July 1-9, 2010

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July Events

Through 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.

July 1, 2010.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features BASQUE CULTURAL CENTER and more.  KQED TV9, 7:30pm.  Rebroadcast 7/2, 1:30am and 1pm; 7/3, 6:30pm; 7/4, noon.

July 2, 2010.  ZONGO JUNCTION performsat Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

Through 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.

July 3, 2010.  DANIELA MACK AND ALLEN PERRIELLO perform works by RAVEL and more.  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St., SF.  7:30pm.  $15-$20.  415.863.6371 or http://www.stmatthews-sf.org for details.

July 3, 2010.  GOUNOD’S ROMEO ET JULIETTE.  The Metropolitan Opera, presented in glorious high definition cinema.  Lark Theater, 10am. 

July 3, 2010.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND performs at the Mondavi Music Series, Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville.  888.RMONDAVI for details.  $60-$215.

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, Civic Center, San Rafael. 2pm & 4pm.  415.499.6800 or http://marinfair.org for details.

July 6, 2010.   UN AIR DE FAMILLE, screened by the CINEMA CLASS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Attend the Tuesday cinema class at 6:45pm. July 6 screening: "Un Air de Famille" (1996) "Named one of the "ten best films of the year" by Time Out New-York, 'Un Air de  Famille' is a sharp and biting comic drama about a dysfunctional family that gets together for dinner once a week. On this particular Friday, the group is celebrating a birthday, but the night turns into anything but a celebration when family politics and petty squabbling comes into play. A tour-de-force of verbal joust, the film  uncovers some universal truths about family life." (Color - 105mn - English Subtitles) Suggested donation $5 Complimentary glass of wine, or two!  http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

July 6, 2010.  SAUCE PIQUANTE plays at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  Sauce Piquante plays stirring old-time Cajun-Creole music. It's the back porch music of South Louisiana's bayous and prairies, the fuel for dancers at fais-do-do's and honky tonks and crawfish boils. The band's tunes - waltzes, two-steps and an occasional shuffle - are all drawn from the traditional repertoire and all sung in French.  The members strive to appeal to contemporary dancers while honoring the spirit of the past, playing music to move the heart as well as the feet. Inspired by the late accordionist Danny Poullard (who suggested the group's name, a spicy Louisiana stew), Sauce Piquante is accordionist-singer Blair Kilpatrick (who started the band in  1999), fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Robert Richard, and bassist-singer  Kathy "KP" Price, along with guest drummers including local favorite David "Killer" Hymowitz. The band released its debut recording in 2003, "Sauce Piquante Live...Vieux Temps Passé," and is nearing completion of its second CD. 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. www.saucepiquanteband.com or http://www.ashkenaz.com 

July 7-August 7, 2010.  PIAF:  LOVE CONQUERS ALL.  An off-Broadway tour de force at Eureka Theatre. A story of courage and love, Edith Piaf lived to sing. Her life and music are interchangeable. Her place in history is irreplaceable. This passionate one-woman musical drama, presents the life, love and music of the legendary chanteuse. Fourteen of Piaf’s most notable songs are featured. By Roger Peace starring Naomi Emmerson.  "A bewitching work of heart and soul" Showbusiness Weekly".  Emmerson brings audiences as close to the real-life woman as they may ever get" Curtain Up.  800.838.3006 orhttp://www.goldstar.com/events/san-francisco-ca/piaf-love-conquers-all.htmlfor details.  The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. San Francisco.

Opening July 9, 2010.  WILD GRASS.  Directed by Alain Resnais, France, 2009, 104 min.

