November 27-December 5, 2008

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November & December Events

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.  "Saturdays = Youth", M83's fifth studio album was released on April 15, 2008 on Mute Records. It was recorded with Ken Thomas (known for his work with Sigur Rós, The Sugarcubes, Boys in a Band, Cocteau Twins and Suede), Ewan Pearson (who has also produced for Tracey Thorn, The Rapture and Ladytron) and Morgan Kibby (of The Romanovs).   Location: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94115  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1952 415.421.8497 or http://www.livenation.com for details.

November 28-December 7, 2008.  BAUDELAIRE: LOVE AND LUST, performed by ELIOT FINTUSHEL.  Eliot Fintushel's newest performance piece, BAUDELAIRE (Love and Lust) opens at The Imaginists' A SPACE on Friday, November 28 at 8 PM .  Fintushel, a veteran actor and physical performer with a background in mask theater, pantomime, and improvisation, will perform eight poems from Charles Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil in both French and English. (They will include the banned poem "Les Bijoux.") Crystal balls will levitate, scarves will turn to snakes, and a golden octahedral box will produce smoking censers and a holy grail. Fintushel will also pluck music out of thin air (eight songs of Debussy) on the Etherwave Theremin, an instrument played without physical contact, by interacting with an electrostatic field.   Fintushel, a two-time winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Performer award, has been teaching movement and improv at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1991, and he is frequently seen as an actor on the local scene as well as touring to theaters, schools, and community centers on both coasts. He is a member of The Imaginists' Project 104, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of extraordinary new works and of old works in an extraordinary new light.   Says Fintushel: "I love Baudelaire because of his delicious contradictions. He is profoundly religious--his images are mainly drawn from Catholic ritual--and at the same time he is the bawdiest sensualist. His ecstasies come from the flesh and from the sky. Pure magic. The audience will be simultaneously illumined and debauched." The newly opened A SPACE is in Santa Rosa 's downtown Arts District, 461 Sebastopol Avenue at A Street . Shows Friday & Saturday, November 28-29 and Thursday/ Friday, December 4-5 at 8 PM, with additional shows on Sundays, November 30 & December 7 at both 2 PM and 8 PM. All tickets $12--seniors and students $7.   For further information contact Eliot at (707) 526-1481. www.fintushel.com     Write show@fintushel.com or visit http://www.theimaginists.org for details.

November 29, 2008.  DIAMANO COURA WEST AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY performs music and dance from Liberia and Senegal.  The company hosts its annual home season concert showcasing “Village of So So Women” and “Kebebourama.”  Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland.  510.733.1077 or http://www.diamanocoura.org for details.

November 29, 2008.  AFRO-CARIBBEAN HEAT with Haitian band KALBASS KREYOL.  Bollywood Café, 3372 19th St. at Mission, SF.  415.970.0362.  9pm.  $7 – Free before 10pm.

November 30, 2008.  MAHEALANI UCHIYAMA performs sweet, soulful island sounds with TAHITIAN drum orchestra and Polynesian dancers.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  8pm.  $10.

November 30, 2008.  DGINN performs French gypsy music at Smiley’s in Bolinas.

December 1, 2008.  MARK GREENSIDE talks about I’LL NEVER BE FRENCH (NO MATTER WHAT I DO).  Told in a playful, headlong style and with enormous affection for the Bretons, Greenside, a New Yorker, tells how he falls in love and makes a life for himself in a country were he doesn’t speak the language or know how things are done. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

December 2, 2008.  LANG LANG IN RECITAL AT THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY’s SELECTIONS FROM PRELUDES, BOOKS 1 & 2.  San Francisco Symphony.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.  8pm.

December 2, 2008.  SAUCE PIQUANTE performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  8pm Cajun/zydeco dance lesson; performance at 8:30pm.  $10. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details

December 2, 2008.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LIFE SCIENCE BREAKFAST:  Smart Costs Transformation in a Stretch Economy   The breakfast will offer concrete examples and solutions on how to properly focus your business on the bottom line, and how to deal with increasingly uncertain economic times. The panel will discuss new industry trends and leading practices, sharing case studies for Customer Service and Project Portfolio Management, with critical implications for the Life-Sciences as well as High-Tech sectors.   Tuesday, December 2nd - XDx, 3260 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane $20 Members / $25 Non-Members / $30 dollars At the Door Cancellations must be made 5-days prior to the event date  Any cancellation within a 5-day period of the scheduled date will not be refunded  Name of guests will be kept at the door  French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.

December 3 , 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.

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.

December 4, 2008.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA, and SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL. The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco,  The International School of the Peninsula and San Francisco Bay Accueil cordially invite you to join us for a :  Women in Business Luncheon With Judith Lessow-Hurley  Thursday, December 4th at the Fairmont hotel 12:00- 2:00 pm 170 S Market St, San Jose   The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (FACCSF) regularly invites the Francophile Women in Business to a professional network to promote their career,broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen. Take part of this great networking event  and seize the opportunity to meet French speaking business Women of the Bay area.  Come and network with Women in Business ! Men are welcome. $ 40  for Members/ $ 50  for Non Members/ $ 60  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

December 4, 2008. SEBASTIEN TELLIER AT MEZZANINE.  9:00pm French singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sébastien Tellier will be in concert at Mezzanine on December 4. Tellier's first album, L'incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth), was released in 2001. Tellier went on tour with Air in support of the album and was joined on stage by world-renowned theremin player Pamelia Kurstin. L'incroyable Vérité is a pop album featuring styles from lo-fi electronica to bizarre cabaret tunes. The track, "Fantino", was chosen by Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to her 2003 film Lost in Translation.  His third studio album Sexuality (an 11-track meditation on love-making) was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk.   Location: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street (@ Mint), San Francisco, CA  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1951

