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November 13-22, 2013

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November Events  

November 13, 2013.  WEEKEND (Jean-Luc Godard). This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema’s great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous sequence in which the camera tracks along a seemingly endless traffic jam, and rich with historical and literary references, WEEKEND is a surreally funny and disturbing call for revolution, a depiction of society reverting to savagery, and—according to the credits—the end of cinema itself. In French with English subtitles. Program note courtesy of Criterion Collection. (1967, 104 min, 35mm)  Castro, SF.  The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show. Tickets available at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children (12-) and seniors (62+).  www.castrotheatre.com  

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 13-December 2, 2013.  FESTIVAL JÉRÔME BEL.  Renowned French conceptualist-choreographer at Stanford University.  Includes THE SHOW MUST GO ON, a performance piece that unites students, professionals, faculty and general audience members, all dancing to their own beat.  Stanford Memorial Auditorium, 551 Sierra Mall, Stanford.  650.725.2787 or www.live.stanford.edu for details.

November 14, 2013. SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC presents works by COUPERIN & MARAIS, among others. Faculty Artist Series. Corey Jamason, harpsichord; and Elisabeth Reed, viola da gamba, play Music of Couperin, Marais and J.S. Bach. Inaugural performance of the Conservatory’s new French harpsichord built by John Phillips. 8PM . San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco. FREE, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 415-503-6275, www.sfcm.edu

November 14, 2013.  CAVALLO POINT COOKING SCHOOL taught by LUKE BARR, author of PROVENCE 1970:  M.F.K. FISHER, JULIA CHILD, JAMES BEARD & THE REINVENTION OF AMERICAN TASTE.  Dynamic hands-on cooking class with menu inspired by MFK Fisher’s time in Provence.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  Cavallo Point Cooking School, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito.  $125 per person (includes book).  Call 415.927.0960 to reserve.

November 14, 2013.  A REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PROUST. Participate in an evening commemorating the 100th anniversary of Proust's "Swann's Way". Musical selections by Chopin, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Carter, Beethoven and more, performed by Sarah Cahill, Jerry Kuderna, & Rene Mandel. Bilingual reading by Susan Stone & Lisa Taylor.  St John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley  for details.  http://www.mrsdalloways.com/events/remembrance-things-proust-100th-anniversary-swanns-way-offsite

November 14, 2013.  300 YEARS SHAPING KNOWLEDGE ~ FROM DIDEROT TO WIKIPEDIA.  For the 300th birthday of Denis Diderot, creator of the French Encyclopedia, join us for an interactive panel discussion with some of today’s most influential thinkers from top Silicon Valley Companies whose vision and everyday actions shape the modern acquisition, definition and dissemination of knowledge: Google, Wikipedia and Mozilla. Diderot aimed "to change the way people think" by incorporating all of the world's knowledge into 28 volumes.  “There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.” Denis Diderot (French man of letters and philosopher), 1713-1784 His controversial collection attempted to summarize human knowledge across a variety of fields and topics while linking them with cross references, creating in effect … the first hyperlinks.  Three centuries later we inherit the task of defining knowledge for our generation and future ones. Today we are armed with powerful technological tools and an unprecedented connectivity between knowledge-based reseach centers. Moreover, the collection, organization, canonization, democratization and dissemination of information across the internet will increasingly serve to shape our relationship to and definition of knowledge.    Our panel will address various topics of actuality : - The power and impact of organizing, creating, and distributing knowledge. - The economy controling the access to knowledge. - The democratization of knowledge vs. the model of experts. - The usage of advanced technologies, which might surpass us in making discoveries. Agenda: 6PM      Registration and Networking 7PM      Startup Presentations 7:30     Panel, Discussion, Q&A 9PM     Desert & Networking   As always, a cold buffet with wine, cheese and the French good mood are part of the program.  Early birds $20 this week only* *(Pre-Registration $25, Regular $35, at the door $50) Cooley LLP 3175 Hanover St Palo Alto, CA 94304.  www.siliconfrench.com  

November 14, 2013.  SPECIAL EVENT:  THE ART OF THE PHOTOGRAPH, A PRESENTATION BY LUCIENNE BLOCH. Lucienne Allen will share her impressions and understanding of the photographs of her great-grandfather, Ernest Bloch, and her grandmother and namesake, Lucienne Bloch.  6:00pm: Reception sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco; 7:00pm: Program with Lucienne Allen and Sita Milchey.  For more information: http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events

November 14, 2013.   HERETICS AND HEROES:  HOW RENAISSANCE ARTISTS AND REFORMATION PRIESTS CREATED OUR WORLD.  Thomas Cahill's intimate and lucid approach to history brings the Renaissance and Reformation alive in the sixth volume in his Hinges of History series.  The catastrophic pandemic now known as The Black Death decimated Europe in the fourteenth century and shook western society to its foundations. It also touched off an era of rapid innovation and change that lasted over two hundred years.  From the late 14th to the early 17th centuries, religious pieties were overthrown, continents discovered, and sublime art created. With humor and insight, Cahill examines the fundamental, often breathtaking changes in European thought that paved the way to the modern world.  Enjoy 16th Century Renaissance lute music performed by Dan Winheld and Italian cuisine before the program. Café opens at 5:30 pm.  Cost:  Members Free Public $15 Location:  4th Floor Meeting Room, Mechanics' Institute or call (415) 393-0100 or go to www.milibrary.org for details.

November 14 & 15, 2013.  STANFORD SUMMER THEATRE & THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO présentent  Samuel Beckett's HAPPY DAYS - A Play In English on Thursday night; bilingual on Friday night.  .  Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Daily Event: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST) San Francisco, CA.  https://afsfhappydays.eventbrite.com/

November 14 & 16 & 23, 2013. MILL VALLEY PHILHARMONIC performs OLD WORLD / NEW WORLD, including works by DEBUSSY and more. Mount Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore, MV and at the Osher Marin JCC next Sunday. 11/14, 8pm; 11/16, 4pm; 11/23, 2pm. Free.

