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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: Dancing in the street
 
If dance is the most primal of human artistic instincts then Heliopolis at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau fully updates it for the 21st Century. Inspired by films such as Blade Runner and Metropolis, five dancers will inhabit a fictional future city where their movements create the life, architecture and sound of an urban space using advanced motion-tracking technology. The intimate interaction of video, audio, projection and dance will bring to life a city of light that, at least while the music plays and the dancers dance, you can call home.
Thursday to Saturday 8 pm, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau
 
Add to favourit  Open Air: High ice
 
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but there’s a certain excitement in the air, bustle in the shops and extra glistening lights in the streets that the locals like to refer to as Christmas, a strange custom that appears to celebrate the return of a fat, bearded man who seems quite jolly for some reason. What also returns to town this time of year is ice-skating, and one of the best places to do this is at the ETH Zurich. Not only do you get free entry to the rink (you only pay for the hire of skates), a warm tent with food and drinks (at student prices) but you also get one of the best views of the whole city as you glide, fairy-like, over the ice.
Thursday until 14th December, open until 10 pm (except Sunday, 6 pm) ETH Zurich
 
Add to favourit  Party: Club culture
 
Andrew Weatherall is one of a select group of djs that have managed to soundtrack and shape modern pop culture. In the Nineties he merged rock and club sensibilities by producing Happy Mondays, New Order and, most influentially, the Primal Scream album, Screamadelica. He’s been at the forefront of techno, house and balearic music over the last twenty-five years and, hell, he even has an entire two-day music festival named after him in the south of France. If you want to hear what all the fuss is about, he’ll be djing at Zukunft on Saturday night.
Saturday 12 am, Zukunft
 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: New in town
 
This Saturday sees the opening of two new stores in Zurich, as well as a one-day international independent publishers fair. Palanca is a new gallery in town that will be displaying, and selling, work from Swiss and international contemporary artists and designers. Their aim is to make art accessible and, perhaps more importantly, affordable to the likes of us. The opening event starts at 2 pm and runs into the evening with drinks and djs. Circle – The Sustainable Shop, as the name subtly suggests, hopes to bring sustainability, fairness and quality to our lives. It will stock goods from brands that realise time may be infinite but resources are not. And finally, Perla-Mode are organising an Independent Publishing Fair that will be showcasing books from publishers, artists and designers from around the world. A photography-centric travelling library, Zines of the Zone, will also be stopping by, and if you need some beats with your books they’ve also got some live bands and djs to keep you entertained.
Saturday from 2 pm, Palanca, Seebahnstrasse 125, 8003
Saturday from 5 pm, Circle - The Sustainable Shop, Brunngasse 3, 8001
Saturday from 12 pm, Perla-Mode, Brauerstrasse 37, 8004
 
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Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Christmas community
 
Basislager is located in West Zurich at Altstetten and houses a community of around 200 people from the artistic, cultural and creative industries including photography, literature, music, fashion, sculpture, as well as the performing and visual arts. It’s also a place of nurture for young start-up companies and small business to take their first steps. This Sunday they are having a Christmas Market where you’ll not only be able to buy items from this creative community but also explore their workshops and studios. As you browse for gifts you can also enjoy a warm rustic kitchen with grill and a bar with hot glühwein and musical entertainment. I think I can hear sleigh bells in the distance.
Sunday  11 am to 6 pm, Basislager, Aargauerstrasse 14-94, 8048
 
Add to favourit   Concert: Poetic power
 
Kate Tempest is a rare breed in the world of hip-hop and rap. Not only is she a white female from South London, but she has also recently become the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for her poetry collections and has written a soon-to-be published novel that more fully explores the themes and characters of her latest album, Everybody Down. So, if you’re looking for a little more out of your rappers than ‘wave your hands in the air, like you just don’t care’, Kate’ll be playing live at Exil on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday 6.30 pm, Exil
 
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Add to favourit  Eating: Glorious Gloria
 

To me, restaurant Gloria is glorious! Maybe it's the waitress, who never gets an order wrong even though she remembers everything including special requests and drinks without taking a note. Maybe it's the bright welcoming smile of the owner. Maybe it's their food. Maybe it's their non-existing website. Or maybe, it's the charming round windows and the comfy leather sofas. And since their renovation, the floor comes in a slick black and bar and walls in a matching warm red. Very nice.
Restaurant Gloria, Josefstrasse 59, 8005 Zurich

 
Add to favourit   Good to know: The old chestnut

Finally, winter is arriving and I finally notice all the Maroni stalls. I love these roasted chestnuts: so sweet and warm healthy! As the vendors of each stall often change every season I won't be able to tell you which sells the best ones. Generally they're all in all the same, but I can certainly recommend the couple at Albisriederplatz and Ruth at Bucheggplatz. While Maroni are nice as a snack, caramelized chestnuts are probably my favourite side dish, served with venison, which is in season during winter in most restaurants. So enjoy the old chestnut. It's also supposed to be healthy.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: First editions
 

Yves G. Rittener has a passion for (signed) first editions of modern literature, art, punk and psychedelic music from the sixties and seventies, guitars and slot cars. He collected so many items that they crowded his flat. He offers them for sale now in his shop YGRbookS at Haldenstrasse 159 close to Goldbrunnenplatz. While chatting with Yves about the world and drinking horrible instant coffee you get a chance to brows the shelves with all the treasures. A very nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. Visitors are always welcome and if you have a rare item to sell, Yves is also the person to see.
Haldenstrasse 150, 8055. Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Play to impress
 

You have a date coming up that you would like to impress. Or you want to show your family over the holidays that you actually learned something in Switzerland? Then check out Sam Tucker’s tutorial on how to play the piano if you don’t know how to play the piano. The result is quiet impressive and the instruction so simple that I’m sure even I could do it.

 
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