Voila une Meetup qui peut s'interessera au Francophones. Il y aura des membres des Meetup Groups Anglophones qui assistera aussi. Le diner et l'evennement seront en Anglais, mais au sujet de la France.. We will attend Humanities West's event entitled Notre Dame: The Soul of Medieval Paris You are responsible for purchasing your own tickets, availability is not usually a problem. For Friday only, Balcony seats are $37.75, incl. handling charge and special Balcony pricing for Fri & Sat. is $70.50. In the past, I've been able to purchase tickets at the event and members of our group have been able to sit together because the theatre does not sell out, although I cannot guarantee that that will work this time, but it's probably ok. (No handling charge if you buy at Herbst---their Box Office opens at 6:30 Fri.) 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 6:15 pm at Max's Opera Cafe, across the street from Herbst, , 601 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA[masked] 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 7:25 and you can meet us in the lobby. Notre Dame program begins at Herbst 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: Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:30 to 10:00 pm Lecture: Notre-Dame of Paris and Manifest Destiny. Stephen Murray (Medieval Art, Columbia University). The great cathedral dominates the urban skyline, overawing us with its boat-like silhouette, powerful towers, menacing gargoyles and velvety-dark interior spaces pierced by shafts of brilliantly colored light from high windows. For us, Notre-Dame of Paris appears to represent the certainty of France becoming France, with Paris as its capital. However, when this great church was begun the Capetian kings of France were struggling for control over a city that was not yet capital of a France that was not yet France, while their rivals, the Plantagenets, controlled a mighty empire extending from Scotland to the Pyrenees. Can we return to the uncertainties of the mid-twelfth century and the start of work on a great church that was quite different from anything ever seen before and quite different from the Notre-Dame we know? Are there surprises to be found in this, the best-loved and most visited of all the great cathedrals? And how is it that Gothic, born in such precarious circumstances, can create such a powerful illusion of manifest destiny? Performance: The Cathedral and the Lady. Clerestory - 10 man vocal ensemble. Introduced by Clifford (Kip) Cranna (Director of Music Administration, SF Opera).