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November 15, 2007. UNION DES FRANÇAIS DE L’ETRANGER ~ TABLE FRANÇAISE. Le jeudi 15 novembre Jean-Marie Legendre nous accueillera dans son restaurant LA FRINGALE, 570 4th St., SF. 12h. Hors d’œuvre du chef, assiette charcuterie, coq au vin, gâteau basque d’Angèle Goyeneche, café noir, Beaujolais Nouveau 2007. $35 pour membres de l’UFE; $40 pour non-membres. Réservations auprès de Vilma, 415.751.3563.
November 15, 2007. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents UNVEILING OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, 11am – 6pm. Complimentary tasting. Presenting Domaine Dominique Piron 2007 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, Kermit Lynch 2007 Beaujolais Nouveau, and Bacarrat 2007 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau. The French Cellar, 32 East Main Street, Los Gatos CA 95030. tel 408.354.0993 or fax 408.354.2723. http://www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.
November 15, 2007. YVES SAINT-LAURENT: HIS LIFE & TIMES & 5 AVE. MARCEAU. Notoriously reclusive with godlike talent. Yves St. Laurent‘s beginnings, rise, and enduring contributions to fashion are explored in this 2002 two part documentary. The films take an in-depth look at St. Laurent’s life via interviews with his mother, his partner Pierre Berge, friend Loulou de la Falaise and fan Lee Radziwill. From age 3 (when he noted to his aunt that her shoes and dress did not match) to his retirement in 2002, St. Laurent has enjoyed tremendous success. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com. $6 AFSF members, $10 non-members. 3pm & 6pm.
November 15, 2007. LE MARCHE AUX FLEURS in Ross celebrates the 2007 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU! The restaurant’s annual “all you can drink” three-course dinner with seasonal foods à la française (chicken confit, salad with lardons, bittersweet chocolate mousse…). Reservations at 415.925.9200; request the special menu.
November 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 15-17, 2007. LEFT BANK BRASSERIES TOAST THE ARRIVAL OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2007 & 25 YEARS OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU IN AMERICA. Every year, watches are synchronized for the 3rd Thursday in November – the official arrival of the year’s first bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. This year, the wait is over on November 15th when Left Bank Brasseries will celebrate “Moulin Rouge-style” the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau 2007 as well as 25 years of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau in America. Festive celebrations will run from Thursday, November 15th – Saturday, November 17th. Come one, come all and experience a jubilant slice of true French-Parisian life at Left Bank Brasseries. MOULIN ROUGE comes to Left Bank Brasseries: One of the most frivolous and animated traditions in the wine world will be taken to new heights at Left Bank Brasseries! Feathered Can-Can girls will entertain and beguile you, accordionists and jazz ensembles will serenade you with nostalgic French tunes, Beaujolais wine will flow, and last but not least a delectable Beaujolais-inspired menu will be offered “à la carte” in addition to our regular menu: Salade des Vignerons Baby frisée, red wine poached egg, wild mushrooms, lardons Sherry vinaigrette $8.50 Quenelle de Coquille Saint Jacques et Saumon Sea scallops and salmon mousse, exotic mushrooms and lobster bisque $10.50 Plat de Côte Braisé au Chiroubles Chiroubles braised short ribs, carrot, pearl onions, turnips truffle mashed potatoes $19.50 Filet de Bar à la Côte de Brouilly Pan Seared Blue Nose Sea Bass, Côte de Brouilly réduction button mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, carrots, lardons $20.50 Financier, Poire Pochée au Julienas Almond Financier, poached pear in Julienas syrup $5.50 Left Bank Brasseries “transport” guests to a charming and lively brasserie in Paris, where diners feast upon simple, delectable French cuisine in a bustling, carefree atmosphere. Left Bank Brasserie’s signature dishes include sumptuous French preparations like Onion Soup des Halles, Moules Frites, Salade Niçoise, Filet de Saumon and Brasserie Steak Frites; other menu highlights include seasonal farmers’ market produce, artisan cheeses, delectable desserts, and an award-winning wine list featuring both local and French selections. Left Bank Brasserie Executive Chefs, along with luminary chefs Roland Passot and Joël Guillon, are committed to bringing a little piece of Paris to the Bay Area. Left Bank Brasseries serve lunch and dinner each day, seven days a week, and offer private dining rooms for celebratory events. For reservations and contact numbers please visit www.leftbank.com. Left Bank Brasseries LARKSPUR 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939 415.927.3331 MENLO PARK 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 650.473.6543 PLEASANT HILL 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 925.288.1222 SAN JOSE 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128 408.984.3500 SAN MATEO 1100 Park Place, San Mateo, CA 94403 650.345.2250
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.
