December 8-16, 2016

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December Events      

December 8, 2016.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT with LUDO THOMASSON.  Every second Thursday of the month, the FACCSF hosts a breakfast session with one of its expert members.  ABOUT THE TOPIC: How to navigate your stock-options & understand your equity compensation?  Ludo will review the features of different forms of equity compensation, and things to consider from a tax and investment point of view. This will be an interactive discussion with a focus on how to incorporate equity-based compensation into your overall financial situation as well as what strategies to consider during portfolio construction, retirement planning, multigenerational wealth transfer and planning your philanthropic goals.  Ludo Thomasson is Managing Partner & Senior Wealth Manager, Ensemble Capital Management  Thursday from 8:30am to 10:30am.  Free for FACCSF members – Non-members, $35.  www.faccsf.com 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.  LES DYNAMIQUES.  Réunion mensuelle de francophones, avec boissons et/ou dîner, le 2eme jeudi de chaque moi.  McCann’s, 355 Santana Row #1060.  Pour tous renseignements, contacter Marie-Claude, marieclaude@afscv.org 

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, 2016.  LAUNCH OF EVERYONE A HUMANITARIAN.    Join us for the launch of “Everyone a Humanitarian,” an event series inviting technologists, creatives, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and innovators to explore new collaborative forms of humanitarian action. Special guests including YVES DACCORD, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, discuss the future of humanitarian action and new opportunities to contribute to some of the world’s most difficult challenges. The exhibition  will run from January 10th, 2017 - March 31st, 2017.  Everyone a Humanitarian Launch. 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm.  Pier 17, Suite 800. San Francisco.  swissnex San Francisco.

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 8-10, 2016.  LA COMPAGNIE LA D’BOUSSOLE présente FUNERAILLES D’HIVER.  Avec une mise en scène de Frédéric Patto.  Farce burlesque en huit tableaux. La vieille mère expire... la veille du mariage de Vélvétsia et Popotshenko. Son fils, Latshek Bobitchek avait assuré : il y aura du monde à ton enterrement. Mais, noces ou obsèques, Shratzia, la cousine, sa famille et la belle-famille ont choisi : ne pas savoir pour ne pas avoir à annuler ce mariage, le but, le rêve de toute leur vie. Alors ils décampent, courent, s’envolent, leur fuite est un roadmovie fantastique, surréaliste, hilarant et trash où tout est permis.... Mais l’ange de la mort veille et fait rendre les âmes comme on lâche des pets.  8, 9 et 10 décembre 2016 au TLF (Théâtre du Lycée Français)Pour en savoir plus et réserver vos places,  http://funerailles.bpt.me/

December 9, 2016.  LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA présente une fête PRE-NOEL chez Janis & Michel Couvreux.  7:30 p.m.  Voir la page Facebook

December 9, 2016.  HOLIDAY FRENCH MARKET at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Free entrance, open to everyone (non members welcome). No need to be a French speaker. We'll have free tastings, music, craft, and you may discover original Holiday gifts!  5pm to 9pm at the AFwww.afberkelely.org for details.

December 9, 2016.  LANEY COLLEGE OAKLAND CITY CHORUS.  Works by POULENC, FAURE and others.  With Jonathan Dimock, organ.  7pm.  First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakland.  $10-$20.  www.oaklandcitychorus.org for details. 

December 9-18, 2016. WORLD TRILOGIES: KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI'S THREE COLORS to be shown at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE. These three iconic films examine the symbolism of the French national flag: blue, white and red, for liberty, equality, fraternity. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 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.  FETEZ LA DANSE AVEC L’OPERA DE PARIS.  Dance film!  Three dance performances from the Paris Opera Ballet.  Recorded and projected in HD with the latest in HD technology.  Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main Street, Napa.  $15.  www.afnapa.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, 2016.  PANEL & FUNDRAISER:  THE FUTURE OF LEARNING.  On December 10th, join us for this interactive panel discussion as young learners are putting thought-leaders in academia and technology on the hot seat with their questions, hosted by San Francisco – Zurich Sister City and ETH Alumni of the Bay Area at The Laundry in San Francisco. Panelists include Ralph Eichler, President Emeritus of ETH Zurich, David Stavens, founding CEO of Udacity, and more!  After the Panel, a Fundraising Dinner and a Silent Auction will follow, with musical entertainment. Meet like-minded supporters and friends of the community, and get to taste a piece of Switzerland. For this part of the evening, a ticket is required.   Future of Learning Panel. 5 pm. December 10th, 2016.  Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction8 pm. December 10th, 2016.  The Laundry. 3359 26th Street. San Francisco.  This event is supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

