August 2-10, 2018

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August Events

August 2 or 4, 2018.  THE “MAQUIS DE MONTMARTRE” AND ITS PAINTERS.  A lecture in French by RENEE MOREL.  In the late 19th century, destitute families displaced from a Paris undergoing an unprecedented building boom occupied the Maquis or Northern slope of Montmartre. The semi-rural shantytown on the hill soon attracted painters looking for cheap studios. Despite its extreme poverty, this forsaken settlement was romanticized as a kind of Eden and became a popular haunt for writers and poets. Later, it grew famous for its cafés, guinguettes with public dancing (the sun-drenched Moulin de la Galetteimmortalized by Renoir), and cabarets (Le Lapin agile) pouring cheap wine liberally. Eventually, bourgeois from the city and even crowned heads, slumming it for thefrisson, flocked to places like Le Chat Noir on boulevard de Rochechouart, where composer Eric Satie played  the piano, or the fabled Moulin Rouge, on boulevard de Clichy, birthplace of the daring French Cancan, with its frenzied rustle of petticoats. During the Belle Époque, Montmartre became synonymous with avant-garde Bohemian artists: chanteuses (Yvette Guilbert, Aristide Bruant, Damia), dancers (La Goulue, Jane Avril) and painters (van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Suzanne Valadon, Utrillo, Picasso…)  Join the denizens of Montmartre, have a glass of absinthe, and see the history of one of the most interesting places in Paris!  $25.  The same lecture will be offered on each of these days:  7/31, 6pm-7:30pm; 8/2, 10:30am-noon; 8/4, 10:30pm-noon.  The French Class, 500 Sutter Street - Suite 31, San Francisco, CA 94102.  415-362-3666 or www.frenchclass.com

August 3, 2018.  VISITE A PIED:  NOB HILL & CABLE CAR.  9am. Guide:  Gilles.  Ferry Bldg., SF.  Une petite balade en cable car tout en découvrant l’histoire de San Francisco, ça vous dit ? En français.  https://www.facebook.com/SanFranciscobyGilles/?hc_ref=ARTrK5_Y8V1Hjc7DorcH9UOgMmLR4brVnRE-nNiXCHZrghlxfZ9jvwEi9qpi_ehTPTc

August 3, 2018.  AMARANTH QUARTET performs works by MILHAUD, FODE LASSANA DIABATE  and others.  $20.  Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St., Berkeley.  7:30pm.  510.525.9248 or www.fifthstfarms.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

Through 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.

August 4, 2018.  UNITED SWISS SOCIETIES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA & THE AELPLER GUPPE SWISS CLUB celebrate SWISS NATIONAL DAY.  11am-5pm.  Swiss Park Newark, 5911 Mowry Avenue, Newark, CA.

August 4, 2018.  FUNKY GATORS plays CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  The Funky Gators is a band of Cajun, zydeco, and R&B veterans whose credits include many of the most popular local bands of the past couple of decades. They take zydeco and mix in some R&B and funk flavor while still keeping the zydeco tempos that dancers love. The Funky Gators play zydeco hits by Boozoo Chavis, Rosie Ledet, and others, plus Motown classics such as "Heatwave" and "Walking the Dog." Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show.  www.ashkenaz.com for details. 

August 4, 2018. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the SOFIA THEATRE, SACRAMENTO.  This will be our first appearance at this beautiful new music venue in Downtown Sacramento, part of the newly renovated B Street Theatre Complex. This is our only summer appearance in Sacramento--no festivals, no outdoor concerts this year--so don't miss this show!  2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.bstreettheatre.org

August 4-17, 2018.  WEST EDGE OPERA presents PELLEAS ET MELISANDE.  Claude Debussy’s only complete opera, Pelléas and Mélisande - an opera about a tragic love triangle - which premiered in 1902 to immediate acclaim and remains a hallmark of 20th century opera.  Director and choreographer Keturah Stickann makes her West Edge debut having directed productions around the country, most notably at San Diego Opera. She was the choreographer and movement director for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick, subsequently seen at San Francisco Opera.  Based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s eponymous symbolist play, Pelléas and Mélisande will be adapted for chamber ensemble by West Edge Music Director, Jonathan Khuner who will also conduct.  The opera will be performed in the original French with English supertitles.   Craneway Conference Center, 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond.  510.841.1903. www.westedgeopera.org for details.

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.

