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April 4-12, 2013

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April Events  

Through April 4, 2013.  SWISSNEX presents GAME GAZER.  Play a backpack video console, control the expressions of a portrait, and join a shouting match—for fun. These games and more in the exhibition during GDC.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.

April 4, 2013.  NOAH GUYNN presents a lecture on SACRAMENT AND SCATOLOGY:  PENITENTIAL HUMOR IN ANDRE DE LA VIGNE’S LE MEUNIER DONT LE DIABLE EMPORTE L’AME EN ENFER (1496).French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle, UC-Berkeley.  5pm.

April 4, 2013.  GRAND OPENING OF WORKS BY XAVIER CASTELLANOS at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Xavier Castellanos was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He and his family moved to Mexico City, where he had his first solo show at the age of fifteen. After a series of successful exhibits, he won public acclaim and admission into the Mexico City art circle. In 1991 he moved to New York City to study at The Arts' Student League of NY. His credits since 1988 include more than 50 solo exhibits and more than 70 group shows in the United States, Mexico and Europe.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details. 6pm-9pm.

April 4, 2013.  ARTIST TALK:  CHRISTIAN MARCLAY WITH GREIL MARCUS.  SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis theater.  7pm. Exhibition supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.  http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/events/2251

April 4-14, 2013.  CARTE BLANCHE presents OPHELIA.  Join us for a not-to-be-missed walk-through experience across Fort Mason Center with dance, theater, and interactive video as Carte Blanche re-imagines the story of Hamlet's tragic heroine, Ophelia. Carte Blanche was founded by two French women (Charline Formenty and Marie Walburg Plouviez) in search for a cultural bridge between their culture and the city they live in. Carte Blanche is a french dance/theatre company based in San Francisco, Bay Area. After three sold out shows at NOHspace, awards from critics, accolades from professionals and audience members alike, and a tour of the northwest, Ophelia returns to San Francisco for a bold new interpretation. Transported to the grounds of the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, the show will follow Ophelia on her remarkable journey without the constraints of the stage.  Ophelia re-imagines the story of Hamlet's tragic heroine. Inspired by Arthur Rimbaud's elegiac poem to this remarkable woman, the story follows Ophelia beyond the pages of Shakespeare as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.  At the crossroads between dance and theater, Ophelia is a meditation on the timelessness of this quest. Artistic director Charline Formenty channels her own story as an immigrant through this Shakesperian myth, while Rimbaud's text helps connect the tale to her French roots.  For more information on Carte Blanche's Ophelia see the attached press release or visit http://www.carteblanche-sf.com/ 

April 5, 2013.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents THE PROBLEM WITH THE FRENCH.  The Problem With The French is an unprecedented event in the Bay Area and will not be dedicated to George W Bush’s best quotes, but to Silicon Valley’s French touch. Beyond ethnocentrism, arrogance, socialism, strikes, cigarettes and smell, find out what the French are capable of and how they are playing a central role in the first innovation ecosystem in the world. Come join a French-American crowd of entrepreneurs, dreamers and innovators for an evening of great stories, and even greater speakers.  PARISOMA & faberNovel partnered with Osons la France to organize the American part of one of the most famous events dedicated to French creativity & entrepreneurship.   Program: 5 - 7pm:  Talks, demos, & interviews; 7 - 7.30pm: Cocktail Round 1 7.30 - 8.30pm: Talks, demos, & interviews; 8.30 - 9pm: Cocktail Round 2 PARISOMA 169 11th St San Francisco, CA 94103.  5:00pm to 9:00pm.  General admission $30.  www.faccsf.com for details.

April 5, 2013.  NEW YORK POLYPHONY performs works by DESPREZ, CRECQUILLON, MACHAUT, BRUMEL, CLEMENS and more.  Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 327 Lasuen St., Palo Alto.  $10-$60.  8pm.  650.725.2787 or http://live.stanford.edu for details.

April 5, 2013.  ELEKTRA CANADIAN WOMEN’S CHOIR performs works by Canadian composers, among others.  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., SF.  8pm  Free.  www.elektra.ca for details. 

April 5, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU play at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.  One of our favorite venues! We don't play here often, so don't miss this show!  142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.142throckmortontheatre.com

Through April 6, 2013.  LA TROUPE DU PLATYPUS THEATRE présente son neuvième spectacle, L'ATELIER de JEAN-CLAUDE GRUMBERT. La pièce est jouée en français / Show in French!   Du mercredi 3 avril au vendredi 5 avril à 20 heures et samedi 6 avril à 14 heures et à 20 heuresDans un petit coin de Paris entre 1945 et 1952, dans un atelier de confection, on coud, on pique, on taille... On rit, on pleure, on râle... On tente comme on peut d'oublier les années noires, de retrouver la joie de vivre et d'espérer en l'avenir. Et Monsieur Léon a fort à faire entre les coups de gueules, les coups de blues et les fous rires de ses couturières aux personnalités fortes et touchantes! De fil en aiguille, les liens se tissent, les amitiés et les antipathies aussi, forcément. Une pièce qui taille sur mesure un portrait de l'immédiat après-guerre. Tranches de vie, instants volés... huit années se déroulent au rythme des machines à coudre.  Durée: 1:30,sans entracte , à l'Exit Theater 156 Eddy St San Francisco. Tickets : $18 Etudiants : $15 -Réservations recommandées: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/324213

April 6, 2013.  SAINT-DENIS, NECROPOLIS OF THE KINGS.  Offered by RENEE MOREL.  Le Café Musée fera, comme à son habitude, deux présentations  à CCSF ce semestre.   La légende veut que Denis de Paris, martyr décapité à  Montmartre vers l'an 280, ait pris sa tête dans ses mains et parcouru dix kilomètres avant de s'effondrer. On éleve à cet endroit une modeste abbaye destinée à devenir la basilique de Saint-Denis, lieu saint qui est aussi un haut lieu de la royauté française, car, si le souverain est couronné à Reims et vit à Paris, Saint-Denis est sa dernière demeure. Première église de style gothique, la nécropole royale est avant tout un étonnant musée d'art funéraire qui reflète l'histoire de France, avec ses dynasties successives.  Aux "gisants" (représentations du défunt en position allongée) idéalisés de l'époque médiévale succèdent les effigies réalistes de la Renaissance.    Venez admirer ces sculptures, leurs attributs et leurs  symboles, leur fonction de glorification du souverain et de la royauté, ainsi que de lien entre les vivants et les morts. On évoquera aussi les destructions dues à la vague d'iconoclasme protestant et, surtout, à la Révolution de 1789, ainsi que l'évolution des pratiques funéraires à travers les siècles et les stratégies de mise en scène de cet émouvant lieu de mémoire. Merci à Frances Aubert de m'avoir offert le beau livre de photos de Claude Sauvageot intitulé "Saint-Denis"!  9:30am-12:30pm.  CCSF, Visual Arts Building, Rm V114. reneemorel@gmail.com  

April 6, 2013.  VIVIANA GUZMAN, flute, FRANK LEVY, piano, and ALAN HALL, percussion, perform works by POULENC and others.  Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley.  510.549.3864 or www.trinitychamberconcerts.com for details.  8pm.  $10-$15.

