October 1-31, 2016

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October Events     

October 1, 2016.  LE CIMETIERE DU PERE LACHAISE.  A presentation in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  1pm-2:30pm.  $20.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  Join us for a new workshop in French about: Improve your oral comprehension and learn more vocabulary through shorts articles, games and videos. This presentation will be very interactive with a lot of conversation and fun activities. Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

October 1, 2016.  PIERRE THIAN presents SENEGAL:  MODERN SENEGALESE RECIPES FROM THE SOURCE TO THE BOWL.  3pm.  Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., SF.  415.282.4712 or www.omnivorebooks.com for details.

October 1, 2016.  HANS BOEPPLE, piano, performs works by RAVEL and more.  $10-$20.  7:30pm.  Santa Clara Music Recital Hall, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.  408.554.4015.

October 1, 2016.  RARA TOU LIMEN HAITIAN MUSIC AND DANCE TROUPE performs at Mills College, Littlefield Concert Hall.  Accompanied by dancers, vocalists and celebrated musicians, the company brings to the stage a wide spectrum of diverse Haitian dance forms, from vibrant rituals of Voudou, the turbulent legacy of political struggle, to the celebratory and festive dances of Carnival.  Rara Tou Limen is at the cutting edge of the evolution of Haitian dance and music in the Bay Area.  The use of traditional rhytmns, chants and movement integrates the grace, strength, fluidity and precision of Haitian folkloric dance.  For more information:  http://musicnow.mills.edu or http://www.raratoulimen.com.  8pm.  Tickets available at:  https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=314453

October 1 & 2, 2016.  SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY performs woks by BERLIOZ and more.  8pm Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday.  California Theatre, 345 South First St., San Jose.  408.286.2600 or www.symphony.siliconvalley.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. 

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 CAJUN / ZYDECO / BLUES at Ashkenaz.  He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer TOM RIGNEY and his band FLAMBEAU have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not out on the road, they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the PBS-TV series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie." Rigney and Cajun fiddle great Michael Doucet paired up at Ashkenaz, then recorded a hot collection of fiddle duets at Rigney's Berkeley studio, resulting in the critically acclaimed "Cajun Fandango" CD on Parhelion Records.  Son of baseball legend Bill Rigney, Tom Rigney has long been a force in Bay Area music. He began in bluegrass-Western Swing band Back in the Saddle, then went from helping bandleader Queen Ida pioneer zydeco in the 1980s to 15 years leading his New Orleans-drenched rock-R&B-zydeco outfit the Sundogs. At the turn of the 21st century he launched Flambeau, which has remained busy ever since, releasing records mixing traditional and original fare. What sets them apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s and formed Sundogs), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $12. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. www.ashkenaz.com for details.

  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, 2016.  LAURENT FOURGO plays French standards as part of HIT WAVES UNPLUGGED at Mathilde French Bistro, 315 5th St., SF.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  415.546.6128 or www.mathildesf.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.  MOULIN ROUGE!  In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Moulin Rouge!, plus the celestial aligning of its two stars being honored at this year’s Festival, we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring Baz Luhrman’s fin de siècle favorite back to the big screen. Revel in the romance between Ewan McGregor’s yearning poet Christian and Nicole Kidman’s enigmatic cabaret actress (and sometime courtesan) Satine, and the cinematic glory of Luhrman's decadently euphoric homage to the artists, dancers, and dreamers of Paris in 1900. John Leguizamo shines as a feisty, green-fairy fueled Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Luhrman packs this ‘Spectacular, Spectacular’ with indelible musical numbers, mashing up la Belle Époque with a swirling pastiche of modern pop hits. Join us for this special screening and observe: ‘the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.’  Century Cinema, Corte Madera.  7:30pm.

