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"Heya Girls!"
Getting all dressed up in summery-colourful Dirndl is as much part of summer as swimming in the turquoise water in my home at Attersee. It’s also the home of family Tostmann, after all ;-) In Vienna, however, I feel a bit, well, exotic in traditional costume. There I prefer to dance around in a brightly coloured and patterned Dirndl of the fashion label “time4africa”. Aren’t they beautiful! Designer and Africa aficionada Imma Baumgartner, who spent many years at a farm in Tanzania herself, chooses wonderfully patterned fabrics for her creations on site in Africa. All of them are produced in small quantities using traditional methods – like batik or printed with hand-carved stamps. And then they’re doing the tailoring in Austria: Apart from traditional costumes, the collection also includes dresses, skirts, tops, and accessories like purses. And this gorgeous cross culture couture can now be admired, tried on, and bought for 2 days during the Open Showroom. Guess you’ll just have to step out on the Tostmann’s for a minute ;-)

Wishing you a cheerful week, 
Your CitySpotterGirl

time4africa, Gumpendorfer Straße 56, 1060 Vienna. Open Showroom 5+6 July 10:00 to 17:00. Web
Photo: time4africa
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 PYNK / Emma Westenberg
Festival Opening dotdotdot
Brevity is the soul of wit! And in the case of the Short Film Festival dotdotdot it’s clearly the beautiful location as well: the screenings take place in the cosy garden of the Museum of Folk Art. The program includes venturesome, vibrant and moving short films that offer unusual perspectives of the world. And many of the ca. 150 films are followed by talks, workshops, concerts, and parties. For today’s Festival Opening, they have Welcome Drinks and Gérard Depardieu in a 16-minute cinematic “Rhapsody”. More intimate summer cinema tips here!

Volkskundemuseum, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna. 5 July from 19:30, film from 21:00. Web
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other stories
A very nice project that Andrea Zehetner has put together here! She teaches photography to refugees from Afghanistan and Iran and regularly does photo safaris with them. The idea behind it is to give them a medium that works in a nonverbal way which enables them to tell their own stories. The eight young men document their lives between borders and freedom – for one of them birds are the symbol of freedom, for another it’s the lives of Austrian women. Now the expressive photographs can be seen in a little exhibition for the first time. 

ZIMMER – Working in Concept, Piaristengasse 8, 1080 Vienna. Vernissage 5 July 19:00. Free entry. Web
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R& Film-Productions flea market
An unusual flea market – and not just because there’s almost exclusively new and barely used things to snatch here! That’s because the organiser is a film production company that mainly shoots advertising films. And for that you need quite a bunch of pretty props like small furniture, clothing, and all kinds of decorative articles. Since the creative “R&”-crew also runs a bar, they sell off tableware that they don’t need there anymore. The setting is nice too: in an inner courtyard, with cool DJ music as well as food & drinks being served from the adjacent R&Bar.

R&Bar, Lindengasse 1, 1070 Vienna. 5 July from 16:00. Web
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Summer-Sale at stor>
Sorry, dear size zero-gazelles, for you there is no point in reading on ;-) Today’s bargain hunt leads to the cool plus size boutique stor> in the 8th district. Aside from great Scandinavian labels, curvy ladies can also find the proprietor Gabriele Wally’s own, fairly produced collection – simple cuts of gently flowing Jersey, elegant and comfortable. The sale now offers a few of these cool looks for minus 30 percent, certain individual pieces are even 50 percent reduced. By the way, the curvy fashion store “Grandios” also has a sale of 50% on summery articles right now!

stor>, Strozzigasse 38, 1080 Vienna. Tue-Fri 11:00 to 18:30, Sat 10:00 to 14:30. Web Grandios, Otto Bauer Gasse 11/2, 1060 Vienna. Web
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How the Subway is developed
Interesting trip behind the scenes of public transport: at the Siemens plant in Simmering, they build underground trains, trams, railway carriages and electric buses – for Vienna and other cities. The entire know-how from research and development to engineering right up to final assembly is pooled here. But how are these monster-sized things actually assembled and what’s their (technical) inner life like? At today’s free neighbourhood-tour, well-informed Siemens employees offer a tour through their fascinating technological empire, you can see how the underground-sets are built.

Meeting point: Siemens, by the doorman, Leberstr. 34, 1110 Vienna. 6 July 14:00. Free participation. Web
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Sorority Feministival
Solidarity, sister! Today, the women’s network Sorority celebrates summer and itself at Creau. Everything’s possible there, from comfy chilling to excessive booty-shaking ;-) The fitting beats are provided by an all-female DJ line-up and live acts from Helahoop and Storm Lily. Plus barbecue and iced drinks, a great tombola, and in the sisterly give-away corner you can give and take all that is in good condition (clothes, shoes, purses, books, DVDs – whatever!) Oh, and since there are also football-crazy sisters: there’s also World Cup-watching!

