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July 10-18, 2014

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July Events    

July 9-30, 2014.  WINES OF SUMMER – AND PINOT!  Taught by Kathy Chesko and Christine Piccin.  4 Wednesday evenings, SRJC Culinary Arts Center, 6pm-8:30pm.  http://www.afsantarosa.org/ici_l_alliance/ici_l_alliance-2014-06.pdf for details.

July 10, 2014.  PRE-BASTILLE CELEBRATION TO BENEFIT THE GARDEN.  Join us for an early celebration of France.  Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres from BABETTE CAFÉ, sweets by FOURNEE BAKERY, libations by ST. GERMAINE, and more!  Music provided by:  BAGUETTE QUARTETE (la musique de Paris) and LE JAZZ HOT (the Hot Club of SF quartet’s gypsy jazz).  $45 Adult, $40 UCBG Member  BUY TICKETS Online  or call 510-643-2755  (Concert passes are not accepted for this benefit concert.)  University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

July 10, 2014.  SHAKESPEARE’S MONTAIGNE:  THE FLORIO TRANSLATION OF THE ESSAYS, A SELECTION.  Program with PETER G. PLATT.  6pm.  There is no doubt that Shakespeare read Montaigne - and the translation he read was that of John Florio, a fascinating polymath, man-about-town, and a dazzlingly inventive writer. In a new edition of this seminal work, editors and renowned scholars Stephen Greenblatt and Peter G. Platt discuss the resemblances and tensions between Montaigne's and Shakespeare's visions of the world, and the life and times of the extraordinary Florio. Altogether, this book provides a remarkable view of three great writers who ushered in the modern world.  Peter G. Platt is a professor and chair of English at Barnard College.  Members free; public $15.  Fourth floor meeting room, Mechanics’ Institute, (415) 393-0116 or www.milibrary.com for details.

July 10, 2014.  BENYORO plus SAY BOBBY perform at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  "African music in America at its very finest! An all-star group." - NPR's Afropop Worldwide   Tonight BENYORO celebrates the release of its self-titled debut CD. In the Bamana language of Mali, Benyoro means meeting place, and that's exactly what this New York City-based group is. It's about the meeting of traditional and modern instruments, Malian and American musicians, centuries-old songs and contemporary arrangements. The band's unique sound originates in a deep love for the music of Malian jelis (praise musicians) combined with a strong desire to modernize it. In Benyoro's music the sonorous, stately melodies of traditional jeliya (praise singing) are sped up and reconfigured into infectious grooves, but even in the midst of all the movement, the reflective core of the music remains. With this meeting of meditative tradition and raucous dance music, Benyoro is a celebration of the communal and universal nature of West African music.   Benyoro features kora (21-string harp) player Yacouba Sissoko from Mali, Californian Sam Dickey on guitar and djelingoni (traditional lute), bassist Patrice Blanchard (originally from Martinique), Andy Algire (from Wisconsin) on drums and bala (traditional marimba), Mali's Idrissa Koné on taman (talking drum), and New Yorker Luke Quaranta on djembe drum and other percussion.   Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm $15/$12 advance.   www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 10, 2014.  SWISSNEX presents WHO ARE HACKTIVISTS?  Technology is creating new issues and allowing new means of expression.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St, SF.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

July 10 & 12, 2014.  !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK.  Contemporary artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik are participating in two events with swissnex San Francisco this month.   On July 10, they join with activists, researchers, and a "cypherpunk" to discuss and debate the question: who are today's hacktivists, and what tools and means do they use to express themselves and their ideals?   And July 12, they invite you to join a hacking day, showing two examples of how hacking is translated from computers into an artistic practice. They demonstrate how to hack the opera in 10 easy steps and what happens when you send a parcel with a hidden webcam to Julian Assange. In the afternoon, explore the hidden city of San Francisco and venture from surveillance to sousveillance-the recording of an activity by a participant in it. Equipped with closed-circuit TV (CCTV) video signal receivers, attempt to track the surveillance cameras around you using homemade tools to capture and display the signals, thus making them visible and recordable.   Who Are Hacktivists? July 10, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. swissnex San Francisco 720 Montgomery Street  Information and registration here:  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/hactivism    The Hidden City: From Surveillance to Sousveillance July 12, 2 - 5 p.m. swissnex San Francisco Information and registration here:  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/HiddenCity  

July 10, 12 & 13, 2014.  UNDER THE TABLE presents THE HUNCHBACKS OF NOTRE DAME.  Meet the Hutchinson Family Players, a theatrical troupe of hunchbacked siblings hoping to turn their luck around with an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel.  Paul has artistic vision; Johann has merchandise; Hilda has room in her bed.  Hunchbacks is an original physical comedy complete with musical numbers and improvisation.  Like the novel, it explores power, beauty and betrayal – but with more confetti.  See Hugo’s classic get the production it never deserved!  FuryFACTORY, foolsFURY Theater Company, www.foolsfury.org for complete details.

