February 1-9, 2018

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February Events

February 1, 2018.  MODERN FRENCH PASTRY – COOKING DEMONSTRATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  6pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 1, 2018. BERKELEY SYMPHONY presents PROGRAM III: GETTY & BERLIOZ, with works by FAURE, BERLIOZ and others.  With the BERKELEY SYMPHONY CHORUS.  8pm.  $15-$80.  Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana, Berkeley.  www.berkeleysymphony.org for details.

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 1-18, 2018.  CLAIRE DENIS:  SEEING IS BELIEVING.  SFFILM and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announce the fifth season of MODERN CINEMA.  Movies include:  FRIDAY NIGHT; CHOCOLAT; LET THE SUNSHINE IN, TROUBLE EVERY DAY, BEAU TRAVAIL; NENETTE ET BONI; I CAN’T SLEEP; BASTARDS; THE INTRUDER; NO FEAR, NO DIE; WHITE MATERIAL; 35 SHOTS OF RUM.  Other French-related movies to be shown during this time include:  TOUKI BOUKI(Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1973); SWEET MOVIE (Dusan Makavejev, France, 1974); LA CHIENNE (Jean Renoir, 1931); LE PETIT SOLDA (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1963);   SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Theater.  SFFILM and SFMOMA member tickets are $10 (early-bird member tickets, available through January 31, are $5); general public tickets are $12. Tickets are available online or onsite at SFMOMA during regular business hours. Modern Cinema tickets do not include admission to SFMOMA galleries. Ticketholders for Modern Cinema should enter through the museum’s Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance on Minna Street (between Third and New Montgomery Streets). For up-to-date program information and tickets, visit sfmoma.org/modern-cinema.

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.

Through 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

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  BILINGUAL FAIR IN SAN FRANCISCO.   For the 1st edition of the Bilingual Education Fair in San Francisco, more than 40 companies and organizations will present their offers to parents and families.  As the bilingual revolution has grown, more options have become available for educating children, both in the private and public sector. More parents understand the benefits of bilingual education, and want to find the right opportunities for their child.  Organized by the web magazine French Morning, the Bilingual Education Fair is the premier event for all those interested in the movement that's changing the curriculum of so many schools and the futures of so many kids across the country.   The best of the bilingual education community are under one roof and ready to answer questions. Exhibitors (schools, publishers, educational businesses, camps) all practice and promote bilingual education in a wide variety of languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and more). At Le Meridien, 333 Battery ST., SF.   http://bilingualfair.com/

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

February 3, 2018.  PERIOD EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENTS RE-CREATION SOCIETY (PEERS) presents THE OUTLANDER BALL – PARIS, 1743. “The Outlander Ball—Paris, 1743” Join us at a brilliant 18th-century ball inspired by the popular “Outlander” series. Jamie and Claire Fraser request the honour of your company at a reception and ball at their residence in Paris to meet our Rightful, Lawful King’s son and heir, Bonnie Prince Charlie. (Venue is the elegant, Neo-Colonial Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda—an Edwardian mansion whose faux-Baroque décor is a great match for this event!). Our excellent Sassenach band, Bangers & Mash, will play our favorite country dances from both Scotland and England and some courtly tunes from the French Court as well that new dance we’ve just learnt from the Germans, the Valse. There will be a pre-ball dance class at 7 PM, and all country dances will be taught and called at the ball. No partners needed. 18th-c. costume (French or English), historical or traditional Scottish costume, vintage attire, or modern evening dress is admired but not required; Regency and Romantic attire is just fine, too. For costume inspiration, you may want to watch the “Outlander” miniseries, especially the second season, or “A Dragonfly in Amber,” though you may also want to go to Frock Flicks at http://www.frockflicks.com/and read the amusing and informative historical reviews of the “Outlander” costumes for some useful costume tips. There will be a no host bar, light refreshments (your potluck contributions will be greatly appreciated), and an intermission sing-a-long concert of stirring and romantic Jacobite songs in honour of our Prince and the Scottish Cause.  Doors open at 6:30 PM, dance lesson at 7 PM, dancing starts at 8 PM.  Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.  $20 by January 27; $25 at the door. Tickets online at http://www.peersdance.org/outlander.html or 510-522-1731.

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.

