May 8-16, 2014

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May Events    

May 7-8, 2014.  SWISSNEX & Swiss start-up MINDMAZE present GET YOUR BRAIN IN THE GAME.   Virtual reality for stroke therapy at the NeuroGaming Conference.  NeuroGaming Conference & Expo.  City View at Metreon, 135 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.


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 8, 2014.  EUROPEAN NETWORKING.  Let’s keep on connecting the European and American business communities throughout the Bay Area! Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business, in a very relaxed and European atmosphere!  6:00pm to 8:00pm   Cooley LLP   3175 Hanover Street   Palo Alto, CA 94304 Members: $20   Guests: $30   At the door: $40.  www.faccsf.com for details.  

Opening May 9, 2014. YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL. François Ozon’s French sexual coming-of-age drama.  Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for sleazy hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers for her behavior. The film follows Isabelle for one school year, over the course of four seasons and four songs, all by Françoise Hardy. As the enigmatic Isabelle, Marine Vacth is magnetic, delivering a star-making breakout performance in this sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama. Also stars Frédéric Pierrot (Polisse, Sarah’s Key) and Géraldine Pailhas (They Came Back). The film’s running time is 95 minutes; it is not rated. In French; fully subtitled in English. Opens May 9, 2014 in Bay Area Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco (415) 771-0183 Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (510) 644-2992.

May 9, 2014.  JOURNALISM AS LITERARY PRAXIS.   This one-day event will bring together several journalists and speakers from different countries to explore the connections between journalism and literature. Nathalie Nougayrède, from "Le Monde", will participate in the panel discussions. Stanford Humanities Center - Levinthal Hall, Stanford University.  http://arts.stanford.edu/event/journalism-as-literary-praxis/

May 9, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at FRIDAY NIGHT WALTZ, PALO ALTO. A great long-running dance in Palo Alto. We will play Cajun two-steps, shuffles, and LOTS OF WALTZES!  Friday Night Waltz, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301 9:00 pm-12:00 midnight. Dance lesson from 7:00-9:00. Information: www.fridaynightwaltz.com 

May 9-11, 2014.  BALLET SAN JOSE concludes its season with ROLAND PETIT’s iconic story ballet CARMEN.  8pm Friday & Saturday; 1:30pm Sunday.  San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San José.  $30-$105.  408.288.2820 or www.balletsj.org for details.

Through 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.

May 10, 2014.  BROCELIANDE:  MUSIC OF MAYTIME & SPRING CELEBRATION.  Includes medieval & Renaissance music of Europe.  Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 7th Ave., SF.  415.664.2543 or www.sevenperforms.org for details.  7:30pm.  $15-$20.

May 10, 2014. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL. “Wind Power: Virtuoso Music for Baroque Flutes” Claudia Liliana Gantívar (recorders) with Lars Johannesson and Alissa Roedig (early flutes) perform a program tracing the powerful winds of change sweeping across Europe, which transformed musical style several times during the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 1600s, the early Italian style blew north to France and Germany, influencing the later writing of J.S. Bach and Handel. Tastes changed again in the late 1700s, as the ornamental baroque style yielded to breezy rococo and pre-Classical writing, as heard in the works of C.P.E. Bach. Traveling with the times, the flauto and the traverso have left behind a trail of brilliant wind sonatas for us to enjoy centuries later. A meet-the-artist-reception for donors and subscribers follows the event. 7:30 PM UC Santa Cruz Recital Hall, Meyer Drive, UCSC Campus, Santa Cruz. $23/$17/$6/$3 ($3 parking charge) 831-457-9693 or www.scbaroque.org

May 11, 2014.    SHERI MIGNANO, STROLLING ACCORDEONISTE.  The French Antique Street Market, San Rafael. Armory Drive (near Civic Center).  Crepes, music, and wonderful décor items and much more   www.goldengateshows.com  415-383-2252.

