April 9-17, 2009

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April Events

April 2009.  APRIL IS BELGIAN BEER MONTH at TORONADO, 547 Haight St. (near Fillmore), SF.  Happy hour every day until 6pm.  415.863.2276 or http://www.toronado.com for details.

April 9, 2009.  YVES CITTON presents QUELLE ACTUALITE POUR LES ESPRITS ELEMENTAIRES DE TIPHAIGNE DE LA ROCHE? UC-Berkeley, 12 noon, French Conference Room, 4226 Dwinelle.  Yves Citton is Professor of French Literature at the Université de  Grenoble. He is the author of, among other books, _Lire, interpreter,  actualiser. __Pourquoi les etudes littéraires?_ and _L'Envers de la  liberté. L'invention d'un imaginaire spinoziste dans la France des  Lumières_. He has written widely on 18th century culture. He writes  regular chronicles in the _Revue Internationale des Livres et des Idées  _and hosts the weekly radio show Zazirocratie on Radio Campus Grenoble  90.8 FM. *Comparative Literature and French Administrative Unit 4125 Dwinelle Hall # 2580 Berkeley, CA 94720-2580.  510.642.2712 or http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/complit/http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/French/_*

April 9, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Lake Merritt Dance Center, Oakland 200 Grand Ave., at Harrison, Oakland. 8:30 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

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 9-11, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs FAURE’S PELLEAS & MELISANDRE and DEBUSSY’S IBERIA from IMAGES, and more.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

Opening April 10, 2009.  PARIS 36 (Christophe Barratier, 2008).   Although French filmmaker Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) uses poetic license to invent a fictional quarter of 1930s Paris for his gorgeous musical fable of friendship, love and brotherhood, the tale's historical background is accurate enParis 36 The 1936 election of the Popular Front provided hope for the poor and working classes in the midst of the Great Depression, and in the neighborhood of Faubourg three  comrades (played by Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad) set out to reopen their beloved-but-defunct local music hall Chansonia. Major obstacles in their way include the local mobsters and the burgeoning fascist movement, but their ace-in-the-hole turns out to be a beautiful young singer named Douce, played by Nora Arnezeder.  This colorful confection combines musical comedy and backstage romance with the  realities of complex and troubled times that talk to us today. Rated PG-13. In French with English subtitles. Also starring Pierre Richard, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu.  Music: Reinhardt Wagner. Lyrics: Frank Thomas. Producers: Jacques Perrin, Nicolas Mauvernay. Writer/Director: Christophe Barratier. (France 2008) 120 min.  Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. http://www.cafilms.org for details.

April 10, 2009.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.  6h30.510.548.7481 or http://www.afberkeley.org or afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.

April 10, 2009.  BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET perform with David Lindley at Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell (at Polk), SF.  415.885.0750.  $25.  8pm. All ages.

April 10, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley We return to one of our favorite venues on this planet--a beautiful small theatre in Mill Valley! Plenty of seating and plenty of room for dancing. Great sound. Don't miss this show!! 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm. Information and advance tickets: www.142throckmortontheatre.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

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. 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). A l'occasion du centenaire de sa naissance, venez dissequer les oeuvres de  Francis Bacon (1909-1992), un des plus grands artistes du XXe siecle. Ne a Dublin de parents anglais, ce peintre autodidacte a vecu a Londres, Berlin et Paris avant de s'imposer comme artiste majeur en 1945. Bacon explore, de facon obsessionnelle, sexualite, violence et isolement a travers des images indelebiles de personnages aux contorsions terrifiantes,  crucifixions ou chairs sanglantes, individus captifs dans des espaces  claustrophobes (cages, cellules, abris de verre). Les representations impitoyables de ce "Beckett de la peinture" refletent, dans un  miroir obscurement, les angoisses et terreurs de la condition moderne, son anxiete existentielle. Revivez la vie turbulente de ce bohemien gregaire de Soho dont l'amant  tourmente, George Dyer, se suicida dans une chambre d'hotel a Paris. Venez decouvrir les sources picturales de l'oeuvre abondante de Bacon: cliche  du "Cuirasse Potemkine," photos de Muybridge ou du jugement de Nuremberg,  images medicales, etc. Examinez les audaces de Bacon, la beaute surprenante de  ses coloris et la dimension toujours mysterieuse de son art. Cette presentation s'inspire de la retrospective internationale Francis Bacon a  la Tate Britain de Londres (2008) et au Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York (2009). 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 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! 8-11pm. http://www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

April 11, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Main Street Brewery, Pleasanton, 830 Main St., Pleasanton. 9:00pm. 925 462-8218 or www.mainstbrewery.com.   For schedule updates, http://www.rigomania.com

Through April 12, 2009.  CANDIDE at the Cinnabar!  The incomparable Leonard Bernstein has composed this wacky screwball   comedy as the perfect musical expression of Voltaire's timeless satire. A   scintillating score full of musical hi-jinks and rich melody underscores the   tale of the hapless Candide, who's expelled from home, drafted into the   Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, swindled out of a   fortune, shipwrecked on a desert isle, and separated time and again from his   true love Cunegonde, who bears with remarkable dignity a variety of carnal   beshmirchments by - well, almost everybody. Candide is an enthralling romp,   an unsanctioned marriage of myriad laughs and lovely lyricism.  Nina Shuman, Music Director Elly Lichenstein, Stage Director, Mikka Bonel, Choreographer   David Wright, Set Designer Lisa Eldredge, Costume Designer Wayne Hovey, Lighting Designer  Featuring Will Hart Meyer, Sheila Willey, William Neely, Bonnie Brooks, John Kendall   Bailey & Jennifer Kay  With the Cinnabar Opera Chorus and Orchestra  March 20, 21*, 27, 28, 3 & 10 at 8:00  April 1 & 8 at 7:30  April 5 & 12 at 3:00  *Cinnadinner: check it out at http://www.cinnabartheater.org/cinnadinner/Candide.html  $35 General Admission $32 Seniors 62+/Students Group rates available: call   707.763.8920.

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 12, 2009.  RENDEZ-VOUS!  CONVERSATION CLUB. Practice your French in a casual setting, with fellow Francophiles and a glass of wine! Lively conversation is lightly moderated and beginners to advanced levels  are encouraged to participate. Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-7:30pm. Signup online. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

April 12, 2009.  LA DAMNATION DE FAUST de BERLIOZ, in Great Performances at the Met.  KQED TV9; repeated 4/19, 7pm.

