September 9-24, 2010

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September Events

September 9, 2010.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR ONE BLOCK:  A NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD REBUILDS.   Dave Anderson, photography.  Stephen Wirtz Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.433.6879 or http://www.wirtzgallery.com for details. 

September 9, 2010. OPENING RECEPTION FOR  LAFAYETTE:  THE LOST HERO. Art Exhibition by Andrew Gross  - AFSF - 1345 Bush Street Opening Reception - September 9th, 6:30pm The AFSF gallery is pleased to present original art by Andrew Gross, local artist and student. Lafayette: The Lost Hero Advance Screening - Friday, September 10th, 7:00pm Alliance Française - 1345 Bush Street Lafayette: The Lost Hero is a documentary about the life of legendary Marquis de  Lafayette, an intriguing, controversial figure who fought for American independence. This film explores how Enlightenment ideals of equality and freedom became American values through the compelling narrative of his life. Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.

September 9, 2010.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents MILIEUX SONORES:  PREVIEW DISCUSSION 8:00pm to 11:30pm Curator Marcus Maeder and participating artists discuss the media and sound art exhibition, "Milieux Sonores," on view at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts starting Sept. 11, 2010. swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA.

September 9, 2010.  THE RAPE OF EUROPA. KQED TV9, 8pm.  Rebroadcast 9/10, 2am; 9/12, 10pm; 9/13, 4am.

September 9, 2010.  BERLIOZ:  SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE. KQED TV9, 10pm.  Rebroadcast 9/10, 4am.

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.

Opening September 10, 2010.   MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON.   (Dir. Stephane Brize, France, 2009, 101 min.).  Bridge, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera 3, San Jose. 

September 10, 2010.  LINDA WATANABE FERRIN discusses DEAD LOVE.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

September 10, 2010.  SWISS TRIO MKM TOURS CALIFORNIA, HEADLINES SFEMF.  9:00pm Presenting one of Switzerland's premier avant-garde musical acts, Müller, Kahn, and Möslang, also known as MKM, in collaboration with the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. Catch the group in Southern California too. Brava Theater 2781 24th Streeet San Francisco, CA 94110.

September 11, 2010.  CAJUN ZYDECO FESTIVAL.  BBQ, beer, wine, margaritas, live music by TERRANCE SIMIEN & ZYDECO EXPERIENCE, ORACE TRAHAN, GATOR BEAT and MARK ST. MARY.  Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.  707.824.4160.  11:30am-7pm.  $17-$20.

September 11, 2010.  FRENCH COUNTRY COOKING.  America’s Test Kitchen.  11am. KQED TV9.  Rebroadcast 9/14, 6:30pm.

September 11, 2010.  ANGELINE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN is reviewd in Check, Please!  Bay Area. KQED TV9, 1pm.

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 11, 2010.  SAMEDI CULTURE interviews new French CONSUL GENERAL ROMAIN SERMAN. Samedi Culture is followed by Francofun, every Saturday from 5 to 6pm, KUSF - 90.3 MHz FM. Supported by the French American Cultural Society.

September 11, 2010.  CHRISTOPHER COSTANZA AND FRIENDS perform works by RAVEL and more.  Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica.  650.355.1882 or http://pacificaperformances.org for details.  7:30pm.

September 12, 2010.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS, CITY OF LIGHT.  Legion of Honor.  1pm. www.famsf.org for details.

September 12, 2010.  DOCENTLECTURE:  A BRUSH WITH FAME:  CLAUDE MONET AND HIS ART.  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor, www.famsf.org for details.

September 12, 2010.  OPERA IN THE PARK, with LUCAS MEACHEM & LUCA PISARONI, from San Francisco Opera’s MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.  Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, John F. Kennedy @ Kezar, SF.  Free.  415.864.3330 or http://www.sfopera.com for details.  1:30pm.

September 12, 2010.  CHAMBER MUSIC DAY at the SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.  12pm-6:30pm.  All Ages.  Free.  415.864.7326 for details.

September 13, 2010.  DAVID BURKE presents “BAD BOYS AND BAD GIRLS OF LITERATURE IN PARIS, an illustrated talk based on his long years of literary detective work on his book WRITERS IN PARIS:  LITERARY LIVES IN THE CITY OF LIGHT. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

September 13, 2010.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE chez Mark.  Potluck.  7h.  berenicevlm@yahoo.com

September 13, 2010.  LAFAYETTE:  THE LOST HERO. KQED TV9, 11pm.

September 14, 2010.  LE HUSSARD SUR LE TOIT / THE HORSEMAN ON THE ROOF (1995). Classes begin at  6:45pm.  Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.  

September 14, 2010.  AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC DANCE, including CONGOLESE DANCE.  Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.  707.539.5507 or http://www.monroe-hall.com for details.  7:30pm-9pm.

