October 15-23 , 2009

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October Events

Through October 15, 2009.  THE WEDDING SONG screens at SFFS Screen.  The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewess who are both preparing for their marriages in Karin Albou's second feature.  Location: SFFS Screen at Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post street, San Francisco http://www.sffs.org/screenings-and-events/sffs-screen.aspx

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.  BERLIOZ:  SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, discussed by Michael Tilson Thomas, as performed by the San Francisco Opera.  KQED TV9, 10pm.  Rebroadcast on 10/16 at 4am and 10/18 at 2pm.

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, 2009.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses ENTRE LES MURS de FRANÇOIS BEGAUDEAU.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.org for details.

October 15, 18 & 20, 2009. ROBERT BEAVERS RETROSPECTIVE at Pacific Film Archive, including fiilms shot in Switzerland. The films of Robert Beavers are exceptional for their visual beauty, aural texture, and depth of emotional expression. The majority of Beavers's films were shot in  the seventies and eighties in Italy, Switzerland, and Greece. Between 1994 and 2002, the artist involved himself in re-editing the images and creating new soundtracks for his eighteen-film cycle entitled My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance  and Sightless Measure. Beavers's films occupy a noble place within the history  of avant-garde film, positioned at the intersection of structural and lyrical filmmaking traditions. They seem to embody the ideals of the Renaissance in their fascination with perception, psychology, literature, the natural world, architectural space,  musical phrasing, and aesthetic beauty. The act of making things by hand is central to Beavers's cinema, as are the notions of self-reflexivity and portraiture. -Susan Oxtoby, Series Curator Pacific Film Archive Theatre 2575 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704. This series is supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/robert_beavers_2009

October 15-29, 2009.  ARAB FILM FESTIVAL. Includes movies from Lebanon, Tunisia, and more!  http://www.aff.org for details.

October 16, 2009.  WAX TAILOR, aka JC LE SAOUT. Wax Tailor, aka JC le Saout, made a remarkable impact worldwide with his debut "Tales of the Forgotten Melodies." A sweeping, cinematic hip-hop album that had critics citing similarities to DJ Shadow, RJD2 and Portishead, "Tales" propelled this Frenchman to stardom in his home country and his debut was heralded as Radio Nova's album of the year. Stateside, "Tales" spent 28 straight weeks in the iTunes Top Electronic Albums.  October 16, Slim's, San Francisco Location: Slim's, 333 11th street, San Francisco http://www.slims-sf.com/

October 16, 2009.  THE OMNI FOUNDATION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTTS, INC. presents a CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL by French guitarist & composer ROLAND DYENS,  featuring the music of Pixinguinha. The Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts is proud to present the great French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens.  One of the great musical artists of our time, Dyens is divides his time between his position at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, a worldwide concert schedule, recording and composing. His performance will take place Friday, October 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street in San Francisco. Tickets ($36/$18) are available through the Omni Foundation Box Office, 415-242-4500 or online www.omniconcerts.com. For a  season brochure and order form or for more information call the Omni Foundation at 888-400-OMNI or visit our web site, www.omniconcerts.com .   Friday, 8:00 pm, October 16, 2009, Brava Theater Center, 2781  24th Street, San Francisco, CA.  Public Info: 415-242-4500 www.omniconcerts.com

October 16, 2009.  WOMEN IN THE FRENCH RESISTANCE with DR. MONIQUE SAIGAL.  7pm-9pm. The AFSF and the French-American Foundation presents an evening with Monique Saigal, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Pomona College. Dr. Saigal will discuss her recently published book, Héroïnes Françaises, 1940-1945: Courage, Force et Ingéniosité, a collection of interviews with women who served in the French Resistance.  The stories of the eighteen French women who resisted the Nazi occupation in Héroïnes Françaises are tied to Dr. Saigal's own story as a Jewish child hidden with a Catholic family during the Second World War. Dr. Saigal conducted interviews with these women in France, Switzerland, and California and recorded their stories. While Héroïnes Françaises serves as a historical record, the book's deeper purpose honors the courage of these women, the sacrifices of Dr. Saigal's own family members who risked their lives in the Resistance, and the memory of her grandmother who died at Auschwitz. Their stories of courage and strength will serve to inspire.   The presentation is accompanied by a slide show and two clips of interviews in French with English subtitles. A Q&A with Dr. Saigal will follow the discussion. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

October 16, 2009.  WEST COAST ACCORDION BABES, including RENEE DE LA PRADE, play at The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.  415.485.1182 or http://www.sleepingladyfairfax.com for details.

October 16, 2009.  CELINE DION: A NEW DAY.  The international superstar performs her biggest hits in Las Vegas.  KQED TV9, 9pm; rebroadcast 10/17 at 3am.

October 16-18, 2009.  MARTINE JARDEL & THIERRY ROSSET exhibit their works at the Bay Printmakers Open Studio, Fort Mason Center, SF.  Nineteen printmakers offer traditional and innovative prints and works in other media.  Preview and reception Friday October 16, 6-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18, 11-6.  martinejardel@scoville-sf.com for details.

October 16, 17, 23, or 24, 2009.  WORKSHOPS BY SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER.  Bay Area Swiss painter Monika Steiner is holding another series of Abstract Art  Workshops for beginners as well as advanced students. The workshops are semi-private, with four to five students per class, and take place in Monika's studio in Fairfax, California, in Marin County.  Advanced Workshop Friday, October 16; Friday, October 23 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Beginning Workshop Saturday, October 17; Saturday, October 24 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  For more information or to register, contact Monika at mosteiner@gmx.net, 415.785.8883, or visit www.monikasteiner.net.

