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January 26-February 3, 2012

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January & February Events

January 26, 2012. BERKELEY SYMPHONY, with the PACIFIC BOYS CHOIR, performs works by DEBUSSY, DUTILLEUX and more. Zellerbach Hall, 2430 Bancroft Ave., UC-Berkeley. 510.841.2800 or www.berkeleysymphony.org for details.

January 26, 2012. LAST THURSDAY MEETUP AT THE HOTEL REX. 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! Rach 7pm. http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/35629322/?a=me2.1p_grp&rv=me2.1p

January 26, 2012. JEAN-PIERRE CHANGEUX presents BEAUTY IN THE BRAIN: TOWARDS A NEUROSCIENCE OF ART. 4:00-5:00 pm lecture CASBS Main Meeting Room 75 Alta Rd Stanford, CA 94035 Wine and cheese reception immediately following. The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Jean-Pierre Changeux is a French neuroscientist known for his research in biology, from the structure and function of proteins to the early development of the nervous system up to cognitive functions. He is known in the non-scientific world for his ideas regarding the connection between mind and physical brain. His book "Conversations on Mind, Matter and Mathematics" supports the view of the nervous system as active rather than reactive and that interaction with the environment, rather than instruction, results in the selection of preexisting internal representations. Pre-registration is required and seats are limited. Please reply to casbs-events@stanford.edu. CASBS helps make the behavioral sciences relevant by solving problems. CASBS is organized around a variety of programs that work together to create a stimulating environment for fellows while supporting their work on specific problems. For more CASBS events and information, see www.casbs.org.

January 26, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT DUO featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and Pazzo at UVA TRATTORIA in Napa, CA 6:30-10:30 No Cover, Fine European cuisine!
http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html   Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

Opening January 27, 2012.  DECLARATION OF WAR.  France's official entry for Academy Awards consideration for Best Foreign Language Film, this intimate, exuberant and deeply moving drama is inspired by the real-life experiences of co-stars Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Eikaïm, who play Juliette and Romeo, a young couple who face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn son Adam is very ill. Gathering together friends and family, they confront the ordeal as a form of warfare. Donzelli, who directs the film, infuses the story with unexpected verve, combining music and heartbreaking performances to create a dazzling tale of contagious vitality about a contemporary couple who surprise even themselves with their ability to fight, not only for the life of their child, but for each other. In French with English subtitles. Writers: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm. Director: Valérie Donzelli. (France 2011) 100 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. www.cafilm.org

January 27, 2011.  CONFERENCE PAR JEAN-LOUIS MILESILE SCÉNARIO : OBJET INUTILE OU INDISPENSABLE ?  ‘Soirée discussion autour du scénario, projection d'extraits de films afin que le public se fasse une idée de ce que j'écris et ce que  je réalise. N'oubliez pas d'apporter vos questions!’  Jean-Louis Milesi est né en Italie, arrivé en France à 2 mois, à Paris à 27 ans, en Californie à 54.  Diplômé de Maternelle, il s'enfuit de la fac après quelques semaines.  Il fait des petits boulots qui lui permettent de découvrir (entre autres) le cœur d'une centrale nucléaire et une région désertique près d'Abadan, à la frontière Iran-Irak.  Monté à Paris pour essayer de faire du cinéma, il devient scénariste sans l'avoir vraiment désiré (il voulait juste écrire ses histoires à lui). Les films qu'il écrit pour (et avec) Robert Guédiguian connaissent un succès national et international (Marius et Jeannette, La ville est tranquille, Marie-Jo et ses 2 amours, Les neiges du Kilimandjaro…).  Parti en Californie pour voir du pays, il aime bien ce qu’il voit et décide de se poser un temps. Cette terre qui tremble lui secoue les neurones, il en sort un premier roman.   Et des idées de films...  19h  http://jeanlouismilesi.com for details.  RSVP: It is imperative that you call ? 510-548-7481 or info@afberkeley.org (before Jan. 26 to reserve so we can plan for food; thank you.   Donation suggested non member$12; member $10. 

January 27, 2012.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF SANTA CLARA VALLEY hosts a dinner at 7pm at West Valley Brank Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd., San Jose, with a movie, LA FILLE DU PUISATIER. 

January 27, 2012.  PREVIEW OF ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES (AND SEASCAPES) AT MISHO GALLERY. Hi art lovers, Please see me and 10 other artists in Misho Gallery's next show, "Abstract Landscapes (and Seascapes)."  There will be a preview party on Friday, Jan. 27 from 5pm - 8pm, featuring live music, as well as an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 - 5pm.  The show will feature:  Leslie Morgan, EB Bound, Alan Mazzetti, Brian Andrews, Asha Menghrajani, Xavier Phelp, Ann Simms, Robert Reed, Jeanne Hauser, Jack Andovich, and MISHO.  Misho Gallery is located in SOMA at 680 8th Street, Suite #230, across from the Concourse Center in San Francisco. Once you enter the main building, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and follow signs to the gallery.  www.mishogallery.com 5pm-8pm with live music

January 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 28, 2012.  ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, conducted by CHARLES DUTOIT, with JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, piano, performs worksby Kodály, Liszt, and Brahms.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or www.calperformances.org for details.

January 28, 2012.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by OFFENBACH, POULENC and others in the MUSIC FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM.  2pm.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.  Recommended for age 7 and over.

January 28, 2012.  FILM ET CREPES A PALO ALTO – NOUVEAU MEET-UP DES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. Vous etes invites a nous rejoindre le 28 pour une soiree film. Je vais preparer des tartes flambees et des crepes sucrees. Pour le film, je songeais a Asterix et Cleopatre en version originale avec des sous-titres anglophones. Si vous venez en Caltrain on viendra vous chercher.  We are organizing a movie night on the 28th. I will prepare tartes flambees and dessert crepes. I am thinking of watching the Asterix and Cleopatra movie in french with english subtitles. If you come by Caltrain, I will come pick you up. If you can't find it or need to reach me, call or txt 650.353.6757.  6pm.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/48573942/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

January 28, 2012  OPENING RECEPTION AT MISHO GALLERY.  ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES (AND SEASCAPES) AT MISHO GALLERY. Hi art lovers,  Please see me and 10 other artists in Misho Gallery's next show, "Abstract Landscapes (and Seascapes)." The show will feature:  Leslie Morgan, EB Bound, Alan Mazzetti, Brian Andrews, Asha Menghrajani, Xavier Phelp, Ann Simms, Robert Reed, Jeanne Hauser, Jack Andovich, and MISHO.  Misho Gallery is located in SOMA at 680 8th Street, Suite #230, across from the Concourse Center in San Francisco. Once you enter the main building, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and follow signs to the gallery.  www.mishogallery.com 1pm  5pm.

January 28 & 29, 2012.  CENDRILLON, as performed at the Royal Opera House, Sat-Sun, 10am.  Balboa, 3630 Balboa, SF.

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 info@musicsources.org for details.

January 29, 2012.  A SCREAMING MAN.  Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France/ Belgium/ Chad, 2010). A graying pool attendant weighs his employment future-and his relationship with his son-amidst a rising civil war in "this modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life" (New York Times). From the director of Abouna and Daratt. Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. 

January 29, 2012.  SAUSALITO HAPPY HOUR AT WELLINGTON’S WINE BAR, in conjunction with the Marin County French Conversation Group. 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. (jusqua 18:00h ou 18:30h). 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'll stay at least until 6 or 6:30 p.m.)  Note: They also offer beer, sparkling water, lemonade, ginger beer and light snacks. They do not offer coffee or tea. 300 Turney St, Sausalito, CA  4pm.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/44750052/?a=ea2_grp&rv=ea2

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

January 31, 2012.  CHING-YUN HU performs works by MAURICE RAVEL and others.  Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California, SF.  www.noontimeconcerts.org for details.  12:30pm.

January 31, 2012.  MARIANNE DISSARD.  French-born, Tucson-based chanteuse Marianne Dissard was born within sight of the Pyrénées mountains in the South of France but has been living in the American West since the age of 16. Singer, writer of lyrics and poetry, filmmaker and performance artist, Marianne Dissard tours extensively the world over, either solo or backed by her American bandmates. Over the course of four acclaimed albums, unique hybrids of Americana and Chanson, she has collaborated with Tucson's sweethearts Calexico, Howe Gelb, Naïm Amor, Sergio Mendoza, Jim Waters and Brian Lopez as well as with her extended family outside of Arizona, including French chanteuse Françoiz Breut, Berlin choreographer Ami Garmon, Italian composer Christian Ravaglioli and Rhymesayers producer BK-One.  8:00 pm, Hotel Utah, SF.

