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June 7-15, 2012

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June Events

June 7, 2012.  FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY FUNDRAISER,  featuring an exceptional photographic exhibit.  The French American Cultural Society requests the pleasure of your company at the exceptional photography exhibition hosted by the Consul General of France, and Mrs. Laura Serman at their residence.  2570 Jackson Street, San Francisco.  Come and join FACS's board of directors to the fundraising event featuring REGIS VINCENT  photographs. Part of the proceeds from the sales will benefit FACS. The show will be a selection of images from the San Francisco consular area (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Northern California, Oregon, Washington). 7pm-9pm. Visit the artist website :  www.retygallery.com This event is by invitation only, you must register to have your name added to the guest list and receive the address. Space is limited so please early R.S.V.P by mail:  contact@facs-sf.org  Phone: (415) 591-4802 http://www.facs-sf.org/

June 7, 2012.  ZERO FOR CONDUCT. “One of the most poetic films ever made and one of the most influential.” – New Yorker.  Jean Vigo based his first fictional film on his own miserable experiences in a French boarding school, and the result is one of the greatest films about children ever made.  It’s influence is felt in other filmic tales of disaffected youth, from Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959) to Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), and especially Lindsay Anderson’s If… (1968).  Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco.

June 7, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Todos Santos Park, Concord.  The City of Concord's Summer Concert Series, in beautiful Todos Santos Park. Willow Pass Rd. 6:30-8:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com for details.

June 7-10, 2012. 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE presents DJANGOFEST MILL VALLEY. DjangoFest Mill Valley,June 7-10, 2012 - now in our seventh year! Join us and other Gypsy Jazz fans, players and enthusiasts from around the world for a four-day festival celebrating the music and spirit of the great French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Attend a series of concerts, workshops and impromptu 'djam' sessions featuring top internationally renowned players mixing it up with local stars and aficionados of the genre. We have an stellar lineup this year, featuring Europe's premier Gypsy Jazz ensemble the Rosenberg Trio along with a staggering array of acts, guaranteed to put on an astonishing display of musical virtuosity, including The Lost Fingers from Montreal whose first cd "Lost in the 80's", featuring such hits as 'Tainted Love' and 'You shook Me' done Django style, is a double platinum seller. The festivities take place at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, just across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco, California, in beautiful Marin county. And in addition we've added a series of shows at the newly renovated, much anticipated and world famous Sweetwater Music Hall, (sweetwatermusichall.com) including an All Star Pro Djam hosted by Alfonso Ponticelli and featuring festival favorites and some very special guests. It's just a short stroll from the 142 Throckmorton. Food is a available. Reservations are recommended. Be sure to check the special 6:00pm concerts with Gonzalo Bergara and Robin Nolan. Also, for all you 'djammers' there will be an open djam or two going on before and after the show at Vasco Mill Valley (vascomillvalley.com) a great little Italian restaurant situated between the 142 Throckmorton and theSweetwater. DjangoFest Mill Valley 2012 is proud to present: The Rosenberg Trio The Lost Fingers Paulus Schafer with Tim Kliphuis Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Robin Nolan Antoine and Sebastien Boyer Alfonso Ponticelli with Tony Ballog Jimmy Luttrell Trio Jimmy Grant Quartet. http://www.djangofest.com/sf/home.htm

June 7-23, 2012.  PLATYPUS THEATRE présente DIEU DU CARNAGE, une pièce de YASMINA REZA.  « La politesse, la paix, la générosité ne sont-elles que de commodes attitudes de déni ? De minces voiles sur la mesquinerie foncière de la nature humaine qui se déchirent au moindre conflit ? Un garçon de onze ans, d’un coup de bâton, a cassé deux dents à un camarade de jeu ; les parents, soucieux de régler la chose de la façon la plus civilisée qui soit, se rencontrent.  Peu à peu, à travers un humour dévastateur, de façon sournoise mais implacable, la courtoisie fait place aux attaques et ces quatre adultes, des gens bien sous tous les rapports, se révèlent être des adorateurs du dieu du carnage. Le carnage a bel et bien lieu. Carnage sur canapé, certes, mais sous le parrainage de Bacon et de Kokoschka, deux peintres spécialistes en la matière, dont les albums présents sur la table basse seront les victimes collatérales de l'étripage. »  Renseignements : platypustheatre@yahoo.com  Exit Theater, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco.  Jeudi 7 juin, vendredi 8 juin et samedi 9 juin à 20 heures.  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/246650Dragon Theater, 535 Alma Street Palo Alto, Mercredi 20 juin, vendredi 22 juin  et samedi 23 juin à 20 heures
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June 8, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER – CORSETS WITH DARK GARDEN.  With a showing of TRUTH OR DARE, costumes by Gaultier.  Friday Nights at the de Young, 5pm-8:45pm.  www.famsf.org for details. 

June 8, 2012.  BEL AMI.  Robert Pattinson stars in the film adaptation of GUY DE MAUPASSANT’s 1885 novel about a man who uses seduction and manipulation to rise through the ranks of Parisian society.  Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.  415.454.1222 or www.cafilm.org for details. 

June 8, 2012. FRENCH BAND KABBALAH plus RED HOT CHACHKAS play Klezmer at Ashkenaz. Klezmer leaps into the 21st century in this energized night of updated Eastern European Jewish dance music. From Marseille, France, Kabbalah makes its Ashkenaz debut on  a double bill with the local Red Hot Chachkas as they take traditional klezmer  and mix in a world of other elements, even hip-hop and rock.  Kabbalah  calls its mostly original music "Yiddish Dada." These irrepressible denizens of  Southern France's multicultural, musically adventuresome hub kick out the old-school European jams and conjure a world where Yiddish culture is fresh, hip, and full-on quirky. With five musicians, 15 instruments, and four languages (Yiddish, English, Russian, German), Kabbalah takes a decidedly non-traditional approach while honoring klezmer's roots, as rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, Gypsy, Slavic, African, and Oriental music collide and create an amazing new sound.  After five years on the road and 300 shows in France and abroad, Kabbalah has embarked on its first U.S. tour with a new CD, "Boxes, Bagels & Elephants." "The group started out under the influence of jazz and klezmer at first," explains Kabbalah instigator, Polish-Algerian guitarist-mandolinist Stephane Galeski. "Then, as we began to write our own songs, our repertoire went in a more contemporary direction. But these first influences remain important because they were there when the group first came together. It's what united us at first, even if now we're taking more musical liberties."  In short order Galeski drew other musical outliers to his vision: singer-violinist Anakin Startseva, Uliphant 2000 on saxes and keyboards, spoken word master and drummer Gerard Gatto, and bassist Pat2Bass. Kabbalah's live performances are driven by the musicians' virtuosity and complicity and a constant joyful interaction. Impetuous, vivid, varying from nostalgic to high-spirited, Kabbalah has a ball on stage and  it shows... a pure moment of musical delight!  Doors at 7:00 pm; Klezmer dance lesson with Bruce Bierman at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $15/$12 advance & students - Buy advance tickets.  www.askenaz.com for details.

June 8, 2012.  NORTH BAY PARTY – NEW MEET-UP FOR LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  My language school, ABC Languages, is hosting a party in San Rafael this Friday and it just wouldn't be a party without some francophone friends in the mix. The party will serve appetizers and host an open bar all FREE. Just RSVP here to get on our guest list.  This party is to celebrate local language teachers and multilingual North Bay friends. I'll have to put a cap on the number, so RSVP soon if you know you can make it. Hope to see you there. 1131 4th St, San Rafael.  5pm.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/67726952/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=67726952&_af=event

June 8-9, 2012.  SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF.  $20-$35.  8pm.  415.392.4400 or www.sfgirlschorus.org for details.

June 8-14, 2012.  LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR / THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953), by French master of suspense HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement – in 35mm at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema.  A new 35 mm print of Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur France/Italy 1953) -- a riveting study of desperation, existential despair, fraternal bonding and corporate greed all wrapped up in a gritty action movie -- opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement June 8 at San Francisco Film Society Cinema (1746 Post Street).  In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France's legendary master of suspense and the winner of the 1953 Cannes Palme d'Or. This new print was created from a complete HD digital restoration completed by the Criterion Collection. Written by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi. Photographed by Armand Thirard With Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck. In French with subtitles. 147 min. Distributed by Janus Films.  Showtimes 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 pm.  Tickets $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior/student/disabled. Box office opens May 23 online at www.sffs.org and in person at SF Film Society Cinema.