September 14, 2010. GATOR BEAT plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. Going strong for two decades now, Gator Beat plays full-tilt dance party music. The group's mostly original songs are powered  by its own gumbo of dance rhythms: a blend of Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, a touch of New Orleans funk, and, as the band itself proclaims, "a beat that bites." Tunes come from the seven Gator Beat recordings, including the just-issued "Let's Dance" CD with fresh originals and the band's reworkings of tunes by Sonny Landreth and  Buckwheat Zydeco. Gator Beat is a culturally and stylistically mixed crew, with  Zydeco Flames founder Bruce Gordon on accordion, guitarist Randy Quan, bassist  Linda Hutchinson, washboard player Willard Blackwell, drummer Beau Bradbury, and  Australia native David Scott on saxophone, pennywhistle, and percussion. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBrideat 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m.  $10. www.ashkenaz.com for details.

September 14, 2010.  FRENCH BIO BAY / BIO SF – NETWORKING EVENT. We are ready to get together again for our next event on Tuesday 14 September starting at 7 PM. The event will take place at the Delancey Street Restaurant in San Francisco, CA, USA, where Joseph A. Carlino, Ph.D., President of The BioScience Forum (BioSF) will introduce his organization (http://www.biosf.org/).  Delancey Street Restaurant, San Francisco, CA  The informal networking dinner in a beautiful private room setting overlooking the San Francisco Bay for a prix fixe of $30 (all included price: food, tip and taxes - additional drinks can be purchased from the bar) will feature this delicious sit down dinner:     Delancey Street Restaurant Board Room  600 Embarcadero  San Francisco, CA 94107, USA  Tel: (415) 512-5179    Note that the Delancey Street Restaurant is part of the Delancey Foundation and the event will be a great way not only to network and learn about BioSF but also to support and give back to your local community.     To RSVP and book by the end of Wednesday 08 September 2010 (no exceptions as we need to communicate the menu selection break down early), go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=208959 using FBB0910 as your password.  (Note that there is a $0.75 credit card processing fee and $1.81 reservation processing charges by Acteva. These will be added to your meal's price for a total of $32.56 - Read also the refund policies on Acteva).   Note that due to the private seating capacity this event will be limited only to the first 40 participants. Walk-ins may be accepted depending on the number of registrants and will have to pay $45.00 (cash only) at the door but we can't guarantee it.  No one will be admitted at this event without paying the fee, even if you do not intend to eat. Again French Bio Bay does not make any profit from these events and the organizers and volunteers pay just like everyone else. Organizers also have to advance the money for the event, so please register early by the due date. 

September 15, 2010.  FRENCH-AMERICAN FAMILY MEET-UP GROUP. I am from France and my husband is American. I moved to the Bay Area a couple of  years ago.  We also have a beautiful baby. We would like to hang out and to have fun with  other young French-American families. We will organize some activities for the  family (at the park etc.) but also couple's evening out ( wine tasting,  restaurant, concert etc.) all around the Bay Area.   Our first activity:  The French-American Family meetup group Meetup Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 7:00PM Fall 2010 Downtown Wine Walk http://www.chamberorganizer.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=41548 Meeting at 7pm in front of the Theater in Walnut Creek See the full event details, including location, at  http://www.meetup.com/The-French-American-Family-meetup-group/calendar/14519876/.

September 15, 2010.  CACHAREL, FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY.  A behind-the-scenes look at French fashion house Cacharel through the eye of renowned fashion photographer JAMES BORT. Cacharel was founded in 1969  in Nîmes, France by Jean Bousquet. With 30 years of experience, Jean has successfully branded Cacharel¹s identity internationally. Entering a new fashion decade with a new creative director, Cédric Charlier, Cacharel is revitalizing their high-end image, while keeping true to their youthful style, femininity, lightness, refinement and use of bright colors. About James Bort Up and coming French photographer, James Bort¹s work can be seen on the covers of Vogue magazine and Chanel¹s cosmetic campaigns.  The Cacherel collection will be on view as an art exhibition of curated photos along with a trunk show of the new Fall/Winter Collection.  Please join us for cocktails, 6pm-8pm.  La Boutique, 414 Jackson Square, SF.  RSVP by September 13 to rsvp@arieff.comhttp://www.laboutique-galerie.com for details.

September 15, 2010.   THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ENERGY CONSERVATION:  ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A REFRIDGERATOR? 6:30pm Smart grid, smart car, smart home energy management. The energy dialogue revolves around "smart" buzzwords. But can technology really lure us into reducing our energy consumption? And what's the science behind the newer, smarter gadgets and systems leading us toward a greener future? Start participating!   swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA.

September 15-October 1, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs JULES MASSENET’s WERTHERhttp://sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details.

September 16, 2010.  LA RONDINE, set in PARIS & NICE. KQED TV9, 8pm.

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.

Opening September 17, 2010.  HEARTBREAKER.  (Dir. Pascal Chaumeil, France, 2009, 104 minutes) Opens September 17 in the Bay Area (Embarcadero in San Francisco, TBD in Berkeley) Is your daughter madly in love with a total loser? Is your sister engaged to a brutish lout? Is your best friend dating a jerk? One man can help the situation. His name: Alex Lippi. His profession: Breaking up couples. His method: Seduction! 