April 6, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA.  Another show at the Palms! Whoopee!!  13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm.  Information and tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

April 6-14, 2013.  BONJOUR, M. GAUGUIN.  Fabrizio Carlone’s opera about the painter’s gets its American premiere from the WEST BAY OPERA and KUNST-STOFF.  Details to follow.

April 6-June 2, 2013.  SWISS ARTIST CHRISTIAN MARCLAY’s THE CLOCK will be shown at SFMOMA.

Through April 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 7, 2013.  UN DEUX TROIS performs in Berkeley.  We are pleased to announce that Un Deux Trois will be appearing at The Haba Na Haba House Concert Series in Berkeley, California. Haba Na Haba is one of the finest house concert venues we have seen! Located in the Great Stone Face Park area of Berkeley, this beautiful home provides an excellent space and acoustics for an intimate and comfortable concert experience.  For those of you that attended the La Guinguette concert at Haba Na Haba, Un Deux Trois features accordionist Robert Lunceford, along with master bass guitarist Josh Fossgreen, and acoustic guitarist and vocalist Lisa Iskin. Un Deux Trois plays beautiful arrangements of traditional French dance music, Bal Musette from the cafes of Paris, and original compositions inspired by the French and Portuguese music traditions.  Sunday, April 7th at 2:00pm at The Haba Na Haba House Concerts located in the Great Stone Face Park area of Berkeley, CA.  Email: ParisSkies@sonic.net for reservations. Directions to venue given with confirmation of reservations. $15 admission.  www.ParisSkies.com   Includes refreshments.

April 7, 2013. EXOTICISM IN 18TH CENTURY FRANCE: MUSIC OF COUPERIN AND RAMEAU. Harpsichordist CHRISTOPHE ROUSSET performs major works by two of the greatest French Baroque keyboard composers, including musical impressions of Egyptians, Chinese, Incas, savages, and other archetypes. A gala benefit for MusicSources, including complimentary wine, refreshments, and full-length concert. Don’t miss the exclusive Bay Area appearance of one of the greatest harpsichordists performing the repertoire that made him famous worldwide. 5PM Wine and refreshments; 6PM concert. Northbræ Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. $60/$45 510-528-1685 or www.musicsources.org Note: the Christophe Rousset recital, listed on April 7, will begin with a reception at 5 pm with wine and refreshments. Rousset’s concert will therefore begin at 6 pm.

April 7, 2013.  PETIT MEET-UP AU CAFÉ H.  Le prochain "Petit Meetup" de conversation française au Café H aura lieu le dimanche 5 fevrier, de 14h à 16h (*). Le café se trouve dans le quartier de Castro a San Francisco, au croisement de la 17eme rue et de Sanchez St. Le cafe propose des sandwichs, salades, pâtisseries, ainsi que des boissons.  2:00 PM, H Café, 3801 17th St., (à Sanchez St.), San Francisco, CA 94114.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/106843882/?a=ea2_grp&rv=ea2&_af_eid=106843882&_af=event

April 8 & 9, 2013.  LA COMPAGNIE ETANTDONNE EN TOURNEE A SAN FRANCISCO.  Le lycée Français de San Francisco, La French American Cultural Society, Le Consulat général de France, Dia Normandie, Lostinsf, Froggix présentent LA COMPAGNIE FRANÇAISE ETANT DONNE en tournée aux USA.  Deux créations au théâtre du Lycée français de  San Francisco:  TU (création tout public) - Lundi 8 avril à 20h00 ET  PAPOTAGES (création pour tous; dès 5 ans) - Mardi 9 avril à 20h00.  Depuis douze ans, la compagnie étantdonné parcourt le monde pour présenter ses créations chorégraphiques fortement inspirées par le cinéma et les arts plastiques, dans un mélange subtil d’art conceptuel et de dérision.  Créé pour Avignon 2012, TU est un exercice du regard, un éveil hypnotique qui révèle les différences qui se cachent derrière tout ce qui se ressemble. Deux capuches se baladent sur scène, elles se suivent et inventent un chemin à mesure qu’elles l’empruntent.  Avec plus de 2000 représentations, "Papotages" est la première création de la compagnie étantdonné. Développée dans le but d’éveiller la curiosité et d’apporter le capital sympathie nécessaire à toute rencontre, "Papotages" part du principal point commun entre le public et les danseurs : le corps.  Découvrez l'univers de la compagnie étantdonné sur leur site internet: www.etantdonne.fr  Entrée :  15$/10$soirée. // After performing in  Los Angeles, the French modern dance company,  Étantdonné will present 2 performances at the Lycée Français of San Francisco. TU (a performance for all ages) – Monday,  April 8 at 8 pm and PAPOTAGES ( for ages 5 years old and up) – Tuesday, April 9 at 8 pm.  For 12 years, the company Étantdonné  has traveled  the world to present their choreography, greatly inspired by cinema and the arts, in a subtle combination of conceptual art and derision.  Created for Avignon 2012, TU is a study of the gaze, a hypnotic awakening which reveals the differences that hide behind surface similarities .Two hooded figures wander on the stage; they follow each other and invent their own path as they go along.  With more than 2,000 performances, Papotages (Chit-chat) is Étantdonné’s  first creation.  Created with the intention of provoking awareness and eliciting the spontaneous pleasure essential to all encounters, Chit-chat takes as its starting point what the dancers and their audience have in common: the body.  Discover the world of the company Étantdonné on their website: www.etantdonne.fr. Tickets :  $15/$10.  http://etantdonne.brownpapertickets.com or at the theatre box office. http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/tu-papotages

April 9, 2014.  LA GUERRE EST DECLAREE / DECLARATION OF WAR.  Synopsis:  When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.  The story is based on actual events in the actors' lives together, when they were a young couple caring for their dangerously ill son.  Written and directed by Valérie Donzelli Released in 2011 Selected as  Starring Valérie Donzelli & Jérémie Elkaïm  100 min. | In French with English subtitles http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html

April 10, 2013.  FRENCH LESSONS: A STAGED READING OF A NEW COMEDY at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. Join us for a staged reading from Throckmorton Theatre's Playwrights' Lab. This new comedy is written by Martin Russell and directed by Phoebe Moyer. SYNOPSIS: Cameron will share his knowledge of the French language with Dennis and Denise.  But he won't share his wife. Will turning a menage a' trois into a menage a' quartre work for him? Two's company. Three's comedy. Four's a farce.  A suggested donation of $10-$20 per person for admission.  7:30pm.  www.142throckmortontheatre.com  

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 10 & 11, 2013.  GAD ELMALEH performs at Bimbo’s 365 Club.  Show entirely in French.  Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm.  Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., SF.  $35.00.  http://www.bimbos365club.com/event/219519

April 10-14, 2013.  THE SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL features two Swiss films:  L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT / SISTER, and HOME.  The winner of the Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale, Ursula Meier's (Home, 2008) powerhouse drama Sister (L'enfant d'en haut) has played in cinemas across the US and continues its victory lap with two showings at the Sonoma International Film Festival. The powerful work tells the story of young Simon, who steals ski equipment from the luxury resort up the mountain to provide for himself and his dissolute sister. Sister cements Ms. Meier's reputation as among the most important directors of her generation.  http://www.sonomafilmfest.org 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 11-18, 2013. TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL features Swiss film CYANIDE by SEVERINE CORNUMUSAZ, as well as shorts PRORA and A WORLD FOR RAUL.  http://tiburonfilmfestival.com for details.

