December 4-12, 2008
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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 See also articles in the December 3, 2008 SF Bay Guardian, p.28 and in the SF Weekly, p.49.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 4, 2008. ENIGMAS AND ETERNITY: THE FILMS OF ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET. Featuring TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Screening Room, 701 Mission St., SF. 415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details. $6-$8.
December 4, 2008. A CENTURY AGO – FILMS OF 1908. Journey back 100 years to 1908, a key year in the development of motion pictures, in this fascinating program with live piano accompaniment. See a very entertaining survey of international filmmaking from 1908 with trick films, actualities, primitive dramas, and gag films. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org. 7pm. $12 ($9 CFI members).
December 4-20, 2008. MOLIERE’S GEORGE DANDIN. A rich country farmer marries into an aristocratic family in Molière’s satire… Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., SF. 415.863.7576 or http://www.victoriatheatre.org . $15-$25.
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. email@example.com
December 5, 2008. MONTHLY CHAT AT SASSAFRAS. Please join us for monthly chat while having dinner or refreshments at Sassafras on Friday, December 5, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Dinner and beverages are available for purchase all evening. Sassafras is located at 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa (www.sassafrasrestaurant.com). If you haven't made it to a monthly Chat before, we're an informal group who simply enjoy speaking French. Venez nous rejoindre pour boire, dîner et parlez français à la reunion mensuel au restaurant Sassafras. Nous débuterons à 18h15 vendredi, le cinq décembre. Vous pouvez acheter votre repas et vos boissons qui seront disponibles toute la soirée. Sassafras se trouve au 1229 No. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa (www.sassafrasrestaurant.com). Si vous n’êtes jamais venu à notre petit réunion mensuel, laissez-moi vous dire que nous sommes un petit groupe sympa qui aime parler français en mangeant et buvant! Vous êtes les bien venues.
December 5, 2008. YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE AND THE MYSTIC RHYTHMS BAND of SENEGAL perform at Little Baobob, 3388 19th St., SF. http://www.littlebaobob.com for details. $5. 8pm.
December 5, 2008. LA BATAILLE D’ALGERS / BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Pontecorvo, 1966). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley. 510.642.5249.
December 5-6, 2008. OPERA ACADEMY OF CALIFORNIA performs scenes and arias from LA BOHEME and more. Magic Theatre, Bldg D., Fort Mason, SF. 415.642.0176 or http://www.opera-academy.org for details. $25-$40. 8pm.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 2008. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents THE FUTURE IS NOW: ADLER FELLOW GALA CONCERT, including works by MASSENET. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness, SF. 415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details. $35-$90. 8pm.
December 6, 2008. TERESA MCCULLOUGH performs works by MESSAIEN and others. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF. 415.474.1608 for details. $!2-$15. 8pm.
December 6, 2008. SPECIAL SCREENING OF UN CONTE DE NOEL at the Crest Theatre, Sacramento, at 7:30pm. Join us for our special screening* of the film, followed by coffee and pastries & a post-screening discussion led by SN&R film critic Jonathan Kiefer.
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.
Through 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 email@example.com or visit http://www.theimaginists.org for details.
Through December 7, 2008. INTERNATIONAL BODY MUSIC FESTIVAL, including LOOP-IT, a comedic French duo whose skits revolve around clapping, finger snapping, stomping and some acrobatics. Theatre Artaud, 450 Florida St., San Francisco & other locations. $10-$25. 510.601.9797 or http://www.crosspulse.com for details.
December 7, 2008. INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 11am to 7pm. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.
