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Thu, 16.12.2010

Zurich (EN) : Zurich, 16.12.10: iphone app, shopping guide & over the moon

Dear friends

Ron Orp’s Mail is available as an app now. I searched my mind and came up with a few practical functions which are also interesting if you’re on the road. For example you can take pictures with your iphone and upload them directly into the urban city trip section – so that my wish for more photos might become true! The app is available in German, French, English and Portuguese accordingly to the city you choose. You can download it here.
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Electric futureland

As we all know the predicted future of transportation is a little behind schedule. The personal jetpacks and teleportation devices are still in development alongside the hover-car but there are companies whose ideas are bringing the real future closer everyday. The Hub is hosting two of these companies – Tesla Motors and Flyerelektrovelo – who will present their company stories as well as taking questions and giving advice to any upcoming social entrepreneurs. If you do invent something, call it the Ronorpatron – it’ll make me happy.
Thursday 8 pm, The Hub

I heart art

Owning original art is normally reserved for the rich or the daringly criminal but Station21 is giving you the chance to own an original piece without being either. 26 artists from around Switzerland are being gathered for an art show under the name Himmelwärts 10 (Skywards 10) where you have the opportunity to talk directly with the artists and, if the mood grabs you, to also buy the art. Prices range from 1 to 199 francs.
Friday 6 pm & Saturday 12 pm, Station21

Latin label

Cómeme is a new electro-dance record label from South America founded by Matias Aguayo and Gary Pimiento. They will be focused mainly on South American artists but are happy to colaborate with any Europeans biten by the Cómeme bug. See what the new label has to offer as they perform a live set with percussionists and a backing vocalist from London at Zukunft.
And if you need a little easy food, music and shopping before the South Americans rock your world then the Nacht Markt at Kasernanareal is back again.
Friday 7 pm, Kasernanareal
Friday 12 am, Zukunft

Gyrate and skate

With December comes the ice but also the skating. The second Zurich Ice Disco is happening at the Dolder Ice Rink this weekend. No need to worry about falling over as the disco, soul and electro beats will keep you upright and flowing along all night. The night has some great djs as well as a live show by Les Retardieux. The after-party is happening at Plaza Club with Kraak & Smaak leading the dj charge.  Just remember, the sliding backwards will be a lot harder and less cooler at the Plaza then the Dolder.
Saturday 5 pm, Dolder Ice Rink
Saturday 11 pm , Plaza Club

Christmas plaza

If you want to get away from the Bahnhofstrasse Christmas crush then get down to the Plaza Club, which is transforming itself into an urban Christmas village for the week leading up to Christmas. Not only confined to the club but also the streets surrounding it, you will find stalls from some of the local boutiques and they have also planned a party program for each day. As you’ve been good readers this year I have some special surprise gifts to give away from Meine Garderobe and Cloud8, two of the labels at the market.
e-mail me.
Sunday-Friday 11.30 am, Plaza Club
Free jazz

This Monday, jazz singer Sophia Bastian sings at Kaufleuten. As a thank you to everyone who visited the club, lounge and/or restaurant this year, the concert is for free. Make sure you get there on time.
Monday 8 pm, Kaufleuten

Good to know

Each year it’s the same game. December comes around and everyone acts surprised that only a few weeks are left until the holidays. The workload increases and the inner city is ruled by shoppers. And there are so many of them. Now, Christmas is only one week away and of course you haven’t had time to do your present shopping. But don’t get scared. You don’t have to throw yourself into the  crowds at Bahnhofstrasse. In my latest digital magazine I put together gift ideas so you can pick the missing presents at home. Unfortunately, amongst the Christmas frenzy I wasn’t able to translate it into English. Sorry about that! But what is it what they say? A picture speaks a thousand words.

