September 24-30, 2009

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September Events

September 24, 2009.  DUE ZIGHI BACI!  Hear Michael and Sheri as Due Zighi Baci perform European café music at the French Garden in Sebastopol on Thursday evening, September 24th!

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, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU are going to the PARTY GRAS AT LAKE ALMANOR! A favorite annual event.  Chester Park, Chester. 4:00-8:00 pm. Free admission.

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.

Opening September 25, 2009.  PARIS.  French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch (L'Auberge Español and Russian Dolls) brings his knack for scenic locations back home to Paris, a beautifully wrought comedy-drama of disparate people whose lives interconnect in surprising ways. At the center of the story is Pierre (Romain Duris), a former dancer. awaiting a heart transplant, whose. world is invaded by his sister Elise (Juliette Binoche) and her children. Facing  his mortality forces him to look at everyone he meets in a new and different way. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, http://www.cafilm.org 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.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA. Prochaine soiree le Vendredi 25 Septembre chez Ron à partir de 19h. Pas d'enfants Apportez ce que vous voulez. Tel: (707) 778-9065. 

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.  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 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.  LOUIS-PHILIPPE ET LA REVOLUTION DE 1848. CONFERENCES PAR RENEE MOREL à "The French Class” (en français, bien sûr)!  La Revolution populaire de Juillet 1830 immortalisee par Delacroix chasse Charles X, second roi de la periode de la Restauration, du trone de France. Pour lui succeder, les deputes choisissent le duc d'Orleans -- de la branche cadette des Bourbon -- pour devenir "roi des Francais" sous le nom de  Louis-Philippe Ier (1773-1850). Avec ce titre destine a marquer la rupture avec le droit divin de legitimite, on assiste a l'avenement d'une royaute  contractuelle: c'est le debut de la "Monarchie de Juillet".  Le drapeau est redevenu tricolore. On applaudit Chopin et Berlioz. Balzac et Stendhal decrivent la societe de leur temps. Le developpement des chemins de fer donne l'impulsion a la revolution industrielle. La bourgeoisie s'enrichit, tandis que la situation des ouvriers devient si effroyable que Victor Hugo la denoncera plus tard dans ses "Miserables". Le roi tente de se rendre populaire en portant habit noir et parapluie ou en faisant revenir les cendres de Napoleon. Mais, attaque de tous cotes par les liberaux, les legitimistes et les bonapartistes, il renforce la censure et interdit les reunions publiques, ce qui le rend plus impopulaire encore. La crise economique multiplie les faillites. Finalement, le  24 fevrier 1848, une autre revolution eclate: fusillades, barricades. Les insurges veulent du travail et aussi le suffrage universel. Le roi abdique et le depute Lamrtine forme un gouvernement provisoire republicain.  Venez revivre la richesse et la complexite de cette periode mal connue, de l'avenement du "roi bourgeois" en 1830 au coup d'etat d'un futur empereur, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, en 1851. C'est veritablement au cours de ces decennies de transformation que les Francais commencent leur apprentissage  de la democratie. 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 26, 2009.  ZYDECO FLAMES, CREOLE BELLES, MOH ALILECHE, THE HARKENBACKS, ASHEBA, EARTHDANCE PEACE PRAYER & MORE perform at a DANCE-A-THON at Ashkenaz! Doors at 1:30 p.m.; Show from 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. $20  A dozen of the Bay Area's top world music acts have banded together to raise money for their favorite non-profit dance hall, Berkeley's Ashkenaz, in a non-stop 12-hour Dance-A-Thon on Saturday, September 26. The music runs 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., and is open, as always at Ashkenaz, to all ages. This family-oriented event features activities for children, raffle prizes and food in the back room. Ashkenaz is at 1317 San Pablo Ave. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the door or in advance. Or, for an advance $10, one can pre-register to be a sponsored dancer. Start times for each act are posted on the “Dance-A-Thon” page from the Ashkenaz website.   One can pay the $20 door price the day of the event, or for $10 one can pre-register as a sponsored dancer. Once registered, the dancer gets a “Dance Card” for sponsorship, like the ones at the first Dance-A-Thon. Anyone who gets sponsorships totaling $100 or more gets the Dance Card number entered into a drawing for one-year admission to Ashkenaz. Anyone interested in participating as a “sponsored dancer,” help out as a volunteer, have a raffle prize to donate, or would just like to make a donation, please contact Ashkenaz at: ashkenazdanceathon@gmail.com. All the information and registration form are available at the www.ashkenaz.com website.

