January 28-February 5, 2010

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January Events

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.  REUNION INTERFRENCH SILICON VALLEY. Réunion Interfrench Silicon Valley Jeudi 28 Janvier 6-8pm Où et quand: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2475 Hanover Street Palo Alto CA Inscription en ligne 10$ January 28, 2010 6:30AM-9:00PM L'intranet http://www.interfrench.net a connu de grandes améliorations, notamment au niveau des groupes et des petites annonces permanentes (vos intérêts) qui vous permettent de recevoir un email si une personne a un intérêt complémentaire au vôtre. Connectez vous, tout est gratuit. 18:00 – 20:00. 2475 Hanover Street Palo Alto http://www.ilefr.com/calendrier.htm

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 28, 2010.   HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF BENEFIT FEATURING KALBASS KREYOL, AFRI COMBO, guest poets.  Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $10-up sliding scale (proceeds to Haiti Action Committee) Kalbass Kreyol is a local Afro-Caribbean band known for its electrifying and uplifting live performances. Founded in 2005 by Haitian natives Sophis and Mr. G, the band grew out of the open mic scene in Alameda. At the center of Kalbass Kreyol's sound are Haitian kompa and rara combined with merengue, reggae, salsa, zouk, rock, and funk, creating an unusual rhythmic formula that keeps audiences glued to the dance floor. www.myspace.com/kalbasskreyol or  http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 28, 2010.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON WITH HELENE CAHEN.  12:00pm-2:00pm.   Garibaldi's on College, $35 for FACCSF, SFBA and EB s members / $40 Non-Members /45 At the door.  For this edition, we have the pleasure to welcome Helene Cahen,an experienced innovation consultant, facilitator and trainer.  Ms. Cahen delivers more than 20 years of insight and practical knowledge in the areas of facilitation, market research, communications and new product development.  Helene Cahen’s international experience spans from managing multi-million dollar marketing research budgets for The Clorox Company, to directing agency advertising campaigns for packaged goods companies such as Unilever, Nestle and Kraft Foods. She is also a board member of the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. Take part of this great networking event. Men are welcome! http://www.faccsf.com 

January 28, 2010.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays @ Speisekammer in Alameda, CA.  7:30-9:30 pm.  http://www.speisekammer.com/entertainment.html Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

January 28, 2010. LAURENT FOURGO performs at Le Colonial. No cover. Instrumentation: Quintet The instrumentation will change a little bit each week and we will have some special guests as often as we can. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94109.  415.931-3600 or www.lecolonialsf.com for details. 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

January 28, 2010.  THE MEANING OF RUINS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST. Conférence de ALAIN SCHNAPP.  5:15pm.  Alain Schnapp - Director General of the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, France Professor of Greek Archaeology, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne   Location: Stanford Archaeology Center Seminar Room, Building 500, Escondido Mall 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA https://www.stanford.edu/dept/archaeology/cgi-bin/drupal/node/655

January 28, 2010.  TINTIN & FAMILY SECRETS.  CHILDREN UNDER THE INFLUENCE.  THE IMPACT OF VIOLENT IMAGES AND WAYS TO PREVENT IT.  Lectures in French by SERGE TISSERON, psychoanalyst  at The Alliance Française of Fresno, at California State University.  http://www.afsf.com/index.shtml

January 28, 2010.  LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE plays HARPSICHORD REDUX.  142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  415.383.9600 or http://www.142throckmortontheatre.org for details.

January 28-30, 2010. THEATRE DU COIN A PALO ALTO présente LES REVERENDS. Le Theatre du Coin présente: Les Révérends. In the 1990's Slawomir Mrozeck wrote "The Reverends", a humorous analysis of religious hypocrisy. Mrozeck's plays provide an image of the last decade of the 20th century, of war, disintegration of values, of a system based on genocide, showing the simplest situations, human behaviors matching the scheme. He uncovers them in their comicality and their absurdity.The Reverends becomes a sitcom in a twisted mirror as Mrozek recognizes the contemporary reality through laughter.  14ème saison du ‘’Théatre du coin’’ Avec Colette Béraut, Nolwenn Le Bras, Janette Didier, Francois Granade, Jean-Marc Parmentier, Rebecca Scholl, Pierre-Xavier Thomas, Jérome Thoméré, Valerie Zeller Mise en Scène : Pascale Couderc Lumieres : Joseph Amie - Angelo, Decors : Kenneth Constant, Communication : Carole Granade Prix des places: $15 (donations jusqu'à $25 bienvenues) RESERVATIONS CONSEILLEES, les salles sont petites et se remplissent vite: info@theatreducoin.org Paiement par chèque ou PayPal Merci d'indiquer la date de la représentation qui vous interesse. Les 28, 29 et 30 janvier a 20 heures au Exit Theatre de San Francisco (156 Eddy Street).  Information:  http://www.sffringe.org/or http://www.theatreducoin.com/ .

January 29, 2010.  SWISS COMPOSER OSCAR BIANCHI AT UC BERKELEY AND UC DAVIS. Swiss Composer Oscar Bianchi at UC Berkeley and UC Oscar Bianchi, in town for the performance of his music by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (see above) will also be giving free, public introductions to his  music at the University of California's Berkeley and Davis campuses. Mr. Bianchi, a Faculty Fellow at Columbia University of New York, is a major emerging talent  in the world of contemporary classical music, with forthcoming works for the New  York Philharmonic, among other esteemed organizations. Lecture on Oscar Bianchi's works. Wednesday, January 27 3:10 p.m. Music Departement, Room 115 University of California, Davis  Lecture on Oscar Bianchi's works Friday, January 29 3 p.m. Music Department University of California, Berkeley  For more information, please see www.oscarbianchi.com 

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 29, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda, Ristorante Italiano, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 925-524-0011.  Solo, from 6:30pm-9pm. www.deborahkuhl.com

