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"Heya Girls!"
Away with the angel’s wings, give me a feather boa! Aside from ingenious Christmas-miracle-madness, there’s a bit of a diva-program this week. A woman likes to be a bad girl every so often, after all. We’re talking about the burlesque-musical-show “Ich bin ein Vamp” (I am a vamp), in which Viennese chansonnière and burlesque artist Lou de Boudoir breathes some life into the glamourous world of the Old Style Cabaret. And this is gonna be hot, ladies! Because what started in the 17th century as crass-grotesque slapstick theatre, has long blossomed out to becoming a subtle, elegant erotic art. Today (and only today!) the Austrian version of Dita Van Teese will show how adaptable, sexy, and charming a woman can be. Glamourous evening with chansons, amour-anecdotes, and opulent costumes! If you’re in the mood for a wilder burlesque version, scroll down to Wednesday. Dita, here we come!

Wishing you a diva-like week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Ateliertheater, Burggasse 71, 1070 Vienna. 9 December 20:00. 18-25 €. Web

P.S. The subscription price for Das Buch der Tage is still valid until 13 December. Be quick!
Photo: Neil Kendall
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 Elisabeth Eigenthaler
Fette Nelke
Now this is probably the smallest Christmas market in town – and it’s not very Christmassy, either. But pretty! A few dynamic labels, design nomads and delicacy-producers gather at the former “chiquen imbiss” called chimbiss, and offer their products for sale. Elisabeth Eigenthaler brings her unusual rings, the honey wine comes from the honey farm Zauberwabe, and the script art from Patrick Timm. Kaffemiks will serve their well-known hot drinks and finally some good punch! Kitsch-free, for sure. Until 23 December, always Thursday to Saturday!
Fette Nelke, Nelkengasse 1, 1060 Vienna. Until 23 December Thu-Sat 15:00 to 20:00. Web
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 Peter Garmusch
A&C Christmas Archive Sale
In terms of buying presents, for CitySpotterGirl, this fashion sale will be more along the lines of gifting herself ;-) Austro-designer Christiane Gruber is clearing out her Awareness & Consciousness archive. Beautiful (individual) pieces from the last “Lightness” summer collection are to be found, like fine silk dresses and -blouses, but also stuff you could wear now, like clever jersey-batik-wrap dresses in warm winter colours. All from previous seasons and – hooray – at real bargain prices from -50 to -70%! Relaxed shopping with hot mulled wine and music.
A&C Store, Lindengasse 25, 1070 Wien. 7-9 December Thu 16:00 to 21:00, Fri+Sat 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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 TRUDL System
Love letters of a corpulent cat
Admittedly, its title alone would have secured this event a spot in this newsletter. Even though it’s actually not about fat house cats at all, but about the joy of linocuts and wordplays. For many people, the carving of models brings back memories from primary school; T.R.U.D.L systems creatives Bernd Grubmann and Michael Adensamer used the technique for 40 funny prints, which they present today at the Dock7. Every visitor gets a humorous love letter (and can print it themselves, if desired!). Little preview here!
Dock 7, Kirchengasse 43, 1070 Vienna. 7 December 18:00. Free entry. Web
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 Rudolf Strobl
Punch & Shopping at N°17
Can a woman ever have too many caps and bags? No! So today’s motto: to the Concept Store N°17 of the two designers Dörte Kaufmann and Ursula Lidy, chop-chop! The former presents her newest loop art- and cuddly knitwear creations for your head (many colours and models!), the latter is represented with her cool Lu-design-backpacks and bags made from waxed cotton. And obviously, a few specials absolutely have to be included at a pre-Christmas shopping-get-together: like great sale individual pieces and “guest performances” by O’Terra and Alles Apfel.
N°17 Concept Store, Kettenbrückengasse 17/1a, 1050 Vienna. 8 December 11:00 to 19:00. Web
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China Moses “Nighingales Tour”
Two years ago, charismatic R&B and jazz singer China Moses rocked Konzerthaus together with her musical mum Dee Dee Bridgewater. Now she’s travelling solo! With some really powerful, goosebump-y, exclusively self-written songs from her new album Nightingales. Yes, you read right, obviously, the Parisian by choice with the amazing voice will grace her fans with some sort of fairy-tale night tonight – which goes to show that the nightingale reference absolutely makes sense, singing talent-wise. Listening sample here. Go get dolled up!
Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal, Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Vienna. 8 December 19:30. 23-56 €. Web
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 APV / Stinglmayr
Farmer’s market delicacies
As you know, there’s no accounting for taste. But that definitely doesn’t apply to the gourmet-Christmas market at the Theatermuseum which is simply tasty ;-) They exclusively serve self-made specialities from domestic farms, like delicious pumpkin seed liqueur-bonbons, apricot chutney, edible flowers, and aroma-herbal teas. But between a little treat here and a little bit of mulled spiced cider there, you can also enjoy the fantastic baroque flair of Palace Lobkowitz or cast a glance at the Boschs, Rubens or Tizians in the museum, for free.

