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July 5-13, 2012

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July Events

July 5, 2012. CAFE PSYCHO avec Yvette Chalom.  Le thème de la discussion du mois de juillet sera :"l'adolescence".  En français. Gratuit. SVP confirmez votre présence par email info@afberkeley.org ou par téléphone 510 548 7481. 17h-18h.

July 5, 2012.  MIDNIGHT IN PARIS ~ MOVIE & PIZZA NIGHT.  For high school students only!  Enjoy a warm, summer evening at the Library with friends, food and Woody Allen's hilarious Midnight in Paris. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams head to Paris where they encounter literary superstars like Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Stefano's pizza will be served.  Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room, 7pm.  Made possible by generous support from the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends.

Opening July 6, 2012.  NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU. Directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu Synopsis: Boasting strong lead performances and gorgeous wintertime landscapes, the offbeat, darkly comic mystery Nobody Else But You breathes fresh life into the thriller genre. David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve) is a bestselling crime novelist from Paris, troubled by writer's block. Candice Lecoeur (Sophie Quinton) is a local beauty, gracing the famous "Belle de Jura" cheese packaging, who has gotten it into her head that she might well be the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. The two will meet in the coldest village in France, but only after Candice has been found dead. The case was closed before it even opened and the cause of death declared suicide by sleeping pills. Rousseau is the only one who doesn't buy it. Reality turns out to be stranger than fiction—and a source of inspiration—as Rousseau uncovers the truth about Candice's past and her untimely death. Written and directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu. (Fully subtitled)  http://firstrunfeatures.com/nobodyelsebutyou/   Landmark Cinemas. 

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 7, 2012.  AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFIED COURSE ON THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS. Your local American Red Cross is offering a free, 3.5 hour certified course on the Geneva Conventions, the role of the Red Cross in promoting and implementing the Geneva Conventions, and how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant in the world today. Everyone welcome. This course was developed by the national office of the American Red Cross and is offered across the country. This class will be offered on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 9-12:30, at the Red Cross office on 5297 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa, on the corner of Airport Blvd (east of Highway 101).   This course is now approved by the California State Bar for 3.5 MCLEs. If you are an attorney and plan to attend, please let us know.     To register for the class, please call 707-577-7600. The class is free of charge.

July 9, 2012.  DBF with ALAIN MUTRICY, Senior Vice President, Portfolio and Product Management at Motorola Mobility .  Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet arrosé de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassee et de l'assistance. Pour chacun, c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones.  Alain Mutricy is senior vice president of portfolio and device product management in the Mobile Devices division of Motorola Mobility. He leads a global team responsible for defining the strategy and structure of its mobile devices product portfolio. Since 2008, Mutricy and his team have advanced a strategic focus on Android-based smartphones, including the acclaimed family of Droid by Motorola products, and others, such as Cliq, Dext and Milestone. Previously at Motorola, he led a global R&D team responsible for designing and implementing circuits, wireless chipset solutions, platform software, product software for non-CDMA products and an ecosystem strategy for mobile devices.   A founding member of the MIPI Alliance, Mutricy served as a director of the Open Mobile Alliance and board memver of Symbian UIQ. He holds an M.B.A. from HEC Paris and a master's degree in engineering from ENSAM in Paris. Prior to joining Motorola in 2007, Mutricy was with Texas Instruments.  Sofitel San Francisco Bay 223 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065.  6.30pm-9pm   Achat par Paypal et Membres de la Faccsf $25  Achat sur Place $30.  Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur www.lesitedbf.com  

July 10, 2012.   MARK ST. MARY DELTA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND perform at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  The hardworking Mark St. Mary  Delta Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years and was voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society. St.  Mary began playing accordion when he was 15, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary plays accordion  and leads his quintet through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's  "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot." The band features some of the finest Cajun and zydeco players of Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm  $10 www.ashkenaz.com 

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 12, 2012.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents  THE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN IN LEADING THE HEALTHCARE REVOLUTION. CapGemini Offices 4000 Shoreline Court Suite 210  South San Francisco, CA 94080  6pm-9pm  Early Birds (Jun 30, 2012)  $10 General Admission  $20 At the door  $25.  For more information, please call 415-442-4717. French American Chamber of Commerce 26 O'Farrell Street, suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94108.   www.faccsf.com

