November 1-11, 2016

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November Events     

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 1, 2016.  MONSIEUR IBRAHIM screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

November 1, 2016.  MITCH POLZAK & THE ROYAL DEUCES play CAJUN music. The ace guitarist in an array of hot Bay Area dance bands, Mitch Polzak switches hats and leads his own group, the Royal Deuces, in a honky-tonk/Cajun dance that's meant to be a nonstop party. Polzak is well-known to Ashkenaz dance regulars for his sizzling guitar playing in the Cajun Cottonpickers, MotorDude Zydeco, and Andrew Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. He launched the Royal Deuces in 1999 to play rockabilly from the late '50s Sun Records era, Bakersfield honky-tonk and truck-driving music, even guitar instrumentals influenced by such pickers as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. Polzak says of this show, "There will be plenty of two-steps, shuffles and waltzes for the folks!"  Along with Polzak, the Royal Deuces are bassist Hank Maninger and drummer Les James. Polzak has worked and/or recorded with such artists as Deke Dickerson, Peter Rowan, Lazy Lester, Chris Sprague, and Johnny Cuviello (Bob Wills' drummer) and has published articles for Play Guitar magazine. The Royal Deuces have torn it up at big fests across Europe and from Seattle's Shake the Shack Festival to Las Vegas' Viva Las Vegas event. There's a reason that the band's latest album is titled "Everything You Want and Nothing You Don't." Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  $12www.ashkenaz.com

November 1-18, 2016.  DADA WORLD FAIR, presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.  Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the emergence of the Dada movement with a remarkable number of cool events over the next 2+ weeks!  http://www.dadaworldfair.net/#cover-page for complete details.

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

November 2, 3 or 5, 2016.  FRENCH PAINTING FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO TODAY.  Presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  $20.  This conference is offered 3 times.  Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:30pm-2pm; Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30pm-8:00pm; Saturday, November 5, 12:30pm to 2pm.  The French Class.  www.frenchclass.com 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 3-7, 2016.  THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3:  FURTHER EXPLORATIONS IN CLASSIC FRENCH NOIR, 1939-65.  Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., San Francisco.  Films include:

http://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/french-noir-films-1939-1965-nov-3-7/?instance_id=16012  for details.

November 4, 2016.  MADAM FROMAGE CHEESE SEMINAR with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Affectionately known around Sonoma County as 'Madame Fromage,' Colette offers seminars that are entertaining and popular, and sell out fast, so don't miss out on the opportunity to see her in French here at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa on November 4th!  Intermediate learners and above receive one hour of preparation in French on cheese terms and expressions, cheese culture and tasting hints before our convivial tasting in French with Colette, which will include discussion, stories and your questions about the culture of cheese in France.  Reserve your places!  Fee: $45 for three hours of instruction payable via PayPal or by check* to the “Alliance Française de Santa Rosa” mailed to: 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA, 95405.  No payment at the door without prior agreement.  PayPal payments must be registered no later than Wed November 2.  Checks must be received no later than Tues November 1.  www.afsantarosa.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. GENDER IN TRANSLATION – AFTER HOURS, featuring MARIE-HELENE BOURCIER, BRICE DELLSPERGER and LOLA LAFON with additional special guests.  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. Gender in Translation, After Hours also marks the culmination of a year of multidisciplinary and inter-institutional events organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US (San Francisco).  Marie-Hélène Sam Bourcier (MHS), born in 1963, is a French sociologist and lecturer at Lille University. A leading figure of queer activism in France, she is the author of numerous books and articles on queer theory, sexual subcultures, feminisms, post-feminisms, minorities, and politics of identity. She has also translated works by Monique Wittig, a French author and feminist theorist, and Teresa de Lauretis, who originally coined the term “queer theory.”  Lola Lafon is a feminist writer, songwriter and singer born in 1975. Born in France, Lola Lafon grew up in Sofia and Bucharest, and now lives in Paris. She is the author of four novels and several short novels. Her latest book, The Little Communist Who Never Smiled, weaves an intricate web of truth and fiction around Nadia Comaneci’s life in the spotlight of history, politics, and destiny. It was translated into eleven languages and won ten literary prizes. It was published in the United States in July 2016.  Brice Dellsperger is a French visual artist born in 1972. Since 1995, Dellsperger has has been working on Body Double, a project revisiting sequences of classic Hollywood films (Eyes Wide Shut, Vertigo, Twin Peaks…). In each sequence, a single actor or actress successively takes on the identities of all the characters in the movie. With the Body Double series, Dellsperger emphasizes the body, transforming the film into a mere reservoir of fiction. His work questions gender, androgyny, and the way these notions are reactivated through performance.  San Francisco Art Institute.  The event is free.  To reserve:  www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/gender-in-translation-after-hours or www.genderintranslation.com for more information.