September 26, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Oktoberfest, Winters.  An annual fundraising event presented by the Winters Soroptomists. Winters Community Center (in the Amphitheatre), 201 Railroad Ave., Winters. Event starts at 3:00. Our show: 4:30-7:30 pm. Ticket information: www.siwinters.com or 530.795.4656.

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.

Septembe 26, 2009.  FINGERORCHESTRA at Old First Church. Swiss-American pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann unveils ZOFO [20FingerOrchestra], her new musical partnership with Keisuke Nakagoshi, later this month at Old First Church, one of San Francisco's finest concert venues. The innovative duo specializes in performing pieces for four hands on one piano.  Join them for their concert debut. ZOFO September 26th, 2:30 p.m. Old First Church 1751 Sacramento Street (at Van Ness) Works by Bernstein, Shapero, Debussy, and Stravinsky Event is part of the Chamber Music Day of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The event goes from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and you will be able to hear 15 "of the  hottest ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area." For more information, please see:  www.sffcm.org or www.20fingerorchestra.com.

September 26, 2009.  CAJUN FESTIVAL.  Authentic cuisine, live music and entertainment, arts & crafts and more.  10:30am.  General admission is $44.99; $29.99 for kids 48 inches and under.  Free age 2 and under.  Six Flags Discovery kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo.  707.643.6722 or http://www.sixflags.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

Through September 27, 2009.  CHANTICLEER performs IN TIME OF… SONGS OF LOVE & LOSS, WAR & PEACE, seven centuries of music, including works by CLEMENT JANEQUIN.  $20-$44.  Venues include:  Mission Santa Clara; Napa Valley Opera House; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek.  415.252.8589 or http://www.chanticleer.org for details.

September 29, 2009. BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET.  Cajun/Zydeco – from Louisiana At the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bob Dylan said of fellow performers BeauSoleil, “That's my kind of music!” The world's most popular Cajun band, BeauSoleil with fiddler Michael Doucet returns to one of its favorite dance halls, Ashkenaz, for an evening of electrifying dance music. The group takes Doucet's Louisiana Cajun roots (which plays in more traditional form in the Savoy-Doucet Band), and artfully blends elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe, to say nothing of irresistible dance music. BeauSoleil released its latest CD, “Alligator Purse,” earlier this year, following Doucet's 2008 solo CD, “From Now On.” BeauSoleil has a Grammy win and 10 nominations over its 30-plus-year career and is one of the most frequent guests on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion.”   Doucet and band have performed in such films as “Belizaire the Cajun” and “The Big Easy,” and the documentary film “American Roots Music.” Doucet and band have also collaborated on record with, among others, Mary Chapin Carpenter (her No. 1 hit “Down at the Twist and Shout”), Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, English rock guitarist Richard Thompson, and the Grateful Dead. BeauSoleil has long been a Bay Area favorite, recording a series of popular and award-winning albums for El Cerrito's Arhoolie Records, the label that has issued all of the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band's albums. Along with Doucet on violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin and vocals, BeauSoleil features guitarist-singer brother David Doucet, accordionist Jimmy Breaux, drummer Tommy Alesi, percussionist Billy Ware, and Mitch Reed on bass, fiddle, banjo and electric guitar.  www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m. $20/$18 advance.  http://www.ashkenaz.com

