March 23-31, 2016

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March Events

March 23, 2017.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents: MEET THE EXPERT:  HOW TO SET UP YOUR HR ORGANIZATION IN LINE WITH U.S. PRACTICES.  There are big differences between doing business in France and in the U.S., particularly in the Human Resources domain, and failure to understand technical and cultural specificities of how to hire and manage a U.S. team can lead to critical mistakes and delay the successful implementation of your US activities.  During this event, we will share some best practices about doing HR in the U.S.: how to hire efficiently (local versus expat, location etc.), what to expect during negotiations (offer letter, package, etc.), how to manage employees from a long distance, how to prepare an employee termination, etc. We will draw from dozens of real-life experiences managing US entities to illustrate our presentation.
8:30am-10:30am.  www.faccsf.com

March 23, 2017.  SARAH CONNOLLY, JOSEPH MIDDLETON, mezzo-soprano and piano, perform works by POULENC and more.  7:30pm.  $40-$65.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

March 23, 2017.  BIKING IN THE PYRENEES, a presentation by ROBERT DAHLSTET at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa.  Continuing our active-life exploration of France, Robert Dahlstet will give a presentation in French and English on a joint Franco-American "Tour in France" (or TiF, not to be confused with the famous TdF) that he did last summer with a few members of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club and French friends in the Union Cycliste de Rieux. Over the course of three weeks, they rode from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean through the Pyrenees, then participated in the largest European "épreuve cyclosportive" in the Ardèche, and concluded their adventure by climbing the famed Mont Ventoux in Provence. He will show a "diaporama" (with photos and music) of the trip and be joined by two local riders who accompanied him (both of whom took classes at our AFSR in preparation for their trip). Wine and cheese served. $10/person. Please RSVP by March 20 by using PayPal or a credit card on the Bike Tour 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 March 16 to: AFSR, 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  7h à 9h Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa.  www.afsantarosa.org

March 23, 2017.  FRENCH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY NETWORKING WITH THE GENERAL CONSUL OF FRANCE  and the French-American Chamber of Commerce.  Join us at the Residence de France for a networking cocktail with the French-American Business Community. Meet the General Consul of France, grow your network and enjoy the view with the team and board of the Chamber.  6pm-8pm.  100 Edgewood Ave., SF.  Networking cocktail, complimentary appetizers, and beverages will be served.  $10 FACCSF member; $25 non-member.  We look forward to seeing you there! www.faccsf.com for details.

March 23, 2017.  SARAH CONNOLLY, mezzo-soprano, and JOSEPH MIDDLETON, piano, perform songs by POULENC and more at Herbst Theatre.  7:30pm.  415.392.2545 or http://sfperformances.org for details. 

March 23, 2017.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 23 mars à 16h au Boulanger de Los Gatos pour discuter Le Journal de Yalda  de Yalda RAHIMI et Marion RUGGIERI (journaliste à Elle). 2005 - en livre de poche 250 pages. C'est l'histoire d'une jeune Afghane de 17 ans qui vient poursuivre ses études à Paris, un moyen pour elle d'échapper à la loi des talibans et à l'obscurantisme. Elle raconte ses souvenirs de là-bas, les mariages arrangés, le port du tchadri.  www.afscv.org

Opening March 24, 2017.  FRANTZ (dir. François Ozon).   A haunting tale of love and reconciliation begins in a small town in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War I when a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave.  Opening at SF’s Clay Theater and Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

March 24, 2017.  SI ON CHANTAIT?  A SLICE OF THE AUTHENTIC FRENCH EXPERIENCE!  ALINE DEFORGE and EMMANUEL PRESSELIN are a professional duo from France. They are passionate about keeping the French repertoire alive and well. They have performed in France and abroad for over the last ten years, enjoying close interaction with their audiences. Both singers and multi instrumentalists, they mingle their voices and instruments to provide a joyful and poetic gateway into French culture. Their repertoire  includes works of icons Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Serge Gainsbourg, Yves Montand...  These two will make you feel like you are enjoying a private concert in a Parisian café at the foot of the Eiffel Tower!  555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto.  6:30pm meet & greet (small buffet and drinks); show at 7pm.  http://www.afscv.org/si-chantait-march-24-2017-palo-alto/

March 24, 2017.  CONVO CRAFT (FOR ADULTS).  1pm-3pm.  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.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 24, 2017.  CHOIR OF KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE performs music by RAVEL, MESSIAEN, FAURE, DURUFLE, POULENC and more.  $10-$84.  Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at College, UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or www.calperformances.org for details.

