February 16-24, 2016

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February Events      

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 16, 2017.  CANTATES FRANÇAISES.  With Jennifer Paulino, soprano; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord, perform LOUIS-NICOLAS CLERAMBAULT’s exquisite cantata Zéphire et Flore alongside JEAN-PHILIPPE’s robust L’Impatience plus Pièces de Clavecin by LOUIS COUPERIN and Pièces de Viole by MARIN MARAIS.  7:30 PM.  Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.  Free.  https://music.stanford.edu/events/jennifer-paulino-soprano-john-dornenburg-viola-da-gamba-and-elaine-thornburgh-harpsichord

February 16, 2017.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK discutera MR. IBRAHIM ET LES FLEURS DU CORAN de E. E. Schmitt et CE QUE LE JOUR DOIT A LA NUIT de Y. Khadra.  585 Glenwood Ave., Menlo Park.  www.afscv.org for details.

February 16, 2017.  VERNISSAGE for a new exhibition, MON LANNION by HADRIEN SIMERAY at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  6pm.  Hadrien Simeray is a young artist who overran the picture's world to   look over his own life. "Les rues de Lannion, avec ses boutiques, ses bars, ses gens, ses  jeunes avec qui je fais du skate, mon lycée... C'est le quotidien, simplement, tel qu'il est, et en toute subjectivité..."  www.afsf.com 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 17, 2017.  THE PRIVATE AFAIRS OF BEL AMI (1947).  Directed by Albert Lewin, with George Sanders, Angela Lansbury.  George Sanders is at his most reptilian in this account of a cad's rise through 19th Century French society. George Duroy ascends, woman by woman, from clerk, to journalist, to powerful gossip columnist, at last setting his sites on the ultimate prize – an aristocratic heiress. This is not Pre-code, so alas, Duroy must be punished by the end. Fortunately any words of contrition from someone played by George Sanders will be taken with a grain of salt.  6pm.  Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor Meeting Room.  Free for members; $10 for public (suggested donation).  415.393.0116 or  https://www.milibrary.org/events/private-affairs-bel-ami-1947-feb-17-2017 for details.

February 17, 2017.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.  Nous aurons des crêpes au dessert  !  Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share.  Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

February 17, 2017.  WORLD BEATNIX at Ashkenaz, including music from the CAJUN BAYOU.  World Beatnix performs original music dance band. Get ready to move and celebrate with a unique blend of musical styles - from Afro-beat to Egyptian to the Cajun Bayou. Have fun while dancing and appreciating the rhythms of the world. Instruments include percussion, drums, bass guitar, flute, and saxophone.   Doors 8:30pm, show at 9pm.  $12.  www.ashkenaz.com

February 17-19, 2017.  THE NEW ESTERHAZY QUARTET presents AT THE OPERA III.  “At the Opera III” The New Esterházy Quartet recreates a popular 18th-century home entertainment: playing opera highlights in arrangements for string quartet. It was a way for audiences to re-live their visit to the opera, and music publishers made good money printing such arrangements for piano four-hands or string quartet. On the program: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (18th-century arrangement) and Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées (arrangement by William Skeen). Friday: 8 PM, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street (at Spruce), Berkeley, $25, Tickets for this Friday concert sold only at the door.  Saturday: 4PM, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, $30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students), 415-520-0611.  Sunday:  4 PM All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton), Palo Alto, $30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students), 415-520-0611 www.newesterhazy.org

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 18-19, 2017.   SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES presents LADY, MY LADY.  This program of warmth, passion and beauty of music and poetry from the 12th through the 17th centuries features an extremely rare performance of Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina’s exquisite motet Susanna ab Improbis Senibus that tells the biblical story of Susanna and the elders. Other musical treasures include fragments of Johannes Ockeghem’s lady mass, Missa Ma Maitresse and other musical gems dedicated to The Lady and ladies of the Renaissance:  Robert Fayrfax’s Eterne Laudis Lilium (from the Lambeth Choirbook), Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Versa est in luctum (composed by Victoria for the funeral of his patron, the Archduchess Maria of Austria and performed in memory of San Francisco Renaissance Voices baritone Raymond Martinez), Jacob Gallus’ Tota Pulchra est, amica mea, songs and arias by Lady Mary Dering and Giovanni Pietro Biandra, TROUVERE SONGS by BLANCHE DE CASTILLE and MEROIE DE DIERGNAU, madrigals by Casulana, Hassler, JOSQUIN, Rossi and Steffens and poetry from the Findern manuscript, and by CHRISTINE DE PIZAN, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Teresa of Avila, Mechtild of Magdeburg, and Devora Ascarelli. With guest artists Derek Tam, harpsichord, and Tatiana Senderowicz, theorbo.  7:30 PM, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco  Saturday:  Tickets:  $30 General, $25 Student/Senior, $20 Child Age 12 or under; at the door a half-hour before each show or at www.SFRVoices.org.  Sunday 4 PM, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, Tickets: $30 General, $25 Student/Senior, $20 Child Age 12 or under; at the door a half-hour before each show or at www.SFRVoices.org

