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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University
January 22, 2004

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January 22, 2004. RON HANSEN talks about ISN'T IT ROMANTIC? AN ENTERTAINMENT, a novel about a young Parisian woman who embarks upon an adventure in the U.S. and gets stranded in Nebraska. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. 7pm.

January 22-29, 2004. HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO &endash; JAZZ HOT will be performing live on RIVERWALK, KCSM FM 91.6.

Opening January 23, 2004. YSL: HIS LIFE AND TIMES and YSL: 5, AVENUE MARCEAU, 75116 PARIS (France 2002). Both written and directed by DAVID TEBOUL. In French with English subtitles. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. at Valencia, SF. 415.431.3611.

Opening January 23, 2004. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. Four films from this year's Oscar submissions for best foreign language film. Rafael Film Center, San Rafael. 415.454.1222 or

January 23, 2004. HUIT ANS EN BATEAU ET EN FAMILLE. Conférence de MICHEL COUVREUX. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco. (Parking à prix modéré à coté et en face). Ancien délégué élu au conseil supérieur des français de l'étranger, Michel Couvreux a accepté de nous raconter ses expériences d'aventurier. Michel et sa famille ont parcouru les mers du globe pendant huit années. Ils ont eu à affronter tous les problèmes des familles sédentaires tout en changeant constamment d'environnement. L'exposé sera fait à partir d'une projection de diapositives. Discussion en fin d'exposé. 18h30. Conférence organisée par L'UNION DES FRANCAIS DE L'ETRANGER. Le nombre de places étant strictement limité pour des raisons de sécurité merci de vous inscrire en apellant: Vilma Bellone 415.751.3563 Une participation de 5 $ pour les membres de l'UFE et de 10 $ pour les autres sera demandée à l'entrée.

January 23, 2004. MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE. Alliance Française de Berkeley. 6h30pm. Call John at 510.526.6404. $10 donation for pizza, wine and salad.

January 23, 2004. L'ETOILE DE MER (Man Ray, 1928). San Francisco Media Archive (also showing films by Claude Lelouch and others). 275 Capp, SF. 415.558.8117 or (RSVP preferred, as seating is limited). 8pm.

January 23, 2004. ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER, mezzo-soprano, and BENGT FORSBERG, pianist, perform BERLIOZ and more. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus. Cal Performances, 510.642.9988.

January 23, 2004. ALAMEDA ZYDECO/CAJUN ALL-STAR BAND performs at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda, Alameda. 415.285.6285. 9pm. $12.

January 23-31, 2004. AN EVENING OF FRENCH CABARET. Pretend you're in Paris for a romantic rendez-vous as chanteuse Moana Diamond performs the moody songs of French café-théâtres. Cabaret artists Craig Jessup and Danny Slomoff will also perform. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.363.9600. $15-$20.

January 23 &endash; February 14, 2004. THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Role Players Ensemble Theatre performs the adventures of D'Artagnan and his fellow musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they fight for king and country with frequent detours involving swordplay, wine, women and song. Call for show times. $11-$20. Village Theatre, 233, Front St., Danville. Contacts: 925.314.3463, 925.820.1278.

January 24, 2004. CHEF PAUL ARENSTAM prepares CHANTERELLE MUSHROOM AND ONION TART at The Cellar, Macy's, SF. Noon.

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

January 25, 2004. NATASHA JAMES sings stellar stories while incorporating elements of zydeco and other styles. Rancho Nicasio, On The Town Square. 4pm. 415.662.2219.

January 28, 2004. PIAF: HER STORY… HER SONGS. Back by Popular Demand! Starring Raquel Bitton. In response to numerous requests, we offer a second preview screening of this sumptuously filmed concert-documentary capturing performing artist Raquel Bitton in her internationally acclaimed tribute to the legendary French singer EDITH PIAF. Rafael Film Center. Tickets available at the Rafael box office on 4th street in San Rafael California or online: go to: Filmmaker/Performer Raquel Bitton in Person $10, $8 CFI Members, Seniors. 7pm.

