December 8-16, 2011

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December Events

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 8, 2011.  HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AT SWISSNEX.  We invite the swissnex community to the hypnotizing opening of "Bubble Ballet" from renowned Zurich design studio, Greutmann Bolzern. Bid farewell to 2011 and twist 2012 into unexpected shapes!  7pm.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.

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.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO invites you to its holiday party! for details.

December 9, 2011.  SCRABBLE EN FRANÇAIS.  Connaissez-vous le scrabble ? Et si on y jouait en français ? Bien sur, on jouera le scrabble de salon (non-compétitif).  Vu la taille de mon appartement, je ne peux accueillir que 12 personnes.  J’ai deux lazy Susan et un scrabble régulier.  Je servirai quelques snacks et vous pouvez amener ce qu’il vous plait.  Le clébard sera peut-être ici...mais il est doux comme un agneau.    7PM.  

December 9, 2011.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents HIGH TECH COMMITTEE LUNCH.  We will gladly meet you for the second high tech committee’s lunch on December 9th at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City. The lunch’s main goal is for the members to meet their peers and exchange in a friendly atmosphere.  The lunch will feature technology presentations from the CEOs of three impressive companies:  Ividence is the first and only AdMailXchange platform in Europe and the USA, powered by its exclusive behavioral email AdServer. Ividence runs a Network of Publishers that represents dozens of millions of qualified opt-in emails, 10000+ monthly campaigns and dozens of thousands of leads generated monthly.  DotCloud is a 2nd-generation platform-as-a-service. It makes it incredibly simple for developers to deploy and scale their applications, while at the same time delivering the flexibility and robustness required by critical business software.  PasswordBank provides a unique Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform, a new approach for secure access to corporate identity in today’s complex and hybrid IT environments (Cloud and On-premise).  Members only. 

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 9, 2011.    RAS MO, HARRY BEST, BERNARD GEORGE, CLAYTON HAZEL, QUANTI BOMANI & URBAN INSIGHT play in a Caribbean Creole Music and Cultural Show  The Kweyol Festival celebrates the culture of the French Caribbean with live music  by two bands - the all-star Koudmen and Quanti Bomani & Urban Insight - plus dance  from Haitian Drum & Dance, videos from Guadeloupe and Martinique, and a display   of artifacts. This is Creole music from the Kweyol-speaking islands, and includes  zouk, Creole jazz, kompa, cadence, and gwoka.    Koudmen is a group of veteran Bay Area musicians who come mainly from the Kweyol-speaking  islands of the Caribbean, including St. Lucia. The group name is Kweyol for "helping  hand." Their musical repertoire is a mix of original and well-known tunes with a  decided emphasis on Kweyol lyrics in the zouk genre. They are featured performers  with the local Caribbean bands Shabang, Pan Extasy, Tropical Vibrations, and the   Harmonics. Members include Harry Best (St. Lucia), Ras Mo (Dominica), Bernard George  (Dominica), and Clayton Hazel (Dominica).    Quanti Bomani & Urban Insight   make their Ashkenaz debut, taking a break from recording their second album of Eastern  Caribbean jazz. Led by saxophonist Quanti Bomani, the band features guitarist Franklin  Miller, bassist Arlington Houston, pianist Zack Ferris, drummer Bill Norwood, and  percussionists Tony Price, Ras Mo, and Arturo Carrillo (with an arsenal of African  and Caribbean drums).  Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm  $12 for details. 

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.  EFBA EDUCATION FRANÇAISE BAY AREA presents FRENCH-SPEAKING SCAVENGER HUNT AT THE LEGION OF HONOR.  Education Francaise Bay Area (, a non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay Area which organizes French classes in 19 public schools in the area, is pleased to announce its first cultural outing at the Museum of the Legion of Honor. The language of the outing will be in French. This outing will take place on December 11th, 2011. The excursion is a part of an event series entitled, "A-musee -vous!" Cecile Grassart, an educator who has years of experience in creating similar museum explorations in France, is responsible for organizing this event as well as the event series.  At the EFBA, we believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to speak in French outside of the classroom and home. The EFBA is proud to enable students to experience the beauty of art and give them the tools to express their experiences in the French language.  This excursion will be a unique occasion for children to exchange words in French while learning a little more about Greek, Egyptian and European art.  Aided by a book of clues, students will depart on their exploration of the museum. With their new friends, they will use the clues to help them solves the mysteries of the scavenger hunt.  They will be guided through the museum by several French-speaking chaperones.  Note: due to the popularity of this event, the event has sold out and we are not able to accept any more students (even the waitlist is full) for this December 11th visit. In order to avoid missing out on signing up for future outings, please visit our website:  You can contact for more details. 11:00am-12:30pm .  Legion of Honor Museum , Lincoln Park - 100 34th Avenue , San Francisco, CA, 94121  $10. Email:; Phone:   415-816-3854.

