November 22-30, 2018

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November Events

Opening November 21, 2018.  AT ETERNITY’S GATE, a film about Vincent Van Gogh, starring Willem Dafoe and directed by artist Julian Schnabel.  See local listings for details.  

Through November 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.  https://bampfa.org/program/jean-vigo-regained

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

November 23-25, 2018. TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at the HARVEST FESTIVAL, San Jose. This will be our only Harvest Festival this season, so come on out to this great Art and Craft Festival. We will play three sets each day, between 11:30 and 5:00.  San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose.  Information: www.harvestfestival.com

November 23-December 16, 2018.  CIRQUE DE BOHEME HOLIDAY CIRCUS presents YESTERDAY at CORNERSTONE!  Bonjour dear friends of Cirque de Bohème !  We are happy to announce that this winter the Cirque de Bohème Holiday Circus is back at Cornerstone in Sonoma!  Join us for this annual special event to celebrate your holidays with the Cirque de Bohème, returning this winter for its sixth year!  This November and December, Cirque de Bohème will presents their new show called “Yesterday” with an amazing cast of world class performers including: Magician, Rola-Bola Acrobat, Hooper Aerialist, Chain Aerialist, Hand Chair Balancing, Cyr Wheel, Mime, Juggler and more.  “ Yesterday”, is an exciting, imaginative trip back in time and with a wink from Paris full of poetry, wonder and joy! We will transport you back in time for an hour of mystery and entertainment.  Join Cirque de Bohème for this unique, treasured holiday tradition.  And don’t forget… your childhood dreams are alive !  Tickets are available online at the following link:  https://cirquedeboheme2018.brownpapertickets.com

November 24, 2018  DIAMANO COURA WEST AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY presents POWER THROUGH TRADITION.  8pm.  $17-$30.  Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland.  www.diamanacoura.org for details. 

November 24, 2018.  WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP SERIES with MOHAMED LAMINE BANGOURA.  Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.  Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.  Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

November 25, 2018  CAVATINA MUSIC SOCIETY, with Pierce Wang, violin, Josephine Chan, piano, and Angeline Kiang, cello.  Including works by DEBUSSY and others.  4pm.  St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., SF . 415.567.2020 for details.

November 27, 2018.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERT:  FINTECH 101.  Discover how fintech can help you better manage your finances.  With ARNAUD AUGER.  After an introduction to the history of financial services technologies and a presentation of the state of the art of the fintech trends, we can have a focus on the fintech solutions to improve your financial health. Whatever your challenges, if you have a problem, odds are that there is an app for it! How to monitor your spendings? How to save more? How to improve your credit score? How to get insured? How to invest? How to send money abroad? To each of these questions, there are fintech solutions to explore. From financial inclusion to financial wellness, there are fintech solutions for each step of your financial journey.  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  FACCSF's office, 26 O'Farrell Street, #500, San Francisco. Free for members – Non-members: $35.  www.faccsf.com for details.

November 27, 2018.  ALCESTE A BICYCLETTE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  7pm.  www.afsf.com 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 27, 2018.  L’ILLUSIONISTE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm-9:30pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

November 27, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play 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 Mike Ferketich; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

November 27 or 29 or December 1, 2018   LOOKING GOOD! HIGH SOCIETY PORTRAITS AT THE TIME OF PROUST.  A conference presented en français by RENEE MOREL.   Did you know that the French artist who designed the monumental Night Sky Constellations for the vault of Grand Central Terminal in New York City was a source of inspiration for Elstir—Proust’s fictitious painter? Meet Paul Helleu (1859-1927), best known for his virtuoso portraits of beautiful people at the time of the Belle Époque. A friend of John Singer Sargent, Whistler, and Monet, Helleu learned from their bold alla prima technique, and, along with his wife and favorite model, Alice, quickly became a popular fixture of the aristocratic circles of Paris. Helleu was an oil painter, pastel artist, dry point etcher and graphic designer, but he was mostly known for his highsociety portraits. Over the course of his international career, this fashionable portraitist produced more than 2,000 brilliant etchings, notably of Marcel Proust, the duchess of Malborough, Helena Rubenstein, Consuelo Vanderbilt, and poet Anna de Noailles.   Cette conférence, abondamment illustrée, sera présentée trois fois par Renée Morel, en français, bien sûr. Une heure et demie, $25 (niveau intermédiaire et avancé).   $25.  The same conference is offered three times, as follows :  11/27, 6pm-7 :30pm ; 11/29, 10 :30am-noon ; 12/1, 1 0 :30am-Noon.  The French Class, 500 Sutter, Suite 310, SF.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com for details.

