November 19-27, 2009

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November Events

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 19, 2009.  LEONARD PITT presents a Powerpoint presentation for PARIS POSTCARDS – THE GOLDEN AGE, along with a book signing, in San Francisco at, Bittersweet the Chocolate Café, 2123 Fillmore Street at 7 pm.  Bittersweet is one of the great purveyors of chocolate anywhere on the globe. They have over 200 different bars of both dark and milk chocolate along with great confections, a variety of hot chocolates  and other great drinks.  A discussion of chocolate is also on the agenda.

November 19, 2009.  PIANO ENSEMBLE CONCERT, with PAUL SMITH directing a performance of works by POULENC, DEBUSSY and more.  Donation, $3 parking.  College of Marin, Fine Arts Theatre, 835 College Ave., Kentfield.  Noon.

November 19, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO ENSEMBLE. Instrumentation: Quartet vocals + guitar + upright bass + reeds (sax, clarinet) Mandaloun has started to organize a special "singles" night, once a month.  Last  month was a fantastic success with over 100 people.  If the weather permits, the party will be on the patio (in the back), if not, it will be in the main dining  room and around the bar! No cover charge. More info, please call Mandaloun at 650.367.7974 and ask for Jacques. 7:00pm to 10:00pm Mandaloun, 2021 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 650.367.7974.  www.mandaloun.biz

November 19, 2009.  CHRISTMAS SALE IN SAN FRANCISCO ! Veronique is hosting a private Thanksgiving and Christmas Sale where you will meet french and american artists and hand crafters.  A few days before THANKSGIVING and several weeks beforeCHRISTMAS...Timeto start to think about it....  SAVE THE DATE : THURSDAY NOV.19TH FROM 10AM TO 7PM at Veronique’s home (contact info below).  Feel free to join us and shop withFrenchCopines and talented handmade crafty gifts : custom jewels from Perlentine, handmade by Veronique Mini, personnalized jewels and accessories from Rien que pour Vous by Florence de Noray, Framing and Photography from  All Ready Art by Denise Denis, postcards&watercolors by G. Gaillard and C. Frossard and soft toys, wood toys deco by Godeleine de Rosamel, all represented by French Touch Agency,....and have a free wine testing from Wine Exchange Co by Murielle Robert !Bring your family and friends... Spread the word... More info @ www.frenchcopinesale.canalblog.com

November 19, 2000.  CANADIAN PIANIST ANGELE DUBEAU performs with LA PIETA at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore, SF.  http://yoshis.com or 415.655.5600 for tickets/details.  8pm – early show!

November 19, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO ENSEMBLE plays at LE COLONIAL.  French Vietnamese Cuisine.  7pm-10pm.  http://www.lecolonialsf.com or 415.931.3600.

November 19-22, 2009. THE FRENCH CELLAR will again not be participating in "Beaujolais Nouveau" come November 19th.   As you may already know, the French government is not subsidizing or supporting the Beaujolais Nouveau Harvest anymore, and as I am sure you know by sampling some of last year's mouthfuls, the Nouveau, if it hasn't already shown shades of "plonk", is approaching it (in our opinion) with each succeeding harvest.  Georges Duboeuf has done his job to get the region on its feet and noticed.  Now, let's drink the good stuff, the REAL Beaujolais! THE FRENCH CELLAR plans to celebrate THE REAL BEAUJOLAIS that gets so little positive publicity and is given such a bad rap by it's association with Beaujolais Nouveau, on that same third Thursday of November, November 19th, through the weekend (Thurs-Sun).  We will celebrate the Gamay grape from the region of Beaujolais, and selections from it's famous 10 crus, including villages such as Morgon, Fleurie, Moulin-au-Vent Brouilly and Chenas, by offering an open tasting to the public.  Good Beaujolais is a reasonably priced ($12 to $22) and is a refreshing antidote to all the richest, oakiests red wines in the world, as well as a great companion for all kinds of food, from traditional French to spicy Asian.  AND roasted turkey!  Bonjour, Thanksgiving!  AND fruit forward with zingy, bright, berry flavors rarely found outside of this region.  We are ready for the Real Deal and look forward to THE REVEAL November 19th. Free Tasting to the Public.  Please call Jay Druian for details at 408.354.0993 32 East Main Street (at College Ave), Los Gatos, CA  95030.

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.

November 20, 2009.  RESTAURATION ET REVOLUTIONS (1814-1851).  Conférences 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).

