May 11-19, 2017

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May Events

May 10-13, 2017.  EMANUEL AX performs DEBUSSY’s LA MER and more with SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 11, 2017.  THE FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY presents A TASTE OF FRENCH SAVOIR-FAIRE.  6pm-8pm.   Enjoy a tour of April in Paris, luxury leathercraft San Francisco boutique, while indulging in French gourmet delights!  French master leather artisan Beatrice Amblard will demonstrate her exquisite craftsmanship, which ensures the best quality and timeless luxury for her custom made leather goods at April in Paris.  Enjoy fine French gourmet bites by Arsicault Bakery and French restaurant Chapeau!, with a glass of Champagne to celebrate French art de vivre!  Proceeds will benefit cultural and educational programs of the French American Cultural Society.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-french-savoir-faire-tickets-33600373622

May 11, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents the VERNISSAGE for works by DARI JULLIEN, a French artist, originally from Asia who draws her inspirations from her crossbreeding.  "When I arrived in San Francisco, I was seduced by this city surrounded by water and perpetually rocked by the wind. In this exhibition, "Movements', I express on my paintings these infinite movements, these breaths."  Come and meet the artist on Thursday, 11th, 6-8 pm at the Alliance Française !  Event 5 $ (wine glass offered).  www.afsf.com   For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-exhibition-opening-tickets-33938875089

May 12, 2017.  WINCHESTER ORCHESTRA performs works by FAURE & DURUFLE.  7:30pm.  $20; under 12 free.  Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San José.  www.winchesterorchestra.com for details.

May 12, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY presents LA POLYNESIE FRANÇAISE, une conférence par MARINE GAUTIER, enseignante de FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) à French American International School.  La France est surtout connue pour ses fromages, son vin, sa Tour Eiffel, mais on ignore trop souvent ses spécificités géographiques d’outre-mer: ses îles. La France possède des DOM (Département d’Outre-Mer) à l’image de Hawaii à titre comparatif et des COM (Collectivité d’Outre-Mer) à l’image de Puerto Rico. Il s’agira lors de cette conférence de s’attarder sur une COM nommée la Polynésie française, célèbre pour certaines de ses îles (Tahiti et Bora Bora) et d’y faire un rapide tour d’horizon quant à son statut et ce qu’elle représente pour la France ou ce que la France représente pour elle.  La conférence sera en français, discussion autour d’un léger buffet en fin de présentation.   Free for our members ($15 for non-members).  7pm-8:30pm.   To register (space limited):  email info@afberkeley.org  For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-exhibition-opening-tickets-33938875089

May 12, 2017.  THE FRENCH CLASS takes a FIELD TRIP FOR BEGINNERS to rehearse SHOPPING VOCABULARY AT MACY’S.   No purchase necessary during this fun field trip to Macy’s. Learn new vocabulary and practice your French while visiting the clothing, shoe and accessory departments at Macy’s.  Best for levels 2 to 5.  $25.  Maximum 6 people.  This field trip is offered 2 times:  Monday, May 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12p.m. or Friday, May 12th from 1 p.m. to 2:30p.m.  Please register at least 24-hours in advance by calling us at  (415) 362-3666.

May 12, 2017.  JOHN WORLEY & HIS JAZZ QUARTET, including SEBASTIEN LANSON from France on guitar, perform at BISTRO MAXINE.  7pm.  Reservation required.  http://events.bistromaxine.com/john-worley-jazz-quartet/

May 12 & 14, 2017.  VAJRA VOICES with SHIRA KAMMEN & THERESA WONG, presents REMEMBERED MIGRATIONS:  MEDIEVAL TO MODERN SONG.   “Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song,” a concert of 12th-c. women composers, including Hildegard von Bingen and Marie de France, with related modern stories of our musical and birth mothers. The medieval art of sung poetry—by heart—closely joins improvisation and composition which we will explore in the world premiere of Theresa Wong’s composition for Vajra Voices, To Burst To Bloom, a collection of songs set to the poems of 12th Century Taoist Immortal Sun Bu’er.  May 12:  7:30 PM, Presidio Officers’ Club,50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco.  Free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presidio-sessions-vajra-voices-tickets-33232491276?aff=efbevent  May 14: 4:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St., Berkeley $20  https://cjc.edu/concerts/?eid=20110

May 13, 2017.  SUSAN C. SHEA presents LOVE & DEATH IN BURGUNDY at Book Passage, Corte Madera.  4pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through May 14, 2017.  DOCLANDS, including STRANGER IN PARADISE (with Belgian actor VALENTIJN DHAENENS) and CALL OF THE ICEwww.cafilm.org for details. 

