August 19-27, 2010
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August 19, 2010. SOIREE DES BRETONS! Meet-up for LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. For details: http://www.meetup.com/bretagne/calendar/14356172
August 20, 2010. FIREWORKS IN THE FRENCH ART SCENE: MY TEN FAVORITES FROM “BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM. As part of our cultural events program, the Alliance Francaise would like to invite you to a free lecture/presentation on: "Fireworks in the French Art Scene: My Ten Favorites from 'Birth of Impressionism'" The presentation will be given by DR. JEAN AUDIGIER, Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco and Vice President of the Franklin Bowles Galleries in San Francisco and New York. The presentation will take place on Friday, August 20th, at 7:00 PM at the Koret Theatre in the de Young Museum. If you haven't been to one of the Friday evenings at the de Young, you are in for a treat... and this will be one of the best ever!. In addition to the presentation, there will be music performed by Rue Manouche, a Gypsy jazz and French cabaretband, organized by the French American Cultural Society (FACS), a no-host bar, and dancing. In brief, this will be a great evening! Also, if you have not yet seen the "Birth of Impressionism, the first of two temporary exhibits displaying the Impressionist collection from the Orsay Museum in Paris, you must not miss it! It closes on September 6th. Go to the museum's website, where you can purchase timed-entry tickets. If you plan to see the exhibit and attend the presentation, we recommend you select either the 5:30 PM or the 7:30 PM entry time. So please come out and join us for a great evening. No reservation necessary (except of course to see the exhibit). Plan to arrive at the Koret Theatre by 6:55 PM in order to be sure to find a seat. Those arriving earlier can get a hand-stamp at the entrance to the Koret to ensure a seat at 7pm. If you have any questions, please call the Alliance at 415-775-7755. See you on August 20! 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.
August 20, 2010. NEW MEETUP FOR LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO! French Friday Happy Hour at the Wine Club SF 5:00 PM The Wine Club 953 Harrison St San Francisco, CA 94107 (800) 966-7835 The Wine Club of San Francisco has offered to host a special French-themed version of their regular Friday happy hour, with wine tasting and small bites from 5-7 pm on Friday, August 20th. The Wine Club is a fine wine retail merchant located in SOMA at 953 Harrison (between 5th and 6th streets). It is not a "club" per se, so you don't need to sign up for anything! Wine expert David Goodwin will be hosting the tasting en francais, and will be happy to share his wealth of information about fine wines and food pairing. There is limited parking available, and the store is located within a short walk from the Powell MUNI or BART station. Cost is $5. Map of The Wine Club, 953 Harrison St. RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/14337529/
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 20 & 21, 2010. SWISS TAP DANCER LUKAS WEISS. Representing Swiss "Stepptanz" in the US, Lukas Weiss practices an art in which percussive dance serves as nonverbal communication and the floor as a musical instrument. In his engrossing performances, Mr. Weiss actively experiments with the tension between his roles as a musician/percussionist and as a visually active dancer. In addition to his performances at the Herbst Theatre in the context of the Bay Area Rhythm Exchange, Mr. Weiss will be offering a workshop and a master class at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center. Bay Area Rhythm Exchange Concert feat. Lukas Weiss August 20 and 21, 8 p.m. Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco www.stepology.com/ticket.html Workshop August 20, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Master Class August 22, 9:50 - 11:20 a.m. Alonzo King LINES Dance Center http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/event/2010/05/28/six_demierre_houle_hug_leimgruber_lehn_sch_rch Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
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, 2010. CAJUN ZYDECO FESTIVAL. Music, dancing, food. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 10am-7pm. $2-$20. 510.796.0199 or 510.796.0663 or www.ebparks.ord for details.
August 21, 2010. L’ARMEE DU CRIME - a new Meetup for LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO! 3:45 PM. Sundance Kabuki Cinema 1881 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 929-4650 .http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?pageid=1721 The movie starts at 3:55pm. You can reserve your seat online here: http://www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html After the show (around 6pm), we can either go to a restaurant in the neighborhood or eat at Sundance Kabuki. RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/14464272/
August 21 & 22, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC OPERA performs works by DURUFLE and more. Mission Dolores, 3321 16th St., SF. 415.721.4077 or http://www.sflc.org. 7pm Sat, 5pm Sun.
