August 25-September 2, 2011

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August & September Events

August 25, 2011.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR PASCALE HERY at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, to present three series of his paintings:  A Tribute to Yves Saint-Laurent, Musique, and An Indian Dream.   415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

August 25 & 26, 2011.  FANTAISIES FRANÇAISES.  Concerts at the Presidio.  Highlighting their impressionist compositions, pianist Mariah Wilson performs works by DEBUSSY, RAVEL, CHOPIN and others in an inspiring franco-centric program that includes youth artists Rieko Tsuchida, Kenneth Renshaw, and Mary Robbins.  Pianist MARIAH WILSON performs DEBUSSY’s ISLE JOYEUSE and REFLETS DANS L’EAU, RAVEL’s ORDINE, POULENC’s NAPOLI SUITE, as well as works by Chopin and Prokofiev.  Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco.Seats can be reserved by calling 415.447.6274.  Suggested donation:  $10; seniors $5.  http://www.presidio.gov/calendar for details.

Opening August 26, 2011.  THE HEDGEHOG.  Directed by Mona Achache. Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic), a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (French Twist's Josiane Balasko). When Paloma's camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée's back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma's own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. (Fully subtitled)  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org/rfc/

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 26, 2011.  DEBORAH KUHL sings French standards at La Veranda in Clayton Details at http://www.deborahkuhl.com.

August 26 & 27, 2011.  SERGENT GARCIA performs in Oakland & San Francisco.  Sergent Garcia burst onto the French music scene in the late 1990s with a searing blend of Jamaican reggae and dancehall with Latin grooves that he dubbed "salsamuffin." A veteran of French punk and indie rock, Sergent Garcia has explored his Spanish roots and passion for Caribbean and Latin music to create a popular sound that earned him fans across the globe and sales of hundreds of thousands of albums.  August 26th - New Parish/Oakland, 579 18th Street, Oakland, www.thenewparish.com and
August 27th - The Independent/San Francisco, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco, http://www.theindependentsf.com

Through August 27, 2011.  THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.  A modern spin on the 18th-century classic by BEAUMARCHAIS, and featuring a commedia dell’arte troupe.   College of Creative Arts, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway, SF.  415.338.2467 or www.creativearts.sfsu.edu .$10.

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.

August 29, 2011.  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL, PARIS.  Art Lecture by Marsha Holm.  Marsha Holm of the de Young will discuss the museum's extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso on loan from the permanent collection of Paris' Musée National Picasso. The works on view demonstrate the wide range of artistic styles and forms that the artist mastered.  Mill Valley Library Creekside Room, 7pm.  www.millvalleylibrary.org for details.

August 30, 2011. SILICONFRENCH presents A DIGITAL SOCIETY FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW. Two very special speakers will discuss together about the digital society in which we live and the way it may evolve: Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Vice President of the European Commission is coming for a flash visit to our region. The Digital Agenda for Europe is one of the key areas to fulfill European ambitions; its objective is to maximize the social and economic potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and define ICT roles to support European goals for 2020. Mårten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL AB; creator of MySQL, one of the leading database present in most free-software-open source projects and various web products. In 2008, MySQL AB was acquired by Sun Microsystems for approximately $1 billion and it has been part of Oracle since 2010. Today, Mickos is CEO at Eucalyptus Systems and Board member at Electrosonic, RightScale and Mozilla Messaging. Agenda: 17:30 – 18:30 Registration, buffet and networking 18:30 – 19:00 Startup demos (5 companies*) 19:00 – 19.45 Kroes - Mickos open discussion followed by Q & A 19:45 – 20:30 Dessert and Networking The meeting will be at RocketSpace 181 Fremont Street San Francisco, CA 94105 * A few spots are still open for relavant startup presentation. Please send an email with company info and link to olivier@interfrench.org Space is limited. DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER This event is co-organized by the SiliconFrench, GABA and the Silicon Vikings. 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. www.siliconfrench.com for details.

Through August 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.  Film titles include:  MERLUSSE, HARVEST, MARIUS, FANNY, CESAR, CIGALON, LA FEMME DU BOULANGER/THE BAKER’S WIFE, and LA FILLE DU PUISATIER. Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Ave, #2250, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

August 31, 2011.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE offers a EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENING.  Join us for another wonderful European Networking Event. The last sessions each gathered over 150 representatives of the European Business community.  We invite you to come out and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere!  This event is reserved to the members of the partner organizations and one of their guests.  This event will sell out early. Preregistration required.  Check out other Events on www.faccsf.com. 6pm-8pm, Carroll Burdick and McDonough, 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 400, SF.  $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

Opening September 2, 2011.  SOCIALISME (Switzerland/France; dir. Jean-Luc Godard).  The San Francisco Film Society has been preparing to open its own dedicated cinema for years, and it is a victory for cinephiles everywhere that they have finally succeeded in doing so. The New People Cinema, located in a new building in San Francisco's Japantown, will be inaugurated September 2 with--what else?--the local première of the latest opus from Switzerland's own Jean-Luc Godard, Film Socialisme.  San Francisco Film Society New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco. www.sffs.org for details.

