February 23-29, 2012
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February 23, 2012. MATTHIEU POTTE-BONNEVILLE presents DE L’ENGAGEMENT A L’USAGE: CHANGEMENT EN PARADIGME POLITIQUE ET PISTES PHILOSOPHIQUES. UC-Berkeley French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle Hall, 5pm. 510.642.2715 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.
February 23, 2012. LAST THURSDAY MEET-UP 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. 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, 7pm. http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/35629352/?a=me2p_grp&rv=me2p
February 24, 2012. MARDI GRAS CONCERT & CELEBRATION! Join tenor Michael Van Why and accordionist Sheri Mignano (Due Zighi Baci) for a Nawlins style, fat Tuesday, Parisienne soiree. Cuz' it's never too early to start sinnin'! SPECIAL DUELING ACCORDIONS PRE-SHOW with George Bachich. No Cover Charge. Great food and drink. Learn more at www.eurocafemusic.com. Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma.
February 24, 2012. MATTHIEU POTTE-BONNEVILLE presents a talk entitled AT RISK DEMOCRAC. UC-Berkeley, 4104 Dwinelle Hall, Noon. 510.642.2715 for details.
February 24, 2012. LAWRENCE FERRARA, guitar, performs works by RAMEAU and others. Knuth Hall, 1600 Holloway Ave., SF. 415.338.2467.
February 24, 2012. MALIMA KONE ET LES HARMONIES perform the music of WEST AFRICA at Ashkenaz! Burkina Faso singer and multi-instrumentalist Malima Kone has taken his family's centuries-old heritage to the world, updating it with his own style that includes traditional African roots and acoustic reggae. Malima Kone sings in five languages - Bwamu, Bamana/Jula, Moore, French, and English - and bases his lyrics on life experiences from childhood and as he sees the world today. He sings of orphans, children of the street, family, freedom, poverty, justice, world peace, and love. Born in 1984, Malima Kone was surrounded by the music and history of the Kone family, and by the age of 3 was beginning to learn to play the 21-stringed harp, the kora. It is the accompanying instrument of the jeli, the family and village historian who sings the centuries-long story and culture, the song and dance of his people. At age 12, Malima joined the youth ensemble Maison des Jeunes du Burkina that toured throughout Africa and Europe. He was writing his own songs by the time he followed other siblings to America in 2002, settling in Santa Cruz. He and sister Mandjou taught music and dance at UC Santa Cruz, the University of Oregon, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. Malima began his solo music career in 2006. He then created an acoustic reggae group called Reggafrique in Santa Cruz, currently performing throughout California. Kone teaches music in California and throughout the U.S. He continues to travel back home to his roots in Africa, finding inspiration while visiting family and friends. He is working on his first album. Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm $12/$10 students www.ashkenaz.com 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. RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET performs works by SAINT-SAENS, others. Regent’s Theatre, Holy Names University, Oakland. $35-$40. 7:30pm. 510.845.4444 or www.fsarts.org 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 25, 2012. LECTURE DE TEXTES FRANCOPHONES. La prochaine séance de "lecture publique" aura lieu le samedi 25 février à 11h au 101 2nd st., S.F. (BART : Montgomery). Elle s'adresse aux francophones et francophiles de haut niveau. Les participant(e)s qui le souhaitent lisent un passage de littérature francophone pendant 10 minutes maximum, une courte discussion s'ensuit. Il est absolument impératif de confirmer votre présence le jeudi 23 février au plus tard, l'accès de l'immeuble étant contrôlé. Contact: Yvette Chalom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Through February 26, 2012. SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX. $20-$145. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness, SF. 415.865.2000 or www.sfballet.org for details.
Through February 26, 2012. WEST BAY OPERA performs MOZART’s DON GIOVANNI, based on MOLIERE’s DON JUAN. Lucie Stern Community Theater, Palo Alto. 650.424.9999 or www.wbopera.org for details. 8pm or 2pm.
