April 21-30, 2011

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April Events

April 20-27, 2011. SWISS AUTHOR, FILMMAKER AND LITERARY ADVOCATE PKW (Peter K. Wehrli) at UC-Berkeley.  Sponsored by the Cultural Foreign Policy Center of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, celebrated Swiss author, filmmaker, and literary advocate Peter K. Wehrli, universally known as PKW, is spending a week in residency at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Wehrli will engage in a number of events, open to the public, listed below.  April 20th, 6-7 p.m. Dwinelle B4 UC BerkeleyScreening of the film Kniefall und Fallturm. by Peter K. Wehrli, about the relationship of German-speaking Swiss authors vis-à-vis Germany. April 22nd, 1-2.30 p.m. Dwinelle 282 UC BerkeleyLecture: "The Catalog as a Literary Genre" Peter K. Wehrli presents his book 'Der Katalog von Allem' and speaks about the catalogue as a literary genre.  April 27th, 12-2pm Dwinelle 282 UC BerkeleyDiscussion: On the specificities of German-Swiss literature in comparison with literature from Germany and Austria April 27th, 5.30-7pm 201 Moses UC Berkeley"Swiss Evening" A discussion on Swiss identity from a political and a cultural perspective, featuring Swiss Consul General Julius F. Anderegg and author Peter K. Wehrli. Reception to follow. Events supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

April 21, 2011.  ZOFO DUET, a four-handed piano organization composed of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, performs in the UC Chancellor’s Concert Series, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco.  Works for piano 4 hands by Peter Child, John Corigliano, Maurice RAVEL, and Harold Shapero, 12pm.  www.zofoduet.com

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.  Also, from Switzerland: DRAWING RESTRAINT 17 (Switzerland, 2010).

Opening April 22, 2011.  LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER.  Set in the high courts of France in 1562, while civil war rages between Catholics and Protestants, this sumptuous new historical romance by veteran filmmaker BERTRAND TAVERNIER focuses on a beautiful young aristocrat who is loved by many men. Mélanie Thierry stars as Marie, forced into an arranged marriage with a young prince (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) although remaining passionate about her rakish suitor Henri (Gaspard Ulliel). When King Charles IX sends his nobles to fight the Protestants, Marie is tutored by the Comte de Chabannes, who lost his own property after throwing down his sword and renouncing war. Chabannes succumbs to her charms, even as the Duc d'Anjou (Raphaël Personnaz), the future King Henry III, also falls in love with her. Director Tavernier weaves a robust tale of sexual desire and heated rivalry while rendering a vivid, authentic world burdened by strict codes of religion, politics and behavior. In French with English subtitles. Writers: Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau, Bertrand Tavernier. Director: Bertrand Tavernier. (France 2010) 139 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

April 22, 2011.  MAN ON THE TRAIN.  A retired teacher and a bank robber cross paths in this poignant fable about destiny and friendship. 90 min.  Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor. www.milibrary.org or rsvp@milibrary.org or 415.393.0100 for details.

April 22, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO perform in Newark/Fremont, The Hilton, The Retromaniax, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark CA, 94560, 510.490.8390.  For detailed info about the gig, please visit our calendar page at:  www.fourgo.com/calendar.html 

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 & 23, 2011.  OTHELLO 11.  French director and performer, Astrid Bas, directs a new, bilingual version of Shakespeare’s classic, at Zspace / Theater Artaud. In this intense experimental workshop, a Franco-American cast of eight actors revisit Othello.  In Othello11, the actors adventure in uncharted territory, a space between two languages: French and English are used simultaneously in the script. Let’s pretend that Desdemona was from Paris, Othello from New York, and Iago somewhere in between...This contemporary approach incredibly enhances the poetics of each language (sounds, rhythm), so that, beyond the impeccable tragic action, this project invites us to contemplate the independent life of words. After only 11 days of work, the public is invited to see the first stage of an ambitious work in progress, which will eventually be fully produced in France and in the US.  Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco.  www.zspace.org

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.  CHEW ON THIS with CARA BLACK. Chew on This - an evening of fine wine, food and conversation with Bay Area authors  to benefit the Sonoma County Library system and the Sonoma County Book Festival.  Authors include:  Tiffany Baker • Jill Hunting • Michael David Lukas C.D. Payne • CARA BLACK • Dianne Jacob Kathryn Ma • Michelle Richmond • Meg Waite Clayton Adair Lara • Shana Mahaffey • Francine Rivers Katherine Ellison • Buzzy Martin • Adrienne McDonnell. Saturday, April 23 at Central Library, downtown Santa Rosa.  Individual tickets $100 - Table sponsorships $750.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres • Book Signing Silent Auction • Dinner with the Authors.