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.  LIVE PERFORMANCE associated with SWISS ARTISTS URSULA SCHERRER AND FLO KAUFMANN:  AMIDST EXHIBIT.  Concerts/Performances: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:00 pm and Saturday, January 23, 2010, 8:00 pm Swiss artists Ursula Scherrer and Flo Kaufmann present a video and sound installation with live performances at The Lab. For its first co-production with historic San Francisco art space The Lab, swissnex San Francisco presents "Amidst" by Ursula Scherrer and Flo Kaufmann—a shifting immersive labyrinth where image, sound, and language are broken into particles, expanded, reassembled, refracted, relocated, and regenerated. The installation provides an environment for two exceptional live performances featuring avant-garde legends Shelley Hirsch and Fred Frith. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia. Details: http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/scherrer-kaufmann-amidst-exhibition

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

January 30, 2010.  CRAB CIOPPINO. IFES Mountain View : Diner Crab Cioppino a volonte. Pour renseignements et reservations contacter Chantal au 408-732-3420 Donation is $45 for all you can eat best-quality large jumbo crabs. Our crabs contain plenty of tasty meat, you won't be digging around in a ton of shell at this feast! Not just your typical crab feed, with plain cooked crab, a "cioppino" is a delicious sauce that's almost more popular than the crab itself. Past attendees have made good use of our savory garlic bread to sop up every drop of sauce on their plates!  http://www.ilefr.com/calendrier.htm .18:00 – 22:00.  IFES, 432 STIERLIN RD, Mountain View.

Held over until January 31, 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 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

January 31, 2010.  SUDDEN INFANT AND SPECIAL GUESTS at The Lab.  8:00 pm - 11:00 pm SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO continues its explorations of technology in artistic performance by once again teaming up with 23five, Inc. A year ago, swissnex and 23five celebrated the release of Jason Kahn’s CD "Vanishing Point." Now, the two organizations present confrontational sound and performance artist Joke Lanz, aka Sudden Infant. Bay Area artists Horaflora, Tralphaz, and R. Jencks complete the bill at noted art space The Lab in San Francisco’s Mission District.  Sudden Infant is Joke Lanz’s longest-running project. Its inception in 1989 was borne out of Lanz’s drive to combine sound art and performance into one visceral whole. By doing so, his performances frequently bring forth elements and influences from Dada, actionism, Fluxus, noise, punk, as well as some of industrial music’s most trenchant performers.  A Sudden Infant performance is often anchored by two main characteristics: the use of minimal electronic equipment on one side, and a strong focus on the human body on the other. Sudden Infant is a vehicle for Lanz to run acoustic and psychic elements to their end by focusing on the bare essentials. He establishes an extremely tense aesthetic and tears down preconceived barriers between noise, performance, improvisation, and electronic music. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia. Details: http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/suddeninfant

January 31, 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 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 31 and February 3, 2010.  PHEDRE:  AUDIENCE EXCHANGES.  Times:  7pm on January 26; 2pm on January 31; 2pm on February 3. After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors, moderated by a member of the A.C.T. artistic staff. http://www.act-sf.org/site/PageServer

Opening in February, 2010.  CLAIRE DENIS’ 35 SHOTS OF RUM. Set among a small circle of friends and neighbors in a Parisian suburb, 35 Shots of Rum is a gloriously delicate and sublime new film from the great French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, Chocolat).  "One of the best film of the year" - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times  Venues: Landmark Theatres in San Francisco (TBD), Landmark's Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley, Lark Theater in Larkspur and Camera Cinemas in San Jose  (Claire Denis, France/Germany, 2008, 35mm, 107 min)  http://cinemaguild.com/35shots/

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 1, 2010.  DBF, organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.   6.30 to 9.00 PM RMKB Redwood City.  Come, meet and listen PHILIPPE BOTTERI who will share his experience in French.  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

February 2, 2010. FRENCH MUSIC FESTIVAL .  Jannie Lo, piano / Samsun van Loon, cello, perform GABRIEL FAURE’S SONATA NO. 1 and more. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., San Francisco. 12:30pm. This concert is supported in part with a grant from the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists. http://www.noontimeconcerts.org/index.html for details.

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 2, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents ECHOS FROM THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

February 2, 2010.  ART & RENDEZ-VOUS CONVERSATION CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Art and Rendez-Vous Conversation Club  will blend together on Feb 2nd, with the opening of Max Sarrazin's photography show.  Come from 6pm to 8pm to enjoy a glass of wine at AFSF, expand your french network, chat with Max or wander of to the Movie Class to rediscover "The Lady and the Duke", Rohmer's daring take on French Revolution and the use of "decors".  http://www.afsf.com for details.

February 2, 2010.  BENEFIT FOR HAITI at the ROCKIT ROOM.  406 Clement St., SF.  http://www.rock-it-room.com for details.

February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2010.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents a commemoration for ERIC ROHMER.   In the movie department, we are opening a Movie Class starting this Tuesday, Jan 26th, to comemorate the late Eric Rohmer. Each Tuesday for the next four weeks, Professor Vitaglione will present a movie representative of the filmmaker's work. This week opens with "Pauline at the Beach". Class starts at 6h30 in the AFSF Theatre. $5 Donations welcome. http://www.afsf.com for details.

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 3-6, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY – CHARLES DUTOIT conducts Holst’s “The Planets.”  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

February 4, 2010.  PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS – A ONE-MAN ENTERTAINMENT SPECTACULAR.   A wonderful performance by entertainer Frederic Strouck, which tells the story of the incredible adventure of a French teacher who decided to go and live his American dream. An hour and a half show of songs (famous in both the pop culture of France and the US), humor, fun, and delight. The show is a wonderful mix of musical styles without borders. More than 50 hit songs are combined, including "My Way", "What Now, My Love", "Where Do I Begin", etc. Visit www.istp.org/parlezvous for more info. Show appropriate for ages 10 to adult. Entrance Fees: Free for ISTP Middle School Students; $5 for ISTP Community Members; $10 for non-ISTP Community Members.

