March 3-11, 2016

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March Events      

Through March 3, 2016.  LOVE EXISTS:  THE FILMS OF MAURICE PIALAT.  Critics consider Pialat (1925–2003) as the greatest filmmaker of the post–Nouvelle Vague era—the director that today’s French filmmakers often cite as a primary influence.  Pialat’s original pursuit in the arts was painting, but he ultimately found his métier in cinema, establishing his credentials by making a series of shorts, mostly documentaries filmed in France and Turkey in the 1960s. Pialat was forty-four when he directed his first feature, the profoundly resonant Naked Childhood. A gifted storyteller who often mined the emotional terrain of his own experiences, Pialat explores the theme of abandonment in his films, whether in the relationships between children and parents or between sexual partners, or the abandonment felt by an artist experiencing the loss of his creativity, as explored in Van Gogh.  Pialat’s world is typically that of working-class French families, where life is filled with intensity and rawness; often his films suggest that sadness will last forever. Stylistically, Pialat’s films are alive in the moment; they seek to capture the authenticity of real life. Looking at Maurice Pialat’s cinema in toto, one can see the director’s admiration for the films of other directors, such as Yasujiro Ozu, Jean Renoir, John Ford, and Robert Bresson. Without doubt, Pialat’s films deserve to be much better known here in the States.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

March 3, 2016.  DOUBLE COCTEAU at the Castro:  BELLE ET LA BETE and LE SANG D’UN POETEhttp://www.castrotheatre.com/p-list.html for details.

March 3, 2016.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present their 1ST THURSDAY MEETUP AT HOTEL REX.  7pm.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco.  www.meetup.com for details.

March 3, 2016.  WEBINAIRE offert par les SERVICES CULTURELS DE L'AMBASSADE DE FRANCE AUX ETATS-UNIS.  Les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France aux États-Unis lancent pour  l’année 2015-2016 un troisième  cycle de wébinaires animés par le Centre de Linguistique Appliquée – CLA – de l’Université de Franche-Comté, l’Université d’Utah et l’Université de Lousiane (Lafayette).  Nouveauté 2016 : L’Université de l’Utah propose d’accorder 3 crédits universitaires aux professeurs qui se seront inscrits auprès d’elle. Pour obtenir ces 3 crédits, les professeurs inscrits devront 1) avoir suivi l’ensemble des 6 wébinaires du cycle 2015-2016 2) reprendre le thème d’un des wébinaires et l’implémenter en salle de cours, 3) filmer le cours et 4) en faire une auto-évaluation. Ce dossier (film et auto-évaluation) sera envoyé à Dr. Anne Lair pour être évalué. Contacter pour plus d’informations : Dr. Ann Lair, lair6@yahoo.com     Le cycle des wébinaires: Jeudi 3 mars, par Madame Catherine Nicolet, sur le thème « Dynamiser les pratiques de classes avec la radio en classe bilingue».  Mardi 5 avril, par Madame Michèle Haj-Broussard, sur le thème «  Introduction à l’immersion ».  Mardi 2 mai, sur le thème « Exploitation de la littérature jeunesse en classe de Fle » ou par Madame Catherine Nicolet, sur le thème « Créer un journal en ligne en classe bilingue».

March 3, 2016.  ART POINT:  COCKTAIL PROGRAM, PIERRE BONNARD.  Exclusive after-hours party with live performance, guided tours of the exhibition, hosted cocktails, and light bites.  C'est magnifique.  Cocktail attire. Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  7pm-10pm.

March 3, 2016.  NAISSANCE DE LA MODERNITE AU QUEBEC à l’Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Pour la mois de la francophonie, des étudiants du Québec présenteront des écrivains et des peintres qui ont fait entrer le Québec dans la modernité à travers le roman LA FEMME QUI FUITd'Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette et la chanson PARADIS PERDU  de Jean Leloup. Entrée gratuite. Lecture et discussion en français.  19h.   http://afsf.com/events/2016/03/naissance-de-la-modernite-au-quebec/

March 3-13 2016.  GENERATION THEATRE presents MOLIERE’S TARTUFFE.  GenerationTheatre will present Molière’s Tartuffe at the Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, from March 3rd through 13th, in a new English translation.  In this new production, the place is somewhere East of the West. The time is colonial. Some are born to greatness. That’s not Tartuffe. Some achieve greatness. That’s not him either. Some have greatness thrust upon them. Nope, still not him. Tartuffe was born of no one and comes from God knows where. Deep down, he loves life, women, and food with a passion. So, to survive in this world and feed his secret passions, he plays the long con, the very long con: rigor and spiritual devotion, that’s his modus operandi. From the day Orgon took him under his wing and brought him under his roof, there has been a snake in the house, or possibly more than one. The question is: Who will bite whom?  Tickets are available at the door (phone booking:  415.644.8676), or on line at http://generationtheatre.com  or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2471217   

March 4 & 6, 2016.  HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  “Originally published in 1966, French director François Truffaut’s book-length interview with his filmmaking idol offered the first serious appraisal of Hitchcock as not just a mere “master of suspense” but rather as a sophisticated artist, a status critics had denied him, labeling him a commercial entertainer. The book became an invaluable primer, dissecting Hitchcock’s artistry film by film... Critic and historian Kent Jones’ beautifully crafted essay film weaves excerpts from Truffaut’s original audio tapes, which take us behind the scenes of this remarkable meeting of the minds, with commentary from a who’s-who of leading world filmmakers: Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, David Fincher, James Gray and Martin Scorsese. Jones illuminates the ways in which filmmakers directly and indirectly speak to one another in the universal language of cinema.” -Telluride Film Festival (2015, 80 min.)  Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

March 4-6, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Jazz Bash by the Bay, Monterey.   Seven sets over three days.  Times TBA.  www.jazzbashmonterey.com for details.

March 5, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL presents a BAL MASQUÉ A TREASURE ISLAND.  Tenue: Cocktail ou costuméeSoirée dansante avec DJ-Lambda (adultes de + 21 ans)Entrée inclut buffet et une boissonParking gratuit adjacent à la salleTombola: 1er prix: une semaine au Club Med offert par Club Med et CalparrioBillet de tombola à l'unité: $5 5 billets de tombola: $20Les billets de tombola sont en vente dès à present en même temps que vos tickets pour la soirée, et seront distribués à l'entrée de la soirée. Ils seront aussi vendus sur place. Vous devez être présent au moment du tirage, le gagnant d'un lot devra retirer son lot sur place. Aucun billet de tombola ne pourra donner lieu à un remboursement.WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM - Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 1:00 AM WHERE: Studios Production - 30, avenue G San Francisco, CA 94130.  alliance@afscv.org for details.

March 5, 2016.  9th WINTER FRENCH SHORT FILM SCREENING.  Featuring the 2016 CÉSAR NOMINATED SHORTS on the CREST BIG SCREEN. Doors at 6pm / Films at 7pm.  $11 General Admission (includes a $0.75 Crest facility fee).  Tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Crest Box Office and on http://ticketfly.com (additional fees apply).  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org for details.

