October 12-20, 2017

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October Events

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.  The French Fair, "A day in France" is the largest event in the San Francisco Bay Area devoted to French culture, food and fashion. The annual event is now in it's 12th year. The French Fair 2017 will take place on Saturday, October 14th, from 10 am to 6 pm (vendors, live music, food, fashion show, vintage French car exhibition...) at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  Tickets available at the door and online at: Adults- $3, Children- free.  The mission of the French Fair is to help promote French businesses and to give our adopted community the opportunity to learn more about our country, its culture, history and products.  www.afscv.org for details.

October 14, 2017  A BRIEF HISTORY OF FRANCE, offered by LAURENCE DELAHAYE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Join us for this presentation, in French, for people who are curious to discover French History, History buffs, Francophiles & Francophones. We will define together the main dates and events of French History and the people who changed it, through paintings and photos. Best for levels 5 to 8.  $25.  Children 12 years old and older are encouraged to attend.  10/11, 12:30pm-2pm; 10/14, 1pm-2:30pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance.  415.362.3666 to enroll, or www.frenchclass.com

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

Through October 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 15, 2017.  CHIARA STRING QUINTET performs works by DEBUSSY and more.  3pm.  Prices to $18.  Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael.  415.482.3579.

October 15, 2017.  L’APRES-MIDI DU GOUT, offered by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  3pm-4:30pm.  Pour la semaine du goût en France, les professionnels de l’alimentation et de la santé transmettent leur savoir-faire aux générations futures en animant une Leçon de Goût ! A l’AF nous aurons ainsi 3 intervenants pour les adultes et les enfants.   (1)  Conférence et discussion en français sur "l'équilibre alimentaire" par Cécile Cottus:  Que faut-il mettre dans son assiette pour obtenir un repas équilibré ?  A quoi sert chacun des apports (notions globales sur protéines, lipides, glucides) ?  Que trouve-t-on dans un plateau-repas traditionnellement servi à la cantine ?  La journée-type à la française : éléments du petit-déjeuner, déjeuner, goûter et dîner. (Maximum 20 participants).  (2)  Dégustation des confitures d'Emma.  Emma vous invite à découvrir les différents parfums de ses confitures maison, en dégustant des tartines briochées. (3)  Atelier de cuisine avec Agnès pour les enfants de 8 ans et +  Agnès animera l’atelier de pâtisserie avec le traditionnel gâteau au yaourt que chacun pourra déguster nature ou tartiner de confiture. Tous niveaux de français. Les ingrédients peuvent contenir des traces de noix.  $5 for members $10 for non members  Please rsvp seats limited.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

Through October 16, 2017.  ARAB FILM FESTIVAL, including BEZNESS AS USUAL (Tunisia), a Moroccan documentary short, HEAVEN SENT (France/Lebanon), IN BETWEEN (France/Israel), IN SYRIA (Belgium, France, Lebanon & Syria); INVESTIGATING PARADISE (Algeria, France); NUT$ (Lebanon); OFF FRAME AKA REVOLUTION UNTIL VICTORY (France, Lebanon); and TRAMONTANE (Lebanon, France, Qatar, UAE).  For details:  http://fest.arabfilmfestival.org/2017/all-films-events/

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.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents its NETWORKING CAFÉ.  www.faccsf.com for details.

October 17, 2017.  COCO BEFORE CHANEL at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. www.afsf.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 17, 2017.  CZ & THE BON VIVANTS play CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Dance lesson with Cheryl McBride.  A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivants dish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they’ve appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit – from downtown Oakland to the Solano Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises – and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band’s CD, “Good to the Bon,” has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.  8pm-11pm.  www.ashkenaz.com

October 18, 2017.  DEJEUNER DU MOIS, potluck & great conversation, with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.   Le déjeuner aura lieu le 18 octobre chez Inge (à Saratoga) à midi.  Merci de contacter Stella Tan - Inscription réservée aux membres à jour avec leur cotisation. N'oubliez pas de donner un don de $3 - $5 pour la Bourse Scolaire.