July 12, 2012.  STORM THE BASTILLE! Join Les Campagnards and friends for an exciting Bastille Day party at Angelica's Bistro in Redwood City on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 8 pm (dinner seating starts at 7 pm). Les Campagnards members Alan Keith, Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti and Peter Tommerup will be joined by Daniel Steinberg, Debra Dawson and Doris Williams for a fun-filled evening of French Country and Parisian music, songs, and dances. Featured instruments are: bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, accordion, fiddle, piano, and dulcimers.  Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti will lead easy-to-follow country dances and mixers that are popular at the “bals folklorique” -- bourrée, scottish, polka, and valse. We'll sing La Marseillaise and other French favorites – song sheets provided. Table reservations are highly recommended -- the event is $10 per person in advance, $14 at the door. Allow minimum $15 per person for food/drink purchases. Angelica's Bistro is at 863 Main Street in Redwood City. To reserve a spot, go to: http://angelicabistro.com and check the Calendar of Events.  Angelica's Bistro, Redwood City.

July 12, 2012. FRENCH TECHNIQUE:  FROM GEEK TO CHIC.    WHEN FASHION MEETS TECHNOLOGY.  Between 4th of July and Bastille Day, SiliconFrench and SF Fashion+Tech co-organize with Rebellion Lab an event of networking, demos and fashion show in the center of San Francisco at Temple NightClub on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 5PM to 9PM. The event will feature French music, a $100 gift card giveaway from ModeWalk to the first 300 attendees, a fashion show by Amour Vert, and demos by leading French tech companies, such as PariSoma. More to be announced soon.     “F1W has quickly become a popular platform for gathering design and technology professionals in San Francisco. For this event, in the spirit of Bastille Day, we want to showcase the French fashtech community.” says Mika Uehara, co-founder of SF FASHION+TECH. “FashTech is global, and we created SF FASHION+TECH to provide a hub for such companies and individuals.”   Tickets are available through SF FASHION+TECH at https://f1wfrenchtechnique.eventbrite.com   Space is limited. Must be 21 (ID may be asked at the entrance)  Regular Tickets are $25 ($15 if you apply discount code SILICON FRENCH) and $30 at the door. Each ticket includes one drink. For media inquiries, please contact Sarah Miller at  sarah@sffashionandtech.com  Temple NightClub 540 Howard St  San Francisco, CA 94105.

July 12-15, 2012.  VIVA PHOTOFILM!  PROGRAM.  Examining the complex and magical relationship between still and moving images, this five-part series presents films structured around the still photograph and how it can address the perception of time, memory, and the nature of cinema. Included are films by Agnès Varda, Raúl Ruiz, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Hollis Frampton, Jean Eustache, Ken Jacobs, and many more.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, http://www.ybca.org/photofilm#cuban

July 12-15, 2012.  17th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL.  Full program available at:  http://prod3.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/VerboseEventList.aspx?epguid=4b5fce53-ea3c-48fa-88b8-85ac153f00b6& Of special note! Paul McGann to narrate A TRIP TO THE MOON!    Georges Méliès' fantastical masterpiece will be shown before Closing Night Film THE CAMERAMAN,  with McGann (Dr. Who, Withnail and I) providing the  pitch-perfect narration written by Méliès himself.

Opening July 13, 2012.  FAREWELL, MY QUEEN.  French historical drama of Marie Antoinette, by director Benoît Jacquot.  Landmark Cinemas.  http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/farewellmyqueen/

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. THE 1001 DELIGHTS OF LIFE IN THE BASTILLE is a lecture on the occasion of BASTILLE DAY organized by the AF-San Francisco.  Discover a new light on life at the infamous Bastille prison before the Revolution.  Lecture at 6:30pm, Koret Theatre, De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF. Event: 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 13, 2012.   FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents PARTIR.  Starts at 6:30pm on the Patio in front of the Parish Hall where the beautiful Paris String Quartet, led by Aude Castagna will entertain us with special selection of French tunes traditional played on Bastille Day.  Of course, accompanied by our traditional French (mostly organic) Buffet and French Wine Bar and other beverages served by our wonderful Volunteers.  Followed by a movie from the works of Director Catherine Corsini: "Partir" a.k.a "Leaving". This film with conclude our series on French Contemporary Women Filmmaker. Our next program will begin on September 6 and every two weeks going forward.  www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

