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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 

 
 
Add to favourit  Do the Dø
 

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  Stage: Dancing in the street
 
If dance is the most primal of human artistic instincts then Heliopolis at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau fully updates it for the 21st Century. Inspired by films such as Blade Runner and Metropolis, five dancers will inhabit a fictional future city where their movements create the life, architecture and sound of an urban space using advanced motion-tracking technology. The intimate interaction of video, audio, projection and dance will bring to life a city of light that, at least while the music plays and the dancers dance, you can call home.
Thursday to Saturday 8 pm, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau
 
Add to favourit  Open Air: High ice
 
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but there’s a certain excitement in the air, bustle in the shops and extra glistening lights in the streets that the locals like to refer to as Christmas, a strange custom that appears to celebrate the return of a fat, bearded man who seems quite jolly for some reason. What also returns to town this time of year is ice-skating, and one of the best places to do this is at the ETH Zurich. Not only do you get free entry to the rink (you only pay for the hire of skates), a warm tent with food and drinks (at student prices) but you also get one of the best views of the whole city as you glide, fairy-like, over the ice.
Thursday until 14th December, open until 10 pm (except Sunday, 6 pm) ETH Zurich
 
Add to favourit  Party: Club culture
 
Andrew Weatherall is one of a select group of djs that have managed to soundtrack and shape modern pop culture. In the Nineties he merged rock and club sensibilities by producing Happy Mondays, New Order and, most influentially, the Primal Scream album, Screamadelica. He’s been at the forefront of techno, house and balearic music over the last twenty-five years and, hell, he even has an entire two-day music festival named after him in the south of France. If you want to hear what all the fuss is about, he’ll be djing at Zukunft on Saturday night.
Saturday 12 am, Zukunft
 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: New in town
 
This Saturday sees the opening of two new stores in Zurich, as well as a one-day international independent publishers fair. Palanca is a new gallery in town that will be displaying, and selling, work from Swiss and international contemporary artists and designers. Their aim is to make art accessible and, perhaps more importantly, affordable to the likes of us. The opening event starts at 2 pm and runs into the evening with drinks and djs. Circle – The Sustainable Shop, as the name subtly suggests, hopes to bring sustainability, fairness and quality to our lives. It will stock goods from brands that realise time may be infinite but resources are not. And finally, Perla-Mode are organising an Independent Publishing Fair that will be showcasing books from publishers, artists and designers from around the world. A photography-centric travelling library, Zines of the Zone, will also be stopping by, and if you need some beats with your books they’ve also got some live bands and djs to keep you entertained.
Saturday from 2 pm, Palanca, Seebahnstrasse 125, 8003
Saturday from 5 pm, Circle - The Sustainable Shop, Brunngasse 3, 8001
Saturday from 12 pm, Perla-Mode, Brauerstrasse 37, 8004
 
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Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Christmas community
 
Basislager is located in West Zurich at Altstetten and houses a community of around 200 people from the artistic, cultural and creative industries including photography, literature, music, fashion, sculpture, as well as the performing and visual arts. It’s also a place of nurture for young start-up companies and small business to take their first steps. This Sunday they are having a Christmas Market where you’ll not only be able to buy items from this creative community but also explore their workshops and studios. As you browse for gifts you can also enjoy a warm rustic kitchen with grill and a bar with hot glühwein and musical entertainment. I think I can hear sleigh bells in the distance.
Sunday  11 am to 6 pm, Basislager, Aargauerstrasse 14-94, 8048
 
Add to favourit   Concert: Poetic power
 
Kate Tempest is a rare breed in the world of hip-hop and rap. Not only is she a white female from South London, but she has also recently become the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for her poetry collections and has written a soon-to-be published novel that more fully explores the themes and characters of her latest album, Everybody Down. So, if you’re looking for a little more out of your rappers than ‘wave your hands in the air, like you just don’t care’, Kate’ll be playing live at Exil on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday 6.30 pm, Exil
 
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Add to favourit  Eating: Glorious Gloria
 

To me, restaurant Gloria is glorious! Maybe it's the waitress, who never gets an order wrong even though she remembers everything including special requests and drinks without taking a note. Maybe it's the bright welcoming smile of the owner. Maybe it's their food. Maybe it's their non-existing website. Or maybe, it's the charming round windows and the comfy leather sofas. And since their renovation, the floor comes in a slick black and bar and walls in a matching warm red. Very nice.
Restaurant Gloria, Josefstrasse 59, 8005 Zurich

 
Add to favourit   Good to know: The old chestnut

Finally, winter is arriving and I finally notice all the Maroni stalls. I love these roasted chestnuts: so sweet and warm healthy! As the vendors of each stall often change every season I won't be able to tell you which sells the best ones. Generally they're all in all the same, but I can certainly recommend the couple at Albisriederplatz and Ruth at Bucheggplatz. While Maroni are nice as a snack, caramelized chestnuts are probably my favourite side dish, served with venison, which is in season during winter in most restaurants. So enjoy the old chestnut. It's also supposed to be healthy.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: First editions
 

Yves G. Rittener has a passion for (signed) first editions of modern literature, art, punk and psychedelic music from the sixties and seventies, guitars and slot cars. He collected so many items that they crowded his flat. He offers them for sale now in his shop YGRbookS at Haldenstrasse 159 close to Goldbrunnenplatz. While chatting with Yves about the world and drinking horrible instant coffee you get a chance to brows the shelves with all the treasures. A very nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. Visitors are always welcome and if you have a rare item to sell, Yves is also the person to see.
Haldenstrasse 150, 8055. Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Play to impress
 

You have a date coming up that you would like to impress. Or you want to show your family over the holidays that you actually learned something in Switzerland? Then check out Sam Tucker’s tutorial on how to play the piano if you don’t know how to play the piano. The result is quiet impressive and the instruction so simple that I’m sure even I could do it.

 
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