July 20-28, 2017

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July Events

July 19-22, 2017.  FRENCH ROCK FROM THE 50S TO TODAY, at The French Class.  John Lennon used to say: “French rock is like English wine.” We will prove him wrong! This retrospective of French rock from the 50s to today will give you the opportunity to discover a new aspect of French culture. Presented in French and offered 3 times: Wednesday July 19th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.  Thursday July 20th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday July 22nd from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  $20 - The French Class, 500 Sutter Street set 310. Please reserve early and call (415) 362-3666 for details.

July 19-23, 2017.  THE SAN FRANCISCO FROZEN FILM FESTIVAL presents ANTOINE (Luxembourg, dir. Cyrus Neshvad), FINAL GATHERING (France, dir. Alain Escalle), FILS (Luxembourg, dir. Cyrus Neshvad) and much more.  www.frozenfilmfestival.org for details.

July 20, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMER MIXER.  Come and join us for a summer networking event.  Organized in conjunction with the British-American Business Council, the German American Business Association, and others.  One of the best occasion to mingle with young professionals from different businesses and industries in a relaxed atmosphere.  Take a chance to meet and talk about your careers, give tips on starting out in the Bay area and help answer each other’s questions!  6pm-8pm.  Wilmer Hale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto.  www.faccsf.com

July 20, 2017. LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY (Menlo Park).  Come and discuss in French: "Le Nœud de vipères" by Francois Mauriac and "Le Sermon de la chute de Rome" by Jérome Ferrari.We meet at 7:00pm until 9:00pm at Menlo Park center, 585 Glenwood Ave Menlo Park.  Bring some food or drink to share. You don't have to read the books to participate.  Le Nœud de vipères : Roman principalement constitué d'une lettre rédigée par un vieil homme, peu de temps avant sa mort, et destinée à sa femme.  Le vieillard, Louis, a nourri une forte rancune à l'égard de sa femme et de ses enfants. Pour se venger d'eux, il a décidé de les déshériter (il possède une grande fortune). Sa lettre est une sorte de confession qui lui permet de justifier sa décision.  Le Sermon de la chute de Rome : Matthieu et Libero, étudiants en philosophie d'origine corse, font leur retour aux sources. Un petit bar, repris en gérance, devient leur champ d'expérience. Est-il possible d'en faire un "meilleur des mondes possible", alors que toute entreprise humaine est vouée à la décadence, comme le rappelait Saint Augustin dans son Sermon sur la chute de Rome?   www.afscv.org for details.

July 20, 2017.  CIJI WARE presents THAT SPRING IN PARIS at Book Passage in the Ferry Building, San Francisco.  6pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

July 20, 2017.  RENATE STENDAHL presents KISS ME AGAIN, PARIS, a memoir about youth at the end of the 1970s.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

July 20, 2017.  swissnex SAN FRANCISCO presents SCICOMM STUDIO 004:  CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING MINDS.  Learn about the challenges related to a complex, yet urgent matter, through art installations, demos, and talks from an interdisciplinary panel.  6:30pm-9pm.  Free.  swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

July 20, 2017.  VARDA IN CALIFORNIA!  Queen of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda trains her ever-inquisitive camera on LA’s street art and the front lines of the Black Power movement in this pair of documentary shorts, MUR MURS + BLACK PANTHERS.  Mention the SFFF to get a $2 discount!  Doors at 7:00 PM, Shorts at AT 7:30 PM.  Regular Admission: $7 / Student, Senior (65+): $5 / Free for Verge members.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

July 20 & 22, 2017.  MUSIC@MENLO presents works by PIERRE RODE  and others.  Thursday, 7:30pm, Stent Family Hall, Menlo Park; Saturday, 6pm, Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton.   650.331.0202 or  www.musicatmenlo.org for details.

July 20-August 6, 2017.  37TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  Three French films are part of the lineup this year!  PLANETARIUM (Rebecca Zlotowski, France, Belgium, 2016); THE YOUNG KARL MARX (Raoul Peck, France, Germany, Belgium, 2017); FANNY’S JOURNEY (Lola Doillon, France 2016).  For more information:  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/37th-san-francisco-jewish-film-festival

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.

Opening July 21, 2017.  MARIE CURIE:  THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE.  Karolina Gruszka stars as Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize (as well as the first person to win it twice), in this sweeping biographical film that is as much an intimate portrayal of her private struggles as of her legendary scientific accomplishments. Born in Warsaw, she moved to Paris at 24 and launched her career. With husband Pierre (Charles Berling), Curie experimented with radioactivity (a term they coined) and its effect in treating cancer. This visually inventive film covers the period between 1905 and 1911, years that encompass a tragic accident, personal scandal, perseverance in battling the male academic establishment and the path to her second Nobel. In French with English subtitles. Music: Bruno Coulais. Writers: Marie Noelle, Andrea Stoll. Director: Marie Noelle. (France/Poland 2016) 95 min. http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/marie-curie/

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 21, 2017.  PETER ORNER, DR. EVAN LYON & LAURA LAMPTON SCOTT discuss LAVIL:  LIFE, LOVE AND DEATH IN PORT-AU-PRINCE.  7:30pm.  Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., SF.  415.863.8688 or www.booksmith.com for details.

