July 14-22, 2011 ~ HAPPY BASTILLE DAY!

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July Events

July 13, 2011.  NEWS FROM THE FRENCH CONSULATE:  ALLEZ LES BLEUES!  France and the USA compete in the semi-final of LA COUPE DU MONDE.  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article2103 

July 14, 2011.  UN DEUX TROIS and DGIIN celebrate Bastille Day at AUBERGINE.  Celebrate Bastille Day with two great French Music Bands, Un Deux Trois & Dgiin.  Thursday July 14thAubergine, 755 Petaluma Avenue • Sebastopol, Un Deux Trois 8:00 - 10:00 PM, Dgiin 10:00 – ClosingAdmission $10.   www.ParisSkies.com

July 14, 2011.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT LEFT BANK BRASSERIE, WITH THREE BAY AREA LOCATIONS.  On Bastille Day, Thursday, July 14, the 3 Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries (Larkspur, San Jose, Menlo Park) are celebrating Bastille Day, Thursday, July 14, by offering a la carte menu specials, an accordion player serenading guests, staff dressed up in traditional French garb, and festive decorations.  In Larkspur, guests can enjoy Salade de Morteau Aux Pistaches, Pommes de Terre , Frisée et Vinaigrette a la Ciboulette (pistachio and garlic sausage salad with yukon gold potatoes, frisee, chives dressing/$8.95); La Bouillabaisse de la Rive Gauche (Provençale fish stew with snapper, mussels, clams, prawns, rouille/$23.95); and Crème Brûlée au Citron, Salade De Fraises a la Menthe (lemon crème brûlée, minted strawberries salad).  San Jose will offer Salade de Morteau (house made smoked pistachio morteau sausage, pea sprouts, fingerling potatoes roasted tomato vinaigrette/ $9.50); Rilette de Saumon Fumée (Loch Duart salmon and smoked salmon rilette with a tarragon crème fraiche and toasted bread/$10.50; Risotto aux Noix de Coquilles Saint Jacques (day boat scallop risotto with grilled sweet corn and pea sprouts/$21.00); Canard à la Vanille (vanilla and brandy roasted duck breast, sweet corn potato croquette, goat cheese tomato Provençale/$25.50); and Fraisier (vanilla sponge cake, pastry cream, strawberries and crème chantilly/$7.50).  Featured in Menlo Park will be Caille Fumée, Girolle et Salade Piquante au Vinaigre de Banyul (house smoked stuffed quail, chanterelle mushrooms, California peppercress mizuna salad, banyuls vinaigrette/$12.75); Entrecote, Flan a La Moelle Façons Chef Roland Passot (a 10 oz. Angus rib eye, bone marrow flan, artichoke, potato gratin, foie gras sauce/$28.50); and Le Fameux Clafoutis a La Fraise a La Parisienne (strawberry tart clafouti, fleur de sel caramel ice cream/$6.75). Addresses:  Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-3331 www.LeftBank.com   Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100 San Jose, California 95128 (408) 984-3500 www.LeftBank.com   Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 473-6543 www.LeftBank.com

July 14, 2011.  FÊTE DU 14 JUILLET À HEALDSBURG – BASTILLE DAY IN HEALDSBURG.  Venez savourer le menu special 14 juillet: Pommes frites, escargots, salade niçoise, et plus encore avec des desserts français spectaculaires! Spectacle, jeux et activités en tous genres! Oh la la!From the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce:  Be French for the day with our specially- designed Bastille Day menu including pommes frites, escargots, salad nicoise, and much more with spectacular French desserts, mais oui! Whimsical entertainment, hands-on activities & give- aways - Kid’s Eiffel Tower cookie decorating Fencing demo of the Francophile sport Petanque – hilarious French street bowling with bread boules Heads Will Roll – purchase Guillotine- sliced baguettes & boules! Plus appearances by – Marie Antoinette - “Let them eat Gougeres” “Oooh La La” Can- can Dancers. 7h00 à 16h00; Entrée libre.  Boulangerie Costeaux 417 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, CA 95448 Time: 7 am to 4 pm Price: Free Where: Costeaux French Bakery Address: 417 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, CA 95448.

July 14, 2011.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT ATELIER EMMANUEL.  On Thursday, July 14th Bastille Day, you could get a new haircut and enjoy some French treats at Atelier Emmanuel Salon & Day Spa.

July 14, 2011.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT CAFÉ BASTILLE!  Celebrate Bastille Day with us at Café Bastille! Special Dinner Menu from $35 to $50, DJ and Laser Show from 5pm to 1am.

July 14, 2011.  LITQUAKE invites you to attend a BASTILLE DAY FUNDRAISER.  At CABARET BASTILLE, Litquake celebrates Left Bank Bohemia with authors channeling authors, French wine, tricolor cocktails, Le Tourment Vert’s absinthe fountain, blue films from the ’20s, exotic dancing, and at least one accordion—flappers and dandies welcome! Step into the enchanted word of 1920s Paris with Litquake as your favorite authors read excerpts from their works: Matt Stewart as Ford Maddox Ford Alia Volz as Anais Nin Mac Barnett as F. Scott Fitzgerald Alan Black as James Joyce Andrew Dugas as Ernest Hemingway Sarah Fran Wisby as Djuna Barnes Joshua Mohr as Henry Miller Daphne Gottlieb as H.D. Hosted by Tara Jepsen channeling Gertrude Stein WITH: * Angus Martin on the accordion, accompanied by the lovely chanteuse Gabrielle Ekedal * Enchantress Yvonne Michelle Cordoba weaving her sinuous dance * Exquisite corpse, candy ciggies, costume box, make-your-own-Matisse * and much, much more…. Alcohol sponsored by Blue Angel Vodka, Black Star, and Le Tourment Vert. No-host bar.  Special discount - only $10 for advance tickets.  For your Friends discount, please enter the code "Friends" athttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/180828 8pm-midnight  At CELLspace 2050 Bryant, San Francisco, CA 94114 Tickets: $13 advance/ $15 at the door https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/180828

July 14, 2011.  LA BOULE D’OR ~  POUR CELEBRER LES RELATIONS FRANCO-AMERICAINES.  Pour célébrer les relations franco-américaines, le 14 juillet, Apple to Pomme vous invite à venir découvrir un petit coin de France à San Francisco où il fait bon se la couler douce, à tout âge, à toute heure. De 13 à 16 heures. Vous pouvez y aller avant pour pique-niquer et/ou rester après. Le terrain est ouvert au public 24/24, 7/7. Merci de respecter le travail des membres qui entretiennent ce terrain depuis 51 ans... Evènement gratuit. Matériel et initiation compris. Direction sur ce superbe site que je viens de découvrir:  http://www.wix.com/mikevarner/la-boule-d-or
La Californie est une mine de pétanque. Il y a des terrains partout, très actifs. Pour en savoir plus, consultez les liens sur le site de la Boule d'or.

July 14, 2011.  FRENCH TUESDAYS’ ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY BALL.  Let’s be French for one day, be French for Bastille Day on Thursday July 14th because revolution can be done in style!  For this extra special occasion, the Revolution will take place in Fisherman’s Wharf at The Parlor, which will be specially decorated for the occasion.  Join us from 8pm for an unforgettable Francophile evening: complimentary exquisite French cuisine, great music, special performances and the most beautiful insurgent crowd bien sur!  Live French Opera and Retro Popular Hits by Low Rent Hot Club.  Music by DJ Julien Nolan from Saint-Tropez.  Time to take advantage of this revolutionary offer and get your tickets now at http://www.frenchtuesdays.com/events/sf071411   Vive Bastille Day and looking forward to seeing you in your best Blue/White/Red outfits!