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

February 4, 2018.  COMMUNITY CONCERTS AT EPWORTH presents BAROQUE MASTERS. Bay Area musicians ALICIA YANG & JUNGHAE KIM present a period-instrument program of baroque gems, including works by Byrd and CHARPENTIER. This program will feature a harpsichord made by world renowned and Berkeley-based harpsichord maker John Phillips, who will be present to speak to our audience. It’s a must see event for all period music enthusiasts! The mission of Community Concerts at Epworth is to bring high quality concerts of diverse styles and genres to the North Berkeley area in an accessible format for all. The concerts are free of charge so that all can have access to great music.  4 PM.  Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St, Berkeley.  Free (Donations Accepted)  information:  www.communityconcertepworth.org/concerts or  communityconcertepworth@gmail.com

February 4, 2018.  CELINE RICCI, soprano, and DANIEL LOCKERT, piano, perform works by SATIE, MILHAUD and others. Campbell Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 70 Santa Rosa Ave., Sausalito.  510.384.4122.  3pm.  $20. 

February 4, 2018.  DEBUSSY FESTIVAL GALA.  2pm.  $5-$23.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., SF.  415.474.1608 or www.oldfirstconcerts.org 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 8, 2018.  ETAT DE COULEUR / STATE OF COLOR, with works by French Caribbean artist JEAN-MARC HUNTVERNISSAGE / OPENING at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Alliance Française de San Francisco invites you to the opening of the exhibition of contemporary art "Etat de Couleur" (State of color).of Jean-Marc Hunt.Jean-Marc Hunt is a French Carribean visual artist.  His work reveals a turbulent art, in an often ironic monstration. Working as much the drawing and the painting as the sculpture and the installation, he proceeds by series, accumulation and misappropriation as inseparable components. Invited to collective exhibitions in Europe, in Caribbean and in the United States, he also realizes residences of art which will allow him to approach the monumental creation in sculpture and painting. His tendencies for the experiment bring him to conceive federative events in visual arts since 2005, as scenographer and curator. In 2015, he's decorated by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the French Republic with the Chevalier of Arts and Letters.  Exhibition until March 8th.  http://www.jeanmarchunt.fr/   Opening reception:  6pm-8pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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 11, 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.

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 14, 2018.  LA GUINUETTE offers a VALENTINE CONCERT at Aqus Café in Petaluma.  7pm.  La Guinguette is happy to play on the very day of Valentine's day, Wednesday February 14 at 7pm, Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. We missed performing for the last few months as I had to deal with some injury. Now it is time to catch up! We will play our favorite love songs in French & Italian for this sweet event. See our beautiful poster below for more details. Please, come and share the fun!  In case, you want to hear our music before, here is the link of our website:  http://www.parisskies.com/music/La_Guinguette.html

February 15, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents THE FUTURE OF MOBIILITY – WHAT’S NEXT FOR TRANSPORTATION?  We are all part of the global mobility system. What does our future transportation ecosystem look like? Social trends, artificial intelligence and driverless revolution are driving an unprecedented transformation – a new age is coming. What does this mean for businesses and how can we anticipate the future?  Join us to talk about the future of mobility/ transportation and network with top executives and entrepreneurs in the automotive and aerospace Industries.  Get prepared, disruption is on its way!  Facilitators:  Steffen Bartschat, Fadi Ben Achour, Fabien Blanc-Paques, François Chopard, Guillaume Peronnet, Jonathan Salomon.  FACCSF members $10; Non-members: $256:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  AEI Capgemini, 425 Brannan St., SF.  www.faccsf.com  

February 15-25, 2018.  GENERATION THEATRE presents THE MISER by MOLIERE, translated & directed by DAVID VALAYRE.  The Miser is Harpagon, a man obsessed with money and the power money confers.   Our man has an extravagant son who likes fancy clothes, gallivants all over town, and, where brains are concerned, is a sandwich short of a picnic.  Our man also has a considerably brighter daughter, who longs to marry his steward and top adviser.  Our man has dictatorial power over the whole household.  Our man thinks of himself as almost perfect, with a soft spot for much younger women who should succumb to the attraction of his wealth. He is short tempered, generally obnoxious, and prone to firing whoever resists his will.  Where power and money are concerned, he behaves like a child, throws tantrums, is devoid of empathy, and believes the law should bend to his whim.  And, guess what? No one takes him seriously and everyone makes fun of him. The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in The Miser are fictitious. In this comedy written in 1668, no identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended nor should be inferred. The play is performed in English, and not in any manner of strange foreign language, like French, for example.  Parental guidance for toddlers – GenerationTheatre cannot be held responsible for the lasting psychological effect on toddlers of exposure to the kind and amount of selfishness and avarice exhibited by Harpagon.  The Miser, by Molière, translated and directed by R. David Valayre, features Abhishek Das (Valere), Cameron Dodd (Cleante), Fabien Ferhani (La Fleche), Joyce Domanico-Huh (Mariane), Jeanette Sarmiento (Frosine), Karen Sellinger (Mistress Jacqueline), R. David Valayre (Harpagon), and Ket Watters (Anselm). Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, SF. https://www.generationtheatre.com/themiser

