January 17-26, 2018

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January Events

January 17, 2019.  PARIS SOUS L'OCCUPATION:  LES PHOTOS CONTROVERSÉES D'ANDRÉ ZUCCA.  A talk in French by RENEE MOREL.  French photographer André Zucca (1897-1973) was hired by the German Wehrmacht to capture propagandistic scenes of Paris flourishing under the Nazi rule for their glossy magazine, Signal. His images from the early 1940s show Paris as sunny, airy, and bursting with color. Lovers, young parents, children, women looking très chic, in the city or at the race-track, and the usual coffee-lounging crowds: life in the Nazi-controlled capital doesn’t seem that bad, after all... Of course, we know that these tranches de vie shot in rare Agfacolor film only tell part of the story. Come and see the images from one of the most controversial Parisian shows of the decade (people pressured Mayor Bertrand Delanoë to ban it as it ignored the broader — horrendous — context of deprivation, deportation and death).  Cette conférence, abondamment illustrée, sera présentée trois fois par Renée Morel, en français, bien sûr. Une heure et demie, $25 (niveau intermédiaire et avancé).  Important:  The usual Saturday morning slot will not be available for this conference. Please look carefully at the dates and times. Merci!  Talk offered on three dates:  1/10, 1pm-2:30pm; 1/15, 6pm-7:30pm; 1/17, 10:30am-12 noon.  The French Class, 500 Sutter, Suite 310, SF.  415.362.3666 or www.frenchclass.com for details.

January 17, 2019.  CLUB DE LECTURE, MENLO PARK reads LE VIOLON NOIR de  MAXENCE FERMINE (1999). A Venise, alors envahie par les troupes napoléoniennes, Johannes Karelsky, violoniste au talent reconnu dès l'enfance, enrôlé dans l'armée française et blessé au combat, trouve domicile chez un mystérieux luthier, passionné d'échecs et amateur d'eau-de-vie. Très vite, entre ces deux hommes du secret, se noue une complicité faite de respect, de silence et de musique, qui se changera en une amitié que la simple évocation d'une voix de femme peut entraîner on ne sait où. Le violon noir, douleur et chef-d’oeuvre du luthier, est-il en fin de compte l’instrument de leur perte ou de leur ecompense?  Né en 1968, Maxence Fermine publie un livre par an depuis 1999 et a reçu de nombreuses récompenses littéraires.  19h, à Alto International School, 475 Pope Street, Menlo Park. Pour plus d’information, contactez Jane Murdoch.  www.afscv.org for details.

January 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 18, 2019.  FESTIVAL DU COURT METRAGE/FRENCH SHORTS NIGHT.  Showcasing a wide variety of stories and styles, the screening is a selection of short films chosen from 2019s nominees at the César (French Oscars), Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival and other selected short film festivals. Discover the most creative and innovative French filmmakers!  The evenings format will be presented in two one-hour long programs with a 15-minute intermission which will include complimentary wine and cheese tasting.  This event is brought to you by Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles - Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz in partnership with LAlliance Française de Los Angeles and Le Lycée Français de San Francisco.  All information on www.theatrelfsf.com .  7pm.  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3958303

January 18, 2019.  FRENCH CONVERSATION & GALETTE DES ROIS at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  A great opportunity to practice speaking French in a friendly atmosphere, meet Francophones, and have fun with new friends.  This large and convivial group meets the third Friday of each month at the Alliance.  Nous aurons au dessert la traditionnelle Galette des Rois !  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.  www.afberkeley.org 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 19, 2019. PAYSAGES FRANÇAIS:  FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN TRACKS.  A conference in French presented by Laurence Delahaye. $29.  The same conference will be offered twice.  1/16, 12:30pm-2pm; 1/19, 1pm-2:30pm.  Discover new aspects of France, and French territories through its geography: rivers, mountains, volcanoes, islands, vegetation, borders and cities affected by their landscape.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Call (415) 362-3666.  Go to our Workshops & Conferences page for details of this and other events.  www.frenchclass.com for details.

