June 3-11, 2010

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June Events

June 3, 2010.  SOIREE RENDEZ-VOUS WITH PIERRICK GAUMÉ. Soiree Rendez-Vous with Pierrick Gaumé.  The AFSF invites you to a soiree Rendez-Vous Thursday the 3rd at 6:30pm, at the Alliance. Expand your social network and practice your French informally, and meet with Pierrick Gaumé who will present his show "Automorphoses" around a glass of wine. When French artist Pierrick Gaumé uses natural light to take photographs of San Francisco, his vision of the city looks supernatural. His series of digital images show the many surrealist reflections he spots that everyone else would pass by and miss. Gaumé chooses to study them compulsively and to takes us into a parallel world: his Automorphoses. These highly structured and tightly framed compositions sparkle with color and leave viewers somewhat disoriented. Gaumé was born in the Loire Valley, a region that was nicknamed "Garden of France" by writer René Boylesve and painter Max Ernst. He started to show his artwork in 1996 in countries including the United States and Israel, where he lived until 2004. Gaumé's Automorphoses are challenging the perception of everyday reality, unexpectedly bridging Loire Valley reflections, surrealist painting, psychedelic art from California and fractal graphics. Artist's website: www.pierrick.co.nr.  Free for Session 3 Students $3 Members $5 General Public.  http://www.afsf.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 4, 2010.  SOPHIS & KALBASS KREYOL + AFRICOMBO.  The two Haitian-born founders of Kalbass Kreyol share the stage with their current bands tonight in a Haitian-Caribbean concert Sophis calls "Up Close & Personal with Sophis & Kalbass Kreyol plus the infectious sound of AfriCombo." Sophis continues to lead Kalbass Kreyol, while former partner Mr. G leads his AfriCombo. Kalbass Kreyol is a high-energy band known for its electrifying and uplifting live performances. Its members embody the spirit of its music - eclectic and unique,  with the essence of Haiti at its core. Since its start in 2005 the band has featured musicians from Haiti, China, the Congo, Puerto Rico, Iran, Trinidad, and the U.S. As a songwriter, Sophis crafts music designed to give listeners hope, inspiration, and awareness. At the center of his sound are elements of Haitian kompa and rara, which are mélanged with merengue, reggae, salsa, zouk, rock, and funk to create  an unusual rhythmic cocktail that keeps audiences asking for more. The band has  staged and/or participated in nine benefit concerts that raised $15,000 for Haitian earthquake relief. Sophis is still lending his voice and music to various local  fundraising projects for Haiti in the Bay Area as a solo artist. Tonight he gets  "up close and personal" with his audience by sharing material from his solo project as well as the expanded and contagious repertoire of Kalbass Kreyol. www.myspace.com/kalbasskreyol  Mr. G's new band, AfriCombo, brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora  with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. Along with guitarist-singer Mr. G, AfriCombo is bassist Mfalme Nguni, singer Cerise B, guitarists Paul "Pablo" Burton and DaProb, and drummers/percussionists Wilfredo Wilson, Issa, Alpha Lewis, and Kunde. www.myspace.com/africombo Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm $10 advance / $13 day of show / $10 students Buy advance tickets here! www.ashkenaz.com for details.

June 4, 2010.  THE SECRETS OF SLEEP:  SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY. Mehdi Tafti, Professor, Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne Willis Regier, Director, University of Illinois Press  We begin our new Brain and Mind series by looking at how sleep affects brain function and how lack of sleep can influence the mind, as in the case of philosopher Emil Cioran, an insomniac. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm   More information: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/secretsofsleep

