September 22-30, 2016

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September Events     

September 22, 2016.  CERCLE DE LECTURE de L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 22 septembre au Boulanger de Los Gatos, à 16 heures pour discuter le roman de Fatou DIOME : Celles qui attendent - 2010 - 326 pages - L'auteure est née au Sénégal et vit en France depuis 1994. Ce roman raconte l'histoire de mères et d'épouses de clandestins, ceux qui ont fui leur pays africain pour l'Eldorado que représente l'Europe.  Pour tout renseignement veuillez contacter la responsible Bernadette Theisen.  www.afscv.org for details.

September 22, 2016.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO celebrates the release of their 14th CD, JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz.  The Hot Club of San Francisco is super-pleased to announce the release of our 14th CD “John Paul George & Django”:  a mind-blowing CD of  Beatles’ compositions played in our gypsy jazz style.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club  for details.

September 23, 2016.  LA TRAVERSEE DE PARIS / FOUR BAGS FULL.  A CINE WORKSHOP in English at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  This workshop is a study of the film “La Traversee de Paris” by Claude Autant-Lara.  It was one of the first films to expose the unpalatable truths about the Occupation, based on the short story by Marcel Ayme.  Selected clips (in French with English subtitles), with post-film discussions, will aid in the identification of the specific stylistic values within a historical climate.  Description of the film.  Screening of the excerpts.  Post-film discussion and analysis. The workshop will be in English, peppered with French expressions.  Presented by Laurence Mazouni, our resident film specialist.  $5 for members - $15 for non-members.6pm-8pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

September 23, 2016.  SWISS ARTIST THOMAS HIRSCHHORN speaks at San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., SF. 7pm-9pm. 

September 23 or 25, 2016.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents LOVE ME TONIGHT.  One of the most delightful of all musicals, enlivened by the first of Rodgers and Hart’s film scores and the deft, witty direction of Rouben Mamoulian. Maurice Chevalier is a Parisian tailor in love with a princess (Jeanette MacDonald) in this sophisticated fairy tale. Music, dialogue and action are so skillfully interwoven that the entire film is like one long, unbroken production number. The songs include “Isn’t It Romantic?” “Mimi,” and “Lover.” Charlie Ruggles and Myrna Loy head the supporting cast. “An ineffable mixture of absurdity and enchantment.” – Tom Milne, (1932, 96 min.)  Friday, September 23 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 25 at 4:00  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

September 24, 2016.  8TH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL. Cultural dances, international foods, kids activities, art from around the oworld.  10am-5pm.  Free.  Discovery Meadow Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose.  408.674.6840 or www.childrensfest.org for details. 

September 24, 2016. ENDERSIGHT performs the works of ANTOINE BRUMEL and more.  Hear the voices of Endersnight in their concert debut in the beautiful nave of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, located just one block from 16th/Mission BART Station. The concert program of approximately one hour will feature chant and masterworks of the Renaissance by Antoine Brumel, Orlande de Lassus, John Sheppard and more. Founded in 2015, Endersnight takes its name from the 15th-century century English carol “This Enders Night.” The a cappella vocal ensemble specializes in performing the sacred polyphonic choral repertoire of the 14th–16th centuries, and its members are veterans of the leading professional choral groups of the Bay Area, including Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, American Bach Soloists, Clerestory, Volti, Cappella SF, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Endersnight is the choir in residence for the Compline service at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco’s Mission District.  7 PM.  The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 1661 15th Street (at Julian), San Francisco.  Admission free; donations of $20 gladly accepted. Reception with the artists to follow.  www.sfems.org for details.

September 24, 2016.  GOLD COAST CHAMBER PLAYERS perform works by FAURE and more.  7:30pm.  $!5-$40.  Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.  925.283.3728 or www.gcplayers.org for details. 

September 24, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.  7:30pm; dance lesson at 7.  www.rigomania.com for details.

September 24-25, 2016.  GRAND OPENING OF SWITZERLAND AT PIER 17.    Switzerland is reviving San Francisco’s historic Pier 17 and testing a new form of international collaboration by creating an ecosystem under one roof that inspires interaction among academics, creatives, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and innovators.  The Consulate General of Switzerland, swissnex San Francisco, Swiss Business Hub, and Switzerland Tourism are hosting a grand opening festival to celebrate.

Through September 25, 2016.  CHANTICLEER performs music by CLAUDE GOUDIMEL, ENTRAIGUES, and others, in MY SECRET HEART.  Performances in Santa Clara, Sacramento, Pleasanton, San Francisco, and San Rafael.  www.chanticleer.org for details.

