January 19-27, 2016

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January Events      

January 19, 2017.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK reads ARSENE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN CAMBRIOLEUR by M. LEBLANC and L’AMANT de M. DURAS.  19h.  585 Glenwood Ave, Menlo Park.  alliance@afscv.org pour plus d’information.

January 19, 2017.  APERO’ CONSERVATION IS BACK!  Join us every Thursday at the Alliance Française de San Francisco at 6pm to meet new friends, have a glass of wine, and speak French… 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com 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 19-22, 2017.  SFJAZZ CENTER’S SEASON 5 CELEBRATION includes performances by Haitian-American artist OBED CALVAIRE.  www.sfjazz.org for details.

Opening January 20, 2017.  THE ARDENNES (Belgium, 2016).  Check local listings.

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.  Film:  L’ETUDIANTE ET MONSIEUR HENRI (2015).  Une jeune étudiante  (la lumineuse Noémie Schmidt) loue une chambre dans un appartement parisien chez un vieux monsieur bougon (excellent Claude Brasseur). Ce couple inattendu va apprendre à vivre ensemble avec humour et tendresse. Un bon film sur les rapports humains intergénérationnels. Friday January 20, 2017 at 7:00pm.  San Jose Library, San Tomas Aquino Road.  www.afscv.org for details.

January 20, 2017.  BARRIO MANOUCHE CONCERT.  Barrio Manouche’s, Javier Jimenez guitarist/composer from Spain, and his incredibly skilled musicians,(Magali Sanscartier on violin, Alex Zelnick on rhythm guitar, Luis Jimenez on cajon,Cyrill Guiraud on saxophone and Scott Lindorfer on upright bass).will perform their own instrumental repertoire to take you on a magical journey. The San Francisco based ensemble has been recognized for its surprise concerts, innovative style, complex technique, and their passion for theatrical and musical improvisation. For this event, a special appearance by local performers from the Bay Area will accompany the band with a collaboration with the Jimenez brothers and stories leading to inspiration and the process of creation through "La Vida de un Ruso''.  http://theatrelfsf.com/barrio.en.html 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 21, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa.  1400 W. College Ave, Santa Rosa.  7:30pm (dance lesson at 6:30pm).  www.rigomania.com for details. 

January 21 & 25, 2017.  METROPOLITAN OPERA presents a simulcast of GOUNOD’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE in local cinemas.  Check local listings for details.

Through January 22, 2017.  ON BECKETT.  Tony Award-winning actor BILL IRWIN explores the prose and poetry of ex-patriate to Paris SAMUEL BECKETT, including WAITING FOR GODOT and ENDGAME.  ACT’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., San Francisco.  $20-$60.  415.749.2228 or www.act-sf.org for details. 

January 22, 2017.  MUSA performs works by MARAIS, JACQUET DE LA GUERRE, REBEL, MOREL, COUPERIN & RAMEAU in Old First Concerts.  MUSA (Addi Liu, violin; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord) performs Marin Marais, Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris; Jacquet de la Guerre, selections from Pièces de clavecin, Livre 1; Jean-Féry Rebel, Le Tombeau pour Monsieur de Lully; Jacques Morel, Chaconne en trio; François Couperin, L’Apothéose de Corelli; and Jean-Philippe Rameau, Concert III from Pièces de clavecin en concerts. MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments. From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area.  4 PM.  Old First Church.  1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco.  $18/$15/$5 or 415-474-1608. http://oldfirstconcerts.org/