December 10 & 11, 2016.  A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS. 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works old, new, and familiar. Nanino, Byrd, Praetorious, Gabrieli, Villette and Poulenc are among the composers who wrote of what happened at the manger; Joseph Jennings, Robert Shaw, Alice Parker and Robert de Cormier are among those who have made beloved arrangements of popular carols and songs. Seasonal anthems and carols by Americans from Billings to Ives to Steven Sametz will make for a classically rich and resplendent Chanticleer Christmas.  12/10, 8:15 PM Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland.   12/11, 5PM and 7:30PM, St. Vincent’s Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma.  $35–$75, 415.392.4400 or https://www.cityboxoffice.com/ordertickets.asp?p=8625

December 10 & 11, 2016.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS, upcoming trunk show and exposition.  Fine French Linens exhibited at:  Santa’s Helpers Gift Show, Napa, Expo Fairgrounds, Napa, Sat., Dec.  10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.  For more information, see http://www.santashelpersnapa.com/ or www.atablecheznous.com.

December 10-11, 2016.  SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL ARTISTS present LIGHT IN WINTER, with works by POULENC and more.  $12.50-$33.  8pm Saturday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto; 4pm Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland.  415.494.8149 or www.sfca.org for details. 

December 10, 16 or 21, 2016.  ASCENSEUR A L'ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (Louis Malle, 1958).  Digital Restoration; Limited Engagement at BAMPFA!“  Elevator to the Gallows is as elegantly fatalistic as it sounds. Made in 1957, at a turning point in French cinematic history, it's saturated with the romantic atmosphere of Paris.”—Kenneth Turan, The LA Times  Louis Malle’s first feature is an elegant, Hitchcockian thriller. Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau star as an ex-paratrooper and his lover whose plot to murder her husband goes awry. Adroitly bringing in the wider issues of the Indochina war, industry, and runaway machinery, Malle creates a milieu for his frantic, frustrated lovers (who never once share screen space) while an improvised score by Miles Davis becomes an abstraction of their punctuated existence.  www.bampfa.berkeley.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 11, 2016.  FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO présentent le 21eme TOURNOI DE PETANQUE ET TOMBOLA.  12pm.  Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1001442606666686/ for details.

December 11, 2016.  PETIT MEETUP DU DIMANCHE, organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Maxfield’s House of Caffeine, 398 Dolores St., SF.  2pm.  www.meetup.com for details.

December 11, 2016.  DECOUVRIR L’HISTORIQUE FRENCH DISTRICT DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Le Consulat Général de France à San Francisco et l’agence l’Esprit San Francisco vous font découvrir l’historique French District de San Francisco.  Attention; les places sont limitées et l’inscription est requise.  https://www.facebook.com/events/323756894678055/

December 11, 2016.  FETE DE NOEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  It's that time of year again ... when we welcome you and your friends, our students, teachers, and volunteers to celebrate work well-done en français in 2016.  Come and celebrate the season with us!   Bring your favorite finger foods & drinks to share.  We will serve our fabulous homemade bûches de Noël and champagne! Free for members and members' family, $6 for non-members. AFSCV Campbell 591 W. Hamilton Ave, suite 101, Campbell  (entrance in front of Jiffy Lube).  www.afscv.org for details. 3pm-6pm.

December 13, 2016.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1), with a different subject every month, facilitated by Yvette Chalom.   Thème du mois : "La recherche de la perfection dans la parentalité"  En français. Gratuit pour nos membres - $10 pour les non-membres5pm-6pm.  RSVP:  info@afberkeley.org.

