September 25-October 3, 2008

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September & October Events

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.  CONFERENCE PAR BERNARD METAIS:  100 ANS DE STYLE MUSETTE A PARIS. Bernard Métais, parisien de souche, nous fera revivre, avec illustrations sonores, la naissance vers 1900 de la valse-musette et son évolution jusqu'à nos jours à Paris. Savez-vous que ce symbole de Paris, est né de la confrontation des Auvergnats montés à Paris avec leur musette et des italiens immigrant avec leur accordéon chromatique? Il s'agissait de conquérir les centaines de, très rentables, "bals à la musette" de Paris. Le style musette a fleuri à Paris et dans les guinguettes du bord de la Seine et de la Marne. Après un repli, le musette et son inséparable accordéon est de nouveau d'actualité (Richard Galliano). Bernard nous montrera de nombreuses photos et nous fera entendre des extraits musicaux d'époque, avec une touche d'explication technique et de musicologie. Anne Métais nous jouera, à l'accordéon, vos valses et javas favorites. Les slides sont en anglais, la présentation en français, la musique universelle.Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley, CA.  510.548.7481 or http://www.afberkeley.org or afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.  It is IMPERATIVE that you call to reserve so we can plan for food (petit buffet campagnard).  Nonmember $12; member $10.

September 26, 2008.  DINNER CONCERT BY HELENE ATTIA, vocals & guitar, with DAVE MIOTKE, keyboards & accordion. French Hotel SOFITEL Helene Attia, vocals & guitar, with Dave Miotke, keyboards & accordion.  Dinner concert, featuring music from....Edith Piaf (La Vie En Rose) Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker and many other famous French artists!  7pm. 223 Twin Dolphin Drive  94065 REDWOOD CITY,  650-508-7126 for reservations.  http://www.sofitelsfdining.com/whats%5Fhappening/

September 26, 2008.  SCHOLA CANTORUM SAN FRANCISCO performs Renaissance motets.  Noon.  Free.  Cole Hall, UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., SF.  415.476.2675.

September 26, 2008.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Cristy et Andre.  Any time from 6 to 11 pm. Bring your favorite food and drink, the BBQ will be ready if you wish to use it. I will BBQ some meat but not sure what yet. We prefer no children but if you have no choice, it's ok.  We look forward to see everyone on the 26th for food, wine and camaraderie. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 

September 26, 2008.  ANDRE THIERRY AND ZYDECO MAGIC perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda.  510.522.7626.  $15.  9pm.

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.

September 26-October 12, 2008.  42ND STREET MOON presents IRMA LA DOUCE, th story of a successful and wealthy prostitute living in Paris.  A poor law student falls in love with her, but in order to keep her for himself, he assumes the disguise of a rich older man.  Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., SF.  415.255.8207 or http://www.42ndstmoon.org for details. 

September 27, 2008.  HAITI:  WE ARE HERE / AYITI:  NOU LA.  Photography by MARIE-JOSE DURQUET.  Public reception.  Durquet’s photography brings her into contact with many segments of Haiti’s population, particularly children and patients at the hospital. She simultaneously pursues documentation of her own personal interests in Haitian art and architecture, focusing on the connections between these and the practice of vodou. Free.  Show runs September 8-30. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

September 27, 2008.  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS screens in the “Film in the Fog” series at the Presidio.  Live entertainment at 5:30pm; screening at 7pm.  Main Post Theatre lawn, 99 Moraga Ave, SF.  Bring a blanket, low lawn chair, and picnic.  Food and beverages also available for sale.  http://www.presidio.gov or 415.561.5418.

September 27, 2008.  CASABLANCA. KQED TV9, 8pm.

September 27, 2008.  CELINE DION:  A NEW DAY. KQED TV9,8pm.

September 27, 2008.  CLERESTORY performs EXPLORATIONS, including works by MILHAUD, LEJEUNE and others.  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., SF.  415.331.5544 or http://www.clerestory.org for details.  $10-$20.  8pm.

September 27, 2008.  REDWOOD SYMPHONY performs ATMOSPHERES, including music by RAVEL.  Cañada Collee, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.  650.366.6872 or http://www.redwoodsymphony.org for details.  $10-$25.  8pm.

September 27, 2008.  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.  Film in the Fog, with a picnic, a screening of the film, a comedy show, a live band, and free popcorn.  Main Post Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave., SF.  415.561.5500 for details.

September 27 & 28, 2008.  36TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO BLUES FESTIVAL includes BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO.  Great Meadow, Fort Mason.  11am to 6pm.  Gates open at 10am.  415.979.5588 or http://www.sfblues.com for details. 

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

September 30, 2008.  GERARD LANDRY AND THE LARIATS perform CAJUN/ZYDECO  at Ashkenaz.  Dance lesson at 8pm; performance at 8:30pm.  $10.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

October 1, 2008.  SEBASTIEN GINIAUX & MATHIEU CHATELAIN perform GYPSY JAZZ at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley.  $20 general admission; $15 students/ seniors.  8pm. MATHIEU CHATELAIN is considered by many to be one of the hottest young players on the Paris scene today.  SEBASTIAN GINIAUX, one of five extraordinary guitarists invited to play the venerated Selmer 607, had his musical beginnings on the violin at age 6, not picking up the guitar until 19, when he became enthralled with Gypsy jazz. The fruits of his efforts are abundantly clear. 142 Throckmorton Theatre | P O Box 1058 | Mill Valley | CA | 94942  http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.  Buy tickets at Ticketweb or by calling 415.383.9600.