Theatermuseum, Palace Lobkowitz, Lobkowitzplatz 2, 1010 Vienna. 7-10 December 10:00 to 18:00. Free entry. Web
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 Marlene Karpischek
Attention, bookworms! The cult-book fair for small and independent publishing houses from Austria and Germany is crashing MQ again and provides book addicts with the newest (reading) material! Not the usual mainstream-haul but truly rare, profound and exciting independent-literature. And of course CitySpotterGirl’s cool books are also represented. Plus: cool readings, for example “Glückmacher” (happy making)-short stories from the world of the Roma on December 9 or “Introduction to ultra-romance” on 10 December. Free entry!
MQ Wien, Ovalhalle/Arena21/Freiraum, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 9+10 December 11:00 to 20:00. Free entry. Web
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 Francesca Urciuoli
Schmuck Skulptur
A little group of contemporary jewellery artists is playing in and shining on Nordbahn-Halle for two days. And indeed, the stuff blinking from ears, fingers, and wrists in the course of the selling exhibition is absolutely enchanting: like nice purist, gilded brass-jewellery by Nadine Now, chic finger sculptures by Francesca Urciuoli (came here specifically from the UK for this event). Or – uber cool – the award-winning bosom brooch by college Herbstraße graduate Anna Ries made from real silicone implant, silver, rose quartz, and coral bead. Gimme one!
Nordbahn-Halle, Leystraße 157, 1020 Vienna. 9+10 December Sat 11:00 o 19:00, Sun to 17:00. Free entry. Web
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 Martina Siebenhandl
Sparkler shooting
These days, sparkling advent-miracles are flashing through photographer Martina Siebenhandl’s professional studio again. Like every year, she invites to her “sparkler-shooting” where every to-be-photographed person gets one of those sparkling wands to hold and, for 90 seconds, is able to paint glittery hearts, short texts and light signals onto the picture – using a special kind of lighting technique. It’s kitschy, beautiful and on top of everything, a really nice Xmas-gift! For three days, the picture-taking is free of charge. Sparkle, sparkle, light into the darkness.
Studio Martina Siebenhandl, Haberlgasse 37, 1160 Vienna. 8-10 December. Sign up. From 99 €. Web
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Advent-and stylists’ flea market
Another first-class address to work off the Xmas-shopping list: Aux Gazelles at the Rahlgasse. Here, you can find some cool Morocco pieces and selected fashion-, art-, and design pieces of local heroes at today’s advent-bazaar. Additionally, designer and stylist Nina Kepplinger (with lots of high-end stuff!) or lifestyle journalist Florentina Welley will, among others, flog their private treasures at the big stylists’ flea market. And to calm your nerves fluttering from all the shopping, you can treat yourself to Moroccan delicacies at the Oriental Sunday Brunch before or after.
Aux Gazelles, Rahlgasse 5, 1060 Vienna. 10 December 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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Kneipp-Aktiv Club
If you wish for some fitness activity from Christkind in between all the cookies and punch-sessions, you are in the right place here at the right time! Kneipp Aktiv-Club Wien Diagonal provides information on the different types of application of the curative water and immune strengthening treatment. Every full hour, there are demonstrations – from liver compresses to lumbar pours, and different forms of compresses for example with medicinal herbs or eyebright. After all, you have to be prepared for the cold season. Plus: tips on fermenting, tastings and a small art & gourmet market.
Physiotherapie Balance, Weißenwolffgasse 78, 1210 Vienna. 10 December 14:00 to 18:00. Voluntary donation. Web
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Angel’s Advent
Yeah okay, there’s one design advent-market after another right now but still, there are a few must-sees that have special status in the midst of this cheerful-colourful tangle. And such is the yearly Angel-Advent initiated by Ruth Wegerer. Out of fabrics, chandelier crystals, silk-flowers, antique laces and steel wire, she creates such celestial creatures that even deco-sceptics and people immune to kitsch usually find themselves floating home with something. Plus: there’s a free buffet and beautiful things by ten design-colleagues, for example fine scarves, blossom confectionary and motif soaps. Heavenly!

