May 24-June 14, 2018

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May & June Events

May 24, 2018.  NAUGHTY FRENCH, taught by RENEE MOREL.  Un atelier "fun" d’une heure et demie (niveau intermédiaire et avancé) enseigné par Renée Morel. En français, bien sûr !  Excuse my French! Vous le savez depuis longtemps, les conversations françaises sont truffées  d’expressions coquines, grivoises, osées… et généralement incompréhensibles pour les étrangers. Si certaines de ces expressions hautement pittoresques sont assez rares, nombre d’entre elles sont cependant fréquemment utilisées par tout le monde. Pourquoi les apprendre? Pour éviter les faux pas, être capable de riposter ou bien pleinement comprendre les échanges entre des Français, que ce soit au cinéma ou dans la vie réelle, et, enfin, parce que le naughty French est un savoureux idiome plein d’humour!  Thèmes: L’anatomie, L’amour, ses plaisirs et ses dangers, Expressions sexuelles et scatologiques.  (Vous avez plus de 18 ans, n'est-ce pas?) (6:30-7:30 PM). $25.  IMPORTANT: SVP, register ahead of time to save a seat.  THE FRENCH CLASS 500 Sutter Street (at Powell).  Suite 310 - San Francisco, CA 94102.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com

Through May 25, 2018.  CELEBRATE LA FETE DE LA BRETAGNE / BRITTANY DAYS!  Breizh Amerika is sponsoring 5 events celebrating Breton culture from May 20th to May 25th, as part of the Fête de la Bretagne (Brittany Days, or Gouel Breizh in Breton) being celebrated around the world. Breton music, food, culture, and language are on offer at a variety of venues around San Francisco, with one event in Berkeley. The main event (5/24), hosted by the Alliance Française, features music by the Breizh Amerika Collective, a photo exhibit of Madeleine Adkins' photography of Brittany, a lecture on Breton history in California, as well as crêpes and drinks. In addition, every Tuesday in May, the Alliance Française of SF is showing movies set in or about Brittany. The schedule is as follows:

Complete information available at:  https://www.breizh-amerika.com/events

May 25, 2018.  SYLVESTRIS QUARTET presents works by COUPERIN and others.  7:30pm.  $20.  Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St., Berkeley.  510.525.9248 or www.fifthstfarms.com for details.

May 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 26-27, 2018.  CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO.  Parade, food, dance, music, arts and crafts from the Caribbean islands and more.  10am-6pm.  Parade Sunday, 9:30am, between Harrison St. and 16th and 24th Streets; parade seating $29.  All other events are free.   800.901.7173 or www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org for details.

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 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents LES VACANCES DE M. HULOT.  7pm-9pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details.

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.

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 5, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents LA VIE EN ROSE.  7pm-9pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com 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 8, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.  We return to this beautiful small theater in Mill Valley! This is one of our favorite venues in all of the Bay Area, so please join us. The Throckmorton has great sound and lights, good seating, and we always make sure there's room for dancing.  142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.throckmortontheatre.org

June 10, 2017.  THE ROYAL BALLET’s performance of MANON will be screened at the Smith-Rafael.  Set to the music by Jules Massenet, this ballet version choreographed by Kenneth McMillan tells the tale of the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. McMillan’s source was the 18th century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Since its premiere in the 1970s, McMillan’s ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance. Anticipated running time is 155 minutes, including intermissions.  Noon.  https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/manon/ for details.

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 13, 2018.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents LA TORTUE ROUGE.  7pm-9pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details.

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 18, 2018.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

June 19, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO presents LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT.  7pm-9pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details.

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 20, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY AND JOHN RO BURR at STRINGS ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE, Emeryville.   A rare chance to hear the violin/piano duo with the fabulous John R. Burr! This will be an evening of beautiful music for violin and piano in a lovely house concert-style setting.  6320 San Pablo Ave. (between 63rd and Alcatraz), Emeryville. 8:00 pm.  Tickets are sold at the door.  www.rigomania.com

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

June 21, 2018.  RUPERT THOMSON presents NEVER ANYONE BUT YOU, a novel about two women who meet in France between the wars and find themselves on the Isle of Jersey just as the Nazis invade the island.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, SF.  www.bookpassage.com for details. 

June 23, 2018.  REBECCA MAKKAI presents THE GREAT BELIEVERS, set in 1980s Paris and Chicago.  3pm.  Book Passage, Ferry Building, SF.  www.bookpassage.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.

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!    

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

L’AMANT DOUBLE / DOUBLE LOVER.  Now playing.

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. 

LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT.  7pm-9pm. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details. June 19, 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. 

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. 

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. 

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

LA TORTUE ROUGE.  7pm-9pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details. June 13, 2018.

LES VACANCES DE M. HULOT.  7pm-9pm. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details. May 29, 2018. 

LA VIE EN ROSE.  7pm-9pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755  www.afsf.com for details. June 5, 2018.

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

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

ART  

Through 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 August 12, 2018.  LA PROSE DU TRANSSIBERIEN AND THE FLOWERING OF THE AVANT-GARDE.  Legion of Honor.  www.famsf.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. 

Through 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.

November 17, 2018-April 7, 2019.  GAUGUIN:  A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.  Upper-level exhibition gallery, De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details. 

February 16-May 27, 2019.  MONET:  THE LATE YEARS.  Herbst Exhibition Galleries, De Young Museum.  www.famsf.org for details. 

March 2019.  MUMMIES TO MONET:  WESTERN ART AT THE LEGION.  Legion of Honor, 34th & Clement, SF.  www.famsf.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!  

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 EMBARCADERO PLAZA.  French food, live music, outdoor bistro, vintage car show, pétanque, kids’ playground… 10am to 7pm.  Free entry.  Bal populaire with RUE 66 at 5pm.  www.bastilledaysf.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.

October 14-20, 2018.  A WEEK IN PARIS WITH CARA BLACK.  For details, go to http://bookpassage.com/paris

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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