October 17, 2009.   LES SECRETS DES MAITRES DU PASSE: MIROIRS ET LENTILLES.  Une conférence par RENEE MOREL à THE FRENCH CLASS… en français, bien sûr. 10/12, 6:00 - 7:30 PM or 10/17, 10:30 AM -12:00 NOON. Au debut du XVe siecle, de nombreux artistes occidentaux ont recours a des instruments optiques (miroirs, lentilles ou une combinaison des deux) afin d'obtenir des projections. Ils utilisent les images ainsi projetees pour produire dessins et tableaux. Cette nouvelle maniere de representer le monde -- de voir le monde -- se repand bientot dans toute  l'Europe. Depuis longtemps deja, les historiens de l'art savent que certains peintres, tels Vermeer et Canaletto, utilisaient une camera obscura afin de creer leurs oeuvres.  Cependant, l'artiste anglais David Hockney (ne en 1937) a declenche une  veritable tempete en suggerant, il y a une dizaine d'annees, que les instruments d'optique etaient frequemment utilises, et bien avant ces artistes. Sa theorie n'attaquait-elle pas l'idee du genie inne de l'artiste? Ne faisait-elle pas des maitres du passe de simples copieurs,  c'est-a-dire des tricheurs? Hockney repond a ses detracteurs qu'une projection  ne laisse pas de marque sur le mur, que seul la main de l'artiste en est capable, ce qui requiert un immense talent. Les divers instruments d'optique ont donne aux peintres un nouvel outil, a la fois immediat et plus puissant. Suggerer que ces artistes ont utilise des instruments d'optique ne diminue nullement leurs chefs-d'oeuvre:  cela les rend plus extraordinaires encore. Chaque conference est illustree de 80 diapositives. $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each. The French Class. www.thefrenchclass.com    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.  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.  Please COME ON TIME. Since the room is not large, people who arrive after the lights have been turned off really disturb everybody. In addition, when people do not make a reservation, it is impossible to know how many will come and to plan accordingly by moving the large table out. Merci de votre comprehension!

October 17, 2009.  BAUDELAIRE:  LOVE AND LUST, performed in French and English by ELIOT FINTUSHEL.  Eliot Fintushel's performance piece opens at Santa Rosa's Phantom Gallery (535 7th Street) on Oct. 3 as a part of the new Dissolution/Resolution exhibit. Fintushel, a veteran actor and physical performer with a background in mask theater, pantomime, and improvisation, will perform eight poems from Charles Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil in both French and English.  (They will include the banned poem "Les Bijoux.")  Crystal balls will levitate, scarves will turn to snakes, and a golden octahedral box will produce smoking censers and a holy grail.  Fintushel will also pluck music out of thin air (eight songs of Debussy) on the Etherwave Theremin, an instrument played without touch, by interacting with an electrostatic field.Fintushel's show will play on three Saturdays at 8 PM: October 3rd, 10th, & 17th.  Tickets are $10, $20, or pay-what-you-can.  (707) 526-1481 or email show@fintushel.com

October 17, 2009.  SFMOMA ARCHITECTURE TOUR.  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. www.sfmoma.org for more 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 17, 2009.  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 is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know.  A flier of this interactive class is attached. Please feel free to post this for the general community. Everyone welcome.  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 17, 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.

Through October 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.

Through October 18, 2009.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  French films at the MVFF: RICKY (Dir. François Ozon, France, 2008, 90 mins.) Screenings: Fri. Oct 9, 2009 @ 9:15 PM - Sequoia Theatre - Mill Valley Sun. Oct 11, 2009 @ 3:30 PM - Sequoia Theatre - Mill Valley PIERROT LE FOU (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965, 110 mins.)  Screening: Tue. Oct 13, 2009 @ 6:00 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center - San Rafael LA FILLE DU RER (Dir. André Téchiné, France, 2009, 105 mins.) Screenings: Thu. Oct 15, 2009 @ 4:00 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center - San Rafael Sat. Oct 17, 2009 @ 1:45 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center - San Rafael VICTORIA (Dir. Anna Karina, Canada/France, 95 min., 2008) Victoria is Anna Karina's first directorial effort in more than 30 years. One part Some Like It Hot, one part Breathless and yet thoroughly fresh and new, Victoria echoes the youthful zest of the world-shaking French New Wave, while brimming with a life entirely its own.  North American Premiere.  Screening: Fri. Oct 16th, 2009 @ 6:30 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA  Please note that Anna Karina has cancelled her attendance. ARRESTING ANA (Dir. Lucie Schwartz, 2009, France/US, 26 min.) Part of the short films program 5@5: The Edges Are No Longer Parallel Screening: Fri. Oct 16th, 2009 @ 5:00 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA Supported by the Cultural services of the French Consulate and Unifrance. 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 18, 2009.  21ST CENTURY MUSIC FROM FRANCE!  An exclusive home concert.   5:00pm Organized by Nexmap, the Bay Area non-profit organization dedicated to the production and appreciation of contemporary music, this exclusive home concert performed by Trio Fibonacci will present the following French composers: Pascal Dusapin, Christophe Bertrand, Marc Monnet & Mark André. Followed by a reception with the artists, catered by "La Boulange". Location: Pacific Heights, San Francisco (exact location upon purchase of ticket) http://www.nexmap.org/index.htm

October 18, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO @ Café Royale in SF 7-8:30pm.  No Cover. http://www.caferoyale-sf.com/home.shtml or Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

October 19, 2009.  SWISS ARCHITECT BERNARD TSCHUMI lectures at CCA. Bernard Tschumi Architects, based in Paris and New York, focuses on forward-looking projects that explore the interface between 21st-century conditions and architecture. The firm was established in Paris in 1982 with the commission for the Parc de la  Villette, a $300-million, 125-acre cultural facility designed as an "urban park  for the 21st century."  The firm's recent major award-winning projects include the new Alfred Lerner Hall student center on the Columbia University campus in New York, the Museum for African Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, and the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. Bernard Tschumi in conversation with Jasmine Benyamin Monday, October 19, 7 p.m. Timken Lecture Hall CCA San Francisco campus 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin) http://www.cca.edu/calendar/lecture-bernard-tschumi-bernard-tschumi-architects

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 19, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT plays every Monday at Le Colonial Restaurant, 20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco.  7:30pm-10pm.   Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or http://www.lecolonialsf.com/entertainment.html

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. ACADIEN CAJUN BAND performs at Ashkenaz.  After making its Bay Area debut at the Ardenwood Historic Farm Cajun/Zydeco Festival in August, south Louisiana's young Acadien Cajun Band couldn't wait to get back to the Bay Area. Tonight it makes its local club debut at Ashkenaz, playing traditional Cajun roots as updated through its own style, which includes zydeco, blues and R&B, soul, and swamp pop, all driven by irresistible dance beats.   In the spring of 2000, Acadien Cajun Band was started by Ryan Simon and Dwayne Michaud when they worked together at Vermilionville, the Lafayette (Louisiana) living history center of Cajun and Creole culture. These Louisiana natives were steeped in local roots as well as modern sounds. Unlike the typical Cajun and zydeco band, relying on standard sounds was not one of the group's primary objectives. Simon, the band's guitarist-accordionist, explains that “We are, and have always been for that matter, a band that relies on each other for our initiative and our sound. We are fundamentally traditional in what we play, whether it be standard tunes or not, yet we aspire to be ‘originally challenged'.” Since the band started playing dances and festivals, the main objective has been originality. The culmination of that can be heard on its third CD, “Good Acoustics.”  In addition to the original tunes the band plays, the majority of its repertoire is traditional music. Simon (whose brother Drew is a member of the Pine Leaf Boys) states, “We might play a traditional two fiddle two-step. We might just play it acoustically if one of us thinks its sounds better. Each of us, moreover, is an encyclopedia of Cajun music in his own right. We each have different influences that we teach the others, whether it be songs or styles that help contribute to our sound.” Along with Simon, the Acadien Cajun Band features fiddler Brandon Moreau, electric guitarist and bassist Joe Romero, and drummer Jay Miller.  www.acadiencajunband.com Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m. $12 .  http://www.ashkenaz.com or 510.525.5054 for details.

