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Die StadtSpionin
s e p t e m b e r 17 | 14. - 20.

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"Heya Girls!"
I don't know any city in Central Europe in which small shops, haberdasheries, groceries and fashion retail stores managed to survive as long as in Vienna. Even though many of them have been closed in the meantime, you can still find traces of those shops in the streets: old signs, beautiful writings and cranky adverts! The new festival "Sign Week Vienna" follows the traces they have left. It is marked by Viennese shop fronts and public typography. Moreover, it shows old advert letterings in a new light. In a photo exhibition, the neon letterings of the city of Havana will be compared with lost Viennese signs, and paying a visit to the Viennese Museum of Signmakers (the only museum of this kind in Europe!) is a must anyway. In addition to this, you can discover old ghostletters during guided walks through the city, get to know different stores and their history or – definitely my favourite – experiment with curves, ovals and strokes in handlettering workshops. Brilliant!
Wishing you an energetic week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Sign Week Vienna. 19-27 September. Web
PS: Vienna's streets will be buzzing this week! Check the web portal for the coolest street parties!
Foto: Achim Gauger
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 Santi Palacios / The Associated Press
World Press Photo
Not for the faint at heart, but a unique review of last year's events! Almost 80.000 pictures were submitted to the World Press Photo Contest, and 45 photographers from 25 countries were awarded in eight categories. This year, the selection of the World Press Photo of the Year has been the subject of heated debates: The picture by Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici shows the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey by a young Turkish police officer at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara. Gallery WestLicht will show the best pictures; Federal Chancellor Kern will open the exhibition tonight!

WestLicht, Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Vienna. Vernissage: 14 September, 18:00. Free entry. Web
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wmns Schuh Outlet
Sports? Only with style and dashingly hoofed! Boost your motivation by getting snazzy new running shoes at wmns running store. At the moment, many high-quality shoe models by Nike and Asics from past seasons have to make space for new arrivals, which is why they will be swept away with a discount of up to 50%. By the way, the customer service of this chic ladies-only-shop is excellent. Better jog there quickly, the offer is only valid today and tomorrow. Just to be sure you find your new pair of shoes, the entrance to the temporary outlet is located in the pathway on the left side of the store!
wmns running store, Breite Gasse 11, 1070 Vienna. 14-15 September, 10:00-18:00. Web
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Grand Opening Hannibal no. 4
A new one - yet again! Today, the fourth store of this stylish shop will open at Josefstädter Straße. It offers marvellous articles from all over the world as well as selected treasures, ranging from Danish Bloomingville crockery to cute paper goods and finest delicacies by small producers. To celebrate, the whole range of products will be reduced by 11% today. In the afternoon you can taste fine chocolate by chocolatier Wildbach, and from 18:00 onwards savoury snacks will be served. You can also shop late until 21:00 - and tomorrow during the street party Josefstädter Straßenfest too!
Hannibal, Josefstädter Straße 15, 1080 Vienna. 14 September from 10:00 onwards. Web
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 Stadt Wien Marketing
Sports in your City
Here comes the matchmaking agency for all those who haven't found the sport of their dreams yet: At Rathausplatz, you can work out and try out as much as you want during three days. For free! Track-and-field-sports, a climbing tower and ball sports such as tennis or basketball will be offered every day. On today's exercise programme you will also find trend sports like free running, zorbing or capoeira. In addition to this, you can test your courage and ability on an AirTrack Air Floor - of course everything with professional support ;-) Changing facilities will be available too!

Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna. 14-16 September. No participation fee. Web
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A funny-fresh genre mix from Portland, Oregon: The five charming musicians of the band Minden combine cool retrochic with power pop and more than just one pinch of prog rock: Not only visually (this styling!), but also musically. And since the witty group is a feast for one's eyes and ears, CitySpotterGirl strongly advises to visit the sound museum Haus der Musik tonight! The new album of this US band enchants with „Sweet, Simple Things“ – catchy tunes, good lyrics and a sound which is great to dance to. Take a listen and get some disco feeling into your day here.

Haus der Musik, Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna. 15 September, 20:00. €15 Web
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(Park)ing Day
Although some car drivers get hot and bothered about it, CitySpotterGirl believes that it's great to be able to chill out on (former) parking spaces! On today's International PARK(ing) Day, parking spaces all over the world will be converted into public lounge areas. In Vienna, different activities will take place on over 20 of these parklets. Mixed salad will be served at Krongasse in the 5th district, you can pimp your Grätzlbag by screen printing at Kirchengasse in the 7th district and an open writing workshop will take place at Hernalser Hauptstraße. Everything on the street, everything for free!
Various parklets in Vienna. 15 September, 16:00-20:00. No participation fee. Program here
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Theatre party at Volkstheater
Lots of brouhaha - from the understage area to the canteen! The theatre Volkstheater lets its visitors check out all corners of the house, even a personal audience with director Anna Badora is possible! The event opens with a course through the building: Seven scenes at seven sites, theatrical encounters with Schnitzler and Shakespeare as well as David Bowie and the superheroines. After that, choir and choreography workshops, stage tours and a costume auction will take place there - and at 19:00 a preview show that gives a first taste of almost all the latest productions of this theatre. Great!

