May 28-June 5, 2009

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May & June Events

May 28, 2009.  CELEBRATION OF THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN THE ANTILLES presented by BAY FRENCH OVERSEAS.  Special guest speakers:  Laura Muñoz, of the Instituto Moro, Mexico, "French Caribbean: Images in National Geographic Magazine"; Dr. Angela Winand, of the University of Illinois, "Alice Dunbar-Nelson: Race, Class, and Créole Identity in Stories of New Orleans.”  The lectures, in English, will be followed by a question and answer period with  both speakers.  Please join us for a "Ti-Punch" reception after the program.  Bay French Overseas is a non-profit organization which regroups people from the French Caribbean and Reunion Island.  6:30pm.  Free event.  http://www.afsf.com for details. Daniel.Bambou@gmail.com

May 28 & 30, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO PARLOR OPERA presents GOUNOD’S FAUST.  1652 Hayes St., SF.  415.235.9178 or http://sfparloropera.org for details.

May 29, 2009.  LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. 7:30pm.  Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto.  The Cycle is organized and presented by Laurence Albet.  The movies are projected in French with English sub-titles and with great Sony Dolby surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium.  Every movie night includes:  a French film, French food, and French or English conversation.  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for more details.

May 29, 2009.  WINDS ACROSS THE BAY PRESENTS IMPRESSIONISM.  Enjoy DEBUSSY, RAVEL,  and more.  Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave, Berkeley.  510.243.0514 or http://www.WindsAcrossTheBay.org for details.  8pm.  $5 students, $10 seniors; $15 adults.

May 29-31, 2009. TOURNÉES FESTIVAL OF FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILMS. The Film Studies program at UC Davis presents five films at the Technocultural Studies Building. Free admission. Films include Elle S’Appelle Sabine, Friday, May 29, 7 p.m.; Reves de Poussière, Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m.; Lili et le Baobab, Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m.; Frantz Fanon: Sa vie, son combat, son travail, Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m.; and La Faute à Fidel, Sunday, May 31, 7 p.m. Info: http://filmstudies.ucdavis.edu/events/ or 530.752.4999.

May 30, 2009.  MASTER SINFONIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs FAURE  and more.  Valley Presbyterian Church, Portola Valley, 945 Portola Valley Rd., Portola Valley.  650.348.1270 or http://www.mastersinfonia.org for details.  $5-$18.  8pm.

May 30, 2009.  OPEN OPERA concert in the park features BIZET and more.  Live Oak Park, Berkeley.  510.547.2471 or http://www.openopera.net for details.  3pm.  Free.

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.  TOUR DE FROMAGE.  Treasure-hunting expedition à vélo!  15-mile group ride to destinations to be revealed on the day of the trip, at which participants can learn about, taste and buy cheese.  Trip begins in Panhandle Park and ends with a cheese-sharing picnic.  Meet at Panhandle Statude at Fell & Baker, SF.  11am-3pm.  Be prepared to purchase cheese; otherwise, free!

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.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA chez Yolita à San Rafael. I will host on Saturday, May 30th in San Rafael, a Garden Party with guest speaker for 20 minutes on Cameroon.  Outside at 5:30 pm, 25 adults and max 8 kids.  Wear mesquito repellant.  Gerstle Park area, nearest cross streets, “D” Street and San Rafael (central san Rafael exit).  Email me to bring a bottle of wine or 5 bottles of sparkling water.  I will provide Salade Nicoise…  415/259-0455.  For general information about the Cercle, email nadinepavloff@netscape.net

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.

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

June 1, 2009.  RICHARD BANGS’ ADVENTURES WITH PURPOSE features MOROCCO:  QUEST FOR THE KASBAH.  KQED TV9, 1am; repeated June 6th, 3pm.

June 4-7, 2009.  DJANGOFEST MILL VALLEY. Celebrate the music and lively spirit of the legendary French/Belgian gypsy guitarist.  142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  415.383.9600, or http://142throckmortontheatre.org for details. 

