April 15-23, 2010

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April Events

April is BELGIAN BEER MONTH at Toronado, 547 Haight St., San Francisco.  415.863.2276 or http://www.toronado.com for details.

Through April 15, 2010.  TERENCE BLANCHARD QUINTET performs at Yoshi’s San Francisco.  Blanchard, originally from New Orleans, has been active in raising awareness and support for the people of that city since Hurricane Katrina.  8pm.  $18.  Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, SF.  415.655.5600 or http://www.yoshis.com 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.  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 Cupertino Library with Penny Warner and Rhys Bowen 10800 Torre Ave, Cupertino, Ca www.carablack.com 

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 15, 2010.  FROM LASCAUX TO THE INVENTION OF WRITING. A slide presentation by CCSF instructor RENEE MOREL *IN FRENCH*, followed by a discussion.Twenty thousand years before our era, in Lascaux or Altamira, humans traced their first drawings. But it would take another seventeen millennia for one of the most amazing of human adventures to begin: the invention of writing. From the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates to those of the Mediterranean, its momentous episodes are rooted in mundane activities, like bookkeeping. No poet (yet), but accountants who record wealth and debts on clay, stone, papyrus. While cuneiform signs spread all over Mesopotamia, other writing systems that transcribe words or syllables develop in nearby Egypt or far away China. The tool (stylus, sharpened reed or chisel) first imposes the shapes, but shapes eventually evolved with time. Finally, a thousand years before our era, another revolution took place: the invention of the alphabet. This economical system transcribing single sounds allowed for a democratization of knowledge. Spread by the sea-faring Phoenicians, it traveled to Greece, Italy and North Africa, thus spawning various alphabets, further disseminated by the Holy Scriptures of the Jewish, Arabic, and Christian religions.  Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school.  IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room as latecomers disturb everybody. 6:30 — 8:30 PM at Everett Middle School (Room 305), 450 Church (between 16th and 17th Streets), SF.

April 15, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform a street concert from noon to 1:00pm in San Francisco. Street Concert 12th & Broadway next to Jamba Juice! Instrumentation: Quartet Vocals, Laurent Keys, Doug McKeehan Upright bass, Tom Martin Drums, Bill Belasco We will play a mix of French favorites and American Jazz Standards! And we will  be wearing our vintage gears! Www.FOURGO.com

April 15 & 16, 2010.  SONGS FOR AN EVENING IN SPRING, part of the CONCERTS IN THE PRESIDIO series.  The evenings will feature an array of songs, arias, and ensemble pieces from CANDIDE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LES MIZ and more.  Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, SF.  7:30pm.  Seats can be reserved by calling 415.447.6274.

April 15-May 2, 2010.  CUBACARIBE FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC, freaturing master artists from HAITI, New York, NEW ORLEANS and Cuba.  Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., San Francisco.  $18.50-$22.  415.273.4633 or http://www.cubacaribe.org for details. 

April 16, 2010.  MONTHLY CONVERSATION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 6:30pm You are invited by  the Board to the monthly French conversation evening.  Please bring a  dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée  conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.  Une fois par mois, le troisième vendredi, nous nous réunissons à  l’Alliance pour une soirée de conversation.   Que fait-on à une soirée de conversation ? On discute, on rencontre des  gens nouveaux car certains y amènent leurs amis, parfois des Français  de passage, on y parle des derniers films, des derniers livres… Mais entre amis tout commence par une table bien garnie. La nourriture  étant un sujet inépuisable pour les Français, plus on mange, plus on a  envie de parler de nourriture. Ce buffet fonctionne selon le principe  de « la fortune du pot », il est le reflet de la créativité culinaire  des participants.  La convivialité est toujours au rendez-vous, non seulement on passe une  bonne soirée mais on a l’occasion de pratiquer le français. Alors venez  nombreux. http://afberkeley.org/Newsletters.aspx

April 16, 2010.  DEBORAH KUHL sings French standards at La Veranda Café in Clayton from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. www.laverandacafe.com or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

April 16 & 17, 2010.  ACTIVATING THE MEDIUM FESTIVAL AT THE LAB.  Each year, the San Francisco-based sound art organization 23five Incorporated curates "Activating The Medium", a festival based on a specific theme that underscores the connectivity between artists and their methods and materials. In previous years, "Activating The Medium" explored sound ecology, audio mimesis, and the relationship between sound and architecture. For the 13th annual festival at The Lab, 23five chose ice as the theme-the physical, geographic, metaphoric,  and mythological attributes of ice manifested through sound. Performers include Cheryl E. Leonard (San Francisco), Pedestrian Deposit (Los Angeles), Joshua Churchill (San Francisco), Adam Sonderberg (Berkeley), Rale (Los Angeles), and Jesse Burson (Alameda), and Zurich-based G*Park, who rarely appears live. This is G*Park's first ever California performance.   Activating the Medium Festival The Lab 2948 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103  Friday, April 16th - Saturday, April 17th, 2010, 8:30 p.m. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia.

