July 16-24, 2009

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July Events

Through July 16, 2009.  JULIA.  Julia (France/ USA /Mexico /Belgium 2006), Erick Zonca's take on John Cassavetes' Gloria, featuring a riveting performance by Tilda Swinton, will open on SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas Friday, July 10. Tilda Swinton doesn't merely act the title role in Erick Zonca's Julia -- she devours it, spits it back up, dances giddily upon it, twirls it in the air. Directing his first theatrical feature in the decade since The Dreamlife of Angels, Zonca tips his hat to the entire John Cassavetes oeuvre while crafting a messy, nervy and frequently exhilarating thriller that operates on instinct rather than plot and features richly pulpy dialogue by Zonca and coscreenwriter Aude Py. -- Scott Foundas, Village Voice Location: SFFS Screen at Sundance Kabuki cinemas, 1881 Post street (at Fillmore), San Francisco, CA http://sffs.org/

July 16, 2009.  ERIC JOHN KAISER performs at the Union Room, San Francisco.  9PM. Location: 401. Mason St., San Francisco, CA http://www.theunionroom.com/

July 16, 2009.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents “Magnetic Refrigeration at Room Temperature.” The impact of synthetic refrigerants on the environment and newly imposed safety measures are forcing the cooling industry to seek solutions that remove or decrease the content of certain fluids in various refrigeration systems. To become free of synthetic refrigerants, an unceasing search has been underway for environmentally friendly and suitable new technologies that also enable energy savings.  Rising to the challenge, the Institute of Thermal Engineering (IGT) at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HEIG-VD) in association with Cooltech Applications, Siemens and Nestlé have recently worked out the principle of a reciprocating magnetic cooling system, allowing a prototype to be presented to the worldwide community at swissnex San Francisco. This research for future technologies is also oriented towards the use of ice slurry and CO2 hydrate slurry (indirect cooling technology), CO2 vapour compressor technology, thermo electric refrigeration, thermo acoustic refrigeration and magnetic refrigeration, which is considered one of the most promising solutions to replace traditional refrigeration systems.  6:30pm-9pm. PROGRAM: 6:30pm   Doors open; 7:00pm   Presentation of the magnetic refrigerator prototype by Osmann  Sari and Jean-Claude Heitzler; 8:15pm   Reception and Networking. 9:00pm   Doors close swissnex San Francisco, connecting the dots between science, education, art and innovation.  Details:   http://www.swissnexSanFrancisco.org

July 16, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Cogswell Plaza, Palo Alto.  The Brown Bag Concert Series.  Lytton and Ramona Sts., Palo Alto. 12:00 noon-1:00 pm.  http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

July 16-August 15, 2009.  JEAN-PAUL SARTRE’s NO EXIT performed in HELLUVA NIGHT with Stephen Belber’s TAPE.  Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St., SF.  $25-$40.  8pm.  866.811.4111 or http://www.roycegallery.com for details. 

Opening July 17, 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 17, 2009.  CONVERSATION à l’Alliance Française de Berkeley.  6:30pm.Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or  http://www.afberkeley.org for details.

July 17, 2009.  CHEB I SABBAH at Ashkenaz, with Bhangra/Sufi Funk.  Doors 8:30 p.m., Show 9:00 p.m. $10 advance & students / $13 day of show.  Born in Algeria to Berber Jews, Cheb i Sabbah came to San Francisco in the '80s by way of Paris. For the past two decades he has packed S.F. dance floors with ecstatic weekly parties in which he masterfully blends music from India, the Middle East, North Africa and well beyond, bringing ancient elements to contemporary audiences. www.chebisabbah.com  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 17, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Harbor Plaza, Suisun City.  Friday Nights on the Waterfront, Suisun City. 6:30-8:30 pm. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

July 18, 2009.  VIEUX FARKA TOURE performs with Luke Top and DJ Jeremiah.  Son of Ali Farka Touré, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré was a student of Toumani Dabat… The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., SF.  $20.  8pm.  415.771.1420 or http://www.theindependentsf.com for details. 