July 9, 2010. TECHNOCRAFT AT YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS.  TechnoCRAFT explores how the boundary between the role of the designer and the consumer is disappearing. Curated by acclaimed designer Yves Behar, the exhibition traces the current trend in design away from fixed objects toward open "design platforms" that invite people to participate in the creative process. Selected works span the spectrum from intentionally collaborative (such as platforms where individuals can customize their products) to outsider hacks, where "finished" products are adapted or modified by the user. Special attention is paid to the intersection of technology and craft that encourages an unprecedented level of user participation with profound implications for the future of design and experience making. Featuring 5.5 Designers from France Opening night party, Friday, July 9, 8pm-11pm, YBCA Galleries ($12-$15).  Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Through 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. ] Reviewed in the June 25, 2010 Pacific Sun, p.29.

July 10, 2010.  JULIA AND JACQUES COOKING AT HOME features CHARCUTERIE:  SAUSAGES & PATE.  KQED TV9, 10:30am.

July 10, 2010.  MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE.  10am-11am.  Champagne Café, Throckmorton Ave., near to the Sequoia Cinema.  Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details, or just come and join us!

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 & Bordeaux Day 2: Beaujolais & Burgundy Day 3: Champagne & Loire Valley Day 4: Southern France & 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 & Spirits’ list of instructors.  For more information and registration, please visit:  http://www.discoverwineandspirits.com/french_wine_scholar_course.html

July 10, 2010.  INTERVIEW WITH MOISE TOURE, stage director. On SAMEDI CULTURE, KUSF 90.3 MHz FM, 4:30-5:00pm. Samedi Culture is followed by Francofun, every Saturday from 5 to 6pm, KUSF - 90.3 MHz FM.  Supported by the French American Cultural Society.

July 10, 2010.   MADEMOISELLE KIKI presents CABARET D’AMOUR, a celebration of BASTILLE DAY! Mais, Oui! Have a Magnifique Bastille Day! Join us and be transported to Paris for an evening of European Cabaret celebrating Bastille Day. The sounds of Edith Piaf, Mistenguette, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel and Josephine Baker will enchant you! Featuring Moana Diamond, Danny Slomoff, Craig Jessup, Briana Smolowe and the Chez Kiki Dancers. Chez Kiki Orchestra with Jerry Frohmader, Paul Mehling and Dave Miotke and more… 8:00pm $25 General Admission, $35 Reserved Seating $20 Students/Seniors Call 415.383.9600 or visit http://www.142throckmortontheatre.org/event.php?eventid=1262 

July 10, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY AT THE BASQUE CULTURAL CENTER. Come and join The Associations of San Francisco and the Bay Area to celebrate Bastille Day  Saturday, July 10, 2010 starting at 6 pm  at The Basque Cultural Center, a program of Franco-American music, dance and a raffle (grand prize : a trip for two to Paris courtesy of the Official Committee).

July 10, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY WITH FRENCHY LE FREAK AT RUBY SKY.  DJ Frenchy Le Freak will be spinning tunes all night. To purchase your advance tickets to this event visit the Ruby Skye box office or visit ticketweb.com. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason at Geary, SF.  415.693.0777.  See also facebook.com/rubyskyesf.  Starting at 10:00pm.   http://frenchlefreak.com for details.

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.  LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN.  Bartlett Sher directs this story of the life and loves of the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann.  Great Performances at the Met.  KQED TV9.  Noon.  Rebroadcast 7/12, 7pm; 7/13, 1am.

July 11, 2010.  MASTERPIECE MYSTERY presents POIROT X:  MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.  KQED TV9, 9pm.  Rebroadcast 7/12, 3am; 7/17, 9pm; 7/18, 3am.

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, 2010.  NAPOLI TO NAPOLEONS:  A TASTY LITTLE BITE OF EUROPE, with DUE ZIGHI BACI (TWO GYPSY KISSES).  A Bastille Day kickoff concert and whimsical look at revolution from Crostini to Croissants.  Aubergine Afterdark Café, 755 Petaluma Blvd., Sebastopol.  No cover charge; suggested donation $10.  4pm.  http://eurocafemusic.com for details.

