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Zurich (EN):Zurich, 15.3.2012: Irish pub, French music & a problem with bugs

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Those who work with online media know the problem – BUGS. They sneak in and try to change the system. And until we find the problem and are able to fix it, a couple of weeks have gone by. Latest example: Our Cityscribe section. Therefore, further below, are some of the entries that were supposed to be published over the last two weeks. Big apologies to the cityscribes who were hoping to see their articles published before.
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Tonight is another documentary in the ongoing film series entitled Nebenrolle:Natur at Rote Fabrik . For one Thursday a month, until June, they are showing documentaries about our world, nature and the effects of human involvement. The first film is the visually stunning documentary Home, which examines the interconnectivity and fragile balance of our planet. After the film Andreas Edelmann of 2000 Watt Wohnen and Dr. Harald Sodemann, a climate scientist at ETH Zurich, will answer questions. Entry is free.  
Thursday 8 pm, Rote Fabrik, Aktionshalle

 
 
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since Härterei opened its doors and like any respectable toddler, will be throwing a 2-night electro-pop/hip-hop extravaganza to celebrate the anniversary. Icelandic groove-meisters FM Belfast have been invited to bring their chaotic party vibes to Friday night and hip-hop royalty, in the form of dj Muggs of Cypress Hill, will be playing on Saturday.
Friday & Saturday 11 pm, Härterei

 
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Moods will be bringing us an evening of French delights on Saturday with a double live set from singer L and rapper Karimouche . L comes from Paris and brings with her that city’s mix of ethnic rhythms wrapped in the warm seductions only French singers can evoke.  Karimouche, on the other hand, incorporates the eclectic inspirations of cabaret singing, dance and acting to her beat-box driven rapping. 
Saturday 8 pm, Moods

 
 
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This Saturday, wearing green is a must, as we celebrate St Paddy’s day. In this spirit, a new Irish Pub opens its doors on that special day: The Pub. From 6 pm DJ Frédéric sets the tune and you get Irish beer as well as Irish stew. Sounds like a good place to start before heading to one of the parties in town: Irish Festival with live folk music Volkshaus, Music of the 80s and party tunes at Nelson Pub or house and club music at Lady Hamilton Pub. Happy St Patricks Day!
Saturday 6 pm, The Pub / 8 pm Volkshaus
 
 
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Think big, is what Phonoflakes , a band from Zurich thought when they toured through the US for the first time. And got full success. Signed by a Californian label, they have just finished their second US tour, including a series of concerts in Mexico. While they play overseas in front of large audiences, you get the chance to see Phonoflakes in an intimate environment. Very intimate, as the concert takes place at Hafenkneipe this Tuesday. Expect melodic power pop and a lively live show.
Tuesday 8 pm, Hafenkneipe
 
 
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The sun is out and it’s lovely to spend lunch hour outside. But for me, it’s still too fresh for a cold lunch like a take away salad or sandwich. This week I discovered Zeughaushof . Outside, you’ll sit in the middle of Kasernenareal which feels like an oasis within the buzz of the town. Inside you find an airy, comfortable room. They offer several changing menus over lunch, seasonal and regional. The waiters are lovely and if you bring your sunglasses, you might never want to leave.
Restaurant Zeughaushof, Kanonengasse 20, 8004
 
 
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South-by-South-West (SXSW) is a sprawling citywide festival that takes place every year in Austin, Texas and features music, film and technology. It is one of the largest music festivals in the world with over 2,000 new and established acts playing across 90 venues. What I love about SXSW is that they provide a (legal) torrent file to showcase tracks from most of the bands playing. This year’s sampler file contains 1,219 tracks.  If this is too much for you to swallow in one go, someone has already listened and filtered them into a ‘best of’ podcast. This is a fantastic way to discover some great new music.

 
 
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Sounding just like the distant echo of the summer days to come, Lay Your Cards Out by Poliça is intense and beautiful. Enjoy.

 
 
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Add to favourit  Party: Club radio
 
The Kauz club becomes a live radio station tonight as the debut evening of GDS Studio im Kauz kicks off. They will be presenting the best in local music and culture including various guests, dj sets and bands. Entry will be free before 11 pm. And remember, they will be broadcasting live as the party takes place, so if you want give a shout-out to anyone in the city, you’ll just need to scream loud enough.
Thursday 9 pm, Kauz
 
Add to favourit  Exhibition: Cultural exchanges
 
The Museum Haus Konstruktiv has a couple of great exhibitions starting today that will be running until the new year. The first is a celebration of this year’s 150th anniversary of Swiss and Japanese diplomatic relations, as the exhibition Logical Emotion plays host to a collection of contemporary art from Japan. Curated by the directors of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo the show will display a wide range of artistic media from painting and sculpture, photography, video to manga drawings. The second exhibition is by this year’s winner of the Zurich Art Prize, Haroon Mirza. This Anglo-Pakistani artist works experimentally with light and sound installations, incorporating outdated and modern technologies as well as reference to music and art history.
From Thursday until 11 January 2015, Museum Haus Konstruktiv
 