April 16-18, 2010.  SOMA SPRING OPEN STUDIOS, including work by MARTINE JARDEL! Join Us  for a very special event! 30+ Artists will be displaying their work at SOMA Artist Studios    Wine Tasting provided by: Hume Sances Winery  Food provided by: Herb'n Palete Chef, Paul Plotkin  biscuit boy Chef, Van Dao.  30+ Artists will be displaying their work in an incredible variety of  media, including ceramics, collage, glass, drawing, furniture, mixed  media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and more.    LOCATION:  SOMA Artists Studios, 689 Bryant St. @ 5th     Please join us April 16th-18th in the bright and sunny South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood, to view a multitude of artists within walking distance.  The studios are easy to get to by walking, bicycling or by public transportation. All featured studios are close to the Cal Trainstation and only a few blocks from Market St. BART stations. Several MUNI bus routes run to the neighborhood including the 9, 10, 12, 15,27, 30, 45, 47 and metro lines N and T. Nearby street parking is available. Where & When:  April 16th 6pm-9pm Reception  April 17th & 18th 11:00am-6:00pm.  www.somaartiststudios.wordpress.com    

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 16-May 2, 2010.  THE LITTLE PRINCE.  Fringe Festival of Marin presents a 40-minute adaptation of the beloved SAINT-EXUPERY children’s book.  Also on the bill are a number of one-acts and monologues.  $5-$17.  Meadowlands Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael.  415.673.3131 or http://www.fringeofmarin.com for details.  Friday at Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm.

Through April 17, 2010.  MARK TWAIN’S IS HE DEAD?  Adapted by DAVID IVES.  North Bay Premiere.  Starving artist JEAN-FRANÇOIS MILLET isn't famous - yet! To inflate his art’s value he fakes his own death and returns as his twin. His twin sister, that is! Can he pull it off?  Find out in Twain’s side-splitting farce. Directed by Elizabeth Craven & Barton Smith.    Starring *Nick Sholley (with a premiere appearance by his twin sister Nikki), with Anthony Abate, Gene Abravaya, Jenna Hoff, Arnold House, Elly Lichenstein, *Laura Lowry, Chris Murphy, James Pelican, *Mark Robinson & Ann Woodhead   Presale: $25 General & $20 Senior/Student.   At the Door: $28 General & $22 Sen/Stu.   *Member of Actors Equity, the Union of Professional Actors. Call the Box Office at 707.763.8920 or buy online at www.cinnabartheater.org or http://www.cinnabartheater.org/0910/cinnabar.is.he.dead.html

April 17, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO PIANO TRIO.  Works by FAURE and more.  $10-$25.  8pm.  Occidental Community Church, 3621 Church St., Occidental.  707.874.3501 for details.

April 17, 2010.   CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG ON TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES! It's a once in a lifetime chance to see Charlotte Gainsbourg live in concert in her first ever US tour. She'll be playing songs off the recently released IRM album which was produced and written with Beck. Don't miss this opportunity to see the French star! 8:00pm at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco The French Cultural services are happy to offer free tickets for the San Francisco concert to the first 4 persons e-mailing us at culture@consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org Tickets for Portland and San Francisco shows still available on Ticketmaster.com  For more info and other dates: http://www.charlottegainsbourg.com/

April 17, 2010.  STORM OVER MOROCCO, by FRANK ROMANO.  Book Signing/Presentation.  Borders, 1pm – 7 pm, 2825 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA.  It is a true story about a desperate escape from an Islamic sect which wrongly accused the author of being a Zionist spy in 1978 and tried for  sabotage, a capital crime, by an extremist Islamic group in Morocco.  While traveling across Africa searching for a universal religion, I was invited to study Islam in a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco; it turned  out to be controlled by a militant Moslem group which promptly  imprisoned me.  The 3rd Edition includes new chapter on recent  meeting with Militant  Palestinians West Bank refugee camp. Contact:  frankfro@aol.com/ or www.frankromano363.blogspot.com/ or www.frankromano363.com  Tel.US : 917-653-7649 /  Tel. Paris: 011 336 2435 6659 Frank Romano, PhD Sorbonne University, Paris, Tenured professor at the  University of Paris, Member of California and Marseille Bars.

April 18, 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   @ 2 PM  Livermore Library with Penny Warner and Rhys Bowen 1188 So Livermore Ave, Livermore, Ca www.carablack.com  

April 18, 2010.  UN DEUX TROIS performs at Cafe Azul.  Join us at Cafe Azul for a great afternoon of traditional French and Bal Musette music from the cafes of Paris.  No Cover Charge! Robert Lunceford - accordion Lisa Iskin - guitar & vocals Josh Fossgreen - bass guitar  You can view a flyer for this event at: http://joshfossgreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/UDTcafeazul.jpeg  521 4th Street Downtown Santa Rosa.  4pm-6pm.  You can hear some samples of our music and check our calendar for upcoming performances at: http://www.socolive.com/module/Content/action/View/type/Artist/id/258

April 18, 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. Sunday, April 18, 2:00pm: Book signing at Book passage in Corte Madera Illustrator Joëlle Jolivet reads from and talks about Oops! http://www.bookpassage.com/index.php;  Monday, April 19 at 3:00pm: book signing of Oops! at Hicklebee's San Jose; Location: Hicklebee's San Jose, 1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA http://www.hicklebees.com/  Monday, April 19 at 7:30pm: Talk at the California College of the Arts. Joelle Jolivet will present her work.  Location: CCA, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA Supported by the Cultural services and the French American Cultural Society.