June 4, 2010.  SONOMA-PROVENCE EXCHANGE CONVERSATION.  Venez nous rejoindre pour boire, dîner et parlez français à la reunion mensuel au restaurant Le Brasserie chez l'hotel Hyatt Vineyard Creek. Nous débuterons à 18h15 vendredi, le 4 juin. Vous pouvez acheter votre repas et vos boissons qui seront disponibles toute la soirée. Vineyard Creek se trouve au 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa (http://vineyardcreek.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp#2060). Si vous n 19êtes jamais venu à notre petit réunion mensuel, laissez-moi vous dire que nous sommes un groupe sympa qui aime parler français en mangeant et buvant! Vous êtes les bien venues! / Please join us for convivial conversation in French while having dinner or refreshments at Le Brasserie in l'hotel Hyatt Vineyard Creek on Friday, June 4th, beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Dinner and beverages are available for purchase all evening.  Vineyard Creek is located at 170 Railroad Street (off Third), Santa Rosa (>http://vineyardcreek.hyatt.com>).  If you haven't made it to a monthly Chat before, we're an informal group who simply enjoy an occasion to speak French, especially while eating and drinking.  There is no obligation, you are always welcome!   It's always helpful when you let me know if you plan on coming to French Chat on Friday so I can reserve accordingly.   >Evelyn Andersonsonprov@sbcglobal.net

June 4-July 3, 2010.  KRAPP’S LAST TAPE by ex-pat to Paris SAMUEL BECKETT.  Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor St., San Francisco.  800.838.3006 or http://www.cuttingball.com for details.  $15-$30.

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.  SAMEDI CULTURE features an interview with EVELYNE GAYOU (INA France and Stanford CCRMA), researcher and electroacoustic composer, member of the Groupe de Recherche Musicale since 1975.  Samedi Culture, every Saturday, 4:30pm to 5:00pm, the radio show in French with all the cultural news from the Bay Area Samedi Culture is followed by Francofun, every Saturday from 5 to 6pm, KUSF - 90.3 MHz FM.  Supported by the French American Cultural Society.

June 5, 2010.  MOSTLY MOTETS, including works by JOSQUIN DESPREZ.  St. Mark’s Luthern Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., SF. 7pm.  $12-$16.  415.928.7770 or http://www.mostlymotets.com for details.

June 5, 2010. STANFORD WOODWIND QUINTET performs the music of JEAN FRANCAIX and others.  Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor Museum, Lincoln Park,  SF.  415.392.4400 or http://www.avedisconcerts.org for details.

June 5, 2010.  RACHID TAHA, French-Algerian musician, performs with CHEB I SABBAH.  Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrall (at Polk), SF.  415.885.0750 for details.  $22-$25.  8:30pm.  All ages.

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 5, 2010.  MARKUS JAMES & THE WASSONRAI perform at the Berkeley World Music Festival Afterparty. As if a full day of music up and down Telegraph Avenue during the 7th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival weren't enough, the festival and Ashkenaz are throwing this "Africa meets Mississippi" afterparty and celebration featuring Markus James & the Wassonrai, with special  guests including Tim Abdellah Fuson on Moroccan Gnawa Gimbri. Guitarist and singer James is a pioneer in reconnecting roots blues with its deep African origins. He has traveled to West Africa to record and perform original,  blues-based music with traditional Malian musicians since 1994, when he first made his way to the village of Niafounke, home of the legendary Sonrai musician Ali Farka Toure. Internationally acclaimed, James has been honored to have tracks included  on two compilations of Desert Blues, "Sahara - Blues of the Desert" and "Desert  Blues III," alongside such great artists as Ali Farka Toure, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour, and Tinariwen. He has performed at the legendary Festival In The Desert  three times, and his award-winning 2005 documentary film "Timbuktoubab, "chronicling his long-term collaborations in Timbuktu with three Malian master musicians, has  been seen on many PBS stations nationally. James is accompanied tonight by the Wassonrai, his rotating band of traditional  African instrumentalists and singers. Along with James on slide guitar and vocals, the group is singer and djembe drummer Karamba Dioubate; bolon (gourd bass) and  dundun player Dian Sewo Diallo; kamele n'goni (hunters' harp) and calabash player and singer Amadou Camara; Arsene Kounde on drums and karinye; and rhythm guitarist Nick Simmons. www.firenzerecords.comhttp://www.ashkenaz.com  Doors at 9:00 p.m.; Show at 9:30 p.m. $12/$10 advance & students - Buy advance tickets!