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT CHEZ PAPA BISTROT IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Chez Papa Bistrot in San Francisco will offer a 3-course prix fixe dinner menu for $34.95, plus the regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available. The prix fixe menu entrée choices will be Bouillabaisse with black cod, clams, mussels, prawns, bay scallops, fingerling potatoes and rouille; pan roasted Red Trout with braised cabbage, smoked bacon, pearl onions, and lemon-tarragon beurre blanc; Lamb Daube with rosemary-red wine sauce and seasonal vegetables; or Duck Confit Leg with fennel puree, lardons, wild mushrooms, and périgourdine sauce. The restaurant will be serving dinner from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.  Chez Papa Bistrot, 1401 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, (415) 824-8205, chezpapasf.com

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY AT CHEZ PAPA RESTO.  On Bastille Day, Thursday, July 14, Chez Papa Resto will offer a $60.00 four-course celebratory prix fixe menu with choices served from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. The entrée selections will be pan roasted Butterfish with potato puree, black olive tapenade and a shaved fennel salad; a sautéed Flat Iron Steak with corn pudding, grilled green onions, crispy tater tot, and red wine jus; crispy smoked Duck Breast with cubeb pepper-cherry chutney, onion soubise, and pain de epices jus; or roasted Sockeye Salmon with brown butter carrot puree, baby carrots, English peas and tendrils. Wine pairing by the glass will be offered for an additional $35.00. The restaurant’s regular a la carte dinner menu will not be available that evening.  Chez Papa Resto, 4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 546-4134 http://www.chezpaparesto.com

July 14, 2011.  11TH ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION WITH GAUCHO GYPSY JAZZ CONCERT.  Celebrate Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite with the fabulous Gaucho, a gypsy jazz band featuring Ari Munkres on bass, Rob Reich on accordion, Leon Oakley on cornet and Dave Ricketts on guitar. Enjoy the irresistible beat of the music of Django Reinhart and the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris--plus a little New Orleans swing and French favorites as well! A Parisian cabaret setting provides the ambiance for the evening with French cuisine available in the café. Viva la France!!  Reservations required.  Admission:  Members $15 / Public $18.  Location:  4th Floor Cafe & Meeting Room.  Contact:  RSVP - rsvp@milibrary.org / (415) 393 – 0100. 

July 14, 2011.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SAN FRANCISCO welcomes the Lower Polk Art Walk!  July 14th, 2011 marks the first of many quarterly art walks on lower Polk Street!  The Alliance Française of San Francisco is participating to the open studio event on Polk street.  Come visit us on July 14th from 6pm to 10pm!    The Alliance Française of San Francisco will be exhibiting paintings and drawings of Corsica by Mara Gahagan, from the first to the thirty-first of July, 2011.  Alliance Francaise Presents: Paintings from Corsica: Cultural treasure, natural treasure With artist Mara Gahagan  RDV le 14 juillet pour un vernissage et une soirée avec Mara!  Come join us for a reception on July 14th with Mara!RDV le 14 juillet pour un vernissage et une soirée avec Mara!  Please join us for a soirée rendez-vous with Mara !  Bring friends and enjoy a glass of wine or two, art, and French conversation.    Donations appreciated.  Alliance Francaise San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, 415-775-7755  or www.afsf.com for details.

July 14, 2011.  ARTPOINT BASTILLE DAY PARTY.  With after-hours viewing of the Picasso exhibit.  de Young Museum, SF.  7pm-11pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 14, 2011.  COMMONWEALTH CLUB BAY GOURMET BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION WITH CARA BLACK. Black frequents a Paris little known, off the tourist track, a city she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She shares this in her Aimée Leduc investigation series. Each murder mystery is based in a different arrondissement in Paris. Black will be in conversation with Cathy Curtis, chair of Bay Gourmet, describing her latest book, Murder in Passy, while we nibbleon French delicacies, including macarons hand made dy Chez Pim. Location the Gold Room the Commonwealth Club San Francisco   11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program.  $24 standard; $12 members.  http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2011-07-14/cara-black-bastille-day-celebration

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE CELEBRATION IN BERKELEY! @7PM Join authors CARA BLACK (Murder in Passy, the Aimee Leduc Investigation series) and ELENA MAULI SHAPIRO (13, Rue Therese: A Novel) for a conversation about literature and a celebration of all things French! Books Inc. in Berkeley 1760 4th Street Berkeley,  California http://www.booksinc.net/event/bastille-day-celebrations-cara-black-and-elena-mauli-shapiro-berkeley  7pm.

July 14, 2011.  STORM THE BASTILLE! Join Les Campagnards and friends for an exciting Bastille Day party at Angelica's Bistro in Redwood City on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 8 pm (dinner seating starts at 7 pm). Les Campagnards members Alan Keith, Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti and Peter Tommerup will be joined by Daniel Steinberg and Doris Williams for a memorable evening of French Country and Parisian music, songs, and dances. Featured instruments are: bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, accordion, fiddle, piano, and dulcimers.  Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti will lead easy-to-follow country dances and mixers that are popular at the “bals folklorique” -- schottishe, polka, waltz and bourrées. We'll sing the Marseillaise and other French favorites – song sheets provided. Table reservations are recommended, as the event is $12 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Allow minimum $15 per person for food/drink purchases. Angelica's Bistro is at 863 Main Street in Redwood City. To reserve a spot, go to: http://angelicasbistro.com and check the Calendar of Events for July 14. Or, phone 650-365-3226.

July 14, 2011.  MATISSE, PICASSO, STEIN.  Each Thursday evening, one of SFMOMA's curators or specialists shares a perspective on a single artist or artwork on view. Talks last 20 minutes.  6:30pm.  On this evening, Janet Bishop, SFMOMA curator of painting and sculpture, will examine the relationship between Matisse and Picasso, describing its significance for the origins of modern art. SFMOMA Project Assistant Curator Carrie Pilto will give tours of the show, focusing on the early period.  Supported in part by the French American Cultural Society.  SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.  www.sfmoma.org

July 14, 2011.  VIVE LA FREESTONE!  VIVE LA FRANCE!  BASTRILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT OSMOSIS SPA.  6:00-9:00 While there won’t be aircraft of the Patrouille de France acrobatics team flying above, Osmosis Spa will be le spectacle était formidable Bastille Day celebration of the San Francisco Bay Area. This event is a must if you’re in the North Bay and love great wine, fabulous French food, dancing then soaking your tootsies in a soothing, warm, cedar-enzyme bath with friends.  This is The Time and The Place to celebrate splendid joys that come with long life and experience. à la vôtre!  To good health! Food: French Cuisine by French Garden’s Executive Chef Patrick Quillec prepared with ingredients freshly harvested from their organic farm in Sebastopol. Wines: from Graton Ridge Cellars: 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (90 Points from the Pinot Report), 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Silver Medal at the SF Chronicle Awards), and 2009 Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel (Gold Medals at SF Chronicle Awards and Grand Harvest Awards) Music: Live French Fusion Music by Dgiin $25 entry includes food, drinks, cedar-enzyme bath for feet, entertainment, and access to meditation garden and hammocks. Spa Treatments:  Soothing Cedar-enzyme foot baths included. Special 15- to 45-minute mini-spa treatments will be available by appointment. (See menu online) Wine & non-alcoholic beverages included Where: Osmosis Spa & Sanctuary, 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA  95472 Interactive map: http://mapq.st/esP0gz For tickets and more information: www.osmosis.com/plan/events and (707) 823-8231

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Café de la Presse in San Francisco will showcase favorite dishes such as Duck Confit, Cassoulet and dry aged Rib Eye Steak. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner.  Café de la Presse, 352 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108.  (415) 398-2680.cafedelapresse.com

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT GARÇON IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Garçon in San Francisco will offer their regular a la carte menu, plus their $33.00 three-course prix fixe dinner and a la carte holiday specials including filet mignon and duck rillettes. Festive music and balloon decorations will add to the spirit of the occasion. Hours of service will be 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.  Garçon, 1101 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 401-8959  garconsf.com

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT LA FOLIE IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, La Folie in San Francisco will offer their regular a la carte menu, plus a $95.00 seven-course prix fixe dinner with entrée choices of Roasted Emigh Farms Lamb Rack with marble potatoes and lamb tongue salad, fennel and lamb jus or Rôti of Quail and Squab stuffed with mushrooms, wrapped in crispy potato strings with truffled jus. Hours of service will be 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.  La Folie, 2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109(415) 776-5577  lafolie.com

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT LE P’TIT LAURENT IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Le P’tit Laurent in San Francisco will offer their regular a la carte dinner menu, plus a la carte holiday specials in the spirit of the occasion.  Le P’tit Laurent, 699 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131(415) 334-3235  leptitlaurent.net

July 14, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT SEL ET VIN IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Sel et Vin in San Francisco will offer their regular wine bar menu, plus special DJ entertainment beginning at 8:00 p.m.  Sel et Vin Oyster Wine Bar, 678 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 (415) 333-2200

July 14, 2011. A DELICIOUS REVOLUTION – AN EXTRAVAGANT FETE TO CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT COSTEAUX BAKERY. An all-day party beginnin at 7am (yes) with pain au chocolat and Piaf songs and lasts until 4pm: workshops in shaping croissants, cookie-frosting for children, petanque (bowling with round French breads), dancers (cancan, anyone?), costumed actors and musicians. A concert of French dance hall and cafe music will be performed (1:30-3:30pm) and all the while, the bakery's popular French cafe menu will be available. Costeaux Bakery, 417 Healdsburg Ave., 707/433-1913.