November 14-16, 2013.  LUA HADAR brings C’EST MAGNIFIQUE to San Francisco.  Society Cabaret located in the Rex Hotel continues to bring exceptional talent to San Francisco. Direct from her acclaimed sell-out performance at the Swan Bar in PARIS, FRANCE. A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in both French and English with a charming, swinging delivery, as well as passionate commitment and humor. Lua sings her own brand of cosmopolitan jazz influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway-influenced performer has been molded by cultural exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Lua will be accompanied by her swinging cosmopolitan jazz band Twist. You’ll feel like you’re in a French Music Hall or a black and white movie as you enjoy stunning vocals in both French and English and wry stories of Hadar’s French connections. Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums and featuring Dave Miotke on jazz accordion. The mission of her band is to create world harmony through music. The Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to the Algonquin. Surrounded by 1920’s and 30’s glamour guests can linger in the Library Bar for cocktails and conversation. An extensive menu of American classics with a European influence will be available in the cabaret room as small plates, as well as, a Pre Fixe dinner. Society Cabaret patrons will be immersed in an ambiance of arts and culture. C’est Magnifique: a love affair in any language, can be seen November 14, 15 and 16 @ 8pm. Doors open one hour prior to the performance. Tickets for C’EST MAGNIFIQUE may be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as www.SocietyCabaret.com

November 14-16, 2013.  THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE AMERICA’S CUP & TEENTECHSF, with a special breakout sessionon THE PHYSICS OF THE AMERICA’S CUP (in French) by JOSEPH OZANNE.  Join TeenTechSF for a special look at the technology behind the America's Cup with Oracle Team USA performance head, Ian Burns, Golden Gate Yacht Club VC, Tom Ehman, and Joseph Ozanne, Supaero alumnus and designer of the radical new rigid wing sail that propelled Oracle Team USA to glory in the most epic comeback in sailing history!  JOSEPH OZANNE will also be giving a special breakout session in French for students and their families interested in the French Bac S in French on "The Physics of the America's Cup."  FREE EVENT, BUT SPACE EXTREMELY LIMITED.   To register:  http://teentechsf.eventbrite.com

Opening November 15, 2013.  LE JOLI MAI, restored 1963 French documentary, CHRIS MARKER’s portrait of Paris.  Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme’s LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962, the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria and the first time in 23 years that France was not involved in any war. It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. Part I, “A Prayer from the Eiffel Tower,” documents personal attitudes and feelings around Paris. Part II, “The Return of Fantomas,” is an investigation of the political and social life of the city. The film ends with sweeping views of Paris, the façades of its prisons, and the faces of its people as they struggle to make sense of their moment in history. LE JOLI MAI was long unavailable in the U.S. and a major work in the oeuvre of filmmaker Chris Marker (1921-2012). The restoration premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2013, 50 years after the film first premiered there. It was created according to the wishes of Marker, supervised by the film’s cinematographer and co-director, Pierre Lhomme. The film’s music is by the Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand, The English-language commentary is by Academy Award-winning actress Simone Signoret.  The film’s running time is 145 minutes; it is not rated. With English narration.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.   www.landmarktheatres.com

November 15, 2013.  FRENCH THEATRICAL FOUNDATION presents MARIE ANTOINETTE IN HER OWN WORDS.  World premiere starring leading French actress, BARBARA SCHULZ. The play, based on Marie-Antoinette’s actual letters (Correspondance 1770-1793, ed. Evelyne Lever, 2005), will be presented in French with English supertitles.  To find out more and purchase tickets, just click on this link:   https://frenchtheatre.org/show/1.

November 15, 2013.  CONVERSATION POTLUCK A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Free admission.  info@afberkeley.org

November 15, 2013.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SILICON VALLEY HOLIDAY PARTY KICK-OFF.  Thanks to another french group, the UFE (Union des Francais a l'Etranger), on NOVEMBER 15TH starting at 6:30 pm, we will be hosting an evening of FRENCH WINES, FOOD, AND CINEMA.. French Wines, Food, and Cinema.... The logo to the right is the logo from the French American Wine Executive group whose President Jacques Brix will , in person, come to us to give a presentation and lead a discusion on french  and Californian of course.  Please find attached a summary of the three wineries who will spoil us with their best production:  SELBY WINERY – WILSON WINERIES – GROUPE THIENOT.  Not to be left unourished, Le French Film Club will enhance our evening with a surprising buffet with...grapes , cheeses, crackers, fruits, soft drinks and crepes au nutella! But wait there is still more to come...  Our friend Mathilde Laine from the group of Brioches Pasquier will treat us with samples of their wonderful brioches.  The evening will be under the musical spell of two jazz professionals: Ellen Starr  and a a friend bass player.  Working in New York's recording studios as composer, arranger, pianist and jingle singer alongside such people as Barry Manilow, Valerie Simpson and Melissa Manchester, she arranged a tune for Ronnie Dyson that reached the charts at #8. The song was "Why Can't I Touch You?" from the musical "Hair." She also played in the pit orchestra in such Broadway musicals as "Promises, Promises," and "Hair."  See you soon! And remember , all this, including the film,  for only $10 for the Alliance members. And even less for your spouse! When you buy your ticket, look for the AFSCV discount.  And what the Cinema?  Just look below for more details and links to the FrenchFilmClub's website.  Location: Parish Hall, 555 Waverley St, Palo Alto 94301.  6:30pm.  At 8:30pm, UNE HIRONDELLE FAIT LE PRINTEMPS /THE GIRL FROM PARIS   Synopsis: Tired of her stressful job as a computer expert in Paris, 30 year old Sandrine decides to make a new life as a farmer.... www.lefrenchfilmclub.org or www.asfcv.org for details. 

