December 18-January 9, 2008

Please note that there will be no new BAFL for the next few weeks!
(On est en vacances...)
Publication will resume after the first of the year ~ Bonne Année!

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December & January Events

December 18, 2008.  FRANÇAIS A SAN FRANCISCO CORNER:  PECHE MIGNON HOLIDAY SALE.  6:00-9:00pm only!  Kick-off Holiday Shopping in a cozy Christmas atmosphere! Take advantage of a great opportunity to get good deals on your Christmas gifts: 20% off the whole store*.  Péché Mignon is located at 147 Clement Street at 3rd Avenue in San Francisco. Phone: (415) 221-6000.  * Except items already on sale.

December 18, 2008.  MAYBELLE plays CAJUN SWAMP ROCK at Peri’s in Fairfax.

Through December 20, 2008.  HYBRID FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS, organized by HAITIAN CHOREOGRAPHER MARC JOSEPH BAMUTHI.  Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, SF.  415.626.2787 or http://www.theintersection.org for details.  8pm.

December 20, 2008.  ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, AND THE CREOLE BELLES, with ANDREW CARRIERE, ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON, ANDRE THIERRY & more perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman), Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  7:30pm booksigning with ethnomusicologist MARK DEWITT, 8pm CAJUN ZYDECO dance lesson; 9pm performance.  $15.

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 23, 2008.  ZYDECO FLAMES performs at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman), Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  8pm CAJUN / ZYDECO dance lesson; 8:30pm performance.  $10.

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.

December 31, 2008.  FRENCH SINGER-GUITARIST HELENE ATTIA performs with guitarist JACK GATES. New Year's Eve show, Dec 31st, 8:15pm - 12:15am  Bistro Liaison -  Shattuck Ave (at Hearst) in Berkeley Helene Attia, vocals & guitar With virtuoso guitarist Jack Gates Performing songs in French, Brazilian, and English Come for dinner or a drink.  Special French gourmet dinner 1849 Shattuck Ave (at Hearst) in Berkeley. Please call for reservations: 510-849-2155  www.heleneattia.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 7, 2009.  THAÏS by MASSENET, performed by the METROPOLITAN OPERA and simulcast in Mill Valley and San Rafael.  9am. Live performance $24 adult, $22 senior, $16 children; Encore performances $22 adult, $20 senior, $15 child.  CineArts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton in Mill Valley or Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.  http://www.fandango.com or http://www.fathomevents.com for tickets.

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

January 9, 2009.  GALETTE DES ROIS:  SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.The Galette des Rois is a holiday treat for kids and kids at heart! This year's celebration is a special fundraising party for the Alliance Française. Taste French galette and cider (traditional and kid-friendly) and celebrate the New Year.  $10 children (under twelve), $12 tickets in advance, $15 at the door. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

Through January 11, 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.

Beginning January 12, 2008. ATELIER D’ECRITURE Session Hiver-Printemps 2009, Los Altos.  PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, MA, MFT, Prof. Université (John F. Kennedy) 10 séances de 3h tous les 15 jours Séance intro ($55): lundi 12 janvier  Deux formules:  9h45 (liste d’attente) et fin de journée (heure à déterminer) Philippe enseigne “Writing as a Psychospiritual Tool”  à l’Université John F. Kennedy,  et il a conduit des ateliers en France, Suisse et Irlande. Inscriptions/Info:  pberthoud@jfku.edu - (510) 234 4799 “Philippe est un guide de vie et d’amour” Valérie Mangin - vmangin@yahoo.com  “Dans ces ateliers, on se laisse guider par notre plume  et on est surpris par la beauté de ce qu’elle nous révèle”.  Anne Dumontier.

January 14, 2008.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE AU RESTAURANT SASSAFRAS.  Choices to be made from menu.  Members $20; non-members $22.  1229 North Dutton, Santa Rosa.  Please reserve by calling Adrena, 707.823.5539 by January 12th. 

January 15, 2009. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JEAN DIWO'S 249 FAUBOURG ST. ANTOINE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 26, 2008.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BANKRUPTCY FOR BANKS. A unique perspective on the financial crisis by the FDIC  Monday, January 26th  Bankruptcy for Banks  What happens to your funds when a bank goes under?  San Francisco.  French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.

