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May 30-June 7, 2013

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May Events  

May 29-June 2, 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with GAUTIER CAPUÇON.  Music from three Eastern Europeans gives this program a delightfully colorful sound palette. Dvo?ák began his enticing concerto while living in New York, but upon returning to Europe, he learned that a woman he’d once loved had died. His youthful song to her permeates this work. Gramophone called Monsieur Capuçon’s recording of it “magical.” Kodály’s Dances of Galánta is raucous yet vibrant, and Bartók’s ballet suite in one act features a huge orchestra playing music with dark and totally dramatic undertones.  http://sfsymphony.org for details.

May 30, 2013.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents THE STARTUP CONFERENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STARTUP FAIR 2013.  With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the largest conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press and more.    Special offer for FACCSF members: 20% discount for a booth/table at the International Startup Fair - special consideration for the pitch competition.The Startup Conference 2013 will take place at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Expect 2,000 attendees this year! If you are looking to start your own startup, or want to work for one of the hottest startups in the valley, meet investors, join us.    Check out our pitch competition and be one of 7 out of 100 companies to be selected to pitch on stage (special consideration for FACCSF members)! Deadline: Sunday May 12, 2013 - 11pm.  International Startup Fair  The International Startup Fair will take place on the Courthouse Square in Redwood City.  New startups launching innovative products and looking to reach customers and the press should join the Demo Pit.  Meet some of the prominent Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley. Together with service providers, they will be available to answer questions related to starting your own company.  10x10 Booth: $2,500  Demo Pit Table: $750  Service Provider Table: $1,000  Job Fair Table: $1,000.  www.faccsf.com   

May 30, 2013.  LAST THURSDAY MEET-UP AT THE HOTEL REX.  This cozy San Francisco hotel bar has been for several years the spot of our 'Petite Meetups' on the last Thursday each month. Join us to speak French and share our appreciation of the language and culture.  562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA.  7pm.  http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/

May 31, 2013.  UN DEUX TROIS performs a farewell concert for and with JOSH FOSSGREEN before his move to L.A.   The Redwood Café, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA.  $5-$10. 8pm.

May 31, 2013.  EUSEBIUS DUO  performs works by RAVEL and more.  RSVP required:  www.405shrader.com  7pm.  Free.  405 Shrader, SF.

May 31, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Black Oak Casino, Tuolomne.  This is a great venue in the foothills, near Sonora. We don't play here often, but it's always a blast!  19400 Tuolomne Rd. North, Tuolomne. 9:00 pm.  Information: www.blackoakcasino.com or www.rigomania.com

May 31, 2013.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents a film TBA http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

May 31 & June 1, 2013.  PARIS-DAKAR AFRICAN MIX COUPE DECALE. Friday and Saturday nights at Little Baobab are vibrant, sweaty, and all together African.  Get down to: Reggae, Zouk, Soca, Latin and Brazilian beats along with popular Central and West African music.  Come as you are, be who you are- enjoy Senegalese hospitality.   Rotating DJs include• DJ Stepwise, DJ BluDragon, DJ Claude, DJ Santero, Dj Elembe  First Saturday- DJ Stepwise & DJ BluDragon Second Saturday- DJ Santero & DJ ClaudeB.  10pm.  http://www.bissapbaobab.com/events 

May 31 & June 2, 2013. LES GRÂCES perform ITALIANISME – ITALIAN FASHION WEEK IN PARIS, c. 1700. Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord; Rebekah Ahrendt, viol; Jennifer Paulino, soprano with guest Carla Moore, Violin perform a program of French baroque music. Friday: 6pm. Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. $15/$13 18 and under admitted free and welcome. Program lasts approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Light refreshments will be available. www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/366277 or www.BarefootChamberConcerts.com Sunday, 4pm: 4PM Old First Concerts 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco Tickets $17/$14 For information and tickets call 415-474-1608, or www.oldfirstconcerts.org/performances/529/

May 31-June 16, 2013.  GEORGES BIZET’s CARMEN.  One of the most popular and masterful operas of all time, Carmen examines issues of sex and obsession, as experienced by a red-blooded woman who will risk everything, including her own life, to live the life she chooses. Daring, shocking, gorgeous and ground-breaking, it reaches Cinnabar’s intimate stage of for the first time ever. Featuring Rebecca Krouner, Mark Kratz, Kelly Britt and Jason Detwiler. Cinnabar, Petaluma.  Limited seating: tickets are going fast - call today at 707-763-8920. Or purchase online:  www.cinnabartheater.org

June 1, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h. Interview avec ROSALIE MULLER-BOIRAL qui nous parlera de ses deux romans :  LA ROSE DU TEMPS et SUR LE BON CHEMIN.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

June 1, 2013.  FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO organisent SOIREE CIDRE.  Ce samedi, on se retrouve dans un bar à cidre qui s’appelle UPCIDER!  (Il y a à manger aussi.)  Que ce soit la première fios ou que vous soyez des habituees du groupe des FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO, vous êtes les bienvenus.  www.upcidersf.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/531692900228352/

June 1, 2013. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at POPS IN THE PARK, EAST PORTAL PARK, SACRAMENTO.  A free concert in the park in Sacramento. East Portal Park, 51st and M Sts., Sacramento. 6:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com or  www.eastsacpopsinthepark.com

June 1 & 2, 2013.  SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San José.  $39-$79.  8pm / 2:30pm.  http://www.symphonysiliconvalley.org 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.

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

June 2, 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. J'espère vous voir lors d'un prochain dimanche après midi. 3801 17th St. (à Sanchez St.) San Francisco, CA. http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF/

June 3, 2013.  DBF présente DAVID FATTAL, principal scientist at Hewlett-Packard & French Innovator of the Year.  David est membre des labos de Hewlett Packard à Palo Alto, où il effectue ses recherches en information quantique et en photonique depuis 2005. Il est spécialiste de la manipulation de la lumière à l’échelle du nanomètre, avec diverses applications industrielles dans le domaine des interconnections optiques, senseurs et technologies d’affichage.  Il est diplômé de l’Ecole Polytechnique et a un PhD en Physique de Stanford où il a fait sa thèse sur la téléportation quantique. Il est le lauréat 2010 du prix Pierre Faurre remis par l’X en reconnaissance de son début de carrière dans l’industrie, et vient d’être nommé innovateur français de l’année par le MIT Technology Review pour ses travaux sur les écrans 3D mobiles sans lunettes. Sofitel San Francisco Bay 223 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065.  6:30pm-9:00pm.  FACCSF Members $25 Non-members $30.  Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur www.lesitedbf.com or www.faccsf.com for details.