July 18, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY& FLAMBEAU play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  8pm dance lesson; 8:30pm performance.  $13/$10 student. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 18, 2009.  HUBERT KELLER:  SECRETS OF A CHEF features CHARCUTERIE.  KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

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 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 19, 2009.  MADOU SIDIKI DIABATE plays WEST AFRICAN KORA at Ashkenaz. Malian kora (African harp) master Madou Sidiki Diabate presents a night of traditional West African music that dates back centuries. While relatives - his famous older brother Toumani Diabate and his cousin Mamadou Diabate - and others often put the kora into world fusion trappings, Madou Sidiki Diabate champions the kora's traditional roots. Toumani Diabate (the world's first Grammy Award-winning kora player) said of Madou's 2007 solo kora CD, "Mariam," "'Mariam' is the best solo kora album to date. I listen to it all the time and I am so pleased that my brother has chosen to record this traditional music in a time when so many African musicians are moving in a more modern direction."   $10 advance & students; $12 day of show. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 19, 2009.  LEON MORIN, PRETRE (Melville, 1961).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  7:30pm.

July 19, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com for details.

July 19, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Library Garden Amphitheatre, Auburn, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

July 19, 2009.  GEORGES LAMMAM performs at Peña Pachamama.  1630 Powell, SF.  $10.  9pm.  http://www.penapachamama.com for details.

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 19, 2009.  FRENCH APPLE TART featured on America’s Test Kitchen, KQED TV9, 5pm.

July 20, 2009.  HELENE RENAUT opens for Miranda Lee Richards at Café du Nord as part of the Mission Creek Music Festival.  Born in Brittany, Renaut’s work is tender and sparse, with hints of glockenspiel, trombone and percussion, and focuses on themes of isolation and restlessness.  Folk.  $10-$12.  7pm.  http://www.mcmf.com for details.

July 21, 2009.  TRI TIP TRIO plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.   Doors 7:30 p.m., Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride 8:00 p.m., Show 8:30 p.m. $10. Tri Tip Trio is steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues. Although little more than three years old, the band comes with a vision and well over a decade of its members playing together. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on Clifton and Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Tyler Eng's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's debut CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes.   Gordon, Meadows, and Eng are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1990. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes. www.gatorbeat.com/triTipTrio.html 

July 23, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO perform at French Restaurant LA BOHEME. If you can get past all the charming stores and beautiful trees on your way to La Bohème, you will be pleased to find the best traditional French cuisine in town. Not only can you indulge in the most delicious authentic cuisine prepared by their chef, Stéphane Roy, but you may also want to grab some of our one of a kind pastries baked by our talented pâtisserie chefs on your way out the door. 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  1425 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010.  Phone 650.347.3331 www.labohemerestaurant.com and www.laurentfourgo.com

July 23, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Town Green, Windsor  The town of Windsor's Summer Concert Series. Town Green, Windsor. 6:00-8:00 pm. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

July 23, 2009.  VOIX D’OISEAUX:  PAMELA Z SOLO CONCERT. Internationally recognized composer/performer Pamela Z performs works for voice, electronics, and video, including "Voix d'oiseaux", "Valise", and "Ecouter et répéter" in a solo concert.  http://www.afsf.com for details. 7pm.

