April 14-22, 2016

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April Events      

April 14, 2016.  FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents IMMIGRATION LAW, with CLAIRE DE GERIN-RICHARD.  Claire De Gerin is expert in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law and provides the highest quality of legal service. She specializes in investor visas (E-1/2), O-1/2/3 visas for foreigners of extraordinary abilities, L-1A/B visas (including L for creation of a branch in the U.S.) and the H-1B visa.  Claire is also well-known in the artist community for her high rate of success with EB-1A/B/C extraordinary abilities path to Permanent Residence. She also helps with marriage cases and occasionally with asylum and removal proceedings cases.  8:30am – 10:30am.  www.faccsf.com for details.

April 14, 2016.  LE DEP screens at the TIBURON FILM FESTIVAL.  Le Dep, a psychological drama, tells the story of Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at her father's convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. One night, as she prepares to close up shop, a masked robber enters the store and holds her at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. Shortly after, she will have to make a decision that will forever change the course of her life.  Playhouse Theater, 40 Main St., Tiburon.  http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com/home.php

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 14, 2016.  ROBERT DOINEAU:  L’ALSACE APRES LA GUERRE (1945), presented by RENEE MOREL.  In 1939, the young Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), newly hired by the Rapho photographic agency, took his first professional street images. Drafted into the French army as both a soldier and a photographer after the outbreak of the war, Doisneau was stationed in Alsace in subzero temperatures, waiting anxiously for the enemy until being demobilized for health reasons. He never saw the annexation of that province into Hitler’s greater German Reich and spent the rest of the war forging passports and identification papers for the French Resistance. In the summer of 1945, Doisneau, aged 33, returned to Alsace and took pictures for a project that never materialized. His subdued images do not show picturesque fairy-tale villages nor do they document the savage obliteration of vineyards, valleys and hamlets. Instead they offer us the daily activities of people slowly rebuilding their life after the war: public pride in both their national and provincial identities, private sorrows and quiet heroism. Come and and see these moving, melancholy or buoyant photos, discovered only after Doisneau’s death, among some 450,000 negatives archived in his  Montrouge studio, and recently made public by his two daughters.  Presented IN FRENCH by CCSF instructor Renée Morel and followed by a Q&A session.  Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). NO reservation necessary. Have a sweater handy as sometimes the ventilation system lowers the room temperature, bring your own coffee and your own cushion if you wish, and pleasepleasecome on time. Latecomers will be guillotined.  Downtown Campus, Thurs., April 14, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM. 

April 14-20, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL 2016.  SF Green Film Festival will present 70 internationally acclaimed films, with over 90 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers to delve into some of the most pressing environmental issues.  French films and guests will be featured during the 2016 festival.  The Roxie SF.  http://www.greenfilmfest.org/festival for details.

April 14-23, 2016.  SF OPERA LAB presents THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE CINE-CONCERT, with composer-conductor BENOIT CHAREST as he leads LE TERRIBLE ORCHESTRE DE BELLEVILLE in a live performance of his original score.  401 Van Ness Avenue, SF.  415.864.3330 or http://sfoperalab.com for details. 

April 15, 2016.  CONVERSATION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends. This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.   Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share.  Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o) Free pot luck event – no rsvp required.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or www.afberkeley.org for details.

April 15, 2016.  MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs works by SAINT-SAENS and more.  $19-$89.  8pm.  Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto.  209.338.2100 or www.modestosymphony.org for details.

April 15, 2016.  RAHAN BOXLEY BAND plus special guests play traditional CONGOLESE MUSIC and more.  Singer RAHAN BOXLEY  presents his fresh dance music that ranges from traditional Congolese to American R&B, reggae, house, funk, capoeira, and Afro stylings. Boxley is a singer-songwriter and recording artist born in Cleveland now residing in the Bay Area. From his roots in freestyling and MCing/rapping, he has evolved into a more versatile vocal artist with a unique and soulful sound that draws from various music genres. He's open for collaborating with producers, meeting musicians, and performing his craft virtually anywhere on the planet. With a band of fellow open-minded musicians, he showcases his original songs.  Doors at 8:00 pm; West African Funk dance lesson with Yeni Lucero at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:30 pm$13/$10 advance & students.  www.ashkenaz.com

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.  KENSINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs works by POULENC, SAINT-SAENS, BERLIOZ, BIZET and more.  8pm.  $15-$20.  Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington.  510.525.0302 or www.uucb.org for details. 

April 16, 2016.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play Cajun/Zydeco/Blues  at Ashkenaz.  He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."  What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboard player Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm.  $15/$10 students.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 16, 2016.  CREOLE CARNIVAL on the World Stage of globalFEST, featuring EMELINE MICHEL and others.  The highly acclaimed and hugely popular globalFEST music showcase presents a kaleidoscope of exciting international artists. With a "voice serene and warm like the breeze" (The New York Times), HAITIAN VOCALIST EMELINE MICHEL sings songs of hope and love in French, English, and Creole. Rio de Janeiro's innovative samba masters, Casuarina are renowned for their original music and inventive arrangements of classic samba repertoire. And Jamaica's one-stringed guitar virtuoso, Brushy One String holds audiences captive with his raw, reggae-inflected blues vocals and rhythmic guitar style.   http://calperformances.org/performances/2015-16/world-stage/globalfest-creole-carnival.php 8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  Cal Performances.