January 29, 2004. LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SANTA ROSA. At the Foyer de l'Alliance, 613 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Text: KAMOURASKA by Anne Hebert. 7pm.

January 29, 2004. L'ALGERIE ET LA FRANCE. Conférence en français par Chérif Castel, attaché culturel au consulat de San Francisco, gratuit mais donations acceptées. 18h30 à l'Alliance Française de Berkeley. Call 510.548.7481 for infos.

January 29-31, 2004. BACK À DOS et le DEPARTEMENT DES ARTS DU LYCEE INTERNATIONAL FRANCO-AMERICAIN DE SAN FRANCISCO présentent 5 pièces en un acte au théâtre du LIFA. Pour tout renseignement appelez le 415.558.2086 ou consultez le site Internet à

January 30, 2004. LA RENAISSANCE: REVOLUTIONS ET TRADITIONS. Conférence en français par Renée Morel à l'Alliance Française de San Francisco. 10am &endash; 11:30pm. 1345 Bush St., SF. Sponsored by the SF Bay Accueil. Fee: $6 (Members of the Alliance Francaise need to pay since the conference is sponsored by SF Baie Accueil and not by them.) Topic: Ce n'est que depuis le XIXe siecle que le beau terme "Renaissance" existe, invente par des historiens de l'epoque romantique. Ce terme s'applique admirablement a l'age des explorations, des conquetes techniques, de l'humanisme et du renouveau dans les arts. Conference en francais presentee par Renee Morel et illustree de nombreuses diapositives. SVP, arrive early (9:45) and allow plenty of time for parking.

January 30, 2004. CERCLE FRANCAIS DE PETALUMA. La prochaine reunion aura lieu chez Chantal et Bernard Bouyssounouse à Novato. 415.892.2245 ou Avec enfants. 7:00PM On va manger les crepes!!

January 30, 2004. APERITIFS FOR A BON APPETIT! With special guest, Georgeanne Brennan, author of Aperitif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style. 3:00pm-5:00pm WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN APERITIF AND A COCKTAIL? We invite you to stop by Café Society in San Francisco and partake in this delightful French ritual held at the customary time of late afternoon. Hear the fascinating history of the French aperitif as told by our guest, Georgeanne Brennan, author of Aperitif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style. You will learn why the aperitif is as essential to the café lifestyle as the Gatti bistro furniture! Meet the author and pick up a signed copy of her wonderful book, available for purchase at Café Society. Event to be held at: Café Society, SF Design Center, 2 Henry Adams Street, #360, San Francisco, CA. RSVP 415.487.2333 X118 Seating is limited.

January 30-February 4, 2004. TO BE AND TO HAVE (Nicolas Philbert). Castro Theatre, SF.

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.



ON LOCATION EDUCATION SEEKS BAY AREA MULTI-LINGUAL EDUCATOR. OLE, the country's premiere on-set education service for the entertainment industry, is seeking a native French speaker who is also fluent in Spanish to teach an 11-year-old performer in a San Francisco-based production. Educator must be able to teach in French, Spanish and English. Part-time daytime availability is a must. Please fax resume and cover letter to 914.666.3810 Attn Becca Gershowitz or e-mail

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.



Watch this space for recent reviews of local French restaurants!



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

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (Denys Arcand, 2003). Opera Plaza, SF, 415.267.4893.

BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS / THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (Sylvain Chomet, 2003). Cinearts at Marin, Sausalito, 415.331.0255; Act One/Two, Berkeley, 510.843.3456; Embarcadero Center Cinema, SF, 415.267.4893.

LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR / WINGED MIGRATION (Jacques Perrin). Rialto, Santa Rosa, 707.525.4840; Elmwood, Berkeley, 510.649.0530.

THE STATEMENT (ex-Vichy policeman/wartime Nazi collaborator played by Michael Caine). Lumiere, SF, 415.267.4893. Reviewed in this week's Pacific Sun, p.25.

YVES SAINT-LAURENT: 5, AVENUE MARCEAU, 75116 PARIS. Dir. David Teboul. Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.

YVES SAINT-LAURENT: HIS LIFE AND TIMES. Dir. David Teboul. Roxie, SF, 415.863.1087.