November 4 or 5, 2016.  DEMAIN / TOMORROW, screened by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO.  11/4:  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 7pm, www.afsf.com for details; 11/5:  Auditorium ISTP, 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto, 2pm, www.afscv.org for details.

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.  SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHORUS presents works by FAURE and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  7:30pm.  $35.  415.968.9523 or www.oldfirstconcerts.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, 2016.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND play at Ashkenaz.  The hardworking MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot."  The band features some of the finest Cajun and zydeco players of Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. Backing St. Mary tonight are Myrna Cooper on rubboard and vocals, guitarist Ian Lamson, bassist Dana Mandell, and drummer Timothy Orr. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm$15/$10 studentswww.ashkenaz.com

November 5-6, 2016.  ANNE SUBERCASEAUX exhibits her work at FALL OPEN STUDIOS.  Workspace, 2150 Folsom (between 17th and 18th), SF.  www.annesubercaseaux.com for details.

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.  REGISTRATION FOR TCF EXAM CLOSES.  The next dates for the TCF exams (TP, ANF, and Quebec) are December 8-9.  Registration is required and closes one month prior November 6. For more information about the structure of the exams and which one you will need to take visit the website for the CIEP.  http://afsf.com/exam-center/tcf/ for details.

November 6, 2016.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEET-UP GROUP reads VOLKSWAGEN BLUES de JACQUES POULIN.  We are a group of people who love French literature and love to discuss it, mostly in French but discussion in English is also possible. The group contains a mixture of native francophones and advanced students of French. We meet every two months starting with January, on the first Sunday of the month, alternating between Berkeley and San Francisco. We choose the reading selections for the year by a democratic member nomination and voting process. Go to www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group to join. It’s free!     6 novembre (San Francisco): Volkswagen Blues, par Jacques Poulin, 1984 En compagnie d’une jeune métisse indienne surnommée la Grande Sauterelle, un écrivain, Jack, part à la recherche de son frère Théo dont il est sans nouvelles depuis plusieurs années. Son voyage le conduira de la Gaspésie jusqu’à San Francisco, non sans un détour du côté de l’Amérique profonde, par la route des pionniers. L’auteur est québécois et habite la ville de Québec. Place : Crepes on Cole, 100 Carl Street, San Francisco. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

November 6, 2016.  OLD FIRST CONCERTS BENEFIT with works by DEBUSSY and more.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  3pm.  $35.  415.474.1608 or www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details.

November 6, 2016.  ANDREW VON OEYEN, piano, performs works by RAVEL and more.  Kohn Mansion, 2750 Adeline Dr., Burlingame.  $15-$48.  7pm.  650.762.1130 or www.musicatkohl.org for details.

November 6, 2016.  FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE (SF).  Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks.  These convivial social gatherings are relaxed, intimate, and fun.  A wide range of people attend; singles, couples, and all age groups.  They’re a great way to make interesting Euro friends.  Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

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

November 8, 2016.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE facilitated by YVETTE CHALOM at the Alliance Française de Berkeley. Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1), with a different subject every month.  Thème du mois : "La recherche de la perfection dans la parentalité.”  5pm-6pm.  En français.  Gratuit pour nos membres; $10 pour les non-membres.  RSVP:  www.afberkeley.org .