December 7, 2008. MARIN CHAMBER PLAYS celebrate 20th-century FRENCH COMPOSER OLIVIER MESSAIEN at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Tonight's concert is to celebrate a very important 20th century French composer, Olivier Messiaen's(1908-92) 100th birthday in December. We will feature his "Quartet for the End of Time" played by piano, violin, cello, and clarinet. This beautiful yet very powerful music was composed and world premiered while Messiaen was in P.O.W. camp. In addition the program includes Beethoven's Piano Trio, and Paul Juon's Clarinet Trio. Marin Chamber Players Beni Shinohara Violinist, holding position of Assistant Principal Second Violin in San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster in San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Judiyaba Cellist, playing regularly with SF Opera, SF Ballet Orchestra as well as being an active chamber music player. She is also a member of Sonoma State University Music Faculties. Roy Zajac Clarinetist, Principal Clarinetist for Santa Rosa Symphony, he also plays with Napa Valley Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and Marin Symphony among other Bay Area orchestras. Marilyn Thompson Pianist, an active chamber music player, a soloist, and a teacher, she plays with Navarro Trio and teaches at Sonoma State University where she also runs their chamber music program. Tonight's Program Beethoven Piano Trio Op.1, No.1 Paul Juon Clarinet Trio Olivier Messiaen " Quartet for The End of Time" 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $20/$15 seniors & students. http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/event.php?eventid=917 or 415.383.9600 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and directions. Sunday, December 7, 5:00 p.m, in Oakland, CA.
December 7 & 10, 2008. BELLE ET LA BETE screened in the Essential Art House program of the California Film Institute, Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details.
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
December 8, 2008. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Deborah Gibson and the touring cast appear in this one-night-only cabaret benefit for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Theatre 39, Pier 39 415.273.1620 or http://www.helpisontheway.org for details. $40-$65. 7:30pm.
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 A “THE FRENCH CLASS.” Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel -- en francais, bien sur! Entre 1150 et 1225, on assiste a un immense chantier medieval, celui des cathedrales. Une veritable competition s'engage dans la quete du plus bel edifice: Paris, Chartres, Bourges, Amiens, Reims, Beauvais, Soissons se dotent de cathedrales prestigieuses. Toujours plus hautes, les tours, fleches et nefs s'elevent de facon vertigineuse, jusqu'a plus de 45 metres. Ces chantiers, lies a une situation economique, demographique et sociale florissante, sont des lieux d'innovations techniques et architecturales: c'est la qu'on developpe activement le machinisme, qu'on met au point les arcs-boutants et la croisee d'ogive quadripartite. A la portee religieuse evidente de la cathedrale (c'est l'"age de la foi", celui de la devotion a la Vierge Marie, du culte des reliques) s'ajoute une dimension politique. En effet, cet art ne s'appelle alors pas "gothique" (qualificatif qui ne lui sera donne qu'au XVIe siecle, par Vasari), mais "francais" ["francigenum opus" ou "art francais"]. De ses debuts (St. Denis) a sa maturite (le style flamboyant), il est le produit d'un etat monarchique en pleine expansion. Et si les cathedrales se multiplient dans l'Ile-de-France et dans le nord du pays -- a l'exclusion de la plupart des autres regions -- c'est parce que telles etaient les limites du domaine royal capetien. Venez voir les diverses etapes de la construction des cathedrales, les sources de leur financement, leur main-d'oeuvre hautement specialisee, dans toute sa riche diversite, et, surtout, leur saisissante beaute, a la fois prouesse prodigieuse et poesie profonde. $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each (each conference is offered twice). * Monday, December 8 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM) * 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 email@example.com
December 9, 2008. HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE MIND IN HAITI. An educational relief project by the Alliance Française de San Francisco & Airline Ambassadors Fundraising Reception with Special Guest Peter Greenberg Travel Editor for NBC’s Today Show, CNBC & MSNBC, New York Times Bestselling Author, & Contributing Editor to AOL Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Doors open 6:30pm Alliance Française de SF, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco 7:00pm Opening remarks by Ben Daoudi, Executive Director of the Alliance Française SF & Nancy Rivard, President of Airline Ambassadors. Refreshments & hors d’oeuvres will be served Sliding scale suggested donation** of $30-$50 **Suggested donations directly benefit Humanitarian Aid for the Mind in Haiti & Airline Ambassadors. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.775.7755 Donate your new or used French-language books to help children aged 3-18 in Haiti. Humanitarian Aid for the Mind in Haiti launches immediately through December 12th, 2008. The Alliance Française SF & UC Berkeley’s French Library are ready to receive your fully tax-deductible book donations. Your generous donations are fully tax deductible.* The AFSF will accept donations no later than Friday, December 12th, 2008. Please drop off books at either convenient location: Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St, San Francisco, CA. 94109, ph.415.775.7755 Contact: Lobna Hadji email@example.com Hours: M-Th 9-9, F 9-7, Sat 9-5 UC Berkeley French Library, 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580, Berkeley, CA 94720, ph 51.642.2712 Contact: Gina Bardi Hours: Hours: M-F 9-4, after Dec 10 9-12 & 1-4 Closed weekends Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Alliance Française de San Francisco is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Federal Tax ID#: 94-1189308. We are happy to provide a receipt for tax purposes upon request. No goods or services will be disbursed in consideration of this donation.