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Add to favourit  Party: Bands with beats
 
In what can only be described as a cross-cultural collision, a French electronic/indie music label with the Japanese name of Kitsuné, meaning fox, will be hosting three UK bands as they perform dj sets at Plaza. Foals, Friendly Fires and Citizens have pretty much established themselves over the last few years as indie bands who have been deeply influenced by club culture and so it should be interesting to hear what they’ve got in store for us on Friday night.
Friday 11 pm, Plaza
 
Add to favourit  Concert: Rhythm king
 
If you’ve heard Fela Kuti or Afrobeat music before you’ll know that, as Gloria Estefan so eloquently put it, the rhythm is gonna get ya. And if you’re wondering where that rhythm originated, you need look no further than Tony Allen. He’s been described as the greatest drummer who has ever lived, and been involved with musicians and music from every kind of genre, with his most recent album being a collaboration with English musician Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur fame. He’ll be playing with his band at Moods on Saturday night.
Saturday 8.30 pm, Moods
 
Add to favourit  Concert: Young, gifted and back
 
There is something almost primeval about rock’n’roll’s cyclical desire to give birth to bands of young men who want to bash the drums and thrash their guitars in a melodic fashion. The latest incarnation of this eternal trend are Taymir, a band from the Netherlands who are made up of 16 to 22 year olds, and have recently won the ‘Sound of 2014’ back home. Their music has a 60’s jangle about it, melodies that will stick to you like glue and they’re all as bright as shiny new buttons. What’s not to like? They’ll be playing live at Hafenkneipe on Monday night.
Monday 8 pm, Hafenkneipe
 
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With the opening of Toni-Areal, JazzBaragge found a new home. It's the meeting point for jam sessions of local, national and international jazz musicians. It’s always open to the public and as there is rarely anything else going on on a Wednesday, certainly worth a visit. There are three different acts lined up for October, so have a look which one suits you best. Entry 5 francs
Every Wednesday from 8 pm to 1.30 am, JazzBaragge @ Toni-Areal

 
Add to favourit   Eating: Elisaburg is back
 

Last weekend, Sommergarten at Kanzlei held their final dinner for this summer. And as it’s officially autumn now, the team returns to their harbour at Elisaburg at Zweierstrasse (just behind Bahnhof Wiedikon). Though the venue may not seem like much from the outside, dare to step inside. There a cosy interior awaits you, including friendly staff and great Mediterranean cuisine: Always fresh and always good. If you can’t make up your mind what you should order, check with your waiter, they always offer good tips and the chef is always happy to fulfil special wishes.
Elisaburg, Elisabethenstrasse 3, 8004. Monday to Friday 11.30 am to 2 pm & from 7 pm, Saturdays from 6 pm

 
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And the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film goes to… Switzerland’s «The Circle»! Well, that’s just a fantasy so far, but the film (in German «Der Kreis») is nominated. I went to see it last Sunday at the new cinema Houdini and was enthralled. It’s a mixture of documentary and feature film, set in 1956, when Zurich was perceived as a pioneer in gay emancipation in the whole of Europe. It’s a moving piece about two men who fall in love while the repression against homosexuals become increasingly intense. I was never aware that Zurich played such a key role in Europe’s gay movement. Well, my tips are usually suggestions but it would be a shame if you missed this gem of Zurich’s cinematic talent. Especially as the film comes with English subtitles.

 
Add to favourit   Shopping tip: Made to last
 

After more than one year filled with labour, the refurbishing of the Fabrikat shop finally finished and it's time for the opening. The venue is filled with unique hand-made, timeless objects to touch, admire and buy such as sketch books or pens. The bazar-like shop looks like it stranded here from a Jules-Verne-book: bizarre, fantastic, archaic, beautiful and brand new. The opening is today from 6 pm.
Fabrikat, Militärstrasse 76, 8004

 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Every noise at once
 
If you’ve ever been in a conversation with someone about the music they like and they say something like, ‘I really like skweee but I’m more into shimmer pop this week’. You may feel a little out of your depth, musically speaking. You may also want to wrap your hands around their throat for being so pretentious. To solve the first issue, dear Ronster, check out this website – Every Noise At Once – that lists every possible genre of music, 1200 at the last count. Click on a genre and you'll see bands associated with it plus hear samples of the music. To solve the hand and throat issue, I have no real cure, although try listening to some shimmer pop. It may relax you a little.
 
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