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March 15-23, 2012

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March Events

March 15, 2012.  CAUCHEMARS EXQUIS:  LE SURREALISME.  Conférence au Lycée Français March 15, 2012.  CAUCHEMARS EXQUIS:  LE SURREALISME.  Conférence en français offerte par RENEE MOREL.  Héritier du mouvement Dada, né du nihilisme qui a suivi la Grande Guerre, le surréalisme adopte, lui aussi, des tactiques de provocation. Pendant que des régimes totalitaires se mettent en place à Berlin et à Madrid dans les années 1920 et 1930, pour culminer en une autre guerre mondiale, artistes et écrivains attaquent les valeurs traditionnelles de la “civilisation” occidentale, tels le progrès ou la raison.  À la suite de Freud, Magritte, André Breton, Dali, Max Ernst et de Chirico accordent un rôle prépondérant aux rêves et à l’inconscient, d’où leurs pratiques subversives de “collages” ou d’“écriture automatique”. Marcel Duchamp, lui, désacralise l’art avec ses “ready made” industriels. Chez tous, spontanéité, immédiateté et juxtaposition d’éléments érotiques ou blasphématoires produisent des images d’une extraordinaire étrangeté, à l’instar des “cadavres exquis”, jeux pratiqués collectivement. Arts modernes, la photographie et le cinéma ont recours aux mêmes stratégies, brisant les canons iconographiques du passé pour créer des images inoubliables : irrationnelles, ironiques ou férocement destructrices.  Les analyses détaillées porteront sur des œuvres de Max Ernst, Salvador Dali et Marcel Duchamp.  Lycée français, 1201 Ortega St (at 20th), Auditorium,  SF.  9am-10am.  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.  LA BANDE A PICASSO A MONTMARTRE – 1904-1912.  Cette conférence en français sera animée par le DR. ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON, historienne et journaliste et aura lieu le 15 mars à 7 heures (19H00) au Club Vista Del Lago, Santa Rosa. This lecture will be illustrated with captions in English. Au tout début du vingtième 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 est une époque capitale de l’art moderne: c’est là qu’a vu le jour la révolution artistique qui a commencé avec les Demoiselles d’Avignon en 1907 et s’est continuée avec le cubisme. C’est au Bateau-Lavoir que s’élabora le surréalisme vingt ans plus tard, c’est là que Gertrude Stein posa pour le célèbre tableau qu’en fit Picasso. La présence de Picasso au Bateau-Lavoir transforma l’ambiance de cette demeure. En peu de temps, son atelier devint un pôle d’attraction pour de nombreux artistes avant-garde, peu soucieux des conventions bourgeoises. Ils s’appelaient Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, André Derain, Matisse, Alfred Jarry, etc.et formaient la « Bande à Picasso », à la réputation douteuse. Si le Bateau-Lavoir fut le théâtre des créations les plus audacieuses, il servit également de décor à de nombreux canulars et anecdotes, telle la Fête pour Douanier Rousseau. L’épopée du Bateau-Lavoir s’est terminée en 1912 avec le départ de Picasso, toutefois, ses habitants, peintres, poètes, marchands d’art, collectionneurs et musiciens, y ont laissé des traces ineffaçables. Nous suivrons ces personnages hors du commun, non seulement dans leurs réalisations créatrices mais aussi dans leurs amours, leurs intrigues et leurs farces épiques. Anne Prah-Perochon, copropriétaire et rédactrice-en-chef du Journal Français et de France Today jusqu’à la vente de ces publications en 2006, continue à assurer une chronique historique mensuelle, (versions magazine et électronique) pour ces magazines. Fullbright Scholar, Anne Prah-Perochon est docteur en histoire médiévale de l’Université d’Aix-en-Provence-Marseille et possède un M.A. en philologie anglaise. Elle a longtemps enseigné l’art et l’histoire de France à l’Université de Melbourne (Australie), à l’Université de Berkeley ainsi qu’à l’Université de San Francisco. Elle est l’auteur de plusieurs ouvrages d’histoire médiévale ainsi que d’innombrables articles sur l’histoire et la civilisation françaises. Ses conférences dans les musées, universités et associations culturelles se chiffrent par centaines. Le Dr Anne Prah-Perochon est chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur et Officier des Palmes Académiques pour son rôle dans la promotion de la culture française à l’étranger. La conférence sera en français mais les Anglophones n’auront aucune difficulté à suivre grâce aux illustrations et légendes en anglais du Powerpoint show.  http://www.afsantarosa.org/activities/la-«-bande-a-picasso-»-a-montmartre-1904-1912  

March 15, 2012.   CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review with Jacqueline Winspear @3PM Orinda Books 276 Village Square, Orinda, (925) 254-7606 

March 15, 2012.   CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review @7PM Mrs Dalloways Books, 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705-2204 (510) 704-8222

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 15-April 14, 2012.  WAITING FOR GODOT by ex-pat to Paris SAMUEL BECKETT.  SF Playhouse Stage 2, 533 Sutter St., SF.  415.336.3522 or www.tidestheater.org for details.

Opening March 16, 2012. DELICACY. Directed by David Foenkinos & Stéphane Foenkinos. 108mn, France, 2011 With Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier. In the French romantic comedy Delicacy, Audrey Tautou (Amélie) is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche, and average-looking office subordinate, Markus (French comic star François Damiens, Heartbreaker). At first stunned by Nathalie’s unexpected attention, Markus comes to gradually believe in her feelings and shifts into romantic high gear. As their relationship goes from awkward to genuinely loving, Nathalie and Markus will have to overcome a host of obstacles including everyone else’s judgmental perceptions as well as their own self-doubts. Landmark Theaters.

March 16, 2012.   CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. 6:30pm You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.   Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot.  Alliance Française de Berkeley 2004 Woolsey St Berkeley, CA 94703USA Tel: 510 548 7481/  info@afberkeley.org for details.  

March 16, 2012.  JONAH KIM & ROBERT KOENIG, cello & piano, perform works by FAURE and others.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento, SF.  415.474.1608 or www.oldfirstconcerts.org.