October 20, 2009.  ANTONY BEEVOR talks about D-DAY:  THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY.  From critically acclaimed world historian Beevor comes the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole Normandy invasion, from June 6, 1944 right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25 of the same year.  Includes photos and 17 insert maps. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  7pm.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 21, 2009.  LIFE BEYOND VIOLENCE:  NOTES ON WALTER BENJAMIN’S CRITIQUE OF VIOLENCE.  The UC-Berkeley Program in Critical Theory is pleased to welcome ANDREW BENJAMIN, Professor of Critical Theory & Philosophical Aesthetics Centre for Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 4 pm. 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory and Philosophical  Aesthetics in the Centre for Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies.  He was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for  Research in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University. An  internationally recognized authority on contemporary French and German  critical theory, he has been Visiting Professor at Columbia University  and Visiting Critic at the Architectural Association in London. His many  books include: _What is Deconstruction?_ (1988), _Art, Mimesis and the  Avant-Garde_ (1991), _Present Hope: Philosophy, Architecture, Judaism_  (1997), _Philosophy's Literature _(2001) and _Disclosing Spaces: On  Painting_ (2004). He also edited _The Lyotard Reader_ (1989), _Abjection, Melancholia and  Love: the Work of Julia Kristeva_ (1990) and _Walter Benjamin's  Philosophy: Destruction and Experience_ (1993) and _Walter Benjamin and  Romanticism_ (2002). All are welcome. A small reception will follow the talk. Information:  (510) 642-1328 critical_theory@berkeley.eduhttp://townsendlab.berkeley.edu/critical-theory

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.  SILICONFRENCH presents INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN BUSINESS.   Intellectual Property might be the only key asset for many companies in the Bay area. Knowing how to manage it is a must for any business developing and creating products covered by Intellectual Property Law and even for open source development. Join us for this instructive and exciting event with a panel of experts and entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge and experiences on Intellectual Property and how its effects. Our panel will be composed by: - Carrie Leroy - Senior Transactional/IP Associate at Skadden LLP  - Jean Jacques Dunyach - Program Manager R&D in Thermo Fisher Scientific - Ismael Ghalimi - CEO of Intalio - Luc Vincent - Director of Engineering at Google Moderator:  David Hansen - Partner at Skadden LLP Agenda: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm :   Registration and Networking  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm :   Panel Discussion and Q&A 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm :   Coffee and dessert A buffet with wine and soft drinks will be served. Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP  525 University Avenue Palo Alto  94301 T: 650.470.3144 | F: 888.329.8603 Cost: $25 with RSVP (until June 22), $35 at the door RSVP - Space limited http://www.faccsf.com

October 22, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO @ Café Borrone in Menlo Park 6:30-9:30pm.  No Cover http://www.cafeborrone.com/ or Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

October 22, 2009. SWISS-AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER LUKAS FELZMANN exhibits lectures at Stanford. Swiss-American photographer and Stanford University faculty member Lukas Felzmann is exhibiting his work in From Their Studios: Works by Faculty Artists in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford, a unique gallery show at that university's Cantor Center for Visual Arts. Prof. Felzmann will also be presenting a lecture on his  work October 22: a rare opportunity to witness the artist giving an introduction  to his work.  From Their Studios Through January 3, 2010 Lukas Felzmann Lectures October 22, 7 p.m. Cantor Center for Visual Arts Lomita Drive at Museum Way Stanford University http://museum.stanford.edu/ Docent tours Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

October 22, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at "Light the Lights"--Redwood Chapel, Castro Valley The 5th annual fundraiser for the Castro Valley Arts Foundation. This event will feature performances by Flambeau and by Castro Valley students. 19300 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley. 7:30 pm. Information and tickets: www.cvartsfoundation.org

October 23, 2009.  PAQUERETTE by French choreographers FRANÇOIS CHAIGNAUD and CECILIA BENGOLEA at Project Artaud.  4:30pm.  FREE.  Gravity, Zero and Z Space (at Artaud) have teamed up to present French performance duo Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud in a Happy Hour showcase, followed by a discussion and soirée. Pâquerette researches forms of physical and symbolic penetration as potential movements for contemporary choreography.  Please note that this show if for an adult audience only. +21 Location: Artaud Theater, 450 Florida street, San Francisco

October 23, 2009.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at LA VERANDA in Clayton. 6:30 - 9:00pm (solo) La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925-524-0011 or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

October 23 & November 20, 2009.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS (1814-1851).  Conférrences animées par Renée Morel, proposées par le Lycée Français La Pérouse et San Francisco Bay Accueil.  Le 23 octobre, à 10h30, première partie:  <<De la Restauration à la Révolution de 1830>> et le 20 novembre, à 10h30, deuxième partie, <<De Louis-Philippe à la Révolution de 1848>>. Après l'exil de Napoléon et le retour de la monarchie avec Louis XVIII, la France cherche sa voie. Entre restauration et révolutions, permanence et résistance, la première moitié du XIXe siècle est marquée par de délicates cohabitations: les nostalgiques de l'Ancien Régime composent avec les héritiers de la Révolution et de l'Empire, les défenseurs d'une économie traditionnelle avec les adeptes du libéralisme économique.Venez revivre la richesse et la complexité de cette période mal connue, du retour des Bourbon en 1814 au coup d'état d'un futur empereur, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, en 1851. C'est véritablement au cours de ces décennies de transformation que les Français entrent dans l'ère industrielle et commencent leur apprentissage de la démocratie.  Les conférences se termineront vers 12h.  Coût: $7/personne.   Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.  Auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega St., SF (entrée sur la 20e Avenue).

