June 11-26, 2009

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June Events

June 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 12, 2009.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.  Prochaine soiree chez Ron à Pétaluma le 12 Juin.  A partir de 19h. Pas d'enfants. Ron Masi Tel: (707) 778-9065 Cell: (707) 758-4306 or nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

June 12, 2009. OPENING RECEPTION FOR -- OFF THE WALL-- featuring the work of MONIKA STEINER.  Prolific Bay Area Swiss artist Monika Steiner will unveil her latest works, sculptures embedded in resin, at this exciting exhibition. Geras-Tousignant Gallery 456 Pacific Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133 415.986.1647 Tu - Fri, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Artist Opening Reception June 12th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP required: call the gallery at 415.986.1647 www.monikasteiner.net or www.gtfineart.com for details.

Through June 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 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.  LEFT BANK STEAK OPEN HOUSE. Join Proprietor and Chief Culinary Officer of Left Bank Brasserie & Owner of La Folie, Roland Passot, CEO of Left Bank Brasserie, Richard Miyashiro and Executive Chef for LB Steak, Chris Joslyn for a sneak preview of LB Steak, a modern American Steakhouse with a French twist. Guests will be given a tour of the restaurant - including the dining room, private dining salon, bar/lounge and outdoor terrace - an opportunity to sample bites from the distinctive menu and enjoy a unique selection of signature cocktails LB Steak is located in Santana Row, San Jose's one-of-a-kind neighborhood which blends a distinctive mix of living, shopping and dining experiences.  LB Steak is slated to open officially June 16th. 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.* 334 Santana Row, Suite 1000 San Jose, California. www.leftbank.com 

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 from 1pm-3pm at Marché Benicia.  (General vent time 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.)  Bonjour Benicia! An outdoor marketplace with a French flair. Arts and craft vendors, food, wine and entertainment. C'est bon!

June 13, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the David Girard Winery, 741 Cold Springs Road, Placerville.  6:00pm-8:30pm.  http://www.rigomania.com or, for more information and tickets: 530 295-1833 or www.davidgirardvineyards.com 

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 13-14. 2009.  ELISABETH MICHEL-MEYRUEIX French jewelry artist will show her new  creations during East Bay Open Studios. She will exhibit with other  artists ( paintings & drawing, ceramic sculpture, mixed media &  printmaking ) the first 2 week-ends of June.  June 6 - 7 & June 13-14, 11am to 6pm  Holly Wach's Studio 737 2nd Street # 404 Oakland, Ca 94607 (close to Jack  London Square). 

June 14, 2009.  ZIGABOO MODELISTE performs Nawlin’s Swamp Funk at the  Sunday brunch, Pier 23 (on Embarcadero), SF.  $10 at door; 3pm.  415.362.5125 or http://www.pier23cafe.com for details.

June 14, 2009.  SACRAMENTO FILM FESTIVAL SECOND SATURDAY KICKOFF. Join us at BOWS & ARROWS on SATURDAY JUNE 13th, 5-10pm!*  *Bows & Arrows*' owners, Trisha Rhomberg and Olivia Coelho, have graciously offered their awesome store for a very special Second Saturday SFFF kickoff! You will be able to *purchase your advance passes* in a fun atmosphere (check and cash only) and *chat with the amazing members of the SFFF planning committee*. A *no-host bar* with wine & sparkling wine, will give you the opportunity to toast and *benefit the upcoming SFFF, *all to the sound of *French pop-music from the 1960's by our favorite DJ Christophe!* If you don't know the place, you are in for a treat! *Bows & Arrows* is a huge shop with items from the 50s-80s. Specializing in modern furniture, fun clothing, cool jewelry, shoes and home goods. In addition, on that same Saturday, *Bows & Arrows* is having its seasonal “ *Buy-Out, Sell-Out*” featuring 20+ local clothes and jewelry designers! It will be a a perfect occasion to get a unique outfit and jewelry to shine on the SFFF opening night June 19th, at 6pm! Store located 1712 L Street (Between 18th & 17th Streets) in Midtown Sacramento.  www.sacramentofilmfestival.org fo details. 

June 14, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Novato Art & Wine Festival, a great annual event!  Downtown Novato.  12:400pm.  http://www.rigomania.com.