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

May 14, 2017.  AVEDIS CHAMBER MUSIC:  STANFORD WOODWIND QUINTET performs music by JEAN-MICHEL DAMASE, D’INDY and LOUISE FARRENC.  2pm.  $17-$27.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, SF.  415.452.8777 or www.avedisconcerts.org for details.

May 14, 2017.  LE PETIT MEET-UP DU DIMANCHE, organized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Maxfield’s House of Caffeine, 398 Dolores St., SF.  www.meetup.com for details.

May 15, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 16, 2017.  FRENCH TECH SF, the FRENCH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION and the BAY AREA BUSINESS ALUMNI are pleased to welcome you to a networking get-together. Meet intelligent and accomplised alumni from a large and diverse group of schools. Forge new friendships and share in laugther all in the midst of one of San Francisco's most incredible locations, the Hack Temple!  7pm-10pm.  For tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-and-european-networking-event-tickets-32582831125?aff=eac2

May 16, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 17, 2017.  CAROLYN SAMPSON, soprano, and JOSEPH MIDDLETON, piano, perform FLEURS, including works by GOUNOD.   Herbst Theatre.  7:30pm.  415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

May 18, 2017.  LISA ANSELMO presents MY (PART-TIME) PARIS LIFE.  Book Signing.  6pm-8pm.  Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has lost a parent or reinvented themselves.  Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter's life-maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn't built a life of her own, and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother-and her mother's expectations?  Desperate for answers, she reaches for a lifeline in the form of an apartment in Paris, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as a lurching act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. But how can you imagine a life bigger than anything you've ever known?  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-lisa-anselmo-tickets-33406566941

May 18 or 20, 2017.  FRENCH GASTRONOMY BY REGION.  Presented in French by LAURENCE ROMAIRE.  Best for level 5 to 8 students.  $20.  Thursday, May 18th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday, May 20th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.  The French Class, www.frenchclass.com

Opening May 19, 2017.  PARIS CAN WAIT (directed by ELEANOR COPPOLA) opens in Bay Area cinemas.

May 19, 2017.  SAMUEL FERRER presents THE LAST GODS OF INDOCHINE at Book Passgae.  7pm. www.bookpassage.com for details.

Through May 21, 2017.  THE CUTTING BALL THEATER presents JEAN RACINE’s PHEDRE.  Cutting Ball’s Associate Artistic Director Ariel Craft directs this refreshing new take on Jean Racine’s Phèdre, the reigning champion of salacious and scandalous familial dysfunction with roots on ancient Greek tragedy.  Secret desires unleashed, ruinous deceits perpetrated, a once noble family destroyed…isn’t it astonishing what loneliness can do to a person? Once a devoted wife and a model mother, Phèdre’s resolve swiftly cracks as her attraction to her maturing stepson becomes inescapable and all-enveloping.  Join us for a pre-show talk with docent Mary-Kay Gamel on May 13th.  277 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  http://cuttingball.com/productions/phedre/

Through 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.

May 21, 2017.  AN EVENING OF FRENCH MUSIC WITH PARISIAN SINGER & SONGWRITER ERIC JOHN KAISER.  Known as The French Troubadour, Parisian-born Eric John Kaiser is a singer-songwriter re-imagining Americana music through a French lens. His new album “Made in Gaspésie,” recorded in Quebec in the summer of 2016, was released in September and charted #14 in the Billboard World Chart the week of its release. Come and celebrate this new release with him on Sunday May 21st in Berkeley. He will play his own French songs as well as some French classics with Anton Van Oosbree on accordion. 5:30pm. The Monkey House, Berkeley.

May 21, 2017. FRIENDS OF EUROPE MINGLE (SF). Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks. These convivial social gatherings are relaxed, intimate, and fun. A wide range of people attend: singles, couples, and all age groups. They’re a great way to make interesting new Euro friends. Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

May 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 22, 2017. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 23, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 24 or 25, 2017.  THE FRENCH CLASS TAKES A FIELD TRIP TO THE LEGION OF HONOR.  Join our field trip for a great opportunity to talk about famous works of art and artists in French: Monet,  Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Delacroix, Rodin, Seurat, les frères  Le Brun, etc. This is a great way to  practice your French in a beautiful setting.   Best for levels 5 to 8.  $25; does NOT include museum admission fee.  Maximum 6 people!   This field trip is offered 2 times:  Wednesday, May 24th from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Thursday, May 25th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Please register at least 24-hours in advance by calling us at  (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com

