December 10-18, 2009

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December Events

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 presents LIGHT AND DESIGN. Light and Design Light plays an important role in our daily lives. We are surrounded by it and dependent on it. Light is also key to design. There’s design for light—lamps, for example—and design with light—illumination of art, say. And the way light is used in design morphs with new inventions like LED lighting and with increased awareness regarding sustainability and energy consumption.  Our first event in a new series on light, Light and Design welcomes Yves Behar, a Swiss industrial designer and founder of San Francisco-based firm fuseproject, famous for his innovative approach; Patrick Reymond, co-founder of Swiss design company Atelier Oï, involved in architecture, design, and scenography; and Patricia Glasow, a leading light designer in the Bay Area for Auerbach Glasow French, an international architectural lighting design and consulting company. Steven Mesh, Lighting Programs Coordinator for Pacific Energy Center, leads the discussion, focused on light as the center of design, how light is used, and new trends in light sources.  6pm-9pm. Details & Registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/activities/events/lightanddesign Location: PG&E Pacific Energy Center | 851 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

December 10, 2009.  DEBRA OLLIVIER speaks about WHAT FRENCH WOMEN KNOW:  ABOUT LOVE, SEX, AND OTHER MATTERS OF THE HEART AND MIND.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.  Free.

December 10, 2009.  DEBORAH WINTERS plays jazz with guitarist JEAN MICHEL HURE.  Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael.  7pm-10pm.  Free.  415.457.3993 or http://www.panamahotel.com for details.

December 10, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT performs at Speisekammer in Alameda, CA.  8:30-10:30 pm.  http://www.speisekammer.com/entertainment.html. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 10, 2009.  DJIIN plays FRENCH GYPSY MUSIC at El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Precita), San Francisco.  8pm.  $7.

December 10, 2009.  LAURENT FOURGO plays at Le Colonial.  20 Cosmo Place, SF.  415.931.3600.  7:30pm.  Free.

December 10 or 13, 2009.  BERLIOZ:  SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE.  Join Michael Tilson Thomas for a discussion of the romantic period piece.  12/9, 10:pm; 12/10, 4:30am; 12/13, 5:30pm.  KQED TV9.

December 11, 2009.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE plays CAFÉ MUSIC OF THE ‘20s AND ‘30s at Ashkenaz.  Odile Lavault and her Baguette Quartette are known for playing the Parisian musette that was so popular between the two World Wars, the mix of accordion waltzes, Django Reinhardt-inspired string swing, and various romantic and exotic dances. They are the only ensemble in North America devoted exclusively to Parisian café music from 1920 to 1940. The evening ranges through a repertoire of all the popular dances of the time: valse musette, java, tango, fox trot, paso doble, and marches. Along with Paris-born Lavault, who plays French accordion as well as Argentinean bandoneon, and sings the occasional humorous French song, the Baguettes are violinist Rachel Durling, guitarist John Schott, and bassist Rich Trevor. Over the past decade and a half they have built an enthusiastic following, seduced by the authentic flavor and charm of the arrangements featured in live performances and on the band's four CDs. Lavault says, "People smile; it makes them feel good. With musette and French music, it's the feel that it creates, the memories it brings up. You take listeners somewhere, they don't even know where it is, but afterward they come up and talk about their wonderful experiences." www.baguettequartette.org Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Free dance lesson at 8:15pm  Ashkenaz,1317  San Pablo Avenue (near Gilman St.) Berkeley Phone: (510) 525-5054 Tickets:$13, $10 www.ashkenaz.com  Odile Lavault, accordion, chansons Rachel Durling, violin John Scott, guitar, banjo Rich Trevor, bass.

December 11, 2009.  SOLENN SEGUILLON, ANNE SUDA, MACK MCCRAY perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  Old First Concerts, Old First Presbyterian Church.  8pm.  415.474.1608 or http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details. 

December 11, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT & DUO GADJO TRIO @ 4th st Berkeley, CA.  12-2pm.  http://www.fourthstreet.com/events.html. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 11, 2009. HOT CLUB QUINTET CD Release @ Armando’s, Benicia CA.  8pm show.  http://www.martinezvibes.com/webcalendar/month.php. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details. 

