halles, le "ventre de Paris" celebre par Zola) et la rendre plus salubre? Que fera ce genie de l'urbanisme pour introduire espace, luxe et symetrie dans la ville que nous aimons tous?   Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives et enseigne par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) 8 weeks (October 24, 2007 - December 12, 2007) $245 ($240 for members)  IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver! Please call the school: (415) 362.3666 and give your credit card info to register.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310 San Francisco TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 info@frenchclass.com

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 sffas@ehss.org 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.  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.

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.  The word “expressionism” first cropped up in the art literature around 1911, initially as a blanket term for avant-garde art in Europe around the turn of the 20th century. It then characterized the work of artists such as van Gogh or Gauguin. But, shortly afterward, this stylistic category was applied to a notorious vanguard group at the “First German Autumn Salon” of 1913 in Munich, the “Blue Rider” [Der Blaue Reiter]. The term “expressionism” then became almost synonymous with the German contribution to international developments in art.  What characterizes “German Expressionism”? A feverish relentlessness, an emphasis on the painting process, urban anxiety, metaphysical foundations, and a tendency to mysticism —all elements traditionally associated with the German Romanticism and the “German psyche.” Expressionist artists (Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, etc.) were formative rather than imitative minds: they “created” reality by dint of their visionary powers. They searched for expressiveness through exaggerations of lines and brash, bright colors.  Come and explore the vitality of an artistic group that transcended the limitations of art genres and became active in every field of creative work.  [Presente - en francais, naturellement! - par Renee Morel]  Venez parler d'art et faire la connaissance d'autres francophones et francophiles! 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 27 & 28, 2007.  MARTINE JARDEL presents her work in OPEN STUDIOS.  Paintings and works on paper, SOMA Artists Studios.  Opening night party is Friday, October 26 from 6pm to 10pm.  martinejardel@scoville-sf.com

October 30, 2007.  FRENCH BIO BAY LIG/SIG DINNER.  The French powered Bio Pharma network in the San Francisco Bay Area,French Bio Bay www.frenchbiobay.com is organizing an informal dinner on30 Oct 07 in Los Altos/Palo Alto. Antoine Cournot, who is the currentpresident of the European Clinical Research Organization Federation www.eucrof.eu will be our visiting guest. The goal of French Bio Bay is not to create another association, butrather to gather as many Francophone and Francophile Biopharmaaffiliated as possible so as to form a strong network that can helppeople in an optimal way, whether they are ready to move to France,looking for business opportunities there or freshly arrived in the SanFrancisco Bay Area. We would also like to extend to other networks inacademia, business, government, and to pertinent business partners inorder to be able to refer its members to the networks that best fittheir needs and make the Franco-American experience in Biopharma bothmore efficient and pleasurable. > If you are interested to learn more about French Bio Bay, join ourmailing list and/or to RSVP and get the details for this month's dinner, please contactfrenchbiobay@gmail.comand visit us atwww.frenchbiobay.com

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.

Through 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.

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.

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 . CineArts Sequoia, Mill Valley; Opera Plaza; Four Star. 

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 24, 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*   

October 20 & 21, 2007.  DREAMS AND REALITIES, an exhibit of work by modern masters such as CHAGALL, PICASSO, DALI & MIRO at Gallery Keoki.    In the Village at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe.  Special Weekend Package, 2 for $399, includes concert, two nights at the Village, wine reception, dinner for two, continental breakfast, and gift package; without lodging, $199.  800.995.3654 or http://www.GalleryKeoki.com for details.

October 20-December 8, 2007.  ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER ME – paintings by ALGERIAN ARTIST DRISS OUADAHI.  Hosfelt Gallery, 430 Clementina, SF.  415.495.5454 for details.

October 24-November 17, 2007.  MYTHS, MASKS, RITES & RITUALS, presented by Aurora Colors Gallery.  Wearable art may leave the exhibit upon purchase, but we hope you'll wear it at our Masquerade Party and Artist Reception!  SAVE THE DATE!!!  October 30th - 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  You are invited!  Come as you are or in costume, and those that wear a mask or half mask are eligible for prizes! Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Aurora Colors Gallery is located in the Old Petaluma Opera House building at 145  Kentucky Street between Western Avenue (off of Petaluma Blvd.) and E. Washington Street. There is street parking or you may park in the free public garage at the  corner of Western and Keller.

October 27 & 28, 2007.  MARTINE JARDEL presents her work in OPEN STUDIOS.  Paintings and works on paper, SOMA Artists Studios.  Opening night party is Friday, October 26 from 6pm to 10pm.  martinejardel@scoville-sf.com

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

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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.

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 22-December 21, 2007.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Courses for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as a conversation class and an advanced themed class and classes for children.  http://www.afsantarosa.org or school@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151 for details.