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 4 or 6, 2010.  L'ALGERIE: DE LA COLONISATION A LA GUERRE. Conférence par Renée Morel à “The French Class,” – en français, bien sûr! Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives. $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each. La conquête de l'Algérie par les Français en 1830, puis sa colonisation sous Louis-Philippe, met fin à la domination ottomane qui s'y exerçait depuis le XVIe siècle. Cependant, la politique d'assimilation mise en place sous Napoléon III se révèle être un échec. En effet, peu de musulmans accèdent à la citoyenneté française, situation injuste qui pousse les partisans de l'indépendance à se révolter. C'est dans ce climat tendu qu'éclatera la guerre d'Algérie.  February 4, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, or February 6, 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com  Please MAKE A RESERVATION and please COME ON TIME. Since the room is not large, people who arrive after the lights have been turned off really disturb everybody. In addition, when people do not make a reservation, it is impossible to know how many will come and plan accordingly by moving the large table out.  Merci de votre compréhension!

February 5, 2010.  LA COMMUNE DE PARIS (1871).  Conférence animée par RENEE MOREL, proposée par le LYCEE FRANÇAIS LA PEROUSE et SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL. Le 28 janvier 1871, Paris, humilié par la défaite du pays après la guerre franco-prussienne et épuisé par quatre mois de siège, refuse les conditions de l’armistice allemand qui met fin aux hostilités. Tandis qu’un grand nombre d’habitants se hâtent de quitter la ville et que les parlementaires eux-mêmes siègent à Versailles, des éléments bourgeois modérés, tels les artistes Manet, Courbet ou Daumier, se rebellent. Rejetant le gouvernement — une Assemblée Nationale monarchiste — ils fondent, avec les artisans et les ouvriers, leur propre gouvernement: le Comité Central de la Garde Nationale Fédérée. Le 28 mars, la capitale proclame ainsi la “Commune de Paris”.   Pendant neuf semaines, Paris va vivre un rêve impossible, celui d’une république indépendante. Cette aventure ne durera que 72 jours. La dernière insurrection sociale du XIXe siècle sera sauvagement réprimée au cours d'une “semaine sanglante” dont on commémore le souvenir chaque année au Père-Lachaise.  Venez revivre les grands moments de la Commune, qui a inspiré des écrivains (Rimbaud, Verlaine, Louise Michel, Jules Vallès) aussi bien que des artistes, et dont Karl Marx a chanté les héros.  Auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.)  10h30.  La conférence se terminera vers 12h.  Coût: $7/personne.  Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.

Opening February 5, 2010.  DISTRICT 13 – ULTIMATUM.  Lumiere, SF. New Luc BESSON production, made-in-France, promises to blow you away, Hollywood style!

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 5, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda, Ristorante Italiano, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 925-524-0011.  Solo, from 6:30pm-9pm. www.deborahkuhl.com

February 6, 2010.  HUBERT KELLER:  SECRETS OF A CHEF features HATS OFF TO HOLLANDAISE.  KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

February 6, 2010.  AATF JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPSA LA DECOUVERTE DU MAGHREB.  Stanford University.  Notre journée vous réserve d’excellentes présentations.  *Bernadette Thiesen * aura la joie de nous présenter l’écrivain Yasmina Khadra.   Nous aurons aussi le privilège de découvrir la musique et la danse marocaine avec *Marie Adler*.  Nous découvrirons aussi quelques textes et poèmes écrits par des auteurs maghrébins.  Enfin, des parents d’élèves et autres professionnels d’origine du Maroc, d’Algérie et de Tunisie viendront discuter avec vous. Nous vous proposons de découvrir le programme préliminaire et de vous inscrire dès que possible.  Nous sommes aussi très heureux de vous annoncer que l’AATF-NC offrira gratuitement aux participants de la *Journée*le matériel présenté pendant les différentes sessions. *Yvan Bertoux *représentant du Consulat Général de France, nous offrira également du matériel pédagogique.  Cette *Journée de Printemps* se déroulera sur le campus de *Stanford University*, dans le batiment CERAS.  Pour le déjeuner, nous resterons sur le campus et dégusterons la cuisine marocaine du restaurant Zitune. Les inscriptions pour la *Journée de Printemps* se font auprès d’*Anne-Marie Lemoine*, notre trésorière.  Veuillez lui renvoyer le bulletin ci-dessous dûment rempli, accompagné d’un chèque de $65 à AATF-NC (représentant l’inscription à la *Journée* et le *déjeuner*) pour les membres de l’AATF-NC et de $75 pour les non-membres, et ce *avant le 30 janvier*.  Pour les étudiants, l’inscription n’est que de $45 par personne, avec le déjeuner.  Quant aux retardataires qui se présenteront le 6 février sans s’être inscrits au préalable, il leur faudra payer $45 d’inscription et apporter leur déjeuner* Visitez notre site à l’adresse suivante www.aatf-norcal.org pour de plus amples informations sur notre organisation. N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour toutes questions – clotilde.gres@mvla.net ou agawacl@yahoo.com ou (415) 218-2710. 

