April 1-8, 2011

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April Events

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, 2011. LA TURBULENCE DES FLUIDES / CHAOS ET DESIR (dir. Manon Briand). French Film Club of Palo Alto, n French "La Turbulence des Fluides , directed by Manon Bruand (2002). Won 8 Awards and 7 Nominations. Some have nicknamed the movie, the 3D: Desire-Disorder-Danger! As La Turbulence des Fluides opens, we are in Japan, a country that knows a lot about earthquakes. Here we meet Alice, played by Pascale Bussieres, at work in a high-tech world far from the quiet life she left behind in Canada. Alice is a top French-Canadian seismologist, so when word comes of some very strange tidal activity in her hometown of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, it makes sense that she should be sent to investigate. It seems as if the tides have stopped rising and falling, and to the Japanese experts, the phenomenon signals a possible major, global earthquake. Once back home, Alice is confronted by numerous figures from her past and some unpleasant memories. She also has to deal with the unusual weather and inexplicable activities of some of the citizens. Of particular note is a superb performance from Genevieve Bujold playing a somewhat mysterious waitress, but look for the pack of decidedly odd nuns, the eerie sleepwalking child and a woman suddenly struck by lustful feelings? Along the way, Alice also runs into an old university pal who is now a seismologist as well and she meets a widower pilot who grows ever closer to Alice as the story unfolds... Source: Norhern Stars. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details.

April 1, 2011. BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET. Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over. 8pm. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco. www.gamh.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.  

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

Through 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 

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 2, 2011.  THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS play CAJUN MUSIC at Ashkenaz. There have long been women in Louisiana's Cajun and zydeco music, from Cleoma Falcon to Queen Ida, Rosie Ledet and Ann Savoy. But the Magnolia Sisters  are Cajun music's first all-woman band. They also play other Louisiana French styles including Creole and honky-tonk music. Launched by Ann Savoy (one-third of Cajun's most heralded group, the Savoy-Doucet Band) and good friend Jane Vidrine, the band also includes Lisa Trahan and Anya Burgess. The Magnolia Sisters have issued four CDs: the debut "Prends Courage" (1995, on El Cerrito's Arhoolie Records), two on  the Rounder label, and a return to Arhoolie with the 2009 Grammy Award-nominated "Stripped Down." Savoy, who is an award-winning chronicler of Cajun music and culture in her books (and who has also produced two all-star CDs of Cajun and zydeco done by pop stars from Richard Thompson and Taj Mahal to Linda Ronstadt and John Fogerty), plays guitar, fiddle and accordion. Vidrine plays fiddle and guitar. Trahan (whose father is accordionist Harry Trahan and whose great uncle was 1920s recording artist Bixy Guidry) plays  bass, guitar, triangle, and rubboard. Burgess plays guitar and fiddle (and on the side runs her own violin shop where she repairs and builds fiddles for Southern  Louisiana musicians). Everyone sings. Onstage they switch instruments, moving between twin fiddle tunes, Creole hits, dancehall standards, and a cappella songs.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show  at 9:00 pm $15/$12 advance - Buy advance tickets!  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 2, 2011.  SOIREE DIAPORAMA ET DESSERT, organisée par LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Chez Devin, à Berkeley.  Il n'y a pas longtemps j'ai acheté une maison - ou plutôt une ruine - en France dans la région de Poitou-Charentes et je l'ai toute rénovée de A à Z. Je vous invite à me rejoindre pour un diaporama et à prendre le dessert et du café. Veuillez apporter du vin ou d'autres boissons si vous le souhaitez. Si vous avez un dessert préféré, apportez-le!
www.meetup.com for details.

April 2, 2011.  TEA-TIME & SCRABBLE CHEZ FRANK – LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Je viens d’acheter un scrabble édition platinum (à moitié prix chez B&N et je n'ai pas pu résister). Alors venez m'aider au déballage.  Les quatre heures, aussi appelé goûter, est l’équivalent du « teatime » en anglais. On annonce des averses pour samedi, alors passez chez moi prendre le té, papoter la langue de Molière et jouer.  http://www.meetup.com for details.

April 2 & 3, 2011.  MARTINE JARDEL OPEN STUDIOS.  You are invited cordially to our Spring Open Studios @ Soma Artists Studios, 689 Bryant St @ 5th St.  Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd, 11 am-6 pm.  Friday April 1st opening reception from 6 to 9 pm.  martinejardel@mac.com for details.

April 3, 2011.  ORGAN RECITAL WITH JANE PARKER-SMITH, including music by MARCEL LANQUETUIT, GUILMANT, LANGLAIS and more.  6pm.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

April 3, 2011.  JESSICA RIVERA, soprano, with pianist and Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, perform DEBUSSY and more.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

April 3, 2011.  PAVEL HAAS QUARTET performs DEBUSSY’S QUARTET IN G MINOR, OP.10 and more.  Herbst Theater, SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.org for details.