June 9, 2012.  THE STORY OF FILM:  AN ODYSSEY, PART II:  EXPRESSIONISM, IMPRESSIONISM, AND SURREALISM:  GOLDEN AGE OF WORLD CINEMA (1920s) AND THE ARRIVAL OF SOUND (1930s) (Cousins, 2011).  Noon. San Francisco Film Society, 1746 Post, SF. $10-11. www.sffs.org for details.

June 9, 2012.  DIXON LONG discusses MARKETS OF PARIS, second edition.  The food scenes of Paris have changed dramatically since 2006.  Long describes how many of these markets have undergone a transformation that has been led by a new generation focused on local and organic produce.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

June 9, 2012.  KENSINGTON SYMPHONY performs works by BIZET and more in EVOCATION AND CULMINATION.  $12-$15.  415.794.1269 or www.kensingtonsymphonyorchestra.org for details.

June 9 & 10, 2012.  SWISS CONDUCTOR CHARLES DUTOIT conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY in works including RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR (6/9) and DEBUSSY’s PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (6/10).  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

Through June 10, 2012. BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION EARLY MUSIC FRINGE CALENDAR, includes LES GRACES, Gracest Hits Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Annette Bauer, recorders; Rebekah Ahrendt, viola da gamba; Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord; LES DISTRAITS: A PARISIAN PALINDROME, Stephen Schultz, baroque flute; Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, harpsichord; ENSEMBLE VERMILLIAN, Bach and Leclair; Frances Blaker, recorders; David Wilson, Baroque violin; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, Baroque cello; Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord; William Simms, theorbo and Baroque guitar; MUSA, Music of the Courts: A Tour of Europe, Emily Botel, violin; Natalie Carducci, violin; Gretchen Claassen, cello and viola da gamba; Laura Gaynon, cello; Esther Ho Man Lam, harpsichord; Addi Liu, viola; Derek Tam, harpsichord; Clio Tilton, violin and viola; AMARYLLIS: SONGS AND CONSORTS FROM THE COURTS OF RENAISSANCE EUROPE, Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, recorders with Jennifer Paulino, soprano and John Lenti, lute, NATUR EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE, J’aimerai! a voyage through heavenly, courtly, and earthly loves; FLAUTI DIVERSI, Boismortier! The Complete Opus 37 Trio Sonatas, Frances Feldon, traverso; David Morris, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, chamber organ; KATHLEEN KRAFT & FRIENDS, Elegant French Dance: Suite, Partita, Sonata, Kathleen Kraft, traverso; Phebe Craig, harpsichord; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello. L’AMOUR REGNE! Claire Raphaelson, soprano; Julia Cavallaro, mezzo-soprano; Rebekah Ahrendt, viola da gamba; Matthew Hall, harpsichord. OWEN DALY, solo harpsichord, Solo Harpsichord Works by Forqueray and Duphly. http://berkeley-festival.org/the-fringe/129-2/

Through June 10, 2012. VISITEZ LE PRAIRIAL. La frégate française Le Prairial fera prochainement escale à San Francisco, du 6 au 11 juin. Il accostera au Pier 80 à San Francisco. Nous vous proposons des visites guidées de la frégate. Ces visites se feront par groupe de 20, les 7/8/9 et 10 juin entre 14h00 et 17h00, à raison de deux groupes de 20 par après-midi. Si vous êtes intéressés pour faire bénéficier petits et grands de cette visite, n’hésitez surtout pas à saisir Melvin Karsenti et Stéphane Rémy. Une demande préalable par email est obligatoire. Le Prairial vous attend ! Through June 10, 2012. VISITEZ LE PRAIRIAL. La frégate française Le Prairial fera prochainement escale à San Francisco, du 6 au 11 juin. Il accostera au Pier 80 à San Francisco. Nous vous proposons des visites guidées de la frégate. Ces visites se feront par groupe de 20, les 7/8/9 et 10 juin entre 14h00 et 17h00, à raison de deux groupes de 20 par après-midi. Si vous êtes intéressés pour faire bénéficier petits et grands de cette visite, n’hésitez surtout pas à saisir Melvin Karsenti et Stéphane Rémy. Une demande préalable par email est obligatoire. Le Prairial vous attend ! http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article2594

June 10, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

June 10, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on CARTIER:  KING OF JEWELERS, JEWELER OF KINGS.  Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org.  2:15pm.

June 10, 2012.  LE PETIT MARCHÉ.  An outdoor antique market reminiscent of a French neighborhood street market.  Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium Parking Lot (San Rafael).  415.499.6800 or www.marincenter.org for details.

June 10, 2012.  TINARIWEN performs in the Spring 2012 SFJAZZ season.  www.sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299 for details.

June 11, 2012. AMBASSADOR’S GALA DINNER. The French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, in partnership with the Consulate General of France, is honored to host a Gala Dinner welcoming the Ambassador of France. This upscale and very private event will take place on June,11th at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City. After a refreshing cocktail punctuated by a speech from His Excellency François Delattre, the 100 invitees will attend the dinner. The Ambassador will attend 4 different tables during the dinner to closely interact with the local business community and better understand business, investment and entrepreneurship issues in Northern California. Only few tickets left to attend this prestigious dinner. We will give priority to Faccsf members. Cocktail registration is now open! Cocktail : 6.30PM-8.15PM Dinner starts at 8.30PM. Dinner & Cocktail $200 (Members and Non-Members). Cocktail only Members $45 Non-Members $60 Places are limited! Directions Sofitel San Francisco bay 223 twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065. http://faccsf.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=269

June 11, 2012. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7pm-10pm.  No cover; great food; great dance floor; great music!  www.LeColonialSF.com

June 11-14, 2012.  MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN performs with the NORWEGIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, including music by DEBUSSY on June 14.  http://calperformances.org or 510.642.9988 for details. 

June 11-16, 2012.   LEFT BANK BRASSERIES CELEBRATE LA FETE DU COCHON.  The Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries in Larkspur, San Jose and Menlo Park will be celebrating La Fête du Cochon from Monday, June 11 through Saturday, June 16. La Fête du Cochon is a traditional festival held in France which honors the many classic dishes prepared using pig. Each Left Bank location, in addition to their regular menu, will feature lunch and dinner a la carte specials in the spirit of the occasion.  For specials at each of the Left Bank locations, see www.leftbank.com.   Left Bank Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-3331 Left Bank San Jose 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100 San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 984-3500 Left Bank Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 473-6543.

June 12, 2012.  ROSECRANS BALDWIN reads from PARIS, I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE BRINGING ME DOWN.  The author, a self-described Francophile, dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—despite the fact that he wasn’t exactly fluent in French and was ill-prepared to earn a living in the French city.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

June 12, 2012.  FuturICT:  NEW ERA OF PARTICIPATORY GLOBAL COMPUTING.  ETH Zurich’s Dirk Helbing on the FuturICT research project, a sort of Big Data crystal ball for the world.  6:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF. 

June 14, 2012. C.W. GORTNER discusses THE QUEEN’S VOW: A NOVEL OF ISABELLA OF CASTILE. An evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens—the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world. Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are taken from their mother’s home to live under the watchful eye of their half-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragon. As they unite their two realms under “one crown, one country, one faith,” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war, a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, one that will test all of Isabella’s resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny. From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile. 80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127 | (415) 564-8080. www.bookshopwestportal.com

June 14, 2012.  OJAI NORTH! including DEBUSSY’s DANSES SACREE ET PROFANE.  Hertz Hall, UC-Berkeley.  Cal Performances.  510.64.9988 or www.calperformances.org for details.

