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November 29-December 7, 2012

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November & December Events  

November 29, 2012.  PROMENADE AU PERE-LACHAISE, a presentation by RENEE MOREL. The most visited cemetery in the world opened its one-way-doors more than two centuries ago, in 1804. Ornate or plain, ostentatious or moving, obscure or famous, its 69.000 tombs form a verdant, 44-hectare sculpture garden —a true history of France in marble and stone. Among the 800.000 people buried in Père-Lachaise are composer Chopin and Bizet, poets Musset and Apollinaire, writers Balzac, Proust, Gertrude Stein, and Colette, painters Ingres, Seurat and Modigliani, chanteuse Édith Piaf, dancer Isadora Duncan, actors Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Sarah Bernhardt, mime Marcel Marceau…. Come and take a walk in this remarkable place whose dominating position caused it to become a battlefield three times in its history, as traces of bullets on the monuments still attest. Come and see some of the most tombs, like the final resting place of Oscar Wilde (1900) or Jim Morrison (1971).  This “walk” will be presented en français by CCSF instructor Renée Morel, who regularly indulges in safaris nécropolitains at the Père-Lachaise, and followed by a discussion. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served).   Please note that this presentation is different from the presentation that was given for the FR10E class on “Le Paris des Ténèbres” last October.   Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room as latecomers disturb everybody. 6:30—8:45 PM EVERETT MIDDLE SCHOOL (ROOM 232) 450 CHURCH STREET (BETWEEN 16th & 17th ST.) SAN FRANCISCO.

Novemer 29, 2012.  LAST THURSDAY MEET-UP AT THE HOTEL REX.  Organized by Les Ami(e)s Francophones de San Francisco.  This cozy San Francisco hotel bar has been for several years the spot of our 'Petite Meetups' on the last Thursday each month. Join us to speak French and share our appreciation of the language and culture.  562 Sutter St., SF.  7pm.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/85791982/?a=me2_grp&rv=me2&_af_eid=85791982&_af=event

November 29-December 2, 2012.  IMPRESSIONS NOCTURNES.  The Sonoma State University Fall Dance Concert 2012 will include 13 different works by student choreographers including one dance inspired by French culture, IMPRESSIONS NOCTURNES.  This piece takes us on an adventure in an art museum where French paintings come to life one night. The viewer will be taken on a journey through Ballet with Degas, Ballroom with Renoir, Contemporary dance with Renoir and Monet and finish up with Can Can by Toulouse Lautrec. The music is by French composers, including CLAUDE DEBUSSY, CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, and JACQUES OFFENBACH. Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens and Jacques Offenbach.  
The show is Nov. 29, Nov. 30, & Dec. 1 at 7:30pm Dec. 2 at 2:00pm at Person Theatre at Sonoma State University.  Video promo:  http://animoto.com/play/K2PScW8nPSo6VE6cm2JhSg ; information :  http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/theatre/nowplaying.shtml .

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

Opening November 30, 2012.  THE BIG PICTURE.  Based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy, this spry French thriller stars ROMAIN DURIS Romain Duris as Paul, a handsome and successful Parisian corporate lawyer who harbors a restless spirit and a secret desire to become a photojournalist. An incident of betrayal and rage upends his comfortable yet conformist life, and Paul charges into unknown territory, assuming another man's identity while fulfilling his dream. With shades of Hitchcock and echoes of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, The Big Picture explores themes of identity and reinvention as we track this unique fugitive on a gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro and points beyond, eliciting suspense out of one man's fear of getting caught after he engineers the ultimate fresh start. Not rated- Suggested for mature audiences. In French with English subtitles. With Catherine Deneuve, Marina Fois, Niels Arestrup, Branka Katic. Writers: Eric Lartigau, Laurent de Bartillat. Director: Eric Lartigau. (France 2010) 110 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org for details.

November 30, 2012.  LA BUCHE.  Even if you hate Christmas movies, this one will appeal. The daughters of a separated Russian Jewish family in Paris, single singer Louba (Sabine Azéma), successful married Sonia (Emmanuelle Béart) and sharp-mouthed gamine Milla (Charlotte Gainsbourg), convene before for their stepfather's funeral. As the 25th approaches, they argue about the cake (Bûche de Noël), and revelations tumble on the girls, their husbands/lovers and their parents. "LA BUCHE is a minor miracle: a Christmas movie that won't leave you with indigestion, a splitting headache or a mouth full of cavities. Even though it takes place over the four busy shopping days leading up to Dec. 25, Daniele Thompson's warmly satisfying new film isn't really a Christmas movie at all. It forswears sentimentality and enforced good cheer for deft insight and complex, understated emotions." – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES (1999, 106 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University.  Details at:  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/  7pm.