Through November 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 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. 5TH ANNUAL BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU FÊTE AND AUCTION AT PARADISE RIDGE WINERY EMBRACES FRENCH TRADITION OF DRINKING THE YEAR'S FIRST WINE. Known as "primeur" or the year's first wine, Beaujolais Nouveau has enjoyed popularity in the United States since the 1970s and continues to draw revelers together who want to be among the first to sip the newest vintage. To celebrate the new wine, the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa presents the 5th annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fête and Auction on Friday, November 16th from 6 p.m. to 9 pm at Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa, California. Tickets are $35 per person for members and $45 for non members in advance (by November 12th), and $45 for the members and $55 for non-members at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. For tickets, please call 707-322-5231 or print out a mailable form online at http://www.afsantarosa.org/bn/bn07/BN07_flyer.pdf. Guests will also enjoy live French music with accordionist Xavier de la Prade and a silent auction featuring wine and many other items of artistic and gustatory pleasure. The walk-around tasting menu for the evening includes: Artisan Foie Gras; Galaxy Desserts -Jean-Yves Charon's French- inspired confections combined with colorful California innovations; Fabrique Délices; Madame de Fromage for Cheese - Collette Hatch creates an unusual table of artisan cheeses from France and California. From La Gare Restaurant - Chef Roger Praplan will serve his soupe à l'oignon and his beef bourguignon; Marcel & Henri Charcuterie; Redwood Hill Farm will offer samples of their hand craft, award-winning goat milk cheese and delicious goat milk yogurt. Please contact us 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 email@example.com
November 16, 2007. CELEBREZ LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU. Venez feter l’arrivee du millesime 2007, Vendredi 16 Novembre a partir de 19 heures, Chez Nadine et Armen à Petaluma. 707-762-2143 Les enfants sont les bienvenus. S’il vous fait plaisir, apportez quelquechose a boire (Beaujolais Nouveau serait bien (Cost-Plus, Beverages and more, etc., en vente le 15 Novembre, on va voter a l’aveuglette pour le meilleur) ou/et quelquechose a deguster. Je vais preparer ma fameuse choucroute. The French tradition of testing the Beaujolais Nouveau is coming up (available Thursday November 15 at Cost-Plus, Beverages and more, etc.). Please join us at our house in Petaluma Friday November 16 anytime after 7 PM to test the 2007 wine. Please bring some new or “old” wine, or anything you would like to share for dinner. We will vote for the best Beaujolais Nouveau. Kids are welcome.
November 16, 2007. LAURENT FOURGO performs a mix of FRENCH and American jazz standards at LEFT BANK in San Mateo. http://www.fourgo.com for details. 6:30 - 9:30pm. Left Bank, 1100 Park Place, San Mateo CA 94403. Phone: (650) 345-2250.
November 16, 2007. SYNTHETIC CINEMA: THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE BIZARRE. Rare surrealist & avant-garde films by MARCEL DUCHAMP and others, screened in glorious 16mm. Oddball Films, 275 Capp (at Mission), SF. 8:30pm; $10. 415.558.8112 or http://www.odballfilm.com for details.
November 16, 2007. MALIAN BLUES PERFORMERS MAMADOU & VANESSA SIDIBE perform with the Walter Strauss Trio at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. $15. 9pm.
November 16, 2007. ANGEL CAPITAL EXPO. The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco is partner of Keiretsu's annual Angel Capital Expo Friday, November 16th 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus Conference Center 1065 La Avenida St., Building 1 For any questions on Angel Capital Expo, please email Sonja Markova, Vice President of Keiretsu Forum 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.
November 16 & 17, 2007. MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS. Buy specialty food treats and wines for Thanksgiving at: MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS European Gourmet Food Warehouse Sale 211 South Hill Drive Brisbane, CA 94005. 415-562-1120 Friday November 16th (2:00pm - 6:00pm) & Saturday November 17th (8:30am - 1:30pm) Open warehouse updates now available at: http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents
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.
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.