October 18, 2017.  FIELD TRIP TO THE LEGION OF HONOR:  LES IMPRESSIONNISTES, led by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  $25 (does not include museum entrance fee).  11:30am-1:00pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance.  415.362.3666 to enroll, or www.frenchclass.com for details.

October 18, 2017.  LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ECOLE BILINGUE DE BERKELEY’s DUAL LANGUAGE PROGAM.  Register to the October Open House! Attending an open house is your chance to discover EB's campus, meet its teachers and head of school. You will even have a chance to see what's happening in the classrooms.Register here (free) for the open house on Wednesday, October 18 from 9-11am. For parents only. For more information, contact Admissions@eb.org

October 19, 2017.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents CHOOSING THE INSURANCE YOU NEED with THIERRY HUGAND.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  26 O’Farrell, #500, SF.  www.faccsf.com for details.

October 19, 2017.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK.  Le Club de Lecture de Menlo Park se réunira jeudi 19 octobre à 7:00pm, in the Menlo Park Center located at 585 Glenwood Ave, Menlo Park.  La Promesse de l'Aube, de Romain Gary.  Le narrateur raconte son enfance en Russie, en Pologne, puis à Nice, le luxe et la pauvreté qu'il a connus tour à tour, son dur apprentissage d'aviateur, ses aventures de guerre en France, en Angleterre, en Éthiopie, en Syrie, en Afrique Équatoriale.  Il nous raconte surtout le grand amour que fut sa vie. Cette «promesse de l'aube» que l'auteur a choisie pour titre est une promesse dans les deux sens du mot : promesse que fait la vie au narrateur à travers une mère passionnée ; promesse qu'il fait tacitement à cette mère d'accomplir tout ce qu'elle attend de lui dans l'ordre de l'héroïsme et de la réalisation de lui-même.  L'Etranger, d'Albert Camus.  A propos du roman, Camus a dit :  « ... le héros du livre est condamné parce qu'il ne joue pas le jeu. En ce sens, il est étranger à la société où il vit...". Il refuse de mentir. Mentir, ce n'est pas seulement dire ce qui n'est pas. C'est aussi, c'est surtout dire plus que ce qui est et, en ce qui concerne le cœur humain, dire plus qu'on ne sent. C'est ce que nous faisons tous, tous les jours, pour simplifier la vie. Meursault, contrairement aux apparences, ne veut pas simplifier la vie. Il dit ce qu'il est, il refuse de masquer ses sentiments et aussitôt la société se sent menacée. » www.afscv.org 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, 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 pot luck event – no rsvp required. www.afberkeley.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.  Films include:  VISAGES, VILLAGES (Varda); DALIDA (Azuelos); CORPORATE (Silhol); CE QUI NOUS LIE (Klapisch); MONSIEUR ET MADAME ADELMAN (Bedos).  Plus French shorts before every film! http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm

October 21, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA invites you to see WHAT’S IN A NAME?  A comedy with serious overtones about human prejudices and interactions, one reviewer said “Le Prénom” tastes like a good wine. It begins with a dinner party when one guest asks the others to guess the name he has selected for the son he and his wife are soon to have. When he shares the scandalous name he has chosen, everyone has an opinion. With sharp dialogue and great acting that won Cesar awards for Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec, this film is both entertaining and provides material for a good discussion about social hypocrisy.  4PM OR 7PM.  $10.  Jarvis Conservatory.  www.afnapa.org for details.

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 22, 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 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.  PIECE MONTEE / A WEDDING CAKE, to be screened at BIBLOS.  BIBLOS, the French reading club, invites you to a screening of the French comedy of mores Pièce montée [A Wedding Cake] (2010) by director Denys Granier-Deferre. It is based on the novel Une pièce montée (2006) by Blandine Le Callet, a book we read and discussed as part of our Biblos menu a few semesters ago and is being currently discussed in a Continuing Education class (en français, naturellement) at the Downtown campus.  Open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). ?In French with English subtitles. ? Free and open to all.  NO reservation necessary. Bring your own coffee (and own cushion if you wish) and please, please, come on time. Latecomers will be guillotined.

