January 7-15, 2010

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January Events

January 7, 2009.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS NETWORKING EVENT.  Kick Off The New Year With Our Fellows Members.  Thursday January 7th - 6:30PM. Alliance Française de San Francisco.  $15 for members/ $25 for guest. Let's kick off 2010 in the best possible way by  meeting our membersJoin us for a fun and vibrant night of discussion and networking among peers and professionals. This event is reserved for our members and their guests. http://www.faccsf.com for details.

January 7, 2010.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features BASQUE CULTURAL CENTER and more.  7:30pm.  KQED TV9.

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

January 7-24, 2010.  THE BALD SOPRANO, a new translation of EUGÈNE IONESCO’s comedy by Rob Melrose.  Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco.  $15-$30.  800.838.3006 or http://www.sffringe.org for details.

January 8, 2009.   THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents TAXI (Gérard Pires/Luc Besson, with Marion Cotillard).  Preceding this movie is a short, exciting film by CLAUDE LELOUCH. Shot in 1976, it is a 9 minute race in Paris at 5 am to go from the west side to the top of the hill of the Sacre Coeur Church in Montmatre. Reaching speeds over 200kph, he made safely but pulls a lot of adrenaline from all the viewers. Come to enjoy. All details, photos, review, synopsis, video, menu at our website: French Film Club of Palo Alto. Max Bouchard, Emmanuel de Muizon and The French Film Club of Palo Alto. 7 pm - 7:30 pm    Aperitif 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Movie: TAXI 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm  Conversation-Buffet. movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

January 8, 2010.  LES BONNES FEMMES by CLAUDE CHABROL.  Cinemalit opens its winter season this Friday, January 8 with a new schedule—the CAFÉ opens 5:30 pm and the FILM 6:00 pm—and the theme is French Kisses with Les Bonnes Femmes by Claude Chabrol. We have a surprise chanteuse as well.  For more Mechanics Institute EVENT information:    www.milibrary.org/events.html

January 8, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Don Quixote's Music Hall, Felton.  Join us for the first show of 2010 at this great music venue in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Don't miss this one! Hwy 9, Felton. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.donquixotesmusic.com or www.rigomania.com

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, 2010.  THE IBERT TRIO performs the works of PHILIPPE GAUBERT, JACQUES FRANÇOIS ANTOINE IBERT and others.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF.  415.864.7326 or http://www.sfcm.edu for details. 

January 9, 2010.  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. KQED TV9, 8pm.

January 9, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play CAJUN / ZYDECO / BLUES at Ashknaz. Violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom "Rigo" Rigney's East Bay quintet Flambeau plays traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes, along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets the band apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. The tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians - which also includes guitarist Danny Caron (Rigney's longtime collaborator since their Sundogs years), keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone - plays mostly original material, highlighting Rigney's arrangements. The band features tunes from the rocking new Flambeau CD, "Serious Fun" (released in September), which boasts 15 songs, 11 of them Rigney originals. Rigney's 2008 acoustic blues release "Back Porch Blues," with favorites such as "Drivin' That Thing" and "Swamp Beat Boogie," spent much of the summer in the top 15 of "B.B. King's Top Picks to Click" on XM/Sirius Radio's Bluesville channel, hitting the #1 spot in August. Guest artists on the album include longtime Rigney friends Norton Buffalo, Roy Rogers, and Bob Brozman. 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 www.rigomania.comwww.ashkenaz.com

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 10, 2010. FRIENDS OF EUROPE 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 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"

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 12, 2010.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO performs at Ashkenaz. Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. Celebrating its 20th anniversary on the dance circuit, MotorDude Zydeco is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - and singer/rubboard player R.C. Carriere, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. They are joined by drummer Willy Jordan, guitarist John Graham, and bassist Dennis Calloway. The band takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.http://www.ashkenaz.com for details. 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.

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.  10am.

