October 8-16, 2015

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October Events      

October 8, 2015.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  HOW TO MEET AND HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR YOUR BUSINESS.  Speakers:  Sanita Skribe-Negre, and Geraldine Woloch-Addamine.  8:30 - 10:30am.  FACCSF office, 26 O'Farrell Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94108.  Members: free, Non-members: $35.  www.faccsf.com for details.

October 8, 2015.  FISTON MWANZA MUJILA, author of TRAM 83, discusses his writing at the French Department Library, 4229 Dwinelle Hall, UC-Berkeley.  5pm-7pm.

October 8, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT POWER TRIO plays in Alameda CA @ Speisekammer 8-11pm NO COVER.  http://www.speisekammer.com

October 8-18, 2015.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  French-related plays include:  LA PASSION D'AUGUSTINE (Canada); UN VOYAGEUR (France, Switzerland);  AMNESIA (Switzerland, France); BLACK GIRL (Sembène, France & Sénégal); BROOKLYN, PARIS (France); ELLE L'ADORE (France); LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIE (France); CHANTE TON BAC D'ABORD (France); NUMBER ONE FAN (France); THE PAWN (Switzerland).  www.mvff.com for details.

October 9, 2015.  UN DEUX TROIS plays FRENCH MUSIC WITH A TWIST at Tony's Seafood, 18863 Highway 1, Marshall, CA.  6pm-8pm. 

October 9, 2015.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS / DUE ZIGHI BACI play at Aqus Café.  7pm.  189 H Street at the corner of 2nd, Petaluma.  NO COVER CHARGE.  Come early for a seat.  Enjoy our "Autumn Breezes" concert on the outdoor patio or inside. There's room for you! We haven't seen you in a while. www.EuroCafeMusic.com          

October 9, 2015.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents RIDICULE, directed by PATRICE LECONTE (1996).  To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court, at Versailles Louis XVI…  The time is 1783, 6 years before the French Revolution...  Location:  Second Stage Theater, Mountain View Center of Performing Arts, 500 Castro, Mountain View.  www.mvcpa.com for details. About the screening of the film Ridicule on October 9th at our new venue, an unexpected issue has come up in the ticketing process. Rather than being frustrated by the process, please wait 24 hours or until our next email before going online to buy your tickets. Thank you for your understanding. 

October 10, 2015.  MA MERE ADORAIT LA DANSE.  As part of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival,the Alliance Française of San Francisco is proud to co-present Ma Mere Adorait La Danse. The documentary is a portrait of Brigitte Lefèvre who has been the director of the Paris Opera Ballet for more than 20 years. During her last year in office, filmmaker Thierry Teston followed her, from Paris to Tokyo, behind the scenes of a lifetime, and those of one of the world's finest companies.  France, 2014  (US Premiere) 65 minutes.  Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th St., SF.  For more information and to  buy tickets, please visit  http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org/ma-mere-adorait-la-danse/

October 10, 2015.  FISTON MWANZA MUJILA presents TRAM 83.  Fiston Mwanza Mujila's debut novel, Tram 83, plunged the reader into the modern African gold rush, caused a literary sensation upon its publication in France. Fiston Mwanza Mujila will be presenting his novel at Litquake 2015 !  Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.litquake.org/events/geography-hunger-fiston-mwanza-mujila-and-modern-african-gold-rush

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 11, 2015.  THE FRENCH MARKET, Marin's outdoor antique market, 9am-3pm.  Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium Parking Lot (near the Civic Center).  415.383.2252 or www.goldengateshows.com for details.

October 11, 2015.  FARALLON QUINTET plays works by JEAN FRANCAIX and more.  Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.  8pm.  $28-$42.  925.373.6800 or www.livermoreperformances.org for details.

October 11, 2015.  CHRIS ABANI in conversation with SARA LADIPO MANYIKA.  Chris Abani will be in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika at 7pm on Sunday, October 11th as part of LITQUAKE.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.  415.318.7140 or  www.moadsf.org or www.litquake.org for details. 

October 11, 2015.  PHILIP MANWELL, organ, will perform a recital on St. Mary’s great Fratelli Ruffatti organ (Padua, Italy, 1971), which has 4842 pipes on 89 ranks and 69 stops. The program includes movements from the MASS FOR THE CONVENT by FRANÇOIS COUPERIN and the entire Mass for the Domenicans by Girolomo Frescobaldi.  4 PM, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street (at Geary), San Francisco.  A free-will offering will be requested at the door.  Ample free parking.  www.stmarycathedralsf.org for details.

October 11, 2015. "VIEUX" FARKA TOURE plays at  Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA.  Great American Music Hall presents Boureima "Vieux" Farka Touré, Malian singer and guitarist.  http://www.songkick.com/concerts/24245379-vieux-farka-toure-at-great-american-music-hall

October 11-12, 2015.  SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY performs works by POULENC, SAINT-SAENS and more.  Conductor: BRUNO FERRANDIS.  Weill Concert Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  8pm Friday; 3pm Saturday.  $20-$80.  www.sonoma.edu

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 12, 2015.  PAVEL HAAS QUARTET plays music by FAURE and more.  San Francisco Performances, SFJAZZ Center.  415.392.2545 or http://sfperformances.org for details.  7:30pm.

October 12, 2015.  CYPRESS STRING QUARTET, with JEAN-MICHEL FONTENAU, cello, plays at Sunset Center, Carmel.  5pm.  $18-$35.  415.381.4453 or www.chambermusicmillvalley.org for details.

October 12, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

October 13, 2015.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIQUE with YVETTE CHALOM at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  A small group discussion in French (advanced level), with a 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. Gratuit pour nos membres $10 pour les non-membres.  SVP confirmez votre présence. info@afberkeley.org   ou 510 548 7481. Merci.  5pm-6pm.

