September 1-15, 2017

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September Events

September 1, 2017.  GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN BOOGIE perform at Ashkenaz.  Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose. Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.  In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007).He lives in Duralde, Louisiana near Eunice where he operates his Double D Ranch raising cattle and horses. He also holds fan appreciation parties annually .  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

September 1 & 3, 2017.  BAREFOOT CHAMBER CONCERTS presents the NEW ESTERHAZY QUARTET performing A TALE OF TWO CITIES IN THREE CONCERTS.  The New Esterházy Quartet (Lisa Weiss, Kati Kyme, Anthony Martin, and William Skeen) perform a series of 3 short concerts within five days. Each concert has one of Papa Haydn’s “PARIS” Symphonies (Nos. 82–87) and one of his “London” Symphonies (Nos. 93–104), all from contemporaneously published arrangements for string quartet either by Haydn himself or overseen by him. Readings from Charles Dickens shed light on the differences between those cities, at least in Dickens’ eyes, and highlight the music.  Haydn worked for 30 years for the Esterházy family and was obliged to remain with them at all times, even when they traveled. He even had to wear livery! For most of this time everything he wrote was, by the terms of his contract, the property of the Esterházy family. However, in 1779 he renegotiated his contract and was finally able to accept commissions from outside, and even more significant, in 1790 he was allowed to travel on his own. The “Paris” symphonies and the “London” symphonies were the fruits of this late-life liberation, and they reflected the awe and respect due to Haydn by the international musical establishment. They were commissioned by and played for his admirers in these cities, to which he was now allowed to travel, to huge acclaim wherever he went.  Concert 2: Symphonies in B flat, Nos. 102 (London) and 85 (Paris)  September 1:  6:30 PM, Hillside Community Swedenborgian Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito; $25 (or at the door); Special price for all 3 concerts, $50 (or at the door).  September 3, 5 PM, Hillside Community Swedenborgian Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito  $25 (or at the door)  Special price for all 3 concerts – $50 (or at the door).  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2903943

September 1-10, 2017.  WOODMINSTER SUMMER MUSICALS presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Cast of 44 present an adaptation of the Disney film. $31-$64. 510.531.9597 or www.woodminster.com for details.

September 3, 2017. CHRISTOPHER LYNCH, organ, performs works by MARCEL DUPRE and Bach. 4pm. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., SF. $10.

September 3, 2017.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP, 3-5pm.  The group will discuss Notre Dame de Paris, par Victor Hugo.  Victor Hugo réinvente le Moyen Âge et élève un monument littéraire aussi durable que l'œuvre de pierre qui l'a inspiré. Sous la silhouette noire et colossale de la cathédrale fourmille le Paris en haillons des truands de la Cour des Miracles. Image de grâce et de pureté surgie de ce cauchemar, la bohémienne Esméralda danse pour le capitaine Phoebus et ensorcelle le tendre et difforme Quasimodo, sonneur de cloches de son état. Pour elle, consumé d'amour, l'archidiacre magicien Claude Frollo court à la damnation.  De cette épopée hallucinée, ces monstres et ces figures s'échappent pour franchir les siècles, archétypes de notre mythologie nationale, de notre art et de notre histoire. Place : Alliance Française de Berkeley. 2004 Woolsey St., Berkeley. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

September 3, 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.

September 5, 2017.  PAS  UN SALAUD.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

September 6 or 19, 2017.  1850s SAN FRANCISCO – PARIS DU PACIFIQUE.   Visites guidées gratuites à pied en français à San Francisco.  Suivez les guides Carol Walker et Gilles Lorand via http://www.sfcityguides.org/desc.html?tour=140

September 9, 2017.  MADELEINE ADKINS presents photographs of BRITTANY, NORMANY and more.  Madeleine Adkins, an Oakland-based photographer, is having a travel photo show opening at The Octopus Literary Salon, a new-ish cafe, bookstore, art gallery, and event space in Oakland's uptown neighborhood. The photos feature landscapes, nature, and architectural shots Madeleine has taken around the world. (Especially In Brittany and Normandy in France!) The photo exhibit goes up on Labor Day weekend, and will be up until the end of September. Please come to the opening for a bilingual and artistic gathering!  // Madeleine Adkins, une photographe à Oakland qui a passé beaucoup de temps en France, aura une vernissage pour son exposition photographique chez The Octopus Literary Salon, une librairie, une galerie d'art, et une espace événementielle dans le centre-ville d'Oakland. Les photos présentent des paysages, de la nature, et des plans architecturaux que Madeleine a pris partout dans le monde. (Et surtout en Bretagne, et en Normandie !) L'exposition photographique se déroule le week-end de Labor Day et tiendra jusqu'à la fin du mois de septembre. Venez au vernissage pour une évènement bilingue et artistique !  4-6 pm, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.  Transportation: Easy street parking on Saturdays. A short walk from 19th Street BART station.  For more information: https://oaklandoctopus.org/madeleine-adkins-photography-opening-4pm

Through September 10, 2017. HILLBARN THEATER presents a musical based on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, VICTOR HUGO's story of the bellringer Quasimodo who escapes from a bell tower in Paris and endures brutish behavior from everyone by free-spirited Esmeralda. Hillbarn Theater, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. $27-$52. 650.349.6411 or www.hillbarntheatre.org for details.

