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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
November 22-30, 2007

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*NOVEMBER EVENTS*    

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

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.

November 22, 2007.  THANKSGIVING FEAST @ CHEZ PIERRE in Novato.  Seating from 11am to 7pm; regular dinner menu or fixed three-course menu $25 per person (your choice of one starter, entrée and dessert). Starters Pumpkin Soup French Onion Soup Salade Chèvre Chaud – Baked Goat Cheese on Toasted Bread with Mixed Green Salad & Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette Mixed Green Salad with Nuts, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds & French Dressing  Entrees Roast Turkey Dinner Roasted Turkey Breast Green Beans Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes Casserole  Scallops  Gratinées Scallops with Emmental Cheese and Shitake Mushrooms with Fettuccine Pasta Vegetables of the Day  New York Steak Dinner New York Steak w/ Green Corn Pepper Sauce Green Beans Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes  Desserts Pumpkin Pie with Amaretto Floating Island Pineapple Upside Down Cake  Wine Special - J. Lohr Monterey Valdiguie '06  $6.50 glass  $23.00 bottle 18% Gratuity for 8 persons or more. Chez Pierre, 7330 Redwood Blvd, Novato CA 94945 tel 415.898.4233 or 415.408.1134. 

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 23, 2007.  OPERA SAN JOSE performs MASSENET’S WERTHER.  California Theatre, 345 S. First St., Sanjose.  408.437.4450 or http://www.operasj.org for details.

November 23, 2007.  ANDRE THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  415.285.6285.  9pm.  $15.

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 24, 2007.  DIAMANO COURA WET AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY performs the world premieres of two pieces, BALORE and A LIBERIAN CHILD SOLDIER’S STORY.  Dir. Naomi Gedo Diouf.  Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland.  510.733.1077 or http://www.diamanocoura.org for details.

November 24, 2007.  DJINN performs FRENCH GYPSY and more at Rafters Grille & Brewery, 812 Fourth St., San Rafael.  415.453.4200 or http://www.raftersgrille.com for details.  9:30pm.

November 24, 2007.  GATOR BEAT performs ZYDECO at Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.  707.539.5507 or http://www.monroe-hall.com for details.  7pm zydeco lessons.

November 27, 2007.  GERARD LANDRY AND THE LARIATS perform CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  8pm Cajun/zydec dance lesson with Jim Belden; 8:30pm performance.  $10.  1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman), Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE offers a high-tech conference on OUTSOURCING.  Outsourcing: 15 years later Outsourcing has been on the news for years Now, experience has built up, and outsourcing is being taken  to an other level: It is not the sole province of large corporation anymore. Now startups and small firms are drawing on workforce overseas During this discussion we will share:  bad and good experience sharing from startups  as well as larger groups; tips and ideas for best practices This meeting will bring tons of information for anyone considering the outsourcing. Location: Cooley Godward, Palo Alto. French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621

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.

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.  

Through 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.

Through December 24, 2007.  EUROPEAN DESIGNER SALE.  Once-a-year sale when European handbags and shoes will be offered at 50 to 80 percent off in Marin.  Leather totes, clutches, boots, wedges, flats, sandals, andmore.  Junbesi Group and Neely Mac, Sausalito.  415.332.6833 for details.

SILICONFRENCH EVENTS.  For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml

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*CINEMA*

See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings!
All titles listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.

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 29, 2007.

DEUX  JOURS A PARIS / TWO DAYS IN PARIS (Delpy, 2007).  Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994.

LA MOUCHETTE (Bresson, 1967).  San Francisco Museum of Modern art, 151 Third St., SF.  Free with museum admission or $5 without.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.  November 24 (3pm) and November 29 (6:30pm).

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

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*ART*   

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 30, 2007.  WORKS BY FRENCH ILLUSTRATOR CHRISTOPHE MERLIN.  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 5, 2008.  EL DORADO ~ 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 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 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*

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.

  • 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

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,  tstraus@santarosa.eduor 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 herve@afsantarosa.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 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)* 

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.  DBF with Pierre François Mourier, Redwood City.  Organied by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621 for information.

