July 22-30, 2010

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July Events

July 22, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO COMBO performs at Morocco's Moroccan Restaurant,  7 - 10pm,  86 North Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. (Instrumental Combo featuring Jason Bellenkes on reeds).  www.moroccosrestaurant.com No Cover.

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.

Opening July 23, 2010.  50TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION of JEAN-LUC GODARD’S A BOUT DE SOUFFLE / BREATHLESS.  Details to follow…

July 23, 2010.  BRUSHSTROKES AND TONE CLUSTERS IN TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY PARIS.  Lecture, 7pm at the Alliance, 1345 Bush Street Free! Inspired by the "Birth of Impressionism" exhibition at the de Young Museum: A detailed exploration of the influences of Impressionist painting and the music of that era by Dr. Alexandra Amati-Camperi, Professor of Music at the University of San Francisco.

July 23, 2010.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO propose a MEET-UP at  "BREATHLESS 50th Anniversary Restoration of Godard’s  Revolutionary Debut Movie" BREATHLESS,Opens July 23, Co-presented by San Francisco Film  Society, Guest Speaker SFFS Programmer Rod Armstrong on Friday,  July 23. Chance to win $75 gift certificate for French  Restaurant, Le Central http://www.lecentralbistro.com at Fri  7/23, first evening show. Written by François Truffaut and  photographed by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, a jazzy riff on  American Film Noir with Jean-Paul Belmondo, as the on-the-run  Bogart-inspired small-time hood, and Jean Seberg as his  American girlfriend who ultimately betrays him. With a non-stop  pace, BREATHLESS reinvented the grammar of movies and almost  instantly changed the course of international filmmaking.For  this 50th anniversary release, Rialto has made new 35mm prints  from a restored negative supervised by Coutard ? the first  restoration in the film?s history.  Rialto has also added  completely revised English subtitles, capturing Godard?s  playful language like never before.  Running time: 90 minutes;  not rated. In French; fully subtitled in English.

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.  WORKS BY GUY CLEMENT COHEN AND NICOLE BRON CHAPPUIS, featured at the one-year anniversary celebration of the Misho Gallery, 608 8th St., #230, San Francisco.  Wine donated by Cartlidge and Browne Winery.  415.655.1838 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, 2010.  ZYDECO FLAMES play at Ashkenaz. Winner of a 2009 North Bay Music Award, the Zydeco Flames have issued six CDs of  hot zydeco dance music (the latest is 2006's "Fire It Up") and shared stages with most of the greats of the style at dances and festivals up and down the West Coast. In 1991 accordionist Bruce Gordon teamed up with singer-rubboard player Lloyd Meadows to play at parties, including the premiere of the essential documentary film on  Cajun and zydeco music, "J'ai ete au Bal." Soon they expanded to a full band carrying on in the tradition of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Queen Ida. Gordon  has recently rejoined the longtime core group of Meadows, electric guitarist Frank Bohan, bassist-singer Timm Walker, and drummer William Allums Jr. The Flames have performed at just about every important event in the Bay Area, from the Black and White Ball to the San Francisco Jazz Festival, as well as countless Louisiana, Cajun, and zydeco fests. Five of their songs are featured in the computer game "The Sims Unleashed." Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.;  Show at 9:00p.m. $13/$10 students. www.zydecoflames.com or http://www.ashkenaz.com

July 24 & 25, 2010.  RUE MANOUCHE performs at the BENICIA FINE ART & JAZZ FESTIVAL, Saturday July 24th, 3:00pm-4.15pm. Two years ago Benicia Main Street launched the inaugural Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival. The festival was so incredibly well received that 99% of the artists & vendors who participated indicated that they would participate in this year's event! This year it is scheduled for Saturday, July 24th from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 25th from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. http://www.beniciamainstreet.org/ms_events/art_jazz.html for more details.

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.  MEET-UP for LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO! Le prochain Petit Meetup de conversation française au Café H aura lieu ce dimanche, le 25 juillet, de 14:30 h jusqu'à 17 h. Le café se trouve dans l'arrondissement Castro de San Francisco, au carrefour des rues 17ième et Sanchez. Il y a des sandwichs superbes, des salades, des pâtisseries, des boissons gazeuses, du chai, et bien sûr de l'express! Nous avons réservé une table pour la conversation, mais il y a des places en terrasse aussi.  Si vous désirez une rencontre sympa ce dimanche après midi, allez-y! 2:30 PM H Café 3801 17th St. (à Sanchez St.) San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 487-1661  RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/14171378/

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

July 25, 2010.  TROPICAL VIBRATIONS play Calypso/ Reggae/ Soca at Ashkenaz. Tropical Vibrations is a multicultural quintet playing an electric-acoustic mix  of Caribbean dance styles from reggae, calypso and soca to the steel drum Carnaval sounds of Trinidad and Tobago. Winner of the 1993 San Francisco Carnaval Best Music Award, the group has performed from clubs to festivals and even opened for James  Taylor. Doors at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m. $10 http://www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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

July 25, 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.  ROMAN DE GARE de CLAUDE LELOUCH.  Cinema Class at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco. http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details. Suggested donation $5.  Complimentary glass of wine, or two!