February 6, 2010. MYSTIC MAN & LAKAY plus the HAITIAN DANCE TROUPE RARA FUSION provide another concert benefiting Haitian earthquake relief. True to the uniquely Ashkenaz format, this benefit starts with an AfroHaitian dance lesson before the live music begins. Led by Mystic Man, local AfroCaribbean fusion group Lakay uses its music "as a force to unite diverse souls" and strives to carry that ethic to its audiences and to the larger world. The nine-member group's funky and dance-oriented music incorporates a broad range of styles - calypso, reggae, soca, kompa, soukous, highlife, dancehall, and more. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mystic Man writes and arranges original songs for Lakay that draw on folkloric traditions from his Haitian homeland. Doors open at 8pm; an Afro-Haitian dance lesson with Ifonia at 8:30pm; Show starts at 9:30pm. Requested donation: $13 & up/$10 & up Advance & Students. http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 6, 2010.  PENINSULA SWISS CLUB FONDUE DINNER AND SWISS ARTIST SHOWCASE.  FONDUE. The Swiss Cultural Committee is organizing and sponsoring a showcase for local Swiss artists preceeding a fondue dinner. Come early for this unique opportunity to meet and mingle with local Swiss artists! Painters/sculptors, other visual artists, and musicians will bring samples of their artwork or perform pieces from their repertoire. As in the past, the club's fondue chefs will use the highest quality cheese imported from Switzerland! Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. If  you have a fondue pot, burner and forks, please bring these utensils to the party. Joe Domitrovich will be playing during the fondue dinner. Swiss Artist Showcase and Reception Saturday, February 6, 2010 Swiss Artist Showcase and Reception at 5 p.m. Fondue Dinner at 6 p.m. Masonic Lodge 890 Church Street Mountain View, CA Get more information and sign up for the event using the .pdf at: http://www.peninsulaswissclub.com/Forms/Fondue_2010_&_Artist_Showcase.pdf

February 6 & 13, 2010.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Classic tale presented by the CHILDREN’S THEATER ASSOCIATION OF SAN FRANCISCO.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.248.2677 or http://ctasf.org for details.

Through 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. Reviewed in the January 27, 2010 SF Weekly, p.27.

February 7, 2010.  HARLEM IN MONTMARTRE.  Explores an era in African American cultural history – the jazz age in Paris after WWI. KQED TV9, noon.

February 7, 2010.  NOUVELLE VAGUE plays at the Regency Center, SF. 8:00pm.  Nouvelle Vague is a French musical collective led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Their name is a play on words, meaning "new wave" in French. This refers simultaneously to their "Frenchness" and "artiness" (the '60s new wave of cult French cinema), the source of their songs (all covers of punk rock, post-punk, and New Wave songs), and their use of '60s bossa nova-style arrangements.    Location: Regency Center, 1300 Van Ness at Sutter, San Francisco  http://theregencyballroom.com/eventdetail.php?id=25543

February 7, 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"

February 8, 2010.  JEAN-LOUIS BRUGUIERE speaks about FRANCE AND TERRORISM. 7:00pm The Alliance Française of Fresno  Jean-Louis Bruguière was the leading French investigating magistrate in charge of counter-terrorism affairs. He was appointed in 2004 vice-president of the Paris Court of Serious Claims (Tribunal de Grande Instance). He has garnered controversy for various acts, including the indictment of Rwandan president Paul Kagame for the assassination in 1994 of Juvenal Habyarimana. Bruguière has since temporarily left his judicial functions to dedicate himself to politics, joining Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) conservative party. However, he was appointed by the European Union at the US Department of Treasury to overlook the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program.  Location: Smittcamp Alumni House, CSUF

February 8, 2010.  AUSTIN CITY LIMITS features MADELEINE PEYROUX. KQED TV9, midnight.

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. 

Through February 11, 2010.  JACQUES TATI:  THE GENIUS OF FRENCH COMEDY.  Retrospective at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at 3rd), SF.  $8.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details. 

February 11, 2010.  THE EUROPEANS:  CREATING A CONTEXT AT SFMOMA.  Films include:  The Vampire, Jean Painlevé, 1945, 9 min. The Smiling Madame Beudet, Germaine Dulac, 1922, 35 min. Study No. 7, Oskar Fischinger, 1931, 3 min. Rain, Joris Ivens, 1929, 15 min. Composition in Blue, Oskar Fischinger, 1935, 4 min. Carmen, Lotte Reiniger, 1932, 11 min. A Colour Box, Len Lye, 1935, 5 min. Swinging the Lambeth Walk, Len Lye, 1940, 3 min. Location: Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco http://www.sfmoma.org/ 7pm. Supported by the Cultural Services and Culturesfrance.

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 12, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda, Ristorante Italiano, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 925-524-0011.  Solo, from 6:30pm-9pm. www.deborahkuhl.com

February 12, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents a discussion with Remo Besio, former executive director of the Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland, and Claire Pillsbury of the Exploratorium in San Francisco. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

February 12, 2010.  ELODIE RAIMOND. French organist Elodie Raimond at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in San Francisco .  Elodie Raimond is a 2007 graduate of the French National Conservatory in Paris, and is the current holder of the Châlons-en-Champagne's cathedral organ and the Soissons' cathedral organ in France. This will be her first performance in the United States. Free admission  Location: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay Street (Clay & Van Ness), San Francisco  http://www.stlukessf.org/

February 12, 13 & 16, 2010.  MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION:  THREE NIGHTS OF REVELRY.  Ruby Skye is transformed into Bourbon St., New Orleans.  Experience the exciting, vibrant energy of Mardi Gras with over $15,000 in props, décor, and beads!  Cirque style teatrical performers, along with the Original Real Louisiana Hurricane Recipe.  Guest FRENCHY LE FREAK on Saturday, 2/13.  420 Mason at Geary, SF.  415.693.0777 or www.rubyskye.com for details.

Through 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.

February 13, 2010.  DUE ZIGHI BACI play FRENCH CAFÉ TUNES at the Aqus Café, 189 H St., Petaluma.  7pm-9pm.  There's no cover charge, and there will also be an authentic gypsy fortune teller! Come see what your future holds for you, and listen to the stylings of this dynamic duo!

February 13, 2010.  DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1988, with Glenn Close and John Malkovich). KQED TV9, 10:18pm.  Rebroadcast 2/14 at 4:18am.