Creau, Meiereistraße 12, 1020 Vienna. 6 July from 17:00. 10 €. Web
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Letting off steam!
Almost bursting with anger? Or fuming in private? Only puts you in a bad mood and is unnecessary: it’s better to get all the frustration out of your system! Like today when martial arts school Silat proclaims a peaceful “anger-out-zone”. Whether it’s boxing, kicking or really taking a swing: together with a trainer, you have the opportunity to take out your anger with full power and different devices. By the way, this joint work off-session takes place regularly and is for women only! No prior martial arts-knowledge needed to join in, but please sign up.

Silat Akademie, Währinger Gürtel 29, 1180 Vienna. 7 July 10:00 to 11:00. 10€. Sign up! Web
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Troublespot democracy
Even though we often take democracy for granted in Austria, it doesn’t come and stay on its own. Today’s symposium is about putting up and doing away with borders, transnational resistance, democracy, gender ratio, our imperial lifestyle and questions about a good life for everyone. Important topics! Many interesting women are going to join the discussion and speak up, from authoress Marlene Streeruwitz over the political philosopher Birge Krondorfer to sustainability-researcher Maja Hoffmann. And there will also be a joint brunch!

Frauenhetz, Untere Weißgerberstraße 41, 1030 Vienna. 7 July 10:00 to 16:00. Voluntary donation. Web
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Time Journey & Medieval Market
Get out your medieval gowns, magical harps and jester hats! This weekend, the Heeresgeschichtliche Museum invites you along on a time journey through the last centuries. Among other time periods, they travel back to the Middle Ages where there’s a big arts and crafts market for nostalgic browsing and cooking artists tempt you with a feudal banquet. Today’s program includes knight fights, musical show acts by Rhiannon and Abinferis, as well as a spectacular fire show. Medievally garmented people don’t pay entry, by the way! And a tip: Better use public transport to get there.

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Arsenal, 1030 Vienna. 7+8 July 9:00 to 22:00, Sun until 19:30. 6 €. Web
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 Genio del Tempo
Fashion @ Opera
Just for once, women don’t wear gowns today at the State Opera but cool street wear. Because premiering is neither Wagner nor Puccini but a unique shopping experience: for one day, the Opera becomes an international fashion house! And entices you with stylish pop-up boutiques, beauty areas and fine cuisine in the Marble Hall, the Gustav Mahler Hall, and the Tea Salon. The main act is a big fashion show on the State Opera stage at 19:00, during which labels and designers like Jones, Genio Del Tempo or Dali Oleschko present their collections, and in-between they play live music. 

Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna. 8 July 14:00 to 21:00. From 15 €. Web
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 Natural High
Yoga on the Jetty
Now, you all know the things yoga can do: it lowers the stress level, stretches the muscles and strengthens the immune system. And makes you happy! Especially when taking place outdoors right on the water. Like the yoga sessions on the jetty near the venue "Bootshaus" at the lower Alte Donau. From today, the pros of the yoga studio "natural High" hold slow-paced morning-yoga-sessions there every Sunday: with sun salute, basic yoga poses, and breathing and relaxation techniques. No previous skills required. Afterwards you can treat yourself to a breakfast at Bootshaus. So great!

Das Bootshaus, An der unteren Alten Donau 61, 1220 Vienna. 8 July 8:30. 10 €. Sign up! Web
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 Nina Stiller
Ina Regen
Her debut single “Wie a Kind” (like a child) got more than a million clicks on youtube. And made a star out of the Upper Austrian singer who until then had preferred to keep to the sidelines. But she also wowed with the Hubert von Goisern-classic “Heastas ned” which she covered together with Conchita. Ina Regen captivates you with the clarity of her voice and the pleasant warmth of her texts, dialect without kitsch. Right now she’s working on her first album that’s supposed to come out this autumn. We’re waiting with bated breath! Today the likeable shooting star can be heard at the Summerstage – for free!

Summerstage, Roßauer Lände, Donaukanal, 1090 Vienna. 8 July 20:00. Free entry. Web
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 Christian Fuerthner
Free bike check at Danube Canal
Super for pedal queens: bike summer at Danube Canal! In the evening around Salztorbrücke, there are nice events all about biking and every Monday and Wednesday, free bike checks are offered. You just leave your bike at a station, enjoy the evening at Danube Canal and afterwards you get your serviced bike back. The checks focus on wheels, brakes and gearing, and you can get smaller repairs like brake lining change or flat tyres done in exchange for a small contribution for costs of materials. Also free: practical goodies like bike maps and bike saddle covers!

Donaukanal, Salztorbrücke, 1020 Vienna. Until 8/1 every Monday + Wednesday 18:00 to 21:00 Web
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Comedy Mamis at Tschauner
You can’t go wrong with an evening at the weird-funny open-air theatre Tschauner in summer. On today’s program, they don’t have a quirky improv theatre play but an (almost) exclusively female-filled comedy night. All the better! On the initiative of local heroine Petra Kreuzer the “Comedy Mamis” are coming together for the 5th time to passionately fire jokes at the audience and warble funny songs. In on the fun are Eva D. and Aida Loos, Angelika Niedetzky, Verena Scheitz & cock of the walk Thomas Schreiweis will perform as special guests.

