LA FETE NATIONALE! De nombreuses celebrations dans la region…..!

July 6 & 9, 2017.  MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT presents works by MASSENET and others.  7:30pm, Thursday, 7/6 at SF Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St.; 2:30pm, Sunday, 7/9 at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford Univeristy, Palo Alto.  For information:

July 8, 2017.  FRANCE IN SF:  A NIGHT AT THE MOULIN ROUGE.  6pm-10pm.  From the poignant and heartrending songs of Edith Piaf to the spirited « Can-Can, » the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini’s force of nature, vocalist Storm Large.  Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France’s most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry, on July 8th, 2017 !  For this occasion, the French consulate in San Francisco partners with theSan Francisco Symphony!  Music features OFFENBACH’s CAN-CAN, selections from BIZET’s CARMENRAVEL’s BOLERO, and songs of EDITH PIAF. Exclusive 25% discount to «A Night at the Moulin Rouge» at Davies Symphony Hall (Upper Orchestra and Premier 1st Tier category):   The performance will start at 7.30PM.  Note:  special « Burlesque » event with L’apéro – A French Hospitality and Gastronomy Event in the Green Room from 6PM to 7.30PM, before the performance! Stay tuned.

July 8, 2017.  DINER ET BAL POPULAIRE au CENTRE CULTUREL BASQUE.  6pm-11pm.  Au programme:  apéritifs; dîner et allocutions; hymnes nationaux français et américains; bal populaire animé par l’ORCHESTRE DE RON BORELLI.  599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco.

July 8-16, 2017. 39TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL, with 500 Bay Area Artists & 24 Dance and Music Ensembles. Includes: THE ACADEMY OF DANCE LIBRE (European Social Dance), BITEZO BIA KONGO (Congolese Traditional),TE MANA O TE RA (Tahitian), & ZENA CARLOTA (West African kora). $25-$45. War Memorial Opera House. 415.392.4400 or http://sfethnicdancefestival.orgfor details.

July 9, 2017.  STERN GROVE FESTIVAL presents the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY performing works by BIZET, RAVEL and others.  Conducted by Edwin Outwater.  2pm.  Free.  Stern Grove, 19th Ave & Sloat Blvd., SF  415.252.6252 or for details.

July 11, 2017.  THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO screens PARIS, JE T’AIME.  Paris, je t’aime is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers have five minutes each; the audience must weave a single narrative out of twenty moments.  In French with English subtitles.   Free admission   ($5 suggested donation). 2pm & 7pm.  1345 Bush St., SF. for details.

July 13, 2017.  PRE-BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT THE UC BOTANICAL GARDENS.  With LE JAZZ HOT (of the Hot Club of San Francisco) and the FABRICE MARTINEZ TRIO.  Join the UC Botanical Garden for our annual celebration of Bastille Day with cocktails, small bites and swinging french music.  It’s sure to be a good time. Enjoy French treats while perusing our silent auction of French themed items. All this while supporting the Botanical Garden and our mission of conservation, education and research. C’est magnifique!  We welcome you to bring additional picnic dinners to this lovely evening event.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  Registration required: $45, $35 Garden members. for tickets.

July 13 or 15, 2017.  SERGE GAINSBOURG.  Discover a very influential French artist. Agent provocateur, singer, composer and actor, Serge Gainsbourg was a major player on the French music scene, as well as in the French society of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Best for levels 5 to 8 students – $25.  This conference is offered twice:  Thursday, July 13th, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday, July 15th,, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Please sign up at the front desk or call in advance (415)

July 14, 2017.  ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO SOIREE BASTILLE.  Join us Friday, July 14th for a magnifique Bastille Day celebration at Hawthorn!  DJs Franky Boissy, Frenchy le Freak and J.Remy will keep you dancing deep into the night. Hawthorn’s exquisite production will mesmerize as you experience joie de vivre!   Dress to impress because our photographer will be capturing all the action. Can’t wait to see you there!  Send word to to reserve a VIP Table.  For tickets:

July 14, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at Towne Center Books. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  BASTILLE DAY!  Bastille Day Croissants with Susan C. Shea.  Towne Center Books,555 Main St.,Pleasanton, CA.  11 AM.

July 14, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS – Sheri Mignano & Michael Van Why – play on the beautiful patio of Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg in celebration of BASTILLE DAY. 11am to 2pm. for details.

