May 20-28, 2010

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May Events

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, 2010.  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS:  CITY OF LIGHT.  Lecture, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF.  10am.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

May 20, 2010.   PARIS POSTCARDS AT CASTLE IN THE AIR – A TALK BY LEONARD PITT.  An illustrated talk, 6pm.That's at 1805 Fourth Street next door to Bette's Diner.Come early, save a seat and go for a stroll down 4th Street or browse  this wondrous little store.This innocent little item, the postcard, is so filled with drama that  along with a few embellishments (stories I tell that grow out of the  postcards) you'll be laughing, sobbing or even . . . struck with awe.I am, admittedly, a postcard addict and this is a case where my  affliction is your pleasure.So take advantage of this strange bent of mine.And get this, I'll be doing the presentation in both French and  English. That's right, bi-lingual. I guess this means I'll be doing a  simultaneous translation of myself, wearing headphones, the whole bit,  etc. Tiburon-Belvedere Library at 7:30 pm 1501 Tiburon Blvd. Tiburon, California.

May 20, 2010. A TOWN CALLED PANIC (PANIQUE AU VILLAGE) Special screeening co-presented by the SFFF at the Crest Theatre: 8pm! Don't miss this hilarious, totally surreal, laugh out loud, stop motion animated film.  The SFFF team will be there to welcome you, introduce the film and give away gift certificates provided by *Downtown Grid*<http://sacramento.downtowngrid.com/>, Crest Theatre, Sacramento.

May 20, 2010.  PIPILOTTI RIST’S PEPPERMINTA screens at SFMOMA. The film programmers at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art have scored a coup, and are presenting world-renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist's first feature film in its West Coast premiere. This special showing takes place as part of the museum's "Portraits of Women" series. Pepperminta, Pipilotti Rist, 2009, 80 min., 35mm In German with English subtitles.  Portraits of Women 3: Pepperminta Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA 151 Third Street San Francisco May 20, 7 p.m. $5 http://www.sfmoma.org/events/1633

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 20-23, 2010.  STUDIO RUE DANCE (The Republic of Congo & U.S.A.) stage the U.S. Premiere of CLINIC. Clinic is a solo dance theatre performance created and performed by Byb Chanel Bibene, the company’s artistic director. Clinic explores how racism, greed and power separate people while simultaneously denying basic human necessities. While at times a selfreflective piece, Clinic delves into universal concerns while calling for Mbongui to heal our wounds. In traditional Congolese culture, Mbongui is the community square, serving many societal needs: problems are solved, history is passed down and guests are shown hospitality. Presented by Studio Rue Dance & SFIAF. San Francisco International Arts Festival 2010 Calendar Listings www.sfiaf.orgSouthside Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason Center Thur. May 20, 8:30pm Sat. May 22 9:00pm, Sun. May 23 2:00pm $25 General Admission, $20 in advance. Series Discounts Available. www.sfiaf.org or 800-838-3006 Shared Bill with Dana Lawton Dances.  For information on the artist: http://www.bybdance.com/

Through May 21, 2010.  DIABLO VALLEY MASTERWORKS CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA performs works by FAURE and more.  Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette.  925.687.4445 or http://www.masterworkschorale.net for details.  $20-$25.

May 21, 2010.  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. Email to:info@afberkeley.org  

May 21, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM:  FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURE.  Dr. Lynn Federle Orr.  7pm.  De Young, San Francisco.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

May 21, 2010.  HAITIAN FLAG DAY CELEBRATION at Ashkenaz.  MYSTIC MAN & LAKAY plus RASCIN GEDE Haitian Drum Band and RARA FUSION. Haitian Dance Troupe. In spite of having to contend with devastating disasters in recent years (geophysical and political), Haitians and supporters celebrate one of the brightest events in  the Americas: Haitian Flag Day. Tonight's festival marking the 207th anniversary of Haitian Flag Day features the uplifting spirits and music of Mystic Man & Lakay, along with the colorful Rascin Gede Haitian Drum Band and the amazing (and even  more colorful) Rara Fusion Haitian Dance Troupe. The evening begins with a kompa  dance lesson to put everyone into the full Haitian experience. On May 18, 1803, Haitian slaves united under one flag, led by Dessalines and Petion; six months later, they fought their French masters and won the decisive battle that ended slavery on the island. This victory led to Haiti's independence on Jan. 1,  1804, creating the first Free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere. Local Afro-Caribbean band Lakay, led by Mystic Man, uses its music as a force to  unite diverse souls and strives to carry that ethic to its audiences and to the  larger world. The nine-member group's funky and dance-oriented music incorporates a broad range of styles - calypso, reggae, soca, kompa, soukous, highlife, dancehall, and more. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mystic Man writes and arranges original songs for Lakay that draw on folkloric traditions from his Haitian homeland. www.myspace.com/lakaymysticmanhttp://www.ashkenaz.com for details. Doors at 8:00 p.m.; Kompa dance lesson at 8:30 p.m.; Show at 9:30 p.m. $13/$10 advance & students - Buy advance tickets!

May 21, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY  & FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN / ZYDECO at Main Street Brewery, Pleasanton. One of our favorite Easy Bay nightclubs. Great beer and room for dancing. 830 Main St., Pleasanton. 9:00 pm. 925.462-8218 or www.mainstbrewery.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

May 21 & 22, 2010.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays @ the Highland Dell in Monte Rio CA http://www.highlanddell.com/ 8pm $15 adv/$20door- beautiful getaway spot! www.LeJazzHot.biz  www.HCSF.com  HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909.

