February 24-March 11, 2011

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February & March Events

February 24, 2011.  COMME TON PERE / FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS. Presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. On Thursday, February 24, 2011, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues its year round programming in Berkeley with an encore presentation of 2010 Festival sleeper hit FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS– a gripping coming of age drama about a Tunisian-Israeli family threatened by violence and crime, set in 1970s Paris.   FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS is a gritty crime drama with the added charm of a French coming-of-age tale. Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards (Ophir Awards). The film screens at the East Bay Jewish Community Center at 1414 Walnut Street in Berkeley. Tickets are $8.00 general admission and $6.00 for students, seniors, and members of the Jewish Film Forum or JCC East Bay. To purchase tickets, visit: www.brownpapertickets.com, and use the event ID #142001. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, contact 510-848-0237. FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS runs 95 minutes and is in French and Hebrew with English subtitles.Phone: 415.621.0556,jewishfilm@sfjff.org or www.sfjff.org

February 24, 2011. CLASSICISM AND NATURALISM IN 17TH CENTURY FRENCH ART. Art history lecture at the de Young, 10am. www.famsf.org for details.

February 24, 2011. PARIS: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, by LEONARD PITT. Soirée Rendez-vous at the AFSF. In Paris: A Journey Through Time, Bay Area-author Leonard Pitt juxtaposes images of Paris past and present. With a stunning array of archival and contemporary photos, Pitt unearths the old Paris to document its transformation with the demolition of Rue Beaubourg in 1975 and reconstruction into modern condos as well as the narrow cobblestoned Rue du Four becoming a paved street bustling with automobiles and bicycles. Painstakingly researched, Paris: A Journey Through Time takes its reader on a tour of Paris as seen through the lens of Golden Age who share a truly hidden Paris. Soirée rendez-vous : jeudi 24 février à 18h30 Thursday, February 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Please join us for an evening of history, photographs, and conversation. Bring your friends for a glass of wine or two ! $5 AFSF Members | $10 General Admission. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.

February 24, 2011.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO meet at the Hotel Rex.  Salut! Join us for our regular last-Thursday-of-the-month Meetup at the Hotel Rex bar.  562 Sutter St  San Francisco, CA 94102 415.433.4434. 7:00 PM RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/calendar/16197638/

February 24-26, 2011.  20TH CENTURY FRENCH MASTERWORKS.  Works by RAVEL, DEBUSSY & MESSAIEN performed by NONSEMBLE 6.  Nonsemble 6 formed in San Francisco in Fall 2009 as members of the San Francisco Conservatory's prestigious Chamber Music program.  2/24, Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St,. SF, 8pm; 2/25, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1123 Court St., San Rafael, 7:30pm; 2/26, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 110 Julian Ave., SF.  http://www.nonsemble6.com for details.

Through February 25, 2011. CINEMA ACROSS MEDIA: THE 1920S. BAM/PFA is proud to partner with UC Berkeley’s Department of Film and Media to host an international conference on silent cinema, Cinema Across Media: The 1920s, to be held from February 24 to 26. At its core, the conference will examine cinema’s institutional consolidation in the twenties, when practitioners were enlisted from many other fields such as architecture, design, painting, music, and vaudeville, resulting in a transformation of established media. Avant-garde cinemas borrowed extensively from a variety of artistic practices, while the “cinematic” became the new standard for other Modernist aesthetics and popular culture. PFA welcomes film scholars Anne Nesbet, Gertrud Koch, and Paolo Cherchi Usai as well as the talented Judith Rosenberg on piano for these special presentations of films from the height of the silent era. Films include: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:30 p.m. RIEN QUE LES HEURES. Alberto Cavalcanti (France, 1926). Introduced by Anne Nesbet. Judith Rosenberg on Piano. Bringing a sociological perspective and avant-garde techniques to documentary film, Calvacanti shuns monuments and boulevards to focus on the Paris of the working class. Screened with two short films intended to promote the new architecture of the 1920s, ARCHITECTURE D’AUJOURD’HUI (1930), featuring the villas of Le Corbusier, and Hans Richter’s Die Neue Wohnung (1930), commissioned by the Swiss Werkbund as “propaganda for the new dwelling.” (84 mins) Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:00 p.m. L’INHUMAINE. Introduced by Gertrud Koch. Judith Rosenberg on Piano. This rare French film, exploring love in the technological age, brings together many elements of 1920s Modernism: Fernand Léger’s Cubist sets, Alberto Cavalcanti’s Art Deco rooms, Claude Autant-Lara’s stylized gardens, Paul Poiret’s costumes, and ballet sequences choreographed by Rold de Maré. (132 mins) Friday, February 25, 2011 7:00 p.m.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/acrossmedia for details.

Through February 25, 2011.  THE FILMS OF CLAUDE CHABROL AND ALFRED HITCHCOCK.  A Francophone Film Festival with many excellent choices!!!!  A founding member of the French New Wave, Claude Chabrol began, like his contemporaries Truffaut, Godard, and Rohmer, as a critic for Cahiers du Cinema; unlike his more rigorously intellectual colleagues, however, he embraced genre filmmaking, specifically suspense films (“I love murder,” he said). Chabrol’s career as a critic peaked with the 1957 publication (with Rohmer) of a pioneering study of Alfred Hitchcock; he turned to filmmaking a year later, beginning a cinematic career that could arguably be described as a continuing study—and continuation—of Hitchcock.  This series celebrates the films of the late Claude Chabrol and pairs them with a selection of films by Alfred Hitchcock to highlight the art and craft of these two “masters of suspense.”  PFA Theater Location 2575 Bancroft Way Between College and Telegraph in Berkeley California.  For more information on purchasing ticket, and viewing the full line and times of Films please visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu and or call (510) 642-0808 for general information.

February 25, 2011. MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT. Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 510.642.1412 or http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

February 25, 2011. LES CÉSAR – the 36th FRENCH ACADEMY AWARDS, presented by the Sacramento French Film Festival. 5:30pm-7:00pm. Find out about the brand new winners (the César Ceremony happens on Friday evening in France, at noon in California), watch trailers, and learn more about the program of the upcoming 10th Sacramento French Film Festival; all while drinking French wine and enjoying French inspired appetizers in good company! $5 Admission: includes hors d'oeuvres & 1 drink. Sierra 2 Center - 5:30-7pm Garden Room & Courtyard 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.

February 25-April 10, 2011.  RUINED.  A brothel serves as an unlikely refuge for the raped and maimed women of CONGO in LYNN NOTTAGE’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about pain and resilience in war-torn central Africa.  Directed by Liesl Tommy.  Bay Area Premiere.  Berkeley Repertory’s Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.  510.647.2949 or http://www.berkeleyrep.org for details.

Through February 26, 2011.  BOEING-BOEING.  Tony Award-winning comedy.  The story of Bernard and his three flight attendant fiancées who live together in a posh Paris apartment.  Center Rep Company, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Center Dr., Walnut Creek.  925.943.7469 or http://www.centerrep.org for details.  $36-$42.

February 26, 2011.  UC-BERKELEY’S INSTITUTE OF EUROPEAN STUDIES presents THE WORLD IN A CUP, IDENTITY IN A GLASS, a day-long symposium on coffee and wine.  Speakers include:  Kolleen Guy, Antoine Hennion, Mack Holt, Maria Elena Martinez, Laura Rieschbieter, Steven Shapin, Bryant Simon, and Steven Topik. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Heyns Room, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley, Co-sponsored by French Studies Program and Institute of Europeans Studies.  Institute of European Studies University of California, 207 Moses Hall #2316 , Berkeley, CA 94720-2316 Information: 510.643.5777.     

February 26, 2011.  PARIS GUITAR DUO JUDICAEL PERROY AND JEREMY JOUVE perform works by CÉSAR FRANCK, NAPOLÉON COSTA, and more.  When you combine two of France’s international guitar stars the result is breathtaking virtuosity and magnificent musicianship. Don’t miss the Paris Guitar Duo’s exciting San Francisco debut—with a wide-ranging program for every sensibility.  Green Room, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF.  415.242.4500 or 650-726-1203 or http://www.omniconcerts.com for details.  $34.  8pm. 

