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May 7-16, 2015

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May Events      

Through May 7, 2015.  58TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  French-related films include:  EDEN; LOIN DES HOMMES / FAR FROM MEN; UNE NOUVELLE AMIE / THE NEW GIRLFRIEND; SAINT LAURENT; VINCENT; FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (in Vietnamese); UNE JEUNESSE ALLEMANDE / A GERMAN YOUTH; MEURTRE A PACOT / MURDER IN PACOT (in French & Haitian Creole); DES HOMMES ET DE LA GUERRE; RUN.  Also of note:    This year’s recipient of the Mel Novikoff Award—named after the legendary San Francisco exhibitor and bestowed upon an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the film-going public’s appreciation of world cinema—is translator, scholar and film sleuth Lenny Borger. Join us for a conversation about the hunt for “lost” films and the unsung art of subtitling with Borger and Variety’s Scott Foundas followed by a screening of the rediscovered 1929 silent masterpiece Monte-Cristo.  Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.  May 3, 2015 1:00 p.m. Multiple locations.  Watch this website for details:  http://www.sffs.org/exhibition/coming-soon#.VRRcr-lHDbk

May 7, 2015.  FIRST THURSDAY MEETUP AT THE HOTEL REX.  7:00 PM.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St.  San Francisco, CA 94102 www.meetup.com

May 7, 2015.  LE PACS ET LE ‘MARIAGE POUR TOUS (1998, 2013).  C’est historique est un rendez-vous culturel mensuel se déroulant à l’Alliance française de San Francisco.   David Alain Rafoni, doctorant à UC Berkeley, mènera la discussion sur des événements relevant du domaine de l’Histoire.  Pour obtenir une discussion ouverte, et, toutefois, circonscrite autour de la période et du fait travaillés, C’est historique aura une approche à la fois objective et subjective. Des documents précis, disponibles en avance,s’articuleront avec les thèmes choisis : l’idée est d’enclencher une discussion cadrée et objective. Toutefois, à cet aspect concret correspondra un versant plus subjectif, nécessaire pour mieux réfléchir sur les thèmes; des comparaisons et des contrastes avec les situations nationales et internationales, mais aussi personnelles, d’aujourd’hui ou d’hier, permettront d’obtenir, des paroles engagées et intéressantes sur les sujets traités. Recommandé pour les personnes ayant un bon niveau de Français. Des boissons seront offertes. http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=50692 

May 7, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, CA 8:00-11ish FREE Le Jazz Hot never fails to Dazzle & Delight: www.Speisekammer.com for details or www.HCSF.com

May 7, 2015.  EDWIN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY featuring AFRICOMBO at Ashkanez.  Our beloved doorman and taker of tickets, Edwin Thaxter used to host the long-running Sunday night reggae dance party where he served as DJ Edwin. Tonight we celebrate his birthday with live music for dancing by AfriCombo, and DJ Edwin may spin some of his favorite recordings for yet more dancing! It's a great way to salute one of Ashkenaz's favorite figures and strongest supporters with roots reggae, rocksteady, ska, and anything else danceable.  Lilting, infectious Afro-Haitian dance rhythms are the foundation of every concert by AfriCombo. The band brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom, inspired by the dreams of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Mahatma Gandhi. The band is led by Mr. G, the Haitian-born co-founder of Kalbass Kreyol.  Doors at 7:00 pmFree!  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

May 8, 2015.  ENAMORED WITH PLACE, a lecture by WENDY BERTRAND.  Architect, author, and activist Wendy Bertrand will discuss the many important issues raised in her memoir,  ENAMORED WITH PLACE:  AS WOMAN + AS ARCHITECT, including challenges she encountered in the field of architecture.  Alliance Française de San Franciso, 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enamored-with-place-wendy-bertrand-at-the-afsf-tickets-16538174124 for tickets.

May 8, 2015.  BARRIO MANOUCHE performs at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.  BARRIO MANOUCHE plays SPANISH ~ GYPSY JAZZ FUSION.  Barrio Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz Ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area. It is Javier Jiménez's new project featuring many talented musicians also hooked on the Djangomania. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro), has moved on to a more authentic Jazz Manouche style letting his original influences from Madrid Spain twine with the spirit of Django. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com for details.

May 8 & 9, 2015.  FANNY CHANTILLY ON TOUR!  Presented by Shotgun Cabaret.  The Ashby Stage; 8pm.  Fanny Chantilly reveals it all on tour in the Bay Area for 5 shows only! Carte Blanche is coming back with a poetic comedy, Femme Fatale, for a five show run in Berkeley and San Francisco. In a mix between French cabaret, theater, dance and video interactive technology, this show is the perfect date night: the proof that live theater can be both hilarious and make your brain tickle. True story. No my friends, theater is far from dead, as long as there are things to say, we'll be there! This is an opportunity for you to get out and be part of a real event with real humans, it will blow your mind! And you don't even need to turn off your addictive electronic devices to come see it. We accept you as you are. Fanny Chantilly will be there to show her talent as a performer and seducer, sharing her stories and of course revealing a scandalous story about the French president.  Get your tickets or we will slap your face with a baguette.  http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=7ed6320e3c99be775351177d5&id=75c9d67d51

May 9, 2015.  CYPRESS STRING QUARTET performs works by PHILIPPE HERSANT and more.  8pm. San Francisco Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 44 Page St., SF.  415.500.2150 or www.cypressquartet.com for details.  $50.

May 9, 2015.  STANFORD PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA presents works by MILHAUD, RAVEL and more.  Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 327 Lasuen St., Palo Alto.  650.725.2787 or http://live.stanford.edu for details.

May 9, 2015.  BARRIO MANOUCHE performs at Revolution Café, SF.  BARRIO MANOUCHE plays SPANISH ~ GYPSY JAZZ FUSION.  Barrio Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz Ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area. It is Javier Jiménez's new project featuring many talented musicians also hooked on the Djangomania. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro), has moved on to a more authentic Jazz Manouche style letting his original influences from Madrid Spain twine with the spirit of Django. www.revolutioncafesf.com for details.