May 21 & 25, 2010.  ANTOINE CHESSEZ AND GILLES AUBRY on tour!  Electroacoustic Musicians Antoine Chessex and Gilles Aubry Tour the West. Berlin-based Swiss electroacoustic jazz/improvisational saxophonists Antoine Chessex and Gilles Aubry are making a number of West Coast stops on their latest US tour, this time with material developed in collaboration with the famed Italian composer and Revox master Valerio Tricoli. UC Davis Departments of Music and Technocultural Studies Art Annex TCS Building, One Shields Avenue Davis, CA May 21 http://technoculture.ucdavis.edu/  The Lab 2948 16th Street San Francisco, CA May 25  Check www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for more info.  Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and swissnex San Francisco.

Through May 22, 2010.  RHINO.  An interactive drama adapted from EUGENE IONESCO’S RHINOCÉROS.  Dir. Evren Odcikin.  Co-created and performed by El Beh, Allison Combs, Erin Gilley and Ross Pasquale.  Boxcar Theare, 505 Natoma St., SF.  45 min.  $15-$25.  415.776.1747 or http://www.boxcartheatre.org for details.

May 22, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY SYMPOSIUM.  10am-5pm.  An all-day symposium featuring scholars and young scholars, moderated by Rick Brettell.  $10 for museum members and college students and $20 for the general public. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

May 22, 2010.  SOLL DEO GLORIA performs FROM THE HEART, including works by DURUFLE and more.  First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.  888.734.7664 or www.sdgloria.org for details.  $20-$25. 

May 22, 2010.  YACOUBA DIARRA plays at Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom (at 23rd), SF.  415.826.2402.  $10-$15.  All ages.  8pm.

May 22, 2010.  HUBERT KELLER:  SECRETS OF A CHEF presents VERRINE. KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

May 22, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 8:00 pm (dance lesson at 7:00). For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com

May 22, 2010.  GIGI with Leslie Caron, Louis Jordan and Maurice Chevalier. KQED TV9, 9:50pm.

May 22-23, 2010. 8TH ANNUAL FRENCH FLEA MARKET. Join us for our 8th Annual French Flea Market Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23, 2010  10:30am to 6:00pm In keeping with its tradition of offering ever-changing, artfully-  arranged tableaux of unique french antiques, chateau sonoma is   pleased to invite the public to its 8th annual french flea market.   Many french importers from around the bay area will set up their   wares behind chateau sonoma in the garden court, and 10% of all   proceeds from the weekend will be donated to stand by me mentoring. This event promises to be a lively, european-feeling flea market   perfect for discovering that one-of-kind conversation piece. Our garden court is delightful for browsing, and the offerings our   importers are bringing to sonoma this year are really exciting.   Plus, we really enjoy supporting the mentor program. It’s had a   profound impact on the kids--and mentors--we know! Also come visit our new showroom addition.  INCLUDING:  Beautiful jewelery this week end at Chateau Sonoma. Artist. Erika Schmitt www.vesselsofthesoul.com Chateau Sonoma 153 W. Napa Street | Sonoma, CA 95476 www.chateausonoma.com 707.935.8553

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 23, 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 very welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. Find out the details and sign up for this Redwood City event at http://www.bafoe.org. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

May 23, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Pleasanton Library Concert Series, Pleasanton A free concert at the Pleasanton Library. 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. 2:00-3:00 pm. Information: 925 931-3400. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com

May 24, 2010. LE JAZZ HOT plays at Le Colonial, San Francisco. 7pm-10pm no cover, GREAT food & GREAT Music! www.LeColonialSF.comwww.LeJazzHot.biz  www.HCSF.com  HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909 .

May 24 and 25, 2010.  GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET presents CARMEN, a new production by Richard Eyre. KQED TV9.  5/16 at noon; 5/24 at 8pm; 5/25 at 2am.

May 25, 2010.  STEVEN HILL talks about EUROPE’S PROMISE:  WHY THE EUROPEAN WAY IS THE BEST HOPE IN AN INSECURE AGE. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 25, 2010.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO plays CAJUN / ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. Now more than two decades into its reign on the dance circuit, MotorDude Zydeco is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ, along with drummer Willy Jordan, guitarist John Graham, and bassist Dennis Calloway. For tonight's show the in-demand rubboard player and singer Lloyd Meadows (of Zydeco Flames and Tri Trip Trio among other bands) substitues for R.C. Carriere. The band takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis. 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.

May 26, 2010.  JULIE ORRINGER talks about her novel THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE.  A Hungarian-Jewish architecture student arrives in Paris from Budapest in 1937 with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver.  He soon becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his life. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm. 415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 27, 2010.  LAST THURSDAY HOTEL REX MEETUP, for LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. 7:00 PM Come join us in our old haunt The Hotel Rex bar. For those of you who have not joined us before, this is a mellower meetup, but still plenty of people show up. Some people take seats in small groups while other mingle in the crowd. Hope you can make it! Hotel Rex 562 Sutter St  San Francisco, CA 94102  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/13350326/

May 27, 2010.  SILICONFRENCH presents BEST USE OF DATA IN YOUR BUSINESS. How important is data in Business? Research from the University of California, San Diego reports that in 2008, Americans consumed 3.6 zettabytes of information.   Today, all Management Information Systems are based on data that exists in the enterprise but they get more and more complex and tend to interlink with additional, available sources of information to analyze and to predict business trends, to support a better decision making.  While most businesses have some enterprise systems in place, the vast majority is still looking for the best way to present data in the company and search for some kind of centralized data management.  This month, Siliconfrench will explore the world of electronic information and its various forms of influence on conducting business.  This will not be a technical meeting though some aspects of the technologies may  be presented.  Our event will be in SAP office; number 1 vendor in worldwide revenues for combined Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management software, a market which grew by 4.2% in 2009 to reach $9.2 billion. A panel discussion will be animated by Greg Makowski Principal Consultant at Golden Data Mining and Data Mining SIG Organizer. 6:00 PM (PDT),SAP Labs  3410 Hillview Avenue,  Palo Alto.