January 22, 2017.  STANFORD WOODWIND QUINTET performs works by JACQUES IBERT and others.  4pm.  $15-$26.  Newman Auditoriu, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.  415.392.4400 or www.santarosa.edu/chamberconcerts 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.  CYRANO DE BERGERAC.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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 24, 2017.  IKO YAYA plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Iko Yaya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for dancing. Iko Yaya is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local bands, and it'll be a night of "bon temps roulez" big time! The musicians got together in 2013 to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them, and, as Jim Scott reports, "That's when the party started!" Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are "Mardi Gras Mambo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas." Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm; show at 8:30pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com 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 CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS reads LES VAISSEAUX DU COEUR de BENOITE GROULT.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 26 janvier au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16h pour discuter le roman de Benoîte Groult: "Les vaisseaux du coeur". Publié en 1988, le livre fut adapté au théâtre à Paris en 2013. En livre de poche : 248 pages. On peut y lire une histoire d'amour, improbable, entre une universitaire parisienne et un pêcheur breton. L'auteure , célèbre pour son engagement féministe, est décédée le 20 juin 2016, à l'âge de 96 ans. C'est pour lui rendre hommage à l'occasion de son décès que nous avons choisi ce livre pour notre discussion mensuelle.  Pour plus amples renseignements:  www.afscv.org

January 26, 2017.  APERO’ CONSERVATION IS BACK!  Join us every Thursday at the Alliance Française de San Francisco at 6pm to meet new friends, have a glass of wine, and speak French… 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com 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 26-28, 2017.  PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET RAVEL’s PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR and more with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

January 26 & 27, 2017.  REPORTERS SANS FRONTIERES: THE PREDATORS AND THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.  Lecture in English with biligual Q&A.  SLIMANE ZEGHIDOUR is Editor at Large at TV5 Monde, Paris Bureau.  Of Algerian descent, he speaks Arabic fluently and has covered the Middle East for over 20 years.  DELPHINE HALGAND is the Director of the Washington, DC, RSF Bureau.  She runs the US activities for the organization and advocates for journalist, bloggers, and media rights worldwide.  Topic:  In many countries, to be a journalist is not a job like any other… 74 journalists were killed in the world in 2016.  There are predators everywhere.  Join us: participate in the discussion, bring questions.  75 minutes for the lectures; 45 minutes for the discussion.  Free refreshments.  408.761.8158 (Palo Alto) or 415.775.7755 (San Francisco) for more details.  January 26, Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF, 7pm; January 27, Le French Film Club of Palo Alto, All Saints Church Parish Hall, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 7pm.  www.afsf.com or www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.com

January 26-May 14, 2017.  NOT RECONCILED:  THE CINEMA OF STRAUB & HUILLET at Berkeley Art Museum’s Pacific Film Archive.  “If we hadn’t learned how to make films, I would have planted bombs,” Jean-Marie Straub once stated of his early days with partner Danièle Huillet (1936-2006). Together the two created one of the most uncompromising, yet eternally surprising, filmmaking aesthetics in postwar European cinema, capable of fusing classic European literature with radical political action, and staging cerebral queries on philosophy and culture against a natural backdrop so vividly, sensually photographed as to seem almost elemental. The only filmmakers who would dedicated a film about Johann Sebastian Bach to the Viet Cong, Straub and Huillet made a career—and a lifetime—out of making cinema, culture, and art mean something.  This spring, BAMPFA screens 19 of the duo's films, which Artforum has called "works of exquisite beauty, startling originality, and exceptional rigor." http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

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.

Through January 28, 2017.  CUSTOM MADE THEATRE presents the Bay Area premiere of AMY HERZOG’s  tense and claustrophobic thriller BELLEVILLE, set in Paris.  $20-$42.  533 Sutter St., SF.  415.798.2682 or www.custommade.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.  THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF PERFECT RODINS IN THE WORLD.  THE LEGION’S RODINS REASSESSED.  A lecture by MARTIN CHAPMAN, Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, FAMSF.  2pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

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 28, 2017.  HUMANITARIAN ACTION 101 at SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCOHumanitarian Action 101, the first event in this series, will explore the basics of humanitarian action. Experts from EPFL, University of Geneva, FSG, a refugee camp in Kakumo, Kenya and more will lead and participate in interactive sessions, workshops and a crash course on themes including humanitarian action, disaster risk reduction and business models with humanitarian impact. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

January 28, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Sutter Creek Theatre.  One of our favorite gigs of the year at a beautiful old theatre in Sutter Creek.  44 Main St., Sutter Creek. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.suttercreektheatre.com See also www.rigomania.com .

