November 16-24, 2017

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November Events

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 16, 2017. CELEBRATE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU at LEFT BANK!  www.leftbank.com for details.

November 17, 2017.  KIDS’ NIGHT OUT WITH EFBA.  5pm.  “Kids’ night out” is a French evening activity time taking place one Friday night per trimester in San Francisco.  “Kids’ night out” is a French evening activity time taking place one Friday night per quarter in San Francisco. What, exactly, goes on at “Kids’ night out?” Fun, laughter, dreaming while discovering different facets of the different French-speaking countries’ cultures. While your children experience the joys of an evening party full of games and discoveries in the language of Molière, you, the parents, can enjoy an evening to yourselves. Each trimester, a new theme and new adventure are offered. This time, the theme is Henri IV’s famous "poule au pot":"All the inhabitants of my kingdom shall have a chicken in their cooking pot this Winter!" This is the promise that the King Henry IV of France would have made before elevating the "poule au pot" as the national dish of the Kingdom in 1589. He mandates his knights to search for laying hens across the country! But Ravaillac, the sworn enemy of the good King Henry IV, intends to prevent them... Will he succeed?  What do you bring? Dinner and anything the child need for rest, if necessary (stuffed animal, pillow, sleeping bag or blanket).  Up to 21 children from K to 5th grade (5-11 years old).  5pm-10pm.  International Language School Canada (ILSC), 1 Embarcadero Center, Lobby 1, San Francisco. 

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.  JIM JARRETT stars in VINCENT, the story of VINCENT VAN GOGH, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.  Inspired by the hundreds of letters Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother, this compelling event paints an intimate portrait of the great artist, who labored in obscurity, able to sell only a single portrait during his lifetime.  $20-$55.  3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.  http://paloaltoicc.org/Events/vincent-1 or  https://www.broadwayworld.com/san-francisco/article/Leonard-Nimoys-VINCENT-Comes-to-Palo-Alto-1118-20170926

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

November 18, 2017.  MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND perform at Ashkenaz.  The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot." Accompanying St. Mary are some of the finest Cajun and zydeco musicians in Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. His band includes guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Dana Mandell, and drummer Timothy Orr.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8 pm; Performance at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $10 Students.  www.ashkenaz.com

November 18 & 19, 2017.  VIVE!  AN EVENING OF FRENCH AND FRENCH-INFLUENCED MUSIC. With FAURE’s REQUIEM IN D MINOR, LEONARD BERSTEIN’s THE LARK (music for Joan of Arc) and MORTEN LAURIDSEN’s DIRAIT-ON.  Calvary Presbyteran Church, 2515 Fillmore, SF.  $28-$34.  8pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  Free for junior and high school students (email ticketsforkids@sfchoral.org) . https://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2387 for tickets.

November 18 & 19, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CHAMBER CHOIR performs LEGENDS OF LOSS, MYTHS OF IMMORTALITY.  With FREDERIC ROSSELET, cello.  $10-$20.  11/18, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Oakland, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland, or 11/19, Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont.  925.338.7282 or www.sfbaychoir.org for details.

November 19, 2017.  DELPHI TRIO, including Canadian violinist LIANA BERUBE, performs at the Cathedral Basilica St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose.  3pm.  Free.  www.sjco.org for details.

November 19, 2017.  JIN KYUNG LIM, organ, performs works by JEAN LANGLAIS and more.  4pm.  Free.  St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., SF.  415.567.2020 for details.

November 19, 2017.  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EVENING chez Val & Abram, organized by the CERCLE FRANÇAIS DE PETALUMA.Bring your new favorite beaujolais, and something to eat. 5:30 p.m.  Check their Facebook page for details.

November 19, 2017.  GALLIMAUFRY presents WILD THINGS, directed by SHIRA KAMMEN. “Wild Things” a concert of early and traditional songs of beasts, great and small, imaginary and actual, terrestrial aerial, and amphibian. Gallimaufry was formed in early 2014 by well-known early music scholar and musician, Shira Kammen. The group performs music from the medieval and Renaissance eras, as well as traditional and contemporary settings of early texts and tunes. The group is unusual in the early music world for performing mostly secular rather than sacred music. Our name, “Gallimaufry,” is a 16th century French word meaning mix or medley (referring usually to a stew or soup), and reflects the variety of music the group performs. Led by Ms. Kammen as Artistic Director, who also arranges and composes some of the music the ensemble performs, Gallimaufry consists of 20 or so singers from throughout the Bay Area, with experience ranging from skilled amateur to semi-professional. Gallimaufry primarily performs a cappella, but each concert also includes some accompanied pieces and some early or traditional instrumental music performed by Ms. Kammen and by guest artists as well.  7 PM.  Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington.  Tickets (door only): $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students.

