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Zurich (EN):Zurich, 5.4.2012: Out of town, rare tomatoes & drop the lime

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Quantum jump

As it’s the long Easter weekend and we will all have extra time and chocolate on our hands, I thought I’d recommend an out-of-town event for a change, just in case you forgot that there exists a Switzerland beyond Oerlikon. The Electron Festival in Geneva will be drawing in friends, fans and creators of electronic music from all over the world during its 4-day schedule. In addition to numerous concerts and dj sets there are also exhibitions, conferences and courses teaching electronic music. My musical highlights: Brandt Brauer Frick, Mouse on Mars and Goldie. Geneva isn’t quite as cool as Zurich but for one Easter weekend only, we’ll give them their dues.
Thursday to Sunday, various times, various venues in Geneva

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What’s behind the door?

Wydenstrasse 7 may just seem like any other ordinary address in Zurich but if you go there sometime over this weekend and ring the bell, the front door will be opened to you and what waits behind is a Pandora’s box of delights. On Thursday a dinner will be served accompanied by two French chanson singers (needs reservation), Friday and Saturday has some creative workshops, as well as a great sprinkling of live bands and djs. A bar is also open for all 3 nights. Saturday, in particular, looks like it’s going to be an all-nighter. 
Thursday to Saturday, various times, Wydenstrasse 7, 8004

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Dancing with decadence

Who needs a time machine when you have Cabaret Voltaire? This Saturday they bring the roaring 20's back to life with a fully themed night of feather boas, divas and dandies. They have a couple of live bands to Charleston to, poker games and even silent movies. Entry fee includes champagne or absinthe to relieve the shock of time travel. They are also shooting their own film during the night, so be sure to dress the part.
Saturday 9 pm, Cabaret Voltaire

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Bitter sweet

Dj Drop the Lime has risen to fame over the last few years as electro has fallen to the rise of dubstep, and he will be at Exil on Sunday during one of his rare visits to Europe. Known for his creatively wild dj sets that also include raucous singing and crazy dancing (by the dj, not just the crowd), this should be a Sunday night that makes you glad Monday morning is another day off.  Support comes from djs Malente, Riot School and The Backspin Boys.
Sunday 11 pm, Exil

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Pop-Up Store
Winter is gone and if you need a new outfit to welcome spring - check out the pop-up store Shortrun at Helvetiaplatz where you’ll find sneakers, shirts and jackets by various street wear labels until the 21 April. The clothes are displayed amongst art works by young Zurich street artists and djs provide happy tunes to bring you into a sunny mood.
Monday 5 pm, Anwandstrasse 30 (opening)
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Around the corner
Drink global - eat local is the motto of the new burger place in Zurich which opens its doors this Wednesday. Korner will serve the best meat with a local smile and drinks from all over the world. So if you wonder what Cheese Please or The Godfather taste like - read my review next week or give the new undertaking by one of the organizers of Abart a try yourself.
From Wednesday 11 am, Gartenstrasse 10
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Tomatoes for all
Maybe you’re planning to give your balcony or window sill a thought over Easter? Then have a look at Stadttomaten. Green, yellow, purple or white – tomatoes come in all colours and shapes. Pro Specie Rara supports the cultivation and protection of rare species by making ancient tomato seedlings available to everyone. All you need is some earth, sun, water and a seedling of your choice. Throughout April there are various places where you get such a seedling to harvest colourful and special tomatoes throughout the summer months. Bring some colour to Zurich.
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Happy Easter
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Electro sound
The third release The Other Side by Berlin producer Robot Koch is calmer and more spherical than his last one. In 8 of the 13 songs on the solo album he gets supported vocally, amongst the guest artists you find singer/songwriter John Lamica. Robot shows his audience another kind of electronic music, one that invites you to relax and let your thoughts wander. Listen
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Thursday 7.30 pm, Rote Fabrik
Add to favourit  Comedy: Together alone
Sylvia Day is billed as Zurich’s favourite comedienne, and although this is admittedly her own words on her own website, this American expat surely has the funny bones to back it up. Each Christmas she puts on a special seasonal show and this year’s is called I’ll Be Home Alone for Christmas at the Boulevard Theater. Being home alone for Sylvia means her one-woman show is littered with special guests including Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and Barbara Streisand but before you get too excited, Sylvia’s comedy is not only of the stand-up variety but also impersonations and singing.
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Friday & Sunday 8 pm, Theater der Künste

Add to favourit  Party: Automobile noise
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Add to favourit  Concert: Retro rebirth
Last week I wrote to you about a Tom Waits tribute evening and since then I’ve been seeing a few more legendary and/or dead acts (although not in an ‘I see dead people’ type way) going on around town, so I figured I’d let you know about them. On Saturday at Theater Rigiblick a Bruce Springsteen evening is taking place celebrating his Born to Run album, also at Rigiblick on Wednesday, to mark his 80th birthday, is a Leonard Cohen tribute evening. Both these evenings have a number of singers and artists interpreting and performing songs. On Saturday at Alte Kaserne you’ll find The Doors, Janis Joplin and Santana doing their thing and on Wednesday at the Tank Bar & Grill you can catch Jimi Hendrix wigging out in a cloud of purple haze. These acts are more look and sound-a-likes than the Rigiblick events.
Saturday 8 pm, Theater Rigiblick (Springsteen) & Alte Kaserne (The Doors)
Wednesday 8 pm, Theater Rigiblick (Cohen) & Tank Bar & Grill (Hendrix)
Add to favourit   Concert: Musical trees
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Monday 8 pm, Komplex Klub
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Add to favourit  Eating: Green all around

In August last year, I told you about a little green oasis in the middle of the city: Gärtnerei (greenery). A place, where salads and sandwiches don't come cheap but taste wonderfully fresh with only regional, carefully chosen ingredients. I loved my Oma's Classic Chicken Salad. The bread on offer (for free), is itself worth a trip to the green island. It isn't just me who likes their food so they just opened a second branch last week at Sihlstrasse 21. They also deliver within Kreis 1,2,3 and 4.
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No Fashion, no convention, no boundary: I was intrigued by Onoda’s by-line. It’s a little atelier shop with women’s wear and design craft, located in the old town. You see, shopping doesn’t have to be shallow. Especially this weekend when Onoda hosts a pop-up store from Friday to Sunday. Two Japanese architects will introduce you to their culture through carefully designed products while you can also browse through Onoda’s collection of wear items (not fashion!).
Onoda, Predigergasse 18, 8001. Pop-up store opening hours: Friday 6-10 pm (with apéro), Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

Add to favourit  Good to know: Merry Christmas
Are you staying in town over the holidays? If you’re looking for a fir tree, here are the best places to get one.  From Zurich’s forests: The city offers Christmas trees straight from the city’s own forests. Selling points are Stadtgärtnerei, Werkhof Höngerberg and Forstgarten Albisgüetli. At the latter two you can also cut your own tree on 20th and 21st December.  Coop & Migros: The two main food chains in Switzerland sell FCS certified spruce trees. A list by WWF shows the selling points in town.  Rent a tree: if you don’t want to cut a tree then you might like «Ecosapin».  They deliver the tree in a pot a few days before the holidays and pick it up again. Afterwards the tree will be replanted. The Singing Tree: A little bit off topic but a nice Zurich tradition is the Singing Tree at Bahnhofstrasse. Until 23rd December various choirs (mostly children) will sing Christmas songs at Werdmühleplatz. They are all dressed in green and red and the stage looks like a fir tree. Hence the name.
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