July 27, 2010.  COURTABLEU plays CAJUN at Ashkenaz. Named after a legendary bayou in southwest Louisiana, Courtableu is comprised of  veterans of the Bay Area Cajun/Zydeco scene who perform classic Cajun dancehall  music in the style of Aldus Roger and Walter Mouton, with electric guitar, bass, and drums added to the traditional fiddle and accordion. Fiddler Richard Chon (Swamp Coolers, Sons of the San Joaquin, Saddle Cats) joins Creole Belles accordionist-singer Maureen Karpan, guitarist Gordon Clegg, bassist Bob Huberman, and drummer Sam Siggins. All played and studied with legendary accordionist and teacher Danny Poullard. Their dedication to the authentic Cajun honky-tonk sound and their vibrant, soulful performances have won them many friends and admirers among lovers of French Louisiana music. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 p.m.;  Show at 8:30 p.m. $10 www.courtableu.com or  www.ashkenaz.com  for details.

July 27, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO performs in the Milpitas Summer Concert Series 6:15 - 8:15pm Pinewood Park, Milpitas, CA 95035 No Cover Hit Waves!  (12 piece band).  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 29, 2010. LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO has a Meetup!  7:00 PM.  Hotel Rex 562 Sutter St   San Francisco CA 94102 Salut Folks! Come join us at our old haunt The Hotel Rex bar. This place is great for mingling and sipping wine in an old-San Francisco style hotel bar. I'll be away the last two weeks of July, so you will be self-hosting yourselves this time. David, the bartender, is expecting you so make yourselves at home and have fun.

July 29 & August 1, 2010.  LOURDES. Jessica Hausner (Austria/ France/ Germany, 2009, 96 mins) A wheelchair-bound woman takes a pilgrimage to Lourdes in this wry, subtle film about organized religion, individual will, and the power of faith. "Conjures a world in which the miraculous seems nearly ordinary."-Artforum Pacific Film Archive, 7:00pm Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph and Bowditch), Berkeley.

Opening July 30, 2010.  L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL / FAREWELL.  Based on a true story that has come to light only recently, this riveting Cold War drama starts in 1981 and focuses on two men: Pierre (Guillaume Canet), a French  engineer working in Moscow, and Grigoriev (Emir Kusturica), a KGB officer who single-mindedly decides to bring down the Soviet Union. Pierre is reluctant to serve as a "mule"  for top-secret intelligence, but when information from Farewell (Grigoriev's French code name) exposes networks of KGB agents working in France and the US, it lands  on the desk of French President François Mitterand (Philippe Magnan), who shares it with Ronald Reagan (Fred Ward) Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  http://www.cafilm.org for details.

July 30, 2010.  NELLY ET MONSIEUR ARNAUD de CLAUDE SAUTET.  Cinema Class at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco. http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.  Suggested donation $5.  Complimentary glass of wine, or two!

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 30, 2010.  CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA.  Chez Ron.  Pour s'inscrire il faut aller sur:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cerclefrancais/ et cliquez sur "Join this Group" sur la droite de l'ecran.

July 31, 2010.  LAURENT FOURGO AND HIS ORCHESTRA perform in Clayton Concerts in The Grove 6 - 8:30pm Clayton, CA 94517 www.ci.clayton.ca.us . No Cover Laurent Fourgo & His Orchestra(10 piece band) Bring your dancing shoes, as the band will swing your socks off with their swingin' and jumpin' style. Be prepared for an electric event-as the band will perform assorted tunes from the 30's, 40's, 50's and 90's! Laurent Fourgo & His Orchestra will combine solid rhythms, an impeccable horn section, and soaring vocals at every performance. Embark on their musical voyage, as they cover the hits of Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Quincy Jones!  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 3, 2010. DANGEROUS LIAISONS WITH VAMPIRES. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $10-$20. 707.527.4343.

Through 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.

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

A BOUT DE SOUFFLE / BREATHLESS (Godard; 50th anniversary restoration).  Embarcadero, SF; Rialto, Cerrito.  Guest speaker Rod Armstrong at the Embarcadero Friday, July 23 at 7:30pm and 10pm shows.

