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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
November 27, 2003

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November 25, 2003. BERLIN PHILHARMONIC performs DEBUSSY'S LA MER and HENRI DUTILLEUX'S new work with Dawn Upshaw, soprano. 415.864.6000 or for details.

November 26, 2003. LES APPRENTIS, featuring Marie Trintignant. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday.

November 26-29, 2003. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S GASPARD DE LA NUIT and SAINT-SAENS' VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 3. 415.864.6000 or for details.

November 26 - December 28, 2003. FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, Cole Porter's dazzling 1929 hit about Americans on the loose in roaring 20s-Paris. 42nd Street Moon. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. (at Battery), SF. 415.978.2787 or $20-$40.

Through November 27, 2003. SANS SOLEIL and LA JETEE show at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. 415.621.6120 or

November 27, 2003. LEFT BANK CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING. Reservations Required. Menu: Potage of Acorn Squash; Mixed Green Salad with Vinaigrette; Roasted Turkey and Glazed Ham; Traditional Harvest Vegetables; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie. We will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 27th from Noon to 8:00 P.M. Larkspur, Menlo Park & San Jose $42.00 per person, $9.95 Children 12-16 yrs, Complimentary for Children 5 yrs & undrr. Pleasant Hill & San Mateo $39.5 0 per person, Complimentary for Children 12 yrs & under Informal Thanksgiving Bar Men available as well. Please call for reservations: 507 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur: (415) 927-3331, 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza in Pleasant Hill: (925) 288-1222, 1100-377 Santana Row in San Jose: (408) 984-3500, 1100 Park Place in San Mateo (650) 345-2250. (Menlo Park is closed for floor repairs and will reopen before Thanksgiving.) for details.

November 28, 2003. MONSIEUR BATIGNOLLES (2002, Gerard Jugnot, French with English Subtitles). Showing at The Bookbeat, Fairfax (Marin County). for more details. 7pm.

Through November 29, 2003. GAUGUIN'S SHADOW by Fred Curchack. The artistic genius and outrageous life of Paul Gauguin is revealed through live performance, puppetry, video projection of his art, shadow magic, music, dance and texts taken from Gauguin's extraordinary writings. Gauguin's Shadow is a wild theatrical adventure that pulls out all the stops to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Gauguin's death. North Bay Theatre Group, Cinnabar Theater, 707.763.8920 or


December 1, 2003. CHAMPAGNE TASTING WITH ALEXANDRE ANDRIEUX at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for details. 7pm. $50 for non-members, $35 for members.

December 1, 2003. SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES with FRANK HUANG, violin, performing RAVEL and more. 415.398.6449. $25.

December 1, 2003. SARAH BRIGHTMAN: HAREM IN CONCERT. Filmed on location in Morocco, the soprano is inspired by the sounds and images of the Middle East of legend. KQED TV9, 9pm.

December 3 and 6, 2003. ASCENCEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD, featuring Jeanne Moreau. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday, 2pm Saturday.

December 3, 2003. 21e ANNIVERSAIRE DU CLUB FRANCAIS. Venez tous celebrer le 21ieme anniversaire de notre Club Francais chez Jan Half. Jan Half notre fondatrice et Marian Hirsch notre secretaire extraordinaire ont fait un superbe travail pour que notre Club Français a pu tenir si fort pendant 21 ans. Notre club a encore tellement de potentiel. Nos membres viennent de Tahoe a San Jose et de Marin County a Pleasanton. 7:00 du soir. San Mateo. 650.345.6338 Bring hors d'oeuvres or drinks to share and pick up a new membership list. Birthday cake provided by le Club Français. NO RED WINE, PLEASE. RSVP to Jan by Sunday, November 30, at or 650.345.6338.

December 4, 2003. CONCERT BY DANIEL MILLE at Ashkenaz, 13717 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. RESERVATIONS $11. En collaboration avec la Delegation Generale de l'Alliance Francaise a Washington.

December 5, 2003. CLAYTON ESHLEMAN. National Book Award winning translator, editor, and poet Clayton Eshleman has studied the Ice Age cave art of southwestern France. His book JUNIPER FUSE is a meditation on the development of the early human imagination. Slide show and talk. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St.., SF. 415.863.8688 or

December 5-21, 2003. TARTUFFE at NAPA VALLEY REPERTORY THEATRE. By Molière. Translated by Ranjit Bolt. Directed by Warren David Keith. Native Sons of the Golden West Hall, 937 Coombs St., downtown Napa. 800.557.NVRT. $25/$28/discounts for students and seniors.

Through December 6, 2003. MOLIERE'S TARTUFFE. A comedy in 5 acts. Analy High School Theatre, Sebastopol. 707.824.2360. Thursday shows at 7:30pm, all other shows at 8pm. $7 general admission; $4 students and seniors. Venez nombreux!

