August 20-28, 2009

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August Events

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.  DUE ZIGHI BACI, featuring tenor Michael Van Why and accordionist extraordiaire, Sheri Mignano will be sharing their special blend of EUROPEAN CAFÉ MUSIC in the Bistro at the beautiful French Garden Restaurant in Sebastopolon Thursday evevning, August 20.  The show is appropriately titled PANINI ON A CROISSANT as it features a healthy portion of your favorite French café tunes(Edith Piaf, Aznavour, Trenet et al.) sandwiched between two fresh baked sets of spicy Italian/Neapolitan fare.  Join us for an evening of great food, one of a kind music and good friends!  Details below.  See you in the Bistro!  NO COVER CHARGE.  French Garden Restaurant & Bistro Bar, http://www.frenchgardenrestaurant.com/  7pm-10pm.

August 20, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Fernandez Park, Pinole.  595 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 6:30-8:00 pm. Free.

August 20, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Café Boronnes in Menlo Park 7-10pm NO COVER. Awesome foods and great atmosphere. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information. http://www.cafeborrone.com/

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 JAZZ HOT QUARTET with ISABELLE FONTAINE plays at Shanghai 1930 in SF.  133 Steuart street. 7-11pm NO COVER- GREAT food. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or http://www.shanghai1930.com/ for more information. 

August 21, 2009.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA se réunit chez Jessica (Jesse) & Alan Vann Gardner à la prochaine soirée le 21 août, à partir de 7h.   Comme d'habitude, apportez vos aliments et du vin préféré pour partager, s'il vous plait. Je vais offrir du saumon, du poulet BBQ, et des hors-d'oeuvres de diande.  Nous ne portons pas de chaussures dans la maison, ainsi apportez s'il vous plaît des pantoufles, si désiré. Mon mari Alan, ne parle pas de français et il a invité quelques amis d'Aikido, ainsi il y aura sans aucun doute  des amis qui ne parlent que d' Anglais. 707.765.9237. nadinepavloff@netscape.net for details.

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.  SOLO CISSOKHO WITH OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE, KARAMBA DIABATE, JAMILA DIOP, BEN ISAACS. Senegalese griot and kora master Solo Cissokho brings his traditions to Ashkenaz in a concert for listening and dancing (he also presents a family show Sunday, Aug. 9).   Cissokho offers not only traditional music of his homeland, but also his own music, as he collaborates with Ousseynou Kouyate (of Senegalese music/dance ensemble Djialy Kunda Kouyate), Guinea's Karamba Diabate, Jamila Diop from Senegal, and Ben Isaacs.   Cissokho is a member of the Mandinka people, a tiny minority of the Senegalese population. He was born in Ziguinchor, Casamance, into a jali (griot) family, where the griots have preserved their family history in song-form, handed down from one generation to the next, for nearly a millennium. He began learning to play the kora (West African harp) when he was 7. Says Cissokho on the early days: "I began my career by building my own kora. That way you really learn the characteristics of your instrument." The first attempts at playing it were accompanied by cries of frustration: "It was so difficult to reach all 21 strings with just four fingers!" Since then he has taken his music around the world, often collaborating with musicians from other cultures, including performing and recording with Norway's Kristen Braten Berg and Indian musician L. Subramaniam, African band Toure Kunda and the late Malian star Ali Farka Toure. Cissokho's band Jalikunda has performed at the WOMAD and Glastonbury festivals. Today he lives in Norway when not on tour.   Ousseynou Kouyate was a member of the National Ballet of Senegal for seven years before moving to Berkeley with his twin brother Assane and starting their colorful music/dance band Djialy Kunda Kouyate, using such indigenous instruments as the kora and balafon. Like Cissokho, Kouyate is a descendant of griots who carries on age-old traditions.   From Boke, Guinea, percussion master Karamba Diabate is a griot of the Malinke people. He plays an array of traditional African percussion and keyboard instruments including the djembe, djun djun, ballaphon and krin. Diabate's extensive performing career includes tours, recording and performance with Famoro Kuyatey's "Kiké", Fils Rais, Fatala and the Ballet Bagata. Doors at 9:00 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.  $15/ $12 students  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.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.  EMMANUEL NADO, of COTE D’IVOIRE, plays at Great American Music Hall.  9pm.  $20.

