December 1-9, 2011

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December Events

December 1, 2011.  MEETUP FOR LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO:  CHALET BASQUE. Rejoignez-nous pour un peu de vin ou autre boisson tout en conversant en francais. Si vous ne pouvez pas nous trouver, faites-leur savoir que vous etes avec le groupe de conversation en francais. Ils vont reserver un espace pour nous. (17h - 19h) Please join for a bit of wine or other beverage of your choice while practicing your French. If you can't find us, let them know you are part of the French conversation group. They are reserving an area for us. We will stay at least until 7 p.m.  5:00 PM  Le Chalet Basque Restaurant, 405 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA.   

December 1, 2011.  SOIREE GRANDE ECOLES – PARISTECH & AUTRES. Nous organisons une soirée anciens des Grandes Ecoles à San Francisco le Jeudi 1er Décembre prochain. Ce sera une occasion de se rencontrer ou de se revoir dans un cadre agréable. Nous vous proposerons un buffet, un bar ouvert et une piste de danse. La participation aux frais permettra de couvrir le coût logistique, la nourriture et les boissons. La soirée est ouverte à tous les anciens des Grandes Ecoles, seuls ou accompagnés bien évidemment. Nous espérons vous y voir nombreux!  6:00 PM to 11:55 PM (PT) San Francisco, CA  

December 1, 2011.  OPENING RECEPTION for LETTERS TO MONET.  Works by REIKO MURANAGA. 4pm-7pm.  Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., Level 2, SF.  415.956.2650 or for details.

December 1-18, 2011.  AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY opens its season with CINDERELLA, a retelling of the classic CHARLES PERRAULT fairy tale set in the bayous of Louisiana.  Buriel Clay Theater, African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco.  $10-$35.  800.838.3006 or for details. 

December 2, 2011. LA GRANDE SEDUCTION / SEDUCING DR. LEWIS, a winner at Sundance. Dir. Jean-François Pouliot with Raymond Bouchard & David Boutin. Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation.

December 2, 2011.  FICTIONALITY AND THE HISTORY OF THE NOVEL.  A conversation between NICHOLAS PAIGE and JAMES GRANTHAM TURNER.  Please join us for an event to mark the publication of Nichoals Paige's Before Fiction: The Ancien Régime of the Novel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). The book is available at University Press Books, and a pdf of the introduction and another excerpt can be obtained by e-mailing  3 p.m., Friday, December 2 in the French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle, UC-Berkeley.

December 2, 2011.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO plays in Winters CA at THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE our CD release show "Hot Club Cool Yule" - holiday fun for the entire family, even Scrooge. Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909. for details.

December 2, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO HOLIDAY GUITAR ENSEMBLE perfoms works by RAMEAU and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608 or for details.  $14-$17, under 12 free.  8pm. 

December 3, 2011.  JANE BIRKIN EN CALIFORNIE. Jane Birkin, muse du légendaire Serge Gainsbourg, lui rend homage en chanson au Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, le 2 décembre et au Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, le 3 décembre. Twenty years after the death of the great Serge and 40 after L'Histoire de Melody Nelson, the first Gainsbourg concept album featuring her brilliant performances, Jane Birkin returns once again to the songs of the master. After pop, «Arabesque» and classical versions, she now brings them a distinctly Japanes flavour, and for high-minded reason. In the wake of the terrible Japanese disaster, Birkin decided to get involved in the best way she knew how, with a concert in Tokyo, assembling an impressive cast of Japanese musicians to collect funds for Doctors of the World. Now she's finally back in North America with her versions of the Gainsbourg songbook.  Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., SF.  8pm. for details.

December 3, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs MUSIC FOR FAMILIES, including GOUNOD’s  Scherzo from Petite Symphonie for Wind Instruments and SAINT-SAENS’ Finale from Symphony No. 3, Organ (excerpt)  Take a magical ride through some of music's most magnificent sounds. Your family will enjoy favorites by Mozart, Bernstein and more. Plus, a special treat — the Davies Symphony Hall organ!  Ticketholders will receive a free concert guide to enhance music appreciation at home.  Recommended for ages 7 and older. Group discount not available. for details.

December 3, 2011.  CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA performs works by RAVEL and others.  Alasdair Neale conducts; Hannah Nicholas, viola.  50 Oak St., SF.  8pm.  415.503.6265 or for deetails.

December 3, 2011.  LISA MEZZACAPPA AND NIGHTSHADE perform works by MESSAIEN and contemporary chamber works.  $10-$15, sliding scale.  8pm.  Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley.  510.549.3864 or for details. 

December 3 & 4, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC CHORUS performs works by SAINT-SAENS and more.  Saturday:  Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., SF; Sunday:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephen’s Dr., Orinda. 7pm.  $18-$20.  415.721.4077 or for details.

Through December 4, 2011. CARMEN by GEORGES BIZET; Libretto by HENRI MEILHAC & LUDOVIC HALEVY. Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera, and Kate Aldrich embodies her as well as any performer today. The sultry mezzo-soprano is “an impressive Carmen…who brought her alluring physique and rich, healthy voice to this touchstone role” (The New York Times). The classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production features tenor Thiago Arancam, fresh from his success in San Francisco Opera's Cyrano de Bergerac (2010), as Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen's spell. Paulo Szot, a Tony Award winner for South Pacific adored for his "sultry bedroom eyes, commanding baritone" (The New York Times) promises to be a breathtaking bullfighter, with Adler Fellow soprano Sara Gartland as Micaëla. Sung in French with English supertitles Approximate running time: 3 hours, 20 minutes including two intermissions. for details.

Through December 4, 2011. CARMEN FOR FAMILIES. By GEORGES BIZET, with libretto by HENRI MEILHAC & LUDOVIC HALEVY. The perfect introduction to opera, Carmen for Families is a two and a half hour version of this season's exciting production, telling the classic story of love, jealousy, betrayal and death with character types recognizable by audiences of all ages. Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work, featuring the alluring gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and her brave bullfighter who wins her heart. This opera is recommended for ages 10 and up due to the mature nature of the characters and story of Carmen. Sung in English with English supertitles Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. for details.

December 4, 2011.  THIS IS IT, a concert of French, Spanish, English and American carols and a little poetry presented by sopranos Sara Evinger and Cheryl Keller, with pianist Miles Graber.  Program includes French composers A. M. et M. DAUTREMER, among others.  St. John's Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Road off Highway 13 at Thornhill, Oakland, CA.  Contact Sara Evinger at for more information and directions to the church.  5:00pm.

December 4, 2011. RANDONNEE D’AUTOMNE. SEPT MILES A PLAT SUR LA CHAUSSEE. On se rencontre pour un covoiturage au café Starbucks entre Safeway et Wolf Camera (voire photo) 2018 Market St, San Francisco!!! Evitez les chaussures de marche, prenez des baskets à la place !!! Covoiturage informel à 10:30 depuis San Francisco (voire les coordonnées ci-dessus). Je peux prendre quatre personnes. Sinon, rendez-vous au début du sentier à 11:10. Détails et images: La pluie annulle cette événement (mais il devrait faire beau) 10:30 AM

December 4, 2011.  PETIT MEET-UP DES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Bonjour Francophones de SF! Le prochain Petit Meetup de conversation française au Café H aura lieu le dimanche 4 decembre, de 14 h jusqu'à 16 h. Le café se trouve dans l'arrondissement Castro de San Francisco, dans la 17eme rue au croisement de Sanchez St. Le cafe propose des sandwichs, de salades, de pâtisseries, et de boissons. Le café offre un grand nombre de tables à l'intérieur, et il y a des places en terrasse egalement. Tous niveaux de langue française sont bienvenus! Essayons de terminer la conversation à environ 16 h. Le propriétaire voudrait fermer le café un peu de bonne heure le dimanche. J'espère vous voir dimanche après midi.  H Café, 3801 17th St., San Francisco, CA.  2pm.