September 2, 2011.  ET DIEU CREA… LA FEMME.  Dir. Roger Vadim. The first half of 2011  has been, undoubtedly, a successful and endearing time for all of us at the Club. We passed the 1200 email membership mark in July!   We thank all our patrons, regulars and occasionals, who by their participation and feedback, fed our passion and gave us our energy.  Our Fall season (November-December) will bring 4 new movies to this "Seduction" theme but with the Actors and Directors of the 21st century. More details late September.  We will inaugurate a new projector selected specially for us and calibrated for our Parish Hall auditorium, and for the techies, it will be  1080P, HD and  3D ready just in case.  The sound system, speakers and amplifiers will double in power, not for louder but for clearer and more enjoyable sounds.  Last but not least, our traditional buffet continues along with the wine bar and the after movie crepes.  So, we all look forward to see you this fall. Bring your stories, your appetite and your friends. Remember:  French Film- French Food-French Conversation or in other words, education by entertainment.  French Film Club, The French Film Club of Palo Alto, Most 1st and 3rd Fridays.  Always at 555 Waverley St.  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details. 

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 4, 2011.  LA GUINGUETTE offers a private concert.  We are happy to announce that La Guinguette is offering a private concert. It will be held at our friends' home of Barkat & Michael Ferar's in Petaluma on Sunday, September 4th at 4pm. The cost will be $15 per person to be paid at the door. Refreshments will be provided.   Given the limited seating of 40 people and our experience with our last house concert, it will probably sell out.  We strongly recommend reserving a space as soon as possible. In order to do so, please e-mail Christiane at christiane@bvufrench.com   She will send you a confirmation immediately with the address of the concert. La Guinguette (Christiane Prendergast, Al Haas and Robert Lunceford) www.ParisSkies.com

September 5, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito.  We return to a great annual event in downtown Sausalito. Artists Stage. 3:00-5:00 pm.  Information:  www.sausalitoartfestival.org.  For schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com .

Opening September 7, 2011.  NEW WORKS:  ROMANOWSKI.  Multitalented Bay Area Swiss musician/DJ/impresario/painter/sculptor Romanowski presents a show of new paintings and stencil works at the 456 Montgomery Street gallery space next month.  Opening reception September 7, 6 - 8 p.m., 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby, San Francisco.  To RSVP to the opening or to make an appointment to see the work, please email arm@eda.admin.ch  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

September 7, 2011.  ROMANOWSKI at 456 Montgomery.  Join Swiss-born Bay Area painter, sculptor, DJ, music producer, and all-around artistic polymath Romanowski for the opening of his latest show, Aero Soul. The exhibition, at the 456 Montgomery Street lobby gallery space, features new pieces in a number of media--including collage, acrylic, spraypaint and stencil, and woodwork--inspired by street art and music. Refreshments provided and all are welcome: mandatory RSVP by September 6.  Aero Soul Opening and Artist Reception, 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby, San Francisco, 94104, Wednesday, September 7, 6 - 8 p.m.  RSVP:  martin.schwartz@eda.admin.ch

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!

Opening September 9, 2011.  CRIME D’AMOUR.  Directed by Alain Corneau.  Within the sterile offices of a powerful multinational corporation, two women come to a face-off in director/co-writer Alain Corneau's mystery thriller Love Crime. Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier) is a young executive under the orders of Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas), a powerful woman she absolutely idolizes. Confident of her control over Isabelle, Christine leads her into a confusing, perverse game of seduction and domination. A dangerous game that goes too far—to the point of no return. Also starring Patrick Mille.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, www.cafilm.org

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.

Opening September 16, 2011.  MOZART’S SISTER.  Directed by René Féret. Written, directed and produced by René Féret, MOZART’S SISTER is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart (played by Marie Féret, the director’s daughter), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe. Approaching marriageable age and now forbidden to play the violin or compose, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed on her gender. But a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers her ways to challenge the established sexual and social order.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  http://www.cafilm.org for details.

September 16, 2011.  ERIC JOHN KAISER.  An intimate, interactive CONCERT.   L'Alliance Française de San Francisco has the pleasure to welcome this Portland based French musician in its own premises!   Eric John Kaiser is originally from Paris, France and became an independent musician based out of Portland, Oregon in 2006. He plays a style of music that has been described as modern pop-rock with influences from rock, hip-hop, and reggae all wrapped in both English and French lyrics.   Eric is very involved with the Alliance Française of Portland where he cooperates with them to organize both entertaining and interactive concerts for Francophiles.  In this exclusive San Francisco performance, he will be accompanied by an keyboard player and a drummer. He will play French classics from Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, to more contemporary artists likePink Martini, all in French and will provide a list of lyrics for audience members to sing along. He will mix these classics with some of his original songs.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.  $5 for members; $10 for non members.  7pm.

