February 8-16, 2018

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February Events

February 8, 2018.  READING TRANSCONTINENTALLY:  MEDITERRANEAN PERSPECTIVES ON MEGHREBI LITERATURE.  A lecture by EDWIGE TAMALET TALBAYEV of Tulane University, with a response by RUPINDER KAUR, of the UC-Berkeley French Department. "Studying a Mediterranean-inspired body of texts from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Gibraltar in French, Arabic, and Spanish, the book delivers provocative analyses that complicate the dichotomy between nation and Mediterranean, the valence of the postcolonial topos of nomadism in the face of postcolonial trauma, and conceptions of the Mediterranean as a mythical site averse to historical realization."5pm.  4299 Dwinelle Hall (French Department Library), UC Berkeley.

February 8, 2018. YOU HAD TO BE THERE. Opening at SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO. This group exhibition playfully examines what remains in the aftermath of public artworks and actions. This collaboration between CCA & ECAV tells a story that is not necessarily “the” story.  Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm.  Free.  Swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco.  Opening February 8, 2018.    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-night-you-had-to-be-there-tickets-42289922296

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 8-10, 2018.  THE CLASSICAL ARTS FILM FESTIVAL at the JARVIS CONSERVATORY.  Five blocks of films over three days, screening a total of fourteen films from around the world.  There are sacrifices made for every celebration in life but a life dedicated to the classical arts is a long road.  These films reflect that journey and represent the mission of Classical Arts Film Festival.  The opening night celebration holds a gala event during intermission with complimentary sparkling wines and catered appetizers.  The festival runs February 8th - 10th at the Jarvis Conservatory.  Films include:  THE BEAST UNDERNEATH (Switzerland).  For more information and tickets, please visit the Classical Arts Film Festival webpage on the Jarvis Conservatory website. With the sponsorship of the Alliance Française de Napa.    http://www.jarvisconservatory.com/classicalfilmfestival.html

February 8-15, 2018.  MUSLIMS OF FRANCE (dir. KARIM MISKE).  The documentary "Muslims of France" tells the history of Muslims in France, starting with the 1904 arrival of poor North African immigrants to the 2007 election of Muslim candidates to government offices. It asks the questions: what does it mean to be a Muslim in France today? How did Islam become the second religion in France?  We will screen the three-part documentary over two days. The third episode will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Karim Miské and Professor Cécile Alduy.  Each episode is approximately 50 minutes. Karim Miské is a filmmaker and a novelist. Miské made a number of documentaries for twenty years on a wide range of issues including colonial legacies, hip hop culture, informal economy, freedom of press, and bioethics. His widely-acclaimed debut novel Arab Jazz (2012) won the English PEN Award. His recent works are autobiographical graphical novels N’appartenir(“Unbelonging”, 2015) and S’appartenir (“Belonging”, 2016). Miské is FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2017-18 and Aron Rodrigue International Visitor, 2017-18.  Professor of French Cécile Alduy works on notions of “nationhood”, “identity,” on cultural and political constructions and mythologies of “Frenchness”. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic, The Nation, Politico, Le Monde, New York Times and other outlets. Her new book, Ce qu'ils disent vraiment. Les présidentiables pris aux mots, was published in 2017.  Locations vary; see website.   Free and open to the public.http://frenchculture.org/events/7327-muslims-france

Opening February 9, 2018.  THE 15:17 TO PARIS, directed by Clint Eastwood.  Film recounts the story of the 2015 French train attack foiled in part by three Americans.  In local theaters.

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. IT STARTED WITH A KISS: THE COMEDY SKETCH SHOW.  It started with a kiss... or just an awkward & drunken look across the bar.  Valentine’s Day Comedy Show at La Maison Oakland.  Internationally unknown French Comedian CLARA BIJL hosts an amazing line up of top-notch comedians for a unique show at La Maison Oakland.  Tickets are only 15$ on Eventbrite - 20$ at the door - La Maison Oakland, 4001 San Leandro street #6, 94601 Oakland.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-started-with-a-kiss-the-comedy-sketch-show--tickets-42032874459

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 10, 2018.  JEFFREY LADEUR, piano, performs works by DEBUSSY, COUPERIN and more.  6pm.  Free.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF.  www.sfcm.edu for details. 

