July 28-August 5, 2011

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July & August Events

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/ 

July 28 & 29, 2011.  PARIS PORTRAITS:  STORIES OF PICASSO, MATISSE, GERTRUDE STEIN, AND THEIR CIRCLE.  HARRIET LANE LEVY (1867-1950).  Performance and book event at the Mechanics’ Library.  A staged dramatic reading "debuts" the first-time publication of a hidden-away memoir by a turn-of-the-century writer, art lover, and world traveler. Laura Sheppard brings to life the voice of Harriet Lane Levy (1867-1950), who moved to Paris in 1907 with her friend and neighbor Alice B. Toklas and suddenly found herself immersed in a strange and vibrant world. Levy tells of her initiation into the Parisian lifestyle and salons of the Stein family, the rivalry between Picasso and Matisse, wild nights in Montmartre, and her own discoveries as a single woman abroad. Her portrait of Paris is both intimate and grand.  7pm each night.  4th Floor Cafe and Meeting Room.  Members $12 / Public $15. For details:  www.milibrary.org or (415) 393-0100.

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

Opening July 29, 2011.  LE NOM DES GENS / THE NAMES OF LOVE.  Baya Benmahmoud (Sara Forestier) is a young, extroverted liberal who takes the old hippie slogan “Make love, not war” literally -- converting right-wing men to her lefty political causes by seducing them!  She enjoys exceptional results until she meets Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin), an angst-ridden, middle aged, Jewish, middle-of-the road scientist. Bound by common tragic family histories (the Algerian War and WWII under the Vichy Regime), the duo improbably fall in love. In this unexpected, enchanted love story, filmmaker Michel Leclerc offers bubbly amour, sexy humor and moments of sheer madness, with an injection of savvy commentary on hot-button sociopolitical issues like Arab-Jewish relations, anti-Semitism, immigration, and racial and cultural identity. (A Music Box Films release)  César Awards 2011; Cannes International Film Festival 2010 - Official Selection. Director: Michel Leclerc  Writers: Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc.  Landmark Cinemas, SF; Shattck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. http://www.namesoflovemovie.com for details.

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 29 & 30, 2011.  MUSIC IN THE BISTRO, featuring UN DEUX TROIS:  FRENCH MUSIC WITH A TWIST at The French Garden Restaurant & Bistro.  Bal Musette • Traditional French • Original Compositions  Friday July 29th & Saturday July 30th • 7:00 - 10:00PM.  The French Garden Restaurant & Bistro, 8050 Bodega Avenue • Sebastopol.  No Cover Charge!  Farm-French food that blends European and Sonoma sensibilities.

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.

Through July 31, 2011.  OPERA ACADEMY OF CALIFORNIA performs L’ETOILE by EMMANUEL CHABRIER. This fully staged, hilarious, and fun-filled brilliant operatic comedy sparkles with beautiful music and dramatic situations ranging from sad to hysterically funny. L'Etoile is a story of love that takes place in most unusual circumstances and places and has a happy ending as a reward for all! L'Etoile is sung in French, with spoken dialogues and supertitles in English. L'Etoile is conducted by Maestro Valery Ryvkin and directed by Yefim Maizel, Artistic Director of the Opera Academy of California.   Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.  415.441.8822 or http://www.magictheatre.org for details.

Through July 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 31, 2011.  POCKET OPERA performs THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (in English).  Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., SF.  415.972.8934 or www.pocketopera.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.

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 play CAJUN / ZYDECO / BLUES at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  Recently crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, violinist-fiddler-composer and singer  Tom Rigney  and his band Flambeau play the "hits" and songs from their just-issued CD, "Don't Fight It." Rigney says of the new release, "It's a pretty eclectic mix of straight blues, swamp blues, jump blues, boogie-woogie, Memphis-style R&B, and a bunch of  my original bluesy instrumentals."  Tom Rigney & Flambeau play traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets them apart is Rigney's fresh  musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie  keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm  $10 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  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.

Opening August 5, 2011.  ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH / SARAH’S KEY. Paris, July 1942: Sarah (Mélusine Mayance), a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty-seven years later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future. Also starring Aidan Quinn, Sarah's Key is based on the novel by Tatiana De Rosnay.  Embarcadero, SF.  www.landmarketheaters.com for details.

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.

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

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!

