May 14-22 , 2009

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May Events

Through May 14, 2009.  COSTA-GAVRAS’ Z at the Castro Theatre.  40th anniversary, new 35mm print.  Striking performances from YVES MONTAND and JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT propel what is easily the most riveting and influential political film of the late '60s.   Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize and Best Actor (Trintignant and Oscars for Best Foreign Film and Film Editing. (1969, 127 min., 35 mm, in French with English subtitles)   Screens nightly at 7:00, 9:30 with early shows on Sat, Sun & Wed at (2:00), 4:25  Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro street, San Francisco  http://www.castrotheatre.com/

May 14 & 15, 2009.  KARMEN GEI. Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 in Darwin 103 Friday, May 15 at 7:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall “Joseph Gai Ramaka has taken Bizet's Carmen and, in his own words, "plunged it into the magical and chaotic urbanity of an African city in the twenty–first century." Karmen Geï is a breathtakingly lavish spectacle, eloquently translated into ancient and contemporary Senegalese musical forms, the elegant cinematography offering up a parade of vivid images.” – PFA (2001, 86 mins., in French and Wolof with English subtitles) Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.2606 or http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/index.html for details.

May 14 & 17, 2009.  PHILIPPE GARREL’S LA FRONTIERE DE L’AUBE (FRONTIER OF DAWN, France, 2008, 106 min) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  May 14, 7:30 pm & May 17, 2:00 pm  "In Garrel's stunningly beautiful new film, shot in glorious black-and-white, his son Louis plays François, a young photographer who has been hired to do a photo shoot with actress Carole (Laura Smet). They fall in love, but he balks at her emotional volatility and finds a convenient excuse to ditch her. She is committed to a mental institution and soon commits suicide. One year later, François embarks on a new relationship with Eve (Clémentine Poidatz), less unhinged and far wealthier. But the promise of stability is undone by an apparition of the purest and darkest romanticism: the face of Carole in the mirror, calling François to join her in oblivion." (Film Comment) (2008, 106 min, 35mm) Location: YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/

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/

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.

Through May 16, 2009. THRILLPEDDLERS presents AUDACIOUS ARTEFACTS:  PARISIAN GRAND GUIGNOL. HELD OVER BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce the extended run of its first production of their 2009 season, "Audacious Artefacts: Parisian Grand Guignol," which includes four terror plays and sex farces from the repertory of the famed Parisian Théâtre du Grand Guignol.  In addition to being presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. through May 2, additional performances have been added for Friday and Saturday, May 8-9 and May 15-16, at Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco.   Terror plays and sex farces from the repertory of the famed Parisian institution of the early twentieth century. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through May 16, 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).

May 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 16, 2009.  A CELEBRATION OF FRANCOFUN!  Please join us to celebrate the First Anniversary of Francofun, the Bay Area’s only French radio show. Francofun promotes French language and culture. The show covers local events and features the best new francophone music from around the globe.  Francofun is throwing itself a birthday party on Saturday May 16th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There’ll be lots of fun and French music at the Café de la Presse, 325 Grant Avenue  in San Francisco (corner of Bush Street).  This is a free event but we encourage donations. All proceeds from the event will benefit  KUSF 90.3 FM. We will also have some KUSF Francofun T-shirts for sale. Sip wine, sample hors-d’oeuvres and meet fellow Francophiles! And of course, Francofun DJs will be on hand spinning more great French music! Be sure to tune in to Francofun every Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. on KUSF 90.3 FM for the very best in new French music and culture! Francofun is in part sponsored by Alliance Française de San Francisco. Ms. Farinaz Agharabi (Dj Fari), Producer Francofun 415-531-0088 farikusf@yahoo.com

May 16, 2009.  HAITIANN FLAG DAY CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA, at Ashkenaz, with the music of SOPHIS & KALBASS KREYOL, Haitian DJ BOUJOLI and special Haitian folkloric dance performances by the incredible PORSHA & RARA TOU LIMEN.  Haitian food will be on the menu.  $10 for students and $15 at the door.  Show starts at 10pm.  http://www.kalbasskreyol.com for details.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or  http://www.ashkenaz.com

May 16, 2009.  CONGOLESE MUSICIANS RICARDO LEMVO & MAKINA LOCA perform African pop, dance music at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.  Pre-event salsa lesson and no-host cocktails at 7:30pm; event at 8pm.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.

May 16, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform in Crescent City, CA.  For details, see my website,  www.rigomania.com

May 16, 2009.  THIRD ANNUAL BELLOT IDOVIA DINNER. You're invited to the Third Annual Bellot Idovia Dinner, hosted by Bellot Idovia Foundation, an Oakland-based organization dedicated to community development projects in Latoti (LaTortue), Haiti.  If you came last year, you played a key role in our sanitation plans being realized in Latoti. In addition, we had a blast. It was like a big family dinner (with about 50 or so people). We feasted together on delicious Haitian cuisine, including fried plantain, pikliz, goat, chicken, vegetables, rice and beans, all prepared in traditional Haitian style.  So let's do it again. If you didn't make it last year, come be part of a developing tradition of friends, food, and helping a community in Haiti stand up and thrive.  Every year we try to do it bigger than the year before. This year we're gathering at an art gallery in Downtown Oakland for dinner, Live Haitian Music, and a Haitian Dance Performance.  We'll show you the work that was done as a result of last year's fundraising, and what we plan to do with the money we raise this year.  So come join us on  May 16, from 4pm to 8pm. We're asking a $25 donation at the door, and feel free to bring friends that are interested in supporting us.  If you can't make it this year, please consider sending a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our fundraising goals. Make checks payable to our sponsor: Black Dot Artists, Inc. with Bellot Idovia Foundation in the memo line. Send donations to:  484 Lakepark Ave., #356.  Event takes place at The Warehouse, 415 26th St. (between Broadway and Telegraph), Oakland.  4pm.  510.814.6253 for details. Check out our website: www.bellotidovia.org

