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Zurich (EN):Zurich 18.12.2014: Winter music, river flames & happy new year (parties)

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Christmas time is here again and just as Santa readies his reindeers, dons his red suit and packs his sack full of toys, I too will be avoiding real work over the next two weeks. The next newsletter you'll receive from me will be in 2015 but I've included some New Year’s parties in this one for those that will miss me.
Give my love to the city and a happy New Year to everyone, Ron

 
 
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Christmas always brings out the romantic Ronster in me. After all, isn’t love the greatest gift of all? (or it would be, if it weren’t for this excellent blue Snuggie. Hint, hint Santa). Anyway, if you wander down to Stadthausquai, near Rathausbrücke, this evening you can take part in the Zürich Christmas tradition of Lichterschwimmen, where hundreds of people will be releasing little boats filled with candles into the Limmat. Hot punch and sweet treats will also be on hand as you gaze dreamily into the flickering river.
Thursday  5 pm – 7 pm, Stadthausquai, near Rathausbrücke
 
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Add to favourit  Stage: Vaudeville vandals
 
The Tiger Lilies have the air of a vaudeville act that could have been performing in an old pub, on a dark and foggy London street, just as Jack the Ripper was having his dastardly way in the shadows. They mix music hall and vaudeville with a punk attitude and ghoulish humour that will make you laugh, while at the same time wondering if you should be laughing at all. Their new show, The Very Worst of The Tiger Lilies, is at Theater Rigiblick on Friday.
Friday 8 pm, Theater Rigiblick
 
 
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If, despite the tinsel, the glittering lights and queuing up to buy presents, you still haven’t been fully embraced by the Christmas spirit, might Dr Ron recommend a shot of his finest, Grade A, pure-cut never-fails remedy. On Saturday and Sunday, Film Podium will be showing Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. If you’ve never seen the film before then prepare to leave the cinema with your heart all aglow and a glisten in your eye. If you have seen it, then go renew your faith in your fellow man and repeat after me, “Attaboy, Clarence!”
Saturday 8.45 pm, Sunday 2.30 pm, Film Podium
 
 
Add to favourit  Concert: Winter legends
 
When the legends of El Dorado were first whispered, about that mysteries and lost city of gold in the Andes mountains, could they ever have thought that a bar in Zurich, coincidentally named Eldorado, would also contain a plethora of shiny riches and treasures, but would be infinitely more locatable. Probably not. Either way, the nearly unlimited number of beers (101, actually) they offer would be temptation enough for the meekest of explorers but this Sunday they are also hosting the Winter Unplugged Music Festival, where a nearly unlimited number of performers (5, actually) will be showcasing their acoustic skills from the haunting sounds of Me.Man.Machine to the poetic heartbreak of Faber.
Sunday 7 pm, Eldorado
 
 
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Add to favourit  Preview 1: Double-bill
 

Christmas always brings out the big softy in me, although that may also be the Glühwein working it's wily magic, so I was happy to see that Xenix are showing an open-air (yes, outside) double-bill on Christmas Eve (Wednesday). The first is the Buster Keaton classic silent comedy, The General, where our hero tries to get back the two loves of his life: his bride and his locomotive (not necessarily in that order). Blankets will be available but bring your own to guarantee one. The second movie is screened indoors: In «Barbarella» Jane Fond's sex-bomb tries to save the world, to do this she has to face some unique adventures first. First film starts at 6.30 pm, second at 9 pm.
Merry Christmas!

 
 
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If you end up at one of these parties, I'm sure you're New Year starts out well:  Kinski – for those who like Saturday Night Fever: Acapulco and Mata Hari join Kinski for a special karaoke night, with 8000 songs to choose from. Make sure to bring your disco outfit along. Starts at 9 pm. Raygrodski - for those who prefer a smaller crowd: Hamburgers and cocktails with tunes by djs party with djs Leonist & Sans Talent. Starts at 10 pm, reservation possible. 25hours hotel - for those who like to dine: Join the Balagan night (Hebrew for dancing) with dinner at a large shared table and sounds by dj spruzzi. Starts at 7 pm, 75 francs excluding drinks. Reservations necessary. Stall 6 - for those who like to dance: Balkan is good for you says Stall 6, and if you agree this is your place to be that night. Starts at 11 pm, costs 35 francs.
Happy New Year!