December 4, 2008.  DIANE JOHNSON discusses her life and career from Moline to Paris and her latest novel, LULU IN MARRAKECH. With Terrance Gelenter, Thursday December 4 San Francisco. Don't delay -seating is limited. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941  Phone: Paris-06-7098-1368 Fax:   415.634-2828 Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

December 4, 2008.  SWISS WRITERS LECTURE AT UC BERKELEY. With the support of this Consulate and the Swiss Center of Competence for Cultural Foreign Policy, Prof. Jeroen Dewulf has organized a course at UC Berkeley entitled "Multicultural Identity in Europe - The Swiss Model."  In the context of the course, three prominent Swiss writers will come to Berkeley to discuss the future of the Swiss model in a globalized world, the Swiss relationship towards the European Union, immigration as a challenge and as an incitement to rethink the question of what it means to be Swiss in the 21th century.  Each guest will interpret the Swiss model from a different cultural perspective:  the author Hugo Loetscher represents a cultural perspective, Roger de Weck, publicist and director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, will  reflect on Swiss identity from a political perspective, and author Iso Camartin  will focus on Swiss multilingualism?. Each guest will give a public lecture (in English) at the Townsend Center, UC Berkeley campus, on the topic, Multicultural Identity in Europe - the Swiss model, which  will be the basis of a debate on the future of Switzerland in Europe.   Multicultural Identity in Europe - the Swiss Model Townsend Center, Geballe Room, UC Berkeley  Roger de Weck November 10, 6 p.m.  Iso Camartin November 18, 6 p.m. Hugo Loetscher December 4, 6 p.m.  The public lectures listed above will be followed by a small reception hosted by  this Consulate.

December 5, 2008.  FRENCH DESIGNERS ORGANIZE A «PRIVATE CHRISTMAS SALE»! Everybody is welcome, come with your family, your friends, have a cup of tea or a glass of champagne : you will discover French designers who gathered to propose : Watercolors on San Francisco (postcard format) by Geneviève Gaillard; Soft toys and children’s games by Godeleine de Rosamel; Bead jewelry “Perlentine” by Veronique Mini; Frames “Trendy frames&Crafts” by Carine Soriano; Handmade accessories for babies and women “Paul et Sophie” by Anne-Sophie Thimonnier Lots of trendy and nice ideas for gifts on Friday December 5th from 10am to 8pm At Veronique Mini’s Home 51 San Andreas Way San Francisco (St Francis Wood, close to West Portal) 415 731 2428.

December 5, 2008.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA, chez les Couvreux, Dec. 5, à Petaluma. 7 h. Potluck--amener un plat + a boire. Pas de petits enfants Adolescents, teenagers--ca va. nadinepavloff@netscape.net

December 5-7, 2008.  BAROQUE CHRISTMAS WITH THE SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY & BACH CHOIR. With Christopher Fritzsche, Carol Menke, Jenni Samuelson, Hugh Davies and Jos Milton performing three superb works by Italian, FRENCH, and German Baroque masters performed in a sacred, yet convivial, atmosphere: Claudio Monteverdi, Gloria in Excelsis Deo; MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, Midnight Mass for Christmas; Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata No. 36. All tickets $20 through the Symphony Box Office (707) 546-8742.  Enjoy dramatic, imaginative use of instruments and voices as your spirit “soars joyfully aloft.” A memorable holiday celebration! Friday, December 5, 8 pm,  St. Vincent De Paul Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma;   Saturday, December 6, 8 pm,  St. Eugene’s Cathedral, 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa;  Sunday, December 7, 8 pm,  Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor.   707.546.8742 or http://www.santarosasymphony.com for details. 

December 5-11, 2008.  FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT’S ENFANT SAUVAGE.  At SIFF  (1970, 83 min., French with English subtitles)  Inspired by an actual case in 18th Century France, Francois Truffaut's poetic film tells the story of Victor, l'enfant sauvage-a child who was discovered living in the forest with wolves-and the doctor who adopted and tried to civilize him. Truffaut himself plays the young doctor, who works at a school for the deaf in Paris.  Friday December 5, 7:30pm Saturday December 6, 2008, 3:00pm and 7:30pm Sunday December 7, 2008, 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:30pm  Monday December 8, 2008, 7:30pm  Wednesday December 10, 2008, 7:30pm  Thursday December 11, 2008, 7:30pm  Location: SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer Street, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center  http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1956

December 6, 2008.  GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE (1848-1894): THE URBAN IMPRESSIONIST.  A Café Musée Event. Presente -- en francais, bien sur! -- par Renee Morel. Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), long referred to as the "lesser Impressionist," was born to an upper-class Parisian family. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he studied art and started painting for his own enjoyment. An engineer, Caillebotte also studied law, but gave up its practice after inheriting his share of the family fortune in 1878. An avid collector, he purchased the work of contemporary artists, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, whom he befriended.  Caillebotte loved photography --a new medium at the time-- and sought to replicate, on the canvas, the unusual, often exaggerated perspective it provided. He explored its range of techniques (vantage point, cropping in, etc.) in his famous "Pont de l'Europe" (1876) or "Paris Street: Rainy Day" (1877). In these and many other cityscapes, the artist takes on the familiar persona of the urban flaneur, walking in pursuit of visual pleasure.  It is only in 1950, when Caillebotte's descendents decided to sell the family collection, that the art world started to critically reassess the legacy of this talented and multi-faceted painter who stopped exhibiting his work at age 34. Come and see the deeply intriguing art of Gustave Caillebotte. Find out why it fascinates postmodern audiences with its issues of spectatorship and authorial intentions! Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges! Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Café Musée team. Open to all. Donation: $3.  9:30am - 12:30pm. Visual Arts Building (Room V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco.  To join us, write to: rmorel@ccsf.edu or call: (415) 255-8301.  Venez parler d'art et faire la connaissance d'autres francophones et francophiles !      

