Many French events will happen at the San Francisco Public Main Library in July, including Bastille Day comedy "The Revolutionists", film screenings and a book club! Get more information about these events here!
“Jean-Pierre is at once an actor and his aura”, said French director Olivier Assayas. If the French New Wave had a face, it might be the beaky, piercing-eyed visage of Jean-Pierre Léaud. A retrospective of his films will be screening at BAMPFA from July 4 to August 30. Get more information about the event here!
From July 25 to July 28, do not miss out on the 5th edition of the Gray Area Festival, San Francisco's premier annual festival advancing culture and common good through the lens of art and technology. Augustin de Cointet, from Atelier des Lumières in Paris, will give a tak on July 26 at 1:30pm. Get more information about the event here!
On July 27, join French artists Myriam Lefkowitz and Simon Ripoll-Hurier for a workshop at Kadist San Francisco. They have been experimenting with Remote Viewing for the past two years to explore its poetic, perceptual, and political potential. They have shared this practice through workshops and are shooting a film on the subject in the Bay Area this summer. Get more information about this event here!
Burning man: French Artist Marc Ippon de Ronda needs help bringing his work Fragment to the festival!
Fragments is a monumental temple leading to the sun by French artist Marc Ippon de Ronda. Fragments has been selected by the Black Rock City Honoraria Program as this year's French laureate amongst hundreds of applications!
Fragments is a monumental mirror installation designed by Marc Ippon de Ronda for Burning Man 2019. Fragments needs an important budget. To make it come true, you can support the artist and his team. Learn more about how you can help here.
Join Mechanics Institute's annual celebration with the sizzling sounds of Le Jazz Hot! This café concert will feature Paul "Pazzo" Mehling (solo guitar, vocals), Hanna Mignano (violin), Jordan Samuels (rhythm guitar), Mikiya Matsuda (string bass). Hear heart-throbbing instrumentals, favorite ballads, and the spicy sounds of Gypsy Jazz. Bring your beret and your love for everything French. We will be serving a special gateau for the occasion. No-host bar with French wines available for purchase.
Photographer Evvy Eisen was born and educated in New York City and has lived in the Bay Area since 1966. She specializes in environmental portraits, often of people involved in socially relevant issues. Two such long-term projects are “Multiply by Six Million”, photographs of Holocaust Survivors living in California and France and “Oyster Farm”, images of the workers and environment taken during the final year of operation of the historic Drakes Bay Oyster Company in West Marin.
French cellist and jazz composer Vincent Courtois and actor and producer Pierre Baux present readings of Jack London’s Martin Edent, in this hybrid performance, first step before the full adaptation of the novel. Courtois will play his compositions inspired by London's work and Baux will be reading excerpts from London's Martin Eden.
In the semi-staged event of the season, this enchanting program explores the wonderment of youth. The fantastic world of a young imagination comes to life in a dazzling production of Ravel’s The Child and the Magic Spells. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance by an all-star cast and featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard!
L’Enfant et les sortilèges is a production of Opéra National de Lyon, in partnership with L’Auditori de Barcelona.
The performance will be played June 27 at 8pm, June 29 at 8pm and June 30 at 2pm at the San Francisco Symphony. More details here.
Vincent Courtois, Daniel Erdmann and Robin Fincker are coming from Paris to Oakland to record their new album inspired by the works of Jack London. Hosted at 25th Street recording studios (Oakland) by doubleOone and recorded by Gérard de Haro from La Buissonne over the course of 2 days, the cello and saxes trio will deliver their latest creation.
25th Street Recording is a world-class music recording facility niched in the heart of downtown Oakland. It features many specialized construction techniques that make it one of the quietest, best sounding studios in the world.
You will attend a 3 hour recording session in a state of the art studio, and share this unique moment with a band as they record their new album, and work together to reach excellence. You will be in the recording room with the musicians as they rehearse, play and record.