Through February 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 27, 2012. SANTA ROSA FRENCH AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL (SRFACS). We are delighted to invite you to a meeting on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to share the latest news, campus plans, upcoming enrollment process, curriculum and more. Please come and join us. The year has started strong and we are busy preparing to open the school in August 2012. As you may well imagine, opening a charter school of this caliber takes time, patience and diligence. Along with Santa Rosa City School District, we have continued to reach milestones and set new goals in the preparation process. We are already feeling the excitement of the first day of school! We have talked to many of you in person to address your specific questions, and are keenly aware of the collective eagerness to proceed with enrollment. Santa Rosa City School District has extensive experience opening new schools and is handling this process. They have offered creative solutions to make sure that our children are fully supported as they prepare to start the inaugural school year in August. We look forward to seeing all of you. www.srfacs.org 3rd Street Cinema 620 3rd Street (Behind Third Street Aleworks) Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Please RSVP to email@example.com, as space is limited.
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.
February 28, 2012. PRITZKER FAMILY LECTURE with CLAUDE LANZMANN AND REGINA LONGO. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California, SF. (415) 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. 7 p.m., free with reservation. Lanzmann not only lived through the German occupation of France and fought with the French Resistance, but helped document the whole thing as the editor of Les Temps Modernes, Jean Paul Sartre's political-literary journal.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, 2012. YOGA EN FRANÇAIS avec ALEXANDRA ROSSI. 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Merci de confirmer votre présence par email firstname.lastname@example.org ou par téléphone 510 541 7481. Nombre de place limitée $10 par cours. N’oubliez pas votre matelas de yoga. Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St, Berkeley, CA 94703 USA, Tel: 510 548 7481, email@example.com.
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. MEGA MEETUP DES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. Come join us for another Mega Meetup of mega chatting in French. I hope you can come. NOTE ON LOCATION: This place is actually behind the Ferry Building. Go past "Sur la Table" behind the Ferry Buildling and you will see it right on the shore. Carnelian By The Bay. 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA. http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/51433832/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1
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.
Through March 18, 2012. MESMERIC REVELATION… BEFORE EDGAR ALLEN POE. A Central Works Method play, written and directed by Aaron Henne. Central Works opens this year's season of world premieres with a new play inspired by a story from that master of the metaphysical, Edgar Allen Poe. Paris, on the eve of the Revolution, the most learned men in the world gather at the Royal Academy of Science. ANTOINE LAVOISIER, esteemed director of the Academy, leads an inquiry into the latest craze sweeping through French Society. The scandalous Dr. ANTON MESMER claims he can cure any patient of any illness by "mesmerizing" them – placing them in a mysterious trance-like state. Can such a claim be proven scientifically? Antoine, the "Father of Modern Chemistry," faces off against Anton, the "Wizard of Vienna," in a fiery clash of science and mysticism. Mesmeric Revelation is the second production developed by Central Works with playwright/ director Aaron Henne. Last year Henne's journey into the surreal, A Man's Home…an ode to Kafka's Castle, prompted George Heymont of the Huffington Post to declare, "If you want theatre that pushes the creative envelope to the limits, don't miss this show." Talk-backs Feb. 19 & March 11. 510.558.1381. $14-$25. http://www.centralworks.org/mesmeric_revelation.php
Through 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. Reviewed in the February 12, 2012 SF Chronicle Sunday Datebook (pink pages), p.15.
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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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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; CinéArts @ Sequoia, Mill Valley; Fairfax 6 Theatres, Fairfax; San Bruno Cinemark Century; 1000 Van Ness, SF; Balboa, SF; Embarcadero, SF; Marina Theater, SF; Sundance Kabuki, SF; Stonestown, SF; 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.
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. Opera Plaza, SF.
HUGO. Century Larkspur Landing, Larkspur; Century Rowland Plaza, Novato; Fairfax 6 Theatres, Fairfax.Castro (3-D), SF; Four Star, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley. Check local listings.
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. Based on the novel by JULES VERNE. Check local listings.
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.
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 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
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.
Through February 29, 2012. MARTINE CALLEBAUT presents her work at the Alliance Française de San Francisco. www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 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.
