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December 25-January 15, 2014

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December & January Events    

Opening December 26, 2014. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. The latest Dardenne brothers' film will be screening in the Bay Area !  Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.  Check local listings for details on locations.

Through December 28, 2014.  LE CIRQUE DE BOHEME at Cornerstone Garden.  We are happy to announce that an all new Le Cirque de Bohème is coming back this winter to Cornerstone Garden for a new series of shows.  November 28, 29, 30 and December 20, 21, 22 & 26, 27, 28.  An old style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920's,  Le Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder.   Delight in the work of world class performers including a  Magician, Contortionist, Juggler, Knife-Thrower and Mime.   Enjoy this French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone in Sonoma Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 130 guests per show under the charming tent in the gardens at Cornerstone. A portion of all ticket sales donated to benefit The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.   This year we present a new show with a new story, "The Legend of the Street of Roses" presented by an all new amazing cast of characters.   We have improved the stage for this year's show giving all spectators a great view of the magic.   The tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/751437

December 28, 2014.   DGIIN plays French/Flamenco/Gypsy at Ashkenaz.  Sonoma County band DGINN (pronounced "gin") is known for its unique style encompassing various cultures and influences and songs sung mainly in French. A "djiin" is a mischievous spirit sometimes confined in a bottle due to reprehensible acts. A repeat winner of the North Bay Music Awards, Dgiin mixes musical styles from funk to Latin and reggae, captivating crowds with its singular sound and high-energy shows. Frontman Gabe Pirard, a native of France, strums and picks the guitar in a seriously French-Roma-flamenco style with a twist. He is joined on stage by longtime rotating members of Dgiin on bass, drums, saxophone, violin, and guitar and occasionally by his sister Mimi on vocals.  Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm$10www.ashkenaz.com for details.

December 29, 2014.  LE JAZZ HOT (the quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

December 30, 2014.  THE BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND plays Cajun-Zydeco-Americana at Ashkenaz.The BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival.  Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com

December 31, 2014.  SPECIAL NEW YEARS EVE show NOT CONFIRMED:  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays Quince Restaurant in San Francisco CA RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED!! Call now, 415.775.8500.  http://quincerestaurant.com/  Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or  www.HCSF.com for details.

December 31, 2014-January 18, 2015.  EDITH PIAF:  UNDER PARIS SKIES.  World premiere! Featuring the songs of Edith Piaf Music direction by Al Haas & Robert Lunceford Stage direction by Melissa Weaver.  Let Cinnabar seduce you with hypnotic songs of dreams and desire. Edith Piaf’s unlikely life in the bars and brothels of Paris made her both tender and tough, a distinctive mix that mesmerized the world. When she shot to stardom in the 1930s, her haunting voice and heartbreaking ballads earned international acclaim. With this world premiere, four superb performers and a five-piece band take you on an enchanting trip to Europe. See Paris through Piaf’s eyes with the artists who created last season’s sensational tribute to Jacques Brel. Bon chance! Et bon voyage!   $9  for middle- and high-school students (Jan 2 only) $25  for youth 21 and under $35  for adults $56  and  $66  for New Year's Eve Seniors: Subscribe for a huge senior discount! New Year’s Eve Gala Ring in 2015 with us! Enjoy delectable desserts before the show, and party favors and champagne at midnight.  http://www.cinnabartheater.org/1415season/Edith.Piaf.No.Regrets.cinnabar.theater.html

December 31, 2014.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play on NEW YEAR’S EVE at The Playhouse in Winters.  Whoopee! We will be ringing in the New Year at one of our favorite venues on the planet! Again!  Please join us for a great celebration of New Year's Eve at The Palms. It's going to be a rockin' great way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015.  13 Main St., Winters. 9:30 pm-2015.  Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com

December 31, 2014. BISSAP BAOBAB NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014. Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 with an African flavor at Bissap Baobab San Francisco: full Senegalese buffet dinner + entry to Bissap Baobab dancing night + Live entertainment. This year Bissap Baobab San Francisco is proud to present LIVE: *7pm: Sekhou Senegal featuring Ousseynou Kouyate with: Mohammad Kouyate, Peter Warren, Sassie, Ben Isaac, Samba Guiss. Ousseynou Kouyate – Senegalese master performing artist, educator and artistic director. Performs with identical twin brother Hassan Kouyate. ”The twins” as they are affectionately called, have electrified audiences around the world, also gracing the stage with many renowned West African artists including, Youssou N’Dour, Toumani Diabate, Ami Koita, Baaba Maal and Kine Lam. The Kouyate twins developed their own company – Sekhou Senegal (formerly Djialy Kunda Kouyate), which has had members in Hawaii, New Mexico, D.C., New York, Georgia, California, and frequent guest performers from Africa. The duo perform at international/world music festivals, dance festivals, concerts, and educational programs, to name a few. Accompanied by their 6-member band, performances reflect traditional music, song and dance; incorporating African instruments, including the djembe, dun dun, sabar, talking drums, kora, ngoni, balafon and the added modern flare of the keyboard, percussion and bass. Ousseynou currently resides, performs and teaches in the bay area and beyond both with and without his brother. His grace and regal style are amazing to experience. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:30 PM - Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 2:00 AM (PST), San Francisco, CA. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bissap-baobab-nye-2014-tickets-14667858961 for details.

January 3, 2015.  AFRICOMBO plays Caribbean/African/Reggae at Ashkenaz.  Lilting, infectious Afro-Haitian dance rhythms are the foundation of every concert by AfriCombo. The band brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. The band is led by Mr. G, the Haitian-born co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol. Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pmPrice TBAwww.ashkenaz.com

January 4, 2015.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP. «Légendes saisies en vol, fables ou apologues, ces Nouvelles Orientales forment un édifice à part dans l'œuvre de Marguerite Yourcenar, précieux comme une chapelle dans un vaste palais. Le réel s'y fait changeant, le rêve et le mythe y parlent un langage à chaque fois nouveau, et si le désir, la passion y brûlent souvent d'une ardeur brutale, presque inattendue, c'est peut-être qu'ils trouvent dans l'admirable économie de ces brefs récits le contraste idéal et nécessaire à leur soudain flamboiement.» (Matthieu Galey)  3-5pm. French Literature Meetup Group. Sélection de lecture : Nouvelles Orientales, par Marguerite Yourcenar. Place: Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net  tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group

January 6, 2015. L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO présente BELOVED (dir. Christophe Honoré, with Catherine Deneuve). In London, a mother and daughter navigate their respective romances: Madeline rekindles an affair from thirty years earlier, while her daughter Vera is caught between a musician who cannot commit and her ex, who still pines for her. *Please note this film is a musical by Christophe Honoré. Runtime: 139 minutes http://afsf.com/january-movie-schedule/

January 6, 2015.  DWIGHT “BLACK CAT” CARRIER & THE ZYDECO RO DOGGS play at Ashkenaz. www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 7, 2015.  L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO présente LA FÊTE DES ROIS.    The French Heritage Society will celebrate their annual fund-raising event.   Proceeds will benefit Château de la Celle Saint Cloud.  6pm-8pm.  For more information, direct emails to Dori at dbonn1@earthlink.net Checks must be received by January 3rd.  www.afsf.com

January 7-March 4, 2015.  FRENCH FOLK-DANCING / FEST-NOZ. (Winter Program Course 43307.01). A mix of tradition, culture, exercise and just plain fun! No partner necessary--beginners are welcome. Learn and practice dances that originated in the Middle Ages and see why the Fest-Noz has been named by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Dance the An Dro, Hanter Dro, Gavotte, Bourée Celtique, Pach-Pi, Dañs Plin, Scottish, Rond de Landéda, Kost Ar C'hoad and more! Wednesdays, January 7-March 4 (omit February 18) 7-8:30pm. Online registration begins Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at www.burlingame.org/rec. Early registration is appreciated as we need enough participants to secure the auditorium. Minimum age is 18 years; sorry, no drop-ins. $79. for all 8 sessions, $68. for seniors; discount for Burlingame residents. Location: Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010. Easy parking--convenient to Burlingame Caltrain. Questions? 650-558-7300.

January 8, 2015.  FIRST THURSDAY MEETUP @ HOTEL REX, organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. 7:00 PM Hotel Rex 562 Sutter St San Francisco, CA 94102.  www.meetup.com for details.

January 9, 2015.  SANTA ROSA FRENCH AMERICAN CHARTER SHOOL OPEN HOUSE.  For future parents of charter school students.  Tout le monde en parle - Portes ouvertes SRFACS.  We invite you to join us for a unique experience of seeing our school first hand! You will meet the Principal, Mr. Pascal Stricher, tour the campus and have an opportunity to visit classrooms, speak with teachers, meet current students, parents, and share the experience of being part of our family.  Please R.S.V.P. as space is limited. www.srfacs.org/enrollment.html. 9am. 

January 9, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Eagles Hall, Alameda.  3205 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:30).  www.rigomania.com for details.

January 11, 2015. TOM RIGNEY AND JOHN R. BURR DUO--OVATIONS CONCERT SERIES, ANGELS CAMP.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Tom with legendary pianist John R. Burr in concert! This duo brings together two of the finest instrumentalists in the Bay Area for an evening of eclectic music for violin and piano. The repertoire will range from Celtic to blues, from heartbreakingly beautiful melodies to roof-raising fiddle tunes and two-steps. Tom and John together will create an evening of virtuosity, passion, warmth, and humor.  Bret Harte High School Theater, 364 Murphys Grade Rd., Angels Camp. 3:00 pm.  For information and advance tickets: www.calaverasarts.org or 209 754-1774.

