November 10-18, 2011
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Through November 10, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs DON GIOVANNI, based on the play by MOLIERE. www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details.
November 10, 2011. FRENCH STORYTIME AT THE ALAMEDA FREE LIBRARY. In this special series of stoyrtimes led by a native French speaker, preschoolers, along with their parents and caregivers, will sing songs, listen to age-appropriate stories and fingerplays, and even learn a little French. Alameda Free Library 1550 Oak Street Alameda, CA 94501. http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Library/Calendar-of-Events?id=1411&a=20111110 for details.
November 10, 2011. THE UNHEARD OF WORLD by FABRICE MELQUIOT. Please join foolsFURY for our year-end event, an intimate reception and the opening of an exciting collaboration between foolsFURY and the French American International High School. On November 10, IHS students present the American première of The Unheard of World by acclaimed French playwright, Fabrice Melquiot. We are immensely proud of this project, and eager to share it with our friends and supporters! For the last three years foolsFURY has been developing a multi-faceted relationship with the French American International High School (IHS) in San Francisco, as the school’s Company in Residence. This has entailed foolsFURY artists working with IHS students within and beyond the classroom, sharing their marvelous space at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, presenting readings of French language plays, and more. Now we are taking this relationship to a new level, as foolsFURY artists collaborate with the students in the production of a new play. The Unheard of World is the American première of a remarkable play by acclaimed French playwright, Fabrice Melquiot. The production is being co-created between the students and the foolsFURY ensemble. It will be presented by IHS students, under the direction of Michelle Haner, who is both a foolsFURY member and the Artistic Director of the IHS theater program, in November 2011. A hybrid version of the production, featuring both IHS students and foolsFURY ensemble members, is being planned for May 2012 at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The Unheard of World takes us to a strange land among the roots of trees, home to the spirit of every person who has ever lived. Eighty million souls, scrambling for space! It is the story of the meeting between a sad little girl half-swallowed by a bear, and a little boy who refused to ever be born. In this magical place, Melquiot delves into themes of death, longing, loss and love. Full of poetic imagery and a fantastical humor that will intrigue audience members of all ages, this is foolsFURY’s second premiere of Melquiot’s work, following our acclaimed production of The Devil on All Sides (Le Diable en Partage) which toured San Francisco and New York in 2007. We are pleased to welcome our loyal supporters to this special year-end event, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, and insights from artistic director Ben Yalom, show designers and artists. We hope to see you there! The French American International High School (IHS), Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, Back Entrance: 65 Lily Street (between Gough and Franklin), SF, CA. 94102. Program: 5:30 - 6:45p.m. Private reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres Littlefield Room, lower floor. 6:00p.m. An inside look into the collaboration between foolsFURY and the International High School and discussion of The Unheard of World. 7:00 - 8:45p.m. Performance of The Unheard of World. Kahn Family Theater 2nd floor. Tickets to the show are $12. Please RSVP to foolsFURY board member Janice Brenner, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
November 10, 2011. BLEK LE RAT. Xavier Prou, a.k.a Blek le Rat, has been stenciling political art on city walls since 1981 — decades earlier than Banksy. "Every time I think I've painted something original," Banksy has said, "I find out Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier." Blek le Rat's stirring and elegant stencil work has become a model for others. He's pushed the limits of what graffiti can do, and helped elevate it to the respected art it is today — as one court judge in Paris said of his work, "I cannot condemn it. It's too beautiful." Arts Publishing Ltd. has released an immense 30-year retrospective book of Blek le Rat's work. And at SFMOMA, the artist appears for a signing party in the Schwab Room. (James H. Miller). 6:30 p.m., free. SFMOMA, 151 Third St., SF, (415) 357-4000. www.sfmoma.com
November 10, 2011. LES CAHIERS DOGONS. Directed by Astrid Bas, with Yacine Badian Kouyate and Charles Fath. Performance in French! The Dogon see everything - anthropologists say they are the only ones with the Egyptians to have noticed with the naked eye, among the stars, the existence of Sirius. From the top of the cliff they spot where each one is, so and so is in the field, look, so and so is in his courtyard, whereas I cannot even tell this courtyard from the others as the architecture and the gray mud look so much alike. When I reach the bottom, my arrival is never a surprise, they all see me when I appear on the crest of the cliff. They move on foot in a static world, the landscape evolves at the speed of their steps: everything that is not part of the static decor is registered and identified by the Dogon when the movement takes place, when the foreigner enters the bubble. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. www.afsf.com 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 10, 2011. FOREVER: A DOCUMENTARY ON THE PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY by HEDDY HONIGMANN (2006). Forever does not present the history of the Père-Lachaise, the most famous cemetery in the world, nor does it take us on a grand tour of its celebrity graves (you won’t even catch a glimpse of Jim Morrison’s graffiti-covered resting place). Instead, this elegiac documentary, moving in its simplicity, shows the transcendental power and vitality of art —its immortality— as people make pilgrimages to pay their respect to composers, writers, painters and poets, famous or forgotten. A poetic meditation on the mysteries of art and memory, it is interspersed with excerpts from musical compositions, an aria or a sonnet, or a discussion of Proust’s fabled petite madeleine. Forever also reflects upon our need to commune with the spirits of the departed: the living —Parisians, tourists, relatives and friends— leave flowers, cryptic messages or whimsical tokens of appreciation for the person buried there, an enduring source of inspiration for them, or tend to their grave. Devotees interviewed include a pianist, a historian, an illustrator, an embalmer, and the greatest guide ever of the Père-Lachaise, “necrosopher” Bertrand Beyern. Ultimately, Forever is a meditation on how, in the midst of grief and loss, we manage to create fragile, piercing joys. It is also a strangely exhilarating meditation about our own mortality. Take a walk among the alleys or large avenues of the Père-Lachaise, see the melancholy beauty of the cemetery’s memorial statuary and tombstones as you view this gently touching film, beautifully shot by Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann. In French with English subtitles (2006).The film will be briefly presented in French by CCSF instructor Renée Morel (who regularly indulges in necropolitan safaris at the Père-Lachaise) and followed by a discussion. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room, as latecomers disturb everybody. 6:30—8:45 PM. Everett Middle School (room 232), 450 Church St. (between 16th & 17th Sts., SF).
November 10, 2011. M83 performs at Mezzanine in San Francisco. M83 are an electronic shoegaze / indie pop act by French musician Anthony Gonzalez. It is named after a spiral galaxy, Messier 83. The band was founded in 2001 by Gonzalez and former member Nicolas Fromageau in Antibes, France. The musical style of M83 owes something to the shoegazing genre in its extensive use of reverb effects and lyrics spoken softly over loud instrumentals, although M83's songs employ considerably less guitar than most shoegazing bands. On July 19, 2011, "Midnight City", the first single from M83's new album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, was released for streaming and free download on the band's official website. The international tour in support of the new album will include shows across North America.
www.myspace.com/m83 for details.
