May 19-27, 2011

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May Events

May 18 & 19, 2011.  YELLE AND FRENCH HORN REBELLION.  Yelle is a French band founded by lead singer and namesake, Yelle and GrandMarnier. A third member, Tepr, joined the band before the recording of their debut album. The band came to prominence whn they posted an early version of the song "Je veux te voir" on Myspace in September 2005, which later reached the top five in France. Their debut album, Pop Up was released in 2007. French Horn Rebellion announce the release of their brand new EP “This Moment” worldwide on 22nd November 2010 through Once Upon A Time Records / French Horn Rebellion. The EP is the band's first release since the Beaches & Friends EP earlier this year and features two original brand new tracks alongside three remixes. Wednesday May 18 / Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz; Thurday May 19 / Regency  Ballroom, 1290 Sutter Street, san Francisco.  http://www.theregencyballroom.com

May 19, 2011.  OPENING RECEPTION for MAI – LE VOYAGE, an exhibition of new paintings by DEAN HUNSAKER.  This exhibition is based on numerous visits to France over the past decade. Part cultural discovery and part homage, the paintings include a mix of traditional still life and landscape genres, such as the iconic café au lait bowls, fleur de lys, red poppies and sun flowers.  A regional palette of colors is used, while the surfaces are heavily layered and distressed to give an aged or timeworn appearance, in a nod to the rich history and art from this region. Some works incorporate pages torn from discarded books in French. www.deanarts.com  Please join us for a soirée rendez-vous with Dean; Bring friends and enjoy a glass of wine or two, art, and French conversation.   Donations appreciated.  Jeudi 19 Mai à 18h30 | Thu., May 19th, 6:30pm, Alliance Francaise San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, 415-775-7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

May 19, 2011.  SHOUROUK at LA BOUTIQUE.  We are thrilled to invite you to the opening of a unique exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary French Jewelry designer Shourouk. Get a peek inside her fantastical world, her inspirations and designs.  6pm to 8:30pm.  414 Jackson Street, SF.  RSVP to 510.540.0209 or rsvp@rubypr.com.

May 19, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO and THE COMBO, featuring Jason Bellekes on reeds, perform at San Jose, Morocco's Moroccan Restaurant.

May 19, 2011.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN BIO-PHARMA INDUSTRY.  The French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco is pleased to invite you to a new conference of the Life Science Committee.  While a large number of blockbuster drugs are coming off-patent from 2007-2012 (with a loss of a revenue of more than $ 60 billion in combined annual sales) and because of economic hardship,driving governments to reduce health related spending, companies have taken measures to anticipate the decline of top line revenue. In addition to – and sometimes in replacement to – internal R&D investments the biopharmaceutical industry has intensified its reliance on M&A, in and out licensing, or externalization of R & D, in particular with academia. Meanwhile, the recent financial environment has upset the balance of big pharma putting its cash to work to compete for scarce and highly desirable assets from biotech/smaller and more innovative companies, leaving the later more vulnerable as other funding options dwindled.  With both large and small biopharmaceutical under pressures, 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.  Our panelists are as follows:- Christophe Degois, Executive Director - Business Development, Nektar- Sylvaine Cases, Director External Innovation, Sannofi-Aventis.  3pm  301 Velocity Way (crossing E Third ave. /Lakeside dr.) Gilead Room: Building 301 - 1st Floor Foster City, CA 94404-1147.  http://www.faccsf.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=173

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 20, 2011.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm.  You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.   Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.  info@afberkeley.org

May 20, 2011.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents LES INVASIONS BARBARES.  A 2003 film directed by Denys Arcand,  The Barbarian Invasions won France's 2004 César Award for Best Picture and Best Director plus the César Award for Best Original Screenplay.  Online Price: $12.00 Adults - $10.00 Seniors - $8.00 Students Door  Price: $14.00 Adults - $12.00 Seniors - $10.00 Students Fidelity Cards for 5 movies $48.00 Adults - $40 for Seniors - $32.00 Students.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details.

May 20, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO and THE COMBO, featuring Jason Bellekes on reeds, perform at San Jose, Teske's Germania (German Restaurant).

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 21, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO perform at Kenwood, Landmark Vineyards.

May 21, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO and THE COMBO, featuring Jason Bellekes on reeds, perform at Sunnyvale, Faultline Brewery.