February 11, 2018.  JAMES EHNES, violin, ORION WEISS, piano, perform works by POULENC and others.  3pm.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF.  415.392.4400.  www.chambermusicsf.org 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.  PULSATIONS.  A composition by Swiss composer-performer Marcel Zaes explores the impact of digital interfaces on music performance and creation.  7pm-8:30pm.  Members $10, Non-members $15.   Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., SF.  http://centerfornewmusic.com/

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 14-18, 2018.  MACHINE DE CIRQUE (from QUEBEC) performs at STANFORD LIVE.  Five guys existing in a post-apocalyptic world without women or computers.  How will they survive?  Watch as they juggle, dance, and clown their way through.  Stanford Live, Memorial Auditorium.  650.724.2464 or http://live.stanford.edu for details.

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, 2018.  LOIRE VALLEY WINE TASTING WORKSHOP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  With MATT DEMERS.  6PM-8PM.  $110 per person.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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 16, 2018.  FRENCH BLA BLA BLA CAFÉ (ET PATATI ET PATATA).  Oxbow Market, 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Rituals Café.  For more information, call Bruno 707.688.9110 or Malek, 707.363.4313, 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.

Through February 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 20, 2018.  SHIFTING BORDERS:  ART, POLITICS AND ETHICS TODAY,  a lecture by JACQUES RANCIERE, Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School at Saas-Fee and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII: Vincennes—Saint-Denis.  5:00pm. While art exhibitions now take place in abandoned factories or warehouses, artists increasingly take upon themselves tasks of social investigation, historical reconstruction, archival research, political discussion and activism. At the same time, political protest can less and less be sustained by social and institutional forces. It must increasingly take on the form of an artistic performance, diverting public spaces to create its own time-space and invent new montages of words, images and movements. Should we consider the increasing porosity between the two spheres and the proximity of their performances as the manifestation of an ethical confusion or as the common research for a new sense of the common and a revived understanding of politics as a conflict of worlds?  UC Berkeley, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Berkeley.  Sponsored by the Rhetoric Department. Co-sponsored by the Programs in Critical Theory and Global Urban Humanities, the International Consortium of Critical Theory, the Townsend Center, and the Departments of French, English, and Classics.  http://frenchculture.org/events/7326-shifting-borders

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 20, 2018.  STORYTELLING IN THE AGE OF A.I.  A fireside chat with Mark Riedl on human-centered artificial intelligence.  6:30pm-9:00pm.  Free.  Swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, SF. 

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 22, 2018.  WHAT ABOUT MATERIALS AFTER TOMORROW?  This series of mini-talks is proposed by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States.  5:30pm-9pm.  Hardware Club, 52 Washburn St., SF.  Note: This event is by invitation only, please contact Emilie Passerieux (emilie.passerieux@diplomatie.gouv.fr) if you would like to attend.  http://frenchculture.org/events/7330-what-about-materials-after-tomorrow

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 26, 2018.  HOW TO TOOT YOUR OWN HORN:  THE ART OF SELLING YOURSELF, sponsored by the SAN FRANCISCO BAY ACCUEIL and hosted by YVONNE LE FORT, M.A.   Job search workshop on “How To Toot Your Own Horn: The Art of Selling Yourself”  in Mountain View on Monday, February 26, 10:30am-1:00pm. This workshop is for international (especially French) job seekers and is being sponsored by San Francisco Bay Accueil (SFBA). The price is $40 for SFBA members and $45 for non-members.  SFBA members can register here: http://www.sfbaccueil.org/Ateliers-Carriere.  Non-members should contact Sixtine Gontier: presidence@sfbaccueil.org.

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!    

THE 15:17 TO PARIS, directed by Clint Eastwood.  Film recounts the story of the 2015 French train attack foiled in part by three Americans.  In local theaters.  Opening February 9, 2018. 

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. 

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  

February 8-April 20, 2018.  YOU HAD TO BE THERE.  This group exhibition playfully examines what remains in the aftermath of public artworks and actions. This collaboration between CCA & ECAV tells a story that is not necessarily “the” story.  Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm.  Free.  Swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco.  Opening February 8, 2018. 

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.

