March 17-25, 2011

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March Events

Opening March 18, 2011.  COPIE CONFORME / CERTIFIED COPY, with Juliette Binoche, who won Best Actress at Cannes for this intimate and complex portrait of female-male dynamics that begins as a conventional romance but then transforms itself in subtly dazzling ways.In Tuscany a French antiques dealer (Binoche) approaches a visiting author (played by British baritone William Shimell) who is lecturing on the value of copies vs. originals. They embark on a day trip, flirt with each other and walk the sunny streets of Lucignano, but then they begin acting like a real couple, even to the point of bickering: are they an original or a copy? For his first production outside of his native Iran, director Abbas Kiarostami has created a visually gorgeous portrait of a couple's relationship that veers between simplicity and ambiguity while remaining authentic and precise at every moment. Writer/Director: Abbas Kiarostami. In French, English and Italian with English subtitles.(France/Italy 2010) 106 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. http://www.cafilm.org for details.

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 (in French only). Conférence animée par RENEE MOREL, et proposée par LE LYCEE FRANÇAIS LA PEROUSE et SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL. Le terme “expressionnisme” apparaît avec régularité dans les revues d’art aux alentours de 1911. Il a d’abord désigné, de manière générale, l’ensemble de l’avant-garde artistique européenne au début du XXe siècle. Puis il a caractérisé la production d’artistes tels que Gauguin et van Gogh. Cette étiquette stylistique s’est ensuite appliquée à l’effervescence artistique qui anime Munich et Berlin, villes se disputant le statut de capitale de la modernité allemande. Elle correspond à deux mouvements  majeurs : Der Blaue Reiter [Le Cavalier bleu] et Die Brücke [Le pont]. Depuis le premier “Salon d’Automne allemand” qui s’est tenu à Munich en 1913, le terme “expressionnisme” est devenu presque synonyme de l’apport germanique au développement international de l’art. Quelles sont alors les caractéristiques de l’“expressionnisme allemand” ? Puissance et expressivité de la couleur, rythme bouillonnant de la ville, mais aussi anxiété urbaine, rage, exagération du trait, inspiration “primitive” et fondements métaphysiques. Venez explorer la vitalité d’un groupe d’artistes (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky) qui, transcendant les genres et interrogeant la couleur et la forme, ira jusqu’aux limites de l’abstraction.  La conférence se terminera vers 11h30.  Coût:  $7/personne.   Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.  Vendredi 18 Mars à 10h30 dans l’auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.). 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 18, 2011.  JESUS DE MONTREAL (dir. Denys Arcand, 1989), presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTA, as part of their series, FILMS FROM QUEBEC, with commentary by Professor DANIELLE TRUDEAU.  7:30pm.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details.

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.  MEET-UP FOR LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO to see COPIE CONFORME.  Location:  Christopher B. Smith-Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael  94901.  6:30pm.  Réalisé par Abbas Kiarostami Avec Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière Long-métrage italien, iranien, français. Genre : Drame Durée : 01h46min.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/16912906/?a=mc1_lnm&rv=mc1 for details.

March 19, 2011.  UN DEUX TROIS ~ FRENCH MUSIC WITH A TWIST.  Appearing at Aqus Café, 189 “H” Street, Petaluma, CA.  7pm-9pm.  No cover charge.  www.ParisSkies.com for details.

March 19, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE perform at Kenwood, Landmark Vineyard, Low Rent Hot Club .  On Saturday March 19th, Low Rent Hot Club (a mix of Zydeco, Dixieland, Cajun and New Orleans R&B) is performing in Sonoma: it is Barrel Tasting weekend in various wineries. No cover charge.  We will be at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood. We will be outside, the surroundings are superbes and the wine amazing; have you tried their 2008 Grenache? For detailed info about each gig, please visit our calendar page at:  www.fourgo.com/calendar.html 

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 20, 21, or 22, 2011.  LES MISERABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2.  In October 2010 the legendary LES MISERABLES celebrated its 25th birthday.  To mark the occasion, the show’s producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary one-off performance at London’s O2 Arena.  KQED TV9, 7pm.  Re-broadcast 3/7 at 1am; 3/20 at 9am; 3/21 at 7:30pm; 3/22 at 1:30am.