April 14, 2009.  ABDELWAHAB MEDDEB speaks about THE CLASH OF INTERPRETATIONS: READINGS OF THE QURAN. Abdelwahab Meddeb at Stanford University.  12:00pm-1:30pm Abdelwahhad Meddeb, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Paris, X-Nanterre, will give a lecture on "The Clash of Interpretations: Readings of the Quran"  Abdelwahhad Meddeb was born in 1946 in Tunis and has lived in Paris since 1968. He is a Franco-Tunisian writer, translator, pet and essayist as well as radio host for France Culture for which he presents the show Cultures of Islam. Meddeb is the editor of the journal Dédale and professor of Comparative Literature at the University of paris X-Naterre. He was also visiting professor in many universities (inlcuding yale and Geneva).    Location: Encina Hall Central, Okimoto Conference Room, Stanford University  http://www.stanford.edu/dept/islamic_studies/events.html

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 14, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Main Street Brewery, Pleasanton 830 Main St., Pleasanton. 9:00 pm. 925 462-8218 or www.mainstbrewery.com  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com 

April 14, 2009.  GATOR BEAT ZYDECO plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  8pm dance lesson; show at 8:30pm.  $10.  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 15, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the ninth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin St. SF 6:30 SF www.sfpl.org 

April 15, 2009.  THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT, featured in the BORN IN SILENCE:  FILMS OF RENE CLAIR AND JEAN RENOIR. French silent film masterpieces screened with contemporary musical guests The Tricks of the Light Orchestra. "The Italian Straw Hat" (1928), Directed by René Clair This hilarious comedy of manners is set in France's Belle Epoque period , and is  an unrelenting and unforgiving commentary on the social mores of the bourgeoisie of the time. Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm.  Tickets online. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

April 15, 2009.  THE WINES OF THE RHONE. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

April 15, 2009.  TALK BY PROFESSOR ROGER HAHN, preceding the NAPOLEON PROGRAM at HUMANITIES WEST.  6:00 pm  (reception at 5:30 pm) at Mechanics’ Institute Co-sponsored by Humanities West Napoleon and the French Intellectuals Professor Emeritus Roger Hahn (History, UC Berkeley). Napoleon was well-informed about science and technology and supported its contemporary practitioners.  Although he also supported institutions for the promotion of the arts, philosophy and literature, he ran into problems with independent thinkers who criticized his actions.  As an absolute ruler he became a master at indirect censorship, while pretending to follow a liberal persuasion.  This program at Mechanics’ Institute precedes the symposium, Confronting Napoleon: European Culture at the Crossroads on April 17-18, at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco. Members of Mechanics’ Institute and Friends of Humanities West - Free; Public $12.  

April 15, 2009.  L’ARMEE DES OMBRES (Melville, 1969).  The HISTORIA club, an official CCSF club, invites you to a free screening of "Army of Shadows" ("L'armee des ombres," 1969), Jean-Pierre Melville's  atmospheric and gripping film about the French Resistance. This feature  --Melville's most personal film-- went unreleased in the United States for  thirty-seven years, before its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006.  145 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles.  Stars Lino Ventura as a stalwart of the underground movement who slips the shackles of the occupying Germans (October 1942) and rejoins his small band of fellow-heroes. Not that their heroism is remotely flamboyant; what concerns Melville is the courage of the stoical, the phlegmatic, and the formidably organized. His direction honors that efficiency with a series of set pieces in which the suspense grows almost intolerable.  The film will be briefly introduced by French instructor Renee Morel and followed by a Q & A session (another session will take place two weeks later).  Free and open to all! Free parking at the school.  First come first serve seating. Please come on time as latecomers disturb  everybody.  James Lick Middle School,  aka Castro-Valencia Campus) 1220 Noe St. (between 25th Street & Clipper), ROOM 201, San Francisco.  6:30-9:15 PM. 

April 15, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the ninth in her Paris based mystery series. Set in September 1997 against the backdrop of the Princess Diana car crash investigation, Aimée Leduc unravels murder on the Left Bank.San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin St. SF 6:30 SF www.sfpl.org 

April 15 & 17, 2009.  BALLET PRELJOCAJ LES 4 SAISONS. Vivaldi's concerto The Four Seasons is probably one of the most well-known and abused pieces of classical music in history. Collaborating with French artist Fabrice Hybert, Angelin Preljocaj in Les 4 Saisons breathes new life into Vivaldi's music with provocative costumes and unconventional choreography.  April 15, 2009, 8:00pm : Sunset Center, Carmel by the Sea  April 17, 2009, 8:00pm : Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, at UC Davis US tour supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

April 16, 2009. AUTHOR CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER, the ninth 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. SF So SF Library 6pm South San Francisco www.sfpl.org 

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

April 16, 2009.  TINARIWEN, Tuareg guitarists from NORTH AFRICA, perform in the San Francisco Jazz Festival.  866.920.5299 or http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

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.

Opening April 17, 2009.  UN BAISER, S’IL VOUS PLAIT / SHALL WE KISS. Virginie Ledoyen co-stars with Emmanuel Mouret in French filmmaker Mouret's delightful comedy of manners, mores and the dangers of a friendly pressing of the lips. Away on a business trip, Emilie (Julie Gayet) meets Gabriel (Michaël Cohen), and although they are mutually attracted, each confesses involvement in a relationship. R.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

April 17, 2009.  CONFERENCE par JEAN-FRANÇOIS QUESTIN, attaché culturel adjoint du consulat de France de San Francisco. Les questions d'immigration sont en France au coeur de l'actualité depuis plus de trente ans. Il s'agira, par le biais d'une rétrospective des courants d'immigration qui à travers l'histoire moderne ont empreint la France, de mieux cerner les enjeux actuels. RSVP : It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Donation suggested $8 member $10 non member. Alliance Française de Berkeley.  18h30.  510.548.7481 or  http://www.afberkeley.org or afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.

April 17, 2009.  OPENING RECEPTION:  ON PHOTOGRAPHY. Mixed media exhibit by Javier Manrique. Inspired by Susan Sontag's book of the same title, Javier Manrique's multimedia sequences 'Meltdown' and 'Breakdown', begin a conversation to redefine and reevaluate the image of photography. Manrique: "The guy at the photo lab may suddenly start  vacationing at the same places you do," says a recent Nikon ad.The narrative of  the ad promotes the photographic article with an assurance;it is an oeuvre in itself. The works presented explore metaphors andnarratives.I use different mediums to provoke ways of experiencing a variety of concepts that focus on photography as the theme. Opening reception Friday, April 17, 6-8pm. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com 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, 2009.  SEBASTIEN TELLIER plays electronic at The Independent, 628 Divisadero street, San Francisco.  http://www.independentsf.com/

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.