December 6, 2003. MARCHE DE NOEL / HOLIDAY MARKET. The Lycee Francais La Perouse will hold a holiday market on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its San Francisco campus, 755 Ashbury St. Vendors of French table linens and children's clothes, silk flowers, wine, jewelry, cards, original photography and unique food items. Hard-to-find children's books, audiotapes and CDs will be available at a Book Fair in the library at the same time. Tickets will be sold at the door for children's activites, workshops, food & drinks. Information: Susie Shoaf, Lycee director of communications, 415. 661.5401, ext. 130.

December 6, 2003. CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE AND FLEA MARKET. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or Admission free.

December 7, 2003. ALEXANDER BARANTSCHIK and the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY perform Ravel and more at the Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.864.6000.

December 8, 2003. MURDER IN THE MARAIS. Cara Black will join the discussion of Murder in the Marais (her first in the Aimée Leduc Investigation series) with the Mechanics' Institute Book Group on Monday, December 8, at noon, on the 4th floor in the Mechanics' Institute at 57 Post Street, San Francisco. It is between Montgomery and Kearny, directly across from the Crocker Galleria. Please feel free to attend if you'd like to discuss Murder in the Marais and meet the author,Cara Black. For more details contact Inez Cohen, Library Director, at 415 393-0101.

December 8, 2003. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP. Reunion Interfrench-Frenchip se trouvera sur le bateau-maison de Michel. Prevenez-le en avance si vous allez venir. Apportez qqch a boire ou a manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre francais, echanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. #45 South Forty Dock, Sausalito. 415.332.3290 ou 19h.

December 8, 2003. READING, RECEPTION AND DINNER with JOHN BAXTER. PTEE'S Paris Faculty Dean discusses the joys of book collecting in his charming memoir A POUND OF PAPER. 7pm. for details.

December 10, 2003. CARA BLACK, author of MURDER IN THE SENTIER, speaks at the San Jose Library Book Group. Details to follow.

December 10 & 13, 2003. QUERELLE, featuring Jeanne Moreau. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday, 2pm Saturday.

December 12, 2003. CHRISTMAS RECEPTION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 5:30 to 7:30. or for details.

Through December 14, 2003. ALEGRIA. The new CIRQUE DU SOLEIL show by the famous circus troupe from Québec. Pacific Bell Parking Lot. or 800.678.5440.

December 17 & 20, 2003. LA VIEILLE QUI MARCHAIT DANS LA RUE, featuring Jeanne Moreau. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday, 2pm Saturday.

December 19, 2003. RENDEZ-VOUS LITTERAIRE WITH DAVID RAFONI. Subject: CHATEAUBRIAND. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or

December 19, 2003. PIAF: HER STORY... HER SONGS. The California Film Institute, host to the Mill Valley Film Festival, proudly presents "Piaf: Her Story... Her Songs..." starring Raquel Bitton at the Smith-Rafael Cinema in San Rafael. 7:30pm. A special Q&A featuring the film's star, writer and artistic director, Raquel Bitton. Screened on the evening of Edith Piaf's birthday (December 19, 1916), this sumptuously filmed concert-documentary captures performer Raquel Bitton in her internationally acclaimed tribute to the legendary French singer. See or contact Gerald Prolman at Sparrow Productions, 415.883.3393 ext.11 or for more details.

December 19, 2003. HENRI-PIERRE KOUBAKA TRIO featuring Idrissa Gueye, Babou Sagna on percussion, and special guest Yacine Badian Kouyate on guitar. Unique blend of Ancient and Contemporary Mandingo Music from Senegal, Mali and Kongo. Ti Couz Restaurant, 16th near Valencia, SF. 8:30pm. No cover.

December 22, 2003. BERLIN PHILHARMONIC EUROPAKONZERT: FROM LISBON. Conductor and composer Pierre BOULEZ leads the orchestra and pianist Maria Joao Pires in works by DEBUSSY and others. KQED TV9. 10pm.

December 27, 2003. A SEASON'S GRIOT. Madafo Lloyd Wilson hosts a celebration of Kwanzaa. KQED 88.5, 1pm.

December 31, 2003. NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO. Would you like to spend New Year's Eve with the Hot Club of San Francisco at Olivettos in Berkeley? Reservations recommended...! Olivetto Restaurant, 5655 College Ave, Berkeley, 510.547.4381.

December 31, 2003. NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC NEW YEAR'S GALA. Live from Lincoln Center. Soprano Renée Fleming joins the New York Philharmonic to ring in the new year. Pieces include DEBUSSY's PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN and selections from BIZET's CARMEN. KQED TV9, 8pm.