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.  BOOKCLUB FRANCOPHONE.  Cher groupe, Nous nous retrouverons donc ce lundi 12 décembre, vers 7 pm, chez moi, pour une discussion d'un livre français/ francophone qui nous a beaucoup plu ces dernières années. Ainsi nous allons découvrir des livres peut-être nouveaux pour certains. Chacun pourrait partager pourquoi il/elle a aimé ce livre en particulier.  Nous organiserons un potluck festif pour fêter les fêtes de fin d'année! Je propose de faire les desserts (je n'oublie pas ceux qui ne mangent pas de gluten/sucre et j'aurai des fruits en plus des desserts sucrés). Faites "reply all" pour indiquer ce que vous apporterez!  A lundi!  Berenice Le Marchand  ‎

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 13, 2011.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play Cajun/Zydeco/Blues   at Ashkenaz. The 2011 Emperor of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, violinist-fiddler-composer and   singer Tom Rigney   and his band Flambeau play the "hits" and songs from their latest CD, "Don't Fight  It." Rigney says of the new release, "It's a pretty eclectic mix of straight blues,  swamp blues, jump blues, boogie-woogie, Memphis-style R&B, and a bunch of my original  bluesy instrumentals." Perfect for dancing!  Tom Rigney & Flambeau play traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets them apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight  ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader;  he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm  $10   

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December 14, 2011.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA à CHLOE’S FRENCH CAFÉ.  Landmark Executive Center, 3883 Airway Dr.  Come Early (11:30) to avoid the rush.  Please call Christiane at 542-5411 by the preceding Monday to confirm.

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.

December 17, 2011.  VISITE-DEGUSTATION (GRATUITE) A CHATEAU ST. JEAN WINERY, pour les membres d’AFSR.  Tour du Visitor Center, dégustation de 5 vins avec commentaire de Philippe Thibault, Hospitality Operations Manager, et rabais sur tout achat de vin.  Pour les réservations (obligatoires), appeler Marcelle Milochau au 570-0122 avant le jeudi 15 décembre.  8555 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, le samedi 17 décembre de 5h30 à 7h.

December 17, 2011.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa.  8:00pm (dance lesson at 7). For schedule updates, check the website:

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.

Through December 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 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 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT CHEZ PAPA RESTO.  Open 5:30 – 10:00 PM. A la carte menu options plus a $65.00 five-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of Roasted Ribeye and Beef Cheek Duo with Pont Neuf potatoes and a jus reduction or Roasted Escolar with roasted cauliflower and a brown butter beet Béarnaise sauce.  4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco.  415.546.4134

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE.  Open 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM for breakfast/brunch and 5:30 to 10:00 PM for dinner with a la carte selections and a $78.00 five-course (plus an amuse bouche) prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Medallion of Venison with sauce poivrade, caramelized apples and black currants or Mediterranean Sea Bass a la Plancha with Dungeness potato crab cake and sauce vierge.  352 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 415.398.2680.

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT GARÇON!  Open 5:30 – 11:00 PM. A la carte menu with holiday specials including Pan Seared Local Swordfish with Swiss chard, roasted cauliflower, mandarin, and pistachio-olive soffrito; Seared Scallops with sunchoke, Bloomsdale spinach, mitake mushrooms, and red wine-brown butter; Duck Leg Confit with braised white beans, mitake mushrooms, baby artichokes, frisée, and natural jus; Lamb Sirloin with quinoa with pine nuts and pomegranate, sautéed kale, celery root puree, and natural jus; Filet Mignon with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, mitake mushrooms, horseradish pomme purée, and red wine jus; and Butternut Squash Risotto with black trumpet mushrooms, red wine onions, chard, and truffle vinaigrette.  1101 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110415.401.8959

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT LA FOLIE.  Open 5:00 – 9:30 PM. Serving a $130.00 six-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of Pan Seared Wild Stripped Bass with leek fondue, bone marrow custard, and short rib jus or Roasted Millbrook Farms Venison with farro risotto, braised red cabbage, and huckleberry sauce.  2316 Polk Street, San Francisco.  415.7765577.