May 11, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the  EL DORADO HILLS ART AND WINE AFFAIR. A great way to spend Mother's Day! El Dorado Hills Town Center. We will play 2:00-4:30 pm. The event starts at 11:00 am.  Information: www.eldoradohillsartaffaire.com

May 13, 2014. CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE avec YVETTE CHALOM à l’Alliance Française de Berkeley.  17h-18h.  Sujet du mois:  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. SVP confirmez votre présence info@afberkeley.org   510 548 7481.

May 13, 2014.   MOTORDUDE ZYDECO performs at Ashknaz. Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched back in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $10www.ashkenaz.com  

May 14, 2014.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Mangez bien et parlez français! Second Wednesday of every month. Chloe's French Restaurant in the Landmark Executive Center, 3883 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa. Come Early (11:30) to avoid the rush. Please call Christiane at 542-5411 by Monday May 12 to confirm. www.afsantarosa.org

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

May 16, 2014.   CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  You are invited by the Board to the monthly French conversation evening.  Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Free eventThis large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month from 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

May 16, 2014. CONCERT to benefit AMELIE’S ANGELS.  Benefit Concert given by Amélie’s mother, Jessie Jewitt, and other Bay Area musicians, on May 16th, 2014  at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. The money raised will go exclusively toward Amélie’s Angels fund and will benefit the children of Haiti.

May 17, 2014.  PICNIC & WINE TASTING AT DELOACH VINEYARDS with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

May 17, 2014  MAY WINE TASTING AND PICNIC WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY  Come and join us for a beautiful, relaxing day in the Russian River Valley on May 17!  $38 includes a tour of the vineyards, wine tasting, and delicious lunch catered by Chloe's French Café. More information is forthcoming, but space is limited, so consider reserving early. Your check must arrive at the AFSR office by May 8 to be assured of a spot. Mail your check to AFSR, 182 Farmers Ln, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. www.afsantarosa.org 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 17, 2014.  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.

May 17, 2014.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND performs at Ashkenaz.  The hardworking MARK ST. MARY Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot." The quintet features some of the finest Cajun and zydeco players of Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. St. Mary's band usually features Jason Thierry on rubboard and vocals, lead guitarist Jim Scott, bass by either Dana Mandell or David Rees, and drums by Steve Namle or Les Bloch. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm $13/$10 students. www.ashkenaz.com 

Through May 18, 2014.  THE SUIT at the AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER, San Francisco.  American Conservatory Theater brings French Production "The Suit" from Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord to San Francisco. When a husband catches his wife in the arms of her lover, the lover flees—but leaves his suit behind. As her penance, the husband makes his wife “treat the suit as an honored guest”; accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity.  www.act-sf.org

May 21, 2014.  CONFERENCE - DEBAT A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY:  LAICITE:  UN CONCEPT FRANÇAIS?  Avec Pierre SAVARY &  Romain MILLARD.  18h30.  Nous nous appelons Pierre Savary et Romain Millard, étudiants en humanités à Sciences Po Paris, actuellement en échange universitaire à UC Berkeley.  Nous avons cette année étudié au sein des départements de Religious Studies (Pierre) et de Legal Studies (Romain) de Berkeley et nous apprêtons à rentrer à Paris pour commencer nos Masters. L'an prochain, l'un d'entre nous (Pierre) prendra aussi la présidence de Coexister au sein de notre université, une association promouvant le dialogue et la connaissance mutuelle entre les différentes religions, tandis que l'autre (Romain) vient d'être élu aux élections municipales sur une liste d'une commune de la région En France, ce débat religieux qui nous tient tant à cœur est souvent tabou et ce au nom d'un concept mis en application différemment aux Etats-Unis: la laïcité. Ayant découvert à Berkeley une nouvelle manière de concevoir et de vivre sa religion, ce concept nous est apparu sous un jour nouveau. Les différences de rapport des institutions mais aussi des individus envers la religion entre la France et les Etats-Unis nous ont donné l'envie d'étudier plus en profondeur les origines de cette idée très françaises, ses avantages et ses inconvénients.   Nous vous proposons d'en discuter lors de la conférence que nous animerons en mai intitulée "Laïcité: un concept français". Après avoir défini ce concept en revenant sur son histoire et son application, nous débattrons sur le bien-fondé de cette idée censée permettre un meilleur vivre-ensemble mais souvent vécue par les communautés religieuses comme une menace pour leur liberté. Ce débat, ainsi que la question plus générale du vivre-ensemble entre individus de différentes religions sur un même territoire, est très contemporain et se pose en des termes complémentaires en France et aux Etats-Unis.  Aussi, nous vous attendons nombreux (ses) pour évoquer ensemble ces questions à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley !  Light refreshments served at the end of the conference. RSVP before May 22nd info@afberkeley.org