November 10, 2011. SWISSNEX presents SELF-PORTRAITS, CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE BRAIN. An artist, a neuroscientist, and an art historian share reflections of the self and self-portraiture in the last public event of “Think Art – Act Science” at SFAI. San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., SF. http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org
Opening November 11, 2011. LE HAVRE. In the French harbor city that gives the film its name, bohemian shoe-shiner Marcel Marx (André Wilms) lives modestly with his wife Arletty (Kati Outinen) and dog Laika. Discovering a young African refugee named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel), Marcel hides the boy from police Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and attempts to send him to his mother in London, across the Channel. This "political fairy tale" from director Aki Kaurismäki is in French, but it's warmhearted, eccentric and enriched by the Finnish filmmaker's humanism and characteristically deadpan sense of humor. The participation of veteran actors Jean-Pierre Léaud and Pierre Étaix is a nod to classic French cinema, and Kaurismäki's treatment of economic and immigration issues reflects his compassion for people who exist on society's fringes. Hollywood Reporter called it "a tender, warm embrace to those who find themselves rootless." In French with English subtitles. Writer/ Producer/ Director: Aki Kaurismäki. (France/Finland 2011) 93 min. Landmark’s Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco (415) 267-4893 San Francisco Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=230477013685662 Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 464-5980 Shattuck Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122160961226729 Tickets and showtimes will be available November 8 at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and theatre box office. LE HAVRE also opens Nov. 11, 2011 at Rafael Film Club Center in San Rafael.
November 11, 2011. RAGNAR BOHLIN AND THE CONSERVATORY CHAMBER CHOIR perform works by PHILIPPE HERSANT, DURUFLE and more. SF Conservatory of Music, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, 50 Oak St., SF. 8pm. Free. www.sfcm.edu for details.
November 11, 2011. SCRABBLE EN FRANÇAIS ~ MEET-UP DES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. Connaissez-vous le scrabble ? Et si on y jouait en français ? Bien sur, on jouera le scrabble de salon (non-compétitif). Vu la taille de mon appartement, je ne peux accueillir que 12 personnes. J’ai deux lazy Susan et un scrabble régulier. Je servirai quelques snacks et vous pouvez amener ce qu’il vous plait. Le clébard sera peut-être ici...mais il est doux comme un agneau. 7:00 PM.Chez Frank http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/40145032/?a=ea1.2_lnm&rv=ea1.2
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 11-13, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the San Mateo Harvest Festival, San Mateo We return to this Crafts Festival on the Peninsula. Expo Hall, San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo. Showtimes: Friday--12:20, 2:15, 4:20 Saturday--12:00, 2:30, 4:45 Sunday--11:45, 1:30, 3:15 Information: www.harvestfestival.com or www.rigomania.com for details.
November 11-19, 2011. FABRICE MELQUIOT’s THE UNHEARD OF WORLD, performed by BACK A DOS. Our high school’s upcoming production of "The Unheard of World" will be the American première of a play for all ages by celebrated French playwright Fabrice Melquiot. A strange world among the roots of our trees is home to the spirit of every person who has ever lived. Eighty million souls, scrambling for space! It is story of the meeting between a sad little girl half-swallowed by a bear, and a little boy who refused to even be born. It is a uniquely magical place in which Melquiot delves into themes of birth, death, longing and love. Full of great poetic imagery, and a fantastical humor that will intrigue audience members of all ages. Middle school students and families are invited & encouraged to come see this production! ** Note this play runs about 1h45 minute (including an intermission) and is appropriate for adults and students from about 4th grade on up. Performances: November 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18 at 7pm and November 19 at 2pm. Where: The Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion - 66 Page Street. Tickets can be reserved under “Arts” on the website: http://www.internationalsf.org
Through November 12, 2011. STANFORD VISITING ARTIST GEORGES LAVAUDANT & PROF. JEAN-MARIE APOSTOLIDES direct OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder. Stanford Drama, in collaboration with the world-renowned French director Georges Lavaudant, present the Pulitzer Prize-winning American favorite that Edward Albee describes as “…the greatest American play ever written.” Written and set in the late 1930s when milkmen still came door-to-door each morning, Our Town nonetheless confronts the more timeless human traditions— love, marriage, birth, and death—and asks the questions at the core of human experience: how might we live life with both significance and routine? What makes life significant? Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium – Stanford. http://www.stanford.edu for details
November 12, 1022. YELLE performs at Mezzanine, San Francisco. French dance-pop purveyor Yelle returns with her long awaited second album, the exotically addictive Safari Disco Club. With producer GrandMarnier, Yelle has recorded a debut album "Pop-Up" in 2005. In Oct. 2007, she is opening for Mika during his European tour. In Feb. 2008 she performed the track "A cause des Garçons" on the BBC3 show "Lily Allen and Friends". The new album's first single "Safari Disco Club" starts with Yelle's signature bubblegum pop, but the innocent and fun part of the party has moved into a more wild and chaotic scene, as Yelle sings over the madness "The animals all dance in the safari disco club". www.myspace.com/iloveyelle
November 12 & 13, 2011. CHOREOMANIA: MUSIC FOR THE DANCING PLAGUES OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE CANÇONIÈR, with special guest TOM ZAJAC. Cançonièr presents music for a fascinating and little-understood phenomenon: during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas experienced brief outbreaks of manic, ‘contagious’ dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Otherwise ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Many feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria; the true causes are still debated. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would ease their suffering, or appease divine wrath. Instrumental and vocal dance music, music of city waits, penitential prayers, and more! Saturday, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Ave., Albany, 7:30pm; Sunday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 20 University Avenue, Los Gatos, 3pm. 510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org or email@example.com for details.
November 12-16, 2011. ATELIER OPERA CARMEN. Afin de vous préparer pour l'Opéra Carmen qui sera joué à San Francisco du 6 novembre au 4 décembre 2011 nous vous proposons un Atelier sur Carmen en Français. Deux scéances possibles: Le samedi 12 novembre de 14h à 16h; Le mercredi 16 novembre de 18h à 20h. Cet atelier sera animé par Pierrette Spetz, PhD littérature française, spécialiste du 19ème siècle. $25 pour non-membres. $15 pour membres et étudiants AFSF. Inscrivez-vous et renseignez-vous au site www.afsf.com.
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.
Through November 13, 2011. RAPID DESCENT performs MOLIERE’S TARTUFFE. Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., SF. $20-$35. www.brownpapertickets.com for details.