May 9, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL 2015.  Hundreds of craft beers from local and international breweries, as well as delicious eats from San Francisco restaurants. Fort Mason  Festival Pavillion, SF.  5pm-11pm.   $75-$175.  www.sfbeerfest.com for details.

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.

May 10, 2015.  BRENTANO QUARTET, with VIJAY IYER, piano, perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  San Francisco Performances.  SF Jazz Center.  415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.  7pm.  $40-$65.

May 11, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE.  www.LeColonialSF.com or www.HCSF.com for details.

May 12, 2015.  STEPHEN HOUGH, piano,plays DEBUSSY’s LA PLUS QUE LENTE, ESTAMPES, CHILDREN’S CORNER & L’ISLE JOYEUSE, as well as CHOPIN.  7:30pm.  SF Jazz Center.  415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

May 12, 2015.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents VULNERABILITY IN THE CONNECTED WORLD.  Are smart things and smart cities too risky? In the era of the Internet of Things, can we protect ourselves from a new kind of cyberterrorism?  730 Montgomery St., SF.  6:30pm.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

May 12, 2015.  TRI TIP TRIO plays ZYDECO at Ashkenaz!  Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues,  TRI TIP TRIO comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/ blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes.  Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com

May 13, 2015.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Landmark Executive Center, 3883 Airway Dr. Come Early (11:30) to avoid the rush. Please call Christiane at 542-5411 by Monday May 11 to confirm.

May 14, 2015.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a HIGH TECH LUNCH.   Learn about 3 French start-ups!  www.faccsf.com for details.  Mistral Restaurant, Redwood City; $45.

May 14, 2015.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  IMMIGRATION OPTIONS.  This workshop will address all immigration options available to a wide range of professionals, from interns to entrepreneurs and senior execs.  Ms. de Gerin-Ricard limits her practice to Immigration matters in order to maintain her level of expertise and to provide the highest quality of legal service. She specializes in investor visas (E-1/2), O-1/2/3 visas for foreigners of extraordinary abilities, L-1A/B visas (including L for creation of a branch in the U.S.) and of course the H-1B visa. Ms. de Gerin-Ricard is also well-known in the artist community for her high rate of success with EB-1A/B/C extraordinary abilities path to Permanent Residence. Ms. de Gerin-Ricard also helps with marriage cases and occasionally with asylum and removal proceedings cases.  8:30am-10:30am.  FACCSF office, 26 O'Farrell Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94108.  Free to members; $35 for non-members.  www.faccsf.com for details.

May 14, 2015.  DANIEL DE LA FALAISE presents at Book Passage’s COOKS WITH BOOKS, Left Bank, Larkspur.  6:30pm.  $120 single, $185 couple.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 15, 2015.  LAYER BY LAYER – INTO THE VAGUE.  Mirjam Bührer, the current City of Zürich Choreographer in Residence in San Francisco, will be presenting a workshop showing of her latest work at her temporary artistic home, ODC. During her ten-week stay in San Francisco, Mirjam has been developing an artistic “yes-no” manifesto to guide her art, inspired by Yvonne Rainer and Mette Ingwartsen. layer by layer – into the vague is a solo work-in-progress showing of her investigations. Free event, please RSVP to reserve a seat. The Consulate General of Switzerland will host a small reception after the 40-minute performance.  7 p.m. ODC Theatre, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco.

May 15, 2015.  THE OAKLAND SYMPHONY CHORUS, along with OEBSymphony, performm LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S CANDIDE.   Www.oebs.org for details.

May 15, 2015.  FRENCH CONVERSATION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month form 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Alliance.  Each participant is invited to bring a dish or a bottle of wine to share.  Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door!  Free event  Please bring a dish and/or a beverage to share.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

May 15, 2015.  THE DOGON LIGHTS and BARAKA MOON play at Ashkenaz!  Making music the members call "Afro Galactic World Hip-Hop," the DOGON LIGHTS  is an exciting project featuring Guinea's master of the djembe drum, Alpha "Bongo" Sidibe, and members of the award-winning band Hamsa Lila (Vir McCoy and Evan Fraser), with drummer Gary Norris and MC-rapper-vocalist Ashel Seasunz. They create a funky and energetic dance atmosphere that takes the listener straight to the stars, using a blend of instruments such as the sintir and guimbri from Morocco, the kamale n'goni (similar to the kora), calabash and djembe drums of West Africa, and bass, guitar, keys, sax, and flute from the West. The word "Dogon" comes from the Dogon people of Mali who believe they are descendants of the Sirians - thus the Dogon Lights.  Performing with BARAKA MOONDoors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $15/$12 advance.   www.ashkenaz.com

May 16, 2015.  THE FRANCOPHONE CHARTER SCHOOL OF OAKLAND is pleased to invite you to its FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA.  The gala will take place on May 16 at 6:30 p.m., at the Sweet's Ballroom, a majestic Oakland venue that is traditionally not open to the public. Join our growing community in a memorable evening of live West African pop music, gourmet appetizers from around the Francophone world, wine and beer. There will be both a silent and a live auction which will include exciting items such as:  A week in a 2-bedroom house in Brittany, France, walking distance to the beach; A week in a 2-bedroom apartment within walking distance to the beach in the Dominican Republic; Two nights in a Junior Suite at the Vive Hotel Waikiki in Oahu; A ride over the Bay Area on a biplane (aerobatics optional); Photo sessions with professional photographers.  And more...  Ivorian singer songwriter FELY TCHACO will perform throughout the event. Come listen and dance to this blend of Ivory Coast traditional forest music with Jazz and Pop!  Dress code: creative cocktail attire! This is an adult-only event.  For more information, go to www.francophone-gala.eventbrite.com. The school's URL is www.francophoneschool.org.

