February 11-19, 2010

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February Events

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. OPENING RECEPTION & TALK FOR NOTRE COMBAT.  Works by LINDA ELLIA.  An extraordinary exhibition and first North American showing of Our Struggle: Responding to Mein Kampf, based on a collective artwork and book titled Notre Combat (Our Struggle, in English).  The book and exhibition are the result of French painter and photographer, Linda Ellia’s, encounter with a copy of Mein Kampf in 2005. The book’s weight in her hands embodied the heaviness of the Holocaust; she felt compelled to respond. After personally altering a number of the pages to express her anger, she invited hundreds of people from all over the world to paint, draw, sculpt, and collage directly on the pages of the book.  On view in the exhibition will be 600 of these altered pages from a multitude of participants from artists, writers, poets, musicians, film makers, journalists, victims, students, and Jews from as many as 17 different countries. The hundreds of pages in the exhibition offer a remarkable display of different artistic styles and present a multiplicity of voices and perspectives ranging from angry to mournful to hopeful. Creativity emerges from tragedy in this riveting exhibition of the altered pages, reminding us that the hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and discrimination inscribed in Hitler’s book must never be repeated.  Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission, SF.  415.655.7800 or http://www.thecjm.orgfor 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.

Through February 12, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO FIREFIGHTERS COLLECT NEW OR GENTLY USED CHILDREN’S CLOTHING FOR HAITI.  Bring your contributions to any SF neighborhood firehouse.  Visit www.sf-fire.org for details/locations.

February 12, 2010.  FUA DIA CONGO presents AFRICAN DANCE during an evening of SOUL FOOD FOR THOUGHT  Plus a special tribute to the people of Haiti from Haitian born singer KING WAWA performing his new song HAITI WILL RISE AGAIN. .  5:30pm reception; 8pm show.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness @ McAllister, SF.  $10/$15/$20 and $40 includes reception.  www.cityboxoffice.com for tickets.  415.392.4400.

February 12, 2010.  UNE RELATION AMOUREUSE.  Works by GIGOUT, VIERNE and others, performed by ELODIE RAIMOND.  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay St., SF.  7pm.  Free. 

February 12, 2010.  REINTERPRETING SCIENCE CENTERS. The Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland, are challenging the notion of the traditional science museum. Although the two institutions are 5,000 miles apart, they share a common philosophy as well as a common bond. Remo Besio, former director of Technorama: the Swiss Science Center, and Claire Pillsbury, project director at the Exploratorium, sit down at swissnex San Francisco to discuss the role of museums in communicating science to the general public. They’ll share their observations on how their two organizations have learned from each other during almost 20 years of collaboration, and explain the ideas behind the reinterpretation of the science center.  Both the Exploratorium and the Technorama embrace interactive exhibits that nurture curiosity and help visitors better understand the world around them. This innovative approach to learning transforms the institutions into living laboratories where participation is invited and expected and where "Please do not touch!" is replaced by "Try it!” 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.   http://www.swissnexSanFrancisco.org.  Details & Registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/sciencecenters

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.  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.

February 13, 2010.  MICKEY HART’S HEARTBEAT FOR HAITI.  Mickey Hart’s Heartbeat for Haiti Benefit featuring Mickey Hart & Friends with Giovanni Hidalgo, Sikiru Adepoju, and Rebeca Mauleon, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Brett Dennen and Amos Lee. Proceeds to benefit What If? Foundation and Partners In Health -- These great events will help us continue to provide relief to thousands of people every day in Port-au-Prince. Please help us spread the word! A Silent Auction to be hosted by Mountain Girl.  8 PM (6PM VIP Meet and Greet, 7PM Doors, 8PM Show ) Mickey Hart Where: The Filmore Music Hall 1805 Geary Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94115 415-346-6000.  Cost: $35 General Admission, $100 VIP.  http://www.whatiffoundation.orgfor details.

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.  KALBASS KREYOL plays for a HAITIAN RELIEF FUND BENEFIT.  Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West.  http://www.yoshis.com for details.