March 5, 2016. OPEN HOUSE at ECOLE BILINGUE de BERKELEY, now enrolling for our French immersion maternelle and Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year. See you there from 10a-noon -- don't miss Histoires et Chansons en français at 11a! 1009 Heinz Ave., Berkeley.  www.eb.org or mjohnson@eb.org.

March 5, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  Chocolate tastings, demos, lectures, pairings and more.  10am.  $10-$30.  Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, SF.  415.345.7575 or www.sfchocolatesalon.com for details.

March 5, 2016.  CINÉ-APERO:  RIDICULE (Happy Hour Cinema). Analyse, et projection en français. Enjoy wine and muchies with a classic French movie curated by Laurence Mazouni!   5pm-8pm.  Alliance Française de Berkeley. https://afberkeley.extranet-aec.com/classes/view/12-cinema/3-adults/0-all-levels/37-theme/ for details.

March 5, 2016.  OTHER MINDS 21, a festival of new music, includes a discussion with composer NICOLE LIZÉE (Canada) and more.  7pm  SF Jazz Center.  http://otherminds.org for details.

March 5, 7 & 9 2016.  ACCORDING TO HER (dir. Estelle Artus).  According to Her', a feature film by Estelle Artus, will premiere at Cinequest film festival – Camera 12 Cinema, 201 South Second St, San Jose, CA 95113 - Saturday March 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  Q&A with the director and cast will follow. 'According to Her' is part of Cinequest film festival's New Visions competition.  ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS: Monday March 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. - Hammer Theater Center, San Jose, CA 95113 and Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 12 p.m. – Camera 12 Cinema, 201 South Second St, San Jose, CA 95113.  Tickets on sale for all screenings at http://www.cinequest.org   The New York Times Magazine in an article by Judith Warner portrayed women who leave their careers in order to become full-time mothers as “opting out.” 'According to Her' is the first feature film to tackle this issue from the fictionalized perspective of a woman.  Genre: Drama, Romance. In English with occasional dialogs in French and Russian.   For more information: 'According to her' website:  http://accordingtoher-themovie.com

Through March 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 6, 2016.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP. Sélection de lecture : La chute, par Albert Camus.  Jean-Baptiste Clamence est un ancien avocat parisien, homme de la petite bourgeoisie française, qui apparaît comme aveuglé par un amour immodéré de soi. Mais tout change rapidement pour Jean-Baptiste Clamence lorsqu'il n'apporte aucun secours à une jeune femme sur le point de se noyer. Clamence débute sa « chute » : il prend lentement conscience de l'inanité de son comportement passé, qui lui devient très vite de plus en plus insupportable. Tentant de se réfugier dans le vice, il est néanmoins rattrapé inexorablement par son passé. Cette œuvre à l'atmosphère dramatique nous plonge dans un questionnement au plus profond de la conscience humaine et cela pousse irrémédiablement à réfléchir aux raisons qui obligent les hommes à arpenter une vie sans en explorer le sens ou la vérité.  Tous ceux qui aiment lire et discuter en français sont les bienvenus!  Place: Crepes on Cole, 100 Carl Street, San Francisco.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net  tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group

March 6, 2016.  AMARANTH QUARTET performs music by TAILLEFERRE, DEBUSSY & FAURE as part of SAN FRANCISCO FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC's return to San Francisco’s Legion of Honor with a monthly series of weekend concerts titled Legion Listening Series. Now in its seventh season, the Legion Listening Series is a collaborative partnership between SFFCM and the Legion of Honor presenting period-specific concerts that highlight the museum’s special exhibitions. Curated by Dominique Pelletey, SFFCM's Executive Director and resident Frenchman, performing ensembles are asked to create programming that is inspired by the Legion's current exhibit, thus bringing together the visual and performing arts in a public setting to stimulate the imagination and enhance the experience of visitors at the museum. All concerts take place in the Rodin Gallery and are free with purchase of admission to the museum. This year we are pleased to announce that the Legion's latest exhibition will be brought to life by Bay Area ensembles starting February 6, 2016, as the museum opens a new exhibit by renowned French modernist painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in a U.S. exclusive show entitled Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia. Featuring 75 works, the exhibition is the first major international presentation of the artist’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century and an in-depth examination that reconsiders Bonnard as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects.  Legion Listening Series.  12 noon - 1:30pm.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, 94121.  Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.  http://sffcm.org/index.php?id=658 for details.

March 6, 2016.  DUE ZIGHI BACI / DEUX BISOUS GITANS will at Redwood Cafe, downtown Cotati.  No Cover Charge! Come out and have dinner or just relax with a drink and kick up your heels.  Great menu.  www.redwoodcafe.com or www.EuroCafeMusic.com (Concerts/Events).

March 7, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS.  Come march with us into a glorious springtime concert at Redwood Café with FRENCH and Italian songs.  No cover charge.  Enjoy the delicious entrée choices and imbibe a glass!  Downtown Cotati has easy, free parking.  Take time out for yourself and enjoy our tasty musical treats!  www.EuroCafeMusic.com

March 7, 2016. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining, dancing, and drinking (craft cocktails!) at San Francisco's hot new clup MR. TIPPLE'S, 39 Fell St. @ Market, 7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Very swanky & cool.  http://mrtipplessf.com or 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 7 & 8, 2016.  COLIN GIRAUD presents at GENDER IN TRANSLATION. As part of the Gender in Translation program, a multidisciplinary, Franco-American operation, dedicated to questioning the notion of gender in the social sciences, philosophy, and artistic fields, French sociologist Colin Giraud will be giving a lecture at UC Berkeley on March 7, organized in partnership with the Women and Gender Studies Department. On March 8, he will be at ODC for a lecture organized in partnership with ODC and Oasis (nightclub and cabaret).  UC Berkeley - Berkeley, CA; ODC - San Francisco, CA  http://genderintranslation.com/ for details.

March 8, 2016.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents the 2016 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AWARDS LUNCHEON.   The Alliance Française of San Francisco will host the San Francisco 2016 International Women's Day Awards LuncheonOur theme for 2016 is"50-50: Step it Up For Gender Equality"  embracing the United Nations commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030.  The Awards Luncheon will honor women, who have given a lifetime to achieving equality for women, helping girls and teens realize their potential, and mentoring young women.   http://afsf.com/events/2016/03/2016-international-womens-day-awards-luncheon/

March 8, 2016.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE WITH YVETTE CHALOM.  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1), with a different subject every month, facilated by Yvette Chalom. Le sujet du mois de mars sera confirmé sous peu.  En français. Gratuit pour nos membres - $10 pour les non-membres.  5pm-6pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 8, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for listening, drinking, and dining in the Lounge of LE COLONIAL in San Francisco.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  All ages.  Old world charm -- very romantic!  http://www.lecolonialsf.com for details.  Or, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 8, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents SCREAMING SCREENS:  DATA VISUALIZATION IN THE PUBLIC REALM.  Makers and producers discuss how to share data-driven works with the public. 7pm.  2665 Mission  St., SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

March 8, 2016.  THE FUNKY GATORS play ZYDECO  at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  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

March 8-13, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET presents COPPÉLIA, the comic ballet originally choreographed by ARTHUR SAINT-LEON to the music of LEO DELIBES, with a libretto by CHARLES LOUIS ETIENNE NUITTIER.  The fantastic story of a mysterious inventor, his life-sized doll, and the havoc they wreak on a young couple is all frothy fun-and this spun sugar, candy-colored production is perfect for the entire family.  www.sfballet.org for details.

