March 29-April 6, 2018

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March & April Events

March 28, 2019.  GRACE CATHEDRAL’S CHOIR OF MEN AND BOYS sings at the EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION, including works by JEAN LANGLAIS.  Free.  6pm. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California ST., SF.  415.749.6300 or for details. 

March 29, 2018.  TACTUS performs music by GOMBERT, L’HERITIER and others. Tanmoy Laskar, Director.  Tanmoy Laskar conducts voices and instruments in an evening of meditative Renaissance polyphony, including Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Lamentations(Feria V, Lectio I) and Stabat Mater; Nicolas Gombert, Lugebat David Absalon; Jean L’Héritier, Locutus est Dominus; and Robert White, Lamentations. 7 PM.  All Saints Chapel, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley.  Free.

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. for details.

March 29, 2018. KLINGANDE performs at the  Regency.  Soirée French electro au Regency. On avait découvert Klingande en 2015 lors de son passage à la Mezzanine. Lui, c'est Cédric Steinmyller à l'alias aux consonnances suédoises qui signifie tinter ou sonner. Et c'est vrai que sa musique sonne bien. Jubel a plus de 160 millions de vues sur Youtube. On peut parler de succès !  Son nom n'est pas un hasard. Dans la grande famille de l'électro, la Sweedish House est un style à part entière qui l'a complètement inspiré.

March 30, 2018.  MARC DESTRUBÉ, baroque violinist from Canada, performs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  6:30pm.  Free.  50 Oak St., SF. 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.

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:

April 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:

April 1, 2018.  GRACE CATHEDRAL’S CHOIR OF MEN AND BOYS sings at the TENEBRAE SERVICE, including works by POULENC.  Free.  6pm. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California ST., SF.  415.749.6300 or for details. 

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

April 3, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens L'ENQUETE CORSE.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or 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.  

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.

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.

April 4-17, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  The full lineup of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 4–17) has been revealed, and tickets are now on sale to the general public! Check out the complete 14-day schedule, packed with 235 screenings of 183 films from 45 countries across the globe.  Locations & dates vary. for details.  Don't miss out—advance tickets for many events will sell out fast!  Francophone-related films include:

April 5, 2018.  OÙ SONT LES FEMMES:  WOMEN IN THE HISTORY OF FRENCH LINGUISTICS.  A talk by Professor WENDY AYRES-BENNETT (Cambridge).  Sara Christofides has generously offered to respond to Professor Ayres-Bennett’s talk.  5pm.  French Library, UC Berkeley.

April 5, 2018.  SFJAZZ presents CARIB by DAVID SANCHEZ, including the music of HAITI.  7:30pm.  $25-$45.  866.920.5299 or for details.

April 5, 2018.  HENRI COLE talks about ORPHIC PARIS at Mechanics’ Institute.The true star of this collection of poetic essays is Paris itself. The city reveals its secrets to Cole at every turn, and he in turn shows them to us. From the café with an Old-World atmosphere frequented by Hemingway to the paint shop where Cezanne and Monet bought supplies, this is a Paris bursting with art and culture. Cole’s vivid prose and the photos that accompany it let us imagine ourselves sitting at the table sipping coffee or wandering the cobble streets with him, and his candid description of each day provides plenty of fodder for dreaming of a Paris trip of your own.  6:30pm. for details.

April 5, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT – DOING BUSINESS IN THE U.S. WITH FRENCH HABITS – WHAT NOT TO DO.  Failing to clearly define what your U.S company does for tax purposes (and sticking to it); inventing convenient transfer prices, treating U.S employees “the French way”; letting US employees take advantage of your French instinct; assuming U.S salespeople will do paperwork unless their lives depend on it; assuming the government decides the details of running your US workplace, etc. These were a non-exhaustive list of topics that will be dealt with during this session.  ABOUT THE SPEAKER, François Musé, CPA.  As a manager at Deloitte, Francois worked in their San Francisco and Paris offices.  He left Deloitte to become CFO of the Chalone Wine Group (Nasdaq: CHLN), after which he founded French American Accountancy (  French-American Accountancy is a niche accounting firm that has been operating now for 18 years.  Simply put,  it is a one-stop shop for all accounting, payroll & tax services, specializing in companies and individuals who operate both in France and in the US.  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, FACCSF Business Center, 26 O'Farrell Suite #500, San Francisco.  Free for members – Non-members: $35.