March 22, 2011.  CZ & THE BON VIVANTS perform CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  CZ & the Bon Vivants  dish out classic Cajun and zydeco dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras),  the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist John Graham (of MotorDude Zydeco and more), bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they've appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit - from downtown Oakland to the Solano  Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises - and at many a Bay Area dance hall. The group was born when Matovich got home after playing in Neil Diamond's touring band and saw a concert by Cajun/Zydeco fiddler Tom Rigney. "I loved working big shows, but seeing Tom's band made me want to be in a group like that, that had so much fun playing together." The band came together to play a benefit concert in 2004, "and we've been busy ever since," Matovich says. Nobody could agree on a group name, so eventually they were dubbed the Cajun Babes (after the Dixie Chicks), and through democratic process  came up with the current group moniker, although there is no CZ. Just high-energy Cajun and zydeco music.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm $10  http://www.ashkenaz.com 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 22, 2011.  RACHIDA (Dir. Yamina BACHIR, 2002 | Algeria).  In this compelling drama, Ibtissem DJOUADI plays Rachida, a schoolteacher in an Algiers neighborhood.  Set during the height of civil conflict in the 1990s, the film shows terrorism from a very personal perspective when, one day, Rachida is followed and forced to carry a bomb to school.  In spite of her fear, she refuses but is shot and then sent to a rural village to recover without fear of being recognized. 100 min | In French and Arabic with English subtitles.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 

March 22, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents IMMIGRATION ENFORCERS TARGET BAY AREA EMPLOYERS.   (San Francisco Session).  Tuesday, March 22nd ·6:00 to 7:30PM.  Price: 15$ for members/20$ guest.  FACCSF, BABC and the French Consulate are giving you an insider's view of Federal Agencies' enforcement priorities with the Department of Labor, ICE, and USCIS FDNS officers. www.faccsf.com for details.

March 23, 2011.  LEFT BANK IN LARKSPUR ~ SUPPER CLUB DINNER. The first of its kind at Left Bank, Larkspur presents a Supper Club Dinner. Modeled after the supper clubs of the 1940’s, it will be an evening not to miss. The restaurant will be energetic with the staff dressed in 40’s attire, live music playing, and special dinner menu additions offered.  The live music, starting at approximately 7:30 and lasting an hour, will feature 77 el Deora. A local Bay Area band, they feature General Manager Jennifer Courtney as the front woman. Maurice Tani is featured as the front man. They have an Americana sound (with some European flavor) stand-up bass, guitar, violin, drums and piano.  In addition to our regular menu, in the vein of the Supper Club theme, we will be serving a Classic Americana Menu. It will be available as a prix-fixe for 38, or you can order each item a la carte. Prix-fix menu starts at 5:30pm.  Classic Americana Menu Additions:  1st course: House cured Andouille sausage & shrimp gumbo; 2nd Course: Honey-Bourbon glazed stuffed quail, dirty rice, black-eyed peas and collard greens; Dessert: Pecan pie with butterscotch ice cream.  http://www.leftbank.com for details.

March 24, 2011.  CAROLYN BURKE, author of NO REGRETS, THE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF (Alfred A. Knopf, publication date March 22, 2011) speaks at Bookshop Santa Cruz. 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Talk/Q&A/signing.  (831) 460-3232.  7:30pm.  For all information, please contact Kim Thornton: kthornton@randomhouse.com

March 25, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE, aka THE RETROMANIAX, perform at The Hilton, Newark/Fremont.  For detailed info about each gig, please visit our calendar page at:  www.fourgo.com/calendar.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 26, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS ENSEMBLE, aka THE RETROMANIAX, perform at The Hilton, Newark/Fremont.  For detailed info about each gig, please visit our calendar page at:  www.fourgo.com/calendar.html

March 26, 2011.  AMERICAN RED CROSS COURSE ON GENEVA CONVENTIONS.  Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 3.5 hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. Everyone welcome. You can watch a brief video here on the importance of international humanitarian law. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HLzZebDYaU This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office on  5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa. Please find a course flier attached and feel free to share it with interested persons.  This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know.  To register for the class, please call 707.577.7600. The class is free of charge.

March 27, 2011.  THE ARTIST TOOLBOX focuses on FRENCH-BORN CHEF DANIEL BOULUD.  KQED TV9, 12:30am.

March 28, 2011.  ELENA MAULI SHAPIRO speaks about 13, RUE THERESE.  A stunning debut novel of memory and passion in which an American professor in Paris falls in love with two women… one of whom he can only imagine.  The story of Louise Brunet…  Mechanics’ Institute Library, San Francisco.  March Mystery Night, 6pm.  http://www.milibrary.org for details.