Opening in February 2012.  THE CRAZY HORSE.  Celebrated documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women: the Crazy Horse. Over the years this legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become the Parisian nightlife 'must' for any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre. Wiseman's impeccable eye allows us to enter into this intriguing international temple of the Parisian club world and to discover what makes the Crazy Horse tick: elegance, dedication to the ideal, and a grueling schedule. The film follows the rehearsals and performances for a new show called "Désir," staged by perfectionist Philippe Decouflé, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and also the various issues involved in the planning of the show and the administration of the club. The show "Désir" is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful spectacle that is the pinnacle of 'nude chic.'  Check local papers for times and locations.

February 1, 2012.    YOUR FIRST RENDEZ-VOUS.  TEN MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CONDUCTING A NEGOTIATION WITH AN AMERICAN PARTNER.  FACCSF and GABA are pleased to announce the launch of A series of bootcamps focused on the American/Californian business environment mixed with coaching sessions and pitching exercises.The booster series will feature regular workshops on technical issues to help entrepreneurs more effectively navigate the American Business landscape.  With ERIKA LEE and ANGELIKA BLENDSTRUP.  8:00am-10:30am.  pard Mullin Richter & Hampton offices 4 Embarcadero Center, 17th floor San Francisco, CA 94111-4109.  Members only + 1 guest Ticket price: $30. Fore more information please contact Marie or 415-442-4717 French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco  26 O'Farrell Street Suite #500  San Francisco, CA 94108.  www.faccsf.com for details.

February 2, 2012.  HAITIAN-AMERICAN PERFORMANCE ARTIST MILDRED GERESTANT will be giving a noon lecture and an evening performance at Sonoma State University.  Lecture: Stevenson Hall 1002 (Queer Lecture Series); evening performance 7-8pm in Warren Theater.  http://www.sonoma.edu/womenstudies/

February 2, 2012.  JEAN-LOUIS COHEN speaks about ARCHITECTURE DRAFTED:  DESIGN EXPERTISE AND THE WORLD WAR II EXPERIENCE.  Considered as a blank period by most historians, the Second World War corresponds however to an intense body of experience, which can be observed from Japan to the United States, passing through Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. The preparation of war, the total mobilization of territories and cities and their eventual occupation, destruction and reconstruction, are all key episodes in the worldwide process of modernization. Based on more than a decade of research, investigating design activity in the belligerent countries between the bombings of Guernica in 1937 and Hiroshima in 1945, Jean-Louis Cohen's book discusses six major themes: war to the cities; producing production; architecture for the front -and the rear; macro to micro, and war to peace. These themes are inserted in a broader interpretive narrative showing how architecture expertise has been both used and reshaped by the war.  5:30 PM.  Stanford University Department of Art & Art History, Cummings Art Building.

February 3, 2012.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents RAPT.  Inspired by the real-life abduction of Baron Edouard-Jean Empain in 1978, the film portrays a man's slow and humiliating descent into Hell at the hands of a group of thuggish kidnappers with the monstrous behaviour of his family and his colleagues when his embarrassing peccadillos enter the public domain via a media-led feeding frenzy.  Nominated for 4 Cesar in 2010.  Doors 7pm-Movie 8pm.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/

February 3-9, 2012.  SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY CINEMA presents DOMAIN.  Domain opens at an informal outdoor gathering around a campfire of French artists and academics. Closely observed by the young, attentive Pierre (Isaïe Sultan), the adults are hoping the party goes on, that their champagne glasses get refilled. We see that the woman at the center of this gathering, for everyone but especially for Pierre, is the riveting Nadia (Beatrice Dalle), a respected mathematician, Pierre's aunt, and the most important adult in his life.  Anchored by an extraordinary performance by the legendary Beatrice Dalle (of Betty Blue and Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth, to name just two), Domaine explores a young man's emerging sexuality and his developing relationships with the adult world. Avoiding all the tropes of coming-of-age stories, even the most daring ones, Patric Chiha has focused on a relationship that is crucial for both parties.

Through February 4, 2012.  HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT:  THE CINEMA OF DISENCHANTMENT.  Tempered by the pessimism of war-torn France, director Henri-Georges Clouzot's brand of hard-edged realism made for gripping genre films, often mysteries and thrillers, that contained within them a near-misanthropic vision of man. Yet his best-remembered works, the dread-inducing The Wages of Fear (1953) and Diabolique (1955), have a paradoxical sympathy for their characters, a sympathy based upon the recognition that when left to our own devices, we will helplessly choose the baser path.  Pacific Film Archive.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

February 4, 2012.  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE RENAISSANCE.  Docent lecture by KAY PAYNE.  De Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

February 4, 2012.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents THE RABBI’S CAT.  A 2012 film by Johan Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux.   A beautiful animated movie based on the hard cover comic book by Johan Sfar, (Gainsbourg, Vie Heroique).  The Rabbi's Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat-a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.  (Saturday)  MovieMatinee at 2pm.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/

February 4, 2012.  CAMILLE CLAUDEL:  INTO THE FIRE.  Great American mezzo-soprano JOYCE DIDONATO, with the Alexander String Quartet and composer-pianist Jake Heggie in this world premiere.  Herbst Theatre, SF. 

February 4, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET in concert at the Jazz School in Berkeley, 8pm show. www.jazzschool.org Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

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 info@musicsources.org for details.

February 5, 2012.  SHOAH with filmmaker CLAUDE LANZMANN.  Through extraordinary testimonies from Holocaust survivors, perpetrators and witnesses collected over 11 years, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann captures the machinery of extermination while humanizing the inhuman. Unforgettable.  12:00 pm - 11:00 pm.  Jewish Cultural Center.

February 5, 2012.  PETIT MEETUP AU CAFÉ H.  Le prochain "Petit Meetup" de conversation française au Café H aura lieu le dimanche 5 fevrier, de 14h à 16h (*). Le café se trouve dans le quartier de Castro a San Francisco, au croisement de la 17eme rue et de Sanchez St. Le cafe propose des sandwichs, salades, pâtisseries, ainsi que des boissons. J'espère vous voir lors d'un prochain dimanche après midi.  H Café,  3801 17th St., San Francisco.  2pm.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/47252732/?a=ea2_grp&rv=ea2

February 6, 2012.  DBF aura le plaisir d’accueillir PHILIPPE COURTOT, Chairman & CEO, Qualys, Au Sofitel San Francisco Bay de 18h30 à 21h00.  Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet arrosé de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassee et de l'assistance.  Pour chacun, c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones.  As a CEO of QUALYS, Philippe has worked with thousands of companies to improve their IT security and compliance postures. Philippe received the SC Magazine Editor's Award in 2004 for bringing on demand technology to the network security industry and for co-founding the CSO Interchange to provide a forum for sharing information in the security industry. He was also named the 2011 CEO of the Year by SC Magazine Awards Europe. He is a member of the board of directors for StopBadware.org and TechAmerica.  French and Basque born, he holds a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Paris, came to the US in 1981 and has lived in Silicon Valley since 1987.?  SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive - REDWOOD CITY, CA 94065   Achat sur place : $25 Membres de la FACCSF / $30 Non-Membres.

February 7, 2012.  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS:  THE DIME-STORE LEGACY FROM THE KRESS COLLECTION.  Docent lecture by GRETCHEN TURNER.  Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

February 7, 2012.  ZYDECO FLAMES performs at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

February 9, 2012.  AN AFRICAN SAFARI WITH CINDI LaRAIA.  Learn about travelling in Africa, includng stories of walking with gorillas in the Congo.  Mill Valley Public Library, 7pm.

February 9, 2012.  PAZZO & MIKE LIPSKIN of LE JAZZ HOT play piano & guitar duets at Pier 23 in San Francisco.  6-9:00pm.  No cover.  http://www.pier23.cafe.com or Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 10, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET in concert at the White Barn, St Helena, 7-10pm.  http://thewhitebarn.org/calendar OR Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz 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 10-12, 2012.  ENSEMBLE PARALLELE & JACQUES DESJARDINS presents THE GREAT GATSBY.  The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald's magnificent portrait of the Jazz Age in all its idealism, hopes, excesses, and decadence, comes to the stage in the opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison. Ensemble Parallèle, under the direction of Nicole Paiement, presents the World Premiere of the new chamber version by San Francisco composer Jacques Desjardins.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.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 11, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET in concert at Sunnyvale PJCC.  7-10pm show.  http://www.livesv.com/event/detail/441425541/Le_Jazz_Hot_Concert   Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 12, 2012.  JEAN-MICHEL FONTENEAU, French cellist, performs with the TOKYO STRING QUARTET.  www.chambermusicSF.org for details.