February 26, 2011.  MYSTIC MAN & LAKAY featuring ROSZONE and KYMARIE plus DJ JAH YZER, play REGGAE & CARIBBEAN at Ashkenaz. Local Afro-Caribbean band Lakay, led by Mystic Man, uses its music as a force to unite diverse souls and strives  to carry that ethic to its audiences and to the larger world. The nine-member group's funky and dance-oriented music incorporates a broad range of styles - calypso, reggae, soca, kompa, soukous, highlife, dancehall, and more. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mystic Man writes and arranges original songs for Lakay that draw on folkloric traditions from his Haitian homeland. Tonight Lakay is joined by singers Roszone and Kymarie. Reggae selections are spun by Jah Yzer of Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi twice voted Best DJ in the Bay by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm $13/$10 advance & students - Buy advance tickets!  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 26-27, 2011.  ENSEMBLE PARALLELE presents ORPHEE, a new version of Philip Glass’s work based on JEAN COCTEAU’S 1950 film version of Orpheus’ trip to the underworld.  Director Nicole Paiement.  Multimedia imagery and circus artists with a stellar cast (Eugène Brancoveau, Marnie Breckenridge, John Duykers.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  415.621.6600 or http://sfwmpac.org for details.  2/26, 8pm; 2/27, 2pm.

Through February 27, 2011.  SAN JOSE OPERA presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.  Two alternating casts.  California Theatre, 345 First St., San Jose.  $51-$101.  408.437.4450 or http://www.operasj.org for details.  8pm.

Through February 27, 2011.  AROUND THE WORLD IN 33 FILMS:  THE JEONJU DIGITAL PROJECT, includes LES LIGNES ENNEMIES by DENIS COTE (Canada), CORRESPONDANCES by EUGENE GREEN (ex-pat to Paris); THE BIRTHDAY by IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO (Burkina Faso), EXPECTATIONS by MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN (Chad) and THE ALPHABET OF MY MOTHER by NACER KHEMIR (Tunisia). Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF.415.978.2700 or www.ybca.org for details.

Through February 27, 2011.  LES SALTINREVES présentent « J’AIME BEAUCOUP CE QUE VOUS FAITES », une pièce de CAROLE GREEP.  Comment une fausse manœuvre avec un téléphone portable vous fait découvrir ce que vos chers amis pensent de vous… juste avant qu'ils ne vous rejoignent pour un weekend à la campagne décidément pas comme les autres! Pièce humoristique reprise plus de 2500 fois depuis sa création et ayant fait l'objet d'une adaptation au cinéma avec « Les meilleurs amis du monde ». Note! Subtitles in English will be projected, so Francophiles who are not fluent in French will also be able to enjoy the show! Avec Laetitia R. Barbosa, Sandrine Ribeau, Denis Goinard, Philippe Gonzalez et Gilles Pirio.  Mise en scène de Joelle Berthoud. Lieu: Dragon Theater, 535 Alma Street, Palo Alto. Dates: samedi 19 et 26 février à 19h, dimanche 20 et 27 février à 18h. Tickets $15 sur réservation, $20 à l'entrée. Liens webhttp://www.saltinreves.com/ and goo.gl/F3F9wRenseignements et réservations : lessaltinreves@yahoo.com

Through February 27, 2011.  TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING:  SHOAH.  Dir. Claude Lanzmann, France, 1985, 35mn, 613min.  A sensation when it was released twenty-five years ago, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah has long since passed from “mere” documentary (though it is praised as one of the greatest ever made) to attain a far higher rank, that of one of the most important historical works created in the late twentieth century. Cinematically, Shoah stands out for its refusal of conventional documentary form; there are no voice-over narrations explaining what or how to think, nor even any historical footage. Instead, there are only the words of the interviewees, all living witnesses to Nazi extermination camps in Poland during World War II  Location: Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  Info: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/shoah

February 27, 2011.  FR. PAUL PERRY performs works by LOUIS-NICOLAS CLERAMBAULT and more.  St. Sebastian Church, Greenbrae.  12:30pm.  Free.  All are welcome.

February 27, 2011.  MIROIR NOIR, a behind-the-scenes look at Quebec indie rock band Arcade Fire as they prepare for their 2007 album "Neon Bible" and set off on tour.  Noise Pop San Francisco, ATA.  4pm.  $10.  All ages.  http://noisepop.com/2011 for details.

February 27, 2011.  GEORGES LAMMAM ENSEMBLE performs at Pena Pachamama, 1630 Powell (at Union), SF.  415.646.0018 for details. $10.  9pm.

February 28, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Book Launch! Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - Feb 28 @7PM M is For Mystery 86 East 3rd St, San Mateo (650) 401-8077 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

February 28, 2011.  AUSTIN CITY LIMITS features ALLEN TOUSSAINT.  KQED TV9, midnight.

March 2011.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs RAMEAU’s LES INDES GALANTES, SUITE D’ORCHESTRE and more.  http://philharmonia.org for details.

March 1, 2011.  MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 1 @7PM Bookshop West Portal 80 West Portal San Francisco  http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 1, 2011. ANDREW CARRIERE & THE ZYDECO/CAJUN ALLSTARS play Cajun/Zydeco at Ashkenaz.  A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a   long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler  "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby,   Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the   Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and  is featured  vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more  occasionally   in the Cajun Classics.  Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars are steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David   "Killer" Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, fiddler Annie Staninec (from  the Kathy  Kallick country-bluegrass band), and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup  may not   seem particularly "traditional" to current followers of Cajun and zydeco,  but, Wilson  explains, "This is the real tradition that came out of the '50s and '60s  honky-tonk  Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel  guitar was  right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar." And, of course,  the accordion.  The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and  new.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00  pm; Show   at 8:30 pm.  $10    www.ashkenaz.com  

March 2, 2011.  FRENCH-GERMAN FRIENDSHIP DINNER at Left Bank in Larkspur.  http://www.leftbank.com for details.

March 2, 2011.  MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 2 @7PM Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 2, 2011.  RED WINES OF FRANCE.  THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

March 3, 2011.  ANGELE DUBEAU, Québécoise violinist, performs at Yoshi’s San Francisco with LA PIETA.  415.655.5600 or http://yoshis.com for details.

March 3, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 3 @7PM Mrs Dalloways 2904 College Avenue Berkeley http://www.carablack.com/events.html

Opening March 4, 2011.  BIZET’S CARMEN IN 3-D.  Opening in local cinemas; see your local paper for complete listings!

March 4, 2011.  MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION with DUE ZIGHI BACI.  Dueling accordions pre-show at 6:30pm; Concert at 7pm.  Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma. www.eurocafemusic.com for details.

March 4, 2011.  A FEAST OF CREPES FOR MARDI GRAS with chef CHRISTINE PICCIN.  The evening will begin with a short talk about the celebration of Chandeleur (February 2) and Mardi-Gras (March 8 this year) in France, which traditionally involves making crêpes. They are fun to make, and easy once you have learned how and flipped a few yourself. If you wish, you can try your hand at making your own crêpe, and then everyone will taste everything we make, bien sûr! Light refreshments will accompany the crêpes. This relaxed demonstration class will be presented in English and in French, so it will be appropriate also for guests who do not speak French. So please bring a friend!  Award-winning chef Christine Piccin, who has paired food and wine for wineries, is the author of articles in various food and travel magazines. She also writes a recipe each month for the AFSR newsletter. She is past president of the Sonoma County Culinary Guild, and a Harvest Fair Sweepstakes winner, a competition she now helps judge. Currently training student-chefs in the Culinary Arts program at SRJC, Christine also teaches a French cooking, language and culture class each fall (in French), and “Why We Love Paris”, a food and travel class.  On Friday March 4 at 7pm, Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  $5 for members and $15 for non-members.  Please call Monique at (707)585-8630 before March 2 for reservations. 