March 24, 2017.  COLEMAN ITZKOFF, cello, and ALIN MELIK-ADAMYAN, piano, perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  $15-$25.  8pm.  Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont.  510.414.7356.

March 24, 2017.  EMERSON STRING QUARTER performs works by RAVEL, DEBUSSY, and more.  7:30pm.  $!5-$80.  Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.  650.724.2464 or http://live.stanford.edu for details.

March 24 & 25, 2017.  SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY, under the direction of BRUNO FERRANDIS, performs BRING ON THE STRINGS, including works by FAURE.  8pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday; 8pm Monday.  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.546.8742 or www.srsymphony.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. Venez explorer cette époque avec nous à travers des images et des histoires!  Conférencière CELINE GLON, etvoilaparis.com. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Gunn High School Library, 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto.  Prix: Gratuit.  www.afscv.org for details.

March 25, 2017.  JACQUES OGG, ELISABETH WRIGHT, harpsichord, perform works by COUPERIN and more.  $!5-$20.  Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane.  650.219.4956 or www.liveatmissionblue.com for details.

March 25, 2017.  PATRICK GALVIN, violin, and JUNGEUN KIM, piano, perform works by DEBUSSY.  7:30pm.  $15-$20.  Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., SF.  415.564.2324 or http://sunsetarts.wordpress.com 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 25 & 26,2017.  SONOMA BACH presents SACRED REALMS:  WITH AH!  BRIGHT WINGS.  The Green Mountain Consort explores repertoire for the Feast of the Annunciation. Music by Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schütz in Santa Rosa.  www.sonomabach.org for details.

Through March 26, 2017.  VERISMO OPERA performs WERTHER by MASSENET.  Bay Area Stage Theater, 515 Broadway St., Vallejo.  707.864.5508 or www.verismoopera.org for details.

Through March 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. When purchasing tickets, please feel to use discount code NORINE to purchase $18 tickets for you and your guests.  Group rates upon request (T. (415) 644-8676).   http://www.generationtheatre.com/playing-now

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 26, 2017.  ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER, violin, and LAMBERT ORKIS, piano, perform works by SAINT-SAENS and more.  7pm. Davies Symphony Hall.  415.392.2545 or http://sfperformances.org for details. 

March 26, 2017.  CHOIR OF SALISBURY CATHEDRAL performs SACRED MASTERPIECES, including works by FAURE. 4pm.  Free.  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., SF.  415.749.6300 or www.gracecathedral.org for details.

March 26, 2017.  TAYLOR RAVEN, CODY QUATTTLEBAUM & MARK MORASH perform works by DEBUSSY, JACQUES IBERT, and more.  $30.  Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.864.3330 or www.sfopera.com/schwabacher for details.  

March 26, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE performs at the Soper Reese Theater.   Go back in time to the era of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel as SonoMusette transports listeners to the "Golden Era" of French chanson.  3pm.  275 S. Main Street • Lakeport. 707 263-0577  www.soperreesetheatre.com

May 26, 2017.  ELECTRONICA TOUR by JEAN-MICHEL JARRE.  First North American tour ever!  Greek Theater, UC Berkeley.  www.apeconcerts.com for details. 

March 26, 2017  DUNUN DRUM WORKSHOP WITH MABIBA BAEGNE.  At Ashkenaz.  Come play dunun drums from Guinea with Mabiba Baegne - founder of Lokole, an organiztion that helps teach and preserve the Congolese culture through dance and music. Mabiba has danced, taught, and choreographed all over the world.  DUNUN (BASS DRUMS) FROM GUINEA are the heart of the Malinke rhythm: the bass drum are made from hallowed tree trunks cut to a cylindrical shape and covered with cowhide at both end: the musician strikes the drum with a wooden stick on one hand, while the other hand simultaneously holds a metal stick that is used to strike an iron bell attached to the drum.     Workshop 2pm-3:30pm.  $20.  All levels welcome.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

March 26, 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.