March 16, 2012.  PHILIPPE HERSANT PRESENTS THE MASTERS:  TRADITION, REBELLION, AND INNOVATION AT HERBST THEATRE.  Le compositeur français Philippe Hersant sera présent à l'Herbst Theatre de San Francisco le 16 mars prochain à 20h, précédé d'une session de Q&A à partir de 19h15. Philippe Hersant a notamment gagné la Victoire de la Musique du meilleur compositeur en 2010. // Call & Response 2012 The Masters: Tradition, Rebellion, and Innovation will feature lyrical masterpieces by Haydn and Beethoven: Haydn’s Op.20 No.1 and Beethoven’s Opus 127. Known for his own incredibly lyrical music, Philippe Hersant answers the call of these ground-breaking works with a world premiere commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet. Hersant is the first international composer to participate in the Call & Response program. Read more about Philippe Hersant at www.philippehersant.com  or get full details on the program at:  http://cypressquartet.com/special-Projects/call-response/

March 16, 2012. THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents FRAGILE. Jean-Louis will come back to present a  second film:   Fragile  a 2003 drama directed and written by himself. Lead Actor Martin Lamott.   Plot: In the south of France, a Gendarme must choose between investigating the most important case of his career and the health of his 16 year old son who lives a very bad breakup with his girlfriend. He chooses to go on holiday with his son. But the investigation catches up with him ...  This film won the Special Jury Prize at the International Festival of Luchon, as well as Best Actor for Martin Lamotte, the  for the jury Alain Cauchi, best hope for Jean-Jerome Esposito. 

March 16, 2012.  CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review @7PM Readers Books 130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA Tel: 707-939-1779.

March 16, 2012.  RIPPERTON at Public Works. Touring around the world for the past decade, Ripperton spins the melodic and lush end of the House, Minimal & Techno electronic music styles. Definitively one of the most creative Swiss DJs of today, Ripperton refers to himself as "a perfect electronic music chameleon."   Public Works 161 Erie Street San Francisco www.ripperton.com www.publicsf.com   Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

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 16-17, 2012.  UC BERKELEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs works by DEBUSSY, RAVEL, and others.  Hertz Hall, Bancroft Way and College Ave., UC-Berkeley.  510.642.4864 or www.music.berkeley.edu for details. 

March 16-18, 2012.  CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY performs music by CLEMENT JANEQUIN and others.  $10-$30.  Friday:  San Francisco; Saturaday:  Palo Alto; Sunday:  Berkeley.  650.485.1097 or www.calbach.org for details.

March 16-18, 2012.  RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL includes dancers from WEST AFRICA / GUINEA, among others.  Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., SF.  www.maikazedaiko.com and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/229541 for details.  $22-$35.

Through March 17, 2012.  LEFT BANK BRASSERIES HOS OYSTER & SANCERRE CELEBRATION OF SPRING.  The Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries in Larkspur, San Jose and Menlo Park will host an Oysters & Sancerre celebration beginning on Monday, March 12 and continuing through Saturday, March 17. They will feature a choice of three Sancerre appellation wines offered in a flight of two ounce pours for $14.00 (also available by the bottle, carafe or glass) ideal for enjoying along with a plate of oysters on the half shell, or a selection of special a la carte menus items that will vary depending on the restaurant location. All regular a la carte lunch and dinner offerings will also be available. This event affords Left Bank Brasserie guests the opportunity to celebrate the advent of spring with intriguing wines from the Loire Valley in France paired with seasonal classics including: *In Larkspur – a White Asparagus Salad with a Drakes Bay oyster vinaigrette, chopped egg, capers, cornichons and parsley ($10.95); and Marin Bay Oysters with curry sabayon and Bloomsdale spinach ($11.75).  *In Santana Row in San Jose - Watercress Soup with white wine poached Pacific oysters ($11.25); and Hazelnut Crusted Fried Oysters with horseradish cream and pickled baby beets ($12.50). *In Menlo Park - Oyster and Artichoke soup with oyster beignets, artichoke chips and sorrel scented oil ($10.75); and Raw Oyster and Herring Tartare with horseradish cream sauce and beet salad ($11.50).  All three locations will be pouring Domaine Ricard 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Daulny 2010 Sancerre, and Francis Blanchet 2010 Pouilly-Fumé ($42.00, $49.00 or $56.00 per bottle, $30.00, $35.00 or $40.00 per carafe, $12.00, $14.00 or $16.00 per glass).   Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-3331;  Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100 San Jose, California 95128 (408) 984-3500;   Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 473-6543 – www.LeftBank.com

Through March 17, 2012.  BOUQUETS TO ART.  Celebrate spring at the de Young, when Bouquets to Art, the glorious annual floral exhibition and fundraiser, returns March 13-17, 2012. The five-day event, produced by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, features designs by 150 innovative floral designers, who create displays that pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the de Young's permanent art collection. Ms. Allenspach Weill, appearing with the show for the 26th year, contributes work using recycled goods, plants and more in dialogue with the painting Helio. Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m Members night only, Wednesday, March 14, until 8:45 p.m Extended hours on Friday , March 16, until 8:45 p.m   MH DeYoung Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco    More information at www.bouquetstoart.org

March 17, 2012.  DANY LAFFERRIERE & SAMEDI CULTURE.  L’auteur haïtien Dany Lafferrière est venu rendre visite au Lycée Français La Pérouse de San Francisco à l’occasion d’une nouvelle édition du Café Littéraire organisé et modéré par les élèves. Né en 1953 à Port-au-Prince, Dany Lafferrière  grandit auprès de sa grand mère dans la crainte du régime de Francois Duvalier “Papa Doc” et ses miliciens les “Tontons Macoutes”. En 1976, alors chroniqueur culturel à l’hebdomadaire “Le Petit Samedi Soir” et à Radio Haïti Inter, un de ses amis journaliste est assassiné par les Tontons Macoutes du fait de son opposition au régime. Dany Lafferrière quitte précipitamment Haïti pour Montréal, où il travaille à l’usine jusqu’en 1985 avant de publier son premier roman “Comment faire l’amour avec un negre sans se fatiguer” qui le révèle au grand public. À partir de 1990, Dany Lafferrière  s’installe à Miami avec sa famille et poursuit son travail d’écriture. En 2009, il reçoit le Prix Medicis pour “l’Enigme du retour”, qui raconte le retour d’un homme sur le lieux de sa naissance pour enterrer son père. Lors du tremblement de terre qui a touché Haïti le 12 Janvier 2010, Dany Lafferrière se trouvait à Port-au-Prince. Il commence à écrire quelques minutes après la secousse pour échapper à l’effroi suscité par le drame et publie “Tout bouge autour de moi” quelques mois après. Lors d’un échange enlevé et plaisant avec les élèves, Dany Lafferiere évoque son enfance et sa terre natale.  4:30pm.  KUSF in Exile.  http://frenchculturesf.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/samedi-culture-dany-lafferriere/  