July 21, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at KAISER CENTER ROOF GARDEN, OAKLAND. Lunchtime concert.  12pm-1pm.  300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.  www.kaisercenterroofgarden.com for details.

July 21, 2017.  FRENCH OAK GYPSY BAND performs at Powicana Winery.  7pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/634254150107011

July 22, 2017.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

July 22, 2017.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents URS LEHNI:  BOOK WORKS / BOOKS WORK.  Graphic designer and publisher Urs Lehni of Rollo Press will present books that function as works of art, design, and more. Presented as part of the 2017 SF Art Book Fair.  4pm-5pm.  Free.  swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

July 22 & 23, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  With conductor Edwin Outwater.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

Through July 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 23, 2017.  MUSIC@MENLO presents CONCERT PROGRAM IV:  IN JOACHIM’S ORBIT, including worksy by Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Schumann.  6pm.  $20-$70.  Menlo Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton.  650.330.2030 or www.musicatmenlo.org for details.

July 23, 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.

July 23, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at TWIN PINES PARK, Ralston Avenue, Belmont.  1pm-4pm.  Free. www.belmontparkboosters.org for details.

July 25, 2017.  BLUESBOX BAYOU BAND plays CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  The BluesBox Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on “roots music.” The current BBBB also features Pete’s brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zaydeco Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12.  http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2017/7/25/bluesbox-bayou-band for details.

Opening July 27, 2017.  THE MIDWIFE, a bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a hardworking midwife, and the lively mistress (Catherine Deneuve) of Claire’s deceased father. The film opens in San Francisco on July 27 at Landmark's Clay Theatre. The film is in French with English subtitles.  Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKSiInPcUhg

July 27, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents STARTING A SUCCESSFUL SMALL  BUSINESS.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  Limited to 12 participants.  www.faccsf.com for details.

July 27, 2017.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY (Los Gatos).  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 27 juillet au Boulanger de Los Gatos à 16 heures pour discuter le roman de Yasmina Khadra : "La dernière nuit du Raïs" - Editions Pocket- 181 pages - 2015 -  L'auteur se glisse dans la peau de M. Kadhafi la veille de sa mort. Un roman passionnant.  Pour tout renseignement prière de contacter Bernadette.  www.afscv.org

Through July 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

July 28, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at CREEKWALK PLAZA, Vacaville.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  Free.  Andrews Park, Vacaville.  www.creekwalkevents.com for details.

July 28 & 29, 2017.  MUSIC@MENLO presents FRENCH LUMINARIES, a program of works by LECLAIR, YSAYE, FRANCK, DEBUSSY & FAURE.  Friday, 7:30pm, Stent Family Hall, Menlo Park; Saturday, 6pm, Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton.   650.331.0202 or  www.musicatmenlo.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 29, 2017.  PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE presents PANIQUE (dir. JULIEN DUVIVIER, 1947).  Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Panique adapts the elements of classic film noir—a murder, a femme fatale, a romantic obsession, a frame-up, all rendered in unforgiving black-and-white—into bitter and brilliant satire. Michel Simon plays Monsieur Hire, née Hirovich, an observant loner whose awkward, faintly supercilious demeanor keeps him at a distance from his neighbors. His attraction to a new neighbor, Alice (Viviane Romance), makes him a convenient patsy for an unsavory plot. Ultimately, however, it is not the villains of Panique who are the criminals, but the neighborhood denizens who find malicious gossip as diverting as the traveling carnival that’s just come to town. Two years after World War II, Duvivier delivers a stinging portrait of a society where intolerance still rules and justice is just another sideshow. The same sordid tale was adapted by Patrice Leconte in 1989 as Monsieur Hirehttp://bampfa.org/event/panique 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

Through 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.

Through 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

Through 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

Through September 16, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  415.677.9596 or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/ 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!   

37TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  Three French films are part of the lineup this year!  PLANETARIUM (Rebecca Zlotowski, France, Belgium, 2016); THE YOUNG KARL MARX (Raoul Peck, France, Germany, Belgium, 2017); FANNY’S JOURNEY (Lola Doillon, France 2016).  For more information:  http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/events/37th-san-francisco-jewish-film-festival July 20-August 6, 2017.

