September 20-28, 2018

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September Events

September 20, 2018.  COOKS WITH BOOKS features CARA BLACK’s MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK.  Come to join in the fun at Left Bank Restaurant! There are only a few tickets left.  What better way to solve a murder mystery on the Left Bank than to be at the Left Bank? Join us for a fun evening with fellow sleuths and foodies for a French-inspired meal and discussion with Cara Black, author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling detective series set in Paris.  Murder on the Left Bank is a beautifully crafted page-turner that has all of Black’s trademark ingredients including suspenseful plotting, sharp dialogue, and colorful sights and smells of Paris. Readers will visit an ancient royal tapestry factory, art galleries, pungent cafes, and lesser known parts of Paris—all on a pink Vespa. 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.  Registration:

September 20, 2018.  PROFESSOR LYDIE MOUDILENO, Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC, presents BARTHES’ BLACK SOLDIER.  5pm.  UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library). 

September 20, 2018.  CLUB DE LECTURE DE MENLO PARK, organized by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Nous nous réunirons jeudi 20 septembre, 19h, à Alto International School, 475 Pope Street, Menlo Park.  Nous discuterons le roman La Vie mode d'emploi de Georges Perec publié en 1978 et ayant obtenu le prix Médicis la même année. C'est une œuvre dont la rédaction s'étend sur une dizaine d'années.  Le roman retrace la vie d'un immeuble situé dans le 17e arrondissement de Paris, entre 1875 et 1975. Il évoque ses habitants, les objets qui y reposent et les histoires qui directement ou indirectement l'ont animé. Comédie humaine où les destins entrecroisés se répondent.  La Vie mode d'emploi est une entreprise autobiographique, lourde des drames qui ont marqué la vie de Perec, pleine de souvenirs, parfois anodins, et où « l'amitié, l'histoire et la littérature » affleurent à chaque page. for details.

September 20 or 22, 2018.  “PARIS, JE T’AIME”: A CZECH ARTIST IN THE CITY OF LIGHT.  Cette conférence, abondamment illustrée, sera présentée trois fois par RENEE MOREL, en français, bien sûr. Une heure et demie, $25 (niveau intermédiaire et avancé). Born in Bohemia, the painter Tavík František Šimon (1877-1942) lived in Paris for ten years prior to the outbreak of WWI. As a young artist, he was awarded travel grants that allowed him to visit the City of Light. After settling there, he soon attracted the interest of Georges Petit, the owner of a prestigious art gallery. A painter by training, Šimon nevertheless specialized in graphic work: etchings, engravings, and mostly aquatints. Through his exquisitely colored prints—the poetic Paysages de Paris series—rich in perceptive details, revisit the City of yesteryear, with its bateaux-lavoirs, its vanished passerelle de l’Estacade or old Halles, the picturesque scenes he loved: gardens, squares, parks, narrow streets, quaint shops, and bright boulevards. Original and fresh in its vision, his artwork sold briskly and is still avidly sought after by collectors nowadays.  $25.  The same “PARIS, JE T’AIME”: A CZECH ARTIST IN THE CITY OF LIGHT conference will be offered on these three dates:  9/18, 6pm-7:30pm; 9/20, 10:30am-12 noon; 9/22, 10:30am-12 noon.  The French Class, 500 Sutter, Suite 310, or 415.362.3666.

September 21, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY presents CONVERSATION AVEC NICOLE.  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)!  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Free potluck event; no rsvp required. for details. 

September 21, 2018.  AATF-NORCAL invites French teachers to MOODS WINE BAR.Nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre à Moods Wine Bar vendredi, 21 septembre de 17h à 20h pour un "happy hour" avec d'autres professeurs de français de l'AATF NorCal. Nous vous proposerons quelques amuse-bouche et vous pourrez acheter vos boissons. Nous espérons que ce sera une bonne occasion pour connaître vos collègues de la région !  Veuillez nous indiquer si vous serez parmi nous en répondant OUI sur notre Evite:

September 21, 2018. LA DANSE:  THE PARIS OPERA BALLET. Frederick Wiseman, 2009.  Wiseman “haunts the stairways, rehearsal rooms, and watery subterranean corridors of the Palais Garnier. . . . It’s a joyous experience to see an institution in full flower” (New Yorker).  3:30pm.  Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley. for details.

