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September 6-14, 2012

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September Events  

September 5-October 15, 2012.  HOMAGE TO ROMY SCHNEIDER, exhibition & film series.  "2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Romy Schneider, the German actress who became an international film star. Our "Homage to Romy Schneider" is devoted to the extensive work of this actress who in the second half of the 20th century was regarded as one of the biggest stars of German and French cinema." Goethe Institute, San Francisco, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm for details.

September 6, 2012.  THE HISTORY OF BALLET:  FROM LOUIS XIV TO NUREYEV, by MURIEL MAFFRE, former principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet.  1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

September 6-9, 2012.  THE AGE OF GOLD.  Directed by Luis Bunuel; Screenplay Salvador Dali; 63 mn, France 1930.  In a series of thematically-linked vignettes, a couple's attempts at a fulfilling and consummated romantic relationship are continually thwarted by the bourgeois values and sexual mores of Family, Church, and Society. In the course of seeking sexual release and satisfaction, the woman sublimates her sexual passion by fellating the toe of a religious statue.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details.

September 7, 2012.  DENO GLANOPOULOUS, piano, performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608 or www.oldfirstchurch.org for details.  $14-$17.  8pm.

September 7, 2012.  BARBARELLA:  QUEEN OF THE GALAXY.  (Dir. Roger Vadim; 1968 sci-fi classic, with Jane Fonda.)  French Film Club of Palo Alto.  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

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 8, 2012.  THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN presented by FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK, San Rafael, China Camp Sate Park (at the village)  www.filmnight.org.

September 9, 2012.  SURREALIST FILMS at the Legion of Honor:  L’ETOILE DE MER (dir. Man Ray) and LE SANG D’UN POETE (dir. Jean Cocteau).  2pm.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org for details.

Beginning September 10, 2012.  ATELIER D’ECRITURE EN FRANÇAIS.  Samantha Vandersteen alias Sam Vansteen propose des ateliers d’ecriture en francais a compter du 10 septembre. LES LUNDIS DE 10h30 a 12h00 a LILI MERVEILLE au 552 Hayes Street SAN FRANCISCO Si vous etes interesse mais que cela ne correspond pas a votre emploi du temps n’hesitez pas a appeler ou envoyer un email. Il est question de former plusieurs groupes au cours de l’annee. Maximum de 12 personnes par classe $45 par classe TEL : 415 885 9209 Mail : samvansteen@gmail.com

September 10, 2012.  DBF avec ANNE-MARIE DULIEGE, Chief Medical Officer, Affimax Inc., in partnership with THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Anne-Marie Duliege MD MS has been the Chief Medical Officer of Affymax Inc., since July 31, 2007. Dr. Duliege is responsible for the design and initiation of clinical trials for Affymax's promising lead product candidate Hematide(TM). She served as a Vice President of Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Affairs at Affymax since July 2004. For the last 12 years, she has served as part of the clinical development team at Chiron Corporation with her last position there as Senior Medical Director and Head of Internal Medicine. In that role, she was responsible for the global clinical development of Chiron's infectious disease and immunology pipeline as well as for supervision of certain projects in cardio-pulmonary medicine. While at Chiron, she led the team that designed and implemented a Phase III clinical study of IL-2 for the treatment of HIV, which enrolled 2,000 patients in 11 countries and 135 study centers. Prior to joining Chiron, Dr. Duliege was a Senior Research Physician at Genentech Inc. where she was responsible for clinical evaluation and strategy for an HIV vaccine. Before Genentech, she was with Stanford University Medical Center as an Epidemiologist; she continues to practice at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Duliege holds a Doctor of Medicine from Paris Medical School; MS in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health and an MS in Biostatistics from Paris Medical School.  Sofitel San Francisco Bay 223 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065.  6.30pm-9pm   Achat par Paypal et Membres de la Faccsf $25  Achat sur Place $30  www.faccsf.com or www.lesitedbf.com for details.