PRESCHOOL TEACHER AND 1ST-3RD GRADE TEACHER SOUGHT. The French International School in Santa Rosa is looking for preschool teachers and a teacher to teach a combination 1st-3rd grade. Teachers must be fluent French (preferably native French speakers) and have experience teaching these grades. Resumes can be sent to: The French International School of Sonoma County, 4905 Kinsington Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Our phone number is 707-538-3996.

CHERCHANT NANNY/FILLE AU PAIR. Cherchant nanny/fille au pair francophone pour garder un bebe. Plein temps ou mi-temps. Sois vers 07h30 a 17h30 ou 19h30, ou vers 17h30 a 19h30 lundi-vendredi. Preparer le diner aussi. Contactez Joanna - A partir de janvier 2004 ou plus tard, dependant sur la situation. Location San Mateo/Foster City.



AQUA and new chef LAURENT MANRIQUE are reviewed in the December issue of SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE, pp.86-87.



See "This Month's Events," above, for details on special showings!

LES APPRENTIS, featuring Marie Trintignant. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday. See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.

ASCENCEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD, featuring Jeanne Moreau. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday, 2pm Saturday. See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.

LA FLEUR DU MAL (THE FLOWER OF EVIL, Chabrol, France's master of suspense). Opening November 14 in San Francisco. Embarcadero Center, SF, 415.267.4893; Shattuck, Berkeley, 510.843.3456; The Bookbeat, Fairfax (Marin County). .

LA JETEE. Smith-Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, 415.454.1222; Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. 415.621.6120 or See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.

MONSIEUR BATIGNOLLES (2002, Gerard Jugnot, French with English Subtitles). Showing at The Bookbeat, Fairfax (Marin County). for more details. 7pm. See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.

QUERELLE, featuring Jeanne Moreau. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday, 2pm Saturday. See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.

SANS SOLEIL. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. 415.621.6120 or See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.

LA VIEILLE QUI MARCHAIT DANS LA RUE, featuring Jeanne Moreau. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or 7pm Wednesday, 2pm Saturday. See "This Month's Events" (above) for dates.




Through December 8, 2003. SALVADOR DALI: THE ARGILLET ERA. Etchings from the private collection of the late Pierre Argillet, the French art publisher who commissioned and published many of Dali's prints. Approximately 125 prints. Christopher-Clark Fine Art Gallery, 377 Geary St., SF. 415.397.7781.

Through January 3, 2003. MY FRANCE by Gila Lane. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for details.

Through January 15, 2004. SPIRITS IN THE WIND: SEQUIN ART OF HAITI. A brightly colored ritual flag made of sequins derived from vodou, a blend of African and European religious traditions and one of the more popular art forms to originate in Haiti. San Francisco Airport Museums, Gallery D-1, North Connector, Departures/Ticketing Level. 650.821.6700 or

Through January 18, 2004. DEGAS SCUPLTURES. Renoir called him "the greatest living sculptor." This is a rare opportunity to view in a single exhibition all 73 bronze sculptures by the great French impressionist master. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.863.3330. or

March 6 - July 4, 2004. ART DECO, 1910-1939. The most comprehensive presentation ever staged on one of the most glamorous and popular of all artistic styles. Features are some 300 works including Cartier jewelry, Tiffany silver, sculpture by Leger and Brancusi, fashion by Lanvin and Chanel, and paintings by Tamara de Lempicka and Joseph Stella. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF. 415.863.3330.



BAY AREA FRANCOPHONE PARENTS. Are you a Francophone or Francophile parent in the Bay Area? Then visit the web site. It's Bons Plans (Recommendations) forum is full of interesting local tips, and to really participate, subscribe to the biweekly online newsletter, where new memebers are introduced and announcements and want ads are posted. Hope to see you soon on

LE JOURNAL FRANCAIS. Le Journal Francais est votre lien pour vivre a la francaise aux Etats-Unis. Pour recevoir un exemplaire gratuit:

WWW.PARIS-EXPAT.COM. Paris Through Expatriate Eyes. Win free tickets to French movies... and more! Email Terrance at or call 415.388.4956 for details.

TONICITY SAN FRANCISCO. Le journal web (joueb) des francophones de San Francisco et de la Bay Area. Tonicity est un site d'information et de discussion, fait par ses lecteurs. Nous publions des articles en francais sur les sorties, le cinema, les restos, et tout ce dont vous avez envie de parler. En ce moment, venez decouvrir comment faire une bonne choucroute a la californienne, ou acheter des bons croissants et yaourts et des merguez, ou manger les meilleurs canards et lapins de la vallee et apprenez la signification des porterhouse et autres new york steaks. (de temps en temps, on parle aussi d'autre chose que de bouffe :O). Pour ne pas etre perdus, lisez : A bientot sur !