September 17, 2010.  ART!  FASHION!  BAGUETTES! Where: Cotton Mill Studios 1091 Calcot Place  Oakland, CA 94606. 7:00 PM. You are cordially invited to join us for a very special evening in East Oakland. On September 17th, 2010, the famous Cotton Mill Studios will open their doors to the public for F3, an artists’ exhibition PRE-VIEW.   Attendees will get an exclusive glimpse at the diverse artists that claim The Cotton Mill as their home. Sculpture, painting, photography, metalwork, perfume, jewelry design, and woodworking are among the variety of arts represented at the Mill.   Artists will hang their work on the fourth floor, while tables featuring jewelry and other work will adjoin the museum lobby of Cotton Mill Studios on the first floor. Several studio tours will be conducted throughout the evening. In addition, I will have a sample sale end-of-the summer blow out!  Let's meet at my loft first and we can mingle in French! Bring your favorite bottle of wine and I'll have the brie and baguettes! There is no cost for this event. http://www.f3oakland.com/ Art! Fashion! Baguettes! ty_ese@yahoo.com for information.

September 17, 2010. L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents LE FESTIVAL DES IMPRESSIONNISTES EN NORMANDIE.  Please note:  The lecture “Language is Music” by S. Zaraysky has to be postponed and will be replaced by a presentation on  “Le Festival des Impressionnistes en Normandie”  by JACQUELINE LINDENFELDon Friday September 17 at 7pm at Vista del Lago Clubhouse 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa  The presentation will consist of a first-hand report (in French) on this ongoing summer 2010 festival in Normandy, followed by a short film (French or English version) called “Les Peintres de la Seine” which shows many famous Impressionist paintings. Free event Refreshments will be served (donations accepted).

September 17, 2010.  SOIREE RENDEZ-VOUS:  MEET LOCAL AUTHOR MATT STEWART. Book Presentation and Signing - Friday, September 17th, 7:00pm Alliance Française - 1345 Bush Street Join us to celebrate the début novel of local authorm Matt Stewart, The French Revolution, which covers nearly three decades in the history of the Van Twinkles, "a highly unlikely and dysfunctional Bay Area clan as they float together down a river of deep resentment and pain of their own devising." The story begins two hundred years after the revolution and each chapter is named for a stage in the 18th century political and social upheaval. Suggested $10 Donation for Wine and Dessert Reception.

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.  DRESS AND FASHION OF HAITI, GUATEMALA, MEXICO, AD PERU, PAST AND PRESENT.  Textile Arts Council Symposium.  10am.  De Young Museum. www.famsf.org for details.

September 18, 2010.  LA BELLE VIE AT THE LEGION.  The birth of photography, with Mario Giardao and Marius Starkey.  Noon-3pm. www.famsf.org for details.

September 18, 2010.  BARBARA POPE presents THE BLOOD OF LORRAINE. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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 DAY. 10:00am - 5:00pm Come and discover the exhibit depicting the presence of French pioneers to the San Francisco Bay Area. 2 venues from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday September 19th. This year's exhibit and lectures will feature : French Art and Culture in the 19th Century. 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.  Curated by Claudine Chalmers  Locations: Private residence, 2570 Jackson Street, San Francisco & Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco. Supported by the French American Cultural Society.

September 19, 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"

September 19, 2010. BAY AREA PETANQUE PLAYERS. Meet and mingle with European and Europhile pétanque players and play casual games with 2 or 3 person teams. Bring your own boules if possible but there will be some spare sets available. Newcomers are very welcome. Find out the details and sign up for this Menlo Park event at http://www.meetup.com/bay-area-petanque-players.

September 21, 2010.  UN DIVAN A NEW YORK / A COUCH IN NEW YORK (1996). Classes begin at  6:45pm.  Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.  

September 21-October 22, 2010.  THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.  San Francisco Opera.  http://sfopera.com or 415.865.3330 for details.

September 22, 2010.  LIVING THE DREAM TO LIVE IN FRANCE. 7:00 - 9:00pm Alliance Française -  1345 Bush Street During this informative two-hour presentation, the Adrian Leeds Group will equip you with the tools necessary to accomplish your goal of investing in French real-estate, offering an overview of the French property market and cover such topics as: * How to Find Property in France  * How to Buy and Own Property in France  * How to Obtain a Mortgage in France Tickets are $25.  For reservations contact AFSF 415-775-7755 or www.afsf.com. Dessert & Wine following the Presentation.

September 23, 2010.  REBELS AND DREAMERS:  PROFILES OF POST-IMPRESSIONISTS IN THE 1880s.  Art history lecture.  10am.  De Young Museum. www.famsf.org 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, 2010.  CHEZ SPENCER is featured in Check, Please! Bay Area, KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

September 23, 2010.  SAINT-SAEN’S SAMSON ET DELILAH. KQED TV9, 8pm.  Rebroadcast 9/24, 2am; 9/24, 7pm; 9/27, 7pm.