September 21-23.  RANSAMBLE!  HAITIAN ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL.  Bay Area! GET READY!  RASANBLE: Haitian Arts & Culture Festival is coming!  Since 2008, RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival has presented 3 days of immersion in spirited conversations, dynamic technique analysis, live performance and community exchange with traditional artists celebrating Haitian Culture.It all goes down September 21-23!  Schedule to be posted soon at:*  This project is supported in part by Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), Eastside Arts Alliance & Cultural Center, Akonadi Foundation, Dimensions Dance Theater and Rara Tou Limen.

September 22, 2018.  FRENCH THROUGH CUISINE.  Bonjour les francophones/ francophiles! Don't miss a wonderful opportunity to learn new cooking techniques, share some delicious French dishes, and sample local wine, all while perfecting your French. I'm a former pastry chef and current French teacher and I offer cooking classes in my home to those who have an interest in food and speak at least some basic French. No stress, just fun, enlightening and tasty! My next class will be Saturday, September 22 from 2 to 5 and will feature provençal appetizers. Contact me if you're interested and help me spread the word. Merci!   Julia Fornage  - .

September 22, 2018.  FRENCH FAIR 2018.  The 13th French Fair will take place in Palo Alto at the Lucie Stern Community Center (1305 Middlefield Road).  10am-6pm.  Adult 18+ $3 / Children Free.  Tickets will also be available at the door. Cash only.To buy your ticket:

September 22, 2018.  ALGERIAN SWEET TREATS WITH NORA TAKOUAT.  Learn how to make a hand-shaped sweet Algerian dessert called khamsa bniwen, which includes chocolate, nuts and honey.  4pm.  Free.  San Francisco Public Library, Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., SF. for details.

September 23, 2018.  TEMESCAL QUARTET performs works by FAURE and more.  2pm.  San Francisco Mint, 88 5th St., SF. for details.

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

September 24-30, 2018.  LEONORA MIANO on tour in San Francisco, Oakland & Seattle.  Léonora Miano has written fourteen books, including Contours du jour qui vient, which was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2006. Upon its release in France in 2013, the book Season of the Shadow won the prestigious Fémina prize and the Grand prix du roman metis. Miano will be on tour in San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle from Sept 24 to Sept 30.

September 25, 2018.  MADEMOISELLE C, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. for details.


September 25, 2018.  LE JAZZ HOT TRIO plays at Le Colonial every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.  No cover! for details.

September 25, 2018  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Ashkenaz.  He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Cheryl McBride; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.

September 25, 27 or 29, 2018.  LIFE AND LEISURE UNDER THE EMPIRE AND THE RESTORATION.  Cette conférence, abondamment illustrée, sera présentée trois fois par Renée Morel, en français, bien sûr. Une heure et demie, $25 (niveau intermédiaire et avancé).  After the excesses of the Revolution and its assault of large-scale heroic images, the engaging or satirical tableaux of Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) chronicled the lives of ordinary people at the time of the Empire and the Restoration. This prolific painter, draftsman, miniaturist and engraver from Northern France moved to Paris after completing his training. His popular scenes of middle-class life were exhibited at the Salon at the time of the French Revolution. Later condemned for immorality because of the erotic undertones of some of his images, Boilly was saved from the guillotine only by the discovery of patriotic compositions like hisTriumph of Marat. His small-scale paintings with their meticulous details and refined colors recall the work of Dutch genre painters of the 17th century.  A keen observer of human behavior, Boilly excelled at showing attitudes and expressions in his public scenes. His witty vignettes bring forth the charm, excitement or danger of urban living: family outings at the fashionable Jardin turc, soldiers playing pools in cafés, bourgeois parading at the Salon, the arrival of a stagecoach at the Paris Messageries, mountebanks at street shows and Palais-Royal prostitutes... A real treat for lovers of both Histoire and petite histoire!  Offered three times:  9/25, 6pm-7:30pm; 9/27, 10:30am-12 noon; 9/29, 10:30am-12 noon.  The French Class, 500  Sutter St., Suite 310, SF.  415.362.3666 or

September 26, 2018.  ATELIER PATISSERIE.  10AM-12PM.  With Chef Guillemette B-E in Almaden, San Jose.  The theme:  lemon meringue pie.  The discussion:  The Restaurant – Tradition & history. for details.