 
 
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The mission of The International is simple: to offer the widest range of European and Swiss craft beers in Zurich. The bar is new, the beers are great and host Mike Jones as well as his staff are always happy to tell you more about the brew in front of you. Or recommend one to your liking. So try it out. Mike will add more labels constantly and for the future, he also plans to arrange degustation evenings and brewery trips.
The International, Luisenstrasse 7, 8005. Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 12 pm to 11 pm, Thursday to Sunday 12 pm to 12 am

 
 
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Gian has a dream. At present he is in Vietnam, where he helps kids in foster home. By the end of the year, he will return home, but before he leaves he would like to give as many children as possible a Christmas present. For this he collects money on the crowdfunding-platform 100-days.net. He has seven days left to raise the rest of the money, so give him – and the kids in Ho Chi Minh City – a boost.

 
 
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Add to favourit  Cinema: Planet of the people
 
Since the 1960’s the world’s population has doubled, and within the next 20 years another 2 billion people are expected to join us. How can a world of finite resources and fragile ecosystems deal with an ever-growing population? This often-controversial question is examined in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 billion being shown at Rote Fabrik tonight. The film follows Beth, an American mother and child-rights activist, as she explores and attempts to offer positive solutions to this thorny subject. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Balthasar Glättli, National President of Grüne Schweiz.
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.
Thursday & Friday 8 pm, Boulevard Theater
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Add to favourit  Stage: First steps
 

Choreography and dancing at the highest professional level takes years of training and dedication, not to mention blood, sweat and a few tears along the way, but as the saying goes - the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single rhythmic side step. This Friday and Sunday at Theater der Künste, first year students who are studying for a Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Dance at Zurich’s University of the Arts (ZHdK), will be putting on a show called With Love from Zurich. What they lack in experience I’m sure they make up for in energy and imagination. Entry will be free.

Friday & Sunday 8 pm, Theater der Künste

 
Add to favourit  Party: Automobile noise
 
If you have one eye cast to American musical history then you’ll know that Detroit is known as Motor City, home of Motown and a centre for black musical culture, but Europe also has its own Motor City (Mercedes, Porsche & Bosch) in Stuttgart, Germany and is home to Motor City Drum Ensemble a young dj who is combining the sound of retro soul and RnB with house, minimal and techno rhythms and creating a hybrid that might just be something new. He’ll be playing at Zukunft on Saturday alongside djs Alex Dallas and Tony Sylvester.
Saturday 12 am, Zukunft
 
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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
 
The phrase ‘From little acorns, mighty oaks grow’ may have been written, in some extremely obvious and yet still cute way, for the band Mighty Oaks. The three individual members of the band each grew up in different parts of the world (US, Italy and the UK) but have now come together as a band to create uplifting music with an acoustic heart and ear-tingling harmonies. They’ve played Zurich once before at the petite Hafenkneipe, since then they opened for Kings of Leon among others and now have a live show at the rather more sizable Komplex Klub on Monday.
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.
Gärtnerei, Stockerstrasse 55, 8002 & Sihlstrasse 21, 8001. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7 am- 9 pm, Sihlstrasse also Saturday 9 am to 6 pm

 
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Add to favourit  Shopping tip: Japanese pop-up
 

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.
 
Add to favourit  Web tip: Do it yourself
 
While browsing the net I came across this helpful article on Buzzfeed «27 ways to make lazy gift wrapping look like a master piece». Sounds great to me, as I always struggle to make my presents look, well, presentable.  Some ideas are still a bit too ambitious for me, but I really like the idea of making my gifts look nice while getting rid of my never-worn woollen hat at once (sorry, gran!).  And if all of this is too much for you, keep in mind: It just gets ripped open in the end anyways.
 
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