April 16 & 17, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC CHORUS performs works by FAURE and more.  7pm.  $18-$20.  Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., SF.  415.721.4077 or www.sflc.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 17, 2016.  CONSERVATORY BAROQUE ENSEMBLE performs works by RAVEL, YSAYE, and more.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco.  2pm.  www.sfcm.edu

April 17, 2016.  LAUDAMI ENSEMBLE presents A BASSO SOLO – MUSIC FROM THE FRENCH AND GERMAN BAROQUE. The 2015–2016 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes this Sunday.  Join the members of the Laudami ensemble as they showcase baroque improvisations inspired by the human voice. Examples include cantatas, divisions on popular songs, and highly ornamented melodies.  “À Basso Solo” Laudami (Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello; Ben Kazez, baritone; Michael Peterson, harpsichord) presents an exciting performance of music from the French and German Baroque. Featuring baritone singer Ben Kazez and violist da gamba Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Laudami will perform works by celebrated composers including Bach, Rameau, Buxtehude, LeClair, and others. The Laudami Ensemble consists of young period instrument specialists dedicated to lively interpretations of music from the Baroque Era. The performers are recent graduates from the Juilliard School and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.  4:30 PM, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 9470.  $20.   https://cjc.edu/concerts/?eid=12625 for details.

April 17, 2016.  PASCAL MOLAT and others present SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’s 2016 FAREWELL PERFORMANCE.  7pm.  $22-$228.  War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.  415.865.2000 or www.sfballet.org for details.

April 18, 2016.  PARIS BLUES screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Join the Maison de la Culture Noire Américaine at the Alliance Française de San Francisco for a screening of the classic film, Paris Blues, a Q&A about the MCNA's Paris Tours, and a mini French lesson.  Paris Blues chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times. Starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll, and Joanne Woodward.  1:30pm.  http://afsf.com/events/2016/04/paris-blues-screening-reception/

April 19, 2016.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.    Le cercle littéraire discutera Le flûtiste invisible, un roman de Philippe Labro, mardi, le 19 avril à 3h30 au Foyer. «Par trois fois, le "flûtiste invisible", qu'on peut appeler le hasard - ou la main de Dieu -, fait basculer des existences. Pourquoi ? C'est toute la question de ce roman.» Philippe Labro.  info@afsantarosa.org or http://afsantarosa.org for details.

April 19, 2016.  JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS play Cajun/Zydeco at Ashkenaz.  Near the end of a whirlwind West Coast tour, and before heading home to Louisiana to tear up the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys stage a Cajun-zydeco dance party at Ashkenaz. They fill the night with Louisiana classics and originals, including songs from their latest CD, "Return of the Creole."  Southwest Louisiana's Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys bring their fresh take on the Creole dance music traditions that they are dedicated to preserving. Accordionist, fiddler, and singer Broussard was a mainstay in the famous Zydeco Force, a group that took zydeco and Cajun roots and updated them for modern dance crowds without losing the feel of the original Creole zydeco gumbo. Now his Creole Cowboys take the music into the next generation while still tapping into the great roots music of such masters as fiddlers Canray Fontenot and Calvin Carrière as well as Jeffery's father, Delton Broussard, accordionist for the legendary Lawtell Playboys, in which Jeffery played drums at the age of 8.  The success of Broussard's approach is seen at packed dance halls throughout Louisiana and beyond (including Europe and African tours) and in honors such as 2007 Accordionist of the Year in the Zydeco Music and Creole Heritage Awards. A Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient, Broussard has also collaborated with the Elisa Monte Dance Troupe in New York City; New York Times dance critic Claudia La Rocco wrote of that performance, "The eyes, following the ears, traveled again and again to those Creole Cowboys. Accompaniment or no, they were the main draw."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $15.  www.ashkenaz.com

Through April 20, 2016.  CHOREOGRAPHER EMMANUELLE HUYNH holds a workshop in Berkeley. French choreopgrapher Emmanuelle Huynh will hold a workshop at UC Berkeley (Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance) from April 11, 2016 to April 16, 2016. She will also be in creative residence in Berkeley with Japanese dancer Eiko Otake from April 15, 2016 to April 20, 2016.  http://emmanuellehuynh.fr/index.php/fr/calendrier for details.

April 20, 2016.  DEJEUNER MENSUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  www.afscv.org for details.

April 20, 2016.  VISITE GUIDEE EN FRANÇAIS DE L’HOTEL DE VILLE ET DU CIVIC CENTRE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  11h.  www.sfcityguides.org/desc.html?tour=132

April 20-23, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY presents RAMEAU’s SUITE FROM PYGMALION and more.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details. 

April 21-May 5, 2016.  59TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The longest-running film festival in the Americas, SFIFF is recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new media work, musical performances and star-studded events. Last year's program featured 252 screenings of 183 films from 47 countries, which were attended by over 315 filmmakers and industry guests from around the globe.  For French-related films, see CINEMA, below. Complete list of films available at http://festival.sffs.org or http://www.sffs.org/ for details.

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

April 22, 2016.  BIENVENUE CHEZ LES CH’TIS, screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Odd Fellow Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  6:30pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/997261777032758/

April 22, 2016.  CLEMENTINE CELARIE presents CREPE TOSS, a work in progress destined for Avignon’s Theatre Festival.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/crepe-toss-starring-clementine-celarie-theatre-du-lycee-francais for details.  Théâtre du Lycée Français, 1201 Ortega St., SF.  8pm.