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. AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF DAWN – ESPERANDO LA LLEGADA DEL ALBA – EN ATTENDANT LA RELEVE DU MATIN A multimedia performance March 17th – 8pm – Kunst Stoff The Cultural Services of the French Consulate and Kunst Stoff are pleased to present the new creation of French Director Moise Touré and Choreographer Francis Viet : « Awaiting the arrival of Dawn ». Moïse Touré strongly believes that everyone has the capacity to create art and participate in artistic endeavours where there are no longer producers on one side and consumers on the other. Something else is about to be born, an innovation no longer coming solely from the engineers and marketers, but from the emergence of cooperative networks. The cultural industries have too often produced a cultural consumerism incompatible with a genuine artistic and cultural experience. Thanks to the new cultural technologies, new forms of appropriation of the artistic process, of knowledge, appear. The public is the new avant-garde : they invent the cultural institutions of tomorrow. This project is the result of a work with Bay Area residents representative of the local cultural diversity. It addresses the question of community while nurturing the talent of non-professional participants. It is a continuation of Moïse Touré’s past projects in France and abroad, such as those recently conducted with the National Theatre of Japan, in West Africa or in Brazil. “Awaiting the arrival of Dawn” draws its narrative from interviews with members of the local communities who, through their personal histories and memories, create a multifaceted portrait of San Francisco, as the city endeavours to build a larger community of individuals and communities. Through a multimedia performance featuring material gathered during their residency, Moïse Touré and Francis Viet stage a poetic portrayal of residents of the Bay Area. The theatrical performance, directed by Moïse Touré and choreographed by Francis Viet will be intercut with footage from the workshops and other video and photographic material. MARCH 17TH – 8pm KUNST STOFF 1 Grove Street (at Market) Free admission – Donations accepted http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article2499

March 17, 2012.  AN INTRODUCTION TO BAROQUE DANCE RHYTHMS.  A workshop with dancer-choreographer PHILIPPA WAITE.  Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 7th Ave., SF.  8:30am.  $85-$100.  www.sfrv.org for details.

March 17, 2012.  STANFORD WOODWIND QUINTET performs works by MILHAUD and others.  Regents Theatre, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland.  $35-$40.  7:30pm.  510.845.444 or www.fsarts.org for details.

March 17, 2012.  CARA BLACK at ‘A Taste of Paris - Word, Wine & Crime’ with Cara Black in Noe Valley Word Week @LeZinc Bistro 4063 24th St (415)  647-9400 RSVP and tickets https://secure.treatful.com/buy/Le-Zinc?ref=1, http://www.lezinc.com/.  4pm.

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.

Through March 18, 2012.  MESMERIC REVELATIONBEFORE 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

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

Opening March 19,2012.  GOD OF CARNAGE by YASMINA REZA opens at San José Repertory Theater, a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company.  408.367.7255 or www.sjrep.com for details. 

March 19-23 OR March 31 OR April 9-13, OR April 21, 2012.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.   French for Travelers is back! These intensive day long and week long workshops are perfect for those going to France soon and need to learn or remember basic French.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 20, 2012.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE  FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit LE GARÇON AUX YEUX GRIS de GILLES PERRAULT.  Le cercle se réunit le 3ième mardi du mois à  3:30pm.  http://www.afsantarosa.org for details.

March 20, 2012.   CZ & THE BON VIVANTS play Cajun/Zydeco  at Ashkenaz.  A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivants  dish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler  Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon  Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist John Graham (of MotorDude Zydeco and more), bassist Elaine  Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they've appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit - from downtown Oakland to the Solano  Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises - and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band's CD, "Good to the Bon," has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.  The group was born when Matovich got home after playing in Neil Diamond's touring band and saw a concert by Cajun/Zydeco fiddler Tom Rigney. "I loved working big  shows, but seeing Tom's band made me want to be in a group like that, that had so much fun playing together." The Bon Vivants came together to play a benefit concert in 2004, "and we've been busy ever since," Matovich says. Nobody could agree on  a group name, so eventually they were dubbed the Cajun Babes (after the Dixie Chicks), and through democratic process came up with the current group moniker, although  there is no CZ. Just high-energy Cajun/Zydeco music.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm. $10 www.ashkenaz.com

March 21, 2012.  CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review @7PM Books Inc 301 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 428-1234 

March 21, 2012.  BONAPARTE.  Supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Berlin-based Swiss band Bonaparte will be invading San Francisco's Public Works, doubtless exploiting the club's peerless sound system to the maximum level.  The group's website promises "a show with plus/minus 9 people from the collective risking their private and public lifes for you, dressed as animals or wurst and a loud concert somewhere im grenzbereich and mucho fun fun fun!" Forewarned is forearmed.   Public Works 161 Erie Street San Francisco http://www.bonaparte.cc/ www.publicsf.com   Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

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 21, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents BOOSTER SERIES #2:  HOW TO DEVELOP A MARKETING STRATEGY FOR THE U.S. MARK Series #2FACCSF and GABA have launched the Business Booster Series: Boot Camps focused on the American/Californian business environment, mixed with coaching sessions and pitching exercices. How to develop a Marketing Strategy for the US market?  Panelists   Dena De Angelo Director, Business Developement, Detati Communications   Catrine Charron CEO, Netchannels.  We will discuss the following issues: Building a Marketing Plan for the US market What are opportunities and pitfalls? How to build a global brand Go-to-market strategies.  Detati Communications 265 Caspian Drive   Sunnyvale, CA 94089  8am-10am  Members $30 Member's Guest $30 Non-Members $40.  www.faccsf.com for details.