October 24-December 12, 2007.  DU PARIS DU ROI-SOLEIL A CELUI DE HAUSSMANN.  (Une histoire de Paris et des Parisiens)  Victor Hugo a dit: "Paris est synonyme de Cosmos. Paris est Athenes, Rome, Jerusalem. Toutes les civilisations y sont en abrege, toutes les barbaries aussi".  Meme s'il deserte la capitale pour s'installer a Versailles en monarque absolu au milieu de sa cours, Louis XIV continue a faire de Paris un lieu artistique et culturel d'exception. Il la rend egalement beaucoup plus agreable a vivre en creant la charge de Lieutenant General de Police afin d'y assurer la securite publique.  A quoi ressemble cette ville, plus tard, dans la tourmente revolutionnaire, alors que clubs, cafes et journaux de toutes tendances politiques s'y multiplient? Par quelles modernisations Napoleon laisse-t-il ensuite sa marque? Fontaines, canal, eclairage et numerotation des rues, mais aussi batiments publics et cimetieres modernes, agrementes d'arbres: le Paris imperial est encore present de nos jours.  Enfin, comment le baron Haussmann s'y prend-il pour incorporer les communes nouvellement annexees (20 arrondissements au lieu de 12), approvisionner la capitale (les Halles, le "ventre de Paris" celebre par Zola) et la rendre plus salubre? Que fera ce genie de l'urbanisme pour introduire espace, luxe et symetrie dans la ville que nous aimons tous?   Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives et enseigne par Renee Morel - en francais, naturellement!  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) 8 weeks (October 24, 2007 - December 12, 2007) $245 ($240 for members)  IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver! Please call the school: (415) 362.3666 and give your credit card info to register.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310 San Francisco TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 info@frenchclass.com

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)* 

November 1, 2007.  THE ROCOCO PERIOD:  FRIVOLITY, ELEGANCE AND ENLIGHTENMENT IN FRENCH 18TH-CENTURY ART.  A lecture by Dr. Richard G. Mann, professor of art history, San Francisco State University.  $4 general admission. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10am. 

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. La conquete de l'Algerie par les Francais commence le 14 juin 1830, sous leregne de Charles X. La prise d'Alger, la meme annee, met fin a une domination ottomane qui s'exercait depuis le XVIe siecle. L'arrivee de Louis-Philippe au pouvoir signale le debut de la colonisation francaise. Sous la Republique de 1848, l'Algerie devient officiellement un "territoire francais", divise en trois departements, dont la colonisation continuera sous le Second Empire, puis sous la Troisieme Republique.  Cependant, la politique d'assimilation mise en place sous Napoleon III, en 1865, et poursuivie au cours de la premiere moitie du XXe siecle, se revele etre un echec. Les tentatives d'evangelisation sont limitees, alors que l'islamisation et l'arabisation gagnent vite du terrain. Peu de musulmans accedent a la citoyennete francaise, car il leur faudrait, pour cela, renoncer a leur statut coranique (matrimonial, judiciaire, etc.). Cet echec pousse de plus en plus de partisans musulmans a se soulever, surtout apres la publication du Manifeste du peuple algerien par Ferhat Abbas (1943). C'est dans ce climat tendu qu'eclate la guerre d'Algerie.  La guerre ou, plutot, les guerres, car ce long et douloureux conflit (1954-1962) n'oppose pas simplement des colons a une population indigene. On a affaire a de multiples affrontements civils : gouvernement de Paris contre Algeriens insurges, musulmans integres contre nationalistes, "pieds-noirs" contre metropole, revolutionnaires du FLN contre democrates, partisans de l'"Algerie francaise" et intellectuels de gauche contre de Gaulle, armee loyaliste contre OAS. Ces affrontements souvent fratricides ont laisse, dans les deux pays, les traces les plus profondes : certaines blessures ne se cicatrisent jamais.  HISTORIA un club officiel de CCSF, vous invite a une presentation sur la "periode francaise" de l'Algerie, c'est-a-dire sur la periode qui s'etend de sa colonisation jusqu'a son independance, en focalisant sur le long conflit qui la dechira. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ROOM 719), Downtown Campus, 88 Fourth Street (at Mission), SF.