October 24, 2009.  PARTAGEONS LES IDEES!   L’AATF-NC présente Partageons nos idées pour les cours avancés et AP … Vous avez une activité que vos élèves adorent? Vous avez une super idée  pour introduire le plus-que-parfait à vos élèves? Vous avez une activité orale rigolote? Venez partager vos idées  à notre atelier sur les classes avancées et AP: Samedi 24 octobre De 10h à midi Mountain View  High School – room 513 Pour qui: Les membres de l’AATF  (Inscription sur place possible) Nombres de places : 40 seulement  Coût: Gratuit !!! Bonus: Petit déjeuner offert Ce que vous devez faire: Envoyez-nous votre activité, votre exercice, votre idée  avant le 20 octobre 2009 Ce que nous ferons pour vous: L’AATF fera un CD de toutes les idées des participants – le CD vous sera distribué lors de notre atelier Réponse avant le 20 octobre par courriel à: aatfatelier@gmail.com Nous vous enverrons une confirmation avec les directions. Attention: les 40 premières réponses uniquement seront acceptées. Ne perdez pas de temps!

October 24, 2009. MARTINE JARDEL exhibits her work at SOMA Art Studios.  Friday night reception, 6pm-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm. martinejardel@scoville-sf.com for details.

October 24, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. CD RELEASE PARTY!! We're celebrating the release of the new Flambeau CD, "Serious Fun", at one of our favorite venues. This is a beautiful small theatre in Marin County, with great sound and lights, and plenty of seating and room for dancing! Don't miss this one!! 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: 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, 2009.  THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO in Crescent City, CA.  The first performance of DNACA's 27th season, the band will be playing at 7:30pm at Crescent Elk Middle School. 707-464-1336. Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

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 25, 2009.  ETIENNE!  THE HAMSTER MOVIE screens at Cinema by the Bay.  Jeff Mizushima's offbeat, subtly sophisticated road movie, produced by Giacun Caduff, continues to gain momentum on the West Coast, now screening at the Cinema by the  Bay and Olympia Film Festivals. Etienne! is suitable for children.  Richard, a rudderless albeit charming young San Francisco hotel worker, spends his quality time taking care of his beloved dwarf hamster Etienne. He dotes on his animal companion with an earnest love that borders on pathology. During a routine checkup, Richard learns that Etienne has terminal cancer. The veterinarian recommends euthanasia, but Richard decides to take Etienne on a bicycle trip down the California coast  for one last adventure. Meanwhile, Elodie, a student at UC Santa Cruz, is dealing with a crushing breakup and is on her way to the City.  Etienne!  Cinema by the Bay Screening Sunday, October 25, 6:30 pm Landmark's Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115 http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=8,38,106&pageid=1312 or  www.hamstermovie.com

October 25, 2009. PENINSULA FRIENDS OF EUROPE. Meet other internationally-minded Europeans and Europhiles in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The soiree starts late afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this Redwood City 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 26, 2009.  FRENCH PHILOSOPHER ELSA DORLIN speaks about THE FRENCH STRIPTEASE:  FEMINISM, NATIONALISM AND THE BURQA at UC Berkeley.  5:00pm. Elsa Dorlin is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne. Her work centers on feminist philosophy gender studies and sexuality. Dorlin's research also focuses on slavery, colonialism and post-colonialism (with an emphasis on history of ideas and struggles, on black Diaspora movements and black feminism).

October 26, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT plays every Monday at Le Colonial Restaurant, 20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco.  7:30pm-10pm Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or http://www.lecolonialsf.com/entertainment.html

October 26 & 27, 2009.  ALAIN BRUNET in concert with CHARITO. Presented for the first time in San Francisco at Fete de la Musique 2008, Alain Brunet is back in the Bay Area for 2 special concerts with Charito: October 26 at Catalina's Bar & Grille http://www.catalinajazzclub.com/ October 27 at Yoshi's Oakland  http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/  The Japan-based jazz diva Charito is now a presence on the global scene. Her recent albums, featuring powerful collaborations with Ivan Lins and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, have shown the world just how talented she is. This eagerly-awaited new release is a collection of songs by the great French composer, Michel Legrand. Legrand himself plays the piano, scats and performs with Charito on four songs. 

October 27, 2009.  COURTABLEU plays CAJUN at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

October 28, 2009. PROUST READING GROUP.  Mechanics’ Institute, 6:30pm, led by Dr. Mark Calkin. http://milibrarry.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, 2009.  MIREILE GUILIANO speaks in Palo Alto! Author of FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT and Women, Work, & The Art of Savoir Faire, Guiliano changed the lives of millions of women around the world by demonstrating the art of joyful living. Now she takes on the evolving role of women by offering life lessons and empowerment tools to succeed both personally and professionally. In her trademark style, Guiliano discusses how to build better sense and sensibility to work and life and captures the essence of finding your personal zen to be happy and fulfilled at the same. Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009 Location:  Palo Alto Arts Center Time:  6:30 p.m. Check-In; 7:00 p.m. Program; 8:00 p.m. Book Signing  Cost:  $10 Members; $15 Non-Members For reservations call 1-800-847-7730 or register online at https://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/open.asp?show=1411

October 29, 2009.  BEAUFUNK -- New Orleans & Oakland funk combo with members of Zydeco Flames -- Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