March 4, 2011. UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME (1966) presented by the CINE-CLUB OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 6:30pm. Un titre simple, une histoire simple, mais traitée avec beaucoup de talent par Claude Lelouch, à la fois réalisateur, scénariste, producteur et directeur de la photographie. Avec cette œuvre, un nouveau nom s’imposait dans le paysage cinématographique français. Succès populaire en France et à l'international, ce film a été consacré par la profession : palme d'or au festival de Cannes, quatre Oscars (meilleur film étranger, meilleur réalisateur, meilleur scénario original, meilleure actrice pour Anouk Aimée), quatre Golden Globes (meilleur film étranger, meilleur réalisateur, meilleure actrice dans un rôle dramatique, meilleure musique). Cette dernière a été composée par Francis Lai et Pierre Barouh, qui joue dans le film est parolier et interprète, avec Nicole Croisille. Nous n'oublions pas Jean Louis Trintignant dans le principal rôle masculin. Please RSVP 510 548 7481 or info@afberkeley.org. And bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.

March 4 & 6, 4011.  L'ENFANT (The Child) at the Sonoma Film Institute.  Bruno (Jeremie Renier, in a remarkable performance), living on the margins with his girl Sonia and their new baby, makes a living pulling minor heists. Always scheming and always strapped for cash, he decides one day to sell the baby on the black market. Bruno's quick, painful growth from childhood to manhood is the central concern of directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and as always they realize their goal through an ingenious mixture of dramatic compression in harrowingly real time, a stunning sensitivity to sound as a dramatic tool, and a mobile camera eye that stays pinned to the action as it unfolds in furious motion. Alternately heart-rending and uplifting, THE CHILD is that rare thing, a film in which we not only see but feel the redemption of a human being. (2005, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Friday, March 4 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 6 at 4:00.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.   General admission is $6.00  $5.00 for non-SSU students/seniors $4.00 for SFI members and  children under 12.  SSU students are FREE.  For more information,  visit the Sonoma Film Institute website www.sonoma.edu/sfi,  or call (707)664-2606.

March 4-13, 2011.  LES MISERABLES – YOUTH PRODUCTION.  142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.  http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/ Tickets now on sale!

March 7, 2011.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE chez Bérénice.  Texte:  LA PREMIERE NUIT, de MARC LEVY.  7pm.  berenicevlm@yahoo.com for details.

March 7, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 7 @7PM Napa Library 580 Coombs St. Napa (707) 253-4241 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 7, 2011. DBF aura le plaisir d'accueillir LUC BARTHELET - Executive Director, Wolfram Alpha, Inc de 18h30 à 21h00. Luc Barthelet is CEO of Tirnua, Inc. He was an Electronic Arts (EA) employee from 1988 to 2008. In his previous job as group studio head for EA, he was also instrumental in the development of persistent state worlds, a responsibility that included Majestic, Motor City Online, Earth and Beyond, Ultima Online, and The Sims Online. Before gaining that position, Barthelet was general manager of Maxis, where he led product development for titles such as The Sims, The Sims 2, SimCity 4, and SimCity 3000. Barthelet earned an engineering degree in mechanics and electricity from ESTP in Paris, where he studied while developing his first commercial software. His software startup was acquired by EA in 1988, and he has worked for EA in several positions since, first leading the development of Paint products, then the internal development of games as chief technology officer and then managing the Entertainment Studio in San Mateo. Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet arrosé de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassee et de l'assistance. Pour chacun, c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones. New location! SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive - REDWOOD CITY, CA 94065. www.dbf.net for details.

March 8, 2011.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND perform at Ashkenaz – MARDI GRAS PARTY! www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

March 8, 2011.  MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 8 @7PM Kepler's 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 324-4321 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 8, 2011.  YANN TIERSEN performs BREATHE OWL BREATHE at The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness (at Sutter), SF.  www.theregencyballroom.com for details.

March 8, 2011. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAN FRANCISCO presents LEADING WOMEN: A GALA CELEBRATING WOMEN’S SUCCESS IN BUSINESS. On the occasion of the International Women's Day centenary, The French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco and Global Arts and Education, Inc. are pleased to invite you to a new event: Leading Women: A Gala Celebrating Women's Success in Business. Keynote address by Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Stanford University 6.30pm to 9.00pm Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115 . 75$ for FACCSF members and conference attendees / 100$ for non-members 750$ for a table (10 seats). This elegant affair closes a day-long summit focusing on the theme, “Equality Across the Board: Empowering Women and Girls.” Throughout the day, speakers and participants will tackle many critical issues facing women and girls worldwide, including: feminizing the issue of water; crisis in maternal and healthcare for women and girls; ending violence against women; women, culture, age, and power. Dr. Paté-Cornell is a world leader in research related to engineering risk analysis, risk management, decision analysis under uncertainty and a distinguished engineering, mathematics and consulting specialist. Her work is inspirational to women and girls interested in business and engineering. www.faccsf.com for details.

March 9, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 9 @7PM A Great Good Place for Books Oakland 6120 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA (510) 339-8210 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

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 11, 2011.  REVOLVER.  This French trio has a new album due out early Spring on Astralwerks. Ambroise, Christophe, and Jeremie have played together as Revolver since September 2006. These three musicians, who each come from very different musical backgrounds, create what they call "chamber pop" — reference to both the Renaissance compositions and the pop music of Elliott Smith or the Kinks. Revolver distinguishes itself by its rich vocal harmonies and stark compositions.  7pm.  Location: The Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco. Info: www.rickshawstop.com/

March 11, 2011.  AT THE MOVIES with DUE ZIGHI BACI.   A multi-media event featuring American and European movie songs of the 20th century.  Optional pre-show dinner 6pm; $6 Dinner; $6 Wine; $3 Dessert.  Viva Culinary Institute of Florence, 7160 Keating Avenue, Sebastopol.  Limited seating; reservations strongly recommended. 707.538.2831 for details.

March 11, 2011. BORDEAUX ET LA DORDOGNE - A BILINGUAL CONFERENCE. 7pm. Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf love France. They visited this country ten times. They are particularly fond of the Aquitaine Region, so four years ago, Jim made a film about Bordeaux & the Dordogne. This 31 minute video is part of a series of 12 travel films: the Tribute Series which are in homes; schools and libraries all over the U.S; several of which have appeared on PBS and International television. http://www.tributeseries.com/. Jim’s dream is to make a film on all of France. There will be a viewing of the documentary; Jim will talk about the making of the film. Jim and Elizabeth recently relocated from Eugene Oregon, and they joined the Berkeley Alliance Francaise Chapters as members. RSVP: It is imperative that you call 510-548-7481 or email to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Donation suggested non member $12; member $10. info@afberkeley.org

March 11, 2011.  ZOFO performs SUSHI-FONDUE.  Bay Area piano duet group ZOFO (20-Finger Orchestra) consists of Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi, originally from Japan. The duo has done some serious thinking on what effects their various national heritages have ultimately had on their musical sensibilities, and come up with a program to celebrate the differences. The pieces the duo most looks forward performing at San Francisco's Old First Church include Dieter Ammann's ultracool avantgarde work "Regard sur les traditions" and Ryuichi Sakamoto's electropop song "Tong Poo."  The concert will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.  8pm.  Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco.  www.zofoduet.com

March 12, 2011.  CANADIAN PIANIST LOUIS LORTIE plays the complete CHOPIN ETUDES.  Presented by Chamber Music San Francisco.  8pm, Herbst Theatre.  $48/$39.  415.392.4400 or http://chambermusicsf.org for details.

March 12, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa. 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 8:00 (dance lesson at 7:00). For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

March 12, 2011.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO and more at Ashkenaz's 38th Birthday Benefit Bash, Saturday, March 12!  Show Your Love and Dance: Celebrate and support your home for world music and dance! To honor the anniversary of Ashkenaz's opening in March 1973, we're throwing a birthday party - come one, come all! It's a full night of some of the great world and roots music that has made Ashkenaz a gathering place for so many diverse communities of music, dance, and culture.  7 pm: MotorDude Zydeco  6:30 pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo 10:30 pm: Babá Ken & the Afro-Groove ConneXion  10 pm African dance lesson with Comfort Mensah  The evening is a fundraiser for Ashkenaz. As a nonprofit striving to stay affordable and accessible, we continue to be challenged by the difficult economic times. Come dance, enjoy, and give generously - your support is vital in helping keep our doors open! Watch for more special events to benefit Ashkenaz throughout the year! www.ashkenaz.com 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 13, 2011.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND performs New Orleans jazz in the SFJAZZ Spring Season.  Herbst Theatre.  www.sfjazz.org for details.

