July 1-10, 2015

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July Events      

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

July 1, 2015.  EBOLA AND THE EVACUATION OF PEACE CORPS IN GUINEA.  Panel discussion on the spread, containment, and impact of the recent Ebola outbreak.  6pm.  $7-$20.  Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., San Francisco.  415.597.6705 or www.commonwealthclub.org for details.

July 2, 2015.  1ST THURSDAY MEET-UP AT THE HOTEL REX, organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., SF.  www.meetup.com for details.

July 2-3, 2015. SFEMS MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE WORKSHOP. On July 2: SFEMS MedRen Faculty Concert, featuring performances by ANNE AZÉMA and Bianca Hall, voice; Shira Kammen and Mary Springfels, strings; Adam Gilbert and Wouter Verschuren, recorder, shawms, and dulcians; Vicente Chavarria, voice and guitar; and Vicente de la Camera, harp. On July 3: SFEMS MedRen All-Workshop Collegium Concert: "Music for Councils and Heretics" Exploring music relating to the Crusades and Albigensian Heresy, The Council of Constance, The Councils of Florence and Basel, and the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. With compositions by Solage, Johannes Ciconia, GUILLAUME DUFAY, Johannes Beham and Johan Walter, Giovanni Palestrina, and Peter Philips. 8 PM. St. Albert's Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. Free. Donation accepted. medrenworkshop@sfems.org or khagen@sfems.org

Through 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.

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 5, 2015. PETIT MEET-UP AT CAFÉ H, organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO. 3801 17th St., San Francisco. 2pm. www.meetup.com for details.

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 7, 2015.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE AVEC YVETTE CHALOM.  Sujet:  LE BONHEUR.   Small French advanced level group discussion, with different subject every month, facilated by Yvette Chalom.  Psychologue clinicienne d'orientation psychanalytique, formée en France puis en Californie, Yvette a beaucoup travaillé auprès de jeunes enfants et de leurs familles. Elle est très intéressée par la dynamique de la communication et la formation de l'identité.  En français, niveau avancé B2 +.  Gratuit pour nos membres $10 pour les non-membres.  SVP confirmez votre présence.  info@afberkeley.org ou www.afberkeley.org ou 510.548.7481. 17h-18h.

July 7, 2015. THE BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND plays CAJUN / ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. The BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. $12. www.ashkenaz.com

July 8, 2015. MICHELLE GABLE speaks about A PARIS APARTMENT at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera. 7pm. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

July 10, 2015.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO sings with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

July 10, 2015.  A L’OCCASION DE LA FETE NATIONALE FRANÇAISE…  Le drapeau tricolore sera hissé au fronton de l’Hôtel de Ville de San Francisco le 10 juillet. Rendez-vous devant City Hall à 11.00 am.  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article3292 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 11, 2015.  BANQUET ANNUEL DU 14 JUILLET.  Le Comité Officiel des organisations franco-américaines de San Francisco et de la Baie vous invite a son banquet annuel célébrant la fête du 14 juillet. Cet événement se déroulera le samedi 11 juillet 2015, au centre culturel Basque, sous le haut patronage de Madame la Consule Générale de France. Ce dîner dansant, organisé depuis 1880 à San-Francisco, sera l'occasion de mettre en valeur la vitalité des nombreuses associations qui sont au service de la communauté française depuis 1851 (pour les plus anciennes).  Une grande tombola dont le tirage aura lieu le jour du banquet est organisée à cette occasion. Les deux premiers prix (parmi une dizaine d'autres) sont un voyage pour deux personnes d'une valeur de $2,000 offert par l'agence Calpario et un dîner gastronomique pour 5 personnes à la résidence de France offert par Madame la Consule Générale de France. Les billets de tombola sont en vente au bureau d'accueil de l'alliance française et à l'entrée du banquet.  Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080.  Réservez vos billets:  http://comite-officiel.bpt.me/