December 9, 2008. TRI TIP TRIO performs CAJUN/ZYDECO music 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.
December 9, 2008. THE SOUL OF MOROCCO. Rick Ray’s cinematic stunner about the Middle East. Part of the Travel Adventure Cinema series. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), SF. 2pm. $8-$10. 415.292.1200 or http://www.jccsf.org for details.
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 Reviewed in the December 3, 2008 SF Weekly, p.25.
December 11, 2008. LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE perform HAPPY BIRTHDAYS! MESSAIEN, CARTER & ROREM at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. Program Olivier Messiaen, Le merle noir for flute and piano Ned Rorem, Trio for flute, cello and piano Elliot Carter, Enchanted Preludes for flute and cello Ryan Brown, New Work, companion to Carter's Enchanted Preludes Maurice Ravel, Chansons Madecasses for soprano, flute, cello and piano The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents Happy Birthdays! Messiaen, Carter, and Rorem, celebrating the winter birthdays of three twentieth century masters. The birthday celebration begins with Olivier Messiaen’s Le merle noir for flute and piano. The composer, born December 10, 1908 in Avignon, France, would have been almost exactly 100 years old, had he lived to hear this performance. New Yorker Elliott Carter will turn 100 on December 11. His Enchanted Preludes for flute and cello follows. Ned Rorem at 85 is the youngster in this venerable group of composers. Rorem will be honored with a performance of his trio for flute, cello and piano, considered one of his finest works of chamber music. Accompanying the works by Messiaen, Carter, and Rorem is Ravel’s Chansons Madècasses. This piece caused an enormous stir when it premiered in 1926. Soprano Susan Rode Morris joins the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble for this set of erotic and political songs. The concert closes with a world premiere of a new composition by Ryan Brown. This work was commissioned for this concert as a companion piece to Carter’s Enchanted Preludes..Brown takes Carter's rhythmic complexity and interlocking counterpoint as his inspiration, but filters it through his own style, which is influenced by contemporary vernacular music. 8pm. $20 general admission; $15 students/seniors; tickets at 415.383.9600 or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/event.php?eventid=832
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Reviewed in the December 3, 2008 San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.43.
SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml
See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.
LA BATAILLE D’ALGERS / BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Pontecorvo, 1966). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley. 510.642.5249. December 5, 2008.
BELLE ET LA BETE screened in the Essential Art House program of the California Film Institute, Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details. December 7 & 10, 2008.
A CENTURY AGO – FILMS OF 1908. Journey back 100 years to 1908, a key year in the development of motion pictures, in this fascinating program with live piano accompaniment. See a very entertaining survey of international filmmaking from 1908 with trick films, actualities, primitive dramas, and gag films. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org. 7pm. $12 ($9 CFI members). December 4, 2008.
UN CONTE DE NOEL / A CHRISTMAS TALE (dir. Arnaud Desplechin; with Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric). Abel and Junon (Catherine Deneuve) had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph's only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As they and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But little Henri too was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died at the age of seven. The Vuillard family has never recovered. Many years have passed, and family relationships are more strained than ever. In particular, those between Elizabeth, authoritarian head of the family and Henri (Mathieu Amalric), a cynical drop out who divides his time between women and drink. After a violent argument, Elizabeth banishes her feckless brother, cutting him off from his nephew, her son Paul - a tortured adolescent beset by serious mental problems. Masterfully directed and acted, by turns savage, bittersweet, darkly comic and unbearably moving, *A Christmas Tale* shows internationally acclaimed Desplechin at the height of his powers. Watch the trailer here.<http://www.ifcfilms.com/viewFilm.htm?filmId=996> A Christmas Tale, by one of the most celebrated contemporary French filmmakers, Arnaud Desplechin is now playing at the Crest Theatre through Thursday, December 4 - 7:30 nightly. Also playing at Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Bridge, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.