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 FETE NATIONALE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. De 16h à 18h00, à la fortune du pot.  Barbecue à votre disposition. $5 par adult/ enfants gratuits. Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St, Berkeley, CA 94703.  Tel: 510 548 7481  or info@afberkeley.org

July 14, 2012. BASTILLE DAY RECEPTION – CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE – SAN FRANCISCO. Join us to celebrate Bastille Day in San Francisco! You are welcome to join the Consul General of France at a cocktail reception on Saturday, July 14th at War Memorial & Performing Art Center, The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Don't miss it! Rejoignez nous pour fêter le 14 Juillet à San Francisco avec le Consul General de 6:30 pm à 8:30 pm au War Memorial & Performing Art Center, The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte ! 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PT), San Francisco, CA. http://bastilledayreception.eventbrite.com/ for details.

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.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Café de la Presse in San Francisco will showcase favorite dinner dishes from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. including Duck Confit ($27.00), Boeuf Bourguignon ($24.00), Bavette ($24.00) and Steak Tartare ($19.00). The restaurant will also serve brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Café de la Presse 352 Grant Avenue San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 398-2680 www.cafedelapresse.com   

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT CHEZ PAPA BISTROT IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Chez Papa Bistrot in San Francisco will offer a 3-course prix fixe dinner menu for $34.95, plus the regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available. The prix fixe menu entrée choices will be Bouillabaisse with black cod, clams, mussels, prawns, bay scallops, fingerling potatoes and rouille; pan roasted Red Trout with braised cabbage, smoked bacon, pearl onions, and lemon-tarragon beurre blanc; Lamb Daube with rosemary-red wine sauce and seasonal vegetables; or Duck Confit Leg with fennel puree, lardons, wild mushrooms, and périgourdine sauce. The restaurant will be serving dinner from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Chez Papa Bistrot 1401 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 824-8205 www.chezpapasf.com

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT GARÇON! IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Garcon! in San Francisco will offer their regular a la carte menu, plus a la carte specials including Citrus Cured Salmon Belly Tartare with horseradish, lemon cucumber and basil ($13.00), Roasted Bone Marrow with spiced breadcrumbs, mâche salad and fleur de sel ($12.00), and "Côte de Boeuf" - a 21 day dry aged bone-in rib eye for two people with haricot vert, pomme purée, porcini mushrooms and red wine jus (AQ, size varies). Festive music and balloon decorations will add to the spirit of the occasion. Hours of service will be 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. Garçon! 1101 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 401-8959.  www.garconsf.com for details.  

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT LE P’TIT LAURENT IN SAN FRANCISCO.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Le P’tit Laurent in San Francisco will offer their regular a la carte dinner menu from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. The bar will remain open until 2:00 a.m. and beginning at 10:30 pm., there will be live DJ musical entertainment with dancing. Le P’tit Laurent 699 Chenery Street San Francisco, CA 94131 (415) 334-3235.  www.leptitlaurent.net for details.  

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT LEFT BANK IN LARKSPUR.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Left Bank in Larkspur will offer a la carte menu specials, lively music, staff dressed up in traditional French garb, and festive decorations. 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)   Left Bank Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-3331. www.LeftBank.com   

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT LEFT BANK IN MENLO PARK.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Left Bank in Larkspur will offer a la carte menu specials, lively music, staff dressed up in traditional French garb, and festive decorations. Guests can enjoy 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 Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 473-6543.  www.LeftBank.com for details.  

