September 1-5, 2008

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September Events

September 2, 2008.  GATOR BEAT performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman), Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  8pm dance lesson; 8:30pm performance.  $10.

September 2, 7, 13 & 20, 2008. DOCENT LECTURE: THE FEMININE TOUCH: IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS BY BERTHE MORISOT, MARY CASSATT, EVA GONZALES, MARIE BRAQUEMONDE. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. All talks will take place at 1pm.

September 3, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY plays DELIBES’s CORTEGE DE BACCHUS from the SYLVIA SUITE at their opening night gala.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org

September 3-7, 2008.  FRENCH CONVERSATIONWORKSHOP.  A 3 or 5 DAY WORKSHOP IN French Conversation, including review in grammar, reading, discussion, lots of practice, individual tutoring and daily lunch! ......... As if you were in France ........ in Vallejo, 45 min N-E of San Francisco.  Choose 3 days: SEPT. 3-7, 2008: $225.00 or 5 days: SEPT 3-7, : $375.00 - INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL.  For Beginner to Intermediate, please inquire :  nadine goodban, nadalang@comcast.net OR 707.644.3421.

September 4, 2008. THE POLITICS OF MATERNITY: MOTHER AND CHILD IMAGERY IN THE ARTS OF AFRICA. Art history lecture offered by DR. HERBERT C. COLE, professor emeritus, UC Santa Barbara. De Young Museum of Art, Golden Gate Park. 415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org for details.

September 4, 2008.  LA TABLE DES AMIS at Chouchou Restaurant, 400 Dewey Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116.  415 242 0960.  Bring your own drink if you want informal, no obligation to order.  Socialize with francophiles and French people.  Come by in the eve; door opens at 5:30 p.m.

September 4-8, 2008.  FRENCH PIANO DUO / SISTERS KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE perform with San Francisco Symphony, featuring POULENC’S CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS. .  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org

Opening September 5, 2008.  LE FILS DE L’EPICIER / THE GROCER’S SON (dir. Eric Guirado).   It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to elave the city to return to his family in Provence.  His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle  he thought he had shed – driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants in the rural countryside.  he is accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris on whom he has a secret crush… A coming-of-age film about a man rediscovering life and love.  In French with English subtitles.  Lark Theater, Larkspur. http://www.larktheater.net/  

September 5, 2008.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Chantal et Bernard, à Novato. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

September 6, 2008.  VENTE DE LIVRES D’OCCASION DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Used French books sale!  10am to 2pm.  428 Denton Way, Santa Rosa.  info@santarosa.org for details.

September 6, 2008.  CAJUN & ZYDECO FEST.  Including RODDIE ROMERO AND THE HUB CITY ALL-STARS, THE WILE CATAHOULAS and much more.  And gator sausages to boot  Ives Park, 400 Willow St., Sebastopol.  10:30am-7pm.  $20.  Under 12 free.  707.824.2550 or http://www.rotarycajun.com for details.

September 6, 2008.  THE ZYDECO FLAMES WITH ANDRE THIERRY perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.

September 7, 2008.  OPERA IN THE PARK, a free concert at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, features SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performers presenting pieces from LA BOHEME and more.  1:30pm.  Bring your blanket; leave your preconceptions behind.  http://sfopera.park for details.

September 7, 2008.  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 soiree   starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if   they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San   Francisco event 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/

Beginning September 8, 2008.  ATELIER D'ECRITURE.  Le seul atelier en français de la Baie entame sa 4e année, avec une série de 8 séances de 3 heures, tous les 15 jours, à partir du lundi 8 septembre à 10h15 à Los Altos. L'atelier est animé par Philippe Berthoud, professeur à l'Université John F. Kennedy, où il enseigne "Writing as a Psychospiritual Tool". L'atelier est ouvert à tous: aucune expérience d'écriture est nécessaire, et le partage de nos écrits est facultatif et confidentiel. Séance d'introduction ($55) le 8 septembre, après quoi l'atelier est fermé à de nouveaux venus. Plus que 2 places disponibles! Inscriptions/Info: pberthoud@jfku.edu ou 510 - 234 4799. Référence: annedumontier@gmail.com. Un second atelier sera offert le lundi en fin de journée à Los Altos, si la demande est suffisante. D'autres ateliers pourraient être donnés ailleurs dans la Baie, selon la demande. Les ateliers de Philippe rencontrent beaucoup de succès, et il les a donnés en France, en Suisse et en Irlande.

September 8-12, 2008. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, April 7 through April 11 (other dates available) Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

September 8 or 13, 2008. MORT OU VIF: ARTISTES ET ANATOMISTES. Conference illustree de RENEE MOREL. * Monday, September 8 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)or * Saturday, September 13 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). At THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire et retenir votre place en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

September 9, 2008. LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE lit VIPERE AU POING. Le mardi 9 septembre, 7pm: "Vipere au poing, roman d'Hervé Bazin. Le film est sorti en 2004 avec Catherine Frot, Jacques Villeret, etc. Si vous n'avez pas eu/ n'aurez pas le temps de lire tout le livre: pas de panique, n'oubliez pas que nous regardons le film adapté du livre (tout en dégustant notre potluck). berenicevlm@yahoo.com.

September 10, 2008.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Sassafras Restaurant.  Choices to be made from menu distributed before lunch.  Bar service extra.  Members $20; Non-members $22.  1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa.  Reserve by calling Adrena, 707.823.5539 by Monday, September 8.

September 11-13, 2008.  LISS FAIN DANCE, the San Francisco ballet choreographer, presents two world premieres, one of which is set to a composition by MESSAIEN.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., San Francisco.  415.978.2787 or http://www.lissfaindance.org for details.

September 11-14, 2008.  JOTI SING AND VIOLETA LUNA perform (in the medium of dance) the true tale of a SENEGALESE MAN detained at Guantanamo Bay.  CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., SF.  800.838.3006 or http://www.counterpulse.org for details.

September 13, 2008.  DGIIN performs gypsy funk with a French twist at Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon Two at River Road.  707.869.0821 or http://www.rionidoroadhouse.com for details.  6pm-10pm.  $5.  For a music clip: http://www.myspace.com/dgiin

September 13-20, 2008. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAU's PYGMALION and more. Various venues: Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Palo Alto. 415.252.1288 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details

Through September 14, 2008. SHOTGUN PLAYERS perform UBU FOR PRESIDENT, based on UBU ROI by ALFRED JARRY. Patrick Dooley directs this story about a fictional, larger-than-life tyrant who tramples over his enemies with gusto. John Hinkel Park, Off Arlington Ave. at Southampton Ave., Berkeley. 510.841.6500 or http://www.shotgunplayers.org for details.