July 14, 2011. BASTILLE DAY AT BELDEN PLACE! In San Francisco, head for Belden Place, the alley with—among other ethnic eateries—French cafes and bistros, where a wild street party takes over the neighborhood on July 14.

July 14, 2011. BASTILLE DAY AT GRAND CAFÉ BISTRO & BAR. At Grand Cafe Bistro & Bar (Geary at Taylor), 4-10pm, Marie Antoinette will be passing out cake to passersby and diners can choose between special menus in the restaurant and bar (don't forget to order a French 75!). Reservations: 415/292-0101... Party like it's 1789.

July 14, 2011. FREE CUPCAKES TO CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT LA BOULANGE. 3-4 pm at all La Boulange stores, including the one in Strawberry Village.

July 15, 2011. LA VIE EN ROSE: THE LEGENDARY SONGS OF PARIS! A BASTILLE CELEBRATION presented by TWO GYPSY KISSES / DUE ZIGHI BACI, tenor Michael Van Why and accordionist Sheri Mignano. Enjoy the enchanting melodies and rousing rhythms of a Parisian Bastille Day Celebration with Sonoma's own... First United Methodist Church, Stony Point Campus, 2150 Giffen Ave. (1 mile south of Highway 12). $12 at the door. 707.538.2831 or www.eurocafemusic.com for details.

July 15, 2011.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents LE PETIT MONDE DE DON CAMILLO, with Fernandel, particulièrement destines aux enfants des grades 5 a 12 et même collèges. Tout le programme est détaillé sur notre website au www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/program.php   Le 15 juillet, le film sera précédé d’un BBQ / SOIREE BASTILLE DAY avec musique française et danses de 6 a 8 (Accordéon ET Rock and Roll) Chanteurs français obligatoires) Le tarif pour les ados est de $10 film et buffet-boisson comprise. Il est de $15 pour les adultes.

July 15, 2011.  RUE MANOUCHE and more at the de Young Museum.  6:30-8:30 p.m. Live Gypsy jazz and French cabaret music; "Highlights from Birth of Impressionism," a lecture by Dr. Jean Audigier, 7:00-7:30 p.m. Dr. Audigier discusses some of his favorite works from the special exhibition; Hands-on art making for everyone, with Mademoiselle Kim, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Make a 3D collage of a French street scene.  Live music by Rue Manouche, 6:30-7:15 and 7:45-8:30 p.m. Wilsey Court.  RUE MANOUCHE performances take you on a musical journey of dazzling Gypsy swing, heartfelt ballads, and playful waltzes. Rue Manouche is a San Francisco-based Gypsy jazz and French cabaret band founded by Michel Saga and Vic Wong in 2009. The French-born Saga started as a street performer, singing the songs of Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, and George Brassens with his trusty barrel organ. His distinct raspy croon and charismatic showmanship have captivated many and made him a staple in the Napa Valley wine country. Guitarist Wong is a lifetime devotee of the Gypsy virtuoso Django Reinhardt. His flying fingers, paired with his melodic, passionate touch, established him as a regular in many jazz groups in the bay area. Together, Saga and Wong formed an ensemble that combines 1930s-era hot-club jazz and classic French songs. Bassist Daniel Fabricant, accordionist Rob Reich, and rhythm guitarist Nick Christie fill out the all-star ensemble. 
Special lecture by Dr. Jean Audigier, "Highlights from Birth of Impressionism", 7:00 p.m.  Koret Auditorium.  Raised a few blocks from the site depicted in Monet's famous painting Terrace at Sainte-Adresse (in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum), Dr. Audigier first learned about the Impressionists from his father, architect Raymond Audigier, who designed the Malraux Museum in Le Havre. That museum contains a superb collection of Boudins and Jongkinds. Dr. Audigier earned his PhD from U.C. Berkeley and has been a professor of art history at the University of San Francisco for many years. This fall he will teach a course titled "The Triumph of Impressionism." Dr. Audigier specializes in the Barbizon School artists, forerunners of the Impressionists. He is also vice president of the Franklin Bowles Galleries (San Francisco and New York).  Hands-on art making for everyone  6:00-8:30 p.m.  Wilsey Court  Take off to Paris with Mademoiselle Kim by creating a 3D collage of a French street scene.  Ticket Information  Programs are free in the "free zone" of the museum. Regular admission fees are required to visit the galleries. Gallery admission is free for members. Special exhibition tickets are required to visit Birth of Impressionism. (415) 750-7694 or publicprograms@famsf.org

July 15-17, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at MAMMOTH LAKES JAZZ JUBILEE, Mammoth Lakes.  One of our favorite annual events--a three day Trad Jazz festival in the beautiful Sierras! We play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA.  Information and tickets: www.mammothjazz.org  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

Through July 16, 2011.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY WITH LA BOUTIQUE.  To celebrate Bastille Day, La Boutique is having a special sale! From July 11th until July 16th, get 50% off all French designers, incl. Vanessa Bruno, Cacharel, Zadig & Voltaire and many others!

July 16, 2011. DIANA ORGAIN talks about FORMULA FOR MURDER, her recent book which involves mystery diplomas, the French consulate, dirty secrets and dirty diapers.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

July 16, 2011.  ELLEN SUSSMAN presents her new novel FRENCH LESSONS at Book Passage.  A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans, as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor.  They learn about language, love, and loss, as their lives intersect in surprising ways.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.    7pm.

July 16, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY AT CHLOE’S CAFÉ IN SANTA ROSA. Deborah Kuhl will be performing French popular music from 1930s to contemporary (piano and vocals) at Chloe's Cafe in Santa Rosa who is hosting a Bastille Day Event on Saturday, July 16; (click here for flyer) http://www.chloesco.com/BastilleDay1.png.  Chloe's Cafe 3883 Airway drive Suite 145, Santa Rosa CA, 95403 • 707-528-3095.

July 16, 2011.  SYMPHONY OF KORAS followed by MANDING BAND at Ashkenaz. Ashkenaz presents the second annual Symphony of Koras concert, which also is a CD release party for the group's album, "Live at Ashkenaz," recorded last year. An  "orchestra" of seven international musicians who live in the Bay Area, the Symphony is the only known kora orchestra in the U.S., and this is only its third-ever concert. It is accompanied by Senegalese singer-dancer Ousseynou Kouyate and followed by  the Manding Band in a full evening of African music for listening and dancing. The kora, the 21-stringed West African harp, has a thousand-year history, beginning in the kingdom of Mali as the accompanying instrument for griots, musicians who  preserve and sing the histories of their people. It is a classical instrument with a classical repertoire. There are 150 pieces that all kora players learn, and selections from that repertoire are what Symphony of Koras plays together. The kora is traditionally a solo instrument played by a griot, and even in Africa groups of kora players are usually assembled only for large family or state events. Although several of the  Symphony of Koras players have performed at Ashkenaz in various African and world groupings, this is the only all-kora ensemble they have participated in. Anthropologist, kora player, and director of the Symphony of Koras Suzanne Chevalier explains: "I had a djembe (drum) player from Africa here some years ago, and I wanted another instrument for accompaniment. I invited Daniel Berkman to play kora. When I returned to Gambia (Chevalier studies elephants there, and has also devoted time to collecting African sacred music), I began taking kora lessons." Four years ago at a local concert, Senegal native Solo Cissokho asked Chevalier to assemble an  orchestra of the instruments for his next Bay Area visit. That led to the Symphony's debut at a concert in Mill Valley, where the audience gave an enthused standing  ovation, followed by last year's Ashkenaz concert. Although he doesn't play kora, Ousseynou Kouyate provides vocals and dance for the group. He was a member of the National Ballet of Senegal for seven years before  moving to Berkeley with his twin brother Assane and starting their colorful music/dance band Djialy Kunda Kouyate (later known as Sekhou Senegal), using such indigenous instruments as the kora and balafon. Kouyate is a descendant of griots who carries on age-old traditions. He has performed in various world music collaborations at Ashkenaz with such musicians as fellow African star Solo Cissokho and Cajun/zydeco fiddler Tom Rigney and was featured in the African world dance  band Makuru. Along with Chevalier, the Symphony of Koras is Karamo Susso, Unity Nguyen, Daniel Berkman, Steve Pile, Gordon Hellegers, and Joshua Caraco. Born in Gambia, raised in Mali, singer and kora master Karamo Susso grew up in a compound of griots, next door to Toumani Diabate. His uncle was Ballake Cissoko. Susso was playing kora and performing before he was big enough to hold the instrument. He  has since gone on to perform with many of Africa's top stars. On her own, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and acupuncturist Nguyen blends ancient Vietnamese and African folk traditions, interweaving them with jazz, funk, and other global influences.  She specializes in the kora and the Vietnamese dan tranh (16-string zither). San Franciscan Berkman studied kora while a member of Djialy Kunda Kouyate and began  exploring the use of electronics with the instrument to create what he calls "21st century Ambient African Kora." Pile is an American-folk-blues singer-songwriter  and guitarist who has also worked with and recorded kora players here and in Gambia. Hellegers studied with Madou Sidike Diabate and accompanies him in concerts. He  built his own kora while traveling in Mali. Caraco is the newest convert to playing kora. The Manding Band provides the dance part of the CD release party. Led by Kouyate  and Susso, the Manding Band includes singing, dancing, and energized West African instrumentals.  Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm $13/$10 students  www.ashkenaz.com for details.  