Through April 18, 2009.  CINECRITURE:  AGNES VARDA SERIES AT PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE. The PFA presents a unique and most-anticipated series gathering the best short and feature films of the French New Wave Director. Films include:  LA POINTE COURTE; CLEO DE 5 A 7; LE BONHEUR; L’OPERA-MOUFFE; CINEVARDAPHOTO; LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE; VAGABOND; DAGUERR´EOTYPES; DU COTE DE LA COTE; THE PLAYFUL IS POLITICAL; LIONS LOVE; THE BEACHES OF AGNES; JACQUOT; MUR MURS; LES DITES CARIATIDES.  Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ Supported by the French Consulate in San Francisco.

April 18, 2009.  HOTEL RWANDA.  KQED TV9, 8pm.

April 18, 2009.  DEBORAL KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda. Come hear your French favorites and jazz standards.  La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925-524-0011. http://www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

April 18-19, 2009.  LECTURES BY JEAN-PIERRE GORIN AT PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Jean-Pierre Gorin, filmmaker and professor at the University of California, San Diego, will be presenting Pier Paolo Pasolini's long unavailable episode of La rabbia and his own Routine Pleasures on April 18 and 19.  Note also:  From Today Until Tomorrow (Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Germany/France, 1997, 62 mins): Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.  Introduced by Erik Ulman; La rabbia di Pasolini (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Italy, 2008, 83 mins followed by c. 40 min. lecture) Lecture by Jean-Pierre Gorin : Saturday, April 18, 8:15pm;  Routine Pleasures (Jean-Pierre Gorin, U.S./U.K./France, 1986, 81 mins). Lecture by Jean-Pierre Gorin: Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.   Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/gorin_essay Supported by the French Consulate in San Francisco.

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.  THAIS, by MASSENET.  Great Performances at the Met.  KQED TV9, noon.

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.  1015 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. MANON SUR LE BITUME / MANON ON THE ASPHALT.  Featured on Imagemakers, KQED TV9, 10:30pm.

April 19, 2009.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE, chez Bérénice.  19h. On a décidé de faire une soirée "Proverbes, dictons et expressions françaises". Chacun en apportera quelques-uns que l'on pourra discuter. Si vous trouvez l'origine/historique cela serait super (mais pas obligatoire). Par exemple:  "Café bouilli, café foutu" (expression favorite de ma grand-mère!), "Couper l'herbe sous les pieds" (en anglais: To take the wind out of one's sails), ou encore "Déjeuner sur le pouce" (L'expression "manger sur le pouce" est apparue au XIXe siècle et renvoie certainement au pouce que l'on utilise beaucoup lorsque l'on manie un couteau et des tranches de pain, autrement dit lorsque l'on prend un repas rapide).   Pour vous aider, voici deux sites utiles:   http://www.linternaute.com/expression/recherche/a/1/   http://www.e-frenchtranslation.com/fr/proverbes.htm   Apportez 3 ou 4 dictons/proverbes et on en discutera ensemble.    J'enverrai un email plus proche de notre réunion pour organiser le potluck/carpool.   Bon printemps et au 19 avril!   Bérénice   berenicevlm@yahoo.com

April 19, 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."

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

Through April 20, 2009.  LOUIS BRAILLE BICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT.  San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.  415.557.4400 or http://sfpl.lib.ca.us 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 21, 2009.  AUCTION OF EUROPEAN PAINTINGS.  Bonham & Butterfields.  1.415.AUCTION or http://www.bonhams.com/us for details.

April 22, 2009.  CUT CIRCLE explores the music of 15th-Century FRANCO-FLEMISH MASTER JOHANNES OCKEGHEM.  Memorial Church, Stanford University.  650.725.ARTS or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu for details.

April 22, 2009. THE PROUST SOCIETY meets at the Mechanics’ Institute.  6:30pm-8pm.  For more information, call 415.393.0103. Copies of the titles above are on reserve at the second floor circulation desk (415.393.0101). We look forward to seeing  you at one or more of these lively discussion groups.  Please call ahead to secure a place.

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, 2009.  R. A. SCOTTI talks about VANISHED SMILE:  THE MYSTERIOUS THEFT OF MONA LISA.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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 23-May 7, 2009.  52ND SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The festival will close with Alexis Dos Santos' Unmade Beds starring French actress Déborah François.   Among other films, the following French films and co-productions have been selected: 35 Shots of Rum (35 RHUMS, Dir. Claide Denis, France/Germany, 100 min., 2007);   Bluebeard (BARBE BLEUE, Dir. Catherine Breillat, France, 78 min., 2009);  Bullet in the Head (UN TIR DANS LA TETE, Dir. Jaime Rosales, Spain/France, 84 min., 2008);  French Girl (FRANÇAISE, Dir. Souad El-Bouhati, France/Morocco, 84 min., 2008) New Directors competition;  The Good Life (Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile/Spain/Argentina/England/France, 108 min., 2008)  The Heart of Amos Klein (Dir. Michal and Uri Kranot, 15 min., 2008);  Home (Dir. Ursula Meier, Switzerland/France/Belgium, 97 min., 2008) New Directors competition;    Hooked (Dir. Adrian Sitaru, Romania/France, 80 min., 2008);   Kabuli Kid (L’ENFANT DE KABOUL, Dir. Barmak Akram, France/Afghanistan, 97 min., 2008) New Directors competition;  KHAMSA (Dir. Karim Dridi, France, 110 min., 2008);  Kimjongilia (Dir. N.C. Heikin, France/USA/South Korea, 75 min.2009) documentary in competition for the GGA;  MESRINE: A film in two parts (Dir. Jean-François Richet, France/Canada/USA/Spain/England/Algeria, 110 min. & 130 min., 2008);  Modern Life (LA VIE MODERNE, Dir. Raymond Depardon, France, 90 min., 2008)  My Neighbor, My Killer (Dir. Anne Aghion, France/USA, 80 min., 2009), documentary in competition for the GGA;  Our Beloved Month of August (CE CHER MOIS D’AOUT, Dir. Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France, 147 min., 2008);  The Other One (L’AUTRE, Dir. Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, France, 97 min., 2008);  Snow (PREMIERES NEIGES; Dir. Aida Begic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran, 100 min., 2008) New Directors competition;  Summer Hours (L’HEURE D’ETE, Dir. Olivier Assayas, France, 102 min., 2008);  VERSAILLES (Dir. Pierre Schöeller, France, 113 min., 2008);  Z32 (Dir. Avi Mograbi, France/Israel, 81 min., 2008) documentary in competition for the GGA.  The Swiss film NOMAD’S LAND (based on the travels of NICOLAS BOUVIER) will also be screened.  http://www.sffs.org/.  Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland.

April 24, 2009.  MA VIE EN L’AIR at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Romantic comedy by Rémi Bezançon with Vincent Elbaz, Marion Cotillard… It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you.  Donation suggested:  non-member $12; member, $10.  18h30. 510.548.7481 or  http://www.afberkeley.org or afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for details.

