September 3-11, 2009

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September Events

September 3, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at LE COLONIAL, 20 Cosmo Place, SF. No cover Instrumentation: Quintet The instrumentation will change a little bit each week and we will have some special guests as often as we can. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. www.lecolonialsf.com   415.931.3600.  7:30pm-10:30pm.

September 3, 2009.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features JARDINIERE and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm. Rebroadcast 9/4 at 1:30am and 1pm.

Opening September 4, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY presents LA BELLE PERSONNE / THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON (dir. Christophe Honoré, France, 2008).  Opens September 4 at the Kabuki Sundance Cinemas Loosely based on Madame de Lafayette’s landmark 1678 novel *La Princesse de Clèves*, maverick director Christophe Honoré’s new film tracks an ensemble of Parisian high school students as they navigate through the turbulent imbroglios of young love. The voluptuous and enigmatic Léa Seydoux plays Junie, a world-weary 16-year-old who has just transferred into the school following the death of her mother. Immediately becoming the center of attention, she chooses the gentle but intense Otto as her boyfriend. But what could have been a smooth transition into her new environment is complicated by the ardent attentions of her unscrupulous Italian teacher Nemours, a serial seducer played in a carefully disheveled bohemian manner by the dashing Louis Garrel. As passions flare, it becomes readily apparent that Nemours maintains a rather liberal approach to student-teacher relationships. Director Honoré brings to the mix a heartfelt empathy for the emotional enormity and painful yearning that are part and parcel of teenage relationships, deftly capturing the romantic intrigue and sexual frisson familiar to teenagers everywhere. A former critic for *Cahiers du cinéma*, Honoré revises the familiar filmic iconography of the French New Wave with rigor and affection, adding to it a contemporary pop sensibility and a willingness to treat teenagers as intelligent and interesting human beings. (90 min, IFC Films <http://www.ifcfilms.com/>) For more information on THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON, including tickets and showtimes, please visit http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?pageid=1216 Watch the trailer here: http://www.sffs.org/player.aspx?catid=88&id=10

September 4, 2009.  I LIKE MY BIKE NIGHT #5 featuring DGIIN; QUINN DEVEAUX & THE BLUE BEAT REVIEW.  Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m. $10/$8 advance or with bike  The Ashkenaz I Like My Bike Night series, a “Celebration of Bike Culture ~and~ Unbridled Dance Orgy,” goes down on the first Friday of each month through the summer. It rewards those who attend with music fitting for a Friday night out on the best dance floor in the East Bay – and rewards those who arrive by bicycle or other human-propelled transport with a $2 discount off the door price. The shindig kicks off with a Sunset Bike Cruise departing from the intersection of Telegraph and Bancroft Streets at 8 pm. The ride winds its way past Downtown and North Berkeley BART stations before rolling up to Ashkenaz where great music awaits...  Influenced by life’s eccentricities, Sonoma County band Dgiin plays gypsy jazz funk with a French twist. Guitarist/vocalist Gabe was raised in France, where he began learning the classical guitar at age 9. He moved to California in 1998; when his sister, vocalist Mimi, joined him from France a year later, they started Dgiin. While the Flamenco-Django-esque band’s personnel has changed somewhat over the years, they have consistently put on memorable, high-energy shows, captivating crowds with their singular sound. They have a busy performance schedule that has recently been expanding beyond the North Bay. Dgiin’s current lineup features Gabe and Mimi alongside bassist Chris Le Dieph; New Yorker Ari Camarota on horns; and percussionist/drummer Ricky, a native of El Salvador, who has played in numerous salsa, rock, and Latin Jazz bands.  www.myspace.com/dgiin   An avid biker, good-time roots and blues singer Quinn DeVeaux has performed at Ashkenaz before, notably in the Blue Roots band. Now he returns leading his own group the Blue Beat Review, which plays a dance-oriented mix of more modern soul, gospel, and folk with some rootsy blues thrown in for balance. It is a true revue, complete with female vocal harmony singers! DeVeaux draws from New Orleans, the ’60s folk revival, and ’50s Chicago blues and rock. Most of DeVeaux’s music is original, some from his solo CD, “Lions on Lakes.” With DeVeaux on guitar and vocals, the Blue Beat Review is bassist Kenan Obrien, drummer Matty Mack, pianist Chris Seibert, and on vocals the Quinntettes: Viola, Colette, and Amber. www.myspace.com/quinndeveaux  Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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. LAURENT FOURGO is performing…. 6pm-7:15pm.  Instrumentation: Quartet vocals + guitar + upright bass + reeds (sax, clarinet).  6pm - 7:15pm: Live Music to compliment a very special superb buffet to celebrate the first anniversary of the revival of the Club, with their traditional French "pâté" provided by "Marcel et Henri", Brie cheese and assortments, hot "Crêpes"  made just for you on griddles brought in by "Bistro Maxine", wonderful pastries  from "La Baguette" of Stanford shopping Center. Plus beverages, wine, champagne, coffee, tea and juice. All this for $10.00 - No one can believe it!! 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 4, 2009.  QUINN DEVEAUX & THE BLUE BEAT REVIEW plus TBA - check website for updates! Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m. $10/$8 Advance/With Bike  An avid biker, good time roots and blues singer Quinn DeVeaux has performed at Ashkenaz before, notably in the Blue Roots band. Now he returns leading his own group the Blue Beat Review, which plays a dance-oriented mix of more modern soul, gospel and folk with some rootsy blues thrown in for balance. It is a true revue, complete with female vocal harmony singers! DeVeaux draws from New Orleans, the ‘60s folk revival and ‘50s Chicago blues and rock. Most of DeVeaux’s music is original, some from his solo CD, “Lions on Lakes.” With DeVeaux on guitar and vocals, the Blue Beat Review is bassist Kenan Obrien, drummer Matty Mack, pianist Chris Seibert, and on vocals the Quinntettes: Viola, Colette and Amber. www.myspace.com/quinndeveaux Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center 1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702. 510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