July 11, 2015.  LUA HADAR AND BAND SWING BASTILLE DAY ENCORE at Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex, Union Square.  Popular French Music Hall style show returns featuring vocalist Lua Hadar and her cosmopolitan jazz ensemble with Special Guest Dave Sturdevant.  To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist returns for an encore performance of their popular French Music Hall show, C'est Magnifique! This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and special guest Dave Sturdevant on guitar and harmonica.  The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of American songwriter Cole Porter; hence the title C'est Magnifique!, a song from Cole Porter's 1953 musical, Can-Can.  Dave Sturdevant’s harmonica brings a Toots Thielemans-style to the show, in addition to the rhythm of his swinging guitar.   French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua's fun and quirky stories provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.  Hotel Rex, Union Square, 562 Sutter St., SF.  Tickets start at $25 (no fees) at Ticketmaster or societycabaret.com.  Or call 415.857.1896.  Full bar, great food. www.luahadar.com for more details.

July 11, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE, Winters.  We return to one of our favorite venues on this planet! Great sound and lights, plenty of room for dancing!  13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com or www.rigomania.com

July 12, 2015.  FRENCH GARDEN FETE with author and Cordon Bleu Paris trainted chef JENNIFER HILL BOOKER.  Estrelina Vineyards, 435 W. Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA.  5pm-8pm.  Hosted by the MAISON DE LA CULTURE NOIRE AMERICAINE, in partnership with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  $165 per person, includes meal, wine & autographed cookbook.  5pm-8pm. www.afsf.com for details.

July 12, 2015.  BOUCHON BISTRO BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION, YOUNTVILLE, with TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU and the ZYDECO FLAMES. Join us for this delightful annual celebration at chef Thomas Keller's fabulous French bistro. The event runs from 12:00 noon until 7:00 pm. We will play 1:00-4:00 pm, and the Zydeco Flames will take it from there! 6534 Washington St., Yountville.  Information and advance tickets: www.thomaskeller.com or www.rigomania.com

July 12, 2015.  BASTILLE DAY ALMOST.  LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE, DINER!   This annual event sells out. Please make your reservations! You'll love this beautiful creekside park. This is a lovely annual French tradition in Sonoma County!   Dining Club Rive Gauche World Food Class & World Class Food 7:00 pm Chansons françaises by  Les Bisous Gitans (Two Gypsy Kisses)  Sheri Mignano, accordion & Michael Van Why, tenor under the oak trees by the gazebo   FAHA = Finnish American Home Association 197 Verano Ave. Sonoma   Reservations Required wildthyme@vom.com   tel: 707-996-0900  Cancellations must be made by July 7, 2015.

July 12, 2015.  FETE DE LA BASTILLE. We hope you'll join us at our free Bastille Day party at Ragle Park in Sebastopol from 5-8 PM on Sunday, July 12. Once again, there will be live music with Xavier de la Prade. It's a potluck! Please bring a dish to share, as well as your own drinks, glasses, utensils etc. Whatever you need to have a great picnic. (We'll have some wine available as well.) We will be gathering in the section ofRagle Park called Oak Meadow. It's just to the right of the main entrance, near the playground. If you drive into the park, the day fee is $7/car if you don't have a regional parks pass. There is free parking outside the park directly across on Ragle Rd. and on Covert Lane, but we recommend carpooling if possible, just in case the park is crowded. Here's a map of the park (PDF). Hope to see you there! www.afsantarosa.org

July 12, 2015.  BASTILLE DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Garden barbecue & French accordion music.  Gratuit pour les membres; $10 pour les non-membres.  12h30-14h30.  2004 Woolsey, Berkeley (at the Alliance).  510.548.7481  www.afberkeley.org for details.

July 12, 2015.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  Hosted by Markette Fourmeaux.  Potluck buffet, prizes, French conversation; annual general meeting.  528 Coombs St., Napa.  A-C, salads; D-L, main dish; M-R, cheese or dessert; S-Z, appetizers.  By reservation only; please write to afnapa.events@gmail.com to reserve.  www.afnapa.ecom for details.

July 12, 2015.  10eme GRAND TOURNOI DE PETANQUE ET FETE DU 14 JUILLET.  1pm.  Justin Herman Plaza, SF.  https://www.facebook.com/events/856316924423859/

July 14, 2015.  SOIREE SUR INVITATION.  Le consulat organise le mardi 14 juillet une soirée sur invitation à la Résidence de France avec les représentants de la Communauté Française.  Le matin, cinq vétérans américains de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale recevront, à la Résidence de France, la médaille de la Légion d’Honneur.  http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article3292 for details.

