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August 8-31, 2013

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August Events  

August 7 & 8, 2013.  UN FLIC et MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS, newly restored 35mm prints never before released, showing at the Castro Theatre.  The Castro Theatre is honored to present sparkling new prints of two rarely screened gems of early 1970s French film noir: Jean-Pierre Melville’s UN FLIC (A COP), starring Catherine Deneuve and Alain Delon, and MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS (MAX AND THE JUNKMEN), Claude Sautet's taut crime thriller which until this year, has never before released in the U.S. This riveting film policier double feature will be presented on the theatre's grand screen for two days only — Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8, 2013. In UN FLIC, his final work, Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samourai, Le Cercle Rouge) once again casts impossibly cool Alain Delon in the starring role, this time as the titular cop investigating a drug smuggling operation, the mastermind of which could be nightclub owner Richard Crenna, his friend and rival for the attentions of their mistress Catherine Deneuve. With his trademark stylized realism, Melville showcases Delon and Deneuve at their icy best and two tightly orchestrated heists provide a fitting coda to the master's legacy.  UN FLIC will be presented as a double feature with a newly restored 35mm print of Claude Sautet’s (Un Coeur en Hiver) MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS, starring Michel Piccoli as a frustrated cop who coerces a band of petty hoodlums into a major crime so he can take them down. A radiant Romy Schneider co-stars as the prostitute in with the gang he unwittingly falls for. Forty-one years after its original release, Claude Sautet's film stylishly graces American screens for the first time, and sparkles with tension, exploring the deficiencies of a black-and-white philosophy of justice.  UN FLIC 2:45, 7:00 1972 | 98 min | 35mm  MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS 4:45, 8:55 1971 | 112 min | 35mm The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show.  Tickets are available day of show at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children and seniors. www.castrotheatre.com

August 8, 2013.  THE GYPSY ALLSTARS perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco.  1330 Fillmore St., SF.  With CEDRIC LEONARDI:  The 41 year-old Frenchman, from Montpellier, a coastal town in the Camargue, south of France, Cedric remembers strolling through the Gypsy barrio, ‘la cite gely’, which his home overlooked, soaking up Gypsy culture. “They heard me and I heard them,” he recalls. Over the past 25 years. Cedric’s passion for drumming has seen him explore everything from Irish folk to the vibrant Latin music of Brazil and Cuba, through the Carribean and Spain; Flamenco, European pop, Sufi rhythms, Rock and Jazz.  415.655.5600 or www.yoshis.com for details.

August 8, 2013.   LE JAZZ HOT POWER TRIO plays at SPEISEKAMMER in Alameda, CA, 8-11pm, No Cover!  http://www.speisekammer.com/ Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

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 9, 2013.  CHELLE! AND FRIENDS offer MUSIC FROM NEW ORLEANS and a MARDI GRAS PARADE.  Yerba Buena Gardens, Children’s Garden, Free.  11am and 12:15pm.  760 Howard St., SF.  415.543.1718 or www.ybgfestival.org for details. 

August 9, 2013.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND performs a fiery blast of pure NEW ORLEANS joy at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore.  925.373.68000 or http://bankheadtheater.org for details.  8pm.

August 9, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.  6:30pm-8pm.  Food booths, too!  Free.

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 10, 2013.  FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO.  Ce Samedi, on se retrouve pour diner a Cafe Bastille!  Que ce soit la premiere fois ou que vous soyez des habitues du groupe des Francophones a San Francisco, vous etes les bienvenus!  https://www.facebook.com/events/152867851579923/?ref=22

August 11, 2013.  PINK MARTINI plays at Stern Grove Festival’s Sunday Concert series.  http://www.sterngrove.org/home/2013-season/ for detais.  2pm.

August 11, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays the SAN JOSE JAZZ FESTIVAL in San Jose, CA.  1pm show.  http://jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org/artists/le-jazz-hot  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 11, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at CHOUINARD WINERY, CASTRO VALLEY.  We return for a second concert at this beautiful East Bay winery. 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. Advance tickets required:  www.chouinard.com or www.rigomania.com

Through August 12, 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, with four French – francophone films:  ALIYAH (France, 2012); THE ART OF SPIEGELMAN (France, 2010); RUE MANDAR (France, 2012); THE ZIGZAG KID (Belgium, 2012).  415.621.0523 or www.sfjff.org for details.

August 12, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dinner and dancing every Monday, 7pm-10pm, no cover, at LE COLONIAL, SF – French Vietnamese cuisine.  Le Colonial brings a taste of French colonial Southeast Asia to the Bay area.  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

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.

August 13, 2013.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Ashkenaz in Berkeley! Having just released their seventh album of searing Louisiana zydeco dance music, "Fire Dance," the Zydeco Flames  return to one of their favorite haunts for a night mixing newer songs and old favorites. Winner of a 2009 North Bay Music Award, the Flames appeared on Ashkenaz's 30th Anniversary CD and have shared stages with most of the greats of the style at dances and festivals up and down the West Coast.  In 1991 accordion player Bruce Gordon teamed up with singer-rubboard player Lloyd Meadows to play at parties, including the premiere of the essential documentary  film on Cajun and zydeco music, "J'ai ete au Bal." Soon they expanded to a full  band - with electric guitarist Frank Bohan, bassist-singer Timm Walker, and drummer William Allums Jr. - carrying on in the tradition of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat  Zydeco, and Queen Ida. The Flames have performed at just about every important event in the Bay Area, from the Black and White Ball to the San Francisco Jazz Festival, as well as countless Louisiana, Cajun, and zydeco fests. Five of their songs are  featured in the computer game "The Sims Unleashed." For tonight's dance the amazing multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson is subbing for Gordon on accordion. No stranger to the Flames, Wilson played on the band's previous CD, "Fire It Up."   Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show  at 8:30 pm $10 www.ashkenaz.com  

August 14, 2013.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Landmark Executive Center, 3883 Airway Dr. Come Early (11:30) to avoid the rush. Please call Christiane at 542-5411 by Monday August 12 to confirm.

