February 5-13, 2014

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February Events    

February 5, 2015.  LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE performs works by MESSIAEN and more at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  8pm.  415.617.5223 or www.leftcoastensemble.org for details.

February 5, 2015.  FANTASTIC FIVE BAROQUE FLUTES.  Come get your Louis the 15th on. Janet See, Stephen Schultz and Mindy Rosenfeld, with special guest flutists Lars Johannesson and Alissa Roedig, plus William Skeen on cello perform works for five flutes by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Boismortier was the first composer in history to write for the unique combination of five solo baroque flutes. The program also includes the popular London Trios by Joseph Haydn written in 1794. This concert will feature the entire flute section of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Period costumes welcome and encouraged.  8 PM.  Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, $15/Students, $20/General admission. www.rhythmix.org or  510-865-5060 for details.

February 5, 2015.  FIRST THURSDAY MEET-UP with LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Hotel Rex, 552 Sutter St, SF.  7pm.  www.meetup.com 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 5-8, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO TRIBAL & TEXTILE ARTS SHOW, with the art of OCEANIE, AFRICA, and more!  80 international dealers exhibiting for sale textiles & tribal arts in a museum-like setting.  Friday and Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm; admission $15 (includes illustrated catalog).  To benefit Textiles and the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the de Young Museum.  Fort Mason Center, http://sanfranciscotribalandtextileartsshow.com for details. 

February 5-21, 2015.  COLLECTED WORKS presents JEAN GENET’s THE BALCONY at The Old Mint.  This winter, Collected Works mounts our production of Genet’s The Balcony at The Old Mint. The performance lights up the dark stone corridors, passageways, and inner chambers of one of San Francisco’s oldest buildings, The Old Mint.  Genet’s play tells the story of a revolutionary uprising in the streets of an unnamed city. While armed rebels fight to take control of the city’s power structures, most of the action takes place in an elite brothel or “house of illusions,” where clients act out their fantasies of institutional power: they play judges, bishops, and generals as their counterparts in the “real” world struggle to maintain their authority.The Balcony is a landmark in modern theatre: the eminent American critic Edmund White noted that, with The Balcony’s foregrounding of the role of illusion and meta-theatricality in creating contemporary power and desire, Genet invented modern theatre.  The dynamic interaction between Genet’s play and The Old Mint is powerful, and the time is ripe for a bold new production of The Balcony, particularly in San Francisco. Percolating cultural conflicts in San Francisco over who has access to the city and who gets to make its legacy remind us of the survival of The Old Mint through San Francisco’s turbulent history, both literally and figuratively. Currently, resurging actions on local, national, and global scales introduce the reality of high-stakes social protest to new generations, and activate memories of the Bay Area’s own important history in cultural and political upheaval. The Balcony speaks directly to these contemporary and historical energies.  http://www.collectedworks.org/2014/12/25/balcony-old-mint-2/ for details.

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 6, 2015.  LA FETE DE LA CHANDELEUR A LA RESIDENCE DE FRANCE.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chandeleur-a-la-residence-de-france-tickets-15021330203  6:30pm-9pm.

February 6-8, 2015.  ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR, featuring many books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials from around the world and over the centuries.  Friday, 3pm-8pm; Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm.  $15-$25.  Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland.  800.454.6401 or www.cabookfair.com for details.

Through February 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 7, 2015.  BLACK PRESENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE.  Maison de la Culture Noire Americaine (MCNA) presents "The Black Presence in Contemporary France” a digital photo presentation and interactive dialogue with Lewis Watts and Ricki Stevenson.  Stevenson, Paris resident and one of the leading authorities on Black Paris, will open the evening with an informative overview of the history of Black France, highlighting notable historical figures and their monuments in the City of Light.  Watts, author of Harlem of the West and The New Orleans Suite (UC Press) will share his collection of photos of the African Diaspora in France taken over the past two years. The images are part of a larger project Watts is working on tentatively titled “Black Presence in France (Paris Noir)” documenting different generations of immigrants, American expatriates and the influence of African American culture while looking for connections and differences between France and other locations he has researched.  The audience, via their questions and feedback, will have the opportunity to assist Watts in identifying and selecting the most captivating and impactful photos for his final collection.  A light reception will be included in the ticket price.  5:00pm - 8:00pmAlliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com Order tickets via Eventbrite:  http://mcna.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent

February 8, 2015.   THE WHOLE NOYSE performs THE WORLD AS IT WAS – RENAISSSANCE MUSIC FROM THE CONTINENT.  The program features a wide range of music for early brass and woodwind instruments, from early to late Renaissance. The Whole Noyse will play sacred and secular music on slide trumpet, shawm, cornett, sackbut, curtal, gittern and recorders. The music comes from countries all over the European continent, including Italy, France, Spain and Germany and Flanders and will range from the very popular to the obscure. Hear about their instruments in detail and enjoy a “close-up” look at them as well.  4 PM.  St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, $15 general/$10 senior/$5 student.  Tickets at the door. Info: jjhtromba@sbcglobal.net  