June 4, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Marsha Holm, 1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 4, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EDGAR DEGAS:  THE RELUCTANT IMPRESSIONIST.  Rita Dunlay, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 4, 2013.  MIDNITE RAMBLERS play CAJUN music at Ashkenaz! Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led  to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.  The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm $10 www.ashkenaz.com 

June 4, 2013.  ZOUKIZOMBA at Bissap Baobab, 3372 19 St, SF; www.bissapbaobab.com.  8pm, $5-$10.

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 5-July 6, 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA performs THE TALES OF HOFFMANN by JACQUES OFFENBACH.  www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details.

June 6, 2013.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a FRENCH-AMERICAN MIXER.  Join us for a great meetup and networking evening in San Francisco!  Come and mingle with French professionals, entrepreneurs and San Francisco's francophiles. Whether you want to network or just hang out with the Bay Area's French-American community, this casual get-together is the perfect occasion to enjoy a laid back evening.  Ligne Roset 162 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107  FACCSF Member: $10 Non FACCSF Member: $20 At the door: $25  6PM-8PM. www.faccsf.com for details.

June 6-23, 2013.  SF DOC FEST.  SF DocFest is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema. Since 2001, this two week-long event has brought the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.  http://sfindie.com/2012/11/sf-docfest-2012-test-post/  

June 7, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at CRAWDAD FESTIVAL, RED BLUFF.  Tehama District Fairgrounds, Red Bluff. We play three sets--5:00-8:45 pm.  Information: www.rigomania.com or www.crawdadfestival.net for details.

June 7-30, 2013. 35TH ANNIVERAIRY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL, including CHEIKH TAIROU M’BAYE AND SING SING RHYTHMS (Senegal), A master Senegalese drummer and griot and his West African sabar orchestra turn up the heat—setting in motion a high-intensity and sensual celebration from the Wolof people: a dance for protection and a dance for joy with a rhythmic finale where arms and legs fly; DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER (New Orleans, USA) West and Central African dance and music are the roots of this New Orleans Second Line tradition. High-stepping, vibrantly clad, handkerchief-twirling dancers and a boisterous brass band take to the streets, buck jumping – celebrating life and honoring tradition. (http://worldartswest.org/main/edf_performer.asp?i=97); and the world premiere of EL WAH MOVEMENT DANCE THEATRE (Haiti). From Haiti, a high-intensity adaptation of a traditional prayer chant, calling people everywhere to positive action. Dancers exult in intricate foot patterns and polyrhythmic movements. Red and blue sequins flash across the stage as the African Rada rhythms intensify, calling the good spirits in. (http://vimeo.com/37844880). For a complete list of performance dates and times: http://www.worldartswest.org/main/edf_index.asp or http://www.sfethnicdancefestival.org or 415.978.2787.

Through June 8, 2013.  SMUIN BALLET presents its SPRING BOUQUET series, including CHANTS D’AUVERGNE.  A series of solos, duets, trios and ensemble pieces set to thirteen traditional French songs arranged by JOSEPH CANTALOUBEVarious locations (San Francisco, Mountain View, Walnut Creek, Carmel).  www.smuinballet.org for details. 

June 8, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

June 8, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL, SAN FRANCISCO.  We return to one of our favorite summertime events. A free concert in San Francisco!  Yerba Buena Gardens, 4th St. between Mission and Howard Sts., San Francisco. 1:00-2:30 pm.  Information: www.rigomania.com or www.ybgfestival.org

June 9, 2013.  CAFÉ PSYCHO.  De 17h à 18h.  Le sujet de la discussion de ces deux mois sera LE CONTRE-TRANSFERT.  En français.  Gratuit.  RSVP info@afberkeley.org ou 510.548.7481.

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 9, 2013.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA screens COMME UN CHEF. With Jean Reno & Michael Young. English subtitles. A fun comedy & easy to watch!  Noon.  Cameo Cinéma, St. Helena.  $6.

June 9, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at NOVATO ART, WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, NOVATO.  A great street fair and party in Novato! Music on two stages all weekend!  We play the Seventh Street Stage, 4:30-5:45 pm.  Information: www.rigomania.com or www.novatoartwinemusic.com

June 10, 2013.  SOIREE FRENCH IDOL AU UTAH.  Tu aimes chanter, jouer de la guitare ou faire du piano? Et bien le 10 Juin, tu auras la chance de monter sur la scene du bar mytique "le Utah" et nous en faire profiter?   C'est tres simple!  1 - Tu arrives a 19:30pm et tu mets ton nom dans un pichet.  2 - Tous les noms sont tires un part un pour savoir qui passe en premier, deuxieme, etc.  3 - Quand ton nom est appele, tu vas sur scene!    Si tu veux etre spectateur ou monter sur scene...tu es le bienvenue!    Pour plus d'info, clique ici: http://theutah.org/ ou https://www.facebook.com/events/103348419867566/   

June 10-11, 2013.  SILICONFRENCH presents TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT CONFERENCE.  Silicon Valley Open Doors (SVOD) – Technology Investment ConferenceSpaces for SVOD’13 are filling up quickly! With exceptional roster of speakers, startups and VCs this year’s conference is shaping up to be the main technology and entrepreneurship event of the season. Network in the informal (no jackets or ties) atmosphere and do deals! Do not miss the chance to move your business forward, go to www.svod.org/attend & register now!  Computer History Museum of Mountain View.  www.siliconfrench.com for details.

June 13, 2013.  BELLE DE JOUR.  Castro Theatre.  http://www.castrotheatre.com/coming-soon.html for details.

