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Zurich (EN):Zurich, 9.2.2012: Unplugged, happy birthday & how to keep warm

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Finding a flat in Zurich proves to be more and more difficult. The prices are high, empty flats are scarce, so people are willing to do anything for a lease. But to force new tenants to take on your old furniture if they want the flat is just not right. Therefore I won’t include ads in the newsletter, where furniture has to be taken over or where extra money has to be paid.
Peace, love and happiness to the city, Ron
 
 
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A little bird told me that a new venue will open its doors. The name of the new shop, declared as a pop-up-bar and restaurant – is Hausbar. It found its new home in the former Boos-Lounge, as central as you can be. Today is the opening but for the entry you need to know the password. But from Friday its open daily and for everyone.
Mon to Wed: 9.30 am to midnight, Thu: 9.30 am to 2 am, Fri to Sat: 9.30 am to 4 am, Sun: 3 pm to midnight. Hausbar, Schweizergasse 8, 8001 Zurich
 
 
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Hive is celebrating its anniversary this Friday. Looking back on six years filled with electronic music, live gigs and party goers it brings Canadian James Teej to the party. Support act are Hanne & Lore who always bring a smile to my face when I see them behind their decks. Happy Birthday Hive!
Friday 11 pm, Hive
 
 
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APART call themselves the green culture café and it’s certainly a fine place to relax and while away a few hours if you’re ever around Kreis 3. They also put on some cultural events throughout the year. Tomorrow an event called Züri Unplugged will showcase show of the more rustic charms of the city. Tanja Kummer will tell stories of her experiences of Zurich, Christine Lauterburg will yodel (yes, I said yodel) and Dide Marfurt will play zither, Helvetic bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy. As it’s too cold to visit the mountains, why not bring the mountain culture to Zurich?
Friday 8 pm, APART grünkulturcafé

 
 
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The UK scene has stolen the hip-hop fire from the US and is lighting up dark corners unexplored by their American cousins. Young Montana, voted ‘Favourite unsigned artist’ in 2010 brings his grime, hip-hop and electronica influences to the Life Bricks night at Exil. Lapalux who defines the Life Bricks mantra of ‘experimental hip-hop and bass’ joins him, also from the UK. If you want to see what a new generation are turning hip-hop into, this would be a good place to start.
Saturday 11 pm, Exil 

 
 
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The French-Finnish band The Dø have thrilled audiences since early 2005. Honing a real independent pop production, they stand out from the crowd with their use of strings, jazz passages and indie-pop elements. While this mixed bag of genres could sound chaotic in more mundane hands, The Dø lead us on a merry adventure and never lose their way. They play live at Mascotte this Sunday and I have 3 x 2 tickets to give away. Email me.
Sunday 8 pm, Mascotte

 
 
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The ewz.stattkino opens its doors for a 10-day run of great cinema this Wednesday. Some classic movies are on show including Bullitt, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Hellzapoppin’ but what makes these shows unique are the extras that go along with them. Many have their soundtracks played live by dj’s or electro bands, some offer a dance course, aromas (smelly-vision) or even a free breakfast box to go along with your viewing pleasure. This must be the ultimate 3-D cinema experience.
Wednesday until 26th February, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau & Arthouse Le Paris

 
 
Add to favourit  Eating: New Asian
 
I first spotted the new Asian restaurant at Kalkbreitestrasse cycling past -and forgot all about it. A few weeks later, I read a review on Spotted by Locals about the place- and forgot all about it. Until a few weeks ago. I was cycling home from work hungry and came past the corner Weststrasse / Kalkbreitestrasse and saw Weibian . Stopped, walked in, chose a take away, left tip for the friendly service, went home, ate – and was happy.
Weibian, Weststrasse 146, 8003 Zürich
 
 
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Brrr, it’s freezing. So here a few tips on how to stay warm. Saunas: Zurich has various Saunas so it should be easy to find one that you like. Have a look at the overview and don’t forget the latest addition at Volkshaus. They all have one thing in common, it’s really warm inside. Tea: Tea warms from the inside. Zurich hosts many specialized tea shops such as Schwarzenbach, Teehaus Cha or Shui Tang, in which you’ll certainly find a flavour you like. Stay in: And watch DVDs, for example you can order food and Fight Club at Lilys. Or brush up on your Swissness with some Swiss films on DVD (with English subtitles of course).  Enjoy: Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s likely that many lakes in the Canton will freeze over by the weekend and will be open to the public. That doesn't happen very often. Check the local newspapers.
 
 
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Urban farming does not necessarily have to be done outside, as the website our.windowfarms.org shows. There are numerous tutorials and models that allow you to create your own window farm out of household objects. And who has a good tip, passes on his knowledge to the rest. So create your own Hanging Gardens of Babylon and join a growing community of indoor urban farmers. Now is a good time to start planning. Get involved!

 
 
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The photographer Richard Mosse documented the conflict in Congo. He did it with a special AeroChrome infrared film that turns the forest landscape into a candyfloss dream, giving these tragic images of war a strangely innocent hue. This enormous contrast, Mosse hopes, will draw our attention to the trivialization of this war.

