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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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Add to favourit  Stage: Dancing in the street
 
If dance is the most primal of human artistic instincts then Heliopolis at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau fully updates it for the 21st Century. Inspired by films such as Blade Runner and Metropolis, five dancers will inhabit a fictional future city where their movements create the life, architecture and sound of an urban space using advanced motion-tracking technology. The intimate interaction of video, audio, projection and dance will bring to life a city of light that, at least while the music plays and the dancers dance, you can call home.
Thursday to Saturday 8 pm, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau
 
Add to favourit  Open Air: High ice
 
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but there’s a certain excitement in the air, bustle in the shops and extra glistening lights in the streets that the locals like to refer to as Christmas, a strange custom that appears to celebrate the return of a fat, bearded man who seems quite jolly for some reason. What also returns to town this time of year is ice-skating, and one of the best places to do this is at the ETH Zurich. Not only do you get free entry to the rink (you only pay for the hire of skates), a warm tent with food and drinks (at student prices) but you also get one of the best views of the whole city as you glide, fairy-like, over the ice.
Thursday until 14th December, open until 10 pm (except Sunday, 6 pm) ETH Zurich
 
Add to favourit  Party: Club culture
 
Andrew Weatherall is one of a select group of djs that have managed to soundtrack and shape modern pop culture. In the Nineties he merged rock and club sensibilities by producing Happy Mondays, New Order and, most influentially, the Primal Scream album, Screamadelica. He’s been at the forefront of techno, house and balearic music over the last twenty-five years and, hell, he even has an entire two-day music festival named after him in the south of France. If you want to hear what all the fuss is about, he’ll be djing at Zukunft on Saturday night.
Saturday 12 am, Zukunft
 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: New in town
 
This Saturday sees the opening of two new stores in Zurich, as well as a one-day international independent publishers fair. Palanca is a new gallery in town that will be displaying, and selling, work from Swiss and international contemporary artists and designers. Their aim is to make art accessible and, perhaps more importantly, affordable to the likes of us. The opening event starts at 2 pm and runs into the evening with drinks and djs. Circle – The Sustainable Shop, as the name subtly suggests, hopes to bring sustainability, fairness and quality to our lives. It will stock goods from brands that realise time may be infinite but resources are not. And finally, Perla-Mode are organising an Independent Publishing Fair that will be showcasing books from publishers, artists and designers from around the world. A photography-centric travelling library, Zines of the Zone, will also be stopping by, and if you need some beats with your books they’ve also got some live bands and djs to keep you entertained.
Saturday from 2 pm, Palanca, Seebahnstrasse 125, 8003
Saturday from 5 pm, Circle - The Sustainable Shop, Brunngasse 3, 8001
Saturday from 12 pm, Perla-Mode, Brauerstrasse 37, 8004
 
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Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Christmas community
 
Basislager is located in West Zurich at Altstetten and houses a community of around 200 people from the artistic, cultural and creative industries including photography, literature, music, fashion, sculpture, as well as the performing and visual arts. It’s also a place of nurture for young start-up companies and small business to take their first steps. This Sunday they are having a Christmas Market where you’ll not only be able to buy items from this creative community but also explore their workshops and studios. As you browse for gifts you can also enjoy a warm rustic kitchen with grill and a bar with hot glühwein and musical entertainment. I think I can hear sleigh bells in the distance.
Sunday  11 am to 6 pm, Basislager, Aargauerstrasse 14-94, 8048
 
Add to favourit   Concert: Poetic power
 
Kate Tempest is a rare breed in the world of hip-hop and rap. Not only is she a white female from South London, but she has also recently become the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for her poetry collections and has written a soon-to-be published novel that more fully explores the themes and characters of her latest album, Everybody Down. So, if you’re looking for a little more out of your rappers than ‘wave your hands in the air, like you just don’t care’, Kate’ll be playing live at Exil on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday 6.30 pm, Exil
 
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Add to favourit  Eating: Glorious Gloria
 

To me, restaurant Gloria is glorious! Maybe it's the waitress, who never gets an order wrong even though she remembers everything including special requests and drinks without taking a note. Maybe it's the bright welcoming smile of the owner. Maybe it's their food. Maybe it's their non-existing website. Or maybe, it's the charming round windows and the comfy leather sofas. And since their renovation, the floor comes in a slick black and bar and walls in a matching warm red. Very nice.
Restaurant Gloria, Josefstrasse 59, 8005 Zurich

 
Add to favourit   Good to know: The old chestnut

Finally, winter is arriving and I finally notice all the Maroni stalls. I love these roasted chestnuts: so sweet and warm healthy! As the vendors of each stall often change every season I won't be able to tell you which sells the best ones. Generally they're all in all the same, but I can certainly recommend the couple at Albisriederplatz and Ruth at Bucheggplatz. While Maroni are nice as a snack, caramelized chestnuts are probably my favourite side dish, served with venison, which is in season during winter in most restaurants. So enjoy the old chestnut. It's also supposed to be healthy.

 
Add to favourit  Shopping tip: First editions
 

Yves G. Rittener has a passion for (signed) first editions of modern literature, art, punk and psychedelic music from the sixties and seventies, guitars and slot cars. He collected so many items that they crowded his flat. He offers them for sale now in his shop YGRbookS at Haldenstrasse 159 close to Goldbrunnenplatz. While chatting with Yves about the world and drinking horrible instant coffee you get a chance to brows the shelves with all the treasures. A very nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. Visitors are always welcome and if you have a rare item to sell, Yves is also the person to see.
Haldenstrasse 150, 8055. Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Play to impress
 

You have a date coming up that you would like to impress. Or you want to show your family over the holidays that you actually learned something in Switzerland? Then check out Sam Tucker’s tutorial on how to play the piano if you don’t know how to play the piano. The result is quiet impressive and the instruction so simple that I’m sure even I could do it.

 
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