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.  LAURENT FOURGO & ENSEMBLE perform at the Tiburon Art Festival.  Tiburon, 11am to 2:30pm.

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.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at One Bush Street, San Francisco.  A lunchtime concert presented by People in Plazas. 1 Bush St., San Francisco. 12:00 noon-1:00pm.

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 26, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT.  Every Wednesday Le Jazz Hot duo plays at Penelope in Oakland. 7-10pm NO COVER great food and drinks!  Corner of 11th and Clay St. Downtown Oakland. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.  http://www.facebook.com/penelopeoaktown

August 26-October 14, 2009. LES MOTS A LA BOUCHE: LITTERATURE ET GASTRONOMIE.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines a French Class, enseigne - en francais, bien sur - par Renee Morel, "gastrosophe" omnivore. Les plaisirs du texte et ceux de la table ont toujours fait bon menage. Ainsi, a la Renaissance, c'est grace aux joyeux banquets de Gargantua que Rabelais satirise les moines ou introduit des notions resolument modernes  sur la dietetique. Chez les insatiables libertins du XVIIIe siecle -- Sade ou Casanova -- la nourriture fonde toute une science aphrodisiaque. Selon eux, c'est grace a la volupte que procure l'abondance des plats delicats ou insolites que l'on peut mieux jouir des autres plaisirs.  Chez Balzac, Flaubert ou Zola -- tous illustres "ventres de Paris" -- le reel,  ca se mange! Pour Colette, enfin, ecrire la gourmandise, c'est puiser a la source meme du plaisir. A travers des articles de critiques contemporains, on examinera l'harmonie  entre les plaisirs du texte et ceux de la bonne chere. Venez prendre place a  table et vous delecter de mets et de mots! Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives.  8 weeks (August 26 - October 14, 2009) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $250 (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 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.  AUGUST EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT organized by THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ·  The FACCSF, British American Business Council, and German American Business Association invite you to join us for another wonderful European Networking Event. The last sessions each gathered over 150 representatives of the European Business community. We invite you to come out and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere! 6PM to 8PM. Carroll Burdick & McDonough · San Francisco · Directions  For Members ($20) and their Guests only ($25) http://www.faccsf.com for details.

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.  VINTAGE EUROPEAN POSTER SHOW AND SALE.  More than 1000 original posters from around the world; no reproductions.  Firehouse Building, Buchanan and Marina Sts, San Francisco.  10am.  http://www.vepca.com for details.

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 28, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at the HIGHLAND DELL LODGE in Monte Rio, CA.  7-10pm  A GREAT GETAWAY SPOT!  http://www.highlanddell.com/pages/main.html Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information. 

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.  WELCOME OKILI NGUEBARI HOME!  In April 2009, Congolese immigrant Okili Nguebari of Santa Rosa was seized in front of his home by six Immigration agents.  Three months later, Nguebari has been released and allowed to return to his American-born wife and children.  His homecoming is being celebrated with an African-inspired dinner and dance party, along with additional legal fundraising and appearance by numerous entertainers from all over the county, including MIDNIGHT SUN, OLEME NGUEBARI, and SANG MATIZ.  Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  $20 suggested donation, with drinks and food available for purchase.  707.823.1511 for details.

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.  FR. PAUL PERRY plays the music of MESSAIEN and others.  St. Sebastian Church, Kentfield.  All are welcome; no admission charge.  Program with commentary will run about one hour.  12:30pm.

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!

Through August 31, 2009.  SEBASTOPOL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL presents THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a swashbuckling adventure by ALEXANDRE DUMAS.  Experience heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor in an updated version of this beloved story.  Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol.  707.823.0177 or http://www.the-rep.com for details.  $18-$23.

Through 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.

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.

CHÉRI, based on two novels by COLETTE. Balboa; Albany; Opera Plaza.