January 19, 2019.  ZYDECO FLAMES perform at Ashkenaz.  The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' sixth CD release "Fire It Up", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.  Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 9:00 pm. $15 in advance/$18 day of show.  www.ashkenaz.com

January 19 & 20, 2019.  TACTUS presents DETERMINATION AND DESTINY.  What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Join Tactus in exploring this age-old question through the lens of music. Through haunting harmonies of adversity and iniquity gilded by glimmers of gumption and endurance, we craft a concert that pits perseverance against providence. Our program that is simultaneously about Josquin, and not, brings together motets of JOSQUIN, Byrd, Lassus, Victoria, and others to ask: can Determination overcome Destiny? Tactus will be joined by musical guests Mane Musica (early music brass quartet), Eugene Petrushansky (organ), Founding Director Tanmoy Laskar (flute), as well as the three finalists of our Determination and Destiny poetry contest.  1/19, 4 PM, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th Street, San Francisco.  1/20, 4 PM, St Jerome’s Catholic Church, 308 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito.  Tickets: $15 (Eventbrite and at the door).  Wine reception to follow.  For concert program and more information: www.tactus-sf.org

January 20, 2019.  ECHO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, MANA QUARTET perform works by MILHAUD and others.  7:30pm.  $15-$35.  First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo.  www.echorchestra.com for details.

January 20, 2019.  CREOLE/CAJUN JAM at Ashkenaz.  Doors at 1:00 pm; Jam at 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 or free with instrument.  www.ashkenaz.com for details. Come on by for a fun community jam!

January 22, 2019.  RENCONTRE AVEC ZABOU BREITMAN:  LES HIRONDELLES DE KABOUL.  Work in progresss.  La célèbre comédienne, réalisatrice et metteure en scène césarisée, Zabou Breitman et Eléa Gobbé, les deux co-réalisatrices seront au TLF pour présenter leur travail en cours sur ce film danimation qui a reçu le prix de la Fondation Gan à la diffusion au Festival dAnnecy 2018. Elles aborderont la génèse du film, les ambition artistiques,  le travail d'adaptation, lunivers graphique, la direction dacteur, la réalisation,  et enfin le choix de la musique et du son en général. Cette présentation sera accompagnée dextraits du film et de dessins. 18h30.  Gratuit.  Théâtre du Lycée Français.  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4024954

January 22, 2019.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents a NETWORKING CAFÉ.  Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00 am, come to the French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco's office for a "cafe-croissant"!  It's a great casual occasion to:  Meet the FACCSF team; Tell us more about yourself and your expectations; Learn more about what we do & how we do it; Give us feedback and share your ideas; Network with other members who are as curious as you.  This FREE event is limited to 12 attendees.  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events/d/networking-cafe-23/

January 22, 2019.  BLUES BOX BAYOU BAND plays at Ashkenaz.  The Blues Box Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod; Show at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.com for details.

January 22 & 23, 2019.  PERSEPOLIS screens at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Theme this month, Comics / Bandes-dessinées.  Because there is already no more seats left for the movie screening on Tuesday 22nd, we have decided to give you another chance to watch this movie on Wednesday January 23rd, at 5:15pmwww.afsf.com for details.

January 22, 24 or 26, 2019.  A FRENCH PAINTER AT THE TIME OF PROUST:  JACQUES EMILE BLANCHE (1861-1942).   A conference in French presented by Renée Morel. $25.  The son of a successful psychiatrist, Jacques-Émile Blanche became a very successful portraitist, with a style reminiscent of 18th-Century English painters such as Thomas Gainsborough, revisited by Ingres, Manet and John Singer Sargent. The fascinating gallery of portraits he left includes Proust, the chanteuse Yvette Guilbert, the Countess of Castiglione (a patient of his father), James Joyce, Degas, Debussy, Rodin, Colette, and John Singer Sargent.  The same conference will be offered three times.  1/22, 6pm-7:30pm; 1/24, 10:30am-12pm; 1/26, 10:30am-12pm.   Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Call (415) 362-3666.  Go to our Workshops & Conferences page for details of this and other events.  www.frenchclass.com