November 8, 2016.  LEON LE PROFESSIONNEL screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

November 8, 2016.  MICHAEL DOUCET AND TOM RIGNEY, WITH FLAMBEAU, at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  A fabulous night of dancing at the East Bay's best dance club.   1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

November 9, 2016.  LOST PROFILES:  A PARISIAN DADA SALON, by PHILIPPE SOUPAULT.  The evening includes the release and first time translation of the classic, Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, by Philippe Soupault, published by City Lights Books with editor Garett Caples, translator and poet Alan Bernheimer. Also joining them is Professor Abigail Susik of Willamette University who will give special presentation on the history of Parisian Dada. The evening is moderated by City Lights Program Director Peter Maravelis and literature Professor Mark Calkins (SFSU).  6pm; 8:00 pm Concert.  A concert with sensational New Music composer/singer Amy X. Neuburg and percussionist Moe! Staiano follows the program. Neuburg offers her unique 21st century contribution to Dadaism mixing stellar vocals, word poems, and electronic layering. https://www.milibrary.org/events/lost-profiles-parisian-dada-salon-nov-09-2016 for details and registration.

November 9, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU with MICHAEL DOUCET peform at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts in Folsom.   We return to this beautiful performing arts theatre in Folsom, with the great Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet.   Three Stages, at the Harris Center, Folsom Lake College, Folsom.   Information and tickets: www.harriscenter.net for details.   

November 10, 2016.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents PATENTING WHAT? HOW? WHY?  Make it yours! Patents, as well as other intellectual property rights, are essential tools in an innovation process.  What can be patented, what are the rights of the patentee, how long does it take, how much does it cost, what are the risks, and for what purpose... These are some questions on which we will focus, by considering some strategies for building a portfolio, fitted to different contexts.  JEAN-CHRISTOPHE HAMANN is CEO of IPSIDE,  an international law firm dedicated to intellectual property having Offices in France, US and China. French and European patent attorney, he discovered IP as an inventor at an early stage of his career. Jean-Christophe's majors are physics, material processing and IT, patent drafting, patent prosecution and litigation, as well as portfolio appraisal and strategic counselling. 8:30am-10:30am. Registration necessary; only twelve participants permitted. $35 for non-members.  www.faccsf.com for details.

November 10, 2016.  SAINT JACQUES LA MECQUE screens in Santa Rosa.  Join us for a fun Thursday evening with Saint Jacques la Mecque.  Director Coline Serreau's warmhearted comedy concerns a trio of estranged siblings who must complete a road trip together in order to collect an inheritance after their mother dies. The exacerbated businessman Pierre (Artus de Penguern), mousy teacher Clara (Muriel Robin), and drunken reprobate Claude (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), must travel together all the way to Compostella in order to each receive the millions their mother left them or else it all goes to charity.  Whether you have walked the Camino or are planning to do so, or just want to share the dream, this is a movie to see! The dialogues in French are so good. It is a story about people more than about hiking. Very touching, sad, funny, and hilarious at times. It shows how the Way transforms and brings the best out of everyone. A movie to see again and again!   Refreshments will be served after the film so it would be helpful for you to RSVP by Monday, November 7. Please RSVP directly here , or mail your check to:  Alliance Française of Santa Rosa, 182 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, or pay $10 admission at the door.  7:00 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

November 10, 2016.  RENCONTRE AVEC LOLA LAFON, author of LA PETITE COMMUNISTE QUI NE SOURIAIT JAMAIS. Ecrivaine, compositrice, féministe et libertaire française, elle est l'auteure de quatre romans dont le dernier, La Petite communiste qui ne souriait jamais (Actes Sud) a été traduit dans plus d'une dizaine de langues. D'origine franco-russo-polonaise, élevée à Sofia, Bucarest et Paris, Lola Lafon s'est d'abord consacrée à la danse avant de se tourner vers l'écriture. Son dernier roman, La petite communiste qui ne souriait jamais (Prix Femina, Prix Ouest France / Etonnants Voyageurs, Prix de la Closerie des Lilas, ...), est une fiction inspirée du destin de Nadia Comaneci, la miraculeuse petite gymnaste roumaine de quatorze ans apparue aux JO de Montréal en 1976 pour mettre à mal guerres froides, ordinateurs et records au point d'accéder au statut de mythe planétaire.  Partenaires : ISTP, Consulat général de France à San Francisco. 7pm.  International School of the Peninsula, 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto. Free event, but please tell us you are coming by registering, 50 seats only.  More information and register at www.afscv.org  or call 408.445.2095. (http://frenchculture.org/books/authors-on-tour/lola-lafon ).  https://afscv.extranet-aec.com/ for more details.

