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

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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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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  Exhibition: T-shirt T-ribute
 
Apart from walls for graffiti, the only other modern canvas that gives artists and designers the ability to have their art seen by the masses is the T-shirt. From its beginnings as a garment worn by workers in factories and mines to its current place as the item of choice for individual statement and protest, the humble T-shirt has had quiet a journey. The exhibition at Starkart, T-ribute, is a celebration of the T-shirt, and especially contemporary T-shirt graphics. It’s been organised by Amateur Magazine and will show 100 T-shirts from four decades selected by 10 European T-shirt aficionados (yes, such people exist). On Saturday they’ll have a T-shirt market for you to pick up your own designs.
Thursday to Sunday, various times, Starkart Gallery
 
Add to favourit  Party: Behind the scenes
 
As you wander the streets of Kreis 4 you may occasionally notice, through an alleyway or opening in the buildings, open courtyards hidden at the centre of the surrounding architecture. Unless you live in the apartments, these courtyards are normally inaccessible but this Friday, Zukunft are organising themselves a little HofFest. They will open up their own private space behind Bar3000 and fill it with live music from Teké Acoustic Sessions, grilled homemade sausages from the Lier family and a Filipino Food Corner. If the weather refuses to believe summer has gone, I don’t see why we shouldn’t too. Entry is free.
Friday 5 pm, Zukunft (behind Bar3000)
 
Add to favourit  Stage: Dj performance
 
Dj’s may think they’re something special and certainly when one of them plays a beat that gets this Ronster doing his slippery shuffle on the dance floor, i may agree, but to call it art was always a stretch. That’s until performance artist and dj Nic Lloyd put together his Don’t Judge show at Gessnerallee. His one-man, two-turntable show will see him using vinyl to mix and manipulate fragments of words, instructions, music and sounds to assemble new language structures that, he hopes, will influence the audience. You may feel your feet wanting to dance but your mind won’t be too far behind.
Saturday 9 pm (also on Sunday through Thursday), Gessnerallee
 
Add to favourit  Concert: Jazz wars
 
I think the saying goes something like, ‘caught between a rock and a jazz fan’. Now, i could be wrong but then it wouldn’t fit so well with this piece of writing, so I’m going with it. Over the weekend you’ll get a chance to hear some of Switzerland’s finest jazz musicians play some of the finest rock music in a cross-genre showdown at Hits Recycled in Moods. On Saturday it will be Pink Floyd vs. Black Sabbath, while on Sunday it will be The Police vs. U2. Each jazz band will compete against each other head-to-head, hit-for-hit, song-for-song in a battle for the loudest audience applause of the evening. Now, if only there was a phrase that could describe being at an evening like this…hmmm.
Saturday 8.30 pm and Sunday 7 pm, Moods
 
Add to favourit  Street: No cars go
 
Monday is International Car-Free Day, when many cities around the world encourage, or outright ban, drivers from using their cars. This allows pedestrians, public transport and cyclists to reclaim streets that are clean, quiet and safe, at least for one day a year. Strangely, given the number of bikes in the city, Zurich does not participate in Car-Free Day but given the Swiss view that ‘people-power’ can change most things eventually, there is an organised Velodemo taking place Monday evening. Starting at Bürkliplatz, hundreds of cyclists will set off for a tour of the city, and just by sheer numbers will reclaim any section of the city they happen to be passing through. The city cycle should last about an hour, returning to Bürkliplatz where a cycling fashion show and music will await you.
Monday 6.30 pm, Bürkliplatz
 
Add to favourit   Concert: French delusion
 
If there’s one thing the French know how to do well, outside of baguette baking, it is electro-pop. Issac Delusion hail from Paris and, despite the name to the contrary, are a band. The four members all seems to bring a diverse mix of sounds to the party with glimpses of Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd and Sufjan Stevens all somehow making their influences felt, but it is the singer’s soft, folky vocals that gently float over the electronic rhythms and melodies that elevate Issac Delusion to something special. They're playing at Bar Rossi on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday 8 pm, Bar Rossi
 
 
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18th September – 18th October, daily from 5.30 pm, Rimini

 
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Add to favourit  Good to know: Back in the day
 

Whenever you wander around the Old Town you might think that time has stood still in the city. The stones have an air of eternity to them. But if you compare todays Zurich to the Zurich of 1793, many things have changed (and I’m not just talking about hygiene). For example, the lake came all the way down to Börsenstrasse and extensive gardens were situated between Talacker and Sihlporte. How do I know this? The official Geoportal put together the drawings by engineer Johannes Müller from 1793 with current street view images. A slide function lets you slip into the past and discover what the city was like back in the day. Just follow the link and click ok. 

 
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Salvador Dali wasn’t just a painter, he was also involved in publishing a cook book. Top chefs as well as his wife Gala created the recipes while Dali was responsible for the illustrations. This oeuvre «Les Diners de Gala» is out of print, but thanks to the virtual world I found some images and recipes online at «Brain Pickings». Let me know how your dishes turn out.

 
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