November 30, 2012.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents J-1 VISA MEETINGS & V.I.E. BREAKFAST SEMINAR. The FACC’s J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program allows you to bring highly educated and skilled international students and young professionals to your business in the United States. The FACC New York is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor foreign interns and trainees for J-1 visas in order to pursue 12 to 18 months of work-based training.   The FACC also partners with Ubifrance on the V.I.E. Program to recruit and sponsor high profile European young professionals to train with companies that do business with France. The V.I.E. Program is a hassle-free HR package offered by the French government: it is easy to implement, flexible and comes with many financial advantages.   A representative from the FACC New York and Ubifrance will be in San Francisco the week of November 26th  to meet with companies interested in hosting international trainees and interns.   Ubifrance will also be hosting a V.I.E. breakfast seminar on Friday, November 30th at 8:30am at their office on 88 Kearny Street.   If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program or attend the V.I.E. breakfast seminar, please contact Joannah Bell at jbell@faccnyc.org.    UbiFrance, 88 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108   8:30 am. www.faccsf.com  

November 30, 2012.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents 37°2 LE MATIN / BETTY BLUE.  7:30pm.  Director’s cut, 180 minutes. For more information:  www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

November 30. 2012.  CASSAND BALLET presents THE DANCING PRINCESSES, choreographed by RODOLPHE CASSAND.  Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto.  650.636.3123 or www.cassandbalt.org for details.  7:30pm.  $10-$18.

November 30, 2012.  SWISSNEX presents SWISS ALUMNI GATHERING #2.  Reconnect with your Swiss alma mater and make new contacts.  7pm.  Chabot Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

November 30, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Palms Playhouse, Winters.  One of our favorite venues on the planet--great sound and lights, good seating and plenty of room for dancing!! The Palms is always a blast, so plan to join us there.  13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm.  Information and tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com or www.rigomania.com

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/

November 30-December 9, 2012.  LES MISERABLES.  Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San José.  $30.  http://info.cmtsj.org/lesmiserablessanjose for details.

Through December 1, 2012.  SONG BIRD by MARTHA FUREY, a one-act play about EDITH PIAF starring JONI TAKANIKOS, plays in the open-bar cabaret at the Marsh Arts Center in Berkeley.  www.themarsh.org for details.

December 1, 2012.  CHRISTIAN SCHAD (1881-1946):  AND THE "NEW REALITY" MOVEMENT IN GERMANY.  A Café Musée event.  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges! IN FRENCH. Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Café Musée team. Donation: $5.    Born in Bavaria to a prosperous family, the German artist Christian Schad (1894-1982) is known today as the major representative of the “New Objectivity” movement. Their cool charisma, the immaculate surface and the large, soulful eyes turned his haunting portraits into icons during the 1920s. Viewed as a group, these images form an extraordinary record of life in Vienna and Berlin in the years following the First World War. Christian Schad studied at the Art Academy in Munich in 1913. A pacifist, he fled to Switzerland in 1915 to avoid service in the war, settling in Zurich, and then in Geneva, both centers of the Dada movement. Schad witnessed the foundation of the famous Cabaret Voltaire and his lesser-known early work was influenced by Cubism and Dada. Beginning in 1918, while living in Geneva, Schad created his own version of the “photogram” (later branded "Schadographs" by his friend Tristan Tzara) where a contour picture is developed on light-sensitive plates. During the Nazi regime, Schad went into “inner emigration,” earning money with more conservative portraits. Throughout his career, Schad’s graphic work demonstrates brilliance in an amazingly broad range of techniques.   Venez découvrir les œuvres et en particulier les portraits inoubliables de cet étonnant peintre de l’entre-deux-guerres à Vienne et à Berlin!   The Café Musée is a CCSF club whose activities are partially funded by the Associated Student Union. Last semester, we hosted our most  popular slide presentation ever: "Love and Sexuality in Art" and, in October, discussed "Léon Spilliaert and Belgian Symbolism." To join us, write to reneemorel@gmail.com or 415.255.8301.   Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones et francophiles!  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  Visual Arts Building (V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., SF.  www.ccsf.edu/Info/Map   

December 2, 2012.   4TH ANNUAL ASHKENAZ INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR  Come enjoy this festive day as we transform Ashkenaz into an exotic marketplace!   Ashkenaz's 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar reflects our community center's global perspective,  exhibiting arts and crafts that are handmade, sustainable, recycled, related to   music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the   world. Over 30 vendors will offer wares such as handcrafted soaps, ethnic and vintage  clothing, jewelry, hula hoops, ceramic art, photography, musical instruments, greeting  cards, honey & beeswax, and Haitian sculpture. The event also includes live acoustic  music, featuring select performers from our monthly Songwriters' Open Mic hosted   by Mana Maddy. Beer & wine, hot and cold beverages, and organic vegetarian food   will be available from our café. Support local artisans this holiday season, and  your home for world music and dance!    Vendors are still being accepted! Apply now  while space is still available, or e-mail bazaar@ashkenaz.com   for more information.  11:00 am - 5:00 pm    $2 donation  .  www.ashkenaz.com  

December 3, 2012.  ACCESS DAY FOR ROYAL TREASURES FROM THE LOUVRE By appointment.  http://www.famsf.org for details.

December 3, 2012.  DBF with STEPHANE HAURADOU, co-founder & CTO of PLDA.  Stephane Hauradou cofounded PLDA in 1996 while pursuing a Master’s degree in microelectronics at Telecom ParisTech (formerly ENST - Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications).  Mr. Hauradou was instrumental is growing PLDA from a two-persons start-up to a 100+ employees self-funded global company, with subsidiaries and offices in Paris and Aix en Provence, France, in Rome, Italy, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and in San Jose, California.  Over the past 16 years, Mr. Hauradou has had many responsibilities in engineering and marketing and still serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Marketing.  Mr. Hauradou also holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal.  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.lesitedbf.com or www.faccsf.com

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 4, 2012.  MIDNITE RAMBLERS WITH ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON perform at Ashkenaz.  www.ashkenaz.com.  Details to follow. 

