January 29-February 6, 2009

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January & February Events

Through January 29, 2009.  ANGRY MONK, a Swiss film, screens at the Roxie.  Far from the serene, obedient popular image of Tibetan monks, Gendun Choephel was a discontented rebel and voluble critic of the Tibetan establishment. During his  short life (1903-1951), he incurred the wrath of the Tibetan authorities and ultimately left home to seek a path that might help him in his struggle to liberate Tibet from its rigidity, a rigidity that Swiss filmmaker Luc Schaedler maintains contributed to its current predicament with China.  With this cinematic journey through time, Schaedler portrays the life of this unorthodox monk while at the same time revealing a face of old Tibet that goes against popular clichés. Archival images of ancient caravans and monasteries give way to scenes  of discos and multi-lane highways in modern Lhasa, as ANGRY MONK offers a fascinating and provocative insight into a country whose eventful past is refracted in the multiplicity and contradictions of everyday life. Through January 29, 8:15 p.m. Roxie Theater 3117 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103 www.roxie.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 29 & 30, 2009.  LA CHINOISE by JEAN-LUC GODARD at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  7:30pm. Godard presents one of his most contentious and political films, focusing on a small group of French students who want to change the world by using any means necessary. After studying Mao and the growth of communism in China the students decide that they must use terrorism to ignite their own revolution. (1967, 95 min, 35mm)  Location: YBCA, 701 Mission street, San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/film/

January 29 & 31, 2009.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a fairy tale told with live actors and puppets.  Young Performers Theatre, Bldg. C, Fort Mason, Sf.  415.346.5550 for details.  $7-$10. 

Through January 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.  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 30, 2009.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE performs at Ashkenaz.  Parisian café music of the 1920s and 30s.  8pm Parisian dance lesson; 9pm performance.  $13; $10 students.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://ashkenaz.com for details.

January 30, 2009.  DMITRI RACHMANOV, piano, performs RAVEL and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608.  8pm. 

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 30-February 1, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO FINE PRINT ART FAIR.  Fort Mason Conference Center Landmark Bldg. A.  Opening night preview, 6pm-9pm, $30; for tickets and information, 415.472.7021. Saturday and Sunday, admission is free.  http://www.sanfrancisco-fineprintfair.com for details.

Through January 31, 2009.  YOUSSEF CHAHINE FILM RETROSPECTIVE,  presented in cooperation with the The Consulate General of Egypt, Press & Information Bureau In memory of the life and legacy of the celebrated late Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine, selected films will be screened free to the public, by the Alliance Française de San Francisco in partnership with the Egyptian Consulate Press & Information Bureau from January 26-31, 2009.  Mr. Chahine is a fixture of Egyptian cultural life. His films spanned six decades and he was recognized the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Chahine was one of the world’s most respected and admired Arab filmmakers. He passed away in July, 2008 at 82 years of age with an oeuvre of over 40 films. In honor of his great works, six of his most celebrated films will be presented from January 26 – 31, 2009 at the Alliance Française de San Francisco: 6:30 PM – Monday, January 26, 2009 – “DESTINY” (MASSIR, AL) (1997)*presented by David Giovacchini, Bibliographer for the Arts in the Islamic World at Stanford University Libraries and curator of the Middle East Film series at Stanford University.  6:30 PM – Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – “ALEXANDRIA, WHY?” (1978)  6:30 PM – Wednesday, January 28, 2009 – “HADDUTA MISRIJA (“AN EGYPTIAN STORY”) (1982)  6:30 PM – Thursday, January 29, 2009 – “ALEXANDRIA AGAIN” (1989)  6:30 PM – Friday, January 30, 2009 – “CAIRO STATION” (1958)*presented by Dr. Mohammad Salama, Assistant Professor of Foreign Language & Literature, Arabic Program Coordinator, San Francisco State University.  6:30 PM – Saturday, January 31, 2009 – “NASSER SALEH ELDIN’ (1963)

January 31, 2009.   HELENE ATTIA performs FRENCH SONGS.Saturday, January 31st, 7:00 - 11:00 pm.  Singer-guitarist, Helene Attia will perform French songs with her 5-piece band at the grand opening of The Mustard Festival, in the grand ballroom  The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena.  To purchase tickets: call 707.938.1133 For more info please visit Helene Attia at - www.heleneattia.com 

January 31, 2008.  C.D. FRIEDRICH ET LE ROMANTISME ALLEMAND. ATELIERS A "THE FRENCH CLASS" Au debut du XIXe siecle, les paysages melancoliques du peintre et graveur Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) deviennent bientot les images les plus emblematiques du mouvement romantique: cimetieres et ruines sous la neige, vues de glaciers, voyageurs contemplant le clair de lune en montagne ou le crepuscule sur un rivage, etc. La nature joue un role preponderant dans la philosophie comme dans la theologie ou l'esthetique de  cette epoque, ou tout n'est que "Sturm und Drang" [tempete et assaut].  Toutefois, pour les artistes allemands, les paysages ne se contentent pas d'imiter la nature. Ils sont, bien au contraire, le produit d'une impression visuelle melee a une emotion hautement subjective et imaginative.  Chez les artistes romantiques allemands comme Karl Friedrich Schinkel ou Philipp Otto Runge, un horizon aussi vaste que sublime devient metaphore de  l'infini. Sa grandeur mystique en fait un refuge spirituel. De vieux chenes dominant un paysage tels des titans blesses symbolisent un passe distant et paien. Mais, dans un pays morcele qui s'insurge contre Napoleon apres avoir endure un long "hiver politique", ils sont aussi symboles de pathos et de patriotisme.  Venez admirer les compositions poetiques de C.D. Friedrich ou l'ombre se marie harmonieusement a la lumiere. Decouvrez les elements biographiques de son existence qui expliquent son obsession pour la mort et les tenants d'une  angoisse proprement existentielle. 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 31, 2009.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features CÔTÉ SUD and more.  KQED TV9, 1pm.

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 2, 2009.  HISTORIAN PAP NDIAYE lectures at UC Berkeley.  Details to follow.

February 3, 2009.  ZYDECO FLAMES performs at CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.  8pm dance lesson; 8:30pm performance.  $10.