June 5, 2010.  THE NEW WORK OF FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Studio 7 Fine Arts  will present the new work of Flo de Bretagne on June 5th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Come meet Flo, see her painting as she will be working on a canvas and enjoy the farmers market Children are welcome and will experiment some art with Flo. Studio 7 Fine Arts is located at 400 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 You can see Flo's work on her website, http://www.florencedebretagne.com

June 5, 2010.  RICK STEVES’ MEDITERRANEAN MARATHON.  KQED TV9, 1pm.

June 5 & 6, 2010.  PRIVATE SALE OF WORKS BY FRENCH ARTISTS!  11am – 5pm.  1450 Masonic Ave., San Francisco.  415.558.0651  ARTISTS INCLUDE:  Tissus : Stéphanie Création de sacs et d'accessoires en tissu nés de l'inspiration du moment. Chacun est unique et fait à la main. Chacun a sa petite histoire. A vous d'en faire votre petite touche stylée préférée.  Peinture : Valérie Valérie peint depuis qu’elle a 12 ans, elle peint des visages, des corps, des créatures étranges aux couleurs audacieuses et des créatures ordinaires, dont elle seule révèle l’insolite, un oiseau, un insecte, une route, un visage familier dont une facette nous avait échappé jusque là.   Verre : Pascale "Le secret du verre est qu’il est parmi les pierres comme un fou parmi les hommes, car il revêt toutes les couleurs et teintes, il transmet et isole, il est incorruptible et se brise au moindre choc, il se montre rigide et invisible, il laisse voir comme l'eau et se façonne comme un solide, il révèle tantôt ce dont il sépare, tantôt qui l'observe." Ce sont tous ces aspects que l’artisanat tente de concilier et apprivoiser au travers de l’objet fonctionnel.  Bijoux : Véronique « Perlentine will display costume jewels handmade by Veronique Mini. In particular, for this summer, jewels made with Liberty fabrics."  "Perlentine présentera ses bijoux fantaisie, fait main par Véronique Mini, avec notamment une collection d'été dont les bijoux sont réalisés avec du tissu Liberty".  Poterie : Isabelle Je réalise de manière artisanale des articles fonctionnels, à savoir des bols, des assiettes, des plats mais aussi parfois des articles plus décoratifs tels que des vases. Mes formes se veulent pures avec parfois une touche d'originalité. Mes pièces sont colorées. C'est en 2005 que j'ai découvert la poterie et j’ai tout de suite aimé le contact des mains avec l’argile et son pouvoir créatif. Je me suis prise de passion pour cette activité créatrice, pleine de charme car chaque article est unique de part sa forme, sa couleur, sa texture. C’est la toute l’émotion que je souhaite vous faire découvrir grâce aux diverses expositions et à mon site web (http://web.me.com/jpisa2/Poterie/Welcome___Bienvenue.html) !

June 5 & 6, 2010.  8TH ANNUAL ART DECO AND MODERNISM SALE.  Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco.  650.599.3326 or http://artdecosale.com for details.

June 5-27, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL.    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.  415.392.4400 or http://www.worldartswest.org or http://www.cityboxoffice.com for details.

June 5-July 1, 2010.  GOUNOD’S FAUST at the San Francisco Opera.  War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., SF.  $15-$310.  415.864.3330.  http://www.sfopera.com for details.

June 6, 2010.  NAPA CHOCOLATE SALON, including signed copies of CHOCOLATE FRENCH. www.NapaChocolateSalon.comfor details.

June 6, 2010.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL. French Heritage Society talk in Hillsborough.  Please contact Northern California Chapter Co-Chairman Dori Bonn for more information: dbonn1@earthlink.net

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 8, 2010.  ASSEMBLEE GENERALE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA.    Installation of officers and board members.  Restaurant La Gare, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.  With speaker PASCAL LEDERMANN, who will address the topic, “Action culturelle en Alliance Française”  Dinner and conference, $35 (wine not included); tickets for the lecture only are $10.  Reserve by June 1, 2010 by sending your check to AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa, CA  95409.  Indicate beef, fish, chicken or vegetarian.  Dinner at 6:30; Elections at 7:15; Lecture at 7:45.  Reservations are required for one or both!  707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org or info@santarosa.org for details.

