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"Heya Girls!"
Sometimes life is strange. So, I’m innocently strolling through the city – and suddenly I’m in Africa! And that in the middle of Vienna, close to the Pilgrambrücke. There, the dedicated head of Radia Afrika TV, Alexis Nshimyimana Neuberg, opened the wonderfully colorful AfriPoint. His goal: to make Africa and the African sense of life more visible – through concerts, movie nights, dancing and drumming workshops, talks and of course also by selling African products. The fashion and accessory label time4africa moved into the big and light-flooded AfriPoint as well and brought fashion made of vibrant African fabrics, jewelry and even a perfume which smells fiery like the Monduli Hills in Tanzania. You can also buy African natural cosmetics, Moringa tea to strengthen your immune system and “Baola” with baobab & guarana instead of Coca Cola. So: go there, check it out and welcome a piece of Africa into your life. It’s definitely cold enough for it right now!
Wishing you a colorful week
Your CitySpotterGirl
AfriPoint, Hofmühlgasse 2, 1060 Vienna. Daily from 14:00. Web

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Cover: Ali Al-Zaid
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 Kamilla und Gert Strauss, Wien
Paper Theater
Oh yes, it’s true, the CitySpotterGirl has her own theater. A paper theater ;-) Something that used to be a civil affair from the Biedermeier era: theater-loving families back then used to make sets and figurines out of construction paper and use them to reenact theater plays and operas. Seriously fascinating how they managed to bring “the boards that mean the world” to their own living room! From today on, the Theatermuseum is showing a selection of its delightful and delicate paper theater collection and performances are part of the program as well.
Theatermuseum, Lobkowitzplatz 2, 1010 Vienna. Until March 20. Daily except Tue 10:00 to 18:00. 8 €. Web
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Creau  – All.We.Create design store
A super cool location that is being brought back to life creatively! Starting today the Krieau is turning into the Creau. Austrian and international designer labels are moving into the former horse stables. From now on you can find something cool, hand-made or unique like small paper bags from Johannes Lerch or jewelry by Kaffeehaus am Ring in pretty much every horse stall. The opening today is additionally spiced up by a sample sale from AND_i & NORA Rieser. On December 10th the Ox + Donkey Winter Market will open its stall doors there: even more design, cool events & more.
Creau, Meiereistraße/Nordportalstraße, 1020 Vienna. Opening December 1 17:00, open until Dec 23. Web
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eigensinnig Archive Sale
Very avant-garde, very cool: the eigensinnig is definitely one of the best concept stores of the city. Usually there isn’t anything on sale ever. But after more than 4 years the time has finally come: single pieces of the past few seasons that haven’t found a new owner yet have been adding up at the eigensinnig. And that is why for once from today on until Saturday you get 50% off of pieces of past collections and also designers for women and men that are not in stock anymore. Winter clothes as well as summer clothes, jackets, coats, t-shirts, dresses, leather boots, bags. Attention: not at the shop, but at the archive!

Archive eigensinnig
, Sigmundsgasse 3
, 1070 Vienna. December 1-3. Web
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Book flea market at Picus
For bookworms and literature lovers: the publishing house Picus from Josefstadt is parting with reading material from the past 30 years in a book flea market. Additionally to the regular program of the publisher there are also out of stock book treasures to discover, part of the book flea market will be all genres ranging from fiction to travel books. Whoever is interested in special fields like architecture, contemporary history, psychology or the Vienna Lectures will also be able to make a find. And since the flea market is taking place indoors at the publishing house, you can browse through the books without frozen fingers ;-)
Picus Publisher, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 4, 1080 Vienna. December 2 12:00 to 18:00, December 3 10:00 to 13:00. Web 
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VinziRast-Advent market
For all of you who are still looking for pretty presents and also want to donate some goodness: stop by the Vinzi-Rast either on Thursday or today. Once again there will be lots of high-quality and homey pieces manufactured by cared for homeless people and refugees – for example nostalgic stools, chic dinner trays, cool shoulder bags and newspaper racks made of coffee sacks-jute. All of them are unique pieces and so cool that even the “Christkind” won’t believe her eyes. In the courtyard Punch and cookies will warm your heart, on Friday Renate Welsh-Rabady will read Xmas-texts. Everything is available in exchange for a donation!
VinziRast-mittendrin, Währinger Straße 19, 1090 Vienna. December 1+2. 12:00 to 20:00 or 18:00. Web
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New: The Scottish Festival
Vienna in plaid: the first Scottish Festival is happening in the city! For four days there will be Scottish and Irish celebrations at different locations, the program is supposed to grow our interest for the Northern country and its culture. It is also about common traditions since Vienna does have “Schotten” (Scots) as well and also a “Schottenstift” (cathedral) – which can be discovered during a guided tour today. In the evening Naked Lunch singer Oliver Welter will be performing at the Theater am Spittelberg, tomorrow afternoon Irish literature will be read at the University. Closing party: Sunday night at the Highlander Pub, obviously!