December 13 or 15 or 17, 2016.  INTERCULTURAL CHALLENGES USA-FRANCE.  Presented in French by Norbert Blanchard.  Explore the fundamentals of our “mental engineering” and its cultural dimensions. Based on these principles, we will look at some differences in behavior between American and French people in the workplace through case studies, personal experiences and videos. Best for levels 5 to 8. Open to French native speakers.  Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.  $20.  www.frenchclass.com

December 14, 2016.  LECTURE ET DISCUSSION @ EUROPEAN BOOKS & MEDIA. Lynne Knight et Ito Naga, tous deux poètes, proposent de nous faire passer un moment "autour des petits vertiges", titre du prochain livre d’Ito Naga qui paraîtra chez Cheyne Editeur au mois de février 2017.  Ito Naga lira aussi quelques extraits de ses autres livres "La couleur et le parfum" et "NGC 224" et surtout "I Know / Je sais", dans sa version bilingue originale (Cheyne Editeur) dont la traduction a été faite par Lynne Knight et publiée par Sixteen Rivers Press.  19h.  European Books & Media 6600 Shattuck Ave, Oakland. La lecture et discussion sera en français, gratuit.Please rsvp to nicolas.pellerin@europeanbook.com

December 15, 2016.  FETE DE NOEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  5h30 à 7h30.  Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.  Venez nous joindre! Il y aura des bûches de Noël de Chloë's, un tombola, des paniers à deviner le poids …. Apportez s'il vous plaît un cadeau peluche pour les enfants à l’hôpital. Veuillez ne pas faire un paquet cadeau , s’il vous plaît. Nouveau cette année, il n’est pas nécessaire d’apporter un cadeau pour échanger l’un à l’autre. Evénement gratuit! Come join us for our annual Christmas party Thursday, December 15 5:30 - 7:30 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. We’ll have wonderful refreshments, multiple prizes to win in a lottery, as well as games for guessing weight, gingerbread cookie decorating for the young and young-at-heart, and a Bûche de Noël. There will be song sheets available. Please bring an unwrapped stuffed animal for donation to the children at a local hospital. This year, we will not do a giftexchange among the attendees. We will enjoy refreshments, activities, and each other’s company at this holiday season. Please come enjoy this event with us whether you are just beginning to study French or are a native speaker. No admission charge.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

December 15, 2016.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  15h.  Texte:  MA PETITE PRINCESSE PEULE, Eds. Jets d’encre, 2015.  Au cours d'un voyage au Burkina Faso, Patricia est subjuguée par le regard d'une petite fille peule, Berelle. De retour chez elle, poursuivie par le souvenir de l'enfant, elle décide de retourner en Afrique pour la retrouver. Elle découvre sa famille et son village et s'immerge pleinement, au fil des rencontres, dans la culture et les coutumes burkinabé. L'auteure raconte avec émotion ce coup de foudre inattendu et rend un hommage sincère et sensible à ses amis burkinabé et à leur pays.  www.afscv.org for details.

December 15, 2016.  CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK.   Textes:  LA LISTE DE MES ENVIES de G. DELACOURT et AU BONHEUR DES DAMES d’EMILE ZOLA.  Menlo Park Center, 585 Glenwood Ave., Menlo Park.  alliance@afscv.org for details.

Opening December 16, 2016.  LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT / THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT.  Starting with the premise that “God exists; He lives in Brussels,” this genially sacrilegious comedy imagines the Creator (Benoît Poelvoorde) as an abusive husband and father, who spends all day at the computer, deriving joy from causing mayhem in the world. His wife (Yolande Moreau) is downtrodden, so it’s up to their 10-year-old daughter (Pili Groyne) to descend to Earth and set out to locate six new disciples. Got all that? As charming and funny as it is subversive, this cheeky Belgian satire is a kind of magical fairy tale for adults. And where else will you catch Catherine Deneuve in bed with a gorilla? In French with English subtitles. Writers: Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael. Director: Jaco Van Dormael. (Belgium 2015) 113 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org

December 16, 2016.  CONVERSATION FETES DE FIN D’ANNEE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.  Nous aurons au dessert la traditionnelle Bûche de Noël !  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.  6:30 to 8:30pm.  www.afberkeley.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.  SONOMUSETTE plays at The Back Room.  SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris. This exciting new ensemble features vocalist Mimi Pirard (formerly of Dgiin) with accordionist Robert Lunceford, Jason Briggs on guitar, Jan Martinelli on upright bass and piano, and Richard Andrews on drums. Inspired by the great performers of the era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Django Reinhardt, along with modern artists such as Zaz, SonoMusette will charm and transport you to an evening in Paris.  8pm. 1984 Bonita Ave • Berkeley.  $15 advance • $20 at the door.  Advance tickets available at: www.backroommusic.com.  Or see www.sonomusette.com for details.