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 8-22, 2016.  INSPECTOR MAIGRET ON FILM at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVES.  This three-film series spotlights Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret, hero of seventy-five novels published between 1931 and 1972 and one of the most beloved of all fictional characters. Whether you choose Jean Renoir’s mood-drenched La nuit de carrefour, Julien Duvivier’s noir-influenced La tête d’un homme, or Gérard Depardieu’s heart-wrenching performance as the Maigret-inspired Inspector Bellamy—or all three—you will leave the theater with as much affection for Maigret as the thousands of readers and viewers that have come before you.  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu 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. HISTORIA CLUB presents LITERARY PARIS? (PART ONE):  "Avant-garde Libraries and the Lost Generation" The most influential bookstores in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s were founded by the French Adrienne Monnier (1892-1955) and the American Sylvia Beach (1887-1962) at a time when it was highly unusual for women to set themselves up as booksellers. Far from being rivals, the two became lovers and fostered a thoroughly modern writing scene where musicians were also welcome. Located across from each other in the heart of the bohemian Latin Quarter, both bookstores became trendy and occasionally rowdy gathering places for French and British authors, as well as American writers of the “Lost Generation.” Sylvia Beach published James Joyce’s controversial Ulysses (1922) and her fabled Shakespeare and Company bookstore helped many expat writers like young Hemingway make a name for themselves.   Presented IN FRENCH by CCSF instructor Renée Morel and followed by a Q&A session. Please consider making a $2 or $3 donation as the Historia club no longer officially exists. Merci!  Open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). NO reservation necessary. Have a sweater handy as sometimes the ventilation system lowers the room temperature, bring your own coffee (and own cushion if you wish), and pleasepleasecome on timeLatecomers will be guillotined.  Downtown Campus, Room B33 in basement, 88 Fourth St (between Mission & Market), SF.  Parking on Mi?ssion at 4th Street ($4 or $4.50 for the evening if you arrive after 6:00 PM).  6:30-8:30 PM.

October 13, 2016. SANTA CLARA HOUSE CONCERT hosted by OLD WORLD CHARM SCHOOL. https://www.facebook.com/events/111008289360290/ for details.

October 13, 2016.  MOMENT D’UN COUPLE by NELLY ALARD. Conference & book signing.  Nelly Alard is coming to the Alliance française of San Francisco for a presentation and a book signing of her second novel, Moment d'un couple, winner of the Interallié Prize 2013.  Reserve your book in advance in French or in English:  https://afsf.extranet-aec.com/products/view/7-BOOKS%20and%20MANUALS

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 13-16, 2016.  25th SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVALFrench related films include:  BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans)  André Téchiné, 2016 - 109 min.  Saturday, October 15 - 2:00pm - Crest Theatre  In French with English subtitles.  Renowned director André Téchiné (Wilds ReedsChanging Times - SFFF 2006, The Witnesses - Opening Night, SFFF 2007) returns with a new masterwork. BEING 17 is a moving exploration of adolescent sexual awakening from Téchiné with a script co-written with director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood - SFFF 2015). Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can’t stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne (Sandrine Kiberlain, The Sweet Escape - SFFF 2016, Number One Fan - SFFF 2015, 9 Months Stretch - SFFF 2014) to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist, and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.  PARIS 05:59: THÉO & HUGO (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau)  Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, 2016 - 97 min.  Saturday, October 15 - 10:00pm - Crest Theatre.  In French with English subtitles.  Incredibly hot sex is just the beginning of the truly remarkable and sumptuously shot PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGO by Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau (Crustacés et Coquillages - SFFF 2005, Born in '68 - SFFF 2009). The action begins at 4:27am in a gay sex club where two gay men meet. We follow them, in real time, as they get to know each other that night, biking, walking and talking in Paris. The action concludes at 5:59am.  ATTENTION, this film is sexually explicit (and so is the trailer).   http://siglff.org/ for details.

October 14, 2016.  GLOBAL FICTION:  LITQUAKE’S INTERNATIONAL NIGHT. Amidst an increased climate for international fiction, whether translated or originally in English, Litquake convenes this stellar selection of authors from Australia, Ecuador, France, and Romania, to discuss and read from their latest works. Moderated by Transit Books publisher Adam Z. Levy. Seating is limited. Authors include Carmen-Francesca Banciu (Romania), Mauro Javier Cardenas (Ecuador), David Francis (Australia) and ANTOINE VOLODINE (Antoine Volodine is the principal pseudonym of a French novelist, who has published 20 books under this name, several of which are available in English translation. After studying literature, Volodine taught Russian for 15 years, and has devoted himself to writing and translating since 1987. He began publishing novels as part of a science-fiction series at Éditions Denoël, meanwhile declaring that his books were not science-fiction. Volodine publishes under the names Lutz Bassmann and Manuela Draeger as well. Most of his works (under all three pseudonyms) take place in a post-apocalyptic world where members of the “post-exoticism” writing movement have all been arrested as subversive elements. Together, these works constitute one of the most inventive, ambitious projects of contemporary writing. He has won the 2014 Prix Medicis for his most recent novel, Terminus radix.Register now by calling (415) 393-0102 or by going to https://www.milibrary.org/events/global-fiction-litquakes-international-night-oct-14-2016

