June 28-July 6, 2018

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June & July Events

June 28, 2018.  LE CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS lira EQUATORIA.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 28 juin å 15 heures au Boulanger de Los Gatos pour discuter le roman de Patrick Deville : Equatoria.  Points- 345 pages - 2009. Nous avons déjà discuté un livre de cet auteur, qui est un grand voyageur et esprit cosmopolite : Peste et choléra". (Prix Fémina 2012).  Cette fois-ci il nous emmène en Afrique sur les traces du légendaire explorateur Savorgan de Brazza. Nous rencontrerons également le célebre docteur Albert Schweitzer au Gabon.  Pour tout renseignement, prière de contacter la responsable:  Bernadette Theisen.  www.afscv.org for details.

June 28, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERTS:  CREDIT SCORE & MORTGAGE PLANNING.  The banking system can be quite a challenge to the newcomer to the US. Understanding how it works and how it will impact your everyday life is an important step of your settling in to your new life in the US. During this session, the speakers will discuss the credit score and credit history. They will also explore how those two factors determine your mortgage application.  www.faccsf.com for details.

June 29, 2018.  THE END OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. (Dir. Mathilde Damoisel, Sylvie Jézéquel, France, Switzerland, 2016).  Back by popular demand! This documentary offers an overview of the Ottomans, who ruled three continents for six centuries, and explains how the decline of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century and up to 1925 informs current politics. All of the region’s modern nations were born from the collapse of the empire, orchestrated by the superpowers of the day, France and Great Britain. Today’s political, religious, and ethnic challenges in Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq are discussed in interviews with historians and experts. Illustrated by archival imagery, The End of the Ottoman Empire tells the essential backstory of our world today.  Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley.  For details:  https://bampfa.org/event/end-ottoman-empire-2

June 29, 2018.  ZYDECO FLAMES plays a free concert at Piper Park in Larkspur!  Join us on Friday, June 29th for Live music in Piper Park! Local band Zydeco Flames will be out performing the Zydeco music that's made them such a hit!  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a Friday evening with your neighbors and friends at Piper Park. This is a free event for the community and parking will be limited.  6pm – 8pm.  http://www.cityoflarkspur.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=2229&month=6&year=2018&day=22&calType=0

June 29-July 1, 2018. LYRIC THEATRE OF SAN JOSE presents A NIGHT IN VENICE, an operetta in three acts based on LE CHATEAU TROMPETTE by EUGENE CORMON & RICHARD GENEE.  By Johann Strauss II.  San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave., San José.  $12-$37.  408.986.1455 or www.lyrictheatre.org for details. 

June 30, 2018.  RENEE MOREL presents INGRES (1780-1867): CLASSICISM WITH A TWIST at the FRENCH CLASS.  6/26, 6pm-7:30pm; 6/30, 10:30am-12 noon. reneemorel@gmail.com or www.frenchclass.com for details.

June 30, 2018. DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO STARTUP CAMP. www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org for details.

June 30, 2018  IKO YAYA plays CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.I*ko Ya Ya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for your dancing pleasure! The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, and it'll be a night of big time "bon temps roulez"! The party started in 2013 when the original lineup got together to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them. Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even a little country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are "We Make a Good Gumbo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas." I*ko Ya Ya is singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers), guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard), bassist-singer Lance Houck, drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles), saxophonist Otoe Mori, and trumpeter Marty Arvan.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Dana DeSimone; Show at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com

June 30, 2018.  DANCING SPIRITS:  FEMALE LWA IN HAITIAN VODOU.  Dancing Spirits: Female Lwa Embodied through Movement, Song, Writing & Ritual, is a Wellness Workshop Series exploring Female Lwa in Haitian Vodou.  Facilitated by Portsha T. Jefferson, Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer and Vodou Practitioner, participants will have the opportunity to retreat inward, channel, write, affirm, learn traditional healing practices, inquire about Lwa + Vodou, sing and of course DANCE!  Sacred space will be created to provide an intimate setting. Participants who are interested in honoring spiritual growth, self-care, learning and healing are encouraged to attend.  June 30 | Session 4 - "Racine" - ROOTS: reNEWal & reBIRTH!Lwa: Manbo Ayizan (The Healer).  Ellen Webb Studio.  7pm-10pm | Workshop Offering: $25.  * Please arrive 15 minutes early to register. Drop-In are welcome.  7pm.  Ellen Webb Studios, Emeryville.  https://www.facebook.com/events/204871413673333/