May 21-31, 2011.  SPECIAL OFFER TO SEE SFMOMA’s THE STEINS COLLECT.  On behalf of our friends at SFMOMA, we are delighted to invite you to be among the first to see The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Gardeand get a 20% discount on tickets.  Arriving in Paris from the Bay Area at the turn of the 20th century, writer Gertrude Stein and her family changed the course of art history with their taste for the avant-garde. This landmark exhibition reunites the Steins’ unparalleled art collections for the first time in a generation, including iconic works by their friends and bohemian peers Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many others. Together with its accompanying multimedia tour, The Steins Collect offers a rare, in-depth encounter with the artworks and the extraordinary people behind the birth of modern art.  Use promo code FCCS when you book your tickets online for attendance dates between May 21 and 31. Your exclusive 20% discount is valid for online purchase only.  SFMOMA, 151 Third St., San Francisco.  www.sfmoma.org.

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.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS CONCERT includes DURUFLE’s  REQUIEM (version for organ and chorus).  4pm.  www.sfsymphony.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.  LES AMIS DE MARIN.  Le team des Amis de Marin se réjouit de vous accueillir le Lundi 23 Mai 2011 à 19 heures sur le bateau de John.  Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre Français, échanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis.  Vous pouvez amener vos amis même s’ils parlent peu le Français.  Amenez quelque chose à boire ou à manger pour partager avec tout le monde.   Merci.//  “Les Amis de Marin” team is pleased to invite you Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 7PM on John’s house boat.   Come meet other francophone, practice your French, exchange information, or just have good time between friends.  Your friends are welcome even if they speak little French.  Please bring something to drink and or to eat to share with everyone.  Thanks. lesamisdemarin@yahoo.com  Mobile:   415-297-2023

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 24, 2011.  PARIS 36.  Films avec Gérard Jugnot.  Alliance Française San Francisco.  à 18h45 (at 6:45pm) au théâtre AFSF, 1345 Bush Street - San Francisco CA  Please join us for wine, cinéma, and conversation !  Suggested $5 Donation per person.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

May 24, 2011.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco  purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. Recently celebrating its  20th anniversary on the dance circuit, MotorDude Zydeco is powered by the hardest-working  man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays  accordion for MDZ - along with lead singer and rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, drummer  and singer Willy Jordan, guitarist John Graham, and bassist Dennis Calloway. The   band takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion   player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.    Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show   at 8:30 pm  $10  www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

May 25, 2011.  SOIRÉE ÉDOUARD GLISSANT Á L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Come join us for an enlightening and informative presentation on the life and works of Édouard Glissant, the late essayist and author from Martinique whose works primarily addressed themes of racism, colonialism, and the legacy of slavery.  Elizabeth Boyi, from Stanford University’s French and Comparative Literature departments, will host the program and will animate the discussion that follows over a glass of wine and delicious refreshments.    1345 Bush Street, between Polk St. and Larkin St., SF.  6 :30 p.m. -- Lecture and Discussion; 7 :00 p.m. -- Refreshments and Conversation.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

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

May 26, 2011.  MEET-UP AT THE HOTEL REX FOR LES AMI(E)S  FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7:00 PM  Hotel Rex  562 Sutter St   San Francisco, CA 94102   415.433.4434  RSVP limit: 70 "Yes" RSVPs  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/18650511/ 

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.

Opening May 27, 2011.  MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, dir. Woody Allen.  A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.  Embarcadero, SF.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details.

Opening May 27, 2011.  L’AMOUR FOU, dir. Pierre THORETTON.  In 1958, the young French-Algerian couturier Yves Saint Laurent met and fell in love with the industrialist and patron Pierre Bergé, forging a relationship that would endure fifty years of extraordinary success, emotional turbulence and lingering devotion. L'AMOUR FOU documents Bergé's personal coming to terms with the death of his lifelong partner through the objects they shared in life.  Landmark Theater, http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details.