December 4, 2011.  DEBORAH KUHL performs FRENCH STANDARDS at the First Street Café.   Please come and enjoy some holiday music cheer Upstairs at the First Street Cafe!  Our usual gang of musicians will take turns doing their versions of holiday songs...all styles..surprises guaranteed.  All are welcome to join in, perform and/or sing along!   Saturday, Dec. 3 7-11pm First Street Cafe 440 First Street Benicia   Happy Holiday Wishes from Deborah Kuhl

December 4, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Powerhouse Pub, Folsom.  A big Sunday afternoon party at one of our favorite nightclubs in the Sacramento area. 614 Sutter St., Old Folsom. 3:00-6:30 pm.  Tickets available in advance or at the door. Information: www.powerhousepub or for details.

December 4, 2011. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays a special matinee at HERBST THEATER in SF for  our CD release show "Hot Club Cool Yule" - holiday fun for the entire family, even Scrooge! Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909.

December 4, 2011.  ASHKENAZ INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL.  Join  us for a festive day of handmade arts and crafts from all over the  world,  as we transform Ashkenaz into an exotic marketplace!  Ashkenaz's Holiday Bazaar reflects our community center's global perspective:  exhibiting arts, crafts, and artisan foods that are handmade, sustainable,  recycled, related to music and dance themes, or representing cultures and  traditions from around  the world. Over 25 vendors will offer wares such as  handcrafted soaps, ethnic and vintage  clothing, jewelry, hula hoops, ceramic  art, photography, musical instruments, greeting cards, honey & beeswax, and  Haitian sculpture. The event also includes live music performances, with food  and drink available at the café.  Support local artisans this  holiday season, and your home for world music and dance... see you December 4!  11 am - 5 pm $2-up  Sliding scale admission.

December 5, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining and dancing and listening at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm.  No cover.  The most fun you can have on a Monday night! for details.

December 5, 2011.  DBF aura le plaisir d’accueillir FRANÇOISE BROUGHER, VP Global SMB Sales & Operations, Google Au Sofitel San Francisco Bay de 18h30 à 21h00. Depuis 1994, le premier lundi du mois, les francophones de la Baie se réunissent autour d'un buffet arrosé de vins français et d'un invité dont la présentation est ponctuée par les questions de Jean-Louis Gassee et de l'assistance. Pour chacun, c'est aussi l'occasion de faire de nouvelles connaissances et d'échanger idées et contacts avec d'autres francophones. Francoise leads a global team of Googlers who acquire, grow and retain online small and medium AdWords customers and online publishers—managing billions in revenues each year. They also work to maintain a web experience that is engaging, useful and safe for users and customers. Previously at Google, Francoise was vice president of business operations. In that role, she helped solve strategic business problems and led sustainability efforts, including solar panel installation at the Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. Passionate about bringing technology to every part of the world, she helped Google launch its presence in Africa in 2006. In 2011, she was part of the first all-women tech delegation to visit Liberia and Sierra Leone on behalf of the U.S. State Department, investigating how technology can increase opportunities for women and girls.  Prior to joining Google in 2005, Francoise was vice president of business strategy at Charles Schwab. Before that, she was an entrepreneur running a wholesale business that imported black pearls from the South Pacific. She also worked as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Europe and the U.S. and in manufacturing for L'Oreal in Japan.  Francoise earned an MBA from Harvard University and a master's in engineering from Institut Catholique d'Arts et Metiers in France. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their three children.  SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY 223 Twin Dolphin Drive - REDWOOD CITY, CA 94065 Trouvez des infos et inscrivez-vous sur  N'oubliez pas de nous protéger de vos logiciels anti-spam! Les informations que vous donnez à DBF ne sont jamais partagées et ne servent qu'à vous envoyer l'invitation à notre réunion mensuelle. Venez nombreux découvrir le parcours de Françoise Brougher Achat par Paypal et Membres de la FACCSF : $25 / Achat sur place : $30

December 6, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or for details.  1pm.

December 6, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or for details. 2:15pm.

December 6, 2011.  “DETOX POUR LES FETES.”  YOGA EN FRANÇAIS, presented by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY & SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL, avec ALEXANDRA ROSSI, de l’AF-B.  13h30-14h30.  Merci de confirmer votre présence par email ou par téléphone 510 541 7481, nombre de place limitée. Donation suggérée $5. N’oubliez pas d’apporter votre matelas de yoga.

December 6, 2011.  SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES presents KARITA MATTILA, soprano, and MARTIN KATZ, piano, playing works by POULENC, DEBUSSY, AULIS SALLINEN and more.  415.392.2545 or for details.  8pm. 

December 6 & 7, 2011.  BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND LUDOVIC MORLOT perform BERLIOZ’ ROMAN CARNIVAL OVERTURE, RAVEL’S DAPHNIS & CHLOE, and more.  Contact the Box Office: (415) 864-6000 OR for details.

December 7, 2011. MASTER CLASS in gypsy jazz guitar with Paul PAZZO Mehling of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. FREE. No Cover. Zip. Zero. No reason to not show up!  7pm .  Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909.

December 7, 2011.  BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by LUDOVIC MORLOT, performs Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 and more, in San Francisco. for details.

December 8, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAN FRANCISCO presents “FIND THE FRENCH” BLIND WINE TASTING.  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PT)San Francisco, CA. for details.

December 8, 2011.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO cd release for "Hot Club Cool Yule" at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz 7pm“cool-yule”/ .  Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909.

December 9, 2011.  THE FRENCH CLASS IS HAVING A CHRISTMAS PARTY! You are invited to our annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 9 between 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wine, cheese, paté, and appetizers served by French chef Aude Brissot-Lagoutte. Music by our favorite pianist Joan Edgar. Tombola (raffle) at 7pm with great prizes including several gift certificates from The French Class (participants must be present at the drawing to win a prize). Please join us to celebrate the end of the year, the beginning of a new year and, last but not least, the 20th anniversary of The French Class! Former and current students and their families are welcome. Friends of The French Class, please take this opportunity to share the fun with us. The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666

December 9, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Black Oak Casino, Tuolomne.  One of our favorite venues in the Sierra Foothills, near Sonora. Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolomne Road North, Tuolomne. 9:00 pm. No Cover.  Information: or

December 10, 2011.  "LUCIAN FREUD (1922-2011): LA PEINTURE FAITE CHAIR"  Né à Berlin en 1922 et mort en juillet dernier, Lucian Freud était le petit-fils du  célèbre psychanalyste Sigmund Freud. Il a surtout été le plus grand peintre  figuratif anglais du XXe siècle et, depuis 2008, l'artiste vivant le plus cher du  monde. Les oeuvres les plus représentatives de Lucian Freud montrent, dans un réalisme particulièrement cru, des autoportraits et des nus hors normes: obèses  ou, au contraire, émaciés. Jamais érotiques, ceux-ci dérangent à cause de leurs  positions inconfortables, disgracieuses, de leur mise en scène inquiétante. La  vision de l'artiste est exacerbée par la manière dont il peint: texture rugueuse qui accentue les teints blafards, presque cadavériques, et fait violence à ces chairs  mises à nu.   CCSF (VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, RM V114, 9:30am-12:30pm.   