May 16, 2015.  SERAPHINE.  L’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa présente Séraphine Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM - Refreshments Provided Free showing followed by lively discussion in French (Film is sub>tled) Vista del Lago Recrea>on Center, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa Séraphine est un film sur la vie de cet artiste du primitivisme moderne, suivi d’une discussion vibrante. Séraphine Louis de Senlis était un peintre extraordinaire, que Wilhelm Uhde, un Allemand, a découvert avant la Première Guerre Mondiale, et qu’il avait essayé d’aider après quand il est rentré en France. C’est une histoire touchante et belle.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

May 16, 2015.  BENYORO plus SUN HOP FAT perform the music of Africa at Ashkenez.  New York City band BENYORO is on fire, with a new CD out, and just returned from performing in Louisiana at the first Juju Fest of African Music during New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival and a swing from Florida to Joshua Tree. Tonight it shares the new songs and new energy as it returns to our stage. Local group Sun Hop Fat, steeped in classic '70s Ethiopian jazz and funk, shares the bill.  "African music in America at its very finest! An all-star group." - NPR's Afropop Worldwide.  In the Bamana language of Mali, Benyoro means meeting place, and that's exactly what this group is. It's about the meeting of traditional and modern instruments, Malian and American musicians, centuries-old songs and modern arrangements. The band's unique sound originates in a deep love for the music of Malian jelis (praise musicians) combined with a strong desire to modernize it. In Benyoro's music, the sonorous, stately melodies of traditional jeliya (praise-singing) are sped up and reconfigured into infectious grooves, but even in the midst of all the movement, the reflective core of the music remains. With this meeting of meditative tradition and raucous dance music, Benyoro is a celebration of the communal and universal nature of West African music.  Benyoro features kora (21-string harp) player Yacouba Sissoko from Mali, Californian Sam Dickey on guitar and djelingoni (traditional lute), bassist Patrice Blanchard (originally from Martinique), Andy Algire (from Wisconsin) on drums and bala (traditional marimba), Mali's Idrissa Koné on taman (talking drum), and New Yorker Luke Quaranta on djembe drum and other percussion.  With SUN HOP FAT of Ethiopia. Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm.  $17/$13 advance.  www.ashkenaz.com

May 16, 2015.  BOZ SCAGGS WITH ALLEN TOUSSAINT.  The Masonic.  www.bozscaggs.com for details.

May 17, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by ELLEN HARDEN.    1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details. 

May 17, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EMBODIMENTS:  MASTERWORKS OF AFRICAN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE by EDITH FREEMAN.  2:15pm.  De Young Museum, www.famsf.org for details.

May 17, 2015.  LA GUINGUETTE performs at the Camellia Inn House Concerts.  $25 per person or $60 per person for all concerts in the series.  Healdsburg, CA.  www.camelliainn.com for details and 707.433.8182 for details.

May 18, 2015.  LAURENT COHEN-TANUGI presents WHAT’S WRONG WITH FRANCE?  Mr. Laurent Cohen-Tanugi will prensent his new book, "What's wrong with France?" (Grasset, 2015), in which he focuses on how and why globalization has shaken the core of what historically constituted France's identity and excellence.  Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center, Stanford University, CA.
http://francestanford.stanford.edu/events/whats_wrong_with_france_by_laurent_cohen_tanugi_international_lawyer for details.

May 18, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE.  www.LeColonialSF.com or www.HCSF.com for details.

May 18, 2015.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents CRYPTOPARTY.    Bring your connected device and learn to use cutting-edge encryption tools during the San Francisco CryptoParty.  730 Montgomery St., SF.  6:30pm.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

May 19, 2015.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents ENSURING SAFETY FOR THE FUTURE OF CYBERSPACE.  Learn about technologies that hold promise for protecting our data and privacy in cyberspace, why you should use them, and how they work. Bart Butler, senior engineer at ProtonMail, is on hand along with other experts.
730 Montgomery St., SF.  6:30pm.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

May 19, 2015.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Cercle littéraire se réunit mardi le 19 mai à 15:30 au Foyer Le cercle littéraire se rencontrera mardi, 19 mai à 3h.30 au Foyer pour discuter le roman de Mabanckou, Les petits-fils nègres de Vercingétorix. Après Verre Cassé, nous avons le plaisir de discuter est-ce que “Nos ancêtres, les Gaulois,” sont les ancêtres de tous les Français, colonialisés ou non? www.afsantarosa.org for details.

May 21, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6:30pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

May 21, 2015.  BARRIO MANOUCHE performs at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas.  BARRIO MANOUCHE plays SPANISH ~ GYPSY JAZZ FUSION.  Barrio Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz Ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area. It is Javier Jiménez's new project featuring many talented musicians also hooked on the Djangomania. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro), has moved on to a more authentic Jazz Manouche style letting his original influences from Madrid Spain twine with the spirit of Django. www.smileyssaloon.com for details.

May 21-June 7, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2015.  San Francisco International Arts Festival 2015 will include visual arts exhibits and installations and 150 dance, music and theatre performances by more than 60 artists and ensembles representing the Bay Area and 16 different countries. French artists will be part of the program this year.  Francophile readers, you will get a 20% discount for any of the performances listed here above! Use the code "SFFrance" when purchasing your tickets online!  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA. http://www.sfiaf.org/

May 21-23, 2015,  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL presents the American premiere of COMPAGNIE ARTARA’s LE CHAGRIN DES OGRES.  Receive 20% off ticket prices for any performance at the SF International Arts Festival. Offer only valid on advance tickets; enter code alliance. To purchase tickets and to get the entire festival program,  http://www.sfiaf.org/ for tickets and more information.

May 23, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EMBODIMENTS:  MASTERWORKS OF AFRICAN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE by EDITH FREEMAN.  1pm.  De Young Museum, www.famsf.org for details.

May 23, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by JULIA GEIST.  1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

May 23, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  A PORTRAIT OF MARIE ANTOINETTE:  ART, FASHION, AND REVOLUTION IN 18TH-CENTURY FRANCE by KATHRYN ZUPSIC.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

May 25, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE.  www.LeColonialSF.com or www.HCSF.com for details.

May 28-29, 2015.  CELLIST GAUTIER CAPUÇON performs with SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org/spring for details.

May 28-June 1, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL, including VISAGES D’ENFANTS (Jacques Feyder, France, 1925), AVANT-GARDE PARIS, screening EMAK-BAKIA (Man Ray, 1927) and MENILMONTANT (D. Kirsanoff, 1926); and L’HIRONDELLE ET LA MESANGE (A. Antoine, 1920).  http://silentfilm.org for details.