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 23, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO perform in Newark/Fremont, The Hilton, The Retromaniax, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark CA, 94560, 510.490.8390.  For detailed info about the gig, please visit our calendar page at:  www.fourgo.com/calendar.html 

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.  CARA BLACK discusses 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 Reading and interview for KPFA 94.1 FM Bookwaves radio show taping at Pegasus Bookstore @7PM 1855 Solano Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707(510) 525-6888.

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, 2011.  ZOFO DUET, a four-handed piano organization composed of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, performs in the Noontime Concerts series at Old St. Mary's Church, 660 California Street, San Francisco.  Works for piano 4 hands by MAURICE RAVEL, Johannes Brahms, and Harold Shaper.  12:30pm.  www.zofoduet.com

April 26, 2011.  LES VISITEURS / THE VISITORS (dir. Jean-Marie POIRÉ, 1993).  After saving the life of the king, Godefroy, Count of Apprement and Papincourt is promised the hand of his beloved, Frénégonde de Pouille.  On his way to the castle, Godefroy is drugged, hallucinates, and accidentally kills the father of his fiancée.  To correct his mistake, Godefroy asks a wizard to send him back in time, but the spell instead sends him and his servant, Jacquouille la Fripouille, from the 12th century to the 20th century.  The pair land in France in 1992 where they must adjust to modern culture and find a way home!  Shot in the castles of Ermenonville and Beynac, the film is as scenic as it is comedic.  Les Visiteurs was number one at the box office in 1993 and is an absolute must-see movie!  107 min. | In French and Bambara with English subtitles.  www.afsf.com for details.

April 26, 2011.  L’UNION DES FRANÇAIS DE L’ETRANGER vous propose UNE SOIREE  « SECURITE».  Pour vous informer sur le rôle des autorités françaises et le support qu’elles offriraient dans le cas d’un cataclysme.  Pour vous informer sur le rôle des autorités locales américaines, sur les moyens mis en œuvre par celles-ci et leurs recommandations. Pour vous permettre de poser des questions aux autorités compétentes.  Pour faciliter le réseautage entre résidents français.  Nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir :  Mme Corinne Pereira, Consul Général Adjoint qui représentera le Consulat de France ; Ms Kaity Booth, CORE Emergency Planning Coordinator (Oakland Fire Department); M. Khin Chin   Berkeley CERT coordinator M. Brian Lackzlo, architecte spécialiste en “retrofitting” ; Ms Leslie Williams Silbergh animatrice d’un réseau de voisinage. Ça n’arrive pas qu’aux autres. Prenons exemple sur les japonais   SOYONS PRETS.  Merci de bien vouloir RSVP auprès de :  Vilma Bellone, Tel : (415) 751-3563  Ou de vous inscrire sur notre site www.ufesf.org, en cliquant sur notre « formulaire de contact » et en indiquant votre participation à l’évènement.  18h30 à l’Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley 1009 Heinz street (at 9th street), Berkeley CA 94710