July 1, 2018.  CAMILLE, dir. George Cukor (US, 1936), based on the novel by ALEXANDRE DUMAS.  Featuring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Rex O’Malley. George Cukor’s direction breathes new life into the cluttered theaters, bustling boudoirs, and shining hypocrisies of Alexandre Dumas fils’s nineteenth-century Paris, where the classy courtesan inhabits a lush and sensual world but is denied “perfect love.” Garbo herself comes dangerously close to perfection in this enduring classic; many critics consider her portrayal of Dumas’s tragic heroine, Marguerite Gautier (“la dame aux camélias”), to be her finest moment. As Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris noted in a reappraisal of Camille, “It is hard to imagine that even Sarah Bernhardt could have come close to Garbo’s delicately self-mocking and playfully romantic Lady of the Camellias. . . . Among the distinguished cast,” Sarris adds, “Rex O’Malley, as a hanger-on with a heart of gold, provides one of the subtlest characterizations of a homosexual in the ’30s.”  After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).  https://bampfa.org/event/camille-1

July 2-3, 2018.  MINI ART CAMP AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.   Discover French & European arts with CLAUDE MONET.  www.afsf.com for details.

July 3, 2018  MOTORDUDE ZYDECO plays CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Dance lesson with Ted Sherrod.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

July 4, 2018.  MUR MURS (dir. AGNES VARDA, France/US, 1980).  Digital restoration.  Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980. She casts a curious eye on graffiti and photorealism, roller disco and gang violence, evangelical Christians, Hare Krishnas, artists, angels, and ordinary Angelenos. Along the meandering way, we meet the creators of some of California’s most memorable wall art, including Judy Baca, mastermind of the Great Wall of Los Angeles project along the L.A. River; Arno Jordan, painter of the ironically bucolic scenes adorning the Farmer John meatpacking plant; and Kent Twitchell, who offers a theological rationale for a depiction of the Holy Trinity starring actors from LassieThe Lone Ranger, and Father Knows Best. The film is very Varda and very L.A.: vibrating with color and surprising juxtapositions, rich in illusion and allusion. And like the movies, the murals are both monumental and ephemeral, destined to fade, many of them now disappeared.  5pm.  https://bampfa.org/event/mur-murs-0

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 6, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Brisbane Community Park, Brisbane.  The City of Brisbane’s Summer Concert Series.  11 Old County Road, Brisbane.  6pm-8pm.  Free.  www.rigomania.com

July 6-22, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL, including performances by SANDOR DIABANKOUEZI (Congolese traditional) and TE PURA O TE RAHURA’A (Tahitian dance).  http://worldartswest.org/main/edf_index.asp for details.

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 9-13, 2018.  LE PETIT PRINCE CAMP AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

July 10, 2018.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  5pm-6pm.  Thème du mois: "le passage à l'acte et l'accès au symbolique". Une discussion intellectuelle où on débat de concepts psychologiques.  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.  Please RSVP.  www.afberkeley.org 

July 10, 2018.  CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at   Books Inc. Campbell, CA With Susan Shea and Wendy Hornsby 7PM. 

July 12, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EUROPEAN NETWORKING MIXER (Palo Alto).  The French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco and its partner:  British American Business Council Northern California, and German American Business Association, invite you to join our Young Professionals European Networking Mixer!  Come and enjoy some drinks and nibbles in the company of young professionals from different countries, businesses and industries. This event will provide you with a chance to meet and talk about your careers and businesses, and share tips on life in the Bay Area.  Thank you to our host WilmerHale for having us!  6pm-8pm.  950 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304.  $10 for Members; $15 Non-Members;  $20 on the Door.  www.faccsf.com for details.