June 14, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Fair Oaks Village Park, Fair Oaks.  We return to the Fair Oaks Summer Concert Series. 7:00-9:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com for details.  Information: www.fairoakschamber.com

June 14-23, 2012.  ACTORS BASEMENT presents JEAN-PAUL SARTRE’s NO EXIT. Written in 1944.  Shadowed by the specters of war, infidelity, and passion, three souls are faced with their eternal damnation.  Dogged by guilt, they become their own wardens, interrogators, and torturers.  No Exit explores the philosophical quandaries of life, death, sin and punishment with wry humor, plenty of hormones, and unflinching honesty.  Written by Jean Paul Sartre in a Paris still occupied by German forces, No Exit makes a compelling argument for a hell where the harshest penance is also the most subtle. No Exit runs two weekends only,  Thursday, June 14, Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16, Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23 , 8pm at The Glaser Center.  No Exit features  Evan Tremaine Attwood as Garcin, Laura Levin as Inez, Paige Picard as Estelle and Brendon Phipps as the Valet. Tickets are available now at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247596 event/214753 for the general admission price of $10.   No Exit, directed by  Adam Palafox , runs  June 14, 15, 16, 22, and 23  at The Glaser Center (http://glasercenter.com/) in Santa Rosa.  Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm.  https://www.facebook.com/ActorsBasement  

June 14-24, 2012.  FRAMELINE 36, the 36th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.  http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/archive.aspx for details. Films include: BYE BYE BLONDIE, Saturday, June 16, 9:30 PM, Castro Theatre.  Directed by Virginie Despentes.  Can you revive a teenage romance? At first Gloria (Béatrice Dalle, Betty Blue) is icy when Frances (Emmanuelle Béart, 8 Women, Manon of the Spring), the girl who broke her sixteen year-old heart, shows up out of the blue.  GIRL OR BOY, MY SEX IS NOT MY GENDER.  Tuesday, June 19, 9:30PM.  Roxie Theater.  Directed by Valérie Mitteaux.  Men from Europe and America take stock of how their lives have changed since transition, and all four are still working out some of the kinks.  LET MY PEOPLE GO!  Saturday, June 23, 8:30 PM, Castro Theatre.  Expected guest: director Mikael Buch.  First time director Mikael Buch, along with co-writer Christopher Honoré, delivers a hilarious and relatable, heart-warming tale of two feuding lovers from different wacky worlds.  UNFORGIVABLE.  Friday, June 22, 1:45 PM.  Castro Theatre. Director André Techiné.  French auteur André Techiné (Wild Reeds, The Witnesses) entangles a complicated love story with a multigenerational family drama set along the canals of Venice, where a famous writer (silver fox Andre Dussollier) marries a chic bisexual and hires her lesbian ex to track down his wayward daughter.

June 15, 2012. DUE ZIGHI BACI performs French & Italian music in the “Casual Fridays” concert.  7pm.  Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol. http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

Opening June 15, 2012.  THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (Pawlikowski, 2011). Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke Imbue Devious Story Set in Paris's Fifth Arrondissement with Chemistry that Is Oedipal, Spiteful and Sexy. Pawel Pawlikowski's riveting drama The Woman in the Fifth (France/Poland/England 2011), starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke, opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement June 15 at San Francisco Film Society Cinema (1746 Post Street).  In this unsettling thriller set in Paris's little-seen Fifth Arrondissement, an unhappy American writer attempts to mend fences with his wife and young daughter but instead falls under the spell of a mysterious woman. Soon after arriving in the City of Light, author Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) is robbed and forced to stay in a dingy hotel where he's given a strange and covert job. When he subsequently meets the beguiling translator Margit (Kristen Scott Thomas), she spurs him to start writing again, but nightmarish hallucinations haunt his hours. As the plot thickens and the writer's mental instability grows, enigmatic subsidiary characters offer tantalizing clues to his predicament. With creepy visuals and dark humor, this adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's international bestseller offers intelligent chills, subtle performances and the most beautiful locale in the world. Written by Pawel Pawlikowski. Photographed by Ryszard Lenczewski. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi. In English and French with subtitles. 83 min. Distributed by ATO Pictures.  Tickets $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior/student/disabled. Box office now open online and in person at SF Film Society Cinema.  www.sffs.org for details.

June 15, 2012.  LIVING AND WORKING IN FRANCE, presented by LAURENCE RAYBOIS.    Laurence Raybois is a consultant specialized in assisting Americans who relocate to France. This presentation will have two major themes:  First, the administrative rules that apply to Americans living or working in France in regards to taxes, driving, banking, and benefits.  Second: understanding the visa and work authorization options, and how they apply in the case of regulated professions and in the context of EU agreements.  $35 per person.  5pm-7pm.  Please register at The French Class at (415) 362-3666 or info@frenchclass.com  or http://www.americansmovingtofrance.com for details.

June 15, 2012.  ANOTHER NIGHT IN TREME.  New Orleans music legends and stars of the 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, 2012.  CONVERSATION à l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.    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. 6:30pm.Alliance Française de Berkeley 2004 Woolsey St Berkeley, CA 94703USA Tel: 510.548.7481 or  info@afberkeley.org for details.    

June 15-25, 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 Complete program available at: Complete program available at:  http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm

June 16, 2012.  SANTA ROSA FRENCH-AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL is pleased to start an annual tradition of FETE DE LA MUSIQUE on June 16, 2012. The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is a music festival that began on the streets of France, and has spread to other countries such as Algeria, Armenia, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Colombia and the United States. The celebration coincides with the arrival of summer.  We hope that this event will grow and attract musicians from our parent community, our students, and the north bay community in the coming years. Should you want to perform at the Fête, please let us know (info@srfacs.org) and we will do our best to make an area available for you to play. All types of music are welcome, but if you are able to play French tunes, so much the better!  We are encouraging everyone to bring a picnic, including folding chairs and/or a blanket. Lemonade and bottled water will be available for purchase. Proceeds will cover costs associated with the event and any profit will go directly to the SRFACS Foundation.  On Saturday, June 16 from 11:00 until 4:00, Wright Street (between Carr and Poppy) will come alive with music and community! Come and dance, sing French songs, and enjoy art workshops. 11:00 to 4:00.  Wright Street (between Carr St. and Poppy St.).  www.srfacs.org for details.

June 16, 2012.  CHEF ALICIA JENISH of GRAND CAFÉ brings her Western European culinary expertise to your dinner table with her modern take on FRENCH BRASSERIE cuisine.  Learn her secrets to replicating these savory specialities at home!  2pm.  Macy’s, Union Square, Lower Level.

June 16, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT CD RELEASE PARTY.  The Quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco.  Rancho Nicasio, On the Town Square, Nicasio.  416.662.2219 or www.ranchonicasio.com for details. 

June 16, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Isleton Cajun Festival, Isleton.  We return to this great annual street festival! Last year was a blast, so don't miss it! Downtown Isleton. We play on the Icehouse Stage, Main Street, Isleton. 5:30-7:00 pm.  Information: www.cajunfestivalisleton.com  Or, www.rigomania.com

Through 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.

June 17, 2012.  PALO ALTO WORLD MUSIC DAY – FETE DE LA MUSIQUE.   The Palo Alto City Council has declared Sunday June 17 as World Music Day.  World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice.  In Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, dances, etc.  All performances will be FREE and open to the public.  Last year the event attracted 21,000 people from all over the Bay Area!  This is a fun and unique family event, a great way to spend Father’s Day.  Do not miss the greatest party ever Downtown Palo Alto, book the date now and tell all your friends! New this year: Dancing in the streets of Palo Alto!  Irish dancing, tango (demonstration, lesson, and milonga – a tango dance party), flamenco, 21 Mexican folkloric dancers…and YOU, to the tunes of dance music bands on King Plaza.  3:00-7:30 pm, on University Avenue (CLOSED between Webster and High) and King Plaza (City Hall).  For more information please visit www.pamusicday.org.

June 17, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Chouinard Winery, Castro Valley.  An annual Father's Day tradition, and a beautiful outdoor setting in Castro Valley. 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. 4:30-8:30 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.chouinard.com or 510 582-9900.  Or www.rigomania.com

June 18, 2012.  ACCESS DAY:  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULITER.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 18, 2012.  ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – San Francisco, Inc. (the “FACCSF”) to be held on  Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 5:30 pm at Orange Labs Office, 60 Spear Street suite #1100 San Francisco CA 94105. Individual members ($175 membership) are welcomed but don't have a voting right.  The Annual Meeting will be followed by a buffet campagnard offered by Fabrique Délices!  http://faccsf.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=274

June 18, 2012. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7pm-10pm.  No cover; great food; great dance floor; great music!  www.LeColonialSF.com

June 18-22, 25-29, 2012.  SUMMER INTENSIVE CAMP WITH CASSAND BALLET.  www.cassandballet.com for details.