On June 20, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, Prévieux will be in discussion with Tamara Suarez Porras, Joty Dhaliwal and Kira Dominguez to exchange on the different artists' artworks and the relationship to the theme of online security, memory and history making. The talk will be moderated by curator Tanya Gayer and will take place at Root Division (San Francisco).
French artist Julien Prévieux will participate in a panel presented at Root Division gallery (San Francisco), as part of the exhibition "What's Your Mother's Maiden Name?", curated by Tanya Gayer (June 5-29). The exhibition analyzes the governance of individual history seen in security questions and implements this question and answer protocol as a precedent to discuss online authorship, culture-construction, and systems of knowledge. The selected artists take a considered approach to the fragility of memory and identity amongst digital data noise to account for information that cannot be quantified through such constructs like security systems.
This cultural breakfast event will be hosted at the French Residence by Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France. Attendees will enjoy a presentation of Jérémie Royer’s work, followed by a discussion. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here. Registration is required.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
For its third season opening this Spring, writing residency A Room with a View will be welcoming French illustrator Jérémie Royer.
Jérémie is a 39-year old colorist and cartoonist, who published his first comic book La Traversée in 2010 and is most famous for Audubon, On the Wings of the World a volume made in collaboration with Fabien Grolleau and which was published in the United States in 2017 by Nobrow Press. Set at the beginning of the 19th century, this volume tells the story of John James Audubon, a French-American naturalist adventurer and artist who embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America. Audubon is renowned for writing Birds of America which contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds and was published between 1827 and 1838. This volume was nominated twice at the Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 2018 and at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
MUTEK, an international festival of digital creativity, will be returning to San Francisco for its second edition from May 2, 2019 to May 5, 2019. The festival will include French artists such as Olivier Ratsi and Joan Giner, Freeka Tet, a digital experimental artist who works with various mediums such as prosthetics and coding, in addition to The Hacker’s presentation of Amato Live. Visual artist SMITH will also be part of the lineup!
More information about the festival and tickets can be found here.
Co-presented by the City and County of San Francisco - Government, the French consulate in San Francisco and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, this Solidarity Concert will include performances by the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS, Johann Vexo, organist from Notre-Dame and others.
San Francisco and Paris are Sister Cities. Grace Cathedral is French Gothic in design and its architecture is influenced by Notre-Dame.
This event is free and open to all.
All together for Notre-Dame de Paris!
Private visit of the exhibition, Becoming Oneself, with the curator and the artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. Following the first two parts of the series based in Iceland and Italy, this third installment explores the West Coast from Sedona to Silicon Valley, drawing parallels between the physical landscape and its abstract philosophical territory of ideas.
From April 26 to 28 at Cal Performances, French director Arthur Nauzyciel revives his "visually stunning, musically moody, and unceasingly stylish" (The Boston Globe) production of Julius Caesar, first created for Boston's influential American Repertory Theater in a US election year, 10 years ago. Now artistic director of the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Nauzyciel highlights the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's great political tragedy—with costumes and design that evoke the era of JFK, a live jazz trio, and provocative staging that refocuses the action so that the tyranny unfolds as the dream of a minor character, Brutus' slave Lucius.
You can get your tickets here.
Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France, and Florence Buatois, President of the French American Cultural Society host a private reception at the French Residence in honor of Philippe Gaboriau, Executive Director of the Louvre Endowment Fund and Ludovic Laugier, Curator in the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities at the Louvre Museum, who will present The Winged Victory of Samothrace: the secrets of a masterpiece.
Private reception for the opening reception of the Spring 2019 exhibition: San Francisco Artists on the Horizon. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France is hosting the reception at the French Residence with the curator Micaela van Zwoll and the three artists JP Long, Silvia Poloto and William C. Rolf.
Join us on February 2, 2019, from 7 pm to 2 am, when the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate in San Francisco unite to present a seven-hour marathon of debate, performance, readings and music featuring top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond as we envision the city of the future.