December 11-17, 2009.  SHORT FILMS FROM THE 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, including Canadian filmmaker DENIS VILLENEUVE’s darkly humorous Cannes award-winner NEXT DOOR.   Selected from the 91 short films screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, this lively program of ten shorts covers a variety of genres, styles and cultures. In  Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's darkly humorous Cannes award-winner Next  Floor, an opulent banquet filled with attitude quickly loses altitude in the most physical way. In John and Karen, British animator Matthew Walker depicts a touching reconciliation between two lovers, a polar bear and a penguin.  http://www.cafilm.org for details.

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.

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

Through December 12, 2009.  TWELVE EVENINGS WITH $12 PRIX FIX MENU at BISTRO MAXINE, French Bistro / Crêperie / Café.   Celebrate 12 evenings in December with our $12 prix fixe menu Featuring items from our New Dinner Menu Tuesday - Saturday, 6pm to 10pm 4 Course dinner menu, $ 12.  Butternut squash soup (vegetarian) House salad Savory crêpe of your choice Dessert (choose one) Chocolate mousse Blueberries in red wine with rosemary Cream of coffee made Liegeois style Regular or decaf house coffee  Menu enfant $ 8 Savory crêpe: choice of 3 items (egg, swiss cheese, ham, mushrooms, spinach Sweet crêpe: butter and jam, or sugar, or chocolate Drink: glass of milk or strawberry syrup Bistro Maxine, 548 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 - 650-323-1815 - www.bistromaxine.com

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 12, 2009.  STARRY NIGHT.  Program features POULENC and more.  Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.  $15-$20.  7:30pm.  650.306.3476.

December 12, 2009.  J’ACCUSE (Gance ,1919).  Castro, San Francisco.  2pm.

December 13, 2009.  BAFOE FESTIVE SOIREE. Meet other internationally-minded Europeans and Europhiles in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere with a festive twist. 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. 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."

December 13, 2009.  RECEPTION DE NOEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Vista del Lago Club House, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  Sunday, December 13 2009  from 6pm to 8pm.  There will be a reception with holiday snacks and refreshments. info@afsantarosa.org for details.  Alliance Française de Santa Rosa vous souhaite de joyeuses Fêtes de fin d’année et une bonne Nouvelle Année 2010!

December 13, 2009.  HOT CLUB QUINTET CD release @ Black Box Theater, San Jose CA.  4pm show.   Benefit for  Lincoln High school music department!!!! Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details. http://www.when.com/san-jose-ca/events/show/88981202-the-hot-club-of-san-francisco-cd-release-concert-hot-club-cool-yule-1213 or http://lincolnperformingarts.com/music/hcsftickets.html

December 14, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays every Monday at Le Colonial restaurant  in San Francisco.  7:00-10pm.  Le Colonial  20 Cosmo Place, SF CA 94109. http://www.lecolonialsf.com/entertainment.html. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

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/

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 15, 2009. THE NEW IBERIANS play CAJUN/ ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  From Portland! The New Iberians are a family-friendly festival and club favorite from the Pacific Northwest. The group has performed in the Bay Area only once before (Point Richmond Arts Festival), and excitedly makes its local dance hall debut with a sizzling mix of original tunes and traditional zydeco, blues, country, and rock 'n' roll, some of it featured on the group's 2009 CD, "Bon Temps Rouge." Formed in 1998, the band is from Portland, Oregon, but takes its name from its spiritual home: Louisiana's New Iberia, the heart of Cajun country, to say nothing of Avery Island, headquarters of Tabasco Sauce. Influences that go into its mix range from Clifton Chenier to Buck Owens and the Holy Modal Rounders. A favorite at festivals from Montana's Rocky Mountain Accordion Celebration to the Mount Hood Crayfish Fest, the New Iberians are accordionist-keyboardist and singer Evan Shlaes, harmonica ace and singer Claes Almroth, guitarist-singer Stevie Davis, drummer Fred Ingram, percussionist Paul Bassett, and bassist J. Michael Kearsey. www.newiberians.comhttp://www.ashkenaz.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. $10.

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 16, 2009.  HOT CLUB QUINTET CD release @ Hotel Rex, SF CA.  6:30-7:30pm.  SOLD OUT (sorry!) ;) Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details. http://www.performances.org/performances/performancesbyseries0910.shtml.