JULIE & JULIA, with Meryl Streep playing the role of JULIA CHILD, the “famed French-cooking evangelist.”  Elmwood; Empire; Oaks; 1000 Van Ness; Piedmont; SF Center, Sundance Kabuki. 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

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. 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.    Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF; Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

LE SILENCE DE LORNA / LORNA’S SILENCE (Jean-Pierre & 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   Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Clay, SF.  

YOUSSOU N’DOUR:  I BRING WHAT I LOVE.  Roxie, SF, http://www.roxie.com for details.

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 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 August 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 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.

May 22-September 6, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY.  100 paintings. Among paintings by naturalist artists such as Bougereau and Courbet, there is the American expatriate James McNeil Whistler's "Arrangement in Gray and Black," a.k.a. "Whistler’s Mother." There are early work by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Sisley, and a selection of Degas’ paintings that depict images of the ballet and the racetrack.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/

September 25, 2010-January 18, 2011.  VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN, CÉZANNE AND BEYOND:  POST-IMPRESSIONIST MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY.  This second of two exhibitions presents some of the most famous late Impressionist paintings including those by Monet and Renoir, followed by the more individualistic styles of the early modern masters including Cèzanne, Gauguin, Lautrec and van Gogh, plus works by Pointillists Seurat and Signac.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/

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

FALL CLASSES AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY: Beginning French; Third-Semester French (intensive grammar review); Introduction to Literary Analysis & Critical Writing; France Yesterday (history from the prehistoric caves to the revolution); French Caribbean Literatures in Translation (in English). Contact: suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

August 26-October 14, 2009. LES MOTS A LA BOUCHE: LITTERATURE ET GASTRONOMIE.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines a French Class, enseigne - en francais, bien sur - par Renee Morel, "gastrosophe" omnivore. Les plaisirs du texte et ceux de la table ont toujours fait bon menage. Ainsi, a la Renaissance, c'est grace aux joyeux banquets de Gargantua que Rabelais satirise les moines ou introduit des notions resolument modernes  sur la dietetique. Chez les insatiables libertins du XVIIIe siecle -- Sade ou Casanova -- la nourriture fonde toute une science aphrodisiaque. Selon eux, c'est grace a la volupte que procure l'abondance des plats delicats ou insolites que l'on peut mieux jouir des autres plaisirs.  Chez Balzac, Flaubert ou Zola -- tous illustres "ventres de Paris" -- le reel,  ca se mange! Pour Colette, enfin, ecrire la gourmandise, c'est puiser a la source meme du plaisir. A travers des articles de critiques contemporains, on examinera l'harmonie  entre les plaisirs du texte et ceux de la bonne chere. Venez prendre place a  table et vous delecter de mets et de mots! Un cours passionnant, illustre de diapositives.  8 weeks (August 26 - October 14, 2009) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $250 (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.

Beginning September 8, 2009.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  FIRST YEAR, FIRST & SECOND QUARTERS and CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  SECON YEAR, FIRST & SECOND QUARTERS, offered at the College of Marin.  415.883.2211 ext.8579 or http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

September 9-October 21, 2009.  FRENCH LITERATURE:  MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, HIS ESSAYS AND VIEWS.  Taught by Erika Harkins. College of Marin.  415.883.2211 ext.8579 or http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

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.

October 21-25, 2009.  TOTAL IMMERSION FRENCH WORKSHOP IN VALLEJO. Nadine Goodban has been teaching French in her Vallejo home, for many years and offering a yearly workshop as well. Her love for French culture is truly communicating and most of her adults students have been attending for many years ... 10AM-5:30PM 3 DAYS :  $285.00; 4 DAYS : $360.00; 5 DAYS : $ 425.00 DAILY LUNH INCLUDED!   ONE DAY will include a cooking session, hands-on + recipes - all in French!  Classes structurées avec révision de grammaire, exercices pratiques, conversation, discussion, dialogues - travail écrit et oral corrigé sur place - Ambiance professionnelle et familiale !  PLUS :   Session privée pour chaque participant.  Details:  nadalang@comcast.net or (707)644-3421.