April 24, 2009.  SALIF KEITA performs World Music at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. http://www.sfjazz.org/ for details.

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

Through 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/

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 25, 2009.  A DAY IN FRANCE:  THE PENINSULA FRENCH FAIR.   Don't miss the 3rd edition of A Day in France , The Peninsula French Fair ! Saturday, April 25th, 2009  10 am to 6 pm Discover in one location a wide variety of products that capture the essence of France, home decor, paintings, jewelry, clothing, children's toys and books, antiques, gourmet food & more... Enjoy authentic crepes, viennoiseries and delicatessen while listening to French live music. This Spring's Peninsula French Fair bigger and better than ever will host a Children & Women's Fashion Show. Two shows 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. A percentage of all sales will benefit Partners for new Generations which provides mentors and tutors for at-risk kids in public schools.  Joan Pisani Community Center 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 Free Admission & Raffle prizes Cash and checks only www.frenchfair.org

April 25, 2009. DEBORAL KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda. Come hear your French favorites and jazz standards.  La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925-524-0011. http://www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

April 26, 2009.  LES GASTRONOMES DU DIMANCHE:  COOKING CLASS & DINNER.  Join Isabelle Mazzoni, cook and food writer, for a convivial hands-on French cooking class and dinner on the last Sunday of every month.Each class centers around traditional French recipes prepared with local and seasonal ingredients. Les Gastronomesparticipate in cooking each course from entrée, plat, to dessert, all taught in conversational French. The finale is a succulent meal prepared by the students and enjoyed around the table. French speakers and cooks of all levels welcome! Menu d'Avril: Soupe à l'oignon Magret de canard aux Chanterelles et pommes Sarladaise Flan au caramel Visit Isabelle Mazzoni's food blog One Bite At A Time! Sunday, April 26, 4pm. Dinner is served at 7pm. Signup online. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through April 29, 2009.  WOMEN’S CINEMA FROM TANGIERS TO TEHRAN. A celebration of women filmmakers from North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the diaspora in Europe, this series represents a remarkable geographic, cultural, and stylistic range. In documentaries, features, and experimental works, the directors depict urban attitudes and rural traditions, the dream of escape and the isolation of exile, and the comforts and entrapments of family.  Some French co-productions will be presented:  Thursday, March 12, 6:30 pm: An Egyptian Salad (Dir. Nadia Kamel, Egypt/France/Switzerland, 2007) Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm: I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (Dir. Hala Al-Abdallah, Ammar El-Beik, France/Syria, 2006) Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm: Immigrant Memories: The North African Experience (Dir. Yamina Benguigui, France, 1997) Sunday, March 29, 5:00 pm: Inch'Allah Sunday (Dir. Yamina Benguigui, France, 2001) Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm: Our Heedless Wars (Dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, France, 1995) Thursday, April 2, 7:50 pm:The Kite (Dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon/France, 2003)  Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm: A Door to the Sky (Dir. Farida Ben Lyazid, Morocco/Tunisia/France, 1989)  Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

April 29, 2009.  MARGARET TROST, author of ON THAT DAY EVERYBODY ATE, will speak about her book at Sonoma State University.  Partnering with Fr. Gerry Jean-Juste and St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Port-au-Prince, Ms. Trost and the What If? Foundation help to feed and educate hundreds of impoverished children in Haiti, providing hope and opportunity for countless poor and disadvantaged individuals.  Her story is an account of the creation of this partnership, and a powerful testimony of one woman’s effort to make a difference.  The talk is free and all are welcome; contact Suzanne Toczyski (415.389.9091) for details.  10am-11:30am.  Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center, Room 3001, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Parking on campus:  $2.50.  For more information:  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu.

April 29, 2009.  HISTORIA CLUB discusses L’ARMEE DES OMBRES, after viewing LE JOURNAL DE LA RESISTANCE. Since "Army of Shadows" is a long movie, we thought you may want to discuss it later. We will do that on April 29, after viewing "Le journal de la  Resistance," a rare short documentary shot on the front lines of the final days  of German-occupied France, as well as a short program entitled "Jean-Pierre  Melville et L'armee des ombres" (2005), about the director (1917-1973) and his  film.  6:30-8:30 PM. James Lick Middle School,  aka Castro-Valencia Campus) 1220 Noe St. (between 25th Street & Clipper), ROOM 201, San Francisco.

April 29, 2009.  LA FILLE DE L’EAU (1925) Directed by Jean Renoir.  Featured in the BORN IN SILENCE:  FILMS OF RENE CLAIR & JEAN RENOIR.  The pot-boiler plot of "The Girl of the Water" draws from fairy tales, American film serials and comedies, and French melodramas and realist films. The film is fast moving and full of action, which gives Renoir a chance to indulge himself in lovingly memorable camera shots, including a surrealist segment that rivals anything by Dali. The girl, Virginia, is played by the beautiful Catherine Hessling, the last model of Jean Renoir's father, the painter Pierre Auguste Renoir. Shown with Renoir's  surrealist short feature: "Sur un air de Charleston" (1924) Wednesday, April 29, 7:00pm. Tickets online *Presented by David Giovacchini, Stanford University Film Scholar English intertitles. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

April 29, 2009.  CHAMPAGNES! Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

April 29-May 27, 2009.  L’EXPULSION DES JUIFS DE FRANCE.  Un nouveau cours de 5 semaines a French Class, enseigne - en francais, bien sur - par Renee Morel.  Le 17 septembre 1394, le roi Charles VI ordonne l'expulsion de tous les Juifs de France et la confiscation de leurs biens. L'acte n'a helas rien  d'exceptionnel: depuis deux siecles, en effet, les Juifs sont sans cesse  chasses de France. Toutefois, parce que leurs activites enrichissent le tresor royal, ils sont invariablement rappeles. Momentanement toleres, ces "etrangers" vivent dans un climat d'antisemitisme permanent. Leur situation demographique decline et, en 1394, ils ne sont plus que quelques milliers a habiter Paris, Montpellier ou Dijon.  Mais, cette fois, la decision de Charles VI est fondamentale, car l'ultime  expulsion ordonnee par son decret royal met abruptement fin a dix siecles  d'histoire juive en France. Il faudra attendre les mesures prises par la Revolution pour que les Juifs retrouvent enfin droit de cite.  Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives.  5 weeks (April 29 - May 27, 2009) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $160 (discounts for early birds as well as for members).  THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. SVP, telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

