September 22-30, 2011

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September Events

September 21, 2011.  BURKINA ELECTRIC performs at Yoshi’s Oakland.  Hailed by the New York Times as an “irresistible brew of West African music and electronica,” Burkina Electric is the first electronic music group from Burkina Faso, in the deep interior of West Africa. Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, it is, at the same time, an international band, with members living in New York, U.S.A. and Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as in Ouaga. Burkina Electric’s music combines the traditions and rhythms of Burkina Faso with contemporary electronic dance culture, making it a trailblazer in electronic world music. A diverse and talented group consisting of four musicians and two dancers, they collectively participate in the creative process and represent disparate musical genres and sounds from across the globe.  Rather than recycling well-known rock and funk rhythms, Burkina Electric seeks to enrich the fabric of electronic dance music by using unusual rhythms that are rarely heard and little-known even in much of Africa. This includes ancient rhythms of the Sahel, such as the Mossi peoples’ Ouaraba and Ouenega, but also new grooves of their own creation. The band invites you to discover that these exotic rhythms groove at least as powerfully as disco, house, or drum & bass!  510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510.238.9200 or www.yoshis.com for details.

September 22, 2011.  SWISSNEX presents DESIGNING FOR A HIERARCHY OF NEEDS.  Hear how top American and Swiss influencers in the fields of architecture and design evaluate the theory of the “hierarchy of needs” and answer the question, must design fulfill fundamental requirements before it can wow us aesthetically?  6:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//

September 22, 2011.  LITQUAKE hosts AMERICANS IN PARIS.   Litquake hosts a feast of words and French cuisine, as we welcome three heralded authors known for Parisian settings in their fiction: Cara Black, Diane Johnson and Ellen Sussman. The charming setting for this fundraiser will be Cafe Bastille on Belden Place, in the heart of San Francisco’s French corridor. We shall take over their intimate cellar dining room for a prix fixe dinner that includes three courses*, unlimited wine, and delicious readings sure to put you in the mood for all things Parisian! Drinks and mingling at 6:30, with program and dinner starting at 7 pm. The authors for the evening: CARA BLACK writes the award-nominated and bestselling Aimée Leduc series of mysteries - including this year’s "Murder in Passy" - which are set in different districts of Paris. She’s a San Francisco Library Laureate, President of the Northern California Mystery Writers of America and member of the Marais Historic Society in Paris. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, who is a bookseller, and her son, and flies off to Paris at every opportunity.  A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, DIANE JOHNSON has drawn comparisons to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton with her comedies of manners about Americans living and loving abroad, especially in La Ville-Lumière. Her books include "L’Affaire" (2004), "Le Mariage" (2000), and "Le Divorce" (1997), which won the California Book Award gold medal for fiction and was adaption into a 2003 movie starring Kate Hudson. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and co- authored the screenplay to "The Shining" with Stanley Kubrick  - ELLEN SUSSMAN’s new novel, The New York Times bestselling "French Lessons," is set in the City Lights, and follows the lives of three French tutors and their American students, during the course of one eventful day. Her first novel, "On a Night Like This," was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was translated into six languages. She is also the editor of two anthologies, "Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia Of Sex" and "Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave," and an acclaimed writing teacher. She and her husband Neal Rothman live in Los Altos Hills.  Cafe Bastille, 22 Belden Place, SF. Tickets $90 at Brown Paper Tickets  (All-inclusive three-course meal with unlimited wine and literary entertainment).  6:30 - 10 PM.  www.litquake.org 

Opening September 23, 2011.  MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITE.  With Gérard Dépardieu.  See local listings for details.

September 23, 2011.  DELPHI TRIO performs works by RAVEL and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608 or www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details.  $14-$17.  8pm.

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.  IMAGES D’ALSACE ~ CONFERENCE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY par ANDRE GOUT.  L’Alsace est d’autant plus chère au cœur des Français qu’elle leur a été arrachée à deux reprises, en moins d’un siècle. Elle occupe aujourd’hui une place importante dans la construction européenne, avec sa capitale Strasbourg.  Cette région homogène à forte personnalité présente de multiples facettes.  J’ai pu en appréhender quelques-unes à l’occasion de deux récentes visites et j’aimerais vous faire partager mon goût pour la beauté des lieux : la nature, les aménagements ruraux, dans les collines sous-vosgiennes notamment, l’architecture dans les villes et les villages. Goût aussi pour les traditions, parmi lesquelles la gastronomie occupe une place de choix. Vins d’Alsace et choucroute seront au rendez-vous.  RSVP: It is imperative that you call (510-548-7481 to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you. Donation suggested non member$12; member $10.  info@afberkeley.org

September 23, 2011.  DANSE POUR HONORER LA MÉMOIRE DE ROLAND PETIT.  Le grand danseur et chorégraphe Roland Petit nous a quitté le 10 juillet.  Ce vendredi 23 septembre il y aura à Paris une messe commémorative pour lui en l'église Saint Roch. Ne pouvant pas nous y rendre, nous organisons pour lui une messe dansée dans notre studio à Mountain View. La cérémonie ne durera pas plus d'une heure.  Pour honorer la mémoire de son maître, RODOLPHE CASSAND dansera LE CYGNE NOIR que Roland Petit a créé pour lui il y a 25 ans. C'est une merveille visuelle, surtout lorsqu'on le voit de près (le studio n'étant pas grand!)  I am happy to announce that Cassand Ballet dancers and special guest will dance, along with myself, during the memorial on September 23, which will be held in our studio.  I'll be performing the Black Swan solo, which was choreographed by Roland Petit for me. I have not performed it for 22 years and may not perform it again. I hope to see many of you and pay tribute to Roland Petit together.  Love,  Rodolphe Cassand.  EMAIL  cassandballet@gmail.com ; PHONE (408) 636-3123 & (415) 505-5659.  ADDRESS  TDC studio, 223 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043. www.CassandBallet.com