March 27, 2017.  STORYTIME IN FRENCH, POUR LES PETITS. Tots and preschoolers enjoy simple books, rhyming games and songs that build the foundations for literacy. We will learn together, practicing the skills needed for reading readiness!  10am-11am.  http://www.afscv.org/storytime-in-french/

March 27-31, 2017.  SPRING CAMP IN FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Our Spring camp is open to all children, including non- French speakers and all the activities are conducted in French.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 27 or 29 or 30 or April 1, 2017.  FRENCH ROCK&ROLL, presented in French by LAURENCE ROMAIRE.  $20.  John Lennon used to say: “French rock is like English wine.” We will prove him wrong!  This retrospective of French rock from the 50s to today will give you the opportunity to discover a new aspect of French culture. This presentation will be offered four times: Monday, March 27th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday, March 29th, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 30th, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.; Saturday, April 1st, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Best for levels 5 to 8. Open to French native speakers.  Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Call (415) 362-3666.  The French Class, www.frenchclass.com

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 28, 2017.  “LAFAYETTE SISTERS” – A CAJUN-CREOLE DANCE TO BENEFIT WOMEN OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA.   Benefit for Faith House, a nonprofit organization in Lafayette, Louisiana (in the heart of Cajun country) that provides shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence.   Suzy Thompson et Ses Amies (Agi Ban, Karen Cela Heil, Karen Leigh, Delilah Lewis, Allegra Thompson, plus special guests).  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 - $100 sliding scale.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

March 29, 2017.  L’ALLIANCE DES SAVEURS #1:  FRANCOPHONE DINNER NIGHT.  Bissap Baobab Senegalese Restaurant, 3372 19th St., San Francisco.  www.afsf.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/266422060477409/ for details.  7pm-10pm.

March 29, 2017.  SWISS STARTUP SUMMIT 2017.  This year marks the kick-off of the yearly Swiss Startup Summit. 14 of Switzerland's most promising tech startups will all be under one roof for a night, presenting demos and pitches. Expect a night of networking and a chance to discover the swiss startup ecosystem.  5:45pm-9:30pm. swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800. http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

March 29-April 2, 2017.   20th SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  www.sonomafilmfest.org for details.

March 30, 2017. OPEN HOUSE AT THE MENLO PARK CENTER.  Meet our teachers and say bonjour!  Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 7pm-8:30pm.  Alliance Française de la Silicon Valley.  www.afscv.org for details.

March 30, 2017.  CRISIS SIGNALS:  THE FUTURE OF HUMANITARIAN DATA.  Join us for an expert panel exploring how local communities, online volunteers, technology companies, and humanitarian agencies can responsibly collect, share, and make sense of crisis data for more locally-relevant and effective humanitarian response.  5:30pm-9pm.  swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

March 30 & April 1, 2017.  ART OF COURAGE, a short film co-directed by Bay Area Swiss filmmaker VERONICA DUPORT-DELIZ, screens at the SONOMA FILM FESTIVAL.  Art of Courage highlights the arts activism that bloomed in Paris in the wake of unprecedented terror. The film plays twice as part of the Sonoma International Film Festival. March 30, 9:30 a.m., Sonoma Veterans Hall Two;  April 1, 5:30 p.m. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

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 30-April 23, 2017. A.C.T. (AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER) presents NEEDLES AND OPIUM, written and directed by French-Canadian playwright, actor, and director ROBERT LEPAGE.  From visionary director Robert Lepage comes this hyper-theatrical work that fuses his signature stagecraft and refined visual storytelling into a single unforgettable experience. Jazz legend Miles Davis travels to Europe in 1949 to discover the pleasures of Paris, unlock his creativity, and find his heroine in Juliette Gréco. At the same time, French filmmaker Jean Cocteau embarks on his own opium-fueled journey of discovery to New York. Staged inside a vast cube suspended over the Geary Theater stage, Lepage frames interlocking scenes of two very different journeys into one, revealing insights into the artistic minds of two masters that are both thrilling and heartbreaking.  http://www.act-sf.org/home/box_office/1617_season/needles_and_opium.html for details.

March 31, 2017.  NOUVELLE VAGUE performs at BIMBO’S 365.  http://www.bimbos365club.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. 

Through 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.

Through April 1, 2017.  IN FOCUS:  ROBERT BRESSON. “It is with something clean and precise that you will force the attention of inattentive eyes and ears.” –Robert Bresson.  With his first feature, Les anges du péché (1943)—made after he had been a prisoner of war—Robert Bresson (1901–1999) was recognized as an original and authentic voice in cinema. Even now, the power of Bresson’s style—austere, yet deeply affecting—remains one of cinema’s pure mysteries.  This near-complete retrospective is an immersion in Bresson’s unsparing yet compassionate work, with insights from two featured guests. New York–based film critic Tony Pipolo, author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film, joins us on the opening weekend to speak about Diary of a Country Priest (1950) and L’argent (1983), and Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley associate professor of film and media, leads In Focus: Robert Bresson, a three-week, Wednesday-afternoon film-lecture series that considers several films in depth: A Man Escaped (1956), Mouchette (1967), and The Devil, Probably (1977).  2155 Center St., Berkeley.  http://bampfa.org for details.