February 12, 2012.  DJO TUNDA WA MUNGA / VIVA RICA!  (France/ Belgium/ Congo, 2010). A local hustler gets in over his head when he tackles an Angolan gang-and seduces a crime lord's gal-in this kinetic gangster film from the Congo. A Tony Scott/Denzel Washington Hollywood hit filtered through Congolese grit, and "a blast from start to finish" (Variety).  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

February 12, 2012.  LA GUINGUETTE’S VALENTINE CONCERT.  French & Italian Music Trio Christiane Lelaure • vocalist Al Haas • guitar & vocals Robert Lunceford • accordion "The trio was able to impress its audience with precise phrasing, a perfect intonation, and of course the native French of Christiane."   Philip Beard, Alliance Francaise Santa Rosa  Haba Na Haba House Concerts presents La Guinguette Sunday Afternoon • February 12th • 4PM Berkeley, California - Directions to venue given with confirmation of reservations Limited Seating • Admission $15 includes refreshments  For Reservations eMail:  christiane@bvufrench.com 

February 13, 2012.  ONE NIGHT IN PARIS at the Sebastiani Theatre.  ONE NIGHT IN PARIS, is an unique 20’s Gypsy Jazz & Musette Show !  Musicians from one of the most significant Gypsy Jazz Band of North California, “Rue Manouche” will be on the stage of the Sebastiani Theater, at 7.30pm, Monday February 13th, 2012, for a magical moment of music, entertaining, and poetry.In the step of Django…  RUE MANOUCHE is a Gypsy Jazz & Musette group founded in San Francisco in 2009 by the french blues singer and actor Michel Saga and the guitarist Vic Wong.  Rue Manouche, play music in the style of  Gypsy Jazz or Gypsy Swing  made famous by Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. One night in Paris, is an exciting trip to Paris, with swing, poesie, fun and joy  that are mixed only for your pleasure !  Join Rue Manouche for a unique moment in Montmartre, near the Moulin Rouge !  50% of ticket sales & 100% of wine bar sales will go directly to the Sebastiani Theater Foundation.  Please spray this info around you and bring your friends.  Tickets available $25 at Sebastiani Theatre & Readers’ Books.  Reserved Seating  at (707) 996-9756.  http://www.sebastianitheatre.com/cgi-bin/home.cgi or Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 13, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET is hosting the CLINT BAKER ALL-STARS at Le Colonial SF.  Awesome New Orleans inspired jazz & blues 7-10pm No cover.  Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

February 14, 2012.  THE BAGUETTE QUARTETTE.  Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  415.662.2219 or www.ranchonicasio.com for details.

February 14, 2012.  SAINT VALENTIN SOIREE RENDEZ-VOUS.  The Alliance Française being part of the cultural mosaic of San Francisco welcomes you to our Saint Valentin Soirée Rendez-Vous.  Share with us and others your company.  With music, charcuterie, wine, refreshments and various activites this soirée will surely make conversations blossom.  Evening wear preferable.  www.afsf.com  (Check online calendar for date; it was not in the message I received, so I’m assuming it’s February 14, but it may not be… -ST)

February 14, 2012.  GATOR BEAT performs at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 14, 2012.  LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO.  Valentine’s Day Concert, Oakland.  Outdoor.  Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland.  12pm-1pm.  www.fourgo.com for details.

February 15-26, 2012.  FAUXNIQUE.  Open process with 2012 Artist Fellow MONIQUE JENKINSON, a.k.a. FAUXNIQUE.  Friday nights at the de Young, Kimball Gallery studio.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 16, 2012. LE JAZZ HOT DUO featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and special guest at UVA TRATTORIA in Napa, CA 6:30-10:30 No Cover, Fine European cuisine!  http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz 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 17, 2012.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents NE LE DIS A PERSONNE.  Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) is a French thriller film first released in 2006, directed by Guillaume Canet. The film is based on a novel by Harlan Coben and stars François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas and François Berléand.   Won 4 Cesar Awards and 11 Nominations in 2007Doors 6pm-Movie 8:30PMDouble Activity; includes THE JAMES ROBINSON TRIO playing jazz, Latin, world music.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/

February 17, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Pacific Grove Center for the Performing Arts, Pacific Grove.  Our only scheduled appearance in Monterey County in 2012! This is a beautiful old theatre and will be a great place to hear Flambeau! 835 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 7:00 pm. Information and advance tickets: www.performingartscenterpg.org  For schedule updates, check the website:  www.rigomania.com

February 17 & 19, 2011.  BURY THE HATCHET “Aaron Walker’s new film takes you deep into the heart of New Orleans to discover a celebration hidden from mainstream Mardi Gras. Each year, members of a predominantly African-American neighborhood dress up as Indians to honour the Native American communities that harbored blacks escaping from slavery. A Mardi Gras tradition that dates back to the mid-19th century, the ‘Indians’ have created a highly intricate structure, with over 40 ‘tribes’ featuring hierarchical roles such as chief, medicine man and flag boy. Through Walker’s portrayal, audiences experience the rich history and struggles this community has faced. Enduring street violence, police harassment and Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, the Mardi Gras ‘Indians’ find the strength to carry on their traditions. Bury the Hatchet also presents a soundtrack of rare music passed down through generations, many of the songs having never been written down or recorded before the 1970s.” - Heather Haynes, HOT DOCS (2010, 86 min.)  http://www.burythehatchetfilm.com/home.html.  Friday, February 17 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 19 at 4:00.  Sonoma State University, www.sonoma.edu

Through February 18, 2012.  WAITING FOR GODOT by ex-patriate to Paris, SAMUEL BECKETT. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa, SF; (415) 336-3522, www.tidestheatre.org. $20-38. Opens Fri/20, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 18. Tides Theatre Company debuts with a bold interpretation of the Beckett classic.

February 18, 2012.  SURREALIST DRAWING CLASS.  Discover how surrealist poets and painters like Dorthea Tanning, Dali and Magritte used symbols, dreams and photographs to create their own works. Students keep a dream journal a week before class to use as inspiration. West Portal Bookstore.  11am-2pm.

February 19, 2012.  HAVILAND LIMOGES:  FRENCH AESTHETICS FOR THE AMERICAN TABLE.  San Francisco Ceramic Circle Lecture.  Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  10am.

February 19, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Clarion Inn, Modesto.   The Modesto Traditional Jazz Society is bringing us to town for a Sunday afternoon show!  1612 Sisk Rd., Modesto. The event starts at 12:00. We will play at 1:00 pm and 3:45 pm.  www.modestodixieland.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

February 20-24, 2012.  SEMAINE DE CAMP FRENCH PLAYDATE.  C'est le moment d'inscrire vos enfants a une semaine de camp French Playdate.   When school is closed, let’s have French & Fun !  . Meet famous characters : Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Boule & Bill, Iznogoud, Le Petit Nicolas, Père Castor…  . Do fun, creative, hands-on culture & art projects from cartoons to puppets  . Develop literacy skills by reading a book, listening a story or enjoying a fun movie  . Feel like home : a small group of kids, a teacher/mother, a private house, a friendly atmosphere. It’s like going to a play date without having to invite back !  . Unleash your energy during an occasional neighborhood outing completely guided in the language  . 100% in French  Our planned activities will benefit little French-speakers who want a chance to play in French with other kids.  www.frenchplaydate.com

February 21, 2012.  CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS AT LEFT BANK BRASSERIES.  The Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries in Larkspur, San Jose and Menlo Park will be celebrating Mardi Gras all day on Tuesday, February 21 by featuring a la carte menu specials in the spirit of the occasion, plus the regular a la carte menu will also be served.  In Larkspur, look for such dinner menu options as Crispy Duck Livers with slow cooked southern greens, caramelized onions and Creole mustard aïoli ($11.50); "Shrimp & Grits" with sautéed Gulf shrimp, grilled scallions, smoked cheddar grits, apple smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms, and red chili-abita butter ($13.50); grilled house made andouille sausages with black-eyed peas and collard green slaw ($16.50); and Beignets, buttermilk fritters with powdered sugar and chicory créme anglaise ($8.00).  At the Left Bank in Santana Row, the dinner menu will include Oysters Rockefeller, baked oysters on the half shell with baby spinach, garlic butter, Pernod, crisp bacon and Louisiana spices ($16.95); Écrevisses et Crevettes a l’étouffée, crayfish and rock shrimp gumbo stew with Creole seasoned rice ($23.75); and Beignets, banana fritters topped with powdered sugar, served with chicory café au lait ($7.75).  Menlo Park dinner guests will be able to enjoy Cajun Sweet Potato fried in duck fat with Creole seasoning ($4.25); Oysters Rockefeller, baked oysters on the half shell with baby spinach, garlic butter, Pernod, crisp bacon and Louisiana spices ($14.75); Rock Shrimp Beignets withCajun aïoli and Creole spiced citrus coleslaw ($16.25); Duck and Andouille Jambalaya with crawfish and long grain rice simmered with Creole seasoning ($22.75); Blackened Catfish Fillet with Southern red rice, bacon and Cajun trinity favorite aromatic vegetables ($18.95); Brennan’s Bananas Foster flambéed with dark rum, brown sugar and cinnamon, with vanilla ice cream ($6.25); and Beignets, warm fritters with powdered sugar, cinnamon, and chicory espresso pot de crème ($6.25).  For addresses & phone numbers, www.leftbank.com

February 21, 2012. MARDI GRAS / FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION:  TRI TIP TRIO & AUX CAJUNALS perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 21, 2012.  THOMAS CHRISTENSEN talks about 1616:  THE WORLD IN MOTION.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com 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.