May 16, 2009.  GOURMET’S DIARY OF A FOODIE:  MONTREAL:  COOKING ON THE WILD SIDE. KQED TV9, 1:30pm.

May 16, 2009.  HUBERT KELLER: SECRETS OF A CHEF presents MUSTARD MADNESS. KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

May 16, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda Restaurant in Clayton. 6:30pm to 9pm.  www.deborahkuhl.com

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 16 & 17, 2009.  FRENCH FLEA MARKET IN SONOMA.  At Château Sonoma, organized by Sarah Anderson in her garden courtyard off the plaza.  French importers are invited to sell their goods to the public with 10% of proceeds going to “Stand by Me,” a mentoring program for at-risk kids.  Furniture, linens, garden accents, artwork and more, with music and refreshments. 10:30am-6pm.  Château Sonoma, 153 W. Napa St., Sonoma.  707.935.8553 or http://chateausonoma.com for details.

May 17, 2009.  SWISS SINGING SOCIETY SPRING LUNCHEON AND CONCERT. The Swiss Singing Society is holding its annual Spring Luncheon and Concert, featuring the traditional music of Tony Raymann and band. Doors open at noon; no-host cocktails Four-course dinner served at 12:45 p.m. Price depends on Menu Selection $28 - $44; Children under 13 $12 Concert at 2:00 pm Dance Music by Tony Raymann until 5:30 pm. Spring Luncheon & Concert May 17, 2009, 12 p.m. Basque Cultural Center 599 Railroad Avenue @ Magnolia Avenue South San Francisco RSVP to Margrith Reichmuth, 36348 Tunbridge Drive, Newark, CA 94560  (510. 792.4572). Pre-paid reservations only: by May 4th.

May 17, 2009.  CAMEROON JAZZ MUSICIAN RICHARD BONA AND LIONEL LOUEKE OF BENIN perform in the San Francisco Jazz Spring Season.  An exclusive West Coast date.  7pm.  http://www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299 for details.

May 17, 2009.  THROCKMORTON CHAMBER PLAYERS, Joe Bloon, Patty Farrell, Robert Howard & Helene Zindarsian, perform DEBUSSY, BERLIOZ (with text by Victor Hugo), SAINT-SAENS (also with text by Victor Hugo), at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  7:30pm.  $20 general; $15 students/seniors.  415.383.9600 for details/tickets.

May 17, 2009.  AVEDIS CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES presents MATTHEW EDWARDS, piano, performing DEBUSSY and friends.  Stanford Woodwind Quintet.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., Sf.  415.452.8777 or http://www.avedisconcerts.org for details.  2pm.  $15-$20. 

May 17, 2009  SANTANA:  HYMNS FOR PEACE LIVE AT MONTREUX. KQED TV9, midnight.

May 17, 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."

May 18, 2009.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO performs at Yoshi’s, San Francisco.  http://yoshis.com for details.

May 19, 2009.  CATHERINE DENEUVE and ISABELLE ADJANI start in Roman Polanski's Repulsion and Andrzej Zulawski's Possession, respectively: double feature at the Castro REPULSION, 7:00pm.  Left alone by her sister for the weekend, repressed Catherine Deneuve is haunted by surreal erotic hallucinations and is slowly driven to madness. Roman Polanski's chilling horror tale is a masterpiece of psycho-sexual delirium! (UK, 1965, 104 min, 35mm)   POSSESSION, 9:05pm.  In Andrzej Zulawski's film you will not see the night - for in the forces of night, horror such as this could not exist without damaging humanity beyond rehabilitation. As the most unhappily married couple ever, Isabelle Adjani's completely ajar performance easily puts convention to shame, with equally deranged Sam Neill not far behind. (France/Germany, 1981, 81 min, 35mm)   Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro street, San Francisco  http://www.castrotheatre.com/

May 20, 2009.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON WITH ANNE LANGE. For this edition, we have the pleasure to welcome Anne Lange, Internet Business Solutions Group Director at CISCO. Anne Lange came to Cisco after 10 years working in government and e-business alternatively. She started at the Prime Minister's office, as the head of the department responsible for funding and managing state-owned broadcasting companies. Anne also contributes to build Cisco Vision on how Web 2.0 transforms Governments, big industries and contemporary Societies in depth. Take part of this great networking event and seize the opportunity to meet business women of the Bay area. Men are welcome.  12pm-2pm, Sofitel, San Francisco. $45 Members / $50 Non-Members / $60 At the door  info@faccsf.net 