April 26, 2011.  GATOR BEAT plays Cajun/Zydeco at Ashkenaz.  Going strong for two decades now, Gator Beat   plays full-tilt dance party music. The group's mostly original songs are powered   by its own gumbo of dance rhythms: a blend of Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, a touch  of New Orleans funk, and, as the band itself proclaims, "a beat that bites." Tunes  come from the seven Gator Beat recordings, including the recent "Let's Dance" CD   with fresh originals and the band's reworkings of tunes by Sonny Landreth and Buckwheat  Zydeco. Gator Beat is a culturally and stylistically mixed crew, with Zydeco Flames  founder Bruce Gordon on accordion, guitarist Randy Quan, bassist Linda Hutchinson,  washboard player Willard Blackwell, drummer Beau Bradbury, and Australia native   David Scott on saxophone, pennywhistle, and percussion.    Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show   at 8:30 pm    $10    www.ashkenaz.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.  THE KING’S WAY (PART I):  THE SUN-KING & MADAME DE MAINTENON.    A presentation by the Historia French club.  This lavish period piece portrays the incredible social rise of Françoise d’Aubigné (1635-1719), an impoverished girl without a dowry, forced, at age 16, to marry the crippled poet Paul Scarron, 25 years her senior. After his death, and without a widow’s pension, she gained employment at the court of Versailles, raising the illegitimate children of Madame de Montespan, the king’s mistress.   Françoise, later known as Madame de Maintenon, eventually replaced her, even becoming Louis XIV’s morganatic spouse. See, on the magnificent grounds of Versailles, the political and sexual intrigues taking place everyday at the court of the Sun-King.   A film full of suspense and sensuous beauty by Nina Companéez (1995), after the best-selling book by Françoise de Chandernagor, L’allée du Roi (1981 —a fictitious memoir of Madame de Maintenon).   In French, with English subtitles.   Because of its length, this made-for-TV film will be shown in two parts. It will be presented in French by CCSF instructor Renée Morel, and followed by a discussion.   Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room, as latecomers disturb everybody.  The second part of this movie will be shown on Thursday, May 12, 2011  (same time, same place).  6:30 — 9:00 PM Castro Campus, Everett Middle School (Room 232) 450 Church Street (between 16th & 17th Streets).

April 28, 2011.  LAST THURSAY MEET-UP FOR LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Our April Last-Thursday of the month Meetup is up! Hope you can join us this month. Click here to see more and to RSVP:  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/17223634/  7:00 PM, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415.433.4434RSVP limit: 70 "Yes" RSVPs.

April 28, 2011.  AFRICOMBO plays Caribbean/Haitian/Reggae at Ashkenaz.  Mr. G, the Haitian-born co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol, now leads his AfriCombo,  pumping out lilting, infectious Afro-Haitian dance rhythms. AfriCombo brings together  veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms  and styles from the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically,  they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley,  Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. Along with guitarist-singer  Mr. G, AfriCombo is bassist Mfalme Nguni, singer Cerise B, guitarists Paul "Pablo"  Burton and DaProb, and drummers/percussionists Wilfredo Wilson, Issa, Alpha Lewis,  and Kunde.  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm  $10  www.ashenaz.com for details. 

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 14, 2011.  LA BELLE HELENE by JACQUES OFFENBACH, at the Cinnabar!  Cinnabar Young Rep presents the hilarious adventures of the beautiful Helen of Troy, her idiot suitor Paris and her spouse-in-louse Menelas in Jacques Offenbach's La Belle Helene April 29, 30; May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30pm May 8 and 15 at 2:00 $10 All Tickets! Call 707.763.8920 or purchase online.  http://www.cinnabartheater.org/ for details.

Young Repsters. 707.763.8920 or  http://cinnabartheater.org for details.

April 30, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO perform in Livermore, Livermore Wine Country Festival,  The Combo.  For detailed info about the gig, please visit our calendar page at:  www.fourgo.com/calendar.html 

April 30, 2011.  PETANQUE WITH THE VALLEY OF THE MOON PETANQUE CLUB.  Are you interested in playing pétanque or learning to play? Saturday, April 30, is the Valley of the Moon Petanque Club's annual new membership event, so all are welcome, including kids who want to play!  The courts are just off the square in Sonoma; the day begins at 10 a.m. and goes till the afternoon, a casual lunch is offered for $10 per person and it's $5 to play.  You're paired with someone who has played before if you want, it's very relaxed and always a nice day out of door.  If the newcomer signs up for a VOMPC membership, the team whole will get their entrance fees refunded!  More info on the attached flyer. Here's a bit more info on the club, and a map: http://vompc.org/.

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 .

April 30, 2011.  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL ANNUAL SHORT FILM SCREENING.  We will present an eclectic collection of premieres of the newest French short films as well as a selection of favorites from previous Festival editions! All films are presented in French with English subtitles. Stay tuned for more information.  7pm at the Verge Gallery.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

Through 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.

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 Society. Also, from Switzerland: DRAWING RESTRAINT 17 (Switzerland, 2010). April 21-May 5, 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

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; Embarcadero, 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; Opera Plaza, SF. 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.

MAN ON THE TRAIN.  A retired teacher and a bank robber cross paths in this poignant fable about destiny and friendship. 90 min.  Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor. www.milibrary.org or rsvp@milibrary.org or 415.393.0100 for details. April 22, 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 Clay, SF; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Shattuck, Berkeley; Piedmont; UA Stonestown, San Francisco.

LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER.  Set in the high courts of France in 1562, while civil war rages between Catholics and Protestants, this sumptuous new historical romance by veteran filmmaker BERTRAND TAVERNIER focuses on a beautiful young aristocrat who is loved by many men. Mélanie Thierry stars as Marie, forced into an arranged marriage with a young prince (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) although remaining passionate about her rakish suitor Henri (Gaspard Ulliel). When King Charles IX sends his nobles to fight the Protestants, Marie is tutored by the Comte de Chabannes, who lost his own property after throwing down his sword and renouncing war. Chabannes succumbs to her charms, even as the Duc d'Anjou (Raphaël Personnaz), the future King Henry III, also falls in love with her. Director Tavernier weaves a robust tale of sexual desire and heated rivalry while rendering a vivid, authentic world burdened by strict codes of religion, politics and behavior. In French with English subtitles. Writers: Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau, Bertrand Tavernier. Director: Bertrand Tavernier. (France 2010) 139 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. Opening April 29, 2011! 

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

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

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

Through April 28, 2011.  LE MOT ET LA MAIN / WORD ON HAND.  Word on Hand / Le mot et la mainA nostalgie for world of the written word by Dominique CARON.  The abstract paintings of Dominique CARON are on display in the gallery of the Alliance Française de San Francisco April 1st-28th, 2011. In this series Word on Hand / Le mot et la main, A nostalgie for world of the written word, CARON uses calligraphed and truncated word images in two languages, French and English, reflective of her two overlapping cultures.  Having learned to write with pen and ink at age 5, Dominique says that writing revealed itself to be very challenging. Every word had to be seated gracefully, precisely on a line, politely spaced and never ever marred by "The Spot", the original sin of spilled ink ... Now the pain of handwriting has gone ... but where is the grace of the hand? Dominique believes painters often take interest in painting what is disappearing from their world. The interaction of hand, brush, or pen and paper is being replaced by digital text and typing; the idea stays, but not its trace.  She combines different mediums including paint, sand, Japanese paper, canvas, gauze and other tools such as hand made brushes, sticks, and spatulas to "leave the marks that will talk to our eyes."  A student of the École des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux, Dominique CARON maintains a studio in San Francisco as well as in France.  www.afsf.com for details.

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 

April 25-June 18, 2011.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO SPRING SESSION.  Spring into the French language !  Conveniently located in downtown San Francisco on Nob Hill, the AFSF offers French language classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level students with the option to concentrate on conversation, grammar, or thematic studies.   The classes are petites, the professors are extraordinaires, and the learning is très amusant ! The next session begins in just over a week on Monday, April 25th and lasts eight weeks.   Get started by taking a free placement test at AFSF or online then go ahead and enroll at 415.775.7755 or on our website, www.afsf.com.

May-June 2011.  AMBROISE VOLLARD: UN MARCHAND D'ART ET SES TRÉSORS.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par Renée Morel.  (8 semaines.)  Lorsqu'il ouvre boutique à Paris en 1893, Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) est un  nouveau venu dans le monde du marché de l'art. Il va en devenir l'un des plus puissants  acteurs. Audacieux dans ses choix, cet esthète se passionne pour des artistes raillés  par le public, tel Manet, Degas ou Gauguin. C'est lui qui organise les premières  expositions de van Gogh et de Cézanne, des peintres nabis ou encore du jeune Picasso.  Vollard a donc joué un rôle fondamental dans la reconnaissance et la diffusion d'artistes  majeurs.     Redoutable négociateur (il réussit se constituer un stock important en achetant à bas prix),  Vollard sait se montrer patient. il a le génie du commerce et sait promouvoir ses artistes  en les exposant régulièrement, ce qui ne manque pas de faire monter leur cote. Bibliophile passionné, il se lancera plus tard dans l'édition de livres illustrés combinant textes classiques  ou, au contraire, inédits, et grands artistes modernes. L'avant-garde doit véritablement  tout à cet homme doté d'une intuition et d'un sens esthétique exceptionnel.     Venez découvrir les mille et une transactions d'Ambroise Vollard et ses trésors!   8 weeks (May 4- June 22, 2011).  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON).  $250. Discounts for early birds ($215) as well as for French Class members ($240).    THE FRENCH CLASS    500 Sutter Street (at Powell)  Suite 310  San Francisco, CA 94102  TEL: (415) 362.3666  FAX: (415) 362.4334  http://www.frenchclass.com/

