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Zurich (EN):Zurich, 23.5.2012: African, Asian & some rocking Swiss

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Enjoy your long weekend!
Give my love to the city, Ron
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Traces of daily life
 
One of my favourite artists exhibits in Zurich: Onur Dinc. The native Turk became a recognized name in the international art scene throughout the last years. In his photo-realistic images, he captures moments of everyday life and frees the instant in time with a lot of expressivity.  With various paint utensils – his tool of choice is the paint roller - and collage techniques he creates fundamental feelings on large canvases. The exhibition at the Trace Gallery lasts until 21st of June.  
Opening: Thursday 6 pm, Trace Gallery, Militärstrasse 76
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Africa is here
 
At Afro-Pfingsten you find everything that you connect with Africa – except the wildlife. Great food, markets where you find anything the heart desires, street artists, hot rhythm and a good vibe.  It started yesterday, but you can visit the exhibitions with current African artists throughout the weekend until Palm Monday. In the evenings there are food stalls, films and from Friday concerts, concerts, concerts! Programme
23.-28. May, Winterthur Old Town and Katharina Sulzer-Platz
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Best pictures
 
If you’re in town over the long Palm weekend, the photo exhibition at ewz selection – the best of Swiss photography - is still taking place until the 28th of May. I can recommend their event on Friday: 31 Days, 31 Ways, 31 Minds. Photographer Stephan Schacher asked 31 people in New York, how they would change the world in 31 days. He now repeated this project in Zurich. On Friday, he talks about his work and his experiences. And until Friday evening you can still vote on the best Ron Orp Community picture and win a Canon Camera. The winner will be announced on Friday at 11.30 pm.
Friday 8 pm, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau
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Rock will never die
 

If you’re looking to wig out to some long dead classic rock bands in concert there seems to me only 3 ways to do it: you can Tupac hologram them back to life, you can invent a time machine fuelled by patchouli oil and set it to the heart of the 60’s or you can go to the History of Rock festival at Alte Kaserne. Many bands including Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd and The Who are all appearing, in tribute form, throughout the next two weekends. They may not be the real thing but if you squint a little and inhale some leftover patchouli oil, you’ll be at Woodstock in no time.
Friday to Sunday 25th-27th May and Friday/Saturday 1st-2nd June 19:30 pm, Alte Kaserne

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Spin the dj
 

Chaos theory may be at the cutting edge of science but that doesn’t mean it can’t be put in service of a great party and with this in mind, Plaza are putting on a Track Roulette night this Saturday. The idea is that 14 djs are primed and ready to go, as one record spins to an end, a number is randomly generated to pick the next dj, who then plays his (or her) track. A dose of crowd jeering will also move the dj along. Leaving the running order and style of tunes in the lap of the gods, and a restless audience, seems like a perfectly good use of chaos to me.
Saturday 11 pm, Plaza

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Now it begins
 

Forget about the changing of the clocks; there’s only one way to really know that summer time is finally upon us – Primitivo is re-opening this weekend. The place has been scrubbed up, rebuilt and will be waiting for you with it’s bar, kitchen, grill and sun decks this Sunday. A great selection of local djs has also been invited down to make sure things get off to a shining start. The one proviso is that it’s only happening if the weather is good! Of course it’ll be good. Trust me.
Sunday 2 pm, Primitivo

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Meet the artist
 

Elena Habicher was born in Tajikistan but has made her way, via Russia, to Zurich where she now lives and creates her fantastic artwork. Always existing in the blurry regions between dark and light, love and hate, her artwork is never fixed to space or time, and by using unusual mixes of media to push at traditional art limits she creates images and objects that have the vibrancy of new life. She has her opening night next Wednesday, where you can meet her, as she begins a 5-week exhibition at AB Gallery called Anymore Anyway.
Wednesday to 7th July, 5 pm, AB Gallery, Klausstrasse 23, 8008

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Asian delight
 
The Thai restaurant FiveSpice at Zweierstrasse could also be called five stars. Well, at least this would be the grade I’d give them. Tasty curries and exotic salads are served by a friendly staff. The venue is simple but nice, central and the prices very reasonable. The menu ranges from noodle and rice dishes to curries and stir fries - and everything we tried tasted wonderful. The only two minus points I’d give: None of the meat is from Switzerland (or Europe) and all (!) my clothes carried that kitchen smell afterwards. But as I own a washing machine and like vegetarian food, I’ll certainly be back.
FiveSpice, Zweierstrasse 106, 8003 Zurich
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Good to know
 
Many of you often think that I'm joking when I'm referring to the former “dancing ban” on bank holidays in Zurich. So I’ll take you on a little historic tour. Until the millennium, no cultural or sports events were allowed on religious holidays (Easter, Palm weekend, Christmas). This meant: no cinema, no parties, no anything. In the year 2000, this ban was lifted in the Canton of Zurich; but only indoors. Non-religious outdoor events are still not allowed. But the Cantonal parliament is currently discussing to lift the ban altogether. I’ll keep you informed. The ban is still in place in six Cantons in Switzerland: Aargau, Glarus, Uri, Obwalden, Solothurn and Appenzell Innerrhoden.
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Fashion loves music loves fashion
 