May 27, 2011.  CARNIVAL MASQUERADE FETE ORCHESTRA, with Our Boys & Friends Steel Pan Orchestra featuring David Reid & Harry Best.  www.ashkenaz.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.  CASSAND BALLET presents THE FAIRIES, a story ballet in three acts by RODOLPHE CASSAND, after LES FÉES by CHARLES PERRAULT.  Fairies disguised as an elderly woman and a princess test two sisters. The kind girl is rewarded with pearls, roses and diamonds, while the mean one receives toads and snakes..,  A tale by Charles Perrault, recounted in a lively and playful ballet by Rodolphe Cassand, on the music by Henry Desmarest, Charles Gounod, Théodore Gouvy, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Edward MacDowell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ambroise Thomas and others.  Featuring guest artists Shuai Chen and Anton Pankevitch. Sunnyvale Theater, 550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.  Saturday May 28, 2011,  at 2:30 PM and 8:00 PMTickets: $25 General admission, $20 In advance.  Tickets are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com, Capezio (Mountain View), Dancer Dejour (Menlo Park.).  For more information: see www.CassandBallet.com or  cassandballet@gmail.com,  (408)636-3123, (415)505-5659.

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 28, 2011.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO perform at Palo Alto, Cafe Bon Vivant.

May 28, 2011. LAURENT FOURGO and THE COMBO, featuring Jason Bellekes on reeds, perform at San Jose, Morocco's Moroccan Restaurant.

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.”

May 31, 2011.  LE PETIT NICHOLAS.  Films avec Gérard Jugnot.  Alliance Française San Francisco.  à 18h45 (at 6:45pm) au théâtre AFSF, 1345 Bush Street - San Francisco CA  Please join us for wine, cinéma, and conversation !  Suggested $5 Donation per person.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

Through June 5, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL.  The San Francisco International Arts Festival celebrates the arts (dance, music, performing arts, opera, and theater) through an annual gathering that brings together a global community of artists and audiences. The organization presents and produces innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness, understanding and appreciation. We develop long-term relationships with Bay Area artists participating in international collaborative projects and also present ground-breaking artists from around the world, many of whom have rarely or never previously performed in the United States. We seek to engage local and international artists in long-term relationships. Working in this fashion, we present and produce innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness, understanding, and appreciation.  http://www.sfiaf.org/2011Festival/index.html

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.

L’AMOUR FOU, dir. Pierre THORETTON.  In 1958, the young French-Algerian couturier Yves Saint Laurent met and fell in love with the industrialist and patron Pierre Bergé, forging a relationship that would endure fifty years of extraordinary success, emotional turbulence and lingering devotion. L'AMOUR FOU documents Bergé's personal coming to terms with the death of his lifelong partner through the objects they shared in life.  Landmark Theater, http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details. Opening May 27, 2011!

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS. The latest documentary from Werner Herzog once again goes where no filmmaker — or many human beings, for that matter — has gone before: the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a heavily-guarded cavern in Southern France containing the oldest prehistoric artwork on record. Access is highly restricted, but Herzog's 3D study is surely the next best thing to an in-person visit. The eerie beauty of the works leads to a typically Herzog-ian quest to learn more about the primitive culture that produced the paintings; as usual, Herzog's experts have their own quirks (like a circus performer-turned-scientist), and the director's own wry narration is peppered with random pop culture references and existential ponderings. It's all interwoven with footage of crude yet beautiful renderings of horses and rhinos, calcified cave-bear skulls, and other time-capsule peeks at life tens of thousands of years ago. The end result is awe-inspiring. (1:35) SF Center, Sundance Kabuki.

INCENDIES.  Dir. Denis VilleneuveWhen tightly wound émigré Nawal (Luba Azabal) dies, she leaves behind adult twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) — and leaves them documents that only compound their feelings of grief and anger, suggesting that what little they thought they knew about their background might have been a lie. While resentful Simon at first stays home in Montreal, Jeanne travels to fictive "Fuad" (a stand-in for source-material playwright Wajdi Mouawad's native Lebanon), playing detective to piece together decades later the truth of why their mother fled her homeland at the height of its long, brutal civil war. Alternating between present-day and flashback sequences, this latest by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (2000's Maelstrom) achieves an urgent sweep punctuated by moments of shocking violence. Resembling The Kite Runner in some respects as a portrait of the civilian victimization excused by war, it also resembles that work in arguably piling on more traumatic incidences and revelations than one story can bear — though so much here has great impact that a sense of over-contrivance toward the very end only slightly mars the whole. (2:10) Lumiere.   Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2010. Opening May 27! 