Through November 13, 2011. BRING ON THE LUMIERE. Don't fence in Catherine Galasso. She is intrigued by smashing distinctions between the virtual and the real, the present and the historic and, of course, conventional artistic disciplines like dance, music, drama, and film. Her instinct for the theater is clear; her craft impressive. Still, expending all that talent on a work about Emperor Norton seemed distinctly odd. Given that her father was a composer of music for films — she uses some of his scores — her present project, "Bring on the Lumière," an evocation of cinema inventors Auguste and Louis Lumière, makes a lot more sense. She couldn't have done better than collaborating with pioneering lighting designer Elaine Buckholtz. Or with dancers Cristine Bonansea and Marina Fukushima as the brothers. (Rita Felciano) 8 p.m. $17-$20. ODC Theater 3153 17th St., SF (415) 863-9834 www.odctheater.org
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 13, 2011. FALL CHOCOLATE SALON. We're just 3 weeks away from the intimate, advance reservations only Fall Chocolate Salon on November 13th. NEW: Private screenings at the Salon, plus Chefs Q&A, of the new public television program, "Chocolate FRENCH," based on the bestselling book, "Chocolate FRENCH." The pilot will air locally in mid-December 2011. A unique event with limited tickets available for attendees, the Fall Luxury CHOCOLATE SALON participants include over 28 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans. An intimate setting, the Fall Chocolate Salon is the perfect place to find the perfect Holiday gift, while tasting and savoring the chocolate lovers experience. Advance Tickets available through November 12th, while quantities last. (No Tickets at Door. San Francisco) Participants include Amano Artisan Chocolate, CocoTutti, Choclatique, Snake & Butterfly, Permano, Willet's Mini Creations, Leonidas Fresh Belgian Chocolate, Saratoga Chocolates, Victoria Chocolatier, Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates, Sterling Truffle Bar, Toffeeology, The TeaRoom Chocolate Company, Monterey Chocolate Company, Marich Confectionary, Sixthcourse Artisan Confections, Toffee Talk, Dandelion Chocolate, MDP Signature Chocolates, Au Coeur Des Chocolats, Seattle Chocolate Company, Butterfly Brittle, Be A Gourmet, Jack & Jason's Pancakes & Waffles, Urban Legend Cellars, The Winery SF, Jerk'NPickle, TasteTV, and more. www.FallChocolateSalon.com
November 15, 2011. CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Texte: SOLEA de JEAN-CLAUDE IZZO. Note à propos du roman Solea de Jean-Claude Izzo que le cercle va discuter le 15 novembre Toujours irrésistible, ce Montale. Et trop tendre pour survivre indéfiniment. Toutes les femmes, comme vous savez, tombent amoureux de Fabio et lui amoureux d'elles, peu importe qu'il se trouve au tournant de l'âge mûr sur la pente de la vieillesse. Au moment où nous en sommes, il a perdu tous ses jeunes amis à la mort ou de vue. Heureusement qu'il y a encore quelques vieux amis par-ci par-là, de bonnes choses à manger et davantage de bonnes bouteilles à boire. Admettons-le, il faudrait avoir un estomac de fer pour boire comme le font ces gens-là, Fabio en particulier, et la tete solide pour fonctionner à peu près bien. Ce qui n'est pas le cas, comme nous finissons par nous rendre compte, d'autant plus qu'il n'est pas question d'un crime "ordinaire" mais de toute une organisation criminelle. Aussi voyons-nous qu'on n'échappe pas à la mafia dont le bras est long et la volonté aussi ferme qu'invincible. Fabio a beau, pour une fois, se décider de tuer -- de tuer l'assasin de ses amis -- il est loin d'arriver à buter le monstre, cette saloperie de mafia. Et l'odeur de la mort qui enveloppe le roman tout entier finira par empoisonner Fabio lui-meme. La belle femme qu'est Marseille, si séduisante soit-elle, perd un peu de son charme sous ce nuage de la mort. Groupe mené par RAYMOND LE MIEUX. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.afsantarosa.org for details.
November 15, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play Cajun/Zydeco/Blues at Ashkenaz, Berkeley. The 2011 Emperor of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau play the "hits" and songs from their latest 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." Perfect for dancing! 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. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $10 www.ashkenaz.com
November 15, 2011. FRENCH BIO BAY. We are ready to get together again for our next event on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 starting at 7 PM. The event will take place at "Le Charm" French Bistro in San Francisco, CA, USA, where you will have the pleasure to network with fellow Chinese and Russian biopharma colleagues (Chinese Bioscience Associationand Russian BioNetwork - Rubin). The informal networking dinner in a private room setting (50 attendees maximum) for a prix fixe of $36 (all included price: food, tip and taxes) will feature this delicious 3 course French dinner: Appetizer: Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Main Dishes (to choose from at registration): Coq au Vin Steak Frites Trout with Lemon Butter Sauce Mushroom Risotto (Veg.) Dessert: Tarte Tatin Le Charm 315 5th Street San Francisco, CA 94107 Tel: (415) 546-6128 http://www.lecharm.com/ To RSVP and book by the end of Sunday 13 November 2011 (no exceptions), go to https://www.acteva.com/go/FrenchBioBay using FBB112011as your password. (Note that there is a $0.98 credit card processing fee and $2.02 reservation processing charges by Acteva. These will be added to your meal's price for a total of $39.00- Read also the refund policies on Acteva). Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come first serve basis within the 50 guests capacity limit but will have to pay $50.00 (cash only) at the door. No one will be admitted at this event without paying the fee, even if you do not intend to eat. Again French Bio Bay does not make any profit from these events and the organizers and volunteers pay just like everyone else. Organizers also have to advance the money for the event, so please register early by the due date.
November 16, 2011. PARIS PAR HASARD, THE SAN FRANCISCO READING. Just arrived from Paris Terrance will regale us with new tales of his Paris adventures, offer dining and travel tips and read from his acclaimed memoir: “If you ever wondered how Terrance Gelenter came to earn the title ‘Mister Paris’, this book will tell you. A grande bouffe of gossip, anecdote and revelation. Enjoy!”- John Baxter, We’ll Always Have Paris “Fans and friends of Terrance will not be surprised (or maybe they will) at this breezy and charming memoir, and those who don’t know him will enjoy making a new friend.” – Diane Johnson, Le Divorce Also available for purchase will be his just released CD: The Paris Concert featuring many selections from The Tony Bennett Songbook. http://paris-expat.com/events/paris-par-hasard-the-san-francisco-reading/ 7PM-9PM, Book Shop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave, San Francisco.
November 16, 2011. PATRICIA WELLS talks about SIMPLY TRUFFLES at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. 7pm.
November 16, 2011. THE INSPECTOR CLUZO plays at Brick and Mortar, in San Francisco. The Inspector Cluzo is simply one of the best international live act from France, excelling in crazy shows, high energy chaos, and the occasional smashing of drums. The band has just delivered a great record, more bombastic, powerful and thrilling than ever before. This is true rock infused with heart and soul. www.myspace.com/theinspectorcluzo for information.
November 16, 2011. MUSTARD PIMP performs at 715 Harrison, San Francisco. Started mid 2008, MUSTARD PIMP is a french duo including Baron and eKa. Baron started 9 years ago DJing mostly acid and techno stuff and ... (more) eKa was a former guitarist from a french metal band.They started to make diverses remixes and quickly got support from lot of artists. Initially inspired with Metal and Rock music but also with every music theyve heard or played during their lives, Mustard Pimps music is unclassifiable, they actually use to experiment diverse styles in their tracks ,from House to Breakbeat,from Electro to Maximal . www.mustardpimp.net for details.
November 17, 2011. LE MONDE MAGIQUE DE M. C. ESCHER ~ CONFERENCES SUR L’ART OFFERTES PAR LE LYCEE FRANÇAIS ET ANIMEES PAR RENEE MOREL – EN FRANÇAIS, BIEN SÛR! Chaque conférence focalisera sur 3 images (tableau ou photo, dessin, sculpture, artefact, etc.). Pas de réservation nécessaire. Ouvert à tous. Entrée: $5 par personne. (pavage, illusions d’optique). Questions? Contact: email@example.com Lycée Français La Pérouse auditorium, 1201 Ortega St. (at 20th Ave, SF). Please come on time; latecomers disturb everyone. 10am-11am.
