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"Heya Girls!"
When the square in front of Rathaus is a hectic setup site and you can feel a certain crackle in the May air, it can only mean one thing: the Festwochen are about to start! And on Friday the big opening is happening on Rathausplatz. The show that has long since become a tradition is very, very feminine this time – it’s about great women in music: female composers, female instrumentalists, female performers. From chanson to rap, from Wienerlied to pop hit, the focus on the stage is on the wonderful women of the native music scene, Clara Luzia, Soap&Skin and EsRap, among others. Actresses Katharina Strasser and Birgit Denk, too, chime their musical statements on the state of the nation. This time, the opening’s artistic manager is director Mirjam Unger and she wants the evening to be understood as a political statement as well: all artists on the stage are a collective representing peaceful new times without hate and fear. Powerful! And all that for free.
Wishing you a festive week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Wiener Festwochen Opening, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna. 10 May 21:20. Free entry. Web
Photo: EsRap © Daniel Shaked
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Wildling Pop Up
So, has anyone here heard about Wildling Shoes before? These runners are super comfy – and the whole team of Rita bringt’s was recently equipped with these shoes for test purposes. If you, too, would like to try what it feels like to walk practically “barefoot”, a pop-up store offers the chance to look and buy today. The minimal sole of the Wilds with its maximum flexibility makes it possible to feel the ground, which turns the movement while walking into a real experience. No wonder, with the sole being inspired by Japanese ninja boots. Made of ecological material!
feinkoch Studio, Filgradergasse 8, 1060 Vienna. 9 May 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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Vienna City Gallery Walk
The plan for today: put on some comfy shoes and get going to an inner-city hiking day on the tracks of art! Because around 40 galleries in the 1st district open their doors from 16:00 to 21:00 and offer art, guided tours and vernissages. And there is much to be discovered! From Joanna Gleich’s colourful pictures titled Colourspell to new design by Wiener Silber Manufactur and Rosemarie Benedikt’s original glass animals. And a performance in the form of a procession leading from the Neidhart frescos to the Neidhart grave. Now that sounds promising!
Various locations in 1010 Vienna. 9. May 16:00 to 21:00. Free entry. Web
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Vintage Bicycle Market
Apparently, there are people who are not conquering the city on a boneshaker yet. Maybe because the right vehicle simply hasn’t been found yet? You might now experience love at first sight at the Vintage Bicycle Market. But it also pays off for long-time two-wheel fanatics: for there are second-hand models with charm and character to be purchased – from city bikes to collector’s items. All bikes are restored and therefore read to ride. And if you don’t make a find right away, console yourself: they add new ones every day, so it’s worth coming back!
Lindengasse 20, 1070 Vienna. 9-11 May Thu 15:00 to 20:00, Fri 11:00 to 20:00, Sat 10:00 to 16:00. Web
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„Affairs” by Ellen von Unwerth
Madonna, Kate, Claudia and Jennifer: the women in front of Ellen von Unwerth’s camera don’t need last names anymore – the German star-photographer’s shining portfolio is impressively glamorous and sexy. Unwerth, a former model herself, became famous by discovering Claudia Schiffer and belongs to the most important and most-booked photographers in the world. Preiss Fine Arts does not only present new masterpieces with “Affairs” from today, but also the artist’s favourite works. The motifs: always strong, erotic and self-confident women. And the entry’s free.
Preiss Fine Arts, Bauernmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna. Until 17 June. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 18:30, Sat to 16:00. Web
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Warehouse Sale
This has all the makings of a real party: designer glasses at bargain prices – something you will find today not in the inner city but in Meidling, dear ladies! Barton Perreira, popular with clients such as Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling or Lady Gaga, hosts a sale of sunglasses and optical models. The Californian luxury glasses, which are produced by hand in Japan, can be snatched up in the shop on Längenfeldgasse at vastly reduced prices today. A cool hurly-burly event complete with music and drinks, so: grab your girlfriends and try on designer glasses while singing and drinking!
Barton Perreira, Längenfeldgasse 27/ B/11, 1120 Vienna. 10 May 14:00 to 19:30. Web
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You could almost fall in love with this young man. At least with the melancholic voice of the 21-year-old Tamino. In songs like his debut hit Habibi, the musician from Belgium makes oriental influences blend together with alternative pop/rock rhythms. The result cannot be put into a category but definitely seduces you into dreaming. For his new album Amir, he worked together with a group of musicians consisting of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. This penchant for Arabic music is not a coincidence, by the way: Tamino’s grandfather was the Egyptian film star and singer Muharram Fouad.
WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna. 10 May 20:00. 24 €. Web
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Natural Running Workshop
Almost everybody does it yet hardly anyone knows how it works. The Barefoot Academy offers a workshop teaching the healthiest and most efficient way to jog. Because the correct way of running is started barefooted! Only those sweeping masterfully across the ground can put on their shoes again. The course teaches the natural running technique in theory and practice and is suitable for complete novices as well as running pros. By the way, this course solely focuses on running technique – it’s not about fitness (and you don’t need it). Bring: running shoes, towel, sportswear.
Physiotherapie Team Roman Pallesits, Mexikoplatz 24/3, 1020 Vienna. 11 May 10:00 to 17:30. 169 €. Web
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New Tel Aviv Beach Opening Party
Traditionally, the summer season in Vienna is opened at Donaukanal, unofficially. And those who want to see and be seen must not miss the yearly Opening Party on Tel Aviv Beach under any circumstances. You come for the ambiance, for the relaxed party mood, and also a bit for the Israeli street food by Neni, which has long since become famous. Plus, they are celebrating the new enlargement of the beach area (double the space) and the lease extension by 10 years with a live band. Apparently, it will be 20 degrees on Friday, prognosis: it’s going to be full!
Tel Aviv Beach, Obere Donaustraße 65, 1020 Vienna. 11 May 18:00 to 23:00. Web
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Now this is something for night owls! Modecenter-Halle is once again hosting the Wiener Nachtflohmarkt, inviting you to go bargain hunting, shopping, and partying. This is worth missing your beauty sleep for once ;-) There is a varied mixture of personal attic-finds, records, furniture and all kinds of knick-knacks to rummage through. But there is also a selection of the finest young designer & artist articles. Plus, from 18:00, there are live concerts and food-trucks lining up for the hungry. Hipster flea market meets Hall party. Cool!
MGC Halle, Modecenterstraße 22, 1030 Vienna. 11 May 17:00 to 23:00. 3 €. Web
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 Klaus Ranger
Wiener Genuss Festival
Oh yeah, that will be a big hurly-burly in the meadows of Stadtpark again: because on the weekend, Austria’s biggest culinary festival will take place there! At more than 100 elegant stalls, the best native manufacturers offer regional products, delicacies for tasting and for purchasing – from Alpine salmon to escargot ragout. And at the gourmet stalls, you can feast on delicacies from all over the country, from Vorarlberger Käsknöpfle to Gailtaler meat noodles or braised pork cheeks. There is even a special app this time to help you find your way around.
Stadtpark, Parking 1, 1010 Vienna. 10 May 11:00 to 21:00, 11 May 10:00 to 21:00, 12 May 10:00 to 17:00. Web
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Dance Party at Schmelz
Onto the dance floor! The yearly folk-dance festival at Schmelz features performances of traditional dances from all over the world – and everybody may join in. The focus is on European line dances but also Russian, Israeli, Armenian and American circle dances. All dances are explained quickly before the start to make sure that everybody can take part in the swirling. You don’t need a dance partner but – attention! – street shoes are not permitted inside the hall! There is a buffet with fair-trade snacks. And the whole thing is suitable for complete beginners, too!
Universitätssportzentrum, Halle 6, Auf der Schmelz 6, 1150 Vienna. 12 May 16:00. Free donation as entry. Web
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 Harry Weber
The Jewish Cemetery Währing
For many people, this is still one of Vienna’s unknown gems: the Jewish Cemetery in Währing. It was left to decay for a long time, now the politicians in charge have finally managed to come to an agreement on the matter of renovation, fortunately. Today, you have the rare opportunity to get to know the cemetery in the course of a competently guided tour. Not once but twice (at 11:00 and at 13:00), Brigitte Kenscha-Mautner leads through the cultural landmark with its long and thrilling history. Please bring sturdy shoes and do sign up.
Jüdischer Friedhof Währing, Schrottenbachgasse 3, 1190 Vienna. 12 May. 8€. Web
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Win a stay at Kurhotel Marienkron
Recharge your batteries in a beautiful place! 50 years ago, the nuns of the Cistercian convent Marienkron in Mönchhof in Burgenland used to host spa guests, now you can do your health and particularly your gut some good there in the completely renewed health resort. A newsletter subscriber will be one of the first to enjoy the offer of the newly opened Kurhaus: CitySpotterGirl raffles an “all inclusive” stay including ten nights for one person at Kurhaus Marienkron plus treatments! You can read here how to participate - you only have to recommend the newsletter to 3 friends.