December 10, 2011.  CASSAND BALLET ~ YEAR-END SHOWCASE.  A medley of Ballet and Modern-Jazz, repertoire and new creations showcasing the diverse work at Cassand Ballet.  A preview of Rodolphe Cassand's Études featuring Mads Eriksen, formerly with Royal Danish Ballet. An homage to master Roland Petit featuring Rodolphe Cassand as The Black Swan.  Saturday December 10, 2011 - 7PM  Dance Visions - Cubberley Community Center L-3  4000 Middle Field Rd, Palo Alto, California. Adult: $15, Children under 12: $10, at Cassand Ballet or at the door., 408.636.3123 or 415.505.5659 or  for details. 7pm.

Through December 11, 2011.  JEANNE MOREAU: LE TOURBILLON  / ENDURING ALLURE  "I write my own rules day by day," Jeanne Moreau once said, and few actresses of her generation can claim to have rewritten the rules of film stardom with as much conviction. After her provocative performance in Louis Malle's The Lovers (1958), Moreau (b. 1928) was touted as the next Brigitte Bardot, but she was always something more than an object of desire. Whether cool and cunning or frank and free-spirited, each of her characters projects a worldly intelligence; behind her heavily shadowed eyes are depths of private knowledge. As she has said, "Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge."  An accomplished stage performer who had appeared in a few B movies, Moreau was nearly thirty when Malle persuaded her to star in his first feature, Elevator to the Gallows (1958). "It was," she later said, "the decisive moment for the rest of my life." By the time she played the captivating Catherine in François Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1961), she was at the crest of the New Wave. Moreau's talent drew the attention of many major directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Demy, Orson Welles. All of these artists are indebted to a woman whom Welles, with his usual combination of hyperbole and insight, called "the greatest actress in the world." Juliet Clark.  Pacific Film Archive, for details.

December 11, 2011.  FETE DE NOEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  5-7pm at Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa.  707.543.8151 or or for details.

December 11, 2011. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the The Dante Club, Sacramento.  The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society's monthly Jazz Sunday. This was a blast the last time we played it, so come on out!  2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. We will play two sets between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm, showtimes TBA.  Information and advance tickets: or for details.

December 12, 2011.  REUNION DU BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Repas de Noël chez Bérénice.  7h. Chacun parlera d'un livre (français/ francophone) qu'il  a beaucoup aimé ces dernières deux ou trois ans, pour ainsi peut-être faire découvrir au groupe des livres intéressants. Nous en profiterons pour choisir notre sélection de livre de la réunion de février.

December 12, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining and dancing and listening at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm.  No cover.  The most fun you can have on a Monday night! for details.

December 13, 2011.  LE CUBISME ~ CONFERENCES SUR L’ART OFFERTES PAR LE LYCEE FRANÇAIS ET ANIMEES PAR RENEE MOREL – EN FRANÇAIS, BIEN SÛR!  Chaque conférence focalisera sur 3 images (tableau ou photo, dessin, sculpture, artefact, etc.). Pas de réservation nécessaire. Ouvert à tous.  Entrée: $5 par personne.  Braque, Picasso, Fernand Léger.  11am-noon.  Questions? Contact: Lycée Français La Pérouse auditorium, 1201 Ortega St. (at 20th Ave, SF).  Please come on time; latecomers disturb everyone.

December 16, 2011. THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN. Dir. François Truffaut, with Charles Denner and Brigitte Fossey. Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation.

December 16, 2011.  MINI-CONCERT WITH ISABELLE CHAPUIS & JAMES ROBINSON, followed by L’HOMME QUI AIMAIT LES FEMMES.  Flutist with Opera San Jose and retired faculty member at San Jose State University, Isabelle Chapuis has studied and played with France's most legendary Flutist: Jean-Pierre Rampal, Michel Debost, and more. A consummate working guitarist, Robinson played in all types of musical settings over the years.  We are honored to have Isabelle and James on December 16 at 6:30 pm for an exclusive one hour concert.  Box-office will open on Monday 11/28.  A MovieNight with Francois Trufffaut    The final MovieNight of 2011 and our Holiday party will be the occasion to meet again with Francois Truffaut and his beautiful, funny " L'Homme qui Aimait les Femmes" aka "The Man who Loved Women".  An exquiste 1977 film with Charles Denner, a very talented actor who like Truffaut passed away too early in life.  Brigitte Fossey, Nathalie Baye, Nelly  Borgeaud, and Leslie Caron support this eccentric man in his pursuit of Love.   

December 17, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or for details.  1pm.

December 17, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONISTS IN WINTER.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or for details.  2:15pm.

Through December 18, 2011.  THE SOLDIER’S TALE, 1918 play set to music by Stravinsky and choreographed by MURIEL MAFFRE.  Aurora Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, Berkeley.  510.843.4822 or for details.  $10-$55.

December 18, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE ART AND SPIRIT OF THE CRECHE.  Legion of Honor, 1pm.

December 19, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining and dancing and listening at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm.  No cover.  The most fun you can have on a Monday night! for details.

December 19-23, 2011.  WINTER CAMP FOR CHILDREN at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  9 am to 4 pm daily; $395 for the week (half day option available).  Call AFSF at 415-775-7755 to register. for details. 

Opening December 21, 2011.  THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN.  Details to follow.

December 21, 2011.  AVE (ARTISTS’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE) performs IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, including works by JOSQUIN and others. In the magnificent setting of St. Ignatius Church (where AVE enjoys Artist-in-Residence status), bedecked with dozens of evergreen trees, we celebrate the seaon (and the longest night of the year) with a concert of heart-felt music.  Instrumentalists, singers, and poetry crown the year celebrating the Virgin Mary’s Magnificat.

December 22, 2011.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO cd release for "Hot Club Cool Yule" at Yoshis Oakland  8 and 10 pm shows.  Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909.

December 23, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays Sonoma CA  420 First Street East, Sonoma  707.996.4466 Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909.

December 26, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining and dancing and listening at Le Colonial in San Francisco, 7-10pm.  No cover.  The most fun you can have on a Monday night! for details.

December 29, 2011.    MEET-UP OF LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Back by popular demand! "Last Thursday at Hotel Rex" will return into the mix of our wonderful Meetups. This old-time San Francisco hotel bar has been for several years the spot of our 'Petite Meetups' on the last Thursday each month. Then my office moved and the location became difficult for me to get to. Thanks to two devoted amis francophone, Kristine & Jim, they have offered to act as hosts when I cannot make it. So count on seeing this on the calendar each month. Thanks Kristine & Jim! Rachel  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA. 

December 30, 2011.  LE JAZZ HOT (POWER) TRIO plays in Alameda CA at Speisekammer 8-11pm NO COVER!  Information: on our "Store" page or  and the Hot Club Hot Line 415.931.0909.

