April 20-28, 2016

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April Events

April 20, 2017.  BUFFET FRANÇAIS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  12PM-1:30PM.  $15.  Register at gersende@afsf.com.

April 20, 2017.  NIKOLAJ LUBECKER speaks about LANDSCAPE & VIOLENCE IN EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTARY FILM.  5pm.  4229 Dwinelle, French Department Library, UC Berkeley.

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 20, 2017.  OPENING PARTY:  WHEN LIFE IMITATES ART at PARISOMA, SAN FRANCISCO.  PARISOMA has the pleasure of hosting the WHEN LIFE IMITATES ART  exhibition by JOEL BOUCQUEMONT in association with the FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY.  Join us as we celebrate the opening of this 3-month exhibition in our open and collaborative space, and enjoy a unique opportunity to meet the artist and explore his work. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-life-imitates-art-opening-party-tickets-33287015359 for details.

April 20, 2017.  LIDIA YUKNAVITCH presents THE BOOK OF JOAN, a sci-fi, dystopic retelling of the Joan of Arc story.  Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., SF.  7:30pm.  415.863.8688 or www.booksmith.com

April 20, 2017.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 20 avril à 19h dans le Menlo Park Center. Nous discuterons les romans de Amélie Nothomb « Stupeur et tremblements » et de Simone de Beauvoir « Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée ». www.afscv.org 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 PARIS QUARTET performs ONLY THE BEST, including works by RAMEAU and others.  6pm.  $20.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  510.220.1195.  www.barefootchamberconcerts.org 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, 2017.  LIDIA YUKNAVITCH presents THE BOOK OF JOAN, a sci-fi, dystopic retelling of the Joan of Arc story.  Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.  7pm.  510.525.7777 or www.booksinc.net 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.  CORO CICONIA presents SHE PERSISTED.  Devotion as guidance and inspiration for Du Fay, other medievals, and us all. As the masculine seeks to impose its will, the feminine remains inspiring and generative. Is the mercy we plead for, the fulfillment we seek, already present within ourselves? The backbone across our intensely joyous evening is the latest extant work of DU FAY, his Missa Ave Regina caelorum, parody of the magnificent motet in which he presumes to plead for his own immortal soul. The Mass’s familiar abject piety to the masculine Trinity is rendered personal and genuine by its masterful integration with Marian admiration. Du Fay’s motet begins and ends the program, and the later submission from Van Weerbeke, surely an homage, beckons the Flemish paragon’s style toward the Italian Renaissance. Ockeghem’s floridly intricate setting of the Alma redemptoris mater and Josquin’s meditatively powerful Salve Regina make further emphatic the reverence of the inviolate virgin. Love and death are inevitably central to the life that all this tackles. Two charming chansons of innocent yearning juxtapose the sacred and secular, as do two sumptuous yet concise settings from the Song of Solomon, BRUMEL’s impeccably lovely Sicut lilium and Dunstable’s sensual yet ethereal Quam pulchra es. The political sphere rears its all-too-relevant head in splendid manner. Machaut in his final motet Inviolata genitrix both bemoans the oppression of Reims during the Hundred Years’ War and beseeches worldly intercession from Mary; Ciconia extols Venecie, mundi splendor as the model city worthy of comparison even to the virgin, in his parallel text exhorting the city’s local royal to emulate the city and its accomplishments thus far. Singers: Michael Deacon, Peter Fisher, Cheryl Koehler, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson.  8 PM.  Berkeley Methodist United Church Note new venue!  1710 Carleton Street, Berkeley.  Suggested donations at the door: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 student.

April 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.  3h30, with ROBERT REEDhttp://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/tomorrow/

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, 2017.  LINDSEY TRAMUTA presents A NEW PARIS.  Book Passage, One Ferry Building, SF.  1pm.  415.835.1020 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

April 22, 2017.  LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO present UNE DEGUSTATION DE VIN AU JCB LOUNGE DANS LE RITZ A SAN FRANCISCO.  Nous allons déguster des crémants de Bourgogne, Chardonnay et Pinot Noir.  Lisa Brown qui a etudié le vin en Bourgogne, va faire aussi une petite introduction à la région et la production de vin en Bourgogne.  4:30pm.  $45 per person.  JCB Tasting Lounge, 600 Stockton St., SF.  www.meetup.com for details.