June 9, 2010.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Jack & Tony’s, 115 4th St., Santa Rosa.  12pm.  Please call Christiane at 707.542.5411 by Monday, June 7, to confirm.

June 10, 2010.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL.    Why There Are WordsLiterary Reading Series presents the following authors reading their workon the theme of "Heat" June 10, 2010. 7 PM, Studio333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito.$5. More info at http://whytherearewords.wordpress.com.  

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 10-13, 2010.  HOTEL DES 2 MONDES by LA COMPAGNIE LA D-BOUSSOLE.  Location: Lycée français la Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco.  In French.

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 12, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform CAJUN-BLUES-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.    Violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom "Rigo" Rigney's East Bay quintet Flambeau plays traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes, along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets the band apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on  Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. The tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians - which also includes guitarist Danny Caron (Rigney's longtime collaborator since their Sundogs years), keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone - plays mostly original material, highlighting Rigney's arrangements. The band features tunes from the latest Flambeau CD, "Serious Fun," which boasts  15 songs, 11 of them Rigney originals. Rigney's 2008 acoustic blues release, "Back Porch Blues," with favorites such as "Drivin' That Thing" and "Swamp Beat Boogie," spent much of the summer in the top 15 of "B.B. King's Top Picks to Click" on XM/Sirius Radio's Bluesville channel, hitting the #1 spot in August. Guest artists on the  album include longtime Rigney friends Norton Buffalo, Roy Rogers, and Bob Brozman. www.rigomania.com Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.;  Show at 9:00 p.m. $13/$10 student

June 13, 2010.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL. Redwood Writers Redwood Writers Meeting 2:30-5 PM at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa - Empire Room – 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 • Phone: (707) 545-8530  We ask for a small fee of $5 from members and $8 from non-members to cover costs.

June 14, 2010.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE reads selections from MISES EN BOUCHE / RAVAGE . 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 15, 2010.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL at the San Francisco Public Library. 6:30 PM.

June 16, 2010.  LA DANSE:  LE BALLET DE L’OPERA DE PARIS.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

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, 2010.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features LE CHARM FRENCH BISTRO and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.  Rebroadcast 6/18.

June 17, 2010.  SIMON SCHAMA’S THE POWER OF ART features VAN GOGH.  KQED TV9, 9pm.

June 17, 2010.  SIMON SCHAMA’S THE POWER OF ART features JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID.  KQED TV9, 10pm.

June 17, 2010.  SWISSNEX presents DISNEY RESEARCH ZURICH:  NOT YOUR FATHER’S MICKEY MOUSE. pm Markus Gross, Director, Disney Research Zurich and Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Bob Sumner, Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist, Disney Research Zurich Disney computer scientists working at the ETH Zurich are creating the entertainment technologies of tomorrow, from hyper-realistic facial modeling to video retargeting and 3-D animation. 6:30 pm - 9:30 .  More information: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/disneyresearchzurich

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 17-20, 2010.  CATHERINE BREILLAT’S BARBE-BLEU / BLUEBEARD. Based on the dark fairytale, Bluebeard  tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives. French director Catherine Breillat (The Last Mistress, Fat Girl, Romance) brings her personal touch to this classic tale, a favorite of good little French girls since the 1950's. (2009, 80 min, digital video) Location: YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.  http://www.ybca.org for details.      Bluebeard will be released on DVD on June 22, 2010 (Strand Releasing)