October 13, 2015.  THE FUNKY GATORS play ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  The Funky Gators  is a band of Cajun, zydeco, and R&B veterans whose credits include many of the most popular local bands of the past couple of decades. They take zydeco and mix in some R&B and funk flavor while still keeping the zydeco tempos that dancers love. The Funky Gators play zydeco hits by Boozoo Chavis, Rosie Ledet, and others, plus Motown classics such as "Heatwave" and "Walking the Dog."  Along with rubboard player and lead singer Myrna, the band is accordion player Dana Mandell, guitarist Ian Lamson, bassist Marty Holland, and drummer Rasheed Wedlow. Myrna was a star in Gator Beat, and after that band's leader Richie Domingue died several years ago, she retired from the zydeco scene. But after much coaxing from fans, she and Mandell put together the Funky Gators. Myrna's many years of R&B experience combines with Mandell's zydeco dance knowledge to create a sound that R&B listeners enjoy and that also keeps zydeco dancers out on the floor.  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 for details.

October 13-22, 2015. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  presents A BUSINESS BOOSTER.  26 O'Farrell St., SF.  4pm-9pm.  For details:  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events-calendar/event/d/business-booster-the-art-of-pitching/

October 14, 2014.  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 October 12 to confirm.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

October 14, 2015.  THE BERKELEY SYMPHONY performs works by BERLIOZ, SAARIAHO & RAVEL.  The glorious music of France abounds as the Berkeley Symphony, led by Music Director Joana Carneiro, opens its 2015/16 Season onWednesday, October 14 with works by Ravel, Berlioz and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, who has resided in Paris since 1982. The 7pmconcert opens with Berlioz' Les nuits d'été featuring the young Canadian soprano Simone Osborne. The Orchestra performs the West Coast premiere of Saariaho's Laterna Magica and brings the festive evening to a resounding climax with Ravel's Boléro.  At Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. 7:00pm.  http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/ for details.

October 14, 2015. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO returns to our favorite Italian seafood restaurant in Burlingame CA : FATTORIA E MARE , 7-10pm. NO COVER.  http://www.fattoriaemare.com

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 15, 2015.  PATAPHYSICS AND THE REAL ALFRED JARRY.  Come to our lecture and group discussion about french poet Alfred Jarry, the founder of 'Pataphysics. Jarry's art movement inspired surrealism and dadaism and is also known as the "science of imaginary solutions."  Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room - 7:00pm.  Registration recommended.  http://www.millvalleylibrary.org/index.aspx?recordid=22221&page=1607

October 15-25, 2015.  UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL.  The 18th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) will be held from October 15-25, 2015 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year's theme RUNNING OUT OF TIME continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on time-sensitive aspects of the Millennium Development Goals.  French co-productions will be presented as part of this year's festival.  Multiple Locations, San francisco Bay Area, CA.  http://www.unaff.org/2015/

October 15-November 12, 2015.  LE FRANÇAIS PAR LA CUISINE.  Special five-week class offered by CAROL STONE & JULIA FORNAGE through the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Perfectionnez votre français en cuisinant !  Join 2 fabulous instructors from the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa for a cooking class in French based on regional specialties. For intermediate to advanced students.  le 15 octobre au 12 novembre (5 semaines) de 17h30 à 21h15 in Petaluma. Cost: $400.00. For more details, see the description on the website: www.afsantarosa.org  or Contact: Julia Fornage julia@fornage.net  before October 7th. 

October 16-18, 2015.  THE 7TH ANNUAL PETALUMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.   Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for independent feature and short films [fiction, documentary, animation, music...] from around the world, will once again bring the world to its community with 35 films  from 19 countrieS, including France, Belgium, Canada & Burkina Faso.  Titles include:  PARANOIA PARK; DA VINCI PROJECT; RECOVER; SIX COUPS; THE WALL; A DAY AT SCHOOL.  Petaluma International Film Festival, will also present a collection of films made by local filmmakers from Sonoma County to support the local film community and its filmmakers called 'Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase' on Saturday, October 17 @ 6:15 pm.  Boulevard Cinemas, 200 C Street, Petaluma.  Free parking at the corner of C&D streets.  info@PetalumaFilmFestival.org or www.petalumafilmfestival.org

October 16-18, 2015.  SILICON VALLEY BALLET presents ALICIA ALONSO's GISELLE.  This production of Giselle celebrates the rich Latino heritage of the internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and its founder, the iconic choreographer and prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso. In a historic moment celebrating the opening of relations between the US and Cuba, this production will be the first program presented by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley under its new logo and name: Silicon Valley Ballet.  At San Jose Center for the Performing ArtsFor tickets and information visit http://siliconvalleyballet.org/ or call 408-288-2800.

October 17, 2015.  TRIO LEIMGRUBER-DEMIERRE-PHILLIPS perform at Mills College.  2015 is an anniversary year for this trio who have been improvising together for 15 years. It is also the 80th birthday of member Barre Phillips, a bassist who has been at the center of new movements in free jazz in the US and Europe since the 1960s. Phillips joins Swiss musicians Urs Leimgruber and Jacques Demierre on saxophone and piano, respectively, to create musical relationships that are at once intimate and surprising, subtle and intense.  8 p.m.  Mills College, Oakland, CA.

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

October 18, 2015.  12eme GRAND TOURNOI DE PETANQUES DES FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO.  Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.  1pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1499643150348824/ for details.

October 19, 2015.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents FABA TALK #2 with JEROME LECAT, CEO of Scalit.  Hear all about this visionary serial entrepreneur and enjoy an upscale networking event.  The successful object-based storage company Scality won the FABA 2015 Gold award in the High Tech category for companies with over $20 million in revenue or funding.  Scality's CEO will be interviewed by Jury Member Frederic Stemmelin, VP Business Dev. at Symphony and President of the French American Chamber of Commerce.  www.faccsf.com for details.