June 20, 2012. FRANCINE DU PLESSIX GRAY presents THE QUEEN’S LOVER, a work of historical fiction that tells the story of a love affair between MARIE ANTOINETTE and a Sweedish aristocrat.  Expertly researched and deeply imagined, her new novel offers a fresh view of the French Revolution and the French royal family.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

June 22, 2012. ALAN FURST talks about MISSION TO PARIS at Bookshop West Portal. It is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France’s will to defend herself. For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris. From Alan Furst, the bestselling author, often praised as the best spy novelist ever, comes a novel that’s truly hard to put down. Mission to Paris includes beautifully drawn scenes of romance and intimacy, and the novel is alive with extraordinary characters: the German Baroness von Reschke, a famous hostess deeply involved in Nazi clandestine operations; the assassins Herbert and Lothar; the Russian film actress and spy Olga Orlova; the Hungarian diplomat and spy, Count Janos Polanyi; along with the French cast of Stahl’s movie, German film producers, and the magnetic women in Stahl’s life, the socialite Kiki de Saint-Ange and the émigré Renate Steiner. But always at the center of the novel is the city of Paris, the heart and soul of Europe—its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it was their last. As always, Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it. 7pm. 80 West Portal, SF. www.bookshopwestportal.com for details.

June 22, 2012.  DUE ZIGHI BACI performs in the FETE DE LA MUSIQUE of the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  7pm.  Vista Del Lago Recreation Center, Santa Rosa.  http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

June 22, 2012.  FAITES DE LA MUSIQUE!  Mélomanes et musiciens, qu’ils soient amateurs ou professionnels, sont invités  pour célébrer ensemble la musique. 19H.  Everyone welcome!  Sing, play an instrument; Be part of the audience  Or both!  Please RSVP:  info@afberkeley.org or 510 548 7481    Potluck evening.  Free admission. Alliance Française de Berkeley 2004 Woolsey St Berkeley, CA 94703 USA.

June 22, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER – INDIGENOUS COUTURE FASHION SHOW.  Friday Nights at the de Young.  5pm-8:45pm

June 23, 2012.  LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Come be part of this 30 year old French tradition. This event is free admission with donations.  There will be food, drinks and lots of music. Are you a musician?  Do you wish to perform?  Please email Josephine at josephine@afsf.com http:// with 2 samples of your music and a short bio.  www.afsf.com  

June 25, 2012.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7pm-10pm.  No cover; great food; great dance floor; great music!  www.LeColonialSF.com

June 26 & 27, 2012.  3D DOUBLE FEATURE:  PINA & THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS.  (PINA)  Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. (CAVE)  The incomparable Werner Herzog’s breathtaking 3D documentary follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man.  http://www.castrotheatre.com/p-list.html

June 27, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Central Park Pavilion, Santa Clara.  The City of Santa Clara's Summer Concert Series. Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara. 6:30-8:00 pm. www.rigomania.com

June 28, 2012.  SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.  Spirits of the Dead is based on three supernatural short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, each interpreted by a major director: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim.  SFMOMA - Phyllis Wattis Theater.  www.sfmoma.org for details.

June 28, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Windsor Town Green, Windsor.  The Town of Windsor's annual concert series. Windsor Town Green, Windsor. 6:00-8:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com

Opening June 29, 2012.  CORPO CELESTE.  Mixing neo-realism with a touch of Buñuelian satire, Alice Rohrwacher’s assured first feature observes through the eyes of its 13-year-old protagonist how the institutional Catholicism that pervades life in a Calabrian town has become divorced from its spiritual underpinnings. Marta (Yle Vianello), who has just moved to Italy from Switzerland with her mother and older sister, is preparing for her Catholic confirmation while the town readies for a visit from a famous bishop. She approaches the world with a quiet curiosity that is at odds with a community whose social life revolves around the ceremonial trappings of religion, but which lacks any deeper engagement with faith. Vianello is a revelation in the lead role, building a complex character through carefully calibrated expressions and postures, while Rohrwacher draws on her background as a documentary filmmaker to bring to life an entire village, deftly putting into relief the many absurdities of their behavior without reducing them to caricatures. Poignant, nuanced and funny, Corpo Celeste heralds the arrival of a filmmaker to watch.  San Francisco Film Society, 1746 Post St., SF.  http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=928,942&pageid=2967

June 29, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER – VIVA FRIDA:  FROM THE BLUE HOUSE TO THE CATWALK.   Friday Nights at the de Young, 5pm-8:45pm.  Also showing KIKA (1993), with costumes by Gaultier.  Live music.  www.famsf.org for detials.

June 30, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE ART OF FRENCH FASHION.  de Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

June 30, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

June 30, 2012.  ANITA HUGHES reads from MONARCH BEACH.  When a San Francisco heiress finds her French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it…   Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm. 

June 30, 2012.  LA GUINGUETTE, French & Italian music trio (Christiane Lelaure, vocalist, Al Haas, guitar & vocals, an Robert Lunceford, accordion) perform at The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. CD release performance.  7pm-9pm. 

Through July 20, 2012.  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH WOMEN FILMMAKERS – 7 EVENTS.  There have been precious few studies specifically of women directors. Those which have appeared have been faced with the task of naming and representing the diversity of films created by women in France. Françoise Audé, author of one of the earliest studies of the field, has recently published a sequel. She takes stock of the changes women have effected in the French film industry, writing: 'd'une manière décisive elles ont participé au renouvellement d'un cinéma dont elles ont déplacé et élargi les limites' « decisively they helped renew a cinema of which they have moved and expanded the boundaries'  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ 

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!

3D DOUBLE FEATURE:  PINA & THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS.  (PINA)  Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. (CAVE)  The incomparable Werner Herzog’s breathtaking 3D documentary follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man.  http://www.castrotheatre.com/p-list.html June 26-27, 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 Complete program available at: Complete program available at:  http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm June 15-25, 2012.

BEL AMI.  Robert Pattinson stars in this opulent adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel about a cad who ascends the Paris social ladder through seduction and the clever manipulation of powerful, intelligent and wealthy mistresses. Georges Duroy is down on his luck when an army buddy invites him to a party with the cream of Parisian society: a gathering of important men but- more important- their influential wives, played by Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. Soon he is juggling the beds of all three women, acquiring the pet nickname "Bel Ami" and building his personal status at a powerful newspaper. This adaptation draws from the social criticism in the novel, which satirized the effect of hypocrisy and corruption on politics, economics and the media. With Colm Meaney, Holliday Grainger. (UK 2012) 102 min.  Article on CHRISTINA RICCI and her role in this film in the June 3, 2012 Sunday Datebook (pink pages) of the San Francisco Chronicle, pp.24-25. Bridge Theatre, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or www.cafilm.org for details. June 8, 2012.

A CAT IN PARIS.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

CONTEMPORARY FRENCH WOMEN FILMMAKERS – 7 EVENTS.  There have been precious few studies specifically of women directors. Those which have appeared have been faced with the task of naming and representing the diversity of films created by women in France. Françoise Audé, author of one of the earliest studies of the field, has recently published a sequel. She takes stock of the changes women have effected in the French film industry, writing: 'd'une manière décisive elles ont participé au renouvellement d'un cinéma dont elles ont déplacé et élargi les limites' « decisively they helped renew a cinema of which they have moved and expanded the boundaries' Following this excerpt of a larger article published by Oxford Journals, we are working in selecting 7 films from the work of 7 contemporary french women directors.   More detail will be published early April.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/  May 4-July 20, 2012.

CORPO CELESTE.  Mixing neo-realism with a touch of Buñuelian satire, Alice Rohrwacher’s assured first feature observes through the eyes of its 13-year-old protagonist how the institutional Catholicism that pervades life in a Calabrian town has become divorced from its spiritual underpinnings. Marta (Yle Vianello), who has just moved to Italy from Switzerland with her mother and older sister, is preparing for her Catholic confirmation while the town readies for a visit from a famous bishop. She approaches the world with a quiet curiosity that is at odds with a community whose social life revolves around the ceremonial trappings of religion, but which lacks any deeper engagement with faith. Vianello is a revelation in the lead role, building a complex character through carefully calibrated expressions and postures, while Rohrwacher draws on her background as a documentary filmmaker to bring to life an entire village, deftly putting into relief the many absurdities of their behavior without reducing them to caricatures. Poignant, nuanced and funny, Corpo Celeste heralds the arrival of a filmmaker to watch.  San Francisco Film Society, 1746 Post St., SF.  http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=928,942&pageid=2967 Opening June 29, 2012.