September 4, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 6:30 - 9:00pm (solo). 925.524.0011 or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

September 4, 2009.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features CAJUN PACIFIC RESTAURANT and more.  KQED TV9, 8:30pm. Rebroadcast 9/5, 2:30am, 9am & 1pm; 9/6, 5:30pm; 9/10, 7:30pm; 9/11, 1:30am and 1pm.

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).

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.

September 6, 2009. GEORGE COLE & VIVE LE JAZZ.  Hear  Swing /Jazz /Americana /Gypsy Jazz at Ashkenaz!  Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 7:30 p.m. $10/$8 Advance  Berkeley guitarist and singer George Cole brings his band Vive Le Jazz for a swinging night of Django-style gypsy jazz, classics of the Great American Songbook from the ’30s to today, and Cole’s own compositions.   The band is a mini-orchestra adding color to Cole’s superbly crafted and melodically sophisticated original songs that fit right in with those of George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Cole Porter. Cole has recently performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, accompanying singer Keely Smith. A founder of local ’80s fave band Beatnik Beatch, he recorded and performed with Joe Walsh, Chris Isaak, Warren Zevon, Robert Cray and many others, as well as being guitar instructor to Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt. He leads a band steeped in swinging jazz and Americana, as well as some exquisitely romantic slow waltzes. The group has spent the summer playing Northern California festivals and theaters. Vive le Jazz is guitarist-singer George Cole, singer Molly Mahony, clarinetist Tom Griesser, violinist Patti Weiss, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Grant, and bassist Carla Kay. www.georgecole.net Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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 6, 8 & 9, 2009.  SWISS WRITER, TELEVISION PRODUCER AND ENTREPRENEUR ALAIN DE BOTTON is interviewed for City Arts & Lectures.  Broadcast on KQED 88.5, Sundays at 1pm; Tuesdays at 8pm; and Wednesdays at 2am. 

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 8, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play Cajun/ Zydeco /Blues at Ashkenaz! Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m. $10 Violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom “Rigo” Rigney’s East Bay quintet Flambeau plays traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes, along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets the band apart is Rigney’s fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. The tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians – which also includes guitarist Danny Caron (Rigney’s longtime partner since their Sundogs years), keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone – plays mostly original material, highlighting Rigney’s arrangements.   The band features tunes from the new Flambeau CD, “Serious Fun” (like all Rigney and Flambeau recordings, it’s on the Parhelion label), which boasts 15 songs, 11 of them Rigney originals. Rigney’s acoustic blues CD, “Back Porch Blues,” was released earlier this year, and spent much of the summer in the top 15 of “B.B. King’s top Picks to Click” on XM/Sirius Radio’s Bluesville channel.  www.rigomania.com Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for 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.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, with Lang Lang (piano) perform works by RAVEL and others.