October 24, 2017.  GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Cocktails at 6pm, dinner at 6:30.  Election of AFSR Officers and Board members for 2017-2018.  Guest Presentation: LES CITROENS par JEAN-PIERRE TEYSSIER.  Reserve Soon!  The price for this special dinner is $35 for members, $40 for guest (gratuity & tax included). La Gare Restaurant, 208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa.  Please indicate your main dish preference (choice of salmon, pork schnitzel or vegetarian spanakopita).  Deadline for reservations is Friday, October 20.  Mail your check or pay via our website by clicking here.  AFSR 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. 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 24, 2017.  IKO YAYA plays NEW ORLEANS SWAMP & ROLL at Ashkenaz.  Dance lesson with Linda Francis.  Iko Yaya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched “swamp and roll” for dancing. The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, and it’ll be a night of “bon temps roulez” big time! The musicians got together in 2013 to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them, and, as Jim Scott reports, “That’s when the party started!” Tonight it’s a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music – blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even country – all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. 8pm-11pm.  www.ashkenaz.com

October 26, 2017.  VERNISSAGE for paintings by STEPHANE BLANCHARD at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   Abstraction is Blanchard's form of expression, a way for him to discover his inner self, his "window on the infinite" as he likes to call it. Abstraction is combined with a hyper-realism technique which is a way for him to create forms that are both light and dense. The search for volumes that absorb themselves is at the core of his work. He also wants to capture the light and make it an essential part of his paintings by adding alterations and the color red, which for Blanchard symbolizes life itself.  How to materialize the invisible? How to answer with forms, colors and images? These are questions Blanchard constantly deals with in his paintings.  The artist has his own vision, made of harmony, distance and elegance. No touch of color, light or substance is added at random on the canvas. His work evokes wide open spaces, the infinite, audacity... and leaves you free to imagine what you want.  $10/$5 for members.  www.afsf.com for details.

October 26, 2017.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE à Los Gatos.  Le Cercle de Lecture se reunira le 26 octobre à 4:00pm au Boulanger de Los Gatos.  Paul et Virginie de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. (Traditionnellement au mois d'octobre nous choisissons un classique de la littérature française) - 1788-  L'histoire se passe à l'Île Maurice, alors colonie française, à la veille de la Révolution française. Deux amis d'enfance tombent amoureux mais sont séparés… Pour tout renseignement prière de contacter Bernadette. www.afscv.org 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.

Opening October 27, 2017.  THE PARIS OPERA.  Documentary about the iconic Parisian performing arts institution.  In French with English subtitles.  Shattuck, Berkeley.

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

October 28, 2017.  THE “FRIVOLOUS PRINCE”: JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963).  A Café-Musée event presented by RENEE MOREL.  A French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker born to a socially prominent Parisian family, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) is best known for his films The Blood of a PoetLes Parents terribles,Beauty and the Beast, and Orpheus (1949). Leaving home at fifteen, the young Cocteau soon became known in Bohemian artistic circles, collaborating with Léon Bakst on the Ballets Russes. An important exponent of avant-garde art, Cocteau had great influence on the work of others, including a group of composers known as “Les Six.” His experiments with the human voice peaked with The Human Voice, a play where a woman alone on stage speaks on the telephone to her invisible and inaudible departing lover. Cocteau’s opium addiction and his efforts to stop profoundly changed his literary style. His most notable book, Les Enfants Terribles, was written in a week during a strenuous weaning. Openly bisexual, Cocteau long-lasting relationships with actor Jean Marais and, later, Édouard Dermit, whom he formally adopted.  Come and see the many facets of an amazing magician whose remarkable  circle of associates and friends included Apollinaire, Picasso, Modigliani, Gertrude Stein, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, Colette, Jean Genet, Yul Brynner, Édith Piaf, and Raymond Radiguet.  The Café Musée is an officially recognized CCSF club whose activities are largely supported by the Downtown Associated Students. Our previous presentations, “Jacques-Émile Blanche: A High Society Painter at the Time of Proust” and “The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)” were extremely popular.  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges.  IN FRENCH. Come practice your French and meet others!  Organized by our great Café Musée team and presented by Renée Morel.  Donation: $5.  The presentation will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.?  (IMPORTANT: Even though the description is in English, the presentation will be en français!)  9:30am-12:30pm.  IMPORTANTWe will NOT be in our usual auditorium, but in an altogether different building (the SCIENCE building) and room (Room 100). Unfortunately, that building is on top of a hill. If you want to avoid the steps, there is a road up, but for pedestrians only. Please allow for plenty of time to locate the building and auditorium.  City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., SF. To join us, write to reneemorel@gmail.com  Merci à Danny Ngan, Ann King, Anne Gamboni, Danny Yanow & Alex Engleman!

