March 15-23, 2018

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March Events

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.  FRENCH INTERNET HISTORY.  A conversation at the COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM.  We will be discussing French internet history—specifically the rise and fall of Minitel. You can find out more about the event here.  All of the events are completely free and open to the public. Event attendees also receive free admission to our exhibits.
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March 15, 2018.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE de MENLO PARK aura lieu le jeudi, le 15 mars à 19h, au centre de Menlo Park. ATTENTION! C'est une nouvelle adresse:  Alto International School 475 Pope Street, Menlo park.  Nous discuterons : L’HERBE DES  NUITS (2012) de PATRICK MODIANO - gagnant du Prix Goncourt en 1978 et du Prix Nobel de littérature en 2014.  Dans l'Herbe des Nuits un écrivain se retourne vers une courte période de son passé à la lumière d'un petit carnet de notes noir datant du milieu des années 1960.  Sa recherche le replonge dans le Paris du quartier de Montparnasse, de la cité internationale universitaire, et de la rive gauche, à l'époque de la décolonisation lorsqu'il fréquentait une jeune femme du nom de Dannie qui évoluait dans les milieux de la sécurité marocaine présente en France.  Su Ping et Dean ont gentiment offert de présenter Modiano et son livre.  Si vous avez des questions, envoyez-les à Jane Murdoch (jmurdoch@crai.com) et/ou à Marie Mathevon (mpm@mathevon.com).

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 15, 2018.  BOB LEWIS presents ISLANDS IN THE SUN:  BIRDING IN THE CARIBBEAN.  6:30PM.  $5.  First Unitarian Universalit Chruch, 1187 Franklin St., SF.  http://goldengateaudubon.org for details.

March 15-16, 2018.  COUNTERPULSE FESTIVAL, including VALERIE REDING.  80 Turk St. and other locations in SF.  Free-$25.  415.626.2060 or www.counterpulse.org for details.

March 16, 2018.  MISSION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA presents SOUNDBYTE SYMPHONY 2.0 with works by BIZET and others.  7:30pm.  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.  $29.  650.903.6000 or www.missionchamber.org for details.

March 16, 2018.  SIMONE PORTER, accompanied by HSIN-I HUANG, performs works by RAVEL, CHAUSSON and others.  San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF.  7:30pm.  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 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 16-18, 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 16-18, 2018.  SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY presents NAKAMATSU, BEETHOVEN AND PINES OF ROME, including works by DEBUSSY and others.  $45-$90.  California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San José, www.symphonysiliconvalley.org 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.

May 17, 2018.  ANNE RAINWATER, piano, performs works by RAVEL, DEBUSSY and more.   Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. For this recital, she reexamines our assumptions about certain styles of music - what do we expect to experience based on when or by what means a piece was written? Does our perception change if we hear dramatically different works side-by-side? Works on the program include pieces by Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Claude Debussy, Matthew Hough, and Danny Clay.  7:30pm.  A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.  $15 General, $10 Student/Senior; $5 Children 12 and under.?  Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Ave., SF.  https://www.facebook.com/sevenperforms/ for details.

March 17, 2018.  UTE LEMPER, the great German chanteuse, performs PARIS DAYS, BERLIN NIGHTS, a musical portrait of 1920s Europe, accompanied by the VOLGER STRING QUARTET.  7:30pm.  Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University.  http://live.stanford.edu 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 17 & 18, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE VOICES presents AVE VIRGO – MUSIC FOR THE FEASTS OF OUR LADY.  The next installment in SFRV’s 2017-18 Season, “A Nun, A Queen, The Lady & A King.” This exquisite concert of rarely performed music will feature Heinrich Isaac’s (ca. 1450–1517) 6-part Missa Virgo Prudentissima. Woven between the movements of the mass will be 4, 5, 6, and 8-part motets (many of them from the Medici Codex of 1518) written by Josquin, Obrecht, Mouton, Willaert, Jacquet de Mantua, and the mysterious Jean Le Santier, for the feast days of the Virgin Mary. Experience the dazzling beauty of this amazing sacred polyphony, resplendent with the magic of interwoven voices, and the glory of a cappella singing.  3/17, 7:30 PM, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, Tickets $20 to $30.  Tickets online or 415-650-6258 or SFRVoices@gmail.com3/18, 4 PM, Church of the Advent, 261 Fell St., San Francisco, Tickets $20 to $30.  Tickets online or 415-650-6258 or SFRVoices@gmail.com