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 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 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 16, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm performance (dance lesson at 8pm).  http://www.ashkenaz.com or  http://www.rigomania.com.

June 17, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Central Park Pavilion, Kiely Blvd. at Homestead, Santa Clara.  6:30pm.  http://www.rigomania.com.

June 18, 2009.  LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO!  With TÉTÉ and ERIC JOHN KAISER! Called the "French Ben Harper" due to his infectious live presence and  strong socio-political outlook, Tété is an acclaimed guitarist and poet  who draws inspiration from English pop and folk traditions. He has  headlined European festivals of over 40,000 and regularly plays venues  that seat over 7,000. He has toured extensively through Australia, Japan  and South America.  Tété will be joined by French singer-songwriter Eric John Kaiser. Eric  John Kaiser calls himself "Portland's French Troubadour." His modern  pop-rock sound fuses rock, hip-hop and reggae and is complemented by his  French lyrics. Think Manu Chao meets the Rolling Stones. A French native,  Kaiser played over 350 concerts throughout France. Based in Portland,  Oregon, Eric John Kaiser has toured the West Coast twice from Los Angeles  to San Francisco and has opened for the Stereophonics at the Wonder  Ballroom in Portland and played at Dante's, Holocene and Reed College. His  new CD « French Troubadour » recorded in Portland, was released last April  15th.     Location: Mission Rock Cafe, 817 Terry Francois Street, San Francisco, CA  94158, (415) 626-5355    To purchase tickets:    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/69006 Fête de la Musique events organized and supported by the French American  Cultural Society. 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, 2009.  UFE FINANCIAL WORKSHOP. ISTP 151 Laura Lane Palo Alto, CA 94303.  18:30 – 21:30.  http://www.ilefr.com/html/calendrier.html

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 18-20, 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 18-22, 2009.  SWISS SAXOPHONIST URS LEIMGRUBER. Urs Leimgruber has been active for many years in the areas of contemporary improvisation, composition, jazz and new music.  He has also performed extensively as a solo artist and has been involved in mixed media presentations, providing music for dance, radio plays and film. Touring the west, Leimgruber will be giving three performances:  at CNMAT on the UC Berkeley campus, at swissnex San Francisco, and at Studio 1510, Oakland. Don't miss these rare opportunity to witness the surprising stylings of this unique virtuoso. June 18, 8 p.m. Urs Leimgruber with David Wessel (live electronics) Center for New Music and Audio Technologies 1750 Arch Street Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 643-9990 http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/event/2009/06/18/urs_leimgruber_david_wessel_duo  June 19, 8 p.m. Urs Leimgruber and Gino Robair: Duo swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Tickets: $7.00. Payment is possible only at the door and only in cash. You must  first register online however, at: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/leimgruber_robair_concert  June 22, 8 p.m. Urs Leimgruber, Gino Robair, Henry Kaiser, and Damon Smith Studio 1510 1510 8th Street, Oakland Tickets: $6-10 Studio 1510 is also on MySpace June 18-22, 2009.  SWISS SAXOPHONIST URS LEIMGRUBER. Urs Leimgruber has been active for many years in the areas of contemporary improvisation, composition, jazz and new music.  He has also performed extensively as a solo artist and has been involved in mixed media presentations, providing music for dance, radio plays and film. Touring the west, Leimgruber will be giving three performances:  at CNMAT on the UC Berkeley campus, at swissnex San Francisco, and at Studio 1510, Oakland. Don't miss these rare opportunity to witness the surprising stylings of this unique virtuoso. June 18, 8 p.m. Urs Leimgruber with David Wessel (live electronics) Center for New Music and Audio Technologies 1750 Arch Street Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 643-9990 http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/event/2009/06/18/urs_leimgruber_david_wessel_duo  June 19, 8 p.m. Urs Leimgruber and Gino Robair: Duo swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Tickets: $7.00. Payment is possible only at the door and only in cash. You must  first register online however, at: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/leimgruber_robair_concert  June 22, 8 p.m. Urs Leimgruber, Gino Robair, Henry Kaiser, and Damon Smith Studio 1510 1510 8th Street, Oakland Tickets: $6-10 Studio 1510 is also on MySpace

