December 15-31, 2016

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December Events      

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.

December 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

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 16, 2016.  RESMIRANDA VOCAL ENSEMBLE presents works by BUSNOIS, BRUMEL, DURUFLE and others  Renee Fladen-Kamm, Director. Christmas concert of lovely, buoyant music prepared this season, including rarely performed Christmas Responsories by Portuguese composer João Rodrigues Esteves, and many other works by Busnois, Palestrina, Brumel, Byrd, Duruflé, Esquivel, Guerrero, Hassler, Schütz, Fux, and Arvo Pärt.  7:30 PM.  University Lutheran Chapel, 2425 College Ave, Berkeley.  $15. 

December 16, 2016.  WOMEN’S ANTIQUE VOCAL ENSEMBLE (WAVE) performs IN SWEET JUBILATION.  Cindy Beitmen, Director.  “In Sweet Jubilation” The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) will present our annual Christmas concert featuring early music of Spain, France, England, and Germany. WAVE will perform music from Llibre vermell de Montserrat, Cantigas de Santa Maria, Montpellier Codex, Arundel and Selden manuscripts and the Trinity Roll, as well as compositions by Guerrero, Costeley, Arbeau, Praetorius, Bach, and Handel. The concert will also include a sing-along of some traditional Christmas carols. Please join us for an evening of ancient and traditional holiday music!  8 PM  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 23oo Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  $20/$15/$5. No reserved seating.  Tickets by phone 800-838-3006, or at the door or online at http://wavexmas16.brownpapertickets.com/

December 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 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. 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.

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.  SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL ARTISTS perform LIGHT IN WINTER, with works by POULENC  and more.  4pm.  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., SF.  415.494.8149 or www.sfca.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 19, 2016  CAFÉ LITTERAIRE: POESIE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  10am-12:30pm. Animated by Arya.  Poetry by VICTOR HUGO, MUSSET, RONSARD.  www.afsf.com for details.

December 19, 2016.  MUSEUMS OF FRANCE:  LOUVRE & ORSAY.  2pm-5pm.  Acquire a global vision of the history of French art through some key artworks from the collections of the Louvre and Orsay museums  Revise the classical principles with sculptures of the ancient gods and the Oath of the Horatii of David (1784).  Discover the evolution of Western art on the path of modernity with Manet in the Salon (1863), going through the romanticism of Géricault and Delacroix, (1819-1830).  www.afsf.com for details.

December 19, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

December 19-23, 2016.  DECEMBER FRENCH CAMP FOR KIDS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Discount for multiple kids from the same family.  A lot of fun and French activities! www.afsf.com for details.

December 20, 2016.  FILMS DE NOEL.  Afternoon films at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  In French only.  L’ENFANT AU GRELOT; LE PERE FRIMAS; LE PERE NOEL.  Details on the AFSF website:  http://www.afsf.com.  2pm.

December 20, 2016.  LA GUERRE DES TUQUES.  Film screening at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  http://afsf.com/events/ for details.

December 20, 2016. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

December 20, 2016.  HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS IN FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES.  2pm-5pm.  In most French-speaking cultures, Christmas is maybe the most celebrated event.  However, festivities start at the end of November and don’t end before the Epiphany, on January 6th.  During this workshop, we will learn about the Advent, Christmas, New Year and Epiphany celebrations in French-speaking countries watch videos about the Strasbourg world famous Christmas market, and bien sûr! – talk about the Réveillon specialities, bredalas and other delicacies!  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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.

December 21, 2016. NEOCLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE FROM PARIS TO WASHINGTON at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  2pm-5pm.  The ancient principles of classical architecture were developed with greatness in the United States from the end of the 18th century.  Pantheons; colonnade du Louvre; Washington Capitol building; New York City.  www.afsf.com for details.

December 21, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

December 22, 2016.  FRENCH IN SONGS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Georges Moustaki and more.  Taught by Ingrid.  www.afsf.com for details.

Through December 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.

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, 2016. IMPRESSIONISM AND JAPONISM at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  We will see how Impressionist painting and its figures, such as Monet and Van Gogh, have been influenced by the Japanese art of prints, and how these have contributed to the modernism of Impressionism.  2pm-5pm.  www.afsf.com 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 26, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

December 27, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

December 27, 2016.  JOYEUX NOEL.  Film screening at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  http://afsf.com/events/ for details.

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, 2016.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club 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 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. 

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. 

LES SAISONS.  Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground, the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. It was only later than man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare… Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa.  www.summerfieldcinemas.com for details. Opening soon! 

