January 11-19, 2017

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January Events

Through January 11, 2018.  SMITH-RAFAEL CINEMA presents FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.  Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites countries to submit a single film for consideration in the competition category of Foreign Language Film. This year 92 films have been accepted for competition and, for the 15th consecutive year, the Smith Rafael Film Center offers a choice sampling. This is a rare opportunity to view some of the most distinguished works in international cinema, many of which are film festival prizewinners.  The festival will include two francophone films:  FELICITE (Sénégal) and AYITI MON AMOUR (Haïti).  https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/for-your-consideration-2018/ for details.

January 12, 2018.  CHANTICLEER – AN ORCHESTRA OF VOICES performs SOLDIER, with works by JANNEQUIN, DUFAY and others.  7:30pm.  Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

January 12, 2018. LES AMIS DE LA CULTURE FRANÇAISE presents JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963), LE “PRINCE FRIVOLE,” une présentation de RENEE MOREL.  Important: La présentation sera en français.  Poète, dramaturge, artiste, réalisateur, dessinateur, céramiste, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) fut un touche à tout de génie surtout connu pour ses films (Le sang d’un PoèteLes Parents terriblesLa Belle et la Bête,  Orphée). Né dans un milieu mondain qu’il quitte dès l’âge de quinze ans, le jeune Cocteau collabore aux Ballets russes avec Léon Bakst et se fait bientôt connaître de tous les cercles bohémiens de la capitale. Désireux d’être associé aux mouvements artistiques d’avant-garde, Cocteau eut une influence considérable sur les œuvres de nombre de ses contemporains, notamment les compositeurs du “Groupe des Six”. Sa dépendance à l’opium et ses cures successives de désintoxication changeront profondément son style littéraire. Son livre le plus connu, Les Enfants Terribles, a d’ailleurs été écrit au cours d’une semaine de sevrage particulièrement douloureuse. Ouvertement bisexuel, Cocteau a eu des liaisons durables avec l’acteur Jean Marais et, plus tard, Édouard Dermit, qu’il adoptera officiellement.  La remarquable  constellation d’amis et associés de cet unique ”imprésario de son temps” comprenait Apollinaire, Picasso, Modigliani, Raymond Radiguet, Gertrude Stein, Marlène Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, Colette, Jean Genet, Édith Piaf, Yul Brynner et bien d’autres encore.  Pour ceux que cela intéresse, nous irons dîner au restaurant Bistro Rendez-vous (1111 Solano Avenue, à Albany) après la conférence ($30).  Réservation obligatoire auprès de Françoise Cohen (510.654.0493 or fanfanb70@gmail.com) avant le 8 janvier pour le restaurant. Merci de bien vouloir apporter de l'argent liquide pour régler votre addition. Si vous devez annuler votre réservation, veuillez téléphoner au moins 48 heures avant le dîner sinon Les Amis devront se faire rembourser auprès de vous car le restaurant leur présente une note à payer pour le nombre total de réservations.  Pas de réservation nécessaire si vous venez à la conférence seulement.  St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Campbell Room, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley.  6pm; refreshments at 5:30pm.  Gratuit pour les membres des Amis de la Culture française.  $10 pour les autres (ce prix comprend les rafraîchissements servis à 17h30, c'est-à-dire avant la conférence).  The program for the evening starts at 5:30 PM with refreshments (wine, soft drinks, amuse-bouches).  Free after the entrance fee.  The conference will start at 6:00 PM and last just under an hour. People who are interested can then join la conférencière and les Amis for dinner in Albany. See info on p. 2 of the attachment (choice of plat principal).  6pm.

January 13, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA screens POLINA.  www.afnapa.com for details.

January 13 or 20, 2018.  THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE (Jean Renoir, France, 1936; 84 min).  On January 13, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).  http://frenchculture.org/events/7127-french-programs-bampfa

