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June Events

June 8, 2017.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO  KNOW ABOUT BUYING A HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO.  8:30am-10:30am.  26 O’Farrell, SF.  www.faccsf.com for details.

June 8, 2017.  VERNISSAGE of THE STREETS OF PARIS, an exhibition of work by the photographer BOWMAN LEONG, at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  6pm-8pm.  Tickets via Eventbrite, www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details.  1345 Bush St., SF.

June 8, 2017.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents QUICK PR GUIDE FOR LIFESTYLE PROFESSIONALS.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  At Oxygen, 1177 Polk St., Suite 201, SF.  $10/$20.  www.faccsf.com for details.

June 8-August 12, 2017.  MELVILLE 100 at the PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  This year marks the centennial of one of the leading French filmmakers of the postwar period, JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE (1917–1973), whose films have been lauded by directors ranging from Godard and Fassbinder to Scorsese, Woo, and Tarantino. This series, the most extensive presentation of Melville’s films in BAMPFA’s history, is a chance to see why.  The series opens June 8 with Le Samouraï, and continues through the summer with a dozen films spanning Melville’s career, including Army of ShadowsThe Silence of the SeaLes enfants terriblesBob le flambeurLéon MorinPriestLe deuxième souffléQuand tu liras cette lettreTwo Men in ManhattanLe doulosLe cercle rouge; and Un flicwww.bampfa.berkeley.edu

June 9, 2017.  BAREFOOT CHAMBER CONCERTS presents music from LE ROMAN DE FAUVEL.  Bay Area icons Shira Kammen (vielle, medieval harp, voice), Letitia Berlin (recorder, douçaine, voice), Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist (voice, bells), and Paul Thompson (voice), performing music from the 14th-century Roman de Fauvel. The Roman de Fauvel is a satirical French poem comprised of fascinating and immensely varied monophonic and polyphonic music and texts. Written in Paris in 1314, the piece is an allegorical tale of a heinous horse who rises to prominence in the French royal court, and through lyrics and music expresses the self-serving hypocrisy of men, and the excesses of those in power. The poem, though banned at the time for being seditious and heretical, was wildly successful and still copied into the 15th century. The compositions range from gorgeous love songs to edgy polyphony of the Ars Nova.  6 PM.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  All tickets $15; 18 and under admitted free and welcome.  Tickets:  510-220-1195 or at the door or online:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2594826

June 9, 2017.  RARA TOU LIMEN!  This Friday night, come through and dance with Rara Tou Limen to the sounds of RARA/KANAVAL, RACINE (roots) and AFROBEAT.  Join us for a fun and festive workshop that’s guaranteed to get you moving, while raising funds for a worthy cause.  7:15pm-8:45pm.  Bliss Fitness and Health, 4268 Broadway, Oakland (across from Oakland Tech). http://www.raratoulimen.com/ for details.

June 10, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FIRST ACT presents THE LITTLE PRINCE’S ADVENTURE.  During The Little Prince’s Adventure, we’ll journey through this classic tale by ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY as set in opera by Rachel Portman.  In this workshop, we’ll explore music, rhythm, visual arts, and movement, designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and fine-gross motor skills.  Designed for youth ages 3-5 accompanied by at least one parent or guardian; all ability levels welcome.  Workshops are all access.  For tickets and more information:  https://sfopera.com/expired-pages/first-act-the-little-prince/

June 10, 2017.  FRENCH FILM DAY AT THE JARVIS CONSERVATORY.  Featuring Jean Cocteau’s classic BELLE ET LA BETE at 4pm and LES COMBATTANTS at 7pm.  $10 for one movie; $15 for 2.  $5 for food; $5 for a glass of wine; $1 for water.  www.afnapa.com for details.