Through May 29, 2015.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents PROJECT CYBER VIRUS:  DIGITAL SECURITY THEN AND NOW.  A monthlong series exploring the secret world of hacking, cyberterrorism, encryption, and vintage computer viruses.  swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery St., SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

May 29, 2015.  DAVID DOWNIE presents A PASSION FOR PARIS:  ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years.  7 pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Distinguished Speaker Series, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549 (925) 385-2280.  http://www.lllcf.org for details.

May 29, 2015.  SOIREE CREPES & CINEMA “LA GRANDE VADROUILLE,” hosted by FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm dans la salle de l’ancien Red Vic Cinema, à San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/events/1438852483093692/ for details.

May 29, 2015.  BARRIO MANOUCHE performs at Seahorse Sausalito.  BARRIO MANOUCHE plays SPANISH ~ GYPSY JAZZ FUSION.  Barrio Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz Ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area. It is Javier Jiménez's new project featuring many talented musicians also hooked on the Djangomania. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro), has moved on to a more authentic Jazz Manouche style letting his original influences from Madrid Spain twine with the spirit of Django. www.sausalitoseahorse.comor https://www.facebook.com/barriomanouche for details.

May 29 & June 5, 2015.   JUIFS & MUSULMANS, SI LOIN SI PROCHES.  Une collection documentaire de Karim Miské, Emmanuel Blanchard et Nathalie Mars  (ARTE France – France Télévisions, 2013).  Ce voyage dans le temps retrace quatorze siècles d’une riche histoire commune entre juifs et musulmans. Un récit d’une grande rigueur historique, sans concessions ni parti pris, porté par une réalisation fluide et inspirée, et nourri de la parole d’experts internationaux (historiens, écrivains, politologues…)  à 19h30, à l’Alliance Francaise de Berkeley  Vendredi 29 mai, à 19h30, à l’Alliance Francaise de Berkeley  1. LES ORIGINES : 610-721  (environ 1h) Où l’on retrace la naissance de l’islam et sa conquête en un siècle d’un territoire s’étendant de la Perse à l’Espagne. Quelle a été la place des millions de non-musulmans dans cet  empire ? Pour les polythéistes, c’est la conversion ; pour les peuples du Livre, juifs et chrétiens, le statut de « dhimmi », qui les détermine inférieurs, mais leur confère une protection plus ou moins généreuse selon les lieux, et leur permet de pratiquer leur religion.  2. LA PLACE DE L’AUTRE :  721-1789 (environ 1h)  Sur le continent indo-européen et le pourtour de la Méditerranée, l’islam est religion officielle. Les juifs et les chrétiens constituent des minorités organisées autour d’une même idée : l’obtention du meilleur statut possible. Cela n’empêche pas les échanges culturels ni les épisodes plus tragiques comme la conversion forcée des juifs et des chrétiens andalous par les Almohades au XIIe siècle. Au XVe siècle, la Reconquista catholique va sceller pour les juifs et les musulmans chassés d’Espagne un nouveau destin commun.   Vendredi 5 juin, à 19h30, à l’Alliance Francaise de Berkeley 3. LA SÉPARATION : 1789-1945 (environ 1h) C’est en Europe que s’écrit désormais l’histoire. Révolution française, États-nations… : les  juifs d’Europe, devenus citoyens, se retrouvent aussi la cible d’un antisémitisme plus affirmé. En intégrant les nouvelles élites nationales, ils commencent à jeter un regard protecteur sur les juifs du monde musulman. Sionisme d’un côté, nationalisme arabe de l’autre, la Palestine, appelée Syrie Méridionale par les Ottomans, devient un enjeu religieux mais aussi politique.  4. LA GUERRE DES MÉMOIRES : 1945-2013 (environ 1h) Le monde découvre l’horreur des camps nazis. En 1948, la naissance d’Israël suscite colère et amertume chez les Arabes et les musulmans, joie et allégresse dans l’ensemble du monde juif, de New York à Tel-Aviv. Des centaines de milliers de Palestiniens sont expulsés et fuient avec l’espoir d’un possible retour. Et de gré ou de force, les juifs du monde musulman vont pour la plupart quitter en quelques décennies l’Irak, l’Égypte, l’Iran, la Syrie, le Maroc, la Tunisie…  www.afberkeley.org for details.

May 30, 2015.  TERRY GRANT presents THE MAYFAIR AFFAIR, in which a main character is a French spy… Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.  4pm.

May 30, 2015.  ANDRE THIERRY and CHELLE! & FRIENDS perform in the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Mission & 3rd/4th Streets, San Francisco.  Picnics welcome; please, no pets.  415.543.1718 or www.ybgfestival.org for details.

Through June 7, 2015.   WE PLAYERS present a production of JEAN GIRAUDOUX’s ONDINE at Sutro Baths.  $35-$80.  Sutro Baths & Sutro Heights Park, 680 Point Lobos Ave., SF.  www.weplayers.org for details.

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

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

CINEMA

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

58TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. French-related films include:  EDEN; LOIN DES HOMMES / FAR FROM MEN; UNE NOUVELLE AMIE / THE NEW GIRLFRIEND; SAINT LAURENT; VINCENT; FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (in Vietnamese); UNE JEUNESSE ALLEMANDE / A GERMAN YOUTH; MEURTRE A PACOT / MURDER IN PACOT (in French & Haitian Creole); DES HOMMES ET DE LA GUERRE; RUN.  Also of note:    This year’s recipient of the Mel Novikoff Award—named after the legendary San Francisco exhibitor and bestowed upon an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the film-going public’s appreciation of world cinema—is translator, scholar and film sleuth Lenny Borger. Join us for a conversation about the hunt for “lost” films and the unsung art of subtitling with Borger and Variety’s Scott Foundas followed by a screening of the rediscovered 1929 silent masterpiece Monte-Cristo.  Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.  May 3, 2015 1:00 p.m. Multiple locations.  Watch this website for details:  http://www.sffs.org/exhibition/coming-soon#.VRRcr-lHDbkApril 23-May 7, 2015.

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (dir. Olivier Asseyas).  A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. Film by Olivier  Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart. Check local listings. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Embarcadero, SF; Albany Twin, Albany; Camera 7, Campbell, and other Bay Area locations.