May 22, 2014.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAIS DE SILICON VALLEY reads PARIS-BREST by TANGUY VIEL.  Meets once a month on Thursdays at Le Boulanger of Los Gatos.   Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 22 mai au Boulanger de Los Gatos a 16 heurespour y discuter le roman de Tanguy VIEL : Paris-Brest (2009).  Pour tout renseignement, priere de contacter bernadettetheisen@afscv.org

May 22, 2014.  FIND THE FRENCH SPRING 2014.    Fundraiser for the French American Cultural Society.  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM   The French American Cultural Society invites you to the first Find the French event at the NEW Private Residence of the Consul General of France; this event features blind wine tasting with a new surprise twist. Guests will compete to determine which wines tasted are French, which people performing are French and what objects displayed are French.   Please come and join our French and American guests enjoying the beautiful new Consul General Residence while helping to raise funds for French American Cultural and Educational programs on the West coast. There will be prizes for the winner and a silent auction.  Private Residence 100 Edgewood Ave San Francisco, CA 94117

May 22-25, 2014. THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by FAURE & DEBUSSY and others.  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

Opening May 23, 2014.  CHINESE PUZZLE, the last in a trilogy that began with L’AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE.  Dir. Cédric Klapisch.  Set in New York, where we see the actors from the original movie all grown up.  In local theaters.

May 23, 2014.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO screens POPULAIRE, a film by REGIS ROINSARD with Romain Duris & Déborah François. (Postponed from April.)  In the spring of 1958, Rose Pamphyle, 21, lives with her father, a glum widower who runs the market in a small Normandy village. It has been decided that Rose will marry the son of a garage owner and become a dutiful housewife, but she has other ideas. She leaves for Lisieux to attend a job interview as a secretary for Louis Echard, the 36-year-old owner of a small insurance company. The interview is a disaster but Rose impresses with the dizzying speed of her typing. Obviously attracted to the young woman, Louis tells her that if she wants the job she must take part in a speed typing competition...  SCREENING LOCATION: 555 WAVERLEY ST, PALO ALTO CROSS ST HAMILTON AVE.  http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/program.php    alliance@afscv.org

May 23-26, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL One of our favorite annual events, a huge music festival all around Sacramento! We will play ten sets over the four days, showtimes TBA. Information and tickets: www.sacjazz.com

May 24 & 25 & June 8, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES presents MUSIC FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE SYNAGOGUE & OTHER JEWISH CELEBRATIONS.  Join us for this celebratory finale concert "Dedication of the Synagogue and Other Jewish Celebrations" of our 2013-14 Season,"Kol Israel:  The Voice of Judaism in Early Music" that features the extensive musical ceremony composed by Volunio Gallichi and Francesco Drei for the 1786 dedication of the new synagogue in Siena, Italy, as well as music for weddings, Shabbat and other celebrations.  This concert includes Louis Saladin's exquisite Canticum Hebraicum, composed for chorus and orchestra in 1670 for the occasion of a circumcision ceremony in Southern France.  All sung in the original Hebrew with full translations provided.    Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance with Rabbi Reuben Zellman  May 24 - 7:30 pm - Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco May 25 - 4:00 pm -  Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Avenue, Berkeley June 8 - 4:00 pm -  Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Belvedere-Tiburon . http://www.sfrvoices.org/

