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Zurich (EN):Zurich, 24.2.2011: Lost property, English blogs & Cosmic animals

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Finders, keepers

In the grand scheme of things, objects are never lost they are merely unexpectedly located. This means nothing, of course, when your mobile phone is still travelling on that tram you just got off. But now, VBZ are trying to balance the karma by holding a Lost Property Auction. Whether it’s a phone, iPod, video camera, clothes, jewellery or even shoes you’re bound to find something to bid and buy in this Aladdin’s cave of unexpectedly located goodies.
Thursday 2 pm, Fundbüro

Future folk

Throughout space and time the Zurich duo Zigitros gather their inspiration. Musically this band combines the ancient folk stylings of instruments like the ukulele and balalaika with the modern electronica of the 21st century, and recording their music across the world in Berlin and New York. Finally, Zigitros have settled into the here and now and will play La Catrina this Friday.
Friday 9.30 pm, La Catrina

Raining in my art

Following several solo exhibitions in his native Basel, the artist The Umbrella Kid shows for the first time in Zurich with his exhibition Pan’s Demonium. Using the shadowy interplay of black and white photography with the geometric lines of concrete and urban landscapes, his art has a familiar yet surreal sense to it. The exhibition is at Galerie ARTseefeld until the 19th March but begins on Friday with an opening party.
Friday 6 pm, Galerie ARTseefeld

Animal magic

Cosmic Animals are a group of djs who have been summoned from their galactic travels to play the mothership of Provitreff. Led by Acid Pauli, known for his sets at Berlin’s Bar 25, he is backed up by dj Loopus, Matilda, Renoiser, Botico and Rosp, all fine electro djs in their own right.  Zurich band The Free Hats will be playing a live concert later in the evening and the whole thing is open ended. Not even the sight of sunshine will scare these animals away.
Saturday 10 pm, Provitreff

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Brooklyn beat

Certain cities seem to spawn certain types of bands. Brooklyn, for the last couple of years or so, has specialised in boy/girl groups playing electronic dance-pop and, next to be fired from that creative cannon is The Hundred in the Hands. Like Sleigh Bells and Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs before them, this duo have an odd name and know how to mix the sharp and spiky with the deep and dancy. If you want to see this ‘next big thing’ at Mascotte I have 3 x 2 tickets to give away.
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Monday 9 pm, Mascotte

Good to know

I want to find the best bloggers in town. If you have any recommendations you can add them under the category city bloggers on my website. The blog should be in English and about Zurich. Here are my favourites: Art - ElH-Reports presents a personal view on Zurich’s art scene. Fashion - Playlust catches what’s now, wow and next. Travel - Spotted by locals unveils favourite places of locals. Expat - From A to Z, Kristi tells how Zurich feels if you moved here from Atlanta. Food - My Kugelhopf hast the nicest share of food pics. MusicLandlocked Blues focused on high-lighting good new music coming through Zurich. If you know other bloggers in town, let me know!

Eating: Grüntal

It’s time for a low key restaurant tip which serves traditional Swiss dishes with a twist. In summer restaurant Grüntal in Wipkingen is mostly fully booked as it has a pretty terrace with Limmat view. But the food is great at any time of the year. The served meat is mostly organic and the menus seasonal. You can go there for an intimate dinner but you also don’t feel out of place after a run along the river (maybe a walk if you tend to sweat a lot).
Restaurant Grüntal, Breitensteinstrasse 21

Info graphics en masse

I found a wonderful graphic tool. With Gapminder you can transfer a huge amount of data into informative graphics. The service is for free and if you take a few minutes to grasp the concept, it’s easy to handle. Did you know for example that in 1990 268 million Chinese lived in cities and their life expectancy was 69 years? Ten years later there are 452 million people in the city and the life expectancy increased by 4 years. You find that boring? Then create your own graph.


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A good meal comes with good wine. I often find unique characters at  Smith & Smith that stand out of the crowd. For example the wines that are named after our city patrons: «Felix» a charming red wine and «Regula» a discreet and easy-going white. To cure your January blues – or to maybe drown them – I have three sets with three red and three white wines each to give away. Just send me an e-mail.
 
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It always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to point you in the direction of a great band or show that’s coming to town but sometimes it’s the new, the unknown, the just plain amateur that can offer up unexpected delights. With this in mind, I wanted to let you know about the jam sessions and open mic nights that take place around town. Thursdays at Restaurant Falcone is the blues, rock and soul jam session. An ever-revolving cast of musicians that jump on stage and sound better than many rehearsed bands. On Mondays, Bar Rossi have their Spaced Out night where actors, writers and musicians get to star in their own one wo/man show. On Wednesdays at Plaza is The Open Mic Show where anything from drag-queens to poets get their chance in the spotlight. Also on Wednesdays is the Open Jam Session at Langstars. They provide the stage and equipment, and the musicians provide the jam. If you also want to perform, some require registration, others are just a leap-on-stage away.
Thursday 9 pm, Restaurant Falcone
Monday 8 pm, Bar Rossi
Wednesday 8 pm, Plaza and Langstars
 