March 9, 2016.  MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE BOOK GROUP MEETING focuses on SARRASINE by HONORE DE BALZAC.  415.393.0101 or www.milibrary.org for details.

March 9, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents SCIENCE COMMUNICATION MEET-UP.  Join Frontiers, an academic publishing company based in Switzerland, and swissnex San Francisco for a #SciComm meet-up!Terroir Natural Wine Bar, 1116 Folsom St., SF.    6:30pm.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

March 10, 2016.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  BUSINESS TAXES with SCOTT WENTZ.  How to set up and start a business in the US? We will address the issues of common financing, regulatory and related matters, with a focus on European companies coming into the US.  Montage Services has been assisting non US businesses with US tax and audit requirements for over 12 years, and are experts on efficient ways to establish a business in the US.  8:30am-10:30am.  www.faccsf.com for details.

March 10, 2016.  PIERRE BENSUSAN:  WORLD MASTER ACOUSTIC GUITARIST performs at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley.  Bensusan was the winner of the Independent Music Award for his latest live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" winner of the Montreux Festival for his first album, "Près de Paris" (Switzerland, 1976) and voted "Best World Music Guitar Player" by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008),  If "World Music" is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent world musicians today. 8pm.  Tickets: $21 - $36.  http://throckmortontheatre.org for details.

March 10-13, 2016.  CHARLES DUTOIT conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY in performces of RAVEL’s MOTHER GOOSE and FAURE’s SUITE FROM PELLEAS & MELISANDRE.  http://sfsymphony.org or 415.864.6000 for details. 

March 11, 2016.  BILINGUALISME-BICULTURALISME:  LES ENJEUX AFFECTIFS.  “Cette conférence, qui sera une table ronde animée par Yvette Chalom, mettra l’accent sur ce qui semble être en jeu dans nos familles mixtes ou françaises dont l’immigration est choisie. Il arrive que nous nous sentions en position de grand écart entre nos deux cultures, et nos enfants souvent luttent pour y trouver leur place.”  Psychologue clinicienne d’orientation psychanalytique, formée en France puis en Californie, Yvette Chalom 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. 
Conférence en partenariat avec Main dans la Main.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 11 & 13, 2016.  LA MARIEE ETAIT EN NOIR / THE BRIDE WORE BLACK at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  Francois Truffaut’s stylish and suspenseful homage to Hitchcock stars a stone-faced Jeanne Moreau tracking down and killing (each in a unique way) the five men responsible for her husband’s accidental death. The film features an eerie, atmospheric musical score from Bernard Herrmann, and is beautifully photographed by Raoul Coutard. (1968, 107 min., in French w/English subtitles) Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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.

Through March 12, 2016.  TOURNEES FRENCH FILM SERIES at St. Mary’s College.  Films include HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, LA CHAMBRE BLEUE, DEUX JOURS UNE NUIT, SILS MARIA, TIMBUKTU, LA RELIGIEUSE.  Dates and times vary; see website for details.  http://vwordpress.stmarys-ca.edu/tournees/

March 12, 2016.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by DOMINIQUE BREMOND. A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension.  Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course for $50 if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment.  This intensive gets full very quickly. This is a great seminar to repeat if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  1pm-5pm$99, book, wine and cheese during the breaks included.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

March 12, 2016.  ON A FAILLI ETRE AMIES / THE CHEF'S WIFE, presented by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  7 p.m., (yes that's a Saturday night!) join us at our new venue for quarterly French films, the Jarvis Conservatory. This time: "The Chef's Wife" or "On a Failli Etre Amies."  www.afnapa.com for details.

March 12, 2016.  SILA & THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ARCTIC by Swiss filmmaker CORINA GAMMA.  Documentary explores the Greenlandic concept of Sila, a multifaceted term that encompasses weather, consciousness and the universe in a transforming environment. 7:00pm,  Fort Mason, Herbst Pavillion/Cowell Theater, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco.

March 12-14, 2016.  SARA CHANG, violinist, with JULIO ELIZADE, pianist, perform RAVEL's TZIGANE and more.  3/12, San Francisco; 3/13, Walnut Creek; 3/14, Palo Alto.  http://chambermusicSF.org for details.

March 14, 2016.  WILLIAM CHESTER JORDAN of Princeton University presents RAISED FROM THE DUST:  MOBILITY AND THE COURT OF SAINT LOUIS.  370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley.  5pm.  Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies.

March 14, 2016.  LA VIE EN ROSE (2007) will be shown at the Mill Valley Public Library.   The rags to riches story of Édith Piaf (The Little Sparrow). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20 singing on the streets of Montmartre, she's discovered by a club owner who is soon murdered, then coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls where she quickly becomes famous. The tragedies of her love affair with boxer Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." Piaff is played by Marion Cotillard who won the Oscar for Best Actress; the songs are performed by Piaf.  7pm.  375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill  Valley.  www.millvalleylibrary.org for details.

March 14, 2016. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining, dancing, and drinking (craft cocktails!) at San Francisco's hot new clup MR. TIPPLE'S, 39 Fell St. @ Market, 7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Very swanky & cool.  http://mrtipplessf.com or 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 15, 2016.  LE BRUIT COURT DANS LA VILLE.  Concert at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.

March 15, 2016. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for listening, drinking, and dining in the Lounge of LE COLONIAL in San Francisco.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  All ages.  Old world charm -- very romantic!  http://www.lecolonialsf.com for details.  Or, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 15, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents GDC EUROPEAN PITCH NIGHT 2016.  Talented European game studios show off their latest and most promising work to industry insiders. 6:30pm.  730 Montgomery St., SF  94111.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

March 16, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & JOHN R BURR perform at Strings Acoustic Showcase in Emeryville.  This will be a very special evening of music for violin and piano, with the great John R. Burr. We do these shows very rarely, so don't miss this one. Strings is a lovely house-concert style venue in Emeryville.  6320 San Pablo Ave. (between 63rd and Alcatraz), Emeryville. 8:00 pm.  Tickets at the door.  www.rigomania.com 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, 2016. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMEAU perform at State Theatre, Auburn.   We return to this beautiful renovated theater in Auburn--The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center. Our last show here was a blast, so come one out!  985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. 8:00 pmwww.livefromauburn.com or www.rigomania.com

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 19, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Fremont Elks Lodge, Fremont.  It has been a few years since our last appearance here but we're delighted to be returning. This evening will feature a great Louisiana style dinner at 6:00 and a dance/concert at 7:00 pm.  39661 Farwell Drive, Fremont.   Information:  www.fremontelks.org   Reservations and tickets: 510 792-1199 or ekenneyca@earthlink.net