September 11, 2012.  THE CREOLE BELLES play CAJUN at Ashkenaz! The Creole Belles  sing and play rollicking Cajun-Creole dance music usually heard in more remotely  located dance halls of the bayous and plains of Louisiana. Fiddler-singer Delilah Lee Lewis has been playing such music for nearly three decades, including a three-year stint in Louisiana studying and playing with Canray Fontenot, Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, and other masters. She shares singing with accordionist Maureen Karpan,  a member of Courtableu and also a veteran of time in Louisiana. The rest of the  band is guitarist Karen Leigh; Myrna Cooper on rubboard and vocals; Andrew Carriere, son of the legendary Creole fiddler Bébé Carriere, on accordion, triangle, and vocals; and multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson on bass (who may be new to the Belles, but he played bass in one of Lewis' first bands, ZZ & the Bad Boys). Dirty Linen reported of the band: "A highly intoxicating brew of Cajun and Creole music played with spirit, reverence, and love." Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm  $10 www.ashkenaz.com 

September 11, 2012.  HOT JAZZ A LA DJANGO REINHARDT AT YOSHI’S OAKLAND.  Performance by DAVID AND LINDA LAFLAMME (of the revered band It's a Beautiful Day) along with the Phil Lawrence Ensemble next Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Yoshi's in Oakland. Information at:  http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/2968

September 12, 2012.  SOIREE EUROPEENNE WITH M. CARLO MARCHIORI.  Enjoy a soirée européenne with Mr. Carlo Marchiori focused on his Italian-style villa in Calistoga, Ca’toga, its surroundings, and his intriguing art.  Wine tasting from the Pahlmeyer Winery as well as sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, conversations, friendships, rencontres...  For more info visit www.catoga.com .  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alliance Francaise.  $60 per person. Reserve by check on a first come first serve basis, made out to Nienke Hohmann at 2275 Broadway Street  Apt. 206, San Francisco, CA   94115. Kindly RSVP. Only payments by check, no cash please.

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 12, 2012.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents THE RIGHT STUFF:  CUTTING-EDGE MATERIALS IN SPORTS.  Would gold medalists be as good without their top-notch equipment? Meet Bcomp, a Swiss company that’s creating the future of sports performance through natural, sustainable materials.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., San Francisco.  6:30pm.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

September 12-23, 2012.  SANTA ROSA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The Santa Rosa International Film Festival (SRIFF). a celebration of world cultures, returns to select venues in Santa Rosa and Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood. Movies screen outdoors under the stars and also inside the cave. Six (6) films are French productions, including the Oscar nominated A Cat in Paris,!Jean-Francois Laguionie's!stunning animated feature!Le Tableau, the stirring story of a middle class couple who dream of adventure in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and others. There are over 100 films from around the world in the program and twelve Special Presentations. Visit www.sriff.org  for program details.

September 13, 2012.  ART HISTORY LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM, by DR. BRIGID BARTON, Professor of Art History, Santa Clara University.  1pm. http://www.famsf.org for details.

September 13, 2012.  ZERO1 BIENNIAL OPENING PARTY AND OPENING PERFORMANCE.  ZERO1 Biennial Opening Party and Opening Performance. Live performance by the International Space Orchestra, directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, the orchestra is comprised of individuals from NASA ARC, SETI, Singularity University and the International Space University. Opening of the ZERO1 Urban Screen.  7pm - 9pm.  http://www.zero1biennial.org/

September 13, 2012. THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents EUROPEAN INNOVATION NIGHT. www.faccsf.com for details.

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

September 14, 2012.  OPENING RECEPTION  for THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  de Young Museum, 5pm-8:45pm.  www.deyoung.famsf.org for details.  Featuring French music ensemble DGIIN at 6:30pm.

September 14, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents NETWORKING ON THE GOwww.faccsf.com for details.

September 14-December 9, 2012.  PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVES, BERKELEY, presents GRAND ILLUSIONS:  FRENCH CINEMA CLASSICS, 1928-1960. A common canard of film history is that the French New Wave of the late 1950s swept aside the French cinema that had come before it, replacing a staid “tradition of quality” with a new, breathless energy. But even for Truffaut, Godard, and their Cahiers du cinéma brethren, the history of film in France, from the passionate poetry of Jean Vigo to the magisterial ironies of Max Ophuls, was an essential source of inspiration. This major series, presented in conjunction with New York’s Film Forum, surveys that history from the end of the silent era to the beginning of the sixties. Spanning four months and dozens of films—including both beloved classics and rarities, many in imported 35mm prints—Grand Illusions builds on our long tradition of exploring this most influential and enduring of national cinemas.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/grandillusions for details.

September 15, 2012.  WORKSHOP:  MAN RAY | LEE MILLER, led by artists and teacher SUSAN HYDE.  9am-12:30pm.  Legion of Honor.  http://www.famsf.org for details. 

Through September 15, 2012.  HIDDEN VALLEY OPERA ENSEMBLE performs LA BOHEME.  Carmel Valley road at Ford Road, Carmel Valley.  831.659.3115 or www.hiddenvalleymusic.org for details.  $35-$55.