August 15, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET in concert in SACRAMENTO CA @ Crocker Art Museum.  6pm , $6 members/ $12 nonmembers.  This show WILL sell out!
http://www.crockerartmuseum.org/programs-events/concerts-performances/event/2558-jazz-in-the-courtyard-presents-le-jazz-hot  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

Opening August 16, 2013.  THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL.  French period drama set during WWII.  Cohen Media Group presents THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL, the latest film from Academy Award® winning Spanish director Fernanda Trueba (Belle Époque, Chico and Rita). In German occupied France of 1943, an elderly sculptor and his wife live in a small town close to the Spanish border.  Several years have passed since the 80 year old artist Marc Cros (Jean Rochfort, The Man on the Train, Let Joy Reign Supreme) stopped sculpting. He has lived through two wars and is disillusioned by the world around him. One day his wife (Claudia Cardinale, Once Upon a Time in the West, 8 ½) brings home a young woman she sees in the streets. Her name is Merce (Aida Folch, Mondays in the Sun) and she is on the run from Franco’s army. The couple offer to shelter her in the sculptor’s workshop. While she is there, she models for what will be the last work by Cros. Slowly, a beautiful friendship is born between the young woman, whose life is just beginning, and the old man, who senses that his end is near.  Landmark’s Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco (415) 267-4893
Showtimes and tickets will be available by Tuesday, August 13 online.  Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students, and children.  https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/Ticketing.aspx?TheatreID=226 and at the theatre box office.

August 16, 2013.  LAURENT FOURGO AND HIS COMBO perform French and American jazz standards at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance, Quail Lodge, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, CA 93923.  11am-4:30pm.

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 17, 2013.  MYSTIC MAN & LAKAY; WILL BELLOT & EZILI RACINE BAND; COLETTE & EL WAH MOVEMENT perform HAITIAN MUSIC at Ashkenaz. This is a night of Haitian culture featuring performances by Mystic Man & Lakay  and Will Bellot's Ezili Racine Drum Ensemble in collaboration with El Wah Movement Dance Company. It is an evening of dynamic music and explosive Haitian folkloric  dancing, drumming, and singing.  Local Afro-Caribbean band Lakay, led by Mystic Man, uses its music as a force to unite diverse souls and strives  to carry that ethic to its audiences and to the larger world. The nine-member group's funky and dance-oriented music incorporates a broad range of styles - calypso, reggae, soca, kompa, soukous, highlife, dancehall, and more. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mystic Man writes and arranges original songs for Lakay that draw on folkloric traditions from his Haitian homeland.  Haitian-born Will Bellot leads the Ezili Racine Drum Ensemble, bringing to life  the folkloric and contemporary drumming of Haiti. He is also founder of the Bellot Idovia Foundation, which helps build sustainable communities in rural Haiti.  Founded in 2005 by dancer and choreographer Colette Eloi,  El Wah Movement, which means "movement of the soul," presents traditional Haitian folkloric dance and fusion pieces using traditional African movements to create  choreography that applies to modern life. Colette, whose parents are Haitian, says that her new work uses the folkloric dances of Haiti to address some of the country's issues in association with the Western world. She offers social commentary about  the politics of poverty through both traditional and contemporized Haitian dance, as well as sound and projected visuals.  Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm  $15/$12 advance & students - Buy advance tickets    www.ashkenaz.com  

August 18, 2013.  LAURENT FOURGO AND HIS COMBO perform French and American jazz standards at the Tiburon Art Festival, 102 Main St, Belvedere Tiburon, CA.  3pm-6pm.  Outdoor concert.  No cover charge.

August 18, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at LAKE ALMANOR COUNTRY CLUB, LAKE ALMANOR.  We return to the Summer Concert series at the Band Shell, Lake Almanor Country Club. 7:00-9:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com

August 19, 2013.  FIRST DAY OF GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR STYLE & TECHNIQUE CLASS taught by PAUL MEHLING  of LE JAZZ HOT.  Semester-long, fully accredited course.  http://jazzschool.org for details. Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 19, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dinner and dancing every Monday, 7pm-10pm, no cover, at LE COLONIAL, SF – French Vietnamese cuisine.  Le Colonial brings a taste of French colonial Southeast Asia to the Bay area.  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

August 20, 2013.  CREOLE BELLES play at Ashkenaz!  www.ashkenaz.com for details.  