June 18-28, 2009.  FRAMELINE, the 33rd annual SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, includes GIVE ME YOUR HAND (France; Pascal-Alex Vincent, 2008) as well as SWISS TREATS, notably VANDALS, COMME UNE LETTRE, LA POSTE, FIFTH FUGUE and EYE AND AXIS.  Other Swiss-related movies include SOUNDLESS WIND CHIME.  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.  Films include:  Cédric Klapisch’s PARIS, Jean-Claude Brisseau’s A L’AVENTURE, Alexandre Aja’s PEUR(S) DU NOIR, Philippe Lioret’s WELCOME, Agnès Varda’s LES PLAGES D’AGNES, Claire Denis’s 35 RHUMS, Fabien Onteniente’s CAMPING, Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau’s NÉS EN 68, Eric Lartigau’s PRETE-MOI TA MAIN, Martin Provost’s SERAPHINE, Costa-Gavras’s Z, Max Ophüls’s LOLA MONTES, Jean Cocteau’s LA BELLE ET LA BETE, Jean Renoir’s LES REGLES DU JEU, Plus, a series of shorts from France! All films will be shown in the spectacular art deco auditorium of the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, in Downtown Sacramento. 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 19, 2009.  NOUVELLE VAGUE performs at the Regency Center, San Francisco.  Location: 1290 Sutter St., San Francisco.

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. DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS from 8pm-11pm at First Street Cafe - Upstairs (cozy wine bar, great good, nice view, extra special people).  440 First Street – Benicia.  www.firststreetcafe.com

June 20, 2009.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE exhibits her most recent work at the David Himmelberger Gallery, downtown San Francisco, opening reception on Sat, June 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  For more information, visit the artist’s website:  http://www.florencedebretagne.com

June 20, 2009.  FEMI KUTI performs at the Fillmore, San Francisco.  Location: 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco.  http://www.livenation.com/venue/the-fillmore-tickets

June 20, 2009.  FETE DE LA MUSIQUE IN SILICON VALLEY!  1pm-9pm.  A day of free music of all genres.  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  neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood - and it's all free!:    Final lineup will be announced on June 1st, but here is a sneak peak:  Tété, Eric John Kaiser, Fear & Fancy, The Algorhythms, Danny Hull with  Kurt Anderson, San Jose Jazz Youth Latin Ensemble, San Jose Jazz Youth  Orchestra, International School of Peninsula, Jerry Snyder and Charles  Perkins    Location: Santana Row, San Jose, CA  http://www.sanjosejazz.org/fete-de-la-musique.html  Fête de la Musique events organized and supported by the French American  Cultural Society.

June 20, 2009.  THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA performs for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  The Alloy Orchestra will offer a live performance of their original score for the 1925 classic silent melodrama The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, who  was known in his day as " The Man of a Thousand Faces." Audiences of the time were terrified by Chaney's celebrated makeup in the role of Erik, the disfigured and  vengeful figure who lurks in the shadows and catacombs underneath the Paris Opera House. Alloy's print reproduces the intricate color scheme of the original release with special tinting, as well as the two-strip Technicolor sequence at the masked ball. Combined with Alloy's new score, this early horror film rises again to haunt the entire family. Tickets: $15 ($12 CFI members).  7:30pm.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. www.cafilm.org for details.

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.  Reviewed in the June 10, 2009 SF Weekly, p.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. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Chouinard Winery, Castro Valley. Come celebrate Father's Day with  Flambeau! 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley.  4:30-8:30 pm.   Advance tickets required:  510 582-9900 or www.chouinard.com or  http://www.rigomania.com.  

June 21, 2009. THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY presents LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE & conversation…  Everyone is welcome to give a little gig of their own!  Call to register and get more details.  Of course, not everyone has to performe; we also need an audience to listen or sing, and not necessarily in French.  RSVP and bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.  510.548.7481.  Free.  6:30pm.  http://www.afberkeley.org or afberkeley@sbcglobal.net

June 21, 2009.  FETE DE LA MUSIQUE A PALO ALTO. 456 University Ave - Inside Borders Courtyard, Palo Alto. 17:00 – 20:00. http://www.ilefr.com/html/calendrier.html