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, 2009.  SWISS DECKS HEARTTHROB AGNES (from Geneva) performs at EndUp, 401 6th St., SF.  10pm-6am.  $15-$20. http://www.theendup.com or  http://www.myspace.com/agnesprod

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 9-12, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS, including MAMA, L’CHAIM (Belgium); THE POLICE CHIEF’S SON (Belgium/France); BONEFEATHER (Canada); FREE FOR GIRLS (Canada); PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. (Canada); SKYLIGHT (Canada); WATCHMAKER (Canada); THE BLACK CAT (France); THE LUCK OF STONEY BOWES (France).  Red Vic, San Francisco.  $8-$10.  http://www.sfshorts.com or 415.668.3994 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, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays live gypsy jazz at Café Boronnes.  10am-1pm. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.

September 10, 2009.LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at LE COLONIAL, 20 Cosmo Place, SF. No cover Instrumentation: Quintet The instrumentation will change a little bit each week and we will have some special guests as often as we can. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. www.lecolonialsf.com   415.931.3600.  7:30pm-10:30pm.

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 11, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 6:30 - 9:00pm (solo). 925.524.0011 or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

September 11, 2009.  LE CINE CLUB DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY présente:  PERE ET FILS.   Film de 2003 de Michel Boujenah. C’est l’un des derniers films dans la longue carrière d’acteur de Philippe Noiret. Dans ce ‘Road movie’ à la français. un père et ses trois fils se retrouvent, au sens fort du terme, à l’occasion d’un voyage au Québec. Dans le rôle des fils : Charles Berling, Pascal Eblé, Bruno Putzulu.  6:30pm. RSVP: It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you.Donation suggested non member$12; member $10. 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 orafberkeley@sbcglobal.netor http://www.afberkeley.orgfor details.

September 11-12, 2009.  CASSAND BALLET WORKSHOP 2 CHOREOGRAPHY, in Harvest 2009, the Fall Choreoraphers’ Showcase.  8:00pm.  Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater presents the annual fall choreographers showcase, Harvest 2009. Two nights only featuring the exciting work of Bay Area's emerging and established choreographers. Among other choreographers, Cassand Ballet, created by French choreographer  Rodolphe Cassand, will present its latest work.  Location: Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco, CA 94110 http://www.cassandballet.com/cb/Events.html

September 11, 2009-January 15, 2010.  CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS, taught by Pat Holt, includes a week discussing ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by MURIEL BARBERY.  Five Fridays, one per month.  10:30am-12:30pm.  $105 for the entire set of 5 classes. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com 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 12, 2009.  KAILASH KHER, BASQUE ACCORDION MASTER, performs at the Redwood City Cultural Center. According to the Boston Globe Kepa Junkera is "One of the most  impressive world music debuts in years comes from a Basque accordionist,  Kepa Junkera...Junkera is a dazzling master of the two-row diatonic  button accordion." Playing with his sextet on the mandolin, cuatro,  double bass, drums, and txalaparta, Kepa's trikitixas ". The Rocket of  Seattle said "..something of a revelation...Not only a remarkable  accordionist, but a true master of many styles...a tour de force..." Free Cultural Concert on Courthouse Square in Redwood City;  6pm-8pm.  Downtown at 2200 Broadway. http://www.kepajunkera.com Full details at www.redwoodcityevents.com 

September 12, 2009.  AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN presents FRENCH COUNTRY COOKING, 11am.  Rebroadcast  9/24 at 6:30pm.

September 13, 2009.  BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO performs at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio, CA.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  $20.

September 13-October 1, 2009.  ANOTHER BORDER:  FILMS AND VIDEOS FROM THE CINEMATHEQUE DE TANGER ARCHIVES at the UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive.  This selection of short films, documentaries, and experimental works from the archives of the Cinémathèque de Tanger follows the fault lines between representation and reality, in both daily life and extraordinary circumstances.   Curated by French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada, and Bouchra Khalili, this series present the following Moroccan and French coproductions: History Tellers, September 13, 3:00pm (Ali Essafi, Mohamed Ulad Mohand, Gabriel Veyre, Morocco, 1935-2001, 91 min.).   FEMININE VS. MASCULINE, September 20, 3:00pm (Dir. Dalila Ennadre, Hicham Falah, Mohamed Chrif Tribak, Morocco/France/Belgium, 2001-2003, 80 min.).   FROM A DISTANT LAND, September 24, 6:30 p.m. (Dir. Hakim Bellabes, Brahim Fritah, Morocco/France/U.S., 1992-2005, 75 min.).   WHO ARE THE OTHERS? October 1, 6:30pm (Dir. Mounir Fatmi, Brahim Fritah, Tala Hadid, Max Lemcke, Morocco/France/Spain/U.S., 1998-2005, 72 min.)  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

September 14, 2009.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE organizes DBF with JEAN-MARC VERDIELL. http://www.faccsf.com for details.