February 8, 2015.  MAHEALANI UCHIIYAMA plays the music of Afro-Polynesian/World.  In this special night devoted to dance and music of the Pacific Islands, the acclaimed dancer MAHEALANI UCHIIYAMA is joined by the dazzling dancers and drummers of H?lau KaUaTuahine. They are the resident troupe at the Berkeley dance studio and school she started more than 20 years ago, M?hea Uchiyama Center for International Dance.  Uchiyama describes her music as "sweet, soulful island sounds" - everything from Tahitian ahuroa to Hawaiian traditions and reggae, blended with musical elements from Africa. A dancer, musician, choreographer, composer and teacher, Uchiyama holds a B.A. in dance ethnology and a master's degree in Pacific Island studies, both from the University of Hawai'i. She has performed in such prestigious venues as San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, New Zealand's National Museum, and the Grand Heiva in Tahiti.  "As a child of African and Native American ancestry living in a multi-cultural community in our nation's capital," Uchiyama explains, "I was exposed to many ethnic traditions which reached back many generations. Yet, due to both the African Diaspora, and the near genocide and dislocation of the indigenous people of this land, I felt that I was without the same direct connection to the well of ancestral wisdom that many of my friends enjoyed. Like many, I have been compelled to search for knowledge of and connection to the cultural and spiritual traditions of my African and Native American ancestors. In my case, this search has led me on a journey into the artistic expressions of the Pacific Islands, as well as to Africa. Now I feel these connections to ancestral roots. In the end, we have a connection to Spirit which transcends all."  Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm$15www.ashkenaz.com

February 8-19, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL includes JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN directed by RIAD SATTOUFF.  In the People’s Democratic Republic of Bubunne, it is the women who are in power, give the orders, and fight the wars, while the men wear veils and look after the home. Directed by Riad Sattouff.  San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF Indie) runs February 5-19, 2015. This annual festival showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe.  http://prod3.agileticketing.net/ for details.

February 10, 2015.  CATHERINE JOLIVET of FRENCH FOR FUN will read stories in French for preschoolers and toddlers at the Lafayette Library on Tuesday February 10, starting at 10:15 a.m.  The event is free and opened to the public, designed for children age 0 to 6, with their parents. The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is located 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, phone: (925) 385-2280.

February 10, 2015.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIQUE offert par YVETTE CHALOM.  Thème:  le Renoncement.  Psychologue clinicienne d’orientation psychanalytique, formée en France puis en Californie, Yvette a beaucoup travaillé auprès de jeunes enfants et de leurs familles. Elle est très intéressée par la dynamique de la communication et la formation de l’identité.  5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  En français. Gratuit pour nos membres $10 pour les non-membres. SVP confirmez votre présence info@afberkeley.org  ou 510 548 7481. Merci.

February 10, 2015.  THE WILD CATAHOULAS with special guest ANDREW CARRIERE play Cajun/Zydeco at Ashkenaz.  Among the hottest dance bands out of Sonoma County, tonight the reconstituted WILD CATAHOULAS are joined by special guest Andrew Carriere. Cajun and zydeco band Wild Catahoulas takes its name from the official state dog of Louisiana, which, fiddler Gus Garelick says, is "hard working and bilingual." Garelick could also be referring to this band, which spun off from Ashkenaz regulars Cajun Coyotes and includes two of the North Bay's best singers, Allegra Broughton and Sam Page (of rock-folk band Solid Air), on guitar and bass respectively. They are joined by drummer Don Connolly. The Wild Catahoulas mix sweet Cajun waltzes and two-steps with more energized zydeco and New Orleans R&B, traditional favorites, and band originals that turn every show into an instant Mardi Gras party. Garelick has fiddled with such fellow high-energy bands as Sonoma Swamp Dogs and Queen Ida, and his bandmates come with their own credentials.  You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere. A native of Southern Louisiana, the accordionist and singer brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with his own band the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars, as well as with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.  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

February 10-13, 2015. FESTIVAL DU CHOCOLAT at LEFT BANK BRASSERIES. Sensuous, spicy, bitter, and sweet, chocolate is the stuff of chefs’ dreams. Join us for our annual celebration of this splendid ingredient and satisfy your sweet tooth with a unique selection of chocolate-infused savory dishes, handcrafted libations, and decadent desserts! Regular menu also available. To make a reservation, please call (415) 927-3331, or make your reservations online, http://www.leftbank.com/events

February 11, 2015.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Chloe’s Company.  Landmark Executive Center, 3883 Airway Dr. Come Early (11:30) to avoid the rush. Please call Christiane at 542-5411 by Monday February 9 to confirm.  http://www.afsantarosa.org/ici_l_alliance/ici_l_alliance-2015-02.pdf for details.

February 11, 2015.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY presents FIND THE FRENCH at the private residence of the Consul General, San Francisco.  6:30pm-9:00pm.  http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-french-american-cultural-society-4702088821 for details.

February 11-12, 2015.  PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION IN THE MULTILINGUAL EUROPEAN UNION at UC-Berkeley.  In this two-day session, high-level staff from the European Commission's Directorate General of Interpretation Translation Services will explain how each day, 800 interpreters and 1500 translators cope with the challenge of mutlilinguism in the European Union.  http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/events/principles-and-practices-of-translation-and-interpretation-in-the-multilingual-european-union for details.

