March 4-12, 2010

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March Events

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, 2010.  REVE D'ILE - ISLAND DREAM.  Works by ALISHA GREEN.  Opening reception Thursday, March 4, 2010 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The Alliance Française of San Francisco is pleased to announce Alisha Green's first solo show, Rêve d'Ile - Island Dream. Green's dreamlike paintings explore the natural environment of island paradise as muse.  Roused from experiences of wonder and exploration, the paintings draw on recent visits to Polynesia.  In this current body of work,  Green investigates the mystery and allure of the culture and environment that have inspired artists and explorers alike. Green's painting process is about recalling strange and familiar moments, evoking creative memories and translating it to canvas. Her nautical inspired pieces contrast with organic forms that incorporate references to exotic structures, dense and textured patterning, order, chaos, decay and growth.  Green works in various sizes and techniques, including oil on canvas, mixed media on paper, and printmaking. About Alisha Green After graduating with a B.S. in 2002, Green's endless curiosity led her to travel to faraway places, taking her to Europe and Africa.  While exploring these new surroundings she became fascinated with the different cultures and natural environments.  Green settled in Prague, Czech Republic for a year and it was there that she began formally teaching herself about art.  Upon returning to the U.S. her art continued, as did her love for travel and exploration.  Green's latest journeys have taken her sailing, voyaging among uninhabited islands in The Kingdom of Tonga.  Alisha Green lives  and works in San Francisco. The opening reception on Thursday, March 4, will be held from 6 - 8:30 pm with a  soirée "Rendez-Vous," which is free and open to the public.  Expand your social  network, practice French informally, meet with Alisha Green, and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. The exhibition may be visited through March 29, and is open to the public. More images can be viewed by visiting www.alishagreen.com or http://www.afsf.com for details.

March 4, 2010.  HUMAN RIGHTS AND FILM 2010, including a film by Mauritanian-born, Mali-raised cinéaste ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO and others.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third), SF.  7:30pm.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details.

March 4, 2010. OPENING RECEPTION:  SILVIA LEVENSON, LORRAINE PELTZ + NICOLE SCHMOELZER.  Multimedia Exhibition Micaëla Gallery 49 Geary Street, No. 234 San Francisco, CA March  2 - May 1 Opening reception March 4, 5 - 7:30 p.m. www.nicole-schmoelzer.ch   or www.micaela.com for details.

March 4, 2010.  SWISS COMPOSSER JURG FREY at the OTHER MINDS FESTIVAL.  Following his musical education at the Geneva Conservatory, Swiss composer Jürg  Frey turned to a career as a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground. Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibility for the qualities of the material, and  precision of compositional approach. His compositions sometimes bypass instrumentation and duration altogether and touch on aspects of sound art. OTHER MINDS FESTIVAL 15 Kanbar Hall, San Francisco Jewish Community Center 3200 California Street, San Francisco Tickets available online from www.otherminds.org or through the JCCSF Box Office, 415.292.1233 Thursday, March 4, 2010 7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion, 8:00 p.m.

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.

March 5, 2010.  ENTRE SES MAINS (2005, réalisé par Anne Fontaine). L’action se déroule à Lille. Claire Gauthier (Isabelle Carré), une mère de famille travaillant pour une compagnie d’assurances et Laurent Kessler (Benoît Poelvoorde) voient leurs chemins se croiser pour des raisons professionnelles. A partir de là se développe une attraction presque fatale…  In Lille. When a professional encounter between Claire Gauthier, an insurance agent and Laurent Kessler, a veterinarian leads to an almost fatal attraction.  6:30pm.  Alliance Française de Berkeley. Please RSVP 510 548 7481 -info@afberkeley.orgAnd  bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.

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, 2010.  L’AMERIQUE DANS TOUS SES ETATS de GERARD KLEIN.  Gerard Klein presents a screening of his documentary film "l'Amérique dans tous  ses Etats"  at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. L'Amérique : cette nation immense, insaisissable, complexe, Gérard Klein, passionné par le voyage, en rêvait. Notre ancien « Instit » a donc pris la route et sillonné du Nord au Sud, d'Est en Ouest, ce continent hors norme pour dix « road trips »  décontractés et absolument passionnants. Dix états, dix itinéraires, de Zabriskie Point à Key West, en passant par la Silicon Valley ou l'Alaska. Gérard Klein aime les gens, il l'a prouvé tout au long de sa carrière à la radio  ou à la télé. Pour brosser ce portrait impressionniste de l'Amérique de Barack  Obama, il a donc décidé - tout simplement - de rencontrer des Américains. Des anonymes, des écolos, des activistes, des originaux, des entrepreneurs, des gens qui y sont nés ou pas, qui y vivent ou qui y travaillent, qui croient encore et toujours au  rêve américain ou qui le personnalisent. Des hommes et de femmes qui agissent pour un autre avenir, osent toutes les initiatives pour préserver la nature et leur culture, dessinent le nouveau visage de l'Amérique. Sur la route, Gérard Klein a également croisé des individus nettement plus médiatiques comme Robert Redford, le temps d'une balade à cheval, Harrison Ford, qu'il avait  déjà croisé en 1988 sur le film de Roman Polanski Frantic, ou encore Al Gore, candidat malheureux à la présidence américaine, prix Nobel de la paix pour sa lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Alliance members : $7.00 General public : $10.00 Tickets available at the AFSF reception desk or at the door. http://www.afsf.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.  SWISS DOCUMENTARY “OIL ROCKS” at CINEQUEST SAN JOSE. From director Marc Wolfensberger, this Swiss-made documentary casts light on what is not only the first offshore oil town ever built at sea, but also the biggest.  Commissioned by Stalin in 1949 to feed Russia's post-war oil hunger, this incredible construction, a six-hour boat ride from shore, its 2000 oil wells connected by an amazing 300 km labyrinth of bridged elevated roadways, sits isolated from the rest of the world, frozen in time. With some of its original inhabitants still living  there, it endures, like some dilapidated ghost from another world fighting the  pounding relentless sea and the ravages of time. Both miracle and nightmare, it  is absolutely unlike anything you have ever seen before.  Oil Rocks is shown, double-billed with Complaints Choir, as part of San Jose's Cinequest FIlm Festival. Complaints Choir / Oil Rocks Cinequest Film Festival March 3, 9:00 p.m. or March 6, 11:00 a.m.  Camera 12 201 South Second Street San Jose, CA www.cinequest.org