April 22, 2017.  HYMNE A L’AMOUR, including examples of FRENCH CHANSON, presented by MICHELLE CHANG, TIM EISCHENS, & ANDREW VICKERS.  A Dreamer Fund Benefit Concert.  First Unitarian Universalist Society.  5pm.  $20.  1187 Franklin St., SF.  www.dreamerfund.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.  JEWS, MUSLIMS, AND NORTH AFRICAN MUSIC IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.  A presentation by CHRIS SILVER.  1:20pm.  Free.  Jewish Community Center Library, 181135 Ellis St., SF.  415.567.3327 or www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org for details.

April 23, 2017.  JUNGHAE KIM, harpsichord, performs MUSIC OF FRANCE AND ITALY.  5pm.  $10-$30.  St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org 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, 2017.  LE PEN VS. MACRON:  A FRENCH REJECTION OF ESTABLISHMENT PARTIES?  6:30pm-7:30pm.  World Affairs will be hosting a program with a panel of experts to discuss the French Elections.  The conversation will be held the day after the run-off for the elections; the panel will be composed of Dr. Jonah Levy, Professor at UC Berkeley and James Kirchick, author of the recent book The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age.  Jonah and James will be sharing insights and projections for the future of France, as well as Europe more broadly.   http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1717#.WO_5dVOLQxf for tickets.

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 25, 2017.  ARNAUD RICHARD présente LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE AU SERVICE DE LA SANTE PUBLIQUE.  UNE ANALYSE DU DISCOURS DE PREVENTION FRANCOPHONE.  The Francophone Studies Working Group is honored to welcome Arnaud Richard, associate professor at Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 (Montpellier, France) and a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Language Center.  Professor Richard has agreed to share with us his recent work on the use of the French language in preventive medicine campaigns in both Africa and the Caribbean. He will present a corpus of work from both these regions, focusing primarily on the discourse used in preventive campaigns against cholera and ebola.  The presentation should be of interest to individuals across fields working on Africa and the Caribbean, and in particular to linguists or anybody with an interest in public health and medicine.  12:30 – 2:00 PM.  4125A Dwinelle Hall.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to sokrat.postoli@berkeley.edu if you are planning to attend.

April 25, 2017.  GATOR NATION plays at Ashkenaz.  Gator Nation, formerly known as Gator Beat, the West Coast's premiere Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans R&B band, is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high energy concert and dance band. With the same survival instinct as its namesake, Gator Nation continues to adapt itself to its audiences, always with something fresh yet true to its calling. That calling is to represent the music of South Louisiana in all its forms, Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style. They have the talent and diversity to do so, to express the nuances that define the genres. The result is a remarkable show with so much variety and depth that at the end of the show, the Gator Nation Band leaves you happy and hollerin' "Gimme Some Mo"!   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 26, 2017. L’ALLIANCE DES SAVEURS, présentée par l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Try food from different French-speaking countries each month!  RDV at Aïcha, a great Moroccan restauranton Polk St.  1303 Polk, SF.  www.afsf.com 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.  NOW, FOR THE FRENCH ELECTIONS…  A special presentation, in French, by French Fulbright Scholar JUSTINE LE GOAS.  The much-anticipated French elections in April and May are almost here.  The dynamic Justine Le Goas, Sonoma State's Fulbright Teaching Assistant from France, will discuss the origins of the current political parties in France and how they have evolved over time. We look forward to this timely presentation in the midst of these globally important elections, and we invite you to join us for a most informative evening.  Besides working with students at Sonoma State, Justine hosts a radio program, Une Bouteille à la Mer,  KSun radio,  Thursday, 12:00-2:00 p.m. on channel 91.3 FM.   She also gives frequent public presentations.  7pm-9pm, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.  Only $10 to defray the costs of the venue, wine, & cheese.  Please help us to plan by reserving by April 23, using PayPal or your credit card (just click here !) or mailing your check to the address below.  Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  VISAS & GREEN CARDS:  ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL CHANGES.  We will review in detail the most commonly used U.S. visas (non- immigrant and immigrant) available to the business community. The presentation shall be followed by a Q&A where we will be able to answer any questions you may have as regards U.S. immigration as well as discuss the changes that may arise in case of a possible new regulation.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  FACCSF, 26 O’Farrell St., SF.  Free for members; $35 for non-members.  www.faccsf.com for details.