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 23, 2011.  SWISSNEX presents HOW ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS COLLABORATE.  Four experts who work at the interface of art and science weigh in. This event is held in conjunction with the “Think Art - Act Science” exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI).  6:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF

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.  VAGABOND OPERA plus GO VAN GOGH perform Bohemian Cabaret at Ashkenaz. Eclectic, wildly visual Vagabond Opera  has performed all over the U.S. and Europe, and returns to Ashkenaz in a full-immersion evening of Bohemian cabaret that is also a celebration of its new CD, "Sing for  Your Lives." The Portland, Oregon, septet is described by the Washington Post as  "a band of ceaseless charisma, boundless energy, impeccable musicianship and more than a little touch of both the naughty and exotic." It delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret, Paris hot jazz, gutbucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, klezmer, and vigorous originals, meeting in a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich. Weaving elements of Kurt Weill, Duke Ellington, and Edith Piaf with absurdist flair, theatrics, and an old-world mood, Vagabond Opera presents the new wave of opera - lusty voices  singing in 13 languages and a cabaret of rich musical phrasing, sparkling lyrics, and indomitable stage presence, all played with exuberance, skill, and a gritty  Vagabond edge.  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm $15/$12 advance & students - Buy advance tickets!    www.ashkenaz.com  

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 24, 2011.  VINE TALK presents BASKING IN BORDEAUX FROM THE LEFT BANK.  KQED TV9, 1:30PM.

September 24 & 25, 2011.  MILL VALLEY FALL ARTS FESTIVAL, with performances by DUO GADJO TRIO and LOU LOU & THE GYPSY JIVERS playing Gypsy jazz, 4 GUYS NAMED MO performing the music of New Orleans.  $10.  Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.  Free shuttle and parking.  www.mvfaf.org for details.

September 25, 2011.  CAL PERFORMANCES FALL FREE FOR ALL, including C. K. LADZEKPO WEST AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE COMPANY.  Zellerbach Hall, 3pm.  UC-Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or www.calperformances.org for complete program & artist information.

September 26, 2011.  DJANGO BY THE BAY.  Featuring LE JAZZ HOT and DOUG MARTIN’S AVATAR ENSEMBLE.  Le Jazz Hot (the Quartet/Trio of the Hot Club of San Francisco)  is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eleven albums, carries the listener back to the 1930’s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of Le Jazz Hot has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Critics have hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant…” Acoustic Guitar. From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, Le Jazz Hot keeps this historic music fresh and alive. THE AVATAR ENSEMBLE performs a variety of high energy gypsy swing in the tradition of Django Reinhardt as well as hot Latin grooves and fiery gypsy waltzes. Rather than simply cover familiar hits of Django’s era, Avatar Ensemble takes the tradition a step further by also performing lesser heard gems of the genre as well as creating original material often implementing elements from other musical traditions of Europe, East Asia, South America and of course, American Swing.  Rounding out the group’s lineup along with Doug Martin is excellent Bay Area based rhythm guitarist, Jason Vanderford, veteran rhythm section guitarist for the Hot Club of San Francisco, along with mandolinist Mike Zisman and upright bass extraordinaire, Joe Kyle Jr. Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., 415.655.5600, www.yoshis.com for details.

September 27, 2011.  ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE  DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA on Tuesday September 27 at 6pm at the restaurant La Gare, 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. You are invited to join us for this annual event which is open to AFSR members and others. Cocktails at 6 pm will be followed by dinner at 6:30, elections of AFSR officers and Board members, and a lecture by Monsieur IVAN BERTOUX (Attaché culturel at the French consulate in San Francisco) entitled LE LIBAN, SON HISTOIRE, SA CULTURE.  Dinner will include soup and salad, entrée, dessert and coffee/tea. The cost is $35.  You must make reservations by sending a check to AFSR by September 22, specifying the choice of entrée for each person: salmon, vegetarian, beef, or chicken.

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 27, 2011.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play Cajun/Zydeco/Blues at Ashkenaz!  Recently crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney  and his band Flambeau play the "hits" and songs from their just-issued CD, "Don't Fight It." Rigney says of the new release, "It's a pretty eclectic mix of straight blues, swamp blues, jump blues, boogie-woogie, Memphis-style R&B, and a bunch of  my original bluesy instrumentals."  Tom Rigney & Flambeau play traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets them apart is Rigney's fresh  musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie  keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm $10   www.ashkenaz.com   1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. For schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com.