Through August 5, 2018.   SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), presented by the Jewish Film Institute, is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its annual three weeks of inspiring films, events, panels and parties. Screenings take place at various venues throughout the Bay Area.  The following French films are part of the line up this year:  SIMON & THEODORE (Mikael Buch, France, 2017, 84 minutes. Co-Sponsored by Eileen Ruby.  Simon has a loving wife, a baby on the way and a self-harm problem. Théodore has a bar mitzvah approaching, an absentee father and a penchant for violence. When these two wander together in the streets of Paris over the course of one long night getting angry, scared and close, they lean on each other and attempt to help one another fill in their own blanks before it is too late. —Maya Lekach.  CineArts Thursday, July 26 8:20 PM; Albany Twin Friday, July 27 8:45 PM; Castro Sunday, July 29 12:45 PM; Smith Rafael Friday, August 3 4:00 PM.  LA DOULEUR (Memoir of War), BAY AREA PREMIERE, Emmanuel Finkiel, Switzerland, France, Belgium, 2017, 127 minutes.  French w/ English Subtitles.  In Nazi-occupied Paris, the young writer Marguerite Duras strikes up a delicate, high stakes entanglement with a Vichy collaborator named Rabier, who promises preferential treatment for her imprisoned husband in exchange for her attention and collaboration. As the drumbeat of arrests of Jews and political dissidents continues, the now-celebrated experimental author is wracked with fear for her husband and the friends and anti-Nazi activists whose identities Rabier pressures her to reveal. —Ilana Sichel.  Castro Friday, July 20 8:55 PM; Albany Twin Thursday, August 2 8:15 PM; Smith Rafael Friday, August 3 1:20 PM.  https://jfi.org/sfjff-2018 for all details.

August 6, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

August 6, 2018.  .  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the SONOMA COUNTY FAIR, SANTA ROSA.  We return to this great North Bay fair. Park Stage. 6:00-9:00 pm. Information: www.sonomacountyfair.com

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

August 7, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

August 7, 2018.  MIDNITE RAMBLERS plays CAJUN-ZYDECO at Ashkenaz.  Dance lesson with Ted Sherrod.  www.ashkenaz.com 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 10, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at The Lakeport Summer Concert Series.  6:30-8:30 pm. Free admission.  www.rigomania.com

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 

August 12, 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.

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 13, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

August 14, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

August 17, 2018. MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (Bertrand Tavernier).  (Voyage à travers le cinéma français), France, 2017, East Bay Premiere.  One of the great directors of world cinema takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of the history of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. Guided by critic/filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round MidnightCoup de torchon), whose vocal love of film history marks him as a French Martin Scorsese, Journey examines figures both famous (Renoir, Godard, Melville) and lesser known (Guy Gilles, Jacques Becker), as well as composers, screenwriters, and more. Pointed analysis, critical asides, and sheer joy combine. “Passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating... Journey will leave you enlightened and eager for more” (Kenneth Turan). Presented in conjunction with our Jacques Becker series. (Jason Sanders)
http://frenchculture.org/events/8447-french-summer-programs-bampfal theaters.

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 18, 2018.  PENINSULA SWISS CLUB celebrates SWISS NATIONAL DAY.  5pm to 9pm. Shoup Park, Garden House, Los Altos, CA.

Through August 19, 2018.  SUBTLE SUBVERSION: THE FILMS OF ALAIN TANNER  at Pacific Film Archive.  Champion of dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, the Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner is “among the last lions of the heroic age of the European art film” (Metrograph). Contemporary of the French New Wave and involved in England’s Free Cinema group while living in London, Tanner collaborated with the celebrated author/critic John Berger on a loose trilogy of films—La salamandre (1971), The Middle of the World (1974), and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)—that helped put Swiss cinema on the map. These films launched a body of work that combined social engagement and political critique with, wonders of wonders, a touch of humanity. As Dave Kehr wrote, they brought “thinking and caring together again.”  https://bampfa.org/program/subtle-subversion-films-alain-tanner for details. 

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 20, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

August 21, 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

August 21, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

Opening August 24, 2018.  LA DOULEUR / MEMOIR OF WAR, a new French WWII drama directed by Emmanuel Finkiel and based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.  Set in Paris in 1944, author Marguerite Duras must shrewdly navigate the French Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband in this emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue.  Vogue Theater, SF. 