February 12, 2015.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  CREDIT SCORE AND MARKET PLANNING.  The banking system can be quite a challenge to the newcomer to the US. Understanding how it works and how it will impact your every day life is an important step of your settling in to your new life in the US. During this session, Arnaud Sintes and Julien Christiaens will discuss the credit score and credit history. They will also explore how those 2 factors determine your mortgage application. Mortgage process and details will also be tackled by Karen McDowel, Mortgage Banker at Bank of the West.   Arnaud Sintes is in charge of French-speaking clients at Bank of the West. He helps newcomers settle down in the US. Arnaud's clientele is made up of individuals, families, but also international companies. Julien Christiaens focuses on the needs of families and international companies doing business in the US.  8:30 - 10:15am.  FACCSF office, 26 O'Farrell Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94108.  Members: free, Non-members: $35.  www.faccsf.com 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 12, 2015.  JEUDI FRANÇAIS A JAMBER WINE PUD, organisé par les JEUNES FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  https://www.facebook.com/events/981634505199968/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for details.

February 13, 2015.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents QU’EST-CE QUE J’AI FAIT AU BON DIEU?  Director: Philippe de Chauveron. Nominations: Goya Award for Best European Film  and Prix Lumiere 2014… The Verneuils are catholic. They are also a well-off, well-educated, well-intentioned, well-thought of couple. Everything would be for the best in the best of worlds if three of their daughters had not married three young men... of different religions and origins. So, the day their fourth girl tells them that she is going to marry a Catholic they are on cloud nine... http://www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org/ or www.afscv.org for details.

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 13, 15, 22 & 27, and March 1 and April 26, 2015.  CLERESTORY presents LOVE AND THE KNIGHT.  The clear voices of the a cappella men’s ensemble Clerestory offer a chivalrous homage to Valentine’s Day with Love and the Knight. The concert includes music from the earliest days of European cathedrals to the High Renaissance masters who followed: Gregorian and Ambrosian chant, the mysticism of Hildegard von Bingen, love songs of the French troubadours, and delicately woven Flemish polyphony. Offered six times throughout the Bay Area this spring—let courtly love and gallant songs transport you through time.  The concert will run just over an hour with no intermission.  Locations vary:  2/13, Berkeley, 8pm; 2/15, Grass Valley, 2pm; 2/22, Santa Rosa, 4pm; 2/27, San Francisco, 7:30pm; 3/1, Pleasanton, March 1; 4/26, San Francisco, 4pm.  info@clerestory.org or www.clerestory.org for details.

Through February 14, 2015.  PLATYPUS THEATRE présente RING, une comédie noire de LÉONORE CONFINO.  Mise en scène: PASCAL COUDERC. RING c'est 17 scènes de couples qui oscillent nerveusement entre rire et drame:  parents, amants, étrangers, maris et femmes, divorcés, veufs,  tous se débattent avec leurs susceptibilités, leurs instincts, leurs idéaux. D'une étincelle se propage un feu, d'un malentendu éclate une guerre,  malgré les efforts surhumains de chacun pour coexister avec l'autre.  “Retenez bien ce nom : Léonore Confino. A 31 ans, cette auteure de théâtre à la plume singulière pose un regard terriblement lucide et acide sur notre époque. Son écriture vive, subversive, résolument moderne, suscite le rire et l'effroi. Jusqu'à tendre un miroir corrosif et salutaire sur notre quotidien. Après Building, succès mérité du dernier festival off d'Avignon, dans lequel elle dépeint avec force le cynisme du monde de l'entreprise, Léonore Confino signe Ring, dix-sept rounds percutants sur le couple dans tous ses états”. À 20 heures. Durée 90 minutes sans entracte, les portes de la salle seront fermées à 20 heures précises!  La pièce est recommandée aux spectateurs de plus de 15 ans. Exit Theater 1576 Eddy Street  San Francisco, CA.  Entrée: $18 Renseignements/questions: platypustheatre@yahoo.com Tickets: http://RING.brownpapertickets.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.  VALENTINE’S DAY CABARET D’AMOUR.  A special romantic journey to experience “love Parisienne style”!  At the Hopmonk Tavern Novato (dinner available before the show).  Featuring Mademoiselle Kiki as the coquettish alter ego of Bay Area performer Moana Diamond.You’ll think you are in Paris when MADEMOISELLE KIKI presents her sensuous European Cabaret with the music of Edith Piaf, Dietrich, Brel and Weill.  Mlle. Kiki’s Cabaret d’Amour complete with songs, skits, Moulin Rouge Dancers, the Chez Kiki Orchestra and more. It’s the cheapest ticket to Paris you will ever buy.  Doors 7 pm Show 8 pm.  Front Row.  Reserved  Seat  (Advance)$30.  Middle Room Reserved Seat( Advance) $25.  General Admission  Back of Room (Advance) $20.   Hopmonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato.  415.892.6200.   Reserve Tickets Now! ( last 3 shows have sold out ) at http://Hopmonk.com .

