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August 9-17, 2012

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August Events  

August 8-22, 2012.  LE BESTIAIRE EXPRESSIONNISTEUn nouveau cours de 3 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par RENEE MOREL. Pourquoi dit-on que quelqu'un est "fier comme un pou" ou qu'il "avale des couleuvres" ou encore qu'on lui a "posé un lapin"? Loup, chèvre, mouton, araignée, guêpe: les Français utilisent un trésor de locutions qui forment un véritable bestiaire expressionniste. Certaines sont relativement récentes, tandis que d'autres remontent à l'époque médiévale (c'est chouette, non?).   Venez, en sautant du coq à l'âne, découvrir leur signification et leurs origines! 3 weeks (August 8, 15 & 22,  2012). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). $95. No book to purchase: short texts will be provided.   IMPORTANT: The classroom being small, you need to register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 

August 9, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents THE INTERNET’S ROLE IN A GREEN FUTURE.  Imagine a world where everything is connected to the Internet. Could this lead to greener, smarter, more energy efficient buildings?  6:30pm.  http://hosted.vresp.com/726413/5becb065cf/283817531/8f365240f7/

August 9, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MICHAEL PAGE INTERNATIONAL’S HAPPY HOUR.  A summer networking event.  Meet and mingle with business professionals from different industries and countries in a relaxed atmosphere at the patio of the Garden Hotel in Palo Alto.  Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper Street, Downtown Palo Alto, CA  94301.  6pm-8pm.  Members free, non-members $15, at the door $25.  For more information:  415.442.4717 or www.faccsf.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.  360 (directed by Fernando Meirelles).  A sexy dramatic thriller about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century, 360 starts in Vienna, weaving stories set in Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single, mesmerizing narrative. A businessman tempted to be unfaithful to his wife sets into motion a series of events which ripple around the globe with dramatic consequences, set against the backdrop of international banking crisis, the domino-effect of the Arab Spring, the threat of global flu pandemics and Euro-Zone instability. From Fernando Meirelles, director of City of God and The Constant Gardener, and featuring a terrific ensemble cast, led by Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster.  Landmark Theatres San Francisco venue tbd (415) 267-4893; Landmark Theatres Berkeley venue tbd (510) 464-5980.  Show times and tickets will be available on August 7, 2012 at:  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and at theatre box office.
Official Film Website: http://www.magpictures.com/360/

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 10-12, 2012.  FRENCH BAND JUSTICE and MALIAN DUO AMADOU & MARIAM play at OUTSIDE LANDS.  http://lineup.sfoutsidelands.com/

August 10, 2012.  AFRICOMBO plus MIDNIGHT SUN MASSIVE play Caribbean/ Haitian/ Reggae at Ashkenaz.  Lilting, infectious Afro-Haitian dance rhythms are the foundation of every concert by AfriCombo. The band brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora  with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. AfriCombo is led by Mr. G, the Haitian-born co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol.  Midnight Sun Massive  is an all-original reggae/calypso band from Sonoma County that combines potent Caribbean rhythms with conscious lyrics to move your body and your mind. The collection of  multi-instrumentalists and songwriters draws from their diverse backgrounds to  create a genre-hopping, booty-shaking experience on dance floors across the Bay  Area and beyond.  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm $12/$10 advance & students   www.ashkenaz.com 

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.  UN DEUX TROIS performs BAL MUSETTE, TRADITIONAL FRENCH & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS at The French Garden’s “Music in the Bistro,” 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.  7pm-10pm.

August 11, 2012.  SAMBA KEUR FOUTA plays at Ashkenaz!  Samba Keur Fouta blends mbalax (African-Western dance music) and Latin-style rhythms with traditional African instruments: djembe, sabar, tama (drums), and kora (harp). Samba Keur Fouta is a refreshing and energizing collaboration of four dynamic musicians with Samba Guisse, a master player of the tama (talking drum), on vocals and drums.  Growing up in Senegal, Guisse was drawn to the drum as a youth. Unlike some other musicians, he was not born into a griot family, and over the disapproval of his parents he studied with elders of the drums. He was a founding member of Kissima Diabate's Groupe Kiss and has since performed with many acclaimed ensembles such as Gueye Gueye Rhythm and Etoiles Nguewel. Guisse moved to the U.S. in 2003 and  has been featured in such local African bands as Djialy Kunda Kouyate and Sila's  Afrofunk Experience. After opening a concert by guitarist Baaba Maal, Guisse was invited to join Maal for the rest of his tour. Guisse also has a solo CD out, recorded during a 10-month trip back to Senegal.  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm  $12 / $10 students (w/valid ID)   www.ashkenaz.com  

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 11, 2012.  EAST BAY CAJUN/ZYDECO FESTIVAL.  Featuring Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band, and Tom Rigney & Flambeau.  Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.  www.ebparks.org or 1-888-EBPARKS for details.  $22/$5/ free age 3 & under.  10am-7pm.