October 19, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

October 20, 2015.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY.   In 1913, a young Russian composer scandalizes Parisian society with his music for the Rite of Spring. Left destitute by the Russian Revolution, he accepts an invitation to stay at the country estate of another creative genius, Coco Chanel (2009; R, 120 minutes).  Our community partner for this event is the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.  Free admission ($5 suggested donation). 7pm. In French with English subtitles.  www.afsf.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1110500345634738/

October 20-24, 2015.  TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU WITH MICHAEL DOUCET!! NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TOUR!  We will be doing a series of concerts with the great Cajun fiddler, MICHAEL DOUCET, in October. Michael has led the band, Beausoleil, for almost forty years, winning two Grammies along the way. Michael and Tom have just finished recording a new double fiddle CD--"Cajun Fandango"--that will be released in the fall.   These live concerts will be very special, very exciting evenings of music featuring two of the finest Roots Music fiddle players on the planet.  10/20:  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm.  Information and tickets:  www.ashkenaz.com  10/22: SIERRA NEVADA BREWERY BIG ROOM, CHICO.  Our first time at this fabulous venue! This is one of the best live music venues on the West Coast.1075 East 20th St., Chico, CA. Information and tickets:  www.sierranevada.com 10/23: THROCKMORTON THEATRE, MILL VALLEY.  One of our favorite Bay Area venues! 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets:  www.throckmortontheatre.org 10/24: THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE, WINTERS.  Always one of our favorite places to play. Our last show here with Michael Doucet was a total blast!  13 Main St., Winters. 8:30 pm.  www.palmsplayhouse.com

October 21-22, 2015.  GONZAGUE SAINT BRIS presents TIME TRAVEL THROUGH THE CASTLES OF FRANCE at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.  2:30pm.  Preview October 21.  Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason.  http://www.sffas.org/ for details.

October 21-November 19, 2015.  SWISS GUITARIST PHILLIPP ZURCHER on tour in California.  World-renowned solo electric guitarist and producer Phillipp Zürcher  embarking on an extended west coast tour. Over the course of a month, he will bring his signature blend of modal jazz, progressive rock, world, and modern classical stylings to dates in California and Utah.  10/21 Anno Domini Gallery, 366 South First Street, San José CA; 10/22 Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market Street, San Francisco CA; 10/23-25  Y2K15 Loop Music Festival, Santa Cruz CA; 11/12 El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco CA; 11/19 Select Studio, 130 N Calle Cesar Chavez #18, Santa Barbara CA.

October 22, 2015.  L'ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY reads THERESE DESQUEROUX (1927).  Le jeudi 22 octobre nous nous réunirons au Boulanger de Los Gatos a' 16 heures pour discuter le roman de Francois MAURIAC (1885-1970) :" Therese Desqueroux"(1927).  Une adaptation cinématographique par Claude Miller a été réalisée en 2012 avec Audrey Tautou et Gilles Lelouche dans les 2 roles principaux.  "Therese Desqueroux" est le plus célèbre roman de Mauriac et est considéré comme un chef-d'oeuvre. Il relate l'itinéraire d'une femme libre. Les autres themes dans ce roman sont : la sexualité et la religion, le mariage de convenance, le mariage malheureux,  la claustration , la vengeance. Dans ce livre Mauriac explore également le mystère du mal qui heurte de plein fouet ce romancier catholique.  SVP, notez qu'au mois de novembre la reunion du Cercle de Lecture se tiendra exceptionnellement le 2eme jeudi du mois, c'est-à-dire le 12.  Pour tout renseignement prière de contacter la responsable:  bernadettetheisen@afscv.org  

October 23, 2015.  CHAMPAGNE & HORS D'OEUVRES to honor GONZAGUE SAINT BRIS at the Private Residence of the French Consul General, Pauline Carmona.  Under the patronage of Pauline Carmona, the French Heritage Society cordially invites you to join our fête with Count Gonzague Saint Bris, French writer historian, and journalist.  6pm.  Valet parking will be available. Kindly respond by October 19th if you plan to attend. $125 per person, $100 for FHS members. Make checks payable to French Heritage Society and mail to: 201 Cleveland Court, Mill Valley CA 94941.

October 23, 2015.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL  presents DHEEPAN by JACQUES AUDRIARD.    3rd i’s 13th annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival runs Oct 22-25, and celebrates Freedoms, with stories from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the South Asian Diaspora. French film "Dheepan", Palme d'Or winning film by Jacques Audiard, will be featured in this year's line-up : use promotional code "cp_2015" when purchasing tickets online and receive 20% off an individual $10 ticket !  | 9:15 pm.  New People Cinema, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.thirdi.org/event/dheepan/

October 23, 2015.  CAJUN FANDANGO:  MICHAEL DOUCET and TOM RIGNEY, plus FLAMBEAUWhat more could lovers of Cajun fiddle and Louisiana music ask for than this very special evening with two of the finest roots fiddle players in the world, Louisiana's Michael Doucet and Berkeley's Tom Rigney! These two are legends in their own time, and have recently joined forces for one of the hottest, most unique CDs projects of the year.  They are bringing their live concert here one night only, with Doucet joining Rigney and his band, Flambeau, in a special showcase of their brand new music. The repertoire covers a range of roots music styles, from Cajun two-steps and waltzes to blues and New Orleans grooves, with a few touches of Gypsy soul thrown in just to spice up the brew.  8pm.  Tickets $20-$35.  www.142throckmortontheatre.com for details.

October 24, 2015.  LES YEUX SANS VISAGE at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa!  Pour célébrer “Halloween" Venez vous effrayer un peu! Le parfait remède pour l'ennui et les blues d'un après-midi d'octobre. Samedi le 24 Octobre, 2h à 4h 30 Vista del Lago Recrea;on Center, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa Le film “Les Yeux Sans Visage” est un film de Georges Franju qui date de 1960, en noir et blanc. C’est un "thriller". Avec Pierre Brasseur et Edith Scob, et la musique de Maurice Jarre. Q.et A. avec des rafraîchissements après. Gratuit!  www.afsantarosa.org

October 26, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

October 28, 2015.  MANUFACTURING TRANSPARENCY:  A CONFERENCE WITH ANTONIO CASILLI. University of California, Berkeley, CA.  What is the connection between secrets and publicity, between authenticity and its showcase? Is the move towards transparency a move towards a more critical society, or is it paradoxically yielding the opposite results?  Join us at this one-day international symposium as experts from France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States ask who is manufacturing transparency, and how? Keynote speakers include:  EMMANUEL ALLOA, ANTONIO CASILLI, ELODIE TERNAUX, and JULIAN OLIVER.  http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/events/manufacturing-transparency-conference-antonio-casilli

October 29, 2015.  ANTONIO CASILLI presents HOW CAN SOMEBODY BE A TROLL?  Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.  http://www.scu.edu/benson/upcomingevents.cfm?rsvpid=1420&sched=263854

October 30, 2015.  THOMAS ADES & GLORIA CHENG present TWO PIANOS / FOUR HANDS, including works by MESSIAEN and more.  Herbst Theatre, 7:30pm.  .  415.392.2545 or http://sfperformances.org for details.  7:30pm.