April 22, 2016.  THIRD ANNUAL FRENCH SLAM at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

April 23, 2016.  JOB FAIR AT THE FRANCOPHONE CHARTER SCHOOL OF OAKLAND.   Interested in employment opportunities at a French immersion charter school? Francophone Charter School of Oakland (a tuition-free French-English dual immersion school) is seeking French-speaking, English-speaking and bilingual staff for positions at the school (school year 2016-2017) including elementary teachers, special education teachers, substitute teachers, and before and after school care staff. If you are interested in working at our school, please attend our job fair on Saturday April 23rd from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the school, 9736 Lawlor St, Oakland, CA 94605. Bring your resume. For more information about our school, visit www.francophoneschool.org  

April 23, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS performs at in the Butter & Eggs Parade, Petaluma. www.EuroCafeMusic.com for details.

April 23, 2016.   A TRIBUTE TO STEPHANE GRAPPELLI at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley..  A Hot-Warmup for DjangoFest, featuring Tim Kliphuis, Sam Miltich and Simon Planting.  Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. Traditionally trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli's heir, Kliphuis' improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal. He has recently been taking stages by storm in tribute to Grappelli's famous style, alongside his fellow Gypsy Jazz virtuosos Sam Miltich and Simon Planting. This is a wonderful taste of what's in store for our upcoming DjangoFest!   Tickets: $28 - $45.  8pm. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley,  www.ThrockmortonTheatre.org for details.

April 23, 2016.  LA GUINGUETTE CD RELEASE PARTY.  We will have a CD release party at Aqus Cafe on April 23d, at 7 pm. Please save the date!

April 23, 2016.  MONTEREY BAY FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM (FLEDS).  Featuring NICOLE NADITZ.  For details, visit:  http://sites.miis.edu/montereybayfleds2016/schedule/

April 23 & 24, 2016.  THE SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL SOCIETY, directed by Robert Geary, performs ARTHUR HONEGGER’s LE ROI DAVID / KING DAVID (in English).  4/23, 8pm; 4/24, 4pm.  First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Francisco.  $34 & $30 ($2 off for seniors and students).  http://cityboxoffice.com or 415.392.4400 for details. 

April 23, May 14 & June 4, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL WINE TASTING WORKSHOPS.  Wine School, 415 Grand Ave #301, South San Francisco, CA 94080
www.winescholarguild.org

April 24, 2016.  ORGANIST (AND COMPOSER) THIERRY ESCAICH makes his debut with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details.

April 26, 2016.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents MARC-OLIVIER WAHLER at SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE.  Swiss curator Marc-Olivier Wahler shares insights from his years of experience in the contemporary art world.  7pm.  800 Chestnut St., SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

April 27, 2016.   A HISTORY OF THE GRANDPARENTS I NEVER HAD.  Lecture by Ivan Jablonka, Associate Professor of History at the Université Paris XIII Nord and editor-in-chief of La Vie des Idées.  Stanford University, Palo Alto.  http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=25707

April 27-29, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY plays RAVEL’s LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN and more.  415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org for details. 

April 28, 2016.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Nous nous réunirons au Boulanger de Los Gatos le jeudi 28 avril à 16 heures pour discuter le 1er roman de Chahdorrt Djavann : " Je viens d'ailleurs", écrit directement en français, langue qu'elle ne parlait pas à son arrivée en France - Publié en 2002- 168 pages en collection Folio. L'auteure raconte ses souvenirs de jeune iranienne révoltée par la violence du régime islamique installé en Iran par Khomeyni en 1979.  Contactez Bernadette.  www.afscv.org for details.

April 29, 2016.  THE OPERA GARNIER AND THE FRENCH SOCIETY IN THE 19TH CENTURY.  Lecture in French by CELINE GLON, organized by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  7 pm.  Calabazas Library 
1230 S. Blaney Ave, San Jose.  FREE for AFSCV Members. $10 for Non-members.  www.afscv.org for details.

April 29, 2016.  CHOCOLAT PRALINE with PASCALE MARTIN at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.   ous êtes-vous déjà demandé comment sont fabriqués les chocolats que vous dégustez chez votre chocolatier ? Vous savez sans doute ce qu'est une ganache, mais connaissez-vous le praliné ?  Pascale Martin vient vous révéler les secrets du travail du chocolat qui est à la portée de tout le monde et ne demande pas d'équipement particulier. Spécialisée dans la réalisation de chocolats fourrés aux pralinés, vous aurez l'occasion d'en déguster à l'issue de la présentation.  Free for our members with rsvp - $15 for non-members.  Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or www.afberkeley.org for details.

April 29, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Eagles Hall, Alameda, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. 9:00 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.rigomaia.com for details.

Through April 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 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.

April 30, 2016.  CONCOURS DE FRANÇAIS.  A scholarship exam for Excellence in French open to all high school seniors in Santa Clara County. For the 46th consecutive year, the AFSCV is proud to announce its traditional French language contest for high school students, supporting them in their academic efforts to learn French.  The contest will be held on  Saturday morning, 30 April 2016 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Campbell campus,  591 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA.  For participating all students will receive a one year membership to the Alliance Française of Silicon Valley and a free evening at the French Cine-club.  For further information email us at Alliance@afscv.org.