August 24, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY AND JOHN R. BURR DUO at the BACK ROOM, BERKELEY.  An evening of eclectic music for violin and piano at this lovely house concert-style venue in Berkeley. This will be our first time at this great new venue, so come on out!  1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley. 8:00 pm.  Information and advance tickets: www.backroommusic.com

August 25, 2018.  .  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at the LIVERMORE ELKS LODGE, LIVERMORE.  A dance/concert in the East Bay! This will be a delightful evening of music, food, and dancing.  940 Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Doors open at 6:00, Music starts at 7:00.  Information and advance tickets: Call 925 455-8829 or email: Secretary2117@comcast.net

August 26, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY AND JOHN R. BURR DUO at the PALO ALTO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, PALO ALTOA fabulous street fair in downtown Palo Alto with art, food, and music. University Ave., Palo Alto. Our show: 2:00-4:00 pm.  Information: www.mlaproductions.com

August 27-30, 2018.  FOUR-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE at THE FRENCH CLASS.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

August 27, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

August 28, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT QUARTET plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

August 29, 2018.  SUMMER EUROPEAN NETWORKING.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco and its partners  invite you to join us for another wonderful EuropeanNetworking Event.   Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere.  6 pm to 8pm.  Werqwise, 149 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 .  $25 for members of Chambers listed above. http://www.faccsf.com/events/events-calendar/events/d/summer-european-networking-1/

August 30, 2018.  OPEN HOUSE at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Placement tests; mini trial classes; book sale.  5pm-8pm. 1345 Bush St., SF, 415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

Through August 31, 2018.  JACQUES BECKER RETROSPECTIVE at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  We are thrilled to present audiences with a chance to rediscover (or see for the first time) the films of Jacques Becker, one of the directors whom Tavernier focuses on in his journey; indeed, his film is dedicated to both Becker and Claude Sautet.  Program includes:  MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (Bertrand Tavernier).  (Voyage à travers le cinéma français), France, 2017, East Bay Premiere.  One of the great directors of world cinema takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of the history of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. Guided by critic/filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round MidnightCoup de torchon), whose vocal love of film history marks him as a French Martin Scorsese, Journey examines figures both famous (Renoir, Godard, Melville) and lesser known (Guy Gilles, Jacques Becker), as well as composers, screenwriters, and more. Pointed analysis, critical asides, and sheer joy combine. “Passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating... Journey will leave you enlightened and eager for more” (Kenneth Turan). Presented in conjunction with our Jacques Becker series. (Jason Sanders)
http://frenchculture.org/events/8447-french-summer-programs-bampfa

Through 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/

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!    

LA DOULEUR / MEMOIR OF WAR, a new French WWII drama directed by Emmanuel Finkiel and based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.  Set in Paris in 1944, author Marguerite Duras must shrewdly navigate the French Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband in this emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue.  Vogue Theater, SF.  Opening August 24, 2018. 

GAUGUIN:  VOYAGE TO TAHITI.  Now playing in local theaters.

JACQUES BECKER RETROSPECTIVE at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  We are thrilled to present audiences with a chance to rediscover (or see for the first time) the films of Jacques Becker, one of the directors whom Tavernier focuses on in his journey; indeed, his film is dedicated to both Becker and Claude Sautet.  Program includes:  MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (Bertrand Tavernier).  (Voyage à travers le cinéma français), France, 2017, East Bay Premiere.  One of the great directors of world cinema takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of the history of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. Guided by critic/filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round MidnightCoup de torchon), whose vocal love of film history marks him as a French Martin Scorsese, Journey examines figures both famous (Renoir, Godard, Melville) and lesser known (Guy Gilles, Jacques Becker), as well as composers, screenwriters, and more. Pointed analysis, critical asides, and sheer joy combine. “Passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating... Journey will leave you enlightened and eager for more” (Kenneth Turan). Presented in conjunction with our Jacques Becker series. (Jason Sanders)
http://frenchculture.org/events/8447-french-summer-programs-bampfal theaters. Through August 31, 2018.  

MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (Bertrand Tavernier).  (Voyage à travers le cinéma français), France, 2017, East Bay Premiere.  One of the great directors of world cinema takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of the history of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. Guided by critic/filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round MidnightCoup de torchon), whose vocal love of film history marks him as a French Martin Scorsese, Journey examines figures both famous (Renoir, Godard, Melville) and lesser known (Guy Gilles, Jacques Becker), as well as composers, screenwriters, and more. Pointed analysis, critical asides, and sheer joy combine. “Passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating... Journey will leave you enlightened and eager for more” (Kenneth Turan). Presented in conjunction with our Jacques Becker series. (Jason Sanders)
http://frenchculture.org/events/8447-french-summer-programs-bampfal theaters. August 17, 2018.