January 12-April 13, 2015.  FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO.  Join the 2015 French Wine Scholar study and certification program with San Francisco Wine School, an FWS Approved Program Provider: Time: 6 PM - 9 PM; Location: Embassy Suites Oyster Point 250 Gateway Boulevard South San Francisco, CA  (5 minute walk from Caltrain); Instructed by: David Glancy MS, lead instructor; Tuition: $1,395 or 5 bi-weekly payments of $290 each The program includes everything you need to become fully versed in the world of French wines: 33 hours classroom instruction Tutored tasting of 70+ French wines 280 page full-color FWS study manual ($135 value) Access to FWS Online Study Program for class prep and review (a $295 value) FWS exam registration ($250 value) FWS credential, certificate, and label pin upon passing the exam www.frenchwinesociety.org for details.

January 13, 2015. L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO présente AGE OF UPRISING (dir. Arnaud des Pallières). In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored. Runtime: 122 min 7pm. Runtime: 139 minutes http://afsf.com/january-movie-schedule/

January 13, 2015.  MITCH POLZAK & THE ROYAL DEUCES play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  www.ashkenez.com for details.

January 14, 2015.  BISSAP BAOBAB DINNER TO SUPPORT GLOBAL HEART NETWORK.  To celebrate the holidays why not have a delicious meal from Senegal right here in the heart of the Mission in San Francisco!  On 14th January, BISSAP BAOBAB is hosting a dinner of delicious Senegalese food to support the work of Global Heart Network, www.globalheartnetwork.net,and their work to combat rheumatic heart disease in Senegal.  Information and Registration can be found at the following link:  www.globalheartnetwork.net/SavingHeartsinSenegalEvent or for donations if somebody interested and not able to attend specifically for this program:
www.globalheartnetwork.net/DonateNow/SavingHeartsinSenegal

January 15, 2015.  YVONNE LEFORT, on HOW TO FIND A VOLUNTEER JOB, at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Yvonne Lefort, career coach and intercultural trainer, will  be offering a series of five career-related workshops at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in San Francisco beginning in January 2015. These workshops are intended to help people in the French community find volunteer jobs or paid employment. The workshops will be conducted in English (although Yvonne speaks French). 11:00am-1:00pm.   Members of San Francisco Bay Accueil ( http://sfbaccueil.org) will receive priority registration and a discount. For more information, contact Yvonne at ylefort@yvonnelefort.net. To register for a workshop, visit: http://yvonnelefort.net/workshop-registration/   

January 16, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE, MILL VALLEY.  One of the most beautiful venues in the Bay Area! This lovely theatre in Marin County has always been one of our favorite places to play, with great sound and lights, good sight lines, and even room for dancing!  142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.142throckmortontheatre.com  or www.rigomania.com

January 16-February 13, 2015.  JEAN-LUC GODARD:  EXPECT EVERYTHING FROM CINEMA.   Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA.  Pacific Film Archive's year-long Jean-Luc Godard retrospective continues with some of the master’s more recent films.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details.

January 17, 2015.  ZYDECO FLAMES play at Ashkenaz. www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 17, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at SUTTER CREEK THEATRE, SUTTER CREEK. One of our favorite annual shows, at a lovely old theater in Sutter Creek.  44 Main St., Sutter Creek. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.suttercreektheatre.com or www.rigomania.com

January 22, 2015. L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO présente SAND WARS (dir. Denis Delestrac). After fresh water, sand is the most consumed natural resource on the planet. As a logical consequence of this exploitation, sand’s limited reserves are threatened today. “Sand wars,” triggered by building booms, are raging everywhere in the world and 3/4 of the planet’s beaches are in decline and bound to disappear, victims of erosion and – as hard it might be to comprehend – smuggling. Most of us see sand as a free material, a staple of holidays spent on the shore, in unlimited supply. Sand is everywhere around us, be it beach, desert or town. Every house, every skyscraper with a dazzling glass front, all our bridges, airports and sidewalks – are basically made of sand. We use it as well to make fiber optic cable, mobile phone components and computer chips. We even slip some into our toothpaste, our powdered food, our glass of wine. But is this omnipresent material inexhaustible? Can the available quantity match an ever-increasing demand that is constantly fed by the need for human … Written by Delestrac, Denis Runtime: 74 minutes 7pm. Runtime: 139 minutes http://afsf.com/january-movie-schedule/

January 22, 2015.  YVONNE LEFORT, on CLARIFYING YOUR SKILLS, at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Yvonne Lefort, career coach and intercultural trainer, will  be offering a series of five career-related workshops at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in San Francisco beginning in January 2015. These workshops are intended to help people in the French community find volunteer jobs or paid employment. The workshops will be conducted in English (although Yvonne speaks French). 10:30am-12:30pm.  Members of San Francisco Bay Accueil ( http://sfbaccueil.org) will receive priority registration and a discount. For more information, contact Yvonne at ylefort@yvonnelefort.net. To register for a workshop, visit: http://yvonnelefort.net/workshop-registration/

January 23, 2015.  LES CADIENS (CAJUNS) FRANCOPHONES DE LOUISIANE. Conférence en français offerte par OLIVIER MARTEAU, qui enseigne actuellement à Sonoma State University.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.  7pm.

January 27, 2015. L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO présente RADIOSTARS (dir. Romain Lévy). Having failed to make it as a stand-up comedian in New York, Ben (Douglas Attal) returns to Paris in time to sign up as a sketch-writer for a team of talk-show hosts on Blast.fm radio comprising the alpha-male Arnold (Clovis Cornillac), his side-kick Alex (real-life radio star Manu Payet) and the veteran Cyril (Pascal Demolon). With ratings on the slide, station chief Frédérico (Laurent Bateau) sends them on a coach tour of the provinces with orders to meet the people and restore the station’s fortunes. 7pm. Runtime: 100 minutes http://afsf.com/january-movie-schedule/

January 29, 2015.  YVONNE LEFORT, on HOW TO WRITE AN AMERICAN-STYLE RESUME AND COVER LETTER, at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Yvonne Lefort, career coach and intercultural trainer, will  be offering a series of five career-related workshops at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in San Francisco beginning in January 2015. These workshops are intended to help people in the French community find volunteer jobs or paid employment. The workshops will be conducted in English (although Yvonne speaks French). 10:30am-12:30pm.  Members of San Francisco Bay Accueil ( http://sfbaccueil.org) will receive priority registration and a discount. For more information, contact Yvonne at ylefort@yvonnelefort.net. To register for a workshop, visit: http://yvonnelefort.net/workshop-registration/

January 30, 2015. CULTURAL HISTORY OF WINE IN WESTERN ART. Taught by KERRIN MEIS. From Mesopotamia to well beyond the Renaissance, including a discussion of RENOIR's LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 30 & February 1, 2015.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents DIPLOMATIE.  "In 1945, Hitler ordered General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) to destroy Paris’s iconic landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to Notre-Dame, before the German surrendered to the Allies. In the film, Raoul Nordling, an urbane Swedish diplomat (André Dussollier) arrives at Von Choltitz’s hotel suite to persuade a man who has built a career on loyalty to disobey the order. Director Volker Schlöndorff adapts Cyril Gely’s play into a magnificent miniature, set almost entirely in one room and playing in real time, as the diplomat appeals to the General’s decency, the futility of war, and Paris’s cherished position in the world’s imagination. Though we know the outcome, the ensuing verbal chess game—as performed by two of Europe’s greatest living actors— unfolds with such astonishing wit and intricacy that we are swept away by the suspense." – Telluride Film Festival(2014, 85 min., in French and German w/English subtitles). Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall,1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.  Friday, January 30 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 1 at 4:00.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi

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

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France   http://ilefr.wordpress.com/

SILICONFRENCH EVENTS. For an on-going list of events offered by SiliconFrench, see http://www.siliconfrench.com/eventsnews_events.shtml

CINEMA

You will find here below details on special screenings.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order, with special dates given in red.
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Check local listings for show times! 

AGE OF UPRISING. Alliance Française de San Francisco, www.afsf.com. January 13, 2015.

BELOVED. Alliance Française de San Francisco, www.afsf.com. January 6, 2015.

DIPLOMATIE at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  "In 1945, Hitler ordered General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) to destroy Paris’s iconic landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to Notre-Dame, before the German surrendered to the Allies. In the film, Raoul Nordling, an urbane Swedish diplomat (André Dussollier) arrives at Von Choltitz’s hotel suite to persuade a man who has built a career on loyalty to disobey the order. Director Volker Schlöndorff adapts Cyril Gely’s play into a magnificent miniature, set almost entirely in one room and playing in real time, as the diplomat appeals to the General’s decency, the futility of war, and Paris’s cherished position in the world’s imagination. Though we know the outcome, the ensuing verbal chess game—as performed by two of Europe’s greatest living actors— unfolds with such astonishing wit and intricacy that we are swept away by the suspense." – Telluride Film Festival(2014, 85 min., in French and German w/English subtitles). Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall,1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.  Friday, January 30 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 1 at 4:00.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi January 30 & February 1, 2015. 

