April 5-13, 2018

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April Events

April 4, 2018. CE QUI NOUS LIE / BACK TO BURGUNDY.  Join the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa along with Davida Brautman, board member and cinéphile-en-chef at the AFSR, for a screening of this delightful film at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.  551 Summerfield Road.  Film start time at 3:30pm.  Informal, convivial discussion to follow at East West Café.  Preview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2hcDb7gJ4I

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

April 5, 2018.  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.   LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

April 5, 2018.  SFJAZZ presents CARIB by DAVID SANCHEZ, including the music of HAITI.  7:30pm.  $25-$45.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org 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.  https://www.milibrary.org/ 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 (www.faausa.com).  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.  www.faccsf.com

April 5-7, 2018.  HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, including a film from CONGO.  Free.  University of San Francisco College of Arts & Sciences, 2130 Fulton St., SF.  www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/about/human-rights-film-festival for details.

April 5-21, 2018.  B8 THEATRE COMPANY presents MOLIERE’s TARTUFFE.  Classic comedy about a con man trying to win the hand of a young maiden, steal her father’s fortune and seduce his wife.  $15-25.  BB Theatre, 2292 Concord Ave., Concord.  925.890.8877 or www.b8theatre.org for details.

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.  www.bookpassage.com 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.  https://chatouilles.brownpapertickets.com/

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.  www.theexit.org

April 7, 2018.  NICHOLAS PHAN, tenor, presents FRENCH SONG AND THE BELLE EPOQUE.  Eith the ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET.  Works by DEBUSSY & FAURE.  3pm.  $35.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  www.sfperformances.org for details.

April 7, 2018.  VANESSA LANGER & VERA BREHEDA, soprano, piano, perform works by DEBUSSY, FAURE, and others with songs from turn-of-the-century France, Russia and Vienna.  4pm.  $15-$20.  Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., SF.  415.564.2324 or www.sunsetarts.wordpress.com for details.

April 7, 2018.  L’ATELIER / THE WORKSHOP (Laurent Cantet, France, 2017).  On France’s Mediterranean coast, a workshop led by Olivia (Marina Foïs), an author of popular thrillers, gathers six local students of varying backgrounds to communally craft a book suggested by their personal experiences. As outlier Antoine, who hands in increasingly violent texts for writing samples, comes into tense conflict with Olivia and other members of the group, the film uses his feelings of disenfranchisement to explore the fraught divisions in present-day French society.  8pm.  https://bampfa.org/event/workshop

April 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 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 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 7 & 8, 2018.  NEW MILLENIUM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs works by RAVEL and others.  4/7, 7pm, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo; 4/8, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto.  $10-$20.  www.nmchamberorchestra.org for details.

April 7 & 8, 2018.  LUDOVIC MORLOT conducts the SEATTLE SYMPHONY’s performance of BECOME OCEAN AND BECOME DESERT.  4/7, 8pm; 4/8, 3pm.  $19-$98.  Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details. 

April 8, 2018.  MUSICSOURCES presents French harpsichordist JEAN-LUC HO, playing works by Purcell and others.  5pm.  $10-$30.  St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  510.528.1685.  www.musicsources.org for details.

April 8, 2018.  CHAMBER MUSIC SUNDAES.  Works by RAVEL and others.  3pm.  $11-$28.  Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley.  415.753.2792.  www.chambermusicsundaes.org 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 www.bafoe.org 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 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 9, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

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.  NICHOALS PHAN, tenor, and MYRA HUANG, piano, perform LA BONNE CHANSON – SONGS OF THE PARISIAN BELLE EPOQUE, with mustic by DEBUSSY, CHAUSSON and others.   San Francisco Performances.  Herbst Theatre.  7:30pm.  415.392.2545 or http://sfperformances.org 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. www.bookshopwestportal.com for details. 

April 12, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

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.  https://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2383 or http://pacificedgevoices.org/concerts/ for tickets.