January 13, 2018.  DOMINICA HURRICANE RELIEF with KOUDMEN AND HARRY BEST at Ashkenaz.  Show will start with a short 5-7 minute spiritual ceremony with acoustic drumming. Followed by set by the Bay Area Steel Drum ensemble, including Jeff Narrell. Some of the Bay Area’s top Caribbean musicians will come together in a “Koudmen” for a concert to benefit Hurricane disaster relief efforts on the island of Dominica. Led by legendary Caribbean Poet and Artist, RasMo of Dominica, the group will also include guitarist Bernard George, drummer Clayton Hazel, keyboardists Bert Thomas and Dilly George, all hailing from Dominica. Joining them will be Harry Best of St. Lucia and Andrew Charles of Barbados. ‘Koudmen’ is a practice of communal cooperation that is part of Caribbean culture especially following disasters such as hurricanes. People pool their resources and take turns rebuilding and repairing individual damaged properties and other belongings. Attendees can expect to be moved and delighted by the group’s renditions of infectious ZOUK music that is indigenous to the FRENCH KWEYOL-SPEAKING ISLANDS such as Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, Haiti, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and Cayenne. The evening will open with a set from a collective of Bay Area Caribbean steeldrum pan players including Sharon Mapp, Paul Snagg, Peter Best, Olison Baptiste and others. Come dance and support the people of Dominica, and especially the local artists who have been devastated by hurricane Maria.  Doors at  7:30pm.  $17/$20 at the door/$15 students.  8pm-11:59pm. www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 14, 2018.  MASTERGUILD CHAMBER ENSEMBLE presents works by RAVEL and more.  7pm.  $5-$20.  Regents Theater, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland.  510.559.8535 or www.masterguild.org for details.

January 14, 2018. NEW YEAR MINGLE 2018. Welcome in the New Year with your Euro friends at our first event of 2018. Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks. Visit www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

January 14, 2018.  RARA TOU LIMEN presents THE WHITE PARTY.  Honor Haiti, the Lwa and the Drum at this healing celebration of the New Year.  Suggested offerings:  white flowers, white candles, fruit, florida water.  Followed by community potluck.  Attire:  white.  Offering:  $20.  The Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland.  2pm-7pm.  http://raratoulimen.com for details.

January 14 or 19, 2018.  LES REGLES DU JEU / THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, France, 1939, 106 minutes) screens at BAMPFA. In Renoir’s masterpiece of ruthless grace, made between the Munich accords and the outbreak of war, history plays as both tragedy and farce. This self-declared “dramatic fantasy” à la Beaumarchais and de Musset etches, in the director’s words, “a rich, complex society… dancing on a volcano.” It uses the construct of a country-house gathering, with its shooting party and masquerade, its shifting romantic allegiances and upstairs-downstairs micro-melodramas, to frame a portrait of respectable civilization that is both seductive and monstrous. It is Renoir’s special gift to combine entomological precision with genuine compassion for each of his many characters, including the Marquis de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio), collector of automatons; his wistful wife Christine (Nora Grégor), who complains “telling lies is such a heavy load to bear”; and their bearish friend Octave (Renoir), whose remark sums up the film’s philosophy in all its damning ambiguity: “Everyone has their reasons.” Juliet Clark  http://frenchculture.org/events/7127-french-programs-bampfa

January 16, 2018.  MIDNITE RAMBLERS play CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson. The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"  Dance Lesson with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15.  www.ashkenaz.com

January 16 & 18, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens PERSEPOLIS.  Tuesday afternoon special, 2pm; second screening at 7pm; Thursday at 6:30pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.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, 2018.  CONVERSATION & SOIREE ‘GALETTE DES ROIS.’  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 galette des rois !  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.  6:30pm-8:30pm. www.afberkeley.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. 

January 20, 2018.  AGAVE BAROQUE with JENNIFER PAULINO, soprano, presents CHARPENTIER IN ROME.  In the 17th century, musicians from all over Europe flocked to Italy to learn the secrets of the Italian style.  Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the brilliant French composer, traveled to Rome, where he studied with the progenitor of oratorio, Giacomo Carissimi.  Italians such as Giovanni Battista Lulli ( Jean-Baptiste Lully) brought the new style to the French court. Agave Baroque offers works from the French circle, including motets and lamentations by both Carissimi and Charpentier; a motet by Antonia Bembo (an Italian in France); a triosonata by the remarkable Elisabeth Claude JACQUET DE LA GUERRE; a flashy aria by Louis-Nicolas CLERAMBAULT; and Francois COUPERIN's famous 'Apothéose de Corelli', a delightful fantasy in which the two giants, Lully and Arcangelo Corelli, meet in the fictional 'Parnasse' to create a new perfection in music'.  Join Agave featuring the "bright gleam and supple phrasing" of soprano soloist Jennifer Paulino.    Complimentary wine reception follows the concert. www.marinbaroque.org or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3210769 .