Volkstheater, Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna. 16 September from 15:00 onwards. Free entry, Previewshow €5. Web
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Aki Matsuri – Japanese autumn festival
Today, we Viennese can feel like tourists at Schönbrunn Palace and visit Japan in the Japanese stone garden on the palace grounds. The Japanese embassy invites to the autumn festival into the pretty haven of peace which is located between the palm house and the main entrance of the zoo. They provide us with everything we Europeans associate with Japan - apart from Sushi ;-) Japanese songs with Miki Sasakawa, tako drums, origami paper folding and a stunning tea ceremony with Somei Fuhrmann create a Far Eastern atmosphere. In case of bad weather, the festival will take place on Sunday.

Schönbrunn Palace Japanese garden, close to the entrance of the zoo, 1130 Vienna. 16 September. 14:00-17:00. Free entry. Web 
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 Florian Wieser
40 years Flohmarkt am Naschmarkt
Happy Birthday, vivid trading hustle and bustle! Since 1977, the legendary flea market Flohmarkt am Naschmarkt attracts crowds of bargain hunters, traders, junk declutterers and tourists every Saturday. Its 40th anniversary will be celebrated with even more hurly-burly: Live acts from rockabilly to Wienerlied will fill the market with sound, vintage fashion will be presented on a catwalk and food trucks will drive up. For those who always wanted to know how much the old cuckoo clock of the aged rich aunt is actually worth: From 12:00 to 15:00, experts will assess the value of the treasures brought.

Flohmarkt am Naschmarkt, across from Wienzeile 44-52, 1060 Vienna. 16 September, 10:00-18:00. Web
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 Manfred Rod
Art View Vienna
A really nice location for a cultural happening! For four days, the international fair Art View Vienna will decorate the gorgeous greenhouses at Hirschstetten. The works of 80 artists of all fields, from photography to sculpture and painting, will be exhibited there. While strolling through, you can enjoy different kinds of art: There will be a framework programme from ballet to poetry. Sunday starts with lectures and readings by Authalverlag. After that, blues will be played and later lead to oriental dance. The programme will finish with the Indian Meditation Band. Very nice!

Blumengärten Hirschstetten, Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Vienna. 14-17.9. 10:00-18:00. Free entry. Web
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 Christian Fürthner
Street Life Festival
The plan: Before it turns cold and dull again outside, everyone will go out together and celebrate life on the street! Babenberger Straße will be converted into a huge stage and will be buzzing during the whole weekend - concerts, a disco, a spectacular BMX show and vivid street art. You can shop at the Urban Space Market that offers funny artistic and design pieces, get some street food (what else!) and participate in free workshops from skating to graffiti and yoga - surely everyone will find something appealing. You won't find peace, however - not until later at home on your sofa.

Street Life Festival, Babenberger Straße, 1010 Vienna. 16-17 September. Free entry. Web
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Franziskus Kirtag
I only mention this because - country-bred person that I am - I'm totally into fairs. And such a kirmess takes place on Sunday at the Franciscan courtyard in the 1st district: the Franciscan fair. Since it is organised by Viennese bakers, confectioners and butchers, numerous culinary delicacies will be waiting for the visitors: Savoury sausages, bread (Franciscan bread), cakes and pastries like the chocolaty Franziskus-Spitz. The total net profit of the culinary delights will be used to supply people in need with food in the Franciscan monastery. In case of rain, the fair will take place at the refectory of the monks.
Courtyard of the Franciscan monastery, Weihburggasse 19, 1010 Vienna. 17 September. Web
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Doing laundry with chestnuts
Chestnut + pickle jar = detergent? Yes, you've read it correctly! For the next washday, one only has to shake the tree vigorously. And today Helga Pregesbauer explains to those who appear at Recycling Kosmos with a waterproof jar (such as a pickle jar) how to produce detergents, hair conditioner and washing-up liquid by simply using collected chestnuts. Pregesbauer has been doing all of her laundry that way for years. She will give tips on how to prepare, collect, dry, store and chop chestnuts. In addition, she will speak about storage life and hand-washing. The workshop is for free and you'll receive a written tutorial!
Recycling-Kosmos, Ottakringer Straße 63, 1160 Vienna. 18 September, 18:30. Free entry. Web
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Wanted: Citizen Scientists
Kaiser Gerstel, Kapauner sausages and Schnee Baalen: Those who are good at reading old handwritings and a little bit interested in old recipes can submit their applications as amateur scientists now at the ethnographic museum! The collection of manuscripts of this museum contains historical recipe books, and their contents shall be copied in Latin cursive writing as well as block print. In addition, they shall be recorded electronically and made available to the public. Mastering Kurrent handwriting is a clear advantage - but no worries in case you don't, this will be practised together at the meetings ;-)