ELLES.  "Graphic sex scenes distinguish this tale of Anne (Juliette Binoche), a magazine writer whose blah life (sure, she has a luxurious apartment, but it's populated by a distant husband, a sullen teenager, and a younger son who'd rather interface with technology than humans) becomes even more unbearable when she begins a new assignment: an article on college students who moonlight as call girls. The always-reliable Binoche brings depth to her role as a bored woman who finds herself unexpectedly titillated by her close brush with dirty thrills...". NC-17. (1:36) Bridge, Shattuck; Lumiere. (Eddy)

ET MAINTENANT ON VA OU? / WHERE DO WE GO NOW?  (Dir. Nadine Labaki.)  Embarcadero Center, SF; Camera 3 San José; Landmark’s Guild; CinéArts @ Pleasant Hill; Century Regency, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF.

FRAMELINE 36, the 36th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.  Films include: BYE BYE BLONDIE, Saturday, June 16, 9:30 PM, Castro Theatre.  Directed by Virginie Despentes.  Can you revive a teenage romance? At first Gloria (Béatrice Dalle, Betty Blue) is icy when Frances (Emmanuelle Béart, 8 Women, Manon of the Spring), the girl who broke her sixteen year-old heart, shows up out of the blue.  GIRL OR BOY, MY SEX IS NOT MY GENDER.  Tuesday, June 19, 9:30PM.  Roxie Theater.  Directed by Valérie Mitteaux.  Men from Europe and America take stock of how their lives have changed since transition, and all four are still working out some of the kinks.  LET MY PEOPLE GO!  Saturday, June 23, 8:30 PM, Castro Theatre.  Expected guest: director Mikael Buch.  First time director Mikael Buch, along with co-writer Christopher Honoré, delivers a hilarious and relatable, heart-warming tale of two feuding lovers from different wacky worlds.  UNFORGIVABLE.  Friday, June 22, 1:45 PM.  Castro Theatre. Director André Techiné.  French auteur André Techiné (Wild Reeds, The Witnesses) entangles a complicated love story with a multigenerational family drama set along the canals of Venice, where a famous writer (silver fox Andre Dussollier) marries a chic bisexual and hires her lesbian ex to track down his wayward daughter. http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/archive.aspx for details. June 14-24, 2012.

THE INTOUCHABLES.  Directed by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano. 112 min, France 2011.  With François Cluzet and Omar SyThe Intouchables is the inspiring true story of two men who should never have met—a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.  Opening this week in Bay Area theaters; check local listings for details. Embarcadero, SF; CinéArts, Pleasant Hill.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR.  Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film (Canada).  The poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their beloved teacher. Newly arrived Algerian immigrant Bachir Lazhar (Fellag) offers the school his services as a substitute teacher, and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, Bachir also learns to accept his own painful past. MONSIEUR LAZHAR features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors.  Award-winning writer-director Philippe Falardeau’s fourth feature was adapted from the play “Bashir Lazhar” by Montreal playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere. Best known in France for his stand up comedy, Fellag was born and raised in Algeria and worked extensively in theater until 1995 when he moved to Paris during the Algerian Civil War.  Directed and written by Philippe Falardeau.  Produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw.  Edited by Stéphane Lafleur. Starring Fellag.  A micro_scope (Incendies) production. 94 Minutes. In French with English Subtitles.   For theater listings and more information, please visit:  http://www.monsieurlazharmovie.com  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF; Crest, Sacramento.

POLISSE.  Directed by Maiween (147 min, France 2011).  With Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle.  Maïwenn's vibrant crime drama Polisse, a smash hit from France, follows the daily lives of a tightly-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her richly textured script on real child investigation cases, co-writer/director/co-star Maïwenn has gathered an accomplished ensemble cast of French actors.  Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.  Reviewed in the Sunday Datebook (pink pages) of the San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2012, pp.24-25.  Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Rialto, Sebastopol; Lumiere, SF.

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR / THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953), by French master of suspense HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement – in 35mm at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema.  A new 35 mm print of Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur France/Italy 1953) -- a riveting study of desperation, existential despair, fraternal bonding and corporate greed all wrapped up in a gritty action movie -- opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement June 8 at San Francisco Film Society Cinema (1746 Post Street).  In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France's legendary master of suspense and the winner of the 1953 Cannes Palme d'Or. This new print was created from a complete HD digital restoration completed by the Criterion Collection. Written by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi. Photographed by Armand Thirard With Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck. In French with subtitles. 147 min. Distributed by Janus Films.  Showtimes 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 pm.  Tickets $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior/student/disabled. Box office opens May 23 online at www.sffs.org and in person at SF Film Society Cinema. June 8-14, 2012.

SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.  Spirits of the Dead is based on three supernatural short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, each interpreted by a major director: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim.  SFMOMA - Phyllis Wattis Theater.  www.sfmoma.org for details. June 28, 2012.

THE STORY OF FILM:  AN ODYSSEY, PART II:  EXPRESSIONISM, IMPRESSIONISM, AND SURREALISM:  GOLDEN AGE OF WORLD CINEMA (1920s) AND THE ARRIVAL OF SOUND (1930s) (Cousins, 2011).  Noon.  SF FILM SOCIETY CINEMA 1746 Post, SF. $10-11.June 9, 2012.

UNE VIE DE CHAT / A CAT IN PARIS.  Opening this Friday!  Check local listings for details.

THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (Pawlikowski, 2011). Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke Imbue Devious Story Set in Paris's Fifth Arrondissement with Chemistry that Is Oedipal, Spiteful and Sexy. Pawel Pawlikowski's riveting drama The Woman in the Fifth (France/Poland/England 2011), starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke, opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement June 15 at San Francisco Film Society Cinema (1746 Post Street).  In this unsettling thriller set in Paris's little-seen Fifth Arrondissement, an unhappy American writer attempts to mend fences with his wife and young daughter but instead falls under the spell of a mysterious woman. Soon after arriving in the City of Light, author Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) is robbed and forced to stay in a dingy hotel where he's given a strange and covert job. When he subsequently meets the beguiling translator Margit (Kristen Scott Thomas), she spurs him to start writing again, but nightmarish hallucinations haunt his hours. As the plot thickens and the writer's mental instability grows, enigmatic subsidiary characters offer tantalizing clues to his predicament. With creepy visuals and dark humor, this adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's international bestseller offers intelligent chills, subtle performances and the most beautiful locale in the world. Written by Pawel Pawlikowski. Photographed by Ryszard Lenczewski. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi. In English and French with subtitles. 83 min. Distributed by ATO Pictures.  Tickets $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior/student/disabled. Box office now open online and in person at SF Film Society Cinema.  www.sffs.org for details. Opening June 15, 2012.

ZERO FOR CONDUCT. “One of the most poetic films ever made and one of the most influential.” – New Yorker.  Jean Vigo based his first fictional film on his own miserable experiences in a French boarding school, and the result is one of the greatest films about children ever made.  It’s influence is felt in other filmic tales of disaffected youth, from Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959) to Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), and especially Lindsay Anderson’s If… (1968).  Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco. June 7, 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 

Through June 15, 2012.  TYPES WE CAN MAKE.  Curator and master typographer François Rappo and the current director of the University of Art and Design in Lausanne provide insights into the typography exhibition running from May 4 through June 15, 2012 at swissnex San Francisco.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.

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.

Through July 1, 2012.  THE ONE WHO SEES BLINDLY.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.  An iconoclastic artist, NATHALIE TALEC moves between live performance, installation, sculpture, and painting. For thirty years, she has developed her emotionally-charged “sentimental art,” proclaiming her ambition to re-enchant our daily lives. Through her work, Talec examines the human condition by reshuffling emotional affects—redistributing them into objects, words, and heroic characters—and creating scenarios that blur the boundary between reality and fiction, but which are held together by the figure of the artist, which is always at the core of her work.  There will also be AMBIENT TEMPERATURES and SURVIVAL AND HEROISM CINEMA; see website for details.  www.ybca.org for details.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  An iconoclastic artist, Nathalie Talec moves between live performance, installation, sculpture, and painting. For thirty years, she has developed her emotionally-charged “sentimental art,” proclaiming her ambition to re-enchant our daily lives.  http://fcnl.locateandshare.com/sent/show/3f50ae99e7c38304e6395862ce4f182c 

July 14-October 14, 2012.  RENE BOUCHE:  LETTERS FROM POST-WAR PARIS.  Gallery F, Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 14-November 11, 2012.  MARCEL DUCHAMP:  THE BOOK AND THE BOX.  Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books, Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

Through 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.

Opening September 15, 2012.  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM. Paintings, sculptures and drawings from many artists associated with the School of Paris and the Nabis School, and the evolution of modernism, including works by MATISSE, CEZANNE, PICASSO, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, DEGAS, DERAIN, GAUGUIN, ROUAULT, BONNARD and VUILLARD.  De Young Museum, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details. 