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

LOST IN PARIS.  In their whimsically funny films, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon frequently invoke the spirits of Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati and other greats of visual comedy. Gordon stars as a gangly Canadian who journeys to Paris to assist her aunt Martha, only to discover that the elderly woman is missing. An oddly egotistical vagabond named Dom (Dominique Abel) offers Fiona help, whether she likes it or not, and the pair traverse Paris in inventive scenes of slapstick and dance. Aunt Martha is one of the final performances of Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour and Oscar nominee for Amour), and she seems to be having a ball shedding her serious side, particularly in a charming duet with veteran French comic Pierre Richard. In French with English subtitles. France/Belgium 2016) 84 min.  San Rafael, Smith-Rafael.  Also, check local listings.

MARIE CURIE:  THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE.  Karolina Gruszka stars as Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize (as well as the first person to win it twice), in this sweeping biographical film that is as much an intimate portrayal of her private struggles as of her legendary scientific accomplishments. Born in Warsaw, she moved to Paris at 24 and launched her career. With husband Pierre (Charles Berling), Curie experimented with radioactivity (a term they coined) and its effect in treating cancer. This visually inventive film covers the period between 1905 and 1911, years that encompass a tragic accident, personal scandal, perseverance in battling the male academic establishment and the path to her second Nobel. In French with English subtitles. Music: Bruno Coulais. Writers: Marie Noelle, Andrea Stoll. Director: Marie Noelle. (France/Poland 2016) 95 min. http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/marie-curie/ Opening July 21, 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. 

THE MIDWIFE, a bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a hardworking midwife, and the lively mistress (Catherine Deneuve) of Claire’s deceased father. The film opens in San Francisco on July 27 at Landmark's Clay Theatre. The film is in French with English subtitles.  Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKSiInPcUhg Opening July 27, 2017. 

MOKA.  With EMMANUELLE DEVOS.  French thriller/character study about a grieving mother hunting down the couple who killed her son in a hit-and-run accident.  Now playing in local theaters; check listings for details.

PANIQUE (dir. JULIEN DUVIVIER, 1947).  Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Panique adapts the elements of classic film noir—a murder, a femme fatale, a romantic obsession, a frame-up, all rendered in unforgiving black-and-white—into bitter and brilliant satire. Michel Simon plays Monsieur Hire, née Hirovich, an observant loner whose awkward, faintly supercilious demeanor keeps him at a distance from his neighbors. His attraction to a new neighbor, Alice (Viviane Romance), makes him a convenient patsy for an unsavory plot. Ultimately, however, it is not the villains of Panique who are the criminals, but the neighborhood denizens who find malicious gossip as diverting as the traveling carnival that’s just come to town. Two years after World War II, Duvivier delivers a stinging portrait of a society where intolerance still rules and justice is just another sideshow. The same sordid tale was adapted by Patrice Leconte in 1989 as Monsieur Hirehttp://bampfa.org/event/panique for details. July 14, 15 & 29, 2017.

PARIS CAN WAIT (directed by ELEANOR COPPOLA). Check local listings. 

THE SAN FRANCISCO FROZEN FILM FESTIVAL presents ANTOINE (Luxembourg, dir. Cyrus Neshvad), FINAL GATHERING (France, dir. Alain Escalle), FILS (Luxembourg, dir. Cyrus Neshvad) and much more.  www.frozenfilmfestival.org for details. July 19-23, 2017. 

VARDA IN CALIFORNIA!  Queen of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda trains her ever-inquisitive camera on LA’s street art and the front lines of the Black Power movement in this pair of documentary shorts, MUR MURS + BLACK PANTHERS.  Mention the SFFF to get a $2 discount!  Doors at 7:00 PM, Shorts at AT 7:30 PM.  Regular Admission: $7 / Student, Senior (65+): $5 / Free for Verge members.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org July 20, 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 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.

Through August 19, 2017.  JEAN DESSIRIER:  MYTHOLOGIES AT MODERNISM.   Modernism is pleased to present the first U.S. exhibition of Jean Dessirier, a French sculptor and painter whose raw materials are ancient myth and the old rooftops of Paris.  Modernism is pleased to present the first U.S. exhibition ofJean Dessirier, a French sculptor and painter whose raw materials are ancient myth and the old rooftops of Paris. Since the early 1980s, Dessirier has crafted polychromatic sculptures out of salvaged roofing zinc. A painter and a sculptor, Jean Dessirier started as a glass artist.He had his first artistic experiences while working in Max Ingrand's workshop restoring glass art works.  Very young he had been attracted by drawing and painting and his calling just got stronger when confronted to other artists at Henri Goetz's workshop (former André Lhote academy) right at the heart of Montparnasse. This is where he learned etching.  He decided to become a painter and was immediately attracted to portraits. From then on the human body became the center of his research.  Jean works mainly from timeworn materials (old wood pieces, zinc, sheet letal, lead) and likes playing with various techniques (cutouts, hammering and painting). Most of his sculptures are polychromic.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/jean-dessirier-mythologies-modernism

Through 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 

Through 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.