July 11, 2010.  FRENCH MUSIC FOR BASTILLE DAY BY THE GOLDEN GATE PARK BAND.  1:00 pm  The always entertaining Golden Gate Park Band performs from its huge repertoire of music of all styles and eras, while wearing cool uniforms. A not-to-be-missed San Francisco tradition. A very French concert. FREE  Location: Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park at 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA.

July 11, 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"

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 12, 2010.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS.  www.faccsf.com or info@faccsf.net for details. 

July 12, 2010.  JOANNA BIGGAR speaks about THAT PARIS YEAR. Joanna Biggar is a writer, journalist, and teacher who has published fiction, poetry, books, personal and travel essays and feature articles in hundreds of newspapers and magazines.  She turned twenty in Paris, where she was a student at the Sorbonne, and went on to earn degrees in Chinese language and French literature. Since then she has chaired a school board in Ghana, traveled solo to remote regions of China, worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and taught inner-city school students in Oakland, California, where she lives. She is married, has five adult children and six grandchildren, who love books. A member of the Society of Woman Geographers, her special places of the heart remain France and the California coast.  Book Passage San Francisco, Ferry Building.    

July 13, 2010. BASTILLE DAY BALL at THE PARLOR! This year, we will celebrate Bastille Day on …drum roll please … A Tuesday!   For this extra special occasion, the revolution will take place in Fisherman’s Wharf at The Parlor, which will be specially decorated for the occasion.  Join us from 8pm for an unforgettable Francophile evening: South of France wines, complimentary exquisite French cuisine, great music, special performances and of course, the most beautiful insurgent crowd!  Cocktail time: Live French Jazz by Laurent Fourgo quartet Music by DJ Julien Nolan from St-Tropez and DJ Aykut (Resident DJ of French Tuesdays in SF) Special $15 discounted tickets are available now!! $20 for the late aristocrats, and $30 at the door (upon availability and on a first come, first served basis)  Time to take advantage of this revolutionary offer now at http://www.frenchtuesdays.com/events/sf071410/   Vive Bastille Tuesday and looking forward to seeing you in your best Blue/White/Red outfits!  Your Bastille friends at French Tuesdays.  2801 Leavenworth Street , San Francisco CA 94133.  8pm-2am.  First 100 tickets, $10! http://www.frenchtuesdays.com/events/sf071410/                     

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 14, 2010.  FRENCH KISS:  ARTPOINTS BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION.  7:00 pm - 11:00 pm   Join us on Wednesday, July 14, at the de Young, for a night of revelry and an after-hours viewing of Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay. Location: Golden Gate Park 50 Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, (415) 750-3600 $65 - $85.

July 14, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY AT THE CAFÉ BASTILLE. Bastille Day at The Café Bastille is a great opportunity to be with French, speak French, or just enjoy a little corner of France in a little alley of San Francisco. Come to celebrate Bastille Day with good wine, great food and awesome music. Get there a little early so that you can get seating. Couple DJ's are going to play on the street and the Belden Place will be full of love for France!!!

July 14, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY AT BARDOT A GO GO.  8:00pm  Co-founders Brother Grimm, Pink Frankenstein, and Cali Kid will be playing the best in decadent French pop and other '60s sounds. "Bardot a Go Go" celebrates its 12th year of playing swinging '60s French pop from the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, and of course Brigitte Bardot.  Location: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street San Francisco, CA 94102.

July 14, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY AT CHEZ PAPA. In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Chez Papa Resto in San Francisco will offer a 4-course prix fixe dinner menu for $60.00 or $90.00 with wine pairings. There will be live music and special cocktails in the spirit of the occasion.

July 14, 2010.  BASTILLE DAY BOOK LAUNCH PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA.  8:00pm  Celebrate Bastille Day with the launch party for The French Revolution - Matt Stewart's debut novel that's already been called "wildly imaginative," "brilliant," and "an excellent achievement  More about the book on http://matt-stewart.com/  Location: Elixir, 3200 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 552-1633.