September 16, 2012.  SAN FRANCISCO CERAMIC CIRCLE LECTURE:  ROYAL PORCELAIN IN THE TWINIGHT COLLECTION, 1800-1850.  Richard Baron Cohen.  10am.  http://www.famsf.org for details. 

September 16, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  MAN RAY | LEE MILLER: PARTNERS IN SURREALISM.  Peggy Gordon.  1pm.  Legion of Honor.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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

September 18, 2012.  ASSEMBLEE GENERALE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  We will officially install our officers and Board members for the 2012-2013 year Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 6pm at Restaurant La Gare - 208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa Cocktails at 6pm will be followed by dinner at 6:30, elections of AFSR officers and Board members, and a lecture by Monsieur Pascal Ledermann (Executive Director de l'Alliance Française de San Francisco) entitled “Action culturelle en Alliance Française.” The main theme is the need for AF to cooperate with cultural institutions and artists in the countries in which it operates - in addition to its mission of promoting French and francophone cultures. The lecture will be in French. The price for this special dinner and lecture is $35 per person (gratuity and tax included, wine not included). All reservations are due by Wednesday September 12 by sending your check to AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Please do not forget to indicate on your check your entrée selection: beef, fish, chicken, or vegetarian (see menu below).  www.afsantarosa.org

September 18, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents SOUNDS OF SCIENCE.  Artist=researcher? In conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial, Swiss artist Pe Lang and US artist Charles Lindsay perform their liaisons to science.  6:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., San Francisco. http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

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 20, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents FROM MICHELANGELO TO MARIO KANT.  Would Leonardo da Vinci be a game designer if he were alive today? Cutting-edge scholars and gaming experts discuss the arts in video games.  6:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., San Francisco. http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

September 20-23, 2012.  CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING.  Directed by: Jacques Rivette, 1974, 193 min.  New 35mm print.  Celine and Julie Go Boating is a brilliant meditation on the art of cinema and the nature of fantasy. This magical tale recounts the adventures of Julie, a librarian, and the flamboyant Celine, a magician of sorts and a White Rabbit who leads Julie right through the Looking Glass into a world of her imagination. One of the seminal films of the seventies as well as a key feminist work, it’s regarded by many as New Wave master Jacques Rivette's most accomplished film.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details.

Opening September 21, 2012.   17 GIRLS.  Directed by Delphine and Muriel Coulin 90 min, 2011With Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran, Esther GarrelInspired by a true story that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin's provocative debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When Camille accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high school classmates to follow suit.  Check local listings for locations.

September 21, 2012.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm to 8:30pm.  You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening. Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.  Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot.  info@afberkeley.org for details.

September 21, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, Alameda.  2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.rigomania.com for details.

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/

Through 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.

September 25, 2012.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses ILLUSIONS PERDUES.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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, 2012.  ART HISTORY LECTURE:  FROM TUTU TO HAUTE COUTURE:  COSTUME AND THE BALLET, by BRAD ROSENSTEIN.  De Young Museum, 1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

September 27, 2012FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONSBETWEEN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CRISIS, a World Affairs Council lecture, by JONAH LEVY, Professor & Vice Chair of Political Science Department, University of California, Berkeley.  May 6, 2012 brought the final round of voting for the French presidential elections, and the election of Socialist challenger Francois Hollande was intense and attention-grabbing. Furthermore, did the strong first round showing from the far-right National Front party dictate a mixed message for France?  What will the overall results mean for Europe’s second largest economy? Given France’s own economic woes, what are the challenges for President Hollande? Does France have a different role to play in the European Union negotiations, and what does the election of a Socialist President mean for relations with the U.S? Professor Levy will offer a post-election review and discuss the implications for France.  7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa.  Members & SLV free; Visitors $5.  http://www.wacsc.org/events.html

September 27, 2012.  MILYGEMS.  Poolside jewelry fashion show with work by MYLENE BERNARD.  Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel, www.sofitel.com/SanFrancisco

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. 

September 27-30, 2012.  WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER.  Directed by Maurice Pillat, 1972, 102 min.  New 35mn print.  This autobiographical film from French master Maurice Pialat is the harrowing account of a relationship in breakdown, with Jean Yanne as a domineering and philandering filmmaker whose behavior threatens to destroy his relationships with both his wife and mistress. Painfully intimate and marked by Pialat’s trademark blend of naturalism and psychologically penetrating formalistic experimentation, We Won’t Grow Old Together is a wrenching account of emotional masochism. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details.