February 23, 2012.  A FEAST OF CREPES FOR MARDI GRAS with CHRISTINE PICCIN & JULIA FORNAGE.  The evening will begin with a short talk by Julia Fornage on the celebration of Mardi-Gras, which in France traditionally involves making crêpes. They are fun to make, once you have learned how and flipped a few yourself. If you wish, you can try your hand at    making your own crêpe, and then everyone will taste everything we make, bien sûr! Light refreshments will accompany the crêpes. This relaxed event will be presented in French and in English, making it appropriate also for guests who do not speak French. So please bring a friend!  Julia Fornage team-teaches a French conversation/cuisine class in the SRJC Community Education program. Her fascination with the French language and culture began at SRJC and led to a Master’s degree in French from UCSB. She is also a former pastry chef with restaurant experience in San Francisco and the Napa Valley.  Award-winning chef Christine Piccin, who writes a recipe every month in the AFSR newsletter, is currently training student chefs in the Culinary Arts program at SRJC. She also team-teaches with Steve Rabinowitsh a travel, food and wine class entitled “Why We Love Paris” in the SRJC Community Education program.  7pm.  Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  $5 to be paid at the door.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

February 23, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT POWER TRIO plays at Speisekammer Restaurant in Alameda CA.  8-11ish No Cover, GREAT food.  www.speisekammer.com Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

Through February 25, 2012.  AUSTERE PERFECTIONISM:  THE FILMS OF ROBERT BRESSON. "It is with something clean and precise that you will force the attention of inattentive eyes and ears."-Robert Bresson, Notes on Cinematography.  The works of Robert Bresson-fourteen exquisite gems in a career that spans five decades -are as rare as they are revered. So it is with great pleasure that we present this complete retrospective of his films organized by James Quandt of TIFF Cinematheque on the occasion of the forthcoming publication Robert Bresson (Revised), edited by Quandt and distributed by Indiana University Press, an invaluable volume for anyone seeking to understand the beauty and perfectionism of Bresson's singular body of work.  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

February 25, 2012.  THE MYSTERY OF THE EIFFEL TOWER.  A palate cleanser for those who found Spielberg's Tintin wanting, Julien Duvivier's late-silent adventure masterpiece served as an inspiration for the original Tintin comics, and delivers much of the same charm, inventiveness, and visual delight. Le mystère de la tour Eiffel traces the escapades of carnival worker / millionaire heir Achilles Saturnin as he battles the international crime syndicate known as the Ku-Klux-Eiffel. Flying wildly from mountain peaks to the pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower, this is a film obsessed with the aerial view.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

February 28, 2012.  DANIIL TRIFONOV, pianist, performs DEBUSSY’s IMAGES BOOK 1 (selections). 8pm.  www.chambermusicSF.org for details.

February 28, 2012.  CLAUDE LANZMANN’S SHOAH. There are films that mark the history of cinema; a few, rarer ones mark history itself. Claude Lanzmann's Shoah, from 1985, belongs to both exalted categories. Born in Paris in 1925, Lanzmann survived the German occupation of France, fought with the French Resistance during World War II and has long been the editor of Les Temps Modernes, Jean Paul Sartre's political-literary journal. The 86 year old auteur joins us for a rare Bay Area appearance to discuss his new memoir, The Patagonian Hare, the making of his seminal film Shoah, and his enduring views of the Holocaust.  Jewish Cultural Center of San Francisco.  7pm.

February 28, 2012.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND performs at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 28-March 11, 2012.  BATTLE OF THE QUEENS.  The Swiss documentary Battle of the Queens, soon to be released in Switzerland, will receive its US premiere in competition at the San José's Cinequest Festival in the presence of director Nicolas Steiner. The film, shot on location in Steiner's native Valais region, follows the rural Swiss tradition of setting cows--not bulls--off against each other in single combat.  Battle of the Queens will be shown preceded by Steiner's award-winning short Ich bin's Helmut.  Cinequest runs February 28 - March 11 in downtown San José. For screening times, visit www.cinequest.org as the festival approaches.  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland. www.swissemb.org for details.

February 29, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT DUO featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and Pazzo at UVA TRATTOIRA in Napa, CA 6:30-10:30 No Cover, Fine European cuisine! http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France   http://ilefr.wordpress.com/

SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml

CINEMA

You will find here below details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.
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Check local listings for show times!

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN. Century Northgate, San Rafael; 1000 Van Ness; Presidio; Century Northgate; Century Rowland Plaza; Emeryville; San José Eastridge; Santa Clara AMC; Dublin Regal Hacienda Crossings; Cupertino AMC; San José AMC; Brentwood Rave; check local listings for further locations.

THE ARTIST, starring JEAN DUJARDIN dazzles as George Valentin, reigning superstar of 1927 Hollywood, who resists the imminent transition to sound motion pictures. Bérénice Bejo equals his charm as Peppy Miller, a beautiful movie extra whose star rises as George's wanes, in a sprightly and soulful backstage tale with echoes of A Star Is Born and Singin' in the Rain. Michel Hazanavicius, director of the OSS 117 comedies, crafts a picture-perfect silent movie with period gloss that is both loving homage and an invigorating new sensation. With terrific music by Ludovic Bource, shimmering photography by Guillaume Schiffman, and strong support by John Goodman, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller (as well as one of the most delightful canine performers in years), The Artist is a treat for this or any holiday season. Rated PG-13. Writer/Director: Michel Hazanavicius. (France 2011) 100 min. Century Regency, Terra Linda; Sequoia, Mill Valley; Fairfax; California, Embarcadero, Marina, 1000 Van Ness, Piedmont, Sundance Kabuki. Check local listings for further details.

AUSTERE PERFECTIONISM:  THE FILMS OF ROBERT BRESSON. "It is with something clean and precise that you will force the attention of inattentive eyes and ears."-Robert Bresson, Notes on Cinematography.  The works of Robert Bresson-fourteen exquisite gems in a career that spans five decades -are as rare as they are revered. So it is with great pleasure that we present this complete retrospective of his films organized by James Quandt of TIFF Cinematheque on the occasion of the forthcoming publication Robert Bresson (Revised), edited by Quandt and distributed by Indiana University Press, an invaluable volume for anyone seeking to understand the beauty and perfectionism of Bresson's singular body of work.  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. January 19-February 25, 2012.

BATTLE OF THE QUEENS.  The Swiss documentary Battle of the Queens, soon to be released in Switzerland, will receive its US premiere in competition at the San José's Cinequest Festival in the presence of director Nicolas Steiner. The film, shot on location in Steiner's native Valais region, follows the rural Swiss tradition of setting cows--not bulls--off against each other in single combat.  Battle of the Queens will be shown preceded by Steiner's award-winning short Ich bin's Helmut.  Cinequest runs February 28 - March 11 in downtown San José. For screening times, visit www.cinequest.org as the festival approaches.  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland. www.swissemb.org for details. February 28-March 11, 2012.

BURY THE HATCHET “Aaron Walker’s new film takes you deep into the heart of New Orleans to discover a celebration hidden from mainstream Mardi Gras. Each year, members of a predominantly African-American neighborhood dress up as Indians to honour the Native American communities that harbored blacks escaping from slavery. A Mardi Gras tradition that dates back to the mid-19th century, the ‘Indians’ have created a highly intricate structure, with over 40 ‘tribes’ featuring hierarchical roles such as chief, medicine man and flag boy. Through Walker’s portrayal, audiences experience the rich history and struggles this community has faced. Enduring street violence, police harassment and Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, the Mardi Gras ‘Indians’ find the strength to carry on their traditions. Bury the Hatchet also presents a soundtrack of rare music passed down through generations, many of the songs having never been written down or recorded before the 1970s.” - Heather Haynes, HOT DOCS (2010, 86 min.)  http://www.burythehatchetfilm.com/home.html.  Friday, February 17 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 19 at 4:00.  Sonoma State University, www.sonoma.edu February 17 & 19, 2012

CALIGULA from the PARIS OPERA BALLET.  Balboa Cinema, www.balboamovies.com for details. January 21, 2012