July 10-20, 2014.  WATER MEDIA FOR SELF-EXPRESSION with CAROL 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 11, 2014. AVENTINE BASTILLE DAY ALLEY PARTY! 4pm. Taverna Aventine,San Francisco. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-bastille-day-block-party-at-taverna-aventine-tickets-12072975595?aff=es2&rank=45 for details!

July 11 & 12, 2014.  PARIS-DAKAR AFRICAN MIX COUPE DECALE at Bissap Baobab, 3372 19th St., San Francisco10pm, $5.

July 11, 2014.  DON WALLACE talks about THE FRENCH HOUSE, the story of his purchase and renovation of a ruin on a tiny French island.  Book Passsage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

July 11-20, 2014.  LES MISERABLES.  Woodminster Summer Musicals.  This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera overflows with melodies that are already standards, like "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," and "One Day More." Its powerful affirmation of the human spirit has made Les Misérables a popular masterpiece. (description courtesy MTI).  All performances at 8pm.  510.531.9597 or http://www.woodminster.com/Webpages/Musicals/LesMiserables14/LesMismain.html

July 11-August 3, 2014.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS, directed by CHRISTINE NICHOLSON.  Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, William Land Park, Sacramento.  916.558.2228 or www.sacramentoshakespeare.net for details.

July 12, 2014.  JOIN THE MILL VALLEY FRENCH TABLE ON THE PLAZA TO CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY!  Our favorite accordéoniste ELLEN KAREL will bring songsheets and her instrument to the downtown plaza of Mill Valley (behind the Depot) at 9:30am on Saturday, July 12, for a rousing sing-along of French favorites.  Bring a folding chair if you have one! 

July 12, 2014.  DOCENT LECTURE on PICASSO TO POP:  THE LIBERATION OF 20TH-CENTURY ART.  Presented by ELLEN HARDEN.  De Young Museum, 1pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 12, 2014.  DOCENT LECTURE on INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Presented by KAY PAYNE.  Legion of Honor, 1pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 12, 2014.  DOCENT LECTURE on EDGAR DEGAS:  THE RELUCTANT IMPRESSIONIST.  Presented by RITA DUNLAY.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 12, 2014.  SWISSNEX presents THE HIDDEN CITY:  FROM SURVEILLANCE TO SOUSVEILLANCE.  A hack day and workshop with !Mediengruppe Bitnik through the hidden San Francisco. Are you being watched?  2pm-5pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St, SF.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

July 12, 2014. LUA HADAR & TWIST present C’EST MAGNIFIQUE!  To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist presents their popular French Music Hall show, C’est Magnifique! This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features, for the first time, the swing of Tom Bekeny’s jazz violin. Saturday, July 12 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Full bar, great food.  The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of the influential American songwriter, Cole Porter; hence the title C’est Magnifique!, a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.  Tom Bekeny’s Stephane Grappelli-style swing brings a gypsy jazz color to the show, in a new twist for Twist.  French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s humorous anecdotes provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.  Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. Lua has charmed audiences from Yoshi’s Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed C’est Magnifique! to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013.  Join us at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, San Francisco to celebrate Bastille Day as Lua Hadar with Twist returns to present C’est Magnifique!. Parking is available at the Sutter-Stockton garage. Seating begins at 7pm for the 8pm show. A full bar and delicious menu are available at tables during the show, for a real cabaret experience.  Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and featuring Tom Bekeny on jazz violin.  Tickets:  $20-45, no fees or www.societycabaret.com ; PHONE: 415-857-1896.  http://likeabridge.net/2014/05/30/twist-to-celebrate-bastille-day-with-french-swing-jazz-at-society-cabaret/

July 13, 2014.  SHERI MIGNANO plays her inimitable accordéon while MICHAEL VAN WHY sings at the BASTILLE DAY picnic celebration with VALLEY OF THE MOON PETANQUE.  Grand Concourse, East First St. @ Spain St., Sonoma  (north of the town plaza) This is an outdoor concert.  Bring a lawn chair!   FREE!  In the park.  12:30-2:30.