January 14, 2010.  SILICONFRENCH. Begin in 2010 with Siliconfrench Let's celebrate the beginning of 2010 with optimism and "bonne humeur" during an  event that will combine good food and professional discussions.  (Admission $10) Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2475 Hanover Street Palo Alto CA 6:30AM-9:00PM.  Details: events@interfrench.org

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.

Opening January 15, 2010.  POLICE, ADJECTIVE at Landmark Theatres. http://landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm Details to follow.

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. http://milibrary.org  for details.  

January 15-21, 2010. MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY. 35mm Restoration! Jacques Tati's most celebrated comedy, and his first starring as the endearing eccentric Mr. Hulot, returns in a beautiful restoration that debuted at Cannes in May. This wildly funny satire of seaside vacationers includes brilliantly choreographed gags about boats, dogs, tennis and other hazards of leisure. Filmed in 1952 in Saint-Marc-sur-Mer, a small French resort on the Atlantic coast, the farce was gently revised by Tati over the years, and this definitive version includes additional footage he added  in the late 1970s.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, http://www.cafilm.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 16, 2010.  FRENCH CLASSICS, REIMAGINED, on America’s Test Kitchen, from Cook’s Illustrated. KQED TV9, 11am. 

January 16, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa.  1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 8:00 pm (dance lesson at 7:00).  www.rigomania.com

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 21, 2010  FRENCH AUTHOR AND PIANIST CATHERINE DAVID performs the music of CHOPIN and others, and reads from her two books on music, in Point Reyes.  Ms. David lives in Paris, which she divides her time between writing and music.  This is a benefit for the West Marin Review and the Dance Palace.  Location:  Dance Palace, Point Reyes.  7:30pm.  $16; seniors $14; youth $8.  http://www.dancepalace.org/ for details.

January 21, 2010.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents YOUR FRENCH (TAX) CONNECTION.   What you need to know about:  - Reporting foreign bank accounts and the consequences of not reporting them;  - Declaring income from France and other foreign countries in the U.S. and in France;  - Receiving a gift or inheritance (from France or from the U.S. to French beneficiaries);  - Moving to France or thinking of retirement there: new laws concerning expatriation and taxes;  - Dealing with non citizens in estate and succession planning.  A presentation/seminar by: Marie Galanti and Michael Larsen, Attorneys at Law.  Alliance Française members Marie Galanti and Michael Larsen are Santa Rosa estate planning attorneys specializing in wills, trusts, probate. They work closely with the French and International community and regularly deal with foreign estate and tax questions. They will discuss changes in American and French laws affecting everyone with assets in both countries. They will answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited. Please reserve at:   MGalantiLaw@aol.com / (707) 538-6074 or Michael@larsenlaw.net  / (707) 573-3901. 6:30 p.m.  Vista del Lago Recreation Center, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.

January 21-24, 2010.  DJANGO REINHARDT AT 100!  The Django Reinhardt Festival featuring Dorado Schmitt, with special guest David Grisman.  Yoshi’s, Oakland.  510.238.9200 or http://www.yoshis.com for details. 

Opening January 22, 2010.  PANIQUE AU VILLAGE / A TOWN CALLED PANIC.   If we are to believe the characters in this zany and hilarious film of stop-motion animation, then plastic toys have their everyday problems too. Cowboy (voiced by  co-director Stéphane Aubier) and roommate Indian plan to surprise Horse (voiced  by co-director Vincent Patar) with a birthday gift but manage to destroy his house instead, beginning the non-stop chaos and frenetic pace of this surrealist comedy, based on a cult Belgian TV series that became a daffy delight for children and adults alike.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, http://www.cafilm.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. http://milibrary.org  for details. 

January 22, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Black Oak Casino, Tuolomne.  Our favorite nightclub in the Sierra foothills, near Sonora. Great sound and lighting, big dance floor! Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolomne Road North, Tuolomne. 8:00 pm.  Information: www.blackoakcasino.com or www.rigomania.com

January 23, 2010.  CHARADE (Audrey Hepburn in Paris…). KQED TV9, 8pm. 