November 17, 2011. SWISSNEX presents SEXUALITY AND THE BIBLE: WHAT THE TEXTS REALLY SAY. Three biblical scholars discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and answer questions about men and women and their places in ancient society. 6:30pm. swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF. http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org
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 17-19, 2011. LEFT BANK CELEBRATES BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU. The Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries in Larkspur, San Jose and Menlo Park will be celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau, the “first wine” of the harvest season, beginning on Thursday, November 17 and continuing through Saturday, November 19. All Left Bank locations will feature Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau ($36.00 per bottle, $9.00 per glass, $22.50 per half carafe), along with a special $40.00 three-course prix fixe dinner menu plus the regular a la carte dinner offerings, served from 5:30 pm until closing. Beaujolais Nouveau is a traditional French holiday that celebrates the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Made from the Gamay grape, this wine is similar to a light bodied Pinot Noir and has fresh, youthful, and fruity flavors that pair perfectly with autumn dishes. By law, it is celebrated on the third Thursday of November every year. Locations: 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.
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 18, 2011. CONVERSATION BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU! at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 6:30pm. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. We will supply the Beaujolais Nouveau and we will compare en français! Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot. Venez goûter le Beaujolais Nouveau et donner votre avis 2011! A-t-il un goût de framboise ou de bouchon ? Please RSVP (before Nov 17 ) 510 548 7481- firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18, 2011. L’ARNACOEUR / THE HEARTBREAKER (dir. Pascal Chaumeil, with Romain Duris & Vanessa Paradis). http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation.
November 18, 2011. PETER EICHSTAEDT talks about CONSUMING THE CONGO at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. 7pm.
Through November 19, 2011. A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO. A new portrait of Picasso by HERBERT SIGUENZA. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $38-$43. 925.943.7469 or www.centerrep.org for details.
November 19, 2011. "UNITE HAITI UNITE: AFRICOMBO, MAESTRO JT & AFRO-RHYTHM, SOPHIS, ROSEMOND JOLISSAINT, JACQUES WILKENS. A Haitian Independence Celebration. Unite Haiti Unite! brings together five Bay Area-based acts with Haitian roots to both celebrate the 207th anniversary of Haitian liberation from slavery and keep alive awareness of the country's continuing, desperate need for earthquake relief. As Maestro JT, the event's producer, explains, the dance/concert is "a way to honor all those living and deceased during the earthquake that destroyed the capital of Haiti." Maestro JT is Oakland singer-keyboardist-producer-activist Jim Thelusma. He and his band Afro-Rhythm have performed at several fundraisers for Haitian aid in the recent past. The group mixes Afro-Caribbean dance music with JT's original songs and voice. Mr. G, the Haitian-born co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol, now leads his AfriCombo, pumping out lilting, infectious Afro-Haitian dance rhythms. AfriCombo brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. Along with guitarist-singer Mr. G, AfriCombo is bassist Mfalme Nguni, singer Cerise B, guitarists Paul "Pablo" Burton and DaProb, and drummers/percussionists Wilfredo Wilson and Issa Mwongozi. The other co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol, Haitian-born Sophis is a singer and songwriter who crafts music designed to give listeners hope, inspiration, and awareness. At the center of his sound are elements of Haitian kompa and rara, which are mélanged with merengue, reggae, salsa, zouk, rock and funk to create an unusual rhythmic cocktail that keeps audiences asking for more. Sophis is still lending his voice and music to various local fundraising projects for Haiti in the Bay Area as a solo artist, and leads Kalbass Kreyol. Haitian singer Rosemond Jolissaint has devoted much of his performing time in the U.S. during the past two years to fundraising for Haitian earthquake recovery. Jolissaint was born in Saint-Michel in 1991. Over the last seven years he has become one of the most famous Haitian singers. He inspired people from all over Haiti to vote him to victory as the youngest contestant among tens of thousands of participants in Haiti's first Digicel Stars competition (similar to American Idol). Raised in the peasant lifestyle, Jolissaint is no stranger to poverty and struggle. His lyrics resonate with the majority of Haitians who are also living far below the international poverty line. As with the other acts tonight, poet, vocalist, and hip-hop artist Jacques Wilkens (aka J-W) has spent time donating his artistry to fundraising for Haitian relief. Born in Port-au-Prince and raised in the U.S., Wilkens "brings the best of both worlds." He has been writing music since age 11 and has developed an upbeat Caribbean/hip-hop sound with positive messages. Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $13/$10 advance & students - Buy advance tickets! www.ashkenaz.com for details.
Through November 19, 2011. SHOCKTOBERFEST. Get a taste of classic French GRAND GUIGNOL at Shocktoberfest 12: Fear Over Frisco. Hypnodrome Theatre, 575 10th St., SF. $25-$35. www.brownpapertickets.com for details.
November 19, 2011. PHILIPPE HERSANT. BluePrint presents an homage to Parisian composer Philippe Hersant. The evening includes Hersant's viola concerto Musical Humors, Songlines, Psaume 130, Wanderung, and 11 Caprices. Many artists join Artistic Director Nicole Paiement for the celebration, including violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone as well as violist Jodi Levitz, conductor Ragnar Bohlin. In addition, French cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau will perform the North American premiere of Hersant's Sonata pour violoncelle seul. 8pm (pre-concert talk 7:15pm). San Francisco Conservatory. Tickets are available at the SFCM Box Office, 415.503.6275 or www.sfcm.edu/calendar.
November 19, 2011. ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents th 9TH ANNUAL BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU FETE. The perfect occasion to mingle while sampling the wine and indulging in French delicacies locally crafted. Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 est arrivé! Come celebrate with us the first wine of the year! Wine tasting - Delicious food - Silent auction. Buy tickets early: $35 if received by November 16; $45 at the door. Mail check to: AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Any person under 21 must be accompanied by an adult Proceeds benefit the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, Language School and Cultural Center. 6 to 9 PM Vista del Lago Club House 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.
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 19, 2011. THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS. Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 3.5 hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. Everyone welcome. This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday November 19, 2011 at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa. This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know. To register for the class, please call 707-577-7600. The class is free of charge.
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.
November 20, 2011. FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP. Prochaine réunion: dimanche 20 novembre, 3-5pm. BALZAC ET LA PETITE TAILLEUSE CHINOISE par Dai Sijie. Dans la Chine des années 1970, la Révolution Culturelle bat son plein. Deux jeunes hommes, de la ville, « intellectuels ennemis du peuple », sont envoyés en camp de rééducation dans un village de montagne dans une province lointaine. Dans la Chine révolutionnaire, le livre est banni. Laisser les gens dans l'ignorance est une façon de les garder sous contrôle. Et voilà que ces jeunes gens « tombent » par hasard sur les classiques de la littérature occidentale, des auteurs impérialistes. Une véritable révélation viendra de cette valise qui contient des livre signés Honoré de Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Romain Rolland. La princesse de la région est la fille de l'unique tailleur de la montagne, un tailleur très demandé qui menait une vie de roi. Quand un des garçons tombe malade, La Petite Tailleuse le soigna. Il raconte une des histoires qui proviennent d’une civilisation inconnue auparavant à tous les trois jeunes. Peu à peu, la lecture de Balzac transforme La Petite Tailleuse, qui devient une femme épanouie, désireuse de découvrir la vie par elle-même. Une chronique politique et le récit d’une lutte individuelle pour la survie intellectuelle et matérielle, « Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise » est aussi une extraordinairement belle et tendre histoire d’amour. Dai Sijie a emigré en France de la Chine en 1984, à l’age de 30 ans. Ce livre, son premier roman, a été traduit en plus de 25 langues, incluant le chinois. Il a gagné plusieurs prix. Le roman a été adapté en film en 2002. Tous ceux qui aiment lire et discuter en français sont les bienvenus. Where to find the book : European Book Company, San Francisco, www.europeanbook.com or tel. 415-474-0626; Amazon.com; Abebooks.com; Amazon.ca; Fnac.fr, library of Alliance Française de San Francisco or Alliance Française de Berkeley. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, email@example.com, tel. (510) 530-5078. Visit the web page for the French Literature Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group. Location: Crepes on Cole, 100 Carl Street, San Francisco.