Through March 31, 2012. WORKS ON PAPER FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS including works by CHAGALL, MATISSE, PICASSO and others. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF. 415.421.7171 or www.meyerovich.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
March 7-April 25 2012. CRIME ET CHATIMENT: DELITS ET PEINES AU XIXe SIECLE. Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par RENEE MOREL. Le crime fascine depuis toujours, suscitant incompréhension et terreur. A travers tout le XIXe siècle, l'histoire judiciaire est indissociable des représentations du crime et du châtiment. Comment les artistes (Géricault, Prud'hon, Hugo, Redon) ont-ils exprimé cette fascination du sang et du mal? C'est en tout cas bien elle qui explique l'essor de la presse populaire, due, en grande partie, au succès du fait divers, richement illustré, à une époque où la Morgue est un lieu familier de promenade du dimanche. La naissance de l'anthropologie criminelle et l'interprétation médicale du mal, toutes deux à la recherche des "stigmates de la dégénérescence" chez l'individu, n'empêchent cependant pas que ces images obsessionnelles, qu'elles relèvent de l'art ou de la science, participent plus du fantasme ou du délire que de la réalité. Plutôt que l'assassin ou sa victime, c'est sur le "spectateur" que l'on s'interrogera, lui qui ressent effroi, répulsion et colère, mais aussi reconnaissance, identification et même compassion. Comment la perception des menaces, individuelles ou sociétales, change-t-elle? Et qu'en est-il des figures de criminels qui hantent l'imaginaire? Dans quelle mesure sont-elles révélatrices des années de crise? Ou bien sont-elles un miroir de nous-mêmes? 8 weeks. Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). $250. Discounts for early birds ($240) as well as for early birds who are French Class members ($215). No book to purchase: texts will be provided. IMPORTANT: The classroom being small, you need to register ahead of time to save a seat. THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102. Tel. 415.362.3666 or Fax 415.362.4334. 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 email@example.com.
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.
FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT BY NATIVE SPEAKER NICOLE COLLINS AT THE ORINDA COMMUNITY CENTER (EAST BAY). Through the Community Center in Orinda, I teach French conversation classes for adults. I offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes four quarters a year. Fall, winter, and spring quarters are 10 to 12 weeks long, and summer quarters are 5 to 6 weeks long. I have been teaching French conversation classes since 1997.My mission is to create a friendly and relaxed experience for people to learn or brush-up, the way French is spoken today. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-language/184446598303358 or http://www.nicolelanguage.com for details.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CERCLE DU LIVRE (Book Club) AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Free for The French Class members (levels 7 and 8). Meeting once a month. Either: Morning: one Monday per month at 11:00 a.m, or: Evening: one Thursday per month at 5:30 p.m. A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club. Please call in advance: (415) 362-3666 to sign up and let us know if you will be attending. Veuilllez téléphoner au 415.362.3666. The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. 415.362.3666 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:email@example.com 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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. email@example.com
FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Opening March 1, 2012. TOURNEES FESTIVAL AT ST. MARY’S COLLEGE IN MORAGA. See a different film each week: COCO AVANT CHANEL, LA MOME, DES DIEUX ET DES HOMMES, UN PROPHETE, and ENTRE LES MURS The French Film Festival, a month long festival opens on Thursday, March 1 with Coco Avant Chanel. Anne Fontaine’s thoughtful exploration of the pre-fame life of the world’s greatest fashion designer focuses on Coco Chanel during the Belle Epoque. The film opens in 1893 with a powerfully grim scene of 10-year-old Coco and her sister unceremoniously dumped at an orphanage and ends around World War I, a few years before the Chanel empire is launched. Free admission for students, $3 general public All films subtitled in English. Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs / The Centre National de la Cinématographie Event Contact: Helga Lenart-Cheng, Ph.D.Department of Modern Languages, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, CA 94575 firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/the-tournées-festival-new-french-films-on-campus 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 1, 2012. L'AUTRE DUMAS: THE STORY OF ALEXANDRE DUMAS AND AUGUSTE MAQUET by SAFY NEBBOU (2010). He spent his life in the shadow of one of France’s most celebrated authors and in death has become a mere footnote in literary history. Despite having co-written some of the most popular tales in the French language, Auguste Maquet (1813-1888) has been forgotten by all but the most erudite of scholars. Now, however, the quietly creative ghostwriter is finally having his moment in the limelight thanks to a film by Safy Nebbou (2010). Starring Gérard Depardieu as the colorful Dumas and Benoît Poelvoorde as his downtrodden employee, L’autre Dumas cleverly mixes fact and fiction as it traces Maquet’s attempt to outshine his master in the public eye. “A magnificent duel of performances, brilliantly orchestrated” (L'Express). "Fascinating and gorgeously told." In French, with English subtitles. The film, along with insights on the status of the nègre littéraire in 19th-century and contemporary France, will be presented en français by CCSF instructor Renée Morel and followed by a discussion. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room, as latecomers disturb everybody. 6:30—9:00 PM, Everett Middle School, Room 232, 450 Church Street (between 16th and 17th), SF.
