April 6-14, 2016

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April Events

April 6, 2017.  1ST THURSDAY MEETUP @ HOTEL REX, organisé par LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  6pm.  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco.  www.meetup.com for details.

April 6, 2017.  APERO/CONVERSATION AT BISSAP BAOBAB.  Organized by the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Every Thursday night from 6 pm to 8 pm, come join us to enjoy delicious refreshments and meet French native speakers!  Bissap Baobab, 3372 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.  www.afsf.com for details.

April 6 or 8, 2017.  PARIS:  LE MARAIS, presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE at The French Class.  $20.  4/6, 6:30pm-8pm; 4/8, 3pm-4:30pm.  Discover new aspects of this historical neighborhood located in the heart of Paris. This very interactive presentation will cover History, hôtels particuliers, gardens, museums, restaurants and boutiques. There is so much to say about le Marais, one of the oldest quartiers de ParisPlease sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.

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.

Through April 7, 2017.  CUBACARIBE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND DANCE.  Nine days of Caribbean dance and music performances, seven world premiere performances, master classes, film screenings, lectures, and celebrations at two different San Francisco venues.  $10-$30.  See website for schedule.  Brava Theater and the Museum of the African Diaspora, SF.  www.cubacaribe.org for details.

April 7, 2017. RARA TOU LIMEN presents an interactive DANCE & DRUM PERFORMANCE, along with an opportunity to learn about VODOU and try your hand at HAITIAN ART. 7:00pm-8:30pm. San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. 510.577.3991 to RSVP or write to asilveira@sanleandro.org. www.sanleandrolibrary.org for details.

April 7, 2017.  FRANÇOISE LAVOCAT & NICHOLAS PAIGE present FACT, FICTION, DATA:  THEORY AND METHOD IN THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE NOVEL.  Two Presentations and a Conversation.  Françoise Lavocat is Professor of Comparative Literature at Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, and member of the Institut universitaire de France. She is also a regular Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. She is the author of three books (most recently Fait et fiction: pour une frontière [Seuil 2016]) and has edited a number of collective volumes (including La théorie littéraire des mondes possibles [CNRS Editions 2010]).  4 p.m.  Library of French Thought, 4229 Dwinelle, UC-Berkeley.  This event is supported by the Department of French.

April 7, 2017.  UC BERKELEY CHORUS & SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA + CONTRA COSTA WIND SYMPHONY present works by FAURE & BERLIOZ.  8pm.  $5-$16.  Hertz Hall, Bancroft Way at College Ave., UC Berkeley.  510.642.9988 or http://music.berkeley.edu for details. 

April 7, 2017.  SWAGGER.  An evening with Director OLIVIER BABINET.  Swagger takes us into the heads of eleven children and adolescents with surprising personalities growing up in the heart of the poorest housing estates of France. The film makes us see the world through their very personal and unexpected perspectives, their funny and incisive thoughts. By unravelling a mosaic of characters and blending different genres, including musical film and science fiction, Swagger gives life to the words and fantasies of these children from Aulnay and Sevran. Despite their difficult lives, they have dreams and ambition: nobody can take that away from them. 8pm @ Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (between York & Hampshire).  An event organized and hosted by Novel Cine (Sandrine Neveux) and AproposSF (Vanessa Portois Wermter). https://www.brava.org/all-events/2017/4/7/swagger-an-evening-with-director-olivier-babinet   

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.

Through 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

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.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL.  Hundreds of brews to try, as well as live music.  Admission includes unlimited beer and food samplings.  5:30pm and 7pm.  $75-$150.  Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, SF.  415.421.3313 or http://sfbeerfest.com for details.

April 8, 2017.  SECOND SATURDAY CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES presents TENNEBRAE LESSONS, also known as FRANÇOIS COUPERIN’s LEÇONS DE TENNÈBRE.  Performed by Rita Lily and Luciana Miranda, sopranos; Lynn Tetenbaum, viola da gamba; and Andy Canepa, harpsichord.  7:30 PM (No host drinks and hors d’ouevres in the social hall 6:30–7:30).  St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  Tickets:  $15 general/$5 students or at the door: $20/$10.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2706988   Advance tickets sold until two hours before concert.