April 13, 2018  FRENCH BLA BLA BLA CAFÉ (ET PATATI ET PATATA).  Conversation group & opportunity for French, francophones, and advanced French learners to gather to speak French.  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Organized by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  JaM Cellars. Call Bruno or Malek for details.  707.688.9100 or 707.363.4313.

April 13, 2018.  IBEYI at The Fillmore.  French-Venezuelan-Cuban ensemble.  http://lostinsf.com/la-belle-histoire-du-duo-ibeyi-et-ses-chapitres-a-san-francisco-0 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.  www.bookpassage.com 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 http://live.stanford.edu 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.  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

April 15, 2018.  GODARD, MON AMOUR / LE REDOUTABLE.  (France, 2017.)  8:15pm.  With MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS.  At a defining moment in New Wave provocateur Jean-Luc Godard’s artistic life, when the didactic La Chinoise (1967) marked a shift in style as radical as his politics, the thirty-seven-year-old filmmaker also fell in love with his twenty-year-old leading lady Anne Wiazemsky. Louis Garrel inhabits the auteur’s pugnacious soul as he embraces the protests sweeping France and embarks on a tempestuous second marriage. Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) pays homage to Godard’s genius even as he cheekily sends up the director’s excesses and pretensions.  https://bampfa.org/event/godard-mon-amour

April 15, 2018.  JEAN-MICHEL JARRE performs at the City National Civic in San José.  http://lostinsf.com/jean-michel-jarre-va-vous-emerveiller-au-city-national-civic for details.

April 16, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

Through April 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.  https://www.sffilm.org/ for details.  Don't miss out—advance tickets for many events will sell out fast!  Francophone-related films include:

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 17, 2018.  TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE, plus dance lesson with Ted Sherrod.  For 35 years, two- time GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

April 18, 2018.  PETIT BISCUIT performs at Fox Theater, Oakland.  http://lostinsf.com/au-printemps-petit-biscuit-promenera-son-electro-entre-coachella-et-san-francisco for details.

April 18, 2018.  GYPSY JAZZ GUITARIST PAUL “PAZZO” MEHLING & PIANIST MIKE LIPSKIN together at Pier 23, San Francisco.  6pm-9pm. No cover.  Django style!

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 19, 2018.   LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

April 19, 2018.  FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a SOCIAL IMPACT EVENT:  WHERE PURPOSE MEETS WELLNESS.  We're all looking for a way to give back and be a part of something greater. How can giving back and staying healthy meet in the middle? What are ways you can make this a part of your day to day? How can your employer back you up with your fitness and purpose goals? As an employer, how can you involve your team in fitness activities/ team building that arealso serving higher purposes?  Hear from some amazing individuals including a San Francisco startup, corporation & non-profit on how they are giving back to their community through fitness.  With MAGALI MATHIEU & KATY SHERRATT.  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. FACCSF members $15; Non-members: $25.  Udemy, 600 Harrison, SF.  www.faccsf.com 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 21, 2018.  THE TIBURON FILM FESTIVAL  presents PAUL MOREIRA’s INSIDE THE RUSSIAN INFO WAR MACHINE.  (France, 2018; 90 min.)  Acclaimed journalist Paul Moreira investigates how Russia manipulates public opinion, undermines democratic governments and attempts to alter world events. The public face of foreign policy: the state news channels, Sputnik and Russia Today. But working in the shadows is the hidden part: the hackers and trolls pushing the Russian agenda…  The Russians know that public perception of their country has reached a new low. Russophobia is massive. Their message is tainted with illegitimacy. But how does the Russian information war machine work?  U.S. Premiere.  02:00 PMPlayhouse Theater: 40 Main Street, Tiburon.  Tickets:  https://tiburonfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/ and will be available at the theater box office when the festival starts.  For more information:  info@TiburonFilmFestival.org

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 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.  https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/carmen/

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 www.bafoe.org for more details and to RSVP.

