March 18-26, 2010

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March Events

March 18, 2010.  DUE ZIGHI BACI.  We'll be at a new venue this Thursday, March18th  @ 5PM:  Rendezvous Bistro, downtown Santa Rosa.  614 Fourth St..  www.rvbistro.com  Please join us if you can. It will be a short evening as Michael is involved in a 6th street playhouse production. So, don't be late! An All French program is planned. www.eurocafemusic.com 

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.

Opening March 19, 2010.  THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (dir. André Téchiné) opens at the Presidio, San Francisco; Shattuck, Berkeley. 

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 & 21, 2010.  OAKLAND EAST BAY SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS’ SYMPHONY NO. 3, “ORGAN.”  Tickets start at $20.  Friday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm.  Paramount Theatre.  510.444.0801 or 800.745.3000 or http://www.oebs.org for details. 

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

March 20, 2010.  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.  CHORA NOVA performs works by FAURE and SAINT-SAENS.  Chora Nova continues its 2009-2010 season on Saturday, March 20, with a concert featuring Fauré's Requiem. Also included are choral works by Gabriel Fauré and his teacher Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by chamber orchestra. Joining Chora Nova for this all-French program are baritone Jeffrey Fields, soprano Bridget O'Keeffe, organist Mark Bruce, and harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. A special feature of the program will be Dr. Paul Flight, counter-tenor and Dr. Nalini Ghuman, pianist, who will perform a group of French mélodies by Fauré's contemporaries, Charles Gounod, Cécile Chaminade, Jules Massenet, and Ernest Chausson.  First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (at Dana St) Berkeley, CA  $20 general  $18 senior  $10 student Advance tickets are available on-line at www.choranova.org, or at the door. One performance only: March 20  8:00 p.m.

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, 2010.  EDVARD MUNCH:  A CAFÉ MUSÉE EVENT.  Présenté -- en français, bien sûr! -- par Renée Morel. Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  *“The angels of fear, sorrow and death stood by my side since the day I was born,” *wrote the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), whose family moved to Kristiania (now Oslo) the following year. Munch, who lost his mother when he was five, was raised by a temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious father: *“From him I inherited the seeds of madness.”*At the Royal School of Art, Munch experimented with Naturalism and Impressionism while dealing with paternal concerns about his “unholy trade” and bohemian lifestyle. Undeterred by the poor reviews of his early work, Munch decided to explore his emotional and psychological state, thus moving toward Expressionism. His *Sick Child* (1886), a portrait of his dying sister, scandalized the public. Finally recognized, Munch exhibited at the *Salon des Indépendants* in Paris, at Berlin *Sezession* and Vienna *Sezession*. As his mental health deteriorated, his work embodied fear, jealousy, sexual tension, despair. Compelling paintings depict victims, figures of sorrow or, on the contrary, threatening females (*Vampire, Death of Marat*). His iconic *Scream* (1893) represents the universal anxiety of modern man. Come and see the polarity of Life and Death that has produced images of striking power, wavering between Expressionism and Symbolism —or Heaven and Hell— as Munch journeyed from one to the other. 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Visual Arts Building (V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., Sf. Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Café Musée team. Open to all. Donation: $3. To join us, write to cafemusee@gmail.com or call: (415) 255-8301. Venez parler d’art et faire la connaissance d’autres francophones et francophiles !

March 20, 2010.  GYRATING ON THE HIPS OF GEDE WITH DOWOTI DESIR.  Lecture/demonstration focused on HAITIAN VODOU.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco.  415.358.7200 or http://www.moadsf.org for details.  7pm.