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

February 5, 2009.  ECHOES OF THE 2009 DAVOS WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.   Join swissnex and our esteemed panel for our annual discussion on the World Economic Forum in Davos. As result of the present global economic crisis, the international landscape will be radically altered. This year's Annual Meeting will be organized under the theme "Shaping the Post-Crisis World". Come learn how leaders from industry, government and civil society planm to shape this transformation. Our speakers are participants in the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos and will bring their own unique insight.  PROGRAM: 6:30 pm: Doors open - Networking & Hors d'Oeuvres 7.00 pm: Panel discussion starts, speakers:  * David L. Sifry - Founder and Chairman, Technorati  * Aron Cramer - President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility  * Paul L. Oliva (moderator) - Founder and Chief Consultant, Oliva Global Communications  RSVP required for a free event Details & registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/WEF-2009 Location & Parking:  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact

February 5-22, 2009.  11TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, including EX DRUMMER (Mortier, Belgium, 2008); LES DENTS DE LA NUIT (Cafiero & Lobelle, France, 2008) and THE BEAR (Michon, Canada, 2008, 7 minutes).  Various venues.  http://sfindie.com for details.

Opening February 6, 2009. ENTRE LES MURS / THE CLASS (Laurent Cantet, 2008).  A unanimous decision made this film the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes & France’s submission for the Oscars this year.  A year in a Parisian middle school class; documentary in style, but beautifully wrought fiction.  Starring François Bégaudeau as the teacher, adapted in a screenplay based on his novel.  “An experiment in what democracy could be.” Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org 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.net Entrée libre : $7/personne.

February 6, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Oakland Museum, Oakland.  First Friday Pre-Mardi Gras Celebration! 1000 Oak St., Oakland. 5:00-9:00 pm. Free admission. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com.  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com.

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

February 7, 2009.  THE ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  8:30pm.  $12/$15.

February 7, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  A rare Saturday night at our favorite East Bay dance venue! 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). www.ashkenaz.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com.  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com.

February 8, 2009. EXPAT EUROPEANS GATHERING. Sip aperitifs and   socialize with fellow Europeans in a stylish lounge bar. If you are   from Europe and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial   conversations, compare notes on life in America, practice your   language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can   and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group.   Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The   gathering starts late-afternoon to allow people to dine together   afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for   this free San Francisco event at http://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."

February 11, 2009.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA, au restaurant Sassafras.  Noon.  Choices to be made from menu distributed before lunch.  Bar service extra.  Members, $20; Non-members $22.  1229 North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.  Please reserve by calling Adrena, 707.823.5539 by Monday, February 9.

February 11, 2009.  TUNISIAN DHAFER YOUSSEF ACOUSTIC QUARTET performs at Yoshi’s in Oakland.  http://www.yoshis.com for details.

February 11-12, 2009.  MOROCCAN GROUP ~ MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA, featuring BACHIR ATTAR perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco location.  http://www.yoshis.com or 415.655.5600 for details. http://www.jajouka.com/

February 12, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Lake Merritt Dance Center, Oakland, 200 Grand Ave., at Harrison, Oakland. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com.  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.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.com for details.

February 12-15, 2009.  CHARLES DUTOIT conducts DEBUSSY as well as Rimsy-Korsakov’s SCHEHERAZADE with the San Francisco Symphony.  415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.  Tickets start at $30.

February 13, 2009.  THE FRENCH FILM SOCIETY OF PALO ALTO presents DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES / RIFIFI. Movies are projected in French with English sub-titles and with great Sony Dolby  surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Every MOVIE NIGHT includes the FILM, FOOD, FRENCH CONVERSATION. A team of 7 Volunteers organizes everything for you and you can even buy your ticket online. We offer special discounts for Seniors and Students as well as for those  who want to buy a complete cycle at once. We all look forward to hearing from you and to meet you soon. Merci Max Bouchard and all Volunteers The French Film Club of Palo Alto. Important information Prices at the Door are: Adult $12.00 ; Senior $10.00 ; Student $8.00  * Buy your ticket online and save $2.00 * For more details, review, synopsis and more about the Club, go to our website  at The French Film of Palo Alto. The French Film Club of Palo Alto | c/o Palo Alto Art Center | 1313 Newell Ave | Palo Alto | CA | 94304  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org 

February 14, 2009.  SAXOPHONE PERFORMER MICHEL DONEDA with ALEXANDRE BABEL and NICOLAS FIELD in concert at SWISSNEX.  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco

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, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.  San Francisco Writers Conference. www.sfwriters.org

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.

Through February 15, 2009.  MOLIERE’S LES PRECIEUSES RIDICULES / THEM RIDICULOUS LITTLE LADIES plays in Sacramento!  *Les Précieuses Ridicules** "Them Ridiculous Little Ladies!"** by Moliere begins January 16. *California Stage Company will perform this short comedy twice--in French and then in English—IN THE SAME NIGHT! "You don't need to know how to speak French to get the fun out of this play." says Director Ray Tatar, the story is clear and the dialogue is carried along by hilarious physical comedy. We set the play first in 18th Century Paris and then in 19th Century Paris, Texas. California Stage Company takes a classic masterpiece of ironic substance and style, plays it for you in the original with powdered wigs and feverish comedy and then translates it with the manners and mores of a later era, equally as madcap. James C. Anderson plays the role of Mascarille, the mischievous servant clothed in bright colors trimmed with silver lace and multicolored feathers.  His supporting cast includes local French-speaking actors. California Stage will produce this play with support from The Alliance Française of Sacramento, a local gathering place for people interested in all aspects of France and French speaking cultures. Director of the Alliance is Beatrice Hildebrand says, "The Alliance has had great success with Molière's plays as they are a great introduction to anyone interested in French. " "Les Précieuses…"*  *plays* **January 16 through February 15*.  Show times Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Regular Show Tickets cost $20.00 for General Admission; $15.00 for seniors, students, and members of SARTA, The League and The Alliance Française de Sacramento. Add $2.00 off for those who come on bicycles. California Stage is located at 2509 R Street (at 25th and R Street in Midtown Sacramento). Easy free parking available. Phone: 916-451-5822 for reservations Because you opened this document and read this far you get two tickets for the price of one on opening weekend! *You must call and say Molière's real last name when you reserve your tickets*!

February 15, 2009.  BAL DE LA SAINT VALENTIN.  14h-17h.  Célibataires et couples.  Musique de VERSATIL.  Hall Notre Dame des Victoires, 566 Bush St., San Francisc.  $12.  Pas d’enfants, svp.  Contact:  Karine, plouf102@juno.com

February 15, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at West Sacramento Moose Lodge, Sacramento.  Our first time at this dance venue! Come on out! 3240 Jefferson Blvd., W. Sacramento. 3:00-6:30pm.  Information: www.wsmoose.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com.  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com.