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 14, 2017.  STELLAR GAMES, paintings by French surrealist MARCEL JEAN.  Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Stellar Games, a debut solo exhibition of the distinguished work of Surrealist French artist and scholar Marcel Jean (1900-1993). Stellar Games presents a rare collection of 15 intimate gouache, ink and flottage paintings on masonite and 11 India ink, graphite and gouache drawings on paper produced between the years 1939-1975. Holding a preeminent position amongst Surrealist scholars and artists, Marcel Jean was an explorer of the psyche and a pioneer of the imagination whose works convey narratives of psychic spaces and transformative landscapes. Objects, landscapes and figures flow between layers of symbolic, sexual and subconscious meaning. The motif of a head, bound, affected or abstracted, which the artist used to great success in his earlier work The Spectre of Gardenia (1936), returns in some of these later paintings, alluding to the way dreams can disrupt the seat of consciousness. Jean’s pioneering use of the flottagetechnique remains unique amongst artists, and explores chance operation while advancing the Surrealist practice of the automatic painting. These intimate and complex works demonstrate the artist’s inextinguishable creativity in the creation of psychological dreamscapes and the founding of delicate, impossible worlds.  Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie St., SF.  415.346.7812 or http://gallerywendinorris.com/marcel-jean-unseen-surreal/ 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 2, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 3, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 3, 2017.  PARIS 36 / FAUBOURG 36.  Film screening at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  http://afsf.com/events/ for details.

January 3, 2017.  CZ & THE BON VIVANTS plsy CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivants dish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they've appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit - from downtown Oakland to the Solano Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises - and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band's CD, "Good to the Bon," has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.  Cajun/zydeco dance less on at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  Tickets $12.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 4, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 5, 2017.  LA FETE DES ROIS.  Please join us to celebrate the Fête des Rois, under the Patronage of the Honorable EMMANUEL LEBRUN-DAMIENS, French Consul General of San Francisco, hosted by Sara & Austin Hills.  Valet Parking.  Checks payable to French Heritage Society, $100 per person.  Please mail check to Dori Bonn by January 2, 2017.  For more information/address, contact dbonn1@earthlink.net.

Opening January 6, 2017.  LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT. Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa.  www.summerfieldcinemas.com for details.

January 8, 2017.  THE FESTIVAL CONSORT presents RENAISSANCE GLORY, including the music by JOSQUIN.  On Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 4PM the Festival Consort will present its Renaissance Glory concert at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa CA, 95401. For the past forty years the Festival Consort has been entertaining audiences in the Bay Area. Some audience members come every year to celebrate the Christmas season in the historic all redwood 142 year old church. Well-known soprano Carol Menke and countertenor Chris Fritzsche join instrumentalists David Hogan Smith, Joanna Bramel Young, Alan Paul and Robert Cronin for a concert of traditional Christmas carols, songs by Dunstable, and glorious six-part works by Senfl, Altenburg, Hammerschmidt, and Josquin. Full consorts of recorders, crumhorns and schreyerpfeifen will play works by a variety of renaissance composers. Other instruments played are the sackbut, renaissance guitar, shawms, douçaine and curtals (renaissance bassoons). Two new curtals, the alto and tenor, will be making their debut this year. Also, the great bass recorder and crumhorn add their wonderful low notes to various ensembles. David Hogan Smith, author of a book on making renaissance reeds, makes reeds for and adjusts the crumhorns and schreyerpfeifen. Robert Cronin, well-known instrument builder, made the shawms and the bass curtal played in the Consort. 4PM.  Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2718624

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 9, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 10, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 10, 2017.  COCO BEFORE CHANEL.  Film screening at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  http://afsf.com/events/ for details.

January 10, 2017.  SAUCE PIQUANTE plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group's high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana's dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy "KP" Price, and David Hymowitz on drums.  Cajun/zydeco dance less on at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  Tickets $12.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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

January 11, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club 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 16, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

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 17, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 18, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club 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, 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 23, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 24, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 25, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 26 ,2017.  LE JAZZ HOT DUO featuring SAM WOLFMAN ROCHA & PAUL PAZZO MEHLING play at UVA TRATTORIA, Napa.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  No cover.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club 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.

January 30, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for dining & dancing every Monday at San Francisco’s newest hot spot, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio . Dancing welcome!  No cover.  7pm-10pm.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

January 31, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial in San Francisco every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing allowed.)  No cover; all ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club for details.

February 1, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Fattoria e Mare in Burlingame (near SFO) every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm.  Dancing welcomed!  Delicious Italian seafood.  No cover.  All ages.  415.931.0909 or   http://www.hotclubsf.com/#hot-club 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 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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