December 5, 2012.  FIND THE FRENCH. This 3rd Annual Wine Blind Tasting will be hosted by the Board of Directors of the French American Cultural Society.  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm  at the Private Residence of the Consul General of France   Proceeds will benefit the programs of the French American Cultutral Society.  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) Private Residence of the Consul General of France 2570 Jackson St San Francisco, CA 94115   http://facs-sf.org/ 

December 5, 2012.  OPENING RECEPTION FOR SWISS METAL ARTIST MONICA SCHMID’s show of her most recent "wearable paintings" at Oakland's College Avenue Galleries. Ms. Schmid says of her metal work, "I draw my inspiration by envisioning lines and shapes, and then drawing them with my eyes closed. The unexpected distortions are my vocabulary for forms."  Fusing Line and ColorOpening Reception Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  College Avenue Galleries5241 College Avenue, Oakland, CATue - Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  www.monicaschmid.com

December 5, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & JOHN R. BURR perform in the STRINGS ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE.  A very special evening of acoustic music for violin and piano at this intimate concert room in Emeryville. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Tom with the fabulous John R. Burr on piano.  6320 San Pablo Ave. (between Alcatraz and 63rd St.), Emeryville. 8:00 pm.  Tickets available only at the door.  www.rigomania.com

December 6, 2012.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French popular music from 1930s-present day and American standards from 30s-70s, piano and vocals at Barrel Aged in Martinez.  823 Main Street, Martinez, California 94553.  925.228.7795 or info@barrelagedbar.com or www.barrelagedbar.com or http://www.facebook.com/BarrelAged or www.DeborahKuhl.com for details.

December 6 & 7, 2012.   DESTINATION EUROPE.  The European Union, and its Member States, will showcase the vibrant and exciting research and innovation culture in Europe and the opportunities available to researchers, from anywhere in the world, interested in working in Europe.  Experts from European research organizations, funding agencies and European Commission services who will present programs, initiatives, excellent institutions and opportunities to develop innovation and technology transfer; Researchers who have had the experience of moving to Europe temporarily or permanently and who will share their experience with you; Information about the practicalities of moving to Europe (scientific visa, mobility centers etc.); An exhibition space with stands to provide additional information.  Venue: The Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel, 905 California St. - Nob Hill. Registration and more information:  http://destinationeurope.teamwork.fr/en/   

December 7, 2012.  MATCH D’IMPROVISATION THEATRALE.  Deux équipes s’affrontent sur des natures de jeu imposées (comique, dramatique, en vers, policier, muet, chanté, sitcom…) et des thèmes tout aussi imposés. Chaque équipe dispose alors de 30 secondes de préparation et de 2 minutes et 30 secondes d’improvisation... en Français. Le public vote pour l’improvisation qu’il a préférée.   Les deux équipes sont composées d’acteurs de La D-Boussole qui ont chacune… très envie de gagner naturellement. Les thèmes seront donnés par le public.   La Compagnie La D-Boussole existe depuis 2008  et propose un match d’improvisation,  une pièce chaque année et du café-théâtre tous les derniers lundis du mois.   Entrée : 5$ 8pm.  Théâtre du Lycée Français de San Francisco,   1201 Ortega street, 91122  San Francisco

December 7, 2012.  THE FRENCH CLASS FETE SES 21 ANS!  The French Class is almost 21! Time to have a drink and celebrate! Mark your calendars and please join us at 500 Sutter Street on Friday December 7, between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to celebrate the Holidays and our upcoming birthday. The French Class will turn 21 on January 1, 2013.  Bring your friends and your family to share a drink, good food and good company. Our dear friend Joan Edgar will play music for us.  www.thefrenchclass.com for details.

December 7, 2012. THOMAS KELLER discusses BOUCHON BAKERY.  The tastes of childhood have always been a touchstone for Keller, and in this dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods, you’ll find recipes for all the French classics he fell in love with as a young chef apprenticing in Paris.  Bouchon Bakery baked goods will be served!  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  12pm.  Priority seating with purchase of the book.

December 7, 2012.  END OF YEAR SOIREE AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Join us on Friday, December 7th, 7:00pm - 11:00pm for our End of the Year Soirée! Bring your friends and family to this semi-formal event  Free entrance! Champagne, wine, gourmet good and more for sale. Live music by: Gil Cohen Trio, Hot Six, and DJ to be announced!  Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94109 www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.

December 7, 2012.  SWISS PIANIST EVA-MARIA ZIMMERMANN collaborates with KEISUKE NAKAGOSHI as ZOFO DUET.  As part of a festival in honor of Bay Area new music mainstay Del Sol Quartet's 20th anniversary, ZOFO Duet (pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi) will be playing a special program with Del Sol at Z Space, including work by Gabriela Frank, Kui Dong, and many others. Tickets and more information are available at www.desolquartet.com and www.zpace.org   ZOFO Duet and Del Sol Quartet  December 7, 8 p.m.  Z Space  450 Florida Street, San Francisco.  