June 10, 2017.  BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  GYPSY JAZZ MEETS FLAMENCO.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

June 10, 2016.  SWISS LITERATURE AND LUNCH:  MILENA MOSER speaks at Bucher Vineyards.  Bestselling Swiss author Milena Moser will be joining a special event organized by the San Francisco Chapter of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce at the scenic (and Swiss-American) Bucher Vineyards in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. In addition to lunch and fine wine, Ms. Moser will read from her newest book, Fool's Journey.  11 a.m. June 10. Bucher, Healdsburg, California.  Tickets and RSVP required.

June 10 & 11, 2017.  BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL.  Live music representing all the corners of the globe, as well as a farmers market, food vendors, arts & crafts, and more.  Free.  Performers include:  FELY TCHACO performing IVORY COAST TRIBAL POP; ZYDECO FLAMES; DJIALY KUNDA KOUYATE performing the music and dance of SENEGAL; and DUO GADJO TRIO playing PARISIAN CAFÉ MUSIC.  Festival Finale is MACY BLACKMAN & THE MIGHTY FINES, playing New Orleans’ blues.  6/10:  MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, Noon – 6pm; 6/11, Telegraph Ave. at Haste St., Noon-9pm.  https://www.berkeleyworldmusic.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.

Through June 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 11, 2017.  PETIT MEET-UP DU DIMANCHEorganized by LES AMI(E)S FRANCOPHONES DE SAN FRANCISCO.  2pm.  Maxfield’s House of Coffee, 398 Dolores St., F.  www.meetup.com for details.

June 11, 2017.  IF SF PUBLISHING LAUNCH PARTY features RENATE STENDHAL’s KISS ME AGAIN, PARIS and more.  Books Inc., Opera Plaza Store.  Please Join IF SF at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza for a Dual Launch Party with two award-winning authors! Renate Stendhal will read and discuss her eloquent memoir, Kiss Me Again, Paris, and Dawn McGuire will share her  new poetry collection, American Dream with Exit Wound.  601 Van Ness, SF.  4pm.

June 11, 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.

June 11, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Taft St. Winery, Sebastopol.  We had a great time at this lovely winery last summer, so we're delighted to be invited back.   2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol. 2:00-5:00 pm. Free admission.  www.taftstreetwinery.com

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.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE.  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1-C2), with a different subject every month.  Facilitated by YVETTE CHALOM of the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  5pm-6pm.  Free for members; $10 for non-members.  www.afberkeley.org 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 13, 2017.  DWIGHT ‘BLACK CAT’ CARRIER & THE ZYDECO RO DOGGS play at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

June 14, 2017.  MARIANNES NOIRES screens at the SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL.  Maison Noire Américaine is excited to announce a special screening in partnernship with the San Francisco Black Film Festival: "Mariannes Noires" a documentary written and directed by DR. MAME-FATOU NIANG & KAYTIE NIELSEN that explores the lives of seven Afro-French women (of African and Caribbean decent) and begins to unravel what it means to be Black, a woman, and French. Writer/Director Mame-Fatou Niang will be present.  PROGRAM:  6:00 - 6:45: Reception; 6:50 - 8:15: Film Screening; 8:15 - 8:45: Q&A with Mame-Fatou Niang and guest panelists.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sfbff-maison-noire-americaine-presents-mariannes-noires-tickets-33845525879

June 14 or 15 or 21, 2017.  FIELD TRIP IN FRENCH at the LEGION OF HONOR.  Presented by Laurence Delahaye. $25. Does not include museum admission fee. This NEW field trip is offered 3 times:  Wednesday, June 14th, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm; Thursday, June 15th, from 10:00 to 11:30 am; Wednesday, June 21st, from 10:00 to 11:30 am.  Please sign up at least 24-hours in advance by calling (415) 362-3666.

