February 26-March 3, 2009

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February & March Events

Opening February 26, 2009.  EVENING OF LOVE, including a short play by southern Louisiana / Cajun writer ANNE GALJOUR.  Benefit for Z Space.  $75-$100.  Word for Word actors read.  6pm reception and silent auction; 8pm perfomances.  Green Room, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.  800.838.3006 or http://www.zspace.org or http://www.brownpapertickets.com for details.

February 26, 2009.  THE URBAN MINIATURE & THE FEUILLETON IN KRACAUER & BENJAMIN.  The Comparative Literature Department is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Weisinger Lecturer:  Andreas Huyssen Villard Professor of German & Comparative Literature, Columbia University  "The Urban Miniature & the Feuilleton in Kracauer & Benjamin"  Thursday, February 26, 5 pm Townsend Center  Geballe Room University of California, Berkeley  Professor Huyssen will discuss Kracauer's scattered urban  miniatures, collected in the 1960s under the title Strassen in  Berlin und anderswo with those of Benjamin's Einbahnstrasse as  distinct contributions to a mode of modernist feuilleton writing in  the Baudelairean tradition. The modernist miniature emerged as an  experimental literary space to test new metropolitan perceptions in  the context of the breakdown of boundaries between the visual and  verbal arts and the rise of new technological image media.  Comparative Literature and French Administrative Unit 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580 Berkeley, CA 94720-2580  510.642.2712  http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/

February 26, 2009.  FRENCH CONVERSATION, MEETING AND DINNER ~ RENDEZ-VOUS ‘CHEZ PIERRE.  7330 Redwood Blvd a Novato. Au cours de la soirée, lila Sparks-Daniels , photographe, nous présentera ses photos, nous fera partager sa passion pour la photographie et nous parlera de son livre consacré à Paris "Being in Paris" .    http://chezpierremarin.com/events.aspx  7:00pm   If you are a beginner, don't feel afraid to try to talk, we will be understanding and encouraging and helpful.  Please confirm who is coming - and reserve your seat  We will set a big table for a group dinner  call me at (415) 408-1134 or email me: isa206@hotmail.fr

February 26, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon. No cover charge, but reservation is advised if you'd like to be seated in the bar area Where you will find a dining experience like no other. You'll discover fine Southern Italian food, a full-bar, eclectic live-music, special events, and views to-die-for, all waiting for you in a beautiful waterfront setting. Come to where the locals relax and dine! 7:00 - 10:00pm 9 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920 Phone (415) 435-2676 www.servino.com or www.fourgo.com or www.laurentfourgo.com .

February 26 & 27, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PHYLLIS C. WATTIS COMPOSER RESIDENCY features ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER performing RAVEL’S VALSES NOBLES ET SENTIMENTALES and LA VALSE.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, San Francisco.  $35-$130.  8pm. 

February 26 and 28, 2009.  JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES.  SFMOMA screens the last film in the CHANTAL AKERMAN series, with the filmmaker in attendance at Saturday’s screening.  SFMOMA, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.  7pm Thursday, 1pm Saturday.  $8.  Phyllis Wattis Theatre. 

February 26-28, 2009.  FEARLESS:  STRAND RELEASING TURNS 20 AT YBCA.  For twenty years, Strand Releasing has been perhaps the boldest, most risk-taking film distributor in the country. Among other titles released by Strand and presented at the YBCA screening room are French titles :  SEUL CONTRE TOUS (I Stand Alone, Dir. Gaspar Noé, 1998, 81 min), February 27, 7:30 pm  AVANT QUE J’OUBLIE (Before I Forget, Dir. Jacques Nolot, 2007, 108 min) and PORM THEATER (Dir. Jacques Nolot, 2007, 108 min)  February 28, 7:00pm & 9:15pm DOUBLE FEATURE Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission St., San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/film/

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.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Cindy.  Je vous invite très cordialement à une soirée chez moi le vendredi 27 février vers 19h. Je pense faire quelques tartes salées, salades, etc. Merci d'emmener ce dont vous avez envie de manger ou bien de boire pour compléter. Les enfants sont les bienvenues.  Merci d'RSVP si possible, soit par cerclefrancais email sois par telephone (707 547-7799). Mais si vous vous décidez de venir au dernier moment, venez donc – the more the merrier. J'habite Windsor depuis peu -- pour ceux qui ne le connaissent pas, c'est une jolie petite ville juste au nord de Santa Rosa, très facile d'accès.  Téléphone: 707.547.7799.

February 27, 2009.  CHACUN SA NUIT.  San Francisco State University, Coppola Theatre, 1600 Holloway, SF.  415.738.9920 or http://www.sfsutournees.xtreemhost.com for details.  7:30pm.

February 27, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, Alameda.  A rare opportunity to see us at this great East Bay dance venue! 3205 Alameda Ave., Alameda.  9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).

February 27, 2009. YTO BARADA at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 7:30pm.