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 21, 2016. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining, dancing, and drinking (craft cocktails!) at San Francisco's hot new clup MR. TIPPLE'S, 39 Fell St. @ Market, 7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Very swanky & cool.  http://mrtipplessf.com or 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 22, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for listening, drinking, and dining in the Lounge of LE COLONIAL in San Francisco.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  All ages.  Old world charm -- very romantic!  http://www.lecolonialsf.com for details.  Or, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 23, 2016.  DR. ANNE PRAH-PEROCHON presents PISSARRO’S FINALE:  FROM PARIS WITH LOVE.  Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), often referred to as “The Father of Impressionism”, was born in the West Indies but came to Paris in 1855 and lived there until his death. Concentrating for years on scenes of landscapes near Paris, for serious health reasons (he suffered from an eye infection preventing him to paint outdoors) had to find pictorial themes seen from his windows. For the last ten years of his life (from 1893 until 1903), living in different parts of Paris, he painted views of the city that are considered nowadays among the most outstanding Impressionist works. This lecture will show his journey from Gare St-Lazare to the Boulevard Montmartre, from the Avenue de l'Opéra to the Louvre and the Pont Neuf in an array of extraordinarily beautiful paintings showing Paris as it looked at the turn of the 19th Century. The lecture will be conducted in English.  www.afsantarosa.org for details. 7pm.

March 24, 2016.  AFRICAN MASKS:  THEN AND NOW.  A lecture by PAMELA MCCLUSKY, Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Seattle Art Museum.  10am.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.  www.famsf.org 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 25 & 27, 2016.  SEMBENE!  In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE! documents the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized. (2015, 86 min., in English, French and Wolof w/English subtitles) Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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.

March 26, 2016.  CONCERT BY SONOMUSETTE. The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. at the UUCSF. 7:30pm.  SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in the 'bal-musette' tradition.  Inspired by the great performers of the era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, the superb vocal and instrumental artistry of the ensemble SonoMusette will charm and transport you to an evening in Paris as they bring bal-musette to the 'moderne' era!   SonoMusette features vocalist Mimi Pirard with Robert Lunceford on accordion, Jason Briggs, guitar; Jan Martinelli on upright bass, and Richard Andrews, drums.  $20 at the door / $15 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2508427  

March 27, 2016. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FIDELLE DUVIVIER:  THE FRENCH CONNECTION by CHARLOTTE JACOB-HANSON, scholar and curator, Germany.  San Francisc Ceramic Circle Lecture.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  10:25am.

March 28, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining, dancing, and drinking (craft cocktails!) at San Francisco's hot new clup MR. TIPPLE'S, 39 Fell St. @ Market, 7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Very swanky & cool.  http://mrtipplessf.com or 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz for details.

March 29, 2016. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for listening, drinking, and dining in the Lounge of LE COLONIAL in San Francisco.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  All ages.  Old world charm -- very romantic!  http://www.lecolonialsf.com for details.  Or, 415.931.0909 or www.HCSF.com or www.LeJazzHot.biz.

March 31, 2016.  SWISS JAZZ CONCERT featuring BEAT KAESTLI at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  In partnership with the General Consulate of Switzerland, the Alliance Française de San Francisco is honored to present a jazz concert featuring Beat Kaestli, as part of our observance of the Mois de la Francophonie, a celebration of French-speaking countries worldwide.  Beat will cover folk songs from France and Switzerland, French, Franco-American and international standards and originals while blending French with his native German, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Appetizers and Swiss wine will be served.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  http://afsf.com/events/2016/03/jazz-concert-beat-kaestli/

March 31-May 14, 2016.  COLETTE UNCENSORED.  exciting one-woman play that author, poet and translator ZACK ROGOW created with great actor LORRI HOLT in collaboration with RENEE MOREL.  The première of "Colette Uncensored," an intimate theater piece based on a wide range of works by the great French writer, will take place on March 31, 2016. The show will run at The Marsh theater in both San Francisco (1062 Valencia Street at 22nd) and Berkeley (2120 Allston Way) until May 14, 2016.  Please note that there is a crowdsourcing fund established for costumes, sound and lighting designs, etc. Merci mille fois!  Zack, Lorri and I hope you'll be able to see this play about the prolific author’s life as a writer, a performer, a pioneer for social change, and a sexually liberated woman. All those who saw previews the show agree that Lorri is totally mesmerizing as she plays Colette and many of the most important figures in the author’s life. The show features exquisite, humorous or moving prose from Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems by Colette, a book cotranslated by Zack Rogow and Renee Morel. To purchase tickets, please visit:  http://themarsh.org/colette_uncensored/lorri-holt/   To support our IndieGoGo crowdsourcing campaign go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/colette-uncensored-a-play-at-the-marsh-theater#1/

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!  

9th WINTER FRENCH SHORT FILM SCREENING.  Featuring the 2016 CÉSAR NOMINATED SHORTS on the CREST BIG SCREEN. Doors at 6pm / Films at 7pm.  $11 General Admission (includes a $0.75 Crest facility fee).  Tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Crest Box Office and on http://ticketfly.com (additional fees apply).  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org for details. March 5, 2016. 

ACCORDING TO HER (dir. Estelle Artus).  According to Her', a feature film by Estelle Artus, will premiere at Cinequest film festival – Camera 12 Cinema, 201 South Second St, San Jose, CA 95113 - Saturday March 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  Q&A with the director and cast will follow. 'According to Her' is part of Cinequest film festival's New Visions competition.  ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS: Monday March 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. - Hammer Theater Center, San Jose, CA 95113 and Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 12 p.m. – Camera 12 Cinema, 201 South Second St, San Jose, CA 95113.  Tickets on sale for all screenings at http://www.cinequest.org   The New York Times Magazine in an article by Judith Warner portrayed women who leave their careers in order to become full-time mothers as “opting out.” 'According to Her' is the first feature film to tackle this issue from the fictionalized perspective of a woman.  Genre: Drama, Romance. In English with occasional dialogs in French and Russian.   For more information: 'According to her' website:  http://accordingtoher-themovie.com March 5, 7 & 9 2016. 

DOUBLE COCTEAU at the Castro:  BELLE ET LA BETE and LE SANG D’UN POETE (dir. Jean Cocteau). http://www.castrotheatre.com/p-list.html for details. March 3, 2016. 

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  “Originally published in 1966, French director François Truffaut’s book-length interview with his filmmaking idol offered the first serious appraisal of Hitchcock as not just a mere “master of suspense” but rather as a sophisticated artist, a status critics had denied him, labeling him a commercial entertainer. The book became an invaluable primer, dissecting Hitchcock’s artistry film by film... Critic and historian Kent Jones’ beautifully crafted essay film weaves excerpts from Truffaut’s original audio tapes, which take us behind the scenes of this remarkable meeting of the minds, with commentary from a who’s-who of leading world filmmakers: Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, David Fincher, James Gray and Martin Scorsese. Jones illuminates the ways in which filmmakers directly and indirectly speak to one another in the universal language of cinema.” -Telluride Film Festival (2015, 80 min.)  Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. March 4 & 6, 2016. 