September 28, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Edgewater Ballroom, Woodlake Hotel, Sacramento.  A fundraiser for the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society in the beautiful ballroom at the Woodlake! 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. 8:00-11:00 pm. A whole evening with Flambeau!!  Advance tickets: 916 444-2004. Tickets can also be purchased at the STJS office: 106 K St., Suite 1, Sacramento.  Special VIP packages are available. Call the Jazz Society office for details.  www.rigomania.com

September 29, 2012.  JOIN TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley for a CD RELEASE PARTY!!  Come celebrate the official release of the new Flambeau CD, "You're the One", at this gorgeous theatre in Mill Valley!  The Throckmorton is truly one of the most beautiful venues on the planet, with great sound and lights, good seating, and plenty of room for dancing. Don't miss this show!  142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets:  www.142throckmortontheatre.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

September 29, 2012.  MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is show as part of FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK.  Washington Square Park, SF.  Film Night in the Park is Northern California's largest outdoor film series. Films are presented on a giant inflatable screen in beautiful urban settings.  www.filmnight.org for details.

September 30, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Marsha Holm, 1pm.  De Young.  http://www.famsf.org for details. 

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

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

CINEMA

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

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. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

17 GIRLS.  Directed by Delphine and Muriel Coulin 90 min, 2011With Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran, Esther GarrelInspired by a true story that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin's provocative debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When Camille accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high school classmates to follow suit.  Check local listings for locations. Opening September 21, 2012.

L'AGE D'OR / THE AGE OF GOLD.  Directed by Luis Bunuel; Screenplay Salvador Dali; 63 mn, France 1930.  In a series of thematically-linked vignettes, a couple's attempts at a fulfilling and consummated romantic relationship are continually thwarted by the bourgeois values and sexual mores of Family, Church, and Society. In the course of seeking sexual release and satisfaction, the woman sublimates her sexual passion by fellating the toe of a religious statue.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details. September 6-9, 2012.

BARBARELLA:  QUEEN OF THE GALAXY.  (Dir. Roger Vadim; 1968 sci-fi classic, with Jane Fonda.)  French Film Club of Palo Alto.  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.  September 7, 2012.

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

BELOVED.  Opera Plaza, SF.

CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING.  Directed by: Jacques Rivette, 1974, 193 min.  New 35mm print.  Celine and Julie Go Boating is a brilliant meditation on the art of cinema and the nature of fantasy. This magical tale recounts the adventures of Julie, a librarian, and the flamboyant Celine, a magician of sorts and a White Rabbit who leads Julie right through the Looking Glass into a world of her imagination. One of the seminal films of the seventies as well as a key feminist work, it’s regarded by many as New Wave master Jacques Rivette's most accomplished film.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details. September 20-23, 2012.

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS.  Check local listings for details.

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 26, 2012.

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN.  French historical drama of Marie Antoinette, by director Benoît Jacquot.  Landmark Cinemas.  http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/farewellmyqueen/ Crest, Sacramento; Albany; Opera Plaza, SF.

GRAND ILLUSIONS:  FRENCH CINEMA CLASSICS, 1928-1960. A common canard of film history is that the French New Wave of the late 1950s swept aside the French cinema that had come before it, replacing a staid “tradition of quality” with a new, breathless energy. But even for Truffaut, Godard, and their Cahiers du cinéma brethren, the history of film in France, from the passionate poetry of Jean Vigo to the magisterial ironies of Max Ophuls, was an essential source of inspiration. This major series, presented in conjunction with New York’s Film Forum, surveys that history from the end of the silent era to the beginning of the sixties. Spanning four months and dozens of films—including both beloved classics and rarities, many in imported 35mm prints—Grand Illusions builds on our long tradition of exploring this most influential and enduring of national cinemas. Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/grandillusions for details. September 14-December 9, 2012.

HOMAGE TO ROMY SCHNEIDER, exhibition & film series.  "2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Romy Schneider, the German actress who became an international film star. Our "Homage to Romy Schneider" is devoted to the extensive work of this actress who in the second half of the 20th century was regarded as one of the biggest stars of German and French cinema." Goethe Institute, San Francisco, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm for details. September 5-October 15, 2012.

THE INTOUCHABLES.  Clay, SF.

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 12, 2012.

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.  September 27-30, 2012.

LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS / 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. 