September 27, 2011.  SWISSNEX presents TUNING ARCHITECTURE VOLUME II.  Infrasound performs at The Lab with Zurich-based Jason Kahn and Francisco Meirino.  THE LAB, 2948 16th St., SF.  8pm.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//

September 28, 2011.  REVOLVER and CHATEAU MARMONT perform at Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco!  REVOLVER: The second LP is coming to North America in January 2012 (EMI/Astralwerk)! You just gotta love a classically trained rock band. Ambroise Willaume (vocals, guitar, piano) and Jeremie Arcache (cello, vocals) met at France’s prestigious Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris music school, which has been running since the 12th century. The pair later teamed up with Christophe Musset (vocals, guitar) to form the basis for their current band, REVOLVER. While their name is taken from the influential Beatles album, it’s a fitting description for the group’s evolving sound. Pairing classical chamber music with influences such as Elliot Smith and The Velvet Underground might seem like a particularly daunting task, until you hear the masterful way they pull these influences together.  CHATEAU MARMONT:  Four Frenchmen united in their love of synth music. These boys come from a time when people still believed in the future. Chateau Marmont have released two EP’s to much acclaim: “Solar Apex” and “Niburu”. Since then, they’ve remixed La Roux, Heartsrevolution, Ladyhawke, Röyksopp (after Poney Poney, Koko Von Napoo, Midnight Juggernauts…), and themselves for Chromeo’s DJ Kicks. They’ve also co-produced former-teenybopper-turned-synth-diva Alizée’s new album, and had a song on Kitsuné Maison 7.1233 17th St., SF.  http://www.bottomofthehill.com 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 28, 2011.  RICK STEVES’ EUROPE features GREAT SWISS CITIES:  LUZERN, BERN, ZURICH AND LAUSANNE.  KQED TV+, 9:34pm.

September 29, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco.  A free lunchtime concert outdoors at Yerba Buena Gardens, 760 Howard St., SF. 12:30-1:30 pm.  Information: www.ybgf.org.  For schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com

September 29, 2011.  GOOD DESIGN CHALLENGE.  Can good design solve urban problems? Join us for the closing night party of the Architecture and the City Festival, when four San Francisco design teams present solutions to city challenges. In partnership with GOOD and AIA SF.  6PM.  swissnex, 730 Montgomery, SF.

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. Including, on October 1, 2 screenings of A TRIP TO THE MOON with Tom Burton. This exciting event, sponsored by Technicolor, will include both a screening of George Méliès’ famous 1902 film A Trip to the Moon and a presentation by Director of Technicolor Restoration Services Tom Burton, who will discuss the film's restoration process. Burton’s other recent restoration work includes projects for Paramount Studios, The Walt Disney Company, la Cinémathèque Français, 20th Century Fox, Shanghai Film Group, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Groupama Gan Foundation, HBO and NBC-Universal. Before Burton joined Technicolor, his Emmy Award-winning production company provided animation, visual effects and motion control model/miniature photography for the U.S. and international film/television markets. A Trip to the Moon will be screened after the talk. Originally released in black-and-white and also in hand-painted color, A Trip to the Moon was a smash success around the globe. However, it was subject to piracy and plagiarism, and, in 1913, George Méliès despairingly tried to burn his collection of film negatives. Although the color version of the film was believed to be lost, in 1993, a private film collector donated a damaged color print to the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It took many years before technology was advanced enough to restore it. Digital technology over the last few years allowed the fragments of 13,375 frames to be reassembled one by one in Technicolor’s laboratories. The restored film, set to a soundtrack by the French duo Air, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. This screening will be its Northern California premiere.  http://paiff.net/

Opening September 30, 2011.  ARABIAN NIGHTS, with a GALA FUNDRAISER!  On Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, beginning at 6 p.m., the College of Marin Foundation and the Performing Arts Department will hold an opening night gala of their current production of Arabian Nights. Guests will ride a magic carpet into the minareted world of ancient Baghdad. There will be a wine reception and sumptuous buffet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by the production starting at 8 p.m. In keeping with the exotic theme of the evening’s festivities, the Arabian Nights extravaganza will take place in the Performing Arts “Big Top” Tent Theatre located on the central lawn adjacent to the new Fine Arts Building at the Kentfield Campus. The evening will unfold with the legendary tales of Sheherezade. COM Professor Molly Noble will direct Tony-Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s re-telling of the mystical 1001 tales. (The tent will serve as performance space during renovation of the Performing Arts Theatre). Seats are limited so order your tickets early. Tickets are $50 per person or $30 per person for season ticket holders. Parking is available on Circle Drive, and at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Dr. Contact the College of Marin Foundation for reservations at (415) 485-9657. Proceeds will benefit the COM Performing Arts Program.

September 30, 2011.  PAULA BIRNBAUM speaks about PICASSO.  7pm.  De Young Museum, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

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.

Through October 2, 2011.  CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST AT LEFT BANK BRASSERIE.  The 3 Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries (Larkspur, San Jose, Menlo Park) will celebrate Oktoberfest from Saturday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, October 2 by offering a special $39.00 three-course prix fixe menu (in addition to the regular a la carte menu) with a la carte beer pairings available. This menu will be served for lunch and dinner.  The prix fixe will include Salade de Hareng Fumé au Raifort (smoked herring, beet, apple salad, and horseradish cream sauce); Choucroute Garnie (sauerkraut, wiener and bockwurst sausages, slab bacon, and Kassler Rippchen smoked pork chop); and Tarte aux Mirabelles (mirabelle yellow prune tart with an almond cream crust).   Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-3331 ; Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100 San Jose, California 95128 (408) 984-3500 ;Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 473-6543 www.leftbank.com for details.

Through 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.

Through October 23, 2011.  PHAEDRE, by JEAN RACINE.  A modern take on the classic tragedy, by Adam Bock.  Shotgun Players world premiere.  Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley.  510.841.6500 or www.shotgunplayers.org for details.