Through May 25, 2014.  DES VOIX… FOUND IN TRANSLATION BIENNIAL 2014.  Presented by the Playwrights Foundation, Tides Theatre, & Cutting Ball Theater.   A Festival of New French Plays and Cinema. After a great success in its first year, Des Voix brings French culture to the Bay Area for the second time. The festival, consisting of multiple parts, begins May 1st with a full production, and American Premiere, of Communique n?10, a play by Samuel Gallet at Cutting Ball Theater, screenings of five new french films, three staged readings of new french plays in translation, and the Bal Littéraire: A New Play Nightclub.   http://www.desvoixfestival.com/ DES VOIX FESTIVAL includes: 

Through 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.

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.  THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, conducted by CHARLES DUTOIT, performs works by POULENC’s GLORIA, FAURE’s REQUIEM and more.  www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details.

May 30 ? June 15, 2014. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at the Cinnabar in Petaluma. Music by W.A. Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte Music direction by Mary Chun Stage direction by Elly Lichenstein. Mozart’s music soars at Cinnabar with this rich and playful production of his enormously popular opera. Performed entirely in English, The Marriage of Figaro tells a luscious tale of seduction, deception, and forgiveness. The Count keeps chasing skirt, and the Countess wants to catch him in the act. So she conspires with two wisecracking servants who delight audiences as they outwit their master. It’s comic opera at its best, mixing saucy jokes and gorgeous songs of love. After a sold-out run of Carmen, Artistic Director Elly Lichenstein and Music Director Mary Chun reunite for this glorious marriage of music and theater. $9 for middle-school and high-school students (May 30 only); $25 for youth 21 and under $40 for adults Seniors: Subscribe for a deep senior discount! http://www.cinnabartheater.org/1314season/figaro.cinnabar.theater.html

May 31, 2014.  WHEN AFRICAN AMERICANS CAME TO PARIS.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 6pm-9pm.  6 short films; a lively lecture; light food and wine!  parisnoir.eventbrite.com  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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


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! 

CHINESE PUZZLE.  The anticipated third installment of L'Auberge Espagnole, Starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou.  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


Through May 10, 2014.  LES CAGES:  A FRACTURED GAZE.  Works by Montréalaise painter SANDRA CHEVRIER.  Mirus Gallery, 540 Howard St., SF.  415.543.3440 or www.mirusgallery.com for details.

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

Through May 31, 2014.  WORK BY XAVIER CASTELLANOS at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Xavier Castellanos was born in Geneva, Switzerland where he spent his childhood. He started painting at the age of four. His first solo exhibit was in Mexico City at the age of sixteen. He studied Fine Arts at The Art Students League of New York (on 57th St.).  After a series of successful exhibits, he won public acclaim and admission into the Mexican art circles. His works are held in some museums and in numerous private and corporate collections. His talent has received recognition from masters such as Jose Luis Cuevas and Raul Anguiano. Since 1989 he has done more than 50 one-artist shows and has participated in more than 70 group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico and Europe.  He is a "unique blend" of Mexican, Swiss born and raised, French educated, French, Spanish, Polish and Mexican ancestry, and has lived four years in New York City. He has been a San Franciscan for over half of his life. And now like Jean Jacques Rousseau, he is a "Citizen of the World"...  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

Through 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.

Through August 3, 2014.  INSIDE RODIN’S HANDS:  ART, TECHNOLOGY & SURGERY.  Sculpture, graphic arts, and kinetic digital displays.  Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanfod.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

