July 21-August 5, 2016

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July & August Events     

July 21, 2016.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  CREDIT SCORE & MORTGAGE PLANNING.  The banking system can be quite a challenge to the newcomer to the US. Understanding how it works and how it will impact your every day life is an important step of your settling in to your new life in the US. During this session, the speakers will discuss the credit score and credit history. They will also explore how those two factors determine your mortgage application.  8:30am-10:30am.  www.faccsf.com for details.

July 21, 2016.  APERO-CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Every Thursday at 6 pm, join the Alliance Française to savor some enjoyable French conversation. You will have the opportunity to meet a range of native French speakers and French students alike. The apéritif, a longstanding French custom, creates an accommodating and lively environment to meet new people and express oneself freely. All levels are welcome. $8 General Admission. $5 Members. Free for AF Students.  For details:  http://afsf.com/lapero-conversation/

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  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

July 21, 2016.  CARA BLACK discusses MURDER ON THE QUAI, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in the NYTimes bestselling series, as a tres chic investigator - the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now we dip back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective in this prequel called ‘Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French’ by Alan Furst FOLIO BOOKS 3957 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94114.  7pm.  Phone: (415) 821-3477.

July 21-August 7, 2016.  36TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, with French-related films including two shorts (I, DALIO, OR THE RULES OF THE GAME and AND THEN, VIOLENCE), as wellas THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE (Elie Chouraqui, France, Germany | 2015 | 110 min)  Nathan Fabre, a teacher in a French-German school, is working on his thesis about the French Resistance during World War II. During a research trip to Buchenwald, he finds a photo of a prisoner with an uncanny resemblance to his father. When his father ignores his queries,  Nathan pursues the matter himself, and his research becomes much more than academic,  complicated further by his romance with a young German woman. http://sfjff36.jfi.org/   for details.

July 22-24, 2016.  RARA TOU LIMEN presents RASANBLE!  HAITIAN ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL.  Folkloric dance workshops, drum circle, Vodou song class, fashion show, performance, cultural exchange, Haitian cuisine, vendors, and more!  Oakland & Berkeley.  www.raratoulimen.com for details.

July 23, 2016.  ARI MICICH, trumpet, performs works by RAVEL and others.  Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., SF.  $12-$20.  7:30pm.  415.564.2324 for details. 

July 23, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the TWAIN HARTE ART AND WINE FESTIVAL, TWAIN HARTE.  A great annual event in Downtown Twain Harte. We will play three sets between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm.  www.fireonthemountain.com or www.tomrigney.com

July 24, 2016. SOLO OPERA performs OPERA IN THE PARK, including works by DELIBES, SAINT-SAENS, and others.  Chun Mei Wilson, piano.  4pm.  Free.  Orinda Communityy Center Park, 28 Orinda Way,Orinda.  925.685.4945 or www.soloopera.org for details.

July 25, 2016.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 25 juillet à 16h au Boulanger de Los Gatos pour discuter le livre de Laurent GAUDÉ "Dans la nuit Mozambique" - 2007- 160 pages - Editions Babel L'auteur a reçu le Prix Goncourt en 2004 pour" Le soleil des Scorta" que nous avons discuté au Cercle de Lecture" Pour tout renseignement veuillez contacter la responsible BERNADETTE.  www.afscv.org for details.

July 26, 2016. CARA BLACK discusses MURDER ON THE QUAI, the latest Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris. The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in the NYTimes bestselling series, as a tres chic investigator - the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now we dip back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective in this prequel called ‘Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French’ by Alan Furst SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY100 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102 Phone: 415/557-4595.