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  info@frenchclass.com

January 29, 2009.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON with DENISE-LURTON-MOULLÉ, sponsored by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY and SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL. 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Garibaldi's on College  5356 College Avenue, Oakland The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco regularly invites 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!  For this edition, we have the pleasure to showcase Denise Lurton-Moullé. A remarkable storyteller, Denise will speak of her years leading tours for Americans in France, her experience with cultural differences, and her fascinating stories about her life, from Bordeaux to South Africa.   Men are welcome! $ 40 for Members/ $ 45 for Non Members/ $ 50 at the door   More information about the breakfast and our speaker: http://www.faccsf.com/Events/WIBJan09.htm  Attending? Register now: http://www.faccsf.com/Events/WIBJan09.htm#Registration.  French-American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: 415 442 4717 / Fax 415 442 4621.

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.

January 31, 2009.  NEW WORLD EVE:  PASSPORT NIGHT, with YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE, YACOUBA DIARRA, and more.  Joint benefit with BISSAP BAOBAB.  Little Baobab, 3388 19th St. (at Mission), SF.  415.643.3558 for details.  $30-$50. 6pm.

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

CINEMA

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

UN 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> Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF.

ENIGMAS AND ETERNITY:  THE FILMS OF ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET.  Featuring TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS, L’IMMORTELLE, EDEN AND AFTER. 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. 

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.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Albany; Clay.http://www.ivelovedyousolong.com

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

MAN ON WIRE.  Opera Plaza, 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.  Presidio, SF.

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7pm.   Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Suggested donation of $5.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. To learn more : http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

ART

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

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

Through December 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 31, 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.

January 5-24, 2009.  ART EXHIBIT:  COMMUNITY EXPOSED.  Opening reception January 10, 6pm-8pm. The Alliance Française is proud to display an embarrassment of artistic riches; showcasing exceptional artists from our community.  Featuring works by Joan Donnelly / Diane Flick / Frédéric Hébraud / Maria Kaplan / Isabelle Mazzoni / Karen Parker-Peters / Thierry Rosset / Scott Taylor.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

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 January 23, 2009.  ABSTRACT ART EXHIBITION ~ SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER at Santa Rosa City Hall. Prolific Swiss Bay Area artist Monika Steiner is the star of a new solo show at  the Santa Rosa City Hall.  Through January 23 City Hall Council Chambers 100 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Enter through Suite 10, on the upper level of the City Hall Complex.  Viewing hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except while meetings are in progress. Please call (707) 543-3010 to check the schedule.  For more news about Monika's art, see http://www.monikasteiner.net/

January 28-March 27, 2009.  SCHOOL BUILDINGS ~ ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBITION AND SYMPOSIUM.   Presented by the SWISS CONSUATE and AIA San Francisco and curated by renowned Swiss architect UMBERTO DINDO, School Buildings provides a look into the schools, classrooms, and curricula of the future, largely through the lens of recent Swiss and other  European efforts. Showing at AIA, the exhibition will also be the occasion for an opening reception a major symposium.   Addressing issues of architecture and education in the 21st century, the symposium includes prominent Swiss and American panelists. The event will be broken into a  morning session, "Designing Schools for the 21st Century World," and an evening  session, "Implementing School Policies in the 21st Century Classroom."  More information is available at www.aiasf.org.    School Buildings - A new architecture for a new education AIA San Francisco 130 Sutter St., Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104 Exhibition  M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free of charge, but if you would like to bring a large group, please call ahead  at 415.362.7397  Reception January 28 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Schools of the 21st Century: Architecture, Politics + Policies January 29, 2009 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Register at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=172902

Through January 31, 2008. PAPER BEINGS, a ROLAND BARTHES-THEMED group show curated by Marissa Gianno.  Hespe Gallery, 251 Post, suite 420, SF.  415.776.5918.