July 14, 2012  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT SANTANA ROW, SAN JOSE.  In celebration of Bastille Day, July 14, Left Bank in Larkspur will offer a la carte menu specials, lively music, staff dressed up in traditional French garb, and festive decorations. Guests can enjoy 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).   Left Bank Santana Row 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100 San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 984-3500.  www.LeftBank.com  

July 14, 2012. 14 JUILLET PIQUE-NIQUE POTLUCK/BBQ, TILDEN PARK. De 12h à 1700, à la fortune du pot. Barbecue à votre disposition. $5 PAR ADULT/ enfants gratuits. Le groupe francophone East Bay. Merci de vous inscrire ici: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesEastBay/events/70888482/

July 14, 2012.  BASTILLE DAY AT OCA.  Two French Music Trios par excellence will celebrate this unique holiday. $15 Admission • Special refreshments for sale.  Un Deux Trois blends accordion, guitar, electric bass, and voice for lively traditional, contemporary, and original compositions.  La Guinguette will transport you with classic French and Italian street cafe music  of 1900-1960's (think Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel).  Saturday • July 14th • 8:00 PM OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court in Occidental phone: 707 874-9392 email:  info@occidentalcenterforhearts.org http://www.occidentalforhearts.org  

July 14, 2012.  FRENCH TUESDAY CELEBRATES BASTILLE DAY! On Saturday July 14th, French Tuesdays is celebrating France’s National Day, Bastille Day - the one day where everyone has a chance to feel French!  The festivities will take place at the recently refurbished UPSTAIRS Lounge, and the whole second floor of the trendy W Hotel San Francisco  Join this unforgettable Francophile evening including: a fine selection of exquisite Médoc wines from Bordeaux region, great music with a line-up of hand-picked DJ’s, special treats, a Boudoir photography Experience courtesy of Nudefy Me, Bastille Day party favors, et bien sûr a truly beautiful and chic crowd!  The dress-code for the evening is "tricolor casual chic", and we’re expecting more than 500 guests to be participating in the festivities. We’re all looking forward to seeing you in your best Blue/White/Red outfit on July 14th! Ticket prices will increase as the date approaches!  http://bastilledayball.eventbrite.com/  Merci beacoup!

July 14, 2012.   SAVOY FAMILY BAND plays CAJUN at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  Just back from road and air trips that took the group from the New Orleans Jazz  and Heritage Festival to a swing through Northern Europe, the Savoy Family Band  returns to one of its favorite dance halls for a night of mostly traditional Cajun music performed by two generations of family musicians. From Louisiana, the Savoy Family Band features two of the greatest names in Cajun music - Marc and Ann Savoy - and their two grown sons, who are carrying on family and cultural traditions.  "Musically, they surely ain't no stuffy preservationists," the Los Angeles Weekly wrote. "Whether (playing) a bitter lament or an earthy hard-driving breakdown, with Marc's squeezebox, Ann's guitar, and their highly capable sons Joel and Wilson on fiddle and piano, the Savoys cover the Cajun spectrum with a dazzling mixture of  spiritual joy and virtuoso voltage."  Marc and Ann Savoy are two-thirds of Cajun music's most acclaimed group, the Savoy-Doucet Band (with fiddler Michael Doucet), which revived and helped globally popularize  Cajun music through touring and its series of recordings for El Cerrito's Arhoolie Records. Arhoolie issued both of the Savoy Family Band's CDs: "Cajun Album" and  "Turn Loose But Don't Let Go." The band was a highlight of last year's celebrated Arhoolie Records 50th anniversary concert in Berkeley and followed it with a wild night of dance at Ashkenaz.  Marc runs the Savoy Music Center in his home town of Eunice, Louisiana, where he  builds accordions and holds Saturday morning jam sessions. Award-winning author  of books on Cajun music and culture, Ann also leads her own bands, including the jazz and torch song group the Sleepless Knights and the all-woman Cajun band Magnolia Sisters, who will tour France in October. In 2006 Ann and Linda Ronstadt released an album of Cajun vocal duets, "Adieu False Heart." She produced all-star CDs of  Cajun ("Evangeline Made") and zydeco ("Creole Bred") performed by such musicians as Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Ronstadt, and John Fogerty. Ann and Joel appeared and performed in the film "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." Her music is  also featured in the film "All the King's Men."  Joel and Wilson Savoy were raised among all of the greats of Cajun music. Joel has played the fiddle for most of his life. He co-founded the Red Stick Ramblers, a  Cajun/jazz/swing combo, and runs his own recording studio and record company, Valcour Records. Lately he has been touring with accordionist Jesse Lége, and the duo played in June at Ashkenaz. Wilson leads the hot young Cajun/Creole band the Pine Leaf  Boys (featured in the hit HBO TV series "Treme") and teaches accordion at music  camps. Both sons have received multiple Grammy Award nominations in recent years  as performers and producers. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show  at 9:00 pm  $20/$17 advance & students - Buy advance tickets  www.ashkenaz.com 