September 16, 2011.  JULES ET JIM.  Dir. François Truffaut.  The first half of 2011  has been, undoubtedly, a successful and endearing time for all of us at the Club. We passed the 1200 email membership mark in July!   We thank all our patrons, regulars and occasionals, who by their participation and feedback, fed our passion and gave us our energy.  Our Fall season (November-December) will bring 4 new movies to this "Seduction" theme but with the Actors and Directors of the 21st century. More details late September.  We will inaugurate a new projector selected specially for us and calibrated for our Parish Hall auditorium, and for the techies, it will be  1080P, HD and  3D ready just in case.  The sound system, speakers and amplifiers will double in power, not for louder but for clearer and more enjoyable sounds.  Last but not least, our traditional buffet continues along with the wine bar and the after movie crepes.  So, we all look forward to see you this fall. Bring your stories, your appetite and your friends. Remember:  French Film- French Food-French Conversation or in other words, education by entertainment.  French Film Club, The French Film Club of Palo Alto, Most 1st and 3rd Fridays.  Always at 555 Waverley St.  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

September 16, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE, Mill Valley.  CD RELEASE PARTY!!  Don't miss this show!! This is one of the Bay Area's most beautiful venues--a gorgeous small theatre with great sound and lights, good seating, and plenty of room for dancing. Always one of our favorite places to play. We will be celebrating the release of the new Flambeau CD, "Don't Fight It".  142 throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets:  www.142throckmortontheatre.com and for schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com  

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 18, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Chico World Music Festival, Chico.  Our first appearance at this renowned annual festival! Chico State University, Chico. Our shows: 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm.  Information: www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/cwmf.html or for schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com  

September 21, 2011.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR THINK ART.  ART SCIENCE, ARTISTS-IN LABS.  A sculptor at CERN, a sound artist in a neuroscience lab, an architect embedded in the department of psychology. The results of these unlikely pairings make up the exhibition, Think Art - Act Science, which showcases eight works developed during a nine-month residency called Swiss artists-in-labs, which places, you guessed it, artists, in scientific settings such as research institutes and university science departments. The exhibition is built around three main themes: Ecology and Environment, Spatial Awareness and Emotions, and Exploration of New Technologies. In parallel with Think Art - Act Science, Swissnex San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute host a series of lectures, conferences, and workshops to discuss and deepen the partnership between science and the arts.  San Francisco Art Institute, Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut Street Campus, San Fracisco, www.sfai.edu for details.  5:30PM-7:30PM.

September 23, 2011.  PICASSO AND THE BAD BOYS OF MONTMARTRE:  YOUNG ARTISTS COMING OF AGE (1904-1909).  Special Picasso Lecture by DR. ANND PRAH-PEROCHON.  In the Spring of 1904, a young penniless Pablo Picasso lured by Montmartre underground culture... and cheap living moved there in a sort of artists' commune, Le Bateau Lavoir. He stayed in this ramshackle building for the better part of a decade. His presence was a magnet for budding artists Juan Gris, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse, for poets Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob. They revolved around him like planets around the sun, forming La Bande à Picasso and sharing loves, quarrels, febrile discussions and expanded vision. It was in the Bateau Lavoir that Juan Gris and Braque made their first bold stabs at Cubism, that Apollinaire's's poetry set the stage for the Surrealist movement and that Picasso painted the iconoclastic Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. It was at the Bateau Lavoir that collector Gertrude Stein posed for her famous portrait. If at Bateau Lavoir the most audacious creations were elaborated, the nearby colorful cabaret Au Lapin Agile was the setting of heavy drinking and experimentation with drugs. It was also the site of hilarious pranks and hoaxes of epic dimensions! The lecture will present those larger-than-life characters, will focus not only on their creations but on their passions, their pranks and will visit their favorite haunts. This lecture in English will be given on September 23, at the De Young Museum, Koret Auditorium, 7 p.m.  For more information: (415) 750-7694 or PUBLICPROGRAMS@famsf.org  

September 23, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Town Square, Point Richmond.  The Summer Concert series in Point Richmond. 5:00 pm.  For schedule updates, check the website: www.rigomania.com  

September 24, 2011. OPENING RECEPTION FOR LAUREN MARSOLIER / MARC FICHOU.  E6 Gallery presents recent work by French artists Lauren Marsolier and Marc Fichou. In their San Francisco debut, both will address our relationship to images through various mediums.  Echoing our simulated environments, Lauren Marsolier creates photographs by assembling different shots in a way that deliberately lets us suspect their fabricated nature. Unlike traditional photography that seizes an instant of reality, her images are built over the course of several months and convey a sense of timelessness that prompts us to contemplate them as we would a painting.  In Marc Fichou’s work, matter and its image are inextricably woven: his photographs or videos are embedded within the very material used to construct the image they display. His self-referential pieces contain their own memory, a record or recording of the past, blending with their material (and often reflective) surface. Instead of providing a window to an elsewhere, as images commonly do, they are used as a means to bring our attention back to the materiality of our present, to the here and now.  Robert Berman/E6 Gallery, 1632 Market Street, San Francisco.  7pm-9pm  http://e6gallery.com/gallery .