SANTA ROSA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The Santa Rosa International Film Festival (SRIFF). a celebration of world cultures, returns to select venues in Santa Rosa and Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood. Movies screen outdoors under the stars and also inside the cave. Six (6) films are French productions, including the Oscar nominated A Cat in Paris,!Jean-Francois Laguionie's!stunning animated feature!Le Tableau, the stirring story of a middle class couple who dream of adventure in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and others. There are over 100 films from around the world in the program and twelve Special Presentations. Visit www.sriff.org  for program details. September 12-23, 2012.

SURREALIST FILMS at the Legion of Honor:  L’ETOILE DE MER (dir. Man Ray) and LE SANG D’UN POETE (dir. Jean Cocteau).  2pm.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org for details. September 9, 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. Opera Plaza, SF.

WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER.  Directed by Maurice Pillat, 1972, 102 min.  New 35mn print.  This autobiographical film from French master Maurice Pialat is the harrowing account of a relationship in breakdown, with Jean Yanne as a domineering and philandering filmmaker whose behavior threatens to destroy his relationships with both his wife and mistress. Painfully intimate and marked by Pialat’s trademark blend of naturalism and psychologically penetrating formalistic experimentation, We Won’t Grow Old Together is a wrenching account of emotional masochism. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, www.ybca.org for details. September 27-30, 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 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.

September 12 – December 8, 2012.  2012 ZERO1 includes works by a diverse group of local, national, and international contemporary artists whose work will transform Silicon Valley into an epicenter for innovative art production and public experience, including NELLY BEN HAYOUN (Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists is coming together to broadcast into deep space. The International Space Orchestra is being assembled and directed by award-winning director and experience designer, Nelly Ben Hayoun) and MAURICE BENAYOUN (Seventeen years after the first virtual tunnel: The Tunnel under the Atlantic (1995), linking the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, and fifteen years after the Paris New Delhi Tunnel, now is the moment when it is technically possible to think about creating the whole project as it was conceived and imagined by its author Maurice Benayoun.)  http://www.zero1biennial.org/ for details.

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

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

November 17-March 17, 2012.  ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE:  LOUIS XIV TO MARIE-ANTOINETTE.  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco presents an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, including some of the most exquisite treasures of the French monarchy from the time of Louis XIV until the Revolution of 1789. Royal Treasures from the Louvre: From Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette is the story of French royal patronage, and the showcased objects in the exhibition are nothing less than dazzling:  the Gobelins manufactory’s masterwork mosaic tabletop of semiprecious stones; the gemmes de la couronne, precious hard stone vases collected by Louis XIV; the presents du Roi, diamond-and-gem snuffboxes made for the royal family to present as gifts; personal items made for Louis XV’s private use, or for use by his mistresses, Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and silver; and Marie-Antoinette’s personal collection of precious vases made of agate and other hard stones.  Many of the objects in the exhibition have never been shown in the United States and indeed, several have never left France. Royal Treasures from the Louvre: From Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette Is an unparalleled collection of decorative objects from France’s most illustrious royalty, direct from the Musée du Louvre, and displayed for the first time in the United States in this exclusive presentation.  Premiere & black-tie dinner, November 14.  Opening reception for donors at the Friend level, November 15; Members-only preview hours, November 16; Opening reception, November 16.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/royal-treasures-louvre-louis-xiv-marie-antoinette

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  

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 

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

Beginning September 10, 2012.  ATELIER D’ECRITURE EN FRANÇAIS.  Samantha Vandersteen alias Sam Vansteen propose des ateliers d’ecriture en francais a compter du 10 septembre. LES LUNDIS DE 10h30 a 12h00 a LILI MERVEILLE au 552 Hayes Street SAN FRANCISCO Si vous etes interesse mais que cela ne correspond pas a votre emploi du temps n’hesitez pas a appeler ou envoyer un email. Il est question de former plusieurs groupes au cours de l’annee. Maximum de 12 personnes par classe $45 par classe TEL : 415 885 9209 Mail : samvansteen@gmail.com

September 10-November 12, 2012.  LANGO FRENCH IMMERSION CLASS FOR 7 TO 11 YEAR OLDS IN SEBASTOPOL. The 10-week Fall session will run from September 10th to November 12th. Class is at 4:00pm every Monday. The cost for the session is $155 and includes a fabulous LANGO music CD as well as materials for home practice.    LANGO classes are a dynamic and engaging way for kids to learn Spanish, French and Mandarin.  In our classes, kids learn their new language by singing, playing games, and engaging through movement with their new language - the way kids learn best!  For more information or to register, please call Joanna at 707-293-7710 or email joleojo@hotmail.com

