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March 27-April 4, 2014

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March & April Events    

March 27, 2014. SUSAN TSELOS, independent curator, talks about HAITIAN VODOU FLAGS. Schulz Library, Room 3001, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 707.664.4177 or toczyski@sonoma.edu for details. 10am-11:30am.

March 27, 2014.  EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS, a curator lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN, Curator in Charge.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  10am.

March 27, 2014.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER IN PIGALLE. Cara Black, NYTImes bestselling author, discusses MURDER IN PIGALLE, set in Paris amid the madness of the 1998 World Cup final. MURDER IN PIGALLE, 14th Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Parisian PI, who’s five-months pregnant, ready to take a break. Aimée has reduced her workload, taking mostly cases involving cybercrime, but the disappearance of 13-year-old Zazie Duclos, the daughter of her local cafe owners and an Aimée wannabe, snaps her back into active investigator mode. Further complicating the disappearance—in addition to World Cup fever and a daring heist—in the red-light district of Pigalle is a string of recent attacks on young firls that the police appear to have put on the back burner. Despite her pregnancy, Aimée throws her whole self into the mix, risking life and limb to rescue the girl. Of it Publishers Weekly says ‘A strong sense of place and a deliciously twisted plot.” Join Cara and Rhys talking about Paris Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:00 p.m. Orinda Books In conversation with Rhys Bowen 276 Village Square Orinda, CA 94563 (925) 254-7606.  www.carablack.com  

March 27, 2014.  CARA BLACK  discusses MURDER IN PIGALLE. Cara Black, NYTImes bestselling author, discusses MURDER IN PIGALLE, set in Paris amid the madness of the 1998 World Cup final. MURDER IN PIGALLE, 14th Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Parisian PI, who’s five-months pregnant, ready to take a break. Aimée has reduced her workload, taking mostly cases involving cybercrime, but the disappearance of 13-year-old Zazie Duclos, the daughter of her local cafe owners and an Aimée wannabe, snaps her back into active investigator mode. Further complicating the disappearance—in addition to World Cup fever and a daring heist—in the red-light district of Pigalle is a string of recent attacks on young firls that the police appear to have put on the back burner. Despite her pregnancy, Aimée throws her whole self into the mix, risking life and limb to rescue the girl. Of it Publishers Weekly says ‘A strong sense of place and a deliciously twisted plot.”Join Cara's only event in the South Bay March 27 7:00 p.m. Books Inc. in Palo Alto 855 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 321-0600. www.carablack.com  

March 27, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, CA 8:30-11ish FREE.  www.Spiesekammer.com  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

March 27, 2014.  ODC DANCE DOWNTOWN AT YBCA.   6:30 pm: Pre-performance talk In French, about the relationship between American and French contemporary dance with Marie Tollon and Eva Maria Kupfer; 7:30 Performance by ODC/Dance.  Special price tickets : $5 for AFB members Code MERCI 

March 28, 2014.  EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS, a lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN, Curator in Charge, European Decorative Arts & Sculpture, FAMSF.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  7pm.

March 28, 2014.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA SOIREE DE “SLAM.”  Bring your stage act (1-5 minutes) to the Alliance.  Must be in French.  No obligation to do it by heart.  Bring all your own equipment (boom box, etc.).  Contact Davida Brautman (zizanie@comcast.net) or Kathleen Deveraux (kd9156@icloud.com) to register before March 8.

March 28, 2014.  EGO VS. PRESENCE.  DISCUSSION avec Dominique Chauvet  19h. Comprendre ce qu'est l'Ego et comment atteindre l'Etat de Présence  (1ères étapes sur le chemin de l’épanouissement)   - Se libérer de la souffrance due aux réactions à ce qui arrive de l’extérieur, - Ne plus se perdre dans les pensées, rester attentif aux signes qui indiquent la « Voie », - Pratiquer la Non Résistance, le Non Jugement, le Non Attachement, - Progresser avec, et grâce, aux difficultés quotidiennes. Cette rencontre peut être déterminante dans votre vie. Elle va vous permettre de comprendre les fondements de la Paix intérieure. Après cette entrevue, je serai heureuse de vous accompagner dans votre progrès. Attention ce Chemin est simple... mais caillouteux!!!   info@afberkeley.org

March 28 & 30, 2014.  PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE presents FIVE CENTURIES OF SPRING.  Our concert at the end of this month sprang from our accompanist Kymry's thought to do the witty and charming "Five Centuries of Spring" by San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem, with styles from each century echoed in the five songs - even a bit of bird-song - and each of the five songs set to a different poem. (See "Mechem on Music" below on his thoughts about composing.)  Accompanying the Mechem will be several other spring-themed pieces, including works by Brahms, JANEQUIN, Bob Applebaum, new spirituals from the Moses Hogan archive, and the traditional American song "Down in the River to Pray". The program includes poetry by Shakespeare, William Blake, Edna St. Vincent Millay and John Milton.The high point of the evening will be the premiere of the much-anticipated PME commission by Cuban composer Roberto Valera. It's a love letter to Havana and we will be thrilled to put our signature on it.     Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00pm The Cathedral of Christ the Light* 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland  Sunday, March 30, 2014, 5:00pm First Unitarian Universalist Church 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco http://www.pacificmozart.org/ 