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 20, 2018.  ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH (Chris Marker, France, 2000; 90 min.)  6pm.  BAMPFA, Berkeley.  After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).  http://frenchculture.org/events/7127-french-programs-bampfa for details.

January 21, 2018.  MONTHLY CAJUN/CREOLE JAM at Ashkenaz.  Hosts Blair Kilpatrick and Steve Tabak.  www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

January 22, 2018.  CLARIFYING YOUR SKILLS.  Atelier animé par Yvonne Lefort, MA.  Ms. Lefort est une conseillère d’orientation professionnelle, francophone, heureuse de mettre son expertise au service des étrangers venus tenter leur chance aux USA.  A son actif, elle a déjà accompagné des personnes de toute nationalité à accomplir une transition harmonieuse vers une nouvelle vie tant professionnelle que personnelle, et organisé des séminaires de recherche d’emploi dans de nombreuses organisations et universités autour de la Baie. Grâce à son expérience personnelle de vie et de travail en Europe, elle est parfaitement à même d’apprécier les challenges rencontrés par ceux qui choisissent de vivre et cherchent un emploi à l’étranger.  10:30am-1pm.  http://www.sfbaccueil.org/Ateliers-Carriere-Peninsule-Clarifying-Your-Skills  The price is $40 for SFBA members and $45 for non-members.  The SFBA members can register on the attached links. Non-members should contact Sixtine Gontier: presidence@sfbaccueil.org.

January 23, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY  & FLAMBEAU WITH SPECIAL GUEST MICHAEL DOUCET play at Ashkenaz.  He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie." Following a family tradition, Michael Doucet played music from his earliest years, mastering banjo at the age of five and guitar at eight. Like others of the era he was influenced by rock music, although Cajun music was ever-present. Doucet played in folk rock bands with his cousin, Zachary Richard, at the age of 12, then joined a Cajun rock group. In 1974, he and Richard visited France and after his return to the USA he learned violin, which quickly became his principal instrument. He also still plays guitar as well as mandolin and accordion.  Dance Lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $17 Advance / $20 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

January 23, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens LE PRENOM.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

January 23-February 4, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET presents THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, based on the tale by CHARLES PERRAULThttp://sfballet.org for details.

January 24, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents FABA with ANTOINE VILLATA, CEO at Planisware North America, interviewd by EVE CHAURAND, president of the FACCSF.  With several years of experience as a Planisware consultant in Paris under his belt, Antoine Villata moved to the US in 2001 to establish Planisware Services in North America, starting operations in both California and New Jersey.  Antoine has more than 16 years of hands-on experience in the field of project and portfolio management (PPM). His experience includes designing and implementing PPM solutions at several major NPD companies, directing global multi-site and multi-region projects, and partnering with prestigious consulting firms to implement processes and methodologies that increase returns on R&D investments. He uses his cumulative experience on a daily basis in his role of overseeing operations and supporting Planisware's expansion in North America.  Come mix and mingle with us and learn your own recipe for success from Antoine himself!  As a foretaste of the Chandeleur, delicious crepes will be served! Don’t miss it!  Thank you to our generous host and sponsor Calparrio Travel Services.  6pm-8:30pm.  323 Geary St., Suite 201, SF.  Networking cocktail, beverages and crepes will be served.  Space will be limited.  Members: $15; Non-members: $25.  www.faccsf.com for details.

January 25, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at SEBASTOPOL COMMUNITY CENTER.  The first annual PEACETOWN MARDI GRAS! We always have a blast playing for our North Bay fans and this will be a special night of dancing and listening at the Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 6:30--Gumbo Cook-Off, 7:30--Showtime.  Information and tickets: www.seb.org or 707 823-1511.

