April 19-27, 2018

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April Events

April 19, 2018.  JACQUES PEPIN & SHOREY PEPIN present A GRANDFATHER’S LESSON:  IN THE KITCHEN WITH SHOREY. 6:30pm, Left Bank, $145 per person.  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

April 19, 2018.  THE TALLIS SCHOLARS present WAR AND PEACE, with works by JOSQUIN, JEAN MOUTON and others. War and Peace, a program of choral works commemorating the fallen of World War I. Exemplars of Renaissance polyphony the world over, the magnificent Tallis Scholars present War and Peace, a collection of 16th- and 17th-century works united by shared themes of conflict and consolation. To commemorate the fallen of the First World War, which concluded 100 years ago, artistic director Peter Phillips has compiled a complete mass from diverse and relevant musical sources, from the Kyrie of JOSQUIN’s famous Missa L’homme armé, to the Gloria of Guerrero’s Missa de la batalla, the peaceful strains of Victoria’s superb six-voice Missa pro defunctis, and funeral motets by Tavener, MOUTON, and Lobo.  8 PM.  Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St, Oakland, $56–$86.  For information and tickets:  tickets@calperformances.org, or 510-642-9988 or tickets online at :  https://calperformances.org/performances/2017-18/early-music/tallis-scholars-war-and-peace.php

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 19-21, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY presents FRENCH GREATS:  DEBUSSY & RAVEL.  In conjunction with a screening of the film Amadeus.  Conducted by YAN PASCAL TORTELIER.www.sfsymphony.org for details.  8pm.

April 20, 2018.  SOIREE CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends. This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance. Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share. Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

April 20, 2018.  TERENCE BLANCHARD E-COLLECTIVE presents CARAVAN at SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ.  SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin at Fell, SF.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

April 20 or 22, 2018. L’ASCENSEUR A L’ECHAFAUD / ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, with JEANNE MOREAU, screens at the SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.  4/20 at 7pm or 4/22 at 4pm.  $5 parking fee in all SSU lots.  Free admission; suggested donation, $5.  707.664.2606 or www.sonoma.edu/sfi for details.

Through April 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 21, 2018.  INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.  World cultures unite through food, dance and fun with dances of more than 20 countries, ethnic foods, activities and more.  10am.  Free.  Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose.  http://childrensfest.org 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 21-22, 2018.  PENINSULA BALLET THEATRE presents CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS.  1880 S. Grant St., San Mateo.  www.peninsulaballet.org for details. 

April 22,  2018.  CORO CICONIA, directed by Asher Davison, presents PRAISE BAND.  Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. Our spring program is organized around GUILLAUME DU FAY’s joyous late Ave Regina cælorum Mass setting, a self-parody which takes his immodest motet even a step further in mingling abject piety with a plea for his own immortal soul. Along the way, Franco-Flemish composer JOHANNES OCKEGHEM’s  rondeau D’un autre amer insists that self-subjugation to courtly love protects one’s honor; Josquin writs this stance large by quoting the chanson while extolling the divine in his Tu solus qui facis mirabilia. We next pair GUILLAUME MACHAUT’s rarely sung, nearly textless Hoquetus (to King David) with his effusive Biauté parée de valour, an ode to the patroness the mere thought of whom sustains him. Obrecht’s flamboyant setting of the Magnificat aptly renders unto all the Marian trust in the divine; Landini’s isorhythmic motet, the homage-piece Sì dolce non sonò, honors the great composer PHILIPPE DE VITRY as seemingly mythological in stature. Finally, Ciconia’s O felix templum conjures a stuffy fanfare to a bishop into a playful romp, while his Una Panthera shamelessly flatters a visiting noble from Lucca by depicting him as the armored leopard who cofounded that city along with, obviously, Mars. Singers are Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen Wolfe-Visnick. [Program to be repeated as part of the BFX Fringe at 2 PM, Tuesday, June 5, at the Berkeley City Club.]  7 PM.  Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1823 9th Street, Berkeley.  Suggested donations at the door: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 student.  For information: 818-331-7504.