August 22, 2013.  ABOU DIARRA, African N’Goni player and singer, performs with Chris Berry at Ashkenaz.  A onetime Ashkenaz regular with bands from Panjea to CB3 and great instrumental jams late into the night, Chris Berry returns after three years with his latest project. He calls it the Electronic Mbira, which starts with the hand-held mbira (the African thumb piano); only Berry has invented a new twist on this ancient instrument, delivering a full band sound from just two people. His bandmate this time is Ivory Coast drummer Abou Diarra, as they tour to celebrate the release of Berry’s 13th CD, “King of Me.”  Ivory Coast’s ABOU DIARRASSOUBA is the founder and musical director of the Black Warriors, New York City’s premier band working with West Africa’s biggest acts. His drumming mastery has put him in the company of a world of musicians and styles; he’s equally in sync on tour with EasyStar AllStars’ tribute to Pink Floyd, in their high voltage rendition of “Dub Side of the Moon,” or reggae titans The Wailers in a recent South American tour. Born into a music family, Diarra picked up sticks at the age of 3 and began playing on anything that would make a good sound. Later he was chosen to be the house drummer for the popular TV program, “Dimanche Passion,” which aired weekly. There he honed his skills backing most of the major musicians in African. This resulted in a dual world tour with Ismael Isaac and Rocky Dawuni, and ultimately led him to New York. In addition to drums, Diarra also plays flute, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, bass, piano and djembe.  www.cbkingofme.com or www.ashkenaz.com

August 22, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at FAIR OAKS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, FAIR OAKS.  Another year in beautiful Fair Oaks! Village Park, 4238 Main St., Fair Oaks. 7:00-9:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com

August 23, 2013.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY is proud to support NEXT WORLD ENERGY.  Next World Group and the San Francisco Bay Area Supporters invite you to support Next World Energy, the French youth team preparing to win the Red Bull Youth America's Cup!  The French sailors, representing the Yacht Club de France, will shine in their first competition aboard a high-tech, high-speed AC45 catamaran.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the team, and potentially the Peyron brothers!  contact@facs-sf.org

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 24, 2013.  STRIDE PIANO. Special concert of STRIDE PIANO featuring Mike Lipskin, Dick Hyman, Stephanie Trick plus special guests Paul Mehling & Clint Baker from THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO. 5pm & 8pm shows.  http://www.lesherjazz.org/#stride  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

August 24, 2013.  KARAMO SUSSO performs at Ashkenaz!  International kora star Karamo Susso brings two new bands to tonight’s celebration of Malian music. The first group is a trio featuring his kora, and the other is an expanded dance music sextet with two kora players. One of the best-known African performers to grace our stage, he has appeared in the past few years in numerous settings, contributing his unique spirit, from solo to such world fusions as the World Blues Band, Symphony of Koras, Soul Union and the Manding Band. Susso was born in Gambia, raised in Mali, and is a singer and kora master. He grew up in a compound of griots, next door to Toumani Diabate. His uncle was Ballake Cissoko. Susso was playing kora and performing before he was big enough to hold the instrument. He has since gone on to perform with many of Africa’s top stars and American musicians including Taj Mahal. His latest CD is “Susso Sora.”  The kora, the 21-stringed harp lute of West Africa, originated in the ancient Kingdom of Mali more than a thousand years ago. Tradition tells that djinns brought it into this world and gave it to the griots: families whose place in the culture was to sing the epics of heroes and relate histories. The griots played kora and sang in court to praise the kings, and in the villages to carry news and to celebrate traditional ceremonies. The music is intricate, elegant, and potent. It is sweet while strong, percussive while lyrical, active while calm. Centuries of complex tradition are heard in it, as are simple truths.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

August 24, 2013.  SCHWINGFEST - SWISS WRESTLING & ROCK THROWING.  Come to a fun-filled family event showcasing the traditional Swiss sports of wrestling and rock throwing.  Lydia Gwerder Schmidig, with daughters Yvonee and Karin, visiting from Switzerland, will provide Swiss entertainment, singing and yodeling accompanied by the accordion.  Dance music will be played in the evening by Ron Scheiber's Swiss Orchestra.  $10 admission includes daytime and evening events. Free for children 18 and under.   Fall Schwingfest, Swiss Entertainment and Dance Saturday, August 24, 2013 Swiss Park 5911 Mowry Avenue, Newark, CA  11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.   For more information, please contact Kurt Clausen at (650) 988-1161 or email:  mariette2086@gmail.com.

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

August 25, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at BODEGA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, BODEGA.  A great annual event on the Sonoma coast! 16855 Bodega Hwy. Bodega. Our set: 2:00 pm.  Information:  www.wincountryfestivals.com or  www.rigomania.com

August 26, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dinner and dancing every Monday, 7pm-10pm, no cover, at LE COLONIAL, SF – French Vietnamese cuisine.  Le Colonial brings a taste of French colonial Southeast Asia to the Bay area.  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

August 27, 2013.  LES AMIS ZYDECO play at Ashkenaz!  www.ashkenaz.com for details.   

August 28, 2013.  THE HOT CLUB OF MARIN plays a free Concert on the Square at the Depot Plaza, downtown Mill Valley.  Mill Valley Art Commission's 28th Annual Summer Concert Series.  6pm-7pm.  Bring a lawn chair if you would like to sit and listen. www.hotclubofmarin.com

August 29, 2013.  LAURENT FOURGO AND HIS COMBO perform French and American jazz standards at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville, CA  94526.  www.villagetheatreshows.com for details.  Doors open at 7pm; show at 8pm.

Opening August 30, 2013.  THERESE, by CLAUDE MILLER.  Don't miss the opening of THÉRÈSE, French director Claude Miller's final film.  A provincial housewife attempts to break free from her suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner.  Starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier. French with English subtitles.  Check local listings.