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. 

August 12, 2011.  MASTERPIECE MYSTERY:  POIROT XI:  THREE ACT TRAGEDY.  KQED TV+, 8pm.  Based on stories about the Belgian sleuth.

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 14, 2011.  LE PETIT MARCHÉ – THE FRENCH MARKET.   Shop for a great selection of food as well as antiques and collectibles at a French-style market.  Veterans’ Memoral parking lot, San Rafael.  415.499.6800 or www.marincenter.org 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 18, 2011.  THE DREAMERS.  Bertolucci’s most recent feature initially gained notoriety for being saddled with an NC-17 rating upon its 2004 American release. The controversy now seems overblown: although unashamed of sexuality, The Dreamers does not provoke in the manner of Last Tango in Paris. Rather, the film celebrates late sixties youth culture—and in particular the cinephilia and sex that were so intertwined with it. Although set during the May 1968 riots that seized the streets of Paris, The Dreamers unfolds primarily inside a vast apartment, where a young American, Matthew (Michael Pitt), forges an intense bond with the beautiful “identical” twins Isabelle and Theo (Eva Green and Louis Garrel), who share a great deal more than genetics. The trio’s relationship grows ever more complicated as they reenact film scenes, debate politics, and explore their sexuality.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  7pm.

Opening August 19, 2011.  MOZART’S SISTER.  Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart (Marie Feret) is five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, she gives way to Wolfgang as the main attraction as their father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring before the royal courts of pre-French Revolution Europe. Forbidden to play the violin or compose as she approaches marriageable age, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed on her gender. But a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers an alternative… (A Music Box Films release)  Directed by René Féret.   Stars Marie Féret, Marce Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau, Clovis Fouin.  http://www.mozartssister.com for details.   Lumiere Theatre, San Francisco; Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley; Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

August 19-21, 2011.  SAUSALITO FILM FESTIVAL.  415.887.9506 or www.sausalitofilmfestival.com for details.

August 22, 2011.  OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S DAEDALUS PLAY READING features LA CAGE AUX FOLLESS. A semi-staged concert version of the musical La Cage aux Folles. Tickets are just $20 and proceeds go toward HIV-AIDS prevention and education, and support for those suffering from HIV-AIDS.   The musical La Cage aux Folles debuted on Broadway in 1983, winning six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The book is by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.   Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, and the popular 1978 movie, the musical focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction, and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges's son, Jean-Michel, brings home his fiancée's ultra-conservative parents to meet them.  Headlining the OSF cast will be Anthony Heald as Albin/Zaza and David Kelly as Georges. The cast also includes OSF veterans Miriam A. Laube, Brad Whitmore, Ted Deasy and many more.  3pm.  http://www.osfashland.org/   

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 24, 2011.  LEFT BANK BRASSERIE LARKSPUR TO HOST MEET THE CHEF DINNER.  Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur, California will host a Meet The Chef Dinner on Wednesday, August 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The restaurant’s new chef, Fabrice Marcon, will prepare a $47.00 four-course prix fixe menu which will also include an hors d'oeuvre reception and will be served in Left Bank’s private dining room. Reservations are required and the price excludes tax and gratuity.  Chef Marcon, now 41 years old, is a native of France who apprenticed as a teenager in 2- and 3-star Michelin restaurants and early in his career worked in some of Europe’s most respected venues including Le Chat Botté at the Beau Rivage Palace in Geneva, Restaurant Paul Bocuse in Lyon, and the Grand Hotel Stockholm where he met an American pastry chef who he later married. After venturing back to the United States and settling in the Bay Area, Marcon and his wife opened the acclaimed Hyde Street Bistro and Mistral restaurants in San Francisco.  Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur is located at 507 Magnolia Avenue at Ward Street. Free parking is readily available on the street and in a municipal lot across from the restaurant. Visit Left Bank at www.leftbank.com .  For reservations, call (415) 927-3331, log onto the restaurant’s Web site or go to OpenTable.com.

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

August 27, 2011.  AMERICAN RED CROSS COURSE ON THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS.  Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 3.5 hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. Everyone welcome. This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa. Please find a course flier attached and feel free to share it with interested persons. This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know.   To register for the class, please call 577-7600. The class is free of charge.  