April 3, 2011.  THE LETTER P – CELLIST JUDIYABA AND FRIENDS. Faculty Chamber Music Concert.  The Alphabet Concert series led by Judiyaba, former cellist with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera orchestras, is a whimsical, 24-concert project, each performance representing a letter of the alphabet. Letter P will feature works by Prokofiev, POULENC and Piazzola. Guest performers are Leslie Ludena, violin; Rufus Olivier, bassoon; Zach Spellman, tuba; and Marilyn Thompson, piano.  4:00 p.m.  Green Music Center, Room 1028. $12 General Admission; $10 SSU Faculty, Alumni and Staff;  $8 Students and Seniors; SSU Students FREE.  Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu 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 4, 2011.  MICHAEL SHERINGHAM presents CITY OF DISAPPEARANCES:  ECLIPSING ONESELF IN THE MODERN AND POSTMODERN METROPOLIS.  The French Department Colloquium SeriesMichael Sheringham is Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature University of Oxford. French Department Library, UC-Berkeley. 4229 Dwinelle 5:30 p.m.

April 4, 2011.  DBF aura le plaisir d’accueillir DAN SERFATI, cofondateur et CEO de VIADEO.  Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet arrosé de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassee et de l'assistance.  Pour chacun, c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones.  Dan Serfaty (44 ans) est cofondateur et CEO de Viadeo. Diplômé d’HEC en 1987, Dan Serfaty se lance dans l’aventure entrepreneuriale en 1990 dans une opération de retournement, avec la reprise et le redressement de l’entreprise Dimo (secteur touristique), qu’il revendra 3 ans plus tard.  En 1992, il cofonde une société (GEN), spécialisée dans la distribution de produits textiles en provenance d'Asie, qu’il développe et revend à son Management en 1999.  En 2000, il s’associe avec 2 amis à Créadev, fonds de la famille Mulliez, pour lancer un nouveau concept dans le monde du Private Equity : Agregator, première plate-forme de mutualisation capitalistique pour entrepreneurs, qui prend la forme d’un Club dont l’ensemble des membres sont tous associés capitalistiquement.  C’est dans le contexte de ce Club, et fort du réseau relationnel de ses 400 membres,  que Viadeo voit le jour en 2004. Aujourd’hui n°2 mondial des réseaux sociaux professionnels, avec ses 35 millions de membres, Viadeo s’adresse aux entrepreneurs et aux cadres du monde entier. Basée à Paris, la société emploi 240 personnes et est présente aux Etats-Unis (San Francisco), en Chine (Pékin), en Inde (New Delhi), au Mexique (Mexico City), en Europe (Londres, Milan, Madrid et Barcelone), au Canada (Montréal).  Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA  94065.  18h30 à 21h.

April 5, 2011.  ENTREPRENEURSHIP, LEADERSHIP AND THE FUTURE OF STARTUPS AROUND THE WORLD, a fireside chat with Stanford University’s VIVEK WADHWA.  SiliconFrench, together with TEC (The Entrepreneurs’ Club) , JHTC, GABA, BayBraziland Stanford GSB Europe Club are organizing a discussion with famous visionary and entrepreneurial guru, Vivek Wadhwa. Vivek is a senior research associate at Harvard Law School, advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist for BusinessWeek.com, a contributor to TechCrunch, and writes for international publications. Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm Location: Bishop Auditorium, Graduate School of Business, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford University The discussion will cover such topics as: Can and should other countries recreate Silicon Valley? Is the brain drain really happening? And what are the consequences for the US? How can Silicon Valley leaders meet the challenges facing them? What’s the future, global significance of Silicon Valley? StartupVisa - new US legislation. Will it work ?   Registration Details: Early Birds Tickets (a few left only): $10 Online Registration: $20 At the Door: $30  Please note that all proceeds from this event will go to Stanford University!  

April 5, 2011.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Ashkenaz.  Winner of a 2009 North Bay Music Award, the Zydeco Flames  have issued six CDs of hot zydeco dance music (the latest is 2006's "Fire It Up") and shared stages with most of the greats of the style at dances and festivals up and down the West Coast. In 1991 accordionist Bruce Gordon teamed up with singer-rubboard player Lloyd Meadows to play at parties, including the premiere of the essential  documentary film on Cajun and zydeco music, "J'ai ete au Bal." Soon they expanded to a full band carrying on in the tradition of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Queen Ida. Gordon has recently rejoined the longtime core group of Meadows,  electric guitarist Frank Bohan, bassist-singer Timm Walker, and drummer William  Allums Jr. The Flames have performed at just about every important event in the  Bay Area, from the Black and White Ball to the San Francisco Jazz Festival, as well as countless Louisiana, Cajun, and zydeco fests. Five of their songs are featured in the computer game "The Sims Unleashed." Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm $10 http://www.ashkenaz.com 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, 2011.  MEET THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NETWORK IN SONOMA COUNTY!  The French American Chamber of Commerce invites you to its first Sonoma County networking event of 2011!  Join us to get in touch with the Francophone and Francophile business community, exchange ideas, and develop your network.  We also welcome Moss Adams and H&A Financing, both new members of the Chamber and sponsors of this event.  Hors d’oeuvres and sparkling will be served. 5pm-8pm.  3700 Old Redwood Highway, Moss Adams Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA  95493.  Free for members; $20 for non-members.  For FACCSF’ members, please register by sending your contact details to veronique@faccsf.com.  Otherwise:  http://www.faccsf.com for details.