March 13, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton. A Sunday afternoon concert in Pleasanton! 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. 2:00 pm. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

March 14, 2011.  COMPOSER PORTRAIT:  PIERRE BOULEZ. Cal Performances.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

March 14, 2011.  FOREPLAY by CARL DJERASSI.  The Program in Critical Theory and the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities are pleased to present a reading of the forthcoming work: FOREPLAY by Carl Djerassi.  Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno were intellectual giants of the first half of the twentieth century.  The drama FOREPLAY explores their deeply human and psychologically intriguing private lives, focusing on professional and personal jealousies, the mutual dislike of Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt, the association between Walter Benjamin  and Gretel Adorno as well as with Georges Bataille, and the ever-changing border between erotica and pornography. 7:00 PM Durham Studio Theater, Dwinelle Annex, UC Berkeley. Directed by Rush Rehm, Artistic Director, Standford Summer Theater. Reading by Phoebe Moyer, Clayton Hodges, Joan Mankin, Courtney Walsh, and Rush Rehm. Followed by a Panel Discussion. Admission is Free. Open to the Public.

March 14, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 14 @5PM WINE & CRIME Books Inc Laurel Village 3515 California St. SF  @7PM Larkspur Library 400 Magnolia St. Larkspur (415) 927-5005 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 15, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). www.ashkenaz.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

March 15, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 15 @7PM Books Inc – Mountain View, CA 301 Castro Street Mountain View (650) 428-1234 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 16, 2011.  RED WINES OF BURGUNDY. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

March 16, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY (TWO LOCATIONS!)  Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 16 @12:00PM Noon Mystery Brown Bag South San Francisco Library 840 West Orange Ave So SF   @7:30 PM The Booksmith 1644 Haight St. San Francisco (415) 863-8688 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 18, 2011. ZISTWAR, CONTES FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO. Quatre conteurs venus des Amériques et d’Afriques se retrouvent pour la première mondiale d’une tournée aux États-Unis et au Canada au Cowell Theatre de Fort Mason, le 18 mars prochain a 20h00.  Haïti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Louisiane, Acadie, Québec… tous ces territoires partagent un même héritage : le français, des parlers ou parlures issus du français et des valeurs culturelles parfois proches qui dessinent en filigrane des identités cousines, presque jumelles… Si la mémoire de ces histoires communes survit dans les légendes écrites et la tradition orale du conte, elle suit un fil rouge invisible, des fabliaux du Moyen-Âge français aux contes cadiens d’hier et d’aujourd’hui sans oublier les contes de la mythique Acadie…  Djenane Saint Juste, jeune danseuse haïtienne, les rejoindra sur scène pour l’occasion. Michèle Haner est la conseillère artistique de la soirée.  $20 general admission - $10 élèves/étudiants- $75 ticket VIP comprennant une réception avant le spectacle.  Pour des spectateurs de 10 à 77 ans… http://fortmason.org/boxoffice  Les recettes de cette soirée seront reversées à Architecture for Humanity. // ~ Storytellers at Fort Mason.  This March, the Bay Area celebrates the "Semaine de la Francophonie" with a very special evening of international French-language storytelling performaces at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center. A singular lineup of performers showcasing much of the diversity of Francophone traditions includes Mimi Barthélémy from Haiti, Barry Jean Ancelet from Louisiana, Myriame El Yamani representing Atlantic Canada, and Bienvenue Bonkian from Burkina Faso. The storytellers will be joined onstage by Djenane Saint Juste, a San Francisco-based Haitian dance performer.  8pm.  Golden Gate Room, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. at Buchanan Street, San Francisco.  See www.face-sf.org as the date approaches for more details  Program conducted in French. All proceeds benefit Haitian earthquake relief. Event supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.  Location: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco.  8pm.

March 18, 2010.  ENTRE DISTORSION ET ABSTRACTION:  L'EXPRESSIONNISME ALLEMAND :   Conférence offerte au Lycée Français pendant l'année 2010-2011. Toutes seront des présentations (illustrées de 80 diapos) par RENEE MOREL -- en français, bien sûr! *Auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse* *1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco* (entrée sur la 20ème Avenue) Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines. RSVP pour les classes: Marie-Elise Lyman, marie-elise@comcast.net *Ouvert à tous. Entrée : $7/personne.* 10h30

March 18, 2011. CONVERSATION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 6:30pm. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français. Details: call 510 548 7481 or email info@afberkeley.org.

March 19, 2011. DICTÉE FRANCOPHONE DE LA BAIE.  San Francisco Bay Accueil.  Au lycée international franco-américain SF.  1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Ouvert à tous écrivains en herbe ou en verve français, francophones ou francophiles.  Répartition en fonction des niveaux. Venez concourir dans une ambiance détendue. Gratuit. Prix. Native speakers, francophones, Francophiles of all levels.   Dictation followed by an awards ceremony and a snack. Free event. 150 participants limit.  Questions et inscriptions avant le 10 mars / Sign up by March 10.  Christine Lemor-Drake: christine@appletopomme.com - Tel: (415) 292-7227  www.sfbacc.org.   50 Oak street – San Francisco, CA 94102     www.frenchamericansf.org

March 19, 2011.  GIUSEPPE DE NITTIS (1846-1884): LA MODERNITÉ ÉLÉGANTE."  Café-Musée offert par RENEL MOREL.  S'il peint parfois la campagne napolitaine dont il est originaire, le peintre Giuseppe De Nittis préfère, comme ses amis Degas, Manet et Caillebotte, représenter la vie moderne. Il immortalise l'agitation de la ville, les avenues de Haussmann, les champs de courses, le patinage au bois de Boulogne, les loisirs des Parisiennes. Invité dans la haute société, De Nittis sera également un chroniqueur mondain avec sa peinture des salons, tel celui de la princesse Mathilde. Sa touche fluide, oscillant entre réalisme et impressionnisme, se met au service d'une esthétique de la modernité et de l'élégance.  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.   CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114)  reneemorel@gmail.com

March 19, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Arena Theater, Point Arena. A fundraising event at one of our favorite Northern California venues. 214 Main St., Point Arena. Showtime TBA. Information and advance tickets: www.arenatheater.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

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 22, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 22 @7PM Towne Center Books 555 Main St. Pleasanton http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 25-27, 2011.  L’ART DE LA VIOLE, with WIELAND KUIJKEN AND FRIENDS.  Wieland Kuijken’s performances are legendary, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in the modern revival of the viola da gamba and early cello. He is joined in this program by his former student, Bay area gambist Lynn Tetenbaum, in a program of virtuoso gamba duos from England, France and Germany including the iconic divisions in F and in G by Christopher Simpson, Fantasie Suites by Matthew Locke, haunting “Concerts” by Ste. Colombe, and the gallant Duetto in d by Christoph Schaffrath. The duo is joined by harpsichordist Katherine Heater in works for two gambas by Marin Marais and extracts from the great c minor suite of Antoine Forqueray.  Friday, March 25, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Street at Webster, Palo Alto, 8:00;  Saturday, March 26, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber, Berkeley, 7:30; Sunday, March 27, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, 4:00. Part of THE BAROQUE:  VIOLS, VOICES AND VIRTUOSI series of the San Francisco Early Music Society.  www.sfems.org for details.

March 25 & 27, 2011.  THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN at the Sonoma Film Institute.  "The grain is couscous and the recipe is the secret in Abdellatif Kechiche's warm and expansive family drama, set in a community of first- and second-generation Maghrebi immigrants in a depressed port town in the south of France. Allowing his story to unfold at a leisurely pace, Tunisian-born Kechiche (GAMES OF LOVE AND CHANCE) envelops the audience in the internecine squabbles of an extended family for whom food provides more than sustenance. When 61-year-old Slimane Beiji (Habib Boufares) is laid off after 35 years at the shipyard, he decides to use his severance pay to buy a rundown boat that will house a restaurant to serve his ex-wife's beloved fish couscous. By his side in this venture is his current girlfriend's daughter, Rym (Hafsia Herzi), who helps him navigate the government bureaucracy and subtle prejudices that stand in his way, and on opening night his children and boardinghouse compatriots rally to his aid.. Now that Kechiche has won France's top Cesar honors for two films in a row, we may be forgiven for dreaming that he perhaps represents a future path for a French cinema-at once naturalistic, multicultural, and shorn of pretense."- Peter Scarlet, Tribeca Film Festival (2007, 151 min. in French and Arabic with English subtitles).  Friday, March 25 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 27 at 4:00.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.   General admission is $6.00  $5.00 for non-SSU students/seniors $4.00 for SFI members and  children under 12.  SSU students are FREE.  For more information,  visit the Sonoma Film Institute website www.sonoma.edu/sfi,  or call (707)664-2606.

