Just like a helium filled jelly, you may find it hard to nail Dutch dj/producer
Martyn down. His djing style is chameleon–like in its ability to blend into the many genres that he plays, and ends up calling his own. He may have started as part of the drum ‘n’ bass scene but now dubstep, house, electro and even a few heart quickening pulses of rave are in his musical arsenal. He plays at
Rote Fabrik tonight. Thursday 8.30 pm, Rote Fabrik
Scotland, the rave
London has always been the UK’s alpha-dog when it comes to dance music and clubbing but more recently Glasgow based dance label Numbers have been scrapping for a fight to dislodge the old dog, and they just might be succeeding. At Hive
on Friday, SubClub host a Numbers label night with three of the best from the label. Redinho will be playing his warped beats live, while djs Jackmaster (winner of breakout dj, 2010) and
Deadboy will prove why Braveheart isn’t the only thing the English need to be afraid of. Friday 11 pm, Hive
What does Nirvana have in common with hip hop? Seattle, the home of both Kurt Cobain and
Shabazz Palaces! Creating complex tracks with elements of jazz, world music and house, their visionary sound also appeals not just to hip hop lovers but also to friends of electronic music. This Saturday, they come to
Stall 6, visiting Switzerland for the first time. Saturday 11 pm, Stall 6
Spice up your life
Do your taste buds need a change? Do you have a delicate palate? For one week from Saturday, Mourice Mikhail - known for tasteful combinations mixed from his own stock of 200 flavours - will create you an individual mix at Markthalle
(at the stall of The Pie Shop). You’ll receive a barcode of your personal spice at the end, so you’re able to get it again afterwards. Special salts and peppers are available too, so there is nothing to stop you having your own hot and spicy weekend, if you know what I mean. Saturday 8 am to 8 pm, Markthalle im Viadukt
Best of british
Filmstelle, is essentially Zurich university’s film club and every semester the members choose a series of films based around a common theme. This semester the theme is The British Isles. Every Tuesday, for the next few months, they will be showing some fantastic films but the first is the Shane Meadows directed,
This is England. Set in the early 80’s, a time of great social upheaval in England, the film follows 12-year old Shaun as he looks for comfort in the welcoming, but dangerous, embrace of a gang of skinheads. Tuesday 8 pm, Filmstelle, Universitätsstrasse 6, 8092
Last days of February
With all the cutting edge genres of music that float around the Zurich clubs and bars, sometimes all I crave is a big fat slice of sweet indie-pop to munch on. I know it may not satisfy all my needs but it tastes damn good while it’s going down. So, Swedish band Last Days of April will be my tasty treat next Tuesday at
Hafenkneipe. Imagine the Lemonheads with a little less golden sunshine in the mix and you’ll be getting close to their sound. Tuesday 8 pm, Hafenkneipe
You don’t get many options at
. Daily, they serve one Asian menu with or without meat (always 24 / 19 francs). If you don’t like what’s on offer you can order the weekly special or choose the Udon soup. Taste is great, service friendly and quick, the sofas very comfortable but the noise level is quite high. Talacker is the place for urbanites who like quick Asian food, to consume it in a stylish ambience and appreciate a strong espresso after the meal. Take away is also possible. Talacker, Zürich
Talacker 41, 8001 Zurich
Water out of thin air
If we are talking about the future, here is the winning Airdrop Irrigation Project by the Australian designer Edward Linnacre. The project is based on the fact that the air, even in deserts, always contains a certain moisture content and therefore, water. The Airdrop irrigation device collects this water and transfers it the ground for farming.
IKEA VS DIY
Those who like special furniture but can’t afford expensive designer pieces will be really happy when discovering the blog IKEA Hackers. The blog is dedicated to creatively distort Ikea furniture. And you see how to easily transform your bought piece into an individual self-made designer dream. All under the motto:
Make it yourself!
1 wellness day
Let the hard working week end with a pampering day at Holmes Places Spa. Relax from head to toe, escape from the hectic and recharge you batteries for just CHF 30 instead of CHF 60. This offer includes everything that your tired body needs: from facial to aroma-spa-ocean-wrap to exotic coconut peeling.
I have lost my Ipod.. It is a pretty old, blue nano Ipod from 3 years ago and it has a "love" Spanish inscription on the back...
If you find it, please, could you contact me? A couple of beers are guaranteed!
Ugly Duckling is a hip-hop group that come from Long Beach, California and they let that mellow West Coast sunshine ooze into their music. Layering old school samples, scratches and even samba beats, under a lyrical dexterity that echoes...
In case you missed it last week: On April, 29th I am celebrating ten years of Ron Orp's Mail in Zurich. You are all invited to the big anniversary Block Party on Zollstrasse, which will be closed off to any annoyances like traffic. Come in large numbers with your child, pet and toys. More info soon here. Admission is free /
FB-Event #happybirthdayron #10yearsron Tuesday 29.04., 6 pm Zollstrasse/Ambossrampe
Ocean Film Tour drops anchor at Volkshaus Zurich. For two hours you’ll be transformed into a world, where people make their dreams come true, such as youngster Laura Dekker who sails around the world alone. Or Ray, who still dives at the age of 75. The movie is a compilation of eight films and the passion of the protagonists is intoxicating. It’s the only show in Switzerland this year. You can also buy the dvd, but I suggest, don’t miss it.