March 22, 2012. CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review with Kelli Stanley @6:30PM Mechanics Library 57 Post St  San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 393-0101

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, 2012.   DOGON LIGHTS (featuring members of Hamsa Lila) plus ABU GARY WORLD BLUES BAND play at Ashkenaz. The Dogon Lights makes its Ashkenaz debut and brings a special guest to join in: didgeridoo master Stephen Kent. The Dogon Lights is an exciting world fusion music project featuring Yacouba Diarra of Burkina Faso, Bongo Sidibe from Guinea, and members of the award-winning band Hamsa Lila (Ian "Inkx" Herman, Vir McCoy, Evan Fraser, and John Schroeder).  They create a funky and energetic dance atmosphere that takes the listener straight to the stars, using traditional skin and wood instruments played over grooves and inspired traditional vocals. The Dogon Lights brings together a blend of instruments such as the sintir and guimbri from Morocco, the kamale n'goni (similar to the kora), calabash and djembe drums of West Africa, and bass, guitar, keys, sax, and flute  from the West. The word "Dogon" comes from the Dogon people of Mali who believe  they are descendants of the Sirians - thus the Dogon Lights.  Abu Gary  & the World Blues Band return to Ashkenaz with fresh acoustic music written by Abu Djigo, Gary Nelson, and Deborah Barer. Many of the songs are from the upcoming "World Blues" CD recorded in Senegal. Born into the Fulani tribe in Senegal, Djigo plays jazz, blues, and many African styles and regularly tours in Europe and Africa. Fellow guitarist and bassist/vocalist Nelson (who plays bass in the band Bass Culture)  has performed with Judy Mowatt, Joe Higgs, Zulu Spear, and many others. The rest  of the band is lead singer NezB (Trinidad); kora player and singer Karamo Cissokho from Senegal; Samba Guisse, also from Senegal, on talking drum, djembe, dun dun,  and vocals; and percussionist Abdul Waheed.  Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm $13/$10 students   www.ashkenaz.com 

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

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

March 24, 2012.  SOIREE DE PRINTEMPS DU SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL.   7:30pm to 1:30am (march 25) in San Francisco, at Bissap Baobab.  For information or buy tickets go to:  http://fetedeprintemps/eventbrite/com for details.

March 24, 2012.  7TH PENINSULA FRENCH FAIR. Faithful and new customers, mark your calendars, the Peninsula French Fair is coming back to Palo Alto. Returning and new vendors, artists and services will bring you a wide choice of unique products. The fashion show will feature the latest designs of our French creators, you will enjoy live French music and let’s not forget the French charcuterie, crepes and delicious cakes & pastries. Come spend a Day in France with us! 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free Admission Lucie Stern Community Center 1305 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, Ca 94301 More information coming soon:  www.frenchfair.org 

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

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

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

March 24 & 25, 2012. CAROLUS VIVAT! THE LIFE OF CHARLES V IN MUSIC. MusicSources new affiliate ensemble, the Pacific Collegium directed by Christopher Kula, will offer us a Marian service heard in the “Flemish” chapel of Charles V. Sublime music of Lassus, JOSQUIN, Morales, and others will be performed by an ensemble of men and boys, each work representing a major political event associated with the life of one of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Saturday, March 24, 2:00 pm Most Holy Redeemer Church 100 Diamond St. (in the Castro District) San Francisco. Sunday, March 25, 5:00 pm TBA. 510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org or info@musicsources.org for details.

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

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.

March 26, 2012. CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review Laurel Village @7PM Books Inc 3515 California St SF (415)221-3666 w/Rhys Bowen 

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 27, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.ashkenaz.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

Opening March 30, 2012.  L’APPOLONIDE / HOUSE OF PLEASURE. Ambitious and elegantly made, Bertrand Bonello‘s film depicts life in a Paris brothel at the turn of the 20th century. Staying within the house’s walls for all but two brief (but important) moments, the scenario details the clients and day-to-day lives of a variety of the working women within including Madeleine, who suffers a terrible fate at the hand of a client; voluptuous new girl Pauline; Algerian beauty Samira (Secret of the Grain‘s Hafsia Herzi); and the no-nonsense madam Marie-France (the always wonderful Noémie Lvovsky). Using a variety of techniques, including split screen and an anachronistic soundtrack, House of Pleasures reflects on the world’s oldest profession in an entirely new way.  SFFS. www.sffs.org for details.

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, 2012.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents an EXCLUSIVE CLASSICAL CONCERT.  See their website for details.   http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ 

March 30, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Harlow's, Sacramento.  We return to this great nightclub in downtown Sacramento--great sound and seating, plenty of room to boogie!   2708 J St., Sacramento. 7:00-9:15 pm.  Information and tickets:  www.harlows.com  or www.rigomania.com

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 30-April 1, 2012.  MARTINE JARDEL presents her work at SPRING OPEN STUDIOS 2012.  SOMA Artists’ Studios, 689 Bryant @ 5th, SF.  FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION March 30th 6pm - 9pm. Open Studios will be an opportunity for the public to purchase high quality, current art from 28 artists at great prices.   Friday night only the EL TONAYENSE TRUCK will be outside of the studios serving up delicious Mexcian food! SATURDAY & SUNDAY  March 31st & April 1st, 12am - 5pm 28 artists will be displaying their work in an incredible variety of media, including jewelry, collage, glass, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and so much more! As the SOMA neighborhood has expanded and matured, other artist groups have moved into the area culminating with more than 100 artists participating in Open Studios this year. Come and support your local artists! We have art for every taste and for every pocketbook. Affordable art for the home, the spirit and the soul. LOCATION: 689 BRYANT ST @ 5th ST. SAN FRANCISCO, CA The studios are easy to get to by walking, bicycling or by public transportation. All featured studios are close to the CalTrain station and only a few blocks from Market St. BART stations. Several MUNI bus routes run to the neighborhood including the 9, 10, 12, 15, 27, 30, 45, 47 and metro lines N and T. Nearby street parking is available.  RIDE the SOMA BUS! SATURDAY April 1st, 12-5pm.

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.