LES INVASIONS BARBARES.  A 2003 film directed by Denys Arcand,  The Barbarian Invasions won France's 2004 César Award for Best Picture and Best Director plus the César Award for Best Original Screenplay.  Online Price: $12.00 Adults - $10.00 Seniors - $8.00 Students Door  Price: $14.00 Adults - $12.00 Seniors - $10.00 Students Fidelity Cards for 5 movies $48.00 Adults - $40 for Seniors - $32.00 Students.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ for details. May 20, 2011.

JOUEUSE / QUEEN TO PLAY.  Filmed on the gorgeous isle of Corsica, this enchanting tale of a woman's self-fulfillment stars Sandrine Bonnaire in a quietly luminous performance as Hélène, a hotel chambermaid who observes a guest (Jennifer Beals) playing chess and suddenly develops a passion for a game that she knows nothing about. Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) co-stars as the gruff, reclusive doctor who teaches her how to play chess and, in the process, reawakens his own connection to humanity. Hélène's working-class husband and teenage daughter are chagrined at her obsession with the game, but nevertheless she is driven to succeed. This first feature by Caroline Bottaro carries us on the wings of Hélène's journey and lets us share her love and enthusiasm for the venerable sport. In French with English subtitles. Music: Nicola Piovani. Writer/Director: Caroline Bottaro. (France 2009) 96 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, dir. Woody Allen.  A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.  Embarcadero, SF.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details. Opening May 27, 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!

PARIS 36.  Films avec Gérard Jugnot.  Alliance Française San Francisco.  à 18h45 (at 6:45pm) au théâtre AFSF, 1345 Bush Street - San Francisco CA  Please join us for wine, cinéma, and conversation !  Suggested $5 Donation per person.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details. May 24, 2011!

LE PETIT NICHOLAS.  Films avec Gérard Jugnot.  Alliance Française San Francisco.  à 18h45 (at 6:45pm) au théâtre AFSF, 1345 Bush Street - San Francisco CA  Please join us for wine, cinéma, and conversation !  Suggested $5 Donation per person.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details. May 31, 2011!

POTICHE (dir. François Ozon). When we first meet Catherine Deneuve's Suzanne — the titular trophy wife (or potiche) of Francois Ozon's new airspun comedy — she is on her morning jog, barely breaking a sweat as she huffs and puffs in her maroon Adidas tracksuit, her hair still in curlers. It's 1977 and Suzanne's life as a bourgeois homemaker in a small provincial French town has played out as smoothly as one of her many poly-blend skirt suits: a devoted mother to two grown children and loving wife who turns a blind eye to the philandering of husband Robert (Fabrice Luchini), Suzanne is on the fast track to comfortable irrelevance. All that changes when the workers at Robert's umbrella factory strike and take him hostage. Suzanne, with the help of union leader and old flame Babin (Gerard Depardieu, as big as a house), negotiates a peace, and soon turns around the company's fortunes with her new-found confidence and business savvy. But when Robert wrests back control with the help of a duped Babin, Suzanne does an Elle Woods and takes them both on in a surprise run for political office. True to the film's light théâtre de boulevard source material, Ozon keeps things brisk and cheeky (Suzanne sings with as much ease as she spouts off Women's Lib boilerplate) to the point where his cast's hammy performances start blending into the cheery production design. Satire needs an edge that Potiche, for all its charm, never provides. (1:43) Opera Plaza, Smith Rafael.

LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER. Marie (Mélanie Thierry), the titular figure in French director Bertrand Tavernier's latest, is a young 16th century noblewoman married off to a Prince (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) of great wealth and property. But they've barely met when he's called off to war — leaving her alone on his enormous estate, vulnerable to myriad suitors who seem to be forever throwing themselves at her nubile, neglected body. Lambert Wilson (2010's Of Gods and Men) is touching as the older soldier appointed her protector; he comes to love her, yet is the one man upstanding enough to resist compromising her. If you've been jonesing for the kind of lush arthouse period epic that feels like a big fat classic novel, this engrossing saga from a 70-year-old Gallic cinema veteran in top form will scratch that itch for nearly two and a half satisfyingly tragic-romantic hours. (2:19) Smith Rafael.

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

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 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.

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.