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 23, 2009.  LEADERSHIP DU CHANGEMENT / LEADERSHIP IN TRANSITION.    Mergers and acquisitions, restructuration and cost reductions are increasingly present in today's life.  Your role as a leader is to keep safe and productive working environment through changes and transition periods.  This new session of L’Executive Club will gather leaders who face the challenging task of creating cooperative and successful businesses in a new structure.   Moderator: Andre Politzer (Executive Coach) Panel: Anne Lange Director of Public Sector, WW operations and Media at Cisco Marc Verstaen Serial Entrepreneur at Oracle Philippe Bouissou Managing Partner at Milestone Group A group of ten senior executives from Bouygues Telecom, AXA and BIC Paris will join us as part of their Executive MBA program with  MIP – “Management Institute of Paris”. Meet us for this exclusive event Make sure to book your spot today as Skadden large meeting room with majestic views of the Silicon Valley (14th floor) is limited to 60 people. Online registration @ https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5932342 6pm-9pm.  Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 525 University Avenue   Palo Alto,   California   94301-1908,  T: 650.470.3144 | F: 888.329.8603.  Cost: $35 with RSVP, $45 at the door  http://www.skadden.com/  or  http://www.marcelethenri.com/   Additional info on our websites: http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml or http://www.lexecutiveclub.com under upcoming events.

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 25, 2009.  WEB, WINE & WISDOM.  PariSoMa · San Francisco  Because we love new Web apps and because we enjoy discovering new wines, it seemed natural to mix it all into one event. WWW is a networking event made for tech lovers, entrepreneurs, developers, inventors and startups and anyone who is curious about new tech applications and of course, love wine. 2 Web presentations, 2 wine degustations orchestrated by professionals experts 6.30 to 8.30 PM.  French-American Chamber of Commerce, http://www.faccsf.com for details.

June 25, 2005. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Lake Merritt Dance Center, Oakland. A beautiful  ballroom in the Veterans Memorial Building.  200 Grand Ave., at Harrison St., Oakland.  8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  http://www.rigomania.com

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.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE performs at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. (at 23rd St.), San Francisco, CA. 415.454.5238.  8:15pm. Baguette quartette plays vintage Parisian music. Odile Lavault: accordion & vocals Rachel Durling: violin John Schott: guitar Richard Trevor: bass www.baguettequartette.org

June 27, 2009.  THREE FRENCH VILLAGES, SEVEN FRENCH MASTERS.  Stroll the paths of three tranquil villages where genius flourished. Visit the homes and view the art of Daubigny, Corot, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh.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 27, 2009.  PHOENIX performs at the Regency Center, San Francisco.  8:00pm.  Location: 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco.  http://www.myspace.com/wearephoenix

June 27, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.  8pm; dance lesson at 7pm.   http://www.rigomania.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.  LE BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE reads LA FAYETTE by GONZAGUE SAINT BRIS.  Potluck chez Bérénice.  7pm.  Détails à suivre…  For details, contact:  Bérénice, at berenicevlm@yahoo.com

June 28, 2009.  LES NUBIANS perform at the Stern Grove Festival.  2pm.  Sisters and bandmates Helene and Celia Faussart create magic with their  smooth R&B and jazz laced ballads and drum and bass infused hits. Grammy  nominated and world renowned as Les Nubians, this sister act's powerful  prose and soulful vocals are unforgettable. Location: Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco     http://www.sterngrove.org/june28_09.html 

June 28, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Todd Grove Park, 600 Live Oak, Ukiah.  6:00pm-8:30pm.  http://www.rigomania.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. 

June 30, 3009.  FRENCH BIO BAY NETWORKING DINNER WITH BIO2DEVICE and a Turkish Flavor… We are ready to get together again for our next event to kick off summertime on Tuesday 30 June 2009 starting at 6:30 PM. The event will take place at Sultana Restaurant in Menlo Park, where Harry Wachob, an experienced engineering leader in materials science, biomedical device engineering and R&D, will introduce the Bio2Device Group (http://www.biodevicegroup.org/) that he founded and currently presides. He will also bring his perspective and discuss with us transitions into Biospace. The informative networking dinner in a private room setting for a prix fixe of $25 (all included price: food, soft drinks, tip and taxes) will feature a delicious Turkish/Middle Eastern buffet. Sultana Restaurant 1149 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 Tel. (650) 322-4343 http://www.thesultana.net/ Plenty of free parking in the rear and close to Caltrain Menlo Park station.  To RSVP and book by Monday 29 June 2009, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=185313   using FBB0609 as your password ($1.60 credit card processing fee, and Acteva charges $1.66  for the reservation processing).  Walk-ins will be accepted but will have to pay $40.00 at the door. No one will be admitted at this event without paying the fee, even if you do not intend to eat. Again French Bio Bay does not make any profit from these events and the organizers and volunteers pay just like everyone else. They also advance the money for the event.  6:30-10 PM - RSVP by Monday 29 June 2009.  www.frenchbiobay.com Sponsored by Cabinet Regimbeau - www.regimbeau.com

Through 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: 

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.org June 19-28, 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. 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; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Albany; Piedmont; Rialto, Santa Rosa.