Through June 14, 2013. 50 YEARS ELYSEE TREATY SPECIAL. Exhibition and Film Screenings. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, a treaty of friendship putting an end to centuries of enmities between the two countries. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Paris and Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco celebrates the coming together of the arts, commerce, business, politics and, last but not least, the people of France and Germany. Exhibition: "GERMANY AND FRANCE – Half a century of friendship and cooperation" Wednesday, May 15 – Friday, June 14 2013 Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge Opening times for the exhibit are: Monday through Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday 10 am-4 pm. Opening Night: Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 pm. Reception followed by the film screening “Marseille” Spanning 50 years, from the signing of the Elysée Treaty until today, this exhibit of large text boards will take us on a stroll through the evolution of Franco-German friendship. Sponsored by: The Foreign Office of Germany, German Federal Railway, French National Railway Corporation, German National Tourist Board, Lufthansa, Institut Français and the Franco-German Youth Office. Slide Show: "Histoires Croisées, German-French Partnerships" Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge Tuesday May 14 – Friday, June 14 The slide show can be viewed at the Goethe-Institut from the street level and will be running daily after dark. A selection of these slides will be exhibited from May 7 – June 14 at Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, as framed photographs, as well as the slide show. On these 50 slides, photographer Cordula Treml presents very different forms of German-French partnerships and environments. You will find prominent representatives from politics, culture and economy next to less familiar faces. No matter if the picture shows colleagues or family members, politicians or artists, business partners or just plain old friends: Every couple has their own unique story. And their common ground? To understand the personal connections as part of a bi-national European Community and to stand as a model for our future in this sense. Exhibit courtesy of Goethe-Institut Paris Photos: © Cordula Treml Special thanks to the following partners: Auswärtiges Amt, 50 years Élysée, Institut Français, OFAJ/DFJW, DZT, Lufthansa, Alleo. Film series, May 7 – June 11 Alternating the location on a weekly basis, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and the Alliance Française San Francisco will screen selected films that present German-French relations in one way or the other. Seating is limited. First come, first serve. Doors will be open approx. one half hour before film starts. Free of charge, suggested donation per film $5. Tuesday, May 7, 6:45 pm (Alliance Française) Jules und Jim Director: François Truffaut,1962, 102 min. Truffaut’s third movie is a classic, and according to Roger Ebert “…perhaps the most influential and arguably the best…” Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 pm (Goethe-Institut) (Film will begin after opening reception) Marseille Director: Angela Schanelec, 2004, 95min. With: Maren Eggert, Emily Atef, Alexis Loret Sophie, a young photographer trades in her apartment with a student in Marseille. Official selection “Un Certain Regard”, Festival de Cannes 2004. Film courtesy of Deutsche Kinematek. Tuesday, May 21, 6:45 pm (Alliance Française) Amour Director: Michael Haneke, 2012, 127 min. With: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert 2013 Oscar ® winner for best foreign language film. Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 pm (Goethe-Institut) French for Beginners Director: Christian Ditter, 2006, 93min. With: François Goeske, Paula Schramm, Lennard Bertzbach, Christian Tramitz Feel-good movie about, love, culture clash and school exchange. Film courtesy of Global Screen. Tuesday, June 4, 6:45 pm (Alliance Française) Séraphine Director: Martin Provost, 2008, 125 min. Based in 1912 about the German art collector Wilhelm Uhde. Winner of 7 César awards. Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 pm (Goethe-Institut) Everyday Objects Director: Nicolas Wackerbarth, 2013, 80 min. With: Anne Ratte-Polle, Leonard Proxauf, Emma Bading, Nathalie Richard, Maren Kroymann Merle follows the invitation of her lover to a hillside villa on the French Riviera. “Festival movie (with) clear Euro-auteur lineage” (Hollywood Reporter). Film courtesy of Rendevouz Pictures. Combined with the short film series: Atelier Highlights Short Films, produced by Atelier Ludwigsburg Paris, in cooperation with ARTE. We will show one short before each feature. At least three nationalities are involved in the organizational and artistic development of each of these short films. The selection includes the best film dissertations from 2003 to 2009. Each 8.5 minutes, various directors. Goethe-Institut ART-Lounge and Auditorium 530 Bush Street San Francisco and Alliance Française 1345 Bush Street San Francisco German/French/English. Films mostly in original language with English subtitles Suggested donation for films: $5 + 1 (415) 263-8760 or info@sanfrancisco.goethe.org or http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/ver/en10929428v.htm

Opening June 14, 2013. LA TRAVIATA ET NOUS / BECOMING TRAVIATA.  With NATALIE DESSAY in Person at 4:15 show, Sunday, June 16.  This absorbing documentary beautifully captures the artistic process, as it follows theater/opera director Jean Francois Sivadier and celebrated soprano Natalie Dessay through rehearsals for a new production of Verdi's La Traviata at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. More than a backstage view, this remarkable film moves from studio to stage to observe the painstakingly detailed work of Sivadier and musical director Louis Langree, and particularly Dessay's intense work with voice, gestures and movement to incarnate the iconic character of Violetta, Verdi's tragic courtesan. As a matter of fact, the interactions between Sivadier and Dessay play like marvelous duets for which the crew and we, by virtue of the camera, are the only audience. (At the time of this film's opening, Natalie Dessay will be performing with the San Francisco Opera.) In French, Italian and English with English subtitles. Director: Philippe Beziat. (France 2012) 113 min.  www.cafilm.org for details.

June 14, 2013.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents LA GRAINE ET LE MULET, a film by ABDELLATIF KECHICHE.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

June 14, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at EAGLES HALL, ALAMEDA, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:30).  www.rigomania.com for details.

June 14-15, 2013. DJANGOFEST MILL VALLEY. 9th Annual Festival celebrating the music and spirit of Gypsy Jazz. Join us and other Gypsy Jazz fans, players and enthusiasts from around the world for our 9th annual festival celebrating the music and spirit of the great French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Attend a series of concerts, workshops and impromptu 'djam' sessions featuring top internationally renowned players mixing it up with local stars and aficionados of the genre. Highlighting this year will be Gypsy violin and guitar virtuoso and musical genius Tcha Limberger along with the great John Jorgenson Quintet and the festival debut of Trio Dinicu. $35 General Admission $38 General Day of Show $50 Reserved Seating Festival Django Pass $65 Workshops $40. http://142throckmortontheatre.com for details.

June 14-28, 2013. THE CINEMATOGRAPHY OF AGNES GODARD. Complete details in "Cinema," below. Series will take place at Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/agnesgodard

June 15, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

June 16, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONIST ERA:  FASHION AND CULTURE.  Ellen Harden.  1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 16, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Clara Morrissey, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 16, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at CHOUINARD WINERY, CASTRO VALLEY.  A great annual tradition--Father's Day at Chouinard Winery! 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. 4:30-8:30 pm.  Advance tickets required. Information: www.rigomania.com or www.chouinard.com or 510 582-9900.

June 18, 2013.  FREDERIC YONNET & GREGOIRE MARET play at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.  The future of jazz harmonica looks promising indeed with this potent double bill presenting two improvisers taking the harp into uncharted territory. Paris native Frédéric Yonnet has developed an achingly soulful and rhythmic approach as demonstrated during his show-stopping performance with pianist Jason Moran at the SFJAZZ Center Historic Opening Night Concert, and he returns with a singular synthesis of contemporary jazz, funk, gospel and hip-hop. Yonnet has worked with a mind-blowing array of artists, collaborating with comedian Dave Chappelle, performing regularly with Stevie Wonder, and recording with Prince, India.Aria, and Vieux Farka Touré. The Swiss-born Grégoire Maret is a consummate artist; a masterful player who has recorded and toured with everyone from Youssou N’Dour and Meshell Ndegeocello to Steve Coleman and Herbie Hancock. A long-time member of the Pat Metheny Group, he’s also spent the past three years working with vocalist Cassandra Wilson. She’s one of the illustrious guests on his stellar 2012 debut, an eponymous Koch release that also features bassist Marcus Miller, singer Gretchen Parlato, and harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, whose presence serves as a jazz benediction for Maret, a rightful heir to Thielemans’ throne. 8pm. www.sfjazz.org for details.