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 24, 2019.  FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE THROUGH THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING by DANIELE ARCHAMBAULT, Ph.D. and high school teacher ANNE DUMONTIER.  Conference and workshop.  This presentation will start with a brief introduction on the history of bandes dessinées and the many genres in which they developed today, followed by a workshop, a hands-on activity during which the audience will experience by themselves the fun and challenges of creating a collaborative comic book.  At the end of the evening, participants will go home with their own mini comic book and a new appreciation for the increasingly popular world of bandes dessinées and romans graphiques. Presenters will provide all materials need for the workshop. Presentation will be in French with explanations in English as needed.  www.afsf.com for details.

January 24, 2019.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents MEET THE EXPERTS:  CREDIT SCORE & MORTGAGE PLANNING. The banking system can be quite a challenge to the newcomer to the US. Understanding how it works and how it will impact your everyday life is an important step of your settling in to your new life in the US. During this session, the speakers will discuss the credit score and credit history. They will also explore how those two factors determine your mortgage application.   Experts & up to 12 participants.  Our expert will tell you all about the theme of the day and will save some time for questions.  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  FACCSF's office, 26 O'Farrell Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94108.  Learn and network.  Free for members – Non-members: $35. http://www.faccsf.com/events/events/d/meet-the-experts-credit-score-mortgage-planing/

January 25, 2019.  FREE BAROQUE DANCE & MUSIC WORKSHOP.  Dance to live French Baroque music from RAMEAU’S LE TEMPLE DE LA GLOIRE performed by members of PBO playing side-by-side with the University Baroque Ensemble directed by Christine Brandes.  The brilliant New York Baroque Dance Company Founder and Co-Director Catherine Turocy will lead the exhilarating workshop onstage!  No prior dance experience is necessary. It’s okay to sign up to dance or to observe.  Please click HERE to reserve your seat on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised that Turocy’s last Workshop at UC Berkeley two years ago was filled within 24 hours. Friday, January 25 from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.  UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall.  Questions? Contact Education Director Lisa Grodin at lgrodin@philharmonia.org

January 25, 2019.  IVO LIVI OU LE DESTIN D’YVES MONTAND.  Pièce en Français seulement. Une séance scolaire est prévue pour les élèves du LFSF de la 4ème à la terminale . Spectacle à voir en famille à partir de 12 ans.   7:30pm.  $20-$30.  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4024919

January 25, 2019.  CONFERENCE:  L’ACCORD ETATS-UNIS – MEXIQUE – CANADA POUR LES NULS.  7pm.  Le président Trump a qualifié l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALÉNA) de « pire entente de l’histoire ».  Le nouvel accord États-Unis-Canada Mexique (USMCA) serait toutefois, toujours selon le Président Trump, une « avancée historique ».  Qu’en est-il réellement? Quels sont les points saillants de cet accord? A quels impacts peut-on s’attendre dans les trois pays partenaires pour les travailleurs, les agriculteurs, les consommateurs, les contribuables ?  Le professeur Morin propose des clés de compréhension essentielles, pour aller au-delà des manchettes et des gazouillis Twitter.  Jean-Frédéric Morin est titulaire de la Chaire de recherche Canada en économie politique internationale et professeur agrégé à l’Université Laval de Québec. Il est chercheur Fulbright à UC Berkeley pour 2018-2019. Conférence en français.  Free event for members; $15 for non-members.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

January 25, 2019.  CINE-CLUB DE L’AFSCV & TRADITIONAL FRENCH GALETTE DES ROIS / KING CAKE.  7pm.  Film will be LA DELICATESSE / DELICACY, by David Foenkinos, in French with English subtitles.  The film is based on his own novel (2009). It is an offbeat romance in Paris, a heartfelt comedic tale of new love brightening the dark aftermath of loss, of wounded hearts finding refuge in the strangest places.  Starring Audrey Tautou, François Damiens and Bruno Todeschini. The bilingual introduction and the discussion will be led by HELENE LAROCHE DAVIS, Professor of Film Studies.  Food, wine and networking for starters and Galettes des Rois for the end!  www.afscv.org for details.