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 4, 11, 18, & 25 & July 2, 2009.  TANGO SCÈNE:  LEARN THE TANGO IN FRENCH!  Voted "Best Tango Teacher in SF" by 7x7 Magazine Sonja Riket combines festive Argentine tango with "le French touch" for a special series of dance classes at the Alliance Française. Experience the unique method of somatic tango, the dance of relationship, in the world's most romantic language! The Pre-Beginner level workshop as a single class or a pre-requisite for the series. Classes taught in conversational-level French with short vocab review before each class. No dance experience or partner necessary.  7-8:30pm.  Requisite pre-beginner workshop June 4, 7-9pm Intermediate Level 2 in July.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

June 6, 2009.  BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL includes HELENE ATTIA as well as MARKUS JAMES & THE WASSONRAI performing MALI BLUES.  Noon-9pm; music starts at 1pm.  People’s Park.  http://berkeleyworldmusic.org for details. Note: 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, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO & ENSEMBLE perform at the  35th Annual Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival Sunnyvale Ave and Evelyn Outdoor, No Cover The Combo (Sextet). 11:30am - 11:00pm. www.laurentfourgo.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.

Through 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.

June 8-July 1, 2009.  TWENTY FILMS SET IN PARIS.  Everyone has his or her favorite. From Amélie to Zazie dans le métro, iconic classics meet playful new releases, these films revel in the City of Lights.  Free admission. All films subtitled in English.  Titles are: 

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.  MARCHÉ FRANÇAIS in Benicia… Details to follow.

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 15, 2009.  FINE EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS & THE MUSEUM SALE.  Bonhams & Butterfields auction.  Items include a Louis XVI gilt bronze and marble clock from a superb three-iece garniture, last quarter 19th c., deaccessioned from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  http://www.bonhams.com/us or 415.AUCTION for details. 

June 18-20, 2009.  17TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR SOCIETY.  The Simone de Beauvoir Society is holding its 17th international conference on the San Jose State University campus June 18-20. Entitled "Simone de Beauvoir: Then and Now," it will begin with registration at noon on Thursday, June 18th and conclude at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th. Sessions will focus on "Beauvoir and the Stages of Life," "Teaching Beauvoir," "Philosophical Aspects of Beauvoir's Life and Works," "International Echoes of Beauvoir's Ideas," "Beauvoir and the Arts," and "Beauvoir's Fictional Works." Presenters will be gathering from Spain, England, Norway, Canada and various parts of the United States. All sessions will be held in the Martin Luther King Library and the registration fee will include a buffet reception on Friday afternoon, June 19th. For further details, please consult www.sjsu.edu/foreignlanguages/events or contact conference organizer Dominique van Hooff at dominique.vanhooff@sjsu.edu or Beauvoir Society president Yolanda Patterson at guyyopat@aol.com

June 18, 2009.  LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO!  With TÉTÉ and ERIC JOHN KAISER, Portland’s French troubadour!  Jeudi June 18th, 8pm with Tété (http://www.myspace.com/tete75) and Eric John Kaiser, Portland's French Troubadour (http://www.ericjohnkaiser.com) at the Mission Rock Café 817 Terry Francois St San Francisco, CA 94158.  For details:  415.626.5355  or http://www.missionrockcafe.com/ Price: 10 $ in advance, 12 $ at the door. Come and Party like the French!

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 18-28, 2009.  FRAMELINE, the 33rd annual SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, includes GIVE ME YOUR HAND (France; Pascal-Alex Vincent, 2008).  http://www.frameline.org for details.