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), presented by the Jewish Film Institute, is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its annual three weeks of inspiring films, events, panels and parties. Screenings take place at various venues throughout the Bay Area.  The following French films are part of the line up this year:  SIMON & THEODORE (Mikael Buch, France, 2017, 84 minutes. Co-Sponsored by Eileen Ruby.  Simon has a loving wife, a baby on the way and a self-harm problem. Théodore has a bar mitzvah approaching, an absentee father and a penchant for violence. When these two wander together in the streets of Paris over the course of one long night getting angry, scared and close, they lean on each other and attempt to help one another fill in their own blanks before it is too late. —Maya Lekach.  CineArts Thursday, July 26 8:20 PM; Albany Twin Friday, July 27 8:45 PM; Castro Sunday, July 29 12:45 PM; Smith Rafael Friday, August 3 4:00 PM.  LA DOULEUR (Memoir of War), BAY AREA PREMIERE, Emmanuel Finkiel, Switzerland, France, Belgium, 2017, 127 minutes.  French w/ English Subtitles.  In Nazi-occupied Paris, the young writer Marguerite Duras strikes up a delicate, high stakes entanglement with a Vichy collaborator named Rabier, who promises preferential treatment for her imprisoned husband in exchange for her attention and collaboration. As the drumbeat of arrests of Jews and political dissidents continues, the now-celebrated experimental author is wracked with fear for her husband and the friends and anti-Nazi activists whose identities Rabier pressures her to reveal. —Ilana Sichel.  Castro Friday, July 20 8:55 PM; Albany Twin Thursday, August 2 8:15 PM; Smith Rafael Friday, August 3 1:20 PM.  https://jfi.org/sfjff-2018 for all details. Through August 5, 2018. 

SUBTLE SUBVERSION: THE FILMS OF ALAIN TANNER  at Pacific Film Archive.  Champion of dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, the Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner is “among the last lions of the heroic age of the European art film” (Metrograph). Contemporary of the French New Wave and involved in England’s Free Cinema group while living in London, Tanner collaborated with the celebrated author/critic John Berger on a loose trilogy of films—La salamandre (1971), The Middle of the World (1974), and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)—that helped put Swiss cinema on the map. These films launched a body of work that combined social engagement and political critique with, wonders of wonders, a touch of humanity. As Dave Kehr wrote, they brought “thinking and caring together again.”  https://bampfa.org/program/subtle-subversion-films-alain-tanner for details.  July 26-August 19, 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 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

August 8-September 15, 2018. UNDERPINNINGS. Paintings by ANNE SUBERCASEAUX. Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA. http://www.annesubercaseaux.com for details.

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 August 31, 2018.  CECILE CHALOUNI.  Photography and mixed media exhibited at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or  www.afsf.com 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. 

Through April 7, 2019.  FANS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.  Fans have served as accessories of fashion and utility since antiquity but reached their peak production and use in eighteenth-century Europe. Made from and embellished by precious materials such as ivory, mother-of-pearl, and silver and gold leaf, eighteenth-century fans also featured designs that reflected the spirit of their times. Fans addressed current events as well as themes of broad interest, including biblical and mythological tales and romanticized domestic and pastoral vignettes. Fans of the Eighteenth Century explores this quintessential period of fan production through a selection of examples from the permanent collection.  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.  https://sfarts.org/event.cfm?Event_Num=74845 for details.

Ongoing. JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed LA ROSE DES VENTS at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers.  http://conservatoryofflowers.org/ for details.   He has also installed PEONY, THE KNOT OF SHAME at 836M Gallery in San Francisco.  http://www.7x7.com/jean-michel-othoniel-installs-la-rose-des-vents-sculpture-at-sfs-conse-1787239407.html for more information.

Ongoing.  FRENCH ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed two major works.  La Rose des Vents at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and  Peony, The Knot of Shame at 836M Gallery.  Conservatory of Flowers; 836M Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  http://www.836m.org/artists/jean-michel-othoniel/

On-going.  WORKS BY JEAN-MARC BRUGEILLES.  The French artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles is now being represented in San Francisco by Mishin Fine Art on Sutter St. in downtown San Francisco . The Gallery will be hosting a opening reception that is open to the public to present his collection of magnificent paintings.  The opening is Friday May 17th from 5PM  to 9 PM in the gallery. Jean-Marc will be in attendance and he has created special pastels for all who purchase paintings.  Mishin Fine Arts 445a Sutter St.   (btw Powell & Stockton) San Francisco, CA. 94108 415 391-6100 www.mishingallery.com . For more information:  415 637-3145  or www.brugeilles.com    Youtube: http://youtu.be/_4cTu2k79f4 

