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Kino Xenix's is showing a retrospective of Canadian actor/director Sarah Polley's work, including her new documentary. 'Stories We Tell' is all about her mother - or is it? Catch the Swiss first run, playing at Kino Xenix until April 19. The programme also includes the following movies in English: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Away from Her, The Big Town, Dawn of the Dead, Don’t Come Knocking, existent, Exotica, Go, Guinevere, The Hanging Garden, Last Night, Mr. Nobody, My Life Without Me, No Such Thing, The Secret Life of Words, Splice, Stories We Tell, The Sweet Hereafter, Take This Waltz.
For showtimes, see Kino Xenix (in German).

On Wednesday, April 22, Zurich celebrates the official opening of the newly designed Sechseläutenplatz, a.k.a. the huge square next to the Bellevue tramstop. With events spread over five days (have your picture taken with the Böög!), culminating in Monday's Sechseläuten Festival (see below).

Tanzfestival Steps comes to Zurich from April 25 to May 16, with a symposium, workshops and international troupes offering the best in modern dance. See www.zuerichtanzt.ch (in German) for the full programme.

Sechseläuten – Best described as a kind of Groundhog Day with camels, a parade of men in medieval costume on horseback, and a snowman whose head explodes. In the evening locals roast weenies and drink around the resulting bonfire. A quintessentially Zürcher experience. April 27 (children’s parade) and 28 (main parade with bonfire). www.sechselaeuten.ch

The Herrmann Germann gallery of contemporary art is hosting the show Echo Travel Echo Star — with Vera Ida Müller, Sebastian Utzni, Marina Schütz andKunstbibliothek Sitterwerk. Ongoing until May 10th. www.herrmanngermann.com.

Future events for your long-range planning:

The Zurich Comedy Club is performing two one-act plays, "Penalty" by Stephen Smith" and "A Candle on the Table" by Patricia Clapp. At Theater im Seefeld, Kirchgemeindehaus Neumünster, Seefeldstrasse 91, 8034 Zurich. May 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 & 23 at 19.30; May 17 & 24 at 17.00. Information about tickets and more at www.zcc.ch

NZ author Anthony McCarten will read from his new novel "Funny Girl" at Kaufleuten on May 27, 2014. Doors open at 7pm, shows starts at 8pm.

The second annual Übersee-Nächte at Fabrikbeiz in Wädenswil is hosting a Festival Canadien, turning the restaurant into a typical Canadian bar and grill music club, with rock, folks, blues, and country from francophone Canada. Friday, June 6 and Saturday June 7, at 9pm.

 

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