January 1-14, 2016

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January Events      

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.

January 5, 2017.  FIRST THURSDAY MEETUP @ HOTEL REX, organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.   Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco.  www.meetup.com for details.

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

January 6, 2017.  FRENCH TECH SAN FRANCISCO GATHERINE WITH MICHEL SAPIN.  On the occasion of the visit of Michel Sapin, the French Minister of the Economy and Finance,in the San Francisco Bay Area, EMMANUEL LEBRUN-DAMIENS, the Consul General of France in San Francisco, has organized a cocktail with the French Tech community. 6:00pm-8:30pm.  Contact the consulate for details.

January 7, 2017.  MARIN BAROQUE:  SYLVESTRIA QUARTET performs THE GOOD SONG:  GABRIEL FAURE IN THE 1890s.”  8pm.  First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.  415.497.6634 or www.marinbaroque.org 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.  DANNY POULLARD 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION with SAUCE PIQUANTE & special guest ANDREW CARRIERE at Ashkenaz.  Tonight we are reviving an old Ashkenaz tradition: Celebrating the birthday of the great Creole accordionist Danny Poullard (1937-2001), who was the guiding spirit for so many of us in the music community.  Danny Poullard influenced countless C-Z musicians in the Bay Area and beyond, including most of the people who will be playingtonight. In fact, Sauce Piquante was the final band to emerge from the training ground of his fabled garage jam sessions, and special guest Andrew Carriere played with him in the legendary California Cajun Orchestra. Cajun/zydeco dance lesson at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com

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. Now that the traditional twelve days of Christmas have begun, it's time to look forward to the Fête des Rois. Come savor a delicious Galette des Rois when we gather for La Fête des Rois on Wednesday evening,  January 11, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 545 Pacific Avenue (Odd Fellows Hall).  This year we're adding something new for your enjoyment to the night's activities--some games in French.  Your fee will be only $10 per person for both galette & wine ($8 for children under 12).   Help us know how many to expect by registering in advance using Paypal (or a credit card).  You can also pay at the door with cash or check, but note that we cannot accept credit cards at the door. We are looking forward to seeing you there! 7pm.  www.afsantarosa.org

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 12, 2017.  COMPRENDRE LA CULTURE AMERICAINE ET CLARIFIER VOS COMPETENCES.  Career workshop offered by YVONNE LEFORT, M.A.  Pour vous aider à les réaliser, nous vous proposons 5 ateliers du 12 Janvier au 9 Février 2017  Ces ateliers sont ouverts à tous, et sont animés en anglais, une bonne occasion de pratiquer votre anglais.  Ces ateliers vous donneront l'opportunité de mieux comprendre les différences culturelles dans le milieu professionnel et de réfléchir à votre recherche de travail, et/ou comment vous réinventer.  Même si vous n'avez pas encore un objectif précis, ou si vous avez juste besoin d'aide pour vous vendre en anglais, ces ateliers sont là pour vous.  Each 2-hour class will be held mornings at the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.  10:30am-12:30pm.  For more information about the instructor, visit her website: www.yvonnelefort.net . To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ateliers-carrieres-sfba-tickets-30091160471

January 13-February 5, 2017.  ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS presents EMILIE:  LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT by LAUREN GUNDERSON.  Fiercely inquisitive and joyfully sexy, rediscover one of history's most alluring women as she defends her loves and her life. Emilie du Châtelet -- an 18th century intellectual powerhouse, noblewoman, wife, mother, and lover (of Voltaire, no less)-- played by her own rules. Love or philosophy? How does Emilie sum up life? www.RossValleyPlayers.com for details.

January 14, 2017.  LA GALETTE sponsored by the ASSOCIATION DEMOCRATIQUE DES FRANÇAIS A L’ETRANGER. L’Association Démocratique des Français à L’Etranger cordially invites you to join us in celebrating The Epiphany 2017 with drinks, galettes, queens and kings!  Contribution - Adults $10, Children $5 / L’Association Démocratique des Français à L’Etranger vous invite cordialement à vous joindre à nous pour fêter l’Epiphanie 2017 avec boissons, galettes, reines et rois!  Contribution – Adultes $10, Enfants $5.  3:00pm - 5:30pm / 15h00 à 17h30.  Reed Smith LLP, 101 Second Street, Suite 1800, San Francisco, CA 94105/  Please contact Paul Fogel, 415.659.5929 or pfogel@reedsmith.com for details and to rsvp by January 9th.