April 6, 2018.  HENRI COLE presents ORPHIC PARIS, a combination of autobiography, diary, essay and prose poetry with photographs, creating a new form of elegiac memoir.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm. for details.

April 6, 2018.  LES CHATOUILLES OU LA DANSE DE LA COLERE at TLF (Théâtre du Lycée Français).    Molière 2016 du Seule-en-scène.  Ecrit et interprété par Andréa Bescond.  Mise en scène par Eric Métayer.  Après deux années de succès, Les Chatouilles ou la danse de la colère poursuivent leur parcours triomphal en tournée dans toute la France et au-delà.  Les Chatouilles ou la danse de la colère, spectacle magistralement interprété par Andréa Bescond, est l’histoire d’Odette, une jeune danseuse dont l’enfance a été volée et violée par un ami de la famille quasiment sous les yeux de ses parents qui n’ont pas voulu ou su voir. Ces viols, véritables bombes à retardement résonneront longtemps dans sa vie d’adulte jusqu’à sa reconstruction.  A travers une galerie de personnages entre rire et émotion, et une mise en scène subtile d’Eric Métayer, les mots et la danse s’entremêlent et permettent à Andréa Bescond de transporter le spectateur dans un grand huit émotionnel.  Eric Métayer, compagnon d'Andréa Bescond et metteur en scène du spectacle, sera présent lors de la représentation.  Une soirée exceptionnelle au Théâtre Antoine avec Brigitte Macron.  Le 16 octobre 2017, au Théâtre Antoine se donnait Les Chatouilles ou la danse de la colère. A l’issue de la représentation, et à l’invitation de Marlène Schiappa, Secrétaire d’Etat chargée de l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, un débat sur les crimes sexuels sur mineurs et les conditions de l’évolution de la loi, avait lieu. L’intérêt du Président de la République était remarqué avec la présence de Brigitte Macron, du Secrétaire d’Etat Benjamin Grivaux et du Président de l’Assemblée Nationale, François De Rugy.

Through 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.

April 7, 2018. RUE MANOUCHE presents 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  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...  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 for details.

April 8, 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 for more details and to RSVP.

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 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. 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 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.

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 for details.

April 12, 2018.  NICHOALS PHAN, tenor, and MYRA HUANG, piano, perform LA BONNE CHANSON – SONGS OF THE PARISIAN BELLE EPOQUE.  San Francisco Performances.  Herbst Theatre.  7:30pm.  415.392.2545 or for details.

April 12, 2018.  LIAM CALLANAN discusses PARIS BY THE BOOK at Bookshop West Portal.  A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.  7pm.  80 West Portal, SF. for details. 

April 12 & 15, 2018.  PACIFIC EDGE VOICES presents LET ME HEAR YOUR HEART SING.  In our temperate climate, the crocus does not announce the dusk of winter's 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 Higden, let music and community lift your face back toward the sun.  Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:30pm.  St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco; Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4:00pm, Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley. or for tickets.

April 13, 2018.  IBEYI at The Fillmore.  French-Venezuelan-Cuban ensemble. for details.

April 14, 2018.  PHILIP TESSIER & ROLAND PASSOT present CHASING BOCUSE:  AMERICA’S JOURNEY TO THE CULINARY WORLD STAGE.  Cooks with Books.  La Folie, SF.  $350 per person; only 40 seats available.  6:30pm. for details.

April 14 & 15, 2018.  THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE.  Screening with live orchestra – BENOIT CHAREST leads LE TERRIBLE ORCHESTRE DE BELLEVILLE in a live performance of his original score for the film.  Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University.  650.724.2464 or for details.

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. for details. 

April 15, 2018.  JEAN-MICHEL JARRE performs at the City National Civic in San José. 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 for details.

April 18, 2018.  PETIT BISCUIT performs at Fox Theater, Oakland. 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. 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 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 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. for details.