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 28, 2011.  FRENCH MYSTERY NIGHT with CARA BLACK AND ELENA MAULI SHAPIRO.  Featuring :  Murder in Passy: An Aimee Leduc Investigation (Soho Crime) by Cara Black. Homicide hits close to home when Morbier, Private Investigator Aimee Leduc’s godfather and the commissaire of police, asks her to check up on his incommunicative girlfriend Xavierre. After Xavierre is found strangled to death in her Passy mansion, Morbier becomes the prime suspect. Aimee’s efforts to clear her godfather’s name uncover a nest of intrigue involving Basque separatists, police corruption, radical politics and a kidnapped Spanish princess.  Also featuring:   13 Rue Therese: A Novel (Little. Brown and Co.) by  Elena Mauli Shapiro While moving into an office in Paris, an American professor Trevor Stratton discovers a box of letters, calling cards, photographs and other objects from World War 1.  Piecing together the story of these artifacts means piecing together the life of Louise Brunet, a woman who lived between two world wars, her loves, her tragedies – and their relation to the lovely Josianne—his new clerk.  This unique puzzle novel includes QR codes leading back to a website where 3-D images and clues can be found! LOCATION: Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco   TRANSPORTATION: Montgomery BART/MUNI station Reservations & Information: 415. 393-0100 Reservations by email:  rsvp@milibrary.org  VISIT OUR WEBSITE at    www.milibrary.org   6:00 pm Members Free; Public $12.

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 29, 2011.  BAMAKO. Dir. Abderrahmane SISSAKO, 2006 | Mali.  No longer tolerant of the IMF and the World Bank nor the poverty their Structural Adjustment Programs impose, residents of the Malian capital city put the development institutions on trial.  Bamako blends the focus and truth of a documentary with the emotion and passion of a narrative film to accomplish something unprecedented in contemporary cinema.  The film is further personalized through the telling of individual stories, such as that of Melé, a bar singer, and Chaka, her unemployed husband, whose marriage suffers from the financial difficulty of making ends meet.  Financed and co-produced by San Francisco local Danny Glover, Bamako is an incredibly powerful 21st century film and winner of the first Council of Europe Film Award.  In French and Bambara with English subtitles.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details. 

March 30, 2011. LA CITE DES ENFANTS PERDUS/THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marco Caro (France, 1995). A child smiles delightedly in his toy-filled room as Santa emerges from the chimney-piece, but joy turns to terror as the bearded visitor is followed by more of the same; cut to a man screaming in a laboratory where, unable to dream himself, he has stolen the nightmare of a kidnapped orphan 3:10pm. Pacific Film Archive 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

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, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents IMMIGRATION ENFORCERS TARGET BAY AREA EMPLOYERS.   (Palo Alto Session).  Tuesday, March 22nd ·6:00 to 7:30PM.  Price: 15$ for members/20$ guest.  FACCSF, BABC and the French Consulate are giving you an insider's view of Federal Agencies' enforcement priorities with the Department of Labor, ICE, and USCIS FDNS officers. www.faccsf.com for details.

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 April 16, 2011. UNDER THE SKIN: THE FILMS OF CLAIRE DENIS. An important retrospective devoted to one of the most exciting talents of contemporary cinema, French director Claire Denis, many of whose films focus on colonialism and its legacy. Whether in her debut film Chocolat or her most recent, White Material, Denis focuses her (and our) attention on the textures and rhythms of the physical world and on the ways that people move through it. This series also includes films by Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders on which Denis served as assistant director, revealing the long arc of her remarkable career. Pacific Film Archive 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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

You will find here below details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.
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Should you wish to learn about movies currently playing in Bay Area cinemas generally, please consult your local listings as well, as I am currently unable to include up-to-date runs in this list. Sorry for the inconvenience; I will fix that problem as soon as I can. --S.

LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES / HEARTBEATS.  Dir. Xavier Nolan, 2010After J’ai tué ma mère he directed his second feature film Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), which was financed privately. It follows the infatuation of two friends with the same mysterious young man. Inevitably, their friendship suffers. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 63e Festival de Cannes in May 2010, to standing ovation. Opening soon! 