January 14, 2017.  MARK ST.  MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND plays at Ashkenaz.  The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot."  Cajun/zydeco dance lesson at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  $15/$10 for students.  www.ashkenaz.com

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 19, 2017.  COMMENT ECRIRE UN CV AMERICAIN ET UNE LETTRE DE MOTIVATION.  Career workshop offered by YVONNE LEFORT, M.A.  Pour vous aider à les réaliser, nous vous proposons 5 ateliers du 12 Janvier au 9 Février 2017  Ces ateliers sont ouverts à tous, et sont animés en anglais, une bonne occasion de pratiquer votre anglais.  Ces ateliers vous donneront l'opportunité de mieux comprendre les différences culturelles dans le milieu professionnel et de réfléchir à votre recherche de travail, et/ou comment vous réinventer.  Même si vous n'avez pas encore un objectif précis, ou si vous avez juste besoin d'aide pour vous vendre en anglais, ces ateliers sont là pour vous.  Each 2-hour class will be held mornings at the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.  10:45am-12:45pm.  For more information about the instructor, visit her website: www.yvonnelefort.net . To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ateliers-carrieres-sfba-tickets-30091160471

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.  COMMENT SE VENDRE ‘A L’AMERICAINE.’  Career workshop offered by YVONNE LEFORT, M.A.  Pour vous aider à les réaliser, nous vous proposons 5 ateliers du 12 Janvier au 9 Février 2017  Ces ateliers sont ouverts à tous, et sont animés en anglais, une bonne occasion de pratiquer votre anglais.  Ces ateliers vous donneront l'opportunité de mieux comprendre les différences culturelles dans le milieu professionnel et de réfléchir à votre recherche de travail, et/ou comment vous réinventer.  Même si vous n'avez pas encore un objectif précis, ou si vous avez juste besoin d'aide pour vous vendre en anglais, ces ateliers sont là pour vous.  Each 2-hour class will be held mornings at the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.  10:30am-12:30pm.  For more information about the instructor, visit her website: www.yvonnelefort.net . To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ateliers-carrieres-sfba-tickets-30091160471

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 26-28, 2017.  PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET performs RAVEL with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.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 28, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE plays BAL MUSETTE at Occidental Center for the Arts.  Inspired by the great performers of 20th Century Paris, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, the superb vocal and instrumental artistry of the ensemble SonoMusette will charm and transport you to an evening in Paris as they bring bal-musette to the 'moderne' era!  SonoMusette's last performance at OCA sold out so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance!  8PM. $15 advance by Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door.  Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 707 874-9392.  http://www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/sonomusette/

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.

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. 

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.

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

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! 

THINGS TO COME (with Isabelle Huppert). Now playing. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. Check local listings for additional cinemas.

LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT / THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT.  Playing in local cinemas; check listings.

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 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 3, 2017.  THE CONJURED LIFE:  THE LEGACY OF SURREALISM.  The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism charts the travel of surrealist ideas and imagery as the movement evolved and expanded over the course of the 20th century. Surrealist works like RENE MAGRITTE’s Les merveilles de la nature (1953) and PAUL DELVAUX’s Penelope (1945) challenge traditional categories of experience, especially the distinction between reality and dream. Enrico Baj’s Le General Mechant et Decore (1961), shadow boxes by Joseph Cornell, and Willie Cole’s Heal and Rest (1992) reveal a surrealist interest in unconventional art-making techniques, including collage, assemblage, and photomontage. Works by Jean Arp and Wolfgang Paalen’s Taches Solaire (1938) demonstrate the Surrealists’ ingenious use of automatic processes.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