CARNAGE.  The bitterly amusing story of two families who become locked in a showdown after their children are involved in a playground squabble, Carnage shines a spotlight on the risible contradictions and grotesque prejudices of four well-heeled American parents. Shot in real time as the four adults meet to settle the dispute, Carnage pits power couple Nancy (Kate Winslet, The Reader) and cell phone-addicted Alan (Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds) against the liberal writer and campaigner Penelope (Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs) and her wholesaler husband, Michael (John C. Reilly, Chicago). Unpredictable and shocking, the film hilariously exposes the hypocrisy lurking behind their polite façade. Briskly-paced, Carnage is a real acting tour-de-force-reminiscent of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but lighter in tone. Directed by Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer, The Pianist), who co-wrote the screenplay with YASMINA REZA Yasmina Reza, based on her smash comedy play GOD OF CARNAGE. Landmark Cinemas. Sequoia, Mill Valley; Bridge, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

CENDRILLON, as performed at the Royal Opera House, Sat-Sun, 10am.  Balboa, 3630 Balboa, SF. January 28 & 29, 2012

THE CRAZY HORSE.  Celebrated documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women: the Crazy Horse. Over the years this legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become the Parisian nightlife 'must' for any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre. Wiseman's impeccable eye allows us to enter into this intriguing international temple of the Parisian club world and to discover what makes the Crazy Horse tick: elegance, dedication to the ideal, and a grueling schedule. The film follows the rehearsals and performances for a new show called "Désir," staged by perfectionist Philippe Decouflé, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and also the various issues involved in the planning of the show and the administration of the club. The show "Désir" is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful spectacle that is the pinnacle of 'nude chic.'  Check local papers for times and locations. Opening in February 2012

DECLARATION OF WAR.  France's official entry for Academy Awards consideration for Best Foreign Language Film, this intimate, exuberant and deeply moving drama is inspired by the real-life experiences of co-stars Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Eikaïm, who play Juliette and Romeo, a young couple who face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn son Adam is very ill. Gathering together friends and family, they confront the ordeal as a form of warfare. Donzelli, who directs the film, infuses the story with unexpected verve, combining music and heartbreaking performances to create a dazzling tale of contagious vitality about a contemporary couple who surprise even themselves with their ability to fight, not only for the life of their child, but for each other. In French with English subtitles. Writers: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm. Director: Valérie Donzelli. (France 2011) 100 min. Reviewed in the Sunday Datebook, SF Chronicle (pink pages), Janaury 22, 2012, pp.20-21.  Opens January 27, 2012 in local theaters.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Lumiere, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.  www.cafilm.org Opening January 27, 2012.

DJO TUNDA WA MUNGA / VIVA RICA!  (France/ Belgium/ Congo, 2010). A local hustler gets in over his head when he tackles an Angolan gang-and seduces a crime lord's gal-in this kinetic gangster film from the Congo. A Tony Scott/Denzel Washington Hollywood hit filtered through Congolese grit, and "a blast from start to finish" (Variety).  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. February 12, 2012

DOMAIN.  Domain opens at an informal outdoor gathering around a campfire of French artists and academics. Closely observed by the young, attentive Pierre (Isaïe Sultan), the adults are hoping the party goes on, that their champagne glasses get refilled. We see that the woman at the center of this gathering, for everyone but especially for Pierre, is the riveting Nadia (Beatrice Dalle), a respected mathematician, Pierre's aunt, and the most important adult in his life.  Anchored by an extraordinary performance by the legendary Beatrice Dalle (of Betty Blue and Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth, to name just two), Domaine explores a young man's emerging sexuality and his developing relationships with the adult world. Avoiding all the tropes of coming-of-age stories, even the most daring ones, Patric Chiha has focused on a relationship that is crucial for both parties. San Francisco Film Society, www.sffs.org. February 3-9, 2012

LA FILLE DU PUISATIER.  Presented by the THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF SANTA CLARA VALLEY, witha dinner at 7pm at West Valley Brank Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd., San José. January 27, 2012.

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.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/ticketsOpera Plaza, SF.

HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT:  THE CINEMA OF DISENCHANTMENT.  Tempered by the pessimism of war-torn France, director Henri-Georges Clouzot's brand of hard-edged realism made for gripping genre films, often mysteries and thrillers, that contained within them a near-misanthropic vision of man. Yet his best-remembered works, the dread-inducing The Wages of Fear (1953) and Diabolique (1955), have a paradoxical sympathy for their characters, a sympathy based upon the recognition that when left to our own devices, we will helplessly choose the baser path.  Pacific Film Archive.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.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. In 3-D. Check local listings for details. January 12-February 4, 2012.

HUGO. Northgate, San Rafael; 1000 Van Ness, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Opera Plaza, SF.

THE MYSTERY OF THE EIFFEL TOWER.  A palate cleanser for those who found Spielberg's Tintin wanting, Julien Duvivier's late-silent adventure masterpiece served as an inspiration for the original Tintin comics, and delivers much of the same charm, inventiveness, and visual delight. Le mystère de la tour Eiffel traces the escapades of carnival worker / millionaire heir Achilles Saturnin as he battles the international crime syndicate known as the Ku-Klux-Eiffel. Flying wildly from mountain peaks to the pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower, this is a film obsessed with the aerial view.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu February 25, 2012.

NE LE DIS A PERSONNE.  Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) is a French thriller film first released in 2006, directed by Guillaume Canet. The film is based on a novel by Harlan Coben and stars François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas and François Berléand.   Won 4 Cesar Awards and 11 Nominations in 2007Doors 6pm-Movie 8:30PMDouble Activity; includes THE JAMES ROBINSON TRIO playing jazz, Latin, world music.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ February 17, 2012.

PINA.  Dancer Pina Bausch is legendary. As celebrated as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, she transformed the language of dance. Designed to ignite emotion in the viewer, her unique multi-media creations offered a visual experience like no other. Now we can experience the synesthesia of her elemental choreography as if performed for us in the flesh. Filmed by the great European pioneer of 3D photography, ALAIN DEROBE, this revolutionary 3D film captures the thrilling aesthetic of Pina Bausch's greatest productions.  See local listings for details. Opening in January 2012.

THE RABBI’S CAT.  A 2012 film by Johan Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux.   A beautiful animated movie based on the hard cover comic book by Johan Sfar, (Gainsbourg, Vie Heroique).  The Rabbi's Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat-a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.  (Saturday)  MovieMatinee at 2pm.  February 4, 2012.http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/

RAPT, presented by the THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO.  Inspired by the real-life abduction of Baron Edouard-Jean Empain in 1978, the film portrays a man's slow and humiliating descent into Hell at the hands of a group of thuggish kidnappers with the monstrous behaviour of his family and his colleagues when his embarrassing peccadillos enter the public domain via a media-led feeding frenzy.  Nominated for 4 Cesar in 2010.  Doors 7pm-Movie 8pm.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ February 3, 2012.

A SCREAMING MAN.  Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France/ Belgium/ Chad, 2010). A graying pool attendant weighs his employment future-and his relationship with his son-amidst a rising civil war in "this modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life" (New York Times). From the director of Abouna and Daratt. Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.  January 29, 2012.

SHOAH with filmmaker CLAUDE LANZMANN.  Through extraordinary testimonies from Holocaust survivors, perpetrators and witnesses collected over 11 years, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann captures the machinery of extermination while humanizing the inhuman. Unforgettable.  12:00 pm - 11:00 pm.  Jewish Cultural Center. February 5 & 28, 2012.

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

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

ART 

January 27-February 4, 2012.  ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES (AND SEASCAPES) AT MISHO GALLERY. Hi art lovers,  Please see me and 10 other artists in Misho Gallery's next show, "Abstract Landscapes (and Seascapes)."  There will be a preview party on Friday, Jan. 27 from 5pm - 8pm, featuring live music, as well as an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 - 5pm.  The show will feature:  Leslie Morgan, EB Bound, Alan Mazzetti, Brian Andrews, Asha Menghrajani, Xavier Phelp, Ann Simms, Robert Reed, Jeanne Hauser, Jack Andovich, and MISHO.  Misho Gallery is located in SOMA at 680 8th Street, Suite #230, across from the Concourse Center in San Francisco. Once you enter the main building, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and follow signs to the gallery.  www.mishogallery.com

Through January 31, 2012.  WORKS BY  MITCHELL SHEA.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  6pm. www.afsf.com for details.

Through February 12, 2012.  SWISS PAINTER AND SCULPTOR MONIKA STEINER shows her work at:  Triton Museum, Statewide Painting Competition & Exhibition, 1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA.  www.tritonmuseum.org or www.swissemb.org for details.