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, 2009.  UN SECRET / A SECRET (Miller, 2008). François is a sickly child who doesn't fit in at school or at home. Lonely, he plays with his imaginary brother and dreams up an idealized past for his secretive parents. When he becomes a teenager, an old friend of his parents reveals to him his family's deep and tragic secret, which goes back to the Second World War and the French Occupation. The devastating truth allows François to find himself at last and reconnect with his parents. Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

February 27 & 28, 2009.  JORDI SAVALL AND LE CONCERT DES NATIONS, featuring the work of 17th & 18th century composers.  First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.  510.848.3696.  $52.  8pm. (Saturday's performance involves music for Shakespeare's plays; Friday's concert includes LULLY and more.)

February 27 & 28, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK (Pleasant Hill).  7:00pm-11:00pm 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Phone: (925) 288-1222 www.LeftBank.com  No Cover Charge.

February 27 & 28, 2009.  CINEQUEST SAN JOSE FILM FESTIVAL.   Among other titles is French production A Police Romance (Un roman policier, Dir. Stéphane Duvivier, 2008, 96 min.), February 27, 10:15pm & February 28, 4:15pm http://www.cinequest.org/

February 27-March 1, 2009.  BONHAMS AND BUTTERFIELDS conducts an auction of THE ANTOMIO AND LILIANE MARIANI COLLECTION OF EUROPEAN AND ENGLISH FURNITURE, DECORATIVE ARTS AND PAINTINGS.  1.800.223.2854 or http://www.bonhams.com/us for details.

Through February 28, 2009.  ONE-TWO PUNCH:  PULP WRITERS ON FILM. One-Two Punch ducks and weaves around four great pulp writers-Fredric Brown, Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, and Cornell Woolrich-reveling in their adaptations to film.  Among other films is ALAIN CORNEAU’s SERIE NOIRE (France, 1979, 110 min.), February 21, 8:30pm.  Film introduced by Bay Area-based film critic Dennis Harvey.  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

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. SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, AND LALIQUE.  Docent lecture offered by Marsha Holm. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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.  FRENCH DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER MAÏMOUNA at Bollywood Café.  6:00-10:00pm Join in for an evening of upbeat, high energy urban African dance, rooted in traditions of the Diaspora, by Maïmouna Coulibaly, a dancer/choreographer playwright from paris. The evening will include a lecture with excerpts from her play, as well as dance performances by Maïmouna. She will be joined by local Bay Area performers, including Joti Singh (Bhangra and West African dance), Lucia Comnes (singer and violonist). Maïmouna's dance theater production "Ehhh Mariamou" will come to san Francisco's dance Mission in September 2009. Location: Bollywood café, 3372 19th Street (at Mission), San Francisco  http://lesambianceuses.com/

February 28 2009.  LÊ QUAN NINH & MICHEL DONEDA DUO.  At ODC Theater 8:00pm Percussion and saxophone from France Location: ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St, San Francisco http://odcdance.org/events.php

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

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

March 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.  SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, AND LALIQUE.  Docent lecture offered by Marsha Holm. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

March 3, 2009.  FABERGE:  TREASURES TO BEHOLD. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.   2pm.

March 3, 2009.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO performs at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

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 3, 2009.  JEROME BEL PICHET KLUNCHUN AND MYSELF.  YBCA and Dancers Group present Jérôme Bel Pichet Klunchun and Myself. with Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun, a master of the classical thon form. Through a lively mix of physical demonstration and high-spirited verbal debate, Bel and Klunchun go on an eloquent and often humorous quest to understand each other's dance styles and traditions. Bel plays the rumpled postmodernist, while his foil, the supremely serene Klunchun, laments how his exacting art form-governed by precise rules for centuries-risks becoming a tourist attraction. Pichet Klunchun and Myself is a witty, clear-eyed and moving exploration of art across cultural divides.  "One of the most charismatic and galvanizing choreographers working today." - Claudia La Rocco, New York Times Location: YBCA, Novellus Theater, 701 Mission street, San Francisco http://www.ybca.org/performance/ YBCA acknowledges the generous support of the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco 8:00pm.  Bay Area debut - One show only! Location: YBCA, Novellus Theater, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco.

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.  THE RED WINES OF FRANCE, AN INTRODUCTION.  Wine appreciation class.   The French Cellar announces the first in a series of twenty Wine Appreciation Classes for the year 2009.  "The Red Wines of France" offers an introduction to eight basic and affordable regional reds from Burgundy to Bordeaux, the Rhône to Provence, and Alsace to the Loire, will be held Wednesday March 4th at 7:00 PM, at 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos.  Cost is $60 per person, including a light buffet of French cheeses, pâte and fruit.  For further information and a class schedule, call 354-0993 or visit us on the web at www.thefrenchcellar.com

March 4, 2009. KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS.  Special screening of Kirikou and the Sorceress with Director Michel Ocelot in attendance.  6:00pm.  Location: Landmark's Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

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.  PROFESSOR OLIVIER ROY, from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and visiting professor at UC-Berkeley, presents a lecture entitled THE POLITICS OF CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.  Center for Middle Eastern studies, UC Berkeley, Sultan room of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 340 Stephens Hall.  5-6:30pm  http://cmes.berkeley.edu/