March 31, 2012.  SERGE GAINSBOURG BIRTHDAY PARTY.  The Sacramento French Film Festival & Verge Center for the Arts present the 3rd annual SERGE GAINSBOURG BIRTHDAY PARTY.  Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg (April, 2 1928 – March, 2 1991). Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, and much more, Gainsbourg, a major figure in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's pop-culture, took on the world through a fog of Gitanes and alcohol... Gainsbourg is still today considered as one of the world's most influential popular musicians and Gainsbourg mania is growing, thanks to such successes as Joann Sfar's critically acclaimed film Gainsbourg: a Heroic Life (closing night – SFFF 2011) and last year's sold out Tribute at the Hollywood Bowl. Come and celebrate the spirit of "Gainsbarre" with us! WHEN: Saturday, March 31st - Doors open at 8pm / Tribute Bands at 9pm. WHERE: Please note the location change, the Gainsbourg Party will be held at 1630 I Street (corner of 17th Street). TICKET INFORMATION: $5 General Admission / Free for Les Amis du Festival 2011. BANDS: Harley White Jr. Trio featuring Peter Petty ? Afternoon Teacup Collection ? Bedroom Kids ? Love Is Over, from Sacramento ? The Slippery Slope, from Oakland.  NO HOST WINE, BEER & PASTIS BAR: Featuring Special Pastis Cocktails! PSYCHEDELIC LIGHT SHOW: by George Holden Holden first worked with Abecrombe Lights at Bill Graham's Fillmore West and Winterland shows in San Francisco. He produced light shows throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90's for such acts as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone, Moby Grape, Carlos Santana and more. Of particular note is George's co-production of the ‘Altered States’, an exhibit in 1999 at the SF MOMA featuring founding light show artist, Glenn McKay of Headlights. The exhibit ran for six months and was an exact replica of a working lightshow.  8pm @ 1630 I Street, in Midtown Sacramento.

March 31, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE, MILL VALLEY.  This small theatre is one of the most beautiful venues on the planet, with great sound and lights, and room for dancing, too! Our shows here are always a blast, so don't miss this one!  142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Tickets available in advance AND at the door: www.142throckmortontheatre.com or www.rigomania.com for details. 

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

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

CINEMA

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

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. Larkspur Landing, Larkspur; Century Regency, Terra Linda; Century Rowland Plaza; CinéArts @ Sequoia, Mill Valley; Fairfax; Tiburon Playhouse. Check local listings for locations and times.

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, directed by MARIE LOISIER. Opening – Landmark Theater. Special Appearance at the Embarcadero Center Cinema (San Francisco, CA): Director Marie Losier will appear In Person Friday, March 9. (Details to be announced) Special Appearance at the Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley, CA): Director Marie Losier will appear In Person Saturday, March 10. (Details to be announced) Genesis P-Orridge, a celebrated progenitor of “industrial music” (from Throbbing Gristle in the ’70s to current cult favorites Psychic TV) has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. But more recently, defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has re-defined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of sex reassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer), who remained his wife and artistic partner for nearly 15 years. The ultimate act of devotion, his most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance to date, Genesis called this project “Creating the Pandrogyne,” an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third. This is a love story, and a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art. Director Marie Losier crafts a labyrinthine mise-en-scène of interviews, home movies, and performance footage captured handheld, bringing forth the most intimate details of Genesis’s extraordinary, uncanny world. Her award-winning film documents a truly new brand of Romantic consciousness, conveying beauty, dignity and devotion from a perspective never before seen on film.

CRAZY HORSE.  Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, whose recent films include La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, takes on 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.  Smith  Rafael, San Rafael. 

FRAGILE. Jean-Louis will come back to present a  second film:   Fragile  a 2003 drama directed and written by himself. Lead Actor Martin Lamott.   Plot: In the south of France, a Gendarme must choose between investigating the most important case of his career and the health of his 16 year old son who lives a very bad breakup with his girlfriend. He chooses to go on holiday with his son. But the investigation catches up with him ...  This film won the Special Jury Prize at the International Festival of Luchon, as well as Best Actor for Martin Lamotte, the  for the jury Alain Cauchi, best hope for Jean-Jerome Esposito.March 16, 2012.

HUGO. Fairfax; Lark Theater, Larkspur; Tiburon. Check local listings for locations and times.

JOURNEY 2:  THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.  Based on the novel by JULES VERNE. Century Northgate; Century Rowland Plaza.  Check local listings for locations and times.

THE KID WITH A BIKE. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne 87mn, Belgium/France/Italy, 2011 With: Cécile de France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the deeply moving new film by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L’Enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril, played with riveting intensity by newcomer Thomas Doret. When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril at first refuses to admit it, claiming his father just forgot to say where he was going. Eventually forced to face hard reality, Cyril then obsessively tries to get his bicycle back (also missing). Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France, Hereafter, L’Auberge Espanole), a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her—though she refuses to give up without a fight. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, The Kid with a Bike is a film about a child alone, learning to become good. Nominated for 4 European Film Awards, winning Best Screenplay. Landmark Theaters. Opening soon.

NAPOLEON. 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 24-April 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 hl4@stmarys-ca.edu or http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/the-tournées-festival-new-french-films-on-campus  for details. Throughout March, 2012.

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

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

ART 

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.

March 30-April 1, 2012.  MARTINE JARDEL presents her work at SPRING OPEN STUDIOS 2012.  SOMA Artists’ Studios, 689 Bryant @ 5th, SF.  FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION March 30th 6pm - 9pm. Open Studios will be an opportunity for the public to purchase high quality, current art from 28 artists at great prices.   Friday night only the EL TONAYENSE TRUCK will be outside of the studios serving up delicious Mexcian food! SATURDAY & SUNDAY  March 31st & April 1st, 12am - 5pm 28 artists will be displaying their work in an incredible variety of media, including jewelry, collage, glass, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and so much more! As the SOMA neighborhood has expanded and matured, other artist groups have moved into the area culminating with more than 100 artists participating in Open Studios this year. Come and support your local artists! We have art for every taste and for every pocketbook. Affordable art for the home, the spirit and the soul. LOCATION: 689 BRYANT ST @ 5th ST. SAN FRANCISCO, CA The studios are easy to get to by walking, bicycling or by public transportation. All featured studios are close to the CalTrain station and only a few blocks from Market St. BART stations. Several MUNI bus routes run to the neighborhood including the 9, 10, 12, 15, 27, 30, 45, 47 and metro lines N and T. Nearby street parking is available.  RIDE the SOMA BUS! SATURDAY April 1st, 12-5pm