April 30-May 23, 2009.  VOLTAIRE’S CANDIDE, OR OPTIMISM.  By THEATRE OF YUGEN.  8pm.  Returning to its theatrical roots while branching out to reach new heights, Theatre of Yugen celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a modern Kyogen-style adaptation of Voltaire's Candide, or Optimism (which is celebrating its 250th anniversary). Stylized gesture, social critique, and an endearing archness are trademarks of Kyogen. Classic Japanese comic tradition sheds a "kinder, gentler" light on Voltaire's classic European satire.   In Candide, a bright young man grows up in a castle under the tutelage of the ever-optimistic Dr. Pangloss, but soon circumstances drive the hero out into a hostile, frightening world. Can his innocent faith survive? In a world in which the aristocracy is beyond reproach and religious zealotry rampant, is a reasonable life beyond reach? Jubilith Moore's inventive adaptation poses these questions, fluctuating between humor and pathos, drawing its audience into a space where love and laughter, suffering and death are all equally mysteries to be lived.   Location: Theatre of Yugen, NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street (between Florida and Alabama Streets), San Francisco  http://theatreofyugen.org/08-09.html

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.  AN EVENING OF MYSTERY & INTRIGUE IN PARIS!!  CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER:  AN AIMEE  LEDUC INVESTIGATION.  Mechanics’ Institute, SF.  6:00 pm   The Bay Area’s doyenne of mystery offers the ninth in her ever-popular female “star” detective series set in Paris’s distinctive neighborhoods. Postcolonial politics, past and present, and global commerce ignite the murder of a Haitian academic in Paris’s bohemian Left Bank in this compelling narrative. Aimée LeDuc is stunned when a mysterious woman named Mireille arrives at Leduc Detective and announces that she is Aimée’s sister. When Mireille suddenly vanishes, Aimeé sets out to find her, and is quickly involved in this murky international murder.  With PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, discussed by SARA HOUGHTELING – Family secrets, the world of black market art, and the mysteries of post war Paris are elements that make for a gripping story set in Europe still recovering from World War II. Max Berenzon’s family returns from hiding to find that their priceless art collection has vanished. Max becomes obsessed with tracking down the Matisses, Picassos – and a mysterious Manet -- that were part of his father’s gallery. Sara Houghteling reveals an eye for historical detail and an ability to weave together a story of heroism, corruption, resistance and collaboration in a haunting and unforgettable first novel. Members Free; Public $12.

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  

April 30, 2009.  ARCHITECTURE & VISION:  FROM PYRAMIDS TO SPACECRAFT.   Swiss-Italian architecture and design duo Andreas Vogler (AV) and Arturo Vittori (AV) are Architecture and Vision (AV). Their joint practice, based in Rome, Toulouse and Munich, is specialized in the application of aerospace technologies to architecture and design. Vogler and Vittori have received wide acclaim for their projects and have been featured in prestigious settings, including the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.  By creating projects for use in outer space and in the most challenging environments of our own planet, Architecture and Vision aims to define a new spirit of place for the “space age”, one sustained by the cutting edge of science and technology and an entirely new understanding of the value of resources such as water, energy, food and air.  A first retrospective glance at the work of AV, the exhibition “From Pyramids to Spacecraft” premiered in March 2009 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago - by coincidence, in the same week as Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art opened an exhibit of the works of R. Buckminster Fuller, one of AV’s main sources of inspiration. swissnex San Francisco is proud to premiere “From Pyramids to Spacecraft” on the West Coast, where AV’s profound insights on resource-efficient design for “Spaceship Earth” and its blend of hopeful utopianism with strong scientific grounding are bound to fascinate visitors.  RSVP online for our opening event, and come see the exhibit from April 30 to May 20, 2009  Details: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/architecture-vision-exhibition Location & Parking: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact 6:30pm-10pm.

Through 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).

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/

Through May 15, 2009.  POSTWAR PARIS:  ART AND ANXIETY. A new class by Clark Poling at UC Berkeley, OLLI Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm Anxiety and irony, humor and lyricism all appear in French art in reaction to the Second World War and its aftermath.  Beginning with Pablo Picasso and other modern masters in the 1940s, this course studies new abstract art and its claim to "start from zero"(Jean Fautrier), the discovery of children's and outsider art (Jean Dubuffet), inner and outer journeys to "other shores" of art (Antonin Artaud and Henri Michaux), existentialist meaning in the work of Alberto Giacometti, and surrealist and psychological aspects of French art in the 1940s and 1950s.  Clark Poling is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Emory University, where he served as chair of the Art History Department and director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.   Location: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Room 150, University Hall, 2199 Addison St., Berkeley, CA http://olli.berkeley.edu/

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.

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.   Landmark Opera Plaza; Berkeley, CA Landmark Shattuck.

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 9, 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 23 & 26, 2009. 

CINECRITURE:  AGNES VARDA SERIES AT PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE. The PFA presents a unique and most-anticipated series gathering the best short and feature films of the French New Wave Director. Films include:  LA POINTE COURTE; CLEO DE 5 A 7; LE BONHEUR; L’OPERA-MOUFFE; CINEVARDAPHOTO; LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE; VAGABOND; DAGUERR´EOTYPES; DU COTE DE LA COTE; THE PLAYFUL IS POLITICAL; LIONS LOVE; THE BEACHES OF AGNES; JACQUOT; MUR MURS; LES DITES CARIATIDES.  Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ Supported by the French Consulate in San Francisco. March 6-April 18, 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.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

FAUBOURG 36 / PARIS 36 (Christophe Barratier, 2008).  Reviewed in the Sunday, April 5, 2009 Sunday Datebook (pink pages), pp.24-25.  Landmark’s Clay, SF; CinéArts at Empire, SF; Albany; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; CinéArts @ Palo Alto; CinéArts @ Pleasant Hill.

LA FILLE DE L’EAU (1925) Directed by Jean Renoir.  Featured in the BORN IN SILENCE:  FILMS OF RENE CLAIR & JEAN RENOIR.  The pot-boiler plot of "The Girl of the Water" draws from fairy tales, American film serials and comedies, and French melodramas and realist films. The film is fast moving and full of action, which gives Renoir a chance to indulge himself in lovingly memorable camera shots, including a surrealist segment that rivals anything by Dali. The girl, Virginia, is played by the beautiful Catherine Hessling, the last model of Jean Renoir's father, the painter Pierre Auguste Renoir. Shown with Renoir's  surrealist short feature: "Sur un air de Charleston" (1924) Wednesday, April 29, 7:00pm. Tickets online *Presented by David Giovacchini, Stanford University Film Scholar English intertitles. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. April 29, 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.

THE FUTURE OF THE PAST:  UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA, 1965-1984.    Presenting 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 Consulate  http://www.sfmoma.org/ March 7-April 25, 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. 

MAN ON WIRE. Lark, Larkspur. Winner of Best Documentary Oscar!

