March 8-16, 2018

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March Events

March 8, 2018.  CELINE GLON gives a lecture entitled NAPOLEON & JOSEPHINE, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT.  Join us for a lecture that offers a vivid look at the life of the strategist General, Consul and Emperor who conquered much of Europe. This lecture will take you first to the Château of Malmaison where he experienced his happiest years alongside his first wife Josephine de Beauharnais. Then as he became Emperor we will discuss his rise and fall until his farewell from the Château of Fontainebleau in 1814.  7.30 PM to 9.00 PMISTP (International School of the Peninsula, 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto 94303.  Tickets:  Students $10 - ISTP members $15 - others $20 – RSVP by March 3rd, 2018. No reservation will be honored after this date. Mercihttp://myfrenchconferences.net/Site_2/English_lecture.html

March 8, 2018.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents CHRISTOPHE GOUDY.  Organizations that truly connect today approach their MarCom in an interesting way – one that bring  them success, but also feels right (and that’s important). Those that succeed have a clear overarching purpose and focus their marketing on generously share their ideas and expertise with the world. They have a deep understanding of their specific audience and focus on helping over selling; connecting and serving that clearly defined community rather than shouting to the anonymous masses. This approach to their communication and business development activity builds trust and awareness in what they do and s the right people towards them. Christophe will share his experience of tacking the necessary steps for working the agenda, and putting the company on a critical past for making anticipated progress prepares leaders for one of their challenges: introducing change into everyday activities.  5:30 PM - 7:30 PMFACCSF Business Center, 26 O'Farrell Suite #500, San Francisco.  $35/free for members. www.faccsf.com for details.

March 8-11, 2018.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents CORELLI THE GODFATHER, including SONATA NO.5 by GEORG MUFFAT.  With Richard Egarr.  415.295.1900 or http://philharmonia.org for details.

March 8-11, 2018.  FANTASY FORUM PRESENTS:  SLEEPING BEAUTY, based on the story by CHARLES PERRAULT.  Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Creek Dr., Walnut Creek.  925.943.7469.  Times variable.  www.fantasyforum.org for details.

March 8-May 6, 2018.  AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Highlighting the best of both African cinema and the black diasporic experience in film, this year’s edition of the African Film Festival showcases great political movements and cultural moments, as well as the individual choices that can sometimes affect an entire nation.  BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley.   https://bampfa.org/program/african-film-festival-2018 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, 2018.  BAREFOOT CHAMBER CONCERTS and MUSICSOURCES presents PAOLO PANDOLFO AND HIS FRIENDS performing PARIS 1689, A REVOLUTION FOR THE SUN KING.”  “Paris 1689, A Revolution for the Sun King” Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba and artistic director; Amélie Chemin, viola da gamba; Markus Hunniger, harpsichord; and Thomas Boysen, theorbo, perform a program is based on music by Marin Marais, and includes pieces by François Couperin and Robert de Visée. Published between 1686 and 1689, Marais’ 1st book of Pièces de Violes sets a ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the French musical tradition, and influences all later publications for the viol. It combines the stunning virtuosity of the ‘Sujet Diversité’ (half-way between the English tradition of “divisions on a ground” and Marais’ later ‘Folies d’Espagne’) and the fully mature French style of the two magnificent Suites for two viols. In those years François Couperin was a young ascending star, and Robert De Visée had already published two music books dedicated to his favorite student . . . the King. This ‘Fin de Siècle’ establishes French excellence in Europe, and contains the seeds of its inevitable demise.” This is a rare opportunity to hear the greatest modern master of the favorite instrument of “The Sun King” (the viola da gamba), in an ensemble that matches his extraordinary talents.  8 PM.  Saint Mary Magdalene Church, 2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley.  $40 (unitary pricing); 18 and under admitted free and welcome.  Purchase tickets at the door or order online (recommended) at https://pandolfo.brownpapertickets.com/, Phone: 510-220-1195.

March 9, 2018.  ROBERT STALLMAN, flute, performs works by RAVEL, PAUL JEANJEAN and others.  8pm.  $5-$25.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento ST., SF.  www.oldfirstconcerts.org for details.