January 29-February 29, 2004. GARDENS AROUND THE WORLD. International School of the Peninsula's student art gallery, "Gardens Around The World" will be featured at Stanford University School of Education from January 29th to February 29th. World-renowned Stanford Professor of Education and Art, Dr. Elliot Eisner, will be speaking at the gallery's opening on January 29, 2004 at 6:00 P.M. at the School of Education Cubberley Auditorium. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Free Admission. The "Gardens Around The World" student art gallery focuses on 16th - 20th century European, Egyptian and Chinese art. Students studied artisans such as Esher, Matisse, Monet and Van Gogh and worked with one of the following art methods: pastel, watercolor, collage, gouache, wax crayons, mix media and printing. Location: Stanford School of Education Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Palo Alto. Contact: Patricia at 650.251.8521 or go to

Through January 31, 2004. VAL DE TINEE. WORKS BY RICHARD BENNETT. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

Through February 1, 2004. WHEN IS A 'PORTRAIT' NOT A PORTRAIT? TWO BRONZE BUSTS. Works by Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto.

February 2-27, 2004. RECENT WORKS BY JACK DZAMBA. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

Through February 8, 2004. REPROCESSING INFORMATION. Videoworks that explore information as landscape and medium. Includes films by Pierre Huyghe. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF. 415.357.4000 or

Through February 21, 2004. HENRI MATISSE: PRINTS AND DRAWINGS. John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Avenue, SF. 415.781.4629.

Through February 23, 2004. EATING AND DRINKING IN SPLENDOR. Georgian silver from the Alan and Simone Hartman collection. See the French influence in the London fashions in clothing and food from the early 19th century, in items from sauceboats, soup tureens, wine coasters, entrée dishes, etc. Copia, Napa.

March 1-27, 2004. NEW PAINTINGS BY WINSTON BRANCH. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

Through March 6, 2004. MODERN MASTERS EXHIBITION. Special collection of works on paper and prints by Chagall, Matisse, Miro and Picasso. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., SF. 415.421.7171 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 : French-American TV is now on Berkeley community Media. Go to: Thursday at 5 pm, Friday at 12:30pm, and Saturday at 8 p.m. The shows are on the internet at the same time they are aired. Also I am on the internet and the link to the stream fatv shows is: and on and soon on Contact:




MARIN-PARIS APARTMENT EXCHANGE. Owner of 2-bedroom, 5th floor (4e etage) Parisian apartment would like to exchange for a house in Marin for July 15-Aug 15th, 2004. 1,000 sq foot luxury apt one block from the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement. Very quiet. Balcony and view of the river. 2 bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with bunk beds (children's room). One bathroom and one wc. Elevator. Nearest metro: alma marceau. Bus lines 42, 92, 69, 87. Apt is fully furnished and has all appliances americans like: washer/ drying/ dishwasher/microwave/cable TV and DSL internet connection. Near the famous Rue Cler open air market. Lots of commerce and museums nearby. (No San Francisco or Sonoma County exchange desired.) Contact:

PARISIAN CAFÉ JAZZ IN PLEASANT HILL. Left Bank of Pleasant Hill features jazz on Friday evenings from 7pm to 11pm, including LAURENT FOURGO from Paris! 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925.288.1222 or for more details.

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.

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.

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. NOTE: This causerie will be merged iwth the Tuesday and Wednesday causeries in January 2004.

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 à Greenbrae. or or 415.925.1241 for details.

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).

Tuesday evenings: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP meeting 7:30-8:30pm every Tuesday at Cafe Borrone ( located at 1010 El Camino Real, in Menlo Park. All levels welcome. For more information, please email Keith at or Rushani at

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

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: CONVERSATION IN PACIFICA. A group of students from SFSU have started a French conversation group in Pacifica. We welcome all who wish to converse in French: native speakers, beginner, intermediate or advance students. We meet at Starbuck's in the Linda Mar Shopping center, every Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Come and join us. For any questions, email

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



LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN. The International School of the Peninsula located in Palo Alto is offering extensive adult language classes and children's after-school program. For adults we offer separate classes for varying proficiency levels for each language: Arabic, English ESL, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The next 14-week session starts on Monday, February 2, 2004, enrollment starting early January. Join our Open House on Saturday, January 24, 2004 from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. For children in grades pre-K-8th offering a great selection of after-school activities such as art class, chess, Chinese dance, chorus, basketball, soccer, and language classes (Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Russian and Spanish). The new semester starts on Monday, February 2, 2004, enrollment starting on Tuesday, January 19, 2004. For more information please contact Béatrice Bergemont., Phone: 650.251.8519, Web site:

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.