November 16, 2013.  BETSY FRANCO in conversation with TOM FRANCO about her novel NAKED, the story of a RODIN STATUE come to life.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

November 16, 2013.  FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO ~ BRUNCH AU CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE, 352 Grant, SF.  Comment nous trouver une fois sur place? C'est tres simple! Dirige toi vers le seul groupe qui parle français, ou demande a l'hôtesse a l'entrée....  13h45.  RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/394500900653463/

November 16, 2013.  LUKE BARR talks about PROVENCE, 1970, which recounts the story of iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and others San Francisco Ferry Building.  415.835.1020 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  1pm.

November 16, 2013. BERKELEY COMMUNITY CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA performs works by GOUNOD and more. St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison, Berkeley. 8pm. Free. www.bcco.org for details.

November 16, 2013.  DIRTY CELLO, a high energy mix of soulful swingin' gypsy jazz & wild Euro-gypsy dance music, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, in Mill Valley.   Dirty Cello, led by Rebecca Roudman, one of the Bay Area's most exciting crossover cellists, presents a clap along, dance-inducing mix of music that puts a unique spin on common genres. Whether wailing out the blues with virtuosic skill, getting toes tapping with some Gypsy Jazz or flying through wild Euro-gypsy music, the Dirty Cello band presents a show that fans and critics have described as, "Amazing!" and "Inspiring." 8pm.  142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. http://www.throckmortontheatre.org/

November 16, 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 for details.

Through November 17, 2013.  NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  Over 150 films, some of them sure to be French-related!  http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/ for details.

Through November 17, 2013.  17TH ANNUAL ARAB FILM FESTIVAL. http://aff2013.arabfilmfestival.org/all-films-events/ for details.

November 17, 2013.  DUTCH MONEY, GERMAN KNOW-HOW, FRENCH TASTE:  SIXTY YEARS OF DUTCH PORCELAIN (1759-1814), a lecture by JAN DANIEL VAN DAM, European ceramics specialistPalace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.  2pm.

November 17, 2013.  FRENCH-ARGENTINIAN ENSEMBLE UNION TANGUERA presents NUIT BLANCHE.  7pm.  Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://calperformances.org for details.

November 17, 2013.  OPEN HOUSE AT THE NEW LOCATION OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Please join us for wine and cheese (and fruit juice for the youngsters, of course) at our Open House on November 17, starting at 3pm.  We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Come on down, the more, the merrier!  182 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, 94505, suite #200.  www.afsantarosa.org

November 18, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

November 19, 2013.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discute UN ANGE CORNU AVEC DES AILES DE TOLE de MICHEL TREMBLAY.  182 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, 94505, suite #200.  www.afsantarosa.org

November 19, 2013.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents HOW CLEAN IS YOUR DATA CENTER?  Join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights into Data Centers and their energy consumption.  Meet also the French CleanTech Open winners, and future Cleantech Open forum finalists, at this event!  www.faccsf.com for details.

November 19, 2013.  GATOR NATION (formerly Gator Beat) plays Cajun/Zydeco at Ashkenaz.  The name may be new, but you know and love GATOR NATION (Gator Nation), the new moniker of Gator Beat, moving on after the passing of founder Richie Domingue while honoring his legacy. With longtime members joined by fresh blood, Gator Nation plays full-tilt dance party music. The group's mostly original songs are powered by its own gumbo of dance rhythms: a blend of Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, a touch of New Orleans funk, and, as the band proclaims, "a beat that bites." Tunes come from the eight Gator Beat recordings, including last year's "Stompin' at the Bal De Maison." Gator Nation is a culturally and stylistically mixed crew, with guitarist Randy Quan, bassist Linda Hutchinson, singer and washboard player Willard Blackwell, drummer Mikey Cannon, accordion player Jesse Adams, and Australia native David Scott on saxophone, pennywhistle, and percussion.   The group explains: "Looking back at the amazing 25-year history of Gator Beat and its founder Richie Domingue, we are grateful to recognize that we have created among ourselves and our many fans that which was, in the beginning, his dream... a community. A community in which people of all walks of life meet on the common ground of music. The Beat goes on!" 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  

November 20, 2013. 50th ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION of CONTEMPT, Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic. CONTEMPT stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director (played by legendary director Fritz Lang), a crude and arrogant American producer (Jack Palance), and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot), as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of The Odyssey. “Brilliant, romantic and genuinely tragic. It's also one of the greatest films ever made about the actual process of moviemaking." – Martin Scorsese. In French and English with English subtitles.Program note courtesy of Criterion Collection. (1963, 103 min, DCP 'Scope)  Castro, SF.  The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show.  Tickets available at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children (12-) and seniors (62+).  www.castrotheatre.com

November 21, 2013.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents FISCALITE DES REVENUS DU TRAVAIL ET DU PATRIMOINE.  17 Octobre 2013: Fiscalité des Revenus du Travail et du Patrimoine.  7 Novembre 2013: Fiscalité des Donations et des Successions.  21 Novembre 2013: Fiscalité des Transactions Immobilières, des Retraites et des Comptes Epargne pour le Collège.  www.faccsf.com for details.

November 22, 2013.  SOIRÉE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU – EN MUSIQUE Fêtez avec nous l’arrivée du Beaujolais Nouveau en musique ! Appetizers, wine and French music.  Member $10  - non member $20.  www.afberkeley.orgRSVP before nov. 21 510 548 74 81 or info@afberkeley.org.  19h.

November 22, 2013.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents THE FRENCH-AMERICAN GASTRONOMY AND WINE SHOW. LA SOIREE.  Live the ultimate Gastronomy & Wine experience With La Soiree's VIP Dinner Delicious food - Amazing chefs - Outstanding wines One seat: $250 - One table: $2500.  Meet the chefs, wineries & designers who will make La Soirée's VIP a memorable experience!  To join the VIP experience write asap to events@faccsf.com Please note that we are almost sold out on the VIP tickets!  Other tickets are $55 for members, $85 for non-members, and $35 for dance without dinner. www.faccsf.com for details.