Through February 18, 2012.  OCEANS & CAMPFIRES.  ALLAN SEKULA AND BRUNO SERRALONGUE.  Parisian photographer Bruno Serralongue has developed a distinctive body of work that questions the truth of photographic representation and how images are produced, disseminated, and circulated in contemporary contexts. He pursues traces of media events that marked key moments in regions facing geopolitical changes: global economic and social forums; celebrations of new independent nations such as Kosovo and South Sudan in the aftermaths of civil wars; strikes and labor conflicts. Instead of seeking spectacular images of these events in the voyeuristic and dramatic style of paparazzi, Serralongue chooses to catch angles excluded from the mainstream media's framings of "reality," and surmounts considerable difficulties to cover events in his independent manner. Through images such as campfires in the campsite of striking workers at the New Fabris factory in Châtellerault, France, Serralongue symbolizes rage and determination in the face of exploitation and oppression.  San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco.  http://www.sfai.edu/

Through February 23, 2012.  ARTISTS GALLERY PORTRAIT SHOW features paintings by FRENCH ARTIST CLAIRE PASQUIER. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org for details.

March 24-August 19, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK.  Dubbed fashion’s “enfant terrible,” Gaultier catapulted into the fashion scene of the late 1970s, upending the status quo with his unconventional approach and deriving inspiration from television, film, music, and street culture.  De Young, Herbst Exhibition Galleries, http://www.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

CLASSES  

January 23, January 30 & February 6, 2012.  HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN FRENCH:  THREE WORKSHOPS.  60 minutes workshop for intermediate students taught by Dominique Bremond at Parisoma on Monday, January 23, January 30 and February 6 at 9 a.m. Each workshop may be taken separately. Please sign up at www.parisoma.com .The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

January 25-February 8, 2012.  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.

January-March 2012.  CLASSES OFFERED BY GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage:  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS, FRENCH LITERATURE AND GRAMMAR.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 

Beginning February 1, 2012.  ATELIERS ART EN FRANÇAIS POUR LES ENFANTS DE 4 A 9 ANS.  A partir du 1er fevrier, au café pour enfants Seesaw, dans Hayes Valley, nous offrirons des ateliers art en francais pour les enfants de 4 a 9 ans. Kids do art, make friends and learn French! The French Art Class (FAC) is a fun structured language-immersion class geared for children 4-8 years of age. The class introduces the children to a variety of techniques: painting, drawing, collage and photography. The goal of FAC is to let children express themselves in different ways with different mediums. It will benefit French-speakers who want a chance to speak French away from school.  Join us for FAC a fun and educational art class taught in French!  Tous les merdredis de 3:45 a 4:45pm. www.seesawsf.com or http://frenchplaydate.com/ for details.

February 18, 2012.  SURREALIST DRAWING CLASS.  Discover how surrealist poets and painters like Dorthea Tanning, Dali and Magritte used symbols, dreams and photographs to create their own works. Students keep a dream journal a week before class to use as inspiration. West Portal Bookstore.  11am-2pm.

February 25, 2012.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. For level 4 and up, presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  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.  This intensive is limited to 12 participants and gets full very quickly . Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666 or info@frenchclass.com

February 27-March 2, 2012. THE FRENCH CLASS FIVE DAY INTENSIVE CLASS.  Five-Day Intensive.  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 $250 if you register and pay before February 20.  Please sign up early and call us at 415.362.3666 or see www.thefrenchclass.com for details.

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 gemeaux3@wanadoo.fr.   

June 19-29, 2012.  WATERCOLOR & WINE.  Art study travel class with daily painting workshop (taught by CAROL DUCHAMP), luxury accommodations, meals and excursions.  Hotels and painting locations have been personally scouted and chosen for their beauty and authenticity, qualities that will arouse the painting muse in all of us.  Strasbourg, France.  Enroll now or email for further details. More photos and information are available on our website at www.arttreks.com.

December 20-30, 2012.  THE POETICS OF WATER MEDIA PAINTING.  WATERCOLOR AND FLUID ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE. Tahiti and Huahine Islands, French Polynesia.  Art study travel class with daily painting workshop (taught by CAROL DUCHAMP), luxury accommodations, meals and excursions.  Hotels and painting locations have been personally scouted and chosen for their beauty and authenticity, qualities that will arouse the painting muse in all of us.  Enroll now or email for further details. More photos and information are available on our website at www.arttreks.com.

CHOUCHOU ~ FRENCH PLAY GROUP.  Kids play smarter, make friends and learn French! Chouchou is a fun structured language-immersion play group geared for children 1-4 years of age. This interactive class presents material multi-modally through picture books, stories, art, songs and movement. French beginners are welcome.  www.seesawsf.com for details.

ATELIERS DE BANDE DESSINEE POUR ENFANTS ET POUR ADULTES! Horaire hiver 2012. Aucune formation artistique ou talent spécial en dessin nécessaire! Formation dans la tradition franco-belge, du scénario à la mise en couleur. Pour enfants: 25 janvier au 22 février 2012. Mercredis, 15h30 à 17h30 (10 ans et plus). Coût: $150. Pour adultes, des ateliers de BD auto-biographique. Du 24 janvier au 28 février, 2012. Mardis, de 10h à 12h00. Coût: $150. Les cours ont lieu à Palo Alto, en petits groupes. Information: Danièle Archambault. Daniele@DanieleBD.com. www.DanieleBD.com

FRENCH PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN THE BAY AREA. Do you want to offer your child the opportunity to grow and learn? Do you dream of offering your child the chance to be bilingual? You can give your child this opportunity with affordable, local French classes starting in 2012.  Education Francaise Bay Area (EFBA) is a non-profit organization focused on high quality, affordable French courses and serves families through 19 public school locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. EFBA is supported by the French government.  Course registrations are open for January 2012; enroll your child today at www.efba.us .   

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:  info@srfacs.org  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: info@srfacs.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 vanessa.portois@gmail.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.frin@elycee.com 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.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEWS FROM THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  L'Alliance Francaise in Santa Rosa has a very exciting and flexible summer program.  Please choose a minimum of 5 classes anywhere on our summer schedule. Each selected date counts as one class, and each class is $28.00.  The registration form is on page 3, and you will find a membership form on our webpage: http://www.afsantarosa.org/membership.  Please mail your registration forms and checks to us. The address is on the form.  Click on the link below to see our summer schedule:
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LEARN FRENCH ONLINE WITH SKYPE AND THE FRENCH CLASS. Learn, speak and practice French face to face with your teacher just like in a classroom. It's easy and very effective for students of any level, even complete beginners! Skype is FREE and VERY easy to install and use. The rates are:  $20  x 20 for twenty 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($400) $25 x 10 for ten 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($250) $28 x 5 for five 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($140) $30 for one single 30 minute lesson ($30) For more information, please contact Dominiquebremond@aol.com The French Class - www.frenchclass.com     500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102  (415) 362-3666 info@frenchclass.com

CERCLE DU LIVRE (Book Club) AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Free for The French Class members (levels 7 and 8). Meeting once a month.  Either:     Morning:  one Monday per month at 11:00 a.m, or: Evening: one Thursday per month at 5:30 p.m.  A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club.   Please call in advance: (415) 362-3666 to sign up and let us know if you will be attending. Veuilllez téléphoner au 415.362.3666The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102.  415.362.3666 or info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

CLASSES AT THE AF-BERKELEY.  More information to register   http://www.afberkeley.org/LearnFrench/FeesandRegistrationPolicy.aspx  

FRENCH CLASSES FOR ALL AGES AND LEVELS.  Taught by a native French instructor, highly qualified, ith an MA in French Language Education, and experienced. CLASSES: Help with homework, AP French Language Exam, conversation, playgroup for toddler, etc.  Programme spécial offert pour enfants francophones du CP à la terminale. LOCATION: East Bay Area.  For more information, or to contact me, go to:  http://privatefrenchtutoring.webs.com/

LE PETIT JARDIN of San Anselmo.  COME AND PLAY… LATER IN THE DAY.  Le Petit Jardin of San Anselmo (Lic # 214005102) is expanding its class offerings! After nearly 3 years of wonderful success offering Toddler French every morning, we are now pleased to announce the addition of afternoon immersion sessions!! Little ones can come and play, plant in our garden, sing, dance and enjoy story time and art projects ALL IN FRENCH! Class size will be kept at a 4:1 ratio, so don't delay in reserving your child's place.   WHO: Kiddies ages 18 months and older   WHAT: French Immersion through contextual play and art!   WHEN: Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:30pm   WHERE: Le Petit Jardin of San Anselmo   COST: $364/month  (*Price includes nutritious afternoon snack and all needed course materials. As with all new enrollments, there is a one-time $50 registration fee.)  Visit www.LPJkids.com for more information on Language Immersion for your child amber@LPJkids.com or tel. 415.459.3978 for details.

LA TOULZANIE. A very beautiful, historic,14th century mill in La Toulzanie (Lot,near Cahors in southwest France) is available as a  very special place to offer short courses, seminars, or workshops. The price, per week (Saturday to Saturday) depends on the time of year. Nearby is a new, lovely hotel looking directly at St. Cirq Lapopie, one of France's most beautiful villages. The mill is located on (and in) the river Lot. It sleeps 5 and features the original huge hearth, circular stone staircase, and footbridge. The grand salon is a lovely room with a long, wooden table suitable for seminars. A swimming pool, 2 minutes on foot from the mill, and a rowboat and fishing gear at the mill, are included. Photos at www.latitude.org . For availability, please contact Neil Buffée at gemeaux3@wanadoo.fr.