February 16-20, 2009. 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.

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 17, 2009.  CHAMBERBRIDGE – CROSSING CULTURAL BRIDGES. ChamberBridge's Eva-Maria Zimmermann (piano) and Lara Bruckmann (soprano) will be presenting two programs in February. Exploring the childhood through art song, the recitals will include works by Bernstein, Tan Dun, Mei-Fang Lin, and Messiaen, as well as a new piece commissioned from Gabriela Lena Frank. Berkeley Chamber Performances Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704 February 17, 8 p.m. $10-$20 http://www.berkeleychamberperform.org/

February 18, 2009.  EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS GET TOGETHER. Join us for a presentation on recent developments in European research. This event is co-organized with EURAXESS Links USA and the Delegation of the European Commission.  -Welcome by Vanessa Drigo, swissnex San Francisco - “Recent Developments in European Research” by Laurent Bochereau, Counselor, Head of Science, Technology & Education, Delegation of the European Commission to the US in Washington DC -"The European Research Council: Current State of Play" by Béatrice Thiry, European Research Council -"The EURAXESS Portal-A one Stop Resource on Research Opportunities in Europe" by Izabella Zandberg,USA Project Manager, EURAXESS Links - Marie-Luce Chevalier, Marie Curie Fellow, Stanford University -Savas Dimopoulos, European Research Council successful applicant, Stanford University  RSVP required for a free event Details and registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/events/eralink-recent-developments-2009 Location & Parking: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact

February 18, 2009.  HOTEL RWANDA will be screened at Sonoma State University as part of Black History Month Film Series.  Student Union MPR@ 7:00 pm - Hotel Rwanda is the 2004 Academy Award winning historical film about the hotelier Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

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 19, 2009. EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. European Networking Event.  6:00 to 8:00 PM · The Bubble Lounge, San Francisco Registration must be made in advance as space is limited!  $10 at the door - Register Now by Email: events@faccsf.com To mark the International Career Fair '09, the FACCSF, British American Business Council, and German American Business Association invite you to a European Networking Event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the participating companies of the ICF, as well as mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere!  French American Chamber of Commerce.

February 19, 2009.  GENERAL SIR HUDSON LOWE, KCB:  NAPOLEON’S JAILER.  Presentation by Peter M. Friedman, organized by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Vista del Lago Club House, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  6:30pm.  Members free; non-members $8.  Reservation preferred.  Refreshments and snack will be provided.  Information:  707.543.8151.

February 20, 2009.  XALA Sembene Satire.  7:00pm in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. In Senegalese writer/director Ousmane Sembene’s funniest film, a smug middle-aged businessman who already has two wives proposes to marry a third. On the wedding night he can’t perform and finds out that a xala – a hex – has been put on him. His increasingly desperate attempt to remove it gradually strip away all of the protective security of his class and status. (1974, 123 min., in French and Wolof w/English subtitles).  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

February 20 & 21, 2009.  INTERNATIONAL CAREER FAIR 2009.  On February 20 and 21 international companies will come to San Francisco to attend the International Career Fair, looking to hire highly educated individuals for their offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Earlier this year 1300 candidates attended ICF'08. 40 international companies interviewed candidates for over 900 job openings worldwide. The International Career Fair is an event that cannot be missed by anyone interested in an international career.    Why attend?  Find job opportunities with international companies in Europe, the Americas and Asia  Request on-site interviews with companies that interest you  Meet face-to-face with representatives from global companies  Attend valuable keynotes and workshops on international careers  Network with your peers, experts in the field, and international recruiters    Who should attend?  Graduate students (Master's, PhDs or Post-Docs) in engineering, science, business  International students and US nationals interested in an international career  Professionals with engineering, science and/or business backgrounds    Where and how?  Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2009  Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, Directions  Register and upload your resume at www.icf09.com. It's quick and easy, and it's FREE!   Apec International Programs offers a discount to FACC members exhibiting at ICF'09 !!!  The International Career Fair has become a major recruitment event for companies looking for highly qualified personnel to staff their offices around the world. The 2 day event is sponsored by an international group of governmental and research organizations, professional associations, universities, and employment agencies, all working together to assist recruiting teams in sourcing the very best and brightest talent for positions in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. FACC members receive a 5% discount on a booth at the fair taking place on February 20 and 21, 2009 in San Francisco.  French American Chamber of Commerce.  Also organized by swissnex.

February 21, 2009.  4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ALSACE VARIETALS FESTIVAL.  http://www.avwines.com

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.

Through February 22, 2009.  A PICASSO at San José Repertory Theatre.  The great Picasso gets involved in a passionate cat-and-mouse game with art ‘collectors’ in Nazi-occupied World War II Paris. http://www.sjrep.com/ for details.

February 22, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.  California Writers Club Meeting 2-4pm Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  www.bookpassage.com 

February 22, 2009. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE. Meet other   internationally-minded people in a convivial cross-cultural   atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new   friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills   or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as   long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are   welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The soiree starts late-  afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so   choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San Francisco   event at http://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."

February 22, 2009.  I HATE MUSIC BUT I LOVE TO SING… ChamberBridge's Eva-Maria Zimmermann (piano) and Lara Bruckmann (soprano) will be presenting two programs in February. Exploring the childhood through art song, the recitals will include works by Bernstein, Tan Dun, Mei-Fang Lin, and Messiaen, as well as a new piece commissioned from Gabriela Lena Frank.   Noe Valley Chamber Music 1021 Sanchez Street San Francisco, CA 94114 February 22, 4 p.m. $15-$18 http://www.nvcm.org/  

February 24, 2009.  MARDI GRAS!

February 25, 2009.  INTERNATIONALLY COOL AND PLUGGED IN – A NIGHT OF COOL INNOVATION WITH SEESMIC, UBERBIZMO and COOLIRIS, presented by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.   Cooley Godward, Palo Alto. The Silicon Valley is still at the top of its game and attracts entrepreneurs worldwide. From the latest 'gizmos' to Web 2.0 technologies, global innovators are here building new markets, customer bases and opportunities. The FACCSF invites you to come and hear the best and the brightest talk about the sacrifices they make and challenges they face on the road to success.   $20 Members / $25 Non-Members / $30 At the Door. French American Chamber of Commerce Carole Granade - Executive Director - carole@faccsf.com  French American Chamber of Commerce  703 Market Street, Suite 450 San Francisco, CA 94103  Tel: (415) 442 4717 - Fax: (415) 442 4621  www.faccsf.com .