November 27-30, 2018.  PINK MARTINI with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY.  7:30pm.  415.864.6000 or www.sfsymphony.org for details.

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 MELIEShttps://exchange.sonoma.edu/OWA/#path=/mail

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

Through November 29, 2018.  RADICAL GLOBAL CINEMA at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Survey radical global cinema in this series celebrating the watershed year of 1968, which ushered in political and social changes around the world. In conjunction with the publication this month of the book 1968 and Global Cinema, we present a selection of films—many in new restorations—including Ciné-tracts by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and other French directors; Nelson Pereira dos Santos’s Brazilian Cinema Novo classic How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman; and Dusan Makavejev’s Yugoslavian provocation WR: Mysteries of the Organism. The book and the film series examine lesser-known film cultures engaged in the politics of that moment and provide new readings of key films from what has been called the “long 1960s.” https://bampfa.org/program/1968-and-global-cinema for full schedule and details.

November 29-December 9, 2018.  SOUTHSIDE THEATER presents PIERRE MARIVAUX’s A GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE, a new translation of LE JEU DE L’AMOUR ET DU HASARD by DAVID VALAYRE.  Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard [The Game of Love and Chance] was first performed 23 January 1730 by the Comédie Italienne. In this play, a young woman is visited by her betrothed, whom she does not know. To get a better idea of the type of person he is, she trades places with her servant and disguises herself. However, unbeknownst to her, her fiancé has the same idea and trades places with his valet.  This production transports Marivaux's argument into the world of  Judaism, where marriages were arranged by benevolent parents, and wedding jitters were not unknown to the sons and daughters of even the wisest rabbis.  Fort Mason Center, SF.  $16-$22.  https://www.generationtheatre.com/a-game-of-love-and-mazal

November 30, 2018.  MASTERPIECES OF EUROPEAN ART IN THE LEGION OF HONOR,Part II of a two-part presentation by KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  www.bookpassage.com for details.

November 30, 2018.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY HOLIDAY FRENCH MARKET.  4:30pm-8:00pm.  Free; non-members welcome.  No need to be a French speakers.  Free tastings, music, craft, holiday gifts for purchase.  At the Alliance.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

November 30 ,2018.  DIGITAL LIBERATION:  HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF AI.  Lecture/Panel discussion. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, swissnex San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco invite you to explore the future of human rights under the lens of AI. An interdisciplinary panel of experts discusses ways to harness human rights to curb emerging AI-related risks and ensure the technology contributes to human dignity, equality, and justice.  Artificial intelligence is shifting our understanding of human rights like no other technology. Simultaneously regarded as the 21st century’s biggest hope and most dire threat coming from the tech world, AI has sparked considerable debate on ethics and policy within companies, governments, and international organizations.

November 30, 2018.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA presents FIELD TRIP FRENCH:  SAY FROMAGE! with COLETTE HATCH.  Affectionately known around Sonoma County as 'Madame Fromage,' Colette offers seminars that are entertaining and very popular - they sell out fast, so don't miss out on the exceptional opportunity to see her in French at an exceptional price here at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa on November 30th!  Intermediate learners and above receive one hour of preparation in French on cheese terms and expressions, cheese culture and tasting hints before our convivial tasting in French with Colette, which will include discussion, stories and your questions about the culture of cheese in France.  Places are limited, first come first served.  Fee: $50 for members, $60 for non members, three hours of instruction - payable at this link: http://www.afsantarosa.org/events/field-trip-french-is-back-say-fromage