April 23, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

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 24, 2018.  TRI TIP TRIO plus dance lesson with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson at Ashkenaz.  Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes. Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.  Doors are 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

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 26, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

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, 2018.  CHRISTOPHE MAE performs at the Swedish American Hall.  https://www.swedishamericanhall.com/event/christophe-mae for details.

April 27 or 29, 2018.  LOVER FOR A DAY screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  4/27 at 7pm or 4/29 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

April 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 Brownpapertickets.com); 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 brownpapertickets.com).  www.sfscottishfiddlers.org ; 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 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 29, 2018.  PAUL “PAZZO” MEHLING teaches two seminars at CA Jazz Conservatory:  11:30-1:30, The Metronome, https://cjc.edu/worksh/?eid=25996 ; 2pm-4pm, Hot Club Jazz Guitar, https://cjc.edu/worksh/?eid=25995

April 30, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

April 30-May 3, 2018.  FOUR-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  www.frenchclass.com 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.   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 / DOUBLE LOVER.  Now playing in local cinemas.

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 20 or 22, 2018.

L’ATELIER / THE WORKSHOP (Laurent Cantet, France, 2017).  On France’s Mediterranean coast, a workshop led by Olivia (Marina Foïs), an author of popular thrillers, gathers six local students of varying backgrounds to communally craft a book suggested by their personal experiences. As outlier Antoine, who hands in increasingly violent texts for writing samples, comes into tense conflict with Olivia and other members of the group, the film uses his feelings of disenfranchisement to explore the fraught divisions in present-day French society.  8pm.  https://bampfa.org/event/workshopGUNDY (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/ Now playing. Check local listings. ALSO: April 4, 2018, Join the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa along with Davida Brautman, board member and cinéphile-en-chef at the AFSR, for a screening of this delightful film at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.  551 Summerfield Road.  Film start time at 3:30pm.  Informal, convivial discussion to follow at East West Café.  Preview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2hcDb7gJ4I April 7, 2018. 

GODARD, MON AMOUR / LE REDOUTABLE.  (France, 2017.)  8:15pm.  With MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS.  At a defining moment in New Wave provocateur Jean-Luc Godard’s artistic life, when the didactic La Chinoise (1967) marked a shift in style as radical as his politics, the thirty-seven-year-old filmmaker also fell in love with his twenty-year-old leading lady Anne Wiazemsky. Louis Garrel inhabits the auteur’s pugnacious soul as he embraces the protests sweeping France and embarks on a tempestuous second marriage. Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) pays homage to Godard’s genius even as he cheekily sends up the director’s excesses and pretensions.  https://bampfa.org/event/godard-mon-amour April 15, 2018. 

HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, including a film from CONGO.  Free.  University of San Francisco College of Arts & Sciences, 2130 Fulton St., SF.  www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/about/human-rights-film-festival for details. April 5-7, 2018.

INSIDE THE RUSSIAN INFO WAR MACHINE.  (France, 2018; 90 min.)  Acclaimed journalist Paul Moreira investigates how Russia manipulates public opinion, undermines democratic governments and attempts to alter world events. The public face of foreign policy: the state news channels, Sputnik and Russia Today. But working in the shadows is the hidden part: the hackers and trolls pushing the Russian agenda…  The Russians know that public perception of their country has reached a new low. Russophobia is massive. Their message is tainted with illegitimacy. But how does the Russian information war machine work?  Tiburon Film Festival, U.S. Premiere.  02:00 PMPlayhouse Theater: 40 Main Street, Tiburon.  Tickets:  https://tiburonfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/ and will be available at the theater box office when the festival starts.  For more information:  info@TiburonFilmFestival.org April 21, 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 27 or 29, 2018. 

LE NOM DES GENS, at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. April 17, 2018.  