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 8, 2017.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND.  The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 / $10 Students.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

April 9, 2017.  MUSEUM QUEST FOR KIDS.  Museum Quest is an original, play-based program of cultural discovery and French immersion in various museums and cultural sites around the Bay Area organized by EFBA, French Education in the Bay Area! The next outing will take place on Sunday April, 9th at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Book now!  The outings are for children from K to 5th grade ( 5-11 years old).  More information and about the program and how to register here.  Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070.
http://frenchculture.org/kids-and-families/events/museum-quest

April 9, 2017.  PETIT MEETUP DU DIMANCHE.  Maxfield’s House of Caffeine, 398 Dolores St., SF.  www.meetup.com 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 presents THE PARIS THAT STILL  LIVES ON IN OUR  MEMORIES:  THE SONGS OF EDITH PIAF, JACQUES BREL AND OTHERS 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.  THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF PERFECT RODINS IN THE WORLD.  Martin Chapman, Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts & Sculpture, has just published The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin at the Legion of Honor and will be giving an illustrated lecture on April 10th.   6pm Reception & book signing; 7pm, illustrated lecture.  The Galleria, San Francisco Design Center.  $35, members and employees of professional member firms; $45 non-members; $20 emerging professionals & student members; $20 students (with a valid ID).   

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. CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE.  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1), w ith a different subject every month, facilitated by YVETTE CHALOM.  Free entrance for members of the Alliance Française de Berkeley;$10 non-members.  5pm-6pm.  www.afberkeley.org 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 12, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents CONNECTED FAMILY:  BEHAVIORS & SECURITY.  A high tech panel and networking event.  Join us for a fascinating panel discussion with four innovative companies and experts providing IoT solutions for the household and connected objects for the family.  We will discuss how technology is transforming the everyday life inside our homes, changing children behaviors or how it supports parents. We will also talk about the security and privacy threats it can induce and how to cope with it.  An expert panel & a networking cocktail with small bites and wine.6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  L’Atelier BNP Paribas, 2415 3rd St., #231, San Francisco, 94107.  FACCSF members $10.  Non-members: $25.  www.faccsf.com for details.

April 13, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  HOW TO PREVENT BURNOUT.  8:30am-10:30am.  FACCSF, 26 O’Farrell St., #500, SF.  Free for members; non-members $35.  www.faccsf.com

April 13, 2017.  APERO/CONVERSATION AT BISSAP BAOBAB.  Organized by the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Every Thursday night from 6 pm to 8 pm, come join us to enjoy delicious refreshments and meet French native speakers!  Bissap Baobab, 3372 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.  www.afsf.com for details.

Opening April 14, 2017.  CEZANNE ET MOI.  Filmmaker Danièle Thompson centers her latest drama on the parallel lives, careers and friendship of two of France’s greatest artists: post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola, who met as schoolboys in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor, and Paul from a wealthy family. As young men, they set out to conquer the art scene in mid-19th century Paris, where Zola (Guillaume Canet) embraced his success, while Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) ultimately rejected the Parisian scene to focus on his work. The film provides exquisite visual detail, utilizing several locations where Cézanne and Zola lived and worked. In French with English subtitles. With Alice Pol, Déborah François, Freya Mavor, Sabine Azéma. Writer/Director: Danièle Thompson. (France 2016) 113 min.  http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/cezanne-et-moi/

Opening April 14, 2017.  DEMAIN / TOMORROW.   Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) and activist Cyril Dion’s environmental documentary Tomorrow (Demain), winner of the Best Documentary Feature César Award, opens at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco, the Elmwood in Berkeley and the Rialto in Sebastopol. Cyril Dion will be on hand to answer the audience questions at each theatre.   In 2012, Nature published a study led by more than 20 researchers from the top scientific institutions in the world predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. It also said that it could be avoided by drastically changing our way of life and take appropriate measures. In Tomorrow, the filmmakers meet with leading environmental experts who have developed practical schemes to face environmental and social challenges in search of solutions that can help save the next generations.  Tomorrow follows Laurent and Dion as they travel around the world to follow people offering concrete and simple solutions to resolve environmental and social challenges faced by all. Shortly after giving birth to her first child, Laurent became increasingly aware of the eco-dangers and the state of urgency that her son will face in the future. Laurent and Dion, and their crew, decided to travel to 10 countries to investigate what could cause such disasters and find ways to prevent it.  The documentary presents concrete solutions implemented throughout the world by hundreds of communities.  From the U.S. to the UK and through Finland and India, together they traveled to 10 countries to visit permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects and community-owned renewable initiatives to highlight people making a difference in the fields of food, energy, finance, democracy, and education. Their common ideas and examples make Tomorrow one of the most essential and unexpectedly inspirational viewing experiences of our time.  Tomorrow is an Under The Milky Way release.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael; Vogue Theatre, San Francisco, Elmwood, Berkeley,  and the Rialto in Sebastopol.