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 6, 2010  RICK STEVES’ MEDITERRNEAN MARATHON, including FRENCH RIVIERA:  UNIQUELY CHIC.  Starting at 10:30am.  KQED TV9.  Rebroadcast 3/7 at 3pm; 3/17 at 7:30pm; 2/18 at 1:30am.

March 6, 2010.  CINEMA ABATTOIR, from Montréal’s subversive film society.  “Uncomfortably edgy short films that straddle the limit between art and assault.”  Films include MOUVEMENT DE LUMIERE by KARL LEMIEUX, ESSAI A LA MILLE by JEAN-CLAUDE LABRECQUE, and SACRE-COEUR DE SATAN by SERGE DE COTRET.  Artist’s Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF.  415.824.3890 or http://www.cinema-abattoir.com or www.othercinema.com for details.  8:30pm.

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 for tickets.

March 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"

March 8, 2010.  JEWISH FEMALE ARTISTS IN INTERWAR PARIS.  A lecture by PAULA BIRNBAUM.  Sonoma State University Jewish Studies Program Spring 2010 Lecture Series, 3pm, Student Union Multi-Purpose Room, SSU Campus, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.3293 or http://www.sonoma.edu/jewishstudies for details.

March 8, 2010.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON.  Come and celebrate International Women's Day with Rebecca Macieira Kaufmann Monday, March 8th 12:00-2:00 PM San Francisco Marriot Union Square, $50 for FACCSF Members/ $55 Non-Members  $65 At the door - Register Now For this edition, we have the pleasure to welcome Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, President of Citibank California, a division of Citibank North America. In addition to her role as President of Citibank California, Ms. Macieira-Kaufmann serves as Chair of Citi’s California Leadership Council, which comprises the leaders of Citi subsidiaries in the state, including CitiFinancial, Citi Private Bank, and Citi‘s Institutional Clients Group. Ms. Macieira-Kaufmann graduated cum laude from Brown University in Providence, R.I, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Semiotics. She went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Ms. Macieira-Kaufmann is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Fulbright Association, USA, the Bay Area Council and the California Chamber of Commerce. http://www.faccsf.com 

March 8, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents DESIGN IN BUSINESS.  Design and business have traditionally made uneasy bedfellows, with practitioners of both eyeing each other suspiciously. But in recent years, some companies have demonstrated huge success by adopting a design-savvy approach. That's led to a resurgence of interest in design as business strategy. There remains little agreement on the best policies, structures, or principles for its smart adoption and execution. This panel brings together those working on every side of the equation, from those looking to implement design within large corporations, to consultants aiming to bring an objective eye to their clients' problems, to educators working to shape the future discussion. With moderator Helen Walters, editor of innovation and design at Bloomberg/BusinessWeek; Helmut Traitler, V.P. of Innovation Partnerships at NESTEC Ltd., in Vevey, Switzerland; Udaya Patnaik, Jump founder and principal; Nathan Shedroff, chair of the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts; and Mary Jo Cook, Vice President of Discovery and Design for Clorox. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Details and registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/designinbusiness

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 8, 2010.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON.   Come and celebrate International Women's Day with Rebecca Macieira Kaufmann Monday, March 8th, 12:00-2:00 PM San Francisco Marriot Union Square,  $50 for FACCSF Members/ $55 Non-Members  $65 At the door.  For this edition, we have the pleasure to welcome Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, President of Citibank California, a division of Citibank North America. Take part of this great networking event.  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

March 8, 2010. LE JAZZ HOT is playing for free every Monday at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm. It's quite fun now that the Balboa dancers show up en masse to amaze and entertain the room! Have you tried the $12 dinner at Le Colonial yet?  $12 dinner per person Get to Le Colonial (in the lounge area) before 6:30pm, and order 5 items from the list offered.   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. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzhot.biz for details.

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.  GATOR BEAT plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. Moving into its 21st year, Gator Beat plays full-tilt party dance music. The group's mostly original songs are powered by its own gumbo of dance rhythms: a blend of  Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, a touch of New Orleans funk, and, as the band itself  proclaims, "a beat that bites." Tunes come from the six Gator Beat recordings,  including the recent live CD "Gimme Some Mo'," which captures a wild Mardi Gras  show in Sonoma. Gator Beat is a culturally and stylistically mixed crew, with Zydeco Flames founder Bruce Gordon on accordion, guitarist Randy Quan, bassist Linda Hutchinson, washboard player Willard Blackwell, drummer Beau Bradbury, and Australia native  David Scott on saxophone, pennywhistle, and percussion. www.gatorbeat.com   Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 p.m.;  Show at 8:30 p.m. $10 http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Jack & Tony’s, 115 4th St., Santa Rosa.  Please call Christiane by 3/8 to confirm and reserve.  707.542.5411.