The makers from the British fashion label Fortyounce design cool t-shirts and accessories. And regularly compile their favourite hits to playlists. These you can download for free on their website. The free-equals-no-good-rule doesn’t apply here. Their music and fashion are both invaluable and trendy.
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Next week I’ll be shutting down my website at some point. But don’t despair, it won’t be for long, just on Monday and Tuesday. And I’ll return with a beautiful new design. Better than ever. Because the new Ron will connect you and the city like never before! Soon, very soon, you will be able to find out more...
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Add to favourit  Concert: Metronomy and you
 
Metronomy have always been an odd proposition. They’re a band very much of the here and now but have a sound that has a strange amateurish 70’s vibe. They also bring the funk but filtered through a particularly English stiff upper lip. Even the band members themselves seem to be collected together from totally different bands. Despite all these contradictions, the music is fantastic and their songs are sprinkled with the golden pixie dust of great pop. They are playing at X-tra tonight and I have 2 x 2 tickets to give away. E-mail me before 4 pm for a chance to win.
Thursday 8 pm, X-tra
 
Add to favourit  Concert: Acoustic bliss
 
Sometimes on a night out, I’m not looking for the hippest beats or the edgiest club, what I want is to be pampered. Yes, you heard me, this Ron needs a little loving. And if that loving comes in the form of the finest comfort food (slow cooked pulled pork sandwich and baked New York cheesecake, anyone?), a vast selection of boutique beers and live acoustic music from Ibby and Walti, covering songs from the last few decades, then so be it. Luckily, I’ll be able to find all of these in the warm embrace of Fork & Bottle this Friday night.
Friday 7.30 pm, Fork and Bottle
 
Add to favourit  Comedy: Irish eyes are smiling
 
All of the best comedians are angry about something. It might be the stupidity of people, the state of world affairs or even the way a man serves soup, à la Seinfeld’s soup Nazi. Andrew Maxwell is a multi-award winning Irish comedian, who has been based in London for over 20 years, and filters his anger through a certain twinkly-eyed charm and a sharp intelligent wit. Covering subjects as diverse as politics, an Irishman raising English kids and red squirrels he’s been brought into town by the International Comedy Club to play Mascotte on Friday.
Friday 7 pm, Mascotte
 
Add to favourit  Party: Play it again
 
The Casablanca Café-Bar on Langstrasse has always been cool little place to hang out, whether it’s for warm-up drinks before a night out or for a cool-down brunch the following day. This Saturday they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a party hosted by djs Klaus Chindsgi and Paladisco.  You can expect the usual mix of easygoing people although, with the party currently having no end time, they may be a lot more easygoing by the time it’s over.
Saturday 8 pm, Casablanca Café-Bar
 
Add to favourit   Discussion: The final frontier
 
It’s usually on a groggy Sunday morning, especially after a spangly Saturday night out, that i start to contemplate the big questions of life. Why can't i tickle myself? Are my big toes too big? Is there alien life in the universe? Now, some of these may be personal to me but if you’ve ever wondered about the existence of alien life, and have had enough of hearing the answer, ‘Only on Uranus’ from your drunken friends, then head to the Museum Rietberg this Sunday for a talk entitled Is There Life Out in the Universe? with Ben Moore, Professor of Astrophysics at Zurich University. So the choice is yours: spend an extra hour in bed on a Sunday blearily wondering or go get your mind blown by an astrophysicist. In English.
Sunday 11 am, Museum Rietberg
 
Add to favourit  Cinema: Food and film
 
Like the first flowers of spring, the Pop-Up Cinema in Studio 177 will be fleeting yet strangely seductive. This Wednesday (11th) will be a vampire wine battle between Brad Pitt and Francis Ford Coppola (yes, you read that correctly). Both movie makers own vineyards and both have been involved with vampire movies, Interview with a Vampire and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Taste their wines, rate which is the best and the winner’s film will be shown on the evening. Maybe this is how the Oscars should be decided. Next Wednesday (18th), the film Chocolat will be shown. To accompany the movie will be a sumptuous chocolate inspired dinner menu. Reservation for the dinner should be made by 15th March.
Wednesday 11th and 18th March 7 pm, Pop-Up Cinema, Studio 177, Heinrichstrasse 177, 8005
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Add to favourit  Eating: A good thing
 

The social group called Zum Bunten Tisch (The Colourful Table) takes over the Restaurant Sahltimbocca one evening each month, allowing young men and women, who are intellectually challenged, to be responsible for service for the evening. There is a sense of passion and charm from all involved, and a chance to get more out of a meal than just feeling full. Also, you have the choice between booking as usual, for the number of guests or for a table, where you’ll join other guests. There are just a few places left for this month’s event (28th March) so I thought I'd let you know in advance.
Saturday 28th March from 6 pm, Zum Bunten Tisch @ Restaurant Saltimbocca

 
Add to favourit  Good to know: Burning Houdini
 

Tuesday, the 17th of February, was a black day for Houdini. A fire destroyed the entire bar area. Luckily, no one was hurt and the cinema remain intact. The clean-up and the refurbishment is still takeing place so Houdini remains closed until the end of March (maybe even longer). Until then, Riffraff offers asylum and Houdini’s current programme can be viewed there at lunchtime.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Senusal and sexy
 

From women, for women: that’s the slogan of Evelyn Huber and Ramona Keller the designers behind Lyn Lingerie. Looking at the sexy results – all handcrafted here in Zurich -, I think they could also say: From women, for men or even the other way around. Evelyn and Ramona just closed their shop at Glasmalergasse and moved to Frau Gerold’s Garten last Saturday. As a Ronster, I’m sure you know that neighbourhood, so have a peek inside when you’re in the area.

 
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