November 17, 2007. LE MARCHÉ. 1 p.m to 6 p.m Start your holiday shopping at Le Marché, a market showcasing products with a French touch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel before La Soirée. 1 p.m to 6 p.m . French-American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.
November 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! $10 (One and a half hours each. Includes handouts. Each conference is offered twice.) Thursday, November 8 (6:00PM-7:30PM) or Saturday, November 17 (10:30AM -12:00PM). IMPORTANT! Comme pour le TGV, il est necessaire de reserver. SVP, contactez directement The French Class par telephone au 415-362-3666, et donnez-leur votre numero de carte de credit pour reserver. Merci! THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), San Francisco. TEL: 415.362.3666; FAX: 415.362.4334 or email@example.com
November 17, 2007. LA SOIREE 26TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL! Come and celebrate with us the launch of the “Beaujolais Nouveau” (first wine of the year) at the annual fundraising event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. With the LAURENT FOURGO ENSEMBLE performing FRENCH JAZZ STANDARDS. Let’s celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of Food and Wine tasting. Join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town. The Hyatt Regency Hotel 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm Program: French Food and Wine Tasting Silent Auction We had over 100 items last year ! Le Marché 1 to 6 pm A Holiday Market showcasing products with a “French touch”. La Before 2.30 to 4.30 pm A Professional French sparkling wine tasting open to professionals only. Music and dance with a DJ who will spin French and American tunes. Purchase tickets at www.faccsf.com or call: (415) 442-4717 Member : 50$ 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. CRAZY LAUGHTER: SEVEN YEARS WITH THE SPIRIT OF ARTHUR RIMBAUD. Share a few songs with friend Holly Tannen and a stellar line-up of musicians to celebrate the release of Holly's fourth CD, CRAZY LAUGHTER: SEVEN YEARS WITH THE SPIRIT OF ARTHUR RIMBAUD. She is joined on stage by some great musical cohorts including SWISS MUSICIAN EDMOND BADOUX, who plays with the wonderful Andean duo Chaskinakuy. www.chaskinakuy.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Trinity Chapel 2320 Dana Street Berkeley (between Bancroft and Durant) Info: 510.549.3864. www.trinitychamberconcerts.com. 8:00pm
November 17, 2007. HAITIANS CELEBRATE VERTIERES DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO. Haitians in the Bay Area Celebrate Vertieres Day, A Haitian Cultural Extravaganza Marking Haiti's 204th Year of Liberation from Slavery. Haitian band Kalbass leads the second annual Haitian Cultural Extravaganza at Ashkenaz in celebration of Vertieres Day, marking the 204th anniversary of Haitians' decisive victory over the French forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. The November 1803 Battle of Vertieres, Napoleon's first major defeat, resulted in the end of slavery in Haiti and culminated the only successful slave rebellion in world history. As well as honoring two centuries of independence, this night celebrates hope, peace, and freedom for Haiti. It offers an authentic sampling of Haitian culture, from its people to its music and food, including Haitian vegetarian dishes. In addition to Kalbass, the evening features performances by Alafia Dance Ensemble and Haitian rap artist J-W. A kompa dance lesson taught by Jude Dantes precedes the show. Kalbass' repertoire stretches from traditional Haitian styles such as kompa and rara to zouk, reggae, salsa, and merengue. The six-member band's mission is to promote awareness about Haiti by sharing with its audience the hopeful and inspiring side of the island through music. Mariella Morales, a graduate in dance of San Francisco State University, leads her Alafia Dance Ensemble with passion and inspiration, drawing from Haitian dance and culture. Haitian-born rapper J-W, who at age 17 has already shared stages with such well-known East Bay hip-hop artists as Too Short and E-40, has an energetic style and lyrics that are both soul-searching and upbeat. The event is a fundraiser for the Bellot Idovia Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit working to end clear-cutting and replant deforested areas in Haiti. Ashkenaz Saturday November 17. 8:00PM - Free Kompa Dance Lessson (Jude Dantes); 9:00PM - Show Time; Guest Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble and Rap Artist J – W. Special Guest Appearance by Suzette Chaumette. Haitian Food Will Be Sold at the Event. Concert to Benefit Anti-Deforestation Efforts in Haiti. $12 Adv./Stud. $15 door. Buy Tickets at www.kalbasskreyol.com You can win prizes, too: an 80GB iPod Video, reservations for two at Bissap Baobab in SF; rare Haitian compilation CDs; sexy Kalbass t-shirts!