November 20, 2009.  PIANIST JOSEPH BLOOM performs works by POULENC and more.  $5-$10.  8pm.  St. Raphael’s Church, 1102 Fifth Ave., San Rafael.  415.456.3016 or http://www.saintraphael.com 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, 2009. FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents MOLIERE 2007 Comedy / Romance / History directed by Laurent Tirard, with Cast: Romain Duris (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin dit  Molière), Fabrice Luchini (M. Jourdain), Laura Morante (Elmire Jourdain), Edouard Baer (Dorante), Ludivine Sagnier (Célimène) A Gallic re-interpretation of John Madden's 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.  7pm. Remember, we do not serve dinner but a nice selection of mostly french goodies: Pate, Brie, Salami and Crepes! A free  wine bar (not self served) is open before the movie with snacks and other beverages, coffee, tea, water. All this for $12.00 or less if you buy your seat on line at: The French Film Club of Palo Alto.  For hours, directions, archives, club details, team contact:  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

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

Through November 21, 2009.  CINNABAR stages LA BOHEME. Put your opera glasses away - you don’t need them at Cinnabar. Get your opera up close and personal. Puccini’s most beloved melodies tell the story of six young Bohemians as they experience the hilarities and sorrows of friendship, art and love while living on the edge of Parisian society. If you’ve never been to an opera, this one, performed in English in our intimate setting, is the best introduction you can have. Seasoned veterans know that, no matter how many times we see this opera, it never fails to touch our hearts. Cinnabar’s talented young singers are a joy to behold and a delight to hear. You can’t miss the lyrical beauty and the emotional impact. And remember: La Bohème makes the ultimate romantic date! Featuring Leslie Sandefur as Mimi, Will Hart Meyer as Rodolfo, Todd Donovan as Marcello, Julia Hathaway as Musetta, Eugene Walden as Schaunard, William O’Neill as Colline. With the Cinnabar Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Nina Shuman conducting. Many special events; see the website for details!  Ticket Prices: Presale $35 General; $32 Senior & Student; Door $38/35. Subscription: save 20%. La Bohème <http://www.cinnabartheater.org/0910/cinnabar.la.boheme.html>  Buy online <https://www.centerstageticketing.com/site/click4tix/ticketing/events.php?domain=CIN>  or call the Box Office at 707.763.8920.

November 21, 2009.  TESTING THE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU - Note the date change!   The French tradition of testing the Beaujolais Nouveau is coming up (available Thursday November 19 at Cost-Plus, Beverages and more, etc.). Please join us chez Nadine & Aren Friday November 20 anytime after 7 PM to test the 2009 wine. Please bring some new wine, or/and anything you would like to share for dinner. We will vote for the best Beaujolais Nouveau. All who speak "Moliere" or "Shakespeare" languages are welcome (or any other). Kids are welcome. PLEASE RSVP if you come and check your emails before the Bday (Beaujolais Day).  707-762-2143.

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 21, 2009.  DANCE ALL NIGHT – SUPPORT GLOBAL CONSERVATION HERITAGE AND WILDLIFE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.  Venez rencontrer la communauté francophone de la Péninsule lors d’un concert-danse (70s-80s-90s).  Fête de la fin d’année – expositions, experts, musique, disc-jockey.  8pm - 1am.  Club Illusions (formerly The Edge/Keystone)  260 S. California Ave Palo Alto, California (650) 321-6464    $20+ Donations Accepted at the Door  All Proceeds to go to heritage and wildlife conservation (GHF and WCN) in developing countries. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Dinner is available in the restaurant  –  Middle Eastern Food – please make reservations by calling: 650.321.6464.  No Host Bar and Festive Attire.    Invite Your Spouse, Friends and Family - come help support Global Conservation and dance all night.    RSVP to Valerie Morgan at vvmorgan@hotmail.com 

November 21, 2009. MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND play at Ashekenaz. The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years and was voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society. Based in the Sacramento Delta town of Antelope, St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 15, inspired originally by “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through his original songs, interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's “I'm Coming Home” and the classic Harry Choates version of “Jolie Blon” to Rockin' Sidney's “Don't Mess with My Toot Toot.” Along with St. Mary, the band is rubboard player Bobby Benoit, bassist-singer David Rees, guitarist Scott “Gringo” Williams, and drummer Steve Namle.  Ashkenaz. Doors at 7:30 p.m., Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m. $13/$10 students.  http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

November 21, 2009.  LEARN FRENCH THROUGH SINGING. French concert/class "Learn French through singing" Featuring French singer-guitarist Helene Attia The French Class   500 Sutter Street - Suite 310 Tickets are $20.  2pm.  For more information please contact Ms.Dominque Bremond at: 415.362.3666 or Helene Attia at hsattia@yahoo.comwww.heleneattia.com 

Through November 22, 2009.  SILENCES & SALUTATIONS:  SEVEN ONE ACT PLAYS, including SALUTATIONS by EUGENE IONESCO. Peter Glazer, Artistic Director A bracing exploration of love, life, laughter, and longing, this festival of short plays celebrates some of the most important and innovative playwrights of the 20th Century.  UC Berkeley, Durham Studio Theater.  http://tdps.berkeley.edu/productions-events/main-stage-season/

Through November 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 22, 2009.  ZIGABOO MODELISTE performs at Pier 23 (on Embarcadero), SF.  415.362.5125 or http://pier23cafe.com for details.

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/

November 22, 2009. PASTIS AND PETANQUE.Pétanque - which originated in Provence, France at the turn of the last century - is played with metal balls (boules) and a small wooden target ball (the cochonnet). Similar to Bocce, it‘s simple to learn and fun to play. We'll gather at a pétanque court in Menlo Park and play casual games with 2 or 3 person teams. Find out the details and sign up for this free event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

November 22, 2009. PENINSULA FRIENDS OF EUROPE. Meet and mingle with other Europeans and Europhiles at this “Peninsula Chapter” Bay Area Friends of Europe event. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. Find out the details and sign up for this free 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."