December 6, 2008.  FRITZ LANG’S METROPOLIS AT STANFORD.   Score by MARTIN MATALON; Santa Rosa Symphony, conducted by FRENCH CONDUCTOR BRUNO FERRANDIS. 8:00pm Fritz Lang's 1927 silent-film masterpiece, Metropolis, has been lauded as a visual marvel and the first science fiction film. Restored by the Munich Film Museum, this classic of German Expressionist cinema comes to the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment by the Santa Rosa Symphony. The modern score was created in 1994 by Martin Matalon, who worked at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris to produce a composition in which conventional instruments combine with computerized sound modeling and electronics in a vivid, jazz-infused soundtrack. This up-to-date soundscape complements the film's ever-relevant themes of the wonders and perils of technology for a novel Metropolis experience both contemporary and classic.   Location: Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford, CA  West Coast Premiere Supported by the French-American fund for contemporary music http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1957.

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 6 & 7, 2008.  DECO THE HALLS:  ART DECO AND MODERNISM HOLIDAY SALE.  Concourse Exhibition Center.  $10.  650.599.3326 or http://artdecosale.com for details

Through December 7, 2008.  SABRINA FAIR.  Set in the 1950s, this sophisticated romantic comedy follows Sabrina Fairchild as she returns from Paris to the Larabee Estate where her father is the chauffeur.  Ross Valley Plyers’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.  415.456.9555 or http://www.rossvalleyplayers.com for details.

Through 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.

December 7, 2008.  THE SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS and DAVID MILNES will perform and discuss PIERRE BOULEZ’sLE MARTEAU SANS MAITRE. 4:30pm.  Widely regarded as Boulez's first masterpiece, this celebrated, rarely performed work is where Boulez first began to "break the rules" of the total serialist technique that he had developed in his early years. The orchestration is unusual: mezzo-soprano, flute, three percussion, viola and guitar. Boulez uses familiar Western instruments to create Eastern sounds. Music Director David Milnes and the ensemble, along with guest mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, perform and discuss the piece in the beautifully designed and acoustically superb Presidio Interfaith Chapel. A versatile vocalist at home with both standard and contemporary repertoire, Baty earned rave reviews for her performance of this piece with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2006. Audience members are invited to stay for wine and snacks after the performance. Location: Presidio Interfaith Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129  http://frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1949

December 7, 2008.  C'EST LA NOEL! Sopranos Sara Evinger and Cheryl Keller and pianist Miles Graber performing French Christmas duets from the 15th to the 20th centuries: traditional carols with lively new arrangements, obscure noëls from Provence, Anjou and Bresse ranging from the 15th to the 20th centuries; poetry by Alphonse Daudet and Breton Théodore Botrel (the "Military Minstrel of France"), as well as pop singer/songwriter Henri Dès, and the classic Cantique de Noël. A benefit for the Alliance Française de Berkeley to be held at the beautiful Upper Rockridge home of one of the AF members. Tickets $45 ($40 for AF members). Contact Claire Van Brunt at 510-849-2283 / cvanbrunt@comcast.net for tickets and directions.  Sunday, December 7, 5:00 p.m, in Oakland, CA.

December 8, 2008.  FURIOUS CRAFT: WORKS FOR ENSEMBLE BY BOULEZ AND FRANCESCONI; WORKS FOR CELLO BY SAARIAHO AND ZHOU.  Presented by the San Francisco Contemporary Music.  8:00pm  Four pieces of intensity and craftmanship - two for ensemble and two for solo cello - warm this winter concert. Music Director David Milnes conducts the evening's two ensemble pieces. David Milnes and the players delve into Pierre Boulez's rarely performed masterpiece, Le Marteau sans maître, as well as a smoldering work by Luca Francesconi featuring new ensemble member David Tanenbaum on guitar. Boulez's unusual composition - for flute, guitar, viola, three percussion and mezzo-soprano - is widely regarded as his first great work. Two cello solos, played by Leighton Fong and Stephen Harrison, round out this powerful program.  There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm, moderated by Music Director David Milnes.  Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission street at 3rd street, San Francisco  http://frenchculture.org/spip.php?article1950

December 8, 2008.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  OPEN SOURCE CONFERENCE.  A presentation on "New Business Models in the Software Industry" According to Gartner, 80% of commercial software will contain open source code by 2012. What is the future of Open Source in the two countries? Speakers will include top executives from Sugar CRM, France Telecom, and BULL. The conference will be preceded by a pitch session featuring French high-tech businesses. If you are an Angel, this session will be a great opportunity to develop promising contacts.  Monday, December 8th - PRIME, 2325 Third Street, San Francisco, Directions  $20 Conference -- http://faccsf.com/Events/opensource.htm#registration; to attend Angel's Pitch Session, email: events@faccsf.com   Cancellations must be made 5-days prior to the event date  Any cancellation within a 5-day period of the scheduled date will not be refunded  Name of guests will be kept at the door  French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.

December 8, 2008.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents AFTER THE OPEN SOURCE REVOLUTION:  NEW AND EMERGING SOFTWARE BUSINESS MODELS.   PRIME and System@tic with the support of the FACCSF invite you to an:  Open Source Conference  "After the open source revolution: New and emerging software business models"   Monday, December 8th - 6:00 to 9:00 PM @ PRIME  2325 Third Street, Suite 231 (dial 087 at the door), Directions  Our Speakers:   John Roberts CEO & Founder, Sugar CRM  ; Georges Nahon CEO, France Telecom R&D LLC  ; Boris Auché Manager, Open Source & Linux Solutions, Bull  ; Dominique Piotet CEO & President, L'Atelier BNP Paribas as Moderator  The conference will be preceded by a pitch session at 3 PM featuring visiting French high-tech businesses. If you are an Angel, this session will be a great opportunity to develop promising contacts and offer your feedback these fantastic companies. RSVP below and indicate your interest for the Pitch Session! Attending? RSVP to events@faccsf.com 