January 26, 2018. CONFERENCE:  THE LUXOR OBELIST OF THE PLACE DE LA CONCORDE (PARIS):  THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SUN CULT AND EGYPTOMANIA IN THE WEST, a talk by RITA LUCARELLI at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  The so-called “Luxor Obelisk” arrived in Paris in 1833 and since 1936 this famous landmark marks the center of the Place de la Concorde. Built over 3000 years ago and originally placed at the entrance of one of the main temples of Thebes (modern Luxor) in southern Egypt, it is today the oldest monument in Paris. In this lecture, using the Luxor Obelisk as an example. the origins and religious functions of the obelisks will be explored. The lecture will also discuss the cultural phenomenon of “egyptomania” in the West, with one of its most powerful symbols being the other obelisks brought to Europe and America at that time.  Rita Lucarelli studied at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2005). Her Ph.D. thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC.  Since July 2014 she has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the Near Eastern Studies Department of the University of California, Berkeley. 7PM-8:30PM.  Lecture in English -  RSVP info@afberkeley.org

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

January 27, 2018.  FRENCH HERITAGE SOCIETY, Northern California Chapter, celebrates the FETE DES ROIS.   Under the generous patronage of The Honorable Emmanuel Le Brun-Damiens, Consul General of France in San Francisco.  Hosted by Françoise and Andrew Skurman,2 Spring Lane, Tiburon.  5:00 pm-7:00 pm.  Valet Parking.  Please RSVP by January 23, 2018.  To pay by mail, please send checks payable to "French Heritage Society, Inc." to: Dori Bonn, 201 Cleveland Court, Mill Valley, 94941.

January 28, 2018. 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.

January 29, 2018.  HOW TO WRITE AN AMERICAN-STYLE RESUME. Atelier animé par Yvonne Lefort, MA.  Ms. Lefort est une conseillère d’orientation professionnelle, francophone, heureuse de mettre son expertise au service des étrangers venus tenter leur chance aux USA.  A son actif, elle a déjà accompagné des personnes de toute nationalité à accomplir une transition harmonieuse vers une nouvelle vie tant professionnelle que personnelle, et organisé des séminaires de recherche d’emploi dans de nombreuses organisations et universités autour de la Baie. Grâce à son expérience personnelle de vie et de travail en Europe, elle est parfaitement à même d’apprécier les challenges rencontrés par ceux qui choisissent de vivre et cherchent un emploi à l’étranger.  10:30am-1pm.   http://www.sfbaccueil.org/Ateliers-Carriere-Peninsule-How-to-Write-an-American-Style-Resume  The price is $40 for SFBA members and $45 for non-members.  The SFBA members can register on the attached links. Non-members should contact Sixtine Gontier: presidence@sfbaccueil.org.

January 30, 2018. THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens PIERROT LE FOU.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

January 30, 2018.  SAUCE PIQUANTE plays CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group's high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana's dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy "KP" Price, and David Hymowitz on drums. Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group's name. During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse Lége, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band's debut recording "Sauce Piquante Live" got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of "Accordion Dreams" (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in "Zydeco Nation," a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California.  Dance Lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15.  www.ashkenaz.com

January 31 or February 3, 2018.  FIELD TRIP:  LES IMPRESSIONNISTES at the MUSEUM OF THE LEGION OF HONOR.  Presented in French by Laurence Delahaye.  Best for levels 5 to 8 - $25.  Does not include museum admission fee. 6 people maximum.  This field trip is offered twice:  Wednesday January 31 from 11 am to 12:30 pm or Saturday February 3 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm  Join this field trip for a great opportunity to talk, in French, about famous Impressionism work in a beautiful setting.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666. www.frenchclass.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!    

THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE (Jean Renoir, France, 1936; 84 min).  On January 13, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).  http://frenchculture.org/events/7127-french-programs-bampfa January 13 or 20, 2018.

DJANGO.  This musical drama about the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt focuses on a critical period in his short life. In the occupied Paris of 1943, Reinhardt is at the pinnacle of his art. This brilliant and carefree king of ethereal swing plays to standing-room-only crowds, while his Roma brethren, the gypsies, are being persecuted throughout Europe. But Django must face the music, when the Nazi propaganda machine plans to send him on tour in Germany. French actor Reda Kateb inhabits the role with breezy authority, and the many concert sequences convey the art of this guitar hero. With Cécile de France. In French with English subtitles. Music: The Rosenberg Trio, Warren Ellis. Director: Étienne Comar. (France 2017) 115 min.  Now playing in local cinemas, including the Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.  Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites countries to submit a single film for consideration in the competition category of Foreign Language Film. This year 92 films have been accepted for competition and, for the 15th consecutive year, the Smith Rafael Film Center offers a choice sampling. This is a rare opportunity to view some of the most distinguished works in international cinema, many of which are film festival prizewinners.  The festival will include two francophone films:  FELICITE (Sénégal) and AYITI MON AMOUR (Haïti).  https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/for-your-consideration-2018/ for details. Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  January 5-11, 2018. 