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


April 30-June 11, 2014.    QUEL FRANÇAIS AU XXIe SIÈCLE?  Un nouveau cours de 7semaines (30 avril-11 juin 2014), enseigné en français, naturellement, par l’inimitable RENEE MOREL!  Malgré les efforts gouvernementaux, le français, langue qui défie les siècles depuis le haut Moyen Âge, continue à subir les attaques de la  lingua franca du monde actuel: l'anglais. Mais, de plus en plus, à    l'heure actuelle, ce sont les mutations de la société qui bousculent le français. Alors que l’école continue à enseigner une langue très codifiée, le français oral, lui, est utilisé et diffusé par les nouvelles techniques de communication qui dominent les réseaux sociaux (“textos” et “chats”, avec leur code phonétique, ou blogues misant sur la langue spontanée). Quelles sont les raisons d’espérer — ou de craindre — pour la langue de tous les francophones?    L'argot trouve sa place dans la littérature dès le début du XXe siècle. De nos jours, il est souvent remplacé par le verlan et le lexique des jeunes des cités, d'emprunts à l'arabe et de nombreux américanismes. Les textes des rappeurs, comme ceux de Bobby Lapointe, de Raymond Queneau ou de Raymond Devos autrefois, participent à une foule de jeux de langage, tandis que les rébus des lettres et des chiffres alimentent les SMS, accusés de mettre à mal l'orthographe scolaire.   Venez partager vos opinions sur ces nouvelles tendances: c'est fun!   Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). 7 weeks (April 30-June 11, 2014).   $220 (discounts available for members and early birds). $35 for single classes (drop-ins).  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

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.

July 10-20, 2014.  WATER MEDIA FOR SELF-EXPRESSION with CAROLD DUCHAMP in TAHITI & HUAHINE ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic The Polynesian Islands of Tahiti and Huahine are enchantment itself. Volcanic peaks rise above lush and rugged valleys; tropical fruits and flowers grow in abundance. White sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and exquisite sunsets add to our palette of colors. Our painting odyssey begins on the island of Tahiti during Heiva, the annual festival that features stunning Polynesian dance, outrigger canoe races, arts and crafts. We tread in Gauguin's footsteps, visit the Gauguin Museum, and Papeete market. Often called the garden isle, Huahine Island retains the best of old Polynesia. Enjoy the slower pace of island life, gardens full of exotic blooms, and Tahitian style bungalows on a beautiful white sand beach. We paint daily, learn new skills, and immerse ourselves in island life. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and take an outrigger canoe excursion to a black pearl farm. Discover the nature of the poetic and spontaneous mediums of watercolor and fluid acrylic, and learn how to handle them! A full range of wet-into-wet techniques will be presented. Abstract, representational or combined approaches are encouraged to suit the individual expressive needs of each artist. Connect with your inner artist, enjoy imaginative approaches to image making, and learn how to create visually exciting paintings. All levels of skill are welcome. The combined workshop and travel fee of $5,025.00 includes international airfare on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti; inter-island flights between Tahiti and Huahine; 9 nights accommodation (1/2 share twin); all breakfasts and 6 dinners; all transfers; 1/2 day excursion to Gauguin Museum on Tahiti and outrigger canoe excursion and visit to Pearl Farm on Huahine; daily painting classes, orientation and art party; bi-lingual leadership. Carol Duchamp, MA, encourages experimentation in a supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. She is an exhibiting artist, art educator, and transformative arts facilitator. She teaches and has taught for Art Trek, UC Santa Cruz Extension, College of Marin Community Education, Marin Society of Artists, and at her studio in Bolinas, California. Recent solo exhibits include Intimations at EarthRise IONS Gallery and Subjectivities at Commonweal Gallery. For a detailed itinerary please contact Carol Duchamp at Art Trek by calling 415 868 9558 or emailing carol@arttreks.com  For more information about Carol's art work and classes see http://carolduchamp.wix.com/carolduchamp  