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT LEFT BANK LARKSPUR.  Open 11:30 AM – last seating at 9:00 PM. Limited regular a la carte menu plus a $52.75 four-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of Roasted Duck Breast with spaetzle, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, and huckleberry port wine sauce; or Maine Lobster Risotto with black trumpet mushrooms and anise cream sauce.  507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur.  415.927.3331.

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT LEFT BANK MENLO PARK.  Open 11:00 AM – last seating at 9:00 PM. Limited regular a la carte menu plus a $52.75 four-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of Roasted Filet of Beef wrapped with mushroom mousse and Savoy cabbage; or Butter Poached Lobster with arborio rice, pistachio nuts, citrus zest and dry red currants.  635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.  650.473.6543

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT LEFT BANK SANTANA ROW.  Open 11:00 AM – last seating at 9:00 PM. Limited regular a la carte menu plus a $52.75 four-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail with exotic mushrooms risotto; Salinas Stuffed Quail with sausage, onions and mushrooms on a bed of chestnut purée; or Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with truffled Yukon gold potato gratin, rainbow chard, and a Madeira sauce.  377 Santana Row, San Jose.  408.984.3500.

December 24, 2011.  CHRISTMAS EVE DINING AT PIPERADE.  Open for dinner 5:30 – 10:30 PM. Serving a $65.00 three course prix fixe menu with a glass of cava and entrée choices of Roasted Chicken with parsnips, sunchoke, chestnuts, and mushrooms; Steamed Pacific Rockfish with spinach and fried garlic vinaigrette; Seared Duck Filet with braised romaine, and huckleberry sauce; Bluenose Seabass with Brussels sprouts, bacon, quince, and browned butter froth; or Roasted Lamb Chop and Sausage, with braised fennel and cumin-date relish.  1015 Battery Street, San Francisco.  415.391.2555.

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

December 31, 2011.  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Grace Cathedral.  For information: or 415.749.6355.  1100 California St. at Taylor, SF. 