June 15, 2017.  SWISSNEX presents OPENING NIGHT:  ECAL GRAPHIC DESIGN.  Discover the story behind ECAL's global reputation for design. Explore our exhibition of Swiss student projects with their Head of Graphic Design, Angelo Benedetto.  6:30pm-9pm.  Free.  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

June 15-18, 2017.  JOSHUA BELL plays EDOUARD-VICTOIRE-ANTOINE LALO’s SYMPHONIE ESPAGNOLE with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

June 15-25, 2017.  FRAMELINE:  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL. French films are part of the program this year:  4 DAYS IN FRANCE by Jérôme Reybaud (special guest of the festival) | 2016 | 141 min.  Ambitious, sexy, and dryly humorous, 4 Days in France delineates a 36-year-old’s quest to see if the grass is greener away from his lover and their life together in Paris.  THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS by Fabien Gorgeard | 2016 | 20 min.  Set in mid-19th-century France, this short follows Alexina, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent, who suffers unbearable pains. After examination by a doctor who questions Alexina’s gender and subsequently decides that masculinity prevails, Alexina works to find their own path forward.  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/frameline-san-francisco-international-lgbtq-film-festival-0

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, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at A Great Good Place for Books. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 Lasalle Ave, Oakland, CA.  7 PM.

June 16, 2017.  DINER MAISON NOIRE..  Dinner and conversation with DR. MAME-FATOU NIANG, writer and director of MARIANNES NOIRES.  Bissap Baobab Oakland.  $45.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diner-maison-noire-dinner-conversation-with-dr-mame-fatou-niang-tickets-34786236570?aff=erelpanelorg

June 16, 2017.  CONVERSATION-POTLUCK at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30PM-8:30PM.  A great opportunity to speak French in a friendly atmosphere.  Meet francophones and have fun with new friends.  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)!  www.afberkeley.org for details.

June 16, 2017.  BOKANTE performs at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  7:30pm.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details.  For more on the group;  http://www.musicworksinternational.com/special-projects-index/bokante

June 16, 2017.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents DESIGNING FOR WORK:  A CONVERSATION WITH BARBER & OSGERBY.    $10-$15.  7PM-10PM.  As technological advancements influence employee expectations, what role can design play in response to these changes? Hear the perspective of this award-winning design duo.  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org 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.  Our 2017 lineup includes 19 films with a mix of genres and themes that compose a balanced program of dramas and comedies, and where women have prominent roles. Actress Jessica Chastain, a member of the jury at the latest Cannes Film Festival, said she found the female representation in Cannes' films "disturbing." If she attended the SFFF, in her hometown, she would certainly praise our films and their strong female leads, embodied by some of France's biggest stars: Audrey Tautou (The Odyssey), Isabelle Huppert (Things To Come), Catherine Deneuve (The Midwife), Marion Cotillard (From the Land of the Moon), Juliette Binoche (Slack Bay), Danielle Darrieux (The Earrings of Madame de...), Josiane Balasko (Back to Mom's), Adèle Haenel (The Unknown Girl), and Emilie Dequenne (This Is Our Land), to name a few. And it is not just French actresses enjoying plum roles in French films. The Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (150 Milligrams) and Hollywood icon Kristen Stewart (Personal Shopper) also give stellar performances in our 2017 program. At the SFFF, women don't need to wear super hero outfits to be Wonder Women!  Complete program:  http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm or 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.

Through 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.

June 18, 2017.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS  brings FRENCH LINENS to the HEALDSBURG ANTIQUE FAIR.  Bring the colors of Provence to your kitchen and table. 10am to 4pm.  Showing new arrivals from Provence.  www.atablecheznous.com for details.

June 18, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Chouinard Winery, Castro Valley.  Our annual Father’s Day concert at this beautiful East Bay winery.  33853 Paolmares Rd., Castro Valley.  4:30pm-8:30pm.  Advanced tickets required.  www.chouinard.com or www.rigomania.com for details.