December 31, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE, WINTERS.  Whoopee!! Come ring in the New Year with us once again at this great venue in Winters! This will be our third New Year's Eve in a row at the Palms and we couldn't be happier about it. The Palms is a wonderful venue with great sound and lights, plenty of seating, and a big dance floor for all you rockin' partiers! Don't miss this show! 13 Main St., Winters (just north of Vacaville). 9:00--2012... Information and advance tickets: or

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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!

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN.  Opening December 21, 2011.

THE ARTIST, starring JEAN DUJARDIN dazzles as George Valentin, reigning superstar of 1927 Hollywood, who resists the imminent transition to sound motion pictures. Bérénice Bejo equals his charm as Peppy Miller, a beautiful movie extra whose star rises as George's wanes, in a sprightly and soulful backstage tale with echoes of A Star Is Born and Singin' in the Rain. Michel Hazanavicius, director of the OSS 117 comedies, crafts a picture-perfect silent movie with period gloss that is both loving homage and an invigorating new sensation. With terrific music by Ludovic Bource, shimmering photography by Guillaume Schiffman, and strong support by John Goodman, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller (as well as one of the most delightful canine performers in years), The Artist is a treat for this or any holiday season. Rated PG-13. Writer/Director: Michel Hazanavicius. (France 2011) 100 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Embarcadero, SF. Opening December 2, 2011.

LA GRANDE SEDUCTION / SEDUCING DR. LEWIS, a winner at Sundance. Dir. Jean-François Pouliot with Raymond Bouchard & David Boutin. Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation. December 2, 2011.

LE HAVRE.  In the French harbor city that gives the film its name, bohemian shoe-shiner Marcel Marx (André Wilms) lives modestly with his wife Arletty (Kati Outinen) and dog Laika.  Discovering a young African refugee named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel), Marcel hides the boy from police Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and attempts to send him to his mother in London, across the Channel. This "political fairy tale" from director Aki Kaurismäki is in French, but it's warmhearted, eccentric and enriched by the Finnish filmmaker's humanism and characteristically deadpan sense of humor. The participation of veteran actors Jean-Pierre Léaud and Pierre Étaix is a nod to classic French cinema, and Kaurismäki's treatment of economic and immigration issues reflects his compassion for people who exist on society's fringes. Hollywood Reporter called it "a tender, warm embrace to those who find themselves rootless." In French with English subtitles. Writer/ Producer/ Director: Aki Kaurismäki. (France/Finland 2011) 93 min., San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF. 

HUGO (dir. Martin Scorsese), with the voices of Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Christopher Lee.  Story of an orphan who makes his home behind a clock in a Paris train station. Shattuck, Berkeley; Sundance Kabuki, SF; 1000 Van Ness, SF.

JEANNE MOREAU: LE TOURBILLON  / ENDURING ALLURE  "I write my own rules day by day," Jeanne Moreau once said, and few actresses of her generation can claim to have rewritten the rules of film stardom with as much conviction. After her provocative performance in Louis Malle's The Lovers (1958), Moreau (b. 1928) was touted as the next Brigitte Bardot, but she was always something more than an object of desire. Whether cool and cunning or frank and free-spirited, each of her characters projects a worldly intelligence; behind her heavily shadowed eyes are depths of private knowledge. As she has said, "Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge."  An accomplished stage performer who had appeared in a few B movies, Moreau was nearly thirty when Malle persuaded her to star in his first feature, Elevator to the Gallows (1958). "It was," she later said, "the decisive moment for the rest of my life." By the time she played the captivating Catherine in François Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1961), she was at the crest of the New Wave. Moreau's talent drew the attention of many major directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Demy, Orson Welles. All of these artists are indebted to a woman whom Welles, with his usual combination of hyperbole and insight, called "the greatest actress in the world." Juliet Clark.  Pacific Film Archive, for details. November 3-December 11, 2011.

THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN. Dir. François Truffaut, with Charles Denner and Brigitte Fossey. Movies start at 8:00pm The doors open at 7:00 PM for an aperitif, coffee, tea; buffet and conversation. December 16, 2011.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.  Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.

TOMBOY, a French film in which ZOE HERAN plays a girl who pretends to be a boy.  In TOMBOY, filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s (Water Lilies,) second feature, a family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new suburban neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids, and decides to pass herself off as “Mikael,” a boy different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten.  At home with her parents and girlie younger sister, she is Laure: hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret. Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story, which is also about relationships between children, children and parents, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body. Opera Plaza; Shattuck.

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7pm.   Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. Visit for updates on featured films. 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 (1723 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in July. To learn more :


Now open.  ON THE EDGE OF BEAUTY / SUR LE FIL DE LA BEAUTE.  Works by JEAN TRIPIER.  Watercolor and mixed media.  Mission:  Comics and Art.  3520 20th St., Suite B.  415.695.1545 or for details.

Through December 1, 2011.  BENJAMEN CHINN:  PARIS 1950-1951.  New Photography Exhibition Illustrates Parisian Street Life.  When photographer Benjamen Chinn (1921–2009) traveled to Paris to document Parisian street life from 1950 through 1951, he brought with him his innate sense of form and composition acquired over many years of creating intimate portraits of everyday life in San Francisco’s Chinatown district where Chinn was born and raised. Chinn’s images of families, musicians, children, students, shopkeepers, workers, and other features of daily Parisian life are an enduring photographic record by a gifted and important chronicler of urban-street life at home and abroad.  Benjamen Chinn: Paris 1950­­–1951 is on view in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from September 2, 2011 through December 1, 2011. The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3. There is no charge to view the exhibition.  San Francisco Airport. Images from the exhibition are available for download at:

December 1-31, 2011.  HOLIDAYS IN PARIS.  4 French Artists at Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley. Four French-American artists will present their most recent work at Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley. Fabienne Bismuth, Sculpture; Joe Boissy, Paintings; Elisabeth Michel-Meyrueix, Jewelry & Valerie Sobel, Mixed Media & Wearable Art. The show “Holidays in Paris” will be on display during the all month of December. Opening reception is on December 10 from 5 to 9 pm. The gallery visitors will then have the opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy some live music featuring French singer, Catherine Vicenti,  while sipping some wine: A great evening in perspective.   Giorgi Gallery 2911 Claremont Ave, Berkeley Thursday- Friday 12-5pm Saturday – Sunday 12-6pm.   

December 1-31, 2011.  LETTERS TO MONET.  Works by REIKO MURANAGA.  Reception December 1, 4pm-7pm.  Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., Level 2, SF.  415.956.2650 or for details.

Through December 3, 2011.  LALLA ESSAYDI:  LES FEMMES DU MAROC.  Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter Street, SF.  Reviewed in the October 6, 2011 “Ovation” (pink pages) of the SF Chronicle.  415.677.0770 or for details. 

Through December 11, 2011.  PICASSO’S CERAMICS.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, 415.750.3600 or for details.

Through December 31, 2011.  CAMILLE PISSARRO AND THE FAMILY LEGACY. Christopher Clark Fine Art Gallery.  377 Geary St., SF.  415.397.7781 or for details.