October 2, 2008.  CABARET D’AMOUR ~ AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET featuring Moana Diamond, Craig Jessup, Danny Slomoff & the Chez Kiki Orchestra featuring Jerry Frohmader on Piano. 142 Throckmorton Theatre | P O Box 1058 | Mill Valley | CA | 94942  http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.  Buy tickets at Ticketweb or by calling 415.383.9600.  $20 general admission/doors at 7:30pm; $30 advance admission/dorrs at 7pm.

October 2, 2008.  ART DE VIVRE. A fun and entertaining Thursday evening amid the open galleries! Fellow AFSF art-lovers check out contemporary art and weigh-in en français. French discussion moderated by French-American artist SUZANNE HUSKY. Group visit followed by wine & cocktails. ARt de ViVre meets in the lobby of 49 Geary Street between Grant - Kearny at 6:00pm. First Thursday of each month, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6.   6-7pm wine & cocktails following.  Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.comfor details.

October 2, 2008.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES.A class offered at The French Cellar -- Regional Wines & Objects from France. Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France!  32 East Main Street, Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

October 2-12, 2008.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL, multiple venues.  Featuring French-language or French related films:  EVERYTHING IS FINE (Yves Christian Fournier, Canada); NE ME QUITTE PAS (A collection of shorts from Canada); MOMMY IS AT THE HAIRDRESSER’S (Léa Pool, Canada); DECOUPAGE DIGITAL (a collection of shorts); 57000 KM BETWEEN US (France, Delphine Kreuter); BURNED HEARTS (Morocco, Ahmed El Maanouni).  http://www.mvff.com for details.

October 3, 2008. EXPLORING HUMAN FORMS:  PORTRAITS AND FIGURES.  Work by KAREN AZAR RUBIN & SHELLEY BROSSEAU.    Public reception Friday Oct 3, 6:00-8:00pm. Runs through Oct 29. In this collection of figurative work and still life pieces, Azar-Rubin attempts to study the ways in which color and shape, “shape and color” each other. This illusive interplay is at work as objects resonate between 2 and 3 dimensions. Her fascination she attributes to the “conversational” music and dance of her Lebanese heritage and the lush, temperate landscape of her Louisiana upbringing.   Free. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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 as well as LA COURONNE DE FLEURS . 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, 2008.  MOLIERE THAN THOU.  The AATF Northern California Chapter is proud to present 'Molière Than Thou,' a free performance by actor Tim Mooney of scenes from Molière's most famous plays.  We are fortunate that Tim Mooney will be in the Bay Area on Sunday, October 5, at Spangenberg Theater, 2:00 p.m.  This performance is free to AATF members and students!  Spangenberg Theater is located at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.  Contact Anne Jensen, Gunn, for questions.    Anne Jensen (annejensen@pausd.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.

October 6, 2008.  ÇA VA NETTEMENT MIEUX !  Un spectacle de CHARLOTTE DE TURCKHEIM. Le Lycée Français La Pérouse, L’Alliance Française et la FACS présentent un spectacle de Charlotte de Turckheim, (spectacle en français uniquement). « Elle a la quarantaine et elle n’est pas au bord de la crise de nerfs, elle est en plein pétage de plombs ! Tout l’exaspère. À commencer par ses deux ados : Joséphine et Pierre qui sont à la gentillesse ce que la scie à métaux est à l’harmonie. En passant par son trio de copines où Clarisse, la gaucho de luxe lui donne des leçons de politique Afghane, où Babette, la reine du bonheur tranquille a un peu vite oublié son passé sulfureux de « cagole » marseillaise et où Annabelle l’imbécile heureuse lui fait douter de sa vie et de ses choix. Sans oublier Zoran son prof de gym des Balkans, un tortionnaire qui combat la cellulite comme s’il appartenait à une unité spéciale de combat. Et pour finir : ses délirantes séances de psychothérapie de groupe avec le public chez son psy autiste. »  Quand/When : lundi 6 octobre 19h30/Monday, Oct. 6, 7:30pm Où/Where: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Vente de billets/ticket sales at https://shell6.tdl.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/ftmf/tm.cgi ou/or 415-345-7575.

October 6, 2008.  AN EVENING WITH MARY MCAULIFFE OF “PARIS DISCOVERED.” Historian Mary McAuliffe, a longtime contributor to Paris Notes, tells how her love of history led her to discover the people, places and stories of Paris. She will also read from and sign copies of her book, Paris Discovered: Explorations in the City of Light.   $10 general admission / $8 AFSF members. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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, 2008. CINE-CLUB A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran and a glass of wine with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français. Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Second & fourth Wednesdays, 7:00pm. Sept 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Tuesday Nov 11, 20 (exceptionally). Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Free.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 8, 2008.  ENSEIGNER LE FRANÇAIS AVEC LA RADIO (RFI).  Atelier offert à l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  Découverte du média radio et de Radio France Internationale; Choisir un extrait pédagogique; Proposition de schémas pédagogiques et activités.  Conférence ouverte aux professeurs de la Baie et gratuite.  Venez nombreux!  http://www.afsf.com for details.  13h30 – 17h.

October 8, 2008.  ITALIAN-SWISS POET FABIANO ALBORGHETTI at the Italian Cultural Institute.  6:30 p.m.  425 Washington Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111 For more information, please see:  http://www.iicbelgrado.esteri.it/IIC_SanFrancisco/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=299&citta=SanFrancisco