BAMAKO. Dir. Abderrahmane SISSAKO, 2006 | Mali.  No longer tolerant of the IMF and the World Bank nor the poverty their Structural Adjustment Programs impose, residents of the Malian capital city put the development institutions on trial.  Bamako blends the focus and truth of a documentary with the emotion and passion of a narrative film to accomplish something unprecedented in contemporary cinema.  The film is further personalized through the telling of individual stories, such as that of Melé, a bar singer, and Chaka, her unemployed husband, whose marriage suffers from the financial difficulty of making ends meet.  Financed and co-produced by San Francisco local Danny Glover, Bamako is an incredibly powerful 21st century film and winner of the first Council of Europe Film Award.  In French and Bambara with English subtitles.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  March 29, 2011. 

LA CITE DES ENFANTS PERDUS/THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marco Caro (France, 1995). A child smiles delightedly in his toy-filled room as Santa emerges from the chimney-piece, but joy turns to terror as the bearded visitor is followed by more of the same; cut to a man screaming in a laboratory where, unable to dream himself, he has stolen the nightmare of a kidnapped orphan 3:10pm. Pacific Film Archive 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley www.bampfa.berkeley.edu March 29, 2011. 

COPIE CONFORME / CERTIFIED COPY, with Juliette Binoche, who won Best Actress at Cannes for this intimate and complex portrait of female-male dynamics that begins as a conventional romance but then transforms itself in subtly dazzling ways.In Tuscany a French antiques dealer (Binoche) approaches a visiting author (played by British baritone William Shimell) who is lecturing on the value of copies vs. originals. They embark on a day trip, flirt with each other and walk the sunny streets of Lucignano, but then they begin acting like a real couple, even to the point of bickering: are they an original or a copy? For his first production outside of his native Iran, director Abbas Kiarostami has created a visually gorgeous portrait of a couple's relationship that veers between simplicity and ambiguity while remaining authentic and precise at every moment. Writer/Director: Abbas Kiarostami. In French, English and Italian with English subtitles.(France/Italy 2010) 106 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. http://www.cafilm.org for details. Opening March 18, 2011

DES DIEUX ET DES HOMMES /OF GODS AND MEN. Dir. Xavier Beauvois.  Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay…come what may.  The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix,. the Lumière Award for Best Film and has been nominated for eleven César AwardsClay Theater, 2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, www.landmarktheatres.com

INCENDIES.  Dir. Denis VilleneuveA mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.  Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2010. Opening soon! 

JESUS DE MONTREAL (dir. Denys Arcand, 1989), presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTA, as part of their series, FILMS FROM QUEBEC, with commentary by Professor DANIELLE TRUDEAU.  7:30pm.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details. March 18, 2011.

RACHIDA (Dir. Yamina BACHIR, 2002 | Algeria).  In this compelling drama, Ibtissem DJOUADI plays Rachida, a schoolteacher in an Algiers neighborhood.  Set during the height of civil conflict in the 1990s, the film shows terrorism from a very personal perspective when, one day, Rachida is followed and forced to carry a bomb to school.  In spite of her fear, she refuses but is shot and then sent to a rural village to recover without fear of being recognized. 100 min | In French and Arabic with English subtitles.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com for details.  March 22, 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

UNDER THE SKIN: THE FILMS OF CLAIRE DENIS. An important retrospective devoted to one of the most exciting talents of contemporary cinema, French director Claire Denis, many of whose films focus on colonialism and its legacy. Whether in her debut film Chocolat or her most recent, White Material, Denis focuses her (and our) attention on the textures and rhythms of the physical world and on the ways that people move through it. This series also includes films by Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders on which Denis served as assistant director, revealing the long arc of her remarkable career. Pacific Film Archive 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. Through April 16, 2011

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

March 15 - March 25, 2011.  BRAIN SCAN:  NEURAL ARCHITECTURES EXHIBITION, from SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO.  Our Brain & Mind series continues with an exhibition of imagery showcasing the true beauty of the brain, with commentary from prominent neuroscientists in the accompanying catalog, Neural Insights. swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.  Opening reception 3/14.

