September 28-October 6, 2017

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September & October Events

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 28, 2017.  CHRISTOPHE WALL-ROMANA presents UC-Berkeley French Department’s alumni lecture, entitled, COSMOSCOPY, ANTIRACISM AND PHOTO-CINEMA ARCHEOLOGY.  Library of French Thought, Dwinelle Hall, 5pm. 

September 28, 2017.  DEGUSTATION DANCE PARTY.  80’s European Soirée with live DJs.  251 Castro St., Mountain View.  Organized by FrancoFun.  http://francofun3.eventbrite.com for details. 

September 28-October 1, 2017.  MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS conducts the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY in a performance of BERLIOZ’s SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, the lively picture of the life of an artist who revels and despairs over an unrequited love.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

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.

October 1, 2017.  DAVID HATT, organ, plays works by MARCEL DUPRE.  4pm.  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., SF.  www.gracecathedral.org for details. 

October 1, 2017.  POLA BAYTELMAN, piano, performs works by MILHAUD and others.  4pm.  $5-$23.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento ST., SF.  415.474.1608 or www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details.

October 1, 2017.  ROBERT GURNEY with SAN FRANCISCO LYRIC CHORUS and TRINITY CHOIR, perform works by VIERNE and others.  5pm.  $10.  Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 East Spain St., Sonoma.

October 2, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipple’s in SF.  Craft cocktails, cool vibes, dancing.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 3, 2017. CAPRICE. Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco. 1345 Bush St., SF. www.afsf.com for details.

October 3, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents DIGITAL MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES.  Learn all about the secrets of digital marketing and improve your strategy! This fall, our FACCSF Lifestyle Committee is delighted to introduce a panel of digital marketing experts to explore the following topics: how to optimize your digital presence with a limited budget, how to create engaging content, tips to improve your email campaigns and more!  Join us on October 3rd for this enriching session, followed by a networking cocktail and discover the campus of our host l’INSEEC.  6pm-8:30pm.  180 Sansome St., #800, SF.  www.faccsf.com for details.

October 3, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial.  Amazing and romantic – French & Vietnamese cuisine.  www.hcsf.com for details.

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 5, 2017.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents OPENING: CLIMATE GARDEN 2085.  6pm-9pm.  Meet artist and science communicator Juanita Schläpfer-Miller for a walk-through of the exhibition.  swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, SF.  www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

October 5-15, 2017.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  Francophone or related movies include: VISAGES, VILLAGES (FACES, PLACES, with Agnès Varda & JR); UN BEAU SOLEIL INTERIEUR (LET THE SUNSHINE IN); DROLES D’OISEAUX (STRANGE BIRDS), BADEN BADEN (Belgium & France, director in attendance), ELLE (with Isabelle Huppert); KEEPER(Belgium & Switzerland); LA TORTUE ROUGE (Japan, Belgium & France); NELLY (Canada; in French); THE CONFESSIONS (Italy, France); FRANTZ (François Ozon, dir.); TEMPETE (France); LOST IN PARIS (France); MAMAN A TORT (France); and L'AVENIR (France, Germany). www.mvff.com for details.

October 6, 2017.  MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE presents MIDNIGHT IN PARIS in their CinemaLit series.  6pm.  Directed by Woody Allen | Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard.  Gil is a hack American screenwriter longing for literary greatness and enchanted by Paris. One night while wandering through the City of Lights, Gil sits down to rest in just the right place at just the right time. A Peugot loaded with revelers pulls up, he’s invited inside and – suffice it to say F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein take their bows in this magic confection of a film. More than a wish fulfillment fantasy, this movie is a charming examination on how writers, artists, and dreamers of every generation are moved and inspired by the past.  Register now by using the form below or calling (415) 393-0102.   www.milibrary.org for details.

October 6-November 4, 2017.  THE MARSH presents COLETTE UNCENSORED, coauthored by ZACH ROGOW & LORRI HOLT.  Colette Uncensored is a one-woman show about the life and work of the great French writer Colette, author of the books that the films Gigi and Cheri were based on, as well as fifty other works. Colette blazed trails in many areas, from women’s empowerment, to respect for nature, to sexual liberation. Renowned Bay Area actor Lorri Holt plays the title role and many of the characters in Colette’s life.  The Marsh, Berkeley. https://themarsh.org/colette_uncensored/lorri-holt-2/

Through 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.