February 14, 2015.  LA GUINGUETTE at AQUS CAFÉ in Petaluma.  We are a trio with an accordionist, a guitarist & Italian singer, and a French singer. We perform French & Italian songs in their original language and introduce each song with a short translation for a more lively performance. 7 pm. This is a casual and smaller venue so we encourage people to come early for better seating. This is a free event with donations.  You are welcome to have access to more information about us and listen to our music on our website:  http://www.parisskies.com/music/La_Guinguette.html

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 & 15, 2015.  SONIC CALLIGRAPHY of Switzerland presents JOURNEYS OF LOVE AND DANGER, CONCERT & STORYTELLING.  Sonic Calligraphy is a jazz duo from Zurich with New York Chinese-American jazz singer Peggy Chew and Swiss pianist Adrian Frey who present a fascinating cross-cultural blend of music with folk melodies from China, poetry improvisations from the Tang dynasty and beyond, jazz standards, and songs from the pianist sung with the singer's lyrics.   Since 2001, Sonic Calligraphy has played throughout Switzerland and toured in China, Hong Kong, and the US. They have released two CDs "Sonic Calligraphy" and "Sonic Calligraphy, The Flow of Things". Festival appearances include: JZ Shanghai Music Festival, Culturescapes Festival, Leung Ping-Kwan Poetry Retrospective in Hong Kong, and the Altrisuoni Jazz Festival.  8 p.m. Eth-Noh-Tec Studio 977 South Van Ness Avenue (between 20th & 21st Streets), San Francisco Suggested Donation: $15-$35 at the door Visit online for discount "Sweetheart Twofers" (2 for $20) Limited reservations: call for tickets 415-282-8705 OR www.ethnotec.org.  Or, attend their    Duo Concert  February 15, 3 p.m. Maybeck Studio 1537 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley Suggested donation: $20 at the door Seating is limited.  Mandatory online reservation:   http://www.maybeckstudio.org/2014/11/jazzduo-soniccalligraphy.html.  

February 14-16, 2015.  FRENCH VIOLINIST RENAUD CAPUÇON, with KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, pianist, perform together for SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER MUSIC.  2/14 in Walnut Creek, 2/15 in San Francisco; 2/16 in Palo Alto.  415.392.4400 or www.chambermusicSF.org for details.

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

Through February 15, 2015.  THE ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS present IMPRESSIONISM.  By Michael Jacobs, directed by Billie Cox.  In this gentle, romantic comedy, an art dealer and her assistant use their intellect, their personal histories, and their work to avoid each other, to avoid connection.  Bring your sweetheart and join us on Katherine and Thomas’ journey back to themselves and, ultimately, towards each other.  $14/$25/$29.  The Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitis, Ross.  415.456.9555 or http://rossvalleyplayers.com for details.

February 15, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EUROPEAN PAINTINGS:  A DIME STORE LEGACY FROM THE CRESS COLLECTION, by GRETCHEN TURNER.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  2:15pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 15, 2015.  LA GUINGUETTE presents ROMANTIC FRENCH & ITALIAN SONGS at Haba Na Haba House Concerts, Berkeley, CA. 4pm.  Limited seating.  $20.  Directions to the venue will be given with confirmation of reservation; email christiane@bvufrench.com .

February 15-16, 2015.  PIANIST HELENE GRIMAUD performs with the ROTTERDAM PHILHARMONIC.  With conductor YANNICK NEZET-SEGUIN leading works by RAVEL and more.  San Francisco Symphony, www.sfsymphony.org or 415.864.600 for details.  Tickets start at $15.

February 17, 2015.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Marie Mancini: hautaine, persécutée, mal-aimée, vivant dans son propre monde romanesque - à vous de décider. Venez nous joindre mardi, le 17 février à 3h. 30 pour une discussion sur ce premier amour de Louis XIV. Ce roman historique de Françoise Mallet-Joris est passionnant.  http://www.afsantarosa.org/ici_l_alliance/ici_l_alliance-2015-02.pdf

February 18, 2015.  POTLUCK A L’AFSCV.  Each month, the AFSCV organizes a Pot-Luck lunch at the home of one of our members. This month we will meet in Saratoga, at the residence of Valeria Roman.  If you would like to participate, please contact Stella Tanat:  stellatan@afscv.org . stellatan@afscv.org at least one week before. Seating is limited to 20 people  You must be a member in good standing to attend. A donation is expected. The funds collected are all for our scholarship program which we distribute in April at our Concours Scolaire.

February 19, 2015.  CURATOR LECTURE:  FROM BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE.  By ESTHER BELL.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details.  10am to noon.

February 19, 2015.  WHY FRANCE AND THE EUROPEAN UNION STILL MATTER FOR THE UNITED STATES.  Stanford University presents "Why France and the European Union Still Matter for the United States". Intervention by French Ambassador ERIC LEBEDEL.  http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/events/why-france-and-european-union-still-matter-united-states for details.

February 19, 2015.  FRENCH MEET-UP AT BISSAP BAOBAB, 3372 19th St., SF. 6pm.  Organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.meetup.com

February 19-20, 2015. PARIS COMBO performs at the SFJAZZ Center. Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, Paris Combo return to SFJAZZ following their triumphant, sold-out appearance last spring. Tickets from $25.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details.

