The Swiss Winter
In the Bay Area
And Beyond

January 2012, Issue 40

In This Issue

Featured Item:                                          

Swiss Film THE SANDMAN Opens San Joaquin Intl. Film Festival
 Stockton, CA, January 12


[ruidobello] a.k.a. Jorge Bachmann in Electronic Music Program at The LAB
San Francisco, January 6


Piano Recital with Frank L�vy at Stanford University
Palo Alto, January 21
World-Premiere Performance of Jarrell Cello Concerto at Utah Symphony
Salt Lake City, February 3-4



Swiss Short Film Competes at Sundance
Park City, UT, January 20-27
Documentary MAX BILL - THE MASTER'S VISION at Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, February 2
Documentary BATTLE OF THE QUEENS at Cinequest Film Festival
San Jos�, CA, February 28-March 11
Visual Art/Design:

Architecture Presentation and Bubble Ballet Design Installation at swissnex San Francisco
San Francisco, January 5
Monika Steiner Exhibits New Paintings
Santa Clara, Seattle, San Luis Obispo, Ongoing
Featured Event: Swiss Film THE SANDMAN Opens San Joaquin Intl. Film Festival


Swiss director Peter Luisi's quirky comedy The Sandman, an audience triumph at San Francisco's recent Berlin and Beyond Festival, will have its San Joaquin Valley premiere next week as the opening night film of the 5th Annual San Joaquin International Fiilm Festival. Director Luisi will also be on hand in person to receive the Festival's Independent Award.


The screening will be followed by a live Q&A session with the director.




The Sandman with Director Peter Luisi

January 12, 7 p.m.

Stockton Empire Theatre

1825 Pacific Avenue

Stockton, CA 


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://sjiff.org/sjiff2012/f-thesandman.html


Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco



[ruidobello] a.k.a. Jorge Bachmann Performs Live at The LAB



Swiss sound artist, photographer, and installation artist Jorge Bachmann will contribute a performance to this Friday's concert of new and electronic music at San Francisco's The LAB. Drawing from his extensive library of field recordings, featuring sounds from the natural and "everyday" worlds, Bachmann, performing as [ruidobello], creates soundscapes "meant for deep listening."


 Bachmann appears on a lineup that also includes Simon Whetham, Jim Haynes, and Andrea Williams.


For more information, visit: www.thelab.org



January 6, 8 p.m.


2948 16th Street

San Francisco


Swiss Pianist Frank L�vy Performs at Stanford University


Frank_LevyInternational touring artist pianist Frank L�vy, who recently relocated to the Bay Area, will be performing an evening of classical music at Stanford University's Campbell Recital Hall on January 21. The program will include favorites of the Classical and Romantic periods, including pieces by Scarlatti, Mozart, Schumann, and Liszt, as well as a special appearance by award-winning young violinist Minjung Cho. 




January 21, 7 p.m.

Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford University

541 Lasuen Mall

Stanford, CA

Tickets available at: http://www.stanfordtickets.org/tickets/calendar/view.aspx?id=4257




Utah Symphony Performs World-Premiere Cello Concerto


Maestro Thierry Fischer


In a program that includes Beethoven's Fifth and pieces by Faur�, the Utah Symphony will be presenting the world-premiere of a specially commissioned Cello Concerto by Swiss composer Michael Jarrell, under the baton of Maestro Thierry Fischer. The piece, whose commission was supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, will be performed by internationally renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.





Utah Symphony: Beethoven, Faur�, and Jarrell

February 3 and 4, 8 p.m. 

Abravanel Hall  

123 West South Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 


Tickets and more information at www.utahsymphony.org


This world-premiere performance supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Swiss Short Film at Sundance Film Festival


famouspeople2Switzerland is represented at this year's Sundance Film Festival with a short film from Swiss director Ivan Hurzeler. In Famous Person Talent Agency: Pearls of Asia, Jackie Diamond is a luckless talent agent who never stops dreaming. He believes in show business, so he reaches for the stars from a shabby office in Queens.  

Documentary MAX BILL - THE MASTER'S VISION in Seattle


max_billThis film about Max Bill (1908-1994) moves between the dynamic fields of art, aesthetics and politics. Max Bill, one of the most important Swiss artists of the 20th century, was the most famous student to come out of the legendary Bauhaus in Dessau. He was an ardent anti-fascist and all his avant-garde work as an artist, sculptor, architect  and typographer showed a social responsibility and environmental awareness right through his life. His views have become incredibly topical. Director Erich Schmid will be in addendance.



Max Bill - The Master's Vision

February 2, 9 p.m.

Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 

BATTLE OF THE QUEENS at Cinequest San Jos�


kampfderkoeniginnenThe Swiss documentary Battle of the Queens, soon to be released in Switzerland, will receive its US premiere in competition at the San Jos�'s Cinequest Festival in the presence of director Nicolas Steiner. The film, shot on location in Steiner's native Valais region, follows the rural Swiss tradition of setting cows--not bulls--off against each other in single combat.


Battle of the Queens will be shown preceded by Steiner's award-winning short Ich bin's Helmut.


Cinequest runs February 28 - March 11 in downtown San Jos�. For screening times, visit www.cinequest.org as the festival approaches.


Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

Architecture Presentation and Bubble Ballet at swissnex San Francisco


another_takeJoin Zurich-based architects Sarah Graham, Marc Angelil, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a presentation of their latest book, Another Take, which tells the unusual story of 17 buildings. 


This evening also provides the last public opportunity to experience the weirdly mesmerizing Bubble Ballet, a kinetic art installation with, yes, bubbles, from Swiss design firm Greutmann Bolzern.


Another Take: 17 Stories on Architecture

and Bubble Ballet

January 5, 6 p.m.

swissnex San Francisco

730 Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94111


More information and RSVP here.


Monika Steiner: Exhibitions in the Bay Area, Central Coast, and Seattle


monika_new_workProlific Bay Area Swiss painter and sculptor Monika Steiner has a busy season ahead, showing work in group shows in Santa Clara and Seattle as well as a two-person exhibition in San Luis Obispo.


Triton Museum

Statewide Painting Competition & Exhibition

Through February 12, 2012

1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA



Group Show: Journeys

Seattle Art Museum Gallery
January 12th to February 11th, 2012
Opening Reception January 12th 5-7pm 2012

1220 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA  




San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA
April 6th - 30th 2012
Opening Reception April 6th

1010 Broad Street  San Luis Obispo



  Your Cultural News...
To submit information on Swiss cultural events in northern California and the northwestern United States, please write to Martin Schwartz at martin.schwartz@eda.admin.ch.

Utah Symphony's commission of Michael Jarrell's Cello Centerto 
swissnex San Francisco's presentation of Bubble Ballet are supported by

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ThinkSwiss - brainstorm the future  www.thinkswiss.org  
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