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.  GUY will be screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA at the Jarvis Conservatory.  Two screenings:  4pm & 7pm.  $10.  www.afnapa.org for details. 

January 26, 2019.  FRENCH HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents FETE DES ROIS under the gracious patronage of the Honorable EMMANUEL LEBRUN-DAMIENS, Consul Général of France in San Francisco.  Hosted by Justs Karlsons & Dr. Dana Beldiman Karlsons, Honorary Consul General of Romania, 60 Century Drive, Mill Valley.  5pm-7pm.  RSVP by January 23, 2019.  To pay by mail, please send checks payable to "French Heritage Society, Inc." to:  Dori Bonn, 201 Cleveland Court, Mill Valley 94941. 

January 26, 2019.  THE QUICK DANCES OF THE BOUREE & GIGUE.  Students may attend free of charge. Suggested Donation:  $10 for adults.No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The New York Baroque Dance Company’s Artistic Director Catherine Turocy and musicians from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will guide participants in an active exploration of Bach’s dances. No previous dance experience is necessary, and it will be okay just to watch and listen.  The Junior Bach Festival’s Annual Workshop explores an aspect of Bach’s music; working knowledge of baroque dance is essential to musical appreciation.  The Junior Bach Festival is a longstanding participant in PBO’s Education Programs that train young artists.  Saturday, January 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose Street, (close to North Berkeley Bart)  Questions? Contact Education Director Lisa Grodin at lgrodin@philharmonia.org

January 26, 2019.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU play at SUTTER CREEK THEATER. Our annual appearance at this beautiful old theater! A fabulous place to hear the band!1441 Main St., Sutter Creek.  8pm.  www.suttercreektheatre.com for details.

January 26 or 30, 2019.  SERGE GAINSBOURG, POET AND AGENT PROVOCATEUR.  A conference in French presented by Laurence Delahaye. $29.  The same conference will be offered twice.  1/26, 1pm-2:30pm; 1/30, 12:30pm-2pm.  Discover the immense work and the many songs deeply rooted in the French cultural heritage of singer-songwriter-poet Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1992). Agent provocateur, Gainsbourg had a huge impact on a whole generation in France.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Call (415) 362-3666.  Go to our Workshops & Conferences page for details of this and other events.  www.frenchclass.com

January 28, 2019.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents AIRLINES NEXT GENERATION:  AN EXCLUSIVE EVENING WITH FRENCH BEE’S EXECUTIVES.  Are low-cost airlines changing the face of air travel? Join us for an exclusive evening organized for the special visit of French bee’s President Marc Rochet and Sophie Hocquez, Commercial Director. Learn more about their careers, their vision of the future of the airline industry (for professionals and consumers) and the opportunities that will arise in the upcoming years. The panel discussion will be moderated by San Francisco International Airport’s Director of International Marketing and Aviation Development Melissa Andretta.  French bee is the first French low-cost long-haul airline to offer a North American route from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fa'a'? International Airport (PPT) in Papeete (on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia), and from SFO to Paris-Orly (ORY) in France.  A Dubreuil Group subsidiary, the airline offers accessible fares with a tailor-made, "à la carte" travel experience focusing on comfort, tech amenities, and a strong appeal to the European, American, and Polynesian traveler. The discussions will be followed by a networking cocktail session.   Thank you to INSEEC San Francisco for hosting this event.   6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  INSEEC San Francisco, 180 Sansome St #800, San Francisco, CA 94104.  Panel session & networking cocktail!  (small bites & beverage included) Members*: $20; Non-members: $45; At the door tickets if any available. Price to be determined. http://www.faccsf.com/events/events/d/airlines-next-generation-an-exclusive-evening-with-french-bees-executives/