September 17, 2008.  VIEUX FARKA TOURE performs at Yoshi’s San Francisco venue.  http://www.yoshis.com or 415.655.5600 for details.

September 18, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses STENDHAL'S LA CHARTREUSE DE PARME. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org.

September 18, 2008. FROM MANTEGNA TO COURBET: EUROPEAN PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, AND PRINTS FROM THE JAMES SIMON COLLECTION. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 10am.

September 18, 2008.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes a WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON.   The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco,  the Lycée Francais La Pérouse, and San Francisco Bay Accueil cordially invite you to join us for a :  Women in Business Luncheon With LISA GAUTIER. Thursday, September 18th, 12:00 pm at The Spinnaker 12:00- 2:00 pm 100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito Get directions 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. Take part of this great networking event  and seize the opportunity to meet French speaking business Women of the Bay area.  Come and network with Women in Business ! Men are welcome. Registration Information $ 40  for Members,  $ 45  for Non Members, $ 50  at the door We recommend that registrations be made in advance. French-American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103, Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621. 

September 19 & 21, 2008.  FAUBOURG TREMÉ:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS.  First-person documentary by New Orleans natives Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie brings alive the long history of Black New Orleans through an in-depth look at one historic neighborhood.  9/19, 7pm; 9/21, 4pm.  Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University,1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi ($5 general admission, $4.50 non SSU students with ID, seniors and SSU faculty and staff; $3.50 SFI members, Lifelong Learning Members and children under 12.  FREE for SSU students with ID.  Discount tickets 5 films for $20/$18.

September 19 & 23, 2008.  MADCAT WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  415.383.5356 or http://www.madcatfilmfestival.org for details.

September 20, 2008.  SAVING LIVES & MORE:  THE RED CROSS.  The Sonoma & Mendocino Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a free, 4 hour course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today.   This certified course, developed by the national office of the American Red Cross, will be offered on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.   To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of charge. A summary of the class is attached. Saving Lives & More: Learn about your local Red Cross and be inspired!  A one-hour free lunch and tour. Please contact me for your invitation. Tim Miller CEO  American Red Cross Sonoma & Mendocino Counties 5297 Aero Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Tel:  707-577-7607 Fax: 707-577-7621 tmiller@arcsm.org

September 20-21, 2008.  GLENDI INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR.  Holy Virgin Orthodox Church, 90 Mountain View Ave., Santa Rosa.  707.584.9491 or http://www.glendi.net for details.

Through September 21, 2008. THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE THEATER CO. presents VOLTAIRE'S CANDIDE. Rough and Tumble is thrilled to announce their next full production, Len Jenkin's hyper-theatrical adaptation of Voltaire's Enlightenment- era satire Candide. The show opens on August 20, 2008 at the Berkeley City Club (near the UC Berkeley campus and 2 blocks from Telegraph Ave.) and runs until September 21st. Candide is considered a key text of the European Enlightenment and a classic of world literature. In this hilarious picaresque adventure, Voltaire sardonically skewers the metaphysical philosophy of Optimism (all is for the best!), religion, politics, and the romantic adventure stories which were popular during his time. Through the constant misfortunes of the title character, Voltaire showcases his considerable wit while posing meaningful questions about the nature of human suffering. Rough and Tumble is looking forward to sharing this comic masterpiece with our audiences. Stay tuned for more details! http://www.randt.org/Next.htm

September 22, 2008.  OPENING NIGHT GALA OF THE MET, featured at the Lark Theater.  Black tie optional.  Starring Renée Fleming in fully staged performances of scenes from MASSENET’s MANON (Act III) and more.  Champagne cocktail included. http://www.larktheater.net/ for details.

September 23, 2008.  ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON presents a lecture entitled, PETITES ANECDOTES, GRANDES SAVEURS:  HISTOIRE DE LA GASTRONOMIE FRANÇAISE at the Assemblée Générale de L’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Pour les Français, manger n’est pas seulement s’alimenter, c’est un art et une passion élevée au rang de culture!  S’ils font remonter la tradition du «bien manger» à Charlemagne, c’est surtout à la Florentine Catherine de Médicis que la France, à partir du 16e sièce, le raffinement de sa gastronomie.  La conférence, illustrée de tableaux des plus grands artistes de l’époque, traitera des diverses innovations à travers les siècles (épices, usage de la fourchette, apparition des grands chefs, des premiers restaurants et livres de cuisine).  Des anecdotes souligneront les coutumes culinaires pittoresques en vigueur à la cour de Catherine de Médicis, de Louis XIV, dans l’entourage de Mme de Pompadour, et de Napoléon III jusqu’à nos jours.  $35, wine not included.  (Conference only $12.)  Reservations due 9/12; send check to AFSR, 612 Fourth St., Suite 200, CA  95404.  Indicate entrée selection:  beef, chicken or vegetarian.  Dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm; Conference at 7:45pm.  Reservations are required for both  Location:  La Gare, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.  707.528.4355 or http://www.lagarerestaurant.com

September 25, 2008. RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE SCULPTURE FROM THE JAMES SIMON COLLECTION. Lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 10am.

September 26, 2008. AMELIE will be shown in the park as part of FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK in San Anselmo. http://www.filmnight.org/ for details.

September 26, 2008. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Cristy et André, à Rohnert Park. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

September 26 & 28, 2008.  MIDNIGHT (Wilder & Brackett, 1939).  Screwball comedy with Claudette Colbert who lands penniless (but wearing a dazzling evening gown) in Paris… With Don Ameche, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor.  9/26, 7pm; 9/28, 4pm. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University,1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi ($5 general admission, $4.50 non SSU students with ID, seniors and SSU faculty and staff; $3.50 SFI members, Lifelong Learning Members and children under 12.  FREE for SSU students with ID.  Discount tickets 5 films for $20/$18.

Through September 28, 3008. MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA: TALKING PICTURES. The Pacific Film Archive presents a retrospective of the Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who has worked in many co-productions with France: "My Case" (France/Portugal, 1986, 88 min.), Wednesday, August 20, 2008; 7:30 p.m. "I'm Going Home" (Portugal/France, 2001, 90 min.), Saturday, September 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Christopher Columbus: The Enigma" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2007, 70 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m. "A Talking Picture" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2003, 96 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 5:00 p.m. "Belle de Jour" (presented as a prequel of Oliveira's "Belle Toujours"), Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Abraham's Valley"(Portugal/ France/ Switzerland, 1993, 203 min.), Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:30 p.m. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1473

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

CINEMA

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

AMELIE will be shown in the park as part of FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK in San Anselmo. http://www.filmnight.org/ for details. September 26, 2008.