October 29 - November 4, 2009.  FRENCH CINEMA NOW. The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now, a festival dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary French cinema. For the second year, FCN joins the Film Society's expanding slate of fall festivals and brings the most significant new work from France to astute Bay Area cineastes Location: Landmark's Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore street, San Francisco.  PLAYS: Thursday, October 29 Opening Night 7:00 pm LES BEAUX GOSSES / THE FRENCH KISSERS.    Director Riad Sattouf and producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint in person (Dir. Riad Sattouf, France, 85 min. 2009),  9:30 pm LE ROI DE L’EVASION / THE KING OF ESCAPE.   (Dir. Alain Guiraudie, France, 89 min., 2009), North Friday, October 30   YUKI ET NINA / NOBUHIRO SUWA 5:00 pm  (Dir. Hippolyte Girardot, France, 92 min. 2009), North 7:00 pm The King of Escape see 10/29 9:30 pm LA FAMILLE WOLBERT / THE WOLBERG FAMILY (Dir. Axelle Ropert, 82 min. 2009), North Saturday, October 31 2:30 pm STELLA (Dir. Sylvie Verheyde, France, 103 min., 2008) Sylvie Verheyde's precisely observed drama is a semiautobiographical story about a socially isolated 11-year-old girl attending her first year of secondary school in 1977.  4:45 pm The French Kissers see 10/29 7:15 pm Yuki and Nina see 10/30 9:30 pm OSS 117, RIO NE REPOND PLUS / LOST IN RIO Director Michel Hazanavicius in person (Dir. Michel Hazanavicius, OSS 117, France, 101 min., 2009) Sunday, November 1 2:00 pm LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS / THE 400 BLOWS. (Dir. François Truffaut, France, 99 min., 1959) 4:15 pm DERNIER MAQUIS / ADHEN  (Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France/Algeria, 93 min., 2008)  6:30 pm The Wolberg Family see 10/30 8:30 pm WELCOME (Dir. Philippe Lioret, France, 110 min., 2008) Monday, November 2 7:00 pm L’EPINE DANS LE COEUR / THE THORN IN THE HEART  (Dir. Michel Gondry, France, 83 min.,  2009), U.S. 9:00 pm Welcome see 11/1 Tuesday, November 3 7:00 pm Stella see 10/31 9:15 pm Adhen see 11/1 Wednesday, November 4 Closing Night 7:00 pm VILLA AMALIA  (Dir. Benoît Jacquot, France/Switzerland, 97 min., 2008),  9:15 pm BELLAMY (Dir. Claude Chabrol, France, 106 min., 2009) http://sffs.org/screenings-and-events/fall-season/french-cinema-now.aspx Supported by the French American Cultural Society. .  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.  PASSPORT TO DANGER.  Just in time for Halloween! Join us for an evening of fun, food and murder as Festival Theatre Ensemble presents its fund raising dinner show: *"Passport to Danger"*, Friday October 30th starting at 7 PM at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos.  The cost is $100.00 per person, which includes a full three course banquet dinner and the show, which is presented by FTE's finest to raise money for the 2010 Season of the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival.  "Passport to Danger" is a 1940's style murder mystery. You'll be passengers on a train, trying to escape the German occupation after the fall of France in June 1940. You'll meet a variety of curious, nefarious, or felonious characters as your fellow passengers, and try to solve several murders besides.  So pack your trench coat and bring along you notebook as you try to solve the mysteries behind "Passport to Danger".  To purchase your tickets, go to www.lgshakes.org and follow the links make your reservations online:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/59716  or call us at (408)996-0635, for tickets questions.   There will also be a silent auction and a costume contest as well as other surprises.  A portion of your admission is tax-deductible, and by joining in the fun, you'll help make the 2010 Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival possible.  We hope you'll join us, or bring a group of friends for a special occasion, and we'll make sure they don't end up a victim!

October 30, 2009.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at LA VERANDA in Clayton. 6:30 - 9:00pm (solo) La Veranda Ristorante Italiano 6201 Center St Clayton 925-524-0011 or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

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

October 30 & November 14, 2009.  SWISS PIANIST EVA-MARIA ZIMMERMANN performs DEBUSSY and more with KEISUKE NAKAGOSHI. An exciting new musical grouping that plays with four hands, ZOFO [20FingerOrchestra]. Catch up with them at one of their remarkable upcoming events.  ZOFO[20FingerOrchestra] Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano www.20fingerorchestra.com  Friday, October 30, 8pm Osher Salon, San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Free concert  Program: Claude Debussy: Six Epigraphes Antiques (1914) Harold Shapero: Sonata for piano four hands (1941) Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring in piano four hand version by the composer (1913)  Saturday, November 14, 8pm Hillside Concerts 2692 Shasta Road, Berkeley, CA 94708 Limited seating - to reserve please email Bob at bob@cowart.com Suggested donation: $20  Program: Astor Piazzolla: Suite Troileana (1975) arranged for piano four hands by Markus Horn Claude Debussy: Six Epigraphes Antiques (1914) Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring in piano four hand version by the composer (1913)

Through October 31, 2009.  LA FILLE DU REGIMENT / THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT.  San Francisco Opera.  http://www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details. 

Through October 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 EQUIPE (1936), PEPE 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.

Through November 20, 2009.  SHOCKTOBERFEST! features the 1922 classic THE TORTURE GARDEN by PIERRE CHAINE & ANDRE DE LORDE.  Thrillpeddlers’ tribute to 19th century Paris’s Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol.  Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), SF.  $25-$69.  415.377.4202 or 800.838.3006 or http://www.thrillpeddlers.com for details.  8pm.

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.

ARAB FILM FESTIVALhttp://www.aff.org for details. October 15-24, 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. Opening October 30, 2009. 

LE CHANT DE MARIEES / THE WEDDING SONG.  Filmmaker Karin Albou (La Petite Jerusalem) explores both female sexuality and the relation between Jewish and Arab cultures, in this touching drama set in 1942 Tunis, where the Nazi occupation and French Vichy regime threaten the lifelong bond between two teenage girlfriends: Nour (Olympe Borval), a Muslim, and Miriam (Lizzie Brocheré), a Jew. Kabuki, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

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). Regency, Terra Linda; Clay, SF; Stonestown.   Reviewed in the Sunday, September 27, 2009 Datebook (pink pages) of the SF Chronicle, pp.26-27.

ETIENNE!  THE HAMSTER MOVIE screens at Cinema by the Bay.  Jeff Mizushima's offbeat, subtly sophisticated road movie, produced by Giacun Caduff, continues to gain momentum on the West Coast, now screening at the Cinema by the  Bay and Olympia Film Festivals. Etienne! is suitable for children.  Richard, a rudderless albeit charming young San Francisco hotel worker, spends his quality time taking care of his beloved dwarf hamster Etienne. He dotes on his animal companion with an earnest love that borders on pathology. During a routine checkup, Richard learns that Etienne has terminal cancer. The veterinarian recommends euthanasia, but Richard decides to take Etienne on a bicycle trip down the California coast  for one last adventure. Meanwhile, Elodie, a student at UC Santa Cruz, is dealing with a crushing breakup and is on her way to the City.  Etienne!  Cinema by the Bay Screening Sunday, October 25, 6:30 pm Landmark's Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115 www.hamstermovie.com or http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=8,38,106&pageid=1312 or  October 25, 2009. 