July 15, 2010.  MAMADOU & VANESSA at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.525.5054 or http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 15, 2010.  MATT STEWART discusses THE FRENCH REVOLUTION (the first novel ever released on Twitter!) at Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley. Loosely structured on the greatest identity crisis ever, The French Revolution tells the story of a San Francisco family forging its place in history.  Esmerelda Van Twinkle, a failed pastry chef turned wretchedly obese copy shop manager, stumbles into motherhood after a semi-intentional liaison with good-natured coupon distributor Jasper Winslow. Born on Bastille Day, their twin children Robespierre and Marat revolt against archaic rules imposed by their autocratic grandmother, surmount radically misguided parenting, and combat wars in the Middle East to achieve great personal gain. Just as the family is on the cusp of achieving meteoric success in politics, business, music, and gastronomy, fissures from the past crack open spectacularly, derailing their bid for long-lived power while cementing a reputation for the ages.  510.525.7777 or http://www.booksinc.net for details.

July 15 & 17 & August 5, 2010.  DON GIOVANNI by MOZART, based on the MOLIERE play.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GRAND CINEMA SERIES. California Film Institute joins San Francisco Opera in presenting this inaugural cinema series, recorded in high-definition at San Francisco's historic War Memorial Opera House. One of the world's leading opera companies, San Francisco Opera is a destination for the greatest international singers, conductors, stage directors and designers. These beautifully filmed versions offer everyone the "best seat in the house" for these dynamic and innovative theatrical productions.  The Rafael's high-definition presentations are scheduled for Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in July, with "encore" shows in August. Please note that regular matinee prices do not apply for the Saturday morning shows.  www.cafilm.org for details.

July 15-18, 2010.  THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL.  French-related films include:  L’HEUREUSE MORT, closing Night, Sunday, July 18, 7:30 pm (Dir. Serge Nadejdine, France, 1924, 83 minutes, 35mm), accompanied By: Matti Bye Ensemble.  This remarkable comedy stars Nicolas Rimsky as Parisian dramatist Théodore Larue whose latest premiere is a disaster. His reputation gone, Larue takes a sea voyage, during which he is swept overboard in a storm and lost. The press and the literary world react with an abrupt revaluation of his work, elevating him to the stature of France's greatest dramatist.  Also:  THE FILMS OF GEORGES MELIES. Méliès's short films are filled with enchantment, humor, and sheer artistry - and his technical and inventive skills incalculably advanced the development of cinema. The Silent film festival will present  a small sampling of this great film artist's work - many of the features in the festival will be preceded by Méliès shorts.  Location: San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre, San Francisco.  Supported by the French Cultural Services.

July 16, 2010.  BASTILLE CELEBRATION as part of SOIREES DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE, De Young Museum.  6:30-7:15 & 7:45-8:30pm:  Live music by DGINN.  7:15-7:45pm:  Ballet performance by Sunset Movement Arts Center.  7:00-7:30 pm Special Lecture by KIERAN RIDGE, "From Here & Now to Eternity: Impressionism & Early Cinema" Koret Auditorium Using photos of the paintings and photos from the 19th century, along with video of some early film and music, Kieran Ridge will connect fin de siecle France and the contemporary SF Bay Area.  6pm-8:45pm.  415.750.3600 or  http://www.famsf.org for details.

July 16, 2010.  STYLE TASTINGS & BASICS OF FASHION:  COMPLEXITY FOR FOODIES. Announcing a new Meetup for LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO! Style Tastings with Dessert Chef Girl Misty, Designer Mark Stephan and Wardrobe Stylist Tyese Cooper  The How To's of Style and Grooming with Tastings from Local Chefs.  July's Fashion Theme: How to Wear it Best - Jeans and T-shirts. Get Your T-shirt Re-fashioned (for both guys and gals). Dress Code? Jeans and T-shirts of course! July's Foodie Theme: Local chefs give you gourmet tastings of complex flavor palettes. This month is dessert and Chef Girl Misty will pair wine with organic chocolates, fruits, nuts and complex seasonings. Trust me - this will change the way you think of food. Blind Fold yourself and see if you can name the ingredients....a definite culinary challenge! http://www.taiselyse.com/blog.html 7pm-10pm. Price: $5.00 per person Cotton Mill Studios, 1091 Calcot Place,  Oakland, CA 94606  Learn more here: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/13889190/

