July 30-August 7, 2009

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July & August Events

July 30, 2009.  AS WE FORGIVE.  Two Rwandan women make peace with those who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide.  KQED TV9, 5am.

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.

Opening July 31, 2009.  YOUSSOU N’DOUR ~ I BRING WHAT I LOVE.    An audience sensation at film festivals worldwide, I Bring What I Love takes you behind the scenes and into the world of Africa's most famous musician: Youssou N'Dour. This never-before-told story follows N'Dour at a turning point in his life and career, as he releases his most personal and controversial album Egypt. But the singer's hope for promoting a more tolerant face of Islam erupts in scandal and outrage in his native country that rejects the album and denounces it as blasphemous. Venues: San Francisco, UA Stonestown Twin; Berkeley: Rialto Elmwood; Monterey: Osio Cinema 6

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

July 31, 2009.  SNEAK PEEK – BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEE D’ORSAY.  7pm. Koret Auditorium at the De Young Museum. Guy Cogeval, director of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, presents Sneak Peek - Behind the Scenes at the Musée d'Orsayoffering an insider's look at this venerable institution and provides insight into the de Young's two upcoming exhibitions from the Musée d'Orsay in 2010:  Birth of Impressionism:  Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay and Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond:  Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay.  Free lecture; seats are first-come, first-served and seating is limited.

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. 

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, 2009.  FIRST OF AUGUST CELEBRATION organized by the Peninsula Swiss Club.  Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA, $5-18 Register at:  http://www.peninsulaswissclub.com/Forms/1st_Aug_09_Registration.pdf

August 1, 2009.  CORTE MADERA CELEBRATES THE SWISS NATIONAL HOLIDAY.  4:30 p.m., Corte Madera Town Park, 1 Pixley Ave, Corte Madera, CA 94925.  Contact organizer Beat Bossart at bbossart@yahoo.com

August 1, 2009.  CELEBRATE SWISS NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE.  Ocean Beach 1st of August Bonfire; bbq begins at 12 p.m.  Ocean Beach, across from the Beach Chalet, San Francisco, CA.  Bring: food, firewood, games.  Contact: Dave Dueblin, (650) 919-3572.  Peninsula Swiss Club.

August 1, 2009.  ZIGABOO MODELISTE plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Red Devil Lounge  $12.  9pm.

August 1, 2009.  GENO DELAFOSSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE performs at Summer Nights 2009.  Free outdoor concert.  Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  7pm.

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/

Through August 2, 2009.  LES MISERABLES, performed by YOUTH MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY.  An epic tale of injustice, greed, sacrifice and love in the midst of the student uprising in France in the 1800s… $8-$20.  Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave, Berkeley.  510.595.5514 or http://www.ymtcberkeley.org for details.

Through 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

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 2, 2009. PICNIC AND PETANQUE. Pétanque - which originated in Provence, France at the turn of the last century - is played with metal balls (boules) and a small wooden target ball (the cochonnet). Similar to Bocce, it‘s simple to learn and fun to play. We'll gather at a pétanque court in Menlo Park and play casual games with 2 or 3 person teams. Bring your own picnic, including beverages. Find out the details and sign up for this free 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."

August 2, 2009. FRENCH & AMERICAN JAZZ by LAURENT FOURGO & HIS SWINGIN’ COMBO play at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park.  Laurent Fourgo & His Combo (www.fourgo.com) will play a lot of French favorites (from Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc...) as well as American Jazz made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and much more.  We encourage you to reserve your table by calling (650) 473-6543  Join us for a brunch/lunch Sundays  noon til 3pm At Left Bank (Menlo Park) 635 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park CA  94025 (650) 473-6543  Easy parking behind the restaurant Www.LeftBank.com Never a cover charge!

August 2, 2009.  SWISS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, presented by United Swiss Societies/Aelpler Gruppe.  Door prizes, BBQ, music,and dancing to Tony Raymann's Edelweiss Dance Band.  Acting Consul General Francesco Ottolini will be in attendance. Gates open at 11 a.m. Swiss Park 5911 Mowry Avenue Newark, CA 94560 Tel: (510) 793-6279 http://swissparknewark.com/index.html

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, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at 101 California Street, San Francisco.  Noon-1pm. FREE. For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz.