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 8 or 13, 2008.  LE TEMPS DES CATHEDRALES.  Atelier offert par Renée Morel au French Class.  Monday, December 8 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) or Saturday, December 13 (10:30 AM -12:00 PM). Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. SVP, telephonez a l'ecole (415/362.3666) pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.  THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com

December 10, 2008.  RENAISSANCE GLORY presented by THE FESTIVAL CONSORT. Soprano Carol Menke and counter tenor Christopher Fritzsche join Douglas Mandell, Joanna Bramel Young, David Hogan Smith and Alan Paul for a concert of favorite Christmas carols and festive works for voices and a variety of early instruments: recorders, shawms, crumhorns, sackbut, douçaine, gittern and pipe and tabor  Wed. December 10th, 7 PM, Mahoney Library, Santa Rosa JC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. Free. For information call (707)528-6370  Friday, December 19th, 8 PM Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa. Tickets $15. For information call (707) 528-6370.

December 10, 2008.  NEWZONIA AT 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE. 6:00pm  An evening of creativity for the benefit of 142 Throckmorton Theatre and Black Rocks Arts Foundation. The documentary "Burning Man, Voyage in Utopia" by LAURENT LE GALL will screen at 6:00pm Location: 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton avenue, Mill Valley, CA http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/ 

December 10, 2008.  HOLIDAY WINE TASTING SEMINAR AT THE RESIDENCE DE FRANCE. 6:00 - 8:00pm This fundraising event, organized by the Board of Directors and the Administration of the French American International School and International High School, will be held on December 10  at he Residence de France, with two renowned wine experts, Debbie Zachareas from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Martine Saunier founder of Martine's Wines Inc. The evening will focus on Burgundy wines with seven exceptional selections poured, including prestigious Burgundies from Perrot-Minot, Denis Mortet and Leroy, and a seminar on Burgundy tasting.  Hors d'oeuvres from the Burgundy region will accompany the tasting and wines will be available for purchase. The proceeds from this event will go to the the Campus Plus capital campaign to support the purchase and renovation of the new  66 Page Street Arts Pavilion.  Tickets: $160 per person For more info, please call: 415-558-2018.

December 10-14, 2008.  QUEBEC FILM WEEK at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema. As Quebec celebrates its quadricentennial, there could be no better time to draw attention to its singular cinematic tradition. Québec Film Week is a five-day showcase with seven recent works by brilliant established filmmakers and impressive debut directors, many of which have won awards at festivals and showcases. Included are films by brilliant established filmmakers such as Denys Arcand and Léa Pool alongside particularly strong debut works and provocative nonfiction features about Antarctica and the art world. This special program highlights the best of contemporary cinema and provides Bay Area audiences with unique opportunities to view exciting new films from Quebec and engage with bold filmmakers whose voices and visions will reward the adventurous.   Some of the films include a retrospective screening of Claude Jutra's Mon Oncle Antoine, noted filmmaker Léa Pool's charming family drama Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's, and the Canadian blockbuster hit, The Last Continent--Jean Lemire's documentary about the intense 430-day expedition a group of scientists take to Antarctica to investigate the effects of climate change. Québec Film Week runs December 10 through 14 at Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinema. For more information, visit www.sffs.org or call 925-866-9559.  Tickets available at: http://www.sffs.org/events/index_series_quebec.html

December 11-14, 2008.  NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs with SCHOLA CANTORUM and MELODY MOORE in performing the music of ANTOINE BRUMEL and others.  12/11:  St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, 8pm; 12/12, First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, 8pm; 12/13, Herbst Theatre, SF, 8pm; 12/14, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, 5pm.  Half-price for those 30 and other.  http://www.ncco.org or 415.392.4400 or 415.357.1111 for details. 

December 12, 2008.  BILINGUAL POETRY READING at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Featuring the poet LYNNE KNIGHT in English and NICOLE COURTET in French. Lynne Knight's fourth full-length collection, Again, will be published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2009. RSVP : It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. $5.  AF de Berkeley, http://www.afberkeley.org/ 7pm.

December 13, 2008.  TERRANCE’S PARIS REPORT.   Join Terrance Gelenter and his Paris literary friends in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon December 13  for TERRANCE'S PARIS REPORT at Books,Inc., Chestnut Street San Francisco-wine, cheese and raffles for FREE dinners and discounts at our preferred boutiques. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941  Phone: Paris-06-7098-1368 Fax:   415.634-2828 Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

Through December 14, 2008.  42ND STREET MOON presents BEN FRANKLIN IN PARIS.  Founding father Benjamin Franklin tries to get King Louis XVI to recognize America as a sovereign nation.  Eureka Theatre, SF.  415.255.8207 or http://42ndstmoon.org for details.

December 14, 2008.  FILMMAKER ANNE AGHION at the EXPLORATORIUM.  Starting at 11:00am. Ice Stories & the Cinema Arts Program Present Ice People with Film Director Anne Aghion in Person Screenings: 11:00 am & 2:00 pm in the McBean Theater Live Webcast: 1:00 pm in the Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio The Exploratorium presents a unique afternoon with the scientists and filmmaker behind Ice People (2007, 77 min.), a documentary chronicling the claustrophobia, stillness, and beauty of living and doing research in Antarctica. Award-winning director Anne Aghion introduces her film in person and reunites with two of the film's geologists, Drs. Allan Ashworth and Adam Lewis, as they speak with us live from Antarctica's McMurdo Station. Location: McBean Theater, Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco http://www.exploratorium.edu/

December 14, 2008. FRIENDS OF EUROPE HOLIDAY PARTY. The Bay Area   Friends of Europe is having its first ever Holiday Party! And it's   going to be an American-style potluck but with a European flavor. Meet   other internationally-minded people in a convivial cross-cultural   atmosphere. Find out the details and sign up for this free San   Francisco event at http://www.meetup.com/friends-of-europe. Meetup   registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE  "Where   Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends." http://www.bafoe.org/

December 15, 2008.  ELODIE O. performs at The Elbo Room.   Originally from Paris, elodieO sings, composes and arranges all the music on Stubborn with the exception of two re-arranged songs of by Serge Gainsbourg and The Cure. The album features guest spots from several internationally know artists, including Aaron and Jesse of the Brazilian Girls. San Francisco: The Elbo Room, December 15, 9:00pm Location: The Elbo Room +Loop Station, 647 Valencia St, San Francisco.