April 19, 2010.  THE ONE ALL ALONE. The U.S. Première of The One All Alone, by Dutch director Frank Scheffer, explores the life and work of the ground-breaking French-American composer Edgard Varèse (1883-1965). The documentary,which was shot on location in New Mexico, New York, the Netherlands, France and China, includes rare footage of Varèse, plus interviews with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and composer Chou Wen-chung.   Location: Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco. 7:30pm.

April 19, 2010. PERSEPOLIS screens at the MONDAVI CENTER.  PERSEPOLIS by Vincent Parannaud and Marjane Satrapi will play at the Mondavi Center as part of their "Graphic Novel Theme" Focus on Film series.* In the last 25 years, the graphic novel has come into its own as a respected art form, supplying the reader with the traditional beginning, middle, and end novel format juxtaposed against the raw visual aesthetic of classic comic books. In the second half of the Mondavi Center’s 2009-10 season, the Focus on Film series looks at a remake of a different kind, featuring three films inspired by seminal graphic novels. The last two films are *Ghost World* and* Persepolis*. 6PM | Vanderhoef Studio Theatre  The English version of the beautifully animated French film about growing up in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Iran, with voicings by Sean Penn and Gena Rowlands. A touching coming-of-age story, *Persepolis* provides a glimpse into the life of adolescence in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Iran. *Persepolis* was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2008. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.  *Ticket for each film - Regular: $10.00 / Student: $5.00 More info here!  <http://www.mondaviarts.org/events/event.cfm?event_id=840&season=2009>

April 19, 2010.  ON TRACK FOR THE FUTURE. 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.” 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://swissnexSanFrancisco.org 

April 19-21, 2010.  ON TRACK TO THE FUTURE:  SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORATION ROAD SHOW.  Partnering with ThinkSwiss, the Consulates General of Switzerland in San Francisco and Los Angeles have launched a Sustainable Transportation Road Show for the month of April. Inspired by Switzerland's exhibition "On Track to the Future - Sustainable Transportation: a Challenge for the 21st Century," the series travels up and down the West Coast, asking how Swiss transportation solutions can inform the unique  and dynamic transit landscape of the American West. Featuring planning experts,  scholars, and transportation experts from Switzerland and the US, these events are sure to inform and inspire participants about the future of transportation.  LOCATIONS:   swissnex San Francisco April 19, 6:30 p.m. 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco  Speakers: Gregor Saladin, Swiss Federal Office of Transport; Elizabeth Deakin, professor of city and regional planning and urban design at UC Berkeley. Moderated by WIRED Magazine's Rachel Swaby. Registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/ontrackforthefuture UC Davis April 20, 10:00 a.m. 1065 Kemper Hall Speakers : Profs. Susan Handy, Pat Mokhtarian, Geoff Straw of UC Davis; Gregor Saladin; senior representatives of Davis and Sacramento Transit Authorities.  The Exploratorium April 21, 4:00 p.m. McBean Theatre 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco Speakers: Timothy Papandreou, SFMTA Deputy Director for Transportation Planning;  Gregor Saladin; Andy Thornley, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; representative  of the San Francisco Department of the Environment RSVP is mandatory: Please contact Michaël Sapin, michael.sapin@eda.admin.ch or 415.788.2272 ext. 107.

Through 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/

April 20, 2010.  SENEGALESE NIGHTINGALE BAABA MAAL performs iin Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  A living legend in his native SENEGAL, singer/guitarist Baaba Maal is known as “the Nightingale” for the stunning power of his voice.  Honing a unique sound, Maal blends traditional African music with elements of reggae, pop, R&B, soul, mazz, and blues to create dazzling live performances featuring an array of singers, dancers and drummers.  Tickets start at $24.510.642.9988 or http://www.calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

April 20, 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 PM Bookshop Benicia with David Corbett 856 Southampton Rd Benicia www.carablack.com 

April 20, 2010. ANDREW CARRIERE & THE ZYDECO/CAJUN ALLSTARS perform Cajun/Zydeco A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a  long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby,  Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the  Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally  in the Cajun Classics. Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars are steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David  "Killer" Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, fiddler Annie Staninec (a new recruit from the Kathy Kallick country-bluegrass band), and bassist Steven Strauss. The  lineup may not seem particularly "traditional" to current followers of Cajun and  zydeco, but, Wilson explains, "This is the real tradition that came out of the  '50s and '60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar." And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun  and zydeco, old and new. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.;  Show at 8:30 p.m. $10 http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 20, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE play at Le Colonial,  SF.  No cover Join us before 6:30pm for Happy Hours! Get 5 appetizers for $12! And beers for half price. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 931-3600 www.lecolonialsf.com or  Www.FOURGO.com

April 20-24, 2010.  BOUQUETS TO ART, in which floral designers from all over the world reinterpret or respond to works that will be shown in the upcoming exhibits BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM and VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN, CEZANNE AND BEYOND… Artwork all made out of flowers.  De Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK, in Golden Gate Park), SF.  $20.  415.750.3600 or http://www.deyoungmusem.org for details.

April 21, 2010.  OLIVIER ABEL gives a lecture on PAUL RICOEUR AND FRENCH SKEPTICISM.  In English.  5:00pm.  Location:   Berkeley University, French Department Library | 4229 Dwinelle Hall.  Supported by the French Cultural services.