July 13, 2014.  BASTIILLE DAY WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Please plan to join us at our free Bastille Day party at Ragle Park in Sebastopol from 4-8 PM on Sunday, July 13. Food, wine, and music - what could be better? Bring your favorite food to share and your own utensils.  We’ll bring the wine.  And of course we’ll have the Grande Tombola!  Free event.
http://www.afsantarosa.org/ici_l_alliance/ici_l_alliance-2014-07-08.pdf Look for details in the next issue of the newsletter.  info@afsantarosa.org  

July 13, 2014.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA! We are excited to host our event at Hyde Vineyards this year in the beautiful setting next to THE pond in the middle of the vines. (see picture attached). What a beautiful and peaceful place. Direction: From the stop light at Hwy 29 take Carneros Hwy West for about 0.8 miles. Look for the sign Hyde Vineyards on the right side of the road (see picture) make a right and go another 0.8 miles on the trail (balloons will show the way)  Lots of room for kids to run around or bring fishing gear for them to catch some carps or bass. A challenging terrain for our petanque game. A big size BBQ is available for those who want to grill Bring your picnic blankets and chair if you wish.  There is a nice grass area with some shade.  Bring your favorite dish to share and beverage (wine if you wish) Last Name Starting with: A to G : Salad or Appetizers H to Q : Main Dish R to Z : Dessert http://www.afnapa.com/ for details.

July 13, 2014.  LA GUINGUETTE performs at The Monkey House, an intimate performance art space with unusually fine acoustics.  1638 University Ave., Berkeley.  4pm; doors open at 3:30pm.  Admission – sliding scale, $10-$20.  Limited seating.  reservations@themonkeyhouse.org

July 13, 2014.  BASTILLE DAY PETANQUE IN LAFAYETTE (East Bay).  All Francophiles are invited to celebrate Bastille Day a day earlier, Sunday July 13, on the beautiful Pétanque grounds of Lafayette at 480 Saint Mary's Road.  The party will start at 11:30 a.m. with a wide pot-luck pique-nique under the site's ancient pear trees.  Then everyone from 5 to 99 years old can learn how to play pétanque, the old French bowling game.  No need to be experienced, it is very easy to learn, and some of the best California players will be there to show you how to 'tirer' or 'pointer'.   Kids are of course welcomed, Noah Sonet, 11 years old champion from Lafayette will be there to make sure kids of all ages are included in the game.

July 13, 2014.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION!  Cabaret D'Amour...  an Evening of European Cabaret!  Featuring Mademoiselle Kiki as the coquettish alter ego of Bay Area performer Moana Diamond.  Join us for a special evening of romance and entertainment!   Find yourself magically transported to Paris, city of love, when Mademoiselle Kiki presents her sensuous European Cabaret, singing the music of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Dietrich and other greats along with Craig Jessup , master of the Brel Repetoire and cabaret giant, the Chez Kiki Orchestra , featuring Paul Mehling on guitar(of Le Jazz Hot fame), Dick Bright on violin (of Dick Bright's SRO fame) and Dave Miotke , accordian virtuoso who sings a mean Louis Prima!!Don't miss out on the gorgeous Chez Kiki Dancing Girls Miel( sweet as honey) and Angel( which she ain't:).    Doors-6:00PM Show -7:00 PM.  224 Vintage Way, Novato.   Tickets:  http://hopmonk-novato.inticketing.com/events/426610/BASTILLE-DAY-CELEBRATION or call 415-892-6200  $20-$30 includes cabaret style seating (21 and over). 

July 13, 2014.  LINDA WIGGINS CELEBRATES BASTILLE DAY! Point Richmond - at Hotel Mac (bar/restaurant built in 1911), In honor of Bastille Day, Singer/pianist Linda Wiggins will be including many French songs this particular evening, as well as her usual repertoire of jazz & R&B. She also plays requests, si vous voulez une chanson particuliere, ou vous voulez chanter soi-meme.  The elegant bar also serves hors d'oeuvres & the menu from its adjoining upstairs  restaurant.... Seafood, escargots, duck, etc.....on Sundays prime rib special.  50 Washington Avenue, Point Richmond.  (510) 233-0576.  (5-9pm)

July 13, 2014.  KOUNDE MEMORIAL AND TRIBUTE.  A celebration of the life of master African percussionist Kounde, who recently passed away unexpectedly. Live music will be performed by a house band of his friends and colleagues. Doors at 3:30 pm; Show at 4:00 pm.  $5-$20 donation appreciated www.ashkanez.com