 
 
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Add to favourit  Cinema: Mission accomplished
 
Who can forget the halcyon days of George W Bush as US President? If you’ve managed to convince yourself they didn’t happen, or successfully medicated yourself into believing it was all just one long psychotropic daydream, Xenix would like to remind you. As part of their Will Farrell season, tonight (appropriately enough on 11th September) they are showing Farrell’s one-man Broadway show, «You’re Welcome America – A Final Night with George W Bush», filmed in 2009 as Farrell performed his uncanny parody of the great leader for the final time. Entry will be free.
Thursday 9.30 pm, Xenix
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Add to favourit  Party: Beat box
 
Summer may have come to a glorious and sudden end this week but Auntie Frieda has been thinking of ways to still keep you warm this weekend. On Friday night at Frieda’s Büxe, she’ll be playing host to Hertz, the electronic party night that has sunbeams hidden in its digital pulse. Midimal and Mindsufer will be playing live, while Pow-Low, Quinto Elemento, Crusty & Protone will be djing. Live visuals will be beamed into your brain by Neonspirit.
Friday 11 pm, Frieda’s Büxe
 
Add to favourit  Party: Bye bye bastei
 
Nature may abhor a vacuum but Zurich abhors seven floors of empty space even more. As Photobastei closed its doors and packed away the photos at the end of August, the empty building was crying out for a meaning to its life. Well, this Saturday it’s found one. The last, great Photobastei rave. Seven floors of dj’s, music, bars and dancing. It may only be for one night but let’s give the old girl a send off she deserves.
Saturday 10 pm, Photobastei
 
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Add to favourit  Stage: Look into my eyes
 
What’s in my left trouser pocket? What three famous people am I thinking of? What colour is my underwear? If you can answer these three questions, there’s two possible explanations – one, you’ve been stalking me, and I want you to stop now, please, you’re scaring me or two, you’re Tobias Heinemann, the Zurich-based hypnotist, mentalist, magician and general reader of minds. He’s already appeared on his own show on Swiss TV and now, for the first time, is giving his first performance in English, Serendipity, at Plaza on Saturday. Now seriously, stop following me. And you should know by now that I don’t wear any underwear.
Saturday 3.30 pm, Plaza
 
Add to favourit  Knowledge: Practical theory
 
Corner College is a great collaboration of people that I've mentioned a few times when one of their events has caught my eye. On their Theory Tuesday evenings they have different people lead discussions about a specific text or film and on their Practical Friday nights have someone lead an instructional workshop. Past evenings have included subjects as wide ranging as «A Viking Way of Knitting», «The Perverts Guide to Cinema» and, «How to Land a Plane». They have their planning session for the Autumn season on Tuesday and are looking for people who would like to hold a session on a subject of their own choosing. Courses are mostly, but not exclusively, held in English.
Tuesday 8 pm, Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, 8004
 
Add to favourit   Concert: And the beat goes on
 
If you’re looking for some classic rock'n'roll with real heart and heartbreak – think Lou Reed without the drugs and black leather – you’ll be in for a treat if you venture down to Stall 6 on Tuesday night to see Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends. After five albums, last years «Day of the Dog» saw them finally getting some time in the sunshine of popular acclaim, and with a live show that’s equally chaotic, cathartic and cool they may need to wear those rocking Ray-Bans a little longer.
Tuesday 8 pm, Stall 6
 
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Add to favourit  Eating: Thank you for smoking
 

I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but it sounds amazing and as it’s only open this month here's my tip: «Wood Food». You'll find this hotspot for food prepared over an open fire near Schmiede Wiedikon throughout September. Stewed, smoked, grilled – whatever your palate desires accompanied by fine wines. The three young chefs behind «Wood Food» believe that food should be enjoyed in good company. Their ingredients are local and the long tables make sure you never eat alone. The «Smoking Pop-up Dinners» take place from Tuesday to Saturday and the menu costs 85 francs excluding drinks. Book a table here
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Add to favourit  Good to know: Pieces of art
 

This week, my good to know concerns a tiny gem I stumbled upon by chance on Tuesday. Me and my two friends on our bikes. Abrupt stop by my friend in front of the retirement home Selnau at Schanzengraben.
Friend: Have you ever noticed the golden eye patches on these sculptures?
Ron: No, must be new!
Friend: The sculptures?
Ron: No, but the eye patches look new.
I’m glad we were overheard and interrupted. The sculptures «Lullaby» were placed around and within the retirement home in July and this Saturday there is a Vernissage with an open house. The intriguing pieces of art by Nicholas Micros are worth a visit themselves, but to be honest, I always fancied a look inside this house. After all, we’re not getting younger. If you don’t have time this weekend, you can also drop by during the week all day except during meal times.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: One's Own Room
 

I don’t have to mention anymore how much I like browsing in record shops. And I feel the same about book shops, especially when they also stock art books. Therefore I welcome OOR Records with open arms. The record and art book shop opened its doors this week and celebrates its start until Saturday at 5 pm with live sets, performances and drinks. Check out the program and if you’re like me, don’t forget to bring your big wallet along.
ORR Records, Anwandstrasse 30, 8004. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 120 pm to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm

 
Add to favourit   Web tip: Human or alien - that's the question
 

If puzzles or mystery are your thing, then you probably like this photo project. At the first glance, the images by Anelia Loubser seem like a series of some alien-like forms. But concentrate and at once your brain puts the pieces together and sees the human face. Which is just turned upside down.

 
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