July 23-26, 2009.  2ND SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL.  Twenty-six poets from 21 countries will journey to the Festival, reading together with the leaders of San Francisco's own highly regarded literary community. The truly international group of poets, from countries including Bangladesh, China, France, Greece, Haiti, Iraq, Israel and Sudan, represent a wide spectrum in the world of poetry, from recognized masters to emerging new talents, who are redefining the art in our evolving times. French and francophone poets Maram al-Massri and Francis Combes are scheduled to attend.  For a complete schedule, please visit: http://www.friendssfpl.org/?SF_Intl_Poetry_Fest

July 23-26, 2009.  LES MISÉRABLES, performed by the SAN RAFAEL YOUNG PERFORMERS THEATRE and PIED PIPER PRODUCTIONS. The San Rafael Young Performers Theatre and Pied Piper Productions present one of Broadway’s longest running and most popular musicals. Based on the classic novel by VICTOR HUGO with music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHOENBERG, this production featuring Marin County’s most talented young actors and directed by Sharon Boucher, is an epic saga that sweeps through three turbulent decades in 19th century France. Don’t miss this tale of determination, the human condition and lost love.  $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Thursday: 7:30 pm; Friday: 7:30 pm ; Saturday: 2 pm and 7:30 pm ; Sunday: 1 pm and 5 pm.  Showcase Theater, San Rafael.  http://www.marincenter.org for details.

July 23-August 10, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL includes:  Karin Albou's WEDDING SONG (France/ Tunisia/ USA, 2008), which will close the Festival on Thursday, July 30 at 8:30pm at the Castro Theatre, and will be screened again on Saturday, August 1 at 9:30pm at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley. Karin Albou (La Petite Jerusalem, SFJFF 2006) explores Jewish and Arab culture and female sexuality in her bold and exquisite second feature.  Director Karin Albou expected to attend. Also at the SFJFF:  HELLO GOODBYE directed by Graham Guit (France/ Israel/ USA, 2008): an entertaining French comedy about a middle-aged Jewish couple living in Paris whose son's marriage to a non-Jewish girl brings on new challenges. They pack their things and move to Tel Aviv. Starring Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant; and CYCLES, directed by Cyril Beilblat (France 2008), about the special nature of middle age for the children of French Holocaust survivors.  A sister (Miou-Miou) and brother (Charles Berling) watch their mother (Shulamit Adar) slip into an unfathomable world of memories at the same time as their children are slipping into adulthood. http://fest.sfjff.org/

July 24, 2009.  MALIAN MUSICIAN ISSA BAGAYOGO performs at Yoshi’s Oakland.  510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.  510.238.9200 or http://yoshis.com for details.  For more on the musician: http://www.myspace.com/issabagayogorules

July 24, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at Servino's Ristorante.  6:00pm to 9:00pm (outdoor).  9 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920.  Phone 415.435.2676.  www.servino.com for details.

July 24, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Twain Harte Art and Wine Festival, Twain Harte.  A great annual event in downtown Twain Harte. We play three sets, 12:00 noon-5:00 pm. Information: www.fireonthemountain.comhttp://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

July 24, 2009.  SPECIAL SCREENING OF SUMMER HOURS (L’HEURE D’ETE; dir. Olivier Assayas) at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.  7:30pm. Join us at the Crest Theatre on Friday July 24th at 7:30pm for a special screening of the latest film by acclaimed director (and one of Cecile's favorites) Olivier Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jeremie Renier. Featuring a pre-screening raffle and a post-screening discussion conducted by Kevin Elstob around complimentary coffee and pastries! http://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/

Through July 25, 2009.  THE UNEXPECTED MAN, an ironic comedy by Yasmina Reza (who also wrote “Art”), is staged at EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy, SF.  800.838.3006 or http://www.sparestage.com for details.  $20.

July 25, 2009.  WORKSHOP:  WRITING A LOVE POEM.  As part of the SF International Poetry Festival, the Alliance Française de San Francisco welcomes French/Syrian poet MARAM AL-MASSRI.  Ms. Al-Massri reads selections from "Red Cherry on a White Tiled Floor" and conducts the workshop, "Writing a Love Poem". http://www.afsf.com  12pm-2pm.  Free event.

July 25, 2009.  POETRY AND Q&A WITH FRANCIS COMBES.  2-3:30pm.  As part of the SF International Poetry Festival, the Alliance Française de San Francisco welcomes internationally recognized French poet Francis Combes.  Mr. Combes shares selected works and joins in a Q&A session in French and  English.  Free event.  http://www.afsf.com for details. 