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, 2011.  L’AMERIQUE DANS TOUS SES ETATS / GERARD KLEIN:  ACROSS AMERICA.  The Across America ! documentary series are broadcasted in France on the Voyage and TV5 Monde channels. Hosted by French actor Gerard Klein the series feature thirty films dedicated to the rediscovery of the 21th century America.
From the buffalo fo Sout Dakota to the electric cars of silicon Valley, from the agriculture of Nebraska to the landscapes of Alaska, from the wildness of British Columbia to the prairies of Alberta…Gerard Klein and his team will adopt a bit of the Jack Kerouac adventure spirit to show the true America behind the makeup, rhinestones, stress and lit by candles, not neon-in order to discover its authenticity, to share in its history and stories, to speak of its taboos and the challenges this country faces.  Enjoy a special screening of two episodes, Maine and Wyoming as well as an opportunity to meet Gerard Klein and his team and to ask them questions.  6PM.  Presented by  French American Cultural SocietyLycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco.

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! 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.  [IMPORTANT: Cette conférence ne couvre pas l'ensemble de la guerre d'Algérie. Elle porte sur les débuts de la colonisation et le contexte qui a mené à cette guerre, ainsi que son commencement.]  *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, 2011.  CONFERENCE:  BIG BANG DANS UNE EPROUVETTE.  Le but des expériences qui se déroulent actuellement au CERN (Genève, CH) sur le Grand collisionneur d’hadron (LHC) est de reproduire et d'analyser les conditions qui prévalaient à l’origine de l’univers. Un cent-milliardième de seconde après le big bang, il y a quelques 13.7 milliards d'année.  Laurent Chevalier nous décrira, de façon simple, les techniques de la physique utilisées pour cette exploration qui a démarré en 2009.  Laurent Chevalier, physicien au CEA-Saclay (France) depuis 20 ans, a obtenu sa thèse en physique des particules à l'université d'Orsay (Paris XI). Il a travaillé au CERN (Genève) sur l'expérience Delphi, puis au Fermilab (Chicago) sur l'expérience D0, observation direct du quark top.  Actuellement, il travaille sur l'expérience ATLAS au CERN et ceci depuis 15 ans.  Il a participé à l'installation de ce détecteur au CERN durant 4 ans et il est actuellement visiteur scientifique au LBNL (Berkeley) depuis 2009 toujours en connexion avec l'expérience ATLAS.  RSVP: It is imperative that you call 510-548-7481 or email  to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Donation suggested non member$12; member $10.  7pm.  info@afberkeley.org for details.

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.  TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL includes NELSON MANDELA, IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM, by director JOEL CALMETTES.  Nelson Mandela: In the Name of Freedom details South Africa’s history of oppression, the struggle against the apartheid regime and Mr Mandela’s personal crusade to bring about democracy in the country of his birth. The documentary, by French filmmaker Joel Calmettes, is an intelligent and poignant explication of Mr Mandela’s journey from political prisoner to president. It includes comments from friends and fellow activists, a former prison warder and political adversaries. It also includes old footage of interviews with Mr Mandela and members of his family, photographs and excerpts from some of his speeches. At the same time, it details South Africa’s transition from an oppressive, racist nation to a non-racial, democratic one.  11:45 AM.  Playhouse Theater, 40 Main Street, Tiburon.  www.tiburonfilmfestival.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 11, 2011.  BERNARD STIEGLER speaks about ATTENTIONAL FORMS:  RELATIONAL ECOLOGY AND THE DIGITAL PHARMAKON.   Bernard Stiegler, philosopher, is Director of the Georges Pompidou Institute of Research and Innovation. He is the founder and director of the cultural and philosophical association Ars Industrialis, created in 2005. Stiegler has been successively Research Director at the Collège international de philosophie; a professor and Director of the research unit “Connaissances, organisations et systèmes techniques” at the University of Technology of Compiègne, a unit he founded in 1993; Deputy Director of the Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA); and Director of the Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique (Ircam) until 2005.  4PM.  Supported by the French Cultural ServicesThe University of California, Berkeley, The Geballe Room, 232 Stephens Hall.

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 14-17, 2011.  CHARLES DUTOIT & GAUTIER CAPUÇON conduct / perform with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, including HENRI DUTILLEUX’s TOUT UN MONDE LOINTAIN… and BERLIOZSYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE.  www.sfsymphony.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 15 @ 7PM 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.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 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.  6:30pm.  info@afberkeley.org

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 .

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.