September 25, 2016.  OPEN HOUSE AT SWITZERLAND AT PIER 17.  Grand opening of the new location of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, swissnex San Francisco, Swiss Business Hub, and Switzerland Tourish.  There will be snacks, music, fun and games for the whole family and tours of the premisses.  1 pm - 5 pm. Pier 17, Suites 600/800. San Francisco. Tours at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Meet at the entrance of the Consulate General. Pier 17, Suite 600. San Francisco. Free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-opening-of-switzerland-at-pier-17-tickets-26885961635

September 25, 2016.  BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA COMPANY presents OPERA IN THE PARKS:  THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.  2pm.  Free.  Wildwood Park, 20764 Fourth St., Saratoga.  www.bslopera.com for details. 

September 25, 2016.  YASSIR CHADLY & THE MOROCCANS perform at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.  Free.  Mission @ 3rd & 4th Streets, SF.  Picnics welcome; no pets, please.  415.543.1718 or www.ybgfestival.org for details.  1pm-2:30pm.

Through September 26, 2016.  30TH ANNUAL WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL includes two French films:  SAINT AMOUR (9/22, Muscardini Cellars, Kenwood, $20) and PARISIENNES (9/24, the Kenwood Depot, $12.50).  http://wcff.us/2016/ for details; http://wcff.eventbrite.com for tickets. 

September 26, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining and dancing at San Francisco’s newest hot space, MR. TIPPLE’S RECORDING STUDIO.  Dancing welcome;  no cover. http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

September 27, 2016. CONVO CRAFT / ATELIER AMIGURUMIS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Passionné du DIY (do it yourself crafts projets), besoin de pratiquer votre anglais/français ?  Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation ! Apportez votre création, partagez votre savoir-faire, découvrez une nouvelle technique , échangez en anglais et en français !  Practice your French and your crochet skills ! This conversation club is the opportunity to use conversation skills for the benefit of French and English learners, as well as craft lovers!  SFBA et l’Alliance Française de Berkeley vous propose un groupe de conversation Anglais Français. La rencontre est mensuelle, le 4ème mardi du mois, de 13h à 14h30. Limité à 8 participants.  www.afberkeley.org for details. RSVP  info@afberkeley.org

September 27, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO will be playing at LE COLONIAL in San Francisco from 7pm-10pm.  No cover; all ages.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

September 27, 2016.  TRI TIP TRIO plays CAJUN/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. www.ashkenaz.com

September 27-30, 2016.  FREDERIC WORMS, Professor of Contemporary and Moral Philosophy and Directeur Adjoint Lettres at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, presents at UC-Berkeley.  9/27, 5pm, 4229 Dwinelle Hall:  UNE TRADITION INATTENDUE:  LA VITALISME CRITIQUE DANS LA PHILOSOPHIE FRANÇAISE CONTEMPORAINE (Canguilhem, Bergson, Foucault et quelques autres); 9/30, 5pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall:  LIVING TODAY:  THE NEED FOR A CRITICAL VITALISM, Frédéric Worms in conversation with JUDITH BUTLER, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature; 9/30, 12pm-2pm, 3401 Dwinelle Hall:  Frédéric Worms will speak at the CRITICAL VITALISMS WORKING GROUP.  510.642.2715 for details.

September 28, 2016.  LAUREN COLLINS discusses WHEN IN FRENCH:  LOVE IN A SECOND LANGUAGE.  A language barrier is no match for love. Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when, in her early thirties, she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier a surprising turn of events for someone who didn t have a passport until she was in college. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language? Collins wonders, as her relationship with Olivier continues to grow entirely in English. Are there things she doesn t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his native tongue? Does I love you even mean the same thing as je t aime ? When the couple, newly married, relocates to Francophone Geneva, Collins fearful of one day becoming "a Borat of a mother" who doesn’t understand her own kids decides to answer her questions for herself by learning French.  Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal, SF.  7pm.  www.bookshopwestportal.com for details.

September 28, 2016.  GRAND COCKTAIL DE RENTREE DE SFBA. En présence du Consul Général de France Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens.19h et 21h30.  Archery, 470 Alabama, SF.  http://www.sfbaccueil.org/for details.