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 25, 2009.  THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.  Best of the Met Summer Season screened at the Lark Theater, Larkspur.  11am.  3hr, 10min.  Contact the theater for details.

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 26, 2009.  LES GASTRONOMES:  VIVE L’ETE! 4pm A convivial French cooking class and dinner with cook and food writer, Isabelle  Mazzoni, author of Joie de Table.  This month, Isabelle teaches us how to make summer's greatest hits at home. A table! Menu de juillet: Vol au vent aux fruits de mer Cotes d'agneau, ratatouille et gratin dauphinois Quatre quarts au fraises au vin.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

July 26, 2009. LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com for details.

July 26, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Laguna Grande Park, Seaside A great annual concert series near Monterey! 3:00-4:30 pm. Free. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

July 26, 2009. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE. Meet other internationally-minded Europeans and Europhiles in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The soiree starts late afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

July 27, 2009.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents a film for teens and tweens:   CAPITAINE FRACASSE. movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org or http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

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 27-August 2, 2009.  BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC.  French tennis player MARION BARTOLI will participate to this tournament held at Stanford University, among many other world class tennis players like the William sisters Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva.  The tournament offers a special 20% discount to our readers on tickets from session 1 to session 8 Monday July 27th to Thursday July 30th. Use code "France 2009" to take advantage of this discount.  Location: Taube Family Tennis Stadium, campus of Stanford University http://www.bankofthewestclassic.com/site4.aspx

July 28, 2009.  VOODOO MOUNTAIN ZYDECO performs CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  8pm dance lesson; 8:30pm performance.  $10 / $5 students with valid ID. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 28 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.  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, JULY 28 (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.  ETIENNE DE CRECY, French DJ, spins at The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., SF.  415.711.1421 or http://www.theindependentsf.com for details.  $15.  Doors 8:30pm.

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 & 30, 2009.  AS WE FORGIVE.  Two Rwandan women make peace with those who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide.  KQED TV9, 11pm.  Rebroadcast 7/30, 5am.

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.

July 30, 2009.  PALO ALTO CONCERT MUSIQUE PARISIENNE avec BAGUETTE QUARTETTE. Palo Alto Concert Thursday July 30, 2009 noon-1pm Brown Bag Concert Series Cogswell Plaza (Lytton @ Ramona), Palo Alto Baguette quartette plays vintage Parisian music. Odile Lavault: accordion & vocals Rachel Durling: violin John Schott: guitar Richard Trevor: bass www.baguettequartette.org.  12h-13h.  Cogswell Plaza, Lytton at Ramona, Palo Alto.

July 30, 2009.  HUBERT KELLER presents BURGER BAR, including a Provençal lamb burger, at Cooks With Books!, Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  Tickets in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal  Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.9270960 for details.  Talk at 6:30pm.  Price includes copy of book, meal, wine, tax, and tip.  $100 per person; $185 per couple.

July 30, 2009.  GENETIC TESTING – THE ULTIMATE MATCHMAKER.  Personalized medicine holds great promise for treating maladies according to an individual's genomic profile. Companies in Switzerland, the US and Australia are working to commercialize this knowledge to offer patients a personalized map charting potential health risks so they can take appropriate action. There is even the possibility to offer match-making services based on DNA.  Swiss researchers are also taking up an important role by looking into the influence of stem cell research on this process. Where is stem cell research at today? How far are we from finding cures? Are creating the perfect babies and commercialized DNA just around the corner? Join swissnex San Francisco for a intimate panel discussion with Prof. Georg A. Hollaender, Head of the laboratory of Pediatric Immunology at the University of Basel and Dr. Alan Trounson, Director of the California Center for Regenerative Medicine to flesh out these issues, with journalist Evan Ratliff on hand to moderate this timely conversation. PROGRAM: 6:30pm   Doors open 7:00pm   Panel discussion with Prof. Georg A. Hollaender and Dr. Alan Trounson, moderated by Evan Ratfliff 8:15pm   Reception and Networking 9:15pm   Doors close RSVP and details: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/genetic_testing

July 30, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO performs at MANDALOUN in Redwood City. 6:30 to 9:30pm Mandaloun in Redwood City Mandaloun Restaurant 2021 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063.  For details 650.367.7974 or www.mandaloun.biz.  No cover.