October 8-12, 2008.  FRENCH CINEMA NOW.  The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA  Presents French Cinema Now, October 8-12, at Landmark's Clay Theatre  French Cinema Now opens and closes with two key and much celebrated French films of 2008 -- A Christmas Tale and The Class -- which frame a diverse selection of French cinema, including its biggest box-office hit ever, an equestrian documentary and a scintillating murder mystery" says San Francisco Film Society Director of programming Linda Blackaby. Covering a broad spectrum of subject matter and genres, the films in this series -- ranging from a rowdy rural comedy to an intricate equine nonfiction feature to a tense science-fiction thriller -- build a comprehensive picture of the current moment in French cinema. A brief retrospective of the career of celebrated auteur Arnaud Desplechin and a New Wave classic round out the series with some important historical perspective. Box office information:   $12.50 general/$10.00 Film Society members/$11.00 seniors, students and persons with disabilities   Opening or Closing Night Film & Reception: $35.00 general/$25.00 members   Opening or Closing Night film only -- $15.00 general/$12.00 members   CineVoucher 8-Pack: $92.00 general/$72.00 members   Box office opens September 10 for members and September 16 for the general public: online at www.sffs.org, by calling 925.866.9559 or by faxing 925.866.9597. Location: Landmark's Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115 Presented by the San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA. Sponsored by Crystal Geyser, Bank of the West and TV5 Monde and presented with support from William R. Hearst III; media partners San Francisco Bay Guardian, France Today, France-Amérique; and venue sponsor Landmark Theatres. Support for Closing Night reception provided by the Elite Café. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1746      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. Exploring themes of multiculturalism and movement among cultures, this year's festival boasts a diverse roster of international and local poets representing France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Festival venues include Litcrawl, City Lights, and San Francisco State University's Poetry Center.  This year's festival features readings by Italian-Swiss poet Fabiano Alborghetti, supported by this Consulate and by Pro Helvetia. Friday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94109 Readings in original languages and translation by: Li Li (Sweden), Ingvild Burkey (Norway), Michel Abdollahi (Germany), Genny Lim (U. S.). Presented in cooperation with The PoetryCenter, SFSU. Saturday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. Marsh Café 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Readings in original languages only by: Fabiano Alborghetti (Switzerland),  Michel Abdollahi (Germany), Sulaiman Masomi (Germany), Li Li, (Sweden), Ingvild Burkey  (Norway). Presented in cooperation with Litcrawl. Sunday, October 12, 5 p.m. City Lights Bookstore 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 Readings in original languages and translation by: Jean-Michel Espitallier (France), Fabiano Alborghetti (Switzerland), Sulaiman Masomi (Germany), Li Li (Sweden), Michel Abdollahi (Germany). Presented in cooperation with City Lights.  For more information on the poets and the events, please see http://otherwords08.wordpress.com/

October 11, 2008.  LE STADE PEDAGOGIQUE DE L’AMBASSADE DE FRANCE ET LES NOUVELLES METHODES PEDAGOGIQUES F.L.E. EUROPEENNES.   Conférence organisée par JUNIE-MOON CURTISS, Professeur de français,  Lycée Analy de Sebastopol  pour NBALT –North Bay Association of Language Teachers Je viens de passer l’été à l’Alliance Francaise de Paris aux frais du gouvernement français.  J’ai appris des tas de choses que je voudrais partager avec vous, les profs. Je vous invite à: * Découvrir le CECR – le système d’apprentissage des langues (A1 – C2) en Europe. * Voir les méthodes (textbooks) uni-lingues européennes qui sont à l’usage actuellement. * Mieux Connaître le Stage Pédagogique offert par le Consulat à San Francisco * Recevoir des photocopies des documents liés au portfolio du CECR et à l’apprentissage du FLE (français langue étrangère)  Le samedi 11 octobre, North Lights Books, Olivers Shopping Center, E. Washington Ave. Cotati, California de 11h – 12h gratuit  Contact : Junie Curtiss 707.478.6160 froggyoinkoink@yahoo.com

October 11, 2008.  DIANE JOHNSON talks about LULU IN MARAKESH and JACQUES PEPIN also speaks at the San Francisco Authors Luncheon, a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation, San Francisco Hotel.  $125.  10am autographs, 12pm luncheon. http://www.kidneynca.org or authors@kidneynca.org or 415.543.3303 for details.

October 12, 2008.  JEWELL PARKER RHODES speaks about her novel, YELLOW MOON.  A jazzman, a whart worker, and a prostitute:  all murdered.  What comments them?  The great-great-granddaughter of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau knows better than anyone New Orleans’ butal past – the legacy of slavery, poverty, racism and sexism. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

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." For more information visit http://www.samael.info/solar_soul/index

October 13, 2008.  INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE hosts its sixth annual BAY AREA DINNER, with host Michael Krasney and guest speaker Khaled hosseini.  Sarlo Foundation Distinguished Humanitarian Service Awards will be presented to five people, including RABIOU MANZO, a resettlement program manager from NIGER and PASCAL NGOY, a primary health care policy adviser from the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.  Individual tickets $500; table sponsorships start at $5000.  510.869.2313 or http://www.theirc.org for tickets & information.  Reception at 6pm; dinner at 7pm.

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 14, 2008. MARGARET TROST talks about ON THAT DAY, EVERYBODY ATE:  ONE WOMAN’S STORY OF HOPE AND POSSIBILITY IN HAITI.  Widowed in her 30’s with a young child, Trost visited Haiti as part of a reverse mission – serving the poor as a means of personal transformation.  This is a moving account of her immersion in the West’s most impoverished nation.  7:30 p.m. - Readers' Books with First Congregation Church at Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma, CA.  Contact Readers' Books, 707-939-1779.