Through June 5, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL.  The San Francisco International Arts Festival celebrates the arts (dance, music, performing arts, opera, and theater) through an annual gathering that brings together a global community of artists and audiences. The organization presents and produces innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness, understanding and appreciation. We develop long-term relationships with Bay Area artists participating in international collaborative projects and also present ground-breaking artists from around the world, many of whom have rarely or never previously performed in the United States. We seek to engage local and international artists in long-term relationships. Working in this fashion, we present and produce innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness, understanding, and appreciation.  http://www.sfiaf.org/2011Festival/index.html

June 11- October 9, 2011.  PICASSO FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  The de Young hosts an extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’s world-renowned Musée National Picasso. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations, comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist’s career. The de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.  http://deyoung.famsf.org for details.

Through June 25, 2011.  JACQUES VILLEGLÉ:  DÉCOLLAGES FROM 1960 TO 1970.  Modernism exhibitions are inclined to juxtapose two artists as a way to reflect contemporary visions along side earlier strains. Their exhibit from May 4 to June 17, 2006, brings together the international artist Jacques Villeglé and local Sheldon Greenberg. The gallery displays "Décollages & Drawings: 1972-2005" by French artist Villeglé whose energetic work literally tears away at representation. Seemingly an array of collages in varying sizes, they are actually created in reverse, working reductively, he applies imagery taken from popular media and rips it from the canvas. The result is akin to walls or posts around the city that covered with advertisements that have been worn away over time, or torn down to make room for a new sign. Greenberg, a local painter, has exhibited widely around the West Coast. His large-scale paintings have a film still quality in that their situations seem to be unfolding or have been interrupted. Offering a voyeuristic view in these color-saturated worlds, to look in on these scenes is to be left with the chance to interpret or form one's own narrative.  Modernism Gallery, 685 Market St., San Francisco.  www.modernisminc.com

Ongoing.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

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 

LEARN FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. All levels in Santa Rosa & intermediate level in Petaluma  For adults: Small groups with individual attention & private tutoring.  Our newest offering: “The Traveler” mini-sessions: 4 weeks / 8 hours  New session begins May 9th  First come / first served  $14.00 per hour with 2 consecutive hours per week.  Children classes  We also offer AP preparation for High School students.  We are members of the international organization known as “Alliance Française”  Check out our webpage: http://www.afsantarosa.org/ 

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/

May 23-27, 2011.  ESSENTIAL FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS.   The Alliance Française de San Francisco is offering a five-day class for beginner and intermediate students who are traveling to France !    Headed on a fantastic French vacation?  Enroll in our express course and learn some language basics to help you navigate with ease while traveling in France !   In the Essential French for Travelers course you will learn to : - Meet, greet, and get to know people - Make hotel reservations  - Plan and book cultural, seasonal activities  - Order a meal in bistros and restaurants   - Buy tickets for and use public transportation - Communicate politely with boutique, hotel, and restaurant staff   Class enrollment is $185 including course materials.  To register please visit   www.afsf.com for details,  or call 415.775.7755.  1:30pm-3:30pm

May 27-June 17, 2011.  FRIDAY NIGHT WINE AND CONVERSATION CLASSES.  Voilà what we've all been waiting for :  Friday French conversation class!  Commencez la fin de semaine en français et en vous amusant dans un petit groupe !  4 weeks of class starting May 27th. 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Enrollment is $245.  To register visit www.afsf.com or call 415.775.7755.

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.

Beginning June 27, 2011.  NEW 8-WEEK SESSION AT THE FRENCH CLASS.   $20 off if you sign up before June 15.  Please note that pre-registration by phone (even last minute) is highly recommended as classes may be full or cancelled for lack of registrations.  New students or returning students only. This discount does not apply to students enrolled in our May-June session.  CALL US NOW 415.362.3666.  www.thefrenchclass.com

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/

August 27, 2011.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at The French Class. 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 allows.  $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  Please call us for more details. 415.362.3666.  www.thefrenchclass.com for details.

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! 

June 2, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents HIGH TECH COMMITTEE PRESENTATION LUNCH.  Meeting by invitation only – Please contact us at marketing@faccsf.com  The high tech committee is having a lunch on June 2nd in the peninsula. This lunch will feature technological presentations by Neocase Software inc. and Intalio inc. Join us for what can be a great opportunity to discover new technologies and mingle with your peers.  www.faccsf.com for details.  Check our other upcoming events on  www.FACCSF.com

June 6, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents DBF with DAVID GURLE - 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.  Check our other upcoming events on  www.FACCSF.com

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 9, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents 2011 Annual Members Meeting – San Francisco  Please save the date for our 2011 Annual Members’ Meeting.The meeting will be followed by a networking cocktail for those of you who wish to stay and socialize!  Check our other upcoming events on  www.FACCSF.com