July 16, 2011.  TRAVELSCOPE features SWITZERLAND – SCALING THE JUNGFRAU REGION.  7:30am, KQED TV9.

July 16 & 17, 2011.  BAY AREA SUMMER OPERA HEATER INSTITUTE performs works by MASSENET & BIZET, among others.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco.  415.864.7326 or http://www.sfcm.edu for details.

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 17, 2011.  BASTILLE DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  La fête du 14 juillet aura lieu cette année à l’AFB Le dimanche midi 17 juillet. 3pm to 7pm.  Bring a dish to share, some meat or veggies to grill, a desert and something to drink.  Venez nombreux !  info@afberkeley.org 510 548 7481 for details.

July 17, 2011.  GRAND CONCOURS DE PETANQUE.  It's time to dust off your beret and practice la Marseillaise...The Valley of the Moon's Bastille Day celebration is almost here!  In it's glorious 25th year the Grand Concours de Petanque will be held at Depot Park in Sonoma on Sunday July 17th.  Christine Piccin is once again our Chef de Jour and has created a fabulous menu (see attached flyer). It promises to be a incredible day that you won't want to miss!  In honor of this auspicious occasion we are printing up t-shirts fashioned after one of the first designs created 25 years ago for this event (reserve yours NOW).  It will be similar to the artwork on the flyer.   Please remember to bring your own plateware and glassware (and seating if possible) as we attempt to go green by limiting the use of paper/plastic products.  Merci beaucoup!  The cut-off date for reservations is Friday, July 15th via the Hotline 707-343-9465 or website (www.vompc.org). The event registration page is here: http://www.vompc.org/ReservationInsert.asp. 

July 17, 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"

July 17, 2011.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features GOURMET CAFÉ and MARCHE AUX FLEURS and more.  KQED TV+, 2:30pm.

July 17, 2011.  CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA features CAFÉ ROUGE and LE COLONIAL.  KQED TV9, 5:30pm.

July 18, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT plays at Le Colonial. Le Jazz Hot (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE  www.LeColonialSF.com or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

July 18, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FRENCH HERITAGE NIGHT.  The Giants are proud to present the 2nd Annual Bastille Day Celebration at the AT&T Park! Being The Giants’ first home game back in town after the actual Bastille Day, this Monday night showdown against the rival LA Dodgers is sure to be a great time for the Bay Area French community and all of its supporters! Celebrate French Heritage with this special ticket offer, which includes a seat in the Bastille section for the game, along with entrance to the pre-game Bastille Celebration Party in Seals Plaza from 5pm to 7pm. The pre-game party will feature cultural food and drink specialties and also entertainment will be provided.  Celebrate French Heritage and commemorate Bastille Day with some Giants Baseball!  www.faccsf.com for details.

July 18, 2011.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE welcomes the SECOND ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY AT AT&T PARK.  French-American heritage day!  7:15pm. 

July 19, 2011.  THE BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND plays CAJUN / ZYDECO / AMERICANA at Ashkenaz.  The BluesBox Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/Zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than  a decade of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. It  won an Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting award in the 2009 Great American Song Contest for "Family Bayou," which is also the title track of the BBBB's latest CD. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint  as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat  Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired  Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, drummer Peter DeMattos, and Jimmy Hildreth (Lil' Jimmy) on scrubboard 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.   

July 19, 2011.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MARKETING EXCELLENCE IN THE DIGITAL ERA. Come and Join us for a Breakfast Conference on how Integrated Marketing Management (IMM) will equip your marketing organization to address the key opportunities for this new era. Current market drivers and technology innovations are forcing High-Tech and Life Sciences Marketing organizations to shift to an innovative, real time based, increasingly collaborative, digitally industrialized and customer centric model. During this conference, you will learn about the latest trends in Digital Marketing and will be able to engage in an interactive dialogue with leaders and experts in Digital marketing on how Integrated Marketing Management (IMM) can help your marketing organization to address the key questions for this new era: Marketing ROI and spend optimization, Real-time Decisioning, Running Marketing Operations as a “digital factory” to enable planning, budgeting, execution, tracking and measurement of the real impact of your marketing tactics. This event will feature a panel of high-end speakers and leaders from the High Tech, Pharma and Biotech sectors and will offer opportunities for networking and collaborative discussions. Please register as soon as possible, as attendance will be limited. We look forward to a great event.  7:30 AM to 10:30 AM Orange Labs, 801 Getaway Blvd, Suite 500, South San Francisco, CA  94080 www.faccsf.com for details.

July 21, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Central Park, San Mateo.  The City of San Mateo's Summer Concert series. El Camino real at 5th, San Mateo. 6:00-8:00 pm.  Information: www.cityofsanmateo.org. For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

July 21, 2011.  RENATE STENDHAL speaks about GERTRUDE STEIN IN WORDS AND PICTURES.  6:30pm.  Each Thursday evening, one of SFMOMA's curators or specialists shares a perspective on a single artist or artwork on view. Talks last 20 minutes.  Renate Stendhal's Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures recreates Stein's world. For this talk, Stendhal will focus on the artistic and personal relationship between Stein and Picasso and affinities between the two artists' work.  Supported in part by the French American Cultural Society.  SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.  www.sfmoma.org

July 21-24, 2011.  MYSTERY WRITERS CONFERENCE, with CARA BLACK and others.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

July 21-August 8, 2011.  31ST SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  http://www.sfjff.org Movies include: 

July 22, 2011.  DGIIN plus SANG MATIZ play a FUNKY FRENCH-FLAMENCO-LATIN MELTDOWN.   Influenced by life's eccentricities, Sonoma  County band Dgiin  plays gypsy funk with a French twist. Tonight it highlights music from its new CD, recorded live at Yoshi's: "French Gypsy Meltdown." Hot album title, and an accurate description of Dgiin's concerts. Guitarist-vocalist Gabe Pirard was raised in France, where he began learning the classical guitar at age 9. He moved to California in  1998; when his sister, vocalist Mimi Pirard-Aquino, joined him from France a year later, they started Dgiin. While the flamenco-Django-esque band's personnel has  changed somewhat over the years, they have consistently put on memorable, high-energy shows, captivating crowds with their singular sound. They have a busy performance schedule that has recently been expanding beyond the North Bay. Dgiin's current  lineup features Gabe and Mimi on vocals and guitars, bassist Jomial Allen Jones,   Quebecois violinist Magali Sanscartier, drummer James Foster (of Free Peoples), and percussionist Ricky Pirard-Aquino, a native of El Salvador, who has played in numerous salsa, rock, and Latin Jazz bands. San Francisco's Latin-fusion-freestyle band Sang Matiz  brings musicians of different backgrounds together in music that reflects their  diversity. For its original songs Sang Matiz draws on such roots as rumba flamenca, cumbia, R&B, salsa, reggae, and world beats. The band name comes from "sang," meaning blood in French, and "matiz," Spanish for harmonious mixture. Peru-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Yuri is joined by lead guitarist Eddie, also from Peru, as well as  Chilean singer-percussionist Cata and bassist Chicho.  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm $10 www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 22, 2011.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda in Clayton, CA from 6:30-9pm.  http://www.laverandacafe.com  http://www.deborahkuhl.com

July 22, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at The Palms, Winters.  One of our favorite venues on this planet!! Great sound and lights, good seating, and plenty of room for dancing! Don't miss this one!  13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm.  Information and advance tickets:  www.palmsplayhouse.com or see www.rigomania.com for details.