December 17, 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.

December 19, 2008.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS CONVERSATION at the Alliance Française de Berkeley. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français. AF de Berkeley, http://www.afberkeley.org/  6:30pm.

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.

December 20 & 21, 2008. MASSENET’S THAIS at the New York Metropolitan Opera, screened at the Lark Theater, http://www.larktheater.net/.  3h21 min.

Through December 21, 2008.  AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Mark Brown’s adaptation of JULES VERNE’s novel, including stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, all wrapped up in the story of Phineas Fogg and the faithful Passepartout… San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose.  Previews Nov. 22; opens Nov.28.  408.367.7255 or http://www.sjrep.com for details.

December 21, 2008.  HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA.  San Francisco Symphony.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.  7pm.

December 22, 2008.  SAN FRANCISCO BOYS’ CHORUS sings MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S glorious TE DEUM with full orchestra.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm. 

December 23, 2008. SAN FRANCISCO BOYS’ CHORUS sings MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S glorious TE DEUM with full orchestra.  KQED TV9, 1:30am (yes, that’s am…)

December 24, 2008.  THE LEGACY OF DJANGO REINHARDT, SEAN DORSEY, KERRY LAITALA.  Travel back to 1930s Paris when gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt lit the city on fire with his hot licks and also features choreographer Sean Dorsey and experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala.  7:30pm.  Show is replayed:  12/25 at 1:30am; 12/26 at 11:30pm; 12/27 at 5:30am.

December 27, 2008.  A SEASON’S GRIOT.  KQED 88.5 FM, 1pm.

December 28, 2008.  ART WOLFE’S TRAVELS TO THE EDGE features WEST AFRICA:  TOGO AND BENIN.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

Through 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.

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.

UN CHANT D’AMOUR (Genet, 1950).  Revival House Classic Queer Cinema, at Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF.  http://www.atasite.org for details.

UN CONTE DE NOEL / A CHRISTMAS TALE (dir. Arnaud Desplechin; with Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric).  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera 7; Bridge, SF  Reviewed in the November 21, 2008 Pacific Sun, p.40.

LA DAMNATION DE FAUST.  Live from the Metropolitan Opera.  Lark, Larkspur; Regency, Terra Linda.

FEARS OF THE DARK.  Rialto, Santa Rosa; Opera Plaza, SF.

IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME / I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (Philippe Claudel). Philippe Claudel's I've loved You So Long opens October 31st in the Bay Area Léa (Elsa Zylberstein) and Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) are sisters. The film begins with Léa, the younger sister by fifteen years, picking Juliette up at the airport. We soon realize that the two sisters are almost complete strangers to each other. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Léa was still a teenager when Juliette, a doctor, was sent off to prison.  Léa contacted Juliette when she was released and suggested that Juliette come to live with her. Juliette had no particular desire to see her sister again.  Rialto, Santa Rosa; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Clay, SF; Camera 12; CinéArts @ Pleasant Hill; Landmark Albany Twin; Landmark Aquarius; Rialto Lakeside. http://www.ivelovedyousolong.com

JCVD.  A film about Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Lumière, SF; Opera Plaza; Shattuck, Berkeley.

LOLA MONTES.  Max Ophüls' legendary Lola Montes (1955), in a definitive new 35mm restoration, will be released nationally and at Bay Area Theatres in November by Rialto Pictures.  The ravishing new restoration from the Cinémathèque Française was showcased to enormous acclaim this year at Cannes and Telluride and is the spotlight retrospective of the 2008 New York Film Festival. Lola Montes is the only film ever to have been selected for the New York Film Festival three times:  for the very first NYFF in 1963, again in 1969, and this year. It was following the 1963 festival screenings that critic Andrew Sarris famously wrote, "In my unhumble opinion, Lola Montès is the greatest film of all time, and I am willing to stake my critical reputation on this one proposition above all others."  San Francisco, Castro Theatre, Castro Street & Market Street; San Rafael, Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, 1118 4th Street; Berkeley, Rialto Elmwood 3, 2966 College Avenue (College @ Ashby). Reviewed in the November 21, 2008 Pacific Sun, p.40.

MAN ON WIRE.  Opera Plaza, SF; Balboa, SF. 

NE LE DIS A PERSONNE.  Balboa, SF; Opera Plaza.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  Paramount, Oakland, http://www.paramounttheatre.com for details.

A SECRET (Claude Miller).   Starring Ludivine Sagnier, Cécile de France, Patrick Bruel, Julie Depardieu and Mathieu Amalric. Adapted from Philippe Grimbert's celebrated autobiographical novel, Memory (Simon & Schuster), A Secret follows the saga of a Jewish family in post-World War II Paris. François, a solitary, imaginative child, invents for himself a brother as well as the story of his parents' past. But on his fifteenth birthday, he discovers a dark family secret that ties his family's history to the Holocaust and shatters his illusions forever.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Presidio Theatre, Chestnut street (near Scott), San Francisco; Berkeley, Rialto Elmwood 3, 2966 College Avenue (College @ Ashby); San Rafael, Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th Street.

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

Now open.  A RARE FINE:  FIVE CENTURIES OF EXCEPTIONAL PRINTS.  Including works by Renoir, Tissot, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse and otheres.  Christopher-Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary St., San Francisco.  415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.