BOTTLESHOCK, based on the 1976 French wine tasting that ranked Northern California vintners over the French.  Sequoia, Mill Valley; Kabuki, SF; Embarcadero, SF; California; Embarcadero; Sundance; Kabuki; Boulevard Cinemas, Petaluma; Rialto, Santa Rosa; Sebastiani, Sonoma; Sebastopol Cinemas; Cinedome 8, Napa.   In English (mostly!).

FAUBOURG TREMÉ:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS.  First-person documentary by New Orleans natives Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie brings alive the long history of Black New Orleans through an in-depth look at one historic neighborhood.  9/19, 7pm; 9/21, 4pm.  Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University,1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi ($5 general admission, $4.50 non SSU students with ID, seniors and SSU faculty and staff; $3.50 SFI members, Lifelong Learning Members and children under 12.  FREE for SSU students with ID.  Discount tickets 5 films for $20/$18. In English. September 19 & 21, 2008. 

LE FILS DE L’EPICIER / THE GROCER’S SON (dir. Eric Guirado).   It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to elave the city to return to his family in Provence.  His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle  he thought he had shed – driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants in the rural countryside.  he is accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris on whom he has a secret crush… A coming-of-age film about a man rediscovering life and love.  In French with English subtitles.  Lark Theater, Larkspur. http://www.larktheater.net/ Opening September 5, 2008.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, based on JULES VERNE, and 3-D!  Century 20; SF Centre 9; Third Street, Santa Rosa. In English.

MAN ON WIRE.  Embarcadero Center Cinema, SF; Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Stonestown; Shattuck; Rialto, Santa Rosa. In English.

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA: TALKING PICTURES. The Pacific Film Archive presents a retrospective of the Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who has worked in many co-productions with France: "My Case" (France/Portugal, 1986, 88 min.), Wednesday, August 20, 2008; 7:30 p.m. "I'm Going Home" (Portugal/France, 2001, 90 min.), Saturday, September 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Christopher Columbus: The Enigma" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2007, 70 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m. "A Talking Picture" (Portugal/France/Italy, 2003, 96 min.), Sunday, September 21, 2008, 5:00 p.m. "Belle de Jour" (presented as a prequel of Oliveira's "Belle Toujours"), Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 8:00 p.m. "Abraham's Valley"(Portugal/ France/ Switzerland, 1993, 203 min.), Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:30 p.m. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1473 Through September 28, 2008.

MIDNIGHT (Wilder & Brackett, 1939).  Screwball comedy with Claudette Colbert who lands penniless (but wearing a dazzling evening gown) in Paris… With Don Ameche, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor.  9/26, 7pm; 9/28, 4pm. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University,1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi ($5 general admission, $4.50 non SSU students with ID, seniors and SSU faculty and staff; $3.50 SFI members, Lifelong Learning Members and children under 12.  FREE for SSU students with ID.  Discount tickets 5 films for $20/$18. In English. September 26 & 28, 2008. 

NE LE DIS A PERSONNE / TELL NO ONE.  Albany; Clay.

PARIS, JE T'AIME. Foreign Cinema, SF. http://www.foreigncinema.com

PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965).  Red Vic Movie House, SF,  http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details.

ROMAN DE GARE.  Opera Plaza, SF; Oaks.

THE VISITOR.  Oaks.

FARTHER AFIELD: 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. To learn more : http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

ART

Through September 2008. PASSENGERS AT CCA WATTIS, SAN FRANCISCO. Passengers is a permanent but constantly transforming exhibition of emerging international contemporary artists (including VALERIE MREJEN), none of whom has ever had a solo presentation in an American public art institution. Supported by the Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article577

September 2-December 13, 2008. THE WIZARD OF OZ, CCA WATTIS, Opening Reception Tuesday September 2, 2008 Lower Gallery, Logan Galleries, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco The Wizard of Oz is a unique exhibition featuring the work of 20 international artists. It takes L. Frank Baum's popular novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as its starting point to examine the relationship between art and literature, our idea of home and place, as well as the cultural and social fabric of America itself. Featuring French artists LORIS GRELAUD and DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER. Grélaud will attend the opening reception on September 2 http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1494 "The Wizard of Oz" is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.

September 3-26, 2008.  SWISS ARTIST SEVILLA GRANGER exhibits BIG, SURE. Sevilla Granger paints trees as a spiritual connector to ancient wisdom. Her work is not religious, but the artist is inspired and challenged by the spirituality  of nature and the nature of spirituality. Studying the process of transforming canvas and paint into a meditative experience, Granger makes exclusive use of trees as an archetypal motif for her exploration,  a guide for the translation of this ancient wisdom into graphic form.  The trees Sevilla portrays can mainly be found in California, often in the Monterey/Big Sur area. Sevilla uses a layer technique in either oil or acrylic. Sevilla Granger's "Big, Sure" September 4 - 26 Swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 415.912.5901 9 a.m. -  5 p.m.  Opening Event September 3 Swissnex San Francisco 6:30 p.m. Opening event is free, but kindly RSVP on the Swissnex events page at http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org

September 10-January 4, 2008.  SWISS COLLECTOR ULI SIGG exhibits MAHJONG at the Berkeley Art Museum.  Coming this fall to BAM/PFA, the landmark exhibition Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection offers a unique window onto the past four decades of art and culture in China. Presenting 141 works by 96 artists, the exhibition reveals both the myriad changes in Chinese art and the extraordinary transformations in  Chinese society that have taken place in the last forty years. Mahjong is drawn from the collection of former ambassador Uli Sigg, a Swiss collector whose longstanding ties to China have enabled him to build a collection of unrivaled quality, size, and scope. Filling nine of BAM's ten galleries with a selection of exceptional paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, video works, and installations, Mahjong represents the first time that a significant number of works from the Sigg Collection have been seen in the Americas.  September 10 - January 4 Berkeley Art Museum 2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/mahjong  or 510.642.0808.