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 14, 2014.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY WITH LE JAZZ HOT AT MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE.  Come celebrate "liberté, égalité, fraternité" with a cabaret concert with Le Jazz Hot of the San Francisco Hot Club—one of the Bay Area’s most beloved ensembles featuring band leader Paul Mehling (solo guitar) with David Chiorini (string bass), Isabelle Fontaine (rhythm guitar and vocal), and Evan Price (violin). Le Jazz Hot continues the tradition of French Gypsy Jazz created by the great guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt, who was of Romani heritage and started Paris’s world famous Hot Club de France in the 1920’s. Dress up or down, but be ready to dance (even in your seat) because this exuberant music has an infectious beat. We’ll also have some wonderful French wines and cuisine! Vive la France!  Advance reservations are required for this special event. You may purchase tickets with a credit card online using the form below. You can also order tickets by phone at 415-393-0116 (Pam Troy, Events Dept.) or 415-393-0100 (Events Hotline) and pay by credit card or by mailing a check to Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, Room 406, San Francisco, CA 94104. To purchase tickets in person, visit the Events Office and pay by check, cash, or credit card. (415) 393-0116 or  57 Post Street  San Francisco, CA  94104  http://www.milibrary.org/events   HOT CLUB HOTLINE 415.931.0909  www.HCSF.com  www.LeJazzHot.biz  

July 14, 2014.  SHERI MIGNANO & MICHAEL VAN WHY perform at the BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL at Costeaux French Bakery, 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. On the patio! www.costeaux.com  707-433-1913.  11am-2pm.     Can-can dancers, Marie Antoinette serving cake, too!  We're on the patio! It's a hoot!!!    FREE!

July 14, 2014.  SHERI MIGNANO & MICHAEL VAN WHY perform at the BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL at Chalet Basque, 405 N. San Pedro Ave., San Rafael. Just off 101.  On the patio!! En plein air! Dinner reservations are optional.  415-479-1070.   6:00pm-8:30pm.  www.chaletbasque.com

July 14, 2014.  RUE ’66 performs at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley.  French yé yé band celebrates Bastille Day!  http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/event/579015-rue-66-fete-nationale-bastille-mill-valley/ for details.

July 14, 2014.  FRANCOPHILIA!  Join LINDA WATANABE MCFERRIN and the LEFT COAST WRITERS ® as they dedicate the evening to a celebration of all things France!  Author JILL BUTLER will be sharing her guidebook WANDERING PARIS:  A GUIDE TO DISCOVERING PARIS YOUR WAY.  Find your best beret and come and get your French on!  Book Passage, SF Ferry Building.  45.835.1020 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  6pm.

July 15, 2014.  ANDREW CARRIERE & THE ZYDECO/CAJUN  ALLSTARS.   You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he's backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.  Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include fiddler Annie Staninec, steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David "Killer" Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly "traditional" to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, "This is the real tradition that came out of the '50s and '60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar." And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.  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

July 17, 2014.  SWIMMING POOL (François Ozon, 2003).  Castro Theatre, San Francisco.  www.castrotheatre.com

Opening July 18, 2014.  L’ECUME DES JOURS (Michel Gondry).  Adapted from French writer Boris Vian's famous novel l'Ecume des Jours. A wealthy, inventive bachelor endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

July 18, 2014.  CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30 to 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 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 

July 19, 2014.  DOCENT LECTURE on IMPRESSIONISTS IN THE WINTER.  Presented by ELLEN HARDEN.  Legion of Honor, 1pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 19, 2014. DOCENT LECTURE on INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Presented by JIM KOHN.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 19, 2014.  UN DEUX TROIS and LA GUINGUETTE perform on Saturday, July 19 at 8pm at Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court • Occidental.  http://www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/bastille-day-at-oca-with-la-guinguette-un-deux-trois/  

July 19, 2014.  SWISS JAZZ PIANIST ALEX BUGNON in the Bay Area.  Swiss jazz pianist Alex Bugnon will kick off a concert featuring Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, and the legendary Chaka Khan at CSU-EB's Pioneer Amphitheatre.   Pioneer Amphitheatre CSU East Bay 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward, CA.  http://www.songkick.com/concerts/20795938-chaka-khan-at-pioneer-amphitheater-cal-state-east-bay 

July 20, 2014.  VIEUX FARKA TOURE performs at the Stern Grove Festival.  http://www.sterngrove.org/home/concertsevents/2014-season/schedule/july-20/vieux-farka-touré for details.

