December 7-15, 2017

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December Events

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.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  HOW & WHY FLIPPING YOUR COMPANY? with FRANÇOIS LAUGIER & XAVIER WARTELLE.  By flipping your foreign company into the US, you may gain easier access to the US vibrant capital markets, improve your credibility with US customers, and boost your US growth.  Is your company the right candidate for it?  The FACCSF is welcoming you to meet Francois Laugier: expert and international corporate transactions partner and lawyer at RMKB, as well as Xavier Wartelle, savvy and successful entrepreneur from the bay area for a session, meet the expert:  - What is a flip and why should a company do it?  - When is the right time to flip your company?  - How to do it and get past all the obstacles?  Join the expert & up to 12 participants  Our expert will tell you all about the theme of the day and will save some time for questions.  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at FACCSF's office, 26 O'Farrell Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94108.  Free for members – Non-members: $35.  www.faccsf.com for details.

December 7, 2017.  HOLIDAY TAKE-HOME “MACARONS” CLASS.  Learn to craft perfect French macarons while sipping French champagne! Bake, decorate and get creative with ganache and buttercream fillings.  Chocolate Candy Cane, Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel.  From Ramekins: with Chef Lindsay Kinder.  Ramekins, 450 West Spain St, Sonoma, CA, 95476.  https://ramekins.com/event-registration/?ee=995

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 7, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY presents CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE:  MUSIC AND ACROBATICS.  Including music by BIZET.  $35-$95.  7:30pm.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

December 8, 2017.  GAUDE, conducted by JACE WITTIG, performs works by POULENC and others.  8pm.  $5-$23.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details. 

December 8, 2017.  IAN SCARFE, piano, performs works by MESSAIEN.  7pm.  $20-$50.  405 Schrader St., SF.  www.405schrader.com for details.

December 8-9, 2017.  UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs works by DUTILLEUX and others.  8pm.  $5-$20.  Hertz Hall, Bancroft Way & College Ave., Berkeley.  UC Berkeley.  http://music.berkeley.edu for details.

December 9, 2017.  PALO ALTO PHILHARMONIC performs works by SAINT-SAENS and more.  8pm.  $10-$22.  Cubberly Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto.  www.paphil.org for details.

December 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 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 & 17, 2017.  CLEO DE 5 A 7 (dir. Varda, 1961).  The film that established Agnès Varda’s international reputation, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a classic work of the French New Wave, distinguished by its original form and intimate portraiture. Presenting events that appear to unfold in real time, Cléo chronicles two hours in the life of a pop singer (Corinne Marchand), who is waiting to learn if she has cancer.  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.org for details.

December 10, 2017.  28eme TOURNOI DE PETANQUE ET TOMBOLA hosted by FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO.  Justin Hermann Plaza, San Francisco.  1pm.  See their Facebook page for more information.

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, 2017.  FETE DE NOEL with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Welcome the holiday season at the Alliance Française!  Our special treat this year will be the traditional 13 desserts of Provence, plus other food & beverages, bien sûr!  No charge for AFSR members.  If you would like to bring a stuffed animal (unwrapped), we are continuing our holiday tradition of collecting and donating them to needy children in our area.  3pm-5pm.  Foyer de l’AFSR, 182 Farmer’s Lane, Suite 200, Santa Rosa.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

December 10, 2017. JINGLE MINGLE 2017. Celebrate the holiday season with your Euro friends at our special end-of-the-year mingle. Add to the merrymaking by adding a little jingle to your attire! Meet European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks at our final 2017 event. Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

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.

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 11, 2017.  CAUSERIE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  Our new causerie is an opportunity for French, Francophone, and advanced French learners to gather to speak French and keep language skills sharp.   Sessions are held once a month on Monday evenings at Forge Napa Valley.  There is no participation fee for this but you are encouraged to have a drink or a snack.   Join us at our up-coming causeries on December 11 and January 8 at 6:30 pm. www.afnapa.com

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

December 13, 2017.  NOIR NOEL:  FRENCH CHRISTMAS NOIR.  Maybe it’s good that Christmas comes but once a year… The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., presents, L’ASSASSINAT DU PERE NOEL (7:15pm) and LE MONTE-CHARGE (1962), 9pm.  $12.  415.863-1087.  http://www.roxie.com or http://midcenturyproductions.com  or Ticket link: https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/3684?siteToken=4m48btf3yavn7xjk5yxk6nc40c

December 14, 2017.  CLUB DE LECTURE A MENLO PARK.  Le Club de Lecture de Menlo Park se réunira jeudi 14 décembre à 19h, in the Menlo Park Center located at 585 Glenwood Ave, Menlo Park.  L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre, de Georges Simenon.  Le commissaire Maigret est appelé dans son village natale où un meurtre a eu lieu.  Nous voyons le commissaire château de Saint-Fiacre où son père était régisseur et où il a passé son enfance. Un très bon petit livre pour un après-midi de pluie...  La Machine Infernale. Jean Cocteau raconte sa version du mythe d'Œdipe dans une pièce de théâtre écrite entre les deux guerres mondiales.  Cocteau a été le lanceur de modes de son temps, le bon génie d'innombrables artistes.  Gisela présentera L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre, et Chas présentera La Machine Infernale.  Si vous voulez être certain de discuter un aspect des œuvres, n'hésitez pas à préparer quelques réflexions.   Une discussion libre et stimulante animera la soirée, avec rafraichissements pour célébrer la saison des fêtes.  www.afscv.org for details.