July 16-18, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, Mammoth Lakes, CA One of our favorite events of the year in beautiful Mammoth Lakes! We play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA. Information and advance tickets: www.mammothjazz.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

July 17, 2010.  INTERVIEW WITH OLIVIER BERCAULT, human rights advocate. On SAMEDI CULTURE, KUSF 90.3 MHz FM, 4:30-5:00pm. Samedi Culture is followed by Francofun, every Saturday from 5 to 6pm, KUSF - 90.3 MHz FM.  Supported by the French American Cultural Society.

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.org Watcha clan myspace: http://www.myspace.com/watchaclan

July 18, 2010.  CARAVAN PALACE at the Stern Grove Festival. An amalgamation of Parisian subculture, jazz, and swing, Caravan Palace's eccentric sound brings the past and present together with an electric thread that draws audiences to the dance floor.   Guitarist and songwriter Jairo Zavala's explosive solo project, DePedro, is the culmination of years performing with Latin rock bands Amparanoia, Los Coronas, and Calexico.   Location: Stern Grove Festival, Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco.  2:00 pm Admission-Free Concert.

July 18, 2010.  MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! presents POIROT X:  THE THIRD GIRL.  KQED TV9, 9pm.  Rebroadcast 7/19, 2am; 7/24, 9pm; 7/25, 3am.

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

July 22, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Fernandez Park, Pinole The city of Pinole's annual concert series. 595 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 6:30-8:00 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

July 22 & 24, 2010.  SAMSON & DELILAH by CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GRAND CINEMA SERIES. California Film Institute joins San Francisco Opera in presenting this inaugural cinema series, recorded in high-definition at San Francisco's historic War Memorial Opera House. One of the world's leading opera companies, San Francisco Opera is a destination for the greatest international singers, conductors, stage directors and designers. These beautifully filmed versions offer everyone the "best seat in the house" for these dynamic and innovative theatrical productions.  The Rafael's high-definition presentations are scheduled for Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in July, with "encore" shows in August. Please note that regular matinee prices do not apply for the Saturday morning shows.  www.cafilm.org for details. The Biblical tale of a hero who is seduced by a woman and loses his heart, his hair and finally his strength, Samson and Delilah  provides the context for a Cecil B. DeMille-like extravaganza set to Saint-Saëns' extraordinarily beautiful music. Tenor Clifton Forbisbrings down the house (and the temple), along with Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and conductor Patrick Summers. Sung in French with English subtitles. 155 min. plus two intermissions including backstage interviews.

July 23, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Creekwalk Plaza, Vacaville The city of Vacaville's summer concert series. Creekwalk Plaza, School St., Vacaville. 6:30-9:30 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com 

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 24, 2010.  HUBERT KELLER:  SECRTETS OF A CHEF presents THE GREAT PIES OF FRANCE.  KQED TV9, 2:30pm.

July 24, 2010.  INTERVIEW WITH FRANCK BEDROSSIAN, composer and professor at UC-Berkeley. On SAMEDI CULTURE, KUSF 90.3 MHz FM, 4:30-5:00pm. Samedi Culture is followed by Francofun, every Saturday from 5 to 6pm, KUSF - 90.3 MHz FM.  Supported by the French American Cultural Society.

July 24-August 9, 2010.  30TH ANNUALSAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  http://www.sfjff.org for complete details. French-language films or films of interest to francophiles include

Through 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 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 25, 2010.  GIGI, with Leslie Caron.  KQED TV9; noon. 

July 25, 2010.  NEW ORLEANS:  BEEN IN THE STORM TOO LONG.  Tavis Smiley Reports.  KQED TV9, 2pm.