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 17, 2015.  CONVERSATION POTLUCK 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.

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 18, 2015.  BASTILLE DAY FRENCH MUSIC CONCERT featuring UN DEUX TROIS and LA GUINGUETTE.  8pm. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental.  707.874.9392 for details.

July 18, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  A rare weekend night at our favorite East Bay dance club. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:30).  www.ashkenaz.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

July 18, 2015.  CHAMPAGNE MASTER WORKSHOP AND TUTORED TASTING offered by the FRENCH WINE SOCIETY and SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL.   Explore Champagne on the deepest level and learn from Champagne expert: Zach Pace Taste through an exemplary line-up of 22 very special champagnes, including famous Champagne houses like Ruinart, Roederer and Taittinger as well as top grower champagne including Egly-Ouriet, Tarlant, Pierre Paillard, Pierre Peters and more.  Come prepared to sip, savor and discuss the factors that make champagne the most unique and distinctive sparkling wine on planet earth! The Champagne Master Workshop & Tutored Tasting will be structured around a series of champagne flights. Flight One: Still Champagne  Pierre Paillard, Coteaux-champenois - Red Henri Giraud, Coteaux-champenois - White  Flight Two: The Grapes and their Terroirs Tarlant, La Vigne d'Or Brut Nature (100% Meunier) Drappier, Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature (100% Pinot Noir) Jerome Dehours, Blanc de Meunier (100% Meunier) Pierre Peters,  Cuvée de Reserve - Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) Pierre Gerbais, L'originale  - Blanc de Blancs (100% Pinot Blanc) Pierre Paillard, Bouzy Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs "Les Maillerettes"  (100% Pinot Noir) Flight Three: Winemaking  J.-L. Vergnon, Eloquence Extra Brut Jacquesson, Cuvée No. 737 Billecart-Salmon, Sous Bois Ayala, Brut Nature Laurent-Perrier, Rosé Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose Champagne Fleury Fleur de l’Europe NV  Flight Four: Vintages Louis Roederer, Vintage 2007 Pol Roger, Vintage 2004 Ruinart, Dom Ruinart 2004 Philippe Gonet Blanc de Blancs 2007 Taittinger, Brut Millésimé, 2006 Alfred Gratien Classic Millésime 2000 Flight Five: Q& A and Champagne at Table:  Veuve-Clicquot, Demi-Sec http://sanfranciscowineschool.com/products/champagne-masters-workshop-and-tutored-tasting

July 19-August 6, 2015.  THE ADVENTURES OF CYRANO by De Les Dernier, adapted from ROSTAND, at the LOS GATOS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL / SHAKESPEARE AT FULL CIRCLE FARM.  Directed by Rachel Baker.  Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos.  800.838.3006 or www.fteshakes.org for details.   (Note:  free previews at Shakespeare at Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, June 5-25).

July 21-August 29, 2015.  SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE presents PIERRE CORNEILLE's THE LIAR, as adapted by David Ives.  Directed by Art Manke.  Festival Glen, Theater Arts Center, UC Santa Cruz.  831.459.2159 or www.santacruzshakespeare.org for details.

July 23, 2015 - August 9, 2015. SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. The 35th edition of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will take place from July 23, 2015 to August 9, 2015. French films are part of the program this year: A La Vie, by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann; The Art Dealer, by Francois Margolin; Dealing with the Devil, by Stephanie Bentura; My Shortest Love Affair, by Karin Albou; Once in a Lifetime, by Marie-Castille & Mention-Schaar; Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone, by Sylvie Ohayon. http://sfjff.org/2015/ for details.

Through July 24, 2015.  A THEATER NEAR YOU.  This film program proposed by the Pacific Film Archive honors the memories of several recently departed filmmakers with screenings of their work, including MAX OPHULS, MANUEL DE OLIVEIRA, and ALAIN RESNAIS.   http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/theater_near_you2015 for details.