Through August 27, 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 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.

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!  

August 1, 2017.  JEAN-PIERRE MERCIER presents a talk on L’US ARMY EN FRANCE.  1917-1918, 1945, 1960-1970.  2pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

August 2, 2017.  MUSIC@MENLO presents works by Belgian composer EUGENE YSAYE and others.  7:30pm.  Center for Performing Arts @ Menlo-Atherton.  650.331.0202 or  www.musicatmenlo.org for details.

August 3, 2017.  VERNISSAGE:  SOFIA CARMI’s MYSTICAL COLORS.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  6pm-8:30pm.  www.afsf.com for details.

August 6, 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.

August 8, 2017.  RICHARD PALLZIOL, JACKSON CURRIER & PATRICK RUSSELL talk about THE THREE MUSKETEERS, which will be playing at MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

August 9, 2017. YOUSSOU N'DOUR performs at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford. 7:30pm. https://live.stanford.edu/calendar/august-2017/youssou-ndour for details.

August 13, 2017.  THE BREACH (dir. CLAUDE CHABROL, 1970) at Pacific Film Archive.  Based on The Balloon Man by Charlotte Armstrong.  A young woman is gaslighted by her scheming in-laws after trying to leave her mentally unstable husband in Chabrol’s powerful noir. “Chabrol’s most audacious experiment with narrative form—a modernist reworking of the melodrama” (Dave Kehr).www.bampfa.berkeley.org for details. 7pm.

August 17, 2017.  BAND OF OUTSIDERS (dir. JEAN-LUC GODARD, 1964) at Pacific Film Archive.  Based on Fools’ Gold by Dolores Hitchens.  Anna Karina, Sami Frey, and Claude Brasseur are unlikely burglars in Godard’s “reverie of a gangster movie” (Pauline Kael). www.bampfa.berkeley.org for details. 7pm.

August 20, 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.

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 10, 2017.  SFJAZZ presents THE MUSIC OF JOSEPHINE BAKER.  7pm.  $35-$75.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

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 19 & 20, 2017.  JACQUES PEPIN & SHOREY PEPIN present A GRANDFATHER’S LESSONS:  IN THE KITCHEN WITH SHOREY.  10/19, 6pm, Peju Winery, $145 per person; or 10/20, Left Bank, Larkspur, 12:30pm, $145 per person.  www.bookpassage.com 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, 2017.  4TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL MINIFEST.  Crest Theatre.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

October 21 & 22, 2017.  THEATRE DE LA VILLE, PARIS presents STATE OF SIEGE by ALBERT CAMUS, directed by EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA.  A gripping new production based on Albert Camus’ fantastical yet frightening political allegory about the necessity of resistance in the face of authoritarianism.  Performed in French, with English supertitles. 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 4-22, 2017. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents MASSENET's MANON. www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 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.

December 14-17, 2017.  SFJAZZ presents PINK MARTINI.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

January 5-7, 2018.  VAJRA VOICES WITH SHIRA KAMMEN AND KIT HIGGINSON present ANNUS NOVUS – MEDIEVAL POETRY, MUSIC & MAGIC TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR.  The “elegant, full-blooded” singing of Vajra Voices and zesty, vibrant harp and vielle playing of Shira Kammen join together with the recorder, psaltery, and magic of Kit Higginson to illuminate the mystery and wonder of the new year. This program boasts medieval, florid chant, luscious French motets, and chansons of Dufay, such as Bon Jour, bon mois, bon an; and beautiful Middle English poems told in enchanting settings and enhanced by a bit of mystery. Join this celebration of new beginnings that hearkens back to the magic of Winter’s light. Festive attire is suggested.  Friday January 5th, 8pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto;  Saturday, January 6th, 7:30pm; St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave at Garber, Berkeley; Sunday, January 7, 4pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco.  Call the box office at 510.528.1725 or or tickets@sfems.org

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 2-4, 2018.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND performs at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.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 8-11, 2018.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents CORELLI THE GODFATHER, including SONATA NO.5 by GEORG MUFFAT.  With Richard Egarr.  415.295.1900 or http://philharmonia.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 5, 2017.  SFJAZZ presents CARIB by DAVID SANCHEZ, including mutic of HAITI.  7:30pm.  $25-$45.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

April 7, 2017.  SFJAZZ presents TOUMANI DIABATE & SIDIKI DIABATE.  7:30pm.  $25-$65.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

April 8, 2017.  SFJAZZ presents FATOUMATA DIAWARE.  7pm.  $25-$65.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org 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.

May 13, 2017.  SFJAZZ presents CYRILLE AIMEE.  7:30pm.  $25-$65.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

July 5-September 8, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.  Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical examines the life of GEORGES SEURAThttp://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/

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