November 22, 2013.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU CELEBRATION 2013, hosted by the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School Foundation.  At one minute to midnight on the third Thursday of every November, cases of Beaujolais Nouveau will begin their journey from the wineries of France to everywhere in the world!  Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November that celebrates the end of the harvest.   Come celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau wine with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvre, dessert and dancing. You can also take care of some Christmas shopping by bidding on one of the many unique gift baskets, as well as special silent and live auction items. Tickets: $45 per person, $55 at the door includes 3 generous wine tastings & hors d'oeuvres -or- $500 for a VIP table  seats 8 and includes 3 bottles of wine, charcuterie, cheese and dessert platters.  www.srfacs.org for details. 6pm-10pm.  Mary Agatha Furth Center, Windsor, CA.  

November 22, 2013.  YASSIR & THE MOROCCANS perform at Ashkenaz.  Yassir & the Moroccans bring a wide-ranging vision of North African concert and dance music. Born in Casablanca, Yassir Chadly has performed with his own bands and with a world of other artists on the Ashkenaz stage over the past 28 years. One of the most revered world artists, Chadly has collaborated and recorded with a who's who of greats, including Pharoah Sanders, Philip Glass, Omar Sosa, Stephen Kent, Alonzo King's Lines Ballet Company, Steve Coleman, Taj Mahal, and flamenco musicians and dancers. He co-led the jazz-Moroccan Mo'Rockin Band with the late trumpeter Khalil Shaheed. A master of many Moroccan instruments, in this concert Chadly will use a few, likely the oud, gimbri, karkabas, and bendeer, as featured on his most recent recording, "Asheeq Zeen." In addition to music, Chadly is a Sufi storyteller, an imam of the Oakland mosque Masjid Al Iman, and an associate professor at the Graduate Theological Union.  Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $13 www.ashkenaz.com  

November 22 & 23, 2013.  SAN FRANCISCO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL presents THE WAR PROJECT:  PROPAGANDA, PROTEST & PRAYER.  Including Bask txalaparta. Registration is required at 415.292.1233 or arts@jccsf.org

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/  

November 22, 2013-January 6, 2014.  TRISTAN & ISEULT.  Grounded in medieval French tales.  Kneehigh is back! Britain’s beloved theatre company returns to the Bay Area with a glorious story of love. King Mark rules with his head, until he falls head over heels for his enemy’s sister. Based on an ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions and tender truths. It’s another marriage of gorgeous music and ingenious staging from the acclaimed creators of Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride. Embrace comedy and spontaneity in this West Coast premiere for an irresistible night of love!  Berkeley Rep, Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.  510.647.2949 or http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1314/7245.asp for details.

Through November 23, 2014.  GRAND GUIGNOL AT THE HYPNODROME presents SHOCKTOBERFEST 14:  JACK THE RIPPER.  Thrillpeddlers presents their 14th annual Grand Guignol show, "a evening of horror, madness, spanking, and song."  Hypnodrome, 575 10th St, SF; www.thrillpeddlers.com. $25-35.

November 23, 2013.  LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU A NAPA!  L'Alliance Française de Napa is organizing the tasting of the New Beaujolais along with food and French songs by Marielle & her pianist on November the 23rd at the Napa Valley Yacht Club in Napa from 7 to 9pm.  Space is limited to 50!  Check our web site www.afnapa.com or facebook page Alliance Française de Napa for details or write to afnapa.events@gmail.com for more info or to reserve.  Hope to see you there!

November 23, 2013.  JULIA TSITSI CHIGAMBA & CHINYAKARE plus MOHAMED LAMINE BANGOURA and AFRICOMBO play the music of Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Guinea at Ashkenaz.   It's multinational dance party night at Ashkenaz as musicians and dancers from Zimbabwe, Guinea, and Haiti share the stage, playing separately and together to raise money for the Chigamba Cultural Center in Zimbabwe. A silent auction (see below) will be held to raise additional funds.     From Guinea, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura brings his open heart and joyful spirit that teach as much about Guinean music as his drumming. He is a djembe-fola (professional/master drummer) and has trained and performed throughout West Africa. More recently some members of Chinyakare have joined him in Guinean music-making, and tonight Bangoura performs a solo piece, other music with members of Chinyakare, and then joins the entire ensemble.     Lilting, infectious Afro-Haitian dance rhythms are the foundation of every concert by AfriCombo. The band brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. The band is led by Mr. G, the Haitian-born co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol.   And finally,  Chinyakare is from Zimbabwe.     All funds raised for this event will be used to help build a new building for the Chigamba Cultural Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, which will be used to teach, present, and preserve Zimbabwean traditional music and dance as well as develop educational projects for women, men, and children. Chinyakare is collecting items for tonight's silent auction and asks your assistance in making this event a success. By donating an item (goods or services) you will be making a contribution that will help support the traditions of Zimbabwe. Additionally, you will benefit from the exposure of your goods or services. Donors will be listed on the merchandise and table at the event. Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm  $15/$12 advance & students.    www.ashkenaz.com   

Through November 24, 2013.  CENTRAL WORKS presents RED VIRGIN, a new musical about the tumultuous events of th great socialist uprising known as the PARIS COMMUNE OF 1871 and LOUISE MICHEL, one of the most incendiary revolutionaries in the history of France.  $28 online; $28-$15 sliding scale at the door.  Post-show talk-backs, October 20 & November 10.  510.558.1381 or 800.838.3006 or www.centralworks.org for details. 

November 25, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

November 27, 2013.  GODARD’S BAND OF OUTSIDERS.  Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with BAND OF OUTSIDERS. In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakably cool Madison dance sequence. In French with English subtitles.Program note courtesy of Criterion Collection. (1964, 95 min, 35mm)  Castro, SF.  The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show. Tickets available at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children (12-) and seniors (62+).  www.castrotheatre.com

November 27, 2013.  PAUL MEHLING & EVAN PRICE of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO. Paul Mehling & Evan Price of the HCSF are special guests with the INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO featuring Ben Powell on violin @Yoshis SAN FRANCISCO.  8pm & 10pm.  For details see http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/calendar?y=2013&m=11

November 29, 2013.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at SONORA CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FESTIVAL, SONORA.  A great annual art and craft fair at the Sonora Fairgrounds. We will play three sets between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. www.rigomania.com or  www.fireonthemountain.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!