June 19-28, 2009.  8TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL to be held over two consecutive weekends, June 19-21 & 27-28 at the Crest theatre, in Downtown Sacramento.  All films will be shown in the spectacular art deco auditorium of the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, in Downtown Sacramento. For more information regarding the Festival, ticket & pass prices and film schedules, you can go to www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org . On *Friday, June 19th*, the Festival will begin with our fabulous *Opening Night* Reception with open bar and music, catered by Sacramento’s best restaurants & markets. Immediately after the reception, the SFFF will present its *Opening Film, Paris* a dramatic comedy by acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch (*The Spanish Appartment, Russian Dolls*).  Film screenings will continue all weekend and the following one. Our *Closing Film*, *Welcome* by Philippe Lioret, the acclaimed, controversial and poignant drama about a swimming instructor and a young illegal immigrant, will be presented on *Sunday June 28th*. A *Closing Champagne *Party will follow the screening and conclude, in great style, the 8th SFFF.  The Festival features *premieres of new French films, cult French classics*and *original short films*. The complete line-up will be announced at the end of May.  And of course, all films are shown with *English subtitles!* 916-455 9390  www.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.

Through June 21, 2009.  BECKETT’s KRAPP’S LAST TAPE performed by CUTTING BALL THEATER, EXIT on Taylor, 277 Taylor, SF.  800.838.3006 or http://www.cuttingball.com.  $15-$30. 

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

June 21, 2009.  THE TEE FEE SWAMP BOOGIE plays CAJUN / ZYDECO in Belvedere Park.  4pm-6pm.  Belvedere (Marin).  Free.  :  415.435.5633.

June 21, 2009.  POIROT:  CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS.  Agatha Christie’s suave sleuth tackles a murder case involving international espionage and a missing princess.  KQED TV9, 9pm; program repeats 6/22 at 3am; 6/27 at 9pm; 6/28 at 3am.

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 24, 2009.  SPARK features DJANGO REINHARDT and more.  Travel back to 1930s Paris when Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt lit the city on fire with his hot licks.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.  Program repeats 6/25 at 1:30am; 6/26 at 11:30pm; 6/27 at 5:30am; 6/27 at 2pm; and 6/28 at 11am.

June 26, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO & ENSEMBLE perform in the Brentwood Music Series.   7:00 - 9:00pm Outdoor, No Cover, Bring your wine, appetizers and blanket.  www.laurentfourgo.com   

June 27, 2009.  THREE FRENCH VILLAGES, SEVEN FRENCH MASTERS.  Docent lecture, Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

June 27, 2009.  JOANNE WEIR’S COOKING CLASS features asparagus gougères.  KQED TV9, noon.

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.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  For details, contact:  Bérénice, at berenicevlm@yahoo.com

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."

June 28, 2009.  POIROT:  MRS. MCGINTY’S DEAD.  The Belgian sleuth teams up with a famed crime novelist to save an innocent man accused of murder.  KQED TV9, 9pm.  Program rebroadcast 6/29 at 3am; 6/29 at 8pm; and 6/30 at 2am. 

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.

8TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL to be held over two consecutive weekends, June 19-21 & 27-28 at the Crest theatre, in Downtown Sacramento.  All films will be shown in the spectacular art deco auditorium of the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, in Downtown Sacramento. For more information regarding the Festival, ticket & pass prices and film schedules, you can go to www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org . On *Friday, June 19th*, the Festival will begin with our fabulous *Opening Night* Reception with open bar and music, catered by Sacramento’s best restaurants & markets. Immediately after the reception, the SFFF will present its *Opening Film, Paris* a dramatic comedy by acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch (*The Spanish Appartment, Russian Dolls*).  Film screenings will continue all weekend and the following one. Our *Closing Film*, *Welcome* by Philippe Lioret, the acclaimed, controversial and poignant drama about a swimming instructor and a young illegal immigrant, will be presented on *Sunday June 28th*. A *Closing Champagne *Party will follow the screening and conclude, in great style, the 8th SFFF.  The Festival features *premieres of new French films, cult French classics*and *original short films*. The complete line-up will be announced at the end of May.  And of course, all films are shown with *English subtitles!* 916-455 9390  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.orgJune 19-28, 2009. 

ENTRE LES MURS / THE CLASS.  Oaks, SF.