March 28-30, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival in Eureka.  A great annual festival on the Northern California coast! This year has a fabulous musical line-up, including a one-night Blues Festival on Saturday, featuring Tommy Castro. We will play seven sets over the three days (including the Blues Night), showtimes TBA.  Information and tickets: www.redwoodjazz.com or www.rigomania.com

March 29, 2014.  INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM, A CELEBRATION.  With chamber music from noon to 1:30pm; opening day lecture, 2pm.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 29, 2014.  INTERVIEW D’AGNES BRAUNSCHWEIG sur SFCR-KUSF, où elle parle de JE REVIENS DE LA VERITE de CHARLOTTE DELBO.  Visitez www.KUSF.org pour KUSF-In Exile qui mène à SFCR: San Francisco Community Radio.  L'émission Samedi Culture est donc sur Internet et diffusée le Samedi après-midi à 16 h30.

March 30, 2014.  INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Docent lecture by RITA DUNLAY.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

March 30, 2014.  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS, a docent lecture by JIM KOHN.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  2:15pm.

March 30, 2014.  LOUIS DE FUNES’ THE MADE ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB.  The JCC of San Francisco is screening of Louis de Funes’ The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob on Sunday, March 30, 1:30 pm as part of a Jewish Cult Classic Marathon.  https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/performances/film/jewish-cult-classics-marathon/ for details.  It’s free, reservations required.  Call 415.292.1233 or email Arts@jccsf.org

March 31, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) PLAYS for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm. FREE every Monday.  www.LeColonialSF.com  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

March 31-April 4, 2014. JE REVIENS DE LA VERITE / I RETURN FROM THE TRUTH, based on CHARLOTTE DELBO's QUI RAPPORTERA CES PAROLES? and performed by PROSPERO MIRANDA, on tour in various Bay Area locations. Prospero Miranda Theater Company (Paris, France) on tour in the San Francisco Bay Area with a deeply moving show about the second World War and deportation I Return from the Truth Adaptation of the play « Who will carry the word? » by Charlotte Delbo. Staging by Agnès Braunschweig-Ferrandis. The 2013 French National Celebration commemorates the hundredth birthday of author, playwright and member of the French Resistance, Charlotte Delbo (1913-­-1985). French public discovered again the strength and the beauty of her work. The outlines of the three actresses stand out in an immaculate circle, shadows of women in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. In the dense and luminous language of Charlotte Delbo, they tell the tragedy of pain as well as the miracles of solidarity. Charlotte Delbo recounts History through a testimony devoid of hatred and full of hope. The emotions are restrained, being more intense for it ; the words, heartrending with beauty and truth. Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7.30 pm in TLF Theater San Francisco TLF -­- Théâtre du Lycée Francais 1201 Ortega Street San Francisco 94114 Admission: 15 $ -­- 10 $ Reservations: http://jereviensdelaverite.bpt.me/
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8 pm in Warren Auditorium Sonoma State University Admission to the event is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. Tickets may be reserved by calling 707.664.4177 or emailing suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7.30 pm in Main Theater (Wright Hall) UC Davis Admission to the event is free. No reservation needed. For more info, contact Julia Simon 530.902.7209 or emailing jsimon@ucdavis.edu.

April 1, 2014.  INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Docent lecture by JIM KOHN.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

April 1, 2014. THE CAJUN COTTONPICKERS play Cajun/ HonkyTonk at Ashkenaz.  With more than 100 years of playing experience among them, the Cajun Cottonpickers are a romping, stomping, Cajun-meets-honky-tonk roadhouse band featuring some of our favorite singers and players: guitarist-singer Mitch Polzak, accordionist and pedal steel guitar ace Billy Wilson, fiddler-singer Woody Vermier, bassist/singer Steven Strauss, and drummer Tim Orr. They all play in numerous other American roots dance bands, and as the Cajun Cottonpickers they inject new energy into country and blues honky-tonk, with lots of foot-stompin' Cajun classics and a new dance called "Jive." Favorite songs include "Act Naturally," "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music," and "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down," which, Billy Wilson explains, "are at the perfect tempo to keep the Cajun two-steppers out on the hardwood floor." He summarizes the Cottonpickers' approach: "Tons o' Cajun and tons o' up-tempo honky-tonk country!"  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $10  www.ashkenaz.com

April 2-6, 2014.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs VIVALDI’s JUDITHA TRIUMPHANS with soprano DOMINIQUE LABELLE and mezzo-sopranos VIVICA GENAUX & CECIILE VAN DE SANT.  Details to follow.

Opening April 4, 2014.  LES INFIDELES / THE PLAYERS.  Eight short films explore the subject of male infidelity starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (THe Artist) and Gilles Lellouche (Tell No One, Mesrine). Serial cheaters, Fred and Greg, spend a night on the town doing what they do best, and with absolutely no regrets. The duo play various characters in assorted extracurricular situations, ranging from sexist to the darker sides of carnal desires.  In French with English SubtitlesRialto, Sebastopol.