July 15, 2012.  JAZZ PIANIST MONCEF GENOUD & TRIO play Yoshi’s San Francisco.  Swiss piano virtuoso Moncef Genoud is back on the West Coast with a stellar line-up composed of Andy Barron on drums (Manu Katché, Kenny Werner, John Scofield) and Bänz Oester on bass (Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Malcolm Braff).  Moncef Genoud, who was born blind, is one of the spearheads of European Jazz and currently one of only two Swiss Jazz artists to be signed to a U.S. label (the legendary Savoy Jazz, via Rollin' Dice Productions). Having released 12 albums as a leader, Moncef has performed on some of the world's biggest stages, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, New York's Lincoln Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival, along with iconic venues in Africa, Asia, and Europe. His fame continues to grow, thanks in part to his album "AQUA" (2006) featuring luminaries like Michael Brecker and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the award-winning road movie Return to Gorée (CAB Productions, 2006), in which he's featured with long-time friend and collaborator Youssou N'Dour, who also appears on Moncef's latest album, "Métissage" (2011).    Moncef Genoud Trio Sunday, July 15, 8 p.m.  Yoshi's San Francisco 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco  Tickets and more information:  http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/jazzclub/artist/show/2773/

July 15, 2012.   WINOVINO plus special guest play VAUDEVILLE GYPSY ROCK CABARET.  Roaring out of Austin, Texas, for its Ashkenaz debut, WinoVino  brings a nonstop, action-packed approach to vaudeville-Gypsy-rock cabaret. Or, as the nine-member band puts it: From the cobbled streets of Paris (circa 1920) to  a dusty wagon train across Romania, from peril on the high seas, to the seedy underbelly of prohibition era cabaret, WinoVino has hitched its way across a century and more. The colorful crew has brought back an acoustic revelry of uproarious instrumentals, swooning ballads, and an intoxicating live performance for young and old alike.  WinoVino was formed in the summer of 2006 when singer-fiddler-mandolinist Forrest Johnson began collecting other musicians with a similarly eclectic view of music  and performing. Everyone brought their own songwriting and musical stylings to  the forefront and began shaping the cooperative WinoVino sound. The Reverend Flint Fancy came in and stayed in, bringing her uncanny percussive skills, washboard,  stage presence, and some much-needed estrogen to the group. Over the past few years WinoVino has honed its stage act, recorded an album, and is now setting out to conquer the world with its fun, fresh vision. Along with Fancy and Johnson, the band is  singer-guitarist Ian Everett, accordionist-singer Joe Egnot, bassist and ukulele  whiz Jeff Luna, drummer Derek Hansen, and the blowers: clarinetist Roy Coon, trumpeter David Gilden, and trombonist Eddie Lehwald. Doors at 7:00 pm; Show at 7:30 pm  $10 www.ashkenaz.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.

Opening July 20, 2012.  UN ETE BRULANT / A BURNING HOT SUMMER.  This exquisitely realized depiction of a tempestuous romance opens an exclusive San Francisco engagment at the SF Film Society Cinema.  A Burning Hot Summer, (Un Été brûlant, France/Italy/Switzerland 2011), a searing relationship drama cowritten and directed by New Wave auteur Philippe Garrel, opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement July 20 at San Francisco Film Society Cinema (1746 Post Street).  The stormy relationship between a painter and an Italian film actress is seen through the eyes of another young couple in Philippe Garrel's latest exploration of twisted emotional ties. An aspiring actor and self-professed revolutionary, Paul is working as an extra when he falls in love with another bit player in the film, the emotionally fragile Elisabeth. Around the same time, Paul meets the painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel) through a mutual friend, and Frédéric soon invites Paul and Elisabeth to Rome to stay with him and his Italian wife Angèle (Monica Bellucci). In the heat of a Roman summer, Paul and Elisabeth face the delicate start to their new love while Frédéric and Angèle's begins to implode. Shooting in full color after several productions in black and white, Garrel allows the actors to give full range to the troubled passions that rule and rile their characters. The film was reportedly inspired both by the death of a friend of Garrel's and by Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt. Written by Philippe Garrel, Marc Cholodenko, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Photographed by Willy Kurant. Music by John Cale. With Louis Garrel, Monica Bellucci, Jèrôme Robart, Cèline Sallette. In French with subtitles. 95 mins. Distributed by IFC Films.  Showtimes 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm.  Tickets $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior/student/disabled. Box office opens June 15 online at www.sffs.org and in person at SF Film Society Cinema.