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, 2010.  MOH ALILECHE ENSEMBLE plus THE DUNESplay NORTH AFRICAN / BERBER MUSIC. The Moh Alileche Ensemble and the Dunes provide an evening of exciting authentic  and modern North African music for listening and dancing. These two bands sing  and play North African-rooted music, but in very different ways. Moh Alileche's music celebrates the culture he was born into - the Amazigh (pronounced AM-uh-zeer) people, also known colloquially as Berber - who were North Africa's  indigenous inhabitants for thousands of years before Islam and Arab conquest and  who still make up one-third of Algeria's population. Alileche grew up in the mountainous Kabylia region of northeast Algeria and began playing music as a child with a single-stringed instrument made from an aluminum can. Now he plays the mondol, a ten-string mandolin-like instrument, and sings. Since moving to the EastBay in 1990, he has shared both his music and culture, neither given much attention in mainstream America. In addition to original compositions, Alileche and his band perform reworkings of traditional North African Amazigh songs, mixing instrumentals and vocal numbers on an array  of topics. His ensemble tonight is flutist Kevin Cloud, Sara Salzmann on violin,  Tim Abdelah Fuson on bendir (large frame drum), John Waller playing hand drums,  accordionist Diana Strong, and guest singer Fatma Goze. www.flagoffreedom.com  AND:  Formed in 2002, the Dunes is a North African fusion group. That is, it is a Chaabi Funk Gnawa Rock Berber Metal Arab Reggae Groove Machine. Singing in Arabic, Amazigh, French, and English, the Dunes mix original compositions with Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian favorites and rarities. Songs of love and life, exile and hope, faith and transformation come alive in the Dunes' slamming live set to get dancers dancing, thinkers thinking, and groovers grooving. The five-piece group augments a basic  rock band ensemble with the Algerian mandol, the Moroccan Gnawa guinbri, and various North African percussion instruments. The bandmembers hail from North Africa and  Northern California: singer and mandol player Karim Amrani, singer and guitarist Reda Bouali (ex-Rascass, the first Algerian metal band), singer-keyboardist Anis  Sehiri, bassist-percussionist-singer Tim Abdellah Fuson (who wrote the first Ph.D. dissertation on Gnawa music), and drummer Nasser Addi. www.thedunesmusic.com Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Show at 9:00 p.m. $13/$10 advance & students - Buy advance tickets! http://www.ashkenaz.com 

May 28, 2010.  EXPERIMENTAL JAZZ ALL-STARS SIX plays CNMAT. A Swiss supergroup of jazz/improv luminaries, SIX drops in on California to offer an especially intimate show at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music & Audio Technologies. Featuring the talents of Jacques Demierre on piano, François Houle on clarinet,  Charlotte Hug on viola and voice, Urs Leimgruber on various saxophones, Thomas Lehn on analogue synthesizer, and Dorothea Schürch on voice and singing saw, these musicians create works spontaneously, paying close attention to the specific qualities of  their venue. SIX CNMAT 1750 Arch Street Berkeley May 28, 8 p.m. $5-10. Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.   http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/event/2010/05/28/six_demierre_houle_hug_leimgruber_lehn_sch_rch

May 28, 2010.  SWITZERLAND’S CIE. PROTOTYPE STATUS performs at the SFIAF.  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, followed by three performances in Seattle's Beyond the Threshold International Dance Festival.  Cie. Prototype Status at SFIAF 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 www.sfiaf.org   Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, swissnex San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

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.

May 28-31, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Sacramento  A great Traditional Jazz festival in Sacramento, with more than 50 bands from all over the U.S. and Canada. We play ten sets over the four days, showtimes TBA.  Ticket information: www.sacjazz.com  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com  For information, or to book an event, call 510 526-1048 or email rigo@rigomania.com

May 29, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  Docent lectures at both the De Young and the Legion of Honor.  1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

May 29, 2010.  IMPRESSIONISTS IN WINTER.  Docent lecture at the De Young, SF.  2:15pm.   http://www.famsf.org for details.

May 29-June 23, 2010.  BROUGHT TO LIGHT:  RECENT ACQUISITIONS TO THE PFA COLLECTION.  Including:  LA POINTE COURTE, Sunday, June 6, 5:00pm Agnès Varda (France, 1954). Made on a shoestring budget in a small fishing village, Varda's first feature helped usher in the French New Wave. (90 mins) LE BONHEUR. Thursday, June 10, 7:00 pm  Agnès Varda (France, 1965). Varda's strikingly colorful, lyrical film examines a love triangle within a circular structure. (85 mins)  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way (between College and Telegraph), Berkeley.