November 11, 2016.  JULIE MICHAEL présente PARCOURS MUSICAL DU BAROQUE A AUJOURD’HUI.  Conférence musicale, 7pm to 8.30pm.  Julie Michael nous jouera et parlera de l'évolution de l'alto et de la musique occidentale.  De J.S. Bach à des œuvres plus contemporaines, Julie nous présentera des morceaux qui mettent en valeur la subtilité de l'alto et nous expliquera les différentes façons de l’apprécier.  Plus d’information sur son site:  http://juliemichael.weebly.com.  La conférence sera en français, discussion autour d’un léger buffet en fin de présentation.  En français. Gratuit pour nos membres - $15 pour les non-membres. RSVP:www.afberkeley.org

November 11, 2016.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS’ 7th annual GYPSY SERENADE takes you to parts of the world where you may never have been.  Aqus Café, 189 2nd St., Petaluma.  7pm.  No cover.

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 11, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Harvest Festival in San Mateo.  We return to this fabulous Crafts festival in San Mateo, playing three sets per day between noon and 5:00 pm, showtimes TBA.  San Mateo County Events Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo.  Information: www.harvestfestival.com  

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.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present PETIT MEET-UP DU DIMANCHE at Maxfield’s House of Caffeine!  The Cafe H is now permanently closed and will become a Korean restaurant. Let's try to have next event at Maxfields -- we'll see whether it works, and move to another coffee shop if it doesn't (Flying Pig could be an option too). Bonjour Francophone...  398  Dolores,  SF.  2pm.  www.meetup.com 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 15, 2016.  UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

November 16, 2016.  CROWDED FIRE presents THE STRANGEST by BETTY SHAMIEH, directed by Evren Odcikin. Midway through Camus’s classic novel THE STRANGER, an unnamed Arab is killed. Leaping from this moment and working backwards through possible histories of tangled romance, ethnic conflict, and random violence, playwright Betty Shamieh has crafted a new play inspired by this unknown character. THE STRANGEST is an absurdist murder mystery about three Algerian brothers who vie for the love of the same woman.  One performance only; 7pm.  http://www.crowdedfire.org/2016-matchbox-reading-series/

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.  CONVERSATION ‘BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU’ at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.  Venez goûter le Beaujolais Nouveau et donner votre avis 2016 ! A-t-il un goût fruité ou épicé ?  Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share.  Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door!  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required. www.afberkeley.org

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.  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 19, 2016. SOIREE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA. Includes a performance by DUO GADJO -- traditional and popular music -- as well as fine wine and tasty hors-d'oeuvre. Members $20, non-members $25. Location: Napa Valley Yacht Club, 100 Riverside Drive, Napa. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For ticket information call 707.252.2673 or go to www.afnapa.com.

November 19, 2016.   3rd FALL MINI SAC FRENCH FILM FEST:  FOUR COMEDIES AND A MELODRAMA! Since 2014, the SFFF presents the Fall Mini Sac French Film Fest, the mini Festival with a very long name.   Our “Mini Fest” (for short!) is a miniature version of our Summer Festival, a one day only program including the latest and freshest French films of the season!  To help us face the often difficult, sad and complicated times we live in, the SFFF has composed a joyful, uplifting and positive program for its 3rd FALL MINI SAC FRENCH FILM FEST:  PARIS PIEDS NUS, MERCI PATRON!, L’ETUDIANTE ET MONSIEUR HENRI, FRANTZ, and THE FABULOUS PATARS. Our 5-feature film program includes 4 comedies and a melodrama!  Crest Theater, Sacramento.  Other exciting fun facts about the films on the schedule:  2 of them have not yet been released in France, 2 are U.S. premieres, 1 is a West Coast premiere, and… they are all fantastic!  $40 day pass.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFest.org for details.

