May 12-20, 2016

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May Events      

May 12, 2016.  MUSA performs music by BERNIER, MONTECLAIR, and REBEL.  Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley presents the acclaimed San Francisco-based baroque ensemble performing an all-French program featuring vocal and instrumental works by François Couperin, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, André Campra and others. The ensemble will feature two popular and well-known singers in the field of Early Music: Rita Lily, soprano, and Daniel Pickens-Jones, baritone. Ms. Lily will perform Nicolas Bernier’s’ cantata Le Caffé, a delightful ode to the wonders of coffee that antedates Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous “Coffee Cantata.” Daniel Pickens-Jones will join Ms. Lilly to perform Montéclair’s expressive cantata Tircis et Climene. Also included in the program will be Le Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully by Jean-Féry Rebel, as well as other instrumental works.  8 PM.  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  500 Castro St., Mountain View.  $45 adult; $35 seniors; $25 students; $10 children.  650-903-6000 or 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, for details.

May 12, 2016.  YO YO MA performs works by DEBUSSY and others.  With KATHRYN STOTT, piano.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, SF.  $35-$203.  415.864.6000 or for details.


May 12 & 14, 2016.  LE FESTIVAL 2016.    Under the direction of conductor Mark Starr and French flutist Isabelle Chapuis, the Alliance Française Sillicon Valley will be hosting our third consecutive Festival of French Classical Music.  Review on our past concerts "This was an excellent performance, the best I've heard of this piece." - David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice.  MUSA San Francisco Baroque Music Ensemble, a celebrated Bay Area Early Music group, will present on May 12, 2016 a bountiful bouquet of Baroque music from 17th Century France.  Ensemble San Francisco will perform an all-French program of works by Maurice Ravel, Philippe Gaubert, and Garbriel Fauré on May 14, 2016.  This year, we will hold 2 concerts on May 12th and May 14th at The Mountains View Center of Performing Arts, Second Stage.

May 13, 2016.  JOIN AN LGBT FRENCH LANGUAGE MEET-UP GROUP IN SONOMA COUNTY.  Second Friday of each month. 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:   

May 14-15, 2016.  GOLDEN GATE MEN’S CHORUS performs OUT OF THE DEPTHS:  SONGS OF ASCENT, including works by MILHAUD, SYDNEY GUILLAUME and others.  8pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $10-$40.  Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., SF.  415.668.4462 or for details. 

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

Through May 15, 2016.  BERKELEY’s AURORA THEATRE presents JEAN-FRANÇOIS REGNARD’s THE HEIR APPARENT (LE LEGATAIRE UNIVERSEL).  Comedy in verse, translated by DAVID IVES; directed by JOSH COSTELLO.  Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.  Two hours.  $32-$50.  510.843.4822 or for details.

May 15, 2016.  CRAIG REISS AND THE EOS ENSEMBLE performm IMPRESSIONISM OF DEBUSSY AND RAVELThe Eos Ensemble has put together a wonderful program entitled "Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel." The concert includes Debussy's early piano trio, as well as Ravel's masterfully poignant and virtuosic trio. $20.  7:30pm.

May 15, 2016.  SKY’S THE LIMIT!  The second annual fundraising gala of the FRANCOPHONE CHARTER SCHOOL OF OAKLAND.  Come celebrate our first year of operations and help the school reach new heights on Saturday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. at the Alameda Ballroom, 1415 Broadway, Alameda, CA. Join us for a memorable evening of live music, open bar, appetizers and dinner, and of course—silent and live auctions! DJ Claude (Bissap Baobab, Au Lounge’s Mondiale Afrique) will open and close the evening. Live music will be provided by jazz quartet with a French twist Duo Gadjo. Tickets are available at  

May 17, 2016.  FRENCH/ENGLISH CRAFTS & CONVO CLUB at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  The AFB is hosting a monthly English/French conversation and craft group.  May’s art project will be paper crafting.  Participants will pair-off for one-on-one conversation with a focus on mutal correction. This club is open to all adults, member of AF or SFBA, limited to 8 participants.  1:00-2:30. for details.

May 17, 2016.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discutera LA FETE DE L’INSIGNIFIANCE par M. Kundera.  3h30 au Foyer. for details.

May 17, 2016.  MANDORLA.  The only journey is the one within. Mandorla follows Ernesto, a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate video job, who is drawn by dark and magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an elusive banker who could help him unlock a dream that threatens his job, family, and sanity.  7:30pm.  Landmark Aquarius, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. for details.