September 28, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at FATTORIA E MARE in Burlingame (near SFO) from 7pm-10pm.  Dancing welcoming!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

Through September 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 30, 2016.  LE HAVRE.  A CINE WORKSHOP in English at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Nouvelles migrations à l’écran.  Une actualité brûlante: la France d'aujourd'hui.  L’humanisme ascétique du grand Finlandais Aki Kaurismaki investit Le Havre et l’imaginaire français pour une dénonciation sans chichis de la chasse aux immigrés.  The workshop will be in English, peppered with French expressions.  Presented by Laurence Mazouni, our resident film specialist.  $5 for members - $15 for non-members.6pm-8pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

September 30, 3016.  DEMAIN / TOMORROW, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO.  The "Paris Climat 2015" conference (COPT21) was to be a milestone in the negotiation of the future international agreement that will take effect in 2020, aiming for all countries, including the largest emitters of greenhouse gases - developed countries as well as developing countries - to be committed to a universal binding climate agreement. The setbacks and limits of our current way of life make it clear that, if we keep following the same path, our society is doomed. We urgently need a new aspiration, able to guide our choices and stimulate our creativity, before something irreversible happens. It is this idea that TOMORROW sets out to sketch. All over the world, new models and new ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, education and town planning are changing our ways of tackling projects, building and living together. So far, no other documentary has gone down this road. Most of them limit themselves to condemning, analyzing or deconstructing. TOMORROW creates a new genre: a positive, constructive film that provides solutions and contributes to creating a new imagination for the future.  8:30pm/7:30 for conversation.  555 Waverley Ave, Palo Alto (All Saints Parish Hall).  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details.

Through October 2, 2016.  AURORA THEATRE presents DEAR MASTER by DOROTHY BRYANT, about the relationship between GEORGE SAND and GUSTAVE FLAUBERT.  Directed by Joy Carlin.  2081 Addison St., Berkeley.  510.843.4822 or www.auroratheatre.org for details.

Through October 2, 2016.  DRAGON THEATRE presents ex-pat SAMUEL BECKETT’s WAITING FOR GODOT.  Dir. Jeanie K. Smith.  $25-$30.  Pay what you will Thursday preview.  2120 Broadway, Redwood City.  650.493.2006 ext.2 or www.dragonproductions.net for details. 

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!   

30TH ANNUAL WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL includes two French films:  SAINT AMOUR (9/22, Muscardini Cellars, Kenwood, $20) and PARISIENNES (9/24, the Kenwood Depot, $12.50).  http://wcff.us/2016/ for details; http://wcff.eventbrite.com for tickets.  September 21-26, 2016. 

DEMAIN / TOMORROW, presented by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO.  The "Paris Climat 2015" conference (COPT21) was to be a milestone in the negotiation of the future international agreement that will take effect in 2020, aiming for all countries, including the largest emitters of greenhouse gases - developed countries as well as developing countries - to be committed to a universal binding climate agreement. The setbacks and limits of our current way of life make it clear that, if we keep following the same path, our society is doomed. We urgently need a new aspiration, able to guide our choices and stimulate our creativity, before something irreversible happens. It is this idea that TOMORROW sets out to sketch. All over the world, new models and new ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, education and town planning are changing our ways of tackling projects, building and living together. So far, no other documentary has gone down this road. Most of them limit themselves to condemning, analyzing or deconstructing. TOMORROW creates a new genre: a positive, constructive film that provides solutions and contributes to creating a new imagination for the future.  8:30pm/7:30 for conversation.  555 Waverley Ave, Palo Alto (All Saints Parish Hall).  movienight@frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org for details. September 30, 2016.

LE HAVRE.  A CINE WORKSHOP in English at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  Nouvelles migrations à l’écran.  Une actualité brûlante: la France d'aujourd'hui.  L’humanisme ascétique du grand Finlandais Aki Kaurismaki investit Le Havre et l’imaginaire français pour une dénonciation sans chichis de la chasse aux immigrés.  The workshop will be in English, peppered with French expressions.  Presented by Laurence Mazouni, our resident film specialist.  $5 for members - $15 for non-members.6pm-8pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details. September 30, 2016.

LOVE ME TONIGHT at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE. One of the most delightful of all musicals, enlivened by the first of Rodgers and Hart’s film scores and the deft, witty direction of Rouben Mamoulian. Maurice Chevalier is a Parisian tailor in love with a princess (Jeanette MacDonald) in this sophisticated fairy tale. Music, dialogue and action are so skillfully interwoven that the entire film is like one long, unbroken production number. The songs include “Isn’t It Romantic?” “Mimi,” and “Lover.” Charlie Ruggles and Myrna Loy head the supporting cast. “An ineffable mixture of absurdity and enchantment.” – Tom Milne, (1932, 96 min.)  Friday, September 23 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 25 at 4:00  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. September 23 or 25, 2016.

LE PETIT PRINCE.  Now streamable via Netflix!