Volkskundemuseum, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna. Submissions until 6.10. Web
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What is justice and how is it distributed?
Do the poor really get poorer and the rich richer? Fact is that economic inequality and existential insecurity exist worldwide. In Austria, taxation of labour is very high. Taxation of assets, however, remains quite low. Do we need utopia and visions to offer necessary alternatives to existing systems? Does the situation require a change of course? Many enthralling questions that will be answered from a feminist point of view during a debate at ega tonight. Among the guests will be author Marlene Streeruwitz and inequality researcher Judith Derndorfer.
ega:frauen im zentrum, Windmühlgasse 26, 1060 Vienna. 19 September, 18:30. Please register. Free entry. Web
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Plain Sale
Wishing-Table! The time when you wish to withdraw into your shell is just around the corner, and with evenings becoming longer, you can dine even more cosily within your own four walls. Therefore it is great that the big shots in the area of table and decoration from web shop Plain switch shortly to real life and open a pop-up store in the 7th district today. And not just that: All (!) articles such as exquisite porcelain, elegant glasses, extravagant table linen and decorative items are reduced by 50%! You can also shop beautiful scarves and knitwear by Karin Merkl at the showroom.
Schauraum für angewandte Kunst, Siebensterngasse 33, 1070 Vienna. Opening 19 September, 19:00. Until 7 October. Web
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 Dorotheum Wien
Auction: Furnishings of the Parliament
Getting hold of a seat of the National Council before the elections? This is how it works: Enter the website of Dorotheum and bid more than everyone else ;-) The historical furniture of the Parliament will be put up for auction: About 350 pieces will be sold. They have been in use for up to 60 years, are under no monumental preservation order and won't be needed in the completely renovated Parliament building which is being modified at the moment. You can buy the chairs and desks of the National Council Chamber and even the 12 metres government bench. Today will be the last day of the auction. Remember: Just online!
Dorotheum, Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Vienna. Until 19 September, 14:00. Web
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An evening of cat lectures at Tierkönig
As you already know, most of the CitySpotterGirl's editorial stuff belongs to the team "Cat", that’s why here comes a tip for all those who are under the charming thumbs of house cats. In the recently inaugurated Tierkönig branch, everything will be a about Miez & Mauz: Ines Hofbaur, author of the first cat guide for Vienna, will introduce her book and test the knowledge of the cat aficionados present. Moreover, cat expert Petra Ott will give a talk about cat characters and their different needs. In addition: Moonlight shopping with the whole product range reduced by 5%!

Tierkönig, Marchfeldstraße 25, 1200 Vienna. 20 September from 18:30 onwards. Free entry. Web
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 Rabenhof Theater
When amazing Ernst Molden writes a new Singspiel, this time about poachers and Habsburgs, you can actually watch it without second thought. Cute all-rounder Manuel Rubey playing the part of crown prince Rudolf is another good point. Therefore: "Mayerling", a peculiar fairy tale in the tradition of Austrian dramatist Ferdinand Raimund, is characterised by wrath, passion and submission. It will be staged at the popular Rabenhof theatre. The protagonists of this play:  A poacher, a nun, a white Hubert stag and an undead prince Rudolf. Don't miss the première which will take place tonight!
Rabenhof Theater, Rabengasse 3, 1030 Vienna. Première: 20 September, 20:00. €28. Web
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Burlesque workshop
Welcome to the world of glamour and style! Viennese people are totally into burlesque - and from today, you can take personal classes in lounging around lasciviously and "Teasingly-Not-Undressing" with star producer Rebecca Greenstein. Her burlesque workshop will not just be about developing charisma and presence, but also about the joy of playing new roles. Whether Hollywood diva or ice princess, candy girl or punk fairy, everything happens with style and elegance - and a twinkle in one's eye. The grand finale: performing on a real burlesque stage.
Studio B, Neubaugasse 36, 1070 Vienna. From 20 September until 29 November, 18:45. Register! €265. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 Verein Start Working
Within the framework of the socio-economic project "Back to the Future-engagement", about 25 adolescents between 18 and 24 years plant, harvest and process vegetable specialities from strawberries to winter vegetables in Vienna's Lobau since October 2016. From now on, the ecologically produced groceries will be sold on-site - in an ingeniously adapted container! They offer fruits and vegetables just like from your own garden on 12 square metres. In addition, you can shop home-made pestos, syrups and spreads. Bread, meat, pasta and wine are made by producers they are friends with. Great project!
Stadt-Bauernladen, Naufahrtweg/ Otto-Webergasse, 1220 Vienna. Tues 9:00-13:00, Fri 14:00-18:00, Sat 9:00-18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Bessenroth. de
It doesn't have to be feta and olive oil all the time! Elina Georgosopoulou shows in her new, adorable delicacies store what else Greece has to offer: grapevine tops, sea fennel, Bottarga, Fava and Kritharaki, for example – and many other specialities. All products are chosen personally by the pleasant owner and come from small Greek manufactories. You can also taste and eat at the shop: Apart from Greek breakfast (in three variations) which you can enjoy during the whole day, Elena serves simple dishes such as warm pitas, salads and one dish of the day. It's really nice here!

rosmarin, Barnabitengasse 6, 1060 Vienna. Mon 12:00-19:00, Tues-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-18:00. Web


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