JEAN-LUC GODARD:  EXPECT EVERYTHING FROM CINEMA.   Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA.  Pacific Film Archive's year-long Jean-Luc Godard retrospective continues with some of the master’s more recent films.  http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ for details. January 16-February 13, 2015. 

RADIOSTARS. Alliance Française de San Francisco, www.afsf.com. January 27, 2015.

SAND WARS. Alliance Française de San Francisco, www.afsf.com. January 22, 2015.

ALSO NOTE: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE.  Tuesday evenings, 18h45pm.   Chaque mardi soir à 18h45 nous avons un diffèrent film sur le thème du mois. Enjoy the latest releases from France sur le grand ecran with AFSF ciné-philes and discussion en français.  Straight from the AFSF Médiathèque. http://alliance-francaise-sf.weebly.com. Suggested donation of $5.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1721 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in June. To learn more : http://www.afdesacramento.org/calendar

ART       

Through January 4, 2015.  DESIGN ON SHOW:  WORKS BY YANNICK HAMON & AARON THOMAS.  The Zener Schon Gallery presents works by American designer Aaron Thomas and French Pop Artist Yannick Hamon, who collaborate to create hand painted deconstructed Louis chairs.  Mill Valley, CA.  http://www.zenerschongallery.com/exhibitions/ 

Through January 15, 2015.  JILIAN ADI MONRIBOT FACETS: THE MYSTERY OF SELF.  The Dryansky Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works on paper by French-born San Francisco-based artist Jilian Adi Monribot.Facets: The Mystery of Self will be on view from November 20, 2014 to January 15, 2015. The Dryansky Gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 20, 2014 between 6 and 8 p.m.  Facets: The Mystery of Self marks Monribot’s first solo exhibition and features eighteen self-portraits on paper. Using bold strokes and washes of bright inks and gouache, oil and wax pastels, in varying intensity and color, the series reveals facets of the artist while bringing to life new and intriguing characters that take on their own unique and universally relevant personalities.  The collection of self-portraits can be seen as stills taken from a film strip that have been picked out and brought to the forefront. Monribot explains, “If life is an ongoing movie, my artist’s studio is a film set. I set out to record fleeting scenes of grace and inspiration distilled out of the flux of time, in which everything - light, mood, angle - happen to collaborate.”  In assembling colors, Monribot describes, “I often have the Fauves in mind, their use of vivid, unexpected, playful color combinations and disruptive appropriations.”  The result is a body of work that is sure of itself yet mysterious, because, despite the risk which Monribot embraces in working rapidly, intuitively and with a large selection of tools, she ultimately brings each of her creations to convey vivid emotion, transmitting to the observer the same intense thrill that had brought it about.  http://www.thedryansky.com/facets2014

January 17-February 28, 2015.  IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM:  PARIS IN THE SIXTIES / PARIS DANS LES ANNEES SOIXANTE and REVISING EUGENE ATGET’S PARIS with photos by CHRISTOPHER RAUSCHENBURG.  The Harvey Milk Photo Center proudly presents the exhibition Imogen Cunningham: Paris in the Sixties, with exquisitely beautiful and subtle images of the City of Light. This body of images represents a unique moment in Imogen Cunningham’s life’s work. The exhibit was curated by Jane Reed in the mid 1990’s and toured internationally. Cunningham’s Parisian photographs were taken at a seminal time in Paris, just before the student uprisings of 1968 and they have not been seen in the Bay Area for more than twenty years. Compared to Cunningham’s other work, her Paris photos are a relatively unknown, but essential part of her oeuvre.  Best known for her more formal photographs of botanicals, nudes and industrial landscapes, there was another side of Imogen, which she began to explore in the 1960’s. She had always been both a practicing portrait photographer and a dedicated experimentalist. In her eighth decade, at an age when most people have long since retired, she became fascinated with street photography and made two consecutive steamship trips to Europe seeking new directions for her work. Her photographs from this period are an homage to a humanistic approach to photojournalism, illustrated by a casual immediacy, and a marked sense of humor. They provide a delightful exclamation point to her more carefully considered portraiture. Her street work began in San Francisco, and extended to include the photographs she produced in France. The photographs in Imogen Cunningham: Paris in the Sixties were rarely exhibited in her lifetime.  In conjunction with Imogen Cunningham’s work, we will have an exhibition of a selection of Paris Changing: Revisiting Eugène Atget’s Paris by photographer Christopher Rauschenberg who spent time in Paris re-photographing many of the images of Eugène Atget. Atget photographed Paris extensively in the early part of the twentieth century, creating a visual record of the city that served as an inspiration for many of the photographers that followed him. This exhibition explores Paris through the lenses of two photographers working decades apart.  Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. (at Duboce), SF.  http://harveymilkphotocenter.org/exhibits/imogen-cunningham-paris-in-the-sixties-117-228/ for details.

Through January 31, 2015.  ART IN MOTION.  Jules Maeght continues the Maeght family legacy of passion, adventure, and a commitment to artists and creative experimentation in the new Hayes Valley San Francisco gallery.  Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  http://julesmaeghtgallery.com/expositions/inaugural-exhibition-art-is-motion/ for details.

Through January 31, 2015.  WORKS BY VANNINA MELEKZADEH at the CONSULAT DE FRANCE, SAN FRANCISCO.  Vannina Malekzadeh est une artiste francaise, originaire de Corse. Ses peintures, melangees avec du collage, sont sur des themes tres SF (Golden Gate bridge notamment). Vannina vient de sortir une serie sur Paris qu'elle a installee aujourd'hui au consulat coté VISA, sa collection sur SF elle est du coté PASSEPORT. L'exposition au consulat devrait durer environ 3 mois.  http://www.vannina.net/ for details.

March 7-May 31, 2015.  BOTTICELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND.  Herbst Exhibition Galleries, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.  www.famsf.org for details.

Through March 16, 2015.  DAUMIER ON ART AND THE THEATRE.  Honoré Daumier, prints, drawings.  Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Lomita Drive.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through March 16, 2015.  SHOP, GALLERY, STUDIO:  THE ART WORLD IN THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES.  Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Lomita Drive.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Winter 2015.  LAUREN MARSOLIER exhibits her work in San Francisco in Winter 2015, at Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary Street.  www.laurenmarsolier.com for details.

September 19, 2015-January 10, 2016.  BREGUET:  ART AND INNOVATION IN WATCHMAKINGBreguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”  From its beginnings in Paris in 1775, Breguet advanced great technical developments such as the self-winding watch, the first wristwatch, the repeating mechanism, and, most notably, the tourbillon—a revolutionary movement that neutralizes the negative effects of gravity on pocket watches. Breguet played a key role in the history of watchmaking, elevating the craft to its zenith by producing finely made watches that were a pleasure to handle and use.  The company's reputation for ingenuity, as well as the reliability and portability of its watches, led to Breguet’s watches being considered objects of great prestige, worn by the powerful and elite in Europe, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Alexander I, and Queen Victoria. The most famous Breguet timepiece linked to a European monarch is the world-renowned “Marie-Antoinette” pocket watch. This extraordinary piece took 44 years to make and was the most complicated watch of its time. During the 19th century, Breguet expanded its business into countries beyond France, supplying elegant timepieces to customers in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Today Breguet is a name known throughout the world.  Organized by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture, this presentation at the Legion of Honor features more than 80 objects. A scholarly catalogue will be published by the Fine Arts Museums to coincide with the exhibition.  ROSEKRANS GALLERY, SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERIES 20B-C https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/exhibitions/breguet

On-going.  WORKS BY JEAN-MARC BRUGEILLES.  The French artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles is now being represented in San Francisco by Mishin Fine Art on Sutter St. in downtown San Francisco . The Gallery will be hosting a opening reception that is open to the public to present his collection of magnificent paintings.  The opening is Friday May 17th from 5PM  to 9 PM in the gallery. Jean-Marc will be in attendance and he has created special pastels for all who purchase paintings.  Mishin Fine Arts 445a Sutter St.   (btw Powell & Stockton) San Francisco, CA. 94108 415 391-6100 www.mishingallery.com . For more information:  415 637-3145  or www.brugeilles.com    Youtube: http://youtu.be/_4cTu2k79f4 

On-going.  MONIKA STEINER, beloved Bay Area-based Swiss painter is currently exhibiting paintings and small-format sculpture at the new, second location of the Geras-Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco.   Geras-Tousignant Gallery 437 Pacific Ave  San Francisco 415.986.1647.  geratousignant@gmail.com 

On-going. WHY NOT MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL? FRENCH TRAVEL POSTERS, 1945-1949, presented by the Nevada State Museum. French travel posters given to Nevada in 1949 in gratitude for American support following World War II will make their debut at the Nevada State Museum beginning May 23. Commissioned and printed by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French National Railways, the 21 posters depict stunning French landscapes, historical provinces and cultural regions. Why Not Make it Beautiful? French Travel Posters 1945-1949 features artwork carried aboard the Merci Boxcar, or Gratitude Train, in February of 1949. Research indicates that all states received a set of posters, yet only three appear to have retained possession of their collection, and Nevada will be the only state to exhibit them. Staff from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Archives restored the posters for the exhibit generously sponsored by Hazel Woodgate and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation. In 1947 the American people collected 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing and fuel to help the people of France who were struggling desperately to recover from World War II. This "Friendship Train" stopped in Reno to collect the food gathered from all across the state of Nevada. In 1949 the French people collected a trainload of gifts for the Americans, filling 49 boxcars with tokens and treasures from the French provinces, one for each state and one to be shared between Hawaii and Washington D.C. The existence of these trains, and a time when international friendship was on a citizen-to-citizen scale is nearly forgotten. Most Nevadans have little knowledge of this chapter in our history. The notes and the significance of the gifts represent the best of humanity; the kindness that humans can give and share in the face of great suffering, the deep connection possible across cultural and spatial boundaries. Nevada State Museum/Bretzlaff History Resource Center Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Wed. - Sat. by appointment 775/687-4810, x240 or SueAnn.Monteleone@nevadaculture.org or http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=431