October 28-December 16, 2009.  FAMOUS TEXTS THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE WORLD.   Course material includes HENRI IV of France and RENE DESCARTES.  College of Marin.  415.883.2211 ext.8579 or http://www.marincommunityed.org 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

FRENCH TEACHER WORKSHOPS AT eLYCEE.  The reactions of participants to our French teacher summer course were enthusiastic.  So we created a continuing training program, once a month on Saturdays. If you are interested, please contact: Christine.frin@elycee.com

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

eLYCEE is pleased to announce the opening of its new Minischool, with weekly French classes for kids aged 9 and 10. Based on our popular Maintien de la Langue classes for French-speaking students in the USA, our Minischool gives younger kids access to our unique virtual classroom. Our native French teachers encourage production and creativity, bringing the language and the culture to life in 90-minute total immersion sessions. In our relaxed learning environment, students develop their language skills and confidence, they work together, and - best of all - they love it. It's a brand new way to learn French for Life. For more information, visit www.elycee.com

eLYCEE also offers a range of online courses to choose from, including, for Middle School & High School students: private tutorials, Summer Camp, AP classes; for College students: private tutorials, workshops, French Club, AP classes, online OuLiPo workshops; for Adults: private tutorials, workshops, French Club, online OuLiPo workshops; and OuLiPo’s online ‘Ateliers d’Ecriture’ are available online for the first time ever; ONLY with eLycée. Visit our website: http://www.elycee.com/ If you would like to know more about this innovative program of after school classes, please contact Julian Hirst at julian.hirst@elycee.com, or +1 877 624 5330.

POUR TOUS LES PETITS: A CLASS FOR KIDS at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa. With native speaker EVELYNE WHITMAN. To register, contact the director at herve@afsantarosa.org or call 707.543.8151. Saturdays, 11am-12pm.

FRENCH WINE CLASSES. The French Wine Society is offering French wine classes in San Francisco. Each class will be an in-depth lecture of a particular region including a tasting of six carefully selected fine wines to illustrate the regions character. These classes should not be missed. They represent a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of French wine. Eric Lecours, Regional Director of the French Wine Society Bay Area, will be instructing the classes. He is a Certified Wine Educator and holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the WSET. He is also one of only 20 Americans to be certified by the region of Bordeaux as an official instructor, having been sponsored by the Bordeaux Wine Council to attend a weeklong educational program in Bordeaux last year. He continues his studies and is working toward his Masters of Wine, the most respected qualification in the Wine Industry. For more information and registration: http://www.frenchwinesociety.org

CLASSES DE CUISINE. L'alimentation saine, c'est delicieuse! Venez tous chez Janet, infirmière et chef de cuisine, pour des classes de cuisine. Mes classes, à San Rafael, sont petites et vous travaillez dans ma grande cuisine professionelle pour apprendre les recettes qui sont bien pour maigrir et prévenir les maladies. Après, nous dinons en famille. Et bien sur, nous parlons français! Janet Dresser 415.455.8939 ou http://www.cookingforyourlife.com

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion. http://www.ArtandCookingClassesinFrance.com Philippe Gion was a resident of San Francisco from 1986 to 2001, then time shared between the US and Provence. Owner & chef of the restaurant "Café Landais" (1986-1990) then, manager of the restaurant of the "Alliance Fançaise,” he was also Executive Chef at Stanford University ("East House Residency", 1997- 2000). He was a member of the Board of Director at the "Lycée Français Lapérouse" (1988-1991) and creator of the first French Ciné-Club in San Francisco ("Alliance Française Ciné-Club" with the partnership of the Lycée Français). In 1996, Philippe Gion founded "Art and Cooking Classes in France" dedicated to bringing to our Anglo-Saxons friends and gourmets the best of the joie de vivre in France and, most of all, an attractive approach of the traditional French gastronomy in Provence.

FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL. Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Monday evenings. Beginners 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Intermediates 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere. Helpful for travelers looking for survival French. Heavy emphasis on cultural topics. The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French. Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered. Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510.886.1000.

CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666. http://www.frenchclass.com for full details.