Through November 6,2011.  THE B STREET THEATER presents 2009 Tony Awards Winner (Best Play) GOD OF CARNAGE by YASMINA REZA- Third Show of their 2011-2012 Mainstage Series. English Translation by Christopher Hampton. Hidden beneath designer labels and powerful titles,sophisticated families breed hilarious misconduct as they transgress into primal warfare... .  $22-$30.  916.443.5300 for details.  B Street Theatre,2711 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. 

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CINEMA

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 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 27, 2011.

A BOUT PORTANT / POINT BLANK (dir. Fred Cavayé).  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.CinéArts at Marin, Sausalito; Opera Plaza, SF.  Crest, Sacramento.

CHOCOLAT (Hallström, 2000).  “Waterfront Flicks,” Jack London Square, 66 Franklin, Oakl; www.jacklondonsquare.com. Free. Thurs, sunset.

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 and also Albany; Clay, SF.

DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (Bresson, 1950), Fri, 8:30 and Sun, 4:15.  Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berk; (510) 642-5249, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.  $5.50-9.50.

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. Four Star, Opera Plaza.. www.landmarketheaters.com for details.

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. Opening late September 2011.

L'HERISSON / THE HEDGEHOG.  Based on the novel by Muriel Barbéry. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Crest, Sacramento.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS  (dir.  Woody Allen) . Still playing widely in local cinemas!Lark, Larkspur; Albany; Embarcadero, SF; Piedmont. 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.   Bridge; Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley; Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITE.  With Gérard Dépardieu.  See local listings for details.  Embarcadero, Shattuck. Opening September 23, 2011.

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

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 29-October 2, 2011.

A TRIP TO THE MOON with Tom Burton. This exciting event, sponsored by Technicolor, will include both a screening of George Méliès’ famous 1902 film A Trip to the Moon and a presentation by Director of Technicolor Restoration Services Tom Burton, who will discuss the film's restoration process. Burton’s other recent restoration work includes projects for Paramount Studios, The Walt Disney Company, la Cinémathèque Français, 20th Century Fox, Shanghai Film Group, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Groupama Gan Foundation, HBO and NBC-Universal. Before Burton joined Technicolor, his Emmy Award-winning production company provided animation, visual effects and motion control model/miniature photography for the U.S. and international film/television markets. A Trip to the Moon will be screened after the talk. Originally released in black-and-white and also in hand-painted color, A Trip to the Moon was a smash success around the globe. However, it was subject to piracy and plagiarism, and, in 1913, George Méliès despairingly tried to burn his collection of film negatives. Although the color version of the film was believed to be lost, in 1993, a private film collector donated a damaged color print to the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It took many years before technology was advanced enough to restore it. Digital technology over the last few years allowed the fragments of 13,375 frames to be reassembled one by one in Technicolor’s laboratories. The restored film, set to a soundtrack by the French duo Air, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. This screening will be its Northern California premiere. Palo Alto International Film Festival. http://paiff.net/October 1, 2011

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

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

Through September 30, 2011.  SWISSNEX presents TEACHING ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION.  As part of the Architecture in the City Festival in San Francisco, swissnex hosts an exhibition expressing three points of view on urban architecture from three leading Swiss schools.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//

Through October 2, 2011.  A CHANGE OF SCENE:  SKETCHES FROM ABROAD.  Though Charles Schulz is best known for his comic art, he also enjoyed sketching the scenery around him… especially while vacationing in Europe. A Change of Scene presents never-before-exhibited en plein air sketches Schulz created during the several trips he made to England and France.  Charles M. Schulz Museum.  2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.  707.579.4452 or www.schulzmuseum.org for details.

Through 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.

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 October 29, 2011.  CYANOTYPES by CHRISTIAN MARCLAY.  Swiss artist Christian Marclay, whose video work The Clock won him the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Biennale, is exhibiting an exhibition of his cyanotype photograms at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery through next month. An early form of photography, here Marclay resurrects the cyanotype to document music cassette tapes that he has physically altered, suggesting interpretations relating to mass culture, music, and visual art alike.  Fraenkl Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  www.fraenkelgallery.com for details.

Through October 31, 2011.  EUROPEAN BATTLEFIELDS by PETER HEBEISEN.  Gallery 291, 291 Geary Steet, SF.  415.291.9001 or www.gallery291.net for details.

Through 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.

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 November 27, 2011.  THE GRAPHIC NOVEL:  OF MICE AND MEN by PIERRE-ALAIN BERTOLA.  This exhibition at Salinas's National Steinbeck Center displays over 40 original black and white illustrations by Swiss artist Pierre-Alain Bertola, culled from his graphic novel based on John Steinbeck's classic. This year, the well-received French language comic book, Des souris et des hommes, D'Aprés Le Roman De John Steinbeck, will be published in English, and is being honored with this exhibition in Steinbeck's birthplace. National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main Street, Salinas, CA.  http://www.steinbeck.org for details.

Through December 11, 2011.  PICASSO’S CERAMICS.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, 415.750.3600 or www.legionofhonor.org 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

CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE, by ANDREA WEDELL.  Expat Andrea Wedell, originally from the Bay Area and living in France for the past 24 years, would love for you to visit her painting : contemporary landscapes of Southern France. She works with texture and vibrant, bold color that is built up in multiple layers and glazed on. Her landscapes are semi-abstract to abstract poetic interpretations of her environment in Cassis, or bits  and pieces of it as she sees and feels it– from lively, magical gardens with their sweet smells , to turquoise and deep orange underwater scenes, pink and bright white cliffs built up over millions of years, villages that have retained their authentic charm, sparkling ocean and wide expanses of sky. You can see her work virtually on her website :   www.gallerywedell.com If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France. www.gallerywedell.com/blog

CLASSES  

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.