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.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR AURÉLIEN FROMENT at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.  Reception, Tuesday August 4, 7:00pm.  French artist Aurélien Froment works on a diverse range of artworks, such as films, photographs, and books that address ideas of how narrative, whether documentary or fiction, can be constructed. He lived in San Francisco for 3 months in 2008 where he worked on the new project he will show at this exhibition. Location: 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA 94107 http://www.wattis.org/exhibitions/froment  Supported by Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of FACE.

August 4, 2009.  SAUCE PIQUANTE plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. Doors at 7:30 p.m., Dance Lesson at 8:00 p.m., Show at 8:30 p.m. $10  Sauce Piquante is one of the best-known Cajun-Creole dance bands in the Bay Area, and long an Ashkenaz favorite. Sauce Piquante plays stirring old-time Cajun-Creole music. It's the back porch music of South Louisiana's bayous and prairies, the fuel for dancers at fais-do-do's and honky tonks and crawfish boils. The band's tunes - waltzes, two-steps, and an occasional shuffle - are all drawn from the traditional repertoire and all sung in French. Inspired by the late accordionist Danny Poullard (who suggested the group's name, a spicy Louisiana stew), Sauce Piquante is accordionist-singer Blair Kilpatrick (who started the band in 1999), fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Robert Richard, and bassist-singer Kathy "KP" Price, along with guest drummers including local favorite David "Killer" Hymowitz. The band released its debut recording in 2003, "Sauce Piquante Live...Vieux Temps Passé," and is nearing completion of its second CD. Band founder Kilpatrick is the author of the book, "Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music," published by the University Press of Mississippi. It follows her journey through the discovery of Louisiana's Cajun music, her love affair with the accordion, mentoring by Danny Poullard, and launching her own band, Sauce Piquante.  For details on the band:  www.saucepiquanteband.com.  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com.

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.  LORNA’S SILENCE, directed by JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE.  Lorna's Silence, winner of the Cannes International Film Festival's Best Screenplay Award in 2008, tells the story of a young ambitious Albanian woman living in Belgium, who marries a Belgium citizen in order to get a legal residential status.  For a trailer:  http://www.sonyclassics.com/index.php

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.  FRENCH ARTIST ELODIE O at the SAN JOSE JAZZ FESTIVAL.  8:00pm.  Originally from Paris, elodieO sings, composes and arranges all her music.  Her sound is an elegant mix of 60's Nico-esque pop and 90's golden era trip-hop and down-tempo. http://www.jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org/en/performers/125-elodieo.html

August 8, 2009.  IMMACULÉE:  HOLD ON TO HOPE.  Immaculée Ilibagiza survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide – which left a million people dead, including her parents – by hiding in a tiny bathroom with seven other women for 91 days.  She tells her remarkable story of survival and forgiveness.  KQED TV9, 4pm.

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 9, 2009. FRENCH & AMERICAN JAZZ by LAURENT FOURGO & HIS SWINGIN’ COMBO play at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park. Laurent Fourgo & His Combo (www.fourgo.com) will play a lot of French favorites (from Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc...) as well as American Jazz made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and much more.  We encourage you to reserve your table by calling (650) 473-6543  Join us for a brunch/lunch Sundays  noon til 3pm At Left Bank (Menlo Park) 635 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park CA  94025 (650) 473-6543  Easy parking behind the restaurant Www.LeftBank.com Never a cover charge!

August 9, 2009. EUROPEAN EXPATS 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."