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

November 30-December 16, 2018.  EUROCANA - A WINTER'S EVE CONCERT TOUR.  Back by popular demand, Eurocana captures the glow of the season with unforgettable original music and heart warming holiday favorites. Offering musical reasons to believe that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, Eurocana features George Cole, Madeline Tasquin, and Kaeli Earle. Their influences include: Edith Piaf, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Django Reinhardt, Charles Aznavour, Tom Waits, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jacques Brel. A virtuosic all-acoustic string group with stellar lead vocals and resonant harmonies. Most shows are all ages. Locations:  Moody’s in Truckee; JazzRoom in Danville; Piedmont Center for the Arts, Pacifica; The Palms Playhouse; SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s, and Britt Marie’s in Solano.  More info on www.georgecole.net

Through 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!  https://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/

Through December 15, 2018.  HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II:  THE D-DAY INVASION TO THE FALL OF BERLIN, presented by THE MARSH.  John Fisher’s solo show offering a compendium of facts and stories from WWII, both serious and trivial.  $20-$100.  The Marsh SF, 1062 Valencia St., SF.  415.282.3055 or www.themarsh.org for details.

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!    

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

ALTERNATIVE VISIONS 2018 at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Avant-garde showcase with films from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, including GEORGES MELIEShttps://exchange.sonoma.edu/OWA/#path=/mail Through November 28, 2018.

AT ETERNITY’S GATE, a film about Vincent Van Gogh, starring Willem Dafoe and directed by artist Julian Schnabel.  See local listings for details.  Opening November 21, 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 or December 2, 2018. 

COLETTE.  In English; starring Kiera Knightley and Dominic West.  Ongoing. 

L’ILLUSIONISTE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm-9:30pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. November 27, 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.  https://bampfa.org/program/jean-vigo-regained November 2-23, 2018. 

MARIA BY CALLAS.  Smith-Rafael, San Rafael.  www.cafilm.org for details. Ongoing in other local cinemas as well.

RADICAL GLOBAL CINEMA at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Survey radical global cinema in this series celebrating the watershed year of 1968, which ushered in political and social changes around the world. In conjunction with the publication this month of the book 1968 and Global Cinema, we present a selection of films—many in new restorations—including Ciné-tracts by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and other French directors; Nelson Pereira dos Santos’s Brazilian Cinema Novo classic How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman; and Dusan Makavejev’s Yugoslavian provocation WR: Mysteries of the Organism. The book and the film series examine lesser-known film cultures engaged in the politics of that moment and provide new readings of key films from what has been called the “long 1960s.” https://bampfa.org/program/1968-and-global-cinema for full schedule and details. October 19-November 29, 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 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.  https://bampfa.org/program/old-masters-new-light-rediscovering-european-collection

Through December 31, 2018.  EXPOSITION JEAN-MARC BRUGEILLES.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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.  https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/new-work-etel-adnan/ 

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

Through 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.  https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/brassai/

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.

Through February 28, 2019.  AFTER TOMORROW #2:  STITCHING AND WEAVING IN THE DIGITAL AGE at the Résidence de France.  The exhibition "Stitching and Weaving in the Digital Age", curated by Christine Duval from Duval Contemporary, launched at the Résidence de France on October 11, 2018, in presence of Member of French Parliament Cédric Villani. The exhibition will be open to the public on Thursday, November 15 from 2pm to 4pm. Mark your calendars!  Stitching and Weaving in the Digital Age looks at the many unexplored relationships between craft and technology and shows, 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 while weavers are fascinated by the idea of incorporating tech into their craft practice. Innovation is the touchstone of tomorrow. Apple and Google will continue to bring us data solutions and new objects of desire. Emerging technologies in artificial intelligence, data collection embedded in threads and new production methods are currently being applied to the apparel industry while weaving and tapestry are making a strong come back as an art practice of the 21st century. Contemporary artists always continue to find ways to turn the technologies of the future back into art that subverts their intent.  It is fascinating to think that Jacquard created a punched wooden card capable of producing a repeated pattern in textile and that 150 years later it was a punched paper card that sparked the first computer. From craft to technology and back, these are all marvelous acts of imagination. https://www.aftertomorrow2018.com/events/exhibition-after-tomorrow-2-stitching-and-weaving-in-the-digital-age