May 21, 2011.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE  presented by DOMINIQUE BREMOND. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. It will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation.  10:00 to 11:00 a.m. - the 7 basic sounds and nasals.  11:00 to noon - combinations of vowels and special sounds.  12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (wine and cheese) - liaisons, intonations and rhythm.  1:00 to 2:00 p.m. - contractions and spoken French.  Space is limited. Please sign up early. Merci!  Level 1 to 3 students may sign up for half of the intensive if space allow.   http://www.frenchclass.com/

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.

August 22-26, 2011.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE : AUGUST 22 to 26, at THE FRENCH CLASS.   A great way to practice your French before going to France.  All levels are offered (separately). Classes are 3 hours per day, either in the morning (9 to 12) or afternoon (1 to 4) or evening (6 to 9). 15 hours of instruction for $275 or $25 off ($250) if you pay before August 15.  To sign up now, please call us at 415.362.3666 or email: Info@frenchclass.com for more information.  THE FRENCH CLASS, http://www.frenchclass.com/

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, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Jackson Rancheria Hot Jazz Party, Jackson.  Our first appearance at this annual event. Jackson Rancheria, 12222 New York Ranch Rd., Jackson. Event starts at 10:00am; Our set is at around 2:00 pm. Information and tickets: www.jacksoncasino.com or 209.223.1677.  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com .

May 1, 2011. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE. Meet other internationally-minded Europeans and Europhiles in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are very welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

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, 2011.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  La date de notre proochaine reunion sera le lundi 2 mai, 7pm ish, pour la discussion de la nouvelle LA REVEUSE D’OSTENDE de Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. berenicevlm@yahoo.com

May 2, 2011.  DBF with ERIC BENHAMOU Eric Benhamou - Sofitel, Redwood Shores.  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.  www.faccsf.com or www.dbf.net for details.

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, 2011.  L’ATELIER BNP PARIBAS and the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE sponsor CONFERENCE ON SILICON VALLEY TRENDS.     SystematicPRIMEHubTech21La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de ParisThe French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, and L' Atelier BNP Paribas, are pleased to invite you to a conference on Silicon Valley Trends.  To keep up with sudden recent economic and technological changes, Silicon Valley is moving at a fast pace. To help you envision the Valley’s future, our panel of experts will give you their appraisal on the area’s main trends.    Our panelists for the event are:  Jeff Clavier, Angel Investor and Founder of SoftTechVC  - Georges Nahon, CEO, Orange Labs  - Loic Le Meur, Founder of Seesmic   -  Mike Masnick, CEO and Founder of Techdirt  - Myles Weissleder, founder of the SF New Tech Meetup (moderator)  6:30 pm to 9:00pm  L’Atelier BNP Paribas   2325 3rd Street  Suite 231  San Francisco, CA 94107. Price:20$ for members / 30$ for guests.   www.faccsf.com for details.

May 3, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.ashkenaz.com For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

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 5-8, 2011.  PORTEÀPORTE, QUATRE PIÈCES COURTES  de  ROLAND DAVID VALAYRE & MARION LOVINGER.  Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, 66 Page St., San Francisco.  Information:  510.459.5145. 

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 7, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Cascade Theatre, Redding.  Our first appearance at this beautiful Performing Arts Center! Don't miss this one!  1731 Market St., Redding. 7:30 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.cascadetheatre.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