eLYCEE.  eLycée's new Summer programs are ready !  For adults, eLycée helps those with specific needs for business and vacation trips or improved oral and written expression.  -  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.  For school-age students, eLycée has a wide catalog of classes which meet all needs for a French education.  For Middle and High School students:  ?French II to IV. Students cover more varied themes with a goal to reach ease and spontaneity in communication.   For High School students:  Along with the advanced level, we also offer classes preparing to the AP tests.  ??AP  prepare for the AP French Language and Culture test.   For French teachers, eLycée has a wide catalog of workshops. Ask for the French teacher program.   Ask for the program.   I'd like to invite you to meet with us in the virtual classroom and set up your free trial, where we'll be able to work with you on your project.   A uniquely French environment with French native teachers. Each of our programs reflects the appeal of our unique way of teaching. You can go on our site to discover each of them more in depth.  Once in class, you will find a number of stimulating topics supported with multimedia documents to stimulate your creativity on your own and in group. These works are then available on our internal blog for all to review and appreciate.  www.elycee.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.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO SUMMER CAMP.  http://www.afsf.com/event-summer-camp.shtml 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:
- 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.


June 2-8, 2014. BERKELEY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL brings wonderful early modern music to the Bay Area. Schedule includes: June 2: CANTAINBANCHI presents THE BEGINNING OF JOY: SONGS AND DANCES OF THE MIDDLE AGES. Featuring music from 13th and 14th-century Spain, France, and Italy, including selections from Cantigas de Santa Maria and Cantigas de Amigo, Las Huelgas, Montpellier, and the Trecento period. CANTAINBANCHI: Susan Rode Morris, voice; Allison Zelles Lloyd, voice; Margriet Tindemans, vielle; Shira Kammen, vielle; Kit Higginson, recorders and psaltery; Cheryl Ann Fulton, harp; Peter Maund, percussion. 8:00 PM ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Tickets: $35/28, $15 students under age 30 with ID. June 3: ARS LYRICA HOUSTON presents TAKING FLIGHT: FROM THE BIRDS AND THE BEES TO ICARUS AND DEDALUS. Taking Flight — a program all about flight, from the natural world of the birds and the bees to the legend of Icarus. Works drawn from the rich chamber repertoire of the French and Italian Baroque animate this program, which features French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci and viola da gambist Mary Springfels in Handel’s evocative cantata Tra le fiamme. Matthew Dirst, Artistic Director. 8:00 PM FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Tickets: $45/35/28, $15 students under age 30 with ID. June 6: THE CHOIR OF TRINITY WALL STREET presents FRANCO-FLEMISH MASTERPIECES. Works by Josquin, Dufay, Gombert, and others. Julian Wachner, Conductor and Music Director. 7:30 PM . FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Tickets: $56/44/32, $15 students under age 30 with ID http://sfems.org/bfx/?page_id=204

June 6-8, 2014. DJANGOFEST MILL VALLEY. A three day festival of extraordinary musicians representing every facet of Gypsy Jazz music ! FRIDAY, JUNE 6 8:00PM other dates and times > $35-$50 FRI June 6 8pm Concert $45-$60 SAT June 7 8pm Concert $45-$60 SUN June 8 3pm Concert $150 DJANGO PASS (DJANGO PASS Includes Reserved Seating all Concerts Closing Party Special Discounts and Poster) $45 Per Workshop DjangoFest Mill Valley! Join us for an incredible array of talent - once again we are bringing the top Gypsy Jazz performers in for shows June 6-8, 2014. This year will feature the Robin Nolan Trio, the Hot Club d’Europe featuring Paulus Schäfer, Olli Soikkeli and Tim Kliphuis, Pearl Django, Trio Dinicu and Rhythm Future Quartet. Join us for an exciting weekend of top performance in this musical field plus master workshops! SCHEDULE Friday, June 6 7pm European Wine and Spirits Tasting, Local Cheese Selections Friday, June 6 CONCERT 8pm Pearl Django Robin Nolan Trio Saturday, June 7 WORKSHOP 10a-Noon Kevin Nolan, Mastering Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Saturday, June 7 WORKSHOP Noon-2pm Robin Nolan, Gypsy Jazz Workshop Saturday, June 7 CONCERT 8pm Trio Dinicu Hot Club d'Europe with Paulus Schäfer, Tim Kliphuis, Olli Soikkeli and Simon Planting Sunday, June 8 WORKSHOPS 10a-Noon Olli Soikkeli Gypsy Jazz "Combining Styles" Jason Anick Swing Fiddle Workshop Sunday, June 8 WORKSHOPS Noon-2pm Paulus Schaffer The Gypsy Swing of the Dutch School Tim Kliphuis Playing in the Grappelli Style Sunday, June 8 CONCERT 3pm Rhythm Future Quartet with Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli All Star Djam with Paulus Schäfer, Tim Kliphuis, Robin Nolan, Olli Soikkeli, Jason Anick and more...! Sunday, June 8th Closing Reception/Party 5:30pm TBA http://www.throckmortontheatre.org/ for details.