January 31-February 10, 2009.  LE MONDE DE CARICATURE DE TAMER YOUSSEF 2.  New artwork by Tamer Youssef. 2009 Vernissage/Opening reception Jan 31, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm. Presented with the cooperation of the Office of Press & Information of the Egyptian Consulate General in San Francisco.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

February 14-March 13, 2009.  BLAGOJCE:  ART DOESN’T KNOW BORDERS.  An exclusive exposition.  The Alliance Française de San Francisco is proud to premiere an exclusive exhibit by internationally acclaimed Master Artist Blagojce.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor 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.

CLASSES

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

SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY SPRING SEMESTER FRENCH CLASSES.  French 102 (Beginning French, second semester), FR202 (Oral French), FR314 (French Caribbean Literature in English), FR411 (French Literature After the Revolution), FR415 (Special Topics in French Culture:  Paris!), plus FL214 (French Literature & Cinema).  Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu or visit http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang for details.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY - A UNIQUE MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM IN FRENCH   IN THE SOUTH BAY AREA. Looking for a French M.A. program that will prepare you to teach at   college level or undertake doctoral studies? Come to the French M.A. at SJSU. Admissions for Fall 2009 open until April 1st. The M.A. program is 8 courses and a thesis or 10 courses and a comprehensive exam. All graduate courses are seminars and are offered in the evening. Develop your knowledge of literature, grammar, and culture; use your French in discussions and social gatherings; teach beginning   college-level classes to very nice students eager to learn French; take advantage of the Study Abroad programs in France and Québec; become a member of the SJSU French Club and Alumni. Generous   scholarships are available for eligible students; tuition waived for Teaching Associates. Contact: Danielle Trudeau, Graduate Adviser, danielle.trudeau@sjsu.edu    (408-924-4594).

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY.  Spring 2009 Graduate Seminars in French   Language, Cinema and Literature - 2 FREN 220 - History of the French Language from the Middle Ages to the Revolution - Danielle Trudeau - Starts Monday, January 26,   2009,17:30-20:15 danielle.trudeau@sjsu.edu (408-924-4594)  FREN 250 - Literature and Cinema - Dominique van Hooff - Starts   Thursday, January 22, 2009, 17:30-20:15 dominique.vanhooff@sjsu.edu (408-924-4608)

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

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

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

Beginning January 12, 2008. ATELIER D’ECRITURE Session Hiver-Printemps 2009, Los Altos.  PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, MA, MFT, Prof. Université (John F. Kennedy) 10 séances de 3h tous les 15 jours Séance intro ($55): lundi 12 janvier  Deux formules:  9h45 (liste d’attente) et fin de journée (heure à déterminer) Philippe enseigne “Writing as a Psychospiritual Tool”  à l’Université John F. Kennedy,  et il a conduit des ateliers en France, Suisse et Irlande. Inscriptions/Info:  pberthoud@jfku.edu - (510) 234 4799 “Philippe est un guide de vie et d’amour” Valérie Mangin - vmangin@yahoo.com  “Dans ces ateliers, on se laisse guider par notre plume  et on est surpris par la beauté de ce qu’elle nous révèle”.  Anne Dumontier.

January 20-March 3, 2008.  LES VINS DE FRANCE:  THE FRENCH WINE CLASS, winter session.   Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30pm   Dégustons! This winter take a six-week course taught by sommelier Raphael Knapp, owner of International Vineyards. In addition to learning the basics of wine tasting and production methods, the course covers the historical and cultural significance of wine in France -- all in the context of learning the French language.  Champagne : Jan 20 & Jan 27 Alsace : Feb 3 & Feb10    Loire : Feb 17, March 3    no class on Feb 24 .Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

January 22-February 26, 2009.  PILATES IN FRENCH.  Thursday evenings, 7pm-8pm.  Improve your balance, souplesse, increase your strength and flexibility with intimate group Pilates classes taught by experienced instructor Muriel Reilly. Classes are designed to improve your French and make you feel great! Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing and bring their own mat.  Each $25 General / AFSF $20 or 6 week series with one class free for $125 General / $100 AFSF.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