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. MOH ALILECHE ENSEMBLE with DANSE MAGHREB perform North African/Berber music. The leading Bay Area-based Berber bandleader, Moh Alileche's music celebrates the culture he was born into - the Amazigh (pronounced AM-uh-zeer) people, also known colloquially as Berber - who were North Africa's indigenous inhabitants for thousands of years before Islam and Arab conquest and who still make up one-third of Algeria's population. He and his ensemble are joined by the women of Danse Maghreb (www.dansemaghreb.org) who perform authentic Berber dances in traditional costume. Alileche grew up in the mountainous Kabylia region of northeast Algeria and began playing music as a child with a single-stringed instrument made from an aluminum can. Now he plays the mondol, a ten-string mandolin-like instrument, and sings. Since moving to the EastBay in 1990, he has shared both his music and culture, neither given much attention in mainstream America. In addition to original compositions, Alileche and his band perform reworkings of traditional North African Amazigh songs, mixing instrumentals and vocal numbers on an array of topics. Alileche's ensemble tonight is flutist Kevin Cloud, Sara Salzmann on violin, Tim Abdellah Fuson on bendir (large frame drum), John Waller playing hand drums, accordionist Diana Strong, Michelle Levy on vielle, and guitarist Dan Fries. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m. $12/$10 advance & students - Buy advance tickets! www.flagoffreedom.comwww.ashkenaz.com
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 24, 2010. THE PINE LEAF BOYS play CAJUN MUSIC at Ashkenaz. The Pine Leaf Boys are a new generation of Cajun musicians from Louisiana who not only grew up with the music, but live and breathe it. The five young musicians play authentic, traditional Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music while adding some updates of their own. The band has recently taken its spicy Louisiana sound to new spots including the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories, as well as playing the International Festival in their hometown of Lafayette and New Orleans' Jazz Fest. The Pine Leaf Boys' 2005 debut CD, "La Musique" (on El Cerrito's legendary Arhoolie label), was simply the freshest-sounding Cajun album to come along in years. Their next three CDs - "Blues de Musicien," "Homage au Passé," and "Live at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2009" - were all nominated for Grammys. The Pine Leaf Boys' dance music includes soulful waltzes, rocking two-steps, and raunchy Creole blues. Everyone sings in French and harmonizes, and it is not uncommon to see them switch and trade off their various instruments during their shows. The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows. The Pine Leaf Boys are keyboardist (accordion and piano), fiddler, and singer Wilson Savoy, who made his local debut at Ashkenaz in 2004 in the Savoy Family Band with parents Marc and Ann Savoy, the deans of Cajun music and two-thirds of the Savoy-Doucet Band; Drew Simon on drums and accordion; champion fiddler Courtney Granger; guitarist Jon Bertrand (of the Lost Bayou Ramblers); and bassist Thomas David. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m. $15. www.pineleafboys.comwww.ashkenaz.com
August 26, 2010. LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO has a Last Thursday Hotel Rex Meetup, 7:00 PM. Hotel Rex 562 Sutter St San Francisco CA 94102. To RSVP "Yes", click here: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/14300040/rsvp/t/cv1p_yes/?response=3
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
Through August 29, 2010. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, musical, Golden Gate Theatre. 415.512.7770 or http://shnsf.com for details.
August 29, 2010. DOCENT LECTURE: AMERICAN ARTISTS ABROAD, THE LURE OF PARIS. 1pm. Legion of Honor. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.
August 29, 2010. DOCENT LECTURE: THREE FRENCH VILLAGES, SEVEN FRENCH MASTERS. Legion of Honor, 2:15pm. 415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.
August 30, 2010. BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE. J'espère que vous passez un bon été. Un petit rappel de Vers 7pm pour la discussion de "Ravage" de Barjavel. Détails à suivre…
August 30, 2010. MADELEINE PEYROUX in Austin City Limits, KQED TV9, midnight.
August 30, 2010. IMAGEMAKERS’ MY PRECIOUS DAUGHTERS series presents FINDING, a French short film, and FAIR TRADE, another short from Germany/Morocco. KQED TV9, 7:30pm.
SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml
See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.
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) http://www.cafilm.org for details. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Crest Theatre, Sacramento.
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 20, 2010.