July 24, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the SONOMA COUNTY FAIR, SANTA ROSA,  Fairgounds, Santa Rosa. 3:30-6:15 pm.  www.sonomacountyfair.com or www.rigomania.com

July 25, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the TWAIN HARTE ART AND WINE FESTIVAL, TWAIN HARTE.  A great summer art and wine festival in downtown Twain Harte. We will play three sets between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. www.fireonthemountain.com or www.rigomania.com

Through July 26, 2015.  THANKS TO HENRI LANGLOIS:  A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE.  BAM/PFA (Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley).  Pacific Film Archive's tribute to Henri Langloisincludes French silent cinema as well as work by his favorite auteurs, Tod Browning, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Renoir, Erich von Stroheim, and others. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 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.

July 29, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at FREMONT PARK, MENLO PARK.  A free concert in the park! Fremont Park, University Ave. at Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. 6:30 pm.  www.rigomania.com for details.

Through 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.

July 31, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the EMPRESS THEATRE, VALLEJO.  Our first time ever at this venue--a beautiful renovated theater in downtown Vallejo. Don't miss this show!  330 Virginia St., Vallejo. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets:  www.empresstheatre.org or www.rigomania.com for details.

Through August 2, 2015.  CINEMA ACCORDING TO VICTOR ERICE.  Spanish director Víctor Erice, a committed cineaste, critic, scholar, and theorist, has selected some of the films that have most inspired his journey in cinema to accompany the screenings of his own work. French cinema masterpieces are part of his selection, including  AU HASARD BALTHASAR (by Robert Bresson), THE RIVER (by Jean Renoir), and ZERO FOR CONTACT (by Jean Vigo).  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/cinema-according-victor-erice for details.

Through 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 storytelilng and writing, learning French through theater and theatrical games, Jacques Cousteau, Les Petits détectives, Jules Verne et le tour du monde en 80 jours, and Le petit prince. Children and teenagers between the ages of 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 availabe. http://afsf.com/kids-summer-camp/ for details.

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

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! 

CINEMA ACCORDING TO VICTOR ERICE.  Spanish director Víctor Erice, a committed cineaste, critic, scholar, and theorist, has selected some of the films that have most inspired his journey in cinema to accompany the screenings of his own work. French cinema masterpieces are part of his selection, including  AU HASARD BALTHASAR (by Robert Bresson), THE RIVER (by Jean Renoir), and ZERO FOR CONTACT (by Jean Vigo).  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/cinema-according-victor-erice for details. Through August 2, 2015. 

GEMMA BOVERY (dir. ANNE FONTAINE) With FABRICE LUCHINI & GEMMA ARTERTON.  Check local listings...

A LITTLE CHAOS, with ALAN RICKMAN as LOUIS XIV. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

A THEATER NEAR YOU.  This film program proposed by the Pacific Film Archive honors the memories of several recently departed filmmakers with screenings of their work, including MAX OPHULS, MANUEL DE OLIVEIRA, and ALAIN RESNAIS.   http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/theater_near_you2015 for details. Through July 24, 2015. 

THANKS TO HENRI LANGLOIS:  A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE.  BAM/PFA (Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley).  Pacific Film Archive's tribute to Henri Langloisincludes French silent cinema as well as work by his favorite auteurs, Tod Browning, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Renoir, Erich von Stroheim, and others. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. Through July 26, 2015.

ALSO NOTE: TUESDAY FILMS AT THE AFSF: Join us as we show contemporary films from France and the French-speaking world every Tuesday at 7pm (holidays excepted). Screenings are at the Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, between Larkin and Polk, and are free (donation suggested). For upcoming movie titles and more details, visit http://afsf.com or call 415.775.7755.

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

ART

Through 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 July 26, 2015.  EDGAR DEGAS:  THE PRIVATE IMPRESSIONIST.  The Petaluma Arts Center announces Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle, on view from June 20 through July 26, 2015.  Reception July 12.https://petalumaartscenter.org/edgar-degas-the-private-impressionist/ 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.

Through August 24, 2015. ROCHA ART presents INDEXUS, the first West Coast exhibition of French street artists Ador and Semor, and the first U.S. gallery exhibit presenting their collaborative artwork since forming a creative partnership two years ago. To complement the exhibit Ador and Semor have been painting murals in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/events/126684930996152/ for details.