January 21 &endash; February 25, 2004. L'EUROPE ROMANTIQUE. Enseigne par Renee Morel, avec de nombreuses diapositives - en francais, naturellement! Romantisme aristocratique et reactionnaire qui va a contre-courant de l'heritage des Lumieres ou Romantisme engage qui reve d'accomplir les promesses socialistes? Theoricien ou acteur, romancier ou poete, musicien ou peintre, le romantique vit dans son temps. C'est Werther aussi bien que Garibaldi. Ardent et tourmente, le puissant imaginaire romantique reflete les bouleversements politiques et sociaux de son epoque - veritablement le "mal du siecle". Wednesday mornings, 10:30am to 12 noon, 6 weeks, $155. The French Class - 500 Sutter Street (Suite 310)- San Francisco, CA 94102 Tel: 415.362.3666. Fax: 415.362.4334. [Discount for French Class members and early birds.]

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

February 12 &endash; March 11, 2004. ADVANCED, BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE FRENCH taught by Anna Gottreich. Tamalpais High School, Room 10, Wood Hall. 4pm-5:15pm. $30/4 weeks.

April 29 - May 6, 2004. THE IMAGE OF WOMAN IN RENAISSANCE ART. Art historian KERRIN MEIS explores Woman as the Other in Renaissance painting and sculpure. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. 1:30pm &endash; 4pm. $75.

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.

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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



February 6, 2004. LA RENAISSANCE. Visite au Palais de la Légion d'Honneur par Renée Morel. La collection Renaissance et Maniérisme du Palais de la Légion d'Honneur comprend des oeuvres francaises (Ecole de Fontainebleau), italiennes (Tintoret, Cesare da Sesto) et espagnoles (deux tableaux de El Greco), ainsi que des objets d'art de la période (céramiques et émaux). RDV à 9h45 devant la pyramide, dans la cour intérieure. La visite durera 1h15. Coût: $2 par personne (membre ou non membre, entrée au musée comprise). 25 personnes maximum par visite. Pour la visite au musée, réservation absolument nécessaire, avant le 4 Février, auprès de : Marie-Elise Lyman : (415) 759-7274,

February 7, 2004. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND. New Orleans by the Bay. "The best jazz band in the land." Straight from the jazz cradle of New Orleans, thre's no better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with the single finest New Orleans/traditional jazz ensemble. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. $220/$28/$38. 8pm. or 415.776.1999

February 7, 2003. CANTIAMO. Come hear the excellent chamber choir, Cantiamo, perform a program of choral treasures, with songs from their Renaissance repertoire and more modern pieces by DURUFLE and others. Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 5475 Snyder Lane (at Southwest), Rohnert Park. 8pm. Tickets $10 General admission, $8 FANS (SSU faculty, alumni & staff), $6 students. 707.664.2218 or

February 8, 2004. LA RENAISSANCE. Visite au Palais de la Légion d'Honneur par Renée Morel. La collection Renaissance et Maniérisme du Palais de la Légion d'Honneur comprend des oeuvres francaises (Ecole de Fontainebleau), italiennes (Tintoret, Cesare da Sesto) et espagnoles (deux tableaux de El Greco), ainsi que des objets d'art de la période (céramiques et émaux). RDV à 2h30 devant la pyramide, dans la cour intérieure. La visite durera 1h15. Coût: $2 par personne (membre ou non membre, entrée au musée comprise). 25 personnes maximum par visite. Pour la visite au musée, réservation absolument nécessaire, avant le 4 Février, auprès de : Marie-Elise Lyman : (415) 759-7274,

February 8, 2004. DARESALAM. Africa in the Picture. Film by Serge Coelo set in 1970s Chad when the country was plagued by civil war. KQED TV9, midnight. Set your VCR the night before (2/7)!