July 12, 2018. CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at A Great Good Place for Books, Montclair Village (Oakland), CA.  7 PM.

July 13, 2018. CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at  Copperfield’s Books.  Pre-Bastille party, Novato, CA.  7 PM.

July 14, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION.  The very first San Francisco Bastille Day celebration took place in 1880, and this year - 138 years later - the Official Committee of French-American Organizations of Northern California is planning a grand Bastille Day celebration with a Kermesse (outdoor festival) followed by a Bal Populaire (firemen’s ball) a la Française. The event opens at 10 am and runs till 7 pm on Saturday July 14 th at Embarcadero Plaza, across from the Ferry Building. The free admission event organized under the patronage of the Consul General of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, is open to all French and American residents and visitors of the Bay Area to enjoy a multitude of French establishments, food, wine and beer booths, a Citroen vintage car show, games of “Pétanque”, a kid’s garden, tours of the San Francisco’s French Quarter, French musicians, and all kinds of fun for the entire family! And for the first time ever in San Francisco, there will be a “Course de Serveuses et Garçons de Café” (waiters race)! The day’s activities will culminate at 5 pm with the enjoyment of a “Bal Populaire” featuring local French bands, including Rue’66, San Francisco’s only authentic 60s French “yé yé” band, and Virginie Marine, dubbed “La nouvelle voix de la Chanson Française”. The Bastille Day celebration is expected to draw-up thousands of visitors throughout the day! We invite you to discover the amazing French companies, culinary delights, wines, Kronenbourg beer, and other beverage providers that will partake in this wonderful celebration by going to our website: www.bastilledaysf.org.

July 14, 2018.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS at COSTEAUX FRENCH BAKERY for BASTILLE DAY! Michael and Sheri return to Costeaux French Bakery annual all-day party on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 11A to 2P. Come see the Can-Can dancers, watch the guillotine slice through French bread, play petanque, and let the kids decorate Eiffel Tower cookies or don a French moustache for the day. Lots of fun activities. An all-day non-stop festival! Celebrate the French! You'll have a great time. Sit out on the patio and listen to Michael croon! We'd love to see you.  https://www.costeaux.com/

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

July 14, 2018.  CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at  Orinda Books  Bastille Day reading and celebration with Susan Shea, Orinda, CA, 3-5 PM.

July 14, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA celebrate BASTILLE DAY.  Raymond Vineyards.  Buffet feast in beautiful outdoor setting.  Delicious amuse-bouches, cheese & charcuterie platters, and more… French music.  Wine from the Boisset Collection.  Concert by DUO GADJO.  4PM-8PM.  $85 per person, 21 years and older only.  849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. www.afnapa.com for details.

July 14, 2018.  CABARET D’AMOUR WITH MOANA DIAMOND.  Bastille Day Celebration!  You’ll think you’re in Paris, city of love, when Mademoiselle Kiki , Moana’s alter ego, presents her sensuous European Cabaret. She interprets the music of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker, Dietrich and other greats along with the Chez Kiki Orchestra - and Moulin Rouge style dancers!   Wine will be available with Intimate Cabaret style seating.  $25/$55. First set 8pm; second set 9pm.  Doors open at 7pm.   More info about the Cabaret at  www.moanadiamond.comBUY TICKETS-  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bastille-day-celebration-vive-la-france-tickets-45393673700

July 14, 2018.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS will be showing FRENCH LINENS at the SAN FRANCISCO BASTILLE DAY FAIR.  www.atablecheznous.com for details.