July 21-25, 2014.  FRENCH CLASS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  The Alliance Française de Santa Rosa will be offering a class for pre-schoolers (at least 4 years old). We encourage parents to accompany their children (not mandatory) since both parents and preschoolers will benefit from our instruction, and the course is taught so the parent and child can work together between classes. Learning while having fun is the key here! The course is 100% auditory, and taught with games, songs, stories and play. Please wear comfortable clothing!   The instructor is Jessica Stetson. Jessica has taught this summer class for 2 years now, and it has always been popular with parents and children. Jessica also teaches French for us at Strawberry School as part of their GATE program. She is experienced, calm and pleasant. This camp is a good way to prepare for SRFACS, because it builds a little skill and self confidence before school begins. 8 students is our maximum!  The cost is $15.00 per hour + $25.00 for membership (good for one year)  The total cost for the camp is: $112.50 (tuition) + $25.00 (membership) = $138.00.   Time: 10 to 11:30AM (90 minutes) For registration, please contact Lise Melin, lise@afsantarosa.org   

July 22, 2014.  ELLEN SUSSMAN talks about her delightful and thought-provoking novel, A WEDDING IN PROVENCE.   Book Passsage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  7pm.

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.

July 24, 2014.  WHAT IS A BIRDLY?  During the Opening Reception of the Birdly exhibit, learn the secrets of this full body virtual reality flight simulator – book your slot to fly over the virtual city.  6pm-9:30pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St, SF.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

July 24-August 10, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  French films include:  24 DAYS; RUN BOY RUN; FOR A WOMAN; SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM.  For more information: http://www.sfjff.org/about

Opening July 25, 2014.  MONSIEUR CHOPIN.  Berkeley Rep.  510.647.2949 or www.berkeleyrep.org for details.

July 26, 2014.  CELEBRATE SWISS NATIONAL DAY. United Swiss Societies of Northern CA, with Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club, & Pro Ticino Nord California  12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Newark Swiss Park 5911 Mowry Avenue Newark, CA  http://unitedswissnorcal.org/  

July 26, 2014.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Yerba Buena Gardens.  1pm-2:30pm.  http://www.ybgfestival.org/ for details.

July 27, 2014. DOCENT LECTURE on MATISSE FROM SFMOMA.  Presented by JIM KOHN.  Legion of Honor, 1pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 27, 2014. DOCENT LECTURE on INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Presented by RITA DUNLAY.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 30, 2014.  CELEBRATE SWISS NATIONAL DAY. Sacramento Helvetia Verein 6:00 pm Croatian Center 3730 Auburn Blvd Sacramento, CA.

July 31, 2014.  CLIMATE CHANGE AND WINE.  Will the new Napa be in Wyoming? Will Champagne lose out to Southern England? How a warming planet may shift the balance, and the industry.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St, SF.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

Through August 22, 2014.  SUMMER CAMPS offered by the BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY.  Cultures will be revealed through customs and cooking demo as students we will be engaged in an array of activities around languages and the cultures they convey.  Our curriculum is infused with cultural activities and taught by a team of bilingual instructors. No prior knowledge of the target language is necessary as students will be challenged differently according to their existing knowledge and/or exposure.  Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm. Before and after care are available.  Cost: $390 per week. Two-week minimum. Discount available when a family is registered for more than two weeks.  For more information and to register, http://www.baylanguages.com/signup

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

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! 

LE CHEF (Daniel Cohen; with Jean Reno and Michäel Young).  Opera Plaza, SF; Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, Berkeley.

L’ECUME DES JOURS (Michel Gondry).  Adapted from French writer Boris Vian's famous novel l'Ecume des Jours. A wealthy, inventive bachelor endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. Opening July 18, 2014.

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  French films include:  24 DAYS; RUN BOY RUN; FOR A WOMAN; SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM.  For more information: http://www.sfjff.org/about July 24-August 10, 2014.

SWIMMING POOL (François Ozon, 2003).  Castro Theatre, San Francisco.  www.castrotheatre.com July 17, 2014.

VENUS IN FUR. Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is the writer-director preparing to stage his new adaptation of the titular kinky 1870 novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose work (and name) inspired the term "masochism." After a long day's fruitless auditions, he's about to go home when in barges actress Wanda (Emmanuelle Seigner), very late for an appointment she might not have actually made in the first place… Embarcadero, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

VIOLETTE.  Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout their lives.  http://www.adoptfilms.com/violette for details.

YVES SAINT-LAURENT (Jalil Lespert). A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge. Clay, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

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      

July 10 & 12, 2014.  !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK.  Contemporary artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik are participating in two events with swissnex San Francisco this month.   On July 10, they join with activists, researchers, and a "cypherpunk" to discuss and debate the question: who are today's hacktivists, and what tools and means do they use to express themselves and their ideals?   And July 12, they invite you to join a hacking day, showing two examples of how hacking is translated from computers into an artistic practice. They demonstrate how to hack the opera in 10 easy steps and what happens when you send a parcel with a hidden webcam to Julian Assange. In the afternoon, explore the hidden city of San Francisco and venture from surveillance to sousveillance-the recording of an activity by a participant in it. Equipped with closed-circuit TV (CCTV) video signal receivers, attempt to track the surveillance cameras around you using homemade tools to capture and display the signals, thus making them visible and recordable.   Who Are Hacktivists? July 10, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. swissnex San Francisco 720 Montgomery Street  Information and registration here:  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/hactivism    The Hidden City: From Surveillance to Sousveillance July 12, 2 - 5 p.m. swissnex San Francisco Information and registration here:  http://swissnexsanfrancisco.org/Ourwork/events/HiddenCity  