Through 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. Docent tours: 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Through September 28, 2008. STUDIO PRACTICES Prints by artists from the 16th through 18th c. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through September 28, 2008. VOLLARD, EDITEUR. ILLUSTRATED BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE LEGENDARY FRENCH ART DEALER. The second in a series of exhibitions that focus on legendary publishers who were primarily art dealers. Ambroise Vollard (1865-1939) opened his first art gallery in Paris in 1893 and by 1895 was publishing individual prints and portfolios by the artists he represented. His publications include Parallelement, featuring poetry by PAUL VERLAINE and delicate lithograph illustrations by PIERRE BONNARD; GUSTAVE FLAUBERT's La tentation de Saint Antoine, with illustrations by ODILON REDON, and HONORE DE BALZAC's Le chef d'œuvre inconnu, a collaboration with Pablo Picasso. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through September 28, 2008. ARTISTS ABROAD. Works on paper that feature views of PARIS, Rome, and other picturesque locations. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

October 2-24, 2008.  CHARLOTTE HUG’S “MY STREET.” Graphic Music Installation Swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 415.912.5901 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  A conceptual exhibit environment, "My Street" pairs up Charlotte Hug's three-dimensional, post-improvisational graphic room scores (her "Sonicons", as she calls them) with the work of Bay Area photographer Kirstyn Russell. Hug and Russell first collaborated on the original "My Street" concept at the initiative of Rita Jurt, a Swiss violin teacher dedicated to creating improvisational musical setting for children, based on graphic musical notation. October 3, 2008, 7 p.m. Charlotte Hug's "My Street" exhibit opening and "Anderwelten" performance Hug, Russell and Jurt will present their work, with insights on how their work with kids applies to collaborative networks within contemporary, "grown-up" creation.  Charlotte Hug will then perform "Anderwelten" (Other Worlds), a new score for viola and voice in which the musician directly interacts with the physicality of her Sonicons and of swissnex San Francisco's performance space. Opening event and performance are free but kindly RSVP on the Swissnex events page at http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org

Through October 5, 2008.  SPARED FROM THE STORM.  Paintings, drawings and sculptures from the New Orleans Museum of Art (some of which are French – Degas, etc.).  Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through October 12, 2008. ROOM FOR THOUGHT: ALEXANDER HAHN & YVES NETZHAMMER. This exhibition of work by two Swiss artists will showcase the work of two generations of artists who have continuously worked with the computer as an artistic tool. Both artists' use of digitally created, mesmerizing spaces articulates a deep concern with the history of painting, photography, and film, and reveals a fascination with internal landscapes of the mind. Hahn's interactive Luminous Point allows the viewer to take a self-guided tour of a virtual simulation of the artist's Manhattan apartment, using a remote control to navigate a gamelike labyrinth of spaces derived from digital manipulations of photographic and filmic records. Where Hahn's hybrid space incorporates images of the real world, Netzhammer presents a poetic world of pure invention. Premiering at SFMOMA, his Furniture of Proportions incorporates highly stylized wall drawings, animation, and sculptural objects to create an intricate spatial narrative. This exhibition is sponsored by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

October 18-November 16, 2008.  SWISS FIBER ARTIST REGULA ALLENSPACH exhibits her work in San Francisco’s Fiber Art Exhibition, FIBER DIMENSIONS.  Herbst International Exhibition Hall, Presidio of San Francisco, CA http://www.fiberdimensions.com/show/index.html

October 27-29, 2008. ARTS OF FASHION 2008 – SF UNDER CREATIVE FASHION’S INFLUENCE The International Fashion Student Competition takes over the SFMOMA.  Arts of Fashion 2008 will bring an international collection of fashion, art, ideas, and talents to San Francisco on October 25-29 at the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) while the De Young Museum prepares the Nov. 1 public opening of the first retrospective covering Yves Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creativity. The Arts of Fashion Foundation invites the public to an exciting mix of debates, seminars, and presentations of collections including three New York based rising talents participating in the Debut Series (sponsored by YKK of America) and two rising stars featured in the CarteBlanche Series: Cathy Pill - invited guest of the Paris Haute Couture Presentations and Isabelle Steiger from Vienna - Hyeres International Fashion Festival 2008. In addition, the main focus of the event will be the entries by 68 fashion students selected for the final from 79 different fashion Schools and Universities from 23 different countries. These designers will present their creations related to this year's theme ‘Influence’ in the frame of a unique fashion show and display at the SFMOMA on Wed. October 29. Students selected by the professional international jury in San Francisco will be awarded with internships in prestigious and creative Fashion Houses such as as Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Anne-Valerie Hash and Natalia Brilli in Paris, Veronique Branquinho in Antwerp and Wendy & Jim in Vienna. Different scholarships will be offered with the Schools of the Chambre Syndicale and Duperre Applied Arts School - Paris, as well as the La Cambre School of Visual Arts - Brussels. Among the international roster of nearly twenty talented and notable jurists will be: • Natalia Brilli – Creative director for Natalia Brilli – Paris • Susie Bubble – Commissioning fashion editor for Dazed and Confused, journalist and blogger – London • Aurore de La Morinerie – Fashion illustrator – Paris • Tony Delcampe – Director of La Cambre-Mode, Fashion School – Brussels • Laurent Edmond – First creative assistant for Martin Margiela – Paris • Ben Ospital – Owner of the Boutique MAC – Modern Appealing Clothing – San Francisco • Own – Menswear duo designers for Veronique Branquinho – Antwerp • Wendy&Jim – Creative fashion duo designers – Vienna The Arts of Fashion Foundation’s prestigious MasterClass-Series will begin it’s fourth rendition on October 25 to October 29. The Series is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to work with outstanding guest designers during 5 intensive days. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that the work done during the intensive five day MasterClass-Series will also be presented during the Fashion Show at the SFMOMA. For a complete and detailed schedule of events, accommodation, as well as information and bios of participating jurists, please visit www.arts-of-fashion.org or contact Arts of Fashion President, Nathalie Doucet at 415-252-0734. The San Francisco Arts of Fashion 2008 is made possible by the support of YKK of America, Target Design Partnership Committee and the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Opening November 1, 2008. YVES SAINT LAURENT. A collaboration with Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent and the Montreal Museum of Art, this is a look at Yves Saint-Laurent's entire career. Approximately 135 fully accessorized ensembles, as well as the artist's original drawings and videos from the archives of the Foundation. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Through January 4, 2009. IN THE BEGINNING: ARTISTS RESPOND TO GENESIS. Works by contemporary artists alongside works by MARC CHAGALL and others. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 763 Mission, SF. http://www.thecjm.org for details.

Ongoing. SURREALISM: SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 for details.