September 14, 2009.  BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO performs at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.  1330 Fillmore St., SF.  http://www.yoshis.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 17, 2009.  DINNER WITH THE HONORABLE ANNE-MARIE IDRAC. Madame Idrac will address the audience on the theme: "French Excellence on high speed rail system,  energy and clean technologies" Madame Idrac will be accompanied by a delegation of French leading global companies in the transportation and clean-tech industries. Meet and network with high level executives from  GDF-Suez, Alstom, Faiveley, SNCF. Join us for this unique opportunity to hear Madame Idrac share her insights on the contributions of France and French companies to the expanding market of high speed rail systems, energy and green technologies worldwide. 7:00 PM Reception - 8:00 PM The St Regis - 125 Third St - San Francisco · Directions  $150 Members / $180 Non-Members (Registration before 9/10) Sponsorships available -- Reservations at www.faccsf.com or at 415 442 4717.

September 17, 2009.LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at LE COLONIAL, 20 Cosmo Place, SF. No cover Instrumentation: Quintet The instrumentation will change a little bit each week and we will have some special guests as often as we can. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. www.lecolonialsf.com   415.931.3600.  7:30pm-10:30pm.

September 18, 2009.  CONVERSATION A  L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.6:30pm.  You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français. 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 orafberkeley@sbcglobal.netor http://www.afberkeley.orgfor details.

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.  HUBERT KELLER:  SECRETS OF A CHEF presents THE GREAT PIES OF FRANCE.  KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

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 19 & 25-27, 2009.  MAIMOUNA’S HEEE MARIAMOU. In French, September 19, 8:00pm; In English, September 25, 26, 8:00pm & September 27, 6:00pm Fresh from a successful run in Paris, Afro-French dance sensation Maïmouna and her company, les Ambianceuses, present "Hééé Mariamou", a semi-autobiographical piece tells the story of Maïmouna, the daughter of African immigrants from Mali and the adventures and obstacles she and her girlfriends experience as they struggle to find self determination while growing up in a gritty French housing project outside of Paris. The play will be presented in French for a special fundraising event at the Lycée français la Pérouse, on September 19 (1201 Ortega street, San Francisco, CA) and will be presented at Mission Dance Theatre on September 25, 26 and 27 (3316 24th street, San Francisco, CA) www.myspace.com/heeemariamou

September 20, 2009.  FRENCH HERITAGE DAY AT THE RESIDENCE DE FRANCE. 11:00am-5:00pm  On Sunday September 20th, for the 7th consecutive year, the Consul General, Pierre-Francois Mourier, will open his home again to the public to celebrate French Heritage Day. This year the exhibit will feature photographs by Michelle Vignes, documentary photographer and photojournalist who lives in San Francisco.  Initiated by the French ministry of Culture in 1984, Heritage Days are organized every year during the third week-end of September, along one or two main themes. This cultural event shows French people's interest for history of places and arts. The success of this event lies in the large patrimonial diversity available to visitors: masterpieces of both civil and religious architecture, parks and gardens, archeological sites, literary, industrial and military heritage as well. Location: 2570 Jackson Street, San Francisco Organized by the French American Cultural Society.

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 22, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at Taste of First Street Event.  Be Chic - 309 First Street, Benicia.  www.beniciamainstreet.org or www.deborahkuhl.com for details. 6pm-9pm.

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 23, 2009.  THE DO and HOLLYWOOD, MON AMOUR. Ooh La La! in San Francisco presents The Do and Hollywood, Mon amour at the Great American Music Hall September 23, doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm Taken place in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Ooh La La! Festival offers to bridge two continents, highlighting the current French music scene in the US, with a double concert of The Do and Hollywood, Mon Amour at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  For details on:  The Do  http://www.myspace.com/thedoband, and for details on:  Hollywood, Mon Amour  http://www.myspace.com/hollywoodmonamour To win tickets for this concert, please e-mail your full name, e-mail address and phone number to: culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org Location: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Bureau Export and Culturesfrance.

