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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
December 6-14, 2007

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*DECEMBER EVENTS*    

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

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. Reviewed in the November 30, 2007 Pacific Sun, p.43.

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 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, 2007.  RECEPTION DE NOEL AU FOYER DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 6:30pm to 8:30pm There will be a reception holiday snacks, refreshments and French music!  Nous nous rejouissons de vous voir!  Visit our Website at www.afsantarosa.org 

December 7, 2007.  CABARET D’AMOUR – AN EVENING OF EUROPEAN CABARET!  8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley CA  Tickets  $20 open seating / $30 VIP advance    To reserve your tickets, call 415-383-9600 or go to http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com Doors open at 7 for VIP seating and 7:30 for open seating. The show begins at 8 pm. The fabulous Mademoiselle Kiki ( Moana Diamond)and her troupe are  back by popular demand!  Joined by Danny Slomoff , Valentina Osinski ( our opera Diva), Antonio Sausys, Briana Smolowe , Viktor as piano soloist and Rosemary Cunningham The Chez Kiki Orchestra - Jerry Frohmader on piano , Odile Lavault of the Baguette Quartette on accordion, Jim Rothermil on Sax and clarinet and Bob Chandler on Bass For more info on cabaret specifics and Moana see http://www.frenchcabaret.net

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.  OPENING EXTRAVAGANZA for ART, STYLE & DESIGN:  A COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBIT OF TIMELESS ARTWORK BY ERTÉ, including original designs, limited edition works of art, bronze sculpture and jewelry.  Martin Lawrence Galleries, 747 Beach St., SF (one block from Ghirardelli Square). 7pm-9pm.  RSVP 415.229.2784.  http://www.martinlawrence.com for details.

December 8, 2007. RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS performs CHRISTMASES PAST (TWENTY DECEMBERS), Renaissance, baroque & classical music.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608.  4pm.

December 8, 2007.  PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE, with the QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO, perform POULENC and more.  St. Mary’s College Chapel, 1928 St. Mary’s Rd., Morega.  925.631.4381 for details.  $15-$30.  8pm.

December 8, 2007.  VOCI performs DEBUSSY and more.  St. Mary Magdalene Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  510.531.8714.  http://www.vocisings.com for details.  $15-$20.  8pm.

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 & 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.

Through December 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 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 9, 2007. GEORGES LAMMAM ENSEMBLE performs at Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell (at Union), SF. 415.646.0018. $10. 8:45pm.

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 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 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 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 11, 2007.  INTERFRENCH DINNER AT CASSIS. 15 person limit.  Please arrive at 7pm.  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, 2007.  SILICON FRENCH joins with HispanicNet and others to present a TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY MIXER. Don't miss our last social mixer of the year! Silicon French, Hispanic-Net, CSPA, GABA, and SIPA are coming together to celebrate the holidays and provide Christmas toys for needy children through the Toys for Tots program! This year marks the 60th anniversary for the Toys for Tots tradition of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. In 2006, Toys for Tots delivered more than 19.2 million toys to over 7.6 million children. Unfortunately, with over 13 million children living in poverty, Toys for Tots needs your help more  than ever to achieve our goal of delivering a toy to every child in need. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy; toys for boys and girls ages 8 through  14 are especially welcome.  6:30pm-9:00pm.  Fenwick and West, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041.  Members: ($15 pre/$20 door) Nonmembers: ($20 pre/$25 door).  http://hispanic-net-dec2007.eventbrite.com/ .  Website: http://www.hispanic-net.org Email:   ccastro@hispanic-net.org  Phone:  415.278.9761.  Contact: Cesar Castro.

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.  THE PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE performs holiday music by POULENC and more. Also, imaginative music by local composer friend Sanford Dole and more by far-flung friends Robert Applebaum and Cary Boyce (12-part gorgeous piece!).  Of course, we will have small groups performing all genres.  If you are thinking of taking loved ones to a December concert, this is the one! In Berkeley at St. Mark's, Dec. 14, and in SF at Notre Dame, Dec. 15.  www.pacificmozart.org 