Opening April 4, 2014.  ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS. Two French cops raised On the Other Side of the Tracks (De l’autre côté du périph) team up for action, mayhem and classconscious  humor in this throwback buddy caper starring Intouchables golden boy Omar Sy.  Wearing its 80’s movie references proudly on its sleeve, this old school cop thriller from director David Charhon  (Cyprien) features lots of fun-filled comic banter between Sy and co-star Laurent Lafitte, as their characters cross social and  geographical barriers to investigate the murder of a business mogul’s wife.  Kicking off with a chase on the beltway (or périphérique, as per the French title) separating Paris from its tougher,  economically strapped banlieues, we’re quickly introduced to bad boy detective Ousmane (Sy), who wrecks his car and is  then mistaken for the assailant by his fellow police officers. (This will not be the last time that happens.) The next day, the  body of a woman married to industry tycoon Chaligny (André Marcon) turns up nearby Ousmane’s Bobigny housing project,  and he draws a connection between the two incidents that may help him solve both crimes at once.  But in order to make himself heard, Ousmane needs to hook up with a visiting Parisian investigator who has much more  departmental clout: the smooth-talking, germ-hating pretty boy François Monge (Lafitte). As incompatible as the different  neighborhoods where they live and work, the pair eventually finds common ground through their love of manhandling  suspects and kicking butt, making their way from the projects to Paris and back again, and proving that the boundaries  dividing them are less ominous than most people would think. In French with English  Subtitles  Written by Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter  RIALTO, Sebastopol.  6868 McKinley Street  Sebastopol, CA 95472  707 525-4840  www.rialtocinemas.com  

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 4-15, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs to a setting of symphonic music by CAMILLE SAINT-SAENSwww.sfballet.org for details.

April 5, 2014. INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Docent lecture by KAY PAYNE.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

April 5, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play Cajun/Zydeco/Blues  at Ashkenaz. He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer TOM RIGNEY and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. In recent months the band has gone from Belgium to most of the West Coast outdoor festivals. When not globetrotting, they hold court here almost monthly, playing the "hits" and Rigney's own tunes. Rigney's latest CD, "Shadows on the Moon," is a change of pace from his concerts, featuring airs, ballads, and waltzes - mostly Rigney's original instrumental compositions, along with a beautiful instrumental version of Kate Wolf's "Brother Warrior." He and Flambeau will include some of the CD's mid-tempo and slow tunes tonight along with their usual high-energy mix of Cajun, zydeco, and blues favorites.   Tom Rigney & Flambeau play traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets them apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm $13/$10 students. www.ashkenaz.com  

April 6, 2014.  DUE ZIGHI BACI performs at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society.  3:00P-5:00P   $5.00 admission at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society. @ Harry’s Hofbrau, a San Jose tradition for decades. Corner of  390 Saratoga Ave @ Kiely Blvd, San Jose.  www.svasociety.org   There’s even a small dance floor area.  www.harryshofbrau.com for details—you can order food and bring it into the concert room.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com or www.ZighiBaci.com

April 7, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) PLAYS for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm. FREE every Monday.  www.LeColonialSF.com  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

April 8, 2014.  INTO GREAT SILENCE.  Religion & Spirituality Film Series.  7:30 pm in the Student Center in the Sonoma Valley Meeting Room.  Sponsored by Associated Student Productions.  For details:  http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp/.

April 8, 2014.  CAFE PSYCHOLOGIE avec Yvette Chalom.  17h-18h.  Alliance Française de Berkeley. Le sujet du mois d'avril sera "Le Lien".   Psychologue clinicienne d’orientation psychanalytique, formée en France puis en Californie, Yvette a beaucoup travaillé auprès de jeunes enfants et de leurs familles. Elle est très intéressée par la dynamique de la communication et la formation de l’identité.  En français. Gratuit pour nos membres AF, $10 non-membres. SVP confirmez votre présence info@afberkeley.org 510 548 7481.

April 9-23, 2014.  ARAB (shorts) FILM FESTIVAL, All films will be screened at the Little Roxie Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco. http://www.arabshorts.org/

April 10-11, 2014.  SIBYLLE HAGMANN AT TYPO SF.  Swiss designer Sybille Hagmann talks at TYPO San Francisco 2014.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Use code SWISSNEX10 for 10% off tickets.

April 11, 2014.  JUST A SIGH. “In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix, played by the stunning Emmanuelle Devos, makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train, she meets a mysterious English stranger. Drawn toward him, she follows him, loves him, for a few hours, before facing what could be a new life. With masterful performances by Devos and her acclaimed co-star Gabriel Byrne, JUST A SIGH is an imaginative and lushly filmed Parisian romance. Young and versatile director Jérôme Bonnell tells a real-time story with a particular sense for detail… The film captures vivid insights of a burning love evolving between two characters, wonderfully brought together by Bonnell’s down-to-earth approach. JUST A SIGH captures an irrational, sentimental encounter balanced between the extremes of elopement and routine, with breathtaking psychological intrigue.   Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  April 11 at 7:00 and Sunday, April 13 at 4:00  (707) 664-2606.  http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi $7.00 standard admission $6.00 non-SSU students w/I.D., senior citizens and SSU faculty and staff  $5.00 SFI members, OLLI members and children under 12 FREE SSU students w/I.D.