Through May 1, 2016.  THEATREWORKS presents EDMOND ROSTAND’s CYRANO.  Alive with swashbuckling swordplay, witty wordplay, and irresistible romance, this classic tale of unrequited passion and panache flows from the rollicking theatres of 17th century Paris to distant battlements long besieged. Here literature’s greatest love triangle evolves in a modern, intimate, and good-humored adaption that entangles the enchanting heiress Roxane, handsome cadet Christian, and nose-challenged swordsman Cyrano in the love affair of a lifetime.  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.  $19-$80.  650.463.1960 or  http://my.theatreworks.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=3154 for details.

Through May 1, 2016.  THE STAGE presents MARC CAMOLETTI’s 1960 French sex farce BOEING BOEING about an American juggling three fiancées.  $30-$60.  490 South 1st St., San José.  408.283.7142 or www.sanjose.org for details.

Through 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.

Through 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/   

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!    

59TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The longest-running film festival in the Americas, SFIFF is recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new media work, musical performances and star-studded events. Last year's program featured 252 screenings of 183 films from 47 countries, which were attended by over 315 filmmakers and industry guests from around the globe.  Complete list of films available at http://festival.sffs.org or http://www.sffs.org/ for details.; I promise to post them soon but one super interesting title is AYITI MON AMOUR!  April 21-May 5, 2016. FRENCH-RELATED FILMS AT THE FESTIVAL:   

As I Open My Eyes, Leyla Bouzid, Tunisia/ France/ Belgium (2015).  Her family assumes that Farah, a high-achieving student in Tunis, will continue her studies, but she just wants to sing. When her mom hears that she’s performing politically provocative material with a group of male friends, a powerful story unfolds of female independence that stands in the face of conservative Muslim beliefs.  
Ayiti Mon Amour, Guetty Felin, Haiti/USA (2015).  A chorale for several voices in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, this poetic and visually stunning work tracks several characters, including a teenager studying Japanese who is bullied for being light-skinned and a writer and his muse who are grappling with their identities. As the restless camera finds beauty amid the quotidian and radio broadcasts grapple with rebuilding, the film dedicates itself to the restless and resilient souls who populate this culturally rich island nation. 
Les Cowboys, Thomas Bidegain, France/Belgium (2015)  Noted screenwriter Thomas Bidegain brings the tough, tense attitude of his earlier scripts for A Prophet and Rust and Bone to a contemporary adaptation of John Ford’s The Searchers. When Alain’s 16-year-old daughter Kelly disappears at a French cowboy fair in 1994, her father embarks on a multi-year search for her that begins from a place of love and concern and ends up within the religious conflicts rocking Europe today.
The Demons, Philippe Lesage, Canada (2015).  Documentary filmmaker Philippe Lesage’s narrative debut is an exquisitely observed portrait of a delicate ten-year-old Quebec boy grappling with the insecurities and confusion of impending adolescence. The fragility of innocence is foregrounded through minor humiliations and petty cruelties that unfold in pastel, sun-soaked locations. Infused with an unsettling air of ambiguity and dread that portends terrible crimes to follow, this restrained and coolly beautiful film is an unforgettable portrait of a child forced to confront the dangers of growing up.     
The Innocents
, Anne Fontaine, France/Poland (2016).  In this moving drama inspired by a true story, a French Red Cross nurse working in Poland immediately after WWII is brought to a local convent to help a pregnant nun in labor. When she finds other nuns in similar circumstances and hears their tragic story, she risks her own job and personal safety to help shield their predicament from authorities. For those who delight in classical French cinema at its most refined. 
Microbe and Gasoline
, Michel Gondry, France (2015)  Buckle up for a whimsical road trip with Microbe and Gasoline, two 14-year-old boys equipped with wild imaginations, insightful observations of the world and a vehicle they’ve hand-built to carry them across France. Visionary writer/director Michel Gondry utilizes the playful yet socially constrained nature of youth to craft a touching tale of friendship while delivering subtle commentary on universal themes of identity, self-confidence and love. 
Neither Heaven Nor Earth
, Clément Cogitore, France/Belgium (2015).  In this suspenseful war film that uses fear of the dark to great effect, a French army contingent operating in Afghanistan is beset by mysterious disappearances. While Captain Antarès (Jérémie Renier) initially and understandably blames local villagers for the loss of his men, the real cause could be something supernatural, a force that implies the profound wrongness of these men being on soil that doesn’t belong to them.
No Home Movie
Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France (2015).  Chantal Akerman’s final work epitomizes the late filmmaker’s intuitive sense of cinematic form, and reaffirms her inextricable relationship with her mother Natalia (Nelly). Edited from over 40 hours of footage captured during the last period of Nelly’s life, No Home Movie observes a life confined indoors, and the conversations that take place between a daughter and her fading mother. Interspersed with images of indeterminate locales, Akerman’s ultra-personal film beautifully explores ideas of history, distance, memory and intimacy. 
Phantom Boy
, Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli, France/Belgium (2015).  When a kingpin with a face only Picasso could love threatens to bring down New York City’s infrastructure, a seriously ill boy with a unique, ghostly superpower teams up with a bedridden crusading cop to stop him. The team behind A Cat in Paris (SFIFF 2011) delivers another dose of enchanting 2D animation along with a story that blends absurd humor with an emotionally potent tale of a child rising about troubling circumstances. Recommended for ages nine and up. 
Suite Armoricaine
, Pascale Breton, France (2015).  A Paris-based art historian returns to her native town of Rennes to teach a class. There, she encounters a troubled male student who is contending with an itinerant mother as well as the demands of university life. Grounded in the terrain, music and language of Brittany, Suite Armoricaine stunningly conjures up a sense of place and evokes the mixed emotions of returning to one’s origins. 
The White Knights, Joachim Lafosse, France/Belgium (2015)  A compromised mission in a chaotic African country draws well-intentioned NGO employees into increasingly murky moral territory. This powerful drama, based on a true story, follows the group’s leader Jacques (Vincent Lindon) as he hustles fixers and locals to oblige him on his problematic course.
Winter Song
, Otar Iosseliani, France (2015).  The way Otar Iosseliani turns Paris on its head makes us think of a young Jean-Luc Godard—yet Iosseliani is 82! And he’s still having a great time—thumbing his nose at authority, from depictions of Paris cops evicting the homeless to ridiculing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (the anthem of the European Union)—while directing a delightful ensemble cast in a bittersweet tale of a beloved concierge and his menagerie of tenants who seem to be everywhere at once in this inimitable depiction of the city-as-village.