DIOR AND I.  mith-Rafael, San Rafael; Opera Plaza, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley.  Check local listings for show times and locations.

FÉLIX & MEIRA.  Opera Plaza, SF; CinéArts Palo Alto; Regency, San Rafael; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera Cinema 3, San José; Century 10 Downtown, Pleasanton.

LA GRANDE VADROUILLE, hosted by FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm dans la salle de l’ancien Red Vic Cinema, à San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/events/1438852483093692/ for details. May 29, 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL, including VISAGES D’ENFANTS (Jacques Feyder, France, 1925), AVANT-GARDE PARIS, screening EMAK-BAKIA (Man Ray, 1927) and MENILMONTANT (D. Kirsanoff, 1926); and L’HIRONDELLE ET LA MESANGE (A. Antoine, 1920).  http://silentfilm.org for details. May 28-June 1, 2015. 

SERAPHINE.  L’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa présente Séraphine Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM - Refreshments Provided Free showing followed by lively discussion in French (Film is sub>tled) Vista del Lago Recrea>on Center, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa Séraphine est un film sur la vie de cet artiste du primitivisme moderne, suivi d’une discussion vibrante. Séraphine Louis de Senlis était un peintre extraordinaire, que Wilhelm Uhde, un Allemand, a découvert avant la Première Guerre Mondiale, et qu’il avait essayé d’aider après quand il est rentré en France. C’est une histoire touchante et belle.  www.afsantarosa.org for details. May 16, 2015.

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

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

ART       

May 8-31, 2015.  ABSTRACT VISIONS, featuring the work of MARTINE JARDEL and others.  Artist reception, May 8, with talk by Dr. Kevin Muller, with live jazz and food inspired by the era.  The Studio Shop, 244 Primrose Road, Burlinghame, CA.  www.thestudioship.com for details.

Through May 9, 2015.  PIERRE ROY-CAMILLE & ZIO ZIEGLER at the Jules Maeght Gallery.  The Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco presents "Painting is the Pattern - Pierre Roy-Camille / Zio Ziegler ", featuring commissioned new work by two emerging young artists: Pierre Roy-Camille from Paris and Zio Ziegler from San Francisco.  http://julesmaeghtgallery.com/expositions/painting-pattern-pierre-roy-camille-zio-ziegler-2/

Through May 30, 2015.  A CORNER OF FRANCE IN AMERICA created by la Société Française de Bienfaisance Mutuelle & the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  On the occasion of the centennail of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and focusing on the role France played in San Francisco’s history.  www.afsf.com for details.

Through May 30, 2015.  LA PEAU DE LA MER, paintings by Marseillais JEROME LUCANI, will be shown at the McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.986.4799 or www.mgart.com for details.

Through May 30, 2015.  MARIANNE KOLB presents WHAT THE FLAMES MAKE VISIBLE at Hespe Gallery.  Opening reception May 7.  Hespe Gallery, 251 Post Street, Ste. 210, San Francisco. 

Through 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 June 20, 2015.  LATIFA MEDJDOUB presents SUBLIMATED MASKS.
Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated Masks, Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco, opening April 16th to June 20st, 2015.  The Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D) continues its exploration of the body in performance with LATIFA MEDJDOUB: SUBLIMATED MASKS, an exhibition of costumes, fiber sculptures and prints by French artist Latifa Medjdoub originally developed for the revival of Jean Genet’s play The Balcony by Collected Works (February 2015). The exhibition conveys the theatrical universe of Genet’s landmark play as materialized through Medjdoub’s elaborate designs and the theatrical vision of Collected Works’s directors Michael Hunter and Jamie Lyons. The exhibition opens April 16, 2015 with a reception at 5:30pm, a performance at 8pm and an artist talk at 8:45pm. The exhibition runs through June 20, 2015.  Museum of Performance + Design, 893B Folsom St., SF.  415.255.4800 or www.mpdsf.org or http://latifamedjdoub.co/exhibitions/ for details.

Through July 5, 2015.  EMBODIMENTS:  MASTERWORKS OF AFRICAN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE.  M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, 50 Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.  415.750.3600 or www.deyoungmuseum.org for details.

Through July 19, 2015.  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION.  Featuring creations by French couturières JEANNE LANVIN (1867-1946) and ELSA SCHIAPARELLI (1890-1973).  Legion of Honor, Special Exhibition Gallery, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

Through August 17, 2015.  BRAVO!  MUSIC AND THEATER IN ENLIGHTENMENT EUROPE.  Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Lomita Drive, Palo Alto, 650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu 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

September 19, 2015-January 10, 2016.  ANCIENT LUXURY AND THE ROMAN SILVER TREASURE FROM BERTOUVILLE.  Discovered in 1840 in a field near the French village of Berthouville in rural Normandy.  Legion of Honor Special Exhibition Gallery, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

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

CLASSES        

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 May 2015. FRENCH CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY, including basic beginning, intermediate & advanced language classes, “Travel Guide to France,” Intensive French for Travelers, Conversation, Grammaire, Chanson, Les Belles Régions de France, Le Cinéma noir, Lecture, Analyse de texte. www.afberkeley.org for details.

Through 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.

Beginning May 4, 2015. NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as Thematic courses, including a Theater class.  www.afsf.com for details.

Through May 22, 2015.  FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Want to refresh your French and move to the next level?  Our next session of classes begins March 16th through May 22nd. We have small classes year round at all levels and private tutoring for children and adults. School site enrichment programs also available.  Contact:  lisa@afsantarosa.org or visit www.afsantarosa.org

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

Through June 27, 2015.  LE FRANÇAIS "RÉVOLUTIONNÉ"  (1789-1914), taught by RENEE MOREL at The French Class.  La Révolution de 1789 veut faire de la langue française l’indispensable ciment de l’unité nationale dans un pays aux divisions culturelles et linguistiques très marquées. Cette langue qui reflète les profondes mutations de la société (industrialisation, urbanisation, découvertes scientifiques) ne cesse de se transformer tout au long du XIXe siècle, d’où l’enrichissement incroyable du vocabulaire et le règne subséquent des dictionnaires: Larousse, Littré…. Elle va devenir marque de distinction sociale. Ce français "révolutionné" s’imposera ensuite hors des frontières (Belgique, Suisse) et aussi outre-mer en tant que langue associée aux créoles dans les “îles” et langue seconde dans les nouvelles colonies d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Océanie.  Comment l'école laïque et obligatoire va-t-elle transformer le langage? Qu'en est-il du français d'Amérique? Dans quelle mesure les variations sociales seront-elles reflétées en littérature? Venez discuter ces questions passionnantes... et bien d'autres encore!  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). 8 weeks (April 29-June 17, 2015).  $255 (discounts available for members and early birds). $35 for single classes (drop-ins). No book to purchase: you will receive copies of the article discussed, along with assorted relevant documents.  IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310, SF.  415.362.3666 or fax 415.362.4334.