July 14, 2017. BASTILLE DAY WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAPA. Potuck Food & Wine. 6pm-8pm at napa City Nights — look for us under the French flag! For more information: 707.688.9110 or

July 14, 2017.  MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE presents MARIE ANTOINETTE (1938). Directed by W.S. Van Dyke.  With Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power).     Keep your head while all about you are losing theirs on Bastille Day!  Norma Shearer gives one of her best performances in this glittering film about the rise and fall of Marie Antoinette, from her beginnings as a teenaged bride to the dauphin, to her end as the victim of the French Revolution. Her acting in the title role, reportedly her favorite, earned her an academy award nomination. This movie, which is considered one of the most opulent of Hollywood’s golden age, also garnered Oscar nominations for best art direction, best original score, and best actor in a supporting role — Robert Morley as the hapless King Louis XVI.

July 14, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE presents THE MUSIC OF MID-20TH CENTURY PARIS for BASTILLE DAY 2017.   8pm.  Silo’s Live Music, 530 Main St., Napa.  Silo’s is the Napa Valley’s premier up-close entertainment venue.  Featuring delectable small plates, inspired cocktails, craft beers, Napa Valley wines, and exceptional live music!  Limited seating – reserve your seats today!

July 14, 2017.  BASTILLE DAY AT LE COLONIAL.   Le Colonial (San Francisco) presents a BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION featuring JAZZ HOT – THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO.  Swing dancing with French gypsy jazz.  6pm-12am.  $25 per person; includes a plate of French cheeses, baguette, pâté, & a glass of French wine.  Le Colonial, 20 Cosmo Place, SF.  Tickets required; pre-sale tickets available:

July 14, 2017.  DEUX BISOUS GITANS – Sheri Mignano & Michael Van Why – play at Petaluma’s Aqus Café in celebration of BASTILLE DAY. 7pm-9pm.  Come early; seating is limited.  Overflow patio.  Vive la France! for details.

July 14, 2017. CARA BLACK presents MURDER IN SAINT GERMAIN at Orinda Books. Aimée Leduc’s job at Ecole des Beaux Arts gets disrupted when Suzanne, in the elite police squad, insists Aimée repay a favor. Duty bound, Aimée, a new maman, finds herself investigating links to a Balkan warlord through the Left Bank, Jardin du Luxembourg and corners of Saint Germain. “Smashing and suspenseful” BBC’s Between the Lines. “Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.” Alan Furst. “Leduc’s City of Light is stylish, dangerous place.” The Washington Post.  BASTILLE DAY!  Bastille Day celebration with Susan C. Shea.  Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA, 6 PM.

July 14, 2017.  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION.  5pm to 10pm.  La Flamme, 478 25th St., Oakland, 94612.  Music, danse, movies, books, wine, beer and of course our tartes flambées.

July 14, 2017.  BASTILLE DAY SOIREE.  4pm to 6pm.  Market Hall/The Pasta Shop, 5655 College Ave., Oakland.  Try French recipes: an entire kitchen menu; Meet cookbook author, Georgeanne Brennan, and have her new book, La Vie Rustic signed; Chat with founder of KL Keller Imports, Kitty Keller and taste her incredible French food finds; Sample French ingredients like piment d’espelette, honey, salt, and cheese; Enter to win fun French food prizes; Dance to festive French music.

July 14, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform a SUMMER CONCERT in San Carlos.  6pm-8pm.  Burton Park, 900 Chestnut St., San Carlos.  Free. for details.

July 14-23, 2017.  STEPHANE DENEVE, JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET and others perform at FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY.  Music, dance, and theater perfectly paired with Napa’s fine wine and cuisine.  It’s an experience like no other!  888.337.6272 or for details.

July 15, 2017.  SAN FRANCISCO BASTILLE DAY KERMESSE & BAL POPULAIRE.  11am to 8pm.   Join us for a grand Bastille Day celebration with a Kermesse (outdoor festival) followed by a Bal Populaire (firemen’s ball) a la Française. The event will open at 11 am and run till 8 pm on Saturday July 15th at Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero.  The day’s activities will culminate at 6 pm with the excitement of a « Bal Populaire » featuring local French-American bands, including SonoMusette, mid-20th century Paris music, Rue’66, San Francisco’s only authentic 60s French « yé yé » band, and The FaspTones, a French Rock & Roll band. The Bastille Day celebration is expected to draw-up a few thousand visitors throughout the day! Event includes the 25e TOURNOI DE PETANQUE at 1pm.  Justin Herman Plaza Bocce Courts. for tickets.