February 27, 2009.  MARIE ETIENNE talks about her memoir CONFESSIONS OF A BI-POLAR MARDI GRAS QUEEN, a collection of true stories set in Southern Louisiana.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 27, 2009. THE FRENCH FILM SOCIETY OF PALO ALTO presents LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR / THE WAGES OF FEAR. Movies are projected in French with English sub-titles and with great Sony Dolby  surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Every MOVIE NIGHT includes the FILM, FOOD, FRENCH CONVERSATION. A team of 7 Volunteers organizes everything for you and you can even buy your ticket online. We offer special discounts for Seniors and Students as well as for those  who want to buy a complete cycle at once. We all look forward to hearing from you and to meet you soon. Merci Max Bouchard and all Volunteers The French Film Club of Palo Alto. Important information Prices at the Door are: Adult $12.00 ; Senior $10.00 ; Student $8.00  * Buy your ticket online and save $2.00 * For more details, review, synopsis and more about the Club, go to our website  at The French Film of Palo Alto.  The French Film Club of Palo Alto | c/o Palo Alto Art Center | 1313 Newell Ave | Palo Alto | CA | 94304  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

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.

Through February 28, 2009.  CHANTAL AKERMAN.  Film series at SFMOMA.   Chantal Akerman crosses between the worlds of art and cinema, making video installations for galleries as well as films for theatrical release. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, her breakthrough work, observes a woman's domestic routines, slowly, patiently, and ultimately disturbingly. It exemplifies Akerman's ability to create intense psychological studies of everyday life. She is also highly attuned to the human experience of time, memory, and journeying, whether in relation to migration and political borders (News from Home, Histoires d'Amérique) or coming of age (Saute ma ville; Je, tu, il, elle). This series explores Akerman's work in depth, from her earliest films to the recent Là-bas, an extraordinary meditation on Israel that centers on the filmmaker herself, trapped in a temporary apartment in Tel Aviv.  Chantal Akerman shorts: Saute Ma Ville (1968, 11 min.), La Chambre (1972, 11 min.), Hotel Monterey (1972, 65 min.): Saturdays, January 3 & 10, 1:00pm  Je, tu, il, elle (1974, 90 min.): Saturday, January 3, 3:00pm  News From Home (1977, 85 min.): Saturdays, January 10 at 3:00pm & January 17, 1:00pm  Toute Une Nuit (1982, 90 min.): Saturday, January 17, 3:00 pm  Golden Eighties (1986, 96 min.): Saturdays, January 24, 1:00 pm & February 14, 1:00pm  Histoires d'Amérique (1988, 92 min.): Saturday, January 24, 3:00pm & Thurdsay, January 29, 7:00pm  Nuit et jour (1991, 90 min.): Saturday, January 31, 1:00 pm & Saturday, February 14, 3:00pm  D'est (1993, 107 min.): Saturday, January 31, 3:00 pm & Saturday, February 12, 7:00pm  Là-Bas (2006, 78 min.): Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm  Sud (1999, 71 min.): Saturday, February 21, 1:00 pm  From The Other Side (2002, 103 min.): Saturday, February 21, 3:00 pm  Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1974, 201 min.): Thursday, February 26, 7:00pm & Saturday, February 28, 1:00 pm  Location: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third street, San Francisco  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy  http://www.sfmoma.org/

February 28, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 8:00 pm (dance lesson at 7:00). For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com.  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com.

February 28, 2009.  DARIUS MILHAUD’S BRAZILIAN CONNECTION.  Mills Music Festival.  http://www.mills.edu/musicfestival for details. 

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

CINEMA

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

ANGRY MONK, a Swiss film, screena at the Roxie.  Far from the serene, obedient popular image of Tibetan monks, Gendun Choephel was a discontented rebel and voluble critic of the Tibetan establishment. During his  short life (1903-1951), he incurred the wrath of the Tibetan authorities and ultimately left home to seek a path that might help him in his struggle to liberate Tibet from its rigidity, a rigidity that Swiss filmmaker Luc Schaedler maintains contributed to its current predicament with China.  With this cinematic journey through time, Schaedler portrays the life of this unorthodox monk while at the same time revealing a face of old Tibet that goes against popular clichés. Archival images of ancient caravans and monasteries give way to scenes  of discos and multi-lane highways in modern Lhasa, as ANGRY MONK offers a fascinating and provocative insight into a country whose eventful past is refracted in the multiplicity and contradictions of everyday life. Through January 29, 8:15 p.m. Roxie Theater 3117 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103 www.roxie.com Through January 29, 2009.

CHANTAL AKERMAN.  Film series at SFMOMA.   Chantal Akerman crosses between the worlds of art and cinema, making video installations for galleries as well as films for theatrical release. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, her breakthrough work, observes a woman's domestic routines, slowly, patiently, and ultimately disturbingly. It exemplifies Akerman's ability to create intense psychological studies of everyday life. She is also highly attuned to the human experience of time, memory, and journeying, whether in relation to migration and political borders (News from Home, Histoires d'Amérique) or coming of age (Saute ma ville; Je, tu, il, elle). This series explores Akerman's work in depth, from her earliest films to the recent Là-bas, an extraordinary meditation on Israel that centers on the filmmaker herself, trapped in a temporary apartment in Tel Aviv.  Chantal Akerman shorts: Saute Ma Ville (1968, 11 min.), La Chambre (1972, 11 min.), Hotel Monterey (1972, 65 min.): Saturdays, January 3 & 10, 1:00pm  Je, tu, il, elle (1974, 90 min.): Saturday, January 3, 3:00pm  News From Home (1977, 85 min.): Saturdays, January 10 at 3:00pm & January 17, 1:00pm  Toute Une Nuit (1982, 90 min.): Saturday, January 17, 3:00 pm  Golden Eighties (1986, 96 min.): Saturdays, January 24, 1:00 pm & February 14, 1:00pm  Histoires d'Amérique (1988, 92 min.): Saturday, January 24, 3:00pm & Thurdsay, January 29, 7:00pm  Nuit et jour (1991, 90 min.): Saturday, January 31, 1:00 pm & Saturday, February 14, 3:00pm  D'est (1993, 107 min.): Saturday, January 31, 3:00 pm & Saturday, February 12, 7:00pm  Là-Bas (2006, 78 min.): Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm  Sud (1999, 71 min.): Saturday, February 21, 1:00 pm  From The Other Side (2002, 103 min.): Saturday, February 21, 3:00 pm  Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1974, 201 min.): Thursday, February 26, 7:00pm & Saturday, February 28, 1:00 pm  Location: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third street, San Francisco  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy  http://www.sfmoma.org/ January 3-February 28, 2009.