December 17, 2016.  CHEESE FONDUE & RACLETTE POP-UP DINNERS!  Cheese Fondue & Raclette Pop-up dinners are back in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Next dinners are November 19, December 3 et 17 with a unique menu each time. Pick your Saturday !  Rain or shine, fog or blue sky, no matter what, there is nothing like a dinner with friends for a cheese delight.  For details, visit http://lostinsf.com/en/in-the-mood-for-cheese .

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 17, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Monroe Hall, 1400 College Ave., Santa Rosa.  7pm; Dance lesson at 6pm.  www.rigomania.com for details.

Through 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/

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 20, 2016.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO plays a TRIBUTE TO DAVID NADEL at Ashkenaz.  Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.  Cajun/zydeco dance lesson at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com

December 21, 2016.  AVANT-PREMIERE of DON’T GIVE UP THE GHOST (dir. JEAN-LOUIS MILESI).  7pm.  Film, followed by Q&A and a reception.  All Saints Parish Hall, Palo Alto.  www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.com for details.

Through December 23, 2016.  DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST.  Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.  $22-$0.  510.8458542 or www.berkeleyplayhouse.org for details. 

December 23-24, 2016.  AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY and SFBATCO present CINDERELLA (which is, of course, by CHARLES PERRAULT).  $20-$0.  Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.  415.392.4400 or http://cityboxoffice.com/cinderlla for details.

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

December 27, 2016.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform 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 Flambeauhave always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - 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 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public". Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."  Cajun/zydeco dance lesson at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

December 28-30, 2016.  PAGNOL’S FANNY TRILOGYMariusFanny and César: three films adapated from Marcel Pagnol's eponymous novels.  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/world-trilogies-pagnols-fanny-trilogy 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!   

ALLIED, with MARION COTILLARD as a French Resistance fighter who meets a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) at the beginning of World War II.  Screening widely in local cinemas. 

ASCENSEUR A L'ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (Louis Malle, 1958).  Digital Restoration; Limited Engagement at BAMPFA!“  Elevator to the Gallows is as elegantly fatalistic as it sounds. Made in 1957, at a turning point in French cinematic history, it's saturated with the romantic atmosphere of Paris.”—Kenneth Turan, The LA Times  Louis Malle’s first feature is an elegant, Hitchcockian thriller. Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau star as an ex-paratrooper and his lover whose plot to murder her husband goes awry. Adroitly bringing in the wider issues of the Indochina war, industry, and runaway machinery, Malle creates a milieu for his frantic, frustrated lovers (who never once share screen space) while an improvised score by Miles Davis becomes an abstraction of their punctuated existence.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. December 10, 16 or 21, 2016. 

DON’T GIVE UP THE GHOST (dir. JEAN-LOUIS MILESI).  Avant-première! 7pm.  Film, followed by Q&A and a reception.  All Saints Parish Hall, Palo Alto.  www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.com for details. December 21, 2016.

ELLE (dir. Paul Verhoeven, with ISABELLE HUPERT); in English.  Now playing; check local listings. 

FETEZ LA DANSE AVEC L’OPERA DE PARIS.  Dance film!  Three dance performances from the Paris Opera Ballet.  Recorded and projected in HD with the latest in HD technology.  Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main Street, Napa.  $15.  www.afnapa.com for details. December 10, 2016.

PAGNOL’S FANNY TRILOGYMariusFanny and César: three films adapated from Marcel Pagnol's eponymous novels.  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/world-trilogies-pagnols-fanny-trilogy for details. December 28-30, 2016. 

LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT / THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT.  Starting with the premise that “God exists; He lives in Brussels,” this genially sacrilegious comedy imagines the Creator (Benoît Poelvoorde) as an abusive husband and father, who spends all day at the computer, deriving joy from causing mayhem in the world. His wife (Yolande Moreau) is downtrodden, so it’s up to their 10-year-old daughter (Pili Groyne) to descend to Earth and set out to locate six new disciples. Got all that? As charming and funny as it is subversive, this cheeky Belgian satire is a kind of magical fairy tale for adults. And where else will you catch Catherine Deneuve in bed with a gorilla? In French with English subtitles. Writers: Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael. Director: Jaco Van Dormael. (Belgium 2015) 113 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org Opening December 16, 2016.