Ongoing. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu 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. 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

ST. LOUIS BLUES ART une galérie permanente qui expose des huiles représentant des scènes de rue ou de club, musique et dance sur le thème du Blues, Flamenco , Tango, peintes par l'artiste français BERNARD E. BENEITO, qui vient d'être reconnu Maître dans le livre d'art international "Maîtres et Epigones" de l'écrivain, historien et critique d'art international Sam Aberg, Laval, Québec, Canada. Le livre a été présenté à la foire du livre de Montréal en octobre 2007. Toutes informations dans le nouveau site http://www.bernardbeneito.com qui remplace www.stlouisbluesart.com . M. BENEITO offre des cours de peinture à Palo Alto, à la Maison des Artistes; voir son site web pour des renseignements supplémentaires.

CLASSES

September 3-7 or 5-7, 2008. WORKSHOP IN FRENCH CONVERSATION, INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL. A 3 or 5 DAY WORKSHOP IN French Conversation, including grammar, lots of practice, individual tutoring and daily lunch ! As if you were in France ... in Vallejo, 45 min from San Francisco. Accommodation a possibility. SEPT. 5-7, 2008 : $225.00 and SEPT. 3-7, 2008 : $375.00 - INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL. For Beginner to Intermediate, please inquire : nadine goodban; nadalang@comcast.net; (707)644-3421.

September 3-October 29, 2008.  CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Information available at : http://afberkeley.org/classes.pdf

Beginning September 8, 2008.  ATELIER D'ECRITURE.  Le seul atelier en français de la Baie entame sa 4e année, avec une série de 8 séances de 3 heures, tous les 15 jours, à partir du lundi 8 septembre à 10h15 à Los Altos. L'atelier est animé par Philippe Berthoud, professeur à l'Université John F. Kennedy, où il enseigne "Writing as a Psychospiritual Tool". L'atelier est ouvert à tous: aucune expérience d'écriture est nécessaire, et le partage de nos écrits est facultatif et confidentiel. Séance d'introduction ($55) le 8 septembre, après quoi l'atelier est fermé à de nouveaux venus. Plus que 2 places disponibles! Inscriptions/Info: pberthoud@jfku.edu ou 510 - 234 4799. Référence: annedumontier@gmail.com. Un second atelier sera offert le lundi en fin de journée à Los Altos, si la demande est suffisante. D'autres ateliers pourraient être donnés ailleurs dans la Baie, selon la demande. Les ateliers de Philippe rencontrent beaucoup de succès, et il les a donnés en France, en Suisse et en Irlande.

September 8 or 13, 2008. MORT OU VIF: ARTISTES ET ANATOMISTES. Conference illustree de RENEE MOREL. * Monday, September 8 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)or * Saturday, September 13 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). At THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. Telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire et retenir votre place en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

September 16-November 18, 2008. FRENCH CLASSESAT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan. French for Movie Lovers; French Literature & Grammar. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 24, October 22, November 19, 2008 & January 21, 2009. LITERARY MASTERS, taught by LIZ EPSTEIN, including a class session on GUSTAVE FLAUBERT'S MADAME BOVARY. 10am-12pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 1-November 20, 2008. FRENCH CLASSESAT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by Anne Bishop. Beginning Plus French; Lower Intermediate French; Intermediate French; Upper Intermediate French; Advanced French. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through October 15, 2008.  LE TEMPS DE LA CONQUETE COLONIALE (1830-1913). Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines (passionnant et illustre de diapositives, comme toujours) a French Class, enseigne - en francais, bien sur - par Renee Morel. Si la colonisation commence des l'epoque de la Renaissance, ce n'est cependant  qu'a partir de 1830, avec la prise d'Alger, que nait veritablement l'empire  colonial francais. Trahissant ses valeurs fondamentales, la Troisieme  Republique poursuit cette vaste politique d'expansion territoriale entreprise  sous la Restauration. Ce sera la conquete de l'Indochine dans les annees 1880.  Si l'expedition du Tonkin suscite d'abord bien des reticences et provoque la  chute du ministre Jules Ferry, les gouvernements a venir soutiendront tous les  ambitions coloniales de la Republique et l'Indochine deviendra bientot l'un des  fleurons de l'empire.  Il y aura ensuite, a l'aube du XXe siecle, la mission "Afrique entrale":  parvenir au lac Tchad pour assurer a la France le controle du continent. De la  course effrenee contre les autres nations pour le partage de l'Afrique noire a  la mainmise sur le Maroc avec Lyautey (1912), venez revivre le temps des  aventuriers: pillage, meurtres, destruction...  (8 weeks. August 27 - October 15, 2008)  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM -12:00 NOON) $250 ($240 for early birds; $215 for members).  THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. SVP, telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

October 27-December 19, 2008. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes. For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

Through November 7, 2008.  FRENCH THROUGH CUISINE.  Join French instructor JULIE FORNAGE and chef CHRISTINE PICCIN for a French language and cooking class in one!  Each class, taught in French, will provide lessons in grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills while you create a fabulous French meal.  Friday evenings, 6pm-10:15pm, SRJC Culinary Arts Center, downtown Santa Rosa.  Suitable for beginning to intermediate speakers, but more advanced speakers will have fun, too.  From Boeuf Bourguignon to Crêpes Suzette, come cook with us, en français.  French 120 – Secction #3898.  Completion of French 50A or knowledge of beginning French is required; class fee $100.  SRJC enrollment fees applicable at registration time.  http://www.santarosa.edu or christine@piccin.com or 707.535.0161.

December 15 to 19, 2008. 5 DAY INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAMS. All levels are offered (separately). Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning 9 to 12, in the afternoon 1 to 4 or in the evening 6 to 9 for 5 days. $275. $20 off if paid 7 days before the intensive course begins! Sign up now! The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666. info@frenchclass.com

January 5-March 6, 2009. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes. For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

March 9-May 8, 2009. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes. For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

May 11-July 10, 2009. FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Classes for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as conversation classes and advanced theme classes. For registration and details, please contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or 707.543.8151.

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

eLYCEE also offers a range of 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. Visit our website: 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.

POUR TOUS LES PETITS: A 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.

FRENCH WINE CLASSES. 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.

CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666. http://www.frenchclass.com for full details.