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 11-13, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at  JAZZ AFFAIR in Three Rivers, CA. A favorite annual event in Three Rivers, gateway to the Redwoods. We will play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA.  Information and tickets:  www.jazzaffair.info or www.rigomania.com for details.

Through April 13, 2014.  JEAN-LUC GODARD:  EVERYTHING FROM CINEMA.  This major Godard retrospective spans the entire calendar year. Between January and April, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive showcase features and shorts made before 1968. In the fall, his post-1968 oeuvre will be presented, representing his middle and later periods.  Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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

April 13, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT plays in Sacramento for the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Foundation.  2pm $15 (donation).  http://www.sacjazz.org/calendar.html#mar14   Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

April 13, 2013.   FRANCOPHONE DAY AT SAC STATE. It is this time of the year again! On behalf of the French club and my colleagues in French at Sacramento State University, I would like to invite you to join us for our third Francophone Day on Sunday April 13th which will take place on the Sacramento State campus in and around Mariposa Hall 1000 from 11 to 4pm.  We will have activities centered on the theme of “Francophonie”: French short films (compliments of the Sacramento French Film Festival), Pétanque, performances by the French students, we will also display some of the work our students completed in our classes, and more…  buffard@saclink.csus.edu for details.

April 14, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) PLAYS for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm. FREE every Monday.  www.LeColonialSF.com  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

April 16, 2014.  TRIO ARIADNE.  Composed while Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was imprisoned by the Nazis in Stalag VIII A, the Quartet for the End of Time was premiered in January, 1941 under the most trying of circumstances: the temperature, inferior instruments, and the general conditions of life in a POW camp. Join Trio Ariadne, the 2013-14 Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence, and guest violinist, Joe Edelberg  , as they talk about and perform this remarkable work in its entirety. It's a free ticketed event.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

April 16, 2014.  PARIS COMBO performs at the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Holding all the diverse elements together is the sprightly vocalist and deft accordion player Belle du Berry, who’s joined by Australian trumpeter/keyboardist David Lewis, jazz bassist Emmanuel Chabbey, French drummer François Jeannin, and Potzi, an Algerian Gypsy string player who goes by one name. The band released its fifth album last year, 5, a session with all surreal humor, showmanship, and irresistable bounce that have come to define the quintet.  7:30pm.  http://www.sfjazz.org/events/season2/paris-combo 

April 17, 2014.  PARIS COMBO performs at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House, Napa.  www.citywinery.com/napa for details.

April 18, 2014.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30 to 8:30pm à l'AFB. You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening.  Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Free event.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month form 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Alliance.   Each participant is invited to bring a dish or a bottle of wine to share.  It is a great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.   Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door!   info@afberkeley.org

April 18, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at  THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE, WINTERS. One of our favorite venues on this planet! Great sound and lights, good seating, and plenty of room for dancing! We always have a blast at The Palms, so don't miss this show! 13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm. Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com or www.rigomania.com  

April 19, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET in concert (returning to) the Napa Valley Playhouse, Napa CA. http://www.napavalleyplayhouse.org for details.  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

April 21, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) PLAYS for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm. FREE every Monday.  www.LeColonialSF.com  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

April 24, 2014.  MICHELLE GABLE discusses her debut novel, A PARIS APARTMENT, which begins with April Vogt’s boss telling her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement.  The Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist does not hear the words dust or rats or shuttered for seenty years.  She hears Paris.  She hears escape.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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

April 25, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Eagles Hall, Alameda.  2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:30).  www.rigomania.com for details.

April 25-May 25, 2014.  CUTTING BALL THEATER presents COMMUNIQUÉ n°10 by SAMUEL GALLET, in a new translation by Rob Melrose.  In a city engulfed by riots a young Muslim man is killed after a confrontation with a security guard. His brother, Hassan, vows vengeance and attempts to take control over his seemingly written destiny. Rebels, vagrants, and officers of the law all seek asylum. Their elders, who have difficulty making sense of society’s radical changes, are simultaneously dead and very much alive to bear witness to the resulting devastation. All hide in fear from unseen state forces as they contemplate the consequences of action and inaction.  Exploring the tensions of the underclass in a city that is bursting at the seams, French playwright Samuel Gallet’s Communiqué n° 10 was inspired by the 2005 Paris riots led by North African youth. Cutting Ball’s production examines the assumptions we make about immigrants, and the connections we make with Muslim identities and violence. Melrose’s translation of Communiqué n° 10 was commissioned and developed as a part of the 2012 Des Voix Festival and is produced in association with Golden Thread Productions.  http://cuttingball.com/season/13-14/communique-n-10/ for details.

April 26, 2014. DUE ZIGHI BACI perform at Café Trieste in San Francisco.  Join us for a cappuccino at the famous Caffe Trieste, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. This is the first espresso house on the west coast.  11:00A – 1:30P.  We’ll be performing with our guitarist and offer a nice selection of all your favorite songs—Italian, French, American, and beyond!   NO COVER CHARGEwww.EuroCafeMusic.com or www.ZighiBaci.com

April 28, 2014.   LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) PLAYS for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm. FREE every Monday.  www.LeColonialSF.com  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com for details.