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, 2010.  BEYOND SUNNY MEMORIES EXHIBITION.  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm In parallel to the "Sunny Memories" exhibit, swissnex San Francisco presents an in-depth discussion of the technology behind the project. Kevin Sivula of EPFL's Laboratory of Phototonics and Interfaces (led by Michael Graetzel), explains how dye-sensitized solar cells work and describes potential applications. Two of the leading manufacturers of the technology, Dyesol Inc. and G24 Innovations, present their market-oriented take on the groundbreaking innovation. And EPFL+ECAL Lab's Nicolas Henchoz discusses the path from technology to design taken in the Sunny Memories project. Details and registration: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/beyondsunnymemories

April 21, 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 NOE VALLEY READS PROGRAM at The San Francisco Mystery Bookstore 4175 24th St, SF, CA www.carablack.com  

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 21-24, 2010.  MADELEINE PEYROUX performs at Yoshi’s San Francisco.  1330 Fillmore, SF.  415.655.5600 or http://www.yoshis.com for details.

April 22, 2010.  WRITER JEAN-PHILIPPE TOUSSAINT speaks in San Francisco and Berkeley.  Lecture at San Francisco State University, Department of French, 12:35pm.  Lecture at UC Berkeley, Department of French, 5:00pm.  Born in Brussels, the son of a journalist and a bookkeeper, Jean-Philippe Toussaint studied in Paris where he received an advanced degree in contemporary history from Sciences Po. He taught in Algeria from 1982 to 1984. His first novel, La Salle de bain, was hailed both by critics and the public who appreciated his incisive and uncluttered style in depicting his universe with a great economy of words. Toussaint will present his last book Running Away published by Dalkey Archive.  Supported by the French Cultural Services.

April 22 - May 6, 2010.  FRENCH FILMS at SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. 

April 23, 2010. BONJOUR MADEMOISELLE…  L’AMOUR ET LE MARIAGE DE FRANÇAISES AVEC DES AMERICAINS DANS LES ANNEES QUI ONT SUIVI LES DEUX GUERRES MONDIALES.  Conférence en français donnée par Hilary KAISER à 19h.  Après son doctorat à la Sorbonne, Hilary  Kaiser, spécialiste franco-américaine de l’histoire orale, a occupé un  poste de Maître de conférences à l’Université Paris XI. Elle est  l’auteur d’un livre intitulé  Des Amours de GI’s: les petites fiancées  du Débarquement  (Paris: Editions Tallandier, 2004) dont la  traduction en anglais s’intitule  French Warbrides in America  &#160;  (Greenwood, 2007). La conférence portera sur  l’histoire vécue et l’adaptation culturelle des “épouses de guerre”  françaises aux Etats-Unis, à partir des archives et des témoignages  recueillis par Hilary Kaiser auprès de Françaises d’Amérique. Please RSVP     : It is  imperative that you call 510-548-7481 or email to reserve so we can plan for food;   thank you. Donation suggested non member $8; member $5. http://afberkeley.org/Newsletters.aspx

April 23, 2010.  PARIS POSTCARDS:  THE GOLDEN AGE. Take a fascinating trip through time as renowned author and artist Leonard Pitt  explores Belle Epoque Paris as it appears in postcards from that gilded age Join the renowned artist and author Leonard Pitt as he embarks on an enlightening journey through time to Belle Epoque Paris and introduces us to the City of Light as it was captured in postcard images created during that gilded era.  Mr. Pitt  has assembled a visually stimulating and informative presentation in which he reveals Paris as it appeared a century ago, showing us just how much the city has changed over the course of time and how much of it has thankfully remained the same. This lecture is accompanied by Mr. Pitt's latest book, PARIS POSTCARDS - THE GOLDEN AGE, and the author will share many of the postcard graphics highlighted in his  work. Mr. Pitt's fascination with and love for Paris has endured for several decades and his audience will no doubt come away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the city's history and why its legacy from this particular point in time remains an eternally relevant facet of its modern identity.  Those who share a passion for Paris absolutely should not miss this event! Leonard Pitt's lecture, PARIS POSTCARDS - THE GOLDEN AGE, will take place on Friday, April 23, 2010, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Admission price is $5.00 for Alliance Francaise members and $10.00 for the general public.  http://www.afsf.com

April 23, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL sings French standards at La Veranda Café in Clayton from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. www.laverandacafe.com or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

April 24, 2010.  HUBERT KELLER:  SECRETS OF A CHEF features CHARCUTERIE 101.  KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

April 24, 2010.    FIFTH PENINSULA FRENCH FAIR.  The fifth Peninsula French Fair is returning to Saratoga on Saturday, April 24th to offer an exciting experience filled with culture, music and French traditions.  This year for the first time in addition to its usual French gourmet food, vendors and artists, the fair will also offer an educational forum of conferences. The leading subject will be French-American bi-culturalism in history, companies, and our daily lives.  Schedule includes:  11:00 a.m. Discover our French Designers Fashion Show; 12:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Enjoy Dance & Singing Performances; 1:00 p.m. Official Inauguration; 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Attend Cultural Conferences:  French-American bi-culturalism, Speakers Hilary Kaiser -French-American writer and oral historian Sylvia Kurpanek - Intercultural coach. Part of the proceeds of the French Fair goes to a local non-profit “Partners for  New Generations” which provide mentors and tutors for children.  Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga.  For more information or to showcase at our event, please contact Catherine Plottier or Elisabeth michel-Meyrueix at frenchfair@gmail.com or http://www.frenchfair.org

April 24, 2010.  ROMANZA sings songs from LA BOHEME and more.  Amante, 570 Green St., SF.  7pm.  Tickets $15 online/$20 at the door.  http://www.cityoperasf.com for details.  Limited seating available.