September 29, 2009.  DOMIZIL VECHERINKA at SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO.  Swiss electronic music collective domizil hits swissnex San Francisco on their upcoming West Coast tour. Drink in the sonic bliss as members of the Zurich-based sound art project perform live in our event space. This event is a small-scale performance evening conducted in friendly get-together mode, much in the spirit of a true "vecherinka". It will feature electronic artists Bernd Schurer and Thomas Peter, and will also be graced by the presence of the ever-illusive Medusa Cramer, domizil's resident spirit of immateriality and chief graphic designer. Tickets are $ 7.00. We recommend that you get your advance ticket online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/82976 There will be some tickets available on a first-come, first served basis at the door on the night of the event, payment by cash only. If you are NOT planning on getting advance tickets, please kindly RSVP with us at : http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/domizilvecherinka PROGRAM: 8:00pm   Doors open and mixer 8:30pm   Live performances by Bernd Schurer and Thomas Peter, with additional entertainment provided by Medusa Cramer 11:00pm  Doors close Event details: http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/domizilvecherinka Location & Parking: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact

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 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/

Through October 3, 2009. TOWN HALL THEATRE BEGINS ITS 2009-2010 SEASON WITH COMEDIC POWERHOUSE:  YASMINA REZA’S ‘ART.’ The historic Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette opens its 2009-2010 season Sept. 3 with Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art.’ In this Tony-award-winning play, the friendship of three men is challenged when, in an uncharacteristic move, one buys an expensive piece of modern art – a white canvas with some fine white lines.  One friend hates it and says so. The other tries to stay neutral. This clever comedy explores male relationships as well as the biggest of questions: What, exactly, is art?  Note:  The play is rated PG13 for some adult language and is about 90 minutes long.  8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20;  7 p.m. Sept. 27.  Theater Club Backstage Peek – Thursday, Sept. 17, immediately following the performance. Contact the Town Hall Theatre Company Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com  Adults - $26.50 for Preview or Matinee, $29.50 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Seniors and Youth (62 and older and 17 and under) – $22.50 for Preview or Matinee, $26.50 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Student Rush – 15 minutes before the curtain, $15 per ticket for any show IN CASH with student ID.  Under 40 Fridays - $22.50 for any Friday performance for patrons under 40.  Group pricing available – call for details.  A $2.50 service charge will be added to all single ticket purchases, with the exception of student rush.

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.

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.”  CinéArts-Marin, Sausalito; Fairfax; Larkspur Landing, Larkspur; Playhouse, Tiburon; Regency, Terra Linda; Rowland, Novato, and many other theaters around the Bay Area! 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

PARIS.  French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch (L'Auberge Español and Russian Dolls) brings his knack for scenic locations back home to Paris, a beautifully wrought comedy-drama of disparate people whose lives interconnect in surprising ways. At the center of the story is Pierre (Romain Duris), a former dancer. awaiting a heart transplant, whose. world is invaded by his sister Elise (Juliette Binoche) and her children. Facing  his mortality forces him to look at everyone he meets in a new and different way. Embarcadero, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, http://www.cafilm.org for details. Opening September 25, 2009. 

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

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

ART 

Through 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 October 2, 2009.  A CENTURY OF ART IN THE REGNER FAMILY.  Christine Lemor-Drake of Apple to Pomme presents this extraordinary collection for the first time outside of France. The collection will travel next to Paris' 7th Arrondissement.  Sunday Sept 20, 2009, Ms Lemor-Drake will offer lectures in French and English every hour on the hour from 11am to 5pm.

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

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

Through 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/

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

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.

Beginning September 23, 2009. NEW ONLINE COURSES AT CSU EAST BAY. MLL 3101 French Composition: Cinema for Discussion and Composition. This course is designed to use French and Francophone films as a basis for discussion and for instruction in language proficiencies in listening, reading, and writing in various contexts and situations.  Such an approach will help students develop their, written and critical thinking skills. The emphasis is on an in-depth introduction to important aspects of French/Francophone life, language and culture so that students can enjoy a better understanding of a variety of cultures from Francophone countries around the world and analyze cultural differences.   Each chapter covered will be devoted to a single movie and includes aids for students watching the film, discussing and writing essays about the film, and understanding the film in a broader cultural context. Each chapter contains vocabulary helpful to understanding and discussing the film, structured exercises in understanding the film and its cultural content, and background, once it has been viewed and an accompanying reading for each film designed to provide perspective on the film itself, and the various cultural contexts, and situations. Taught in French.  For information, please e-mail Dr. Monique Manopoulos, monique.manopoulos@csueastbay.edu

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.