July 22, 2011.  PABLO PICASSO AND MODERN LITERATURE:  REVOLUTIONS IN WORDS AND PICTURES.  Lecture, 7:00pm.  On Picasso's 90th birthday the International Herald Tribune reported, “Picasso once told a friend that long after his death his writing would gain recognition and encyclopaedias would say: ‘Picasso, Pablo Ruiz—Spanish poet who dabbled in painting, drawing and sculpture.’” Picasso was also a playwright, and one of his plays had its first reading with Albert Camus as director, and a cast that included Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Raymond Queneau. Picasso was inspired by friendships with writers throughout his life, and he also inspired works by other writers, from Gertrude Stein to Paul McCartney. Kieran Ridge will discuss the relationship between Picasso and modern literature, both Picasso's own work and that of others. Ridge is chair of the English department at The Marin School, where he teaches literature and film studies.  Friday Nights at the de Young.  The de Young Museum, Golden Gate, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.  http://deyoung.famsf.org/

July 23, 2011.  DANIEL SILVA talks about PORTRAIT OF A SPY, part of which takes place on the streets of Paris.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  6:30pm.

July 23, 2011.  RICK STEVES’ EUROPE focuses on NORMANDY:  WAR-TORN YET FULL OF LIFE.  KQED TV+, 5pm.

July 23 & 24, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Twain Harte Art and Wine Festival, Twain Harte.  We play both days at this great annual street fair--art, wine, food, and Flambeau! Downtown Twain Harte. We will play three sets a day starting at 12:00 noon.  Information: www.fireonthemountain.com  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com

July 24, 2011.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features CHEZ NOUS.  KQED TV9, 5pm.

July 25, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT plays at Le Colonial. Le Jazz Hot (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE  www.LeColonialSF.com or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

July 25-31, 2011.  41ST BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC.   In its 41st consecutive year, the Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women's tennis tournament in the world. The competitive field is second to none with stars Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Samantha Stosur, and French native MARION BARTOLI playing for the title. Special events such as Kids' Day, USPTA Membership Appreciation Day, and Cortiglia Ladies' Day Out are sure to give fans an experience of a lifetime. Bank of the West is happy to offer 20% off tickets to all French consulate newsletter subscribers. Simply click HERE and select the session that you would like to attend and enter the promotional code: NDV11.  Stanford University at the Taube Family Tennis Center, 641 Campus Drive East, Stanford  http://www.bankofthewestclassic.com/

July 26, 2011. TUAREG GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER BOMBINO, presented by Slim's. Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. Already a superstar in the Tuareg community, with the release of "Agadez" on Cumbancha Discovery (April 18th in Europe and April 19th in North America), Bombino's stature as one of Africa's hottest young guitarists will be revealed to the world. Gen. Admission Seating Limited Doors @ 7:30 PM Event @ 8:00 PM Dinner & Admission Doors @ 7:30 PM Event @ 8:00 PM. http://tickets.slims-sf.com/evinfo.php?eventid=144833

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!

July 28, 2011.  MATISSE, PICASSO, STEIN.  Each Thursday evening, one of SFMOMA's curators or specialists shares a perspective on a single artist or artwork on view. Talks last 20 minutes.  Contemporary Jewish Museum Curator Dara Solomon will give a brief overview of their current exhibition Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories and discuss Stein's enduring legacy for generations of artists, including Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Red Grooms, Glenn Ligon, and Deborah Kass, among others.  6:30pm.  Supported in part by the French American Cultural Society.  SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.  www.sfmoma.org

July 28, 2011.  A LITERARY PARIS.  Come join us on Thursday July 28th  at 6 pm for a night of reading, book signing and questions and answers with the author.  You don't have to live in Paris to experience her unique beauty, allure and enchantment. With this dazzling literary celebration of the City of Lights you stroll along the Seine with David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day, sample croissant in a patisserie with M.F.K Fisher in As They Were and savor Mona Lisa's smile at the Louvre with Mark Twain in The Innocents Abroad.   With Fascinating annotation on the works, the  writers and the wonders of one of the world's most beautiful places, A Literary Paris takes you on a bon voyage through this incomparable city - one mot juste at a time!  Jamie Cox Robertson is a author of two books: A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light, and An Uncommon Heroine: Scarlett, Edna, Sula and More Than 20 Other of the Most Remarkable Women in Literature.  She is close to complete her first novel tentatively titled Pretending to be Jacqueline Kupper. Jamie also lectures at the University of Arizona. Prior to moving to Tucson she was a senior lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston.  Free for members and students - $10 for non-members.   "Paris is a moveable feast" - Ernest Hemingway www.afsf.com for details.

July 28, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT DUO featuring ISABELLE FONTAINE on vocals at Uva Trattoria in Napa  7-10pm   RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED! http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

July 28, 2011.  SWISSNEX presents KNIME LIFE SCIENCE DAY 2011.  KNIME (the Konstanz Information Miner), a comprehensive open source data analytics and integration platform, is coming to the Bay Area and invites you to attend a complimentary technical workshop at swissnex San Francisco.  9:30am.  730 Montgomery St., SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ 

Opening July 29, 2011.  THE TREE, a film by JULIE BERTUCELLI. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, I'm Not There) stars in French filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli's achingly beautiful follow-up to her sleeper hit Since Otar Left. Blindsided with anguish after her husband's sudden death, Dawn (Gainsbourg)-along with her four young children-struggles to make sense of life without him. Eight-year-old Simone (newcomer Morgana Davies) becomes convinced that her father is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan fig tree that towers over their house. The family is initially comforted by its presence, but then the tree's enormous roots slowly begin to encroach on the structure and threaten their fragile existence...  The Closing Night Film at Cannes in 2010, THE TREE is a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. Not since classic 1970s works like Picnic at Hanging Rock and Walkabout has the harshly gorgeous outback landscape been such a lyrical yet foreboding metaphor for grief and coming of age.  Lumière Theater, http://www.landmarktheatres.com

July 29, 2011.  PARIS PORTRAITS:  PICASSO, MATISSE, GERTRUDE STEIN AND THEIR CIRCLE.  Mechanics’ Institute at 7pm.  Mechanics' Institute - 57 Post Street, Room 406 - SF www.milibrary.org/events

July 29, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU  play at the Sonoma County Fair.  A big Friday afternoon at the Fair. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Park Stage. 1:15-4:30 pm.  Information: www.sonomacountyfair.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

July 29, 2011.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French standards at La Veranda in Clayton, CA from 6:30-9pm.  http://www.laverandacafe.com  http://www.deborahkuhl.com

July 30, 2011.  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  Docent lecture.  1pm.  de Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 30, 2011.  LEARN TO PRONOUNCE FRENCH SOUNDS WITH LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO!  10:00 AM, $60.00 per person.  ABC Language School, 101 Spear Street, suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105.

July 30, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU  perform at the CALAVERAS CAJUN FETE, SHEEP RANCH.  A great annual event in beautiful Sheep Ranch, a fundraiser for the Calaveras Arts Council. Great barbecue dinner and dancing on the lawn!  Pioneer Hotel, Sheep Ranch (near Murphys).  Information and advance tickets: www.calaverasarts.org or www.rigomania.com for details.

July 30, 2011.  CHECK, PLEASE!  BAY AREA features BALADIE GOURMET CAFÉ and MARCHÉ AUX FLEURS.  KQED TV9, 9am.

July 30, 2011.  PICASSO TO POP:  LIBERATION OF 20TH-CENTURY ART.  Docent lecture.  2:15pm.  de Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 31, 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"

July 31, 2011.  LE COMTE ORY (set in Touraine) by ROSSINI, in the Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever production of this piece, in GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET.  KQED TV9, noon.

July 31, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Twin Pines Park, Belmont.  The City of Belmont's annual Summer Concert Series. Ralston Ave., Belmont. 1:00pm-4:00pm. www.rigomania.com for details.

Through 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.