December 7, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, Alameda, 3205 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:30).  www.rigomania.com

December 7 & 8, 2012.  PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE performs THE WARMTH OF HOLIDAYS AROUND THE GLOBE, including works by Haitian-born SYDNEY GUILLAUME and others.  Friday December 7, 2012, 7:30pm The Green Room, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco  Saturday December 8, 2012, 7:00pm St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley  Ticket prices:  $30 Premium seating* $25 General admission $20 Student/Senior  *Premium tickets are available in limited quantities, and are only available for advance purchase. Not available at the door.   For tickets and information please visit www.pacificmozart.org or call (510) 848-8022.

December 7-9, 2012.  MAGNIFICAT BAROQUE performs MARC-ANTOINE 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 7-13, 2012.  PIERRE ETAIX LOST AND FOUND.  Series of Five Features and Three Shorts.  Until recently a forgotten filmmaker, even in his native France, Pierre Etaix is finally riding a wave of happy rediscovery for the handful of films he made between 40 and 50 years ago.  This series includes the five features and three shorts Pierre Etaix directed between 1961 and 1971. The films have been restored in France and released here in new 35mm prints by Janus Films.  All are in French with English subtitles. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, www.cafilm.org

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

Through 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.

December 9, 2012. ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY. 4pm-7pm. Vista del Lago. www.afsantarosa.org for details.

December 9, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Dante Club, Sacramento.  The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society's monthly Jazz Sunday, with Flambeau as the headline act! Event time--12:00 noon-5:00 pm. We play two sets--1:00 pm and 3:30 pm.  2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento.  Information and tickets:  www.sacjazz.org or www.rigomania.com for details.

December 11, 2012.  CAJUN COTTONPICKERS perform at Ashkenaz.  www.ashkenaz.com.  Details to follow. 

December 13, 2012.  LES AMES GRISES.  Who killed Belle de Jour, a lovely little girl found strangled near the riverbank that overlooks a reclusive prosecutor’s estate? In this dour and haunting tale, villagers struggle to carry on some semblance of a normal life in the bleak winter of 1917 at a small provincial town even as the Great War tragically unfolds within an earshot of their homes. Structured through a series of elliptical flashbacks that obliquely traces the progress of a murder investigation, this film shot in somber hues is an acutely grim and unflinching view on the moral vacuum, the baseness of human behavior that is nurtured by the folly and madness of war. Directed by Yves Angelo (2006) and scripted by Angelo and Philippe Claudel, based on his novel by the same name (2003). 1 hr 46 mn.  WARNING! This film has NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. It only has FRENCH CAPTIONS for the deaf or hard of hearing.  The film and its historical background (1917, WWI’s année terrible) will be presented en français by CCSF instructor Renée Morel and followed by a discussion. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served).  Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room as latecomers disturb everybody.  6:30-9:00 PM, Castro Campus, room 232, 450 Church St. between 16th and 17th, SF.

December 15-16, 2012.  AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS performs BAROQUE CHRISTMAS MUSIC by CHARPENTIER and others.  St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere, and the Mondavi Center in Davis.  $10-$60.  415.621.7900 or www.americanbach.org for details.

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

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

December 16, 2012.  GEORGE COLE & VIVE LE JAZZ! will be playing 1930's hot jazz à la Django et Stephane at Yoshi's in Jack London Square on Dec.16. A stunning "Winter Wonderland" of music!  Celebrate a Joyeux Noel with an absolutely delightful evening with a Paris feel.  http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/3151

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 18, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz.  www.ashkenaz.com.  Details to follow. 

December 20, 2012.  DEBORAH KUHL performs French popular music from 1930s-present day and American standards from 30s-70s, piano and vocals at Barrel Aged in Martinez.  823 Main Street, Martinez, California 94553.  925.228.7795 or info@barrelagedbar.com or www.barrelagedbar.com or http://www.facebook.com/BarrelAged or www.DeborahKuhl.com for details.

Opening December 21, 2012.  RUST AND BONE. With Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure and Céline Sallette.  France/Belgium, 120min, 2012.  Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard gives a tour-de-force performance in Rust and Bone that rivals anything she has done before. She plays Stéphanie, a free-spirited whale trainer at a marineland on the French Riviera, who suffers a devastating injury.  Check local listings for details.

December 22, 2012.  RENAISSANCE GLORY WITH THE FESTIVAL CONSORT.  The Festival Consort presents its annual Renaissance Christmas concert at the historic Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa on Saturday, December 22nd at 3:00 in the afternoon. Carol Menke, soprano, and Chris Fritzsche, counter tenor, join Joanna Bramel Young, David Hogan Smith, Alan Paul and Robert Cronin in an afternoon of traditional carols and stirring works for recorders, crumhorns, curtal, shawms and guitar -- all authentic replicas of 16th century instruments. Composers include John Dowland, JEAN MOUTON, CLEMENS NON PAPA, Constanzo Festa, Pedro de Cristo and Francisco Guerrero. For tickets and directions: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/286999

December 22, 2012.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Ashkenaz.  www.ashkenaz.com.  Details to follow. 