August 11, 2012.   SAMBA KEUR FOUTA plus SOUL UNION play West African/World music.  Samba Keur Fouta  blends mbalax (African-Western dance music) and Latin-style rhythms with traditional African instruments: djembe, sabar, tama (drums), and kora (harp). Samba Keur Fouta is a refreshing and energizing collaboration of eight dynamic musicians led by Samba Guisse, a master player of the tama (talking drum), on vocals and drums.  Growing up in Senegal, Guisse was drawn to the drum as a youth. Unlike some other musicians, he was not born into a griot family, and over the disapproval of his  parents he studied with elders of the drums. He was a founding member of Kissima  Diabate's Groupe Kiss and has since performed with many acclaimed ensembles such as Gueye Gueye Rhythm and Etoiles Nguewel. Guisse moved to the U.S. in 2003 and  has been featured in such local African bands as Djialy Kunda Kouyate and Sila's  Afrofunk Experience. After opening a concert by guitarist Baaba Maal, Guisse was invited to join Maal for the rest of his tour. Guisse also has a solo CD out, recorded during a 10-month trip back to Senegal.  Chico's Soul Union plays a mix of African, Caribbean, and American music coupled with inspirational  lyrics. The band was formed in 2007 by lead singer and lyricist John Dutro and  composer/multi-instrumentalist Greg Fletcher. Poet Dutro has recorded and toured  with bands such as Mystic Roots and Pyrex and has also put two solo albums. Fletcher, who plays African instruments such as ngoni, kalimba, and djembe in Soul Union,  spent several years in the bush of Africa learning from many masters; his most recent project was playing with Congolese musician Borrina Mapaka. Backed by percussion, bass, and drums, they released a CD in 2011, "Natural Accord," with all-original  material such as "Reaching for a Better Life" and "Bossa Super Nova."  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm  $12/$10 students www.ashkenaz.com for details.

August 12, 2012.  LA BAYADERE, performed by the PARIS OPERA, at Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org for times.

August 12, 2012.  SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC CHORUS with the REDWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA plays works by BERLIOZ and more.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, SF.  415.392.4400 or www.sflc.org for details.  $20-$45.  3pm.

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 12-14, 2012.  LA CEREMONIE (8/12) and DIDINE (8/13) and LES AMBITIEUX (8/15).  The Rafael joins with the Roxie in San Francisco in observing the publication of The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses, the new book by Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.  In The Beauty of the Real, Mick LaSalle describes a golden age currently going on for French actresses, at a time in which Hollywood actresses are becoming increasingly marginalized. Based on one-on-one interviews and his own film viewing, LaSalle profiles recent generations of French film stars and pays tribute to their onscreen intelligence, courage and artistry. Because of the vagaries of U.S. film and DVD distribution, certain films LaSalle discusses are not readily available. Some are included in the screenings at the Rafael (August 12-14) and the Roxie (August 17-23). For a complete schedule of the Roxie's screenings, visit www.roxie.com  Mick LaSalle is scheduled to appear at the Sunday and Monday Rafael shows, and tentatively Tuesday. He will also sign copies of The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses (Stanford University Press), which will be available for sale at the Rafael.  Special thanks to the Roxie, including Rick Norris and Elliot Lavine, and to the Consulate General of France, San Francisco, including Nora Orallo, Cultural Project Leader.  http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/films/1739.html

August 13-18, 2012.  LEFT BANK CELEBRATES VIN ROSÉ ET CUISINE PROVENÇALE.  The Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries in Larkspur, San Jose and Menlo Park will be celebrating "Vin Rosé et Cuisine Provençale", the rosé wine and food of Provence, France, beginning on Monday, August 13 and continuing through Saturday, August 18. They will feature a choice of three Provence appellation rosé wines selected by Master Sommelier Eric Entrikin and offered in a flight of two ounce pours for $18.00 (also served by the glass, carafe or bottle, if available) ideal for enjoying along with a selection of special a la carte Provençale-inspired menus items that will vary depending on the restaurant location. All regular a la carte lunch and dinner offerings will also be available.  This celebration affords Left Bank Brasserie guests the opportunity to partake of a taste of Provence in dining rooms awash in lavender and sunflowers. * Menu specials in Larkspur – Fish Soup with garlic croutons and spicy aïoli ($7.50); Crisp Puff Pastry Tart with onion compote, Niçoise olives and anchovies ($11.50); Mussels baked with fennel, cream, and anis flavored liquor ($11.75); Grilled Lamb Chops with chickpea fritters, honey and garlic sautéed spinach ($29.75); and a Lemon Tart with raspberries and crumbled meringue ($6.95). * Menu specials in Santana Row in San Jose - Potato Garlic spread with summer vegetables and grilled garlic country bread ($9.50); Provençale-style Pizza with caramelized onions, oven dried tomatoes, Niçoise olives and anchovy ($12.75); Tomato Braised Beef Stew with white wine, garlic, onions, green olives, herbs de Provence and creamy parmesan risotto ($25.00); Bouillabaisse with mussels, prawns, clams, scallops, saffron, aïoli, parmesan and garlic toast ($34.00); and a Melon Tart with pastry crust, vanilla pastry cream and caramelized melon ($8.00). * Menu specials in Menlo Park - Stuffed calamari with ground pork, fines herbs, sweet corn, heirloom tomato vinaigrette and baby frisée ($12.75); Grilled eggplant spread with tahini, roasted garlic, sundried tomato tapenade and grilled baguette ($12.50); Grilled Swordfish with herbs de Provence, French fingerling potatoes, sweet pepper, sauce Basquaise and Arbequina olive oil ($26.50); and a Melon Tart with pastry crust, vanilla pastry cream and caramelized melon ($8.00). * All three locations will be pouring Domaine de Terrebrune 2011 Bandol (50% Mourvedre, 25% each Grenache and Cinsault; $18.00 a glass, $46.00 a carafe, $64.00 a bottle), Clos Sainte Madeleine 2011 Cassis (70 % Grenache, 15% each of Mourvedre and Cinsault; $22.00 a glass, $58.00 a carafe), and Chateau D’Esclans 2011 Côtes du Provence (Grenache and Rolle; $18.00 a glass, $46.00 a carafe, $64.00 a bottle).  www.leftbank.com for addresses and further details.