July 31, 2009.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents LES 400 COUPS (teens and tweens welcome!) . movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org or http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

July 31, 2009.  MAKURU, featuring OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE, performs with DANJUMA & ONOLA at Ashkenaz.  9:30pm.  $13/$10 students with valid ID.   Makuru takes its name from the West African beat that gave birth to modern-day funk. The group describes its concerts as “like a night in an African village,” with fun and dancing. Along with singer and dancer Ousseynou Kouyate, Makuru includes guitarist Anastasi Mavrides, bassist Marty Fowler, and drummer Peter Warren, and shows often include guest musicians and dancers. www.myspace.com/bagabae 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 31, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Burton Park, San Carlos.  The City of San Carlos' Summer Concert Series. 6:00-8:00 pm. Free. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

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.

LES 400 COUPS, presented by THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTOJuly 31, 2009.

CAPITAINE FRACASSE, presented by THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO July 27, 2009.

CHÉRI, based on two novels by COLETTE, opens in Bay Area cinemas this weekend.  Embarcadero, SF; Stonestown; Bay Street, Emeryville; Pleasant Hill; Albany; Piedmont; Boulevard, Petaluma; Rialto, Santa Rosa; Sebastiani, Sonoma; Redwood City; Mountain View; San José; Sequoia, Mill Valley.

LA FILLE DE MONACO / THE GIRL FROM MONACO (A. Fontaine, 2008).  Bridge; Shattuck, Berkeley.  

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. Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

JULIA.  Julia (France/ USA /Mexico /Belgium 2006), Erick Zonca's take on John Cassavetes' Gloria, featuring a riveting performance by Tilda Swinton, will open on SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas Friday, July 10. Tilda Swinton doesn't merely act the title role in Erick Zonca's Julia -- she devours it, spits it back up, dances giddily upon it, twirls it in the air. Directing his first theatrical feature in the decade since The Dreamlife of Angels, Zonca tips his hat to the entire John Cassavetes oeuvre while crafting a messy, nervy and frequently exhilarating thriller that operates on instinct rather than plot and features richly pulpy dialogue by Zonca and coscreenwriter Aude Py. -- Scott Foundas, Village Voice Location: SFFS Screen at Sundance Kabuki cinemas, 1881 Post street (at Fillmore), San Francisco, CA http://sffs.org/ July 10-16, 2009.

LEON MORIN, PRETRE (Melville, 1961).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.5249 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  7:30pm.  July 19, 2009.

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL includes:  Karin Albou's WEDDING SONG (France/ Tunisia/ USA, 2008), which will close the Festival on Thursday, July 30 at 8:30pm at the Castro Theatre, and will be screened again on Saturday, August 1 at 9:30pm at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley. Karin Albou (La Petite Jerusalem, SFJFF 2006) explores Jewish and Arab culture and female sexuality in her bold and exquisite second feature.  Director Karin Albou expected to attend. Also at the SFJFF:  HELLO GOODBYE directed by Graham Guit (France/ Israel/ USA, 2008): an entertaining French comedy about a middle-aged Jewish couple living in Paris whose son's marriage to a non-Jewish girl brings on new challenges. They pack their things and move to Tel Aviv. Starring Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant; and CYCLES, directed by Cyril Beilblat (France 2008), about the special nature of middle age for the children of French Holocaust survivors.  A sister (Miou-Miou) and brother (Charles Berling) watch their mother (Shulamit Adar) slip into an unfathomable world of memories at the same time as their children are slipping into adulthood.  http://fest.sfjff.org/ July 23-August 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.    Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera 3, San José.  Also: Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street,  San Rafael CA 94901  http://www.cafilm.org/ Opening July 17, 2009.  Reviewed in the SF Chronicle Datebook, July 12, 2009, p.25.