March 17 & 18, 2018  SONOMA BACH presents SACRED REALMS:  THE ETERNAL CITY, a concert inspired by JOSQUIN DESPREZ.  In the late 15th century, the young Josquin Desprez spent a number of years in Rome as a member of the papal choir. We know this perhaps most surprisingly because he carved his name in one of the choir stalls in the Sistine Chapel. Our concert is inspired by Josquin’s Rome: Hearing and Composing in the Sistine Chapel, a wonderful (and readable!) book by Stanford scholar Jesse Rodin. We follow in Rodin’s steps by exploring music which Guillaume Dufay, Marbrianus de Orto, Josquin and later composers wrote for the papal chapel. Featuring Josquin’s Illibata Dei virgo nutrix and movements from his L’homme armé masses.  http://www.sonomabach.org/sacred-realms-the-eternal-city.html for venues and details.

March 17 & 18, 2018.  VALLEJO CHORAL SOCIETY presents AWAKENING, including works by FAURE and others.  Vallejo & Benecia.  $20-$25.  707.653.6827 or www.vallejochoral.org for details.

March 18, 2018.  TIME REGAINED (dir. R. Ruiz), based on the novel by MARCEL PROUST, screens at BAMPFA.  “For those who know the final volume of Marcel Proust’s  In Search of Lost Time, Ruiz’s film sets off its own chain of memories and associations; for those who do not, it serves as a superb introduction to the shape and texture of the Proustian universe” (Dave Kehr).  1pm.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details.

March 18, 2018.  HOLES IN THE FLOOR CELLO QUARTER presents works by POULENC and others.  St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Ave., Albany, CA.  4pm.  $18-$20.  510.525.1716 for details.

Through March 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 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.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NETWORKING CAFÉ.  Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00 am, come to the French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco's office for a "cafe-croissant"!  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events-calendar/events/d/networking-cafe-12/ 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

March 21, 2018.  DEJEUNER DU MOIS de L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Le déjeuner mensuel aura lieu le mercredi 21 mars à midi chez Jacob Barron de Saratoga.  Inscription réservée aux membres à jour avec leur cotisation.  Merci de réserver votre place avec Stella Tan. www.afscv.org for details.

March 22, 2018.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.    Nous nous réunirons au Boulanger de Los Gatos le jeudi 22 mars à 15 heures pour discuter Amélie Nothomb: "Une forme de vie".(2010). (122 pages en livre de poche).  Le Cercle de Lecture de Los Gatos connait déjà Amélie Nothomb pour avoir discuté « Stupeur et tremblements » : livre autobiographique où elle relatait ses déboires au Japon au cours d'un stage en entreprise.  Le livre de ce mois-ci est bien différent. La narratrice reçoit une lettre d'un soldat américain en poste à Bagdad....Pour tout renseignement prière de contacter la responsable bernadettetheisen@gmail.com

March 22, 2018.  GAUGUIN’S COLORS:  A DRAWING WORKSHOP.  Presented in French and English by MARINE FUTIN at THE FRENCH CLASS.  $65, all levels.  2pm-3:30pm.  Discover or learn more about Gauguin by learning how to draw with dry pastels using one of his paintings as a model. No special skills are necessary and you will be guided through the whole process. This is a fun and creative workshop, in English with some French. Immerse yourself in the favorite colors of this artist. $65 includes the material.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance, 415.362.3666.  www.frenchclass.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 A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  L’événement inclut une présentation sur l’éducation bilingue français – anglais sur la côte ouest. Il sera présenté par Jean Charconnet, attaché à l’éducation au Consulat français de San Francisco. Il y aura également des conférences sur l’écologie, sur la protection des droits des personnes LGBT et également le bilan de la première année de présidence d'Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République.  L’alliance française se situe au 1345 Bust Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.  Pour plus de détails, vous pouvez appeler l’Alliance au (415) 775 – 7755 ou vous rendre sur leur site internet www.AFSF.com

March 24, 2018.  BACK TO BURGUNDY screens at the Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/back-to-burgundy/ 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

Through 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.