May 20, 2009.  BAB’AZIZ – THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL (Tunisia, 2006).   Anne Lamott presents Bab'Aziz- The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm The best-selling author of Bird by Bird. Operating Instructions and Traveling Mercies, Bay Area novelist Anne Lamott writes with humor and insight about alcoholism, motherhood and Christianity. On stage at the Rafael, this novelist, non-fiction writer and  political activist will engage in conversation with Ann Brebner and her audience  as she presents Bab'Aziz- The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul. With visual poetry and incomparable beauty, Tunisian filmmaker/painter Nacer Khemir spins a mythical tale about blind dervish Bab'Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his spirited little granddaughter Ishtar (Maryam Hamid), who cross the desert in search of a  legendary gathering of Sufi wanderers who devote their lives to love and beauty.  As they encounter others going to the gathering, filmmaker Khemir (working with  Tonino Guerra, Antonioni's longtime screenwriting partner) develops multiple, interconnected stories of love and longing, all culminating with the spectacular dervish celebration filled with music and dance. Shot largely on locations in Iran (including the ancient city of Bam, later destroyed by earthquake), this "Arabian dream" weaves a timeless tale with mystical and Sufi elements. In Arabic and Farsi with English subtitles. Director: Nacer Khemir. (Tunisia/Iran/France 2006) Film 96 minutes plus discussion. Tickets: $15 ($12 CFI members.)

May 20, 2009. THE PROUST SOCIETY meets at the Mechanics’ Institute.  The Proust Society meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:30-8:00pm.  For more information, call 415.393.0113. 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. Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, 415.393.0103 San Francisco, California.

May 20, 2009. FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS BOOSTER 2009 ~ DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION. Enroll in a dynamic 8-week one-on-one mentorship program to accelerate your Business The French-American Chamber of Commerce's longstanding Business Booster program has begun its 2009 cycle. This course equips the Entrepreneur with valuable lessons on critical startup issues. Connect with high-level mentors and experts by working with startups and specialists!  Challenge & boost your Business weekly interactions with mentors & experts; 1-on-1 exchanges on communication, marketing, legal, finance & business development; provided tools, documents & materials; ending with a formal presentation of your business to a panel of potential investors and venture capitalists. Benefit from an extensive network of high-level professionals and decision makers Understand what it takes to successfully build your business strategy  Get Involved! Visit our website to learn more about the Business Booster program, apply, and get involved! 2009 Calendar May 20 Deadline to submit a 3-4 page executive summary  July 3 Live presentation to Entrepreneur Committee members; candidates are selected  8 Week Program July 29 Welcome and The Elevator Pitch Aug 5      Presentation of business plan to experts and mentors Aug 12 Revenue Sources and Streams Aug 19 Legal Issues and Human Resources Aug 26    Financial Assumptions / P&L Sept 2 Presentation Skills Sept 9 Rehearsal and Video Critique Sept 16   Closing Session: Present your project to Experts and VCs / Angels.  http://www.faccsf.com 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 21, 2009.  GOJIRA performs at Slims, San Francisco. Location: 333 11th street, San Francisco, CA http://www.hawthornetheater.com/

Opening May 22, 2009.  L’HEURE D’ETE / SUMMER HOURS.  Adrienne (Juliette Binoche) is a New York-based designer, Frédéric (Charles Berling) an economics professor in Paris, and Jérémie (Jérémie Renier) a business executive based in China: These three diverging siblings come together at the country house of their mother Hélène (Edith Scob) to decide what to do it after she passes. A veritable museum  of 19th century art and precious furniture, the estate has a value that could transcend family interests.  Rafael, San Rafael.   1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 415.454.1222. http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/films/1047.html

May 22, 2009.  CHECK, PLEASE, BAY AREA! features LA MEDITERRANEE and more.  8:30am.  Also replayed on May 23 (2:30am, 9am, and 1pm), May 24 (5:30pm); May 28 (7:30pm), and May 29 (1:30am and 1pm). KQED TV9, 8:30am.

May 22, 2009.  UNE SOIREE AVEC JEAN CLAUDE ZAMBELLI, le représentant des Français de l’Etranger.  Il nous parlera du fonctionnement et de l’animation des associations francophones aux USA.  Son rôle est de permettre aux Français, malgré l’éloignement, de participer à la vie nationale et de faire entendre leurs voix.  Vista del Lago Club House, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa, CA.  Members of the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, free; non-members, $8.  Reservation preferred; refreshments and snacks will be provided.  707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org or info@afsantarosa.org for details.