Through July 31, 2014.  WORKS BY LISA SPENDOV AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Born and raised in France on the outskirts of Brittany, Lisa moved to San Francisco at the age of 21 and instantly fell in love with this majestic city. She  eventually went back to Europe for a while and lived on the East Coast for almost a decade. After 20 years She made her way back to the Bay Area and moved to Mill Valley in July 2013.  Introduced to art through the world of music as a child, Lisa started  painting 10 years ago. With guidance and direction from her gifted teacher James Feehan, a local Bucks County artist my passion for art blossomed. By sharing his love for art, James took her on a wonderful journey over the course of 5 years which deepened her need to create.  From the very beginning of Lisa's training with James, she was greatly influenced by David Hockney whose choice of subjects and colors fell into total harmony with her own perception of life.  "I choose my subjects because they speak to me, either on an aesthetic or emotional level. I then let my inspiration and imagination take full control, what you see on the canvas is the end result of these two aspects of my mind. Painting makes me happy and serene, I feel centered and focused and perfectly connected with the child within." 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 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 August 23, 2014.  WILLLIAM ODIORNE’S PARIS.  Vintage photographs from the 1920s.  Reception June 5, 2014.  Ever since photography was invented in Paris in 1839, when the first daguerreotype was made there, The City of Light has been a beloved subject for photographers.  William C. Odiorne, an American, came to Paris in 1924. Despite the new photographic modernism emerging all around him, Odiorne preferred to work in a more traditional style. He captured a romantic, classical vision of Paris in the 1920’s. His images are pictorial -- soft focus and impressionistic.  Robert Tat Gallery, 49 Geary St., Suite 410.  415.781.1122 or www.roberttat.com

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.

Through October 20, 2014.  JULES TAVERNIER:  ARTIST & ADVENTURER.  French artist Jules Tavernier (1844­–1889) was one of the American West’s pioneering talents and a great adventurer. This exhibition surveys the artist's career, presenting a hundred works of art.  Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey (CA).  For details: 
http://www.montereyart.org/upcoming-exhibitions/jules-tavernier-artist-and-adventurer/

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     

July 1-24, 2014.  JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ presents French classes at Book Passage, including FRENCH POEMS AND SONGS and FRENCH REVIEW.  Book Passage.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927-0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

July 1-29, 2014.  DANS L’INTIMITE DES IMPRESSIONNISTES:  LITERARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE LEGION OF HONOR EXHIBIT.  New Course at the Alliance Française. Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm.  Open to the advanced level.  Includes guided tour at the Legion of Honor. www.afsf.com for details.

July 7-August 18, 2014.  COURS DE CINEMA at the   ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.   10h à 13h tous les lundis du 7 juillet au 18 août avec LAURENCE MAZOUNI.   Cours en français, niveau avancé; films sous-titrés  Analyse de films classiques du cinéma français; critique et conversation guidées à travers les grandes lignes de l'histoire artistique et culturelle française.   Thèmes: Centenaire de la Grande Guerre au cinéma (mois de juillet) & Les réalisatrices françaises (en aout).   Le cinéma, aux côtés de la littérature, est sans doute le mode de représentation et de perception privilégié de la Grande Guerre. Il a contribué très largement à forger et transmettre des images de ce conflit majeur dont certaines ont joué et jouent encore un rôle essentiel pour sa connaissance.   A travers divers exemples de documentaires et de fictions des années 1920 à nos jours nous découvrirons les originalités thématiques et esthétiques des films représentant la Grande Guerre.  info@afberkeley.org 

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 21-25, 2014.  FRENCH CLASS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  The Alliance Française de Santa Rosa will be offering a class for pre-schoolers (at least 4 years old). We encourage parents to accompany their children (not mandatory) since both parents and preschoolers will benefit from our instruction, and the course is taught so the parent and child can work together between classes. Learning while having fun is the key here! The course is 100% auditory, and taught with games, songs, stories and play. Please wear comfortable clothing!   The instructor is Jessica Stetson. Jessica has taught this summer class for 2 years now, and it has always been popular with parents and children. Jessica also teaches French for us at Strawberry School as part of their GATE program. She is experienced, calm and pleasant. This camp is a good way to prepare for SRFACS, because it builds a little skill and self confidence before school begins. 8 students is our maximum!  The cost is $15.00 per hour + $25.00 for membership (good for one year)  The total cost for the camp is: $112.50 (tuition) + $25.00 (membership) = $138.00.   Time: 10 to 11:30AM (90 minutes) For registration, please contact Lise Melin, lise@afsantarosa.org   