January 28 or February4, 2017.  THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1966).  New 4K restoration.  The first European film to treat the explosive subject of colonialism and wars of liberation, The Battle of Algiers probably remains the most powerful. Pontecorvo's exciting reconstruction of the Algerian rebellion against the French centers on Ali La Pointe, the National Liberation Front leader who conducts the campaign of rebellion while dodging the relentless and merciless French Colonel Mathieu. A flashback format and newsreel “documentary” precision—though it was, incredibly, entirely staged—give a palpable sense of inevitability to the terrible violence, but also to its result. (Amos Vogel).  January 28, 5:30 PM or February 4, 8:15 PM.  More information at:  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu Tickets available at  http://ev7.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=TBA&linkID=cal-pfa&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

January 29, 2017.  THE PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC performs with GAUTIER CAPUÇON.  At the San Francisco Symphony, 415.864.6000 or http://sfsymphony.org

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.  BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS / THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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.

January 31, 2017.  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 Flambeau have 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."  $12. Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8pm – check website in advance to verify times!).  www.ashkenaz.com or www.rigomania.com

Through 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.

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. 

THE ARDENNES (Belgium, 2016).   Check local listings. Opening January 20, 2017.

BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS / THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.  January 31, 2017. 

CYRANO DE BERGERAC.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.  January 24, 2017. 

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

L’ETUDIANTE ET MONSIEUR HENRI.  A sweet little film brings together the real struggles of relocating to Paris as a student and a rare inter-generational friendship, weaving a tender story of both hilarious and tear-jerking moments. L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri dips its toes into many comedic scenarios, from conflicting family dynamics to rollicking misunderstandings, passing by a coming-of-age narrative thread. Between the lines and the jokes lie the life lesson all family drama-comedies seem to need, making this a cute, but down-to-earth, feel-good movie. L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri has all the solemn moments, comedic instants, and approximative moral maxims the drama-comedy recipe calls for. A comfort film for moments of discomfort, to reanimate one’s faith in human relationships.  In French with English subtitles.  Alliance Française de la Silicon Valley on January 20, along with their GALETTES DES ROIS 19h.   Come and view a French Film and taste delicious King's Galettes. 7:00pm.  San Jose Library, San Tomas Aquino Road.  www.afscv.org for details.)

NOT RECONCILED:  THE CINEMA OF STRAUB & HUILLET at Berkeley Art Museum’s Pacific Film Archive.  “If we hadn’t learned how to make films, I would have planted bombs,” Jean-Marie Straub once stated of his early days with partner Danièle Huillet (1936-2006). Together the two created one of the most uncompromising, yet eternally surprising, filmmaking aesthetics in postwar European cinema, capable of fusing classic European literature with radical political action, and staging cerebral queries on philosophy and culture against a natural backdrop so vividly, sensually photographed as to seem almost elemental. The only filmmakers who would dedicated a film about Johann Sebastian Bach to the Viet Cong, Straub and Huillet made a career—and a lifetime—out of making cinema, culture, and art mean something.  This spring, BAMPFA screens 19 of the duo's films, which Artforum has called "works of exquisite beauty, startling originality, and exceptional rigor." http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/ January 26-May 14, 2017. 

ROMEO ET JULIETTE (Gounod). New York's METROPOLITAN OPERA presents a simulcast of GOUNOD’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE in Bay Area cinemas.  Check local listings for details.  January 21 & 25, 2017. 

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). Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. Also playing in other 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 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.