April 27, 2017.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 27 avril au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 heures pour discuter le roman d'Antoine Laurain :  « Le chapeau de Mitterrand ». Prix Relay des voyageurs 2012- Editions J'ai lu- 190 pages-Un film en a été tiré qui a été diffusé par TV5 monde.  Résumé : Daniel Mercier dîne seul dans une fameuse brasserie parisienne quand un illustre convive s'installe à la table voisine : Francois Mitterrand. Son repas terminé, le Président oublie son chapeau, que Daniel décide de s'approprier en souvenir. Tel un talisman, le feutre noir ne tarde pas à transformer sa vie. Hélas, il perd à son tour le précieux couvre-chef qui poursuit sa promenade de tête en tête, bouleversant le destin de personnages pittoresques. L'auteur en profite pour brosser, sous la forme d'une fable, un tableau de la France des années 1980. www.afscv.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, 2017.  RAHAN BOXLEY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS play at Ashkenaz.  Singer Rahan Boxley presents his fresh dance music that ranges from traditional Congolese to American R&B, reggae, house, funk, capoeira, and Afro stylings. Boxley is a singer-songwriter and recording artist born in Cleveland now residing in the Bay Area. From his roots in freestyling and MCing/rapping, he has evolved into a more versatile vocal artist with a unique and soulful sound that draws from various music genres. He's open for collaborating with producers, meeting musicians, and performing his craft virtually anywhere on the planet. With a band of fellow open-minded musicians, he showcases his original songs.  Doors at 8:00 pm; Dance lesson with Yeni Lucero & Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $13.  www.ashkenaz.com

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, 2017.  UN OCEAN DE PLASTIQUE.  Conférence par STEPHANIE REGNI at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  7pm-8:30pm.  En 2050, les océans compteront plus de plastique que de poissons. Chaque année, 8 millions de tonnes de dechets plastiques supplémentaires y sont déversées. Cette catastrophe environnementale menace les espèces marines et nous mêmes, via la contamination de la chaîne alimentaire. L'objectif de cette conférence est de faire le bilan de la situation et surtout de présenter des solutions pratiques que chacun peut adopter simplement tous les jours. "  Stéphanie Regni a fondé en 2016 fillgood.co, dont la mission est de réduire la consommation d'emballages plastiques jetables. Il s'agit d'un service local de vente de produits pour la maison dans des containers qui seront remplis de nouveau après utilisation. Et pour s'adapter à nos modes de vie très actifs, les commandes sont livrées !  La conférence sera en français, discussion autour d’un léger buffet en fin de présentation.   Free for our members ($15 for non-members).  www.afberkeley.org  

April 28, 2017.  CONVO CRAFT (FOR ADULTS) at the Alliance Française de Berkeley.  1pm-3pm.  Crochet et conversation au jardin.  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 crafts! 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 registration 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 29, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE plays the music of MID-20TH-CENTURY PARIS.  7:30pm, Café Pink House (jazz concert venue), 14577 Big Basin Way • Saratoga.  https://cafepinkhouse.com/events/sonomusette/ 

April 29-30, 2017  SUMMER OF LOVE EN FRANÇAIS.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the FRENCH CONSULATE invites you to discover – in French – Haight-Ashbury, “le quartier de la Révolution Hippie à San Francisco.”  Reservations required; visit the Consulate’s Facebook page for details.

Through April 30, 2017.  OPERA SAN JOSE presents LA BOHEME.  California Theatre, 345 South First St., San Jose.  www.operasj.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!   

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/ Now playing.

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.

GRAVE (title in French) / RAW (title in English).  A new film by director JULIA DUCOURNAU.  Graphic thriller about a cannibal college student; not for the faint of heart!  Now playing in local cinemas.

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. 

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 

April 20-July 20, 2017. WHEN LIFE IMITATES ART exhibition by JOEL BOUCQUEMONT in association with the FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY at PARISOMA, SAN FRANCISCO. Join us as we celebrate the opening of this 3-month exhibition in our open and collaborative space, and enjoy a unique opportunity to meet the artist and explore his work. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-life-imitates-art-opening-party-tickets-33287015359 for details.