SOUL POWER, about the ZAIRE ’74 MUSIC FESTIVAL.  Century San Francisco Centre 9; Shattuck, Berkeley; Pleasant Hill.  http://www.soulpowerfilm.com for details. Opening July 17, 2009.

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7pm.   Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Suggested donation of $5.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. To learn more : http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

ART

Through 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 July 30, 2009.  PAINTER AND SCULPTOR PATRICK ISNARD at the Alliance Française de San Francisco. Reception Friday, July 10, 6-8pm & Artist's talk at 7:00pm (in French) Art inspired by French Polynesia, Tahiti, and Americana. Dr. Isnard is former professor of cartoon and design at the École des Beaux Arts in Geneva (Switzerland), film animator for TV Suisse Romande, TV A2, and artistic director for theater. Dr. Isnard currently lives and works in Nimes (France) and French Polynesia. Location: Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush street, San Francisco http://www.afsf.com/index.shtml

Through August 16, 2009.  INTERSECTIONS:  PUZZLES AS ART, featuring antique Chinese, French and sculpture puzzles.  Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.  707.939.SVMA for details.  Free-$8.  Thurs.-Sun., 11-5.

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.

Through September 12, 2009.  SUMMERTIME; OR, CLOSE-UPS ON PLACES WE’VE (NEVER BEEN). Focusing on new video art, Summertime; or, Close-ups on Places We've (Never) Been presents both extended cinematic works and installations of new videos by artists who work in time-based media such as Knut Åsdam, Chen Shaoxiong, Jimmie Durham, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Cyprien Gaillard, Marine Hugonnier, Emre Hüner, Aleksander Komarov, Mark Lewis, and Sam Samore. The exhibition also utilizes the SFAI campus as the "other place" of the multiplex movie house. In lieu of countless many seats and two aisles for exit, the Walter and McBean Galleries will be maintained as a thoroughgoing and parallactic network of aisles- aisles that contain but one solitary and extraordinary setting for taking one's seat, Small Casestudy House (Sunset House) (2009), a work designed and created by Atelier Bow-Wow. Curated by Hou Hanru, SFAI's director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Location: San Francisco Institute, The Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut street campus, San Francisco  http://www.sfai.edu/ Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11:00am-6:00pm Free and open to the public.

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 29-August 23, 2009.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS AND TEENS.  Kids let loose and learn French in an interactive setting, with cartoons, dance, songs, and games.Teenagers acquire a solid grammar base, try their hand at Molière, even French cooking!All classes in French. Placement required.  Learn more at http://www.afsf.com

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 18, 2009.  LEVEL 6-7 SATURDAY INTENSIVE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  7 hrs   of instruction. $126. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks provided during breaks. Conversation. Vocabulary. Grammar (includes a review of the verb tenses, prepositions and pronouns). The material used in our intensive immersion courses is different for every intensive offered, so students can repeat our program at the same level and cover various aspects of the language. THE FRENCH CLASS - 500 Sutter Street Suite   310 - San Francisco - CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666 - www.frenchclass.com

July 25, 2009.  LEVEL 0 SATURDAY IMMERSION PROGRAM at THE FRENCH CLASS. 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 hrs of instruction.   $126 + book $25.20. Snacks & drinks provided during the breaks. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

July 28 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.  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, JULY 28 (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-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 15, 2009.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Don't miss our next Pronunciation Intensive on Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m.  $85. Wine, cheese, fruit and snacks included. If you have never been taught  French sounds (voyelles simples et voyelles nasales, liaisons,  contractions, etc.), call and sign up for this unique presentation of French sounds as a  logical and organized system. (415) 362-3666. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