Ruth Wegerer, Stiegergasse 15-17, third floor, door 47, 1150 Vienna. 10 December 11:00 to 19:00. Web
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 Andreas Mueller
Musicalstars at Stephansdom
Even if you’re not a regular churchgoer, you should risk a trip to St. Stephen’s Cathedral tonight. Because there won’t be a mass but a pre-Christmas musical show. No less than five famous TV-and theatre figures belt out their powerful-voiced Advent-song versions through the sacred architectural jewel. Including: Tini Kainrath, Marjan Shaki and Ramesh Nair. Their song repertoire ranges from classical to modern and from contemplative to cheery. When the Stevie Wonder-hit “Love’s in Need” echoes through the hall, the church bench sitting might be fun after all ;-) With live orchestra.
Stephansdom, Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Vienna. 11 December 19:00. 16-51 €. Web
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Wir Staatskünstler 2017 review
Today at Rabenhof, it’s the day of reckoning for the craziest political and societal gaffes of the Alpine Republic. The year’s almost over, after all. And who could accomplish such a humorous review more deviously, entertainingly, and pointedly than the Staatskünstler-trio (state artists) Thomas Maurer, Robert Palfrader and Florian Scheuba? The key topic: the green-blue-black-red dirty campaigning surrounding the heated national election, of course. And other topics are being covered with lots of wit and irony too – since it’s the successful show’s very last edition. A real pity!
Rabenhof Theater, Rabengasse 3, 1030 Vienna. 11+12 December 20:00. 26 €. Web
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 Karl Zillinger
Christmas in Vienna
Christmas is a festival full of traditions, memories and customs – and Vienna has its own special customs. Since the Biedermeier period, holidays, recipes, toys, legends and stories about saints have shaped the Christmas celebration in our city. 200 years ago, customs and traditions were born that have a continuing influence to this day. The Royal dynasty, a few aristocratic families and the rising bourgeoisie of the 19th century have played a significant role in it. Today, a guided tour follows their traces through their palaces and apartments to Christkind.
Treffpunkt: Tourist Info, Albertinaplatz , 1010 Vienna. 11 December 10:00. 16 €. Web
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Piatnik Special Sale
Pssst! Special hint for Christkinds and Christmas ladies: every year again in December, you can bag games at Piatnik at favourable prices. At the Christmas-bargain sale, they sell remaining stock, individual pieces, and slightly damaged games, apart from board games and long-sellers from DKT to Activity, they also have puzzles and playing cards. And with some luck also new game hits that are up for grabs at reduced priced because of minor material defects. Collector can also find rarities – and if you like going down memory lane, maybe some games from your own childhood.
Piatnik, Hütteldorfer Straße 229-231, 1140 Vienna. 12-14 December 13:00 to 18:00. Web
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Cecilia Bartoli and Rolando Villazon
What a “dolce duello musicale”! Not every duet in music is characterised by harmony, sunshine and rainbows – and that’s a good thing. How good will be proven today at the Musikverein by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and cello star Sol Gabetta, who will make sure that feathers fly music-wise, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. Charismatic star tenor Rolando Villazon will go at it in no way less spirited than the two ladies and belt out arias from Boito to Verdi with his Russian bass colleague Ildar Abdrazakov into the audience at Konzerthaus. Melts!
Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. 12 December 19:30. From 7 €. Web Konzerthaus, 19:30. From 30 €. Web
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Vienna’s highest Christmas market at Ritz
So close to heaven: Vienna’s highest Christmas market is once again sparkling from Ritz Carlton’s roof garden. In accordance with the sophisticated ambiance of the luxury hotel at Ringstrasse, the wooden stalls at the Rooftop Bar high above the city not only offer fine treats, warming punch and scenting mulled wine but also fine champagne. A wonderful place with a view over the sparkling city to raise a glass to the hopefully relaxed final sprint to Christmas Eve! And who knows, maybe the tourist hoards don’t know about it yet ;-)
The Ritz Carlton, Schubertring 5-7, 1010 Vienna. Until 26 December daily 16:00 to 21:00. Web
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Tapas for your heart’s desire
Speed-dating meets speed-cooking! Great idea to learn the cooking ABC and wrap potential partners around your finger (culinary-wise) at the same time. Tonight, dietitian Sandra Klaper and love-coach Susi Bartmann will do everything they can so every Jack will find his Jill at their cooking workshop for singles this evening. The love recipe contains: delightful creating of tapas, seductive blind-tasting and relaxed chatting – all in short intervals and rotating teams. For 30-45-year-olds, max. 10 participants. If you don’t hit paydirt, enjoy the great food!