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.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Cloverdale Friday Night Live.  The Cloverdale Summer Concert Series. Cloverdale Downtown Plaza. 7:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com for details.

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, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Twin Pines Park, Belmont.  A long-standing Tom Rigney tradition! Ralston Ave., Belmont. 1:00-4:00 pm.  www.rigomania.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

July 24, 2012.  GILLES VERLANT ON SERGE GAINSBOURG. City Lights in conjunction with Litquake's Epicenter Reading Series present An evening of discussion, music and video Gilles Verlant in conversation with Tosh Berman.  Gilles Verlant is a journalist, editor, and a TV / radio personality in France for the past 30 years, specializing in rock music and the french chanson. From 1980 to 1990, Verlant interviewed Serge Gainsbourg and had full access to his archives. He has written the most complete biography on Gainsbourg, who revolutionized French pop music in the second half of the 20th Century. Twenty years after his death, Serge Gainsbourg remains the very essence of scandal, sexual intrigue, and music brilliance.  7:00 pm.  Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Avenue San Francisco.  http://www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=1562

July 25 – August 26, 2012.  THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK.  A world premiere!  By Scott Wentworth • Adapted from the works of Alexandre Dumas • Directed by John Sipes.  The Musketeers are back! Only older. Aramis, Porthos, Athos and D’Artagnan, long since retired from their heroic endeavors, reunite in a final pursuit of glory to oust King Louis and replace him with his twin brother, the man in the iron mask.  Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, Theater Arts Center, UC Santa Cruz.  831.459.2159 or   http://www.shakespearesantacruz.org/season/season.php#man

Opening July 27, 2012.  THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER Synopsis: Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascale, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences.  Official Film Website: http://kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1275.

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. 

July 29, 2012.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Rancho Nicasio with MICHAEL DOUCET AND BEAUSOLEIL.  We had such a great time with this double bill last year at Rancho that we had to repeat it! A backyard barbecue at the Rancho with two of the hottest bands on the planet!  Town Square, Nicasio. 4:00 pm. (Beausoleil Quartet will play first, then Flambeau).  Information and advance tickets: www.ranchonicasio.com or 415 662-2219.  www.rigomania.com for details.

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

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

CINEMA

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

BEL AMI. Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or www.cafilm.org for details. 

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.

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN.  French historical drama of Marie Antoinette, by director Benoît Jacquot.  Landmark Cinemas.  http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/farewellmyqueen/ Opening July 13, 2012.

THE INTOUCHABLES.  Check local listings for details. Embarcadero, SF; CinéArts, Pleasant Hill.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS ~ MOVIE & PIZZA NIGHTFor high school students only!  Enjoy a warm, summer evening at the Library with friends, food and Woody Allen's hilarious Midnight in Paris. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams head to Paris where they encounter literary superstars like Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Stefano's pizza will be served.  Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room, 7pm.  Made possible by generous support from the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends. July 5, 2012.

NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU.  A neo-noir French thriller with a comedic sensibility.  Landmark Cinemas.  http://firstrunfeatures.com/nobodyelsebutyou/ Opening July 6, 2012.

POLISSE.  Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Rialto, Sebastopol; Lumiere, SF; Opera Plaza, SF.