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.  MARDI GRAS!  Come and celebrate Mardi Gras at St John's The Baptist School in Healdsburg. Festivities will start with a float at 5:00pm . You can ride the float for 5 minutes (float ride include costume rental, throw pack for 24 $) or you can enjoy being the "catcher ". Then it will be followed by a dinner with New Orleans flavors (Gumbo,Salad, bread, King cake + 1 drink coupon for 30$ ) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Children DInner tickets are 10$. There will be also a raffle : first prize is a trip to New Orleans The raffle tickets are one for 10$ and 3 for 25$ .  No need to be present at the drawing . You can contact Cécile Derbes at 707 887 8601 or email cecile@derbeswines.com for RSVP in advance or get more information.

February 16, 2010. THE CREOLE BELLES and THE AUX CAJUNALS play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Ashkenaz Mardi Gras dance parties are always special events. The two best traditional Cajun bands in the Bay Area - Creole Belles and Aux Cajunals - share the stage for a hot double bill of dance music that includes Mardi Gras festivities and possibly a Cajun version of "IkoIko." Mardi Gras costumes and masks are encouraged! This concert is part of the 2010 San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, the 11th annual edition with events in many venues (www.sfbluegrass.org).  The Creole Belles sing and play rollicking Louisiana Cajun-Creole dance music usually heard in more remotely located dance halls of the bayous and plains of Louisiana. Fiddler Delilah Lee Lewis has been playing Louisiana roots music for nearly three decades, including a three-year stint in Louisiana studying and playing with Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot, Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, and other masters. While there she joined Bois Sec Ardoin's traditional Mardi Gras trail ride, playing"La Chanson de Mardi Gras," a tune the Belles revive tonight. Lewis shares singing with accordionist Maureen Karpan, a member of Courtableu and also a veteran of time in Louisiana. Guitarist Karen Leigh is a longtime traditional roots musician. They are joined by unofficial bandmember Andrew Carriere, a native of Louisiana and son of the legendary Creole fiddler Bébé Carriere, on percussion, vocals, and accordion. Special guests on hand to help celebrate Mardi Gras are Elaine Herrick on standup bass, Myrna Cooper on rubboard, drummer Sam Siggins, and Karen Celia Heil adding some old-style twin fiddling.  www.creolebelles.com  TheAux Cajunals play the Cajun blues, two-steps, and waltzes, just as they've been played at celebrations in southwest Louisiana for more than 100 years. Hard-driving, but not ear-splitting, the Aux Cajunals focus on the old-time acoustic sounds that can be heard in the earliest Cajun recordings of the 1920s. In addition to all of the Cajun and Creole standards, their repertoire includes many unusual songs and tunes learned from rare 78s, field recordings, and directly from master musicians. For this dance, the Aux Cajunals play as a trio, in the tradition of the Balfa Brothers and the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band: SuzyThompson on accordion and fiddle, Eric Thompson on guitar and fiddle, and Agi Ban on fiddle. These musicians have performed and recorded with many of the most respected names in Cajun and zydeco music, including Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Marc & Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard. www.ericandsuzy.com/auxcajunals.htm Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:30 pm/  Cajun/ Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm.  $12 http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 16, 2010.  FAT TUESDAY IN THE FILLMORE.  The Fillmore District is joining their jazz brethren in New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday with live music along with free Mardi Gras beads, signature carnival libations, and great food, including jambalaya, gumbo and more… 1300 on Fillmore, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba Piano Lounge, Yoshis, Gussies, Fat Angel, Bruno’s Pizza Cucina, and The Boom Boom Room.  For more information, visit http://www.thefillmoredistrict.com.  5:30pm to midnight.

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 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 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.  SOIREE CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY at 6:30pm.  You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening.   Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.  Une fois par mois, le troisième vendredi, nous nous réunissons à l’Alliance pour une soirée de conversation. Que fait-on à une soirée de conversation ? On discute, on rencontre des gens nouveaux car certains y amènent leurs amis, parfois des Français de passage, on y parle des derniers films, des derniers livres… Mais entre amis tout commence par une table bien garnie. La nourriture étant un sujet inépuisable pour les Français, plus on mange, plus on a envie de parler de nourriture. Ce buffet  fonctionne selon le principe de « la fortune du pot », il est le reflet de la créativité culinaire des participants.  La convivialité est toujours au rendez-vous, non seulement on passe une bonne soirée mais on a l’occasion de pratiquer le français. Alors venez nombreux. info@afberkeley.org

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.  BILINGUAL POET ALTA IFLAND IN CONVERSATION WITH BARBARA BAER & ROSEMARY MANCHESTER.  Ifland grew up in Romania and came to the United States in 1991.  Her bilingual book of prose poems, VOICE OF ICE, was awarded the French Prix Louis Guillaume.  Her conversation with Baer (another author) and Manchester (of KBBF) will range widely over the world of publishing, politics, and poetry.  707.778.3972 for details.  The Sitting Room, 170 E. Cotati, California.