October 14, 2008.  LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE lit la POESIE FRANCOPHONE.  On a décidé de faire une soirée poésie francophone (Canada, Afrique, Vietnam, etc) inspirée de la soirée poésie française que nous avions faite chez moi il y a quelques temps et qui avait bien marché. Cette fois-ci c'est la francophonie! Choisissez votre poème et faites une dizaine de photocopies pour le groupe.   On a pensé au MARDI 14 OCTOBRE (on se réunit un peu plus tôt cette fois-ci car il n'y a pas de lecture!). berenicevlm@yahoo.com

October 14, 2008. RENDEZ-VOUS / SOCIAL HOUR EN FRANÇAIS. Vous êtes invitez à un rendez-vous! Join francophiles after work for conversation and drinks. Rendez-Vous! is a fun, welcoming environment to socialize in French for all levels of experience. Enjoy wine, soda, and snacks while mingling with others en français. Alliance professor Yuna Ngal keeps the conversation flowing. Twice monthly at 6:00-7:00pm. Tuesdays, Sept 2 & 16, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 11 & 25. $5 all.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 15, 2008.  CHAMPAGNES! A class offered at The French Cellar -- Regional Wines & Objects from France. Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France!  32 East Main Street, Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

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 FESTIVAL.  Various venues.  415.564.1100 or http://www.aff.org for details.

Through October 17, 2008.  JEAN-LUC GODARD: MOVIE LOVE IN THE SIXTIES. Pacific Film Archive The following films will be presented: "Band of Outsiders" (France, 1964, 97 min), Friday, September 5, 6:30pm &  Saturday, September 6, 8:30pm "Contempt" (France, 1963, new print, 103 min), Friday, September 5, 8:30pm &  Thursday, September 11, 8:30pm "Vivre sa Vie" (France, 1962, new print, 85 min), Saturday, September 13,  6:30pm & Sunday September 14, 7:45pm "Breathless" (France, 1959, new print, 90 min), Thursday September 18,  6:30pm "Two or Three Things I know About Her" (France, 1966, 95 min), Saturday,  September 27, 8:45pm "A Woman is a Woman" (France, 1961, new print, 85 min), Thursday, October 2,  6:30pm & Sunday, October 5, 5:15pm "Masculine, Feminine" (France, 1966, 103 min), Thursday, October 2, 8:15pm "Alphaville" (France, 1965, 98 min), Friday October 17, 6:30pm Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley,  CA http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1639

October 17-November 6, 2008.  SEVENTH ANNUAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL.  http://www.myspace.com/sfindie for details.  Locations:  Roxie, SF & Shattuck, Berkeley.

October 18, 2008.  JACK N. RAKOVE, Stanford University, gives a talk entitled, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, DEMOCRAT AND DIPLOMAT as part of the Humanities West concentration on the American statesman.  The day’s events are from 10am to 4pm.  For information, see http://www.humanitieswest.org for details.

October 19, 2008.  EUROPEAN EXPAT GATHERING.  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 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 20, 2008.  ARAB FILM FESTIVAL:   PANEL DISCUSSION WITH VISITING FILMMAKERS. Visiting filmmakers share their experiences and answer questions about their work. Expected participating filmmakers include Syrian director Abdellatif Abdulhamid, Algerian director Amor Hakkar, Tunisian director Lassad Oueslati, Tunisian producer Mondher Nemri; from Morocco director Ahmed El Maanouni, Actor Hicham Bahloul and director Daoud Ouled Syad. Free for AFF Pass Holders and AFSF members, $5 general admission. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 22, 2008.  INAUGURAL TAX BREAKFAST.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for an Inaugural Tax Breakfast, October 22nd - We are looking for participants! Anxious about the upcoming Tax season? Do you want to be optimize and be better prepared for the process? This Bootcamp is perfect for all businesses who wish to delve into the details of California's complex regulations and better understand its workings. Through a hands-on examine test cases and a comprehensive discussion on core tax issues encountered by every business, our experts will help volunteer companies get started on the way to success. The main objectives of this event are to share experiences through an analysis of your own company; to discuss shared problems; to exchange with our experts and find solutions for your company!  - Participate as one of our four candidates: You will have the opportunity to present your company's specific tax concerns. Our experts will offer practical solutions for your own case!  - or as one of our attendees: You will have the opportunity to have practical examples and cases, and to exchange with other attendees facing the same issues as you are, and to benefit the experience of our experts! Our experts: Sidney Barclais: Founder and Partner of Barclais USA, LLC. A partner from French American Accountancy, LLP A representative from Alvarez & Marsal   Registration Information here $30  for Members/ $50  Non-Members.Contact: Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 or www.faccsf.com for details.

October 22, 2008. CINE-CLUB A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran and a glass of wine with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français. Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Second & fourth Wednesdays, 7:00pm. Sept 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Tuesday Nov 11, 20 (exceptionally). Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Free.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 22-26, 2008.  FALL ANTIQUES SHOW.  70 domestic and European dealers.  Fort Mason Center, SF.  415.989.9019 or http://www.sffas.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, 2008.  THE WAY NORTH:  MAGHREBI WOMEN IN MARSEILLE, followed by AMINA, in a special Arab Film Festival Screening. From Marseille, come the stories of Fatima Rhazi and North African immigrant women cultivating new lives for themselves and their families in contemporary France. Riots throughout France in 2005 and the presidential election in 2007 are backdrops to the stories of Fatima Rhazi, Morocco’s first female sports photographer, and the women she works to empower.  Amina / Dir. Khadija Al-Salami / Yemen / 2008 / 52min (filmmaker expected for Q& A).  In this chilling documentary about life on death row, Khadija Al-Salami’s gains remarkable access into a Yemeni prison for women. Amina, a mother of three who was married off at 11 years of age, awaits execution after standing convicted of murdering her husband despite her pleas of innocence.  Free for AFF Pass Holders and AFSF members, $5 general admission.  Alliance Française de San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com 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 24, 2008.  BIENVENUE A MR. BEN DAOUDI. Alliance Française members and friends are invited to join staff, teachers, and our Board of Directors for a reception welcoming our new Executive Director of the Alliance Française de San Francisco, Mr. Ben Mohamed Daoudi. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Free. .  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 24, 2008.  RUSSEL SHORTO talks abut DESCARTES’ BONES:  A SKELETAL HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON.  In 1666, sixteen years after his death, the bones of Rene Descartes were dug up and embarked on a journey that lasted 350 years – all part of the bizarre philosophical tug-of-war unleashed by Descartes’ famous dictum cogito ergo sum.Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

October 25, 2008.  FRANCIS BACON (1909-1993):  ANATOMIE DE L’HORREUR.  Le Cafe Musee fera, comme a son habitude, deux presentations cet automne.  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  City College of San Francisco, Visual Arts Building, Rm V114.  rmorel@ccsf.edu for details.