L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL / FAREWELL.  Based on a true story that has come to light only recently, this riveting Cold War drama starts in 1981 and focuses on two men: Pierre (Guillaume Canet), a French  engineer working in Moscow, and Grigoriev (Emir Kusturica), a KGB officer who single-mindedly decides to bring down the Soviet Union. Pierre is reluctant to serve as a "mule"  for top-secret intelligence, but when information from Farewell (Grigoriev's French code name) exposes networks of KGB agents working in France and the US, it lands  on the desk of French President François Mitterand (Philippe Magnan), who shares it with Ronald Reagan (Fred Ward) Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  http://www.cafilm.org for details. Opening July 30, 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 28, 2010. 

COCO CHANEL AND IGOR STRAVINSKY.  CinéArts at Sequoia, Mill Valley; Shattuck, Berkeley; Sundance Kabuki, SF; Rialto, Santa Rosa. 

LES HERBES FOLLES / WILD GRASS, a screwball comedy directed by French New Wave director ALAIN RESNAIS, opens around the Bay Area.  Opera Plaza, SF; Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Sequoia, Mill Valley; Camera 3, San Jose. 

MICMACS.  Opera Plaza, SF.

NELLY ET MONSIEUR ARNAUD de CLAUDE SAUTET.  Cinema Class at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco. http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.  Suggested donation $5.  Complimentary glass of wine, or two! July 30, 2010.

PARLEZ-MOI DE LA PLUIE / LOOKS LIKE RAIN.   In the latest comedy of manners from French actor-director Agnès Jaoui (The Taste of Others), Jaoui stars as Agathe, a feminist writer-turned-politician who returns to her childhood home in the south of France to help her younger sister Florence (Pascale Arbillot) sort out their mother's affairs. Free-thinking and a tiny bit bossy, Agathe grudgingly agrees to take part in a documentary being made by Karim (Jamel Debbouze), the son of her family's Algerian housekeeper and an aspiring filmmaker whose big mistake is to collaborate on the project with local layabout and self-styled journalist Michel (Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jaoui's longtime writing partner).   Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

ROMAN DE GARE de CLAUDE LELOUCH.  Cinema Class at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco. http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details. Suggested donation $5.  Complimentary glass of wine, or two! July 27, 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 

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)

July 24, 2010.  WORKS BY GUY CLEMENT COHEN AND NICOLE BRON CHAPPUIS, featured at the one-year anniversary celebration of the Misho Gallery, 608 8th St., #230, San Francisco.  Wine donated by Cartlidge and Browne Winery.  415.655.1838 for details.

August 2-31, 2010.  SILENT NESTS.  Photos by Vicki Topaz. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street; 415-775-7755.  Opening Reception: August 5, 7:00pm.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

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.

Through 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 February 22, 2012.  RODIN BRONZE.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu 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 

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.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO is organizing BIERGARTENFEST festival d'été: 1 Août, 12:00 pm http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/boards/view/viewthread?thread=9405637 for details.

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 4, 2010.  YVES SAINT LAURENT:  CREATING POWER IN STYLE FOR THE MODERN WOMAN.  Lecture, 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Wine Reception plus Program) The Commonwealth Club - Mezzanine, 595 Market Street, San Francisco In partnership with the Commonwealth Club, the AFSF and the French American Cultural Society present an  illustrated talk by Julia Geist, Docent Lecturer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on Yves Saint Laurent. The program offers a retrospective of YSL's beautiful, imaginative and sexy designs through 40 years of his outstanding career. Tickets are $20.00 for non-members but are offered at $8.00 to AFSF members. To reserve and claim the discount, contact the Commonwealth Club at 415-597-6705 or 800-847-7730 and mention that you are a member.

August 4, 2010.  GLOBAL GUITARS:  A BENEFIT FOR KCSM JAZZ 91.1.  Including LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO and more.  Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.  510.238.9200 or http://www.yoshis.com for details.

August 4, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Fremont Park, Menlo Park The City of Menlo Park's Summer Concert Series. Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. 6:30 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

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.

August 5, 2010.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR SILENT NESTS.  Photos by Vicki Topaz. Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street; 415-775-7755.  Opening Reception: August 5, 7:00pm.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

August 5, 2010.  HADEWIJCH.  Bruno Dumont (France, 2009, 95 mins) Expelled from a convent, a young woman seeks God's presence in the "real world," and develops a friendship with two Muslim men, in this meditation on faith and mysticism in modern society. From the director of Flanders and Life of Jesus.  Pacific Film Archive.  7:00pm.  Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph and Bowditch), Berkeley.