On-going.  MONIKA STEINER, beloved Bay Area-based Swiss painter is currently exhibiting paintings and small-format sculpture at the new, second location of the Geras-Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco.   Geras-Tousignant Gallery 437 Pacific Ave  San Francisco 415.986.1647.  geratousignant@gmail.com 

On-going. WHY NOT MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL? FRENCH TRAVEL POSTERS, 1945-1949, presented by the Nevada State Museum. French travel posters given to Nevada in 1949 in gratitude for American support following World War II will make their debut at the Nevada State Museum beginning May 23. Commissioned and printed by the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French National Railways, the 21 posters depict stunning French landscapes, historical provinces and cultural regions. Why Not Make it Beautiful? French Travel Posters 1945-1949 features artwork carried aboard the Merci Boxcar, or Gratitude Train, in February of 1949. Research indicates that all states received a set of posters, yet only three appear to have retained possession of their collection, and Nevada will be the only state to exhibit them. Staff from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Archives restored the posters for the exhibit generously sponsored by Hazel Woodgate and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation. In 1947 the American people collected 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing and fuel to help the people of France who were struggling desperately to recover from World War II. This "Friendship Train" stopped in Reno to collect the food gathered from all across the state of Nevada. In 1949 the French people collected a trainload of gifts for the Americans, filling 49 boxcars with tokens and treasures from the French provinces, one for each state and one to be shared between Hawaii and Washington D.C. The existence of these trains, and a time when international friendship was on a citizen-to-citizen scale is nearly forgotten. Most Nevadans have little knowledge of this chapter in our history. The notes and the significance of the gifts represent the best of humanity; the kindness that humans can give and share in the face of great suffering, the deep connection possible across cultural and spatial boundaries. Nevada State Museum/Bretzlaff History Resource Center Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Wed. - Sat. by appointment 775/687-4810, x240 or SueAnn.Monteleone@nevadaculture.org or http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=431

On-going.  MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA.  Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF.  415.358.7200 or www.moadsf.org

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going.  SURREALISM:  SELECTIONS FROM THE REVA AND DAVID LOGAN COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.  Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter. Surrealism was as much a literary movement as an artistic one, and it involved an extraordinary number of the leading writers and poets of the day at one time or another. This exhibition brings together the works of some of the finest Surrealist poets and artists, whose collaborations produced both luxurious and outrageous artist’s books.  California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th & Clement, San Francisco http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

On-going. AUGUSTE RODIN COLLECTION. Bronze sculptures, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lomita Dr. & Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://www.museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. A NEW 19TH CENTURY : THE MONDAVI FAMILY GALLERY REINSTALLED. Reconfigured 19th century European and American collections. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.723.4177 or http://museum.stanford.edu for details.

On-going. MODERN EUROPEAN MASTERS, including MATISSE, PICASSO, CHAGALL and more. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post, SF. 415.421.7171 or http://meyerovich.com for details.

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. http://www.patrickamiot-brigittelaurent.com/ for details.

On-going. MATISSE AND BEYOND: THE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE COLLECTION. SF Museum of Modern Art. Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. Exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art including landmark works by MATISSE, BOURGEOIS and others. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. 415.357.4000 or www.sfmoma.org

DOMINIQUE AMENDOLA.  New art website of note (fun to browse): Dominique Amendola is a French born painter who focuses primarily on   landscapes and figures using gorgeously vibrant colors to create scenes of amazing clarity. Her art is figurative yet remains contemporary and spur of the moment. Her paintings depict ordinary day-to-day life of people in snapshots, either in nature or life in a bustling city. http://dominiqueamendola.com

ARTS OF FASHION. Yearly competition brings guest designers from PARIS and BRUXELLES to work with and select prizes for United States fashion students. The grand prizes offered to the US fashion students are internships in high profile fashion design houses as Castelbajac or Anne Valerie Hash or the school of the Chambre syndicale in Paris... Or Brussels for La Cambre or Antwerp for Veronique Branquinho or Vienna for Wendy&Jim... Contact: Nathalie Doucet, President Arts of Fashion Foundation, 635 Tennessee Street Suite # 402, San Francisco CA 94107. Tel 415 252 0734 http://www.af-competition.com or http://www.myspace.com/artsoffashion

FLORENCE DE BRETAGNE. Florence de Bretagne is a French painter and photographer. Her work is full of joy and very colorful. It has always something to do with new life : imaginary plants that are flourishing, blossoms, seeds. It seems that nature is new and beautiful like new-born babies. She took abstract pictures of fruits and vegetables (a very poetic book, "Semence", is still available), she made paintings on trees and imaginary plants, and many others. You can see her work either in the SFMOMA gallery at Fort Mason, or in her atelier (756 Garland Drive in Palo Alto), or else on her website : http://www.florencedebretagne.com

CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE, by ANDREA WEDELL.  Expat Andrea Wedell, originally from the Bay Area and living in France for the past 24 years, would love for you to visit her painting : contemporary landscapes of Southern France. She works with texture and vibrant, bold color that is built up in multiple layers and glazed on. Her landscapes are semi-abstract to abstract poetic interpretations of her environment in Cassis, or bits  and pieces of it as she sees and feels it– from lively, magical gardens with their sweet smells , to turquoise and deep orange underwater scenes, pink and bright white cliffs built up over millions of years, villages that have retained their authentic charm, sparkling ocean and wide expanses of sky. You can see her work virtually on her website :   www.gallerywedell.com If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France. www.gallerywedell.com/blog

CLASSES        

The "Classes" section has been moved (for manageability reasons) to its own separate page. You can access it by going to http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/baflclasses.shtml

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

September 2, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY AND JOHN R. BURR DUO at the SAUSALITO ART FESTIVAL, SAUSALITO.  Tom and John will be playing beautiful music for violin and piano. Artists Stage, Sausalito Art Festival. 1:00-3:00 pm.  Information: www.sausalitoartfestival.org

September 3, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

September 4, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

September 5-30, 2018.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  SHN Orpheum Theatre.  http://shnsf.com for details.

September 6, 2018.  FRENCH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY NETWORKING WITH GENERAL CONSUL OF FRANCE EMMANUEL LEBRUN-DAMIENS.   The Consul General of France, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens and the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, are happy to welcome you at the Residence de France for an elegant Back to School Cocktail with the French-American Business Community on September 6th. Join us and take the opportunity to grow your network, meet with the FACCSF Team and Board Members, and enjoy the beautiful view over San Francisco from the Residence de France. We warmly thank again Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France, for generously hosting us for this special occasion.  6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Residence de France, 100 Edgewood Ave., SF.  Networking cocktail, complimentary appetizers, and beverages will be served.  $15 for members only. www.faccsf.com for details.

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

September 7 or 9, 2018.  L’ATELIER / THE WORKSHOP at SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  On France’s Mediterranean coast, a workshop led by Olivia (Marina Foïs), an author of popular thrillers, gathers six local students of varying backgrounds to communally craft a book suggested by their personal experiences. As outlier Antoine, who hands in increasingly violent texts for writing samples, comes into tense conflict with Olivia and other members of the group, the film uses his feelings of disenfranchisement to explore the fraught divisions in present-day French society. From the Palme d’Or–winning director, Laurent Cantet. (2017, 114 min., in French w/English subtitles).  Friday September 7 at 7:00 and Sunday, September 9 at 4:30.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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 10, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

September 11, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

September 17, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAN FRANCISCO organizes its first CAREER FAIR.  Recruitment in the Bay Area is a key topic! This 1st Career Fair organized by the French American Chamber of Commerce has been created to help companies members of our organization to meet international candidates/ job seekers and give job seekers direct access to HR professionals  Program:  5:00 pm Showcasing: meetings with companies and job seekers; 6:30 pm Panel session with HR professionals : land your dream job in the Bay Area; 7:30 pm Networking Cocktail5 PM to 8:45 PMDocusign,   221 Main St #1000, San Francisco, CA 94105 .  $15 for members; $30 for non-members; $50 for companies (booth).  www.faccsf.com for details.

September 17, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

September 18, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.com for details.

September 20, 2018.  CARA BLACK, author of MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK, participates in COOKS WITH BOOKS.  French-inspired meal at Left Bank in Larkspur while in conversation with Cara Black.  6:30pm.  $100 single; $160 couple.  Event includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.  www.bookpassage.com

September 24, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Mr. Tipples every Monday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! http://mrtipplessf.com for details.

September 25, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover!  www.lecolonialsf.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 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, 2018.  5TH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL MINIFEST.  Esquire Imax Theatre.  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org for details.

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

October 19 or 21, 2018.  UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN at SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  In Algeria, past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, a young woman torn between reason and sentiment, and an ambitious neurologist haunted by wartime wrongdoing. These three interconnected stories beautifully showcase the vastness of the Algerian landscape and examine the collective soul of a nation still reckoning with the consequences of a civil war that engulfed the country throughout the 1990s. Directed by Karim Moussaoui. (2017, 113 min., in Arabic w/English subtitles) Co-Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Sonoma County.  Friday, October 19 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 21 at 4:30.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. 