August 14, 2012.   COURTABLEU plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Named after a legendary bayou in southwest Louisiana immortalized in Cajun accordion hero Nathan Abshire's song "Sur le Courtableu," the Bay Area band Courtableu  is comprised of veterans of the local Cajun/zydeco scene who perform classic Cajun dancehall music in the style of Aldus Roger and Walter Mouton, with electric guitar, bass, and drums added to the traditional fiddle and accordion. Fiddler Richard Chon (Swamp Coolers, Sons of the San Joaquin, Saddle Cats) joins Creole Belles accordionist-singer Maureen Karpan, guitarist Gordon Clegg, bassist Bob Huberman, and drummer Sam Siggins. All played and studied with legendary accordionist and teacher Danny Poullard. Their dedication to the authentic Cajun honky-tonk sound and their vibrant, soulful performances have won them many friends and admirers among lovers of French Louisiana music.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm  $10  www.ashkenaz.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

Opening August 17, 2012.  2 DAYS IN NEW YORK.  Directed by Julie Delpy 91 mn, France/ Germany/ US 2012.  2 Days in New York is director/co-writer Julie Delpy's deliciously witty follow-up to her film 2 Days in Paris. Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion's jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister's outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=114462  for details.

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, 2012. CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.  Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot. 6:30pm to 8pm. info@afberkeley.org for details.

August 17, 2012.  MYSTIC MAN & LAKAY plus THE FUNKANAUTS play Caribbean/Reggae/Funk  at Ashkenaz.  Haitian-born Mystic Man  uses his music as a force to unite diverse souls and strives to carry that ethic  to audiences and to the larger world. His nine-member band Lakay's funky and dance-oriented music incorporates a broad range of styles - calypso, reggae, soca, kompa, soukous, highlife, dancehall, and more. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mystic Man writes and arranges original songs that draw on folkloric traditions from his homeland,  combined with influences from throughout the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. Though Haiti - the world's first independent black nation - has suffered devastating loss from natural disasters including hurricane and earthquake, as well as political crises, Mystic Man and Lakay bring hope through celebrating the country's rich culture.  Known to followers as the Brothas from Planet Funk and the Guardians of the Good  Groove, the Funkanauts  bring deep rhythms from the farthest reaches of space. At least that's what their music sounds like. They truly believe that music can change the world, especially if it's rooted in the foundations of groups such as Ohio Players and Funkadelic.  Lead guitarist and vocalist Jay Stone Collins - the 2007 winner of the Guitarmageddon sponsored by Guitar Center - organized the group in 1997, along the way adding members who understood the funk and keep the groove alive.  Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm $13/$10 advance & students -   www.ashkenaz.com

August 17-24 2012.  SWISSNEX and FEEL THE SKIN:  A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH presents YANN MARUSSICH and BLEU REMIX. Swiss artist Yann Marussich tours California with Bleu Remix, an intense performance in which a mysterious blue liquid oozes through the layers of the artist’s skinThe skin is our largest and most visible organ, but do we ever really look at it? The skin is a barrier between our internal vital organs and the external world. But it does more than protect us—it is also a sensitive organ through which we sweat and experience touch, pain, cold, and heat. Artists, historians, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, biologists, and engineers take part in this thematic series about the skin and bring their own interpretations of this fantastic living envelope.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org// 

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.  LA JOURNEE PORTES OUVERTES / OPEN HOUSE AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1pm.  Join us for a day of festivity while learning what the Alliance Française has to offer. Participants will have a chance to take a placement test, attend a sample class, and receive a 10% discount on their class registration*. There will be a book sale, refreshments, and live music!   *The discount is valid for that day and for new students of the Alliance only.   Call us for more info at 415-775-7755. 1pm-5pm & entirely free (except for the refreshments) and open to the public. www.afsf.com 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 18 & 19, 2012.  LA FETE DE LA BIERE.  Left Bank Brasserie at Santana Row is hosting the second in their summer beer pairing series, La Fête de la Bière, on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, from noon to 4:00 p.m. The local brewery featured will be Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, an award winning, certified organic brewery. Guests can enjoy a $40.00 four-course tasting menu with beer pairings served outside on Left Bank’s patio, in the style of a traditional beer garden. The regular Left Bank a la carte menu will also be served all day.  The prix fixe menu will be prepared by Left Bank Chef David Bastide and will be paired with four of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing's handcrafted beers. The cost of this menu excludes tax and gratuity. Call (408) 984-3500 to make a reservation or email to lleventhal@leftbank.com.  Left Bank Brasserie at Santana Row is located at 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, in San Jose, California. The telephone number is (408) 984-3500. Visit Left Bank Brasserie on the Web at www.leftbank.com.