November 23, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT plays at LE COLONIAL.  French Vietnamese Cuisine.  7pm-10pm.  http://www.lecolonialsf.com or 415.931.3600.

November 24, 2009.  THE BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND plays Cajun/Zydeco   at Ashkenaz.  The BluesBox Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and New Orleans R&B to  Cajun/Zydeco dance grooves, calling the result “Country Americana.” Having  performed for more than a decade, including gigs at fundraisers and  festivals from the Gilroy Garlic Festival to the Isleton Crawdad Festival,  the BBBB returns to Ashkenaz for the first time in almost a year. Singer  and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint  as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and  Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to Louisiana and other roots  music inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own  spin on “roots music.” The current BBBB also features bassist and singer  Julie Johnson, lead guitarist Frank Grimaldi, drummer Mike Farris, and  Jimmy Hildreth (Lil' Jimmy) on scrubboard and percussion. The group plays  original and favorite songs from its latest CD, “Rock a'Bayou,” and its  other albums, “Rockin' Bayou Band,” “Big Fun,” and “Roadside Attraction.” Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00  p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m.  $10.  www.thebluesbox.net or  www.ashkenaz.com

November 25, 2009. PROUST SOCIETY, San Francisco Chapter, is reading - this year - a selection of "post-Proustian" novels. For registration and title information see our website  www.milibrary.org

November 27, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at RANCHO NICASIO.  On the Town Square, Nicasio.  8:30pm.  Dinner reservations and ticket information:  http://www.ranchonicasio.com.  Band information:  www.rigomania.com

November 27-29, 2009.  CONTRALTO MARIE-NICOLE LEMIEUX performs Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with other vocal soloists and the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, $15-$135  415.864.6000 or http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

Through November 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 28, 2009.  GREENING PARIS:  EXPLORING  URBAN LANDSCAPING AND ARCHITECTURE with MARILYN CLEMENS at SPUR.    12.30 pm  An AFSF Sponsored Lecture!  Paris, famous for its tree lined boulevards and lovely urban parks, is  making great  strides in improving the sustainability of its open spaces.  Marilyn Clemens will present an overview of the designs and policies  influencing   Paris' parks and gardens today and the design trends of the last 25 years.  From the parks and plazas included in the large development projects of  the 1980's  and 1990's to the new parks of the early 21st century, the strong geometry  of the  classical era and undulating 19th century design features still mark  Paris' open   spaces.  At the same time, new interests in horticulture, planting design and the  demands   for sustainable development and recreational opportunities are shaping  public open  spaces. The City of Paris requires its departments to move towards  sustainable design  and maintenance, and at the national level, historic parks and gardens are  incorporating  more leisure and play facilities into classic spaces with large parks and  gardens  often the venue for art and environmental educational exhibits.  Co-sponsored by AFSF and presented at the SPUR headquarters, 654 Mission St., San Francisco, CA.  Free to AF members, $5 public. 

November 29, 2009.  MAHEALANI UCHIYAMA  performs World/Afro-Polynesian music at Ashkenaz. World-Afro-Polynesian singer-dancer-composer Mahealani Uchiyama describes her music as “sweet, soulful island sounds.” Her “island sounds” are everything from Tahitian ahuroa to reggae, blended with musical elements  from Africa, including the mbira (thumb piano). She is accompanied by a full Tahitian drum orchestra, ukuleles, guitarists, a chorus, and  colorfully costumed Polynesian dancers. A highlight of Uchiyama's shows is the fusion of Tahitian and Senegalese drum and dance, which, she says,  “celebrates all of us who straddle two worlds.”   Uchiyama is the director of the Center for International Dance and of the KaUaTuahine Polynesian Dance Company. She has performed in such prestigious venues as San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, New Zealand's  National Museum, and the Grand Heiva in Tahiti. Her latest CD, “A Walk by  the Sea,” combines the sounds of her cultural and spiritual heritage; it  won the 11th Annual Hawai'i Music Award for best world music album of  2007.   Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.  $10 www.ashkenaz.com

November 29, 2009. EUROPEAN EXPATS GATHERING. Sip aperitifs and socialize with fellow Europeans in a stylish lounge bar. If you are from Europe and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, compare notes on life in America, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. The gathering starts late afternoon to allow people to dine together afterwards if they so choose. Find out the details and sign up for this free San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

November 29, 2009.  RICK STEVES’ EUROPE MARATHON.  KQED TV9, 9am-5pm.