June 8, 2014.  SHERI MIGNANO, STROLLING ACCORDEONISTE. The French Antique Street Market, San Rafael. Armory Drive (near Civic Center).  Crepes, music, and wonderful décor items and much more   www.goldengateshows.com  415-383-2252.

June 9, 16, & 23, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO CITY GUIDES PRESENTS A WALKING TOUR IN FRENCH.  San Francisco City Guides (SFCityGuides.org), a non-profit organization, now offers dozens of walking tours each week. All tours are free but donations are accepted. I am pleased to announce that for the first time ever, a tour will be offered in French.  Civic Center & City Hall, http://www.sfcityguides.org/desc.html?tour=132  Meeting Location: Meet the guide on the steps of the library (San Francisco Main Library) on Fulton Street. No need to make a resevation, just show up at the date and time indicated on our website. For more information, please visit our homepage at www.sfcityguides.org.

June 19-29, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL.  Details to follow.

June 20 & 21, 2014.  1st FESTIVAL OF FRENCH CLASSICAL MUSIC IN SILICON VALLEY  First class virtuosos, all musicians from the bay area will perform work  from French Composers, such as Ravel; Alkan; Chausson; Faure, Poulenc and...Edith Piaf performed by the ESF Ensemble of San Francisco.  Two young artists, Stephen Waarts (17)  from Los Altos, just won the Menuhin violin competition and Annie Wu(17) , Flute, who at 15 won First Prize in the National Flute High School soloist competition.  Co- Musical Directors are Mark Starr (Conductor and Publisher of Historical works of music) and Isabelle Chapuis, (Flute).  Tickets will be on sale on May 15th.  The venue is the beautiful modern Tateuchi Hall of the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View.  More details at www.afscv.org or  alliance@afscv.org for details.

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

June 21, 2014.  LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE, avec DUE ZIGHI BACI (TWO GYPSY KISSES) with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. www.afsantarosa.org for details.

June 22, 2014.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAIS DE SILICON VALLEY reads PARIS-BREST by TANGUY VIEL.  Meets once a month on Thursdays at Le Boulanger of Los Gatos.   Nous nous réunirons le 22 Juin : Monsieur Ibrahim ou les fleurs du Coran d'Eric-Emmanuel SCHMIDT.  Pour tout renseignement, priere de contacter bernadettetheisen@afscv.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, 2014.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SILICON VALLEY attends a game with the EARTHQUAKES San Jose soccer team and cheer for our French player you've probably never heard of : JEAN-BAPTISTE PIERAZZI, a legend in Ajaccio, on the island of Corsica.The center midfielder was captain of AC Ajaccio in Ligue I, the top league in France, before realizing his American dream. Save the date; for details: alliance@afscv.org