Opening April 12, 2013.  RENOIR.  Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, this rich and sensual drama centers on Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his son Jean, wounded in the First World War, and Andree, the painter's beautiful teenage model. Michel Bouquet is immensely moving as Renoir pere, whose arthritic hands belie his undiminished talents, and Vincent Rottiers portrays Jean Renoir as an unformed young man with no inkling of his destiny as one of the icons of the 20th century's own art, the cinema. And Christa Theret, caressed by the Mediterranean light in sun-drenched images that recall Impressionist paintings, is luminous as the old artist's final muse and the nascent artist's first. Rated R for sequences of art-related nudity and brief language. In French with English subtitles. Music: Alexandre Desplat. Writers: Jerome Tonnerre, Gilles Bourdos. Director: Gilles Bourdos. (France 2012) 111 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

April 12, 2013.  PROUST + VERMEER, a half-hour film by R. G. VOORHEES.  Premiere!  As part of its current exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis Museum,” the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park will be screening: Proust + Vermeer, a half-hour film by R. G. Voorhees.  All Vermeer’s known works are featured in this half-hour Proustian tour turned tour-de-force.  Why Proust and Vermeer? Marcel Proust was a huge admirer of Vermeer, and he weaves many observations about the painter into his novel, A la recherche du temps perdu. Some are laughable and some profound. In Du côté de chez Swann, published exactly 100 years ago, Proust begins innocently enough, with the title character intermittently writing an essay on Vermeer. Over time, everyone in Swann’s world becomes at least passingly familiar with the painter and Proust pokes fun at some of the misconceptions these characters have about the mysterious 17th century Dutch master. In the end, though, when Proust’s character Bergotte leaves his sick bed in order to go see Vermeer’s View of Delft, on loan from the Mauritshuis Museum, the painter’s genius is the catalyst for some of Proust’s highest and most moving drama.  (In French with English subtitles)  Free admission to the public.  6pm.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

April 12, 2013.  BARBARA POPE reads from her last novel, THE MISSING ITAIAN GIRL, and talk about her inspiration and how she got immersed in the  historical and sociological context  of 19th century France which  she renders with such high accuracy. PRESENTATION in English.  7 pm. Barbara Pope will read from her last novel, The Missing Italian Girl.  Please RSVP 510.548.7481 or info@afberkeley.org  Free for members, $10 for non-members.  For more information on the author:  www.barbaracpope.com

April 12, 2013.  JAMEL DEBBOUZE en show à San Francisco, The Masonic.  Tickets on sale Friday at 10h.  http://concerts.livenation.com/event/1C004A47853326E5 for details.

April 13, 2013.  C2C plays at The Independent, San Francisco.  C2C is not yet a household name for the electro/urban music enthusiast… but the three-lettername is nonetheless legendary in the world of “turntablism”, a highly technical yet intensely musical discipline, with performers using turntables as a bona fide musical instrument.  http://www.theindependentsf.com/event/229307-c2c-san-francisco/

April 13, 2013.  SERGE!  4TH ANNUAL GAINSBOURG TRIBUTE PARTY.  The Sacramento French Film Festival presents Serge! 4th Annual Tribute Party , Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St. , Sacramento.  Doors at 7:30pm.  $7 Admission, to benefit the 12th Sacramento French Film Festival and Verge Center for the Arts. Featuring music by DJ Christophe and DJ Roger, Live Bands, Short Films, Serge Art, Cocktails... Join us for our 4th annual celebration of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg (he would be 84 this year...) Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, and much more, Gainsbourg was a major figure in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's pop-culture, all through a fog of Gitanes and alcohol... He is still today considered as one of the world's most influential popular musicians. Come and celebrate the spirit of "Gainsbarre" with us! 7:30p.m. Doors open 8p.m. Short Films  9p.m. Live Music by Afternoon Teacup Collection & Peter Petty IS Dirge Gainsbourg 10p.m. French Pop Dance Party w/ DJ Christophe & Roger Carpio www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org for details.

Through April 14, 2013.  WEST EDGE OPERA performs BONJOUR, MONSIEUR GAUGUIN.  El Cerrito Performing Arts Center, 540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito.  8pm.  510.841.1903 or www.westedgeopera.org for details.

April 14, 2013.  EDUCATION FRANÇAISE BAY AREA organizes MUSEUM QUEST / A MUSÉE VOUS.  Oakland Museum of California Visit: children 5 – 11 years old who speak French are invited to join Education Française Bay Area, a non-profit organization which provides high quality, affordable and engaging French afterschool classes and activities, at the Oakland Museum of California for an exciting visit of exploration and discovery while speaking French. This outing is one in a monthly series; visit http://www.efba.us/museum-quest for more information, or email Rémi Ducom, Museum Facilitator: culture@efba.us

April 15, 2013.  A YEAR IN BURGUNDY.  Santa Rosa French-American Charter School presents an extraordinary evening of food, wine & film.  Join us for a delightful evening as you experience the deep history, ancient villages, rolling hillsides, and enchanted beauty of one of the most agriculturally rich areas on earth, in the documentary film, A Year in Burgundy.  Allowing intimate access into the lives of seven winemaking families, this film takes you on an incredible, year-long journey where you share the disasters and triumphs, the physical and emotional labors, the laughter and the tears that fill each bottle of world class wine cultivated from this mythical region of France.  The opportunity to visit with the film’s senior producers, David Kennard, director and writer; and Martine Saunier, consultant, one of the top US importers of French wine and star of the film, is just one highlight of the evening, particularly to our very own wine-rich region of Sonoma County and Healdsburg.  This special film event will be held on Monday, April 15 at the Raven Film Center, 415 Center St., Healdsburg, and is presented in collaboration with InCA Productions, Martine’s Wines, Santa Rosa French-American Charter School (SRFACS) Foundation, and SRFACS’s Club VinWine.  Open to the public, the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Burgundy & Bites reception, and opening remarks at 7:15. The film will be shown at 7:30, with intermission at 8:15 and closing remarks at 9:30. Tickets are $25 per person and include the film, a glass of white or red Burgundy, and hors d'oeuvres. 100% of the proceeds go to SRFACS Foundation. Seating is limited, therefore advance ticket reservations are recommended. It is also recommended that children not attend. For a sneak peek into the film visit the official website:  www.ayearinburgundy.com/film/ . Please visit http://srfacs.givezooks.com/events/a-year-in-burgundy to reserve your seat.