BIENVENUE CHEZ LES CH’TIS, screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Odd Fellow Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  6:30pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/997261777032758/ April 22, 2016. 

LE DEP screens at the TIBURON FILM FESTIVAL.  Le Dep, a psychological drama, tells the story of Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at her father's convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. One night, as she prepares to close up shop, a masked robber enters the store and holds her at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. Shortly after, she will have to make a decision that will forever change the course of her life.  Playhouse Theater, 40 Main St., Tiburon.  http://www.tiburonfilmfestival.com/home.php April 14, 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 15 & 17, 2016.

MARGUERITE.  1921, not far from Paris. A wealthy woman who loves to sing for her friends gets into trouble when she decides to perform in front of real audiences.  In wide release; check local listings (San Francisco, Albany, San Rafael, San José, Palo Alto). Now playing in local cinemas. 

MY GOLDEN DAYS (Arnauld Desplechin).  Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.  Check local listings. Opening April 8, 2016.

PARIS BLUES screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Join the Maison de la Culture Noire Américaine at the Alliance Française de San Francisco for a screening of the classic film, Paris Blues, a Q&A about the MCNA's Paris Tours, and a mini French lesson.  Paris Blues chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times. Starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll, and Joanne Woodward.  1:30pm.  http://afsf.com/events/2016/04/paris-blues-screening-reception/ April 18, 2016.

SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL 2016.  SF Green Film Festival will present 70 internationally acclaimed films, with over 90 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers to delve into some of the most pressing environmental issues.  French films and guests will be featured during the 2016 festival.  The Roxie SF.  http://www.greenfilmfest.org/festival for details. April 14-20, 2016. 

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE CINE-CONCERT, presented by SF OPERA LAB, with composer-conductor BENOIT CHAREST as he leads LE TERRIBLE ORCHESTRE DE BELLEVILLE in a live performance of his original score.  401 Van Ness Avenue, SF.  415.864.3330 or http://sfoperalab.com for details. April 14-23, 2016..

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 2, 2016.  SYLVIE SEREX-BONNET presents her paintings at Lireille Gallery, 2980 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.  510.547.3455 or www.lireille.com for details.

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

Through July 4, 2016.  INTO THE FOREST:  LANDSCAPE AS SUBJECT AND STUDIO IN 19TH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

Through August 14, 2016.  THE ALLURE OF ART NOUVEAU:  1890-1914.  Art Nouveau captivated urban centers in Europe and North America beginning in the 1890s. The style permeated everything from graphic arts to architecture, interior design, and decorative arts. A number of characteristics define the style: a reverence for nature with an emphasis on organic designs; the use of “whiplash” curvilinear lines; and a seemingly limitless portrayal of the female form, with artists depicting women as ethereal, sensual nymphs. Motifs were interpreted in both realistic and stylized fashions. – San Francisco International Airport, Departures, Level 3, Pre-Security.  See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/allure-art-nouveau-1890%E2%80%931914#sthash.C8S0SkEc.dpuf

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        

April 2-23, 2016.  LEVEL 1 INTENSIVE COURSE AT THE FRENCH CLASS.      For complete beginners!  Four Saturdays:  April 2 to 23, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  16 hours of instruction: $375.  Book: $29.95. Level 2 will be FREE if you complete the course, or you can repeat Level 1 during an 8-week course in 2016 for $99.  www.frenchclass.com

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 8, 2016.  THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.   415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

Beginning April 11, 2016.  EXPRESS FRENCH offered by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Express French takes place 5 days for 3 hours a day and gives you the opportunity to reach the Beginner 1 level at the end of the week. Morning and evening options are available.  http://afsf.com/express-french/

April 15 & 22, 2016.  MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS.  Taught by KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.   415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through 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

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

Beginning April 25, 2016, and running through June 17, 2016.  YOUR NEXT FRENCH CLASS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Our next 8-week group sessions will start April 25 and run until June 17. Classes for all levels, from beginners to fluent speakers, are offered throughout the week. You can check the schedule and enroll in the class of your choice here:  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/group-classes   Please note that we are offering a specialy designed Traveler’s class again for this session, just in time for your summer trip. The class could be taught either Tuesdays 6-8pm or Wednesdays 6-8pm, depending on students' preferences. Please contact our school director Mireille Pfeffer, mireille@afsantarosa.org   if you are interested, if you have a preferred day for this class, or if you have any questions or special requests.  Note:  Classes are offered from beginners to fluent speakers throughout the week.  Curriculum is dynamic enough to provide instruction for beginners as well as fluent speakers.  Small classes are standard to facilitate communication.  Group classes are $15.00 / hour for 2 consecutive hours per week for 8 weeks.  The alliance also offers private lessons: Tutoring is tailor-made to suit small groups or individuals.  For other school information:  http://www.afsantarosa.org/school/policies  