Through January 1, 2011.  THE MOURNERS:  TOMB SCULPTURES FROM THE COURT OF BURGUNDY.  39 sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1371–1419), the second duke of Burgundy. His elaborate tomb, once housed at a monastery on the outskirts of Dijon, is now one of the centerpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. The exhibition draws almost entirely from the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.  Lincoln Park | 100 34th Avenue • San Francisco, CA 94121 | 415.750.3600

Through January 1, 2012.  RODIN AND AMERICA:  INFLUENCE AND ADAPTATION, 1876-1936.  Auguste Rodin, the most famous sculptor of his day, not only appealed to sophisticated American collectors but also had a profound influence on American artists, beginning in the 1890s and persisting for decades after Rodin's death in 1917. This exhibition is the first to examine the scope of this influence, analyzing the impact of both his work itself and his ideas on sculptors, such as Malvina Hoffman and Lorado Taft, as well as on artists working in two-dimensions, such as the photographer Edward Steichen and the painter Georgia O'Keeffe.  Cantor Center for the Arts, Lomita Drive, Stanford University. for details. 

Through January 7, 2012.  60/30 – stencil art by BLEK LE RAT.  Reception 6pm-9pm, November 19.  Gallery 941, 941 Geary, SF.  415.931.1500 or for details.

Through January 22, 2012.   PISSARRO’S PEOPLE. Camille Pissarro had a unique and lifelong interest in the human figure. From his earliest years in the Caribbean and Venezuela until his death in Paris in 1903, Pissarro drew, painted, and made prints featuring human subjects from every walk of life, which outnumber the figural works of his colleagues Monet and Sisley. Pissarro’s People celebrates the painter’s humanism in all its aspects and brings together nearly 100 works of art, including some 37 paintings and numerous works on paper made over the course of his entire career. Highlights include portraits of the artist’s friends and family as well as notable genre scenes set in the fields and marketplaces of rural France. Pissarro’s paintings of townspeople, peasants, and farm workers stress their individuality rather than their mythic qualities, which so preoccupied Millet, his predecessor in the agricultural figural tradition. The cast of characters Pissarro represented reflects his unique engagement in contemporary political, social, and economic issues. The exhibition reconsiders Pissarro’s people within this rich contextual setting.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF. for details.

Through February 18, 2012.  PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRUNO SERRALONGUE.  San Francisco Art Institute.  Opening reception, Wednesday, November 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm; SEKULA & SERRALONGUE IN CONVERSATION, Wednesday, November 30, 7:30pm-9pm.   Parisian photographer Bruno Serralongue has developed a distinctive body of work that questions the truth of photographic representation and how images are produced, disseminated, and circulated in contemporary contexts. He pursues traces of media events that marked key moments in regions facing geopolitical changes: global economic and social forums; celebrations of new independent nations such as Kosovo and South Sudan in the aftermaths of civil wars; strikes and labor conflicts. Instead of seeking spectacular images of these events in the voyeuristic and dramatic style of paparazzi, Serralongue chooses to catch angles excluded from the mainstream media's framings of "reality," and surmounts considerable difficulties to cover events in his independent manner. Through images such as campfires in the campsite of striking workers at the New Fabris factory in Châtellerault, France, Serralongue symbolizes rage and determination in the face of exploitation and oppression.

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or for details.

Ongoing.  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

Ongoing. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or 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 for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. 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

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.

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 or

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 :

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 : If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France.


NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.Visit THE FRENCH WORLD with Evelyne: This is a class for intermediate students. Join Evelyne Whitman who is passionate about travel on Tuesdays from 6 to 8Pm. Learn about les DOM TOM, Belgium, Vietnam and more… Practice communication for hotels, restaurants, and public transportation. Finally, be prepared to converse with the locals! FRENCH CINEMA: This class is for strong intermediate, advanced and fluent students. Join Dr. Davida Brautman on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00PM for what promises to be an excellent class. “Il y aura des films de gangsters des années 30, 40, 50, incluant le vocabulaire de cette époque – “Rififi”, “Grisbi” , “Bob le Flambeur” et “Pepe le Moko.” On peut même terminer cette unité en costume si on veut, sans flingue bien sûr! On va bien s’amuser!” Our A1.1 to A2.6 classes are for students who want to progress incrementally from session to session. Our very patient Carole Stone is back, and will be teaching A1.2 on Tuesday evenings. This class is for those who have a whisper of French. Our new teacher Corinne Naro will be teaching A2.6. Corinne is doing her masters in FLE (Français Langue Étrangère), and we should all benefit from her experience. Lise Melin Directrice de l’Ecole AFSR— — tel: 707-543-8151.  707.543.8151 or or for details.

December 19-23, 2011.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  A great way to practice your French before going to France. All levels are offered (separately), 3 hours per day, either in the morning (9 to 12) or afternoon (1 to 4) or evening (6 to 9).  15 hours of instruction for $275 or $25 off ($250) if you pay before December 1.  Please call us to sign up at 415.362.3666 or for more information. A bientôt!

January-February, 2012.  DU CHEF-D'OEUVRE INCONNU DE BALZAC À LA BELLE NOISEUSE DE RIVETTE.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines à French Class, enseigné -- en français, bien sûr -- par RENEE MOREL.  Publiée dans la revue "L'Artiste" avant de paraître dans les "Etudes philososphiques", la nouvelle de Balzac intitulée Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu (1831) a connu une postérité prodigieuse. En effet, Ambroise Vollard l'édite comme luxueux livre d'art, demandant au plus grand peintre de la modernité, Picasso, de l'illustrer. L'histoire de Maître Frenhofer, peintre raté qui nourrit l'ambition de produire une œuvre extraordinaire,    fait monter les larmes aux yeux de Cézanne, qui s'exclame "Frenhofer, c'est moi!" En 1991, le metteur en scène Jacques Rivette y trouve assez d'inspiration pour en tirer un film de quatre heures.   Pourquoi? Parce que ce conte fantastique contient à lui seul tous les enjeux fondamentaux du processus artistique: l'idéal esthétique, la conception romantique du génie, l'inachevé, l'échec, la hantise de l'artiste de ne pas etre compris, la folie... Il oppose les dichotomies qui sous-tendent tant d'œuvres: l'amour et la création, la chair et la peinture, la femme et son portrait, l'original et la copie (la mimesis), l'échange et la circulation.   Venez discuter la fable philosophique de Balzac, ainsi que le riche réseau de références mythologiques qui sont toutes autant de métaphores de la peinture!  8 weeks (January 4 - February 22,  2012). Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON).   $250. Discounts for early birds ($240) as well as for early birds who are French Class members ($215). No book to purchase: texts will be provided.   IMPORTANT: The classroom being small, you need to register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94102 TEL: (415) 362.3666 FAX: (415) 362.4334.

January 4-18, 2011.  TRAVEL THROUGH HISTORY IN SOUTHERN FRANCE.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or    2pm-4pm.  $60.

January 25-February 8, 2011.  LURE OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or    $60.  2pm-4pm.