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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CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (dir. Werner Herzog). Castro, SF; SF Center; Shattuck, Berkeley.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS  (dir.  Woody Allen). Pretty much everywhere; check local listings for details! http://www.midnightinparisfilm.com for the trailer.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details.

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!

LE PETIT MONDE DE DON CAMILLO, with Fernandel, particulièrement destines aux enfants des grades 5 a 12 et même collèges, présenté par le French Film Club of Palo Alto. Tout le programme est détaillé sur notre website au www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/program.php   Le 15 juillet, le film sera précédé d’un BBQ / soirée Bastille Day avec musique française et danses de 6 a 8 (Accordéon ET Rock and Roll) Chanteurs français obligatoires) Le tarif pour les ados est de $10 film et buffet-boisson comprise. Il est de $15 pour les adultes. July 15, 2011.

31ST SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  http://www.sfjff.org July 21-August 8, 2011.Movies include: 

THE TREE, a film by JULIE BERTUCELLI. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, I'm Not There) stars in French filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli's achingly beautiful follow-up to her sleeper hit Since Otar Left. Blindsided with anguish after her husband's sudden death, Dawn (Gainsbourg)-along with her four young children-struggles to make sense of life without him. Eight-year-old Simone (newcomer Morgana Davies) becomes convinced that her father is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan fig tree that towers over their house. The family is initially comforted by its presence, but then the tree's enormous roots slowly begin to encroach on the structure and threaten their fragile existence...  The Closing Night Film at Cannes in 2010, THE TREE is a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. Not since classic 1970s works like Picnic at Hanging Rock and Walkabout has the harshly gorgeous outback landscape been such a lyrical yet foreboding metaphor for grief and coming of age.  Lumière Theater, http://www.landmarktheatres.com Opening July 29! 

VENGO (dir. Tony Gatlif, 2000; in French and Spanish).  Red Vic, SF.

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! 

VIVA RIVA.  Fast-moving Congolese crime thrilled, loaded with graphic sex and violence.  An exploitation film involving a pleasure-loving hustler who brings stolen gas from Angola into the fuel-starved Democratic Republic of Congo…  Roxie, SF.

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

July 1-31, 2011. CORSICAN ARTIST MARA GAHAGAN exhibits her work at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SAN FRANCISCO.The Alliance Française of San Francisco will be exhibiting paintings and drawings of Corsica by Mara Gahagan, from the first to the thirty-first of July, 2011.  Alliance Francaise Presents: Paintings from Corsica: Cultural treasure, natural treasure With artist Mara Gahagan RDV le 14 juillet pour un vernissage et une soirée avec Mara!  Come join us for a reception on July 14th with Mara!RDV le 14 juillet pour un vernissage et une soirée avec Mara!  Please join us for a soirée rendez-vous with Mara !  Bring friends and enjoy a glass of wine or two, art, and French conversation.    Donations appreciated.  Alliance Francaise San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, 415-775-7755  or www.afsf.com for details.

Through July 30, 2011.  HENRI MATISSE:  DRAWINGS AND PRINTS.  Small gallery survey of the artist’s graphic works.  John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Ave., SF  415.781.4629 or http://www.berggruen.com for details.

Through July 31, 2011.   SWISS PHOTOGRAPHER MISHO ~ ART IN THE STREET at 456 Montgomery.  Swiss photographer Misho, aka Michel Schorro, is opening a new show, Art is in the street, in the gallery space at 456 Montgomery Street, where this Consulate is located. This new exhibition focuses on urban textures, including those that present themselves on walls and drainage pipes, which might normally be overlooked.  Join the artist for an opening reception on June 7. 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby San Francisco.  Opening reception June 7, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mandatory RSVP to carmen.archouniani@eda.admin.ch

August 21-January 1, 2011.  THE MOURNERS:  TOMB SCULPTURES FROM THE COURT OF BURGUNDY.  39 sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1371–1419), the second duke of Burgundy. His elaborate tomb, once housed at a monastery on the outskirts of Dijon, is now one of the centerpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. The exhibition draws almost entirely from the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.  Lincoln Park | 100 34th Avenue • San Francisco, CA 94121 | 415.750.3600  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/mourners-tomb-sculpture-court-burgundy

Through August 27, 2011.  PICASSO:  WORKS ON PAPER.  Etchings, lithographs, and linoleum cuts.  Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF.  415.421.7171 or http://www.meyerovich.com for details.

Through 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 September 6, 2011.  SEEING GERTRUDE STEIN:  FIVE STORIES.  Drawing upon a wealth of rarely seen artistic and archival materials, Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories illuminates Stein's life and pivotal role in art during the 20th century. Focusing on Stein's life from the end of World War I through World War II, the exhibition explores her evolving public personae, lifestyle, relationships, landmark Through a portrayal of Stein's contributions in her writings, patronage, and lifestyle, the exhibition provides an intimate look at Stein's complex relationship to her identity, culture, and history. Seeing Gertrude Stein also imagination and inspired generations of writers, artists, musicians, and performers. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco.  http://www.thecjm.org

Through 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 October 16, 2011.  FACE OF OUR TIME.  Face of Our Time examines the work of five photographers--including the Swiss artist Daniel Schwartz--who operate within what Walker Evans referred to as the "documentary style." Sharing an interest in making pictures that capture what the world looks like, they observe the sometimes volatile civil and political transformations facing society and look reflectively at contemporary culture, recording history as it unfolds slowly over time. Schwartz reveals the overlapping narratives between the Silk Route's ancient history and the military and economic power struggles that it faces today.Organized by SFMOMA and supported by Pro Helvetia, the exhibition will include more than 100 photographs.  The exhibition runs through October 16, and there will be a public event on the day of the opening.  Face of Our Time: Photography Exhibition July 7 - October 16, 2011 SFMOMA 151 Third Street San Francisco   Artist Talk Face of Our Time: Jim Goldberg, Richard Misrach, and Daniel Schwartz, artists July 7, 7 p.m. Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA   For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org   Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Through October 16, 2011.  ILLUSTRATED TITLE PAGES:  1500-1900.  Includes works by ODILON REDON and others.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through November 20, 2011.  THE DRAWINGS OF AUGUSTE RODIN.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

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

CLASSES 

FRENCH FOR FUN  - Lafayette, California We have been teaching in the San Francisco East Bay for over 30 years, and we attribute our success to our unique teaching style. Madame Catherine Jolivet, a native of France, is the visionary founder, educator, and leader of the program. The curriculum is a synthesis of the best educational methods - from Montessori to the Project Approach! Academics and the Arts are woven together, and the result is a program that prepares children with skills that lay a foundation for elementary school success. By fostering a sense of fun and adventure our students will discover and develop language and cultural communication skills to empower them as responsible global citizens. Our Early Childhood Program is licensed through the California Department of Social Services, and our After School Program was recently awarded Heritage School status. Early Childhood Classes and most Elementary School Classes take place in a Total Immersion Environment.  To reach French For Fun, please phone 925-283-9822 or stop by 3468 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite B100, Lafayette CA 94549 (in the Corporate Terrace Office Complex).

WORKING IN FRANCE.  Online presentation on the topic of working in France, presented by Laurence Raybois, a consultant specialized in assisting Americans wishing to work/live in France.  The presentation costs $20 and lasts about one hour.  It comes complete with handouts and a free 15-minute follow-up consultation with Laurence Raybois.  It covers visas/cartes de séjour, regulated professions, how EU regulations may be used to work in France and the rights of accompanying family members, among many topics. http://www.americansmovingtofrance.com

NEW CLASSES FOR SUMMER at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Come and enjoy our current and new classes such as; “Révision”, “Cours intensif”, “Conversation”, “lecture”,”chansons” …  Please see our schedules for beginners, intermediate, or advanced classes.  To register please call 510 548 7481 or info@afberkeley.org

NEWS FROM THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  L'Alliance Francaise in Santa Rosa has a very exciting and flexible summer program.  Please choose a minimum of 5 classes anywhere on our summer schedule. Each selected date counts as one class, and each class is $28.00.  The registration form is on page 3, and you will find a membership form on our webpage: http://www.afsantarosa.org/membership.  Please mail your registration forms and checks to us. The address is on the form.  Click on the link below to see our summer schedule:
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July 18-August 10, 2011.  SUMMER FRENCH REVIEW CLASSES taught by ANNE BISHOP, including Beginner Plus & Lower Intermediate French Review; Intermediate French Review; and Advanced French Review – Cours de Perfectionnement.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  $120.  Times and days vary.