September 26 or 29, 2018.  LES IMPRESSIONISTES AT THE LEGION OF HONOR.   Field trip in French.  A tour in French offered by LAURENCE DELAHAYE.  This field trip is limited to 7 participants. Please call in advance to reserve your place.  This is a great opportunity to talk, in French, about famous Impressionism work and to practice your French in a beautiful setting.  This trip is best for levels 5 to 8.  $25, museum entrance included.  Field trip offered twice:  9/26, 12:30pm-2pm or 9/29, 11:30am-1pm.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance:  415.362.3666.

September 27, 2018.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 27 septembre à 15 heures au Boulanger de Los Gatos pour discuter le roman de Pierre Miquel “Le magasin de chapeaux” -1992- L’auteur est historien de grand renom, homme de radio et de télévision, professeur à la Sorbonne.  Il prouve que derrière la grande Histoire s’en cache une autre : celle des êtres humains pris au piège d’une tourmente qu’ils affrontent au jour le jour. L’action du roman se déroule à Paris pendant l’hiver 1944. Un jeune juif-allemand et une jeune Marocaine s’aiment passionnément et se cachent dans un magasin de chapeaux pour échapper à ceux qui les traquent.  Pour plus d'information,

September 28, 2018.  L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT @ 100, with Sean Jones & Regina Carter.  Herbst Theater, SF.  Part of San Francisco Performances Fall Gala.  415.677.0326 or 415.392.2545 or go to for details.

September 28, 2018.  ORELSAN plays at The Independent. for details.

September 29, 2018.  AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS’ 16th Annual Gala Auction, CELEBRATING THE COURT OF LOUIS XIV AND THE MUSIC OF FRANCE and honoring the first three decades of Jeffrey Thomas’s artistic Leatership.  Artistic Director Jeffrey Thomas, Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter, and the Musicians, Board, and Staff of American Bach Soloists invite you to join them for an illuminating San Francisco evening.  Cocktails, concert, auction.  Concert includes JACQUES AUBERT LE VIEU  (1689-1753) Concert de Simphonies, Suite No. 2 in D Major, Op. 9, FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (1668-1733), Deuxième Concert Royaux in D Major, JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764), L'impatience, and JEAN-FERY REBEL (1666–1747), Les Caractères de la Danse.

Through September 30, 2018.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  SHN Orpheum Theatre. for details.

September 30, 2018.  CORO CICONIA – DAMNING WITH FEINTS AND PRAISE.  An Exploration of (mostly) secular works—his last four motets and three chansons from Rémède de Fortune—of the great French poet GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT (ca. 1300–1377), plus four great works of our namesake Johannes Ciconia, and two one-hit wonders: the I senti of Jacopo, and Andrieu’s déploration of Machaut.  CORO CICONIA, a medieval chamber choir: Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen Wolfe-Visnick, Asher Davison, Director.

September 30, 2018.  SOIREE DU VIN WINE AUCTION organized by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE LA SILICON VALLEY.  Fremont Hills Country Club.  Wine tastings, dinner, live auction.  Sept producteurs de vins, un dîner “gourmet”, 150 convives et une bonne cause. La prochaine “Soirée du vin”, treizième du nom, aura lieu le dimanche 30 septembre au Fremont Hills Country Club.  Organisée par l’ISTP (International School of the Peninsula), cet événement servira à récolter de l’argent pour l’école internationale ainsi que la Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, un fonds qui vient en aide aux personnes et entreprises affectées par les incendies de l’an dernier.  Enjoy an evening of fine wine, a wine-paired gourmet dinner, and a lively auction. Seven vintners will personally pour some of their best wines for all guests attending the event.  10% of this year’s net proceeds will aid in the relief of the Napa Fires via the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. for details.

September 30, 2018. FRIENDS OF EUROPE MINGLE WITH JAZZ (SF). Meet and mingle with European expats and other internationally-minded people over drinks at the venue's "Jazz Sunday”. 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 for more details and to RSVP.