Through October 31, 2015.  foolsFURY presents THE UNHEARD OF WORLD by FABRICE MELCHIOT.  Translated & directed by MICHELLE HANER.  Journey to the underworld, where all souls go after they die. Visit vast cities of the dead amidst the gigantic, tangled roots of trees, where over seventy billion souls scramble for space.  foolsFURY’s newest creation hits the Bay Area stage this October with the American premiere of The Unheard of World, newly translated from celebrated French playwright Fabrice Melquiot.  You’ll meet a magical little girl half-swallowed by a bear, a vacationing trio of raindrops, the first ever, and still oldest man, a little boy who refuses to ever be born, and a hopeful woman spending eternity pining to be a mother. Their paths are inextricably drawn together when the boy and girl are caught in a struggle over erasing him from existence, the woman steals an archetypal plaster cast to experience what it’s like to have a child, and the tenuous balance of life and death is upset, threatening not just the afterlife, but the living as well.  Fans of Neil Gaiman and Tim Burton will delight in Melquiot’s whimsical, magical imagery, at once beautiful and grotesque, joyful and melancholy, humorous yet sublime. This surreal tale is a macabre treat for adults and children alike.  This is foolsFURY’s second premiere of Melquiot’s work, following the production of The Devil on All Sides (Le Diable en Partage), which toured San Francisco and New York in 2007.  http://foolsfury.org/fury/world/ for details.

October 31, 2015.  LOVIS CORINTH (1858-1925): BETWEEN IMPRESSIONISM AND EXPRESSIONISM?.   A Café-Musée event presented by Professor RENEE MOREL.  The son of a tanner, Lovis Corinth [Franz Heinrich Louis] (1858-1925) was a painter and printmaker born in Prussia. After studying painting in Königsberg and Munich, the young artist traveled to Antwerp and then Paris, where he completed his studies at the Académie Julian. In 1988, he returned to Königsberg and adopted the name Lovis Corinth. He later moved to Munich where he joined the avant-garde “Munich Secession” group and to Berlin, where he joined the “Secession” movement of that city and had a one-man exhibition. In 1902, at the age of 43, Corinth opened a school of painting for women and married his first student, some twenty years his junior. This youthful muse, Charlotte Berend, had a profound influence on him. As she became his spiritual partner and the mother of his two children, Corinth made family life a major theme in his art.  Influenced by the works of Gustave Courbet, Lovis Corinth’s early work was naturalistic in approach, but after a debilitating stroke in 1911, his style loosened and took strong expressionistic qualities. He created portraits, nudes, biblical scenes and landscapes of extraordinary vitality, filled with an even more vibrant use of color.  Come and discover the powerful and versatile work of Lovis Corinth, an unusually productive artist who overcame inner turmoil and boldly moved from Impressionism to Expressionism, from tradition to modernity.  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  IN FRENCH. Come practice your French and meet others! Organized by our great Café Musée team and presented by Renée Morel.?  Donation: $5.?  The? presentation will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.? (IMPORTANT: Even though the description is in English, the presentation will be en français!). Visual Arts Building (V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., SF.  9:30am-12:30pm.  415.255.8301 or reneemorel@gmail.com for details.

October 31, 2015.  MUSIC FROM PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with organist DOROTHY PAPADAKOS at SFJAZZ Center.  201 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102.  (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

Through November 5, 2015.  JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS offered by YVONNE LEFORT.  Albany, CA.  10:30am-1pm. Weekly job search workshops in Albany (near Berkeley) for people from other countries who are looking for paid jobs or volunteer work in the Bay Area. Weekly topics include:  Clarifying Your Skills; Tooting Your Own Horn; Finding Volunteer Work; How to Write an American-style Resume and Cover Letter; Networking the American Way; Interviewing for a Job the American Way.  For a complete description of each workshop and registration, visit http://yvonnelefort.net/workshops.  

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! 

7TH ANNUAL PETALUMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.   Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for independent feature and short films [fiction, documentary, animation, music...] from around the world, will once again bring the world to its community with 35 films  from 19 countrieS, including France, Belgium, Canada & Burkina Faso.  Titles include:  PARANOIA PARK; DA VINCI PROJECT; RECOVER; SIX COUPS; THE WALL; A DAY AT SCHOOL.  Petaluma International Film Festival, will also present a collection of films made by local filmmakers from Sonoma County to support the local film community and its filmmakers called 'Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase' on Saturday, October 17 @ 6:15 pm.  Boulevard Cinemas, 200 C Street, Petaluma.  Free parking at the corner of C&D streets.  info@PetalumaFilmFestival.org or www.petalumafilmfestival.org October 16-18, 2015.

BREATHE (dir. Mélanie Laurent).  Opening in Bay Area cinemas Friday, October 2, 2015. 

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY.   In 1913, a young Russian composer scandalizes Parisian society with his music for the Rite of Spring. Left destitute by the Russian Revolution, he accepts an invitation to stay at the country estate of another creative genius, Coco Chanel (2009; R, 120 minutes).  Our community partner for this event is the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.  Free admission ($5 suggested donation). 7pm. In French with English subtitles.  www.afsf.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1110500345634738/  October 20, 2015. 