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.  SPRING CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or 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 20-August 1, 2016.  FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP (K-6th) offered by EFBA .  Registration is now open K-6th for our new MARIN COUNTY location in downtown Larkspur (Hall Middle School).  Guaranteed fun throughout June, July and August with certified counsellors from France or French-speaking countries.  Our ratio is 1 adult for 5 children.  Prices start at $150/week (following certain conditions).  The entire team awaits you for new adventures this summer!  :30 am - 3:00 pm with before and after care available. For more information/registration:  http://www.efba.us/Kiddos

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. 

July 5-August 29, 2016.  SUMMER CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or www.afberkeley.org for details.

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

September 6-October 29, 2016.  FALL CLASSES AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or www.afberkeley.org for details.

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

FRANCOPHONE CHARTER SCHOOL OF OAKLAND. in a tuition-free French immersion elementary education for your child?  The Francophone Charter School of Oakland is a French immersion public elementary school. Transitional Kindergarten through 4th grade in 2016-2017 (the school will add a grade level each subsequent year all the way through to  8th grade).   The school's goal is to use the French language and the many interwoven cultures associated with it to develop bilingual and bi-literate global citizens who are open-minded and value intellectual curiosity, personal integrity and creativity.  For more information, go to www.francophoneschool.org or www.facebook.com/francophoneschool or email contact@francophoneschool.org or call 510.394.4110.

VIVE LA FRANCE/FRENCH TUTOR.  French native offers French lessons one-on-one, a class sitting, or in your house with SKYPE..  My name is Paule-Dominique.  I am originally from Marseille, France and I have been living in San Francisco since 1996.   I have a massage degree for hospitals and I love everything having to do with the body and the mind.   I am also very interested in the history of my home area, Marseille, part of what was formerly known as Massalia, the land of the ancient Greeks and Romans.  My classes are natural, fun, creative and I make sure to provide the needs of my students.  Everyone is unique , and I accommodate each student in their path.  I like to teach French in a comfortable and a positive energy.  You will know new/old French songs, watch French movies, go on field trips to enjoy French arts, French cheese & wine and more....  With Dominique, you'll improve your grammar, vocabulary and/or conversation.  Patient, friendly and professional, I'll cater my class to what works best for you.  $45/hour private teaching my office Adults/Children; $200/hour 30 minutes private teaching included field trips (Music, cooking, restaurant, Museum); $45/hour on Skype. Contact ID Paule-Dominique Anneheim; Package of 10 private teachings my office for $399.  $25/hour class sitting for 5 or 10 students Adults/Children $120 for the day for 5 to 10 students included field trips ( Cheese, Wine, Restaurant, and Museum).  Package of 10 class sittings in my office for $225.  $100/hour  in your house Adults/Children. The next field trip Feb 6-May 15, 2016 to visit the Pierre Bonnard exhibition in San Francisco.  http://voilalafamilia.com or 415-309-5105. 

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.

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!  

May 1, 2016.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads LE CHAPEAU DE MITTERRAND by ANTOINE LAURAIN.   We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!  1 mai (Berkeley): Le chapeau de Mitterrand, par Antoine Laurain, 2012 Quand le président de la république oublie son chapeau dans un restaurant, un parisien ordinaire le retrouve, menant à des aventures savoureuses et pittoresques qui bouleversent les destin.

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, 2016. FRENCH/ENGLISH CRAFTS & CONVO CLUB at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  1pm-2:30pm.  Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley.  510.548.7481 or www.afberkeley.org for details.

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 5, 2016.  JANE SIGAL presents BISTRONOMY:  RECIPES FROM THE BEST NEW PARIS BISTROS.  Part of Cooks with Books!  Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  $120 per person/$185 per couple. 6:30pm.  Reserve at Book Passage, 415.927.0960 ext.1 or www.bookpassage.com/food-wine-events

May 7, 2016.  BELGIAN SYMBOLISM:  JAMES ENSOR (1860-1949) AND FERNAND KHNOPFF (1858-1921).   A CAFÉ-MUSÉE event.  Standing against the prevalent materialism and utilitarianism, Symbolism, a tendency found across the whole of European art of the late 19th and early 20th century, filled an intellectual and spiritual vacuum. Whether in poetry (Mallarmé), literature (J.K. Huysmans, Flaubert), music (Debussy, Richard Strauss, Wagner), painting or sculpture, it remained deliberately enigmatic, striving to lead to an inner vision and demanding an empathetic response from the viewer.  Belgian Symbolism, represented by artists as different as James Ensor (1860-1949) and Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921), occupied a central position in this movement. James Ensor’s work invoke a fantasy world populated by grotesque figures, masks and walking skeletons and painted with garish, unmixed colors. These bizarre images hark back to the Flemish tradition of Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the Elder, fill with demonic elements and grim humor. Visually or stylistically, Fernand Khnopff’s work has nothing in common with that of Ensor, his contemporary. Esoteric, mystical and hallucinatory, Khnopff’s beautifully painted fantasies are full of grace, melancholy or morbid elegance. His haunting power of stylization (an ideal female figure posed by his sister, Marguerite) and sublime palette greatly influenced the later Art Nouveau movement. See how, each in his own way, these two Belgian painters embody the anti-Naturalistic movement known as Symbolism.  The Café Musée is an officially recognized CCSF club whose activities are partially funded by the Associated Student Union ($100 per semester). Our previous presentations, “The  Aesthetic Theater of Franz von Stuck (1863-1928)” and “James Tissot (1836-1902): From Profane to Sacred Art” were extremely popular. To join us, write to reneemorel@gmail.com   or call (415) 255-8301. Merci à Dennis Mullen, Marta Riesen, Danny Ngan, Ann King, Linda Cain et Sharon Leong, our officers and sponsors!  Venez parler d’art et faire la connaissance d’autres francophones et francophiles!  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  IN FRENCH. Come practice your French and meet others!  Organized by our great Café Musée team and presented by Renée Morel.  Donation: $5.?  The presentation will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.?  Require accommodations? SVP, contact DSP&S at 452-5481, giving at least 72 hours’ notice.  9:30 AM-12:30 PM, CCSF.  Visual Arts Building V114, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., SF.  (IMPORTANT: Even though the description is in English, the presentation will be en français!)