March 9, 2018.  LES PEPITES / LITTLE GEMS.  "Little Gems" (Les Pépites) screening on Friday, March 9, at the Lycée Français de San Francisco!  Discover this enlightening movie, winner of the 2017 COLCOA documentary award in Los Angeles. Free admission, donations welcome (all proceeds go to 'Pour un Sourire d'Enfant') In French with English Subtitles : This is the extraordinary human story of Christian and Marie France and how they changed the lives of more than 10,000 kids in Cambodia  over 20 years.  https://goo.gl/MohfGw 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 9-20, 2018.  LET’S CELEBRATE LA FRANCOPHONIE IN SILICON VALLEY.  International Day of la Francophonie. Francophone culture and French language around the world. We are delighted to invite you to a special series of celebrations in Silicon Valley.  This event in Palo Alto has been organized together with Alliance Française Silicon Valley, Consulate General of Luxembourg in San Francisco, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco in partnership with the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto.  9 March 2018: Swiss artists Laurent Brunetti and Mario Pacchioli's internationally acclaimed Concert «Pêcheurs de Rêves» takes you to a unique journey of memories and emotions. Pêcheurs de Rêves performed at Festival d'Avignon 2017.  13 March 2018: Quebec Movie Night screening "Origami" (by Patrick Demers) and "Je Suis une Actrice" (by Benoit Lach / Best Comedy Short - Rhode Island International Film Festival). Original French versions with English subtitles.  20 March 2018: Special Speaker Event welcoming three Visionary Francophone Women for an inspiring talk on their journey in Silicon Valley.
This event is dedicated to women in celebration of the International Women's Day. 

All our events start with a Welcome Apéro at 6:30pm and are hosted at ISTP in Palo Alto (151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto). They are open to the public, feel free to share.  To reserve your spots, kindly RSVP to: sfr.events@eda.admin.ch

March 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 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 10, 2018.  FETE DE PRINTEMPS.  Espace Galvanize, 44 Tehama St., SF.  Entrée payante (inclut buffet, boissons).  Thème:  Nuit Etoilée – venez avec des étoiles dans les cheveux, sur vos cravates, ou tout simplement dans les yeux).  19h à minuit.  Soirée dansante avec DJ (adultes de + de 21 ans).  Entrée inclut le cocktail dinatoire et les boissons.  Raffle: 1er prix, 1 semaine au Club Med offert par Club Med et Calparrio, 2ème prix une semaine à Puerta Vallarta offerte par Sophie Ravel et bien d'autres lots uniques et inédits.  Billet de tombola à l'unité: $6 - 5 billets de tombola: $25.  Les billets de tombola sont en vente dès à present en même temps que vos tickets pour la soirée, et seront distribués à l'entrée de la soirée. Ils seront aussi vendus sur place. Vous devez être présent au moment du tirage, le gagnant d'un lot devra retirer son lot sur place. Aucun billet de tombola ne pourra donner lieu à un remboursement.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fete-de-printemps-sfba-2018-tickets-42910227646?utm_source=Copy+of+16+february+2018&utm_campaign=NL+June+&utm_medium=email for details.

March 10, 2018.  23rd ANNUAL COLLAGE DES CULTURES AFRICAINES , including performances by DIAMAN COURA WEST AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY and more.  8pm.  $15-$35.  Laney College Theaer, 900 Fallon St., Oakland.  510.508.3444 or www.diamanocoura.org for details.

March 10, 2018.  PALO ALTO PHILHARMONIC performs SPRING CHAMBER CONCERT, including works by EUGENE BOZZA.  8pm.  $10-$22.  First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.  www.paphil.org for details. 

March 10, 2018.  CHEZ NOUS (dir. LUCAS DELVAUX) will be screened at the Jarvis Conservatory, Napa with the sponsorship of the Alliance Française de Napa.  4pm & 7pm.  http://www.jarvisconservatory.com/ for details.

March 10, 2018  TALISCO at DNA LOUNGE.  http://frenchculture.org/events/7540-talisco-dna-lounge for details.

March 11, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL ARTISTS perform works by MILHAUD and others.  4pm.  $12.50-$28.  Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Bolores St., SF.  415.494.8149 or www.sfca.org for details.

March 11, 2018.  PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE screens THE AFRICAN WHO WANTED TO FLY (dir. Samantha Biffot, 2016).  7pm.  This sweet-natured documentary showcases the remarkable life of a man who journeyed from a small Gabonese village to China to study martial arts, and eventually star in kung fu films. With Nora Chipaumire’s Afrofuturist short Afro Promo #1 (Kinglady).  2155 Center St., Berkeley.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

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. 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.

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.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens DEUX JOURS UNE NUIT.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

March 13, 2018.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIQUE à l’ALLIANCE DE BERKELEY.  Sujet:  "La psychanalyse peut-elle être considérée comme Sagesse ?"  17h.  www.afberkeley.org

March 13, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz.  Ace fiddler Tom Rigney and his Louisiana-drenched band Flambeau can be heard in concerts from the Caribbean to Alaska, at the big festivals in the summer, and monthly at his favorite neighborhood dance palace: Ashkenaz. Tonight the band celelbrates the release of its new CD, "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)." The unusual title song (recorded by everyone from Guy Lombardo to the Supremes) is a real surprise. According to Rigney, it's "a great song, although I must admit when I heard it when I was a kid it made no sense at all. I listened to the Guy Lombardo version a couple of years ago and realized what a brilliant, funny, and on-the-money song it is."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