July 15, 2018.  L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents the largest free public BASTILLE DAY EVENT in the North Bay in years!  Sponsored by the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa and the Santa Rosa French American Charter School, this convivial event is open to ALL and provides all our communities with the opportunity to enjoy French savoir vivre, simple pleasures and fun and games together. Live music with Oddjob Ensemble, accordion sing-alongs in French, treasure hunt, picnic ‘à la bonne franquette,’ village-style pétanque, wine, and so much more! All in a relaxed, easy-going setting.  12:00 - 4:00 at Julliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa.  For more info: school@afsantarosa.org

July 15, 2018.  BASTILLE DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  12pm-3pm.  Déjeuner (potluck) dans le jardin de l'AF. Live music.  Craft for kids .  POTLUCK Bring a dish, or dessert to share, and food to grill.  Free event - no rsvp required.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

July 16-20, 2018.  MIDDLE AGES:  PRINCESSES & KNIGHTS AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

July 17, 2018.  CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at  San Francisco Public Library – Noe Valley Branch, San Francisco, CA, 6:30 PM.

July 17, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Ashkenaz, in Berkeley.  1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 8:00).  www.ashkenaz.com

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

July 21, 2018.  MARK ST MARY AND KINGDOM OF ZYDECO, film, with dance lesson by Ted Sherrod.  The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including “St. Mary Special” and “Moi Seado (My Syrup),” interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier’s “I’m Coming Home” and the classic Harry Choates version of “Jolie Blon” to Rockin’ Sidney’s “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot.”   Accompanying St. Mary are some of the finest Cajun and zydeco musicians in Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. His band includes guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Dana Mandell, and drummer Timothy Orr.  7pm. 
http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2018/7/21/mark-st-mary-louisiana-blues-zydeco-band

July 22, 2018  FRENCH HERITAGE SOCIETY presents speaker GUILLAUME DE PRACOMTAL, who will speak about THE SECRET INFLUENCE OF OAK BARRELS ON WINE.   With lunch à la provençal.  Under the Patronage of the Honorable Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, French Consul General of San FranciscoPlease join us in savoring l'art de vivre Français, hosted by, Susan and Chris Paulson, Diablo, California.  1:00-3:00pm.  $150 per person.  https://frenchheritagesociety.org/event/the-secret-influence-of-oak-barrels-on-wine-luncheon-and-discussion/

July 22, 2018.  ERIC JOHN KAISER chante des CHANSONS FRANÇAISES.  Hotel Utah Saloon.  18h.   https://www.patreon.com/posts/je-laime-mourir-14852808 for details.

July 22, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Twin Pines Park, Belmont.  A lovely concert in the park on the Peninsula. Tom has been playing this concert series for forty years (!!).  Ralston Ave., Belmont. 1:00-4:00 pm. Free admission.  www.rigomania.com

July 23-27, 2018.  LE CHAT BOTTE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

July 24, 2018. CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at  San Francisco Public Library – Civic Center, San Francisco, CA.  6:30 PM.

July 26, 2018. CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at Book & Brews Reading Series, Sponsored By Bookshop Santa Cruz Discretion Brewery, Soquel, CA, 7 PM.

July 26-29, 2018.  PARIS COMBO performs at SFJAZZ.  7:30pm (7pm on Sunday).  $35-$95.  http://sfjazz.org for details.

July 30-August 3 2018.  CRO-MAGNON at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SSAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

Through 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 

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!    

CAMILLE, dir. George Cukor (US, 1936), based on the novel by ALEXANDRE DUMAS.  Featuring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Rex O’Malley. George Cukor’s direction breathes new life into the cluttered theaters, bustling boudoirs, and shining hypocrisies of Alexandre Dumas fils’s nineteenth-century Paris, where the classy courtesan inhabits a lush and sensual world but is denied “perfect love.” Garbo herself comes dangerously close to perfection in this enduring classic; many critics consider her portrayal of Dumas’s tragic heroine, Marguerite Gautier (“la dame aux camélias”), to be her finest moment. As Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris noted in a reappraisal of Camille, “It is hard to imagine that even Sarah Bernhardt could have come close to Garbo’s delicately self-mocking and playfully romantic Lady of the Camellias. . . . Among the distinguished cast,” Sarris adds, “Rex O’Malley, as a hanger-on with a heart of gold, provides one of the subtlest characterizations of a homosexual in the ’30s.”  After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).  https://bampfa.org/event/camille-1 July 1, 2018.