Through April 16, 2013.  FILMMAKER PROVOCATEUR JEAN ROUCH.  Much of the extraordinary life work of the French filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch (1917–2004) focused on Africa, where for over sixty years he made ethnographic films in a radical style that continued to evolve. A pioneer of cinema verité and an influence on the French New Wave, Rouch experimented with improvisation, introducing fiction to documentary, and collaborating with his subjects. Georges Sadoul noted that Rouch was “one of the first to give Black Africans a voice on international screens,” and a number of his African collaborators went on to create their own cinema.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

April 16, 2013.    EUROPE:  A CONTINENT IN DECLINE OR A MODEL FOR THE FUTURE?   Lecture by LIONEL JOSPIN, former Prime Minister of France.  Europe, whose peaceful unification was one of the success stories of the 20th century, today seems incapable of pulling out of the crisis. Its growth is almost nonexistent, and unemployment affects more than 26 million Europeans. Is this the euro's fault? Should we blame the European social model? Yet, when compared to other continents, Europe is wealthy, more equitable, and at peace. Is Europe, then, a model to emulate or a continent in decline? I will seek an answer first in Europe's initial journey toward unity, then in its current malaise in confronting the crisis, and finally in the validity of its model for the future.  For the last thirty years, Lionel Jospin has been one of the major and most respected figures of the French and European political stage. Before being Prime Minister from 1997 to 2002, he was the Secretary General of the French Socialist Party (1981-1988), and later Education Minister (1988-1992). After contributing significantly to modernization of his party, he was its candidate in the 1995 presidential election and again in 2002, when he was widely expected to win; yet the excessive number of candidates on the left deprived him of this victory. Lionel Jospin has since retired from active politics, but not from public life. His five years as Prime Minister will be remembered as decisive years in terms of economic growth and social peace. Two major reforms instituted by his government were the laws on civil union (PACS) and on parity, the latter mandating equal representation of men and women in public institutions. Lionel Jospin is a fairly unusual kind of politician because of his great ethical rigor and uncompromising honesty, as well as a true intellectual with in-depth culture and a broad vision of the contemporary world situation.  Location: Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford  5:30pm.  Registration open until April 9 only! http://francestanford.stanford.edu/node/365

April 16, 2013.  TOMBOY.  Synopsis: Laure is a ten year-old tomboy. When one summer she moves to a new area, she introduces herself as a boy named Mickaël. Everybody believes her and she has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified...  Written and directed by Cécile Sciamma Released in 2011 Won the Best Audience Award at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival  Starring Zoé Héran, Malonn Levana & Jeanne Disson.  82 min. | In French with English subtitles http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html  

April 17, 2013.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS:  THE RETURN OF THE SECRET HANDSHAKE.  Why do people join groups at all? Considering a growing social media fatigue - what should new social networks look like? What is the one trust component needed for people to communicate with each other openly, even in a medium that has the potential for huge user numbers? How does the “secret handshake”, the condition and ritual to join, define the “us” inside vs. “them” on the outside? Why do Silicon Valley born social networks often become global and acquire non-US players - but never the other way around?   Join our networking event and a panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights into the future of social networks. Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder LinkedIn, Social Architect and Mentor Sergi Herrero, CEO L'Atelier North America, BNP-Paribas Innovation Lab Tim Schlegel, Founder/CEO MECLUB, INC. Jeff Tangney, CEO Doximity  Moderated by: Jean-Baptiste Su, Contributing Editor, Forbes.com Wilmer Hale Palo Alto 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 From 6:00 pm - to 9:00 pm Member: $20 Non-member: $35 At the door: $50. www.faccsf.com for details.

April 18, 2013.  MATHIEU LEHANNEUR speaks at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.   French designer Mathieu Lehanneur bridges problems and solutions with innovative product designs, which are more often informed by science and technology than formal design history.  The objects are not just functional; they perform. Lehanneur addresses 21st-century concerns with an evolved sensibility — responsive noise-mitigating rovers, pods for recuperating lost sleep, a stereo for rekindling passion, meditative blue-sky windows — all built upon the body's natural responses.  Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 7pm.  $10/$7. http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/events/2253 for details.

April 18, 2013. FRENCH MEET-UP AT BISSAP BAOBAB. Salut les rastas! Bissap Baobab Village is proud to launch its FRENCH MEET UP, every Third THURSDAY of the month/// 7pm-10pm We welcome all levels of French speakers, from beginners to native speakers, and basically, we have a great time. There will be a contest of the best French accent and the winner will rewarded by a glass of wine for free. DJ Bizot will play the French Pop 'classiques', from Jacques Brel to -M-, la musique made in France quoi ! This meetup will be always free of charge So this is the end for today my friends, have fun and as my english-speaking friends would say : Rendez-vous Jeudi 18 Avril à 19h, So Long and Thanks for All the cheese ! 7:00 PM Bissap 3372 19th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/events/106843902/?a=ea2_grp&rv=ea2&_af_eid=106843902&_af=event

April 19, 2013.  HAVANA MEETS PARIS!  RAQUEL BITTON presents her new CD, RHYTHM OF THE HEART  in concert with 18-piece orchestra at Yoshi’s San Francisco.   Havana meets Paris - imagine the sensuality and passion of this melding of two romantic worlds!  Accompanied by a 18-piece Orchestra led by a hot Afro-Cuban Band and including members of the San Francisco Symphony, RAQUEL BITTON sings (in French) sambas, bossa novas, cha-chas, merengue, danzon, tangos, milongas, and boleros of legendary Latin singer Tino Rossi.   http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/livemusic/artist/show/3376

April 19, 2013.  LA CRISE POLITIQUE EN REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO ET SON IMPACT DANS LA VIE DES CONGOLAIS, une conférence par JULES OYUMBU organisée par l’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Avant la conférence:  English-language film entitled, CRISIS IN THE CONGO:  UNCOVERING THE TRUTH.  7pm.  Vista del Lago.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

April 19, 2013.  THE 2013 LANGUAGE FAIR:  ENJOY A MORSEL OF LANGUAGES, presented by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE, the Goethe Institute, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Greek Consulate, and the SFSU Center for Greek Studies.  15 minute workshops.  Learn a new language!  Explore a new culture.  www.afsf.com for details.

April 19-23, 2013.  SCAPIN.  Moliere's comic masterpiece gets a modern twist with hysterical physical comedy.  Caldwell Theater, Tamalpais High School, 700 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.  http://events.marinij.com/mill_valley_ca/events/show/276404447-scapin

Through April 21, 2013.  AND GOD CREATED JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT.  This series offers a rare chance to see imported 35mm prints of Valerio Zurlini’s melodrama Violent Summer, with Trintignant in his most romantic role; Dino Risi’s hilarious road comedy Il sorpasso; and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s innovative Trans-Europ-Express.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

April 21, 2013.  PARIS TRANSFORMING – THE BEAUTY AND HORROR OF URBN RECONSTRUCTION.  A lecture with slides by LEONARD PITT.  2 pm.  John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, Calif.  Free - Public invited.

April 23, 2013.  EDUCATION FRANÇAISE DE LA BAY AREA présente UNE HISTOIRE DES FRANCOPHONES AUX ETATS-UNIS par M. SERGE BOUCHARD, anthropologue québécois.  8h30-12h.  100$ pour les trois conférences, 40$ par conférence, 60$ à la porte.  Les trois conférences auront lieu aux dates et heures indiquées ci-dessus à:  Orange Silicon Valley, 60 rue Spear, 11e étage, San Francisco, CA.  Métro : Embarcadero.  http://www.efba.us/fr/conferences

April 23, 2013.  17 FILLES / 17 GIRLS.  Synopsis:   When Camille, a high school girl, accidentally becomes pregnant, 16 of her friends and classmates decide to follow suit, throwing their town and school into chaos.   The story is based on real events that took place in Gloucester, Massachussets, in 2008 and has been relocated to Lorient, a shabby port city on the Brittany coast.   Written and directed by Delphine & Muriel Coulin   Released in 2011   Nominated at the César (French Oscar) for Best First Film   Starring Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche, Roxanne Duran.   86 min. | In French with English subtitles.   http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html   

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 24, 2013.  PARIS COMBO performs at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Downtown Livermore.  925.373.6800 or http://bankheadtheater.org for details.  7:30pm.