On-going. WHY NOT MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL? FRENCH TRAVEL POSTERS, 1945-1949, presented by the Nevada State Museum. French travel posters given to Nevada in 1949 in gratitude for American support following World War II will make their debut at the Nevada State Museum beginning May 23. Commissioned and printed by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French National Railways, the 21 posters depict stunning French landscapes, historical provinces and cultural regions. Why Not Make it Beautiful? French Travel Posters 1945-1949 features artwork carried aboard the Merci Boxcar, or Gratitude Train, in February of 1949. Research indicates that all states received a set of posters, yet only three appear to have retained possession of their collection, and Nevada will be the only state to exhibit them. Staff from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Archives restored the posters for the exhibit generously sponsored by Hazel Woodgate and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation. In 1947 the American people collected 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing and fuel to help the people of France who were struggling desperately to recover from World War II. This "Friendship Train" stopped in Reno to collect the food gathered from all across the state of Nevada. In 1949 the French people collected a trainload of gifts for the Americans, filling 49 boxcars with tokens and treasures from the French provinces, one for each state and one to be shared between Hawaii and Washington D.C. The existence of these trains, and a time when international friendship was on a citizen-to-citizen scale is nearly forgotten. Most Nevadans have little knowledge of this chapter in our history. The notes and the significance of the gifts represent the best of humanity; the kindness that humans can give and share in the face of great suffering, the deep connection possible across cultural and spatial boundaries. Nevada State Museum/Bretzlaff History Resource Center Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Wed. - Sat. by appointment 775/687-4810, x240 or SueAnn.Monteleone@nevadaculture.org or http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=431

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  

June 2012. SHORT- AND WEEK-LONG COURSES AT LATITUDE, LA TOULZANIE!  Lot Valley, France.  Three 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. CLASSES THIS YEAR: June 17-23, 2012.  PAINTING THE COLORS OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE.  Facilitator: Rob O'Brien has conducted 2 watercolor workshops at Latitude. Vermont watercolorist Rob has won many prizes for his work. He is a laid-back teacher who, past participants say, is a terrific teacher! You can see his work at his  website:  http://www.robertjobrien.com/.    Participants will paint every morning  (except  the free day,Wednesday, and Sunday when we go to the nearby market --of course there's no law against bringing paints along!) at nearby sites. In the past, these have included the village  of Cenévières (with its Michelin-starred castle) and La Toulzanie (the headquarters of Latitude).  Rob will offer gentle instruction.    For all levels of  previouis accomplishment--from the rank beginner to  the very experienced!  .  http://www.latitude.org/ for details on classes!  (2) June 23-30, 2012.  A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE.  Afternoons( mainly). Instructors:E. Barbara Phillips,  Professor Emerita of Sociology & Urban Studies, San Francisco State University,  and local historians, artisans, producers, castle-owners.  Discover culinary/social history of  Quercy in southwest France (emphasis: the Department of Lot; Cahors remains its capital) via visits/discussions with farmers and artisans who continue to produce gastronomic specialities in  traditional ways. "Cazelles" (shepherds'  drystone huts), "pigeonniers" (dovecotes) & other Quercynois architectural gems will  be pointed out. Guided tours of a Renaissance (and earlier) castle and the beautiful, artsy medieval village of St. Cirq Lapopie . Special visit to the 25,000 (at least) year-old cave paintings in nearby Pech-Merle (not a facsimile; rated 3 stars by Michelin).  Explore connections between food, family life, & national identity.  Notes: (1) The Lot is a leading producer of foie gras in the world. But, no "gavage" (the forced feeding of geese or ducks) is included here. If you wish to see this practice, we can arrange a visit to a duck farm.  (2) The Lot is also a big truffle producer, but the truffle markets are held locally in winter. Chef/bistro owner Todd Kniess of the Bistro Liaison in Berkeley will  host another truffle-hunting trip in Winter, 2013 if you wish to enjoy this "black gold" treasure and see how they are hunted. In summer, alas, the truffle hunts are over and so are the local truffle markets. There is a nearby truffle museum, however, and a trip there can be easily arranged. http://www.latitude.org/ for details on classes!  (3) June 28-29, 2012.  A GREAT LEAP BACKWARD!  An exploration of the psyche in paleolithic caves, and the cave in the psyche.  Facilitator: Adrienne Amundsen.  Adrienne is a psychologist in private practice and a traveller (e.g., Afghanistan) from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a poet and experienced workshop leader, particularly of rituals. Together with her husband, Doug Coffee (an attorney and impassioned historian), she offered a course in 2005 at Latitude which focused on paleolithic art and the  history of nearby caves. In 2012, the course will emphasize the nature of creativity. Participants will explore the nature of early humans, the emergence of art, various theories about the creation of cave art, the practice of shamanism, and the neuropsychological aspects of altered states. (She has taught versions of this course in Australia and the U.S.)  Participants will visit several caves and enjoy what she calls " the beautiful countryside around La Toulzanie." There will be opportunities for participants to work in a leisurely manner on their own creative projects, particularly writing.  CEU's for psychologists and MFT's are available.  Also offered: CREATIVE LOITERING IN THE LOT.  Photography workshop with Jeff Berner, author of 14 photography books and lifelong photographer.  Cost of this short course:  1/3 the cost of a week-long course. http://www.latitude.org/ for details on classes! 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 12, 2012.  PARIS BY NIGHT, taught by NICOLAS WOLFF.  French language presentation:  June 5; English language presentation June 12.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  6:30pm-8:30pm.

June 13-July 25, 2012.  INNOCENTS ABROAD:  AMERICAN ARTISTS IN EUROPE, 1830-1930.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  Including the stories of those who left America to live in Paris.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 18-July 23, 2012.  MASTERPIECES OF LUXURY:  LIFESTYLES OF KINGS AND QUEENS DURING THE 19TH CENTURY.  Including discussion of BACCARAT crystal, the jewels of FABERGE, MARIE ANTOINETTE’s cameos, NAPOLEON’s watches, furniture ordered by LOUIS XVI from the cabinetmaker CHARLES BOULLE, and more.  Taught by ERIKA HARKINS.  College of Marin, Kentfield Campus, Harlan Center 165.  Fee $64 (includes $1 materials fee).  CRN# 65013 EC.    www.marin.edu/CommuityEducation for registration & details.

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.

June 19-July 24, 2012.  POST IMPRESSIONISM:  WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  Study the paintings of Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  College of Marin, Kentfield Campus, Olney Hall 105.  $64 (includes $1 materials fee).  CRN# 65009 EC.  www.marin.edu/CommuityEducation for registration & details.

June 21-July 26, 2012.  THE LIVES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE, including CAHRLEMAGNE, CATHERINE DE MEDICIS, HECTOR BERLIOZ, GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, MARIE CURIE, and more.  Taught by Erika Harkins.  College of Marin.  $64 (includes $1 materials fee).  www.marin.edu/CommuityEducation for registration & details.

Through June 28, 2012.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by ELLEN KAREL.  Courses include:  Beginning French Review, Intermediate French Review, Advanced French Review.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details/dates.

July 16-25, 2012.  CONVERSATION COURSE IN FRENCH taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE SULLIVAN.    Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

July 22-27, 2012.  UC-SANTA BARBARA SUMMER SEMINAR FOR FRENCH TEACHERS.  Nous sommes heureux de vous écrire pour vous inviter à nous participer à l'université d'été pour les professeurs de langues qui se déroulera du 22 au 27 juillet prochain à UCSB, avec pour la première fois un "trend" spécialement conçu pour les professeurs de français : 5 jours d'immersion en français, de rencontres, autour du thème fédérateur de ce séminaire : "Enseigner le français aux apprenants du 21e siècle"  L'ambassade de France offrira des bourses d'un montant de $200 aux premiers inscrits.  Pour toutes questions, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter:  Ivan Bertoux, Attaché culturel adjoint – Consulat général de France à San Francisco, (415) 591 4821, ivan.bertoux@diplomatie.gouv.fr Etienne Farreyre, Attaché culturel adjoint – Consulat général de France à Los AngelesTel : (310) 235-3285 etienne.farreyre@diplomatie.gouv.fr

August 20, 2012.  WORLD TRAVEL TIPS:  SOUTHERN EUROPE.  Includes PARIS.  Organize an itinerary around art, culture, food, and wine.  10am-11:30am.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 25, 2012.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE. Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. Please call us to schedule an evaluation. Presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. This intensive is limited to 12 participants and gets full very quickly. This is a great course to take a second time if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat. The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