THE END OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. (Dir. Mathilde Damoisel, Sylvie Jézéquel, France, Switzerland, 2016).  Back by popular demand! This documentary offers an overview of the Ottomans, who ruled three continents for six centuries, and explains how the decline of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century and up to 1925 informs current politics. All of the region’s modern nations were born from the collapse of the empire, orchestrated by the superpowers of the day, France and Great Britain. Today’s political, religious, and ethnic challenges in Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq are discussed in interviews with historians and experts. Illustrated by archival imagery, The End of the Ottoman Empire tells the essential backstory of our world today.  Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley.  For details:  https://bampfa.org/event/end-ottoman-empire-2 June 29, 2018. 

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

MUR MURS (dir. AGNES VARDA, France/US, 1980).  Digital restoration.  Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980. She casts a curious eye on graffiti and photorealism, roller disco and gang violence, evangelical Christians, Hare Krishnas, artists, angels, and ordinary Angelenos. Along the meandering way, we meet the creators of some of California’s most memorable wall art, including Judy Baca, mastermind of the Great Wall of Los Angeles project along the L.A. River; Arno Jordan, painter of the ironically bucolic scenes adorning the Farmer John meatpacking plant; and Kent Twitchell, who offers a theological rationale for a depiction of the Holy Trinity starring actors from LassieThe Lone Ranger, and Father Knows Best. The film is very Varda and very L.A.: vibrating with color and surprising juxtapositions, rich in illusion and allusion. And like the movies, the murals are both monumental and ephemeral, destined to fade, many of them now disappeared.  5pm.  https://bampfa.org/event/mur-murs-0E 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. July 4, 2018. 

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 July 7, 2018.  EDWIGE FOUVRY presents her paintings in ENTREVOIR at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.  210 Post St., Suite 205, SF.  415.956.3560 or www.dolbychadwickgallery.com for details.

July 26-29, 2018.  NICOLAS MAIGRET at GRAY AREA FESTIVAL.  Having presented his work in various exhibitions and festivals around the world, French multimedia artist Nicolas Maigret is coming to the Gray Area Festival in San Francisco. He will stay at the artist residency "A Room with a View".  Now in its fourth edition, the Gray Area Festival is a unique global event focused on advancing open culture and the common good through integrated innovation and aesthetic practice. Our programming presents a survey of culture through the lens of art and technology, offering a deeper understanding of the present moment along with visions of the trails and opportunities ahead. Held at our Grand Theater in San Francisco's Mission district, the Festival highlights Gray Area's continued pursuit of integrated art and technology applied toward civic, educational, entrepreneurial, aesthetic, and social practice.  Nicolas Maigret is an artist, curator, and educator. He exposes the internal workings of media, through an exploration of their dysfunctions, limitations or failure thresholds which he develops into immersive, ambiguous and critical artworks. He initiated DISNOVATION.ORG, a working group which aims to disrupt, pervert, and complexify the narratives on technological innovation. He teaches at Parsons Paris and develops a research on technological “Black Boxes” with V2_ Rotterdam and UCL Louvain.  DISNOVATION.ORG is a working group based in Paris, initiated by Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska. At the crossroads between contemporary art, research and hacking, the collective develops situations of disturbance, speculation, and debate, challenging the dominant ideology of technological innovation (techno-solutuionism, techno-escapism...) and stimulating the emergence of alternative narratives. They recently edited The Pirate Book, an anthology on media piracy. Their research includes artworks, curation and publications. In 2018, they received a Design Trust Grant (Hong Kong) for a research about China's Shanzhai culture with Clément Renaud.  Their work has been presented at numerous venues and festivals internationally such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), FILE (Sao Paulo), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Strelka Institute (Moscow), ISEA (Hong Kong), Elektra (Montréal), China Museum of Digital Arts (Beijing), and the Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg)… Their work has been featured in Forbes, Vice, Wired, Motherboard, Libération, Die Zeit, Arte TV, Next Nature, Hyperallergic, Le Temps, Neural.it, Digicult, Gizmodo, Seattle Weekly, torrentfreak.com, and Filmmaker Magazine among others.
https://www.aftertomorrow2018.com/events/nicolas-maigret-at-gray-area-festival

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. 