MA MERE ADORAIT LA DANSE.  As part of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival,the Alliance Française of San Francisco is proud to co-present Ma Mere Adorait La Danse. The documentary is a portrait of Brigitte Lefèvre who has been the director of the Paris Opera Ballet for more than 20 years. During her last year in office, filmmaker Thierry Teston followed her, from Paris to Tokyo, behind the scenes of a lifetime, and those of one of the world's finest companies.  France, 2014  (US Premiere) 65 minutes.  Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th St., SF.  For more information and to  buy tickets, please visit  http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org/ma-mere-adorait-la-danse/ October 10, 2015.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  French-related plays include:  LA PASSION D'AUGUSTINE (Canada); UN VOYAGEUR (France, Switzerland);  AMNESIA (Switzerland, France); BLACK GIRL (Sembène, France & Sénégal); BROOKLYN, PARIS (France); ELLE L'ADORE (France); LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIE (France); CHANTE TON BAC D'ABORD (France); NUMBER ONE FAN (France); THE PAWN (Switzerland).  www.mvff.com for details. October 8-18, 2015.

UNE NOUVELLE AMIE / THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (dir. FRANÇOIS OZON).  With Romain Duris.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Caly, SF; Shattuck, Berkeley; Camera 3 Downtown, San José. 

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with organist DOROTHY PAPADAKOS at SFJAZZ Center.  201 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102.  (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details. October 31, 2015.

RIDICULE, directed by PATRICE LECONTE (1996).  To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court, at Versailles Louis XVI…  The time is 1783, 6 years before the French Revolution...  Location:  Second Stage Theater, Mountain View Center of Performing Arts, 500 Castro, Mountain View.  www.mvcpa.com for details. French Film Club of Palo Alto, October 9, 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL  presents DHEEPAN by JACQUES AUDRIARD.    3rd i’s 13th annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival runs Oct 22-25, and celebrates Freedoms, with stories from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the South Asian Diaspora. French film "Dheepan", Palme d'Or winning film by Jacques Audiard, will be featured in this year's line-up : use promotional code "cp_2015" when purchasing tickets online and receive 20% off an individual $10 ticket !  | 9:15 pm.  New People Cinema, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.thirdi.org/event/dheepan/ October 23, 2015.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL.  The 18th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) will be held from October 15-25, 2015 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year's theme RUNNING OUT OF TIME continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on time-sensitive aspects of the Millennium Development Goals.  French co-productions will be presented as part of this year's festival.  Multiple Locations, San francisco Bay Area, CA.  http://www.unaff.org/2015/ October 15-25, 2015.

THE WALK (dir. Robert Zemeckis), about PHILIPPE PETIT's famous tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in New York City.  Playing in local theaters.

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 October 17, 2015.  JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAUDA, French-Canadian artist from Montréal, presents his paintings at the Romer Young Gallery, 1240 22nd St., SF.  415.550.7483 or www.romeryounggallery.com 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.

October 29-December 24, 2015.  WORK BY FRENCH CONCEPTUAL ARTIST SOPHIE CALLE, showing at the Fraenkel Gallery.  Photography, text, and video question the boundaries of vulnerability and narcissism in Calle's work.  49 Geary St., Sf.  415.981.2661 or www.fraenkelgallery.com for details. 

Through 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 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

Ongoing.  FRENCH ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed two major works.  La Rose des Vents at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and  Peony, The Knot of Shame at 836M Gallery.  Conservatory of Flowers; 836M Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.836m.org/artists/jean-michel-othoniel/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLASSES        

Beginning soon:  FRANCE'S WINE COUNTRY.  A new class at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Fridays, 6pm-8pm.  Each week, take a journey into France's rich countryside, discovering its geography and wine culture, history, and traditions through a variety of media. In this eight week course, you will have an opportunity to explore Champagne, Burgundy, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône and the Loire Valley. For more information about this course, visit https://afsf.extranet-aec.com/classes/view/9-france-s_wine_country/3-adults/0-all-levels/1-french/  or visit www.afsf.com The class will be taught both in English and in French. Open to all levels.

October 2015.  NEW FRENCH CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY, including INTENSIVE FRENCH AND TRAVEL WORKSHOP, LES BELLES REGIONS DE FRANCE, and CINEMA.  info@afberkeley.org for details.

October 7-November 4, 2015.  DRAWING CLASS AT THE FRENCH CLASS, taught by SABINA SULÉ (in English).   Presented in English by Sabina Sulé. Please call The French Class at (415) 362-3666 to sign up. A list of art vocabulary in English and in French will be provided.  Drawing is the foundation of all art forms. It is as simple as creating your own visual traces or making marks with meaning. This five-week workshop will focus on the basic principles of drawing to help students gain confidence and unleash their creativity.   By drawing from still life, students will practice lines/contours, negative/positive spaces, relationships of angles and proportions, and composition. The purpose of this workshop is to create an opportunity for students to explore and meet their inner artist.   Charcoal pencil 4B, 2B, HB, 6B, eraser, charcoal pencil sharpener, drawing paper size: 9x12" up to 18x24" (your choice).  Sabina Sulé is a professional artist who worked as a set designer from 1994 until 1999 and taught classes at The Academy of Art University from 2004 until 2007. Sabina’s artwork has been displayed at numerous galleries in San Francisco, Boston and New York.  From 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. $145. No experience needed.  www.frenchclass.com

October 15-November 12, 2015.  LE FRANÇAIS PAR LA CUISINE.  Special five-week class offered by CAROL STONE & JULIA FORNAGE through the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Perfectionnez votre français en cuisinant !  Join 2 fabulous instructors from the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa for a cooking class in French based on regional specialties. For intermediate to advanced students.  le 15 octobre au 12 novembre (5 semaines) de 17h30 à 21h15 in Petaluma. Cost: $400.00. For more details, see the description on the website: www.afsantarosa.org  or Contact: Julia Fornage julia@fornage.net  before October 7th. 