November 21, 2011. NOVEMBER MEGA MEET-UP OF LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. Come join us at our new venue. What a great crowd last time: 100 people and plenty of space to mingle in this large venue right on the bay. Note: Carnelian by the Bay is actually behind the Ferry Building, walk past "Sur la Table" and behind the Ferry Building and you will see it. Carnelian By The Bay 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA (map) We will be the ones speaking in French, bien sur! 7PM. http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/39992852/?a=ea1.2_lnm&rv=ea1.2
November 22, 2011. LAHLOU MOURAD talks about MOURAD: NEW MOROCCAN at Book Passage, Ferry Building, SF. www.bookpassage.com. 6pm.
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 24, 2011. LEFT BANK CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING. The Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries in Larkspur, San Jose and Menlo Park will be celebrating Thanksgiving, November 24, from noon to 8:00 p.m. (last seating at 8:00 p.m.) by serving a prix fixe four-course menu for $41.75 per person (excluding beverages, tax, gratuity). There will be a vegetarian option and a children’s menu. The prix fixe selections, which can also be purchased on an a la carte basis, will include entrée choices of Norbest natural roasted turkey with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, Brussels sprouts with lardons, candied yams, giblet gravy and orange-cranberry relish; smoked honey-mustard glaze natural rack of pork with leek and potato gratin, Brussels sprouts with lardons, apple chutney, and pork jus; or autumn risotto with a seasonal mushroom fricassee. A limited a la carte bar menu will also be available. Locations: 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.
November 25-27, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the San Jose Harvest Festival, San Jose Another Harvest Festival in the South Bay! San Jose Convention Center, 408 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Showtimes: Friday--11:50, 1:45, 3:40 Saturday--12:00, 2:30, 4:45 Sunday--11:45, 1:30, 3:15 Information and tickets: www.harvestfestival.com or www.rigomania.com 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.
Through November 27, 2011. CUTTING BALL THEATER stages MAURICE MAETERLINCK’s avant garde classic, PELLEAS & MELISANDRE. Pelleas & Melisande has all the ingredients for a fairy tale: a princess in distress, a handsome prince, and a beautiful castle. Yet this seminal avant-garde play by French symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck, in a new translation by Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose, reveals that it is easy to hide secrets in the shadows of the familiar. After Melisande’s royal wedding, her growing feelings for her husband’s brother Pelleas threaten to jeopardize her happily ever after. The story of their tragic love affair has inspired music from Claude Debussy’s opera to orchestral works by Gabriel Faure, and Jean Sibelius. Director Rob Melrose’s production will feature a musical score by composer Cliff Caruthers, choreography by Laura Arrington, and video installation by Wesley Cabral New translation by Rob Melrose. Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., San Francisco. 800.838.3006 or www.cuttingball.com 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.
November 28, 2011. Q&A NIGHT ABOUT APRIL IN PARIS! ART, LITERARY & CULINARY ADVENTURE with PHIL COUSINEAU & MORT ROSENBLUM. www.Goioj.com for details. Limited to 15 guests. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. 7pm.
Through 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.
Through December 11, 2011. JEANNE MOREAU: LE TOURBILLON / ENDURING ALLURE "I write my own rules day by day," Jeanne Moreau once said, and few actresses of her generation can claim to have rewritten the rules of film stardom with as much conviction. After her provocative performance in Louis Malle's The Lovers (1958), Moreau (b. 1928) was touted as the next Brigitte Bardot, but she was always something more than an object of desire. Whether cool and cunning or frank and free-spirited, each of her characters projects a worldly intelligence; behind her heavily shadowed eyes are depths of private knowledge. As she has said, "Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge." An accomplished stage performer who had appeared in a few B movies, Moreau was nearly thirty when Malle persuaded her to star in his first feature, Elevator to the Gallows (1958). "It was," she later said, "the decisive moment for the rest of my life." By the time she played the captivating Catherine in François Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1961), she was at the crest of the New Wave. Moreau's talent drew the attention of many major directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Demy, Orson Welles. All of these artists are indebted to a woman whom Welles, with his usual combination of hyperbole and insight, called "the greatest actress in the world." Juliet Clark. Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.org for details.
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SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml
You will find here below details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red. . .
Check local listings for show times!
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 Opera Plaza, SF.
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. Lumiere, SF.
ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH. Sequoia, Mill Valley.
LES FEMMES DU 6e ETAGE / THE WOMEN ON THE SIXTH FLOOR. Clay, SF; Albany Twin, Albany.
FOREVER, A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE PERE-LACHAISE CEMETERY IN PARIS. 6:30pm—8:45pm. Everett Middle School, Room 232, 450 Church St. (between 16th & 17th Streets, San Francisco. November 10, 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. Embarcadero; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Lumiere, SF.
GAINSBOURG: THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN. Roxie, SF.
LE HAVRE. In the French harbor city that gives the film its name, bohemian shoe-shiner Marcel Marx (André Wilms) lives modestly with his wife Arletty (Kati Outinen) and dog Laika. Discovering a young African refugee named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel), Marcel hides the boy from police Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and attempts to send him to his mother in London, across the Channel. This "political fairy tale" from director Aki Kaurismäki is in French, but it's warmhearted, eccentric and enriched by the Finnish filmmaker's humanism and characteristically deadpan sense of humor. The participation of veteran actors Jean-Pierre Léaud and Pierre Étaix is a nod to classic French cinema, and Kaurismäki's treatment of economic and immigration issues reflects his compassion for people who exist on society's fringes. Hollywood Reporter called it "a tender, warm embrace to those who find themselves rootless." In French with English subtitles. Writer/ Producer/ Director: Aki Kaurismäki. (France/Finland 2011) 93 min. Landmark’s Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco (415) 267-4893 San Francisco Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=230477013685662 Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 464-5980 Shattuck Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122160961226729 Tickets and showtimes will be available November 8 at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and theatre box office. LE HAVRE also opens Nov. 11, 2011 at Rafael Film Club Center in San Rafael. Opening November 11, 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. Opening November 23, 2011.
