December 20-January 4, 2018

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December & January Events

December 20 or 22, 2018.  LES TROIS NATIVITÉS:  We know that everything comes in threes in our Western culture: The Holy Trinity, the Three Magi, the Three Graces, Noah’s three sons (and the corresponding three known continents), even three blind mice. Similarly, there isn’t one Nativity, but three. While the word usually refers to the Birth of Jesus as related in the Gospel stories, Christians also celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and the Nativity of John the Baptist because all three births partake of the miraculous (Mary, Mother of Christ, and John the Prophet were both born to elderly couples unable to conceive because of a sin). The Church customarily commemorates saints on the date of their death, but because these two figures played a unique part in the salvation of humankind—akin to a rebirth—it is their birth which is joyfully celebrated. In addition, both these saints were holy in their very birth: “Immaculate Conception” for Mary, as for John, he was “sanctified” in Elizabeth's womb. Come and look at an amazing array of Nativity scenes and see how they encode a multiplicity of meanings in their iconography.  $25.  Same conference offered on 12/18 (6pm-7:30pm); 12/20 (1pm-2:30pm), or 12/22 (10:30am-12pm).  Cette conférence, abondamment illustrée, sera présentée trois fois par Renée Morel, en français, bien sûr. Une heure et demie, $25 (niveau intermédiaire et avancé). The French Class, 500 Sutter, SF.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com for details.

December 20, 22 & 23, 2018.  VOICES OF MUSIC presents VIRTUOSO BAROQUE CONCERTOS.  A festive evening of baroque trumpet and violin concertos.  12/20, Tateuchi Hall Mountain View, Palo Alto, 8pm; 12/22, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco, 8pm; 12/23, St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley, 7:30pm.  http://www.voicesofmusic.org/Concerts.html for details and tickets.

December 21, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY presents FRENCH CONVERSATION FETES DE FIN D’ANNEES.  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.  Nous aurons au dessert la traditionnelle Bûche de Noël !  Each participant is invited to bring a dish and/or a bottle of wine to share.  Everybody is welcome, but you will have to leave your English at the door ;o)!  Free pot luck event – no rsvp required
6:30pm-8:30pm.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

December 21, 2018.  CERCLE DE LECTURE DE LOS GATOS.  Nous nous réunirons au Boulanger de Los Gatos jeudi 21 décembre à 15h pour discuter le livre de l’écrivain Franco-marocain Tahar Ben Jelloun : Le premier amour est toujours le dernier. Il s’agit d’un recueil de nouvelles paru en 1995 - 199 pages.  L’auteur a obtenu le prix Goncourt en 1987.  Pour plus d'information contacter Bernadette Theisen. www.afscv.org for details.

December 21, 2018.  L’ILE DE FRANCE – DINER DE NOEL.  Venez nombreux célébrer Noël.  Dîner au restaurant Michael’s, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.  Veuillez réserver avant le 15 décembre.  www.afscv.org for details.

December 22, 2018.  SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CHAMBER CHOIR presents THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS PAST.  “The Sound of Christmas Past,” a lecture/concert featuring entirely music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance: anonymous medieval pieces, including one from the Montpellier Codex, and works of Perotin, Josquin, Praetorius, Victoria, and Vulpius. The simplest melody can carry a feeling across centuries, and being sung ages after its inception, it can come to new life like a withered branch blossoming again.  7 PM.  St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco.  $25 general admission, $10 young audience (30 and under), $40 SFBACC Supporter.  Tickets online, at the door, and from choir members.  (Online ticket sales end on the day of the event, but are still available at the door).  https://www.sfbaychoir.org/dec-2018/

December 22, 2018.  SCHOLA MAGDALEN presents MYSTERY AND JOY:  A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.  A medieval and Renaissance concert featuring works by DUFAY, BINCHOIS, JOSQUIN, SENFL, and anonymous composers. The Schola Magdalen performs with special guest instrumentalists Roy Whelden, vielle and viol; Cheryl Ann Fulton, harp; Julie Jeffrey, Peter Hallifax and Amy Brodo, viols; Carlo Benedetti, cornetto and recorders; William Poulter, flute; Joe Ungerer, Recorders.  8 PM Pre-concert lecture by John Prescott at 7:30 PM.  St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.  Free Parking lot.  Tickets range from $15–$35. Discount Advanced tickets: https://mysteryandjoy.brownpapertickets.com