Through September 10, 2017.  CURTAIN THEATRE presents MOLIERE’s THE MISER in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, behind the Mill Valley Public Library.  Show starts at 2pm.  Admission is FREE.  Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday.  www.curtaintheatre.org for details.

September 10, 2017.  HERITAGE DAY 2017 at the FRENCH RESIDENCE / JOURNEE DU PATRIMOINE A SAN FRANCISCO.  Once upon a time, the French community in San Francisco… Visit, stands & conferences on September 10th at the French Residence in SF, on the occasion of Heritage Day 2017! Chaque année depuis 1984, pendant un weekend en septembre, la plupart des monuments et lieux culturels en France sont ouverts au public et proposent des visites gratuites, des ateliers...  Les premières Journées du Patrimoine ont été lancées en 1984 à l’initiative du ministre de la culture Jack Lang. Depuis 1991, le Conseil de l’Europe (avec le soutien de l’Union européenne) organise également des Journées européennes du patrimoine. Free.  11AM-5PM.

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

September 12, 2017.  CONFIDENCES TROP INTIMES.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

September 12-October 8, 2017. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, based on the 1951 film, directed and choreographed by CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., SF. 888.746.1799 or www.shnsf.com for details.

September 13, 2017.  MARCEL PROUST SEMINAR.  Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White calls, “the most respected novel of the twentieth century.” Whether you've been too intimidated to begin the novel, have already wrestled with Proust's dense prose, or know the joys of savoring his work, you’ll find something of value in reading it with an expert guide.  SFSU Professor of Comparative & World Literature, Mark Calkins has led the Proust Seminar at the Mechanics' Institute Library since 2001. In September 2017, the Seminar will begin its sixth 3-year cycle, starting again with Swann's Way. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Mechanics’ Institute.  This semester on Swann's Way will begin on September 13, 2017 and end February 28, 2018.  Registration is open to all.  Mechanics' Institute members pay $70 for each 5-month session;  Members of the public pay $100.  This cycle, Dr. Calkins will begin using William Carter's revised translation of Swann's Way, published by Yale University Press. However, any translation is acceptable.  www.milibrary.org

September 14, 2017.  VERNISSAGE FOR PARIS VIGNETTES.  Photography by WILLIAM R. O’SUCH.  Capturing the essential nature of Paris in the driving force of William R. O'Such's work. From shimmering reflections of the Seine to the long shadows cast upon the hills of Belleville, these photos reveal Paris through his lens. Probing the intersection of geometry, light and unique subjects, he takes unconventional views and turn them into photographic stories.// Les oeuvres de William R. O'Such visent à capturer la nature profonde de Paris. Des reflets chatoyants de la Seine jusqu'aux ombres allongées au coeur des collines de Belleville, c'est Paris que l'objectif de son appareil photo révèle. En explorant l'intersection entre la géométrie, la lumière, et des sujets singuliers, il obtient des vues inhabituelles que je transforme en autant d'histoires photographiques.  Free Admission (or suggested donation).  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com.  Reservations at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photography-exhibit-paris-vignettes-by-william-r-osuch-tickets-37050340566

September 15, 2017.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE.  Thème du mois d’octobre:  L’EMPRISE MATERNELLE.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1-C2), with a different subject every month, facilitated by Yvette Chalom.  Free event for members of the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY; $10 for non members. RSVP:  info@afberkeley.org.

September 15, 2017.  CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends. This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance. Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share. Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  Free potluck event –no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org

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

September 16-24, 2017.  CHANTICLEER performs music by JONEQUIN, DUFAY and others.  Various locations around the Bay Area.  415.392.4400 or www.chanticleer.org for details.

September 17, 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.