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE.  Open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM for breakfast and brunch then for dinner from 5:30 to 10:00 PM serving their regular a la carte menus.  352 Grant Avenue, San Francisco CA 94108.  415.398.2680. for details.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CHEZ PAPA BISTROT.  Seating from 5:30 to 11:00 PM, open until late. Serving a $70.00 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Steamed Alaska Halibut with piperade, artichoke, Niçoiseolives, and extra virgin olive oil; Sautéed Branzino with fennel puree, wild mushrooms, Swiss chard, and blood orange vinaigrette; Medallion of Venison with a chestnut puree, winter baby vegetables, and a cabernet shallot reduction; or Filet Mignon with a potatoes and fennel gratin and black truffle foie gras sauce.  1401 18th Street, San Francisco CA 94107.  415.824.8205.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CHEZ PAPA RESTO.  Seating from 5:30 to 11:00 PM. Serving a $75.00 five-course prix fixe menu with a Champagne cocktail and entrée choices of Roasted Rib Eye with brown butter potato puree, chanterelle mushroom, arugula, and red wine jus; Roasted Butterfish with beet béarnaise, chard Brussels sprouts, Parisian gnocchi, and laurel leaf emulsion; Grilled and Smoked Duck Breast with confit kumquats, sunchoke, duck crisp; Tagliatelle Pasta with chive puree, Parmesan crema, and shaved preserved farmers egg yolk bottarga; or Lemon Butter Poached Maine Lobster with lobster béarnaise and speck wrapped salsify ($25.00 supplemental charge).  4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco CA 94103.  415.546.4134.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT GARÇON!  Seating from 5:30 to 11:00 PM. Serving a $65.00 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Bouillabaisse (lobster optional) with scallops, mussels, clams, shrimp, bass, fregola pasta, basil, and aioli; Pan Roasted Petrale Sole with lentils du puy, celery root, Swiss chard, pistachios, curried mussel velouté, and basil; Pan Seared Duck Breast and Leg Confit with parsnip puree, orange braised Belgium endive, crispy confit with frisée, shallots, and  duck jus; Superior Farms Grilled Lamb Sirloin with caramelized cauliflower, cous cous, pine nuts, sultanas, kale, olive bread crumbs, and lamb jus; Filet Mignon with truffle potato purée, shaved Brussels sprouts, pancetta, mushrooms, and cabernet jus; or Wild Mushroom Risotto with black trumpet and hedge hog mushrooms, Madeira, leeks, and black truffle vinaigrette.  1101 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110.  415.401.8959.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LA FOLIE.  There will be two seatings, both with prix fixe menus only. The first seating, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, will be served a $140.00 six-course menu plus petits fours; the second seating, 9:00 to 10:00 PM, will be served a $220.00 seven-course menu plus petits fours. The entrée choice for the first seating will be Seared Wild Cod on duck fat potato confit with truffle jus de poulet or Roasted Millbrook Farms Venison with farro risotto, braised red cabbage, and huckleberry sauce. Both of these entrees will be served for the second seating.  2316 Polk Street, San Francisco CA 94109.  415.776.5577.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LE COLONIAL. Open 5:00 PM to late. A holiday a la carte dinner menu will be served in the dining room. In the lounge, for which there will be a cover charge ($30.00 with dinner reservations, $40.00 pre-sale and $50.00 at door), beginning at 10:00 PM there will be a house DJ and party favors. Bottle service will be available.  20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco CA 94109.  415.931.3600. for details.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LE P’TIT LAURENT.  Open 5:30 PM to 2:00 AM. Serving a $89.00 four-course prix fixe menu with Champagne with dessert and entrée choices of Sautéed Chilean Sea Bass with bacon, red and green cabbage, and a beurre blanc sauce; Trio of Vegetables wrapped in pastry with a mushroom spinach sauce; Rack of Lamb with garniture Grand-Mere and rosemary sauce; or Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola cheese and an apple and potato gratin. Festivities will include live music, dancing, decorations and party favors.  699 Chenery Street, San Francisco CA 94131.  415.334.3235.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LEFT BANK LARKSPUR.  Seating from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Spiced Crusted Venison Loin with sweet potato puree, asparagus, Poivrade and red currant sauce or Wild Mushrooms Stuffed Roasted Boneless Quail with chestnuts, grapes, Parmesan gnocchi and verjus sauce. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparking wine.  507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur CA 94939.  415.927.3331.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LEFT BANK MENLO PARK.  Seating from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Surf and Turf with butter poached Maine lobster, beef tenderloin, bordelaise sauce, gnocchi filled with abalone mushrooms and truffle or Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops with parsnip purée, Wiley’s Farm Bloomsdale spinach, carrot and orange emulsion, and parsnip chips. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparking wine.  635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025.  650.473.6543.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LEFT BANK SANTANA ROW.  Seating from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition to limited a la carte options, there will be a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with entrée choices of Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail with linguine with truffle butter and winter root vegetables or Pan Roasted Venison Medallions with celery root purée, spinach, and red currant cream sauce. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparking wine. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose CA 95128.  408.984.3500.

December 31, 2011.   NEW YEAR’S EVE AT PIPERADE.  Seating 5:30 to 10:30 PM. Serving only a $100.00 three-course (plus amuse bouche and glass of Champagne) prix fixe menu with entrée choice of Bluenose Sea Bass with Brussels sprouts, bacon, quince, and browned butter froth; Seared Duck Filet with sweet potato mash and chanterelle vinaigrette; Roasted Chicken with parsnips, sunchoke, chestnuts, and mushrooms; or Filet of Beef with salsa verde and spicy Basque fries.  1015 Battery Street, San Francisco CA 94111.  415.391.2555.

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France

SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see


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. Embarcadero, San Francisco; Cinémark CinéArts @ Palo Alto; Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. 

CRIME D’AMOUR.  Four Star, SF.

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. 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. In 3-D. Corte Madera; 1000 Van Ness, Presidio, Shattuck, Sundance Kabuki.