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 14, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents WINTER EUROPEAN NETWORKING.  The German American Business Association, British-American Business Council and French American Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Danish-American Chamber of Commerce, the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), the California-Spain Chamber of Commerce, the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC), the Irish Network Bay Area, the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (SACC), the US-Polish Trade Council, the Hungarian American Chamber of Commerce and the American-European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations, invite you to join us for another wonderful European Networking Event.  Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European style.  Location:  Docusign, 221 Main St., Suite 1500, SF. Only members of participating organizations (see list below): $25. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  www.faccsf.com

March 14, 2018.  PROUST SEMINAR AT MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE.  Taught by Dr. Mark Calkins. In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White calls, “the most respected novel of the twentieth century.” SFSU Professor of Comparative & World Literature, Mark Calkins has led the Proust Seminar at the Mechanics' Institute Library since 2001. In March 2018, the Seminar continues with the second volume of the novel, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower.  The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Mechanics’ Institute.  This semester will begin on March 28, 2018 and end July 25, 2018.  Registration is open to all.  Mechanics' Institute members pay $70 for each 5-month session;  Members of the public pay $100.  This cycle, Dr. Calkins will use William Carter's revised translation of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, published by Yale University Press. However, any translation is acceptable.  https://www.milibrary.org/ for details.  5:30pm.

March 15, 2018.  “THE DIVINE COUNTESS OF CASTIGLIONE (1837-1899):
SPY, FASHIONISTA, FEMME FATALE,”
a presentation by RENEE MOREL.  BIBLOS, the French reading club, ?and HISTORIA, the History club, ?invite you to a slide presentation—en français, bien sûr—on “La Castiglione,” the spy who captivated the imperial court of Napoleon III and inspired countless books and movies. Born to an Italian aristocratic family, Virginia Oldoini (1837-1899) entered a loveless marriage at age seventeen to the Count of Castiglione before bankrupting him by her extravagances. Widely considered the most beautiful woman of her day, she was sent to Paris to bolster Napoleon III’s interest in the unification of Italy. “La Castiglione” caused a sensation at the French court overnight, seduced the emperor, bore him a son and became a glamorous and influential fixture of Parisian society, multiplying liaisons with aristocrats, financiers, and politicians. Fascinated by her own image, the “divine Countess” collaborated with photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson (1822-1913) to have more than 400 portraits made of herself. After the fall of the Second Empire (1870), the fashionista led a reclusive and increasingly eccentric life in an apartment Place Vendôme, dying insane and in relative poverty in 1899 while remaining the subject of admiring and often obsessive curiosity among fin-de-siècle aesthetes.  6:30 PM, Downtown campus, 88 Fourth St. (between Mission and Market), Room B33.  Parking on Mission at 4th.  reneemorel@gmail.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 15, 2018. SWISS STARTUP NIGHT!Join us at Pier 17 for the 2018 Spring Edition of the Swiss Startup Night! Expect an evening filled with demos, pitches, networking, and a chance to gain insights into Switzerland’s strong startup ecosystem at the heart of Europe.  As part of this event, swissnex San Francisco will welcome the winners of Switzerland’s annual Venture Leaders in partnership with Venture Lab and Swisscom. Ten startups have been chosen by a jury of investors as the Swiss National Startup Team for Venture Leaders Technology 2018 from over 110 applicants. The designated entrepreneurs will fly to the Bay Area for a one week roadshow in March to accelerate their expansion into the US market and build an exceptional business network through meeting investors and industry leaders in Silicon Valley, showcasing Switzerland as a deep tech nation.  Arrive early to meet the startups and enjoy a light “apéro”  swissnex San Francisco  Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111.https://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

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, 2018.  SOIREE CONVERSATION A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends. This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance. Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share. Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 16, 2018.  SOIREE SUISSE GALA and performance by the ZURICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA.  New Century will honor its special guests from Zurich, share in delicious food and wine, and our vivacious auctioneer Michael Tate will lead the bidding for several Swiss-themed packages, including an exclusive European concert experience.  Cocktail hour begins at 7 PM.  The world-renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra returns to San Francisco for the first time in over a decade for a one-night-only performance alongside New Century Chamber Orchestra.  Perfomance one night only!  5:30pm.  Herbst Theatre, SF.   
https://www.ncco.org/concert-tickets/2017-2018-season/2018/3/16/soire-suisse-gala

March 16, 2018.  SWISS PERFORMER VALERIE REDING plays with femininity and gender at the COUNTERPULSE FESTIVAL.  9pm-10pm.  $10-$25.  1310 Mission St., San Francisco.  https://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