July 26, 2016.  WILD CATAHOULAS with special guest ANDREW CARRIERE play at Ashkenaz, in Berkeley.  Among the hottest dance bands out of Sonoma County, tonight the reconstituted Wild Catahoulas are joined by special guest Andrew Carriere. Cajun and zydeco band Wild Catahoulas takes its name from the official state dog of Louisiana, which, fiddler Gus Garelick says, is "hard working and bilingual." Garelick could also be referring to this band, which spun off from Ashkenaz regulars Cajun Coyotes and includes two of the North Bay's best singers, Allegra Broughton and Sam Page (of rock-folk band Solid Air), on guitar and bass respectively. They are joined by drummer Don Connolly. The Wild Catahoulas mix sweet Cajun waltzes and two-steps with more energized zydeco and New Orleans R&B, traditional favorites, and band originals that turn every show into an instant Mardi Gras party. Garelick has fiddled with such fellow high-energy bands as Sonoma Swamp Dogs and Queen Ida, and his bandmates come with their own credentials.  You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere. A native of Southern Louisiana, the accordionist and singer brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with his own band the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars, as well as with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm$12www.ashkenaz.com 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.

July 27, 2016.  MUSIC@MENLO performs FAURE’s ROMANCE IN B-FLAT MAJOR FOR VIOLIIN AND PIANO, op.28 and more. 8pm. Center for the Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton.  www.musicatmenlo.org for details. 

July 28, 2016.    APERO-CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Every Thursday at 6 pm, join the Alliance Française to savor some enjoyable French conversation. You will have the opportunity to meet a range of native French speakers and French students alike. The apéritif, a longstanding French custom, creates an accommodating and lively environment to meet new people and express oneself freely. All levels are welcome. $8 General Admission. $5 Members. Free for AF Students.  For details:  http://afsf.com/lapero-conversation/

July 28, 2016.  BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO & C. J. CHENIER play ZYDECO during SFJAZZ summer sessions.  201 Franklin (at Fell), SF.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

July 28, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the SONOMA COUNTY FAIR, SANTA ROSA.  Park Stage. 6:00-9:00 pm.  www.sonomacountyfair.com or www.tomrigney.com

July 28-29, 2016.  PINK MARTINI perform with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org/summer for details. 

July 29, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the BLACK OAK CASINO, TUOLOMNE  One of our favorite venues in the Sierra foothills! Great sound, big dance floor! 19400 Tuolomne Rd., Tuolomne. 9:00 pm. www.blackoakcasino.com or www.tomrigney.com for details.

July 29 & 30, 2016.  MUSIC@MENLO performs FAURE’s ELEGIE FOR CELLO AND PIANO, op.24 and more. 7/29:  8pm, Stent Family Hall, Menlo School; 7/30:  6pm, Center for the Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton.  www.musicatmenlo.org for details. 

July 30, 2016.  PENINSULA SWISS CLUB celebrates the SWISS INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Fleischkäse and a variety of salads will be served, beverages will be available for purchase.  5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos.  Reservation is required and possible until July 25. RSVP and more information.  http://www.peninsulaswissclub.com/activities.html.

July 30, 2016. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform with ANDRE THIERRE at the YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL, SAN FRANCISCO, WITH ANDRE THIERRY!  A rare San Francisco appearance at Yerba Buena Gardens--this time a co-bill with Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic.  Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between Third and Fourth, SF.  1:00-3:00 pm.  Information: www.ybgfestival.org or www.tomrigney.com

Through July 31, 2016.  VICTORIA THEATRE presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the closer to the BAY AREA MUSICALS! season.  Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., SF.  $20-$65 ($100 for opening night performance & party).  415.340.2207 or www.bamsf.org for details.

Through 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

August 1, 2016.  BBQ IN CELEBRATION OF SWISS INDEPENDENCE DAY.  3pm, Sebastopol.  Call 707.795.5645 for details.

August 1-26, 2016.  FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMPS at the LYCEE FRANÇAIS DE SAN FRANCISCO.  http://www.lelycee.org/page.cfm?p=1389

August 3, 2016.  SACRAMENTO HELVETIA VEREIN.   Together, let's celebrate Switzerland's Independence Day with friends and Swiss compatriots over cocktails, dinner and entertainment.  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J Street, SacramentoReservations and admission fee are required and possible until July 27. RSVP and more information  http://www.sacramentoswiss.com/files/Invitation_2016_Swiss_National_Day.pdf  

Through 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.