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

Through April 16, 2017.  MAGIC THEATRE presents PAULA VOGEL’s THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, a fantastical satire that takes us on a whirlwind odyssey thorugh Paris, Amsterdam, Munich and Vienna in search of romance and a cure… 415.441.8822 or www.magictheatre.org for details.

April 16 or 22, 2017.  DEMAIN / TOMORROW.  Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” and in this film (which won the French César for Best Documentary), co-filmmakers Cyril Dion and actor-director Mélanie Laurent travel ten countries encountering individuals and communities who have taken environmental sustainability into their own hands. From the urban farms of Detroit to an English town that encourages local spending by minting its own David Bowie currency, and from a completely sustainable village in southern India to the progressive schools of Finland, the filmmakers introduce us to people making inspiring differences in the fields of food, energy, finance, democracy and education. In English and in French with English subtitles. Writer: Cyril Dion. Narrators/Directors: Mélanie Laurent, Cyril Dion. (France 2016) 115 min. plus discussion.  4/16, 4h15, with filmmaker CYRIL DION & ROBERT REED, Recology, in person; 4/22, 3h30, with ROBERT REEDhttp://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/tomorrow/

April 18, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz.   He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not taking their musical message to the far corners of the globe (from Alaska to Caribbean cruises), they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public". Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12.  www.ashkenaz.com

Through April 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 19, 2017.  LES REVERS DU REVE CALIFORNIEN EN BD:  COMME CONVENU.  Comme convenu" ou l'histoire véridique d'un couple de Français qui plaque tout et part en Californie avec enfant et chat pour monter un studio de jeux vidéo!  Ce n'est pas tous les jours que l'on peut rencontrer des personnages de BD en chair et en os alors si vous les avez aimé sur papier, venez les découvrir en personne à l'Alliance Française !   Mercredi 19 avril, 19h pour une présentation suivie d'une séance de dédicace du Tome 1 et d'un verre de l'amitié.  Le lien de la campagne Ulule pour les soutenir pour l'édition du Tome 2 : https://commeconvenu.com/messager  Leur BD gratuite et en intégralité : https://commeconvenu.com/lire  Attention, nombre de places limité, réservations obligatoires sur Eventbrite..  www.afscv.org

April 20, 2017.  APERO/CONVERSATION AT BISSAP BAOBAB.  Organized by the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Every Thursday night from 6 pm to 8 pm, come join us to enjoy delicious refreshments and meet French native speakers!  Bissap Baobab, 3372 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.  www.afsf.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, 2017.  THE FRENCH FILM CLUB OF PALO ALTO presents the Swiss film SWEET GIRLS.  No jobs, no money, in need of a place to live? Sounds familiar, right?   Elodie and Marie are two disenchanted teenagers, stuck in the same situation. As the saying goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures." Unfortunately, their solution for solving their problems is a bit extreme:  Kick out the "old people" who are responsible, in their eyes, for the current social imbalance and fill the apartments with teens who will work better as a community.  But will their cold calculations prove to be their salvation, or their undoing? Sweet Girls is a dark comedy and contemporary fable, a bittersweet portrait of our society through the eyes of two teenage girls who think they can solve the problems of the world with their romantic and naive view of life.  A 2016 Film by Jean-Paul Cardinaux and Xavier Ruiz.  www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org

April 21, 2017.  CONVERSATION & POTLUCK AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.  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)!  6:30pm-8pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.  Free pot luck; no RSVP required.