Tschauner Bühne, Maroltingergasse 41, 1160 Vienna. 9 July 19:30. From 22 €. Web
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InstaWalk at Vienna Music Society
Here, (almost) all that glitters is gold! Today, the splendid building of the Vienna Music Society can be explored outside of its concert-context for once, at an InstaWalk armed with (phone) camera. World-famous for the acoustics of the Golden Hall that millions of people marvel at during the New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the famous building has many more fascinating stories up its sleeve. Concert-goers usually don’t pay too much attention to them in the bustling crowds, but today, you can capture them on camera. No shortage of magnificent photo subjects here!

Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. 10 July 17:00. Free participation. Sign up! Web
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 Carmen Marcos
Beauty and Retrospection
With her pictures, Spanish painter Carmen Marcos wants to visualise the search for beauty and to share this beauty with others. That’s what she’s doing right now with an exhibition at Galerie Sandpeck, which is showing her harmonious works. For five years now, the artist has also been keeping an “artist’s diary” with daily paintings – mostly in watercolours – of things and places that she encounters and which she wants to remember in detail later on. They might be flowers just as well as landscapes or sometimes even a pair of red shoes. Now to be seen in Vienna for the very first time!

Galerie Sandpeck, Florianigasse 75, 1080 Vienna. Until 13 July Mon-Fri 14:00 to 19:00. Free entry. Web
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 Willy Puchner / Pinguin Design anaplus, Bildrecht Wien 2018
The 90s
The 90s were a time of upheaval in Europe – the Iron Curtain had fallen, the Cold War was over. Thanks to the growing globalisation, the art scene really perked up. Vienna found itself in the centre of a scene that opened up to the east. At MUSA, there is now an extensive exhibition titled “The 90s” that illustrates the colourful art spectrum back then. By means of paintings, sculpting, photography, performance & video art they attempt to answer questions about politics and the environment as well as (marking a new focus starting today!) kitsch, gender-topics and irony. 

MUSA, Felderstraße 6-8, 1010 Vienna. Vernissage 11 July 18:30 Free entry. Web
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 Johannes Wahl
Meena Cryle
She’s got the blues! You can immediately hear that Austrian singer and guitarist Meena Cryle knows a little something about blues. Her deeply honest root-music with its many facets has also made her quite successful internationally. Today, the singer-songwriter will be playing her program “Private Moments”, in ingenius collaboration with guitarist and composer Chris Fillmore plus band. This fine mix of Southern Soul, Americana, gospel, rock and blues sure makes for some great summer-sound! Check out what her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” sounds like.

Theater am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 10, 1070 Vienna. 11 July 19:30. 23 €. Web
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 The Ritz Carlton Vienna
Made for Ladies-Night at Ritz
Champagne, my ladies? It’s cooled and ready for you at today’s “Ladies Night” in the grand Atmosphere Rooftop Bar of the Ritz Carlton! The terrace on the eighth floor of the hotel is a real insider tip for when a lady just wants to feel like a “grande dame” for once and get spoiled a bit. Every Wednesday in summer, they serve drinks “Made in Austria” for ladies – in addition to champagne also white wines, creative Spritzer, beer from micro-breweries and cocktails. Combined with all the fine snacks, pink popcorn and the dreamy view over the roofs, it offers all the ingredients for the perfect girlfriends night.

The Ritz Carlton, Schubertring 5-7, 1010 Vienna. Wednesdays in July and August from 16:00. Web
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Golden Goose Deluxe Brand
The Golden Goose Deluxe Brand was founded by a Venetian designer couple in 2000. By now, the brand’s style is available in flagship stores from New York to St. Tropez, especially the luxury sneakers with its trademark star and the expert used look (even the shoe soles look chafed at the sides) are a big hit with fashionistas. Now a stylish flagship-store has opened here as well, with “Inked”-owner Nicole Doleh in charge of it. Aside from the sneakers, you can also shop GGDB fashion – which is very handsome and extravagant, too. Cheers, the goose ;-)

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, Bauernmarkt 15, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 18:30, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Petit Dej
Petit Dej
For the non-French ladies: Petit Dej (pronounced: pohtee desh) is short for “petit-déjeuner”, which means “breakfast”. And this adorable boulangerie-patisserie certainly makes all your breakfast-wishes come true. Once you manage to get past the long counter full of sweet insanity from tarte to pain au chocolat in this charmingly furnished venue, you can choose wonderfully hearty things, like omelettes with different toppings, croques or salads. The big terrace and the adjacent Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark for postprandial walks and chilling make it the ideal summer location! 

Petit Dej, Pötzleinsdorfer Straße 67-69, 1180 Vienna. Mon-Fri 8:00 to 18:00, Sat-Sun 8:00 to 19:00. Web


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