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 13, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents Exécutifs Anonymes – Peninsula 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.  Check our other upcoming events on  www.FACCSF.com

June 17, 2011.  UN DEUX TROIS à LA GUINGUETTE. Alliance Française de Santa Rosa • Celebration of The Fête de la Musique • $10.  Vista del Lago Clubhouse • 3150 Lakeview Drive • Santa Rosa.  www.ParisSkies.com

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 20-August 12, 2011.  FRENCH SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS.  French Summer Camp over the summer, 5 days a week Half or full day (9:15 - 1:15 / 12:15 - 4:15).  Our Summer Camps are the ideal way of exposing your child to the French language and improving his/her abilities through a daily motivating environment "en français". Our camps provide a unique teaching/learning method by blending various activities through stimulating lessons, sporting events and entertaining workshops!  All the activities and tasks are performed in French with themes adapted to the age groups. They involve skits, songs, mime, films, games, crafts and much more! They are all taught by instructors qualified in the teaching of French as a second language to children and teens. We provide a high quality program in a safe and friendly environment.  General Information:  Children bring their own lunch every day.  All French levels welcome.  Possible options for one day per week.  Rates Information, $225/week - Half day | $350/week - Full day  Special discount for:  2 weeks = -5%  3 weeks = -7.5%  4 weeks = -10%  2 Children from same family: - $20.00 (per week per family)  3 Children from same family: -$40.00 (per week per family)  Registration by phone or in person only, 415-775-7755.  http://www.afsf.com for details.

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 24, 2011.  MAXIME LE FORESTIER at Herbst Theatre.  Maxime Le Forestier est un artiste atypique de la chanson française. Dans la mouvance hippie au début des années 70, il a marqué les mémoires avec des chansons délicates remplies d’amour, de tendresse et d’une douce nostalgie, souvenir d’une époque depuis longtemps enfuie. « San Francisco », « Mon Frère », « L’Éducation Sentimentale », "La petite fugue", témoignent de ses influences profondes, entre chanteurs français à la Georges Brassens, pour l’importance des textes et de la guitare acoustique, émotion et ironie douce-amère, et la folk song américaine engagée façon Bob Dylan ou Scott McKenzie (pour la référence à San Francisco ou comme dans de très jolies chansons composées vers la même époque, « Celeste », « What’s the difference » qui font référence à un univers commun).  Maxime Le Forestier revient sur le devant de la scène en s’appuyant sur ses premières amours, Georges Brassens surtout dont il a sorti plusieurs albums de reprises, et des courants musicaux encore peu exploités dans les années 80 comme la World Music.  En effet, en 1988, Maxime Le Forestier sort le titre "Né quelque part" dont le refrain, chanté en zoulou, et son message de paix et de tolérance, trouve rapidement un public. « Ambalaba », « Chienne d’Idée » (chanté en duo avec Vanessa Paradis), « L’homme au bouquet de fleurs », extrait de son album sorti en 2000 L’Écho des Étoiles, sont autant de titres nouveaux qu’il a réussi, des années après ses premiers succès, à faire aimer du grand public, avec toute la sincérité et l’authenticité que l’on peut lui reconnaître. Maxime Le Forestier collabore également avec Elie Chouraqui à l’écriture de la comédie musicale Gladiateur, une nouvelle expérience qui vient encore enrichir la carrière d’un chanteur désormais classique du répertoire de la chanson française.  En 2009, il sort un nouvel album, "Restons amants", sur lequel on peut retrouver le très joli duo avec Emmanuelle Béart, "Hymne à la soie" porté par un clip digne d’un court métrage, réalisé par Jean-Paul Rouve. En juin 2009, après un concert au Casino de Paris en avril 2009, il sort le 1er juin un double album live, intitulé Casino de Printemps.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article1988 or http://sfwmpac.org/herbst/ht_index.html

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, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents  A.O.C. – SAVERGLASS, NAPA VALLEY. Come and join us for the FACCSF’s new event in Napa Valley. Come and meet with your fellow professionals of the wine and agricultural industries. Taste some wine and cheese and listen to Jean-Noel Fourmeaux’s success story. Our special guest for the event, Jean-Noel, owner of Chateau Potelle, a colorful character, a risk-taker and a successful winemaker will share his experience with the audience. Check our other upcoming events on  www.FACCSF.com