March 16-18, 2018.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS will be showing its spring collection of Provencal tablecloths at the Sonoma County Home Show March 18 to 18 in Santa Rosa.  See booth 509 in the Hall of Flowers, and the boutiques website at www.atablecheznous.com for a preview of their wares.  More information about the show can be seen at www.sonomacountyhomeshow.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.  STORYTIME IN FRENCH at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  11am & 12:30pm.  Nous accueillerons en effet, les 2 auteurs d'un livre pour enfants écrit en français et en anglais, Anne-Marie Martens et Marjorie Joys qui nous feront le plaisir de la lecture.   Leur livre a reçu deux prix littéraires - "Living Now Award 2017" et "Family Choice Award 2018". Elles sont originaires de Belgique et ont une passion pour les enfants et l'écriture.  Anne-Marie est enseignante de profession et maman de 4 enfants. Elle a enseigné, notamment le français, pendant plus de 35 ans aux enfants de tout âge. Marjorie est maman d'un petit garçon de 4 ans. Pendant plus de 10 ans, elle a travaillé avec des enfants en leur enseignant le français à travers des jeux et des livres. Anne-Marie & Marjorie ont créé leur propre compagnie d'articles organiques et naturels pour enfants - Avenue Petit Lou - où leur livre est disponible. Dans ce livre bilingue, les enfants peuvent apprendre le français et l'anglais en s'amusant et en s'identifiant aux principaux caractères. Qui n'a jamais aidé maman ou papa dans la maison ?  L'activité s'adresse à des enfants de 1 à 8 ans.  La lecture sera suivi d'un temps d'animation ainsi que la possibilité d'acheter et de faire dédicacer votre livre.  La bibliothèque de l'AFSCV sera également ouverte.  www.afscv.org for details.

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.  ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT performs RAVEL’s INTRODUCTION AND ALLEGRO FOR FLUTE, CLARINET, HARP AND STRING QUARTET.   Chamber Music San Francisco.  Herbst Theatre, SF.  8pm.  $33-$51.  415.392.4400 or http://chambermusicsf.org for details.

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 20, 2018.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.Le cercle littéraire discutera Le Soleil sous la soie, d'Eric Marchal:  À l'aube du XVIIIe siècle, médecins et chirurgiens se livrent une guerre féroce. Suite au décès d'un de ses patients, Nicolas Déruet, chirurgien ambulant, est contraint à l'exil. De la campagne lorraine aux steppes hongroises, des palais royaux aux hôpitaux militaires, il n'aura de cesse de perfectionner sa technique pour laver son honneur. De toutes les opérations, la plus difficile sera celle qui touche à son cœur.  à 3h30, au foyer.  For more information contact Candi: candi@afsantarosa.org

March 20, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens A SCREAMING MAN.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

March 20, 2018.  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO performs CAJUN ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.  Doors are 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

Opening March 23, 2018.  BACK TO BURGUNDY (Cédric Klappisch).  BACK TO BURGUNDY, the newest film from acclaimed French director Cédric Klapisch. Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tender tale of a new generation finding its own unique blend.  The film will be opening on March 23rd in San Francisco at the Vogue Theatre.  https://www.cinemasf.com/vogue/

March 23, 2018.  GEOPOLITIQUE LINGUISTIQUE ET PLACE DU FRANÇAIS DANS LE MONDE.  Conférence en français par JEAN CHARCONNET, Ph.D. Attaché de Coopération pour le français à l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  De tout temps les échanges linguistiques et le plurilinguisme ont fait partie du mode de vie de l’humanité. Après les débuts de la linguistique moderne, puis la période des décolonisations et avec la constitution d’entités supra-étatiques, comme l’Europe, on a commencé à se préoccuper des politiques linguistiques, des questions des politiques linguistiques, des questions d’impérialisme linguistique, des droits des usagers des langues régionales.  Ces questions influent directement sur nos pratiques linguistiques, comme les questions économiques et culturelles influent sur la diffusion de nos langues.  Comment se placent les différentes langues d’intercommunication dans le monde ? Quelle est la place du français dans ce concert ? Quel paysage linguistique peut-on dessiner pour l’avenir ?  www.afberkeley.org for details.