FRENCH CINEMA NOW. The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now, a festival dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary French cinema. For the second year, FCN joins the Film Society's expanding slate of fall festivals and brings the most significant new work from France to astute Bay Area cineastes Location: Landmark's Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore street, San Francisco.  PLAYS: Thursday, October 29 Opening Night 7:00 pm LES BEAUX GOSSES / THE FRENCH KISSERS.    Director Riad Sattouf and producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint in person (Dir. Riad Sattouf, France, 85 min. 2009),  9:30 pm LE ROI DE L’EVASION / THE KING OF ESCAPE.   (Dir. Alain Guiraudie, France, 89 min., 2009), North Friday, October 30   YUKI ET NINA / NOBUHIRO SUWA 5:00 pm  (Dir. Hippolyte Girardot, France, 92 min. 2009), North 7:00 pm The King of Escape see 10/29 9:30 pm LA FAMILLE WOLBERT / THE WOLBERG FAMILY (Dir. Axelle Ropert, 82 min. 2009), North Saturday, October 31 2:30 pm STELLA (Dir. Sylvie Verheyde, France, 103 min., 2008) Sylvie Verheyde's precisely observed drama is a semiautobiographical story about a socially isolated 11-year-old girl attending her first year of secondary school in 1977.  4:45 pm The French Kissers see 10/29 7:15 pm Yuki and Nina see 10/30 9:30 pm OSS 117, RIO NE REPOND PLUS / LOST IN RIO Director Michel Hazanavicius in person (Dir. Michel Hazanavicius, OSS 117, France, 101 min., 2009) Sunday, November 1 2:00 pm LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS / THE 400 BLOWS. (Dir. François Truffaut, France, 99 min., 1959) 4:15 pm DERNIER MAQUIS / ADHEN  (Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France/Algeria, 93 min., 2008)  6:30 pm The Wolberg Family see 10/30 8:30 pm WELCOME (Dir. Philippe Lioret, France, 110 min., 2008) Monday, November 2 7:00 pm L’EPINE DANS LE COEUR / THE THORN IN THE HEART  (Dir. Michel Gondry, France, 83 min.,  2009), U.S. 9:00 pm Welcome see 11/1 Tuesday, November 3 7:00 pm Stella see 10/31 9:15 pm Adhen see 11/1 Wednesday, November 4 Closing Night 7:00 pm VILLA AMALIA  (Dir. Benoît Jacquot, France/Switzerland, 97 min., 2008),  9:15 pm BELLAMY (Dir. Claude Chabrol, France, 106 min., 2009) http://sffs.org/screenings-and-events/fall-season/french-cinema-now.aspx Supported by the French American Cultural Society. October 29-November 4, 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 EQUIPE (1936), PEPE 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 2-31, 2009. 

JULIE & JULIA, with Meryl Streep playing the role of JULIA CHILD, the “famed French-cooking evangelist.”  Elmwood, SF; Kabuki, SF; Northgate, San Rafael.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

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  French films at the MVFF: RICKY (Dir. François Ozon, France, 2008, 90 mins.) Screenings: Fri. Oct 9, 2009 @ 9:15 PM - Sequoia Theatre - Mill Valley Sun. Oct 11, 2009 @ 3:30 PM - Sequoia Theatre - Mill Valley PIERROT LE FOU (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965, 110 mins.)  Screening: Tue. Oct 13, 2009 @ 6:00 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center - San Rafael LA FILLE DU RER (Dir. André Téchiné, France, 2009, 105 mins.) Screenings: Thu. Oct 15, 2009 @ 4:00 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center - San Rafael Sat. Oct 17, 2009 @ 1:45 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center - San Rafael VICTORIA (Dir. Anna Karina, Canada/France, 95 min., 2008) Victoria is Anna Karina's first directorial effort in more than 30 years. One part Some Like It Hot, one part Breathless and yet thoroughly fresh and new, Victoria echoes the youthful zest of the world-shaking French New Wave, while brimming with a life entirely its own.  North American Premiere.  Screening: Fri. Oct 16th, 2009 @ 6:30 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA  Please note that Anna Karina has cancelled her attendance. ARRESTING ANA (Dir. Lucie Schwartz, 2009, France/US, 26 min.) Part of the short films program 5@5: The Edges Are No Longer Parallel Screening: Fri. Oct 16th, 2009 @ 5:00 PM - Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA Supported by the Cultural services of the French Consulate and Unifrance.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 8-18, 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. Embarcadero, SF; Albany for details.

ROBERT BEAVERS RETROSPECTIVE at Pacific Film Archive, including fiilms shot in Switzerland. The films of Robert Beavers are exceptional for their visual beauty, aural texture, and depth of emotional expression. The majority of Beavers's films were shot in  the seventies and eighties in Italy, Switzerland, and Greece. Between 1994 and 2002, the artist involved himself in re-editing the images and creating new soundtracks for his eighteen-film cycle entitled My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance  and Sightless Measure. Beavers's films occupy a noble place within the history  of avant-garde film, positioned at the intersection of structural and lyrical filmmaking traditions. They seem to embody the ideals of the Renaissance in their fascination with perception, psychology, literature, the natural world, architectural space,  musical phrasing, and aesthetic beauty. The act of making things by hand is central to Beavers's cinema, as are the notions of self-reflexivity and portraiture. -Susan Oxtoby, Series Curator Pacific Film Archive Theatre 2575 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704. This series is supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/robert_beavers_2009 October 15, 18 & 20, 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 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 October 31, 2009.  ARTWORK FROM FRENCH ARTIST GILLES MARREY.  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter, SF.  415.296.7896 or http://caldwellsnyder.com for details.

Extended through November 5, 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.  Private tours of the exhibition available; contact christine@appletopomme.com or details. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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.

November 12-25, 2009.  GIVE ME MORE:  AN EXHIBITION AT SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO. Give Me More presents six installations that experiment with combining the real  and the virtual. The set-ups demonstrate how Augmented Reality can alter how we  perceive objects, bodies and living space and how AR is able to enrich these everyday elements with implied references, tales and emotions. Presented by swissnex in partnership with EPFL and ECAL More information at: www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org or www.epfl-ecal-lab.ch or Please call (415) 912-5901 to set up an appointment to see the exhibit. Walk-ins are also welcome Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Give me more - an exhibition at swissnex San Francisco US premiere for this EPFL+ECAL LAB exhibition on Augmented Reality November 12-25 Opening event: November 12, 6:30 p.m. Opening night program: 6:30 pm Doors open 7:00 pm Presentation of Give me More by curator Nicolas Henchoz, designer Camille Scherrer and robotics researcher Fanny Riedo 8:00 p.m. Reception and exhibit viewing 10:00 p.m. Doors close swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94111.