February 12-16, 2018.  PHILIPPE BRESON:  MNEMOSIS.  French photographer Philippe Bréson will be exhibiting "Mnémosis", a series dedicated to the memory of the World War I battlefields, at the Lycée Français de San Francisco from Feb 12, 2018 to Feb 16, 2018.  Philippe Bréson is born in 1960. He has been passionate about photography since he was 10 years old. After a long career as a photojournalist, Philippe teaches and lectures photography in Art schools in Paris. His photography strangely stirs the viewer in a vintage aesthetic. The landscape is fleeting. It's more a moment than a place, an impaired mark of a personal, private and singular experience.  His last collection presents the battlefields of the Great War where now everything is calmed down. The woods are silent. The ground rests, finishing the slow digestion of the iron.  Lycée Français de San Francisco, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122.

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.  ART AND VINYL:  ARTISTS & THE RECORD ALBUM FROM PICASSO TO THE PRESENT.  A lighthearted review of record jacket designs, including works by SOPHIE CALLE, JEAN DUBUFFET, YVES KLEIN and others.  Free.  Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., Fourth Floor, SF.  415.981.2661 or https://fraenkelgallery.com

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 1, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens an early premiere of CEDRIC KLAPISCH’s BACK TO BURGUNDAY.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

March 2, 2018.  FRENCH PIANIST PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD performs music of Obuknov, Ligeti & Beethoven.  7:30pm.  $70/$55/$40.  Herbst Theatre.  San Francisco Performances, 415.392.2545 or www.sfperformances.org for details.

March 2-4, 2018.  LES DELICES presents AGE OF INDULGENCE.  Hear the unique music from the eve of an aesthetic revolution, daring, experimental works of the French Rococo. These pieces from the 1740s and 1750s don’t conform to our expectations about baroque music, but they’re not quite Classical either. Rather, they mix the humor and wit of early Haydn and Gluck, a little of C.P.E. Bach’s Sturm und Drang, and characteristically lush French harmonies together to create a truly unique sound. We will sample works by François-André Philidor, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and more.  LES DÉLICES: Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Julie Andrijeski and Adriane Post, baroque violin; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; Mark Edwards, harpsichord.  FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 8:00PM, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto; SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 7:30PM, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St, Berkeley, SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 4:00PM, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St, San Francisco.  510.528.1725 or tickets@sfems.org for details.

March 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 7 or 10, 2018.  VICTOR HUGO – L’HOMME ET SON OEUVRE.  Presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for levels 5 to 8.   3/7, 12:30pm-2pm; 3/10, 1pm-2:30pm.  Discover one of the most influential figures of the 19th century and how the world-famous writer played an important role in French politics. Photographs and texts will show not only the public persona, but also the son, the husband, the father and ... the lover.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com

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, 2018  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz, Berkeley.  8:30pm (dance lesson at 8pm).  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.  www.ashkenaz.com 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 15, 2018.  PECHEURS DE REVES.  LE FRANÇAIS EST UNE CHANCE.  An evening of French songs with Swiss artists.  $10 member; $15 non-member.  Reception with appetizers and Swiss wines at 6:30pm.  Concert at 7:30pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.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 17, 2018.  PRONUNCIATION INTENSIVE!  Intermediate and Advanced Levels, at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Presented by Dominique Brémond.  1pm-5pm.  $99 includes book, cheese, wine.  A unique approach to French pronunciation.This course will change your understanding of French sounds forever and will definitely improve your pronunciation and subsequently, your comprehension. It is particularly beneficial to people with auditory deficiencies. Levels 2 to 3 may take the first 2 hours of the course for $50, if space is available. Levels 4 and 5 may take the entire course upon level assessment. This intensive fills very quickly.  This is a great intensive to repeat as a tune-up or to absorb another layer of if you have previously attended.  Please call us at 415.362.3666 to reserve a seat. www.frenchclass.com

March 17, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the Fairfax Brewfest.   More than 30 microbreweries and Flambeau--sounds like a party!  Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax. 1:00-5:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.fairfaxbrewfest.com

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 24, 2018  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at  RANCHO NICASIO, NICASIO.  We return to the Rancho for a great evening of music and dancing. This is a great Marin County venue--excellent food, great sound, big dance floor. We rarely get out to this joint, so plan to join us.  Town Square, Nicasio (West Marin County). 8:30 pm.  Tickets and dinner reservations: www.ranchonicasio.com

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.

April 30-May 3, 2018.  FOUR-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  www.frenchclass.com 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/

August 27-30, 2018.  FOUR-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

September 5-30, 2018.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  SHN Orpheum Theatre.  http://shnsf.com for details. 

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

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