September 24, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Town Square, Copperopolis.  The town of Copperopolis' Summer Concert Series. Town Square, Copperopolis. 7:00-10:00 pm.  Information:  www.copperopolistownsquare.com For schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com  

September 27, 2011.  A BOUT DE SOUFFLE.  Dir. Jean-Luc Godard.  The first half of 2011  has been, undoubtedly, a successful and endearing time for all of us at the Club. We passed the 1200 email membership mark in July!   We thank all our patrons, regulars and occasionals, who by their participation and feedback, fed our passion and gave us our energy.  Our Fall season (November-December) will bring 4 new movies to this "Seduction" theme but with the Actors and Directors of the 21st century. More details late September.  We will inaugurate a new projector selected specially for us and calibrated for our Parish Hall auditorium, and for the techies, it will be  1080P, HD and  3D ready just in case.  The sound system, speakers and amplifiers will double in power, not for louder but for clearer and more enjoyable sounds.  Last but not least, our traditional buffet continues along with the wine bar and the after movie crepes.  So, we all look forward to see you this fall. Bring your stories, your appetite and your friends. Remember:  French Film- French Food-French Conversation or in other words, education by entertainment.  French Film Club, The French Film Club of Palo Alto, Most 1st and 3rd Fridays.  Always at 555 Waverley  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

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.

September 29-October 2, 2011.  PALO ALTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:  WHERE ART AND TECHNOLOGY CONVERGE.  Palo Alto International Film Festival is a four day festival celebrating the new forms of storytelling in film and media that have developed as a result of technological innovation. The inaugural festival showcases 20 features, 25 shorts and 30 talks, panels and workshops.  http://paiff.net/

September 30, 2011.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents ROBOT REVOLUTION:  FROM THE LAB TO THE WORLD.  Swiss university spin-offs flex their robotic muscle in honor of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Interact with a robot that balances on a ball, one that acts as a guide, and a pair of tiny fliers.  The Robots Among Us series is in part a project of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//  7pm.

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.

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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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. Albany; Embarcadero, SF; Piedmont; Crest, Sacramento.  www.landmarketheaters.com for details.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS  (dir.  Woody Allen) . Still playing widely in local cinemas!  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.

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.  Clay, SF; Piedmont; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith Rafael, San Rafael.

POINT BLANK (dir. Fred Cavayé).  Opening on August 12, 2011 at Landmark Theatres in San Francisco venue tbd.   Lellouche plays Samuel, a nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife (Anaya) is kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet (Zem) is responsible, and if he's ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet’s bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race against time through Paris’ streets and subways to save his wife and unborn child. Produced by Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont (MR 73, 36 and Gangsters). Official Selection: 2011 Tribeca International Film Festival. Embarcadero,SF.

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, SF; Larkspur Theatre, Larkspur. http://www.landmarktheatres.com

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 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.  THREE SERIES OF PAINTINGS BY PASCALE HERY.  "A Tribute to Yves Saint Laurent", "Musique" et "An Indian Dream."  Gallery opening with the artist will be on August 25th at 6pm!  For more information call 415.775.7755 or visit http://www.afsf.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 3, 2011.  FOTOFEST PARIS 2010.  Corden | Potts Gallery, 49 Geary St., Suite 410.  415.781.0110 or www.cordenpottsgallery.com for details.

September 4-October 1, 2011.  NEW WORKS:  ROMANOWSKI.  Multitalented Bay Area Swiss musician/DJ/impresario/painter/sculptor Romanowski presents a show of new paintings and stencil works at the 456 Montgomery Street gallery space next month.  Opening reception September 7, 6 - 8 p.m., 456 Montgomery Street, Lobby, San Francisco.  To RSVP to the opening or to make an appointment to see the work, please email arm@eda.admin.ch  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

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.  ART SCIENCE, ARTISTS-IN LABS.  A sculptor at CERN, a sound artist in a neuroscience lab, an architect embedded in the department of psychology. The results of these unlikely pairings make up the exhibition, Think Art - Act Science, which showcases eight works developed during a nine-month residency called Swiss artists-in-labs, which places, you guessed it, artists, in scientific settings such as research institutes and university science departments. The exhibition is built around three main themes: Ecology and Environment, Spatial Awareness and Emotions, and Exploration of New Technologies. In parallel with Think Art - Act Science, Swissnex San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute host a series of lectures, conferences, and workshops to discuss and deepen the partnership between science and the arts.  San Francisco Art Institute, Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut Street Campus, San Fracisco, www.sfai.edu for details.

September 24-November 5, 2011.  LAUREN MARSOLIER / MARC FICHOU.  E6 Gallery presents recent work by French artists Lauren Marsolier and Marc Fichou. In their San Francisco debut, both will address our relationship to images through various mediums.  Echoing our simulated environments, Lauren Marsolier creates photographs by assembling different shots in a way that deliberately lets us suspect their fabricated nature. Unlike traditional photography that seizes an instant of reality, her images are built over the course of several months and convey a sense of timelessness that prompts us to contemplate them as we would a painting.  In Marc Fichou’s work, matter and its image are inextricably woven: his photographs or videos are embedded within the very material used to construct the image they display. His self-referential pieces contain their own memory, a record or recording of the past, blending with their material (and often reflective) surface. Instead of providing a window to an elsewhere, as images commonly do, they are used as a means to bring our attention back to the materiality of our present, to the here and now.  Robert Berman/E6 Gallery, 1632 Market Street, San Francisco.  http://e6gallery.com/gallery

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.