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 21, 2017.  JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS perform at Ashkenaz.  Dance lesson with Cheryl McBride.  Details to follow.  www.ashkenaz.com

Through November 22, 2017. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents MASSENET's MANON. www.sfopera.com or 415.864.3330 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 presents FREEDOM.  Cirque de Boheme, is coming back this year again at Cornerstone for a new show call “Freedom”New story, great cast with Colin Donkeyboy Creveling, Amelia Van Brunt, Planaria Ficklesmire, Kirsten E Gerding, Naomi Aeva, Abigail Baird, Luna Michelis, Michel Saga and we have the chance to have included in our new show a special creation by Kamela Portuges-Robbins of Images In Motion Media.  Technical team with Tony Ginesi, Steve Hagstrom, Jake Meyer, Christina Strohe, Claudia Lighthall.  “Freedom” is a great show for family and kids !  This year more then all the past years we feel how it will be nice for the people of the Valley and the Bay area to do a magical journey with our circus troupe !  A portion of our proceeds are offering to the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and also to the SRFACS school in Santa Rosa. We also support by giving an amount of free tickets the Living Room organization.  The Living Room is the only day center in Sonoma County specifically serving homeless and at-risk women and their children.  And… Cirque de Boheme are also offering an amount of free tickets tickets to children and families that lost their homes in the fires.  It will be a big help for us if you can let your families and friends about this circus tradition here at Cornerstone in Sonoma !  Our shows dates are :  November 24th, 25th and 26th. (1pm, 3pm 5pm and only 1pm and 3pm on the 11/26th)  December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. (1pm, 3pm 5pm and only 11am and 1pm on the 12/02nd)  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.

November 28, 2017.  MEET THE EXPERT at the FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Settling in the San Francisco Bay area and leaving France (at least temporarily) triggers many consequences for the Expat who needs to grapple with U.S tax system, French nonresident tax system and more globally needs to deal with a highly complex cross-border wealth management.  Join us to this “meet the expert” session and interact with our two experienced Investment Advisors Representatives on the pitfalls of maintaining nexus in France.  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  FACCSF Business Center, 26 O'Farrell Suite #500, San Francisco.  www.faccsf.com

November 30, 2017.  FROM BIOTCH TO TECHBIO:  IMPACT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE BIOTECH INDUSTRY.  Biology has seen technology bring scientists powerful tools to deepen and accelerate discoveries as much as their deployment. Artificial intelligence, deep learning, and big data keep disrupting the industry. Biotech startups that are more technology companies than biology ones are emerging.  Join us to discuss how technology is impacting the biotech world and what trends we should see emerge in the coming years.6:30 pm to 8:30 pm  Spear Tower, 1 Market Plaza, 24th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. www.faccsf.com

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!   

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. Now playing.  

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 21, 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. Now playing.

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 or December 10 or 16, 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 Now playing.

ALSO NOTE: TUESDAY FILMS AT THE AFSF: Join us as we show contemporary films from France and the French-speaking world every Tuesday at 7pm (holidays excepted). Screenings are at the Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, between Larkin and Polk, and are free (donation suggested). For upcoming movie titles and more details, visit http://afsf.com or call 415.775.7755.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1721 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in June. To learn more : http://www.afdesacramento.org/calendar

ART  

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.

Through 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 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 18, 2018.  FRANCE IS A FEAST:  THE PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY OF PAUL AND JULIA CHILD.  Napa Valley Museum. 

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 1, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents NUIT BLANCHE – THE PARTY.  6pm-11:30pm.  French Buffet, Bar & Live Music. 6PM to 12AM - FREE ENTRANCE!  More surprises to come!  www.afsf.com for details.  RVSP required : https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/nuit-blanche-the-party-tickets-39340628880

December 1-3, 2017.  THE LITTLE PRINCE, a 2003 operatic adaptation of the SAINT-EXUPERY classic by RACHEL PORTMAN and OPERA PARALLELE.   7pm or 3pm.  $25-$75.  Cowell theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., SF  415.345.7575 or www.operaparallele.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 6 or 9, 2017.    LES FETES FRANÇAISES TRADITIONNELLES. Presented in French by Laurence Delahaye.  Best for levels 5 to 8 students - $25 .  This conference is offered twice, at The French Class:  Wednesday, December 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Saturday, December 9th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  History buffs, francophones and francophiles, please join us for this conference in French. We will define together the main dates and events of French History and the people who changed it, through paintings and photos.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