June 18, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at ASHKENAZ, BERKELEY
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.rigomania.com or www.ashkenaz.com for details.

June 19, 2013.  CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT plays at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.  In one of the most eagerly anticipated concerts of the season, the heralded young jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her California debut on the cusp of American stardom. Since winning the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition, Salvant has been on a steady ascent, gaining new fans by the bushel. Her stateside visibility got a boost via Jacky Terrasson’s recent album Gouache and an appearance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but her American debut, WomanChild (Mack Avenue), offers US audiences their first real opportunity to hear why Salvant has become a European sensation. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, she combines conservatory-honed technique with a beguiling gift for lyrical interpretation. She was born and raised in Miami, where her French mother and Haitian father encouraged her musical inclinations. At eight she started singing in the Miami Choral Society and moved to Aix-en-Provence in 2007 to study voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. Introduced to improvisation, she delved into 20th century music and started performing with a jazz combo, recording her first album Cécile with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. With a repertoire full of lesser-known jazz and blues tunes, Salvant brings theatrical intensity to every song, whether singing in English, French or Spanish.  8pm.  SFJazz Center, http://sfjazz.org or 866.920.5299.

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.

Opening June 20, 2013. PORCHLIGHT THEATRE presents SCAPINO! By Frank Dunlop & Jim Dale, directed by Jim Dunn. Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale adapt Moliere's comic tale of Scapino, the deceitful valet who contrives to bring his master's children and their respective loves together through all kinds of trickery and despite his master's differing plans. Marin Art & Garden Center’s Redwood Amphitheatre (Ross, CA). http://www.porchlight.net/

June 20-23, 2013.  FRENCH ELECTRONIC BANDS at THE BOUNCE FESTIVAL.  Bounce Festival is a three-day electronic music festival located in Twain, California. French bands will be performing during this year's edition. Have a look at the complete 2013 Festival line-up ! http://thebouncefestival.com/artists-a-z/ for details.

June 21, 2013.  FAITES DE LA MUSIQUE! Mélomanes et musiciens, qu’ils soient amateurs ou professionnels, sont invités  pour célébrer ensemble la musique. Everyone welcome!  Come sing, play an instrument  or be part of the audience! Please RSVP info@afberkeley.org   510 548 7481    Potluck evening -  Free admission Alliance Française de Berkeley.  7pm-9pm.

June 21, 2013.  LA CHATON ELECTRIQUE.  With Bart & Baker, Delachaux, The Klown, Kitten on the Keys, Michelle L'amour, Roky Roulette, more!  San Francisco’s infamous electro-swing bonfire lights up the Rickshaw Stop with enough subs, horns, and pheromones to blow your safe word away forever. Equal parts Weimar cabaret and wild speakeasy rave, Trapeze lures a bevy of underworld flappers, vipers, vamps, and villains to a bass-fueled night of jazz age abandon. SFWeekly says ‘Trapeze feels like Betty Boop threw an acid party’.  Rickshaw Stop, SF.  http://www.rickshawstop.com/event/271153-la-chaton-electrique-san-francisco/  

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

June 22, 2013.  FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2013 at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  By popular demand, the music trio LA GUINGUETTE will return for a new performance of musette and French and Italian songs.  Seating is limited • Make your reservations early! Check made payable to:  ASFR 4525 Montgomery Drive #2A Santa Rosa, CA 95409  $20 • General Admission $15 • AFSR Members, Students, and Children . 7pm.  Vista del Lago. www.afsantarosa.org for details. 

June 22, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

June 23, 2013.  FRENCH REGGAE DANAKIL.  Danakil, French reggae music group, stands out by the quality of its lyrics and its incredible scenic presence. Danakil will be performing during the 3 Day Music Festival featuring the Best in Reggae and World Music.  Boonville, CA.  http://www.snwmf.com/danakil.html

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.

June 29, 2013.   SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

June 30, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Kay Payne, 1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 30, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS.  Jim Kohn.  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

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

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

CINEMA

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

APRES MAI / SOMETHING IN THE AIR.  Director Olivier Assayas semi-autobiographical drama, SOMETHING IN THE AIR, follows a group of young people in 1971 who discover that at their age every day holds new possibilities, and that life awaits the curious.See local listings for venues.Roxie,SF.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT. With Julie Delpy. 

BELLE DE JOUR.  Castro Theatre.  http://www.castrotheatre.com/coming-soon.html for details. June 13, 2013.