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 24, 2009.LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at LE COLONIAL, 20 Cosmo Place, SF. No cover Instrumentation: Quintet The instrumentation will change a little bit each week and we will have some special guests as often as we can. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. www.lecolonialsf.com   415.931.3600.  7:30pm-10:30pm.

September 24, October 8 and October 29, 2009.  FRENCH CULTURE BOOK GROUP.  Meets three Thursdays, 7pm-9pm, at Book Passage in Corte Madera.  “In this course we will consider the American fascination with French culture through the reading of two very personal experiences and one French novel, in order to try to understand what makes French lifestyle universally appealing and enthralling.  We will start with I’LL NEVER BE FRENCH by Marc Greenside, who has a keen eye for cultural differences and an outstanding talent for storytelling, and continue with C’EST LA VIE by Suzy Gershman, a touching account of startin over in Paris – from renting an apartment to dating a Frenchman.  Finally, we will end with THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by MURIEL BARBERY and reflect on intellectualism, class awareness and social critique as French cultural phenomena.”  Taught by Vera Hamady, MA, who has studied pre-law in France and French literature at UC Berkeley, where she taught as a graduate student.  Vera is currently researching and writing a book on French lifestyle and finishing her first novel.  Come share her genuine enthusiasm for a culture she loves deeply.  $50.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 25, 2009.  MONIQUE SAIGAL, enfant cachée sous l’Occupation allemande, parle de HEROINES FRANÇAISES:  1940-1945 à l’Alliance Française de Berkeley. Enfant cachée sous l’Occupation allemande (1940-1945), Monique Saigal, dont la grandmère a été gazée à Auschwitz et le père tué à la guerre, a été élevée par une famille catholique (1942-1950). Elle a publié Héroïnes françaises 1940-1945, éditions du Rocher 2008. Aujourd’hui, elle nous dira pourquoi elle s’est intéressée à rechercher des femmes de confessions religieuses diverses qui ont lutté contre l’Occupant. Certaines ont connu l’horreur des camps, d’autres non, mais toutes ont fait preuve de courage, de force et d’ingéniosité. Où trouver ces femmes ? Qui sont-elles ? Pourquoi ontelles voulu courir de si grands risques ? Qu’ont-elles fait ? Et comment ont-elles pu survivre ? Elle illustrera sa présentation avec des photos et des clips d’interviews. Monique Saigal, née à Paris, un peu avant la Deuxième guerre, enfant juive, cachée et recueillie par une famille catholique fit ses études primaires et secondaires en France. A l’âge de 18 ans, elle émigra aux Etats-Unis, où elle fit ses études à l’université de Californie, Los Angeles et obtint un Doctorat es Lettres. Elle enseigne la littérature et la culture française au « Pomona College » de Claremont, en Californie, où elle vit depuis plusieurs années. Elle a publié un livre intitulé “L’écriture lien de mère à fille chez Jeanne Hyvrard, Chantal Chawaf et Annie Ernaux”, Rodopî, 2000 ainsi que plusieurs articles publiés sur Francis Ponge, Jean Giono, etc…dans des revues françaises et américaines. Sa dernière publication est un livre sur 18 femmes résistantes qu'elle a interviewées. Il a pour titre Héroines Françaises 1940-1945. Courage; force et ingéniosité, éditons du Rocher 2008. … RSVP: It is imperative that you call to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Donation suggested non member$8; member $5.  2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 orafberkeley@sbcglobal.netorhttp://www.afberkeley.orgfor details.  