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.

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.

BACK TO BURGUNDY (Cédric Klappisch).  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.  Also playing at the Smith-Rafael, San Rafael. https://www.cinemasf.com/vogue/ Opening March 23, 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. 

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.

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

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. 

TIME REGAINED (dir. R. Ruiz), based on the novel by MARCEL PROUST, screens at BAMPFA.  “For those who know the final volume of Marcel Proust’s  In Search of Lost Time, Ruiz’s film sets off its own chain of memories and associations; for those who do not, it serves as a superb introduction to the shape and texture of the Proustian universe” (Dave Kehr).  1pm.  www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for details. March 18, 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  

March 15-April 28, 2018.  JACQUES VILLEGIE.  DECOLLAGE FROM 1956 TO 2000.    Modernism, 724 Ellis St., SF.  415.541.0461 or www.modernisminc.com for details.

Through April 7, 2018.  AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY MAURICE LOUIS.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  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 May 27, 2018.  ANXIOUS STATES:  EXPRESSIONISM FROM GAUGUIN TO OLIVEIRA.  Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacARthur Blvd., Oakland.  510.430.2164 or www.mcam.mills.edu 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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COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

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 4 or 7, 2018.  LES COTES D’ARMOR EN BRETAGNE.  Presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Learn (more) about Brittany, and especially about les Côtes d’Armor, its traditions, its food and its beautiful natural and historical sites.  Best for levels 5 to 8 - $25.This conference is offered twice at The French Class:  Wednesday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2 p.m.  Saturday, April 7th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com

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 9, 2018.  LEILA SLIMANI, author of THE PERFECT NANNY, speaks at The Bindery, 1727 Haight St., SF.  7:30pm. 

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, 2018.  CONFERENCE LE CERVEAU, CET INCONNU présentée par CELINE PERIER at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Maladie de Parkinson: de la recherche fondamentale au développement de nouveaux traitements par Céline Perier, PhD.  La journée mondiale de Parkinson tombe le 11 Avril. Elle marque l’anniversaire de la naissance du Dr. James Parkinson, le premier a avoir décrit la maladie. Durant tout le mois d’avril, des efforts particuliers sont fait pour faire connaitre au grand public cette maladie ainsi que tout le travail mis en oeuvre par les chercheurs et les associations de patients pour l’éradiquer.  L’espérance de vie s’allonge, mais, malheureusement, certains de nos neurones ne sont pas programmés pour durer quatre-vingts ou cent ans. Tel est le cas des neurones liés à la maladie de Parkinson, dont leur usure mène à un dysfonctionnement ravageur.  RSVP info@afberkeley.org $15 for non-members; free for members.

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 10-August 11, 2018.  THEMED FRENCH SUMMER CAMPS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  June 11-15: Fun in French Discovery CampJune 18-22: 20000 lieues sous les mers / Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea; June 25-29: Les aventuriers de Fort Boyard / Fort Boyard Adventurers; July 02-03: Mini camp artistique / Mini art Camp; July 9-13: Le Petit Prince / Little Prince; July 23-27 : Le Chat Botté / Puss in boots; July 16-20: Le Moyen-Age: Princesses et Chevaliers / Middle Ages : Princesses and Knights; July 30- August 03: Cromagnon; August 06-10:  Le petit Chaperon Rouge / Little Red Riding Hood.  http://afsf.com/cultural-center/camps-2018/?utm_source=Copy+of+Newsletter+March+9&utm_campaign=NL+June+&utm_medium=email 

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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