April 25, 2010.  YEVGENY SUDBIN, piano, performs SAINT-SAENS and more. San Francisco Performances; details to follow.

April 25, 2010.  JAI UTTAL sings for a HAITI BENEFIT at Marin Center. World leader in Kirtan sings for Haiti Benefit. Accompanied by Tina Malia and Stephen Kent. Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space—and digging into the heart’s deepest well—to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence."  Jai Uttal, Grammy nominee and world-music fusion pioneer, has been leading Kirtans worldwide for over 30 years. Uttal’s musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. His music distills the essence of diverse musical forms. Tina Malia is a Bay Area favorite. Her luxurious voice and enchanting presence are creating a stir from coast to coast and across the world. Her original music is inspired by classical training on the piano and her roots are in American folk and soul music. Multi- instrumentalist and composer Stephen Kent is one of the premier Didgeridoo virtuosos in the contemporary world.  A benefit for Haiti relief efforts, proceeds go to AMMA’s Haiti Relief Fund.  More information: http://www.embracingtheworld.com.  $30 / $50.  Come and help support Amma's Haiti Relief Fund to build an orphanage in Laboulle/Port Au Prince Haiti. 6:30pm.  Showcase Theater, Marin Center, San Rafael. 

April 25, 2010.  DANCEVERSITY WORLD SHOWCASE presents FAMILY NIGHT FOR HAITI.  Dancers of all ages present a world of dance styles in this fundraising evening,  a "family night for Haiti" filled with fun activities including face painting and scarf dancing, produced by DanceVersity World Showcase. Money raised goes to the  What If? Foundation (www.whatiffoundation.org), a local organization that since  2000 has been helping feed and educate children in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, with a portion also earmarked for the DanceVersity scholarship fund. Live music  of the Middle East is provided by Helm. The DanceVersity Ensemble and students perform, along with Hannah Romanowsky; Holly Shaw and the Elixir of Youth Dance Company;  Farima Berenji, Emellie Coleman, and members of Ballet Afsaneh; and bellydancers  Lisa Tilton and Gail Corrado. Vicki Virk of Dholrhythms Dance Company gives a bhangra dance lesson, followed by a performance by Dholrhythms. DanceVersity was created by Hannah Romanowsky and runs classes at several locations, including Ashkenaz. Its mission is to promote a positive experience of different  cultures at a formative age through an innovative curriculum of multicultural dance, music, costuming, folklore, and cultural studies. Romanowsky is a classically trained, international performing artist with a degree from San Francisco State University in Dance Ethnology and World Music. She is an artist, educator, and student dedicated to the enchanting dance traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central  Asia, and finds deep meaning in sharing these beautiful traditions with others  through performance and instruction. Doors at 6:00 p.m.; Show at 6:30 p.m. $10-$20 sliding scale / $5-$10 children 12 & under.www.danceversity.com or  http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 25, 2010. PENINSULA FRIENDS OF EUROPE. Meet and mingle with other Europeans and Europhiles at this “Peninsula Chapter” Bay Area Friends of Europe event. Newcomers are welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. (For those interested, there will be a Pétanque game before the soirée!)  Find out the details and sign up for this Redwood City event at http://www.bafoe.org. Registration is quick and free. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends."

April 27, 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   @ 6PM DAY AND NOIR 3rd ANNUAL NOIR LITERARY NIGHT AT MECHANIC'S INSTITUTE with Joe Gores and David Corbett Mechanics Institute 57 Post St. SF, Ca  www.carablack.com  

April 27, 2010.  DAY AND NOIR – 5TH ANNUAL NOIR LITERARY NIGHT.  6:00 pm.  Moderated by Peter Maravelis, editor of San Francisco Noir Three supernovas of the Noir genre come together to talk about their new novels, which will thrill and grip their readers with international intrigue, black-market morass, and a famous detective’s back-story. MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL (Soho Press) by CARA BLACK.   The 10th in the Aimee Leduc Investigations set in Paris, leads Aimee back to her first investigation in the Marais and secrets in the past. When her partner, René is shot, eyewitnesses name her the suspect and to vindicate herself she must find the culprit. Authors David Corbett and  Joe Gores will also be in attendance. Members Free; Public $12.  http://www.milibrary.org for details.

April 27, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE play at Le Colonial,  SF.  No cover Join us before 6:30pm for Happy Hours! Get 5 appetizers for $12! And beers for half price. Le Colonial, just minutes away from popular Union Square in San Francisco's downtown district, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic's, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years. Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 931-3600 www.lecolonialsf.com or  Www.FOURGO.com

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 28, 2010.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN MEXICO. The French American Chamber of Commerce invites you for a presentation of the Mexican market and networking meeting with the Franco Mexican Chamber of Commerce. Come and listen to Julie Riotte, the CEO of the French Mexican Chamber. 5pm. Contact:  Carole Granade, Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 415.442.4717 or http://www.faccsf.com for details.