August 17, 2009. PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Don't miss our next Pronunciation Intensive on   Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $85. Wine, cheese and snacks included. If you have never been taught   French sounds (voyelles simples et voyelles nasales, liaisons,   contractions, etc.), call and sign up for this unique presentation of   French sounds as a logical and organized system. THE FRENCH CLASS -   500 Sutter Street Suite 310 - San Francisco - CA 94102 - (415)   362-3666 - www.frenchclass.com 

September 12-November 10, 2009.  FRENCH CLASSES BY GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage.  Classes include French for Movie Lovers, and French Literature and Grammar. Book Passage, 51 Tamal  Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.9270960 for details.

September 21 or 26, 2009.  LOUIS-PHILIPPE ET LA REVOLUTION DE 1848. 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, September 21 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * SATURDAY, September 26 (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.

September 28-November 19, 2009.  FRENCH CLASSES BY ANNE BISHOP at Book Passage.  Classes include Beginning French, Intermediate French, Upper Intermediate French, Advanced French, and Cours de Perfectoinnement.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal  Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.9270960 for details.

The ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents ATELIERS:  AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS.  Learn French after lunch! Afternoon ateliers teach French without the commitment:  (1)  Elocution: "Plaire, Emouvoir, Instruire" (2) Histoire de l'art: Renaissance au siècle des lumières (3) Phonétique: Eliminer votre accent.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

AT THE FRENCH CLASS!

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

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!

August 1, 2009.  LA BOHEME.   Best of the Met Summer Season screened at the Lark Theater, Larkspur.  11am.  3hr, 20min.  Contact the theater for details.

August 1, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Calaveras Cajun Fete, Sheep Ranch.  A favorite annual event to benefit the Calaveras County Arts Council.  Great barbecue and dancing on the lawn! Pioneer Hotel, Sheep Ranch (near Murphy's in the Sierra foothills). 6:00-10:30 pm.  Ticket information: 209 754-1774 or www.calaverasarts.org or http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

August 1 & 2, 2009.  JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE 1080 BRUXELLES by Chantal Akerman at YBCA Saturday, August 1, 7:00pm & Sunday, August 2, 2:00pm This year marks the first time that the film has been screened in the U.S. in the 35mm print in which it was intended to be seen, revealing a breathtaking muted pastel palette designed with total precision. (1975, 201 min, new 35mm print) Location: YBCA screening room, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco http://www.ybca.org/film/

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 2, 2009. LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com for details.

August 2, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Powerhouse Pub, Folsom.  We return to this favorite night club just east of Sacramento. 614 Sutter St., Old Folsom.  3:30-6:30 pm.  Information: 916 355-8586 or www.powerhousepub.com or  http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

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, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa Park Stage, The Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. 6:00-9:00 pm. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

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

August 6, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Waterfront Plaza, Eureka. A great annual concert series in Oldtown Eureka. 6:00-8:00 pm. Free. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

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 7, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Library Park, Lakeport.  Another great concert series at Clear Lake. Downtown Lakeport. 6:30-8:30 pm. http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

August 8, 2009.  LA FILLE DU REGIMENT, with NATALIE DESSAY, directed by Laurent Pelly.  Best of the Met Summer Season screened at the Lark Theater, Larkspur.  11am.  3hr, 10min.  Contact the theater for details.

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

August 8, 2009. TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO and more at Summertime at the Maritime, Vallejo.  A great new venue for us.  Don't miss this one!! http://www.tomrigney.com/rigomania_new_homepage.htm

August 8, 2009.  ELODIE O performs at San José Jazz.  http://jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org/

August 9, 2009. LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com for details.

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, 2009.  SEKOUBA BAMBINO DIABATE, the golden voice of Guinea, performs at The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., SF.  415.711.1421 or http://www.theindependentsf.com for details.  Doors 8:30.  $25.