Through November 28, 2018.  PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE presents ALTERNATIVE VISIONS 2018.  Avant-garde showcase with films from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, including GEORGES MELIES

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You will find here below details on special screenings and films playing locally.
All titles are listed in alphabetical order.

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ALTERNATIVE VISIONS 2018 at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Avant-garde showcase with films from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, including GEORGES MELIES September 5-November 28, 2018.

THE APPARITION, a new French drama from acclaimed director Xavier Giannoli that is both a journalistic investigation of a supernatural event and a meditation on the mysteries of faith in the modern world.  Jacques (Vincent Lindon), a top French journalist, is recruited by the Vatican to investigate a young woman’s supernatural vision of the Virgin Mary in this thought-provoking mystery from MARGUERITE director Xavier Giannoli.  THE APPARITION opens in San Francisco on September 7th, 2018 at Landmark Theaters. Now playing.

MADEMOISELLE C, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. for details. September 25, 2018. 

THE SISTERS BROTHERS, director JACQUES AUDIARD’s English-language debut film. Opening this fall.  

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 :


Now at the French Consulate:  DANCING IN THE CITY, works by photographer MAUD DAUJEAN.  [Please send more details!]

Through September 30, 2018.  ELSA LEYDIER presents LIKE A THUNDERSTORM OVER A LANDSCAPE at Artists Television Access. Elsa Leydier's exhibition Like a Thunderstorm Over a Landscape is an exploration of the San Francisco Bay Area's visual representations: from the scenes we document and transmit, to others which we’d prefer not to show. Here, Leydier undermines touristic perspectives and postcard-like views, while unveiling and enhancing the stories, people, and places often overlooked in a city's dominant narrative. This work is an invitation to find new and different ways of looking at place, and to resist the poverty of imposed representations.  Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Through October 6, 2018.  THALIA STRATTON’s work is exhibited at ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1345 Bush St., SF. for details.

Beginning October 10, 2018.  AFTER TOMORROW #2:  STITCHING AND WEAVING IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  The exhibition will look at the many unexplored relationships between craft and technology and show, through the work of a group of artists, how contemporary art practice has seamlessly embraced both. Many artists employing technology are wanting to strip away the “techy” aspect of  their work and return to the “hands-on” approach and feel,o while weavers are fascinated by the idea of incorporating tech into their craft practice. 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, for details.

November 17, 2018-February 18, 2019.  BRASSAI at SFMOMA.  Best known for his provocative and enigmatic images of Parisian life between the two world wars, the photographer Brassaï (born Gyula Halász) is one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century photography. Called “the eye of Paris” by his friend Henry Miller, Brassaï’s work both celebrates and reveals the complexities and hidden sides of French society and culture.  This thematic survey of his career focuses on his celebrated depictions of 1930s Paris, where he photographed lovers, prostitutes, workers, and gatherings in cafés, bars, and dance halls with an intimate candor that’s still striking today. The exhibition also includes powerful portraits of his artist friends—Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Henri Matisse, among others—and the city’s creative avant-garde. Brassaï brings together outstanding prints of the artist’s best work along with many never-before-seen photographs.

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

Through December 16, 2018.  OLD MASTERS IN A NEW LIGHT:  REDISCOVERING THE EUROPEAN COLLECTION.  Since 1872, the University of California, Berkeley has been collecting works by European artists, building a collection that includes many rare and exceptional works distinguished by artistic innovation, emotional and psychological depth, and technical virtuosity. Consisting mostly of gifts from professors, alumni, and other supporters, the collection continues to evolve, representing artistic influences and connections among many European countries, from the fourteenth century to the dawn of the modern era.  Recently, BAMPFA has worked with scholars and experts from around the world to determine more accurate attributions for a number of these works, a process that has resulted, in one instance, in the discovery that a work by a previously unidentified artist is actually a significant painting by the fourteenth-century Venetian master Paolo Veneziano. We have also undertaken efforts to clean, conserve, and reframe numerous paintings representing the breadth and quality of the collection. This exhibition is the culmination of these efforts—presenting our Old Master collection in “a new light” for your appreciation.