May 22-25, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Sacramento We return to one of our favorite annual events. We will play ten sets over the four days, showtimes TBA. Information and tickets: 916 372-5277 or www.sacjazz.com  

May 22-25, 2009.  AVANT-GARDE MUSICIAN CHARLOTTE HUG PERFORMS LIFT. Zurich-based music artist Charlotte Hug will be performing in two very different settings in San Francisco in May: with ROVA as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival and at a CD-release celebration at swissnex.  An ambitious improvisational music project sees ROVA joined by a team of composer-musicians (including Ms. Hug) and Berlin media artist Lillevan that will use digital animation to create "visual music." The project is a continuation of Rova's recent foray into employing the visual arts as either an inspiration for, or an actual tool in the  creation of original music.  In addition, Ms. Hug will celebrate the release of her duo album "LIFT", recorded last year in the Bay Area with Guillermo Galindo. The party, held on Memorial Day at swissnex San Francisco, features an exclusive duo performance with the Mexican composer, performer and sound architect. A unique opportunity to close the holiday weekend with a bang. Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and cosponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico, San Francisco.  ROVA Saxophone Quartet (San Francisco, Germany, Switzerland) Rovaté 2009: Fissures, Futures Fri.-Sat. May 22-23, 8 p.m. Jewish Community & Cultural Center 3200 California Street $25 Reserved Seating, $20 in advance. Series Discounts Available. Box Office: 800.838.3006 Presented by ROVA: Arts. http://sfiaf.org/2009/artists/music/info.php?4 Charlotte Hug & Guillermo Galindo: LIFT May 25, 7 -10 p.m. swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 RSVP and event details at http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

Through 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

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, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda Restaurant in Clayton. 6:30pm to 9pm.  www.deborahkuhl.com

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 24, 2009.  JEROME SABBAGH TRIO at Chez Hanny. 4:00pm CD release party for "One Two Three" (Bee Jazz) Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris, France in 1973 and moved to New York in 1995. There he formed the collective Flipside, which recorded an eponymous album for Naxos Jazz. Since then, Jerome Sabbagh has been writing music and leading his own bands, recording three albums as a leader, "One Two Three", "Pogo" and "North". He has played with Laurent Coq, Jean-Michel Pilc, Victor Lewis, Reggie Workman, Guillermo Klein, Andrew Cyrille, Daniel Humair, Ben Monder, Ben Street, Rodney Green and James Carney. Location: Chez Hanny, 145 Fillmore, San Francisco  http://www.chezhanny.com/

Through 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 27, 2009.  FRENCH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BIOTECH CONFERENCE;  ALLIANCE MANAGEMENT. .30pm-9.00pm Gilead · Foster City · Directions  $20 Members / $25 Non-Members / $30 At the door -- Register Now Add this event to your Calendar!  How to maximize your chances for success in Alliance Management? You will have perspectives from big, small and global life sciences companies. Benefit of experts advices on this topic:  Jeet Mahal - Head of Alliance Management, Portola Pharmaceuticals: Challenges of initializing and maintaining a working partnership across differences in size, geography, language and culture. Christophe Degois - Biotech Executive specializing in Marketing - Business Development - Global Operations: How to support your partners to maximize sales outside the U.S. and how to influence your partners to pay attention to your product and evaluate their performance. Xavier Avat - Director Global Alliance Management, Gilead: What structure works best to keep relationships and business running smoothly for the common good.  Moderator: Norma Watenbaugh - Founding Principal Phoenix Consulting Group. www.faccsf.com for details.

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 27, 2009.  M83 plays at Mezzanine, San Francisco, Location: 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco  http://www.mezzaninesf.com/calendar.asp

May 30, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio A great nightclub in Marin County--Good food, great sound, big dance floor! Town Square, Nicasio. 8:30 pm. Information and dinner reservations: 415 662-2219 or www.ranchonicasio.com

May 30, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda Restaurant in Clayton. 6:30pm to 9pm.  www.deborahkuhl.com

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.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.

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

May 31, 2009.  LA PLACE DU MARCHE. "La Place du Marché" in Berkeley: May 31, 11am - 4pm Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley 's annual "La Place du Marché" transforms the school into an authentic French marketplace. Join us for good food, children¹s games, and wares from our vendors. Enter our Raffle for a chance to win a trip to Paris! Sunday, May 31, 2009 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 1009 Heinz Ave at Ninth in Berkeley (near San Pablo and Ashby) Contact: mmorris@eb.org

May 31, 2009. EURO TASTE - European wine tasting. A special opportunity for Europeans and Europhiles to meet, mingle and share a taste of Europe! Bay Area Friends of Europe is holding its first wine tasting event, featuring the signature wines of the major grape growing countries of Europe. At this private event, you will be able to sample: Vinho Verde and Port from Portugal; Tempranillo, Grenacha and Cava (bubbly) from Spain; Bordeaux varieties, Muscadet, and Rhone blends from France; Riesling from Germany; Gewurztraminer from Alsace; Gruner Veltliner from Austria; Sangiovese and Barbera from Italy; plus some unique wines from Slovenia and Croatia. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. There is a $15/person event fee. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

May 31, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at West Sacramento Moose Lodge, West Sacramento We had a blast the last time we played this venue, so come on out! 3240 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento. 3:00-6:30 pm. Ticket information: 916 371-9684

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.