August 19, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents SKIN DEEP:  YANN MARUSSICH WORKSHOP.  Body performer Yann Marussich offers full insights into the creative and physiological processes that are featured in his performance pieces.  10am.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//

August 20, 2012.  SOUTHERN EUROPE.  Part of the WORLD TRAVEL TIPS: PLAN YOUR OWN TRIP series that includes Paris.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  Taught by Rea Franjetic.  10:00am-11:30am.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 20, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents EMERGING TRENDS IN FINANCING AND GROWING LIFE SCIENCE COMPANIES.  The Financial crisis has changed the financing paradigm for Life Science companies. Funding and Growing R&D-intensive life science companies has become more challenging than ever.  Our speakers will talk about their experience and insights into the latest developments on how to fund and grow life science ventures.  6:00 - 7:00pm: Registration and Networking Reception 7:00 - 8:30pm: Panel Presentation and Q&A Discussion 8:30 - 9:00pm: Networking Reception and Wrap-up  Panelists: Sami Hamadé, Partner, Aberdare Ventures George Milstein, Managing Director, Cowen Group Martin (Marty) Waters, Partner M&A, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich&Rosati  Moderator: Jean-Frédéric Viret, Chief Financial Officer, diaDexus Cap Gemini Office, 4 000 Shoreline Court Suite 210 South San Francisco CA 94080   6:00 - 9:00 pm  Members: $15 Non-members: $25 At the door: $40   http://faccsf.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=317 for details.

August 21, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8pm).  www.ashkenaz.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

August 23, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT. The French American Chamber of Commerce, The British American Business Council and The German American Business Association invite you to join us for a wonderful Networking Event  Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere!  These events regularly attract more than 150 international business professionals and due to its popularity is reserved exclusively for Members of the partnering organizations and one guest per member only.  This event always sells out fast so register now to avoid disappointment.  Address: Hult International Business School 1355 Sansome Street San Francisco, CA 94111   Parking: Levis Plaza Garage adjacent to Hult Sansome & Greenwich San Francisco, CA 94111 6:00 - 8:00 pm  Members $20 Non-members $30 At the door $45 (Subject to availability).  415-442-4717 or www.faccsf.com for details.

Opening August 24, 2012.  CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, 93 min, France, 2011.   With Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer and Maria de Medeiros.  Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. He searches for a replacement, and finding none that sounds quite the same, he vows to die.

August 24, 2012.  DANIEL WOLFF talks about THE FIGHT FOR HOME:  HOW (PARTS OF) NEW ORLEANS CAME BACK.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  7pm.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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

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

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

Through 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

August 29, 2012.  THE LADY AND THE DUKE (Rohmer; 129 minutes).  A Scottish aristocrat in revolutionary France; film is based upon her journals. Rohmer's 2001 film won multiple awards, and outraged the French,who considered it pro-royalist. 129 minutes. Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ 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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2 DAYS IN NEW YORK.  Directed by Julie Delpy 91 mn, France/ Germany/ US 2012.  2 Days in New York is director/co-writer Julie Delpy's deliciously witty follow-up to her film 2 Days in Paris. Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion's jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister's outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=114462  for details. Opening August 17, 2012.

360 (directed by Fernando Meirelles).  A sexy dramatic thriller about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century, 360 starts in Vienna, weaving stories set in Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single, mesmerizing narrative. A businessman tempted to be unfaithful to his wife sets into motion a series of events which ripple around the globe with dramatic consequences, set against the backdrop of international banking crisis, the domino-effect of the Arab Spring, the threat of global flu pandemics and Euro-Zone instability. From Fernando Meirelles, director of City of God and The Constant Gardener, and featuring a terrific ensemble cast, led by Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster.  Landmark Theatres San Francisco venue tbd (415) 267-4893; Landmark Theatres Berkeley venue tbd (510) 464-5980.  Show times and tickets will be available on August 7, 2012 at:  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and at theatre box office.
Official Film Website: http://www.magpictures.com/360/ Opening August 10, 2012.

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

LES AMBITIEUX.  With Mick LaSalle, Roxie, SF,  http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/films/1739.html August 14, 2012.

LA BAYADERE, performed by the PARIS OPERA, at Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org for times. August 12, 2012.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.  Prize-winning film at Cannes set in the southern Louisiana bayou.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

LA CEREMONIE.  With Mick LaSalle, Roxie, SF,  http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/films/1739.html August 12, 2012. 

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, 93 min, France, 2011.   With Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer and Maria de Medeiros.  Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. He searches for a replacement, and finding none that sounds quite the same, he vows to die.  Opening August 24, 2012..

LE DIABLE PROBABLEMENT / THE DEVIL, PROBABLY, directed by French master ROBERT BRESSON, opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement at SF Film Society Cinema.  One of Bresson’s greatest and least-seen movies, THE DEVIL, PROBABLY, paints a dark picture of wasted youth and beauty. New 35mm print.  Constructed as a flashback from news reports of a young man's suspicious suicide, Robert Bresson's splenetic 1977 drama puts the post-1968 world on trial and judges it unlivable. Charles (Antoine Monnier), a quietly imperious sensualist of blazing intelligence, lives idly in a bare garret and does little but brazenly chase women. Essaying the gamut of modern pursuits -- politics, religion, education, drugs, psychoanalysis -- he finds them all pointless, and his despair is deepened by atrocious documentary footage of dire pollution that he watches at the home of the writer and environmentalist Michel (Henri de Maublanc), whose girlfriend he steals. Bresson's chilling visions of daily life -- including a brilliant sequence aboard a bus that depicts the mechanical world as a horror -- suggest its hostility to the passions of youth. The film, however, offers a near-parody of the tamped-down spiritual universe of Bresson's earlier work: these children of the revolution tremble with uncertainty, and their loose gestures and shambling ways conflict with his precise images. Both the world and Bresson's cinema are in disarray, and the signs of his inner conflict are deeply troubling and tremendously moving (Richard Brody, The New Yorker).Written by Robert Bresson. Photographed by Pasqualino De Santis. With Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc. In French with subtitles. 95 min. Distributed by Film Desk.  www.sffs.org for details.