FRANCETIME: The Online French Connection - Le Reseau francophone mondial. FranceTime is the place where Francophiles interact in English or French: French news, virtual/real Tours, Free classified, chat rooms, travel tips and advice and more. Don't miss our virtual our of Paris, "Paris en Images". We are looking for volunteer writers who want to share their knowledge of the French culture (i.e., travel tips, reports, journal, culture, etc.). If you want to submit material, go to Visit us now at A tout de suite.

THE FRENCH CLASS NEWSLETTER. FRENCH NEWSLETTER: language and travel tips, list of activities in French such as wine tastings, free conversation groups, French parties, cooking classes, dinner, museums visits, workshops, etc. Only $30 per year for 6 issues. Call The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF (415.362.3666) for details.



TV5 NOW AVAILABLE ON CABLE! Watch the best in French programming on TV5, now available on Cable TV with Comcast in many cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. TV5 is only $10.99 a month in addition to your Comcast cable subscription. For complete details about service, prices and availability or to subscribe call toll free 1-888-824-8058.

FRENCH AMERICAN TELEVISION : Every Saturday evening AT 7PM on channel 29 in San Francisco. For upcoming shows visit www.french-american-tv. To appear on show or for more information contact : Aline Dinoia P.O. Box 15354, San Francisco CA 94115 - 415.377.0245 -



QUINTET HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO. The QHCSF (the Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco) is proud to announce their inclusion on a CD compilation for sale at Williams-Sonoma stores entitled "La Mer" part of their 'drink companion series'. We're in good company sharing the program with Patricia Kaas, Paris Combo, Karrin Allyson, Pearl Django and more. Check it out the next time you're at the mall or simply go to Tell em Pazzo sent you. for more details.

NOEL RENAISSANCE. Singer Hélène Dallaire's Christmas recording Noël Renaissance ( Ibis Recordings ) features 13 Old French folk songs from the Renaissanceand two English songs of the same era. This should make the top of your Christmas music listening list. The cd has been re-mastered to enhance the natural and serene beauty of the 15th and 16th century church sound and capture the inherent warm quality of Ms. Dallaire's voice. The cd also features Canadian guitarist William Coon and Montréal Symphony Orchestra cellist Patrick Binford. This cd has received wonderful reviews in both French and English. You may order the cd from the label directly ( or immediately at:

FREE PHONE CALLS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD VIA THE INTERNET. All you need is a computer, a sound card, a microphone and speakers or headset, and a broadband connection. Visit Free World Dial Up ( Download the X-Lite softphone (software) by clicking on the green square on the site and follow the instructions for the registration. Get your family and friends to sign up as well so that you can call them. There are over 50,000 registered users worldwide. The sound is very good. Make sure the program is turned on and coordinate the calling time with your friend/family. Indicate you heard about it from the SF Bay Area Francophile list. It is all free.

PLAYGROUP DE LANGUE FRANCAISE DANS LA REGION DE BURLINGAME. Contact: Helene : Coordonnées: 650-401-7866, GROUPE DE LANGUE FRANCAISE POUR JEUNES ENFANTS Vous vivez dans la region? Un de vous parle quotidiennement le Francais a ses enfants? Vous voulez rencontrer d'autres parents et faire des activites? Vous desirez faire partie d'un playgroup de langue francaise? Nous souhaitons creer des amities entre enfants qui parlent le Francais. Contactez-moi ! Helene (650)401-7866

FRENCH IMMERSION FAMILY HOME DAYCARE - Pre-school curriculum, ages 2-5 and after-school French Programs For Elementary School Kids (Beginning &endash; Fluent). Santa Rosa 707-539-6888 for information; Lic. 493004688.

LA BIBLIOTHEQUE TOURNANTE et son comite de lecture vous proposent une selection de 36 titres parus dans l'annee pour une cotisation de $36. Vous les recevez chez vous, vous les gardez 15 jours, vous les deposez chez un abonne proche. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez ou contactez Genevieve Laverne, 510.654.7311 ou Il y a des responsables dans toutes les regions de la Baie.

ECHANGE DE MAISON. La proprietaire d'un hotel****/restaurant a Tavers pres de Beaugency qui propose de faire un echange de maison en janv/fev 2004 pour 3 semaines. Cette personne recherche une maison avec 3 chambres a Napa ou Sonoma pour cette periode. La famille americaine pourra en echange loger dans sa maison a Tavers ou sejourner dans l'hotel pour une duree d'une semaine en pension complete a une autre periode de l'annee (hotel ferme pendant les mois de janvier et fevrier). Les personnes interessees peuvent contacter Marie-Christine Pouey par email:, site Web:

HENRI-PIERRE KOUBAKA performs ancient and contemporary Mandingo Music from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Kongo with vocals and acoustic guitar. When not performing solo Henri-Pierre Koubaka leads a band which often incorporates a variety of instruments such as balafon, violin , cello, bass . guitar . This large ensemble may also feature dancers while the unavoidable percussion section contributes secular and spiritual rhythms. 510.309.9903.