June 27, 2015.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at The French Class.  Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by Dominique Brémond.  A unique approach to French pronunciation.   This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension.   Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available for $45.  Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment.  This intensive gets full very quickly. This is a great seminar to repeat even if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.   From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. $99 tax, book and snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese)  during the breaks are included  www.frenchclass.com for details.

June 29 to July 3, 2015.  FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

June-August 2015.  FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASSES at Book Passage, Corte Madera, taught by JOSETTE CHARBIT SCHWARTZ, including beginning, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, as well as French dialogue for travelers and French for High School Review.  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

July 14-28, 2015.  CONVERSATION COURSE IN FRENCH taught by GENEVIEVE BLAISE-SULLIVAN at Book Passage, Corte Madera.  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

September 7-13, 2015.  PAINT IN QUARANTE (LANGUEDOC). Learn to paint while staying in a quiet chambre d'hote in the pretty hilltop village of Quarante in the Languedoc region in the south of France.  English artist Nicola will introduce you to the magic of watercolour painting on this six night inclusive holiday. For full details go to www.painting-holidays-france.com.  If you can't get to France you can enjoy Nicola's unique teaching style on line at www.Udemy.com where she offers a selection of watercolour painting course for all levels.

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

IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED LATITUDE'S CLASSES IN THE PAST: 14TH  CENTURY MILL IN LA TOULZANIE FOR SALE.  Sleeps 5.  Now for sale (due to the ill health of the American owner) for 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

CONVERSATION & CREATIVE WRITING... EN FRANÇAIS! To write and speak in a foreign language gives us the new eyes we need to look at life and experience ourselves differently; it creates space for presence, openness, and joyful exploration. Writers such as Beckett or Ionesco found their true voices and sensibility through the French language. Like them, in my private and small-group classes, you will gain unique insights and be able to express and share yourself in profound and meaningful ways that will surprise you again and again. Feel free to visit http://claudeconvers.com to see if I am the right teacher for you. I look forward to connecting with you... En français! 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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

June 1, 2015.  DAVID DOWNIE presents A PASSION FOR PARIS:  ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years.  7 pm.  Special Event with Left Coast Writers group @ Book Passage organized by Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Please let me know so I can add you to this event—all my friends are welcome!  Book Passage Marin, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA 94925  415.927.0960, www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 2, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EMBODIMENTS:  MASTERWORKS OF AFRICAN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE by MARTHA WALKER.  1pm.  De Young Museum, www.famsf.org for details.

June 2, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by JULIA GEIST.  1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

June 2, 2015.  FRENCH BUDDHIST MONK MATTHIEU RICARD speaks on THE POWER OF ALTRUISM at the Jewish Community Center of San Franciso.  7pm.  415.295.1900 or www.philharmonia.org for details.

June 3, 2015.  DAVID DOWNIE presents A PASSION FOR PARIS:  ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years.  Noon lecture, The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, 555 Post St., San Francisco, 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signing.  Note: ticket purchase required. 
http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2015-06-03/passion-paris-romanticism-and-romance-city-light

June 4, 2015. FRANÇOIS Ier (1494-1547).  C’est historique est un rendez-vous culturel mensuel se déroulant à l’Alliance française de San Francisco.   David Alain Rafoni, doctorant à UC Berkeley, mènera la discussion sur des événements relevant du domaine de l’Histoire.  Pour obtenir une discussion ouverte, et, toutefois, circonscrite autour de la période et du fait travaillés, C’est historique aura une approche à la fois objective et subjective. Des documents précis, disponibles en avance,s’articuleront avec les thèmes choisis : l’idée est d’enclencher une discussion cadrée et objective. Toutefois, à cet aspect concret correspondra un versant plus subjectif, nécessaire pour mieux réfléchir sur les thèmes; des comparaisons et des contrastes avec les situations nationales et internationales, mais aussi personnelles, d’aujourd’hui ou d’hier, permettront d’obtenir, des paroles engagées et intéressantes sur les sujets traités. Recommandé pour les personnes ayant un bon niveau de Français. Des boissons seront offertes. http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=50692

June 4, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, CA 8:00-11ish FREE Le Jazz Hot never fails to Dazzle & Delight: www.Speisekammer.com for details.  www.HCSF.com

June 6, 2015.  DAVID DOWNIE presents A PASSION FOR PARIS:  ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years.  11 am, Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, details TBC, http://www.baybookfest.org  

June 6, 2015.  DAVID DOWNIE presents A PASSION FOR PARIS:  ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, an irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is (or is claimed to be) the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years.  4 pm, in conversation with Don George at Book Passage Marin, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA 94925, 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com

June 7, 2015.  9EME GRAND TOURNOI DE PETANQUE DES FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Justin Herman Plaza, SF.  1pm.  Check Facebook for details.

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

June 13, 2015.  GUEST LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by DILYS BLUM, JACK M.  AND ANNETTE Y FRIEDMAN, Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org 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 15-August 14, 2015.  KIDS SUMMER CAMPS offered by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Embark on a nine-week journey into French language and culture. The Alliance Française of San Francisco and its team of dedicated teachers will offer nine weeks of discovery in French through various entertaining themes, including creative storytelling and writing, learning French through theater and theatrical games, Jacques Cousteau, Les Petits detectives, Jules Verne et le tour du monde en 80 jours, and Le petit prince.  Children and teenagers with ages between 4 and 15 will develop their skills and broaden their horizons, make new friends and be exposed to French.  Register early as space is limited! Early bird registration is available.  http://afsf.com/kids-summer-camp/ for details!