September 25, 2009.  DR. MICHEL GUELDRY of the Montery Institute for International Studies presents THE AMERICANIZATION OF FRANCE:  ECONOMY & CULTURE.  7:00pm. Dr. Michel Gueldry of the Monterey Institute for International Studies defines what 'Americanization' consists of and what it is not, and provides and discusses examples of France's Americanization in two key fields: 1) Economic life and policies, and 2) Media influence and linguistic changes.  Location: Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA. 94109 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/76696

September 25, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 6:30 - 9:00pm (solo). 925.524.0011 or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

September 25-27, 2009.  THE SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY presents LES GRÂCES FRANÇOISES / GRACEFUL MUSIC FROM FRANCE, with Jennifer Paulino, soprano Annette Bauer, recorders, Rebekah Ahrendt, viola de gamba, Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord.  Explore the elegant world of French Baroque music with young Bay Area ensemble Les grâces.  From the chic airs de cour and the dramatic cantata Ariadne et Bachus, by MONTÉCLAIR to intimate chamber music by MARAIS & COUPERIN, this program reflects the bon goût prized at the time.  Yet the French were not always so refined; they also dabbled in the silly, as revealed in BERNIER’s charming coffee cantata.  9/25, First Lutheran Church, 800 Homer at Webster, Palo Alto; 9/26, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College St. at Barber, Berkeley; 9/27, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.  510.528.172 or http://www.sfems.org for details.

September 25-October 7, 2009.  INTERNATIONAL SERIES GLOBAL LENS at the Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.  This touring series of recent feature films from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East has been organized by the Global Film Initiative, a San Francisco-based organization founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema and to support the growth of global film communities through its granting, distribution and education activities. This year's edition consists of ten new films, among them French coproduction WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD from director Faouzi Bensaïdi (Friday, September 25, 4:30; Thursday, October 1, 9:00 and Wednesday, October 7, 9:00). Location: 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA http://www.cafilm.org/

September 26, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at First Street Cafe - Upstairs with Aram Boyd on the Amazing Electric Space Horn (cozy wine bar, great good, nice view, extra special people). 8-11pm.  440 First Street – Benicia.  www.firststreetcafe.com or www.deborahkuhl.com 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 26 or 28, 2009.  THE FRENCH CLASS – CERCLE DU LIVRE (Book Club). Free for The French Class members. Meeting once a month. A minimum of 3  people is necessary to hold the Book Club. You need to call in advance: (415)  362-3666 to sign up and let us know that you will be attending. Prochaine réunion: 11 a.m. Monday, September 28, or Saturday, September 26. Livre: "Un long dimanche de fiançailles" de Sébastien Japrisot d'où a été  tiré le film du même titre. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com      500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.comwww.frenchclass.com

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

Through 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.

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.

LE BALLON ROUGE and LE VOYAGE DU BALLON ROUGE. THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents its Indian Summer series, featuring LE BALLON ROUGE and 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 4, 2009.  

LA BELLE PERSONNE / THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON (dir. Christophe Honoré, France, 2008), presented by the SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY.  Opens September 4 at the Kabuki Sundance Cinemas Loosely based on Madame de Lafayette’s landmark 1678 novel *La Princesse de Clèves*, maverick director Christophe Honoré’s new film tracks an ensemble of Parisian high school students as they navigate through the turbulent imbroglios of young love. The voluptuous and enigmatic Léa Seydoux plays Junie, a world-weary 16-year-old who has just transferred into the school following the death of her mother. Immediately becoming the center of attention, she chooses the gentle but intense Otto as her boyfriend. But what could have been a smooth transition into her new environment is complicated by the ardent attentions of her unscrupulous Italian teacher Nemours, a serial seducer played in a carefully disheveled bohemian manner by the dashing Louis Garrel. As passions flare, it becomes readily apparent that Nemours maintains a rather liberal approach to student-teacher relationships. Director Honoré brings to the mix a heartfelt empathy for the emotional enormity and painful yearning that are part and parcel of teenage relationships, deftly capturing the romantic intrigue and sexual frisson familiar to teenagers everywhere. A former critic for *Cahiers du cinéma*, Honoré revises the familiar filmic iconography of the French New Wave with rigor and affection, adding to it a contemporary pop sensibility and a willingness to treat teenagers as intelligent and interesting human beings. (90 min, IFC Films <http://www.ifcfilms.com/>) For more information on THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON, including tickets and showtimes, please visit http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?pageid=1216 Watch the trailer here: http://www.sffs.org/player.aspx?catid=88&id=10 Sundance Kabuki, http://www.sffs.org for details.  September 4-10, 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 26 & 27, 2009. 

INTERNATIONAL SERIES GLOBAL LENS at the Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.  This touring series of recent feature films from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East has been organized by the Global Film Initiative, a San Francisco-based organization founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema and to support the growth of global film communities through its granting, distribution and education activities. This year's edition consists of ten new films, among them French coproduction WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD from director Faouzi Bensaïdi (Friday, September 25, 4:30; Thursday, October 1, 9:00 and Wednesday, October 7, 9:00). Location: 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA http://www.cafilm.org/September 25-October 7, 2009.