November 22, 2016.  JOSE LOPEZ, piano, performs CHARLES VALENTIN ALKAN’s SYMPHONY FOR SOLO PIANO and more at NOONTIME CONCERTS.  All performances begin at 12:30pm each Tuesday at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California Street.  Suggested donation, $5.  http://noontimeconcerts.org/upcoming/ for details.

November 22, 2016.  CONVO & CRAFT (FOR ADULTS) at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  1pm-2:30pm.  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 make a holiday wreath! 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.  Gratuit pour nos membres - $10 pour les non-membres.   List of materiels needed will be sent after registration (before the class). www.afberkeley.org

November 22, 2016.  TWO BROTHERS screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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 25-December 18, 2016.  CIRQUE DE BOHEME at Cornerstone Sonoma. An old style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920's, Le Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder.  Delight in work of world class performers including a Unicycle, Hand to Hand acrobats, Static Trapeze, Tight-Rop funambule, Hand Chairs Balancing, Hooper Aerialist, Mime, Clown,  and more !!   Enjoy this French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma.  Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 140 guests per show under the charming tent in the gardens at Cornerstone.  Ticket refunds or changes are allowed up to 5 days prior to the show.  If you are not at the circus door 10 minutes before the show, the directer of the circus will take the possibility to resale your tickets. And also no one with tickets can be admitted inside the tent if the show already start, for the safety of our artists.  NOTE: Door opens 30 minutes before the performance start time.  Door director will check in guests up unit 10 minutes before the performance start time.  While the show is definitely family oriented, we have found through experience that children under four or five sometimes have issues with the dark interior and / or loud sounds that are part of our performance. And, unfortunately, it is not as simple as just leaving if the toddler becomes restless. Because of the inherent difficulty and danger of many of our acts (aerialists, tight rope etc.), distraction from the audience is a critical safety concern.  Our venue is intimate and dark. Opening the tent door in the middle of the performance let's in light and is a big concern of ours. Therefor, we do our best to avoid it.  In the end, you know your child better than anyone and it is up to your judgement.   This show is not appropriate for baby.  More information and tickets at http://cirquedeboheme2016.brownpapertickets.com/

Through 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. 

November 27, 2016. FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE (SF).  Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks.  These convivial social gatherings are relaxed, intimate, and fun.  A wide range of people attend; singles, couples, and all age groups.  They’re a great way to make interesting Euro friends.  Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

November 29, 2016.  PAUL PSARASS, piano, performs ENNEMONDE GAULTIER’s LA CASCADE and more at NOONTIME CONCERTS.  All performances begin at 12:30pm each Tuesday at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California Street.  Suggested donation, $5.  http://noontimeconcerts.org/upcoming/ for details.

November 29, 2016.  LES CHORISTES screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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.

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!   

3rd FALL MINI SAC FRENCH FILM FEST:  FOUR COMEDIES AND A MELODRAMA! Since 2014, the SFFF presents the Fall Mini Sac French Film Fest, the mini Festival with a very long name.   Our “Mini Fest” (for short!) is a miniature version of our Summer Festival, a one day only program including the latest and freshest French films of the season!  To help us face the often difficult, sad and complicated times we live in, the SFFF has composed a joyful, uplifting and positive program for its 3rd FALL MINI SAC FRENCH FILM FEST:  PARIS PIEDS NUS, MERCI PATRON!, L’ETUDIANTE ET MONSIEUR HENRI, FRANTZ, and THE FABULOUS PATARS. Our 5-feature film program includes 4 comedies and a melodrama!  Crest Theater, Sacramento.  Other exciting fun facts about the films on the schedule:  2 of them have not yet been released in France, 2 are U.S. premieres, 1 is a West Coast premiere, and… they are all fantastic!  $40 day pass.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFest.org for details. November 19, 2016.

BEING 17 (dir. André Téchine).  Now playing in San Francisco and Berkeley.

LES CHORISTES screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details. November 29, 2016.