July 15, 2017.  UN DEUX TROIS & LA GUINGUETTE present a BASTILLE DAY CONCERT.  8pm.  Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental.  $15 advance, $20 at door.  For advanced tickets:

July 15, 2017.  SONOMUSETTE celebrates BASTILLE DAY with Scott Feichter, Kalei Yamanoha, and Michael Priceat Justin Herman Plaza, SF.  6pm.  or for details.

July 15, 2017.  MONACO BOYS CHOIR performs at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.  7pm.  The acclaimed Monaco Boys’ Choir of the Principality of Monaco, formerly known as The Little Singers of Monaco (Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco), will perform for an exceptional concert at Incarnation Episcopal Church on Saturday July 15 at 7 p.m. to celebrate Bastille Day. Under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, the Monaco Boys Choir donates its time and talents to concerts organized on behalf of humanitarian associations throughout the world. The prestigious group, now directed by Pierre Debat, was founded in 1974 by Prince Rainier III. It gathers together 30 boys, aged between 8 and 18 years.  1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco.  Tickets: This event is free and open to public.  However, because of limited seating, online registration is required.  Please visit to find out more details about this concert.  Free Reception after the concert.

July 15, 2017.  TOM RIGNEY & FLAMBEAU perform at BOUCHON BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION, YOUNTVILLE.  This will be our third year playing this event–the Bouchon Bistro’s big summer celebration. Fabulous food from chef Thomas Keller, and we will split the day with our good friends the Zydeco Flames. We play 1:00-4:00 pm, the Flames come on at 4:30. Information:

July 16, 2017.  BASTILLE DAY PICNIC WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SANTA ROSA.  We warmly invite you to come join us at our annual free Bastille Day party, a family-friendly event which takes place at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, 4-8pm, on Sunday 16 July.  Xavier de la Prade will provide us with live accordion music. C’est “à la bonne franquette” (potluck) so please bring a dish to share, plus your own glasses, plates, utensils, drinks and so on – everything you’d like for a lovely picnic. All are welcome to attend! Bring your house guests, friends, neighbors…  We’ll gather in the section of Ragle Ranch Park called Oak Meadow, to the right of the main entrance, near the playground. There is free parking on part of Ragle Ranch Road and on Covert Lane but it’s best to carpool in case the Park is crowded. If you have a regional parks pass you can park for free inside the park, or otherwise pay the $7 day fee per car.  We’ll look forward to seeing you there, vive la liberté & à bientôt !  Here’s a link to more info on the park, including a PDF map you can print:

July 16, 2017.  CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY with a DEJEUNER (POTLUCK) A L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY.  Déjeuner (potluck) dans le jardin de l’AF.  ? Live music ?.  Craft for kids with Agnès.  POTLUCK: Bring a dish, or dessert to share, and food to grill.  Free event; no rsvp required.  12pm-3pm. for details.

July 16, 2017.  BASTILLE DAY FETE with SONOMUSETTE.  3pm.  SOPER REESE THEATRE, 275 S. Main Street • Lakeport.  An afternoon of French-themed fun with live music, dancing, surprise guests, food á la francaise, wine, and song.  SonoMusette returns to Soper Reese Theatre by popular demand after the group’s exciting concert last March!  Visit The Soper Reese website for seating options and ticket information.

Santa Barbara. Les samedi 15 et dimanche 16 juillet, la 29e édition du French Festival vous ramènera dans votre patrie natale. Que ce soit sur la scène Tour Eiffel ou Moulin rouge du festival, vous pourrez admirer des danseurs folkloriques (de la danse polynésienne au French Cancan, en passant par le Tango), des concerts et d’autres divertissements (comme une démonstration de combat du Moyen-âge ou la Cavalcade canine à 6pm). Sous les arbres du Oak Park, il fera bon flâner, en dégustant une crêpe et un verre de vin, ou participer à une partie de pétanque. French festival, Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Avenue, Santa Barbara. Evénement le samedi 15 et dimanche 16 juillet, de 11 am à 7 pm. Entrée gratuite.


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