Summer 2012. SUMMER CAMP FRANCOPHONE.  L'association EFBA lance le premier "summer camp" entièrement francophone de la Bay, cet été à Mountain View.  Renseignements et inscriptions :  http://www.efba.us/SummerCamps2012  

FRENCH PRIMARY CLASS AT THE RENAISSANCE SCHOOL IN OAKLAND. The Renaissance School (TRS), a private Montessori school in Oakland, California for ages 2 years old through middle school, announces it has openings in its French Primary class for children ages four and five years old, born between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008.  Students in the French Primary class are introduced to conversational French and are conversed with and instructed at all times in both English and French. Because they are taught by native speakers, children acquire the correct accent and language patterns. The written form of the language is introduced in both languages at this level allowing the children to learn to write and read by the end of that level.  At the Elementary level, students continue to develop their linguistic skills by adding Spanish, bringing to bear a genuine tri-language immersion program. The Renaissance School is believed to be the only Montessori school in the United States that offers a genuine three-language immersion program.  Tours of the school are available by appointment. To schedule a tour of the school, email info@therenaisanceschool.org or call 510-531-8566. Visit:  http://www.therenaissanceschool.org    

ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SUMMER PROGRAM.   No time during school year? Join our AP French language and Culture intensive summer program. If you are interested, please contact:  Christine.frin@elycee.com

FRENCH TEACHERS WORKSHOPS SUMMER PROGRAM.    The reactions of participants to our French teacher course were enthusiastic. Please find our Summer Program.  If you are interested, please contact: Christine.frin@elycee.com

December 17-21, 2012.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. $275 (or $250 if you pay before December 8) for 5 days. Registration per day ($55) or per hour ($20) may be accepted if space available. Please sign up early and call us at 415.362.3666. All levels are offered (separately), 3 hours per day. Elementary Levels use one of our books from the series "Devour French." Intermediate or advanced levels receive hand-outs for each topic: 1. Vocabulary. 2. Grammar. 3. Conversation. The course runs either in the morning (9 to 12), afternoon (1 to 4) or evening  (6 to 9). 15 hours of instruction for $275. $250 if you pay before December 8.   The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.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.

NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. We offer a large variety of classes from beginner  through advanced level.  Here are some of our new courses: Revue de Presse "Un décryptage de l'actualité hebdomadaire en France et dans le monde." Jeudi de 19h à 20h30 Register The French New Wave " A cinema class about the French New Wave"  Wed. 6:00pm to 8:30 pm Register Cours de Grammaire Avancée jeudi de 18h à 19h Register La Formule du jeudi soir " 1 cours de grammaire avance plus 1 cours de votre choix. Revue de Press ou Lecture et discussion le tout pour $355 (Info: appelez le 415-775-7755)

ECOLE MATERNELLE PETIT PETON.  "Ecole Maternelle Petit Peton" French School is a new French Immersion Pre-kindergarten option for families seeking a progressive education for their pre-school aged child. Run by a French Tutor and artgallery director from Paris, the preschool provides a customized program that brings each child to the focus of a traditional French curriculum in a small group setting five students. Petit Peton French Immersion Preschool follows the Official French Education Curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarteners in SAN FRANCISCO since 2010.Petit Peton welcomes little students aged from 2 1/2 years old  to 6  years old. (Petite, Moyenne Section les mâtinées et Programme du CNED pour les Grande Section les après midi). Cahier de Vie, Cahier d’Écriture, techniques de peinture des artistes modernes et contemporains pour tous les élèves.  Petit Peton offers a Summer Camp from 4 to 6 years old (programme féerique autour des classiques français comme Peau d’Âne, Bécassine, les Barbapapas, Emilie Jolie ... Ambiance théâtraleà ne pas manquer !)  and Private Piano Class in French. Petit Peton French Immersion PreSchool has a structured curriculum in place to ensure our children are prepared for Kindergarten and 1st Grade,French CP.  Website : www.frenchschoolpp.com   Contact : Delphine Pilarski at 415 867 8418A Bientôt !

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! 

July 3, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

July 3, 2012.  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS.  Legion of Honor, www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

July 6, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER - MUSIC OF NORTH AFRICA.  Showing GAGA BY GAULTIER (2011), featuring Jean-Paul Gaultier & Lady Gaga.  Friday Nights at the de Young.  With henna tattoo station.  5pm-8:45pm.  de Young Museum, www.famsf.org for details.

July 6, 2012.  DUE ZIGHI BACI performs A LA BASTILLE!  A FRENCH CONCERT  to kick off Bastille Week!  7pm.  Church of the Oaks, Cotati.  http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

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 11, 2012  DUE ZIGHI BACI performs FRENCH CHANSON in the RIVE GAUCHE BASTILLE DINNER CELEBRATION. 6:30pm.  Finnish American Home Association, Sonoma.  http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

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 13, 2012.  CELEBRATING BASTILLE DAY AT THE DE YOUNG – BAL POPULAIRE, in partnership with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO  and the FRENCH-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY.  Lecture:  THE 1,000 DELIGHTS OF LIFE IN THE BASTILLE by DR. ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON, and music by LA GUINGUETTE.  www.famsf.org for details.  5pm-8:45pm.

July 13, 2012. LA GUINGUETTE, French & Italian music trio (Christiane Lelaure, vocalist, Al Haas, guitar & vocals, an Robert Lunceford, accordion) celebrate BASTILLE DAY & JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF.

July 14, 2012.  DUE ZIGHI BACI perform during the BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION at COSTEAUX FRENCH BAKERY in Healdsburg.  11am-3pm  http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

July 14, 2012.  LA GUINGUETTE, French & Italian music trio (Christiane Lelaure, vocalist, Al Haas, guitar & vocals, an Robert Lunceford, accordion) celebrate BASTILLE DAY  in a performance at Chloé’s French Café, Landmark Exclusive Center, 3883 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa.  Noon-2pm.

July 14, 2012.  PARIS IS BURNING:  ARTPOINT BASTILLE DAY PARTY at the de Young Museum.  VIP reception, 7pm-8pm.  Main event, 8pm-midnight.

July 14, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.    1pm.

July 14, 2012.  DUE ZIGHI BACI perform at LE CHALET BASQUE’s FRENCH MUSIC AND DINING ON THE PATIO.  6pm-8pm.  http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY WORKSHOP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Join us on July 14th for an interactive workshop in French or English in which attendants will discover the origins of the French Revolution, as well as its main events, actors, and outcomes.  Students will learn the history of the revolution through interactive activities while also learning new expressions and vocabulary. www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

July 14, 2012.  LA GUINGUETTE, French & Italian music trio (Christiane Lelaure, vocalist, Al Haas, guitar & vocals, an Robert Lunceford, accordion) and UN DEUX TROIS celebrate BASTILLE DAY at the Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental.  UN DEUX TROIS CD release party.  8pm.  $15.

July 14, 2012.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT LEFT BANK BRASSERIE / 3 Bay Area Locations.  On Bastille Day, Saturday, July 14, the 3 Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries (Larkspur, San Jose, Menlo Park) are celebrating Bastille Day by offering a la carte menu specials, live music, staff dressed up in traditional French garb, and festive decorations.  In Larkspur, guests can enjoy Tarte Flambée Pommes de Terre, Bacon et Fromage de Chèvre (Yukon gold potato, bacon, and goat cheese tart/$11.25), Filet de Flétan de "Half Moon Baie" Sur Plancha d’Aubergines, Vinaigrette de Tomates Cerise, Olives Niçoise (pan roasted halibut with eggplant, infused olive oil and honey, cherry tomatoes and Niçoise olives/$26.25) and Le Baba au Rhum (classic rum baba with whipped pastry cream and fresh berries/$7.50).  San Jose will offer Tartare de tomate (heirloom tomato tartar on toasted brioche with tarragon goat cream cheese/$8.75); Noix de Coquilles Saint Jacques (pan seared day boat scallops and grilled sweet corn salad with toy box tomatoes, pea sprouts, and roasted tomato vinaigrette/$11.75); Caille Farcie (Salinas boneless quail stuffed with house made chorizo, caramelized onions, roasted couscous and grilled asparagus with a honey lavender jus de poulet/$24.50); Longe d’Agneau Grillée (marinated grilled lamb loin, roasted garlic potato cake, tomato Provençale and a licorice rosemary jus/($32.00); and Fraisiers de Fanny (almond sponge cake, vanilla cream, macerated strawberries, toasted almonds and hot chocolate with crème Chantilly sauce/$8.50).  Featured in Menlo Park will be Crevettes Sauvage de la Mer de Cortez (wild caught white shrimp, saffron heirloom tomato concassée, garlic chips and sorrel leaves/$18.25) and Jarret d’Agneau, herbes de Provence et jus d’Agneau (braised lamb shank, ratatouille stuffed vine ripe tomatoes, polenta fritters and lamb juice/$24.75).   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  

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 20, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER.  Friday Nights at the de Young. www.famsf.org for details.  5pm-8:45pm.