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 10, 2016.  FABA STARTUP 2016.    Join the showcase & pitching contest!  Startups competing in the "Startup of the Year" category at the FABA 2016 will present their project to the public during a special showcase & pitching contest on Tuesday, May 10th.   Meet the founders, vote for your favorite project, and network with entrepreneurs, business angels, VCs and guests!  Each startup will have a demo area and attendees will be called to virtually fund the ones they feel are the most promising.  The five projects with the highest funds will then pitch to the audience  Their final vote will determine the "People's Choice Award" of the FABA Startup 2016The Jury Award will be determined in the meantime by a panel of experts (see process in the FABA 2016 methodology).  Both awards will be revealed at the ceremony of the FABA, Wednesday May 25th. Prizes include two Air France round-trip tickets SFO-Paris, and a one-year pass to FACCSF events for one person*. 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Orange Silicon Valley, San Francisco.  http://www.thefaba.com/faba-startup-2016.html for details.

May 11, 2016.  LOU DOILLON performs in San Francisco.  In 2012, Lou Doillon revealed new facets of her talent. Following a career on theater stages and independent cinema sets, and in front of the greatest photographers’ cameras, Lou Doillon then defined and refined her artistry further with her first LP album, Places. She had composed each song carefully in her home, on her acoustic guitar. Produced by Etienne Daho, Places has been one of the greatest successes of 2012, both critically and commercially, and has been unanimously celebrated for its originality. The album has been certified Double Platinum in France and more than 300,000 copies have been sold worldwide. The album release tour took Lou from New York to Berlin, from Rennes’ Transmusicales Festival to Belfort’s Eurockéennes. She subsequently won a Victoire de la Musique for Best Female Artist of the year. On Places, Etienne Daho had helped transcend Lou’s acoustic compositions; for her new tracks, another goldsmith was needed to go electric, and to succeed in bringing forth what she had in mind very precisely: a heavy blues-­-folk sound, cinematographic, deep and luminous at the same time. Lou Doillon found this sound working closely with the artist Taylor Kirk, aka Timber Timbre. This past winter, Lou and Taylor secluded themselves in Montreal recording studio Hotel2Tango and co-­-produced eleven new tracks for her upcoming album which was released in the fall of 2015.
 Bimbo’s 365 Club. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm.  $20.  Standing only; 2 drink minimum; no recording.  http://www.bimbos365club.com/event/1089319-lou-doillon-san-francisco/ for details.

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 13, 2016.  JOIN AN LGBT FRENCH LANGUAGE MEET-UP GROUP IN SONOMA COUNTY.  Second Friday of each month.  www.meetup.com for details.

May 19, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Todos Santos Park, Concord.  We return to the city of Concord's Summer Concert Series!  Todos Santos Park, Willow Pass Rd., Concord. 6:30 pm. Free admission.  www.rigomania.com

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 22, 2016.  ERIC RIPERT presents 32 YOLKS:  FROM MY MOTHER’S TABLE TO WORKING THE LINE.  Part of Cooks with Books!  Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur.  $120 per person/$190 per couple. 6:30pm.  Reserve at Book Passage, 415.927.0960 ext.1 or www.bookpassage.com/food-wine-events

May 25, 2016.  FABA 2016 - FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AWARDS.  The third edition of the FABA will feature 10 categories, over 50 nominees, 120 jury members… 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. www.faccsf.com for details.

May 27-30, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at THE SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL.  One of our favorite annual events--four days of Jazz and Roots music in Old Sacramento! We will play ten sets over the four days, showtimes TBA. Information and tickets:  www.sacmusicfest.com  

May 27-July 3, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents BIZET’s CARMEN.  The ultimate femme fatale returns in a provocative new prodution.  Be swept into her deadly seduction as enver before!  (Production contains nudity, violence and suggestive behavior.)  415.864.3330 or www.sfopera.com for details.