October 19 or 22 or 24, 2015.  BRETAGNE: LES CÔTES D'ARMOR. DISCOVER A BEAUTIFUL FRENCH REGION. Presented in French by Laurence Delahaye at The French Class, 500 Sutter Street SF (415) 362-3666/info@frenchclass.com  Best for level 5 to 8 students. $20.  Monday, October 19 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 24 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.   Venez découvrir la Bretagne, et plus particulièrement les Côtes-d’Armor. Ses traditions, sa cuisine et bien sûr ses magnifiques sites touristiques naturels ou historiques! Cette présentation sera accompagnée de photos et de petits films. Cette classe sera interactive et très riche en conversation!  The French Class, www.frenchclass.com for details.

Through October 21, 2015.  PATRICK MODIANO ET DORA BRUDER : DEUX VIES PARALLÈLES.  Un nouveau cours de 8 semaines ?(September 2-October 21, 2015) enseigné par RENEE MOREL, en français, bien sûr!  En juin dernier, par l’entremise de son maire, la Ville de Paris inscrit solennellement une “Promenade Dora Bruder” dans sa géographie. Adolescente inconnue, déportée de Drancy à Auschwitz en 1942, Dora se voit ainsi officiellement reconnue, devenant?,de ce fait?,le symbole de milliers d’autres victimes anonymes, broyées par l’Histoire. Tombé par hasard sur le nom de la jeune fille dans la rubrique “Avis de recherche” d’un journal datant de 1941, Patrick Modiano tente d?'e?nreconstruire ?l'existence à partir des indices les plus ténus. Pourquoi, pendant huit ans, mène-t-il une enquête obstinée pour arracher à l’oubli, par le biais de l’écriture, une fugueuse de 15 ans ? Pourquoi s’identifie-t-il si intimement à elle ?  Venez suivre le mince fil biographique patiemment déroulé par l’auteur qui, dans sa narration intercalée, oscille entre souvenirs personnels et mémoire collective. Puis discutez Dora Bruder  (1997), cette œuvre pudique et mélancolique, empreinte de nostalgie, où les rêves de liberté exacerbent la tragédie d’une adolescence volée.  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON). 8 weeks ?(September 2-October 21, 2015).  $255?. Discounts available for members and early birds? (register? a week before).  $35 for single classes (drop-ins).  IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.  415.362.3666.  www.frenchclass.com

Through 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.  

October 30 & November 6, 2015.  KERRIN MEIS teaches INVENTING IMPRESSIONISM:  PAUL DURAND-RUEL & THE ART MAKER.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard., Corte Madera.  Two Fridays.  10am-12pm.  $75.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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. 

November 2-December 18, 2015.  CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Our last session of classes for the year will run from November 2nd to December 18th, a 7-week session for  $210.00. The Nov. 2nd school session can be viewed on the AF website by clicking www.afsantarosa.org/school/group-classes

Through November 11, 2015.  FRENCH CLASSES AT BOOK PASSAGE.  Including Beginning (Continuing) French and Intermediate French with Josette Charbit Schwartz, and Advanced French and Cours de perfectionnement with Geneviève Blaise-Sullivan.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 13 & 20, 2015.  KERRIN MEIS teaches SARGENT:  PORTRAITS OF FRIENDS AND ARTISTS.  Cast of characters includes MONET, RODIN, FAURE, THE PAILLERON FAMILY, and more.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard., Corte Madera.  Two Fridays.  10am-12pm.  $75.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  French Classes for Adults Start soon in Menlo Park and Campbell.  Palo Alto campus starts September 21th:  Group classes for adults, Beginner to Proficiency, at night from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Campbell campus starts September 27th:  Group classes for adults.  Beginner to Advanced, at night from 7:15pm to 8:45pm  All teachers are native French speakers.  http://www.afscv.org/fall-session-2015/

eLYCEE is very proud of the success of its students who achieved 4 and 5’s at the 2015 AP French language and Culture tests.  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.   Back to school for school-age students. eLycée’s classes will resume the week of September 10 so that they have time to face back to school at their regular schools.   For French speaking students : “Maintien de la Langue” (8 to 18 year old) fro French speaking students Tutoring for students in French lycées (Français et histoire / géographie - Primaire /       college - Brevet des colleges, Baccalauréat de français)   For high schools students: French III French IV SAT French preparation Turoring for students in French II, III and IV. AP French language and culture preparation.   Ask for programs and schedules   Adults Adults will continue their ongoing classes: Beginner, intermediate and advanced. We intend to enlarge our offering to help those with specific needs for written or oral expression. Contact us for specific needs or further details.   French Teachers workshops We created a continuing training program, once a month on Saturdays. If you are interested, please contact:  christine.frin@elycee.com   Evaluation in August We will stay available for an evaluation online. It is a 45 minutes course in order to provide information on the best program for you.

FRANCOPHONE CHARTER SCHOOL OF OAKLAND.  TK-8 francophone education for all!   Join the movement at www.francophoneschool.org.

CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Detailed program published online.  Contact us at afcaschool@afscv.org (Campbell) or afpaschool@afscv.org (Palo Alto).  Please register and pay for classes, books & manuals online.

LEARN FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. 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. 

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

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

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!  

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 2, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com 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 4, 2015.   LE JAZZ HOT TRIO returns to our favorite Italian seafood restaurant in Burlingame CA : FATTORIA E MARE , 7-10pm. NO COVER.  http://www.fattoriaemare.com

November 4-12, 2015.  TERRANCE GELENTER speaks about his new book TRAVELS IN FRANCE WITH TERRANCE.  11/4:  Commonwealth Club, SF; 11/6, Mechanics Institute, SF; 11/8, Books Inc. Opera Plaza, SF; 11/12, Copperfield's Books, Santa Rosa.  Events pending in Marin and wine country.  terrance@paris-expat.com

November 5, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT POWER TRIO plays in Alameda CA @ Speisekammer 8-11pm NO COVER.  http://www.speisekammer.com for details. 

November 5-8, 2015.  DORADO SCHMITT & THE DJANGO ALL STARS, including Family Matinee on November 7, at SFJAZZ Center.  201 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102.  (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.org 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 6-7, 2015.  ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN, Parisian new-music group, plays music by PIERRE BOULEZ, FRANCK BEDROSSIAN and more in Berkeley.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988or www.calperformances.org for details.