Through February 25, 2019.  ALPHABÉTÉ:  THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF FREDERIC BRULY BOUABRE.  Amongst the first generation in his native Ivory Coast to be formally taught how to write, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré was inspired to translate the Bété oral language into written form. This artist, poet, researcher, and inventor created an original pictographic alphabet as a way to borrow from, yet subvert, the medium of his French colonizers. From the 1970s until his death in 2014, he also created hundreds of brightly colored postcard-size illustrations that incorporate African writing systems, popular culture, scientific theories, and tongue-in-cheek humor. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu 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!  

August 6-10, 2018.  LE PETIT CHAPERON ROUGE (camp) at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

August 8-26, 2018.  LES MISERABLES at SHN Orpheum Theatre.  http://shnsf.com for details.

August 3, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at Burton Park, San Carlos.  City of San Carlos’ Summer Concert Series, Burton Park, 1017 Cedar St., San Carlos.  6pm-8pm.  Free.  www.rigomania.com

August 4-25, 2018.  CINEMA CONVERSATION at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Come share your passion for French cinema through film clips and discussions. Various themes will be discussed.  www.afsf.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 10, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at The Lakeport Summer Concert Series.  6:30-8:30 pm. Free admission.  www.rigomania.com

August 12, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the San Jose Summer Jazz Festival.    Our first appearance at this fabulous music festival.  Blues/Big Easy Stage, Downtown San Jose. 2:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.summerfest.sanjosejazz.org

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 19, 2018.  CARA BLACK, presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK,  the 18th entry in the NYTimes bestselling Paris investigations at The Bindery, San Francisco, CA.  With David Corbett.  4 PM.

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 6-9, 2018.  CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT performs at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

September 8, 2018.  FRENCH BAND PHOENIX performs at the GREEK THEATRE in Berkeley.  Thomas Mars, Deck d'Arcy, Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai have been performing here and there and everywhere since they released Ti Amo last year.  Phoenix is coming to Berkeley September 8, 2018 for a unique concert. Phoenix @ the Greek Theatre - UC Berkeley.To buy your tickets, click here.  Pre-sale starts May 31, 2018.

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

October 2018.  THE CHAMPS-ELYSEES FILM FESTIVAL comes to the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  www.afsf.com for details.

October 2, 2018.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit LA VERITE SUR L’AFFAIRE HENRI (Québec) de JOEL DICKER.  614 pages!  A lire pendant l’été! 3:30pm. A New York, au printemps 2008, alors que l’Amérique bruisse des prémices de l’élection présidentielle, Marcus Goldman, jeune écrivain à succès, est dans la tourmente: il est incapable d’écrire le nouveau roman qu’il doit remettre à son éditeur d’ici quelques mois.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

October 10, 2018.  JAIN, chanteuse française, performs at the Mezzanine.  It took about a minute for the audience at this year’s French Grammys, Les Victoires de la Musique, to anoint Jain pop’s most compelling new star. Performing her song Come at the televised ceremony, surrounded by dancing doppelgangers, backed by masked drummers and blaring brass, Jain stole the show as the crowd leapt from their seats in disbelief. The following day, Come was at No.1, helping to propel Zanaka to platinum sales in France within a couple of months of its release.  Seats on sale now.  https://mezzaninesf.com/events/jain/

October 14, 2018.  PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE presents THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT.  Catherine Deneuve and sister Françoise Dorléac are twins lifted out of their small-town reveries by a troupe of wandering entertainers led by Mr. American in Paris himself, Gene Kelly. "Not merely charming or amusing, but profoundly moving" (Sight and Sound).  4pm.  https://bampfa.org/ for details.