November 17, 2007. OPERA SAN JOSE perfoms MASSENET’S WERTHER. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San José. 408.437.4450 or http://www.operasj.org for details. $66-$88. 8pm.
November 17, 2007. WORLD OF FLAVOR. An all-you-an-eat event featuring food from 10 countries (including countries in Europe, plus Morocco), cooking demonstrations, and a wine-tasting seminar. St. Anne of the Sunset, 850 Judah St., SF. 415.665.1600 or http://www.localwineevents.com for details. $5-$15. 5:30pm-8:30pm.
November 17, 2007. CHASKINAKUY CONCERT in the TRINITY CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES. Including SWISS MUSICIAN EDMOND BADOUX, who plays with this wonderful Andean duo. www.chaskinakuy.com or email@example.com Trinity Chapel 2320 Dana Street Berkeley (between Bancroft and Durant) Info: 510.549.3864. www.trinitychamberconcerts.com. 8:00pm
Through November 18, 2007. CINDERELLA, based on the story by CHARLES PERRAULT. Stephanie Temple directs this updated version of the classic fairy tale. New Conservatory Theatre Center, Walker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave., SF. 415.861.8972 or http://www.nctcsf.org for details.November 18, 2008. GEORGES LAMMAM performs at Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell (at Union), SF. 415.646.0018 for details. $10. 8:45pm.
November 18, 2007 A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE. A Power Point presentation about the gastronomy, history, architectural gems, and Neoloithic cave paintings of Quercy, near Cahors in southwest France. Presenter: E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, San Francisco State University and Founder/Director of the non-profit Latitude Cultural Center in the ancient hamlet of La Toulzanie (Lot), France. The event, on November 18 at 6 p.m. is free, but reservations are needed due to space limitations. Please e-mail Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and directions.
November 18, 2007. LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU is fêted by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA CLARA VALLEY. Détails à suivre…
November 19, 2007. CONSULTATIONS GRATUITES PEARL. A l’occasion du 38e congres du Mouvement Jeune Notariat qui aura lieu cette annee a San Francisco, un apres-midi de consultations gratuites sera organise au lycee La Perouse (Campus d'Ortega) le lundi 19 novembre de 16h30 a 19h. Une centaine de notaires francais participeront a ces consultations qui comporteront differents exposes mais aussi repondront aux questions d’ordre juridique ou financier que les expatries peuvent se poser. Les personnes presentes pourront donc beneficier de consultations individuelles qui bien sur garderont un caractere confidentiel puisque ces notaires sont lies par le secret professionnel. Afin que vous puissiez preparer vos questions a l’avance, voici les domaines particuliers qui pourront etre abordes: Immobilier: achat, vente, echange, parts de societe civile immobiliere, de tous biens immobiliers en France. Droit de la famille : regime matrimoniaux, divorce, filiation, donation de biens de toute nature, successions, testament, donation entre epoux. Droit des affaires : societes commerciales, societes civiles, fonds de commerce. Droit fiscal : de toute nature Egalement 2 banques seront presentees, Bank of the West (filiale de la Banque de Paris et des Pays Bas) ainsi que le Credit agricole qui sera represente par une directrice d’agence Mobilite Internationale. Profitez de cette occasion exceptionnelle, car ce n’est pas souvent que l’on peut voir 100 notaires francais à San Francisco! Les consultations auront lieu sur le campus d’Ortega: 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco Tel: (415) 661-5232.
November 20, 2007. TRI TIP TRIO performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pable Ave. at Gilman, 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. Dance lesson at 8pm with Cheryl McBride; Performance at 8:30pm.
November 22, 2007. CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING AT LEFT BANK! Chef Roland Passot's Left Bank Brasseries in the San Francisco Bay Area will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 2007 with delectable French twists on American classics. Hours: 12pm - 8pm A 4-course prix fixe (starting from $39.50) as well as à la carte will be offered (pls. see menu attached) Reservations are strongly encouraged via our web site http://www.leftbank.com/ or by calling your favorite Left Bank Brasserie.
Opening November 23, 2007. THE RED BALLON and WHITE MANE. Restored 35mm prints of the classic 1956 ALBERT LAMORISSE fim (starring his own 5-year-old son) as well as his earlier Cannes prize winner. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details.