JEANNE MOREAU: LE TOURBILLON / ENDURING ALLURE "I write my own rules day by day," Jeanne Moreau once said, and few actresses of her generation can claim to have rewritten the rules of film stardom with as much conviction. After her provocative performance in Louis Malle's The Lovers (1958), Moreau (b. 1928) was touted as the next Brigitte Bardot, but she was always something more than an object of desire. Whether cool and cunning or frank and free-spirited, each of her characters projects a worldly intelligence; behind her heavily shadowed eyes are depths of private knowledge. As she has said, "Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge." An accomplished stage performer who had appeared in a few B movies, Moreau was nearly thirty when Malle persuaded her to star in his first feature, Elevator to the Gallows (1958). "It was," she later said, "the decisive moment for the rest of my life." By the time she played the captivating Catherine in François Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1961), she was at the crest of the New Wave. Moreau's talent drew the attention of many major directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Demy, Orson Welles. All of these artists are indebted to a woman whom Welles, with his usual combination of hyperbole and insight, called "the greatest actress in the world." Juliet Clark. Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.org for details. November 3-December 11, 2011.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.
LA TETE EN FRICHE / MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITE. With Gérard Dépardieu. Opera Plaza.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS. In local cinemas, including Century, Northgate, in San Rafael; see local listings for details.
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 11 & 13, 2011.
THE WAY. 1000 Van Ness; SF Center.
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
Now open. ON THE EDGE OF BEAUTY / SUR LE FIL DE LA BEAUTE. Works by JEAN TRIPIER. Watercolor and mixed media. Mission: Comics and Art. 3520 20th St., Suite B. 415.695.1545 or www.missioncomicsandart.com for details.
Through November 10, 2-11. LATITUDES: SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS FROM FRANCE & NEW ZEALAND. Creative Growth hosts an exhibition of self-taught artwork from France and New Zealand, exploring the phenomenon of the untrained artist and the widely celebrated, international current of creativity within this field. On the West Coast for the first time–drawings by French self-taught artists including, Pierre Albasser, Jean Michel Chesne and Gerard Sendrey. Also having a West Coast debut, are the paintings and ceramic works from New Zealand-based artists, Andrew Blythe, Robert Rapson, Ray Ritchie and Martin Thompson, of the Massey University research project for Self Taught and Visionary Art, led by Professor Stuart Shepherd. Representing the arts and disability field in the Bay Area are works by Creative Growth artists David Albertsen, Juan Aguilera, Dinah Shapiro, and William Tyler, among many others. Creative Growth, 355 24th Street, Oakland. http://creativegrowth.org for details. Opening October 7, 5pm-9pm.
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 1, 2011. BENJAMEN CHINN: PARIS 1950-1951. New Photography Exhibition Illustrates Parisian Street Life. When photographer Benjamen Chinn (1921–2009) traveled to Paris to document Parisian street life from 1950 through 1951, he brought with him his innate sense of form and composition acquired over many years of creating intimate portraits of everyday life in San Francisco’s Chinatown district where Chinn was born and raised. Chinn’s images of families, musicians, children, students, shopkeepers, workers, and other features of daily Parisian life are an enduring photographic record by a gifted and important chronicler of urban-street life at home and abroad. Benjamen Chinn: Paris 1950–1951 is on view in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from September 2, 2011 through December 1, 2011. The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3. There is no charge to view the exhibition. San Francisco Airport. Images from the exhibition are available for download at: http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/sfo_museum/about/press_images/exh-benjamen_chinn.html.
Through December 3, 2011. LALLA ESSAYDI: LES FEMMES DU MAROC. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter Street, SF. Reviewed in the October 6, 2011 “Ovation” (pink pages) of the SF Chronicle. 415.677.0770 or www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com 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 December 31, 2011. CAMILLE PISSARRO AND THE FAMILY LEGACY. Christopher Clark Fine Art Gallery. 377 Geary St., SF. 415.397.7781 or www.clarkfineart.com 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
Through 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 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.
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
NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.Visit THE FRENCH WORLD with Evelyne: This is a class for intermediate students. Join Evelyne Whitman who is passionate about travel on Tuesdays from 6 to 8Pm. Learn about les DOM TOM, Belgium, Vietnam and more… Practice communication for hotels, restaurants, and public transportation. Finally, be prepared to converse with the locals! FRENCH CINEMA: This class is for strong intermediate, advanced and fluent students. Join Dr. Davida Brautman on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00PM for what promises to be an excellent class. “Il y aura des films de gangsters des années 30, 40, 50, incluant le vocabulaire de cette époque – “Rififi”, “Grisbi” , “Bob le Flambeur” et “Pepe le Moko.” On peut même terminer cette unité en costume si on veut, sans flingue bien sûr! On va bien s’amuser!” Our A1.1 to A2.6 classes are for students who want to progress incrementally from session to session. Our very patient Carole Stone is back, and will be teaching A1.2 on Tuesday evenings. This class is for those who have a whisper of French. Our new teacher Corinne Naro will be teaching A2.6. Corinne is doing her masters in FLE (Français Langue Étrangère), and we should all benefit from her experience. Lise Melin Directrice de l’Ecole AFSR— firstname.lastname@example.org — tel: 707-543-8151. 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org or email@example.com for details.
November 19, 2011. SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks. For level 4 and up. A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. Space is limited. Please sign up early and call 415.362.3666. Merci. 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. - the 7 basic sounds and nasals. 11:00 to noon - combinations of vowels and special sounds. 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (wine and cheese) - liaisons, intonations and rhythm. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. - contractions and spoken French. Level 1 to 3 students may sign up for half of the intensive if space allows. Next pronunciation intensive: FEBRUARY 25, 2012. www.thefrenchclass.com
December 19-23, 2011. FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS. A great way to practice your French before going to France. All levels are offered (separately), 3 hours per day, either in the morning (9 to 12) or afternoon (1 to 4) or evening (6 to 9). 15 hours of instruction for $275 or $25 off ($250) if you pay before December 1. Please call us to sign up at 415.362.3666 or for more information. A bientôt! www.thefrenchclass.com
January 4-18, 2011. TRAVEL THROUGH HISTORY IN SOUTHERN FRANCE. Taught by KERRIN MEIS. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. 2pm-4pm. $60.
January 25-February 8, 2011. LURE OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. Taught by KERRIN MEIS. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com. $60. 2pm-4pm.