BAB’AZIZ – THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL (Tunisia, 2006).   Anne Lamott presents Bab'Aziz- The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm The best-selling author of Bird by Bird. Operating Instructions and Traveling Mercies, Bay Area novelist Anne Lamott writes with humor and insight about alcoholism, motherhood and Christianity. On stage at the Rafael, this novelist, non-fiction writer and  political activist will engage in conversation with Ann Brebner and her audience  as she presents Bab'Aziz- The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul. With visual poetry and incomparable beauty, Tunisian filmmaker/painter Nacer Khemir spins a mythical tale about blind dervish Bab'Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his spirited little granddaughter Ishtar (Maryam Hamid), who cross the desert in search of a  legendary gathering of Sufi wanderers who devote their lives to love and beauty.  As they encounter others going to the gathering, filmmaker Khemir (working with  Tonino Guerra, Antonioni's longtime screenwriting partner) develops multiple, interconnected stories of love and longing, all culminating with the spectacular dervish celebration filled with music and dance. Shot largely on locations in Iran (including the ancient city of Bam, later destroyed by earthquake), this "Arabian dream" weaves a timeless tale with mystical and Sufi elements. In Arabic and Farsi with English subtitles. Director: Nacer Khemir. (Tunisia/Iran/France 2006) Film 96 minutes plus discussion. Tickets: $15 ($12 CFI members.) May 20, 2009. 

UN BAISER, S’IL VOUS PLAIT / SHALL WE KISS?  Rialto, Santa Rosa; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

LA FRONTIERE DE L’AUBE / FRONTIER OF DAWN, (Philippe Garrel, France, 2008, 106 min) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  May 14, 7:30 pm & May 17, 2:00 pm  "In Garrel's stunningly beautiful new film, shot in glorious black-and-white, his son Louis plays François, a young photographer who has been hired to do a photo shoot with actress Carole (Laura Smet). They fall in love, but he balks at her emotional volatility and finds a convenient excuse to ditch her. She is committed to a mental institution and soon commits suicide. One year later, François embarks on a new relationship with Eve (Clémentine Poidatz), less unhinged and far wealthier. But the promise of stability is undone by an apparition of the purest and darkest romanticism: the face of Carole in the mirror, calling François to join her in oblivion." (Film Comment) (2008, 106 min, 35mm) Location: YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/ May 14 & 17, 2009. 

L’HEURE D’ETE / SUMMER HOURS (Olivier Assayas, 2008).  With Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Renier as siblings who come together from around the globe to decide what to do when their mother (played by Edith Scob) passes away.Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  Opens Friday, May 22, 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 14 & 15, 2009. 

POSSESSION / REPULSION.  CATHERINE DENEUVE and ISABELLE ADJANI start in Roman Polanski's Repulsion and Andrzej Zulawski's Possession, respectively: double feature at the Castro REPULSION, 7:00pm.  Left alone by her sister for the weekend, repressed Catherine Deneuve is haunted by surreal erotic hallucinations and is slowly driven to madness. Roman Polanski's chilling horror tale is a masterpiece of psycho-sexual delirium! (UK, 1965, 104 min, 35mm)   POSSESSION, 9:05pm.  In Andrzej Zulawski's film you will not see the night - for in the forces of night, horror such as this could not exist without damaging humanity beyond rehabilitation. As the most unhappily married couple ever, Isabelle Adjani's completely ajar performance easily puts convention to shame, with equally deranged Sam Neill not far behind. (France/Germany, 1981, 81 min, 35mm)   Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro street, San Francisco  http://www.castrotheatre.com/ May 19, 2009.

Z ~  COSTA-GAVRAS at the Castro Theatre.  40th anniversary, new 35mm print.  Striking performances from YVES MONTAND and JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT propel what is easily the most riveting and influential political film of the late '60s.   Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize and Best Actor (Trintignant and Oscars for Best Foreign Film and Film Editing. (1969, 127 min., 35 mm, in French with English subtitles)   Screens nightly at 7:00, 9:30 with early shows on Sat, Sun & Wed at (2:00), 4:25  Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro street, San Francisco  http://www.castrotheatre.com/ Through May 14, 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 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. 707.431.2500.

May 15-17, 2009.  ELISABETH  MICHEL-MEYRUEIX, French jewelry artist, shows her newest creations at Silicon Valley Open Studios.  5/9 & 10, 2348 Stratford Dr.  San Jose, CA 95124, 11am to 5pm all days; 5/15, 16 & 17, 853 A Industrial Rd, San Carlos, CA meyrueix88@yahoo.com or www.saveurdujour.com for details.

Through 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.

May 16-June 13, 2009.  JET LAG at the Mina Dresden Gallery.  jet lag:  “a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the  human body.” [Merriam Webster Dictionary Online] Jet Lag *is a MEI.collectiv exhibition by Jessica Resmond (France, US) and Jorge Bachmann (Colombia, Switzerland) with the participation of neuropsychologist Sabine Gysens (Belgium) and artist Anne Chao (Taiwan). * Jet Lag *is a multi-media project that uses metaphors from both the air travel experience and neurosciences to investigate social and biological networks. This new installation includes sculptures, digital photography, sound and video by the MEI.collectiv, as well as pictures, videos and sounds emailed by friends and acquaintances from around the world. Jet Lag *addresses the simultaneous freedom and confinement experienced when traveling across time zones. It draws our attention to the strange and suspended “familiarity” of transient spaces and unfamiliar skies, to the forced intimacy of airport security scans and the anonymity of international flights. About MEI.collectiv: Jessica Resmond is an artist from Bordeaux, France. She received her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Jorge Bachmann is a Swiss Colombian multi-disciplinary artist. His work has been shown internationally in Switzerland, Colombia and the US. Exhibition by MEI.collectiv.  Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16, 6-9pm; Closing Reception: Saturday, June 13, 2-6pm; Gallery Hours: By Appointment www.meicollectiv.com.  Location: Mina Dresden Gallery, 312 Valencia @ 14th street, San Francisco, CA 94103 / www.minadresden.com