LA TRAVERSEE DE PARIS / FOUR BAGS FULL.  A CINE WORKSHOP in English at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  This workshop is a study of the film “La Traversee de Paris” by Claude Autant-Lara.  It was one of the first films to expose the unpalatable truths about the Occupation, based on the short story by Marcel Ayme.  Selected clips (in French with English subtitles), with post-film discussions, will aid in the identification of the specific stylistic values within a historical climate.  Description of the film.  Screening of the excerpts.  Post-film discussion and analysis. The workshop will be in English, peppered with French expressions.  Presented by Laurence Mazouni, our resident film specialist.  $5 for members - $15 for non-members.6pm-8pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details. September 23, 2016.

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

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

ART

Through September 24, 2016.  ENTRE FLEURS ET MER, paintings by Belgian artist MARIE VAN ELDER at The Great Highway Gallery.  3649 Lawton St., SF.  415.680.3891 or www.thegreathighway.com for details.

Through October 2016.  THE LACEMAKERS OF BELGIUM.  Nouvelle exposition à Sunnyvale: "The Lacemakers of Belgium." Au Musée de la Dentelle jusqu'à la fin d'octobre.  Entrée gratuite. Public Reception Planned for September 9.  An evening reception for "The Lacemakers of Belgium" will be held on Friday, September 9, from 7-9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the publicRegular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; admission is free and donations are welcome.  The Lace Museum also offers classes for children and adults in lacemaking, including tatting, lace knitting, bobbin lace, and crochet. www.thelacemuseum.org

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. 

October 22, 2016-April 9, 2017.  HISTORIC FUTURES:  ARTISTS REINVENT THE BOOK.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF . www.famsf.org for details.

Through November 19, 2016.  CAMILLE BLATRIX presents HEROE at the Wattis Institute of San Francisco.  Camille Blatrix’s objects are bittersweet—they are impeccably fabricated but fraught with emotional entanglement. The surfaces are scrutinized, the edges are caressed, each detail is perfected, and yet the metaphors remain abstract and the origin stories never clear.   http://wattis.org/view?id=358 for details.

Through December 31, 2016.  FRENCH POSTCARDS, a new exhibit of work by THALIA STRATTON at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details; www.thaliastratton.com for information the artist and her work.

Through January 9, 2016.  WORD:  POWER AND PROTECTION IN NORTH AFRICA.  In North Africa, Islamized peoples wear, encase, inscribe, and drink the Qur’anic word as a means to access its therapeutic and protective powers. Devotees of Islam consider the Word of God “the greatest of forces” and the Qur’an,which contains these divine words, the most revered and powerful entity.  This exhibition explores four key ways artists and their communities have engaged with Arabic script in North Africa and its neighboring regions during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Featured here are Qur’anic boards that transform writing into medicine, a hunter’s shirt that shields its wearer from harm, Tuareg amulets that solicit God’s assistance for their host, and a photograph by Lalla Essaydi that gives power to nonreligious texts.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details. Through January 22, 2017.  SÈVRES & VINCENNES PORCELAIN from the Gustavo Seriñá Collection.  Bowles Porcelain Gallery, Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 25-May 29, 2017.  MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org.  Details to follow!

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!  

October 2, 2016.  ATELIER DES PETITS LOUPS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Cet atelier en français à pour but de réunir enfants et parents pour bricoler, jouer, s’amuser ensemble.  Apporter un goûter et/ou une boisson à partager.  Pour les familles avec enfants de 0 à 10 ans.  L’atelier est mensuel, le 1er dimanche du mois de 15h à 17h. Limité à 8 enfants (accompagnés d’un adulte).  RSVP  info@afberkeley.org

October 2, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform on First Fridays at Redwood Café in downtown Cotati.  No cover. www.EuroCafeMusic.com

October 4, 2016.  FRENCH ARTISTS LOOK AT WOMEN.  Thirty-minute spotlight & docent lecture by RITA DUNLAY.  11:30am.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

October 4, 2016.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE facilitated by YVETTE CHALOM.  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1), with a different subject every month, facilitated by Yvette Chalom. Thème du mois : "la résilience"  En français. Gratuit pour nos membres - $10 pour les non-membres. 5pm to 6pm. www.afberkeley.org for details.

October 4, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  1317 San Pablo Ave.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8).  www.ashkenaz.com

October 5, 2016.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents its FALL EUROPEAN NETWORKING event. Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries!  www.faccsf.com for details.

October 6-16, 2016.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  Venues vary (Mill Valley, San Rafael).  French-language feature films include:  LA PASSION D’AUGUSTINE (Canada); UN VOYAGEUR (Marcel Ophuls, France); BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène); BROOKLYN, PARIS (France); HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT; ELLE L’ADORE / NUMBER ONE FAN (France); LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIE (Marcel Ophuls); CHANTE TON BAC D’ABORD (France); SEMBENE! ; while short films include:   THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE (Belgium, 6 min); BY ANY MEANS A-VEILABLE (France & Denmark, 17 min); 5m80 (France, 5 min).  www.mvff.com for details.