LE CONCERT. Dir. Radu Mihaileanu, France/Belgium, Romania/Italy, 2009, 120 min. Starring: Mélanie Laurent, Alexeï Guskov Limited release (including San Francisco): August 6, 2010 Win a pair of tickets to the sneak preview of The Concert on Sunday, August 1, at the Landmark Embarcadero. Be the first in e-mailing your full name to email@example.com Embarcadero, SF.
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. Also, Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Roxie, SF. Opening August 13 at Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.
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. Elmwood Cinemas.
VENGEANCE. Dir. Johnnie To, Hong Kong/ China/ France, 2009 Opens Friday, August 13 on the SFFS Screen, presented by the San Francisco Film Society Neo-noir fans will welcome this genre-busting gem populated by a hit man turned chef, family men moonlighting as assassins and earnestly official women detectives. Starring French crooner, Johnny Hallyday. Location: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco. Opening August 13, 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
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.
September 2-October 30, 2010. SWISS ARTIST MONIKA STEINER exhibits new works at Micaëla Gallery. Prolific Bay Area Swiss artist is spreading her wings in galleries throughout the west. Showing works created during her recent residency in Greece and her new series of "Sphere" paintings, she is represented in an upcoming two-person show at San Francisco's Micaëla Gallery. Monika Steiner and Bella Feldman Micaëla Gallery September 2 - October 30 Opening reception September 2 49 Geary Street #234 San Francisco www.micaela.com OR http://www.monikasteiner.com/
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 7-October 31, 2010. ELI GEISER: COLOR OF LANGUAGE. Eli Geiser, an international Swiss artist currently based in San Francisco, will be holding an exciting exhibition at 456 Montgomery Street in San Francisco. Featuring a series of new works that continue to explore her interest in the interactions among shape, language, and color, the paintings will hang in the lobby through the end of October. Eli Geiser: Color of Language 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby San Francisco http://geisereli.com/ There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, September 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited, mandatory RSVP: contact Christian Jentsch at 415.788.2272 ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the reception or to schedule another visit.
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 January 16, 2011. SFMOMA EXHIBITS KLEE PRINTS. One of the great museums of the West and a longtime champion of Swiss painter Paul Klee (1879 - 1940), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is presenting a recreation of its historic 1946 exhibition "Prints by Paul Klee." According to the museum, "the prints demonstrate how Klee...experimented with etching, drypoint, and lithography techniques in order to advance his exploration of pictorial symbolism." Prints by Paul Klee (1946) August 7 - January 16, 2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street San Francisco www.sfmoma.org 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.
September 1 - October 20, 2010. PARIS, 1945: LE PREMIER ÉTÉ DE PAIX. Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par Renée Morel Au lendemain de la Libération de Paris, la bête nazie est enfin abattue, mais la reconstruction s'avère lente et le quotidien, toujours difficile. Crise du logement, rationnement, pénurie, marché noir... les Français manquent encore de tout. Une atmosphère de vacances va cependant régner dans la capitale: déferlement des films américains, débuts du jazz -- qui a chassé la java, Sartre aux "Deux Magots" et Boris Vian au "Tabou"... Voilà un peu l'air du temps à Paris en cet été 1945, au premier anniversaire de la Libération. Partir, respirer: les citadins ne pensent qu'à ça. Mais ni les voies ferrées, ni les routes, ni les ponts n'ont été réparés. Quant aux plages normandes, elles sont malheureusement interdites pour cause de déminage. Alors, on se baigne au pont d'Iéna et, le soir, on va découvrir, ébloui, "Les enfants du paradis" au cinéma. On danse dans les rues, on fait la fête! Après les longues années de l'Occupation, les Parisiens tentent de réapprendre ce que bonheur veut dire. 8 weeks. Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON) $250 (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 email@example.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.