Through August 31, 2013. TALES OF LOVE: THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF JACQUES DEMY. The Pacific Film Archive will showcase the films of Jacques Demy (1931–1990), one of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge during the French New Wave. Masterfully choreographed camera movements, a penchant for colorful decorative elegance, and a starring role for music (often by Michel LeGrand) are trademarks of Demy’s cinematic style. One of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge during the French New Wave, Jacques Demy (1931–1990) created a fascinating body of work, characterized by its bittersweet sensibility. Masterfully choreographed camera movements and a penchant for colorful decorative elegance are trademarks of Demy’s cinematic style. At the center of many of his films is music: Demy’s frequent collaborations with composer Michel Legrand give another distinctive quality to his melancholic tales of love. From the spectacular opening glissando of Bay of Angels, in which the electrifying score accompanies a tracking shot along the French Riviera, to the sung-through recitative of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg or the expressive dance numbers of The Young Girls of Rochefort, Demy’s cinema is one of harmony and grace. His use of location shooting—in his hometown of Nantes, Cherbourg, Rochefort, and, remarkably, Los Angeles—reveals his love for locale. Demy’s world is steeped in tender emotion, his eye for cinema an extension of his love of life. This is the largest Demy series we have ever mounted, and includes his early shorts from the fifties and several of his lesser-known works from the seventies and eighties as well as his best-known films, several presented in restored versions. Essential to this series are three films directed by AgnèsVarda, made shortly after Demy’s death, in which she offers a privileged perspective on her husband’s aesthetic sensibilities and achievements. http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/

Through August 31, 2013. DARK NIGHTS: SIMENON AND CINEMA. This summer, the Pacific Film Archive will be presenting a series of films based on Georges Simenon’s mysteries, thrillers, and melodramas. Join the Pacific Film Archive to see a rich array of movies, and discover the darkness that lies within. Includes films by Marcel Carné, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Chabrol, Julien Duvivier, Béla Tarr, and others. Georges Simenon’s taut, slim novels are perfect companions for summer vacations. His stout Inspector Maigret, pipe clenched between his teeth, has investigated hundreds of crimes, less obsessed by chasing clues than motivated by Simenon’s own motto, “to understand without condemning.” Working intuitively, with vital breaks to enjoy food and drink, Maigret inhabits a criminal’s character, empathizing with the reasons why they act as they do. Written between the moneymaking Maigret mysteries, Simenon’s darker romans durs, or psychological novels, detail how ordinary lives derail, whether through weariness, weakness, or deluded dreams. While in no way approaching Simenon’s own prolific output, a number of mysteries, thrillers, and melodramas have brought his prose to the screen. Although Simenon was skeptical about cinema adaptations, directors Julien Duvivier, Marcel Carné, and Claude Chabrol in France; the lesser-known Phil Karlson and Henry Hathaway in the United States; and, most recently, the Hungarian Béla Tarr have all paid fitting cinematic tribute to Simenon’s unique understanding of human frailty. Akira Kurosawa, too, was a fan, writing an homage to Simenon and then adapting it to film. Read the books, join us to see a rich array of movies, and spend the summer understanding the darkness that lies within. http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/

August 31, 2013. LOUISE PENNY presents THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, her latest in the INSPECTOR GANACHE series set in QUEBEC.  When a renowned choir director is murdered, Chief Inspector Ganache is given access to the elusive Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups monastery, where he discovers an ominous discord lurkin behind the harmony.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  1pm.  415.927.0960or www.bookpassage.com 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

August 31, 2013.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND plays at Ashkenaz!  www.ashkenaz.com for details.  

August 31 & September 1, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at HOT JAZZ JUBILEE, RANCHO CORDOVA.  A fabulous new festival in the Sacramento area!! A great line-up of bands over the entire Labor Day Weekend!  Marriott Hotel, Rancho Cordova. We play three sets per day on Saturday and Sunday, showtimes TBA.
Information and tickets: www.rigomania.com or www.hotjazzjubiliee.com

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

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

CINEMA

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

THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL.  French period drama set during WWII.  Cohen Media Group presents THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL, the latest film from Academy Award® winning Spanish director Fernanda Trueba (Belle Époque, Chico and Rita). In German occupied France of 1943, an elderly sculptor and his wife live in a small town close to the Spanish border.  Several years have passed since the 80 year old artist Marc Cros (Jean Rochfort, The Man on the Train, Let Joy Reign Supreme) stopped sculpting. He has lived through two wars and is disillusioned by the world around him. One day his wife (Claudia Cardinale, Once Upon a Time in the West, 8 ½) brings home a young woman she sees in the streets. Her name is Merce (Aida Folch, Mondays in the Sun) and she is on the run from Franco’s army. The couple offer to shelter her in the sculptor’s workshop. While she is there, she models for what will be the last work by Cros. Slowly, a beautiful friendship is born between the young woman, whose life is just beginning, and the old man, who senses that his end is near.  Landmark’s Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco (415) 267-4893
Showtimes and tickets will be available by Tuesday, August 13 online.  Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students, and children.  https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/Ticketing.aspx?TheatreID=226 and at the theatre box office. Opening August 16, 2013.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT. With Julie Delpy. Check local listings for details.

DARK NIGHTS: SIMENON AND CINEMA. This summer, the Pacific Film Archive will be presenting a series of films based on Georges Simenon’s mysteries, thrillers, and melodramas. Join the Pacific Film Archive to see a rich array of movies, and discover the darkness that lies within. Includes films by Marcel Carné, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Chabrol, Julien Duvivier, Béla Tarr, and others. Georges Simenon’s taut, slim novels are perfect companions for summer vacations. His stout Inspector Maigret, pipe clenched between his teeth, has investigated hundreds of crimes, less obsessed by chasing clues than motivated by Simenon’s own motto, “to understand without condemning.” Working intuitively, with vital breaks to enjoy food and drink, Maigret inhabits a criminal’s character, empathizing with the reasons why they act as they do. Written between the moneymaking Maigret mysteries, Simenon’s darker romans durs, or psychological novels, detail how ordinary lives derail, whether through weariness, weakness, or deluded dreams. While in no way approaching Simenon’s own prolific output, a number of mysteries, thrillers, and melodramas have brought his prose to the screen. Although Simenon was skeptical about cinema adaptations, directors Julien Duvivier, Marcel Carné, and Claude Chabrol in France; the lesser-known Phil Karlson and Henry Hathaway in the United States; and, most recently, the Hungarian Béla Tarr have all paid fitting cinematic tribute to Simenon’s unique understanding of human frailty. Akira Kurosawa, too, was a fan, writing an homage to Simenon and then adapting it to film. Read the books, join us to see a rich array of movies, and spend the summer understanding the darkness that lies within. http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/ July 11-August 31, 2013.