June 2012.  WEEK-LONG COURSES AT LATITUDE, LA TOULZANIE!  Lot Valley, France.  Four week-long June courses/workshops at the Latitude Cultural Center in La Toulzanie,  a tiny riverside hamlet (lieu-dit) in the never-industrialized Lot Valley, about 45 km East of Cahors) France.. Latitude’s hq is a 14th century mill. There is a pool (near the converted tobacco hangar) on the grounds, available to participants. June 17-23: Painting the Colors of Southwest France, with Rob O’Brien. The Vermont colorist, who has taught 2 courses at Latitude, is a much-decorated artist. plus A Taste of Textiles with Maureen (Mo) Newman, English resident of the Lot—also much decorated! June 23-30: (tentative) A Great Leap Backward—an exploration into the nearby caves (Pech Merle, etc.):with  Bay Area psychologist Adrienne Amundsen (tentative), and A Taste of the Quercy with Latitude’s founder/director Barbara Phillips. Details about all courses at PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU SEEK A PLACE FOR A SEMINAR OR WORKSHOP: A very beautiful, historic,14th century mill in La Toulzanie is available as a very special place. 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 and meals. A swimming pool, 2 minutes on foot from the mill, and a rowboat and fishing gear at the mill, are included. Photos at . For availability, please contact Latitude’s manager, Neil Buffée at   

SANTA ROSA FRENCH-AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL.  SRFACS will open in the fall of 2012 for first through fourth grades, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future.  This information is being provided as a courtesy to you. There is no affiliation between SRFACS (Santa Rosa French-American Charter School) and AFSR (Alliance Française de Santa Rosa).  For more information about the Charter School, please contact Nas Salamati:  If interested in sending your children to SRFACS, please sign the SRFACS Petition and send it to:  SRFACS (Santa Rosa French-American Charter School)  2097 Stagecoach Rd, Suite 220  Santa Rosa, CA 95404  US  On Friday the 8th of April 2011, Jacqueline Lindenfeld and I attended an informational meeting about a proposed Santa Rosa French-American Charter School known as SRFACS. This meeting was well attended, and we were impressed by the presenters who are leaders in the community in the fields of education and health/nutrition. Other members are leaders in the fields of communications and engineering. SRFACS will open in the fall of 2012 for first through fourth grades, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future.  Their goal is to offer children a solid education based on high academic standards and exposure to the global world. The dual-immersion French-American Charter School curriculum will employ a formula with a proven track record in private schools, and more recently, in charter schools on the East Coast. This opportunity will now be extended to everyone in our community via a free public charter school.  Any parent interested in having their child enrolled in a charter school focused on academic excellence with an opening to the global world is a parent  SRFACS would love to have. There are no enrollment ‘requirements’ (speaking French for example), and that is one of the great strengths of this school.  SRFACS is currently gathering signatures of parents interested in enrolling their children. You may contact this organization at:,  or sign the petition above and mail it in.  Lise Melin  Directrice de l’école @ AFSR.

"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 and to register, visit  Seesaw Cafe (? 1.415.553.8070 - 600A Octavia St.)

NEW CLASSES AT eLYCEE.  Openings :  AP Classes : Tuesday and Thursday – 7pm eastern time; Maintien de la langue : A1 to C2 (ask for schedule); French Teacher training : on Saturdays.  Also:  11 yr old and 13 yr old students are looking for classmates.  A colleague, Teacher of French, has two kids who know and understand some words in French and would like them to perform in French.  eLycée agrees to open a class for each student if we find at least to more kids around that age. If you are interested, please contact me : Classes on weekend - one hour a week - $25/h

Wednesdays & Fridays. FRENCH FOR FREE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Please note: French for Free IS NOT A CLASS. It is a free conversation group open to people who speak some French and would like to practice. Everyone is welcome. Being enrolled in one of our classes is NOT required.  Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.  Fridays from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102.  (415) 362-3666. or for details.

LE CERCLE DU LIVRE (BOOK CLUB) AT THE FRENCH CLASS. Une fois par mois. Gratuit pour les membres de The French Class.  Morning:  one Monday per month at 11:00 a.m. Marcel Proust. Le Côté de Guermantes.  Evening: one Thursday per month at 5:30 p.m. TBA.  A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club. Veuillez téléphoner  au (415) 362-3666 pour vous inscrire à l'avance. Merci.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102.  (415) 362-3666. or for details.

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:  Contactez-nous a:  

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. 

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.

NEW CLASSES FOR SUMMER at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Come and enjoy our current and new classes such as; “Révision”, “Cours intensif”, “Conversation”, “lecture”,”chansons” …  Please see our schedules for beginners, intermediate, or advanced classes.  To register please call 510 548 7481 or

NEWS FROM THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  L'Alliance Francaise in Santa Rosa has a very exciting and flexible summer program.  Please choose a minimum of 5 classes anywhere on our summer schedule. Each selected date counts as one class, and each class is $28.00.  The registration form is on page 3, and you will find a membership form on our webpage:  Please mail your registration forms and checks to us. The address is on the form.  Click on the link below to see our summer schedule:
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LEARN FRENCH ONLINE WITH SKYPE AND THE FRENCH CLASS. Learn, speak and practice French face to face with your teacher just like in a classroom. It's easy and very effective for students of any level, even complete beginners! Skype is FREE and VERY easy to install and use. The rates are:  $20  x 20 for twenty 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($400) $25 x 10 for ten 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($250) $28 x 5 for five 30 minute lessons paid in advance ($140) $30 for one single 30 minute lesson ($30) For more information, please contact The French Class -     500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102  (415) 362-3666

CERCLE DU LIVRE (Book Club) AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Free for The French Class members (levels 7 and 8). Meeting once a month.  Either:     Morning:  one Monday per month at 11:00 a.m, or: Evening: one Thursday per month at 5:30 p.m.  A minimum of 3 people is necessary to hold the Book Club.   Please call in advance: (415) 362-3666 to sign up and let us know if you will be attending. Veuilllez téléphoner au 415.362.3666The French Class, 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102.  415.362.3666 or or for details.

CLASSES AT THE AF-BERKELEY.  More information to register  

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:

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 for more information on Language Immersion for your child 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 . For availability, please contact Neil Buffée at

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.

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

eLYCEE WORKSHOPS. eLycée offers workshops for teachers of French who sign in from anywhere to work with native French teachers, using shared applications and resources, in a unique 'virtual classroom'.   Easy to attend, easy to subscribe: each workshop is independent; you may build your own program and schedule. Certificate is provided at the end of the training.   Meet with colleagues: bring your stories, share and take part in discussions on a new style of teaching, rich with multimedia documents, focused on participation, collaboration and interaction and restock on ideas for your classes. *Examples of workshop titles*: I can watch an interview and get everything!- Mais de quoi tu causes ? (K’eske tu dis ??) - Spend you class at the Louvre - Work with dictionaries - French movies  Fairy tails - , la BD - OULIPO, l’écriture sous contrainte – la France et ses régions - La mode - Avoir l’eau à la bouche !  - La Fontaine et ses fables - French poetry… Rejoignez-nous ! Contact : Christine at

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 or tel 415 408 1041.

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN.  L'Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa offers classes for children. Please visit their webpage for more  details: or contact the director at or call: 543-8151

FRENCH WINE CLASSES. The French Wine Society is offering French wine classes in San Francisco. Each class will be an in-depth lecture of a particular region including a tasting of six carefully selected fine wines to illustrate the regions character. These classes should not be missed. They represent a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of French wine. Eric Lecours, Regional Director of the French Wine Society Bay Area, will be instructing the classes. He is a Certified Wine Educator and holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the WSET. He is also one of only 20 Americans to be certified by the region of Bordeaux as an official instructor, having been sponsored by the Bordeaux Wine Council to attend a weeklong educational program in Bordeaux last year. He continues his studies and is working toward his Masters of Wine, the most respected qualification in the Wine Industry. For more information and registration:

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

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion. 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.

