Geneva Out & About: Week of November 19, 2012

This week, head to AMR for some jazz, enjoy the Akouphene Festival, observe the skies, listen to some good stories and don’t miss Les Créatives Onex Festival! The South American film festival is still on as well;

Akouphene Festival: 10th edition for this very special electro music festival. 20 CHF per concert. Don’t miss Rue du Nord / Sinlab “The Flying Dutchmen” on Friday, an interaction between sound and video. Most concerts take place on Bateau-Geneve at 8:30pm, on Quai Gustave Ador but there will also be a performance by Brice Catherin at the Saint Jean Library on Saturday afternoon. I am looking forward to the brunch and the trumpet concert by Mazen Kerbaj  on Sunday at the Villa Berlusconi in Grand-Lancy, a really nice setting. November 23-25

AMR Jam Session: If you like jazz, every Tuesday, the AMR (Association to encourage improvised music) has great musicians come and play together. Free entrance. They also have regular concerts on other nights (CHF 20). The place has a nice atmosphere, you can have a drink while listening to some really talented artists. Check out their website to see the full program. AMR. Rue des Alpes 10.

Autumn Skies: If you like astronomy here is a good opportunity to find out more. The History of Science Museum is a lovely building in a stunning position in Pearl du Lac and is well worth a visit. Learn about an old astronomical instrument, attend a conference about Mars, and watch the autumn skies with specialists (weather permitting). History of Science Museum, Perle du Lac November 21. 6:30pm

The Huss: Accoustic pop-rock concert (inspired from British music from the 60s and 70s) in a very nice setting. Les Enfants Terribles is a huge shop with lots of design objects and furniture. It’s a also a café with delicious pastries. Rue Prévost-Martin 24. November 22. 7pm

Sunday Tales: A great afternoon awaits you if you understand French or wants an opportunity to practice. “Dimanche du Conte” – organized by Swisstales – will present 4 stories and 1 movie. Some stories are for all ages, others for older kids. Make sure to check the program before going to see which story is best. Theatricul, route de Genève, 64, Chêne-Bourg.November 25. 2pm-9pm

Les Créatives – Onex Festival : This festival presents women artists and their creations. The festival will take place mainly in Onex Salle Communale with pop rock concerts. Don’t miss Brigitte – two amazing ladies with a big sense of humour –  on November 23 ! Some events will also  take place in Meyrin and Collonge-Bellerive. There will be a series of films at Pathé Rialto. Full program and tickets available online. Concerts are 42 CHF, or you can buy a pass for the whole festival for 100 CHF.  Movies are 10 CHF. There will also be free concerts with new talents at the “off festival” (Scène du Manège). November 21-24

Filmar en America Latina: 14th edition of this film festival with a comprehensive program. In various theatres in Geneva and neighbouring France: Grutli cinemas, Bio Carouge, Fondation Arditi and Fonction Cinema in Geneva. Brazil is the guest of honor this year. Plenty of great movies, the only problem is that there is almost too much to choose from! Full program here. Until December 2.

Family Village: Lots of activities for kids from 1 to 12. Sports, arts, treasure hunt, et. Check out the full program for more information. Tickets online for CHF 25, CHF 29 on the spot. Morges . CFF hall. November 21 and 24

Improvisation Theatre: For those who are fluent in French, this is a good way to have a fun night. Les Arts is organizing what they call “wrestling games” between two teams who have to improvised on a topic. The public then votes for the funniest team. CHF 20.  Theâtre Le Caveau, Avenue de Sainte-Clotilde 9. November 22 – December 9.

Save the date: December 7-9. Fête de l’Escalade. A celebration of the victory of the Swiss over the Duke of Savoy in 1602. The Fête includes a parade with 60 horses and 800 people in costumes on Sunday, guided tours of the Old Town where you can enter some secret passages, muskets firing, smaller parades with music all weekend, special markets, accompanied by lovely mulled wine. More historical facts on the importance of this event and the full program of the fête are here.


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Originally from France, I’ve been living abroad for 15 years... My background is in Education. I’ve been in Geneva for 6 years now and I'm loving it. At first I found it boring but then I found out that most of what it has to offer is hidden. As I love going out and exploring, this big village is just like a playground for me: I'm having tons of fun and I hope I can share it with you! I head up the Out and About and Lazy Sunday sections of Biskotti so if you're organizing an exciting event, be sure to invite me!