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Funny or stupid? Kino Xenix takes on the world of Will Ferrell and odd comedies in its September programme, which includes the following movies in English: Wayne's World, Anchorman, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Bridesmaids, Melinda and Melinda, Borat, Design for Living, Walk Hard, Blades of Glory, You're Welcome America, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, The Big Lebowsky, This is Spinal Tap, The Party, Anchorman II, Stranger Than Fiction, Four Lions, Sideways and Talladega Nights. See www.xenix.ch (in German) for movie details.

One ticket gets you into most of Zurich's museums for one evening on the Long Night of the Museums, many of them stay open until 2am. Bars and lounges keep you lubricated and receptive to all kinds of art. September 6, from 7pm. www.langenacht.ch

William Faulkner Prize-winning American author Stewart O'Nan reads from his novel "The Odds" at Literaturhaus Zurich on September 9th at 7:30 pm.

After great success at the Edingburgh Fringe Festival, Timandra Harkness brings BrainSexComedy to Switzerland thanks to Zurich Salon and Denkfest. She'll be performing at the Volkshaus on Thursday, September 11. More…

The third annual Urban Storytelling Oasis will take place on September 12 and 13 in the Palm House of the Old Botanical Garden. One of Britain's most popular storytellers, Daniel Morden will hold readings for both adults and children. See the website for details and tickets.

"Is technology leaving society and ethics behind?" - Denkfest Sunday Debate on September 14 at the Volkshaus. This salon debate will be led by Susanne Brauer, Andy Miah and Timandra Harkness and chaired by Rob Lyons. Half-day Sunday Denkfest ticket includes the Salon debate plus presentations given by Nina Scherrer on moral enhancements and virtue engineering, and Boaz Heller on exponential technical development: what are we to expect from computing power, nano- and biotech.

The festival surrounding Knabenschiessen, a target shooting contest for boys and girls on the Albisgütli is one of Zürich's oldest festivals. It includes a fair with rides and food stalls and is being held this year from September 13th to 15th. www.knabenschiessen.ch

The success of American writer Jennifer Clement's book about women affected by Mexico’s violence, "Prayer for the Stolen", brings her to Literaturhaus Zurich on September 17th. The reading and interview begins at 7:30 pm.


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