eLYCEE WORKSHOPS. eLycée offers workshops for teachers of French who sign in from anywhere to work with native French teachers, using shared applications and resources, in a unique 'virtual classroom'. Easy to attend, easy to subscribe: each workshop is independent; you may build your own program and schedule. Certificate is provided at the end of the training. Meet with colleagues: bring your stories, share and take part in discussions on a new style of teaching, rich with multimedia documents, focused on participation, collaboration and interaction and restock on ideas for your classes. *Examples of workshop titles*: I can watch an interview and get everything!- Mais de quoi tu causes ? (K’eske tu dis ??) - Spend you class at the Louvre - Work with dictionaries - French movies Fairy tails - , la BD - OULIPO, l’écriture sous contrainte – la France et ses régions - La mode - Avoir l’eau à la bouche ! - La Fontaine et ses fables - French poetry… Rejoignez-nous ! Contact : Christine at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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LEARN FRENCH AT HOME WITH YOUR FRENCH TEACHER LIVE ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN! Skype is FREE and VERY easy to install and use. Learn, speak and practice French face to face with your teacher just like in a classroom. It's easy and very effective for students of any level, even complete beginners! The rates are: $30 for one single 30 minute lesson ($30) $25 x 5 for five 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($125) $20 x 10 for ten 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($200) $15 x 20 for twenty 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($300) For more information, please contact Dominiquebremond@aol.com
- CERCLE DU LIVRE / BOOK CLUB at THE FRENCH CLASS. Free for The French Class members. Meeting once a month. A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club. You need to call in advance: (415) 362-3666 to sign up and let us know that you will be attending. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102 (415) 362-3666 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.frenchclass.com for details.
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:email@example.com] for more information. 415.775.7755, ext 19.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org].
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 email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
September 3, 2010. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, with Lon Chaney, screened during the 21st Petaluma Sumer usic estival. St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. Organized by Cinnabar Theater, http://cinnabartheater.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 7, 2010. OPENING RECEPTION FOR ELI GEISER: COLOR OF LANGUAGE. Eli Geiser, an international Swiss artist currently based in San Francisco, will be holding an exciting exhibition at 456 Montgomery Street in San Francisco. Featuring a series of new works that continue to explore her interest in the interactions among shape, language, and color, the paintings will hang in the lobby through the end of October. Eli Geiser: Color of Language 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby San Francisco http://geisereli.com/ There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, September 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited, mandatory RSVP: contact Christian Jentsch at 415.788.2272 ext. 107 or email@example.com if you would like to attend the reception or to schedule another visit.
Opening September 10, 2010. LE CODE A CHANGE / CHANGE OF PLANS (Danièle Thompson, 2009). A group of friends and acquaintances gather for dinner, and the atmosphere couldn’t be friendlier. Slowly the masks of civility drop and suspicions, jealousies and fears emerge. The San Francisco Film Society Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas screens extraordinary films from around the world. More information at http://www.sffs.org/screenings-and-events/sffs-screen.
September 11, 2010. AMELIE IN WASHINGTON PARK! Join us for a typical French evening watching the wonderful french movie Amelie and enjoying a French Picnic in Washington Square Park on September 11th. The movie showing starts at 8.00 but we really need to get there early to get a good spot, so I suggest we meet at 6.00 pm (exact location TBD). I'm limiting the size of the group to 20 to make the food arrangements managable. Please email me or reply to the discussion on the message boards indicating what you would like to bring (food or drinks). Let's try and keep a french theme: so baguette, wine, cheese, saucission, patisseries francaises. All that would be great! This should be a fun night, I love Amelie :) More info here: http://filmnight.org/amelie.htm 6:00 PM Washington Square Park North Beach San Francisco, CA 94101 RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/14455371/
September 14, 2010. FRENCH BIO BAY DINNER. firstname.lastname@example.org. Details to follow.
September 15-October 1, 2010. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs JULES MASSENET’s WERTHER. http://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 17, 2010. LANGUAGE IS MUSIC. A lecture by SUSANNA ZARAYSKY, organized by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISEL DE SANTA ROSA. Based on Ms Zaraysky’s most recently published book, Language is Music: Over 70 Fun and Easy Tips to Learn Foreign Languages. Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa. 7pm. http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.
September 17-19, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Harvest Festival, Pleasanton A great annual crafts fair. Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. We play three sets per day, showtimes TBA. Information: www.harvestfestival.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com
September 18, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Blazin' Hog Barbecue and Zydeco Festival, Mariposa A barbecue competition and zydeco festival benefiting John C. Fremont Hospital. Also on the bill--Mark St. Mary and the Blues Box Bayou Band. Our set: 7:00 pm. Information: www.blazinhog.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com
September 19, 2010. FRENCH HERITAGE. 10:00am - 6:00pm Come and discover the exhibit depicting the presence of French pioneers to the San Francisco Bay Area. Heritage Days will give visitors the chance to peep behind the doors of the buildings which are usually closed to the public. The event will be free. Stay tuned for more information.