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

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. With GALETTE DES ROIS January 19, 2018. 

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH (Chris Marker, France, 2000; 90 min.)  6pm.  BAMPFA, Berkeley.  After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).  http://frenchculture.org/events/7127-french-programs-bampfa for details. organized by the Alliance Française de Napa, www.afnapa.com. January 13, 2018. 

PERSEPOLIS, screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com January 16 & 18, 2018. 

PIERROT LE FOU, screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO .7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

LE PRENOM, screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. January 23, 2018.

LES REGLES DU JEU / THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, France, 1939, 106 minutes) screens at BAMPFA. In Renoir’s masterpiece of ruthless grace, made between the Munich accords and the outbreak of war, history plays as both tragedy and farce. This self-declared “dramatic fantasy” à la Beaumarchais and de Musset etches, in the director’s words, “a rich, complex society… dancing on a volcano.” It uses the construct of a country-house gathering, with its shooting party and masquerade, its shifting romantic allegiances and upstairs-downstairs micro-melodramas, to frame a portrait of respectable civilization that is both seductive and monstrous. It is Renoir’s special gift to combine entomological precision with genuine compassion for each of his many characters, including the Marquis de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio), collector of automatons; his wistful wife Christine (Nora Grégor), who complains “telling lies is such a heavy load to bear”; and their bearish friend Octave (Renoir), whose remark sums up the film’s philosophy in all its damning ambiguity: “Everyone has their reasons.” Juliet Clark  http://frenchculture.org/events/7127-french-programs-bampfa January 14 or 19, 2018. 

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  

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 21, 2018.  A DIPTYCH IN THE CITY by Paris-based composer & artist RYOJI IKEDA.  Continuing its mission to bring the excellence of contemporary artists to the San Francisco Bay Area through synergies of partnerships for site-related events and longer-term projects, Ars Citizen is thrilled to introduce internationally acclaimed Paris-based composer and artist Ryoji Ikeda.  “Home of the world’s largest firms and advanced research in electronic and information technologies, the Bay Area is a perfect location to present Ikeda’s work regarded as one of the most innovative and influential within computer-generated audiovisual creation” says Ars Citizen’s founding director and curator Evelyne Jouanno.  Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.  For more details:  http://frenchculture.org/events/7126-ryoji-ikeda-premiere-san-francisco

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

Through February 10, 2018.  BLOOMFIELD | BUSSIERES | WEBB, with works by Canadian artist RACHELLE BUSSIERES.  Group Exhibition.  49 Geary St., SF.  415.421.0122 or www.kochgallery.com 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        

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

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 1 & 2, 2018.  UNE JOURNEE CHEZ MA MERE, de et avec CHARLOTTE DE TURCKHEIM, mise en scène de PATRICE THIBAULT.  Charlotte de Turckheim remonte sur scène et fait revivre son spectacle à succès "Une journée chez ma mère". Seule en scène, elle incarne une kyrielle de personnages tous plus truculents les uns que les autres.  Comédie Française in Cinema at the Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. http://www.larktheater.net/ 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 3, 2018.  CREOLE CULTURE’S INDIGENOUS SOUNDS:  THE ZYDECO FLAMES.  Zydeco Flames kick off Black History Month with one of the United States' most unique art forms. Zydeco is rooted in Creole music, where Black American, Afro-Haitian, and French-Canadian cultures collided, then amplified through American Blues music.  The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' seventh CD release "FIRE DANCE", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door. www.ashkenaz.com for details.

February 5, 2018.  INTERVIEWING FOR A JOB THE AMERICAN WAY.  Atelier animé par Yvonne Lefort, MA.  Ms. Lefort est une conseillère d’orientation professionnelle, francophone, heureuse de mettre son expertise au service des étrangers venus tenter leur chance aux USA.  A son actif, elle a déjà accompagné des personnes de toute nationalité à accomplir une transition harmonieuse vers une nouvelle vie tant professionnelle que personnelle, et organisé des séminaires de recherche d’emploi dans de nombreuses organisations et universités autour de la Baie. Grâce à son expérience personnelle de vie et de travail en Europe, elle est parfaitement à même d’apprécier les challenges rencontrés par ceux qui choisissent de vivre et cherchent un emploi à l’étranger.  10:30am-1pm.  http://www.sfbaccueil.org/Ateliers-Carriere-Peninsule-Interview  The price is $40 for SFBA members and $45 for non-members.  The SFBA members can register on the attached links. Non-members should contact Sixtine Gontier: presidence@sfbaccueil.org.