June 2012. WEEK-LONG COURSES AT LATITUDE, LA TOULZANIE! Lot Valley, France. Four week-long June courses/workshops at the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie, a tiny riverside hamlet (lieu-dit) in the never-industrialized Lot Valley, about 45 km East of Cahors) France.. Latitude’s hq is a 14th century mill. There is a pool (near the converted tobacco hangar) on the grounds, available to participants. June 17-23: Painting the Colors of Southwest France, with Rob O’Brien. The Vermont colorist, who has taught 2 courses at Latitude, is a much-decorated artist. plus A Taste of Textiles with Maureen (Mo) Newman, English resident of the Lot—also much decorated! June 23-30: (tentative) A Great Leap Backward—an exploration into the nearby caves (Pech Merle, etc.):with Bay Area psychologist Adrienne Amundsen (tentative), and A Taste of the Quercy with Latitude’s founder/director Barbara Phillips. Details about all courses at www.latitude.org. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU SEEK A PLACE FOR A SEMINAR OR WORKSHOP: A very beautiful, historic,14th century mill in La Toulzanie is available as a very special place. 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 and meals. 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 Latitude’s manager, Neil Buffée at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANTA ROSA FRENCH-AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL. SRFACS will open in the fall of 2012 for first through fourth grades, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future. This information is being provided as a courtesy to you. There is no affiliation between SRFACS (Santa Rosa French-American Charter School) and AFSR (Alliance Française de Santa Rosa). For more information about the Charter School, please contact Nas Salamati: email@example.com If interested in sending your children to SRFACS, please sign the SRFACS Petition and send it to: SRFACS (Santa Rosa French-American Charter School) 2097 Stagecoach Rd, Suite 220 Santa Rosa, CA 95404 US On Friday the 8th of April 2011, Jacqueline Lindenfeld and I attended an informational meeting about a proposed Santa Rosa French-American Charter School known as SRFACS. This meeting was well attended, and we were impressed by the presenters who are leaders in the community in the fields of education and health/nutrition. Other members are leaders in the fields of communications and engineering. SRFACS will open in the fall of 2012 for first through fourth grades, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future. Their goal is to offer children a solid education based on high academic standards and exposure to the global world. The dual-immersion French-American Charter School curriculum will employ a formula with a proven track record in private schools, and more recently, in charter schools on the East Coast. This opportunity will now be extended to everyone in our community via a free public charter school. Any parent interested in having their child enrolled in a charter school focused on academic excellence with an opening to the global world is a parent SRFACS would love to have. There are no enrollment ‘requirements’ (speaking French for example), and that is one of the great strengths of this school. SRFACS is currently gathering signatures of parents interested in enrolling their children. You may contact this organization at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign the petition above and mail it in. Lise Melin Directrice de l’école @ AFSR.
"CHOUCHOU" ~ FRENCH FOR TODDLERS AT SEESAW CAFÉ. French for toddlers (weekly classes)Parents come connect while your kids play, make new friends and learn in French! Chouchou is a fun and structured language-immersion play group for children 1 - 5 years of age. This playful and interactive class is led by Vanessa Portois-Wermter. Material is presented multi-modally through picture books, stories, art, songs and dancing. French language fluency is not required but French will be spoken 90% of the time. Let the little ones explore and laugh as they learn about animals, instruments, food, feelings, body parts and more! Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.30am - WeeklyPre-registration required.Tuition for 4 sessions is $100 | 1 session is $30. To learn more email vanessa at email@example.com and to register, visit seesawsf.com. Seesaw Cafe (? 1.415.553.8070 - 600A Octavia St.) http://seesawsf.com/workshops.php
NEW CLASSES AT eLYCEE. Openings : AP Classes : Tuesday and Thursday – 7pm eastern time; Maintien de la langue : A1 to C2 (ask for schedule); French Teacher training : on Saturdays. Also: 11 yr old and 13 yr old students are looking for classmates. A colleague, Teacher of French, has two kids who know and understand some words in French and would like them to perform in French. eLycée agrees to open a class for each student if we find at least to more kids around that age. If you are interested, please contact me : Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org Classes on weekend - one hour a week - $25/h
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. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 415.362.3666. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. 415.362.3666 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
December 1, 2011. MEETUP FOR LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO: CHALET BASQUE. Rejoignez-nous pour un peu de vin ou autre boisson tout en conversant en francais. Si vous ne pouvez pas nous trouver, faites-leur savoir que vous etes avec le groupe de conversation en francais. Ils vont reserver un espace pour nous. (17h - 19h) Please join for a bit of wine or other beverage of your choice while practicing your French. If you can't find us, let them know you are part of the French conversation group. They are reserving an area for us. We will stay at least until 7 p.m. 5:00 PM Le Chalet Basque Restaurant, 405 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA. http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/39324722/?a=ea1.2_lnm&rv=ea1.2
December 2, 2011. LA GRANDE SEDUCTION / SEDUCING DR. LEWIS, a winner at Sundance. Dir. Jean-François Pouliot with Raymond Bouchard & David Boutin. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation.
December 4, 2011. THIS IS IT, a concert of French, Spanish, English and American carols and a little poetry presented by sopranos Sara Evinger and Cheryl Keller, with pianist Miles Graber. Program includes French composers A. M. et M. DAUTREMER, among others. St. John's Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Road off Highway 13 at Thornhill, Oakland, CA. Contact Sara Evinger at email@example.com for more information and directions to the church. 5:00pm.
December 4, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Powerhouse Pub, Folsom. A big Sunday afternoon party at one of our favorite nightclubs in the Sacramento area. 614 Sutter St., Old Folsom. 3:00-6:30 pm. Tickets available in advance or at the door. Information: www.powerhousepub or www.rigomania.com 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, 2011. “DETOX POUR LES FETES.” YOGA EN FRANÇAIS, presented by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY & SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL, avec ALEXANDRA ROSSI, de l’AF-B. 13h30-14h30. Merci de confirmer votre présence par email firstname.lastname@example.org ou par téléphone 510 541 7481, nombre de place limitée. Donation suggérée $5. N’oubliez pas d’apporter votre matelas de yoga.
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 8, 2011. FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAN FRANCISCO presents “FIND THE FRENCH” BLIND WINE TASTING. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PT). San Francisco, CA. www.faccsf.com for details.
December 9, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Black Oak Casino, Tuolomne. One of our favorite venues in the Sierra Foothills, near Sonora. Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolomne Road North, Tuolomne. 9:00 pm. No Cover. Information: www.blackoakcasino.com or www.rigomania.com.
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 10, 2011. CASSAND BALLET ~ YEAR-END SHOWCASE. A medley of Ballet and Modern-Jazz, repertoire and new creations showcasing the diverse work at Cassand Ballet. A preview of Rodolphe Cassand's Études featuring Mads Eriksen, formerly with Royal Danish Ballet. An homage to master Roland Petit featuring Rodolphe Cassand as The Black Swan. Saturday December 10, 2011 - 7PM Dance Visions - Cubberley Community Center L-3 4000 Middle Field Rd, Palo Alto, California. Adult: $15, Children under 12: $10 BrownPaperTickets.com, at Cassand Ballet or at the door. CassandBallet@gmail.com, 408.636.3123 or 415.505.5659 or www.CassandBallet.com for details. 7pm.
December 11, 2011. FETE DE NOEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 5-7pm at Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.543.8151 or www.afsantarosa.org or email@example.com for details.
December 11, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the The Dante Club, Sacramento. The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society's monthly Jazz Sunday. This was a blast the last time we played it, so come on out! 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. We will play two sets between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm, showtimes TBA. Information and advance tickets: www.sacjazz.org or www.rigomania.com for details.
December 13, 2011. LE CUBISME ~ CONFERENCES SUR L’ART OFFERTES PAR LE LYCEE FRANÇAIS ET ANIMEES PAR RENEE MOREL – EN FRANÇAIS, BIEN SÛR! Chaque conférence focalisera sur 3 images (tableau ou photo, dessin, sculpture, artefact, etc.). Pas de réservation nécessaire. Ouvert à tous. Entrée: $5 par personne. Braque, Picasso, Fernand Léger. 11am-noon. Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Lycée Français La Pérouse auditorium, 1201 Ortega St. (at 20th Ave, SF). Please come on time; latecomers disturb everyone.