Through August 28, 2011.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS.  Adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy and Penny Metropulos.  From the novel by Alexandre Dumas.  Directed by Art Manke.  All for one and one for all!” Follow d’Artagnan’s quest to join forces with the Three Musketeers, and battle the blackhearted and malevolent Cardinal of France. Dazzling swordplay, harrowing adventure, and sweeping romance mark this adaptation of the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, all presented in the dramatic beauty of the outdoor Glen.  Shakespeare Santa Cruz • is pleased to offer a discount to the 2011 summer season.  The discount is valid on any performance of The Three Musketeers,from July 20 - August 28.   Discount prices are as follows:   Reserved seating (usually $50) is $40  Non-reserved groundling seats (usually $39) are $30  Youth $14  Full-time student $15.  www.shakespearesantacruz.org for details.  **To receive your discount: Enter the promotional code “Dumas” in the box in the left-hand column of the online order form.  Then, scroll through the list of performances below and click the BUY button for the performance(s) you wish to attend.  This will unlock your discount and allow you to purchase tickets at the discounted price.

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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AFRICA UNITED.  The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa.  Balboa, SF.

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

THE DREAMERS.  Bertolucci’s most recent feature initially gained notoriety for being saddled with an NC-17 rating upon its 2004 American release. The controversy now seems overblown: although unashamed of sexuality, The Dreamers does not provoke in the manner of Last Tango in Paris. Rather, the film celebrates late sixties youth culture—and in particular the cinephilia and sex that were so intertwined with it. Although set during the May 1968 riots that seized the streets of Paris, The Dreamers unfolds primarily inside a vast apartment, where a young American, Matthew (Michael Pitt), forges an intense bond with the beautiful “identical” twins Isabelle and Theo (Eva Green and Louis Garrel), who share a great deal more than genetics. The trio’s relationship grows ever more complicated as they reenact film scenes, debate politics, and explore their sexuality.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  7pm. August 18, 2011.

ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH / SARAH’S KEY. Paris, July 1942: Sarah (Mélusine Mayance), a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty-seven years later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future. Also starring Aidan Quinn, Sarah's Key is based on the novel by Tatiana De Rosnay.  Embarcadero, SF.  www.landmarketheaters.com for details. Opening August 5, 2011. 

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS  (dir.  Woody Allen).Balboa, SF; Albany, Embarcadero, 1000 Van Ness, Piedmont, Sundance Kabuki. http://www.midnightinparisfilm.com for the trailer.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com for details.

MOZART’S SISTER.  Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart (Marie Feret) is five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, she gives way to Wolfgang as the main attraction as their father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring before the royal courts of pre-French Revolution Europe. Forbidden to play the violin or compose as she approaches marriageable age, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed on her gender. But a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers an alternative… (A Music Box Films release)  Directed by René Féret.   Stars Marie Féret, Marce Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau, Clovis Fouin.  http://www.mozartssister.com for details.   Lumiere Theatre, San Francisco; Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley; Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. Opening August 19, 2011

LE NOM DES GENS / THE NAMES OF LOVE.  Dir. Michel Leclerc.  Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results – until she meets Arthur Martin, a middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. While Arthur appears to be a likely candidate for her unique political strategy, his unwillingness to fall for her game only encourages Baya to pursue him, with surprisingly sexy consequences.  Sara Forestier won best actress César Awards for The Names of Love.  Opening July 29!  Watch local listings for details!

RAPT. Colder than cool — and pokerfaced in its perusal of all the angles — this hostage thriller takes as its starting point the real-life 1978 kidnapping of Belgian aristo Baron Edouard-Jean Empain. Slick industrialist Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal) is smoothly going through the motions of life — preparing for a sojourn to China alongside heads of state, swinging through his gambling den, indulging in an afternoon tryst with a mistress, then heading home to make fatherly noises for the family. Graff's seamless, impressively precise kidnapping effectively cock-blocks the routine. Fifty million euros is the ransom, and the kidnappers quickly, brutally demonstrate that they mean bidness. Filmmaker Lucas Belvaux tests the tension at home, in the boardroom, among law enforcement, while the ugly details of Graff's day-to-day life are laid bare by the French tabloids, much like dismembered body parts — and giving off a whiff of the hypocrisies surrounding ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. More often behind the camera than before it, Attal offers what might be his best performance as the entitled scion reduced to a cowering bag of bones and scar tissue. He's well-matched by Anne Consigny as his shell-shocked spouse and Alex Descas as his lawyer, as Belvaux efficiently delivers his core query with almost zero melodrama: who's the more brutal player in this high-stakes game — the so-called terrorists or the cutthroat captains of industry? (From SF Bay Guardian, by Chun) Reviewed in the July 24, 2011 Sunday Datebook (pink pages), SF Chronicle, p.20. Lumiere, Shattuck.