June 26-July 10, 2009.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHERN WESTERN FRANCE.  Paint for two weeks in the beautiful Languedoc region of southwestern France. We will be based in Limoux where we will stay at Montfaucon, a beautiful restored maison d'maitre on the river Aude. Includes 14 nights' lodging (DO), all breakfasts, 12 dinners with wine, instruction, transportation to painting sites and round trip transport fromToulouse Airport. Does not include airfare. Enrollment limited to 10.  Fee: $4,100 (DO). $3,950 with early deposit of $500 by October 15th, 2009, Contact: Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email at Julie@juliehouck.comDownload brochure: http://www.juliehouck.com/montfaucon2009.pdf  For more information about the workshop go tohttp://www.juliehouck.com  To view a slide show of previous trips go to:http://www.juliehouck.com/workshops07france_slideshow09.htm.

July10-17, 2010.  PAINTING THE PROVENÇAL LANDSCAPE:  LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE.  Paint the beautiful Luberon countryside while the Provence lavender fields are in bloom.We will be based at the charming Le Mas des Carissinshttp://www.masdescarassins.com/anglais.phpin St. Remy de Provence, where Van Goghpainted his famous "Starry Night." Our daily painting excursions will take us to quintessential Provence to paint Sault's lavender fields, Luberon hill towns and vineyards. To download a brochure: http://www.juliehouck.com/provence_web.pdf.  Enrollment limited to 12.  Fee: $2,900 (DO) with early deposit of $500 by December 31, 2009.  $2,995 if deposit received after December 31, 2009.  Single supplement: $500. Does not include airfare.  Contact Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email atJulie@juliehouck.com

TUTORING FOR MATH & SCIENCE – IN FRENCH!  I graduated from La Perouse in 2007 with a Scientific Baccalaureat. I'm a Junior student in SRJC in organic chemistry, and have completed a summer internship in the Buck Institute. I give math, chemistry and physics tutoring for every level. Have 3 years of experience, good connections with students and satisfied results. Can meet at the students home or at your convenience. For more information, please feel free to contact me at awad.pierre@gmail.com or tel 415 408 1041.

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!

Fall 2009.  PORCHLIGHT THEATRE presents LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES.  Details to follow, or try http://www.porchlight.net for details.

October 1, 2009.  GADJO DILO (dir. Tony Gatlif), shown in conjunction with the CEIJA STOJKA: LIVE-DANCE-PAINT exhibit at Sonoma State University.  Student Union, Darwin Hall, SSU Campus.  7pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA. michaela.grobbel@sonoma.edu for details.  

October 1, 2009.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NETWORKING EVENT. · 7.00 pm Voisin Law International · San Mateo. Price:10$ for members/20$ for guests.   Register now. Members only + one guest.  If you have ever wondered who the other members of the French American Chamber of Commerce are, this is your chance!  Whether you are new to the network or looking to catch up with close contacts, this night will regroup the members of the FACCSF.  Join us to network with the members around a glass of wine!  Don't miss out on this event! http://www.faccsf.com

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.  AT SUNSET:  A DELIGHTFUL EVENING OF DUETS CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN.  Michael Van Why performs with noted soprano Christa Durand, pianist Dr. Leslie Dukes, and mezzo soprano Kristin Kostielney Dal Colletto in a Project Applause event, "At Sunset: A delightful evening of duets celebrating the beauty of autumn," on Friday, October 2nd, 2009, 7:30 PM, at the Church of the Oaks in Cotati on the corner of West Sierra & Page St. $10 includes a wine reception after the concert in the parish hall. For tickets please call (707) 695-6098 or (707) 538-2831.