THE CINEMATOGRAPHY OF AGNES GODARD. The great French cinematographer Agnès Godard spends four evenings at the Pacific Film Archvie Theater this June, introducing films and presenting a Behind the Scenes lecture on her art. “If one feels limited by an image, it’s an image that isn’t successful,” states one of the greatest cinematographers of our time, Agnès Godard, whose work with directors such as Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Ursula Meier, and Claire Denis has earned rightful acclaim as some of the most riveting, naturalistic, and sensual imagery in world cinema today. Originally a journalism student, Godard eventually turned to film, working as a camera operator and assistant on such legendary projects as Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) and Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect (1987). Documentaries on two legendary French filmmakers, Jacques Rivette (for a Cinema of our Times episode) and Jacques Demy (Jacquot de Nantes, screening in our Demy series on July 31), followed, as did a short film with the then-emerging director Claire Denis, Keep It for Yourself (1991), which inaugurated a partnership that has lasted over two decades. From I Can’t Sleep to Beau Travail, Friday Night to 35 Shots of Rum, Godard and Denis have collaborated to create “a spellbinding visual beauty that reminds you of the transporting power of pure cinema” (New York Times). “It’s by working with Claire,” Godard notes, “that I’ve been able to better understand what the camera means to me.” Whether in hand-held close-ups or vast longshots, kinetic movement or still contemplation, Godard’s work is notable for a raw, naturalistic approach, with few extraneous flourishes, and above all for an almost loving attention to the human face and body. “I like to look at people, to look at them in order to love them,” she notes. “It's like dancing with someone, except with a camera you don't touch them. I just want to tell them that I'd like to put my hand on them.” We are delighted that Agnès Godard will travel from France to present a Behind the Scenes lecture on the cinematographer’s art on Thursday, June 13, and to introduce four evenings of her work. Our series tracks a technological evolution, moving from 35mm to Super 16 (The Dreamlife of Angels) to Godard’s first work in digital video, Meier’s Sister, while also tracing Godard’s passion for “finding the right image.” Jason Sanders, Film Note Writer Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes: Agnès Godard on Cinematography, followed by Home Agnès Godard takes us behind-the-scenes of her art with an illustrated talk, followed by a screening of Home, Ursula Meir’s 2008 film starring Isabelle Huppert. A family live a peaceful existence in a remote house that borders a long-unused stretch of highway. When the route one day opens to commuters, the clan’s daily routine is thrown into disarray. (180 mins) Friday, June 14, 2013 7:00 p.m. Sister Ursula Meier (France/Switzerland, 2012). (L’enfant d’en haut). Agnès Godard in person. Godard’s fist work with digital video is set at a Swiss Alps ski resort, where a preteen thief tries to keep himself and his sister going. “Simultaneously personal and political, intimate and bigger than any one life” (NY Times). (97 mins) Saturday, June 15, 2013 6:30 p.m. Beau travail Claire Denis (France, 1999). Agnès Godard in person. In this story of French Legionnaires isolated in a blisteringly beautiful African setting, Claire Denis and Godard create “a fixed, timeless world of mysterious, balletic rites, rippled with simmering homoerotic tensions. . . . Prepare to be blown away” (Time Out). (90 mins) Saturday, June 15, 2013 9:00 p.m. Trouble Every Day Claire Denis (France, 2001). New 35mm print! Agnès Godard in person. Vincent Gallo and Béatrice Dalle are stricken with a gruesome sexual compulsion. Denis’s controversial take on erotic horror is “sui generis . . . harrowing, merciless, strangely tender” (Glenn Kenny). (101 mins) Sunday, June 16, 2013 7:00 p.m. The Dreamlife of Angels Erick Zonca (France, 1998). (La vie rêvée des anges). Agnès Godard in person. Two young women (Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier) drift along the edges of French society in Erick Zonca’s debut work, shot by Agnès Godard on Super 16. “The film has a sensuous, radiant surface that does justice to its title. . . . Godard . . . is a perfect cinematographer for Zonca” (Village Voice). (113 mins) Wednesday, June 26, 2013 7:00 p.m. Nenette and Boni Claire Denis (France, 1996). “A sibling drama of unsentimental urban grit and swooning lyricism, Nenette and Boni meditates on the myriad permutations of love and sensuality . . . Denis’s elliptical narrative style has seldom been this graceful” (Slant). (103 mins) Friday, June 28, 2013 7:00 p.m. 35 Shots of Rum Claire Denis (France, 2008). (35 rhums). Denis magically limns the story of a father (Alex Descas) and his daughter as they face the inevitable: her independence. “Quiet and lovely . . . (shows) how the melancholy strains of ordinary existence are also its sweetest music” (NY Times). (100 mins) Pacific Film Archive. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/agnesgodard June 14-28, 2013.

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

DANS LA MAISON / IN THE HOUSE.  Fabrice Luchini stars as Germain, a high school literature teacher, and Kristin Scott Thomas is his wife Jeanne, who manages an avant-garde gallery. Both become more than a little obsessed with the writing assignments submitted to Germain by Claude (Ernst Umhauer), a precocious student who, over several installments, weaves a provocative serial about tutoring a classmate in order to get into his family's bourgeois house and- perhaps- seduce his beautiful, bored mother (Emmanuelle Seigner). As Germain and Jeanne are increasingly addicted to the essays by this boy-Scheherazade, Ozon humorously explores our own voyeuristic fascination with stories and gossip, as well as the ways a student-teacher relationship can be turned on its head. In French with English subtitles. With Dennis Ménochet, Yolande Moreau. Writer/Director: François Ozon. (France 2012) 105 min. Roxie, SF.

LA GRAINE ET LE MULET, a film by ABDELLATIF KECHICHE. Presented by the French Film Club of Palo Alto. http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org June 14, 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. Clay, SF; CinéArts @ Pleasant Hill; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF.

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

SF DOC FEST.  SF DocFest is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema. Since 2001, this two week-long event has brought the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.  http://sfindie.com/2012/11/sf-docfest-2012-test-post/   June 6-23, 2013.

LE TABLEAU / THE PAINTING.  French animated fantasy where paintings come to life.  GKIDS presents THE PAINTING (LE TABLEAU), opening May 24, 2013 at Landmark’s San Francisco venue tbd and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.  From director Jean-François Laguionie, THE PAINTING is a wryly inventive parable. A kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest (in one of the film’s most radiantly gorgeous scenes), and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world – and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

LA TRAVIATA ET NOUS / BECOMING TRAVIATA.  With NATALIE DESSAY in Person at 4:15 show, Sunday, June 16.  This absorbing documentary beautifully captures the artistic process, as it follows theater/opera director Jean Francois Sivadier and celebrated soprano Natalie Dessay through rehearsals for a new production of Verdi's La Traviata at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. More than a backstage view, this remarkable film moves from studio to stage to observe the painstakingly detailed work of Sivadier and musical director Louis Langree, and particularly Dessay's intense work with voice, gestures and movement to incarnate the iconic character of Violetta, Verdi's tragic courtesan. As a matter of fact, the interactions between Sivadier and Dessay play like marvelous duets for which the crew and we, by virtue of the camera, are the only audience. (At the time of this film's opening, Natalie Dessay will be performing with the San Francisco Opera.) In French, Italian and English with English subtitles. Director: Philippe Beziat. (France 2012) 113 min.  www.cafilm.org for details. Opening June 14, 2013.

TU SERAS MON FILS / YOU WILL BE MY SON.  Noon.  Cameo Cinéma, St. Helena.  $6. June 9, 2013.

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  

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.  THE ELISE S. HAAS BEQUEST displays modern art from MATISSE to Marini.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.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 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 June 3, 2013.  ISOLATED LAND.  Photographs by Canadian artist RACHEL BUSSIERES  and LOUISE SCHUSTER.  Little Raven Gallery, 1015 Howard St., SF.  www.littleravengallery.com for details.