Through December 2008.  SCULPTURES BY SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER.   It's been a busy year for Monika Steiner, with numberous exhibitions and workshops in Switzerland and around the western US. Sculptures by Monika are now on display by Jan Casey & Associates at 425 Market St. in San Francisco, alongside paintings by Daniel Tousignant.  Through December Sculptures by Monika Steiner Jan Casey & Associates 425 Market St. San Francisco, CA  http://caseyandassociatessf.com/current_exhibits/425_market_street.html

December 1-31, 2008.  GUY CLEMENT COHEN at CROCKER GALLERIA. French artist Guy Clement Cohen will inaugurate his exhibition along with Hessam Abrishami and Farok Ligvani on Thursday, December 4, 4:00-7:00pm Location: Art People at Crocker Galleria, 50 Post Street level 2, #41, San Francisco http://artpeople.net/

Through December 7, 2008.  THE ELOQUENCE OF HANDS, including works by RODIN and others.  Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Drive & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through December 7, 2008.  DESIGN PREIS SCHWEIZ EXHIBIT.  Swissnex San Francisco hosts the Design Preis Schweiz exhibit for its first stop  in the US. The exhibit is a showcase of award-winning and nominated projects, mainly from the fields of Product Design and Industrial Research. Held every two years, Design Preis Schweiz is a product of the Design Center Langenthal. It is a prestigious happening in the Swiss design industry, encouraging innovation, serving as a stimulator for market-oriented design ventures, and presenting design as a factor of market success. Innovation-fueled design and design-fueled innovation are emphasized through the 5 award categories: Market, Newcomer, Research, Swiss  Textile Design and Swiss Product Design.  The opening night event will include a reception and design talk with Pierre Keller, Yves Behar, Thomas Liebe, Frederic Dedelley, and Heidi Wegener. November 17 - December 7 Design Preis Schweiz Swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 November 20, 6 p.m. Opening event.

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 December 14, 2008.  SWISS ARTIST LUKAS FELZMANN’S GHOSTPILE opens at Stanford Ghostpile showcases Swiss artist Lukas Felzmann's photographic work. An exploration of the Sacramento Valley as both place and metaphor, the exhibition documents a  marsh altered through agriculture. In this collection, images and ideas about landscape and natural conditions intersect. Features marginalia by Angelus Silesius and John Berger. Through December 14 Closing reception December 6, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Ghostpile Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305 http://art.stanford.edu  Telephone: 650.723.2842.

Through December 2008.  SCULPTURES BY SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER, alongside paintings by DANIEL TOUSIGNANT.   It's been a busy year for Monika Steiner, with numberous exhibitions and workshops in Switzerland and around the western US. Sculptures by Monika are now on display by Jan Casey & Associates at 425 Market St. in San Francisco, alongside paintings by Daniel Tousignant. Through December Sculptures by Monika Steiner Jan Casey & Associates 425 Market St. San Francisco, CA  http://caseyandassociatessf.com/current_exhibits/425_market_street.html

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.

Through January 18, 2009.  THE STATE MUSEUMS OF BERLIN AND THE LEGACY OF JAMES SIMON.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement Sts., San Francisco.  415.750.3600 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.

Through February 15, 2009.  DURER TO PICASSO.  Works from the Renaissance to World War II by European and American artists. 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 March 1, 2009.  YVES SAINT-LAURENT at the De Young Museum.  Yves Saint Laurent, organized by FAMSF and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, explores the design that made Saint Laurent famous, and his inspirations drawn from art, theatre, history, literature, and nature. The only U.S. venue, the exhibition contains more than 100 accessorized garments and sketches illustrating the lines, colors, and fundamentals of Saint Laurent's work.   Location: De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/ 

Through March 1, 2009. NEW WORK:  MAI-THU PERRET. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art For nearly a decade, Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret has been developing The Crystal  Frontier, a fictional account of a group of women who found a small, utopian community in the desert of southwestern New Mexico in an attempt to escape the impositions  of capitalism. The nonlinear narrative is used as a springboard for Perret's art objects, which draw on a profusion of sources, from Russian avantgarde stage design to literature, French illustration, Busby Berkeley musicals, early 20th-century  mysticism, and minimalism.   Her interpretations of feminist and socialist subject matter reanimate issues typically associated with the 1960s and 1970s within a contemporary framework. This latest  installation in her continually expanding project features new sculptures and ceramics, as well as wallpaper and a rough-hewn mannequin made of papier-mâché. This exhibition is sponsored by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets) San Francisco, CA 94103 http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=346 Telephone: 415.357.4000

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

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-February 2009.  FRENCH CLASSES OFFERED BY ANNE BISHOP at Book Passage:  BEGINNING FRENCH, LOWER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, UPPER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, ADVANCED FRENCH.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

January-March, 2009.  FRENCH CLASSES OFFERED BY GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage.  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS, BEGINNING; FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR; FRENCH CLINIC ON THE SUBJUNCTIVE. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details. 

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.

January 30-April 24, 2009.  “MUST READ” BOOKS FROM GREAT FRENCH LITERATURE.  A class taught at Book Passage by Anne Bishop. Students wil read Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Indiana, Madame Bovary and Chéri & The Last of Chéri. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 9-June 8 OR February 10-June 9, 2009.  CAROL BENET offers a class around A POTPOURRI OF LITERARY PRIZES, including a class on LAURENT GAUDÉ’s THE HOUSE OF SCORTA, which won the Prix Goncourt. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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.

June 2009.  COURS D'ETE A LATITUDE.  The Latitude Cultural Center is located in the ancient riverside hamlet of La Toulzanie (about 55 km east of Cahors in the Quercy). Nearby are  cave paintings at Pech-Merle; one of France's most beautiful villages (St. Cirq Lapopie); the Chateau of Cenevieres (with its amazing alchemy room), and the pilgrimage site, Rocamadour. Founder/director Barbara Phillips is formerly a professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at San Francisco State. She divides her time between La Toulzanie and Berkeley.   Latitude will be offering  only one week-long class in summer, 2009, the last week of June. (Visit http://www.latitude.org/  for details):   *A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE, featuring visits to the 20,000 +year-old cave paintings at Pech-Merle, wine tastings at Cahors wineries, a goat cheese farm, a local market, and a medieval walkabout, led by Latitude's founder/director, Barbara Phillips. Discussions about food, national identity, Slow Food movement, and local farming practices.