Through January 6, 2019.  NEW WORK: ETEL ADNAN.  Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1925, visual artist, poet, and essayist Etel Adnan writes what must be communicated through language, and paints what cannot. While her earliest paintings favored pure abstraction, she is perhaps best known for her landscape works inspired by her long obsession with Mount Tamalpais. Adnan’s recent works once again return to abstraction, most specifically, color and its possibilities. A student of philosophy, Adnan came to Berkeley in 1955. As an active participant in Ann O’Hanlon’s Perception Workshops in Mill Valley in the 1960s, she developed her practice in dialogue with poets, experimental musicians, playwrights, and SFMOMA, at its original location in the War Memorial Veteran’s Building. Though she now resides in Paris, the Bay Area remained her home for more than fifty years, and was long the impetus behind her work. New Work: Etel Adnan presents new paintings and tapestries in SFMOMA’s first presentation of the artist’s work. 

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

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

Ongoing. JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL has installed LA ROSE DES VENTS at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers. for details.   He has also installed PEONY, THE KNOT OF SHAME at 836M Gallery in San Francisco. 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.

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 . For more information:  415 637-3145  or    Youtube: 

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. 

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 or

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

On-going.  EXPANDING VIEWS OF AFRICA.  Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive, Stanford University.  650.723.4177 or 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

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 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 for details.

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

On-going. FOLK ART by French Canadian artists PATRICK AMIOT & BRIGITTE LAURENT. Outdoor exhibits on-going on Florence St. in Sebastopol. 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

ANGELINA MAIA.  Connaissez -vous les sculptures en carton d’Angélina? Explorez sa fabuleuse galerie, ci-dessous ma sculpture préférée - et oui croyez moi c’est une robe en carton !-  Angélina Maia est née à Nantes, en France et vit au Portugal depuis plus de 20 ans. Elle a exercé avec succès dans le domaine commercial pendant des années et se découvre une passion pour le carton en 2011.  Après plusieurs expositions au Portugal, elle participe au Salon Art Shopping du Louvre à Paris en octobre 2016. Cette expérience positive lui ouvre de nouvelles portes. En 2017, elle expose ses sculptures dans de nombreuses expositions comme  Art3F Paris, Art3F Nantes, Artexpo New York, Art Shopping Paris, Arts Atlantic La Rochelle etc…  N’hesitez pas à la contacter si vous êtes intéressé pour une Première et Unique exposition en Californie en mentionnant :  Référence  : “Chantal Da Rosa “

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.

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 or

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 :

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 : If you sign up on the blog, you will receive monthly posts, a journal of art and life in the South of France.


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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. for details.

October 2, 2018.  LA TRAJECTOIRE DU HOMARD will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  $5, with one glass of wine. for details.

October 3, 2018.  SIMON ROGGHE & MARGOT SZARKE present WORKS IN PROGRESS.  UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library).  5pm.

October 4-14, 2018.  MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL, featuring many French, francophone, and French-related films, including:  DOUBLES VIES (NON-FICTION), dir. Olivier Assayas; VENT DU NORD, dir. Walid Mattar; SOFIA, dir. Meryem Benm'Barek; IL SE PASSE QUELQUE CHOSE (SOMETHING IS HAPPENING), dir. Anne Alix; TRANSIT, dir. Christian Petzold; THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES, dir. Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert; EFFORTLESS FRENCH, dir. Xavier Sayanoff & Vincent Gonon; MARIA BY CALLAS dir. Tom Volf; COLD WAR, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski; and the shorts, FREAKS OF NURTURE, dir. Alexandra Lemay (Canada), THE LAW OF AVERAGES, dir. Elizabeth Rose (Canada); HEADS OR TAILS, dir. Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas; and THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS:  FROM HANOI TO PARIS, dir. Will Parrinello et al.. Various venues; see website for details. for details.