Various locations in Vienna. December 1-4. Program online Web
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UNWG Bazaar
The French Father Christmas brings Bûche de Noël and Santa Clause stuffed turkey, in Japan they eat sweet Kurisumasukeki and in Iceland 13 Christmas dwarves carry the presents. Today open-minded people can get an insight into the 1x1 of Christmas traditions and delicacies at the legendary Advent bazaar at the UN Women’s Guild (women, who work for the UN in Vienna). It will basically be a trip around the world concerning food, culture and presents. There will be 70 different foodie-stands alone, a huge collection of original presents – ranging from ceramics to Hungarian peppers – and live acts!
Austria Center Vienna, Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna. Dec 3 10:00 to 17:00. Free entry. Web
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Day of Wishes
A present to all of those who still have wishes: today an entire team of “wish entertainers” will be accompanying you through the day. The professionals from the coaching atelier “Die lila Couch” will demonstrate how to make wishes, how to create images of wishes, how to write wish lists and how to unveil wishes. All day long you will work on your dreams and goals through meditation, creative writing, coaching and the creation of wish-mandalas and wish collages – in order to make possibilities become reality. The whole day only costs 30 €, but please sign up!
Die lila Couch, Gersthofer Straße 103, 1180 Vienna. December 3 10:00 to 18:30. 30 €. Web
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End-of-the-year review 2016
In time for the end of the year, Emperor Robert Palfrader and his two satire coregents Thomas Maurer and Florian Scheuba are providing laughing-lovers with a Best-of of Austrian scurrilities and political scandals. And their verdicts are harsh, but fair! Among different topics they will be talking about (one day before the election) how they brought about the result of the election of the Federal President and that they will run for the second highest position in Austria – which is the ORF General Director. An end-of-the-year review with depth. Super funny!
Rabenhof Theater, Rabengasse 3, 1030 Vienna. From December 3 20:00. 26 €. Web
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Schwesterherz – the girls’ flea market
>Look at that! The “Schwesterherz” (sisters) flea markets for (big) girls are a trend from Germany and have been happening in many Austrian cities, but not yet in Vienna. But now the time has come: this afternoon you can get all kinds of girly stuff and clothes at the MQ. Sold at lovely decorated stands accompanied by fine DJ sounds are many pretty things that other girls threw out of their closets. Also bits and pieces like jewelry, hand-made stuff or books that want to meet a new nightstand. Just to let you know: there are no more tables available to sell your own things!
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. December 4 13:00 to 18:00. 5€. Web
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Weihnachtstankstelle & Design im Werd
Oh yes, this is what Advent is about: because of the lively Christmas market hustle and bustle you can also shop on Sunday! Today 19 designers from Vienna and the surrounding areas are coming together at the Kunsttanksstelle in Ottakring and offering all kinds of cool stuff: living accessories from Prater&Stern, fabric envelopes made of cotton from Brigitte Biskup or unique hand-made ceramic pieces from Justine Wohlmuth. Even more dapper present ideas can be found at the “Design am Werd”-Christmas market in the 2nd district: fashion from anima and Linusch, jewelry from Claire Karo or hats from Wally Jungwirth.
Kunsttankstelle, Grundsteingasse 45, 1160 Vienna. Dec 2-4. Web Design im Werd, 1020 Vienna. Dec 2-4. Web
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 Andrea Peller
Gershwin In Love
Something soothing for your soul for the 2nd Sunday in Advent: a song evening with the loveliest melodies from composer George Gershwin! His songs are being performed at the Theater Drachengasse by the Swiss singers Anja Haeseli and Gabriela Ryffel and the Viennese pianist Ronald Sedlaczek. After the sold out concerts at the beginning of the year and the guest appearances in Zurich, Lucerne and Linz they are once again back on stage in Vienna and they will definitely turn it into an evening full of heart, wit and charm. Wonderfully relaxing!
Theater Drachengasse, Bar&Co, Fleischmarkt 22, 1010 Vienna. December 4 20:00. 19 €. Web
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Designer fashion– purchase
>The CitySpotterGirl tried it already – it works perfectly! So: every first Monday and Tuesday of the month envoys of the German online shop cash4brands are coming to Vienna and collecting used designer clothing and accessories in exchange for cash. The pieces have to be in good condition, they can’t be older than 5 years and of course they have to be original designer products. Clothes, shoes, bags, scarves – anything is acceptable. The pieces are briefly evaluated and whatever is deemed okay is paid for in cash right then and there! Always at the luxury 2nd-hand store Dejavu.
Dejavu Store
, Fischerstiege 1-7, 
1010 Vienna. December 5+6. Sign up necessary! Web
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Flawless Slam - Feminist Poetry Slam
Straight up women’s power! When experiencing the two awesome poets Mieze Medusa and rapper Yasmo live in action you feel the urge to take a page out of their book when it comes to their sense of language, rhythm and ready wit. Today those two “Mothers you’d like to flow with” are hosting a Feminist Poetry Slam at the KosmosTheater. Anybody who wants to can join in and slam, rap, rhyme and spin words. Feminism and love in a poem, we can handle it ‘cause we woke up like this! Yeah ;-) By the way, neo-slammers can participate in a free crash course of stage-poetry beforehand.