April 25, 2013. EDUCATION FRANÇAISE DE LA BAY AREA présente LES CONDITIONS D’UN BILINGUISME HEUREUX EN MILIEU MINORITAIRE par M. RODRIGUE LANDRY, professeur retraité de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université de Moncton (Canada) et directeur de l'Institut canadien de recherche sur les minorités linguistiques. 8h30 à 12h. 100$ pour les trois conférences, 40$ par conférence, 60$ à la porte. Les trois conférences auront lieu aux dates et heures indiquées ci-dessus à: Orange Silicon Valley, 60 rue Spear, 11e étage, San Francisco, CA. Métro : Embarcadero. http://www.efba.us/fr/conferences

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.

April 25-May 9, 2013.  THE SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY plays at the SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 25–May 9 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.  http://www.sffs.org/

Opening April 26, 2013.   THE MORTEM.  Directed by Eric Atlan. Starring Daria Panchenko, Diana Rudychenko.  With MORTEM Eric Atlan signed the story of Jena, a young woman who defies her own death.  JENA is like thousands of people passing by, without knowing her next life. It is on the way to her death that she will cross her mind  During this initiation night, will JENA find the strength to choose her destiny.  http://www.themortemmovie.com/ 

April 26, 2013.  PARIS COMBO at the CA Institue of Integral Studies, San Francisco.  Paris Combo celebrates a rich diversity of world styles but in the setting of chic Parisian cabaret. Fronted by chanteuse, songwriter, and accordionist Belle du Berry, Paris Combo has found a jazzy and intriguing twist on the French song-book tradition.  http://www.pariscombo.com/ or http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/Events.html for details.

April 27, 2013.  DUCHESSES:  FRANÇOIS CHAIGNAUD & MARIE-CAROLIINE HOMINAL.  This year Night Light features four experimental audio-visual performances by Pod Blotz, ChuCha Santamaria y Usted, Stephen Parr/Oddball Films, and Francois Chaignaud and Marie-Caroline Hominal from 9pm to 12am. Three of the performances will be broadcast live on SF Commons, San Francisco’s public access television station.  8pm-midnight. http://nightlightparty.eventbrite.com/

April 27, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Harlow’s, Sacramento. A great nightclub in downtown Sacramento. 2708 J Street, Sacramento. 7:00-9:15 pm.  Information and tickets: www.harlows.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

April 28, 2013.  EDUCATION FRANÇAISE BAY AREA organizes MUSEUM QUEST / A MUSÉE VOUS.  Eden Landing Pools Visit: children 5 – 11 years old who speak French are invited to join Education Française Bay Area, a non-profit organization which provides high quality, affordable and engaging French afterschool classes and activities, at the Eden Landing Pools in Hayward, for an exciting visit of exploration and discovery while speaking French. This outing is one in a monthly series; visit http://www.efba.us/museum-quest for more information, or email Rémi Ducom, Museum Facilitator: culture@efba.us

April 30, 2013.  CAMILLE REDOUBLE / CAMILLE REWINDS.  Synopsis:  How often do we wish that we could go back and do things differently? Camille, a 40-something mother in the midst of a painful divorce from her high-school sweetheart, gets the chance when she passes out at a New Year’s Eve party and wakes up back in the ’80s where everyone reacts to her as if she were 16 again.  Written and directed by Noémie Lvovsky  Released in 2012  Won the Directors' Fortnight Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012  Starring Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Judith Chemla.    115 min. | In French with English subtitles. http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html   

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!

17 FILLES / 17 GIRLS.  When Camille, a high school girl, accidentally becomes pregnant, 16 of her friends and classmates decide to follow suit, throwing their town and school into chaos.   The story is based on real events that took place in Gloucester, Massachussets, in 2008 and has been relocated to Lorient, a shabby port city on the Brittany coast.   Written and directed by Delphine & Muriel Coulin   Released in 2011   Nominated at the César (French Oscar) for Best First Film   Starring Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche, Roxanne Duran.   86 min. | In French with English subtitles.   http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html   April 23, 2013.

AMOUR.  With Jean-Louis Trintignant & Emmanuelle Riva. Four Star, SF; Castro (April 10).

AND GOD CREATED JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT.  This series offers a rare chance to see imported 35mm prints of Valerio Zurlini’s melodrama Violent Summer, with Trintignant in his most romantic role; Dino Risi’s hilarious road comedy Il sorpasso; and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s innovative Trans-Europ-Express.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. March 2-April 21, 2013.

CAMILLE REDOUBLE / CAMILLE REWINDS.  How often do we wish that we could go back and do things differently? Camille, a 40-something mother in the midst of a painful divorce from her high-school sweetheart, gets the chance when she passes out at a New Year’s Eve party and wakes up back in the ’80s where everyone reacts to her as if she were 16 again.  Written and directed by Noémie Lvovsky  Released in 2012  Won the Directors' Fortnight Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012  Starring Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Judith Chemla.    115 min. | In French with English subtitles. http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html    April 30, 2013.

THE CLOCK by Swiss artist CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, will be shown at SFMOMA. April 6-June 2, 2013.

LA GUERRE EST DECLAREE / DECLARATION OF WAR.  When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.  The story is based on actual events in the actors' lives together, when they were a young couple caring for their dangerously ill son.  Written and directed by Valérie Donzelli Released in 2011 Selected as  Starring Valérie Donzelli & Jérémie Elkaïm  100 min. | In French with English subtitles http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html April 9, 2013.

JEAN ROUCH, FILMMAKER PROVOCATEUR.  Much of the extraordinary life work of the French filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch (1917–2004) focused on Africa, where for over sixty years he made ethnographic films in a radical style that continued to evolve. A pioneer of cinema verité and an influence on the French New Wave, Rouch experimented with improvisation, introducing fiction to documentary, and collaborating with his subjects. Georges Sadoul noted that Rouch was “one of the first to give Black Africans a voice on international screens,” and a number of his African collaborators went on to create their own cinema.  Pacific Film Archive, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. March 10-April 16, 2013.

THE MORTEM.  Directed by Eric Atlan. Starring Daria Panchenko, Diana Rudychenko.  With MORTEM Eric Atlan signed the story of Jena, a young woman who defies her own death.  JENA is like thousands of people passing by, without knowing her next life. It is on the way to her death that she will cross her mind  During this initiation night, will JENA find the strength to choose her destiny.  http://www.themortemmovie.com/  Opening April 26, 2013.

PROUST + VERMEER, a half-hour film by R. G. VOORHEES.  Premiere!  As part of its current exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis Museum,” the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park will be screening: Proust + Vermeer, a half-hour film by R. G. Voorhees.  All Vermeer’s known works are featured in this half-hour Proustian tour turned tour-de-force.  Why Proust and Vermeer? Marcel Proust was a huge admirer of Vermeer, and he weaves many observations about the painter into his novel, A la recherche du temps perdu. Some are laughable and some profound. In Du côté de chez Swann, published exactly 100 years ago, Proust begins innocently enough, with the title character intermittently writing an essay on Vermeer. Over time, everyone in Swann’s world becomes at least passingly familiar with the painter and Proust pokes fun at some of the misconceptions these characters have about the mysterious 17th century Dutch master. In the end, though, when Proust’s character Bergotte leaves his sick bed in order to go see Vermeer’s View of Delft, on loan from the Mauritshuis Museum, the painter’s genius is the catalyst for some of Proust’s highest and most moving drama.  (In French with English subtitles)  Free admission to the public.  6pm.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. April 12, 2013.