DIDINE.  With Mick LaSalle, Roxie, SF,  http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/films/1739.html August 12, 2012..

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN.  French historical drama of Marie Antoinette, by director Benoît Jacquot.  Landmark Cinemas.  http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/farewellmyqueen/ Embarcadero, SF; Albany Twin, Albany; Piedmont; CinéArts @ Pleasant Hill.

LA FILLE DU PUISATIER / 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. Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

THE INTOUCHABLES.  Clay, SF; Piedmont; Shattuck, Berkeley.

THE LADY AND THE DUKE (Rohmer; 129 minutes).  A Scottish aristocrat in revolutionary France; film is based upon her journals. Rohmer's 2001 film won multiple awards, and outraged the French,who considered it pro-royalist. 129 minutes. Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details. August 29, 2012.

LITTLE WHITE LIES.  Directed by Guillaume Canet 150 mn, France 2010.  With Jean Dujardin, Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet. French box-office sensation Little White Lies is an ensemble dramatic comedy by Guillaume Canet. Ludovic is a central figure in a close-knit group of Parisian friends in the prime of life, each of whom has attained personal and professional success. But after leaving a nightclub in the early-morning hours, Ludo's life changes suddenly, tragically and irrevocably. As Ludo clings to life in an intensive care unit, his ex-girlfriend Marie and his concerned friends half-heartedly embark on a shortened version of their planned annual summer getaway at Max's vacation home in Cap Ferrat in the southwest of France.  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=105784 Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, www.cafilm.org for details. Opening August 31, 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. Official Website: http://adoptfilms.net/nuit. Clay, SF; Elmwood, Berkeley.  Opening August 10, 2012

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS.  WEST COAST THEATRICAL PREMIERE!! A wonderfully wistful romantic comedy that should provide just the right prescription for the dog days of summer. A pair of abnormally shy people--a young woman with a devilishly delicious secret and the local Parisian chocolatier she goes to work for--are thrown together in an irresistible blend of comedy and pathos. Despite the hilarious complications this seemingly impossible relationship throws out there, these two confused souls somehow manage to entwine themselves in each other's lives--with many eye-opening surprises along the way! A genuine delight from start to end, particularly those with a fondness for films like CHOCOLAT and AMELIE. Starring Isabelle Carre, Benoit Poelvoorde, Lorella Cravotta, Lise Lametrie. Written by Jean-Pierre Ameris and Philippe Blasband. Directed by Jean-Pierre Ameries. In color. DIGITAL. 80 mins. 2011. In French, with English sub-titles. 2011. NIGHTLY at 7pm & 9pm plus Sat. + Sun. at 2pm & 4pm  Roxie, SF.  www.roxie.com

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.

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

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

ART 

Through August 17, 2012.  TREES, presented by SWISSNEX.  Surround-sound installation trees: Downy Oak shows you how to listen to the forest—and how tuning in to the woods reveals a bigger story about physiological and climatic cycles in the ecosystem.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montogomery St., SF.  Reception July 24, 6:30pm.

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.

Through August 31, 2012.  LUCIEN CLERGUE & ANDREAS NOTTEBOHM, PAINTINGS.  Modernism, 685 Market St., SF.  415.541.0461 or www.modernisminc.com for details.

Through August 31, 2012.  LIZBETH MEUSE presents EYE OF HAITI at Book Passage.  Lizbeth Meuse is a Marin County photographer with a penchant for humanitarian projects.  After delivering 30 cameras to a Haitian orphanage, Lizbeth facilitated this project to empower kids by giving them a voice through their own photography.  Her company, Savage Atlas, works with artisan cooperatives worldwide.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com or www.lizbethmeuse.com for more details. 

Through September 1, 2012.  LETHAL INJECTION, with works by NICOLAS GIRAUD (of Toulouse), ROBERT BOWEN, ISAAC PIERRO & PHILIP LAWSON.  111 Minna Gallery, SF.  415.979.1719 or www.111minnagallery.com for details.

Through September 8, 2012.  SPILT MILK, by SWISS-BORN ARTIST ELI GEISER. Two groups of new works.  The "language pictures" are strictly geometrical compositions with visual words written in an originally developed color-alphabet. These precise, conceptual paintings contrast sharply with Geiser's second group of new work -- carefully crafted assemblages of witty and evocative found objects. Although the two groups speak in different languages, the artist's tone consistently reveals a playful joy in collecting both words and materials.  Eli Geiser was born and raised in Switzerland and has lived in San Francisco since 2007.  Eli was originally trained as a ceramics painter, before receiving her degree in Zurich as a teacher of handicraft and textile works. Her work has shown in galleries throughout Europe and the USA.  Mercury Twenty Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland, CA.  http://www.mercurytwenty.com/  Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 4th from 4-7pm (with an Artists' Talk at 5pm followed by a performance by Chris Van Pelt) Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: August 3rd from 6-9pm.

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. 