October 5-7, 2018.  A TABLE CHEZ NOUS presents fine PROVENÇAL FRENCH LINENS in the gift building at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma County Fairgounds.  For information see  the followingn websites, or the Harvest Fair website,

October 5-December 8, 2018.  SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO presents RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS CREATION.  Amid critical press reports, public hearings, and internal protests at tech companies, Silicon Valley has entered a new era of societal responsibility. Yet, how can we put fundamental values and rights at the core of technology and foster responsible innovation?  This fall, swissnex invites you to take an “ethical pause” to consider the implications of science and technology in the public sphere. Titled swissnex Salon, our two-month series of activities envisions a shift from the dominant view of innovation as a means to create economic value, towards a source of societal value.  The program of events, workshops, and residencies at Pier 17 takes inspiration from the preamble  of the Swiss Constitution, more specifically from five values articulated in its text related to: openness, diversity, well-being, freedom, and responsibility towards future generations.The values are intended as a starting point for an open dialogue bridging Switzerland and Silicon Valley: a collaborative platform that includes multiple perspectives, provides a critical lens on possible emergent futures, and explores responsibility for the benefit of all.  Stay tuned for program updates!

October 7, 2018.  34EME TOURNOI DE PETANQUE.  Justin Herman Plaza Bocce Courts, 1pm. for details.

October 7, 2018.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS / TWO GYPSY KISSES plays at Redwood Café, Cotati.  2pm-4pm. 

October 9, 2018.  CONTES DE JUILLET screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  415.775.7755 or 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.

October 11, 2018.  JOHN BRISCOE talks about CRUSH.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  7pm.

October 11-14, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILM FESTIVAL.  Various venues in San Francisco. for details. 

October 12, 2018.  MENO-POSITIVONS by CHARLOTTE ATTRY.  Dans une société où la jeunesse est reine et toujours davantage valorisée, la ménopause est une étape sensible parfois mal vécue. Signe du temps qui passe et d’un corps qui évolue, elle a très mauvaise presse auprès des femmes comme de leur entourage.  19h.  Alliance Française de Berkeley.  RSVP; seating limited.  Free for members; $15 for non-members.

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. for details.

October 14, 2018.  THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL presents the MINIFEST ON A MAXI SCREEN.    Esquire Imax Theatre.  The Sacramento French Film Festival is not just in June anymore!  Since 2014, the SFFF also presents a fall event, the MiniFest, a miniature version of our main festival, held over one day only.  In 2018, the MiniFest moves to the Esquire IMAX Theatre, for a full day of fresh French flicks on a giant screen!  Brand new French features preceded by short films; post-screening discussions; English subtitles.  1211 K. St., Sacramento.  Day pass and single tickets available.  Advance sales will be available online and at the Esquire IMAX Box Office.   Single Tickets and Day Passes will be available for sale at the door.

October 14-20, 2018.  A WEEK IN PARIS WITH CARA BLACK.  For details, go to

October 16, 2018.  68, MON PERE ET LES CLOUS screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  415.775.7755 or for details. 

October 17, 2018.  EDOUARD LOUIS, author of EN FINIR AVEC EDDY BELLEGUEULE, presents a reading and conversation. 5pm.  UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library). 

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. 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 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. for details. 

October 22, 2018.  GEROME TRUC of the CNRS, author of Shell Shocked:  The Social Response to Terrorist Attacks, presents a lecture at UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library).  Time TBA.

October 23, 2018.  NAUFRAGE VOLONTAIRE screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  415.775.7755 or for details. 

October 24, 2018.  TY BLAKENEY presents WORKS IN PROGRESS.  UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library).  5pm.

October 27, 2018.  THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, silent film classic, at Grace Cathedral.  8pm.  With Dorothy Papadakos, organ. 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 or

October 30, 2018.  CORALINE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. for details.

October 30, 2018.  FRONTIER(S) screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  415.775.7755 or for details

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

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

November 1, 2018.  DR. WILLIAM (BRO) ADAMS presents THE WONDER OF THE WORLD:  MERLEAU-PONTY, CEZANNE, AND THE MEANING OF PAINTING.  5pm.  UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library).

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

November 2 & 9, 2018.  CHASING COLOR AND LIGHT IN PROVENCE AND THE RIVIERA, a two-part presentation by KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75. for details.