June 30, 2011.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BUSINESS BOOSTER’S APPLICATION DEADLINEThe Business Booster was established 6 years ago as a personalized 7-week mentorship program to accelerate your business. It will give you the opportunity to join a network of high-level experts and mentors in your business field and to present your project to a panel of investors and venture capitalists. By joining the program, you will:·     Engage in weekly one-on-one interactions with mentors & experts who will help you build a successful business strategy ·     Receive personalized feedback in the areas of communications, marketing, legal questions, finance, and business development ·     Present your project to a panel of potential partners and investors, venture capitalists and business angels ·     Have the opportunity to win $10,000 worth of professional services (legal work, consulting, support, business hosting…)  Check our other upcoming events on  www.FACCSF.com

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

July 12, 2011.  STRANGE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS at the Mill Valley Public Library, with a focus on AFRICA.  "Strange travel suggestions," wrote Kurt Vonnegut, "are dancing lessons from God." Indeed, it's those sudden inspirations and unpredictable encounters that make world travel so wild and illuminating. Oakland-based writer Jeff Greenwald—best known for his critically acclaimed books, including Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World and Snake Lake—brings the hand of kismet into this improvised monologue, inspired by the vagaries of wanderlust.  Audience members step onto the stage, and dip into a grab bag of exotic objects. Each item serves as a springboard into a wild and wonderful story drawn from Greenwald’s remarkable travel writing career.  Creekside Room, 7pm. Mill Valley Public Library, www.mvpl.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 14, 2011.  UN DEUX TROIS et DGINN celebrate BASTILLE DAY!   $8 at Aubergine • 755 Petaluma Ave • Sebastopol.  www.ParisSkies.com

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 20, 2011.  PAULA WOLFERT presents THE FOOD OF MOROCCO.  Cooks with Books.  Craig Claiborne described Paula Wolfert as "One of the finest and most influential cookbook authors in this country. Her recipes are done with incredible accuracy. She brings a sense of wonder to matters of taste." Wolfert has received the Julia Child Award, the James Beard Award, and the MFK Fisher Award. Join Paula Wolfert for an evening of delicious Moroccan food prepared by master chef Heidi Krahling.  6:30 pm, $115 per person ($185 per couple).  Insalata's Restaurant, 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960.  Note: Book Passage Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is prepared under the supervision of the author/chef, who speaks to the group and visits with the guests throughout the meal. Coffee and conversation usually end about two hours later. These are happy, convivial, fun-filled events for any lover of fine food and wine. Tickets are purchased in advance at Book Passage or at www.bookpassage.com.  The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, & a signed copy of the author's book. Sign up online, or call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to register by phone.  www.bookpassage.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.

November 10, 2011.  JACQUES PEPIN presents ESSENTIAL PEPIN:  MORE THAN 700 ALL-TIME FAVORITES FROM MY LIFE IN FOOD. Jacques Pepin, one of America's most distinguished chefs, is back for a memorable Cooks with Books dinner at one of his favorite places, Left Bank in Larkspur. Essential Pepin includes over 700 recipes from Pepin's long career in food. Pepin has hosted several television cooking shows and written 26 cookbooks. We are honored to have this legendary chef back as part of our dining series. 6:30 pm, $145 per person.  Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939 Note: Book Passage Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is prepared under the supervision of the author/chef, who speaks to the group and visits with the guests throughout the meal. Coffee and conversation usually end about two hours later. These are happy, convivial, fun-filled events for any lover of fine food and wine. Tickets are purchased in advance at Book Passage or at www.bookpassage.com.  The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, & a signed copy of the author's book. Sign up online, or call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to register by phone.  www.bookpassage.com 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. 

May 24-June 17, 2012.  GOD OF CARNAGE, by YASMINA REZA, translated by Christopher Hampton, at MARIN THEATRE COMPANY.  The hysterical hit Broadway comedy is finally coming to the North Bay! You’ve never laughed so hard until you’ve seen this action-packed, knockout farce, which won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play and 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Following a playground fight between their 11-year-old sons, the Raleighs agree to meet the Novaks to discuss the situation civilly. However, the veneer of middle-class manners soon falls away as the couples regress to childish accusations, bullying and bickering.  http://www.marintheatre.org/satellitepages/11-12-season.php for details.

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