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.  ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO at the De Young museum, for the BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  250 tickets only!  The Impressionist galleries of the Orsay Museum in Paris have closed for renovation, and the collection is at the de Young museum in San Francisco. Two sequential exhibits will be offered: "Birth of Impressionism" (May 22 to September 5) followed by "Post-Impressionist Masterpieces" (September 25 to January 18). San Francisco is the only venue in North America to host the collection, and the  only venue in the world to host both exhibits. The Alliance Française of San Francisco is partnering with the de Young to offer  special Friday evening "Soirées" at the museum during the exhibits. The first will be on June 18th during the "Birth of Impressionism" exhibit.  There will be a reception, followed by a program, "Fête de la Musique," celebrating the music of this important era, and timed-entry tickets to see this fabulous collection. You may choose to see the exhibit at 5 PM, and then attend the reception and program, finishing at 7:30 PM, or you may choose to start with the reception at 6 PM, and  then attend the program and finally view the exhibit. Once you have seen the exhibit, there is no re-entry. The museum closes at 9 PM that evening. We only have 250 tickets for this special event, which will sell out very quickly. So please do not delay.  Either call the Alliance at 415-775-7755 to secure your  reservation or visit our website where you can purchase the tickets directly. Tickets are $75 each. The tickets will be mailed to you. Please remember to indicate whether you would like the 5 PM viewing or the 7:30 PM viewing. Our other partner for this event is the French American Cultural Society, which  is organizing live French music during the soirées. It will be a wonderful evening for San Francisco Bay Area's French community, including Francophiles and their  friends.

June 18, 2010.  CONVERSATION WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BERKELEY.  Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.  6:30pm. At the Alliance, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or http://www.afberkeley.org or info@afberkeley.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 18, 2010. CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features BASQUE CULTURAL CENTER and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.  Rebroadcast 6/19.

June 18, 2010.  MANON SUR LE BITUME/MANON ON THE ASPHALT.  KQED TV9, 11pm.

June 18-27, 2010. SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL features 9 new French films in their Sacramento premieres, including 5 comedies!  - The 9th SFFF will open with *IN THE BEGINNING (A l'origine)*, by Xavier Giannoli, a thrilling drama based on the true story of a small crook who built a piece of highway leading nowhere… - *PLEASE, PLEASE ME! *(*Fais moi plaisir !*), a charming, happy comedy by Emmanuel Mouret (Shall we Kiss?). - *LOUISE MICHEL*, a hilarious anarchist comedy by Benoît Delépine & Gustave de Kervern, starring Yolande Moreau (acclaimed at last year’s SFFF in Séraphine). - *SKIRT DAY * (*La Journée de la jupe*), by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, starring Isabelle Adjani who received her fifth César for Best Actress for her role in this controversial social drama about a teacher who holds her class hostage after discovering a gun in one of her student's backpack.   *2nd WEEKEND, JUNE 26-27* - The historical drama *ARMY OF CRIME* (*L'Armée du crime*) by Robert Guédiguian retraces the true story of the Manouchian resistance group in occupied France during WWII. - *FRENCH KISSERS* *(Les Beaux Gosses)*, is the first feature by comic book artist Riad Sattouf, an hysterical John Hughes-style comedy that will enthrall anyone who has ever been a teenager. - *RAPT *by Lucas Belvaux is a social-thriller about the downfall of a powerful businessman portrayed by Yvan Attal. - *HEARTBREAKER (L'Arnacoeur)* by Pascal Chaumeil is a sophisticated and witty comedy full of adventure, starring Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris. - The pride of French intelligence returns to Sacramento! The Festival will close in style on June 27th with *OSS 117, LOST IN RIO (OSS 117, Rio ne répond plus)*, the sequel to the uproarious spy-spoof comedy that opened the 2008 SFFF. Do not miss this one! <http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm>*

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 20, 2010.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs in the Stern Grove Festival, 19th & Sloat, San Francisco.  2pm.  Free.  http://www.sterngrove.org for details.

June 20, 2010.  PALO ALTO WORLD MUSIC DAY.  Free music festival Downtown Palo Alto, from 3 pm to 7:30 pm,  on University Ave, King Plaza (City Hall), and surrounding streets.  50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres on street corners and plazas: jazz, pop, rock, classical, Celtic, Klezmer, French, Chinese, Balkan, Indian, world music, choirs, etc.  For more information, please visit www.pamusicday.org 

Through June 23, 2010.  BROUGHT TO LIGHT:  RECENT ACQUISITIONS TO THE PFA COLLECTION, including:  LOLA MONTEZ, Saturday June 5, 8:00pm Max Ophuls (France/Germany, 1955, 116 mins); a new print of 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) and 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.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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

June 24, 2010.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features CHEZ MAMAN and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.  Rebroadcast 6/25.