UNE VIE DE CHAT / A CAT IN PARIS.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

VIVA PHOTOFILM!  PROGRAM.  Examining the complex and magical relationship between still and moving images, this five-part series presents films structured around the still photograph and how it can address the perception of time, memory, and the nature of cinema. Included are films by Agnès Varda, Raúl Ruiz, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Hollis Frampton, Jean Eustache, Ken Jacobs, and many more.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, http://www.ybca.org/photofilm#cuban July 12-15, 2012.

THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (Pawlikowski, 2011). SF Film Society Cinema.  www.sffs.org for details.

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 

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 July 31, 2012.  PHOTOGRAPHS BY DENIS ROULEAU AND OTHERS.   This exhibit features vrai (real) and faux (false) photographs by Montréal photographer Denis Rouleau and Sacramento area photographers Marc Longwood, Michael Dunlavey, Janine Mapurunga, Ed Asmus, Donald Satterlee, Dave Brooks, Hope Harris, Anna Skacel, Richard Tolmach, Gregory Burke and Garrett Cotham to name a few . . . Not your ordinary baguette and béret images ! Second Saturday at Coffee Works - Join us for an evening of Photography ! Coffee Works 3418 Folsom Blvd in East Sacramento 95816 Exhibition continues thru the end of July.

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  

July 9-September 1, 2012.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY SUMMER CLASSES.  Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  info@afberkeley.org for details.

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  

Fall 2012. FRENCH 10E: CONTINUATION OF INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION "LE PARIS DE L'OMBRE ET DES TENEBRES" Mondays, 6:30-9:30 PM, Castro Campus (Everett Middle School, 450 Church, room 307).   La part d'ombre de la Ville Lumière... Au Paris des monuments illuminés s'oppose une capitale souterraine, vaste et mystérieuse, mais où émotions et beauté se conjuguent aussi. Ce Paris comprend le labyrinthe inquiétant des égouts, ultime refuge des désespérés, comme le Jean Valjean des "Misérables"; les Catacombes, lieu macabre qui abritera le Q.G. de la Résistance; la morgue, qui figure en bonne place dans les romans naturalistes, ou la Noyée de la Seine, qui fit fantasmer les surréalistes.   Il comprend également des lieux en plein air, tels les quatre grands cimetières, en particulier celui du Père-Lachaise. Ce véritable musée en plein air (architecture et sculpture) est aussi le plus grand jardin de la ville. S'y promener, c'est inévitablement réfléchir à des questions d'ordre religieux, philosophique, historique, sociologique et politique. Venez vous promener dans ce haut lieu de mémoire où l'humour côtoie la tristesse et la tragédie de la finalité, la convivialité, et où l'on sent partout la délicate alchimie entre le passé et le présent.   Trop de choses noires pour vous? On fera une petite pause en milieu de semestre pour un "week-end" en Normandie (à Etretat) à l'époque des bains de mer, en compagnie d'auteurs et peintres impressionnistes!  No book is required for this course. You will receive xeroxed material:  brief excerpts from literary works (Balzac, Flaubert, Daudet) or recent books with a broad cultural perspective.  IMPORTANT: This being a conversation class, you are supposed to participate! Please do the reading, the (minimal) homework and discuss the many quations raised in the coursed. Complete info: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/educational-programs/school-and-departments/school-of-liberal-arts/foreign-languages/fall_2012_foreignlanguageclasses-evening/_jcr_content/contentparsys/documentlink/file.res/newfallflyerevening2012.pdf

eLYCEE offers WORKSHOPS FOR FRENCH TEACHERS as well as AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PREPARATION.  Students sign in from anywhere to work with native French teachers, using shared applications and resources, in a unique 'virtual classroom' developed by eLycée. eLycée is the only program of fully interactive French education online. · Programmes de Maintien de la Langue (8 to 18 years) · Intensive AP French language preparation (4 and 5 scores for our students) · Workshops for Teachers of French · Adult Beginner, intermediate and advanced language programsChristine Frin, www.elycee.com or 415.328.5357 for details.

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! 