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

March 10, 2010.  NIGHT AND FOG.  (Alain Resnais, France, 1956, 95 mins). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe.  With A Visitor from the Living by Claude Lanzmann, the director of Shoah.  3pm.  Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

March 10, 2010.  PAULINE A LA PLAGE, introduced by Stanford professor JEAN-MARIE APOSTOLIDES. French Film Club, Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Rd - Palo Alto 6 pm.

March 11, 2010.  LUNCH WITH PAULA WOLFERT, author of MEDITERRANEAN CLAY POT COOKING.  Hayes St. Grill, 320 Hayes, SF.  Presented by the JCCSF.  Noon.   http://www.jccsf.org for details.

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 Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

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.

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 13, 2010.  AROUND THE WORLD WITH 80 ANTIQUE MAPS.   Lecture/ Presentation on antique maps of the provinces of France by Dr. Rosenthal Saturday March 13, 2010 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Dedication of donation of antiquarian maps of the provinces of France to the AFSF... - Lecture/Presentation...Around The World with 80 Antique Maps...Exploration and  discovery as ongoing, vibrant and changing processes in time and space... - ExHibition of selected antiquarian maps of France and its provinces Followed by Complimentary wine and cheese AFSF members: $20.00 General public: $25.00  DR. ROSENTHAL has an extensive collection of antique maps, atlases and travels, relating to  maritime and land destinations, dating from 1493 to the 1800's. His cartographic CV includes lectures/presentations/seminars and exhibits for educational and corporate institutions. Dr. Rosenthal's  lecture title is " Around The World With 80 Antique Maps " with  special emphasis on the  history and geography of the maps as they relate to exploration and discovery as  processes in time and space.His  presentations are erudite, yet animated and interactive,with interspersed slices of attempted humor and greatly enhanced by the actual display of his antique maps and by his spirited delivery of anecdotal vignettes...some true. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

March 13, 2010.   MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND perform at Ashkenaz’s 37th Anniversary Celebration! The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite  of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years and was voted best zydeco band of 2007  by the Bay Area Blues Society. Based in the Sacramento Delta town of Antelope,  St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 15, inspired originally by "King of  Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through his original songs, interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot." Along with St. Mary, the band is rubboard player Bobby Benoit, bassist-singer David Rees, guitarist Scott "Gringo" Williams, and drummer Steve Namle. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.;  Show at 9:00 p.m. $13/$10 students http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

March 13, 2010.  LA PAULEE, THE BURGUNDY FETE.  Many of the greatest names of LA BOURGOGNE will be in attendence:  ROUMIER, NEILLON, ROMANET, DUJAC and more… Food by DANIEL BOULUD and others, plus music by LES CADETS DE BOURGOGNE.  $1,400 dinner Saturday night; if you’re on a budget, $275 afternoon tasting.  Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., SF.  212.625.2519 or http://www.lapaulee.com 

March 13, 2010.  AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFIED COURSE ON THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS.  Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 4-hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know. Everyone welcome. You can watch a brief video here on the importance of international humanitarian law. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HLzZebDYaU   This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross office on  5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.   To register for the class, please call 577-7600. The class is free of charge.

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 15, 2010.  LES AMIS DE MARIN. Le team des Amis de Marin se réjouit de vous accueillir Lundi 15 Mars 2010 à 19 heures sur le bateau de John.  Nous vous souhaitons tous une tres bonne annee et esperons que vous avez bien commence cette nouvelle annee.  La soiree chez Lynn etait formidable.  Lynn nous te remercions de nous avoir bien accueilli dans ta maison.  Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis.  Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s’ils parlent peu le Français.  Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde.   Merci.   “Les Amis de Marin” team is pleased to invite you Monday, March 15th 2010 at 7PM on John’s house boat.  We are wishing you all a great year.  The evening at Lynn’s was beautiful and we had lots of fun.  Thank you Lynn.  Come meet other francophone, practice your French, exchange information, or just have good time between friends.  Your friends are welcome even if they speak little French. Please bring something to drink and or to eat to share with everyone.  Thanks. lesamisdemarin@yahoo.com Mobile:   415-297-2023.

March 15, 2010. LE JAZZ HOT is playing for free every Monday at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm. It's quite fun now that the Balboa dancers show up en masse to amaze and entertain the room! Have you tried the $12 dinner at Le Colonial yet?  $12 dinner per person Get to Le Colonial (in the lounge area) before 6:30pm, and order 5 items from the list offered.   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. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzhot.biz for details.

March 15, 2010.  BRIAN FAGAN discusses CRO-MAGNON.  Books Inc. in Berkeley, 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley.  510.525.7777 or http://www.booksinc.net 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 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 16, 2010.  FRENCH AMERICAN BIOTECH SYMPOSIUM The Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in Washington, DC and LyonBiopole (competitiveness French biotech cluster dedicated to infectious diseases) are co-organizing the third edition of the French-American Biotech Symposium (FABS) on “New Therapeutical and Vaccine Approaches in Infectious Diseases” in La Jolla, at the Salk Institute, on March 16th, 2010.     This edition will include 20 talks by American and French experts from academic and industrial/biotech backgrounds as well as four panel discussions (see attached document for the detailed program). To register for this event, please follow this http://www.metamorphoz.com/lyonbiopole/FABS/ link.  Please note that a B2B event – called the FrenchBiotech Tour will be held at the Salk Institute on March 15th and in San Francisco on March 17th.  For additional information and registration, please follow this link: http://www.ubifrance-events.com/frenchbiotechtour/infectiousdiseases-california/index.php?pg=1 