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.  GAUGUIN:  A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.  In the first exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums dedicated to the work of Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), an exceptional display of more than fifty Gauguin paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics from the renowned collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, will be on view for the first time in San Francisco. In presenting these pieces alongside Oceanic art and Gauguin works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ permanent collections, the exhibition explores Gauguin’s inner quests and imaginings—his spiritual journey—and how his intimate relationships with his wife, other artists, and people he encountered during his sojourns shaped his experiences, his work, and his development as an artist. Included in the exhibition is a new video work, First Impressions: Paul Gauguin by interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara, commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, that addresses the colonial gaze represented by Gauguin and turns it back toward Western culture.  Upper-level exhibition gallery, De Young Museum. https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/gauguin-spiritual-journey 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.

Through May 27, 2019.  LOUIS STETTNER:  TRAVELING LIGHT.  Over the course of his eight-decade career, Louis Stettner created a singular approach to photographing everyday life. Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Stettner began working as a photographer in the 1930s and served in the U.S. Army in World War II before moving to Paris in 1947. There, he studied at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques, became friends with the influential photographer Brassaï (whose work will be on view on Floor 3 from November 17, 2018–February 18, 2019), and developed a unique point of view that melded the boldness of American street photography with the softer humanism more characteristic of his Paris contemporaries. For the rest of his life, he traveled between New York and Paris — his “two loves,” as he called them — constantly finding new inspiration in that geographical duality. From thoughtful images of rush-hour commuters to tranquil observations of daily routines, this thematic retrospective displays the remarkable breadth of Stettner’s work.  SFMOMA, 151 3rd St., SF.  www.sfmoma.org for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 !-  https://www.cartaoconcept.com.  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. http://dominiqueamendola.com

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

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

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

CLASSES        

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COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!  

December 1, 2018.  COEUR FIDELE by JEAN EPSTEIN screened in SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL’s A DAY OF SILENTS.  SFSFF's holiday program, A DAY OF SILENTS, is coming to the Castro Theatre on Saturday, December 1.  One glorious full day of live cinema (six programs!) at San Francisco's landmark movie palace Castro Theatre. Beautiful images from the silent era set to live musical accompaniment—you won't want to miss it!  Complete schedule is available and tickets are on sale now, as is the all-day discounted pass.  Six programs—all with live musical accompaniment—for less than six shows at the multiplex!  https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/list.aspx?epguid=16a0951c-4bb8-43ca-9a27-6330abcf9169&

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  www.sfbach.org .  Tickets:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3593550

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 1, 8, 15 or 22, 2018. DEUX BISOUS GITANS play at COSTEAUX FRENCH BAKERY in Healdsburg, with visits by PERE NOEL! 9am-11am. www.EuroCafeMusic.com for details.

December 2, 2018.  MARCHE DE NOEL at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  10am-5pm.  Food, wine and beer booths.  French music by RUE ‘66; Christmas card making; Père Noël.  Lots of fun for the whole family.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com 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.

December 4, 2018.  RESPIRE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm-9:30pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

December 5, 2018.  CHOCOLAT DE FETES / HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP.  Join us to learn everything about chocolate : how to make smooth and glossy chocolates by tempering and how to make ganache.  Includes:  MENDIANTS, ORANGETTES, TRUFFES.  Two-hour workshop, 10am-12 noon, 4-8 seats, bake in French & discuss in French.  Almaden, San Jose.  $100/$80.  Address will be sent to you after you enroll. https://afscv.extranet-aec.com/events/detail/187 for details.