October 27, 2008. MARGARET TROST talks about ON THAT DAY, EVERYBODY ATE:  ONE WOMAN’S STORY OF HOPE AND POSSIBILITY IN HAITI.  Widowed in her 30’s with a young child, Trost visited Haiti as part of a reverse mission – serving the poor as a means of personal transformation.  This is a moving account of her immersion in the West’s most impoverished nation.    12:30-1:30 p.m. – Reading at Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market St., San Francisco, CA.  Contact:  Stacey's Bookstore, 415-421-4687

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 28, 2008.  RENDEZ-VOUS / SOCIAL HOUR EN FRANÇAIS. Vous êtes invitez à un rendez-vous! Join francophiles after work for conversation and drinks. Rendez-Vous! is a fun, welcoming environment to socialize in French for all levels of experience. Enjoy wine, soda, and snacks while mingling with others en français. Alliance professor Yuna Ngal keeps the conversation flowing. Twice monthly at 6:00-7:00pm. Tuesdays, Sept 2 & 16, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 11 & 25. $5 all.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 29, 2008.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. A class offered at The French Cellar -- Regional Wines & Objects from France. Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France!  32 East Main Street, Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or www.thefrenchcellar.com for details.

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

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.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.  Film in the Fog, with a picnic, a screening of the film, a comedy show, a live band, and free popcorn.  Main Post Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave., SF.  415.561.5500 for details.  September 27, 2008.

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

BOTTLESHOCK, based on the 1976 French wine tasting that ranked Northern California vintners over the French.  Four Star; Opera Plaza; Oaks.  http://www.bottleshock,com for details.  In English (mostly!).

CINE-CLUB A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran and a glass of wine with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français. Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Second & fourth Wednesdays, 7:00pm. Oct 8, 22, Tuesday Nov 11, 20 (exceptionally). Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Free.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. October 8 & 22 and November 11 & 20, 2008.

LA FILLE COUPEE EN DEUX / A GIRL CUT IN TWO.  Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Opera Plaza, SF.

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.  Embarcadero, SF; Lark, Larkspur; Shattuck, Berkeley; Opera Plaza, SF.

FRENCH CINEMA NOW.  The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA  Presents French Cinema Now, October 8-12, at Landmark's Clay Theatre  French Cinema Now opens and closes with two key and much celebrated French films of 2008 -- A Christmas Tale and The Class -- which frame a diverse selection of French cinema, including its biggest box-office hit ever, an equestrian documentary and a scintillating murder mystery" says San Francisco Film Society Director of programming Linda Blackaby. Covering a broad spectrum of subject matter and genres, the films in this series -- ranging from a rowdy rural comedy to an intricate equine nonfiction feature to a tense science-fiction thriller -- build a comprehensive picture of the current moment in French cinema. A brief retrospective of the career of celebrated auteur Arnaud Desplechin and a New Wave classic round out the series with some important historical perspective. Box office information:   $12.50 general/$10.00 Film Society members/$11.00 seniors, students and persons with disabilities   Opening or Closing Night Film & Reception: $35.00 general/$25.00 members   Opening or Closing Night film only -- $15.00 general/$12.00 members   CineVoucher 8-Pack: $92.00 general/$72.00 members   Box office opens September 10 for members and September 16 for the general public: online at www.sffs.org, by calling 925.866.9559 or by faxing 925.866.9597. Location: Landmark's Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115 Presented by the San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA. Sponsored by Crystal Geyser, Bank of the West and TV5 Monde and presented with support from William R. Hearst III; media partners San Francisco Bay Guardian, France Today, France-Amérique; and venue sponsor Landmark Theatres. Support for Closing Night reception provided by the Elite Café. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1746      415.51.5000 or http://www.sffs.org for details. October 8-12, 2008. 

JEAN-LUC GODARD: MOVIE LOVE IN THE SIXTIES. Pacific Film Archive The following films will be presented: "Band of Outsiders" (France, 1964, 97 min), Friday, September 5, 6:30pm &  Saturday, September 6, 8:30pm "Contempt" (France, 1963, new print, 103 min), Friday, September 5, 8:30pm &  Thursday, September 11, 8:30pm "Vivre sa Vie" (France, 1962, new print, 85 min), Saturday, September 13,  6:30pm & Sunday September 14, 7:45pm "Breathless" (France, 1959, new print, 90 min), Thursday September 18,  6:30pm "Two or Three Things I know About Her" (France, 1966, 95 min), Saturday,  September 27, 8:45pm "A Woman is a Woman" (France, 1961, new print, 85 min), Thursday, October 2,  6:30pm & Sunday, October 5, 5:15pm "Masculine, Feminine" (France, 1966, 103 min), Thursday, October 2, 8:15pm "Alphaville" (France, 1965, 98 min), Friday October 17, 6:30pm Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley,  CA http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1639 Through October 17, 2008.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, based on JULES VERNE, and 3-D!  Century 20. In English.

MAN ON WIRE.  Embarcadero Center, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Aquarius, Palo Alto; Shattuck, Berkeley.

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. 