April 29 & 30, 2014.  THIERRY LHERMITE ET PATRICK TIMSIT  IN  INCONNU A CETTE ADRESSE.  En exclusivité pour deux soirs seulement, sur la scène du TLF-Théâtre du Lycée Français de San Francisco.  8pm. http://iaca.brownpapertickets.com/

April 29-May 10, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs SERGE LIFAR’s SUITE EN BLANC, evocatie of the music of EDOUART LALO.  www.sfballet.org for details.

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

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

CINEMA

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

ARAB (shorts) FILM FESTIVAL, All films will be screened at the Little Roxie Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco. http://www.arabshorts.org/ April 9-23, 2014.

ERNEST & CELESTINE.  French animated feature from charming children’s book – Oscar nominated.  Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer—and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put to the test by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Magical and funny, ERNEST & CELESTINE joyfully leaps across genres, propelled with brilliant comic timing, to capture the kinetic possibilities of animated storytelling. Bringing it all together is the warm on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters—a tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and touch your heart. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, and directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner, the film is the winner of France's César Award for Best Animated Feature, and nominee for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  Opens March 28, 2014 in Bay Area   Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level (415) 352-0835 ; Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (510) 644-2992.

IN SECRET, an adaptation of EMILE ZOLA’s THERESE RAQUIN. Check local listings. 

LES INFIDELES / THE PLAYERS.  Eight short films explore the subject of male infidelity starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (THe Artist) and Gilles Lellouche (Tell No One, Mesrine). Serial cheaters, Fred and Greg, spend a night on the town doing what they do best, and with absolutely no regrets. The duo play various characters in assorted extracurricular situations, ranging from sexist to the darker sides of carnal desires.  In French with English SubtitlesRialto, Sebastopol. Opening April 4, 2014.

JEAN-LUC GODARD:  EVERYTHING FROM CINEMA.  This major Godard retrospective spans the entire calendar year. Between January and April, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive showcase features and shorts made before 1968. In the fall, his post-1968 oeuvre will be presented, representing his middle and later periods.  Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. January 31-April 13, 2014.

LOVE ME TENDERLOIN, by French filmmaker HENRI QUENETTE.  Join San Francisco Public Library and the French American Cultural Society for the premiere and post-reception for French filmmaker Henri Quenette’s film about San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.  San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco.  http://www.sfpl.org/ for details. March 25, 2014.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS. Two French cops raised On the Other Side of the Tracks (De l’autre côté du périph) team up for action, mayhem and classconscious  humor in this throwback buddy caper starring Intouchables golden boy Omar Sy.  Wearing its 80’s movie references proudly on its sleeve, this old school cop thriller from director David Charhon  (Cyprien) features lots of fun-filled comic banter between Sy and co-star Laurent Lafitte, as their characters cross social and  geographical barriers to investigate the murder of a business mogul’s wife.  Kicking off with a chase on the beltway (or périphérique, as per the French title) separating Paris from its tougher,  economically strapped banlieues, we’re quickly introduced to bad boy detective Ousmane (Sy), who wrecks his car and is  then mistaken for the assailant by his fellow police officers. (This will not be the last time that happens.) The next day, the  body of a woman married to industry tycoon Chaligny (André Marcon) turns up nearby Ousmane’s Bobigny housing project,  and he draws a connection between the two incidents that may help him solve both crimes at once.  But in order to make himself heard, Ousmane needs to hook up with a visiting Parisian investigator who has much more  departmental clout: the smooth-talking, germ-hating pretty boy François Monge (Lafitte). As incompatible as the different  neighborhoods where they live and work, the pair eventually finds common ground through their love of manhandling  suspects and kicking butt, making their way from the projects to Paris and back again, and proving that the boundaries  dividing them are less ominous than most people would think. In French with English  Subtitles  Written by Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter  RIALTO, Sebastopol.  6868 McKinley Street  Sebastopol, CA 95472  707 525-4840  www.rialtocinemas.com   Opening April 4, 2014.

STRANGER BY THE LAKE.  “Stranger by the Lake Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) is an attractive young French guy spending his summer days hanging at the local gay beach, where he strikes up a platonic friendship with chunky older loner Henri (Patrick d'Assumcao)…”  Check local listings.

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      

March 22-April 28, 2014.  ROMANOWSKI.  Swiss-born multitalented artist and celebrated flâneur Romanowski, a San Francisco resident since 1988, will open a rare solo gallery exhibition this weekend at Luna Rienne Gallery. The show, REC, features a new collection of assemblage work, using recycled and reclaimed materials to create stylistic wood-finish dioramas that reference music, politics, and culture. Romanowski's assemblages have evolved to a keen craft over the years, and are featured in Bay Area restaurants such as Nectar and the Tribune Tavern. Known equally as a music producer, DJ, and visual artist, REC offers the opportunity to get to know Romanowski's sculptural side.   Romanowski: REC Opening reception March 22, 6 - 9 p.m. Show runs through April 28. Luna Rienne Gallery  3318 22nd Street, San Francisco. http://lunarienne.com  

Through March 28, 2014.  ALBERT CAMUS EXHIBITION.  Gunn High School Library 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

Through March 29, 2014.  SOUS LE CIEL.  Paintings by EDWIGE FOUVRY at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.  Reception, Thursday, March 6, 2014.  210 Post St., Suite 205, SF.  415.956.3560 or www.dolbychadwickgallery.com for details.