August 5-14, 2014.  GENEVIEVE BLAISE SULLIVAN presents CONVERSATION COURSE IN FRENCH at Book Passage.  Two-week conversation course.  Book Passage.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927-0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 26-October 23, 2014.  GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN teachings FRENCH LITERATURE AND GRAMMAR; UPPER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH; AND COURS DE PERFECTIONNEMENT at Book Passage.  Book Passsage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.   $250 per course.

SUMMER WITH ELYCEE. AP French language and Culture preparation eLycee offers a wonderful alternative to a traditional classroom.   4 weeks / 3 hours a day  Mid June - Mid July or Mid July – early August French teacher’s workshops 2 hours a workshop over June – July -  Mid August For adults, eLycée helps those with specific needs for business and vacation trips or improved oral and written expression.  Beginner : 3 weeks - 1 hour a day  Advanced : Atelier d’écriture  -  4 workshop – 2 hours  Intermediary and advanced : Discover Paris and French regions 4 workshops – 2 hours  June – July and August.  www.elycee.com

September 20, 2014. SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at The French Class. This intensive fills very quickly; please sign up early. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by Dominique Brémond. $99, book included. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. Levels 2 and 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. Please call us for a free evaluation of your level.  This is a great course to repeat.  Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com

December 15-19, 2014.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Early Bird Special: get $30 off by signing up before December 5th. $265 if you pay in full before December 5.  Regular price is $295. 2.5 hours per day. The levels offered (separately, of course) are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7. Levels 5 and 8 are not offered during the intensive. Each level is offered either in the morning (9 to 11:30), afternoon (1 to 3:30) or evening (6 to 8:30). If you are not available 5 days is a row, you may sign up per day: $65. Please sign up early by calling us at 415.362.3666.  Restriction: No refunds after December 11th. Elementary Levels use one of our books from the series "Devour French." The elementary level intensives are designed to review your previous elementary class or to get a taste of the next level. Levels 6 and 7 will receive handouts for each topic: Grammar. Vocabulary.  Conversation. The material is different every time we offer this program, so you can repeat the intensive course as often as you'd like and always learn something new.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com

IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED LATITUDE'S CLASSES IN THE PAST: 14TH  CENTURY MILL IN LA TOULZANIE FOR SALE.  Sleeps 5.  Now for sale (due to the ill health of the American owner) for 500,000 euros (without the furniture).  The fortified, fairytale-like mill used to be part of the Castle of Cenévières—until 1921.The current owner Is the first foreigner to own it.  Photos at www.latitude.org; click on MILL RENTAL.

THE FRENCH SALON. Have you always wanted to learn French but never found an effective, stimulating and creative approach offering fun and meaningful experiences? If it is the case, I am happy to invite you to inquire about my services at thefrenchsalon.com and to join a vibrant community of French students and seekers in Oakland. As a French teacher I help people connect to their innate creativity, clarity and joie de vivre... en français, bien sûr ! In my eyes French is a medium for self-expression, life-exploration, and shared communication and, in this spirit, my private lessons, small-group classes, salons and workshops focus on conversation and creative writing as learning platforms. If it feels like the right fit for you, I invite you to email me at claude@thefrenchsalon.com, or call 510 467 2618 or visit thefrenchsalon.com. À bientôt.

FRANTASTIQUE.COM provides French courses online.  Learn French daily with an e-mail, a story, and a personalized correction. In each lesson, follow the adventures of Victor Hugo as he explores the Francophone universe. The courses are humorous, practical and include a wide variety of accents. Our lessons are adapted for post-beginners (from 15 years old). http://www.frantastique.com/ads/paris-nomenu-1

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. NOW FOR SALE! Visit www.latitude.org for details!

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! 

August 1, 2014.  JEAN-BENOIT LEVY & SYLVIE SERREX-BONNET and others present SWISS SHOW at Misho Gallery.  For a more artistic August 1: Celebrating 723 years of Switzerland and five years of the Gallery, painter, photographer and Design District gallerist Misho opens his doors once more for an exhibition of Bay Area Swiss and Swiss-American visual artists. The line-up is not yet fully confirmed, but will include the celebrated graphic artist Jean-Benoît Levy and Sylvie Serrex-Bonnet.     Swiss Show Opening Reception 5 - 9 p.m. August 1 Misho Gallery 680 8th Street, San Francisco www.mishogallery.com  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

August 2, 2014.  CELEBRATE SWISS NATIONAL DAY. Peninsula Swiss Club 6:00 - 10 pm Schneider's Residence 150 Encinal Atherton, CA.