ENIGMAS AND ETERNITY: THE FILMS OF ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET. Featuring TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Screening Room, 701 Mission St., SF. 415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details. $6-$8. Through December 18, 2008. Reviewed in the December 3, 2008 SF Bay Guardian, p.52, and in the SF Weekly, same date, p.17.
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; Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Clay, SF; Camera 12; CineArts Pleasant Hill; Albany Twin; Guild; Rialto Lakeside. http://www.ivelovedyousolong.com
JCVD. A film about Jean-Claude Van Damme. Lumière, SF; Opera Plaza; Shattuck, Berkeley.
MAN ON WIRE. Opera Plaza, SF; Balboa, SF.
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.
THE SOUL OF MOROCCO. Rick Ray’s cinematic stunner about the Middle East. Part of the Travel Adventure Cinema series. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), SF. 2pm. $8-$10. 415.292.1200 or http://www.jccsf.org for details. December 9, 2008.
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
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. email@example.com 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/ Reviewed in the December 3, 2008 SF Bay Guardian, p.40.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - email@example.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.
THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 firstname.lastname@example.org Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes
FRENCH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE. Learn French at your own pace. French for children, adults and corporate in private or small classes. French Language Institut offers flexibility, fun, customized programs, library, newest educative material, CNED, craft sessions, trip to France and much more! Visit us @ http://www.FL-Institut.com or write to email@example.com.
LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org
LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, http://www.optimalearning.com or http://www.optimalearningcenter.org
Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang . For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact email@example.com. (From the AFSR: Try our French language school with no commitments. Your first lesson is free!) See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more class opportunities. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.
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! email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or email@example.com .
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, firstname.lastname@example.orgEntrée libre : $7/personne.
January 23, 2009. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Marcia à St Rafael email@example.com
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 26 or 31, 2008. C.D. FRIEDRICH ET LE ROMANTISME ALLEMAND. ATELIERS A "THE FRENCH CLASS" Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel -- en francais, bien sur! $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each (each conference is offered twice). * Monday, January 26 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) Saturday, January 31 (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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.orgEntrée libre : $7/personne.
February 7, 2009. JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS DE L’AATF: ALLONS EN BELGIQUE! CERAS, Stanford University. Renseignements: Muriel von Stein, email@example.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 or 21, 2008. DEVOI(L)EMENTS DU NU (1ere partie): DE L'ANTIQUITE A LA RENAISSANCE. ATELIERS A "THE FRENCH CLASS" Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel -- en francais, bien sur! $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each (each conference is offered twice). * Monday, February 16 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, February 21 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
February 16-March 22, 2009. CONCOURS DE L’AATF-NC. Grand concours secondaire, niveaux 1 à 5, Pat Nakashima, 408.910.3525 or email@example.com; Grand concours FLES, annulé pour l’instant faute d’organisateur; Concours universitaire, Dr. Yolanda Patterson, 650.854.4183 ou firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or firstname.lastname@example.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 16 or 21, 2009. DEVOI(L)EMENTS DU NU (2eme partie): DU GRAND SIECLE A L'EPOQUE MODERNE. Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel -- en francais, bien sur! $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each (each conference is offered twice). * Monday, March 16 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, March 21 (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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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, email@example.comEntrée libre : $7/personne. 10h.
April 6 or 11, 2009. FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992): ANATOMIE DE L'HORREUR. Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel -- en francais, bien sur! $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each (each conference is offered twice). * Monday, April 6 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, April 11 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or firstname.lastname@example.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 11 or 16, 2009. DE LA RESTAURATION DES BOURBONS A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830 Conferences illustrees de 80 diapositives et presentees par Renee Morel -- en francais, bien sur! $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each (each conference is offered twice). * Monday, May 11 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, May 16 (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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or email@example.com .
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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