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 29, 2017.  UN DIMANCHE EN ALSACE…  celebrated by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SILICON VALLEY et L’ILE DE FRANCE.  Célébrer la choucroute et Halloween.  Midi. Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Ave., San José.  www.afscv.org

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

Through November 3, 2017.  FRENCH AUTHOR DOMINIQUE FABRE will be in San Francisco as the second participant in the writing residency A ROOM WITH A VIEW.  Mark you calendars for the following highlights:  Litquake Festival: Longform Fiction From Europe, a panel discussion on International Literature - Friday, October 13th, 2017 | 7pm – 9pm.  Green Apple Books on the Park: Reading and Q&A - October 30th, 2017 at 7:30pm.  Stay tuned for the entire program of events!  http://frenchculture.org/books/events/dominique-fabre-san-francisco-room-view

Through 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/ NOTE: Readers of the Bay Area Francophile List can get a special discount code for Colette Uncensored by using the code Paris2017 ($8 off).

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. 

ARAB FILM FESTIVAL, including BEZNESS AS USUAL (Tunisia), a Moroccan documentary short, HEAVEN SENT (France/Lebanon), IN BETWEEN (France/Israel),, IN SYRIA (Belgium, France, Lebanon & Syria); INVESTIGATING PARADISE (Algeria, France); NUT$ (Lebanon); OFF FRAME AKA REVOLUTION UNTIL VICTORY (France, Lebanon); and TRAMONTANE (Lebanon, France, Qatar, UAE).  For details:  http://fest.arabfilmfestival.org/2017/all-films-events/  Through October 16, 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.

LOVING VINCENT.  A biopic about the artist Vincent Van Gogh.  Now playing. 

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. 

PIECE MONTEE / A WEDDING CAKE, to be screened at BIBLOS.  BIBLOS, the French reading club, invites you to a screening of the French comedy of mores Pièce montée [A Wedding Cake] (2010) by director Denys Granier-Deferre. It is based on the novel Une pièce montée (2006) by Blandine Le Callet, a book we read and discussed as part of our Biblos menu a few semesters ago and is being currently discussed in a Continuing Education class (en français, naturellement) at the Downtown campus.  Open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). ?In French with English subtitles. ? Free and open to all.  NO reservation necessary. Bring your own coffee (and own cushion if you wish) and please, please, come on time. Latecomers will be guillotined. October 24, 2017. 

WHAT’S IN A NAME?  A comedy with serious overtones about human prejudices and interactions, one reviewer said “Le Prénom” tastes like a good wine. It begins with a dinner party when one guest asks the others to guess the name he has selected for the son he and his wife are soon to have. When he shares the scandalous name he has chosen, everyone has an opinion. With sharp dialogue and great acting that won Cesar awards for Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec, this film is both entertaining and provides material for a good discussion about social hypocrisy.  4PM OR 7PM.  $10.  Jarvis Conservatory.  www.afnapa.org for details. October 21, 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  

October 14, 2017-January 28, 2018.  GUSTAV KLIMT:  DIALOGUES WITH AUGUSTE RODIN.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