MUNYURANGABO (Lee Isaac Chung), a neo-realist drama about two friends, one a Huto and one a Tutsi, who return to Rwanda a decade after the genocide.  Sundance Kabuki, SF.

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

June 12-July 20, 2009.  OFF THE WALL features MONIKA STEINER.  Prolific Bay Area Swiss artist Monika Steiner will unveil her latest works, sculptures embedded in resin, at this exciting exhibition. Geras-Tousignant Gallery 456 Pacific Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133 415.986.1647 Tu - Fri, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Artist Opening Reception June 12th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP required: call the gallery at 415.986.1647 www.monikasteiner.net or www.gtfineart.com for details.

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.

Opening June 20, 2009.  FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE exhibits her most recent work at the David Himmelberger Gallery, downtown San Francisco, opening reception on Sat June 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  For more information, visit the artist’s website:  http://www.florencedebretagne.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

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 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 15-July 25, 2009.  FRENCH 101 at the College of Marin!  The class is Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. This a beginning class is open to all students - high school, college, and the community. It would be a great way to prepare for an upcoming trip! http://www.marin.cc.ca.us/

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 6-August 29, 2009.  NEW CLASSES – BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED – AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. http://www.afberkeley.org/classes.pdf 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.

AT THE FRENCH CLASS!

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!

Opening soon?  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 1 & 2, 2009.  THE FAST PATH TO LISTING ON NYSE EURONEXT.  San Francisco on July 1st - 8am to 10.30am; Palo Alto on July 2nd - 8am to 10.30am. Baker & McKenzie's French Desk, NYSE Euronext, Invest in France Agency North America, the San Francisco Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Paris Region Economic Development Agency invite you to attend a presentation on the simplified procedures allowing US issuers to use their SEC filings to list on NYSE Euronext's Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels exchanges under the "fast path" rules. French-American Chamber of Commerce, http://www.faccsf.com for details.

July 2, 2009.  EMILIE SIMON ON TOUR!  Emilie Simon first made her mark on the U.S. in the fall of 2006 with her  debut U.S. release, The Flower Book. Her plush, artful soundscapes had  already yielded her significant praise and awards in her French homeland,  as well as acclaim across the rest of Europe and Japan. Singing in both  French and English, Emilie allows her music to flow naturally, rewarding  her with devoted fans worldwide. Café du Nord, San Francisco.  8:00pm.  Tickets already on sale!  To win tickets to the Café du Nord concert, please e-mail your full name,  e-mail address and phone number to:  culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org  Location: Café du Nord, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco, CA    http://cafedunord.com/   

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 8, 2009.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BUBBLY HOUR AT THE BUBBLE LOUNGE. 6.00 - 8.00 PM.  Free entrance - Cash bar - Registration by email: events@faccsf.com Join us for a fun and vibrant night at The Bubble Lounge. Come explore and experience the French lifestyle. Whether you are new to the network or looking to catch up with close contacts, this night will be an opportunity to meet the diverse members or "future" members of the French and American Business Communities of the Bay Area!  The following Champagne specials will be offered at this event: Chandon Blanc de Noirs, Gardet Brut Champagne, Mimosa, Adami Prosecco. The Bubble Lounge Wine Director will be speaking about champagnes during the event and saber a bottle for the group.  www.faccsf.com for details.