MARKET YOUR PRODUCT IN FRANCE. Let me sell/market your product or service here in France. I'm an American, long-time resident near Avignon/Nimes ; 27 yrs RE Broker, Santa Rosa, CA ; have complete Mac G-4 and PC computer systems ; reknowned local photographer. I possess excellent talent in sales and marketing many products. E-mail: Please respond NLT 01.09.03. Resume.

POSTERS FRANCAIS. Pour les petits comme pour les grands, des posters pour chacun. Posters2France (a lire en francais : Posters de France),, propose des posters varies de la France de Robert Doisneau ou de Rene-Jacques aussi bien que celle de Yann Arthus-Bertrand et beaucoup d'autres. Vous y trouverez aussi Babar, le petit Prince, Tintin et les vieilles publicites francaises. 50% de reduction sur les prix web pour les ecoles et professeurs pour toute commande superieure a $100. (Distributor is a local San Franciscan.)



Mondays: FRENCH CLUB OF MARIN. 415.663.8177 for details.

Monday afternoons: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. Beginners. 707.829.7708.

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION with Anne Marie MacEligot. Every Friday 6pm-7pm. Interested in speaking French with others? All levels are welcome to this informal gathering. Cafe Society, 1000 Main Street, Napa. Call for additional information 707.256.3232 x206. Email or

Monday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION group. Every Monday 7:30 pm-9pm. Join "le petit groupe" in San Francisco. Call for additional information 415.269.7718 or

First Monday of the month: THE FRENCH CONNECTION OF THE SILICON VALLEY. 1st Monday of the month, 6:30pm to 9pm. Networking plus speaker plus buffet for more info, register at : 1001 Marshall St., Redwood City CA.

Second Monday of the month: MARIN INTERFRENCH. Meetings chez Michel (sur son bateau). or

Tuesday afternoons: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. Intermediate. 707.829.7708.

Tuesday afternoons: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS GROUP at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, at noon. Contact Len Rogers, 415.435.2651 for details.

Tuesday afternoons: CAUSERIE a OAKMONT. 4-5pm. Berger Center, 6634 Oakmont Drive.

Every other Tuesday afternoon: CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE. Organized by The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, SF, 415.362.3666. Every other Tuesday at 5:30, free activity for the members of our French Club. Please call for information on how to become a member of our French Club.

Tuesday evenings. CAUSERIE A HEALDSBURG. 5:30 - 7:30 only. Call Sue Phillips 707.433.8074, Myrna Green 707.433.3677, or Audrey Darby 707.431.1619, for details.

Tuesday evenings: CAUSERIE A SEBASTOPOL. 6pm - 8pm. Copperfield's Annex, 176 Gravenstein Highway North. For information, call Madeleine (707.829.1297).

Wednesday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, 10am. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

Wednesday afternoons: CHEZ GLORIA CAMERON. 707.433.9490 for information.

Wednesday afternoons: CAUSERIE, Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 4:30-6:00. Advanced. 707.829.7708.

First Wednesday of the month: SOIREE DE CONVERSATION, Pearson & Company, 2759 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Pearson's cafe stays open just for francophones on the first Wednesday of the month. You can purchase wine, beer or coffee during that time; dinner is available until 7pm. Information: 707.576.1434. Begins at 5:30pm.

Second Wednesday evening of each month: CONVERATION A VILLA MARIN. Marin, a San Rafael retirement residence, has a French table; if you are fairly fluent and would like to dine at the French table, call Raymonde Kaplan at 415.492.2567. Subtitled French film shown after dinner.

Second Thursday of the month: LES DYNAMIQUES. 18h30. El Torrito, 10330 North Wolfe Avenue, Cupertino (entre la 280 et Stevens Creek). Denis, 408.746.0123 or Marie-Helene, 408.379.7817.

Third Thursday of every month: CONVERSATION a l'Alliance Francaise de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey, (510)548-1520. Une fois par mois, le 3eme jeudi, nous nous rencontrons pour parler francais a la fortune du pot, autour d'un pot, a partir de 18h30 jusqu'a environ 21h. Vos hotes: Madeleine et Xavier. Contact: 510.548.7481.

