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November 29, 2007. THE UNINTERRUPTED OCEAN: LEIBNIZ AND THE ENCYCLOPEDIC IMAGINATION. A discussion on one of Daniel Selcer’s recent articles, “The uninterrupted ocean: Leibniz and the encyclopedic imagination”, published in Representations, 98, 2007. It 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/
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 to 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 29, 2007. ONE CITY, ONE MOVIE, ONE NIGHT: HER NAME IS SABINE. A wrap-party following the city-wide screening of the documentary by SANDRINE BONNAIRE. See website for more information: http://www.sffs.org. Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Ave., SF. 415.561.5000.
November 29, 2007. SAVOY FAMILY BAND performs TRADITIONAL CAJUN MUSIC at Freight & Salvage Coffee Huse. 8pm. $19.50.
November 29, 2007. OPERA SAN JOSE performs MASSENET’S WERTHER. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. 408.437.4450 or http://www.operasj.org 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. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA – SOIREE CREPES. Je fais les crepes et vous apportez les a cotes. EX: Confitures - Fraides, bananes et creme fouettee - Nutella - Miel etc... Je les ferai meme flambees pour ceux qui aiment ca. Apporter a boire (Alcohol ou non). Je ferais aussi une grosse salade. PLEASE RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org? or 707.778.3418. Soiree de 7PM to 10PM. Teenagers okay. A Petaluma.
November 30, 2007. VILLAGE IMPORTS / MADE IN FRANCE Specialty Foods and Wines at Wholesale Prices. (Yoghurts & Petits Suisses will be available on a limited basis).211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA 415-562-1120. 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Open warehouse updates now available at: http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfoweventsNovember 30, 2007. ALARM WILL SOUND. Concert includes music by JOSQUIN and others. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Dr., Stanford University, Palo Alto. $16-$36. 8pm. 650.725.2787 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.
November 30, 2007. DJINN performs FRENCHGYPSY JAZZ at Smiley’s in Bolinas. 41 Wharf Rd., Bolinas. http://www.coastalpost.com/smileys/ or 415.868.1311 for details.
November 30, 2007. JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda. 415.285.6285. $15. 9pm.
November 30 & December 1, 2007. LES ARTISANS FRENCH BOUTIQUE ~ PORTES OUVERTES LES ARTISANES VOIR PIECE JOINTE POUR DETAILS. Objets uniques faits de façon artisanales par 15 françaises et un jeune homme vivant dans la region. Vous y decouvrirez des bijoux, des objets de decoration, des vetements, des tableaux, des douceurs culinaires et plein d'autres surprises! Pour vos cadeaux de fin d'annees ou tout simplement pour deguster et decouvrir nos nouveaux produits, venez nous rendre visite à notre prochaine boutique des artisanes. En esperant vous voir nombreuses! www.ilefr.com or email@example.com Hand-made crafts & delicacies. 3040 South Court. Palo Alto. Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.
November 30 & December 1, 2007. TALLIS SCHOLARS perform POETRY IN MUSIC FOR THE VIRGIN MARY: works by LHERITIER, PALESTRINA, JEAN MOUTON, CRECQUILLON, JOSQUIN and GALLUS. “Without rival in the glorious world of Renaissance polyphony, these ‘a cappella superstars’ are justly praised for concerts of unsurpassed grace and brilliance. November 30 performance at 8pm at the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley; December 1 performance at 8pm at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Pre-performance talks 7pm-7:30pm. $48. http://www.calperformances.org for details.
November 30 & December 2, 2007. PENINSULA SYMPHONY performs POULENC’S GLORIA,music by RAVEL, and more. Stanford Memorial Church. 650.941.5291 or http://www.peninsulasymphony.org for details.