March 16, 2010.  TEHRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION.  7:00 p.m.  (Sepideh Farsi, France/Iran, 2009). Filmed clandestinely on the streets of Tehran during the weeks leading up to last year's controversial elections, this eye-opening documentary (shot, remarkably, on a cell phone) captures the fears, hopes, and insecurities of a nation about to erupt. (83 mins).  Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

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 17, 2010.  LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD.  3:00 p.m. (Alain Resnais, France, 1961, 108 mins). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe. With Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon. Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

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 18, 2010.  BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA at Slim’s.  Doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. He has jammed with Bonnie Raitt and Bono, won praise from Eric Clapton. He's also dug into blues and country music with Taj Mahal and created freewheeling improvisations with banjo maverick Bela Fleck. Bassekou's instrument, the ngoni, is a "spike lute" and an ancestor of the banjo, sharing its taut-skinned drum body, percussive attack, and varied picking techniques. Since 2005, Bassekou has led Ngoni Ba, the first-ever group built around not one but four ngonis - all played by members of his family.  Location: 333 11th Street, San Francisco One pair of ticket giveaway http://www.slims-sf.com/

March 18-26. 2010  TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, screening, among others, NEXT FLOOR (Denis Villeneuve, Canada, 12 min); THE TOES (Laurent Denis, Belgium, 12 min); ALLONS-Y! ALONZO! (Camille Moulin-Dupré, France, 8 min); MADAGASCAR, A JOURNEY MOVIE (Bastien Dubois, France, 11 min); MALBAN (Elodie Bouédec, France, 8 min); PEAU NEUVE (Clara Elalouf, France, 13 min); YOU WILL BE MINE (Sophie Laloy, France, 96 min); DIX (Fabrice Le Nezet, François Roisin, Jules Janaud, France, 7 min).  Plus many other French collaborations with other countries.  415.381.4123 or http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for details.

March 19, 2010. CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.   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.    6:30pminfo@afberkeley.org

March 19, 2010.  ZOFO (Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano duet) Presents MOSH PIT: American Dances for 20 Fingers Piano duet works by American composers: George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Allen Shawn, and David Garner March 19th, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. Samovar Hall 1077 Independence Avenue, Mountain View, California Tickets: General admission $15, Students and Seniors $10. For tickets call or email:  650.469.3592, socium@gmail.com

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.  JOURNEE INTERNATIONALE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE.  L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie fêtera ses 40 ans à Paris, sous le signe de "La diversité au service de la paix" et de la solidarité avec le peuple haïtien. Pour en savoir plus sur la journée de la Francophonie : http://www.20mars.francophonie.org/

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 20/21, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE play at the Wine Barrel Festival, noon to 4pm, Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood.  http://www.fourgo.com.

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 21, 2010. LES VOIX (The Voices), Sunday March 21 at 4p.m in Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom, NDNU 1500 Ralston Ave, in Belmont. Notre Dame de Namur University Departments of Language & Culture and Music & Vocal Arts present an afternoon of songs, arias, history and poetry in French in the historic Ralston Mansion Ballroom followed by a reception in the formal dining room. The concert is hosted by Hélène Laroche Davis. For information call 650- 508.3729 or email concerts@ndnu.edu.

March 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"

March 21, 2010. ZOFO (Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano duet) Presents MOSH PIT: American Dances for 20 Fingers Piano duet works by American composers: George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Allen Shawn, and David Garner - 4:00 p.m. Valley Presbyterian Church 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, California Suggested donation: $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors, children 12 and under free Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th St.), Oakland, California $15 donation requested - please call (510) 547-8188 for tickets.

March 22, 2010. LE JAZZ HOT is playing for free every Monday at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm. It's quite fun now that the Balboa dancers show up en masse to amaze and entertain the room! Have you tried the $12 dinner at Le Colonial yet?  $12 dinner per person Get to Le Colonial (in the lounge area) before 6:30pm, and order 5 items from the list offered.   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. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzhot.biz for details.

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 24, 26 & 28, 2010.  WORLD PREMIERE of PROVOQUEE. A French  rendition of a biting, bitter, ferocious, and farcical English  Restoration comedy, by R. David Valayre, in French, based on Sir John  Vanbrugh's "The Provoked Wife" (1697) Can harmony triumph over  provocation when a husband no longer loves his wife; a wife does not yet  love her lover; a coquette woos a misogynist; a confirmed bachelor meets  love at first sight; servants plot against their masters; and masters go  slumming? Studio 250 @ Off-Market Theaters 965 Mission Street, btw 5th and 6th San Francisco, CA Event Dates: Mar 24 and 26, 2010 8:00 PM - Mar  28, 2010 3:00 PM Event Page:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102333 ALL PERFORMANCES IN FRENCH  Freely adapted and directed by Roland David Valayre. With Michel Gasquy,  Pierre-Yves Gouret, Cecile Lejeune, Francoise Lejeune, Benoit Levet,  Marion Lovinger, Vincent Madiot, Thierry Rosset and Mireille Sagne. A  GenerationTheatre presentation. Contact: RDVtheatre@gmail.com  Questions?  eventmarketing@brownpapertickets.com

March 25, 2010.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO rocks at SPEISEKAMMER in Alameda, CA. 7:30-10ish No Cover www.speisekammer.com 2424 Lincoln Avenue Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 522-1300. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzhot.biz