December 14 & 15, 2007.  CHRISTMAS OPEN WAREHOUSE.  We are pleased to announce our Christmas Open Warehouse at : VILLAGE IMPORTS / MADE IN FRANCE   Specialty and Wines at Wholesale Prices  211 South Hill Drive  Brisbane, CA 94005  415-562-1120  Friday December  14th (2:00pm - 6:00pm) Saturday December  15th (8:30am - 1:30pm) "NEW" from White Toque A new world of frozen food: Croissants, Danishes, Appetizers, Desserts... Open warehouse updates now available at: http://www.levillage.com/Page.bok?template=sfowevents

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 15, 2007.  ANGELS ARE EVERYWHERE.  Holiday concert by the CINNABAR CHORAL ENSEMBLES.  Ho! Ho! Ho!  It’s Holiday Time at Cinnabar!  Angels Are Everywhere.  Music includes QUATRE MOTETS POUR LE TEMPS DE NOEL de POULENC.  Venue: United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Dr., Petaluma Conductor: Nina Shuman Pianist: Nancy Hyashibara Tickets: $12 general/$10 seniors/$8 students. 8:00 p.m.

Through December 16, 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. Reviewed in the November 30, 2007 Pacific Sun, p.40.

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 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.

Through 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 art_de_vivre@yahoo.com

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.

Through December 31, 2007.  HOLIDAY DISCOUNT AT COLORS OF PROVENCE, your online source of table linens and accessories imported directly from the South of France.   www.colorsofprovence.com Get 10% off any purchase of $100 or more by entering code CH127 at checkout. Take advantage of this offer to dress your table up for the holidays in warm and festive colors with a rich and luxurious tablecloth from our Jacquard collection. Or browse our website to find a gift for everyone on your list and to suit any budget, from elegant cotton and stain-resistant tablecloths from our Printed collection to colorful and unique kitchen and table accessories. Shop in person Village Imports Open Warehouse, December 21-22 Colors of Provence will have a table at the December Open Warehouse event of Village Imports in Brisbane, CA (just South of San Francisco). Come admire our products and find those last minute gifts while stocking up on your favorite French foods! When: Friday December 21, 2-6pm and Saturday December 22, 8:30am-1:30pm. Where: 211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane, CA.

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 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. Reviewed in the November 30, 2007 Pacific Sun, p.43.

DIVA. 25th anniversary reissue of JEAN-JACQUES BEINEIX'S debut film set in Paris. Opening this weekend in Bay Area cinemas...

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.

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 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. 

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

Opening December 8, 2007.  ART, STYLE & DESIGN:  A COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBIT OF TIMELESS ARTWORK BY ERTÉ, including original designs, limited edition works of art, bronze sculpture and jewelry.  Martin Lawrence Galleries, 747 Beach St., SF (one block from Ghirardelli Square).  Opening extravaganza 7pm-9pm.  RSVP 415.229.2784.  http://www.martinlawrence.com 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 December 31, 2007.  TRACES – FOUR LIVES PORTRAYED THROUGH ART.   A Group Show with SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER and three other Bay Area Artists is taking place at the Novato Arts Center from November 24 - December 31, 2007. Monika Steiner was raised in a small village in Switzerland where hard work was highly valued and art was considered a hobby. She was a professional teacher but left Europe for America in order to pursue her passion, the study of art. Monika earned her BFA degree from Sonoma State University, and has had several solo shows since. Two years ago, her world collapsed when an accident left her with a broken back. "I was forced to trust what was inside myself. In my paintings I use lines to represent the traces life has left on me". She is currently represented by Geras-Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco, and Erickson Fine Art in Healdsburg. Exhibit Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 11am - 4pm; Closed Mondays.  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field 500 Palm Drive  Novato, CA Tel. 415 506 0137.  http://www.artleagueofnortherncalifornia.org/about.html.  Opening Reception, Saturday, December 1st, 5pm - 8pm