January 27-29, 2017.  PHOTOFAIRS.  For the first time the renowned photography art fair PHOTOFAIRS  presents prominent galleries from around the world - including some from Switzerland - in San Francisco. It is one of the leading destinations for discovering and collecting artworks by emerging and internationally recognized artists working with still images.  GALERIE & EDITION STEPHAN WITSCHI from Zurich will be presenting work by Swiss artists as well as EDWYNN HOUK GALLERY from Zurich & New York.  Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, San Francisco.  https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/usa/en/home/representations/consulate-sf.html

January 28-April 9, 2017.  AUGUSTE RODIN:  THE CENTENARY INSTALLATION.  Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor will present a completely new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation. Approximately 50 objects in bronze, marble, and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection—will be presented in a new context.  The exhibition will examine the artist’s influential work and his celebrated life, from his early days courting controversy with sculptures that bore unexpected levels of naturalism, to his later prestige and lasting influence. The Centenary Installation is part of a worldwide series of major Rodin projects and will provide Bay Area audiences a significant opportunity to examine and recontextualize the legacy of the artist known as “the father of modern sculpture.”  The Legion of Honor’s collection of works by Rodin is one of the finest and most significant in the United States. In 1915, Legion of Honor founders Alma and Adolph Spreckels began assembling what American dancer Loie Fuller called “the greatest collection of perfect Rodins in the world.” The Spreckels purchased works directly from Rodin’s studio, often the original plaster models or works that were cast or carved with the direct supervision of Rodin himself. The exhibition will include pieces related to some of Rodin’s most ambitious commissions: The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell, the latter of which includes his most famous sculpture, The Thinker, now a beloved, iconic emblem of the Legion of Honor.  To further celebrate the centenary of Rodin’s death, the Legion of Honor has invited international artists Urs Fischer (Swiss, born 1975) and Sarah Lucas (British, born 1962) to participate in the Rodin Dialogues, where they will conceive installations that bring a contemporary perspective to today’s understanding of Rodin’s work and legacy.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, Galleries 8, 10, 12.  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. 

Through January 31, 2017.  FRENCH POSTCARDS by THALIA STRATTON.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. Visit the artist's website to find out more about her and to admire her portfolio.  http://www.thaliastratton.com/

Through February 4, 2017.  WORKS BY JEAN-LUC MOULENE presented in the MIGUEL ABREU GALLERY NYC AT FRAENKELLAB.  1632 Market St., SF.  415.981.2661 or www.fraenkelgallery.com for details.

February 25-May 29, 2017.  MONET:  THE EARLY YEARSMonet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.  This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet’s mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields and in the quiet scenes of everyday, offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous.  With a selection of works gathered from some of the most important international collections – the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other public and private collections worldwide – Monet: The Early Years authoritatively demonstrates the artist’s early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes. Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org

March 4-July 2, 2017.  LETTER AND IMAGE, including FERNAND LEGER’s CIRQUE (1950), with playful lettering that echoes the artist’s depictions of acrobatic circus performers. Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

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.

June 24-September 24, 2017.  DEGAS, IMPRESSIONISM, AND THE PARIS MILLINERY TRADE.  Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade is a groundbreaking exhibition featuring 60 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas—many never before exhibited in the United States—as well as those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and 40 exquisite examples of period hats.  Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, “dared to go into ecstasies in front of the milliners’ shops,” Paul Gauguin wrote of his lifelong friend.  Degas’ fascination inspired a visually compelling and profoundly modern body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called “the aristocracy of the workwomen of Paris, the most elegant and distinguished.” Yet despite the importance of millinery within Degas’s oeuvre, there has been little discussion of its place in Impressionist iconography.  The exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. At this time there were around 1,000 milliners working in what was then considered the fashion capital of the world.  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.  THE IMPRESSIONISTS—AND THE MAN WHO MADE THEM!  Film Screening at the De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF.  10:30am to noon.  www.famsf.org 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 7, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE ON THE RODIN CENTENARY INSTALLATION by CHARLOTTE READ.  Title:  RODIN:  REBEL WITH A CAUSE.  11:30am.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 7, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE:  FRENCH ARTISTS LOOK AT WOMEN by RITA DUNLAY.  1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 7, 2017.  L’AUBERGE ESPAGNOL / THE SPANISH APARTMENT.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