March 26, 2010.  LE CANAL DU MIDI.  Conférence par ANDRE GOUT à l’Alliance Française de Berkeley. De Toulouse à la Méditerranée, un ruban d’eau et de verdure se déroule sur 250 km. Il s’intègre si bien aux paysages du Languedoc qu’il semble avoir été crée par la nature. C’est pourtant au génie des hommes que cette voie d’eau doit d’exister. Il a fallu la vouloir, la concevoir, mettre en œuvre sa construction, tout ceci il y a plus de 350 ans.  Longtemps une artère vitale pour l’économie régionale, le Canal du midi constitue aujourd’hui un remarquable ensemble patrimonial (inscrit au Patrimoine mondial de l’humanité par l’Unesco en 1996) ainsi qu’un formidable atout touristique.  Pour avoir grandi en buvant son eau, pour être passé, chaque jour, sur le chemin du lycée, devant la maison natale de son concepteur,  pour aimer par-dessus tout  parcourir ses chemins de halage, je ressens un attachement particulier au  Canal du Midi.  Lors de mon dernier séjour en Languedoc, j’ai tenu à me rendre dans la région qui est au cœur du dispositif d’alimentation en eau du canal. C’était un 11 novembre pluvieux, une journée parfaite pour déguster un cassoulet. Mon père et moi, nous ne nous en sommes pas privés.  Pourquoi ne pas suivre cet exemple ? A l’issue de la présentation, nous aurons du cassoulet. Il n’aura certes pas l’authenticité de celui que l’on mange à Castelnaudary, mais il aura été préparé avec amour.  19h.  RSVP: It is imperative that you call ( 510-548-7481 to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you.  Donation suggested non member$8; member $5  info@afberkeley.org

March 26, 2010.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO is in performance with the San Francisco Girl's Chorus AMERICANS IN PARIS at Herbst Theater, San Francisco  7 PM SHOW 401 Van Ness Avenue SF, CA 94111 www.SFGirlschorus.org.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzhot.biz

March 26, 2010.  EVE. 7:00 p.m.  (Joseph Losey, France/Italy, 1962, 119 mins) Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

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

March 27, 2010.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features LA MEDITERRANEE and more.  KQED TV9, 9am and 1pm.  Rebroadcast  on 3/27, 6:30pm;  3/28, noon and 5:30pm.

March 28, 2010.  FRENCH COUNTRY COOKING, as part of America’s Test Kitchen.  KQED TV 9, 5pm.

March 28, 2010. ZOFO (Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano duet) Presents MOSH PIT: American Dances for 20 Fingers Piano duet works by American composers: George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Allen Shawn, and David Garner 4:00 p.m. Old First Church 1751 Sacramento Street (at Van Ness), San Francisco, California Tickets: General admission $17, Students and Seniors $14, children 12 and under  free www.zofoduet.com 

March 29, 2010. LE JAZZ HOT is playing for free every Monday at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm. It's quite fun now that the Balboa dancers show up en masse to amaze and entertain the room! Have you tried the $12 dinner at Le Colonial yet?  $12 dinner per person Get to Le Colonial (in the lounge area) before 6:30pm, and order 5 items from the list offered.   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. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzhot.biz for details.

March 31-April 20, 2010.  PRIVATE LIVES:  THE FILMS OF ALAIN CAVALIER at Pacific Film Archive.  A protégé of Louis Malle, whom he assisted on Elevator to the Gallows and The Lovers, Cavalier (b. 1931) began his career in the early sixties with films that, although they took on challenging political themes, were relatively traditional in method: they had narrative scripts, professional crews, and trained actors. Over the years, he has moved away not only from overt politics and fictional storytelling but from anything resembling conventional methods of production. His works of the past decade are acutely personal and resolutely small-scale - the better to capture the fullness of life, in all its detail.  Schedule: PORTRAITS,  Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1988-92, 88 mins);   LE COMBAT DANS L’ILE. Saturday, April 3, 8:30 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1962, 104 mins) "Not to be missed." - Village Voice  LA RENCONTRE. Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1996, 74 mins)  THERESE. Friday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1986, 108 mins). With short Lettre d'Alain Cavalier.  LIEUX SAINTS. Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 2007, 87 mins).  Supported by the Cultural Services http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

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.
 

CINEMA ABATTOIR, from Montréal’s subversive film society.  “Uncomfortably edgy short films that straddle the limit between art and assault.”  Films include MOUVEMENT DE LUMIERE by KARL LEMIEUX, ESSAI A LA MILLE by JEAN-CLAUDE LABRECQUE, and SACRE-COEUR DE SATAN by SERGE DE COTRET.  Artist’s Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF.  415.824.3890 or http://www.cinema-abattoir.com or www.othercinema.com for details.  8:30pm. March 6, 2010. 

ENTRE SES MAINS (2005, réalisé par Anne Fontaine). L’action se déroule à Lille. Claire Gauthier (Isabelle Carré), une mère de famille travaillant pour une compagnie d’assurances et Laurent Kessler (Benoît Poelvoorde) voient leurs chemins se croiser pour des raisons professionnelles. A partir de là se développe une attraction presque fatale…  In Lille. When a professional encounter between Claire Gauthier, an insurance agent and Laurent Kessler, a veterinarian leads to an almost fatal attraction. 6:30pm.  Alliance Française de Berkeley. Please RSVP 510 548 7481 -info@afberkeley.org. And  bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. March 5, 2010.

EVE. 7:00 p.m.  (Joseph Losey, France/Italy, 1962, 119 mins) Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ March 26, 2010.