March 25-27, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, Eureka A great three-day event in downtown Eureka. We play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA Information: www.redwoodjazz.org. Tom Rigney and Flambeau are available for booking at your party or special event. For information, phone 510 526-1048 or email: rigo@rigomania.com

March 28, 2011.  NO REGRETS:  THE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF.  New York Times Notable Book of the Year and National Book Critics Circle nominee, author, Carolyn Burke will be reading from her latest biography, “No Regrets: the Life of Edith Piaf”  at the San Carlos Library on Monday, March 28 @ 7PM.  Ms Burke will be available to answer audience questions and autographing her book. Ms Burke appears courtesy of Random House Publishing and M is for Mystery and More bookstore in San Mateo will be selling her book. For more event information please visit www.smcl.org. For more author information visit www.carolynburke.com.  The San Carlos Library is located at 610 Elm Street in San Carlos http://bit.ly/hKxyV1.

March 28, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review March 28@ 6PM The Mechanics Library 57 Post Street SF http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 29, 2011. MURDER IN THE MARAIS Cara Black joins the Santa Cruz Community Book Group discussion of Murder in the Marais, her first novel, on it's 10th anniversary updated edition. A murder in the old Jewish quarter leads Aimée back to crimes during the German Occupation of Paris and secrets from the past impacting contemporary French politics.  Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - March 29 @7:30 PM Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 423 0900 http://www.carablack.com/events.html

March 29, 2011.  JEWS IN THE KINGDOM OF FRANCE:  A LOVE AND HATE RELATIONSHIP.  A talk and presentation in English by RENEE MOREL.  In the 14th century, French King Charles VI put an end to a thousand years of Jewish life in his kingdom by expelling the members of their communities. Why? And why did some families settle in what was then known as Gaul? First admired, the rich and open Jewish culture that eventually flourished was later seen as a threat, as were the practitioners of Judaism. By the time of the Crusades, Jewish people, largely restricted to money-lending, had become convenient scapegoats for the King, the Church, local lords and even their neighbors. The figure of Judas became omnipresent in art, and Jewish people accused of all the crimes, from committing ritual murders to spreading the Black Plague.  See, through medieval miniatures, frescoes, paintings, Romanesque or Gothic sculptures, artifacts and archaeological evidence, the history of Jewish communities in the kingdom of France. A richly illustrated presentation by CCSF instructor Renée Morel. Organized by the BJE Jewish Community Library and made possible, in part, by Michael and Jane Rice. Co-presented by Alliance Française de San Francisco, Lehrhaus Judaica and the CCSF Historia club.  BJE Jewish Community Library:  1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.    The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street; between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is free garage parking at the entrance on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy. The building is wheelchair accessible.  For more information contact Allison at (415) 567-3327, ext 703 or ajgreen@bjesf.org or visit the website: www.bjesf.org/library.htm.  7pm.  Free and open to all.

March 30, 2011.  WINES OF BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

March 30-April 2, 2011.  NOVELLUS THEATER presents BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, set to DEBUSSY.  Yerba  Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details.

March 30-April 2, 2011.  HUMAIN-ANIMAL / HUMAN-ANIMAL.  20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium .  Hotel Westin San Francis, San Francisco (USA).  Congrès international co-organisé par Anne Simon, chercheuse CNRS (UMR 8566 / CRAL-CNRS/EHESS) et Anne Mairesse, professeur à l’Université de San Francisco. Keynote Speakers/Conférenciers invités : Jean-Christophe Bailly, écrivain, poète, critique littéraire ; Raymond Bellour, professeur spécialiste études filmiques, EHESS.  Sessions spéciales avec les écrivains Luc Lang et Patrice Nganang, le plasticien J. Tomas Lopez. Le congrès international des spécialistes d’études de langue française XXe-XXIe (20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium) est le plus important congrès d’études contemporaines sur le champ français/francophone ayant lieu sur le continent nord américain. Une fois par an, il réunit autour d’un thème spécifique plusieurs centaines de chercheurs de tous horizons, en littérature, philosophie, histoire, arts, études filmiques, sociologie, anthropologie…  Le Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage (CRAL - CNRS/EHESS), en partenariat avec l’Université de San Francisco, prend en charge l’organisation du congrès pour 2011. Pendant quatre jours, trois cents participants interrogeront, en français et en anglais, la question « humain-animal », avec un trait d’union qu’il s’agira de problématiser.  Catastrophes historiques et écologiques, industrialisation du vivant, épidémies récentes, vogue de l’animal familier, découvertes biologiques et éthologiques dessinent une cartographie inédite des rapports entre hommes et bêtes. La reconfiguration voire la remise en cause des frontières entre humanité et animalité sont au coeur des débats philosophiques, scientifiques, sociaux ou éthiques, comme en témoigne le développement des Human-Animal Studies dans le monde anglo-saxon. En prise sur ce concert intellectuel, la création littéraire et artistique contemporaines multiplie les regards, reformule le face à face entre l’animal et l’humain. Les bêtes, êtres de fuite, réputées mutiques, de même que l’animalité native du rapport humain au monde, constituent une gageure pour le langage et la création. Certains procédés littéraires permettent-ils de restituer les mondes et les langages animaux ? Comment rendre compte de l’animalisation politique d’un groupe ou des individus ? Quelles approches du vivant depuis le début du vingtième siècle peuvent être repérées aujourd’hui ? Autant de questions qui inspirent et nourrissent toute réflexion sur les rapports entre humanité et animalité. Avec le soutien du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS / INSHS), de l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), de l’équipe « Êcritures de la modernité » (EA 4400 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 / CNRS), de l’Université de San Francisco, du Consulat Général de France à San Francisco.  Contact : human-animal@usfca.edu or http://www.usfca.edu/humananimal 

Through May 2, 2011.  SING FAURE’s REQUIEM.  WINIFRED BAKER CHORALE invites the public to practice FAURE’s REQUIEM and more.  Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael.  415.485.3579 or http://www.duwbc.org for details.  6:30pm-9pm.  $30 for music.

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France   http://ilefr.wordpress.com/

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.
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AROUND THE WORLD IN 33 FILMS:  THE JEONJU DIGITAL PROJECT, includes LES LIGNES ENNEMIES by DENIS COTE (Canada), CORRESPONDANCES by EUGENE GREEN (ex-pat to Paris); THE BIRTHDAY by IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO (Burkina Faso), EXPECTATIONS by MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN (Chad) and THE ALPHABET OF MY MOTHER by NACER KHEMIR (Tunisia). Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF.415.978.2700 or www.ybca.org for details.  February 17-27, 2011. 

BIZET’S CARMEN IN 3-D.  Opening in local cinemas; see your local paper for complete listings! Opening March 4, 2011. 

LES CÉSAR – the 36th FRENCH ACADEMY AWARDS, presented by the Sacramento French Film Festival. 5:30pm-7:00pm. Find out about the brand new winners (the César Ceremony happens on Friday evening in France, at noon in California), watch trailers, and learn more about the program of the upcoming 10th Sacramento French Film Festival; all while drinking French wine and enjoying French inspired appetizers in good company! $5 Admission: includes hors d'oeuvres & 1 drink. Sierra 2 Center - 5:30-7pm Garden Room & Courtyard 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818. February 25, 2011.