Opening March 2, 2012. CRAZY HORSE. Legendary documentary filmmaker FREDERICK WISEMAN, whose recent films include LA DANSE PARIS OPERA BALLET, takes on CRAZY HORSE. another unique Parisian dancing institution in this intimate look at "Le Crazy Horse," the exotic cabaret that debuted in the City of Light precisely 60 years ago. As in all his films, Wiseman dispenses with narration and goes for pure observation, following the intense rehearsal process for a new show. Proudly offering "the best chic nude show in the world," the Crazy Horse approach is to focus on the female form, and choreography and lighting designs can be as avant-garde as they are sensual. Wiseman shows rehearsals and performances, but the drama in his films usually springs from all the work behind the scenes. "A reminder of what a documentary can be," wrote A.O. Scott in The New York Times. Contains extensive nudity. In French with English subtitles. Director: Frederick Wiseman. (France/US 2011) 134 min. www.cafilm.org Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.
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 4, 2012. FACULTY CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL: WIND POWER. Sonoma State University faculty Woodwind and Brass faculty: Kathleen Reynolds, flute; Ruth Wilson, horn; and friends! Sunday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. Green Music Center, Room 1028*. Enjoy chamber music featuring wind instruments! The program will include Sicilienne et Burlesque for flute and piano by Alfredo Casella, Prelude a L'apres-Midi D'un Faune for flute, clarinet & piano by Claude DEBUSSY and Sextuor by Francis POULENC for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano. $12 General $10 Faculty and Staff $8 Visiting Students and Seniors SSU Students FREE www.sonoma.edu.
March 5, 2012. DBF avec ERWAN MENARD est le COO de DATA DIRECT NETWORKS (DDN), le spécialiste du stockage de données non-structurées pour les environnements de haute performance, tels que High-Performance Computing, Oil&Gas, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Digital Media, Cloud & Web Content et Digital Security. Fondée en 1998 en Californie, DDN a été reconnue en 2011 par Inc. Magazine comme l'entreprise IT de plus forte croissance aux Etats-Unis, dans la catégorie des acteurs ayant plus de $100M de chiffres d'affaires. A l'heure du Big Data, DDN apporte des solutions et une compétence unique dans près de 50 pays à travers le monde, et équipe 60 des 100 super ordinateurs les plus rapides. Erwan a ainsi été reconnu par le magazine Global Telecom Business comme étant l’un des “40 leaders de moins de 40 ans” pour l’industrie des Télécoms, en 2009, 2010 et 2011. 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. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065 6.30pm-9pm. Achat par Paypal et Membres de la Faccsf, $25, Achat sur Place $30.
March 6, 2012. FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LIFE SCIENCE & GABA are pleased to invite you to SOCIAL MEDIA & MOBILE HEALTH: CREATING VALUE. We have invited experts to present their solutions and to discuss the challenges in making the healthcare system more effective and efficient. Location: Capgemini Offices, 4000 Shoreline Court. Specific topics to be discussed Cloud-based platform for practice management, medical billing, electronic medical records and patient connectivity New mobile devices for monitoring health conditions Influencer Marketing methods for Health 2.0 start-up companies to spend their marketing budget most effectively Available online resources to create new Health 2.0 apps Complementary appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served. Thanks to our generous sponsor Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and our host Capgemini Consulting. Suite 210 South San Francisco, CA 94080 Members Ticket price: $15 Non-Members Ticket price: $30 For 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. From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
March 6, 2012. SWISS GAME ARCADE 2012. We're baaaack. It's playtime again. Come discover the latest Swiss games, meet the developers, test your skills, and win prizes! SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO, 730 Montgomery St., SF. 6:30pm.
March 6, 2012. PAMELA DRUCKERMAN presents BRINGING UP BEBE. West Portal Bookshop, 80 West Portal, SF. 415.564.8080 or www.bookshopwestportal.com for details. 7pm.
March 7, 2012. LANGUE ET LITTERATURE QUEBECOISES. À l'Alliance française de San Francisco. Des étudiants du Québec présenteront un panorama du Québec des années 1960à aujourd'hui à travers : Michel Tremblay, auteur des Belles-Sœurs Présentation de Tremblay, l'un des plus grands auteurs québécois, reconnu à travers le monde. La présentation sera ponctuée de lectures d'extraits des Belles-Sœurs. Les Cowboys fringants, groupe musical québécois Chansons folk à saveur rock et country qui célèbrent l'identité québécoise. Ces artistes, connus dans toute la francophonie, ont vendu plus de 800 000 albums. 19H. $5 membres, $10 non-membres. http://www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.