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 16, 2011.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO meet at Anne’s House, Half Moon Bay, 11am.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/suggestion/

April 17, 2011.  LITANIES A LA VIERGE NOIRE DE ROCAMADOUR de FRANCIS POULENC.  La chorale de St. John's Episcopal Church, Oakland, sous la direction de Ernest Fredric Knell, présente les "Litanies à la Vierge noire de Rocamadour" de Francis Poulenc, avec solistes Sara Evinger, Elizabeth Gallagher et Julianne Booth; et le "Requiem" de John Rutter, avec soprano Angela Cadelago. Dimanche 17 avril à 16 heures, St. John's Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland, CA. www.stjohnsoakland.org

April 17, 2011.  ALAIN BRUNET & GROUP AKPÉ MOTION, on tour from France!   Celebrated French trumpeter and composer Alain Brunet and the group Akpé Motion, performing a blend of jazz, fusion, Nu-jazz, and world music. One evening only.  Presented for the first time in San Francisco at  “la Fete de la Musique 2008”, Alain Brunet performed with the Japan based jazz diva Charito at Yoshi’s in 2008.  Now he returns to the SF Bay Area to perform along with the group Akpé Motion.  Alain Brunet has been blending music for almost the past decade. He began playing the trumpet at the age of ten and studied under French classical trumpet player Guy Touvron. He had his formal education at the Sorbonne University in Paris where he studied musicology. He was the first to write a master’s thesis on jazz, inspired by names like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stravinsky, DeBussy and Ravel.  He has worked on French pop singer Serge Gainsbourg‘s music from 1992 to 1995 and performed in several jazz fests, apart from recording a CD for Warner music ‘Alain Brunet plays Gainsbourg’.  During an American and Canadian tour in 1995, he recorded a CD in Los Angeles about French songs – ‘French melodies in L.A’.  Since 1996, he has been a member of Prince Lawsha’s sextet, an orchestra from the American West Coast, which recorded two CDs – ‘Planetary Rhythms album’ and ‘Sweet Mango’ – before a world concert tour in 1999. In May 2007, he is invited by Peru jazz, jazz quartet from Lima to perform for three concerts in Lima Peru; he performed in summer with Charito a Japan based jazz singer who lives in Tokyo and recorded a CD with her and Michel Legrand about Michel Legrand’s songs.  $15 - 7:30pm.http://www.lapena.org/event/1746  Also playing in Santa Cruz:  Santa Cruz International Music Festival, Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz.www.riotheatre.com 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 19, 2011.  CRUELLY COY:  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.  SWISSNEX, 730 Montgomery St., SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

April 20, 2011.  LYDIA DAVIS, TRANSLATOR OF PROUST.  When Lydia Davis published her translation of Proust's Swann's Way in 2003, it was quickly acclaimed as a masterwork, with Davis receiving the high honor of being named one of France's Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. At this special evening event, Davis talks about her long-awaited follow-up to Swann's Way, her new translation of the French classic Madame Bovary. Davis has written that "to achieve a translation that matches [Flaubert’s] high standard is difficult, perhaps impossible." This event promises a chance to see one of the world's great translators explain how she did just that.  6:30PM.  The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Franciscohttp://catranslation.org/events

April 21-May 5, 2011THE 54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Full program announced March 29. Movies will include:  TOURNEE / ON TOUR; TINDERSTICKS:  CLAIRE DENIS FILM SCORES 1996-2009;  DETROIT WILD CITY (dir. Florent Tillon);  THE PLACE IN BETWEEN (dir. Sarah Bouyain); CHILDREN OF THE PRINCESSE DE CLEVES (dir. R. Sauder, 2010); CAT IN PARIS (short; dir. Gagnol & Felicioli); LIVING ON LOVE ALONE (dir. I. Czajka); CHANTRAPAS (dir. O. Iosseliani).  Also, SERGE BROMBERG will be awarded theNovikoff Award : Retour de Flamme: Rare and RestoredFrench contemporary movies supported by Bank of the West, TV5 Monde, French Cultural Services and the French American Cultural Society.  Also included in the festival:  4/28:  JEAN-MICHEL FRODON:  THE CRITIC’S RESPONSE AND RESPONSIBILITY (French film critic Jean-Michel Frodon, a former critic for Le Point and Le Monde and former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma, will explore the task and purpose of the critic in cinema today.  http://blog.slate.fr/projection-publique/);  5/1: SUSAN WEINER:  EXPRESSIONS OF FRENCH CINEMA (Salon host Susan Weiner is the author of EnfantsTerribles: Feminity and Youth in the Mass Media in France, 1945-68 and a former professor of French cultural studies at Yale University. Films up for discussion: Children of the Princess of Cleves, Hands Up, I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive and The Place in Between.) http://fest11.sffs.org/ or www.sffs.org for details. Supported by the French Cultural Services and the French American Cultural Society

April 22, 2011.  CINE-CLUB:  LES NOVICES (1970).  Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Ce titre a été choisi pour rendre hommage à l’actrice française la plus populaire des années 1970, Annie Girardot. Elle nous a quittés le 28 février. Dans cette comédie de Guy Casaril, elle partage l’affiche avec Brigitte Bardot, autre icône du cinéma français.  Please RSVP 510 548 7481 - info@afberkeley.org  And bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. 

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 22 & 25, 2011.  JE SUIS HEUREUX QUE MA MERE SOIT VIVANTE (dir. C. Miller, N. Miller, 2009).  This finely acted, delicate and provocative new film by one of France’s most impressive filmmakers depicts the troubled life of an adopted boy who, as a taciturn adult, visits his birth mother and strikes up a relationship fraught with tension and emotion.  Sundance Kabuki, SF.