WORLD TRILOGIES: KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI'S THREE COLORS to be shown at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE. These three iconic films examine the symbolism of the French national flag: blue, white and red, for liberty, equality, fraternity. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. December 9-18, 2016.

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

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

ART

Through December 19, 2016.  5TH ANNUAL BAY AREA SWISS ARTISTS SHOW.   For the 5th year in a row the Misho Gallery  is hosting the Bay Area Swiss Artists Show with more than 8 Swiss artists of the region. Join us for the Vernissage of the show to meet the artists and see their newest art while enjoying a reception hosted in the honor of the artists, provided by this Consulate General.  Artists: Marianne Kolb, Sylvie Serrex-Bonnet, Jorge Bachman, Max Kellenberger, Kathrin Blatter, Daniel Leu, Jean-Benoit Levy, Monika Steiner, Misho and more!  The show runs through December 19th, 2016.  Vernissage5 pm - 9 pm. December 1st, 2016. Misho Gallery, 680 8th Street. Suite 230. San Francisco. This event is supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

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 2, 2017.  FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION:  INHERITED MEMORY AND CONTEMPORARY ART.  From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art is an exhibition co-curated by Assistant Curator PIERRE-FRANÇOIS GALPIN and independent curator Lily Siegel that presents work by twenty-four artists who grapple with memories that are not their own, including French artist Christian Boltanski.  Through their work, the artists in this exhibition search, question, and reflect on the representation of thuths related to ancestral and collective memory, ultimately attempting to deal with their own past.  The exhbition will be on view from November 25, 2016 to April 2, 2017 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/generation-generation-inherited-memory-and-contemporary-art for details.

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!  

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 11, 2017.  GALETTE DES ROIS A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. 7 p.m. www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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 15, 2017. 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 new Euro friends. Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

January 17, 2017.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA. Le cercle littéraire discutera NE LACHE PAS MA MAIN, de MICHEL BUSSI, mardi, le 17 janvier à 3h30 au Foyer. "Soupçonné à tort du meurtre de sa femme, un père fuit, avec sa fille, des poursuivants impitoyables. Édité d'abord chez un petit éditeur normand, Michel Bussi a brûlé les étapes et tient aujourd'hui une place singulière dans le polar français. C'est qu'il aime tout bêtement raconter des histoires, dosant savamment suspense et analyse psychologique, attachant un soin particulier à l'atmosphère et concoctant des intrigues complexes sans recourir aux ficelles qui encombrent maints romans actuels.." Le Cercle Littéraire accueillera avec plaisir de nouveaux participants. For more information contact Katy at kquibell@gmail.com or Candi at candi@afsantarosa.org.

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, 2017.  GALETTES DES ROIS A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  19h.   Come and view a French Film and taste delicious King's Galettes.  Friday January 20, 2017 at 7:00pm.  San Jose Library, San Tomas Aquino Road.  www.afscv.org 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.

January 28, 2017.  JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS for local French teachers, organized by the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF FRENCH-NC.  Stanford University.  https://sites.google.com/a/aatfnorcal.org/american-association-of-teachers-of-french-northern-california-chapter/dashboard

January 29, 2017. 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 new Euro friends. Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

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 5, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS / DUE ZIGHI BACI perform two MARDI GRAS CONCERTS, one at 1pm at Harry’s Hofbrau, Kiely Blvd., San Jose; another at 5pm at Redwood Café, downtown Cotati.  www.EuroCafeMusic.com for details.