UN FLIC et MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS, newly restored 35mm prints never before released, showing at the Castro Theatre.  The Castro Theatre is honored to present sparkling new prints of two rarely screened gems of early 1970s French film noir: Jean-Pierre Melville’s UN FLIC (A COP), starring Catherine Deneuve and Alain Delon, and MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS (MAX AND THE JUNKMEN), Claude Sautet's taut crime thriller which until this year, has never before released in the U.S. This riveting film policier double feature will be presented on the theatre's grand screen for two days only — Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8, 2013. In UN FLIC, his final work, Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samourai, Le Cercle Rouge) once again casts impossibly cool Alain Delon in the starring role, this time as the titular cop investigating a drug smuggling operation, the mastermind of which could be nightclub owner Richard Crenna, his friend and rival for the attentions of their mistress Catherine Deneuve. With his trademark stylized realism, Melville showcases Delon and Deneuve at their icy best and two tightly orchestrated heists provide a fitting coda to the master's legacy.  UN FLIC will be presented as a double feature with a newly restored 35mm print of Claude Sautet’s (Un Coeur en Hiver) MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS, starring Michel Piccoli as a frustrated cop who coerces a band of petty hoodlums into a major crime so he can take them down. A radiant Romy Schneider co-stars as the prostitute in with the gang he unwittingly falls for. Forty-one years after its original release, Claude Sautet's film stylishly graces American screens for the first time, and sparkles with tension, exploring the deficiencies of a black-and-white philosophy of justice.  UN FLIC 2:45, 7:00 1972 | 98 min | 35mm  MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS 4:45, 8:55 1971 | 112 min | 35mm The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show.  Tickets are available day of show at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children and seniors. www.castrotheatre.com  August 7 & 8, 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, with four French – francophone films:  ALIYAH (France, 2012); THE ART OF SPIEGELMAN (France, 2010); RUE MANDAR (France, 2012); THE ZIGZAG KID (Belgium, 2012).  415.621.0523 or www.sfjff.org for details. Through August 12, 2013.

STILL MINE.  With Geneviève Bujold (in English).  Now playing in local cinemas.

TALES OF LOVE: THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF JACQUES DEMY. The Pacific Film Archive will showcase the films of Jacques Demy (1931–1990), one of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge during the French New Wave. Masterfully choreographed camera movements, a penchant for colorful decorative elegance, and a starring role for music (often by Michel LeGrand) are trademarks of Demy’s cinematic style. One of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge during the French New Wave, Jacques Demy (1931–1990) created a fascinating body of work, characterized by its bittersweet sensibility. Masterfully choreographed camera movements and a penchant for colorful decorative elegance are trademarks of Demy’s cinematic style. At the center of many of his films is music: Demy’s frequent collaborations with composer Michel Legrand give another distinctive quality to his melancholic tales of love. From the spectacular opening glissando of Bay of Angels, in which the electrifying score accompanies a tracking shot along the French Riviera, to the sung-through recitative of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg or the expressive dance numbers of The Young Girls of Rochefort, Demy’s cinema is one of harmony and grace. His use of location shooting—in his hometown of Nantes, Cherbourg, Rochefort, and, remarkably, Los Angeles—reveals his love for locale. Demy’s world is steeped in tender emotion, his eye for cinema an extension of his love of life. This is the largest Demy series we have ever mounted, and includes his early shorts from the fifties and several of his lesser-known works from the seventies and eighties as well as his best-known films, several presented in restored versions. Essential to this series are three films directed by AgnèsVarda, made shortly after Demy’s death, in which she offers a privileged perspective on her husband’s aesthetic sensibilities and achievements. http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/ July 25-August 31, 2013.

THERESE, by CLAUDE MILLER.  Don't miss the opening of THÉRÈSE, French director Claude Miller's final film.  A provincial housewife attempts to break free from her suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner.  Starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier. French with English subtitles.  Check local listings. Opening August 30, 2013.

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Tuesday evenings, 18h45pm.   Chaque mardi soir à 18h45 nous avons un diffèrent film sur le thème du mois. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com. 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  

Through August 17, 2013. FOUR SWISS ARTISTS. The Consulate General of Switzerland is collaborating with SF Design District's Misho Gallery to present a show of four Bay Area Swiss artists fortuitously timed with Swiss National Day. The artists selected for the exhibition, Misho, Jorge Bachmann, Karl Vischer, and Monika Steiner, work across genres, from painting to photography to three-dimensional mixed-media, showcasing the range of Bay Area Swiss innovation in the plastic arts.   Join the artists at the opening reception--also celebrating the gallery's fourth anniversary--and come back to view favorite works close up.   Swiss Bay Area Artists Opens August 2, Reception 5 - 9 p.m. Misho Gallery 680 8th Street, Ste. 230 San Francisco.  www.mishogallery.com  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

Through August 31. 2013.  MIXED-MEDIA WORKS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE by Congolese artist AIMÉ MPANE shows at Haines Gallery, 49 Geary St., San Francisco, Fifth Floor.  415.397.8114 or www.hainesgallery.com for details. 