Eating: Over the moon

Ron’s assistant: You look happy…
Ron: I just had a great lunch!
Ron’s assistant: So you’re drunk?
Ron: No, great food! At Hin & Weg. It’s a catering and take- away place between Schmiede Wiedikon and Goldbrunnenplatz that cooks so tasty that I’d like to book them as my personal catering service!
Hin & Weg, Birmensdorferstrasse 171, Zurich

Across Switzerland

And yet I’m telling you about another publication which is in German only: Transhelvetica. Why? Because it’s new and because it’s produced in Zurich. And also because you might have German speaking friends or colleagues for which you’re searching for the perfect gift. (Because it's also really nice!)  An annual subscription (6 issues) is only 45 francs.

Music map of Manhattan

Flavorwire puts it so well that I’ll quote:  “If you’re sick of hearing Frank Sinatra tell you that he wants to be a part of it, or Alicia Keys gushing about how these streets will make you feel brand new, then rejoice – here’s an alternative musical history of the Big Apple.”  So have a look and wander through the streets that wrote music history.

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Festival: Sound city

The  M4Music festival is setting up camp again. It's the annual shindig for all of music's great and good to gather in the city and blow our little minds. As well as panel discussions, conferences and a demo-clinic for aspiring musicians there are, of course, a fantastic selection of bands, singers and djs to be seen playing live. My highlights this year include Jungle, Nneka and Black Box Revelation.

Thursday to Saturday, various times and locations

Dynamo: It’s alive Event locations
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A place filled with music and freedom, a place that never changes. At least this is what I always thought of Dynamo. Until their refurbishment. This weekend is the reopening of the youth culture house at the Limmat and I’m very curious to see what happened to my old friend and the rooms where I spent so much of my time. You’re invited too, of course. From Friday to Sunday there will be guided tours, plays, flea markets, diy and a lot of music. Sounds just like Dynamo.

Friday from 5 pm, Saturday from 2 pm & Sunday from 1 pm, Dynamo

Stage: Who’s in control?

Some theatre shows attempt to answer the grand questions of philosophy, religion and life. Others give you a dancing and moonwalking Moses, fabled father of the Jews. In The Table at Theater Stadelhofen, you’ll get all of this combined. Not only that, but the hero, Moses, at the centre of all this is a funny, cantankerous, cardboard-headed puppet who lives on a table and is controlled in the Japanese Bunraku style by 3 puppeteers. The show has travelled the world and won many awards for comedy and is being brought to Zurich by the UK based Blind Summit Theatre.

Friday & Saturday 8.15 pm, Theater Stadelhofen

Exhibition: It’s mine too

The Zurich art collective Veli & Amos seem to be kindly souls. After having gone through the rigmarole of having talent, vision and ambition they’ve managed to get themselves an exhibition, Add Something, at Kunstraum Walcheturm and, guess what? They’re going to let you be a part of it too. You can rent space on any of their paintings and have the thing that’s on your heart or mind shown there, whether it’s your own painting or drawing, a logo, words or even a love letter. There are various sizes available. The exhibition doesn’t start until 15th April but your contribution needs to be sent to them by email by Sunday (29th March). Hence, the early announcement. 

Sunday 12 am, closing time to send entries for exhibition

15 th April until 9th May, exhibition at Kunstraum Walcheturm

Concert: Khan can, can he?

Ben Khan may be one of the most blogged about new musical artists to have come out of the UK in recent times but that means nothing until he’s come to our town and proves to us that all the fuss is warranted. Luckily for him, he’ll be playing his first and only show in Switzerland on Monday at Kinski. He hasn’t released a lot of music beyond a few EP’s and Soundcloud mixes but his sultry take on glitchy neo-soul and R&B have got an awful lot of people very excited. I have 1 x 2 tickets to give away. E-mail me.