RIFIFI.  7pm; Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. April 10,

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.  https://www.sffilm.org/ for details.  Don't miss out—advance tickets for many events will sell out fast. 2018. For a complete list, see above. Through April 17, 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 http://live.stanford.edu for details. April 14 & 15, 2018. 

LA VIE EN ROSE, at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm; 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. April 24, 2018. 

ALSO NOTE: TUESDAY FILMS AT THE AFSF: Join us as we show contemporary films from France and the French-speaking world every Tuesday at 7pm (holidays excepted). Screenings are at the Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, between Larkin and Polk, and are free (donation suggested). For upcoming movie titles and more details, visit http://afsf.com or call 415.775.7755.

FARTHER AFIELD: CINE CLUB of the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE SACRAMENTO. Join other cinephiles at the monthly movie presentations of the Cine Club at the Alliance Francaise in Midtown Sacramento (1721 25th Street). Films are shown at 7pm on the second Friday of each month except in June. To learn more : http://www.afdesacramento.org/calendar

ART  

Through 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. 

Through 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 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. http://frenchculture.org/events/7646-philippe-rahm-anthropocene-style 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, 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

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 aedwards@reriddle.com or visit http://frenchculture.org/events/7645-after-tomorrow-curated-reriddle

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 www.museoitaloamericano.org for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLASSES        

The "Classes" section has been moved (for manageability reasons) to its own separate page. You can access it by going to http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/baflclasses.shtml

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

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 1, 2018.  WILD CATAHOUULAS with special guest MARK MARCIN play Cajun/zydeco at Ashkenaz.   Cajun and zydeco band Wild Catahoulastakes its name from the official state dog of Louisiana, which, fiddler Gus Garelick says, is "hard working and bilingual." Garelick could also be referring to this band, which spun off from Ashkenaz regulars Cajun Coyotes and includes two of the North Bay's best singers, Allegra Broughton and Sam Page (of rock-folk band Solid Air), on guitar and bass respectively. They are joined by drummer Don Connolly. The Wild Catahoulas mix sweet Cajun waltzes and two-steps with more energized zydeco and New Orleans R&B, traditional favorites, and band originals that turn every show into an instant Mardi Gras party. Garelick has fiddled with such fellow high-energy bands as Sonoma Swamp Dogs and Queen Ida, and his bandmates come with their own credentials. Mark Marcin started playing guitar when he was twelve years old. After college he set aside the guitar to pursue a career as a painter. In the early 90's Mark moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where he taught painting and drawing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During this time, Mark fell in love with Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music. After leaving Lousiana, Mark returned to his musical routes and learned to play the accordion and fiddle. He returns to Louisiana frequently to re-absorb the music and culture, and ver the years has studied accordion with Ray Abshire, Dexter Ardoin, Jimmy Breaux, Jeffery Broussard, Jesse Lége, Ed Poullard, Dirk Powell, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy. Mark also performs regularly at Ashkenaz with his own band, the Midnite Ramblers, and as a guest with Andrew Carriere and the Cajun Allstars and The Aux Cajunals.  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 for details.

May 1, 2018.  CHARLOTTE CARDIN performs at the Chapel.  https://www.thechapelsf.com/event/1628258-charlotte-cardin-san-francisco/ for details.

May 2 or 5, 2018.  LE MARAIS, presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  5/2, 12:30pm-2pm.  5/5, 1pm-2:30pm.  Discover new aspects of this historical neighborhood located in the heart of Paris. This very interactive presentation will cover History, les hôtels particuliers, gardens, museums, restaurants and boutiques. There is so much to say about le Marais, one of the oldest quartiers de Paris.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance.  415.362.3666.

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 3, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

May 4, 2018.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs at UC Theatre, Berkeley.  https://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1628152-angelique-kidjos-remain-in-berkeley/ 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 7, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

May 8, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays for the Woodchopper’s Ball in SF.  9pm-11:30pm.  A favorite venue for dancers!