Through May 30, 2010.  SMUIN BALLET performs FRENCH TWIST, set to the music of HUGUES LE BARS and more.  8pm Friday, May 16, with a 2pm matinee Saturday and Sunday, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard, SF, 415.978.2787.  Also plays May 21-22 at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; 925.943.7469; and May 29-30 at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 800.745.3000.  http://www.smuinballet.org for details.

May 30, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  Docent lecture at the Legion of Honor, SF.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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.
 

BABIES (from French director, THOMAS BALMÈS – who would have guessed?).  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Rialto, Santa Rosa; Albany; Empire; 1000 Van Ness, SF; Piedmont; Sundance Kabuki, SF. 

BROUGHT TO LIGHT:  RECENT ACQUISITIONS TO THE PFA COLLECTION.  Including:  LA POINTE COURTE, Sunday, June 6, 5:00pm Agnès Varda (France, 1954). Made on a shoestring budget in a small fishing village, Varda's first feature helped usher in the French New Wave. (90 mins) LE BONHEUR. Thursday, June 10, 7:00 pm  Agnès Varda (France, 1965). Varda's strikingly colorful, lyrical film examines a love triangle within a circular structure. (85 mins)  Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way (between College and Telegraph), Berkeley. May 29-June 23, 2010.  

OSS 117:  LOST IN RIO. France's all-in-one answer to James Bond, Derek Flint and Austin Powers returns,  in this hilarious follow-up to the hit French comedy OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies. Jean Dujardin stars again as suave secret agent Hubert Boniesseur de Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, who is dispatched to Brazil in 1967 to retrieve compromising microfilm  from a Nazi blackmailer (Rüdiger Vogler). Teamed with a beautiful Mossad colonel  (Louise Monot) who intends to deliver the Nazi to Israeli justice, OSS 117 distinguishes himself once again as a skilled fighter, a smooth dancer and an imbecilic chauvinist. From the sunny beaches of Rio, through the lush Amazonian forests, to a Hitchcockian climax atop Corcovado's Christ statue, this irreverent and outrageous spoof of 60's spy movies boasts a cool "retro" look reminiscent of the era's classic wide screen, color adventures.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Lumiere, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.  Reviewed in the May 14, 2010 Pacific Sun, p.30.

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 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/ Reviewed in the Sunday Datebook (pink pages), May 16, 2010, pp.24-31.

May 22-June 28, 2010.  THE IMPRESSIONIST VISION.  Paintings, drawings and original prints by CAMILLE PISSARRO, PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR, EDOUARD MANET and MARY CASSATT.  Christopher Clark Fine Art Gallery, 377 Geary, SF.  415.397.7781 or http://www.clarkfineart.com for details.

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 6, 2010.  NICOLE SCHMOELZER:  SEEING LIGHT. Painting Exhibition. Swiss artist Nicole Schmoelzer, who is fast establishing a reputation in the Bay  Area through San Francisco's prestigious Micaëla Gallery, displays exciting new  works created through a residency at Saratoga's Montalvo Arts Center at the facility's Project Space Gallery.  Project Space Gallery Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road Saratoga, CA Th-Sun, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through June 6  www.nicole-schmoelzer.ch or www.montalvoarts.org 

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 12, 2010.  MOTHER AND CHILD by LOUISE BOURGEOIS.  New Culpture, gouache, and mixed media works.  Gallery Paule Anglim.  4 Geary St., SF.  415.433.2710 or http://www.gallerypauleanglim.com for details.

Through June 13, 2010.  SINGING THE NET at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  YBCA presents Singing the Net, a new video installation project by French artists Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin. Singing the Net centers on ideas of frontiers, movement and identity using the Internet's unique territories, histories and identities as a source of metaphors for these subjects. The film, New Kahnawake, is an experimental documentary that explores the 7 Sultans Casino, one of the 300 online casinos hosted by servers located in Kahnawake, a small Native American Indian reserve south of Montreal. Location: YBCA, 701 Mission Street (at 3rd), San Francisco.  Singing the Net is part of the YBCA Exhibition series PAUSE: Practice and Exchange. This unique project is a collaboration between YBCA, Artnow and the Kadist Art Foundation. Addition support provided by FACE, French American Cultural Exchange, and the French American Cultural Society.

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.

Through June 30, 2010.  TAKE YOUR TIME:  PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIETTE TINNUS at 456 Montgomery. Bay Area Swiss photographer and stylist Juliette Tinnus continues her show at 456 Montgomery street through next month. 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!  Take Your Time: Juliette Tinnus Photography Exhibition 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby San Francisco, CA Through June  To view the exhibition, contact michael.sapin@eda.admin.ch to make a reservation.

Through August 28, 2010.  AFRICAN CONTINUUM:  SACRED CEREMONIES AND RITUALS.  Museum of the African Diaspora.  685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or http://www.moadsf.org for details.