FRENCH FOR FUN. French For Fun, a well-known language and cultural center in the East Bay, has long been a meeting ground for Francophone and Francophile parents. Recently relocated to a newer, larger facility, we’d like to invite you to come and check us out! We have a brand new Baby Circle for one-year-olds on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 10:30 and an ongoing Moms n’Tots program for toddlers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:30. You don’t need an appointment. The first lesson is always free. Drop in and while you’re here feel free to browse our videothèque and library of French children’s books. We’d love to meet you! Madame@FrenchForFun.com or www.FrenchForFun.com

PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

TRANSLATION COURSE ON LINE Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carriere : Devenez traducteur ou traductrice. Specialisez-vous dans le domaine de votre choix, explorez les possibilites. Formation assuree par Dominique Bremond, traductrice certifiee par le Consulat General de France a San Francisco, 20 ans d'experience. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter : Dominiquebremond@aol.com The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666. info@frenchclass.com

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. 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 courses at Sonoma State University, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang . 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. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!

October 2008. MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. http://www.mvff.com Details to follow.

October 3-5, 2008. MAGNIFICAT BAROQUE: VOICES AND INSTRUMENTS OF THE EARLY BAROQUE, with Warren Stewart, artistic director, performs CHARPENTIER'S LES PLAISIRS DE VERSAILLES. Venues in San Francisco, Berkeley and San José. http://www.magnificatbaroque.org/ or 800.853.8155 for details.

October 4-22, 2008.  NO WAVE:  THE CINEMA OF JEAN EUSTACHE.  Pacific Film Archive, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

October 5, 2008.  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 soiree   starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if   they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San   Francisco event 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/

October 5 & 7, 2008. MARIN SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S BOLERO and more, with QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO. 415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details. 7:30pm. World premiere.

October 6-10, 2008. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, (other dates available) Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

October 8-12, 2008.  FRENCH CINEMA NOW.  A new minifestival from the San Francisco Film Society.  Various venues.  415.51.5000 or http://www.sffs.org for details.

October 9, 2008.  GOING GREEN:  WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?   The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco cordially invites you to join us for a Sustainability Bootcamp :  Going Green: What's in it for you? Experiences of leading Bay Area companies  Thursday, October 9th  5:30 - 6:30 pm: Registration and networking 6:30 - 8:00 pm: Panel discussion, and Q/A 8:00 - 8:30 pm: Additional networking  The Americania Hotel - 121 7th St, San Francisco Get directions  Registration: http://faccsf.com/Events/green_oct08.htm  The panel:  Ken Larson: Founder, KL Consulting, Former Director of  Corporate Social Responsibility, Hewlett-Packard   Jean Pommier: VP, Methodology, ILOG; Paul Philippe Bertoni: Attorney at Law, Bertoni Law; Hervé Blondel: General Manager, Best Western Americania - Best Western Carriage Inn - Director of Good Hotel  Moderator:  Christian Forthomme, President and Founder, RealChange.  Registration Information $ 20  for Members $ 30  for Non Members $ 40  At the door French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.

October 9-11, 2008.  EMMANUEL AX performs with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY. .  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org

October 10, 2008. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Ron. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

October 10-12, 2008.  OTHER WORDS.  Poetry Festival "Other Words" San Francisco, CA  Poets representing several European countries, including contemporary Italian-Swiss poet Fabiano Alborghetti, will perform their works in several readings throughout the city. Alborghetti will also read at a special event at San Francisco's Instituto Italiano di Cultura on October 8.  For more information see: http://otherwords08.wordpress.com/ and: http://www.iicbelgrado.esteri.it/IIC_SanFrancisco/Menu/Istituto/

October 12, 2008.  SWISS METAL BAND SAMAEL ON TOUR in the Thursday,  Sunday, October 12, 7:30 p.m. Slim's San Francisco, CA http://www.slims-sf.com/  Swiss metal band SAMAEL is undertaking a US tour promoting their new album, "Solar Soul." See above for tour dates in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.  For more information visit http://www.samael.info/solar_soul/index

October 13 or 18, 2008. GERICAULT ET DELACROIX, MAITRES DU ROMANTISME FRANCAIS.  Atelier at The French Class. Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais aussi, bien sur!  $10 (One and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice.)  Monday, October 13 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) OR Saturday, October 18 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM) THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. SVP, telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

October 16, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses HENRI PIERRE ROCHE'S JULES ET JIM. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

October 16-November 4, 2008.  ARAB FILM FETIVAL.  Various venues.  415.564.1100 or http://www.aff.org for details.

October 19, 2008. ZYDECO FLAMES performs in the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL. San Francisco Spirit, Pier 9; Brunch included. 11am. 415.788.7353 or http://sfjazz.org or 866.920.JAZZ.

October 19-26, 2008.  UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL.  Focus on environmentalism.  650.724.5544 or http://www.unaff.org for details.

October 23, 2008. WILLIAM EDDINS conducts the BERKELEY SYMPHONY, including works by GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE, CLAUDE DEBUSSY, LILI BOULANTER and more. http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/ for details.

October 23-25, 2008.  JOSHUA BELL IN CONCERT WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, performing RAVEL’S TZIGANE and SAINT-SAENS’ INTRODUCTION & RONDO CAPRICCIOSO.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org

October 27-29, 2008. ARTS OF FASHION 2008 – SF UNDER CREATIVE FASHION’S INFLUENCE The International Fashion Student Competition takes over the SFMOMA.  Arts of Fashion 2008 will bring an international collection of fashion, art, ideas, and talents to San Francisco on October 25-29 at the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) while the De Young Museum prepares the Nov. 1 public opening of the first retrospective covering Yves Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creativity. The Arts of Fashion Foundation invites the public to an exciting mix of debates, seminars, and presentations of collections including three New York based rising talents participating in the Debut Series (sponsored by YKK of America) and two rising stars featured in the CarteBlanche Series: Cathy Pill - invited guest of the Paris Haute Couture Presentations and Isabelle Steiger from Vienna - Hyeres International Fashion Festival 2008. In addition, the main focus of the event will be the entries by 68 fashion students selected for the final from 79 different fashion Schools and Universities from 23 different countries. These designers will present their creations related to this year's theme ‘Influence’ in the frame of a unique fashion show and display at the SFMOMA on Wed. October 29. Students selected by the professional international jury in San Francisco will be awarded with internships in prestigious and creative Fashion Houses such as as Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Anne-Valerie Hash and Natalia Brilli in Paris, Veronique Branquinho in Antwerp and Wendy & Jim in Vienna. Different scholarships will be offered with the Schools of the Chambre Syndicale and Duperre Applied Arts School - Paris, as well as the La Cambre School of Visual Arts - Brussels. Among the international roster of nearly twenty talented and notable jurists will be: • Natalia Brilli – Creative director for Natalia Brilli – Paris • Susie Bubble – Commissioning fashion editor for Dazed and Confused, journalist and blogger – London • Aurore de La Morinerie – Fashion illustrator – Paris • Tony Delcampe – Director of La Cambre-Mode, Fashion School – Brussels • Laurent Edmond – First creative assistant for Martin Margiela – Paris • Ben Ospital – Owner of the Boutique MAC – Modern Appealing Clothing – San Francisco • Own – Menswear duo designers for Veronique Branquinho – Antwerp • Wendy&Jim – Creative fashion duo designers – Vienna The Arts of Fashion Foundation’s prestigious MasterClass-Series will begin it’s fourth rendition on October 25 to October 29. The Series is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to work with outstanding guest designers during 5 intensive days. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that the work done during the intensive five day MasterClass-Series will also be presented during the Fashion Show at the SFMOMA. For a complete and detailed schedule of events, accommodation, as well as information and bios of participating jurists, please visit www.arts-of-fashion.org or contact Arts of Fashion President, Nathalie Doucet at 415-252-0734. The San Francisco Arts of Fashion 2008 is made possible by the support of YKK of America, Target Design Partnership Committee and the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