RENOIR.  Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, this rich and sensual drama centers on Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his son Jean, wounded in the First World War, and Andree, the painter's beautiful teenage model. Michel Bouquet is immensely moving as Renoir pere, whose arthritic hands belie his undiminished talents, and Vincent Rottiers portrays Jean Renoir as an unformed young man with no inkling of his destiny as one of the icons of the 20th century's own art, the cinema. And Christa Theret, caressed by the Mediterranean light in sun-drenched images that recall Impressionist paintings, is luminous as the old artist's final muse and the nascent artist's first. Rated R for sequences of art-related nudity and brief language. In French with English subtitles. Music: Alexandre Desplat. Writers: Jerome Tonnerre, Gilles Bourdos. Director: Gilles Bourdos. (France 2012) 111 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. Opening April 12, 2013.

THE SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY plays at the SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 25–May 9 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.  http://www.sffs.org/ April 25-May 9, 2013

SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL features two Swiss films:  L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT / SISTER, and HOME.  The winner of the Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale, Ursula Meier's (Home, 2008) powerhouse drama Sister (L'enfant d'en haut) has played in cinemas across the US and continues its victory lap with two showings at the Sonoma International Film Festival. The powerful work tells the story of young Simon, who steals ski equipment from the luxury resort up the mountain to provide for himself and his dissolute sister. Sister cements Ms. Meier's reputation as among the most important directors of her generation.  http://www.sonomafilmfest.org for details. April 10-14, 2013.

TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL features Swiss film CYANIDE by SEVERINE CORNUMUSAZ, as well as shorts PRORA and A WORLD FOR RAUL.  http://tiburonfilmfestival.com for details. April 11-18, 2013.

TOMBOY.  Laure is a ten year-old tomboy. When one summer she moves to a new area, she introduces herself as a boy named Mickaël. Everybody believes her and she has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified...  Written and directed by Cécile Sciamma Released in 2011 Won the Best Audience Award at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival  Starring Zoé Héran, Malonn Levana & Jeanne Disson.  82 min. | In French with English subtitles http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com/2013-avril---classe-de-cineacutema.html   April 16, 2013.

THE WE AND THE I, directed by French filmmaker MICHEL GONDRY.  See local listings for details.

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

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1721 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in June. To learn more : http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2a15707d620379761478-fdf21775756d02787c157674-fefe167170640d-fe9915707467017872-fdef15777d61057a72177874

ART  

April 4-30, 2013.  WORKS BY XAVIER CASTELLANOS at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Xavier Castellanos was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He and his family moved to Mexico City, where he had his first solo show at the age of fifteen. After a series of successful exhibits, he won public acclaim and admission into the Mexico City art circle. In 1991 he moved to New York City to study at The Arts' Student League of NY. His credits since 1988 include more than 50 solo exhibits and more than 70 group shows in the United States, Mexico and Europe.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.  Grand opening, April 4, 6pm-9pm.

April 6-June 2, 2013.  CHRISTIAN MARCLAY’s THE CLOCK at SFMOMA.   Sound and video artist Christian Marclay became well known for his early experimentation with turntables and intentionally damaged records used to create sound collage. His 24-hour tour de force, The Clock, is a montage of film clips that show references to time synchronized to the minute with real time. A number of 24-hour continuous screenings are planned; see sfmoma.org for the schedule.  The exhibition will open April 4 with a public discussion between Marclay and the American cultural critic and author Greil Marcus. Advance tickets are currently sold out, but more will be made available in the coming days. See website for more information. Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.  www.sfmoma.org  Reviewed in the SF Chronicle Datebook, pink pages, March 31, 2013, p.17.

Through May 5, 2013.  MATRIX 245:  SWISS PAINTER RUDOLF DE CRIGNIS’s work at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive presents the first solo US show of the late Swiss painter Rudolf de Crignis (1948-2006), highlighting the artist's intention to "use the art of painting to represent color as the transparent appearance of light." According to BAM/PFA, "At first viewing, de Crignis's paintings appear to be deeply saturated monochromes, but then they reveal themselves to be the result of layers upon layers of thin oil washes (sometimes as many as forty) with resonant tints of other hues...Displayed in natural light, the works are exercises in slow looking, unfolding as one views them from different vantage points."  2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Through May 12, 2013.  THE BOOK AND THE BINDING.  Legion of Honor.  Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.3600 or www.legionofhonor.org for details.

Through May 25, 2013.  THINGS I’VE HEARD.  An exhibition of color photographs by Swiss artist CHRISTIAN MARCLAY.  Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.981.2661 or www.fraenkelgallery.com for details. 

Opening June 1, 2013.  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Legion of Honor Special Exhibition Gallery.  Exhibition will explore the significant role sailing played in the lives of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionists.  With works by MONET, RENOIR, CAILLEBOTTE, PISSARRO, SISLEY, SEURAT, SIGNAC, VAN RYSSELBERGHE, BONNARD and others.    Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

Through June 2, 2013.  NORTH AFRICA AND THE HOLY LAND IN 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details. Through June 2, 2013.  NORTH AFRICA AND THE HOLY LAND IN 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through July 14, 2013.  A ROYAL RENAISSANCE:  SCHOOL OF FONTAINEBLEAU PRINTS FROM THE KIRK EDWARD LONG COLLECTION.  After suffering military defeat at the hands of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, King Francois I of France returned to his realm in 1526, determined to triumph in matters of culture. He began by commissioning esteemed Italian artists to transform his medieval hunting lodge at Fontainebleau into a showcase royal residence; and Antonio Fantuzzi, René Boyvin, Domenico del Barbiere, Léon Davent and others made engravings and etchings that recorded the multimedia ensembles reflecting the new "Fontainebleau" style. More than 30 of these works have been selected from the collection of Kirk Edward Long to illustrate the sophistication and extravagance of this courtly style.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Fall 2013.  OPENING OF THE NEWLY REFURBISHED SALON DORÉ at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

On-going?  MONIKA STEINER, beloved Bay Area-based Swiss painter is currently exhibiting paintings and small-format sculpture at the new, second location of the Geras-Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco.   Geras-Tousignant Gallery 437 Pacific Ave  San Francisco 415.986.1647.  geratousignant@gmail.com 

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

On-going.  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.

On-going.  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/

On-going. 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    

April 1-May 23, 2013.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ.  Class titles include BEGINNING FRENCH, INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, and ADVANCED FRENCH.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 

April 4-June 4, 2013.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Class titles include UPPER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH, COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT, and FRENCH LITERATURE AND GRAMMAR.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 29-May 2, 2013.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE offered by THE FRENCH CLASS.  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 material is different every time, so you can repeat the intensive as often as you'd like. Each level is offered either in the morning (9 to 12), afternoon (1 to 4) or evening (6 to 9). 15 hours of instruction for $295. Save $60 and pay $255 and you pay in full before April 20. Registration per day ($51) or per hour ($18) may be accepted if space available. Please sign up early and call us at 415.362.3666.  www.frenchclass.com

May 10-31, 2013.  A MUSEUM OF ONE’S OWN:  GREAT SMALL MUSEUMS IN LONDON AND PARIS.  A class taught by Kerrin Meis at Book Passage.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or www.bookpassage.com for details.    10am-12pm.  $100.