November 2-23, 2018.  JEAN VIGO REGAINED at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Jean Vigo was twelve when his father, Miguel Almereyda, a left-wing journalist, died in prison. Inheriting his father’s anarchic spirit, Vigo selected cinema as his means for pointed, poetic social critique. The resourceful, playful, and spontaneous Vigo joined forces with cinematographer Boris Kaufman to realize his innovative vision. Kaufman commented, “He used everything around him: the sun, the moon, snow, night. Instead of fighting unfavorable conditions, he made them play a part.” But Vigo’s exceptional films proved too radical for his time. His first fiction film, Zero for Conduct, was censored and not shown publicly until 1945, and Vigo succumbed to tuberculosis shortly after his exquisite love story L’Atalante was re-edited, retitled, and encumbered with a new soundtrack in an attempt to make it more marketable. The persistence of Vigo’s legacy, despite the suppression and mutilation of his works, is a testament to the genius of these films, which presaged the poetic realism of the 1930s and Italian neorealism of the 1940s and inspired the French New Wave.

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. 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. for details.

November 6, 2018.  ERIC VUILLARD, author of L’ORDRE DU JOUR (Prix Goncourt 2017) presents a lunch time talk at UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library).  Noon.

November 7, 2018.  ELYSE RITCHEY presents WORKS IN PROGRESS.  UC Berkeley, 4229 Dwinelle Hall (French Library).  5pm.

November 10, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the State Theatre, Auburn.  One of our favorite venues--great seating, sound, and lights!  985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. 7:30 pm.  Information and advance tickets:

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. for details.

November 16 & 30, 2018.  MASTERPIECES OF EUROPEAN ART IN THE LEGION OF HONOR, a two-part presentation by KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75. for details.

November 20, 2018.  TERRENCE GELENTER speaks at MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 57 Post St., SF.  Free.  Reservation Required.  415.393.0102.

November 20, 2018.  OSS 117:  LE CAIRE, NID D’ESPIONS.  screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. for details.

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

November 27, 2018.  ALCESTE A BICYCLETTE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. for details.

November 27, 2018  TERRENCE GELENTER speaks at Left Bank Bistro in Larkspur.  Wine & hors d’oeuvre.  Limited Seating; book now.  Mail check, $35 to M.N. Plant, 27 Reed Blvd, Mill Valley, CA  94941.

November 28, 2018.  TERRENCE GELENTER speaks at the COMMONWEALTH CLUB.  6pm.  Reservations required.

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. 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.

December 1 & 2, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO BACH presents JOYEUX NOEL!  A (MOSTLY) FRENCH CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS, with THE WHOLE NOYSE, Renaissance wind band.  Kick off your holiday season with our beloved candlelight concert, this year with a French accent!  Revel in the sounds of festive Renaissance wind instruments, lively percussion, and Calvary’s mighty organ, while the choir surrounds you with candlelight and song in a magical experience that draws audiences back year after year.  Bring the whole family for an inspiring Christmas journey around the world and through the centuries, with music of Charpentier, Mouton, Berlioz, Dufay, Rogier, Poulenc, and more...including our second world premiere, by Bay Area composer Brian Holmes.  Join us on the carols, accompanied by handbells, drums, cornettos, sackbuts and shawms!  12/1, 7:30pm and 12/2, 4pm.  Calvary Presbyterian Church, SF.  Telephone - 855-4SFBACH or visit .  Tickets:

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

December 4, 2018.  PALAIS ROYAL!  screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm. for details.

December 10, 2018.  ART TALK by JIM KOHN on GAUGUIN: A  SPIRITUAL JOURNEY (exhibition at the De Young Museum).  Mill Valley Library, 7pm. for details.

December 12, 2018.  PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA, violin, and POLINA LESCHENKO, piano, perform works by POULENC, RAVEL and others.  Herbst Theater, SF.  7:30pm.  415.392.2545 or go to 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 for details.

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

February 2-23, 2019.  SAN FRANCISCO BALLET performs APPASSIONATA by French choreographer BENJAMIN MILLEPIED, set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.23. 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. for details.

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

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

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

March 24, 2019.  MARIN CHAMBER PERFORMANCES presents FAURE QUARTET.  Program TBA. for details.

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

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

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

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

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. for details.

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

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