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 25, 2010.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY celebrates the FETE DE LA MUSIQUE.  Everyone is welcome.  Be a musician (your own gig):  Sing.  Play an instrument.  Or be part of the audience… or both.  Free.  Please RSVP.  Bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.  6:30pm.  At the Alliance, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or http://www.afberkeley.org or info@afberkeley.org for details.

June 26, 2010.  JULIA & JACQUES COOKING AT HOME feature SOUFFLES.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

June 26, 2010.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features ABSINTHE BRASSERIE AND BAR and more.  KQED TV9, 1pm.  Rebroadcast 6/27.

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 29, 2010.  LES PLAGES D’AGNES / THE BEACHES OF AGNES.  KQED TV9, 10pm. 

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.

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; AMC Van Ness 14; AMC Metreon, SF; Balboa, SF; Albany; Empire, Piedmont; Sundance Kabuki. 

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.  

LOOKING FOR ERIC, with French soccer player ERIC CANTONA playing himself.  Opera Plaza, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

MICMACS (Jeunet!). Opening imminently! Reviewed in the SF Chronicle Sunday Datebook (pink pages), p.22-23, and in the June 2, 2010 SF Weekly, p.29.

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. 

LE PERE DE MES ENFANTS / THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (Belgium, Mia Hansen-Love, 2009).  Embarcadero, SF.

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 

Newly opened and running through 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/

And similary, running through 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.

June 4-July 23, 2010.  STRAIGHT TO THE BONE at the CREATIVE GROWTH ART CENTER features REGIS-R.    Creative Growth Art Center announces its upcoming exhibition Straight to the Bone artwork made during a Creative Growth studio workshop with Paris-based visiting artist Régis-R. Exhibition and event, Friday, June 4, 2010 from 5:00-8:00pm. Gallery event is free and open to the public. Also open Saturday, June 5, 11am to 4pm. On view from June 4 through July 23, 2010. Location: Creative Growth Art Center Gallery, 355 24th St., Oakland, CA 94612, (near 19th St. BART)

June 5, 2010.  THE NEW WORK OF FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Studio 7 Fine Arts  will present the new work of Flo de Bretagne on June 5th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Come meet Flo, see her painting as she will be working on a canvas and enjoy the farmers market Children are welcome and will experiment some art with Flo. Studio 7 Fine Arts is located at 400 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 You can see Flo's work on her website, http://www.florencedebretagne.com

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 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.

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

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! 

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.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS, CITY OF LIGHT.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF.  1pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

July 10, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  DEGAS, THE RELUCTANT IMPRESSIONIST.  2:15pm. De Young Museum, San Francisco.  415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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 11, 2010.  GRANDE FETE DE LA BASTILLE de L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Pique-nique!  Bring your favorite food to share.  Don’t forget your own utensils and a set of boules, if you have them.  Of course we will also have la Grande Tombola (raffle) du 14 juillet, plus live music with XAVIER DE LA PRADE!  Free event.  4pm to sunset.  Mark West Stables, 5241 St. Helena Road, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. 707.543.8151 or http://www.afsantarosa.org or info@santarosa.org for details.

July 11, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  More information forthcoming. 510.548.7481 or http://www.afberkeley.org or info@afberkeley.org for details.

July 11 & 12, 2010.  GIPSY KINGS, a French music group from Arles & Montpelier with gitane roots, performs at the Masonic Center, San Francisco on July 11 and at the Uptown Theatre, Napa, on July 12.  http://www.gipsykings.com for details. 

July 15, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. The Alliance Française of San Francisco (AFSF) is working in partnership with San Francisco Giants in promoting the game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets on  Thursday, July 15, 2010.  The event is titled the Bastille Day game Honoring French- American Heritage.  It is also under the auspices of the Consul General of France (Sous le Haut Patronage de Consul Général de  France). The ticket sales telephone number and e-mail address is on the flyer (located at http://www.afsf.com/) and interested parties should go directly to the San Francisco Giants Sales  Staff, 415.972.2298 or http://www.sfgiants.com/specialevents  People wishing to sit together as a group must make their  reservations at  the same time. There are special benefits for a group of 25 or more. The pre-game “tailgate party” in Parking Lot D is sponsored by the San  Francisco Giants, admission is free and you will receive a  separate ticket (admission is private for our group) to gain entry with your  regular seat  ticket.  The food and beverages will be French cuisine such as Crepes, Gaufres, Saucisses, etc. (to be  determined closer to the event).   Tail gate party starts at 4:45 – 7:00 and game starts at 7:15.