December 17, 2009. YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE, MAMA CROW BAND, THE GENIE, plus Live Painting, Live Drumming, and Dance Performance by J LA BROO DANCE COMPANY of NYC at Ashkenaz. An array of performers gathers in this creatively multi-disciplinary night of song, dance, drumming, and live painting to celebrate the release of Mama Crow's CD, "Indigo." In addition to the Mama Crow Band, artists include African kora master Youssoupha Sidibe, San Francisco guitar wizard The Genie, and New York's J La Broo Dance Company, as well as live drumming and painting to the music. Carmen Gutierrez is Mama Crow, a New York-born, Bay Area-based musician, healer, activist, and singer-songwriter. Mixing gospel and funk into her soulful vocal approach, she sings, as she explains, her "life's stories that derive from adversities, empowerment with twists of analytical perspectives of the world we live in." All of those elements are captured on "Indigo," her first full-length CD, highlighting her fusion of funky guitar picking and lyrical storytelling. To celebrate its release, Gutierrez brings her band, with bassist Ryan Lukas, drummer Brian Huston, and guest musicians. www.myspace.com/mamacrowmusic Master of the kora (African harp), Senegal's Youssoupha Sidibe has taken his West African music into a number of realms, collaborating with an array of non-African artists and receiving praise and acclaim for his talents. Sidibe began his music career more than 20 years ago, studying kora at the National Music Conservatory in Senegal. He combined the lilting, angelic sounds of the kora with the Sufi chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community. Sidibe's "Sacred Sound" approach to music is presented not only as a link to the ancient griot tradition of his homeland, but also as relevant for today's world. He brings Senegal, Africa with him wherever he goes. www.myspace.com/youssouphasidibe or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. Mama Crow CD Release Party for "Indigo" Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m. $12/$10 advance.

December 17, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET CD Release show @ Shanghai 1930 SF CA.  8-11pm.  http://www.shanghai1930.com/. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

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 18, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT & DUO GADJO TRIO. @ 4th st Berkeley, CA.  12-2pm.  http://www.fourthstreet.com/events.html. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 18, 2009.  HOT CLUB QUINTET CD release  @ Mechanics Institute SF CA.  7:30pm.  http://www.milibrary.org/eventsall.html#1. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 19, 2009.  JULIA AND JACQUES, COOKING AT HOME features CHARCUTERIE:  SAUSAGE AND PATE.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

December 19, 2009.  THE COMPLETE PEPIN features BUCHE DE NOEL AND MORE.  KQED TV9, 2pm.

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 19, 2009.  CASSAND BALLET presents PERSEPHONE.  Showcase & potluck. Choreography by RODOLPHE CASSAND.  A Holiday treat to the whole family.  Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 7pm.  Dance Visions, Cubberley Community Center, L-3, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.  FREE entry. A contribution of $5 towards production costs is appreciated.  www.CassandBallet.com or 408-636-3123 for details.

December 19, 2009.  ZYDECO FLAMES plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. The Bay Area's Zydeco Flames have issued six hot CDs and one inflammatory DVD of sizzling zydeco dance music and have shared stages with most of the greats of the style at dances and festivals up and down the West Coast. In 1991 accordionist Bruce Gordon teamed up with singer-rubboard player Lloyd Meadows to play at parties, including the premiere of the documentary film on Cajun and zydeco music, "J'ai ete al Bal." Soon they expanded to a full band carrying on in the tradition of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Queen Ida. Gordon has gone on to other bands, and the longtime core group is Meadows with electric guitarist Frank Bohan, bassist-singer Timm Walker, and drummer William Allums Jr. Their accordion slot is often filled by Billy Wilson or Andre Thierry. The Flames have performed at just about every important event in the Bay Area, from the Black and White Ball to the San Francisco Jazz Festival, as well as countless Louisiana, Cajun, and zydeco fests. www.zydecoflames.com or http://www.ashkenaz.com Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m. $13/$10 students.

December 19, 2009.  SUNSET YOUTH ORCHESTRA  HOLIDAY CONCERT.  Lycée La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega St., SF.  Entrance from 19th & 20th.  3:30pm.  Free for lycée families.  Potluck after the concert.

December 19, 2009.  HOT CLUB QUINTET CD Release @ the Jazz School, Berkeley CA. 7:30pm.  http://jazzschool.inticketing.com/events/46244/THE-HOT-CLUB-OF-SAN-FRANCISCO-COOL-YULE. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 19, 2009.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND presents A CREOLE CHRISTMAS.  Holidays with the San Francisco Symphony, http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

December 19, 20 or 21, 2009.  DOWNE IN YON FORREST:  CHRISTMAS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES.  KQED TV9.  12/19, 6pm; 12/20, 7pm; 12/21, 1am.