October 20 & 24, 2018.  MET OPERA’s production of SAINT-SAENSSAMSON ET DALILA.  Live in HD at the Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  415.924.5111 or www.larktheater.net for details.

October 21, 2018.  STEVEN LIN, piano, perfroms works by DEBUSSY and more.  3pm.  $25-$35.  Green Music Center, Weill Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details. 

October 28, 2018.  TE MANA O TE RA presents TAHITIAN DANCE & DRUM at Ashkenaz.  Established in 1997, Te Mana O Te Ra has a mission to share and teach the genres of Tahiti, perpetuating culture in the most authentic way possible and educating not only themselves but many people worldwide. Members of this company have competed far and wide, performed in dance festivals, local activities, and at Golden State Warriors and SF Giants games. The name means "energy of the sun." for the force that provides for us, gives us life, strength and unity-to be family.  Tickets are $12/15 at the door.  Show: 7pm  www.ashkenaz.com or  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethnic-dance-at-ashkenaz-presents-te-mana-o-te-ra-tickets-47878621245

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 1, 2018.  PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD & TAMARA STEFANOVICH, pianos, perform RAVEL, MESSIAEN and more at Cal Performances.  $68-$86.  Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details. 

November 2 or 4, 2018.  EVE’S BAYOU at SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE.  Sex, lies, and voodoo: this scintillating family drama—steeped in Creole folklore, magic, and mysticism—is one of the most distinctive films of the 1990s. “Black female writer-director Kasi Lemmons made her feature directorial debut with this period family drama set in the South. Depicting the African American experience with a female slant, Lemmons shunned the usual urban violence and race issues of Black films for a different approach, a jambalaya of Southern gentility, bayou traditions, and voodoo visions. The Southern Gothic saga pivots around a prosperous Creole family in Louisiana during the year 1962 — as seen through the eyes of intensely curious, precocious, and perceptive ten-year-old Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett).” — Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University With Samuel Jackson and Lynn Whitfield. (1997, 109 min.) Sonoma State University Professor of American Multi-Cultural Studies, Dr. Christina Baker-Foley will introduce the film, and sign copies of her book Contemporary Black Women Filmmakers and the Art of Resistance ON SUNDAY ONLY.  Friday, November 2 at 7:00 and Sunday, November 4 at 4:30.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. 

November 3, 2018.  THE ROUTES OF SLAVERY, directed by JORDI SAVALL, with music from MALI, MADAGASCAR, MOROCCO, EUROPE, WEST AFRICA and more.  $56-$96.  8pm.  Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org for details.

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 16-17, 2018.  COMPAGNIE KAFIG presents PIXEL.  Brazilian urban dance in collaboration with French digital production studio ADRIEN M & CLAIRE B.  Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.  8pm.  $36-$68.  www.calperformances.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.

November 30 or December 2, 2018.  THE BEACHES OF AGNES at SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE. “Starting alone on a beach, the eighty-year-old director Agnès Varda prepares for the serious play and heartfelt whimsy of this filmed autobiography, from 2008. When, moments later, under her exacting direction, her crew sets up a rickety array of antique mirrors on that beach, she establishes her retrospective view as a truth that’s inseparable from the fictions of her imagination. Though Varda offers a more or less chronological tour of the sites (in France and elsewhere) and the sights (her movies, photographs, and art projects) of her life, her main order of business is love. In clever, freely associative set pieces, she sparks encounters with family members and longunseen friends who guide her spoken reminiscences. The emotional core of the film is Varda’s life with her husband, the director Jacques Demy (who died in 1990), who, even now, continues to inspire her. Uninhibited about sex, generous in her affections, worldly-wise, blending tender recollections with self-deprecating antics, Varda, free from fear and shame, turns her tale of a life lived in art into a work of art in its own right, and one of her best—a rapturous tribute to life itself.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker (110 min, in French w/English subtitles)  Friday, November 30 at 7:00 and Sunday, December 2 at 4:30.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details. 

November 30-December 2, 2018.  CAPPELLA SF presents NEITHER FROM  HEAVEN NOR FROM EARTH:  WORKS OF SCHUTZ, JOSQUIN, COUPERIN AND ALLEGRI.  Cappella SF has taken the choral world by storm in just four years, acclaimed both at home and abroad. “Neither from Heaven nor from Earth” sweeps the listener post tenebras lux, from darkness before Advent, embodied by Josquin’s Miserere, through Allegri and Couperin, to the light of Christmas with Schütz’s great Exequien and Magnificat. Bohlin’s roots in the Swedish Radio Choir and the San Francisco Symphony imbue the Cappella SF sound with amber luster, clarity and magical artistry.  CAPPELLA SF: Ragnar Bohlin, Director.  11/30, 8pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto; 12/1, 7:30pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley; 12/2, 4pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco$45 (Individual tickets go on sale August 13th); $12 *students under age 30 with ID; *Available only at the box office.  www.sfems.org

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.