October 7, 2016.  FATEMA MERNISSI FOR OUR TIMES.  This conference will honor the life and work of the recently deceased pioneer feminist sociologist and writer Fatema Mernissi (Fez, Morocco 1940 – Rabat, Morocco 30 November 2015). The conference aims to bring into relief and to reflect together upon Mernissi’s immense contributions for our times. Mernissi’s work is celebrated in Arabic, French and English, and has been translated into multiple other languages as well. https://genderintranslation.com/2015/11/17/fatema-mernissi-for-our-times/

October 7-23, 2016.  MODERN CINEMA is a new collaboration between SFMOMA and the SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY.  French films during the month of October include:  10/8:  AGNES VARDA IN CALIFORNIA:  DOCUMENTEUR; 10/9:  SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker), LA JETEE (Chris Marker), BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène), BOROM SARRET (Ousmane Sembène),  and JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE (Chantal Akerman); 10/15:  THE RIVER (Jean Renoir).  Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA.  Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for SFMOMA and SFFS members. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite at the museum during regular business hours. Modern Cinema tickets do not include admission to SFMOMA galleries. Guests for Modern Cinema should enter through SFMOMA's Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance on Minna Street. For up-to-date program information and tickets, visit http://sfmoma.org/modern-cinema.   

October 8, 2016.  OPENING DAY CELEBRATION for THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE. Live period music; hands-on art activities.  Panel discussion, 2pm, with Esther Bell, C. D. Dickerson III, Elise Effman Clifford, and Claire Barry.  www.famsf.org for details.

October 8, 2016.  STANLEY GINSBERG talks about THE RYE BAKER:  CLASSIC BREADS FROM EUROPE AND AMERICA at Book Passage, SF Ferry Building.  12:30pm.  www.bookpassage.com 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 11 & 12, 2016.  L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY présente sa SEMAINE LITTERAIRE.  Mardi 11 octobreAntoine Volodine is a French novelist, born in Chalon-sur-Saône and raised in Lyon, who has published twenty books under this name. He has won the 2014 Prix Médicis for his most recent novel,Terminus Radieux.  Mercredi 12 octobreNelly Alard, born in 1962, is an actress, screenplay writer and novelist. She graduated from the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique de Paris en 1985.  www.afscv.org for details.

October 13, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO at REVIVAL BAR & KITCHEN, Berkeley.  Le Jazz Hot is the trio of the Hot Club SF, playing in the style & spirit of Django Reinhardt. Le Jazz Hot never fails to Dazzle & Delight!  9pm-11pm.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

October 14, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at SLIM’S SAN FRANCISCO WORLD MUSIC CELEBRATION!  A World Music Triple Bill featuring Flambeau, Candela, and Zulu Spear. This will be a fabulous evening of music and dancing at this great San Francisco nightclub. We will play first at 8:30, then Latin music from Candela at 10:00, then Afrobeat from Zulu Spear at 11:30.  333 11th St., San Francisco. 8:30 pm.  Information and tickets:   www.slimspresents.com

October 14-November 27, 2016  THE LAST TIGER IN HAITI, by JEFF AUGUSTIN, staged at Berkeley Rep; directed by Joshua Kahan Brody.  2025 Addison  St., Berkeley.  510.647.2949 or www.berkeleyrep.org for details. 

October 15, 2016.  TEACHER WORKSHOP related to THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  9am-4pm.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.org for details.

October 15 & 16, 2016.  CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS perform at Treasure Island Music Festival.

October 16, 2016.  FRENCH LINENS at RUSTIC TO REFINED POP UP  MARKET.  From A Table Chez Nous.  9am.  415.717.2323 or  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/french-linens-at-rustic-to-refined-pop-up-market-tickets-27496432570

October 16, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the LEAGUE OF VOLUNTEERS CONCERT, Thornton Junior High Auditorium, 4357 Thornton Ave., Fremont.  2pm.  510.793.5683 or www.rigomania.com for details.

October 17, 2016.  SFMOMA honors artist CHRISTIAN MARCLAY with the SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award.  http://sfmoma.org for details.