CINEMA ACROSS MEDIA: THE 1920S. BAM/PFA is proud to partner with UC Berkeley’s Department of Film and Media to host an international conference on silent cinema, Cinema Across Media: The 1920s, to be held from February 24 to 26. At its core, the conference will examine cinema’s institutional consolidation in the twenties, when practitioners were enlisted from many other fields such as architecture, design, painting, music, and vaudeville, resulting in a transformation of established media. Avant-garde cinemas borrowed extensively from a variety of artistic practices, while the “cinematic” became the new standard for other Modernist aesthetics and popular culture. PFA welcomes film scholars Anne Nesbet, Gertrud Koch, and Paolo Cherchi Usai as well as the talented Judith Rosenberg on piano for these special presentations of films from the height of the silent era. Films include: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:30 p.m. RIEN QUE LES HEURES. Alberto Cavalcanti (France, 1926). Introduced by Anne Nesbet. Judith Rosenberg on Piano. Bringing a sociological perspective and avant-garde techniques to documentary film, Calvacanti shuns monuments and boulevards to focus on the Paris of the working class. Screened with two short films intended to promote the new architecture of the 1920s, ARCHITECTURE D’AUJOURD’HUI (1930), featuring the villas of Le Corbusier, and Hans Richter’s Die Neue Wohnung (1930), commissioned by the Swiss Werkbund as “propaganda for the new dwelling.” (84 mins) Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:00 p.m. L’INHUMAINE. Introduced by Gertrud Koch. Judith Rosenberg on Piano. This rare French film, exploring love in the technological age, brings together many elements of 1920s Modernism: Fernand Léger’s Cubist sets, Alberto Cavalcanti’s Art Deco rooms, Claude Autant-Lara’s stylized gardens, Paul Poiret’s costumes, and ballet sequences choreographed by Rold de Maré. (132 mins) Friday, February 25, 2011 7:00 p.m.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/acrossmedia for details. February 19-25, 2011.

COMME TON PERE / FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS. Presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. On Thursday, February 24, 2011, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues its year round programming in Berkeley with an encore presentation of 2010 Festival sleeper hit FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS– a gripping coming of age drama about a Tunisian-Israeli family threatened by violence and crime, set in 1970s Paris.   FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS is a gritty crime drama with the added charm of a French coming-of-age tale. Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards (Ophir Awards). The film screens at the East Bay Jewish Community Center at 1414 Walnut Street in Berkeley. Tickets are $8.00 general admission and $6.00 for students, seniors, and members of the Jewish Film Forum or JCC East Bay. To purchase tickets, visit: www.brownpapertickets.com, and use the event ID #142001. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, contact 510-848-0237. FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS runs 95 minutes and is in French and Hebrew with English subtitles.Phone: 415.621.0556,jewishfilm@sfjff.org or www.sfjff.org February 24, 2011.

L'ENFANT (The Child) at the Sonoma Film Institute.  Bruno (Jeremie Renier, in a remarkable performance), living on the margins with his girl Sonia and their new baby, makes a living pulling minor heists. Always scheming and always strapped for cash, he decides one day to sell the baby on the black market. Bruno's quick, painful growth from childhood to manhood is the central concern of directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and as always they realize their goal through an ingenious mixture of dramatic compression in harrowingly real time, a stunning sensitivity to sound as a dramatic tool, and a mobile camera eye that stays pinned to the action as it unfolds in furious motion. Alternately heart-rending and uplifting, THE CHILD is that rare thing, a film in which we not only see but feel the redemption of a human being. (2005, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Friday, March 4 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 6 at 4:00.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.   General admission is $6.00  $5.00 for non-SSU students/seniors $4.00 for SFI members and  children under 12.  SSU students are FREE.  For more information,  visit the Sonoma Film Institute website www.sonoma.edu/sfi,  or call (707)664-2606. March 4 & 6, 2011.

THE FILMS OF CLAUDE CHABROL AND ALFRED HITCHCOCK.  A Francophone Film Festival with many excellent choices!!!!  A founding member of the French New Wave, Claude Chabrol began, like his contemporaries Truffaut, Godard, and Rohmer, as a critic for Cahiers du Cinema; unlike his more rigorously intellectual colleagues, however, he embraced genre filmmaking, specifically suspense films (“I love murder,” he said). Chabrol’s career as a critic peaked with the 1957 publication (with Rohmer) of a pioneering study of Alfred Hitchcock; he turned to filmmaking a year later, beginning a cinematic career that could arguably be described as a continuing study—and continuation—of Hitchcock.  This series celebrates the films of the late Claude Chabrol and pairs them with a selection of films by Alfred Hitchcock to highlight the art and craft of these two “masters of suspense.”  Films this week include:  LE BEAU SERGE (Chabrol, 1958), LES BONNES FEMMES (Chabrol, 1960), and A DOUBLE TOUR (Chabrol, 1960). PFA Theater Location 2575 Bancroft Way Between College and Telegraph in Berkeley California.  For more information on purchasing ticket, and viewing the full line and times of Films please visit www.bampfa.berkeley.eduand or call (510) 642-0808 for general information. January 13–February 25, 2011

THE ILLUSIONIST (Sylvain Chomet, creator of BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS). Clay, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Shattuck, Berkeley; Aquarius; Pleasant Hill; Santana Row; Crest, Sacramento.  www.landmarktheatres.com

MIROIR NOIR, a behind-the-scenes look at Quebec indie rock band Arcade Fire as they prepare for their 2007 album "Neon Bible" and set off on tour.  Noise Pop San Francisco, ATA.  4pm.  $10.  All ages.  http://noisepop.com/2011 for details. February 27, 20111. 

OUTSIDE THE LAW.  Embarcadero, SF.  Shattuck, Berkeley.

THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN at the Sonoma Film Institute.  "The grain is couscous and the recipe is the secret in Abdellatif Kechiche's warm and expansive family drama, set in a community of first- and second-generation Maghrebi immigrants in a depressed port town in the south of France. Allowing his story to unfold at a leisurely pace, Tunisian-born Kechiche (GAMES OF LOVE AND CHANCE) envelops the audience in the internecine squabbles of an extended family for whom food provides more than sustenance. When 61-year-old Slimane Beiji (Habib Boufares) is laid off after 35 years at the shipyard, he decides to use his severance pay to buy a rundown boat that will house a restaurant to serve his ex-wife's beloved fish couscous. By his side in this venture is his current girlfriend's daughter, Rym (Hafsia Herzi), who helps him navigate the government bureaucracy and subtle prejudices that stand in his way, and on opening night his children and boardinghouse compatriots rally to his aid.. Now that Kechiche has won France's top Cesar honors for two films in a row, we may be forgiven for dreaming that he perhaps represents a future path for a French cinema-at once naturalistic, multicultural, and shorn of pretense."- Peter Scarlet, Tribeca Film Festival (2007, 151 min. in French and Arabic with English subtitles).  Friday, March 25 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 27 at 4:00.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.   General admission is $6.00  $5.00 for non-SSU students/seniors $4.00 for SFI members and  children under 12.  SSU students are FREE.  For more information,  visit the Sonoma Film Institute website www.sonoma.edu/sfi,  or call (707)664-2606. March 25 & 27, 2011

SHOAH.  Dir. Claude Lanzmann, France, 1985, 35mn, 613min.  TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING. A sensation when it was released twenty-five years ago, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah has long since passed from “mere” documentary (though it is praised as one of the greatest ever made) to attain a far higher rank, that of one of the most important historical works created in the late twentieth century. Cinematically, Shoah stands out for its refusal of conventional documentary form; there are no voice-over narrations explaining what or how to think, nor even any historical footage. Instead, there are only the words of the interviewees, all living witnesses to Nazi extermination camps in Poland during World War II  Location: Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  Info: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/shoah February 20-27, 2011.

WHITE MATERIAL (dir. Claire Denis).  With Isabelle Huppert.  Red Vic Movie House, SF.  www.redvicmoviehouse.com for details.