LA CHINOISE by JEAN-LUC GODARD at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  7:30pm. Godard presents one of his most contentious and political films, focusing on a small group of French students who want to change the world by using any means necessary. After studying Mao and the growth of communism in China the students decide that they must use terrorism to ignite their own revolution. (1967, 95 min, 35mm)  Location: YBCA, 701 Mission street, San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/film/ January 29 & 30, 2009

HOTEL RWANDA will be screened at Sonoma State University as part of Black History Month Film Series.  Student Union MPR@ 7:00 pm - Hotel Rwanda is the 2004 Academy Award winning historical film about the hotelier Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. February 18, 2009

IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T'AIME. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Lumière, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

LETTER TO JANE:  INVESTIGATIONS OF A STILL (Godard & Gorin, 1972).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES (Rififi). Presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. Movies are projected in French with English sub-titles  and with great Sony Dolby surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the  Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Organized and presented by Laurence Mazouni, an expert in French  Movies, a Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State and Lecturer at Stanford. Every MOVIE NIGHT includes the FILM, FOOD, FRENCH CONVERSATION , all with now a  highly qualified professional Moderator. The French Film Club of Palo Alto | c/o Palo Alto Art Center | 1313 Newell Ave | Palo Alto | CA | 94304. movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details. February 13, 2009.

ENTRE LES MURS / THE CLASS (Laurent Cantet, 2008).  A unanimous decision made this film the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes & France’s submission for the Oscars this year.  A year in a Parisian middle school class; documentary in style, but beautifully wrought fiction.  Starring François Bégaudeau as the teacher, adapted in a screenplay based on his novel.  “An experiment in what democracy could be.” Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details. Opening February 6, 2009.

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR (The Wages of War). Presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. Movies are projected in French with English sub-titles  and with great Sony Dolby surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the  Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Organized and presented by Laurence Mazouni, an expert in French  Movies, a Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State and Lecturer at Stanford. Every MOVIE NIGHT includes the FILM, FOOD, FRENCH CONVERSATION , all with now a  highly qualified professional Moderator. The French Film Club of Palo Alto | c/o Palo Alto Art Center | 1313 Newell Ave | Palo Alto | CA | 94304. movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details. February 27, 2009.

XALA Sembene Satire.  7:00pm in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. In Senegalese writer/director Ousmane Sembene’s funniest film, a smug middle-aged businessman who already has two wives proposes to marry a third. On the wedding night he can’t perform and finds out that a xala – a hex – has been put on him. His increasingly desperate attempt to remove it gradually strip away all of the protective security of his class and status. (1974, 123 min., in French and Wolof w/English subtitles).  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details. February 20, 2009. 

YOUSSEF CHAHINE FILM RETROSPECTIVE,  presented in cooperation with the The Consulate General of Egypt, Press & Information Bureau In memory of the life and legacy of the celebrated late Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine, selected films will be screened free to the public, by the Alliance Française de San Francisco in partnership with the Egyptian Consulate Press & Information Bureau from January 26-31, 2009.  Mr. Chahine is a fixture of Egyptian cultural life. His films spanned six decades and he was recognized the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Chahine was one of the world’s most respected and admired Arab filmmakers. He passed away in July, 2008 at 82 years of age with an oeuvre of over 40 films. In honor of his great works, six of his most celebrated films will be presented from January 26 – 31, 2009 at the Alliance Française de San Francisco: 6:30 PM – Monday, January 26, 2009 – “DESTINY” (MASSIR, AL) (1997)*presented by David Giovacchini, Bibliographer for the Arts in the Islamic World at Stanford University Libraries and curator of the Middle East Film series at Stanford University.  6:30 PM – Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – “ALEXANDRIA, WHY?” (1978)  6:30 PM – Wednesday, January 28, 2009 – “HADDUTA MISRIJA (“AN EGYPTIAN STORY”) (1982)  6:30 PM – Thursday, January 29, 2009 – “ALEXANDRIA AGAIN” (1989)  6:30 PM – Friday, January 30, 2009 – “CAIRO STATION” (1958)*presented by Dr. Mohammad Salama, Assistant Professor of Foreign Language & Literature, Arabic Program Coordinator, San Francisco State University.  6:30 PM – Saturday, January 31, 2009 – “NASSER SALEH ELDIN’ (1963) January 26-31, 2009. 

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

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.

Through January 31, 2009.  FRANÇOIS MIGLIO presents FRACTAL SYNCRETIS – THE ART OF COMPLEXITY.  Artist’s statement:  Now we are ready to understand that we are part of an infinite and infinitly complex cosmic system.  To explore this complex system and our impact on it, we are also ready to share our different forms of knowledge, different experiences and thoughts from the multitude of cultures, spiritual traditions, and intellectual disciplines.  We are ready to break the walls of certitude, intolerance, and the narrow interests of the those holding powers over our lives. We are ready to open our minds.  My artistic proposition of "Fractal syncretism" is part of this stream of thought.  San Francisco Zen Center, City Center Art Lounge, 415.354.0386 for times available for viewing art show.

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.

January 31-April 26, 2009.  THE FACE OF OUR TIME at SFMOMA.  French-Moroccan photographer Yto Barrada will present her work, along with Leo Rubinfien, Judith Joy Ross and Guy Tillim.  Face of Our Time presents the work of four artists aligned for their shared interest in making pictures about the current condition of our world. Yto Barrada looks at the transformations occurring in northern Morocco as the area becomes a tourist destination and the local culture is disrupted. Guy Tillim's pictures, which focus on politics and community in a rapidly changing Africa, convey a palpable feeling of restlessness and intensity. Judith Joy Ross makes quiet but powerful portraits of Iraq war protestors in rural Pennsylvania. Leo Rubinfien photographs in cities that have recently experienced terrorist attacks; more than simple documentation, his pictures evoke a sense of what it is to live in an era of terrorism, shedding light on a new vulnerability we all share.  Yto Barrada will be in the bay area, February 26-28, 2009. Special events will be announced in our February newsletter.  Location: SFMOMA, 151 Third street, San Francisco  http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/378  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.