KosmosTheater, Siebensterngasse 42, 1070 Vienna. December 5 20:00. 9 €. Web
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“Alles Gute. Ein Umgang”
Guaranteed Punch-free zone! Today a group of city wanderers will be strolling through the alleys of the 7th district. Tip: put on comfortable shoes and join in! Because at the next Advent walk you will experience 11 stops with short programs ranging from literature to music, dance and theater and you can get to know the cultural highlights of the district. It starts at 17:00 at the TanzQuartier. Afterwards you can visit a nativity scene building at the Architekturzentrum, a celebration of the King-Festival, exhibitions and a concert by the wonderful Ramona Kasheer at the 7stern. Everything for free!
Start TanzQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. December 5 17:00. Free entry. Web
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Kimono Haori pop up
What used to be “manly” pants for our grandmas are Haori kimono jackets for our Japanese colleagues. Because until the 19th century the jackets were only worn by men – until the geishas were fed up with freezing during the cold winter and took over the piece of clothing. Little by little the silk jacket became a symbol of emancipation and ever since then it is worn by all women. And for one week you can buy such gorgeous kimonos in Vienna at a pop up shop: vintage haoris from the 1960s until the 80s, all of them manufactured in Japan and unique pieces. Beautiful!
WO, Kirchberggasse 11, 1070 Vienna. December 6-11 Web
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SuperCycle Vienna
Spinning is the past, now there is “SuperCycling”! A hip, new studio in the 7th district is starting this new fitness trend that unites cycling with disco and dance in a sweat inducing and ecstatic affair. This is how it works: in a dark room there are a disco ball, pink neon letterings and 21 fitness bikes and next to them is a mixing console. What happens is you undergo an intensive cardio training on a bike including not only spinning but also gymnastics under the guidance of a trainer accompanied by the appropriate beat. Sounds like fun, awesome calves and wildly sore muscles ;-)
Super Cycle Vienna, Lerchenfelder Straße 63/22, 1070 Vienna. 16 €/hour. Web
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Photography at the Brillantengrund
The retro hotel at the Brillantengrund is a place full of Wes Anderson charm and it tells a lot of stories. The noisy and silent photographs exhibited there from today on also tell many stories: for the forth time local and also internationally renowned photographers are providing some of their works for the annual benefit exhibition during the Advent time. It is a pleasantly unpretentious presentation of pictures by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, Stefanie Moshammer or Hanna Putz. By the way, the entire proceeds from all the pictures sold go to the women’s integration project PROSA.
Hotel at Brillantengrund, Bandgasse 4, 1070 Vienna. Vernissage December 7 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Ronja and Zoe
There is no reason to make bad Pop music” says Pavel Shalman, violinist of Living Transit. Especially not when you have so much power behind your music like the band around lead singer Ronja. Today at the Sargfabrik she will be sharing the stage with our sweet Song Contest candidate Zoe for the very first time. The six musicians ingeniously mix Pop, Funk, Soul and Jazz into “Dynamic Soul”. The unusual cast of singer, violin, cello, bass, piano and drums is serving cool sounds and funky grooves. And Zoe finishes it off with delicate French pop mixed with Electro swing, also awesome!
Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Vienna. December 7 19:30. 19 €. Web
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Margaret and Hermione
Santa Claus can take a break for a little bit, because this is something for beach lovers! Stylish bikinis and bathing suits from the 2016 founded Austrian label Margaret and Hermione are waiting to be caught today. The two designers Barbara Gölles and Andrea Kollar are presenting their colorful Resort-collection “Tropical Winter” at the boutique Sight – vacation feeling guaranteed even during grey December! By the way, the cheerful collections are produced sustainably from fishing nets. And supposedly there will not only be snacks and drinks at the presentation, but also tropical prices.
Sight, Kirchengasse 24, 1070 Vienna. December 7 11:00 to 20:00. Web
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Shop of the week 
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The trend of adorning one’s back with cool pouches and back-bags is still alive – and now there is even a shop only dedicated to indie backpacks. As a former art director, owner Stefanie Haller has always had a weakness for design – and for pretty, unusual backpacks. And now she proudly presents her small shop with two walls full of high quality and super nice designs mainly from small European manufacturers – ranging from the Bavarian “Hanserer” made of tent fabric to the chic Polish bag with contrast cord. Good to know: prices start at 60 Euros. Cool!

Packpony, Otto-Bauer-Gasse 11, 1060 Vienna. Tue-Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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Yes, this is a nice place to sit! And even though there is definitely no lack of original restaurants in the Freihausviertel there really was a need for this one. Lots of space, exquisitely lovely furniture with petrol-colored walls and a general feel of the furniture design of the sixties, incredibly friendly service – and above all fine food. You can taste the origins of the owner family: in between international foods there are quite a few Oriental-Turkish dishes as well. Lamb stew with mint (Yummy!), bulgur pockets, tabulé. And an affordable set meal for lunch. So nice!
Mir, Schleifmühlgasse 21, 1040 Vienna. Mon-Sat 11:30 to 24:00. Web   ANZEIGE


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