LOVE EXISTS:  THE FILMS OF MAURICE PIALAT.  Critics consider Pialat (1925–2003) as the greatest filmmaker of the post–Nouvelle Vague era—the director that today’s French filmmakers often cite as a primary influence.  Pialat’s original pursuit in the arts was painting, but he ultimately found his métier in cinema, establishing his credentials by making a series of shorts, mostly documentaries filmed in France and Turkey in the 1960s. Pialat was forty-four when he directed his first feature, the profoundly resonant Naked Childhood. A gifted storyteller who often mined the emotional terrain of his own experiences, Pialat explores the theme of abandonment in his films, whether in the relationships between children and parents or between sexual partners, or the abandonment felt by an artist experiencing the loss of his creativity, as explored in Van Gogh.  Pialat’s world is typically that of working-class French families, where life is filled with intensity and rawness; often his films suggest that sadness will last forever. Stylistically, Pialat’s films are alive in the moment; they seek to capture the authenticity of real life. Looking at Maurice Pialat’s cinema in toto, one can see the director’s admiration for the films of other directors, such as Yasujiro Ozu, Jean Renoir, John Ford, and Robert Bresson. Without doubt, Pialat’s films deserve to be much better known here in the States.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. February 5-March 3, 2016. 

LA MARIEE ETAIT EN NOIR / THE BRIDE WORE BLACK at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  Francois Truffaut’s stylish and suspenseful homage to Hitchcock stars a stone-faced Jeanne Moreau tracking down and killing (each in a unique way) the five men responsible for her husband’s accidental death. The film features an eerie, atmospheric musical score from Bernard Herrmann, and is beautifully photographed by Raoul Coutard. (1968, 107 min., in French w/English subtitles) Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. March 11 & 13, 2016. 

ON A FAILLI ETRE AMIES / THE CHEF'S WIFE, presented by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  7 p.m., (yes that's a Saturday night!) join us at our new venue for quarterly French films, the Jarvis Conservatory. This time: "The Chef's Wife" or "On a Failli Etre Amies."  www.afnapa.com for details. March 12, 2016. 

SEMBENE!  In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE! documents the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized. (2015, 86 min., in English, French and Wolof w/English subtitles) Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. March 25 & 27, 2016. 

SILA & THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ARCTIC by Swiss filmmaker CORINA GAMMA.  Documentary explores the Greenlandic concept of Sila, a multifaceted term that encompasses weather, consciousness and the universe in a transforming environment. 7:00pm,  Fort Mason, Herbst Pavillion/Cowell Theater, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco. March 12, 2016. 

TOURNEES FRENCH FILM SERIES at St. Mary’s College.  Films include HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, LA CHAMBRE BLEUE, DEUX JOURS UNE NUIT, SILS MARIA, TIMBUKTU, LA RELIGIEUSE.  Dates and times vary; see website for details.  http://vwordpress.stmarys-ca.edu/tournees/ February 17-March 12, 2016. 

L’OMBRE DES FEMMES / IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN (dir. Philippe Garrel).  Check local listings.

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 May 15, 2016.  PIERRE BONNARD:  PAINTING ARCADIA.  Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia is the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition will feature more than sixty works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.  The exhibition celebrates Bonnard (French, 1867–1947) as one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects.  Among the many significant paintings on view will be Man and Woman (1900, Musée d’Orsay), in which the artist has depicted his lifelong companion and one of his constant subjects, Marthe de Méligny. Also featured will be such masterpieces as The Boxer (Self-Portrait) (1931, Musée d’Orsay) and The Work Table (1926–1937, National Gallery of Art); and decorative panels and screens, including View from Le Cannet (1927, Musée Bonnard) and Pleasure (1906–1910, Musée d’Orsay).  Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia will offer a fresh interpretation of Bonnard's repertoire, and a reconsideration of the artist as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/exhibitions/pierre-bonnard-painting-arcadia

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        

February 29-April 22, 2016.  CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  The next session of classes at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa will start February 29th and run through April 22nd. • Our curriculum is dynamic enough to provide instruction for total beginners as well as fluent speakers. • Small classes are standard to facilitate communication • Our group classes are $15.00 / hour for 2 consecutive hours per week. • Our schedule is affected by enrollment and may change accordingly. • We offer private lessons: Tutoring is tailor-made to suit small groups or individuals. • For more information, please contact the school director: mireille@afsantarosa.org.  Please consult our schedule: http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/group-classes

February 29-April 23, 2016.  8-WEEK CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  San Francisco.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

Through March 2016. FRENCH REVOLUTION:  Au lendemain du 14 juillet 1789, Louis XVI demande à Liancourt : « Mais, c'est une révolte ? » et Liancourt répondit « Non, Sire, c'est une révolution ! » De Louis XVI à Napoléon, la France vécut les heures difficiles de la révolution. Pendant 11 semaines, vous découvrirez ses causes, ses antagonistes, ses principales phases et ses acquis. Vous pourrez comprendre comment le XVIIIème siècle européen a inspiré la constitution américaine et façonné la société française actuelle. Vous verrez le rôle fondamental qu'ont joué des personnages tels que Voltaire, Louis XVI, Robespierre et Napoléon.  Class offered by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEYwww.afscv.org for details.

Beginning March 1, 2016.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA offers A NEW FRENCH CLASS FOR TRAVELERS.  We are offering a new beginning French class for travelers that will begin on March1. The class will be taught on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for eight weeks by MAGUY PALLUEL.   If you are planning a trip to France, this is the class you need! Your travel experience will be enriched immeasurably by improving your French language skills. Don't miss it; register now!  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/group-classes for details.

March 2-17, 2016.  FRENCH LANGUAGE THROUGH AGES AND PLACES.  Le français est aujourd'hui la 5ème langue parlée au monde avec 274 millions de locuteurs. Mais comment s'est-elle bâtie ? A partir de quelles influences et suite à quels évènements ? Et pourquoi est-elle parlée en Afrique, en Amérique, en Europe, au Moyen Orient, en Asie et en Océanie? Beaucoup de questions auxquelles le professeur répondra en expliquant les raisons qui ont conduit à la construction de la langue française et sa propagation à travers le monde.  Class offered by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEYwww.afscv.org for details.