August 5, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS play at  Aqus Café, corner of H & 2nd St.  Petaluma.  NO COVER CHARGE  Cool off with Sheri & Michael!  7pm.  www.eurocafemusic.com for details.

August 6, 2016.  UNITED SWISS SOCIETIES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, together with AELPLER GRUPPE SWISS CLUB and PRO TICINO NORTH CALIFORNIA.  Eat Swiss food, listen and dance to Swiss music, watch Schwingen, enjoy the Kids Zone and more. Welcome adress by Consul General Hans-Ulrich Tanner.  11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Newark Swiss Park, 5911 Mowry Avenue, Newark.  General admission is required. Find tickets and more information.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swiss-national-day-tickets-26394305077?ref=esfb.

August 7, 2016. SONOMUSETTE performs at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center.  $15 advance / $20 at the door SEATED CONCERT !  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

August 7, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS play at Redwood Café, Cotati, 5pm.

August 13, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the ARDENWOOD CAJUN / ZYDECO FESTIVAL.  We return to this great annual event in the East Bay. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. Event goes from 10:00 am-6:30 pm. We play 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Also on the bill—ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC.  Information & tickets:  https://apm.activecommunities.com/ebparks/Home

August 14, 2016.  SONOMUSETTE performs at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9, Felton (Santa Cruz).  7pm.  http://www.donquixotemusic.info for details.  Or visit www.sonomusette.com .

August 16, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8pm).  www.ashkenaz.com

August 17, 2016.  SERENA BURDICK presents GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON, a story about the Savarays, friends of Manet and citizens relatively unaffected by the Franco-Prussion war… until their son Henri disappears early one morning.  Burdick brings the Impressionist era to live in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.  7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.096o or www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 17, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform a CONCERT IN THE PLAZA in Mill Valley.  A rare Marin County summer appearance. Downtown Mill Valley. 6:30-8:00 pm.  http://www.cityofmillvalley.org/Index.aspx?page=462

August 18, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the FAIR OAKS SUMMER CONCERT.  We return once again to the park in Fair Oaks for a great evening of music. Village Park, 4238 Main St., Fair Oaks. 6:30-9:00 pm.  http://fairoakspark.org/events/summer/concerts-in-the-park

August 19, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS play at Redwood Café, downtown Cotati. This is the annual STUDENT STAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER for the Cotati Accordion Festival.  Michael & Sheri are hosts and perform along with some of the finest accordionists on the planet.  Come early, enjoy a wonderful dinner and donate to the scholarship fund.  Thank you.  4:00PM-6:30PM.  www.eurocafemusic.com for details.

August 19, 2016.  ERIN BYRNE presents CARRY ON:  TRAVELS AROUND THE GLOBE, including her time spent in MOROCCO.  7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera.  415.927.096o or www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through August 20, 2016. COLETTE UNCENSORED.  Written by actor LORRI HOLT and co-written with ZACK ROGOW, this one-woman biography of the French author tells a story as colorful and as interesting as one of her own novels.  The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.  $20-$100.  415.282.3055 or www.themarsh.org

August 22, 2016.  SWISS-US ENERGY INNOVATION DAYS – CONFERENCE, NETWORKING DINNER.  The first day of the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days is a conference style event with a keynote speech by CAISO's Mark Ferron followed by three interactive panel discussions on Net Positive Energy, Emerging Mobility Modes, and The Energy Cloud.  Conference, 9am-5:30pm, Alumni House, UC Berkeley.  Networking dinner, 6pm, Berkeley City Club.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

August 24, 2016.  SWISS-US ENERGY INNOVATION DAYS – WORKSHOP.  An interactive workshop led by Arup’s Chris Luebkeman, Director of Foresight + Research + Innovation, on the topic “Our Prosumer Future: From Distributed Generation to Shared Mobility” concludes the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days.   8:30am-1pm.  swissnex San Francisco.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