SAUSALITO FILM FESTIVAL.  415.887.9506 or www.sausalitofilmfestival.com for details. August 19-21, 2011.

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

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 12-31, 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 Opening July 29! 

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

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7pm.   Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Visit http://www.afsf.com for updates on featured films. Suggested donation of $5.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. To learn more : http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

ART

Through 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. MARA GAHAGAN exhibits PAINTINGS OF CORSICA 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 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.  RESIDENCY PROJECTS ONE with work by Canadian artist MAUDE LEONARD-CONTANT and others.  Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  510.549.2977 or www.kala.org for details.

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 August 31, 2011. TOMMY’S POINT, with work by French photographer MARC RIBAUD.  Rhythmix Cultural Works K Gallery, 253 Blanding Ave., Alameda.  510.865.5060 or www.rhythmix.org 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

September 21-November 12, 2011.  THINK ART – ACT SCIENCE.  What happens when you take an artist and put him or her in a scientific laboratory? Find out this fall, when swissnex San Francisco presents Think Art - Act Science at the San Francisco Art Institute.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

October 5, 2011 – January 1, 2012.  RODIN AND AMERICA:  INFLUENCE AND ADAPTATION, 1876-1936.  Auguste Rodin, the most famous sculptor of his day, not only appealed to sophisticated American collectors but also had a profound influence on American artists, beginning in the 1890s and persisting for decades after Rodin's death in 1917. This exhibition is the first to examine the scope of this influence, analyzing the impact of both his work itself and his ideas on sculptors, such as Malvina Hoffman and Lorado Taft, as well as on artists working in two-dimensions, such as the photographer Edward Steichen and the painter Georgia O'Keeffe.  Cantor Center for the Arts, Lomita Drive, Stanford University. www.museum.stanford.edu for details. 

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.

October 22, 2011 – January 22, 2012.   PISSARRO’S PEOPLE. Camille Pissarro had a unique and lifelong interest in the human figure. From his earliest years in the Caribbean and Venezuela until his death in Paris in 1903, Pissarro drew, painted, and made prints featuring human subjects from every walk of life, which outnumber the figural works of his colleagues Monet and Sisley. Pissarro’s People celebrates the painter’s humanism in all its aspects and brings together nearly 100 works of art, including some 37 paintings and numerous works on paper made over the course of his entire career. Highlights include portraits of the artist’s friends and family as well as notable genre scenes set in the fields and marketplaces of rural France. Pissarro’s paintings of townspeople, peasants, and farm workers stress their individuality rather than their mythic qualities, which so preoccupied Millet, his predecessor in the agricultural figural tradition. The cast of characters Pissarro represented reflects his unique engagement in contemporary political, social, and economic issues. The exhibition reconsiders Pissarro’s people within this rich contextual setting.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF.  http://deyoung.famsf.org 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 

July 29-August 19, 2011.  FRIDAY NIGHT WINE AND CONVERSATION CLASS.   Voilà what we've all been waiting for : Friday French conversation class! 5:30-7:00 PM   Commencez la fin de semaine en français et en vous amusant dans un petit groupe ! 4 weeks of class starting July 29th. Enrollment is $125   To register go to www.afsf.com  or call 415.775.7755.  

August 8-12, 2011.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELLERS.  Headed on a fantastic French vacation?  Enroll in our express course and learn some language basics to help you navigate with ease while traveling in France !     In the Essential French for Travelers course you will learn to:   - Meet, greet, and get to know people    - Make hotel reservations      - Plan and book cultural, seasonal activities    - Order a meal in bistros and restaurants     - Buy tickets for and use public transportation   - Communicate politely with boutique, hotel, and restaurant staff       2:00 PM - 4:00 PM         Class enrollment is $225 including course materials.  To register please visit www.afsf.com or call 415.775.7755.  

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.