Held over until January 24, 2010.  CUTTING BALL THEATER’S THE BALD SOPRANO, by EUGENE IONESCO.  Second extension of the show!  277 Taylor, SF.  800.838.3006 or http://www.cuttingball.com for details.  $15-$30.

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. 

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 24, 2010. 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. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

January 26, 2010.  TEE FEE SWAMP BOOGIE performs at Ashkenaz.  http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 28, 2010.  GREEN IT!  THE CHALLENGES OF OPPORTUNITIES OF GREEN IT, organized by SILICONFRENCH. For this event, Siliconfrench gathered a unique panel composed by experts and executivesfrom innovative IT companies building solutions for a greener future. They will be addressing the challenges, technologies and opportunities of the Green IT market, the most growing trend in  the valley!  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM For further information and registration, please visit our special website Promotion code for Siliconfrench ($10 off): membersonly_109 events@interfrench.org

January 28, 2010.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON with HELENE CAHEN.  Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San  Francisco. http://www.faccsf.com for details.

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. 

January 29, 2010.  ELIZABETH KOSTOVA presents THE SWAN THIEVES, a masterful new novel that travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love, to last love.  Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, San Francisco.  http://www.booksinc.net for details.  7pm.

January 30, 2010.  ELIZABETH KOSTOVA  talks about THE SWAN THIEVES at Book Passage in Corte Madera.  Her novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normany… 2pm.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 30, 2010.  PROVENÇAL ROASTED LAMB AND WHITE BEAN SALAD, on Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class, KQED TV9, noon.

January 31, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at West Sacramento Moose Lodge, West Sacramento, 3240 Jefferson Blvd., West Sac. 3:00-6:30 pm. Advance tickets: 916 718-4175 or 916 371-6303 or www.wsmoose.com or www.rigomania.com

SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml

CINEMA

See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.

LES 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 8, 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.  January 29, 2010. 

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); Elmwood Cinemas, SF; Roxie, SF.

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 22, 2010.  

MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY. 35mm Restoration! Jacques Tati's most celebrated comedy, and his first starring as the endearing eccentric Mr. Hulot, returns in a beautiful restoration that debuted at Cannes in May. This wildly funny satire of seaside vacationers includes brilliantly choreographed gags about boats, dogs, tennis and other hazards of leisure. Filmed in 1952 in Saint-Marc-sur-Mer, a small French resort on the Atlantic coast, the farce was gently revised by Tati over the years, and this definitive version includes additional footage he added  in the late 1970s.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, http://www.cafilm.org for details. January 15-21, 2010.

PANIQUE AU VILLAGE / A TOWN CALLED PANIC.   If we are to believe the characters in this zany and hilarious film of stop-motion animation, then plastic toys have their everyday problems too. Cowboy (voiced by  co-director Stéphane Aubier) and roommate Indian plan to surprise Horse (voiced  by co-director Vincent Patar) with a birthday gift but manage to destroy his house instead, beginning the non-stop chaos and frenetic pace of this surrealist comedy, based on a cult Belgian TV series that became a daffy delight for children and adults alike.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, http://www.cafilm.org for details. Opening January 22, 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, 2010. 

POLICE, ADJECTIVE at Landmark Theatres. Details to follow.  http://landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htmOpening January 15, 2010.

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 

Now open:  CARTIER AND AMERICA.  Marking Cartier’s 100 years in the United States, this exhibition covers the history of the House of Cartier from its first great successes as the “king of jewelers and jeweler to kings” during the Belle Epoque through the 1960s and 1970s, when Cartier supplied celebrities of the day with their jewels and Tank watches.  With an extensive variety of jewelry forms – ranging from traditional white diamond suites to the highly colored exotic creations of the 1920s and 1930s – Cartier made its mark with the ingenuity of its designs and its exquisite craftsmanship.  Derived mainly from the private collection of Cartier, the spectacular array of objects includes jewelry of the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods as well as freestanding works of art such as the famous Mystery Clocks.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement (100 34th Ave), San Francisco.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through January 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.