September 18-22, 2017.  THE APOTHEOSIS OF FRENCH BAROQUE MUSIC.  In September, John Prescott, Ph.D., will present a week-long series of talks on JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU, another in his ongoing, always imaginative, and by now nearly semi-annual early music lecture courses.  September’s five morning course will explore the treasures of Rameau’s music for the church, the stage and the salon. We will learn how he successfully united the suavity of French music with the rhythmic vitality of Italian music. In addition to being the premier composer of the French baroque, Rameau is, in many ways the father of modern music theory. While we revel in the delights of Rameau’s music, we will also discuss his contributions to the modern understanding of chords and harmony and how these concepts played out in his music.  The new series runs Monday, September 18, through Friday, September 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at St. Mary Magdalene Parish (Norton Hall), 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  Day 1 will focus on Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin, his amazing contribution to harpsichord and chamber music; Day 2 will sample the splendor of Rameau’s church music; Day 3 will explore the intimate drama of Rameau’s secular cantatas; Day 4 will showcase Rameau’s operas—his crowning achievement; and Day 5 will consider the great composer’s musical legacy.  You may register for all five days or individually by day. Musical experience or ability to read music are not necessary. Come listen, learn, and join in the adventure! Tuition is $30 per lecture ($25 for SFEMS members) or $125 for the full, five-week course ($110 for SFEMS members). For further information about this course, or to register, contact Britt Ascher at brittascher@comcast.net.

September 19, 2017.  LES MALHEURS DE SOPHIE.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

September 20 or 23, 2017.  LE CIMETIERE PERE LACHAISE.    Presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for students levels 5 to 8.  $25.  www.frenchclass.comor 415.362.3666 for details.

September 26, 2017.  PIERRE BENSUNAN plays at Willits Center for the Arts.  http://www.willitscenterforthearts.org/ for details.

September 26, 2017.  LA BELLE VIE.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

September 26, 2017.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents SWISS STARTUP SUMMIT FALL 2017.  5:45PM-9:30PM. $10.  Meet Switzerland's most promising tech startups through an evening of demos and pitches.  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF 94111.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

September 27, 2017.   ODILE ATTHALIN talks about her new book GODMOTHER, AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, PERFECT TIMING AND SMALL MIRACLES.  This memoir of a French woman who lived in Paris for more than thirty years and then chose to live in Berkeley, came out in June 2017.  She will be reading excerpts and having a book signing at BOOKS INC, 1491 Shattuck, Berkeley. 7pm.  http://www.booksinc.net/Berkeley for details.

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

September 27-28, 2017.  CRISIS CODE:  HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  We are holding a conference including two public events on the evenings of September 27 and 28 exploring how crisis-affected populations can be safeguarded from emerging cyber-threats. Tickets and more information to come.  Pier 17, Suite 800, SF 94111.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

September 30, 2017.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS exhibits PROVENÇAL LINENS at Art Wine and Chocolate Festival, Suisun City, 10am-6pm.  www.atablecheznous.com

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.

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!   

LA BELLE VIE.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details. September 26, 2017. 

CONFIDENCES TROP INTIMES.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details. September 12, 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.  Now playing -- check local listings. 

LES MALHEURS DE SOPHIE.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details. September 19, 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 Now playing in local cinemas.

PAS  UN SALAUD.  Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details. September 5, 2017. 

WALK WITH ME.  Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, this beautiful new documentary is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. With unprecedented access to Plum Village in rural France, this visceral film is a meditation on a community of people who have given up all their material possessions for the monastic life. Intimate interviews and observational scenes offer rare insight into monastic life and the deeply personal reasons why Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns decided to leave their families and follow in his footsteps. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu calls it, “A moving and wonderful film that captures the essence, depth and poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh- a great work full of love.” Directors: Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh (UK 2017) 94 min.  Check local listings. Now playing.

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  

September 5-30, 2017.  MADELEINE ADKINS presents photographs of BRITTANY, NORMANY and more.  Madeleine Adkins, an Oakland-based photographer, is having a travel photo show opening at The Octopus Literary Salon, a new-ish cafe, bookstore, art gallery, and event space in Oakland's uptown neighborhood. The photos feature landscapes, nature, and architectural shots Madeleine has taken around the world. (Especially In Brittany and Normandy in France!) The photo exhibit goes up on Labor Day weekend, and will be up until the end of September. Please come to the opening for a bilingual and artistic gathering!  // Madeleine Adkins, une photographe à Oakland qui a passé beaucoup de temps en France, aura une vernissage pour son exposition photographique chez The Octopus Literary Salon, une librairie, une galerie d'art, et une espace événementielle dans le centre-ville d'Oakland. Les photos présentent des paysages, de la nature, et des plans architecturaux que Madeleine a pris partout dans le monde. (Et surtout en Bretagne, et en Normandie !) L'exposition photographique se déroule le week-end de Labor Day et tiendra jusqu'à la fin du mois de septembre. Venez au vernissage pour une évènement bilingue et artistique !  4-6 pm, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.  Transportation: Easy street parking on Saturdays. A short walk from 19th Street BART station.  For more information: https://oaklandoctopus.org/madeleine-adkins-photography-opening-4pm

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.