May 25, 2016.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS meets to discuss LE SAUT DU VARAN by FRANÇOIS BIZOT.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 25 mai au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 h pour discuter le roman de François Bizot: "Le saut du varan"- 2007-  Une méditation sur la mort des civilisations et sur la condition humaine qui nous fait penser à Malraux. L'histoire policière qui se déroule au Cambodge, dans la forêt d'Angkor, en 1970, n'est qu'un prétexte pour l'auteur d'évoquer son cher Cambodge et nous faire découvrir le peuple khmer et ses traditions.  www.afscv.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 25, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY meets for their DEJEUNER DU MOIS – potluck and great conversation!  Le dejeuner aura lieu mercredi 17 mai chez Valeria de Saratoga a partir de midi.  Merci de contacter Stella Tan - Inscription réservée aux membres à jour avec leur cotisation.  www.afscv.org

May 25, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY presents THE LIFE AND ART OF PAUL CEZANNE. Join us for a marvelous journey through ProvenceLecture by CELINE GLON, and tastes by SAVEUR PROVENCE. 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  International School of the Peninsula  Palo Alto (Bean-O'Sullivan Media Hub)  Paul Cézanne was passionately attached to Aix en Provence where he met his lifelong friend Emile Zola. The particular light of Provence guided him on his creative path to the threshold of abstraction. While exploring his work, we will visit the streets, places and landscapes that marked the life, the outlook and the work of the father of modern painting... "the father of us all" Picasso said.  A beautiful palette of tastes from Provence will accompany you while you explore the life and art of Paul Cezanne.  Tickets: $30  - RSVP by May 18, 2017. No reservation will be honored after this date. Merci!  For more info & tickets: alliance@afscv.org or 707-322-3221.

May 25-June 4, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL.  The 2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival will feature a brilliant 11 day program co-presented with, and held exclusively at, the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. The Festival will feature 100 presentations by 65 ensembles and individual performing artists traveling from 15 other countries and the United States. It is a gathering that celebrates diversity, multiculturalism, curiosity and the value of otherness-a commitment that advocates for experiencing the cultural expressions of different societies and civilizations as a way to help understand and embrace them.  Stereoptik (France), Dark Circus (2015, US Premiere, US Debut). (Festival Family Program)  Thursday May 25 8:30pm, Friday May 26 7:00pm, Saturday May 27 4:30pm. Southside Theater.  Compagnie Tabea Martin (Switzerland), Field (2016, U.S. Premiere).  Thursday June 1 7:30pm Cowell Theater, Saturday June 3, Sunday June 4, Firehouse.  Myriam Gourfink & Kasper Toeplitz (France), Almasty (2015, US Premiere) Friday June 2 & Sunday June 4 7:00pm, Saturday June 3 5:30pm. Firehouse.  Levy Dance (USA), Alone Together (2016).  Friday May 26 8:00pm, Saturday May 27 5:00pm, Sunday May 28 4:00pm, Thursday June 1 7:30pm.  http://www.sfiaf.org/

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.

May 26, 2017.  MECHANICS’ LIBRARY screens THE ARTIST.  Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.  Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo.  In this charming fairytale of a (mostly) silent film. Jean Dujarden plays George Valentin a dashing star with, as Roger Ebert put it “one of those dazzling smiles you suspect dazzles no one more than himself.” Starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) is among those smitten, and Valentin gives her a break – just as sound enters the picture, and his own fame begins to fade. The cast includes John Goodman, James Cromwell, and an irresistible Jack Russell terrrier.  6pm. https://www.milibrary.org/

May 26-28, 2017.  OPERA PARALLELE presents PHILIP GLASS’ LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

May 26-June 4, 2017.  142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE presents BEAUTY & THE BEAST.  Broadway's classic tale as old as time comes to life with TYP's production featuring the talented youth of Marin. Be our guest! Only two weekends!  http://throckmortontheatre.org/

May 29, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 30, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 31, 2017.  ERIN BYRNE presents ILLUMINATED TRAVEL, a class to be held at the Sausalito Book Passage.  She is the author of TRAVEL IN FRANCE and also the editor of VIGNETTES AND POSTCARDS FROM PARIS.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 31, 2017.  PAUL PAZZO MEHLING & MIKE LIPSKIN play gypsy guitar and stride piano duets at Pier 23, sF.  www.hotclubsf.com

May 31 or June 1 or 3, 2017.  TEN FAMOUS FRENCH WOMEN presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for level 5 to 8 students.  $20.  This conference is offered 3 times:  Wednesday, May 31st  from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. or Thursday,  June 1st from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, June 3rd  from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com 

Through June 5, 2017.  FRENCH AUTHOR MARTIN WINCKLER will be in San Francisco from May 1st, 2017 to June 5th, 2017 as the inaugural participant of "A Room with a View", a new writer's residency program launched by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in partnership with the French Consulate in San Francisco and Institut Français. He will be attending the following events:  UC Berkeley | Thursday, May 4th | 5:00pm, "Reading and Conversation, Portrait of the Physician as a Writer. Green Apple Books on the Park | Tuesady, May 30, 2017 | 7:30pm and "Soirée littéraire" at the French Residence | Thursday, June 1st, 2017 | 6:30pm  More information coming soon: stay tuned! http://frenchculture.org/books/events/martin-winckler-san-francisco-room-view

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!   