November 7, 2015.  YOUSSOU N'DOUR, with band SUPER ETOILE.  African pop superstar across Africa and the French-speaking world, performs in Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  8pm. 510.642.9988 or 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 8, 2015.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP, 3-5pm. The group will discuss Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac. Eugénie Grandet est une des premières oeuvres du cycle « La comédie humaine », ainsi qu’une des meilleures. L’avare Grandet habite avec sa femme et sa fille Eugenie. Il garde ses tas d’or et sa fille et il ne permet personne à approcher d’eux. Quand la passion de Eugenie est éveillée par l’arrivée de son beau cousin, son père refuse d’accepter leur amour. C’est une histoire de la poursuite de l’argent, le coûte de l’avarice et la tragédie de l’amour. 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.

November 9, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

November 11, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO returns to our favorite Italian seafood restaurant in Burlingame CA : FATTORIA E MARE , 7-10pm. NO COVER.  http://www.fattoriaemare.com

November 11-15, 2015.  NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL,  including THE KING OF NEW ORLEANS (dir. Allen Frederic, 2015; Larry has been driving his taxi-cab down the grand boulevards and through the backstreets of New Orleans for decades. Against the backdrop of the faded and haunted beauty of America’s most unique metropolis, Larry’s regular commuters and new riders represent every conceivable walk of life. From the vantage point of Larry’s passenger seat, The King Of New Orleans conveys the compelling and familiar bonds he creates with travelers and locals alike, a dynamic forever changed by the heartbreaking effects of Hurricane Katrina.) and the shorts THE BEST MAN WINS (dir. Stéphane Dumonceau, 2015; When a celebrated New York chef discovers an affair between his super-model wife and his best friend, the owner of France's finest vineyard who served as Best Man at their wedding, the chef devises a plan to deal appropriately with each of them.) and UNE PASSION D'OR ET DE FEU (Belgium 2014; A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. Along with the bees, his passion for gold and fire helps our environment keep on thriving. With this delightful and thought-provoking portrait, Director Sebastien Pins takes us into the heart and soul of a committed craftsman and ecologist.)    www.napavalleyfilmfest.org for details.

November 12, 2015.   LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dancing at Ashkenaz in Berkeley CA 9-11:30pm    http://www.ashkenaz.com/

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 13, 2014.   CARA BLACK, author of MURDER ON THE CHAMPS DE MARS, in conversation with French author JEREMIE GUEZ, of EYES FULL OF EMPTY, on French Noir. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA.  7pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 13 & 15, 2015.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents MY FRIEND VICTORIA.  (Friday at 7; Sunday at 4.)  "Based on the story ‘Victoria and the Staveneys’ by Nobel laureate (and oft-filmed author) Doris Lessing, MY FRIEND VICTORIA relocates its black London heroine to contemporary Paris. As an 8-year-old orphan, Victoria (Keylia Achie Beguie) is taken into the home of a white bourgeois family for a single night, fueling her dreams of comfort and privilege for the rest of her life. As an adult (now beautifully played by Guslagie Malanda), she reconnects with the youngest son of her host family, bearing his child after a brief affair. All the while she drifts from job to job, independent yet lacking focus—except for that one night from her childhood and its revelations. Director JEAN-PAUL CIVEYRAC manages a treatise on race and class that’s subtle, moving, and refreshingly non-didactic, refusing to reduce the characters to symbols or dilute the richness of Lessing’s prose." – Film Society of Lincoln Center (2014, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Sonoma State University • Sonoma Film Institute,  707.664.2606 • 1801 East Cotati Ave • Rohnert Park, CA 94928. www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

November 14, 2015.  CONCOURS DE POESIE.  Le samedi matin 14 novembre, nous proposons un concours de poésie, à Mountain View High School (lieu à confirmer). Vos élèves apprennent par coeur une poésie (choisie parmi une liste que l'on vous propose), avec votre aide dans la classe ou à la maison, puis ils viennent la réciter le samedi 14 novembre à un jury composé de profs de français et/ou parents. Nous aurons des prix pour les meilleur(e)s récitant(e)s !  Pour en savoir plus et voir les poésies que nous avons sélectionnées, allez sur ce fichier google doc :  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AwA6JZk1-cdPBtR-_uRE_E_EbJdw2qCAkDk11bo2UMk/edit?pli=1#heading=h.jb5281ryxtlf Si vous avez besoin, vers la fin de 1er semestre d'une activité "extra crédit", en voilà une parfaite pour vos élèves.  Voir aussi:  https://sites.google.com/a/aatfnorcal.org/american-association-of-teachers-of-french-northern-california-chapter/dashboard

November 14, 2015.  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FEST's SECOND MINI FALL FRENCH FILM FEST.  Crest Theatre.  Save the date!

November 16, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

November 17, 2015.  GAD ELMALEH OFFICIEL performs at Bimbo's 365 Club.  Tickets on sale 9/9.  Spectacle entièrement en anglais.  http://goo.gl/ILf5vz

November 18, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO returns to our favorite Italian seafood restaurant in Burlingame CA : FATTORIA E MARE , 7-10pm. NO COVER.  http://www.fattoriaemare.com  

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 20, 2015.  LA SOIREE, organized by the FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  La Soirée is back Friday November 20th! Dress up in your finest 007 style and get ready to taste delicious foods, outstanding wines and to enjoy a sultry dance party.  www.faccsf.com for details.

November 20-December 20, 2015.  ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS present THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS by Lillian Groag.  A hilarious farce about an imagined meeting between famous theater divas Eleanora Duse and Sarah Bernhardt, the Ladies will leave you begging for more.  Set in 1897 in Paris.  415.456.9555 ext.3 or www.RossValleyPlayers.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 23, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

Beginning November 25, 2015.  CAVALIA, an equestrian extravaganza from Montreal.  www.cavalia.net.

November 25, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO returns to our favorite Italian seafood restaurant in Burlingame CA : FATTORIA E MARE , 7-10pm. NO COVER.  http://www.fattoriaemare.com

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.

