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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
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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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

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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.

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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.

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You can get yourself known in the city. With your blog, sound, locale, style, shop, group, love, project ...
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You become part of your city. People will find you on POPUP.

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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!

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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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