October 26-November 3, 2017

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October & November Events

October 25, 2017. GENEVIEVE SELLIER, Professor of French and Film, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, presents LES FEMMES CINEASTES FACE AU CLIVAGE FRANÇAIS ENTRE CINEMA D’AUTEUR ET CINEMA DE GENRE.  1:10pm, French Library of Thought, 4229 Dwinelle Hall, UC-Berkeley.  510.642.2715 for details.
 
October 25, 2017.  VALERIE SAINTE-AGATHE conducts the SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS’ CHORUS.  8pm.  $26-$36.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.863.1752 or www.sfgirlschorus.org for details.

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.  SERENADE FOR HAITI.  With director OWSLEY BROWN & producers CHRISTY MCGILL & ANNE FLATTE.  Sainte Trinité Music School in the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti thrived despite decades of entrenched poverty and political strife. When a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the school in 2010, a stunned and devastated faculty and student body had to pick up the pieces and find a way to move forward. Filmed over a seven-year period that began before the earthquake, this richly detailed documentary by Bay Area director Owsley Brown weaves a story of transcendence and great humanity as it illustrates the incredible power of music, art and education to hold together one community through tragedy, upheaval and uncertainty. Camera: Marcel Cabrera. Producers: Anne Flatté, Christy McGill. Director: Owsley Brown. (US 2017) 70 minutes plus discussion.  7:15pm.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. www.cafilm.org

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.  BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE), winner of 3 awards at the Cannes Film Festival & France’s entry in the 2018 best foreign language film Oscar race, recreates ACT UP Paris in the 1990s, curing the height of the AIDS pandemic.  Check local listings.

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

Opening October 27, 2017. VISAGES VILLAGES / FACES PLACES, dir. AGNES VARDA.  A lively road movie centering on a couple of unlikely buddies, this stunning documentary pairs 89-year-old Agnes Varda, leading figure of the French New Wave, with JR, the acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist. They drive around the French countryside in JR’s photo truck, producing epic-size portraits of locals and applying them to the walls of the villages where they live and work. Houses, barns, storefronts and factories are emblazoned with the oversized portraits, creating a visual spectacle in itself and reflecting Varda and JR’s friendly interaction with the people they encounter. It’s a meeting of mind and spirit between two artists who share a lifelong passion for images and the means to share them with the world. In French with English subtitles. Directors: Agnes Varda, JR.  (France 2017) 89 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. www.cafilm.org

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!

October 28, 2017.  PASCALE BEALE presents LES LEGUMES.  3pm. Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., SF.  www.omnivorebooks.com for details.

October 28 & 29, 2017.  MARTINE JARDEL shows her work in ARTISAN OPEN STUDIOS, 11am-6pm.  Yosemite Place, 1777 Yosemite Ave., Studio #220, San Francisco, CA. 

Through October 29, 2017.  UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL, including screenings of SEMBENE (10/26, Sénégal, 89 min), MEETING SNOWDEN (10/28, France/Russia/US, 49 min), THROUGH MY EYES:  HANI’S JOURNEY (10/29, Canada/Lebanon/Syria, 30 min), A SERENADE FOR HAITI (10/29, Haiti, 70 min), and DEMAIN (10/29, France & more, 120 min).  Stanford University; locations vary.  See website for details:  http://www.unaff.org/2017/schedule.html

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.  ANDERSON AND ROE PLANE DUO accompany a screening of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein with works by RAVEL, SAINT-SAENS and more.  7pm.  $20-$69.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details. 

October 29, 2017.  ANSSI KARTTUNEN, NICOLAS HODGES, cello & piano, perform works by PASCAL DUSAPIN and others.  3pm.  $29-$58.  Hertz Hall, Bancroft Way and College Ave., Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

October 29, 2017.  CHAMBER MUSIC WITH MEMBERS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, including works by ROUSSEL.  2pm.  $40.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details. 

October 29, 2017.  RAYMOND HAWKINS, organ, plays works by VIERNE and more.  4pm.  Free.  St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., SF.  415.567.2020 for details.

October 29, 2017.  THE ARTS AT ST. BEDE’S presents CLERESTORY’s O SWEET, SPONTANEOUS EARTH!  “O Sweet, Spontaneous Earth” The Bay Area’s acclaimed 9-man vocal ensemble, presents a musical celebration of the natural world and the wild and beautiful things that inhabit it. In the music of Palestrina, Byrd, JANEQUIN, Howells, Hindemith, Vaughan Williams, and many more, you will be reminded of what nature meant to poets and composers of the past, as well as hear Clerestory’s commitment to putting down roots in the musical soil of its own era. This fresh, local, and ultimately sustainable offering of Bay Area song-fare is sure to delight your senses.  4 PM.  St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, $10–$20. 650-854-6456 or  kmckee@stbedesmenlopark.org.