Through May 17, 2009.  ELI GEISER.  Art Exhibition at Park Life in SF.  Innovative Swiss artist Eli Geiser makes a connection with color, sound and rhythm. She has taken a literal step and assigned a color for each letter of the alphabet. The rules of her language have changed over the years but the general ground rules have been retained. Using this system Geiser paints geometric compositions. These works have been used to represent certain phrases as well as representing something as abstract as the rhythm of someone's speech. Eli Geiser and Kelly Lynn Jones Through May 17 Park Life 220 Clement St San Francisco, CA 94118 415.386.PARK (7275) info@parklifestore.com or www.parklifestore.com  Gallery is free and open to the public.

Through May 20, 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. 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.  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

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 25, 2009.  MARC CHAGALL:  A RETROSPECTIVE.  Weinstein Gallery, 301 Geary St., San Francisco.  415.362.2230 or http://www.weinstein.com for details.

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 2, 2009.  THE GRID ~ Contemporary Art Show Featuring Swiss artist MONIKA STEINER. Prolific Bay Area Swiss painter Monika Steiner is prominently featured in Geras  - Tousignant Gallery's annual group show, The Grid. May 1st - June 2nd Geras - Tousignant Gallery 437 Pacific Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133 415.986.1647 Opening reception May 1, 5 - 9 p.m. RSVP by phone to be included on the guest list.

Through June 6, 2009.  FRENCH NEW WAVE.  Mixed media work from Aaron White.  Cain Schulte Gallery, 714 Guerrero St., SF.  415.543.1550 or http://cainschulte.com.

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

Through September 7, 2009.  CHAGALL AND THE ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN JEWISH THEATER, 1919-1949.  $5-$10;under 18 free.  Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco.  415.655.7800 or http://www.thecjm.org for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLASSES

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.

June 16-July 7, 2009.  FRENCH CLASS (CONVERSATION) taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

AT THE FRENCH CLASS!

The French Class - www.frenchclass.com  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS. * New  *  A class designed specifically to teach those traveling to France basic French and to explain important French customs and behaviors. Through vocabulary, dialogues, visual aids, games and authentic materials (maps, menus, etc), you will learn phrases for specific situations (airport, hotel, bank, train station, etc). This class also serves as a useful review for intermediate and advanced learners. Accelerated Grammar for Beginners Cover two Beginner levels in only 8 weeks! Semi-private or private classes available. Call 415.775.7755 or email [mailto:jcruz@afsf.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…

Opening in June 2009.  SÉRAPHINE (Martin Provost, 2008), about the life of Séraphine de Senlis.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. 

June 4-7, 2009.  PLATYPUS THEATRE présente CHATEAU EN SUEDE, un spectacle de FRANÇOISE SAGAN. Dans un château en Suède encerclé de neige, les Falsen, une famille légèrement psychopathe, reste prisonnière jusqu’au printemps en compagnie d’un hôte qui s’est invité à l’improviste. La châtelaine désoeuvrée s'amuse à séduire un cousin transi de froid et d'amour, sous le regard complice de son mari bourru et de son frère incestueux. A partir d’une intrigue classique de vaudeville, « Château en Suède » bascule vers la comédie de moeurs spirituelle et nuancée, décrivant les rêves d'amour et d'argent de générations opposées. Dans ce style faussement léger qui la caractérise, où l’humour l’emporte toujours sur la mélancolie, Françoise Sagan y réinvente le marivaudage moderne. Attirée par toutes les scènes, Françoise Sagan, écrivit pour le cinéma et la chanson française, mais se révéla aussi une dramaturge de talent. Toutes ses pièces furent montées par les metteurs en scène les plus prestigieux et jouées par les interprètes les plus célèbres de son époque.   « Château en Suède », première pièce de théâtre de l’auteur, publiée en 1960. Mise en scène par André Barsacq au théâtre de l’Atelier, la pièce créa la surprise en recevant le prestigieux prix du Brigadier.  Dès lors, le théâtre de Sagan attira les plus grands noms, de Juliette Gréco à Danielle Darrieux. « Château en Suède » sera même adapté au cinéma par Roger Vadim, avec pour interprètes principaux Monica Vitti et Jean-Louis Trintignant.  L’auteur : En 1954, l’éditeur René Julliard découvre Françoise Sagan, auteur d’un premier roman scandaleux, “Bonjour Tristesse”, qu’il décide de publier alors qu’elle n’a que dix-sept ans. Françoise Sagan ne cessera jamais d’écrire jusqu’à sa disparition, en 2004, à l’âge de soixante-neuf ans. Elle est l’auteur d’une quarantaine de textes, romans, pièces de théâtre, nouvelles et scénarios.  Avec :  Nathalie Albenque Arnaud Cabanel  Talia Fellah Céline Hakoun Emmanuelle Lambert Thomas Marigné  Carlos Pantoja, Michel Tassetto  Mise en scène : Pascale Couderc  Lumières: Joseph Amic-Angelo Costumes et Décors : Barbara Kapelj Osredkar Affiche : Valérie Couderc-Zaroli Chorégraphie de la valse: Sherry Kowtko.  EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco www.sffringe.org.  4, 5 et 6 juin à 20 heures et 7 juin à 17 heures 30.  Entrée : $15 étudiants $10.  Réservations: platypustheatre@yahoo.com or 415-558-0651.