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

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

ART

Through February 26, 2011.  ZIMOUN AT GAFFTA.  The kinetic, sonic sculptures of artist Zimoun feature armies of mechanical entities that form worlds both uniform and chaotic. Solo exhibition at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Through February 27, 2011.  SWISS PHOTOGRAPHER LUKAS FELZMANN’s WATERS IN BETWEEN at Bolinas Museum.  Swiss photographer Lukas Felzmann's works are the subject of a current exhibition, curated by Piro Patton, at the Helene Sturdivant Mayne Photography Gallery of Marin County's Bolinas Museum.  In the center of the Sacramento Valley, two rivers, the Feather and Sacramento, flank several wetlands and marshes called the Sutter and Colusa Sinks. Much of this land has been drained and become some of the richest agricultural land for fruit orchards and various grains and rice. Lukas Felzmann has been drawn to these marshlands and especially the role water has taken to shape and transform the landscape. Short poetic texts by John Berger and Angelus Silesius, complementing Felzmann's work, are interspersed throughout the exhibition. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA.  www.bolinasmuseum.org

Through February 28, 2011.  PAINTINGS BY ANNE SUBERCASEAUX.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St. (between Polk and Larkin), SF.  Artist Reception, February 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm. 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com or http://www.annesubercaseaux.com for details.

Through March 1, 2011.  DESIGN PREIS SCHWEIZ at SWISSNEX. The best of Swiss design comes to our San Francisco event space in this touring exhibition.swissnex San Francisco 730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94111.

Through March 20, 2011.  VODOUN / VODOUNON:  PORTRATS OF INITIATES. Photography by JEAN-DOMINIQUE BURTON.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details. 

Through April 9, 2011. 101 COLLECTION: ROUTE 2 UNDISCLOSED DESTINATION. CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Route 2: Undisclosed Destination is the second exhibition in an annual series to be drawn from the 101 Collection based in San Francisco. The preestablished premise for this exhibition is that it is a "collection show," composed exclusively of works by artists working at America's Western end. This exhibition displays the art collection of ArtNow International, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art in the San Francisco/Bay Area. In addition, Artnow International also conducts exchange programs with its Paris based affiliate, Kadist Art Foundation. Location: CCA Wattis Institute 1111 Eighth Street San Francisco CA 94107 Info: http://www.wattis.org/exhibitions/Route2

Through 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 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.

May 2011.  THE STEINS COLLECT:  MATISSE, PICASSO AND THE PARISIAN AVANT-GARDE.  Collaborating with institutions in New York and Paris, the SF Museum of Modern Art reconstructs the incredibly adventurous collcting efforts of Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s sister Sarah.  www.sfmoma.org for details.

Through June 2011.  PULP FASHION:  THE ART OF ISABELLE DE BORCHGRAVE.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, Lincoln Park, SF.  http://www.famsf,org for details.

June 11-September 25, 2011.  PICASSO FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  The de Young brings to San Francisco more than 100 works in all media by the 20th century’s most prolific and influential visual artist.

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

Beginning February 28, 2011.  NEW CLASS SCHEDULE AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes available.  To register please call 510 548 7481 or email info@afberkeley.org

Beginning February 28, 2011.  NEW SESSION OF CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, including COURS INTENSIF DE REVISION GRAMMATICALE.  Do you need to brush up on basic grammar before beginning the next session of French language classes ?  The Cours intensif de révision grammaticale  is the class for you ! Conquer difficult verb tenses and emerge with confidence from this intensive class led by Professeur Stéphan de Géry next week!  Immergez-vous dans la langue française, par l'intermédiaire de révisions grammaticales, conversation, étude de vocabulaire et d'exercices de compréhension orale.  Voilà une occasion parfaite de vous remettre à niveau pour la prochaine session dans une atmosphère conviviale ... profitez-en !   Venez nombreux.  Plus un est de fous, plus on rit.  le 22 au 25 Février | 13h30 à 15h30 | $150 inscription; February 22nd-25th | 1:30-3:30pm | $150 enrollment.  Inscrivez-vous par téléphone 415-775-7755.  Enroll by calling 415-775-7755.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

February 28-March 4, 2011.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  A great way to practice your French before going to France.  All levels are offered (separately). Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning (9 to 12) or afternoon (1 to 4) or evening (6 to 9).  15 hours of instruction for $275 or $25 off ($250) if you pay before February 19.  To sign up now, please call us at 415.362.3666 or email: Info@frenchclass.com for more information.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. www.frenchclass.com for details.

Beginning March 7, 2011.  THE NEXT 8-WEEK SESSION  OF THE FRENCH CLASS. To sign up today, call 415.362.3666.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102.  415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

March 7-April 25, 2011 OR March 9-April 20, 2011.  LA FRANCE AUJOURD’HUI.  Enseigné par RENEE MOREL.  La France aujourd'hui: cultivez votre français grâce à des articles sur l'actualité mondiale et les grands courants sociaux et économiques contemporains.  8 semaines.  Le lundi à 19h ou le mercredi à 13h30.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102.  415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

March 9-April 27, 2011.  LES CATHARES:  LA FOI FACE AUX BUCHERS DE L’INQUISITION.  Enseigné par RENEE MOREL.  Dans le Languedoc de l'époque féodale, une communauté d'hommes et de femmes au christianisme austère, soucieux de restaurer l'Église dans sa pureté primitive, se forme: les Cathares. Mais leur foi dissidente menace le clergé, qui en fait des hérétiques. La répression, menée par l'Inquisition, sera féroce, avec la Croisade des Albigeois (1208-1249) culminant dans les flammes du bûcher de Montségur.    8 semaines, le mercredi à 10h30.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102.  415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

June 18–25, 2011. TAKING FLIGHT: A WRITING WORKSHOP IN FRANCE WITH CAROLYN MILLER: This seven-day writing workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced writers who want to give themselves the gift of time to write in a beautiful and unspoiled area of France. Whatever your level of experience, group writing exercises will help you to produce work that surprise and delight you. During this workshop, we will read and discuss model poems and short prose pieces and use them as springboards for writing during and after each workshop session. The workshop will be held at Mas de Garrigue, a four-star chambre d’hôte, or B&B, about 45 minutes from Cahors in the Lot Valley of southwest France. Carolyn Miller is an award-winning poet who has led writing workshops in Spain, France, and California. For more information, please contact her at cmiller355@sbcglobal.net or 415-885-5695.

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

CERCLE DU LIVRE (Book Club) AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Free for The French Class members (levels 7 and 8). Meeting once a month.  Either:     Morning:  one Monday per month at 11:00 a.m, or: Evening: one Thursday per month at 5:30 p.m.  A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club.   Please call in advance: (415) 362-3666 to sign up and let us know if you will be attending. Veuilllez téléphoner au 415.362.3666The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102.  415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

CLASSES AT THE AF-BERKELEY.  More information to register   http://www.afberkeley.org/LearnFrench/FeesandRegistrationPolicy.aspx  

FRENCH CLASSES FOR ALL AGES AND LEVELS.  Taught by a native French instructor, highly qualified, ith an MA in French Language Education, and experienced. CLASSES: Help with homework, AP French Language Exam, conversation, playgroup for toddler, etc.  Programme spécial offert pour enfants francophones du CP à la terminale. LOCATION: East Bay Area.  For more information, or to contact me, go to:  http://privatefrenchtutoring.webs.com/

New classes opening at LE PETIT JARDIN of San Anselmo.  COME AND PLAY… LATER IN THE DAY.  Le Petit Jardin of San Anselmo (Lic # 214005102) is expanding its class offerings! After nearly 3 years of wonderful success offering Toddler French every morning, we are now pleased to announce the addition of afternoon immersion sessions!! Little ones can come and play, plant in our garden, sing, dance and enjoy story time and art projects ALL IN FRENCH! Class size will be kept at a 4:1 ratio, so don't delay in reserving your child's place.   WHO: Kiddies ages 18 months and older   WHAT: French Immersion through contextual play and art!   WHEN: Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:30pm   WHERE: Le Petit Jardin of San Anselmo   COST: $364/month  (*Price includes nutritious afternoon snack and all needed course materials. As with all new enrollments, there is a one-time $50 registration fee.)  Visit www.LPJkids.com for more information on Language Immersion for your child amber@LPJkids.com or tel. 415.459.3978 for details.