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 9, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipple’s in SF.  Craft cocktails, cool vibes, dancing.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 10, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial.  Amazing and romantic – French & Vietnamese cuisine.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 11, 2017.  DAVID DOWNIE presents A TASTE OF PARIS at Book Passage Sausalito.  Following the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris.  6pm.  Book Passage Sausalito, 100 Bay St., Sausalito.  415.339.1300 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

October 12, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents NAVIGATING FINTECH DISRUPTION.  Fintech digital disruption is happening now and it is massive. Bitcoins, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Identity management etc. will impact our businesses and our lives. What does it mean for entrepreneurs and businesses? In this panel discussion, key executives from the fintech industry will cover the latest innovations it offers such as personal loans, peer-to-peer payments and much more. They will also discuss the innovations and opportunities for entrepreneurs, while also covering risks and privacy issues it can entails.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  AIE, Capgemini, 425 Brannan St., San Francisco.  FACCSF members $10.  Non-members: $25. www.faccsf.com for details.

October 14, 2017.  THE FRENCH FAIR - A DAY IN FRANCE.  $3 for adults; free for children.  Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto.

October 14, 2017.  THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO plays in Pleasanton, CA.  7pm.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 16, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipple’s in SF.  Craft cocktails, cool vibes, dancing.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 17, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial.  Amazing and romantic – French & Vietnamese cuisine.  www.hcsf.com 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.  http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm

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 23, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipple’s in SF.  Craft cocktails, cool vibes, dancing.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 24, 2017.  GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Details will be coming later, but we want you to know that the annual General Assembly of the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa will take place the evening of Tuesday, October 24, at La Gare Restaurant, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please mark the date on your calendar! We hope to see you there. www.afsantarosa.org

October 24, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial.  Amazing and romantic – French & Vietnamese cuisine.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 26, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT in concert with JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD plays at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  7:30pm.  www.hcsf.com for details.

October 28, 2017.  CONCOURS DE POESIE.  Monte Vista High School, Cupertinon.  Ouvert aux élèves dont le professeur est membre de l’AATF. Nous vous enverrons dans un email séparé les poèmes et les critères d’évaluation. Nous avons offert ce concours avec succès il y a 2 ans et sommes contentes de renouveler cette expérience pour vos élèves. Vos élèves apprennent par coeur une poésie avec votre aide dans la classe ou à la maison, puis ils viennent la réciter le samedi 28 octobre à un jury composé de profs de français. Nous aurons des prix pour les meilleur(e)s récitant(e)s ! https://sites.google.com/a/aatfnorcal.org/american-association-of-teachers-of-french-northern-california-chapter/dashboard

Through October 29, 2017.  CHANTAL AKERMAN BY CHANTAL AKERMAN.  Retrospective of the Belgian filmmaker’s works.  Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley.  510.642.0808 or www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 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.

October 30, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipple’s in SF.  Craft cocktails, cool vibes, dancing.  www.hcsf.com 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!   

4TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL MINIFEST.  Crest Theatre.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org October 21, 2017. 

CAPRICE. Screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco. 1345 Bush St., SF. www.afsf.com for details. October 3, 2017.

CHANTAL AKERMAN BY CHANTAL AKERMAN.  Retrospective of the Belgian filmmaker’s works.  Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley.  510.642.0808 or www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. Through October 29, 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.

MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE presents MIDNIGHT IN PARIS in their CinemaLit series.  6pm.  Directed by Woody Allen | Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard.  Gil is a hack American screenwriter longing for literary greatness and enchanted by Paris. One night while wandering through the City of Lights, Gil sits down to rest in just the right place at just the right time. A Peugot loaded with revelers pulls up, he’s invited inside and – suffice it to say F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein take their bows in this magic confection of a film. More than a wish fulfillment fantasy, this movie is a charming examination on how writers, artists, and dreamers of every generation are moved and inspired by the past.  Register now by using the form below or calling (415) 393-0102.   www.milibrary.org for details.  October 6, 2017. 

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.  Francophone or related movies include: Francophone or related movies include: VISAGES, VILLAGES (FACES, PLACES, with Agnès Varda & JR); UN BEAU SOLEIL INTERIEUR (LET THE SUNSHINE IN); DROLES D’OISEAUX (STRANGE BIRDS), BADEN BADEN (Belgium & France, director in attendance),ELLE (with Isabelle Huppert); KEEPER(Belgium & Switzerland); LA TORTUE ROUGE (Japan, Belgium & France); NELLY (Canada; in French); THE CONFESSIONS (Italy, France); FRANTZ (François Ozon, dir.); TEMPETE (France); LOST IN PARIS (France); MAMAN A TORT (France); and L'AVENIR (France, Germany). www.mvff.com for details. October 5-15, 2017. 