Through August 26, 2015.  A DANCE OF LANDSCAPES – paintings by FR. ARTHUR POULIN. Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562.  We suggest you call the winery for viewing of the exhibit: 707-968-2200.

Through August 31, 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.

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.

Through September 20, 2015. NIGHT BEGINS THE DAY: RETHINKING SPACE, TIME AND BEAUTY. French artist LAURENT GRASSO's video art piece "Soleil Noir" is featured in the collective exhibition "Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty", presented by the Contemproary Jewish Museum, in San Francisco. http://www.thecjm.org/on-view/currently/night-begins-the-day-rethinking-space-time-and-beauty/about 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        

SUMMER CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY include THEATRE; FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS; WRITING; LES JEUNES ET LA FRANCE; INTENSIVE FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS; TRAVEL PREP GUIDE; LES BELLES REGIONS DE FRANCE; CONVERSATION, READING, AND WRITING; GRAMMAR, PHONETICS, AND PRONUNCIATION; CINEMA.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Want to learn French this summer?  Our next session of classes begins July 13th to September 4th. (8 weeks-$240.00)  We have small classes year round for all levels and private tutoring for children and adults. New classes: "Regions of France" in French and English; and "French Field Trip Day" try out your French in the community!-coming in late July.  Contact: lisa@afsantarosa.org or visit http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/group-classes for details.

LEARN FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. With new text:  Study French at one of the largest and oldest French cultural centers in the United States. The Alliance Française of San Francisco offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses for adults and children; private lessons are available as well. We also periodically have classes and one-day workshops on a wide range of topics, such as French for Travelers, film studies, and the history and geography of France. Our Alliance maintains a large multimedia library and offers cultural events throughout the year. See our current class schedule at http://afsf.com or email afsf@afsf.com for more information. 

Summer 2015.  eLYCEE. French in summer! For high schools students: French III
French IV AP French language and Culture preparation 4 weeks / 3 hours a day 
ending June -July   French teacher’s workshops 2 hours a workshop over June – July   For adults, eLycée helps those with specific needs for business and vacation trips or improved oral and written expression.  Beginner : 3 weeks - 1 hour a day ,  Advanced : Atelier d’écriture  - 2 hours , Intermediary and advanced : Discover Paris and French regions  2 hours ,  June – July   Ask for the program Students sign in from anywhere to work with native French teachers, using shared applications and resources, in a unique 'virtual classroom' developed by eLycée. eLycée is the only program of fully interactive French education online. Programmes de Maintien de la Langue (8 to 18 years;  Intensive AP French language preparation (4 and 5 scores for our students);  Workshops for Teachers of French;Adult Beginner, intermediate and advanced language programs www.elycee.com

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. 