January 9-February 7, 2010.  THE SEDUCTION OF DUCHAMP.  Thirty-plus Bay Area artists respond to Duchamp’s works in this show.  An additional program includes architects discussing algorithmic design and aleatoric practice, as well as artists talking about Duchamp’s influence.  ArtZone 461 Gallery, 461 Valencia, SF.  415.441.8680 or http://www.artzone461.com for details.

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

Opening in February 2010.  LUC TUYMANS.  Belgian painter exhibits his works at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the only West Coast show of his retrospective.  SFMOMA, 151 Third, SF.  http://www.sfmoma.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.

Beginning January 26, 2010.  EVENING SEMINARS IN FRENCH at SJSU, Spring semester 2010: FREN 240 -   Francophone Literatures, Tuesday, 17:30-20:15. FREN 160 - Women   Literature, Thursday, 17:30-20:15. FREN 170 - Introduction to   Translation (course taught by video-conference; first class and final   exam on site). Auditors may take these courses through open-university   for CR/NC or for a grade. Up to 2 courses taken through open-  university for a grade may be applied toward the M.A. degree. Courses   begin January 26, 2010.  Looking for a FRENCH M.A. program? Apply at SJSU for fall 2010. You   may start taking classes through open-university in spring 2010. For   more information write danielle.trudeau@sjsu.edu

February 1-March 22, 2010.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  FIRST YEAR, THIRD QUARTER.  College of Marin.  Taught by Anne Marie Lebas.  http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

February 1-May 2010.  FRENCH CLASSES OFFERED AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, including French 102 (Second-Semester French), French 202 (Oral French), French 314 (French Caribbean Literatures in English), French 410 (Literature from the Middle Ages to the Revolution), and French 475 (Senior Seminar:  Autobiographies).  Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu or christine.renaudin@sonoma.edu for details.  http://www.sonoma.edu

February 2-March 16, 2010.  WOMEN TAKE THE STAGE:  MODERN EUROPEAN DRAMA.  Class offered at College of Marin, with texts including JEAN ANOUILH’s ANTIGONE and JEAN GIRAUDOUX’s THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, as well as BECKETT’s HAPPY DAYS.  Taught by Dr. Joanne Harris.  1:40pm-3:30pm.  Kentfield Campus, Harlan Center 169.  $64.  Course #15081EC. http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

February 3-17, 2010.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS – A HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE, FOOD AND TRAVEL CLASS IN ONE! This is a class for lovers of Paris. If you have been there many times or have not yet been there, this is the class for you!  Steve Rabinowitsh, SRJC instructor, has traveled extensively to Paris and leads walking tours. Christine, a professional chef and confessed fanatique of la cuisine française, trains chefs in SRJC's Culinary Arts program and writes about food and wine. Her past articles for FRANCE magazine have allowed her to taste her way through Cognac, help make Comté cheese in the French countryside, and practice the finer points of playing pétanque.   Through a colorful slide presentation, Steve will focus on the history and architecture of Paris and introduce walking visits of his favorite neighborhoods. Christine will share tastings of French recipes, wines and cheese.  Both will share information on markets, French dining how-to and shopping etiquette, general travel tips, and their favorite Paris restaurants and shops.  Must be 21 or older.  3 Wednesday evenings, February 3-17, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM  Frank P. Doyle Library, Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Rm. 4246 Fee: $97.00   -- Sect.# 9091

February 3-March 17, 2010.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  SECOND YEAR, THIRD QUARTER.  Taught by Anne-Marie Lebas.  Offered at College of Marin. http://www.marincommunityed.org for details.