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.

July 21, 2012.  DUE ZIGHI BACI performs AT THE MOVIES:  CINEMATIC SONGS OF ROME, PARIS AND HOLLYWOOD.  7:30pm.  FUMC Stony Point Campus, Santa Rosa. http://www.wix.com/eurotenor/due-zighi-baci#!__events-home

July 22-27, 2012.  UC-SANTA BARBARA SUMMER SEMINAR FOR FRENCH TEACHERS.  Nous sommes heureux de vous écrire pour vous inviter à nous participer à l'université d'été pour les professeurs de langues qui se déroulera du 22 au 27 juillet prochain à UCSB, avec pour la première fois un "trend" spécialement conçu pour les professeurs de français : 5 jours d'immersion en français, de rencontres, autour du thème fédérateur de ce séminaire : "Enseigner le français aux apprenants du 21e siècle"  L'ambassade de France offrira des bourses d'un montant de $200 aux premiers inscrits.  Pour toutes questions, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter:  Ivan Bertoux, Attaché culturel adjoint – Consulat général de France à San Francisco, (415) 591 4821, ivan.bertoux@diplomatie.gouv.fr Etienne Farreyre, Attaché culturel adjoint – Consulat général de France à Los AngelesTel : (310) 235-3285 etienne.farreyre@diplomatie.gouv.fr

July 25-August 26, 2012.  THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK.  By Scott Wentworth; directed by John Sipes.  Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theater Arts Center, UC Santa Cruz.  831.459.2159 or www.shakespearesantacruz.org for details.

July 27, 2012.  TANGO PARIS! In Wilsey Court.  Showing THE FIFTH ELEMENT (1997), with costumes by Gaultier.  Friday Nights at the de Young, 5pm-8:45pm.  www.famsf.org for details. 

July 28, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm. 

August 3, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER – GLOBAL VILLAGE CONCERT AND DANCE PARTY.  Showing THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, AND HER LOVER (1989), with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier.  Friday Nights at the de Young, www.famsf.org for details.  5pm-8:45pm. 

August 5, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  NATURE PERFECTED:  THE LANDSCAPES OF CLAUDE LORRAIN.  Legion of Honor, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

August 7, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.   1pm.

August 10, 2012.  CELEBRATING GAULTIER – GLOBAL VILLAGE CONCERT AND DANCE PARTY.  Friday Nights at the de Young.  www.famsf.org for details.  5pm-8:45pm.

August 11, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM SIDEWALK TO CATWALK.  De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details.   1pm.

August 15, 2012.  GIPSY KINGS perform at The Mountain Winery. For more information about this franco-hispanophone group, go to: http://www.gipsykings.com/ .  For tickets:  http://concerts.mountainwinery.com

August 17, 2012.  GAULTIER CLOSING PARTY, CARNAVAL STYLE.  Screening ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (2003), with guest star Jean-Paul Gaultier.  Friday Nights at the de Young, www.famsf.org for details.  5pm-8:45pm.

August 17-September 23, 2012.  MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY presents THE LIAR, by David Ives, adapted from PIERRE CORNEILLE’s LE MENTEUR.  Directed by Robert Currier.  Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, San Rafael.  415.499.4488 or www.marinshakespeare.org for details.

August 24, 2012.  MADELEINE PEYROUX performs with Rickie Lee Jone at the Mountain Winery.  http://concerts.mountainwinery.com or 888.929.7849 for details.

August 25, 2012.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE. Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. Please call us to schedule an evaluation. Presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. This intensive is limited to 12 participants and gets full very quickly. This is a great course to take a second time if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat. The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com

September 8, 2012.  PARIS EST UNE FETE.  This year FACS will organize the second edition of it's Gala 'Paris est une fête'. We hightly recommend that you save the date: Saturday 8th, 2012. This year FACS's Gala will take place in an magical and exceptional place in San Francisco. A secret venue rarely used for other events.  French American Cultural Society  88 Kearny Street #600  San Francisco, CA 94108 Email: contact@facs-sf.org  Phone: (415) 591-4802 www.facs-sf.org  For more information, contact events@facs-sf.org By invitation.

September 27-29, 2012.  THEATRE DE LA VILLE, directed by EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA presents EUGENE IONESCO’s RHINOCEROS.  Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

October 19-20, 2012.  PARIS:  AMERICAN EXPATRIATE GENIUS.  Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco.  Postwar Paris, with its tolerant and cosmopolitan atmosphere (and its low cost of living), attracted a startling number of America’s cultural icons to live and work among the European avant-garde in a moveable feast of creativity. The exhilaration of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s inspired talented American expatriates crossing national, cultural, and artistic boundaries to create innovative modern forms of their art. Gertrude Stein’s "Une generation perdue" living on the edge, this generation of American artistic geniuses exuberantly and profoundly influenced literature, art, filmmaking, music, dance, and theater, reshaping twentieth-century American culture.  Talks include:  Paris and the Making of the Modern in the Arts, Donald W. Faulkner; Performance: Virgil Thomson's Portraits, Luciano Chessa (SF Conservatory of Music); "America is my country and Paris is my hometown." Gertrude Stein: Transatlantic Artist, Mentor, and Muse; Wanda M. Corn (Art History, Stanford); "Becoming a Modern Artist": the Paris Angle. Deborah Loft (Art History, Marin College); Paris Portraits. Laura Sheppard (actress); At Home Far Away: African Americans in Paris, Tyler Stovall (History, UC Berkeley);A Literary Revolution: The Expatriate Press in Paris, Donald W. Faulkner (Director, NY State Writers Institute).  For complete details:
http://www.humanitieswest.org/presenters_paris.html  

November 13, 2012.  EMMANUEL AX performs music by Beethoven & Schubert in Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

November 17, 2012.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs in Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

November 18, 2012.  HUBERT KELLER speaks about SOUVENIRS in Book Passage’s COOKS WITH BOOKS series at LEFT BANK FRENCH BISTRO in Larkspur.  Raised in Alsace, Keller was destined to be in the kitchen as he grew up above his father’s pâtisserie.  He apprenticed under many great French chefs until he landed in San Francisco and became the chef/owner of the popular FLEUR DE LYS restaurant along with his wife Chantal and Maurice Rouas.  $125 per person.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 17-21, 2012.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. $275 (or $250 if you pay before December 8) for 5 days. Registration per day ($55) or per hour ($20) may be accepted if space available. Please sign up early and call us at 415.362.3666. All levels are offered (separately), 3 hours per day. Elementary Levels use one of our books from the series "Devour French." Intermediate or advanced levels receive hand-outs for each topic: 1. Vocabulary. 2. Grammar. 3. Conversation. The course runs either in the morning (9 to 12), afternoon (1 to 4) or evening  (6 to 9). 15 hours of instruction for $275. $250 if you pay before December 8.   The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  info@frenchclass.com 

January 27, 2013.  NICOLAS HODGES, piano, performs DEBUSSY and more in Cal Performances.  Hertz Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

February 7-10, 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO BAROQUE DANCE pesents AN ENCHANTED EVENING OF MUSIC AND DANCE ROM THE COURT OF LOUIS XIV, with music by LULLY (dancemaster and composer to the king), MARAIS and COUPERIN.   2/7-Palo Alto; 2/8-Belvedere; 2/9-San Francisco; 2/10-Berkeley.  VOICES OF MUSIC, www.voicesofmusic.org for more information. 

March 30, 2013.  AFROPOP SPECTACULAR, including OLIVER MTUKUDZI and FATOUMATA DIAWARA at Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

April 3-7, 2013.  NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs works by AMEDEE-ERNEST CHAUSSON and more, with pianist ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT.  www.ncco.org for details.

May 3-5, 2013.  LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN CIRCUS performs in Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

May 15-16, 2013.  BEJART BALLET LAUSANNE performs in Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, 510.642.9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu for details.

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