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Zurich (EN):Zurich, 9.12.10: Urban signs, Baby Genius & Redley Exantus

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Urban Signs Photo Trip goes Photo10

I love the various urban signs that you upload each week. Cheers! You can also upload photos of Zurich which will then appear in one of the newsletters. Lately there weren’t any. So if i get a wish for the Christmas, then it’s your images of Zurich, uploaded on the website. Cheers again!  But let’s go back to the urban signs photos for now.  Photo10 is one of the most important work exhibitions of Switzerland’s photography. About 120 photographers display their pictures there. Ron as well! I’m allowed to fill two walls, which i pass on to you. Each photo of the topic urban signs, which is uploaded to the forum and of which a print out (max A3) is sent to Blofeld will find a space at Photo 10. The best image will be awarded with a Nikon COOLPIX P7000 with wide angle converter. Upload & send photo to: Blofeld Entertainment GmbH, Re: Ron Orp, Langstrasse 94, 8004 Zürich

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Good. No, bad

Argument about art is as common as agreement, which is partly what makes it art I suppose. At Art + Argument, as you might expect, two expert teams are asked to oppose or defend an idea about art and painting for five minutes, followed by challenges from the other team and then audience members. I like the idea that team members don’t have to agree with the position they are arguing which should add an element of irreverence to the whole affair.
Thursday 7:30 pm, Claudia Groeflin Gallery, Dienerstrasse 12

Child prodigy

Baby Genius may come from Luzern but Britpop was where this boy learnt to rock n’ roll. The English exports of attitude and improvisation seem to have found a happy home here. Baby Genius is touring his new album and will be at a favourite of mine, Long Street Bar, this week.
Thursday 8 pm, Long Street Bar

Pinball wizard

‘Ever since I was a young boy/I've played the silver ball/From Soho down to Brighton/I must have played them all’ - if you’ve always wanted to be cool like Tommy (but without the physical hindrances) then you now have your chance to shine. Le Calvados have organised a pinball competition and for the 5 franc entrance fee you get your beer included as well as a chance to win, among other things, a season ticket to Letzigrund. Of course all this pales into insignificance compared to being crowned Pinball Wizard of Zurich.
Friday 6 pm, Calvados, Idaplatz

Party people

Elektrostubete is the party label from Bern and on Friday they bring the party to Rote Fabrik. ‘Stubete’ is a traditional Bernese word for a small celebration with folk music and dance, however this is like comparing candles with neon. A live show by Polder from Amsterdam will be followed up by some of the best djs from the two Cantons including Dejan, Lukas Kleesattel, Dave Canina and Jon Donson.  Traditional it ain’t.
Friday 11 pm, Rote Fabrik

Rambling rose

Jesse Rose is a London house dj, based out of Berlin. As a producer, remixer and label owner he has been involved with some great names (Hot Chip, Radio Slave), and as a dj plays across Europe as well as residencies at Kiss FM and Back to Yours in London. This Saturday he’ll be headlining at Hive along with P Toile.
Saturday 11 pm, Hive Club

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Shake a leg

I usually associate Stratford-Upon-Avon with Shakespeare, the picturesque home town of the famous writer, with ancient theatres that still stage his plays. I’m not intending to convince you to visit the town and see play there by the Shakespeare Company (though it’s definitely worth a trip). But Stratford-Upon-Avon rocks. Indie rock by Eight Legs. This Tuesday at Hafenkneipe.
Tuesday 8.30 pm, Hafenkneipe

Eating: Kantine Hermetschloo

Most meals that I don’t eat at home are actually over lunchtime. So I thought I’d recommend a nice, public canteen for a change: Kantine Hermetschloo. Being located at Zurich Altstetten, it’s not very central, but many of us don’t work in the inner city. From the venue on the sixth floor you get a fantastic, urban view over the city, just above the rail tracks. The friendly team cooks fresh, seasonal, international meals daily. If you know of other public canteens that are worth a try, let me know!
Kantine Hermetschloo, Hermetschloostrasse 70

Good to Know

It’s cold outside – time to take a bath. Nothing warms cold bones as good as a hot bath or a visit to the sauna or a spa. Saunas you find all around town, at your local fitness centre, at the lake, at Helvetiaplatz (Stauffacherstrasse 60) or the Turkish version Hamam in the Niederdorf (where you can also book online now). This week, there is also the opening of the first thermal spa in Zurich. Hooray! Zurich always had hot springs, but Zwinglian Zurich was against thermal spas. Until now. This Saturday the first ever will opens its doors, in an old brewery house. I like the idea! It opens this Saturday and offers 2 for 1 entries until 17 December.

The international language of rhythm

Recently I went clubbing in Tokyo with Mr Samurai.fm until the early mornings. His platform samurai.fm is like a treasure chest, filled with dj-mixes of music across all countries and genres. For your personal treasure hunt, you fill in genre and style and then: float. You’ll find new tunes but also timeless classics. Wonderfully international and eclectic. That’s what I’m listening to this morning.

Ron’s Interview

Redley grew up in New York and also studies fashion design there. Afterwards she chose Switzerland, well Geneva, as her home. After more studying, the innovative designer started her own fashion label: Redley Exantus. To cut a long story short – check out my interview with her here.