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.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents its F.A.M.E. BREAKFAST.  Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00 am, come to the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco's office for a "cafe-croissant" It's a great casual occasion to meet the FACCSF team and to tell us more about yourself and your expectations!  www.faccsf.com for details.

February 21, 2017.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discutera Trois Femmes Puissantes de Marie NDiaye, le 21 février à 3h30, au foyer. "Trois récits, trois femmes qui disent non. Elles s'appellent Norah, Fanta, Khady Demba. Chacune se bat pour préserver sa dignité contre les humiliations que la vie lui inflige avec une obstination méthodique et incompréhensible. L'art de Marie NDiaye apparaît ici dans toute sa singularité et son mystère. La force de son écriture tient à son apparente douceur, aux lentes circonvolutions qui entraînent le lecteur sous le glacis d'une prose impeccable et raffinée, dans les méandres d'une conscience livrée à la pure violence des sentiments.” Le Cercle Littéraire accueillera avec plaisir de nouveaux participants. For more information contact Katy: kquibell@gmail.com  or Candi:  candi@afsantarosa.org

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

February 21, 2017.  LES AMIS ZYDECO perform at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  From festivals to farmers' markets, Les Amis Zydeco turns every event into a dance party. Its members are all longtime veterans of Cajun and zydeco bands. Les Amis Zydeco has its roots in the swamps of Deep South Louisiana as well as the Bay Area Cajun/zydeco dance scene. Formed in 2009 and based in the East Bay, Les Amis Zydeco strives for an authentic sound whether it is playing Cajun, Creole, or zydeco. Some band members are longtime Cajun/zydeco dancers, and they draw on their ingrained knowledge of what makes for an enjoyable dance evening.  Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 .  www.ashkenaz.com

February 22, 2017.  SOIREES CINEMA AT ARTSTREET.  The Sacramento French Film Festival is proud to be part of the ambitious multidisciplinary art project, ArtStreet presented by the art collective M5 Arts (the same who also brought the fabulous Art Hotel to Sacramento last February). ArtStreet is a free event that will be held during three weeks (February 3 – 25, 2017) in a big abandoned warehouse in Sacramento. More than 100 artists will be involved, and so are we!  Each Wednesday night of ArtStreet, the SFFF will present a free "Soirée Cinéma". Don't miss this unique, fun, and artsy experience!  A different program will be shown each week: two screenings will be dedicated to experimental short films, the third one will showcase a beloved French classic. The complete program will be announced shortly.   You will be provided with "Silent Disco Headphones" for a full sound immersion.  Bring your own chair for better comfort and enjoy the show!  7pm.  Attendance to ArtStreet is limited so please arrive at least 1/2 hour prior to the screening!  ArtStreet, 300 1st Avenue (corner of 1st Avenue and 3rd Street).ArtStreet opens this Friday, February 3.  https://www.facebook.com/m5arts/

February 23, 2017.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT – ACCOUNTING & TAX FUNDAMENTALS FOR SPECIAL START-UPS.  During this session, Jade Associates will explore legal, accounting and fiscal topics from the early stages of your start-up to its maturity. They will browse the legal steps before creating your company, your taxes obligations, and your main accounting considerations.  www.faccsf.com for details.

February 23, 2017.  ALEXANDRE DE VOGUE presents stories of his family château, CHATEAU VAUX-LE-VICOMTE.  Organized by the FRENCH HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  Under the Patronage of the Honorable Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, French Consul General of San Francisco.  Residence of the Consul General, 100 Edgewood, San Francisco.  6:00pm - 8:00pm.  Presentation Begins at 6:30pm.  Valet Parking.  Checks Payable to:  French Heritage Society, Tickets - $95 per person, Sponsor Tickets - $150 per person (includes signed book, A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte).  Please mail check to Dori Bonn by February 18, 2017 and send to 201 Cleveland Court, Mill Valley, CA  94941.