February 9, 2004. CLUB DE LECTURE DE L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. Le Club de Lecture se réunit une fois par mois pour découvrir les récentes acquisitions de la bibliothèque. Venez lire et partager vos impressions sur ces nouveaux livres. 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

February 10, 2004. DESCENT INTO THE ICE. On treacherous Mt. Blanc, a team of daring "glacionauts" descends into a labyrinth of unexplored ice caves. KQED TV9, 8pm.

February 12, 2004. L'ACTION HUMANITAIRE: ESPACE POUR HOMMES LIBRES OU ALIBI POUR PUISSANTS? Conférence d'Alain Dubos. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

February 13, 2004. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW features a 19th-century French Pallisyware platter. KQED TV9, 9pm.

February 14, 2004. VALENTINE'S DAY HIGH TEA AND HAUT CHOCOLAT at CAFÉ SOCIETY. 2pm-5pm. Featuring French Thé des Ecrivans, Angelina chocolate chaud and other special French delectibles as well as a raffle for the Chocolate French book to benefit the NVOH. 1000 Main Street, #100 Napa, CA 94559. 707.256.3232 x206.

February 14, 2004. VALENTINE'S DAY AT LEFT BANK. A selection of unique à la carte dishes to celebrate the day as well as our regular cuisine grand-mère. 5:30pm to 11pm. Reservations recommended.

February 14, 2004. TAHITIAN CRÈME ANGLAISE. Simply Ming. KQED TV9, 2pm.

February 15, 2004. TALES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE. Africa in the Picture. Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety juxtaposes harsh realities against the dream of social justice in Africa. KQED TV9, 1am. Set your VCR the night before (2/14)!

February 18, 2004. FROM LIFE features OLIVIER LAUDE, photographer from Corsica (currently living in San Francisco) among others. KQED TV9, 7:30pm.

February 20, 2004. MEMOIRES DE GUERRE DE CHARLES DE GAULLE. Rendez-vous littéraire de l'Alliance Française de San Francisco. 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

February 20, 2004. JOANNE HARRIS, author of CHOCOLAT, talks about her new novel HOLY FOOLS, a story of love and betrayal, friendship and revenge, set in 17th century France. Former rope-dancer Juliette becomes Soeur Auguste to protect herself and her daughter. Soeur Auguste's comfortable existence in a convent begins to unravel with the arrival of a powerful spiritual advisor. He is perhaps the only person who can destroy her new life. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. 1pm.

February 20-21, 2004 . FROM LIBERATION TO THE NEW WAVE: FRANCE IN THE POST WAR ERA 1945-1962. At Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Friday, February 20, 8:00 - 10:00 pm. After 1944, Paris once again became one of the preeminent cultural capitals of the world, exporting trend-setting fashion, filmmaking and literary style to the United States and a revived Europe. But Paris and France as they emerged after World War II were very different from their prewar selves, as France and its capital fully embraced the 20th Century. On Friday evening, Irwin Wall, author of France, the United States, and the Algerian War, 1954-1962, a ground-breaking reexamination of the Algerian War and the role of Charles DeGaulle in it, opens the program with an examination of French politics and foreign policy from the mid 1940s to the early 1960s. Saturday, February 21, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Kristin Ross, author of Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture, will examine French intellectual life and literature in the two decades after the Liberation. She will be followed by Melissa Leventon, former curator of textile arts at the DeYoung Museum, who will discuss postwar French fashion and its significance as a cultural symbol, as well as its importance to the postwar French economy. After lunch, John Zysman of UC-Berkeley will explore the postwar revival and modernization of the French economy, followed by Vanessa Schwartz of USC, an expert on the Cannes Film Festival, who will trace the evolution of the Festival and its vital importance for the Nouvelle Vague French filmmakers (such as Francois Truffaut) who emerged at the end of the 1950s. The program closes with a panel disussion with all speakers.