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 5, 2009.  PARIS, UN VOYAGE DANS LE TEMPS & CHOCOLATE AWAKENING.   Join Leonard Pitt in an extraordinary evening of Paris , Un voyage dans le temps & Chocolate Awakening 6:30pm Fundraising event organized by the French American Cultural Society  Leonard's new book Paris, un Voyage Dans le Temps came out last October in Paris to rave reviews. Join him in an excursion through his book to see how Paris has evolved through the years. In this Powerpoint show you'll see Place Maubert transform, rue Beaubourg appear, Les Halles disappear and Haussmann's plan to carve up the Marais.  Then we'll move on to the hard work of the evening - chocolate tasting! Leonard, founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will have a selection of bars of premium dark chocolate to sample. Liking chocolate is one thing. Tasting a variety of chocolate and comparing them is a revelatory experience. We'll taste, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy.    Call 415- 5914902 or email us at contact@facs-sf.org for more info. Cost: $50.00 per person  Location: Residence de France, 2570 Jackson street, San Francisco (valet parking)  http://facssf.wordpress.com/events/

March 5-7, 2009.  MARTHA ARGERICH, piano, performs RAVEL and more with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONYhttp://sfsymphony.org for details.

March 6, 2009.  MARIUS & JEANNETTE (dir. Guédiguian,1997).  College of Marin International Film Festival.  Subtitled.  7pm, in Olney Hall 96 on the Kentfield Campus.  Open to all; free!

March 6, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Valérie.  nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

March 6-7, 2009.  EARLY MODERN / POST MODERN CONFERENCE:  THE INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY AND EARLY-MODERN THOUGHT. UC-Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall, Room 370 (level F)  Friday, March 6:  9:45 am Opening Remarks  10 am to 12 noon  Bruce Holsinger (Virginia):   Medieval Modernity  Maura Nolan (Berkeley):   Medieval and Renaissance Style  2 pm to 4 pm  Jane Newman (Irvine):   Auerbach's Pascal  Angela Capodivacca (Yale):   Curiosity and Wonder  4 pm Public Reception  Saturday, March 7:  10 am to 12 noon  Victoria Kahn (Berkeley):   Spinoza, Strauss, Schmitt  Nancy Levene (Indiana):   Spinoza, Stevens, Scripture  2 pm to 4 pm  Jonathan Kramnick (Rutgers):   Problems of Consciousness  David Bates (Berkeley):   Cartesian Robotics  4:15 pm to 5:15 pm  Jonathan Sheehan (Berkeley):   Closing Remarks & Wrap-Up Discussion    Sponsored By: The Departments of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Italian,  French, the Dean of Humanities, the Center for British Studies, and  the Townsend Center for the Humanities  Comparative Literature and French Administrative Unit 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580 Berkeley, CA 94720-2580  510.642.2712 (Paget) for details. http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/

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 6-12, 209.  AZUR ET AZMAR, the latest animated film by MICHEL OCELOT, opens exclusively at Landmark’s Opera Plaza, SF.

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 7-April 25, 2009.  THE FUTURE OF THE PAST:  UTOPIA / DYSTOPIA, 1965-1984 at SFMOMA. Presented in conjunction with the architecture and design exhibition Patterns of Specualtion: J. MAYER H., this film series explores the rich cinematic history of imagining the future. Among other films are French productions and co-productions :  Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage, Dir. René Laloux, 1973, 72 min.): April 2, 7:00pm & April 4, 3:00pm;   Alphaville (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 99 min.): April 16, 7:00pm & April 25, 1:00pm;   Fahrenheit 451 (Dir. François Truffaut (1966, 112 min.): April 18, 3:00pm & April 23, 7:00pm.  Location: SFMoMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third street, San Francisco  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy  http://www.sfmoma.org/

March 8, 2009.  TO PARIS FROM ST. PETERSBURG:  COLLABORATIONS.  Selected students from the Instrumental Repertoire and Chamber Music Ensembles join studio faculty for this special chamber music concert.  Music by RAVEL and Stravinsky.  Sonoma State University, Ives Concert Hall 119, 1801 E.  Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Free.  7:30pm.

March 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.bafoe.org. Registration is   quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and   Europhiles can meet and make friends."

March 9, 2009.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON WITH BETH COBERT. The FACCSF, French-American International School, and SF Bay Accueil are pleased to present a Women in Business Luncheon with Beth Cobert. She is a Director (Senior Partner) of McKinsey & Company's SF office, the leading global management consulting firm. She has worked on a variety of strategic, marketing and organizational issues for institutions in the financial services, health care, private equity and social sectors. Her clients include major institutions in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  A member of McKinsey's Women's Initiative Committee, Beth is also active in a variety of community and non-profit organizations. She serves on the boards of the United Way of the Bay Area, SF Ballet, and SF Chamber of Commerce.  12:00-2:00 PM  Carnelian Room · San Francisco $50 Members / $55 Non-Members / $65 At the door Register Now : http://www.faccsf.com/Events/WIBMarch09.htm

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 12-May 2, 2009.  THRILLPEDDLERS presents AUDACIOUS ARTEFACTS:  PARISIAN GRAND GUIGNOL. Terror plays and sex farces from the repertory of the famed Parisian institution of the early twentieth century. Previews March 12, 13, and 14. Opening Thursday, March 19, and then continuing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through May 2, 2009 at the Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street (between Bryant and Division), San Francisco. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com (800-838-3006) $15 - $30 general admission $69 for "Shock Box" seats (admits two).