June 16, 2015. BERNARD-HENRI LEVY speaks at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. 7pm.  415.295.1900 or www.jccsf.org for details.

June 18, 2015. LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com 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 19 & 27, 2015.  FESTIVAL OF FRENCH CLASSICAL MUSIC. The Alliance Française de la Silicon Valley is proud to announce its 2nd edition of the Festival of French Classical Music on Friday June 19th and Saturday 27th, 2015 in the Tateuchi Hall - Mountain View.  Co-musical Directors Mark Starr and Isabelle Chapuis.  We invite you to share again your passion for French masterpieces performed by outstanding local musicians in an intimate atmosphere. This Dream Team performance will include: Ensemble San Francisco Fascinating cellist Jonah Kim Violin prodigy Stephen Waarts Sophisticated flutists Ray Furuta and Isabelle Chapuis Pianist Gwendolyn Mok, specialist of Maurice Ravel's music and many others www.afscv.org for details. Currently, resources to pay for this event are being raised through crowd funding at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2nd-silicon-valley-french-classical-music-festival

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

June 20, 2015.  FETE DE LA MUSIQUE with the  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  7 PM at Vista del Lago Fête de la Musique, with La Guingette Close your eyes and let the music of La Guinguette transport you into the heart of Paris, or perhaps a small town or village in southern Italy. Enchanting melodies made famous by the likes of Edith Piaf, Fabrizio De André, Lucienne Delyle, and Jacques Brel are woven into an embroidery of accordion, guitar, and vocals, performed in the original French and Italian languages.  www.afsantarosa.org

June 20, 2015.  THE QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO plays Columbia, MD with our silent film show CINEMA VIVANT- 8pm show
http://columbiafestival.org/spring-2015-at-a-glance or www.HCSF.com

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.

June 26, 2015.  CHARLES BELFOURE talks about THE PARIS ARCHITECT at Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building.  www.bookpassage.com for details.  6pm.

June 27, 2015.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE at The French Class.  Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by Dominique Brémond.  A unique approach to French pronunciation.   This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension.   Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course if space is available for $45.  Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment.  This intensive gets full very quickly. This is a great seminar to repeat even if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.   From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. $99 tax, book and snacks & drinks (including wine and cheese)  during the breaks are included  www.frenchclass.com for details.

June 27, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  EMBODIMENTS:  MASTERWORKS OF AFRICAN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE by ALFRED ESCOFFIER.  1pm.  De Young Museum, www.famsf.org for details.

June 27, 2015.  GUEST LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by ELIZABETH A. KESSLER, lecturer, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford2pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 5, 2015.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP, 3-5pm. The group will discuss LES CONTES DU CHAT PERCHÉ by MARCEL AYMÉ. Delphine et Marinette habitent une ferme où les animaux parlent et possèdent des qualités morales et intellectuelles comparables à celles des humains. Il y a le boeuf qui apprend à lire, le chat qui prévoit la météo, le chien qui sait flatter, la petite poule qui maîtrise les problèmes mathématiques, les cygnes qui gèrent un orphelinat . . . Ces contes, écrit pendant les années 30 et 40, étaient lus aux, où lu par, deux générations d’enfants français. Ils incarnent la facilité merveilleuse d’Aymé à créer des fantaisies impossibles et pourtant plausibles. Certaines des histoires sont désopilantes ; certaines portent surtout sur l’imagination et la créativité de la jeunesse . . . et il y en a certaines qui découvrent les dilemmes moraux et l’universalité des sentiments, et de la croissance de caractère, qu’éprouve tout enfant et qui continuent à résonner pendant toute la vie. Marcel Aymé a déclaré avoir écrit ces contes « pour les enfants âgés de quatre à soixante-quinze ans ». Place : 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.

July 7, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by ELLEN HARDEN.  1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 7, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  IMPRESSIONIST PARIS by JIM KOHN.  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 11, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by GRETCHEN TURNER  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 12, 2015.  RIVE GAUCHE.  Dine under the stars.  6:30 music. First course at 7:00, and music after dinner!  Chef Keith and Hostess Joanne. An all-French dinner prix fixe.  Reservations required:   707-996-0900  Cash only!   FAHA 197 West Verano, Sonoma.

July 14, 2015.  BASTILLE WEEK IN THE WINE COUNTRY.  Be French for the day – come for the fun, stay for the fun!  Eat, drink, sing, dance!  Kid’s Eiffel Tower cookie decorating and moustache face painting.   Pétanque – hilarious French street bowling with bread boules.  COSTEAUX FRENCH BAKERY, 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.  Marie Antoinette in costume- “Let them eat biscotti!”  “Oooh La La” Can-can Dancers  Due Zighi Baci (Two Gypsy Kisses)    11:00am-2:00pm. NO COVER CHARGE! Come sit on the patio and enjoy the day with us! www.EuroCafeMusic.com

July 14, 2015.  SHERI STROLLS WITH HER FRENCH MUSETTE ACCORDION in celebration of BASTILLE DAY!  K & L Bistro from 3:00-5:00P, 119 S. Main St., 707-823-6614.  www.klbistro.com Stop in for an apéritif! www.EuroCafeMusic.com    

July 14, 2015.  DUE ZIGHI BACI perform for BASTILLE DAY at the Redwood Café, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, downtown Cotati  7:00-9:00P.  NO COVER CHARGE   French cheese and wine plate available and a full menu. www.EuroCafeMusic.com

July 16, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

July 18, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  HIGH STYLE:  THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION by GRETCHEN TURNER  1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

July 27-August 14, 2015.  FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP offered by the ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY.  Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley’s full immersion French summer camp offers multi-level French instruction to all Bay Area children entering Preschool through 3rd Grade (minimum age: 3.5), as well as to current EB students entering MK through 3rd grade. Children will learn and/or expand French skills in an exciting, fun, engaging atmosphere on our newly renovated campus in West Berkeley. No previous knowledge of French is necessary!  http://www.eb.org/summercamp for details.