September 30 or October 28, 2011.  ALLONS EN PROVENCE, taught by NICOLAS WOLFF.  9/30 in English; 10/28 in French.  $40.  9:30am-11:30am.  Includes snack and glass of wine.  (See 9/16, 10/21, 10/28 & 11/4 for other classes.)  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 7 or November 4, 2011.  ALLONS EN BOURGOGNE, taught by NICOLAS WOLFF.  9/16 in English; 10/21 in French.  $40.  9:30am-11:30am.  Includes snack and glass of wine.  (See 9/16, 10/21, 9/30, 10/7 for other classes.)  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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.

LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email info@optimalearning.com or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, http://www.optimalearning.com or http://www.optimalearningcenter.org

Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/forlang . For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact info@afsantarosa.org. (From the AFSR: Try our French language school with no commitments. Your first lesson is free!) See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and April 1, 2010.  LA DANSE:  THE PARIS OPERA BALLET. 7:00 p.m.  (Frederick Wiseman, France/U.S., 2009, 158 mins). Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for more class opportunities. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER! 

October 2, 2011.  JEFFREY BROUSSARD  & THE CREOLE COWBOYS play CREOLE / ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Southwest Louisiana's Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys  bring their fresh take on the Creole dance music traditions that they are dedicated to preserving. Accordionist, fiddler, and singer Broussard was a mainstay in the  famous Zydeco Force, a group that took zydeco and Cajun roots and updated them  for modern dance crowds without losing the feel of the original Creole zydeco gumbo. Now his Creole Cowboys take the music into the next generation while still tapping into the great roots music of such masters as fiddlers Canray Fontenot and Calvin Carrière as well as Jeffery's father, Delton Broussard, accordion player for the  legendary Lawtell Playboys.  With new songs from their latest CD, "Return of the Creole," Broussard and the Creole Cowboys return to Ashkenaz before launching a tour of Germany. The success of Broussard's approach is seen at packed dance halls throughout Louisiana and beyond (including Europe and African tours) and in honors such as 2007 Accordionist of the Year in  the Zydeco Music and Creole Heritage Awards. The band's debut CD, "Keeping the  Tradition Alive," was named top zydeco album of 2007 by Blues and Soul magazine  and "Best Zydeco Album of the Year" for 2008 at the offBEAT Magazine Best of the  Beat Awards in New Orleans. A Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient, Broussard has also collaborated with the Elisa Monte Dance Troupe in New York City, where  New York Times dance critic Claudia La Rocco, wrote, "The eyes, following the ears, traveled again and again to those Creole Cowboys. Accompaniment or no, they were  the main draw."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm $13/$10 students   www.ashkenaz.com

October 2, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the MacGregor/ Bridgepoint School Auditorium, Newark.  The Tri-Cities League of Volunteers Concert Series. 35753 Cedar Blvd., Newark. 2:00 pm.  Information: www.lov.org

October 3, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS feature music by EDGARD VARESE and more.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  415.278.9566 or www.sfcmp.org for details. 

October 4, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.  De Young Museum, SF, 1pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

October 4, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE GARDEN:  AN AL-FRESCO STUDIO FOR IMPRESSIONIST PAINTERS.  Legion of Honor, SF, 2:15pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

October 5-6, 2011.  SENEGALESE SINGER AND GUITARIST BAABA MAAL perfoms at Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Oakland.  510.238.9200 or www.yoshis.com for details.

October 6-16, 2011.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  For complete details, visit:  http://www.mvff.com/.  French-language or French-related films include:

Opening October 7, 2011.  THE WAY.  Martin Sheen in the Pyrénées…  See local listings for details.

October 7, 2001.  SWISS PIANIST EVA-MARIA ZIMMERMANN is half of ZOFO.  Before launching a national tour, piano duo ZOFO (Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi) will be playing an intimate house concert in San Francisco October 7. Program highlights will include works by Brahms, Barber, Terry Riley, and Stravinsky.  8:00 p.m., 365 Texas Street, San Francisco, $15 (adv or door).  Please email evamariazim@gmail.com to guarantee a seat.

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 8, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PARIS AND HER PAINTERS.  Legion of Honor, SF.  1pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

October 8, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE IMPRESSIONIST ERA:  FASHION AND CULTURE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  2:15pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

October 8, 2011.  GOOSEBOTTOM BOOKS’s LIZ HOCKINSON discusses MARIE ANTOINETTE, along with talks about other famous women  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