Through November 1, 2017.  NEEDLES AND PENS presents SCULP, with works byy ALEXANDRE BAVARD and others.  1173 Valencia St., SF.  www.needlesandpens.com 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 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 February 24, 2017.  MECHANISMS at WATTIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART features works by EVA BARTO, NEIL BELOUFA and JEAN-LUC MOULEN.  These days, machines don't look much like machines. Heavy and greasy machinery is absent from the smooth surfaces of digital interfaces and the weightlessness of cloud computing. [...]  Machines are everywhere but seem to be nowhere. They are part of the air we breathe, overseeing our lives and our bodies, from the way we communicate and consume to how we trade and how we travel. Some are objects or devices, but others are systems and infrastructures - a machine can be a thing as well as a method for organizing things. [...]"  French artists Eva BartoNeil Beloufa and Jean-Luc Moulènewill be included in this exhibition.  "Mechanisms" is a collective show curated by Anthony Huberman.  Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, California College of Arts, 1111 Eighth Street,, San Francisco, CA, 94107-2247.  http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/mechanisms-wattis-institute-contemporary-art

Through 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/

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

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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 1, 2017.  TALK WITH BACHIR KERROUMI:  LE MIROIR DE L’EXIL.  6pm.  Bachir Kerroumi has always fought not to let himself be overcome by his blindness. He holds a doctorate in management sciences, has worked as a researcher and a consultant for many large international groups. He has also created his own business that provides specialized training in computer science. In addition, Bachir Kerroumi is the author of many works about disabled people in the workplace.  You are welcome to join us on November 1st, Bachir Kerroumi will present his new book and discuss about it at the Alliance Française !  Event organized with San Francisco Bay Accueil, at the Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  $10/$5.  www.afsf.com 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 7, 2017. CAFE PSYCHOLOGIQUE with YVETTE CHALOM. Alliance Française de Berkeley. 17h. www.afberkeley.org 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 16, 2017.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com 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.

November 24-December 17, 2017.  CIRQUE DE BOHEME HOLIDAY CIRCUS presents FREEDOM at Cornerstones in Sonoma.  We are happy to announce that this winter the Cirque de Bohème Holiday Circus is back at Cornerstone in Sonoma!  Cirque de Bohème will present its new 2017 spectacle called Freedom” with a new story, new cast, and many surprises…  And, due to overwhelming support and demand - you asked for more shows and we listened!  We sincerely thank you for making our Holiday circus part of your family tradition for 5 years. We look forward to spending another magical experience with all of you!  This year we are offering 3 shows per day - November 24, 25 & 26, December 2 & 3, and 9 & 10, and 16 & 17.  (Shows daily at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.)  Tickets are available online at the following link:  http://cirquedeboheme2017.brownpapertickets.com

December 2, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL presents A DAY OF SILENTS, including THE RAT.  Set in the criminal underworld of Paris, this 1925 British box-office smash hit features the beguiling Ivor Novello as the apache Pierre Boucheron, aka The Rat. Novello would go on to star in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926) and Downhill(1927), but it was The Rat that made him a Valentino-like sensation. Novello’s knife-throwing Rat (a role he created for himself on stage) is dangerous to men, irresistible to women—especially to slumming aristocrat Zélie de Chaumet (Isabel Jeans). Director Cutts does a splendid job bringing Belle Époque Paris to life in his London studio.  Live musical accompaniment by Sascha Jacobsen and the Musical Art Quintet.  4:30pm.  $17/$15 members.  http://www.silentfilm.org/

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 12, 2017. CAFE PSYCHOLOGIQUE with YVETTE CHALOM. Alliance Française de Berkeley. 17h. www.afberkeley.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.

January 19-21, 2018.  VOICES OF MUSIC presents AN EVENING IN PARIS:  MUSIC FOR THE KING’S CHAMBER AND PARIS SALONS.  High baroque music by COUPERIN, MARAIS & Telemann.  1/19, All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, 8pm; 1/20, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco, 8pm; 1/21, St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley, 7:30pm.  www.voicesofmusic.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 16-April 7, 2018.  EXIT THEATRE presents EUGENE IONESCO’s EXIT THE KING.  Translated by Donald Watson; directed by Stuart Bousel.  King Berenger clings to life like he clung to his scepter but one-by-one his faculties, staff, and two wives are taken from him until he has no choice but to die, as we all must: alone. But will he die at peace? Directed by Stuart Bousel, Ionesco’s celebrated Exit the King returns to the EXIT in a vibrant new production that shows us how to look Death in the eye, laugh in Death’s face, and go quietly into the long night whether we’ve lived gracefully or not.  www.theexit.org

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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