JULIE & JULIA, with Meryl Streep playing the role of JULIA CHILD, the “famed French-cooking evangelist.”  CineArts Marin, Sausalito; Fairfax; Larkspur Landing; Tiburon Playhouse; Regency, Terra Linda; Rowland, Novato; AMC Van Ness 14, SF; 1000 Van Ness, SF; Balboa; Century 20; San Francisco Centre 9; Empire 3; Presidio Theatre; Elmwood Cinema; Piedmont; 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

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS, including MAMA, L’CHAIM (Belgium); THE POLICE CHIEF’S SON (Belgium/France); BONEFEATHER (Canada); FREE FOR GIRLS (Canada); PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. (Canada); SKYLIGHT (Canada); WATCHMAKER (Canada); THE BLACK CAT (France); THE LUCK OF STONEY BOWES (France).  Red Vic, San Francisco.  $8-$10.  http://www.sfshorts.com or 415.668.3994 for details. September 9-12, 2009. 

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; Opera Plaza, 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

Opening September 4, 2009.  EXO ZONE, paintings by PIERRE FLANDREAU at Elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax; 415.747.8696 or http://www.elsewhere.com 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     

September 22-December 12, 2009.  MOBY DICK at the WATTIS INSTITUTE.  An eclectic group of 32 international artists, including Damián Ortega, Angela Bulloch, Paulina Olowska, and Richard Serra, working across multiple media, from sculpture to film, video, drawing, and photography, present works related to Herman Melville's epic novel. More than half of the participating artists have created new works specifically for this show in response to the novel's wide-ranging and evocative themes. The exhibition will also feature numerous historical artifacts and documents, and will include the film Diatoms, from French cinematographer JEAN PAINLEVE.  Location: Logan Galleries, Wattis Institute for the Contemporary Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco http://www.wattis.org/

Through September 25, 2009.  PARIS LANDMARKS:  PHOTO EXHIBIT.  Photography by Cindy A. Pavlinac, fom the Places of Presence Series.  City Café, 1408 Fourth Street, San Rafael.  415.457.6789 or http://www.capavlinac.com for details.  Free.

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.

Through January 10, 2010. ONCE UPON A DREAM:  THE ART OF SLEEPING BEAUTY.  Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S. 415.227.8666 or http://www.cartoonart.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

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 11, 2009-January 15, 2010.  CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS, taught by Pat Holt, includes a week discussing ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by MURIEL BARBERY.  Five Fridays, one per month.  10:30am-12:30pm.  $105 for the entire set of 5 classes. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com 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 24, October 8 and October 29, 2009.  FRENCH CULTURE BOOK GROUP.  Meets three Thursdays, 7pm-9pm, at Book Passage in Corte Madera.  “In this course we will consider the American fascination with French culture through the reading of two very personal experiences and one French novel, in order to understand what makes French lifestyle universally appealing and enthralling.  We will start with I’LL NEVER BE FRENCH by Marc Greenside, who has a keen eye for cultural differences and an outstanding talent for storytelling, and continue with C’EST LA VIE by Suzy Gershman, a touching account of startin over in Paris – from renting an apartment to dating a Frenchman.  Finally, we will end with THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by MURIEL BARBERY and reflect on intellectualism, class awareness and social critique as French cultural phenomena.”  Taught by Vera Hamady, MA, who has studied pre-law in France and French literature at UC Berkeley, where she taught as a graduate student.  Vera is currently researching and writing a book on French lifestyle and finishing her first novel.  Come share her genuine enthusiasm for a culture she loves deeply.  $50.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  The sign up for the course:  http://www.bookpassage.com/classes_teacher.php?start=90

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!

Opening October 2, 2009.  COCO BEFORE CHANEL. This is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.  With Audrey Tautou (Amélie) in the title role, along with Benoît Poelvoorde (Entre ses mains/In His Hands, Podium). Directed by Anne Fontaine (La Fille de Monaco/The Girl From Monaco).