PARIS 36 (Christophe Barratier, 2008).   Although French filmmaker Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) uses poetic license to invent a fictional quarter of 1930s Paris for his gorgeous musical fable of friendship, love and brotherhood, the tale's historical background is accurate enParis 36 The 1936 election of the Popular Front provided hope for the poor and working classes in the midst of the Great Depression, and in the neighborhood of Faubourg three  comrades (played by Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad) set out to reopen their beloved-but-defunct local music hall Chansonia. Major obstacles in their way include the local mobsters and the burgeoning fascist movement, but their ace-in-the-hole turns out to be a beautiful young singer named Douce, played by Nora Arnezeder.  This colorful confection combines musical comedy and backstage romance with the  realities of complex and troubled times that talk to us today. Rated PG-13. In French with English subtitles. Also starring Pierre Richard, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu.  Music: Reinhardt Wagner. Lyrics: Frank Thomas. Producers: Jacques Perrin, Nicolas Mauvernay. Writer/Director: Christophe Barratier. (France 2008) 120 min.  Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. http://www.cafilms.org for details. Opening April 10, 2009. 

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Peter Bratt's LA MISSION will inaugurate the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival on April 23. The festival will close with Alexis Dos Santos' UNMADE BEDS starring French actress DÉBORAH FRANÇOIS.  The co-productions Snow (PREMIERES NEIGES, Dir. Aida Begic, Bosnia and Herzegovina /Germany/ France /Iran, 2008); French Girl (FRANÇAISE, Dir. Souad El-Bouhati, France/Morroco, 2008); Kabuli Kid (L’ENFANT DE KABOUL, Dir. Barmak Akram, France/Afghanistan, 2008) and HOME (Dir. Ursula Meier, Switzerland/France/Belgium, 97 min., 2008) have been selected in the New Directors competition.  The documentaries MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER by French director Anne Aghion (France/USA, 2009), KIMJONGILIA Kimjongilia (Dir. N.C. Heikin, France/USA/South Korea, 75 min.2009) and Z32 (Dir. Avi Mograbi, France/Israel, 81 min., 2008) will be the French co-productions in competition for the Golden Gate Awards. http://www.sffs.org/ April 23-May 7, 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. Through April 19, 2009. 

WOMEN’S CINEMA FROM TANGIERS TO TEHRAN. A celebration of women filmmakers from North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the diaspora in Europe, this series represents a remarkable geographic, cultural, and stylistic range. In documentaries, features, and experimental works, the directors depict urban attitudes and rural traditions, the dream of escape and the isolation of exile, and the comforts and entrapments of family.  Some French co-productions will be presented:  Thursday, March 12, 6:30 pm: An Egyptian Salad (Dir. Nadia Kamel, Egypt/France/Switzerland, 2007) Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm: I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (Dir. Hala Al-Abdallah, Ammar El-Beik, France/Syria, 2006) Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm: Immigrant Memories: The North African Experience (Dir. Yamina Benguigui, France, 1997) Sunday, March 29, 5:00 pm: Inch'Allah Sunday (Dir. Yamina Benguigui, France, 2001) Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm: Our Heedless Wars (Dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, France, 1995) Thursday, April 2, 7:50 pm:The Kite (Dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon/France, 2003)  Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm: A Door to the Sky (Dir. Farida Ben Lyazid, Morocco/Tunisia/France, 1989)  Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ Through April 29, 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

Through April 10, 2009.  THE METER MAID STUDIES ~ AN ART EXHIBITION.   Curated by Swiss artist Roman Romanowski and featuring his work and that of fellow-Swiss Claudia Niseema Nolte and many others, Romanowski and Lower Haters present The Meter Maid Studies, an exciting group show of visual arts in an edgy, urban setting.  The Meter Maid Studies Through April 10 Lower Haters Gallery 597 Haight St. San Francisco, CA 94117.

April 17-May 15, 2009.  ON PHOTOGRAPHY. Mixed media exhibit by Javier Manrique. Inspired by Susan Sontag's book of the same title, Javier Manrique's multimedia sequences 'Meltdown' and 'Breakdown', begin a conversation to redefine and reevaluate the image of photography. Manrique: "The guy at the photo lab may suddenly start  vacationing at the same places you do," says a recent Nikon ad.The narrative of  the ad promotes the photographic article with an assurance;it is an oeuvre in itself. The works presented explore metaphors andnarratives.I use different mediums to provoke ways of experiencing a variety of concepts that focus on photography as the theme. Opening reception Friday, April 17, 6-8pm. Exhibit runs through May 15.Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

Through April 20, 2009.  LOUIS BRAILLE BICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT.  San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.  415.557.4400 or http://sfpl.lib.ca.us for details.

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 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 April 30, 2009.  LES TROIS ESPRITS.  Photographs by JEAN-PIERRE SUDRE, DENIS BRIHAT & ELIZABETH OPALENIK, at Gallery 291.  291 Geary St., San Francisco.  415.291.9001 or http://www.gallery291.net for details.

Through May 2009.  FRENCH ADVERTISING FANS, C. 1890-1930.   The Hand Fan Museum announces its current exhibit is 'French Advertising Fans", c. 1890-1930  . This exhibit runs through May.  The Museum is located at 327 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg, Ca Across from the Bear Republic Brewery Open Wed-Sun,  11-4pm. Closed Rainy days and holidays. 431-2500.

Through May 20, 2009.  SANDRINE HERMAND-GRISEL at Rayko Photo Center.  Opening reception April 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Location: 428 Third street, San Francisco, CA.  http://hermandgrisel.com/

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

Through May 31, 2009.  WILLIAM KENTRIDGE:  FIVE THEMES, including UBU TELLS THE TRUTH and 7 FRAGMENTS FOR GEORGES MELIES.  SFMOMA, 151 Third St., San Francisco.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details.

Through June 21, 2009.  TERROIR:  A SENSE OF PLACE. – Opening Reception March 22; Events all day! *Terroir: A Sense of Place* includes twenty-eight artists from around the Bay Area whose work presents a unique perspective of our relationship with the land.  Artists include: Adriane Colburn, Ann Weber, Benicia Gantner, Caitlin McCaffrey, Claudia Tennyson, Edwin Hamilton, Emily Payne, James Gouldthorpe, Jessica Resmond, Jorge Bachman, Josh Keyes, Judith Selby Lang, Lawrence LaBianca, Lea Redmond, Lewis de Soto, Mari Andrews, Mark Brest van Kempen, Meadowsweet Dairy, Michael Mellon, Philip Krohn, Sarah Klein, Sarah Pedlow, Sharon Siskin, Sonja Hinrichsen, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Suzanne Biaggi, Walter Orion, Wowhaus. Location:  Marin Cheese Factory Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near the end of Novato Blvd. Petaluma, CA For Directions and more information go to: http://artatthecheesefactory.blogspot.com Contact person Curator Patricia Watts 3107042395 tricia@ecoartspace.org