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

July 10-20, 2014.  WATER MEDIA FOR SELF-EXPRESSION with CAROLD DUCHAMP in TAHITI & HUAHINE ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic The Polynesian Islands of Tahiti and Huahine are enchantment itself. Volcanic peaks rise above lush and rugged valleys; tropical fruits and flowers grow in abundance. White sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and exquisite sunsets add to our palette of colors. Our painting odyssey begins on the island of Tahiti during Heiva, the annual festival that features stunning Polynesian dance, outrigger canoe races, arts and crafts. We tread in Gauguin's footsteps, visit the Gauguin Museum, and Papeete market. Often called the garden isle, Huahine Island retains the best of old Polynesia. Enjoy the slower pace of island life, gardens full of exotic blooms, and Tahitian style bungalows on a beautiful white sand beach. We paint daily, learn new skills, and immerse ourselves in island life. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and take an outrigger canoe excursion to a black pearl farm. Discover the nature of the poetic and spontaneous mediums of watercolor and fluid acrylic, and learn how to handle them! A full range of wet-into-wet techniques will be presented. Abstract, representational or combined approaches are encouraged to suit the individual expressive needs of each artist. Connect with your inner artist, enjoy imaginative approaches to image making, and learn how to create visually exciting paintings. All levels of skill are welcome. The combined workshop and travel fee of $5,025.00 includes international airfare on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti; inter-island flights between Tahiti and Huahine; 9 nights accommodation (1/2 share twin); all breakfasts and 6 dinners; all transfers; 1/2 day excursion to Gauguin Museum on Tahiti and outrigger canoe excursion and visit to Pearl Farm on Huahine; daily painting classes, orientation and art party; bi-lingual leadership. Carol Duchamp, MA, encourages experimentation in a supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. She is an exhibiting artist, art educator, and transformative arts facilitator. She teaches and has taught for Art Trek, UC Santa Cruz Extension, College of Marin Community Education, Marin Society of Artists, and at her studio in Bolinas, California. Recent solo exhibits include Intimations at EarthRise IONS Gallery and Subjectivities at Commonweal Gallery. For a detailed itinerary please contact Carol Duchamp at Art Trek by calling 415 868 9558 or emailing carol@arttreks.com  For more information about Carol's art work and classes see http://carolduchamp.wix.com/carolduchamp  

July 14, 2014.  DUE ZIGHI BACI’s BASTILLE FESTIVAL DAY.  11:00A-2:00P Costeaux French Bakery, 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. On the patio! www.costeaux.com  707-433-1913     Can-can dancers, too!  LATER THAT DAY:  5:30-8:00P Chalet Basque, 405 N. San Pedro Ave., San Rafael.  On the patio. Dinner reservations are optional.  415-479-1070 www.chaletbasque.com 

July 14, 2014.   BASTILLE DAY - Commemoration of the French revolution and national Holiday. We will celebrate with a family picnic on Sunday July 13th at the Ohlone Sanborn Skyline Park. Located at 16055 San born Rd, Saratoga. www.afscv.org

July 24, 2014.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAIS DE SILICON VALLEY reads PARIS-BREST by TANGUY VIEL.  Meets once a month on Thursdays at Le Boulanger of Los Gatos.   Nous nous réunirons le 24 Juillet : Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'elephants [2010] de Mathias ENARD.  Pour tout renseignement, priere de contacter bernadettetheisen@afscv.org

July 24, 2014.  JACQUELINE WINSPEAR discusses THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF LIES.  "In this dazzling novel Jacqueline Winspear writes irresistibly about the First World War, both in the trenches of France and the fields of England. Her characters walk off the page and into our imaginations, as we fight with them, farm with them, cook with them. I devoured this book." - Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy.  Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127.  415.564.8080.  http://www.bookshopwestportal.com/book/9780062220509.

August 17, 2014.  DUE ZIGHI BACI play at the 24th annual Cotati Accordion Festival, 11:40A to 12:10P.  Admission: $15 per day or $25 for both days.  www.cotatifest.com

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.

August 27, 2014  GIPSY KINGS perform at The Mountain Winery.  408.741.2822 or http://mountainwinery.com for details. 

October 3, 2014.  STROMAE performs in San Francisco.  Ages: 21 & Over Doors Open: 8:00PM Price: $30.00 Door Price: $32.00 Onsale: Fri, May 2, 2014 - 10:00AM PDT Mezzanine 444 Jessie St San Francisco, CA 94103 415-625-8880.  http://www.axs.com/events/250511/stromae-tickets

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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