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 8 & 15, 2013.  FRENCH CLINIC ON THE SUBJUNCTIVE, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE SULLIVAN at Book Passage.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 

June 26-July 24, 2013.  LECTURE SERIES ON PARIS WITH LEONARD PITT:  PARIS TRANSFORMING. Stanford University Continuing Education.  Wednesdays, 7pm-8:50pm.  5 weeks.  1 unit if desired $240.  Topics: 1. Ile de la Cité - The Cradle of Paris 2. The Left Bank - From the Middles Ages to Modernity.  3. How We Almost Lost the Marais - Disaster Averted 4. Reason and Rage - The Histrionics of Paris Urban Design.  5. Paris a la Carte -  Paris History Via the Golden Age of the Postcard.  www.stanford.edu for details.

December 16-20, 2013.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE offered by THE FRENCH CLASS.  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 material is different every time, so you can repeat the intensive as often as you'd like. Each level is offered either in the morning (9 to 12), afternoon (1 to 4) or evening (6 to 9). 15 hours of instruction for $295. Save $60 and pay $255 and you pay in full before deadline. Registration per day ($51) or per hour ($18) may be accepted if space available. Please sign up early and call us at 415.362.3666.  www.frenchclass.com

FRENCH AS YOU LIKE IT.  French As You Like It offers private French lessons and cultural coaching in Paris for professionals, expats, tourists, students, and children. We believe in giving the highest standard of customer service and our values are:  Quality - Experienced French teachers who are fluent in English, are from Paris and have university degrees in teaching French as a second language.  Flexibility-  Our teachers are available between 8am and 8pm at clients homes, at unique cultural places in Paris, at client offices or at our classroom facility in the Marais.   Innovation - Highly customized private French lessons that are proven to speed French speaking and written abilities during stays in Paris.  Our founder, Marguerite Monnier started French As You Like It in 2006 after returning to France from San Francisco. She wanted to use her experience of moving to the U.S. and then back to France to help Anglophones settling and visiting Paris. French As You Like It now has seven teachers and has worked with over 500 students here in Paris.  At French As You Like It, we consider Paris our classroom. We believe people learn faster and easier if they are engaging the language through topics and locations that interest them. Each of our students has a personalized program based on their needs and level. For working professionals, we also come to offices, but again design a program around the student’s interests. For a history buff, the teacher might review irregular verbs while discussing the French revolution.  While we do use grammar books and give homework, our students have fun learning French because they are engaged by an activity or subject that interests them.  Our fees range from 45 euros to 75 euros per hour depending on your requirement, situation and program and more information about us can be found on our website www.frenchasyoulikeit.com and on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/French-As-You-Like-It/115835031825132 

CHILDREN’S FRENCH CLASSES AT BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY.  Bay Language Academy learning is designed around a carefully designed curriculum.  http://www.baylanguages.com The classes are offered in a small group setting, all week in our beautiful academy facing the San Francisco Bay (East Bay). Children from preschool level and up are welcome. Parents are informed after each class of what was covered and what is expected from the young students for the next session. Classes will start again on January 7th. Call us: 510-306-4229 to visit our academy and learn about the philosophy behind the program.

CLASSES FOR ADULTS AT BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY.  Whether you want to communicate with colleagues/ friends or just want to be involved in our rich and diverse community in a more effective manner or even plan to learn French for your next vacation (travel-specific classes), we will try our best to accommodate your language needs.  Classes for professionals are designed around the specialized language needs in the legal, medical or real estate fields. Our French language program is implemented within a cultural context, so by providing an in-depth, linguistic and cultural instruction, we create a unique blend of stimulating environment and dynamic learning experience. We encourage students to be enriched by new cultures and to discover hidden opportunities. Students of all age (preschool to retirees) come to learn—or enhance existing skills.  French adult classes will start again in January for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Call us: 510-306-4229 and visit:  http://www.baylanguages.com  

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.frenchclass.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.

May 1, 2013.  STEREO TOTAL plays at The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco.  Though they're based in Berlin, the witty pop group Stereo Total draw bandmembers and musical influences from across Europe. Vocalist/guitarist/drummer Françoise Cactus is French and vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Brezel Göring is German, and the group has included members from Italy, Scotland, and Bohemia.  8pm.  $15.  http://www.rickshawstop.com/event/210375-stereo-total-san-francisco/

May 2, 2013.   SFFF AT THE CROCKER CROCKER ART MUSEUM.  Special screening of The Grocer’s Son in conjunction with the Gregory Kondos Retrospective.  Sacramento.  www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org for details.

May 3-5, 2013.  LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN / 7 FINGERS OF THE HAND performs PSY, blending acrobatics, avant-garde dance, physical comedy, music, song, video projections, and live DJ-ing into a new type of circus entertainment.  Canada’s phenomenal nouveau cirque.  Prices start at $22.  Times vary.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  Ages 16 and under save 50% on single-ticket prices for this event.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

May 3-12, 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs CINDERELLA, drawing from both PERRAULT’s version and that of the Brothers Grimm.  Music by Prokofiev. www.sfballet.org for details.

May 4, 2013. FÊTE DU MUGUET de l’Alliance Française de Napa.  Yountville Park.  Join the fun!  Pétanque 11am, children activities 11:30 and BBQ around 12:30.  Buy tickets before April 18 and save: $10 for members, $20 for non-members and $5 children12 & under.  Reservation at afnapa.events@gmail.com.  Flyer with more info on our web site at: www.afnapa.com in “Les Nouvelles”.

May 4, 2013.  VANITÉS D'HIER ET D'AUJOURD'HUI.  Offert par RENEE MOREL.  Une "vanité" ou "memento mori" est un genre pictural qui a été particulièrement populaire à la Renaissance et aussi au XVIIe siècle, avec le mouvement du baroque et la Contre-Réforme. Ce thème prend typiquement la forme d'une nature morte élaborée ou d'un portrait dont la composition allégorique suggère que l'existence terrestre, faite de recherche des plaisirs ou d'accumulation des savoirs,   est vaine, et la vie humaine, précaire et de peu d'importance. Le nom de "vanité" est tiré d'un passage célèbre d'un livre de l’Ancien Testament, l'"Ecclésiaste": "Vanité des vanités, tout est vanité" (le terme rendu par "vanité" signifie littéralement "souffle léger, vapeur éphémère").   Venez admirer des exemples classiques de "vanités" et, à travers eux, le répertoire des divers éléments qui composent ce genre pictural. Puis découvrez la reprise surprenante, à notre époque,  de ce thème religieux qui a pris une dimension existentialiste. Il a, en effet, été renouvelé récemment par de nombreux artistes iconoclastes d'avant-garde (Warhol, Basquiat, Damien Hirst).   9:30am-12:30pm.  CCSF, Visual Arts Building, Rm V114. reneemorel@gmail.com   

May 5, 2013.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP.  Sélection de lecture :  LE VOLEUR D’OMBRES de MARC LEVY.  Ce roman nous emporte sur une grande vague de romantisme avec une touche de fantastique durant tout ce livre, ce fantastique n'est pas là pour nous étonner, mais plutôt pour nous apprendre, nous surprendre, afin que nous ayons le loisir de nous interroger sur nos propres personnalités. La première partie du roman nous emporte dans l'enfance d'un petit garçon narrateur qui a le pouvoir de voir les pensées de ses compagnons masculins et féminins lorsque son ombre se confond avec celle d'une autre personne. Faculté qu'il découvre vraiment avec un homme à tout faire de son école alors qu'il est en retenue. Cette rencontre avec cet homme devient de plus en plus présente dans cette histoire, jusqu'à ....  Tous ceux qui aiment lire et discuter en français sont les bienvenus !  3-5pm. French Literature Meetup Group. Sélection de lecture : Le voleur d’ombres, par Marc Levy. Place: Au Coquelet, 2000 University Ave., Berkeley.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net , tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group .