March 23, 2018.  BONNE ANNEE screens at the TLF (THEATRE DU LYCEE FRANÇAIS).  Alexis Moncorgé est le petit fils de Jean Gabin et a obtenu le MOLIÈRE 2016 de la révélation masculine pour ce spectacle.  Une nuit de Mars 1912, sur le pont d’un navire qui file vers l’Europe, un homme, au secret trop lourd à porter, se confie à la faveur de l’obscurité. Ce jeune médecin décide de fuir la Malaisie après y avoir exercé cinq années, quand une mystérieuse femme vient solliciter son assistance. Récit fiévreux d’une course contre la mort où la passion se confond avec la folie, où l’obsession qui l’aliène à une femme ressemble à l’amok, crise meurtrière dont sont pris soudainement les opiomanes malais.  Grégory Galin est un aguerri des planches et des plateaux:  six ans dans Le petit théâtre de Bouvard, des rôles dans des séries TV françaises: Lyon police spéciale, Navarro, Cordier… en rôle de « méchant », des rôles au cinéma. Il est une véritable star locale.  Fort de son succès lors de la première partie de Patrick Timsit lors de la saison dernière, Gregory Galin revient avec son Seul-en scène décapant. Entre revue de presse et personnages extremes Gregory Galin passe en revue tous les sujets de societé, des plus légers aux plus graves afin de répondre à la question : "Peut on rire de tout ?" A vous de juger.  Grégory a été piqué par la mouche de l'Art Dramatique et cela ne l'a jamais vraiment quitté!  Achetez vos billets (https://galin.bpt.me)  7:30PM.

March 24, 2018.  JOURNEE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE à l’Alliance Française de San Francisco. Each year, we celebrate the month of Francophonie with several event higliting the different cultures in the french speaking world.  On March 24th, join us for an afternoon of conferences around the themes of Ecology, French language, LGBTQ and Women rights. www.afsf.com for details.

March 24, 2018.   SCIENCE AND SPECTATORSHIP: A HISTORY OF THE DIORAMA.  Following the 17th-Century tradition of magic lanterns, the invention of the diorama in the 19th Century played a crucial role in the history of visual culture and mass spectacles. In its early days, the diorama invented by Louis Daguerre (1787-1857) was a large semi-transparent painted canvas behind which lights could create atmospheric effects, performing the illusion of motion and change (a bustling daytime market turned into a disquieting deserted moonlit scene, a volcano was seen before, during and after its explosion). As such, it anticipated the invention of cinema. No wonder that, in a letter of 1822 to his sister, Balzac called it “the marvel of the century.”  However, dioramas are better known as entertaining pedagogical tools in museums of natural history. Recreating a three-dimensional scene frozen in time and space, the diorama is usually enclosed in a spacious showcase consisting in a painted backdrop, props, and figures. Fantasy and fiction merge with the display of knowledge and science in these early forms of virtual reality. The viewer is invited to believe in the authenticity of the artificial scenery. The diorama has recently been an unexpected source of inspiration for contemporary artists who recontextualize it with a new approach to the history of spectatorship at the crossroads of art, cinema, and theater.  Come and see the many facets of this enduring form of entertainment studied by serious sociologists as well as tongue-in-cheek heirs of the Surrealists!  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  IN FRENCH. Come practice your French and meet others!  Organized by our great Café Musée team and presented by Renée Morel.  Donation: $5.?  The presentation will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.  (IMPORTANT: Even though the description is in English, the presentation will be en français!)   City College of San Francisco, 9:30am-12:30pm.

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 25, 2018.  MOUSTAPHA ALASSANE.  The idiosyncratic work of Nigerien filmmaker Moustapha Alassane (1942–2015) ranges from animations and documentaries to ethnography-infused comedies and adaptations of African legends. His films share a playful, perceptive humor, as well as uniquely incisive commentary on modern Africa. Satires such as The Return of an Adventurer, in which young men play cowboys on the savanna, ridicule the westernized consumerism of the postcolonial generation, while the animated Bon voyage, Sim depicts a “toad republic” ruled by a venal president who gets overthrown. Alassane evokes the rich heritage of West African storytelling with Samba the Great, in which stop-motion puppets illustrate a griot’s narrative.  BAMPFA, Berkeley.  www.berkeley.bampfa.edu for details.

March 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.

Through March 26, 2018.  WOMEN, SEX AND POLITICS IN ART, MUSIC AND LITERATURE, offered by KAYLEEN ASBO, Ph.D.  7 pm on Monday Evenings in March.  Lecture Performances at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma.  $100 for the four week series or drop in at the door for $30 per class?.  March 5 at 7 pm :  Divinely Erotic Love:  Hildegard von Bingen, Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila.  With live music of Hildegard von Bingen performed by Robin O'Brien.  March 12 at  7 pm :  Troubadours and Courtly LoveEleanor of Aquitaine and Her Granddaughters.  Guest performer: Catherine Braslavsky.  March 26 at 7 pm:  Harlot, Heroine or Heretic? Salome.  Most people think they know who Salome was: a lascivious dancer who called for the head of John the Baptist out of frustrated erotic desire. The only woman named Salome in the Bible, however, was one of the faithful disciple of Jesus who witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection. We'll  trace the defamation of this Christian saint over the centuries as her image becomes obscured and replaced by a sexualized image amplified by artists (Gustav Moreau), writers (Oscar Wilde) and composers (Richard Strauss).  http://www.kayleenasbo.com/the-arts-of-women-sex-and-politics.html