Through 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/

August 12, 2009.  JILL JONNES presents EIFFEL’S TOWER:  AND THE WORLD’S FAIR WHERE BUFFALO BILL BEGUILED PARIS, THE ARTISTS QUARRELED, AND THOMAS EDISON BECAME A COUNT. It’s easy to forget that the Eiffel Tower is a relatively new – and originally controversial -- feature of Paris,  that was described as “the useless and monstrous Eiffel tower” in an angry manifesto signed by some of Paris’ most famous citizens (including Alexandre Dumas.) Originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel tower was, at the time, the tallest building in the world, and the centerpiece for an international exposition that included Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and Thomas Edison’s demonstration of his new invention, the phonograph. Jill Jonne’s new book on the Eiffel Tower is the only history of the tower currently available in English, and a fascinating portrait of what would become one of France’s most enduring icons.   Jill Jonnes is a historian and the author of Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels and Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World. She has been a National Foundation for the Humanities scholar and received several grants from the Ford Foundation. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.    Members Free; Public $12 57 Post Street, San Francisco   TRANSPORTATION: Montgomery BART/MUNI station Reservations & Information: 415. 393-0100 Reservations by email:  rsvp@milibrary.org Mechanics’ Institute. 6:00 pm.

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 13, 2009.  CLAIRE DENIS’ TOWARDS  MATHILDE at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm. More than just a documentary, the film is a diary of an intimate collaboration between a brilliant filmmaker and equally brilliant choreographer, Mathilde Monnier, as it explores the birth, formulation and performance of a radical new dance piece. (2005, 84 min, 35mm)  Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission street, San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/tickets/production/view.aspx?id=9935

August 13, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco.  The annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. 760 Howard St., San Francisco. 12:30-1:30 pm. Free admission. Information: www.ybgf.org

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, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale. Friday Night Live Summer Concert Series. Main St., Cloverdale.  7:00-9:30 pm.  Information: www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

August 14, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Moody’s in Truckee CA.  8pm.  No Cover.  http://www.moodysbistro.com/ For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz.

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.

Through August 15, 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. Reviewed in the July 22, 2009 SF Weekly, p.21.

Through 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. Reviewed in the July 29, 2009 SF Weekly, p.25.

August 15, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Magic Circle Theatre, Roseville. Our first appearance at this beautiful old theatre in Roseville! Don't miss this one! 241 Vernon St., Roseville.  8:00 pm.  Ticket information: 916 782-1777 or www.mcircle.org

August 16, 2009. FRENCH & AMERICAN JAZZ by LAURENT FOURGO & HIS SWINGIN’ COMBO play at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park. Laurent Fourgo & His Combo (www.fourgo.com) will play a lot of French favorites (from Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc...) as well as American Jazz made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and much more.  We encourage you to reserve your table by calling (650) 473-6543  Join us for a brunch/lunch Sundays  noon til 3pm At Left Bank (Menlo Park) 635 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park CA  94025 (650) 473-6543  Easy parking behind the restaurant Www.LeftBank.com Never a cover charge!

August 16, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Chouinard Winery, Castro Valley.  Our second appearance at this beautiful East Bay winery this summer. 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. 4:30-8:30 pm.  Advance tickets: 510 582-9900 or www.chouinard.com

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

Through August 20, 2009.  TANGO SCÈNE ~ LEARN THE TANGO IN FRENCH with SONJA RIKET.  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! *Take 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 Pre-beginner workshop (requisite for series) July 16, 7-9pm Class series* July 30, Aug 6,13, 20 7-8:30pm Pre-Beginner workshop (requisite for series): $20 AFSF members / $25 non-members,  Class series*  (including pre-beginner workshop):  $90 AFSF members / $100 non-members  *No drop-ins/ Sign up online www.afsf.com Alliance Française SF 1345 Bush St. (btw Polk -Larkin) SF, 415 775 7755 Visit www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com More info call Sonja Riket: 415.661.1852.