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!

January 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL AUDITIONS. In January, World Arts West will be holding auditions for the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Should  any Swiss groups in Northern California be interested in taking part, please refer to www.worldartswest.org for the appliacation and guidelines.

January 9, 2009. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Nadine et Armen—Vivent les rois! nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

January 15, 2009. 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 16, 2008.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS CONVERSATION at the Alliance Française de Berkeley. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français. AF de Berkeley, http://www.afberkeley.org/  6:30pm.

January 22-30, 2009.  PIERRE ALFERI is REGENTS LECTURER at UC-Berkeley. The French Department is delighted to present the  following events during the visit of PIERRE ALFERI as Regents' Lecturer at the end of January 2009 -- the very start of the new semester. Pierre Alferi is a distinguished young French  poet. His first volume of poems, Allures  naturelles (translated by the American poet Cole  Swensen as Natural Gaits) appeared in 1991, his  first novel, Fmn, in 1994, and his first film  pieces, Films parlants and Ciné-poèmes, in 2003. Throughout his career Alferi has been an active  translator: of John Donne, for example, and of  the American objectivist poets George Oppen and  Louis Zukofsky. Recently he collaborated on a new  French translation of the Bible. He knows British  and American literature intimately; his English is perfect. In 1996, with his friend and fellow-poet Olivier  Cadiot, he founded the extraordinary Revue de  littérature générale,  each of whose two issues  was a thick book: a "digest," as he and Cadiot  diffidently put it, of poetic methods,  mechanisms, ideas and techniques all aiming at a  lively new conception of lyricism. With Cadiot,  and Anne Portugal, and in a different manner  Emmanuel Hocquard, or Jacques Roubaud, Pierre  Alferi is leaving behind the divide that has  characterized French poetry since around 1980  between "poetry that sings"--to an appreciable  public--and on the other hand an austere,  abstruse, negative poetic sensibility  (represented, for example, by Denis Roche or  Jean-Marie Gleize). Indifferent to polemics,  Alferi and his friends are cheerfully unleashing  new, funny, startling, stirring lyric  energies-which a reader can easily feel in  Alferi's nightingale poems, for example (in the  collection La Voie de l'air, 2004), as well as in  the "grunge ideas" active in his 1994 collection  Kub Or (translated by Cole Swensen as Oxo). Alferi has many friends in the Bay Area poetry  community. His visit will a particularly welcome  opportunity for us to hear Lyn Hejinian, Norma  Cole, Michael Palmer and others to read and converse with Alferi.  The French Department Library will display  Alferi's books starting in December.  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 5:00 P.M.:  A screening of Alferi’s Cine-Poetry.  Questions and discussion with Alferi, in French and English.  Wm. Nestrick Auditorium, Dwinelle Hall. FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 7:00 P.M.:  Poetry reading by Alferi & four Bay Area poets.  In French and English.  Maude Fife Room,  Wheeler Hall. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 5:00 P.M.:  Lecture by Pierre Alferi on Henry James.  In English.  Geballe Room, Townsend Center. FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 7:00 P. M.: .:  Poetry reading by Alferi & four Bay Area poets.  In French and English.  Koret Auditorium, De Young Museum, SF. In the  meantime, please open the attachment to read one  poem, “Allegria,” from the 1997 volume SENTIMENTALE JOURNEE.   For  more information:  Comparative Literature and French 510.642.2712 or http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/ or http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/

January 23, 2009.  1914-1918 :  LA GRANDE GUERRE (1ère partie) :  DE LA GUERRE DES BALKANS A LA GUERRE MONDIALE. 2 août 1914 : les puissances européennes entrent en guerre. Par le jeu complexe des alliances, le conflit se transforme rapidement en affrontement mondial. La “Grande Guerre”, avec les progrès technologiques qui l’ont “déshumanisée”, a été une guerre de feu et de sang. Pacifistes ou engagés volontaires, de nombreux peintres (Braque, Kisling ou, en Allemagne, Otto Dix), poètes et écrivains ont été les acteurs ou les témoins de cet univers cataclysmique où l’individu est confronté à l’enfer des tranchées et à la mort. La mort n’est plus héroïque, mais absurde, violente et quotidienne (dix millions de morts sur une période de 1650 jours). En France, Péguy, Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Céline, Alain-Fournier, Jean Cocteau, Roland Dorgelès et Jean Giono deviendront la voix et la conscience de leur génération. Venez revivre, à travers des photos, dessins, cartes postales, images de propagande et autres documents de l’époque, le déroulement inexorable de la plus terrible catastrophe qu’ait connue l’Europe. ?  Conférences ART/HISTOIRE offertes par le Lycée Français La Pérouse et San Francisco Bay Accueil, animées par Renée Morel: de 10h à 11h30 dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.) Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.  RSVP pour les classes: Marie-Elise Lyman, marie-elise@comcast.netEntrée libre : $7/personne.