December 5, 2018.  RACHEL COBB, photographer, presents MISTRAL, a portrait of Provence seen through its legendary wind and the effects of the wind as it funnels down the Rhone Valley.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Pkwy, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 6 & 8, 2018.  PACIFIC EDGE VOICES presents A ROSE IN WINTER.  A rose in winter is a thing of beauty. It surprises with its contrasts and bright colors. So, too, our winter concert offers you music of surprising beauty, and beautiful surprises: Seasonal works by Bruckner, MESSIAEN, and a gorgeous, jazzy Silent Night meet Libby Larsen's six-part Ringeltanze, for which we'll be joined by a handbell choir. What a way to ring in the season!  Also on the program are two more brand new works from our composer call last year. This is a concert not to miss - please join us!  Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30 pm, The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco; Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm, Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, BerkeleyLynne Morrow, conductor; Joyful Bells, handbell choir; Kymry Esainko, piano.  http://pacificedgevoices.org/

December 6-9, 2018.  LE THEATRE DU COIN présente LA LEÇON de EUGENE IONESCO.  La Leçon est une oeuvre d'Eugène Ionesco, grand dramaturge français d'origine roumaine né en 1912. Cette pièce a été écrite en 1950 et créée au Théâtre de Poche Montparnasse en 1951.  Le théâtre de Ionesco dénonce l'absurdité de la vie et des rapports sociaux grâce à un univers parodique. Il est un des fondateurs du Théâtre de l' Absurde, favorisant le thème de la communication impossible entre les êtres (Rhinocéros, La Cantatrice Chauve ).  Cette pièce est désormais un classique étudié par toutes les classes littéraires. La mise en scène de création est interprétée sans interruption depuis 1957 au Théâtre de la Huchette.  https://la-lecon.brownpapertickets.com/ for tickets; www.afscv.org for details. 

December 7, 2018.  FRENCH CONVERSATION SOIREE at the MAISON BLEUE.  French Studies UC Berkeley and the AF invite you to speak French with Francophones, and have fun with new friends! Free event, crêpes and drinks available for purchase.  No r.s.v.p.  All are welcome.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  2020 Kittredge St., Berkeley.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

December 7, 2018.  AN EVENING IN EXOTIC MOROCCO, with ERIC BYRNE, MATTHEW FELIX, DOUG CORDELL, CHRISTINA AMMON and ANNA ELKINS.  An evening of ancient storytellers, vignettes about souks and the Sahar desert, tagines and Tangier, and stories of Marrakech, Casablanca & Fez.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Pkwy, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 7-9, 2018.  OPERA PARALLELE presents THE LITTLE PRINCE.  Composer RACHEL PORTMAN’s ingenious 2003 opera, based on the classic children’s book by ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY.  Conducted by NICOLE PAIEMENT and directed by BRIAN STAUFENBIEL.  $55-$75.  Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter, San Francisco.  415.392.4400 or  http://operaparallele.org for details.

December 8, 2018.  BUILDING A VOCAL COMMUNITY WORKSHOP & COMMUNITY CONCERT with DR. YSAYE BARNWELL.  Join us for a full day workshop and evening concert with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, previously of Sweet Honey in the Rock, with guest performers Heidi Hill and Brown, Sturgis and Brown.  ”There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a ‘vocal community’ at its best.”  Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants, traditional songs from AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA, and a variety of songs from African American culture including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the Civil Rights Movement.  The historical, social and political context will provided as an introduction to the songs. Through out this experience, the group will explore from an African American world view, the values embedded in the music, the role of cultural and spiritual traditions and rituals, ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared by and among community members, the nature of cultural responses to and influences on political and social struggle, and finally the significance of a shared communal experience in ones’ personal life. All that is required is a willingness to sing.  Workshop Fee Includes: Continental Breakfast at 9am & Evening Concert.  10:00am – 3:30pm.  $75; Concert 7pm, $35.  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 101 Donahue St., Marin City.  http://saintandrewpc.org/445-2/?fbclid=IwAR2ULPPI1sFCJ3swpoWIK3ybY6j8X33_hiXesvpfBuOpRnzzBGo0L2Cqztw for details.