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 March 31, 2011.  PAYSAGES ET VILLAGES.  Paintings by RICHARD BENNETT.   The Alliance Française de San Francisco is pleased to present  Paysages et Villages an exposition by Richard Bennett who is inspired by the "history and courage of the French people, [...] the Art and culture, French cooking, the wines, the beauty of the countryside and the humor and kindness of the people" that "are a big part of the [French] experience."  For Richard, "the villages hanging precariously on the slopes of the mountains of the Alpes Maritimes in Southeastern France, the steep gorges and swift rivers carrying their cargo of stones down to the Mediterranean are some of the most inspiring features of a rich and varied landscape."  A native of and teacher in Santa Cruz, Richard participates in local Art organizations and believes Art is "the key to the understanding and the preservation of the tree of life."  The paintings comprising Paysages et Villages are based on travels in Nice and the valleys of the Var and Tinée rivers.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco, 415.775.7755 or http://www.afsf.com 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. FELICITATIONS! : BERNARD BENEITO has just been awarded the TOILE D’OR 2010 DE LA FEDERATION NATIONALE DE LA CULTURE FRANÇAISE.  Félicitations, Bernard! For details:  www.stlouisbluesart1.com

CLASSES

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! 

Opening April 1, 2011.  FRANÇOIS OZON’S POTICHE. Master French filmmaker François Ozon returns with a hilarious, visually stunning love letter to 1970’s style starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Deneuve plays Suzanne Pujol, a wealthy, neglected housewife who steps in to manage her tyrannical husband’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated… Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and ex-beau who still holds a flame for Suzanne. Selected for the 2010 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, “Potiche” is a bona fide critical and box office hit in France, where it was nominated for four Césars. http://www.facebook.com/potichemovie “Potiche” opens Friday, April 1st at: the Clay Theatre in San Francisco; the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael (1118 Fourth Street); and Oakland’s Piedmont Theatre (4186 Piedmont Avenue). The film opens Friday, April 8th at Berkeley’s Shattuck Cinemas (2230 Shattuck Avenue) and UA Stonestown Cinema in San Francisco (501 Buckingham Way).

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 1, 2011. POISSON D’AVRIL AT LEFT BANK!  Left Bank & Clean Fish partner to celebrate this traditional French holiday, while donating to a great cause. Join us for some Mauritus Red Fish!  In France, April 1st is called Poisson d’ Avril, April Fish. To mark the day, the children of France stick a paper fish to the backs of their friends and when the prank is discovered, the prankster yells...“Poisson d’ Avril!”  We are celebrating Poisson d’Avril by offering a delicious and  sustainable Mauritius Redfish from CleanFish as the “Poisson du Jour.” When you order the “Poisson du Jour” on Friday, April 1st, Left Bank will donate part of the proceeds to the Watershed Project, a non-profit organization working to restore the natural wonder of San Francisco Bay—one creek, marsh and watershed at a time.   To learn more about Mauritius Redfish, visit CleanFish.com.  http://www.leftbank.com

April 1-3, 2011.  BALLET SAN JOSE presents ROLAND PETIT’s CARMEN. Composer: Georges Bizet; Orchestration: David Garforth. Carmen has captured audiences throughout the world since French Dance Master Roland Petit first presented this tale of intrigue and passion in Paris in 1949. This vivid and emotionally charged story of seduction and betrayal is based on the fabled temptress of Seville. The sultry Carmen lures local official Don José into her world of mystery, excitement, and crime only to dismiss him when a handsome Toreador arrives in town. Enveloped in passion and anger, Don José seeks revenge for her roaming eyes, setting the stage for a dramatic, electrifying climax. Ballet San Jose is one of only a handful of ballet companies in the world that has been granted permission to produce this masterwork—a rare and wonderful opportunity.  (This program will also feature George Balanchine’s Who Cares? set to the music of George Gershwin.)  PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Friday, April 1 at 8pm (Opening Night) Saturday, April 2 at 1:30pm (Reduced Price Matinee Series) Saturday, April 2 at 8pm Sunday, April 3 at 1:30pm   PERFORMANCE LOCATION: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard  (corner of Park Avenue) in downtown San Jose  PRICES: $30 - $100 Discount Priced Saturday Matinee: $16 - $60  BOX OFFICE: (408) 288-2800 or BalletSJ.org Box Office Location: 40 North First Street in downtown San Jose Open M-F; 9am to 5pm.  