Through October 14, 2012.  MARCEL DUCHAMP:  THE BOOK AND THE BOX.  Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated BooksThe rarely seen Boîte en Valise (1941) and Sur Marcel Duchamp (1959) take center stage in this small-focus exhibition featuring seven artworks by Marcel Duchamp (1877–1968) that refuse to conform to traditional bibliographic structure, hovering between book, objet d’art, and sculpture. The Boîte for example is a leather suitcase that contains miniature replicas, photographs, and color reproductions of Duchamp’s other works. Another work defying categorization is the catalogue of the exhibition Le Surrealisme in 1947 with its Duchamp-designed cover of a hand-colored foam-rubber breast mounted on a piece of irregularly shaped black velvet.  The exhibition complements the presentation of Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism. Ray and Duchamp were friends and collaborators for over 50 years. Ray’s photographs of Duchamp and Duchamp’s “readymades” are included in the Boîte en Valise, Sur Marcel Duchamp, and Monte Carlo Bond (1924/1938); the cover of the magazine Minotaur (1935) shows one of Duchamp’s “rotoreliefs” superimposed on Man Ray’s photograph Dust Breeding (1920).  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/marcel-duchamp-book-and-box

Through October 14, 2012.  MAN RAY | LEE MILLER:  PARTNERS IN SURREALISM.  Man Ray |Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism consists of approximately 115 photographs, paintings, drawings and manuscripts that explore the creative interaction between Man Ray and Lee Miller, two giants of European Surrealism. This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the pair’s artistic relationship. It also includes selected works by artists in Ray and Miller’s circle in Paris, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Roland Penrose, Dora Maar, and a small sculpture by Alexander Calder.  From 1929 to 1932, Man Ray and Lee Miller lived together in Paris, first as teacher and student, and later as lovers. Their mercurial relationship resulted in some of the most powerful works of each artist’s career, and helped shape the course of modern art. The two artists inspired each other equally, collaborating on several projects. Though they lived together for only three years, the exhibition examines the lingering effect each had on the other’s art. Connecting photography with other media, the exhibition reveals how the Surrealists combined imagery in unexpected ways, creating extraordinary feats of imagination.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/man-ray-lee-miller-partners-surrealism

Through October 14, 2012.  RENE BOUCHE (1905-1963):  LETTERS FROM POST-WAR PARIS. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th at Clement, SF. 415.750.3600 or www.legionofhonororg for details. 

Through November 11, 2012.  WHEN ARTISTS ATTACK THE KING:  HONORE DAUMIER AND LA CARIACATURE, 1830-1835.  Pioneering Political Satire on View at StanfordLong before Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh was sentenced to 25 lashings for drawing a parliament member in a soccer jersey, 19th-century caricaturist Honoré Daumier and his colleagues at the weekly Paris journal La Caricature endured prison sentences, fines, and litigation for their scathing portraits of king Louis-Philippe I of France, who came to power after the Revolution of 1830. The Cantor Arts Center presents 50 of these pioneering satirical works in “When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830–1835,” which opens August 1. The exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Cantor Arts Center, also features issues of La Caricature and large Daumier lithographs published for L’Association Mensuelle, a monthly print subscription associated with La Caricature.  The show’s most provocative prints represent the king as la poire, a bulbous pear. But the artists mercilessly lampooned everything about the July Monarchy, as Louis-Philippe’s reign was known—its ministers, their censorship of the press, their role in the inequalities of French society. The tone in the presented works ranges from mocking to outraged: from depictions of government officials as marionettes to the gruesome aftermath of government troops shooting an entire working-class family after a riot. “When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830–1835” is made possible through the support of the Halperin Exhibitions Fund.  http://museum.stanford.edu/news_room/daumier.html

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  

August 8-22, 2012.  LE BESTIAIRE EXPRESSIONNISTEUn nouveau cours de 3 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par RENEE MOREL. Pourquoi dit-on que quelqu'un est "fier comme un pou" ou qu'il "avale des couleuvres" ou encore qu'on lui a "posé un lapin"? Loup, chèvre, mouton, araignée, guêpe: les Français utilisent un trésor de locutions qui forment un véritable bestiaire expressionniste. Certaines sont relativement récentes, tandis que d'autres remontent à l'époque médiévale (c'est chouette, non?).   Venez, en sautant du coq à l'âne, découvrir leur signification et leurs origines! 3 weeks (August 8, 15 & 22,  2012). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). $95. No book to purchase: short texts will be provided.   IMPORTANT: The classroom being small, you need to register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334 

Beginning August 20, 2012.  NEW FALL CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   1345 Bush St., San Francisco.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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

Fall 2012.   UNDERSTAND FRENCH MOVIES, at THE FRENCH CLASS. - French cinema. 8 weeks (2 movies): $210. 4 weeks (one movie): $110.  1_-hour class. A great way to improve your comprehension and vocabulary. View one or two movies in small sections, learn vocabulary and street French, discuss the movie. Monday 4:00-5:30 p.m.  or Tuesday 2:30-4:00 p.m. or Wednesday 4:00-5:30 p.m. or Thursday 2:00-3:30 p.m. - French regions. 8 weeks. $210. Per class $35. 1_-hour class. Explore two or three regions per week: history, traditions, food, art with illustrations and an informative, dynamic and interactive presentation. Monday p.m. 1:00-2:30 or Tuesday p.m.  4:00-5:30 or Wednesday a.m. 9:00-10:30 or Wednesday p.m.12:30-2:00 or Thursday p.m. 4:30-6:00 or Friday a.m.10:30-12:00. More new classes coming up in the Fall. Please visit our web site regularly or call us at (415) 362-3666 or ask by email: info@frenchclass.com about new courses coming up. www.thefrenchclass.com 

Through September 4, 2012.  TUESDAY WORKSHOPS AT THE FRENCH CLASS - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Members: $12 - Non-members: $15. Small group. Space is limited. Register early. Perfect to REVIEW the practical aspects of French grammar with clear and useful examples, and plenty of time for questions. August 14. More than Perfect: Le plus-que-parfait et le conditionnel passé.  A global review and practice of main verbs and practical sentences. August 21. The Subjunctive Clinic: If it's broken, we'll fix it! A global review and practice of main verbs and practical sentences. August 28. Unconditionally Polite: Le conditionnel présent. Review and practice the main verbs, practical sentences and cultural elements. September 4. Perfect Imperfect: L'imparfait et le passé composé. A global review and practice of main verbs and practical sentences. Great examples! www.thefrenchclass.com 

Beginning September 6, 2012.  FALL CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Beginning, intermediate & advanced levels available. info@afberkeley.org for details.