October 17, 2016.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO celebrates the release of their 14th CD, JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO at Yoshi’s in Oaland.  The Hot Club of San Francisco is super-pleased to announce the release of our 14th CD “John Paul George & Django”:  a mind-blowing CD of  Beatles’ compositions played in our gypsy jazz style.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club  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 21, 2016.  NORMAN OLLESTAD talks about FRENCH GIRL WITH MOTHER.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.   415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com

October 21, 2016.  CONVERSATION-POTLUCK A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet other 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 to 8:30pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

October 21 or 23, 2016.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents LORNA’S SILENCE.   “The Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, are Belgian filmmakers who make heart-rending movies (LA PROMESSE, THE SON, L’ENFANT and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT) about young people left behind by the postwar European boom; their characters fall into chasms where only the most powerful exercise of will can save them from moral disaster. In LORNA’S SILENCE, Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), a pretty young Albanian woman who illegally purchased Belgian citizenship, lives with a pathetic Belgian “husband” (Jérémie Renier). She’s disgusted by him, yet when the thugs running the immigration racket want to get rid of him so that Lorna can, in turn, be married off to an incoming Russian, she slowly but sturdily revolts.” – David Denby, The New Yorker (2009, 105 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Friday, October 21 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 23 at 4:00.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

October 21 & 28, 2016.  THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF 17TH CENTURY FRANCE, a class taught by KERRIN MEIS at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.   415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com .  1pm-2pm.  $75.

October 22 & 23, 2016.  HEAR ME, a French film written and directed by NICOLAS COQUET, tells the story of Marisol, a young deaf woman raised by a mother who has always denied her deafness, who finally empowers herself when she meets the Deaf community.  Presented by the LONGMORE INSTITUTE ON DISABILITY at SFSU and LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND.  10/22 at Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, Berkeley; 10/23 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.  http://www.superfestfilm.com/tickets/ for details.

October 23, 2016.  OF MONTREAL performs at the Fillmore.

October 26, 2016.  LA FEMME performs at the Rickshaw Stop.

October 26, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays LUNCHTIME CONCERT in Oakland.  12pm-1pm.  Oakland City Center.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

October 27, 2016.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO celebrates the release of their 14th CD, JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO at Cinnabar in Petaluma.  The Hot Club of San Francisco is super-pleased to announce the release of our 14th CD “John Paul George & Django”:  a mind-blowing CD of  Beatles’ compositions played in our gypsy jazz style.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club  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

October 28 or 30, 2016.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE screens NO HOME MOVIE by CHANTAL AKERMAN.  “At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother's life and their own intense connection to each other. NO HOME MOVIE is a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES.” – New York Film Festival (2015, 115 min., in French and English w/English subtitles).  Friday, October 28 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 30 at 4:00.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/

October 29, 2016.  PAUL DELAROCHE (1797-1856) OR HISTORY PAINTED, a CAFÉ MUSEE event presented by RENEE MOREL.  Active in the period between the collapse of the School of David and the emergence of Manet and his Modernist colleagues in the 1850s, Paul Delaroche has largely been forgotten by art historians. And yet, in post-Revolutionary France (Restoration and July Monarchy), this painter established the prestige of historical genre. His works were reproduced more often than those of any other artist of his time and his best-known compositions—haunting images still used in history books and magazines—have had a pervasive effect on visual culture. Note that the talk is in French!  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  Come practice your French and meet others!  The presentations will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.  (IMPORTANT: Even though the descriptions are in English, the presentations will be en français!)  9:30am-12:30pm.  Visual Arts Building V114, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave, SF.  Donation: $5.?

October 30, 2016.  COCOROSIE performs at the Regency Ballroom.

November 1, 2016.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Eileen Hardin, 11:30am.  www.famsf.org for details.

November 2, 2016.  ROKIA TRAORE of Mali performs at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm.  866.920.5299 or  www.sfjazz.org for details.

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 4, 2016.  AFTER HOURS.  This special event is aimed at deciphering and translating cross-cultural articulations of sex and gender in a set of ever-changing political and artistic contexts by bringing together a distinguished array of intergenerational and international theorists, artists, and authors. Featuring MARIE-HELENE / SAM BOURCIER, BRICE DELLSPERGER, and LOLA LAFON with additional special guests.  https://genderintranslation.com/2015/11/17/gender-in-translation-after-hours/

November 5, 2016.  FETES GALANTES IN 18TH-CENTURY FRENCH PAINTING.  Art history lecture offered at the Mill Valley Public Library.  3pm.  375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  www.millvalleylibrary.org for details.