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

Through February 21, 2010.  THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, performed by Opera San José.  California Theatre, San José.  408.437.4450 or http://www.operasj.org for details.  $51-$91.

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.  BREAKING THE SILENCE:  A HOLOCAUST CHILDHOOD.  A talk by Holocaust survivor PAUL SCHWARTZBART.  2010 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  4pm.  http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/center.htm for details.

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.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz! http://www.ashkenaz.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.  CONFERENCE – PARIS POSTCARDS, THE GOLDEN AGE by LEONARD PITT. Leonard Pitt will be giving a lecture in French with slides based on is new book  Paris Postcards - The Golden Age.    The postcard was a revolution in communication that changed the world much like email of today.  At the height of the Golden Age, 1890-1914, France was producing a million postcards a day.  Many deplored the innovation fearing that with the brevity of the postcard people would forget how to write. Lawsuits for defamation and libel were common. The messages written by Americans to loved ones back home evoke the American experience of     Paris     at the turn of the century.  The images, all from Leonard's private collection, show us a     Paris     that no longer exists. This is a story of great drama, beauty and a heartaching nostalgia.  RSVP: It is imperative that you call 510-548-7481 or email to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Donation suggested non member $8; member $5   For many years they were taken for granted, but to author and collector Leonard Pitt, vintage, hand-painted French postcards from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are nothing less than "little works of art." More than this, they also serve as historical documents. In this gorgeous collection, Pitt has chosen postcards that show readers a Paris that no longer exists.  In his fascinating introduction, he discusses the birth of the postcard. The postcard, he writes, "revolutionized communication and created the first form of social networking equivalent to today's e-mail." (But, of course, at a much slower pace.) Each postcard is accompanied by informative captions. Pitt also includes sample postcards from American visitors to Paris writing to loved ones back home. The images here are often famous (the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Moulin Rouge) and majestic (Paris' grand boulevards), but there also are plenty of examples of ordinary Parisians going about their business. It's an utterly charming collection that captures a moment in time.   www.afberkeley.org

February 26, 2010.  ECHOES OF THE 2010 DAVOS WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM. Almost two years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting dedicated its 40th anniversary to a discussion on how to improve the state of the world through a unique call to action: Rethink, Redesign, and Rebuild. To this end, the agenda of the over 2,500 stakeholders from business, government, the media, science, and civil society focused on inquiries such as how to strengthen economic and social welfare, how to mitigate global risks, and how to ensure sustainability at a global and regional level.  swissnex San Francisco is pleased to host local 2010 WEF participants Jill Tarter, director of the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research, Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley, and Paul Saffo (moderator), forecaster, essayist, and visiting scholar at Media X at Stanford University, for a debriefing session on WEF themes. Additional panelist TBD.  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Details and registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/echoesofdavos2010

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 27, 2010.  THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL invites you to its 3rd annual WINTER SHORT FILM SCREENING. We will present a an eclectic collection of premieres of the newest French short films as well as a selection of favorites from previous Festival editions! All films are presented in French with English subtitles. Wine and snacks will be served at the intermission. Poetry Center - 1719 25th Street (between Q & R Streets) in Midtown Sacramento. 7pm. Seated is limited, please RSVP at littlececile@gmail.com *Single tickets are $5 for all, to benefit the 9th Sacramento French Film Festival. Free for "Les Amis du Festival" http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/sponsoring.htm#INDIVIDUAL

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.

Through March 13, 2010.  BEAUTY OF THE FATHER.  Pulitzer Prize winner NILO CRUZ’s play about an American girl who travels to Spain to meet her estranged father and gets involved with is Moroccan companion.  Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., San Francisco.  415.407.3214 or http://www.offbroadwaywest.org for details.  $25-$30.

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.
 

LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET.  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.

DISTRICT-13:  ULTIMATUM.  With PARKOUR star DAVID BELLE,in a film by LUC BESSON.  Lumière, SF.

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, with John Travolta & Jonathan Rhys Meyers, based on a story by LUC BESSON, directed by PIERRE MOREL.  http://frompariswithlove.com AMC Eastridge 15; AMC Van Ness 14.