AFTERIMAGE:  AGNES VARDA ON FILM-MAKING. Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  Legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda joins the Pacific Film Archive from Paris to present her 2000 documentary The Gleaners and I, one of her most powerful and popular films, as well as three short films, two of which Varda made while visiting the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. November 4-22, 2013. 

BAND OF OUTSIDERS.  (Godard)Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with BAND OF OUTSIDERS. In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakably cool Madison dance sequence. In French with English subtitles.Program note courtesy of Criterion Collection. (1964, 95 min, 35mm)  Castro, SF.  The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show.  Tickets available at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children (12-) and seniors (62+).  www.castrotheatre.com   November 27, 2013.

CONTEMPT, Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic; now reissued for its 50th anniversary. CONTEMPT stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director (played by legendary director Fritz Lang), a crude and arrogant American producer (Jack Palance), and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot), as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of The Odyssey. “Brilliant, romantic and genuinely tragic. It's also one of the greatest films ever made about the actual process of moviemaking." – Martin Scorsese. In French and English with English subtitles.Program note courtesy of Criterion Collection. (1963, 103 min, DCP 'Scope)  Castro, SF.  The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show.  Tickets available at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children (12-) and seniors (62+).  www.castrotheatre.com  November 20, 2013.

UNE HIRONDELLE FAIT LE PRINTEMPS.  French Film Club of Palo Alto, with the Alliance Française Silicon Valley.  See above for details.  November 15, 2013.  http://www.lefrenchfilmclub.org/?utm_source=AFSCV+110113B&utm_campaign=Party+Time&utm_medium=email  

LE JOLI MAI, restored 1963 French documentary, CHRIS MARKER’s portrait of Paris.  Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme’s LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962, the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria and the first time in 23 years that France was not involved in any war. It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. Part I, “A Prayer from the Eiffel Tower,” documents personal attitudes and feelings around Paris. Part II, “The Return of Fantomas,” is an investigation of the political and social life of the city. The film ends with sweeping views of Paris, the façades of its prisons, and the faces of its people as they struggle to make sense of their moment in history. LE JOLI MAI was long unavailable in the U.S. and a major work in the oeuvre of filmmaker Chris Marker (1921-2012). The restoration premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2013, 50 years after the film first premiered there. It was created according to the wishes of Marker, supervised by the film’s cinematographer and co-director, Pierre Lhomme. The film’s music is by the Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand, The English-language commentary is by Academy Award-winning actress Simone Signoret.  The film’s running time is 145 minutes; it is not rated. With English narration.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.   www.landmarktheatres.com  Opening November 15, 2013.

LA VIE D’ADELE (BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR).  A 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) is approaching adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls hard for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.  Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol; Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Smith Rafael, San Rafael, Sundance Kabuki, SF.

WEEKEND (Jean-Luc Godard). This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema’s great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous sequence in which the camera tracks along a seemingly endless traffic jam, and rich with historical and literary references, WEEKEND is a surreally funny and disturbing call for revolution, a depiction of society reverting to savagery, and—according to the credits—the end of cinema itself. In French with English subtitles. Program note courtesy of Criterion Collection. (1967, 104 min, 35mm)  Castro, SF.  The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show. Tickets available at the Castro box office, 429 Castro Street. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $8.50 for children (12-) and seniors (62+).  www.castrotheatre.com  November 13, 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://www.afdesacramento.org/calendar

ART  

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

November 1-3, 2013.  MISHO GALLERY RECEPTION, including works by MICHELE DE LA MENARDIERE.  680 8th street, suite 230, San francisco, CA 94103. 415.655.1838.

Through November 2, 2013.  BURKINA FASO.  Photographs by DAVID PACE.  Corden | Potts Gallery, 49 Geary Street, Suite 410, SF.  415.781.0110 or www.cordenpottsgallery.com for details.

November 8-10, 2013.  DOMINIQUE CARON, PAINTINGS.  Fall is back, back home, back to the studio after a summer of wandering in France, from one side of the Pyrenees to the other, from Atlantic ocean, green basque country to blue Mediterranean  Catalonia.  I 'd like to show you an interpretation of that joy of being in these marvelous landscapes.  Dominique Caron invites you to her last paintings for Fall Open studios "Nature Above and Beyond"  Sat. November 9 & Sun. November 10   11am-6pm    Preview  Party: Fri November 8     5-9pm  (RSVP)For an ongoing preview of new art work visit my web site.  Location/ map:  Studio 1321  Building 101   Hunters Point Shipyard  San Francisco CA 94124  Tel 415 823 1836  110 Artists showing  Free parking, Food booth.  http://www.dominiquecaron.com      

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

November 21-December 3, 2013.   LAZY BYTES:  RETHINKING THE REMOTE CONTROL.  The humble remote control sits in almost every living room, yet commands little status. This EPFL+ECAL Lab exhibition offers alternatives that renew our relationship to digital media.  Opening Reception: Nov 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm.   swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., San Francisco. 

Through November 22, 2013.  BRIDGE SIGHTINGS.  Exhibit by ANNE SUBERCASEAUX.  In celebration of the new Bay Bridge and in memory of the “old bridge”, EBMUD is pleased to feature the work of local artist Anne Subercaseaux in its Administration Building Lobby Art Gallery. Structural imagery holds sway in her powerful abstract paintings of the Bay Bridge accompanied by drawings of sections of the Golden Gate Bridge and paintings of the Carquinez Bridge in this exhibit.  Ms. Subercaseaux’s oil paintings and drawings explore the interplay of light, shadows and forms which the artist enjoyed seeing in her daily commute to Oakland. The realistic, yet abstract quality of these paintings attests to her past professional experience as a structural draftsperson and her artistic enthrallment with composition, light, and color.    Reception for the artist: October 24, 11:30 am to 1 pm.    EBMUD Administration Building, 375 11th Street, 2nd Floor,  (between Franklin and Webster Sts.), Oakland, California  EBMUD is accessible by BART at the Oakland 12th St. Station.    510.287.1540 for more information.