Add to favourit  Game: Global gaming
 
Video games are fast becoming the dominant media experience for many people. Whether it's on a smart phone, social network and especially on a console, games now have bigger budgets, character development and emotional immersion than most movies, books or music. The GlobalGame Jam, taking place at  Rote Fabrik this weekend, sees thousands of people and locations connected around the world as they come together in small teams to design and build new games within 48 hours. This isn't only for the computer programming nerds among us, as aspects of design, music, story telling and just good old creativity will all be required. The Game Jam's doors are open to all, whether you take part or not, and you can join any team whose ideas interest you, although expect a pretty sleepless 48 hours. Registration is required.
Friday 5 pm to Sunday, Rote Fabrik, Dock 18
 
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What with all of this extra cold weather we’ve been having lately, it seems silly not to go all the way and import a little bit of Finland into our midst, and what better way to celebrate a nation that likes to get hot and steamy in small rooms than the Suomi Disko at Exil. Resident djs Kersantti Kankkunen and Pikku E will be playing Finnish music from traditional polka and pop to Finnish hip-hop and the lesser-known Nordic reggae. As well as the dj set, Finnish troubadour Hullu-Jussi will be on hand to play live. This will all be topped off with servings of Finnish beer and food. Kippis, my Finnish, and soon-to-be Finnish, friends.
Friday 11 pm, Exil
 
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Despite the fact that Vita Bergen record their music in one of this Swedish duo’s bedroom, it sounds as if it were made to be played from a mountaintop, just as the sun rises over an unsuspecting world. They have the emotional urgency of the early Arcade Fire records, and have been bubbling up in the Swedish underground for a couple of years now. Their debut EP was recently released after a music industry rush to sign them and they’ll be playing at Rote Fabrik on Friday.
Friday 9 pm, Rote Fabrik
 
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In a dusty corner of YouTube lies a short, unassuming home video of a long forgotten family karaoke party. The Gob Squad, a joint German/UK performance group, sees this unspectacular starting point as a way to explore the state of Western civilisation in the 21st Century. Recreating the scene with live camera projections, music, props and a little help from randomly selected audience members (watch out for flying cuddly toys) they unravel what may seem mundane into a glitzy, glam, funny critique of our society. Western Society will be playing at Gessnerallee on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday 9 pm, Sunday 6 pm, Gessnerallee
 
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There’s either a sneaky mass evacuation happening in town, with lycra being the only clothing people have the ability to take with them or a lot more people have started to jog in the New Year. Let’s assume it’s the latter and, as crazy as this may sound, let’s assume you’re one of them. If you need a little group motivation to get you going, or just like to breathe heavily with strangers outside, you might want to try City Running. Throughout the week, and with specials on Sunday, you can meet up at various fixed locations to join others on routes around town.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 7 pm, various locations
 
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It felt like an embrace of a good friend when I walked into Wohnzimmerbar last Friday. The locale was filled with laughter, good music, cosy sofas and a well-stocked bar, just the right place to settle down for a nightcap. Or two. From the bar you see straight into the tram depot, which gives an urban edge to the living-room-atmosphere. As it is with good friends, time just flies, and at once the depot lies in the dark and you realize that your night cap turned into (another) late night.
Wohnzimmerbar, Kalkbreitestrasse 10, 8003. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 5 pm to 1 am, Friday and Saturday 4 pm to 2.30 am, Sunday 1 pm to 0.30 am (with concerts)

 
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I loved the winter wonderland we experienced over New Year. Unfortunately, snow is a feeble friend that already left us and maybe never returns. To find winter spirit, you have two options. A: Head to the mountains. B: Try curling. Dolder is known to have the prettiest ice rink in town and it also sports a curling hall. They offer a basic course (next one starting from Monday, 26th January for 200 francs per person) as well as individual try outs with max five people. To complete your day out, combine it with brunch, lunch or dinner at Dolder or head to the ice rink where a lot of Glühwein awaits you. The ice rink is currently under repair, but reopens on Tuesday.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: From gold to dust
 

Between beautiful vintage furniture there are unique pieces of art to be discovered at the pop up shop Rost & Gold. Amongst them are photos, paintings, illustrations and hand-crafted goods by Saskia Widmer and Janet Müller. This treasure hunt will close its doors this Saturday (which is the destiny of every pop up shop). But I have two vouchers to give away for 100 francs to spend there, before they’re gone. Just send me an e-mail.
Rost& Gold Talstrasse 37, 8001. Opening hours: Thursday & Friday 11.30 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm

 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Stolen moments
 

Lucas Levitans steals photos. Very officially. In his Instagram-project «Photo Invasion» the Brazilian artist creates new stories with existing pictures. The entertaining illustrations are fairly dark but mostly funny. If you like them, also click through «Stolen Pictures» and «The Invisible Bikes» on his page.

 
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