November 2, 2007.  LES CONTES DE FEES DU 17E EN FRANCE:  ORIGINE ET HISTORIQUE ~ une conférence en français de BERENICE LE MARCHAND à l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Le genre du conte de fées naît en France à la fin du 17ème siècle lors du déclin du règne de Louis XIV. En particulier, les femmes (les « conteuses ») écrivent ces contes qui sont en fait un miroir de la société mondaine de l’époque. On y retrouve des palais magnifiques ornés de miroirs géants et autres objets de luxe, des denrées exotiques comme le sorbet, le café, les oranges qui ne sont populaires qu’à la Cour, ou encore des spectacles et divertissements proposés au Roi à Versailles. Bien entendu tout cet éventail de richesses et d’extravagances retrouvé dans les contes n’est que la réécriture nostalgique des années glorieuses (1660-1680). Les conteuses souhaitent faire revivre ce passé faste ; toutefois, elles y insèrent critiques et modifications à travers les thèmes qu’elles développent dans leurs histoires. La présentation inclura de nombreuses gravures et autres documents d’époque, ainsi que la lecture de passages de contes de fées du XVIIe siècle. RSVP $8 membre $10 non membre   Bérénice Le Marchand est Professeur de français à San Francisco State University depuis l’automne 2004. Elle a reçu son Doctorat de Vanderbilt University (Mai 2004), « Mise en scène du miroir : Le spectaculaire dans les blasons et emblèmes de la Renaissance et les contes de fées du dix-septième siècle en France. » Elle est spécialiste de littérature française du Moyen Age, Renaissance et 17ème siècle. En particulier ses recherches se concentrent sur le merveilleux, les contes de fées, et la théâtralité. Elle a publié plusieurs articles sur ces domaines de recherches et prépare actuellement un projet de livre sur Les contes de fées : festins, fanfreluches et festivités. Alliance Française de Berkeley 2004 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 510-548-7481 or www.afberkeley.org for details.

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

November 3, 2007.  QUEEN OF FASHION:  CAROLYN WEBER gives a special lecture and book signing about MARIE ANTOINETTE.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10:30am.

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, 2007.  WHY IT IS NOW EASIER TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN FRANCE:  MYTH AND REALITIES OF BEING A VENTURE CAPITALIST IN FRANCE.  Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco,  Thursday, November 8th 7:30-9 at Cooley Godward 101 California Street, 5th Floor Get directions Denis Lucquin and Jean Schmitt, 2 partners from Sofinnova Partners will be on the a panel on positive developments of VCs investing in France.  Discover : the favorable current legal and tax environment the strong research environment  spin-off success stories human resources; a large skilled manpower pool a sizeable market Breakfast will be served thanks to APEC Attendance is limited at this free event, so please call us at 415 442 4717 to register You can also register by email at events@faccsf.com Pre-registration is required to access the building. 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.

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 info@frenchclass.com

November 9-16, 2007.  HEROES.  Set in a French military hospital in 1959, the play focuses on three veterans who meet every morning on their quiet terrace and dream of escaping the hospital.  Ross Valley Players, Ross.  415.456.9555 or http://rossvalleyplayers.org for details.

November 12, 2007.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE. Notre prochaine réunion est le lundi 12 novembre chez Bérénice, 415-902-6129, 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: berenicevlm@yahoo.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 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.  MEMBERS PREVIEW of MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  RSVP required.

November 16, 2007.  LA FETE DU BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU organisée par l’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Fund-raising event, with an auction, food & wine, and live music.  Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Winery, Santa Rosa.  Members $35; Non-members $45.  We welcome your support, auction items and financial participation!  Please contact us or make donations at AFSR, BN07, 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, Ca  95404 or 707.543.8151. 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.  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 24, 2007.  DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

November 29, 2007.  THE TASTE OF MARIE ANTOINETTE, an art history lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 10am.

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 1, 2007.  THE TASTE OF MARIE ANTOINETTE, an art history lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 1pm.

December 2, 2007. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

December 4, 2007.  DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 info@frenchclass.com

December 8, 2007. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

December 9, 2007. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 11, 2007.  FRENCH HERITAGE NIGHT WITH THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS. Pre-game mixer from 5:30PM- 6:00 PM in Club 200 lounge – a chance for people to network and catch up prior to the game; Courtside Shoot Around- 6:00-6:30 PM.  A chance to watch the Warriors and Spurs players get ready for the game up close and personal. Group Seating. Dana Alan Knops, Golden State Warriors, daknops@gs-warriors.com orwww.warriors.com

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

December 16, 2007. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 6, 2008.  SITES OF SEDUCTION:  FOLLIES, FICTIONS AND FANTASIES IN FRENCH GARDENS AT THE TIME OF MARIE ANTOINETTE.  A lecture by Dr. Eric Haskell. an art history lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  3pm.

January 8, 2008. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 13, 2008. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

January 14, 2008.  ACCESS DAY TO THE MARIE ANTOINETTE SHOW, for people with disabilities.  Extra seating and small docent tours provided. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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

January 20, 2008. DOCENT LECTURE:  MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND THE PETIT TRIANON AT VERSAILLES. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement Sts., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 13, 2008.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO presents classic Django Reinhardt Gypsy jazz and original compositions.  Kanbar Center, Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Cnter, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  8pm.

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.

June 8, 2008.  NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performes works by SAINT-GEORGES and more. Kanbar Center, Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Cnter, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  5pm.

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

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