November 30-December 23, 2007. FRENCH HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR. Boudelaine, Coralya, Elisabeth Meyrueix Jewelry, Fleur de Luxe, KT Select et Place Bellecour vous invite a French Holiday Gift Fair a San Carlos ou vous trouverez des idees de cadeaux uniques et artistiques pour les Fetes. Du 30 Nov. au 22 Dec les Jeudis, Vendredis, Samedis et le Dimanche 23 Dec. de 11:00am a 5:00pm chez Place Bellecour, @ Decorator's Connection, 853A Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070 Vous pouvez aussi visiter et commander via nos boutiques en ligne @ <http://www.e-artdevivre.com>. Si vous avez des questions, n'hesitez pas a nous contacter a firstname.lastname@example.org
December 1, 2007. CAFÉ MUSEE ~ MELANCHOLIA: GENIUS AND MADNESS IN WESTERN ART. Slide presentation by RENEE MOREL, with brunch - $3 - en francais! Melancholy has haunted Western cultural history from its very beginning. Countless famous people have been prey to this sacred illness: Ajax, Heracles, Michelangelo, Lorenzo di Medici, Gerard de Nerval, Kiekegaard... Aristotle pondered the relationship between melancholy and genius; nowadays psychoanalysis offers other interpretations. Since the Antiquity, melancholy or black bile, one of the four humours has been known under a variety of names: acedia, spleen, neurasthenia, depression. Is it an affliction of the soul or of the body? A sin or a sign of election? The influence of Saturn or the work of the Devil? Why is melancholy so intimately tied to creation, memory, and imagination? For Victor Hugo or Baudelaire, melancholy denotes a spiritual perspective; it is a desire for an unreachable ideal, a yearning for the infinite. Later, in his writings on Aesthetics, Hegel will see time as the very substance of melancholy. Come and see, through a wide array of works by Durer, Goya, Delacroix, C.D. Friedrich, Munch, Odilon Redon, Edward Hopper, Anselm Kiefer, and many others, the ever shifting faces of melancholy. [Presente - en francais, naturellement! - par Renee Morel] Venez parler d'art et faire la connaissance d'autres francophones et francophiles! Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating discussions! Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Cafe Musee team. Open to all. Donation: $3. IMPORTANT! CCSF PARKING FEES ARE NOW $2. Visual Arts Building (Room V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco. 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
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, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC CHORUS performs music by POULENC and others. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., SF. 415.721.4077 or http://www.sflc.org for details. $17-$20. 8pm.
December 1, 2007. HOLIDAY ARTS FAIRE features FESTIVAL CONSORT performing rarely heard RENAISSANCE TUNES. Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo (9 miles west of San Rafael). 1pm-7pm. Free. 415.488.8888 for details.
December 1, 2007. GRIPPES ET POCHE, by MAVIS GALLANT, read on Seleted Shorts, KQED 88.5, 8pm.
December 1, 2007. LEROY THOMAS AND THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS perform at Velma’s, 2246 Jerrold; 415.824.7646. 5pm. $20.
December 1, 2007. DJINN performs FRENCH GYPSY FUNK AND MULTICULTI JAZZ and more at Sonoma County Golf Park, 1475 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. 707.795.1760. 4pm-10pm.
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 2, 2007. VIOLINIST COREY CEROVSEK AND PIANIST JULIEN QUENTIN will give a concert at Mount Tamalpais Methodist Church, 140 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. Presented by the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society; includes works by FAURÉ. $20 at the door. 415.381.4453 or http://www.chambermusicmillvalley.org for details.
December 2, 2007. SAVOY FAMILY BAND performs TRADITIONAL CAJUN MUSIC at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 for details. 8pm Cajun/zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride; 8:30 performance. $15 in advance; $18 day of. http://www.ashkenaz.com
December 2, 2007. BRUNO PELLETIER-BACQUAERT performs with Alex Walsh. Bruno will open with a solo set on acoustic guitar: some originals, some French music, and maybe some Jazz Standards? Alex will sing his original material. Alex Walsh http://alexwalsh.net/ and Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert http://www.brunojazz.com/ "SF Center for Spiritual Living" 280 Claremont Blvd @ Ulloa (in West Portal District) San Francisco, CA 94127 The show starts at 6:00pm.
December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2007. MARIE ANTOINETTE & THE PETIT TRIANON: A MORNING IN VERSAILLES. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, in honor of the "Marie Antoinette & the Petite Trianon" exhibit. Feast on a sumptuous prix fixe brunch, featuring local culinary treats, while you listen to sublime live music by PBO musicians. "A Morning in Versailles" includes chamber music heard at the court at Versailles as well as other European courts during the time of Marie Antoinette, including works by Rameau, Balbastre, Telemann and others. December 2 and 16, 2007 Voices of Music with Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord, Carla Moore, violin, Farley Pearce, cello December 9, 23 and 30, 2007 New Esterhazy Quartet with Lisa Weiss, violin Katherine Kyme, violin Anthony Martin, viola William Skeen, cello Sunday brunch begins at 11 am, with the final seating at 2 pm. Price, which includes museum admission, is $48 for adults, $43 for members, and $21 for children under 12. Brunch guests may tour the galleries at their leisure or join in one the docent tours beginning at 1:30 (make reservations no later than 11:30 a.m. to guarantee time for the docent tour). Reservations recommended, call (415) 750-7633, or click here http://philharmonia.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=D_hE6ABzAAIAAAkoAAF6wAfor further information.