March 2-April 20, 2016.  NOURRITURES TERRESTRES.  Un nouveau cours de huit semaines (2 mars–20 avril 2016) enseigné par RENEE MOREL — en français, bien sûr!  Qu'en est-il de la tradition ancienne du "poulet du dimanche", que l'on fait remonter au bon roi Henri IV?? Ou de l'engouement récent des Français pour l'apiculture  et l'étonnant "miel de béton" produit dans la capitale?? Quels sont les?stratégies et les enjeux de la chasse aux cèpes? On peut découvrir ?une foule de choses sur la sociologie d'un pays en se penchant sur les tenants et les aboutissants de ses "nourritures terrestres". À travers ?des articles récents du ?journal "Le?Monde" (interdiction, votée par les députés, de jeter les invendus alimentaires des grandes surfaces?, création d'un sympathique "resto squatteur" à Paris ou nouvelles façons de concevoir la distribution de "soupe populaire" pour les plus démunis, etc.), ?venez discuter la façon dont la France conjugue, de manière originale, ?le passé et le présent à travers ce qu’elle mange.  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON).  8 weeks (?March 2 – April 2?0, 2016).  $255. Discounts available for members and early birds (register a week before).   $39 for single classes (drop-ins).   SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com

Through March 4, 2016.  NEW PRONUNCIATION CLASS at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Come improve your oral expression and comprehension by working on rythm, intonation and proper production with conversation practicing, reading out-loud poems and with songs. End of beginner level required.  Friday – 11.30am to 1.00pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

Beginning March 7, 2016.  NEW SESSION OF CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 7-April 24, 2016.  THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, offered by COURSERA. The course runs March 7 - April 24; March 12 is the last day to register.  The course and all online course materials are free, unless you want a certificate ($49).  The professor is Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne, Graduate School of Education.  www.coursera.org/learn/french-revolution or www.coursera.org

March 7-April 30, 2016.  NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY, including INTENSIVE FRENCH & TRAVEL WORKSHOP; CONVERSATION; EVERYDAY FRENCH/LE FRANÇAIS FAMILIER; LECTURE ET DISCUSSION D’UN ROMAN; COURS CINEMA.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 8-April 26, 2016.  LE REALISME POETIQUE DU CINEMA FRANÇAIS DES ANNEES 30 at the Alliance Française de Berkeley. Analyse et projection en français.  Stimulé par la rencontre privilégiée d'acteurs, d'écrivains et de réalisateurs prestigieux, le cinéma français des années 30 allait donner naissance à un des courants les plus inventifs de son histoire : le réalisme poétique. 12:30pm-3:30pm.    www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 12, 2016.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Presented by DOMINIQUE BREMOND. A unique approach to French pronunciation. This workshop will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension.  Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course for $50 if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment.  This intensive gets full very quickly. This is a great seminar to repeat if you have previously attended. Please call us at 415.362.3666 with a credit card number to save a seat.  1pm-5pm$99, book, wine and cheese during the breaks included.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

Through March 22, 2016.  LA360: FRENCH IDIOMS AND CONVERSATION (CONTEMPORARY FRANCE).  A new course at City College of San Francisco taught by RENEE MOREL.  French idioms are legion (“poser un lapin,” “faire le zouave,” “être tiré par les cheveux…”).Since they do not translate literally, even if you understand the meaning of every word, you scratch your head wondering what the person possibly meant. Come and learn them by the dozen to better understand spoken and written French: a barrel of fun!  Then, switch to conversation! Do you know that life expectancy in France has just dropped for the first time since 1969? That French supermarkets are no longer allowed to throw out their unsold produce? That more and more people in Paris raise bees to produce honey and help pollinate plants in their environment? Discuss these and many more facets, often surprising, of la France et les Français!  A native speaker of French, instructor Renée Morel has taught French at City College since 1986 and used puzzling French idioms for a much longer period of time.  Cost: $185.  Early registration (register by January 26): $170.  Materials fee: $2.  COURSE #LA360.  Downtown campus (4th Street at Mission). Room TBA.  Dates: Tuesdays, February 2-March 22, 2016 (7 weeks, no class on March 8).  Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM.  If interested? in the course, please sign up ahead of time (yes, you can enroll on the first day of class, but if I don't have fourteen students, they will cancel the class).  reneemorel@gmail.com for details.

March 28-May 9, 2016.  THE WAY OF KINGS BYY ANDRE MALRAUX & HEART OF DARKNESS BY JOSEPH CONRAD.  College of Marin Community Education Program.  7 Monday afternoons.  $92.  Instructor:  Harkins.  http://marincommunityed.com for details.

April 5-May 17, 2016.  LA361: FRENCH GRAMMAR “À LA CARTE” AND CONVERSATION(CONTEMPORARY FRANCE)  A new course at City College of San Francisco taught by RENEE MOREL.  Mystified by the use of “dans une heure” vs. “en une heure”? Or the difference between “savoir” and “connaître”? Baffled as to when “dernier” comes before a nom as opposed to after? Or by the pronunciation of “nous mourons” vs. “nous mourrons”? Bring your questions and frustrations and we’ll solve your problems together!  Then switch to conversation! Take the pulse of contemporary France by debating some of its sociological aspects, big and small, from the enduring tradition of “le poulet du dimanche” to the controversial technology for assisted reproduction, from the case of conscience of agendarme to the appalling situation of migrants in the “jungle of Calais.” Discuss these and many unexpected facets 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.  Cost: $185. Early registration (register by March 29): $170.  Materials fee: $2. COURSE #??LA361.  Downtown campus (4th Street at Mission, San Francisco). Room TBA.  Dates: Tuesdays, April 5-May 17, 2016 (7 weeks).  Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM.  If interested? in the course, please sign up ahead of time (yes, you can enroll on the first day of class, but if I don't have fourteen students, they will cancel the class).  reneemorel@gmail.com for details.

April 25-29, 2016.  5-DAY INTENSIVE CLASS AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  All levels offered. San Francisco.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

Through May 2016.  CAROL BENET teaches a course focused on a POTPOURRI OF LITERARY PRIZES, including ALFRED CAMUS's THE STRANGER and KAMEL DAOUD's THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  Four Mondays.  1pm-3pm or 7pm-9pm.  $125.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 2-June 27, 2016.  NEW CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

June 6-August 26, 2016.  FRENCH SUMMER CAMP 2016 with THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   This summer, your children have the opportunity to engage with French language and francophone culture in a fun and interactive way at the Alliance Française. Francophone and non-native children are welcome to join.  Enrollment is now open! Early Bird Registration is available until March 15th.  http://afsf.com/kids-summer-camp/

June 27-July 1, 2016.  5-DAY INTENSIVE CLASS AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  All levels offered. San Francisco.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

July 5-August 27, 2016.  8-WEEK CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  San Francisco.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

August 29-October 22, 2016.  8-WEEK CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  San Francisco.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

October 24-December 17, 2016.  8-WEEK CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  San Francisco.  www.frenchclass.com for details. 

VIVE LA FRANCE.  Individual and small-group French lessons offered by French native PAULE-DOMINIQUE in San Francisco.  http://voilalafamilia.com/vive-la-france for details.

BAY AREA FRENCH LESSONS.   My true reward as a teacher is to witness how my students gain confidence and succeed at communicating their thoughts and insights in French. My teaching style is interactive, engaging, effective, and works very well at all levels. One of my students says “One of my favorite hours of the week is spent learning French with Claude. With humor, curiosity, patience and kindness she has made learning a new language an absolute pleasure, even the dreaded French Grammar!”  I offer private lessons, tutoring and small-group classes in Oakland and through Skype. For more information or to find out if I am the right teacher for you or for your child (ages 10 and up) visit my website (below). I look forward to helping you avec votre français.  Merci beaucoup et à bientôt, Claude. http://bayareafrenchlessons.com or 510.467.2618 for details.