Opening July 10, 2009.  SERAPHINE, at the Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  The winner of seven French Césars, including Best Film, Best Actress and  Best Original Screenplay, this beautiful biographical drama stars Yolande  Moreau as Séraphine Louis (1864-1942), better known as Séraphine de  Senlis, the self-taught "naïve" painter of extraordinary floral patterns,  whose beautifully-colored canvases now adorn museums and galleries  worldwide. Moreau delivers a terrifically physical performance as the  downtrodden servant who is also a fragile egotist, and filmmaker Martin  Provost vividly depicts Séraphine's relationship with the natural world,  which was her closest and truest friend. (France, 2008,  125 min.) In  French (and some German) with English subtitles.    Location : Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street,  San Rafael CA 94901  http://www.cafilm.org/

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.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE performs at A BASTILLE DAY BALL at Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland (corner of Harrison).  Produced by: Friday Night Waltz. 8pm (dance lesson at 7pm). Baguette quartette plays vintage Parisian music. Odile Lavault: accordion & vocals Rachel Durling: violin John Schott: guitar Richard Trevor: bass www.baguettequartette.org

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, 2009.  AMERICAN RED CROSS course on the GENEVA CONVENTIONS. The American Red Cross is offering a free, 4-hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today.  Everyone welcome. This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered throughout the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, July 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.  To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of charge.

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, 2009.  PIAF:  HER STORY, HER SONGS. In celebration of BASTILLE DAY, the RAFAEL Cinema presents a celebratory screening of RAQUEL BITTON's sumptuously filmed concert-documentary(Lionsgate films),featuring her internationally acclaimed performance tribute to the legendary French singer.  Bitton performs Piaf's most famous songs and takes us on a moving and emotional journey through a great artist's tempestuous life. Woven into the live concert is a luncheon in Paris, hosted by Bitton, in which many of Piaf's composers, friends and family share their memories of the "Little Sparrow".  (Raquel Bitton will be present for a Q&A after the screening.)   For tix AND TIME OF SCREENING please visit www.cafilm.org or call 415.454.1222.

July 12, 2009.  LA FETE DU 14 JUILLET à L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Détails à suivre… 510.548.7481 or  http://www.afberkeley.org or afberkeley@sbcglobal.net to reserve.

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.  VIVE LA FRANCE!  BASTILLE DAY CABARET CELEBRATION featuring DUE ZIGHI BACI (SHERI MIGNANO & MICHAEL VAN WHY) in association with CHURCH OF THE OAKS.  With special guest XAVIER DE LA PRADE.  Let’s all storm the Bastille with a rousing, music-filled Fête Nationale!  For only $15, sip some complimentary wine, nibble French bread, cheeses, and fruit, while Due Zighi Baci performs the memorable cabaret chansons of PIAF, TRENET, AZNAVOUR et tous les autres… Historic Church of the Oaks, West Sierra & Page, Cotati.  Advance ticket sales only.  707.695.6098 or 707.538.2831 for details/tickets.  Venez nombreux!

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 19, 2009.  SERGENT GARCIA performs at the Stern Grove Festival. 2:00pm  Salsamuffin, Bruno "Sergent" Garcia's innovative blending of hip-hop,  reggae, and salsa, has spawned a "big town" sound that incorporates  elements from urban music scenes worldwide. The former punk rock guitarist  pushes the boundaries of cultural divides with body moving beats and a  fresh perspective.   Location: Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco.  

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. French and francophone poets MARAM AL-MASSRI AND FRANCIS COMBES are scheduled to attend. 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, 2009.  THEATREWORKS proudly presents the reading, script in hand, of a new work:  THE SPARROW AND THE BIRDMAN, A Play that Sings, by Raquel Bitton and Chris Smith.  Directed by Chris Smith  7:30pm, Lucie Stern Theatre. In a song-filled drama, sensuous chanteuse Edith Piaf (Played by RAQUEL BITTON) encounters quirky genius Jean Cocteau in 1930s Paris. The mysterious star’s unforgettable voice, recreated by recording artist and actress Bitton (www.raquelbitton.com), proves irresistible to the eccentric writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, played by acclaimed Bay Area actor James Carpenter. Direct link to purchase Tix online: http://www.theatreworks.org/calendar/?m=8&y=2009&f=g Box Office 650 463 1960 www.theatreworks.org.  Location: 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto,  CA  94301.

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.  Take a visual journey to Paris as it was seen from 1870 to 1900 through the eyes of Impressionist and Academy painters, as well as photographers Atget and Zola. 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. With the advent of Impressionism, female artists began to come to the forefront of the art world. This lecture looks at more than 150 works from four women Impressionists. 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, 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.

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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