February 7, 2017.  HELEN HOROWITZ talks about  A TASTE FOR PROVENCE, her historical account of how Provence became a land of desire and an alluring landscape for the American holiday.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 8, 2017.  PATRICK TIMSIT presents ON NE PEUT PAS RIRE DE TOUT at the Lycée Français de San Francisco.  http://theatrelfsf.com/Index.en.html

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, 2017.  DON’T GIVE UP THE GHOST.  Première / private showing of this 2016 film by Jean-Louis Milesi ( Screenwriter for Marius et Jeannette; co-director of "La Ville est Tranquille).  http://LeFrenchFilmClub.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.  LA DOUBLURE / LE VALET.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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 16, 2017.  PAST PRESENT:  MANET AND PAINTING ACROSS TIME.  A talk by JORDAN KANTOR, artist and professor, California College of the Fine Arts.  10:30am-noon, De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, www.famsf.org for details.

February 17, 2017.  ACME PRODUCTION presents THE  HOLDER OF HISTORY.  Literary serie à la Dumas. The Holder of History invites us to listen to a story, stories, read History again, our History, and to travel, simply, through time and space with 5 actors, 5 stools, a bare stage, 2 racks loaded with costumes, and the unlimited power of our imagination. On a rainy night, in the Ardennes, Martin Martin attends his father’s funeral. He is far from imagining then that the discovery of a hand written notebook will take him to a dizzying quest through History and continents. 15 years later, in the heart of the Algerian desert, a mother and daughter mysteriously disappear. They were led by the tale of an unknown man to look for books bearing the stamp of a bizarre chalice, and for a colossal treasure, accumulated through times by a legendary secret society. Text and direction by Alexis Michalik.  Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission.  Play in French, kids over 12 welcome.  Standard price: $25.  http://theatrelfsf.com/Index.en.html

February 18, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE on MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS offered by CAROL PORTER.  2:30pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 18, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa.  1400 W. College Ave, Santa Rosa.  7:30pm (dance lesson at 6:30pm).  www.rigomania.com for details. 

February 19, 2017. FRIENDS OF EUROPE MINGLE (SF).  Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks. These convivial social gatherings are relaxed, intimate, and fun. A wide range of people attend: singles, couples, and all age groups. They’re a great way to make interesting new Euro friends. Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

February 21, 2017.  LES GAZELLES.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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.

February 25, 2017.  THE INVENTION OF MONET, a lecture by GEORGE SHACKELFORD, Deputy Director, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.  2pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 26, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE ON THE RODIN CENTENARY INSTALLATION by CHARLOTTE READ.  Title:  RODIN:  REBEL WITH A CAUSE.  12:30pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 26, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE on MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS offered by CAROL PORTER. 2:30pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

February 28, 2017.  LA MARCHE DE L’EMPEREUR / MARCH OF THE PENGUINS.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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 3-5, 2017.   TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY, MONTEREY.  A fabulous weekend of music in lovely Monterey!  We will play seven sets over the three days, showtimes TBA.  Information and tickets:  www.jazzbashmonterey.com 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 7, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE on MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS offered by RITA DUNLAY.  1:00pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 7, 2017.  COMME UNE IMAGE / LOOK AT ME.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 11, 2017.  FREE EDUCATOR DAY for MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS.  9:30am-noon. Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org 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 14, 2017.  IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME / I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 15, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & JOHN R. BURR perform at STRINGS ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE, Emeryville.  An evening of music for violin and piano at this lovely house concert-style venue in the East Bay. I always look forward to my evenings at Strings.  6320 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville (between 63rd and Alcatraz). 8:00 pm.  www.rigomania.com