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

April 13-June 15, 2009.  FRENCH CLASSES taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage.  Classes include:  French for Movie Lovers; French Literature & Grammar.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 29-May 27, 2009.  L’EXPULSION DES JUIFS DE FRANCE.  Un nouveau cours de 5 semaines a French Class, enseigne - en francais, bien sur - par Renee Morel.  Le 17 septembre 1394, le roi Charles VI ordonne l'expulsion de tous les Juifs de France et la confiscation de leurs biens. L'acte n'a helas rien  d'exceptionnel: depuis deux siecles, en effet, les Juifs sont sans cesse  chasses de France. Toutefois, parce que leurs activites enrichissent le tresor royal, ils sont invariablement rappeles. Momentanement toleres, ces "etrangers" vivent dans un climat d'antisemitisme permanent. Leur situation demographique decline et, en 1394, ils ne sont plus que quelques milliers a habiter Paris, Montpellier ou Dijon.  Mais, cette fois, la decision de Charles VI est fondamentale, car l'ultime  expulsion ordonnee par son decret royal met abruptement fin a dix siecles  d'histoire juive en France. Il faudra attendre les mesures prises par la Revolution pour que les Juifs retrouvent enfin droit de cite.  Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives.  5 weeks (April 29 - May 27, 2009) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $160 (discounts for early birds as well as for members).  THE FRENCH CLASS  500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est imperatif de reserver. SVP, telephonez a l'ecole pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numero de carte bancaire.

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.

May 19 OR May 21, 2009.  VAN GOGH & GAUGUIN:  FRIEND OR FOE?  A class offered by Anne Bishop at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  5/19, 1:30pm-4pm or 5/21, 6:30pm-9pm.  $55.

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.

WHAT'S NEW? Quoi de neuf?  at THE FRENCH CLASS. www.frenchclass.com , 500 Sutter Street - San Francisco - CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666 - OUR NEXT 8-WEEK SESSION BEGINS NEXT WEEK! It is not too late to enroll: www.frenchclass.com or call us at 415-362-3666  Please call us and ask about our DISCOUNTS: - early bird discount - member's discount Your 8-week tuition for levels 1 to 5 may be as low as $316!  ($360 reg.), please call us now and ask for details (415) 362-3666.  NEW! French Classes on Skype! Our phone & internet lessons are now available on Skype. This is the perfect  solution to learn French if you don't have time to come to our school or live  too far away. Skype allows students to be face to face with their teacher just  like in the classroom. For more information, please contact dominiquebremond@aol.com  Don't miss our next pronunciation intensive on Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to  2:15 p.m.  $85. Wine, cheese and snacks included. If you have never been taught French  sounds (voyelles simples et voyelles nasales, liaisons, contractions, etc.),  call and sign up for this unique presentation of French sounds as a logical and  organized system. (415) 362-3666.  Our workshops and conferences are a great way to keep up with your French for  as low as $10 (conferences) or $24 (workshops).  THURSDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS BY DOMINIQUE BREMOND $24. One hour and a half each. Includes handouts. o     March 12. 1 to 2:30 pm. Review of relative pronouns. (level 4 and up) o     March 26, 1 to 2:30 pm. Understand the past tenses. (level 3 and up) o     April 9, 1 to 2:30 pm. Pronunciation: liaisons and contractions (level  4 and up) o     April 23, 1 to 2:30 pm. Practice the subjunctive (level 3 and up) o     May 7, 1 to 2:30 pm. Review of the direct (le, la, les) and indirect  (lui, leur) pronouns. (level 3 and up) o     May 21, 1 to 2:30 pm. How to write personal and business letters in  French, and your resume (level 6 and up) o     June 4, 1 to 2:30 pm. The most common expressions with the pronouns  "en" and "y." (level 4 and up)  CONFERENCES BY RENEE MOREL $10. One hour and a half each. Includes handouts. Each conference is offered twice. Space is limited, please pay early to reserve your seat. Call (415) 362-3666. - DEVOI(L)EMENTS DU NU: (2eme partie) DU GRAND SIECLE A L'EPOQUE MODERNE  * Monday, March 16 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, March 21 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) - FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992): ANATOMIE DE L'HORREUR  * Monday, April 6 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, April 11 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - DE LA RESTAURATION DES BOURBONS A LA REVOLUTION DE 1830   * Monday, May 11 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * Saturday, May 16 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)  Cour d'histoire et civilisation presente par Renée Morel du 3/4 au 4/22  8 weeks: $250 - One and a half hour class. Wednesday, 10:30-12:00  Du libertinage aux maisons closes: La Prostitution.   Siecle des Lumieres, le  XVIIIe siecle est aussi celui du libertinage. Comme l'emblematique Manon,  maintes femmes font le commerce de leur sexe dans le Paris des plaisirs. A  l'image de la societe fortement hierarchisee de l'Ancien Regime, celles-ci se  divisent en differentes classes: courtisanes de haut vol, femmes galantes, filles de  joie. Au lendemain de la Revolution, le besoin de retablir l'ordre se  traduira par une reglementation de la prostitution. La maison close est le lieu ideal  de ce controle.   Cercle du Livre   (Book Club) Free for The French Class members. Meeting once a month. Next: 11 a.m . Monday, February 23 or Saturday, February 28. Book: La Batarde, de Violette Leduc. A minimum of 3 people is necessary to  hold the Book Club. You need to call in advance to sign up and let us know that  you will be attending (415) 362-3666. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com   500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

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…

May 1, 2009.  FRENCH TOUCH, with JOELLE & FLORIANNE, a radio program offered the first Friday of the month on KZYX&Z, 90.7, 91.5 and 88.1 FM (the community non-commercial radio station of Mendocino County).  A great show celebrating la francophonie!  2pm-4pm.  Listen online – http://www.kzyx.org/joomla/ !