February 4-March 11, 2010.  FRENCH LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND CUISINE – IMPROVE YOUR FRENCH WHILE COOKING! Immerse yourself in all things French in this exclusive class which combines French cuisine, culture, conversation and language learning in one.  French instructors Julia Fornage and Carol Stone, along with Chef Christine Piccin will take you on a delicious tour of the French countryside, helping you learn and chat in French while you cook a meal reflecting the cuisines of the French provinces.  There will be language fun and games, new vocabulary, culinary demos, and lots of opportunity for conversational practice in a relaxed environment.  Then everyone will sit down together to enjoy the recipes you’ve created.  This is an interactive, hands-on class students should have completed a beginning French course, but students with more French will benefit, too. Some recipes will be prepared using wine. Must be 21 or older.  6 Thursday evenings, Feb. 4-Mar.11, from 5:30-9:15 PM SRJC’s Culinary Arts Center at the Brickyard Fee: $251 – Sect. # 9115

June 17-27, 2010.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE.  Love Art? Love France? Experience the Best of Both! Consider attending a ten day painting class  in southwestern France.   Our daily painting excursions will take you to the unspoiled   villages, market towns and rolling farmland  of the Dordogne and Lot   Valleys. We'll visit bastide towns such as Saint Cirq la Popie,   colorful market towns such as Sarlat, and the famous pilgrimage site   of Rocamador. We'll have an opportunity to see where painting began   with a visit to the 15,000 year old cave paintings of Pech   Merle.Paint for ten weeks in the beautiful Languedoc region of   southwestern France. We will be based at Le Vieux Couvent, a   beautiful restored 17th century convent located in the tiny hamlet of   Fraysinette. Fee $3,450 (SO) with private bath and $3,250 (SO) with   shared bath, includes 10 nights' lodging, all breakfasts,  4 course   dinners with aperitif andwine, instruction, transportation to   painting sites, 24 hour use of the painting studio and round trip   transport from Toulouse Airport (scheduled times). Does not include   airfare. Enrollment limited to 10 painters. All levels/media welcome. Contact: Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email at Julie@juliehouck.com.  For more information Julie go to her website, http://www.juliehouck.com To read more about the workshop at Le Vieux Couvent go to the   workshop page of the website. Download a Brochure!

June 19-July 3, 2010.  CLASSES AT LATITUDE CULTURAL 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 

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! 

February 1, 2010.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE. Notre prochaine réunion sera le lundi 1er février, vers 7pm, chez Andrée qui habite à Berkeley.  Potluck. Sujet de discussion: Persepolis. Détails: berenicevlm@yahoo.com

February 2, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Gallo Center for the Performing Arts, Modesto.  Our first appearance at this beautiful Performing Arts Center. Don't miss this one!!  1000 I St., Modesto. 7:30pm.  Ticket information: www.galloarts.org or www.rigomania.com or 209.338.2100.

February 3, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Tom Rigney, John R. Burr, and Joe Weed at Strings Acoustic Showcase, Emeryville A special evening of acoustic music for two violins and piano. 6320 San Pablo Ave., (between 63rd and Alcatraz), Emeryville. 8:00 pm. Tickets available at the door only.  www.rigomania.com

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 5, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, Alameda, 3205 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  http://www.rigomania.com

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 11, 2010. THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents MOLIERE IN SONOMA: TRANSLATING LE MALADE IMAGINAIRE FOR AN AMERICAN AUDIENCE, a lecture (in French) by Scott Horstein, Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Contemporary Theater at Sonoma State University. Thursday February 11 at 7pm at Vista del Lago Community Room, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa 95405.  Free.

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 16, 2010.   MARDI GRAS!!! at the Arkley Center, Eureka Come celebrate Fat Tuesday, with us at the beautiful Arkley Center theatre. Great Cajun food and Flambeau! 412 G Street, Eureka. 7:00 pm. Information and tickets: www.arkleycenter.com or 707.442.1956.

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.

Opening March 5, 2010.  A PROPHET (Jacques Audiard).  France’s entry for best foreign language film for the Oscars.  A realistic look at life behind prison bars in France, following a 19-year-old illiterate convict who has made the system work for him.  Details to follow.

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.  L’ILE DE FRANCE FETE SES 40 ANS.   L'Ile de France fete ses 40 ans, le 20 Mars 2010  venez a Mountain View celebrer avec nous et Baguette Quartette "Odile Lavault et ses 3 musiciens". Parlez en a vos membres et amis, merci.  Details:  www.ilefr.com 

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 18-27, 2010.  NINTH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL at the Crest Theatre* in Sacramento.  Save the date!

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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