March 27, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents a SOIREE DU CINEMA QUEBECOIS.  6pm.  Featuring JE SUIS UNE ACTRICE and ORIGAMI.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

March 27, 2018.  I*KO YA YA performs at Ashkenaz. I*ko Ya Ya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for your dancing pleasure!  The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, and it'll be a night of big time "bon temps roulez"! The party started in 2013 when the original lineup got together to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them. Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even a little country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe.  Among the dance favorites are "We Make a Good Gumbo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

March 28, 2018.  PROUST SEMINAR AT MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE.  Taught by Dr. Mark Calkins. In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White calls, “the most respected novel of the twentieth century.” SFSU Professor of Comparative & World Literature, Mark Calkins has led the Proust Seminar at the Mechanics' Institute Library since 2001. In March 2018, the Seminar continues with the second volume of the novel, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower.  The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Mechanics’ Institute.  This semester will begin on March 28, 2018 and end July 25, 2018.  Registration is open to all.  Mechanics' Institute members pay $70 for each 5-month session;  Members of the public pay $100.  This cycle, Dr. Calkins will use William Carter's revised translation of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, published by Yale University Press. However, any translation is acceptable.  https://www.milibrary.org/ for details.  5:30pm. 

March 29, 2018.  JANIS COUVREUX, journaliste, présente son nouveau livre à Sonoma State University.  Un jour Janis a décidé avec son mari Michel de faire le tour du monde et de donner à leurs enfants une éducation bilingue.  Présentation en français.  15h30.  SSU, Carson 14, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/modlang/ 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

March 31, 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

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.  Ongoing - check local listings.

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 9 or 11, 2018. 

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Highlighting the best of both African cinema and the black diasporic experience in film, this year’s edition of the African Film Festival showcases great political movements and cultural moments, as well as the individual choices that can sometimes affect an entire nation.  BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley.   https://bampfa.org/program/african-film-festival-2018 for details. March 8-May 6, 2018. 

L’AMANT DOUBLE / THE DOUBLE LOVER (François Ozon, 2017).  Now playing in local theaters.

THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens DEUX JOURS UNE NUIT.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. March 13, 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 or 18, 2018. 

ORIGAMI screens at the Journée de la francophonie in the Silicon Valley. sfr.events@eda.admin.ch for details.

LES PEPITES / LITTLE GEMS.  "Little Gems" (Les Pépites) screening on Friday, March 9, at the Lycée Français de San Francisco!  Discover this enlightening movie, winner of the 2017 COLCOA documentary award in Los Angeles. Free admission, donations welcome (all proceeds go to 'Pour un Sourire d'Enfant') In French with English Subtitles : This is the extraordinary human story of Christian and Marie France and how they changed the lives of more than 10,000 kids in Cambodia  over 20 years.  https://goo.gl/MohfGw for details. March 9, 2018. 

A SCREAMING MAN.  7pm; Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. March 20, 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 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 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. 

May 19-October 28, 2018.  RENE MAGRITTE.  THE FIFTH SEASON.  René Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at Magritte’s late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.  Featuring more than 70 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.  SFMOMA, https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/rene-magritte/ for details.

Through June 8, 2018.  FRENCH ARTIST ERIC MICHEL presents LA LUMIERE PARLE / THE LIGHT SPEAKS at 836M Gallery.  Eric Michel has worked in a variety of mediums over the course of his career—which has included time spent in international finance as well stints as a musician—but his main focus for many years has been light and light installations. The exhibit features close to 30 works, including 22 photographs produced specifically for the show, a mural, and 4 light sculptures/installations, videos, as well as several situations around the gallery environment that will redirect available light from skylights, windows and other light sources onto walls and other surfaces. 836M Gallery, 836 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.