January 28 or 31 or February 2, 2019.  AU BONHEUR DES DAMES:  THE RISE OF A PARISIAN DEPARTMENT STORE.  A conference in French presented by Renée Morel. $25.  Let’s go shopping! As illustrated by Zola’s fictitious Au Bonheur des Dames (1883), the birth of department stores created a retail revolution nearly as important as the Industrial Revolution that fostered it. In Paris, the fabled Grands Magasins Dufayel (18e arrondissement) offered fixed prices and allowed exchanges and refunds, and a much wider variety of merchandise like other department stores, but, because it catered to the middle-class and even workers by being its own bank and offering payment on credit, it quickly became the biggest in the capital if not in the world.  The same conference will be offered three times:  1/28, 6pm-7:30pm; 1/31, 10:30am-12pm; 2/2, 10:30am-12pm.  Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Call (415) 362-3666.  Go to our Workshops & Conferences page for details of this and other events.  www.frenchclass.com

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 29, 2019.  ANDREW CARRIERE & THE ZYDECO / CAJUN ALLSTARS play at Ashkenaz.  You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he's backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.  Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Cheryl McBride; Show at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door.  www.ashkenaz.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.

January 31, 2019.  LA CHANDELEUR, IT IS!  Crêpes & cider from 5pm to 9pm at CHANTAL GUILLON on Howard Street.  https://www.chantalguillon.com/ for details.

Through February 2, 2019. A HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II:  THE D-DAY INVASION TO THE FALL OF BERLIN.  $20-$100.  The Marsh San Francisco, 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!    

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. 

LA DELICATESSE / DELICACY, by David Foenkinos, in French with English subtitles. Presented by CINE-CLUB DE L’AFSCV & TRADITIONAL FRENCH GALETTE DES ROIS / KING CAKE.  7pm.  The film is based on his own novel (2009). It is an offbeat romance in Paris, a heartfelt comedic tale of new love brightening the dark aftermath of loss, of wounded hearts finding refuge in the strangest places.  Starring Audrey Tautou, François Damiens and Bruno Todeschini. The bilingual introduction and the discussion will be led by HELENE LAROCHE DAVIS, Professor of Film Studies.  Food, wine and networking for starters and Galettes des Rois for the end!  www.afscv.org for details. January 25, 2019. 

GUY will be screened by the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA at the Jarvis Conservatory.  Two screenings:  4pm & 7pm.  $10.  www.afnapa.org for details.  January 26, 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 22 or 23, 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 January 2019.  LA BANDE DESSINEE by DANIELE ARCHAMBAULT, at the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO.  Danièle Archambault is an artist, a researcher and author using visual storytelling (graphic novels, graphic memoirs, comic books) as a way to document a society’s cultural and linguistic landscape.  Originally from Montréal (Québec), where she was a tenured professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Université de Montréal, she moved to Palo Alto twenty years ago. Ms. Archambault teaches graphic novel and illustration classes at the Palo Alto Art Center and other educational venues in the Bay Area, focusing on the art of visual storytelling. She is the co-founder with Ms. Anne Dumontier of the educational program. French Language and Culture through comics in Northern California. Since 2014, she has been an artist-in-residence in the Cubberley Studio Artist Program, a program of the City of Palo Alto.  1345 Bush St., SF.  www.afsf.com for details.

February 7-July 7, 2019.  SHOW ME AS I WANT TO BE SEEN.  An exhibition of the works of gender-bending Surrealist artists CLAUDE CAHUN (1894-1954) and MARCEL MOORE (1892-1972) in the context of art by 10 contemporary artists.  Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., SF.  415.655.7800 or www.thecjm.org for details.