Third Thursday of every month: NEW CAFE EVENT! Join Cafe Society for a celebration of the European cafe lifestyle with French wine & hors d'oeuvre, Belgian beer and more. Every Third Thursday 6-9PM. Napa Riverfront District. For additional information, please contact Susan Hewitt 415.487.2333 x118

Friday mornings: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information. 10am.

Friday afternoons: FRENCH FOR FREE at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco. Everybody is welcome. 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Fridays afternoons: FRENCH PLAY GROUP IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Sybille Schneider : Coordonnees: Join us with your young ones in one of SF's parks or in a home for this French playgroup. We meet Fridays around 4pm.

First & third Fridays of the month: SALON DE CONVERSATION FRANCAISE A GLEN ELLEN. French salons in Glen Ellen for advanced students, first and third Fridays of the month, 6 to 7:30pm. Small groups starting in February. For more information and to reserve, call 707.938.0321 or email

Second Saturday of the month: FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKERS OF MILL VALLEY. First meeting November 8 at Champagne, 41 Throckmorton Avenue (next to the Sequoia Theater), Mill Valley. 10am-11am. Write for details.

Last Saturday of the month: FRENCH WALK. For all ages. Jogger-Strollers ok. 10am. For meeting place and time, call Fabienne, 415.482.8479 at the latest the night before the walk. If interested, bring a picnic.

Last Saturday of each month. FRENCH PLAY TIME AT THE PARK. 10:00 a.m. A growing group of parents and children have started meeting the last Saturday of each month for play time and French conversation at a local park. Not all the children speak French, but they all like to play and will benefit from hearing the language. For more information, call Evelyn at 576-1434 or email to

Last Saturday of the month: CHRISTINA ANDREWS AT THE CAFE SOCIETE. 7pm-10pm. Flutist with lovely French repertoire, featuring selections by Debussy, Ravel and other impressionist composers. Cafe Society, 1000 Main St, Napa 707.256.3232 x206 Email 7pm - 10pm.

Sundays at noon: PETANQUE A JUILLIARD PARK. 211 Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa. Call Marty Montague at 707.584.0893 for information.

Sunday afternoons: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP meeting 1-2:30pm every Sunday at Red Rock Coffee located at 201 Castro St., in downtown Mountain View. All levels welcome. For more information, please email Rushani at

HAITIAN MASS. Fourth Sunday of the month. 6pm. Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA. 415.454.8141.



FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - 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: or call 510.759.1224.

FALL CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE MARIN. Courses for Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced Conversation, Beginners Children, Le temps de l'indicatif et le conditionnel, Les temps des verbes, Les pronoms, Les pronoms interrogatifs, Les pronoms relatifs, Les prepositions a et de, Le subjonctif, and an Atelier d'ecriture. Contact the AF Marin for details.

Beginning December 15, 2003. THE FRENCH CLASS -- INTENSIVE FRENCH COURSES. 6 LEVELS OF CLASSES OFFERED. Levels 1, 2, 3, or 4 Monday, December 15 through Friday, December 19. 5 days: 3.5 hours per day . Morning, afternoon or evening. Choose between one of these groups: Morning: 9:00 to 12:30; Afternoon: 1:00 to 4:30; Evening: 5:30 to 9:00. Tuition: $335. Save $30 when you register and pay BEFORE December 10, 2003: $305. Levels 5 or 6 Monday, December 15 through Friday, December 19 5 days: 3 hours per day . Morning, afternoon or evening Choose between one of these groups: Morning: 9:00 to 12:00; Afternoon: 1:00 to 4:00; Evening: 5:30 to 8:30. Tuition: $285. Save $30 when you register and pay BEFORE December 10, 2003: $255. THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street Suite 310 • San Francisco, CA 94102. TEL: 415.362.3666 • FAX: 415.362.4334.

January 5 - February 28, 2004. WINTER SESSION, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Includes courses for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, advanced, and specialized courses (discussion of newspaper articles; la presence francaise aux Etats-Unis), French for Children, French for Adolescents, ultra-short courses for those in need, and tutoring. Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa, 618 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.829.7708 or 707.543.8151 or or for details.

January 8 - February 12, 2004. LASCAUX TO VERSAILLES. Six Thursday classes taught by Kerren Meis. Study the art of france from the prehistoric paintings of Lascaux to the grandeur of Versailles. Slides, discussion, videos. Art explained in the context of its purposes, its patrons, and its meaning. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 1:30pm-4pm. $240. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909.

January 12 - March 3, 2003. B.P.U. LANGUAGE CLASSES - BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT BY MARTIZA PICK. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909.

February 7 - May 7, 2004. STUDY ABROAD WITH THE SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE. or call Monte Freidig at 707.527.4468 for details.