March 20, 2010.  FETE DE PRINTEMPS 2010, organized by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Revetez vos habits de lumiere et venez faire la fete le 20 mars a partir de 20h a l’ISTP – Palo Alto.  La Fete de Printemps annuelle arrive a grands pas.   Le theme : Les annees 1970. Sortez vos pates d’elephants et costumes a paillettes et rejoignez nous. Venez danser, boire, manger er passer une excellente soiree aux sons de notre DJ! Participation: $15 pour les Membres, $25 pour les non membres. Reglement a l’avance recommande. Carole Granade, Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce phone: 415 442 4717 - fax: 415 442 4621 www.faccsf.com  - carole@faccsf.com  Pour les membres:  http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/SLQHXVLGRXYPXXOPDBJF/printempsmembres; Pour les non membres  http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/XYXZNLQFARJNBRLDWZWB/printempsnonmembres.

March 20, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN/ZYDECO at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio, CA.  415.662.2219 or http://www.ranchonicasio.com for details.  8:30pm.

March 20, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALONGUITTARD Chocolate and more… Starting at 10am.  Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason (Marina & Buchanan), SF.  $25-$300.  http://www.sfchocolatesalon.com for details. 

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.  GENERAL ELEKTRIKS perform at Bottom of the Hill. With Rubies and Jel.  8:30pm.  To win a pair of tickets, e-mail your full name and e-mail address to:  culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org.  Age: 21+.  General admission: $8.  Location: 1233 17th Street (17th @ Missouri), San Francisco.  http://www.bottomofthehill.com/.  Info line: 415-621-4455.  http://www.general-elektriks.com/

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.  MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA performs BERLIOZ’ ROYAL HUNT AND STORM from LES TROYENS, and more.  http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

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.  DUE ZIGHI BACI performs at FRENCH GARDEN, Sebastopol.   NEW START TIME!  to go with the DST change.  NOTE:  7:30PM--10:30PM. We've got some new songs for you!   www.frenchgardenrestaurant.com or www.eurocafemusic.com

March 25, 2010.  SILICONFRENCH / INTERFRENCH presents CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTIONS. Cloud Computing is among the most critical strategic technologies for the near future, with an annual global market estimated around $100 billion for solutions using web resource computing.  Join us on Thursday, March 25th for an enlightening panel discussion about this  paradigm shift that may impact greatly the way we conduct business and use IT resources. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Palo Alto, 1530 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA  94304-1143  (Phone: 650-798-0300) We have limited space and expect the event to be a sellout. Early Registration:  $30 ($25 with code "siliconfrench") On-Site Registration:  $35 Students Registration:$20 (with presentation of student card. Code "Studentonly" ) Register for Cloud Computing Solutions in Palo Alto, CA  on Eventbrite.   events@interfrench.org

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. L’AMI DE MON AMI, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details.

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.  THIERRY ESCAICH, celebrated concert organist of St. Etienne du Mont in Paris, perofrms with IVET APKAINA.  San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

March 28, 2010. MAHEALANI UCHIYAMA performs World/Afro-POLYNESIAN at Ashkenaz. World-Afro-Polynesian singer-dancer-composer Mahealani Uchiyama describes her music as "sweet, soulful island sounds." Her "island sounds" are everything from Tahitian ahuroa to reggae, blended with musical elements from Africa, including the mbira  (thumb piano). She is accompanied by a full Tahitian drum orchestra, ukuleles,  guitarists, a chorus, and colorfully costumed Polynesian dancers. A highlight of  Uchiyama's shows is THE FUSION OF TAHITIAN AND SENEGALESE DRUM AND DANCE, which, she says, "celebrates all of us who straddle two worlds." Uchiyama is the director of the Center for International Dance and of the KaUaTuahine Polynesian Dance Company. She has performed in such prestigious venues as San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, New Zealand's National Museum, and the Grand Heiva in Tahiti. Her latest CD, "A Walk by the Sea," combines the sounds of her cultural and spiritual heritage; it won the 11th Annual Hawai'i Music Award for best world music album  of 2007. "As a child of African and Native American ancestry living in a multi-cultural community in our nation's capital," Uchiyama explains, "I was exposed to many ethnic traditions which reached back many generations. Yet, due to both the African Diaspora, and  the near genocide and dislocation of the indigenous people of this land, I felt  that I was without the same direct connection to the well of ancestral wisdom that many of my friends enjoyed. Like many, I have been compelled to search for knowledge of and connection to the cultural and spiritual traditions of my African and Native American ancestors. In my case, this search has led me on a journey into the artistic expressions of the Pacific Islands, as well as to Africa. Now I feel these connections to ancestral roots. In the end, we have a connection to Spirit which transcends  all." Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m. $10 - Buy advance tickets! www.ashkenaz.com or  www.mahea.com