October 29, 2017.  CORO CICONIA, directed by Asher Davison, presents THE DEATHLY SHALLOWS.  “The Deathly Shallows” Singers Peter Fisher, Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen Wolfe-Visnick perform a program of diverse ruminations on the transience of transitions—musical facets, including MACHAUT’s final three motets and lamentations by DU FAY and BRUMEL, organized around the five expressive timbres of Ockeghem’s Missa pro defunctis.  7 PM  Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington.  Suggested donations at the door: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 student.

October 29, 2017. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE CHAMBER PLAYERS & J415 present AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES.  Nicolas McGegan, conductor.  Nic and the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players join the students from the Juilliard School’s elite period instrument ensemble, J415, in a special side-by-side concert to explore the world of baroque music with a tour of works by LECLAIR, Gluck, Avison, Scarlatti, Telemann, RAMEAU and others. Hear works inspired by the music, culture and people of Baroque France, Spain, Scotland, the Ottoman Empire, Persia and China in this musical excursion. Come to the museum early to enjoy free access to the dynamic exhibit in Wilsey Court, the Café and Terrace with sculpture garden, and the Hamon Observation Tower on the 9th floor with 360 degree views of the city. Tickets to other museum exhibits can be purchased on site.  4 PM.  Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.  $25.  https://philharmonia.org/2017-2018-season/j415-le-monde-galante/

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 29-November 4, 2017.  ROAD SCHOLAR NATIONAL EARLY MUSIC WORKSHOP.   Enhance your technique and ensemble playing during an intensive workshop with director Letitia Berlin and other stellar faculty. Two fabulous weeks—choose either week or both! Explore the Music of England and France from the 13th to 18th centuries, with some modern composers as well! Faculty are Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, and Miyo Aoki, recorders; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba. Recorder and viol technique classes geared toward application of technique practice to the repertoire—making music out of notes! Master class and consort classes. All-Workshop Orchestra, conducted by Frances Blaker. For complete class offerings and to register, visit https://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/event-road-scholar-early-music-workshop-week-1_134.htm.  Continues following week:  Hidden Valley Institute of the Performing Arts, 88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley.  To register online visit https://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/event-road-scholar-early-music-workshop-week-1_134.htm  For more information contact Peter Meckel  at info@hiddenvalleymusic.orgor 831-659-3115.  To register by telephone, call Road Scholar Registration toll-free at 1-800-454-5768 and ask for program number #6254RJ.  For questions about the workshop curriculum please email Tish Berlin, Director, at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net or call 510-882-1169.

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

October 31, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens SHEITAN.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or  www.afsf.com for details.

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

November 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.

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

November 3, 2017.  MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE screens THE TRAIN (1964) as part of their AU REVOIR, JEANNE MOREAU series.  It’s near the end of the Second World War the Allies are nearing Paris, and the Nazis are making a last ditch effort to loot artistic treasures from France. Burt Lancaster plays resistance cell leader Paul Lebiche, who sets out to sabotage the departure of a train loaded with modern paintings. Jeanne Moreau is the sultry widow who assists him, and Paul Scofield is the villainously cultured Nazi general absconding with French culture. An excellent cast and terrific action sequences make for a nail-biting battle of wits. This film is loosely based on Rose Valland’s book non-fiction book and memoir, Le Front de l’Art.   6pm.  4th Floor Meetingn room.  415.393.0116 or www.milibrary.org for details.

November 3-6, 2017.  THE FRENCH HAD A  NAME FOR IT 4 at the Roxie Theatre!  Wide-ranging FRENCH FILM NOIR series with a strong focus on the films of JEAN GABIN & JEANNE MOREAU.  5 days/13 films, including:

The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA - (415) 863-1087.  Ticket price for each double bill program is $14; or $12 for matinees.  Festival pass for all films: $55 until 10/23, $65 thereafter, at http://midcenturyproductions.com

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).

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, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.  7:30pm; dance lesson at 7pm.  www.rigomania.com

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 5, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom.  3:30pm-6:30pm.   One of our favorite nightclubs in the Sacramento area. This is a great place to hear the band.  www.powerhousepub.com for details.