Through 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 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/

Through 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

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.

Through October 13, 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 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/

Through 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/

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. 

Through 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

Through 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

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    

Summer 2013. 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

August 7, 14 & 21, 2013. "POUR UN OUI OU POUR UN NON" (1986) PAR NATHALIE SARRAUTE.  Cours offert par RENEE MOREL à The French Class.  Deux amis de toujours se séparent parce que l'un a dit à l'autre une phrase anodine, mais avec une intonation que ce dernier a jugé condescendante. C'est là le sujet d'une brève pièce (une heure) où, avec un humour doublé d'une précision chirurgicale, diabolique, Nathalie Sarraute (1900-1999) met en scène nos angoisses irrationnelles, nos peurs obscures, qu'un seul mot suffit à déclencher.   L'auteure dissèque, non sans quelque malice, la force destructrice qui se cache sous le rempart des lieux communs, politesses, gentillesses d’usage... Sous l'aparence de la conversation ordinaire, elle met à nu le mécanisme de l'obsession, cette rumination inquiète qui nous fait exagérément grossir l'incident le plus banal.    Venez discuter cette pièce — la plus jouée de tout le théâtre de Sarraute, représentante emblématique du Nouveau Roman! On parlera aussi du rôle essentiel du language dans son œuvre et, en particulier, la notion de "tropisme" littéraire.     3 weeks (August 7, 14 & 21,  2013). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). In French.   $94. No book to purchase: the full text of this short play will be provided, along with assorted relevant documents.   IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 TEL: (415) 362-3666   FAX: (415) 362-4334 

August 21-October 2, 2013.  SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.  Course taught by KERRIN MEIS.  Study couples in the visual arts whose partnership inspired outstanding works of painting, sculpture, textiles and furniture.  Including SONIA & ROBERT DELAUNAY, PICASSO & BRAQUE, and VAN GOGH & GAUGUIN.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  3pm-5pm.  415.927.0960or www.bookpassage.com for details.  $150.

August 24, 2013.  SEMINAR FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS. This seminar is about brainstorming, sharing ideas, and getting support without any pressure. Explore your options. Get the facts you need before embarking on a new adventure. Connect to your goals. Make a plan with a safety net and take calculated risks. Develop confidence and get ready to take a leap of faith. This seminar is presented (in English) by Dominique Brémond, owner of The French Class and Fransamérique, at The French Class - 500 Sutter Street. Please reserve now by calling 415.362.3666. Space is limited.  10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $25.

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] .

August 26-October 19, 2013.  EIGHT-WEEK COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.
LEVEL ONE IS FREE.  If you are a complete beginner or would like to start over, we are offering our most popular special once again: Level 1 is FREE if you pay for Level 2 ($360) before the session starts on August 26.  Important restrictions, please read: No refunds after August 23 and Level 2 must be completed before the end of December 2013. No other discount.  The level one book is $29.95 (tax included). The French Class - 500 Sutter Street. Please reserve now by calling 415.362.3666. Space is limited.

August 28-October 16,  2013.  "LE PARIS DE L'OMBRE ET DES TÉNEBRES" taught by the inimitable RENEE MOREL.  La part d'ombre de la Ville Lumière... Au Paris des monuments illuminés s'oppose une capitale souterraine ou secrète, vaste, mystérieuse et tentaculaire, mais où émotions et beauté ont parfois cours. Ce Paris comprend le labyrinthe inquiétant des égouts, ultime refuge des désespérés, comme le Jean Valjean des "Misérables"; les Catacombes, lieu macabre qui abritera le Q.G. de la Résistance lors de l'Occupation; la Morgue, qui figure en bonne place dans les romans naturalistes, ou la mythique "Noyée de la Seine", qui fit fantasmer les auteurs surréalistes. Le Paris des ténèbres comprend également l'univers des "cataphiles", individus qui aiment explorer seuls les entrailles de la capitale ou bien se retrouver dans la clandestinité, défiant ainsi les autorités.  Venez découvrir un monde hors du monde, un Paris qui a inspiré la littérature et le cinéma et ne cesse de hanter l'imaginaire collectif!  8 weeks. Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). In French. $255 (discounts available for members and early birds).  No book to purchase: you will receive articles, along with assorted relevant documents.   IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.   THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102. 415.362.3666 www.frenchclass.com  

September-October 2013.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ.  Classes include:  Beginning French, Beginning French, continuing session, Intermediate French, and Advanced French.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960or www.bookpassage.com for details.

September-October 2013.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN.  Classes include:  Cours de Perfectionnement, French Literature & Grammar, Upper Intermediate French.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960or www.bookpassage.com for details.

Every Thursday evening.  WINE TASTING CLASS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. $50 per class/$270 for all six classes.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

THE FRENCH CLASS.  French classes in SF or at your home - www.frenchclass.com - 500 Sutter Street - Suite 310 - San Francisco CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666. French classes from complete beginners to very advanced. Small group classes or private lessons. Check our great rates on our web site: www.frenchclass.com - We also feature:
- French classes on Skype (great rates and a wonderful way to study at home)
- pronunciation workshops
- seminars and conferences on cultural differences, art, history ...
- intensive courses
- "My French 2 Cents": your own French tutor for 2 cents per day Testimonial: "My French 2 Cents is an amazing resource to help explain anything missed or misunderstood in class and with our homework assignments. I can ask a question and receive not only answers, but explanations and the opportunity to explore further for a more precise understanding of the language. The response time to my questions can range from a few minutes to just hours." Joni H.  "My French 2 Cents" is only 2 cents per day x 365 days = $7.30 per year! Get a quick answer when you ask for a language tip or a question arising as you are studying French. How it works: 1) you subscribe 2) you receive an email address 3) you send your questions to this email address 4) you receive a prompt answer. It is that easy! Please note that "My French 2 cents" is not a translation service. To subscribe, call us at 415.362.3666 or e-mail info@frenchclass.com

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      

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 .