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 6, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda Restaurant in Clayton. 6:30pm to 9pm.  www.deborahkuhl.com

June 6, 2009.  HELENE ATTIA and her band perform at the BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL.  6pm-8pm. http://www.berkeleyworldmusic.org Address is: Manny's Tap (formerly Raleigh's Pub) 2440 Telegraph Ave. Free Performance www.heleneattia.com 

June 6, 7, 14 & 21, 2009.  THE POCKET OPERA performs THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, based on the play by BEAUMARCHAIS.  Locations:  6/6, Legion of Honor; 6/7 Julia Morgan Theater; 6/14 Legion of Honor; 6/21, Napa Valley Opera House.   415.972.8930 or  http://www.pocketopera.org for details.

June 8, 2009.  THE PEACOCKS TOUR THE WEST COAST ~ San José. Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, the curiously popular Swiss rockabilly band The Peacocks will be undertaking a West Coast tour in early June, with stops in San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Missoula, and Bozeman. More information to come. See www.thepeacocks.ch  The Blank Club 44 S. Almaden Ave. San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 292-5265 www.theblankclub.com

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.  PROJECT APPLAUSE presents A SONG FOR SUMMER, an elegant gala concert featuring internationally recognized countertenor Christopher Fritzsche, acclaimed soprano Susan Witt-Butler and introducing local sopranos Kimberly Anderman, Christa Durand and Eva Maass with accompaniment by pianist Dr. Leslie Dukes.  The performance will spotlight an historic array of vocal literature spanning the last four centuries and will feature the timeless works of Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, FAURE, Puccini and others.  All proceeds will benefit Project Applause, a non-profit 501(c)3 for the arts that works to provide extensive performance experience to emerging classical vocalists.  The event will take place at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave in Santa Rosa on June 13, 2009. The evening begins at 7pm with a pre-show reception featuring complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and are also available by calling (707) 538-2831.

June 13, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL features SWITZERLAND. The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival kicks off with a glamorous opening night gala June 13, where Switzerland will be in the spotlight. Along with fine food  and wine and prestigious auction items, the evening will showcase traditional Swiss performances, including an alphorn duet from Sue and Steve Fox, and showings from yodeler Lisa Ward-Dillier and flagthrower (Fahnenschwinger) Martin Gisler.  Swiss Performances at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival June 13, 6 p.m. Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon St. San Francisco, CA 94123 Tickets: $150 Tel: 415.474.3914 http://www.worldartswest.org/main/gala_index.asp Event sponsored by the Swiss consulate.

June 13, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda Restaurant in Clayton. 6:30pm to 9pm.  www.deborahkuhl.com

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

June 14, 2009. EXPAT EUROPEANS GATHERING. Sip aperitifs and socialize with fellow Europeans in a stylish lounge bar. If you are from Europe and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, compare notes on life in America, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The gathering starts late afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

June 18-20, 2009.  ETIENNE!   Family-Friendly Movie Etienne Tours the West.  From Swiss producer Giacun Caduff and starring a bevy of offbeat stars (including San Francisco icon Caveh Zahedi), Etienne! is making its victory lap up and down  the California coast where the film was shot. After Richard's best and only friend, a dwarf hamster named Etienne, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decides to take him on a bicycle road trip up the California coast to show him the world before he must put him to sleep. ther cast  San Francisco United Film Festival (SF Premiere) June 18th, 2009 - 9:30pm Roxie Cinema 3117 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103  Pigeon Point Lighthouse (Etienne! location) June 19th, 2009 - 8pm 210 Pigeon Point Rd  Pescadero, CA 94060 Limited attendance: 40 guests Marin Headlands Hostel (Etienne! location) June 20th, 2009 - 8pm 941 Fort Barry Sausalito, CA 94965 Limited attendance: 40 guests For more information, please see: http://www.hamstermovie.com/screenings/

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 20, 2009.  FETE DE LA MUSIQUE A SILICON VALLEY. 1:00pm to 9:00pm, Santana Row, San Jose.  Fete de la Musique Silicon Valley is led collaboratively by the FACS (French American Cultural Society), San Jose Jazz and Santana Row. It will take place in Santana Row, a lively, trendy shopping and dining neighborhood in San Jose, CA. Music will rock the streets from 1pm to 9pm, at 4 outdoor locations and in 10 participating restaurants. The event will feature world-class French and Franco-American performers, as well as some of the best Bay Area musicians, performing music and of all genres throughout the neighborhood - and it's all free !  http://facs-sf.org/ Event organized and supported by the French American Cultural Society.

June 20, 2009.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, with the Alloy Orchestra performing the original score.  Features the disfigured and vengeful figure who lurks in the shadows under the Paris Opera House.