November 6, 2017.  LISA MOSES LEFF gives a talk entitled THE ARCHIVE THIEF:  THE MAN WHO SALVAGED FRENCH JEWISH HISTORY IN THE WAKE OF THE HOLOCCAUST at UC Berkeley.  6:30pm reception, 7pm lecture.  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, 2121 Aliston Way, Berkeley.  RSVP to jewishstudies@berkeley.edu

November 7, 2017. CAFE PSYCHOLOGIQUE with YVETTE CHALOM. Alliance Française de Berkeley. 17h. www.afberkeley.org for details.

November 9, 2017.  ANLOR DAVIN speaks about her new book BEING SEEN.  Anlor, a French mother settled near SF, lived 46 years before learning she is autistic. She shares her unique path in a book titled Being Seen.  Her book chronicles her life explaining that not knowing how to manage her undiagnosed condition led her to become physically ill and how Zen meditation saved her. She gives intimate details on her youth, being a mother, a teacher and a Zen person.  On November, 9th come enjoy a great book signing at the Alliance française at 6PM.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com 

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 10-12, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the SAN MATEO HARVEST FESTIVAL.  A great annual Art and Crafts fair. We will play three sets per day, showtimes TBA.  Information: www.harvestfestival.com

November 12, 2017.  BACK TO BURGUNDY at the NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. Advanced screening ticket + VIP reception benefitting FACS Programs.  2pm.  Lincoln Theater, Yountville, CA.  The Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov 8-12, 2017) presents a special screening of Back To Burgundy on November 12th, 2017, at 2pm. Following the screening, acclaimed Napa Valley vinter (and Burgundy native) JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET will engage in a one-on-one conversation with the Consul General of France in San Francisco, EMMANUEL LEBRUN DAMIENSVIP RECEPTION:  Following the screening, Jean-Charles Boisset will host an intimate and exclusive post-screening VIP reception at his new special event space in Yountville, just minutes from the Lincoln Theater. A limited number of tickets (40 total) will be made available that will include both the screening/conversation and the VIP post-reception. The VIP tickets, which include the screening and the post-screening reception, will be $100 per ticket.  A portion of ticket proceeds will be shared by the film festival with FACS to support cultural exchange programs.  Purchase tickets to the advance screening and VIP reception:  http://nvff.org/box-office/back-to-burgundy-vip-reception/ABOUT THE FILM:  Ten years ago, Jean (Pio Marmaï) left his family and their family-run winery in Burgundy to tour the world. Learning of his father’s imminent death, he returns to his childhood home from Australia where he’s working for a major wine company. There, he reunites with his sister Juliette (Ana Girardot), and his brother Jérémie (François Civil).Their father passes away just before the harvest begins. Over the course of a year, in sync with the rhythm of the seasons, the three young adults rediscover and reinvent their familial bonds, maturing and blossoming along with the wine they are making.  You can only attend the film screening? Purchase your ticket hereDIRECTOR BIO:  Cédric Klapisch is a French writer and director. His successful films, Chacun Cherche Son Chat and Un Air de Famille, impressed critics and audiences alike and helped establish Klapisch as a man with considerable talent for capturing the nuances and flow of human interaction.  NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL:  Film-lovers can also enjoy the Napa Valley Film Festival in several ways: all 5-days, midweek or weekend passes available. More information:  http://nvff.org/passes/

November 12, 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.

November 14, 2017  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE with YVETTE CHALOM at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  5pm-6pm.  Thème du mois:  L’EMPRISE MATERNELLE.  Small group discussion in French with a different subject every month.  Free for members; $10 for non-members.  RSVP.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

November 16, 2017.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  On November 16, you are invited to celebrate with us the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau! Come for a great wine tasting in a friendly environment.  Did you know that all the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand ? The region of Beaujolais is 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide. There are nearly 4,000 grape growers who make their living in this picturesque region just north of France's third largest city, Lyon. Beaujolais Nouveau is usually released every third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest. The winemaking process of the Beaujolais preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine.  Come at the Alliance Française to learn more about wine and have a good time among wine lovers ! www.afsf.com for details.