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    

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. For more information about the Charter School or if you are interested in sending your children there, please contact:  info@srfacs.org.

"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

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 

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

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 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.

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.

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/modlang/ . For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact info@afsantarosa.org. See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco and /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.

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 5, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT DUO, Pazzo & Isa play at Napa’s finest trattoria UVA.  6:30-9:30,  no cover!  http://www.uvatrattoria.com/music.html  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

September 8, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET BACKYARD CONCERTS & SEMINARS.  Santa Cruz.  1pm -?  Suggested donation-$20.  Please contact Steve Palazzo @ spalazzo@cruzio.com for reservations.  Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

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 12, 2013.  PATRICIA KAAS CHANTE PIAF.  The Masonic, 1111 California St., SF.  Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com or call 800.745.3000.  Limit 8 tickets per person. 

September 12, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT POWER TRIO plays at SPEISEKAMMER in Alameda, CA, 8-11pm, No Cover!  http://www.speisekammer.com/ Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

September 15, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays the Vallejo Jazz Festival.  5pm show, reservations recommened!  https://www.facebook.com/VallejoJazzSociety Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

September 17, 2013.  ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Cocktails, 6pm; dinner 6:30pm elections & speaker following dinner.  La Gare Restaurant 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. Details to follow.

September 17, 2013.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents CORK VS. SCREW CAP: WHAT’S THE ADVANTAGE ON THE MARKET?  Gastronomy & Wine Conference.  Hear and take part in the debate with winemakers, restaurant professionals, marketing professionals, wine critics, consumer advocates... The keynote presentation & panel discussion will be followed by a wine tasting of both cork & screw cap sealed wines!  Napa Country Club 3385 Hagen Road  Napa, CA 94558  4:30pm-8pm.  $25/$35/$40.  www.faccsf.com for details. 

September 19, 2013.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA se réunira le 19 septembre pour discuter "Photo du groupe au bord du fleuve" par Emmanuel Dongala. 16h.  Bonne lecture!

September 19, 2013.  THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO appears in RENO, Nevada 7:30 show.  http://www.unr.edu/arts Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909, www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz

September 19, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at ROCKIN' THE RIVER, GUERNEVILLE PLAZA, GUERNEVILLE.  A new concert series for us in beautiful Guerneville. Guerneville Plaza. 6:00-8:00 pm.  Information:  www.rigomania.com or www.rockingtheriver.org

September 21, 2013.  BAGUETTE QUARTETTE.  Farewell Concert ~ “the last valse musette”   Baguette Quartette celebrates 20 years together and bids adieu to founder Odile Lavault in a special farewell concert on Saturday, September 21 at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley (www.freightandsalvage.com ). Formed in 1993 by Parisian accordionist Odile Lavault, Baguette Quartette for the last 20 years has been the Bay Area’s premier purveyor of authentic French music in the style known as valse musette:  music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes, and in popular dance halls. Comprised of Odile Lavault on accordion, Rachel Durling on violin, John Schott on guitar, and Rich Trevor on bass, the quartet’s repertoire consists of valses musettes, tangos, pasos dobles, fox trots, marches and realistic songs. They have recorded five CDs: A LA NOCE (2010),TOUJOURS (2004), CHEZ MOI (2001), RENDEZ-VOUS (1998), and L'air de Paris (1995).  http://www.baguettequartette.org/ for details.

September 21, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at MONROE HALL, SANTA ROSA, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 8:00 pm (dance lesson at 7:00).  www.rigomania.com

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.

September 27 & 29, 2013. VOUS N’AVEZ ENCORE RIEN VU / YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET. “As its title suggests, at age 90 master French filmmaker Alain Resnais (HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) is indeed still full of surprises. Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET opens with a who’s-who of French acting royalty (including Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli and frequent Resnais muse Sabine Azéma) being summoned to the reading of a late playwright’s last will and testament. There, the playwright (Denis Podalydès) appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave and asks his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theater company performing his Eurydice—a play they themselves all appeared in over the years. But as the video unspools, instead of watching passively, these seasoned thespians begin acting out the text alongside their youthful avatars, looking back into the past rather like mythic Orpheus himself… YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater and cinema” – New York Film Festival (2012 , 115 min., in French w/English subtitles). Friday, September 27 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 29 at 4:00. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

September 28, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at GOLD HILL VINEYARD, PLACERVILLE.  Another new winery concert series for Flambeau! Beautiful setting, great wines!  Gold Hill Vineyard, 5660 Vineyard Lane, Placerville. 5:00 pm.  Ticket information:  www.goldhillvineyard.com or or 530 626-6522 or www.rigomania.com

October 4, 2013  PARIS EST UNE FÊTE ~ GALA 2013.  Save the date!  Presented by the FRENCH-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY and the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Join us for an amazing evening at the Observation Post, in the Presidio, San Francisco.  Invitations will follow. For more information or early reservation, please contact: contact@facs-sf.org