Opening December 25, 2012.  LES MISERABLES, with Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman.  Watch local theater listings for details!!!

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.

December 31, 2012.  NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT LEFT BANK LARKSPUR.  Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular lunch and Happy Hour service will be available. For dinner, in addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 three-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Braised Beef Short Ribs with root vegetable gratin, aged Comtécheese and poivrade currant jelly sauce; or Oven Roasted Sea Bream with black quinoa, asparagus, crayfish, lemongrass and lobster emulsion. The prix fixe dinner menu items will also be available a la carte. Complimentary party favors, live music by the Hot House Swing Quartette from 8:15 PM to 12:15 AM, and a midnight glass of sparkling wine.  507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur CA 94939, 415.927.3331.  www.leftbank.com

December 31, 2012.  NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT LEFT BANK MENLO PARK.  Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular lunch and Happy Hour service will be available. For dinner, in addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Day Boat Scallops with garlic purée, fingerling potatoes, fried leeks, cipollini onion confit, arugula, vadouvan and crispy pork belly; or Triple Seared New York Steak and Maine Lobster , sliced 6 ounces of steak with butter poached Maine lobster, mushroom purée, caramelized apples, red wine essence, and grilled king trumpet mushrooms. The prix fixe dinner menu items will also be available a la carte. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparkling wine.  635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025.  650.473.6543.  www.leftbank.com

December 31, 2012.  NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT LEFT BANK SANTANA ROW.  Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular lunch and Happy Hour service will be available. For dinner, in addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Butter Poached Lobster Tail with vanilla and honey roasted butternut squash ravioli, Swiss chard and pomegranate red wine emulsion; or Seared Wolf Ranch Quail Breasts with quail legs confit, pumpkin ricotta gnocchi, Bloomsdale spinach with bacon and chestnuts, and quail jus. The prix fixe dinner menu items will also be available a la carte. Complimentary midnight glass of sparkling wine.  377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose CA 95128, 408.984.3500.  www.leftbank.com

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!

37°2 LE MATIN / BETTY BLUE.  7:30pm.  Director’s cut, 180 minutes. French Film Club of Palo Alto. For more information:  www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org November 30, 2012.

LES AMES GRISES.  Who killed Belle de Jour, a lovely little girl found strangled near the riverbank that overlooks a reclusive prosecutor’s estate? In this dour and haunting tale, villagers struggle to carry on some semblance of a normal life in the bleak winter of 1917 at a small provincial town even as the Great War tragically unfolds within an earshot of their homes. Structured through a series of elliptical flashbacks that obliquely traces the progress of a murder investigation, this film shot in somber hues is an acutely grim and unflinching view on the moral vacuum, the baseness of human behavior that is nurtured by the folly and madness of war. Directed by Yves Angelo (2006) and scripted by Angelo and Philippe Claudel, based on his novel by the same name (2003). 1 hr 46 mn.  WARNING! This film has NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. It only has FRENCH CAPTIONS for the deaf or hard of hearing.  The film and its historical background (1917, WWI’s année terrible) will be presented en français by CCSF instructor Renée Morel and followed by a discussion. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served).  Free parking at the school. IMPORTANT: The school being a real House of Escher, please come early to locate the room as latecomers disturb everybody.  6:30-9:00 PM, Castro Campus, room 232, 450 Church St. between 16th and 17th, SF. December 13, 2012.

THE BIG PICTURE.  Based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy, this spry French thriller stars ROMAIN DURIS Romain Duris as Paul, a handsome and successful Parisian corporate lawyer who harbors a restless spirit and a secret desire to become a photojournalist. An incident of betrayal and rage upends his comfortable yet conformist life, and Paul charges into unknown territory, assuming another man's identity while fulfilling his dream. With shades of Hitchcock and echoes of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, The Big Picture explores themes of identity and reinvention as we track this unique fugitive on a gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro and points beyond, eliciting suspense out of one man's fear of getting caught after he engineers the ultimate fresh start. Not rated- Suggested for mature audiences. In French with English subtitles. With Catherine Deneuve, Marina Fois, Niels Arestrup, Branka Katic. Writers: Eric Lartigau, Laurent de Bartillat. Director: Eric Lartigau. (France 2010) 110 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org for details (Nov. 30). Now playing at Embarcadero, SF.

LA BUCHE.  Even if you hate Christmas movies, this one will appeal. The daughters of a separated Russian Jewish family in Paris, single singer Louba (Sabine Azéma), successful married Sonia (Emmanuelle Béart) and sharp-mouthed gamine Milla (Charlotte Gainsbourg), convene before for their stepfather's funeral. As the 25th approaches, they argue about the cake (Bûche de Noël), and revelations tumble on the girls, their husbands/lovers and their parents. "LA BUCHE is a minor miracle: a Christmas movie that won't leave you with indigestion, a splitting headache or a mouth full of cavities. Even though it takes place over the four busy shopping days leading up to Dec. 25, Daniele Thompson's warmly satisfying new film isn't really a Christmas movie at all. It forswears sentimentality and enforced good cheer for deft insight and complex, understated emotions." – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES (1999, 106 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University.  Details at:  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/  7pm. November 30, 2012.