Through November 20, 2009.  INSTANTS:  JORGE BACHMANN exhibits at 456 Montgomery.  Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, renowned Swiss-Bay Area visual and sound artist Jorge Bachmann presents INSTANTS, an exhibition of  his recent subtle, polyvalent photography, at 456 Montgomery Street in San Francisco, where the consulate is located.  Jorge Bachmann: INSTANTS Through November 20 Lobby, 456 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94104 Please contact Stephanie Kaiss at stephanie.kaiss@eda.admin.ch, or 415.788.2272  ext. 107 if you would like to arrange another viewing time. For more information and to see images of Jorge's work, please visit: http://ruidobello.ch

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 3, 2010.  SWISS-AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER LUKAS FELZMANN exhibits his work and lectures at Stanford. Swiss-American photographer and Stanford University faculty member Lukas Felzmann is exhibiting his work in From Their Studios: Works by Faculty Artists in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford, a unique gallery show at that university's Cantor Center for Visual Arts. Prof. Felzmann will also be presenting a lecture on his  work October 22: a rare opportunity to witness the artist giving an introduction  to his work.  From Their Studios Through January 3, 2010 Lukas Felzmann Lectures October 22, 7 p.m. Cantor Center for Visual Arts Lomita Drive at Museum Way Stanford University http://museum.stanford.edu/ Docent tours Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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

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 21-December 9, 2009.  ILS ONT INVENTE LA LIBERTE:  MONTESQUIEU, DIDEROT, ROUSSEAU, MME ROLAND, L’ABBE GREGOIRE… Cours d’histoire de RENEE MOREL. Que ce soit en politique, dans les moeurs, la religion ou, bien sûr, dans le  domaine de la pensée, ces grandes figures du Siècle des Lumières ont défendu  la liberté à tout prix. Leur avancée décisive? Faire admettre l'universalité de la liberté. Mais ces penseurs ont aussi  pressenti les difficultés à en établir un bon usage (Sade montre bien ce qui arrive  quand   il n'y a plus de limites). C'est à travers leur questionnement que  va se construire la figure moderne de l'intellectuel.  The French Class, San Francisco.

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.

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COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!

November-December 2009.  ALAIN RESNAIS SERIES at Pacific Film Archive. Details to follow.

November 1, 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."

November 1, 2009.  ABDELLAH TAIA at City Lights.  5:00pm.  Reading from Salvation Army, published by Semiotext(e), translated by Frank Stock. Salvation Army is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of Taïa's life with complete disclosure-from a childhood bound by family order and latent (homo)sexual tensions in the poor city of Salé, through a sexual awakening in Tangier charged by the young writer's attraction to his eldest brother, to a disappointing arrival in the Western world to study in Geneva in adulthood. In so doing, Salvation Army manages to burn through the author's first-person singularity to embody the complex mélange of fear and desire projected by Arabs on Western culture. Abdellah Taïa is the first openly gay autobiographical writer published in Morocco. Though Moroccan, he has lived in Paris for the last eight years. He is the author of Mon Maroc and Le rouge du tarbouche, both translated into Dutch and Spanish.  Location: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco  http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=795     Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco.

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 3, 2009.  SWAMP COOLERS play CAJUN/WESTERN SWING at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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. Switzerland is the number one choice for American companies seeking fast and sustainable growth in Europe. Nearly 700 U.S. companies including eBay, Google, Kraft, J & J, and Medtronic already enjoy the moderate taxation, well-educated workforce, and pro-business legal structure offered. A distinguished group of delegates will discuss the advantages of using Switzerland as a central access point for your business in Europe. Discussion topics include access to funding, tax planning, corporate structures, support for start-ups, availability of qualified workforce. Delegates include representatives of Swiss federal and regional economic development agencies and KPMG.  Registration : email to iregister@fbintllc.com or call (312) 236-5555 Event details : http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/switzerlandbreakfast Location & Parking: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/aboutus/contact

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 7, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Westside Theatre, Newman We return to this beautiful venue in Newman. Our previous shows here have been a blast, so plan to attend!  1331 Main St., Newman. 8:00 pm. Ticket information: www.westsidetheatre.org 

November 8, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Powerhouse Pub, Folsom Another Sunday afternoon show at this great nightclub!  614 Sutter St., Old Folsom. Opening act: 3:30, Flambeau: 4:30-6:30 pm.  Information: 916 355-8586 or www.powerhousepub.com 

November 8-10, 2009.  SWISS REED INNOVATOR HANS KOCH performs in the Bay Area.   Hailing from Biel, Hans Koch is one of Switzerland's best-known avant-garde musicians, known as one third of the unstoppable Koch-Schuetz-Studer Trio and through a range of worldwide collaborations with improvised music's cream of the crop. His upcoming U.S. tour comprises three Bay Area dates, including an exceptional  encounter with Fred Frith at swissnex San Francisco. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia.  Sunday, November 8, 8 p.m. Hans Koch (reeds) with Damon Smith (bass) and Kjell Nordeson (percussion) 21 Grand 416 25th St. (at Broadway) Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 444-7263 Tickets and location information at http://www.21grand.org  Monday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. Hans Koch (reeds), Michael Evans (percussion), Gino Robair (percussion) Tom's Place 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley, CA 94705 (510) 703-8195 Information at http://4-33.com/first.html  Tuesday, November 10, 8 p.m. Hans Koch (reeds), Fred Frith (prepared guitar) swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 912-5901 x109 Tickets and location information at http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

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.  WINE, WEB & WISDOM organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.   6.30-8:30 PM PariSoMa -1436 Howard-San Francisco Tickets: $20 online or $25 at the door  ParisSoma and the FACCSF cordially invite you to WWW! Why?  Because we love new Web apps and because we enjoy discovering new wines, it seemed natural to mix it all into one event. 2 wine tastings orchestrated by a  professional expert Raphael Knapp: Chateau Le Barrail 2004, Medoc Chateau La Mouliniere, Bordeaux Rose 2008 WWW is a networking event made for tech lovers, entrepreneurs, developers,  inventors and startups  and anyone who is curious about new tech applications and of course, love  wine.  http://www.faccsf.com for 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.  OPENING EVEN OF GIVE ME MORE:  AN EXHIBITION AT SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO. Give Me More presents six installations that experiment with combining the real  and the virtual. The set-ups demonstrate how Augmented Reality can alter how we  perceive objects, bodies and living space and how AR is able to enrich these everyday elements with implied references, tales and emotions. Presented by swissnex in partnership with EPFL and ECAL More information at: www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org or www.epfl-ecal-lab.ch or Please call (415) 912-5901 to set up an appointment to see the exhibit. Walk-ins are also welcome Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Give me more - an exhibition at swissnex San Francisco US premiere for this EPFL+ECAL LAB exhibition on Augmented Reality November 12-25 Opening event: November 12, 6:30 p.m. Opening night program: 6:30 pm Doors open 7:00 pm Presentation of Give me More by curator Nicolas Henchoz, designer Camille Scherrer and robotics researcher Fanny Riedo 8:00 p.m. Reception and exhibit viewing 10:00 p.m. Doors close swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94111.