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.

MONSIEUR HULOT’S HOLIDAY.  Red Vic, SF.

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; Shattuck, Berkeley.  Reviewed in the January 22, 2010 Pacific Sun, p.30.

WINTER SHORT FILM SCREENING presented by THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  We will present a an eclectic collection of premieres of the newest French short films as well as a selection of favorites from previous Festival editions! All films are presented in French with English subtitles. Wine and snacks will be served at the intermission. Poetry Center - 1719 25th Street (between Q & R Streets) in Midtown Sacramento. 7pm. Seated is limited, please RSVP at littlececile@gmail.com *Single tickets are $5 for all, to benefit the 9th Sacramento French Film Festival. Free for "Les Amis du Festival." http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/sponsoring.htm#INDIVIDUAL . February 27, 2010.

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7pm.   Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Suggested donation of $5.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. To learn more : http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

ART 

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

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.  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 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. 

Through June 8, 2010.  NOTRE COMBAT.  Works by LINDA ELLIA.  An extraordinary exhibition and first North American showing of Our Struggle: Responding to Mein Kampf, based on a collective artwork and book titled Notre Combat (Our Struggle, in English).  The book and exhibition are the result of French painter and photographer, Linda Ellia’s, encounter with a copy of Mein Kampf in 2005. The book’s weight in her hands embodied the heaviness of the Holocaust; she felt compelled to respond. After personally altering a number of the pages to express her anger, she invited hundreds of people from all over the world to paint, draw, sculpt, and collage directly on the pages of the book.  On view in the exhibition will be 600 of these altered pages from a multitude of participants from artists, writers, poets, musicians, film makers, journalists, victims, students, and Jews from as many as 17 different countries. The hundreds of pages in the exhibition offer a remarkable display of different artistic styles and present a multiplicity of voices and perspectives ranging from angry to mournful to hopeful. Creativity emerges from tragedy in this riveting exhibition of the altered pages, reminding us that the hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and discrimination inscribed in Hitler’s book must never be repeated.  Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission, SF.  415.655.7800 or http://www.thecjm.orgfor 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

Through March 11, 2010.  FRENCH LANGUAGE:  CULTURE AND CUISINE.  A course offered by JULIA FORNAGE, CAROL STONE & CHRISTINE PICCIN.  Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education.  http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.  $251.  707.527.4372 for details.

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 1, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @ 7PM M is for Mystery 86 East Third Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401 Phone: (650) 401-8077 www.carablack.com  or http://www.mformystery.com

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 2, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @ 7PM Bookpassage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA 94925 Phone: (415) 927-0960 www.carablack.com or http://www.bookpassage.com

March 2, 2010.  FRENCH BIO BAY NETWORKING DINNER.   7pm – 10pm. More details to come soon!

March 3, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @ 7pm Bookshop West Portal 80 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 www.carablack.com  or http://www.bookshopwestportal.com

March 4, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @ 4PM Orinda Books 276 Village Square Orinda, CA  94563  Phone: (925) 254-7606  @7:30 Mrs. Dalloways 2904 College Ave Berkeley, CA 94705 Contact: Marion Phone: (510) 704-8228 www.carablack.com or  http://www.mrsdalloways.com

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, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @ 6:30 pm ALLIANCE FRANCAISE Event Santa Rosa  at Vista del Lago Club House 3150 Lakeview Dr Santa Rosa, Ca  Phone: 707-322-5231  www.carablack.com www.afsantarosa.com

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 6, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @1PM Booksmart 80 East 2nd Street Morgan Hill, CA 95037.  www.carablack.com  or  http://www.mybooksmart.com

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  

March 7, 2010.  MUSIC FROM THE SUN KING’S IPOD, an hour-long concert & education program with JORDI SAVALL. 3 PM, First Congregational Church, Berkeley NEW! Family Concert Series: "Music from the Sun King's iPod" - Philharmonia Baroque will present an hour-long concert and education program with Jordi Savall conducting and Rachael Myrow hosting. Targeted toward families with elementary and middle school children, the orchestra will perform French Baroque music. There will be instrument demonstrations and opportunities for audience participation. Savall and the musicians will also answer audience questions. Tickets are general admission - $7.50 for children and $15 for adults. Learn more at,  http://philharmonia.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=K2eMJwGhAAYAAAq2AAOZ8A ).  http://philharmonia.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=K2eMJwGhAAYAAAscAAOZ8A ) for tickets.