June 12-November 17, 2013. MANET AND THE GRAPHIC ARTS IN FRANCE. The death and destruction that occurred in the streets of Paris during the Commune of 1871 affected artists of the Manetgeneration who lived through it or even fought in it, as did Edouard Manet (1832-1883). June 12–November 17, 2013 Robert Mondavi Family Gallery The death and destruction that occurred in the streets of Paris during the Commune of 1871 affected artists of the generation who lived through it or even fought in it, as did Edouard Manet (1832-1883). This exhibition examines how printmakers, draftsmen, and photographers depicted the factors that led to this traumatic event as well as the conflict itself and the changes it brought to Paris. The central image, Manet's powerful lithograph Civil War, is shown with 13 works on paper by Felix Bracquemond (1833-1914), Maximilien Luce (1858-1941), Charles Marville (1813-1979), Félix Buhot (1847-1898), and others. IMAGE: Félix Hilaire Buhot, Winter, Paris (detail), 1879. Etching and aquatint. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Richter, 1984.436. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University http://museum.stanford.edu/view/exhibition_sched_new.html

June 12-November 17, 2013. FAITH EMBODIED: SAINTS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT. Gallery for Early European Art The 16 prints in this exhibition explore the different strategies artists employed to represent the deeds, miraculous visions, and martyrdoms of the Christian saints. The works also demonstrate how the depiction of saints varied, from images focused closely on the body to others that tell an engrossing story, as art and daily life became increasingly secular. The works included in this installation range from a rough woodcut published in the late 15th century to the delicate and visually complex etchings characteristic of the 17th and 18th centuries. http://museum.stanford.edu/view/exhibition_sched_new.html

Through June 15, 2013.  GAUNTLET GALLERY presents REDISCOVERY:  AN ART SHOW INSPIRD BY DAFT PUNK. Gauntlet Gallery is proud to present “ReDiscovery”, an art show inspired by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk.  To celebrate the release of Daft Punk’s first album in eight years, Gauntlet Gallery will feature works by over 40 painters, sculptors , digital and screen print artists, each of whom has created an original work of art inspired by Daft Punk.  With their modern disco sound and blend of house, funk, electronic and techno music, Daft Punk puts on one of the world’s most popular DJ performances.  Their musical talent is matched only by the extraordinary visuals of their live performances. Daft Punk’s highly anticipated Random Access Memories is their fourth studio album and the first since the 2005 release of Human After All. Gauntlet Gallery’s “ReDiscovery” debuts on May 18th with an opening night reception from 7pm to 10pm. The show will be on view until June 15th, 2013. Located at 1040 Larkin Street in San Francisco, Gauntlet Gallery’s hours are 12-7pm Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment. http://gauntletgallery.com/shows/daft_punk/daft_punk_promo.html for details.

Through June 29, 2013.  WORDS AND PLACES. Large scale painting; mixed media works by ETEL ADNAN.  CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 360 Kansas St., SF.  415.355.9670 or www.wattis.org for details.

July 3-September 22, 2013. STORIED PAST: FOUR CENTURIES OF FRENCH DRAWINGS FROM THE BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART. This exhibition, organized by the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, presents 55 exemplary French drawings that chronicle the development of the medium from the Renaissance to the opening of the 20th century. It is especially strong in 17th- and 18th-century drawings that were highly influenced by the curriculum the prestigious Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. Alsonoteworthy are 19th- and 20th-century works by draftsmen reacting against the academic tradition; these artists deliberately took a more realist approach to examine the social, economic, and political changes transforming modern France. An installation of French works on paper from the Cantor's collection complements Storied Past. Storied Past is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. First docent-led tour is Saturday, July 6. Pigott Family Gallery http://museum.stanford.edu/

July 3–September 22, 2013. DRAWN TO THE BODY: FRENCH FIGURE DRAWINGS FROM THE CANTOR ARTS CENTER COLLECTION. Since the Renaissance, the most important skill for a draftsman to master was the ability to draw the human body. The body was the basic element from which artists built most images, from complex narrative compositions to refined portraits. This exhibition showcases a selection of 17th- to 19th-century French drawings from the Cantor’s collection to explore approaches to depicting the human form taken by artists such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), François-André Vincent (1746-1816), and Pierre Puvis de Chevannes (1824-1898). Pigott Family Gallery. http://museum.stanford.edu

July 3–October 20, 2013. INSPIRED BY TEMPTATION: ODILON REDON AND SAINT ANTHONY. Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery The great French symbolist artist Odilon Redon (1840–1916) often paired his art with literature to create an art the imagination. Three of Redon’s most famous lithographic albums were inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s novel The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874). Based on the legend of a third century monk who retreated to the desert to contemplate God, Flaubert’s story describes the fantastical events that transpire over the course of one night in which Anthony is assaulted by erotic visions and demonic apparitions. This exhibition presents all three of Redon’s albums, two from the Cantor’s collection and the third on loan—a total of 42 lithographs. http://museum.stanford.edu/

Through July 6, 2013.  QUESTION DE TEMPS.  Paintings by PIERRE ANTONIUCCI.  Modernism Gallery, 685 Market St., SF.  415.541.0461 or www.modernisminc.com 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.

July 17–October 13, 2013. SHIFTING SANDS: THE BEACH AND THE DESERT IN 20TH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS. Many American and European modernists chose to photograph beaches and deserts as an antidote to urban or industrialized landscapes. Artists Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002) and Edward Weston (1886-1958), among others, approached these different and yet strangely similar landscapes in many ways: they could be evocative settings with distinct historic and symbolic associations, or backdrops defined by their pure and stark visual textures. Approximately 20 photographs on display. Marie Stauffer Sigall Gallery http://museum.stanford.edu/

July 31–September 22, 2013. MATISSE JAZZ. In 1943, French artist Henri Matisse was more than 70 years old and bedridden when he began the portfolio that eventually became Jazz. Limited in his mobility, Matisse cut out forms from colored papers that he arranged as collages. His assistants then prepared the collages—most of which were based on circus or theater themes— for printing in the pochoir screenprint process. This exhibition features all 20 prints from the edition of the portfolio held in the Gunst Collection in Special Collections at the Stanford University Library. Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery http://museum.stanford.edu/

Through August 4, 2013.  FROM THE EXOTIC TO THE MYSTICAL:  TEXTILE TREASURES FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION.  Includes elaborate French ecclesiastical vestments & liturgical textiles, French tapestries, and other works from the reigns of Louis XIV to Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette.  De Young Museum, Wais and Knowles Galleries of Textile Arts, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org 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.

November 9, 2013-September 7, 2014.  SPECIAL EXHIBITION:  MATISSE at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  The Legion of  Honor is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with SFMOMA (the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) that will bring 23 paintings and sculptures from their outstanding collection of the work of Henri Matisse to the Legion of Honor in the special exhibition Matisse from SFMOMA! This long-term, single-gallery presentation will also include four important multimedia works by Matisse from our collection, and will run from November 9, 2013 to September 7, 2014.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org for details. 