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 19 & 26, 2012.  KERRIN MEIS teaches A TASTE FOR MODERNISM:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION.  Two lectures focused on significant paintings, sculptures and drawings from the artists associated with The School of Paris:  GAUGUIN, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, MATISSE, PICASSO, DERAIN, ROUAULT, and the artists of the Nabis group, VUILLARD & BONNARD.   Students may arrange a private tour of the exhibit with Meis; cost of field trip not included in the course fee.  2pm-3:45pm.  $50.  www.bookpassage.com

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 1-November 29, 2012.  FRENCH CLASSES WITH ANNE BISHOP AT BOOK PASSAGE, including BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE, UPPER INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED FRENCH as well as COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT.  www.bookpassage.com for details.  $235 per class; days vary.

Through October 17, 2012.  PEINTURE ET TEINTURE, a new class offered by RENEE MOREL at The French Class/ Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par Renée Morel.  Depuis la préhistoire, toutes les communautés humaines ont utilisé la couleur à des fins extrêmement variées. Qui a inventé l'encre? Les premières couleurs artificielles? Commnt trouver des matériaux capables de générer la couleur d'une manière durable dans notre existence quotidienne? À travers les siècles, terre, pigments minéraux, pierres précieuses, plantes, coquillages et insectes ont fourni aux artisans-artistes une palette de plus en plus riche.   Ocre des peintures préhistoriques, cinabre des fresques pompéiennes: venez découvrir, à travers la maîtrise progressive et laborieuse des pigments et des colorants, l'histoire du monde singulièrement fermé et secret des couleurs -- une passionnante aventure scientifique, technique et économique! 8 weeks (August 29 - October 17,  2012). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON).   $250. Discounts for early birds ($240) as well as for early birds who also are French Class members ($215). 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 

November 7-December 12, 2012.  KERRIN MEIS teaches THE SYMBOLIST GENERATION:  1870-1910.  Will examine the works of MOREAU, REDON, ROUSSEAU, DENIS, KLIMT, MUNCH and many others.  No class November 21.  $125.  3:15pm-5pm.  www.bookpassage.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.

June 1–8, 2013.  TAKING FLIGHT: A WRITING WORKSHOP IN FRANCE, with Carolyn Miller.  Mas de Garrigue, Calvignac, France  Join a small group of participants for a writing workshop in the Lot Valley, about 45 minutes from Cahors. The site is Mas de Garrigue, a fifteenth-century hunting lodge and fortified farmhouse that has been converted to a four-star B&B. Whether you are a new or experienced writer, responding to group writing exercises in a supportive environment can help you produce prose and/or poetry that will surprise and delight you. For more information on the workshop, e-mail Carolyn at cmiller355@sbcglobal.net; for information on accommodations in this beautiful and tranquil place, please go to masdegarrigue.com and the Mas’s Facebook page.

POUR LES ENFANTS FRANCOPHONES:  CNED offert par PAFEAPAFEA (Palo Alto French Education Association) donne des cours de français aux enfants francophones ayant comme base pédagogique les cours du  CNED (Organisme français de cours à distance). Les enfants bénéficiant de cet enseignement, avec seulement 4 heures par semaine, suivent le même niveau que les enfants scolarisés en France. Les cours de toutes les classes PAFEA sont enseignés par des instructeurs qualifiés de langue française., Représentante locale: Ghislaine Géry, guilou@pacbell.net .

eLYCEE! eLycée is very proud of the success of its students who achieved 4 and 5’s at the AP French language and Culture tests. Back to school for school-age students. eLycée’s classes will resume the week of September 10 so that they have time to face back to school at their regular schools. For French speaking students : 8 to 18 years old  Maintien de la langue from A1 to C3 ask for programs and schedules.   For high schools students: French III French IV AP French language and culture preparation. Ask for programs and schedules   Adults Adults will continue their ongoing classes: Beginner, intermediate and advanced. We intend to enlarge our offering to help those with specific needs for written or oral expression. Contact us for specific needs or further details.   French Teachers workshops We created a continuing training program, once a month on Saturdays. If you are interested, please contact: Christine.frin@elycee.com   Evaluation in August We will stay available for an evaluation online. It is a 45 minutes course in order to provide information on the best program for you.   Do not hesitate contacting me at Christine.frin@elycee.com

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents NEW CHILDREN’S CLASSES for TODDLERS & PARENTS (Parents accompany their 18 month - 2 year old children in this weekly class that will allow children  and parents to (re)discover French words through arts and crafts activities) or FRENCH FOR ‘GOWN-UP TOTS’ (This class is for 2 to 4 year olds. This class based around child-centered activities is designed to support the stages of early childhood development and to foster the acquisition of basic French language.