August 20, 2009.  FIRST FRENCH-AMERICAN “PETANQUE” AND POTLUCK AT THE SF VICTORY GARDEN (at Hallidy Plaza, in front of City Hall, San Francisco,  between McAllister, Grove, Polk and Larkin one block from Civic Center Bart) Sponsored by Apple to Pomme,  I.S.A.R.C.  and SF Education not incarceration.  Thursday, August 20, 2009. 11-2  Come and celebrate Franco american Fun and Solidarity,  Bring a dish,  and learn how to play : * Petanque * ! ! Bring your CORKS !  We are also recycling corks in a green bin at the event !  We will give them to our corksmith, Steven Leslie. CLD  RSVP mesha Monge-Irizarry, ISARConelove@cs.com PETANQUE (Pronunciation is [peta-k]) , is a forn of "boules" = while standing with the feet together in a small circle, to throw hollow  metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet  (jack).  The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played  on grass or other surfaces. Soft sandy beaches are not suitable.. The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence,  in southern France.  The English and French name pétanque comes from la petanca in the Provençal  dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pès tancats ,  meaning "feet together"or more exactly "feet anchored". The casual form of the game of Pétanque is played by about 17 million  people in France, mostly during their summer vacations. There are about 375,000  players licensed with the Fédération Française de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal  (FFPJP) and some 3000 in England.

August 20, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Fernandez Park, Pinole.  595 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 6:30-8:00 pm. 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 21, 2009.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Jessica. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

August 21, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO with ISABELLE FONTAINE plays at Shanghi 1930 in San Francisco.  8pm-11pm No Cover.  http://www.shanghai1930.com/ For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz.

August 21-23, 2009.  SAUSALITO FILM FESTIVAL includes FRANÇOIS FAVRAT’S THE ROLE OF HER LIFE (France) and GEOFFREY ENTHOVEN’S HAPPY TOGETHER (Belgium).  Cavallo Point, Sausalito.  415.887.9506 or http://www.sausalitofilmfestival.com 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 22, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Woofstock, Anderson River Park, Anderson.  An all-day music festival to benefit Another Chance Animal Rescue. Anderson River Park, Anderson.  Also on the bill: Jim Dyer, Incendio, and others. Event starts at 3:30 pm; our set is scheduled for 7:30-9:00 pm.  Tickets: $15.00, available at the gate.

August 22, 2009.  CAJUN / ZYDECO FESTIVAL at Ardenwood Historic Farm.  Featuring Acadien Cajun band, Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier & the Ro Doggs, André Thierry and Zydeco Magic, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble.  34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont (off highway 44, ust east of the Dunbarton Bridge).  www.ebparks.org or 1.888.EBPARKS for details.  $20 adults, $3 ages 4-15; 3 & under free.  10am-7pm.

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.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays @ Café Borrone in Menlo Park,CA. 10-1pm. No Cover!!  http://www.cafeborrone.com/ For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 23, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs ARIAS IN THE PARK.  Gabrielson Park, Anchor & Bridgeway, Sausalito. 2pm.  VIP tables may be reserved in advance (with a bottle of chilled champagne & fresh strawberries):  $75 residents; $85 non-residents.  415.289.4151 or http://ci.sausalito.ca.us for details.  Free.

August 23, 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."

August 23, 2009. FRENCH & AMERICAN JAZZ by LAURENT FOURGO & HIS SWINGIN’ COMBO play at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park. Laurent Fourgo & His Combo (www.fourgo.com) will play a lot of French favorites (from Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc...) as well as American Jazz made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and much more.  We encourage you to reserve your table by calling (650) 473-6543  Join us for a brunch/lunch Sundays  noon til 3pm At Left Bank (Menlo Park) 635 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park CA  94025 (650) 473-6543  Easy parking behind the restaurant Www.LeftBank.com Never a cover charge!

August 23, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Band Shell, Lake Almanor Country Club.  The annual Summer Concert Series at Lake Almanor. 6:30 pm. free admission.

August 26, 2009.  HARLEM IN MONTMARTRE is featured in GREAT PERFORMANCES.  Film explores an era in African American cultural history, the jazz age in Paris after WWI.  After peace was signed at Versailles, many black Americans remained in Europe rather than return to brutal segregation and racism in America; over the next two decades, they created an expatriate community, primarily congregated in Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood.  Features footage of such figures as James Reese Europe, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Eugene Bullard, and Django Reinhardt (pictured with his Nouveau Quinte).  10pm.  Program repeats 8/27 at 4am; 8/29 at 9pm.  KQED TV9.