MA PETITE ECOLE.  Ma Petite École is a Family Child Care Home offering a French preschool curriculum in Santa Rosa. Emmanuelle Benefield, a native of France, directs an “école maternelle” program (petite, moyenne et grande sections) for children from the age of two through kindergarten. The friendly, supportive environment allows children to have fun learning and thrive as individuals. For details, please contact Emmanuelle at (707) 579-2669. www.ma-petite-ecole.com

ATELIER D'ECRITURE.  Quelques places sont disponibles à partir de cet automne dans le   seul atelier francophone de la Baie, qui entame en septembre   (première date à déterminer) sa 6e année.  Nos séances ont lieu sur   la Péninsule, le lundi de 11h à 14h, tous les 15 jours. Un second   atelier pourrait être donné à un horaire différent.  Après la   première séance d'introduction, l'atelier est fermé à de nouveaux   venus, et on s'engage à toute la série (de 6 à 8 sessions, à $60 la   session) si on souhaite continuer.  Aucune expérience d'écriture est   nécessaire, et le partage de nos écrits est facultatif. Le nombre de   participants est limité.   L'atelier est conduit par PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, professeur à   l'Université John F. Kennedy, où il enseigne "Writing as a   Psychospiritual Tool", un cours qu'il a donné en Irlande et en France.  Inscriptions/Info:pberthoud@jfku.eduou 510 - 234 4799. "Dans cet atelier, on se laisse guider par notre plume et on est   surpris par la beauté de ce qu'elle nous révèle".  Anne Dumontier

eLYCEE WORKSHOPS. eLycée offers workshops for teachers of French who sign in from anywhere to work with native French teachers, using shared applications and resources, in a unique 'virtual classroom'.   Easy to attend, easy to subscribe: each workshop is independent; you may build your own program and schedule. Certificate is provided at the end of the training.   Meet with colleagues: bring your stories, share and take part in discussions on a new style of teaching, rich with multimedia documents, focused on participation, collaboration and interaction and restock on ideas for your classes. *Examples of workshop titles*: I can watch an interview and get everything!- Mais de quoi tu causes ? (K’eske tu dis ??) - Spend you class at the Louvre - Work with dictionaries - French movies  Fairy tails - , la BD - OULIPO, l’écriture sous contrainte – la France et ses régions - La mode - Avoir l’eau à la bouche !  - La Fontaine et ses fables - French poetry… Rejoignez-nous ! Contact : Christine at Christine.frin@elycee.com

FRENCH LANGUAGE WITH JOY.  Private lessons and group-based language instruction serving Marin & San Francisco since 1975.  Taught by BARBARA ZEIDMAN, M.A.   California State Licensed Community College French Instructor.  415.479.2100 for details.

TUTORING FOR MATH & SCIENCE – IN FRENCH!  I graduated from La Perouse in 2007 with a Scientific Baccalaureat. I'm a Junior student in SRJC in organic chemistry, and have completed a summer internship in the Buck Institute. I give math, chemistry and physics tutoring for every level. Have 3 years of experience, good connections with students and satisfied results. Can meet at the students home or at your convenience. For more information, please feel free to contact me at awad.pierre@gmail.com or tel 415 408 1041.

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN.  L'Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa offers classes for children. Please visit their webpage for more  details:  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/childrens-program or contact the director at lise@afsantarosa.org or call: 543-8151

FRENCH WINE CLASSES. The French Wine Society is offering French wine classes in San Francisco. Each class will be an in-depth lecture of a particular region including a tasting of six carefully selected fine wines to illustrate the regions character. These classes should not be missed. They represent a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of French wine. Eric Lecours, Regional Director of the French Wine Society Bay Area, will be instructing the classes. He is a Certified Wine Educator and holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the WSET. He is also one of only 20 Americans to be certified by the region of Bordeaux as an official instructor, having been sponsored by the Bordeaux Wine Council to attend a weeklong educational program in Bordeaux last year. He continues his studies and is working toward his Masters of Wine, the most respected qualification in the Wine Industry. For more information and registration: http://www.frenchwinesociety.org

CLASSES DE CUISINE. L'alimentation saine, c'est delicieuse! Venez tous chez Janet, infirmière et chef de cuisine, pour des classes de cuisine. Mes classes, à San Rafael, sont petites et vous travaillez dans ma grande cuisine professionelle pour apprendre les recettes qui sont bien pour maigrir et prévenir les maladies. Après, nous dinons en famille. Et bien sur, nous parlons français! Janet Dresser 415.455.8939 ou http://www.cookingforyourlife.com

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion. http://www.ArtandCookingClassesinFrance.com Philippe Gion was a resident of San Francisco from 1986 to 2001, then time shared between the US and Provence. Owner & chef of the restaurant "Café Landais" (1986-1990) then, manager of the restaurant of the "Alliance Fançaise,” he was also Executive Chef at Stanford University ("East House Residency", 1997- 2000). He was a member of the Board of Director at the "Lycée Français Lapérouse" (1988-1991) and creator of the first French Ciné-Club in San Francisco ("Alliance Française Ciné-Club" with the partnership of the Lycée Français). In 1996, Philippe Gion founded "Art and Cooking Classes in France" dedicated to bringing to our Anglo-Saxons friends and gourmets the best of the joie de vivre in France and, most of all, an attractive approach of the traditional French gastronomy in Provence.

FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL. Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Monday evenings. Beginners 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Intermediates 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere. Helpful for travelers looking for survival French. Heavy emphasis on cultural topics. The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French. Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered. Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510.886.1000.

PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

TRANSLATION COURSE ON LINE Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carriere : Devenez traducteur ou traductrice. Specialisez-vous dans le domaine de votre choix, explorez les possibilites. Formation assuree par Dominique Bremond, traductrice certifiee par le Consulat General de France a San Francisco, 20 ans d'experience. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter : Dominiquebremond@aol.com The French Class - www.frenchclass.com . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666. info@frenchclass.com

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - ingrid@maisonettesf.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 info@ifrenchclub.com Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes

FRENCH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE. Learn French at your own pace. French for children, adults and corporate in private or small classes. French Language Institut offers flexibility, fun, customized programs, library, newest educative material, CNED, craft sessions, trip to France and much more! Visit us @ http://www.FL-Institut.com or write to frenchteachers@siliconfrench.com.

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

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

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER! 

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 1, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  Curator lecture by JILL D’ALESSANDRO.  1pm.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 2 & 4, 2012.    LE BONHEUR (“Happiness”) Agnès Varda's third feature is a cheerful, sunny, colorful film, a vibrant and ambiguous fable about love, fidelity and the search for happiness, all of it scored with the richly emotional music of Mozart. “I imagined a summer peach with its perfect colors, and inside, there is a worm,” said Varda. Though happily married, a young husband and father falls into an affair with a postal worker. “For him it is not a question of loving one or the other; he loves both, and wants them to share a life together. In his pursuit of happiness, he doesn’t look beyond his own needs and desires, and never imagines that there may be a cost for living for the moment. Without moralizing or providing psychological explanation, Varda’s depiction raises the essentially philosophical question, Is this happiness?” – PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE (1964, 82 min., in French with English subtitles).  All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Admission is $6.00, $5.00 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, and $4.00 for SFI members and children under 12, and FREE for SSU students.  Friday, March 2 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 4 at 4:00.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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 3, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa.  1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.  8pm (dance lesson at 7pm).  www.rigomania.com for details.

March 4, 2012.  2012 INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  The grande dame of all North American Chocolate Salons and the premier chocolate event on the West Coast is returning.  The 6th Annual San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON, March 4th, 2012 will take place in San Francisco. Participants include over 50 master chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.   The San Francisco INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON will also include celebrity and author talks, a chocolate fashion show, a chocolate spa, and much, much more. Catch the event that spurred this millennium's growth in premium and artisan chocolate! www.SFChocolateSalon.com

March 8, 2012.  COUTURE IN GAULTIER’S TIME, art history lecture presented by MELISSA LEVENTON.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 8, 2012.  CARA BLACK speaks about MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE.  7pm.  80 West Portal, SF.  415.564.8080 or www.bookshopwestportal.com for details.

March 8, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT DUO featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and Pazzo at UVA TRATTORIA in Napa, CA 6:30-10:30 No Cover, Fine European cuisine!  http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html

March 8-18, 2012.  EMMANUEL AX performs in AMERICAN MAVERICKS.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

March 10, 2012.  GRIGORY GORYACHEV & JÉRÔME MOUFFE (from Belgium!) perform in DYNAMITE GUITARS, San Francisco’s premier guitar series.  Green Room.  Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts.  1.888.400.6664 or www.OmniConcerts.com for details.