February 20, 2015.  CABARA CRÈME & MARDI GRAS CREPES à l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Yes it’s that time again! Please join us to celebrate Mardi Gras with great music, food, and costumes.  For the first time, we are welcoming Cabaret Crème to entertain us with their lively French music. Cabaret Crème is a group of performers who love the French language. They sing French songs, perform scenes from French plays, and even dance to French music. Some of their members were born in France, others have lived and studied there, most of them have visited many times, and a few have taught French.  And of course we are welcoming back chef Christine Piccin and her students to spoil us with their delicious savory and sweet crêpes. Christine teaches French cooking and “Why We Love Paris,” a food and travel class. (See Annonces on page 3.) She also trains student-chefs in the Culinary Arts program at SRJC. The fête takes place at Vista del Lago Recreation Center, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa. Entrance fee is $15 if received by February 17, $20 at the door, $10 for children under 16. Entrance fee includes two servings of crêpes and a glass of wine. Mail check by February 14 to: AFSR, 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. No tickets will be sent to you, but your name(s) will be on the reservation list  To pay using Paypal or a credit card, go to www.paypal.com. Send your fee to treasurer@afsantarosa.org using the “Goods or Services” option. In the Notes field, enter your name and the number of adults and children you are paying for. No tickets will be sent to you, but your name(s) will be on the reservation list.  If possible, please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a needy child. (See related article on page 2.)  http://www.afsantarosa.org/ici_l_alliance/ici_l_alliance-2015-02.pdf 

February 20, 2015.  FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO hosts QU’EST-CE QU’ON A FAIT AU BON DIEU? – une SOIREE CREPES & CINEMA.  Le Vendredi 20 Fevrier, on organise une soirée exceptionnelle avec la diffusion du film Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?" et des crêpes "Crepe La Vie" (www.crepelavie.com). Il y aura aussi du cidre ou du vin pour ceux qui préfèrent!  Le film sera diffusé au meme endroit où il y aura des crêpes. On a réservé la salle de l'ancien cinéma "Red Vic Theater" à Haight-Ashbury. Ce film français mythique sera donc diffusé dans une salle mythique, uniquement pour le groupe des Francophones à San Francisco.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1512398572357387/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for details.

February 20, 2015.  SOPHISTICATED LADIES perform at the SOUND ROOM. The Sophisticated Ladies Swing & Latin Jazz quartet is a collective of women musicians from Bordeaux France. They breathe new life into the American and French standards we love from the golden era of the 1930's to the 1950s.  The Sophisticated Ladies will take you on a world tour with the harmonic richness of the compositions of the early composers, all the while marrying the compositions with rhythms from North and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa, which simply give one a desire to get up and dance.  www.soundroom.org  for details.  Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1188712

February 21, 2015.  WINTER SHORT FILMS SCREENING.    Watch the Best New French Shorts from an art installation!  This year's screening is unique in that you'll be part of a living, interactive art exhibit! The Verge's COUCHBLEACHERS installation(by Los Angeles artist Nate Page) will be your seats for the evening. Because of this unique opportunity, capacity is limited.  Sacramento French Film Festival, Verge Center for the Arts.  Part of the Couchbleachers Art Installation, 625 S. Street (corner of 7th and S Streets), Sacramento, CA.   Saturday, February 21, 2015.   Doors at 6:00 p.m. - Films at 7:00 p.m.  Admission: $15  https://squareup.com/market/sac-french-film-festival/winter-short-film-screening

Through February 22, 2015.  CANDIDE, the Bernstein musical, based upon the Voltaire story, "Candide," presented by THE LAMPLIGHTERS, will begin performances on January 30 in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Mountain View, and run through February 22.  Student and faculty discounted tickets are available.  Details and tickets at:  www.lamplighters.org 

February 25, 2015.  DR. JOWEL LAGUERRE, president of Solano Community College, presents HAITIAN CREOLE, A TEASER:  HOW THE FORMER SLAVES BUILT A LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN SPOKEN AND EVOLVED OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS.   Sonoma State University, Schulz 3001, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA.  10am.  All are welcome!  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

February 26, 2015.  RODIN:  HIS LIFE, ART, AND INNOVATIONS.  By BERNARD BARRYTE, Stanford University.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details.  10am-noon.

February 26, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.  A concert in the beautiful theatre at the Crocker, in conjunction with the new exhibit--Toulouse Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.  216 O St., Sacramento. 7:00 pm.  Information and tickets: 916 808-1182 or www.crockerartmuseum.org for details.

February 27, 2015.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Nous nous reunirons le jeudi 27 fevrier au Boulanger de Los Gatos a 16 heures pour discuter Rue Darwin de Boualem Sansal (2011, 297 pages). La rue Darwin etait situee a 2 pas de celle ou vecut Camus, dans un quartier pauvre d'Alger. Nos lecteurs connaissent bien B.Sansal pour avoir deja discute' un de ses romans : Le village de l'Allemand".  www.afscv.org for details.

February 27, 2015.  THE SUN KINGS present BEATLEMANIA IN PARIS:  1964-65 & BEYOND.  A TLF fundraising event.  All proceeds from the evening will be used for theater audio equipment. This event launches the fundraising campaign for the TLF- French Lycée Theatre in San Francisco. Beginning on Januray 16, 1964, the Beatles played an 18 show residency at the Olympia Theatre in Paris prior to breaking out in America. Sometimes, they played 2 or 3 shows in one day. On the 17th of January, it was where they learned of their first #1 hit in the United States: “I Want to Hold Your Hand". They closed each performance but often shared top billing with French singer Sylvie Vartan or America's Trini Lopez. Their final performance was on February 4. In 1965, the Beatles returned to Paris and played 2 shows at the Palais Des Sports on June 20. Beatlemania was alive and well in Paris! Join The Sun Kings on February 27 as they recreate the sets from both of these appearances, as well as performing hits and b-sides spanning the Beatles amazing career!  $30/$40 at the door; Bronze VIP $100; Silver VIP $200; Gold VIP $300.  140 minutes.  http://thesunkings.bpt.me/ for details / tickets.