April 22 & May 1 & 5, 2011.  THE PLACE IN BETWEEN (dir. Sarah Bouyain).  In this simple but moving story of global displacement, a young biracial woman raised in France travels to Burkina Faso in search of the mother she hasn’t seen in many years. Having felt the outsider in Paris, Amy is now equally adrift in the city of her childhood. Meanwhile in Paris, an émigré from Burkina Faso who makes her living as a cleaner teaches the Dioula language to a white, middle-class office worker.  Location TBA (Sundance Kabuki?).

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 25 & 26, 2011.  CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (dir. Werner Herzog).  Intrepid explorer of the exotic Werner Herzog is the first filmmaker allowed into the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc caverns in southern France, site of the world's oldest prehistoric art. Who better to ponder these enigmatic drawings? And what cinematic plunge into the unknown could be better served by 3-D?  Sundance Kabuki.

April 25–26, 2011.  OTHELLO 11  by ASTRID BAS.  Othello11 is a new project by the French performer and director Astrid Bas. Her challenge is is to reinvent Shakespeare's classic with 8 actors, in 11 days. The plot will focus on the episodes set in Cyprus, and the adaptation will mix French and English languages. On the stage, one single oversized bed. The audience will experience the performance in an original way, being split on two sides of the stage. Cast includes Bay Area actor Peter Callender, Tony Award nominated Manoel Felciano, Astrid Bas, and Emilie Gruat, former member of Ariane Mnouchkine's Theater company in Paris.  A production of Theatre Artaud / Zspace, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Consulate, the French American International School in San Francisco, and the Institut FrançaisZ Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco.  www.zspace.org

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 26, 2011.  POESIE SONORE ~ PERFORMANCE BY JACQUES DEMIERRE & VINCENT BARRAS, preceded by a CONFERENCE BY VINCENT BARRAS.  swissnex San Francisco continues its "Brain & Mind" event series with a poesie sonore performance by Jacques Demierre and Vincent Barras, preceded by a talk by Vincent Barras.  Vincent Barras, a professor at the faculty of medicine at UNIL, will be presenting his sound poetry work in collaboration with musician Jacques Demierre at swissnex San Francisco on April 26, 2011. The performance program will be preceded by a conference in which Prof. Barras will examine the relationship between language and neurosciences in a medico-historical perspective. Several elements of this relationship and the way the mind triggers language are also inherent to the joint performance with Demierre.  The detailed analysis of the sonorities of the ancient and modern languages, their re-elaboration and re-composition is finally embodied in a score-text, spread out on stage in its concrete dimensions through the language performance of the two sound artists. Barras & Demierre have previously published Voicing Through Saussure, a film by Véronique Goël.  6:30 - 10 p.m., swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery StreetRSVP and details forthcoming at www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org  Supported by Pro Helvetia, the City of Geneva, and the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

April 26, 2011.  SPEAK YOUR MIND:  LANGUAGE AND THE BRAIN.  Our Brain & Mind series continues with a presentation of the medical and historical links between linguistics and neuroscience.  Plus, sound poetry based on the fundamental building blocks of language.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.  www.swissnex.com for details.

April 26 & 27, 2011.  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (dir. Catherine Breillat).  Sundance Kabuki, SF.

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, 2011.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR SWISS PAINTER NICOLE BRON CHAPPUIS’s NEW WORKS at 456 Montgomery.  Well-known Swiss painter Nicole Bron Chappuis will be the subject of a small solo show at 456 Montgomery, where this Consulate is located, opening with an artist reception April 29. Nicole's luminous, geometrical works, which use acrylic and natural sand on canvas, will be on display through May 28. This exhibition presented in partnership with the artist and with Misho Gallery.  456 Montgomery Street, Lobby, San Francisco.  Artist Reception April 29, 6 - 8 p.m.  Mandatory RSVP to martin.schwartz@eda.admin.ch. To view the show outside of this time, please make a reservation via the email above.

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 .

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.

THE 54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Full program announced March 29. Movies will include:  TOURNEE / ON TOUR; TINDERSTICKS:  CLAIRE DENIS FILM SCORES 1996-2009;  DETROIT WILD CITY (dir. Florent Tillon);  THE PLACE IN BETWEEN (dir. Sarah Bouyain); CHILDREN OF THE PRINCESSE DE CLEVES (dir. R. Sauder, 2010); CAT IN PARIS (short; dir. Gagnol & Felicioli); LIVING ON LOVE ALONE (dir. I. Czajka); CHANTRAPAS (dir. O. Iosseliani).  Also, SERGE BROMBERG will be awarded theNovikoff Award : Retour de Flamme: Rare and RestoredFrench contemporary movies supported by Bank of the West, TV5 Monde, French Cultural Services and the French American Cultural Society.  Also included in the festival:  4/28:  JEAN-MICHEL FRODON:  THE CRITIC’S RESPONSE AND RESPONSIBILITY (French film critic Jean-Michel Frodon, a former critic for Le Point and Le Monde and former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma, will explore the task and purpose of the critic in cinema today.  http://blog.slate.fr/projection-publique/);  5/1: SUSAN WEINER:  EXPRESSIONS OF FRENCH CINEMA (Salon host Susan Weiner is the author of EnfantsTerribles: Feminity and Youth in the Mass Media in France, 1945-68 and a former professor of French cultural studies at Yale University. Films up for discussion: Children of the Princess of Cleves, Hands Up, I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive and The Place in Between.) http://fest11.sffs.org/ or www.sffs.org for details. Supported by the French Cultural Services and the French American Cultural SocietyApril 21-May 5, 2011.