MOKA.  Now playing at the Rialto in Sebastopol.

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 20, 2017-March 4, 2018.  EN MAS’ – CARNIVAL AND PERFORMANCE ART OF THE CARIBBEAN.  EN MAS’ introduces performance art with a focus on the influence that Carnival and related masquerading traditions in and of the Caribbean and its diasporas have had on contemporary performance discourse and practice, in both the artistic and curatorial realms. Indeed, EN MAS’ takes into account performance practices that do not trace their genealogy to the European avant–gardes of the early twentieth–century but rather to the experiences of slavery and colonialism through to the mid–nineteenth century, the independence struggles and civil right movements of the mid–twentieth century and population migrations to and from the former colonial centers for most of the last century. EN MAS’ takes its title from a pun on “Mas’” (short for masquerade and synonymous with Carnival in the English-speaking Caribbean) and “mass” (as in the French colloquial “en masse,” meaning all together).  Throughout the 2014-2015 Caribbean Carnival season, EN MAS’ tracked nine artists – John Beadle, CHRISTOPHE CHASSOL, Charles Campbell, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Marlon Griffith, Hew Locke, Lorraine O’Grady, Ebony G. Patterson, and Cauleen Smith – as they engaged, transformed, or critiqued historical and contemporary Caribbean performance practices from Carnival in Santiago de los Caballeros, Port of Spain, FORT-DE-FRANCE, Kingston, London and Brooklyn, to Junkanoo in Nassau and the NEW ORLEANS second line – or in their own imaginary cartographies and invented performance traditions. The resulting newly commissioned works took place according to different modes of public address and audience engagement including semi-private rituals at the margin of the festival celebrations and street processions in the midst of the carnival revelry.  11am-6pm.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org for details.  http://www.moadsf.org/exhibition/en-mas-carnival-and-performance-art-of-the-caribbean/

September 28, 2017-January 17, 2019.  CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY debuts WEST COAST POP-UP in San Francisco, in partnership with 836M GALLERY.  A leader in the contemporary collectible design market, Carpenters Workshop Gallery – which opened stateside in New York in 2015 – is now making its West Coast début in San Francisco.  In partnership with 836M Gallery, the ensemble exhibiton will feature works by prominent American and European artists Studio Job, Studio Drift, Random International, Maarten Baas, Vincenzo de Cotiis, Ingrid Donat, Frederick Molenschot, Sebastian Brakjovic, Charles Trevelyan, Johanna Grawunder, Nacho Carbonell, Pierre Jeannert, Robert Stadler, and California native Rick Owens.

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 September 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 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 January 7, 2017.  RODIN:  THE SHOCK OF THE MODERN BODY.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details. 

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

Ongoing.  FRENCH ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed two major works.  La Rose des Vents at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and  Peony, The Knot of Shame at 836M Gallery.  Conservatory of Flowers; 836M Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.836m.org/artists/jean-michel-othoniel/

On-going.  WORKS BY JEAN-MARC BRUGEILLES.  The French artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles is now being represented in San Francisco by Mishin Fine Art on Sutter St. in downtown San Francisco . The Gallery will be hosting a opening reception that is open to the public to present his collection of magnificent paintings.  The opening is Friday May 17th from 5PM  to 9 PM in the gallery. Jean-Marc will be in attendance and he has created special pastels for all who purchase paintings.  Mishin Fine Arts 445a Sutter St.   (btw Powell & Stockton) San Francisco, CA. 94108 415 391-6100 www.mishingallery.com . For more information:  415 637-3145  or www.brugeilles.com    Youtube: http://youtu.be/_4cTu2k79f4 

On-going.  MONIKA STEINER, beloved Bay Area-based Swiss painter is currently exhibiting paintings and small-format sculpture at the new, second location of the Geras-Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco.   Geras-Tousignant Gallery 437 Pacific Ave  San Francisco 415.986.1647.  geratousignant@gmail.com 