FRENCH FOR FUN. French For Fun, a well-known language and cultural center in the East Bay, has long been a meeting ground for Francophone and Francophile parents. Recently relocated to a newer, larger facility, we’d like to invite you to come and check us out! We have a brand new Baby Circle for one-year-olds on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 10:30 and an ongoing Moms n’Tots program for toddlers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:30. You don’t need an appointment. The first lesson is always free. Drop in and while you’re here feel free to browse our videothèque and library of French children’s books. We’d love to meet you! Madame@FrenchForFun.com or www.FrenchForFun.com

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

TRANSLATION COURSE ON LINE Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carriere : Devenez traducteur ou traductrice. Specialisez-vous dans le domaine de votre choix, explorez les possibilites. Formation assuree par Dominique Bremond, traductrice certifiee par le Consulat General de France a San Francisco, 20 ans d'experience. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter : Dominiquebremond@aol.com The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666. info@frenchclass.com

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - ingrid@maisonettesf.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 info@ifrenchclub.com Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes

FRENCH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE. Learn French at your own pace. French for children, adults and corporate in private or small classes. French Language Institut offers flexibility, fun, customized programs, library, newest educative material, CNED, craft sessions, trip to France and much more! Visit us @ http://www.FL-Institut.com or write to frenchteachers@siliconfrench.com.

LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email info@optimalearning.com or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, http://www.optimalearning.com or http://www.optimalearningcenter.org

Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang . For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact info@afsantarosa.org. (From the AFSR: Try our French language school with no commitments. Your first lesson is free!) See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for more class opportunities. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!

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 2, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT.  Every Wednesday Le Jazz Hot duo plays at Penelope in Oakland. 7-10pm NO COVER great food and drinks!  Corner of 11th and Clay St. Downtown Oakland. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.   http://www.facebook.com/penelopeoaktown

September 4, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Main Street Brewery, Pleasanton, 830 Main St.., Pleasanton.  9:00 pm. Information: 925 462-8218 or www.mainstbrewery.com

September 4, 2009.   THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents its Indian Summer series, featuring LE BALLON ROUGEand LE VOYAGE DU BALLON ROUGE.  Come early – we start at 6pm!  This is the first event of our second year and we are celebrating it outdoors with on the spot crepes, lots of beverages, bubbles, wine, a full buffet, and MUSIC with a French live band from San Francisco. So, save the date,for a double feature movie to entertain the whole family: "Le Ballon Rouge"-The Red Balloon (34 min) AND "Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge"-The Flight of the Red Balloon (110 min). * A short 34 minute beautiful fantasy film shot in 1956 by Albert Lamorisse: Le  Ballon Rouge follows the steps of a young boy throughout the Menilmontant Paris  Neighborhood of the 50's. * Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge is the first part in a new series of films produced  by Musée d'Orsay, and tells the story of a French family as seen through the eyes of a Chinese student. The film was shot in August and September 2006 on location  in Paris. This is Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first Western film. One reviewer on the website "Culturazzi" said: "The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008, with The New York Times rating this as 4th in its list for top films of the year. Dreams and wonderment, interspersed with the clatter of a real world are the operative words in this film. Do yourself a favor - keep away if you find idleness a tedious job. But do bear in mind: for all the slow-moving action, it's the film's spirit that soars. " I couldn't have said it better. Cast: Juliette Binoche and Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu. The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008 and received major awards at Cannes, New-York and Toronto. You will be able to purchase your tickets in advance online at our website after  August 15.  All in one beautiful summer night!

September 5, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Lake Merritt Dance Center, Oakland.  A big Saturday night at this beautiful ballroom in downtown Oakland. 200 Grand Ave., at Harrison, Oakland. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).

September 6, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Monte Rio Amphitheatre, Monte Rio.  "A Sunday in New Orleans"--an all day event at this beautiful amphitheatre on the Russian River! Don't miss this one!! A fundraiser for the Villa Grande Restoration Project for Patterson Point. Event starts at 2:30 pm. Our showtimes TBA.  Information and tickets: www.riverwoods.us

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. LE JAZZ HOT.  Every Wednesday Le Jazz Hot duo plays at Penelope in Oakland. 7-10pm NO COVER great food and drinks!  Corner of 11th and Clay St. Downtown Oakland. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information. http://www.facebook.com/penelopeoaktown

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 9, 16 & 23, 2009.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS.  Register through Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education. 7pm-9pm Write christine@piccin.com for details.https://busapp02.santarosa.edu/CommunityEducation/ .