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 13, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform with MARCIA BALL at McNear’s Mystic Theatre & Music Ball, 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma.  707.765.2121 or http://www.mcnears.com for details.

March 13, 2009.  FRIDAY 6.5:  JAMES CONLON & JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET at San Francisco Symphony. 6:30pm James Franz Liszt, superstar pianist, meets a modern counterpart in Thibaudet. James Conlon, LA Opera's music director, has conducted in the world's greatest opera houses. He brings us music from the opera that sparked Stalin's campaign against Shostakovich.  Program: Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2   Shostakovich (arr. Conlon), Suite from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District  Location: Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco  http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/event.aspx?eventid=27338

March 14, 2009.  A FRENCH AFFAIRE, including music by RAVEL and DEBUSSY. 8pm First Congregational Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz.  Tel: 831.429.1973  Ravel - Quartet in F Major Debussy - Cello Sonata.  An evening of music, art, and theater featuring guest lecturers, musicians and actors, presenting French Life and Culture between 1850-1950. We will explore the artistic correlation and significance of this period, guided by special guests/lecturers including: SUSAN HILLHOUSE of the Museum of Art and History, Mosaic Theater Group, and Pianist ALBERTO RUFOLS of the Santa Cruz Cultural Council. For more infomation: http://www.scmusic.org Tickets are: General $20; Senior $15; Students with ID $10  Available at: Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz. By Phone: 1.800.838.3006 Online: http://www.scmusic.org

March 14, 2009.  DEBORAH KUHL performs with special guest ARAM BOYD.  8-11pm First Street Cafe, Benicia www.firststreetcafe.com  440 First Street, Benicia Piano, vocals, with special guest, Aram Boyd on the amazing space horn! For information on the artist, www.deborahkuhl.com 

March 14, 2009.  THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS & INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW.  The Sonoma & Mendocino Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is  offering a free, 4 hour course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the  Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how  International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today.  This certified course, developed by the national office of the American  Red Cross, will be offered on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.  To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of  charge.

March 15, 2009.  FAURE’S REQUIEM with SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY CHORALE. 7:30pm  Led by Vance George, one of the most celebrates choral conductors of our time, the Chorale will perform Fauré's warm, richly colored Requiem.  The Chorale will be accompanied by members of Symphony Silicon Valley and nationally renowned organist Jonas Nordwall, often heard on the PBS series "Pipe Dreams." Additional works will be added to this program.   Location: California Theatre, 345 S First street, San Jose   http://www.symphonysiliconvalley.org/

March 16, 2009.  KAP BAMBINO performs (electronic) at 330 Ritch, Location: 360 Ritch street, San Francisco http://www.330ritch.com/

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 Park www.keplers.com

March 17, 2009.  RAQUEL BITTON’s NEW CD “BOLEROS,” an extraordinary French-Latin Jazz album celebrating the music of Armando Manzanero, Consuelo Velasquez, Augustin Lara, Wello Rivas, Isolina Carrillo, Don Fabián, Joaquin Rodrigo, Osvaldo Farrés and other legendary composers.  Raquel Bitton sings in both Spanish and French and is accompanied by a lush 30 piece orchestra featuring a number of top Latin Jazz musicians including Ramon Stagnaro on acoustic Guitar (Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel.) Cuban Timbalists Orestes Vilato (Santana  Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades), Jesus Diaz  (Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo Orchestra.) and Rebeca Mauleon on Piano (Santana, Cachao, JoeHenderson, Mickey Hart) Preorder at www.amazon.com  Sparrow Productions Inc. www.raquelbitton.com

March 17, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.ashkenaz.com

March 17-27, 2009.  TIBURON FILM FESTIVAL. The Tiburon Film Festival will present DELICE PALOMA (Dir. Nadir Moknèche, France, 2007, 134 min.), LA FRANCE (dir. Serge Bozon, France, 2007, 102 min.) and DANS LA VIE (Dir : Philippe Faucon, France, 2007, 73 min.)  http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com/

March 18, 2009.  THE RED WINES OF BURGUNDY, AN INTRODUCTION.   The French Cellar announces the second in a series of twenty Wine Appreciation Classes for the year 2009.  "The Red Wines of Burgundy" offers an introduction to the affordable Pinot Noirs of the most prominent villages in Burgundy, and will be held Wednesday March 18th at 7:00 PM, at 32 East Main Street in Los Gatos.  Cost is $60 per person, including 8 Pinot Noirs and a light buffet of French cheeses, pâte and fruit.  For further information and a class schedule call 354-0993 or visit us on the web at www.thefrenchcellar.com.  Celebrate with us our 11th year in business!