April 22, 2018.  RICHARD GOODE, piano, performs DEBUSSY’s PRELUDES, BOOK 2 and more.  3pm.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley. for details.

April 22, 2018.  CARMEN.  The best-known work by French composer GEORGES BIZET, and one of the most famous operas in history, this heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence was ahead of its time in 1875, and Bizet did not live to see its ultimate, spectacular success. Staged by Australian director Barrie Kosky and conducted by Jakub Hrusa, this adventurous production stars Anna Goryachova in the title role, with Francesco Meli as Don José, Anett Fritsch as Micaëla and Kostas Smoriginas as Escamillo. This far-from-traditional production includes Bizet music not usually included. Sung in French with English subtitles. Anticipated running time is 200 minutes, including intermission.  ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM: $15 General  |  $13 Seniors & Youth | $10 CFI Members. Noon.  California Film Institute.

April 22, 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 for more details and to RSVP.

April 24, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens LA VIE EN ROSE.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or 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. 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 $15 for non-members; free for members.

April 27, 2018.  CHRISTOPHE MAE performs at the Swedish American Hall. 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 for details.

April 27-29, 2018.  THE SAN FRANCISCO SCOTTISH FIDDLERS present music by ANDRE BRUNET.  The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers will be featuring two of French-Canadian Andre Brunet’s tunes in their annual 2018 Spring Concerts.  Under the leadership of Alasdair Fraser, internationally acclaimed Scottish fiddler, the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, playing not only fiddles but also piano, cellos, guitars, harps, flutes, and percussion, will present music which is merry and lively, but sometimes slow and reflective.  They draw tunes from Celtic tradition, old and new, along with music from Cape Breton and Quebec.  Over 100 musicians—with about 20 of whom are student musicians—will burst with toe-tapping, dancing-in-the-aisles music.  4/27, Regent’s Theater, Holy Names University, Oakland, 8pm (tickets at; 4/28:  Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, San Ramon, 7:30pm, tickets 925.973.3343; 4/29, Friedman Event Center, Santa Rosa, 2pm (tickets at ; also on Facebook.

April 28, 2018.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1PM.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or 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. 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. for details.

April 30-May 3, 2018.  FOUR-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS. for details.

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. for details.

SEE ALSO:  LE BLOG de l’Ile de France


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. for details. March 8-May 6, 2018. 

L’AMANT DOUBLE / DOUBLE LOVER.  Now playing in local cinemas.

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. Now playing at Smith-Rafael, San Rafael, and elsewhere.  Check local listings.

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 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 :


Through April 7, 2018.  AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY MAURICE LOUIS.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF. 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. 

Through April 28, 2018.  JACQUES VILLEGIE.  DECOLLAGE FROM 1956 TO 2000.    Modernism, 724 Ellis St., SF.  415.541.0461 or for details.

Through May 19, 2018.  PHILIPPE RAHM:  THE ANTHROPOCENE STYLE.  In a newly commissioned exhibition for San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), award-winning Swiss architect Philippe Rahm embraces the urgency of climate change to propose a roadmap for a field eager to adapt to and mitigate our changing climate.  San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. for details.

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, 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 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?

Through August 2018.  AFTER TOMORROW at the Résidence of the Consul General.  In collaboration with the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French Consulate in San Francisco, the French Tech San Franciscon, l’Institut Français and the French American Cultural Society, re.riddle is pleased to present After Tomorrowan exhibition exploring the intersections between art, technology and science. The exhibition will look at the ways in which these interrelationshipsshape, augment and/or modify our existence and the human experience.  Installed in the private residence of the Consul General, the exhibition showcases the work of Hongtao Zhou, Boris Labbé, Summer Lee, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, and Angelique Cheronnet. Opening night will feature a performance art piece by Summer Lee with Laura Boles Faw and the US premiere of Boris Labbé’s animated video Kyrielle.  The exhibition runs from March 14, 2018 to August, 2018. For more information about the artists and to make an appointment for visiting the exhibition (Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm), please contact Alex Penn at or visit

Through August 12, 2018.  PARIS 1913:  LA PROSE DU TRANSSIBERIEN AND THE FLOWERING OF THE AVANT GARDE.  Museo Italo Americano, 99 Marina Blvd., Ft. Mason Center.  415.673.2200 or for details.