December 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 23, 2018.  ORGAN RECITAL including works by LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN.  Cathedral Concerts, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., SF.  4pm,  415.567.2020 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 2, 2019.  MINI FRENCH IMMERSION WINTER CAMP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

January 6, 2019. FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP, 3-5pm.  The group will discuss L'amant, par  Marguerite Duras (1984). C’est un récit de son enfance et de son adolescence en Indochine française ; ce roman aux traits autobiographiques est l'essai d'une analyse de soi-même. Le récit est marqué par deux événements majeurs : la traversée du Mékong pour aller à Saïgon où se trouve l'école de la jeune fille ainsi que son séjour là-bas. Pendant son séjour en Indochine, elle tombe amoureuse d'un riche Chinois et vit son premier amour. D'autres sujets qui se mélangent au récit de cette relation amoureuse sont les relations difficiles entre la jeune fille et sa mère, et avec son frère aîné que sa mère a toujours préféré. La rupture de la digue qui menace la maison de la famille près du Mékong est un autre événement important dans le récit. Mais le point capital du roman est l'amour fou entre la jeune fille de 15 ans et le Chinois de Cholen qui a douze ans de plus qu'elle.  Place : Alliance Française de Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey Street, Berkeley. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

January 11, 2019.  BÉCASSINE!  screened at TLF, the Théâtre du Lycée Français. 7pm. Subtitles in English. https://www.lelycee.org/theatre/post/~board/tlf/post/vendredi-11-janvier-19h00-bcassine

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, 2019.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELLERS WORKSHOP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

January 12, 2019.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.  This is a great nightclub and restaurant in West Marin County. A great place to hear the band--excellent sound, good food, and a big dance floor!  Town Square, Nicasio, 8:30pm.  www.ranchonicasio.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 13, 2019.  GALETTE DES ROIS (King’s Cake) with the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA.  The French traditionally commemorate Epiphany by gathering around the Galette des Rois (King's Cake) and the Alliance Française de Napa is bringing this French tradition to you on Sunday January 13, 2019, 2-5pm
at the Napa Valley Yacht Club.  The Galette will be prepared by French Pastry Chef Isabelle, owner of IMA Cake Couture online pastry shop and paired with bubbly from the Boisset CollectionDEUX BISOUS GITANS band will offer an accordion and singing live performance and an opportunity for all to show off our dancing skills$25 for members / $30 for non-members.  Tickets are limited to the first 35 who sign up*We look forward to seeing you and feel free to email AF Napa with any questions?.  Advance purchase only, no ticket sales at the door.   https://squareup.com/store/alliance-francaise-de-napa/

January 13, 2018.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SACRAMENTO presents a concert by PARIS COMBO.  Two decades spent crisscrossing the globe — playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco and Berlin to Beijing — have enabled France’s Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, a fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. Fronted by the charismatic vocals of Belle du Berry whose “onstage demeanor is so expressive that communication is never an issue… Part gamine charm, part playful seduction, her delivery fuses theatrical instincts with jazz inflected phrasing that accentuates the band’s irresistible rhythmic and melodic hooks” (The Age, Melbourne 2017).  1pm.  $18-$32; Premium $38.  Students with ID: $12 in Zones 2-5 .  Group rates available - To purchase, call 916-608-6888.  https://www.harriscenter.net/ for details.

January 18-20, 2019.  BAROQUE DANCE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP offered by CATHERINE TUROCY on LES CARACTERES DE LA DANSE.  3-day intensive culminating in a low-key performance and reception for the community to raise awareness about early dance.  ODC Dance Commons, SF.  https://nybaroquedance.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/les-caracteres-de-la-danse-workshop-description.pdf for details.

January 22, 2019.  PERSEPOLIS will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

January 23, 2019.  CYRANO DE BERGERAC, performed by the COMEDIE FRANÇAISE, on screen in selected local cinemas (Kabuki, Van Ness, and Regency San Rafael)!  http://bit.ly/2A1tzsU for details.