Through 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/

August 27, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY AND JOHN R. BURR perform at the PALO ALTO ART & WINE FESTIVAL.  The dynamic violin/piano duo make a rare Peninsula appearance at this fabulous art and wine festival. University Ave., Palo Alto. Our Showtime: 2:00-4:00 pm.  http://www.mlaproductions.com/PaloAlto/index.html

Through August 28, 2016.  HITCHCOCK-TRUFFAUT SERIES at Pacific Film Archive.  The release of Kent Jones’s excellent new documentary  HITCHCOCK/ TRUFFAUT provides the perfect occasion to revisit a selection of films by both iconic directors. The film is based on the book  of the same title , a compendium of interviews that the young François Truffaut conducted with Hitchcock in 1962. Since its publication in 1966, Hitchcock/Truffaut has become indispensable to generations of film writers, aspiring directors, and cinephiles everywhere. By the time he met Truffaut, Hitchcock had had a long and prolific career directing dozens of films from the silent era onward, often completing one or more films a year, many of them box-office hits. Yet it wasn’t until Truffaut and his colleagues at the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma wrote about them in the 1950s that the movies of Hitchcock and his Hollywood cohort—John Ford, Howard Hawks, and others—began to be viewed not just as products of an entertainment industry but as art, a new and largely unexamined art equal to the novels, paintings, and plays of previous generations. They went on to explore and elucidate this new medium, learning as much as they could from cinema’s pioneers and using what they gleaned in their own films; the Cinémathèque française was their university and the streets of Paris their sound stage. This series allows us to look at the films of master and student side by side and appreciate how they changed the way we look at movies today.  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/program/hitchcocktruffaut for details.

August 31, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the PEACETOWN CONCERT SERIES, SEBASTOPOL.  We had a blast at this concert last year--let's make this year even better!  Ives Park, Sebastopol. 5:00-8:00 pm.  http://www.mrmusicfoundation.org/peacetown.html

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!   

36TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, with French-related films including two shorts (I, DALIO, OR THE RULES OF THE GAME and AND THEN, VIOLENCE), as wellas THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE (Elie Chouraqui, France, Germany | 2015 | 110 min)  Nathan Fabre, a teacher in a French-German school, is working on his thesis about the French Resistance during World War II. During a research trip to Buchenwald, he finds a photo of a prisoner with an uncanny resemblance to his father. When his father ignores his queries,  Nathan pursues the matter himself, and his research becomes much more than academic,  complicated further by his romance with a young German woman. http://sfjff36.jfi.org/   for details. July 21-August 7, 2016.

HITCHCOCK-TRUFFAUT SERIES at Pacific Film Archive.  The release of Kent Jones’s excellent new documentary  HITCHCOCK/ TRUFFAUT provides the perfect occasion to revisit a selection of films by both iconic directors. The film is based on the book  of the same title , a compendium of interviews that the young François Truffaut conducted with Hitchcock in 1962. Since its publication in 1966, Hitchcock/Truffaut has become indispensable to generations of film writers, aspiring directors, and cinephiles everywhere. By the time he met Truffaut, Hitchcock had had a long and prolific career directing dozens of films from the silent era onward, often completing one or more films a year, many of them box-office hits. Yet it wasn’t until Truffaut and his colleagues at the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma wrote about them in the 1950s that the movies of Hitchcock and his Hollywood cohort—John Ford, Howard Hawks, and others—began to be viewed not just as products of an entertainment industry but as art, a new and largely unexamined art equal to the novels, paintings, and plays of previous generations. They went on to explore and elucidate this new medium, learning as much as they could from cinema’s pioneers and using what they gleaned in their own films; the Cinémathèque française was their university and the streets of Paris their sound stage. This series allows us to look at the films of master and student side by side and appreciate how they changed the way we look at movies today.  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/program/hitchcocktruffaut for details. Through August 28, 2016.