May 28, 2016.  SONOMUSETTE presents THE SOUND AND SPIRIT OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY PARIS.  SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in the 'bal-musette' tradition. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. SonoMusette features vocalist Mimi Pirard with Robert Lunceford on accordion, Jason Briggs, guitar; Jan Martinelli on upright bass, and Richard Andrews, drums. 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!  7:30pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA.  Tickets: Advance $20. At the door $25.  Advance tickets available at:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2535751

May 29, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the FEATHER FALLS CASINO BLUES FESTIVAL, OROVILLE.  Our first time at this great annual event!   Our set time: 1:00-2:15 pm.  Information and tickets:  www.featherfallscasino.com  

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 5, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at POWERHOUSE PUB in Folsom.  One of our favorite nightclubs--always a rockin' good time!  614 Sutter St., Old Folsom. 3:30-6:30 pm.  www.powerhousepub.com for details.

June 5-12, 2016.  THE 14TH BIENNIAL BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION.  Eight days of concerts, lectures, masterclasses, meetings, films, and festivities.  June 5:  Davitt Moroney, harpsichord, plays works by LOUIS COUPERIN, FRANÇOIS COUPERIN and more, 12pm, International House; June 6:  Archetti Baroque String Ensemble plays works by FRANÇOIS COUPERIN and more, 8pm, First Congregational Church; June 8:  Robert Mealy with Juilliard415 plays works byy LULLY and more, 5pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; June 8:  Concerto Palatino plays DE PROFUNDIS:  SACRED MUSIC FOR BASS AND WIND INSTRUMENTS, 1580-1650, 8pm, First Congregational Church; June 10:  Parthenia Consort with Robert Mealy & Shira Kammen perform Franco-Flemish gems by ISAAC, BRUMEL, and MOULU, 5PM, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  Also, concerts & lectures on the harpsichord, including, June 7:  CAROLE CERASI playing CHAMBONNIERES, D’ANGLEBERT, FRANÇOIS COUPERIN, & BALBASTRE; June 8:  JEAN-LUC HO playing music by LULLY, D’ANGLEBERT, COUPERIN and more.  San Francisco Early Music Society for details, www.sfems.org or http://www.berkeleyfestival.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 10, 2016.  JOIN AN LGBT FRENCH LANGUAGE MEET-UP GROUP IN SONOMA COUNTY.  Second Friday of each month.  www.meetup.com for details.

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

June 12, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at TAFT STREET WINERY, in Sebastopool.  A Sunday afternoon concert at Taft Street!   2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol. 3:00-6:00 pm.  Information:  www.taftstreetwinery.com for details.   

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

June 19, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at CHOUINARD WINERY, Castro Valley.  A Father's Day tradition--Flambeau at Chouinard!  33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley. 4:30-8:30 pm.  Advance tickets required:  www.chouinard.com or 510.582.9900.

June 19-24, 2016.  MUSIC DISCOVERY WORKSHOP & YOUTH COLLEGIUM:  COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE.  Delve into the world of JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.  School of the Madeleine, St. Mary Magdalene Paris.  www.sfems.org for details.

June 19-25, 2016.  WARS, CONQUESTS, AND BEHEADINGS:  THE MUSIC OF THE COURTS IN ENGLAND, FRANCE AND ITALY.  Baroque workshop presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society.  With work by LULLY, CHARPENTIER, and more.  Holy Names University. www.sfems.org for details.

June 20-August 1, 2016.  FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP (K-6th) offered by EFBA .  Registration is now open K-6th for our new MARIN COUNTY location in downtown Larkspur (Hall Middle School).  Guaranteed fun throughout June, July and August with certified counsellors from France or French-speaking countries.  Our ratio is 1 adult for 5 children.  Prices start at $150/week (following certain conditions).  The entire team awaits you for new adventures this summer!  :30 am - 3:00 pm with before and after care available. For more information/registration:  http://www.efba.us/Kiddos

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 3, 2016.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads LE MISANTHROPE, de MOLIERE.  We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!   3 juillet (San Francisco): Le misanthrope, par Molière, 1666 Affligé par l’hypocrisie et la frivolité de la société mondaine, Alceste essaie de rompre avec le monde, d’où est née une comédie de fâcheries et vantardises, typique de ce grande dramaturge classique.

July 3-9 2016  MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE WORKSHOP offered by the San Francisco Early Music Society.   St. Albert’s Priory.  www.sfems.org 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 4, 2016.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads LE TEMPS DES AMOURS, de MAURICE PAGNOL.  We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!     4 septembre (Berkeley): Le temps des amours, par Marcel Pagnol, 1977 Un souvenir d’enfance d’un auteur français presque mythique, charmant et bien aimé, qui relate des épisodes de sa vie de demipensionnaire au lycée.

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

November 6, 2016.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads VOLKSWAGEN BLUES de JACQUES POULIN.  We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!     6 novembre (San Francisco): Volkswagen Blues, par Jacques Poulin, 1984 Une route qui mène un jeune Québécois en compagnie d’une Indienne de la Gaspésie jusqu’à San Francisco, non sans un détour du côté de l’Amérique profonde, par la route des pionniers.

January 8, 2017.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads RENE, de CHATEAUBRIAND.  We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!   8 janvier, 2017 (Berkeley): René, par François-René de Chateaubriand, 1802 Connu comme l’apogée du « romantisme » dans la littérature française, ce roman raconte la fuite du jeune héros, un marginal en quête de l’absolu, vers les tribus indiens.

March 5, 2017.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads L’ENFANT NOIR, de CAMARA LAYE.  We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!   5 mars, 2017 (San Francisco): L’Enfant noir, par Camara Laye, 1953 An early major work in Francophone African literature, this book follows Laye’s journey from his childhood in Kouroussa, French Guinea, through his education to his eventual departure for France.

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.

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