May 4-21, 2017.  ALCHEMY, paintings by French artists DOMINIQUE CARON & MARTINE JARDEL.  A duo of French Painters transmuting the "unsaid' in abstracted landscapes. The Studio Shop, 244 Primrose Rd. Burlingame, CA  94010. 

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        

The "Classes" section has been moved (for manageability reasons) to its own separate page. You can access it by going to http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/baflclasses.shtml

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

May 2, 2017.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO performs at Ashkenaz.  Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.  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.

May 3, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents SPRING EUROPEAN NETWORKING.  The British-American Business Council (BABC), the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF) and the German American Business Association (GABA) invite you to another wonderful European networking event.  Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business! These events regularly attract more than 150 international business professionals.  Networking Cocktail. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served.  3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304.  6pm-8pm.  $25 for members of participating organizations; $35 for guests (one guest per member of partnering organization).  Due to its popularity, the event is exclusively reserved for members of the partnering organizations* and only one guest per member.  www.faccsf.com for details.

May 4, 2017.  THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs BERLIOZ’s REQUIEM.  8pm.  Witness 400 musicians performing one of the most extraordinary works ever written. Don't miss the theatrical flair, fervent passion, and staggering power of Berlioz's epic Requiem, led by preeminent conductor Charles Dutoit with the SF Symphony and Chorus.

May 4, 2017.  OPENING RECEPTION for ALCHEMY, paintings by French artists DOMINIQUE CARON & MARTINE JARDEL.  A duo of French Painters transmuting the "unsaid' in abstracted landscapes.  6pm.  The Studio Shop, 244 Primrose Rd. Burlingame, CA  94010.  Exhibition May 4-21.

May 4, 2017.  CAFÉ CONVERSATION DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Join us and practice your FrenchCome and join us the first Thursday of each month in order to speak French in a comfortable setting in Los Gatos at the café Le Boulanger at 4pm. The address is: 145 West Main Street. Hope to see you there!   www.afscv.org for details.

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.  FRENCH SPRING MARKET!  This free family event will be held on Saturday May 6th, from 10 am to 6 pm, on the campus of the French American School, 1522 Lewiston Drive. Visitors will have the opportunity to have lunch on site in the food court, shop among our twenty plus vendors of French products for Mother's Day, teacher’s gifts, and of course treat yourself too.  This event helps promote local French businesses and gives our adopted community the opportunity to learn more about France. All vendors speak French, it is a great opportunity to come and say "Bonjour!".  For more info, go to   www.frenchfair.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, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE plays the music of MID-20TH-CENTURY PARIS.  7:30pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts,  801 Magnolia Ave • Piedmont .http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2884286

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 9, 2017.  I*KO YAYA performs at Ashkenaz.  I*ko YaYa dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for dancing. I*ko YaYa is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local bands, and it'll be a night of "bon temps roulez" big time! The musicians got together in 2013 to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them, and, as Jim Scott reports, "That's when the party started!" Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are "Mardi Gras Mambo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12. www.ashkenaz.com

May 10, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SHOWCASE & PITCHING CONTEST.  Ready to vote for your favorite startup?Come and meet the startups’ founders, vote for your favorite project, network with entrepreneurs, business angels, VCs, and guests.  Wednesday, May 10th 2017, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Orange Silicon Valley, San Francisco.  Startups competing for the "Startup of the Year" award will present their projects to the public during a special showcase & pitching contest on Wednesday, May 10th. Two companies will be selected during this event.  www.faccsf.com 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 or  http://greek.theatreberkeley.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, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL screens several French shorts, including FIRST PRIZE FOR CELLO PLAYING (Pathé Frères, 1907); FANTASMAGORIE (Emile Cohl, 1908), TIT FOR TAT (Gaston Velle, 1906), DOWN IN THE DEEP (Ferdinand Zecca, 1906), THE DANCING PIG (Pathé Frères, 1907), and THE WITCH (Georges Méliès, 1906).  10am.  $16/$14.  http://silentfilm.org for details.

June 3-11, 2017.  CHANTICLEER presents PSALM, with works by DUFAY, POULENC and much more.  Performances in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Berkeley, and Belvedere.  www.chanticleer.org for details.