September 11-October 30, 2012.  FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR.  Taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 17-October 29, 2012.  FRENCH FOR MOVIE LOVERS.  Taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 29-October 20, 2012.  ATELIER DE THEATRE avec ROLAND DAVID-VALAYRE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Un bon niveau du français parlé nécessaire.  Inscrivez-vous pour 4 samedis.  info@afberkeley.org for details.

October-November 2012.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by ANNE BISHOP.  Including Beginning French, Intermediate French, Upper Intermediate French, Advanced French, and Cours de perfectionnement.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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! 

September 2, 2012.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP.  Sélection de lecture : Les chemins de Katmandou, par René Barjavel.  Voyant la révolte de mai 68 défaite, Olivier, jeune étudiant, décide d’abandonner ses combats utopiques révolutionnaires, et de se rendre au Népal.  Commence alors sa quête solitaire de Katmandou, la ville bouddhique sacrée vers laquelle converge une foule hétérogène à la recherche, les uns d’argent facile et de réussite rapide, les autres d’idéaux religieux ou sociaux, en passant par une multitude séduite par les appels de la drogue qui y circule abondamment à cette époque.  Les chemins de Katmandou sont les interminables routes désertes ou surpeuplées qui se perdent à l’horizon, et que chacun consacre sa vie à parcourir. Ce sont les destinées des êtres, qui se rencontrent, se croisent, bifurquent, se perdent, et, parfois, se retrouvent. Ce sont les tracés innombrables et minuscules de toute parcelle de vie partie à la rencontre de ce qui l’attend au bout du chemin.  Au Coquelet Cafe, 2000 University Ave., Berkeley.  3pm-5pm.  Tous ceux qui aiment lire et discuter en français sont les bienvenus.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net, tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group

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 10, 2012.   DBF with MARIE-ANGE DULLEGE.  Details to follow.  www.faccsf.com

September 12, 2012.  JEFFERSON IN PARIS (James Ivory; 144 minutes).  Jefferson, the American Revolution, slaveholding, the French Revolution, Merchant/Ivory! Nick Nolte is Tom Jefferson in this 1995 film. 144 minutes. Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details.

September 14, 2012.  DEGUSTATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Renseignements à suivre.  info@afberkeley.edu for details.

September 17, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents EXECUTIVE ANONYME.  Details to follow.  www.faccsf.com .

September 19 & 26, 2012.  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION.  Two lectures by KERRIN MEIS analyzing paintings, sculptures and drawings by GAUGUIN, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, MATISSE, PICASSO, DERAIN, ROUAULT, VUILLARD and BONNARD.  2pm-3:45pm.  Field trips.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

September 21-23, 2012.  LES DELICES – LE HAUTBOIS FRANÇAIS.  Debra Nagy, oboe; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.  The lush and lyrical sounds of the first great oboe music from the late 17th century, with suites by François Couperin and François Chauvon and arrangements of airs sérieux by Michel Lambert and Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre.  Venues:  Fridays in Palo Alto:  All concerts at 8pm at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue at Webster; Saturdays in Berkeley:  All concerts at 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber except September 22 & October 20, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (SMMP), 2005 Berryman at Milvia; and December 1, at First Congregational Church (FCC), Dana at Durant.  Sundays in San Francisco:  All concerts at 4pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, except December 2 & March 10 at 7:30pm.  Tickets: Call 510-528-1725, Mon.–Thurs. 9:00–11:30am.  By mail: Send order form to: SFEMS Box Office, P.O. Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709.  In person: At each concert, 45 minutes before start time.  http://www.sfems.org/

September 26, 2012.  DANTON (dir. Andrzej Wag, 136 minutes).  Why might a director from Poland make this biopic in 1983, with the Solidarity movement at its height? With Gerard Depardieu as Danton. 136 minutes. Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details.

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.

September 27-30, 2012.  CELEBRATE INNOVATION IN FILM AT THE PALO ALTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  PAIFF is a four day festival celebrating new forms of storytelling using technological innovations.  Featuring 50 films, 20 speakers, 4 Parties, local Wine Bars, and 4 FREE Outdoor Films!  http://paiff.net/ for details.  Films will be announced August 11, 2012.

October 4-14, 2012.  THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  FACS is proud to be one of the main sponsors of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Experience this annual event which is a celebration of the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF brings together a community of filmmakers and film lovers to Mill Valley. Film and event listings will be announced September 11th on www.mvff.com

October 10, 2012.  LA MARSEILLAISE (dir. Jean Renoir, b/w, 135 minutes).  Renoir - son of the impressionist painter - sees the early Revolution through the eyes of two peasants. Filmed in 1938, as Europe faced war once again.  Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details.