LE FILS DE L’AUTRE / THE OTHER SON.  (France, 2012).  Filmed in Israel and the West Bank, this touching, complex tale concerns two young men- one Israeli, the other Palestinian- who learn they were accidentally switched at birth. Emmanuelle Devos stars as Orith, a French-born physician who discovers that Joseph (Jules Sitruk) is not her biological son and who, despite the misgivings of her Israeli-army husband (Pascal Elbe), contacts the couple (Khalifa Natour and Areen Omari) who raised Orith's son as an Arab. Both families must reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs, in this sensitive and wise film about our common humanity. In French, Hebrew, Arabic and English. Writers: Nathalie Saugeon, Lorraine Levy, Noam Fitoussi. Director: Lorraine Levy. (France 2012) 105 min. www.cafilm.org Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Aquarius, Palo Alto; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Summerfield, Santa Rosa; Crest, Sacramento.

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. Through December 9, 2012.

HOLY MOTORS.  (Leos Carax, France; starring Denis Lavant.) One of the most bizarrely wonderful films of the year, or any year. Oscar (Lavant) spends every day riding around Paris in a white limo driven by Céline.  After making use of the car's full complement of wigs, theatrical make-up, and costumes, he emerges for "appointments" with unseen "clients," who apparently observe each vignette as it happens. And don't even try to predict what's coming next, or decipher what it all means, beyond an investigation of identity so original you won't believe your eyes. Disturbing and delightful. Movies don't get more original or memorable than this. Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

LES MISERABLES, with Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman.  Watch local theater listings for details!!! Opening December 25, 2012.

PIERRE ETAIX LOST AND FOUND.  Series of Five Features and Three Shorts.  Until recently a forgotten filmmaker, even in his native France, Pierre Etaix is finally riding a wave of happy rediscovery for the handful of films he made between 40 and 50 years ago.  This series includes the five features and three shorts Pierre Etaix directed between 1961 and 1971. The films have been restored in France and released here in new 35mm prints by Janus Films.  All are in French with English subtitles. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, www.cafilm.org December 7-13, 2012.

RUST AND BONE. With Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure and Céline Sallette.  France/Belgium, 120min, 2012.  Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard gives a tour-de-force performance in Rust and Bone that rivals anything she has done before. She plays Stéphanie, a free-spirited whale trainer at a marineland on the French Riviera, who suffers a devastating injury.  Check local listings for details. Opening December 21, 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  

Just opened!  CUBA A HAITI, HAITI A CUBA. Jazz Heritage Center, 1320-30 Fillmore St., SF  415.255.7745 or www.jazzheritagecenter.org for details.

Through November 30, 2012.  PARIS TO SAN FRANCISCO.  Paintings and drawings by MARA GAHAGAN. With influences from anime, old masters and vintage postcards, a San Francisco artist travels to Paris.  Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco Soirée Rendez-vous: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Parking structure at Polk and Bush)   Also visit:   www.afsf.com  and  www.maragahagan.com

Through November 30, 2012.  HIGHLANDS – A SOLO EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY MARTINE JARDEL.  Working large gives French artist Martine Jardel the opportunity to emphasize the gestural quality of the act of painting. She has always been process oriented so she is open to accidents and random events, using palette knives and rags --- layering, scraping, wiping, scratching away, dripping and floating oil paint to create surfaces that embody a sense of time. In recent years, she has shifted from vertical canvases to painting on horizontal ones. Inevitably, these new paintings suggest landscapes but the ground is as deceptive and unstable as marshland and the horizon seems submerged in watery depths or fragmented and scattered over the picture plane. Using the landscape as a frame to explore ideas and images, Jardel continues her efforts to visually evoke a collection of experiences, whose memories unspool and evolve at their own pace in her imagination. Visual Aid Gallery, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA  presents Gallery hours: M-F, 10am-6pm Thursday, October 4th, 5:30-7:30pm: Opening Reception Saturday, October 13th, 3-4pm: Champagne Reception honoring the artist. Gallery will remain open till 7pm, as part of the Yerba Buena Gallery Walk.  

Through November 30, 2012.  SMARTER LIVING.  In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6,500 watts to 2,000 watts by 2150. Smarter Living-The 2,000-Watt Society illustrates the impact of this significant goal by presenting the diverse range of design solutions underway. This travelling exhibition is intended to give architects, developers and contractors the courage and desire to accept the 2,000-watt vision as a challenge for the design community. The 18 case studies demonstrate different approaches to sustainable architecture - some with complex technical solutions and some with clever references to traditional construction methods. Whether small projects or large developments, retrofitted housing stock or new construction, these designs create a sustainable future for the city.     November 12 - 30, 2012  601 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA  94107, Ground Floor  Public exhibition hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm http://www.archtectureschooldaily.com/?p=1029   

Through December 1, 2012.  WHEN ATTITUDES BECAME FORM BECOME ATTITUDES.  When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes takes as its starting point the 1969 exhibition Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (Works – Concepts – Processes – Situations – Information) presented at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland and curated by Harald Szeemann.  Artists include: Etienne Chambaud, Claire Fontaine, Aurélien Froment... and more!  CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, http://www.wattis.org/exhibitions