August 3, 2014. DOCENT LECTURE on INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Presented by KAY PAYNE.  Legion of Honor, 1pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 3, 2014. DOCENT LECTURE on THE IMPRESSIONIST ERA:  FASHION AND CULTURE.  Presented by ELLEN HARDEN.  Legion of Honor, 2:15pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

August 17, 2014.  SHERI MIGNANO & MICHAEL VAN WHY perform at the
24th ANNUAL COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.  11:40A to 12:10P.  Admission: $15 per day or $25 for both days.  We've got some brand new songs we will debut!  Support Sheri and Michael by planning to come out on Saturday to hear us! We want to see you! 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. 

September 16, 2014.  ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  La Gare, 208 Wilson, Santa Rosa.  Cocktails 6pm, Dinner 6:30pm.  Elections and speaker following dinner.  http://www.afsantarosa.org/ici_l_alliance/ici_l_alliance-2014-07-08.pdf for details. 

September 20, 2014.  CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT performs with RAMSEY LEWIS at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 94928.  7:30pm.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

September 23, 2014.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  On se rencontrera mardi, le 23 septembre (pour ne pas avoir de conflit avec l'Assemblée Générale), à 3h. 30 pour discuter UN HOMME A DISTANCE de KATHEREINE PANCOL.  Bonnes vacances à tous et à toutes!

September 26, 2014.  BRYANT TERRY presents FARM FRESH AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN & SOUTHERN FLAVORS REMIXED.  Greens Restaurant (in conjunction with Book Passage’s COOKS WITH BOOKS), San Francisco.  www.bookpassage.com for details.  12pm.  $115 single; $175 couples.

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

October 11, 2014.  AFROPOP SPECTACULAR:  KASSEKOU KOUYATE AND KRAR COLLECTIVE perform in Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.  8pm. 

October 12, 2014.  MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN and the TAKACS QUARTET perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.  3pm.

October 30, 2014.  DORIE GREENSPAN presents BAKING CHEZ MOI:  RECIPES FROM MY PARISHOME TO YOUR HOME ANYWHERE.  Left Bank, Larkspur (in conjunction with Book Passage’s COOKS WITH BOOKS).  www.bookpassage.com for details.  12pm.  $115 single; $180 couples.

November 7-8, 2014.  THEATRE DE LA VILLE performs SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR under the direction of EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA.  In French with English supertitles.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

November 14-December 7, 2014.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents LA BOHEME. 415.864.3330 or http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx for details.

November 16, 2014.  IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA perform at Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.  7pm.

December 4, 2014.  CANTUS performs ALL IS CALM:  THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914.  Focused on the day Allied Forces and German soldiers laid down their arms for an impromptu holiday trce and left their trenches to meet for caroling and celebrations.  European carols, drinking songs, war songs, folk tunes, and American pop songs.  8pm.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

January 31, 2015.  MATTHEW POLENZANI, tenor, and JULIUS DRAKE, piano, perform works by RAVEL, SATIE and more.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

February 4-7, 2014.  LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN CIRCUS, based in Montréal, performs SÉQUENCE 8 at Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.  Times vary; check website for details.

February 6, 2015.  THE EMERSON STRING QUARTET performs RAVEL and more at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 94928.  7:30pm.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

February 14, 2015.  ORCHESTRE DE LA SUISSE ROMANDE, conducted by CHARLES DUTOIT, performs works by DEBUSSY and more at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 94928.  7:30pm.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 1, 2015.  SUSAN GRAHAM, mezzo-soprano, and MALCOLM MARTINEAU, piano, perform at Cal Performances.  Graham is especially renowned for her interpretations of French vocal music.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

March 12, 2015.  PIERRE LAURENT-AIMARD and TAMARA STEFANOVICH perform THE PIANO MUSIC OF PIERRE BOULEZ.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

March 29, 2015.  PROJECT TENFOURTEEN presents works by VARESE and more.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.  7pm.

April 10-11, 2015.  THE TALLIS SCHOLARS perform works by JOSQUIN and more.  8pm.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

May 1, 2014.  LES ARTS FLORISSANTS presents AIRS SERIEUX ET A BOIRE under the direction of WILLIAM CHRISTIE.  Late 17th-century airs originally performed in the court of Louis XIV.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details. 8pm.

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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