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, 2010.  MEMBERS ONLY PREVIEW HOURS for VAN GOGH, GAUGUIN, CEZANNE, AND BEYOND.  1pm-8:45pm.  Tickets required. www.famsf.org for details.

September 24, 2010.  CELEBRATION OF OPENING NIGHT OF THE POST-IMPRESSIONISTS at the de Young, featuring Gregangelo and Velocity Circus. www.famsf.org for details.

September 24 ou 25, 2010.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA, chez Ron.

September 24 & 26, 2010.  PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES Friday, September 24 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 26 at 4:00.Art gallery legend and sometime filmmaker Arne Glimcher (MAMBO KINGS), chronicles the ways in which Cubism was influenced, inspired, and threatened by the emergence of cinema at the turn of the 20th century. The film focuses primarily on Picasso and Braque, the founders of Cubism, who at one time were so close they called themselves Wilbur and Orville (after the Wright brothers). Glimcher has assembled a stunning collection of talking heads including the film’s co-producer Martin Scorsese, Picasso biographer John Richardson, art critic Adam Gopnik, and such artists as Julian Schnabel and Chuck Close. (2008, 62 min.) SONOMA FILM  INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi$6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

September 24-26, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL.  www.sffs.org for details.

September 25, 2010.  GUY DE MAUPASSANT’S “MINUET” is performed by RENE AUBERJONOIS on Selected Shorts, KQED 88.5 FM.  8pm.

September 25, 2010.  MOZAMBIQUE, AFRICA.  Travelscope. KQED TV9, 8am.

September 26, 2010.  LECTURE ON POST-IMPRESSIONISM by GUY COGEVAL, President of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.  De Young Museum.  Space is limited.  http://tickets.famsf.org - advanced tickets required.  415.750.3531.

September 26, 2010. EUROPEAN EXPATS GATHERING. Socialize with fellow Europeans in a stylish lounge bar. If you are from Europe and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, compare notes on life in America, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are very welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

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 27, 2010.  THE STATUE OF LIBERTY.  Ken Burns American Stories. KQED TV9, 9pm.  Rebroadcast 9/28, 3am.

September 28, 2010.  LA VEUVE DE SAINT-PIERRE / THE WIDOW OF SAINT-PIERRE (2000). Classes begin at  6:45pm.  Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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.

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.

September 30, 2010.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO! Last Thursday Hotel Rex Meetup, 7:00 PM Hotel Rex 562 Sutter St  San Francisco, CA 94102 Chat in French and sip wine. RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/14538936/

September 30, 2010.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY celebrates THE GREAT FRENCH COMPOSERS.  8:00pm  The San Francisco Symphony and the Mondavi Center renew a very special relationship, one that began at the opening of Jackson Hall in 2002. Under the baton of famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the SFS brings a program of the great French composers. Soloists include French pianist and First Prize winner in the 2006 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, and San Francisco Symphony principal clarinetist, Carey Bell.  Program:  Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole;  Debussy: Premiére Rapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra; Debussy: Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra; Berlioz: Scenes from Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17. Location: Mondavi Center for the performing arts, Jackson Hall Orchestra, UC Davis.

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.
 

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 11, 2010. 

L'ARMEE DU CRIME. Balboa, SF.

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. Opening September 10, 2010.  

LE CONCERT. Dir. Radu Mihaileanu, France/Belgium, Romania/Italy, 2009, 120 min. Starring: Mélanie Laurent, Alexeï Guskov Limited release (including San Francisco). Lark, Larkspur.

UN DIVAN A NEW YORK / A COUCH IN NEW YORK (1996). Classes begin at  6:45pm.  Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.  September 21, 2010. 

LE HUSSARD SUR LE TOIT / THE HORSEMAN ON THE ROOF (1995). Classes begin at  6:45pm.  Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.   September 14, 2010. 

LAFAYETTE:  THE LOST HERO. Art Exhibition by Andrew Gross  - AFSF - 1345 Bush Street Opening Reception - September 9th, 6:30pm The AFSF gallery is pleased to present original art by Andrew Gross, local artist and student. Lafayette: The Lost Hero Advance Screening - Friday, September 10th, 7:00pm Alliance Française - 1345 Bush Street Lafayette: The Lost Hero is a documentary about the life of legendary Marquis de  Lafayette, an intriguing, controversial figure who fought for American independence. This film explores how Enlightenment ideals of equality and freedom became American values through the compelling narrative of his life. Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine. Opening reception, September 9, 2010.

MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON.   (Dir. Stephane Brize, France, 2009, 101 min.).  Bridge, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera 3, San Jose. Opening September 10, 2010.

MESRINE:  KILLER INSTINCT. Dir. Jean-François Ruchet, with Victor Cassel (of “La Haine”) and Gérard Dépardieu.  Opens August 27 at the Embarcadero, SF; Sundance Kabuki, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; CinéArts Pleasant Hill; CinéArts Palo Alto; CinéArts Santana Row; CinéArts Sequoia.  Part I of two parts.