May 17, 2016.  TRI TIP TRIO performs ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, TRI TIP TRIO comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes.  Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $12.


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.

May 19-22, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY presents BERLIOZ’s LA MORT DE CLEOPATRE and more, with SUSAN GRAHAM.  415.864.6000 or for details.

May 20, 2016.  CONVERSATION POTLUCK at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends. This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.  Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or beverage 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. for details.

May 20, 2016.  THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS 2.0, an exclusive California vs. France wine tasting hosted by Michael & Xochi Birch.  6pm-10pm.  The Battery.  Tickets $1,250. for details.

May 20, 2016.  NIGHT OF THE GRIOTS: KARAMO SUSSO with OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE, MOHAMED KOUYATE, MANDJOU KONÉAshkenaz presents Night of the Griots: this rare meeting of some of West Africa's great musicians features Mali's Karamo Susso on kora, joined by Ousseynou Kouyate of Senegal singing, dancing, and playing percussion; Mohamed Kouyate from Guinea on balafon (wooden marimba); and West African singer-dancer Mandjou Koné; along with drummer Tony D and bassist Ben Isaacs. They join together through the entire concert, performing songs unique to their regions and other pieces that are common to all.  One of the best-known African performers to grace our stage, international kora star Karamo Susso has appeared in numerous settings contributing his unique spirit, from traditional kora solo to collaborating with Africa's top stars and Americans including Taj Mahal, plus such fusions as the World Blues Band, Symphony of Koras, Soul Union, and the Manding Band. Born in Gambia and raised in Mali, he is a singer and kora master. He grew up in a compound of griots, next door to Tuomani Diabate. His uncle was Ballake Cissoko. Susso was playing kora and performing before he was big enough to hold the instrument.  The kora, the 21-stringed harp lute of West Africa, originated in the ancient Kingdom of Mali more than a thousand years ago. Legend tells that djinns brought it into this world and gave it to the griots: the poets, historians, storytellers and keepers of West African song and dance tradition. Their place in the culture was to sing the epics of heroes and relate histories of their people. The griots played kora and sang in court to praise the kings, and in the villages to carry news and to celebrate traditional ceremonies. The music is intricate, elegant, and potent. It is sweet while strong, percussive while lyrical, active while calm. Centuries of complex tradition are heard in it, as are simple truths.  West African dance and music great Ousseynou Kouyate, leader of such troupes as Sekhou Senegal and Djialy Kunda Kouyate, weaves his own style and culture into the Night of the Griots. Born and raised in Senegal, Ousseynou and his twin brother Assane Kouyate come from a long line of griots. Performing since childhood, the brothers toured the world for seven years in the prestigious National Ballet of Senegal, where they were the lead dancers and choreographers. After moving to the East Bay, they formed their original group Djialy Kunda Kouyate in 2003 to perform a blend of West African folkloric music and contemporary rhythms. In recent years Ousseynou has continued that original vision in Sekhou Senegal.  West African singer and dancer Mandjou Koné is also a djeli (griot) originally from Burkina Faso. Now based in the Bay Area, she teaches dance classes from UC Santa Cruz to Berkeley and has visited Ashkenaz as a member of the Rhythm Addicts.  Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm$18/$13 advance.

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 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

May 23, 2016.  SILICONFRENCH presents NETWORK BEFORE SILICON VALLEY OPEN DOORS.  SIlicon Valley Open Doors, the leading boutique technology investment conference to which SIliconFrench contributes is happy to announce a special networking event to welcome guests from South Africa and early arriving international attendees.  This is a unique opportunity to mingle before the main Conference days. Together with the general networking reception, the event will host a series of 1-min pitches/introductions from the attendees.  Special guests from South Africa will provide an overviewof their expertise in hardware, FinTech, Mobile, and EdTech and discuss possible business cooperation with fellow entrepreneurs and companies that are interested in entering the South African market.  Register at:   To register for SVOD (May 25-26, 2016), use code siliconfrench:

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. for details. for details.

May 26, 2016.  CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Le 26 mai nous nous réunirons au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 heures pour discuter le roman de M. H. Lafon: "Les pays" - Folio- 146 pages- 2012.   C'est l'histoire d'une fille de paysans qui monte à Paris pour étudier. Elle naviguera entre deux mondes. for details.

May 26-29, 2016.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND.  A true New Orleans institution that defines the tradition of Crescent City music. Founded in the early 1960s by tuba player Allan Jaffe, and now led by Jaffe’s son, tuba player Ben Jaffe, the group features a multi-generational wealth of New Orleans talent. Special guests will include Yosvany Terry(THU), Ernan Lopez-Nussa(FRI), and Shovels & Rope(SAT).