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, with John Travolta & Jonathan Rhys Meyers, based on a story by LUC BESSON, directed by PIERRE MOREL.  Showing throughout the Bay Area, including Century Northgate, San Rafael; SF Center, SF. http://frompariswithlove.com

HUMAN RIGHTS AND FILM 2010, including a film by Mauritanian-born, Mali-raised cinéaste ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO and others.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third), SF.  7:30pm.  415.978.2787 or http://www.ybca.org for details. March 4, 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 14, 2010.

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD.  3:00 p.m. (Alain Resnais, France, 1961, 108 mins). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe. With Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon. Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ March 17, 2010.

NIGHT AND FOG.  (Alain Resnais, France, 1956, 95 mins). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe.  With A Visitor from the Living by Claude Lanzmann, the director of Shoah.  3pm.  Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ March 10, 2010.

PRIVATE LIVES:  THE FILMS OF ALAIN CAVALIER at Pacific Film Archive.  A protégé of Louis Malle, whom he assisted on Elevator to the Gallows and The Lovers, Cavalier (b. 1931) began his career in the early sixties with films that, although they took on challenging political themes, were relatively traditional in method: they had narrative scripts, professional crews, and trained actors. Over the years, he has moved away not only from overt politics and fictional storytelling but from anything resembling conventional methods of production. His works of the past decade are acutely personal and resolutely small-scale - the better to capture the fullness of life, in all its detail.  Schedule: PORTRAITS,  Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1988-92, 88 mins);   LE COMBAT DANS L’ILE. Saturday, April 3, 8:30 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1962, 104 mins) "Not to be missed." - Village Voice  LA RENCONTRE. Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1996, 74 mins)  THERESE. Friday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 1986, 108 mins). With short Lettre d'Alain Cavalier.  LIEUX SAINTS. Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.  (Alain Cavalier, France, 2007, 87 mins).  Supported by the Cultural Services http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ March 31-April 20, 2010.

UN PROPHETE / A PROPHET.  (Jacques Audiard) 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 Bay Area theaters, including Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Embarcader, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.  Reviewed in the March 3, 2010 San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.26, and in the March 3, 2010 SF Weekly, p.25. Opening March 12, 2010. 

TEHRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION.  7:00 p.m.  (Sepideh Farsi, France/Iran, 2009). Filmed clandestinely on the streets of Tehran during the weeks leading up to last year's controversial elections, this eye-opening documentary (shot, remarkably, on a cell phone) captures the fears, hopes, and insecurities of a nation about to erupt. (83 mins).  Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ March 16, 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.

March 1-April 30, 2010.  TAKE YOUR TIME:  PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY JULIETTE TINNUS at 456 Montgomery. Bay Area Swiss photographer and stylist Juliette Tinnus will be opening the latest incarnation of her show Take Your Time here at 456 Montgomery Street next Tuesday, March 2. Juliette fashions the strange, beautiful worlds she photographs by hand  from physical objects--the only work done on the computer is to eliminate the tiny strings that keep her constructions in place. Don't miss the opportunity to see  these quirky, ineffably modern still lifes in person!  Guests are welcome at an opening reception on Tuesday, March 2, 6 - 8 p.m. RSVP  required: write to michael.sapin@eda.admin.ch by Monday to reserve your place.  Take Your Time: Juliette Tinnus Photography Exhibition 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby San Francisco, CA March 1 - April 30  To view the exhibition, contact michael.sapin@eda.admin.ch to make a reservation.

March 2-May 1, 2010.  SILVIA LEVENSON, LORRAINE PELTZ + NICOLE SCHMOELZER.  Multimedia Exhibition Micaëla Gallery 49 Geary Street, No. 234 San Francisco, CA March  2 - May 1 Opening reception March 4, 5 - 7:30 p.m. www.nicole-schmoelzer.ch   or www.micaela.com for details.

March 4-29, 2010.  REVE D'ILE - ISLAND DREAM.  Works by ALISHA GREEN.  Opening reception Thursday, March 4, 2010 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The Alliance Française of San Francisco is pleased to announce Alisha Green's first solo show, Rêve d'Ile - Island Dream. Green's dreamlike paintings explore the natural environment of island paradise as muse.  Roused from experiences of wonder and exploration, the paintings draw on recent visits to Polynesia.  In this current body of work,  Green investigates the mystery and allure of the culture and environment that have inspired artists and explorers alike. Green's painting process is about recalling strange and familiar moments, evoking creative memories and translating it to canvas. Her nautical inspired pieces contrast with organic forms that incorporate references to exotic structures, dense and textured patterning, order, chaos, decay and growth.  Green works in various sizes and techniques, including oil on canvas, mixed media on paper, and printmaking. About Alisha Green After graduating with a B.S. in 2002, Green's endless curiosity led her to travel to faraway places, taking her to Europe and Africa.  While exploring these new surroundings she became fascinated with the different cultures and natural environments.  Green settled in Prague, Czech Republic for a year and it was there that she began formally teaching herself about art.  Upon returning to the U.S. her art continued, as did her love for travel and exploration.  Green's latest journeys have taken her sailing, voyaging among uninhabited islands in The Kingdom of Tonga.  Alisha Green lives  and works in San Francisco. The opening reception on Thursday, March 4, will be held from 6 - 8:30 pm with a  soirée "Rendez-Vous," which is free and open to the public.  Expand your social  network, practice French informally, meet with Alisha Green, and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. The exhibition may be visited through March 29, and is open to the public. More images can be viewed by visiting www.alishagreen.com or http://www.afsf.com for details.