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 28, 2007. DANIEL SELCER presents ONE OR MANY IMAGES? DELEUZE ON THOUGHT AND MATERIALITY IN DESCARTES AND SPINOZA. A discussion on one of Daniel Selcer's recent articles, ("The uninterrupted ocean: Leibniz and the encyclopedic imagination", Representations, 98, 2007) will be held within the Early Modern Studies Group (copies of the article will be available in 4125 Dwinelle by November 12) Thursday, November 29, 2007, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Performance Studies Conference Room, 211 Dwinelle, Annex, UC Berkeley Daniel Selcer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. He works primarily in early modern philosophy (especially Leibniz and Spinoza), with an interest in its impact on German Idealism (especially Hegel), as well as late structuralism and poststructuralist thought (especially Althusser, Foucault, and Deleuze). He is writing two books: Deleuze and the Moderns,exploring Gilles Deleuze's texts and seminars on Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, and Kant, and Philosophy and the Book,a project dealing with figures of inscription and technologies of textual organization in philosophical discourse of early modernity. These events are made possible thanks to the partial support of the Townsend Center of the Humanities. 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/ 5:00 p.m. French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley.
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. 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.
November 30, 2007. L'ALGÉRIE: DE LA COLONISATION À L'INDÉPENDANCE. Conférence animée par RENÉE MOREL, proposé par le LYCEE FRANÇAIS LA PEROUSE et SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL. Vendredi 30 Novembre à 10h dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (@ 19th Avenue) L’entrée est du côté de la 20ème Avenue. La conquête de l'Algérie par les Français commence le 14 juin 1830, sous le règne de Charles X. La prise d'Alger, la même année, met fin à une domination ottomane qui s'exerçait depuis le XVIe siècle. L'arrivée de Louis-Philippe au pouvoir signale le début de la colonisation française. Sous la République de 1848, l'Algérie devient officiellement un “territoire français”, divisé en trois départements, dont la colonisation continuera sous le Second Empire, puis sous la Troisième République. Cependant, la politique d'assimilation mise en place sous Napoléon III, en 1865, et poursuivie au cours de la première moitié du XXe siècle se révèle être un échec. Peu de musulmans accèdent à la citoyenneté française, situation qui pousse de plus en plus de partisans de l'indépendance à se révolter. C'est dans ce climat tendu qu'éclate la guerre d'Algérie. La guerre ou, plutôt, les guerres, car ce long et douloureux conflit (1954-1962) n'opposera pas seulement des colons à une population indigène. On a affaire à de multiples affrontements civils: gouvernement de Paris contre Algériens insurgés, musulmans intégrés contre nationalistes, “pieds-noirs” contre métropole, intellectuels de gauche et partisans de l'“Algérie française” contre de Gaulle, armée loyaliste contre OAS. Ces affrontements, souvent fratricides, ont laissé, dans les deux pays, des cicatrices indélébiles. La conférence se terminera vers 11h30. Coût: $7/personne. Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.
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!
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org for details. November 29, 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 16 & 18, 2007.
THE RED BALLON and WHITE MANE. Restored 35mm prints of the classic 1956 ALBERT LAMORISSE fim (starring his own 5-year-old son) as well as his earlier Cannes prize winner. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details. Opening November 23, 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
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
Through 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.
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 November 30, 2007. WORKS BY FRENCH ILLUSTRATOR CHRISTOPHE MARTIN. Fisher’s Children’s Center, San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, 100 Larkin, second floor, SF. 415.557.4277 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 December 8, 2007. ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER ME – paintings by ALGERIAN ARTIST DRISS OUADAHI. Hosfelt Gallery, 430 Clementina, SF. 415.495.5454 for details.
Through December 10, 2007. JOIE DE VIVRE: THE INFLUENCE OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND HIS CIRCLE. Featuring Toulouse-Lautrec, Chéret, Legrand, Tissot and more. Christopher-Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary, San Francisco. 415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.
Through December 15, 2007. WORKS BY SWISS ARTIST CLAUDIA N. NOLTE. Claudia Niseema Nolte was born and raised in Europe and has actively pursued painting as an art form since the 1970's. She studied in England, Switzerland and Germany and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Her watercolor "Masks" has been published on the cover of the award-winning Art & Literary Journal "Milvia Street". In 2000 she started a series of oil paintings featuring spirals, desert views and architecture. Her most recent work is called: Archetypes of the Greek Mythology. www.commonweal.org/new-school/events.html. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA. Tel. 415.868.0970.