April 28, 2010.  SILICONFRENCH & INTERFRENCH present SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS.  Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2475 Hanover Street Palo Alto. 6:00 PM (PDT). For more information: events@interfrench.org 

April 29, 2010.   EXCEPTIONAL SCREENING of LE COUPERET (THE AX) by Costa-Gavras at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Enjoy an entertaining and thought provoking film, fantastic bubbly wine, an insightful post-screening discussion and make it possible for the SFFF to remain a first class event at a reasonable price! Based on the novel by celebrated novelist Donald E. Westlake - a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America Society - *Le Couperet* (2005) is a dark social comedy & thriller that tells the topical story of a middle-aged chemist (the remarkable deadpan comic José Garcia) who, after having been fired following the merger of his company and having remained unemployed for three years, decides to improve his chances on the job market by literally eliminating his competitors… *Le Couperet*, nominated for 2 French César Awards in 2006, was never released in the U.S. Park Chan-wook (*Thirst*), one of Korea’s best directors, will direct a remake of this amoral tale in 2011. *$15 in advance / $20 at the door.* Ticket includes film, reception and post-screening discussion with our favorite Kevin Elstob, Professor of French at CSU-Sacramento. Advance Tickets available at no fee at the Crest Theatre or by mail order. *Watch the trailer here!* <http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/movie2010couperet.htm>

April 30, 2010.  LA RÉVOLUTION SURRÉALISTE(in French only).  Conférence animée par RENEE MOREL, proposée par LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS LA PÉROUSE ET SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL.  Héritier du mouvement Dada, né du nihilisme qui a suivi la Grande Guerre, le surréalisme adopte, lui aussi, des tactiques de provocation. Pendant que des régimes totalitaires se mettent en place à Berlin et à Madrid dans les années 1920 et 1930, pour culminer en une autre guerre mondiale, artistes et écrivains attaquent les valeurs traditionnelles de la “civilisation” occidentale, tels le progrès ou la raison.  À la suite de Freud, Magritte, André Breton, Dali, Max Ernst et de Chirico accordent un rôle prépondérant aux rêves et à l’inconscient, d’où leurs pratiques subversives de “collages” ou d’“écriture automatique”. Marcel Duchamp, lui, désacralise l’art avec ses “ready made” industriels. Chez tous, spontanéité, immédiateté et juxtaposition d’éléments érotiques ou blasphématoires produisent des images d’une extraordinaire étrangeté, à l’instar des “cadavres exquis”, jeux pratiqués collectivement.  Arts modernes, la photographie (Man Ray) et le cinéma (Luis Buñuel) ont recours aux mêmes stratégies, brisant les canons iconographiques du passé pour créer des images inoubliables : irrationnelles, ironiques ou férocement destructrices. Dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.) à 10h30.

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, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL sings French standards at La Veranda Café in Clayton from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. www.laverandacafe.com or www.deborahkuhl.com 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.

Through May 2, 2010.  TARTUFFE, by MOLIERE, performed at the Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa!  Directed by Sheri Lee Miller.  A French classic that shines a remarkable reflection on our modern times, Moliere's most successful comedy "Tartuffe" (first performed in 1664) still holds up with its satirical attacks on religious and social hypocrisy.  Tartuffe, a con artist who passes himself off as a holy man and wins the good graces of wealthy Orgon. Tartuffe is welcomed into Orgon's home and offered his daughter's hand in marriage. Some in the household realize Tartuffe is a pious imposter as he attempts to woo Orgon's daughter and wife. The question is, can Tartuffe be exposed before he cons the family into giving over their fortune and dignity?  http://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/guides/season-200910/g-k-hardt-theater/tartuffe/

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.
 

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, 2010 at PFA; Sonoma Film Institute, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  4/30, 7pm; 5/2, 4pm.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. April 30 & May 2, 2010 at SFI.

LE COUPERET (THE AX) by Costa-Gavras at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Enjoy an entertaining and thought provoking film, fantastic bubbly wine, an insightful post-screening discussion and make it possible for the SFFF to remain a first class event at a reasonable price! Based on the novel by celebrated novelist Donald E. Westlake - a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America Society - *Le Couperet* (2005) is a dark social comedy & thriller that tells the topical story of a middle-aged chemist (the remarkable deadpan comic José Garcia) who, after having been fired following the merger of his company and having remained unemployed for three years, decides to improve his chances on the job market by literally eliminating his competitors… *Le Couperet*, nominated for 2 French César Awards in 2006, was never released in the U.S. Park Chan-wook (*Thirst*), one of Korea’s best directors, will direct a remake of this amoral tale in 2011. *$15 in advance / $20 at the door.* Ticket includes film, reception and post-screening discussion with our favorite Kevin Elstob, Professor of French at CSU-Sacramento. Advance Tickets available at no fee at the Crest Theatre or by mail order. *Watch the trailer here!* <http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/movie2010couperet.htm> April 29, 2010.   