Though March 31 2012.  XAVIER CASTELLANOS’ work is featured at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Xavier Castellanos was born in Geneva, Switzerland, he started painting at the age of four. At fifteen he and his family moved to Mexico City where he went to high school at the French Lycee.  His first solo exhibit was in 1989 in Mexico City. After a series of successful solo exhibits his talent received recognition from the art circles, public and from some Mexican artist, such as Raul Anguiano (1915-2006), Jose Luis Cuevas and by the art historian Juan Coronel Rivera.  He studied Fine Arts at The Art Students League of New York in the 90's. Since 1995 he has done more than 40 one-artist shows, and has participated in more than 50 group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, France and some other places in Europe.  He spends part of the year in San Francisco, painting and volunteering for the SF Film Festival and the GLBT Film Festival. His work is in many private collections and a half dozen museums. In Paris, Schlumberger reproduced one of his paintings on a French telephone cards (3000).  www.afsf.com

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.

Through April 28, 2012.  SHADOW + STRUCTURE.  Paintings by ANNE SUBERCASEAUX;  photography by CATHERINE ROBERTS LEACH.  Slate  Contemporary Gallery, 473 25th St. near Telegraph, Oakland.  510.652.4085 or info@slatecontemporary.com or www.slatecontemporary.com for details.

May 27, 2012.  SUSAN PERRY HINKLE displays her miniature recreations of FRENCH HISTORICAL BUILDINGS, scaled to 1/12 their normal size at the Larkspur Flower, Food & Wine Festival.  Over the years, she has developed techniques to fabricate everything from floor tiles to plants, street signs to bread.  www.ruedesuze.com for further details.

Through May 28, 2012.  DO NOT DESTROY:  TREES, ART, & JEWISH THOUGHT.  Including works by Swiss artist YVES BEHAR.  Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF.  415.655.7800 or www.thecjm.org for details.

Through June 17, 2012. DESCRIPTIVE ACTS. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Language, performativity, and process are preoccupations for many contemporary artists. The works in Descriptive Acts engage with both text and image, foregrounding complex and often fraught acts of description, narration, translation, and communication. The exhibition is presented in two consecutive configurations: Act I (February 18 through April 15, 2012) features works by Aurélien Froment, Dora García, Shilpa Gupta, John Smith, and Tris Vonna-Michell; Act II (April 21 through June 17, 2012) highlights works by Anthony Discenza, Gupta, Lynn Marie Kirby and Li Xiaofei, Smith, and Vonna-Michell. This exhibition is temporarily closed April 16 through 20. For this occasion the French artist Aurélien Froment will present his vidéo “Pulmo Marina” The film Pulmo Marina features a Phacellophora camtschatica, more commonly known as the egg-yolk jellyfish, as it drifts and swims behind the glass display of its tank home at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A voiceover informs the viewer of its baroque but literally brainless anatomy, its voracious cannibalism and its classical forebears. The work consist of a single 5-minute long shot of a jellyfish seen through the window of an aquarium. The jellyfish’s constantly changing forms are enhanced by a blue and yellow contrast between the animal and the artificial plane dark background of the aquarium. A seemingly familiar voice over gives a description of the image borrowing lines from high definition flat screen advertising, zoological guides, mythologies and interviews conducted with the aquarists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium about the specificities of the tank. Shifting from a banal wildlife TV programme about a sea creature towards a description of the physical and architectural conditions of its display in the aquarium, the film looks at how the image pre-exist its own recording, approaching the window of the aquarium as a display device participating in the construction of the notion of the viewer, whose social life would shift from the collective experience of the museum towards the private experience of the computer screen. www.sfmoma.org for details.

Ongoing.  MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Ongoing.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

Ongoing. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

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

CLASSES  

March 19-May 10, 2012.  CLASSES OFFERED BY ANNE BISHOP at Book Passage:  BEGINNING FRENCH PLUS; LOWER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH; INTERMEDIATE FRENCH; ADVANCED FRENCH; COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 10-May 8, 2012.  WORLD AFFAIRS:  THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.  Three Tuesdays.  Class is taught in French by NICOLAS WOLFF.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 16-June 5, 2012.  CLASSES OFFERED BY GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage:  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS; FRENCH LITERATURE AND GRAMMAR. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 2012.  WEEK-LONG COURSES AT LATITUDE, LA TOULZANIE!  Lot Valley, France.  Four week-long June courses/workshops at the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie,  a tiny riverside hamlet (lieu-dit) in the never-industrialized Lot Valley, about 45 km East of Cahors) France.. Latitude’s hq is a 14th century mill. There is a pool (near the converted tobacco hangar) on the grounds, available to participants. June 17-23: Painting the Colors of Southwest France, with Rob O’Brien. The Vermont colorist, who has taught 2 courses at Latitude, is a much-decorated artist. plus A Taste of Textiles with Maureen (Mo) Newman, English resident of the Lot—also much decorated! June 23-30: (tentative) A Great Leap Backward—an exploration into the nearby caves (Pech Merle, etc.):with  Bay Area psychologist Adrienne Amundsen (tentative), and A Taste of the Quercy with Latitude’s founder/director Barbara Phillips. Details about all courses at www.latitude.org. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU SEEK A PLACE FOR A SEMINAR OR WORKSHOP: A very beautiful, historic,14th century mill in La Toulzanie is available as a very special place. The price per week (Saturday to Saturday) depends on the time of year. Nearby is a new, lovely hotel looking directly at St. Cirq Lapopie, one of France's most beautiful villages. The mill is located on (and in) the river Lot. It sleeps 5 and features the original huge hearth, circular stone staircase, and footbridge. The grand salon is a lovely room with a long, wooden table suitable for seminars and meals. A swimming pool, 2 minutes on foot from the mill, and a rowboat and fishing gear at the mill, are included. Photos at www.latitude.org . For availability, please contact Latitude’s manager, Neil Buffée at gemeaux3@wanadoo.fr.   