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, 13 & 14, 2009.  GAUTIER CAPUÇON plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto at San Francisco Symphony.  Details forthcoming.  The Fifth Symphony of Sibelius conjures the majesty of the composer's native Finland. This music is by turns grand, playful, and inspiring. Schumann's Cello Concerto is a long-lined romantic melody that sets the stage for soloist Capuçon to shine. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov  Cello: Gautier Capuçon        Program: Henri Dutilleux Métaboles Schumann Cello Concerto Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:00pm Friday, November 13, 2009 8:00pm Sat, November 14, 2009 8:00pm Location: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove (@Van Ness), San Francisco.  http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=35482  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 13, 2009.  MIXED BAG at the SAN FRANCISCO INTERNAITONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL.   The Swiss short film Mixed Bag has been selected for the San Francisco International Animation Festival. In "Mixed Bag," a bag of money is the catalyst for a study on the all-too-familiar push-me/pull-you dynamic inherent in all relationships (Isabelle Favez, Switzerland, 7 min) The film will be shown as part of the program The Breakdown: "Animation is especially suited to analysis of all sorts. It probes bodies, investigates movement and questions nature. Animation breaks down the world, love and desire...and ultimately the unconscious." (TRT 64 min) Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:00 pm Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level San Francisco, CA 94111 415.267.4893 For more information, visit: http://www.sffs.org/screenings-and-events/fall-season/sf-intl-animation-festival.aspx For tickets, visit: https://www.trilogyticketing.com/sffs/

November 13-15, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Harvest Festival, San Mateo A great annual crafts festival. San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo. We play three sets per day, showtimes TBA. Information: www.harvestfestival.com

November 17, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). www.ashkenaz.com 

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 19, 2009. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses L’ECRIVAIN de YASMINA KHADRA.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.org for details.

November 20, 2009.  LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVE!  Celebrate the arrival of the latest vintage of Beaujolais Novueau with a special evening of tastin and celebration in the French tradition.  With French delicacies such as pâtés, cheeses, charcuterie, and a tombola (raffle).  Organized by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, at the Vista del Lago Club House, 3150 Lakeview Drive, santa Rosa.  $30 in advance, received by November 16.  Send check to AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa, CA  95409-5358.  Tickets will also be sold at the door for $35 if space is available; however, space is limited.  707.543.8151.

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 20 & 21, 2009.  SSU CHORUS sings CATHEDRALS, CASTLES, AND COLONIES.  From the Gothic cathedrals and the majestic castles of Europe to the shores of the Americas, the Sonoma State University Chorus will perform a variety of works by English, French, German, Italian, and American composers.  Holy Family Episcopal Church, 1500 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  $12 General Admission, $10 FANS, $8 Seniors/Students; SSU students Free.  www.sonoma.edu/tix for tickets, or 707.664.2353. 

November 20-22, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Harvest Festival, Sacramento A great annual crafts festival. Cal Expo, Sacramento. We play three sets per day, showtimes TBA. Information: www.harvestfestival.com

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

November 22, 2009.  ELUVEITIE, THE NEW WAVE OF FOLK METAL, tours the West. Prolific Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie dominates its dark, evocative genre. Let this unique band guide you through misty realms during one of the stops on their  North American tour, sponsored by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, as part  of Heathenfest 2009. November 22, 7 p.m. DNA Lounge 375 11th St San Francisco, CA 94103 http://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2009/11.html#22 More information and music samples available at: http://www.eluveitie.ch/

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 & 10, 2009.  THE FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP.   R E-I N V E N T ! SiliconFrench is proud to co-organized the Silicon Valley Open Doors with AMBAR for a 2 days event on December 9th and 10th   With speakers like Guy Kawasaki, Sergei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels, Vish Makhajani, COO of Zynga, Kittu Kolluri, GP NEA, Matthew Trevithick, Venrock,  and many others -- this is a not to be missed event for the Russian-speaking entrepreneurs and the Venture Capital community on both sides of the ocean. This year?s theme will drive a very exciting Agenda exploring re-invention as it affects the startup process on multiple levels -- technologies, business models, financing, monetizing and team building. Whether you are looking for a deal flow, funding, information or networking ? SVOD 2009 is the place to be! Since its very foundation, America has always had a re-invention mindset. Scores of immigrants came to the United States in promise of re-inventing their lives, their careers and themselves. Re-invention means renewal, continuous progress, innovation and never standing still.   The high tech industry more than any other industry in the world is synonymous with re-invention. IBM, the venerable Grand Father of the East Coast blue chip computer companies, has been quietly re-inventing itself for decades. At the other end of the spectrum, Apple, the West Coast ?Enfant Terrible,? re-invented itself in the most dramatic fashion by branching out into consumer electronics and the retail businesses. Here in the Silicon Valley, ?The Next New Thing? has become a battle cry for thousands of entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams.  Many of their recent success stories rely on re-invention of long-known ideas: Google re-invented search, Facebook re-invented social networks, Twitter re-invented blogging, iPhone and Blackberry re-invented a cell phone, Cloud Computing companies like VMware re-invented SaaS.  Registration and additional details: http://www.svod.org/2009/announcement

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.

December 31, 2009. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at NEW YEAR'S EVE, DECEMBER 31: THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE, WINTERS We'll be ringing in the New Year at one of our favorite venues!!  13 Main St., Winters. Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com 

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.

January 21, 2010. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses CAHIERS DE LA GUERRE de MARGUERITE DURAS.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.org for details.

February 18, 2010. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses LE BLE EN HERBE de COLETTE.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.org 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 18, 2010. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses HISTOIRE DE LA FEMME CANNIBALE de MARYSE CONDE.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.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 15, 2010. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses NO ET MOI de DELPHINE DE GIVAN.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.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.

May 20, 2010. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses TOTAL KHEOPS  de JEAN-CLAUDE IZZO.  Led by RAYMOND LEMIEUX.  info@afsantarosa.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 & July 2010.  PORCHLIGHT THEATRE presents LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES.  Details to follow, or try http://www.porchlight.net 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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