January 22-February 26, 2009.  TANGO SCÈNE:  LEARN THE TANGO IN FRENCH.   Pre-beginner workshop Thurs Jan 15, 7:00-9:00pm.  Thursdays, Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 19, 26, 7:00-8:45pm .  Tango Scène is the one and only class in the Bay Area where you can learn to dance Tango and brush up on your French language skills all at the same time! Experience the unique method of somatic tango, the dance of relationship, in the world’s most romantic language.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

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

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

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

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

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

eLYCEE is pleased to announce the opening of its new Minischool, with weekly French classes for kids aged 9 and 10. Based on our popular Maintien de la Langue classes for French-speaking students in the USA, our Minischool gives younger kids access to our unique virtual classroom. Our native French teachers encourage production and creativity, bringing the language and the culture to life in 90-minute total immersion sessions. In our relaxed learning environment, students develop their language skills and confidence, they work together, and - best of all - they love it. It's a brand new way to learn French for Life. For more information, visit www.elycee.com

eLYCEE also offers a range of online courses to choose from, including, for Middle School & High School students: private tutorials, Summer Camp, AP classes; for College students: private tutorials, workshops, French Club, AP classes, online OuLiPo workshops; for Adults: private tutorials, workshops, French Club, online OuLiPo workshops; and OuLiPo’s online ‘Ateliers d’Ecriture’ are available online for the first time ever; ONLY with eLycée. Visit our website: http://www.elycee.com/ If you would like to know more about this innovative program of after school classes, please contact Julian Hirst at julian.hirst@elycee.com, or +1 877 624 5330.

POUR TOUS LES PETITS: A CLASS FOR KIDS at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. With native speaker EVELYNE WHITMAN. To register, contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or call 707.543.8151. Saturdays, 11am-12pm.

FRENCH WINE CLASSES. The French Wine Society is offering French wine classes in San Francisco. Each class will be an in-depth lecture of a particular region including a tasting of six carefully selected fine wines to illustrate the regions character. These classes should not be missed. They represent a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of French wine. Eric Lecours, Regional Director of the French Wine Society Bay Area, will be instructing the classes. He is a Certified Wine Educator and holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the WSET. He is also one of only 20 Americans to be certified by the region of Bordeaux as an official instructor, having been sponsored by the Bordeaux Wine Council to attend a weeklong educational program in Bordeaux last year. He continues his studies and is working toward his Masters of Wine, the most respected qualification in the Wine Industry. For more information and registration: http://www.frenchwinesociety.org

CLASSES DE CUISINE. L'alimentation saine, c'est delicieuse! Venez tous chez Janet, infirmière et chef de cuisine, pour des classes de cuisine. Mes classes, à San Rafael, sont petites et vous travaillez dans ma grande cuisine professionelle pour apprendre les recettes qui sont bien pour maigrir et prévenir les maladies. Après, nous dinons en famille. Et bien sur, nous parlons français! Janet Dresser 415.455.8939 ou http://www.cookingforyourlife.com

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion. http://www.ArtandCookingClassesinFrance.com Philippe Gion was a resident of San Francisco from 1986 to 2001, then time shared between the US and Provence. Owner & chef of the restaurant "Café Landais" (1986-1990) then, manager of the restaurant of the "Alliance Fançaise,” he was also Executive Chef at Stanford University ("East House Residency", 1997- 2000). He was a member of the Board of Director at the "Lycée Français Lapérouse" (1988-1991) and creator of the first French Ciné-Club in San Francisco ("Alliance Française Ciné-Club" with the partnership of the Lycée Français). In 1996, Philippe Gion founded "Art and Cooking Classes in France" dedicated to bringing to our Anglo-Saxons friends and gourmets the best of the joie de vivre in France and, most of all, an attractive approach of the traditional French gastronomy in Provence.

FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL. Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Monday evenings. Beginners 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Intermediates 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere. Helpful for travelers looking for survival French. Heavy emphasis on cultural topics. The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French. Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered. Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510.886.1000.

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

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

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

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

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - ingrid@maisonettesf.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 info@ifrenchclub.com Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes

FRENCH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE. Learn French at your own pace. French for children, adults and corporate in private or small classes. French Language Institut offers flexibility, fun, customized programs, library, newest educative material, CNED, craft sessions, trip to France and much more! Visit us @ http://www.FL-Institut.com or write to frenchteachers@siliconfrench.com.

LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email info@optimalearning.com or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, http://www.optimalearning.com or http://www.optimalearningcenter.org

Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang . For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact info@afsantarosa.org. (From the AFSR: Try our French language school with no commitments. Your first lesson is free!) See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for more class opportunities. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!

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

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

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

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

February 12, 2009.  TOURISME, CULTURE, ET ART avec philosophe YVES MICHAUD.  19h. S'agissant de l'art, il faut analyser le sens de la "touristification" de l'art aujourd'hui, puisque l'art est une attraction touristique, que l'artiste tend à devenir un touriste et que le tourisme devient un thème de l'art. Au croisement de ces trois notions de tourisme, de culture et d'art, nous sommes au cœur de la vie de notre époque.  Dr. Yves Michaud enseigne à partir de 1970 dans diverses universités: à Montpellier, à Rouen, à la Sorbonne. Il occupe aussi plusieurs postes de visiting professor à l’Université de Berkeley, à Tunis, à Sao Paulo, à Edinburgh.  Les travaux de Yves Michaud sont maintenant consacrés à l’évolution des arts et de la culture contemporaine dans un monde globalisé et technologique. Ils portent aussi sur les relations de l’individu et de la société, ainsi que sur les phénomènes de violence intérieure aussi bien qu’internationale.  $15 AFSF/students, $20 general admission, $25 premium seating.  En français.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 orhttp://www.afsf.comfor details.

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

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

February 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  info@frenchclass.com

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

February 19, 2009. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses YASMINA KHADRA'S L'ATTENTAT. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

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

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

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

March 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  info@frenchclass.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, fvardhan@mail.fremont.k12.ca.us .

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

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

April 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  info@frenchclass.com

April 16, 2009. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JACQUES LE FATALISTE de DENIS DIDEROT. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

April 17 & 18, 2009. CONFRONTING NAPOLEON: EUROPEAN CULTURE AT THE CROSSROADS. The French Revolution unleashed institution-shattering forces. Napoleon successfully refocused these forces on Europe, and the French tide swept over the continent, and event across the Mediterranean, leaving the remnants of many anciens régimes refashioned in its wake. Napoleon invaded Egypt yet crafted enlightened policy sympathetic to Islam, resurrected Roman civil law, inspired Beethoven, challenged Goethe and Tolstoy to think again, and bankrolled a return to grandeur in the fine arts. France's reassertion of cultural preeminence varied from uncritical enthusiasm to repugnance, from the love-hate with the Russian aristocracy to British resistance to both armies and cultural influence Friday, April 17, 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm: Steven Englund (Directeur d’études, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Distinguished Professor at the American University of Paris--New York University) introduces Napoleon and examines the man, the general, and the Emperor. Michael Marrinan (Professor of Art History, Stanford University) follows with an illustrated survey of the arts under Napoleon, demonstrating that aesthetic productions of the Empire mirror the myriad political contradictions of their patron. Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Laurent Mayali (Lloyd M. Robbins Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law School) lectures on the civil law reforms instituted by Napoleon, and the other positive cultural legacies of his short-lived empire. Luba Golburt (Assistant Professor of Russian literature, UC Berkeley) will trace some of the stages of Napoleon's dethronement as depicted in Tolstoy’s great novel War and Peace, examining the character's physique and mannerisms, his mistaken notions of hero-centered warfare, and the contrasting models of leadership. Juan Cole (Richard P. Mitchell Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Michigan) discusses the painters who, in subsequent decades, took up the themes of Bonaparte's Egyptian conquest, some glorifying French dominance and others depicting the barbarity of Bonaparte’s military policies. Pianist Teresa Yu, San Francisco Conservatory, performs “Ludwig Von Beethoven on Napoleon: The Eroica Variations.” 415.392.4400 or http://www.humanitieswest.org for details.

April 18-25, 2009.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHSTRA performs HANDEL’S ATHALIA, based on the 17th-century author JEAN RACINE’S play of the same name.  415.392.4400 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

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

May 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  info@frenchclass.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 pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

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

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

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

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

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