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, 2016.  DU SACRE A L’ECHAFAUD!  LA VIE QUOTIDIENNE A LA COUR ET DANS PARIS SOUS LOUIS XVI ET MARIE-ANTOINETTE.  Une conférence en français de Céline Glon.  10h-12hGunn High School - Bibliothèque Palo Alto.  Nous avons l'honneur de vous proposer cette conférence, co-organisée avec l'Alliance Française de Silicon Valley. Nous espérons voir les élèves venir nombreux. Il y aura des activités pour soutenir leur compréhension pendant qu'ils découvriront des détails de la vie en France avant la Révolution.  Partagez ce lien avec vos élèves pour qu'ils réservent leurs places avant le 10 octobrehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-vie-quotidienne-sous-louis-xvi-celine-glon-tickets-27922062641 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 20, 2016.  LAURENT FOURGO plays French standards as part of HIT WAVES UNPLUGGED at Café Claude, 7 Claude Lane, SF.  7pm-10pm.  415.392.3505 or www.cafeclaude.com 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 26-December 14, 2016.  “AMOURS” (2015) de LEONOR DE RECONDO taught by RENEE MOREL at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Un nouveau cours de huit semaines (26 octobre-14 décembre 2016) enseigné par Renée Morel — en français, bien sûr!  1908, une maison provinciale cossue dans le Cher (l’ancienne province du Berry). Tandis que son épouse dort, Anselme, le notaire, abuse de Céleste, la jeune bonne, qui tombe enceinte. Pour sauver l’honneur de tous, Victoire décide d’adopter l’enfant. Mais elle n’a pas la fibre maternelle et le nouveau-né dépérit. En cachette, Céleste va tendrement prendre soin de son petit. Une nuit, Victoire les rejoint dans la chambre sous les combles…  Venez discuter ce beau roman, à l’écriture classique et d’une grande sensibilité, où l’amour prend bien des formes et n’en finit pas de surprendre.  Née en 1976, Léonor de Recondo est violoniste baroque et écrivain. “Amours”, son quatrième roman, a été couronné par le Prix des Libraires.Wednesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 NOON).  8? weeks (??October 26-December 14, 2016). $260. Discounts available for members. $39 for single classes (drop-ins). IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS, 500 Sutter Street (at Powell), Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94102. www.frenchclass.com

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 29, 2016.  FLANC, for local French teachers.  Berkeley City College.  http://fla-nc.org/wp/ for details.

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

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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25th SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVALFrench related films include:  BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans)  André Téchiné, 2016 - 109 min.  Saturday, October 15 - 2:00pm - Crest Theatre  In French with English subtitles.  Renowned director André Téchiné (Wilds ReedsChanging Times - SFFF 2006, The Witnesses - Opening Night, SFFF 2007) returns with a new masterwork. BEING 17 is a moving exploration of adolescent sexual awakening from Téchiné with a script co-written with director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood - SFFF 2015). Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can’t stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne (Sandrine Kiberlain, The Sweet Escape - SFFF 2016, Number One Fan - SFFF 2015, 9 Months Stretch - SFFF 2014) to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist, and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.  PARIS 05:59: THÉO & HUGO (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau)  Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, 2016 - 97 min.  Saturday, October 15 - 10:00pm - Crest Theatre.  In French with English subtitles.  Incredibly hot sex is just the beginning of the truly remarkable and sumptuously shot PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGO by Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau (Crustacés et Coquillages - SFFF 2005, Born in '68 - SFFF 2009). The action begins at 4:27am in a gay sex club where two gay men meet. We follow them, in real time, as they get to know each other that night, biking, walking and talking in Paris. The action concludes at 5:59am.  ATTENTION, this film is sexually explicit (and so is the trailer).   http://siglff.org/ for details. October 13-16, 2016. 

BATTLE OF ALGIERS, opening this week in Bay Area cinemas.

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 22 & 23, 2016.

INSPECTOR MAIGRET ON FILM at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVES.  This three-film series spotlights Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret, hero of seventy-five novels published between 1931 and 1972 and one of the most beloved of all fictional characters. Whether you choose Jean Renoir’s mood-drenched La nuit de carrefour, Julien Duvivier’s noir-influenced La tête d’un homme, or Gérard Depardieu’s heart-wrenching performance as the Maigret-inspired Inspector Bellamy—or all three—you will leave the theater with as much affection for Maigret as the thousands of readers and viewers that have come before you.  http://bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. October 8-22, 2016. 

LORNA’S SILENCE at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.   “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 & 23, 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 6-16, 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 7-23, 2016. 