Starting August 29, 2011.  NEW 8-WEEK SESSION at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Special offer for students starting at Level 2 and above:  bring a registration form or an ad from a 6 or 8-week program for another San Francisco private language school and we will beat their price by 20%. Restriction: NO refunds or credits after 08/26/11. Please do not ask us to make an exception. Please note that pre-registration by phone (even last minute) is highly recommended as classes may be full or cancelled for lack of registrations.  If you simply show up on the first day of class without calling first, the class of your choice may be full or cancelled.  CALL US NOW 415.362.3666 to sign up. A bientôt! See you soon!  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102.  (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

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.

Wednesdays & Fridays. FRENCH FOR FREE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Please note: French for Free IS NOT A CLASS. It is a free conversation group open to people who speak some French and would like to practice. Everyone is welcome. Being enrolled in one of our classes is NOT required.  Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.  Fridays from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102.  (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

LE CERCLE DU LIVRE (BOOK CLUB) AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Une fois par mois. Gratuit pour les membres de The French Class.  Morning:  one Monday per month at 11:00 a.m. Marcel Proust. Le Côté de Guermantes.  Evening: one Thursday per month at 5:30 p.m. TBA.  A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club. Veuillez téléphoner  au (415) 362-3666 pour vous inscrire à l'avance. Merci.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102.  (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

PETITS CONFETTIS, A NEW FRENCH IMMERSION PRESCHOOL IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, from HELENE GSELL.  Petits Confettis est une nouvelle Preschool tout en Francais sur Mountain View qui recherche des volontaires pour la rentree de Septembre. Le poste est flexible: Lundi, Mardi, Jeudi et/ou Vendredi (ferme le Mercredi). De 9am a 4pm ou de 9am a midi et/ou de 1pm a 4pm. Une compensation sera offerte pour tout volontariat. Les enfants ont entre 3 ans et 5 ans et une maitresse de Francais assurera les cours. Pour toute information, visitez le site: www.petitsconfettis.com  Contactez-nous a: info@petitsconfettis.com  

PAINTING COURSES AND HOLIDAYS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.     Join English painter and teacher Nicola on one of her fun creative courses in the Languedoc area in the south of France. Learn or improve your drawing and painting skills, how to work in watercolours ‘plein air’, or for something quite different, how to paint furniture and accessories with that French ‘Shabby Chic’ style while staying in a Château on the banks of Le Canal du Midi.  Every year Nicola hosts a variety of courses and holidays in both the Languedoc and Provence and can be booked by private groups.  www.painting-holidays-france.com 

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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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! 

September 4, 2011.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP.  Prochaine réunion: dimanche 4 septembre, 3-5pm.  Place: Au Coquelet Café, 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley.  Book: Salammbô, par Gustave Flaubert.  Avec un luxe de détails inouïs, sous nos yeux étonnés, Flaubert évoque les splendeurs de l’empire antique de Carthage trois siècles avant J.-C., ainsi que la barbarie des mercenaires qu’elle avait employés, et qui se révoltèrent, furieux de ne pas avoir reçu la solde convenue.   Salammbô est la fille d'Hamilcar, le commandant militaire de la grande Carthage. Mes les Barbares, sous les ordres de Mâtho et Spendius, menacent de la prendre. Mâtho, le chef des mercenaires, a vu Salammbô et il ne peut plus l'oublier. Le livre décrit avec un réalisme époustouflant les batailles entre les armées, les combats féroces et les morts. Il raconte aussi l'histoire d'amour impossible entre Mâtho et Salammbô, avec une sensualité enivrante.  Dans ce roman, Flaubert a donné libre cours à son goût pour la narration historique. Avec ses passages forts, rouges, violents, ce roman recrée de toute pièce un monde, et met en valeur le style somptueux et l’imagination démesurée d’un des plus grands écrivains de la littérature mondiale.  À noter : this is a long novel and may be considered difficult. Readers who choose to read only a portion, or to read part or all in translation, are welcome in the discussion.  Tous ceux qui aiment lire et discuter en français sont la bienvenue. Where to find the book : European Book Company, San Francisco, www.europeanbook.com or tel. 415-474-0626; Amazon.com; Abebooks.com; Amazon.ca; Fnac.fr, library of Alliance Française de San Francisco or Alliance Française de Berkeley.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net, tel. (510) 530-5078.  Visit the web page for the French Literature Meetup Group:   http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group       

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 15-October 16, 2011.  ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS presents DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER by MARC CAMOLETTI.  Translated by Robin Hawden.  Directed by Richard Ryan.  Bernard is planning a weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in a French farmhouse.  He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, is packing his wife Jacqueline off to her mother’s, and has even invited is best friend Robert to provide the alibi.  What could possibly go wrong?  The Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas, Ross.  415.456.9555 or www.rossvalleyplayers.com for details.  $15-$25.