October 8, 2011. LIMYE POU AYITI… LAVI KONTINYE / LIGHT FOR HAITI… LIFE CONTINUES, at Laney College Theater , Oakland, CA. Limyè pou Ayiti...Lavi Kontinye! is Rara Tou Limen's choreo-prayer and artistic offering to Haiti. Nineteen months later, the media's attention has shifted to other topics, while Haiti remains deeply wounded. Life has moved on for some, but for Haitian people, life will never be the same. We must continue to shed light on Haiti and remind our audiences through artistic expression, that Haiti still needs us! The motivation behind this project stems from Rara Tou Limen's Artistic & Musical Director's personal and professional relationships with Haiti's artistic community, whom were severely affected by the earthquake. Visionary choreographer, dancer and educator, Jeanguy Saintus expresses the rich fusion of Caribbean culture and the contemporary life of his country through the body. His studies include: Traditional Haitian dance, Classical, Modern, Contemporary Technique, Anthropology and Sociology. Mr. Saintus is the artistic director of Ayikodans, the premiere professional dance company of Haiti, since being established in 1987. Vodou religious culture, folk performance, free improvisation, and varied African, indigenous Indian and French influences can be found in his work. He has enabled the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, while rooted in tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and creativity that would surprise many who associate the country with disaster, poverty and helplessness. Mr. Saintus is celebrated for his exciting contemporary work that connects the spiritual and the physical and honors the human body, while expanding the possibilities of the dance medium and fostering young talent, and for inspiring pride in the strength, beauty and richness of Haitian identity. Rara Tou Limen stands in solidarity with these artists by continuing to showcase the best of folkloric dance and music, which carries in it the stories, struggles, and spirit of the first free Black Republic in the world. Keeping the dance and musical traditions of Haiti alive is crucial to sustaining strength and solidarity with the people of the country. Rara Tou Limen continues to uplift a country whose culture has sustained the Bay Area's artistic community and beyond! Limyè pou Ayiti Marketplace opens at 6:30! Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607. 8pm-10pm. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/196319 for details.

October 9, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PICASSO:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS.    De Young Museum, SF.   1pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

October 9, 2011.  LA BELLE VIE.  MEDIEVAL MUSIC by the FARALLON RECORDER QUARTET.  Noon-2pm.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

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

October 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 13, 2011. WHO WERE PISSARRO’S PEOPLE?  Art history lecture by JAMES A. GANZ.  De Young, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

Opening October 14, 2011.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS.  Check local cinematic listings for details.

October 14, 2011.  GENEVIEVE CHARLOT EN CONCERT!   Auteur compositeur interprète depuis son adolescence, Geneviève Charlot sera en concert a l'ISTP le vendredi 14 octobre à 20h00 pour présenter son tout nouvel (et cinquième!) album, "Du Silence à la Parole".  Geneviève vous emmènera dans son univers, dans lequel chacun se retrouve, celui d'une femme, d'une mère, d'une grand-mère qui parle de la vie et de ses bonheurs, ses doutes, ses instants fragiles... Des paroles droles, tendres, toujours sincères et touchantes sur des musiques rappelant Barbara, Francis Cabrel ou Anne Sylvestre. Un vrai et rare moment de chanson française à ne pas rater (entrée $10, gratuit pour la communauté de l'ISTP)!  Geneviève sera accompagnée par Michel Fauchon (piano), Jean-Baptiste Charlot (guitare) et Robert Barlow (clarinette).  ENGLISH:  Since she is a teenager, Geneviève has always been a songwriter. She is performing at ISTP on October, Friday 14th at 8 p.m. to present her new (and fifth!) album called "Du Silence à la Parole".  Geneviève will take you in her world, where everybody can relate. The world of a woman, a mother, a grand-mother who talks about life and its moments oh happiness, doubts and fragility. Her words are funny, tender, always sincere and touching with musics reminding Barbara, Francis Cabrel or Anne Sylvestre. Do not miss this true and rare moment of "chanson française" (entrance is $10, free for ISTP community)! Geneviève will be performing along with Michel Fauchon (piano), Jean-Baptiste Charlot (guitar) and Robert Barlow (clarinet). https://www.istp.org/charlot  International School of the Peninsula 151 Laura Lane ~ Palo Alto, CA 94303 Phone: (650) 251-8521  

October 14, 2011.  SUZANNE SAXE-ROUX & JEAN ROUX discuss COURAGE AND CROISSANTS, INSPIRING JOYFUL LIVING.  Finding the joie de vivre in the south of France.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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, 2011.  ALEXANDER MAKSIK discusses YOU DESERVE NOTHING, set in the Paris at an internaional high school.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

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 16, 2011.  FROM ROUEN SOFT-PASTE TO PARIS HARD-PASTE:  FRENCH PORCELAIN FROM THE LATE 17TH CENTURY TO 1800.  San Francisco Ceramic Circle Lecture.  10am.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

October 17-23, 2011.  PROJECT SEMAINE DU GOUT PALO ALTO – TASTING WEEK PALO ALTO.  Concept: To organize the first « Tasting Week » - Semaine du Gout – in Palo Alto, from the 17th to the 23rd of October, while maintaining the original idea which made “La Semaine du gout” successful in France since 20 years, yet adapting the event to the American culture and customs.  Goals: -Educational: Teach kids to appreciate flavor and taste -Cultural: Pass on to French and American kids an important aspect of French culture -Community: Make French families and Francophone's gather around a pleasant event during the fall -Sustainable development: Encourage families to play their part and to cook with their kids with seasonal local grown food. Event Format: Chef will intervene in the classrooms during the week, and there will be one event open to everybody to finalize the week on the 21st of October 1) In the classrooms : Invite a couple French Chefs (between 5 and 7) from the Bay Area to step in classrooms of two public elementary schools in Palo Alto (Barron Park and Juana Briones), the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP), and the classrooms of the FLAM d’EFBA program during the week of the 17 to the 23rd of October - Grade: 5-7 classrooms of 3rd and 4th grade (TBD) - Number of students per classroom: around 20 students - Age: 7-11 years old - More important days: Tuesday October 18th, Wednesday October 19th, Thursday October 20th - Introduction to taste by training and tasting of new and unexpected flavors which will delight kids. We wish to let the Chefs be free to choose the different programs themselves, but here are a few sample programs: - Egg transformation: From raw to cooked egg, how to beat egg white - Preparation of a French specialty: Apple pie, soufflé, quiche   The afternoon: « Tasting workshop » at the Palo Alto Lucie Stern Theatre, Friday October 21 from 4pm to 8pm This program will include about ten tasting workshops for kids, with gastronomy professionals, flavor-loving parents, and will be open to everybody. The workshops will be held by volunteers with no marketing goal and will be Family-oriented. Examples of workshops: - Perfumes: How perfume influences taste, what is the essence of taste, how to differentiate them. - Chocolate: The different types of chocolates, methods of how to prepare chocolate, how to enjoy/taste chocolate. - Olive Oil: What are the different flavors that one notices in olive oil. - Spices: What do spices look like, where to they come from (flowers, fruits, wood), how can they alter the taste of meals. - Cooked or raw vegetables: how vegetables change when they are cooked, difference between different raw and cooked vegetables. - Cheeses: What are the different types of cheese, from which animal do they come from, how to enjoy them. - Strong flavors: Mustard, Roquefort, Pepper - Snails or “Escargots” - A Tango video session with chef in its kitchen for a virtual restaurant kitchen visit to kids. We have not yet determined if the workshops will be entirely held by volunteers or if we will have to call on professionals for a few workshops.