February 13 & 14, 2010.  DEBORAH KUHL sings FRENCH STANDARDS at a Special Valentine's Day Dinner, First Street Café with Aram Boyd or Pawel Walerowski (cello).  Mark Krull will prepare a special menu guaranteed to delight your special someone. The Upstairs room gets decked out in Valentine’s finery and there are drawings and other special surprises!    Aram Boyd will join me on one evening with his amazing electric space horn and Pawel Walerowski will astound you with his cello on the other. Visit www.firststreetcafe.com for details.  Reservations required.  www.deborahkuhl.com.

Through 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. Reviewed in the January 22, 2010 Pacific Sun, p.29.

February 14, 2010.  THE BAGUETTE QUARTETTE plays a special Valentine’s Day romantic evening at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or  http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details. 

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 15, 2010.  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 or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 16, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents LIGHT, ARCHITECTURE, AND NEUROBIOLOGY.  A continuation of our series on light. Professor Jean-Louis Scartezzini and Mirjam Münch (EPFL), along with Marilyne Anderson from the Department of Architecture at MIT. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

February 16, 2010.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform for 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 16 & 17, 2010.  FAUBOURG TREME:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS.  Explores the neighborhood that was the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement in the South and the home of jazz. KQED TV9, 11pm.  Replayed 2/17, 5am.

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 18 or 20, 2010.  L'ALGERIE: DE LA "GUERRE SANS NOM" A L'INDEPENDENCE.   Conférence par Renée Morel à “The French Class,” – en français, bien sûr! Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives. $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  La guerre d'Algérie (1954-1962) a été un des conflits les plus violents de l'époque moderne. Plus de trois millions de soldats français y ont participé, dont Jacques Chirac, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Anquetil et Eddy Mitchell. Bien qu'un million d'Algériens et plus de 27000 soldats et civils français y aient perdu la vie, pour le gouvernement, il n'y a jamais eu de guerre, seulement un "conflit", des "événements". Ce n'est qu'en 1999 que la France a mis fin à cette amnésie collective. Venez revivre la tragédie de cette "guerre sans nom", et le déroulement de ces affrontements fratricides qui, dans les deux pays, ont laissé des cicatrices indélébiles.  February 18, 6:00 - 7:30 PM or February 20, 10:30 - 12:00 NOON. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com  Please MAKE A RESERVATION and please COME ON TIME. Since the room is not large, people who arrive after the lights have been turned off really disturb everybody. In addition, when people do not make a reservation, it is impossible to know how many will come and plan accordingly by moving the large table out.  Merci de votre compréhension!

February 19, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda, Ristorante Italiano, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 925-524-0011.  Solo, from 6:30pm-9pm. www.deborahkuhl.com

February 19-21, 2010.  THEATRE DU COIN A PALO ALTO présente LES REVERENDS. Le Theatre du Coin présente: Les Révérends Dragon Theatre 535 Alma Street, Palo Alto http://www.dragonproducti ons.net Vendredi 19 et samedi 20 fevrier 20h, dimanche 21 fevrier a 14h 14ème saison du ‘’Théatre du coin’’ Avec Colette Béraut, Nolwenn Le Bras, Janette Didier, Francois Granade, Jean-Marc Parmentier, Rebecca Scholl, Pierre-Xavier Thomas, Jérome Thoméré, Valerie Zeller Mise en Scène : Pascale Couderc Lumieres : Joseph Amie - Angelo, Decors : Kenneth Constant, Communication : Carole Granade Prix des places: $15 (donations jusqu'à $25 bienvenues) RESERVATIONS CONSEILLEES, les salles sont petites et se remplissent vite: info@theatreducoin.org Paiement par chèque ou PayPal Merci d'indiquer la date de la représentation qui vous interesse. http://www.dragonproducti ons.net  http://www.ilefr.com/calendrier.htm  20:00 – 22:00.  535 Alma Street, Palo Alto.    http://www.theatreducoin.com/ 

February 20, 2010.  BENINESE NATIVE ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs in Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  The explosion in the popularity of world music in recent years has broadened our understanding of our planet, reminding us of the vast cultural wealth and diversity in this wired age. One of the true stars of this music, Angélique Kidjo has spread her rhythmic Afro-fusion to the far reaches of the globe, cross-pollinating the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, jazz, and funk, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. Kidjo commands the stage with her fun-loving personality and electrifying charisma, and "her voice has never sounded more expressive or exquisitely nuanced" (The Times, London). She returns to Cal Performances with an all-new program. 510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

February 20, 2010.  VITALIC at Mezzanine, SF. Doors 9:00pm (21+)  The pleasure provider: the ultimate rush, the greatest high, the invincible metal disco warrior. With his debut four-song "Poney EP", first released in late 2001, VITALIC tore through dancefloors across the world like the Wagner of rave. An original and fearless new talent, it was clear from the start that Pascal Arbez, the Frenchman behind Vitalic, was not just another dance producer, but a visionary artist whose extraordinary music never fails to move you.  Location: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco  http://www.mezzaninesf.com/calendar.asp

February 21, 2010.  TINARIWEN, from the Saharan deserts of MALI, creates otherworldly guitar music mixing North African TOUAREG traditions with blues forms of the west.  Palace of Fine Arts Theater.  http://www.sfjazz.org for details.