August 5, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Jessie Square, San Francisco Part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, this is the new Let's Go Dance @ Jessie series. We will have a dance instructor to give Cajun and zydeco dance lessons before and during the show. Jessie Square, 736 Mission St., San Francisco. 6:00-7:30 pm. Free admission. Information: www.ybgf.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

August 6, 2010.   NON MA FILLE, TU N’IRAS PAS DANSER / MAKING PLANS FOR LENA.  Dir.Christophe Honoré, France 2009. A family weekend in the Breton countryside spirals out of control for recent divorcée Lena (Chiara Mastroianni) when her mother invites her ex over without her knowledge in this New Wave–inspired look at a woman on the verge. San Francisco Film Society.  Sundance Kabuki Cinema, SF. For ticketing information, visit http://sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html or call 415-346-3243 (note that the Kabuki may not have SFFS Screen film tickets on sale until approximately 10 days prior to the film’s first screening).

August 6, 2010.  DGIIN performs at Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2, Rio Nido.  707.869.0821 or http://www.rionidoroadhouse.com 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 11, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at One Bush Street, San Francisco A noontime concert in the City, part of the People in Plazas concert series. One Bush St., SF. 12:00 noon-1:00 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com   

August 13-15, 2010.  SAUSALITO FILM FESTIVAL.  The Sausalito Film Festival returns the weekend of August 13-15 for a second year in its idyllic home at Cavallo Point, the LEED Gold Certified eco-resort on the San Francisco Bay at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. French-related film:  MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (Dir. Stephane Brize, France, 2009, 101 min.) will be presented as film critic Mick LaSalle's pick  Location: Sausalito Film Festival at Cavallo Point. 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 18, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Wine and Roses Hotel, Lodi A great new concert series, Live at Wine and Roses, in the Garden Ballroom of this beautiful hotel. 2505 Turner Rd., Lodi. 7:30 pm. Ticket information: 209 371-6117 or www.winerose.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

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 20, 2010.  L’ARMEE DU CRIME / ARMY OF CRIME.   Dir.Robert Guédiguian (L’armée du crime, France 2009) Robert Guédiguian’s lush historical drama focuses on a largely overlooked cell of French Resistance fighters—refugees of the antifascist fight throughout Europe, mostly Jews and communists—led by French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian) and his wife Mélinée (Virginie Ledoyen). San Francisco Film Society.  Sundance Kabuki Cinema, SF.  For ticketing information, visit http://sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html or call 415-346-3243 (note that the Kabuki may not have SFFS Screen film tickets on sale until approximately 10 days prior to the film’s first screening). 

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, 2010.  AMERICAN RED CROSS COURSE ON THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS & INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW. Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 3.5 hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know.  Everyone welcome. You can watch a brief video here on the importance of international humanitarian law. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HLzZebDYaU   This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office on  5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.  To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of charge.

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 27, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Kaiser Roof Garden, Oakland A lunchtime concert in downtown Oakland. 20th and Harrison, Oakland. 12:00 noon-1:00 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com 

August 28, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Arena Theatre, Point Arena The Summer Blues Concert Series in beautiful Point Arena. 214 Main St., Point Arena. 8:00 pm. Ticket information: www.arenatheatre.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com   

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 23, 2010.  TOUMANI DIABATE & VIEUX FARKA TOURE perform with TAJ MAHAL in the San Francisco Jazz Festival.  8pm.  Paramount Theatre, Oakland.  866.920.5299 or http://www.sfjazz.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, 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.

January 29 & 30, 2011. UN CHAPEAU DE PAILLE D'ITALIE (An Italian Straw Hat) by RENE CLAIR.  The Sacramento French Film Festival & the Sacramento Philharmonic Present a silent film & live music. With  Live Music Accompaniment, conducted by Raymond Alessandrini! Saturday  January 29th @ 8pm & Sunday January 30th matinee @ 2pm  Crest Theatre.  The SFFF partners with the Sacramento Philharmonic in the US Premiere of  classic silent film and new musical score. The versatile musicians of the  Sac Phil, conducted by French composer Raymond Alessandrini, will provide  live accompaniment to this hilarious 1928 slapstick comedy by acclaimed  director René Clair, one of the most famous silent French films.  Ferdinand is on his way to his wedding when his horse eats the hat of a  married woman who is spending time with her lover. Ferdinand must find the  very same rare hat (made out of straw from Italy) to avoid her dishonor.  This greatly disturb his own marriage...    Tickets are $30 / $25 for les Amis du festival.  Reserved seating. Get your tickets NOW!*    Tickets are available:  (1) Online at tickets.com - Click  here!  <http://www.tickets.com/browseother.cgi?minpid=6802171>  (2) by phone at 1-800-225-2277   (3)  In person at the Crest Theatre. *Tickets purchased at the Crest Theatre Box Office do not incur any fees.* 

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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