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 Burlingame www.booksinc.net

March 18, 2009.   LES DEUX FACES DE SARKOZY: LE PRESIDENT "BLING-BLING", ET L'ACTIVISTE AU NIVEAU NATIONAL, EUROPEEN ET MONDIAL. Lecture by anthropologist Jacqueline Lindenfeld, PhD. Organized by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. 6:30pm at Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa. AFSR members free, others $8. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Reservations preferred. Information: (707)543-8151.

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, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Barbara & Eric.  nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

March 20, 2009.   BUSY P performs (electronic) at Mezzanine.  444 Jessie street, San Francisco  http://www.mezzaninesf.com/calendar.asp

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.

Through March 21, 2009.  NO EXIT, by JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, performed by Expression Productions at NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa, SF.  Thursday-Saturday, 8pm.  http://www.noexitonstage.com for details.  $10-$25. 

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.  ROSSETTI STRING QUARTET performs RAVEL and more.  Creative State, San Francisco State University, McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Bldg..  Free.  http://creativearts.sfsu.edu or 415.338.2467 for detais.

March 22, 2009. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE. Meet other internationally-  minded Europeans and Europhiles 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.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY   AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and   make friends."

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 25, 2009.  HERMAN DUNE (rock) performs at Rickshaw Stop  Location: 155 Fell street, San Francisco  http://www.rickshawstop.com/ .

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. 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, 2009.  MADELEINE PEYROUX performs in the 10th Anniversary SFJazz spring season.  http://sfjazz.org or 415.788.7353 for details.  Palace of the Fine Arts Theatre.  8pm.

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

March 27-April 2, 2009.  BALLERINA, A PORTRAIT OF FIVE EXCEPTIONAL RUSSIAN BALLERINAS.  In limited release on the West Coast (French dir. Bertrand Normand, 80 Minutes, Color, 2006, English Narration, Russian dialogue w/English Subtitles) Ballerina presents the beautiful portrait of five ballerinas from Russia's renowned Mariinsky Theatre, (formerly known as the Kirov). These premiere dance artists leap from rehearsal halls to international stages as they re-invent classical ballet and enchant audiences worldwide in this "surprisingly intimate portrait of what it means to be a ballerina" (Time Out New York).  The Kirov Theatre has produced many of the world's finest choreographers and dancers including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikael Baryshnikov, and Natalia Makarova.  Now, The Mariinsky Theatre, under the artistic direction of the legendary Valery Gergiev, brings us to a new generation of rising stars: Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina and Evgenia Obraztsova - tough, insightful and exceptionally talented women, each with her own personal hopes, dreams and career-changing challenges.   San Francisco, CA Landmark Opera Plaza; Berkeley, CA Landmark Shattuck.

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

March 28, 2009.  DICTEE DE LA BAIE, organisée par San Francisco  Bay  Accueil, avec la participation des écoles françaises de la  Baie,  l'Alliance Française de Berkeley, des Consulats généraux de France, de  Suisse et du Canada. 13h30.  Evènement gratuit, ouvert  à tous les francophones  et francophiles de 6 à 99 ans. Dictées par niveaux, en fonction des  inscriptions. Remise de prix et goûter. Cette  année, la dictée se  tiendra l'Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. Les enfants seront regroupés par  niveau scolaire, du CE1 à la  terminale et les adultes en 2 ou 3  catégories, débutants, intermédiaires et  avancés. Inscription  obligatoire avant le 20 mars par email,  téléphone ou fax auprès de  Christine Lemor-Drake.  christine@appletopomme.com tél  (415)292-7227  Fax(415)292-7247. Pour chaque candidat, nous avons besoin  du nom, de  l'âge au 28 mars, de l'email, du téléphone et  du niveau de français. // San Francisco Bay Accueil, a  French non-profit organization for  French and Francophone, supported by  the French, Swiss and Canadian  Consulates, is organizing a "Dictée" in San  Francisco on March 28th  2009, to celebrate the month of "Francophonie" in the  world. After a  few years at the Alliance  Française, the success of this  entertaining  and educational event has forced us to host it somewhere  else bigger.  For this 6th edition of the "Dictée de la Baie", we will be  hosted by  the Ecole Bilingue of Berkeley, next to Ashby exit. The event will start  at 1:30 and should last about 3 hours and will honor Switzerland. For questions and sign up,  Christine Lemor-Drake.   christine@appletopomme.com tél  (415)292-7227 Fax(415)292-7247.

March 28, 2009.  SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, LALIQUE.  Docent lecture, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 1pm.

Through May 6, 2009. FILM 50:  HISTORY OF CINEMA. Pacific Film Archive, January 21 - May 6 PFA and the UC Berkeley Film Studies Program co-present the film-lecture course Film 50, now in its seventeenth year. An undergraduate course designed for non-film majors, Film 50 is open to the public as space permits.  Among other titles is François Truffaut's LES 400 COUPS / The 400 Blows (France, 1959), March 4, 3:00pm;  MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson, France, 1966), March 11, 3:00pm;  LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR / Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle, France, 1971), March 18, 3 :00pm;  PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France, 2007), April 29, 3 :00pm;  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA,  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

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.

ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS. Presented by the French Film Society 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. 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 13, 2009.