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

October 31, 2018.  THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923), with DOROTHY PAPADAKOS, organ.  Grace Cathedral.  SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

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

November 6, 2018.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit LE MEDECIN MALGRE LUI de Molière. 3:30pm.  Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière, né à Paris, baptisé le 15 janvier 1622 et mort à Paris le 17 février 1673, est un dramaturge auteur de comédies, mais aussi un comédien et chef de troupe de théâtre français qui s'est illustré au début du règne de Louis XIV. « Le médecin malgré lui » (1666). Comédie en prose, en trois actes. Divertissante parodie des pratiques des médecins de l´époque. Le jargon pédantesque, les diagnostiques tautologiques, les lapalissades, les remèdes farfelus, font les délices du spectateur. Au delà de la satyre médicale, certains studieux ont perçu une critique à la religion.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

November 23-25, 2018.  DORADO SCHMIDT AND THE DJANGO ALL-STARS perform at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

December 1 & 2, 2018. SAN FRANCISCO BACH CHOIR presents A (MOSTLY) FRENCH CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS.  12/1 at 7:30pm; 12/2 at 4pm.  www.sfbach.org for details.

December 4, 2018.  LE CERCLE LITTERAIRE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA lit SOUMISSION de MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ.  3:30pm. Dans une France assez proche de la nôtre, un homme s’engage dans la carrière universitaire. Peu motivé par l’enseignement, il s’attend à une vie ennuyeuse mais calme, protégée des grands drames historiques. Cependant les forces en jeu dans le pays ont fissuré le système politique jusqu’à provoquer son effondrement. Cette implosion sans soubresauts, sans vraie révolution, se développe comme un mauvais rêve.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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.

February 9 & 10, 2019.  HAITIAN-AMERICAN VIRTUOSO LEYLA MCCALLA performs at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

February 24, 2019.  HABIB KOITE & BASSEKOU KOUYATE perform at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

March 21, 2019.  CIRQUE ELOIZE from MONTREAL performs at the BANKHEAD THEATER in Livermore.  2400 First St., Livermore.  925.373.6800 or www.lvpac.org for details. 

March 24, 2019.  MARIN CHAMBER PERFORMANCES presents FAURE QUARTET.  Program TBA.  http://ChamberMusicMillValley.org for details.

March 24, 2019. FATOUMATA DIAWARA / ROBERTO FONSECA perform at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

March 30, 2019.  PIAF!  THE SHOW! at SFJAZZ.  866.920.5299 or www.sfjazz.org for details.

May 29-June 23, 2019.  AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER (A.C.T.) presents  RHINOCEROS by EUGENE IONESCO.  The final production in our 2018–19 season will be a new adaptation of Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, a wickedly entertaining comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture directed by two-time Tony Award winner Frank Galati (1776 at A.C.T.).  In the opening moments of Ionesco’s masterpiece of absurdist satire, a rhinoceros rampages through a village square.  At the local café, people argue over what they saw. Was it really a rhino, or just fake news?  As the eccentric villagers shed refined façades for hides and horns—smashing windows and crushing flowerbeds—rumpled everyman Berenger faces a desperate choice: take a stand against the armored brutes or join the mindless herd?  Hailed as “masterful . . . and downright hilarious,” this outrageous, comedic story of a civilized community shifting from defiance to compliance is chillingly resonant and riotously funny. From Tony Award–winning director Frank Galati (1776 at A.C.T.) comes an all-new adaptation of this wickedly entertaining comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture.  Geary Theater, http://www.act-sf.org/

June 5-29, 2019.  SAN FRANCISCO OPERA presents BIZET’s CARMEN.  415.864.3330 or www.sfopera.com for details. 

June 7-23, 2019.  CINNABAR THEATER  presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, based on the play by PIERRE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS.  Rossini’s classic opera is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of antics and vocal acrobatics.  http://www.cinnabartheater.org/our-46th-season/ for details.

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