On-going.  WORKS BY JEAN-MARC BRUGEILLES.  The French artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles is now being represented in San Francisco by Mishin Fine Art on Sutter St. in downtown San Francisco . The Gallery will be hosting a opening reception that is open to the public to present his collection of magnificent paintings.  The opening is Friday May 17th from 5PM  to 9 PM in the gallery. Jean-Marc will be in attendance and he has created special pastels for all who purchase paintings.  Mishin Fine Arts 445a Sutter St.   (btw Powell & Stockton) San Francisco, CA. 94108 415 391-6100 www.mishingallery.com . For more information:  415 637-3145  or www.brugeilles.com    Youtube: http://youtu.be/_4cTu2k79f4 

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    

FRENCH SUMMER CAMP.  Help your child maintain their French skills at Marina and Oliver Bertrand’s Summer Camp (for TK, Kindergartend and First grade)Marina Bertrand, TK’s French teacher, and Oliver Bertrand, assistant volunteer in TK, have organized a French Summer Camp.  It’s a great way to help your TK, kindergarten or 1st grade children to continue their French skills during the summer. It will be held on the SRFACS campus in Bungalow E (Kinder Academy classroom).  Summer Camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 3 to August 2. Early drop off will be at 8 :30 a.m., and late pick up ends at 5:30 p.m. with options offered at an additional $10 per hour. Cost of this wonderful program is $260 per week, or $250 a week for children enrolled for four or more weeks. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but students will need to pack a lunch.  A new theme will be featured each week from arts & crafts, sports, storytelling, games, cooking, and more. There will also be field trips, all in a fun, safe and nurturing environment…and in French, of course!  Families who participated in the initial survey stage will have priority, but space is still available.  Registration and information packages are available in Marina’s Kinder Academy class. For more information contact Marina at: marinaabertrand@yahoo.com

June-July 2013.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ.  Topics include LA VIE PRATIQUE and INTERMEDIATE FRENCH REVIEW.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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

June 7, 14 & 28, 2013.  LE YACHTING:  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Celebrate America’s Cup and the upcoming Impressionist show, with a focus on artists such as MONET, RENOIR, PISSARRO, CAILLEBOTTE, SISLEY, SIGNAC, MANET, MORISOT and TISSOT.  $100.  10am-12pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 15, 2013.  NEXT SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at The French Class.  From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. Levels 2 and 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. Please call us to schedule a free evaluation of your level.This intensive is limited to 12 participants and fills very quickly.  This is a great course to take a second time if you have previously attended.  Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  www.frenchclass.com

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.

August 2013.  CONVERSATION COURSE IN FRENCH.  Taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  1pm-3:30pm.  $150 for 4 sessions.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 24-30, 2013.  CAROL DUCHAMP teaches a PAINTING CLASS IN FRANE. I will be teaching a painting class in France August 24 - 30 followed by a 3-day optional Paris Extension.  This will be my first Art Trek abroad in two years, and I'm thrilled to be teaching in the Loire Valley, home to magnificent chateaux, wineries, antique flea markets, and the authentic flavor of French country life at its best. Email to receive a detailed itinerary.  Carol Duchamp [carolduchamp@earthlink.net] .

ELYCEE SUMMER PROGRAMS. You are a student, an adult, a French teacher…You have a project in French.  Sign up for an eLycee Summer program :  -French teacher training (attached) -AP French Language and Culture - French III (attached) -French IV - Intensive French for beginners - Advanced students : o Atelier d’écriture (OuLiPO) o Atelier “Les fautes d’orthographe ne sont pas une fatalité” -Discovering France for travelers. Log in and learn with our experts A uniquely French environment with French native teachers. We have the world's first fully interactive virtual classroom, with full audio/video and a range of collaborative (shared) tools and applications. You can sign in from wherever you are to join teachers and colleagues online. www.elycee.com  

SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Our summer program is all set and ready to go. Our schedule is posted online now, and will appear in the bulletin in June. We will be offering many wonderful classes. As in years past, classes stand on their own in the summer, and students may choose three individual classes anywhere on our calendar. In other words, each date is an individual class. By popular demand, we are making an exception to this for TOTAL beginners. For them, we offer a 5-day summer camp (August 5th to August 9th) where students improve incrementally from day to day. We will also have two CHILDREN’S CAMPS. The first for students continuing with their French studies (level 2) (10:00AM to 12:00), and another for students new to French (level 1) 3:00 to 5:00PM. Both these camps will take place on the same week (August 5th to August 9th). You may reserve a seat in those camps as soon as you are ready. We have a maximum of 10 students in our children's camps.  For immediate information, please consult our webpage: www.afsantarosa.org

September 21, 2013.  NEXT SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at The French Class.  From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. Levels 2 and 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. Please call us to schedule a free evaluation of your level.This intensive is limited to 12 participants and fills very quickly.  This is a great course to take a second time if you have previously attended.  Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  www.frenchclass.com

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.

July 2, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Rita Dunlay, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 2, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONISTS GARDENS.   Carol Nelson, 1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 6, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

July 8-12 and July 22-26 and August 5-10 and August 12-14, 2013.  FRENCH SUMMER CAMP IN SANTA ROSA.  The French Summer camp will be held in Santa Rosa on July 8th through 12th, July 22 through 26th, August 5th through 10th, and August 12th through 14th. It will be run by two native French speakers, both with college Early childhood education. One of the lead coordinators, Georgia, is currently working as a French kindergarten teacher at the Lycee in Corte Madera.  She is also an experienced tutor. The other, Aurélie, has a background in the medical field, and several years of tutoring experience. The camps will run from 9am to 3pm, and will have the possibility for 30 min early drop-off or 30 min late pick-up. The camp cost includes one hour of tutoring each day, all activities focused on learning French, while having fun. The two week sessions in July will be sports week and arts and craft week. The August sessions will focus on French comprehension.  All snacks, beverages, and healthy lunches will be provided.  The children will have fun activities (crossword puzzles etc) that they will be able to take home with them as well. The cost for the full week is $275.00. One full day with early sign-up is$60, and drop-in if space if available is $75.00 the day of drop-off. All packets must be turned in by July 1st to receive the early sign-up cost. The three day camp Aug 12th to 14th will be $160 for the three days. The children will not only be learning French, they will be forming bonds with their future classmates before the school year starts. If interested, please send an email to zoubzoubie@yahoo.com or buongiorno09@gmail.com and we will send you the application packet.  Feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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 11, 2013.  CAFÉ PSYCHO.  De 17h à 18h.  Le sujet de la discussion de ces deux mois sera LE CONTRE-TRANSFERT.  En français.  Gratuit.  RSVP info@afberkeley.org ou 510.548.7481.