Through December 15, 2007. EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY SWISS ARTIST REGULAR ALLENSPACH WEILL. Swiss fiber artist Regula Allenspach Weill has collaborated together with over 15 different artists on an exhibition entitled "Running Fence - recycled". In 1976, the international artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude Javacheff executed an immense project in northern California called Running Fence, a 24-mile white nylon fabric fence extending from the ocean into wine country, removed after two weeks. Few panels from this event in art history remain today. Some of them have been turned into fine artworks created by California artists from this famous material. Each piece includes a Certificate of Authenticity for the fabric. Curated by Dianne Smith. www.runningfence-recycled.com Call for hours Tel. 415.789.2665 Belvedere-Tiburon Library Tiburon, CA.
Through December 16, 2007. SAISON ONE, mixed works by Parisian artist FRÉDÉRIC VINCENT. Ampersand International Arts, 1001 Tennessee Street, SF. 415.285.0170 or http://www.ampersandintlarts.com for details.
Through January 2, 2008. PAINTINGS BY SWISS ARTIST THIERRY FEUZ. The LIMN Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Swiss artist Thierry Feuz whose lacquer paintings are first a radical experimentation with materials. Thierry Feuz lives and works in Geneva. This is his first solo show in California. www.steinergraphics.com/pdf/catalog_feuz.pdf. Limn Gallery 292 Townsend San Francisco Info: 415.977.1300 www.limnartgallery.com
Through January 6, 2008. BIOTHECHNIQUE, guest curated by Philip Ross. Including films by JEAN PAINLEVE. Grand Lobby & Galleries, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, http://www.ybca.org for details.
Through January 26, 2008. INOUT DESIGNERS EXHIBIT AT AIA SF. 12 designers from the ECOLE CANTONALE D’ART DE LAUSANNE (reception Thursday, 11/1, 6pm). 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.
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
January 14-March 6, 2008. FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT BY ANNE BISHOP AT BOOK PASSAGE: Beginning French; Lower Intermediate French; Intermediate French; Upper Intermediate French; Advanced French. http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
January 14-March 10, 2008. FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT BY GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN AT BOOK PASSAGE: French for Movie Lovers; French Literature & Grammar. http://www.bookpassage.com for details.
January 25, February 22, March 28, April 25 & May, 23, 2008. PARIS: THE SETTING FOR MEDIEVAL PASSION & REVOLUTION, TO CONTEMPORARY TIMES. A course taught by Anne Bishop. Paris is brought to life through a biography and novels written by contemporary writeres. The legendary story of Abélard and Héloïse unfolds in 12th century Paris. An enlightened artistocrat from Marie-Antoinette’s court flees the guillotine for the New World, before returning to post-revolutionary Paris. Through the psychological novel and Nouveau Roman, we explore the memories and passions that drive characters in modern Paris from the mid-20th century to today. Texts are: Farewell, My Only One (Antoine Audouard), Bluebird, Or the Invention of Happiness (Sheila Kohler), Bonjour Tristesse (Françoise Sagan), The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein (Marguerite Duras), The Mark of the Angel (Nancy Huston). Five Fridays, 10am-12pm. $95.
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.
August 2008. SPANISH 1 IN FRENCH, FOR STUDENTS OF FRENCH. The SRJC Dept. of Modern and Classical Langugages is delighted to announce a new course: Spanish 1 in French! That's right. Next fall (beginning in August), you will have the opportunity to learn Elementary Spanish at SRJC in a French-language classroom. This course is designed for those of you who have attained an advanced-intermediate level of French (meaning you've completed two years of French) and now are excited at the idea of using your French as you begin to learn Spanish. The elementary Spanish book used in the class is published in France for French learners of Spanish. The language of the classroom (when it isn't Spanish) will be French. Spanish 1 in French will be taught by an instructor who is fluent in and experienced at teaching both languages. This is a unique opportunity. Indeed, I don't think many of my colleagues really believe that there are enough students out there to fill this class, but I know you, the wonderful students who have come through our French classes. Information: Todd Straus, email@example.com 707.527.4608.