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

October 2-18, 2009.  MOLIERE’S TARTUFFE. The College of Marin Drama Department will open the 2009/2010 theatrical season with a production of Molière’s great comedy classic, TartuffeTartuffe will be presented in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Kentfield Campus Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m..  The show will be directed by W. Allen Taylor, who directed last season’s outstanding production of Miller’s Death of a Salesman.  A scathing social satire, Tartuffe tells the story of the fraud and pious imposter Tartuffe, who insinuates himself into the home of the wealthy but not too bright Orgon, and almost succeeds in marrying Orgon’s daughter, seducing his wife and stealing the deed to the family home. This French masterpiece is one of Molière’s most popular and controversial plays. The Richard Wilbur translation into English verse is nothing short of a rapid fire rhyming tour de force. Though the play may be from another era, the wit, humor, and biting satire are certainly just as relevant in the 21st century.  Molière is one of the giants of French theatrical literature.  He abandoned his considerable education in philosophy and law for the theatre where he worked extensively as an actor before he eventually began to write plays.  His skill as a playwright is what brought him to the attention of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who was so impressed with his work that he gave him the use of a prominent theatre in Paris.  In its day, Tartuffe was considered so scandalous that the King banned it from public performance.  The ban continued for five years and several revisions before the King managed to mollify the clergy, at which time it was once again performed publicly to great success - a success that has continued to the present.  Ever the philosopher, Molière stated, “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.”  Molière died onstage in 1673 while performing the title role in The Imaginary Invalid, another of his great comedies.   Tickets for Tartuffe are $15 general admission; and $10 for students, seniors, and College of Marin employees and alumni. To reserve tickets by phone, please call the Box Office at 415-485-9385 after Tuesday, Sept. 22, when the Box Office re-opens for the season.  Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour before performance on Saturdays and Sundays.  VISA and MasterCard are accepted and group rates are available for groups of ten or more.

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 3, 2009. YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE &THE MYSTIC RHYTHMS BAND.  African 20th Anniversary Festival of Harps After Party.  Senegal's Youssoupha Sidibe and his Mystic Rhythms Band provide the After Party for the 20th annual Festival of Harps. The festival, 5-9 p.m. at Oakland's historic Chapel of the Chimes (4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611: www.multiculturalmusicfellowship.org ), features 35 harp players and groups representing cultures from China to the Andes, including Sidibe on kora.  Master of the kora (African harp), Sidibe has taken his West African music into a number of realms, collaborating with an array of non-African artists and receiving praise and acclaim for his talents. Sidibe began his music career more than 20 years ago, studying kora at the National Music Conservatory in Senegal. He combined the lilting, angelic sounds of the kora with the Sufi chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faa l community. Sidibe performs in a trio with drums and bass, floating his beautiful kora solos and deeply soulful vocals over the Mystic Rhythms Band's high-energy, trance-inducing dance grooves.  Sidibe has performed at prominent events such as the world's largest music festival, Music Fest; the African Festival of the Arts in Chicago, the world's largest African festival; the main stage of Reggae Rising; Earthdance; the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival; and the Warfield Theatre. His kora artistry was featured on Jewish reggae star Matisyahu's hit CD, “Youth,” which was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award. He has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Spearhead's Michael Franti, bluegrass-fusion banjo ace Bela Fleck, singer India.Arie, and Vaughn Benjamin from Midnite, the immensely popular St. Croix reggae band, which recently released Youssoupha Sidibe and Midnite's “For All.”  Sidibe's “Sacred Sound” approach to music is presented not only as a link to the ancient griot tradition of his homeland, but also as relevant for today's world. He brings Senegal, Africa with him wherever he goes. www.myspace.com/youssouphasidibe Doors at 9:00 p.m.; Show at 9:30 p.m. $13/$10 advance & students. http://www.ashkenaz.com 

October 3, 2009.  SANDRA SIMICH & ALBERTO PORTUGHEIS (piano duo) perform works by DEBUSSY, RAVEL, FAURE and more.  J B Pianos, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael.  5pm.  Tickets at door:  $15 /$12 students & seniors.  For more information, call 415.482.9903.