November 30, 2009.  INDOCHINE (PART II): "LES OUBLIES DU BOUT DU MONDE: L'INDOCHINE EN 1939-1945".  6:30-8:30 PM Everett Middle School, Castro Campus, Room 232, 450 Church St. (Between 16th & 17th), SF. A slide presentation by CCSF instructor Renee Morel, who, like Marguerite Duras, was born in colonial Indochina, leaving the country with her French father and her Vietnamese mother in the aftermath of the bloody battle of Dien-Bien-Phu (1954). "DE LA CONQUETE DU TONKIN A L'INDOCHINE DE MARGUERITE DURAS" French Indochina (740,000 sq. km) stretched from China to the delta of the Mekong. Although Catholic missionaries went there as early as the 17th century, colonization did not really start until the 19th century. Using the protection of the Catholic population as a pretext, Napoleon III launched a punitive expedition and occupied Saigon in 1858. However, it is really under the Third Republic (1870-1940) that Indochina became a colony exploited for its wide range of natural resources (rubber, zinc, manganese, coal, etc.).  Discover the many founders of French Indochina: Alexandre de Rhodes, who transcribed Vietnamese in the Roman alphabet; Francis Garnier, explorer of the Mekong and the Red River; the politician Jules Ferry, dubbed "the Tonkinese"; Paul Bert, the physician who allied himself with the Vietnamese peasants against the mandarins; Joseph Gallieni, who fought the Chinese "Black Pavilion" pirates; Alexandre Yersin, who discovered the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague; the  administrators Paul Doumer, Albert Sarraut, and a score of civil servants like the Donnadieus, who came with their children --including the future Marguerite Duras-- to teach there.  Financed by the opium trade, heavy taxes, a monopoly on salt and rice alcohol, as well as the shameful treatment of natives in plantations or mines, Indochina soon became a modern colony, and Saigon, its new Paris --"the pearl of the Orient." IN FRENCH, followed by a discussion. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The Everett school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the amphitheater as latecomers disturb everybody.

November 30, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT plays at LE COLONIAL.  French Vietnamese Cuisine.  7pm-10pm.  http://www.lecolonialsf.com or 415.931.3600.

November 30-December 4, 2009.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - SERVICE - CAP BAY AREA.  San Francisco, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley.  The French American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco, is hosting from the next first week of December a five day program in the Bay Area to make a panel of selected firms discover the main fields of California economy. A service for the team in charge of  implementation and accompaniment of the firms into the US market , increase the expertise of the team visiting, understanding of the area, networking Here a brief summary of the themes developed by the CAP for the whole week. Monday - Wednesday: ''Innovation' Silicon Valley Tuesday: Business Booster a game of differences San Francisco Wednesday: environment et startup Silicon Valley Thursday: food industry, import-export logistics and complex involments Friday: debriefing with the members and conclusions of the week San Francisco You can join for a day or for the 4. $100 a day + food and transportation. If you are interested in participating to this week please contact info@faccsf.com or contact Mathis Grassot at the FACCSF at 415-442-4717.

Through December 12, 2009.  CUTTING BALL THEATER presents EUGENE IONESCO’S THE BALD SOPRANO.  Exit Theater, 27 Taylor, SF.  800.838.3006.  http://cuttingball.com for details.  $15-$30. Reviewed in the November 18, 2009 San Francisco Weekly, p.23.

Through December 15, 2009.  IN TIME:  THE FILMS OF ALAIN RESNAIS at the Pacific Film Archive.   Looking backward and forward across Resnais's decades-long career, this series offers an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure in the cinema of ideas, and in the idea of cinema.  Friday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.: Last Year at Marienbad (France, 1961, 94 mins) Friday, November 13, 8:45 p.m.: Stavisky (France/Italy, 1974, 117 mins) Saturday, November 14, 8:45 p.m.: Muriel (France, 1963, 145 mins) Saturday, November 21, 8:30 p.m.: Je t'aime, je t'aime (France, 1968, 91 mins) Saturday, November 28, 8:40 p.m.: Mon oncle d'Amérique (France, 1980, 125 mins) Friday, December 4, 8:30 p.m.: Mélo (France, 1986, 110 mins) Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.: Short Films by Alain Resnais (France, 1950-58, 108 mins) Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.: La guerre est finie (France, 1966, 121 mins) Note: Due to legal issues, Hiroshima mon amour is not available for theatrical screenings in North America at this time. Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA. Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

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.

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). Century Regency, Terra Linda; Tiburon Playhouse; Balboa; Stonestown; Lumiere; Sundance Kabuki; Shattuck, Berkeley.

IN TIME:  THE FILMS OF ALAIN RESNAIS at the Pacific Film Archive.   Looking backward and forward across Resnais's decades-long career, this series offers an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure in the cinema of ideas, and in the idea of cinema.  Friday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.: Last Year at Marienbad (France, 1961, 94 mins) Friday, November 13, 8:45 p.m.: Stavisky (France/Italy, 1974, 117 mins) Saturday, November 14, 8:45 p.m.: Muriel (France, 1963, 145 mins) Saturday, November 21, 8:30 p.m.: Je t'aime, je t'aime (France, 1968, 91 mins) Saturday, November 28, 8:40 p.m.: Mon oncle d'Amérique (France, 1980, 125 mins) Friday, December 4, 8:30 p.m.: Mélo (France, 1986, 110 mins) Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.: Short Films by Alain Resnais (France, 1950-58, 108 mins) Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.: La guerre est finie (France, 1966, 121 mins) Note: Due to legal issues, Hiroshima mon amour is not available for theatrical screenings in North America at this time. Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA. Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ November 6-December 15, 2009. 