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

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

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:  info@srfacs.org  If interested in sending your children to SRFACS, please sign the SRFACS Petition and send it to:  SRFACS (Santa Rosa French-American Charter School)  2097 Stagecoach Rd, Suite 220  Santa Rosa, CA 95404  US  On Friday the 8th of April 2011, Jacqueline Lindenfeld and I attended an informational meeting about a proposed Santa Rosa French-American Charter School known as SRFACS. This meeting was well attended, and we were impressed by the presenters who are leaders in the community in the fields of education and health/nutrition. Other members are leaders in the fields of communications and engineering. SRFACS will open in the fall of 2012 for first through fourth grades, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future.  Their goal is to offer children a solid education based on high academic standards and exposure to the global world. The dual-immersion French-American Charter School curriculum will employ a formula with a proven track record in private schools, and more recently, in charter schools on the East Coast. This opportunity will now be extended to everyone in our community via a free public charter school.  Any parent interested in having their child enrolled in a charter school focused on academic excellence with an opening to the global world is a parent  SRFACS would love to have. There are no enrollment ‘requirements’ (speaking French for example), and that is one of the great strengths of this school.  SRFACS is currently gathering signatures of parents interested in enrolling their children. You may contact this organization at: info@srfacs.org,  or sign the petition above and mail it in.  Lise Melin  Directrice de l’école @ AFSR.

"CHOUCHOU" ~ FRENCH FOR TODDLERS AT SEESAW CAFÉ.  French for toddlers (weekly classes)Parents come connect while your kids play, make new friends and learn in French! Chouchou is a fun and structured language-immersion play group for children 1 - 5 years of age. This playful and interactive class is led by Vanessa Portois-Wermter. Material is presented multi-modally through picture books, stories, art, songs and dancing. French language fluency is not required but French will be spoken 90% of the time. Let the little ones explore and laugh as they learn about animals, instruments, food, feelings, body parts and more!  Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.30am - WeeklyPre-registration required.Tuition for 4 sessions is $100 | 1 session is $30.  To learn more email vanessa at vanessa.portois@gmail.com and to register, visit seesawsf.com.  Seesaw Cafe (? 1.415.553.8070 - 600A Octavia St.)  http://seesawsf.com/workshops.php

NEW CLASSES AT eLYCEE.  Openings :  AP Classes : Tuesday and Thursday – 7pm eastern time; Maintien de la langue : A1 to C2 (ask for schedule); French Teacher training : on Saturdays.  Also:  11 yr old and 13 yr old students are looking for classmates.  A colleague, Teacher of French, has two kids who know and understand some words in French and would like them to perform in French.  eLycée agrees to open a class for each student if we find at least to more kids around that age. If you are interested, please contact me : Christine.frin@elycee.com Classes on weekend - one hour a week - $25/h

Wednesdays & Fridays. FRENCH FOR FREE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Please note: French for Free IS NOT A CLASS. It is a free conversation group open to people who speak some French and would like to practice. Everyone is welcome. Being enrolled in one of our classes is NOT required.  Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.  Fridays from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102.  (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER! 

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 sevinger551@gmail.com 

April 1-15, 2012.  LE P’TIT LAURENT’S TAX SEASON SPECIAL. Le P’tit Laurent in San Francisco will be serving Sunday through Thursday, from April 1 through April 15, a special tax season $20.12 three-course prix fixe dinner menu, available in addition to the regular a la carte menu.  The appetizer choices will be the soup of the day, warm Crottin de Chavignol and a mixed salad, marinated Salmon with juniper berries and laurel, or Escargots from Burgundy in garlic parsley butter. Main courses options will be Sautéed Bass with cauliflower purée and a beurre blanc sauce, Sautéed Tilapia in a saffron beurre blanc with garlicky mushrooms, braised Lamb Shank with French green beans and an olive sauce, or Beef Bourguignon. For dessert, guests can enjoy Crème Caramel, Seasonal Fruit Cheese Cake, caramelized French Toast with hazelnut ice cream, or ice cream and sorbet.  Le P’tit Laurent Restaurant is located at 699 Chenery Street, at the corner of Diamond Street, in the Glen Park district of San Francisco, California. The restaurant is open nightly for dinner, Sunday through Thursday from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Neighborhood street parking is available. Reservations, which are recommended (required for parties of six or more), can be made by calling (415) 334-3235. The Web address is www.leptitlaurent.net .

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

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

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

April 5, 2012. MARCEL OPHULS AND JEAN-LUC GODARD: THE MEETING IN ST-GERVAIS. In 2009, in a small theater in Geneva, Switzerland, the film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard met for an unusual, surprisingly intimate and sometimes contentious dialogue with each other in front of a live audience. Luckily for us, it was filmed. Ophuls’ film THE SORROW AND THE PITY triggers Godard to discuss his personal and fragmented childhood memories about his escape to Switzerland during World War, while Ophuls recalls the controversy surrounding the release of his film in France. The issue of the written word being taken more seriously than the moving image is brought up by Godard. Throughout their meeting, the two directors debate about national and ethnic identities, what it means to be Jewish, the role of the director, and auteur theory, which ultimately reveals why they never collaborated on a tentative film that was once discussed. MARCEL OPHULS AND JEAN-LUC GODARD: THE MEETING IN ST-GERVAIS gives us the unique opportunity to spend time with an encounter between two of the most influential and idiosyncratic post-war film directors. Godard and Ophuls are in the twilight of their years, but they remain provocative, sharp, and as uncompromising as ever. 7:30pm Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. www.ybca.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, 2012. CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review.  @6:30PM Daly City Library http://www.dalycity.org/Page41.aspx

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 10, 2012. CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review @6:30PM San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin St.San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 557-4400

April 11, 2012.  CARA BLACK reads and discusses MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. Templars, secret medieval guilds: Chinatown sweatshops, botched affairs of the heart - what has Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc gotten herself into this time? Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:“As atmospheric as anything by John le Carré” Philip Kerr “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst “Outstanding.” Starred Publishers Weekly Review .  @5:30PM  Cocktails and Crime Woodland Library 250 1st Street  Woodland, CA 95695-3411-- (530) 661-5980 outside Sacramento, Ca