October 4, 2009. EUROPEAN EXPATS GATHERING. Sip aperitifs and socialize with fellow Europeans in a stylish lounge bar. If you are from Europe and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, compare notes on life in America, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The gathering starts late afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

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, 2009. CECILE CORBEL, a Celtic harpist and singer from Brittany, performs at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Imagine a red-haired Celt from Brittany with a voice that hovers somewhere between Kate Bush, the purity of Sinead O'Connor and the mysticism of Enya and you'll have a good idea what this remarkable young harpist, arranger of traditional songs and original songwriter sounds like.  Corbel belongs to the new generation of European folkies - put her in the same bag as Kate Rusby, Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray - in the sense that she is happy to take crusty old folk standards and reinvent them for a 21st century audience. This is the work of a major new talent.  The result is accessible, cutting-edge folk. Tickets online at www.freighandsalvage.org or at the door, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, (510) 644-2020.

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 7, 2009.  ACROSS THE ENDLESS RIVER by THAD CARHART.  Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of the Native American Sacajawea and a white trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, is best remembered today as the infant carried on Sacagawea’s back during the Lewis and Clarke expedition. Thad Carhart’s historical novel follows Jean-Baptiste from his childhood among the Mandan Tribe of his mother, to his sojourn to Paris in the 1820’s as a young man and close friendship with Duke Paul of Wurttenberg. Carhart’s compelling novel is a fascinating examination of identity, friendship, and the history of American frontier and the European Court.   Mechanics’ Institute, 6pm.   Members Free; Public $12 For more MI EVENT information:    www.milibrary.org/events.html

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.  Films include VICTORIA (Canada/France, 2008); LA FILLE DU RER / THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (France 2009); PIERROT LE FOU (France/Italy); RICKY (France, 2008). FRENCH NEW WAVE ICON ANNA KARINA to be honored at the 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival!   Anna Karina, the Danish-born, French actress, writer, singer, producer and director, will be honored at a special tribute event during MVFF32 and receive the MVFF Award for her exceptional contributions to world cinema. The program will feature retrospective film clips, an onstage conversation, and the North American premiere of her first directorial effort in more than 30 years, Victoria, at the Smith Rafael Film Center on Friday, October 16 at 6:30pm. After the Tribute a vinoteca-style reception will be hosted at Sabor of Spain. Karina's extensive collaboration with former husband Jean-Luc Godard was a high point in modern French culture and world cinema at large. She has appeared in more than 70 films and starred in several of Godard's masterpieces, including Pierrot le Fou/Pierre Goes Crazy (1967), which will screen on a newly restored print on  Tuesday, October 13 at the Rafael. A modern musical mystery and road movie set against the stunning landscapes of the Québec countryside, Victoria (2008) echoes the youthful zest of the world-shaking French New Wave, while brimming with a life entirely its own. "Anna Karina's iconic image has etched her beauty, grace, talent and inimitable  style upon three generations of cinéphiles the world over," says K.D. Davis, senior programmer for the Mill Valley Film Festival. Tickets for this and all other events go on sale to the general public on September 24. Members can purchase tickets starting September 20.  This presentation is generally supported by Unifrance, the Consulate General of  France in San Francisco and the Québec government office in Los Angeles. Other festival 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  9, 2009.  NEW ORLEANS PIANO NIGHT.  Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma Campus, Santa  Rosa Junior College.  $15 in advance; $20 at the door.  707.527.4372 or http://www.santarosa.edu/commuityed for details.  For tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com .

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

October 11, 2009.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Notre prochaine réunion sera le dimanche 11 octobre, vers 7pm.  berenicevlm@yahoo.com