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 11-13, 2013.  PETALUMA INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY presents several French-related movies, including:  THE SYMMETRY OF THE BUTTERFLY (Paul Scheuer & Maisy Hausemer, Luxembourg 2012); AICHA, CRAZY HOLIDAY (Benguigui, France, 2012); THE PIANO (Lévon Minasian, Armenia/France, 2011, 26 minutes); LOVE LOVE LOVE (Bruno Mercier, France, 2012); THE DEVIL (Jean-Gabriel Periot, France, 2012, 7 minutes); WITH MY LITTLE BOUQUET (Stéphane Mercurio, France, 2011, 11 minutes); SIDEWALK (Binevsa Verivan, Belgium, 2011, 17 minutes); HE WAS A GIANT WITH BROWN EYES (Eileen Hofer, Switzerland & Azerbaijan, 2012); RED RIVER, SONG HONG (Stéphanie Lansaque & François Leroy, 2012, France/Viet Nam, 15 minutes, Animation); BORDERLINE (Dustin Rees, 2011, Switzerland, 7 minutes, Animation); THE THIRST (Francois Vogel, France, 2011, 4 minutes, Experimental); GLUCOSE (Mihai Grecu & Thibault Gleize, 2012, France, 7 minutes, Animation).  http://www.PetalumaFilmFestival.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 18-November 10, 2013.  CINNABAR presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music and  Lyrics by Jerry Herman.  This jubilant musical celebrates marriage in all its forms. After the singing and dancing – under the costumes and glitter – it’s all about loving that person in the mirror.  www.cinnabartheater.org

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 24, 2013.  WOODKID performs in San Francisco.  The French phenomenon WOODKID will perform in San Francisco on October 24 at the Regency Ballroom.  Details and tickets available at http://goo.gl/OVPrv4 .

October 25, 2013.  DAFT PUNK, along with JUSTICE and THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS will perform in Sa Francisco!  Details coming soon!

October 29, 2013.  PATRICIA WELLS presents THE FRENCH KITCHEN COOKBOOK at COOKS WITH BOOKS!  Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur, 6:30pm.  Single $120, couple $185 (one book).  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.  Reserve by calling Book Passage, 415.927.0960 or at www.bookpassage.com/food-wine-events

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 1 & 3, 2013. ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER. "It's really wonderful work. Enlightening, moving, and very much a love story." - Martin Scorsese This portrait of groundbreaking director, actor, and artist André Gregory by Cindy Kleine (who is also his wife) is a delightful, ruminative appreciation of one man’s life and work. A brilliant and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory discusses the making of MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ (1981), written by and starring Gregory and Wallace Shawn and directed by Louis Malle. He speaks warmly of his lifelong friendship with Shawn, and his problematic relationship with his European parents, described as “Jews who forgot to tell their children they were Jews.” André Gregory is a master storyteller, whose own life encompasses compelling passions, fears, and mysteries worthy of his theatrical mentors. “An indelible, gripping documentary portrait.…During the film’s scenes of Mr. Gregory at work, his theatrical direction suggests hocus-pocus conjuring...(Gregory) is a spellbinding raconteur….(with) a dry, slightly sinister cackle.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times (2012, 108 min. ) Friday, November 1 at 7:00 and November 3 at 4:00 http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

November 13-December 1, 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 5, 2013.  SUZANNE GOIN talks about THE A.O.C. COOKBOOK at COOKS WITH BOOKS!  Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur, 6:30pm.  Single $120, couple $185 (one book).  Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.  Reserve by calling Book Passage, 415.927.0960 or at www.bookpassage.com/food-wine-events

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 13, 2013.  FESTIVAL JEROME BEL.  The internationally acclaimed French choreographer and conceptual artist Jérôme Bel, enjoys a reputation as one of the coolest conceptual dance-makers working today. His ironic, anti-theatrical productions question the nature of dance and the dividing line between audience and performer. The Show Must Go On features a mix of the finest Bay Area professional dancers with untrained Stanford “civilians” (students, faculty and staff), each performing to their own classic pop soundtrack via headset.  Includes THE SHOW MUCH GO ON; CEDRIC ANDRIUX; PICHET KLUNCHUN AND MYSELF-A FILM.  7:30pm, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University.  $10-$50.  http://live.stanford.edu/event.php?code=SMGO

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!

November 22 & 24, 2013.  YUM, YUM, YUM!  A TASTE OF CAJUN & CREOLE COOKING and SPEND IT ALL.  Zydeco and Cajun music provide the background for this passionate celebration of cooking and eating in Louisiana. Locals and well-known chefs such as Paul Prudhomme demonstrate how to cook their dishes, based on the Cajun and Creole cultures of the Gulf Coast. (1990, 31 min.) and  “SPEND IT ALL,” A lively and beautiful celebration of the food and music of the French-speaking Cajuns of Louisiana. With the music of Dewey Balfa and Nathan Abshire. (1971, 41 min.).  Friday at 7pm, Sunday at 4pm in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall 101.  See Sonoma Film Institute http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for more information. Admission is $7.00 general, $6.00 for seniors and non-SSU students, $5.00 for SFI members and kids, and FREE for SSU students.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/  

December 31, 2013-January 19, 2014.  CINNABAR presents JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS.  Music by Jacques BrelFour talented performers bring Brel’s legendary songbook to life in a vivid cabaret.  www.cinnabartheater.org

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 12-16, 2014.  NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs MASSENET’s MEDITATION FROM THAIS and more.  Concert locations in the East Bay, the Peninsula, San Francisco and Marin.  s415.357.1111x4 or info@ncco.org or www.ncco.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.

May 30-June 15, 2014.  CINNABAR presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.  Music by W.A. Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo DaPonte  Music director Mary Chun and stage director Elly Lichenstein return from their triumphant production of Carmen to tell this luscious tale of seduction, deception, and forgiveness.  www.cinnabartheater.org

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