On-going.  MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org

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

On-going.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

On-going. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

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

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE, by ANDREA WEDELL.  Expat Andrea Wedell, originally from the Bay Area and living in France for the past 24 years, would love for you to visit her painting : contemporary landscapes of Southern France. She works with texture and vibrant, bold color that is built up in multiple layers and glazed on. Her landscapes are semi-abstract to abstract poetic interpretations of her environment in Cassis, or bits  and pieces of it as she sees and feels it– from lively, magical gardens with their sweet smells , to turquoise and deep orange underwater scenes, pink and bright white cliffs built up over millions of years, villages that have retained their authentic charm, sparkling ocean and wide expanses of sky. You can see her work virtually on her website :   www.gallerywedell.com If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France. www.gallerywedell.com/blog

CLASSES        

Beginning January 5, 2015.  FRENCH CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  We hope you'll enjoy our new website. Please go to “language center” to find your class.  New students will have to create an account. Current and former students can click on "forgot my password" to log in faster.  Please let us know if you have difficulties to find your class.  info@afberkeley.org

January 5-February 26, 2014. FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ. Language, all levels, plus French poems & song. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 5-March 13, 2014.  COURS A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROS. Is speaking French on your bucket list? The Alliance Francaise of Santa Rosa has French classes year round for beginners through advanced. Our next session starts January 5th through March 13th. Small classes or private tutoring for children and adults. School site enrichment programs available as well. Contact: lisa@afsantarosa.org. Website www.afsantarosa.org. Notre prochaine session de classes qui débutera le 5 janvier au 13 mars? Cette session durera 10 semaines, et il y a des classes du débutant au avancé.  On peut aller à notre site:  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school.

January 6-March 5, 2014. FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE, taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage. All levels. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 7-March 4, 2015.  FRENCH FOLK-DANCING / FEST-NOZ. (Winter Program Course 43307.01). A mix of tradition, culture, exercise and just plain fun! No partner necessary--beginners are welcome. Learn and practice dances that originated in the Middle Ages and see why the Fest-Noz has been named by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Dance the An Dro, Hanter Dro, Gavotte, Bourée Celtique, Pach-Pi, Dañs Plin, Scottish, Rond de Landéda, Kost Ar C'hoad and more! Wednesdays, January 7-March 4 (omit February 18) 7-8:30pm. Online registration begins Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at www.burlingame.org/rec. Early registration is appreciated as we need enough participants to secure the auditorium. Minimum age is 18 years; sorry, no drop-ins. $79. for all 8 sessions, $68. for seniors; discount for Burlingame residents. Location: Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010. Easy parking--convenient to Burlingame Caltrain. Questions? 650-558-7300.

January 9, 16, & 23, 2014. THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN THE WEST, including discussion of BOOKS OF HOURS. Taught by Kerrin Meis. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 12-April 13, 2015.  FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO.  Join the 2015 French Wine Scholar study and certification program with San Francisco Wine School, an FWS Approved Program Provider: Time: 6 PM - 9 PM; Location: Embassy Suites Oyster Point 250 Gateway Boulevard South San Francisco, CA  (5 minute walk from Caltrain); Instructed by: David Glancy MS, lead instructor; Tuition: $1,395 or 5 bi-weekly payments of $290 each The program includes everything you need to become fully versed in the world of French wines: 33 hours classroom instruction Tutored tasting of 70+ French wines 280 page full-color FWS study manual ($135 value) Access to FWS Online Study Program for class prep and review (a $295 value) FWS exam registration ($250 value) FWS credential, certificate, and label pin upon passing the exam www.frenchwinesociety.org for details.

Through February 25, 2015.  PROUST – IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME.  Now is the perfect time to join the Proust Society of America at the Mechanics' Institute! The new semester, and the beginning of a new 3-year cycle examining Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time, will start on September 10th. Dr. Mark Calkins, Proust expert and SFSU lecturer, leads the discussions of the Proust Group and the World Literature Group on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  The Proust Group, meeting on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., will read and discuss Proust's Swann's Way, volume one of In Search of Lost Time, during this semester.  The new semester begins on September 10, and both groups welcome new members. Fees per semester are $70 for Mechanics' Institute members, and $100 for non-members. Registration is through EventBrite. For more information, contact Dr. Calkins at mark@tempsperdu.com or Diane Lai at dlai@milibrary.org This semester's classes meet on:   September 10 & 24   October 8 & 22   November 12 & 19   December 10 & 17   January 14 & 28   February 11 & 25   Cost:    Members $70   Public $100   Location:    4th Floor Board Room, Mechanics' Institute, 5:30pm.  

September 16-26, 2015.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHERN FRANCE WITH JULIE HOUCK.  Love France? Enjoy Travel? Want to Take Your Work to the Next Level?  Join Julie Houck for 10 days of plein air landscape painting in the Languedoc region of France. Concentrate on your art, develop your own style, sharpen your skill set and benefit from individualized instruction.  Enjoy other like minded artists at MONTFAUCON, a 14th century restored maison d' maitre situated in the charming town of Limoux on the River Aude.  Experience five star accommodations, authentic chef-prepared cuisine, and regional wines. Fee $3,600 (DO). Includes lodging, all breakfasts, 9 dinners, instruction, use of the studio, and round trip local transport from Toulouse. Single Supplement $750 (limited availability).
http://www.pleinairjourneys.com/RegistrationForm_Montfaucon2015.pdf

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

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

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

eLYCEE.  eLycée's new Summer programs are ready !  For adults, eLycée helps those with specific needs for business and vacation trips or improved oral and written expression.  -  Intensive French for beginners  -   Advanced students :  o Atelier d’écriture (OuLiPO)  o Atelier “Les fautes d’orthographe ne sont pas une fatalité”  -   Discovering France for travelers.  For school-age students, eLycée has a wide catalog of classes which meet all needs for a French education.  For Middle and High School students:  ?French II to IV. Students cover more varied themes with a goal to reach ease and spontaneity in communication.   For High School students:  Along with the advanced level, we also offer classes preparing to the AP tests.  ??AP  prepare for the AP French Language and Culture test.   For French teachers, eLycée has a wide catalog of workshops. Ask for the French teacher program.   Ask for the program.   I'd like to invite you to meet with us in the virtual classroom and set up your free trial, where we'll be able to work with you on your project.   A uniquely French environment with French native teachers. Each of our programs reflects the appeal of our unique way of teaching. You can go on our site to discover each of them more in depth.  Once in class, you will find a number of stimulating topics supported with multimedia documents to stimulate your creativity on your own and in group. These works are then available on our internal blog for all to review and appreciate.  www.elycee.com

Every Thursday evening.  WINE TASTING CLASS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. $50 per class/$270 for all six classes.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO SUMMER CAMP.  http://www.afsf.com/event-summer-camp.shtml for details.

FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT THROUGH STANFORD’S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM:   https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/course.php?cid=20132_FRN+02  

SOCIAL STUDIES IN FRENCH.  This Fall, in addition to French classes, EFBA (French Education in the Bay Area) is opening a new social studies class in French at Kensington Hilltop Elementary for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade, every Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00. The goal of this program is to give the children the opportunity to discover the richness of France through its history, while giving them a critical, objective and spatial look on contemporary events. We will address transverse themes in the students' knowledge acquired in the California curriculum that we could put in perspective to expose the children to another knowledge about France and Europe (XVIII-XX centuries) We want to deal with the great history (characters, events, paintings, etc.) but also with the small one (people: children, women, colors, animals, comics etc.). For more information, please visit our website:  http://www.efba.us/social-studies-presentation

MASTER'S DEGREE IN FRENCH at San José State University. Apply by September 30th and start in SPRING 2014.  The application deadline for Spring 2014 is September 30th. For information on how to apply, see http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/ For information on the French M.A. program, scholarships and teaching opportunities, please contact Professor Jean-Luc Desalvo : jean-luc.desalvo@sjsu.edu  

THE FRENCH CLASS.  French classes in SF or at your home - www.frenchclass.com - 500 Sutter Street - Suite 310 - San Francisco CA 94102 - (415) 362-3666. French classes from complete beginners to very advanced. Small group classes or private lessons. Check our great rates on our web site: www.frenchclass.com - We also feature:
- French classes on Skype (great rates and a wonderful way to study at home)
- pronunciation workshops
- seminars and conferences on cultural differences, art, history ...
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- "My French 2 Cents": your own French tutor for 2 cents per day Testimonial: "My French 2 Cents is an amazing resource to help explain anything missed or misunderstood in class and with our homework assignments. I can ask a question and receive not only answers, but explanations and the opportunity to explore further for a more precise understanding of the language. The response time to my questions can range from a few minutes to just hours." Joni H.  "My French 2 Cents" is only 2 cents per day x 365 days = $7.30 per year! Get a quick answer when you ask for a language tip or a question arising as you are studying French. How it works: 1) you subscribe 2) you receive an email address 3) you send your questions to this email address 4) you receive a prompt answer. It is that easy! Please note that "My French 2 cents" is not a translation service. To subscribe, call us at 415.362.3666 or e-mail info@frenchclass.com