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

October 2-31, 2009.  JULIEN DUVIVIER:  POETIC CRAFTSMAN OF CINEMA.  UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive. Jean Renoir once proclaimed, "If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to the cinema, I would place a statue of (Julien) Duvivier above the entrance. . . . This great technician, this rigorist, was a poet." The French director and screenwriter Julien Duvivier (1896-1967), whose astonishingly varied career spanned both Europe and Hollywood, was also championed by Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman, and Graham Greene. This exhibition features rarities and revelations, as well as masterpieces starring the great actor Jean Gabin, including La belle équipe (1936), Pépé le Moko (1937), and Deadlier Than the Male (1956). Also featured is Duvivier's favorite among his films, Poil de Carotte (1932), a heartbreaking chronicle of childhood.  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco

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, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays live gypsy jazz at Café Boronnes.  10am-1pm. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.

October 8, 2009.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a PATENT REFORM DISCUSSION, followed by a wine taste-off.  6PM to 8.30PM Winston & Strawn LLP · San Francisco · Free entrance - registration by email: events@faccsf.com Join us at 6:00pm for a discussion on recent patent law changes, followed by networking and a 'taste-off' featuring French and California wines to determine who has the 'patent' on the best wine.  Richard Gilly and Glenn Westreich, intellectual property lawyers at Winston & Strawn LLP, will discuss the series of recent court decisions which have, taken together, fundamentally changed the patent landscape.  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

October 8-18, 2009.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  Details to follow…  Schedule to be announced September 15th. Films include: BREATH MADE VISIBLE (Ruedi Gerber, Switzerland) Swiss filmmaker Ruedi Gerber's documentary on Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer, will be shown at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. Breath Made Visible shows in intense images and testimonials the life and work of this dance and performance icon who has succeeded in fusing art and life. For seven decades, Halprin has asked herself: What is dance? Her search for an answer has initiated an era of experimentation in theater, music, happenings and performance art in the USA and has helped in a  decisive way to redefine dance. Together with her life partner, the renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (Roosevelt Memorial), she has developed a new mindset, which has influenced generations of artists. Contact: 415.383.5256, or mvff@cafilm.org

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

October 12, 2009.  THAD CARHART talks about his historical novel ACROSS THE ENDLESS RIVER.  Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau was the son o the expedition’s translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau.  Carhart compellingly portrays the child’s mysterious boyhood, his youth as William Clark’s ward in St. Louis, and later his travels throughout Europe.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  7pm.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com 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 presents MY NEW ORLEANS:  THE COOKBOOK, with a cooking demonstration.  Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building.  12pm.  415.835.1020 or 800.999.7909 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 15, 2009.  JOHN BESH presents MY NEW ORLEANS as part of Cooks with Books at LEFT BANK RESTAURANT in Larkspur.  The book contains more than 200 recipes, along with history and cooking advice.  Besh has thrown himself passionately into rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans.  Note:  The meal will be prepared under the supervision of John Besh, who will discuss his cookbook and visit with guests throughout the meal.  Coffee and conversation usually end about two hours later.  A happy, convival event for any lover of fine food and wine.  Purchase tickets in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the author’s book.  For details on the restaurant:  http://www.leftbank.com.  For more details on Book Passage:  http://www.bookpassage.com.

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 15-24, 2009.  ARAB FILM FESTIVALhttp://www.aff.org 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 20, 2009.  ANTONY BEEVOR talks about D-DAY:  THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY.  From critically acclaimed world historian Beevor comes the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole Normandy invasion, from June 6, 1944 right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25 of the same year.  Includes photos and 17 insert maps. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  7pm.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com 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 22, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays live gypsy jazz at Café Boronnes.  10am-1pm. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.

October 24, 2009. DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at First Street Cafe - Upstairs with Aram Boyd on the Amazing Electric Space Horn (cozy wine bar, great good, nice view, extra special people). 8-11pm.  440 First Street – Benicia.  www.firststreetcafe.com or www.deborahkuhl.com 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 29-November 4, 2009.   FRENCH CINEMA NOW.  Contemporary film in France, condensed into a series.  Sundance Kabuki.  http://www.sffs.org for details.

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 5, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays live gypsy jazz at Café Boronnes.  10am-1pm. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.

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, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays live gypsy jazz at Café Boronnes.  10am-1pm. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for more information.

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; Herbst Theatre.  $32-$49.  8pm.  http://www.performances.org.  401 Van Ness at Geary, SF.  415.392.4400 or http://www.sfwmpc.org for details.

January 7-10, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  http://www..sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

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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