MESRINE:  PUBLIC ENEMY NO.1.  Dir. Jean-François Ruchet, with Victor Cassel (of “La Haine”) and Gérard Dépardieu.  Opens September 3 at the Embarcadero, SF.  Part II of two parts.

PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES Friday, September 24 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 26 at 4:00.Art gallery legend and sometime filmmaker Arne Glimcher (MAMBO KINGS), chronicles the ways in which Cubism was influenced, inspired, and threatened by the emergence of cinema at the turn of the 20th century. The film focuses primarily on Picasso and Braque, the founders of Cubism, who at one time were so close they called themselves Wilbur and Orville (after the Wright brothers). Glimcher has assembled a stunning collection of talking heads including the film’s co-producer Martin Scorsese, Picasso biographer John Richardson, art critic Adam Gopnik, and such artists as Julian Schnabel and Chuck Close. (2008, 62 min.) SONOMA FILM  INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi$6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20. September 24 & 26, 2010. 

LA VEUVE DE SAINT-PIERRE / THE WIDOW OF SAINT-PIERRE (2000). Classes begin at  6:45pm.  Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. September 28, 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 

September 11-November 19, 2010.  MILIEUX SONORES:  SOUND & IMAGINARY SPACES. Explore imaginary spaces defined by sound in a groundbreaking media art exhibition at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 55 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA.

September 15-December 31, 2010. CACHAREL, FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY.  A behind-the-scenes look at French fashion house Cacharel through the eye of renowned fashion photographer JAMES BORT.  The Cacherel collection will be on view as an art exhibition of curated photos along with a trunk show of the new Fall/Winter Collection. La Boutique, 414 Jackson Square, SF.  RSVP by September 13 to rsvp@arieff.comhttp://www.laboutique-galerie.com for details.

September 16-19, 2010.  ZERO1:  THE 2010 01SJ BIENNIAL. San Jose digital art festival showcases "Build Your Own World" projects including a magic book, an Internet light source for space colonies, and the sounds of ripening tomatoes. Various Locations San Jose, CA.

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! 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/

Through September 26, 2010.  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS:  CITY OF LIGHT. Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.750.3600 or http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through September 26, 2010.  PARIS ICONS, architectural  photography by JAMES SCHOLZ.  Mumm Napa  Cuvee, 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford.  707.967.7740 for details.

Through September 30, 2010.  LAFAYETTE:  THE LOST HERO. Art Exhibition by Andrew Gross  - AFSF - 1345 Bush Street Opening Reception - September 9th, 6:30pm The AFSF gallery is pleased to present original art by Andrew Gross, local artist and student. Lafayette: The Lost Hero Advance Screening - Friday, September 10th, 7:00pm Alliance Française - 1345 Bush Street Lafayette: The Lost Hero is a documentary about the life of legendary Marquis de  Lafayette, an intriguing, controversial figure who fought for American independence. This film explores how Enlightenment ideals of equality and freedom became American values through the compelling narrative of his life. Suggested $5 Donation for Cinéma, Conversation, and Wine.

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.

October 5-31, 2010.  A SALUTE TO THE CENTENARY OF SCHEHERAZADE.  De Young Museum, SF.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

Through October 16, 2010.  ONE BLOCK:  A NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD REBUILDS.   Dave Anderson, photography.  Stephen Wirtz Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.433.6879 or http://www.wirtzgallery.com for details.  Opening reception Thursday, September 9, 2010.

Through 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/

October 30, 2010-January 30, 2011.   HENRI CARTIER-BREESON:  THE MODERN CENTURY.  An innovative artist, trailblazing photojournalist, and quintessential world traveller, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) ranks among the most accomplished and original figures in the history of photography. This major retrospective, the first in the United States in three decades, offers a fresh look at Cartier-Bresson's entire career.   Location: SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.

October 30, 2010-April 17, 2011.  EXPOSED:  VOYEURISM, SURVEILLANCE, AND THE CAMERA SINCE 1870.  Investigating the shifting boundaries between seeing and spying, the private act and the public image, Exposed challenges us to consider how the camera has transformed the very nature of looking. Exposed brings together historical and contemporary photographs, films, and video works by both unknown photographers and internationally renowned artists - from Walker Evans and Weegee to Nan Goldin, Sophie Calle and Marie Sester - to examine some of the camera's most unsettling uses, including pornography, surveillance, stalking celebrity, and witnessing violence. The exhibition also offers a glimpse of the technology that has made such strategies possible, presenting a selection of cameras designed to be concealed.  Location: SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco Supported by the French Cultural Services.

Through 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 jeh@eda.admin.ch if you would like to attend the reception or to schedule another visit.