June 19, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO & FRIENDS perform at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio.  Dancing welcome; no cover.  www.hotclubsf.com

June 19 & 26, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY offers WORKSHOPS – FRENCH CRAFT & COOKING FOR TEENS.  “Intensive weeks.”  Project based classes.  Register for 2 weeks and get 5% off each.  www.afberkeley.org

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.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents OPEN STUDIO:  A LIVING LAB FOR COLLABORATION.  6pm-9pm.  Demos, drinks, snacks.  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

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 21, 2017.  LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY. La Fête de la Musique, first organized in France in 1982, is an international live music celebration that takes place on the longest day of the year to highlight musical practice in all its diversity (jazz, rock, pop...).  All are welcome to enjoy free music at a lovely venue inside and on the patio!  Tartes flambées (savory and sweet) By La Flamme, wine, beer, live music (Rue Prince, Fasptones, Bonita Sound...) Kid Friendly, Free Admission.  6pm-9pm at Forage Kitchen, 478 25th St., Oakland.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

June 21, 2017.  LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Participate in the vibrant sounds and beats of Fête de la Musique - the Worldwide Music Day!  The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982, and was founded by the popular French cultural minister Jack Lang. The festival originated in a humble burst of musical idealism and , in only two decades has become a wildly popular global event.  This season, the summertime musical event will draw music lovers in 540 cities worldwide.  On June 21st one can hear all styles of music.  Join us to dance, sing, enjoy with music the first day of the Summer!  This year, Alliance Francaise of San Francisco Features :  FRENCH OAK GIPSY BAND.  Dress code: Summer Style!   www.afsf.com

June 22 or 24, 2017.  LES PYRENEES ORIENTALES.  A talk in French by LAURENCE ROMAIRE.  Discover another beautiful French region. Best for level 5 to 8 students.  $20.  This conference is offered 2 times:  Thursday, June 22nd,  from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. or Saturday, June 24th, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.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, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at Books Inc. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  Books Inc., 301 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 7 PM.

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

June 29, 2017.  SWISSNEXT SAN FRANCISCO presents SCICOMM STUDIO 003.  Explore the idea of science in public.  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France   http://ilefr.wordpress.com/

CINEMA

You will find here below details on special screenings and films playing locally.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order.

Check local listings for show times!   

16TH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  Our 2017 lineup includes 19 films with a mix of genres and themes that compose a balanced program of dramas and comedies, and where women have prominent roles. Actress Jessica Chastain, a member of the jury at the latest Cannes Film Festival, said she found the female representation in Cannes' films "disturbing." If she attended the SFFF, in her hometown, she would certainly praise our films and their strong female leads, embodied by some of France's biggest stars: Audrey Tautou (The Odyssey), Isabelle Huppert (Things To Come), Catherine Deneuve (The Midwife), Marion Cotillard (From the Land of the Moon), Juliette Binoche (Slack Bay), Danielle Darrieux (The Earrings of Madame de...), Josiane Balasko (Back to Mom's), Adèle Haenel (The Unknown Girl), and Emilie Dequenne (This Is Our Land), to name a few. And it is not just French actresses enjoying plum roles in French films. The Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (150 Milligrams) and Hollywood icon Kristen Stewart (Personal Shopper) also give stellar performances in our 2017 program. At the SFFF, women don't need to wear super hero outfits to be Wonder Women!  Complete program:  http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm or www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org for details. June 16-25, 2017. 

BELLE ET LA BETE at 4pm. FRENCH FILM DAY AT THE JARVIS CONSERVATORY. $10 for one movie; $15 for 2.  $5 for food; $5 for a glass of wine; $1 for water.  www.afnapa.com for details. June 10, 2017. 

LES COMBATTANTS at 7pm.  FRENCH FILM DAY AT THE JARVIS CONSERVATORY. $10 for one movie; $15 for 2.  $5 for food; $5 for a glass of wine; $1 for water.  www.afnapa.com for details. June 10, 2017. 