April 22, 2018. TRIO IGNACIO performs works by PLEYEL and others. Trio Ignacio (Katherine Heater, harpsichord; Anthony Martin, violin; and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello) perform “Early Keyboard Trios with Harpsichord.” The modern keyboard trio was born in the mid-eighteenth century as an often dazzling keyboard display, augmented by the sonorities of violin and cello. Trio Ignacio has selected trios by Joseph Haydn, Franco-Austrian composer IGNAZ PLEYEL, and a divertimento by W. A. Mozart. 5 PM. St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. $30 non members, $25 MusicSources members and seniors, $10 students 18 yrs. or younger. For more details or to buy tickets, visit 510-528-1685 or or info@musicsources.org or www.musicsources.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.  SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS’CHORUS presents STRINGS ATTACHED, including works by ANDRE CAPLET.  Conducted by VALERIE SAINTE-AGATHE.  4pm.  $5-$25.  YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St., SF.  www.sfgirlschorus.org for details.

April 22, 2018.  THE RED BALLOON (dir. Albert Lamorisse) screens at Pacific Film Archive.  The charming story of a lonely French boy befriended by a wondrous red balloon. Their adventures through the streets of Paris are shot in breathtaking color, all the more vivid in this 35mm print.  Free family matinee! Tickets for the film screening will be available at the will-call table beginning at 2 PM.  2155 Center St., Berkeley.  www.bampfa.org for details.

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 22, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Powerhouse Pub, Folsom.  614 Sutter St., Old Folsom.  3:30pm-6:30pm.  www.powerhousepub.com for details.

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.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’ Lifestyle Committee  presents RETAIL INNOVATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. Small business owners, lifestyle entrepreneurs, come listen to Retail Innovation experts to learn how to improve your customer experience and increase your revenue. Our panel will discuss strategic retail problematics like personalization, engagement, data collection, payment and AI. They will share with you the lay of the land in terms of tools and solutions to step up your retail game.  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Gandi.net, 121 2nd St., Suite #500, SF.  FACCSF members $15; Non-members: $25.  www.faccsf.com

April 26, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents Meet The Expert (South Bay Edition) - 'The ultimate partnerships for rapid growth'  Building strong partnerships is a powerful strategy to fuel your growth engine or enter a new market. When executed right it can help you to acquire new customers, to boost awareness of your brand or to gain access to new technologies and IP. Join Sophie Boutelegier to learn about the most important drivers of strategic partnerships, how to find and negotiate the best deals, and learn from case studies that will inspire you to scale your business.  Sophie Boutelegier is a global business development expert who helps European companies expand into the US market. She is highly skilled at developing and implementing global partnerships, business expansion plans and international sales and marketing strategies.  Having lived and worked in Europe, Asia, South and North America, she has a unique understanding of international business practices and cultural differences. Sophie is multilingual and holds a Master’s degree in Law, Intellectual Property and International Business from the Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium).  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  In Palo Alto, at Bank of the West, 531 Cowper St., Palo Alto.  www.faccsf.com for details.

April 26, 2018.  BETTY ROI, Parisian chanteuse, presents C’EST LA VIE!  Music from the 20s to the 60s. 8pm.  Feinstein’s, inside the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., SF.  866.663.1063 or www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com 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, 2018  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at The Palms Playhouse, Winteres.  One of our favorite venues on the planet--great sound and lights, great seating and room for dancing! We always enjoy our shows at The Palms, so don't miss this one!  14 Main St., Winters. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.palmsplayhouse.com

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.  SYLVIE DENIS participates in the BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL.  For this special event, one of France’s leading science fiction writers, Sylvie Denis, travels to the Bay Area Book Festival to discuss her work and the genre of science fiction. A novelist, short story writer, critic, editor, and translator, Denis has often focused her writing on new technologies and their impact on societies. She also will explore themes of climate change and migration (her current focus) and will share her experience as a woman writing (French critical theory has had much to say, controversially, about the female literary voice). Finally, how does translation affect the presentation of literary work and science fiction especially? She will be interviewed by fantasy writer Marie Brennan, whose work Denis has translated. SURPRISE: First 75 people will receive a special translation of part of Denis’s novel, an excerpt prepared just for this program and not available anywhere else!  10:30am - 11:45am.  For tickets: https://baybookfest.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1N00000ohcFO

April 28, 2018.  CONCOURS ANNUEL DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE.  Le concours sera ouvert cette année aux élèves de Français 4 et 5. Merci de bien partager ces informations avec vos élèves et de confirmer la participation de vos élèves avec l'Alliance (florencethomas@afscv.org) avant le 25 avril.  Menlo Park, CA. 