July 13, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Marsha Holm, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 13, 2013.  FÊTE NATIONAL – 2013 – LA PRISE DE LA BASTILLE, organized by the COMITÉ OFFICIEL DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO ET DE LA BAIE, qui a le plaisir de vous inviter à son banquet annuel samedi 13 juillet 2013 pour célébrer notre Fête Nationale du 14 juillet sous le haut patronage du Consul Général de France.  Centre Culturel Basque, 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco.  Apéritif:  18h.  Dîner:  19h.  Musique: Orchestre Ron Borelli.  Réservations à faire parvenir avant le vendredi 28 juin 2013.    $65 par personne, menu à 5 plats et vin compris.  Tombola; grand prix:  un voyage pour deux aller-retour San Francisco-Paris généreusement offert par le Comité Officiel.  Valeur maximum $1000.  Merci de libeller votre chèque à l’ordre du COMITÉ OFFICIEL et de l’envoyer à: M. André Fournier, PO Box 305, Corte Madera, CA  94976.  Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, veuillez contacter M. André Fournier au 415.615.2944 ou 707.981.8654 ou par email:  fournierandr@aol.com

July 13, 2013.  RIVIERA REGATTA, ARTPOINT’S ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY GALA.  7pm-8pm, VIP Reception; 8pm-midnight, main event.  Nautical-themed party reminiscent of a summer night on the French Riviera.  Seafaring cocktail attire is encoraged.  Buffet of French-inspired treats; complimentary cocktails; dancing, and more.  www.artpoint.org or 415.750.3548 for details.

July 13, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

July 14, 2013.  PINK MARTINI.  This retro-pop orchestra delivers a genre-crossing blend of jazz, classical and cabaret music that bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale describes as “uplifting, romantic, multi-lingual and melodic – and of course, it makes you want to dance.”  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.  4pm.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu/event/1604456-pink-martini for details.

July 16, 2013. RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, with Carlo Montanaro, conductor , Sarah Chang, violin Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, performs SAINT-SAENS’ EGYPTIAN PIANO CONCERTO NO.5 and more. Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center partners with Festival Del Sole Festival for a Summer program featuring the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Montanaro, with Sarah Chang performing Samuel Barber's popular Violin Concerto, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Piano Concerto No. 5, a rarely-performed gem. http://gmc.sonoma.edu/event/1603658-jean-yves-thibaudet-and-sarah-chang-with for details. 6:30pm. $25-$85; indoor and outdoor seating.

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 20, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

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.

July 24, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at OAKLAND CITY CENTER, OAKLAND.  A free lunchtime concert at Oakland City Center. 12th and Broadway, Oakland. 12:00-1:00 pm. www.rigomania.com

July 27, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM, THE ARTISTS AND THEIR PAINTINGS.  Kay Payne, 1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 27, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Kay Payne, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 27, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PICASSO TO POP:  LIBERATION OF 20TH-CENTURY ART.  Ellen Harden, 2:15pm.  De Young Museum, SF. Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 27, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

July 27, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU SHOOT A LIVE DVD VIDEO.  We are thrilled to announce that we are returning to the fabulous Three Stages Performing Arts Center, in Folsom, to shoot our next live DVD video!  8:00 PM.  Three Stages Performing Arts Center, Folsom Lake College, Folsom.   Our show at Three Stages last summer was the highlight of the year. This is one of the most beautiful venues we have ever played, a lovely new theater with great sound, lights, and seating. We will be bringing in a full video crew and capturing the whole evening's show. Don't miss this chance to be a part of the next Flambeau live DVD video! We need lots of our fans there to turn up the energy!   History in the making...  Tickets are on sale now at: www.threestages.net  or www.rigomania.com for details.

July 28, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at  TWAIN HARTE ART AND WINE FESTIVAL, TWAIN HARTE  A great art and crafts (and music) street fair in the foothills. Downtown Twain Harte.  We play three sets between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com or www.fireonthemountain.com for details.

July 30, 2013.  AN EVENING WITH GIPSY KINGS at the Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga, CA  95070.  http://mountainwinery.com or 888.929.7849.  www.gipsykings.com

August 3, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

August 6, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE:  A BRUSH WITH FAME, CLAUDE MONET AND HIS ART.  Marsha Holm, 1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 6, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Rita Dunlay, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 8-25, 2013.  MARIUS.  The first play in Marcel Pagnol’s celebrated and heart-warming “Marseille Trilogy”, Marius invites us into the cycles of love, heart breaks, and joys that fill the lives of now famous characters: Marius, César, Fanny, Panisse, Monsieur Brun, Escartefigue.  Translated and Directed by R. David Valayre.  With Al Badger, Lisa Carlson, Jim Gasperini, Nastassia Maltsava, Nicolas Poler, Nathan Putnam, Matthew Surrence, Ket Watters Tech Crew: Edith Gladstone, Charles Keen, Katrina Van Winkles August 8 through 25, 2013 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM Sundays 3:00 PM Fort Mason Center's Southside Theatre Building D, Fort Mason Center.  http://generationtheatre.com/ContentPages/Marius/MariusWelcome.aspx  

August 10, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

August 17, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Kay Payne, 1pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 17, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

August 24, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

August 25, 2013.  DOCENT LECTURE :  IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER.  Clara Morrissey, 2:15pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 31, 2013.  SAMEDI CULTURE.  16h30-17h.  Interview d’un francophone.  Pour écouter cette émission:  http://savekusf.org/listen-to-kusf-in-exile et cliquer sur “Listen.”  Pour adresser des commentaires:  http://Samediculture.wordpress.com

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 11-13, 2013.  OSTRAKA presents LEAVING PARNASSUS.  The rise and fall of the outrageous and refined French baroque style and its struggle against the fashionable forces of italianisme, as traced through the works of LULLY, DE VISEE, HERVELOIS, BOISMORTIER, and FORQUERAY.  A tour de force of virtuosic solo and ensemble music for bass viola da gamba, theorbo, and baroque guitar.  San Francisco Early Music Society.  www.sfems.org 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 17, 2013.  FRENCH-ARGENTINIAN ESEMBLE UNION TANGUERA presents NUIT BLANCHE.  7pm.  Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

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

January 19, 2014.  RICHARD GOODE, piano, performs DEBUSSY’s PRELUDES, BOOK 1, and more.  3pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

February 26, 2014.  EMANUEL AX (with YO-YO MA) performs BRAHMS AND BEYOND at Cal Performances.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

April 13, 2014.  CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN, mezzo-soprano, performs works by RAVEL and more.  3pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

May 3, 2014.  DAVID FINCKEL, cello, and WU HAN, piano, present THE UNFOLDING OF MUSIC, including DEBUSSY’s SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO.  8pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

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