April 2, 2011.  6TH PENINSULA FRENCH FAIR.  Faithful and new customers, mark your calendars, the Peninsula French Fair is coming for the first time to Palo Alto.  Returning and new vendors, artists and services will bring you a wide choice of unique products. The fashion show will feature the latest designs of our French creators and let’s not forget the French charcuterie and crepes.  Come spend a Day in France with us! 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Free Admission.  Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, Ca 94301.  More information coming soon: www.frenchfair.org 

April 2, 2011.  FRENCH FAMILY NIGHT WITH THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS!  Watch Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee take on Rodrigue Beaubois and the Dallas Mavericks.  Rodrigue was discovered by at a basketball camp in his native Guadeloupe.  Prior to joining Mavericks he played with Cholet Basket in the French Pro A League.  Individual discounted tickets are available starting at only $35 (reg. $45, rows 1-9), and Lower Level Seats are available for only $60 (reg. $70).  Purchase through the correct link, and sit in the French Family Sections!  Reserve!  The first 150 people to purchase tickets will be invited to an exclusive ‘courtside shootaround’ from 6pm-6:30pm to watch the Warriors and Mavericks warm up for the game! An email will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the game with instructions. Enter the following password in the special offer code box: FRENCH.  Enter your TicketMaster account ID (or e-mail address) and password on the left (if you have never created a TicketMaster account, go to "Create an Account" on the right-hand side of the screen).  For any additional questions, please contact Dana Knops at daknops@gs-warriors.com or 510-986-2242. We look forward to seeing you out at Oracle Arena for a Great Time Out!

April 2, 2011.  GAINSBOURG PARTY!    Join us for a musical celebration of Serge Gainsbourg's birthday at our 2nd annual GAINSBOURG PARTY! Saturday April 2, 2011 - Verge Gallery from 8pm till Midnight...  2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg. Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, and much more, Gainsbourg was a major figure in the 1960's 1970's and 1980's pop-culture, all through a fog of Gitanes and alcohol... He He is still today considered as one of the world's most influential popular musicians. Come and celebrate the spirit of "Gainsbarre" with us!  Featuring music by DJ Christophe and DJ Roger, music videos, live music, film clips,... Doors open at 8pm - tribute bands at 9pm.  $5 Admission, to benefit the 10th Sacramento French Film Festival and the Verge Gallery. The Verge Gallery is located in Downtown Sacramento, 625 S Street. See you there!  We are happy to announce that in June 2011, the 10th Sacramento French Film festival will pay homage to Serge Gainsbourg by presenting the feature film Gainsbourg: Vie heroique directed by Joann Sfar, winner of the 2011 Cesar (French Academy Award) for Best First feature Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Eric Elmosnino.

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 6, 2011.  HEAD-TO-TAIL SUCKLING PIG EVENT at LEFT BANK IN LARKSPUR.  Larkspur’s continued sustainability efforts around “Head to Tail”, led way to an event series launched in 2010 featuring a Goat Dinner and Wild Game Dinner. Known for our unique dinners, Larkspur's events continue to please the adventurous foodies and French loving patrons alike.  On Wednesday, April 6th, we will host our third “Head to Tail” event, a Suckling Pig Family Dinner. Fallon Hills Ranch will supply whole pigs. The pigs will be roasted and served with sausage & potato stuffing, glazed spring onions, baby carrots, and sweet peas. The meal will be served family style to large community tables of 12. Reservations of any size will be taken, but all guests reserving for the Pig Dinner will be seated on these family tables. All seatings are at 6:30pm. Make your reservations soon, these events sell out early. Don't forget, we have to order the pigs!  For reservations visit www.leftbank.com or call 415.927.3331.  6:30pm.

April 6-9, 2011.  FANTOMAS BY THE BAY.  A Centenary Celebration of the Literary Creation of Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain.  FANTOMAS BY-THE-BAY shall feature: readings, lectures, film screenings, art exhibitions, and performance art, featuring Robin Walz, DOMINIQUE KALIFA, Daniel Handler, Mel Gordon, Marc Ellis, Howard Rodman, Jonathan P. Eburne, Janaki Ranpura, Jill Tracy, and more.  Supported by the French Cultural Services.City Lights Bookstore, 261 Colombus Avenus, San Franciscowww.citylights.com

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.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL OPENING IN SANTA ROSA!  Information Night: Are you curious about the French-American Charter School opening in Santa Rosa in August 2012?  If you have a child entering preschool, kindergarten, first, second, or third grade in August 2011, we invite you to learn more!  A group of dedicated Sonoma County parents is in the process of creating a new public school, the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School. SRFACS will open in the fall of 2012 for first through third grades, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future.  Our goal is to offer our children a solid education based on high academic standards and exposure to the global world. We believe that becoming a global citizen requires critical thinking, a strong academic foundation, and multiculturalism that will allow flexibility of the mind. Our dual-immersion French-American Charter School curriculum employs a formula with a proven track record in private schools, and more recently, in charter schools on the East Coast. This opportunity will now be extended to everyone in our community via a free public charter school.  Together, we are proud to be meeting a demand that has grown in our region, thanks to our diverse economy representing a variety of sectors. We are fortunate to be drawing on the experience of our founding members, whom are leaders in the community in the fields of education, health/nutrition, communications and engineering, among others, to propel us in this exciting undertaking.  Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Please RSVP, space is limited: info@srfacs.org .  We're currently gathering signatures of the parents interested in enrolling their children in SRFACS.  Should you be unable to make it to the meeting, but are interested in adding your child's name, please reply to info@srfacs.org 