Through September 5, 2010.  PARIS SANS FIN:  ALBERTO GIACOMETTI’S PARIS.  Legion of Honor, Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books.  Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

September 25, 2010-January 18, 2011.  VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN, CÉZANNE AND BEYOND:  POST-IMPRESSIONIST MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY.  This second of two exhibitions presents some of the most famous late Impressionist paintings including those by Monet and Renoir, followed by the more individualistic styles of the early modern masters including Cèzanne, Gauguin, Lautrec and van Gogh, plus works by Pointillists Seurat and Signac.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/

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

May 24, 2010 - May 27, 2010.  NEW COURSE OFFERING AT AFSF!  ESSENTIAL FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS. Monday - Thursday from 6:00 PM until 8:30PM Tuition fees $250. Get a step ahead in preparing a fantastic French vacation! Learn all the basics in our new express course designed specifically with the interests of the summer traveler in mind. In just 10 hours you'll gain the languages skills that will enable you to successfully navigate your way through a bevy of situations and scenarios commonly encountered by vacationers in France. By the time you've completed the ESSENTIAL FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS course you'll be  able to: - Meet, greet and get to know people - Order a delicious French meal in a great bistro - Buy tickets on all sorts of public transportation AND fully understand the agent behind the window - Book hotel reservations over the phone - Communicate politely and effectively with hotel, restaurant, and boutique staff - Rent a car or a bike for leisurely treks through the French countryside Get informed about unique summertime events and learn how you can - Attend seasonal festivals - Get tickets to concerts and sporting events - Cheer on Tour de France cyclists as they race their way through all of France - View the Bastille Day fireworks - Find out where the best July bargains can be had Your vacation is almost here and there's no time to lose!  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755.

June 6-July 25, 2010.  FRENCH CULTURE & CIVILIZATION:  CINEMA FROM THE SIXTIES TO THE PRESENT.  An online upper-division course offered through CSU EAST BAY this Summer. The textbook is : 7ème Art, authors: David Aldstadt et Jean-Louis Hippolyte Publisher: Heinle.  Contact:   Monique Maopoulous,  monique.manopoulos@csueastbay.edu

June 9, 16, & 23, 2010.  KERRIN MEIS presents BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY.  Class at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 17-27, 2010.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE.  Love Art? Love France? Experience the Best of Both! Consider attending a ten day painting class  in southwestern France.   Our daily painting excursions will take you to the unspoiled   villages, market towns and rolling farmland  of the Dordogne and Lot   Valleys. We'll visit bastide towns such as Saint Cirq la Popie,   colorful market towns such as Sarlat, and the famous pilgrimage site   of Rocamador. We'll have an opportunity to see where painting began   with a visit to the 15,000 year old cave paintings of Pech   Merle.Paint for ten weeks in the beautiful Languedoc region of   southwestern France. We will be based at Le Vieux Couvent, a   beautiful restored 17th century convent located in the tiny hamlet of   Fraysinette. Fee $3,450 (SO) with private bath and $3,250 (SO) with   shared bath, includes 10 nights' lodging, all breakfasts,  4 course   dinners with aperitif andwine, instruction, transportation to   painting sites, 24 hour use of the painting studio and round trip   transport from Toulouse Airport (scheduled times). Does not include   airfare. Enrollment limited to 10 painters. All levels/media welcome. Contact: Julie Houck 808 873-0597 or email at Julie@juliehouck.com.  For more information Julie go to her website, http://www.juliehouck.com To read more about the workshop at Le Vieux Couvent go to the   workshop page of the website. Download a Brochure!

June 19-July 3, 2010.  CLASSES AT LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER, LOT VALLEY.  4 week-long workshops, all in the English language, will be offered at the  Latitude Cultural Center in the never-industrialized, unspoiled Lot Valley  at La Toulzanie, a riverside hamlet of fewer than 20 people which has been  continuously inhabited at least since Neolithic times. (Latitude was founded  in 1998 by E. Barbara Phillips, now professor emerita at San Francisco  University; she is its current director, and the non-profit association is  run by a board of people, all of whom are at least part-time residents of  the Department of the Lot. Latitude is about 20 minutes from the cave  paintings of Pech-Merle and 40 minutes from Cahors, the capital city of  Quercy.)  Two workshops will be offered from June 19-26:PAINTING THE COLORS OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE with Vermont watercolorist Rob O'Brien and A GREAT LEAP BACKWARD: An exploration into the psyche of the cave and the cave in the psyche with Bay Area  psychologist Adrienne Amundsen; her workshop will emphasize the nature of  creativity, and is eligible for continuing education credits (see website  for details).  June 26-July 3: 2 workshops: A TASTE OF TEXTILES with Maureen ("Mo") Newman  and A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE with E. Barbara Phillips. Details on  courses, pricing, etc. at http://www.latitude.org 

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! 

June 1, 2010.  BIRTH OF IMPRESIONISM.  Docent lecture at the De Young Museum.  1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

June 1, 2010.  A BRUSH WITH FAME:  CLAUDE MONET AND HIS ART.  Docent lecture at the De Young Museum, 2:15pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details. 

June 1, 2010.  THE GARDEN:  AN ALFRESCO STUDIO FOR IMPRESSIONIST PAINTERS.  Docent lecture at the Legion of Honor, SF.  2:15pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

June 1 & 2, 2010.  PINK MARTINI WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY. Back by popular demand, Pink Martini returns to Davies Symphony Hall this spring! From pounding Cuban beats to the heart-wrenching tunes of a smoky Paris nightclub, this 12-piece ensemble brings together a variety of musical styles. Influenced by Latin music, jazz, cabaret, and a variety of other styles, Pink Martini mixes melodies and rhythms from around world to create something fresh and new. Tickets in years past have sold out early. Buy yours today! http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=40084 for details.

June 2, 2010.  MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS, with Jimmy Dillon.  In the Woods Productions at the Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley.  8pm.  http://www.woodsmv.com for details.