February 1 - April 25, 2009.  UNPREDICTABLE FUTURE WITH MIRCEA CANTOR, curated by SANDRA PERCIVAL.  Location: New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.  Supported by Etant Donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.

February 7-May 31, 2009.  ARTISTIC LUXURY:  FABERGE TIFFANY LALIQUE at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.  Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique is the first comparative study of the work of the three greatest jewelry and decorative arts designers at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique. Their rivalry found its stage at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris-the only exposition where all three showed simultaneously and where the work of each was prominently displayed. Some of their most elaborate designs for the Paris World's Fair are reunited for the first time in a gallery recreating the ambiance of this opulent international exposition. Looking critically at the development, design, and marketing of each firm, this exhibition explores how these designers responded to the demand for luxury goods in the years leading up to World War I.   Location: Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco  http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/index.asp

Through February 10, 2009.  LE MONDE DE CARICATURE 2. New works by Egyptian caricaturist Tamer Youssef. Vernissage/Opening reception Jan 31, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm, Runs through February 10, 2009 in cooperation with the The Consulate General of Egypt, Press & Information Bureau  The Alliance Francaise de San Francisco and the Egyptian Consulate Press & Information Bureau are proud to present an encore exposition of "Le Monde de Caricature" by renowned Egyptian caricaturist, Tamer Youssef, from January 31 through February 10, 2009, at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Mr. Youssef is the vice president of the Federation of Cartoonists Organizations (FECO). He is a creative cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer. His work has appeared in various newspapers and publications around the world, including Le Progrés Egyptien, The Egyptian Gazette, Live Colors, and Al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt as well as in publications in France, Romania and the United States. His work has been shown in Egypt, Korea, France, Cyprus and Taiwan. He is a member of the Egyptian Association for Caricature and the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI).

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 February 28, 2009.  SYNCHRONIES:  UNDERCURRENTS IN POSTWAR EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ABSTRACTION.  Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 250 Sutter St., SF.  415.362.7152 or http://hacketfreedman.com 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

Through May 31, 2009.  ARTISTIC LUXURY:  FABERGE, TIFFANY, LALIQUE, the first comparative study of the work of three jewelry designers from the early 20th century.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco.  415.863.3330 or http://www.legionofhonor.org for details.

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

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

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

On-going. GODOT. Works sy WILLIAM T. WILEY. Arion Press, 1802 Hays ST., the Presidio, SF. 415.668.2542 or http://www.arionpress.com for details. For more on the artist: http://www.arionpress.com/catalog/077.htm

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

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

CLASSES

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)

SPRING COURSES AT COLLEGE OF MARIN.  This semester College of Marin will be offering a full range of classes include F101 - Beginning French at the Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses, F102 - Beginning French Second Semester, F110 - Conversation, and French 204/225 - Intermediate/Advanced French. These classes are  transferable to a four-year university and cost only $20 per unit to enroll. We offer a day and evening classes to fit your needs, and welcome high school, college, and adult students. Classes start January 20. Contact deborah.levin@marin.edu for 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.

February 11-March 4, 2009.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS.  Presented by: Steve Rabinowitsh and Christine Piccin   This is a class for lovers of Paris. If you have been there many times or have not yet been there, this is the class for you! Steve has taught this class over ten times. He leads walking tours of Paris and will focus on the history and architecture of Paris and introduce his favorite neighborhoods. Christine, a professional chef, author, and lover of French cuisine, will present tastings of French recipes, wines and cheese. Must be 21 or older. Proof of age required.  Wed. February 11-March 4, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM   3 session class (No class on February 18)  Frank P. Doyle Library, Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Rm. 4245   Fee: $88.00   Sect.# 9113 Steve, SRJC instructor, has traveled extensively to Paris. Christine , a professional chef and confessed fanatique of la cuisine française, trains chefs in SRJC's Culinary Arts program and writes often about food and wine. Her past articles for FRANCE magazine have allowed her to taste her way through Cognac, help make Comté cheese in the French countryside, and practice the finer points of playing pétanque. She'll share tastings of French recipes, wines and cheese. Both will share information on markets and shopping etiquette, and their favorite Paris restaurants and shops.   Enroll online here:  https://busapp02.santarosa.edu/CommunityEducation/ListCourse.aspx?CourseVrsnNbr=00954605&ID=2009326&AvailToPublic=1  by Phone: Call (707) 527-4824, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please have your MasterCard or Visa ready. The system is voice-activated.  by Mail : Mail a completed registration form or photocopy with a check (made payable to SRJC) or your MasterCard or Visa number*, to Community Education Registration, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.  by FAX : FAX a completed registration form with MasterCard or Visa* information to (707) 527-4870, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  in Person : Register at the Community Education office, 1990 Armory Drive, corner of Armory Drive and Elliott Avenue, Santa Rosa campus, during business hours. Easy parking!

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!

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 2, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   M is For Mystery 7 pm  86 East Third Ave. San Mateo.  www.mformystery.com

March 3, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Book Passage 7pm 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera.  www.bookspassage.com

March 4, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Stacey's 12:30 SF 581 Market St. SF www.staceys.com

March 4, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   A Great Good Place For Books &pm 6120 LaSalle Ave Oakland.  www.ggpbooks.com

March 5, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.  The Booksmith 7:30 pm 1644 Haight St SF.www.booksmith.com

March 6-8, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monterey Dixieland Festival, Monterey.  We return to this great three day event in Monterey! we will play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA.  Ticket information: www.dixieland-monterey.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com.  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com.

March 6-15, 2009.  UC BERKELEY’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATER, DANCE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES presents: SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE (LE DINDON) by GEORGES FEYDEAU. In */Sauce for the Goose/ (/Le Dindon/)*, Georges Feydeau takes us to the heights of farcical frivolity as philandering Parisians struggle to conceal their indiscretions from their spouses. Slamming doors, bungled love affairs, vaudevillian antics, and barbed satire punctuate this outrageous comedy about love, lust, and marriage./ Le Dindon/ premiered in 1896 at Le Palais-Royal in Paris. It is considered one of Feydeau's major works. Directed by Christopher Herold March 6 (8pm), March 7 (8pm), March 8 (2pm), March 13 (8pm), March 14 (8pm), March 15 (2pm) Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Campus Tickets: $15.00 and $10.00 Tickets available through the TDPS Ticket Office at the Zellerbach Playhouse, at *510-642-8827* to charge by phone, at *tdps.berkeley.edu <http://tdps.berkeley.edu>*, and at the door for that day's performance.