L’AMERIQUE DANS TOUS SES ETATS / GERARD KLEIN:  ACROSS AMERICA.  The Across America ! documentary series are broadcasted in France on the Voyage and TV5 Monde channels. Hosted by French actor Gerard Klein the series feature thirty films dedicated to the rediscovery of the 21th century America.
From the buffalo fo Sout Dakota to the electric cars of silicon Valley, from the agriculture of Nebraska to the landscapes of Alaska, from the wildness of British Columbia to the prairies of Alberta…Gerard Klein and his team will adopt a bit of the Jack Kerouac adventure spirit to show the true America behind the makeup, rhinestones, stress and lit by candles, not neon-in order to discover its authenticity, to share in its history and stories, to speak of its taboos and the challenges this country faces.  Enjoy a special screening of two episodes, Maine and Wyoming as well as an opportunity to meet Gerard Klein and his team and to ask them questions.  6PM.  Presented by  French American Cultural SocietyLycée Français La Pérouse, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco. April 7, 2011

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 this week-end! Lumière, SF.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (dir. Werner Herzog).  Intrepid explorer of the exotic Werner Herzog is the first filmmaker allowed into the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc caverns in southern France, site of the world's oldest prehistoric art. Who better to ponder these enigmatic drawings? And what cinematic plunge into the unknown could be better served by 3-D?  Sundance Kabuki. April 25 & 26, 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. Also, Clay, SF; Shattuck, SF.

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 Awards.  Albany; Embarcadero; Sequoia, Mill Valley; Clay 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! 

JE SUIS HEUREUX QUE MA MERE SOIT VIVANTE (dir. C. Miller, N. Miller, 2009).  This finely acted, delicate and provocative new film by one of France’s most impressive filmmakers depicts the troubled life of an adopted boy who, as a taciturn adult, visits his birth mother and strikes up a relationship fraught with tension and emotion.  Sundance Kabuki, SF. April 22 & 25, 2011.

NELSON MANDELA, IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM, by director JOEL CALMETTES.  Nelson Mandela: In the Name of Freedom details South Africa’s history of oppression, the struggle against the apartheid regime and Mr Mandela’s personal crusade to bring about democracy in the country of his birth. The documentary, by French filmmaker Joel Calmettes, is an intelligent and poignant explication of Mr Mandela’s journey from political prisoner to president. It includes comments from friends and fellow activists, a former prison warder and political adversaries. It also includes old footage of interviews with Mr Mandela and members of his family, photographs and excerpts from some of his speeches. At the same time, it details South Africa’s transition from an oppressive, racist nation to a non-racial, democratic one.  11:45 AM.  Playhouse Theater, 40 Main Street, Tiburon.  www.tiburonfilmfestival.com April 10, 2011. 

LE NOM DES GENS / THE NAMES OF LOVE.  Dir. Michel Leclerc.  Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results – until she meets Arthur Martin, a middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. While Arthur appears to be a likely candidate for her unique political strategy, his unwillingness to fall for her game only encourages Baya to pursue him, with surprisingly sexy consequences.  Sara Forestier won best actress César Awards for The Names of Love.  Opening soon!  Watch local listings for details!

LES NOVICES (1970).  Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Ce titre a été choisi pour rendre hommage à l’actrice française la plus populaire des années 1970, Annie Girardot. Elle nous a quittés le 28 février. Dans cette comédie de Guy Casaril, elle partage l’affiche avec Brigitte Bardot, autre icône du cinéma français.  Please RSVP 510 548 7481 - info@afberkeley.org  And bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. April 22, 2011.

THE PLACE IN BETWEEN (dir. Sarah Bouyain).  In this simple but moving story of global displacement, a young biracial woman raised in France travels to Burkina Faso in search of the mother she hasn’t seen in many years. Having felt the outsider in Paris, Amy is now equally adrift in the city of her childhood. Meanwhile in Paris, an émigré from Burkina Faso who makes her living as a cleaner teaches the Dioula language to a white, middle-class office worker.  Location TBA (Sundance Kabuki?). April 22 & May 1 & 5, 2011

POTICHE (dir. François Ozon). 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 1 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 8 at Berkeley’s Shattuck Cinemas (2230 Shattuck Avenue) and UA Stonestown Cinema in San Francisco (501 Buckingham Way).Opening April 1, 2011.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (dir. Catherine Breillat).  Sundance Kabuki, SF. April 26 & 27, 2011