August 12-24, 2011.  LEVERS DE RIDEAU: L'INCIPIT, un cours offert par RENEE MOREL au FRENCH CLASS. "Je ne sais pas trop par où commencer", avoue le narrateur des Âmes grises, et c'est ainsi que commence le roman. À l’inverse, le Voyage au bout de la nuit, de Céline, nous assure que "Ça a débuté comme ça". Tout se joue dès cette première phrase (l'"incipit" ou début d’un texte littéraire), qui a pour fonction d'accrocher le lecteur par sa forme (ou par son revers de veston), sa concision ou son humour ("Comment s’étaient-ils rencontrés ? Par hasard, comme tout le monde" écrit Diderot dans Jacques le Fataliste et son Maître). L’incipit a aussi pour rôle traditionnel d'informer le lecteur (lieu, personnages, temps de l’action)... à moins de vouloir brouiller les cartes! Il souligne alors le détachement ("Aujourd’hui, Maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas", L’étranger, d’Albert Camus) ou le désir de subvertir les conventions romanesques ("Longtemps je me suis couché de bonne heure") ou de détruire les attentes du lecteur ("Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs" prévient Claude Lévi-Strauss dès la première phrase de Tristes tropiques). L’incipit emploie divers procédés techniques, diverses figures de style, il se fait poétique, philosophique ou nous plonge brutalement dans le feu de l’action (in media res).  L’incipit établit également un "contrat de genre" en indiquant quel code utiliser dans le cadre de sa lecture (s’agit-il d’un conte? d’un roman policier? d'une autofiction?). L’auteur peut apostropher son lecteur ("Ainsi ferez-vous, vous qui tenez ce livre"), nouer un pacte de lecture avec lui. Irrésistible ou inquiétant, ironique ou flamboyant, conventionnel ou insolite: venez discuter l'incipit, sous toutes ses formes!  3 weeks (August 10 - August 24, 2011). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON).  $95. Discounts for early birds ($85) as well as for early birds who are French Class members ($75). No book to purchase: texts will be provided.  IMPORTANT: Classrooms being small, you need to register ahead of time to save a seat.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102, TEL: (415) 362.3666, FAX: (415) 362.4334. 

Beginning August 22, 2011.  GYPSY JAZZ ENSEMBLE WORKSHOPS every Monday through Nov (continuing). Evan Price & Paul Mehling will offer GYPSY JAZZ ENSEMBLE workshops at THE JAZZ SCHOOL in Berkeley, CA 1:30-3:30pm http://www.jazzschool.com/html/classes_guitar.html  All levels of guitar & violinists are welcome to join!!!

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

September 14-January 11, 2011.  MEDICINE & LITERATURE BOOK GROUP led by Dr. Lawrence White, discusses MOLIERE’s THE HYPOCHONDRIAC and ALBERT CAMUS’s THE PLAGUE, among others.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  $105.

September 21-October 19, 2011.  IMPRESSIONISM:  BEYOND THE LANDSCAPE.  A class spread over five Wednesdays taught by KERRIN MEIS at Book Passage.  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE opens at the Legion of Honor Museum on October 22.  The exhibit includes over 100 works of art, including 50 paintings from his early years in the Caribbean to his death in Paris in 1903.  Pissarro, whose politics were left of center, was involved in the social, political, and economic issues of his time.  This class explores his works as well as paintings of his colleagues:  Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Morisot, and Caillebotte.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  2pm-4pm.

September 26-November 7, 2011.  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  $245.  1pm-3:15pm.

September 27-November 15, 2011.  FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm-3pm.

October 3-November 17, 2011. FALL FRENCH CLASSES taught by ANNE BISHOP, including Beginning French; Lower Intermediate French; Intermediate French; Advanced French; and Cours de Perfectionnement.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  $235.  Times and days vary.

LEARN FRENCH ONLINE WITH SKYPE AND THE FRENCH CLASS. Learn, speak and practice French face to face with your teacher just like in a classroom. It's easy and very effective for students of any level, even complete beginners! Skype is FREE and VERY easy to install and use. The rates are:  $20  x 20 for twenty 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($400) $25 x 10 for ten 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($250) $28 x 5 for five 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($140) $30 for one single 30 minute lesson ($30) For more information, please contact Dominiquebremond@aol.com The French Class - www.frenchclass.com     500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.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/

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.

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.

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! 

August 2, 2011.  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  Docent lecture.  1pm.  de Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 2, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU performs at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  Information and advance tickets: www.ashkenaz.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

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 4, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and accordionist Dave Miotke at Uva Trattoria in Napa  7-10pm   RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED!  http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 4, 2011. ELLEN SUSSMAN speaks about FRENCH LESSONS at Mechanics’ Institute. 7 PM. www.milibrary.org for details.

August 4, 2011.  ELLEN SUSSMAN talks about FRENCH LESSONS.  West Portal Books, 80 West Portal, SF.  415.564.8080 or www.bookshopewestportal.com for details.  7pm.

August 6, 2011.  LAURA SHEPPARD, performer, gives voice to HARRIET LANE LEVY’S PARIS PORTRAITS:  STORIES OF PICASSO, MATISSE, GERTRUDE STEIN AND THEIR CIRCLE, with a dramatic 45 minute performance in period costumes.  In 1907 Levy, a celebrated San Francisco writer and theater critic, moved to France with her friend Alice B. Toklas and suddenly found herself immersed in the vibrant world of La Belle Epoque Paris.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

August 6, 2011.  LEARN FRENCH LIAISONS WITH LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO!  10:00 AM, $60.00 per person, ABC Language School, 101 Spear Street, suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105.

August 8, 2011.  BRANDI LYNN RYDER talks about her suspense novel IN MALICE, QUITE CLOSE.  French ex-pat Tristan Mourault is the wealthy, urbane heir to a world-renowned collection of art and an insatiable pervert.  He becomes fixated on a 15-year-old girl in San Francisco, and decides to kidnap her and stage her death to mask his true crime.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm. 

August 8, 2011.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOHPHONE reads GEORGES SIMENON’s CHIEN JAUNE.  7pm, Berkeley.  Potluck.  Contact: berenicevlm@yahoo.com

August 9, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU  perform at the Plaza Summer Concert Series, downtown Healdsburg, 6pm-8pm.  Information: www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us or www.rigomania.com for details.

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!

August 12-31, 2011.  THE TIMELESS CINEMA OF MARCEL PAGNOLIn celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Chez Panisse, BAM/PFA is pleased to present a retrospective of French filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, whose spirited cinema gave Alice Waters the name for Chez Panisse Restaurant; you may have seen the posters for Marcel Pagnol’s films on the walls of this famed Berkeley restaurant. Two other local eateries that have branched off from Chez Panisse, Café Fanny and César, are also named after Pagnol’s memorable screen characters.  Playwright-turned-screenwriter Marcel Pagnol (1895–1974) was raised in Marseilles, the son of a schoolteacher and a seamstress. When Pagnol began making films, he moved from Paris back to Provence to capture the arid landscape, colorful port city characters, and joie de vivre of his birthplace. An early practitioner of sound cinema, Pagnol’s films nailed the art of conversation: action is often propelled by gossip, humor, tall tales, and punditry. Pagnol’s fluid transition from his work as a successful playwright to his recognition as a film director and producer was due in large part to his understanding of the new form of the talkies, which he felt held immense possibilities for cinema. His naturalistic style and innovative use of location shooting influenced a generation of neorealists.  Pagnol’s films have long been favorites of PFA audiences, where our forty-year history has intersected with that of Chez Panisse, especially during the period when Tom Luddy was the director of the archive. Pagnol’s cinema is so rich that it rewards from repeated viewings and will become an addictive treat for newcomers.  Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Ave, #2250, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

August 13, 2011. CAJUN / ZYDECO FESTIVAL, featuring BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET, ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS, and GATOR BEAT.  Order advance tickets by August 8.  Ardenwood Historic Farm, East Bay Regional Park, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont (off Hwy 84, just east of the Dumbarton Bridge).  $18/$3 in advance; $22/$5 at gate. 1.888.EBPARKS or www.ebparks.org for details.

August 13, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Gravenstein Apple Fair, Sebastopol.  Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol. Stage 2, our showtimes--1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Information:  www.gravensteinapplefair.com www.rigomania.com for details.