February  6, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens MON ROI.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 6, 2018.  LES AMIS ZYDECO play CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  From festivals to farmers' markets, Les Amis Zydeco turns every event into a dance party. Its members are all longtime veterans of Cajun and zydeco bands. Les Amis Zydeco has its roots in the swamps of Deep South Louisiana as well as the Bay Area Cajun/zydeco dance scene. Formed in 2009 and based in the East Bay, Les Amis Zydeco strives for an authentic sound whether it is playing Cajun, Creole, or zydeco. Some band members are longtime Cajun/zydeco dancers, and they draw on their ingrained knowledge of what makes for an enjoyable dance evening. Les Amis Zydeco is Dwight Shackelford (accordions, fiddle, washboard, and vocals), Nazar Eljumaily (electric and acoustic guitars), Linda Hutchinson (bass), and Sam Siggins (drums). They draw mostly from traditional roots music and some modern artists from Clifton Chenier and Danny Poullard to the Pine Leaf Boys and Rockin' Dopsie, as well as original songs rooted in traditional sounds.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm Tickets are $15.  www.ashkenaz.com .

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.  L’AVARE DE MOLIERE:  UNE PIECE BRISE-GLACE, ANTI-SCEPTIQUE ET DADA.  Conférence en français à l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  7pm-8:30pm.  À quelques jours de la première de sa nouvelle traduction anglaise de la pièce au Southside Theater de San Francisco, David Valayre s’amuse à réfléchir sur la rage comique, libératrice et destructrice de Molière dans L’Avare – ses origines, ses manifestations et son caractère avant-gardiste. Des acteurs de la compagnie GenerationTheatre présenteront en avant-première des extraits du spectacle.  In French -  The Miser, by Molière: A Dada, anti-skeptic icebreaker of a play.  Days before the premiere of his new English translation of the play, at San Francisco’s Southside Theater, David Valayre will propose a light-hearted reflection on Molière’s comedic, liberating and destructive rage in The Miser – its origins, its manifestations, and its avant-garde subtext. Actors from GenerationTheatre will preview excerpts from the production.  Members of Alliance Française de Berkeley can purchase reduced price tickets ($18) for The Miser at San Francisco’s Southside Theater with the code AF (all caps).  www.afberkeley.org for details.  RSVP to info@afberkeley.org

February 9, 2018.  THEATRE DU LYCEE FRANÇAIS (TLF) présente la comédie musicale 31.  Dans " 31 ", c'est le passé qui fait avancer l'intrigue ! Le public suit un jeu de piste à travers le temps, où le Happy End sera un Happy Beginning...Il y a 10 ans, pour une raison qu'on ne connaît pas encore, Stéphane, Victoire, Anthony et Ruben avaient décidé de passer ensemble les 31 décembre à venir, et pas forcément pour fêter le nouvel an ! On les découvre le 31 décembre 1999. C'est une de leurs réunions rituelles, une photo supplémentaire de leur amitié... jusqu'à ce qu'éclatent leurs non-dits en une dispute épique. Avant qu'ils n'aient pu s'expliquer, et qu'on comprenne les sources de ce grand ras-le bol amical, nous allons remonter le temps avec eux, de 31 décembre en 31 décembre, jusqu'à leur premier réveillon en 1979. Ils auront alors 8 ans, 13 ans, 16 ans et 25 ans ! Au moment où l'on s'y attend le moins, on reviendra à leur dispute de 1999 pour un dénouement inespéré. L’équipe des auteurs de 31 sont les créateurs du collectif Les funambules qui rassemble plus de 200 artistes. Ils  ont créé un album du même nom pour parler des homosexuels autrement.  19h30.  http://theatrelfsf.com/31.html 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 9 or 11, 2018.  VISAGES / VILLAGES (FACES/PLACES), directed by  AGNES VARDA, screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  2/9 at 7pm or 2/11 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

February 11, 2018.  THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs works by RAVEL and others.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  http://calperformances.org for details.