October 31, 2008.  FRENCH ELECTRO VIXEN YELLE performs at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF.  415.625.8880 or http://www.mezzaninesf.com for details.

November 1 & 2, 2008. SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES’ annual Halloween weekend concert this year features the hauntingly beautiful Requiem by Antoine Brumel, one of the earliest extant requiem masses along with Josquin’s Mille regretz & La deploration de la morte de Johannes Ockeghem. FEAST for ALL SOULS, November 1 – 7:30 PM - Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 - 7th Avenue, San Francisco; November 2 – 7:30 PM - All Saint's Episcopal, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto. http://www.sfrv.org for details.

November 2-3, 2008.  LOUISE BOURGEOIS:  THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE.  The San Francisco premiere of a new documentary devoted to the sculptor.  Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight, SF.  415.668.3994 or http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details.

November 3-7, 2008. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris (other dates available) Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

November 5, 2008. TOUMANI DIABATE from Mali performs in the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL. Herbst Theatre . 11am. 415.788.7353 or http://sfjazz.org or 866.920.JAZZ.

November 8, 2008. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Valérie. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

November 9, 2008. VADIM REPIN & NIKOLAI LUGANSKY perform DEBUSSY'S SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN G MINOR and more. Koret Recital Series. Cal Performances, http://www.calperformances.org or 510.642.9988 for details. 5pm.

November 10 or 15, 2008. LE REGNE DE NAPOLEON (1804-1815). Atelier at The French Class. Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel - en francais aussi, bien sur!  $10 (One and a half hours each; includes handouts; each conference is offered twice.)  Monday, November 10 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) or November 15 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666  info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. SVP, telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

November 12, 2008.  URBAN BUSH WOMEN AND COMPAGNIE JANT-BI, Senegal’s mesmerizing all-male dance sensation, perform at Stanford Lively Arts.  Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Palo Alto.  650.725.2787 or http://www.livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

November 13-16, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL.  Various venues.  415.561.5000 or http://www.sffs.org for details.

November 14 & 16, 2008.  VIOLETTE (Chabrol, 1978).  The first collaboration of Chabrol with Isabelle Huppert.  Violette Nozière was a pretty and dissolute French working class girl who, in 1933, at the age of 19, became nationally famous for a scandalous crime…  11/14 at 7pm and 11/16 at 4pm. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University,1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi ($5 general admission, $4.50 non SSU students with ID, seniors and SSU faculty and staff; $3.50 SFI members, Lifelong Learning Members and children under 12.  FREE for SSU students with ID.  Discount tickets 5 films for $20/$18.

November 14, 2008-January 4, 2009. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, based on the book by GALLANT. A reanimation of the 18th-century French legend by MARY ZIMMERMAN. To save her life, a beautiful bride must spin hypnotic tales of genies, jesters, thieves and kings, winning her freedom by eventually winning her husband's heart. As he falls under Scheherazade's spell, Zimmerman enchants the audience as well with her signature style that transforms simplicity into the sublime. Amidst a thousand tales of honor, revenge, and honor, only love emerges victorious. Berkeley Rep. 510.647.2949 or http://berkeleyrep.org for details.

November 15, 2008.  DJOLIBA ENSEMBLE OF MALI performs at Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.  8pm.  $18-$40.  415.499.6800 or http://www.marincenter.org for details. 

November 16-December 7, 2008. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA stages LA BOHEME, a mix of romantic passion, poignant tragedy, and high-spirited fun, set in Paris. http://sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details.

November 20, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses ALBERT CAMUS - LA CHUTE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

November 21, 2008. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Nadine et Armen—le Beaujolais nouveau! nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

November 21 & 23, 2008.  NOTE BY NOTE.  Fascinating documentary following a Steinway grand piano in its long and complex journey from forest floor to concert hall.  Many interviews with the musicians who discuss the unique relationship between instrument and artist, including PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD and HELENE GRIMAUD.  11/21 at 7pm and 11/23 at 4pm. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University,1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi ($5 general admission, $4.50 non SSU students with ID, seniors and SSU faculty and staff; $3.50 SFI members, Lifelong Learning Members and children under 12.  FREE for SSU students with ID.  Discount tickets 5 films for $20/$18.

November 22, 2008. LA SOIREE: 27TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL. The BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU is coming soon! For this occasion, the French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco organizes its annual fundraising event on Saturday, November 22, 2008 to celebrate the launch of this French wine, the first wine of the year. This event, which takes place every year in France on the third Thursday of November, is a great opportunity to enjoy wine tasting and mingle with Bay Area Francophiles and other participating businesses. With an estimated 1000 guests, this is the best annual festival in town which presents a large variety of French Wines and Gourmet Food. Location: The Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center, SF. 6pm to 9:30pm. Program: Silent Auction; Fashion Show; Music and Dance. Information: Tel : 415-442-4717 or Email : info@faccsf.com or Website : www.faccsf.com . Purchase tickets at www.faccsf.com or call: (415) 442-4717. (Member: 50$ Non member: 60$ at the door: 70$)

November 22, 2008.  BERLIOZ’s LA DAMNATION DE FAUST at the New York Metropolitan Opera, screened at the Lark Theater, http://www.larktheater.net/.  2h45 min.

November 22, 2008.  EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY performs popular scores from CARMEN, TURANDOT and more.  Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa.  $45.  707.226.7372 or http://www.nvoh.org for details.

November 23, 2008.  CELINE DION performs at the HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San José.  415.421.8497 or http://www.ticketmaster.com for details.

November 26, 2008 – January 4, 2009.  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  Orpheum Theatre.  415.512.7770 or http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com for details.