Raffle CitySpotterGirl, running time until 31 May 2019. All information and legal notices online
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Sun, Moon and Stars
When the Mondscheinbrüder meet Lady Sunshine, the stars light up brightly. This evening takes you into space in quite a humorous way. As scientific support: Werner Gruber, co-founder of the “Science Busters”, who will use the most modern planetarium of the universe (and beyond that!) to explain things that would have even Mr Spock wriggle his ears. The fitting spheres sounds are contributed by the singing audience in the form of folk songs and evergreens. So: what no ear has heard or seen before becomes a reality here. Not just for stargazers ;-)
Planetarium Wien, Oswald-Thomas Platz 1, 1020 Vienna. 13 May 19:00. Voluntary donation. Web
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Support your local girlgang
Yes, we like doing that – supporting female Viennese designers and other creative girls. This time at the temporary design shop for which local “it”-labels like Ferrari Zöchling, Meshit and Milk could be won, who are selling their newest creations from fashion, accessories and jewellery. Margaret and Hermione are on board with their super-stylish swim wear made from recycled fisher nets, as well. Not only do they look stylish, they also help reduce waste in the oceans. For everyone more interested in interiors: frauklarer will come from Linz bearing pretty vases.
Galerie Ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorferstraße 23, 1060 Vienna. Until 19 May. Web
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Award-Winning Short Films
Thanks to the internet, short films are becoming more and more popular. The effect they have on a big cinema screen, however, is something else entirely – that’s why Stadtkino shows 3 short films today that were nominated for the Austrian Film Award. And that for free! It starts with the winner “Entschuldigung, Ich Suche Den Tischtennisraum Und Meine Freundin”. The drama “Bester Mann” is about right-wing extremism and won the Max-Ophüls-Award, and “Virgin Woods/ Zalesie” takes you into the daydreams of an 11-year-old girl. Afterwards: discussion with the film teams.
Stadtkino Künstlerhaus, Akademiestraße 13, 1010 Vienna. 14 May 20:00. Free entry. Web
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Usally, individual fates of refugees are barely represented in the media. Avjeen wanted to become a doctor in Syria. Shekib worked in a hospital of Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan, which was bombed and destroyed. Both had to flee their home countries and now live in Austria. A multimedia exhibition by “Doctors Without Borders” puts the focus on these two people and captures their stories – you get a very personal, touching insight into the biographies that talk about having to flee your home, about old homes and a new life.
MedUni Wien, Hörsaalzentrum, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna. Until 18 June Mon-Fri 7:00 to 20:00. Free entry. Web
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Reise in den Schoßraum
Eva Teja send interested ladies on a journey for one night that doesn’t even require you to move. On the contrary: it’s a journey to the inside, the centre of femininity, the realm of the womb. The guided meditation leads to the uterus and makes images appear in front of the inner eye. Every woman experiences this particular meditation differently, but the positive effect is mutual. The journey to the womb deepens the connection to yourself and can be considered a “check-in” on a mental-, health- and emotional level. Afterwards, you can exchange “travel reports”.
Across the Universe, Piaristengasse 18, 1080 Vienna. 15 May 19:00 to 21:30. 45 €. Web
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Choir: I can (not) sing!
Everybody can sing! At least that’s what this 6-week-course of VHS Penzing promises. You probably won’t turn into a chamber singer but essentially, singing is meant to achieve only one thing, namely to bring happiness. Usually, the hardest part is the first step of bringing yourself to go despite being completely unmusical. This is done best in a group of same-minded people and with simple songs like La-le-lu or I am sailing. The result is usually the realisation ‘Oh, it does work after all’ or ‘The others are actually much worse’. Please definitely sign up.
VHS Linzer Straße 232, 1140 Vienna. From 15 May to 19 June Wed 18:30 to 20:00. 58.50 €. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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The Home Store
The interior passion of a banker has provided us with a wonderful shop in Vienna’s French quarter by the Lycée. Whether you are looking for a gift that doesn’t scream embarrassment or if you want to beautify your own home, you will find affordable new items and vintage treasures from all over the world there. Fine porcelain, mirrors, original lamps, scents and elegance for the table and the bathroom, Vienna Biedermeier or shabby chic for the balcony. And a service we appreciate: shopkeeper Sherrie serves complimentary coffee & biscuits, wraps presents for free and delivers small furniture for free. Really nice!
The Home Store, Liechtensteinstraße 32-34, 1090 Vienna. Mon-Fri 13:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 17:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Cyclist + Eugen21
The recently opened Andaz may be a luxury lifestyle-hotel, but around it, the construction site craziness is raging on, from the train station all the way to Quartier Belvedere. If you don’t mind the view of excavators, you can treat yourself to a healthy lunch there (at neat prices) starting this week. Motto: witty-stylish cyclist atmosphere, self-service and lots of vegetables! If you prefer it a bit fancier, you can go to Eugen21 next-door. It’s like a modern Wirtshaus, where the service crew members wear jeans despite the elegant furniture and introduce themselves by their first names to every guest. Good cuisine but higher prices.
Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Arsenalstraße 10, 1100 Vienna. Cyclist: Mon-Fri 11:00 to 19:00, Sat+Sun 9:00 to 19:00. Web


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