Through March 29, 2014.  CARINE H. C. R. ECO-DESIGN presents CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS IN THE RED ISLAND:  FROM CRAFT TO ECO-DESIGN.  A new art exhibit at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Creative collaborations in the Red Island: from craft to eco-design is a project curated by Carine Ratovonarivo (founder and designer), done partly with the crowdfunding and the third edition of a travel exhibition for the 1st time on view in the U.S.A. thanks to the Alliance Française de San Francisco. This project is an unique vision of sustainable design, created with traditional methods, executed during many workshops in collaboration with artisans from Madagascar. The exhibition features more than twenty handcrafted pieces, made with recycled and natural materials. You are now invited to discover another vision : the right mix between design and craft.  www.afsf.com for details.

Through March 29, 2014.  PHOTOGRAPHS BY LAUREN MARSOLIER.  Lauren Marsolier's images are constructed from photographs taken in various locations over the course of several months, then layered and blended until the real and the fabricated become a seamless composition. Robert Koch Gallery, SF.  http://www.laurenmarsolier.com/ or http://www.kochgallery.com/ for details.

Through March 29, 2014.  CODEX.  A collection of works from renowned international artists that all bring the book into focus.Wattis Gallery, CCA San Francisco.  Images of the book are a recurring motif throughout the history of western and contemporary art. But why, in the digital age, do we continue to imitate the traditional book?  The Codex (book or block of wood in Latin) exhibition was conceived by Pierre Leguillon during his 2011 residency with Kadist Foundation in San Francisco. As an artist and book collector, he often found himself within the stacks of the Prelinger Archives, where he arrived at the premise for Codex: the library has been ‘flattened’ due to digitalization.  Codex is therefore organized around works from renowned international artists—a virtual library—that all take the book into the picture plane. Their presentation sets up relationships and tensions that together question the status of the exhibited book. Visit www.wattis.org for details and related events.  The original Codex exhibition was organized with teachers and students from the Fine Arts Department of Haute Ecole D’art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva, Switzerland, in their exhibition space Live in Your Head, in 2011. The reimagined exhibition at the Wattis Institute includes works from the original presentation, along with new works selected by Pierre, the Wattis, and students at HEAD and the California College of the Arts.  California College of the Arts, 360 Kansas Street, San Francisco.

March 29-August 3, 2014.  INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  A special exhibition at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, with masterpieces by EUGENE BOUDIN, CEZANNE, DEGAS, MANET, MONET, PISSARRO, RENOIR, SISLEY, VAN GOGH and VUILLARD.  34TH & Clement, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 1-30, 2014.  ALBERT CAMUS EXHIBITION,  Notre Dame de Namur University, Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA,  Presentation:  Wednesday 16th , April, 3:30pm - by Helene Laroche Davis, Ph.D and Lorenzo Giachetti, Ph.D French candidate at Stanford University.

Through April 27, 2014.  THE MALCOLM-X STELES, by Paris-based artist BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD.  For nearly fifty years, Barbara Chase-Riboud has created elegant and powerful sculptures and drawings in which materials, forms, and cultural references unite in a continuous interplay of bold physicality and metaphoric associations. While her first acclaim came as an artist, Chase-Riboud is also an award-winning poet and writer, best known for her 1979 historical novel, Sally Hemingshttp://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/chaseriboud for details.

May 1-30, 2014.  ALBERT CAMUS EXHIBITION.  Monta Vista High School, McClellan Road, Cupertino.

Through 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 October 12, 2014.  MATISSE AND THE ARTIST BOOK.  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    

March 25-May 15, 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

April 4-25, 2014.  KERRIN MEIS teaches a course on INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM, a preview and analysis of the seventy Impressionist and post-Impressionist  paintings on loan to the Legion of Honor beginning March 29, celebrating the personal places of MONET, RENOIR, PISSARRO, SISLEY, and CEZANNE, as well as the interiority of the Nabi painters VUILLARD and BONNARD.  Four Fridays, 10am-12pm.  $120. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 

April 8-May 20, 2014.  1940-1944: PARIS UNDER THE OCCUPATION.  A class taught by RENEE MOREL.  The signature of the June 22, 1940, Armistice shattered the soul of the French nation, but also forced people to rethink their daily lives. Under the Nazi boot, requisitions, rationing and long lines became the daily lot of the population. Everything, from socks to staples, had to be bought with supply coupons. How could a capital function without transportation? Food? Basic services? Black market, grey market, solidarity, stoicism, and amazing human ingeniousness all helped Parisians survive these extraordinarily trying times. Indeed, cafés remained open, as did cinemas and concert-halls.    NOTE: The class is entirely taught in French. Students are encouraged to participate and should have an intermediate to advanced knowledge of French.  Cost: $175 ($160 if registered up to one week before the class begins).     Tuesday evenings (7 weeks): 4/8/2014-5/20/2014.   Times: 6:30-9:30 PM. Location: Downtown campus (4th Street & Mission).  Material fee (payable to the instructor): $2 (no book to purchase).  To register, click on this link (Continuing Ed.webpage): http://www.ccsf.edu/Services/Continuing_Education/  Once in their site, click on "Registration Form --click here" (near the top). You will see a screen with a reg form that can be printed and sent along with a check payable to CCSF-CSA (do not include the $2 xerox fee, payable in class). Continuing Education (#LA 340), 7 weeks.  Downtown campus, 4th and Mission.  Pour s'inscrire: https://www.evolveww.com/ce.ccsf/   or reneemorel@gmail.com for details.

