May 3-11, 2018

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May Events

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.  CHAMBER MUSIC WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY, including works by FAURE.  8:30pm.  Free.  SF Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak ST., SF.  www.sfcm.edu 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.  ALEX PRUD’HOMME & KATIE PRATT present FRANCE IS A FEAST.  6:30pm.  Diesel, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.  www.dieselbookstore.com for details. 

May 4, 2018.  JEAN RONDEAU, harpsichord, performs LE VERTIGO.  8pm.  $25-$30.  St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  510.528.1685 or www.musicsources.org for details.

May 4, 2018.  MUTEK S.F. presents A/VISION2, new mixed audiovisual works by ALEXANDRE BURTON & JULIEN ROY and others.  6:30pm.  $50.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  www.mutek.org for details. 

May 4, 2018.  NEW MILLENIUM ENSEMBLE performs works by BOULEZ.  8pm.  Free.  McKenna Theatre, 1756 Holloway Ave., SF.  415.338.2467 or http://morrison.sfsu.edu for details. 

May 4, 2018.  ZACHARY MORFIN, piano, performs works by RAVEL and more.  Free.  Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., SF.  www.sfcmc.org for details. 

May 4, 2018.  ANGELIQUE KIDJO presents REMAIN IN LIGHT.  U.C. Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.  8pm. https://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1628152-angelique-kidjos-remain-in-berkeley/ for details.

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

May 4-6, 2018.  GAD ELMALEH at the SAN JOSE IMPROV COMEDY CLUB!  Comedy phenomenon Gad elmaleh is living the "American Dream" on his 2018 American tour coming to the Improv from May 4 to May 6, 2018!  Gad Elmaleh is one of the biggest and most recognizable comedic talents in the world, with a number of exciting projects in the works. Gad displays his polished, thoughtful, comedic genius in his recently released English speaking comedy special, Gad Elmaleh: American Dream, on Netflix.  Fame, fortune: He had it all. Then he moved to NYC. In his latest Netflix special Gad shares his hilarious take on dining out, hooking up and starting over in America.  Gad’s relationship with Netflix continues as the French star got the greenlight on his first original series Huge in France, in which he co-created, executive produced and will star in. The half-hour, eight-episode comedy series is inspired by Elmaleh’s life and career while following his move from France to the United States. The sitcom is currently being filmed in Los Angeles and Paris, set to premiere in January 2019.  On stage, the charismatic master of comedy exudes comfortable presence, while delivering his smart, witty and relatable material. Gad gives his audience an extraordinary perspective of seeing our country from the outside in while immersing himself in the US culture. It is this unique combination that has made him one of the most widely known and beloved standup comedians working today.  In 2017, he released Gad Gone Wild, a Netflix Original showcasing Gad’s impressive multi-lingual ability, as the material was performed in a mix of English and French.  Gad’s sharp observational humor earned him the reputation as the Jerry Seinfeld of France.  He had the opportunity to join comedy forces with Seinfeld in the highly anticipated performance at the famed 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.   Since his move to the United States, the comedy powerhouse has quickly grown from being one of France’s most renowned standup comedian to becoming a global comedy sensation. In 2015, he completed a residency at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which saw him performing to sold-out crowds for more than fifty nights. The impressive run led to a major multi-city comedy tour across the United States, culminating in a sold-out show at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in February 2017.  Overseas, Gad made history by selling out the prestigious Olympia theater hall in Paris for seven consecutive weeks, a feat that had never before been accomplished. He followed the sold-out run with another seven sold-out weeks of shows at the Palais des Sports, a 3,800-seat venue also in Paris.  Tickets: $25 / Showtime’s: Fri. 7:30PM & 9:45PM / Sat. 7:00PM & 9:30PM / Sun. 7:00PM.  San Jose Improv, 62 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

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 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 5, 2018.  ANNE RAINWATER, piano, presents works by RAVEL, DEBUSSY and more.  $15-$20.  Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave., SF.  www.sunsetarts.wordpress.com for details. 

May 5, 2018.  CHAMBER MUSIC SF presents YEOL EUM SON, piano, performing works by RAVEL and more.  8pm.  $30-$48.  Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, SF.  www.chambermusicsf.org for details.

May 5, 2018.  VAJRA VOICES, directed by Karen Clark, presents a one-day vocal workshop on LE LAI DE LA FONTEINNE by GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT. This landmark work by one of the titans of medieval culture is both a tribute to the Virgin Mary and an extended reflection on the Holy Trinity, presented in twelve movements, alternating solos and three-part polyphony. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work on selected portions of the Lai, exploring issues of vocal technique, poetic interpretation, medieval French pronunciation, and rehearsal process with Vajra Voices director, Karen R. Clark, and ensemble members Allison Zelles Lloyd and Amy Stuart Hunn. The workshop will close with an informal performance for family and friends. This workshop is geared toward both the vocal performer and the conductor interested in teaching and performing Medieval music with a chorus. Participation is open to musicians high school age and above; participants will need to be able to read music with some fluency and independence. Familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is also beneficial but not required.  10 AM–4 PM.  Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington.  $85 general ($75 for high school and university students) includes all workshop materials and a delicious catered lunch, as well as snacks and beverages.  Limited space available. Phone Karen R. Clark at 510-812-4518, email vajravoices@gmail.com, or visit www.vajravoices.com. Please resister by May 3.