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.

September 29-October 1, 2011.  FAUSTIN LINYEKULA / STUDIOS KABAKO – Performance.  As part of its commitment to supporting the work of contemporary African choreographers, YBCA welcomes back Congolese choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula and his company of remarkable male dancers in collaboration with Kinshasa-based electric guitar star Flamme Kapaya on his U.S. debut tour. Their new piece, more more more... future, is a powerful dance/theater/performance work which reflects on the political, social and cultural history and present day struggles of the Congo. Part galvanizing dance, part cathartic concert, more more more... future takes inspiration from the driving force of ndombolo, a Congolese pop style that is a riotous blend of rumba, traditional rhythms, church fanfares and Sex Machine funk. Ndombolo musicians praise their own power, beautiful women, designer clothes and luxury cars — a fantasy life drawn from soap operas and American music videos. In more more more... future, the ndombolo expresses not the cheap, thin dreams of money and fame, but the difficulties, dead ends, and mistakes of previous generations. On stage, the dancers twist and rage to the seething political poems of Antoine Vumilia Muhindo, a political prisoner in Kinshasa and Linkyekula’s childhood friend, set to music composed and performed live by guitarist Flamme Kapaya and his five-piece band, to create a rebellious celebration of hope in the face of despair, subverting the dominant images of contemporary Congo with resourcefulness and hope.  Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., SF.  www.ybca.org for details.  8pm.

Beginning September 30, 2011.  ROBOTICS : NEW EVENT SERIES at SWISSNEX.
We're launching a new series on robotics with an event during the IROS conference highlighting Swiss companies in intelligent robotics. Future events include robotic art, artificial intelligence, the ethics of robots, use of robots for healthcare, and robots in space.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

Opening in late September 2011.  GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE.  Taking the best from LA VIE EN ROSE and AMÉLIE, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s film is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Serge evolves from precocious child in Nazi-occupied Paris, to small time jazz musician, and finally international pop superstar. Along the way, he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that showcases the musician’s greatest hits, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a sensual delight and a quintessential time capsule of 1960’s Paris. (A Music Box Films release  Directed by Joann Sfar.  Stars Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Sara Forestier. ).  http://www.gainsbourgaheroiclife.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 14-16, 2011. MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER’S LA DESCENTE D’ORPHEE AUX ENFERS. Magnificat's 20th season opens with Charpentier's emotionally-charged setting of the Orpheus myth, La Descente d'Orphée aux enfers. Composed in 1686 for one of the musical evenings at the Hôtel de Guise, Orphée is a dramatic work that defies classification, being neither pastoral, nor cantata, nor opera, yet having some characteristics of each. A unique and especially beautiful feature of this work is Charpentier's use of the viols to accompany Orpheus' plaint to Pluto and Persephone, the low sonorities expressing Orpheus' despair as well as the underworld setting.  http://magnificatbaroque.com/2011-2012-season/charpentier-orphee/      

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.

October 30, 2011.  BASSENKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA perform in the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.  7pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum.  www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299 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 13, 2011.  DORADO SCHMITT AND THE DJANGO ALL-STARS perform in the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.  Herbst Theatre, 7pm.  www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299 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 8-18, 2012.  EMMANUEL AX performs in AMERICAN MAVERICKS.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

March 23-April 15, 2012.  CINNABAR THEATER presents MOZART’s DON GIOVANNI, based on MOLIERE.  Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Libretto by Lorenzo DaPonteWidely regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart’s opera is a brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy, set to music of limitless genius. The Don walks on a moral knife-edge. Charismatic and sexy, but so dangerous and remorseless as to be the greatest cad in history. But his deeds may be catching up with him...  Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, Ofc: 707-763-8920 Fax: 707-763-8929  http://www.cinnabartheater.org/       

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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