July 20 & August 24, 2015.  THEATRE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.   Come interact, speak French and stretch your abilities with a theater class. Advanced level B2+ needed $35 per class with Hélène Gendron  Monday June 22nd - 6.30pm to 8.30pm « Mais que diable allait-­il faire dans cette galère! » Initiation à la comédie et à l'improvisation, de Molière à Ionesco en passant par Feydeau ! Un seul objectif : s'amuser en français !  Monday July 20th - 6.30pm to 8.30pm  "C'est un roc!...C'est un pic!...C'est un cap! Que dis-­je, c'est un cap ?... C'est une péninsule!" Initiation au drame à travers les pièces Cyrano de Bergerac d'Edmond Rostand, On ne badine pas avec l'amour de Musset et les comédies dramatiques de Victor Hugo : Hernani, Ruy Blas et Lucrèce Borgia de Hugo. Travail sur la lecture, le jeu en se concentrant sur l'expression du sentiment amoureux.   Monday August 24th    6.30pm to 8.30pm   «Je le vis, je rougis, je pâlis à sa vue / Un trouble s’éleva dans mon âme éperdue ». Initiation à la tragédie, à la lecture de l'alexandrin, travail sur la diction, en s'appuyant sur les personnages de Médée, Jason, Antigone, Créon, Oedipe et Phèdre. (Étude des pièces et de leur réécriture, de Sophocle à Heiner Muller en passant par Anouilh).  Lecture et jeu au programme avec un travail sur le souvenir émotionnel.  www.afberkeley.org 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 14-October 26, 2015. FRENCH GRAMMAR REVIEW AND CONVERSATION ("FAMOUS FRENCH DISHES?"?).  Do you still confuse “qui” and “que” (inside a sentence)? “depuis” and “pendant”? Do you keep using the imparfait or the gérondif to translate sentences that use them in English? Learn how to avoid common pitfalls that arise from literal translations and learn instead how to say a score of useful structures by understanding the French thinking behind them.  Then, switch to conversation! Discuss short articles by La Reynière, a former food critic for Le Monde, about famous French creations (bouillabaissecanard à l’orangebœuf mirotonpieds de porccamembertmillefeuille, etc.). Find out, through anecdotes, the colorful historical and cultural background for these fabled dishes. Warning: While totally free of calories, this fun course will make you hungry!  A native speaker of French, instructor Renée Morel has taught French at City College since 1986 and eaten French cuisine for an even longer period of time.  Downtown campus.  Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. Cost: $175.  Materials fee: $2 (There is no book to buy: you will receive handouts).  IMPORTANT: You cannot register for these classes now, because the schedule is not ready yet. A class needs a minimum of 13 students enrolled by the first session, otherwise it will be canceled. So, if you are interested, please enroll (you can do that on line) in due time. There also is a slight possibility of the classes being offered on Tuesdays instead of Mondays if there are no rooms available for us on Monday  nights.  reneemorel@gmail.com for details.  

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

November 2-December 14, 2015.  FRENCH GRAMMAR REVIEW AND CONVERS?ATION ("CONTEMPORARY FRANCE"?).  Baffled by French words used to express comparisons (“meilleur” vs. “mieux” or “aussi” vs. “autant”)? Or totality (touttouschacunchaque), similarities and differences? Mystified by the difference between “c’est” and “il est”? Learn to differentiate these. Assimilate good language habits: replace incorrect prepositions by the appropriate ones and familiarize yourself with the idiomatic uses of “y” or “en” or the passive voice.      Then switch to conversation! Do you know that French people eat 30 000 tons of horse meat every year? That the French government has just passed a law forbidding supermarkets to throw away their unsold produce? That condoms are available to students in French high schools? That strikes no longer are what they used to be? Discuss these and many more facets, often surprising, of la France et les Français.  A native speaker of French, CCSF instructor Renée Morel teaches French and linguistics and lectures on French civilization, from the Gauls to de Gaulle.  Downtown campus.   Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM.  Cost: $175.   Materials fee: $2 (There ?is no book to buy: you will receive handouts). IMPORTANT: You cannot register for these classes now, because the schedule is not ready yet. A class needs a minimum of 13 students enrolled by the first session, otherwise it will be canceled. So, if you are interested, please enroll (you can do that on line) in due time. There also is a slight possibility of the classes being offered on Tuesdays instead of Mondays if there are no rooms available for us on Monday  nights.  reneemorel@gmail.com for details.  

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

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
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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.

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!  

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 5, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the PEACETOWN SUMMER CONCERT, SEBASTOPOL.  Ives Park, Sebastopol. 5:00-8:00 pm. Bohemian Highway plays at 5:00, Flambeau plays at 6:00 pm. www.rigomania.com for details.

August 7-16, 2015.  THE AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS present VERSAILLES AND THE PARISIAN BAROQUE.  The 2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy is a celebration of Bach's French contemporaries and the splendid music of the extravagant court at Versailles.  Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas will conduct masterworks by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, and others, including MARIN MARAIS’ spectacular opera SÉMÉLÉ, presented for the first time outside of Europe. From the grand to the elegantly mirthful, this exploration of the musical inspiration and wit of the French Baroque will be performed alongside Bach's Mass in B Minor, a beloved tradition of the ABS Festival and Academy. The concerts, lectures, master classes and colloquium of the ABS Festival and Academy provide a comprehensive, 10-day immersive experience in the music and culture of Baroque. Join us and be seduced by the  beauty and grandeur of Versailles and the Parisian Baroque.   Full Festival schedule and ticket buying pages can be found at sfbachfestival.org.