June 20, 2009.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at Upstairs at the Café, First Street Café, Benicia. Great wine selection, lovely view, fine good and great company.  440 First Street - Benicia www.firststreetcafe.com *With Aram Boyd on the amazing electric space horn.

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 27, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda Restaurant in Clayton. 6:30pm to 9pm.  www.deborahkuhl.com

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

June 28, 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."

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 4, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, Clayton 6:30-9:00pm  (solo) La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925.524.0011.

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 10, 2009.  HELENE ATTIA performs for BASTILLE DAY!  8PM.   Dave Miotke, piano, accordion & vocals Angelica's Bistro 863 Main Street in Redwood City Call 650-365-3226 to reserve tickets http://www.angelicasbistro.com or www.heleneattia.com

July 11, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, Clayton 6:30-9:00pm  (solo) La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925.524.0011.

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 12, 18, 19 & 26, 2009.  THE POCKET OPERA perfoms BIZET’S CARMEN.  Locations:  7/12, 18 & 19, Legion of Honor; 7/26, Napa Valley Opera House. 415.972.8930 or http://www.pocketopera.org for details.

July 13-17, 2009.  IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME!  A multi-lingual exploration of Greek mythology and its wonders, a week-long language camp for students entering Grades 2-6 who are intrigued by language (French and Spanish) or Greek Mythology, and preferably both! Our participants should already have been introduced to either French or Spanish, this camp is not intended for absolute beginners. Note to parents: our goal is not to attempt teaching proficient language skills in such a short time span. Rather, we would like to adopt a playful approach to foreign language through the use of a variety of tools (audio and visual presentations, crafts, physical activities and drama). Rather than “learning” a language, we would like our campers to explore French and Spanish in a non-academic format. In fact, several presentations on mythological themes will be conducted in English. We feel that the theme of Greek Mythology lends itself perfectly to this exploration, thanks to the richness of its stories, art forms and social traditions. During this week, we will learn about Greek Gods, Goddesses and heroes, we will reenact Olympic games, paint pottery in Greek style, play with mazes, words and sounds and much more… At the end of the week, our campers will present a short play to bring together all of our week’s work.  Our campers will go back home with a number of games, crafts, newly acquired or reinforced language skills and most important of all, great memories!  Instructors:  Stephanie Zuntz and Kara Dohring.  9am-1pm at the Young School, 957 Brown St., Suite A, St. Helena.  cultured-kids@hotmail.com.  $240. * Campers bring a bag lunch and a reusable water bottle; morning snacks will be provided by the Camp.

July 14, 2009.  HELENE ATTIA QUARTETTE performs in the BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL at BOUCHON in Yountville, CA 3:00 - 6:00 pm Free admission www.heleneattia.com

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 18, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at Upstairs at the Café, First Street Café, Benicia. Great wine selection, lovely view, fine good and great company.  440 First Street - Benicia www.firststreetcafe.com *With Aram Boyd on the amazing electric space horn  

July 23-26, 2009.  SECOND SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL.  Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Jack Hirschman and the San Francisco Public Library will present the second San Francisco International Poetry Festival. The festival will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts and various venues and libraries throughout San Francisco.  Details to follow. http://www.friendssfpl.org/

July 25, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, Clayton 6:30-9:00pm  (solo) La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925.524.0011.

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

July 25, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, Clayton 6:30-9:00pm  (solo) La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925.524.0011.

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!

August 22, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at Upstairs at the Café, First Street Café, Benicia. Great wine selection, lovely view, fine good and great company, 440 First Street - Benicia www.firststreetcafe.com  *With Aram Boyd on the amazing electric space horn.

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 25-27, 2009.  THE SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY presents LES GRÂCES FRANÇOISES / GRACEFUL MUSIC FROM FRANCE, with Jennifer Paulino, soprano Annette Bauer, recorders, Rebekah Ahrendt, viola de gamba, Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord.  Explore the elegant world of French Baroque music with young Bay Area ensemble Les grâces.  From the chic airs de cour and the dramatic cantata Ariadne et Bachus, by MONTÉCLAIR to intimate chamber music by MARAIS & COUPERIN, this program reflects the bon goût prized at the time.  Yet the French were not always so refined; they also dabbled in the silly, as revealed in BERNIER’s charming coffee cantata.  9/25, First Lutheran Church, 800 Homer at Webster, Palo Alto; 9/26, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College St. at Barber, Berkeley; 9/27, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.  510.528.172 or http://www.sfems.org for details.

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 5 & 6, 2009.  MARINO FORMENTI performs MESSAIEN’S VINGT REGARDS SUR L’ENFANT JESUS.  San Francisco Performances; details to follow. 

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.

December 15, 2009.  MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN performs FAURE and more. San Francisco Performances; details to follow.

Opening January 2010.  JEAN RACINE’s PHEDRE 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.

February 28 & March 2, 2010.  FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO.  Marin Symphony performs DEBUSSY’S PRELUDE A L’APRES-MIDI D’UN FAUNE and more.  Marin  Center, San Rafael.  www.marinsymphony.org or 415.479.8100.

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.

April 25, 2010.  YEVGENY SUDBIN, piano, performs SAINT-SAENS and more. San Francisco Performances; details to follow.

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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