THE ARTIST.  Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.  Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo.  In this charming fairytale of a (mostly) silent film. Jean Dujarden plays George Valentin a dashing star with, as Roger Ebert put it “one of those dazzling smiles you suspect dazzles no one more than himself.” Starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) is among those smitten, and Valentin gives her a break – just as sound enters the picture, and his own fame begins to fade. The cast includes John Goodman, James Cromwell, and an irresistible Jack Russell terrrier.  6pm at Mechanics' Library. https://www.milibrary.org/ May 26, 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.  Now playing in local cinemas, including the Rialto, Sebastopol.

DOCLANDS presents STRANGER IN PARADISE (with Belgian actor VALENTIJN DHAENENS) and CALL OF THE ICEwww.cafilm.org for details.  Through May 14, 2017. 

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

PARIS CAN WAIT (directed by ELEANOR COPPOLA) opens in Bay Area cinemas on May 19, 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 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 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 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 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.

October 14, 2017-January 28, 2018.  GUSTAV KLIMT:  DIALOGUES WITH AUGUSTE RODIN.  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.

Through Spring 2018.  SERAPHIN SOUDININE:  FROM RODIN’S ASSISTANT TO CERAMIC ARTIST.  Bowles Porcelain Gallery, Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.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!  

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 2 & 9, 2017.  CELEBRATING THE LEGION OF HONOR, a class offered by KERRIN MEIS  at Book Passage.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

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, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at CAFÉ LUCCA in Benicia, CA.  5pm-8pm.  No cover.  Outdoor beer garden.  www.hotclubsf.com

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 5, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

June 5, 2017.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN at Book Passage, 7pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 6, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.com

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, 2017.  THAD CARHART presents FINDING FONTAINEBLEAU:  AN AMERICAN BOY IN FRANCE at Book Passage San Francisco.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 12, 2017. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

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.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.com

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, 2017.  MARTIN WALKER presents THE TEMPLARS’ LAST SECRET, set in the idyllic French town of Saint Denis, at Book Passage.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 16 & 23, 2017.  DEGAS, IMPRESSIONISM & THE MILLINERY TRADE a course at Book Passage taught by KERRIN MEIS.  www.bookpassage.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, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

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 20, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.com

June 26, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

June 27, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at LE COLONIAL in SF. 7pm-10pm.  (Sadly, no dancing.)  No cover.  All ages.  www.hotclubsf.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.

July 8, 2017.  FRANCE IN SF:  A NIGHT AT THE MOULIN ROUGE.  6pm-10pm.  From the poignant and heartrending songs of Edith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large.  Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry, on July 8th, 2017 !  For this occasion, the French consulate in San Francisco partners with theSan Francisco Symphony!  Exclusive 25% discount to «A Night at the Moulin Rouge» at Davies Symphony Hall (Upper Orchestra and Premier 1st Tier category): http://www.sfsymphony.org/group/consulatemoulin   The performance will start at 7.30PM.  Note:  special « Burlesque » event with L'apéro - A French Hospitality and Gastronomy Event in the Green Room from 6PM to 7.30PM, before the performance! Stay tuned.

Opening July 21, 2017.  DUNKIRK (dir. Christopher Nolan).  Allied soldiers from France, Belgium, the British  Empire and Canada are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during WWII.  Check local listings.

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.

October 20-November 18, 2017.  THE LIAR, adapted by DAVID IVES from the comedy by PIERRE CORNEILLE.  Center Repertory Company, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.  925.943.7469 or www.LesherArtsCenter.org for details.

October 21 & 22, 2017.  THEATRE DE LA VILLE, PARIS presents STATE OF SIEGE by ALBERT CAMUS, directed by EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

October 29, 2017.  ANSSI KARTTUNEN & NICOLAS HODGES performs works by PASCAL DUSAPIN and others.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

November 9, 2017.  LES ARTS FLORISSANTS present CHARPENTIER’s  ACTEON and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas.  11/9:  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

February 11, 2018.  THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs works by RAVEL and others.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

February 24 & 25, 2018.  COMPAY WANG RAMIREZ presents BORDERLINE, choreographed by HONJI WANG & SEBASTIEN RAMIREZ, with JEAN-PHILIPPE BARRIOS. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org 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.

May 4-5, 2018.  EX MACHINA, written, directed, designed & performed by ROBERT LEPAGE.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

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