November 17, 2017.  CONVERSATION SOIREE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU at the 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.   Venez goûter le Beaujolais Nouveau et donner votre avis 2017 ! A-t-il un goût fruité ou épicé ?  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.afberekeley.org 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 17, 2017.  MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE screens THE OLD LADY WHO WALKED IN THE SEA (1995) as part of their AU REVOIR, JEANNE MOREAU series.  Jeanne Moreau is the title character in this 1995 film about a pair of elderly and very successful con artists. Lady M and her old partner-in-crime/lover, Pompilious, may be well past their prime, but they remain competitive, jealous, and formidable. When Lady M takes Lambert, a handsome young beach-boy as a protégé, (and, she hopes, a lover) Pompilius is outraged. Much of the fun is in the barbs the two elderly partners exchange, and Moreau delivers a funny, raddled, oddly touching performance as a wicked woman out for one last grab at what she loves.  6pm.  4th Floor Meetingn room.  415.393.0116 or www.milibrary.org for details.

Through 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.centerrep.org
or www.LesherArtsCenter.org for details.

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

November 20, 2017.  CONFERENCE:  L’HISTOIRE DU CONSULAT DE FRANCE A SAN FRANCISCO, présentée par le CONSUL GENERAL A SAN FRANCISCO, EMMANUEL LEBRUN-DAMIENS.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Le Consul  nous parlera des premiers français arrivés à San Francisco à partir d'extraits de correspondances des différents Consuls des années 1850 à 1950 ainsi que des détails historiques de cette époque de la Ruée vers l'or.  Lecture in FrenchFree for our members/students with RSVP  before Friday Nov. 17th (seating limited); $15 for non-members. www.afberkeley.org for details.

November 21, 2017.  LE DINER DES CONS / THE DINNER GAME, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm-9pm.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.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 or December 10 or 16, 2017.  BAMPFA screens LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC (Carl Theodor Dreiser, 1928) as part of their ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series.  Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film focuses on the face as a landscape of the soul. Pauline Kael called it “one of the greatest of all movies.”  https://bampfa.org/program/art-cinematography 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

November 26, 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.

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!   

BACK TO BURGUNDY at the NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. Advanced screening ticket + VIP reception benefitting FACS Programs.  2pm.  Lincoln Theater, Yountville, CA.  The Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov 8-12, 2017) presents a special screening of Back To Burgundy on November 12th, 2017, at 2pm. Following the screening, acclaimed Napa Valley vinter (and Burgundy native) JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET will engage in a one-on-one conversation with the Consul General of France in San Francisco, EMMANUEL LEBRUN DAMIENSVIP RECEPTION:  Following the screening, Jean-Charles Boisset will host an intimate and exclusive post-screening VIP reception at his new special event space in Yountville, just minutes from the Lincoln Theater. A limited number of tickets (40 total) will be made available that will include both the screening/conversation and the VIP post-reception. The VIP tickets, which include the screening and the post-screening reception, will be $100 per ticket.  A portion of ticket proceeds will be shared by the film festival with FACS to support cultural exchange programs.  Purchase tickets to the advance screening and VIP reception:  http://nvff.org/box-office/back-to-burgundy-vip-reception/ABOUT THE FILM:  Ten years ago, Jean (Pio Marmaï) left his family and their family-run winery in Burgundy to tour the world. Learning of his father’s imminent death, he returns to his childhood home from Australia where he’s working for a major wine company. There, he reunites with his sister Juliette (Ana Girardot), and his brother Jérémie (François Civil).Their father passes away just before the harvest begins. Over the course of a year, in sync with the rhythm of the seasons, the three young adults rediscover and reinvent their familial bonds, maturing and blossoming along with the wine they are making.  You can only attend the film screening? Purchase your ticket hereDIRECTOR BIO:  Cédric Klapisch is a French writer and director. His successful films, Chacun Cherche Son Chat and Un Air de Famille, impressed critics and audiences alike and helped establish Klapisch as a man with considerable talent for capturing the nuances and flow of human interaction.  NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL:  Film-lovers can also enjoy the Napa Valley Film Festival in several ways: all 5-days, midweek or weekend passes available. More information:  http://nvff.org/passes/ November 12, 2017.

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE), winner of 3 awards at the Cannes Film Festival & France’s entry in the 2018 best foreign language film Oscar race, recreates ACT UP Paris in the 1990s, curing the height of the AIDS pandemic.  Check local listings. Opening October 27, 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. 

THE FRENCH HAD A  NAME FOR IT 4 at the Roxie Theatre!  Wide-ranging FRENCH FILM NOIR series with a strong focus on the films of JEAN GABIN & JEANNE MOREAU.  5 days/13 films, including:

The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA - (415) 863-1087.  Ticket price for each double bill program is $14; or $12 for matinees.  Festival pass for all films: $55 until 10/23, $65 thereafter, at http://midcenturyproductions.com November 3-6, 2017. 