December 3, 2007.  FRENCH BIO BAY DINNER:  CREATING THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS FOR THE FRANCO-AMERICAN BIO PHARMA COMMUNITY. The French powered Bio Pharma network in the San Francisco Bay Area, French Bio Bay www.frenchbiobay.com is organizing an informal dinner on Monday 03 December 07 from 6 to 9.30 pm at Archipelago, 1107 Howard Avenue (at California Drive), Burlingame, CA 94010, for a prix fixe of $30. To RSVP and book by Friday 30 November 2007, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=146974 using FBB1207 as your password ($1.00 credit card processing fee, and Acteva charges $1.81 for the reservation processing). Walk-ins will be accepted but will have to pay $40.00 at the door.  During our next event, a couple of local associations/groups of interest will introduce themselves.  The goal of French Bio Bay is not to create another association, but rather to gather as many Francophone and Francophile Bio Pharma affiliated as possible so as to form a strong network that can help people in an optimal way, whether they are ready to move to France, looking for business opportunities there or freshly arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area. We would also like to extend to other networks in academia, business, government, and to pertinent business partners in order to be able to refer its members to the networks that best fit their needs and make the Franco-American experience in Bio Pharma both more efficient and pleasurable.  If you are interested to learn more about French Bio Bay, join our mailing list and/or to get more information about our events, please contact frenchbiobay@gmail.com and visit us at www.frenchbiobay.com  *"Creating the right connections for the Franco-American Bio Pharma community" *   www.frenchbiobay.com - RSVP by Friday 30 November 07.

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  hsattia@yahoo.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 info@frenchclass.com

December 6-8, 2007.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’S SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE.  The story of a young artist’s obsessive and unrequited love.  Davies Symphony Hall, SF.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

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, 2007.  THE FRENCH CLASS’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY. Please join us for our annual Christmas Party,  on Friday, December 7, between 5 and 8 at our office.  Bring your friends! The French Class 500 Sutter Street Suite 310 San Francisco CA 94102 (415) 362-3666 www.frenchclass.com

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, 2007.  CELEBREZ NOEL AVEC L’ILE DE FRANCE.   Venez nombreux célébrer Noël le Samedi  8 Décembre chez Pierre Bossaert, 18661 Woodbank Way, Saratoga. L’apéritif sera offert à 17h30 (5:30 p.m.) suivi par le diner à 18h30 (6:30 p.m.).  AU MENU Hors d’oeuvres  Jambon au miel - Gratin de pommes de terre - Haricots verts sautes - Salades variees - Fromage Bûche de Noël Pain, beurre, eau, vins et café compris N’OUBLIEZ PAS D’APPORTER un cadeau échange par personne (membres et non-membres) $5.00 environ, en indiquant Monsieur ou Madame sur chaque paquet. Nous demandons à tous de bien vouloir apporter une SALADE de votre choix.  Pour vos réservations, contactez Chantal 408-732-3420 chantal@ilefr.com.

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 9, 2007.  EUROPEAN SOIREE.  Meet other internationally-minded people in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us!  Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. You'll discover a friendly group where mingling is mandatory! The soirée starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event on Meetup at http://euro.meetup.com/80/. (Meetup registration is quick and free.) BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE  "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends." http://www.bafoe.org/

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, daknops@gs-warriors.com or www.warriors.com

December 11, 2007.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes WOMEN IN BUSINESS.  Women in Business at the Fairmont hotel,  San Jose French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621 for details.

December 11, 2007 INTERFRENCH AT CASSIS RESTAURANT, SAN FRANCISCO.   Venez apprécier une soirée au restaurent français Cassis à San Francisco avec un menu prix fixe de 33$ incluant la taxe et le pourboire, boisson non incluse. Come and enjoy an evening at Cassis french restaurant in San Francisco with a $33 tax and tip included fixed price menu, drink non included. As a courtesy for the restaurent, please make sure you arrive at 7PM.  Also be advised that there is a 15 person limit. Cassis restaurant is located near the intersection of Sutter and Steiner streets, 2101 Sutter street, San Francisco, CA 415 440 4500.

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. 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.

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 sevinger@comcast.net

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.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.  SOIREE POESIE du BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Chez Bérénice à Berkeley. berenicevlm@yahoo.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. 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 26, 2007.  MALIAN MAESTRO TOUMANI DIABATE’S SYMETRIC ORCHESTRA performs at Herbst Theatre during the 25th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival.  8pm.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

January 26, 2007.  CRAB CIOPPINO avec L’Ile de France.  Marquez vos calendriers: 26 janvier “Crab Cioppino au Club Portuguais de Mountain View ($45.00) . Pour vos réservations, contactez Chantal 408-732-3420 chantal@ilefr.com.

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 CALLETberenicevlm@yahoo.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 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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