February 27-28, 2015.  NEOLIBERALISM + BIOPOLITICS CONFERENCE at UC-Berkeley.  Neoliberalism + Biopolitics is a two-day conference featuring lectures and panels on neoliberalism and biopolitics by major thinkers currently working to develop and problematize these two concepts. French philosophers ETIENNE BALIBAR and MICHEL FEHER will participate.  http://nbpc.berkeley.edu/ 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

February 28, 2015.  CASALS QUARTET performs music by RAVEL (STRING QUARTET) and more.  Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco.  415.392.4400 or www.chambermusicSF.org for details.

Through April 19, 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.

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


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! 

JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN directed by RIAD SATTOUFF will screen at the SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL.  In the People’s Democratic Republic of Bubunne, it is the women who are in power, give the orders, and fight the wars, while the men wear veils and look after the home. Directed by Riad Sattouff.  San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF Indie) runs February 5-19, 2015. This annual festival showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe.  http://prod3.agileticketing.net/ for details. February 8-19, 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. Through Aprl 19, 2015. 

MOMMY (Canada, 2014).  Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, and Canada’s official submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, this passionate and stylistically bold drama stars Anne Dorval as Die, a single mom burdened with the full-time custody of her troubled 15-year-old Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon), who is ADHD and more than a handful, even for the institutions he’s already served time in. As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), their strangely withdrawn new neighbor, offers her help, and they face the world together as a trio. The film’s dynamic style includes changes in the screen’s shape and size. In French with English subtitles. Writer/Director: Xavier Dolan. (Canada 2014) 140 min.  Embarcadero, SF.; Smith Rafael, San Rafael, www.cafilms.org. To see a trailer, visit www.mommythemovie.com

QU’EST-CE QU’ON A FAIT AU BON DIEU? – une SOIREE CREPES & CINEMA.  Le Vendredi 20 Fevrier, on organise une soirée exceptionnelle avec la diffusion du film Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?" et des crêpes "Crepe La Vie" (www.crepelavie.com). Il y aura aussi du cidre ou du vin pour ceux qui préfèrent!  Le film sera diffusé au meme endroit où il y aura des crêpes. On a réservé la salle de l'ancien cinéma "Red Vic Theater" à Haight-Ashbury. Ce film français mythique sera donc diffusé dans une salle mythique, uniquement pour le groupe des Francophones à San Francisco.  February 20, 2015. Hosted by the Francophones à San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/events/1512398572357387/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for details.

TIMBUKTU (dir. ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO, Mauritania).  www.cohenmedia.net for a trailer.  Sunset Kabuki, SF. 

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, with MARION COTILLARD.  In local cinemas; check the web for locations near you.

WINTER SHORT FILMS SCREENING.    Watch the Best New French Shorts from an art installation!  This year's screening is unique in that you'll be part of a living, interactive art exhibit! The Verge's COUCHBLEACHERS installation(by Los Angeles artist Nate Page) will be your seats for the evening. Because of this unique opportunity, capacity is limited.  Sacramento French Film Festival, Verge Center for the Arts.  Part of the Couchbleachers Art Installation, 625 S. Street (corner of 7th and S Streets), Sacramento, CA.   Doors at 6:00 p.m. - Films at 7:00 p.m.  Admission: $15  https://squareup.com/market/sac-french-film-festival/winter-short-film-screening Saturday, February 21, 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


Through 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.

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.

Through March 30, 2015.  SENSUAL SPLENDOR:  MEDIEVAL ART FROM THE CANTOR COLLECTION.  Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Lomita Drive, Palo Alto.  650.723.4166 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

Opening October 17, 2015.  JEWEL CITY:  ART FROM THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION.  Works from diverse American and European art movements of the early 20th century.  deYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

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


February 4-18, 2015.  WHY WE LOVE PARIS:  ARCHITECTURE, TRAVEL, FOOD AND WINE.  Presented by:  Steve Rabinowitsh and Christine Piccin.  This is a class for lovers of Paris, whether you have been there many times or you’re still in the trip-planning stage.  Steve, SRJC instructor, has traveled extensively to Paris and leads walking tours.  He will focus on the history and architecture of Paris and introduce his favorite neighborhoods, including its parks, museums and hidden places. He will provide handouts including walking tours and travel ideas.  Christine, a professional chef and confessed fanatique of la cuisine française, trains chefs in SRJC's Culinary Arts program and writes about food and wine. Her past articles for FRANCE magazine have allowed her to taste her way through Cognac, help make Comté cheese in the French countryside, and practice the finer points of playing pétanque.  Christine will share tastings of French recipes, wines and cheese.  Both will share information on markets and shopping etiquette, and their favorite Paris restaurants and shops.  Must be 21 or older.  Wed. February 4-18, 6:00 PM-8:00 PMCulinary Arts Center across from the SRJC main campus, Rm. 5020Fee: $111.00   -- Sect.# 9104