November 20, 2010-April 17, 2011.  HOW WINE BECAME MODERN:  DESIGN + WINE 1976 TO NOW.   Wine is a potent force in contemporary life, perhaps the only comestible to produce its own visual culture. How Wine Became Modern, the first exhibition of its kind, looks at the world of wine and the role that architecture, design, and media have played in its stunning transformation over the past three decades.   Location: SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco. Supported by the French Cultural Services.

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.

Opening February 5, 2011.  PULP FASHION:  THE ART OF ISABELLE DE BORCHGRAVE.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, Lincoln Park, SF.  http://www.famsf,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.

CLASSES

ATELIER D'ECRITURE.  Quelques places sont disponibles à partir de cet automne dans le   seul atelier francophone de la Baie, qui entame en septembre   (première date à déterminer) sa 6e année.  Nos séances ont lieu sur   la Péninsule, le lundi de 11h à 14h, tous les 15 jours. Un second   atelier pourrait être donné à un horaire différent.  Après la   première séance d'introduction, l'atelier est fermé à de nouveaux   venus, et on s'engage à toute la série (de 6 à 8 sessions, à $60 la   session) si on souhaite continuer.  Aucune expérience d'écriture est   nécessaire, et le partage de nos écrits est facultatif. Le nombre de   participants est limité.   L'atelier est conduit par PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, professeur à   l'Université John F. Kennedy, où il enseigne "Writing as a   Psychospiritual Tool", un cours qu'il a donné en Irlande et en France.  Inscriptions/Info:pberthoud@jfku.eduou 510 - 234 4799. "Dans cet atelier, on se laisse guider par notre plume et on est   surpris par la beauté de ce qu'elle nous révèle".  Anne Dumontier

STARTING NOW! NEW AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE!    CONVERSATION.   Professeur Stéphan de Géryvous invite à participer à un cours de conversation animée et conviviale,  comprenant exercices de compréhension auditives, répétitions orales sur différents textes interactifs (pièces de théâtre, monologues, articles de journaux, etc.), où chaque participant aura la chance de pouvoir faire des présentations individuelles de son choix. Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street - San Francisco 415-775-7755 - www.afsf.com

September 14-November 16, 2010.  MES PETITS COPAINS – MOMMY & ME FRENCH CLASS! Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 10:50 am Le Petit Jardin's 'total immersion' approach is fun and effective. These ten 50-minute sessions are designed to help you and your child explore the French language and culture in a fun and natural way. Singing, dancing, creating crafts and sharing a nutritious snack and story time - ALL IN FRENCH! Please join us!!  Enrollment is $230 for this ten-week session. Includes a book & CD set for you to keep, all course materials and snack!  Please contact us to enroll in this fun, interactive session offered at  Golden Gate Tutoring Center of San Anselmo (behind Marin Coffee Roasters). amber@LPJkids.com 415.459.3978

September 15-November 17, 2010.  FRENCH IMMERSION FOR PRIMARY GRADERS! After School Enrichment Course Wednesday Afternoons from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Le Petit Jardin's 'total immersion' approach is fun and effective. These after school sessions are designed to help your child explore and absorb the French language and culture in a fun and natural way. Our caring and native instructor, Anne De Souza leads children on an adventure of Language Discovery through fun theme-based lessons and unique hands-on activities - ALL IN FRENCH! Very small class sizes offer the benefits of a private tutor (without the 'private' price) and are more fun! Reserve your child's space in our Fall 2010 session today!! Please join us!!  Enrollment is $500 for this ten-week session. All course materials are included. Please contact us to enroll in this fun, interactive session offered at  Golden Gate Tutoring Center of San Anselmo (behind Marin Coffee Roasters). amber@LPJkids.com 415.459.3978

September 20-November 1, 2010.  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm-3:15pm.  $245.

September 21-November 9, 2010.  FRENCH LIT & GRAMMAR, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  12:45pm-2:45pm.  $235.

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 29-November 2, 2010.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS.  Taught by COLETTE SCAFANI.  Drake High School, San Anselmo.  7pm-9pm.  $95.  www.marinlearn.com for details.

September 30-November 4, 2010.  FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS.  Taught by DOMINIQUE PAILLET. Drake High School, San Anselmo.  7pm-9pm.  $95.  www.marinlearn.com for details.

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.

October 1-November 19, 2010.  GASTRONOMY “MADE IN FRANCE,” taught by NICOLAS WOOLF. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  10am-12pm.  $235.

October 7-21 OR October 21-November 4, 2010.  POST-IMPRESSIONISM.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  $45. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1:30-3:30.