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.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Fremont Elks Lodge, Fremont.  A Cajun dinner and dance/concert!  3899 Farwell Drive, Fremont. 5:00 pm.  You can buy tickets for the dinner and concert, or just the concert.  Information: www.fremontelks.org

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. 

UN 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.

BACK TO BURGUNDY. Ongoing in local theaters.

A BAG OF MARBLES.  Two French Jewish boys are sent on a journey from Paris to the “free zone” to evade the Nazis.  Now playing in local cinemas.

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. 

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. 

THE RED BALLOON (dir. Albert Lamorisse) screens at Pacific Film Archive.  The charming story of a lonely French boy befriended by a wondrous red balloon. Their adventures through the streets of Paris are shot in breathtaking color, all the more vivid in this 35mm print.  Free family matinee! Tickets for the film screening will be available at the will-call table beginning at 2 PM.  2155 Center St., Berkeley.  www.bampfa.org for details. April 22, 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 21, 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 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. 

April 21 & 22, 2018.  ANNE SUBERCASEAUX & MARTINE JARDEL display their paintings together in Building #125 at Hunters Point Shipyard.  11am-6pm. 

Through April 28, 2018.  KARINE LAVAL presents HETEROTOPIA at Robert Koch Gallery.  Photographs, mixed media works.  49 Geary St., SF.  415.421.0122 or www.kochgallery.com for details. 

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 12, 2018.  REID S. YALOM, an American photographer working on Vietnam during the French colonization, exhibits his work at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  From 04/09 to 05/12, the Alliance Française is pleased to welcome Reid S. Yalom, an american photographer working on Vietnam during the French colonization. Several of his major photographies will be exhibited in our building. Do not hesitate to drop by, we will be happy to see you!  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.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.

Through September 4, 2018.  LOUISE BOURGEOIS SPIDERS.. French-Canadian artists Bourgeois left behind an extended series of sculptures and drawings of spiders.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., SF.  415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.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        

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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, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAN FRANCISCO presents EUROPEAN NETWORKING in Palo Alto.  Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European style.  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  3175 Hanover St., Palo Alto.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served.  Only members of participating organizations:  $25.  www.faccsf.com 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.  MARCHE DU GOUT:  CONFERENCE, DEGUSTATION ET ATELIERS.  6pm-8pm.  Conférence et discussion en français sur "l'équilibre alimentaire" par Cécile Cottus:  Que faut-il mettre dans son assiette pour obtenir un repas équilibré ?  A quoi sert chacun des apports (notions globales sur protéines, lipides, glucides)? RSVP at info@afberkeley.orgDégustation des confitures d'Emma. Emma's jam  Emma vous invite à découvrir les différents parfums de ses confitures maison, en dégustant des tartines.  Comment faire son propre pain à la maison ? Chef Sophie Le Doré nous en fera une démonstration.  Et Atelier crêpe avec Agnès pour les enfants de 6 ans et + RSVP at info@afberkeley.org

May 4, 2018.  AATF-NC invites local teachers!  Nous vous invitons à vous joindre à nous vendredi, 4 mai de 16h à 19h au Blue Door Restaurant. Veuillez consulter notre Evite (http://evite.me/sSdqZpNE3m) et nous dire si vous comptez venir. Nous serons heureux de vous voir autour des petits plats dans une ambiance décontractée. Comme nous sommes souvent le/la seul(e) prof de français dans notre école, nous espérons que cette soirée nous permettra de resserrer les liens entre nous.

May 4, 2018.  BACK TO BURGUNDY screens in Orinda.   Synopsis: After a 10 year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie, they have to re-build their relationship and trust as a family again.