Through February 25, 2015.  LA CUISINE DU GRAND SIECLE.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines (7 janvier-25 février 2015), enseigné en français par l’inimitable Professeur RENEE MOREL, naturellement!  Sous le long règne de Louis XIV, le génie d’une nation s’incarne dans sa table. À la cour du Roi-Soleil comme dans les maisons aristocratiques, l’important n’est plus, comme aux siècles précédents, la richesse des produits ou la rareté des épices exotiques, mais la science du cuisinier, la complexité des procédés de cuisson, l’efficacité du service (assuré par une brigade, sur un modèle  parfaitement militaire) et le somptueux décor de la table. La question gastronomique devient si sérieuse qu’elle est placée sous la haute responsabilité d’un maître d’hôtel, royalement payé. On assiste à une ascension fulgurante de ce dernier, ainsi qu’à celle de la cuisine comme art de la politesse. À table, les échanges culinaires se doublent d’échanges de mondanités et aussi de propos galants (on va s'ingénier à créer des mets faciles à manger, afin de pouvoir les ingurgiter avec élégance). Que ce soit à Versailles, à Sceaux ou à Fontainebleau, les repas brillent d'un éclat esthétique. Caramels et confitures perlées: les desserts semblent tirés d'un conte de fées!  Venez découvrir comment le couvert et son maniement (la fourchette est un instrument récemment introduit à table) vont devenir, à l'instar de la répartition des convives et de la disposition des mets, des critères de différenciation sociale, et le “modèle versaillais”, si élaboré, celui de la "France parisienne", puis de l’Europe entière. Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). 8 weeks (January 7-February 25, 2015).  $255 (discounts available for members and early birds). $35 for single classes (drop-ins). No book to purchase: you will receive articles, along with assortedrelevant documents.  IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell) Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com

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.  

Through 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.

Through 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.

Through 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.

March-May, 2015.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ, including Beginning (Continuing) French, Intermediate French, Advanced French, and French for Business.  $220-$250.  415.927.0960 or  www.bookpassage.com for details.

March 6-20, 2015.  BOTTICELLI TO BRAQUE, taught by KERRIN MEIS at Book Passage. Reflections on the work shown in the de Young exhibit opening in March, including works by WATTEAU, MONET, BRAQUE and more.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com/classes-workshops for details.  10am-12pm, three Fridays.

Through March 13, 2014.  COURS A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 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.

March 27-April 17, 2015.  KERRIN MEIS teaches a course on THE PHENOMENON OF THE SELF-PORTRAIT at Book Passage.  From its origins in medieval scriptoria to the modern day.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com/classes-workshops for details.  10am-12pm, four Fridays.

April-June 2015.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN, including French Literature and Grammar; Upper Intermediate French; and Cours de Perfectionnement.  $250.  415.927.0960 or  www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through 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.

June 20-July 1, 2015.  TRANSFORMATIVE ART TREK & WORKSHOP IN SOUTHWEST FRANCE.    Travel through time, sojourn to ancient sacred sites, medieval villages, savor the gastronomic pleasures of the French countryside, and indulge in a stimulating inquiry and conversation about the origins of Art, through your own art making and process.  Join ART 4 ALL PEOPLE’s Transformative Art facilitators and instructors, LISA RASMUSSEN MFA, CEYLAN HULYA, MA, and CAROL DUCHAMP, MA, and Art Trek for a journey of a lifetime. As a group, we will dive deep into the exploration and the significance of the master drawings, paintings, sacred geometry, and engravings of our art ancestors. Through the guided process of journaling, intuitive painting, creative visualization, dream work, ritual, gentle yoga, and joy, participants will evoke, embody, and process their artistic journey. To companion your experience we will take extraordinary day trips for close up views of the ancient cave art. We will delve into the mind states, the consciousness, and the mystery of these Paleolithic artists, who created one of the first forms of symbolic expression, 10,000 – 36,000 years ago. In these magical caverns you will witness the sheer majesty and mastery of these unknown artists. We will engage with and be enchanted by their paintings of horses, bison, reindeer, mammoth, bear, lion, symbols and human figures. Limited to 21 participants.  Trip highlights include:  Lascaux II, Font-de-Gaume, Abri Cap Blanc, Cougnac, Pech Merle, and Chauvet II.  Eleven~ day experience based Art Trek included painting and gentle yoga workshops.  http://www.art4allpeople.com/a-journey-of-a-lifetime-caves-of-consciousness-and-art-yoga-trek-to-the-south-of-france/#sthash.pWoYyx1u.ccTrEhmi.dpbs

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).

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 375,000 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.  For pictures and the ad, see http://www.forgottenfrance.com/french-properties-for-sale-in-south-west-france/350-000-500-000/stunning-renovated-14th-century-water-mill-on-the-edge-of-the-lot-river/ or contact Neil Buffée at GEMEAUX3@wanadoo.fr

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 ...
- intensive courses
- "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.


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 5, 2015.  FASHION VICTIMS:  DRESS AT THE COURT OF LOUIS XVI & MARIE ANTOINETTE, by KIMBERLY CHRISTIAN-CAMPBELL.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 10am.  www.famsf.org for details. 

March 5, 2015.  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  BEHIND THE SCENES.  A lecture by MELISSA BURON, associate curator of European paintings, FAMSF.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details.  1pm. 

March 6-8, 2015. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY in Monterey.  A great annual festival in Monterey! We will play eight sets over the three days, showtimes TBA. Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey.  
Information and tickets:  www.jazzbashbythebay.com

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 6-April 5, 2015.  BROADWAY BY THE BAY presents LES MISERABLES.  3/6-3/22, Fox Theatre, Redwood City, 650.369.7770, www.Broadwaybythebay.org, and 3/28-4/5, Golden State Theatre, Monterey, 831.649.1070, www.GoldenStateTheatre.com for details. 