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.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS TO THE PYRENEES:  A SKEPTIC PILGRIM WALKS THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES.  Part adventure story, part cultural history the author of Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage along the age-old Way of Saint James in FranceDriven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way. 32 pages of color photographs by Alison Harris.  6 pm, in conversation with award-winning poet Sandra Gilbert.  Book Passage Ferry Building, San Francisco. 415- 835 1020www.bookpassage.com for details.  http://www.davidddownie.com/David_D._Downie/paris/paris-paris-2/paris-to-the-pyrenees-book-tour-schedule-aprilmay-2013/  

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 9, 2013.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS TO THE PYRENEES:  A SKEPTIC PILGRIM WALKS THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES.  Part adventure story, part cultural history the author of Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage along the age-old Way of Saint James in FranceDriven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way. 32 pages of color photographs by Alison Harris.   7:30 PM.  Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.  650-324-4321.  www.keplers.com or http://www.davidddownie.com/David_D._Downie/paris/paris-paris-2/paris-to-the-pyrenees-book-tour-schedule-aprilmay-2013/  

May 10, 2013.  EDUCATION FRANÇAISE DE LA BAY AREA présente LE STATUT DU FRANÇAIS EN LOUISIANE par MME AMANDA LAFLEUR, professeur au Department of French Studies de la Louisiana State University de Baton Rouge.  8h30-12h.  100$ pour les trois conférences, 40$ par conférence, 60$ à la porte.  Les trois conférences auront lieu aux dates et heures indiquées ci-dessus à:  Orange Silicon Valley, 60 rue Spear, 11e étage, San Francisco, CA.  Métro : Embarcadero.  http://www.efba.us/fr/conferences

May 10-12, 2013.  EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURG performs RODIN with music by RAVEL, SAINT-SAENS, & MASSENET.  Prices start at $30.  Times vary.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

May 11, 2013.  DAVID DOWNIE talks about PARIS TO THE PYRENEES:  A SKEPTIC PILGRIM WALKS THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES.  Part adventure story, part cultural history the author of Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage along the age-old Way of Saint James in FranceDriven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way. 32 pages of color photographs by Alison Harris.   4 pm, in conversation with travel guru Don George.  Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera,California 94925 tel: 415 927 0960 http://www.davidddownie.com/David_D._Downie/paris/paris-paris-2/paris-to-the-pyrenees-book-tour-schedule-aprilmay-2013/  

May 12, 2013.  EDUCATION FRANÇAISE BAY AREA organizes MUSEUM QUEST / A MUSÉE VOUS.  California Academy of Sciences Visit: children 5 – 11 years old who speak French are invited to join Education Française Bay Area, a non-profit organization which provides high quality, affordable and engaging French afterschool classes and activities, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, for an exciting visit of exploration and discovery while speaking French. This outing is one in a monthly series; visit http://www.efba.us/museum-quest for more information, or email Rémi Ducom, Museum Facilitator: culture@efba.us

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 16, 2013.  ETHEL BRENNAN & SARA REMINGTON present PARIS TO PROVENCE:  CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF FOOD AND FRANCE at COOKS WITH BOOKS, Left Bank, 507 Magnolia, Larkspur.  $110 per person; $160 per couple.  Authors share their memories and recipes for their favorite foods in this evocative and heartfelt book.  The meal at Left Bank is inspired by the author/chefs, who discuss the cookbook with guests throughout the dining experience.  Two hours.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 16-17, 2013.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents  FEEL THE MUSIC:  SOUND AND EMOTION.    A forum on music and the science of how it produces emotion.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.

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 9, 2013.  EDUCATION FRANÇAISE BAY AREA organizes MUSEUM QUEST / A MUSÉE VOUS.  Oakland Museum of California Visit: children 5 – 11 years old who speak French are invited to join Education Française Bay Area, a non-profit organization which provides high quality, affordable and engaging French afterschool classes and activities, at the Oakland Museum of California, for an exciting visit of exploration and discovery while speaking French. This outing is one in a monthly series; visit http://www.efba.us/museum-quest for more information, or email Rémi Ducom, Museum Facilitator: culture@efba.us

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.

June 26-July 24, 2013.  LECTURE SERIES ON PARIS WITH LEONARD PITT:  PARIS TRANSFORMING. Stanford University Continuing Education.  Wednesdays, 7pm-8:50pm.  5 weeks.  1 unit if desired $240.  Topics: 1. Ile de la Cité - The Cradle of Paris 2. The Left Bank - From the Middles Ages to Modernity.  3. How We Almost Lost the Marais - Disaster Averted 4. Reason and Rage - The Histrionics of Paris Urban Design.  5. Paris a la Carte -  Paris History Via the Golden Age of the Postcard.  www.stanford.edu 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 19-24, 2013.  SEMINAIRE D’ETE POUR LES PROFESSEURS DE LANGUES A SANTA BARBARA.  Du 19 au 24 juillet 2013 aura lieu le 24e seminaire d'été pour les professeurs de langues à Santa Barbara.  Une fois encore, les professeurs de français auront plusieurs choix dont une série specialisée en français.  Ce fut un grand succès l'an dernier avec plus de 30 participants dans cette série.  Attention les places sont limitées.  Vous trouverez en PJ la brochure du séminaire.  De plus, il y aura des bourses attribuées par plusieurs organismes pour les professeurs de français; soyez surs d'en faire la demande si vous êtes intéressé.  Nous allons bientot mettre plus d'informations sur notre site et nous vous enverrons le formulaire de demande de bourse dès qu'il sera disponible.  Contact the AATF-NC 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 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 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 25, 2013.  DAFT PUNK, along with JUSTICE and THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS will perform in Sa Francisco!  Details coming soon!

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 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.  With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Rossini’s wittiest, most charming score and two charismatic casts. One features Isabel Leonard, "a lively stage presence and a radiant lyric voice" (The New York Times); Lucas Meachem, who displayed "vocal brilliance" and "theatrical panache" in the title role of San Francisco Opera’s Don Giovanni (2011) (San Francisco Chronicle); and rising tenor Javier Camarena, praised by Opera News for his "exquisite finesse." The other equally stunning cast features Daniela Mack, who sings Rossini "with technical command and expressive ease" (Opera News); the "smooth-voiced" Audun Iversen (The New York Times); and Alek Shrader, whose "bright singing" is matched with "matinee-idol good looks" (New York Times). Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi, who leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra with "vigor and clarity" (San Francisco Chronicle), returns to the podium.  www.sfopera.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.

November 22, 2013.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents THE FRENCH-AMERICAN GASTRONOMY AND WINE SHOW.  www.faccsf.com Details soon!

 

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