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, 2017.  JEANNE AND MARGUERITE by VALERIE PERONNET at the Lycée Français de San Francisco.  Jeanne tells us of her love story with a certain James she met online. An adventure she experiences between reality and fantasy. Marguerite is 16 in 1906 when she meets Eugene on a beach. The First World War affects Marguerite’s love, other wars will affect Jeanne’s. Over 100 years separate these 2 young women, whose destinies are nonetheless very similar. Which Memory do we all carry with us, that influences our relationship with ourselves and with others? Direction: Christophe Luthringer.  With Françoise Cadol.  Duration: 80 minutes, no intermission.  Play in French, kids older than 14 welcome.  Standard price: $25.  http://theatrelfsf.com/jeanne.en.html

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 20, 2017.  ACCESS DAY for MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS.  10AM to 3PM. Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

March 26, 2017.  GEORGEANN BRENNAN presents LA VIE RUSTIC, an approach to cooking in the French tradition for American home cooks.  Part of Book Passage’s COOKS WITH BOOKS program at LEFT BANK in Larkspur.  11:30am.  $115/person, or $165 per couple (one book).  Call Book Passage, 415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

March 28, 2017.  UN INDIEN DANS LA VILLE / LITTLE INDIAN, BIG CITY.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 31 & April 2, 2017.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE screens FOREVER.  “Pere-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and the final repository of the famous. Among its occupants are medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard; Modernist icons Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and sixties rocker Jim Morrison. Through its gates come tourists toting cameras to the burial site of Marcel Proust (though they might never have read him) and who sing at the gravesite of Yves Montand. Widows of well-remembered husbands, meanwhile, sweep their late spouses’ gravestones and water the flowers. Into this ripe milieu, Heddy Honigmann – Peruvian-born Dutch documentarian and career-long chronicler of dislocation – brings the unique perspective and boundless curiosity, looking for the key to art and eternity, the allure of a celebrity afterlife and the solace to be found in a necropolis of stars… Honigmann has made a film of great tenderness as well as profound integrity.” – SFIFF (2007, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Friday at 7pm; Sunday at 4pm.  Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  Parking fee:  $5.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. 

April 1, 2017.  SIXTH ANNUAL BAROQUE DANCE WORKSHOP.  We are delighted to once again host the internationally-renowned choreographer, performer and teacher of Baroque dance, Philippa Waite (of CONSORT DANSE BAROQUE) for a Baroque Dance Workshop; this workshop is LOW-IMPACT and designed for both the novice and experienced dancer.   This workshop will include instruction in some of the more typical dance steps used in the main Baroque dance rhythms e.g., sarabande, bourée and menuet and will focus on using these steps to enhance Country Dances of the period found in sources such as Thomas Bray's Country Dances (1699) and various editions of Playford's The Dancing Master. Experienced students will be taught more complex step variations, however, the emphasis will be on the style, technique and performance and not on the ability to memorize them. Ms. Waite (pictured right) studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and Dance Workshops at Stanford University.  Ms. Waite is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff. She is Artistic Director of Consort de Danse Baroque and as such choreographs in the Baroque style for the company's productions; she also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.  The workshop will also include short demonstrations, given by Ms. Waite to highlight some of the features of style and presentation covered in the workshop.  The workshop is ideal for Country Dancers, musicians, beginning Baroque dancers, and those with an interest in the theater, opera, ballet or social dancing of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.  Schedule:  1:30-2:00 pm - Sign-in; 2:00-6:00 pm – Workshop.  The workshop will focus on the technique & style required for a variety of steps suitable for use in Country Dances from the 17th & 18th centuries. The workshop will include short demonstrations, given by Ms. Waite to highlight some of the features of style and presentation covered in the workshop.  Baroque Dance workshop afternoon:  $55 advance ($65 at the door) - To register in advance:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2735080

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 4, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE ON THE RODIN CENTENARY INSTALLATION by CHARLOTTE READ.  Title:  RODIN:  REBEL WITH A CAUSE.  11:30pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 4, 2017.  DOCENT LECTURE:  AFRICAN MASKS by MARTHA WALKER.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.  11:30am.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 4, 2017. DOCENT LECTURE on MONET:  THE EARLY YEARS offered by ALFRED ESCOFFIER.  1pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