Through November 23, 2013. PAINTINGS BY MARTINE JARDEL. The Studio Shop, 244 Primros Rd., Burlingame. 650.344.1378 or www.thestudioshop.com

Through November 24, 2013.  THE ART OF LA BELLE EPOQUE.  French poster design group exhibition includes works by TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, JULES CHERET, JAMES TISSOT, LOUIS LEGRAND, HELLEU and more.  Christopher Clark Fine Art, 377 Geary Ave., SF.  415.397.7781 or www.clarkfineart.com for details.

January 14-October 12, 2014.  MATISSE AND THE ARTIST BOOK.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

Opening March 29, 2014.  INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.    Showcasing approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors and portraits.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details. 

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

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

On-going. WHY NOT MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL? FRENCH TRAVEL POSTERS, 1945-1949, presented by the Nevada State Museum. French travel posters given to Nevada in 1949 in gratitude for American support following World War II will make their debut at the Nevada State Museum beginning May 23. Commissioned and printed by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French National Railways, the 21 posters depict stunning French landscapes, historical provinces and cultural regions. Why Not Make it Beautiful? French Travel Posters 1945-1949 features artwork carried aboard the Merci Boxcar, or Gratitude Train, in February of 1949. Research indicates that all states received a set of posters, yet only three appear to have retained possession of their collection, and Nevada will be the only state to exhibit them. Staff from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Archives restored the posters for the exhibit generously sponsored by Hazel Woodgate and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation. In 1947 the American people collected 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing and fuel to help the people of France who were struggling desperately to recover from World War II. This "Friendship Train" stopped in Reno to collect the food gathered from all across the state of Nevada. In 1949 the French people collected a trainload of gifts for the Americans, filling 49 boxcars with tokens and treasures from the French provinces, one for each state and one to be shared between Hawaii and Washington D.C. The existence of these trains, and a time when international friendship was on a citizen-to-citizen scale is nearly forgotten. Most Nevadans have little knowledge of this chapter in our history. The notes and the significance of the gifts represent the best of humanity; the kindness that humans can give and share in the face of great suffering, the deep connection possible across cultural and spatial boundaries. Nevada State Museum/Bretzlaff History Resource Center Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Wed. - Sat. by appointment 775/687-4810, x240 or SueAnn.Monteleone@nevadaculture.org or http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=431

On-going.  MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

On-going. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE, by ANDREA WEDELL.  Expat Andrea Wedell, originally from the Bay Area and living in France for the past 24 years, would love for you to visit her painting : contemporary landscapes of Southern France. She works with texture and vibrant, bold color that is built up in multiple layers and glazed on. Her landscapes are semi-abstract to abstract poetic interpretations of her environment in Cassis, or bits  and pieces of it as she sees and feels it– from lively, magical gardens with their sweet smells , to turquoise and deep orange underwater scenes, pink and bright white cliffs built up over millions of years, villages that have retained their authentic charm, sparkling ocean and wide expanses of sky. You can see her work virtually on her website :   www.gallerywedell.com If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France. www.gallerywedell.com/blog

CLASSES    

November 2013.  NEW CLASS FOR FRENCH FOR TRAVELLERS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.    www.afsantarosa.org for details.

Fall 2013. FALL FRENCH CLASSES at AFBLearn grammar without even knowing it, with classes that present real media in relatable context at all levels of learning; Role Play – put on a role and use meaningful vocabulary and gain confidence!  Explore French short stories and improve your writing and analytical skills;?Exam prep for SATII, TCF, DELF B1 &B2;?Advanced conversation practice at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels…  Register at 510 548 7481 or www.afberkley.org

November-December 2013 & January-February 2014.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ, including BEGINNING FRENCH, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED FRENCH.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through December 11, 2013.  RENEE MOREL presents "LES PILIERS DE LA CULTURE FRANÇAISE" at The French Class.   Venez visiter les coulisses de trois temples parisiens de la culture française! Tout d'abord, la prestigieuse Bibliothèque nationale de France (la "BNF", plaisamment surnommée la "TGB" ou "Très Grande Bibliothèque"), qui conjugue -- parfois difficilement -- patrimoine et haute technologie, puis les Archives nationales, qui contiennent aussi bien des lettres de Jeanne d'Arc que la Constitution de 1791 dans un magnifique édifice du Marais, et enfin l'Institut de France, qui, de temps à autre, rassemble sous sa vénérable coupole les non moins vénérables membres de l'Académie française.   Vous suivrez le parcours vertigineux d'un wagonnet dans les sous-sol de la BNF, apprendrez que la conservation des parchemins mérovingiens pose bien moins de problèmes que celle des cédéroms et autres supports numériques ou encore que l'habit d'un académicien coûte 30 000 euros (entièrement à ses frais!  8 weeks (October 23-December 11, 2013). 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 TEL: (415) 362-3666 FAX: (415) 362-4334.

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

January-March 2014.  FRENCH CLASSES taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN, including COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT, FRENCH LITERATURE & GRAMMAR, and UPPER-INTERMEDIATE FRENCH.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com

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.

SOCIAL STUDIES IN FRENCH.  This Fall, in addition to French classes, EFBA (French Education in the Bay Area) is opening a new social studies class in French at Kensington Hilltop Elementary for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade, every Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00. The goal of this program is to give the children the opportunity to discover the richness of France through its history, while giving them a critical, objective and spatial look on contemporary events. We will address transverse themes in the students' knowledge acquired in the California curriculum that we could put in perspective to expose the children to another knowledge about France and Europe (XVIII-XX centuries) We want to deal with the great history (characters, events, paintings, etc.) but also with the small one (people: children, women, colors, animals, comics etc.). For more information, please visit our website:  http://www.efba.us/social-studies-presentation

MASTER'S DEGREE IN FRENCH at San José State University. Apply by September 30th and start in SPRING 2014.  The application deadline for Spring 2014 is September 30th. For information on how to apply, see http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/ For information on the French M.A. program, scholarships and teaching opportunities, please contact Professor Jean-Luc Desalvo : jean-luc.desalvo@sjsu.edu  

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

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! 