April 23 & 30, 2014.  STEVE RABINOWITSH teaches a class entitled WHY WE LOVE PARIS.  Class 1 covers the History of Paris architecture and development; Class 2 takes virtual walks of the neighborhoods of Paris (le Marais, the Left Bank, etc.).  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  6pm-8pm.  $120 for both classes; $70 for one.

May 30-June 1, 2014.  ATELIER DE CONVERSATION FRANÇAISE, ADULTES, NIVEAU INTERMEDIAIRE/AVANCE.  10h-18h.  Déjeuner inclus.  $285. Révisions de grammaire, exercices pratiques, lecture, dialogues, discussions + session individuelle pour chaque participant  Les places sont limitées à 8 personnes.  Réservations:  nadalang@comcast.net  707.644.3421.  Note du prof: J'enseigne dans le privé depuis plus de 30 ans dans la région nord de la Baie (Napa-Vallejo).  Chaque année je dirige un atelier d'immersion totale pour adultes, soit chez moi, soit en France. Cet Atelier aura lieu à Vallejo, dans une résidence privée, dans une ambiance agréable, motivée!  Le dernier jour nous aurons une démonstration en cuisine avec diner en fin de soirée.  * $145.00 payable au moment de la réservation, $140.00 payable fin avril. En cas d'annulation:  du 1-15 mai, 50% seront remboursés, à moins qu'un autre participant soit remplacé.   du 16-30 mai, aucun remboursement ne sera effectué, à moins qu'un autre participant soit remplacé.  ** For lower levels, beginner/intermediate, please inquire and we shall have another workshop soon after.

May 31, 2014. CARA BLACK teaches WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS. CONSTRUCTING AN INTERNATIONAL SETTING. Paris can be an exacting muse. Are you looking to perfect the subtle touches necessary to evoke the City of Light, or are you keeping your characters closer to home? We will explore techniques that bring the setting alive as a character in your work, incorporating history, social mores, and local culture and cuisine. We will develop tools for researching, enhancing and weaving in sensory details to bring your reader to a specific place and time. Cara Black is the author of fourteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She is a member of the Marais Historic Society and received the Médaille de la Ville de Paris for contribution to French culture last year. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details. 10am-4pm. $105.

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.

FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT THROUGH STANFORD’S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM:   https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/course.php?cid=20132_FRN+02  

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:
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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! 

May 2, 2014.  ANNENBERG COLLECTION.  A class by KERRIN MEIS.  Since their acquisitions in the 1950s, Walter and Lee Annenberg have purchased only the finest examples of works from Boudin to Picasso, bequeathing the entire collection to the Metropolitan Museum. Our virtual tour will study in depth a great many of these masterpieces, addressing issues of content, moments of inspiration in the artist’s life, and particular qualities provided by locale and provenance. Our cast includes Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vuillard, concluding with Picasso’s “At the Lapin Agile”. Join Kerrin Meis in this imaginary visit to 82nd and Fifth!  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  10am-12:30pm.  $35.

May 3, 2014.  VICTOR HUGO (1802-1885):  ROMANTISME ET REVOLUTIONS.  Un CAFÉ MUSEE offert par RENEE MOREL.  9h30-12h30.  CCSF, Visual Arts Building, Room 114.  reneemorel@gmail.com

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 3, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.  One of the most beautiful venues in Northern California! This beautifully renovated small theatre is a great place to hear Flambeau. The sound and sight lines are excellent, and we always leave room for dancing.  142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.142throckmortontheatre.com

May 4, 2014.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP parle de LE PETIT CHOSE de ALPHONSE DAUDET. Cette première œuvre d'Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) puise largement sa matière dans la biographie de l'écrivain. C'est bien lui, ce Daniel Eyssette, enfant du Midi exilé dans la brume lyonnaise après la faillite paternelle, qu'un professeur appelle avec dédain "le petit Chose". C'est lui encore, ce pion de collège terrorisé par ses élèves, puis ce jeune homme pauvre, partagé entre rêves de gloire et tentations féminines, errant sur le pavé de la capitale... De même le terrible M. Viot, surveillant général, la malheureuse servante dite "les yeux noirs", la négresse Coucou-Blanc ou le tendre frère aîné, surnommé "Mère Jacques", ont-ils le relief et la saveur de la vie. Proche à certains égards du naturalisme, sa peinture des collèges et de la bohème littéraire possède cependant la touche d'humour et de poésie qui a fait le succès des « Lettres de mon Moulin. » Roman d'une enfance humiliée, porteur d'une vision sociale sombre et d'une morale ambiguë dont se souviendra Jules Vallès, Le Petit Chose demeure classique, entre Dickens et Zola.  TOUS CEUX QUI AIMENT LIRE ET DISCUTER EN FRANÇAIS SONT LES BIENVENUS!  Heure:  3-5pm. Lieu: Berkeley, Location TBA.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net  tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

May 8, 2014.  DAVID LEBOVITZ presents MY PARIS KITCHEN:  RECIPES AND STORIES at Cooks with Books, Left Bank, Larkspur.  6:30pm.  Single, $115; couple, $175 (one book).  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

May 16, 2014.  ALLEN TOUSSAINT performs at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House, Napa.  www.citywinery.com/napa for details.