FRAMELINE:  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL. French films are part of the program this year:  4 DAYS IN FRANCE by Jérôme Reybaud (special guest of the festival) | 2016 | 141 min.  Ambitious, sexy, and dryly humorous, 4 Days in France delineates a 36-year-old’s quest to see if the grass is greener away from his lover and their life together in Paris.  THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS by Fabien Gorgeard | 2016 | 20 min.  Set in mid-19th-century France, this short follows Alexina, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent, who suffers unbearable pains. After examination by a doctor who questions Alexina’s gender and subsequently decides that masculinity prevails, Alexina works to find their own path forward.  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/frameline-san-francisco-international-lgbtq-film-festival-0 June 15-25, 2017. 

MELVILLE 100 at the PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  This year marks the centennial of one of the leading French filmmakers of the postwar period, JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE (1917–1973), whose films have been lauded by directors ranging from Godard and Fassbinder to Scorsese, Woo, and Tarantino. This series, the most extensive presentation of Melville’s films in BAMPFA’s history, is a chance to see why.  The series opens June 8 with Le Samouraï, and continues through the summer with a dozen films spanning Melville’s career, including Army of ShadowsThe Silence of the SeaLes enfants terriblesBob le flambeurLéon MorinPriestLe deuxième souffléQuand tu liras cette lettreTwo Men in ManhattanLe doulosLe cercle rouge; and Un flicwww.bampfa.berkeley.edu June 8-August 12, 2017. 

MARIANNES NOIRES screens at the SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL.  Maison Noire Américaine is excited to announce a special screening in partnernship with the San Francisco Black Film Festival: "Mariannes Noires" a documentary written and directed by DR. MAME-FATOU NIANG & KAYTIE NIELSEN that explores the lives of seven Afro-French women (of African and Caribbean decent) and begins to unravel what it means to be Black, a woman, and French. Writer/Director Mame-Fatou Niang will be present.  PROGRAM:  6:00 - 6:45: Reception; 6:50 - 8:15: Film Screening; 8:15 - 8:45: Q&A with Mame-Fatou Niang and guest panelists.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sfbff-maison-noire-americaine-presents-mariannes-noires-tickets-33845525879 June 14, 2017.

PARIS CAN WAIT (directed by ELEANOR COPPOLA). Now playing in Bay Area cinemas. 

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 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.

Through June 2017.  THE STREETS OF PARIS, an exhibition of work by the photographer BOWMAN LEONG, at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com or 415.775.7755 for details. 

June 15-August 25, 2017.  ECAL GRAPHIC DESIGN.  The Swiss University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) has long been recognized as a reference for the world for graphic design. From books, catalogues, magazines and posters, typography to digital projects, ECAL students embrace this discipline. Their success is based on the school’s workshop model, which brings the best Swiss and international graphic designers to its campus.  ECAL has welcomed leading figures such as Ludovic Balland, Bibliothèque, Mirko Borsche, Thomas Buxo, Veronica Ditting, Europa, Johann Kauth, Jürg Lehni, Ari Marcopoulos, Maximage, Young Na Kim, NORM, OK-RM, Brian Roettinger, Hansje van Halem, Cornel Windlin and Job Wouters aka Letman.  “ECAL Graphic Design” at swissnex San Francisco is an exhibition realized by Adrien Rovero, presenting projects created by Bachelor Graphic Design and Master Art Direction students from the past five years in the context of these visits. A corresponding book, ECAL Graphic Design, was designed by the studio Gavillet & Rust. This has been shown at Gallery l’elac (Lausanne), D’Days (Paris), Beijing Design Week, West Bund Art and Design Fair (Shanghai), Hong Kong Design Institute and Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein).  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

June 22 - August 20, 2017.  AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY SOPHIE CALLE.   Ars Citizen launches an extensive exhibition and program of French conceptual artist Sophie Calle. This series of events brings together major local institutions to present her multifaceted body of work that mixes photography, text, books, film, and performance, and has earned her international acclaim. The project marks a new chapter in the special relationship of the artist with the region where her career began four decades ago. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/sophie-calle-bay-area 

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.