January 23, 2019.  NO AND ME screens at the Théâtre du Lycée Français with ZABOU BREITMAN in attendance.  Details to follow.

January 25, 26 & 27, 2019.  VOICES OF MUSIC presents MUSICAL CROSSROADS.  Join us for the sounds of both Western and non-Western instruments playing music from the 14th through the 18th centuries from America, Armeia, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Bulgaria, QUEBEC, Scotland and Slovenia, as well as a new work by Dutch-American composer Hanneke van Proosdij.   Part of the WOMEN IN MUSIC PROJECT.  1/25, All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, 8pm; 1/26, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, SF, 8pm; 1/27, St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley, 7:30pm.  http://www.voicesofmusic.org/Concerts.html for details and tickets. 

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 26, 2019.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at SUTTER CREEK THEATER, 1441 Main St., Sutter Creek.  8pm.  www.suttercreektheatre.com for details.

January 29, 2019.  ASTERIX ET OBELIX will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.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.

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!    

ASTERIX ET OBELIX will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. January 29, 2019. 

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

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. January 30, 2019. 

BÉCASSINE!  screened at TLF, the Théâtre du Lycée Français. 7pm. Subtitles in English. https://www.lelycee.org/theatre/post/~board/tlf/post/vendredi-11-janvier-19h00-bcassine January 11, 2019. 

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

PERSEPOLIS will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details. January 22, 2019. 

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 28, 2018.  NÈGRE by SIMONE BAILEY.  Mixed media works.  Dream Farm Commons Gallery.  349 15th St., Oakland.  www.dreamfarmcommons.com for details.

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!   

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, 2019.  NIGHT OF IDEAS.  San Francisco Main Library.  With the participation of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SFMOMA and SFPL.  https://www.aftertomorrow2018.com/

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 5, 2019.  FAUBOURG 36 will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 9, 2019.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELLERS WORKSHOP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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 12, 2019.  MA FEMME will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

February 14, 2019.  MERYEM ALAOUI speaks about her novel LA VERITE SORT DE LA BOUCHE DU CHEVAL at Stanford.  Details to follow.

February 19, 2019.  L’ENFANT will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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.

February 26, 2019.  JOUR DE FETE will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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

March 3, 2019. FRENCH LITERATURE MEETUP GROUP, 2:45-4:45pm. The group will discuss Chanson douce par Leila Slimani (2016). Lorsque Myriam, mère de deux jeunes enfants, décide malgré les réticences de son mari de reprendre son activité au sein d'un cabinet d'avocats, le couple se met à la recherche d'une nounou. Après un casting sévère, ils engagent Louise, qui conquiert très vite l'affection des enfants et occupe progressivement une place centrale dans le foyer. Peu à peu le piège de la dépendance mutuelle va se refermer, jusqu'au drame. A travers la description précise du jeune couple et celle du personnage fascinant et mystérieux de la nounou, c'est notre époque qui se révèle, avec sa conception de l'amour et de l'éducation, des rapports de domination et d'argent, des préjugés de classe ou de culture. Le style sec et tranchant de Leïla Slimani, où percent des éclats de poésie ténébreuse, instaure dès les premières pages un suspense envoûtant.  Place : Main Branch, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, Martin Paley Conference Room, 3rd floor. For more information, contact : Charlie Klein, chassac@sbcglobal.net tel. (510) 530-5078, or go to http://www.meetup.com/The-French-Literature-Meetup-Group.

March 5, 2019.  ET MAINTENANT… will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

March 9, 2019.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS WORKSHOP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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 19, 2019.  A LA VERTICALE will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

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

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

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

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

April 3-28, 2019.  THEATREWORKS presents A PARIS LOVE STORY, written and performed by HERSHEY FELDER, featuring the music of CLAUDE DEBUSSY.  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  650.463.1960 or http://theatreworks.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 9, 2019.  BRIO will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

April 13, 2019.  FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS WORKSHOP at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  1pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com for details.

April 16, 2019.  ENTRE LES MURS will be screened at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF.  415.775.7755 or www.afsf.com 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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