Summer 2011.  ART TREK WORKSHOPS IN FRANCE.  I’m pleased to announce an all new re-launch of Art Trek workshops abroad for Summer 2011. This exciting event is heralded by the fact that I have completed my recent studies in Transformative Arts at JFKU and can¹t wait to return with Art Trek to new and favorite painting destinations.     So spread the word! I’m gearing up for a Printmaking in Antibes, France course taught by master printmaker Tomoko Murakami June 26-July 9, 2011 and Mixed Media in Umbria, Italy taught by yours truly July 27-August 10, 2011. A third class to Carcassonne, France at the end of August is pending.     Also of note is my local College of Marin Mixed Media class beginning Sept 11. This is a six-session Saturday 1-5 PM class that will focus on watercolor and fluid acrylic painting techniques combined with a mixed media format of image transfer and collage. A dynamite class! Easy registration is available at www.marin.edu.     So-o-o! Please join me in celebration of the joy that art making brings! Carol Duchamp, 415 868 9558,  carol@arttreks.comwww.arttreks.com

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.frin@elycee.com

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.

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].

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! 

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 2, 2010.  BINARY CITIES BIENNALE 2010 / NEXMAP. A One Day Festival of Live Performances by Artists from the Bay Area, France, Montreal, New York and Los Angeles  This one-day event explores the edge between traditional artistic practice and new media through multiple performances by 11 artists, installations, and a moderated colloquium.  Location: The LAB, 2948 16 Street @ Capp, San Francisco.

October 3, 2010.  FRENCH FILM CLUB sponsors outing to see SCAPIN! at A.C.T. Sunday  October 3rd, 2 pm:  The French Film Club of Palo Alto invites you to an afternoon at the San Franscico American Conservatory Theater!  Before the Movies existed, were the Theatres and the Plays and....we are pleased  to announce a new partnership with the A.C.T. of San Francisco, which allows us  to bring this fabulous opportunity to share an afternoon with: A Bill Irwin Tour De Force by Molière Adapted by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell Directed by Bill Irwin To view the details of the organization and register, please click on the image  to go to our website info page. Original Title: Les Fourberies de Scapin (literally, "Scapin's Deceits") is a three-act comedy by French playwright Molière. The title character Scapin is similar to the archetypical Scapino character. The play was first staged in 1671 in Paris. Reservation due date September 15. max@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

October 3, 2010.  GOTAN PROJECT with GENERAL ELECTRIKS at the Warfield. 8:00pm.  Part of the Ooh La L.A. Festival  Location: The Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street, San Francisco.  Supported by Culturesfrance.

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 7-17, 2010.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  www.cafilm.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 14-24, 2010.  SCHEHERAZADE, presented by LINES BALLET.  Alonzo King’s company of divine athletes presents the Ballets Russes’ favorite… Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., San Francisco.  415.978.2787 or http://ybca.org for details.

October 15, 2010.   DUE ZIGHI BACI (Two Gypsy Kisses) Friday, October 15 at 7:00 Tenor Michael Van Why and Accordionist Sheri Mignano (Two Gypsy Kisses)will transport us into the world of FRENCH CANCAN with a special live pre-film concert of uniquely romantic and nostalgic French café music. Come celebrate the charm and rich musical tradition of French chanson made famous by Edith Piaf (who also appears in the film), Charles Aznavour, Charles Trenet and others. www.eurocafemusic.com FRENCH CANCAN “The most joyous hymn to the glory of art in the history of the cinema.” – Andrew Sarris Jean Renoir’s exuberant tribute to the Moulin Rouge is set against the pastel-colored backgrounds of Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Paris and tells the story of the man who created the Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin stars as the passionate artist whose role lies in appreciating and training and framing the talent of others. Brimming with light, color and motion, FRENCH CANCAN is “an enchanted evocation of the very spirit of showmanship.” – Catherine de la Roche (1955, 105 min., in French with English subtitles) Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures SONOMA FILM  INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi$6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

October 15, 2010.  CULTURAL SOIREE – ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, with guest lecturer ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON speaking about ON TRACK TO IMPRESSIONISM: HOW ART DERAILED THE ORSAY STATION.  To celebrate the Post-Impressionist Masterpieces exhibition, AFSF is hosting a cultural soirée for AFSF members and guests.  Tickets include  reserved, timed-entry admission, a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, and a presentation titled On Track to Impressionism: How Art Derailed the Orsay Station by guest lecturer Dr. Anne Prah-Perochon.  Tickets are $75 including admission, reception, and lecture. 5:00 or 7:30pm Exhibition Entry 6:00 to 7:00pm Reception 7:00 to 7:30pm Lecture For reservations, contact the Alliance Française at 415-775-7755 or www.afsf.com

October 15, 2010.  MANU CHAO.  9:00pm.  The Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street, San Francisco.

October 15-17, 2010.  SEMYON BYCHKOV conducts THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, featuring RAVEL’S LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN and more.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), SF.  8pm/2pm.  $15-$140.   415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

October 17, 2010.  FRENCH CANCAN – Film Only, see Friday, October 15. 4:00pm. SONOMA FILM  INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi$6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

October 17, 2010.  PHIL COUSINEAU & MORT ROSENBLUM share highligts of their upcoming Paris tour (June 2011). Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  6pm.