February 23, 2017.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS discutera le roman de Scholastique Mukasonga: Notre-Dame du Nil. Prix Renaudot. 2012- 275 pages en Folio. L'auteure, née au Rwanda, rescapée des massacres, vit maintenant en France. L'histoire se passe au début des années 1970 dans le meilleur lycée du Rwanda. Pour plus amples renseignements prière de contacter la responsible, Bernadette Theisen.  Boulanger, 145 W Main St, Los Gatos, 16h.  www.afscv.org for details.

Through February 24, 2017.  CRAFT FOR KIDS:  MY BOX OF SECRETS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Enjoy this cardboard crafting project and gain French vocabulary. Imagine, draw, measure, cut, assemble, glue, and decorate using cardboard, tissue, beads, ribbon, sequins and others embellishments to create the box of your dreams. Then it is all ready to keep your treasures and secrets!
All materials included. $157 For children 6-10 years old and all levels of French.   3:30pm-5pm.  Registration necessary:  www.afberkeley.org

February 24, 2017.  FRANÇOIS COUTURIER joins several other jazz performers at SJAZZ.  7:30pm. 866.920.5299 or  www.sfjazz.org for details.

February 24, 2017.  CONVO CRAFT (FOR ADULTS) AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Passionné du DIY (do it yourself crafts projets), besoin de pratiquer votre anglais/français ? Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation ! Apportez votre création, partagez votre savoir-faire, découvrez une nouvelle technique , échangez en anglais et en français ! Limité à 8 participants.  Practice your French and do some craft! This conversation club is the opportunity to use conversation skills for the benefit of French and English learners, as well as craft lovers!   1pm-3pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

February 24, 2017. THE SWISS CONSULATE presents FROM CAMP TO CITY:  URBAN DESIGN AND REFUGEES.   Presentation looks at the role aesthetic and design considerations can play in making refugee camps and other impermanent spaces more effective and livable. Join Basel-based architect and designer Manuel Herz, who also designed the Humanitarian installation, for an evening discussion. 6pm.

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 25, 2017.  10TH WINTER SHORT FILM SCREENING with the 2017 César-Nominated Shorts.  Organized by the Sacramento French Film Festival.  7pm.  Crest Theatre, Sacramento.  After the films, you will be invited to vote for the “Sacramento César Awards.” while enjoying coffee and pastries provided by our official Coffee Sponsor, the delightful Coffee Works. The 41st César Ceremony (French Academy Award) will have been held the day before (Friday, February 24) and the César Winners will be announced at the end of the evening, along with the results of the audience voting.  www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org for details.

February 25, 2017.  INTERNATIONS SAN FRANCISCO presents MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION!  Location:  Hawthorn, San Francisco.  http://www.internations.org for details.

Through February 26, 2017.  OPERA SAN JOSE presents SILENT NIGHT, the story of that miraculous moment of peace during one of the most deadly wars in history.  Enemy soldiers from France, Germany and England, bloodied from battle and mourning their dead, lay down their arms in the powerful true story of the Christmas truce of World War I.  Six performances only at the California Theatre in San Jose.  408.832.7252 or http://operasj.org

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 FETE DU MARDI GRAS DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Please reserve by February 21st!  6:30pm-8:30pm at Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  Crêpes et Musique, $20 in advance ($25 at the door).  Save money and help us plan: reserve by February 21st by using PayPal or your credit card or by mailing your check to: Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA  95404.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

February 28, 2017.  MARDI GRAS AVEC L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA! Yes, it’s that time again! Please join us on Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate Mardi Gras with music, food, and costumes. We may even do some “Zydeco” dancing, if there’s interest. RSVP by February 21. Of course, we are welcoming back chef Christine Piccin and her students to spoil us with their delicious savory and sweet crêpes. Christine teaches French cooking and “Why We Love Paris,” a food and travel class. She also trains student-chefs in the Culinary Arts program at SRJC. Entrance fee is $20 if received by February 21, $25 at the door ($10 for children under 16), which includes two servings of crêpes and a glass of wine. You can pay by using Paypal or a credit card on the Mardi Gras sign-up page on our website. After clicking the submit button continue with the payment form to complete your payment. Or, if you prefer, mail your check by February 14 to: AFSR, 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Either way, please let us know in advance that you will be coming, so we can prepare to have the right amount of food. Costumes and masks are optional but very welcome!  6h30 à 8h30 Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  www.afsantarosa.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.