LA TOULZANIE. A very beautiful, historic,14th century mill in La Toulzanie (Lot,near Cahors in southwest France) is available as a  very special place to offer short courses, seminars, or workshops. The price, per week (Saturday to Saturday) depends on the time of year. Nearby is a new, lovely hotel looking directly at St. Cirq Lapopie, one of France's most beautiful villages. The mill is located on (and in) the river Lot. It sleeps 5 and features the original huge hearth, circular stone staircase, and footbridge. The grand salon is a lovely room with a long, wooden table suitable for seminars. A swimming pool, 2 minutes on foot from the mill, and a rowboat and fishing gear at the mill, are included. Photos at www.latitude.org . For availability, please contact Neil Buffée at gemeaux3@wanadoo.fr.

MA PETITE ECOLE.  Ma Petite École is a Family Child Care Home offering a French preschool curriculum in Santa Rosa. Emmanuelle Benefield, a native of France, directs an “école maternelle” program (petite, moyenne et grande sections) for children from the age of two through kindergarten. The friendly, supportive environment allows children to have fun learning and thrive as individuals. For details, please contact Emmanuelle at (707) 579-2669. www.ma-petite-ecole.com

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

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.

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN.  L'Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa offers classes for children. Please visit their webpage for more  details:  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/childrens-program or contact the director at lise@afsantarosa.org or call: 543-8151

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! 

April 1, 2011.  RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES.   BENEFIT FOR VOICE OF ROMARumen Sali Shopov & the Soul of the Mahala, Sani Rifati & Mahala Blaster, DJ Zeljko.  SF-based border crossing musical agitators Rupa & the April Fishes will launch their US/European April 2011 Tour with this special benefit for Voice of Roma, a group that helps Roma (known in popular culture by the slur "Gypsies") who are struggling against increasing racist policies throughout Europe. Rupa & the April Fishes have been lighting fires on stages around the world since 2006 with their raucous polyglot style, and will be presenting new songs with old favorites in this April Fools Day Concert. Come hear the sound of a world brought together by the sheer insistence of a more hopeful and awake existence...Together with Romani musicians Rumen Shopov & the Sound of the Mahala and SF's Balkan Party Master DJ Zeljko ! Fri, April 1, 2011 Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm $20.00

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 3, 2011.  JIL AIGROT IN CONCERT.  Hear the voice of EDITH PIAF from the movie LA VIE EN ROSE.  Extraordinary singer Jil Aigrot’s breathtaking voice will transport you to a Paris of another time and bring Piaf’s mystique to the Jewish Community Center San Francisco’s Friend Center for a very special concert.  4pm.  $45-$55.  415.292.1233 or www.jccsf.org/arts 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 8, 2011.  MADELEINE PEYROUX plays in the SFJAZZ Spring Season.  Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.  www.sfjazz.org for details.

April 8, 2010. DE LA COLONISATION DE L'ALGÉRIE (1830) À LA BATAILLE D'ALGER (1957): Conférence offerte au Lycée Français pendant l'année 2010-2011. Toutes seront des présentations (illustrées de 80 diapos) par RENEE MOREL -- en français, bien sûr! *Auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse* *1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco* (entrée sur la 20ème Avenue) Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines. RSVP pour les classes: Marie-Elise Lyman, marie-elise@comcast.net *Ouvert à tous. Entrée : $7/personne.*  10h30

April 8-10, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Jazz Affair, Three Rivers, CA This will be our third appearance at this fine jazz festival in beautiful Three Rivers. We play eight sets, showtimes TBA. Information and tickets: www.jazzaffair.info.  Tom Rigney and Flambeau are available for booking at your party or special event. For information, phone 510 526-1048 or email: rigo@rigomania.com

April 12, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEMBERS TO MEMBERS.  7:00 to 9:00PM  Price:  15$ for members/25$ guest.  Join us for a fun and vibrant night of discussion and networking among peers, professionals and in the presence of our host, the French Consul Mr. Romain Serman.  info@faccsf.net

April 13, 2011.  WINES OF THE RHONE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

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 15, 2011. MURDER IN PASSY Cara Black discusses her latest novel MURDER IN PASSY book eleven of her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris. Aimée Leduc, her half-French, half-American protagonist is a private investigator with a penchant for chic vintage clothing and dangerous men. Aimée's investigation leads her to her godfather's, a Commissaire, links with police corruption, radical Basque terrorists and a kidnapped Spanish princess. Black's novels have been on Best Fiction lists of the Washington Post, shortlisted for Best Novel by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and nominated for mystery awards. "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris — forever Aimée." - New York Times Book Review - April 16 @6PM Alliance Francais Santa Rosa Vista del Lago Clubhouse 3150 Lakeview Dr. Santa Rosa http://www.afsantarosa.org http://www.carablack.com/events.html

April 16, 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 21-May 5, 2011.  54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

April 27, 2011.  CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

April 28-30, 2011.  CIRQUE ELOIZE performs in Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

April 29 and May 2, 2011.  WINIFRED BAKER CHORALE performs FAURE’s REQUIEM and more.  Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael.  415.485.3579 or http://www.duwbc.org 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 7, 2011.  LOUIS-LÉOPOLD BOILLY (1761-1845):  LA VIE QUOTIDIENNE SOUS LA RESTAURATION.  Peintre, graveur et miniaturiste, Louis-Léopold Boilly a célébré la diversité de la vie urbaine. Souvent amusantes, mais parfois galantes ou grivoises, ses scènes de genre s'inscrivent dans la tradition de celles des petits maîtres hollandais: il y met en scène des enfants, des gens ordinaires, chez eux, dans la rue ou au spectacle, des parties de billard ou de cartes. Après les excès de la période révolutionnaire, les images héroïques ou patriotiques de batailles et de sacre, Boilly apporte le charme inattendu du quotidien.  (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM).  CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114)  reneemorel@gmail.com

May 11, 2011.  WINES OF THE SOUTHWEST. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

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 13, 2010. LES ARTISTES DE MONTPARNASSE (1910-1930): Conférence offerte au Lycée Français pendant l'année 2010-2011. Toutes seront des présentations (illustrées de 80 diapos) par RENEE MOREL -- en français, bien sûr! *Auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse* *1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco* (entrée sur la 20ème Avenue) Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines. RSVP pour les classes: Marie-Elise Lyman, marie-elise@comcast.net *Ouvert à tous. Entrée : $7/personne.* .  10h30  *IMPORTANT!* Please note that this year the conferences will take place *on different days of the week*. Times remain the same.

May 22, 2011.  JON NAKAMATSU, piano, performs works by RAMEAU and others.  Chamber Music San Francisco.  3pm, Herbst Theatre, SF.  $44/$34.  415.392.4400 or http://chambermusicsf.org for details.

May 22, 2011.  GIPSY KINGS, from Arles & Montpellier, perform at SONOMJAZZ, the Sonoma Jazz Festival.  A world-class celebration of music, food and wine.  http://www.sonomajazz.org/ for details.  4pm.

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.

May 25, 2011.  WINES OF BURGUNDY. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

June 8, 2011.  REGIONAL ROSÉS. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

June 10, 2011.  A NIGHT IN TREME.  Artists from the HBO hit series will appear in the SFJAZZ Spring Season.  Davies Symphony Hall.  www.sfjazz.org for details. 

June 17, 2011.  YOUSSOU N’DOUR AND ANGELIQUE KIDJO, West Africa’s big names on the international music scene, perform in the SFJAZZ Spring Season.  Paramount Theatre, Oakland.  www.sfjazz.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 22, 2011.  WHITE WINES OF FRANCE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

June 26-July 6, 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.

June 29, 2011.  SAUVIGNON BLANCS & CHARDONNAYS. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

June 30-July 2, 2011.  PINK MARTINI performs with the San Francisco Symphony.  http://www.symphony.org for details.

July 13, 2011.  RED WINES OF BURGUNDY. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

July 27, 2011.  CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

August 3, 2011.  WHITE WINES OF FRANCE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

August 10, 2011.  WINES OF THE RHONE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

September 7, 2011.  RED WINES OF FRANCE. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

September 14, 2011.  WINES OF BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

September 28, 2011.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDIES. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details.

October 12, 2011.  CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details.

October 26, 2011.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

November 2, 2011.  HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES! THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details.  Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

November 9-December 4, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs CARMEN by GEORGES BIZET.  http://www.sfopera.org for details.

March 2012.  GOD OF CARNAGE by YASMINA REZA opens at San José Repertory Theater, a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company.  408.367.7255 or www.sjrep.com for details. 

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