June 3, 2010.  CEZANNE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MODERN VISION.  Lecture at the De Young Museum.  10am.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

June 3, 2010.  HUMANITARIAN LAW IN TIMES OF ARMED CONFLICT. International human rights and international humanitarian law both work to protect individuals from abuse. While human rights apply at any and all times, international humanitarian law applies only during armed conflicts. To discuss this divide, and to explore what happens when non-state armed groups involved in conflicts challenge international law treaties, UC Berkeley law professor Kirk Boyd introduces the concepts of international human rights and international humanitarian law and explains how, in times of armed conflict, both rule in complementary ways.  To illustrate the challenge presented by non-state actors, Annyssa Bellal and Gilles Giacca from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH), analyze the applicability of and issues related to humanitarian law in the Afghanistan conflict.  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm  Details: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/Humanitarianlaw

June 3 or 5, 2010.  GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE (1848-1894), L’IMPRESSIONNISTE URBAIN.  Conférence offerte par RENEE MOREL (en français, bien sûr) @ The French Class.   Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  IMPORTANT! The time for the evening conferences is now 5:30 PM.  PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Each conference is offered twice. Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm or Saturday, 10:30am to noon. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS - 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 - San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 - FAX: (415) 362.4334.  Questions? Contact Renée Morel at : reneemorel@gmail.com

Opening June 4, 2010.  MICMACS by JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the acclaimed director of Amélie, leaps back onto the big screen with his hilarious new screwball comedy concerning matters of life and death. Dany Boonstars as Bazil, a simple man once orphaned by a distant landmine and now the  innocent victim of a stray bullet lodged precariously in his brain. Having had  enough weapons in his life, Bazil decides to take on the two largest arms manufacturers and topple the heartless industrialists (AndréDussollierand Nicolas Marié) who run them. He receives energetic assistance from an eccentric crew of junkyard denizens, including human cannonball Buster (Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon), contortionist Elastic Girl (Julie Ferrier), Mama Chow (Yolande Moreau) and Slammer (Jean-Pierre Marielle), with our underdogs employing 100% recycled equipment, but no guns, as  they battle the bad guys. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

June 4, 2010.  NOS AMIS LES DAUPHINS.  Conférence par le Dr. ANNE DE LOVINFOSSE, Alliance Française de Berkeley.  19h00. La Joie de nager avec les dauphins et les baleines dans leur espace naturel Au cours de sa présentation en français, le Dr de Lovinfosse vous fera partager ses images montrant la merveilleuses complicité dont dauphins et baleines font preuve dans leurs jeux avec les humains. Elle vous parlera des habitudes de ces cétacés, de leurs méthodes de communications ainsi que de leurs extraordinaires dons de guérisseur. Elle vous dira aussi pourquoi il est important de veiller à leur bien être. Elle a découvert la joie de nager et de jouer avec les dauphins et les baleines à l’occasion de ses voyages à Hawaii, dans les Caraïbes et en Polynésie Française. Le Dr. Anne de Lovinfosse, belgo-américaine, vit dans la région de San Francisco depuis 30 ans. Elle est titulaire d’un doctorat de l’Université de Louvain en Belgique. Elle reçoit pour consultation dans ses cabinets de San Rafael et de Berkeley. Ses spécialités sont le traitement des traumas, la réduction du stress, la toxicomanie, les difficultés résultant des différences culturelles, les problèmes d’anxiété ainsi que de dépression. Elle a enseigné les communications interculturelles à JF Kennedy University et elle enseigne aussi une forme de méditation appelée Restauration Intégrative (iRest- Integrative Restoration) qui est dérivée du Yoga Nidra. Elle organise des retraites à Hawaii, où les participants peuvent faire l’expérience unique de nager avec des dauphins sauvages. RSVP: It is imperative that you call ? 510-548-7481 to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you Donation suggested non member$12; member $10 Email to:info@afberkeley.org  2004 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, CA 94703.  (510) 548-7481

June 5, 2010.  DR. RICHARD BRETTELL speaks about FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM at the De Young Museum, San Francisco.  Member Event; attendance by invitation; tickets required.

June 5, 2010.  BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, including everything from ZYDECO to AFROFUNK, from MOROCCAN to MANDINKAN… Telegraph Ave., Berkeley.  12pm-9pm.  Free.  510.684.8910 or http://www.berkeleyworldmusic.org for details.

June 5, 2010.   DGIIN plays at Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2, Rio Nido.  $5.  6pm-10pm.  Swimming pool open to the public.  707.869.0821 or http://www.rionidoroadhouse.com for details.

June 6, 2010. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE. Meet other internationally-minded Europeans and Europhiles in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. 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 very 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. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

June 8, 2010.  L’ASSEMBLEE GENERALE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Restaurant La Gare.  Cocktails suivis du dîner à 18h30, élections à 19h15, conférence à 19h45 de M. PASCAL LEDERMANN, directeur de l’Alliance Française de San Francisco, sur le thème de leur partenariat avec le musée De Young pour une exposition de tableaux impressionnistes du Musée d’Orsay.  Réservations obligatoires.  Envoyez à l’AFSR votre chèque de $35 en précisant boeuf / poisson / végétarien.  http://www.afsantarosa.org

June 10 or 12, 2010.  DE CHARLEMAGNE A LA FIN DE LA FEODALITE.  Conférence offerte par RENEE MOREL (en français, bien sûr) @ The French Class.   Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  IMPORTANT! The time for the evening conferences is now 5:30 PM.  PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Each conference is offered twice. Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm or Saturday, 10:30am to noon. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS - 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 - San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 - FAX: (415) 362.4334.  Questions? Contact Renée Morel at : reneemorel@gmail.com

June 10-13, 2010. LE JAZZ HOT performs at DJANGOFESTSF in Mill Valley.  Watch for DUO GADJO on 6/13!!!!! www.LeJazzHot.biz  www.HCSF.com  HotClub HotLine 415.931.0909  

June 12, 2010.  SALIF KEITA performs in the San Francisco Jazz Festval.  Salif Keita, “The Golden Voice,” transformed Africa’s musical landscape and ushered in the Afropop revolution.  His souring vocals and socially conscious lyrics have made him hugely influential.  Two shows!  8pm and 10:30pm. 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 15, 2010.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents Cleantech Entrepreneurs: Think Global Think EU.   info@faccsf.net for details.