May 5, 2018.  THE VALLEY OF THE WOLVES screens at the Sequoia, Mill Valley.  With un-abating good humor and infinite patience and enthusiasm, filmmaker and wildlife enthusiast Jean- Michel Bertrand keeps himself—and us—amused as he spends months amid the magnificent beauty of a remote valley in the French Alps searching for a family of wolves he believes (with all his heart) have established a den there.  Presented by the California Film Institute, DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival brings compelling stories and the provocative insight behind them to Marin County, CA, May 3 - 6, 2018. Expanding upon the exchange of ideas and inspiration through public screenings, engaged conversations, pitching and grassroots networking events, DocLands aims to build an active, involved, fully supportive community around documentary film dedicated to initiating connections and partnerships that will illuminate and invigorate the business and art of non-fiction filmmaking.  CinéArts Sequoia Mill Valley .

May 5, 2018.  SYLVIE DENIS at AFTER TOMORROW 2018.  As part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival led by ProArts, science-fiction writer Sylvie Denis will participate to "Energy Plan for the Western Man: Art after Capitalism", a round table discussion with Keith Hennessy (artist), Praba Pilar (artist), and Andrew Mount (artist/educator), at Shaping San Francisco, Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics (518 Valencia Street, San Francisco).  https://www.aftertomorrow2018.com/events/art-after-post-capitalism

May 5-7, 2018.  SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY presents AU REVOIR, BRUNO, conducted by BRUNO FERRANDIS.  Times vary; check website.  $29-$85.  Green Music Center, Weill Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA.  www.santarosasymphony.org 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.

May 6, 2018.  AVEDIS CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES presents BAROQUE TO BLUES, with music by CLAUDE BOLLING, MAURICE EMMANUEL and more.  Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., SF.  2pm Sunday Concert.  415.392.4400 or www.avedisconcerts.org for details.  $28/$18 seniors, students.

May 6, 2018.  BENJAMIN BACHMANN, organ, performs works by  MESSIAEN and others.  4pm.  $10.  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., SF.  www.gracecathedral.org for details.

May 6, 2018.  CHAMBER MUSIC WITH SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MEMBERS, including works by FAURE and more.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, SF.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 6, 2018.  CORO CICONIA, directed by Asher Davison, presents PRAISE BAND.  Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. Our spring program is organized around 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, 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 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 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.

May 6, 2018.  MID-PENINSULA RECORDER ORCHESTRA, directed by Frederic Palmer presents their spring concert, featuring a sonatina by J.H. Schmelzer; THOMAS CREQUILLON, Vidit Jacob scalam; Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby; Juan del Encina, Fata la parte and Si habrá en este baldrés; and G.F. Handel, Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 1.  2 PM.  Trinity Presbyterian Church,  1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos.  Free.  http://mpro-online.org/ or 650-591-3648.

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

May 8, 2018.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE.  Thème du mois: "le passage à l'acte et l'accès au symbolique"  Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1-C2), with a different subject every month, facilitated by Yvette Chalom.  Free event for members.  $10 for non members.  5pm-6pm.  Please RSVP:  info@afberkeley.org .

May 8, 2018.  AUX CAJUNALS play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz. The Aux Cajunals play kick-ass Cajun dance music like it was played at celebrations in southwest Louisiana 100 years ago. Hard-driving, but not ear-splitting, the Aux Cajunals focus on the old-time acoustic sounds that can be heard in the earliest Cajun recordings of the 1920s. In addition to all of the Cajun and Creole standards, their repertoire includes many unusual songs and tunes learned from rare 78s, field recordings, and directly from master musicians. The bandmembers have performed and recorded with many of the most respected names in Cajun and zydeco music, including Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Marc & Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard.  8:00 pm Dance Lesson with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson, 8:30 pm Show.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

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.  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 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 11, 2018.  FRENCH CONVERSATION SOIREE at MAISON BLEUE.  Come and speak French with Francophones and have fun with new friends.  Free event, crêpes and drinks available for purchase.  No RSVP; all welcome.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  2020 Kittredge St., Berkeley.  info@afberkeley.org

May 12, 2018. BILINGUAL FAMILY PLAYDATE for children ages 2 - 4 at the FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL OF THE SILICON VALLEY in Sunnyvale! 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Free to the public. Join us for a morning filled with fun, play, and exploration in both French and English! 1522 Lewiston Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Please go to www.fassv.org to RSVP or write admissions@fassv.org for more information.