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, 2009.  MICHEL SERRES speaks at Stanford on TROIS TOURS DE SICILE ET LA BOMBE ATOMIQUE, LA VIE ET LES OEUVRES DE TROIS SICILIENS:  MAJORANA, ARCHIMEDE ET EMPEDOCLE. Le Stanford Humanities Center inaugure l'annee academique 2009-2010 en  vous conviant a une soiree exceptionnelle en presence de Michel Serres  MICHEL SERRES, Philosophe, Membre de l'Academie Francaise  "Trois tours de Sicile et la bombe atomique, la vie et les oeuvres de  trois siciliens: Majorana, Archimede, et Empedocle."   Mardi 13 Octobre 2009  18h-20h  Stanford Humanities Center  Levinthal Hall Venez nous rejoindre au Humanities Center pour ecouter Michel Serres,  "troubadour du savoir", philosophe aux voix multiples, essayiste a la  croisee des sciences dures et des sciences douces, marin et inlassable  arpenteur de la planete, enseignant sans frontieres, temoin lucide des  convulsions du XXeme et du XXIeme siecles.  Professeur a l'universite de Stanford depuis 1984, Michel Serres livrait  cet autoportrait en filigrane lors de son discours de reception a  l'Academie Francaise en 1991, "solitaire, détaché des affaires publiques,  provincial jusqu?à la rusticité, marginal dans des institutions assez  inconfortables".  Immortel, il evoquera la bombe atomique et la  connection sicilienne a  travers un voyage dans le temps scientifique de la Sicile:  "Trois tours de Sicile et la bombe atomique, la vie et les oeuvres de  trois siciliens: Majorana, Archimede, et Empedocle."  Programme de la soiree:  Ouverture par Aron Rodrigue, directeur du Stanford Humanities Center,  Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities  Conference de Michel Serres  Debat avec le public  Reception  Entree Libre  Michel Serres s'exprimera en francais.  Il enseigne tous les lundis du 5 octobre au 2 novembre de 1:15 a 3:00 au  Pigott Hall German Library. CONTACT:  Audrey Calefas  acalefas@stanford.edu  Adresse:  Stanford Humanities Center  424 Santa Teresa Street  Stanford University  Stanford, CA 94305-4015  Directions:  http://shc.stanford.edu/contact-us

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.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON with GERALDINE LEMEUR · 12:00-2:00pm The Spinnaker - 100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito  ·  Price: 40$ for members/ 45$ guests,50$ at the door-.  The FACCSF, the Lycée Francais La Pérouse and SF Bay Accueil are pleased to present a Women in Business Luncheon with Geraldine Lemeur.  Geraldine LeMeur is an entrepreneur and has been involved in several successful companies launched by her husband Loïc Le Meur. She has held management roles in their companies over the past 15 years.In 2004 Geraldine & Loic founded LeWeb, now #1 European web event in Paris. She now leads the organization and production of LeWeb, which attracts 2000 participants from 40 Countries for 2 days in Paris.  Take part of this great networking event and seize the opportunity to meet French speaking business Women of the Bay Area. Don't miss out on this event! http://www.faccsf.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.  THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COCO CHANEL.  A first-person  historical characterization by ANNETTE BALDWIN.  Newman Auditorium, SRJC Santa Rosa Campus.  $10.  7pm.

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 17, 2009.  SFMOMA ARCHITECTURE TOUR organized by the UNITED SWISS SOCIETIES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. The Cultural Committee of the United Swiss Societies of Northern California has  organized and underwritten a guided architectural tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which was designed by the famous Swiss architect Mario Botta. The  tour will last about one and a half hours. After the tour, there will be an optional no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant; participants can go back and visit the galleries on their own in the afternoon. A maximum of 50 people will be accommodated on a  first-come, first-served basis.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Architecture Tour October 17, 10:30 a.m. (The tour will start promptly at 11 am.) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 151 Third Street, San Francisco $5 per person Registration and pre-payment is required. Contact (650) 561-9833 or annaralston@att.net for registration form.

October 19, 2009.  SONOMA & MENDOCINO COUNTIES RED CROSS offers course on the GENEVA CONVENTIONS.  Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 4-hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today.  This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross office on  5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.  To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of charge.  Saving Lives & More: Learn about your local Red Cross and be inspired!  A one-hour free lunch and tour. Please contact me for your invitation.

October 20, 2009.  D-DAY:  THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY by ANTONY BEEVOR.  12:30 pm D-Day is a word that still resonates, six decades after the invasion of Normandy. British Historian Antony Beevor brings a new perspective and draws on unexplored sources in this new, in-depth analysis of a day that shook the world. The result is an engrossing read that deals with the tensions within the military, the details of the advance on Normandy, and the terrible toll on French civilians by Allied bombing.   Antony Beevor is the bestselling author of five nonfiction books, including The Battle for Spain, Paris After the Liberation: 1944–1949, Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. He lives in London. Members Free; Public $12 For more MI EVENT information:    www.milibrary.org/events.html

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. 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

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.