February 16, 2018.  MUSICA PACIFICA presents A LA MODE, A LE MONDE.  A potpourri of Medieval, Renaissance, traditional, and world music, performed on a panoply of bowed, blown, plucked and hit instruments. Instruments may include, recorder, clarinet, vielle, violin, harp, balalaika, harpsichord, and multifarious percussion instruments! Free to concert-goers 18 and younger - bring your friends, family, and students!  6:30pm.  1422 Navellier St, El Cerrito, CA.  http://musicapacifica.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 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.  Works by POULENC and others. 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 25, 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.

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

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!    

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, directed by MARJANE SATRAPI (2011; 1h34).  Screened by THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. 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 20, 2018. 

CLAIRE DENIS:  SEEING IS BELIEVING.  SFFILM and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announce the fifth season of MODERN CINEMA.  Movies include:  FRIDAY NIGHT; CHOCOLAT; LET THE SUNSHINE IN, TROUBLE EVERY DAY, BEAU TRAVAIL; NENETTE ET BONI; I CAN’T SLEEP; BASTARDS; THE INTRUDER; NO FEAR, NO DIE; WHITE MATERIAL; 35 SHOTS OF RUM.  Other French-related movies to be shown during this time include:  TOUKI BOUKI(Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1973); SWEET MOVIE (Dusan Makavejev, France, 1974); LA CHIENNE (Jean Renoir, 1931); LE PETIT SOLDA (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1963);   SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Theater.  SFFILM and SFMOMA member tickets are $10 (early-bird member tickets, available through January 31, are $5); general public tickets are $12. Tickets are available online or onsite at SFMOMA during regular business hours. Modern Cinema tickets do not include admission to SFMOMA galleries. Ticketholders for Modern Cinema should enter through the museum’s Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance on Minna Street (between Third and New Montgomery Streets). For up-to-date program information and tickets, visit sfmoma.org/modern-cinema. February 1-18, 2018. 

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

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

HAPPY END.  All around us, the world, and we, in its midst, blind” could be the epigram for the latest from filmmaker Michael Haneke (Amour), who returns to skewer the bourgeoisie in a sardonic drama about the wealthy and dysfunctional Laurent family. Isabelle Huppert stars as Anne, who has taken charge of the family’s Calais estate and their powerful construction company that may soon be on the rocks. Jean-Louis Trintignant is her aging father Georges, who is suffering from incipient dementia. Co-starring Matthieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, this dark family portrait contrasts the Laurents with the lives of their Moroccan servants, as well as the African migrants who are crowding the streets of Calais. Rated R. In French with English subtitles and some English. (Austria/France 2017) 107 min. Now playing; check local listings for details.

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

MON ROI, screened at the THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO. 7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. February  6, 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 9 or 11, 2018. 

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 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 3, 2018.  STEPHANE ZAGDANSKI:  JOUISSANCE DU TEMPS (ENJOYMENT OF TIME).  Modernism West @ Foreign Cinema.  2534 Mission ST., SF.  415.648.7600 or www.modernisminc.com for details.

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 March 8, 2018. ETAT DE COULEUR / STATE OF COLOR, with works by French Caribbean artist JEAN-MARC HUNTVERNISSAGE / OPENING at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  Alliance Française de San Francisco invites you to the opening of the exhibition of contemporary art "Etat de Couleur" (State of color).of Jean-Marc Hunt.Jean-Marc Hunt is a French Carribean visual artist.  His work reveals a turbulent art, in an often ironic monstration. Working as much the drawing and the painting as the sculpture and the installation, he proceeds by series, accumulation and misappropriation as inseparable components. Invited to collective exhibitions in Europe, in Caribbean and in the United States, he also realizes residences of art which will allow him to approach the monumental creation in sculpture and painting. His tendencies for the experiment bring him to conceive federative events in visual arts since 2005, as scenographer and curator. In 2015, he's decorated by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the French Republic with the Chevalier of Arts and Letters.  Exhibition until March 8th.  http://www.jeanmarchunt.fr/   1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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!  