Through February 16, 2019.  PARISIAN LANDSCAPES:  BLUE IN GREEN.  Drawings, paintings, photographs, collage by WARDELL MILAN.  Reception 1pm-4pm Saturday January 5.  Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., SF.  415.981.2661 or www.fraenkelgallery.com for details.

February 16-May 27, 2019.  MONET:  THE LATE YEARS.  Exhibition looks at the artist’s work from 1913-1926 after Monet had already participated in the Impressionist movement of the 19th century.  50 paintings, including more than 20 images of water lilies.  Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., SF.  415.750.3600 or https://legionofhonor.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.  RODIN:  SHOCK OF THE MODERN BODY.  Cantor Arts enter, 328 Lomita Dr., Stanford.  650.498.1480 or www.museum.stanford.edu for details.  Free.  

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.

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        

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

COMING SOON(ER) OR LATER!   

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 1, 2019.  THE FRENCH CONVERSATION SOIREE.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  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 rsvp. All welcome.  At Maison Bleue  2020 Kittredge St. Berkeley.  www.afberkeley.org for details.

February 1, 2019.  WILD BLUE YONDER PARIS.  Join mystery writer CARA BLACK, along with Donna Morris & Sheila Campbell, as they discuss the trip they’ll be leading to Paris this spring.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 1, 2019.  TOM RIGNEY & JOHN R. BURR play at The Back Room in Berkeley.  An evening of beautiful music for violin and piano at this great house concert-style venue in downtown Berkeley. If you haven't yet seen my duo with the great John R., be sure to come out. The music is very eclectic--some original, some traditional--Cajun, Blues, Folk, Celtic, Gypsy, you name it.  1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley. 8:00 pm.  Information and tickets: www.backroommusic.com

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 4, 2019.  CONVERSATION, FOOD, & WINE.  Join three-star Michelin Chef DOMINIQUE CRENN, New Century Chamber Orchestra Music Director Daniel Hope, and moderator Ana Ayala from Project Open Hand for a discussion about feeding the body and soul.  This cocktail hour event will feature delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine, a live performance by New Century Chamber Orchestra and violinist Daniel Hope, clips from the Emmy-nominated Netflix docu-series Chef's Table, and a panel discussion featuring three powerhouses in the fight against hunger.  Proceeds from this event will support Project Open Hand's work in San Francisco.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feed-the-soul-tickets-53757344665

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 12, 2019.  THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents WINTER EUROPEAN NETWORKING.  Mingle with entrepreneurs, VC’s, and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European style.  6pm-8pm.  DocuSign, 221 Main St., Suite 1000, San Francisco.  $25 for members of various international chambers of commerce; $35 for non-members; $50 at the door.  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events/d/winter-european-networking/

February 13, 2019.  PAM JENOFF presents THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS, a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World World II.  1pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.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.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE de l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses DE TES NOUVELLES de AGNES LEDIG.  Anna-Nina, pétillante et légère, est une petite fille en forme de trait d’union. Entre Eric, son père, et Valentine, qui les a accueillis quelques mois plus tôt un soir d’orage et de détresse. Maintenant qu’Eric et Anna-Nina sont revenus chez Valentine, une famille se construit jour après jour, au rythme des saisons. Un grain de sable pourrait cependant enrayer les rouages de cet avenir harmonieux et longtemps désiré. Depuis Juste avant le bonheur, son premier succès, Agnès Ledig sait trouver les mots justes pour exprimer les émotions qui bouleversent secrètement nos vies. Son nouveau roman vibre d’énergie et de sensibilité, à l’image de ses personnages, héros du quotidien qui ne demandent qu’à être heureux. www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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, 2019.  CARA BLACK presents MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK.  1pm-2:30pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 22, 2019.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE presents LA DOULEUR / MEMOIR OF WAR.  “Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting and hypnotic adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’ autobiographical novel The War: A Memoir. In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member along with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back, and enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel). But as the months wear on without word of the man she loves, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.” – Film Forum (2017, 127 min., in French w/English subtitles) Co-Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Sonoma County and the Department of Modern Languages, Sonoma State University.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, 7pm. www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ for details.