February 28, 2017.  MARDI GRAS PARTY WITH TRI TIP TRIO & AUX CAJUNALS.  Aux Cajunals play the kind of old-fashioned Cajun music which has been an integral part of celebrations in southwest Louisiana for over 100 years. The Tri Tip Trio presents zydeco, cajun and New Orleans blues. This evening will include an honoring of legendary female accordian player Queen Ida.  Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15.  www.ashkenaz.com

Through 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/

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!   

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

LES GAZELLES.   Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com for details. February 21, 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. February 28, 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 26-May 14, 2017. 

THE PRIVATE AFAIRS OF BEL AMI (1947).  Directed by Albert Lewin, with George Sanders, Angela Lansbury.  George Sanders is at his most reptilian in this account of a cad's rise through 19th Century French society. George Duroy ascends, woman by woman, from clerk, to journalist, to powerful gossip columnist, at last setting his sites on the ultimate prize – an aristocratic heiress. This is not Pre-code, so alas, Duroy must be punished by the end. Fortunately any words of contrition from someone played by George Sanders will be taken with a grain of salt.  6pm.  Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor Meeting Room.  Free for members; $10 for public (suggested donation).  415.393.0116 or  https://www.milibrary.org/events/private-affairs-bel-ami-1947-feb-17-2017 for details. February 17, 2017. 

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 February 2017.  MON LANNION by HADRIEN SIMERAY at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  6pm.  Hadrien Simeray is a young artist who overran the picture's world to   look over his own life. "Les rues de Lannion, avec ses boutiques, ses bars, ses gens, ses  jeunes avec qui je fais du skate, mon lycée... C'est le quotidien, simplement, tel qu'il est, et en toute subjectivité..."  www.afsf.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.

March 11-May 29, 2017.  MATISSE | DIEBENKORN.  Presenting a new view of two of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary painters, this is the first major exhibition to explore the profound inspiration Diebenkorn found in Matisse.  100 seminal paintings and drawings, 40 by Matisse, 60 by Diebenkorn.  SFMOMA.  http://sfmoma.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.  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 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.

June 29-August 20, 2017.  WORKS BY SOPHIE CALLE, to be shown at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco.  Details to follow.

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!  

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.  L’ILE DE FRANCE & LA SOCIETE FRANÇAISE DE LA VALLEE DE SANTA CLARA vous proposent un goût de la Chandeleur avec un brunch accompagné de crêpes en dessert.  Salle "Pavilion,” 101 Alma Street ou 150 Palo Alto Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  L'apéritif sera servi à partir de 12:30 heures.
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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 5, 7, 11 & 12, 2017.  SWEET GIRLS (Switzerland) screens in San José and Redwood City at the CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL.   Sweet Girls, a wild comedy from Swiss directors Jean-Paul Cardinaux and Xavier Ruiz, makes its US premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San José and Redwood City, California. This tongue-in-cheek romp follows two teens who have come up with an unorthodox strategy for finding jobs and apartments: locking up the old folks who live in their building in the bomb shelter beneath. Writer-director Cardinaux will be present at the premiere.  Sweet Girls. March 5, 7, 11, 12, San José and Redwood City. www.afscv.org for details. See also http://www.cinequest.org/  for detailed listings.

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 9, 2017.  PECHEURS DE REVES – LE RECITAL.  In celebration of the Festival of Francophonie, the Consulate General of Switzerland and Alliance Française de San Francisco present a musical evening featuring the Swiss duo, Laurent Brunetti (vocalist) and Mario Pacchioli (pianist). The program is a modern fusion of French chansons with the theatrical art. Brunetti’s words accompanied by Pacchioli’s music will take the audience on a nostalgic journey to the distant childhood memories. Both artists’ careers have been highlighted by several albums and more than 110 performances alone in the past three years to promote the French language. The event will be preceded by a reception with appetizers and Swiss wine. To enjoy this musical program, please register early as space is limited.  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 11, 14, & 17, 2017.  ANNA CATERINA ANTONACCI performs LA VOIX HUMAINE by POULENC and more.  A riveting one-woman showcase, including selections of French art song.  San Francisco Opera Lab, 415.864.3330 or www.sfoperalab.com for details.  $95.