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 15, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigneyand his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."  8:00 pm Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod;  8:30 pm Show.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

May 16 or 19, 2018.  DIX ANS DANS LA VIE DE VAN GOGH, presented in French by THIERRY REGNIER at THE FRENCH CLASS.  Best for levels 5 to 8.  $25.  Wednesday, May 16th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or Saturday, May 19th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Van Gogh has produced over 2000 works of art. Most of them were created during a period of 10 years before his death. Explore Van Gogh’s most creative years while enjoying the sight of his most beautiful paintings.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (415) 362-3666.  www.frenchclass.com

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.

Opening May 18, 2018.  THE GUARDIANS, the newest film from critically acclaimed French director Xavier Beauvois starring Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, and Iris Bry. Set in France in 1916, the women of the Paridier farm sustain the family property in the absence of their husbands and sons in this affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience. The film will be opening on May 18th at the Vogue Theatre.  3290 Sacramento St., SF. 

May 18, 2018.  SOIREE CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance. Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share. Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

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.  GOLD COAST CHAMBER PLAYERS present FRENCH CONNECTION.  The works of LILI BOULANGER, FAURE, RAVEL.  7:30pm.  Pre-concert talk begins 30 minutes prior to Lafayette performance.  http://www.gcplayers.org/?p=3360 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 29, 2018.  THE REVELERS play CAJUN/ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Nominated for the Best Regional Roots category for the 58th GRAMMY® awards:  The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys - "unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance" - have joined together to form a Louisiana supergroup which combines swamp-sop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana.   www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

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.

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!    

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. 

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.

CLAIRE’S CAMERA.  South Korean film starring ISABELLE HUPPERT as a French tourist in Cannes.  Check local listings.

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. 

GODARD MON AMOUR.  Playing at Landmark Theatres; check local listings.

THE GUARDIANS, the newest film from critically acclaimed French director Xavier Beauvois starring Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, and Iris Bry. Set in France in 1916, the women of the Paridier farm sustain the family property in the absence of their husbands and sons in this affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience. The film will be opening on May 18th at the Vogue Theatre.  3290 Sacramento St., SF.  Opening May 18, 2018. 

ISMAEL’S GHOSTS.  With MATHIEU AMALRIC.  Check local listings.

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 30, 2018. 

A QUEST FOR MEANING (dir. Marc de la Ménardière & Cassandra Vieten).  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  7:15pm. May 10, 2018.  Also showing May 11 in Sebastopol, sponsored by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa (see above for details).

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 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 10, 2018.  WORKS BY FRENCH ARTIST PHILIPPE PARRENO are part of the SAN FRANCISCO MODERN ART MUSEUM’s exhibit, THE TRAIN:  RFK’S LAST JOURNEY.  415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org for details.

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        

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!  

June 1, 2018.  CONFERENCE FABLES ET CONTES:  DES HISTOIRES A DORMIR DEBOUT? Presented by AUDREY CALEFAS-STREBELLE.  Racontés par Jean de la Fontaine et Charles Perrault, écoutons ce qu’une laitière, son pot, un chat et ses bottes nous apprennent des transformations économiques et sociales dans la France de la pré-modernité.Audrey Calefas-Strébelle est « Assistant Professor »  (maître de conférence) dans les départements d’Histoire et de Littérature de Mills College. Elle est titulaire de la Chair Germaine Thompson en études françaises et elle est également associée, à titre honorifique, au département d’Histoire de l’Université de Western Australia à Perth. Audrey a étudié à la Sorbonne (Licence, Maîtrise) et à Stanford (Ph.D.).  7pm-8:30pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

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.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS plays at Redwood Café, Cotati.  4pm.

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 6 or 9, 2018.  HUIT FRANÇAISES CELEBRES, presented in French by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  Best for levels 5 to 8 - $25.  Wednesday, June 6th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or Saturday, June 9th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. 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. www.frenchclass.com

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

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

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

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 9, 2018  DEUX BISOUS GITANS plays at Napa Valley Airport.  6:30 dinner (on your own and/or cocktils etc)  Concert 7:15P  $5 donation/cover charge.  OPEN TO EVERYONE regardless!!  This concert is given on behalf of the Golden State Accordion Club (Napa Valley Chapter). Thank you for inviting us to perform!  Napa Valley Airport:  "The Runway" 2044 Airport Rd. Napa. Michael and I will present a sneak peek of our Cotati Accordion Festival set list and more!  http://www.therunwaybypatrick.com/

August 18, 2018.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS performs at the COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.   Cotati Downtown Plaza.  10:20am-11:00am.  Our 2018 theme is "Kaleidscopic Love" We're kicking off the festival so don't be late!!  We'd love to see you at the stage!  http://cotatifest.com/index.php/schedule-performers/2018-schedule-of-events/31-two-gypsy-kisses-2018  General Admission: $19 one day ($17 when bought in advance).    Kids 15 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.     Senior Tickets: $17      

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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