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 10, 2011.  CRUELLY COY:  SWISS ARTISTS SABINA MEYER AND ELIO MARTUSCIELLO PERFORM.  An evening of contemporary electronics and vocal performance co-presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Italian Cultural Institute.  6:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.

April 12, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – MEMBERS TO MEMBERS AT THE RESIDENCE DE FRANCE.  Tuesday, April 12th ·7:00 to 9:00PMPrice:15$ for members/25$ guest.  This is a perfect chance to meet your fellow members. Whether you are new to the network or looking to catch up with close contacts, this night will reunite the diverse membership of the French and American Business Communities of the Bay Area!  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.  www.faccsf.com for details, or 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 15, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Palms Playhouse, Winters.  One of our favorite venues! 14 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm. Ticket information: www.palmsplayhouse.com  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

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 18, 2011. DE LA COLONISATION DE L’ALGÉRIE (1830) À LA BATAILLE D’ALGER (1957).  Conférence animée par RENEE MOREL, proposée par le Lycée Français La Pérouse et San Francisco Bay Accueil.  En 1830, durant le règne de Charles X, la prise d’Alger met fin à une domination ottomane qui s’exerçait depuis le XVIe siècle. Elle marque aussi le début de la colonisation française, qui se poursuivra sous Louis-Philippe.  Au cours de la République de 1848, l’Algérie devient officiellement un territoire français, divisé en trois départements.   La politique d’assimilation mise en place par Napoléon III en 1865 et maintenue sous la Troisième République se révèle cependant être un échec. Peu de musulmans accèdent en effet à la citoyenneté française, situation qui pousse de plus en plus de partisans de l’indépendance à se révolter. C’est dans ce climat tendu qu’éclate la guerre d’Algérie. La guerre ou, plutôt, les guerres, car ce long et douloureux conflit (1954-1962) n’opposera pas seulement des colons à une population indigène. On a affaire à de multiples affrontements civils: gouvernement de Paris contre Algériens insurgés, musulmans intégrés contre nationalistes, “pieds-noirs” contre métropole, intellectuels de gauche et partisans de l’“Algérie française” contre de Gaulle, armée loyaliste contre OAS. Ces affrontements, souvent fratricides, ont laissé, entre les deux pays, des cicatrices indélébiles.  Auditorium du Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco (entrée sur la 20ème Ave.).  La conférence se terminera vers 12h.  Coût: $7/personne.  Entrée gratuite pour les classes des écoles franco-américaines.

April 21-May 5, 2011THE 54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Tickets go on sale to SFFS members March 25 and to the general public March 30.  Supported by the French Cultural Services and the French American Cultural Society.  Details at:  www.sffs.org

April 22, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Harlow's, Sacramento.  Our first appearance here was such a blast we decided to do it again. This is a great nightclub in downtown Sacramento, with excellent sound and lights, good food, and plenty of room for dancing.  2708 J Street, Sacramento. 7:00 pm, two sets.  Information and advance tickets: www.harlows.com.  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

April 23, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda.  A beautiful new venue for us in Alameda! Great dance floor and excellent sound. Easy parking, too. Don't miss this one!  2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda (Just off Park St.).9:00 pm. (There will be a dance lesson beginning at 8:00).  Information and advance tickets: www.rhythmix.org or 510 865-5060.  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

April 24, 2011.  JOYEUSES PAQUES! ~ EASTER SUNDAY AT LEFT BANK.  Join us for a beautiful Easter Sunday brunch at Left Bank! Opening at 10am, we will be serving both our lunch and brunch menus until 2:30pm. Serving all day, our last dinner seating will be at 10pm. Featuring special Easter menu additions for both brunch/ lunch and dinner.  Follow the link below for special menu additions.  http://www.leftbank.com/database/img_4d7a7f1a624cf.pdf