MOLIERE 2007 Comedy / Romance / History directed by Laurent Tirard, with Cast: Romain Duris (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin dit  Molière), Fabrice Luchini (M. Jourdain), Laura Morante (Elmire Jourdain), Edouard Baer (Dorante), Ludivine Sagnier (Célimène) A Gallic re-interpretation of John Madden's 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.  7pm. Remember, we do not serve dinner but a nice selection of mostly french goodies: Pate, Brie, Salami and Crepes! A free  wine bar (not self served) is open before the movie with snacks and other beverages, coffee, tea, water. All this for $12.00 or less if you buy your seat on line at: The French Film Club of Palo Alto.  For hours, directions, archives, club details, team contact:  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org November 20, 2009.

PARIS.  Opera Plaza, SF.

VINCENT & THEO (Robert Altman, in English).  Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post (at Market), SF.  415.393.0101 or www.milibrary.org.  November 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 

November 17-December 18, 2009.  PRE-POSTMODERN SWISS POSTERS:  FROM THE COLLECTION OF AARON MARCUS.    Culled from the private collection of noted designer Aaron Marcus, this  special   exhibition at San José State University focuses on the works of several  artists/designers  who have had considerable international influence on graphic design. At  tomorrow   night's opening event, Mr. Marcus will explicate aspects of the "Swiss  approach"  to poster design, which includes Sans Serif type styles, simplified  imagery, open  space, and consistency of design.  Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery  School of Art and Design  San José State University  One Washington Square  San José, CA 95192 .

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

Opening November 21, 2009.  REINSTALLATION OF THE BOWLES PORCELAIN GALERY, including the BOWLES COLLECTION OF CHANTILLY.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through November 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 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 December 20, 2009. COEUR NOIR, OS D’IVOIRE. Alliance Française de San Francisco is proud to present Coeur Noir, Os d’Ivoire-a six-week exhibition of recent work by Daria Gabriel. A collection of two series, the paintings of Coeur Noir, Os d’Ivoire explore an unsettled space in which richly layered and painted surfaces offer a distinct reflective and flickering quality. Dense with references to the oldest architecture and legends tied to the street it was named after, the group Rue de la Tombe-Issoire presents poetic and ephemeral meditations on temporal ambiguity. The second series, Les Contes des Fées, frequently alludes to the nature, folklore, and history experienced by the artist in the South of France. Though the work is finely detailed and heavily structured, energy is allowed to manifest within the obscure interrelation of buildings, walls, fairytales, language and archetypal imagery. An exchange that typically occurs out of sight, it is only though the gradual comprehension of the layers, textures, and bold use of colors that one can view such an element of enchantment transposed from one material state to another. They are not so much paintings as they are objects of magic and mystery.  Exhibition:  11.06.09-12.20.09.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.  Tel: (415) 775-7755.  http://www.afsf.com.  Artist Website:  http://www.dgabriel.com/

Through January 2, 2010.  SWISS ARTISTS AT MICAELA GALLERY’S WINTER SALON. The Micaëla Gallery--located at 49 Geary Street, San Francisco's premier address  for fine arts galleries--is opening its annual Winter Salon this week, focusing  on artworks that embody a collective tension and demonstrate a relationship with liminal space.  This time, the show features the work of two acclaimed Swiss painters: the Bay Area's own Monika Steiner, and Nicole Schmölzer, who has travelled from Switzerland especially for this event. Both artists will be present at this Thursday's opening reception. Featured artists: Emil Alzamora, Alex Bernstein, Eugenia Pardue, Thai Bui, Scott Kiernan, Monika Steiner, Carmen Spera, Ernesto Canovas, Marie-Lou Desmeules, Peter Foucault, Nicole Schmoelzer, Prema Murthy, Scott Kildall, Franziska Klotz, Carol Lawton Winter Salon 2009 Opening Reception: November 5, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Micaëla Gallery 49 Geary Street, No. 234 San Francisco, CA 94108 Show runs through January 2, 2010 www.micaela.com or www.monikasteiner.net or www.nicole-schmoelzer.ch 

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/

May 22-September 6, 2010.  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS:  CITY OF LIGHT. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

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

November 21, 2009.  LEARN FRENCH THROUGH SINGING. French concert/class "Learn French through singing" Featuring French singer-guitarist Helene Attia The French Class   500 Sutter Street - Suite 310 Tickets are $20.  2pm.  For more information please contact Ms.Dominque Bremond at: 415.362.3666 or Helene Attia at hsattia@yahoo.com www.heleneattia.com 