July 15-18, 2010.  THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL, including L’HEUREUSE MORT.  Closing Night, Sunday, July 18, 7:30 pm Directed by Serge Nadejdine, France, 1924, 83 minutes.  Castro Theater, SF.

July 16, 2010.  BASTILLE CELEBRATION as part of SOIREES DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE, De Young Museum.  6pm-8:45pm.  415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  De Young Museum, 1pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

July 18, 2010.  WATCHA CLANN WITH CHARMING HOSTESS offer the 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. $20 students, seniors, YBCA and JCC East Bay members / $25 general Tickets: 1-415-978-2787 or www.jewishmusicfestival.orgWatcha clan myspace: http://www.myspace.com/watchaclan

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

July 24, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE IMPRESSIONIST ERA;  FASHION AND CULTURE.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

July 24, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE ART OF FRENCH FASHION:  FROM THE ‘NEW LOOK’ TO NOW.   Legion of Honor, SF. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

July 25, 2010. DOCENT LECTURE:  EUROPEAN PAINTINS:  A DIME-STORE LEGACY FROM THE KRESS COLLECTION.   Legion of Honor.  2:15pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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 3, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  De Young Museum, SF.  1pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 3, 2010.  DOCENT LECTRE:  THREE FRENCH VILLAGES, SEVEN FRENCH MASTERS.  De Young Museum, SF.  2:15pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 3, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  FABERGE:  TREASURES TO BEHOLD.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 7, 2010.  GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE perform at Summer Nights, 200 North San Pedro Rod., San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org for details.  $25 public; $5 kids 6-17; 5 & under, free.

August 7, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  1pm.  De Young Museum. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 15, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  ART DECO, 1910-1939.  Legion of Honor, SF. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

August 15, 2010.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform in Concerts in the Park, Belvedere Community Park.  Free.  4pm-6pm.  415.435.6540 or http://belvedereconcerts.org for details.

August 20, 2010.  SOIREE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE at the De Young Museum.  6pm-8:30pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 21, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM.  1pm. De Young Museum, SF. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 21, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE GARDEN:  AN ALFRESCO STUDIO FOR IMPRESSIONIST PAINTERS.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm.

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.

August 29, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  AMERICAN ARTISTS ABROAD, THE LURE OF PARIS.  1pm.  Legion of Honor. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

August 29, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THREE FRENCH VILLAGES, SEVEN FRENCH MASTERS.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm. 415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org 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 15-October 1, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs JULES MASSENET’s WERTHERhttp://sfopea.com or 415.864.3330 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.

December 17-19, 2010.  MAGNIFICAT BAROQUE performs MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S MESSE DE MINUIT / MIDNIGHT MASS. Magnificat has long championed the music of the remarkable Marc-Antoine Charpentier and this season we turn to his best-known work: the delightful Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass). Drawing on the popular melodies of French Christmas carols, or noëls, Charpentier preserves their charming simplicity in achieving a perfect synthesis of popular art and the lush elegance of the Age of Louis XIV. The program will also include one of Charpentier’s evocative settings of the Nativity narrative and other seasonal music. http://magnificatbaroque.com/charpentier-midnight-mass/ 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.

February 26, 2011.  PARIS GUITAR DUO JUDICAEL PERROY AND JEREMY JOUVE perform in the Dynamic Guitars Series.  http://www.omniconcerts.com or 415.242.4500 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.org for details.

April 26, 2011.  FLORIAN LAROUSSE, a young French classical guitar virtuoso, performs in the Dynamic Guitars Series.  http://www.omniconcerts.com or 415.242.4500 for 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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