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:  

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 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:

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: 

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France


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!   

FRANCOFONIA.  Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, who swept us through the Hermitage Museum in Russian Ark, now shifts his focus to Paris and the Louvre, particularly during World War II, when museum director Jacques Jaujard had to negotiate with Franz Graf Wolff-Metternich, representing the German occupation forces. Combining dramatic recreations with documentary footage, Sokurov also brings life to some of the paintings’ subjects, including a pompous Napoleon and the beautiful Marianne, the French goddess of liberty. Narrating throughout, Sokurov creates a stunning essay-meditation on history, demonstrating his conviction that museums are the veritable DNA of a civilization. In French, Russian and German with English subtitles. Writer/Director: Alexander Sokurov. (France/Germany/Netherlands 2015) 87 min.; BAMPFA.

MANDORLA.  The only journey is the one within. Mandorla follows Ernesto, a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate video job, who is drawn by dark and magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an elusive banker who could help him unlock a dream that threatens his job, family, and sanity.  7:30pm.  Landmark Aquarius, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. for details. May 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. 

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 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 :


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.

Through June 25, 2016.  SWISS-AMERICAN ARTIST CHRISTIAN MARCLAY.   shows six entirely new works at  Fraenkel Gallery.  Six New Animations are sequences of photographs and the exhibition in San Francisco marks their worldwide debut. By subtly editing many thousands of images of the pavement beneath his feet, Marclay has created these six hypnotic animations that unlock new possibilities inherent in the concept of street photography.  Works on display through June 25, 2016.  Fraenkel Gallery. 49 Geary Street. San Francisco.

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 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:

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.

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 . For more information:  415 637-3145  or    Youtube: 

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. 

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 or

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

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or 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

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 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 for details.

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

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. 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

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.

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 or

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 :

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 : If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France.


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. 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 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.

Through June 15, 2016.  TREIZE À TABLE.  Un nouveau cours de huit semaines (?2?7 avril-15 juin 2016) enseigné par RENEE MOREL — en français, bien sûr!  La table, on le sait, a toujours été un grand sujet littéraire, alors, tous les gourmands de mets et de mots sont invités! Venez prendre place, déguster et savourer huit nouvelles d’auteurs contemporains (Tatiana de Rosnay, Maxime Chattam, Jean-Marie Périer, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt…) ayant toutes un repas pour thème commun: intrigue policière, réunions de famille qui tournent mal, retrouvailles inattendues, récit fantastique… Du noir, de la tendresse, de l'humour, de l'absurde, à chacun sa recette. À déguster sans modération, dans la convivialité d'un petit groupe francophile et francovore!  L?es textes du recueil "Treize à table"? ont été offerts ?par les auteurs au profit des "Restos du Cœur", association caritative créée ?en 1985 ?par l'humoriste Coluche ?(1944-1986) ?pour fournir des repas gratuits aux personnes démunies.  Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON).  8 weeks (?April ?27-June 15,? 2016).Un nouveau cours de huit semaines.  (?2?7?avril?-15 juin?2016) enseigné par Renée Morel — en français, bien sûr!  $255. Discounts available for members and early birds (register a week before).  $39 for single classes (drop  ins).  IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102.  415.362.3666 or

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:

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

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

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

October 24-December 17, 2016.  8-WEEK CLASSES AT THE FRENCH CLASS.  San Francisco. 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 or or email 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. 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. 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:   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 (Campbell) or (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 or email 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).


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:

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 For information on the French M.A. program, scholarships and teaching opportunities, please contact Professor Jean-Luc Desalvo :  

THE FRENCH CLASS.  French classes in SF or at your home - - 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: - 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

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 and on our facebook page 

CHILDREN’S FRENCH CLASSES AT BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY.  Bay Language Academy learning is designed around a carefully designed curriculum. 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:  

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: Contact:      

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! or contact us at

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, .

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 or call 510-531-8566. Visit:    

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 :   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. or 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. 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.

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:

"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 and to register, visit  Seesaw Cafe (? 1.415.553.8070 - 600A Octavia St.)

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:  Contactez-nous a:  

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. 

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.

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:

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 for more information on Language Immersion for your child 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.

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 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

COOKING CLASSES IN FRANCE OFFERED BY FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT Philippe Gion. 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 ; for more details.