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

February 23, 2019.  BERNARD HENRI-LEVY presents THE EMPIRE AND THE FIVE KINGS.  7pm.  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  415.927.0960 or www.bookpassage.com for details.

February 24, 2019.  BERNARD-HENRI LEVY in THE MANOVILL CONVERSATIONS.    Performance & conversation.  JCCSF, 3200 California St., SF.  7pm.  415.297.1200 or http://jccsf.org/arts 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 4, 2019.  AN EVENING WITH LUC VINCENT, LEADER IN SMART MOBILITY.  Topic:  A FRENCHMAN IN AMERICA:  HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS.  Meet one of the leaders of the smart mobility industry in the Silicon Valley: join us at Silicon Foundry on March 4th and learn all about the twist and turns of Luc Vincent's career with a focus on his roles at Google and now at Lyft, as a VP.  Luc won the Gold award in "Leader in smart mobility category" of the French-American Business Award 2018 (FABA). Stay tuned, the interviewer of Luc will be revealed soon! The discussions will be followed by a networking cocktail.  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  Silicon Foundry, 505 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105.  Early birds tickets for FACCSF members only*: $15 (until January 15th) ; Members*: $20 ; Non-members: $45.  At the door tickets if any available. Price to be determined.  http://www.faccsf.com/events/events/d/an-evening-with-luc-vincent-leader-in-smart-mobility-a-frenchman-in-america-highlights-and-lowlights/

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 13, 2019,  MONET:  THE LATE YEARS.  Daytime art lecture at JCCSF, 3200 California St., SF.  1pm.  415.297.1200 or http://jccsf.org/arts for details.

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 19, 2019.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE de l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses RETOURNER A LA MER de RAPHAEL HAROCHE. Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle 2017.  Un colosse, vigile dans les salles de concert, et une strip-teaseuse, au ventre couturé de cicatrices, partagent une histoire d’amour…L’employé d’un abattoir sauve un veau de la mort et le laisse seul dans l’usine fermée pour le week-end.  À sa sortie de l’hôpital, un homme part se reposer dans le Sud avec sa vieille maman. Trois adolescents livrés à eux-mêmes entendent un bruit inconnu qui pourrait bien être celui de la fin du monde. Tous ces personnages prennent vie en quelques phrases, suivent leur pente et se consument. Il suffit d’un contact, peau contre peau, d’un regard, d’une caresse, pour racheter l’humanité.  Raphaël Haroche nous décrit dans un style fin et épuré les états d’âme d’êtres malmenés.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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

