May 10-18, 2018

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May Events

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.  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 12, 2018.  JOSEPH IRRERA, piano, presents SPLENDOR OF PASSION, with works by DEBUSSY and others.  $15-$20.  8pm.  Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley.  www.trinitychamberconcerts.com for details.

May 12, 2018.  RIEN A DECLARER.  French film shown at Jarvis Conservatory.  Join the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA for conversation and a movie.  4pm and 7pm, with French apéro from 5:30pm-7pm. 

May 12, 2018.  FRENCH BAND HER performs at the Café du Nord, 2174 Market St., SF.  With VICTOR SALF. 

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

May 13, 2018.  BENICIA CHAMBER PLAYERS perform works by DEBUSSY and others.  $5-$20.  Benicia State Capitol Building, 115 West G St., Benicia.  707.746.7565 for details.

May 13, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA prsetns works by FAURE and others.  2:30pm.  $15-$55.  Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

May 13, 2018.  FORTNIGHTLY MUSIC CLUB: CHORAL COSMO, SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY OPERA SINGERS AND CHORALE present works by SAINT-SAENS and others.  7pm.  Free.  Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto.  www.fortnightlymusicclub.org 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, 2018.  DEJEUNER DU MOIS de l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Potluck and great conversation.  Le déjeuner mensuel aura lieu le mercredi 16 mai à midi chez Valeria Roman de Saratoga.  Inscription réservée aux membres à jour avec leur cotisation.  Merci de réserver votre place avec Stella Tan.  www.afscv.org 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.  QUEER YOUTH IN FRANCE & THE US:  LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD.  For LGBTQ young people in France and the United States, claiming their own sexuality and gender has long presented joys and challenges. In both countries, queer youth traditionally faced incomprehension or persecution from their families and from institutions such as schools. This panel brings offers French and American perspectives on how the lives of LGBTQ teens and young adults in the two countries were shaped in past decades and how LGBTQ adults and their allies are working to support and empower queer youth today.  Providing the historical and social context on the panel are MICHAEL LUCEY, professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley, who has written on sexuality studies and social theory, and DON ROMESBURG, professor of women’s and gender studies at Sonoma State University, whose research interests include the history of queer adolescence in the United States.  Bringing the story into the present, speakers also will offer views from social services providers for LGBTQ youth in France and the United States. The work of LE REFUGE,  a French national organization that provides housing and services for LGBTQ young people rejected by their families, will be discussed by the institution’s founder and president, NICOLAS NOGUIER, and vice president, CLAIRE HART. For an American perspective, Jodi Schwartz will discuss the initiatives of LYRIC, a pioneering San Francisco organization that supports LGBTQ young people; Schwartz serves as LYRIC’s executive director.  “Queer Youth in France and the U.S.” marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, observed worldwide on May 17; in addition, the program honors the 30th anniversary of the founding of LYRIC and the 15th anniversary of the founding of Le Refuge. The panel is cosponsored by LYRICand the Consulate General of France in San FranciscoBuy tickets ($5) here | Free for membersMay 17, 2018 | 7pm-9pmThe GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street, San Francisco.

May 17, 2018.  LE CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK.  Nous discuterons Meursault, Contre-Enquête, de Kamel Daoud. C'est une réponse à la version du meurtrier de L'Etranger de Camus:  L'homme qui soliloque dans un bar, nuit après nuit, c'est le frère de l'Arabe tué par un certain Meursault dans le célèbre roman de Camus. Soixante-dix ans après les faits, le vieillard rend un nom et une histoire au mort resté 'l'Arabe' jusqu'ici. Ce roman sur les héritages qui conditionnent le présent et sur le pouvoir exceptionnel de la littérature pour dire le réel a rencontré un succès phénoménal. Prix Goncourt du premier roman 2015.  Si vous avez des questions, envoyez-les à Jane Murdoch (jmurdoch@crai.com) et/ou à Marie Mathevon (mpm@mathevon.com).  Alto International School, 475 Pope Street, Menlo Park.  www.afscv.org for details.

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  FRENCH BLA BLA BLA CAFÉ.  6:30pm. 

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 22, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a NETWORKING CAFÉ.  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events-calendar/events/d/networking-cafe-21/ for details.

Through May 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 24, 2018.  FETE DE LA BRETAGNE.  On May 24th, the Alliance Française of San Francisco is proud to celebrate the Brittany Festival, with the cooperation of Breizh America. We would be glad to welcome you inside the Alliance for a wonderful nights to discover more about the strong links between the USA and Brittany ! www.afsf.com for details.

May 24, 2018.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 24 mai à 15h au Boulanger de Los Gatos pour discuter le de Frédéric Beigbeder "Un roman français" (Prix Renaudot 2009) - Livre de poche - 243 pages. Ce roman, considéré par la critique comme son meilleur, est le récit romancé de son enfance.  Les téléspectateurs de TV5 monde ont pu voir l'auteur à l'émission "On n'est pas couché", le vendredi 27 avril.  Pour tout renseignement prière de contacter la responsable bernadettetheisen@gmail.com

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 27, 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 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. THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT - THE NEW IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS OF 2018: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events-calendar/events/d/meet-the-expert-the-new-immigration-regulations-of-2018-what-you-need-to-know/

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. Ongoing; 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.  Ongoing; check local listings.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN.  With JULIETTE BINOCHE.  Now playing in local theaters.

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).

SUMMER IN THE FOREST.  Documentary about a French communal facility for those with developmental disabilities.  In French with English subtitles.  Check local listings.

ALSO NOTE: TUESDAY FILMS AT THE AFSF: Join us as we show contemporary films from France and the French-speaking world every Tuesday at 7pm (holidays excepted). Screenings are at the Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, between Larkin and Polk, and are free (donation suggested). For upcoming movie titles and more details, visit 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 24, 2018.  CYRANO.  A show about humility and flamboyancy that includes objects that related to EDMOND ROSTAND’s big-nosed character Cyrano.  Opening reception May 12, 2018, 1pm-4pm.  NIAD Art Center, Main Gallery, 551 23rd St., Richmond.  Free.  510.620.0290 or www.niadart.org 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        

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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, 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.

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 20, 2018.  LIKE DEATH by GUY DE MAUPASSANT.  Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name as a young man with his Cleopatra, he has gone on to establish himself as “the chosen painter of Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls.” Olivier’s lover is Anne, the Countess de Guilleroy, the wife of a busy politician. Their relationship is long-standing, close, almost conjugal. The countess’s daughter Annette is the spitting image of her mother. Annette is returning to Paris; her parents have put together an excellent match. Everything is as it should be — or is it?  Mechanics’ Institute Library.  6:30pm-7:45pm.  www.milibrary.org  

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

June 24, 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.

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 14, 2018.  BASTILLE DAY AT RAYMOND VINEYARDS with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  4pm-8pm.  Details to follow. 

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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