December 1, 2013.  MATISSE IN SAN FRANCISCO, lecture by JANET BISHOP, curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.  2pm.

December 2, 2013.  DIDIER FASSIN presents his book HUMANITARIAN REASON:  A MORAL HISTORY OF THE PRESENT (Berkeley 2011), in conversation with Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology), R. Jay Wallace (Philosophy), and Tehila Sasson (History). Moderated by Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (History). Sponsored by The Berkeley Human Rights Program and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.  Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present (translation by Rachel Gomme), University of California Press, Berkeley, 2011, received the Honorable Mention for the Bateson Prize of 2012 by the Society for Cultural Anthropology. In the face of the world’s disorders, moral concerns have provided a powerful ground for developing international as well as local policies. This book draws on case materials from France, South Africa, Venezuela, and Palestine to explore the meaning of humanitarianism in the contexts of immigration and asylum, disease and poverty, disaster and war. It traces and analyzes recent shifts in moral and political discourse and practices — “humanitarian reason”— and shows in vivid examples how humanitarianism is confronted by inequality and violence. Illuminating the tensions and contradictions in humanitarian government, the studies presented reveal the ambiguities confronting states and organizations as they struggle to deal with the intolerable. This critique of humanitarian reason, respectful of the participants involved but lucid about the stakes they disregard, offers theoretical and empirical foundations for a political and moral anthropology.  Didier Fassin is the James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He was the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Social Sciences and vice-president of Médecins Sans Frontières. His current project (http://morals.ias.edu) is a contribution to an anthropology of the state, exploring the political and moral treatment of disadvantaged groups, more specifically immigrants, refugees and minorities, through a study of police, justice, and prison. In parallel, he continues his inquiry into the intersection between the moral and political spheres around humanitarianism and asylum, and develops a reflection on the challenges and potentialities of a public ethnography.  The Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities (220 Stephens Hall, http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/directions), UC Berkeley 5-6:30pm

December 2, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

December 3, 2013.  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE, a docent lecture given by KATE SCULTI. Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

December 5, 2013.  FIRST THURSDAY MEETUP!  7pm.  This Meetup will now take place on the 1st Thursday of every month. There will be no meetup November 28, Thanksgiving Day.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St , San Francisco, CA 94102 , 415.433.4434.  www.meetup.com

December 7, 14, & 21, 2013.  DUE ZIGHI BACI perform with Santa Claus, 9am to 11am at Costeaux French Bakery with holiday music.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com for details.

December 8, 2013.  THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO with "Hot Club Cool Yule" @ Occidental Center for the Arts in Occidental, CA.  4pm matinee show!  http://www.redwoodarts.org/concerts/concert4.html 

December 9, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for or www.LeColonialSF.com details.

December 10, 2013.  CAFE PSYCHO AVEC YVETTE CHALOM.  En français. Gratuit.  SVP confirmez votre  présence.  info@afberkeley.org or 510 548 7481. Merci.

December 12, 2013.  WANDERLAND WRITERS TOAST THE CITY OF LIGHT.  Join us for wine, snacks and more than a taste of Paris when Wanderland Writers editors, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar, and contributors to the newest Wanderland Writers anthology toast the City of Light.  Space is limited, so reserve your tickets http://parisbook.eventbrite.com/

December 13, 2013.  JOSH RUXIN talks about A THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN:  LOVE, HOPE, AND A RESTAURANT IN RWANDA.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

December 13, 2013.  LECTURE PAR ITO NAGA & LYNNE KNIGHT.  Présentation d’un recueil poétique de l’astrophysicien Ito Naga, traduit par l’auteur et Lynne Knight.  Venez faire la connaissance de Ito Naga, astrophysicien et auteur de Je sais, un recueil de 469 pensées, chacune commençant par Je sais.  Après la lecture de certaines pensées, Lynne et Ito nous expliquerons la complexité de la traduction.  D’après Jean-Pierre Siméon, éditeur (Cheyne éditeur) et poète,  Ito Naga marche sur les traces de Joe Brainard (I remember) et Georges Perec (Je me souviens), mais en déplaçant l’enjeu de l’enquête vers le réel immédiat. Dans ce recueil, il nous  propose l’inventaire amusé, imprévu, forcément provisoire, de ces données d’évidence qui présentent le réel pour ce qu’il est : un univers en expansion infinie.   L’auteur français Ito Naga, dont le nom de plume est emprunté à sa femme japonaise, fera avec Lynne Knight, une lecture de leur traduction I Know (Je sais), recueil bilingue publié par Sixteen Rivers Press en septembre 2013. Ito Naga, qui vit et travaille à Paris, a publié trois recueils en France dont Je sais (Cheyne éditeur, 2006) est le premier et a connu un grand succès : sept éditions en sept ans.  Lynne Knight, poète de Berkeley est l’auteur de 4 collections dont la dernière est intitulée Again. Lynne est aussi membre de l’AFB.  Please RSVP before December 12, ino@afberkeley.org or 510.548.7481.  Member $5; non-member $15  Appetizers will be served at the end of the conference. Conference in French.  19h.