LES INNOCENTES (dir.  Anne Fontaine).  Warsaw, December 1945: a young French Red Cross doctor is summoned to a local convent where she discovers several nuns in various states of pregnancy, facing an unprecedented crisis of faith as their fiercely private world clashes with harsh realities.   Clay Theatre, San Francisco; the Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, and the Albany Twin, Albany.  Now in local theaters.

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

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

ART

Through July 31, 2016.  ART BY SANDRINE MALARY at ROSENBLUM CELLARS.  Come and meet the artisit for July- Sandrine Malary!  Sandrine Malary is a Haitian artist, born and raised. Sandrine’s creativity is expressed through many mediums: painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, upcycling, fashion, dance, music and writing. Most of her visual art contains elements of her culture, usually in the form of veve, Haitian Vodou symbols representing the lwa. Sandrine recently moved to Haiti, where she is tapping into her motherland’s well of inspiration. Malary now visits the Bay annually, bringing with her the fruits of creative labor for all to enjoy.  Rosenblum Cellars, 10 Clay St., Alameda.

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

Through August 20, 2016.  DRISS OUADAHI, originally from Algeria, presents BREACH INTO SILENCE, paintings at the Hosfelt Gallery.  260 Utah St., SF.  415.495.5454 or www.hosfeltgallery.com for details.

Through September 3, 2016.  LAUREN MARSOLIER presents DISLOCATION at the Robert Koch Gallery.  Marsolier’s photo-montages are assembled from imagery compiled by the artist at assorted geographical locations over spans of time and manifest surreal non-places where evidence of human activity is simultaneously present yet are devoid of inhabitants. Her crisply composed images of buildings and man-made landscapes bathed in otherworldly light suggest time has seemingly been paused.  http://www.kochgallery.com/ for details.

Through September 3, 2016.  RACHELLE BUSSIERES (Canada) presents photographs, paintings, and sculpture in STRATA at the Robert Koch Gallery, http://www.kochgallery.com/ for details.

Through September 11, 2016.  ARTISTS’ BOOKS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN FOUNDATION, including SONIA DELAUNAY-TERK’s LA PROSE DU TRANSSIBERIEN ET DE LA PETITE JEHANNE DE FRANCE, and also DIVERS POEMES, a unique manuscript by PAUL ELUARD and illustrated by Picasso, and more.  Legion of Honor; Special Exhibition Gallery F.

October 8, 2016-January 29, 2017.  THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF 17TH-CENTURY FRANCE.  The first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis and Mathieu.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Special Exhibition Galleries. 

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        

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COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

September 2, 2016.  SONOMUSETTE performs at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  7:30pm.  282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.  Details to follow.

September 2-11, 2016.  WOODMINSTER THEATERS presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  www.woodminster.com 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!     Un souvenir d'enfance d'un auteur français presque mythique, charmant et bien aimé. Le temps des amours se compose de dix chapitres, retrouvés dans les dossiers de l'auteur après sa mort, et réunis en l'état par son éditeur. Un bon nombre de ces textes avaient toutefois acquis leur forme définitive, quand Pagnol avait autorisé leur publication dans quelques magazines. La plus grande part relate des épisodes de sa vie de demi-pensionnaire au Lycée Thiers de Marseille où il est entré en 1905, panachés d'aventures de vacances dans ses chères collines. Place : Berkeley, location TBA.  3-5pm.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

September 9-30, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents ANDREA CHENIER by UMBERTO GIORDANO. Based on the life of the French poet of the Revolution. 415.864.3330 or www.sfopera.com for details.

September 10, 2016.  SONOMUSETTE performs at the Chico World Music Festival, CSU-Chico.  Sycamore Stage, 1pm-2pm; Laxson Stage, 4pm-5pm.  http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/performances/chico-world-music-festival.php

September 12, 2016.  YAEL NAIM in concert at GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL. Doors at 7pm; Concert at 8pm.  $36 advance/door; $60.95 for dinner.  859 O’Farrell St., SF.  http://www.slimspresents.com/event/yael-naim-gamh/ Tickets NOW ON SALE!