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.  LE 125ième ANNIVERSAIRE DE L’AUTOMOBILE avec BERNARD METAIS.  Conférence Spéciale.  De sa naissance en Allemagne à sa maturité aux USA avec la Ford Model T , via la France, cette présentation explique en termes simples les 40 premières années de l'automobile.  Vous  découvrirez que la stucture actuelle de nos automobiles date de 1891 (Panhard et Levassor) et qu'en 1900, la voiture électrique était une concurrente plus que sérieuse de la voiture à essence. Vous serez surpris d'apprendre que la plus grande majorité des 'innovations' (freins à disques, voitures hybrides,...) dans l'automobile date du début du XXème siècle.  This will be an illustrated talk supported by a visual slideshow and will be accessible to intermediate to advanced level students as the talk will be conducted in French and English.   Gratuit pour membres de AFSF et $5 pour les non-membres - Free for members or $5 general public .  7pm.  www.afsf.com

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 21-November 27, 2011.  CUTTING BALL THEATER stages MAURICE MAETERLINCK’s avant garde classic, PELLEAS & MELISANDRE.  A princess bride falls for her brother-in-law…  New translation by Rob Melrose.  Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., San Francisco.  800.838.3006 or www.cuttingball.com for details.

October 22, 2011.  SYMPOSIUM:  IMPRESSIONISM THROUGH THE LENS OF PISSARRO.  10am-4pm.  Legion of Honor, San Francisco.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org 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 24, 2011.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Reading YASMINA REZA’S DIEU DU CARNAGE.  berenicevlm@yahoo.com for details.

October 26, 2011.  DELUXE RED BORDEAUX. THE FRENCH CELLAR presents WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES 2011.  Regional Wines and Objects from France.  32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or jay@thefrenchcellar.com for details. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in tasting our great wine finds and wine values from France!

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

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

October 27-29, 2011.  ALAN GILBERT conducts DUTILLEUX’s L’ARBRE DES SONGES and more. San Francisco Symphony.  “Inside Music” – an informative talk free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior to concert. www.sfsymphony.org for details.

October 27 & November 2, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY & the CONSULAT GENERAL DE FRANCE offer special FRENCH CINEMA NOW! film screenings for high school S\students and their teachers.  Films:  10/27, 10am, LE GAMIN AU VELO; 10/27, 12pm, LA PERMISSION DE MINUIT, and 11/2, 10am, LE HAVRE.  RSVP essential:  kzwolfer@sffs.org or 415.561.5040 with name, school, # of students, film choice.

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 29, 2011.  POMPLAMOOSE performs in the San Francisco Jazz Festival.  9pm.  YBCA Forum.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

October 29, 2011.  "PIETER BREUGEL (v. 1525-1569) ET LE PAYSAGE NARRATIF".  Grande figure de la peinture flamande, Pieter Breugel représente la jonction  entre le Moyen Age et la Renaissance. Son art, qui s'affranchit à la fois de celui  des artistes dits "primitifs" (tels que Bosch ou van Eyck) et de l'influence italienne, produit des oeuvres remarquables par leur dimension narrative. Breugel illustre  ainsi des proverbes hollandais au moyen de scènes savamment orchestrées à l'intérieur de paysages familiers. Plus audacieusement encore, en réaction contre  la présence espagnole dans les provinces des Pays-Bas, il transpose des événements bibliques dans le milieu où il vit, avec des personnages de son temps, dénonçant  ainsi l'arrogance (La Tour de Babel) ou la cruauté (Le Massacre des Innocents).   CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114,  9:30am-12:30am.   

October 30, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.  1pm

October 30, 2011.  ACCLAIMED FRENCH COUNTER-TENOR PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY performs the music of Handel and Vivaldi with the ensemble APOLLO’S FIRE.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or www.calperformances.org for details.