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

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

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

March 30, 2019.  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON.  TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are pleased to announce that the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon returns to the City by the Bay on March 30th. In addition, fan favorites Raphio Chocolate, Kokak Chocolates, Rainy Day Chocolates, Goufrais, David Bacco Chocolatier, Z. Cioccolato, William Dean Chocolates, Kindred Cooks Caramels and Michael's Chocolates  will be taking part.  TICKETS: $17.95 Early Bird Discount .  (Available through Jan. 31, $30 Door).  http://www.internationalchocolatesalon.com/ 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 12 or 14, 2019.  LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE / THE GLEANERS AND I Friday, April 12 at 7:00 and Sunday, April 14 at 4:30. Agnès Varda made 2000’s most acclaimed non-fiction film - a self-described “wandering-road documentary.” Beginning with the famous Jean-François Millet painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, she focuses her ever-seeking eye on gleaners: those who scour already-reaped fields for the odd potato or turnip. Her investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, following those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism. Varda’s own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait that the L.A. Weekly deemed “a protest film that’s part social critique, part travelogue, but always an unsentimental celebration of human resilience.” (82 min., in French w/English subtitles) 4/12, 7pm and 4/14, 4:30pm. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE de l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses UN LOUP POUR L’HOMME de BRIGITTE GIRAUD. Printemps 1960. Appelé pour l’Algérie, Antoine demande à ne pas porter les armes et se retrouve infirmier à l’hôpital militaire de Sidi-Bel-Abbès. À l’étage, Oscar, un jeune caporal amputé d’une jambe, l’attire étrangement. Avec lui, Antoine prend conscience de la véritable raison de sa présence ici : aider ses «frères humains». Même l’arrivée de sa femme, venue le rejoindre pour accoucher, ne saura détourner Antoine d’Oscar, dont il espère entendre le secret.  www.afsantarosa.org 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 19 or 21, 2019.  SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE screens CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7.  The film that established Agnès Varda’s international reputation, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a classic work of the French New Wave… Presenting events that appear to unfold in real time, Cléo chronicles two hours in the life of a pop singer (Corinne Marchand), who is waiting to learn if she has cancer. Shot entirely on location in the streets of Paris, the film features a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Legrand, Jean-Luc Godard, and Anna Karina… In the New Yorker, Pauline Kael credited Varda’s work with ‘an unsentimental yet subjective tone that is almost unique in the history of movies.’” – Susan Oxtoby, Pacific Film Archive (1961, 93 min., in French w/English subtitles). Friday, April 19 at 7:00 and Sunday, April 21 at 4:30.  Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. www.sonoma.edu/sfi/ 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, 2019.  YANN TIERSEN plays at The Warfield, 982 Market, SF.  8pm.  Tickets via AXS.

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 20, 2019.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE de l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses J’AI TOUJOURS CETTE MUSIQUE DANS LA TETE de AGNES MARTIN-LUGAND.  Yanis et Véra s’aiment comme au premier jour et sont les parents de trois magnifiques enfants. Mais Yanis, autodidacte talentueux dans le bâtiment, vit de plus en plus mal sa collaboration avec Luc, le frère architecte de Véra, qui est aussi pragmatique et prudent que lui est créatif et entreprenant. La rupture est consommée lorsque Luc refuse le chantier que Yanis attendait. Poussé par sa femme et financé par un client providentiel qui ne jure que par lui, Yanis se lance à son compte, enfin. Mais la vie qui semblait devenir un rêve éveillé va soudain prendre une tournure plus sombre. Saura-t-il échapper à une spirale infernale ? Son couple résistera-t-il aux ambitions de leur entourage ?  « L’auteur a réussi encore une fois à créer des personnages qu’on n’oublie pas. » Le Figaro.  « Une histoire captivante et des personnages attachants. » ELLE.  www.afsantarosa.org for details.

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

June 5-16, 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.

June 17, 2019.  CERCLE LITTERAIRE de l’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA discusses ET LE CHOIX DES AUTRES de FRANÇOISE BOURDIN.  Lucas et Clémence, Virgile et Philippine, deux couples d’amis comme tant d’autres. Mais ces quatre trentenaires ne s’invitent pas à tour de rôle pour dîner, ils vivent sous le même toit, dans un immense chalet conçu pour une famille nombreuse.  Amis depuis le lycée, les deux garçons passionnés de montagne ont entraîné leur famille au cœur des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence et, depuis, quatre adultes et deux fillettes vivent en harmonie à neuf cents mètres d’altitude. Mais cette belle entente résistera-t-elle au retour dans la région de l’ex-mari de Clémence, qui n’a pas supporté leur séparation et est bien décidé à récupérer celle qu’il considère encore comme sa femme ?  C’est la Jalousie en personne qui s’invite au chalet, au risque de contaminer ses habitants… www.afsantarosa.org for details.

June 27-30, 2019.  MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS and the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY conclude their season with a pair of semi-staged dramatic works focusing on the lives of children, including RAVEL’s L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES.  www.sfsymphony.org for details.

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