December 4-8, 2012.  SWISS METAL ARTIST MONICA SCHMID presents a show of her most recent "wearable paintings" at Oakland's College Avenue Galleries. Ms. Schmid says of her metal work, "I draw my inspiration by envisioning lines and shapes, and then drawing them with my eyes closed. The unexpected distortions are my vocabulary for forms."  Fusing Line and ColorOpening Reception Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  College Avenue Galleries5241 College Avenue, Oakland, CATue - Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  www.monicaschmid.com

Through December 8, 2012.   CONGO.  White Walls is pleased to present “CONGO,” a solo exhibition featuring new works from British artist JONATHAN DARBY.  “CONGO” will feature a collection of mixed media paintings on wood as part of a gallery-transforming installation and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to children’s charity AptART. The opening reception will be Saturday, November 10th from 7-11 PM, and is free and open to the public for viewing through December 8th, 2012.  Darby will transform the conventional white walls and gallery space into an incredible floor to ceiling installation of painting, sound, photography and film. The show is a response to Darby’s recent work in the war torn eastern city of Goma where he directed painting projects along with children’s charity, AptART, of which he is the co-founder and Creative Director. Each piece of art features a child from the project and incorporates elements of Darby’s own photography.  http://www.whitewallssf.com/ for details.

Through 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.)  Plus, Swiss artist PE LANG is contributing to this year's ZERO1 Biennial with two installations, supported by swissnex San Francisco: Moving objects | no 629 - 823 (2012), an installation consisting of 128 motors, 3,000 rings, and silicon wire; and Falling objects | positioning systems (2009-2012), a custom-made machine that adds drops of water onto a special textured surface. Both installations approach the visual phenomena between chaos and order and force the viewer to constantly seek patterns and principles. The technology behind the art-the machines, the wiring, the motors-is integral to Pe Lang's piece, bringing the audience in touch with the technical processes that are so often hidden in our high-tech society.     The exhibitions are open to the public until December.     Pe Lang at ZERO1 San Jose  ZERO1 Garage  439 South 1st Street, San Jose  Through December 8  More information at http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/  Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council  http://www.zero1biennial.org/ for details.

Through December 15, 2012.  TEMPORARY STRUCTURES.  The Mount of Vendome (2012) is a project exploring a radical reconstruction of a heap of dirt built by the Commune de Paris in 1871 in front of the Vendome Column. San Francisco Art Institute, http://www.sfai.edu/tempstructures

Through December 16, 2012.  (RE-) CYCLES OF PARADISE.  swissnex teams up with LACE to showcase the ARTPORT-curated exhibition, a show that focuses on the issues of gender roles and climate change, throwing in some science to boot.  swissnex San Francisco for details.

Through December 30, 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 January 23, 2013.  DESERT JEWELS:  NORTH AFRICAN JEWELRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE XAVIER GUERRAND-HERMES COLLECTION.  Highlights include work from Algeria and Morocco:  wedding necklaces, hair ornaments, bracelets, earrings, and fibula used to keep veils in place.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  $5-$10.  Free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org for details.

Through 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 Reviewed in the Sunday, November 11, 2012 Datebook (pink pages) of the SF Chronicle, p.21.

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  

December 1, 2012.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE.  Time: From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks. A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. Please call us to schedule a free evaluation of your level.  This intensive is limited to 12 participants and gets full very quickly.  This is a great course to take a second time if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat. Next pronunciation intensive: 2013. Date: TBA.

Through 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.

January 4, 2013.  INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, taught by DOMINIQUE BREMOND.  Starting in January. 4 weeks. One hour per week. Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. $99. What is Philosophy? Break the mystery and discover the elements of Philosophy that impact our daily life. This course is open to young students (16 and up) as well as adults, and can be offered in French or in English according to the participants. Exact dates will be announced. At least 4 registrations will be needed in each class to start the course (French and English).  www.thefrenchclass.com

Beginning January 7, 2013.  THE FRENCH CLASS ~ EIGHT-WEEK SESSION.   Pay 20% less than you would in another San Francisco school.  Since we trust you will enjoy our classes, we'd like you to give you an incentive to try us out. Bring a registration form or an ad for a 6 or 8-week program offered by another San Francisco private language school: we'll beat their price by 20%. Restrictions: NO refunds or credits after January 7, 2013. This offer is available ONLY to new students, or former students who have not taken a class with us in the last 6 months. Our current 8-week session ends on December 15. Call us now at 415-362-3666 to sign up. A bientôt!  www.thefrenchclass.com  

January 31, 2012.  WORLD TRAVEL TIPS, SOUTHERN EUROPE – HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS DIVERSE REGION.  Plan your journey and discover new destinations (including PARIS!) with REA FRANJETIC.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  $25.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

January-March 2013.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by ANNE BISHOP.  Topics include:  Beginning French Continuing; Intermediate French; Upper Intermediate French; Advanced French; Cours de Perfectionnement.  $235.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

January-March 2013.  FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR and FRENCH CLINIC ON THE SUBJUNCTIVE taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

February-June 2013.  POTPOURRI OF LITERARY PRIZES taught by CAROL BENET at Book Passage (either Monday afternoons or Monday evenings).  Authors include Nobel Prize winner J.-M. G. LE CLEZIO and ANDRE ACIMAN.  $105.  www.bookpassage.com 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.