Monday 8 pm, Kinski Klub

Concert: Return of the Wombats

The none-more-indie UK band The Wombats have been away for the last few years without a peep from the little indie marsupials. Their highpoint last time was the song, Let’s Dance To Joy Division, a kind of M. C. Esher-ness of indie-on-indie action, but now they’re back with a new album and, surprisingly, they seem to have raised their game and streamlined their sound to incorporate a shiny sprinkling of sweet pop dust over their indie sponge cake. They’re playing at X-tra on Tuesday and I have 2 x 2 tickets to give away. E-mail me.

Tuesday 8 pm, X-tra

New flights from Zurich Good to know
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It might not feel like the right time to talk about flying, but this weekend the summer flight plan starts. Meaning that Swiss introduces 22 new European destinations with direct flights from Zurich, just in time to plan a short trip in the months to come. Sixteen of the new destinations – Naples, Bari, Bilbao, Porto, Toulouse, Leipzig, Dresden, Graz, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Riga, Krakow, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Sofia and Zagreb – will be provided with year-round service, while six of them – Palermo, Brindisi, Malta, Thessaloniki, Izmir and Santiago de Compostela – will be served in the summer months only.

Eating: Fork & Bottle

What with summer heading toward us at breakneck speed (it’ll be here soon, trust me), my thoughts always return to a little outdoors eating. Somewhere that’s got a view of the sunshine, the green countryside and, because I’m a city boy at heart, not too far from the maddening crowds. Fork and Bottle fits this profile perfectly. I’ve always loved their Sunday brunches, what with the pancakes, English muffins and California Breakfast Burritos but due to popular demand (possibly from me) they’re also starting a Saturday brunch. The first is this Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Add to this their special Easter brunch sessions on Easter Sunday and Monday, plus their new Friday best fried chicken nights, and they may need to start forcibly removing me at the end of every weekend. Reserve a table.

Fork & Bottle, Allmendstrasse 20, 8002

Rare beauty Worth reading
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On  you find an interactive gallery with 30 endangered animals. Informative, beautifully designed and with background music that makes your heart bleed. Not to recommend when you’re feeling down but a must if you don’t want to close your eyes to what’s happening all around us.

9 important things that you need to know about the new POPUP POPUP
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When I read number 3, I was blown away! Number 9 would have surprised me, but I didn’t get that far because I set up my profile at number 7.

1. What is POPUP and where do I find it?
POPUP is the name of my city network on This is where the city comes together. People network, share information, fall in love, develop projects, create, discuss, advertise ... We are the city and the city is waiting for you!  POPUP on RON ORP and life becomes more colourful.

2. Does it cost anything to be part of POPUP?
No. It’s just the same as everything else on It’s free of charge and there is only a cost if you want more features ...

3. What will POPUP do for me?
You can get yourself known in the city. With your blog, sound, locale, style, shop, group, love, project ...
You can bring something new to the city. News, gossip, offers, topics ...
You become part of your city. People will find you on POPUP.

4. I am a musician, is there anything of interest for me?
Oh yes. You can bring your sound to the city, whether it’s as a link or playlists on SoundCloud, Spotify or YouTube. Everything is ready for you.

5. I am an events organiser or local business owner. Is POPUP also of interest for me?
It’s as if POPUP were made for you! Read point three again!

6. Is there a need for yet another social network?
POPUP is your cockpit for the city. Facebook connects you with your friends, LinkedIn with business and Popup with the city. We all live in the same city. Let’s get to know one another!

7. Can I have more than one profile?
Yes, of course. For every profile you can choose whether you appear under your nickname, your name, your group or your company.

8. I’m just a normal child of the city. Why should I get myself known in the city?
Because each of us is doing things, providing things, helping and moving around the city in parallel. POPUP is for all of us. Together we are the city! And together we can make the city livelier!

9. Is it true that I can send a message to everyone in Ron Orp’s mail?
No. But if your post your news on POPUP, it will appear in the newsletter of everyone who follows you.

And now: pimp your profile!


Dear Baroness, 


Is it just me or are the Swiss really lousy at queueing? How can a country which is so on time, so regimented and so seemingly organized be so crap at forming a simple line?

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