ELYCEE SUMMER PROGRAMS. You are a student, an adult, a French teacher…You have a project in French.  Sign up for an eLycee Summer program :  -French teacher training (attached) -AP French Language and Culture - French III (attached) -French IV - Intensive French for beginners - Advanced students : o Atelier d’écriture (OuLiPO) o Atelier “Les fautes d’orthographe ne sont pas une fatalité” -Discovering France for travelers. Log in and learn with our experts A uniquely French environment with French native teachers. We have the world's first fully interactive virtual classroom, with full audio/video and a range of collaborative (shared) tools and applications. You can sign in from wherever you are to join teachers and colleagues online. www.elycee.com  

SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Our summer program is all set and ready to go. Our schedule is posted online now, and will appear in the bulletin in June. We will be offering many wonderful classes. As in years past, classes stand on their own in the summer, and students may choose three individual classes anywhere on our calendar. In other words, each date is an individual class. By popular demand, we are making an exception to this for TOTAL beginners. For them, we offer a 5-day summer camp (August 5th to August 9th) where students improve incrementally from day to day. We will also have two CHILDREN’S CAMPS. The first for students continuing with their French studies (level 2) (10:00AM to 12:00), and another for students new to French (level 1) 3:00 to 5:00PM. Both these camps will take place on the same week (August 5th to August 9th). You may reserve a seat in those camps as soon as you are ready. We have a maximum of 10 students in our children's camps.  For immediate information, please consult our webpage: www.afsantarosa.org

FRENCH AS YOU LIKE IT.  French As You Like It offers private French lessons and cultural coaching in Paris for professionals, expats, tourists, students, and children. We believe in giving the highest standard of customer service and our values are:  Quality - Experienced French teachers who are fluent in English, are from Paris and have university degrees in teaching French as a second language.  Flexibility-  Our teachers are available between 8am and 8pm at clients homes, at unique cultural places in Paris, at client offices or at our classroom facility in the Marais.   Innovation - Highly customized private French lessons that are proven to speed French speaking and written abilities during stays in Paris.  Our founder, Marguerite Monnier started French As You Like It in 2006 after returning to France from San Francisco. She wanted to use her experience of moving to the U.S. and then back to France to help Anglophones settling and visiting Paris. French As You Like It now has seven teachers and has worked with over 500 students here in Paris.  At French As You Like It, we consider Paris our classroom. We believe people learn faster and easier if they are engaging the language through topics and locations that interest them. Each of our students has a personalized program based on their needs and level. For working professionals, we also come to offices, but again design a program around the student’s interests. For a history buff, the teacher might review irregular verbs while discussing the French revolution.  While we do use grammar books and give homework, our students have fun learning French because they are engaged by an activity or subject that interests them.  Our fees range from 45 euros to 75 euros per hour depending on your requirement, situation and program and more information about us can be found on our website www.frenchasyoulikeit.com and on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/French-As-You-Like-It/115835031825132 

CHILDREN’S FRENCH CLASSES AT BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY.  Bay Language Academy learning is designed around a carefully designed curriculum.  http://www.baylanguages.com The classes are offered in a small group setting, all week in our beautiful academy facing the San Francisco Bay (East Bay). Children from preschool level and up are welcome. Parents are informed after each class of what was covered and what is expected from the young students for the next session. Classes will start again on January 7th. Call us: 510-306-4229 to visit our academy and learn about the philosophy behind the program.

CLASSES FOR ADULTS AT BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY.  Whether you want to communicate with colleagues/ friends or just want to be involved in our rich and diverse community in a more effective manner or even plan to learn French for your next vacation (travel-specific classes), we will try our best to accommodate your language needs.  Classes for professionals are designed around the specialized language needs in the legal, medical or real estate fields. Our French language program is implemented within a cultural context, so by providing an in-depth, linguistic and cultural instruction, we create a unique blend of stimulating environment and dynamic learning experience. We encourage students to be enriched by new cultures and to discover hidden opportunities. Students of all age (preschool to retirees) come to learn—or enhance existing skills.  French adult classes will start again in January for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Call us: 510-306-4229 and visit:  http://www.baylanguages.com  

FRENCH LESSONS.  Learn French with an acclaimed and experienced native teacher, in person or remotely via Skype. Whether it is for school, work or pleasure, Sandrine's lessons are tailored to every student's needs and goals. From basic conversation to fluency, from simple sentences to academic levels, Sandrine provides quality teaching to students with high standards. Visit Sandrine’s French lessons blog: http://sandrinedeparis.blogspot.com Contact:   sandrine@sandrinedeparis.com      

AFTER SCHOOL FRENCH CLASSES FOR CHILDREN IN THE BAY AREA (K - 12). Do you want to offer your child the opportunity to grow and learn? Do you dream of offering your child the chance to be bilingual? You can give your child this opportunity with affordable, local French classes starting in September 2012.  Education Francaise Bay Area (EFBA) is a non-profit organization focused on high quality, affordable French courses and serves families through nearly 20 public school locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (including Oakland, Mountain View, San Jose, Walnut Creek and more). The EFBA is supported by the French government.  Course registrations open in September 2012 (and will remain open as space permits). Enroll your child today so you can secure a spot!  www.efba.us or contact us at info@efba.us.

POUR LES ENFANTS FRANCOPHONES:  CNED offert par PAFEAPAFEA (Palo Alto French Education Association) donne des cours de français aux enfants francophones ayant comme base pédagogique les cours du  CNED (Organisme français de cours à distance). Les enfants bénéficiant de cet enseignement, avec seulement 4 heures par semaine, suivent le même niveau que les enfants scolarisés en France. Les cours de toutes les classes PAFEA sont enseignés par des instructeurs qualifiés de langue française., Représentante locale: Ghislaine Géry, guilou@pacbell.net .

FRENCH PRIMARY CLASS AT THE RENAISSANCE SCHOOL IN OAKLAND. The Renaissance School (TRS), a private Montessori school in Oakland, California for ages 2 years old through middle school, announces it has openings in its French Primary class for children ages four and five years old, born between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008.  Students in the French Primary class are introduced to conversational French and are conversed with and instructed at all times in both English and French. Because they are taught by native speakers, children acquire the correct accent and language patterns. The written form of the language is introduced in both languages at this level allowing the children to learn to write and read by the end of that level.  At the Elementary level, students continue to develop their linguistic skills by adding Spanish, bringing to bear a genuine tri-language immersion program. The Renaissance School is believed to be the only Montessori school in the United States that offers a genuine three-language immersion program.  Tours of the school are available by appointment. To schedule a tour of the school, email info@therenaisanceschool.org or call 510-531-8566. Visit:  http://www.therenaissanceschool.org    

ECOLE MATERNELLE PETIT PETON.  "Ecole Maternelle Petit Peton" French School is a new French Immersion Pre-kindergarten option for families seeking a progressive education for their pre-school aged child. Run by a French Tutor and artgallery director from Paris, the preschool provides a customized program that brings each child to the focus of a traditional French curriculum in a small group setting five students. Petit Peton French Immersion Preschool follows the Official French Education Curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarteners in SAN FRANCISCO since 2010.Petit Peton welcomes little students aged from 2 1/2 years old  to 6  years old. (Petite, Moyenne Section les mâtinées et Programme du CNED pour les Grande Section les après midi). Cahier de Vie, Cahier d’Écriture, techniques de peinture des artistes modernes et contemporains pour tous les élèves.  Petit Peton offers a Summer Camp from 4 to 6 years old (programme féerique autour des classiques français comme Peau d’Âne, Bécassine, les Barbapapas, Emilie Jolie ... Ambiance théâtraleà ne pas manquer !)  and Private Piano Class in French. Petit Peton French Immersion PreSchool has a structured curriculum in place to ensure our children are prepared for Kindergarten and 1st Grade,French CP.  Website : www.frenchschoolpp.com   Contact : Delphine Pilarski at 415 867 8418A Bientôt !

FRENCH CLASSES TAUGHT BY NATIVE SPEAKER NICOLE COLLINS AT THE ORINDA COMMUNITY CENTER (EAST BAY).  Through the Community Center in Orinda, I teach French conversation classes for adults. I offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes four quarters a year. Fall, winter, and spring quarters are 10 to 12 weeks long, and summer quarters are 5 to 6 weeks long.  I have been teaching French conversation classes since 1997.My mission is to create a friendly and relaxed experience for people to learn or brush-up, the way French is spoken today.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-language/184446598303358 or  http://www.nicolelanguage.com for details.

CHOUCHOU ~ FRENCH PLAY GROUP.  Kids play smarter, make friends and learn French! Chouchou is a fun structured language-immersion play group geared for children 1-4 years of age. This interactive class presents material multi-modally through picture books, stories, art, songs and movement. French beginners are welcome.  www.seesawsf.com for details.