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

Through December 2017.  JACOB’S DREAM:  A LUMINOUS PATH.  An installation of light and moving images created by French-American artist BENJAMIN BARBERY and Jim Campbell.  Jacob’s Dream: A Luminous Path will be a rising luminous pathway within Grace Cathedral that evokes the “stairway” that Jacob dreams about in Genesis 28:  “He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”  The pathway will be made of rungs of LED lights, rising in the north aisle like a ladder or stairway, lifting up some 50 feet as it moves toward the altar. Jacob’s Dream is designed specifically to work with the tall architecture of Grace Cathedral. The LED rungs will act as a a fragmented screen for low-resolution moving images of figures going up and down, some climbing arduously, others gliding, some flying, some descending. The installation will evoke the Biblical story, the connections between the visible and invisible, our “Home” theme and our own personal journeys on the ladder of life. “Jacob’s Stairway” or “Jacob’s Ladder” is a theme richly illustrated in the history of art and architecture, with a wide range of imagery, from the Roman catacombs to Marc Chagall.  8am to 6pm (most days).  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., SF.  415.749.6300 or www.gracecathedral.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!  

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 2, 2017.  LES ENTRETIENS ‘A L’AMERICAINE.’  Career workshop offered by YVONNE LEFORT, M.A.  Pour vous aider à les réaliser, nous vous proposons 5 ateliers du 12 Janvier au 9 Février 2017  Ces ateliers sont ouverts à tous, et sont animés en anglais, une bonne occasion de pratiquer votre anglais.  Ces ateliers vous donneront l'opportunité de mieux comprendre les différences culturelles dans le milieu professionnel et de réfléchir à votre recherche de travail, et/ou comment vous réinventer.  Même si vous n'avez pas encore un objectif précis, ou si vous avez juste besoin d'aide pour vous vendre en anglais, ces ateliers sont là pour vous.  Each 2-hour class will be held mornings at the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.  10:30am-12:30pm.  For more information about the instructor, visit her website: www.yvonnelefort.net . To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ateliers-carrieres-sfba-tickets-30091160471

February 9, 2017.  LE NETWORKING ‘A L’AMERICAINE.’  Career workshop offered by YVONNE LEFORT, M.A.  Pour vous aider à les réaliser, nous vous proposons 5 ateliers du 12 Janvier au 9 Février 2017  Ces ateliers sont ouverts à tous, et sont animés en anglais, une bonne occasion de pratiquer votre anglais.  Ces ateliers vous donneront l'opportunité de mieux comprendre les différences culturelles dans le milieu professionnel et de réfléchir à votre recherche de travail, et/ou comment vous réinventer.  Même si vous n'avez pas encore un objectif précis, ou si vous avez juste besoin d'aide pour vous vendre en anglais, ces ateliers sont là pour vous.  Each 2-hour class will be held mornings at the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.  10:30am-12:30pm.  For more information about the instructor, visit her website: www.yvonnelefort.net . To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ateliers-carrieres-sfba-tickets-30091160471

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 11, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE plays BAL MUSETTE for Valentine’s Day Weekend.   7:30PM, Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave • Piedmont. www.sonomusette.com or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2732415 for details and tickets.

February 12, 2017.  LUCAS DEBARGUE plays RAVEL and more at Cal Performances.  3pm.  Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

February 12, 2017.  SEMBENE!  at the Smith-Rafael Cinema.  In person:  Filmaker SAMBA GADJIGO.  4:15pm.    Filmmaker Samba Gadjigo will present and discuss a special screening of the acclaimed documentary about the “father of African cinema,” Ousmane Sembene (1923-2007). As Sembene’s biographer and friend, Gadjigo literally takes part in the history of the manual laborer who set out to be the storyteller for a new, independent Africa and produced, starting in the 1960s, such rich and controversial masterworks as Black Girl, Xala, Ceddo and Mooladé. Admirer Danny Glover has declared: “Sembene! is an invaluable tribute to a true hero, and an essential chapter in the history of Africa, of the world, and of storytelling.” In English and in French and Wolof with English subtitles. Directors: Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman. (US/Senegal 2015) 86 min. plus discussion.  Smith Rafael, San Rafael.  http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/sembene/

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 18, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE plays BAL MUSETTE at Napa Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa.  8pm. http://www.luckypennynapa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=175&Itemid=184 for tickets. www.sonomusette.com for more information.

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 9, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE plays BAL MUSETTE at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma.  7:30pm.  www.sonomusette.com or http://www.cinnabartheater.org/sonomusette/ 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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