MOULIN ROUGE!  In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Moulin Rouge!, plus the celestial aligning of its two stars being honored at this year’s Festival, we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring Baz Luhrman’s fin de siècle favorite back to the big screen. Revel in the romance between Ewan McGregor’s yearning poet Christian and Nicole Kidman’s enigmatic cabaret actress (and sometime courtesan) Satine, and the cinematic glory of Luhrman's decadently euphoric homage to the artists, dancers, and dreamers of Paris in 1900. John Leguizamo shines as a feisty, green-fairy fueled Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Luhrman packs this ‘Spectacular, Spectacular’ with indelible musical numbers, mashing up la Belle Époque with a swirling pastiche of modern pop hits. Join us for this special screening and observe: ‘the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.’  Century Cinema, Corte Madera.  7:30pm. October 7, 2016.

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).  Sonoma Film Institute, Sonoma State University. Friday, October 28 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 30 at 4:00.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/

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 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        

The "Classes" section has been moved (for manageability reasons) to its own separate page. You can access it by going to http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/baflclasses.shtml

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

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 3, 2016.  LAURENT FOURGO plays French standards as part of HIT WAVES UNPLUGGED at Mathilde French Bistro, 315 5th St., SF.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  415.546.6128 or www.mathildesf.com 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 13, 2016.  LAURENT FOURGO plays French standards as part of HIT WAVES UNPLUGGED at Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery St., SF.  8pm-11pm.  415.398.0850 or www.cigarbarandgrill.com 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... Don't wait! Book your ticket for our 35th French-American Gastronomy and Wine Show on Friday, November 18th to share a delectable, exciting evening!  General admission:  More than 40 booths to taste new and classic flavors !  Ready to savor outstanding food and wines from Bay area ?  Our exhibitors will showcase their specialities to delight both your eyes and palate.  VIP Dinner - limited seating.  Experience & share an intimate 4-course dinner.  Invite your best clients to share this unforgettable evening!  An internationally acclaimed Chef will prepare an upscale seated dinner embellished by tasty surprises.  Seating is limited, secure your place now!  VIP dinner tables can be tax deductible.  Discover 'a Masquerade Extravaganza' atmosphere in our new venue.  Be ready, our 35th Fundraiser will be extravagant and mysterious...  Share in a festive night with a thousand masked participants at our hip new venue, the Village (969 Market St.). Join the dance party with a sparkling open bar !  At 10:00pm, join the dancefloor and enjoy the open bar until 1am. Come dance with your sparkling glass in hand!  For the second year, a portion of the net profit will be donated to the FACCSF Foundation to support education programs.  6pm-1am. The Village.  http://www.lasoiree.org/register-now.html 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.  CONCOURS DE POESIE & THEATRE POUR LES ELEVES.  Détails à suivre. 

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.  LAURENT FOURGO plays French standards as part of HIT WAVES UNPLUGGED at Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery St., SF.  8pm-11pm.  415.398.0850 or www.cigarbarandgrill.com 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 20-22, 2017.  HOUSE OF TIME presents IMAGINARY THEATRE – STAGE MUSIC BY HANDEL AND RAMEAU as part of the 40th season of th SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY.  Concerts in Palo Alto (1/20, 8pm), Berkeley (1/21, 7:30) and San Francisco (1/22, 4pm).  www.sfems.org 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 4, 2017.  MANY VOICES, ONE ART, a Bay Area Choral Festival.  A day of singing, learning, and making friends.  Free!  Pre-registration required.  10am-4pm.  Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St. (at Jackson), SF.  www.sfbach.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 6 & 9, 2017.  PACIFIC EDGE VOICES presents DREAMS AND MACHINES.  We are very pleased to be bringing back our spring concert, which takes flight with European and American works that explore sacred and secular dreams and destinations. Eric Whitacre's enchanted Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine sets the stage for flights of fancy that are both heavenly and earthbound. Works by Bay Area composers Sanford Dole, Kirk Meecham, along with the premiere of a new piece by PEV tenor and composer Trevor Smith, are joined by Edwin Fissinger's Lux Aeterna and GABRIEL FAURE's ethereal CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE.  Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco; Sunday, April 9, 2017, 4:00pm.  Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley.  http://pacificedgevoices.org/ for details.

April 7-9, 2017.  HALLIFAX & JEFFREY with MARIE DALBY SZUTS, JOSH LEE & JOHN LENTI present BIG, BEAUTIFUL AND FRENCH:  MUSIC FOR SEVERAL VIOLS AND CONTINUO.  From COUPERIN to MICHEL CORETTE, French composers wrote rarely-heard music for large viol ensembles with continuo – true chamber music, yet larger in scale than the familiar pieces de viole or pieces de violon.  Performance will include Couperin’s La Sultane and Corette’s le Phénix, as well as works by Forqueray, Charpentier, and Rameau.  Concerts in Palo Alto (4/7, 8pm), Berkeley (4/8, 7:30) and San Francisco (4/9, 4pm).  www.sfems.org 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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