FRENCH CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES IN SAN FRANCISCO. Contact: Jean et Marie store & Maisonette Playroom : Coordonnées: 510.759.1224 - 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: 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 @ or write to

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

LIVELY LANGUAGE LEARNING™. French classes for children ages 7-12. Based on famous accelerated learning method. Small classes. Fun and easy. Email or call 415.898.0013. The OptimaLearning Center of Novato, or

Other courses available. For courses at Sonoma State University, go to . For classes in Santa Rosa, see or contact See for Alliance Francaise classes in San Francisco and / 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 In the East Bay, visit or write to for more class opportunities. For the monthly newsletter of the Alliance Francaise de Napa and a list of French classes offered, go to


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

June 3-5, 2016.  UN CHAPEAU DE PAILLE D’ITALIE and LES DEUX TIMIDES (René Clair).  The Alliance Française is proud to co-present two select, René Clair films, The Italian Straw hat (Un chapeau de paille d'Italie)  and Les Deux Timides.   These films were restored in collaboration with Cinémathèque française.

June 3-5, 2016.  SWISS DANCE COMPANY T42.    San Francisco International Arts Festival June 3, 4, 5, 2016.   Details to follow.

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. or (Concerts/Events).

June 5, 2016.  SWISS AUTHOR CHRISTIAN KRACHT at the Bay Area Book Festival.

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. 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, or 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.

June 7, 9 or 11, 2016.  PARIS POUR LES ENFANTS.  Conference at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Improve your oral comprehension and learn vocabulary through short articles, games and videos. Our conferences are very interactive with a lot of conversation and fun activities.  Presented in French by Laurence Delahaye.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  $20.  Please call (415) 362-3666 to register. 

June 10, 2016.  JOIN AN LGBT FRENCH LANGUAGE MEET-UP GROUP IN SONOMA COUNTY.  Second Friday of each month. for details.

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

June 10-12, 2016.  DJANGOFEST 2016: 12TH ANNUAL GYPSY JAZZ FESTIVAL.  3 Days of Concerts and Workshops at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.  This 3 day festival is packed with performances and workshops by top Gypsy Jazz musicians from around the world, honoring the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary Jazz guitarist who pioneered the style almost a century ago. The festival will feature 3 epic concerts plus an all-star "Djam" performance, an opening night party, and intensive workshops. The lineup of musicians includes Robin Nolan, Simon Planting, Jeff Radaich, Rhythm Future Quartet, Jason Anick, Olli Soikkeli, Max O'Rourke, Greg Loughman, Stochelo Rosenberg, Christiaan van Hemert, Brad Brose, Gonzalo Bergara, Leah Zeger, Paul Cartwright, Miguel Ferguson, Giovanna Clayton and more!  A limited number of Sponsorship Packages are available, which give you Reserved Seating to all Concerts, Early Access (avoid the crowds!), your name promoted as a sponsor, limited edition memorabilia, bonus raffle tickets, and more!  Tickets: $45 - $65 ($140 for full concert pass)

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: for details.   

June 14, 16 or 18, 2016. PARIS:  LE MARAIS.  Conference at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Improve your oral comprehension and learn vocabulary through short articles, games and videos. Our conferences are very interactive with a lot of conversation and fun activities.  Presented in French by Laurence Delahaye.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  $20.  Please call (415) 362-3666 to register. 

June 17-26, 2016.  SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. 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: 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. 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. 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:

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! for details.

June 25, 2016.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA participates in the FETE DE LA MUSIQUE with LA GUINGUETTE. 7hrs à 9hrs. 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 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. for details. 

July 16 & 17, 2016.  RATATOUILLE WITH SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  Feature Film with Live Orchestra!  Watch the Academy Award®-winning animated film Ratatouille and relive the story of Remy the optimistic rat with a calling to make delicious food. The San Francisco Symphony performs the Grammy Award-winning score, live, while the movie is projected on the big screen. With two matinee performances, this event is great for the entire family.  2pm.

July 17, 2016.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA celebrates the FETE DE LA BASTILLE with a PIQUE-NIQUE. 4hrs. - 8hrs., Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol. for details.

July 21, 2016.  AN EVENING IN PARIS WITH MADELEINE PEYROUX.  It’s the San Francisco Symphony with singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux, who honed her musical chops busking on the sidewalks of Paris' Latin Quarter, performing classic songs like La Vie en rose and J'ai deux amours in an evening dedicated to music from, and inspired by, Paris. Also featuring Gershwin’s An American in Paris and more, come to an enchanted concert of great music paying tribute to the City of Light.  7:30pm 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 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. 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 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 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 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 for details.

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