AVANT QUE J’OUBLIE (Nolot, 2007).  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details.

AZUR ET AZMAR, the latest animated film by MICHEL OCELOT, opens exclusively at Landmark’s Opera Plaza, SF. March 6-12, 2009. 

BALLERINA, A PORTRAIT OF FIVE EXCEPTIONAL RUSSIAN BALLERINAS.  In limited release on the West Coast (French dir. Bertrand Normand, 80 Minutes, Color, 2006, English Narration, Russian dialogue w/English Subtitles) Ballerina presents the beautiful portrait of five ballerinas from Russia's renowned Mariinsky Theatre, (formerly known as the Kirov). These premiere dance artists leap from rehearsal halls to international stages as they re-invent classical ballet and enchant audiences worldwide in this "surprisingly intimate portrait of what it means to be a ballerina" (Time Out New York).  The Kirov Theatre has produced many of the world's finest choreographers and dancers including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikael Baryshnikov, and Natalia Makarova.  Now, The Mariinsky Theatre, under the artistic direction of the legendary Valery Gergiev, brings us to a new generation of rising stars: Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina and Evgenia Obraztsova - tough, insightful and exceptionally talented women, each with her own personal hopes, dreams and career-changing challenges.   San Francisco, CA Landmark Opera Plaza; Berkeley, CA Landmark Shattuck. March 27-April 2, 2009. 

LA BETE HUMAINE / THE HUMAN BEAST 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 26, 2009. 

CHACUN SA NUIT.  San Francisco State University, Coppola Theatre, 1600 Holloway, SF.  415.738.9920 or http://www.sfsutournees.xtreemhost.com for details.  7:30pm. February 27, 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.

CINEQUEST SAN JOSE FILM FESTIVAL.   Among other titles is French production A Police Romance (Un roman policier, Dir. Stéphane Duvivier, 2008, 96 min.), February 27, 10:15pm & February 28, 4:15pm http://www.cinequest.org/ February 27 & 28, 2009. 

ENTRE LES MURS / THE CLASS.Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and France's submission this year for Oscar consideration this flawless work from director Laurent Cantet dramatizes a year in a Parisian middle-school class. While documentary in style, it is fiction wrought beautifully from life, starring François Bégaudeau as the teacher in a screenplay he adapted from his own autobiographical novel. Over the course of this thoroughly absorbing film, we observe (and are involved in) the give-and-take between François and his multi-ethnic class, and we come to sense what the director describes as "an experiment in what democracy could be." Capturing eloquently the reality of teenagers in multicultural France, this remarkable film transcends the "classroom" genre to become an authentic microcosm of the world today.  Writer: François Bégaudeau. Director: Laurent Cantet.  (France 2008) 128 min. In French with English subtltles.Directed by LAURENT CANTET.  Rafael, San Rafael; Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.    Reviewed in the February 13, 2009 Pacific Sun, p.28.

FEARLESS:  STRAND RELEASING TURNS 20 AT YBCA.  For twenty years, Strand Releasing has been perhaps the boldest, most risk-taking film distributor in the country. Among other titles released by Strand and presented at the YBCA screening room are French titles :  SEUL CONTRE TOUS (I Stand Alone, Dir. Gaspar Noé, 1998, 81 min), February 27, 7:30 pm  AVANT QUE J’OUBLIE (Before I Forget, Dir. Jacques Nolot, 2007, 108 min) and PORM THEATER (Dir. Jacques Nolot, 2007, 108 min)  February 28, 7:00pm & 9:15pm DOUBLE FEATURE Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission St., San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/film/era Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley. February 26-28, 2009. 

FILM 50:  HISTORY OF CINEMA. Pacific Film Archive, January 21 - May 6 PFA and the UC Berkeley Film Studies Program co-present the film-lecture course Film 50, now in its seventeenth year. An undergraduate course designed for non-film majors, Film 50 is open to the public as space permits.  Among other titles is François Truffaut's LES 400 COUPS / The 400 Blows (France, 1959), March 4, 3:00pm;  MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson, France, 1966), March 11, 3:00pm;  LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR / Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle, France, 1971), March 18, 3 :00pm;  PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France, 2007), April 29, 3 :00pm;  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA,  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ Through May 6, 2009.

IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME / I’VE LOVED YOU FOR SO LONG.  Opera Plaza, SF.  

KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS.  Special screening of Kirikou and the Sorceress with Director Michel Ocelot in attendance.  6:00pm.  Location: Landmark's Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. March 4, 2009.

KIRIKOU AND 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 7 & 8, 2009. 

MAN ON WIRE. Oaks, SF. Winner of Best Documentary Oscar!

MARIUS & JEANNETTE (dir. Guédiguian,1997).  College of Marin International Film Festival.  Subtitled.  7pm, in Olney Hall 96 on the Kentfield Campus.  Open to all; free! March 6, 2009. 

MOSCOW, BELGIUM (Belgium, 2008).  Kabuki, SF; Camera 3, San José.  In FlemishOpens February 27, 2009.  

PLUS TARD / ONE DAY YOU’LL UNDERSTAND.  Opera Plaza, SF.