FRENCH LESSONS.  Learn French with an acclaimed and experienced native teacher, in person or remotely via Skype. Whether it is for school, work or pleasure, Sandrine's lessons are tailored to every student's needs and goals. From basic conversation to fluency, from simple sentences to academic levels, Sandrine provides quality teaching to students with high standards. Visit Sandrine’s French lessons blog: http://sandrinedeparis.blogspot.com Contact:   sandrine@sandrinedeparis.com

MONDAY PRONUNCIATION WORKSHOPS  Every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Members: $17 - Non-members: $19. Small group. Space is limited. Please register before noon on Friday. Open to levels 1 to 6. French sounds presented in a way that makes sense and is easy to learn.  www.thefrenchclass.com          

AFTER SCHOOL FRENCH CLASSES FOR CHILDREN IN THE BAY AREA (K - 12). 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 September 2012.  Education Francaise Bay Area (EFBA) is a non-profit organization focused on high quality, affordable French courses and serves families through nearly 20 public school locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (including Oakland, Mountain View, San Jose, Walnut Creek and more). The EFBA is supported by the French government.  Course registrations open in September 2012 (and will remain open as space permits). Enroll your child today so you can secure a spot!  www.efba.us or contact us at info@efba.us.

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

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! 

Sometime in 2013. FESTIVAL THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE THREE MUSKETEERS, an all new story involving the traditional heroes of the beloved original book in all the swashbuckling glory of the 1600s!  www.fteshakes.org for details.

January 3, 2013.  FRENCH FOR FREE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.
Free conversation group at The French Class.  Free French conversation group the 1st Thursday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at La Boulange, 222 Sutter Street. Please call before noon on the first Thursday of the month if you would like to attend. Minimum 4 people.  www.thefrenchclass.com for details.

January 4, 2013.  FRENCH FOR FREE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  12:00 to 12:45 p.m. 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.  www.thefrenchclass.com for details.

January 11, 2013.  JOIN THE WARRIORS FOR THEIR FRENCH CONNECTION!  In their game against the Portland Blazers, the Golden State Warriors will be playing against Frenchman NICOLAS BATUM.  Details to follow. http://www.warriors.com/frenchcommunity

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.

January 31, 2013.  JOIN THE WARRIORS FOR THEIR FRENCH CONNECTION!  In their game against the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State Warriors will be playing against Frenchman RODRIGUE BEAUBOIS.  Details to follow. http://www.warriors.com/frenchcommunity

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. 

February 9, 2013. CONFÉRENCE ANNUELLE DE L’AATF-NC. « La technologie dans les classes de français du 21ème siècle»      Stanford University    Année exceptionnelle avec un intervenant Mme Catherine Ousselin    Cette année l’organisation sponsorise exceptionnellement cette conférence pour les membres aux prix réduits de : $50 avec déjeuner, $40 sans déjeuner, $35 étudiant (& student teacher).  www.aatf-nc.org  

February 22, 2013.  JOIN THE WARRIORS FOR THEIR FRENCH CONNECTION!  In their game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors will be playing against Frenchmen TONY PARKER, NANDO DE COLO and BORIS DIAW.  Details to follow. http://www.warriors.com/frenchcommunity

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 27, 2013.  RED WINES OF FRANCE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

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.

April 10, 2013.  RED WINES OF BURGUNDY.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

April 11, 2013.  WINES OF THE RHONE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

April 24, 2013.  WINES OF BORDEAUX.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

April 25, 2013.  CHAMPAGNES!  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com 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 8, 2013.  WINES OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com 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.

May 22, 2013.  WINES OF BURGUNDY.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com 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 5, 2013.  REGIONAL ROSÉS.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

June 19, 2012.  WHITE WINES OF FRANCE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

June 21-30, 2013.  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, Crest Theatre. www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org for details.

June 26, 2013.  SAUVIGNON BLANCS & CHARDONNAYS.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

July 10, 2013.  RED WINES OF BURGUNDY. Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

July 24, 2013.  CHAMPAGNES!  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

September 4, 2013.  WHITE WINES OF FRANCE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

September 11, 2013.  WINES OF THE RHONE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

September 25, 2013.  RED WINES OF FRANCE.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

October 9, 2013.  WINES OF BORDEAUX.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

October 23, 2013.  DELUXE WHITE BURGUNDY.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

October 17, 2013.  CHAMPAGNES!  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

October 30, 2013.  DELUXE RED BURGUNDY.  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

November 6, 2013.  HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNES!  Wine Appreciation Class.  Classes listed above will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for approximately 2  hours, and are limited to 16 participants.  The cost of classes including 8 wines or Champagnes for tasting is $60 per person, except for Deluxe and Champagne classes, which are $90 per person. A selection of French cheeses will be served buffet-style for your enjoyment and to relate the wine to food during our tasting. Reservations should be booked in advance with a credit card and cancellations must be made within 24 hours of each class for a refund.  We look forward to you joining us in discovering our great wine finds and values from France!  Please note that classes will not be held during the month of August.  The French Cellar, Regional Wine & Objects from France, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA  95030.  408.354.0993 or www.thefrenchcellar.com or thefrenchcellar@me.com for details.

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