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 16, 2009. LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com for details

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

August 21, 2009.CONVERSATION à l’Alliance Française de Berkeley.  6:30pm.Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or  http://www.afberkeley.org for details.

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.

August 23, 2009. LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com for details.

August 27, 2009.  PERE GORIOT by HONORE DE BALZAC, at the Mechanics’ Institute, part of the Forgotten Classics series, a discussion group led by Charles Fracchia. This group requires advance registration. Call or email Sharon Miller at 415.393.0113 or smiller@milibrary.org.  All book discussion groups meet in the 4th floor Board Room at the times listed above.

August 30, 2009. LAURENT FOURGO performs at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Noon-3pm. The restaurant has recently been completely renovated.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Left Bank, 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park CA  94025. 650.473.6543 or http://www.leftbank.com 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 GIPSY KINGS.  Over the years the Gipsy Kings—whose members hail from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France—have included singers and guitarists from the Reyes (Canut, Nicholas, Pablo, and Patchai) and Baliardo families (Diego, Paco, and Tonino). Lead singer Nicholas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes, who, with Manitas de Plata, sold millions of records in the 1960s and ‘70s. The band’s vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of an indigenous musical tradition known as “rumba flamenco.”  There are no other examples of a non-English speaking band (the group’s language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane) with such a consistent winning streak in the United States, where the group is the biggest-selling French act ever. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the world music charts and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide—more than four million in the United States alone. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year.  More information: http://www.gipsykings.com.  Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.  8pm.   $75 / $40 / $25 Premium Seats - $120 Tickets to this event can be purchased through the Box Office and ticketmasterhttp://www.marincenter.org

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 10-11, 2009.  THE GIPSY KINGS perform at The Mountain Winery.  (For more on the group, see September 9, above.)  877.LYV.ONLY 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 18, 2009.  SUE MONK KIDD & ANN KIDD TAYLOR talk about TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES, a memoir in two voices.  Part travel story, part spiritual quest, and part induction into feminine passages, set in France and Greece.  Dominican University of California,  Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA.  Preferred seating with purchase of the book.  7pm.  Contact Book Passage, 415.927.0960 or go to http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 21 or 26, 2009.  LOUIS-PHILIPPE ET LA REVOLUTION DE 1848. 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, September 21 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) * SATURDAY, September 26 (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.

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 2, 2009.  PINK MARTINI performs at The Mountain Winery. 877.LYV.ONLY for details.

October 5-9, 2009. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

October 13-31, 2009.  LA FILLE DU REGIMENT / THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT.  San Francisco Opera.  http://www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for 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 15, 2009.  JOHN BESH talks about MY NEW ORLEANS:  THE COOKBOOK, at Cooks With Books!, Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  Tickets in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal  Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com or 415.9270960 for details.  Talk at 6:30pm.  Price includes copy of book, meal, wine, tax, and tip.  $110 per person; $185 per couple.

October 17, 2009.  TRACY KIDDER speaks about STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS, the inspiring account of a young man who escaped the Hutu and Tutsi in Burundi and came to America.  Book Passage San Francisco Authors Luncheon to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.  San Francisco Hilton Hotel.  10am-12pm.  $125.  For tickets or to sponsor a table, cal 415.543.3303, ex. 114 or email authors@kidneynca.org or visit http://www.kidneynca.org for details. 

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.

January 15-February 14, 2010.  ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS perform THE MISER by MOLIERE!   Trans. David Chambers.  First staged in 1668, The Miser is one of the French playwright’s funniest and most enduring pieces.  Old Harpagon is a penny-pinching miser who loves his hidden fortune more than his children.  But when he falls fo the same girl as his son, all bets are off as his kids conspire to trick him out of his treasure.  Greed, lies, conflict and paranoia:  it’s a comedy that’s as timely today as the day it was written.  http://www.rossvalleyplayers.com or 415.456.9555 for details.

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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