Summer 2004. TRAVEL WITH SCHOLARS. Journeys for the intellectually curious traveler, including trips to the south of France. or 1.800.209.7344 ext. 878

Summer 2004. LATITUDE CULTURAL CENTER, La Toulzanie (Lot Valley), located in what guidebook writer Karen Brown calls the "most spectacular 51 km stretch of France). Headquarters: The 14th century Moulin de La Toulzanie. Week-long courses from late May thru early July plus public, free near-weekly evening talks & events. Costs: From $1,000 per course, per week, which includes lodging, instructor, all but 3 meals,& special welcome dinner. Details at email:


May 29-June 5: DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY; THE MODERN DIGITAL TECHNIQUE (in English). Instructor: Bill Owens, world-renowned photographer; author, Suburbia, Working, Our Kind of People.

June 5-12. A TASTE OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE (in English & French). Instructor: E. Barbara Phillips, professor emerita, San Francisco State University. Visits to traditional producers, architectural gems, cave paintings.

June 5-12 LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP. Instructor: Jim Wisnowski, Chicago artist, workshop leader on 3 continents.

June 12-19 NARRATIVE AND ITS SETTING; STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF PLACE IN YOUR WRITING (in English). Instructor: Jeffrey Greene, author, French Spirits;award-winning poet, teacher.

June 12-19 US AND FRENCH CHILDHOODS, PAST AND PRESENT (in English). Instructor: Joe Illick, professor emerita of history, San Francisco State; author, American Childhoods (2002).

June 19-26 CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION; FROM LOSE-LOSE TO WIN-WIN (in French & English). Instructor: Sandra Melone, Executive Dr., European Centre for Common Ground, NGO based in Brussels.

June 26-July 3 LE SIECLE DE LOUIS IV: L'AGE D'OR DE LA FRANCE (in French). Instructor: Renee Morel, instructor, The French Class, City College and San Francisco State, San Francisco.

June 26-July 3 LA VIE MEDIEVALE EN QUERCY (in French). Instructor: Paul Verdier, researcher for CNRS & author, The Celtic Calendar, holds a Doctorate in Comparative Lit.

July 3-10 L'AMOUR: DE FREUD A LACAN (in French). Instructor: Hermine Mercadie, psychoanalyste a Toulouse.

July 3-10 DE LA SOUPE TO NUTS (in English & French). Instructor: Antoinette Constable, Parisienne and Californian, award-winning poet and chef with her own catering business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

July 1-July 31, 2004. SUMMER IN PARIS WITH NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE. Accent International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad. Contact: Anne-Marie McEligot, 707.224.3931. $2900. Credit transferrable.

July 1-31, 2004. EUROPEAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION SUMMER PROGRAM IN PARIS, organized by CSU Hayward and San Francisco State University. Dr. Thomas Blair, OR:

NO TIME TO COMMUTE AND GO TO THE FRENCH CLASS. Dominique Bremond, the director of The French Class is San Francisco, is now offering "Long Distance French" to people who can't make it to a class. All you have to do is call her at (415) 362-3666 or send her an e-mail at to get your own personalized French tape according to your level and needs. Just call Dominique and let her know what you would like to find on your tape and she will make a tape just for you. $21.70 (including tax) + $2.30 shipping. Total $24. You may send a check to the order of The French Class or use any credit card. Dominique Bremond has been teaching French in the Bay Area for over 20 years and specializes in grammar, prononciation, practical French and easy learning. Call now 415.362.3666.

FRENCH BY PHONE If you are too busy to leave your office or want to avoid losing time in traffic, this may be the best way for you to keep up with your French. We set up a program according to your needs and goals, including conversation, grammar and pronunciation. Lessons are 30 minutes long and $25 each or $23 for members of The French Class. For information on our membership and on our school, please visit our website at or call us at (415) 362-3666 or send us an e-mail at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 310, San Francisco CA 94102.

THE FRENCH CLASS. Special offer for Level One students: $40 of your level 1 French class, plus FREE French Class membership, newsletter and totebag! 500 Sutter Street Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102; 415.362.3666 -;

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 @ or write to

Other courses available. See for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and 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 In the East Bay, visit or write to for more class opportunities. In Marin, contact the Alliance Francaise for a schedule of classes at 415.457.4838 or For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to



January 2004. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents LA BOHEME. Wild nights and romantic trysts set in the garrets of Paris and the raucous streets of the Latin Quarter. 415.864.3330 or for details.

January 12, 2004. INTERFRENCH-FRENCHIP. Reunion Interfrench-Frenchip se trouvera sur le bateau-maison de Michel. Prevenez-le en avance si vous allez venir. Apportez qqch a boire ou a manger pour partager avec tout le monde. Venez rencontrer d'autres francophones, pratiquer votre francais, echanger des informations, ou simplement passer un bon moment entre amis. #45 South Forty Dock, Sausalito. 415.332.3290 ou 19h.