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.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.   Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

November 1, 2011.  GUSTAVE COURBET:  A REBEL ON THE ROAD TO IMPRESSIONISM.  Legion of Honor, SF.  2:15pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org 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.  CANADIAN PIANIST MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN performs his own keyboard ETUDES and more at Herbst Theatre.  San Francisco Performances, Herbst Theatre, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

November 2, 2011.  YAEL NAIM à San Francisco.  Le 2 novembre prochain, l’artiste franco-israélienne Yael Naïm sera en concert au Bimbo’s 365 Club à San Francisco. A cette occasion elle nous a accordé un entretien http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article2163

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 5, 2011.  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE:  WORKSHOP FOR ART LOVERS, TEACHERS, AND GROUP LEADERS.  9am-12:30pm.  Access event.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.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 12-27, 2011.  OPERA SAN JOSE presents PAGLIACCI and LA VOIX HUMAINE.  Details to follow.  408.437.4450 or www.operasj.org for details.

November 13, 2011.  DORADO SCHMITT AND THE DJANGO ALL-STARS perform in the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.  Herbst Theatre, 7pm.  www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299 for details.

November 13, 2011  PATRICIA WELLS presents SIMPLY TRUFFLES at Cooks with Books, SPQR Restaurant, San Francisco.  Purchase tickets in advance at Book Passage.  Dinner & discussion.  $295/person (includes book).  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 17, 19 & 20, 2011.  PINK MARTINI.  11/17:  Marin Center, San Rafae (10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.  $45.50-$65.50.  415.499.6800 for details)l; 11/19:  Grace Pavillion, Santa Rosa; 11/20:  Paramount Theatre, Oakland.  http://rbpconcerts.com for details.

November 17-20, 2011. ENDGAME & WATT, two plays by ex-pa to Paris SAMUEL BECKETT, staged by Ireland’s GATE THEATRE for Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperformances.org for details.

November 18, 2011. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents LA SOIREE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY. Meet the French Art de Vivre Let's celebrate the 30th annual French party in San Francisco and all aspects of the French community (business, culture, history) throughout the Bay Area ! A fine tasting of French products. Come enjoy a great range of wines, champagnes and food for gourmets. This annual rendez-vous gathers all the amateurs of French culture and celebrates the French Art de Vivre ! It is an opportunity for French ventures to promote and showcase their expertise. A unique sponsorship and promotional opportunity for Wine and Food Merchants! The 30th Annual "La Soirée" is a great opportunity to showcase and promote your products and company. 1,000 guests, including FACC chamber members, Bay Area Francophiles and other participating businesses. You will have access to a large variety of French Wine and Gourmet food from importers, restaurants and manufacturers. In addition to the prime attraction -wine and food tasting- attendees are entertained with performances, a silent auction, a raffle and dancing. a Millesime Lounge to interact directly with consumers of high-end wines and showcase your products in a prestigious and sparkling atmosphere. If you are interested in becoming a sponsors or getting more information don't hesitate to contact us www.faccsf.com 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Metreon City View – San Francisco .

November 19, 2011.  FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE:  THE BEAUTY OF PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Lecture by JAMES HOUSEFIELD at the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF.  2pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

November 20, 2011.  LA BELLE VIE:  LECTURE in celebration of the MOURNERS exhibit at the Legion of Honor, followed by a concert by ASTERIA (1pm/3pm).  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

Opening November 23, 2011.  HUGO (dir. Martin Scorsese), with the voices of Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Christopher Lee.  Story of an orphan who makes his home behind a clock in a Paris train station.  See local listings for details.

November 26, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF. Two time slots:  1pm; 2:15pm.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.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.

November 28, 2011.  PISSARO’S PEOPLE.  Join us for a fascinating lecture on the Legion of Honor’s fall exhibition of the work of CAMILLE PISSARRO.  RITA DUNLAY of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will discuss the artist’s notable genre scenes set in the fields and marketplaces of rural France.  Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  415.389.4292 x203 for details.

December 6, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

December 6, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details. 2:15pm.

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.

December 10, 2011.  "LUCIAN FREUD (1922-2011): LA PEINTURE FAITE CHAIR"  Né à Berlin en 1922 et mort en juillet dernier, Lucian Freud était le petit-fils du  célèbre psychanalyste Sigmund Freud. Il a surtout été le plus grand peintre  figuratif anglais du XXe siècle et, depuis 2008, l'artiste vivant le plus cher du  monde. Les oeuvres les plus représentatives de Lucian Freud montrent, dans un réalisme particulièrement cru, des autoportraits et des nus hors normes: obèses  ou, au contraire, émaciés. Jamais érotiques, ceux-ci dérangent à cause de leurs  positions inconfortables, disgracieuses, de leur mise en scène inquiétante. La  vision de l'artiste est exacerbée par la manière dont il peint: texture rugueuse qui accentue les teints blafards, presque cadavériques, et fait violence à ces chairs  mises à nu.   CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114, 9:30am-12:30pm.   

December 17, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

December 17, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONISTS IN WINTER.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

December 18, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE.  Legion of Honor, 1pm.

2012.  DO IT LIVE PRODUCTIONS stages EUGENE IONESCO’S THE CHAIRS.  Details to follow.

January 3, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details. 1pm.

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/

Opening March 24, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK.  The first major exhibition dedicated to this designer, the fashion world’s “enfant terrible.”  De Young Museum, Herbst Exhibition Galleries, Golden Gate Park, SF.  415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.

      

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 10-22, 2012.  SAIL AWAY WITH JACQUES PEPIN aboard the Oceania Marina.  Set sail from Barcelona, visit Sanary-sur-Mer, Marseilles, Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, and Italy.  Shore excursions, cooking classes, shipboard credit, round trip airfare to Europe, much more  $3999.00/person.  510.521.1141 or www.teagardentravel.com 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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