July 25, 2010.  MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! presents POIROT X:  APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH.  KQED TV9, 9pm.  Rebroadcast 7/26, 3am.

July 26, 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"

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 28, 2010.  ARMY OF CRIME is featured in the SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (dir. Robert Guediguian, France, 2009, 139 min.)The film skillfully dramatizes the resistance efforts of refugees of the anti-fascist fight throughout Europe, led by the French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian. This thriller depicts this 'army of crime' as great defenders of France and champions of human rights. Robert Guédiguian’s lush historical drama bases itself on a largely overlooked cell of French Resistance fighters: refugees of the anti-fascist fight throughout Europe, mostly Jews and communists, led by French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian. With the Gestapo closing in, we are drawn into the work and personal lives of a circle of fearless, brazen and idealistic young men and women, their varying backgrounds insignificant beside a mutual refusal to back down to injustice. Castro Theatre, Wed, July 28th at 9:00 pm http://www.sfjff.org/film/detail?id=5234 

July 30, 2010.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at the Northgate Mall’s “Concerts Under the Oak” summer series.  Northgate, San Rafael.  415.479.3212 or http://shopatnorthgate.com for details.

July 30, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Library Park, Lakeport. The Lakeport summer concert series. Join us for a beautiful evening at Clear Lake!. 6:30 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.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.

July 31, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Calaveras Cajun Fete, Sheep Ranch One of our favorite annual events, a fundraiser for the Calaveras County Arts Council. Dinner and dancing on the lawn. Pioneer Hotel, Sheep Ranch (near Murphys). 6:00-10:00 pm. Information and tickets: www.calaverasarts.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

Through August 15, 2010.  LOVE, DINNER AND COUTURE presented by the TEATRO ZINZANNI.  With French chanteuse LILIANE MONTEVECCHI and chef FRANK FERRANTE.  Pier 29, The Embarcadero (at Battery), SF.  415.438.2668 or http://www.zinzanni.org for details.  Reviewed in the June 25, 2010 Pacific Sun, p.29.

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.
 

30TH ANNUALSAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  French-language films or films of interest to francophiles include

ARMY OF CRIME is featured in the SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (dir. Robert Guediguian, France, 2009, 139 min.)The film skillfully dramatizes the resistance efforts of refugees of the anti-fascist fight throughout Europe, led by the French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian. This thriller depicts this 'army of crime' as great defenders of France and champions of human rights. Robert Guédiguian’s lush historical drama bases itself on a largely overlooked cell of French Resistance fighters: refugees of the anti-fascist fight throughout Europe, mostly Jews and communists, led by French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian. With the Gestapo closing in, we are drawn into the work and personal lives of a circle of fearless, brazen and idealistic young men and women, their varying backgrounds insignificant beside a mutual refusal to back down to injustice. Castro Theatre, Wed, July 28th at 9:00 pm http://www.sfjff.org/film/detail?id=5234  July 28, 2010. 

BABIES.  Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

COCO CHANEL AND IGOR STRAVINSKY.  CinéArts at Sequoia, Mill Valley; Shattuck, Berkeley; Sundance Kabuki, SF.  Reviewed in the June 30, 2010 Bohemian, p.27.

L’HEUREUSE MORT will be shown at the San Francisco International Silent Film Festical. Directed by Serge Nadejdine, France, 1924, 83 minutes.  Castro Theater, SF. July 15-18, 2010. 