January 4-March 2, 2010.  GENEVIEVE BLAISE SULLIVAN teaches FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS and FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 11-March 4, 2010.  ANNE BISHOP teaches BEGINNING FRENCH, INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, UPPER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, ADVANCED FRENCH, and COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 19-July 3, 2010.  CLASSES AT LATITUDE CULUTURAL CENTER, LOT VALLEY.  4 week-long workshops, all in the English language, will be offered at the  Latitude Cultural Center in the never-industrialized, unspoiled Lot Valley  at La Toulzanie, a riverside hamlet of fewer than 20 people which has been  continuously inhabited at least since Neolithic times. (Latitude was founded  in 1988 by E. Barbara Phillips, now professor emerita at San Francisco  University; she is its current director, and the non-profit association is  run by a board of people, all of whom are at least part-time residents of  the Department of the Lot. Latitude is about 20 minutes from the cave  paintings of Pech-Merle and 40 minutes from Cahors, the capital city of  Quercy.)  Two workshops will be offered from June 19-26:PAINTING THE COLORS OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE with Vermont watercolorist Rob O'Brien and A GREAT LEAP BACKWARD: An exploration into the psyche of the cave and the cave in the psyche with Bay Area  psychologist Adrienne Amundsen; her workshop will emphasize the nature of  creativity, and is eligible for continuing education credits (see website  for details).  June 26-July 3: 2 workshops: A TASTE OF TEXTILES with Maureen ("Mo") Newman  and A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE with E. Barbara Phillips. Details on  courses, pricing, etc. at http://www.latitude.org 

June 26-July 10, 2010.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHERN WESTERN FRANCE.  Paint for two weeks in the beautiful Languedoc region of southwestern France. We will be based in Limoux where we will stay at Montfaucon, a beautiful restored maison d'maitre on the river Aude. Includes 14 nights' lodging (DO), all breakfasts, 12 dinners with wine, instruction, transportation to painting sites and round trip transport fromToulouse Airport. Does not include airfare. Enrollment limited to 10.  Fee: $4,100 (DO). $3,950 with early deposit of $500 by October 15th, 2009, Contact: Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email at Julie@juliehouck.comDownload brochure: http://www.juliehouck.com/montfaucon2009.pdf  For more information about the workshop go tohttp://www.juliehouck.com  To view a slide show of previous trips go to:http://www.juliehouck.com/workshops07france_slideshow09.htm.

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

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

The ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents ATELIERS:  AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS.  Learn French after lunch! Afternoon ateliers teach French without the commitment:  (1)  Elocution: "Plaire, Emouvoir, Instruire" (2) Histoire de l'art: Renaissance au siècle des lumières (3) Phonétique: Eliminer votre accent.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

AT THE FRENCH CLASS!

The French Class - www.frenchclass.com  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

LANGUAGE ATELIERS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  One day workshops to energize your language-learning:  French for Travelers; Business French; Phonetics and French Pronunciation.  Contact Jeremiah Cruz [mailto:jcruz@afsf.com] for more information.  415.775.7755, ext 19.

FRENCH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY ELYCEE. Sign up for our most popular French Language Workshops. All our French teachers are native speakers, certified to teach French by the Ministere de l'Education nationale (French Ministry of Education), and our French Language Workshops are total immersion. A uniquely French environment. We have the world's first fully interactive virtual classroom, with full audio/video and a range of collaborative (shared) tools and applications. You can sign in from wherever you are to join teachers, friends and colleagues online. For information on our yearly academic programs for students- starting September 15th-  please Christine Frin me directly. Christine Frin www.elycee.com France : Cell : 06 85 63 35 95 USA Cell : 1 415 328 5357 Fax : 1 415 480 2096

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!

December 1, 2009.  A ONE DAY BUSINESS BOOSTER organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. A bootstrapping workshop series with all you need to start your company in just One Day. December 1st from 8am to 6pm - Sofinnova Ventures - San Francisco For the past 5 years, the FACCSF has been offering yearly Business Booster workshop series over the summer. On December 1st, you will have an exceptional opportunity to have the same feedback in just one day. 5 experts, 5 mentors, 5 companies. Cost $600 + Membership. More information with Benjamin Trevoux marketing@faccsf.com or at 415 442 4717.

December 2, 2009.  HEIDI KRAHLING speaks about INSALATA’S MEDITERRANEAN TABLE. Cooks with Books, Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  $100/person; $165 per couple (one book included).  12:00pm.  Purchase tickets in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 3, 2009.  SWISSNEX HOLIDAY PARTY.  This year, we discuss the differences between Swiss and American winemaking and how the two techniques complement one another. Tastings from the Ecole d'ingénieurs de Changins in Switzerland and Alpha Omega Winery in Napa.  6:30pm. 

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

December 4, 2009. FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE  / ALL THE MORNINGS OF THE WORLD  Director: Alain Corneau, with Jean-Pierre Marielle (Sainte Colombe), Gérard Depardieu (Marin Marais), Anne Brochet (Madeleine), Guillaume Depardieu (Young Marin Marais), Carole Richert (Toinette), Michel Bouquet (Baugin), Jean-Claude Dreyfus (Abbé Mathieu) Based on a real-life story, Tous les matins du monde is a sombre, melancholic study about two men's obsession to achieve perfection in their musical art.  7pm. Remember, we do not serve dinner but a nice selection of mostly french goodies: Pate, Brie, Salami and Crepes! A free  wine bar (not self served) is open before the movie with snacks and other beverages, coffee, tea, water. All this for $12.00 or less if you buy your seat on line at: The French Film Club of Palo Alto.  For hours, directions, archives, club details, team contact:  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