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

THE OLD LADY WHO WALKED IN THE SEA (1995) is part of Mechanics' Institute's AU REVOIR, JEANNE MOREAU series.  Jeanne Moreau is the title character in this 1995 film about a pair of elderly and very successful con artists. Lady M and her old partner-in-crime/lover, Pompilious, may be well past their prime, but they remain competitive, jealous, and formidable. When Lady M takes Lambert, a handsome young beach-boy as a protégé, (and, she hopes, a lover) Pompilius is outraged. Much of the fun is in the barbs the two elderly partners exchange, and Moreau delivers a funny, raddled, oddly touching performance as a wicked woman out for one last grab at what she loves.  6pm.  4th Floor Meetingn room.  415.393.0116 or www.milibrary.org for details. November 17, 2017. 

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

SERENADE FOR HAITI.  With director OWSLEY BROWN & producers CHRISTY MCGILL & ANNE FLATTE.  Sainte Trinité Music School in the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti thrived despite decades of entrenched poverty and political strife. When a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the school in 2010, a stunned and devastated faculty and student body had to pick up the pieces and find a way to move forward. Filmed over a seven-year period that began before the earthquake, this richly detailed documentary by Bay Area director Owsley Brown weaves a story of transcendence and great humanity as it illustrates the incredible power of music, art and education to hold together one community through tragedy, upheaval and uncertainty. Camera: Marcel Cabrera. Producers: Anne Flatté, Christy McGill. Director: Owsley Brown. (US 2017) 70 minutes plus discussion.  7:15pm.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. www.cafilm.org October 26, 2017. 

THE TRAIN (1964) is part of Mechanics' Institute's AU REVOIR, JEANNE MOREAU series.  It’s near the end of the Second World War the Allies are nearing Paris, and the Nazis are making a last ditch effort to loot artistic treasures from France. Burt Lancaster plays resistance cell leader Paul Lebiche, who sets out to sabotage the departure of a train loaded with modern paintings. Jeanne Moreau is the sultry widow who assists him, and Paul Scofield is the villainously cultured Nazi general absconding with French culture. An excellent cast and terrific action sequences make for a nail-biting battle of wits. This film is loosely based on Rose Valland’s book non-fiction book and memoir, Le Front de l’Art.   6pm.  4th Floor Meetingn room.  415.393.0116 or www.milibrary.org for details. November 3, 2017. 

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL, including screenings of SEMBENE (10/26, Sénégal, 89 min), MEETING SNOWDEN (10/28, dir. Flore Vasseur, France/Russia/US, 49 min), THROUGH MY EYES:  HANI’S JOURNEY (10/29, Canada/Lebanon/Syria, 30 min), A SERENADE FOR HAITI (10/29, Haiti, 70 min), and DEMAIN (10/29, dir. Cyril Dion & Melanie Laurent, France & more, 120 min).  Stanford University; locations vary.  See website for details:  http://www.unaff.org/2017/schedule.html Through October 29, 2017. 

VISAGES VILLAGES / FACES PLACES, dir. AGNES VARDA.  A lively road movie centering on a couple of unlikely buddies, this stunning documentary pairs 89-year-old Agnes Varda, leading figure of the French New Wave, with JR, the acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist. They drive around the French countryside in JR’s photo truck, producing epic-size portraits of locals and applying them to the walls of the villages where they live and work. Houses, barns, storefronts and factories are emblazoned with the oversized portraits, creating a visual spectacle in itself and reflecting Varda and JR’s friendly interaction with the people they encounter. It’s a meeting of mind and spirit between two artists who share a lifelong passion for images and the means to share them with the world. In French with English subtitles. Directors: Agnes Varda, JR.  (France 2017) 89 min.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. www.cafilm.org Opening October 27, 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  

JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed LA ROSE DES VENTS at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers.  http://conservatoryofflowers.org/ for details.   He has also installed PEONY, THE KNOT OF SHAME at 836M Gallery in San Francisco.  http://www.7x7.com/jean-michel-othoniel-installs-la-rose-des-vents-sculpture-at-sfs-conse-1787239407.html for more information.

October 30-November 24, 2017.  MARTINE JARDEL shows her work in PERSPECTIVE at Telegraph Hill Gallery, 491 Greenwich St., San Francisco.  http://telegraphhillgallery.com 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 January 28, 2018.  GUSTAV KLIMT:  DIALOGUES WITH AUGUSTE RODIN.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.org for details.