December 14, 2013.  ITO NAGA talks about I KNOW / JE SAIS.  Bi-lingual edition translated from the French by Lynne Knight.   Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

December 14, 2013. THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS, FRENCH STYLE. C’est si bon, c’est si doux; it’s all sweet. On Saturday, December 14, the Sacramento French Film Festival will hold Les Treize Desserts, a unique and festive fundraiser based on an enduring Christmas tradition from the Provence region of France. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the upcoming 13th Sacramento French Film festival (June 20-29, 2014 - Crest Theatre). This is a wonderful way to help your favorite film festival while having an unforgettable evening! Attendees will enjoy 13 luscious, traditional (and not so traditional) desserts, served with champagne, cocktails, and wine in the lovely home of Sacramento’s Honorary French Consul, Jane R. Wheaton. A silent auction (a comfortable way to do your holiday shopping!), live music, and merriment unique to the SFFF will complete the event... Attendance is limited to 50 people, by reservation only. Tickets are $50 per person / $60 after November 22. We will begin taking reservations on Monday, November 4. You will receive another email on Monday with instructions on how to order tickets. We will be accepting payment online (by credit card) and mail (by check). Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013 Time: 7pm - 9:30pm Location: Home of the Sacramento Honorary French Consul, Jane R. Wheaton, in the Sacramento Arden area. Complete address will be sent to attendees after they purchase tickets. Cocktail attire. FEATURING Crémant de Bourgogne by Jean-Charles Boisset, Cocktails by Lillet, Dessert Wine by Alexander the Grape, Water by Perrier & Coffee by Coffee Works. Desserts by Ancient Future, The Delta King, Icing on the Cupcakes, Karen’s Bakery & Café, Full Belly Farm and more... Selland’s will provide the highlight of the evening, the French traditional Christmas cake: la Bûche de Noël !

December 15, 2013.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA CHRISTMAS PARTY.  Vista del Lago, 5pm-7pm.  More details to follow.  www.afsantarosa.org .

December 16, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

December 19, 2013.  PIAF, HER STORY, HER SONGS:  A MEET & GREET WITH RAQUEL BITTON.    Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA.  http://piafsf.eventbrite.com/ for details.

December 19, 2013. THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO with "Hot Club Cool Yule" @the Napa Valley Opera House in Napa, CA.  8 & 10pm shows- this will sell out!  www.HCSF.com & www.LeJazzHot.biz

December 20, 2013.  CONVERSATION POTLUCK A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Venez participer à cette soirée conviviale mensuelle, à la fortune du pot, et pratiquer votre français.Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Free admission.  info@afberkeley.org

December 21, 2013.  THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO with "Hot Club Cool Yule" @ Sunnyvale  Theater, Sunnyvale CA.  8pm show.  www.HCSF.com & www.LeJazzHot.biz or http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Arts/EveningsofCulturalArts/HotClubofSanFrancisco.aspx

December 23, 2013. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

December 30, 2013.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET continues to dazzle and delight diners and dancers at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Monday night.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  www.hcsf.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz or www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

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 11, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents THE LITTLE TRAMP AT 100:  A CHARLIE CHAPLIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.  Castro Theatre.  Tickets and passes on sale October 21.   www.silentfilm.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 9, 2014.  PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY performs with the VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA.  Weill Hall, Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center.  3pm.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details. 

February 12, 2014.  BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA at the SF Jazz Center.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.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.

February 28, 2014. MITZI MEYERSON, harpsichord Mitzi Meyerson is one of the world's leading harpsichordists with a huge international following. Based in Germany, she continues to perform in solo recital and with the world's leading musicians. MusicSources audiences are fortunate to hear her in an exclusive BayArea appearance, featuring music from 18th century France. St. Mary Magdalen Church 2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley CA http://www.musicsources.org/events_schedule.html#sep15

Through March 2, 2014.  A SHARED EYE:  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERNEST AND LUCIENNE BLOCH.  Swiss-American Ernest Bloch is revered for his musical compositions: few know that both he and his daughter, painter Lucienne Bloch, also shared a passion and a talent for photography. Drawn from the personal collection of Lucienne Allen, granddaughter of Lucienne Bloch, the Jewish Community Library of San Francisco presents the first exhibition of photography by both Ernest and Lucienne Bloch in the Bay Area. More than twenty photographs Illustrate their shared vision of the 1920s through 1940s, from urban American labor demonstrations to serene Swiss landscapes and iconic images of Rivera and Kahlo. Also on display are personal memorabilia including the Blochs' camera  and printing equipment.  1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco.  For more information:  http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events

April 4, 2014. HALLIFAX & JEFFREY, viols, with guest JOHN LENTI, theorbo, perform FRENCH FRIDAY: MARAIS, DOLLÉ , BOISMORTIER, CAIX D’HERVELOIS AND MORE. Violists Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey (the Barefoot house band), return this year with fabulous guest theorbo player John Lenti and a program of drippingly elegant French music. As always in this music, gesture is everything, and “little gorgeous things” are everywhere. Marais wrote that one could play his music in a variety of instrumentations, but that two viols and a theorbo would always sound best. We agree. Composers will include but by no means be limited to Marais, Dollé, Boismortier, and Caix D’Hervelois (including the infamous programmatic romp, “Cors de Chasse”). Friday, April 4, 2014, 6 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley Tickets $15 general, $13 seniors/students/SFEMS members 18 and under admitted free and welcome. Tickets at the door or order online (much cheaper) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/436525 or http://barefootchamberconcerts.com/2013-2014-season/h-j/

April 11, 2014. AN 18th CENTURY FRENCH MUSICAL PORTRAIT. The artwork on the cover of our season brochure is a newly discovered painting of French origin. It was recently purchased in auction at Sotheby's. The musical instrument depicted in the painting is a vielle àroue. Shockingly, the specific instrument depicted is also under the same ownership as the painting. Curtis Berak, owner of the painting and instrument, will give MusicSources audiences an exclusive, in person viewing of both works, together for the first time and never before displayed publicly. Music of the French Baroque will be heard, and guests will enjoy complimentary wine and refreshments. Northbrae Community Church, Haver Hall 941 The Alameda, Berkeley http://www.musicsources.org/events_schedule.html#sep15

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.

April 15, 2014.  PARIS COMBO at the SF Jazz Center.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details. 

April 24-May 8, 2014.  57TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  www.sffs.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

June 20-29, 2013.   SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  Crest Theatre.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

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