Thursday 8 pm, Volkshaus
Invitation to Europe’s largest waterfall
The Rhine Falls is one of the top sights among Switzerland’s magnificent natural wonders. From a height of 23 metres, the powerful mass of water plunges down the imposing rocks into the depths below. A visit is worth in every season and offers a unique experience for everyone.
Redeemable at boat trips, Adventure Park, Shops and Restaurants at the Rhine Falls.
According to popular urban myth, if you listen to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon at the same time as watching The Wizard of Oz, the two synch up perfectly and you can enjoy having your mind blown as Dorothy realises she's not in Kansas anymore.
Theater Rigiblick have taken this idea and made a truly synchronised event. They have adapted the music of Dark Side of the Moon to piano and string quartet and are merging it with a reading of a great Ray Bradbury short story, Kaleidoscope. This is one of the greatest science fiction authors and one of the greatest albums of the 20th century in perfect, blissed-out harmony with you along for the space ride. Friday 8 pm, Theater Rigiblick
Party: Second hand party
Arche Brockenhaus has more than just second-hand gear loitering in its warehouse this Saturday. Firstly, they have the
Second Life Flea Market, which exists for the motto - one person’s junk, is another person’s treasure. If you get a little restless of bargain hunting you could always join the ping-pong competition they’re holding or chill out at the bar. Later in the evening, and after their long winter sleep, the party label
Do What Ya Like! will be setting free their djs to keep the after-party jumping. Saturday 5 pm, Flea Market & Ping-Pong, 10 pm, After-Party, Arche Brockenhaus
Concert: Duck dynasty
Ugly Duckling is a hip-hop group that come from Long Beach, California and they let that mellow West Coast sunshine ooze into their music. Layering old school samples, scratches and even samba beats, under a lyrical dexterity that echoes the Beastie Boys at their intelligent and hilarious best, these three guys are all about the pranksta, rather than the gangsta, rap. They’re playing live at
Stall 6 on Sunday and I have 2 x 2 tickets to give away. E-mail me. Sunday 8 pm, Stall 6
Concert: Retro metro
Metronomy are a slightly quirky four piece from Brighton, England who mix their electro-pop sound with real charm and danceable vibes. Their last album, The English Riviera, was full of melancholy dance tunes that seemed to feel like the sunrise of an early morning walk home after the party has ended. They’ve just released their newest album, Love Letters, which adds classic 60’s song writing to the electro mix and they’ll be playing at
Kaufleuten on Monday. Monday 8 pm, Kaufleuten
Concert: Reel music
In a kind of technological time loop, the
Open Reel Ensemble from Japan, take old analogue reel-to-reel tape machines and use them, along with the latest digital technology, to mix and create complex and pulsating soundscapes both from pre-recorded sound but also live noises captured from the crowd or room. To listen to these five guys standing in front of their machines, mixing and looping the magnetic tape as one entity, is to hear both the future and past of music in perfect symmetry. They play at
Kunstraum Walcheturm on Wednesday. Wednesday 8 pm, Kunstraum Walcheturm
In the menu, a finch (German: der Fink) is sitting either on a corkscrew (representing drinks) or on a sausage (representing food). So I played a bit of «find the finch» while waiting for my food. Once it arrived I didn’t need any other distraction. The
Restaurant zum Fink opened its doors a short while back at Josefstrasse and comes with a small but tasty selection of dishes and friendly staff. What more do you need? Restaurant zum Fink, Josefstrasse 146, 8005. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 10 pm. Friday & Saturday 9 am to midnight and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Shopping tip: Sneaky sneakers
Sneakerness resides at Maag Halle. A heaven for everyone who likes their sneakers. More or less every brand you can think of will be there, showing off with their trendiest and rarest collections and maybe convincing you to get a pair. Or two. The
opening party takes place on Friday (entry: 30 francs), Saturday and Sunday (one day: 10 francs, two days: 15 francs) are then reserved for some serious browsing and shopping. Friday 11 pm, opening party at Härterei Saturday 12 -6 pm & Sunday 12-5 pm, fair at Maag Halle
Good to know: Markets
The weekend is perfect to stroll through a market, either to buy some vegetables at Helvetiaplatz or in Oerlikon, to pick up some flowers like at Bürkliplatz or to browse through goods at Kanzlei. These are the usual suspects, but I take pride in sharing the rather unknown.
Predigerplatz: In the old town you find a small but fine flea market filled with character and charm, stalls run by kids, pros and freaks and a proper Swiss «Ghackets mit Hörnli» on offer in the Predigerkirche. Always in Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. First Hand vs Second Hand: On the court between Josefstrasse 142 and 144,
five labels sell their goods in company of good food, good drinks and good music. The selection ranges fashion to furniture and design and from first hand pieces to second hand objects. It takes place this Saturday from 12-5 pm.
Web tip: Understanding rap
Rap lyrics are sometimes hard to get. Or do you know what Fancy means when saying: « I just knew that she was fine like a ticket on the dash»? The website Understand Rap translates the verses into standard English, with some light bulb moments and comic results.