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. 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 18-20, 2009. 

FRAMELINE, the 33rd annual SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, includes GIVE ME YOUR HAND (France; Pascal-Alex Vincent, 2008).  http://www.frameline.org for details. June 18-28, 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. Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera 3, San Jose; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Albany. Opens at the Rialto, Santa Rosa, June 5th.

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. 7:30pm.  Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto.  The Cycle is organized and presented by Laurence Albet.  The movies are projected in French with English sub-titles and with great Sony Dolby surround sound system on a 30 feet wide screen at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium.  Every movie night includes:  a French film, French food, and French or English conversation.  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for more details. May 29, 2009.

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

TOURNÉES FESTIVAL OF FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILMS AT UC DAVIS . The Film Studies program at UC Davis presents five films at the Technocultural Studies Building. Free admission. Films include Elle S’Appelle Sabine, Friday, May 29, 7 p.m.; Reves de Poussière, Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m.; Lili et le Baobab, Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m.; Frantz Fanon: Sa vie, son combat, son travail, Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m.; and La Faute à Fidel, Sunday, May 31, 7 p.m. Info: http://filmstudies.ucdavis.edu/events/ or 530.752.4999. May 29-31, 2009.

TWENTY FILMS SET IN PARIS.  Everyone has his or her favorite. From Amélie to Zazie dans le métro, iconic classics meet playful new releases, these films revel in the City of Lights.  Free admission. All films subtitled in English.  Titles are: 

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. 

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 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 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 June 27, 2009.  THE TUAREG PORTFOLIOS.  Photographs by Elisabeth Sunday.  Gallery 291, 291 Geary St., SF.  414.291.9001 or http://www.gallery291.net for details. 

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.

Opening December 19, 2009.  CARTIER AND AMERICA.  Marking Cartier’s 100 years in the United States, this exhibition covers the history of the House of Cartier from its first great successes as the “king of jewelers and jeweler to kings” during the Belle Epoque through the 1960s and 1970s, when Cartier supplied celebrities of the day with their jewels and Tank watches.  With an extensive variety of jewelry forms – ranging from traditional white diamond suites to the highly colored exotic creations of the 1920s and 1930s – Cartier made its mark with the ingenuity of its designs and its exquisite craftsmanship.  Derived mainly from the private collection of Cartier, the spectacular array of objects includes jewelry of the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods as well as freestanding works of art such as the famous Mystery Clocks.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.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

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

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

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 9-July 14, 2009.  LES VINS DE FRANCE WINE CLASS.  Sommelier Raphael Knapp, owner of International Vineyards, teaches this six-week course covering basics of wine tasting and production methods, the historical and cultural significance of wine in France, and vocabulary tips en français. Dégustons! Bordeaux white, rosé and white Graves Bordeaux Left Bank Bordeaux Right Bank Graves + Sauternes Madiran and Cahors Basque Country + Jurancon Sign up for the series to receive 15%-25% discount. Drop-ins must register in advance. Space is limited. Tuesdays, June 9-July 14, 7:00-8:30pm.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

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.

July 29-August 19, 2009.  LA TERREUR ET LA PITIE: LES CHOUANS. Cours offert par RENEE MOREL au French Class. Mars 1793: Plus de trois ans apres la prise de la Bastille, la France, menacee par l'ennemi, connait de grandes difficultes. Afin de defendre les frontieres, son gouvernement revolutionnaire -- la Convention -- decrete  une levee de plus de 300 000 hommes. Cependant, en Bretagne et plus encore en  Vendee, la conscription va declencher une vaste insurrection. Non pas une  simple revolte de paysans, comme il y en avait toujours eu, mais le soulevement unanime de toute une population rurale.  Pourquoi la Vendee va-t-elle prendre pour devise "Dieu et le roi" et chercher a s'allier aux Anglais? Le peuple s'opposerait-il donc a la Revolution? Un tel paradoxe pose certes des problemes a la Convention, qui cherche a expliquer "l'inexplicable Vendee".  Venez revivre, sous le regne de la Terreur, la tragique epopee des "Blancs" ou des "Chouans", ces contre-revolutionnaires dont les combats fratricides ont inspire Honore de Balzac ("Les Chouans", 1826) et Victor Hugo ("Quatrevingt-treize", 1873).  Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives.  [Mme Morel a servi d'interprete lors de la premiere de l'opera de Georges Duhamel, "Quatrevingt-treize", a Lyon le 14 juillet 1789.]  4 weeks Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $125 (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.