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 5, 2018.  CAFÉ MUSEE presents THE MIRROR:  REFLECTIONS UPON REFLECTION. Small, rare, expansive, valuable—for centuries such were the only mirrors in existence. The myths of Narcissus, entranced by his own image, or Perseus, who lured Medusa into seeing herself in his shield, bear witness to an early curiosity towards reflecting surfaces, whether pool of water, dark polished stone or shining metal. From Antiquity to the present, the mirror has indeed been invested with exceptional symbolic importance. Endowed with magical and often disturbing powers, it has consistently occupied a unique place in our imagination as the site of the divine (it radiates light, the source of all beauty) or, on the contrary, of the demonic (because of illusions and specular trickery). This wondrous instrument has the ability to transport us to other dimensions, leading to the realms of spirituality or dreams. Because of its ambivalence, the mirror, a medium for a wide-ranging allegorical tradition, has been a metaphor for vice and virtues, from Vanity to Prudence, for Profane Love and Lust, but also for the passing of time and the inevitability of death.  And while the purpose of a mirror is to faithfully represent appearances, painters and photographers have often conjured the opportunities it offers for playing games with and on the spectator. Come and see great examples of how artists have used the ambiguity, fragmentation, and perceptual confusion inherent to our looking-glass world to ask us unfamiliar and unsettling questions. After all, the mirror will always remain haunted by what is not found within it.  The Café Musée is an officially recognized CCSF club whose activities are largely supported by the Downtown Associated Students. Our previous presentations, “Science and Spectatorship: A Brief History of the Diorama” and “The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)” were extremely popular. To join us, write to reneemorel@gmail.com  The presentation will start at 10:00 AM, but come at 9:30 AM if you want to have breakfast and socialize en français.?  (IMPORTANT: Even though the description is in English, the presentation will be en français!).  Visual Arts Building (V115), City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave.,  Superb slides, scrumptious brunch and stimulating exchanges!  IN FRENCH. Come practice your French and meet others!  Organized by our great Café Musée team and presented by Renée Morel.  Donation: $5.

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.  PATISSERIE ATELIER with Chef GUILLEMETTE B-E.  Atelier 1 - Les Choux Sucrés et Salés -- Choux à la Crème, Gougères. Discussion autour du thème de la Pâtisserie Française;  Atelier 2 - Les Tartelettes aux Fruits Rouges  -- Discussion autour du thème du Marché, les Producteurs, le Terroir; Atelier 3 - Le Café Gourmand.  Madeleine, Ile Flottante et Framboise Chocolatée. Discussion autour du thème du Restaurant, le Menu.  3 two-hours workshops, 10am to 12pm, 4 to 8 seats,   bake in French and discuss in French!  WWW.lecolegourmande.com

May 10, 2018.  A QUEST FOR MEANING (dir. Marc de la Ménardière & Cassandra Vieten).  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  7:15pm.

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 & 11, 2018.  JEREMY FERRARI presents VENDS 2 PIECES A BEYROUTH at the TLF (Théâtre du Lycée Français).  Le vendredi 11 mai est complet mais il reste des places pour le jeudi 10 mai et bien situées.  Complet à Paris en seulement quelques jours, plus de 50.000 places vendues avant le début de la tournée, des représentations doublées, six dates exceptionnelles ajoutées à l’Olympia, 9 dates complètes aux Folies Bergères et 3 nouvelles dates à la Salle Pleyel fin 2017 . Vends 2 pièces à Beyrouth, le premier spectacle d’humour sur la guerre, est indéniablement le spectacle de l’année. Plus de 200 000 spectateurs déjà conquis ! Une Tournée triomphale, actuellement dans toute la France pour un dernier tour !  Si on lui demande « peut-on faire un spectacle d’humour sur la guerre ? » Jérémy vous dira que oui, parce que la guerre, c’est chouette !  Alors il a creusé, creusé, et osera répondre aux questions que vous n’osez même plus poser ! Sommes-nous vraiment protégés par des flics en roller ? Daesh, est-ce vraiment une start-up qui monte ? Est-ce que les entreprises qui ont fait fortune grâce au régime nazi doivent s’en vouloir ? Peut-on faire de l’humanitaire et avoir une terrasse en teck ?  Il vous donnera aussi une formation antiterroriste, et vous expliquera pourquoi Al Qaida sans Ben Laden, c’est comme Apple Sans Steve Jobs.  19h30.  https://www.lelycee.org/theatre