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.  PROUST GROUP reads IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME at Mechanics’ Institute.  Since 2001 under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute hosts the Proust Society of America, a semester-based reading and discussion group of In Search of Lost Time. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. The new semester begins on March 8th.  This book group reads the seven volumes of Proust’s novel over the course of three years. For more information, contact Dr. Calkins at mcalkins@sfsu.edu. Fees for the semester are $70 for Mechanics' Institute members, or $100 for non-members. Contact Heather at 415.857.6727 for questions about payment or other logistical matters. Staff will be on hand from 4:45pm - 5:20pm on March 8th to process payments for those who have not yet had a chance to pay fees for the semester.  https://www.milibrary.org/events/proust-group-mar-15-2017

March 15, 2017.  ASSEMBLEE GENERALE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  You are hereby cordially invited to attend this year's Assemblée Générale, to be held at the Alliance Française de San Francisco (AFSF) on March 15, 2017.  6:00 PM.   1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or 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 16-26, 2017.  THE MARSEILLES TRILOGY, PART 3:  CESAR by MARCEL PAGNOL.  Translated and directed by David Valayre.  The Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.  Twenty years have passed.  César lives alone in the Bar de la Marine.  After five years at sea, Marius has returned, but he has settled in Toulon, some sixty miles away, and has no contact with his father.  Fanny's child, Césariot, lives in Paris and finishes his studies in France's most prestigious academy, École Polytechnique.  Panisse, Escartefigue and Mr. Brun have aged.  http://www.generationtheatre.com/playing-now

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 brings the evocative BAL MUSETTE music of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and other musicians of 20th Century Paris to Lucky Penny Theater's Concert Series. 8:00PM, Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. http://www.luckypennynapa.com or www.sonomusette.com

March 18, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  Garden Level, Kabuki Hotel.  10am-5:30pm.  www.SFChocolateSalon.com for details.

March 19, 2017.  CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY presents THE FRENCH CONNECTION.  4pm.  Journey to Europe in this all-French program, including French-American Composer-in-Residence Pierre Jalbert. Also, acting concertmaster Jennifer Cho, who also plays in the San Francisco Opera orchestra, takes the stage to showcase the incredible talent of our own players. With music by DELIBRES, PIERRE JALBERT, RAVEL, SAINT-SAENS, and BIZET.  925.280.2490 or www.californiasymphony.org for details.

March 19, 2017.  MADELEINE PEYROUX & RICKIE LEE JONES perform together at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., SF.   7pm.  http://jccsf.org/joinpc for details.

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 24, 2017.  ET SI ON CHANTAIT.  A slice of the authentic French experience.  Two professional musicians in France present a multi-media and participative performance of popular French songs. They have shared their passion for French music and famous singers with numerous audiences at home and abroad.Back to Silicon Valley upon popular demand.  www.afscv.org for details.

March 25, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY presents a lecture on THE OPERA GARNIER & LIFE IN PARIS IN THE 19TH CENTURY.  During the Second Empire Napoleon III, Emperor of the French undertook one of the largest urban transformations that developed Paris into a new modern city after the Industrial Revolution.  www.afscv.org for details.

March 25, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Fairfax Brewfest.  A craft beer extravaganza! Join us for a great afternoon of great beer and great music!  The Pavilion, Fairfax. 1:30-4:30 pm.   Information and tickets: www.fairfaxbrewfest.com

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.

May 26, 2017.  ELECTRONICA TOUR by JEAN-MICHEL JARRE.  First North American tour ever!  Greek Theater, UC Berkeley.  www.apeconcerts.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 30-April 8, 2017.  GENERATIONTHEATRE présente COUPLE, une pièce de GILLES GASTON-DREYFUS.  Mise en scène par PASCALE COUDERC; avec EMMANUELLE LAMBERT & BENOIT MONIN.  Sujet:  les éternels problèmes de couple.  Le spectacle n’est pas conseillée au moins de 15 ans.  Exit Theatre, SF.  Les places sont en vente sur Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2798767