December 7, 2017.  LES AFFICHES DE LEONETTO CAPPIELLO.  Presented by RENEE MOREL.  BIBLOS, the French reading club, ?and HISTORIA, the History club, ?invite you to a slide presentation—en français, naturellement—on the daringly innovative and fun images of “The Father of Modern Advertising,” Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942), at the Downtown campus of CCSF.  Over the course of his long career, Leonetto Cappiello produced several hundred posters in a style that revolutionized the art of poster design, revisiting the fin-de-siècle pictures to create images more relevant to the faster pace of the 20th century. In a startling contrast to his predecessors, like Mucha or Jules Chéret, who favored decorative Art nouveau or painterly Belle Époque styles, Cappiello, a caricaturist who had no formal training in art, used bold figures popping out of black backgrounds and brought vibrant colors to the grey streets of Paris. He created an endearing menagerie of zany animals and commedia dell’arte characters. Because his posters stood out from the rest, he attracted lucrative new advertisers to his agency and celebrities were flattered to be portrayed in his commercial images. Today, Cappiello’s original posters are still eagerly collected and sold at auction by dealers around the world.  Please, SVP, come on time (latecomers will be guillotined). No reservation. Free and open to all. Open seating (first come, first served). Bring your own cushion and dress in layers.  6:30pm-8pm.  Downtown campus, 88 Fourth St (between Mission and Market), Room B33, Basement.  Parking on Mission at 4th St.

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, 2017.  KLIMT AND RODIN:  A MUSICAL ENCOUNTER.  Hosted by Malte Roesner – Bass and others.  Palace of the Legion of Honor, 3pm-4:30pm.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org for details.

December 10-23, 2017.  A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS, including music by POULENC and more.  We follow the journey of the wise men, across the ages and the world. Our fellow pilgrims are a motley group of shepherds and onlookers–Welsh, Huron, Indian, English, Americans of all origins–reveling in the wonder, joy, and peace that the Christmas story brings. Candle-lit Gregorian chant gives way to music by Morales, Gonzalez, Victoria, Poulenc, Sweelinck, and traditional carols, gospel and spirituals.Venues vary.  $35-$75.  415.252.8589 or www.chanticleer.org for details.

December 11, 2017.  THE MECHANICS’ LIBRARY’s book group reads DEATH IN BRITTANY by JEAN-LUC BANNALEC.    Commissaire Georges Dupin, a cantankerous, Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote Breton coast, is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven—a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen—is in shock. The legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead.  www.milibrary.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.

Through December 21, 2017.  WHAT’S A HUMAN ANYWAY?  FILMS FROM THE GLOBAL LENS COLLECTION.  Each of these films, by talented directors from underrepresented regions around the globe, is firmly grounded in local reality and depicts a specific set of experiences, yet the similarities they share remind us that some existential truths transcend language and borders. These films transport us around the world, providing diverse cinematic perspectives on what it means to be human anywhere.  The series celebrates the Global Lens Collection, a treasury of feature films from around the world donated to BAMPFA in 2016. The collection grew out of the Global Film Initiative, launched in 2003 with the mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through cinema.  Including:  BUFFALO BOY (Vietnamese coming-of-age story about a boy and his buffalo, set in French colonial Indochina circa 1940, won the special prize from the Youth Jury at the Locarno Film Festival);  KABALA (Magic spells lend a helping hand in this poetic feature about a young man’s troubled relationship with his native village in Mali); IN THE BATTLEFIELDS (A young girl tries to befriend her aunt’s teenage maid in this keenly observed coming-of-age tale from Lebanon, set in war-torn 1980s Beirut).   For details:  https://bampfa.org/program/whats-human-anyway-films-global-lens-collection

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 9, 2018.  UNE JOURNEE CHEZ MA MERE, une comédie musicale à la française, mise en scène par VIRGINIE LEMOINE.  Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow.

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 2018.  ALEXIS MONCORGE performs in AMOK, an adaptation of a Stefan Zweig novella.  Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow.

March 2018.  SPECTACLE DE LA D-BOUSSOLE. Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow.

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 2018.  ANDREA BESCOND performs in LES CHATOUILLES with GREGORY GALIN in BONNE ANNEE.  Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow.

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 2018.  ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT in MONSIEUR IBRAHIM ET LES FLEURS DU CORAN at the Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow.

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/

November 2018.  LA MAIN DE LEILA.  Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow

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