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 30, 2010.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE FACCSF NETWORK EVENT.   Members Networking Event 6:30PM, Residence de France-San Francisco.  This is a perfect chance to meet your fellow members. Whether you are new to the network or looking to catch up with close contacts, this night will regroup the diverse membership of the French and American Business Communities of the Bay Area! Join us for a fun and vibrant night of discussion and networking among peers and professionals.  This event is reserved for our FACCSF members only. Members may come with one guest. Guests please specify the name of the member you are coming along with. New address as of March 1st: 26th O'Farrell St Suite 500-San Francisco, CA 94108.  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

March 30, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents THE PROMISED OF PERSONALIZED HEALTH MANAGEMENT, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada, Advance, Innovation Center Denmark, and the Consulate General of France. Details to follow.

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.
 

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

LA FILLE DU RER / THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (dir. André Téchiné) opens at the Presidio, San Francisco; Shattuck, Berkeley. Opening March 19, 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; Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley. 

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

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

ART 

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

Through March 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.

April 1-May 15, 2010.  PARIS CAPTURED. "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway The invention of the postcard in 1869 sparked a communication revolution equal to the birth of email in our own day. The postcard industry boomed in fashionable Paris, with Parisians and tourists alike enthralled by this quick, informal way of sending messages and hand-tinted photographs of the city they loved. At the turn of the century, France was producing one million cartes postalesa day. Castle in the Air invites you to view a Paris captured at the height of this golden age. Berkeley collector Leonard Pitt shares over 70 postcards showing life in the city's boulevards, streets, shops, dance halls, and cafés. Pitt's accompanying notes take viewers on the ultimate nostalgia trip, revealing social and architectural details of a Paris that has, for the most part, vanished. Leonard Pitt is the bestselling author of Walks Through Lost Paris, Paris Postcards: The Golden Age, and the forthcoming Paris: A Journey Through Time. He will give a talk and book signing at the Paris Captured opening reception the evening of April 7. "A Studio for the Imagination," Castle in the Air's shop and classroom have inspired local and visiting artists since 2001. Castle in the Air's new gallery in the upstairs loft quite literally takes the inspiration to new heights and provides a venue to showcase current and historical works. Gallery open 12 - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday Reception, book signing, and illustrated talk by Leonard Pitt Wednesday, April 7, 6 p.m. Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, Calif. 94710 (510) 204-9801, www.castleintheair.biz

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.  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.

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 1, 2010.  MARC RIBOUD PHOTOGRAPHS.  North Gate Hall, UC-Berkeley.  Closed Sundays.  510.642.3383 or http://www.journalism.berkeley.edu for details.  Reviewed in the Tuesday, March 16, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Datebook.

Through 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.

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 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!’

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.  EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER (LHC), presented by SWISSNEX.  Speakers include Malika Meddahi, CERN; Ian Hinchliffe, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US Atlas Physics Coordinator; and Elizabeth Clements, Senior Science Communicator at Fermilab and co-chair, US LHC Communication Group.

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 2, 2010.  DJANGOFEST MILL VALLEY.  142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA.  http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.