May 9 or 12, 2018.  FIELD TRIP TO THE MUSEUM OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, led by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  $25.  Does not include museum admission fee.  7 people maximum.  5/9, 12:30pm-2pm or 5/12, 11:30am to 1pm.  The art of Monet, Watteau, Rodin, Seurat, Lorrain, Gérôme and Maillol.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666.

May 9, 16 & 23, 2018.  ATELIER (WORKSHOP):  PATISSERIE IN FRENCH.  Atelier 1: les choux sucrés et salés; Atelier 2:  les tartelettes aux fruits; Atelier 3: le café gourmand.  3 two-hour workshops, 10am-12pm.  4-8 seats.  Bake in French and discuss in French! www.afscv.org for details.

May 10, 2018. LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

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 12, 2018.  FAKEAR performs at the Swedish American Hall.  https://www.swedishamericanhall.com/event/fakear 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 14, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

May 17, 2018.  THE ENGAGING HUMOR OF SAVIGNAC (1837-1899), POSTWAR POSTER ARTIST, presented by RENEE MOREL.  BIBLOS, the French reading club, ?and HISTORIA, the History club, ?invite you to a slide presentation by Renée Morel—en français, bien sûr—on  Savignac, the celebrated French poster artist who brought color, wit and style to the advertising industry.  Raymond Savignac (1907-2002), or just “Savignac”, was the premier poster artist of postwar France. Famous for the cheery colors and engaging humor of his images, he advertised products ranging from cars to aspirin to shampoo. In 1935, the self-taught young man apprenticed with the great A.M. Cassandre, who designed sleek luxury ads for French liners or Dubonnet. However, Savignac would not glorify the merchandise like his mentor, preferring to make gentle fun of it. He didn’t become famous until 1949 (“I was born at 41 under the udder of the Monsavon cow,” he began his memoirs), but after that his unique style, bold strokes and visual puns, lit up the Paris métro and took over the billboards and magazines of France. A permanent display of Savignac’s work—fleeting images that people did not forget—can be seen at the Montebello Museum in Trouville, Normandy, where he spent his last years.  Come and see these wonderful time capsules, when commercial flights and ball-point pens were novelties, when households acquired a fridge or a washing-machine for the first time?.  SVP, come on time (latecomers will be guillotined). No reservation. Free and open to all. Presented IN FRENCH by instructor Renée Morel. Open seating (first come, first served).  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Downtown Campus, Room B33, 88 Fourth St. (between Mission & Market), SF. Parking on Mission at 4th Street.

May 17, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

May 18, 2018.  IAM performs at the  Fillmore.  http://lostinsf.com/le-groupe-francais-iam-sera-sur-scene-a-san-francisco-en-mai 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.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

May 21, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

May 24, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

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.

May 28, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

May 31, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays for drinking and dining at Le Colonial, SF.  7pm-10pm.  No cover.  Kid friendly.  No cover.  Great food. Awesome music.

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,  www.berkeleyfestival.org 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,  www.berkeleyfestival.org 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,  www.berkeleyfestival.org 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,  www.berkeleyfestival.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 6 or 9, 2018.  HUIT FRANÇAISES CELEBRES.  Presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  $25.  6/6, 12:30pm-2pm; 6/9, 1pm-2:30pm.  Learn more and discuss the lives of 8 famous French women.  History: Catherine de Medicis. Theater: Sarah Bernhardt. Cinema: Brigitte Bardot. Politics: Simone Veil. Fashion: Coco Chanel. Science: Marie Curie. Literature: Georges Sand. Art: Niki de Saint-Phalle.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666.

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

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. 

September 28, 2018.  ORELSAN plays at The Independent.  http://lostinsf.com/tout-va-bien-orelsan-a-san-francisco-en-septembre for details.

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

February 2-23, 2019.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs APPASSIONATA by French choreographer BENJAMIN MILLEPIED, set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.23.  https://www.sfballet.org/season/2019-repertory/2019-Program-02 for details.

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