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

May 10, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents ENERGY:  CRISIS OR OPPORTUNITY?  Energy: crisis or opportunity? Exploring the value of active energy and carbon management.  Come and hear from a panel of experts about the importance of active energy and carbon management at the global and local levels, the risks and implications involved with lack of active management, as well as the opportunities and benefits companies and countries can reap from focusing on this issue.  You can learn how to apply some of the initiatives and tools discussed by our distinguished panelists to benefit your own organizations. www.faccsf.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.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents ATTORNEY BOOT CAMP.  Elsa Berry, Esq. of the San Francisco/Paris law firm Beker Berry, will present a breakfast seminar on legal issues surrounding ex-patriot status in the United States. If you would like to speak to Ms. Berry for a few minutes individually after the presentation, you may pre-register with us at 415-442-4717 or at Veronique@faccsf.com.  Because space is limited, we are capping registration at 15 people, so please register early!  www.faccsf.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 12, 2011.  THE KING’S WAY (PART II).  A presentation by the Historia French club.  This lavish period piece portrays the incredible social rise of Françoise d’Aubigné (1635-1719), an impoverished girl without a dowry, forced, at age 16, to marry the crippled poet Paul Scarron, 25 years her senior. After his death, and without a widow’s pension, she gained employment at the court of Versailles, raising the illegitimate children of Madame de Montespan, the king’s mistress.   Françoise, later known as Madame de Maintenon, eventually replaced her, even becoming Louis XIV’s morganatic spouse. See, on the magnificent grounds of Versailles, the political and sexual intrigues taking place everyday at the court of the Sun-King.   A film full of suspense and sensuous beauty by Nina Companéez (1995), after the best-selling book by Françoise de Chandernagor, L’allée du Roi (1981 —a fictitious memoir of Madame de Maintenon).   In French, with English subtitles.   Because of its length, this made-for-TV film will be shown in two parts. It will be presented in French by CCSF instructor Renée Morel, and followed by a discussion.   Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room, as latecomers disturb everybody.  The first part of this movie will be shown on April 28, 2011  (same time, same place).  6:30 — 9:00 PM Castro Campus Everett Middle School (Room 232) 450 Church Street (between 16th & 17th Streets).

May 12, 2011.  SOIREE-CONFERENCE de LEONARD PITT à Santa Rosa.  Leonard Pitt, auteur de Paris : A Journey Through Time (version française : Paris : Un voyage dans le temps) présente son livre en français   Leonard Pitt, acteur de théâtre et fondateur d’une école de comédiens à San Francisco, a une véritable passion pour Paris. A partir de photos anciennes et contemporaines, il nous révèle certains des changements qui se sont produits dans la Ville des Lumières au fil des années, dans des quartiers tels que Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Opéra, Beaubourg et les Halles. Il fera vraiment revivre le vieux Paris sous nos yeux. Après la conférence, on pourra acheter un exemplaire de son livre soit en anglais soit en français. Leonard est également auteur de Walks Though Lost Paris et Paris Postcards - The Golden Age. Venez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée d’histoire et de photos de Paris, de discussions animées avec le conférencier, et un verre de vin après sa présentation.   Entrée gratuite (AFSR acceptera les donations au bar).  7h à Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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

May 13-15, 2011.  SWISS-BORN CHOREOGRAPHER KAT WORTHINGTON at Z Space.  Kat Worthington, a Swiss-born choreographer and the leader of Copious Dance Theater, will present her latest world-premiere dance for the company, SECRET’S LAMENT, May 13-15 at San Francisco's Z Space (formerly Theatre Artaud).  Choreographed by Worthington herself, this work features live music by award-winning vocalist and composer Katy Stephan. With a dance style that is powerful and athletic, Copious Dance Theater brings a total of four works to stage including Portals of Grace and a new work choreographed by two-time Lester Horton award winner Rogelio Lopez called Little Voices.  Z Space, 450 Florida St., SF.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.copiousdance.org.

May 15, 2011. EUROPEAN EXPATS GATHERING. Socialize with fellow Europeans in a stylish lounge bar. If you are from Europe and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, compare notes on life in America, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are very welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends"

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 18, 2011.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents FRENCH-AMERICAN OPPORTUNITIES.   The French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco and Nixon Peabody LLP are pleased to invite you to a conference focusing on French-American IP opportunities.  www.faccsf.com for details.

May 19, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.  Part of the Crocker Art Museum's Concert Series. 216 O St., Sacramento. 6:00 pm.  Information: www.crockerartmuseum.org For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

May 19, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE BIOPHARMA INDUSTRYVenue to be confirmed – Peninsula.  With both large and small biopharmaceutical under pressure, the industry has gotten more creative and more aggressive in negotiating business deals that offer conditional payments, reduce burn rate for research or clinical programs, preserve options or secure strategic pipelines.  Please join our panel for a discussion on how biopharma business development is approaching the challenges created by the new scientific, economic and geographical environment.  www.faccsf.com for details.