Through January 2, 2007.  EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT.  Exhibition of photographic art by HALLA AYLA featuring MOROCCO and elsewhere.  Essene Gallery, 108 Caledonia St, Sausalito.  415.383.8970 or http://www.hallaayla.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 January 26, 2008.  SYLVIE SEREX BONNET and THE ART OF COLLAGE.  Join us for a benefit exhibition for the Community School of Music and Arts at the Finn Center www.arts4all.org  Sylvie Serex-Bonnet is from Geneva, Switzerland and lives in the Bay Area. She has a Masters Degree in Psychopedagogy from the University of Geneva with a specialization in Psychoanalysis for children.  During several years Sylvie Serex-Bonnet has been involved professionally as well as personally in helping children. She spent five years in the hospital for children in Geneva and was in charge of the psychological support of children having fatal illnesses as well as abused and neglected kids. Sylvie Serex-Bonnet comes from a family of artists and started to paint as a self-taught person and then took some classes at the "Beaux Arts of Geneva". These past few years have awoken in her a need to share her paintings and to donate proceeds from sales to various good causes. Community School of Music and Arts Finn Center - Mohr Gallery 230 San Antonio Circle Mountain View CA.  Hours: M - F 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 3pm  Opening Reception and Recital by Suzanna Perez Friday, December 14 from 6-8pm Reception will feature a short concert by award-winning pianist, Suzanna Perez All proceeds from the sale of artwork will be donated to support programs at the  Community School of Music and Arts at the Finn Center.

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*

December 8, 2007.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE WORKSHOP.  Pronunciation Level 1. 10:00 to 11:00; Pronunciation Level 2. 11:00 to 12:00.  30 minute break: wine and cheese provided.  Pronunciation Level 3. 12:30 to 1:30; Pronunciation Level 4. 1:30 to 2:30 $75 Please call (415) 362-3666 to sign up.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, suite 310, SF, CA, 94102.  www.frenchclass.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 suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu 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 info@frenchclass.com

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)* 

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 21, 2008.  PARIS CAFÉ – THE SÉLECT CROWD. A Sélect Evening in San Francisco with Noel Riley Fitch author of Paris Café:  The Sélect Crowd.  Join Terrance Gelenter and Noel Riley Fitch whose collaboration with Mad Magazine illustrator Rick Tulka, Paris Café, celebrates Paris café life and the Sélect crowd at that great Montparnasse café on Monday January 21 in San Francisco.  Details: Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941.  Phone: 415.388.4956.  Fax:   415.388.1266.  Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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 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 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 1, 2008.  DICTEE DE LA BAIE, organisée par San Francisco Bay  Accueil, avec la participation des écoles et alliances francaises de la  Baie et des Consulats de France et du Canada. Evènement gratuit, ouvert  à tous les francophones et francophiles de 6 à 99 ans. Dictées par  niveaux, en fonction des inscriptions. Remise de prix et goûter. Cette  année, la dictée se tiendra au Lycée français La Pérouse de San  Francisco sur la 19ème avenue à Ortega (ancien conservatoire de  musique). Les enfants seront regroupés par niveau scolaire, du CM1 à la  terminale et les adultes en 3 catégories, débutants, intermédiaires et  avancés. Inscription obligatoire avant le 15 février par email,  téléphone ou fax auprès de Christine Lemor-Drake.  christine@appletopomme.com tél  (415)292-7227 Fax(415)292-7247. Pour chaque candidat, nous avons besoin  du nom, de l'âge au 1er mars, de l'adresse, de l'email, du téléphone et  du niveau de français. A 13:30 heures.  // San Francisco Bay Accueil, a  French non-profit organization for French and Francophone, supported by  the French and Canadian Consulates, is organizing a "Dictée" in San  Francisco on March 1st, to celebrate the month of "Francophonie" in the  world. After a few years at the Alliance  Française, the success of this  entertaining and educational event has forced us to host it somewhere  else bigger. For this 5th edition of the "Dictée de la Baie", we will be  hosted by the Lycée français La Pérouse de San Francisco, in the  avenues. The event will start at 1:30 and should last about 3 hours. We would love to have coverage by the media interested by the French Culture.

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.

March 29, 2008.  INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA’S 20TH ANNUAL GALA AND AUCTION.  Event: International School of the Peninsula¹s 20th Annual Gala and Auction:  Kabuhayan! An ISTP Filipino Fiesta! Date and Time: Saturday, March 29th, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Venue: Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA Description: ISTP¹s 20th Annual Gala and Auction brings guests a glimpse of the Philippines with their Filipino culture-themed event. Guests will be treated to a delicious gourmet Filipino dinner, entertainment, dancing, and live auction. All proceeds benefit the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, CA ‹ a dual language immersion nursery through 8th grade school with French and Mandarin Chinese programs. To register or for more information, visit www.istp.org/gala or call (650) 251-8538. Tickets are $175 per person, black tie / elegant attire, please. Website: http://www.istp.org/gala

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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