October 10, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents THE CHANGING VIEW OF SKIN AND HAIR DISEASES.  Pustules, boils, warts, psoriasis, and rashes have not always been looked at in the same manner. Dermatologists and historians discuss how physicians and their patients have interpreted and treated skin problems from the Enlightenment up through today. http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//

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  

October 24, 2012.  MARIE ANTOINETTE (dir W.S. Van Dyke, 120 minutes).  Before Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola, Norma Shearer was Marie Antoinette. With John Barrymore as Louis XV. 1938, black and white, 120 minutes. Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details.

October 28, 2012.  GRÉGOIRE MARE QUARTET.  Swiss jazz harmonica player brings his quartet to the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Gould Theater, Legion of Honor.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details

November 1-2, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents SKINGULAR:  SKIN AND IDENTITY.  swissnex San Francisco will take part in the Bay Area Science Festival with topics around traces and identification in forensic science. Christophe Champod, Professor of Forensic Science at the University of Lausanne, author and science writer Mary Roach and maybe even the San Francisco Police Department will be part of the discussion.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org//

November 1-8, 2012.  CELEBRATE FRENCH CINEMA NOW.  For the fifth consecutive year the French American Cultural Society is sponsoring French Cinema Now, presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society. French Cinema Now offers a comprehensive overview of the latest currents in French cinema. Some of France's most impressive filmmakers will attend in person to be introduced to Bay Area cinephiles. http://www.sffs.org/ for details.

November 7 & 14, 2012.  NAPOLEON (dir. Abel Gance).  Gance's masterpiece was performed with live music this spring for a fortunate few San Franciscans. You won't have to spend the big bucks they did; this viewing is free. With the (newer) score written by Francis Ford Coppola's nephew for this 1927 classic.   Part I, 11/7; Part II, 11/14.  Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details.

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.  DORADO SCHMITT AND THE DJANGO ALLSTARS.  San Francisco Jazz Festival.  Herbst Theatre.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org 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.

November 28, 2012.  ORPHANS OF THE STORM (dir. D. W. Griffith).  One of D.W. Griffith's best known films. 1921, with Lillian and Dorothy Gish as the orphaned pair in revolutionary France.  Screened during the series FILM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Wednesday evenings, Darwin 107, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Admission is free.  Revolutionaries and moviegoers of all stripes are welcome!  5pm.  707.664.2313 or http://www.sonoma.edu/history/ for details.

November 28-30. 2012.  PINK MARTINI PLAYS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

November 30-December 2, 2012.  MUSICA PACIFICA plays NOEL, NOEL!  CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM 18TH CENTURY ITALY, FRANCE AND GERMANY. Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Shirley Hunt, cello, gamba; Charles Sherman, organ & harpsichord; with guests Clara Rottsolk, soprano; and Debra Nagy, oboe.  Guest artists Nagy and Rottsolk enrich the sonorities of one of the Bay Area’s most colorful and lauded chamber ensembles. Featured works include Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto “La Pastorella,” H.I.F. Biber’s “Nativity” Sonata, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Christmas Cantata.  Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre.  Venues:  Fridays in Palo Alto:  All concerts at 8pm at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue at Webster; Saturdays in Berkeley:  All concerts at 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber except September 22 & October 20, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (SMMP), 2005 Berryman at Milvia; and December 1, at First Congregational Church (FCC), Dana at Durant.  Sundays in San Francisco:  All concerts at 4pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, except December 2 & March 10 at 7:30pm.  Tickets: Call 510-528-1725, Mon.–Thurs. 9:00–11:30am.  By mail: Send order form to: SFEMS Box Office, P.O. Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709.  In person: At each concert, 45 minutes before start time.  http://www.sfems.org/

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 1-3, 2013.  MUSIC OF THE SPHERES plays DÉJÀ VU.  Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba; Jeanne Johnson, violin;  Elegance and inspiration in the dance suites of Jean-Fery Rebel and Jean-Marie Leclair and the works of musical pioneer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.  Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre.  Venues:  Fridays in Palo Alto:  All concerts at 8pm at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue at Webster; Saturdays in Berkeley:  All concerts at 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber except September 22 & October 20, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (SMMP), 2005 Berryman at Milvia; and December 1, at First Congregational Church (FCC), Dana at Durant.  Sundays in San Francisco:  All concerts at 4pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, except December 2 & March 10 at 7:30pm.  Tickets: Call 510-528-1725, Mon.–Thurs. 9:00–11:30am.  By mail: Send order form to: SFEMS Box Office, P.O. Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709.  In person: At each concert, 45 minutes before start time.  http://www.sfems.org/

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 8-10, 2013.  CANÇONIÈR performs CHOREOMANIA:  MUSIC FOR THE DANCING PLAGUES OF THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE. Tim Rayborn, voice, percussion, psaltery & ud; Annette Bauer, recorder; Shira Kammen, vielle, harp & voice; Phoebe Jevtovic, voice;  Tom Zajac, recorder.  From fiery tarantellas to penitential prayers, music to appease divine wrath, or just the ultimate Dance Fever.  Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre.  Venues:  Fridays in Palo Alto:  All concerts at 8pm at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue at Webster; Saturdays in Berkeley:  All concerts at 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber except September 22 & October 20, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (SMMP), 2005 Berryman at Milvia; and December 1, at First Congregational Church (FCC), Dana at Durant.  Sundays in San Francisco:  All concerts at 4pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, except December 2 & March 10 at 7:30pm.  Tickets: Call 510-528-1725, Mon.–Thurs. 9:00–11:30am.  By mail: Send order form to: SFEMS Box Office, P.O. Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709.  In person: At each concert, 45 minutes before start time.  http://www.sfems.org/

March 29, 2013.  GIPSY KINGS perform with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.   

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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