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. EBENE QUARTET performs RAVEL’s QUARTET IN F MAJOR. Herbst Theatre, San Francisco. 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org 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, 2012. CAUCHEMARS EXQUIS: LE SURREALISME. Conférence au Lycée Français offerte par RENEE MOREL. Analyses d'oeuvres de Max Ernst, Dali et Duchamp. 9:00-10:00 AM. 1201 Ortega St. (at 20th) – auditorium, San Francisco. The format of conferences at the Lycée Français has changed. My presentations (en français, naturellement): * will last only one hour (instead of 1:30), * will discuss three works of art (but show more pictures, about fifteen), * will analyse these pictures thoroughly, at all levels. In addition, the talks will be offered on different days and at different times so as to accommodate the different class schedules at the Lycée. Open to all. Entrée: $5 par personne. SVP, come to pay me before or after the talk. PLEASE COME ON TIME: LATECOMERS DISTURB EVERYONE.
March 15, 2012. L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA présente une conférence intitulée LA « BANDE A PICASSO» A MONTMARTRE, 1904-1912. Au tout début du 20e siècle Montmartre est encore un village composé de vieilles bâtisses et de terrains vagues. Pourtant c’est sur cette « Butte » que vont naître les idées, les écoles et les conceptions qui révolutionneront l’art et la littérature. L’arrivée de Pablo Picasso en 1904 transforma un vétuste bâtiment en bois appelé Bateau-Lavoir en « berceau » de l’art moderne. Le Bateau-Lavoir devint un pôle d’attraction pour de nombreux artistes et écrivains avant-garde qui formaient « la bande à Picasso » à la réputation douteuse ! Nous suivrons ces personnages hors du commun, non seulement dans leurs réalisations créatrices, mais aussi dans leurs amours, leurs intrigues et leurs farces épiques. Cette conférence en français sera animée par le Dr Anne Prah-Pérochon, historienne et journaliste. Elle aura lieu le jeudi 15 mars à 19h (7pm) à Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa. This lecture will be illustrated with captions in English. Free event.
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 16, 2012. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, Alameda, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). www.rigomania.com 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 17, 2012. AMERICAN RED CROSS COURSE ON THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS. Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 3.5 hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. Everyone welcome. This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9-12:30. at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa, on the corner of Airport Blvd (east of Highway 101). This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know. To register for the class, please call 707-577-7600. The class is free of charge. Please feel free to pass this flier on. Thank you for your assistance.
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 22, 2012. SWISSNEX presents ROBOTS IN SPACE. Scientists from NASA Ames and the Swiss Space Center reveal robotic applications for missions to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations in the cosmos. SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO, 730 Montgomery St., SF. 6:30pm.
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 DaPonte. Widely regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart’s opera is a brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy, set to music of limitless genius. The Don walks on a moral knife-edge. Charismatic and sexy, but so dangerous and remorseless as to be the greatest cad in history. But his deeds may be catching up with him... Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, Ofc: 707-763-8920 Fax: 707-763-8929 http://www.cinnabartheater.org/
Opening March 24, 2012. THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK. The first major exhibition dedicated to this designer, the fashion world’s “enfant terrible.” De Young Museum, Herbst Exhibition Galleries, Golden Gate Park, SF. 415.750.3600 or www.famsf.org for details.
March 24, 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 1, 2012. GABRIEL FAURE’s REQUIEM and LE CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE, with FRANCIS POULENC’s MOTETS POUR UN TEMPS DE PENITENCE, performed by the Chancel Choir of St. John's Episcopal Church, Oakland, under the direction of Ernest Fredric Knell, with soloists Shawnette Sulker, Soprano, and Jere Torkelsen, Baritone. St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 1707 Gouldin Road at Thornhill (off highway 13) in Montclair/Oakland. Reception to follow. Suggested donation: $15/20. 4pm. For more information contact Sara at email@example.com
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.75. www.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 7, 2012. AMOUR ET SEXUALITE, a presentation for CAFÉ MUSEE by RENEE MOREL. Les premiers témoignages écrits concernant la sexualité humaine dans l'Antiquité nous viennent de Mésopotamie. Ils révèlent une liberté surprenante. Des millénaires plus tard, sous l'influence du christianisme, une nouvelle éthique sexuelle s'impose au Moyen Age. Les théologiens condamnent la chair, refusent le plaisir, exaltent la virginité. L'Occident est entré dans l'ère du refoulement, qui va durer des siècles. Cependant, on le sait, la réalité des comportements n'était pas entièrement soumise à ces interdits: la morale courante a toujours autorisé des espaces de liberté, qu'il s'agisse du concubinage des prêtres, de la prostitution ou des pratiques sexuelles. La science ensuite le relais de l'Eglise pour imposer ses normes. Venez explorer cette cartographie mouvante des plaisirs, des interdits et des infamies! 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114).