December 14, 2017.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL at the RESIDENCE DE FRANCE.  Holidays are coming and we are delighted to invite you to join us at the Residence de France for an elegant Christmas Cocktail with the French-American Business Community. Meet the Consul General of France, grow your network and enjoy the view of the team and board of the Chamber.  6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Residence de France, 100 Edgewood Ave, SF. Networking cocktail, complimentary appetizers, and beverages will be served.
Space will be limited $10: Members, $25: Non-members.  RSVP required. www.faccsf.com for details.

December 14-17, 2017.  PINK MARTINI at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ.  Dance floor shows.  SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

December 15, 2017  SOIREE FETES DE FIN D’ANNEE.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends. Nous aurons au dessert la traditionnelle Bûche de Noël !  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)!  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Free potluck; no RSVP required.  www.afberkeley.org

Through 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

December 17, 2017.  ASSSEMBLEE GENERALE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY 2017. You are hereby cordially invited to attend this year's Assemblée Générale, to be held at the Alliance Française de Silicon Valley (AFSCV) on December 17, 2017 at 3:00pm followed by la Fête de Noël at the Campbell Center, 591 W. Hamilton Ave. # 101, Campbell.  Come and celebrate the season with us!   Bring your favorite finger foods & drinks to share.  We will serve our fabulous homemade bûches de Noël and champagne!  www.afscv.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 19, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz.  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  8:30pm; dance lesson at 8.  www.ashkenaz.com

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.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  Nous nous réunirons au Boulanger de Los Gatos le jeudi 28 décembre à 16h, pour discuter le roman de Maylis de Kerangal : « Réparer les vivants » - 2015.  C'est le roman d'une transplantation cardiaque et le récit d'une course contre la montre. Le jeune surfeur Simon est mort dans un accident de voiture. « Son cœur migrait dans un autre endroit du pays, son foie et ses poumons gagnaient d'autres provinces. » Hymne à la vie, ce roman est bouleversant et passionnant, sans aucun pathos larmoyant.  Un film a été tiré de ce livre, en 2017, avec Emmanuelle Seigner dans le rôle de la mère de Simon. Dans le long métrage, le personnage de la receveuse (une femme d'une cinquantaine d'années) a été plus développé que dans le livre. Le metteur en scène a fait le choix d'être du côté de la receveuse afin de rendre l'histoire plus supportable. www.afscv.org 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 L'ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD (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.

Through December 31, 2017.  THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY presents JULES VERNES’ AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS.  Stage adaptation by Mark Brown.  $40-$100.  Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto.  650.463.1960 or http://theatreworks.org for details.

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France   http://ilefr.wordpress.com/

CINEMA

You will find here below details on special screenings and films playing locally.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order.

Check local listings for show times!    

L'ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, Resnais, 1961) part of BAMPFA's 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. December 29, 2017. 

LE CERCLE ROUGE (Melville, 1970) part of BAMPFA's 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 28, 2017. 

CLEO DE 5 A 7 (dir. Varda, 1961).  The film that established Agnès Varda’s international reputation, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a classic work of the French New Wave, distinguished by its original form and intimate portraiture. Presenting events that appear to unfold in real time, Cléo chronicles two hours in the life of a pop singer (Corinne Marchand), who is waiting to learn if she has cancer.  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.  www.bampfa.org for details. December 9 & 17, 2017. 

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

NOIR NOEL:  FRENCH CHRISTMAS NOIR.  Maybe it’s good that Christmas comes but once a year… The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., presents, L’ASSASSINAT DU PERE NOEL (7:15pm) and LE MONTE-CHARGE (1962), 9pm.  $12.  415.863-1087.  http://www.roxie.com or http://midcenturyproductions.com  or Ticket link: https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/3684?siteToken=4m48btf3yavn7xjk5yxk6nc40c  December 13, 2017. 

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. December 10 or 16, 2017.

LA POINTE COURTE (Varda, 1954) part of BAMPFA's 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 17, 2017. 

POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE (Brault & Perrault, 1963), part of the ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY series at BAMPFA.  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. 

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.

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 Through December 21, 2017. 

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

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

ART  

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. 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.

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!  

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 7, 2018.  OPEN HOUSE AT THE MENLO PARK CAMPUS OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  11am-2pm.  585 Glenwood Ave., Menlo Park.  www.afscv.org for details.