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 20, 2009.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO play at Rancho Nicasio.  On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  7:30pm.

December 20, 2009.  MAMADOU & VANESSA play AFRICAN BLUES at Ashkenaz. Mamadou & Vanessa blend American R&B with Wassoulou from Mali, music originally based on the rhythms of hunting ritual. Twenty-five years ago Mamadou Sidibe, a native of Mali's Wassoulou region, played a groundbreaking role in transforming hunters' sacred melodies - played on the six-string doso n'goni harp, accompanied by djembe - into songs of love, politics, and daily life. Mamadou was one of the first to expand the harp's range with two extra strings, creating the popular kamele n'goni. He also plays the bolon and sings, with his wife Vanessa playing nkerenye and singing. Vanessa Sidibe, an accomplished Afro-Cuban and salsa musician, has studied and taught music here and in New York and has spent time in Cuba. Together they blend African roots and American blues in Nacama, a unique collaborative style. Mamadou & Vanessa's first CD, "Nacama (Destiny)," picked up several prestigious music awards in 2006, including Best World Song in the Billboard Songwriting Contest, Best World Traditional Song at the Independent Music Awards, and the rank of finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. www.musicmali.comhttp://www.ashkenaz.com Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m. $10.

December 21, 2009.  HOLIDAY CONCERT:  SAN FRANCISCO BOYS CHORUS features joyful choruses and holiday musical treats, including a performance of MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’s glorious TE DEUM with full orchestra.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

December 21, 2009.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays every Monday at Le Colonial restaurant in San Francisco.  7:00-10pm.  Le Colonial  20 Cosmo Place, SF CA 94109

http://www.lecolonialsf.com/entertainment.html Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 22, 2009.  HOT CLUB QUINTET CD Release @ Yoshis’ Oakland CA.  8 & 10 pm shows.  http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/1029 Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 23, 2009. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET @ Crocker Galleria, SF CA.  Noon-1pm  FREE.  http://www.peopleinplazas.org/ Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 23, 2009. HOT CLUB QUINTET @ Throckmorton Theater , Mill Valley CA.  8pm show.  http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/event.php?eventid=1145  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

December 23, 24 or 25, 2009.  GREAT PERFORMANCES:  LA BOHEME.  KQED TV9.  12/23, 9pm; 12/24, 3am or 8pm; 12/25, 2am.

December 26 & 30, 2009.  A SEASON’S GRIOT 2009.  Public radio’s only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.  Hosted for the last 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, the annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.  12/26, 1pm and 12/30, 8pm.  KQED 88.5FM.

December 27, 28, or 29, 2009.  BERLIOZ:  SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE IN CONCERT.  With Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.  12/27, 7pm; 12/28, 3am and 7pm; 12/29, 1am.

December 31, 2009.  ZYDECO FLAMES play at Rancho Nicasio.  On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  7:30pm.

December 31, 2009.  NEW YEARS CELEBRATION WITH FRENCH TUESDAYS AT W HOTEL.  Ladies and gentlemen, Get ready for an electric and unforgettable New Year's Eve experience at the sumptuous W Hotel.  This fabulous evening will feature, among other special treats, four dance floors with different music on three levels, exotic entertainment and an enormous balloon drop at midnight. Book your limited discounted tickets now! See all details at http://www.frenchtuesdays.com/events/sf123109/ We're looking forward to celebrating this magical evening with you. 3 levels - 4 separate dance floors - 5 DJs Live entertainment (fabulous dancers and amazing drummers) Midnight balloon drop - Party favors Dress Code: Chic, chic, chic !!! ~~~~ MUSIC:  W Milan & W Dubai - International Flair DJ AYKUT - DJ DR. T W Puerto Rico - Latin Flair DJ Edwin Cornejo W New York - House Music Dirtyhertz W Los Angeles - Top 40 Dance Hits DJ Bruce.  For all questions, contact sf@frenchtuesdays.com or 415-409-6648.

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 

Through 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.

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.

THE BEACHES OF AGNES.  Roxie, 3117 16th St., SF.