Through April 28, 2017.  BERKELY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE present AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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!   

20th SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  www.sonomafilmfest.org for details. March 29-April 2, 2017.  

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 at BERKELY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.Through April 28, 2017. 

ELLE.  Screening in local cinemas; check local listings.

FOREVER screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  “Père-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.  March 31 & April 2, 2017. 

FRANTZ (dir. François Ozon).   A haunting tale of love and reconciliation begins in a small town in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War I when a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave.  Opening at SF’s Clay Theater and Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

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 28, 2017. 

IN FOCUS:  ROBERT BRESSON. “It is with something clean and precise that you will force the attention of inattentive eyes and ears.” –Robert Bresson.  With his first feature, Les anges du péché (1943)—made after he had been a prisoner of war—Robert Bresson (1901–1999) was recognized as an original and authentic voice in cinema. Even now, the power of Bresson’s style—austere, yet deeply affecting—remains one of cinema’s pure mysteries.  This near-complete retrospective is an immersion in Bresson’s unsparing yet compassionate work, with insights from two featured guests. New York–based film critic Tony Pipolo, author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film, joins us on the opening weekend to speak about Diary of a Country Priest (1950) and L’argent (1983), and Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley associate professor of film and media, leads In Focus: Robert Bresson, a three-week, Wednesday-afternoon film-lecture series that considers several films in depth: A Man Escaped (1956), Mouchette (1967), and The Devil, Probably (1977).  2155 Center St., Berkeley.  http://bampfa.org for details. March 3–April 1, 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/ Through May 14, 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 

March 31-May 13, 2017.  STEPHANIE SOLINAS presents IDENTITE.  FraenkelLAB presents "Identité", the first US exhibition of the French artist Stéphanie Solinas. In her work, Stéphanie Solinas explores the concept of identity as an area of contact between the self and the Other, the thinking process involved with the act of "seeing".  Frankel Lab, San Francisco.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/stephanie-solinas-identite-fraenkellab

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.

Through 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.

Through 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.

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 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 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!  

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.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS perform SPRINGTIME IN PARIS. 

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 3, 2017.  ENSEIGNER LE FRANÇAIS AVEC LES MEDIAS – D’OU VIENT L’INFO?  A destination des professeurs de français.  www.afsf.com for details. 9h-16h.

April 3, 2017.  J&L DEFER tour the West Coast. Pursuing their dreams in the genre of "free pop adventure," this group, the duo formation of Anita Rufer and Gabriele De Mario (of Swiss band Disco Doom) are undertaking an adventure of their own all along the West Coast.  El Rio, San Francisco, CA.

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 4, 2017.  J&L DEFER tour the West Coast. Pursuing their dreams in the genre of "free pop adventure," this group, the duo formation of Anita Rufer and Gabriele De Mario (of Swiss band Disco Doom) are undertaking an adventure of their own all along the West Coast.  Nightlight, Oakland, CA.

April 4, 2017.  SAUCE PIQUANTE plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group's high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana's dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy "KP" Price, and David Hymowitz on drums.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 5-19, 2017.  60TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  French related films include:  HEAL THE LIVING (Belgium & France); NOCTURAMA (Belgium, France & Germany); THE UNKNOWN GIRL (Belgium & France, by the Dardenne Brothers); THE WEDDING RING (Burkina Faso, France, Niger); THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (France, Portugal, Spain); HEAVEN SENT (France, Lebanon); MARIE CURE:  THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE (France, Germany, Poland); THE PARIS OPERA (France, Switzerland); THE STOPOVER (France, Greece); STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS (France).  http://www.sffilm.org/ for venues, times, etc.

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 8, 2017.  OPEN HOUSE AT THE CAMPBELL CENTER.  Meet our teachers and say bonjour!  Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 7pm-8:30pm.  Alliance Française de la Silicon Valley.  www.afscv.org for details.

April 8, 2017.  FOLKLORE NIGHT AT SWISS PARK.  The Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club invites you Swiss Folklore night April 8, to join in "celebrating the past, present, and future." A yodel duet, the Swiss Singing Society of San Francisco, and the Mitchell Gander - Ron Scheiber Orchestra provide for entertainment and dancing.  RSVP by March 28 via this link., 2 p.m. Newark Swiss Park.  

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 9, 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.