December 4, 2009.  LA DANSE:  THE PARIS OPERA BALLET. Rialto Cinemas Lakeside presents La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet Frederick Wiseman’s Portrait of the Legendary Dance Troupe. Documentary master Frederick Wiseman’s 38th film in a career that has spanned more than 40 years, La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet turns his attention to one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet. The camera roams the vast Palais Garnier, an opulent 19th-century building: from its crystal chandelier-laden corridors to its labyrinthine underground chambers, from its light-filled rehearsal studios to its luxurious theater replete with 2,200 scarlet velvet seats and Marc Chagall ceiling. La Danse devotes most of its time to watching impossibly beautiful young men and women — among them Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot, and Agnès Letestu — rehearsing and/or performing seven ballets, including: Genus by Wayne McGregor, Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, The Nutcracker by Rudolf Nureyev, Medea by Angelin Preljocaj, The House of Bernarda Alba by Mats Ek, Romeo and Juliet by Sasha Waltz and Orpheus and Eurydyce by Pina Bausch. For balletomanes and the curious alike, La Danse serves up a scrumptious meal of delectable moments, one more glorious than the next, made even more precious by their ephemeral nature. Frederick Wiseman is one of the world’s leading practitioners of the observational documentary. His films include TITICUT FOLLIES, HIGH SCHOOL, BASIC TRAINING, PUBLIC HOUSING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, and BALLET (on the American Ballet Theater). Critic Philip Lopate has called Wiseman “the greatest American filmmaker of the last 30 years.” Ticket prices are– $10.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Seniors (60+) and Children (12 and under). The Box Office is open daily from 15 minutes before the first feature begins until 15 minutes after the last feature has begun. Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, located at 551 Summerfield Road in Santa Rosa.

December 4, 2009.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alamda.  9pm; dance lesson at 8pm.   www.rigomania.com

December 4-January 24, 2009.  AURÉLIA’S ORATORIO.  Aurélia Thierrée stars in a concoction of stage illusions created by her mother, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. This December, you could see A Christmas Carol, or The Nutcracker. Again.   OR...  You could round up your friends and catch Aurélia-s Oratorio, Berkeley Rep's one-of-a-kind event for the holidays. You've never seen anything quite like Aurélia-s Oratorio, so prepare for some mesmerizing illusion. Aurélia Thierrée literally grew up in the circus and has enthralled audiences around the world with this dazzling display of stagecraft. Behind her velvet curtain lies a surreal world of surprises, a topsy-turvy time of tricks and transformations. Set to a quirky score of chamber music and gypsy jazz, this 70-minute fantasy has been called -unforgettable,- -betwitching,- and -a must-see event- by  critics around the world   Buy your tickets online or call the box office at 510 647-2949.  Berkeley Repertory (Roda Theatre), 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.  $13.50-$86.  510.647.2949 or http://www.berkeleyrep.org for details.

December 5, 2009.  VAN GOGH ET GAUGUIN A ARLES:  LE STUDIO DU SUD (1888).  Le CAFÉ MUSEE se réunira au City College de San Francisco, dans notre batiment habituel, mais dans la salle d'a cote (V115 au lieu de V114).  Details: rmorel@ccsf.edu

December 5, 2009.  JEAN-FRANÇOIS HOUDRE, pastry chef, conducts a demonstration of his crème brûlée recipe and other delectables at Macy's, Union Square, Cellar Kitchen (Lower Level), San Francisco.  2pm. 

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

December 6, 2009.  GEORGEANNE BRENNAN, author of APERITIF:  RECIPES FOR SIMPLE PLEASURES IN THE FRENCH STYLE, speaks in Cooks with Books, Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  $100/person; $165 per couple (one book included).  6:30pm  Purchase tickets in advance at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 7, 2009.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Chez Bérénice.  Nous lirons des petites nouvelles de "Libido Omnibus: et Autres Nouvelles Du Divan" écrites par Francois Gantheret.  Détails à suivre.

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 10, 2009.  CARTIER & AMERICA.  Art history lecture & Film. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10am. 

December 10, 2009.  SWISSNEX partners with PG&E for a panel discussion on “Light and Design” with PATRICK RAYMOND of Atelier Oi (Switzerland), Patricia Glasow of Glasow and Auerbach, and YVES BEHAR of fuseproject. This event takes place at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center.  6pm.