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

Through 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.

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 23 & 30 & May 7, 2017.  MARCEL PAGNOL’S MARSEILLE TRILOGY.  Recent restorations.  One of the most celebrated trilogies in film history sprang from the heart of Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974), the playwright, novelist and filmmaker who became a national treasure in his native France. Unfolding over years about the same unforgettable characters living around the waterfront of Marseille, his epic love story is a bittersweet saga brimming with warmth, generosity and humor.  Pagnol wrote the individual plays Marius and Fanny about the people and patois he knew well, and at the dawn of sound movies, he resolved to transpose them to film. He oversaw different directors for the two adaptations, and by the time he wrote César directly for the screen, he set about directing it himself. Rich in dialogue and saturated in piquant Provençal flavor and real locations, the movies are simultaneously the heights of theatricality and of screen realism, brought to life by a dream cast.  In 1946 Pagnol became the first filmmaker elected to the Académie français. Postwar Italian filmmakers saw in his work the germs of neorealism, and the young filmmakers of the French New Wave also regarded him as an influence. The films also have a history with our very own Berkeley, where they have long been staples at the Pacific Film Archive and inspired Alice Waters to name her restaurant Chez Panisse, after one of the films’ major characters. The Rafael is presenting the versions that have been extensively restored by Janus Films.  The films in the Marseille Trilogy were produced and released in different years. While they ultimately tell a single story, each film has an independent dramatic arc. http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/marseille-trilogy/

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 24, 26 or 29, 2017.  THE REUNION ISLAND, by LAURENCE DELAHAYE, at the French Class.  $20.  4/24, 10:30am-12pm; 4/26, 1:30pm to 3pm; 4/29, 3pm-4:30pm.  Discover new aspects of this historical neighborhood located in the heart of Paris. This very interactive presentation will cover History, hôtels particuliers, gardens, museums, restaurants and boutiques. There is so much to say about le Marais, one of the oldest quartiers de Paris.L’ïle de la Réunion is in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. French people settled on this island in the 17th century and it became an overseas department in 1946. Discover this lush land and its traditions and culture.  Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.

April 25, 2017.  LEIF OVE ANDSNES & MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  San Francisco Performances, Herbst Theatre.  7:30pm.  www.sfperformances.org for details.

April 26-May 21, 2017.   PETER BROOK’s BATTLEFIELD, based on the play by JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIERE.  Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and MARIE-HELENE ESTIENNE.  Following his stunning worldwide success with The Suit, which played to standing ovations and sold-out houses at A.C.T. in 2014, legendary director Peter Brook is back. Thirty years after Brook’s groundbreaking adaptation of the Indian epic The Mahabharata, the director has created an intimate new interpretation and staging of this timeless tale in perhaps his finest work.  A newly crowned king surveys a post-war battlefield—his army has won him the crown, but at what price? Written almost 2,500 years ago, The Mahabharata’s magical story of finding tranquillity in the midst of war and destruction has striking connections to modern times, and has inspired some of Brook’s most beautiful images and most transformative theatrical moments. “Like a zen master, Peter Brook refines and concentrates his theater ever more. He offers us a play that resembles a perfect and suspended movement, light as a breath” (Le Monde).  ACT, 405 Geary St., SF.  http://www.act-sf.org/ for details.

April 27, 2017.  PATRICK MODIANO (PART I):   ?DORA BRUDER AND OTHER WOMEN, presented by RENEE MOREL.  The HISTORIA club and the French reading club invite you to a slide presentation en français:  In 1988, Patrick Modiano stumbled across a 1941 ad in the personal columns of Paris Soir: a 15-year old Jewish girl, Dora Bruder, had run away from the Catholic boarding school hiding her. Why? For the next ten years, the author obsessively investigated Dora’s disappearance, story and History, while confronting the specters of his own troubled adolescence. The result, both memoir and memorial, is no doubt his most moving book. But besides Dora, who are the other women that played a part in the author’s life? Come and see how they relate to the writer and to his austere and enigmatic novels.  Open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). ?Free and open to all.  NO reservation necessary. Bring your own coffee (and own cushion if you wish) and please, please, come on time. Latecomers will be guillotined.  6:30PM-8:30PM.  Downtown Campus, Room B33, in the basement.  88 Fourth St. (between Mission & Market), SF.  Parking on Mission at 4th Street ($4 for the evening if you arrive after 6:00 PM).