November 5, 2016.  HEALDSBURG JAZZ FESTIVAL presents SONOMUSETTE in a special engagement at Live Jazz at Healdsburg.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  SonoMusette transports listeners to mid-20th century Paris with a repertoire that includes classic songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, along with songs by contemporary artists such as Zaz and Banda Magda. All songs are performed in the original French language. There is no cover charge; drinks from the Spirit Bar and small plates from Dry Creek Kitchen are available. Hotel Healdsburg is located at 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg.  www.sonomusette.com

November 5 & 8, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play with MICHAEL DOUCET at Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley & Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  Michael Doucet, the great Cajun fiddler and leader of the band Beausoleil, is coming out again from Lafayette, LA, to play some shows with Flambeau. Michael and Tom are still celebrating the release of their great double fiddle CD, "Cajun Fandango", which has been getting rave reviews and lots of airplay around the country. This will be a very special night of music. Great sound and lights, and we'll leave room for dancing! Don't miss this one!   142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 8:00 pm. or 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley.  Information and advance tickets: www.throckmortontheatre.org  and www.ashkenaz.com

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 6, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform on First Fridays at Redwood Café in downtown Cotati.  No cover. www.EuroCafeMusic.com

November 10, 2016.  LOLA LAFON présente LA PETITE COMMUNISTE QUI NE SOURIAIT JAMAIS.   Le service culturel du Consulat de France vous invite à rencontrer Lola Lafon, dont le dernier roman « La petite communiste qui ne souriait jamais » a eu un écho considérable en France. Elle viendra présenter la version américaine, qui paraît à l'automne aux éditions Seven Stories Press (http://frenchculture.org/books/authors-on-tour/lola-lafon ).  https://afscv.extranet-aec.com/ for more details.

November 11, 2016.  FUTURE FIRES, a San Francisco Bay Area festival presenting new work at the intersection of art & technology, including that of French artists.  San Francisco's character is rooted in brilliant works of art and music; its future in the advancement of technology. As technology approaches a revolutionary phase, artists here and around the world are using new tools to create incredible works of art with virtual reality, drones, robotics, projection mapping, and more. Future Fires is creating a platform for inventive artists engaging with new technology.  On November 11, 2016 Future Fire is throwing a launch event at Pier 70, laying the foundation for the Bay Area as a home for art and tech.  7:00 PM - 12:00 AM.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/future-fires-launch-event for details.

November 12, 2016.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO celebrates the release of their 14th CD, JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO at the Pink House in Saratoga.  The Hot Club of San Francisco is super-pleased to announce the release of our 14th CD “John Paul George & Django”:  a mind-blowing CD of  Beatles’ compositions played in our gypsy jazz style.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club  for details.

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.

November 17, 2016.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO celebrates the release of their 14th CD, JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO at Armando’s in Martinez.  The Hot Club of San Francisco is super-pleased to announce the release of our 14th CD “John Paul George & Django”:  a mind-blowing CD of  Beatles’ compositions played in our gypsy jazz style.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club  for details.

November 18, 2016.  CLOSING SYMPOSIUM FOR GENDER IN TRANSLATION.  The closing symposium of the Gender in Translation operation will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, around the theme "Gender in Multiplicities: French and U.S. Conversations on Intersectionality, Assemblages, Decoloniality, Co-Formations". French and American speakers will be in conversation for this great event. Stay tuned, more information soon!  https://genderintranslation.com/2015/11/19/article-1/

November 18, 2016.  LA SOIREE:  FRENCH-AMERICAN GASTRONOMY & WINE SHOW.  Delicious food, outstanding wines and a festive ambiance... Stay tuned for more info!  The Village.  www.faccsf.com

November 19, 2016.  3RD SACRAMENTO MINI FRENCH FILM FEST.  A whole day of fresh French films at the Crest Theatre.  Details to follow.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org for details.

November 19, 2016. DOCENT LECTURE on THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Carol Porter.  12:30pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

November 22-23, 2016.  BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, one of Europe’s historic ensembles, makes a rare visit to San Francisco under conductor Simon Rattle, performs works by PIERRE BOULEZ and more.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.864.6000 o r www.sfsymphony.org for details. 

November 23 & 25, 2016.  MADEON AND PORTER ROBINSON perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

November 25-27, 2016.  DORADO SCHMITT & DJANGO ALL-STARS perform at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm/3pm/7:30pm/4pm. 866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

November 30, 2016.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO celebrates the release of their 14th CD, JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco.  The Hot Club of San Francisco is super-pleased to announce the release of our 14th CD “John Paul George & Django”:  a mind-blowing CD of  Beatles’ compositions played in our gypsy jazz style.  http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club  for details.

December 3, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform at COSTEAUX’S BAKERY.  9am-11am.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com

December 3, 2016.  AMADEO DE SOUZA-CARDOSO (1887-1917): A PORTUGUESE MODERNIST MASTER, a CAFÉ MUSEE event presented by RENEE MOREL.  Having set up his Parisian atelier in a studio adjacent to Gertrude Stein’s apartment, this young Portuguese vanguard painter soon followed all the modernist trends. He befriended Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Constantin Brancusi, Diego Rivera, Italian Futurists and Russian Constructivists. Come and discover the ever changing styles, in turn barbarous and refined, ancient and modern, that have restored Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso’s rightful place as a major contributor to modern Western art.  Note that the talk is in French!  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  Come practice your French and meet others!  The presentations will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.  (IMPORTANT: Even though the descriptions are in English, the presentations will be en français!)  9:30am-12:30pm. Visual Arts Building V114, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave, SF.   Donation: $5.