December 8, 2018.  ERIC KARPELES in conversation with ROBERT HASS about ALMOST NOTHING, the biography of the Polish painter & writer Joseph Czapski that takes readers from 1920s Paris to the late 20th-century art world.  4pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Pkwy, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

December 8, 2018.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE in Winters.    We return to one of our favorite venues on the planet! This is a great place to hear the band--excellent sound and lights, good seating, and room for dancing!  Our appearances at The Palms are rare, so don't miss this one!  Information and tickets:   www.palmsplayhouse.com

December 9, 2018.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA HOLIDAY PARTY!  2pm-5pm. More details soon but it's going to be a warm, welcoming (and tasty) gathering, a great moment to get together with Alliance Française members, your board, friends and family to enjoy the holidays, bid au revoir to 2018, and get ready for a new year!  www.afsantarosa.org 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.  www.millvalleylibrary.org for details.

December 11, 2018.  ET MAINTENANT ON VA OU?, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm-9:30pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

December 11, 2018.  CAFÉ PSYCHOLOGIE with YVETTE CHALOM.  5pm-6pm at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Une discussion intellectuelle où on débat de concepts psychologiques. Thème du mois: "Vie privée, empiètement, perspective psycho-culturelle." Small group discussion in French (advanced level B2-C1-C2), with a different subject every month, facilitated by Yvette Chalom.  Free for members; $10 for non-members.  Please RSVP:  www.afberkeley.org

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 www.sfperformances.org for details.

December 15, 2018.  ARTIST TALK + POP UP | A CONVERSATION WITH AFRO-PARISIAN ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR NICHOLLE KOBI.   Artist, activist, and entrepreneur, Nicholle Kobi has deftly and with distinct artistry straddled two very different worlds. Born in Kinshasa, Congo but raised in Normandy, France, Kobi has used art to navigate and challenge the chasm between her African and French identities. Her joyful, upbeat renderings of black women, considered controversial in France, defy stereotypes and radiate success, agency, depth, and well-being.  Join Maison and MoAD for a discussion as we discover Kobi’s work and explore the representation of Black women in contemporary art. Moderated by Anyka Barber, owner of Betti Ono Gallery. The talk will be followed by a pop-up with wine+bites reception.  $20 General | $15 Student/Senior | $10 MoAD Members  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-talk-with-afro-parisian-artist-and-illustrator-nicholle-kobi-tickets-52231430615

December 18,  2018.  LE PASSE, screened at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.  7pm-9:30pm.  Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

December 27, 2018.  ALL-DAY CONVERSATION & VOCABULARY INTENSIVE COURSE at the FRENCH CLASS.  10am-4pm.  $129/$99 if you sign up before December 15, 2018.  Levels: Intermediate and Advanced.  Please call us if you are not sure which level applies to you.  Course: We’ll be covering many subjects including practical aspects of staying in France, daily life topics, food, travel, art and much more. Students will be given handouts with vocabulary, expressions and oral exercises. There will be a very short break every hour in order to stretch and keep the mind alert. There will be a 30-minute lunch break. Snacks and drinks are welcome in the classroom.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com

December 29, 2018.  PRONUNCIATION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS at THE FRENCH CLASS.  For the first time, Dominique Brémond will hold a pronunciation workshop for Levels 1 to 5. This workshop will present a clear and easy system to understand, reproduce and remember French sounds.  10:30am-12 noon.  Levels:  Beginners 1-5.  $59; $49 if you sign up before December 15, 2018.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com for details.

December 31 2018. AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS, featuring countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and soprano Mary Wilson.  Arias, Duets, and Overtures from: Christoph Willibald Gluck (Demofoonte • Orfeo ed Euridice), George Frideric Handel (Agrippina • Giulio Cesare in Egitto • Rinaldo, Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi • Serse • Tolomeo), JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU, PIGMALION, and Antonio Vivaldi (Il Farnace • Ottone in villa • La verità in cimento).  This special event, presented in San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst Theatre — a cornerstone and jewel among the city’s most prestigious venues — will feature one of the opera world’s exciting new vocal talents, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. The 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Young Artists Award Winner, former Merola Opera Program participant, 2018 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, and ABS Academy alumnus has been capturing the hearts of opera lovers around the world.   Monday, December 31 2018 4:00 p.m, Herbst Theater, San Francisco.  TICKETS ON SALE ONLY THROUGH CITY BOX OFFICE,   (415) 392-4400. 