March 12, 2017.  AKADEMIE FUR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN presents FOREIGN AFFAIRS:  CHARACTERS OF THE BAROQUE.  The international success of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is unprecedented in the world of chamber music. Beginning as a bold display of musical sovereignty against the socialist regime of East Germany, now, over thirty years later, they are recognized as one of “Europe’s greatest musical success stories.”  Telemann's Overture-Suite "Les Nations" coupled with works of COUPERIN, Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Rebel—this program explores the richness of the familiar and foreign through music.  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 17-19, 2017.  CAMP FRANÇAIS DU FLASCC.  C'est un week-end d'immersion à Walden West (à Saratoga) pour les élèves de français et leurs profs. Le thème cette année sera Mardi Gras! Nous organisons une chasse au trésor, des repas, des projets d'art, du sport, du théâtre, et de la musique pour motiver les élèves. Les profs qui sont intéressés à y participer devraient contacter Fabienne Cayla (fabiennecayla@yahoo.fr). La première réunion pour les profs aura lieu dimanche 4 décembre de 10h00 à 13h00.  https://sites.google.com/a/aatfnorcal.org/american-association-of-teachers-of-french-northern-california-chapter/dashboard

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.

March 26, 2017.  GEORGEANNE BRENNAN talks about LA VIE RUSTIQUE in COOKS WITH BOOKS.  11:30am.  Cooking in the French tradition for American cooks.  Left Bank Restaurant,, Larkspur.  $115/person, or $165/couple.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 2, 2017.  BRASIL GUITAR DUO plays music by DEBUSSY, RAMEAU and more.  Brasil Guitar Duo, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity," is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.  Brasil Guitar Duo strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. The Duo performs a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy, etc.) combined with the traditional music of its native land (choro, samba, maxixe, and baião).  http://gmc.sonoma.edu

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 14, 2017.  FRENCH MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER, PETIT BISCUIT, IN CONCERT IN SAN FRANCISCO.  Petit Biscuit, the young (like in really young) French electro music phenomenon, will perform in San Francisco next Spring.
http://lostinsf.com/en/discover-french-musician-and-producer-petit-biscuit-in-concert-in-san-francisco for details.

April 21, 2017.  YEFIM BRONFMAN, piano, performs DEBUSSY’s SUITE BERGAMASQUE and more.  A program including the works of Bartók, Schumann, Debussy and Stravinsky will be brought to life by the superior technique and lyrical sensibilities of this widely acclaimed pianist. Audiences and critics agree that Grammy-winner Yefim Bronfman is one of the most accomplished pianists of his generation.  Green Music Center, Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu 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 22-29, 2017.  PROVENCE AU PRINTEMPS.  A Unique Opportunity for 6 Painters.  Take your work to the next level by immersing yourself in a small group mentoring workshop. Benefit from highly individualized and personalized instruction. Take your work to the next level, while enjoying camaraderie with other painters. Want to paint after hours? You'll have 24 hour access to the private painting studio. Work in the medium of your choice.  We will be based at Moulin de la Roque, an historic restored flour mill just outside the Provencal village of Noves. Ideally located, Noves is a few miles south of Avignon, minutes from Saint Remy de Provence and less than 30 minutes from the Luberon hill towns.  The poppies will be in bloom!  Our daily painting excursions will afford you the opportunity to explore what interests you. Instead of arranged group transport to a predetermined location, you will rent a car for the week or car share with another participant.  This affords the group more freedom, and allows us to be flexible in our daily routine.  Our accommodations include two "mas," Le Mas des Olivier and Les Cigales.  All rooms are single occupancy with private bath. Each mas is furnished to a high standard and have fully equipped kitchens. Master suites are available for couples.  Follow a special diet or have a food allergy? Want a simple dinner instead of a big meal out? Meals are a la carte. With two fully equipped self catering kitchens, we have our choice of shared meals together, catering by local chefs or opportunities to dine at the regional cafes and restaurants.  The mentoring workshop fee* is $1,975 for room with private bath, A $950 deposit** will reserve your place.  Balance due February 1, 2017. Previous painting experience required. With only 6 available spots, this workshop is already filling. Contact Julie to reserve, juliehouck@gmail.com

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 23, 2017.  ERIC OWENS, bass-baritone, and MYRA HUANG, piano, perform music by RAVEL and others at the Green Music Center.   Bass-baritone Eric Owens is held in the highest regard as an interpreter of classical repertoire. His powerfully expressive voice is versatile, allowing him to move freely between recital, orchestral and opera works. Joining him on stage will be pianist Myra Huang who Opera News praises as “among the top accompanists of her generation.”  Program to include selections by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Verdi, as well as Loewe, Rogers, Porter and Weill.   Green Music Center, Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu 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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