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL, multiple venues.  Featuring French-language or French related films:  EVERYTHING IS FINE (Yves Christian Fournier, Canada); NE ME QUITTE PAS (A collection of shorts from Canada); MOMMY IS AT THE HAIRDRESSER’S (Léa Pool, Canada); DECOUPAGE DIGITAL (a collection of shorts); 57000 KM BETWEEN US (France, Delphine Kreuter); BURNED HEARTS (Morocco, Ahmed El Maanouni).  http://www.mvff.com for details. October 2-12, 2008. 

NE LE DIS A PERSONNE / TELL NO ONE.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Stonestown; Clay, SF; Albany; Lumière.

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

ROMAN DE GARE.  Oaks, SF.

SEVENTH ANNUAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL.  Locations:  Roxie, SF & Shattuck, Berkeley. http://www.myspace.com/sfindie for details.  October 17-November 6, 2008. 

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

YOUSSOU N’DOUR:  RETURN TO GOREE.  Follow the Senegalese singer on a musical pilgrimage… Kabuki, SF.

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

ARE YOU A SWISS VISUAL ARTIST SEEKING EXHIBITION SPACE??  Are you a Swiss visual artist interested in gaining some exposure for your works? If so, we may have an opportunity for you. The Consulate General of Switzerland  in San Francisco has reserved the small gallery space in the foyer of our building, 456 Montgomery in San Francisco's Financial District, for the months of March and April. If showing your work here would be of interest to you, please email me, with jpegs of your work attached, if at all possible. martin.schwartz@eda.admin.ch See also: www.swissemb.org

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

Through September 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

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.

Through September 30, 2008.  HAITI:  WE ARE HERE / AYITI:  NOU LA. Photography by MARIE-JOSE DURQUET.  Durquet’s photography brings her into contact with many segments of Haiti’s population, particularly children and patients at the hospital. She simultaneously pursues documentation of her own personal interests in Haitian art and architecture, focusing on the connections between these and the practice of vodou.  Public reception Saturday Sept. 27, 5:00-6:30pm.  Free.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com 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

October 3-29, 2008.  EXPLORING HUMAN FORMS:  PORTRAITS AND FIGURES.  Work by KAREN AZAR RUBIN & SHELLEY BROSSEAU. Public reception Friday Oct 3, 6:00-8:00pm. Runs through Oct 29. In this collection of figurative work and still life pieces, Azar-Rubin attempts to study the ways in which color and shape, “shape and color” each other. This illusive interplay is at work as objects resonate between 2 and 3 dimensions. Her fascination she attributes to the “conversational” music and dance of her Lebanese heritage and the lush, temperate landscape of her Louisiana upbringing. Free. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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.  SISTER REPUBLICS, a historical exhibit at San Francisco Public Library.  Come celebrate more than two centuries of cultural and political exchange between Switzerland and the United States at this informative exhibition, held at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.  Through October 12 San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin St., 6th Floor San Francisco, CA  94102  Exhibition is free of charge. Opening reception held at 5 p.m., September 16.  For more information, please see http://sfpl.org/news/exhibitions.htm

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.

Through October 13, 2008.  FRENCH DESIGNER CLAUDE BOUCHARD AT GUMP'S. Parisian designer Claude Bouchard presents his new furniture collection  Paris/Occidental . Bouchard uses reclaimed redwood from Sonoma County in collaboration with a  regional woodworking shop to create pieces that are modern and organic. He  has created a new Bay Region collection for Gump's which employs age-old  French craft techniques and mid-century Le Corbusier colored lacquer. Location: Gump's, 135 Post Street, San Francisco, (1-800-766-7628)

October 18-November 16, 2008.  INTERSECTIONS 4, a fiber art exhibition.  fiber/DIMENSIONS announces Intersections 4 showcasing about 90 works, ranging from explosive miniatures to environmental illusions, that invite reflection on the practical, aesthetic and spiritual role of fiber in our lives.  For this provocative exhibit and sale, a dazzling parade of supple materials are treated as "fiber." The art  contains coffee filters and beer cans, acrylic and angora, silk and steel, credit cards and cable ties, wool and wood. By transforming everyday materials and giving them a fresh, often humorous identity, fiber/DIMENSIONS artists redefine traditional notions about fiber and art.  This exhibition features the work of Swiss fiber artist Regula Allenspach Weill.  October 18 - November 16 Fiber Dimensions Intersections 4 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 November 8, 2008.  TWENTY-FIVE TREASURES, an exhibit including works by JEAN-AUGUSTE-DOMINIQUE INGRES and others.  Paul Thiebaud Gallery, 718 Columbus Ave., SF.  415.434.3055 for details.

November 8-24, 2008.  PASSION works by STEPHANE BLANCHARD.  Works inspired by the artist’s life and little girl.  Public reception, November 8, 6pm-8pm.   Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through 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.

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.

Through 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.

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

Coming soon!  CLASSES on COMEDY IN CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CINEMA.   You never thought taking classes could be this much fun! The Alliance Francaise will offer a 10-week class (in English): "Comedy in Contemporary French Cinema", taught by Prof. Kevin Elstob, who has led so many interesting discussions at past Film Festivals. Tuition: $210/$380 for couples For more information, call 916-453-1723 or http://www.afdesacramento.org/ 

September 25 & October 2-30, 2008.  TANGO SCÈNE.   Voted "Best Tango Teacher in SF" by 7x7 Magazine, Sonja Riket combines festive Argentine tango with "le French touch" for a special series of dance classes at the Alliance Francaise. Experience the unique method of somatic tango, the dance of relationship, in the world’s most romantic language!  Tango Scène is the one and only place in the Bay Area where you can learn to dance Tango and brush up on your French language skills all at the same time!  Classes will be taught in conversational-level French.  No dance experience or partner necessary.  Requisite pre-beginner class: Thurs., Sept 25th, 7:00-9:00pm  Beginner Class series:  Thursdays, Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 30th (exceptionally), 7:30-8:45pm  Pre-Beginner workshop: $25  4-week class series (including requisite Pre-Beginner workshop): $80.  Complimentary glass of wine and French review at 7pm!  Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/42310 or www.afsf.com to sign up,  www.intimateembracetango.com for more info on the somatic approach to tango.