ATELIERS DE BANDE DESSINEE POUR ENFANTS ET POUR ADULTES! Horaire hiver 2012. Aucune formation artistique ou talent spécial en dessin nécessaire! Formation dans la tradition franco-belge, du scénario à la mise en couleur. Pour enfants: 25 janvier au 22 février 2012. Mercredis, 15h30 à 17h30 (10 ans et plus). Coût: $150. Pour adultes, des ateliers de BD auto-biographique. Du 24 janvier au 28 février, 2012. Mardis, de 10h à 12h00. Coût: $150. Les cours ont lieu à Palo Alto, en petits groupes. Information: Danièle Archambault. Daniele@DanieleBD.com. www.DanieleBD.com

SANTA ROSA FRENCH-AMERICAN CHARTER SCHOOL. For more information about the Charter School or if you are interested in sending your children there, please contact:  info@srfacs.org.

"CHOUCHOU" ~ FRENCH FOR TODDLERS AT SEESAW CAFÉ.  French for toddlers (weekly classes)Parents come connect while your kids play, make new friends and learn in French! Chouchou is a fun and structured language-immersion play group for children 1 - 5 years of age. This playful and interactive class is led by Vanessa Portois-Wermter. Material is presented multi-modally through picture books, stories, art, songs and dancing. French language fluency is not required but French will be spoken 90% of the time. Let the little ones explore and laugh as they learn about animals, instruments, food, feelings, body parts and more!  Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.30am - WeeklyPre-registration required.Tuition for 4 sessions is $100 | 1 session is $30.  To learn more email vanessa at vanessa.portois@gmail.com and to register, visit seesawsf.com.  Seesaw Cafe (? 1.415.553.8070 - 600A Octavia St.)  http://seesawsf.com/workshops.php

PETITS CONFETTIS, A NEW FRENCH IMMERSION PRESCHOOL IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, from HELENE GSELL.  Petits Confettis est une nouvelle Preschool tout en Francais sur Mountain View qui recherche des volontaires pour la rentree de Septembre. Le poste est flexible: Lundi, Mardi, Jeudi et/ou Vendredi (ferme le Mercredi). De 9am a 4pm ou de 9am a midi et/ou de 1pm a 4pm. Une compensation sera offerte pour tout volontariat. Les enfants ont entre 3 ans et 5 ans et une maitresse de Francais assurera les cours. Pour toute information, visitez le site: www.petitsconfettis.com  Contactez-nous a: info@petitsconfettis.com  

PAINTING COURSES AND HOLIDAYS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.     Join English painter and teacher Nicola on one of her fun creative courses in the Languedoc area in the south of France. Learn or improve your drawing and painting skills, how to work in watercolours ‘plein air’, or for something quite different, how to paint furniture and accessories with that French ‘Shabby Chic’ style while staying in a Château on the banks of Le Canal du Midi.  Every year Nicola hosts a variety of courses and holidays in both the Languedoc and Provence and can be booked by private groups.  www.painting-holidays-france.com 

FRENCH FOR FUN  - Lafayette, California We have been teaching in the San Francisco East Bay for over 30 years, and we attribute our success to our unique teaching style. Madame Catherine Jolivet, a native of France, is the visionary founder, educator, and leader of the program. The curriculum is a synthesis of the best educational methods - from Montessori to the Project Approach! Academics and the Arts are woven together, and the result is a program that prepares children with skills that lay a foundation for elementary school success. By fostering a sense of fun and adventure our students will discover and develop language and cultural communication skills to empower them as responsible global citizens. Our Early Childhood Program is licensed through the California Department of Social Services, and our After School Program was recently awarded Heritage School status. Early Childhood Classes and most Elementary School Classes take place in a Total Immersion Environment.  To reach French For Fun, please phone 925-283-9822 or stop by 3468 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite B100, Lafayette CA 94549 (in the Corporate Terrace Office Complex).

WORKING IN FRANCE.  Online presentation on the topic of working in France, presented by Laurence Raybois, a consultant specialized in assisting Americans wishing to work/live in France.  The presentation costs $20 and lasts about one hour.  It comes complete with handouts and a free 15-minute follow-up consultation with Laurence Raybois.  It covers visas/cartes de séjour, regulated professions, how EU regulations may be used to work in France and the rights of accompanying family members, among many topics. http://www.americansmovingtofrance.com 

FRENCH CLASSES FOR ALL AGES AND LEVELS.  Taught by a native French instructor, highly qualified, ith an MA in French Language Education, and experienced. CLASSES: Help with homework, AP French Language Exam, conversation, playgroup for toddler, etc.  Programme spécial offert pour enfants francophones du CP à la terminale. LOCATION: East Bay Area.  For more information, or to contact me, go to:  http://privatefrenchtutoring.webs.com/

LE PETIT JARDIN of San Anselmo.  COME AND PLAY… LATER IN THE DAY.  Le Petit Jardin of San Anselmo (Lic # 214005102) is expanding its class offerings! After nearly 3 years of wonderful success offering Toddler French every morning, we are now pleased to announce the addition of afternoon immersion sessions!! Little ones can come and play, plant in our garden, sing, dance and enjoy story time and art projects ALL IN FRENCH! Class size will be kept at a 4:1 ratio, so don't delay in reserving your child's place.   WHO: Kiddies ages 18 months and older   WHAT: French Immersion through contextual play and art!   WHEN: Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:30pm   WHERE: Le Petit Jardin of San Anselmo   COST: $364/month  (*Price includes nutritious afternoon snack and all needed course materials. As with all new enrollments, there is a one-time $50 registration fee.)  Visit www.LPJkids.com for more information on Language Immersion for your child amber@LPJkids.com or tel. 415.459.3978 for details.

LA TOULZANIE. A very beautiful, historic,14th century mill in La Toulzanie (Lot,near Cahors in southwest France) is available as a  very special place to offer short courses, seminars, or workshops. The price, per week (Saturday to Saturday) depends on the time of year. Nearby is a new, lovely hotel looking directly at St. Cirq Lapopie, one of France's most beautiful villages. The mill is located on (and in) the river Lot. It sleeps 5 and features the original huge hearth, circular stone staircase, and footbridge. The grand salon is a lovely room with a long, wooden table suitable for seminars. A swimming pool, 2 minutes on foot from the mill, and a rowboat and fishing gear at the mill, are included. Photos at www.latitude.org . For availability, please contact Neil Buffée at gemeaux3@wanadoo.fr. NOW FOR SALE! Visit www.latitude.org for details!

MA PETITE ECOLE.  Ma Petite École is a Family Child Care Home offering a French preschool curriculum in Santa Rosa. Emmanuelle Benefield, a native of France, directs an “école maternelle” program (petite, moyenne et grande sections) for children from the age of two through kindergarten. The friendly, supportive environment allows children to have fun learning and thrive as individuals. For details, please contact Emmanuelle at (707) 579-2669. www.ma-petite-ecole.com

ATELIER D'ECRITURE.  Quelques places sont disponibles à partir de cet automne dans le   seul atelier francophone de la Baie, qui entame en septembre   (première date à déterminer) sa 6e année.  Nos séances ont lieu sur   la Péninsule, le lundi de 11h à 14h, tous les 15 jours. Un second   atelier pourrait être donné à un horaire différent.  Après la   première séance d'introduction, l'atelier est fermé à de nouveaux   venus, et on s'engage à toute la série (de 6 à 8 sessions, à $60 la   session) si on souhaite continuer.  Aucune expérience d'écriture est   nécessaire, et le partage de nos écrits est facultatif. Le nombre de   participants est limité.   L'atelier est conduit par PHILIPPE BERTHOUD, professeur à   l'Université John F. Kennedy, où il enseigne "Writing as a   Psychospiritual Tool", un cours qu'il a donné en Irlande et en France.  Inscriptions/Info:pberthoud@jfku.eduou 510 - 234 4799. "Dans cet atelier, on se laisse guider par notre plume et on est   surpris par la beauté de ce qu'elle nous révèle".  Anne Dumontier

FRENCH LANGUAGE WITH JOY.  Private lessons and group-based language instruction serving Marin & San Francisco since 1975.  Taught by BARBARA ZEIDMAN, M.A.   California State Licensed Community College French Instructor.  415.479.2100 for details.

TUTORING FOR MATH & SCIENCE – IN FRENCH!  I graduated from La Perouse in 2007 with a Scientific Baccalaureat. I'm a Junior student in SRJC in organic chemistry, and have completed a summer internship in the Buck Institute. I give math, chemistry and physics tutoring for every level. Have 3 years of experience, good connections with students and satisfied results. Can meet at the students home or at your convenience. For more information, please feel free to contact me at awad.pierre@gmail.com or tel 415 408 1041.

CLASSES DE CUISINE. L'alimentation saine, c'est delicieuse! Venez tous chez Janet, infirmière et chef de cuisine, pour des classes de cuisine. Mes classes, à San Rafael, sont petites et vous travaillez dans ma grande cuisine professionelle pour apprendre les recettes qui sont bien pour maigrir et prévenir les maladies. Après, nous dinons en famille. Et bien sur, nous parlons français! Janet Dresser 415.455.8939 ou http://www.cookingforyourlife.com

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion. http://www.ArtandCookingClassesinFrance.com Philippe Gion was a resident of San Francisco from 1986 to 2001, then time shared between the US and Provence. Owner & chef of the restaurant "Café Landais" (1986-1990) then, manager of the restaurant of the "Alliance Fançaise,” he was also Executive Chef at Stanford University ("East House Residency", 1997- 2000). He was a member of the Board of Director at the "Lycée Français Lapérouse" (1988-1991) and creator of the first French Ciné-Club in San Francisco ("Alliance Française Ciné-Club" with the partnership of the Lycée Français). In 1996, Philippe Gion founded "Art and Cooking Classes in France" dedicated to bringing to our Anglo-Saxons friends and gourmets the best of the joie de vivre in France and, most of all, an attractive approach of the traditional French gastronomy in Provence.