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.

LE SAMOURAI / THE SAMOURAI.  Presented by the French Film Society 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. 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, 2009.

UN SECRET / A SECRET (Miller, 2008). François is a sickly child who doesn't fit in at school or at home. Lonely, he plays with his imaginary brother and dreams up an idealized past for his secretive parents. When he becomes a teenager, an old friend of his parents reveals to him his family's deep and tragic secret, which goes back to the Second World War and the French Occupation. The devastating truth allows François to find himself at last and reconnect with his parents. Crest Theatre, Sacramento. February 27, 2009.        

TIBURON FILM FESTIVAL. The Tiburon Film Festival will present DELICE PALOMA (Dir. Nadir Moknèche, France, 2007, 134 min.), LA FRANCE (dir. Serge Bozon, France, 2007, 102 min.) and DANS LA VIE (Dir : Philippe Faucon, France, 2007, 73 min.)  http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com/ March 17-27, 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

February 10-April 27, 2009.  BEING IN PARIS by LILA SPARKS-DANIELS.   The subject of this exposition at Chez Pierre is Being in Paris, the title of her upcoming book. Lila has been capturing images of Paris for over 20 years and is pleased to share some of her favorites, especially those related to the pleasures of the table.  Images are available in varying sizes, with and without frames. They are all printed on archival papers using archival inks and matting. She welcomes your inquiries c/o Lila Sparks-Daniels,  604 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley, California 94941, lilasd@aol.com, 415/819-0845.

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.

March 2009.  NEW DRAWINGS OF EUROPEAN TRAIN STATIONS by OFER ROTEM.  101 Townsend St., SF.  415.543.1550 or http://www.cainschulte.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/ 

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 March 2, 2009.  PARIS FLEA MARKET PHOTO SERIES.  7-foot-long double exposure color photographs of the world’s largest flea market, the CLIGNANCOURT in PARIS.  Lower Level Gallery, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  Opening reception Feb.3 to coincide with Mill Valley’s First Tuesday Artwalk. 

March 7-28, 2009.  TOUT PERDRE SAUF L’HONNEUR ~ PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIERRE BEE.  Opening reception 3/7, 6pm-8pm. Ten images referencing Zinedine Zidane, the French soccer star, in the now infamous 2006 World Cup final game. In this exhibit, Mr. Bee expresses the universal idea that people need someone to look up to, to admire; someone who we feel represents and carries the values we believe in. His exhibition, “Tout Perdre sauf l’Honneur…”/”Everything to Lose but Honor…”, examines this thesis from varied perspectives – French, American, and others.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through 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 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 March 31, 2009.  MONIKA STEINER – LUCID, at 456 Montgomery, SF. The Swiss consulate is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Monika Steiner in the lobby of 456 Montgomery Street, where our offices are located. Admission is free during business hours, but security requires that you make an  appointment ahead of time. There will be a reception with the artist hosted by this consulate on February 10. Artist Reception February 10 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The reception is also free of charge, but space is limited and you must RSVP.

Through 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.

Through 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.

Through May 23, 2009.  YAN PEI-MING:  YES!  at San Francisco Art Institute. Yan Pei-Ming was born in 1960 in Shanghai, China. He moved to France in 1980 where he quickly became a star on the French painting scene. Now known internationally for his larger-than-life, much-sought portraits of political and cultural icons, he has emerged as one of the most dynamic and experimental Chinese/French painters. His expressive style and controlled palette reflect aesthetic influences from both the Chinese cultural tradition and twentieth-century Western conceptual art.  Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11:00am-6:00pm. Free and open to the public Opening reception: Thursday, February 19, 5:30-7:30pm Yan Pei Ming will also give a talk as part of SFAI's Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series immediately following the opening reception at 7:30pm in the Lecture Hall on the 800 Chestnut Street campus. Location: The Walter and Mc Bean Galleries, 800 Chestnut street campus of San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA http://www.sfai.edu/page.aspx?page=301&navID=587&sectionID=4  SFAI's exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.

Through 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!

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. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Randy.  nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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 5, 2009.  PASCAL ROGÉ, PIANO, performs masterpieces by DEBUSSY, RAVEL, POULENC, FAURÉ and more.  $44/$40.  3pm.  Herbst Theatre, 415.392.4400 or http://www.chambermusicsf.org for details.

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 7, 2009. SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, LALIQUE. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 1PM.

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 24-May 5, 2009.  NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVALhttp://www.nojazzfest.com or Ticketmaster.

May 1, 2009.   YANN TIERSEN in concert in San Francisco  Friday May 1, 2009 (doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm)  Location: Great American Music Hal, 859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco  Tickets already on sale  http://www.gamh.com/

May 9 & 10, 2009.  AMERICAN PHILHARMONIC OF SONOMA COUNTY ~ TENTH SEASON GALA, including RAVEL’S SUITE FROM “DAPHNIS ET CHLOE and more.  8pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  http://apsonoma.org for details.