LA TURBULENCE DES FLUIDES / CHAOS ET DESIR (dir. Manon Briand). French Film Club of Palo Alto, n French "La Turbulence des Fluides , directed by Manon Bruand (2002). Won 8 Awards and 7 Nominations. Some have nicknamed the movie, the 3D: Desire-Disorder-Danger! As La Turbulence des Fluides opens, we are in Japan, a country that knows a lot about earthquakes. Here we meet Alice, played by Pascale Bussieres, at work in a high-tech world far from the quiet life she left behind in Canada. Alice is a top French-Canadian seismologist, so when word comes of some very strange tidal activity in her hometown of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, it makes sense that she should be sent to investigate. It seems as if the tides have stopped rising and falling, and to the Japanese experts, the phenomenon signals a possible major, global earthquake. Once back home, Alice is confronted by numerous figures from her past and some unpleasant memories. She also has to deal with the unusual weather and inexplicable activities of some of the citizens. Of particular note is a superb performance from Genevieve Bujold playing a somewhat mysterious waitress, but look for the pack of decidedly odd nuns, the eerie sleepwalking child and a woman suddenly struck by lustful feelings? Along the way, Alice also runs into an old university pal who is now a seismologist as well and she meets a widower pilot who grows ever closer to Alice as the story unfolds... Source: Norhern Stars. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details. April 1, 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

VIE HEROIQUE / GAINSBOURG.  Dir. Joann Sfar.  Joann Sfar’s “Gainsbourg” is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino), brought to us by one of the most renowned comic book artists of our time.Young Lucien parades around Nazi occupied Paris in 1941 with a yellow star, which he has craftily turned into a sheriff star, pinned to his jacket. After graduating from art school years later, the disillusioned artist tries to earn a living by playing the piano in local bars… and thus came about the cabaret star of the Swinging Sixties: Serge Gainsbourg. His looks may be unconventional, but he still manages to lure the mythic Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) to bed, seduce Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon) with a pair of French flag underpants, and waltz with Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis) at all hours of the night. Yet something always stands in the way of his happiness, and it takes the form of a character, La Gueule (Doug Jones), who will stimulate him, torment him, and most of all, render him the icon that continues to thrill us today.  Eric Elmosnino won the Best actor César Awards for his perform in the movie Gainsbourg.  Watch local listings! Opening soon! 

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

April 2 & 3, 2011.  MARTINE JARDEL OPEN STUDIOS.  You are invited cordially to our Spring Open Studios @ Soma Artists Studios, 689 Bryant St @ 5th St.  Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd, 11 am-6 pm.  Friday April 1st opening reception from 6 to 9 pm.  martinejardel@mac.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.

April 29-May 28, 2011.  SWISS PAINTER NICOLE BRON CHAPPUIS exhibits her NEW WORKS at 456 Montgomery.  Well-known Swiss painter Nicole Bron Chappuis will be the subject of a small solo show at 456 Montgomery, where this Consulate is located, opening with an artist reception April 29. Nicole's luminous, geometrical works, which use acrylic and natural sand on canvas, will be on display through May 28. This exhibition presented in partnership with the artist and with Misho Gallery.  456 Montgomery Street, Lobby, San Francisco.  Artist Reception April 29, 6 - 8 p.m.  Mandatory RSVP to martin.schwartz@eda.admin.ch. To view the show outside of this time, please make a reservation via the email above.

May 21 - September 6, 2011.  THE STEINS COLLECT:  MATISSE, PICASSO, AND THE PARISIAN AVANT-GARDE.  American expatriates in bohemian Paris when the 20th century was young, the Steins — writer Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife, Sarah — were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Through their friendship and patronage, they helped spark an artistic revolution. This landmark exhibition draws on holdings around the world to reunite the Steins' unparalleled collections of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many others.  SFMOMA, 151 Third St., SF.  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

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! 

May 1 & 3, 2011.  LES VIOLONS DU ROY, with BERNARD LABADIE, music director. 510.642.9988 or http://calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

May 1-4, 2011.  HANDS UP  (Dir. Romain Goupil, 2010).   Fearing the deportation of their friend, an 11-year-old undocumented Chechen immigrant, a close-knit gang of children goes into hiding to try to insure her safety. Their disappearance becomes a cause célèbre, compelling the adult world to reconsider their priorities and policies.  Sundance Kabuki, SF.

May 2, 2011.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS, PARIS:  JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT. Talk and slide show.  Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is now part of the “Armchair Traveler” series at Broadway Books. Updated, expanded and redesigned, it includes over 30 striking, B&W photographs of Paris by Alison Harris and a foreword by Diane Johnson. Legendary travel writer Jan Morris called Paris, Paris “Perhaps the most evocative American book about Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s “beautifully written and refreshingly original.” The Chicago Tribune notes that “The delightful and insightful essays in “Paris, Paris” meld history, atmosphere and observations on Paris places, Paris people and Paris phenomena.” Departures magazine observes that Paris, Paris “gives fresh poetic insight into the city.”  http://www.davidddownie.com/ for details. 7 PM.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera.

