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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
 
 
Add to favourit  Happy Birthday!
 
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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Just a reminder for Saturday. On the 28th of June, I'll organize the second Roof Top Day. You'll receive a special edition with the programme on Friday.
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Add to favourit  Concert: Mellow yellow
 
Benjamin Yellowitz is a musician from West London who has embraced the 21st Century idea of the singer/songwriter wholeheartedly. He’s got an acoustic guitar, on which he writes his delicate and subtle songs, but also a computer to layer beats and electro moods throughout. Think Frank Ocean and James Blake and you’re getting close. He plays at La Catrina tonight.
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Add to favourit  Festival: Rain, rain, go away
 
Despite my optimism toward the summer, it is possible this weekend won’t be the sunniest one we could hope for. I was going to let you know about the free open-air Landenbergfest taking place on Friday and Saturday at Wipkingen. A blues, rock and Latin music festival, with plenty for the kids to do early Saturday afternoon. If , however, the sun refuses to shine and you still want yourself some festival action, Friday night at Photobastei will see the inaugural Tonton Festival. Live bands including The Flying Moustache, 
Big Tuna & The Penguins and Hangover-Jam
. CHF 10 at the door, and roof thrown in for free.
Friday 8 pm, Photobastei
Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm, Landenbergfest, Landenbergpark, Wipkingen
 
Add to favourit  Party: Here be dragons
 
If you’re feeling a little heroic this weekend and want to go on an adventure to the wild northlands in search of dragons, I hear Eglisau is the place to be. On the banks of the Rhine, about 30 minutes out of Zurich, is the annual Dragon Boat Race. Both local and international teams will be competing in what is now the oldest Dragon Boat race in Europe, and whilst it’s too late for you to register a team (maybe next year?), there is a carnival atmosphere during the day and great parties in the Schützenhaus at night.
Friday (party only) 10 pm, Saturday (races) 9 am until 7 pm (party) 10 pm, Sunday (races and prizes) 9 am until 6 pm, Eglisau
 
Add to favourit  Party: Asleep for the summer
 
While most things go open-air in the summer, many clubs in Zurich close their doors for a break, until we need them again as the nights grow longer. Kaus is one such club that has its summer closing party this Saturday. As usual, this boutique club will be playing an eclectic mix of electro and house plus a few curve balls, just because they can. Djs Dejan, Kalabrese and Gallo will be playing from 10 pm with no closing time in sight. It is the last night after all, and there’s no tomorrow, tomorrow.
Saturday 10 pm, Kaus
 
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Do you like swimming in the lake? It’s much safer if you have life guards watching over you. So why not swim across this Wednesday as part of Seeüberquerung? They promise a great and unknown view of the city. However, I believe you’ll be too busy getting across. The length is 1,5 kilometres and if you feel fit enough, register on their website as soon as possible (spaces are limited). If it gets postponed to 9th of July or 20th of August (due to weather), they’ll let you know by text message beforehand.
Wednesday 3 pm, Mythenquai

 
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Add to favourit  Good to know: Venues to avoid the World Cup
 

I get really excited whenever my team plays, but I’m aware that not all of you feel the same about the World Cup. So here are some tips to enjoy a drink or meal without getting bothered by screens, screams and soccer (or football, but the «s-s-s« feels better). Sächseläutenplatz: The screen went up (for the open-air opera), the screen came down. Sächseläutenplatz by the opera house stays football-free including the bars on the square. Bei Babette: You like Idaplatz but don’t want to join the crowds? Bei Babette offers some peace and quiet next to the square that’s fiercely in football hands. Stadionbrache Hardturm: The communal garden in the former football stadium doesn’t transmit the games. It might come as a surprise, given the history of the location. But it’s been a long time since there was an official match held there. In the old town: Kantorei decided not to show the games, and their guests proved them right. If you don’t know the venue it might be time to visit it as it’s a splendid place just next to Neumarkt theatre filled with history and style.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Hat tricks
 

Do you need a straw hat for the summer? In my opinion, LeTom from Zurich has one of the nicest ranges available. With fancy names such as Neverland or Singapore Sling, many of them Swiss Made. It’s most likely the smallest shop in town just next to the Freitag-Tower but always worth a visit. If you’re looking for more hat inspiration, check out the stylish gallery on Bluewin.
LeTom, Geroldstrasse 18, 8005. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 4 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. Online shop available 24/7

 
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There are just a few days left to take part in the A' International Design Award and Competition. If you’re creative, send in your best designs for fame, prestige and recognition. If you’re not creative but appreciate art, browse the previous laureates. There is some cool design to be seen.

 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Hooked on Music
 
So you think you know music? Well, some scientists would like to use you as a musical rat, of sorts, in an experiment they’re running online. The Hooked on Music game explores the science of songs, and more specifically what makes them catchy. Quickly identify a song, it will then go silent for a few seconds before it starts again. Does the song come back in the right place? The results may provide insights into long-term memory and provide therapeutic benefits to dementia patients. On a more personal level, you can brag that you know more music than your friends. Both outcomes, I believe, are equally valid.
 
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