February 21, 2004. A MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION. Cooking program. KQED TV9, 9am.

February 21, 2004. TAHITIAN CRÈME ANGLAISE. Simply Ming. KQED TV9, 2pm.

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

February 28, 2004. A FRENCH COUNTRY GARDEN. P. Allen Smith's Garden Home. KQED TV9, 8:30am.

February 28, 2004. SOUFFLES. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. KQED TV9, 11:30am.

February 29, 2004. FAAT KINE. Africa in the Picture. Ousmane Sembene directed this homage to "everyday heroism of African women." KQED TV9, 12:30am. Set your VCR the night before (2/28)!

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, 2004. FRENCH CHEESE at CAFÉ SOCIETY (the real non-pasturized cheese just like in France) & WINE TASTING AND PAIRING with Stu Fisher & Shawn LaRue. 1000 Main Street, #100 Napa, CA 94559. 707.256.3232 X206 4pm-6pm.

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

March 8, 2004. CAMILLE CLAUDEL, SYMBOLE DU FEMINISME? Conférence d'Anne Delbée. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more 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 13, 2004. FRENCH CABARET MUSIC WITH MARIA FERNANDES MARQUEZ & FRIENDS at CAFÉ SOCIETY. 1000 Main Street, #100 Napa, CA 94559. 707.256.3232 X206. 8pm performance.


March 16, 2004. GENOCIDE IN RWANDA. Lecture by MATHILDE MUKANTABANA. Holocaust Lecture Series, Sonoma State University. Details:

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, 2004. PARIS LA GRANDE. SPECTACLE DE CHANSONS DE PHILIPPE MEYER. Dans son spectacle, il chante Paris comme une sorte d'Amérique, un nouveau monde, où l'on peut s'affranchir, refaire sa vie, tracer son chemin, devenir l'acteur de son destin. Nostalgie ou regret, défi à la Rastignac ou illusion, insolente ou militante, la chanson va d'un Paris à son contraire et met le talent de l'interprète à célébrer cette métropole où l'homme peut aimer, vivre, s'amuser, entreprendre et penser sans entraves. Elle raille, elle brocarde, ou plus simplement croque une scène de rue, brosse un tableau de la vie ordinaire. Accompagné de Philippe Gesbert au piano, Meyer prouve merveilleusement que, comme le dit la chanson, Paris sera toujours Paris. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details.

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 19-21, 2004. INTERNATIONAL LIVING. If you've always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a "pied-à-terre" of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these two-and-a-half days in San Francisco will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinner, cocktails -- with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S. -based expertsYou'll have an opportunty to ask questions and learn all you'll need to know to make your dream come true to live in France or just be a part of the profits on owning property there. We'll open with a cocktail party, enjoy a dinner together and discover all the fabulous atmosphere San Francisco has to offer. Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, 2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, USA. Conference Fees: First Person $895; Early Bird Registration Before February 15, 2004 $795; Spouse or Partner $595. Reservations and information: U.S. OFFICE; Schuyler Hoffman, Special Projects Manager; Toll Free in the U.S. 1-877-IL PARIS (1-877-457-2747). Email:

March 20, 2004. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL CEZANNE: PAINTER OF LIGHT. Slide and lecture tour by travel editor and writer GEORGIA HESSE. Follow the footsteps of the famed artists beginning near his birthplace in Aix-en-Provence, to his schools, his favorite cafés, churches, and the house where he died. Virtual tour of the French countryside and its villages with travel suggestions (lodging, restaurants, wines). Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. 10am-1pm. $40.

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

March 22, 2004. LE FRANCAIS, L'ANGLAIS, EVOLUTIONS PARALLELES. Conférence de Loïc Depeker. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 415.775.7755 or for more details. (Conférence dans le cadre de la semaine de la francophonie.)

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.

April 29-May 6, 2004. THE IMAGE OF WOMAN IN RENAISSANCE ART. Art historian KERRIN MEIS explores Woman as the Other in Renaissance painting and sculpure. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or 800.999.7909. 1:30pm &endash; 4pm. $75.

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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