April 5, 2010.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Berkeley, 7pm.  Lecture: ET APRES…  7pm.  berenicevlm@yahoo.com

April 7, 2010.  LEONARD PITT – BOOK SIGNING AND ILLUSTRATED TALK ONPARIS CAPTURED.” "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway The invention of the postcard in 1869 sparked a communication revolution equal to the birth of email in our own day. The postcard industry boomed in fashionable Paris, with Parisians and tourists alike enthralled by this quick, informal way of sending messages and hand-tinted photographs of the city they loved. At the turn of the century, France was producing one million cartes postalesa day. Castle in the Air invites you to view a Paris captured at the height of this golden age. Berkeley collector Leonard Pitt shares over 70 postcards showing life in the city's boulevards, streets, shops, dance halls, and cafés. Pitt's accompanying notes take viewers on the ultimate nostalgia trip, revealing social and architectural details of a Paris that has, for the most part, vanished. Leonard Pitt is the bestselling author of Walks Through Lost Paris, Paris Postcards: The Golden Age, and the forthcoming Paris: A Journey Through Time. He will give a talk and book signing at the Paris Captured opening reception the evening of April 7. "A Studio for the Imagination," Castle in the Air's shop and classroom have inspired local and visiting artists since 2001. Castle in the Air's new gallery in the upstairs loft quite literally takes the inspiration to new heights and provides a venue to showcase current and historical works. Gallery open 12 - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday Reception, book signing, and illustrated talk by Leonard Pitt Wednesday, April 7, 6 p.m. Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, Calif. 94710 (510) 204-9801, www.castleintheair.biz

April 7, 2010.  CORNELIA HESSE-HONEGGER. Swiss scientific illustrator Cornelia Hesse-Honegger and her illustrations of mutant insects visits swissnex San Francisco.

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.  LES NUITS DE LA PLEINE LUNE, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details.

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.  LAETITIA SONAMI performs at in “Now Playing” at SFMOMA. Le 15 Avril Laetitia Sonami est invitée à jouer une de ses œuvres musicales  dans le lobby du SFMOMA, dans le cadre de leur série « Now Playing » . Laetitia jouera de son gant hi-tech, le lady’s glove, en collaboration avec Sue-C qui projettera des images video. For more information: http://www.sfmoma.org/events/1591 or http://www.sonami.net.

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 16-17, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents ACTIVATING THE MEDIUM FESTIVAL.  Activating the Medium festival. 23five Incorporated, in collaboration with swissnex San Francisco and The Lab, presents the 13th annual Activating The Medium festival, with performances from local and international sound artists including Switzerland's Marc Zeier, aka G*Park.  Details to follow.

April 16-24, 2010.  SUNNY MEMORIES EXHIBITION. Sunny Memories exhibition and related events. Our third collaboration with EPFL+ECAL Lab presents groundbreaking design based on new solar cell technology invented in Switzerland by EPFL's Michael Graetzel. The exhibition will be at CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts from April 16th through April 24th, and an event celebrating the exhibition will take place at CCA on April 22nd. swissnex San Francisco will host a scientific conference on dye-sensitized solar cells on April 21st.   http://swissnexSanFrancisco.org

April 17, 2010.  CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG performs at the Palace of Fine Arts, SF.  www.charlottegainsbourg.com for details.

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, 2010.  ON TRACK FOR THE FUTURE, presented by SWISSNEX. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  Swiss people use public transportation for 19 percent of all their trips. Mass transit accounts for just two percent of trips in the US, although that number is growing. So, can Swiss transportation solutions provide a model for the American West? The "Sustainable Transportation Road Show," launched by the Consulates General of Switzerland in San Francisco and Los Angeles, brings this question and others to swissnex San Francisco during an in-depth discussion of rail transportation in the two regions. Gregor Saladin, media spokesperson for the Swiss Federal Office of Transport, and Elizabeth Deakin, a professor of city and regional planning and urban design at UC Berkeley, discuss rail infrastructure—its present and its future—in both Switzerland and California. WIRED magazine’s Rachel Swaby, who recently co-authored an article on bullet-train networks in the US, moderates.  Accompanying the discussion is the exhibit, “The Challenge of Sustainable Transportation for the 21st Century: Prospects for Switzerland and the US.” The exhibit looks at the similarities and contrasts between Switzerland and the US with regard to rail travel and presents policies, incentives, infrastructure, land use planning, and timetables for transportation projects including the Gotthard Base Tunnel, set to provide a modern, low-gradient railway through the Alps to allow for shorter travel times and more freight capacity.  Partnering with the Swiss Federal Office of Transportation, swissnex San Francisco, the Exploratorium, the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Davis, the University of Washington, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the "Sustainable Transportation Road Show" is a project of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.  Details and registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/ontrackforthefuture