Through September 30, 2017.  PARIS VIGNETTES.  Photography by WILLIAM R. O’SUCH.  Capturing the essential nature of Paris in the driving force of William R. O'Such's work. From shimmering reflections of the Seine to the long shadows cast upon the hills of Belleville, these photos reveal Paris through his lens. Probing the intersection of geometry, light and unique subjects, he takes unconventional views and turn them into photographic stories.// Les oeuvres de William R. O'Such visent à capturer la nature profonde de Paris. Des reflets chatoyants de la Seine jusqu'aux ombres allongées au coeur des collines de Belleville, c'est Paris que l'objectif de son appareil photo révèle. En explorant l'intersection entre la géométrie, la lumière, et des sujets singuliers, il obtient des vues inhabituelles que je transforme en autant d'histoires photographiques.  Free Admission (or suggested donation).  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com.

Through October 8, 2017.  PARALLEL VISIONS:  POETS, ARTISTS, AND THE BOOK, now on view at the Logan Gallery in the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  “Witness the deepened collaboration between artists and poets who engaged together as contemporaries in the creation of artists’ books, including MAX JACOB and Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chico and GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE, PAUL ELUARD and Joan Miró, and more.  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!  

October 4, 6 & 7, 2017.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS exhibits PROVENÇAL LINENS at Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa, 8am-5pm.  www.atablecheznous.com

October 4 or 18, 2017.  FIELD TRIP TO THE MUSEUM OF THE LEGION OF HONOR.  Presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for students levels 5 to 8.  $25.  www.frenchclass.comor 415.362.3666 for details.

October 8, 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.

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 1, 2017.  #FS17:  RETHINKING FINANCIAL SERVICES (REALLY). As the rate of technological advancements accelerates, how can the financial services industry adapt to a market in disruption?  Join us on November 1 for #FS17: Rethinking Financial Services (Really), a bold conference brought to you by swissnex San Francisco and 650 Labs. We’re bringing together startups, old and new banks, corporates, VCs, academics and hackers in a wide open space to discuss what’s really happening in the industry.  $395 early bird; $495 regular ticket.  http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/ for details.

November 4-5, 2017.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS exhibits PROVENÇAL LINENS at Olive Festival, BR Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen.  www.atablecheznous.com

November 4-22, 2017. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents MASSENET's MANON. www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 for details.

November 5, 2017.  FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP, 3-5pm. The group will discuss Loin de Médine , par Assia Djebar.  Algérienne, considérée aujourd’hui comme la plus grande romancière du Maghreb, Assia Djebar nous transporte à Médine, à la mort du Prophète. Et c’est des femmes qu’elle nous parle, dans l’entourage du fondateur de l’Islam, où se déchaînent déjà des intrigues et des rivalités de succession.   Nous découvrons les figures d’une histoire ignorée, oubliée : reines de tribus, prophétesses, femmes chefs de guerre dans une Arabie en effervescence. Fatima, l’indomptable fille du Prophète, se dresse telle une Antigone arabe, tandis qu’Aïcha, sa jeune veuve, s’installe dans son rôle de « diseuse de mémoire ». Place : Presidio Branch Library Meeting Room, 3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco.  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.

November 9 & 10, 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.

November 24 -26, 2017. IMAGO THEATRE presents LA BELLE. Part Beauty and the Beast, part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with a cast of over 100 autamatons and shadow puppets in a whimsical steampunk story. Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley. www.calperformances.org 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 9 & 10, 2017.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS exhibits PROVENÇAL LINENS at Santa’s Helpers Gift Faire, Napa Expo Fairgrounds,  Napa.  www.atablecheznous.com

December 10-23, 2017.  CHANTICLEER performs music by POULENC and others.  Various locations around the Bay Area.  415.392.4400 or www.chanticleer.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 16-18, 2018.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS exhibits PROVENÇAL LINENS at Napa Home Show, Napa Expo Fairgrounds.  www.atablecheznous.com

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 10-12, 2018.  GAUTIER CAPUÇON AND PINES OF ROME AT SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  Bringing his characteristic impassioned and eloquent playing, Gautier Capuçon performs SAINT-SAENS' First Cello Concerto, led by acclaimed conductor STEPHANE DENEVE. Respighi's Pines of Rome closes this program with its vivid Roman scenes, from children playing near a Renaissance villa to hymns echoing through the halls of the ancient catacombs.
https://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Gautier-Capucon-and-Pines-of-Rome 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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