May 1, 2009.  AN EVENING WITH CARA BLACK at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Détails à suivre…

May 1, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA fête la FÊTE DU MUGUET chez Barbara.  Apportez une fleur!  nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

May 1, 2009.  YANN TIERSEN IN CONCERT IN SAN FRANCISCO. The artist behind the soundtrack of AMELIE will be in concert in San Francisco on 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 1-10, 2009.  PUPPETS & MOTION ~ PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL.  Swiss artist C. W. Hurni founded "Puppets and Motion" for the express purpose of  creating original plays and performance art events to give voice to social issues and the human condition.  In May, several original plays will be performed by Hurni and her company, which  includes California State University personnel, theatre art students, and puppetteers from the greater Sacramento arts community. A festival for lovers of theatre and  puppetry of all ages, the New Puppet Works festival is not to be missed.  New Puppet Works Festival May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 California Stage's Three Penny Theater 2509 R Street Sacramento, CA, 95816  Friday and Saturday evening shows are directed at adults Saturday and Sunday matinees are meant for children  For more information:  916.451.5822 or www.seaplay.com or www.calstage.org 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, 2009.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. · 6.00 - 8.00 PM Cooley Godward Kronish LLP · Palo Alto  Directions     To celebrate Europe Day, the FACCSF, the British American Business Council, the Business Association Italy America, the German American Business Association and the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us for another wonderful European Networking Event. The event will soon sell out! 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 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 8, 2009.  PICASSO, “GUERNICA” ET LA GUERRE D’ESPAGNE.  Une conférence illustrée offerte par RENEE MOREL.  Détails à suivre…

May 8-17, 2009.  PECHE MIGNON GOURMET FOOD AND SHOPPING TOUR TO PARIS. Péché Mignon, French home décor store located in San Francisco, has put together a unique tour to Paris, from May 8th to May 17th.   The program includes: * 9 nights with breakfasts in a hotel located in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, just a short walk from the métro, cafés and animation of boulevard Saint-Germain and 10 minutes walk from Notre-Dame. Each room is equipped with satellite TV, Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with hair-dryer.  * A private guided Tour inside the Mairie de Paris.  * A hands-on cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu. * A chocolate workshop at La Maison du Chocolat.  * A wine, cheese and foie gras tasting with the former sommelier of the Ritz Hotel.  * A tea discovery and tasting at l’Ecole du Thé. * 2 diners (Alsatian and South-Western cuisine). * A lunch at renowned restaurant Les Bouquinistes, owned by famous Chef Guy Savoy.  * Shopping in discount stores just like Parisians do.  * Shopping for shoes, clothes, jewels, fabrics, whimsical accessories, cookware, chocolate, spices, and more!  * A movie about the History of Paris.  * Metro & Museum passes/English guided tours in museums. *  Transportation from/to the airport.  * Transportation to/from an outlet village to shop for well known brands at 30 to 50% off.  * Visits to the most famous bakeries and salons de thé.  * Visits to the open-air produce markets.  * Visits to the high-end grocery stores.   * And many surprises!  Our tour is no larger than 12 people to allow more flexibility and personal attention.   Space is limited. Call today to reserve your space. Péché Mignon (415) 221-6000.   Registrations end on April 10th.  Price: $3,200.00  More information on the tour can be found on the website http://www.pechemignon.com/paris_tour.htm

May 9, 2009. LE ROI SOLEIL au Marin Center.  HELENE DALLAIRE THEATRE FOR CHILDREN presents Le Roi Soleil, a French Musical, Saturday, 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 18 and under $10.  For details:  http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/cu/Main/mc/mc_calendar_event.cfm?MocKey=406 

May 9, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit pour voir LE ROI SOLEIL au Marin Center.   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 13, 2009.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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 27, 2009.  THE WINES OF BURGUNDY. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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 10, 2009.  REGIONAL ROSÉS. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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

June 13, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL.  The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival kicks off with a glamorous opening night  gala June 13, where Switzerland will be in the spotlight. Performances will include an alphorn duet from Sue and Steve Fox, and showings from yodeler Lisa Ward-Dillier and flagthrower (Fahnenschwinger) Martin Gisler. Visit www.worldartswest.org  for more information.

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 24, 2009.  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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

July 1, 2009.  SAUVIGNON BLANCS AND CHARDONNAYS. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

July 15, 2009.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

July 29, 2009.  CHAMPAGNES! Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

August 5, 2009.  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDIES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

August 12, 2009.  DELUXE RHONES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France!

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.

September 9, 2009  THE RED WINES OF FRANCE. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

September 9-12, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S LA VALSE.  Opening gala, September 9.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

September 16, 2009.  CHOCOLATS NOIRS AND THE RED WINES OF BORDEAUX. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

September 30, 2009.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

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.

October 14, 2009.  CHAMPAGNES! Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

October 28, 2009.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France! The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net

November 4, 2009.  HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES.  Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting, is $60 per person, except for Deluxe, Champagne and Chocolats Noirs & The Red Wines of Bordeaux classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses, pâté and fruit will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering great wine finds from France!   The French Cellar, Regional Wines & Objects from France 32 East Main Street  Los Gatos  CA   95030, tel  408.354.0993  or  fax  408.354.2723, www.thefrenchcellar.com, thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net 

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.

November 12-14, 2009. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with GAUTIER CAPUÇON, cello.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for 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.

December 9-12, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with EMMANUEL AX.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

Opening January 2010.  JEAN RACINE’sPHEDRE at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.).  Translated and adapted by *Timberlake Wertenbaker*; directed by *Carey Perloff*. In this explosive world premiere, A.C.T. joins forces with one of the most thrilling theater companies in the world, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, giving our audiences a rare opportunity to witness exquisite classical acting from this prestigious Canadian company in their Bay Area debut. Seana McKenna, a 17-year Stratford veteran actor, stars as Phèdre, a woman caught in an agonizing love triangle with her husband, King Theseus of Athens, and his son by a former marriage. As passions erupt, will her desire for a younger man overwhelm her duty to her husband, her children, and her kingdom? In a new adaptation by Timberlake Wertenbaker (A.C.T.'s *Hecuba*and *Antigone*, *Our Country's Good*), A.C.T.'s own Carey Perloff (*Rock 'n' Roll*, *'Tis Pity She's a Whore*) directs this potent mix of visceral sexuality and rich poetry in 90 minutes of unforgettable theater.

January 9 & 10, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY’S ETUDES and more.  http://www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

January 14-16, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S MOTHER GOOSE SUITE, MESSIAIEN’S OISEAUX EXOTIQUES, RAVEL’S RAPSODIE ESPAGNOLE and more.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

March 4-7, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S VALSES NOBLES ET SENTIMENTALES.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

March 7, 2010.  ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DE RADIO FRANCE performs with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  Including RAVEL’S MOTHER GOOSE, SHEHERAZADE and DAPHNIS & CHLOE.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details. 

March 20, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with EMMANUEL AX. Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details. 

April 7-10, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs GOUNOD’S BALLET MUSIC FROM FAUST, CLAUDE VIVIER’S ZIPANGU, POULENC’S SUITE FROM LES BICHES and more.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

April 21-22, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with conductor BERNARD LABADIE and MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN, piano.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 13-15, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BIZET’S SYMPHONY NO.1 IN C.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 19-23, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’S DAPHNIS & CHLOE.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

June 17-19, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs POULENC’S SONATA FOR PIANO FOUR HANDS and RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO FOR THE LEFT HAND and more.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

June 23-26, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’ ROMEO & JULIETTE.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

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