On-going. WHY NOT MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL? FRENCH TRAVEL POSTERS, 1945-1949, presented by the Nevada State Museum. French travel posters given to Nevada in 1949 in gratitude for American support following World War II will make their debut at the Nevada State Museum beginning May 23. Commissioned and printed by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French National Railways, the 21 posters depict stunning French landscapes, historical provinces and cultural regions. Why Not Make it Beautiful? French Travel Posters 1945-1949 features artwork carried aboard the Merci Boxcar, or Gratitude Train, in February of 1949. Research indicates that all states received a set of posters, yet only three appear to have retained possession of their collection, and Nevada will be the only state to exhibit them. Staff from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Archives restored the posters for the exhibit generously sponsored by Hazel Woodgate and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation. In 1947 the American people collected 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing and fuel to help the people of France who were struggling desperately to recover from World War II. This "Friendship Train" stopped in Reno to collect the food gathered from all across the state of Nevada. In 1949 the French people collected a trainload of gifts for the Americans, filling 49 boxcars with tokens and treasures from the French provinces, one for each state and one to be shared between Hawaii and Washington D.C. The existence of these trains, and a time when international friendship was on a citizen-to-citizen scale is nearly forgotten. Most Nevadans have little knowledge of this chapter in our history. The notes and the significance of the gifts represent the best of humanity; the kindness that humans can give and share in the face of great suffering, the deep connection possible across cultural and spatial boundaries. Nevada State Museum/Bretzlaff History Resource Center Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Wed. - Sat. by appointment 775/687-4810, x240 or SueAnn.Monteleone@nevadaculture.org or http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=431

On-going.  MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

On-going. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE, by ANDREA WEDELL.  Expat Andrea Wedell, originally from the Bay Area and living in France for the past 24 years, would love for you to visit her painting : contemporary landscapes of Southern France. She works with texture and vibrant, bold color that is built up in multiple layers and glazed on. Her landscapes are semi-abstract to abstract poetic interpretations of her environment in Cassis, or bits  and pieces of it as she sees and feels it– from lively, magical gardens with their sweet smells , to turquoise and deep orange underwater scenes, pink and bright white cliffs built up over millions of years, villages that have retained their authentic charm, sparkling ocean and wide expanses of sky. You can see her work virtually on her website :   www.gallerywedell.com If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France. www.gallerywedell.com/blog

CLASSES        

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

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, 2017.  CHEF ROLAND HENIN & CHEF THOMAS KELLER present 50 YEARS OF MENTORING GREAT AMERICAN CHEFS.  3pm-4:30pm.  Part of Book Passage’s Cooks with Books.  Location:  Finesse, the Store in Yountville.  $90 per person.  Signing/reception only, with bites and bubbles.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 4, 2017.  PAUL PAZZO MEHLING  teaches a GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR seminar in Saratoga at the Keith Holland Guitar Shop.  2pm.  All ages, all levels.  www.hcsf.com 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 5, 2017.  CARA BLACK, author of the AIMEE LEDUC investigations set in PARIS, presents VILLIANS & VILLAINESSES at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Ave., Corte Madera.  $75.  10am-3pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

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 17, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents LA SOIREE!  The French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco's 36th annual fundraiser will be held on November 17th at the Village, with a new fun and elegant theme:  FUTURISTIC IS THE NEW CHIC!  Renown exhibitors, chefs, and winemakers... experience the very best of the local food and drink scene alongside curated experiences and programming to keep you engaged and entertained! Last but not least, end the night in style with an amazing DJ and Dance Party (champagne open bar)!  Bring your family, friends, partners, clients or team to this perfect rendezvous for a guaranteed unforgettable night! Take this opportunity to also support and give back to your community.  Don't wait! Early Bird Tickets are on sale until September 21st! Get your tickets now and make sure to take advantage of this limited offer!  We can’t wait to celebrate the French-American culinary goodness of the Bay Area with you once again! www.faccsf.com

November 18, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT IN CONCERT at PACIFICA PERFORMANCES in Pacifica, PA.  7:30pm show.  www.hcsf.com 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.

November 24-26, 2017.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for the SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL.  www.hcsf.com 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 3, 2018.  JOURNEE DE PRINTEMPS organized by the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF FRENCH-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER.  Location:  CERAS (Stanford). Notre grand évènement annuel pour les professeurs qui nous permettra de nous retrouver autour du thème “La culture francophone par le cinéma.”  https://sites.google.com/a/aatfnorcal.org/american-association-of-teachers-of-french-northern-california-chapter/dashboard

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 12, 2018.  PACIFIC EDGE VOICES presents LET ME HEAR YOUR HEART SING, with DURUFLE’s FOUR MOTETS and more.  In our temperate climate, the crocus does not announce the dusk of winters passing. As we bustle through our days, spring can arrive unnoticed! Take a moment to sit with us and appreciate the change of season and renewal of spirit. With a program including Arvo Pärt's I Am the True Vine, Durufle's Four Motets, works by both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and our good friends Michael Roberts and Jennifer Higdon, let music and community lift your face back toward the sun.  7:30pm.  St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco.  http://pacificedgevoices.org/concerts/

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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