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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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Who can forget the halcyon days of George W Bush as US President? If you’ve managed to convince yourself they didn’t happen, or successfully medicated yourself into believing it was all just one long psychotropic daydream, Xenix would like to remind you. As part of their Will Farrell season, tonight (appropriately enough on 11th September) they are showing Farrell’s one-man Broadway show, «You’re Welcome America – A Final Night with George W Bush», filmed in 2009 as Farrell performed his uncanny parody of the great leader for the final time. Entry will be free.
Thursday 9.30 pm, Xenix
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Summer may have come to a glorious and sudden end this week but Auntie Frieda has been thinking of ways to still keep you warm this weekend. On Friday night at Frieda’s Büxe, she’ll be playing host to Hertz, the electronic party night that has sunbeams hidden in its digital pulse. Midimal and Mindsufer will be playing live, while Pow-Low, Quinto Elemento, Crusty & Protone will be djing. Live visuals will be beamed into your brain by Neonspirit.
Friday 11 pm, Frieda’s Büxe
 
Add to favourit  Party: Bye bye bastei
 
Nature may abhor a vacuum but Zurich abhors seven floors of empty space even more. As Photobastei closed its doors and packed away the photos at the end of August, the empty building was crying out for a meaning to its life. Well, this Saturday it’s found one. The last, great Photobastei rave. Seven floors of dj’s, music, bars and dancing. It may only be for one night but let’s give the old girl a send off she deserves.
Saturday 10 pm, Photobastei
 
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What’s in my left trouser pocket? What three famous people am I thinking of? What colour is my underwear? If you can answer these three questions, there’s two possible explanations – one, you’ve been stalking me, and I want you to stop now, please, you’re scaring me or two, you’re Tobias Heinemann, the Zurich-based hypnotist, mentalist, magician and general reader of minds. He’s already appeared on his own show on Swiss TV and now, for the first time, is giving his first performance in English, Serendipity, at Plaza on Saturday. Now seriously, stop following me. And you should know by now that I don’t wear any underwear.
Saturday 3.30 pm, Plaza
 
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Corner College is a great collaboration of people that I've mentioned a few times when one of their events has caught my eye. On their Theory Tuesday evenings they have different people lead discussions about a specific text or film and on their Practical Friday nights have someone lead an instructional workshop. Past evenings have included subjects as wide ranging as «A Viking Way of Knitting», «The Perverts Guide to Cinema» and, «How to Land a Plane». They have their planning session for the Autumn season on Tuesday and are looking for people who would like to hold a session on a subject of their own choosing. Courses are mostly, but not exclusively, held in English.
Tuesday 8 pm, Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, 8004
 
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If you’re looking for some classic rock'n'roll with real heart and heartbreak – think Lou Reed without the drugs and black leather – you’ll be in for a treat if you venture down to Stall 6 on Tuesday night to see Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends. After five albums, last years «Day of the Dog» saw them finally getting some time in the sunshine of popular acclaim, and with a live show that’s equally chaotic, cathartic and cool they may need to wear those rocking Ray-Bans a little longer.
Tuesday 8 pm, Stall 6
 
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Add to favourit  Eating: Thank you for smoking
 

I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but it sounds amazing and as it’s only open this month here's my tip: «Wood Food». You'll find this hotspot for food prepared over an open fire near Schmiede Wiedikon throughout September. Stewed, smoked, grilled – whatever your palate desires accompanied by fine wines. The three young chefs behind «Wood Food» believe that food should be enjoyed in good company. Their ingredients are local and the long tables make sure you never eat alone. The «Smoking Pop-up Dinners» take place from Tuesday to Saturday and the menu costs 85 francs excluding drinks. Book a table here
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This week, my good to know concerns a tiny gem I stumbled upon by chance on Tuesday. Me and my two friends on our bikes. Abrupt stop by my friend in front of the retirement home Selnau at Schanzengraben.
Friend: Have you ever noticed the golden eye patches on these sculptures?
Ron: No, must be new!
Friend: The sculptures?
Ron: No, but the eye patches look new.
I’m glad we were overheard and interrupted. The sculptures «Lullaby» were placed around and within the retirement home in July and this Saturday there is a Vernissage with an open house. The intriguing pieces of art by Nicholas Micros are worth a visit themselves, but to be honest, I always fancied a look inside this house. After all, we’re not getting younger. If you don’t have time this weekend, you can also drop by during the week all day except during meal times.

 
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I don’t have to mention anymore how much I like browsing in record shops. And I feel the same about book shops, especially when they also stock art books. Therefore I welcome OOR Records with open arms. The record and art book shop opened its doors this week and celebrates its start until Saturday at 5 pm with live sets, performances and drinks. Check out the program and if you’re like me, don’t forget to bring your big wallet along.
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