NEW!! MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS.  L'ESCRIME / FENCING at North Bay Fencing Academy, Santa Rosa.  UNE TECHNIQUE, UNE SCIENCE, UN ART, ET (OU) UN MOYEN D'EDUCATION.  Fencing is a sport where good sportsmanship, self-discipline and quick reflexes are developed. Students that fence learn to make complex decisions, analyze problems, and think fast on their feet. These ideals help children reach their potential in many areas other than fencing. Educators are discovering that fencing can enhance mathematical performance. Taught in French and English, Maître d’escrime, Peter Burchard from the North Bay Fencing Academy has been a great supporter of SRFACS from its inception.  With years of experience and judging competitions around the world, we are lucky to have Mr. Burchard’s club in our town.  Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Try for free.  For more information please contact:  Peter Burchard,  1813 Empire Industrial Ct or 707.321.3692.

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. 

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!  

April 1 & 3, 2016.  MANDABI at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  Ousmane Sembene’s second feature was the first African film to receive international recognition. “MANDABI is a folk-comedy with satirical overtones, and with all of the rich visions for the spectator to behold, there are deep observations of character involved. The story concerns Dieng, a middle-aged Moslem, his two wives, and their seven children. One day he receives a money order from his nephew in Paris, with specific instructions about its division. However, news of the money order soon spreads throughout the entire neighborhood... The very unpretentiousness of MANDABI fills one with great optimism about the future of African cinema.” – Albert Johnson, Pacific Film Archive The film received the International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival. (1968, 90 min., in Wolof w/English subtitles).  Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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 3, 2016.  DUE ZIGHI BACI / DEUX BISOUS GITANS will at Redwood Cafe, downtown Cotati.  No Cover Charge! Come out and have dinner or just relax with a drink and kick up your heels.  Great menu.  www.redwoodcafe.com or www.EuroCafeMusic.com (Concerts/Events).

April 5, 2016.  WEBINAIRE offert par les SERVICES CULTURELS DE L'AMBASSADE DE FRANCE AUX ETATS-UNIS.  Les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France aux États-Unis lancent pour  l’année 2015-2016 un troisième  cycle de wébinaires animés par le Centre de Linguistique Appliquée – CLA – de l’Université de Franche-Comté, l’Université d’Utah et l’Université de Lousiane (Lafayette).  Nouveauté 2016 : L’Université de l’Utah propose d’accorder 3 crédits universitaires aux professeurs qui se seront inscrits auprès d’elle. Pour obtenir ces 3 crédits, les professeurs inscrits devront 1) avoir suivi l’ensemble des 6 wébinaires du cycle 2015-2016 2) reprendre le thème d’un des wébinaires et l’implémenter en salle de cours, 3) filmer le cours et 4) en faire une auto-évaluation. Ce dossier (film et auto-évaluation) sera envoyé à Dr. Anne Lair pour être évalué. Contacter pour plus d’informations : Dr. Ann Lair, lair6@yahoo.com     Le cycle des wébinaires: Mardi 5 avril, par Madame Michèle Haj-Broussard, sur le thème «  Introduction à l’immersion ».  Mardi 2 mai, sur le thème « Exploitation de la littérature jeunesse en classe de Fle » ou par Madame Catherine Nicolet, sur le thème « Créer un journal en ligne en classe bilingue».

April 5, 2016.  DOCENT LECTURE on PIERRE BONNARD by RITA DUNLAY.   Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

April 7, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents CYBATHLON SYMPOSIUM. Advancing assistive devices through Olympic-style competition.  7pm.  730 Montgomery St., SF  94111.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

April 8, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents CITIZEN SCIENCE 2.0. The next level in citizen science to advance scientific research and the common good 7pm.  730 Montgomery St., SF  94111.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

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 10, 2016. TROIS BOIS performs works by ANTOINE BUSNOIS, JOSEPH CANTELOUBE, GEORGES MIGOT, JACQUES IBERT and more as part of SAN FRANCISCO FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC's return to San Francisco’s Legion of Honor with a monthly series of weekend concerts titled Legion Listening Series. Now in its seventh season, the Legion Listening Series is a collaborative partnership between SFFCM and the Legion of Honor presenting period-specific concerts that highlight the museum’s special exhibitions. Curated by Dominique Pelletey, SFFCM's Executive Director and resident Frenchman, performing ensembles are asked to create programming that is inspired by the Legion's current exhibit, thus bringing together the visual and performing arts in a public setting to stimulate the imagination and enhance the experience of visitors at the museum. All concerts take place in the Rodin Gallery and are free with purchase of admission to the museum. This year we are pleased to announce that the Legion's latest exhibition will be brought to life by Bay Area ensembles starting February 6, 2016, as the museum opens a new exhibit by renowned French modernist painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in a U.S. exclusive show entitled Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia. Featuring 75 works, the exhibition is the first major international presentation of the artist’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century and an in-depth examination that reconsiders Bonnard as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects.  Legion Listening Series.  12 noon - 1:30pm.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, 94121.  Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.  http://sffcm.org/index.php?id=658 for details.

April 12, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents AUTONOMOUS FLYING ROBOTS BEYOND MULTI-COPTERS. Electric powered quadrotors and multi-copters have become highly desired toys and professional tools for many applications after their first take-off in Switzerland 12 years ago. Now, ETH Zurich and its partners invite you to an evening in San Francisco celebrating flying robots.  4pm.  444 Jessie St., SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

April 14, 2016.  PIERRE BASTIEN, French composer and multi-instrumentalist, performs alongside a motley orchestra of musical automata he makes from toy parts, electric motors, found objects, and acoustic instruments.  Tiny cameras trained on his contraptions will probject layered images of the performance onto a large screen.  Exploratorium.  www.exploratorium.edu/resonance for details.

April 15 & 17, 2016.  IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  “The new film by the great Philippe Garrel is a close look at infidelity—not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women. Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau are Pierre and Manon, a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre’s documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a resistance fighter (Jean Pommier). When Pierre takes a lover (Lena Paugam), he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with disengagement bordering on disdain; when Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband. Garrel is an artist of intimacies and emotional ecologies, and with IN THE SHAOW OF WOMEN he has added narrative intricacy and intrigue to his toolbox. The result is an exquisite jewel of a film.” -New York Film Festival (2015, 73 min., in French w/English subtitles) Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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 17, 2016.  FRANCOPHONE DAY AT SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY.  It is this time of the year again! On behalf of the French club and my colleagues in the French program at Sac State University, I would like to invite you to join us for our fifth Francophone Day on Sunday April 17th . Our event is a part of the Festival of the Arts organized by the College of Arts and Letters.  Francophone Day will have a different format this year. It will take place on the Library Quad at Sac State from 11 to 4pm. We will join Japan Day as well as the Italian Club for this special day.  The theme of our event will be “Masks” in addition to celebrating “Francophonie”. Activities such as a  Story Circle, a French Café, Face Masks, Waiters Race, and of course Pétanque, and more will take place at different tables and around the Library Quad.  www.csus.edu for details.

April 17, 2016.  THE INFLUENCE OF JEAN PILLEMENT'S ART ON 18TH- AND 19TH-CENTURY CERAMIC DESIGN by LOREN ZELLER, President, Transferware Collectors Club.  San Francisc Ceramic Circle Lecture.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  10:25am.