Ongoing. JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed LA ROSE DES VENTS at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers. for details.   He has also installed PEONY, THE KNOT OF SHAME at 836M Gallery in San Francisco. 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.

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 . For more information:  415 637-3145  or    Youtube: 

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. 

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 or

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

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or 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

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 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 for details.

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

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. 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

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.

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 or

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 :

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 : If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France.


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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:

May 2018.  ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT in MONSIEUR IBRAHIM ET LES FLEURS DU CORAN at the Théâtre de Lycée Français.  Details to follow.

May 1, 2018.  CHARLOTTE CARDIN performs at the Chapel. for details.

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 for details.

May 4, 2018.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs at UC Theatre, Berkeley. for details.

May 4 & 5, 2018.  EX MACHINA, written, designed, directed & performed by ROBERT LEPAGE.   8pm.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley. 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. for details.

May 12, 2018.  FAKEAR performs at the Swedish American Hall. for details.

May 13, 2018.  CYRILLE AIMEE at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ.  SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  866.920.5299 or for details.

May 18, 2018.  IAM performs at the  Fillmore. for details.

May 20, 2018.  GEOREGEANNE BRENNAN presents WINDOWS ON PROVENCE:  MUSINGS ON THE FOOD, WINE, AND CULTURE OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.  Cooks with Books, Left Bank, Larkspur.  $120 single; $175 per couple.  6:30pm. 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.

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

June 3, 2018.  CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY presents UN MUSICIEN DU PREMIER ORDRE – MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER, including LITANIE DE LA VIERGE and MISSA ASSUMPTA EST MARIA.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $45/$38/$15.  7:30pm.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

June 4, 2018.  CHRISTINE BRANDES, soprano, and ELIZABETH BLUMENSTOCK, violin, MARY SPRINGFELS, viola da gamba, and KATHERINE HEATER, harpsichord, present NASTY WOMEN – FRENCH BAROQUE CANTATAS OF RETRIBUTION.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $45/$38/$15.  7:30pm.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

June 5, 2018.  MEMBERS AND ALUMNI OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC present TWO BAROQUE GIRLS, featuring music by ELIZABETH JACQUET DE LA GUERRE and others.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $15/$5.  11am.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

June 6, 2018.  JUILLIARD425 presents CONVERSATIONS GALANTES ET AMUSANTES, eighteenth-century French chamber music  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $15/$5.  11am.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

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


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

June 7, 2018.  PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE CHAMBER PLAYERS present Telemann’s PARIS QUARTETS.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $15/$5.  4pm.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

June 8, 2018.  JORY VINIKOUR & PHILIPPE LEROY, harpsichords, present MUSIQUE A DEUX CLAVECINS, including compositions by JACQUES DULPHY and others.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $45/$38/$15.  11am.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

June 8, 2018.  QUICKSILVER presents THE BIG WIG – SOPHISTICATED AND UNEXPECTED MUSIC FROM THE COURTS OF FRANCE AND ENGLAND.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $45/$38/$15.  4pm.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

June 8, 2018.  DEBUSSY AS EARLY MUSIC, a colloquy led by NICHOLAS  MATTHEW, UC-Berkeley, fearturing GEORGE BARTH & KATE VAN ORDEN.  10am, Berkeley Piano Club, Free.  Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, for details.

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. 

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

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

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 SEURAT

July 7-August 4, 2018.  THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, a new musical.  Bay Area Musicals will close its’ season with the luscious musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz.  The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.  An angelic score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Bring the entire family and be swept away by the magic of Bay Area Musicals’ production of this truly unforgettable musical.  Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco.  415.340.2207 or for details.

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

August 8-26, 2018.  LES MISERABLES at SHN Orpheum Theatre. for details.

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

September 5-30, 2018.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  SHN Orpheum Theatre. for details. 

September 28, 2018.  ORELSAN plays at The Independent. for details.

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

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