April 6 & 9, 2017.  PACIFIC EDGE VOICES presents DREAMS AND MACHINES.  We are very pleased to be bringing back our spring concert, which takes flight with European and American works that explore sacred and secular dreams and destinations. Eric Whitacre's enchanted Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine sets the stage for flights of fancy that are both heavenly and earthbound. Works by Bay Area composers Sanford Dole, Kirk Meecham, along with the premiere of a new piece by PEV tenor and composer Trevor Smith, are joined by Edwin Fissinger's Lux Aeterna and GABRIEL FAURE's ethereal CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE.  Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco; Sunday, April 9, 2017, 4:00pm.  Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley.  http://pacificedgevoices.org/ for details.

April 7, 2017.  RUE’66 CONCERT:  THE YEYE YEARS.  From Serge Gainsbourg to France Gall, Johnny Hallyday to Pussy Cat, Jacques Dutronc to Françoise Hardy, Nino Ferrer to Brigitte Bardot, Sylvie Vartan to Michel Polnareff ,and so many more artists, the “Sixties” in France were an artistic explosion of music and songs Mod, Yé-Yé and Gogo that were originals or influenced by the British Invasion or the vast American music creations.  General admission: online $15, at the door $20; Senior(65+) $10; Child (up to 17) 10$.  http://theatrelfsf.com/rue.en.html

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.  WHEN SCULPTURE MET THE DECORATIVE ARTS:  RODIN AND HIS CERAMICS.  A talk by PAUL ARTHUR, author of FRENCHART NOUVEAU CERAMICS, AN ILLUSTRATED DICTOINARY.    10:25am.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.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 27-30, 2017.  MILL VALLEY DJANGOFEST.   http://ThrockmortonTheatre.org for details.

April 28-30, 2017.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents LE TEMPLE DE LA GLOIRE / THE TEMPLE OF GLORY by RAMEAU, with the libretto by VOLTAIRE.  Full-scale production of a five-act opera-ballet, with an international cast of singers and dancers.  Apollo, Bacchus, demons, and more.  From the court of Louis XV.  A co-production with Cal Performances and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.  415.295.1900 or  http://philharmonia.org for details.

April 28-May 7, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET retells CHARLES PERRAULT’s CINDERELLA with ingenuity and wit.  Music by Prokofiev.  www.sfballet.org for details.

April 29, 2017.  FRANÇOIS LISSARRAGUE, Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, presents the ANCIENT ART COUNCIL lecture entitled APOLLO, MUSIC, AND LIBATIONS:  A GOD’S DELIGHT.  2pm-3:30pm.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

May 6, 2017.  THE FEAR at the Lycée Français de San Francisco.  Irène, an Austrian woman from the 1920s, is a bourgeois and a feminist, unfortunately unfaithful. One day, she gets caught by her lover’s wife, who asks her for money. It initiates a process that will drive her into terror, a suicide attempt, and an end, which, without spoiling it, is absolutely amazing as well as instrumental to the purpose of the text and of Zweig’s psychological realism.  These are the years of women’s emancipation, the Bovarys, and women’s demands for happiness and desire. Staging the play using frames on wheels is perfectly adequate. This option of a mobile and modular decor takes the limits of the rooms and psyches beyond the stage, beyond what one sees, beyond what is said. At the same time this scenography illustrates how this intrigue slowly confines each character, smothered by the décor. Addressed as well here are the questions of truth and justice, how they are constantly confronted with human justice, after fighting with our unconscious.  http://theatrelfsf.com/Index.en.html

May 6 & 7, 2017.  RIOULT DANCE NY performs at CAL PERFORMANCES.  French-born choreographer offers muscularly elegant, deeply emotive works, celebrated for carrying on the legacies of his early mentors, Martha Graham and May O’Donnell.  Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

June 1-4, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL.  Details to follow.

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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