September 10, 2009.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit DOMINIQUE d’EUGENE FROMENTIN.  Discussion menée par Raymond Lemieux.  AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa.  info@afsantarosa.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 14, 2009.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes DBF with JEAN-MARC VERDIELL. http://www.faccsf.com for details.

September 15, 2009.  LA ROUTE NAPOLEON:  SUR LES TRACES DE L’EMPEREUR, DE GOLFE-JUAN A GRENOBLE.  Une conférence offerte par le docteur ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON.  Assemblée Générale de l’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Restaurant La Gare, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.  6pm.  Reservations due September 11.  The conference will be in French; non-French speakers should have no problem following the conference as itwill be illustrated by reference maps and a slideshow.  Price:  $35, wine not included.  tickets for the conference only are $12.  Send check to AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa, 95409-5358.  Please do not forget to indicate your entrée selection:  beef, fish, chicken, or vegetarian.  Dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm; Conference begins promptly at 7:45pm.  Reservations are required for both!

September 16, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT.  Every Wednesday Le Jazz Hot duo plays at Penelope in Oakland. 7-10pm NO COVER great food and drinks!  Corner of 11th and Clay St. Downtown Oakland. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information. http://www.facebook.com/penelopeoaktown

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. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.  We return to our favorite Marin County venue--a beautiful theatre with great sound and lighting, plenty of seating AND plenty of room for dancing. Don't miss this show! 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley.  8:00 pm.  Ticket information: www.142throckmortontheatre.com

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 18, 2009. THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents its Indian Summer series, 7pm.

September 19, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Blazin' Hog Barbeque and Zydeco Festival, Mariposa.  An all day music and BBQ event. Also featuring Mark St. Mary, and the BluesBox Bayou Band. Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa. Event starts at 12:00 noon. Our set time TBA. Information and tickets: www.blazinhog.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 23, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT.  Every Wednesday Le Jazz Hot duo plays at Penelope in Oakland. 7-10pm NO COVER great food and drinks!  Corner of 11th and Clay St. Downtown Oakland. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.  http://www.facebook.com/penelopeoaktown

September 24, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO at Speisekammer in Alameda, CA.  9-11:30 pm  NO COVER awesome deutchland foods. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information. 

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 26 & 27, 2009.  LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS / CHILDREN OF PARADISE, 1945, directed by MARCEL CARNÉ.  Voted “Best French Film” of the last century in a poll of French critics and professionals, this unforgettable romance focuses on the rough-and-tumble theater world of Paris in the 1830s, and on a beautiful courtesan (played by Arletty) who is loved by four men:  a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault), an actor (Pierre Brasseur), a criminal (Marcel Herrand), and an aristocrat (Louis Salou).  Epic in scale, its accomplishments are all the more remarkable, considering the film’s tumultuous two-year production during the Nazi Occupation of France.  Directed by Marcel Carné and written by the poet JACQUES PRÉVERT, the production kept its secrets from the Vichy government.  Premiered in 1945 following the Liberation, it became an instant classic, and we are pleased to screen a 35mm cut of the original uncut version.  In French with English subtitles.  190 minutes.  Christopher B. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222 or http://www.cafilm.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

September 30, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT.  Every Wednesday Le Jazz Hot duo plays at Penelope in Oakland. 7-10pm NO COVER great food and drinks!  Corner of 11th and Clay St. Downtown Oakland. Live gypsy jazz.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.  http://www.facebook.com/penelopeoaktown

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 6-10, 2009.  THE BALD SOPRANO by EUGÈNE  IONESCO, performed by the Conservatory Theatre Ensemble of Tamalpais High School.  700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  415.388.3292 or http://www.tamhigh.org for details.

October 8-18, 2009.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  Details to follow…  Schedule to be announced September 15th.