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

LANGUAGE ATELIERS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  One day workshops to energize your language-learning:  French for Travelers; Business French; Phonetics and French Pronunciation.  Contact Jeremiah Cruz [mailto:jcruz@afsf.com] for more information.  415.775.7755, ext 19.

FRENCH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY ELYCEE. Sign up for our most popular French Language Workshops. All our French teachers are native speakers, certified to teach French by the Ministere de l'Education nationale (French Ministry of Education), and our French Language Workshops are total immersion. A uniquely French environment. We have the world's first fully interactive virtual classroom, with full audio/video and a range of collaborative (shared) tools and applications. You can sign in from wherever you are to join teachers, friends and colleagues online. For information on our yearly academic programs for students- starting September 15th-  please Christine Frin me directly. Christine Frin www.elycee.com France : Cell : 06 85 63 35 95 USA Cell : 1 415 328 5357 Fax : 1 415 480 2096

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…

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 4, 2009.  THE ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Rancho Nicasio, BBQ on the Lawn.  $15; children under 10, $5.  On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.

July 6-10, 2009. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

July 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 10, 2009. GEORGES LAMMAM performs at the De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.  415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org for details.

July 11, 2009.  FROM REMBRANDT TO RENOIR:  THREE CENTURIES OF EUROPEAN ART AT THE LEGION OF HONOR. Docent lecture by Dorothy Ann Nelson, Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 26, 2009.  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE RENAISSANCE. Docent lecture by Kay Payne, Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

July 27 or August 1, 2009.   LA SYMBOLIQUE DES COULEURS (PART I): CONFERENCES PAR RENEE MOREL à "The French Class” (en français, bien sûr)!  Chaque conference est illustree de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.   Lapis-lazuli, garance, ocre... De meme que les peuples, les couleurs ont une histoire, souvent mouvementee, et qui remonte a la nuit des temps. Elles vehiculent sens caches, codes, tabous et prejuges qui influencent notre langage et notre imaginaire. Venez decouvrir, avec la chimie et l'alchimie des couleurs, leurs secrets de fabrication, leur systeme symbolique et leur pouvoir de seduction: vous verrez le monde autrement!  Deux conferences passionnantes, illustrees de diapositives et basees sur les  recherches de l'historien anthropologue Michel Pastoureau. * TUESDAY, JULY 27 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)  * SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com  Please MAKE A RESERVATION. For the first conference on "The Nude," two (fully  dressed) people were turned away because they had failed to reserve. It was too late to remove the table from the room to accommodate them, which  could have been done had they only arrived early.  Please COME ON TIME. Since the room is not large, people who arrive after the  lights have been turned off really disturb everybody.

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

July 29-August 19, 2009.  LA TERREUR ET LA PITIE: LES CHOUANS. Cours offert par RENEE MOREL au French Class. Mars 1793: Plus de trois ans apres la prise de la Bastille, la France, menacee par l'ennemi, connait de grandes difficultes. Afin de defendre les frontieres, son gouvernement revolutionnaire -- la Convention -- decrete  une levee de plus de 300 000 hommes. Cependant, en Bretagne et plus encore en  Vendee, la conscription va declencher une vaste insurrection. Non pas une  simple revolte de paysans, comme il y en avait toujours eu, mais le soulevement unanime de toute une population rurale.  Pourquoi la Vendee va-t-elle prendre pour devise "Dieu et le roi" et chercher a s'allier aux Anglais? Le peuple s'opposerait-il donc a la Revolution? Un tel paradoxe pose certes des problemes a la Convention, qui cherche a expliquer "l'inexplicable Vendee".  Venez revivre, sous le regne de la Terreur, la tragique epopee des "Blancs" ou des "Chouans", ces contre-revolutionnaires dont les combats fratricides ont inspire Honore de Balzac ("Les Chouans", 1826) et Victor Hugo ("Quatrevingt-treize", 1873).  Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives.  [Mme Morel a servi d'interprete lors de la premiere de l'opera de Georges Duhamel, "Quatrevingt-treize", a Lyon le 14 juillet 1789.]  4 weeks Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $125 (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.