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 27, 2009.  THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO plays @ Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, CA. 7pm show. For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or http://www.kuumbwajazz.org/concerts/index-aug09.htm#kuumwbwa_popup

August 27, 2009.  TEENAGE BAD GIRL (electro) plays  8:00pm at Mix, Sacramento.  Location: Corner of 16th & L street, Sacramento.  http://www.mixdowntown.net/

August 28, 2009.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features JARDINIERE and other restaurants.  KQED TV9.  8:30pm.  Program repeats 8/29, 2:30am, 9am, 1pm, and 6:30pm; 8/30, 5:30pm and midnight. 

August 29, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays @ Speisekammer in Alameda, CA.  9pm-11:30pm No Cover.  http://www.speisekammer.com/ For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz.

August 29, 2009. MASTER CLASS IN GYPSY GUITAR, playing w/Pazzo of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO @ Gryphon Music in Palo Alto, CA 1pm-3pm.  http://www.gryphonstrings.com/events/workshops.php  For more information:  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz.

August 29, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Bodega Seafood Festival, Bodega.  A great annual event in Bodega, with music all day long. Our set:  2:45-4:00pm.  Information: www.winecountryfestivals.com

August 30, 2009. FRENCH & AMERICAN JAZZ by LAURENT FOURGO & HIS SWINGIN’ COMBO play at LEFT BANK in Menlo Park. Laurent Fourgo & His Combo (www.fourgo.com) will play a lot of French favorites (from Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc...) as well as American Jazz made famous by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and much more.  We encourage you to reserve your table by calling (650) 473-6543  Join us for a brunch/lunch Sundays  noon til 3pm At Left Bank (Menlo Park) 635 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park CA  94025 (650) 473-6543  Easy parking behind the restaurant Www.LeftBank.com Never a cover charge!

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.

CAT PEOPLE (Jacques Tourneur, 1942).  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

CHÉRI, based on two novels by COLETTE. Balboa; Embarcadero Center; Stonestown; Bay Street Emeryville; Pleasant Hill; Albany; Piedmont; Boulevard, Petaluma; Rialto, Santa Rosa; Century 20, Redwood City; Century, Mountain View; Century 12, San Jose; Sequoia, Mill Valley.

I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (Jacques Touneur, 1943). Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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 COOKINGOpening August 7, 2009. 

LORNA’S SILENCE, directed by JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE.  Lorna's Silence, winner of the Cannes International Film Festival's Best Screenplay Award in 2008, tells the story of a young ambitious Albanian woman living in Belgium, who marries a Belgium citizen in order to get a legal residential status.  For a trailer:  http://www.sonyclassics.com/index.php Opening August 7, 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. “The Wedding Song” is reviewed in the July 19, 2009 SF Datebook (Pink Pages), p.18.

SAUSALITO FILM FESTIVAL includes FRANÇOIS FAVRAT’S THE ROLE OF HER LIFE (France) and GEOFFREY ENTHOVEN’S HAPPY TOGETHER (Belgium).  Cavallo Point, Sausalito.  415.887.9506 or http://www.sausalitofilmfestival.com for details. August 21-23, 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/

TOWARDS  MATHILDE (Claire Denis) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm. More than just a documentary, the film is a diary of an intimate collaboration between a brilliant filmmaker and equally brilliant choreographer, Mathilde Monnier, as it explores the birth, formulation and performance of a radical new dance piece. (2005, 84 min, 35mm)  Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission street, San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/tickets/production/view.aspx?id=9935 August 13, 2009. 