Opening June 28, 2017.  UGO RONDINONE:  THE WORLD JUST MAKES ME LAUGH.  The Swiss-born New York-based sculptor will have his first Bay Area solo museum show at the Berkeley Art Museum opening June 28.  the world just makes me laugh, a thematically dense installation that resituates "happy" imagery such as clowns and rainbows in a more ambiguous context, takes place in a larger program of workshops and talks, supported by this Consulate, culminating in an artist discussion June 28 at the museum.  Exhibition June 28 - August 27, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.  Rainbow Afternoon: Children's Drawing Workshop. 1 - 5 p.m. June 3.  Artist's Talk: Ugo Rondinone. June 28, 6 p.m.  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

Through June 30, 2017.  LANDSCAPES IN TRANSITION.  Paintings by ANNE SUBERCASEAUX & DEBORAH SIBONY.  Bay Area Metro Center, San Francisco, 375 Beale St., SF.  www.annesubercaseaux.com for details.

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        

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!  

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 2, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS / DUE ZIGHI BACI return to Redwood Café for the First Sunday Concert at 5:00pm.  No Cover Charge!  www.eurocafemusic.com for details. 

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.

July 12, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at the SFPL. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  San Francisco Public Library – Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA, 6:30 PM.

July 14, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at Towne Center Books. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  BASTILLE DAY!  Bastille Day Croissants with Susan C. Shea.  Towne Center Books,555 Main St.,Pleasanton, CA.  11 AM.

July 14, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS – Sheri Mignano & Michael Van Why – play on the beautiful patio of Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg in celebration of BASTILLE DAY. 11am to 2pm.  www.costeaubakery.com for details.

July 14, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE presents THE MUSIC OF MID-20TH CENTURY PARIS for BASTILLE DAY 2017.   8pm.  Silo’s Live Music, 530 Main St., Napa.  Silo's is the Napa Valley's premier up-close entertainment venue.  Featuring delectable small plates, inspired cocktails, craft beers, Napa Valley wines, and exceptional live music!  Limited seating – reserve your seats today! http://www.silosnapa.com/event/sonomusette-bastille-day/

July 14, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS – Sheri Mignano & Michael Van Why – play at Petaluma’s Aqus Café in celebration of BASTILLE DAY. 7pm-9pm.  Come early; seating is limited.  Overflow patio.  Vive la France! www.aquscafe.com for details.

July 14, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at Orinda Books. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  BASTILLE DAY!  Bastille Day celebration with Susan C. Shea.  Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA, 6 PM.

July 14-23, 2017.  STEPHANE DENEVE, JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET and others perform at FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY.  Music, dance, and theater perfectly paired with Napa’s fine wine and cuisine.  It’s an experience like no other!  888.337.6272 or http://festivalnapavalley.org for details. 

July 15, 2017.  FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO presents a BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION with the 25e TOURNOI DE PETANQUE.  1pm.  Justin Herman Plaza Bocce Courts.  Visit their Facebook page for details.

July 16, 2017.  DEJEUNER (POTLUCK) DANS LE JARDIN DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  12pm-3pm.  Live Music.  Craft for kids with Agnès.  Bring a dish or dessert to share, and food to grill.  Free; no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

July 16, 2017.  BASTILLE DAY FETE with SONOMUSETTE.  3pm.  SOPER REESE THEATRE, 275 S. Main Street • Lakeport.  An afternoon of French-themed fun with live music, dancing, surprise guests, food á la francaise, wine, and song.  SonoMusette returns to Soper Reese Theatre by popular demand after the group's exciting concert last March!  Visit The Soper Reese website for seating options and ticket information.  http://www.soperreesetheatre.com

July 17-28, 2017.  FRENCH CAMPS FOR TEENS.  July 17-21: Art Discovery; July 24-28: Around the worldLet your teens jump into an adventure of culture and language for two exceptional weeks.  French basics skills are needed for these immersion camps.  Coordinated by French native speakers through the Alliance Française, these teens will learn and practice the language through Art and Craft in a FUN atmosphere!  12-17 years.  www.afsf.com

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.