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 14, 2012. CAROLYN BURKE, author of THE LIFE OF EDITH PIAF, joins with other women authors at CHEW ON THIS, a benefit for the Sonoma County Library and the Sonoma County Book Festival. www.scplf.com for information. Tickets are $100.
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 19, 2012. L’ARMEE DU CRIME (Robert Guédiguian). 6:30—8:45 PM, Everett Middle School, Room 232, 450 Church Street (between 16th and 17th), SF.
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 23, 2012. LA GUERRE D’ALGERIE. Conférence au Lycée Français offerte par RENEE MOREL. 9:00-10:00 AM. 1201 Ortega St. (at 20th) – auditorium, San Francisco. The format of conferences at the Lycée Français has changed. My presentations (en français, naturellement): * will last only one hour (instead of 1:30), * will discuss three works of art (but show more pictures, about fifteen), * will analyse these pictures thoroughly, at all levels. In addition, the talks will be offered on different days and at different times so as to accommodate the different class schedules at the Lycée. Open to all. Entrée: $5 par personne. SVP, come to pay me before or after the talk. PLEASE COME ON TIME: LATECOMERS DISTURB EVERYONE.
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 5, 2012. NICOLAS POUSSIN (1594-1665) ET LE CLASSICISME FRANCAIS. Génie européen, Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) a été l'un des plus grands maîtres classiques de la peinture française. La richesse de ses compositions et la beauté de ses expressions l’ont fait surnommer ''le peintre des gens d'esprit''. Parce qu'il aimait, dans l'antique, le beau idéal ou intellectuel en même temps que moral, il s'est plu à représenter des scènes historiques nobles, mais a également peint de nombreux sujets mythologiques ou bien religieux. Refusant, par esprit d'indépendance, de mener la vie d'un courtisan alors que Louis XIII et Louis XIV avaient tous deux fait de lui un "Premier peintre du roi", Poussin a passé presque toute sa vie à Rome. Nourri de Plutarque, d'Homère et de la Bible, cet artiste qui a excellé dans tous les genres a constamment cherché à émouvoir et à élever et est resté, jusqu'au XXe siècle, la source majeure d'inspiration pour les artistes attirés par le style classique, tel David, Ingres et même Cézanne. (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114)
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 10, 2012. TINARIWEN performs in the Spring 2012 SFJAZZ season. www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299 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.
July 13, 2012. CHAMBER SERIES: PARISIAN BAROQUE, including COUPERIN’s SONATA “LA SULTANE” & LA PAIX DU PARNASSE, LECLAIR’s FLUTE SONATA NO.2 IN E MINOR; CLERAMBAULT’s CHACONNE IN D MAJOR and RAMEAU’s IIIe PIECE DE CLAVECIN EN CONCERT. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF. 415.621.7900 or http://americanbach.org for details. 8pm.
July 17, 2012. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PARISIAN MUSICIAN. Lecture by COREY JAMASON. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF. 415.621.7900 or http://americanbach.org for details. 5pm.
July 19, 2012. RAMEAU THE REVOLUTIONARY. Lecture by DEBRA NAGY. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF. 415.621.7900 or http://americanbach.org for details. 5pm.
July 20, 2012. RAMEAU & THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE BAROQUE. Lecture by ROBERT MEALY. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF. 415.621.7900 or http://americanbach.org for details. 5pm.
July 20, 2012. RAMEAU’S PIGMALION and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF. 415.621.7900 or http://americanbach.org for details. 8pm.
July 21, 2012. A MILLENNIUM IN 50 YEARS… THE DISCOVERY OF EARLY MODERN MUSIC. Lecture by ROBERT COMMANDAY. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF. 415.621.7900 or http://americanbach.org for details. 4:30pm.
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