April 10, 2017.  ELLA TURENNE presents DÉFILÉE LA FOLLE:  THE MISTAKEN MADWOMAN OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION.  This talk pays homage Défilée La Folle, a woman freedom fighter in the Haitian Revolution. We ask ourselves, what makes one mad, especially in the face of such violence and oppression?  And how have women, who are largely invisible in the narrative about the Haitian Revolution, contributed to the struggle for the liberation of the First Black republic?  10am-11:50am - Schulz 3001, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  707.664.4177 for details.

April 10, 2017.  STORYTIME IN FRENCH, POUR LES PETITS. Tots and preschoolers enjoy simple books, rhyming games and songs that build the foundations for literacy. We will learn together, practicing the skills needed for reading readiness!  10am-11am.  http://www.afscv.org/storytime-in-french/

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 11, 2017.  WILD CATAHOULAS play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Cajun and zydeco band Wild Catahoulas takes its name from the official state dog of Louisiana, which, fiddler Gus Garelick says, is "hard working and bilingual." Garelick could also be referring to this band, which spun off from Ashkenaz regulars Cajun Coyotes and includes two of the North Bay's best singers, Allegra Broughton and Sam Page (of rock-folk band Solid Air), on guitar and bass respectively. They are joined by drummer Don Connolly. The Wild Catahoulas mix sweet Cajun waltzes and two-steps with more energized zydeco and New Orleans R&B, traditional favorites, and band originals that turn every show into an instant Mardi Gras party. Garelick has fiddled with such fellow high-energy bands as Sonoma Swamp Dogs and Queen Ida, and his bandmates come with their own credentials.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm  Tickets are $12. www.ashkenaz.com

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 15, 2017.  LES PETITS FRANCOPHONES OPEN HOUSE.  The Staff, Board and Parents of Les Petits Francophones invite you to attend our Open House on Saturday April 15th from 9:30am until noon.  This is a great opportunity for you and your family to find out about our french immersion program and our location. Parents of our students and our director will be on hand to answer all your related questions. You are welcome to bring your child/ren but they will need to remain under your supervision at all times. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. About our school:  Les Petits Francophones is a non-profit French Immersion preschool committed to early childhood education. Our mission is to provide a safe and prosperous environment for the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively.  Our primary focus is placed on the needs of children (ages 2-6 years) and their family.  LPF’s goal is to provide a stimulating and educational experience through developmentally appropriate practices.  9:30 AM to 12:00PM, 2101 Livingston St, Oakland, 94606.  For more information: office@lespetitsfrancophones.org or www.lespetitsfrancophones.com

April 18, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm; dance lesson at 8pm.  www.ashkenaz.com 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 23, 2017.  ANNE DANA presents MONSIEUR PIERRE, the story of an octopus that travels from Paris to California. Special for kids!  11am.  Book Passage Sausalito, www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 24, 2017.  STORYTIME IN FRENCH, POUR LES PETITS.  Tots and preschoolers enjoy simple books, rhyming games and songs that build the foundations for literacy. We will learn together, practicing the skills needed for reading readiness!  10am-11am.  http://www.afscv.org/storytime-in-french/

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 28-30, 2017.  DJANGOFEST at 140 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley.  http://throckmortontheatre.org/event/djangofest-mill-valley-2017-opening-night/ 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.

April 30, 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.

May 6, 2017.  JEAN-LEON GEROME (1824-1904):  ACADEMISME ET ORIENTALISME.  A café-musée event offered by RENEE MOREL.  9:30am-12:30pm.  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  In French!  Come practice your French and meet others!  Organized by our great Café Musée team and presented by Renée Morel.  Donation: $5.?  The presentations will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français. (IMPORTANT: Even though the descriptions are in English, the presentations will be en français!)  9:30am-12:30pm.  Visual Arts Building (V114), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., SF.

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.

May 21-June 18, 2017.  THE MOUNTAIN PLAY stages BEAUTY & THE BEAST.  Enjoy an enchanted day above the clouds of San Francisco Bay!  www.mountainplay.org for details.

May 25, 2017.  FRENCH-AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 (FABA).  During an upscale dinner celebration, the best French-American entrepreneurs, executives, and companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area will be honored for their annual results and lasting performance in management and leadership.  Stay tuned to learn more about the new additions we are bringing to the FABA for this 4th edition!  Due to high demand for this event, registrations are opening now for FACCSF members only until April 2nd. Registrations for non-members will open April 3rd.  6PM-12AM, Fairmont Hotel, SF.  www.thefaba.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. 

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.

September 27, 2017.  PIERRE BENSUNAN IN CONCERT at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.  510.644.2020 for details.

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