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, 2010.  CAFÉ BOHEME:  THE ARTIST’S LIFE IN SONG. Redwood Cafe,  Downtown COTATI, a special Zighi Baci Production! 7pm.  Don't Miss It! www.eurocafemusic.com

April 30, 2010. LE RAYON VERT, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.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 7, 2010.  LAETITIA SONAMI’s new installation is presented at the Berkeley Museum.  Le 7 mai , le Musée de Berkeley présentera une de ses nouvelles installations sonores, dans le cadre de leur série L@TE.  Plus d’information sur ces sites :  http://www.sonami.net et  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/calendar/

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.

May 22-23, 2010.   CASSAND BALLET presents a world premiere of the full-length ballet: PERSEPHONE, with choreography by RODOLPHE CASSAND. Rodolphe Cassand has danced with SF Ballet, Smuin Ballet,  Lines Ballet, ABT, Dance Theater of Harlem, and National Ballet of Marseille - Roland Petit. He is the recipient of a strong artistic heritage from great French ballet masters. At Cassand Ballet School and Company, Rodolphe is passing on his secrets to becoming a beautiful and inspiring dancer. Rodolphe has worked with renowned choreographers, including Roland Petit, Glenn Tetley and William Forsythe, who have shaped his prodigious creativity. Since opening his school in June 2009, Rodolphe has been choreographing/staging one new dance per month. *Persephone, *a full length neoclassical ballet by Rodolphe Cassand, inspired by a Greek myth on the changing seasons, will be premiered at the Sunnyvale Community Theater on Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23, 2010. The Persephone cast is comprised of Cassand Ballet students, a Bay Area guest artist dancing the role of Hades, the god of the Underworld, and Rodolphe Cassand as Zeus, the king of gods. Saturday May 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.  and   Sunday May 23, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Sunnyvale Community Theater, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.  TICKETS  At the door: $25 General admission, $20 Seniors and Children under 13 Through studio in advance: $18 single tickets, $16 group price for 10 tickets Purchase via Paypal: $2 service charge fee included More info: www.CassandBallet.com, cassandballet@gmail.com<cassandballet@gmail.co>, (408) 636-3123

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.

September 7, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s ROMAN CARNIVAL, RAVEL’s DAPHNIS & CHLOE and more. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

September 21-October 22, 2010.  THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.  San Francisco Opera.  http://sfopera.com or 415.865.3330 for details.

September 29 & 30 & October 2 & 3, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, with JEAN-FREDERIC NEUBURGER, piano, performs RAVEL’S RHAPSODIE ESPAGNOLE, DEBUSSY’S PREMIERE RHAPSODIE for clarinet & FANTAISIE for piano and orchestra, and BERLIOZ, scenes from ROMEO ET JULIETTE.  San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

October 7-9, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs EDGARD VARESE’s AMERIQUES and more. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

October 14, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’s LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN and more. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

October 24-November 12, 2010.  CYRANO DE BERGERAC. San Francisco Opera.  http://sfopera.com or 415.865.3330 for details.

November 11-13, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G and more. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

November 21, 2010.  OLIVIER LATRY, titular organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, performs with the San Francisco Symphony. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

January 6-9, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs with HELENE GRIMAUD, piano. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

January 13-15, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY conducted by YAN PASCAL TORTELIER. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

February 17-19, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY conducted by BERNARD LABADIE. San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

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