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 email@example.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. JEAN RENOIR’S THE SOUTHERNER, the cinéaste’s favorite of his American films, ispresented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library. 7:30pm. MV Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free and open to the public.
December 3, 2007. THE LONGEST DAY (1962). This brilliant retelling of the Allied invasion of Normandy 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. JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS perform Cajun/zydeco at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 for details. 8pm Cajun/zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride; 8:30 performance. $12. http://www.ashkenaz.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.heleneattia.com
December 5-9, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE and LÉLIO. “The Symphonie fantastique tells the story of a young artist’s obsessive and unrequited love. In this quintessential Romantic masterpiece, not a word is spoken. The music tells all. The Fantastique’s little known sequel, Lélio, is subtitles The Return to Life. here the hero of the Symphonie fantastique emerges from the frenzy in which the symphony ends and makes his way back to the light. Lélio enlists not just the orchestra but also a narrator, vocal soloists, and chorus. Together with the fantastique, it recreates the excitement of Berlioz’s world.” 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. WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON. The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, The French International School of the Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Accueil and La Table Noire cordially invite you to join us for a Women in Business Luncheon. The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (FACCSF) invites regularly the Francophile Women in Business to a professional network to promote their career, broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen. Register Now! Fairmont Hotel 170 S Market St, San Jose 12:00- 2:00 pm Contact: French-American Chamber of Commerce 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621 .
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 email@example.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, 2007. CABARET D’AMOUR – AN EVENING OF EUROPEAN CABARET. An evening of European Cabaret featuring Moana Diamond, Danny Slomoff and Tina Osinski along with other special guests and the Chez Kiki Orchestra. Friday, December 7, 8:00pm $30.00/$20.00. To purchase Tickets Call: 415-383- 9600 or Online at Ticketweb. http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.
December 7 & 8, 2007. JOURNEE “OPEN HOUSE” A SAVEUR DU JOUR.http://saveurdujour.com is a brand new website that specializes in bringing Essentials from France into your home. Indulge for classic fine foods, discover stylish items made by contemporary French Artists, enjoy the ambiance of Provence with its romantic colors and flavors! From kitchenware to home decoration and gourmet food, saveurdujour.com can deliver this taste of Paris or Provence that will make your everyday life more enjoyable. 7 decembre de 2PM a 5PM & 8 decembre de 10AM a 3PM L'adresse: 1198 Richardson Avenue, Los Altos (Crossroads Grant & Fremont).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 8 & 9, 2007. SAN FRANCISCO BACH CHOIR performs music from the Renaissance and Baroque. Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco. 415.441.4942 or http://www.sfbach.org for details.
December 8 & 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 9, 11 & 12, 2007. EDWIDGE DANTICAT interviewed for CITY ARTS & LECTURES, on KQED 88.5. Sunday at 1pm, Tuesday at 8pm, or Wednesday at 2am.
December 10, 2007. JEAN RENOIR’S THE RIVER is presented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library. 7:30pm. MV Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free and open to the public.
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 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 13, 2997. THE RAPE OF EUROPA will be shown at the Sonoma County Jewish Film Series. 1pm & 7:15pm. Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma. 707.528.4222 or http://www.jccsoco.org for details.
December 14 & 15, 2007. PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE performs holiday music by POULENC and others, with QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO. Locations in Berkeley and San Francisco. 510.848.8022 or http://www.pacificmozart.org for details.
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.
Through December 16, 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. Reviewed in the November 28, 2007 Bohemian, p.48.
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 17, 2007. JEAN RENOIR’S THE GOLDEN COACH (1952) is presented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library. 7:30pm. MV Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free and open to the public.
December 22, 2007. THE COMPLETE PEPIN presents BUCHE DE NOEL AND MORE. KQED TV9, 10:30am.
December 22, 2007. ANDRE SOLTNER is the focus of CHEF’S STORY. KQED TV9, 1:30pm.
December 23, 2007. RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS explores PARIS, BURGUNDY and more. KQED TV9, 6pm.
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.
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.
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!
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 13, 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.
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.
DEUX JOURS A PARIS / TWO DAYS IN PARIS (Delpy, 2007). Red Vic, SF, 415.668.3994.
THE GOLDEN COACH (Jean Renoir, 1952) is presented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library. 7:30pm. MV Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free and open to the public. December 17, 2007.
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).
ONE CITY, ONE MOVIE, ONE NIGHT: HER NAME IS SABINE. A wrap-party following the city-wide screening of the documentary by SANDRINE BONNAIRE. See website for more information: http://www.sffs.org. Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Ave., SF. 415.561.5000. November 29, 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.