March 8, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @ 7:30PM Books Inc. 301 Castro Street Mountain View, CA Phone: (650) 428-1234 www.carablack.com  or http:///www.booksinc.net

March 9, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @7pm A Great Good Place For Books 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 Phone: (510) 339-8210 www.carablack.com  or http://www.ggpbooks.com

March 9, 2010.  BIOTECH BAY CAREER FAIR.  Looking for a new job? Networking with industry peers in an ever-changing work environment? Sectors include: Biotech * Pharmaceutical * Medical Device & Diagnostics. Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies in the Bay area. Who should attend? Candidates with a 4-year degree in the life sciences and a minimum of 2-years of industry related experience are invited to attend. What types of positions are available? Exhibiting companies are recruiting for positions in areas such as: QA/QC, clinical research, engineering, manufacturing, biostatistics, clinical data management, chemistry, regulatory affairs, and research.   2:00pm – 7:00pm.  Cost: Free. Venue: South San Francisco Conference Center. Register at:http://www.biospace.com/jobs/seekersignin.aspx

March 10, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @7:30 Kepler’s 1010 El Camino Real  Menlo Park, CA 94025 www.carablack.com or Phone: (650) 324-4321 http://www.keplers.com

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

Opening March 12, 2010.  UN PROPHETE / A PROPHET.   Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes (where it was one of the universally admired  films) 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. Under the  wing of a brutal Corsican gangster (Niels Arestrup), he educates himself and starts to become someone capable of controlling his own destiny and the destiny of others.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

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 15, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical  streets and byways with their eyes closed."NYTimes  "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @7:30 The Booksmith 1644 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117 Phone: (415) 863-8688 www.carablack.com  or events@booksmith.com

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 16, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL, Aimée Leduc's 10th investigation, which takes Aimée to the decayed artistocratic quartier of the Palais Royal leading back to secrets and the crime from her first investigation, Murder in the Marais. "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed." NYTimes. "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the streets of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune @7:30 Reader’s Books 130 E Napa St Sonoma, CA 95476 www.carablack.com or  http://www.readersbooks.com

March 17, 2010.  DISCUSS MURIEL BARBERY’S ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG.  The Sitting Room Book Discussion Group. The Sitting Room, 170 E. Cotati, California.  Email Joanne Page, jpage@sonic.net or see http://www.SittingRoom.org for more information.  2pm-4pm.

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 19-27, 2010.  THE IMAGINARY INVALID, directed by PAUL DRAPER, original music by HÉLÈNE RENAUT, dramaturgy by SCOTT HORSTEIN. The Imaginary Invalid is Moliere’s very last play, a wild comic ride deep into the imagination of a perfectly healthy man who thinks he is dying, while his wife plots, his children rebel, and his doctors pronounce his imminent demise.  Argan, a rich, eccentric hypochondriac, will do anything to defeat his fear of dying.  When he tries to marry daughter Angelique to idiot doctor Thomas Lillicrap, Argan’s rebellious children, strong-willed servant, and scheming wife all swing into action to save themselves from the impending domestic disaster.  Can anyone reform Argan’s health care?  Can anyone convince him he’s not really dying?  What will triumph, reality or the power of the imagination?  Come and see in The Imaginary Invalid, Moliere’s final satirical masterpiece. Evert B. Person Theatre is located on campus at Sonoma State University. 1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 For tickets or more information visit www.sonoma.edu/tix or call 707-664-2353. Directions: www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/venues_dir.shtml General Admission $15, $12 FANS (Faculty, Alumni, Seniors), $8 Students, SSU Students are Free with a valid student I.D. Group and Family rates available. Contact us!

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 23, 2010.  REPERCUSSIONS OF GENOCIDE:  REBUILDING RWANDAN SOCIETY.  A talk by MATHILDE MUKANTABANA. 2010 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series, Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.  4pm.  http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/center.htm for details.

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 9, 2010.  HILARY KAISER, a Franco-American historian, will give a lecture in French on WWII French war brides in America.  7pm.  Vista del Lago, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  http://www.afsantarosa.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 performs in the San Francisco Jazz Festval.  8pm and 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 Carissins http://www.masdescarassins.com/anglais.php in St. Remy de Provence, where Van Gogh painted 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 at Julie@juliehouck.com

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