March 10, 2012.  AUTHENTIC GAULTIER,  presented by NATALIE DOUCET  and the TEXTILE ARTS COUNCIL.  10am.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 10, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for the 18th annual Gypsy Caravan Gala in SF benefit for OKIZU Foundation.  http://www.okizu.org/events/aih Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 10, 2012.  UN DEUX TROIS performs at Aqus, Petaluma.

March 11, 2012.  CARTIER:  KING OF JEWELERS, JEWELER OF KINGS.  Docent lecture by ELLEN HARDEN.  Legion o Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

March 15-17, 2012.  EMANUEL AX, piano, performs VARESE’s AMERIQUES.  American Mavericks Left Coast, Right Now Series.  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details. 

March 17, 2012.  ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ presents BLANCHE NEIGE / SNOW WHITE.  In 2008, one of France's leading choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj, presented his first full-length story ballet Blanche Neige (Snow White). Now, in 2012, the Mondavi Center presents the United States debut of this amazing contemporary ballet. Based on Grimm's fairy tale, Blanche Neige is set to music by Gustav Mahler, with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and set design by Thierry Leproust. Le Journal du Dimanche called the work "a great popular ballet such as we have not seen since Béjart."  Mondavi Center.

March 18, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET in concert in Oakland, CA at the Chapel of the Chimes.  Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.  http://oakland.chapelofthechimes.com/blog/article/show?id=1449 or https://www.facebook.com/JazzAtTheChimes

March 21, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dancing at Cat's Corner in San Francisco, CA 9-12:00am.  http://www.catscornersf.com or Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 23, 2012.  LA GRANDE FETE, celebrating the opening of the JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER exhibit.  Tickets:  $250 for members / $300 fo non-members.  VIP tickets are $2,500 and include exclusive events with Jean-Paul Gaultier.  www.famsf.org/lagrandefete or 415.750.7660.

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

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

March 24, 2012.  CONVERSATION WITH JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  Featuring SUZY MENKES.  Seating limited; advanced ticket purchase required.  Tickets on sale March 1.  http://tickets.famsf.org or 866.912.6326.  11am.

March 24, 2012.  THIBAULT CAUVIN performs in DYNAMITE GUITARS, San Francisco’s premier guitar series.  Green Room.  Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts.  1.888.400.6664 or www.OmniConcerts.com for details.

March 24, 2012.  DICTEE POUR TOUS.  Dictée unique pour tous les niveaux. Organisée par Apple to Pomme et North California Translators Association sur le campus de San Francisco State University, de 13 heures 30 à 15 heures 30. Evènement gratuit, sponsorisé par l'Alliance Française, les Consulats français et suisse, la French American Cultural Society et San Francisco Bay Accueil. Ouvert à tout francophone ou francophile. Questions et inscription limitée aux 100 premiers, avant le 18 mars, auprès de Christine Lemor-Drake à christine@appletopomme.com

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 info@musicsources.org for details.

March 24-April 1, 2012. THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents NAPOLEON. The cinema event of a lifetime! Presented in association with American Zoetrope, The Film Preserve, Photoplay Productions, and BFI. The legendary masterpiece by Abel Gance. U.S. premiere of the complete restoration by Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow; U.S. premiere of the score by Carl Davis, conducting the Oakland East Bay Symphony Four performances only! March 24, 25, 31, April 1 Tickets available online beginning July 16 Paramount Theatre, Oakland http://silentfilm.org/event-special.php

March 26-30, 2012.   SEMAINE DE CAMP FRENCH PLAYDATE. C'est le moment d'inscrire vos enfants a une semaine de camp French Playdate.  When school is closed, let’s have French & Fun !  . Meet famous characters : Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Boule & Bill, Iznogoud, Le Petit Nicolas, Père Castor…  . Do fun, creative, hands-on culture & art projects from cartoons to puppets  . Develop literacy skills by reading a book, listening a story or enjoying a fun movie  . Feel like home : a small group of kids, a teacher/mother, a private house, a friendly atmosphere. It’s like going to a play date without having to invite back !  . Unleash your energy during an occasional neighborhood outing completely guided in the language  . 100% in French  Our planned activities will benefit little French-speakers who want a chance to play in French with other kids.    www.frenchplaydate.com

March 30, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK.  Friday Nights at the de Young.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 30 & 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.

March 31, 2012.  CHALLENGE TO GAULTIER:  DISABILITY VS. HAUTE COUTURE.  Lecture by SANDIE YI AND ANTHONY TUSLER in conjunction with the Access Advisors Open House and Disability Arts Festival.  11am.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 2012.  GHOST SHIP RODEZ, a multimedia account of ANTONIN ARTAUD’s deportation from Ireland to France.  Z Space.  Details to follow.

April 2, 2012.  JAMES EHNES, violinist, performs FAURE’s VIOLIN SONATA NO. 1 IN A MAJOR, OP.13 and SAINT-SAENS’ VIOLIN SONATA NO. 1 IN D MINOR, OP.75www.chambermusicSF.org for details.

April 2-6, 2012.  SEMAINE DE CAMP FRENCH PLAYDATE.  C'est le moment d'inscrire vos enfants a une semaine de camp French Playdate.  When school is closed, let’s have French & Fun !  . Meet famous characters : Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Boule & Bill, Iznogoud, Le Petit Nicolas, Père Castor…  . Do fun, creative, hands-on culture & art projects from cartoons to puppets  . Develop literacy skills by reading a book, listening a story or enjoying a fun movie  . Feel like home : a small group of kids, a teacher/mother, a private house, a friendly atmosphere. It’s like going to a play date without having to invite back !  . Unleash your energy during an occasional neighborhood outing completely guided in the language  . 100% in French  Our planned activities will benefit little French-speakers who want a chance to play in French with other kids.    www.frenchplaydate.com

April 3, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE by JULIA GEIST:  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 6, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER, with the San  Francisco Bay Guardian.  5pm-8:45pm.  De Young Museum, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 9-13, 2012.  SEMAINE DE CAMP FRENCH PLAYDATE.  C'est le moment d'inscrire vos enfants a une semaine de camp French Playdate.  When school is closed, let’s have French & Fun !  . Meet famous characters : Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Boule & Bill, Iznogoud, Le Petit Nicolas, Père Castor…  . Do fun, creative, hands-on culture & art projects from cartoons to puppets  . Develop literacy skills by reading a book, listening a story or enjoying a fun movie  . Feel like home : a small group of kids, a teacher/mother, a private house, a friendly atmosphere. It’s like going to a play date without having to invite back !  . Unleash your energy during an occasional neighborhood outing completely guided in the language  . 100% in French  Our planned activities will benefit little French-speakers who want a chance to play in French with other kids.    www.frenchplaydate.com

April 12-22, 2012.  LINES BALLET performs an alluring and magnificent re-envisioning of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS in SCHEHEREZADE.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.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 18, 2012.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO on tour in Concert in Sacramento CA.  Not to be missed!  http://www.csus.edu/music/bravo/newmill.htm or Hot Club Hot Line, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

April 22, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE by PEGGY GORDON on JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  1pm.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

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 26, 2012.  JULIA ALVAREZ discusses A WEDDING IN HAITI.  Join Julia Alvarez for lunch as she discusses her story about three of her most personal relationships: with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti.  12pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 

April 28, 2012.  DEGAS:  THE RELUCTANT IMPRESSIONIST.  Docent lecture by RITA DUNLAY.  Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

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.

April 30, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF J. P. GAULTIER.  Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, the openly gay Jean-Paul Gaultier uses designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles.  Always provocative, he brings diversity to the Paris runway.  Spring exhibit at the De Young.  Lecture at Mill Valley Public Library.  7pm.

May 2012.  SAMUEL BECKETT’S ENDGAME, starring Bill Irwin.  American Conservatory Theater; details to follow.

May 1, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE by GRETCHEN TURNER on JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  2:15pm.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

May 4, 2012.  CELEBRATING THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  Friday Nights at the de Young, 5pm-8:45pm.

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.

May 25, 2012. CELEBRATING JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  Friday Nights at the de Young, 5pm-8:45pm.

May 26, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE by JULIA GEIST on JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER.  1pm.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 15, 2012.  ANOTHER NIGHT IN TREME.  New Orleans music legends and starts ofhte blockbuster HBO series TREME bring another rollicking night of Crescent City Sounds!  San Francisco Jazz Festival, www.sfjazz.org for details.  Paramount Theatre, Oakland. 

June 15-24, 2012.  11TH  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL at the  Crest Theatre.  Support the Festival, spread the word! Merci.  11th SFFF, June 15-24, 2012 - Crest Theatre.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

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

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