eLYCEE is pleased to announce the opening of its new Minischool, with weekly French classes for kids aged 9 and 10. Based on our popular Maintien de la Langue classes for French-speaking students in the USA, our Minischool gives younger kids access to our unique virtual classroom. Our native French teachers encourage production and creativity, bringing the language and the culture to life in 90-minute total immersion sessions. In our relaxed learning environment, students develop their language skills and confidence, they work together, and - best of all - they love it. It's a brand new way to learn French for Life. For more information, visit www.elycee.com
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. Saturdays, 11am-12pm.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 1-2, 2007. ART DECO AND MODERNISM SALE. More than 200 dealers sell furniture, accessories, books, jewelry, vintage clothing and other collectibles from 1900 to 1980 at DECO THE HALLS, the largest art & modernism sale in the country. With vintage fashion show, dance demonstrations, and a book signing. Concourse Exhibition Center, Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 11am-5pm. $9 for the general ublic and $7 for members of the Art Deco Society of California. 650.599.3326 or http://artdecosale.com for more information.
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 3, 2007. THE LONGEST DAY (1962). This brilliant retelling of the Allied invasion of Normany features an all-star international cast, the re-creation of events on a grand scale, and Oscar-winning special effects and cinematography. Starring Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, John Wayne, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger and many more. KQED TV9, 8pm.
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 4, 2007. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents PERSONALIZED MEDICINE. The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco cordially invites you to join them to a: Life Science Breakfast "Personalized Medicine" 7:30 am - 9:30 am at Swissnex 730 Montgomery Street - San Francisco Speakers: Philippe J. Goix, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Singulex, Inc. William J. Welch, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Monogram Zachary R. Scott, Director, Burrill 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 . http://www.faccsf.com for details.
December 5, 2007. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES de Sébastien Japrisot. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. 707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.
December 5, 2007. MADAMA BUTTERFLY – SPECIAL OFFER FROM THE SF OPERA. San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer AFSF members 15% off regular ticket prices for Madama Butterfly. The San Francisco Opera presents a special performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Exclusively for Alliance members, Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald leads an intimate pre-performance talk on the opera’s beginnings in PIERRE LOTI’S classic 1904 novel, MADAME CHRYSANTHEME. Discount is available through special offer web page only, not by phone or in person.Pre-performance talk with Sheri Greenawald, 6:30pm; performance at 7pm. Alliance Française de San Francisco for details, 415.775.7755. To purchase tickets: http://www.sfopera.com/offer and enter offer code Alliance8.
December 5, 2007. HELENE ATTIA presents THE EYES OF LOVE. CD release party, Anna’s Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 510.841.5299. Cover charge $10; special CD pricing for the evening: $10! 8pm. The Band: Helene Attia, vocals & guitar Owen Davis, congas David Belove, bass Jack Gates, guitar John R Burr, piano Phil Thompson, drums Richard Howell, sax With Special Guests: Roger Glenn, flute & vibes Garth Webber, guitar and more "The Eyes of Love" features Ms. Attia, flowing through thirteen songs of love, loss, passion, pain, romance, and promise with a voice rich in soft velvety tones." - P. Youngman, www.vinilemania.net "Helene Attia is a very impressive singer. Her music straddles the boundaries between jazz, pop and World music. She puts a lot of warmth, solid musicianship and heart into her singing, and her performances are entertaining, intelligent, fresh and fun." -Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene For more information, contact Helene: 510-525-7507 or 510-508-3611 email@example.com www.heleneattia.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, 2007. A CENTURY AGO: THE FILMS OF 1907, including THE RED SPECTRE (a delightful, hand-tinted trick film from the PATHÉ Studios in France); THE DANCING PIG (also from Pathé), THE ECLIPSE from MÉLIÈS’s Star Films, and more. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details.
December 6, 2007. DINER DE NOEL au CENTRE BASQUE. 18h réception; 19h repas. Organisé par l’Union des Français de l’Etranger. $60 pour membres de l’UFE; $70 pour non-membres. 415.751.3563 (Vilma).
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 7, 2007. FRANCE’S HIDDEN CHILDREN ~ HANUKKAH DINNER CELEBRATION: LIGHT IS SEEDED IN THE DARKNESS. Many children escaped destruction during the Shoa with the help of non-Jews who gave them sanctuary. These survivors, in spite of tremendous loss, have a unique and surprisingly life-affirming perspective. As we light our 4th candle, join us with a group of hidden children from France as they share their precious and profound wisdom. Their experience cannot be duplicated, but we may learn from them how to enrich our own lives. This program includes a kosher French dinner. Jewish Community Center of Sn Francisco, 3200 California St., Sf. 415.292.1200. $25.00 AFSF/JCCSF Members; $35.00 Public. 6pm.