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.

April 28-30, 2017.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents LE TEMPLE DE LA GLOIRE / THE TEMPLE OF GLORY by RAMEAU, with the libretto by VOLTAIRE.  Full-scale production of a five-act opera-ballet, with an international cast of singers and dancers.  Apollo, Bacchus, demons, and more.  From the court of Louis XV.  A co-production with Cal Performances and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.  415.295.1900 or  http://philharmonia.org for details.

April 30, 2016.  DOCENT LECTURE on PIERRE BONNARD by CAROL PORTER.   Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th and Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.  1pm.

May 1, 2016.  MADROÑA performs works by JACQUES IBERT, DARIUS MILHAUD, JULES MASSENET, MAURICE RAVEL, JEAN-MICHEL DAMASE, MAURICE DURUFLE & CLAUDE DEBUSSY as part of SAN FRANCISCO FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC's return to San Francisco’s Legion of Honor with a monthly series of weekend concerts titled Legion Listening Series. Now in its seventh season, the Legion Listening Series is a collaborative partnership between SFFCM and the Legion of Honor presenting period-specific concerts that highlight the museum’s special exhibitions. Curated by Dominique Pelletey, SFFCM's Executive Director and resident Frenchman, performing ensembles are asked to create programming that is inspired by the Legion's current exhibit, thus bringing together the visual and performing arts in a public setting to stimulate the imagination and enhance the experience of visitors at the museum. All concerts take place in the Rodin Gallery and are free with purchase of admission to the museum. This year we are pleased to announce that the Legion's latest exhibition will be brought to life by Bay Area ensembles starting February 6, 2016, as the museum opens a new exhibit by renowned French modernist painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in a U.S. exclusive show entitled Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia. Featuring 75 works, the exhibition is the first major international presentation of the artist’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century and an in-depth examination that reconsiders Bonnard as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects.  Legion Listening Series.  12 noon - 1:30pm.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, 94121.  Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.  http://sffcm.org/index.php?id=658 for details.

May 2, 2015.  WEBINAIRE offert par les SERVICES CULTURELS DE L'AMBASSADE DE FRANCE AUX ETATS-UNIS.  Les Services Culturels de l'Ambassade de France aux États-Unis lancent pour  l’année 2015-2016 un troisième  cycle de wébinaires animés par le Centre de Linguistique Appliquée – CLA – de l’Université de Franche-Comté, l’Université d’Utah et l’Université de Lousiane (Lafayette).  Nouveauté 2016 : L’Université de l’Utah propose d’accorder 3 crédits universitaires aux professeurs qui se seront inscrits auprès d’elle. Pour obtenir ces 3 crédits, les professeurs inscrits devront 1) avoir suivi l’ensemble des 6 wébinaires du cycle 2015-2016 2) reprendre le thème d’un des wébinaires et l’implémenter en salle de cours, 3) filmer le cours et 4) en faire une auto-évaluation. Ce dossier (film et auto-évaluation) sera envoyé à Dr. Anne Lair pour être évalué. Contacter pour plus d’informations : Dr. Ann Lair, lair6@yahoo.com     Mardi 2 mai, sur le thème « Exploitation de la littérature jeunesse en classe de Fle » ou par Madame Catherine Nicolet, sur le thème « Créer un journal en ligne en classe bilingue»

May 3-8, 2016.  RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN's CINDERELLA.  SHN Orpheum Theatre.  Details to follow.

May 5, 2016.  JANE SIGAL discusses BISTONOMY:  RECIPES FROM THE BEST NEW PARIS BISTROS, in Cooks with Books at Left Bank, Larkspur.  6:30pm.  $120/person; $185/couple.  Includes book and meal, wine and tip.  415.927.0960 ext.1 or www.bookpassage.com/food-wine-events

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 8, 2016.  DUE ZIGHI BACI / DEUX BISOUS GITANS will at Redwood Cafe, downtown Cotati.  No Cover Charge! Come out and have dinner or just relax with a drink and kick up your heels.  Great menu.  www.redwoodcafe.com or www.EuroCafeMusic.com (Concerts/Events).

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.

May 22, 2016.  FRENCH HERITAGE SOCIETY LUNCH IN THE GARDEN.  Join our guests of honor, DENISE & JEAN-PIERRE MOULLÉ, from the world famous restaurant CHEZ PANISSE.  Share their stories, recipes and enjoy a  Sunday Lunch in the Garden at the Diablo, California residence of  Susan and Chris Paulson  This event will benefit a restoration Grant to preserve the French architectural legacy in France and in Americafhs@frenchheritagesociety.org for details.

May 25, 2016.  FABA 2016.  Save the date for the 3rd edition of the French-American Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. During an upscale dinner celebration, the best French and American entrepreneurs, executives and companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area will be honored for their annual results and lasting performance in management and leadership.  Due to high demand for this event, registrations are opening now for FACCSF members only until April 3rd. Registrations for non members will open April 4th.  6:00pm to 12:00am at the Julia Morgan Ballroom.  http://thefaba.com for details.

June 2-5 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL’s program includes two masterful comedies by RENE CLAIR and more.  www.silentfilm.org for details.

June 5, 2016.   DUE ZIGHI BACI / DEUX BISOUS GITANS will at Redwood Cafe, downtown Cotati.  No Cover Charge! Come out and have dinner or just relax with a drink and kick up your heels.  Great menu.  www.redwoodcafe.com or www.EuroCafeMusic.com (Concerts/Events).

June 6-August 26, 2016.  FRENCH SUMMER CAMP 2016 with THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   This summer, your children have the opportunity to engage with French language and francophone culture in a fun and interactive way at the Alliance Française. Francophone and non-native children are welcome to join.  Enrollment is now open! Early Bird Registration is available until March 15th.  http://afsf.com/kids-summer-camp/

June 10-11, 2016.  CYRILLE AIMEE, French born jazz vocalist, performs at the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  $30.  www.sfjazz.org for details.

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

June 20-August 5, 2016.  LE CENTRE AÉRÉ EN FRANÇAIS - FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP at the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School.  We are excited to announce that for the third time, a full French Immersion Summer Camp will be offered this summer on the campus of the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School for 7 weeks from June 20th – August 5th, 2016.  The Summer Camp will be run by EDUCATION FRANÇAISE BAY AREA, a French non-profit organization, which has developed a unique language immersion summer camp where children can improve their fluency while being active and having fun. The Camp Counselors are young adults and all native speakers. The ratio of 1 adult for 5 children ensures that each child is engaged in French at all time and stays sharp in his language skills during the summer. Even beginners love it!  http://www.efba.us/ for details.

July 26-31, 2016.  NEW ORLEANS SONGBOOK featured week-long at SF Jazz Center.  Includes DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS, BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO & C.J. CHENIER, BRASS MAGIC, MO’FONE, NEW BREED BRASS BAND, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, and BOURBON KINGS BRASS BAND.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

September 2-11, 2016.  WOODMINSTER THEATERS presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  www.woodminster.com for details.

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