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.

October 2-30, 2008.  TANGO SCENE. Experience the unique method of somatic tango, the dance of relationship, in the world’s most romantic language! Voted Best Tango Teacher by 7x7 magazine, Sonja Riket’s Intimate Embrace Tango combines festive Argentine tango with le French touch. To get a feel for the Tango, take the Pre-Beginner level workshop alone or as a pre-requisite for the 4-week Beginner level Tango series. Class series will be taught in conversational level French. No dance experience or partner necessary. More infomation atwww.intimateembracetango.com. Pre-Beginner workshop:$25 (pre-requisite for the follow-up series), Including 4-week Oct series: $80.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.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.

October 29-December 20, 2008. CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Schedule online, http://www.afberkeley.org for details.

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!

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, 2008.  BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND:  SPECIAL SELECTIONS FROM LOUIS LATOUR. Deguste Maison Louis Latour’s varieties of Beaujolais Cru, from the newly acquired Henry Fessy winery, accompanied by seasonal and holiday entertaining. Pairings, suggestions, and hors d’oeuvres. $6 all. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.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.  HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES! A class offered at The French Cellar -- Regional Wines & Objects from France. Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France!  32 East Main Street, Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723 or www.thefrenchcellar.com for 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 6, 2008.  ART DE VIVRE. A fun and entertaining Thursday evening amid the open galleries! Fellow AFSF art-lovers check out contemporary art and weigh-in en français. French discussion moderated by French-American artist Suzanne Husky. Group visit followed by wine & cocktails. ARt de ViVre meets in the lobby of 49 Geary Street between Grant - Kearny at 6:00pm. First Thursday of each month, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6.   6-7pm wine & cocktails following.  Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

November 7, 2008.  PRIVATE TOUR OF THE FORTY-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE OF THE WORK OF YVES-SAINT LAURENT. Join AFSF members & their guests for a private, docent led tour of the de Young Museum’s exclusive United States presentation of this special exhibition. Yves Saint Laurent celebrates the life of Yves Saint Laurent and showcases forty years of creativity by the Maison Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent, whose unique style blends references to the world of art with allusions to pop culture and social revolutions. Virtuoso. Visionary. Genius. These are just some of the words used to describe the late Yves Saint Laurent, master couturier and fashion pioneer. $26 AFSF members & their guests (includes private tour and special exhibit entry).  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

November 8, 2008. RECEPTION:  PASSION works by STEPHANE BLANCHARD.  Works inspired by the artist’s life and little girl.  Public reception, November 8, 6pm-8pm.   Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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 11, 2008. RENDEZ-VOUS / SOCIAL HOUR EN FRANÇAIS. Vous êtes invitez à un rendez-vous! Join francophiles after work for conversation and drinks. Rendez-Vous! is a fun, welcoming environment to socialize in French for all levels of experience. Enjoy wine, soda, and snacks while mingling with others en français. Alliance professor Yuna Ngal keeps the conversation flowing. Twice monthly at 6:00-7:00pm. Tuesdays, Sept 2 & 16, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 11 & 25. $5 all.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

November 11, 2008.  CINE-CLUB A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran and a glass of wine with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français. Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Second & fourth Wednesdays, 7:00pm. Sept 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Tuesday Nov 11, 20 (exceptionally). Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Free.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