April 26, 2011.  CAROLYN BURKE, author of NO REGRETS, THE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF (Alfred A. Knopf, publication date March 22, 2011) speaks at West Portal Books.  111W. Portal Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127.  Talk/Q&A/Signing. (415) 731-5291.  7pm.  For all information, please contact Kim Thornton: kthornton@randomhouse.com

April 26, 2011.  PATRICIA WELLS AT LEFT BANK IN LARKSPUR.  Left Bank and Book Passage in Corte Madera partner for a special book signing and dinner. Left Bank Chefs prepare a 4-course meal from the cook book. The dinner includes the 4-course meal, wine, and a cookbook. The price is $110 per person or $180 per couple. The author will discuss each course, answer questions, and sign everyone’s book throughout the evening.  Patricia Wells is the author of The Food Lover’s Guide to France and The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris. She was global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune for 25 years. 6:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased through Book Passage at 415-927-0960 or copy and paste the below link into your browser.
http://www.bookpassage.com/event/cooks-books-patricia-wells-salad-meal

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, 2011.  CAROLYN BURKE, author of NO REGRETS, THE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF (Alfred A. Knopf, publication date March 22, 2011) speaks at Mechanics’ Institute Library. 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104. (Reservations: 415-393-0100.) 30-40 minute talk followed by Q&A with the audience and book signing. (415) 393-0114.  6pm.  For all information, please contact Kim Thornton: kthornton@randomhouse.com

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.

April 30, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Westside Theatre, Newman.  We return at last to this beautiful small theatre in Newman!  1331 Main St., Newman. 8:00. Information and advance tickets: www.westsidetheatre.org  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

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 8, 2011.  JOYEUSE FETE DES MERES à LEFT BANK.  Impress the Mom in your life! Make your reservations for lunch at Left Bank early this year. Show Mom you appreciate her with a French brunch, lunch or dinner. Opening at 10am, we will be serving both our lunch and brunch menus until 2:30pm. Serving all day, our last dinner seating will be at 10pm. Featuring "Made for Mom" menu additions.  http://www.leftbank.com for details.

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 18, 2011.  FRANCO-GERMAN FRIENDSHIP NIGHT AT LEFT BANK IN LARKSPUR.  This is the third season of our Franco-German Friendship dinner. Our Executive Chef Sean Canavan, trained in Berlin, Germany creates some of his favorite dishes. In addition to our regular menu, we will be serving a special German dinner. It will be available as a prix-fixe for $34, or you can order each item a la carte.  German Menu Additions:  1st course: Asparagus salad with dry cured pork loin; 2nd Course: Roasted plaice with bacon & shrimp, sautéed potatoes, butter lettuce; Dessert: Chilled elderflower soup with strawberries.  http://www.leftbank.com

May 21, 2011.  MENLO PARK BEER LUNCH AT LEFT BANK.  Dan Gordon, founder of Gordon Biersch and beer expert, will join the Menlo Park team on Saturday, May 21st to present the first of many beer lunches.  Our chef’s are working on a special four-course small plate menu for the day. Think beer-centric with garlic and spice! And a fabulous chocolate dessert for a sweet finish.   Details in the works, but please save the date for this exciting event!  www.leftbank.com

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 11, 2011.  MARCHÉ BENICIA BRINGS THE AMBIANCE OF PARIS TO THE SHORES OF BENICIA.  Bon Jour!  Benicia Main Street is pleased to invite you to participate in the Third Annual Marché Benicia - An Outdoor Marketplace with a French Flair on Saturday, June 11 from 11am-4pm.  The marketplace setting will be at the foot of First Street overlooking the Carquinez Straits.  This setting is ideal for a day of food & wine, arts & crafts, and delightful entertainment!   With an inviting venue that features a wine garden, customers can stroll, shop and relax while listening to the charming vocals and instrumentals that bring the ambiance of Paris to the shores of Benicia! Free admission.  A Bon Jour By The Bay!  For more information or to apply as a vendor contact Benicia Main Street at 707-745-9791 or visit www.beniciamainstreet.org

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.  CAROLYN BURKE, author of NO REGRETS, THE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF (Alfred A. Knopf, publication date March 22, 2011) speaks at San Francisco Public Library. Reading and signing with Cara Black.  100 Larkin St., Latino Community Room (lower level).  Arranged by Joan Jasper, 415.557.4595, jjasper@sfpl.org.  For all information, please contact Kim Thornton: kthornton@randomhouse.com

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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