PARIS VERSION A LA FRANCAISE. Week-long French Culture and Language Seminar in Paris, various dates available. Enjoy speaking French in unknown and new Parisian surroundings : French classes in the morning, cultural and gourmet workshops or strolls through the real Paris in the afternoon. Paris Version à la Française ; http://www.parisvf.com for more details.

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - ingrid@maisonettesf.com. Jean et Marie is proud to announce to offer its French immersion program for kids in its playroom, Maisonette. Language study is best started when very young, and that's why we decided to offer this opportunity to little ones as young as 2. Activities for each hour-and-a-half class include games, singing and dancing, puppets, drawing, and storytelling, all in French. For more information, come by the store, at 100 Clement Street, see: www.maisonettesf.com or call 510.759.1224.

FRENCH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE. Learn French at your own pace. French for children, adults and corporate in private or small classes. French Language Institut offers flexibility, fun, customized programs, library, newest educative material, CNED, craft sessions, trip to France and much more! Visit us @ http://www.FL-Institut.com or write to frenchteachers@siliconfrench.com.

LANGUAGES INSTITUTE INC. Languages Institute Inc. is comprised of a team of 8 experienced teachers. All our teachers are native French speakers, passionate about the language and earned a Bachelor or Master's degree. They have much experience to make your learning fun, pleasant and efficient! 1100 East Hamilton Avenue, #3, Campbell, CA. 408.377.1113 or 408.833.9620 or Info@Frenchin.Org or http://www.frenchin.org

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email info@optimalearning.com or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, http://www.optimalearning.com or http://www.optimalearningcenter.org

Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/modlang/ . For classes in Santa Rosa, see http://www.afsantarosa.org or contact info@afsantarosa.org. See http://www.afsf.com for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco and /http://www.berlitz.com for Berlitz Language Centers. The French Class in San Francisco offers upper level classes in literature and business language, as well as study in various regions of France. See http://www.frenchclass.com. In the East Bay, visit http://www.afberkeley.org/ or write to afberkeley@sbcglobal.net for more class opportunities. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to http://www.afnapa.com.

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

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

February 5, 2015.  YVONNE LEFORT, on INTERVIEWING FOR A JOB THE AMERICAN WAY, at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Yvonne Lefort, career coach and intercultural trainer, will  be offering a series of five career-related workshops at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in San Francisco beginning in January 2015. These workshops are intended to help people in the French community find volunteer jobs or paid employment. The workshops will be conducted in English (although Yvonne speaks French). 10:30am-12:30pm.  Members of San Francisco Bay Accueil ( http://sfbaccueil.org) will receive priority registration and a discount. For more information, contact Yvonne at ylefort@yvonnelefort.net. To register for a workshop, visit: http://yvonnelefort.net/workshop-registration/

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

February 12, 2015.  YVONNE LEFORT, on NETWORKING THE AMERICAN WAY, at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Yvonne Lefort, career coach and intercultural trainer, will  be offering a series of five career-related workshops at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in San Francisco beginning in January 2015. These workshops are intended to help people in the French community find volunteer jobs or paid employment. The workshops will be conducted in English (although Yvonne speaks French). 10:30am-12:30pm.  Members of San Francisco Bay Accueil ( http://sfbaccueil.org) will receive priority registration and a discount. For more information, contact Yvonne at ylefort@yvonnelefort.net. To register for a workshop, visit: http://yvonnelefort.net/workshop-registration/

February 13 & 14, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at SOUNDS OF MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL, FRESNO, CA.  One of the best musical events in Central California! Fresno Hotel and Conference Center, Fresno. We will play three sets per day, showtimes TBA.  Information and tickets: www.fresnodixie.com or www.rigomania.com

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

February 14, 2015. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays @ Rancho Nicasio.  Happy Valentine’s Day! http://www.ranchonicasio.com/music.htm Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or  www.HCSF.com for details.

February 14-March 22, 2014.  GRAND CONCOURS 2015.  Pour les élèves FLES et Français 1, 2, 3, 4/5.  grandconcoursnorcal@gmail.com.

February 19-20, 2015. PARIS COMBO performs at the SFJAZZ Center.  Tickets from $25.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

February 27-28, 2015. HUMANITIES WEST presents CHARLEMAGNE: THE FATHR OF WESTERN EUROPE. Even 1200 years after his death in 814, Charlemagne still symbolizes a critical turning point in Western civilization. King of the Franks and Lombards, Emperor of a New Rome, Charles the Great ushered in the Carolingian Renaissance and fathered a dynasty. Although political unity proved ephemeral, his economic, administrative, educational, and religious reforms created a new and enduring cultural identity that encompassed the heartland of today’s Western Europe. For the first time, the focus of European political power shifted from the Mediterranean, then dominated by Byzantine and Islamic empires, to continental (and Catholic) Europe. Friday, February 27, 2015, 7:30-9:30 pm: Moderator: Fred Astren, San Francisco State University, Charlemagne: Myth, Reality, and Legacy / Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkeley). Even in his own time Charlemagne was known as “the father of Europe.” For once, reality lives up to legend. Charlemagne created a Western European empire, one of the few real empires Europe has ever had. It was often a nasty, violent, and ruthless enterprise, and it ended almost as soon as it had begun. But out of the need to first justify his empire and then save it, Charlemagne created a political ethics different from any before, whether Greek, Roman, or Christian. That legacy is with us still. It is the “Social” in European Social Democracy; Performance / The men of the a cappella vocal ensemble Clerestory present Love and the Knight, a tribute to the music-loving Frankish king Charlemagne and his musical legacy in Europe. Beginning with Gregorian Chant and the mystical songs of Hildegard von Bingen, and continuing through the Continental Renaissance and the Romantic masters, Clerestory will lend its clear voices--from countertenor to bass--to songs both sacred and amorous. Flemish polyphony, the French troubadors, the German Männerchor; all these trace their history to the great knight-king who celebrated music in his own age. Introduced by Clifford (Kip) Cranna, San Francisco Opera. Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00 am - noon and 1:30-4:00 pm: Art Around Charlemagne / Lawrence Nees (University of Delaware). Charlemagne figures prominently in every history of art, and the artistic developments of his time set new directions that would be followed for centuries. The great palace chapel that he built at Aachen survives, but many of the gorgeous illuminated manuscripts and ivory carvings and buildings associated with him were probably not products of his direct patronage. Perhaps it is not in spite of, but because of, his limited personal role that new artistic ideas and practices spread so widely and effectively, through a wide and shifting network of officials stemming from all over Western Europe. Their varying backgrounds enriched not only works produced at and for the court, but promoted rich exchanges of people and ideas that also stimulated responses across Europe. The royal and imperial court of Charlemagne thus played a crucial but limited role in creating and promoting art, and thereby enhanced its impact; Charlemagne's Christianity and the Carolingian Renaissance/ Martin Claussen (University of San Francisco). The Christian churches in the middle ages were rich and sometimes powerful institutions, controlling land, treasure, belief, literacy, and education. Like most kings in the period, Charlemagne understood the uses to which churches and religion might be put: propaganda could be disseminated, wealth appropriated, and personnel drafted, all in the service of rulers. Charlemagne himself, coming from a long line of powerful men who acted in this fashion, did just that. But unlike many other kings, as his reign progressed, Charlemagne began to take religion more and more seriously, and he has left us a record of his deepening devotion to the tenets of Christianity. During his long reign (768-814), we can see the effects of his increasingly serious beliefs not only in his personal life, but throughout the vast territories he controlled, as he sponsored or supported a renewal of religion that has come to be known as the Carolingian Renaissance. Performance: A Lover, Not a Fighter / Kip Cranna (San Francisco Opera) traces the literary transformation of Charlemagne’s legendary warrior Roland from hot-headed fighter to jealousy-crazed lover, as recounted in the Chanson de Roland (1140), Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso (1532), and Handel’s Orlando (1731). Clifton Massey (countertenor) will be accompanied by Dwight Okamura (piano). Women and Textiles in the Carolingian World / Valerie Garver (Northern Illinois University). Both women and the textiles played crucial social, political, and religious roles in the Carolingian world. Fabricating cloths and clothing helped give women a prominent place in Carolingian culture and allowed them to fulfill male expectations that women act morally and care for their households. Women participated in the lasting efforts of Carolingian leaders, not least Charlemagne, to delineate differences more sharply among peoples and spaces because they made the textiles that helped put these ideas into practice. As a result textiles and clothing came to mark status, identity, gender, and religious estate in ways that we can sometimes still see in our own world. Because scholars have only relatively recently come to appreciate the importance of women and textiles in the early Middle Ages, using these subjects to examine Charlemagne’s era provides some new perspectives on this influential European empire. Panel Discussion/Q&A with All Presenters, Moderated by Fred Astren Related Events Humanities West Book Discussion with Lynn Harris Two Lives of Charlemagne [c. 829-36 by Einhard; c. 883/4 by the Monk of St. Gall]. Digireads, 2010. February 4, 2015 5:30 to 6:30 pm Commonwealth Club of California 595 Market Street RSVP: commonwealthclub.org or 415.597.6700 Club members free, non-members $5 Fireside Chat with George Hammond, Charlemagne February 24, 2015 6:30 pm, Orinda Library, Orinda Free Humanities West Book Discussion with Lynn Harris The Song of Roland, Dorothy L. Sayers translator. Penguin, 1957 March 4, 2015 5:30 to 6:30 pm Commonwealth Club of California 595 Market Street RSVP: commonwealthclub.org or 415.597.6700 Club members free, non-members $5. http://www.humanitieswest.org/currentCharlemagne.html

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

March 6-8, 2015. LE JAZZ HOT plays at the Monterey Dixieland Jazz Festival Various days, various schedules.  http://www.jazzbashbythebay.com/ Hot Club Hotline, 415.931.0909 or  www.HCSF.com for details.