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

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! 

October 2, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Ellen Harden, 1pm.  De Young.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

October 2, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  MAN RAY | LEE MILLER:  PARTNERS IN SURREALISM.  Peggy Gordon, Legion of Honor, 2:15pm. http://www.famsf.org for details.

October 2, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.ashkenaz.com or www.rigomania.com

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 7, 2012.  AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE TOUR of MAN RAY | LEE MILLER, led by ORKID SASSOUNIhttp://www.famsf.org for details.  9am (by appointment).

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 10 & 14, 2012.  COULEURS MECANIQUES:  FILMS OF ROSE LOWDER.  Hailing from the south of France, filmmaker, curator, and archivist Rose Lowder has created a remarkable body of 16mm films that explore visual perception and the mechanics of the cinematic apparatus while absolutely exploding with ecstatic color and vibrant kinetic life.  Pacific Film Archive, 10/10; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 10/14. 

October 11, 2012.  ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE, a lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN, curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, FAMSF.  1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

October 12, 2012.  OOHLALA! FESTIVAL at the Rickshaw Stop.  Originating in Los Angeles in 2009, OohLaLA! continues to push the boundaries of discovery as they consistently strive to present the best and most interesting talent emerging from France, exposing enthusiastic attendees to breakout performances.  Including:  Tomorrow’s World, Housse de Racket, Citizens! and Lescop.  http://oohlalafestival.com/sf for details.

October 12, 2012.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS LA SOIREE. In 2012, for its 31st anniversary, La Soirée becomes the French-American Gastronomy & Wine Show of the Bay Area. La Soirée will bring out the best of both countries in Gastronomy and Wine, unveiling their close ties and bridging the Gap between France and California. Wine makers, distributors and importers, chefs, sommeliers, all the actors of the food and wine industry with a French touch will be represented, among a crowd of food and wine lovers.  Tasty food & wine animations, Breathtaking demonstrations of professional Chefs, Intense gastronomy & wine competitions, Live and silent auctions, A VIP lounge offering upscale animations, And a dazzling dance floor! Member : $70 Non-Member : $90 At the door : $110 VIP: +$50.  At the Metreon - San Francisco From 7:00pm to 12:00am.  http://faccsf.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=346

October 12, 2012.  MADAME KIKI ET SON CABARET D’AMOUR:  AN EVENING OF EUROPEAN STYLE CABARET.  With the music of PIAF, BREL and more.  With MOANA DIAMOND AND CRAIG JESSUP.  The Union Room at Biscuit and Blues, 401 Mason, SF.  Dinner menu available.   $20/VIP reserved, $30.  http://biscuitandblues.com or http://frenchcabaret.net.  Tickets available at cabaretdamour@eventbrite.com.  Doors at 6:30; show at 8:30.

October 13, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Rita Dunlay, 1pm.  De Young.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

October 13, 2012.  GALLERY TOUR AND SPOKEN WORD EVENT celebrating MAN RAY | LEE MILLER:  PARTNERS IN SURREALISM.  2pm. Legion of Honor.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

October 13, 2012.  JOANNE HARRIS reads from PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS.  Harris is the bestselling author of Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow.  In her new novel, when Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to return to the beautiful French village in which eight years previously she opened a chocolate shop and first learned the meaning of home.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

October 18, 2012.  MAX BYRD reads from THE PARIS DEADLINE, a new novel set against the dramatic backdrop of Paris in the Jazz Age – a fascinating suspense tale interwoven with rich historical detail.  Love, suspense and mystery in a world stumbling toward catastrophe.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm. 

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 20, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Marsha Holm, 2:15pm.  De Young.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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 24-30, 2012.  FRENCH CINEMA NOW.  Significant new works of international francophone cinema.  Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema.  www.sffs.org for details.

October 28, 2012.  MARILYN YALOM discusses HOW THE FRENCH INVENTED LOVE:  NINE HUNDRED YEARS OF PASSION AND ROMANCE.  The French have long championed themselves as guides to the art of love through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema.  This new book is a delicious, witty, sexy and learned guide to the language of all our hearts.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

October 28, 2012.  GRÉGOIRE MARET 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 4, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONISTS IN WINTER.  Carol Nelson, Legion of Honor, 1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

November 6, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Marsha Holm, 1pm.  http://www.famsf.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 10, 2012.  HUBERT KELLER presents SOUVENIRS at the SAN FRANCISCO AUTHORS LUNCHEON.  The book recounts his life growing up above his father’s pâtisserie in Alsace.  Award-winning chef/owner of FLEUR DE LYS.  Marriott Marquis San Francisco.  Autographing begins at 10am; luncheon at 12pm.  $125.  415.543.3303 ext. 114.