October 17, 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"

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 22 or 24, 2010.   AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN Friday, October 22 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 After he helps her restart her stalled car, Kate (Jane Birkin) invites Italian traveler Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto) to come see her family’s traveling circus. Already smitten with Kate, he soon falls under the threadbare big top’s spell as well, postponing his trip to Barcelona to hang out with the clowns and acrobats. When he discovers that Kate—who has just rejoined the troupe after a long absence—used to walk the high wire but now fears even entering the ring, he determines to uncover the reason for her stage fright and see her perform again. Jacques Rivette’s latest, a compact and engrossingly enigmatic tale, makes the most of the master filmmaker’s love of improvisation and the theater—the latter here transformed into the rickety, barely surviving circus, where the narrative occasionally pauses to let the camera take in the acts of various performers…Full of humor, mystery, subtle romance and an unmistakable valedictory tone, this playful and loving ode by the 82-year-old director reveals him very much at the top of his game. — (2009, 84 minutes, in French with English subtitles) SONOMA FILM  INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi$6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

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 23, 2010. HENRI GAUDIER-BRZESKA (1891-1915): MESSIE SAUVAGE.  Une conférence en français offerte par RENEE MOREL. Sculpteur français, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska a fait partie de l'avant-garde artistique de Londres dans les années 1910. Il se lie d'amitié avec des personnalités du monde littéraire, comme Ezra Pound, et jouera un rôle important dans la création du mouvement Vorticiste, attiré par le mouvement et les machines, à l'instar du Futurisme italien. Inspiré par Brancusi, Modigliani et les arts dits "primitifs": africains, amérindiens et océaniens, il crée des oeuvres remarquablement novatrices avant de mourir tragiquement pendant la Grande Guerre à l'âge de 23 ans.  9:30am-12:30pm.  CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114).

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.

October 29, 2010.  ISABEL ALLENDE talks about THE ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA, set in Haiti and the U.S. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  12:30pm.

October 29-31, 2010.  MUSICA PACIFICA with DOMINIQUE LABELLE performs music by COUPERIN and others in PORTRAITS OF LOVE.  Venues in Palo Alto, Berkeley & San Francisco.  Part of THE BAROQUE:  VIOLS, VOICES AND VIRTUOSI series of the San Francisco Early Music Society.  www.sfems.org for details.

October 31, 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"

November 5 & 7, 2010.   HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO. Friday, November 5 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 7 at 4:00.   In 1963, French master Henri-Georges Clouzot (WAGES OF FEAR, DIABOLIQUE) embarked on the most ambitious project of his career, a nightmarish account of an obsessed husband. But the real nightmare came with the actual filming of INFERNO, as Clouzot pushed to destructive ends his notorious tendency to test the stamina of cast and crew. With an unlimited budget and no scheduled date for completion, production came to a halt after a star stormed off the set after three weeks of grueling and inconclusive shooting. 185 cans of film negative were uncovered almost half a century later, thus offering directors Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea a chance to share a radiant Romy Schneider in the co-starring role and—more importantly—offering a glimpse into the depths of Clouzot’s genius. SONOMA FILM  INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi$6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

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 19, 2010.  FROM REALISM TO SYMBOLISM:  FRENCH WRITERS AT THE TIME OF IMPRESSIONISM. The Alliance Française will bid adieu to the Post-Impressionist Masters exhibition with a final cultural soirée featuring food, music, and a presentation titled From Realism to Symbolism: French Writers at the Time of Impressionism by  guest lecturer Dr. RENEE MOREL. 5:00-9:00pm, de Young Museum. www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 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, 2010.  ANTON VAN DYCK (1599-1641): LA PEINTURE ARISTOCRATIQUE. Une conférence en français offerte par RENEE MOREL.  Anton van Dyck a été un maître incomparable du portrait aristocratique à l'âge du baroque flamand. D'abord élève, puis assistant de Rubens, il devient vite indépendant et célèbre grâce ses nombreux portraits de l'aristocratie génoise. Il est ensuite nommé principal peintre de cour sous le règne de Charles Ier d'Angleterre. On doit aussi à van Dyck, créateur de l'école de peinture anglaise, d'innombrables chefs-d'oeuvre, y compris des scènes religieuses et mythologiques.  9:30am-12:30pm. CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V115 -- next to V114).

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 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 2011.  MARIN YOUTH PERFORMERS presents LES MISERABLES at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, in Mill Valley.  415.383.9613 or www.142throckmortontheatre.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.

March 25-27, 2011.  WIELAND KUIJKEN AND FRIENDS perform works by MARAIS, FORQUERAY and others in PORTRAITS OF LOVE.  Venues in Palo Alto, Berkeley & San Francisco.  Part of THE BAROQUE:  VIOLS, VOICES AND VIRTUOSI series of the San Francisco Early Music Society.  www.sfems.org 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!

June 19-30, 2011.  WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS:  PERIPATETIC, POETIC AND SWEET.  A WALKING, LITERARY, AND CULINARY TOUR OF PARIS.  Led by MORT ROSENBLUM & PHIL COUSINEAU.  kwest@bookpassage.com or 800.999.7909 for details.  10 nights.  $5590.

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