Through June 17, 2018.  AGONY IN EFFIGY:  ART, TRUTH, PAIN, AND THE BODY at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Drawing primarily upon historical graphic works in the BAMPFA collection, this exhibition explores the representation of pain and violence in art through visual cues using an impassioned language of gestures—what German art historian Aby Warburg described as the pathos formula, an enduring artistic motif in which victims are depicted seemingly taking pleasure in their own extreme pain. The exhibition opens with prints representing bodily violence and torture with a transcendental promise. Examples include religious images featuring martyrs, such as Hans Baldung Grien’s Christ and the Instruments of the Passion (1517), Jean de Gourmont’s Flagellation(1520–40), or Jusepe Ribera’s St. Jerome Receiving the Stigmata (1620).  Allusions to suffering and its purported value recur in imagery throughout Western European art history. Passionate gestures in the School of Rembrandt van Rijn drawing Conversion of Saint Paul (c. 1645), or the early nineteenth-century drawing Death of Camille, Sister of Horace, attributed to the school of Jacques Louis David, exemplify such depictions of bodily suffering and violence.  Other works offer a critical alternative to positive representations of physical pain. Jacques Callot’s The Miseries and Misfortunes of War(1633) and Francisco Goya’s The Disasters of War (1810–20) represent the beginning of a deprecatory stance against the legitimation of bodily violence.  As we view these images of truth, pain, and the body, we should ask ourselves: What are the dangers in aestheticizing pain and torture? Can the appealing form, which seduces us with the iconography and sensuality of the infliction of pain, also become a force for self-subversion?  https://bampfa.org/program/agony-effigy-art-truth-pain-and-body

Ongoing. JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed LA ROSE DES VENTS at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers.  http://conservatoryofflowers.org/ for details.   He has also installed PEONY, THE KNOT OF SHAME at 836M Gallery in San Francisco.  http://www.7x7.com/jean-michel-othoniel-installs-la-rose-des-vents-sculpture-at-sfs-conse-1787239407.html for more information.

Ongoing.  FRENCH ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed two major works.  La Rose des Vents at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and  Peony, The Knot of Shame at 836M Gallery.  Conservatory of Flowers; 836M Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.836m.org/artists/jean-michel-othoniel/

On-going.  WORKS BY JEAN-MARC BRUGEILLES.  The French artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles is now being represented in San Francisco by Mishin Fine Art on Sutter St. in downtown San Francisco . The Gallery will be hosting a opening reception that is open to the public to present his collection of magnificent paintings.  The opening is Friday May 17th from 5PM  to 9 PM in the gallery. Jean-Marc will be in attendance and he has created special pastels for all who purchase paintings.  Mishin Fine Arts 445a Sutter St.   (btw Powell & Stockton) San Francisco, CA. 94108 415 391-6100 www.mishingallery.com . For more information:  415 637-3145  or www.brugeilles.com    Youtube: http://youtu.be/_4cTu2k79f4 

On-going.  MONIKA STEINER, beloved Bay Area-based Swiss painter is currently exhibiting paintings and small-format sculpture at the new, second location of the Geras-Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco.   Geras-Tousignant Gallery 437 Pacific Ave  San Francisco 415.986.1647.  geratousignant@gmail.com 

On-going. WHY NOT MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL? FRENCH TRAVEL POSTERS, 1945-1949, presented by the Nevada State Museum. French travel posters given to Nevada in 1949 in gratitude for American support following World War II will make their debut at the Nevada State Museum beginning May 23. Commissioned and printed by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French National Railways, the 21 posters depict stunning French landscapes, historical provinces and cultural regions. Why Not Make it Beautiful? French Travel Posters 1945-1949 features artwork carried aboard the Merci Boxcar, or Gratitude Train, in February of 1949. Research indicates that all states received a set of posters, yet only three appear to have retained possession of their collection, and Nevada will be the only state to exhibit them. Staff from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Archives restored the posters for the exhibit generously sponsored by Hazel Woodgate and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation. In 1947 the American people collected 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing and fuel to help the people of France who were struggling desperately to recover from World War II. This "Friendship Train" stopped in Reno to collect the food gathered from all across the state of Nevada. In 1949 the French people collected a trainload of gifts for the Americans, filling 49 boxcars with tokens and treasures from the French provinces, one for each state and one to be shared between Hawaii and Washington D.C. The existence of these trains, and a time when international friendship was on a citizen-to-citizen scale is nearly forgotten. Most Nevadans have little knowledge of this chapter in our history. The notes and the significance of the gifts represent the best of humanity; the kindness that humans can give and share in the face of great suffering, the deep connection possible across cultural and spatial boundaries. Nevada State Museum/Bretzlaff History Resource Center Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Wed. - Sat. by appointment 775/687-4810, x240 or SueAnn.Monteleone@nevadaculture.org or http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=431

On-going.  MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

On-going. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE, by ANDREA WEDELL.  Expat Andrea Wedell, originally from the Bay Area and living in France for the past 24 years, would love for you to visit her painting : contemporary landscapes of Southern France. She works with texture and vibrant, bold color that is built up in multiple layers and glazed on. Her landscapes are semi-abstract to abstract poetic interpretations of her environment in Cassis, or bits  and pieces of it as she sees and feels it– from lively, magical gardens with their sweet smells , to turquoise and deep orange underwater scenes, pink and bright white cliffs built up over millions of years, villages that have retained their authentic charm, sparkling ocean and wide expanses of sky. You can see her work virtually on her website :   www.gallerywedell.com If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France. www.gallerywedell.com/blog

CLASSES        

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Avril 2018.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Le cercle littéraire discutera PETIT PIMENT d’ALAIN MABANCKOU. 3h30, au foyer.  For more information, contact Candi: candi@afsantarosa.org

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 3, 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.

