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

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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.
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Sunday-Friday 11.30 am, Plaza Club

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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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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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