December 7-9, 2007. LEFT TO TELL, based on IMMACULÉE ILIBAGIZA’s memoir of the Rwandan genocide, performed by the drama department of Bishop O’Dowd high School, Oakland. 8pm December 7 & 8, 2pm December 9. http://www.bishopdowd.org for details.
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 8 & December 12, 2007. CRAVATE CLUB, un spectacle de Fabrice Roger-Lacan, avec Nicolas Fauchier-Magnan et Nizar Melki. Cravate club rencontre un vrai succès public, adapté ensuite pour le cinéma et récompensé du Prix du Jeune Théâtre de l’Académie Française et nominé au Molière (2001). Bernard et Adrien sont associés et amis de longue date. Lorsqu’Adrien annonce à Bernard qu’il ne pourra se rendre à sa fête d’anniversaire pourtant prévue depuis trois mois, tout s’envenime... Une pièce drôle, brillante, acide, sur l’amitié et ses contradictions. En français. AFSF Auditorium, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. $5 membres; $8 grand public.
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 10, 2007. JAMES TIPTON talks about ANNETTE VALLON: A NOVEL OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. Playing out against the backdrop of the French Revolution, a time of pervasive fear and heightened emotion, this debut novel reimagines Wordsworth’s misress as a beautiful, spirited and incredibly courageous heroine. This book is a stirring blend of meticulous research and resonant storytelling. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 7pm.
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, email@example.com or www.warriors.com
December 13, 2007. LA BUCHE (1999) avec Emmanuelle Béart & Charlotte Gainsbourg. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush St, SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.comfor details. 4:30PM and 7PM. $6 AFSF members, $10 non-members. In French with English subtitles.
December 15, 2007. PIAF. HER STORY… HER SONGS. This docu-concert is the ultimate compliment to La vie en rose, as Piaf's friends, composers, family, lovers gather together over a luncheon to talk about her and intimate stories about Piaf never told before were shared in "Piaf..Her story..Her song",as well as paying tribute to Piaf through her songs. Edith Piaf, France's "Little Sparrow," is celebrated here as one of her greatest interpreters -- French jazz singer Raquel Bitton -- provides a tour of her life through stories and songs. The 16-song tribute includes performances of Piaf standards such as "La Vie en Rose" and "A Hymn to Love" interwoven with stories from her family, friends and colleagues, who gathered to share their memories at a bistro near the cemetery where she's buried. The film will be followed by a revealing Q&A with the film’s director, producer, and star, and an intimate reception. This singular event is exclusively for AFSF members & their guests. 7pm. Tickets $25, sold at the AFSF réception or by phone, 415.775.7755. http://www.afsf.com
December 15, 2007. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Valérie et Abram. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
December 16, 2007. LA NUIT DE NOËL. Season's Greetings! Un concert présenté par Sara Evinger et Cheryl Keller, sopranos avec Miles Graber, pianiste, le dimanche 16 Décembre à 5:00 p.m. à St. John's Episcopal Church, Oakland. La Nuit de Noël vue par chacun de ses acteurs: Joseph, Marie, les bergers, les oiseaux, les anges et le curé ont tous des chants à nous proposer - en français, anglais, allemand, catalan et italien. Compositeurs français: Edmée Allain, Noël Bourguignon, et chants traditionnels comme Les anges dans nos campagnes et Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabelle… Donation: $15 / 10 enfants et “seniors.” St. John's Church est située à 1707 Gouldin Road: Highway 13 (de 580 ou 24) - sortie Moraga-Thornhill; 0.5mi vers l'est sur Thornhill jusqu'à Gouldin Rd; à droite 0.1mi puis descendez l'allée jusqu'au parking. Renseignements: Contactez Sara Evinger à email@example.com
December 17, 2007. THE WAR: WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH. Examines the impenetrable force of the German war machine as they occupied mot of Western Europe. KQED TV9, 12:41pm.
December 24, 2007. THE WAR: PRIDE OF OUR NATION. Examines the invasion of Europe as a million and a half Allied troops landed in France in 1944. KQED TV9, 10am.
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 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. SOIREE POESIE du BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE. Chez Bérénice à Berkeley. email@example.com for details.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 11, 2008. LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE lit UNE PIECE MONTEE de BLANDINE LE CALLET. email@example.com 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 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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