February 21, 2010.  JEAN RENOIR’S THE GOLDEN COACH.  Filmed in English, but based on PROSPER MERIMEE’s STORY LA CARROSSE DU SAINT SACREMENT.  Highlighted by glorious color, Anna Magnani, a troupe of commedia dell'arte players and the music of Vivaldi.  4pm.  Sonoma Film Institute, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

February 21, 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"

February 22, 2010.  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 or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 22, 2010.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents VC TRENDS FOR GREEN AND CLEAN BUSINESS IN 2010.  6:00PM-8:30 PM Winston & Strawn LLP - 101 California Street, San Francisco -  $20 for FACCSF members / $25 for Non-Members $35 At the door - Register NowThe FACCSF and its Sustainability Committee are proud to invite you to a panel discussion on ''VC trends for Green and Clean Business in 2010''. Venture Capital companies assume the risk of investing in technologies and services for the next generations. They help shape new business models, allow new strategic directions and launch new managerial talent. Sustainable Development can improve profitability and value for any company. So come and listen to our panel to understand the investment in Green and Clean Business, and learn about the current trends, the VC selection process as well as their best practices. Panel: Courtney McColgan, Analyst, Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Sheeraz Haji, Managing Partner, Cleantech Group LLC; Bernard Slede, Corporate Venture Capital, Hewlett-Packard; A top venture capitalist from the industry to be confirmed Moderator: James E. Topinka, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP. http://www.faccsf.com

February 23, 2010.  WEB, WINE AND WISDOM. 6.30-8:30 PM PariSoMa San Francisco.  Tickets: $20 online or $25 at the door  Because we love new Web apps and because we enjoy discovering new wines, it seemed natural to mix it all into one event. WWW is a networking event made for tech lovers, entrepreneurs, developers, inventors and startups and anyone who is curious about new tech applications and of course, love wine. (More information) 2 Web presentations: - Guillaume Dumortier will be presenting Brandfolium,a company focused on online Social Media solutions to build relevant and engaged marketing relationships between users and brands/advertisers/publishers. - Stephane Delbecque will be presenting Footbalistic, the first football (soccer in the US) website of its kind to deliver professional-quality statistics and analytics of the beautiful game. Wine tastings orchestrated by professionals experts.   http://www.faccsf.com for details.

February 23, 2010.  SWISSNEX sponsors a presentation by Swiss digital artist URSULA BIEMANN. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

Through February 24, 2010. FRENCH-LANGUAGE FILMS IN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL AT PFA.  Films include:   Sacred Places, Thursday February 4, 7:00pm  (Dir. Jean-Marie Téno, Cameroon/France, 2009, 70 mins) Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Marie Téno profiles a poor but lively neighborhood in the capital of Burkina Faso, where a cine-club proprietor tries to include Burkinabe films among the action and Bollywood fare.  Wrestling Grounds, Wednesday, February 17, 7:00pm (Dir. Cheikh Ndiaye, Senegal, 2006, 105 mins) A young man enters the flavorful world of Senegalese wrestling (a national obsession) in this vibrant award-winner, based on a novel by acclaimed writer Aminata Sow Fall. A primer on contemporary African pop culture.  Also on view during the African Film Festival:  Coming of Age: African Shorts, Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. (Ghana/U.S., Kenya, Nigeria, 2007-2008)  Dance Dance Revolution: Contemporary African Dance on Film, Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.  (U.S., U.K., Mozambique, 2007-2008, 100 mins).   Prince of Broadway, Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m  Dir. Sean Baker, U.S., 2008, 100 mins). Sean Baker in person.   In My Genes, Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.  (Dir. Lupita Nyong'o, Kenya, 2009, 78 mins).    Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph and Bowditch), Berkeley.   http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/aff_2010

February 24, 2010.  PROUST:  PAINTINGS AND THE MAKING OF A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU, by ERIC KARPELES. 5:00pm: Location: Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley campus (free admission)  6:30pm: A musical interlude, Berkeley Quartet playing passages that inspired the Vinteuil sonata.  LocationTownsend Center. Free admission.  8pm: A Proust-inspired menu, dinner at Chez Panisse  Location: 1517 Shattuck Avenue  For reservations and further information, please contact Elizabeth Grace: lizzo12@sonic.net

February 25, 2010.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Speisekemmer Restaurant in Alameda, CA.  NO COVER – Great food!  7:30-10:00pmish.  www.Speisekammer.com Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 25-May 2010.  SWISSNEX presents GEOGRAPHY OF TRANS-TERRITORIES. Exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute, including work by Ursula Biemann. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

February 26, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at La Veranda, Ristorante Italiano, 6201 Center St., Clayton. 925-524-0011.  Solo, from 6:30pm-9pm. www.deborahkuhl.com

February 26 & 27, 2010.  LYON OPERA BALLET. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.

February 28, 2010.  ALASDAIR NEALE conducts an evening of music from DEBUSSY and more.  Marin Symphony, Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.  415.499.6400 or http://marinsymphony.org for details.

February 28, 2010.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO plays San Jose, CA.  2pm show for the San Jose Jazz Festival @ the Improv, 62 S. Second St., 408-280-747 http://www.sanjosejazz.org/en/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2010/02/28/15/-/MGU4ODhkZmI1YjJlZDYzMDExOWFhMTYzMDMwNmNlODM=/the-hot-club-of-san-francisco.html

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.

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.
 

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.  The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, 104 Montgomery at Banks.  415.345.6800 or http://www.waltdisney.org for details.  Through January 31, 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.  Roxie, SF.

JACQUES TATI:  THE GENIUS OF FRENCH COMEDY.  Retrospective at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at 3rd), SF.  $8.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details.  Through February 11, 2010.

JOUR DE FETE. Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.

MON ONCLE. Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.

PANIQUE AU VILLAGE / A TOWN CALLED PANIC.   Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty.Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was released by Wallace & Gromit’s Aardman Studios), Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced‹and animated‹as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour‹flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar)‹ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey on acid, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y! Visit our website and watch the trailer http://atowncalledpanic.com Lumière, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  Reviewed in the January 22, 2010 Pacific Sun, p.30.

PLAYTIME. Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berkeley, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.