Through 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

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  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  

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 22-October 15, 2011.  NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Conveniently located in downtown San Francisco, AFSF provides language classes six days per week for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level students and offers accelerated programs as well as classes with a focus on conversation or grammar.  Contact us for a free placement test.  CLASSES INCLUDE:  LE MISANTHROPE DE MOLIERE, offered by Professeur Pierrette Spetz, Ph.D.; L’HISTOIRE DE PARIS, Professeur Daniel Vitaglione, Ph.D, vous propose de découvrir la fascinante histoire de Paris, de ses origines celtes et romaines en passant par les raids vikings. Son développement architectural eu Moyen-âge, en autre avec l’édification de Notre Dame et de la Sorbonne. Les étudiants amélioreront leur vocabulaire, grammaire et syntaxe sur ce thème passionnant.  LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE SOUS TOUS SES ASPECTS:  David Rafoni propose un cours pour les persones possédant un niveau de langue proche, plus ou moins, du Français courant. Ce cours s'articulera principalement autour des demandes des étudiants et tentera de trouver un équilibre entre l'écrit et l'oral. Il y aura une oeuvre littéraire française contemporaine et/ou des articles de journaux traitant de sujets divers. Les étudiants travailleront sur le vocabulaire, la grammaire et la syntaxe en relation avec les textes choisis.  LECTURE ET DISCUSSION:  Professeur Anne Lemasson anime un cours d’étude de style et de vocabulaire sur l'ouvrage "Passagère du silence" de Fabienne Verdier.  PRONUNCIATION.  This class will teach you the right position of the different organs (lips, tongue…) involved in the production of a sound.  Additionally, you will learn the phonetic  alphabet (International Phonetic Alphabet—IPA) so you can transcribe French phonetically and read phonetically transcribed French words as encountered in the dictionary (words between brackets) and  therefore come up on your own with the correct pronunciation of words you never heard before.  Either you already learned French and would want to work on your pronunciation or are a first time French learner, this class will guide you towards a flawless pronunciation.   www.afsf.com for details.

August 25-September 29, 2011.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA offers FRENCH LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND CUISINE – IMPROVE YOUR FRENCH WHILE COOKING!  Immerse yourself in all things French in this exclusive class which combines French cuisine, culture, conversation and language learning in one. French instructors Julia Fornage and Carol Stone, along with Chef Christine Piccin will take you on a delicious tour of the French countryside, helping you learn and chat in French while you cook a meal reflecting the cuisines of the French provinces. There will be language fun and games, new vocabulary, culinary demos, and lots of opportunity for conversational practice in a relaxed environment. Then everyone will sit down together to enjoy the recipes you’ve created. This is an interactive, hands-on class. Students should have completed a beginning French course, but students with more French will benefit, too. Some recipes will be prepared using wine. Must be 21 or older.  6 Thursday evenings, Aug. 25-Sept. 29, from 5:30-9:30 PM  SRJC’s Culinary Arts Center at the Brickyard, Santa Rosa Downtown.  Fee: $252 – Sect. # 9093.  Call (707) 527-4372 or register online through SRJC’s Community Education – www.santarosa.edu/communityed

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.

August 29-October 29, 2011.  NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA! Already time to think about the next session! It will begin on August 29 and end on October 29.  You will also find out about costs and registration at the following address, but you may register and purchase books on the first day of class.  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/registration for details.  Please see our message on Craigslist:   http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/lss/2534913742.html

August 31-October 19, 2011.  LE LABYRINTHE: UN MYTHE ET SES SYMBOLES.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par Renée Morel.  Parcours initiatique et sinueux, microcosme mystérieux, métaphore du monde, symbole de temps et d'éternité: la richesse thématique du labyrinthe est véritablement infinie. Sa figure ambivalente se retrouve en effet partout dans la nature, qui abonde en méandres, lacis et entrelacs.   Mais on s'aperçoit vite que la construction de Dédale se retrouve dans toutes les quêtes humaines: architecture, peinture, musique, littérature, jeu, ce qui témoigne de l'universalité de ce motif. Des parcours circulaires tracés sur le sol des cathédrales aux gravures de M.C. Escher ou aux tableaux de Paul Klee, des jardins symboliques de la Renaissance aux romans gothiques où réalité et surnaturel s'entrelacent, le labyrinthe est partout.     Et, puisque les circonvolutions du cerveau empruntent la forme d'un labyrinthe, il devient évident que cette métaphore gouverne l'ordre du monde non seulement réel, mais aussi psychologique ou fantasmatique: Jung n'en fait-il pas un des archétypes qui structurent notre psyché?   Venez vous perdre dans le dédale vertigineux d'un réseau impénétrable et mystérieux, à l'image de la pensée humaine!       8 weeks (August 31 - October 19, 2011). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON).   $250. Discounts for early birds ($240) as well as for early birds who are French Class members ($215). 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  www.frenchclass.org

September 6-October 18, 2011.  AFRICAN DANCE, taught by LISA SAUNDERS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