February 12, 2018.  NETWORKING THE AMERICAN WAY.  Atelier animé par Yvonne Lefort, MA.  Ms. Lefort est une conseillère d’orientation professionnelle, francophone, heureuse de mettre son expertise au service des étrangers venus tenter leur chance aux USA.  A son actif, elle a déjà accompagné des personnes de toute nationalité à accomplir une transition harmonieuse vers une nouvelle vie tant professionnelle que personnelle, et organisé des séminaires de recherche d’emploi dans de nombreuses organisations et universités autour de la Baie. Grâce à son expérience personnelle de vie et de travail en Europe, elle est parfaitement à même d’apprécier les challenges rencontrés par ceux qui choisissent de vivre et cherchent un emploi à l’étranger.  10:30am-1pm.  http://www.sfbaccueil.org/Ateliers-Carriere-Peninsule-Networking .  The price is $40 for SFBA members and $45 for non-members.  The SFBA members can register on the attached links. Non-members should contact Sixtine Gontier: presidence@sfbaccueil.org.

February 13, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens JEUX D’ENFANTS.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 13, 2018.  TRI TIP TRIO / AUX CAJUNALS play at Ashkenaz.  Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes. Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.  The Aux Cajunals play kick-ass Cajun dance music like it was played at celebrations in southwest Louisiana 100 years ago. Hard-driving, but not ear-splitting, the Aux Cajunals focus on the old-time acoustic sounds that can be heard in the earliest Cajun recordings of the 1920s. In addition to all of the Cajun and Creole standards, their repertoire includes many unusual songs and tunes learned from rare 78s, field recordings, and directly from master musicians. The bandmembers have performed and recorded with many of the most respected names in Cajun and zydeco music, including Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Marc & Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard.  Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15. www.ashkenaz.com

February 15-25, 2018.  GENERATION THEATRE presents THE MISER by MOLIERE, translated & directed by DAVID VALAYRE.  Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, SF. https://www.generationtheatre.com/copy-of-cesar

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 16, 2018.  SOIREE CREPES at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.   Nous aurons au dessert des crêpes !  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance. Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share. Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

February 17, 2018  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1PM.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 20, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens LA DOUBLURE.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 20, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, directed by MARJANE SATRAPI (2011; 1h34).  7pm.  Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.  The movie is free but we appreciate a donation of $5 for a glass of wine! 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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 music by JEAN-PHILIPPE BARRIOS. 2/24, 8pm; 2/25, 3pm.  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.

February 25, 2018.  SERGIO & ODAIR ASSAD & AVI AVITAL perform works by DEBUSSY and more.  3pm.  Cal Performances, Hertz Hall, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

February 27, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens L’ENQUETE CORSE.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 27, 2018.  BLUES BOX BAYOU BAND play CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  The BluesBox Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15.  www.ashkenaz.com

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 9 or 11, 2018.  78/52, directed by ALEXANDRE PHILIPPE, screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  3/9 at 7pm or 3/11 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi 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 or 18, 2018.  LOST IN PARIS screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. 3/16 at 7pm or 3/18 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

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.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1PM.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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.

March 25, 2018.  JULIA BULLOCK, soprano, and JOHN ARIDA, piano, perform works by FAURE and more.  3pm.  Cal Performances, Hertz Hall, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

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

April 3, 2018.  ELLA TURENNE presents DEFILE LA FOLLE, THE MADWOMAN OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION.  Sonoma State University, Location TBA.  10am.  suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu for details.

April 5, 2018.  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 14 or 19, 2018.  JACQUES PEPIN & SHOREY PEPIN present A GRANDFATHER’S LESSON:  IN THE KITCHEN WITH SHOREY.  4/14, 6:30pm, Peju Winery, $145 per person OR 4/19, 6:30pm, Left Bank, $145 per person.  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

April 19, 2018.  THE TALLIS SCHOLARS present WAR AND PEACE, with works by JOSQUIN, JEAN MOUTON and others.  8pm.  Cal Performances, The Cathedral of Christ the Light, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

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 20 or 22, 2018. L’ASCENSEUR A L’ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, with JEANNE MOREAU, screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  4/20 at 7pm or 4/22 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi 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 22, 2018.  RICHARD GOODE, piano, performs DEBUSSY’s PRELUDES, BOOK 2 and more.  3pm.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

April 27 or 29, 2018.  LOVER FOR A DAY screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  4/27 at 7pm or 4/29 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

April 28, 2018.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1PM.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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, designed, directed & performed by ROBERT LEPAGE.   8pm.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  www.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.

May 26, 2018.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1PM.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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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