March 7 & 8, 2009.  KIRIKOU & THE WILD BEASTS (Michel Ocelot, France, 2005).  A beautifully animated film, the sequel to “Kirikou & the Sorceress.”  Ages 7+.  In French with English subtitles read on the Rafael’s closed headphone system.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.org for details.

March 9, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.  www.towncenterbooks.com

March 9-13, 2009. 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.

March 10, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.  Metropolitan Club Luncheon, 11-1pm, 640 Sutter, SF.  Contact:  communications@metropolitanbluvsf.org for details.

March 10, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.   Bookshop West Portal 7pm 80 West Portal Ave SF  www.bookshopwestportal.com

March 13, 2009. THE FRENCH FILM SOCIETY OF PALO ALTO presents ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS. Movies are projected in French with English sub-titles and with great Sony Dolby  surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Every MOVIE NIGHT includes the FILM, FOOD, FRENCH CONVERSATION. A team of 7 Volunteers organizes everything for you and you can even buy your ticket online. We offer special discounts for Seniors and Students as well as for those  who want to buy a complete cycle at once. We all look forward to hearing from you and to meet you soon. Merci Max Bouchard and all Volunteers The French Film Club of Palo Alto. Important information Prices at the Door are: Adult $12.00 ; Senior $10.00 ; Student $8.00  * Buy your ticket online and save $2.00 * For more details, review, synopsis and more about the Club, go to our website  at The French Film of Palo Alto.  The French Film Club of Palo Alto | c/o Palo Alto Art Center | 1313 Newell Ave | Palo Alto | CA | 94304  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

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 17, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.   Keplers 7pm 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Parkwww.keplers.com

March 18, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.   Books Inc 7pm 1375 Burlingame Ave Burlingamewww.booksinc.net

March 18, 2009.  LES DEUX FACES DE SARKOZY:  LE PRESIDENT BLING-BLING, ET L’ACTIVISTE AU NIVEAU NATIONAL, EUROPEEN ET MONDIAL.  Presentation by Jacqueline Lindenfeld, organized by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Information:  707.543.8151.  Details to follow…

March 19, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.   Orinda Books Sisters In Crime Event 4pm 276 Village Sq. Orinda.  www.orindabooks.com

March 19, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton. French American School Dinner 6pm

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 22, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.   Napa Library 3pm 580 Coombs St. Napa www.co.napa.ca.us 

March 26, 2009.  THE HUMAN BEAST (“La Bete Humaine”).  Renoir Classic.  7:00 in Darwin 103 Friday, March 27 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 28 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall Between two great masterpieces GRAND ILLUSION and RULES OF THE GAME, Jean Renoir adapted Emile Zola’s novel and updated the story to the 1930’s. The genesis came from Jean Gabin’s desire to play a locomotive engineer, in this case Jacques Lantier, a man tainted with the bad blood of his ancestors. The story deals with a romantic triangle, but the human passions are stunningly complemented by Renoir’s location filming, bringing steam and sex together in a potent cocktail. With Simone Simon and Julien Carette. (1938, 105 min., in French with English subtitles) Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

March 27, 2009.  MADELEINE PEYROUX performs at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.  10th Anniversary SFJAZZ spring season.  http://www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.JAZZ for details.  8pm.

March 27, 2009. THE FRENCH FILM SOCIETY OF PALO ALTO presents LE SAMOURAI / THE SAMOURAI.  Movies are projected in French with English sub-titles and with great Sony Dolby  surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium. Every MOVIE NIGHT includes the FILM, FOOD, FRENCH CONVERSATION. A team of 7 Volunteers organizes everything for you and you can even buy your ticket online. We offer special discounts for Seniors and Students as well as for those  who want to buy a complete cycle at once. We all look forward to hearing from you and to meet you soon. Merci Max Bouchard and all Volunteers The French Film Club of Palo Alto. Important information Prices at the Door are: Adult $12.00 ; Senior $10.00 ; Student $8.00  * Buy your ticket online and save $2.00 * For more details, review, synopsis and more about the Club, go to our website  at The French Film of Palo Alto.  The French Film Club of Palo Alto | c/o Palo Alto Art Center | 1313 Newell Ave | Palo Alto | CA | 94304  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

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

March 28, 2009.  "CARAVAGGIO (1571-1610): THE MASTER OF DARKNESS".  Présentation en français.  Café Musée (CCSF/Ocean Campus).  9:30am-12:30pm.  CCSF (Visual Arts Building, Rm. V114).  Contact: rmorel@ccsf.edu

Spring 2009.  CHERI, starting Michelle Pfeiffer in Colette’s 1920s novel.  Details to follow…

April 2 & 3, 2009.  TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (“Don’t Touch the Loot”) .  French Gangsters.  4/2:  7:00pm in Darwin 103; 4/3 at 7:00pm in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  “Over-the-hill gangland buddies Jean Gabin and René Dary have just pulled the heist of a lifetime: enough grisbi (loot) to give them both a cushy retirement. But when Dary’s two-timing moll Jeanne Moreau spills the beans to drug-dealing bad guy Lino Ventura, it’s time for a showdown with guns and grenades on a deserted country road.” – Film Forum (1954, Jacques Becker, 90 min., in French with English subtitles). Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

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

April 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 6-10, 2009. 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.

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 7, 2009.  GENOCIDE OF THE TUTSIS IN RWANDA presented by survivor MATHILDE MUKATABANA, President, FORA:  Friends of Rwanda Association.  Part of the 26th Annual Sonoma State University Lecture Series.  4pm-5:40pm, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Contact:  alliance@sonoma.edu for details.

April 9, 2009.  THE BRIDE WORE BLACK.  Hitchcock Homage . 7:00pm in Darwin 103 Francois Truffaut's stylish and suspenseful homage to Hitchcock stars a stone-faced Jeanne Moreau tracking down and killing (each in a unique way) the five men responsible for her husband's accidental death. The film features an eerie, atmospheric musical score from Bernard Herrmann, and is beautifully photographed by Raoul Coutard. (1968, 107 min, in French w/English subtitles). Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

April 10-11, 2009.  COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, the sexually provocative, fearlessly primarl company from MONTREAL returns to San Francisco with two erotically charged classics, RITE OF SPRING and AFTERNOON OF A FAUN.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Novellus Theater.  http://www.ybca.org for details.