April 3, 2018.  CZ & THE BON VIVANTS perform at Ashkenaz.  A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivantsdish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they've appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit - from downtown Oakland to the Solano Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises - and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band's CD, "Good to the Bon," has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.   Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com.  

April 4-5, 2018.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents GLOBAL POWER SHIFTS IN THE AGE OF A.I.  A two-day course on how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and synthetic biology impact geopolitics, and vice versa, organized in collaboration with the Geneva Center for Security Policy.  8:30am–5:00pm.  $500 per day.  swissnex San Francisco, Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco.   https://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

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.  ONE NIGHT IN PARIS.  Michel Michelis and MM Productions are happy to invite you for, “ONE NIGHT IN PARIS” !  It is a trip to Paris on the top of the hill of Montmartre near the Moulin Rouge with an unique 20’s Gypsy Jazz & Musette Show !  Musicians from different most significant Gypsy Jazz Bands of North California as The Hot Club of San Francisco, Le Jazz Hot, Duo Gadjo…will joined the band “Rue Manouche” and will be on the stage at the Sebastiani Theatre, at 8.00pm, Saturday April 7th, 2018, for a magical moment of music, entertaining, and poetry.  Tickets on sale now at https://ruemanouche.bpt.me  In the step of Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Trenet and many more great artists… Rue Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz & Musette combo founded in San Francisco in 2009 by the french blues singer, actor and producer Michel Saga and the guitarist Vic Wong.  Rue Manouche, play music in the style of Gypsy Jazz or Gypsy Swing made famous by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s.  One night in Paris, is an exciting trip to Paris, with fun and joy that are mixed only for your pleasure !  Joined Rue Manouche for a unique moment in Montmartre, and for a magical trip to the past with the talent of this musicians and the unique voice of the popular vocalist, Isabelle Magidson...  https://ruemanouche.bpt.me  Reserved seating only.  100% of wine bar sales will go directly to the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation.

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 8-10, 2018.  LEILA SLIMANI, was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 2016 for her novel Chanson douce, published in English as The Perfect Nanny (Penguin Books), will be in the Bay Area, at WomenLit and The Booksmith.  http://frenchculture.org/events/7546-leila-slimani-bay-area for details.

April 10, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens RIFIFI.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

April 10, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz. Ace fiddler Tom Rigney and his Louisiana-drenched band Flambeau can be heard in concerts from the Caribbean to Alaska, at the big festivals in the summer, and monthly at his favorite neighborhood dance palace: Ashkenaz. Tonight the band celelbrates the release of its new CD, "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)." The unusual title song (recorded by everyone from Guy Lombardo to the Supremes) is a real surprise. According to Rigney, it's "a great song, although I must admit when I heard it when I was a kid it made no sense at all. I listened to the Guy Lombardo version a couple of years ago and realized what a brilliant, funny, and on-the-money song it is."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

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 17, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens LE NOM DES GENS.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.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 24, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens LA VIE EN ROSE.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

April 26, 2018.  OLIVIER BERTRAND parle à Sonoma State University.  Ancien président de l’Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, Olivier Bertrand travaille dans le commerce du vin.  Présentation en français.  15h30.  SSU, Carson 14, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/modlang/ 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.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  Le cercle littéraire discutera PARS VITE ET REVIENS TARD de FRED VARGAS. 3h30, au foyer.  For more information, contact Candi: candi@afsantarosa.org

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 24 or 26, 2018.  COMEDIE FRANÇAISE:  CYRANO DE BERGERAC.  Lark Theater, Larkspur.  Thu, May 24 at 7:30pm or Sat, May 26 at 1:00pm.  http://www.larktheater.net/

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 7, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents FABA, THE FRENCH-AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS.  www.faccsf.com

June 7, 2018.  HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO & SAN FRANCISCO STRING TRIO perform at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm.  $25-$55.  http://sfjazz.org for details.

June 6, 2018.  MONSIEUR PERINE plays a hybrid of FRENCH GYPSY JAZZ WITH LATIN AMERICAN GENRES.  San Francisco Jazz Festival. 7:30pm.  www.sfjazz.com

June 15-16, 2018  AMADOU & MARIAM of MALI perform at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm/2pm.  $25-$75.  http://sfjazz.org 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/

July 26-29, 2018.  PARIS COMBO performs at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm (7pm on Sunday).  $35-$95.  http://sfjazz.org for details.

August 8-26, 2018.  LES MISERABLES at SHN Orpheum Theatre.  http://shnsf.com for details.

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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