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 21-30, 2010.  AMIDST:  INSTALLATION AND CONCERTS AT SAN FRANCISCO’S THE LAB. For its first co-production with San Francisco's Mission district art space The  Lab, swissnex San Francisco presents "Amidst" by Swiss multimedia artists UrsulaScherrerand Flo Kaufmann. A shifting, immersive labyrinth where image, sound and language are broken into particles, expanded, reassembled, refracted, relocated, and regenerated, this installation provides an environment for two exceptional live performances  featuring avant-garde legends Shelley Hirsch and Fred Frith. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia January 21 - 30 "Amidst" Installation exhibition Ursula Scherrer (USA/CH) - video Flo Kaufmann(CH) - sound Regular exhibition hours: Wed - Sat 1 - 6 p.m. January 21 - Opening night 7:00 p.m. Pre-opening live concert performance ($5-$15 sliding scale, free with  The Lab membership) Performance line-up: Shelley Hirsch (USA) - voice Flo Kaufmann(CH) - live electronics Ursula Scherrer (USA/CH) - live video 8:30 p.m. Opening (free) January 23 - Concert performance 8:00 p.m. Live performance ($5-$15 sliding scale, free with The Lab membership) Performance line-up: Shelley Hirsch (USA) - voice Flo Kaufmann(CH) - live electronics Ursula Scherrer (CH/USA) - live video Fred Frith (USA) - guitar Ursula Scherrer and Flo Kaufmann: "Amidst" installation at The Lab Exhibition on view Jan 21 to Jan 30 (Wed-Sat, 1pm to 6pm) Opening event and concert Jan 21 Second concert event Jan 23 The Lab 2948 16th Street San Francisco  More information: http://www.thelab.org/events/418-amidst.htmlhttp://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/scherrer-kaufmann-amidst-exhibition

February 6-May 2, 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 or 415.357.4000 for details.

Through February 2, 2010.  MARCEL DUCHAMP, ICONOCLAST.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or http://www.sfmoma.org for details. 

Through 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.

February 11 - June 8, 2010.  OUR STRUGGLE:  RESPONDING TO MEIN KAMPF.  Works by LINDA ELLIA at Contemporary Jewish Museum.    How do we respond to evil? To tragedy? And to genocide?  French artist Linda Ellia confronted Adolph Hitler's Mein Kampf  by inviting both artists and the general public to respond to the text by altering one of the books 600 pages. Creativity emerges from tragedy in a riveting exhibition of the altered pages, that represents a collective struggle and a multiplicity of perspectives.  Location: 736 Mission Street (btwn. 3rd and 4th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103  http://www.thecjm.org/index.php

Through April 15, 2010.  VISUAL ART:  MONIKA STEINER. Prolific Bay Area Swiss artist Monika Steiner, without whom no cultural calendar  would be complete, is involved in two local events in the next month: a solo exhibition at the upscale SOMA Grand building and an benefit art auction at Sonoma State University, with proceeds goint to the SSU gallery. SOMA Grand 1160 Mission Street San Francisco January 15 - April 15 http://www.somagrand.com/ Art from the Heart Auction University Art Gallery Sonoma State University February 13, 6 - 9 p.m. 1801 East Cotati Avenue Rohnert Park, CA www.sonoma.edu/artgallery/ To keep up with Monika, visit. www.monikasteiner.net

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.

Through May 2, 2010.  RHYTHM AND HUES:  CLOTH AND CULTURE OF MALI at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art.  Mali, in West Africa, is home to more fiber artists and designers than most other countries.  See examples of the bright colors and complex graphics in the textiles from this region.  The exhibit also addresses social issues facing women.  415.227.4888 or http://mocfa.org for details.

Through May 16, 2010.  DESIGNERS ON JEWELRY – EXHIBITION AT SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF CRAFT+DESIGN. Twelve years ago, Dutch jewelry and product designer, Gijs Bakker began a dialogue with designers about jewelry and its place in the modern world. Moving past the  conventional concept of simple decoration and an investment in gold or stones, the goal was to redefine the value of jewelry by the fineness of the idea, not the materials. This exhibit presents the conversation that has followed with over fifty artists, including three from Switzerland. Chi a paura...? Jewelry Exhibition San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design 550 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA January 15, 2010 - May 16, 2010 For information on the exhibition and several related event, visit: http://sfmcd.org/

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.

Through May 31, 2010.  FRENCH FILM POSTERS FROM THE BAM/PFA COLLECTION.  UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.642.0808 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 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

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 1998 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

L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA offre des cours de français de tous les niveaux. Il y a des cours pour les enfants, les adultes et les étudiants qui veulent se préparer pour le test AP. Nous offrons aussi des cours particuliers. Pour plus d'information, voyez notre page web : http://www.afsantarosa.org/

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! 

March 1, 2010.  THE ANTONION & LILIANE MARIANI COLLECTION, PART III:  FINE CONTINENTAL & ENGLISH FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS AUCTION.  Preview, Feb.26-March 1.  Illustrated catalog, $35.  10am.  www.bonhams.com/us for details.

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 or 6, 2010.  LES FEMMES IMPRESSIONNISTES (1865-1895):  MARY CASSATT, BERTHE MORISOT, EVA GONZALES. Conférence par Renée Morel à “The French Class,” – en français, bien sûr! Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives. $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each. Berthe Morisot et ses deux contemporaines, l'Américaine Mary Cassatt et Eva Gonzalès, fille d'un auteur espagnol, incarnent le versant féminin de l'impressionnisme. Bien que très différentes de par leurs origines et leur tempérament, elles partagent essentiellement les mêmes idées esthétiques. Leurs oeuvres évoquent les intérieurs bourgeois, le monde du théâtre, la mode, les enfants, mais aussi les jardins et parties de campagnes prisées par les citadins. Elles révèlent également, à travers les notions d'intimité ou, au contaire, du spectacle, les diverses modalités du regard. [Offert en conjonction avec l'exposition *The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay* at the Legion of Honor.] March 4, 6:00 - 7:30 PM or March 6,  10:30 - 12:00 PM. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco  TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334  info@frenchclass.com  Please MAKE A RESERVATION and please COME ON TIME. Since the room is not large, people who arrive after the lights have been turned off really disturb everybody. In addition, when people do not make a reservation, it is impossible to know how many will come and plan accordingly by moving the large table out.  Merci de votre compréhension!