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/

Through May 22, 2010.  GEOGRAPHY OF TRANSTERRITORIES. Presented by SWISSNEX. San Francisco Art Institute, Walter and McBean galleries Geography of Transterritories gathers artists from France (the cooperatives Claire Fontaine and Société réaliste), Switzerland (Ursula Biemann) and from the United States (Carlos Motta and Michael Arcega). The exhibition addresses those issues of transborder conflict that are profoundly changing global modes of production, communication, and space/time organization. Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. Supported by Culturesfrance. http://activeweb.sfai.edu/academics/exhibitions/ or http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

May 22-September 6, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY.  100 paintings. Among paintings by naturalist artists such as Bougereau and Courbet, there is the American expatriate James McNeil Whistler's "Arrangement in Gray and Black," a.k.a. "Whistler’s Mother." There are early work by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Sisley, and a selection of Degas’ paintings that depict images of the ballet and the racetrack.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/

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

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.org for details.

Through June 20, 2010.  GLOBAL LIVES.   Multimedia Exhibition Global Lives at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, UC Berkeley. YBCA presents the world premiere of the Global Lives Project, an innovative video installation featuring documentaries that capture 24 hours in the lives of ten people from around the world who represent the diversity of the global population. Working with acclaimed filmmakers, artists and designers, Global Lives assembles the realities of everyday life from Lebanon, Serbia, China, India, Japan, Malawi, Indonesia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and San Francisco into an installation by architectural and design visionaries of Sand Studios and FOURM design+build+educate. Swiss cinematographer Marco Lüthy is responsible for the Kazakhstan segment of the exhibition. YBCA will mark the opening of this innovative exhibition with one of their renowned Big Idea parties, free of charge. Global Lives Project February 26 -  June 20 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission Street (at 3rd) San Francisco  http://www.ybca.org/ Global Lives Project Opening Night Celebration Friday, February 26, 7:30-11:30 p.m. YBCA Room for Big Ideas, Grand Lobby & Forum FREE If the exhibition sparks your interest to learn more, dive deeper into the philosophy, aesthetics, and politics of the Global Lives Project the following Saturday with  a series of panel discussions on the project at UC Berkeley. Marco Lüthy will take part in the forum. Global Lives Project Forum at UC-Berkeley February 27, 9 a.m. --5:30 p.m. University of California, Berkeley Drop in anytime, registration 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Geballe and Seminar Rooms in the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities 220 Stephens Hall Gifford Anthropology Seminar Room (2nd Floor, Kroeber Hall) FREE Contact nick@ybca.org for directions and further information  Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

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

March 3-April 21, 2010.  LA CONQUETE DES MERS. Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par RENEE MOREL, fille de marin et avide lectrice de *L'intégrale des jurons du Capitaine Haddock*.  S'embarquant pour des voyages à l'issue incertaine où beaucoup ont laissé leur vie, navigateurs, pirates et galériens ont tous contribué à bouleverser notre conception du monde. C'est l'époque où s'affrontent les intérêts rivaux des puissances européennes, le temps des corsaires et, bientôt, celui des marines nationales. Que leurs enjeux aient été la domination des océans (Surcouf, Jean Bart) ou la recherche de terres inconnues, de plus en plus lointaines (La Pérouse, Bougainville), ces hommes de la mer ont profondément marqué notre histoire.  Quelle est la différence entre un corsaire et un pirate? Y a-t-il une différence entre un flibustier et un boucanier? A quel moment disparaissent les corsaires et pourquoi? Et qu'en est-il des galériens? Pourquoi Louis XIV décide-t-il de rétablir le corps des galères? Quand celui-ci sera-t-il supprimé?  Autant de questions auxquelles on répondra dans ce cours passionnant! 8 weeks (March 3 - April 21, 2010) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON)  $250 (Discounts for early birds as well as for members). The French  Class, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 362.3666 info@frenchclass.com  Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école pour vous inscrire.

March 22-May 13, 2010. FRENCH CLASSES by ANNE BISHOP, offered at Book Passage.  Courses include Beginning French, Intermediate French, Upper Intermediate French, Advanced French, and Cours de perfectionnement. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

Beginning March 23, 2010.  MOMMY & ME FRENCH IN MARIN COUNTY. The interest in  the Mommy & Me class scheduled to begin Tuesday March 23 is looking good! To insure a successful turnout, I need just 3 more pre-paid M&M pairs to create our core group. If you are still interested in joining this class, please email me to reserve your place and send payment to: Le Petit Jardin 51 Tamalpais Ave. San Anselmo, Ca 94960 *checks payable to Golden Gate Tutoring Center (or GGTC. memo: LPJ). Here are the class details: Tuesdays March 23 – June 1 (no class April 13) 2010 10:00 am -10:50 am Class held at Golden Gate Tutoring Center in downtown San Anselmo.  249 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Located on bridge behind Coffee Roasters.  www.goldengatetutoring.com  Cost is $210 for 10 week session. Includes book & CD set. 50 minutes of French Immersion for you and your little one ages 18 months through 4 years.  Singing, stretching and dancing, story time, snack and crafts.  Come have fun ‘à la française!’

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.