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 9, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the CHOUINARD WINERY, CASTRO VALLEY, 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. 4:30-8:30 pm.  Advance tickets required: www.chouinard.com or www.rigomania.com for details. 

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.

August 14, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at LIBRARY PARK, LAKEPORT.  A free concert in the park at Clear Lake! Library Park, Lakeport. 6:30 pm.  Information: www.kxbx.com or www.rigomania.com.

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 15, 2015.  TINARIWEN perform DESERT BLUES of their native NIGER at SFJazz.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

August 19, 2015.  DUE ZIGHI BACI play music to dance by at Redwood Café, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.   No cover.  7pm.  www.redwoodcafe.com or http://eurotenor.wix.com/due-zighi-baci 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.

August 28, 2015. MEG WAITE CLAYTON presents THE RACE FOR PARIS at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera. 7pm. 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.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. Gloria who lives in the Bay Area and has a holiday home near Nicola has experience her tuition and say's, 'never thought I could paint, but Nicola helped me overcome my resistance and it was great fun.'

September 16, 2015.   DUE ZIGHI BACI play music to dance by at Redwood Café, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.   No cover.  7pm.  www.redwoodcafe.com or http://eurotenor.wix.com/due-zighi-baci for details.

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. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY presents their FUNDRAISER GALA 2015, with guests of honor RUTH BERSON, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at SFMOMA and JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL, Versailles Fountain Artist. Also featuring an ALONZO KING LINES BALLET PERFORMANCE. General's Residence, Fort Mason Center, 1 Fort Mason, SF. Tickets for 6pm-8pm silent auction only or 6pm-11:30pm, live auction and special choreography. For more information about the event, please contact us at 415.591.4802 or events@facs-sf.org. Early registration until July 31, 2015.  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 12, 2015. JACQUES PEPIN discusses cooking and JACQUES PEPIN: HEART & SOUL IN THE KITCHEN. Co-sponsored by Book Passage & Dominican University. 7pm. $45; includes a signed book. Angelico Hall, Dominican University. www.bookpassage.com or 415.927.0960 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.

October 18, 2015. DIRECT FROM FRANCE ~ RECITAL BY PAULA-WILDER-GAUBERT. Ms. Gaubert has sung leading roles in the US with the Utah Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, as well as concertized extensively in France. Ms. Gaubert currently resides in France and she is coming to the U.S. to perform two concerts in California. One performance is in San Francisco on Sunday, October 18, at 7 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122. You can find details on the concert at our website http://sunsetarts.wordpress.com. You can find out more about Ms. Gaubert at http://www.paulagoodmanwilder.com/pro/Home.html

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.

November 21 & 22, 2015.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, along with JUILLIARD415, perform JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR’s only surviving opera, SCYLLA ET GLAUCUS.  (Palo Alto & Berkeley performances.)  415.295.1900 or www.philharmonia.org for details.

November 25-December 9, 2015.  SAN FRANCISO OPERA presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, based on the play by PIERRE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS.  415.864.3330 or www.sfopera.com for details.

December 12-20, 2015.  MARIN THEATRE COMPANY presents ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY’s THE LITTLE PRINCE.  Quality theater experience for families.  www.marintheatre.org or 415.388.5208.

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 14-17, 2016.  BIASINI INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION & FESTIVAL.  1.888.400.OMNI (6664) or www.OmniConcerts.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.

January 29-31, 2016.  QUICKSILVER performs works by Baroque composers such as GEORG MUFFAT.  Friday in Palo Alto; Saturday in Berkeley; Sunday in San Francisco.  http://sfems.org/ 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 11-13, 2016.  INFUSION BAROQUE performs REBELS AND RIVALRIES, including works by LECLAIR, GUIGNON and more.  Friday in Palo Alto; Saturday in Berkeley; Sunday in San Francisco.  http://sfems.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 1-30, 2015.  CENTER REPERTORY COMPANY present YASMINA REZA’s ART, a Tony-award-winning comedy at the crossroads of art & friendship. 925.943.7469 or www.LesherARTScenter.org for details.

April 10, 2016.  STILE ANTICO has its Bay Area début with SACRED OR PROFANE? including works by DUFAY and more.  http://sfems.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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