April 14, 2009.AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.  San Francisco Public Library.  6:30.  100 Larkin St., SF.  Contact jjasper@sfpl.org for details.

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 16, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.  South San Francisco Library.  6pm.  840 West Orange Ave., SSF.  www.ssflibrary.net for details.

April 17, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.  Los Altos Library.  4pm.  Los Altos.  http://www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos

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.  ATHALIA, Handel’s great biblical oratorio based on the play of the same name by JEAN RACINE, is performed by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  Featuring Dominique Labelle as the evil queen.  Various locations; details to follow. 415.392.4400 or http://www.philharmonia.org for details.

April 19, 2009.  GERALD HIRIGOYEN & LISA WEISS talk about PINTXOS:  SMALL PLATES IN THE BASQUE TRADITION at Piperade Restaurant in San Francisco.  Organized by Book Passage’s Cooks with Books.  1510 Battery St., SF.  $100 per person, book included.  Seating limited.  12pm lunch.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at Book Passage (in Corte Madera or in the SF Ferry Building).

April 20, 2009.  THE HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE:  THREE PERSPECTIVES features, among the three, MATHILDE MUKANTABANA, a Sacramento professor whose family were victims of the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda.  Congregation Shomrei Torah’s 2009 Yom Hashoah Memorial Observance, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.  7pm.

April 22-26, 2009.  PAUL JACOBS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  The exuberant and gifted young organist solos in POULENC’s ORGAN CONCERTO under guest conductor YAN PASCAL TORTELIER.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 23 & 26, 2009.  LE CERCLE ROUGE.  “One of the all-time exercises in cinematic cool.” – New York Daily News Thursday, April 23 7:00 in Darwin 103 / Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall Impassive faces, snap-brim hats, dangling cigarettes, sunglasses after dark, raincoats without rain, nightclub floor shows, and a prologue quote from an ersatz Indian mystic. We’re unmistakably in the milieu of Melville (Army of Shadows), here bringing together four archetypal tough guys for their appointment with destiny. The outstanding cast includes Yves Montand and Alain Delon. “A deluxe piece of heist film engineering. Melville provides a satisfying payoff for the audience, if not the characters—according to the hardboiled karma of the plot, everyone winds up philosophical or dead. A virtuoso display of the geometry of movie action, from the red circle of chalk Delon uses on a pool cue to the slashing lines he cuts in his blocky American car.” - The New Yorker (1970, Jean-Pierre Melville, 150 min., in French w/English subtitles). Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

April 30, 2009.  LEON, THE PROFESSIONAL.  French Gangsters in New York City .   7:00pm in Darwin 103. Two years after it was first released, Luc Besson came out with this extended version of his international hit Leon (released as The Professional in the U.S.). 24 minutes of footage was added to the stylish tale of a hit-man (Jean Reno) who becomes an unlikely friend to a 12-year-old girl (Natalie Portman) as he shoots it out with the police and a maniacal gangster, played in typically unrestrained fashion by Gary Oldman. (1994/1996, 132 mins.) Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

May 2, 2009.   "PICASSO AND THE MASTERS." Présentation en français.  Café Musée (CCSF/Ocean Campus).  9:30am-12:30pm.  CCSF (Visual Arts Building, Rm. V114).  Contact: rmorel@ccsf.edu

May 4-8, 2009. 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.

May 7 & 8, 2009.  CARMEN JONES . 7:00pm in Darwin 103.  Friday, May 8 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall Bizet's opera Carmen was transposed and transported from Spain to a Jacksonville, Florida army base in the forties, the libretto rewritten by Oscar Hammerstein II for an all black-American cast. Dorothy Dandridge is Carmen, and the rest of the cast includes Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey and Brock Peters. (1954, Otto Preminger, 105 minutes) Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html 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 14 & 15, 2009.  KARMEN GEI. Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 in Darwin 103 Friday, May 15 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall “Joseph Gai Ramaka has taken Bizet's Carmen and, in his own words, "plunged it into the magical and chaotic urbanity of an African city in the twenty–first century." Karmen Geï is a breathtakingly lavish spectacle, eloquently translated into ancient and contemporary Senegalese musical forms, the elegant cinematography offering up a parade of vivid images.” – PFA (2001, 86 mins., in French and Wolof with English subtitles) Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

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

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

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

May 21, 2009. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses MURIEL BARBERY'S LA GOURMANDISE. Please contact the office if you want the book ordered for you: 707.829.7239 or email pkoneazny@earthlink.net for details. 613 Fourth St., Suite 200, Santa Rosa, or info@afsantarosa.org .

May 23-June 21, 2009.  MISANTHROPE.  Based on MOLIERE’s classic comedy about a man who hates the world; a revival of the Central Works play written by Gary Greaves.  Central Works at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue (between Telegraph & Shattuck), Berkeley.  510.558.1381 or http://centralworks.org for details.  Note:  The City Club dining room offers a 10% discount to Central Works patrons, Thursday through Saturday.  Call 510.848.7800 for dinner reservations.  $20.

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 8-12, 2009. 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.

June 9-10, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the eighth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.   Town Center Books 7pm 555 Main St. Pleasanton.  Foothill College Author Series noon  http://www.foothill.edu/index.php

June 9-13, 2009.  THE BLUE DRAGON, by Canadian director ROBERT LEPAGE. Canada's boundary-breaking theatrical genius returns with another must-see event, following the debut of his critically acclaimed The Andersen Project last June, "one of the highlights of the year" (San Francisco Chronicle). Exploring the effervescent paradox that is modern China and performed by Lepage himself, Marie Michaud, and dancer Tai Wei Foo, The Blue Dragon bears all the hallmarks of Lepage's original, brilliant, and highly visual style.  In co-production with La Comète (scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne); La Filature, Scène Nationale de Mulhouse; MC2: Maison de la Culture de Grenoble; and Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal, and Cal Performances.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Playhouse, $75. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2008/theater/em.php

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

June 20, 2009.  ALLEN TOUSSAINT performs at Herbst Theatre. 10th Anniversary SFJAZZ spring season.  http://www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.JAZZ for details.  8pm.

July 6-10, 2009. 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.

August 3-7, 2009. 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.

September 7-11, 2009. 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.

October 5-9, 2009. 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.

November 9-13, 2009. 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.

December 7-11, 2009. 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.

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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