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 3, 2018.  11TH WINTER SHORTS FEST AT THE CREST THEATRE.  Featuring the 2018 César nominated Short Films!  7pm, Crest Theatre, Sacramento.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

March 4, 2018.  30e TOURNOI DE PETANQUE organized by the FRANCOPHONES A SAN FRANCISCO. Justin Herman Plaza Bocce Courts.  1pm.

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 10, 2018.  THE FRANCOPHONE CHARTER SCHOOL OF OAKLAND is pleased ot invite you to its FOURTH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA:  LE CIRQUE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE.  Step right up for a fantastical evening of tantalizing auction prizes, spine chilling attractions, and sensational delicacies. There will be both a silent and a live auction which will include exciting items such as stays in Brittany, France, Dominican Republic, Jackson Hole, WY, and many other marvelous prizes.This is an adult-only event. The gala will take place on March 10 at 5:30 p.m., at the Alameda Elks Lodge. For more information, go to www.francophoneschool.org/gala.

March 11, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building Gallery, 10:00am - 5:30pm , TICKET NEWS$17.95 Early Bird Discount (Available through January 31).  General information:  www.SFChocolateSalon.com

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 13-14, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents WHERE INNOVATION MEETS CAPITAL.  Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious VENTURE SUMMIT | WEST being held on March 13th – 14th, 2018 at the Santa Clara Conference Center, Santa Clara, CA.  Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit | West presented by youngStartup Ventures - is one event you won't want to miss.  A highly productive full-day venture conference, VENTURE SUMMIT | WEST  is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies.  This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 60 Investors on interactive panels; presentations by more than 50 companies seeking funding, and high-level networking opportunities.  Santa Clara Conference Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.  Start-Ups/Emerging Companies and Tech Transfer 395$ / Investors 495$ / General attendees 695$.  FACCSF has made special arrangement to receive a special discount of 10% off the 50% reduced "early bird" rates.  Special promotion extra 10% for Faccsf members: contact com@faccsf for the code.  www.faccsf.com 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.

March 31, 2018.  MAMA AFRICA:  FROM CONGO TO OAKLAND – SISTAHS OF THE DRUM AND MABIBA BAEGNE with special guest NIKKI CAMPBELL.  Mabiba is an internationally acclaimed teacher, drummer, and choreographer of traditional and contemporary African dance. Mabiba was born in Brazzaville, Congo, and initiated into dancing by her grandparents at the age of eight.   Mabiba is also an inspiring drummer. In addition to her Congolese dancing, for many years she studied West African Dunun drumming with master drummer Famoudou Konate in Guinea, and she was the first woman to teach this form in the U.S. Mabiba is also an acclaimed singer and has toured and recorded with Salif Keita, master drummer Mamady Keita, and Samba Ngo. Sistahs of the Drum are students and teachers, listeners and communicators, consumers and creators, protectors and nurturers, friends and lovers. We drum from the heart, for the heart, to the heart, and with our heart. Absorbing the teachings of West African rhythms, songs, and dances, Sistahs of the Drum respectfully represent the essence of our traditional African roots in harmony with our African-American cultural rearing. The resulting sound is from somewhere deep within; playing through us and resonating with you. Current members are Mar Stevens, Sandy Mills, Charlene Gumbs, Shawn Nealy-Oparah, La Tanya Carmical, Mya Cross, Nina Roberts and Jillian Lyles.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door.  This is also a fundraiser for Women Drummers International. www.ashkenaz.com

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.

April 29, 2018. AVEC L’ORGUE.  Virtuoso San Francisco Symphony organist JONATHAN DIMMOCK plays with the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra.  A program of French music featuring SAINT-SAENS’ towering ORGAN SYMPHONY n°3 and the ORGAN CONCERTO by POULENC.  1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA.  2pm, Weill Hall.  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.

June 15-24, 2017.  17TH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL.  Crest Theatre & Esquire Imax Theatre, Sacramento.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

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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