THE ONE ALL ALONE. The U.S. Première of The One All Alone, by Dutch director Frank Scheffer, explores the life and work of the ground-breaking French-American composer Edgard Varèse (1883-1965). The documentary,which was shot on location in New Mexico, New York, the Netherlands, France and China, includes rare footage of Varèse, plus interviews with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and composer Chou Wen-chung.   Location: Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco. 7:30pm. April 19, 2010. 

PERSEPOLIS screens at the MONDAVI CENTER.  PERSEPOLIS by Vincent Parannaud and Marjane Satrapi will play at the Mondavi Center as part of their "Graphic Novel Theme" Focus on Film series.* In the last 25 years, the graphic novel has come into its own as a respected art form, supplying the reader with the traditional beginning, middle, and end novel format juxtaposed against the raw visual aesthetic of classic comic books. In the second half of the Mondavi Center’s 2009-10 season, the Focus on Film series looks at a remake of a different kind, featuring three films inspired by seminal graphic novels. The last two films are *Ghost World* and* Persepolis*. 6PM | Vanderhoef Studio Theatre  The English version of the beautifully animated French film about growing up in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Iran, with voicings by Sean Penn and Gena Rowlands. A touching coming-of-age story, *Persepolis* provides a glimpse into the life of adolescence in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Iran. *Persepolis* was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2008. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.  *Ticket for each film - Regular: $10.00 / Student: $5.00 More info here!  <http://www.mondaviarts.org/events/event.cfm?event_id=840&season=2009> April 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.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

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, 2010.

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  April 22-May 6, 2010. French films include:

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 

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

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 20-24, 2010.  BOUQUETS TO ART, in which floral designers from all over the world reinterpret or respond to works that will be shown in the upcoming exhibits BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM and VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN, CEZANNE AND BEYOND… Artwork all made out of flowers.  De Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK, in Golden Gate Park), SF.  $20.  415.750.3600 or http://www.deyoungmusem.org for details.

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 9, 2010.   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 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 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/

Through September 26, 2010.  PARIS ICONS, architectural  photography by JAMES SCHOLZ.  Mumm Napa  Cuvee, 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford.  707.967.7740 for details.

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

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.

July 10-17, 2010.  PAINTING THE PROVENÇAL LANDSCAPE:  LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE.  Paint the beautiful Luberon countryside while the Provence lavender fields are in bloom.We will be based at the charming Le Mas des Carissinshttp://www.masdescarassins.com/anglais.phpin St. Remy de Provence, where Van Goghpainted his famous "Starry Night." Our daily painting excursions will take us to quintessential Provence to paint Sault's lavender fields, Luberon hill towns and vineyards. To download a brochure: http://www.juliehouck.com/provence_web.pdf.  Enrollment limited to 12.  Fee: $2,900 (DO) with early deposit of $500 by December 31, 2009.  $2,995 if deposit received after December 31, 2009.  Single supplement: $500. Does not include airfare.  Contact Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email atJulie@juliehouck.com

September 18-25, 2010.  PROVENCE PAINTING CLASS IN HISTORIC UZES, FRANCE. Isn’t Fall a fabulous time for a trip to Provence? Perfect your work of art  in Uzes while studying under a French artist of international acclaim,  Christian Vey. As one of the most beautiful towns of its size in France,  Uzes (near Avignon ) is the perfect place to forget about time, relax, and  lose yourself in the maze of little streets full of cafés, restaurants and  historic sites, or to walk in the shady river valley to inspect the remains  of the Roman aqueduct which once supplied it . From pottery farms (in  Saint-Quentin-La-Poterie) to a donkey festival in September, you’ll have an  unforgettable experience. B&B: Contact us for a wide selection of B&B’s to enjoy such as  www.bizedelatour.com  Christian Vey’s concept:    Christian will focus on the importance of  defining a theme of work and one-on-one instructions to understand  proportionality, shading and light, perspectives and colors.  Daily  activities include: demos by Christian, personalized instruction, a  leisurely break for lunch and time to explore the surrounding countryside.  All paints and material supplies will be included.    Limited to 8-10 attendees Workshop Fee: 550 euros (approx. $750) Deposit by May 1st Contact Ginny Blackwell at 585 905-0849 or info@frenchpropertyshares.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! 

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 1, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.  Our first  appearance at this lovely old theatre in Sutter Creek.  Don't miss this one!  44 Main St., Sutter Creek.  8:00 pm.  Ticket information:  www.suttercreektheater.com or www.rigomania.com for details. 

May 2, 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."

May 6, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Todos Santos Park, Concord We kick off the Concord Summer Concert Series. Willow Pass Rd., Concord. 6:00-8:00 pm. Information: www.communityconcerts.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

May 6, 2010. DEBORAH KUHL sings French standards from 7-10pm at the First Street Cafe, Benicia.  www.firststreetcafe.com or www.deborahkuhl.com for details.