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 17, 2012.  OPENING DAY CELEBRATION OF ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE (family day).  Lecture on the exhibition:  2pm.  Legion of Honor, Noon-3pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details. 

November 17 & 18, 2012.  MUSIC OF THE 18TH-CENTURY FRENCH ROYAL COURT in honor of the exhibition ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE. Legion of Honor.  4pm.  Organ concert.

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 18, 2012.  ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI.  Troupe from the Central African republic of Burundi.  Amazing music and movement; the best percussion playing.  Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.  www.marincenter.org or 415.473.6800 for details. 

November 25, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Ellen Harden, 1pm. De Young.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

November 25, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE.  Kay Payne, 1pm, Legion of Honor.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

November 25, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS:  A DIME-STORE LEGACY FROM THE KRESS COLLECTION.  Gretchen Turner.  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  http://www.famsf.org 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 3, 2012.  ACCESS DAY FOR ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE By appointment.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 4, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Rita Dunlay, 1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 4, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE.  Kate Sculti, Legion of Honor, 1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 4, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE.  Marsha Holm, 2:15pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 7-9, 2012.  MAGNIFICAT BAROQUE performs CHARPENTIER’S NATIVITY PASTORALE.  After our celebratory 20th Season, Magnificat’s artistic director Warren Stewart is taking a sabbatical and pursuing research in Europe, but he will return in December to lead Magnificat in one of their most beloved programs, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Nativity Pastorale. Written for the household of his patron Mademoiselle de Guise, the Pastorale sur la naissance de Nostre Seigneur is one of Charpentier’s most brilliant and moving works with dialogues, ensembles, instrumental dances, and exquisite choral writing. The unifying force throughout is the composer’s his technical mastery and imagination and his extreme sensitivity to the poetic imagery, which often reflects the rich tradition of French Christmas carols, or noëls. Magnificat’s program will include Charpentier’s settings of several of these noëls, that are, by turns, charming, poignant, and amusing. Don’t miss Magnificat’s exclusive appearance in the Bay Area this season!  Palo Alto / Berkeley / San Francisco.  http://magnificatbaroque.com/charpentier-nativity-pastorale/ for details.

December 8, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Ellen Harden.  1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 16, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE.  Jim Kohn.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 16, 2012.  DOCEMTN LECTURE:  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE, Kate Sculti, 2:15pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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

December 29, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE.  Kay Payne, 1pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 29, 2012.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE WILLIAM S. PALEY COLLECTION:  A TASTE FOR MODERNISM.  Rita Dunlay, 2:15pm.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

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 5 & 7, 2013.  MARIN SYMPHONY performs VIVE  LA FRANCE! with pianist JOYCE YANG, including DEBUSSY/MATTHEWS’ selected PIANO PRELUDES, RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR, and DEBUSSY’s LA MER.  Debussy’s Piano Preludes are miniature masterpieces of tone painting.  In an unusual juxtaposition you’ll hear them twice:  first in the original piano version, and then in ingenious orchestrations by Colin Matthews.  Marin Symphony’s season finale, Debussy’s La mer, evokes the winds, the waves, the sounds and ambience of the sea, with Debussy’s sensuous tonal colors and gorgeous impressionistic harmonies.  http://marinsymphony.org 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.

June 1–8, 2013.  TAKING FLIGHT: A WRITING WORKSHOP IN FRANCE, with Carolyn Miller.  Mas de Garrigue, Calvignac, France  Join a small group of participants for a writing workshop in the Lot Valley, about 45 minutes from Cahors. The site is Mas de Garrigue, a fifteenth-century hunting lodge and fortified farmhouse that has been converted to a four-star B&B. Whether you are a new or experienced writer, responding to group writing exercises in a supportive environment can help you produce prose and/or poetry that will surprise and delight you. For more information on the workshop, e-mail Carolyn at cmiller355@sbcglobal.net; for information on accommodations in this beautiful and tranquil place, please go to masdegarrigue.com and the Mas’s Facebook page.

June 21-30, 2012.  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, Crest Theatre. www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org for details.

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