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 11, 2018.  A QUEST FOR MEANING, screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  A Quest for Meaning was highly appreciated by our members at our premier screening in January! We are pleased and excited to organize a public screening at the spacious Guayaki Yerba Mate Cafe in Sebastopol on Friday, May 11th, with one of the two filmmakers, Marc de la Ménardière, joining us in person for a Q&A session direct with the public! (in either language!)  For all of you who missed the members’ screening in January this is your chance to see this bright, refreshing film!  A Quest for Meaning, directed by Nathanaël Coste and Marc de la Ménardière.  87 minutes, in French, English & Spanish, w/English subtitles.  Entry $10 - advance tickets may be bought at http://www.afsantarosa.org/events/film-a-quest-for-meaning-may-11-600-830-pm on a first come, first served basis. We strongly advise getting tickets in advance as it's likely we'll quickly reach full capacity.

May 12, 2018.  FAKEAR performs at the Swedish American Hall.  https://www.swedishamericanhall.com/event/fakear for details.

May 13, 2018.  FRENCH JAZZ VOCALIST CYRILLE AIMEE performs at SFJAZZ.  201 Franklin St. (at Fell), San Francisco.  866.920.5299 or http://sfjazz.org for details. 

May 13, 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.

May 14, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO performs at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, SF.  Dancing, drinking, dining.  7pm-10pm.  Free.

May 15, 2018.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lira PARS VITE ET REVIENS TARD de FRED VARGAS.  Le Cercle Littéraire accueillera avec plaisir de nouveaux participants.  For more information, contact Candi: candi@afsantarosa.org 

May 16, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz, Berkeley. ASHKENAZ,  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00). www.ashkenaz.com

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 17, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Todos Santos  Park, Concord.  We return to the City of Concord's Summer Concert Series.  Salvio Blvd., Concord. 6:30-8:00 pm. Free admission.

May 18, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Redwood Café, Cotati.   A great new North Bay venue for us! Come on out!  8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. 8:30 pm.  Information: www.facebook.com/events/570587193306662/ Advance tickets: tom-rigney-and-flambeau-at-redwood-cafe.eventbrite.com

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 19, 2018.  BACK TO BURGUNDY screens at Jarvis Conservatory. Synopsis: After a 10 year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie, they have to re-build their relationship and trust as a family again.

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.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents FETE DE LA BRETAGNE.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

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 26, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL, SAN FRANCISCO.  We return to the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens for a free outdoor concert!  Howard St. between Third and Fourth Sts., San Francisco.

May 27, 2018.  BACK TO BURGUNDY screens at the El Campanil Antioch.  Synopsis: After a 10 year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie, they have to re-build their relationship and trust as a family again.

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

May 30, 2018.  THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, based on the book by VICTOR HUGO (dir. PAUL LENI), will be screened at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre.  Opening night, 7pm.  http://silentfilm.org for details.

May 31, 2018.  GARDIENS DU PHARE / THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS (dir. JEAN GREMILLON, France, 1929) will be screened at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre.  http://silentfilm.org for details.  9:15pm. 

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 2, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH BENEFIT CONCERT, PIEDMONT.  Our first time at this great annual event in the East Bay.  Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont. 3:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.zionlutheran.net

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 3, 2018.  SERGE BROMBERG PRESENTS…  A selection of short silents from Lobster Films, including several in 3-D!  includes GEORGES MELIES’ ROBINSON CRUSOE and THE MERRY FROLICS OF SATAN (1906), and in 3D, a LUMIERE BROTHERS stereoscopic selection and accidental 3Ds by MELIESTHE ORACLE OF DELPHI (1903), THE INFERNAL CAULDRON, and THE MYSTERIOUS RETORT (1906).  Plus a stereoscopic demonstration from 1900 and a surprise or two.  Live musical accompaniment by DONALD SOSIN.  Screened at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre.  http://silentfilm.org for details.  9:15pm. 

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

June 21, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents FETE DE LA MUSIQUE.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

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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