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 6, 2010.  DIPTYQUE L’AMANT / LA MUSICA DEUXIEME de MARGUERITE DURAS. 8:00pm. A Reading in French and English surtitled in English with world-known French actress Astrid Bas and American actor Daniel Pettrow.  Actors Astrid Bas and Daniel Pettrow will read the short two-character play about a husband and wife who meet three years after their formal separation, when they return to the provincial town where they once lived to pick up their divorce decree. The revelations, though obliquely made, are quite specific. She was unfaithful. He once planned to murder her, She, unknown to him, once tried to commit suicide. With the revelations comes the ironic realization that, although each is committed to someone else, they've just fallen in love. The most that they can hope for themselves is that they'll possibly meet again, sometime in the future, by accident.  Location : Lycée français la Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco Supported by the Cultural Services and CulturesFrance.

March 7, 2010.  ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DE RADIO FRANCE performs with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  Including RAVEL’S MOTHER GOOSE, SHEHERAZADE and DAPHNIS & CHLOE.  Myung-Whun Chung, conductor.  One of Ravel's most extravagant orchestral compositions, the Suites from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé are a feast for the ears. Thrill to Ravel's foray into exoticism with Shéhérazade, featuring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, whose voice turns music and words into poetry. "Chung often pulled back tempos as if allowing his players to luxuriate along with the audience in the composer's delicate evocation of a childlike fantasy work. Rarely has Ravel's orchestration sounded so exquisite." - Chicago Times  Location: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street (between Van Ness and Franklin), San Francisco. Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details. http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=35868  

Opening March 12, 2010.  JACQUES AUDIARD’S A PROPHET.  at the Rafael Film Center.  Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes and also France's official submission for Academy Award consideration, this powerful drama from filmmaker Jacques Audiard (Read My Lips, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) focuses on Malik (Tahar Rahim), part Arab, part Corsican, who begins a French prison sentence a naïve and illiterate young man.   Manohla Dargis in The New York Times calls it "A sensational prison film and moral history... The film tells the story of one person that eventually becomes a story of an entire world ordered by violence."   http://www.sonyclassics.com/aprophet

March 13, 2010.  DICTEE DE LA BAIE, présentée par le SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL à l’Ecole Internationale de la Péninsule (ISTP), 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto, CA.  http://www.istp.org. Ouvert à tous écrivains en herbe ou en verve français, francophones ou francophiles.  Répartition en fonction des niveaux. Venez concourir dans une ambiance détendue. Gratuit. Prix.  Native speakers, francophones, Francophiles of all levels.  Dictation followed by an awards ceremony and a snack. Free event.  Questions et inscriptions avant le 5 mars / Sign up by March 5.  Christine Lemor-Drake: christine@appletopomme.com - Tel: (415) 292-7227 www.sfbacc.org 13h30-16h. 

March 14, 2010. JEAN RENOIR’S THE GOLDEN COACH.  Filmed in English, but based on PROSPER MERIMEE’s STORY LA CARROSSE DU SAINT SACREMENT.  Highlighted by glorious color, Anna Magnani, a troupe of commedia dell'arte players and the music of Vivaldi.  4pm.  Sonoma Film Institute, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

March 16, 2010.  HESPERION XXI, with JORDI SAVALL, director & viola da gamba.  Sold out!  Cal Performances, 510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.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.

March 24, 2010.  MOLIERE & MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, a talk by Professor STEVE FLECK at Sonoma State University, preceding a performance of THE IMAGINARY INVALID. On Wednesday, March 24 there will be an early curtain for The Imaginary Invalid at 6:30 pm.  This is also faculty/ staff night when SSU faculty and staff get in free. The performance will be preceded by a 5PM talk by Molière and French scholar and SSU alum, Dr. Steve Fleck.  Dr. Fleck will speak on the relationship of Molière to the composer Marc Antoine Charpentier, who wrote original music Le malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid). His talk will last 50-60  minutes and include a Q & A period.  A light meal, wine and other refreshments will be available to purchase in the Person Theatre Lobby prior to the 6:30 curtain. Dr. Fleck’s talk is jointly sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, the Modern Languages Department (French Program) and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.  Please join us and bring your colleagues and friends to this exciting evening of Lively Discussion, Good Food, and Exciting Theatre!  Box Office:  707-664-2353 or www.sonoma.edu/tix .

March 26, 2010.  AIR ON TOUR.  Fox Theater, Oakland. 8:00pm.  http://www.thefoxoakland.com/

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.

April 30 & May 2, 2010.  THE BEACHES OF AGNES. Agnes Varda's 2008 'essay' documentary on her life. 4/30, 7pm; 5/2, 4pm.  More information at:  http://www.cinemaguild.com/beachesofagnes/  Sonoma Film Institute, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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 1 & 2, 2010.  PINK MARTINI WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY. Back by popular demand, Pink Martini returns to Davies Symphony Hall this spring! From pounding Cuban beats to the heart-wrenching tunes of a smoky Paris nightclub, this 12-piece ensemble brings together a variety of musical styles. Influenced by Latin music, jazz, cabaret, and a variety of other styles, Pink Martini mixes melodies and rhythms from around world to create something fresh and new. Tickets in years past have sold out early. Buy yours today! http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=40084for details.

June 12, 2010.  SALIF KEITA plays in the SF Jazz Festival.  8pm & 10:30pm.  http://sfjazz.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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