June 16, 2010.  TURNTABLISTT STROTTER INST. performs at  Aquarius Records.  Groundbreaking anachronistic-mechanical music experimentalist outfit Strotter Inst. (aka Swiss musician Christoph Hess) makes a rare Bay Area appearance at the Mission District's ultra-hip Aquarius Records. During the set, Strotter will doubtless show off his rig--five "modified and manipulated" Lenco turntables--and his technique, involving cut or scotched records and lots of manipulation. Strotter Inst. 1055 Valencia Street San Francisco June 16 www.aquariusrecords.org

June 17 or 19, 2010.  EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917):  PEINTRE DE LA VIE MODERNE.  Conférence offerte par RENEE MOREL (en français, bien sûr) @ The French Class.   Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  IMPORTANT! The time for the evening conferences is now 5:30 PM.  PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Each conference is offered twice. Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm or Saturday, 10:30am to noon. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS - 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 - San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 - FAX: (415) 362.4334.  Questions? Contact Renée Morel at : reneemorel@gmail.com

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 17-July 10, 2010.  PORCHLIGHT THEATER presents DANGEROUS LIAISONS. Porchlight Theatre Company presents a smoldering and passionate parable of intrigue, power-plays, gender roles, courtly love, brazen sexuality, and aristocratic self-interest run amok that is eerily relevant to our times. Co-directors and PTC Core Members Ann Brebner and Ken Sonkin lead a distinguished cast in new production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, adapted from the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, from which the infamous maxim, "Revenge is a dish best served cold," reportedly derives.  Preview performances are Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; opening night is Saturday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. and features a post-performance champagne reception. Performances will continue through July 10, Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (no show Sunday, July 4 or Sunday, July 11; added performances Monday, June 28 and Wednesday July 7) at the Redwood Amphitheatre at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross. [Editor Note: due to construction on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. during the summer months, theatre patrons are encouraged to allow extra time. Construction updates and suggested alternate routes can be found at www.porchlight.net. ]

Opening June 18, 2010.  COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY.   Details to follow…

June 18, 2010.  SOIREE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE:  FETE DE LA MUSIQUE.    De Young Museum, SF.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

June 18, 2010.  SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, including BAABA MAL and others!  Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville.  3 day camping pass, $145; day pass, $55-$65.  http://snwmf.com for details.

June 23-26, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’ ROMEO & JULIETTE.  Davies Symphony Hall.  http://www.sfsymphony.org for details.

June 24 or 26, 2010.  DU PARIS MEDIEVAL A CELUI DU GRAND SIECLE.  Conférence offerte par RENEE MOREL (en français, bien sûr) @ The French Class.   Chaque conférence est illustrée de 80 diapositives.  $10 (includes handouts). One and a half hours each.  IMPORTANT! The time for the evening conferences is now 5:30 PM.  PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Each conference is offered twice. Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm or Saturday, 10:30am to noon. Attention! Comme pour le TGV, il est impératif de réserver. SVP, téléphonez à l'école: (415) 362.3666, pour vous inscrire en donnant votre numéro de carte bancaire [Your card will not be charged at that time].  THE FRENCH CLASS - 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 - San Francisco.  TEL: (415) 362.3666 - FAX: (415) 362.4334.  Questions? Contact Renée Morel at : reneemorel@gmail.com

June 18-27, 2010.  NINTH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL at the Crest Theatre* in Sacramento.  Save the date!

June 20, 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 very 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. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

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.

June 30-July 25, 2010.  DANGEROUS LIAISONS… WITH VAMPIRES.  Santa Rosa Junior College Summer Repertory Theater. DANGEROUS LIAISONS with VAMPIRES is an unforgettable tale of lies, mistrust and manipulation. Based on the 1782 French novel by Choderlos de Luclos, this new adaptation imagines the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Mertueil as immortals that play their vicious game over centuries. Filled with seduction, treachery and passion, DANGEROUS LIAISONS with VAMPIRES leaves the audience hungering for more. (Mature themes) http://www.summerrep.com/dangerous.html for details.

July 4, 2010.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2199 or http://www.ranchonicasion.com for details.  $15; kids under 10, $5.

July 4, 2010.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND performs at the Marin County Fair.

