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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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Add to favourit  Stage: Life’s a spectacle
The Theater Spektakel is one of the big annual events in Zurich that I always get excited about. Like a siren's call for the world's theatre and street performers it brings the weird and wonderful to the lakeshore each summer. They have also included a lot more live music acts into the programme this year. A few acts that caught my eye this year are Ganesh Versus The Third Reich, a stage play in which the elephant-headed Indian god is sent to Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika; Suddenly Everywhere Is Black with People, a dance performance exploring the fear of the unknown with dancers painted pitch-black; and Shilpa - The Indian Singer App, a one-women show with Shilpa, the first live app for smartphones. There are also the bars, food and free street performers for those just wanting to hang out.
Thursday until 31st August, various times, Landiwiese
Add to favourit  Exhibition: Stunning stencils
Banksy may be the most well known artist using stencils as a form of public art but he’s certainly not the only one. At Starkart they are hosting eight of the worlds best Stencil Artists in their third edition of the group exhibition, affectionately named, Stencil Bastards 3. The concept is that each artist has a room of their own for them to put their stencils on found objects, canvases and, of course, all over the walls.
Thursday, Friday 5 pm – 9 pm and Saturday 2 pm – 8 pm until 29th August, Starkart Exhibitions
Add to favourit  Party: Dutch djing
It’s a Dutch invasion on Friday night as two Amsterdam institutions leave the lowlands and head for the Zukunft club. The Trouw Night will host Young Marco, a dj/producer who’s tracks over the last few years have moved house music forward by incorporating the strange and exotic sounds he’s discovered through his love of weird and worldly vinyl. Also djing will be Olaf Boswijk, the owner and artistic director of the Trouw Club, the first club in Amsterdam to get a 24-hour licence and which has become the influential heart of the city’s music scene. I have 2 x 2 tickets to give away. Email me.
Friday 12 am, Zukunft
Add to favourit  Concert: Dreams of summer
I had a dream the other night where I was sitting in a wonderful beer garden alongside a river, surrounded by trees and meadows. I was offered a cornucopia of the finest beers with names like The Dude and In a Galaxy far away, whilst being served food that tasted like my mother used to make, if only my mother had learnt to cook properly. And in the corner, playing live, were the Foo Fighters, The Killers and The Pretenders. I then realised it wasn’t a dream but a premonition. This Saturday see Mother Tongue, an alternative rock covers band play live, at Fork and Bottle as part of their Summer Concert series. Show cancelled in case of rain.
Saturday 7.30 pm, Fork and Bottle
Add to favourit  Open Air: Openairs, over there
There are a couple of free mini openair festivals happening again this weekend – one in the city centre and one most definitely not. The Idaplatzfest is taking place, surprisingly, on Idaplatz. Saturday afternoon is more child friendly but as the sun sets the bands and djs take over. On Sunday morning you can enjoy brunch while listening to the gypsy-folk of Zéphyr Combo. Meanwhile, outside of town, at the far end of the lake on a grassy hilltop in Hittenberg is the L'air caché 2014 by HiddenAir  festival. It’s a relaxed affair going on through the night, with bands playing music from disco to country, but no time schedule for them to appear. But then who needs time when you can dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.
Saturday 2 pm, Sunday 10 am, Idaplatzfest, Idaplatz
Saturday 5 pm until Sunday 1pm, HiddenAir14, Hittenberg, Wald
Add to favourit   Concert: Amazing daze
Kurt Vile seems to be the living embodiment of the phrase ‘busy doing nothing’. To make an album as laidback and lackadaisical as his latest, Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze, and yet still keep the songs interesting, must take some effort. The stoner-fuzz sounding guitars drift by like clouds while vocal melodies poke through the mist like rays of sunshine. He’ll be playing at Rote Fabrik with his band The Violators on Wednesday evening.
Wednesday 8.30 pm, Rote Fabrik
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Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Bikes from Berne

If you’re looking for a single speed: DesignYourBike! Easier said than done? Not really, DesignYourBike is actually a website where you choose it all, from the colour for each piece to the saddle and the handlebar. Alberto Fernandez launched this service in Berne together with the help of mechanics. His bikes are ideal for Ronsters, who like to cruise through town and value unique design and quality for a fair price

Add to favourit  Eating: Fresh from the market

Caduff’s Wine Loft is an institution in Zurich. Located at Kanzleistrasse it was one of the first restaurants to turn industrial space into a gourmet restaurant. The chef is known for quality and his team buys the ingredients daily at the market and prepares the dishes fresh from scratch. One of the highlights is to choose your wine in the vast wine cellar, accompanied by Beat Caduff himself. And as I know him, he always has an anecdote to share. They also offer lunch, but I prefer to visit the venue in the evening when I have time to enjoy the wonderful tastes on my plate (and palate).
Caduff’s Wine Loft, Kanzleistrasse 126, 8004. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11.30 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to midnight. Saturday 5 pm to midnight

Add to favourit  Good to know: The athletes are in town

With all this rain, my outdoor training falls a bit short. Instead I get my fill of sport from my TV. But at present, there is a major live event in town: The European Athletics Championships 2014. More than 1400 athletes from 50 countries participate until Sunday at Letzigrund. Tickets are still available with highlights each day. Today you get to see the women’s pole vault as well as the men’s 110 metres hurdles. Or be there for the hammer throw on Friday. Or watch the finals of the women’s marathon on Saturday or the men’s on Sunday in the stadium. So if you want to cheer on your favourites, there is nothing stopping you. Not even sunshine.
Thursday & Friday from 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5.15 pm, Sunday 9 am to 5.30 am followed by the closing ceremony

Add to favourit  Web tip: Up and coming

In his third email, Ronster Florian tells me about his project that he launched together with his brother Laurin half a year ago. It’s a beautiful, digital catalogue of young art, called Up & Coming. Each week they highlight a new artist. Additionally, the website hosts a useful calendar with exhibition tips in Switzerland and abroad. If you struggle with the German, there are more than enough pictures to enjoy. And you can also send them your own works, if you’re that creative.

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