May 6-16, 2010.  PLATYPUS THEATRE présente son quatrième spectacle:  POUR UN OUI OU POUR UN NON.  9 sketches et extraits de pièces. « Lui: C’est bien ce que je te reproche: d’avoir chaud  quand j’ai froid, d’avoir froid quand j’ai chaud.  On n’a jamais froid ou chaud en même temps. Elle: On n’a jamais froid ou chaud en même temps. Lui: Non. On n’a jamais chaud ou froid en même temps. » Le spectacle est en français, recommandé aux plus de 14 ans. Textes: « Délire à deux  » d’Eugène Ionesco « La vraie vie extrait 1 » de Tom Stoppard « Art » de Yasmina Reza « La vraie vie extrait 2 » de Tom Stoppard « Don Juan » de Tirso De Molina « Pour un oui ou pour un non » de Nathalie Sarraute « Glissements » d’Anca Visdèi « Le visiteur » d’ Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt « Bataille navale « de Roland Topor et Jean Michel Ribes  Avec : Yvette Adida , Candice Fournell, Céline Hakoun, Emmanuelle  Lambert, Thomas Marigné, Arnaud  Merceron, Caroline Mrejen, Stéphanie Nehring, Michel Tassetto Mise en scène Pascale Couderc, décors Marc Humpert,  costumes Marta S. Wendlinger, lumières Luis Valls. 6, 7, 8 et 15 mai à 19:30 9 et 16 mai à 17 heures. Entrée $15. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco. Réservations :platypustheatre@yahoo.com;www.theatreofyugen.org

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 11, 2010.  WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCHEON. For this edition, we have the pleasure to welcome Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of the Avicena Group. Take part of this great networking event and seize the opportunity to meet business women of the Bay area. Men are welcome. 12pm-14pm, Sofitel San Francisco Bay, Redwood City. Contact:  Carole Granade, Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 415.442.4717 or http://www.faccsf.com for details.

May 13, 2010.  BUILDING INNOVATION BRIDGES BETWEEN SILICON VALLEY AND EUROPE. The conference aims at building bridges between European and Silicon Valley innovation communities and targets VCs, Angel Investors, Entrepreneurs, Senior Executives, Policy Makers and Government Officials. FACCSF Member code: GABAFACCSF.  8:30am – 8pm.  Dinah’s Garden Hotel, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.  Contact:  Carole Granade, Executive Director, French American Chamber of Commerce, 415.442.4717 or http://www.faccsf.com for details.

May 13, 2010. SIGNS, SYMBOLS, SEMIOTICS. A slide presentation by CCSF instructor RENEE MOREL *IN FRENCH*, followed by a discussion. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school.  IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room as latecomers disturb everybody. 6:30 — 8:30 PM at Everett Middle School (Room 305), 450 Church (between 16th and 17th Streets), SF.

May 13-15, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BIZET’S SYMPHONY NO.1 IN C.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 14, 2010.  RUE MANOUCHE sings a selection of French classics and variety gypsy jazz at the invitation of the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Rue Manouche is a gypsy jazz group founded in San Francisco in 2009 by guitarist Vic Wong and singer Michel Saga.  Vista del Lago Club House, 3150 Lakeview Dr., Santa Rosa.  Free. 

May 14, 2010.  CHOCOLAT A LA FRANÇAISE, OR, A ROMP THROUGH FRANCE’S PASSION FOR CHOCOLATE.  Talk given by Suzanne  Toczyski.  Chamson (The Chambolle-Musigny / Sonoma Alliance).  Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma.  7:30pm.

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 18, 2010. EUROPEAN EXPATS GATHERING. 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."

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

May 27-29, 2010.  A.K.Y.S PROJECT:  100% CROISSANCE (France, U.S. Debut)  at San Francisco International Arts Festival. SFIAF Early Bird Special From March 1-31, 2010 SFIAF will sell a limited number of tickets to all shows for $12.  Tickets can be purchased on-line at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The hyper-talented A.K.Y.S. Project from Lyon led by artistic director, circus trained Vietnamese-French Xavier Kim, make their first ever U.S. appearance with an extremely engaging multi-disciplinary work titled 100% Croissance (100% Growth) about the cycles of competition and collaboration and acrobatic travails of contract workers in the 21st Century high tech industry. A.K.Y.S. stands for Always Keep Your Smile; a fitting motif for the times. SFIAF 2010 Ticket Prices Single purchase advance ticket: $20 At the Door Ticket Prices General Admission: $25 Full time students with ID & seniors: $16 http://www.sfiaf.org/ A.K.Y.S. Project at SFIAF is supported by the French Cultural Services. Thur. May 27 8:00pm, Fri. May 28 9:00pm, Sat. May 29 7:00pm.

May 28-30, 2010.  SWITZERLAND’S CIE. PROTOTYPE STATUS performs at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The fiercely innovative Vevey-based dance company Prototype Status is making its  US debut this spring. Bringing a handful of pieces drawing on Butoh, classical,  and contemporary dance-theatre styles, the company, under the artistic direction of choreographer JASMINE MORAND, will hold three performances as part of the San  Francisco International Arts Festival.  Cie. Prototype Status at Fort Mason Center Marvin, Frozen, Caos & Caso May 28, 9:00 p.m. Southside Theatre Fort Mason, San Francisco, 94123  Ticketholders for this performance are invited to a reception at 7:30 p.m. in Building D, Fort Mason Center, held by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and swissnex San Francisco.  May 29, 7 p.m. Marvin Southside Theatre Fort Mason May 30, 4 p.m. Marvin Southside Theatre Fort Mason.  Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, swissnex San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

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 14, 2010.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE reads selections from MISES EN BOUCHE. berenicevlm@yahoo.com 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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