MICMACS (Jeunet!). Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

OSS 117:  LOST IN RIO.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL.  French-related films include:  L’HEUREUSE MORT, closing Night, Sunday, July 18, 7:30 pm (Dir. Serge Nadejdine, France, 1924, 83 minutes, 35mm), accompanied By: Matti Bye Ensemble.  This remarkable comedy stars Nicolas Rimsky as Parisian dramatist Théodore Larue whose latest premiere is a disaster. His reputation gone, Larue takes a sea voyage, during which he is swept overboard in a storm and lost. The press and the literary world react with an abrupt revaluation of his work, elevating him to the stature of France's greatest dramatist.  Also:  THE FILMS OF GEORGES MELIES. Méliès's short films are filled with enchantment, humor, and sheer artistry - and his technical and inventive skills incalculably advanced the development of cinema. The Silent film festival will present  a small sampling of this great film artist's work - many of the features in the festival will be preceded by Méliès shorts.  Location: San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre, San Francisco.  Supported by the French Cultural Services. July 15-18, 2010.

WILD GRASS.  Directed by Alain Resnais, France, 2009, 104 min. Opening July 9, 2010.

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

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

ART 

 

July 10-October 3, 2010.  TECHNOCRAFT AT YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS.  TechnoCRAFT explores how the boundary between the role of the designer and the consumer is disappearing. Curated by acclaimed designer Yves Behar, the exhibition traces the current trend in design away from fixed objects toward open "design platforms" that invite people to participate in the creative process. Selected works span the spectrum from intentionally collaborative (such as platforms where individuals can customize their products) to outsider hacks, where "finished" products are adapted or modified by the user. Special attention is paid to the intersection of technology and craft that encourages an unprecedented level of user participation with profound implications for the future of design and experience making. Featuring 5.5 Designers from France Opening night party, Friday, July 9, 8pm-11pm, YBCA Galleries ($12-$15).  Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco. Through August 9, 2010.  RARE PICASSOS.  Includes works on paper from the artist’s collection.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF.  415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

Through July 23, 2010.  STRAIGHT TO THE BONE at Creative Growth Art Center.  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 REGIS-R. June 4 through July 23, 2010.  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)

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.

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/ Reviewed in the June 30, 2010 Bohemian, p. 25.

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.

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

eLYCEE offers JULY IN FRENCH. eLycée, the only program of fully interactive French education online, launches : ·Intensive AP French language preparation (accreditation) ·Intensive French language beginner classes ·Intensive French language intermediate classes ·Workshops for Teachers of French Students sign in from anywhere to work with native French teachers, using shared applications and resources, in a unique 'virtual classroom' developed by eLycée. Contact Christine at Christine.frin@elycee.com to receive the program. www.elycee.com 

Beginning July 5, 2010.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. New Session Starts Week of July 5! Have you pumped up your French skills lately? Whether you're a seasoned user of  the subjunctive or just starting out with the basics of avoirand aller, language  skills can get as soft as an unused muscle if they're not maintained. New classes at the Alliance begin the week of July 5! Click here for complete schedule and info on placement tests. Have a question? Call 415-775-7755 or email afsf@afsf.com 

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

July 28-August 25, 2010. LES HOMOSEXUELS HORS LA LOI.  Un nouveau cours de 5 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par Renée Morel Dès le début de l'ère chrétienne, les théologiens voient les relations homosexuelles comme une atteinte à l'ordre divin. L'homosexualité méprise en effet les distinctions établies par Dieu entre les hommes et les femmes lors de la Création. Cette "contre-nature" est donc, à l'instar de la bestialité, une "abomination" (on cite les prescriptions du *Lévitique* et du *Deutéronome*). La réprobation ecclésiastique porte aussi sur le fait que ces actes sexuels sont dénués de finalité reproductrice. La condamnation de l'Eglise n'exclut cependant pas une certaine tolérance sociale. C'est surtout à partir du XIVe siècle que la répression s'abat sur les homosexuels, fréquemment envoyés au bûcher.  Un problème majeur est l'absence de terme pour désigner l'homosexualité à l'époque médiévale. Le mot que l'on rencontre le plus souvent, -- "sodomie" -- n'a certes rien à voir avec le sexe des partenaires. De ce fait, les procès des homosexuels deviennent souvent des procès politiques en sorcellerie. Les homosexuels seront ensuite assimilés aux hérétiques, qui menacent l'autorité civile aussi bien que religieuse. Ils deviennent des "ennemis de l'intérieur", coupables non seulement d'un péché, mais, pis encore, d'un crime social grave. C'est en effet à cause de leur "vice innommable" que famines, guerres, pestilences et mortalité effroyable s'abattent sur le royaume de France.  En plus des mentalités médiévales sur la "sodomie", on examinera la figure emblématique de saint Sébastien, liée à la persécution, dans l'imaginaire homosexuel. 5 weeks (July 28 - August 25, 2010) Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $157 (Discounts for early birds as well as for members).  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334