July 21, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at Copperfields Books. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  Copperfield’s Books, 999 Grant Ave., Novato, CA, 7 PM.

July 21, 2017.  CONVERSATION-POTLUCK at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30PM-8:30PM.  A great opportunity to speak French in a friendly atmosphere.  Meet francophones and have fun with new friends.  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)!  www.afberkeley.org for details.

July 28-August 27, 2017.  MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY presents THE THREE MUSKETEERS, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the novel by Alexander Dumas is a comic adventure for all ages. D’Artagnan and his misfit Musketeers serve the King with swashbuckling zeal through a series of dashing and exciting exploits. Robert Currier directs the production, featuring fight direction by Richard Pallaziol. “The Three Musketeers” performances are July 28 to Aug. 27. Opening night is 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.  http://www.marinshakespeare.org/ for details.

July 30, 2017.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN sponsored by the Daly City Library. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post. Daly City, Ca. Daly City Library wine and crime event at 4PM held at Seton Medical Center check details at www.carablack.com

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.

September 30, 2017.  IRMA THOMAS & THE PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY QUINTET perform music from New Orleans’ FRENCH QUARTER.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

October 20, 2017.  JULIEN LABRO of France performs with JASON VIEAUX.  7:30pm.  Herbst Theatre.  $55/$45/$35.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org 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. 11/10: Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

December 3, 2017.  NEW YORK POLYPHONY performs works by PHILIPPE VERDELOT and others. 7pm. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  $55/$30.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

January 12, 2018.  CHANTICLEER – AN ORCHESTRA OF VOICES performs SOLDIER, with works by JANNEQUIN, DUFAY and others.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

January 18, 2018.  STEPHEN HOUGH performs music by DEBUSSY and others.  7:3pm. Herbst Theatre.  $70/$55/$40.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

February 9, 2018.  THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC WIND QUARTET with STEPHEN HOUGH, piano, perform works by POULENC and more.  Green Music Center, 7:30pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu 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 16, 2018.  NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN, cello, performs MASSENET’s THAIS: MEDITATION and more.  7:30pm.  San Francisco Conservatory.  $40.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

February 21, 2018.  SWISS FLUTIST EMMANUEL PAHUD performs with ALESSIO BAX.  7:30pm.  Herbst Theatre, SF.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.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.

February 25, 2018.  MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN performs with the TAKACS QUARTET at the Green Music Center.  3pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details

March 2, 2018.  FRENCH PIANIST PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD performs music of Obuknov, Ligeti & Beethoven.  7:30pm.  $70/$55/$40.  Herbst Theatre.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.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.

March 9, 2018.  EBENE QUARTET,  with PIERRE COLOMBET, BARIEL LE MAGADURE, ADRIEN BOISSEAU & RAPHAEL MERLIN, perform music by FAURE and others.  $65/$55/$0.  7:30pm.  Herbst Theatre.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

March 11, 2018.  SALIF KEITA of MALI performs at the Green Music Center.  7pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

March 16, 2018.  SIMONE PORTER, violin, performs music by CHAUSSON and others.  7:30pm.  San Francisco Conservatory.  $40.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

March 24, 2018.  ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT performs works by RAVEL and others.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

April 12, 2018.  NICHOLAS PHAN & MYRA HUANG perform works by DEBUSSY, CHAUSSON and others.  7:30pm.  Herbst Theatre.  $65/$55/$40.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

April 21, 2018.  FRENCH-CANADIAN PIANIST LOUIS LORTIE performs at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

April 28, 2018.  LES VIOLONS DU ROY with BERNARD LABADIE, conductor, & ISABELLE FAUST, violin, perform at the Green Music Center.  7:30pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

May 3, 2018.  JORDI SAVALL, viol da gamba, presents CELTIC UNIVERSE, including music from French Brittany, Basque Country, and more.  7:30pm.  Herbst Theatre, $65/$55/$40.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.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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