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  Louis Couperin to Jean-Baptiste Forqueray and Michel Corette , the French composers we know and love also wrote rarely-heard music for a large ensemble of viols with continuo.  This is true chamber music, yet written on a larger scale than the familiar pieces de viole or pieces de violon.  At times the texture approaches the orchestral, yet the music retains the intimacy that is the hallmark of the viol and the lute.  The famous 4-part masterpieces CORETTE’s Le Phenix and COUPERIN’s La Sultane are cornerstones of this program, which also includes stunning contributions from FORQUERAY, MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, and JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU. HALLIFAX & JEFFREY: Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, violas da gamba; with guest artists Josh Lee and Marie Dalby Szuts, violas da gamba; John Lenti, theorboFRIDAY, APRIL 7, 8:00PM, First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo AltoSATURDAY, APRIL 8, 7:30PM, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave at Garber, Berkeley.   SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 4:00PM, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco.  https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=sfems or 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 9, 2017.  JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET, piano, performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  San Francisco Chamber Music.  Herbst Theatre, SF. 3pm.  $51/$42/$33.  www.chambermusicsf.org for details.

April 11, 2017.  HER EXCELLENCY MATHILDE MUKANTABANA, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States, SIMON MUDAHOGORA and NDAHIRO BAZIMYA, present RWANDA:  MEMORY AND RECOVERY.  2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series.  4:00pm-5:50pm.  Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/alliance 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 24, 2017.  QUATUOR DANEL, of Belgium, perfroms at San Francisco Chamber Music.  8pm.  Herbst Theatre, SF.  $48/$39/$30.  www.chambermusicsf.org 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.

March 5, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS plays a MARDI GRAS CONCERT.  1pm-2:15pm.  Harry’s Hofbrau, Kiely Blvd., San José.  $5.  www.svasociety.org for details.

March 5, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS plays a second MARDI GRAS CONCERT.  5pm-7pm.  Redwood Café, downtown Cotati.  Free.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!  We’ve got the beads for you.  Costumes and masks are definitely cool!

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.

June 16-25, 2017.  16TH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org for details.

June 16-26, 2017.   EDUCATIONAL TOUR THROUGH FRANCE.  We offer an educational and language immersion tour through France designed to captivate the whole family. The tour will be in French for the children with a dedicated teacher and a French speaking tour guide. This family tour combines authentic cultural experiences with interactive French lessons taught during the tour. The tour price includes everything: flight, coach, guides, hotels 4-star, full board, all admissions and guided tours. Come enjoy a lot of fun and educational activities together, along with plenty of opportunities to be independent. Show France to your kids (or your grand-kids, grand-parents are welcome too), connect with them and do things they enjoy while they expend their learning and fluency in French.  This tour benefits the schools of the Bay Area. When booking your family tour, $150 per adult will be donated to the school where your child/children go(es) (via the Parents Foundation).  What’s important to you is important to us:  Safety and experience; Educational Impact; Best price.  This trip is organized by France Up Close, a travel company owned by a parent that has 2 children at the French American Charter School of Santa Rosa. It offers unique and off-the-beaten path tours in France and nearby countries.  Contact Pierre for more details at booking@france-up-close.com or call him at 707-228-0277. Look it up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1724300334567507/  “To learn French, it helps to fall in love with France”, now is the time.

June 19-August 4, 2017.  EFBA FRENCH SUMMER CAMPS – Registration is now open!  Registration for the EFBA French summer camps is now open!  Education Française Bay Area (EFBA), a non-profit part-time French school, runs true French immersion summer camps in the Bay Area.  5 summer camps for all levels.  For the summer 2017, EFBA proposes camps in 5 cities over the Bay Area for the children aged 5 to 11 (K to 5th grade) from June 19th to August 4th 2017.  EFBA summer camps are located in San Francisco, Mountain View, Berkeley, Marin County (Larkspur) and Santa Rosa.  Beginners are welcome! The program is designed to satisfy each child’s need for leisure, discovery, creativity, imagination and identity building in a relaxed and fun environment. The camp counselors are specially trained to ensure that each child feels included and spends a wonderful vacation no matter his or her French level.  Professional camp counselors.  The staff constantly speaks French with a supervision ratio of 1 adult / 6 children. The responsible and enthusiastic camp counselors are from France or another French speaking country. They hold the BAFA (Certificate of Aptitude as an Activity Leader in Youth Camps) or an equivalent certification.  Summer camps activities.  The EFBA summer camps are set following fun weekly themes that are especially thought and created to spark the curiosity and thus the child’s motivation to play in French. Children discover new horizons through singing, arts and crafts, self-expression activities, indoor and outdoor play role and athletic games among others.  A day at the EFBA summer camp lasts from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. with the option of enrolling the children in additional activity time from 3:00 to 6:00pm.

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