December 12, 2009.  TERRANCE GELENTER delivers his annual TERRANCE REPORT FROM PARIS. Joining him will be  authors Debra Ollivier, Cara Black and Karen Karbo. Terrance Gelenter is Director of Paris Through  Expatriate Eyes, 38 Miller Ave, PMB 213 Mill Valley, CA 94941 Phone: Paris-06-7098-1368 Email: terrance@paris-expat.com

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 16, 2009.  WARRIORS’ FRENCH HERITAGE NIGHT vs. San Antonio    Come take part in their Third Annual French Heritage Night when Ronny Turiaf and the Warriors take on Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs.  Your ticket purchase includes:  A post-game Q & A with Ronny Turiaf of the Golden State Warriors!  Lower Level tickets for only $50 in the French Heritage section  ; A replica Ronny Turiaf autograph print; And much more  Groups of 20+ may be eligible for additional benefits and will have their  group name on the scoreboard at halftime. For more information, please  call Dana Knops at 510-986-2242 or  daknops@gs-warriors.com or http://www.warriors.com.  New Ticket Link:  http://www.nba.com/warriors/200910_french_heritage_night.html 

December 18, 2009. FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents LA MOME 2007 Biography / Drama / Music Dirtected by Olivier Dahan , with: Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf), Sylvie Testud  (Mômone), Pascal Greggory (Louis Barrier), Emmanuelle Seigner (Titine), Jean-Paul Rouve (Louis Gassion), Gérard Depardieu (Louis Leplée), Clotilde Courau (Anetta), Jean-Pierre Martins (Marcel Cerdan), Catherine Allégret (Louise), Marc Barbé (Raymond Asso), Caroline Sihol (Marlene Dietrich) - As icons go, they don't come much greater than Edith Piaf.  7pm.   Remember, we do not serve dinner but a nice selection of mostly french goodies: Pate, Brie, Salami and Crepes! A free  wine bar (not self served) is open before the movie with snacks and other beverages, coffee, tea, water. All this for $12.00 or less if you buy your seat on line at: The French Film Club of Palo Alto.  For hours, directions, archives, club details, team contact:  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

December 18, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT HOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE.  7:30 pm (café opens at 7:00 pm) Le Jazz Hot Holiday Concert This festive concert with the Hot Club of San Francisco features music from their sizzling new CD called, Hot Club Cool Yule, the band's first recording of holiday tunes played in the 1930's gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. With band leader guitarist Paul Mehling, violinist Evan Price, Jeff Magidson and Jason Vanderford on twin rhythm guitars, and bassist Clint Baker, this rousing quintet promises a wild and wonderful evening to elevate your spirits with cheeky to tender "holiday chestnuts" and their ecstatically swinging jazz.   Be ready to jive! Reservations Required - Members $15, Public $18 www.milibrary.org/events.html Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco.

December 19, 2009.  DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm. 

December 20, 2009.  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE.  Docent Lecture by Kate Sculti.  Florence Gould Theater, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

December 20, 2009.  DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details. 1pm.

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, 2010.  REMEMBERING ALBERT CAMUS.  January 4, 2010 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Albert Camus, one of the great writers of the twentieth century. To remember him, an afternoon of readings from his works, in French and English, is being held in San Francisco at the landmark literary venue, Edinburgh Castle Pub. French cheeses, bread and absinthe compliment the mood. Following the readings will be a screening of the documentary Zidane – a 21stCentury Portrait.  “Everything I learned about morality and obligations, I owe to football.” Camus Saturday January 9, 2010,  2pm – 5pm $10 Edinburgh Castle Pub 950 Geary St San Francisco http://castlenews.com for more information.

January 9, 2010.  ARTPOINT:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  7pm-11pm.

January 9-February 13, 2010.  TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Florence Gould Theater, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  $12 general; $10 members.

January 10, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

January 10, 2010.  DOCENT LECURE:  MASTERPIECES OF FRENCH JEWELRY. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

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 11, 2010. LEONARD PITT speaks about PARIS POSTCARDS:  THE GOLDEN AGE.  Leonard Pitt returns with a new book on the bygone days of his beloved   adopted city: Paris Postcards: The Golden Age (Counterpoint, $21.95).   In this stunning volume of historic postcards, Leonard Pitt takes us   deep into the art and heart of the postcard and Paris itself.   Showcasing the variety of images from his personal collection, the   postcards create an enduring time capsule, one that reveals a Paris   that no longer exists. The invention of the postcard in the 19th century revolutionized   communication and created the original social networking tool: At the   height of their popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,   France was producing a million postcards a day, and collecting became   a craze that spread around the world.  The postcards here reveal the true artwork of the original medium,   from hand-tinting techniques to nostalgic details too small to see   with the naked eye: Sandwich-board men asleep on park benches, a   cheese vendor eyeing a woman passerby. The messages penned to loved   ones back home are perhaps the most delightful gems: “Bringing your   wife to Paris is like bringing a meal to a banquet,” quips one traveler. Judith and Ramón Sender’s Odd Mondays Noe Valley Ministry 1021 Sanchez St. San Francisco Free 7:30 pm.

January 14, 2010.  MATERIAL AND PROCESSES:  EUROPEAN PAINTING. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10m.

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.

January 24, 2010.  CURATOR COLLECTION:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  2pm. 

February 4, 2010.  TECHNIQUES OF EUROPEAN SCULPTURE. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  10am.

February 9, 2010.  BEYOND HEARST CASTLE:  JULIA MORGAN, THE ECOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS, AND ITS INFLUENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  8pm. 

February 14, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

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 2, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

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. 

March 20, 2010. DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  2pm.

March 21, 2010. DOCENT LECTURE:  CARTIER & AMERICA. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm or 2:15pm.

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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