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 :


December 9-23, 2011.  BUBBLE BALLET.  Award-winning Swiss design studio Greutmann Bolzern bring a hypnotic installation of shape, light, and texture to swissnex San Francisco. The star performers? Soap bubbles.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.

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 December 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 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 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.


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, 2012.  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 23, January 30 & February 6, 2012.  HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN FRENCH:  THREE WORKSHOPS.  60 minutes workshop for intermediate students taught by Dominique Bremond at Parisoma on Monday, January 23, January 30 and February 6 at 9 a.m. Each workshop may be taken separately. Please sign up at .The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666.

January 25-February 8, 2012.  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.

February 25, 2012.  SATURDAY PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE AT THE FRENCH CLASS. For level 4 and up, presented by Dominique Brémond. $85. Includes handouts. Snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese) provided during the breaks.  A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension.  This intensive is limited to 12 participants and gets full very quickly . Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  The French Class  500 Sutter Street, Ste. 310, SF, CA 94102 (415) 362-3666 or

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 8, 2012.  PETIT MEETUP AU CAFÉ H.  Bonjour Francophones de SF!  Le prochain "Petit Meetup" de conversation française au Café H aura lieu le dimanche 8 janvier, de 14h à 16h. Le café se trouve dans l'arrondissement de Castro a San Francisco, au croisement de la 17eme rue et de Sanchez. Le cafe propose des sandwichs, salades, pâtisseries, ainsi que des boissons. Tous niveaux de langue française sont bienvenus! Essayons de terminer nos conversations vers 16h car le propriétaire souhaite fermer son etablissement de bonne heure le dimanche. J'espère vous voir dimanche après midi.  D'ici la bonnes fetes et a bientot.  2:00 PM  3801 17th St., San Francisco, CA.

January 10, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, 1370 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8). For schedule updates, check the website:

January 11, 2012.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA à CHLOE’S FRENCH CAFÉ.  Landmark Executive Center, 3883 Airway Dr.  Come Early (11:30) to avoid the rush.  Please call Christiane at 542-5411 by the preceding Monday to confirm.

January 14, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Sutter Creek Theater, Sutter Creek.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8).  We return to this beautiful old theater in Sutter Creek. Our last performance there was one of the most memorable shows of 2011, so don't miss this one! 44 Main St., Sutter Creek. 8:00 pm. Information and advance tickets:   For schedule updates, check the website:

January 19, 2012.  NOT YOUR FATHER’S NAPOLEONIC CODE!  A lecture in English by Marie Galanti, PhD, JD, Attorney at Law On Thursday January 19 at 7pm at Vista del Lago Clubhouse 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa He took it from the Romans but the Emperor put his own stamp on his Code Napoléon, aberrations and all! Today hundreds of countries worldwide use a variation of his famous Civil Code. The structure remains the same, but some of the changes would have the Emperor spinning in his grave: women's, workers' rights, to name only those. A look at the Code Napoléon from its origins to now, and how it has influenced French culture. Marie Galanti is a Santa Rosa attorney who specializes in wills, trusts and all aspects of estate planning. In addition to her law degree, she has a PhD in French Civilization. Because of her long association with France, she assists clients with all their transactions with France, including inheritance issues, contracts, and all aspects of buying and selling property. In this capacity, she has frequent contact with the intricacies of the French Civil Code. In her career as a university professor, journalist and lawyer, she has always been a keen observer of French politics, law and culture. In her lecture, she will look at the origins of the Napoleonic Code, how it has changed over the last two hundred years and its lasting legacy on France and many other countries of the world. 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 17, 2012.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Pacific Grove Center for the Performing Arts, Pacific Grove.  Our only scheduled appearance in Monterey County in 2012! This is a beautiful old theatre and will be a great place to hear Flambeau! 835 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 7:00 pm. Information and advance tickets:  For schedule updates, check the website:

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.

February 23, 2012.  FETE DU MARDI GRAS AVEC L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Mark your calendar!  Vista del Lago le jeudi 23 février à 7h.

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.

June 15, 2012.  ANOTHER NIGHT IN TREME.  New Orleans music legends and starts ofhte blockbuster HBO series TREME bring another rollicking night of Crescent City Sounds!  San Francisco Jazz Festival, for details.  Paramount Theatre, Oakland. 

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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