Opening 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.

October 30, 2009.  INNOVATION IN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. 6.30pm.

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 4, 2009.  SWITZERLAND, YOUR INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT GATEWAY TO EUROPE. 7.30am.

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, 2009. WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF DOING BUSINESS/  HOW TO INNOVATE WITH A STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY.  6.30pm

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 10, 2009.  KOCH/FRITH CONCERT. 8pm.

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 12-28, 2009.  THE IMAGINISTS THEATRE COLLECTIVE’S PROJECT 104 presents L’ECOLE DE MALDETETE:  THE SCHOOL OF HEADACHES.   All shows at 8:00 p.m. Special Sunday Matinee, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The Imagists Theatre Collective’s Project 104 presents L’école de Maldetête: The School of Headaches, an original tribute to Molière, written by Brent Lindsay. Maldetête is the story of a school master who loses control in a country that loses its king.  It is the timeless tale of lovers who lose their love to lovers who love others.   A play that opens the heart to the love we never knew.  “Written in rhyming couplets, “Maldetête” has the feel of high art but the comic sensibility of ‘Some Like it Hot’. ‘L’école de Maldetête’ is the funniest play I’ve seen in recent memory, it is a gem not to be missed.”   -  Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal.  Ticket Information: Advance Tickets on Sale at Brown Paper Tickets, October 13, 2009 Limited tickets available at the door, the night of show.  First come/First Served. Reservations will not be accepted for this show Please arrive at least 20 minutes before show time.

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 3, 2009.  RENAISSANCE GLORY:  EARLY MUSIC WITH THE FESTIVAL CONSORT. Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma Campus, Santa  Rosa Junior College. 707.527.4372 or http://www.santarosa.edu/commuityed for details.

December 4, 2009.  THE TALLIS SCHOLARS perform JOSQUIN’S MISSA DE BEATA VIRGINE ane more. Cal Performances, First Congregational Church.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

December 5 & 6, 2009.  MARINO FORMENTI performs MESSAIEN’S VINGT REGARDS SUR L’ENFANT JESUS.  San Francisco Performances; details to follow. 

December 7-11, 2009. PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

December 9-12, 2009.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with EMMANUEL AX.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

December 15, 2009.  MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN performs FAURE and more. San Francisco Performances; 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.

June 26-July 10, 2009.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHERN WESTERN FRANCE.  Paint for two weeks in the beautiful Languedoc region of southwestern France. We will be based in Limoux where we will stay at Montfaucon, a beautiful restored maison d'maitre on the river Aude. Includes 14 nights' lodging (DO), all breakfasts, 12 dinners with wine, instruction, transportation to painting sites and round trip transport fromToulouse Airport. Does not include airfare. Enrollment limited to 10.  Fee: $4,100 (DO). $3,950 with early deposit of $500 by October 15th, 2009, Contact: Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email at Julie@juliehouck.comDownload brochure: http://www.juliehouck.com/montfaucon2009.pdf  For more information about the workshop go tohttp://www.juliehouck.com  To view a slide show of previous trips go to:http://www.juliehouck.com/workshops07france_slideshow09.htm.

July10-17, 2010.  PAINTING THE PROVENÇAL LANDSCAPE:  LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE.  Paint the beautiful Luberon countryside while the Provence lavender fields are in bloom.We will be based at the charming Le Mas des Carissinshttp://www.masdescarassins.com/anglais.phpin St. Remy de Provence, where Van Goghpainted his famous "Starry Night." Our daily painting excursions will take us to quintessential Provence to paint Sault's lavender fields, Luberon hill towns and vineyards. To download a brochure: http://www.juliehouck.com/provence_web.pdf.  Enrollment limited to 12.  Fee: $2,900 (DO) with early deposit of $500 by December 31, 2009.  $2,995 if deposit received after December 31, 2009.  Single supplement: $500. Does not include airfare.  Contact Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email atJulie@juliehouck.com

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