FRENCH AT CASTRO VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL. Castro Valley Adult School is offering Beginning and Intermediate French on Monday evenings. Beginners 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Intermediates 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Come and practice French in a low-key, fun atmosphere. Helpful for travelers looking for survival French. Heavy emphasis on cultural topics. The intermediate class offers good practice for those with some experience in French. Additional out-of-class activities such as dinner outings, wine tastings, picnics, etc. will also be offered. Reasonable course fees. Call Castro Valley Adult School for more details: 510.886.1000.

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 ; for more details.

TRANSLATION COURSE ON LINE Lancez-vous dans une nouvelle carriere : Devenez traducteur ou traductrice. Specialisez-vous dans le domaine de votre choix, explorez les possibilites. Formation assuree par Dominique Bremond, traductrice certifiee par le Consulat General de France a San Francisco, 20 ans d'experience. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter : The French Class - . 500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA. 94102. (415) 362-3666.

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.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH CLUB. Going to France soon or you want to speak French like a French person? Join the International French Club. Savoir faire. Besides text and exercise books, all classes include the use of material that will expose you to the wide variety of the French-speaking world; among others, French news, French movies, novels, songs and cartoons. You will also be invited to participate in team work, games and role-plays that will express what you have learned. Free evaluation. Before signing up for a class, we will schedule a meeting to evaluate your writing and oral level, and to listen to your objectives in order to place you in the appropriate class and level. Contact Nathalie today at: 415.756.2531 Beginner Classes :: Intermediate Classes :: Advanced Classes

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

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

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, or

Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to . For classes in Santa Rosa, see or contact (From the AFSR: Try our French language school with no commitments. Your first lesson is free!) See for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco, and April 1, 2010.  LA DANSE:  THE PARIS OPERA BALLET. 7:00 p.m.  (Frederick Wiseman, France/U.S., 2009, 158 mins). Pacific Film Archive. 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. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to



January 3, 2011.  DOCENT LECTURE:  PISSARRO’S PEOPLE.  Legion of Honor, SF.  415.750.3600 or for details. 1pm.

January 8, 2012. FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP. Au Coquelet Café, 2000 University Ave., Berkeley. Livre: EFFROYABLES JARDINS, par MICHEL QUINT. Un jeune homme apprend que son père, simple instituteur de province, était un résistant pendant l’Occupation. Le roman raconte une histoire tragi-comique de sabotage, de prise d’hôtages, et de salut grâce a l’humanité d’un soldat allemand. Dans ce roman d’une soixantaine de pages, Michel Quint traite de nombreux thèmes comme la guerre, le rejet des origines, la force des liens familiaux, le travail de la mémoire, et les actions héroïques en temps de guerre. Ce livre a reçu de hautes louanges critiques lors de sa publication en 2000, et une adaptation cinématographique est sortie en 2003. Tous ceux qui aiment lire et discuter en français sont les bienvenus ! 3-5pm.  Pour plus d’information, contactez : Charlie Klein,, tel. (510) 530-5078. Visitez le site web du French Literature Meetup Group: for details.

January 19, 2012. SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents MY ROBOT IS SMARTER THAN YOURS.  Hod Lipson of Cornell University asks if machines can figure out analytical laws automatically, and Rolf Pfeifer of the University of Zurich ponders artificial intelligence (AI) and bio-inspired robotics.  The Robots Among Us series is in part a project of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions. 

January 21, 22, 27 & 29, 2012. CLERESTORY performs RESOLUTIONS, with music by JOSQUIN and more… As we contemplate the New Year, ageless themes of life, death, love, and magic echo across the ages. The ten men of Clerestory greet 2012 with a kaleidoscope of madrigals, elegies and more by composers as diverse as Josquin, Vaughan Williams and Steven Sametz. OAKLAND, Saturday, January 21, 8:00pm Chapel of the Chimes; PALO ALTO, Sunday, January 22, 4:00pm, First Lutheran Church; BELVEDERE-TIBURON, Friday, January 27, 8:00pm Community Congregational Church; SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, January 29, 4:00pm, Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

January 29, 2012.  LYCANTHROPOS:  THE WEREWOLF IN STORY AND SONG.  Tim Rayborn presents an eerie look into the enduring fear of werewolves, a belief which induced terror on moonlit nights from the Middle East to the Balkans, from Italy to Ireland.  In music and story, he will perform tales of shape-shifters from Greek and Roman sources, the LAI OF BISCLAVRET by MARIE DE FRANCE (late 12th c.), the Icelandic Volsunga Saga, the frightening true stories of Peter Strumpf, the BEAST OF LE GEVAUDAN (18th-c. France) and more!  St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Ave., Albany.  7pm.  510.528.1685 or or for details.

January 30-April 20, 2012.  MEET THE AUTHOR includes FRENCH LESSONS by Ellen Sussman.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or

February 4 & 5, 2012. LEAVING PARNASSUS: THE LEGACY OF THE FRENCH VIOL IN THE 18TH CENTURY. Taking its name from the Greek word for fragments of ancient pottery, OSTRAKA is a young group of virtuosi devoted to music for viol and the rich continuo accompaniment of lutes, theorbo and baroque guitar. Their performance will journey through the refined and the outrageous music of DE VISEE, MARAIS, HERVELOIS, FORQUERAY, and BOISMORTIER. Ostraka is MusicSources new affiliate ensemble. Its members are Josh Le, viola da gamba, David Walker, baroque guitar and theorbo, and John Lenti, theorbo. Saturday, February 4, 2:00 pm, Most Holy Redeemer Church,100 Diamond St. (in the Castro District), San Francisco. Sunday, February 5, 5:00 pm St. Mary Magdalen Church 2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley. 510.528.1685 or or for details.

February 10-12, 2011.  HARMONIA FELICE performs  LE VIRTUOSE SUBLIME:  MUSIC OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE.  Sublime, spiritual, and sensual music of 18th-century France for various combinations of instruments, including violin, gamba, cello and harpsichord.  The concert will include works by ELIZABETH CLAUDE JACQUET DE LA GUERRE, MARIN MARAIS, JEAN-BAPTISTE BARRIEREA and FRANÇOIS COUPERIN.  San Francisco Early Music Society:  Friday, 8pm, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer at Webster, Palo Alto; Saturday, 7:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber, Berkeley; Sunday, 4pm, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco. for details.

February 10-March 25, 2012.  A DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF.  Written by MOLIERE, adapted by Christoper Bayes and Steven Epp.  Molière’s classic comedy comes to uproarious new life in a clever and contemporary adaptation from one of Berkeley Rep’s favorite artists. Steven Epp delighted audiences as Figaro and The Miser—now he’s back with A Doctor in Spite of Himself. The traditional story of a girl feigning illness to avoid an unwanted wedding erupts into hilarity when Epp decides to play doctor. In a pitch-perfect production punctuated with live music, this ridiculous physician proves that love and laughter remain life’s best medicine.  A co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre.   Berkeley Rep, Roda Theatre, for details.