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Add to favourit  Stage: Listen without hearing
 
One of the prerequisites of being a dancer would seem to be the ability to hear the music you’re dancing to but with the production of Listen at Rote Fabrik, it goes to show what a hearist I really am.  To music played live by Fritz Hauser, a troupe of hearing and deaf dances will put on a delicately choreographed performance that, just like watching a blind tightrope walker, adds an extra level of awe to the amazement of just seeing the act itself.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8 pm, Rote Fabrik
 
Add to favourit  Party: Two door club
 
Two Door Cinema Club are UK indie-rockists with a dance floor bent, as they weave their electric guitars through suitably electro beats, and have become quietly huge while doing so. They’ve now been invited over to Zurich by the two party labels Killer & In/Out to show another aspect of their dance floor skills, as djs in Hive this Friday. They’ll be supported by a stellar array of local djs who also know how to put the indie into dance.
Friday 11 pm, Hive
 
Add to favourit   Festival: Free style
 
This weekend sees Europe’s biggest freestyle festival come to the shores of the lake as freestlye.ch plays host to some of the worlds best snowboarders, free skiers, mountain bikers and motocrossers. We may be less than an hour away from the Alps but, hell, who needs a geography lesson when you can build your own mountain, and cover it in snow, right here in town? They’ll also have skate parks, a labelworld, food, drink, live bands and djs just in case the excitement of watching death-defying leaps and twists starts to drag.  In town they also have a Riders Welcome Night party in Plaza on Friday and an After-Burner party at Härterei on Saturday. I have 1 x 2 tickets to give away for the freestyle festival. E-mail me.
Friday 11 pm, Plaza (Riders Welcome Night)
Saturday & Sunday from 11 am, Landiwiese ( freestyle festival)
Saturday 11 pm, Härterei (After-Burner Party)
 
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Add to favourit  Concert: Lucky charm
 
Depending on where you come from in the world, a black cat crossing your path can either bring with it good or bad luck, but by letting rapper/dj duo Gato Preto (black cat in Portuguese) cross your path on Saturday at Stall 6 one thing is for certain: however lucky you feel afterwards, you’ll have danced yourself silly. With their music containing elements of African breakbeat, Brazilian baile funk and European house they seem to have distilled global dance rhythms into one undeniable and unstoppable sound. They’ll be followed by a dj set from Tropical Continent Soundsystem who bring together electronic beats with Caribbean percussion. All in all, in these waning days of summer, a perfect chance to disappear into more exotic climes.
Saturday 10 pm, Stall 6
 
Add to favourit  Event: Behind the scenes
 

This Saturday, some doors are wide open that are usually closed to the general public. Zurich University of the Arts: It’s been a long time since I visited Toni Areal, back then, the factory was filled with ateliers and spontaneous parties. Now, after many months (has it been years?) of renovation Toni Areal welcomes students. If your curious to see what the new campus looks like, head there this weekend. You find the full programme of guided tours and exhibitions on their website. Moods & Schiffbau: The theatres are reopening into a new season. In this spirit, jazz club Moods invites to music, dance and an artistic programme, while Schiffbau shows you where they create their beautiful sets and costumes. During the day, entry is for free. Have a look on their website to see what's going on when.
Saturday 10 am to 6 pm & Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, Toni Areal
Saturday 3 to 8 pm, Moods & Schiffbau

 
Add to favourit  Concert: The boys are back
 
Traditional music can often sound just plain old sometimes, but when it’s played raw with intensity and sincerity then those dusty old ghosts start to look pretty vivid to me. The Hackensaw Boys play a brand of bluegrass and country that feels a lot like punk rock, in that it slaps you about the face (in a loving way) and makes you want to jump about. They may have band members called Pee Paw and The Kooky-Eyed Fox but these good ol’ country boys have also supported The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse, as well as playing music festivals all over the world. They’ll be playing El Lokal on Sunday night.
Sunday 8.20 pm, El Lokal
 
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Add to favourit  Good to know: Election time
 

This weekend, the Swissies have a say on various matters, of those I believe that there are two thatcould matter to you: health insurance and housing in Zurich.  Health insurance: The initiative tackles the basic insurance, which covers the same services everywhere. The initiative believes that a public basic health insurance would lower the costs as no money is spend on attracting new clients. This cause is supported by the left while the liberal parties believe that private companies do a better job in keeping the costs down generally. Housing in Zurich: The second initiative only concerns the Canton of Zurich. Its plan: A fixed amount of lower-rent-apartments within large projects in return for a higher-density-building permission. As before, the left supports this, hoping for more affordable housing within town. The liberal opposition believes that additional regulations will lead to fewer projects generally. The decision is up to the majority as usual and you’ll find the results from Sunday (after the poll) in the Swiss press or on swissinfo.

 
Add to favourit  Eating: The month with an R
 

Regarding mussels I’m only familar with one rule: You should only eat them in months that contain an R. So after a few r-less month, September has started and therefore Moules & Frites are back in town. I spotted them on Les Halles' menue yesterday and I'm informed that  Dani H. is also preparing his tiny kitchen. But the highlight each year is Seebad Enge. Where you usually go for a swim in summer – well, maybe not this summer – they set the tables and serve Moules & Frites right at the lake until 18 October.

 
Add to favourit   Shopping tip: Here to stay

More or less one year ago, I told you about the pop-up-store at Idaplatz «Fein & Dein». They enjoyed their temporary stay and are back for good. As before they offer conserved organic goods from the summer harvest as well as beautiful vintage kitchen utensils. Additionally they also sell unique hand-made furniture and objects now.
Fein & Dein, Sihlfeldstrasse 57, 8003. Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 1.30 to 7 pm, Saturday 1 to 7 pm

 
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“Flags flappin’ in Manhattan, New Dorp New York, Gargoyles gargling oil”, yeah I don’t know either but New Dorp. New York by SBTRKT sure knows how to groove. Enjoy.
 
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