December 16, 2011. THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN. Dir. François Truffaut, with Charles Denner and Brigitte Fossey. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation.
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.
December 19-23, 2011. WINTER CAMP FOR CHILDREN at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. 9 am to 4 pm daily; $395 for the week (half day option available). Call AFSF at 415-775-7755 to register. www.afsf.com for details.
December 21, 2011. AVE (ARTISTS’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE) performs IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, including works by JOSQUIN and others. In the magnificent setting of St. Ignatius Church (where AVE enjoys Artist-in-Residence status), bedecked with dozens of evergreen trees, we celebrate the seaon (and the longest night of the year) with a concert of heart-felt music. Instrumentalists, singers, and poetry crown the year celebrating the Virgin Mary’s Magnificat. www.artistsvocal.com
December 29, 2011. MEET-UP OF LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. Back by popular demand! "Last Thursday at Hotel Rex" will return into the mix of our wonderful Meetups. This old-time San Francisco hotel bar has been for several years the spot of our 'Petite Meetups' on the last Thursday each month. Then my office moved and the location became difficult for me to get to. Thanks to two devoted amis francophone, Kristine & Jim, they have offered to act as hosts when I cannot make it. So count on seeing this on the calendar each month. Thanks Kristine & Jim! Rachel Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA.
December 31, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE, WINTERS. Whoopee!! Come ring in the New Year with us once again at this great venue in Winters! This will be our third New Year's Eve in a row at the Palms and we couldn't be happier about it. The Palms is a wonderful venue with great sound and lights, plenty of seating, and a big dance floor for all you rockin' partiers! Don't miss this show! 13 Main St., Winters (just north of Vacaville). 9:00--2012... Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com or www.rigomania.com.
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//
January 21, 22, 27 & 29, 2012. CLERESTORY performs RESOLUTIONS, with music by JOSQUIN and more… As we contemplate the New Year, ageless themes of life, death, love, and magic echo across the ages. The ten men of Clerestory greet 2012 with a kaleidoscope of madrigals, elegies and more by composers as diverse as Josquin, Vaughan Williams and Steven Sametz. OAKLAND, Saturday, January 21, 8:00pm Chapel of the Chimes; PALO ALTO, Sunday, January 22, 4:00pm, First Lutheran Church; BELVEDERE-TIBURON, Friday, January 27, 8:00pm Community Congregational Church; SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, January 29, 4:00pm, Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. http://clerestory.org/concerts.php
January 29, 2012. LYCANTHROPOS: THE WEREWOLF IN STORY AND SONG. Tim Rayborn presents an eerie look into the enduring fear of werewolves, a belief which induced terror on moonlit nights from the Middle East to the Balkans, from Italy to Ireland. In music and story, he will perform tales of shape-shifters from Greek and Roman sources, the LAI OF BISCLAVRET by MARIE DE FRANCE (late 12th c.), the Icelandic Volsunga Saga, the frightening true stories of Peter Strumpf, the BEAST OF LE GEVAUDAN (18th-c. France) and more! St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Ave., Albany. 7pm. 510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org or email@example.com for details.
January 30-April 20, 2012. MEET THE AUTHOR includes FRENCH LESSONS by Ellen Sussman. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com.
February 4 & 5, 2012. LEAVING PARNASSUS: THE LEGACY OF THE FRENCH VIOL IN THE 18TH CENTURY. Taking its name from the Greek word for fragments of ancient pottery, OSTRAKA is a young group of virtuosi devoted to music for viol and the rich continuo accompaniment of lutes, theorbo and baroque guitar. Their performance will journey through the refined and the outrageous music of DE VISEE, MARAIS, HERVELOIS, FORQUERAY, and BOISMORTIER. Ostraka is MusicSources new affiliate ensemble. Its members are Josh Le, viola da gamba, David Walker, baroque guitar and theorbo, and John Lenti, theorbo. Saturday, February 4, 2:00 pm, Most Holy Redeemer Church,100 Diamond St. (in the Castro District), San Francisco. Sunday, February 5, 5:00 pm St. Mary Magdalen Church 2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley. 510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
February 10-12, 2011. HARMONIA FELICE performs LE VIRTUOSE SUBLIME: MUSIC OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE. Sublime, spiritual, and sensual music of 18th-century France for various combinations of instruments, including violin, gamba, cello and harpsichord. The concert will include works by ELIZABETH CLAUDE JACQUET DE LA GUERRE, MARIN MARAIS, JEAN-BAPTISTE BARRIEREA and FRANÇOIS COUPERIN. San Francisco Early Music Society: Friday, 8pm, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer at Webster, Palo Alto; Saturday, 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber, Berkeley; Sunday, 4pm, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco. www.sfems.org for details.
February 10-March 25, 2012. A DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF. Written by MOLIERE, adapted by Christoper Bayes and Steven Epp. Molière’s classic comedy comes to uproarious new life in a clever and contemporary adaptation from one of Berkeley Rep’s favorite artists. Steven Epp delighted audiences as Figaro and The Miser—now he’s back with A Doctor in Spite of Himself. The traditional story of a girl feigning illness to avoid an unwanted wedding erupts into hilarity when Epp decides to play doctor. In a pitch-perfect production punctuated with live music, this ridiculous physician proves that love and laughter remain life’s best medicine. A co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre. Berkeley Rep, Roda Theatre, http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1112/index.asp for details.
February 16-19, 2012. EDO DE WAART conducts SAINT-SAENS’s ORGAN SYMPHONY. www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.
February 22-June 11, 2012. POTPOURRI OF LITERARY PRIZES. Texts include WITHIN A BUDDING GROVE by MARCEL PROUST. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.
March 2012. GOD OF CARNAGE by YASMINA REZA opens at San José Repertory Theater, a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company. 408.367.7255 or www.sjrep.com for details.
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 4, 2012. SIXTH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON. A brief reminder that the Grande Dame of artisan and premium chocolate events, the 6th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon, is scheduled for March 4th, 2012. www.SFChocolateSalon.com
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 DaPonte. Widely 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 24 & 25, 2012. CAROLUS VIVAT! THE LIFE OF CHARLES V IN MUSIC. MusicSources new affiliate ensemble, the Pacific Collegium directed by Christopher Kula, will offer us a Marian service heard in the “Flemish” chapel of Charles V. Sublime music of Lassus, JOSQUIN, Morales, and others will be performed by an ensemble of men and boys, each work representing a major political event associated with the life of one of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Saturday, March 24, 2:00 pm Most Holy Redeemer Church 100 Diamond St. (in the Castro District) San Francisco. Sunday, March 25, 5:00 pm TBA. 510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org or email@example.com 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 13-15, 2012. CLERESTORY performs HARMONY AND IVORY, including works by MASSENET and more. Join the men of Clerestory for their first keyboard collaboration, as they sing Romantic masterworks by Wolf and Massenet, humorous stylings made popular by the Comedian Harmonists, American spirituals and more, accompanied by a special guest pianist. Locations in the North Bay, Peninsula, East Bay & San Francisco, TBD. http://clerestory.org/concerts.php
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 22-29, 2012. APRIL IN PARIS! ART, LITERARY & CULINARY ADVENTURE with PHIL COUSINEAU & MORT ROSENBLUM. www.Goioj.com for details. Limited to 15 guests.
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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