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

October 12 or 17, 2009.  LES SECRETS DES MAITRES DU PASSE: MIROIRS ET LENTILLES.  Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM or Saturday, 10:30 AM -12:00 NOON. Une conference passionnante, illustree de diapositives illustrée offerte par RENEE MOREL.  The French Class. www.thefrenchclass.com 

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 15, 2009.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCH organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Boost your company with the Business Booster.  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

October 15, 2009.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON WITH GERALDINE LE MEUR.  Noon-2:00pm. The Spinnaker · Sausalito · Directions  $40 Members / $45 Non-Members (Pre-registration price valid until Tuesday evening) $50 At the door -- For this edition, we have the pleasure to welcome Geraldine Le Meur. She is an entrepreneur and has been involved in several successful companies launched by her husband Loïc Le Meur. She served as Marketing director of Six Apart EMEA from 2003 to 2007. Prior to that, she served as CEO for RapidSite France, the first shared Web hosting company she co-founded in 1997. She also served as executive VP of B2L. In 2004 Geraldine & Loic founded LeWeb, now #1 European web event in Paris. Take part of this great networking event and seize the opportunity to meet business women in the Bay Area. Men are welcome!  French American Chamber of Commerce.  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

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 21-25, 2009.  TOTAL IMMERSION FRENCH WORKSHOP IN VALLEJO. Nadine Goodban has been teaching French in her Vallejo home, for many years and offering a yearly workshop as well. Her love for French culture is truly communicating and most of her adults students have been attending for many years ... 10AM-5:30PM 3 DAYS :  $285.00; 4 DAYS : $360.00; 5 DAYS : $ 425.00 DAILY LUNH INCLUDED!   ONE DAY will include a cooking session, hands-on + recipes - all in French!  Classes structurées avec révision de grammaire, exercices pratiques, conversation, discussion, dialogues - travail écrit et oral corrigé sur place - Ambiance professionnelle et familiale !  PLUS :   Session privée pour chaque participant.  Details:  nadalang@comcast.net or (707)644-3421.

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 2 or 7, 2009.  GOUVERNER AUTREMENT: LA COUR DE FRANCOIS Ier.  Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM or Saturday, SATURDAY, 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON. Une conference passionnante, illustree de diapositives illustrée offerte par RENEE MOREL.  The French Class.  www.thefrenchclass.com 

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 18-22, 2009.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS by ALEXANDRE DUMAS, performed by the Conservatory Theatre Ensemble of Tamalpais High School.  700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  415.388.3292 or http://www.tamhigh.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.

November 21, 2009.  LA SOIREE 28TH BEAUJOLAIS AND BEYOND FESTIVAL. Come and celebrate with us the launch of the First French wine of the year at the annual fundraising event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco. This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of French Lifestyle, French Food and Wine tasting. Join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town!  The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San  Francisco thanks its Benefactor Member : Barclais USA.  Location: Hyatt Regency · San Francisco.  info@faccsf.net

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 5-13, 2009.  JORDI SAVALL conducts a program of FRENCH BAROQUE MUSIC with the PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA.  The first half of the program features lively and graceful ballet music by violinist and daner GUILLAUME DUMANOIR and a suite of music from the opera ALCESTE by JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY that tells the story of a bride’s abduction by a jealous suitor.  Later in the program, Savall features GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN and GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL, who were part of a generation of German composers fascinated by the richness and grace of the French musical style.  In the Telemann suite, you have the incredible opportunity to hear Savall perform on the viola da gamba, which is rarely featured as a solo instrument with an orchestra.  Handel’s beloved Water Music brings the rich orchestral colors of the French ballet suite to full blossom, combing it with German musical sensibilities and a bit of an English accent.  Come and see this extraordinary collaboration between of the foremost early music scholars and ‘the most exciting American period-instrument orchestra.’  3/5, San Francisco, 8pm; 3/6 & 3/7, Berkeley, 8pm and 7:30pm, respectively; 3/12, Palo Alto, 8pm; 3/13, Contra Costa, 8pm.  $30-$75.  http://www.philharmonia.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.

April 27-May 1, 2009.  BUTOH MEETS BOUFFE:  FRENCH COMEDY AND CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE THEATRE, performed by the Conservatory Theatre Ensemble of Tamalpais High School.  700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  415.388.3292 or http://www.tamhigh.org for details.

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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