April 12-June 1, 2010.  FRENCH CLASSES by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN, offered at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

Starting May 15, 2010.  FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR SEMINAR SERIES.  French Wine Scholar study and certification seminar series -- accepting registrations.  Offered by Discover Wine & Spirits .  http://www.frenchwinesociety.org/

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 

June 28-July 5, 2010.  MIXED MEDIA PAINTING CLASS IN CARCASSONNE. Watercolor, Fluid Acrylic and Collage Techniques with CAROL DUCHAMP. A stunningly restored medieval town, Carcassonne¹s La Cité is a fairy tale enclave of turrets bathed in breathtaking light. Our beautiful and luxurious stone house mid-way between La Cité and Bastide St. Louis is a 15-minute walk from the restored castle (world heritage site) and a 15-minute walk from the famed Canal du Midi waterway. A walking path along the Aude River with exquisite views of La Cité is a 1-block meander from our French home away from home. Painting practice will take place in our private landscaped garden and en plein air at selected sites. carol@arttreks.com Renew your art spirit with color and wet-into-wet water media techniques that offer the amateur and professional painter the broadest expressive range. Demonstrations and discussion will include wetting the paper or canvas, color saturation, brushwork, compositional energy, atmospheric effect, edge tinting, textual elegance and the use of watercolor crayon, acrylic inks and polymer mediums for collage. Whether your work moves in a realistic or abstract direction, innovative teaching methods will build self-confidence and enhance your skill. Individual instruction as time permits. This class is suitable for all levels of skill from beginner to professional. www.arttreks.com      Class fee of $650 (or 530 euros) includes six half-day art classes, individual instruction, a mid-trip sharing of our paintings in progress and farewell celebration of our work. Optional in-house accommodations $720 1/2 share twin (530 euros) $1400 single (1030 euros).     To enroll in the art workshop, please mail your class deposit check of $250 (payable to Art Trek) to Carol Duchamp, Art Trek, P.O. Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924. You will receive a confirmation letter, suggested art materials list, information on meeting with the group and other pre-departure details. Balance of class fee is due 60-days prior to departure.

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 April 1, 2010.  LA DANSE:  THE PARIS OPERA BALLET. 7:00 p.m.  (Frederick Wiseman, France/U.S., 2009, 158 mins). Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/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! 

April 1, 2010.  LA DANSE:  THE PARIS OPERA BALLET. 7:00 p.m.  (Frederick Wiseman, France/U.S., 2009, 158 mins). Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

April 1 or 3, 20010.  DE LA GAULE A L'EMPIRE DE CHARLEMAGNE.  Une conférence en français offerte par RENEE MOREL. Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  April 1, evening, hours TBA; April 3, 10:30-12:00pm. 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.

April 5, 2010.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Berkeley, 7pm.  Lecture: ET APRES…  7pm.  berenicevlm@yahoo.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. The ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents Dr. Hilary Kaiser, Franco-American historian, in a lecture on French war brides in America entitled BONJOUR MADEMOISELLE… L’AMOUR ET LE MARIAGE APRES LES DEUX GUERRES MONDIALES.  This free event will take place at 7pm on Friday April 9 at the Vista del Lago Community Room, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa 95405.  http://www.afsantarosa.org

April 9, 2010. FOLK METAL BAND ELUVEITIE The intrepid folk-metal new-wavers of Eluveitie (Celtic language for Switzerland, by the way) have undertaken yet another US tour.  The Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA www.theregencyballroom.com/ or www.eluveitie.ch for details.

April 10, 2010.  MR. KLEIN.  8:20 p.m.  (Joseph Losey, France, 1976, 122 mins) Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

April 12, 2010.  THE HISTORY AND DIVERSITY OF MEDITERRANEAN JEWRIES.  A lecture by PAULA DACCARETT. Sonoma State University Jewish Studies Program Spring 2010 Lecture Series, 7pm, The Cooperage, SSU Campus, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.3293 or http://www.sonoma.edu/jewishstudies 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 15, 2010.  YANN TIERSEN at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.   Tickets on sale. Location: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco http://gamh.com/

April 18, 2010.  JOELLE JOLIVET speaks about OOPS! – a talk for children.  Follow a family through the streets of Paris as they try to get to the airport for their vacation.  Back at their apartment, their house-sitting aunt slips on some soap, setting off a chain reaction of events that create some extreme roadblocks for the family’s trip.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  2pm.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 19 & 20, 2010.  FRENCH ILLUSTRATOR JOELLE JOLIVET.  French illustrator Joelle Jolivet will be presenting her work to several schools in the Bay Area, and participate in two book signing sessions. She will also give a lecture at the California Center for the Arts. Supported by the Cultural services and the French American Cultural Society.  Details to follow.

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, 2010.  THE BEACHES OF AGNES.  3:00 p.m.  (Agnès Varda, France, 2008, 110 mins). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe. Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

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 1, 2010.  STEPHEN HOUGH, pianist, plays FAURE’s BARCAROLLE NO. 5 OP. 66, IMPROMPTU NO. 5 OP. 102, and NOCTURNE NO.6 OP.63, among others. Hough is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant.   Herbst Theatre.  $48/$27 with full series.  Chamber Music San Francisco.  415.392.4400 or http://www.chambermusicsf.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.

Starting May 15, 2010.  FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR SEMINAR SERIES.  French Wine Scholar study and certification seminar series -- accepting registrations.  Offered by Discover Wine & Spirits .  http://www.frenchwinesociety.org/

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.

May 20 or 22, 2010. PARIS AU TEMPS DE BALZAC. May 20, evening, hours TBA; May 22, 10:30-12:00pm.  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.

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

July 27, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE play at the Milpitas  Summer Concert Series, 6:15 to 8:15pm, Milpitas.  http://www.fourgo.com

July 31, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE play at the  Clayton Concerts in the Grove, 6 to 8:30pm, Clayton.  http://www.fourgo.com for details.

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