September 7-21, 2011.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS – A HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE, FOOD & TRAVEL CLASS IN ONE.  This is a class for lovers of Paris. Whether you have been there many times or have not yet been visited, this is the class for you! Steve Rabinowitsh, SRJC instructor, has traveled extensively to Paris and leads walking tours. Christine, a professional chef and confessed fanatique of la cuisine française, trains chefs in SRJC's Culinary Arts program and writes about food and wine. Her past articles for FRANCE magazine have allowed her to taste her way through Cognac, help make Comté cheese in the French countryside, and practice the finer points of playing pétanque. Through a colorful slide presentation, Steve will focus on the history and architecture of Paris and introduce walking visits of his favorite neighborhoods. Christine will share tastings of French recipes, wines and cheese. Both will share information on markets, French dining how-to and shopping etiquette, travel tips, and their favorite Paris restaurants and shops. Must be 21 or older.  3 Wednesday evenings, Sept. 7-21, 7:00 PM-9:00 PMFrank P. Doyle Library, Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Rm. 4246Fee: $97.00 -- Sect.# 9033Call (707) 527-4372 or register online through SRJC’s Community Education – www.santarosa.edu/communityed

September 7-October 19, 2011.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  SECOND YEAR, FIRST & SECOND QUARTERS, taught by ANNE-MARIE LEBAS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

September 7-October 19, 2011.  FRENCH WRITERS AND THEIR WORKS THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES, taught in English by ERIKA HARKINS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

September 8-October 20, 2011.  THE HISTORY OF FASHION taught by STEPHANIE JUCKER.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

Septemer 9-October 21, 2011.  LITERATURE AND LIBRETTOS IN OPERA:  COMPOSERS VS. LIBRETTISTS, taught by ERIKA HARKINS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

September 12-October 17, 2011.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  FIRST YEAR, FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS, taught by ANNE MARIE LEBAS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

September 12-October 24, 2011. HISTORY OF THE FRENCH CINEMA, taught by ERIKA HARKINS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation 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.

October 24-December 9, 2011.  CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH:  FIRST YEAR, FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS, taught by ANNE MARIE LEBAS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

October 25-December 6, 2011.  AFRICAN DANCE, taught by LISA SAUNDERS.  College of Marin Community Education Program, www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation for details.

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.

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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.

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October 7 & 9, 2011. SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents A SCREAMING MAN.  Shot in Chad, portraying the psychological fall-out of an endless civil war, the story turns on a former swimming champion turned hotel pool man, Adam (Youssouf Djaoro), whose world collapses when he loses his job to his only son. “A quiet, tender, finally wrenching story of an individual at the intersection of the personal and the political. It’s a modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life, like the existence of God, our capacity to see beyond our own vanity and the legacies of father, both blood and state…Without reams of exposition, without slogans and lectures, it offers a vivid portrait of postcolonial Africa… “ – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times(2010, 92 min., in French and Arabic with English subtitles)  Spotlight on Mahamet-Saleh Haroun: One of the leading lights of African cinema, Mahamet-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad, left the country during the civil war of the 1980’s and relocated in France to study film. Now a dozen years into his career, he excels at spinning narratives that begin with easily recognizable situations and expand to encompass allegorical and political reflection on the state of Chadian society. While occasionally compared to the work of Iranian directors Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, perhaps because of their deceptively quiet surfaces, Haroun’s films recognizably belong to an African tradition of filmmaking stretching from Ousmane Sembene to Abderrahmane Sissako that considers the place of cinema in a postcolonial Africa and, by extension, in a postcolonial world. Friday October 7 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 9 at 4:00.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi $6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

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 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.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents DARATT (Dry Season) Following the announcement that the Chadian government has issued an amnesty for war criminals following decades of civil war, teenage orphan Atim is handed a revolver by his elderly grandfather and given a mission of vengeance: the boy must travel from his tiny rural village to the capital city and kill the man who many years earlier murdered his father. His target, however, turns out to be not a bloodthirsty monster but a devoutly religious Muslim baker who gruffly takes the young wouldbe assassin under his wing as an apprentice. Haroun’s elliptical story, graced with notes of humor and expressive silences, unfolds with some surprising twists before ultimately resolving into a deeply feeling drama of personal accountability and moral choice. (2006, 95 min., in French and Arabic with English subtitles)  Spotlight on Mahamet-Saleh Haroun: One of the leading lights of African cinema, Mahamet-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad, left the country during the civil war of the 1980’s and relocated in France to study film. Now a dozen years into his career, he excels at spinning narratives that begin with easily recognizable situations and expand to encompass allegorical and political reflection on the state of Chadian society. While occasionally compared to the work of Iranian directors Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, perhaps because of their deceptively quiet surfaces, Haroun’s films recognizably belong to an African tradition of filmmaking stretching from Ousmane Sembene to Abderrahmane Sissako that considers the place of cinema in a postcolonial Africa and, by extension, in a postcolonial world.  Friday October 14 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 16 at 4:00.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi $6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

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 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 19, 2011. VICTOR HUGO’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Humanities West Book Discussion with Lynn Harris. 5:30 to 6:30 pm Board Room, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco , 595 Market Street. RSVP: commonwealthclub.org Co-Sponsored by the Humanities Member-Led Forum . Free . www.humanitieswest.org for details.