January 12 & 16, 2019.  MET OPERA’s production of CILEA’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR.  Live in HD at the Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  415.924.5111 or www.larktheater.net for details.

February 1, 2019.  YEFIM BRONFMAN,piano, performs music by DEBUSSY and others.  Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall.  8pm.  $68-$86.  www.calperformances.org for details.

February 2 & 6, 2019.  MET OPERA’s production of BIZET’S CARMEN  Live in HD at the Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  415.924.5111 or www.larktheater.net 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 8-10, 2019.  CUT CIRCLE presents TO LOVE ANOTHER – SACRED AND SECULAR MUSIC FROM THE LATE 15TH AND EARLY 16TH CENTURIES.  “To love another—would humiliate my heart,” sings the devoted lover in Johannes Ockeghem’s famous “D’ung aultre amer,” evoking the power of love to captivate, nourish, and, on occasion, destroy. Love can be earthly and sensual; it can also be spiritual and divine, as when a Biblical figure is cast as the object of desire. “To Love Another…” will feature music of both romantic and spiritual intensity by Du Fay, Ockeghem, Josquin, and their contemporaries.  CUT CIRCLE: Jesse Rodin, Director; Jonas Budris, Carolann Buff, Bradford Gleim, Lawrence Jones, Clare McNamara, Steven Soph, Sumner Thompson, Paul Max Tipton.  2/8, 8pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley; 2/9, 4pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco; 2/10, 2:30pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, Palo Alto.  $45 (Individual tickets go on sale August 13th); $12 *students under age 30 with ID; *Available only at the box office.  www.sfems.org for details.

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

February 22-24, 2019.  LES SEPT DOIGTS DE LA MAIN performs REVERSIBLE at Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall. Afternoon and evening performances.  $30-$68.  www.calperformances.org for details.

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

March 2 & 6, 2019.  MET OPERA’s production of DONIZETTI’s LA FILLE DU REGIMENT.  Live in HD at the Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  415.924.5111 or www.larktheater.net 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.

April 5, 2019.  TALLIS SCHOLARS perform the works of JOSQUIN and others.  7:30pm.  $25-$55.  Green Music Center, Weill Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

April 8, 2019.  CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE OXFORD sings music by JOSQUIN DES PREZ and others.  A program featuring some of the greatest setting commemorative music from the Renaissance, including works of Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Josquin des Prez, Francisco Guerrero, Walter Lamb, Nicholas Ludford, John Taverner, John Sheppard, and Thomas Tallis.  CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE OXFORD: Robert Quinney, Director8pm.  Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco.  $56/48/40 (Individual tickets go on sale August 13th)
$12 *students under age 30 with ID.  *Available only at the box office.
  www.sfems.org for details.

April 26, 2019.  GIL SHAHAM, violin, and AKIRA EGUCHI, piano, perform works by SAINT-SAENS and more.  7:30pm.  $35-$85.  Green Music Center, Weill Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.  http://gmc.sonoma.edu for details.

April 26-28, 2019.  THEATRE NATIONAL DE BRETAGNE presents JULIUS CAESAR at Cal Performances.  Zellerbach Hall.  $30-$98.  www.calperformances.org for details.

May 5, 2019.  MICHAEL BARENBOIM, violin, performs BOULEZ and more.  Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances.  3pm.  $46.  www.calperformances.org for details.

May 11 & 15, 2019.  MET OPERA’s production of POULENC’s DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES.  Live in HD at the Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.  415.924.5111 or www.larktheater.net 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 5-16, 2019.  CUTTING BALL THEATER presents THE BALD SOPRANO by EUGENE IONESCO.  Trans. Rob Melrose.  Deliciously zany, absolutely absurd.  The play that breaks all the rules is back! In celebration of its twenty years, Cutting Ball is reprising its hit 2008 production of The Bald Soprano, Ionesco's quintessential absurdist masterpiece where chaos cheerfully reigns over logic. Founders Rob Melrose and Paige Rogers collaborate, as director and actor (respectively), to refresh this raucous and beloved past production for Cutting Ball's banner year.  http://cuttingball.com/2018-2019-season-landing/ for details.

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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