March 7, 2015.  WORKSHOP DELF PREP CLASS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  This workshop is specifically designed to help candidates prepare for the DELF exam for levels A1 and A2 and to gain a thorough understanding of the exam. The instructor is a certified DELF examiner. You will be provided with: 1) a comprehensive review of all the sections (oral and written) in a typical exam 2) effective study tips and strategies 3) a proctored written practice exam with constructive feedback. By the end of this workshop, you should feel confident and ready for the exams that are administered at the Alliance Française de San Francisco and for our 2015 schedule, check on our website. http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=9164 for details. 

March 7, 2015.  CELEBRATING BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE.  Celebration includes art activities, music, performances, and a lecture by MICHAEL CLARKE, director, Scottish National Gallery.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org 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 13, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Eagles Hall, Alameda, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:30).

March 15, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND by RITA DUNLAY.  1pm. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

March 15, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  http://www.sfchocolateweek.com/ for details.

March 20, 2015.  SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR  - A WILD NIGHT IN PARIS.    Can you do the "Can Can"? We Can! Get your costume and absinthe ready! This is a back stage pass your fantasy Parisian night club. Live music, burlesque dancer, boudoir photo op, crepe maker, street chanson caricature artist a la Montmartre! Oh La La! - Dance and Party like its 1930 Paris!  By the SONIC SALON.  7:30pm-11:30pm.  Tickets at:  http://murphyproductions.inticketing.com or see https://www.facebook.com/events/593887000741558/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for details.

March 21, 2015.  WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS ON BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE.   de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details.  9am-4pm.

March 24, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com

March 27, 2015.  CARA BLACK talks about MURDER ON THE CHAMP DE MARS.  College of Marin, Kentfield Library, 1pm-2:30pm.  Free.  Free campus parking for the event.  www.bookpassage.com 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, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND by KAY PAYNE.  1pm. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

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 4, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND by ALFRED ESCOFFIER.  1pm. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

April 7, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND by CAROL PORTER.  1pm. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

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 11, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND by KAY PAYNE.  1pm. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

April 12, 2015.  FRANCOPHONE DAY AT SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY.  It is this time of the year again! On behalf of the French club and my colleagues in the French program at Sacramento State University, I would like to invite you to join us for our fourth Francophone Day on Sunday April 12th. It will take place on the Sacramento State campus in and around Mariposa Hall 1000 from 11 to 4pm.  We will have activities centered on the theme of “Francophonie”: French short films, Pétanque, performances by the French students, and more…  We would also like to extend an invitation to you, your students or members to attend, participate, and represent your organizations on Francophone Day. We would be honored to meet all of you and help you showcase what you do to the Sacramento community and the Sacramento State University community.  https://www.facebook.com/SacStateFrancophoneDay for details.

April 14, 2015.  DR. SAHAR AMER of the University of Sydney presents WHAT IS VEILING?  Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.  Reservations recommended:  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu

April 17, 2015.  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND.  A lecture by ESTHER BELL, curator in charge of European paintings.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

April 24, 2015. STUDENT SHOWCASE TALK on BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE, by JAMES HOUSEFIELD.  de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details.  7:15pm.

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.

April 25, 2015.  eco ensemble performs works by LEROUX and more.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  8pm.  www.calperformances.org for details.

April 26, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  BOTTECELLI TO BRAQUE:  MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND by RITA DUNLAY.  1pm. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. www.famsf.org for details. 

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.

May 10, 2015.  BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS, including SUITE FROM LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME, performed as part of SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER MUSIC.  415.392.4400 or www.chambermusicSF.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 18, 2015.  A PIERRE DREAM.  PIERRE BOULEZ:  A PORTRAIT.  Stage set by Frank Gehry.  Conducted by Steven Schick.  INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE, with Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

June 20, 2015.  MESSIAEN, RAVEL, BOULEZ.  Hertz Hall, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley.  11am.  www.calperformances.org for details.

June 22-26 and August 10-14, 2015.  SUMMMER CAMPS IN FRENCH AT THE EUROPEAN PONY SCHOOL.  Thanks to the initiative of Madame Zabou Cullum, instructor at the European Pony School, students can enjoy half day camps in French during this summer. These camps are the ultimate adventure for kids ages 6 to 13!  With daily riding sessions as well as hands-on horsemanship instructions, each camper will enjoy a unique experience they will treasure.  Please contact the European Pony School at 707.546.7669.

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. 

August 19-October 4, 2015.  ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IN A SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION BY CAMERON MACKINTOSH.  San Francisco Premiere Engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre.  SHN presents the San Francisco premiere of Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA coming to the SHN Orpheum Theatre August 19 - October 4, 2015.  SHNews customers can purchase online by clicking BUY TICKETS below or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 and mentioning promo code OPERA1. Presale ends this Thursday, January 15, at 10pm.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, one of the most successful musicals of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  https://www.shnsf.com/

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).

March 2-6, 2016 PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents EXPLORE BAROQUE with conductor NICHOLAS MCGEGAN, including RAMEAU’s SUITE FROM LES FEES DE L’HYMEN ET DE L’AMOUR.  415.295.1900 or www.philharmonia.org for details. 

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