January 13, 2003. ORCHESTRE REVOLUTIONNAIRE ET ROMANTIQUE. Chamber Music and Orchestra. Jackson Hall, UC Davis, 866.754.2787 (toll free). 8pm.

January 14, 2004. ORCHESTRE REVOLUTIONNAIRE ET ROMANTIQUE & THE MONTEVERDI CHOIR. Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 for details.

January 16, 2004. KEPA JUNKERA. Basque accordion. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. 8pm. 650.725.ARTS.

January 21-24, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs FAURE'S REQUIEM and more. Conducted by Ashkenazy. 415.864.6000 or

January 30 &endash; February 21, 2004. PIERRE CORNEILLE'S THE ILLUSION, adapted by Tony Kushner. Cinnabar Theatre, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. 707.763.8920 for details..

February 21, 2004. LES YEUX NOIRS. This Paris octet creates an original melding of Klezmer and Manouche jazz, with strings, percussion, accordion, electric guitar and electronic samples. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.478.2277. 8pm.

February 26 - March 20, 2004. CONCOURS DE L'AATF-NC. Grand Concours FLES, Elizabeth Miller, 650.325.6314 or; Grand Concours secondaire, Pat Nakashima, 408.910.3525 or; Concours universitaire, Dr. Yolanda Paterson, 650.854.4183 or

March 4, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY/HOLLOWAY's EN BLANC ET NOIR. 415.864.6000 or

March 6, 2004. SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE FESTIVAL. High School students from around the Bay Area are invited to compete in contests and perform for a rocking audience. Details forthcoming! Call Christine at 707.664.3159 or Suzanne at 707.664.4177 with questions or see for details.

March 7 & 9, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS and others. 415.479.8100 or for details.

March 11 - April 11, 2004. MY OLD LADY. American writer Mathias Gold arrives in Paris intent on financing a new life with the sale of his recently inherited apartment. He soon discovers that his father bequeathed the apartment complete with tenants a very French, 90+-year-old, very determined Mathilde and her equally headstrong daughter. Play by ISRAEL HOROVITZ; directed by AMY GLAZER. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208 for subscription/tickets.

March 12-13, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY'S/ROBIN HOLLOWAY'S EN BLANC ET NOIR (SF commission, world premiere). 415.864.6000 or


March 17, 2003. VILLAGE FRANCOPHONE: PREPARATION DE LA SEMAINE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE OFFERTE PAR LE SERVICE CULTUREL. Cette annee, nous avons decide, avec l'aide l'AATF et d'autres partenaires, d'organiser un evenement ambitieux dont les acteurs seront les eleves en francais de tout age. Pour le moment, nous avons elabore un concept et nous comptons sur l'aide de tous les professeurs pour organiser cette journee. Nous avons deja identifie un lieu. La directrice de La Maison Internationale de Berkeley, Mme Liliane Koziol, qui est aussi Consul Honoraire de Madagascar, a accepte de nous preter la salle des fetes pour cette occasion (The Chevron Auditorium). Si vous voulez voir a quoi ressemble l'endroit : Pour que nous commencions des maintenant a fixer la date d'une premiere reunion a la rentree, nous avons besoin de savoir si le projet vous interesse. Contactez-nous et faites nous savoir des que possible si vous voulez participer par email : ou par telephone : 415.397.0321.

March 18-26, 2004. LA MUSIQUE DU ROI SOLEIL. Program by PHILHARMONIA. 415.392.4400 or or for tickets and information.

March 19, 2004. OAKLAND EAST BAY SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S BOLERO and more. 510.444.0801 or for details.

March 20, 2004. THE FEZ FESTIVAL: THE SPIRIT OF FEZ TOUR. Cal Performances. 510.642.9988 for details.

April 15-17, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs RAVEL'S SUITE FROM MOTHER GOOSE. 415.864.6000 or

April 15-18, 2004. CALIFORNIA LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE. Monterey. 310.391.7127 ou ou

April 24, 2003. GRIOT NEW YORK. or 650.725.2787 for details.

April 25, 2004. MARIN SYMPHONY performs SAINT-SAENS' CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS. Storytelling in Music Family Concert. 3pm. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. $10/$5. 415.479.8100 or for details.

May 7-9, 2004. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs DEBUSSY'S RONDES DE PRINTEMPS and more. 415.864.6000 or for details.

May 21-23, 2004. SOCIETE SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR COLLOQUE INTERNATIONAL. Monterey Institute of International Studies. Renseignements: ou



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