April 27, 2017.  STEVEN ISSERLIS & CONNIE SHIH, cello & piano, perform works by DEBUSSY, FAURE and more.  San Francisco Performances, Herbst Theatre.  7:30pm.  www.sfperformances.org for details.

April 27, 2017.  APERO/CONVERSATION AT BISSAP BAOBAB.  Organized by the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Every Thursday night from 6 pm to 8 pm, come join us to enjoy delicious refreshments and meet French native speakers!  Bissap Baobab, 3372 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.  www.afsf.com for details.

April 27-30, 2017.  MILL VALLEY DJANGOFEST.   http://ThrockmortonTheatre.org for details.

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

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

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.

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!   

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 5-19, 2017. 

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

CEZANNE ET MOI.  Filmmaker Danièle Thompson centers her latest drama on the parallel lives, careers and friendship of two of France’s greatest artists: post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola, who met as schoolboys in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor, and Paul from a wealthy family. As young men, they set out to conquer the art scene in mid-19th century Paris, where Zola (Guillaume Canet) embraced his success, while Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) ultimately rejected the Parisian scene to focus on his work. The film provides exquisite visual detail, utilizing several locations where Cézanne and Zola lived and worked. In French with English subtitles. With Alice Pol, Déborah François, Freya Mavor, Sabine Azéma. Writer/Director: Danièle Thompson. (France 2016) 113 min.  http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/cezanne-et-moi/ Opening April 14, 2017. 

DEMAIN/TOMORROW.  Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” and in this film (which won the French César for Best Documentary), co-filmmakers Cyril Dion and actor-director Mélanie Laurent travel ten countries encountering individuals and communities who have taken environmental sustainability into their own hands. From the urban farms of Detroit to an English town that encourages local spending by minting its own David Bowie currency, and from a completely sustainable village in southern India to the progressive schools of Finland, the filmmakers introduce us to people making inspiring differences in the fields of food, energy, finance, democracy and education. In English and in French with English subtitles. Writer: Cyril Dion. Narrators/Directors: Mélanie Laurent, Cyril Dion. (France 2016) 115 min. plus discussion.  4/16, 4h15, with filmmaker CYRIL DION & ROBERT REED, Recology, in person; 4/22, 3h30, with ROBERT REEDhttp://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/tomorrow/ April 16 or 22, 2017. at the Rafael, San Rafael.

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. Frantz will open in Orinda on April 21 for at least one full week,  at the El Campanil Antioch on April 23rd and at the Jarvis Conservatory Napa on April 29th. www.internationalshowcase.org  for details.

MARCEL PAGNOL’S MARSEILLE TRILOGY.  Recent restorations.  One of the most celebrated trilogies in film history sprang from the heart of Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974), the playwright, novelist and filmmaker who became a national treasure in his native France. Unfolding over years about the same unforgettable characters living around the waterfront of Marseille, his epic love story is a bittersweet saga brimming with warmth, generosity and humor.  Pagnol wrote the individual plays Marius and Fanny about the people and patois he knew well, and at the dawn of sound movies, he resolved to transpose them to film. He oversaw different directors for the two adaptations, and by the time he wrote César directly for the screen, he set about directing it himself. Rich in dialogue and saturated in piquant Provençal flavor and real locations, the movies are simultaneously the heights of theatricality and of screen realism, brought to life by a dream cast.  In 1946 Pagnol became the first filmmaker elected to the Académie français. Postwar Italian filmmakers saw in his work the germs of neorealism, and the young filmmakers of the French New Wave also regarded him as an influence. The films also have a history with our very own Berkeley, where they have long been staples at the Pacific Film Archive and inspired Alice Waters to name her restaurant Chez Panisse, after one of the films’ major characters. The Rafael is presenting the versions that have been extensively restored by Janus Films.  The films in the Marseille Trilogy were produced and released in different years. While they ultimately tell a single story, each film has an independent dramatic arc. http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/marseille-trilogy/ April 23 & 30 & May 7, 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. 