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

October 23 & 30 & November 6, 2011.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents FÂNTOMAS.   SFI is delighted to present-for the first time here in its entirety - Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas, restored by Gaumont and the Cinémathèque Française. Five mystery films featuring the elusive master criminal will be shown over three consecutive Sundays. From April 1913 through the winter of 1914, the arch criminal Fantômas strode across the movie screens of France. Based on the immensely popular serial novels, the serial featured René Navarre as the “master of terror and torture, the emperor of crime,”often disguised as a bourgeois gentleman. Louis Feuillade’s Paris was marked by an atmosphere of what Richard Abel describes as “fantastic realism” in which the “mundane, reassuringly sober facade of daily life masks incredible, sometimes bloody exploits.” As spectators, we see a world as real as that recorded by the photographer Eugene Atget, but colored by underground violence as well as poetic reverie.” Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 Part 1: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (A l’ombre de la guillotine) and Part 2: Juve vs. Fantômas (Juve contre Fantômas) (110, min. silent) Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 Part 3: The Dead Man Who Kills (Le Mort que tue) (85 min.) Sunday, November 6 at 4:00 Part 4: Fantômas vs. Fantômas (Fantômas contre Fantômas) and Part 5: The False Magistrate (Le Faux Magistrat) (122 mins).  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi $6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20. See also:  http://www.fantomas-lives.com/fanto4.htm and http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2010/11/11/how-to-watch-fantomas-and-why/  

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.

Opening October 28, 2011.  GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE.  Born Lucien Gainsburg 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). GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a sensual delight and a quintessential time capsule of 1960’s Paris.  Locations TBA.

October 30, 2011.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA:  HALLOWEEN CONCERT WITH CAMERON CARPENTERwww.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 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 1, 2011.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents THE ART OF ROBOTS.  Have you ever seen a blind, juggling robot? After the evening's panel discussion between scientists, artists, and a science fiction specialist, you'll be able to answer yes. The Robots Among Us series is in part a project of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org// 

November 1 & 2, 2011. A NOTRE DAME / PARIS PREVIEW. November 1: Fireside Chat with George Hammond, A Notre Dame/Paris Preview. 7 pm, Orinda Library, Orinda . Free. Lecture and Reception George Hammond and Robert Scott (Stanford) in conversation about scholasticism’s influence on the building of Gothic Cathedrals. November 2, 2011 Reception 5:30 pm, Lecture 6 pm Commonwealth Club of San Francisco 595 Market Street Robert A. Scott, Author of The Gothic Enterprise, and George Hammond. Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral. The design of the great Gothic Cathedrals of Medieval Europe is characterized by their geometric regularity. The strict adherence to geometry in the design and building of these great churches derives from Scholasticism, a strain of theology that swept Western Christianity during the middle ages. George Hammond will explain the origins of Scholasticism in Aristotelian philosophy and identify its fundamental precepts. Robert Scott will explain how these ideas were combined with theological notions about light to produce the so-called Gothic look. RSVP: commonwealthclub.org Co-Sponsored by the Humanities Member-Led Forum Commonwealth Club charges a fee of $8 for members and $20 for non-members. http://www.humanitieswest.org for details.