August 4, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  NATURE PERFECTED:  THE LANDSCAPES OF CLAUDE LORRAIN by RITA DUNLAY.  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

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 15, 2015.  DOCENT LECTURE:  THE SPLENDOR OF THE PAST:  A DREAM OF 18TH-CENTURY PARIS, by MARSHA HOLM.  2:15pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

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/

August 20, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

September 1, 2015.  PINK MARTINI plays in the MOUNTAIN WINERY 2015 CONCERT SERIES.  408.340.6815 or http://mountainwinery.com for details.

September 2, 2015.  THE GIPSY KINGS play in the MOUNTAIN WINERY 2015 CONCERT SERIES.  408.340.6815 or http://mountainwinery.com for details.

September 3-11, 2015.  TOUR D’IMMERSION LINGUISTIQUE EN LANGUEDOC ET PROVENCE:  OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN LANGUEDOC.  http://frenchimmersiontours.com/france/itineraries/ for information.

September 7-13, 2015.  PAINT IN QUARANTE (LANGUEDOC). Learn to paint while staying in a quiet chambre d'hote in the pretty hilltop village of Quarante in the Languedoc region in the south of France.  English artist Nicola will introduce you to the magic of watercolour painting on this six night inclusive holiday. For full details go to www.painting-holidays-france.com.  If you can't get to France you can enjoy Nicola's unique teaching style on line at www.Udemy.com where she offers a selection of watercolour painting course for all levels.

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

September 17, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

September 17-25, 2015.  TOUR D’IMMERSION LINGUISTIQUE EN LANGUEDOC ET PROVENCE:  EARLY FALL IN PROVENCE.  http://frenchimmersiontours.com/france/itineraries/ for information.

September 25, 2015.  FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY presents its annual GALA!  www.facs-sf.org for details.

September 27, 2016.  STORM LARGE & LE BONHEUR.  Vocal powerhouse Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur weave FRENCH CHANSON, jazz, heavy metal and smokehouse lounge into a singular sonic tapestry.  3pm.  Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

October 1-4, 2015.  MARIINSKY BALLET AND ORCHESTRA present CINDERELLA.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

October 10 & 11, 2015.  JACQUES PEPIN: HEART AND SOUL IN THE KITCHEN.  10/10, Peju Winery, Napa Valley, $145 per person, 5:30pm, or 10/11, Left Bank, Larkspur, 6:30pm, $145 per person.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 15, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

November 1, 2015.  ERIC OWENS, bass baritone, presents a program that includes DEBUSSY & RAVEL. 3pm. Jazz at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

November 4, 2015.  JACQUES PEPIN presents JACQUES PEPIN HEART & SOUL IN THE KITCHEN.  7pm.  $45 ticket includes signed book.  Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 6, 2015.  JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET performs RAVEL’s PAVANE POUR UNE ENFANTE DEFUNTE and MIROIRS.  7:30pm. Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

November 7, 2015.  YOUSSOU N’DOUR, global ambassador of African pop music, performs at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  8pm.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

November 7 & 8, 2015.  ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN performs works by PIERRE BOULEZ, VARESE, and more.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  8pm.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

November 8, 2015.  LEILA JOSEFOWICZ, violin, and JOHN NOVACEK, piano, perform works by MESSIAEN and more.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

November 13, 2015.  JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET performs DEBUSSY’s STRING QUARTET IN G MINOR.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

November 19, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

December 17, 2015.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

January 16, 2016.  KAHANE/SWENSEN/BREY TRIO performs RAVEL’s TRIO IN A MINOR, ‘1914.’  7:30pm. Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

January 31, 2016.  ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY performs works by MESSIAEN (DES CANYONS AUX ETOILES).  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  3pm.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

January 21, 2016.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present a FRENCH MEET-UP at BISSAP BAOBAB.  3372 19th St., San Francisco.  6pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

January 22, 2016.  MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, piano, performs DEBUSSY’s IMAGES, BOOK II and more.  7:30pm. Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

February 26, 2015.  JORDI SAVALL, viol, and FRANK MCGUIRE, bodhrán, perform THE CELTIC VIOL.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

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. 

March 18, 2016.  SIR JAMES GALWAY, flute, with LADY JEANNE GALWAY & THE GALWAY CHAMBER PLAYERS, perform works by DEBUSSY, BIZET, MARAIS, and GOSSEC.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 18 & 19, 2016.  CHOREOGRAPHER TRAJAL HARRELL presents THE GHOST OF MONTPELLIER MEETS THE SAMURAI.  An imaginary meeting between a Butoh dance pioneer, a leader of the French NOUVELLE DANSE movement, and an influential New York theater impresario. Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

March 19, 2016.  JAMES EHNES, violin, and ORION WEISS, piano, perform RAVEL’s SONATA and more.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 19, 2016.  L’ARPEGGIATA performs MEDITERRANEO, following the songs historically sung by the Greek inhabitants of southern Italy into France, Northern Africa, and elsewhere.  8pm.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

March 20, 2016.  ACOUSTIC AFRICA, featuring Malian artist HABIB KOITÉ & VUSI MAHLAELA. 7pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 25, 2016.  ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL, with conductor KENT NAGANO, perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 26, 2016.  MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs DEBUSSY’s JEUX and more.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  8pm.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

April 16, 2016.  CREOLE CARNIVAL is this year’s globalFEST.  With HAITIAN VOCALIST EMELINE MICHEL and more.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

April 22, 2016.  ZAP MAMA, née MARIE DAULNE, was born to transcend musical boundaries.  Child of a Belgian father and an African mother, her early exposure to traditional Congolese songs and culture as well as European religious and pop music, resonates in the unique sound world she creates with her vocal quintet.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  866.955.6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

May 7, 2016.  DAVID FINCKEL, cello, and WU HAN, piano, perform MESSIAEN’s LOUANGE A L’ETERNITE DE JESUS and more.  UC Berkeley.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.  8pm.

May 12, 2016.  PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY, countertenor, and JEROME DUCROS, piano, perform works by FAURE, DEBUSSY, SEVERAC, CHAUSSON, CHABRIER and more.  8pm.  Cal Performances, http://calperformances.org for details.

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