Kochsalon Cookies, Laudongasse 46/4, 1080 Vienna. 13 December 18:00. 133 €. Sign up. Web
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Luxury label Valma at Salinas
Vienna-premiere! For two years, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed luxury chick Barbara Fuchs from Liechtenstein has experimented with Lotus plants from Myanmar, has searched for a traditional hand-weaving mill and has studied old textile techniques. All this to create a new type of luxury fabrics which in turn are made into fancy, silky scarves and stoles. Tonight, she presents her first Lotus silk collection at the boutique Salinas in the first district. At the relaxed get-together, you can listen to her production adventures and of course purchase one of the super-fancy scarves.
Salinas Vienna, Singerstraße 26/2, 1010 Vienna. 13 December 18:00 to 21:00. Free entry. Web
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Miss Evi & das Tier
From 8 to 23 December, Theater am Spittelberg has pulled together a really special wintertainment programme. Sometimes festive-contemplative for example at the Papermoon and Birgit Denk concerts. Or – like today! – wild and funny with the burlesque cabaret “„Sex & Quatsch & Rock’n Roll“. That’s exactly what CitySpotterGirl fancies right now! With her wicked opera-vamp voice, Evi Niessner aka Miss Evi takes us into Moulin Rouge land; her co-partner, “das Tier” (the animal), pulls out all the stops slapstick & piano-wise. Fashionable robes, lots of body exertion and fun!
Theater am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 10, 1070 Vienna. 13 December 19:30. 23 €. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 Ines Hofbaur
The „stattGarten“-Shop which sells high-quality natural cosmetics has been flourishing for a few years now in Kettenbrückengasse. Now, just a few houses over, a second stattGarten-store has opened, this one is all about kitchen ware, culinary products and household goods. With exquisite pasta from Napoli, stylish Astier de Villatte china, classic Falcon-enamel dishes or Redecker-brooms. Chef de store Christian Jauernik loves to collect products that are speaking to the passions of his clients. Worked for CitySpotterGirl: she just had to have the shake-mayonnaise-yourself set ;-)
stattGarten EIGENBEDARF, Kettenbrückengasse 20, 1040 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 18:30, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Ines Hofbaur
The Cake Tree
Well, no cake is no solution either ;-) Anne Murray seems to think so too, her café nestled in Stuwer-quarter is always enveloped in a wonderful pastry-scent. Originally, the young Irish woman came to Vienna to study music but then she decided to rather make traditional Viennese dishes – for the Viennese. For example, the moist Guinness Chocolate Cake (yes, it contains beer!), mince-pies with dried fruit and really great crumbly scones. Just for the sake of completeness: for lunch they also serve salty things like baked potatoes or quiche. But you should really come for the cake feast!

The Cake Tree, Wolfgang-Schmälzl-Gasse 14, 1020 Vienna. Tue-Fri 7:00 to 19:00, Sat + Sun 9:00 to 18:00. Web



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