May 17, 2014.  DANS LA PEAU D’UN NOIR / BLACK LIKE ME, performed by CLEMENTINE CELARIE. Je suis née en Afrique noire, j'y ai vécu douze a ns, et me sens africaine... Plus noire que blanche...Je me suis toujours interrogée sur l'incidence de la couleur de la peau dans les rapports entre les êtres humains... Je n'ai jamais cessé d'être bien sûr révoltée contre la ségrégation et toute forme de mépris dû à la couleur de la peau. Dans la peau d'un noir est une histoire vraie, le récit d'un homme blanc Américain, journaliste, qui s'est transformé en homme noir, le temps de vivre et de comprendre profondément la condition d'un Noir américain, pendant les années soixante... Les choses ont-elles vraiment changé depuis ?... Ce spectacle est l'aventure d'un homme que j'incarnerai, blanc, puis noir, qui se plonge dans la communauté noire, au hasard de rencontres surprenantes, imprévisibles, et qui traverse des évènements cocasses, parfois révoltants et sombres, parfois réconfortants et solaires, avec un courage et une humanité hors du commun... Son témoignage est un cri d'alarme universel en même temps qu'un appel au respect de l'autre et de sa différence.  TLF-Lycée français de San Francisco, 8m.  In French with English subtitles.  The performance will be followed by a discussion with the actor and director. Tickets will only be sold online.    http://blacklikeme.brownpapertickets.com/ for tickets.

May 29, 2014.  THE JEWS IN FRANCE:  FROM EXILE (1394) TO EMANCIPATION (1806).   A slide presentation by RENEE MOREL.  Jewish Community Library (1835 Ellis St., SF) at 7:00 PM.  (In ENGLISH.) The talk is not listed in the calendar yet, but those of you who are not familiar with the place can look at the link below.  http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events.  or reneemorel@gmail.com for details.

May 29-30, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs FAURE’s REQUIEM.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.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 19-29, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL.  Details to follow.

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

June 23-27, 2014 and August 11-15, 2014.  SUMMER CAMPS IN FRENCH AT THE EUROPEAN PONY SCHOOL.  Thanks to the initiative of Madame Zabou Cullum, instructor at the European Pony School, our students can enjoy half day camps in French during this summer. These camps are the ultimate adventure for kids ages 6 to 13!  With daily riding sessions as well as hands-on horsemanship instructions, each camper will enjoy a unique experience they will treasure.  Cost:  $225.

Summer 2014.  FRENCH SUMMER CAMP AT SRFACS:  LE CENTRE AERE EN FRANÇAIS.  We are excited to announce that this summer, Santa Rosa French-American Charter School will propose a French Immersion Summer Camp on its campus for 3 weeks from June 2nd to June 20th.   The Summer Camp will be run by EFBA (Education Française Bay Area). This French non-profit has developed a unique language immersion summer camp offer where the children improve their fluency while being active and having fun. All the Camp Counselors are native speakers young adults and the ratio of 1 adult for 5 children ensure that each child is engaged at all time in French and stay sharp in his language skills during the summer. Even beginners love it!  You are curious but still need some more persuasion to go for it? During the school year EFBA offers a program named Kids Night Out that is a condensed version of its Summer Camp. Today, EFBA is bringing this event to the SFARCS and is happy to offer your child a free (value of $50) insight at how awesome a French Summer Fun will be in Santa Rosa!  The 5-hours of Kids Night Out French fun will run at the SRFACS from 3pm to 8pm on the following dates:  February 7, February 28, March 7.  Believe us, they will leave your child laughing and eager to get more.  For more information and register for this free opportunity, please visit:  http://www.efba.us/free-kids-night-out.   For more information and register for the Summer Camp, please visit:  http://www.efba.us/summer-camp-santa-rosa

July 2 & 3, 2014.  PINK MARTINI WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONYwww.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.  7:30pm.

August 23 & 24, 2014.  COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.  Stay tuned for details.

August 26-October 4, 2014.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA joins the previously announced engagements of the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL; the 2013 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS; Tony Award®-winning NEWSIES and TIME Magazine’s #1 show of the year MATILDA THE MUSICAL in the 2014-2015 SHN Season.  Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to San Francisco as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

November 14-December 7, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents LA BOHEME.  http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx for details.

June 7-July 1, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents HECTOR BERLIOZ’s LES TROYENS.  http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx for details.

June 14-July 5, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents LE MARIAGE DE FIGARO based on the play by French author PIERRE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS.  http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx for details.

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