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Zurich (EN) : Zurich, 29.3.2012: Freitag, modern opera & human pacman

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Modern opera
 

I have mixed feelings about opera. I love the ‘hit’ songs but 4 hours spent on rather austere seating can test anyone’s love of singing peasants. That’s why a new opera at Theater Rigiblick by London’s The Opera Group, Babur in London, could lure me back. Set in contemporary London, it follows four men and women as they prepare to carry out a terrorist attack. As their mission draws closer the ghost of Babur, the first Mughal emperor and poet, visits and confronts them. The piece uses the contemporary Indian poetry of Jeet Thayil and original music by Edward Rushton. This is opera as documentary and all the more powerful for it.
Thursday/Friday 8 pm, Theater Rigiblick

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Pile of music
 

Pile of Books is a great independent English bookshop. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm, and the owner, Daniel, is always ready to offer a suggestion if you get blinded by browsing-mania. This Friday, Nashville singer/songwriter John Francis will be playing at the store. He mixes Americana, country and folk into a heady brew and with the intimate surroundings of books and wooden shelves should turn this into an intense evening of music.
Friday 8 pm, Pile of Books, Zentralstrasse 16, 8003

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Soundscapes
 

As Abart slowly begins to wind down, they are putting on a few late Friday night specials, where the headlining act gets to rock out around midnight. This Friday, is a night of post-rock shenanigans with Swiss band Leech headlining and bringing with them their epic maelstrom of instrumental sound that is sure to vibrate your most secret places. Kid Ikarus, also from Switzerland and German band, Long Distance Calling, offer support with their own beautiful musical chaos.
Friday 9pm, Abart

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Do what ya like
 

When Amboss Rampe put on a night called Do What Ya Like, they ain’t kidding. For starters you can warm up with a little game of funky ping-pong, and then just to show you can make spectacular moves without a bat in your hand, you can head to the party where djs Nicola Kazimir, Joe Bless and, of course, resident djs lobi rodio and kelstroem will play anything from boogie and disco to house and hiphop. 
Friday 9 pm, Amboss Rampe

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Ice float
 

Iceland seems to be a place that inspires music that is ethereal but still able to grab you by the ear and insist on being listened to. Sigur Rós and Björk are maybe the most well known examples but Ólafur Arnalds should be next on your ‘Icelandic artists I should know’ list. He plays live at Moods this Saturday with songs that are mostly built around almost classical piano motifs, that then expand and swell as electronica and subtle drum patterns engulf you in their warm embrace. This is music to sooth the savage breast and make a Saturday night feel like a Sunday morning.
Saturday 9:30 pm, Moods

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It’s a classic
 
I like cinema Uto with its nostalgic flair and plush velvet seats. This Sunday ioic screens Metropolis there. The German expressionist, silent science fiction film classic. It’s a silent movie but this Sunday, Insub Meta Orchestra, a large improvisation ensemble from all over Switzerland, will fill the air with live harmonies.
Sunday 7 pm, Uto Kino
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Friday I’m in love
 
19 years ago, the brothers Freitag started sewing their bags out of old truck tarpaulin at home, dreaming the dreams of success as all start-ups do. Who would have thought that their bags are visible on all streets all over Europe? A good enough reason for the Museum für Gestaltung to honour Freitag with an exhibition, which looks back on the past two decades of the company until 29 July.
Tuesday 7 pm, Museum für Gestaltung (opening)
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Map attack
 
Everyone knows the yellow dot, which eats blue dots while getting chased by ghosts through a maze. This if the principle of the cult game Pac-Man which inspired the inventors of Map Attack. Just that their version takes place in real life. The smartphone becomes your game console and the city your playground. Within a defined area, two teams play against each other trying to gather as many points as possible. Good luck!
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Absolutely Zurich
 
From its sub-cultural start in the 70s and 80s to the boom of electronic music in the 90s, to dialect rap and the comeback of a varied band and producer scene in the millennium years. Definitiv Zurich invites you to discover four decades of Zurich sub- and pop-culture. Quite a few names and songs even I wasn’t familiar with.


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We know that Ron Orp is the purveyor of all things contemporary. Gazing into the Orp orb, he foresees the sightings ahead we should be aware of. But sometimes, just sometimes, I think it’s good to glance to the past, if for no other reason than to be assured that everything that happened today actually existed, once tomorrow comes.
The enigmatic Scottish band The Blue Nile are glacial when it comes to album releases. They have produced only 4 albums in the last 26 years, but it is their sophomore effort, Hats, released in 1989 that I love and want to recommend to you.
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Berghain, Fusion – that’s music in the ears of a techno friend, parties, where days turn into nights and nights into days. It’s still too cold for an electronic outdoor festival but Café Gold helps out by bringing one of the latest newcomers to town: Vril. The press describes him as a traveller searching for original sounds, all I know is that the noise he creates is beautiful. Support act is local dj Wandler as well as Voltmar. Entry 20 francs

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Beer-Festival: A taste of Switzerland’s finest Events (various)
 
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I was always wondering what’s missing in town and finally I found the answer: a beer festival. And no, I’m not thinking of the one in Munich or Zurich’s imitations, but a proper event dedicated to beer in all its variety. There are so many microbreweries in Switzerland and I’d love to try them all, or at least all of the 128 beers served this weekend at Spirgarten. So maybe, this feels a little bit like Oktoberfest (certainly on the next day) but the intention is differently. Isn’t that all that counts?

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Usually, Maria Doyle Kennedy & Kieran Kennedy play their first concert after New Year at El Lokal, but this year, they waited for spring.  Their raw folk and bluegrass contains just the right melancholic notes for a slow Sunday evening concert to close the weekend and starting recharged into the new week with an open heart. The Irish duo is known to leave a happy audience behind, or in El Lokal’s words: «Maria, we love you! Forever!» Entry 25 francs

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This Sunday, Zurich becomes sporty, as the Zurich marathon takes place. If you wanted to take part, I have some bad news for you, registration is already closed. But the good news: you can go out, drink beer and go and afterwards watch someone else doing all the work. If you want to be more active, however, there is a charity run coming up where you can also compete against your buddies back home: Wings for Life World Run. It takes place all over the world on the 3rd May at the same time. And when I say at the same time, I mean synchronic: In Olten (just half an hour from Zurich) it's happening at noon, in Auckland at 10 pm, in California at 3 am. If you fancy running against the world and for a good cause - it funds research to cure spinal cord injury - then nothing should stop you from taking part. 

 
 
Getrudhof: Swiss classic with a twist Swiss cuisine
 
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I’m sorry my dear vegetarian Ronsters, my eating out tips were all a bit heavy on the meat front lately. Again this week. But if you eat meat and came to love the Cordon bleu then I have to let you know about Getrudhof. From the outside the venue looks like your everyday Swiss restaurant, and the interior isn’t much better. But they serve more than a dozen different kinds of the traditional Swiss dish, one tasting better than the other. The staff is friendly and lovely and all portions come in three optional sizes. If you’re a group, you better book ahead. And next week, I’ll bring you a veggie suggestion.

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Pop Up Store: No Titel Newly opened/pop up stores
 
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Fat colourful Berber carpets reminding of old landscape paintings, Bosnian kilims that are hard to find and African stools prompting images of ancient king’s presents. At untitled#1 you find unique, handmade pieces that tell a personal story. The first pop-up store last year as a success, so I hope for some history repeating.

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