January 23, 2009. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Marcia à St Rafael  nadinepavloff@netscape.net

January 23, 2008.  A LA FOLIE… PAS DU TOUT screens at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  6:30pm  Réalisateur ; Laetitia Colombani, with Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan…. Angelique, a young student, is in love with a married doctor. We see her attempts to make him leave his pregnant wife, but he does not appear for meetings or finally the booked journey to Florence. Then the movie is turned back to the beginning, and the view changes: We are now following the view of the doctor instead of Angelique. And things look quite different now... Written by Benjamin Stello. RSVP : It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Non member$12; member $10. AF de Berkeley, http://www.afberkeley.org/

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 2, 2009.  FRENCH HERITAGE NIGHT with the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.  Come and see France’s own Tony Parker and the Spurs take on Ronny Turiaf and the Warriors.  Oracle Arena.  7:30pm.  Enjoy a “Courtside Shoot Around” and watch your favorite French stars warm up prior to the game (available to the first 100 people to purchase tickets).  Come support French Heritage night with a discounted ticket, group seating in Club 200, a great time out for the whole family.  For more information, please contact Dana Knops at 510.986.2242 or via email at daknops@gs-warriors.com

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

February 6, 2009.   1914-1918 : LA GRANDE GUERRE (2ème partie)  DE L’“ANNÉE TERRIBLE” (1917) À L’AMÈRE VICTOIRE.  1917, l’“année terrible”, voit l’entrée en guerre des États-Unis du côté des Alliés, mais aussi une grave crise morale dans l’armée française, avec le premier refus d’obéissance collective aux Chemins des Dames, bientôt suivi par une vague de mutineries. Pétain remplace Nivelle et Clemenceau devient président du Conseil. 1917 est aussi l’année de la “révolution d’Octobre”, qui fait perdre un précieux allié à la France.  En 1918, Paris, bombardé par la “grosse Bertha”, place tous ses espoirs en la personne de Foch, à qui l’on confie le commandement unique interallié. La contre-attaque lancée sur l’ensemble du front fait finalement reculer l’armée allemande et la “deuxième victoire de la Marne” mènera à la signature de l’armistice, le 11 novembre 1918.  Venez voir comment des peintres ayant participé aux combats (Félix Vallotton, John Nash, Gino Severini, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann) ont traduit leurs émotions devant de tels spectacles apocalyptiques. Ou comment des peintres cubistes, tel André Mare, ont mis leur art au service de l’armée en travaillant au camouflage des tanks ou des navires de guerre. Venez revivre à travers des photos, cartes, images de propagande et autres documents, le déroulement de la plus terrible catastrophe qu’ait connue l’Europe, puis la mémorialisation de cette “amère victoire”. ?  Conférences ART/HISTOIRE offertes par le Lycée Français La Pérouse et San Francisco Bay Accueil, animées par Renée Morel: de 10h à 11h30 dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.) Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.  RSVP pour les classes: Marie-Elise Lyman, marie-elise@comcast.netEntrée libre : $7/personne.

February 7, 2009.  JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS DE L’AATF:  ALLONS EN BELGIQUE!  CERAS, Stanford University.  Renseignements:  Muriel von Stein, aatfnc@hotmail.com .

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 16-March 22, 2009.  CONCOURS DE L’AATF-NC.  Grand concours secondaire, niveaux 1 à 5, Pat Nakashima, 408.910.3525 or pnakashima@comcast.net; Grand concours FLES, annulé pour l’instant faute d’organisateur; Concours universitaire, Dr. Yolanda Patterson, 650.854.4183 ou guyyopat@aol.com for details.  Site web:  http://www.frenchteachers.org/concours/ .

February 19, 2009. 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.

March 27-29, 2009.  CAMP FRANÇAIS:  «LE MAGHREB».  Walden West, Saratoga.  Renseignements:  Fabienne Cayla, fvardhan@mail.fremont.k12.ca.us .

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 3, 2009.   DAVID (1748-1825) ET LES PEINTRES DE L’EMPIRE.  Alors qu'il n'est encore que Premier Consul, Bonaparte, soucieux de magnifier son image de général vainqueur et d'influencer l'opinion politique, confie à plusieurs artistes le soin d'édifier sa légende. Jacques Louis David (1748-1825), dont le nom est indissociablement lié à celui de Napoléon, sera le plus célèbre d'entre eux, dominant la peinture française au cours d'une succession de régimes politiques. Ce peintre arriviste soutiendra en effet son nouveau maître comme il avait soutenu le comte d'Artois (le futur Charles X), puis Robespierre.  Napoléon commande à David des œuvres grandioses retraçant les moments forts de l'épopée (Bonaparte passant les Alpes au Grand Saint Bernard, Le sacre de l'empereur, etc.), sans aucun souci de la vérité historique. De même, les tableaux de Gérard, Girodet ou Gros contribuent à la légende napoléonienne en montrant d'autres aspects héroïques ou, au contraire, profondément humains, de l'empereur. Ils y apportent également une touche d'exotisme (La Bataille des Pyramides, La Révolte du Caire, Les Pestiférés de Jaffa). Dans le registre populaire, les estampes sont, elles aussi, en parfaite adéquation avec la politique impériale.  Maître consommé de relations publiques, Napoléon encouragera la production d'une multitude d’objets (assiettes, médailles, médaillons, tabatières, bonbonnières, etc.). De l'architecture à la peinture, des beaux-arts aux arts décoratifs, tout vise à glorifier l'empereur. Ainsi, grâce aux peintres de talent de son entourage, le jeune caporal corse entre vivant dans une légende née dans les plaines d'Italie (Arcole, Rivoli). Il deviendra rapidement une icône de la France triomphante, à un point tel que Chateaubriand sera obligé de reconnaître: “Mort, il possède le monde”.  Entre vérité et fiction, venez revivre les grands épisodes de l'ascension fulgurante de Napoléon Bonaparte, fils de la Révolution, devenu, à 34 ans, empereur des Français. ?  Conférences ART/HISTOIRE offertes par le Lycée Français La Pérouse et San Francisco Bay Accueil, animées par Renée Morel: de 10h à 11h30 dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.) Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.  RSVP pour les classes: Marie-Elise Lyman, marie-elise@comcast.netEntrée libre : $7/personne. 10h.

April 16, 2009. 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, 2009.  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 20-June 7, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, including artists from Canada and France.  $12-$25; tickets on sale March 1.  415.399.9554 or http://www.sfiaf.org for details.

May 21, 2009. 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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