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

November 4-5, 2011. NOTRE-DAME: THE SOUL OF MEDIEVAL PARIS. Humanities West, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco. Season subscribers and donors priority period ends July 31.You can subscribe to the entire season through October, but the best seats are available right now. Tickets are on sale now. www.humanitieswest.org for details. Built on the site of a Roman basilica and restored over a dozen centuries, Notre Dame long reigned in splendor as the cultural, intellectual, religious, and economic center of Paris, the most powerful city in northern Europe during the Middle Ages. The cathedral's powerful towers, grand gargoyles, flying buttresses and soaring interior represent amazing achievements in medieval Gothic architecture. Its magnificent stained glass, sumptuous art, and glorious music have inspired awe and creative expression throughout the ages. Schedule: Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Notre-Dame of Paris and Manifest Destiny. Stephen Murray (Medieval Art, Columbia University). The great cathedral dominates the urban skyline, overawing us with its boat-like silhouette, powerful towers, menacing gargoyles and velvety-dark interior spaces pierced by shafts of brilliantly colored light from high windows. For us, Notre-Dame of Paris appears to represent the certainty of France becoming France, with Paris as its capital. However, when this great church was begun the Capetian kings of France were struggling for control over a city that was not yet capital of a France that was not yet France, while their rivals, the Plantagenets, controlled a mighty empire extending from Scotland to the Pyrenees. Can we return to the uncertainties of the mid-twelfth century and the start of work on a great church that was quite different from anything ever seen before and quite different from the Notre-Dame we know? Are there surprises to be found in this, the best-loved and most visited of all the great cathedrals? And how is it that Gothic, born in such precarious circumstances, can create such a powerful illusion of manifest destiny? Performance: The Cathedral and the Lady. Clerestory: Jesse Antin, Kevin Baum, John Bischoff, Dan Cromeenes, Chris Fritzsche, Tom Hart, Clifton Massey, Jim Monios, Justin Montigne. Introduced by Clifford (Kip) Cranna (Director of Music Administration, SF Opera). Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10:00 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:00 pm. The Gothic Enterprise: Cathedral Building in Europe, 1137-1550. Robert A. Scott (Emeritus, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford). Notre Dame de Paris is one of Europe's greatest cathedrals, and we are awestruck and humbled by its magnificence. But it is equally astonishing to realize that hundreds of other cathedrals and great churches were being built during the same period all over Europe, together comprising one of the architectural and social achievements of Western culture. Gothic Cathedrals invite us to think about what inspired the audacity to build them. Why would a society that was so impoverished want to invest so much capital and effort in buildings that were physically stupendous, yet produced nothing tangible? What conception of the divine lay behind their creation? What were they for? And how did religious and secular leaders use cathedrals for their own social status and political advancement? In this lecture Scott explores the social, cultural, religious, ideological and political contexts in which Notre Dame and other cathedrals of Europe were conceived and built. Notre Dame and the Emergence of the Medieval Retributive Cosmos. Hester Gelber (Religious Studies, Stanford). During the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, just when the Bishops of Paris were planning and erecting the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the concept of retributive justice, rewarding the virtuous and punishing the wicked, began to dominate the western European imagination. Christ and Mary as the dispensers of justice and mercy ruled over a spatialized terrain in which their mythologized interaction in the salvation and punishment of souls set the model for the mythologized interactions of kings and queens in the earthly retributive sphere. In this retributive cosmology, justice and mercy, mediated through obedience, were the dominant virtues, virtues prominently in evidence in Gothic cathedral façades. Both bishops and kings had a vested interest in the imagery of justice and mercy, and the sculpture of Notre Dame is a nearly perfect evocation of the emergent retributive system. Lunch Break. Performance and Lecture. Apocalypse and Debauchery: Anti-clericalism in Medieval French Music and Literature. Multi-instrumentalist and Singer Tim Rayborn (Berkeley) explores the rise of secular culture in mid-thirteenth-century Paris and the conflicts with religious organizations that followed from it. He focuses on the arguments between the secular masters and the mendicant orders at the University of Paris, and how this debate found its way into the secular music and poetry of the time. He will present examples of this poetry and music, performed with medieval instruments, and show how anti-clericalism became an important part of medieval French artistic culture, despite the inherent dangers of angering Church authorities. Victor Hugo and Notre-Dame de Paris. Suzanne Guerlac (French, UC Berkeley). In French the title of Hugo's celebrated and very popular novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is simply Notre Dame de Paris, the name of the Cathedral that still sits in the heart of Paris. What happens in this act of translation? How is it that in passing from one language to another we seem to slide from the sublime, the sacred monument, to the grotesque character of Quasimodo, whose body is hideously deformed and whose spirit is quickly broken. Which one lies at the heart of the novel? In fact, they both do, one inside the other. What is the meaning of this identification between the two? Panel Discussion with all Presenters and written questions from the Audience. www.humanitieswest.org for details.

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 11 & 13, 2011.   SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents THE TREE. The exquisite Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in French filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli’s achingly beautiful follow-up to her sleeper hit SINCE OTAR LEFT, THE TREE is a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. Not since classic 1970s works 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. 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-yearold Simone (unforgettable newcomer Morgana Davies) becomes convinced that herfather 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. (2010, 100 min.) Friday November 11 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 13 at 4:00  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE Warren Auditorium/Ives Hall Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (707) 664-2606 www.sonoma.edu/sfi $6.00 general admission $5.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff $4.00 SFI members and children under 12 FREE for SSU students w/I.D. Discount tickets: 5 films for $24/$20.

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.

December 6 & 7, 2011.  BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND LUDOVIC MORLOT perform BERLIOZ’ ROMAN CARNIVAL OVERTURE, RAVEL’S DAPHNIS & CHLOE, and more.  Contact the Box Office: (415) 864-6000 OR www.sfsymphony.org for details.

January 19, 2012. SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents MY ROBOT IS SMARTER THAN YOURS.  Hod Lipson of Cornell University asks if machines can figure out analytical laws automatically, and Rolf Pfeifer of the University of Zurich ponders artificial intelligence (AI) and bio-inspired robotics.  The Robots Among Us series is in part a project of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org// 

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.

February 16-19, 2012.  EDO DE WAART conducts SAINT-SAENS’s ORGAN SYMPHONY.  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 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 13, 14 & 15, 2012.  THE LOST MODE performs THAT WHICH COLORS THE MIND:  MUSICAL COLORS THROUGH TIME AND SPACE.  Spanning centuries of history and great geographic regions, this hauntingly beautiful concert explores the modes that are the foundation of Western music. It will delve into the soul of different modes as expressed in medieval plainsong and early polyphony, traditional Balkan, Celtic and other European melodies, and the music of neighboring Mediterranean lands, including Turkish maquam as well as Sephardic and North African song, all surviving clues pointing to the lost sound world from which our own great traditions developed.  Friday in Palo Alto; Saturday in Berkeley; Sunday in San Francisco.  See website for details:  http://www.sfems.org/ 

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 13 & 14, 2012.  NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND ALAN GILBERT perform BERLIOZ’ LE CORSAIRE OVERTURE, DEBUSSY’S LA MER and RAVEL’S LA VALSE.  Contact the Box Office: (415) 864-6000 OR www.sfsymphony.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.

July 10-August 5, 2012.  LES MISERABLES.  New 25th-anniversary production.  SHN, San Francisco.  888.746.1799 (press 2) or www.shnsf.com for details.

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