THE RAPE OF EUROPA will be shown at the Sonoma County Jewish Film Series. 1pm & 7:15pm. Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma. 707.528.4222 or http://www.jccsoco.org for details. December 13, 2997.
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.
THE RIVER (Jean Renoir) is presented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library. 7:30pm. MV Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free and open to the public. December 10, 2007.
THE SOUTHERNER, Jean Renoir ’s favorite of his American films, ispresented by the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library. 7:30pm. MV Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Free and open to the public. December 3, 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 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
January-May 2008. FRENCH CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY include: Second-Semester French, Oral French, French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Revolution, Senior Seminar on Autobiography, Literature & Film, and French Literatures of the Caribbean. See http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang or ontact email@example.com for details.
January-May 2008. AFRICAN-HAITIAN DANCE, a beginning-level dance class designed to introduce students to the basics of African-Haitian dance. Thursdays, 7pm-10:10pm. College of Marin. http://www.marin.edu for information.
January-May 2008. FRENCH CLASSES AT THE COLLEGE OF MARIN include Elementary French I & II, Intermediate French IV, Advanced French I & II. http://www.marin.edu for information.
January-May 2008. WESTERN CIVILIZATION II: 1350-1815, covers Western Civ during the Renaissance, Enlightenment, French Revolution and Napoleonic era. College of Marin, http://www.marin.edu for information.
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 16-February 28, 2007. BORDEAUX, JUIN 1940: RESISTANCE OU COLLABORATION? Un cours de 7 semaines a French Class, enseigne - en francais, naturellement - par Renee Morel et illustre de diapositives. Juin 1940: la guerre prend une tournure desastreuse, c'est la debacle, puis l'exode. Fuyant l'avancee des troupes du IIIe Reich, des dizaines de milliers de Parisiens, le coeur serre, quittent leur ville, declaree "ville ouverte". Jusqu'au 14, date de l'entree des Allemands dans la capitale, des familles entieres se retrouvent sur les routes, emportant tant bien que mal quelques affaires, dormant dans des voitures ou dans des fosses. Le gouvernement lui-meme quitte Paris dans la nuit du 9 au 10 juin, mais pas pour Vichy - pas encore. Tandis que le reste du pays est plonge dans le chaos, c'est sur les rives de la Garonne, a Bordeaux, que, du 14 au 22 juin, va se jouer un moment cle du destin de la France. Tous les protagonistes sont la. Les debats seront vifs et les manoeuvres redoutables entre les partisans de la capitulation (souhaitee par Paul Reynaud, president du Conseil) et ceux de l'armistice (favorise par le marechal Petain). Quant a de Gaulle, il tentera, en vain, de negocier un projet d'union franco-britannique avec Churchill. C'est ainsi que dans cette "capitale du desarroi", qui recoit 3 millions de refugies en quelques jours, le sort du pays va se nouer: collaboration... ou bien resistance? 7 weeks (Jan. 16 - Febr. 27, 2008) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 362.3666 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
January 4, 2008. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Nadine et Armen pour fêter la GALETTE DES ROIS.email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2, 2007. YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. Celebrating two decades of musical collaboration in the wonderful world of lieder, Carol Menke, soprano, and Marilyn Thompson, pianist, perform the works of Robert Schumann, Joseph Marx,Gabriel Faure, Olivier Messiaen, and the English songs of Robert Sheldon. They will be joined by a fabulous guest artist! 8:00pm, Ives Recital Hall (Ives 119), Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928.http://www.sonoma-choral.org/pub/htdocs/events.html
February 3, 2008. THE ZEPHYROS WINDS perform in the Mill Valley Chamber Series at Mount Tamalpais Methodist Church, 140 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. Presented by the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. 415.381.4453 or http://www.chambermusicmillvalley.org for details. Pieces will include MILHAUD’s LE CHEMINEE DU ROI RENE; DEBUSSY’s SYRINX, and RAVEL’s LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN.Taking its name from the Greek god of the West Wind, the group first gained distinction in 1995, when, one year after its formation, it won both the First and Grand Prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition becoming the first wind quintet in the competition’s 22-year history to do so. Comprised of graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Eastman, and The Juilliard School, the Zéphyros Winds is now based in Manhattan. Zéphyros Winds is recognized as one of the nation’s leading chamber ensembles with appearances across the country at major concert venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, and the “Great Performers Series” at Lincoln Center. www.Zephyroswinds.com
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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