August 14, 2011.  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  Docent lecture.  1pm.  de Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 14, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform with MICHAEL DOUCET & BEAUSOLEIL at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.  A Backyard Barbecue at the Rancho! This will be a great double bill with Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet and his great band. If you're a fan of great fiddling (and who isn't?) you won't want to miss this show!
Town Square, Nicasio. 4:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets:  www.ranchonicasio.com or 415 662-2219 or www.rigomania.com for details.

August 18, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT (the quartet of the HCSF featuring Sam Rocha on bass & Clint Baker on horns) will play for the Stanford Jazz Festival in Palo Alto, CA 6-7:30 FREE.  Part of the SF Jazz Festival Concert series  http://www.sfjazz.org/sfjazz-summerfest or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 23, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET for FREE at NOON in SF Rincon Center, 121 Spear St. or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 26, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, CA 8:30-11ish FREE www.Speisekammer.com or www.HCSF.com  or  www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 27, 2011.  JOYCE GOLDSTEIN, author of MEDITERRANEAN FRESH, leads a free cooking demonstration using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market at the SF Ferry Building.  Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  11am.

August 27, 2011.  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  Docent lecture.  1pm.  de Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 27, 2011.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE AT THE FRENCH CLASS, presented by Dominique Brémond. $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 and, subsequently, your comprehension. 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. Please call us for more details. 415.362.3666. The French Class - www.frenchclass.com     500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

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 17, 2011.  PARIS EST UNE FETE.  The French American Cultural Society will hold its annual fundraising gala on September 17th 2011, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. This year, the theme is Paris est une fête.   The event and its silent auction will benefit their cultural and educational projects.  Tickets start at: 250 dollars.  Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco.  For more information, please contact the FACS at events@facs-sf.org.

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 11 – 20, 2011.  PROJET DE VOYAGE POUR LE SUD DU MAROC, organisé par NADINE GOODBAN.  Nous ne parlerons qu'en français, ce qui tiendra lieu d' Atelier.  Guides parlent français aussi.   Et nous tous, durant déjeuners et diners, balades, visites et longues soirées, ce sera tout comme en classe.  Le coût en est de  $3,934.00 pour un petit groupe de 12.  (prix du séjour tout compris -  mes services sont gratuits )  Pour plus de renseignements, appelez-moi.  nadalang@comcast.net(707) 644 – 3421.  Summary of Trip10 days, 8 nightsRoundtrip airfare SanFransisco to Casablanca1 Day Casablanca4 Days Marrakech4 Days AgadirBreakfast and Dinner DailyTour HighlightsTour Hassan II MosqueFantasia Moroccan Dinnerand Cultural ShowDjemaa El Fna and Souks ofMarrakechOuarzazate – Morocco’s LittleHollywood!Drive through the High AtlasMountainsToubkal National ParkBeauty of ImmouzerOceanside resort in Agadir.

October 15-November 10, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs DON GIOVANNI, based on the play by MOLIERE.  www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 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!

October 26-29, 2011.  THE DESDEMONA PROJECT, a collaboration between Toni Morrison, Peter Sellars, and ROKIA TRAORÉ, comes to Cal Performances.  An intimate and profound conversation from beyond the grave between Shakespeare’s Desdemona and Barbara, the woman Shakespeare identifies as the African nurse who raised her.  After centuries of colonialism and racism, the two women share stories, songs, determination, and hope for a different future.  Traoré, who wrote the music and sings the title role, plays off the GRIOT tradition, transforming and extending classic MALIAN MUSIC into a truly mesmerizing sound.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Playhouse.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

October 27-30, 2011.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA and VIVCA GERNAUX perform ARIAS FOR FARINELLI, including LA GUIRLANDE by RAMEAU, and others.  Locations:  Atherton (8pm), San Francisco (8pm), Berkeley (8pm & 7:30pm).  http://philharmonia.org for details.

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 6-December 4, 2011. CARMEN by GEORGES BIZET; Libretto by HENRI MEILHAC & LUDOVIC HALEVY. Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera, and Kate Aldrich embodies her as well as any performer today. The sultry mezzo-soprano is “an impressive Carmen…who brought her alluring physique and rich, healthy voice to this touchstone role” (The New York Times). The classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production features tenor Thiago Arancam, fresh from his success in San Francisco Opera's Cyrano de Bergerac (2010), as Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen's spell. Paulo Szot, a Tony Award winner for South Pacific adored for his "sultry bedroom eyes and...rich, commanding baritone" (The New York Times) promises to be a breathtaking bullfighter, with Adler Fellow soprano Sara Gartland as Micaëla. Sung in French with English supertitles Approximate running time: 3 hours, 20 minutes including two intermissions. www.sfopera.com for details.

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.

November 17-20, 2011.  ENDGAME & WATT, two plays by ex-pat to Paris SAMUEL BECKETT.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Playhouse.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

November 27-December 4, 2011. CARMEN FOR FAMILIES. By GEORGES BIZET, with libretto by HENRI MEILHAC & LUDOVIC HALEVY. The perfect introduction to opera, Carmen for Families is a two and a half hour version of this season's exciting production, telling the classic story of love, jealousy, betrayal and death with character types recognizable by audiences of all ages. Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work, featuring the alluring gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and her brave bullfighter who wins her heart. This opera is recommended for ages 10 and up due to the mature nature of the characters and story of Carmen. Sung in English with English supertitles Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. www.sfopera.com for details.

February 10-12, 2011.  HARMONIA FELICE performs  LE VIRTUOSE SUBLIME:  MUSIC OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE.  Sublime, spiritual, and sensual music of 18th-century France for various combinations of instruments, including violin, gamba, cello and harpsichord.  The concert will include works by ELIZABETH CLAUDE JACQUET DE LA GUERRE, MARIN MARAIS, JEAN-BAPTISTE BARRIEREA and FRANÇOIS COUPERIN.  San Francisco Early Music Society:  Friday, 8pm, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer at Webster, Palo Alto; Saturday, 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber, Berkeley; Sunday, 4pm, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco. www.sfems.org for details.

February 10-March 25, 2012.  A DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF.  Written by MOLIERE, adapted by Christoper Bayes and Steven Epp.  Molière’s classic comedy comes to uproarious new life in a clever and contemporary adaptation from one of Berkeley Rep’s favorite artists. Steven Epp delighted audiences as Figaro and The Miser—now he’s back with A Doctor in Spite of Himself. The traditional story of a girl feigning illness to avoid an unwanted wedding erupts into hilarity when Epp decides to play doctor. In a pitch-perfect production punctuated with live music, this ridiculous physician proves that love and laughter remain life’s best medicine.  A co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre.   Berkeley Rep, Roda Theatre,  http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1112/index.asp 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. 

March 3, 2012.  IRVIN MAYFIELD & THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA performs classic New Orleans jazz for Cal Performances.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

March 31, 2012.  BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs in VOICES OF LIGHT, which merges Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent masterpiece THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC with a live performance of Richard Einhorn’s haunting and profound score.  An acclaimed evening of music-theater.  8pm.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

April 25-May 13, 2012.  IN PARIS.  Berkeley Rep invites you to a love story that could only unfold In Paris. Legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov takes the stage with Anna Sinyakina and a talented ensemble assembled by visionary director Dmitry Krymov. Based on a story by Nobel Prize– winner Ivan Bunin, In Paris is a dazzling new play set in the 1930s, which mixes movement with a romantic story and spectacular design. This rare international collaboration—told in French and Russian with English supertitles—unites renowned artists born in Russia for a vivid visual experience. Visit the city of light and love with Berkeley Rep, Baryshnikov, and the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory.  Adapted from the short story by ivan Bunin Composition and direction by dmitry Krymov A production of Baryshnikov Arts Center, dmitry Krymov laboratory, and russian Century Foundation in association with Korjaamo Theater, Helsinki roda Theatre · April 25–may 13, 2012.  To get first dibs on tickets to this special event, you must provide your email address when you order your subscription!http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1112/index.asp for details.

April 29, 2012.  SANDRINE PIAU, soprano, performs with SUSAN MANOFF, piano, in Piau’s Cal Performances début.  Piau was crowned Opera Singer of the Year in 2009 by the French music industry, and in 2010, her album Between Heaven and Earth won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Album of the Year award.  Featuring music by FAURE, CHAUSSON, RAVEL, POULENC and more.  Cal Performances, Hertz Hall.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org 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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