YOUSSOU N’DOUR ~ I BRING WHAT I LOVE.    An audience sensation at film festivals worldwide, I Bring What I Love takes you behind the scenes and into the world of Africa's most famous musician: Youssou N'Dour. This never-before-told story follows N'Dour at a turning point in his life and career, as he releases his most personal and controversial album Egypt. But the singer's hope for promoting a more tolerant face of Islam erupts in scandal and outrage in his native country that rejects the album and denounces it as blasphemous. Venues: San Francisco, UA Stonestown Twin; Berkeley: Rialto Elmwood; Monterey: Osio Cinema 6. Opening July 31, 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 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

August 4-29, 2009.  AURÉLIEN FROMENT at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.  Reception, Tuesday August 4, 7:00pm.  French artist Aurélien Froment works on a diverse range of artworks, such as films, photographs, and books that address ideas of how narrative, whether documentary or fiction, can be constructed. He lived in San Francisco for 3 months in 2008 where he worked on the new project he will show at this exhibition. Location: 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA 94107 http://www.wattis.org/exhibitions/froment  Supported by Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of FACE.

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 August 23, 2009.  LOOKING IN:  ROBERT FRANK’S “THE AMERICANS” AT SFMOMA. "Numberless photographers take memorable pictures now and then," writes the San  Francisco Chronicle, "but few can claim, as Robert Frank can, to have rerouted their art form." In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank's trailblazing book The Americans, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is showing a comprehensive exhibition of Frank's work, framing the images from the book with some of Frank's earlier and later work. Find out how a Swiss changed photography  with his "snapshot aesthetic!" Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third St. San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 357-4000 www.sfmoma.org 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.

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.

September 16-October 25, 2009.  ALSO KNOWN AS JEWELRY:  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH JEWELRY at the Velvet da Vinci Gallery.  Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco presents “also known  as jewelry”, a project curated by Christian Alandete and  Benjamin Lignel for la Garantie, association pour le bijou.  The show, touring first to London and Rome, comes to San  Francisco for its only U.S. venue and features 17 French  contemporary jewelers.  Velvet da Vinci Gallery, 2015 Polk Street @ Broadway  San Francisco, CA 94109  Artists’ reception Friday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.  ADMISSION: Free  Call Velvet da Vinci Gallery at  415.441.0109, visit www.velvetdavinci.com or email info@velvetdavinci.com     

Through November 8, 2009.  MATISSE AND BEYOND:  THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.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 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

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 

Through 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.

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!

September 1, 2009.  SUBVERSIVE DOCUMENTARIES at SFMOMA, presented by Paul Clipson. 12:00pm.  In this program of film shorts, experimental filmmaker (and SFMOMA's own head projectionist) Clipson screens high-art takes on low subjects. FILMS:   Luis Buñuel's Las Hurdes (aka The Land Without Bread, 1933, 30 min., 16mm, b/w); Alain Resnais' Le chant du Styrène (1958, 19 min., 35mm, color);  Georges Franju's Hotel des Invalides (1952, 22 min., 35mm, b/w).  Museum and program admission are free.  Location: SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third street, San Francisco http://www.sfmoma.org/events/1431  Supported by the French Consulate in San Francisco.

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 11, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Barbara. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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 18, 2009.  ARTISTS’ RECEPTION for ALSO KNOWN AS JEWELRY:  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH JEWELRY at the Velvet da Vinci Gallery.  Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco presents “also known  as jewelry”, a project curated by Christian Alandete and  Benjamin Lignel for la Garantie, association pour le bijou.  The show, touring first to London and Rome, comes to San  Francisco for its only U.S. venue and features 17 French  contemporary jewelers.  Velvet da Vinci Gallery, 2015 Polk Street @ Broadway  San Francisco, CA 94109  Artists’ reception Friday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.  ADMISSION: Free  Call Velvet da Vinci Gallery at  415.441.0109, visit www.velvetdavinci.com or email info@velvetdavinci.com

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 10, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Laine. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for 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

October 30, 2009.  THE BEACHES OF AGNES (Agnès Varda) opens in Landmark Cinemas around the Bay Area.  From the director of The Gleaners and I, a cinematic autobiography.  http://landmarktheatres.com for details.

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.

November 20, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit pour fêter le BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU chez Nadine et ARmen. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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 11, 2009. LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Nadine et Armen pour la GALETTE DES ROIS. nadinepavloff@netscape.net 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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