DEMAIN / TOMORROW, screened by the FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO.  11/4:  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 7pm, www.afsf.com for details; 11/5:  Auditorium ISTP, 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto, 2pm, www.afscv.org for details. November 4 or 5, 2016. 

THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3:  FURTHER EXPLORATIONS IN CLASSIC FRENCH NOIR, 1939-65.  Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., San Francisco.  Films include:

http://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/french-noir-films-1939-1965-nov-3-7/?instance_id=16012  for details. November 3-7, 2016. 

LEON LE PROFESSIONNEL screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details. November 8, 2016. 7pm.

UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details. November 15, 2016.

MONSIEUR IBRAHIM. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. http://www.afsf.com for details. November 1, 2016. 7pm.

SAINT JACQUES LA MECQUE screens in Santa Rosa.  Join us for a fun Thursday evening with Saint Jacques la Mecque.  Director Coline Serreau's warmhearted comedy concerns a trio of estranged siblings who must complete a road trip together in order to collect an inheritance after their mother dies. The exacerbated businessman Pierre (Artus de Penguern), mousy teacher Clara (Muriel Robin), and drunken reprobate Claude (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), must travel together all the way to Compostella in order to each receive the millions their mother left them or else it all goes to charity.  Whether you have walked the Camino or are planning to do so, or just want to share the dream, this is a movie to see! The dialogues in French are so good. It is a story about people more than about hiking. Very touching, sad, funny, and hilarious at times. It shows how the Way transforms and brings the best out of everyone. A movie to see again and again!   Refreshments will be served after the film so it would be helpful for you to RSVP by Monday, November 7. Please RSVP. Mail your check to:  Alliance Française of Santa Rosa, 182 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, or pay $10 admission at the door.  7:00 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  www.afsantarosa.org for details. November 10, 2016.

TWO BROTHERS screens at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details. November 22, 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

November 5-6, 2016.  ANNE SUBERCASEAUX exhibits her work at FALL OPEN STUDIOS.  Workspace, 2150 Folsom (between 17th and 18th), SF.  www.annesubercaseaux.com 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.

Through 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. 

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

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

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!  

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 FRANCISCO 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 3, 2016.  DINER DE NOEL at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

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, 2016.  PAUL “PAZZO” MEHLING of the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO and SAM “WOLFMAN” ROCHA play at Uva Trattoria.  No cover.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  www.hotclubsf.com

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. LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET presents their new HOT CLUB COOL YULE holiday show.  Pacifica Performances, Pacifica, CA.  7:30pm show.  www.hotclubsf.com for details.

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

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 18, 2016.  FRIENDS OF EUROPE SOIREE (SF).  Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks.  These convivial social gatherings are relaxed, intimate, and fun.  A wide range of people attend; singles, couples, and all age groups.  They’re a great way to make interesting Euro friends.  Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

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 10-13, 2017. AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS perofrm RAMEAU’s SUITE FROM DARDANUS, CORRETTE’s LAUDATE DOMINUM DE COELIS, REBEL’s LES CARACTERES DE LA DANSE, MONDONVILLE’s IN EXITU ISRAEL, and MARAIS’s SUITE FROM SEMELE.  When Jean-Baptiste Lully’s monopoly on music in France ended at the end of the 17th century, an explosion of musical creativity erupted in Paris from a new generation of composers including Marais, Rebel, Corrette, Mondonville, and the great master of the age, Jean-Philippe Rameau. Featuring a selection of enchanting works for the Opéra, Ballet, and Chapelle, Thomas and ABS explore the vibrant Parisian spirit of invention, including its incorporation of new, cosmopolitan influences from abroad. The Italian style, especially, is evident in these works, as evidenced by Corrette’s Laudate Dominum, which includes an interpolation of Vivaldi’s “Spring” from The Four Seasonsarranged for choir, vocal soloists, and orchestra.  Concerts in Belvedere, Berkeley, San Francisco and Davis.  http://www.americanbach.org/2017-02.html 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, 2017.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISO plays a special romantic dance & dining show at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio, CA.  7pm.

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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