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

CLASSES        

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COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

December 1, 2017.  MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE screens THE LAST TYCOON as part of their AU REVOIR, JEANNE MOREAU series.  In 1976, Elia Kazan adapted F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final, unfinished novel as a dream-like unsentimental film starring a young Robert DeNiro as the golden era Hollywood film producer Monroe Stahr. Stahr is adept at handling temperamental film stars, studio office politics, and conflicts between screenwriters and actors, but the rise of unions threatens the power he is used to wielding, and he is thrown emotionally off-track by a woman who resembles his lost, beloved wife. Jeanne Moreau appears as a talented, but impossible film star and Tony Curtis an insecure matinee idol. Fitzgerald based Monroe Stahr’s character on Irving Thalberg, the gifted producer who died tragically young. 6pm.  4th Floor Meetingn room.  415.393.0116 or www.milibrary.org for details.

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 5, 2017.  CAMUS MOVIE NIGHT at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or  www.afsf.com for details.

December 7, 2017.  ALBERT CAMUS’ THE FIRST MAN, staged at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Albert Camus’ Nobel Prize, the Alliance Française of San Francisco is organizing a retrospective the first week of December 2017.  Albert Camus is the most read French author abroad. Philosopher, writer and journalist, he’s notably famous for his political positions and his texts on absurdism and existentialism.  During this event, Jean-Paul Schintu will perform his adaptation of the last Albert Camus’ novel The First Man.  Jean-Paul Schintu is a French actor and stage director. Former student of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, he has performed in more than 60 plays, both classical (Molière, Musset, Maupassant) and contemporary (Sarraute, Ionesco, Claudel) in France and abroad.  When Camus died in 1960, he was working on the “The First Man”. The manuscript was found in his bath towel at the accident site. At that time, his wife and friends decided not to publish the unfinished novel. The text publication came out in 1994.  The book is an autobiographical novel written in third person. Usually reticent to talk about himself, Camus explicitly sets out on a pilgrimage to his past and to his private world. This novel addresses the absence of his father.  Camus also pays tribute to the Algeria of his childhood to which he is deeply attached. This homage was far from insignificant during the Algerian war (1954-1962). Albert Camus’ moderate position on this conflict was decried. The correct stance at the time was indeed to support the Algerian independence movement.  Jean-Paul Schintu will present his own interpretation of the novel in highlighting the most important excerpts such as the search of the father, the intense relation with his mother, the colonialism damages, and the difficulties to write during the Algerian conflict.  Come enjoy a great play on December 7th, at the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco!  www.afsf.com 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 9 or 27, 2017.  BAMPFA screens CLEO DE 5 A 7 (Agnès Varda, 1961) as part of their ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series.  Shot entirely on location in the streets of Paris, Cléo chronicles two hours in the life of a pop singer. A classic work of the French New Wave, “almost unique in the history of movies” (Pauline Kael).
https://bampfa.org/program/art-cinematography for details.

December 10, 2017.  BAMPFA screens POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE (Brault & Perrault, 1963) as part of their ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series.  Michel Brault and Pierre Perrault beautifully evoke the rhythms of rural life and language in this enchanting documentary about traditional customs on an isolated island in Quebec.  https://bampfa.org/program/art-cinematography for details.

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.

December 17, 2017.  BAMPFA screens LA POINTE COURTE (Varda, 1954) as part of their ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series.  Made outside the French film industry on a shoestring budget, Agnès Varda’s 1954 debut about two reunited lovers in a Mediterranean fishing port has been called the first film of the French New Wave.
https://bampfa.org/program/art-cinematography for details.

December 28, 2017.  BAMPFA screens LE CERCLE ROUGE (Melville, 1970) as part of their ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series.  Alain Delon, Gian-Maria Volonté, and Yves Montand star as thief, convict, and lawman in Jean-Pierre Melville’s “dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters, and cigarettes” (Los Angeles Times).
https://bampfa.org/program/art-cinematography for details.

December 29, 2017.  BAMPFA screens LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Resnais, 1961) as part of their ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series.  It’s déjà vu all over the place in Alain Resnais’s elegant, labyrinthine puzzle, written by Alain Robbe-Grillet and starring Delphine Seyrig. https://bampfa.org/program/art-cinematography 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 23, 2018.  CARLA BRUNI in concert.  Bay Area Caberet at the Venetian Room, Fairmont San Francisco.  415.927.4636 or www.bayareacabaret.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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