February 16-19, 2012.  EDO DE WAART conducts SAINT-SAENS’s ORGAN SYMPHONY. or 415.864.6000 for details.

February 22-June 11, 2012.  POTPOURRI OF LITERARY PRIZES.  Texts include WITHIN A BUDDING GROVE by MARCEL PROUST.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or for details.

March 2012.  GOD OF CARNAGE by YASMINA REZA opens at San José Repertory Theater, a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company.  408.367.7255 or for details. 

March 3, 2012.  IRVIN MAYFIELD & THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA performs classic New Orleans jazz for Cal Performances.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or for details.  8pm.

March 4, 2012.  2012 INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  The grande dame of all North American Chocolate Salons and the premier chocolate event on the West Coast is returning.  The 6th Annual San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON, March 4th, 2012 will take place in San Francisco. Participants include over 50 master chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.   The San Francisco INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON will also include celebrity and author talks, a chocolate fashion show, a chocolate spa, and much, much more. Catch the event that spurred this millennium's growth in premium and artisan chocolate!

March 8-18, 2012.  EMMANUEL AX performs in AMERICAN MAVERICKS. for details.

March 23-April 15, 2012.  CINNABAR THEATER presents MOZART’s DON GIOVANNI, based on MOLIERE.  Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Libretto by Lorenzo DaPonteWidely regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart’s opera is a brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy, set to music of limitless genius. The Don walks on a moral knife-edge. Charismatic and sexy, but so dangerous and remorseless as to be the greatest cad in history. But his deeds may be catching up with him...  Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, Ofc: 707-763-8920 Fax: 707-763-8929

Opening March 24, 2012.  THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER:  FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK.  The first major exhibition dedicated to this designer, the fashion world’s “enfant terrible.”  De Young Museum, Herbst Exhibition Galleries, Golden Gate Park, SF.  415.750.3600 or for details.

March 24 & 25, 2012. CAROLUS VIVAT! THE LIFE OF CHARLES V IN MUSIC. MusicSources new affiliate ensemble, the Pacific Collegium directed by Christopher Kula, will offer us a Marian service heard in the “Flemish” chapel of Charles V. Sublime music of Lassus, JOSQUIN, Morales, and others will be performed by an ensemble of men and boys, each work representing a major political event associated with the life of one of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Saturday, March 24, 2:00 pm Most Holy Redeemer Church 100 Diamond St. (in the Castro District) San Francisco. Sunday, March 25, 5:00 pm TBA. 510.528.1685 or or for details.

March 24-April 1, 2012. THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents NAPOLEON. The cinema event of a lifetime! Presented in association with American Zoetrope, The Film Preserve, Photoplay Productions, and BFI. The legendary masterpiece by Abel Gance. U.S. premiere of the complete restoration by Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow; U.S. premiere of the score by Carl Davis, conducting the Oakland East Bay Symphony Four performances only! March 24, 25, 31, April 1 Tickets available online beginning July 16 Paramount Theatre, Oakland

March 31, 2012.  BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs in VOICES OF LIGHT, which merges Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent masterpiece THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC with a live performance of Richard Einhorn’s haunting and profound score.  An acclaimed evening of music-theater.  8pm.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  510.642.9988 or for details.

April 13-15, 2012.  CLERESTORY performs HARMONY AND IVORY, including works by MASSENET and more. Join the men of Clerestory for their first keyboard collaboration, as they sing Romantic masterworks by Wolf and Massenet, humorous stylings made popular by the Comedian Harmonists, American spirituals and more, accompanied by a special guest pianist.  Locations in the North Bay, Peninsula, East Bay & San Francisco, TBD.

April 13, 14 & 15, 2012.  THE LOST MODE performs THAT WHICH COLORS THE MIND:  MUSICAL COLORS THROUGH TIME AND SPACE.  Spanning centuries of history and great geographic regions, this hauntingly beautiful concert explores the modes that are the foundation of Western music. It will delve into the soul of different modes as expressed in medieval plainsong and early polyphony, traditional Balkan, Celtic and other European melodies, and the music of neighboring Mediterranean lands, including Turkish maquam as well as Sephardic and North African song, all surviving clues pointing to the lost sound world from which our own great traditions developed.  Friday in Palo Alto; Saturday in Berkeley; Sunday in San Francisco.  See website for details: 

April 22-29, 2012.  APRIL IN PARIS!  ART, LITERARY & CULINARY ADVENTURE with PHIL COUSINEAU & MORT ROSENBLUM. for details.  Limited to 15 guests. 

April 25-May 13, 2012.  IN PARIS.  Berkeley Rep invites you to a love story that could only unfold In Paris. Legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov takes the stage with Anna Sinyakina and a talented ensemble assembled by visionary director Dmitry Krymov. Based on a story by Nobel Prize– winner Ivan Bunin, In Paris is a dazzling new play set in the 1930s, which mixes movement with a romantic story and spectacular design. This rare international collaboration—told in French and Russian with English supertitles—unites renowned artists born in Russia for a vivid visual experience. Visit the city of light and love with Berkeley Rep, Baryshnikov, and the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory.  Adapted from the short story by ivan Bunin Composition and direction by dmitry Krymov A production of Baryshnikov Arts Center, dmitry Krymov laboratory, and russian Century Foundation in association with Korjaamo Theater, Helsinki roda Theatre · April 25–may 13, 2012.  To get first dibs on tickets to this special event, you must provide your email address when you order your subscription! for details.

April 29, 2012.  SANDRINE PIAU, soprano, performs with SUSAN MANOFF, piano, in Piau’s Cal Performances début.  Piau was crowned Opera Singer of the Year in 2009 by the French music industry, and in 2010, her album Between Heaven and Earth won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Album of the Year award.  Featuring music by FAURE, CHAUSSON, RAVEL, POULENC and more.  Cal Performances, Hertz Hall.  510.642.9988 or for details.

May 10-22, 2012.  SAIL AWAY WITH JACQUES PEPIN aboard the Oceania Marina.  Set sail from Barcelona, visit Sanary-sur-Mer, Marseilles, Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, and Italy.  Shore excursions, cooking classes, shipboard credit, round trip airfare to Europe, much more  $3999.00/person.  510.521.1141 or for details.

May 13 & 14, 2012.  NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND ALAN GILBERT perform BERLIOZ’ LE CORSAIRE OVERTURE, DEBUSSY’S LA MER and RAVEL’S LA VALSE.  Contact the Box Office: (415) 864-6000 OR for details.

May 24-June 17, 2012.  GOD OF CARNAGE, by YASMINA REZA, translated by Christopher Hampton, at MARIN THEATRE COMPANY.  The hysterical hit Broadway comedy is finally coming to the North Bay! You’ve never laughed so hard until you’ve seen this action-packed, knockout farce, which won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play and 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Following a playground fight between their 11-year-old sons, the Raleighs agree to meet the Novaks to discuss the situation civilly. However, the veneer of middle-class manners soon falls away as the couples regress to childish accusations, bullying and bickering. for details.

July 10-August 5, 2012.  LES MISERABLES.  New 25th-anniversary production.  SHN, San Francisco.  888.746.1799 (press 2) or for details.

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