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 21, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, Castro Valley.  A beautiful Performing Arts Center in the East Bay! 19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley. 7:30 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.cvartsfoundation.org  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.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 23, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents EXECUTIFS ANONYMES. San Francisco.  Meeting by invitation only – Please contact us at events@faccsf.comThe ExAn (Executifs Anonymes) were created in light of the fact that life as a CEO is a lonely experience. By joining this group, they can meet and share experiences, discuss issues they share. Two groups gather once a month, one in San Francisco, and the other in San Jose.  www.faccsf.com for details.

May 24, 2011.  KATE ROYAL, soprano, and CHRIS GLYNN, piano, perform THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a love story told through song, including works by FAURE, DEBUSSY, and more.  Herbst Theater SF Performances.  415.392.2545 or http://www.sfperformances.org for details.

May 24, 2011.  COLIN VALLON TRIO.  The world-renowned Swiss jazz group the Colin Vallon Trio is touring the US in support of its latest album, Rruga, from ECM Records. The group, about which JazzWise writes, "Exposing musical meaning is all to this band and the means they use to achieve it is never less than fascinating," will play high-profile dates at Yoshi's Oakland and as part of PDX Jazz.  Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA.  www.yoshis.com/oakland

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 26, 2011.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents EUROPEAN NETWORKING MIXER, Cooley Godward, Palo Alto.  Registration will open on May 1stThe European Chambers of Commerce invite you to join them for yet another great European Networking event.This is an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere!  www.faccsf.com for details.

May 27-30, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at THE SACRAMENTO JAZZ JUBILEE!!!   This is one of our favorite annual events, the Big Kahuna of the Traditional Jazz Festival circuit! Dozens of great bands in venues all over Sacramento, with music from morning 'til Midnight! This year our hero, Tom Rigney, will be crowned Emperor of the 2011 Jazz Jubilee and much merriment will ensue!  We will play ten sets over the four days, showtimes TBA. This is one of the great parties of the year and, if you love great music, you should plan to attend.  Information and tickets: www.sacjazz.com  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

May 27-June 5, 2011. LE THEATRE DU COIN presents BOEING-BOEING! Bernard a trois maîtresses. Toutes trois sont hôtesses de l'air et travaillent pour des compagnies différentes. Au prix d'une gestion sourcilleuse de son emploi du temps, Bernard parvient à les faire défiler dans son appartement sans qu'elles ne se rencontrent jamais. Un jour, pourtant, son ingénieux système se grippe. Les trois demoiselles débarquent en même temps. L'heure des révélations et des portes qui claquent a sonné...du pur vaudeville. Un monument de théâtre français. Boeing Boeing est la comédie française la plus jouée du monde. La pièce de Marc Camoletti a atteint un succès record avec plus de 10 000 représentations en France. Nolwenn Le Bras, Jean-Marc Parmentier, Judith Rapoport, Rebecca Scholl, Pierre-Xavier Thomas, Valerie Zelle. Mise en Scène : ElpisReprésentations. Historic Hoover Theatre 1635 Park Avenue, San Jos, Vendredi 27 Mai a 20:00h Samedi 28 Mai a 14:00h et 20:00h OR EXIT Theatre 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, Vendredi 3 Juin a 20:00h Samedi 4 Juin a 20:00h Dimanche 5 Juin a 14:00h et 19:00h. http://www.theatreducoin.com/

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.

May 29, 2011. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE. Meet other internationally-minded Europeans and Europhiles in a convivial cross-cultural atmosphere. If you feel cosmopolitan and want to make interesting new friends, have substantial conversations, practice your language skills or just have fun, come join us! Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you want. You'll discover a friendly group. Newcomers are very welcome. Come on your own or with a friend. Find out the details and sign up for this San Francisco event at http://www.bafoe.org. BAY AREA FRIENDS OF EUROPE "Where Europeans and Europhiles can meet and make friends.”

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 16-22, 2011.  GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY TO PARIS!  Join us this summer for an unforgettable Girlfriends' Getaway to "Eat, Pray, Shop." Take in Paris from the Eiffel tower at sunset. Savor fine French cuisine at a number of Paris hotspots. Explore the city’s most notable museums, churches and neighborhoods with knowledgeable local guides. Meander through Monet's gardens at Giverny and enjoy a picnic while watching the fountain show at Versailles. Shop till you drop at fashion-filled shopping promenades and then learn some of Paris' chef secrets at famed cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu. Sound intriguing? Learn more and sign up at: http://www.worldbeyondtours.com/Paris-Womens-Trip.html

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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