June 4 ,2017.  THE THREE MUSKETEERS (dir. Fred Niblo, 1921) is screened at the SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL.  146 min.  Live musical accompaniment by Guenter Buchwald Ensemble.  8:15pm.  $20-$22.  http://silentfilm.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 12-August 18, 2017.  BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY CAMPS FOR SUMMER 2017.   We offer activities around languages and the cultures they convey with artistic workshops and cooking demo for Pre-K to 5th graders. Each weekly session will introduce/reinforce several languages for all attendees.  Students attending middle school and high school are welcome to be part of an intensive language program.  Students will be engaged in special projects around language learning, mind games, skill building as well as artistic workshops. Students will choose one of the following languages: French, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean or English. We will also offer multicultural camps.  A variety of curricula aimed at (a) promoting empowerment and character growth; (b) introducing/reinforcing the target language in a small group setting; (c) sharing cultural differences (within the context of power point presentations, games, books, documentaries, music, art crafts workshops, storytelling and cooking demos); (d) instilling bonds of friendship, respect and trust; (e) challenge themselves and each other; (f) unleashing their creativity and sense of movement and music appreciation; (g) enjoying a picnic lunch along the bay and mini field trips.  Please find below some of the activities proposed, for more details regarding other sessions, please inquire with Bay Language Academy for our multicultural/languages based camps.  If interested, please fill out the form below and our staff members will get back to you with more details regarding enrollment procedure.  A/ Summer Camp : Number of sessions/Languages options  S 1: June 12-23. Spanish / French / Multicultural   S 2: June 26- July 7. Spanish / French / ESL/ Mandarin  * S 4: August 7- 18. Spanish / French / ESL/ Mandarin/ Multicultural.  Fees and discounts for Summer Camps:  Each session is 2-weeks long, expect for session 5 that will be held for 1-week.  The weekly tuition is $360. Hours are from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  After March 1st, the rates will be $380.Extended after camp is $80/week. Hours are from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. After March 1st, the weekly rate will be $95.  Possible extra care between 8:00am and 9:00am for $60 (on specific weeks only)  B/ Intensive language classes (French, Spanish, Mandarin and English) are designed to middle and high school students with specific goals to be reached before Fall 2017. Will be held daily in small group settings from 2:00 to 5:00pmS 1: June 12-23. Spanish / French.  S 2: June 26- July 7. Spanish / French / ESL/ Mandarin.  S3: July 10-21. French/ Korean/ESL.  S 4: August 7- 18. Spanish / French .  Fees for Intensive Summer Classes :  The weekly tuition is $360 for intensive formal language immersion held in small group setting. For private and semi-private options, please inquire. After March 1st, the weekly rate will be $380.  http://www.baylanguages.com/ for details.

June 13, 2017.  FACCSF ANNUAL MEETING.  The Chamber's team will present an activity report and you will elect directors to serve on the board of directors.  This election will be followed by a networking evening. Candidates, proxies, and agenda will be made available in the coming weeks on FACCSF website and by email.  6pm-8pm, meeting; 8pm-9:30pm, cocktail.  Location to be determined.  Free, for members only.  www.faccsf.com

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.

August 24, 2017.  PINK MARTINI plays in the MOUNTAIN WINERY 2017 CONCERT SEASON.  408.340.6815 or http://mountainwinery.com for details. 

August 25, 2017.  PINK MARTINI, featuring CHINA FORBES, performs at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.  7:30pm; gates open at 5:30pm.  Tickets start at $25.

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

March 2-4, 2018.  LES DELICES presents AGE OF INDULGENCE.  Hear the unique music from the eve of an aesthetic revolution, daring, experimental works of the French Rococo. These pieces from the 1740s and 1750s don’t conform to our expectations about baroque music, but they’re not quite Classical either. Rather, they mix the humor and wit of early Haydn and Gluck, a little of C.P.E. Bach’s Sturm und Drang, and characteristically lush French harmonies together to create a truly unique sound. We will sample works by François-André Philidor, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and more.  LES DÉLICES: Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Julie Andrijeski and Adriane Post, baroque violin; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; Mark Edwards, harpsichord.  FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 8:00PM, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto; SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 7:30PM, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St, Berkeley, SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 4:00PM, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St, San Francisco.  510.528.1725 or tickets@sfems.org for details.

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