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 12, 2012.   ROBERT BRESSON:  WITHOUT A TRACE. By François Weyergans.  Robert Bresson (1901-1999) was one of cinema's great artists. Completing 13 feature films in a career that spanned more than four decades, Bresson directed masterpieces such as A Man Escaped, Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest, and The Trial of Joan of Arc. Directors from Godard to Tarkovsky, from Fassbinder to Scorsese, have cited him as a major influence on their work. Filmed mostly in Bresson’s country home in 1965, this extremely rare on-camera interview features the director describing his singular approach to filmmaking: from the inspiration behind his films, to his ideas on the use of sound, actors, editing and music. (1965, 64 min, digital)  7:30pm.  --Double Feature with--  Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman.  A self-portrait by Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. The first part opens with Akerman in her apartment, reading from a text directly to the camera, describing the often humorous problems she encountered making this film. The second lets Akerman’s films speak for her, taking clips from her extensive filmography and linking them anonymously until they form a new film. There are scenes from Jeanne Dielman, her best-known film, but also glimpses of several other works — her forays into experimental film, comedic shorts, musicals, and narrative features. (1996, 64 min, digital).  For more information: http://www.ybca.org/great-directors-speakPrice: $8 Regular/ $6 YBCA members.  Location: 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, near the Powell and Montgomery BART/Muni stations.

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 13-15, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Jazz Affair, Three Rivers, CA.  This is a great annual Jazz festival in beautiful Three Rivers, gateway to the Redwoods! We play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA.  Information: www.jazzaffair.info or www.rigomania.com for details.

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

April 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 16, 2012.  JACQUES PEPIN presents ESSENTIAL PEPIN.  Cooks with Books! at Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur.  $145 per person.  6:30pm.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 21, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Apple Blossom Festival, Sebastopol.  We return to a great event in the North Bay. Ives Park, Jewell Ave. at Willow St., Sebastopol. Our set: 2:00-4:00 pm.  Information: www.rigomania.com  or www.sebastopolappleblosson.org for details.

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

April 22-29, 2012.  APRIL IN PARIS!  ART, LITERARY & CULINARY ADVENTURE with PHIL COUSINEAU & MORT ROSENBLUM.  www.Goioj.com for details.  Limited to 15 guests. 

April 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 23 (in French) or April 30 (in English), 2012.  PARIS BY NIGHT, offered by NICOLAS WOLFF. Spending the night in Paris?  The precious hours can slip by faster than a good bottle of Bordeaux.  Nicolas Wolff provides an overview of everything a night in Paris has to offer:  museums, walks, underground movie theaters, jazz clubs, and of course, food and wine.    Ferry Building, Book Passage, San Francisco.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  $50.    www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 28, 2012. MADJO. The soulful and magnetic voice of Madjo will automatically charm you whether she sings in English or French. She possesses a powerful voice which captivates the listener bringing him/her into the world of this talented singer, writer, composer. Her songs have multiple influences most notably those of American singer/songwriters Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, etc. whom she has admired from an early age. Finally, we can be sure of one thing with Madjo and that is that she knows how to spread her love of folk and soul music everywhere she goes and that she is truly successful in attaining her goal which is to touch us to the bottom of our hearts. One album might have been enough for Madjo to leave her mark on the current musical landscape. Not yet in her 30s, this French singer with Senegalese heritage through one of her grandfathers calls out with a magnificent voice and inspired lyrics. On stage, Madjo is just as impressive, coming across as sunny and generous, energetic and industrious. Her songs resonate to a thousand influences. 8:00pm Théâtre La Pérouse , 1201 ortega street, San Francisco. Tickets $20 General/ $15 students, at the box office or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234779

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 5, 2012.  CASSAND BALLET presents FAUNE – FORME – ETUDES.  Original and world premiere ballets by RODOLPHE CASSAND. Three beautiful ballets in three evolving styles: classical, neoclassical and modern, all original works from Rodolphe Cassand.   Faune. A sensual one-act neoclassical ballet, set to Claude Debussy’s music and inspired from Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, depicting a strange encounter of a faun with nymphs.  Forme. A dynamic and intriguing world premiere modern work in two movements, an exploration of geometrical forms: square to diamond and parallelogram, circle to oval, forms fold and unfold, on stage as in life.  Études. This one-act ballet is an homage to classical ballet training, set to Carl Czerny’s music. Discovered during his formative years at the Paris Conservatoire,  Rodolphe Cassand uses the memories of the ballet at the Paris Opera to create a brand new choreography.   With Mads Eriksen, formerly with Royal Danish Ballet and Rodolphe Cassand, formerly soloist with San Francisco Ballet and National Ballet of Marseille - Roland Petit.   Saturday May 5, 2012 - 3:30 PM & 7 PM  Woodside High School Performing Arts Center  199 Churchill Ave, Woodside, CA 94062  At the door: Adult: $40, Children under 12: $30 In advance: Adult: $30, Children under 12: $20  BrownPaperTicket.com & CassandBallet.com  Cassand Ballet 223 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043  (408)636-3123 & (415)505-659. www.CassandBallet.com  

May 5, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at The Palms Playhouse, Winters.  Whoopee! CINCO DE BAYOU AT THE PALMS!! Our last show at this great club was New Year's Eve and we can't wait to get back!   14 Main St., Winters. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

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

May 11, 2012.  YANN TIERSEN, from France, performs PIANO CHAT at the Regency Ballroom, SF.   www.goldenvoice..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 6, 2012.  BERKELEY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE presents 300 YEARS ON:  A DANCE COLLECTION FROM THE REIGN OF LOUIS XIV.  8 pm. Instrumentalists of Musica Pacifica and dancers in full Baroque costume, led by Baroque dance specialist Linda Tomko, join forces to bring to the stage choreographies and their music from the 1712/13 Recueil de Dance,a dazzling collection of dances from the last decades of Louis XIV's reign. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Recueil, the program showcases music of Marais, Campra, Lully, and Destouches, as well as one of Telemann's delightful "Paris" Quartets. First Congregational Church, Dana and Durant Sts. Berkeley.  http://www.musicapacifica.org/concert_schedule.html 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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