January 11 & 18, 2019.  PAUL GAUGUIN’S SEARCH, a course over two days with KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Pkwy, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com 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.

January 25 & February 1, 2019.  CLAUDE MONET & ARCHITECTURE, a course over two days with KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Pkwy, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

January 30, 2019.  L’AVENIR / THINGS TO COME (France 2016)  screens at PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE.  Featuring Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob.  A busy philosophy professor, Nathalie (impeccably embodied by Isabelle Huppert), moves purposefully between classes, lunches with her husband and grown children, meetings with her publisher, and the apartment of her ailing mother, expertly balancing her time. But a series of unexpected upsets forces her to rethink her relationships and herself. Nathalie’s unspoken grief, fear, and anger are buried so deeply beneath her cool, rational façade that she herself seems unaware of them. By depicting the moments between life’s ruptures and the gaps between the expressed and the unspoken, Hansen-Løve makes space for her protagonist’s ordeal to resonate all the more.  https://bampfa.org/event/in-focus-things-to-come 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 8 & 15, 2018.  TISSOT:  THE NON-IMPRESSIONIST, , a course over two days with KERRIN MEIS.  1pm-3pm.  $75.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Pkwy, Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

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

February 19 and March 18, 2019.  LE GRAND CONCOURS et le FLES.  Les dates du Grand Concours sont avancées d'une semaine par rapport à l'an dernier  :  Le Grand Concours niveaux 01-5 devra être administré entre le 19 Février et le 18 mars 2019.   Le FLES aura lieu entre le 10 et 23 février 2018.  Les commandes se feront à nouveau via la boutique en ligne qui sera disponible en novembre. La date limite de commande pour la version papier du test est le 15 décembre 2018. Celle pour la version en ligne sera le 15 janvier 2019  Les coûts restent inchangés par rapport à l'an dernier :  Membre AATF, Coût test (papier ou en ligne) : $4 ($3.50 + $.50 chapter fees); Non membre AATF, coût test : $7.5 ($7 + $.50 chapter fees)Pour version papier, coûts supplémentaires : $7 par CD et 10% frais de livraison ( $10 minimum)Il est prévu que la version papier ne soit plus disponible en 2020. Nous vous encourageons donc à passer à la version en ligne dès cette année. Je vous rappelle que les élèves peuvent passer le Grand Concours sur leur propre appareil : smartphone, tablette, chromebook, ordinateur portable.  Autres changements :  Les niveaux 01-1-2-3 n'auront plus de "Language in context", c'est à dire les exercices de grammaire. Ces questions seront remplacées par d'autres questions de compréhension incluant plus d'images. Les niveaux 4 et 5 continueront d'avoir le 'Language in context"' ainsi que des documents authentiques combinés à des infographies qui préparent pour l'examen AP.   Attention, avant de passer commande, si vous souhaitez bénéficier du tarif AATF, vous devez renouveler votre adhésion à l'AATF pour 2019 avant le 1er décembre. Vous avez du recevoir un courrier de l'AATF, sinon, allez sur le site : AATF store membership.  Chaque prof doit passer commande pour ses élèves uniquement. Si vous avez des nouveaux profs ou des changements dans votre département de français, merci de me les signaler.   Afin de vous encourager à recruter de nouveaux profs; sachez que si vous aidez à recruter deux nouveaux membres AATF et participants au Grand Concours vous aurez : 10 examens gratuits et votre abonnement AATF gratuitPlus d'infos sur le grand concours : http://www.frenchteachers.org/concours/N'hésitez pas à me demander si vous avez des questions.

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.

May 11-18, 2019.  PARISIAN EXPERIENCE WITH MYSTERY WRITER CARA BLACK.  Explore memorable scenes from the cases solved by Black’s famed investigator Aimée leduc.  www.wildblueyondertrips.com/trip-registration or more details at www.bookpassage.com/paris

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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