November 27-December 27, 2015.  LE CIRQUE DE BOHEME returns to Sonoma County!    A special event to celebrate a unique Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday... Welcome to Le Cirque de Bohème !  Created in Paris during a period called  “ les Années Folles “, this old style Circus based on the French tradition of the 1920’s Circus will transport our audience into a mysterious story.  This winter Cirque de Bohème is back in Sonoma at the CornerStone Garden with a new show, STOLEN MOONLIGHT  Cirque de Bohème will be under its own charming circus tent this year at Cornerstone Garden, November 27, 28 & 29 and December 19, 20, 26, 27, 2015 for a magical moment of entertaining.  (Show daily at 1pm, 3,pm, 5pm)  “Stolen Moonlight”, is a travel through time between Paris and the Valley of the Moon with two main characters.   A young american girl, Artemis, and the strange man of Paris, the Bohemian.  A story born on the beginning of the XX century near the Cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris …  The Circus artists from Cirque de Bohème, will presents this year a new and original spectacle with poesy, music, mystery and unique circus talent.   “Stolen Moonlight”, is an exciting trip through the time, through the imagination and  with a wink from Paris, with poesy, fun and joy that are mixed only for your pleasure!  Join Cirque de Bohème for this unique moment of pleasure, and for a special travel to the time.  And dont forget… Your childhood dreams are alive.  Tickets available at :  www.cornerstonesonoma.com or  www.cirquedeboheme.com.  A portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.  http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/holiday-cirque-at-cornerstone/ for details.

November 30, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

December 3, 2015. LE JAZZ HOT POWER TRIO plays in Alameda CA @ Speisekammer 8-11pm NO COVER.  http://www.speisekammer.com

December 4, 2015.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS celebrate with an EDITH PIAF CENTENNIAL CONCERT.  All French!  $10 cover.  Redwood Café, downtown Cotati.  7pm.  With special guests TBA.  www.eurocafemusic.com

December 4-6, 2015.  CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY presents JOYEUX NOEL!  FRENCH CHRISTMAS, MEDIEVAL TO THE PRESENT.  Gregoriann chant, dance tunes, Marian hymns, traditional French carols.  Composers include JEAN MOUTON, HENRI DUMONT, MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, HECTOR BERLIOZ, FRANCIS POULENC, and PIERRE VILLETTE.  Venues include San Francisco, Palo Alto & Berkeley.  650.485.1097 or www.calbach.org for details.

December 5, 2015.  THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents A DAY OF SILENTS, including L'INHUMAINE / THE INHUMAN WOMAN. 6:30 pm.  Live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra.  Marcel L'Herbier's extraordinary art deco masterpiece--involving a celebrated opera diva (Georgette Leblanc) who drives powerful men mad--includes artistic contributions from Alberto Cavalcanti, Fernand Léger, Robert Mallet-Stevens, and Paul Poiret. Dazzling new restoration by Lobster Films.  1924, Franc.  Castro Theatre.  http://www.silentfilm.org/

December 7, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.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 14, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.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.

December 19, 2015.  PIAF… HER STORY… HER SONGS, starring RAQUEL BITTON  In celebration of EDITH PIAF's 100th birthday, the California Film Institute will screen this film at the Rafael Cinema in San Rafael.  In attendance for a Q&A after the screening, singer / filmmaker RAQUEL BITTON.  Part documentary, part stage performance, this entertaining look at French chanteuse Edith Piaf tells her story through a terrific theatrical presentation by singer Raquel Bitton, who literally becomes Piaf while singing, but steps back and tells her story - in English - between the mostly French songs. Archival photos of Piaf illustrate her life of lucky breaks and tragedy. Some of the film's best moments are of Bitton and Piaf’s friends, lovers, composers happily discussing Piaf over food and wine at a Paris bistro.  Featuring 16 songs performed with a full orchestra, including La Vie En Rose, No Regrets, Hymn To Love.  For more information:  www.piafherstoryhersongs.com or www.cafilm.org.

December 21, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.com for details.

December 28, 2015.  LE JAZZ HOT (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE. www.LeColonialSF.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 19-28, 2016.  TERENCE BLANCHARD's CHAMPION:  AN OPERA IN JAZZ at SFJAZZ Center.  201 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102.  (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

February 20, 21 & 28, 2016.   SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES presents PROMENADE ACROSS THE CONTINENT -- MUSIC FOR MULTIPLE CHOIRS.  This spectacular finale to our 11th Season features works for multiple choirs  - a musical sampler from across Europe including Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain and the Lowlands.  Our grand Promenade around Europe will include a northerly jaunt into Scotland, with excerpts from Robert Carver's Missa dum Sacrum Mysterium. On the Continent we'll visit the lowlands for JOSQUIN's 24 voice motet Qui habitat and music by exiled Englishman Peter Philips, and tour Germany and Austria for works by Handl, Hassler, and Praetorius.  The southern leg of our journey will include the brilliance of Spanish composers Victoria, Raval, and Guerrero, as well as favorites by that quintessential international genius Orlando di Lasso, including O la, o che bon eccho for which we will be joined SFRV:  The Next Generation, our newly formed young performers choir of students 12-17 years of age making their debut under our Director of Educational Programs, Derek Tam.  www.sfrvoices.org for details.

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

February 26-28, 2016.  CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY presents ORATORIOS & DIALOGUES:  A GENRE EMERGES.  CARISSIMI, CHARPENTIER & SCHUTZ.  Including Charpentier's LE RENIEMENT DE SAINT PIERRE.  Venues include San Francisco, Palo Alto & Berkeley.  650.485.1097 or www.calbach.org for details.

March 2-6, 2016.   PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents EXPLORE BAROQUE EUROPE 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.

May 26-29, 2015. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND performs at SFJAZZ Center.  201 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102.  (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.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 1-May 1, 2016.  ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS present French playwright MARC CAMOLETTI's BOEING-BOEING, 1960's sex farce about an American architect living in Paris and balancing a very complicated love life.  415.456.9555 ext.3 or www.RossValleyPlayers.com 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.

June 17-26, 2016.  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.  www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org for details.

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