November 28, 2008.  M83, the FRENCH ELECTRONIC MUSIC ACT that perfectly reconstructed the soundtrack of 80s movies starring Molly Ringwald (according to the SF Chronicle pink pages!) on its latest album, SATURDAYS – YOUTH, perform at The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco.  415.421.8497 or http://www.livenation.com for details.

December 6 & 7, 2008.  BEAUTY & THE BEAST.  Fall Junior Musical-Theatre Workshop, Marilyn Izdebski Productions.  100 Shaw Drive, San Anselmo.  http://www.marilynizdebskiproductions.com for details.

December 8-12, 2008. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris (other dates available) Enjoy speaking French in an unknown and new Parisian surrounding : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

December 10-14, 2008.  QUEBEC FILM WEEK.  Featuring the best of contemporary Quebec cinema.  San Francisco Film Society.  Various Venues.  http://www.sffs.org for details. 

December 20, 2008. MASSENET’S THAIS at the New York Metropolitan Opera, screened at the Lark Theater, http://www.larktheater.net/.  3h21 min.

January 9, 2008. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Nadine et Armen—Vivent les rois! nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

January 15, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JEAN DIWO'S 249 FAUBOURG ST. ANTOINE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

January 16, 2009. THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO perform at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Travel back to the 1930s to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 10 years. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details. 8pm; pre-show discussion at 7pm.

January 30-31, 2009. PASCAL RIOULT DANCE THEATRE performs for CAL PERFORMANCES, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

February 4, 2009. ROKIA TRAOURE from MALI performs in Stanford Lively Arts, http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

February 14, 2009. ACADEMY OF SAINT MARTIN OF THE FIELDS performs with JULIA FISCHER. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

February 14 & 15, 2009. JOHN KENDALL BAILEY conducts the AMERICAN PHILHARMONIC OF SONOMA COUNTY, performing SAINT-SAENS' BACCHANAL FROM SAMSON & DALILA, RAVEL's BOLERO, and more. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

February 19, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses YASMINA KHADRA'S L'ATTENTAT. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

February 21-23, 2009. SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY, under the director of French-born BRUNO FERRANDIS, performs DEBUSSY's NOCTURNES and more. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

February 27-28, 2009. JORDI SAVALL, viol de gambe (behind TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE), performs LE CONCERT DES NATIONS. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

March 1 & 3, 2009. MARIN SYMPHONY performs OF BRITAIN, BIZET AND BALANCHINE, including BIZET’S SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MAJOR. 415.479.8100 or http://www.marinsymphony.org for details. 7:30pm.

March 20-28, 2009. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAU's SUITE OF DANCES FROM LES INDES GALANTES and more. Various venues: Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Palo Alto. 415.252.1288 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

April 3, 2009. HABIB KOITE & BAMADA performs for Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

April 16, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JACQUES LE FATALISTE de DENIS DIDEROT. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

April 17 & 18, 2009. CONFRONTING NAPOLEON: EUROPEAN CULTURE AT THE CROSSROADS. The French Revolution unleashed institution-shattering forces. Napoleon successfully refocused these forces on Europe, and the French tide swept over the continent, and event across the Mediterranean, leaving the remnants of many anciens régimes refashioned in its wake. Napoleon invaded Egypt yet crafted enlightened policy sympathetic to Islam, resurrected Roman civil law, inspired Beethoven, challenged Goethe and Tolstoy to think again, and bankrolled a return to grandeur in the fine arts. France's reassertion of cultural preeminence varied from uncritical enthusiasm to repugnance, from the love-hate with the Russian aristocracy to British resistance to both armies and cultural influence Moderator. Friday, April 17, 8pm: Keynote address by Steven Englund, NAPOLEON: THE GRANDEUR RESTORED; Illustrated lecture: NAPOLEON AND THE VISUAL ARTS. Saturday, April 18, 10am-4pm: Lecturers include Laurent Mayali, NAPOLEONIC CODE, Luba Golburt, TOLSTOY'S NAPOLEON: A DETHRONEMENT, Juan Cole, EGYPTOMANIA OR ORIENTALISM: PAINTING NAPOLEON BONAPARTE'S EGYPT. Plus, performance by Teresa Yu, LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN ON NAPOLEON: THE EROICA VARIATIONS. Panel discussion moderator, Roger Hahn. 415.392.4400 or http://www.humanitieswest.org for details.

April 18-25, 2008.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHSTRA performs HANDEL’S ATHALIA, based on the 17th-century author JEAN RACINE’S play of the same name.  415.392.4400 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

May 9 & 10, 2009. GABRIEL SAKAKEENY conducts the AMERICAN PHILHARMONIC OF SONOMA COUNTY, performing RAVEL's SUITE FROM DAPHNIS & CHLOE. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

May 15, 2009. A NIGHT OF OPERA FAVORITES, including numbers by GOUNOD. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

May 16-18, 2009. SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY, under the director of French-born BRUNO FERRANDIS, performs RAVEL's PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR, MESSAIEN's TURANGALILA and more. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742 or http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org for details.

May 21, 2008. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses MURIEL BARBERY'S LA GOURMANDISE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

June 4-7, 2009. BOLSHOI BALLET dances LA BAYADERE. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

June 9-30, 2009. EX MACHINA performs THE BLUE DRAGON, by Canadian authors ROBERT LEPAGE & MARIE MICHAUD. In co-production with LA COMETE ISCENE NATIONALE DE CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE & others. Cal Performances, http://www.calperformances.org or 510.642.9988 for details. Zellerbach Hall; times vary.

June 19-28, 2009.  8TH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.   http://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/

Early 2010, but I just can’t wait to annonce it!  JEAN RACINE’S PHEDRE.  Seana McKenna will star in the title role of American Conservatory Theater's production of Jean Racine's play Phèdre, to be presented in Timberlake Wertenbaker's new translation. The play will be produced as part of the Stratford' Shakespeare Festival's 2009 season, and then move to San Francisco in early 2010. Carey Perloff will direct will the production.  Phèdre is a dramatic tragedy in five acts about the dying queen's obsessive love for her stepson, Hippolytus, and Hippolytus' love for the forbidden beauty Aricia. Wertenbereker is best known as the author of Our Country's Good.  McKenna most recently appeared in The Clean House at the Canadian Stage Company and in Burn Up for the BBC. Her many stage credits include The Glass Menagerie, Private Lives, Noises Off,< i>Good Mother, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Hedda Gabler.  For more information, call 415-749-2228.

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