November 12, 2008.  LITERARY TRAVELS IN AVIGNON WITH AUTHOR & AFSF PROFESSOR DANIEL VITAGLIONE. Nestled on the banks of the Rhone Avignon, the former City of the Popes, also boasts a rich literary past. For centuries the Troubadours wrote and sang their poems in Provencal there. Petrarch lived and worked in Avignon and it is there that Frederic Mistral and Joseph Roumanille met and lauched the Provencal Renaissance in the middle of the 19th century. The river Rhone inspired Alphonse Daudet and Henri Bosco while the city’s rich historical past intrigued and fascinated scores of writers. Charles Dickens, Stendhal, Willa Cather, Henry James, George Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Lawrence Durrell visited there, lured by its distinct charm and magic.  Author, professor, and scholar, Daniel Vitaglione re-introduces us to the forgotten literary soul of Provence: Avignon.  $5 AFSF / $8 general public. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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, 2008.  LEGAL BOOTCAMP. The French-American Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for itsLegal Bootcamp, November 13th  - We are looking for participants! Winston & Strawn LLP - 101 California Street, San Francisco Does your business face an urgent legal dilemma? Unsure of the state's regulations or of what action to take? Then this Bootcamp is designed for you! Through the examination of case studies presented by participants, the Bootcamp will facilitate a concrete and hands-on discussion of today's legal issues - helping the volunteer companies get started on the way to success. The main objectives of this event are to share experiences through an analysis of your own company; to discuss shared problems; to exchange with our experts and find solutions for your company! - Participate as one of our four candidates: You will have the opportunity to present your company's specific tax concerns. Our experts will offer practical solutions for your own case!  - or as one of our attendees: You will have the opportunity to have practical examples and cases, and to exchange with other attendees facing the same issues as you are, and to benefit the experience of our experts! Our experts: Christine Hoefliger Winston & Strawn LLP Eve Chaurand-Fraser Senior Legal Counsel, IAC Search & Media Registration Information here $30  for Members/ $50  for Non-Members.  Contact: Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com, French American Chamber of Commerce, 703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103.  Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621 or www.faccsf.com 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 18, 2008.  MEET THE AUTHOR:  I’LL NEVER BE FRENCH (NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY” – MARK GREENSIDE. When Mark Greenside is dragged by his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend to Finistere, Brittany, his working retreat turned into a semi-permanent stay and second home. Greenside searches in vain for bay leaf at a street market, not realizing it grows wild throughout the region; and becomes the customer every shop owner dreads when he first walks onto their premises.Told with enormous affection for the Bretons and their culture, and observations about the many distinctions between Americans, French, and Bretons. Greenside’s stories have appeared in The Sun, The Literary Review, Cimarron Review, The Nebraska Review, Five Fingers Review and The Long Story.  Free. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com 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 20, 2008. CINE-CLUB A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran and a glass of wine with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français. Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Second & fourth Wednesdays, 7:00pm. Sept 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Tuesday Nov 11, 20 (exceptionally). Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Free.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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 ~ THE 27TH BEAUJOLAIS & BEYOND FESTIVAL. The French-American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to  the biggest French wine festival in town:  La Soirée  The 27th Beaujolais & Beyond Festival  Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 The Hyatt Regency Hotel 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 5:30pm - 9:30pm  Celebrate the release of the First French wine of the year at the annual benefit for the French-American Chamber of Commerce! If you can't make it to France in time for the traditional celebration  of the uncorking of the first wine of the year,  join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening  of celebration right here in San Francisco!    La Soirée  From 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm  Revel in an amazing variety of food and wine!  A fantastic Silent auction with specialty items from the Bay Area and beyond!   A delightful Fashion Show sponsored by Porto Boutique - an importer of women's fashion collections from France and Italy  Dancing and entertainment by DJ Melvin J!  Stay with us for dancing at L'After from 9:30pm!   This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere  of a French Food and Wine Tasting! Enjoy the fun and exciting Fashion Show and Silent Auction! $50 for Members $60 for Non Members $70 after November 7th   Be the first to buy 20 tickets and get one free night in a SF hotel! Forget about driving back home and enjoy a night in a wonderful downtown hotel!   Dancing at  L'After 9:30pm $10 at the door + cash bar. French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.. Information: Tel : 415-442-4717 or Email : info@faccsf.com or Website : www.faccsf.com . Purchase tickets at www.faccsf.com or call: (415) 442-4717. (Member: 50$ 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 22 & December 3, 2008.  LA DAMNATION DE FAUST by BERLIOZ, performed by the METROPOLITAN OPERA and simulcast in Mill Valley and San Rafael.  10am. Live performance $24 adult, $22 senior, $16 children; Encore performances $22 adult, $20 senior, $15 child.  CineArts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton in Mill Valley or Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.  http://www.fandango.com or http://www.fathomevents.com for tickets.

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 24, 2008.  TREMBLEMENT DE TERRE AVEC PATRICE SERVANTIE, CONSUL GENERAL ADJOINT DU CONSULAT DE FRANCE A SF.  En français.  Gratuit. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

November 25, 2008. RENDEZ-VOUS / SOCIAL HOUR EN FRANÇAIS. Vous êtes invitez à un rendez-vous! Join francophiles after work for conversation and drinks. Rendez-Vous! is a fun, welcoming environment to socialize in French for all levels of experience. Enjoy wine, soda, and snacks while mingling with others en français. Alliance professor Yuna Ngal keeps the conversation flowing. Twice monthly at 6:00-7:00pm. Tuesdays, Sept 2 & 16, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 11 & 25. $5 all.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.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, 2008.  GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE (1848-1894):  UN IMPRESSIONISTE URBAIN.  Le Cafe Musee fera, comme a son habitude, deux presentations cet automne.  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  City College of San Francisco, Visual Arts Building, Rm V114.  rmorel@ccsf.edu 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.

December 20, 2008 or January 7, 2009.  THAÏS by MASSENET, performed by the METROPOLITAN OPERA and simulcast in Mill Valley and San Rafael.  9am. Live performance $24 adult, $22 senior, $16 children; Encore performances $22 adult, $20 senior, $15 child.  CineArts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton in Mill Valley or Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.  http://www.fandango.com or http://www.fathomevents.com for tickets.

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.

March 21 or April 1, 2009.  NATALIE DESSAY performs in LA SOMNAMBULA by Bellini, performed by the METROPOLITAN OPERA and simulcast in Mill Valley and San Rafael.  10am. Live performance $24 adult, $22 senior, $16 children; Encore performances $22 adult, $20 senior, $15 child.  CineArts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton in Mill Valley or Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.  http://www.fandango.com or http://www.fathomevents.com for tickets.

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 Friday, April 17, 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm: Steven Englund (Directeur d’études, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Distinguished Professor at the American University of Paris--New York University) introduces Napoleon and examines the man, the general, and the Emperor. Michael Marrinan (Professor of Art History, Stanford University) follows with an illustrated survey of the arts under Napoleon, demonstrating that aesthetic productions of the Empire mirror the myriad political contradictions of their patron. Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Laurent Mayali (Lloyd M. Robbins Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law School) lectures on the civil law reforms instituted by Napoleon, and the other positive cultural legacies of his short-lived empire. Luba Golburt (Assistant Professor of Russian literature, UC Berkeley) will trace some of the stages of Napoleon's dethronement as depicted in Tolstoy’s great novel War and Peace, examining the character's physique and mannerisms, his mistaken notions of hero-centered warfare, and the contrasting models of leadership. Juan Cole (Richard P. Mitchell Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Michigan) discusses the painters who, in subsequent decades, took up the themes of Bonaparte's Egyptian conquest, some glorifying French dominance and others depicting the barbarity of Bonaparte’s military policies. Pianist Teresa Yu, San Francisco Conservatory, performs “Ludwig Von Beethoven on Napoleon: The Eroica Variations.” 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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