December 3, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCOC SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents SO THIS IS PARIS.  Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, 1926, USA | With Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lilyan Tashman, Myrna Loy Ernst Lubitsch's fabled "touch" is on full display in this Jazz Age gem as married couples find their attentions straying to the opposite's spouse. The ecstatic Charleston dance number is justly famous, with its swirling camera and dizzying optics adding to the film's feeling of seductive intoxication. Restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress. Approximately 68 minutes.  Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Castro Theatre, SF.

December 6, 2016.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Alfred Escoffier, 11:30am.  www.famsf.org for details.

December 7, 2016.  PINK MARTINI performs its HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University.  7:30pm.  Tickets go on sale 9/20.  650.724.2464 or http://live.stanford.edu for details.

December 8, 2016.  THE ART AND SCIENCE OF IMPRESSIONISM.  Art history lecture offered at the Mill Valley Public Library.  7pm.  375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.  www.millvalleylibrary.org for details.

December 8-9, 2016.  TEST DE CONNAISSANCE DU FRANÇAIS EXAMS offered in San Francisco, at the Alliance Française.  Register by November 6!  For more information about the structure of the exams and which one you will need to visit http://www.ciep.fr/en/tcf  To register:  http://afsf.com/exam-center/tcf/ for details.

December 10, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform at COSTEAUX’S BAKERY.  9am-11am.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com

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.

December 10-23, 2016.  CHANTICLEER presents A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS, with music by VILLETTE, POULENC and others.  Performances in Oakland, Petaluma, Carmel, Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Clara.  www.chanticleer.org for details.

December 17, 2016.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Rita Dunlay, 2:30pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

December 17, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform at COSTEAUX’S BAKERY.  9am-11am.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com

December 17, 2016.  ETIENNE CHARLES offers a CREOLE CHRISTMAS PARTY (dance floor show)  at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm. 866.920.5299 or  www.sfjazz.org for details.

December 18, 2016.  DOCENT LECTURE on THE BROTHERS LE NAIN:  PAINTERS OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE.  Carol Porter, 12:30pm.  www.famsf.org for details.

December 24, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform at COSTEAUX’S BAKERY.  9am-11am.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com

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, 2016. WAX TAILOR performs at the Regency Ballrooom, SF.

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.

February 14 & 15, 2017.  PARIS COMBO performs at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm. 866.920.5299 or  www.sfjazz.org for details.

February 24, 2017.  FRANÇOIS COUTURIER joins several other jazz performers at SJAZZ.  7:30pm. 866.920.5299 or  www.sfjazz.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 16-19, 2017.  CHANTICLEER, in conjunction with NEW CENTURY ORCHESTRA, presents AMERICANS IN PARIS.  Enjoy the artistic ferment that was Paris in the ‘20s and ‘30s.  Music b SATIE, RAVEL, ROUSSEL, FAURE, POULENC, PIAF, and more.  Performances in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and San Rafael.  www.chanticleer.org 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.

March 19, 2017.  MADELEINE PEYROUX & RICKIE LEE JONES perform together at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., SF.   7pm.  http://jccsf.org/joinpc for details.

April 21-23, 2017.  CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY performs A CHARPENTIER SHOWCASE.  Although he labored within the shadow of the influential Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier had a long and successful career as a composer, working first for the devout widow-patroness Madame de Guise and, later as maître de musique at the Chapelle Royale. To give audiences a full taste of Charpentier's music, we are performing the fascinating Litanie de la Vierge, composed for use in the personal chapel of Madame de Guise, and Missa Assumpta est Maria, a remarkable late work of sublime beauty. Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 8pm in San Francisco--St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St;  Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 8pm in Palo Alto--All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St; Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 4pm in Berkeley--St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Avehttp://www.calbach.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 23, 2017.  QUATUOR DANEL (Belgium) performs in MARIN CHAMBER PERFORMANCES.  Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Sycamore at Camino Alto, Mill Valley. $35; 18 & under free. 5pm.  Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets or 800.838.3006.   415.381.4453 or http://ChamberMusicMillValley.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 3-11, 2017.  CHANTICLEER presents PSALM, with works by DUFAY, POULENC and much more.  Performances in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Berkeley, and Belvedere.  www.chanticleer.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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