September 21-October 22, 2010. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. San Francisco Opera. http://sfopera.com or 415.865.3330 for details.
September 23, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at TransAmerica Redwood Park, San Francisco A lunchtime concert in the City. TransAmerica Building, San Francisco. 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. Information: www.peopleinplazas.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com
September 23-26, 2010. SWISS COMPOSER & PERCUSSIONIST CHRISTOPHE FELLAY performs at THINGAMAJIGS FESTIVAL. Renowned composer, percussionist, and performer Christophe Fellay will perform towards the end of September together with the Californian sculptor/video artists Terry Berlier and Ricardo Rivera in the context of San Francisco's avant-garde Festival Thingamajigs. Additional presentations will take place in Berkeley, Oakland, and at Stanford University. Venues, and times TBA. See website in September. San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Stanford www.christophefellay.com OR www.thingamajigs.org Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
September 24 ou 25, 2010. CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA, chez Ron.
September 26, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Oak Hills Church, Folsom Our first appearance as part of the Folsom Lake Community Concert Series. Don't miss this one! 11 Blue Ravine Rd., Folsom. 3:00-5:00 pm. Ticket information: www.flcca.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com
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.
September 30, 2010. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses PELAGIE-LA-CHARETTE, d’ANTONINE MAILLET. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.
October 1, 2010. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Palms Playhouse, Winters One of our favorite venues on this planet. 13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm. Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com
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.
October 28, 2010. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses L’ELEGANCE DU HERISSON, de MURIEL BARBERY. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.org 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 18, 2010. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses JOURNAL, 1942-1944 de HELENE BERR. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.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.
November 23, 2010. TERRANCE GELENTER reads from PARIS PAR HASARD: FROM BAGELS TO BROCHES, Mechanics Institute, San Francisco. www.milibrary.org for details.
December 4-6, 2010. SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY performs POULENC’s GLORIA, FAURE’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 11-30, 2010. BERKELEY REP stages ARABIAN NIGHTS! At Berkeley Rep two seasons ago, Arabian Nights inspired nightly standing ovations and whoops and hollers from audience members. Now the show returns for a special, ultra-limited holiday engagement December 11-30. Director Mary Zimmerman, the remarkable Tony Award-winning creator of Argonautika and Metamorphoses, once again breathes new life into the legend of the 1,001 nights. Tickets for this non-subscription event are on sale now only by phone - and only to Berkeley Rep subscribers. Not a subscriber yet? Call the box office at 510 647-2949 between noon and 7pm Tuesday through Sunday and reserve your seats for any three or more subscription plays. Then you too can reserve your seats for The Arabian Nights. The show goes on sale to everyone else this fall. You're already on our email list, so we'll be sure to notify you when they do. Watch a few minutes of the show, check out the stellar reviews, and find out more about The Arabian Nights. (http://berkeleyrep.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=ND0QyABzAAMAAAJpAAQkBg)
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, 2011. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses CHOURMO, de JEAN-CLAUDE IZZO. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.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. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses LE VENTRE DE PARIS, d’EMILE ZOLA. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.org 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 10, 2011. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses LE NEVEU DE RAMEAU, de DENIS DIDEROT. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.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 14, 2011. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses LE ROCHER DE TANIOS, de AMINE MAALOUF. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.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.
April 29-May 15, 2011. LA BELLE HELENE by JACQUES OFFENBACH. Cinnabar Theatre, Young Repsters. 707.763.8920 or http://cinnabartheater.org 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 12, 2011. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses ART, de YASMINA REZA. Leader: Raymond Lemieux. http://www.afsantarosa.org 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.
June 17-26, 2011. 10th SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL. Crest Theatre* Are you already looking forward to the 10th SFFF? It will be held on June 17-18, 2011! Before that, we'll have plenty of rendez-vous. The first one will be on August 20th - 7:30pm, at the Crest Theatre for a special screening of *L'Affaire Farewell <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIc5R7VQLLs> * a gripping French spy thriller. More information to come!
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