Dinner/Lecture/Perfo­rmance: Paris: American Expatriate Genius

We will attend Humanities West's event entitled    Paris: American Expatriate Genius  (this event is on Friday nite, but is part of a series of events on both Fri. & Sat.) with members of 4 other Meetup groups (Francophone et Anglophone). You are responsible for purchasing your own tickets, availability is not usually a problem, but no guarantees, since the events are at Marines Memorial for the first time, now. For Friday only, Balcony seats are $37.75, incl. handling charge and special Balcony pricing for Fri & Sat. is $70.00. And there are discounts for students.  For ticket information, visit this website: http://www.humanitieswest.org If you are interested in attending the Dinner, please indicate that in your RSVP so I can get a headcount for the reservation.

Dinner will be at 6:00 pm nearby at Cafe Bastille, 22 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104 ,  If you RSVP for dinner, I will email you my cell phone number on Friday morning in case you are running late. We will head over to the theater at 7:20 and you can meet us in the lobby. Paris program begins at Marines Memorial at 7:30. 
NOTE: Possible Discount tickets for awhile at this site: http://www.goldstar.com 
Here's the list of Friday's nights events: 7:30 to 10 pm

Postwar Paris, with its tolerant and cosmopolitan atmosphere (and its low cost of living), attracted a startling number of America’s cultural icons to live and work among the European avant-garde in a moveable feast of creativity. The exhilaration of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s inspired talented American expatriates crossing national, cultural, and artistic boundaries to create innovative modern forms of their art. Gertrude Stein’s "Une generation perdue" living on the edge, this generation of American artistic geniuses exuberantly and profoundly influenced literature, art, filmmaking, music, dance, and theater, reshaping twentieth-century American culture.


Paris and the Making of the Modern in the Arts. 
Donald W. Faulkner. (Director, NY State Writers Institute)

Despite the disastrous impact of the Great War on Europe, Paris became a center for the making of "the modern" in the arts. In the visual arts, expatriates Picasso, Man Ray, and Juan Gris made great art alongside the Frenchman Matisse. In literature major expatriate artists such as Stein, Hemingway, and Joyce encountered Paris-born literary movements like Dadaism and surrealism. A cluster of collaborators including Diaghilev, Stravinksy, Nijinsky, and Debussy dominated theater, music, and dance. Creativity abounded in jazz, film and the architecture of designs in clothing, furniture, and everyday appliances. Paris in the early twentieth century was a receptive and influencing ground for energy, innovation, and the cross-fertilization of ideas. Professor Faulkner paints a portrait of an open city, a living and vibrant culture, and the people, especially from America, who came there to change the world of art and in the process change themselves.

20-minute Intermission

Performance: Virgil Thomson's Portraits. 
Luciano Chessa (SF Conservatory of Music)

introduces us to Virgil Thomson through his direct experience working on Thomson's music for Chessa’s new opera A Heavenly Act, a contemporary homage to Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts. A Heavenly Act and Four Saints share a Gertrude Stein libretto, and both were presented by SFMOMA with the Ensemble Parallèle at the Novellus Theater of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in August 2011. Chessa performs some of Thomson's chamber scores for piano, as well as music that influenced Thomson (Erik Satie's Le Piège de Méduse) and music that Thomson influenced (Chessa's Saint Teresa I's Aria from A Heavenly Act). With Heidi Moss (soprano) and Benjamin Kreith (violin).

If there is any interest afterwards, those who wish to join for coffee or dessert, may do so, and those who decide to attend Saturday's lectures may also arrange to meet.


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