May 2 & 5, 2011.  INCENDIES (dir. D. Villeneuve, Canada/France, 2010).  This gloriously sprawling Academy Award–nominated epic has Canadian twins traveling to the Middle East, charged by their late mother’s will with finding their long-lost father and a brother they didn’t know existed. Along the way, they uncover the scars left on their mother’s life by the war she fled, and the sources of her mental and emotional instability. Sundance Kabuki, SF.

May 3, 2011.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS, PARIS:  JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is now part of the “Armchair Traveler” series at Broadway Books. Updated, expanded and redesigned, it includes over 30 striking, B&W photographs of Paris by Alison Harris and a foreword by Diane Johnson. Legendary travel writer Jan Morris called Paris, Paris “Perhaps the most evocative American book about Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s “beautifully written and refreshingly original.” The Chicago Tribune notes that “The delightful and insightful essays in “Paris, Paris” meld history, atmosphere and observations on Paris places, Paris people and Paris phenomena.” Departures magazine observes that Paris, Paris “gives fresh poetic insight into the city.”  http://www.davidddownie.com/ for details. Readers Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.  7:30pm.

May 3 & 5, 2011.  YVES SAINT LAURENT L’AMOUR FOU.  Few figures loom larger in the annals of 20th-century style than legendary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Thoretton’s film documents his high-glamour, high-drama career via surviving business and life partner Pierre Berge—just as the latter prepares to sell off much of their astounding art collection in “the auction of the century.”  Sundance Kabuki, SF.

May 5, 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

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 7, 2011.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS, PARIS:  JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT.   Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is now part of the “Armchair Traveler” series at Broadway Books. Updated, expanded and redesigned, it includes over 30 striking, B&W photographs of Paris by Alison Harris and a foreword by Diane Johnson. Legendary travel writer Jan Morris called Paris, Paris “Perhaps the most evocative American book about Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s “beautifully written and refreshingly original.” The Chicago Tribune notes that “The delightful and insightful essays in “Paris, Paris” meld history, atmosphere and observations on Paris places, Paris people and Paris phenomena.” Departures magazine observes that Paris, Paris “gives fresh poetic insight into the city.”  http://www.davidddownie.com/ for details. 7 PM.  Live interview, Dining Around with Gene Burns. 11:00 AM (Time may change but it will be between 10 am and 12:30 pm) at KGO AM 810 studio.  900 Front St, San Francisco.

May 7, 2011.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS, PARIS:  JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is now part of the “Armchair Traveler” series at Broadway Books. Updated, expanded and redesigned, it includes over 30 striking, B&W photographs of Paris by Alison Harris and a foreword by Diane Johnson. Legendary travel writer Jan Morris called Paris, Paris “Perhaps the most evocative American book about Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s “beautifully written and refreshingly original.” The Chicago Tribune notes that “The delightful and insightful essays in “Paris, Paris” meld history, atmosphere and observations on Paris places, Paris people and Paris phenomena.” Departures magazine observes that Paris, Paris “gives fresh poetic insight into the city.”  http://www.davidddownie.com/ for details. 4pm.  Mrs. Dalloways Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Ave. Berkeley.  510.704.8222 for details.

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.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS, PARIS:  JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT. Talk and slide show.  Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is now part of the “Armchair Traveler” series at Broadway Books. Updated, expanded and redesigned, it includes over 30 striking, B&W photographs of Paris by Alison Harris and a foreword by Diane Johnson. Legendary travel writer Jan Morris called Paris, Paris “Perhaps the most evocative American book about Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s “beautifully written and refreshingly original.” The Chicago Tribune notes that “The delightful and insightful essays in “Paris, Paris” meld history, atmosphere and observations on Paris places, Paris people and Paris phenomena.” Departures magazine observes that Paris, Paris “gives fresh poetic insight into the city.”  http://www.davidddownie.com/ for details. 6pm.  Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post St, SF.  415.393.0114 or http://www.milibrary.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 12, 2011.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS, PARIS:  JOURNEY INTO THE CITY OF LIGHT. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is now part of the “Armchair Traveler” series at Broadway Books. Updated, expanded and redesigned, it includes over 30 striking, B&W photographs of Paris by Alison Harris and a foreword by Diane Johnson. Legendary travel writer Jan Morris called Paris, Paris “Perhaps the most evocative American book about Paris since A Moveable Feast.” The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s “beautifully written and refreshingly original.” The Chicago Tribune notes that “The delightful and insightful essays in “Paris, Paris” meld history, atmosphere and observations on Paris places, Paris people and Paris phenomena.” Departures magazine observes that Paris, Paris “gives fresh poetic insight into the city.”  http://www.davidddownie.com/ for details. 7 PM.  Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez St., SF.

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!

May 28, 2011.  UN DEUX TROIS will be in concert along with Tango master musicians,TRIO GARUFA, in a concert of music from Argentina and France.  Un Deux Trois offers traditional dance music from the central regions of France, Bal Musette from the cafes of Paris, original compositions true to the French music tradition, and song.  Trio Garufa specializes in Tango music from Argentina.  The Glaser Center • 547 Mendocino Ave • Santa Rosa.  Saturday • May 28th • 8:00PM.  http://www.parisskies.com/music/Trio_Garufa_&_Un_Deux_Trois_in_Concert_May_28th,_2011.html for details.

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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