July 10, 2010.  DISCOVER WINE & SPIRITS Discover Wine & Spirits is about to start offering the French Wine Scholar study & certification program in both San Francisco and Napa! Start dates: - San Francisco: Saturday May 15th - Napa: Saturday July 10th The French Wine Scholar program is geared for members of the wine trade and serious wine hobbyists. It is designed to test for proficiency in the wines and wine regions of France. It is endorsed by the National French Wine Office and by U.S. Importers and Wholesalers of French Wine as well.  Intermediate to advanced students of wine who follow this in-depth curriculum and pass the exam will earn the French Wine Scholar (FWS) post-nominal.  The French Wine Scholar curriculum is comprised of eight 2 hour classes: Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Rhône, Southern France. Schedule: On consecutive Saturdays from 9:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Day 1: Alsace &amp; Bordeaux Day 2: Beaujolais &amp; Burgundy Day 3: Champagne &amp; Loire Valley Day 4: Southern France &amp; Rhône Valley Day 5: French Wine Scholar Exam Cost: $695, including classes, wines, 250-page French Wine Scholar study manual and exam registration. (please ask about our group and industry discounts)  The French Wine Scholar program will be taught by a French Wine Scholar (FWS) and WSET Instructor. Please take a look at Discover Wine &amp; Spirits’ list of instructors.  For more information and registration, please visit:  http://www.discoverwineandspirits.com/french_wine_scholar_course.html

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 17, 2010.  I SAVE BABYLON CONCERT.  North African Musicians to Unite for "I Save Babylon" Benefit Concert, Starring Algerian Music Icon KHALED. Souk77 Productions and the Levantine Cultural Center will host a benefit concert featuring the Legendary King of Rai Khaled. Joining Khaled will be Tunisia's famed singer songwriter MC Rai, and Algeria's DJ Pheeko Dubfunk Trio.  "I Save Babylon" is the first of an ongoing annual concert event whose mission is to raise money to provide instruments to community outreach and youth centers for the children of Iraq.  Location: Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street, San Francisco.

July 18, 2010.  WATCHA CLAN WITH CHARMING HOSTESS.  Finale:  25th Jewish Music Festival.  Nomadic genre bending music fronted by the charismatic Sistah K, with Berber, Algerian, Sephardi, Ashkenazi and French influences direct from Marseille, France. “... controlled chaos in action.” – NPR. With a Bay Area band founded by Jewlia Eisenberg, renowned for its eerie harmony, hot rhythm and radical braininess. “... a dazzling diverse palette of influences drawn from the Jewish and African diasporas, with Andalusian cadences and Pygmy polyphony...” SF Chronicle.   Co-sponsored by Gaia Fund. Presented in association with New Frequencies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  8pm.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – Forum  $20 students, seniors, YBCA and JCC East Bay members / $25 general.  Tickets: 1.415.978.2787 or www.jewishmusicfestival.org  Watcha clan myspace:  http://www.myspace.com/watchaclan

July 20, 2010.  JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET performs at Festival del Sole.  Details to follow.

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.

August 21-22, 2010.  COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.  La Plaza Park, Cotati.  $15-$25.  Under 15, free.  707.664.0444 or http://www.cotatifest.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 16–October 17, 2010.  SCAPIN!   by MOLIERE .  Adapted by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell .  Directed by and starring Bill Irwin.Two-time Tony Award winner—and A.C.T. favorite—Bill Irwin (A.C.T.'s Fool Moon, Texts for Nothing) returns to the Bay Area in Molière's chaotic classic. In this lively baggy-pants comedy, the rascally title character balances his penchant for mayhem and mischief with a promise to help two pairs of wide-eyed lovers. Irwin—who adapted, directs, and stars—uses commedia dell'arte, live music, and his trademark sophisticated clowning to turn this 17th-century farce of mistaken identities and theatrical mishaps into a sparkling tour de force perfect for all ages.  415.749.2250 orhttp://www.act-sf.orgfor 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 7, 2010.  ENSEMBLE ZELLIG performs music by LEROUX, PECOU and others.  Hertz Hall, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu 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.

January 26, 2011.  JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET performs in Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

February 9 & 10, 2011.  EX MACHINA, with director-actor ROBERT LEPAGE, dancer SYLVIE GUILLEM and choreographer RUSSELL MALIPHANT, performs EONNAGATA. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu 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.

March 2011.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAU’s LES INDES GALANTES, SUITE D’ORCHESTRE and more.  http://philharmonia.org for details.

March 13, 2011.  LES PERCUSSIONS DE STRASBOURG perform music by VARESE and more. Hertz Hall, Berkelely.  510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

March 20, 2011.  JOYCE YANG, piano, performs music by DEBUSSY and more.  Cal Performances. Hertz Hall, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

April 3, 2011.  JESSICA RIVERA, soprano, with pianist and Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, perform DEBUSSY and more.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

April 7–May 1, 2011.  THE VIRTUAL STAGE & ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRES PRODUCTION of NO EXIT, by JEAN-PAUL SARTRE.  Adapted from the French by Paul Bowles.  Conceived and directed by Kim Collier. U.S. Premiere. Fresh from sold-out performances across Canada, Jean-Paul Sartre's redefined classic makes its U.S. debut at A.C.T. A mysterious valet ushers three people into a shabby hotel room, and they soon discover that hell isn't fire and brimstone at all—it's other people arguing about their lives. Sartre's 1944 existential classic, skillfully reimagined through the perspective of a series of hidden cameras, turns the stage into a cinema, and the audience into voyeurs, as a thrillingly staged "live film" takes place before your eyes. A.C.T. continues its tradition of welcoming the work of innovative international artists to the Bay Area with this riveting multimedia event.  415.749.2250 or http://www.act-sf.orgfor details.

April 28-30, 2011.  CIRQUE ELOIZE performs in Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

May 1 & 3, 2011.  LES VIOLONS DU ROY, with BERNARD LABADIE, music director. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

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