LA DANSE.  In what A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls "one of the finest dance films ever made," documentary master Frederick Wisemanfocuses his gaze on one of the world's great ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet. While showing the entirety of a  ballet company's activities, from administration to technical support and classes, La Danse devotes much time to rehearsals and performances of seven ballets.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael (http://www.cafilm.org for details); Rialto, Santa Rosa.

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. 

J’ACCUSE (Gance ,1919).  Castro, San Francisco.  2pm. December 12, 2009.

LA MOME / LA VIE EN ROSE, presented by the French Film Club of Palo Alto. 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.

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

Through December 15, 2009.  UNMASKED:  NEW PAINTINGS OF ANNE BACHELIER.  Works on paper.  Weinstein Gallery, 301 Geary St., SF.  415.362.2230 or http://www.weinstein.com for details.

Through 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.

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 2010.  LEONOR FINI:  UNE GRANDE CURIOSITE features work by Argentinian expatriate to Paris LEONOR FINI.  Weinstein Gallery, 301 Geary, SF.  415.362.2230 or http://www.weinstein.com for details.

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.

Through April 30, 2010.  LONGING FOR SEA CHANGE.   A series of video installations by contemporary artists living and working in Africa addressing issues of upheaval, fragmentation and transition.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu 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

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 6-24, 2010.  LE BESTIAIRE SYMBOLIQUE DU MOYEN AGE -- COURS D'HISTOIRE DE RENEE MOREL. 8 semaines. Du 6 janvier au 24 février 2010.  Si le christianisme désacralise les animaux du panthéon de l'Antiquité, au  Moyen Age, textes, imagiers des églises romanes, rituels, armoiries,  proverbes et folklore sont peuplés de bêtes. Aucune autre époque n'a aussi  fréquemment et intensivement pensé l'animal. Quels sont donc les enjeux sociaux,  économiques et religieux des discours et des peurs qui se rapportent à ce  bestiaire médiéval de créatures sauvages, domestiquées, exotiques ou proprement  fabuleuses?  The French Class, http://www.thefrenchclass.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!

January 3, 2010. 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."

January 6-24, 2010.  LE BESTIAIRE SYMBOLIQUE DU MOYEN AGE -- COURS D'HISTOIRE DE RENEE MOREL. 8 semaines. Du 6 janvier au 24 février 2010.  Si le christianisme désacralise les animaux du panthéon de l'Antiquité, au  Moyen Age, textes, imagiers des églises romanes, rituels, armoiries,  proverbes et folklore sont peuplés de bêtes. Aucune autre époque n'a aussi  fréquemment et intensivement pensé l'animal. Quels sont donc les enjeux sociaux,  économiques et religieux des discours et des peurs qui se rapportent à ce  bestiaire médiéval de créatures sauvages, domestiquées, exotiques ou proprement  fabuleuses?  The French Class, http://www.thefrenchclass.com for details.

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

January 8, 2010.  LES BONNES FEMMES (1960). 93’ Directed by Claude Chabrol Bernadette Lafonte, Stephane Audran Four vibrant Parisian shop-girls harbor secret and not-so-secret dreams.  Mechanics’ Institute, French Kisses:  Nouvelle Vague Series. micalendar@milibrary.org  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, 2010.  PARIS VU PAR / SIX IN PARIS  (1965)  92’ Directed by Jean Rouch, Jean Douchet, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol,  Jean-Daniel Pollet Stephane Audrane, Jean-Pierre Andreani An eclectic anthology of short films by leading directors, each set in a different Paris neighborhood. Mechanics’ Institute, French Kisses:  Nouvelle Vague Series. micalendar@milibrary.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 22, 2010.  LOLA (1962) 90’ Special guest: Anita Monga, artistic director of the Silent Film Festival  Directed by Jacques Demy Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel This lovely, lyrical romantic fable, full of homages to America and American movies,  centers on a cabaret dancer in Nantes. Mechanics’ Institute, French Kisses:  Nouvelle Vague Series. micalendar@milibrary.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. 

January 29, 2010.  THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968) 107’ Directed by Francois Truffaut Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet A widow pursues revenge against her husband’s murderers in this Hitchcock homage featuring a score by Bernard  Herrmann. Mechanics’ Institute, French Kisses:  Nouvelle Vague Series. micalendar@milibrary.org  for details.  

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.

July 10-17, 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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