September 20, 2016.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  We will be discussing LA LISTE DE MES ENVIES by GREGOIRE DELACOURT.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

October 9, 2016.  ALEX PRUD’HOMME presents THE FRENCH CHEF IN AMERICA:  JULIA CHILD’S SECOND ACT at COOKS WITH BOOKS.  6:30pm at Left Bank, Larkspur.  $115 single/$180 couple.  415.927.096o or www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 18, 2016.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  We will be discussing TOPAZE by MARCEL PAGNOL.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

October 27, 2016.  GRANDE TOURNEE MONDIALE DE M83 AVEC UN RETOUR A SAN FRANCISCO.  Cette année et depuis la sortie de son nouvel album, Junk, M83 est à peu près partout et aussi un peu à San Francisco. Ceux qui n'étaient pas à Coachella, et ceux qui ont raté M83 au Fox en avril, réjouissez-vous et soyez prêts! Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, http://lostinsf.com/grande-tournee-mondiale-de-m83-avec-un-retour-a-san-francisco

November 4, 2016.  AFROPOP SPECTACULAR MAHMOUD AHMED & TRIO DA KALI.  Malian trio with an all-star meeting of griots with regal musical bloodlines performs in Cal Performances.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.   www.calperformances.org 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 En compagnie d’une jeune métisse indienne surnommée la Grande Sauterelle, un écrivain, Jack, part à la recherche de son frère Théo dont il est sans nouvelles depuis plusieurs années. Son voyage le conduira de la Gaspésie jusqu’à San Francisco, non sans un détour du côté de l’Amérique profonde, par la route des pionniers. L’auteur est québécois et habite la ville de Québec. Place : Crepes on Cole, 100 Carl Street, San Francisco. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

November 15, 2016.   CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  We will be discussing LES VIOLENTS D’AUTOMNE by PHILIPPE GEORGET.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

December 10, 2016.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.  www.gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

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.

January 13-February 5, 2017.  ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS presents EMILIE:  LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT by LAUREN GUNDERSON.  www.RossValleyPlayers.com for details.

January 20, 2017.  EMANUEL AX performs at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.  www.gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

January 22, 2017.  EMANUEL AX performs in Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.   www.calperformances.org for details.

January 27, 2017.  JORDI SAVALL AND HESPERION XXI present THE MUSICAL EUROPE, 1500-1700 at Cal Performances.  8pm.  First Congregational Church, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

February 9-11, 2017.  LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN presents CUISINE AND CONFESSIONS at Cal Performances.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

February 12, 2017.  LUCAS DEBARGUE plays RAVEL and more at Cal Performances.  3pm.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

March-April 2017.  MAGIC THEATRE presents THE BALTIMORE WALTZ by PAULA VOGEL.  Fantastical satires takes the audience on a whirlwind odyssey through PARIS, Amsterdam, Munich and Vienna in search of romance and a ture.  Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.  www.magictheatre.org for details.

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.

March 12, 2017. AKADEMIE FUR ALTE MUZIC BERLIN performs music by COUPERIN, REBEL and more at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.  www.gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 19, 2017.  CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY presents THE FRENCH CONNECTION.  4pm.  Journey to Europe in this all-French program, including French-American Composer-in-Residence Pierre Jalbert. Also, acting concertmaster Jennifer Cho, who also plays in the San Francisco Opera orchestra, takes the stage to showcase the incredible talent of our own players. With music by DELIBRES, PIERRE JALBERT, RAVEL, SAINT-SAENS, and BIZET.  925.280.2490 or www.californiasymphony.org for details.

April 22, 2017.  CAPPELLA SF performs FRANK MARTIN’s MASS FOR DOUBLE CHOIR and more at Cal Performances.  8pm.  First Congregational Church, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

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

June 10-July 2, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents LA BOHEME by GIACOMO PUCCINI.  415.864.3330 or www.sfopera.com for details.

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