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

September 27-November 15, 2010.  ADVANCED FRENCH taught by ANNE BISHOP. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  10:30am-12:30pm.  $235.

September 28-November 16, 2010.  COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT taught by ANNE BISHOP. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  10:30am-12:30pm.  $235.

September 29-November 17, 2010.  BEGINNING FRENCH taught by ANNE BISHOP.  Focus on French for travel and communicating. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm-3pm.  $235.

September 30-November 18, 2010.  LOWER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH taught by ANNE BISHOP.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  2pm-4pm.  $235.

September 30-November 18, 2010.  UPPER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH taught by ANNE BISHOP. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.  11:15am-1:15pm.  $235.

FRENCH LANGUAGE WITH JOY.  Private lessons and group-based language instruction serving Marin & San Francisco since 1975.  Taught by BARBARA ZEIDMAN, M.A.   California State Licensed Community College French Instructor.  415.479.2100 for details.

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! 

August 1, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Lake Almanor Country Club, Lake Almanor A concert in the Band Shell at Lake Almanor. Lake Almanor Country Club. 6:30 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

August 1, 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"

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.  CHRISTOPHER GORTNER taks about THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICIS.   7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 7, 2010.  GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE play in the Festival of Summer Nights, sponsored by Book Passage and the Marin Jewish Community Center.  Pre-concert line dancing lesson.  200 North San Pedro Rod., San Rafael.  415.444.8000 or http://www.marinjcc.org/performing_arts.html for details.  7pm. $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 8, 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"

August 13-15, 2010.  SAUSALITO FILM FESTIVAL.  http://www.sausalitofilmfestival.com/

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, 2010. DESTINY KINAL talks about her historical novel BURNING SILK, which plunges the reader into the rarified and privileged atmosphere of an early nineteenth century French perfumerie on the Cote d’Azur and beyond.  1:00pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.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.

August 22, 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"

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 20, 2010.  ISABEL ALLENDE talks about her new novel THE ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA, a tale set in Haiti and the southern United States during the 18th century.  The story of a young woman sold into slavery at age nine to the head of a large sugar plantation. 12:30pm.  Event catered by Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo.  $55 includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book.  Reservation required.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or http://www.bookpassage.com 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, 2010.  ARNALDO COHEN & MIHAELA URSULEASA – present a Piano Four-Hands Recital, performing RAVEL’S MA MERE L’OYE and more.$35-$60.  Herbst Theater, SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.org 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 4-6, 2010.  SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY performs POULENC’s GLORIAFAURE’s REQUIEM, and more.  With the Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir.  Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  For information, call 707.546.8742 or visit http://www.santarosasymphony.com.  

December 5, 2010.  ELZA VAN DEN HEEVER, soprano, and JOHN PARR, piano, perform works by FAURE and more.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music Hall, SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.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 10, 2011.  DANIEL HOPE, violin, and JEFFREY KAHANE, piano, perform MESSAIEN’S THEME ET VARIATIONS and more.  Herbst Theater, SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.org for details.

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

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 3, 2011.  PAVEL HAAS QUARTET performs DEBUSSY’S QUARTET IN G MINOR, OP.10 and more.  Herbst Theater, SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.org 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.

May 24, 2011.  KATE ROYAL, soprano, and CHRIS GLYNN, piano, perform THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a love story told through song, including works by FAURE, DEBUSSY, and more.  Herbst Theater SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.org for details.

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