SWAGGER.  An evening with Director OLIVIER BABINET.  Swagger takes us into the heads of eleven children and adolescents with surprising personalities growing up in the heart of the poorest housing estates of France. The film makes us see the world through their very personal and unexpected perspectives, their funny and incisive thoughts. By unravelling a mosaic of characters and blending different genres, including musical film and science fiction, Swagger gives life to the words and fantasies of these children from Aulnay and Sevran. Despite their difficult lives, they have dreams and ambition: nobody can take that away from them. 8pm @ Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (between York & Hampshire).  An event organized and hosted by Novel Cine (Sandrine Neveux) and AproposSF (Vanessa Portois Wermter). https://www.brava.org/all-events/2017/4/7/swagger-an-evening-with-director-olivier-babinet   April 7, 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 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 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 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!  

May 4-6, 3017.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY presents BERLIOZ’ REQUIEM.  25% off for members of the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  www.sfsymphony.org

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 7, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS / DUE ZIGHI BACI play at Redwood Café in downtown Cotati.  5pm.  www.redwoodcafe.com or www.EuroCafeMusic.com for details.

May 7, 2017. FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP.  The group will discuss Un amour de Swann by Marcel Proust. Ce roman décrit l’amour que Swann, un homme de la haute société, porte à Odette de Crécy, une jeune femme aux mœurs légères. Mais, pour Swann, l’amour est indissociable de la jalousie et de l’angoisse qu’elle génère. Aussi va-t-il compenser les insuffisances d’Odette et construire sa propre image d’elle : en l’associant à une œuvre musicale, en la comparant à une bergère d’une fresque de Botticelli… Pour autant, cette idéalisation, cette esthétisation de l’être désiré suffiront-elles à sauver l’amour de la ruine ? « Un amour de Swann » est une partie presque autonome de Tome 1 de « À la recherche du temps perdu », l’œuvre monumentale considérée par certains critiques comme le roman le plus respecté du XXème siècle. Place : Alliance Française de Berkeley. 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley. 3-5pm.  For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

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.  22ND SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL, with films from France and more.  Program available at:  http://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/list.aspx?epguid=1822aae7-3fda-46c4-8940-081224f26742&

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.

June 19-August 18, 2017.  THEMED SUMMER CAMPS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   June 19-23: Le Petit Prince / Little PrinceJune 26-30: Enquete à l'Alliance / Investigation at the AllianceJuly 03-07: Festival des artistes / Artists' festivalJuly 10-14: Le petit Chaperon Rouge / Little Red Hood July 17-21: Voyage dans le temps / Time travel; July 24-28: 20000 Lieues sous les mers / Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; July 31- August 04: Hansel et Gretel / Hansel and Gretel; August 07-11: Le Tour du monde / Around the world; August 14-18 : Sauvons la planète / Saving the planetImmerse your children for several weeks of adventure through culture and language throughout the summer ! Knights, detectives, princesses and artists, between ages 4 and 12, are all welcome. Our immersion camp is also designed to include non-French speakers.  www.afsf.com

June 28-July 1, 2017.  MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS conducts BERLIOZ’ ROMEO ET JULIET. 25% off for members of the Alliance Française de San Francisco. www.sfsymhony.org

July 2, 2017.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP.  The group will discuss Le horla by Guy de Maupassant. La nouvelle qui porte le titre, « Le Horla », raconte la lente désagrégation d'un esprit, de la dépression à la folie -- des maux que connaissait bien Maupassant. Le héros se sent peu à peu envahi par un autre, qui agit à travers lui : le Horla, puissance invisible, inconsciente, qui le manipule. Prenant la forme du journal intime, cette  nouvelle terrifiante illustre l’intrusion progressive du malaise dans le quotidien. Modèle de nouvelle fantastique, « Le Horla » est aussi une description clinique du dédoublement de personnalité. L’original recueil comprenait13 autres nouvelles fantastiques qui évoque la folie, la prostitution ou encore la vie des classes populaires. Entre réalisme et cauchemar, ces histoires mettent en lumière les angoisses des hommes, leurs moments de faiblesse et d’éclat. Place : Presidio Branch Library Meeting Room, 3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco.  3-5pm. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

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

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