April 10-11, 2009.  COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, the sexually provocative, fearlessly primal 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 11, 2009.  DEBORAH KUHL performs at First Street Café.  Piano, vocals, with special guest, Aram Boyd on the amazing space horn! 8-11pm First Street Cafe, Benicia www.firststreetcafe.com 440 First Street, Benicia Piano, vocals, with special guest, Aram Boyd on the amazing space horn!

April 12, 2009. SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, AND LALIQUE.  Docent lecture offered by Marsha Holm. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Medley.  nadinepavloff@netscape.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.

Through April 19, 2009.  THE WAY OF THE TERMITE: THE ESSAY IN CINEMA.  Series curated by Jean-Pierre Gorin The film essay is a strange beast. To simply define it as a form that foregrounds a voice and sketches a persona falls short. At the core of all essays is an interest so intense that it precludes the possibility of naming it simply and efficiently, of filming it in a straight line, so to speak. The essay is rumination in Nietzsche's sense of the word, the meandering of an intelligence that tries to multiply the entries and the exits into the material it has elected (or has been elected by). It is surplus, drifts, ruptures, ellipses, and double-backs. It is, in a word, thought, but because it is film it is thought that turns to emotion and back to thought.  Among other titles: The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, U.S.S.R., 1929); One Man's War (Edgardo Cozarinsky, Argentina/France, 1981); Letter to Jane: An Investigation of a Still (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, France, 1972); A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings, U.K., 1945); Gladio (Allan Francovich, U.K., 1998).  Note that the lectures by Jean-Pierre Gorin are postponed until April. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/gorin_essay  Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA.

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 19, 2009.  EMERSON QUARTET performs RAVEL and more. 7pm.  $44/$40.  Herbst Theatre, 415.392.4400 or http://www.chambermusicsf.org for details.

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 25, 2009.  NELSON FREIRE, PIANO performs DEBUSSY and more.  San Francisco recital debut! 8pm.  $48/$44.  Herbst Theatre, 415.392.4400 or http://www.chambermusicsf.org 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.

April 30, 2009. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents AN ALTERATIVE FINANCING CONFERENCE. Discover critical lessons on obtaining financing from: Public Research Grants, Corporate Ventures, Angels, Bank Financing, and Entrepreneur Commons. This is an event not to be missed! 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  

May 1, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA fête la FÊTE DU MUGUET chez Barbara.  Apportez une fleur!  nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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 2, 2009.  GUSTAVE COURBET:  A REBEL ON THE ROAD TO IMPRESSIONISM.  Docent Lecture. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 5, 2009.  SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, LALIQUE.  Docent lecture. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

Through May 6, 2009.  FILM 50:  HISTORY OF CINEMA. Pacific Film Archive, January 21 - May 6 PFA and the UC Berkeley Film Studies Program co-present the film-lecture course Film 50, now in its seventeenth year. An undergraduate course designed for non-film majors, Film 50 is open to the public as space permits.  Among other titles is FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT’s LES 400 COUPS; (France, 1959), March 4, 3:00pm; MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson, France, 1966), March 11, 3:00pm; LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR (Louis Malle, France, 1971), March 18, 3 :00pm; PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France, 2007), April 29, 3:00pm Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

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, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit pour voir LE ROI SOLEIL au Marin Center.Helene Dallaire Theatre for Children presents Le Roi Soleil, a French MusicalSaturday, May 9, 2009, 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Showcase Theater, San Rafael 3 pm: In English with songs in French 7:30 pm: In French with songs in French This wonderful musical about the life of the greatest French king, Louis the Fourteenth, the Sun King, has been a triumph in France since its creation in 2005. Young Louis becomes King of France when he is only 5 years old and later falls passionately in love with a young Italian without noble birth. As the story progresses, King Louis will bring incomparable luxury to Versailles at a high cost for his country, while having to fight rebellions and wars, as well as poisons and black magic. This adaptation of the French musical makes it suitable for young audiences while maintaining all its zest, thanks to very lively music and choreography. Adults - $20 Children 10 and under - $12.  nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

May 9, 2009.  ACTION/REACTION:  AVANT-GARDE ART IN EUROPE AND AMERICA AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY.  Docent lecture. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 13, 2009.  AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES.  Music performed by Sonoma State University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  Includes Martin Ellerby’s PARIS SKETCHES.  $12 general, $10 FANS, $8 seniors/students; SSU students free  Evert B. Person Theatre, 1801 E.  Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.

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 15, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Chantal et Laurent. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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, 2009. SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, AND LALIQUE.  Docent lecture offered by Marsha Holm. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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.

May 30, 2009. SUMPTUOUS, MAGNIFICENT, OPULENT:  THE ART OF FABERGE, TIFFANY, AND LALIQUE.  Docent lecture offered by Marsha Holm. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

May 30, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Marie et Art.  C2.  nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

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 12, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Ron. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

June 13-14, 2009.  FRENCH FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN BENICIA. French foods,antiques, clothing and music will be highlighted. Details to follow.

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.

June 28, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Marie-Christelle et Matthew.  1pm.   nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

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.

July 11 or 18, 2009 (TBA). LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA fête LE JOUR DE LA BASTILLE chez Janis et Michel. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for 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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