August 2, 2009.  A BRUSH WITH FAME:  CLAUDE MONET AND HIS ART. Docent lecture by Marsha Holm, Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 4 or 8, 2009. LA SYMBOLIQUE DES COULEURS (PART II):CONFERENCES PAR RENEE MOREL à "The French Class” (en français, bien sûr)!  Chaque conference est illustree de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  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. * TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com  Please MAKE A RESERVATION. For the first conference on "The Nude," two (fully  dressed) people were turned away because they had failed to reserve. It was too late to remove the table from the room to accommodate them, which  could have been done had they only arrived early.  Please COME ON TIME. Since the room is not large, people who arrive after the  lights have been turned off really disturb everybody.

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

Opening August 7, 2009.  JULIE & JULIA.  Based on the memoir by Julie Powell about the year she spent making all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s classic cookbook MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING

August 8, 2009.  GAUCHO plays GYPSY JAZZ on the Mill Valley plaza at 3pm.  Free.

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 12-September 6, 2009.  HAPPY DAYS, by SAMUEL BECKETT (aka O les beaux jours!) is performed by CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER.  Bruns Amphitheater, 100 Gateway Blvd., Orinda.  510.548.9666 or http://www.calshakes.org for details.

August 14-30, 2009.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS, directed by Ken Sonkin.  Ives Par.  Sonoma County Repertory Theater, 101 North Main St., Sebastopol.  707.823.0177 or http://www.the-rep.com for details.

August 19, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play CAJUN FIDDLE on the Mill Valley plaza at 6pm.  Free.

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.

August 23, 2009. PARIS AND HER PAINTERS.  Docent lecture by Kay Payne, Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.

September 7-11, 2009. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

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 12, 2009.  THE FEMININE TOUCH:  IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS BY MARY CASSATT, BERTHE MORISOT, MARIE BRACQUEMOND AND EVA GONZALES. Docent lecture by Kay Payne, Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 20, 2009. AN INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN EARTHENWARES.  SFCC Illustrated Lecture by Jeffrey Ruda, SFCC member, collector and Renaissance art historian, UC Davis.  Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3638 or aolson@famsf.org or http://www.famsf.org for details.

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 24-25, 2009.  THE SUZANNE FARRELL BALLET performs pas de deux from nine Balanchine ballets, including LA VALSE and CHACONNE, as well as BEJART’S ROMEO ET JULIET.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

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 1, 2009. LOUIS LORTIE, pianist from MONTREAL, performs in Cal Performances, Hertz Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  3pm.

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, 2009.  SENEGALESE MASTER YOUSSOU N’DOUR performs in Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

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

December 4, 2009.  THE TALLIS SCHOLARS perform JOSQUIN’S MISSA DE BEATA VIRGINE ane more. Cal Performances, First Congregational Church.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

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.

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.

January 15-February 7, 2009. 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.

February 20, 2010.  BENINESE NATIVE ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs in Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

February 26 & 27, 2010.  LYON OPERA BALLET. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.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 20, 2010.  SENEGALESE NIGHTENGALE BAABA MAAL performs iin Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

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 1, 2010. CONCERTO KÖLN performs the music of DAUVERGNE and more. Cal Performances, First Congregational Church, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

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

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

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

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

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