March 8, 2015.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP. Algérie, dans les années 1930. Les champs de blés frissonnent. Dans trois jours, les moissons, le salut. Mais une triste nuit vient consumer l'espoir. Le feu. Les cendres. Pour la première fois, le jeune Younes voit pleurer son père. Confié à un oncle pharmacien, dans un village de l'Oranais, Younes devient Jonas et intègre une communauté de Français vivant en Algérie, les futurs « pieds-noirs ».. Au fil des années, il va découvrir son pays et apprendre à l'aimer, l'amitié entre quatre amis et l'amour. Et le bonheur s'appelle Emilie, une «princesse» que les jeunes gens se disputent. Alors que l'Algérie coloniale vit ses derniers feux, dans un déchaînement de violences, de déchirures et de trahisons, les amitiés se disloquent, s'entrechoquent. Femme ou pays, l'homme ne peut jamais oublier un amour d'enfance...  3-5pm. Ce que le jour doit à la nuit, par Yasmina Khadra. Place: Crepes on Cole, 100 Carl Street, San Francisco.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group

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

March 27 & 29, 2014. TIMBUKTU. "Abderrahmane Sissako brings his lucid brilliance and unparalleled artistry to an account of the temporary occupation of northern Timbuktu by militant Islamic Jihadists in 2012. Shot in Mauritania and Mali, Timbuktu opens with a gang of Islamic extremists arriving in a town on motorbikes, toting AK47 rifles and announcing that they are imposing radical Sharia law. Such everyday activities as singing and playing football are now prohibited. We see the impact of the restrictions on a number of characters. A cattle farmer, incensed by the fishermen who kill one of his cows when it becomes trapped in their nets metes out his own justice only to find himself in court. A football team, dispirited that they can no longer play their favorite game, find a way around the new rules by practicing with an imaginary ball. Most moving of all is the plight of Fatou (Fatoumata Diawara), who wails her forbidden songs as she is publicly flogged. Like his magisterial BAMAKO (2006), Sissako’s new film balances the personal and political to stunning effect. This is an important and soulful cinematic experience." - London Film Festival (2014 , 97 min, in Arabic, Bambara, French, English, Songhay, and Tamasheq w/English subtitles) Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall,1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Friday, January 30 at 7:00 and Sunday, February 1 at 4:00. Friday, March 27 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 29 at 4:00. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/.

March 28-Aprl 5, 2015.  BROADWAY BY THE BAY presents LES MISERABLES.  Golden State Theatre, Monterey.  www.BroadwayBytheBay.org or 650.369.7770 for details.

March 29, 2015.  PROJECT TENFOURTEEN & SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERSpresent works by VARESE and more.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.  7pm.

April 3 & 5, 2015. SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT. "See it large—a dance musical as antithetical to the small screen as WEST SIDE STORY, whose choreography it emulates and whose star George Chakiris improbably appears here, along with Gene Kelly, Mr. American in Paris himself. In the sleepy town of Rochefort, denizens who somnolently dance sidewise down the street are energized by the arrival of a traveling commercial fair that passes for spectacle. Catherine Deneuve and her talented sister Françoise Dorléac play musical twin sisters who while away the hours in their Barbie Doll outfits until they can hitch a ride to love and fame. In Demy's clever patter set to Michel Legrand's music, their barista mother Danielle Darrieux dreams of a love lost to the silliness of the French language, and everyone around her pines, in rhyme, for a poetic ideal." - Judy Bloch, PFA Directed by Jacques Demy. (1967, 124 min., in French w/English subtitles) Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall,1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Friday, at 7:00 and Sunday, 4:00. Friday, March 27 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 29 at 4:00. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/.

April 9, 2015.  STROMAE perform at Fox Theater, Oakland.  8pm.   Tickets to the Telegraph Club VIP Lounge are now available at check out. * Access to preferred viewing section on the Orchestra level with cocktail service (for general admission shows) * Access to the exclusive Telegraph Room VIP Lounge before, during and after the show * Telegraph Room includes a separate VIP entrance to the theater, private VIP bar with exclusive beers, liquors and specialty cocktails, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and private VIP bathrooms. http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C004D83819A26E2?brand=anotherplanet&camefrom=CFC_ANOTHERPLANET  

April 9-12, 2014.  TERENCE BLANCHARD performs N’Orleans jazz at the SFJAZZ Center.  Tickets from $25.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

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

April 11, 2015.  PIANA-FRIEDMAN DUO.  Tenor Greg Allen Friedman and harpist Dominique Piana join forces in warm and lush selections from the song repertoire: German Lieder, French melodies and romances, Italian airs and other surprises.  7:30pm.  $20/$15. Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church 1329 Seventh Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 sevenperforms@yahoo.com  

April 25, 2014.  JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS 2015:  LE FRANÇAIS EN AMERIQUE.  Présentation sur la Louisiane suivie d’ateliers avec des activités pour la salle de classe.  Voir le site web de l’AATF-NorCal.

May 1, 2014.  LES ARTS FLORISSANTS presents AIRS SERIEUX ET A BOIRE under the direction of WILLIAM CHRISTIE.  Late 17th-century airs originally performed in the court of Louis XIV.  With music by MICHEL LAMBERT, MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, FRANÇOIS COUPERIN, JOSEPH CHABANCEAU DE LA BARRE, HONORE D’AMBRUYS.  First Congregational Church, Berkeley.  Cal Performances, UC-Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details. 8pm.

May 10, 2015.  SF BACH CHOIR presents LANDSCAPES OF LOVE AND LOSS, with music by FAURE and others, as well as Renaissance madrigals.  Calvary Presbyterian Church, Fillmore & Jackson, SF.  4pm.  www.sfbach.org for details.

June 7-July 1, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents HECTOR BERLIOZ’s LES TROYENS.  http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx for details.

June 14-July 5, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents LE MARIAGE DE FIGARO based on the play by French author PIERRE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS.  http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx for details.

June 22-July 31, 2015.  FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP AT SRFACS.  Le centre aéré en français.   We are excited to announce that for the second time, a full French Immersion Summer Camp will be offered this summer on the campus of the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School for 6 weeks from June 22nd – July 31st.  The Summer Camp will be run by EFBA (Education Française Bay Area), a French non-profit organization, which has developed a unique language immersion summer camp where children can improve their fluency while being active and having fun. The Camp Counselors are young adults and all native speakers. The ratio of 1 adult for 5 children ensures that each child is engaged in French at all time and stays sharp in his language skills during the summer. Even beginners love it!  You are curious but still need to be convinced before committing? During the school year, EFBA offers a cultural immersion program called Kids’ Night Out, which is a condensed version of its Summer Camps. Today, EFBA is bringing this event to SRFACS on two different days and is happy to offer your child a free (value of $50) insight into what our French Summer Camps will be like in Santa Rosa!  The 5-hour Kids’ Night Out event will take place at the SRFACS from 3pm – 8pm on the following dates *: January 30th, 2015 & February 27th, 2015  These events will leave your child laughing and wanting more…  For more information and to register for this free opportunity, please visit: http://www.efba.us/free-kids-night-out Hurry up, space is limited!  *On each date a more comprehensive presentation of the EFBA Summer Camps education project will be given to the parents from 7pm to 8pm. Please note children may only attend one of the two offered events.

August 7-16, 2015.  AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS FESTIVAL presents VERSAILLES & THE PARISIAN BAROQUE.  Music from the extravagant court of Versailles with glorious works by LULLY, RAMEAU & Gluck alongside masterpieces by Bach, including the annual presentations of the great Mass in B Minor.  Tickets on sale in early 2015. 

September 16-26, 2015.  LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN SOUTHERN FRANCE WITH JULIE HOUCK.  Love France? Enjoy Travel? Want to Take Your Work to the Next Level?  Join Julie Houck for 10 days of plein air landscape painting in the Languedoc region of France. Concentrate on your art, develop your own style, sharpen your skill set and benefit from individualized instruction.  Enjoy other like minded artists at MONTFAUCON, a 14th century restored maison d' maitre situated in the charming town of Limoux on the River Aude.  Experience five star accommodations, authentic chef-prepared cuisine, and regional wines. Fee $3,600 (DO). Includes lodging, all breakfasts, 9 dinners, instruction, use of the studio, and round trip local transport from Toulouse. Single Supplement $750 (limited availability).
http://www.pleinairjourneys.com/RegistrationForm_Montfaucon2015.pdf

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