January 8, 2018..  CAUSERIE A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  Our new causerie is an opportunity for French, Francophone, and advanced French learners to gather to speak French and keep language skills sharp.   Sessions are held once a month on Monday evenings at Forge Napa Valley.  There is no participation fee for this but you are encouraged to have a drink or a snack.   Join us at our up-coming causeries on December 11 and January 8 at 6:30 pm.

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 13, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA screens POLINA.  www.afnapa.com 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 18-February 3, 2018.  GÉNÉRATION THÉÂTRE présente une découverte du festival d’Avignon 2017:  ADIEU MONSIEUR HAFFMANN de JEAN-PHILIPPE DAGUERRE.  C’est une pièce émouvante, provocante et drôle sur la peur et sur le courage, que nous livre ici Jean-Philippe Daguerre. La période de l’Occupation en France a forcé beaucoup d’hommes et de femmes à faire des choix, à se confronter à leur morale et à leur conscience. Et ce sont des choix que doit faire Pierre Vigneau dans la pièce. Tout d’abord, celui d’accepter d’héberger clandestinement son patron, un Juif du nom de Joseph Haffmann. Ce dernier, en échange, lui cède sa bijouterie. Mais Pierre Vigneau a aussi une requête à formuler : il désire absolument avoir un enfant mais ne le peut car il est stérile, il demande donc à Monsieur Haffmann d’avoir des rapports sexuels avec sa femme jusqu’à ce qu’elle tombe enceinte.  Avec:  Joseph Haffmann: David Valayre,  Pierre Vigneau: Benoit Monin, Isabelle Vigneau: Emmanuelle Lambert, Susanne Abetz: Marion Lovinger, Otto Abetz : Thomas Marigné.  Décors: Cécile Picard, Affiche : Valérie Zaroli, Assistante à la mise en scène: Valentine Boisnard.  Mise en scène : Pascale Couderc19h30.  Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., SF. http://sheltontheater.org; tickets en vente sur www.generationtheatre.com

January 19, 2018.  GALETTE DES ROIS ET FILM:  LES MALHEURS DE SOPHIE.   Une comédie qui rappelle les classiques de la comtesse de Ségur. L'adaptation est plein de charme, avec une Muriel Robin épatante. A voir en famille !  Come watch this comedy, based on the French classics by the countess de Segur. The adaptation is charming. Best seen in family !  In French with French subtitles.  Alliance Française de la Silicon Valley, West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino, San Jose. 

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. 

January 20, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA presents THE MAIN EVENT: SOIREE D’ELEGANCE.  Save the date now for a very special celebration at the Jarvis Conservatory in the New Year.  Grammy-award winning cellist Jonah Kim accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Dorman.  Doors open at 5:15 pm, Recital at 5:30, followed by a reception.  We will be serving JCB Collection sparking wines and enjoy a Gallette des Rois.  A special prize will go to the King and Queen of the evening.  A portion of these proceeds will go to VOICES of Napa.    Tickets are $30 and are on sale through Jarvis Conservatory.  This will be the first event under the sponsorship of our new partner JCB Collection.   Local wine industry leader Jean-Charles Boisset has generously agreed to sponsor the Alliance Française of Napa Valley.   Look for JCB wines at future events, and some activities at Raymond Vineyards in the near future.  Merci beaucoup to Jean-Charles and JCB Collection for their generosity?.  www.afnapa.com for details.

January 26, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform with special guest MICHAEL DOUCET at the Harris Center in Folsom. As many of you know, Michael (two time Grammy winning fiddler and leader of the Cajun band BeauSoleil) and I released a CD in 2016 that was a big hit in the Roots Music world. It was nominated as Best Cajun Album of 2016 by the Best of the Beat Awards, and was named one of the 50 Best Louisiana Albums of 2016 by Offbeat Magazine. The critics went wild.  Our previous shows with Michael have been TOO MUCH FUN, so you don't want to miss this one. The Harris Center is a great performing arts theater in Folsom, with excellent sound and lights. This is a perfect place to hear the band.  The Harris Center, Folsom Lake Community College. 8:00 pm.  Presented by Carrera Productions.  Tickets are on sale now: www.harriscenter.net

February 1, 2018.  SFJAZZ GALA honors PRESERVATION HALL, with performances by PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, TERENCE BLANCHARD and others.  Evening begins at 5:30pm with VIP cocktails and dinner.  www.sfjazz.org/gala for details.

February 2-4, 2018.  PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ.  Dance floor shows.  SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  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, 2018.  TOUMANI DIABAT & SIDIKI DIABATE, legends of Mali, at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ. SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

April 8, 2018. FATOUMATA DIAWARE, Malian voice of freedom, at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ. SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  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 20, 2018.  TERENCE BLANCHARD E-COLLECTIVE presents CARAVAN at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ.  SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

April 21, 2018.  FRENCH-CANADIAN PIANIST LOUIS LORTIE performs at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.  7:30pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

April 28, 2018.  LES VIOLONS DU ROY with BERNARD LABADIE, conductor, & ISABELLE FAUST, violin, perform at the Green Music Center.  7:30pm.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

May 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, 2018.  CYRILLE AIMEE at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ.  SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  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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