August 2, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Waterfront Concert Series, Eureka.  We return the the annual concert series on the waterfront in Oldtown Eureka. 6:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com

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 3, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Library Park Concert Series, Lakeport.  The annual Summer Concert Series at Clear Lake. 6:30 pm.  www.rigomania.com

August 4, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Calaveras Cajun Fete, Sheep Ranch.  One of our favorite annual events! This is a fundraiser for the Calaveras Arts Council. Join us for a great barbecue dinner and dancing on the lawn at the historic Pioneer Hotel in Sheep Ranch (near Murphys).  Advance tickets recommended: www.calaverasarts.org or www.rigomania.com

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

August 5, 2012.  SMOD AT THE STERN GROVE FESTIVAL.  Malian group SMOD formed in 1999 with childhood friends Sam (the son of Malian musical duo Amadou and Mariam), Mouzy, Ousco, and Donsky (SMOD is an acronym of their first names). Inspired by early 90’s hip-hop icons like Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G, and The Roots, the four friends created their own hybrid sound; they dubbed it “Afro-Rap,” a melding of afro-centric instrumentation and rhythms with the lyrical flow of American hip-hop.  http://www.sterngrove.org/home/celebrate75/august5/

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 8, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Concert in the Plaza, Mill Valley.  The Mill Valley Summer Concert Series. 6:00-7:30 pm.  Information:  www.millvalleylibrary.org or www.rigomania.com

Opening August 10, 2012.  UNFORGIVABLE Synopsis: Francis (Andre Dussolier, Micmacs, Tell No One) is a successful crime writer who moves to Venice to work on his next novel.  When he meets model-turned-real-estate-agent Judith (Carole Bouquet, That Obscure Object of Desire, Red Lights), he is instantly infatuated.  Francis and Judith eventually marry and move to a remote house on Torcello Island but Francis’ newfound happiness hinders his writing.  Obsessing over what Judith does while at work, he hires a young ex-convict to investigate.  As Judith’s sexual past is revealed both men become increasing fixated on the mysterious woman.  Set against the beautiful backdrop of Venice, UNFORGIVABLE examines the consequences of unresolved past relationships and their far-reaching effects into the future.   Also starring Mélanie Thierry, Adriana Asti.  A film by André Téchiné (Rendez-vous, Wild Reeds, The Girl on the Train.) Directed by André Téchiné.

Opening August 10, 2012.  NUIT#1 Synopsis: Clara (Catherine de Léan) and Nikolaï (Dimitri Stroroge) meet at a rave. They return to Nikolaï’s apartment and frantically make love. Afterwards, instead of parting, the two lovers divulge their deepest secrets to one another. Nicolaï is a beautiful loner, one with great ambition which he’s unable to articulate to his peers. At thirty-one years old, he leads a simple and frugal life. He applies himself to reading the great classics of literature but never finishes a book he has begun. Unable to submit to any schedule, he finds himself unfit for work. He envisions big projects and has expansive ideas but, inevitably and despite himself, loses sight of them before they are realized. Clara, like Nikolaï, seems not to be made for this world. She leads a double life. By day, she works as a third grade teacher; by night, she is a compulsive party-girl, exorcizing or forgetting her vaunted hopes. She goes out every night, gets drunk and high, invites high-voltage sexual combinations, all the while desperately trying to fill an emotional void yet never succeeding. Though they are tempted to animas by all-too-common and divisive gender politics, politics they simultaneously fear and embrace, the friction between them is trumped by a common determination to bridge the gap that they realize afflicts the women and men of their lost, but far from hopeless, generation. Opens August 10, 2012 in the Bay Area. Official Website: http://adoptfilms.net/nuit

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 11, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ardenwood Cajun-Zydeco Festival, Fremont.  Our first appearance at this great annual festival at Ardenwood!  Information: www.ebparks.org or www.rigomania.com.

August 12, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Chouinard Winery, Castro Valley.  A second show at this beautiful East Bay winery. 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. 4:30-8:30 pm.  Advance tickets required:  www.chouinard.com or www.rigomania.com .

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, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at E.J. Phair Brewery Taproom, Pittsburg.  A new venue for us in the East Bay! 300 Cumberland St., Pittsburg. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.ejphair.com or www.rigomania.com

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 18, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Jessie's Grove Winery, Lodi.  Our first appearance at this great winery concert series! Don't miss this show!!  1973 West Turner Rd., Lodi. 7:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.jessiesgrovewinery.com or www.rigomania.com

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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