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"Heya Girls!"
Well, May has finally arrived, colouring the trees multi-green, brightening my mood to sun-yellow, and increasing my desire to go galivanting through the city. A good opportunity might be this Friday which is Karlstag – for the tenth time already, Kunstplatz Karlsplatz celebrates itself and its cultural institutions with a great program. So, you can go see all cultural hot spots from Karlskirche to Secession during a seven-hour mega-Karlsplatz tour (joining in anytime is no problem!), partake in many special guided tours for free or marvel at street artists. The iconic 25-hour city adventure “Struwwelpeter” that has been produced by the theatre group Nesterval specifically for Kunstplatz Karlsplatz invites you to participate, and in the evening, you may enjoy chilling at the pond while listening to concerts, like the fine grooves of young soul lady Soia (photo), for example. Nice!

Wishing you a happy spring week,

Your CitySpotterGirl

Karlstag, various locations around Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna. 4 May from 11:30. Free entry. Web

P.S. CitySpotterGirl is now on Instagram!
Cover: Soia © Ina Aydogan
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Who still remembers the self-made childhood daisy-necklaces? Unfortunately, those frail works had a very limited lifespan ;-) The mother-daughter-duo Daniela and Esther Stern has found a way of preserving spring for longer: they dry flowers and herbs, seal them in mini-glass phials and make them into silver pendants for their label “Zweisterne”. Now they’re coming to Galerie Artup as guests with their spring-inspired plant-jewellery pieces, there you can buy these flowery miracles during Prosecco, tea, and pie until tomorrow.

Galerie Artup, Bauernmarkt 8, 1010 Vienna. 3+4 May 11:00 to 18:30. Web
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 Nordiale / Miami
Off to the Far North! At Urania, filmmakers from Nordic and Baltic countries conjure exciting stories from Sweden to Latvia onto the screen. Based on the motto “Freedom(s)” they show 16 films by award-winning directors. Today’s program includes “Astrid”, a very lively portrait of Astrid Lindgren with some exceptional archive material. Recommendation for all Pippilogists and Bullerby fans! The rest of the program is interesting as well, with the possibility of trying out some Nordic-Baltic languages and a lecture on Iceland.

VHS Wiener Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna. 2-8 May. 6 €/film. Web
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Let’s talk about the future of our planet – with top-notch experts! Today, the ERDgespräche are taking place again at MuseumsQuartier, inspiring lecturers inform you about all things ecological engagement. Attending this year are: Eryn Wise, representative of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, designer Richard van der Laken, the founder of “What Design Can Do”-conference, Ricken Patel, head of the Avaaz network, and Werner Boote, documentary filmmaker and director of “The Green Lie” – all fascinating! After the lectures: networking with organic buffet. Join in via livestream here.

MuseumsQuartier, Halle E, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 3 May from 17:30. Voluntary donation. Web
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Wunderweiber Pop Up Market
This sure is gonna be wonderful again! It all started with a facebook group called “Wiener Wunderweiber”. By now, more than 8,000 women, who are all wonder women in their own way, are bustling around there – and offer many interesting things. Today, the busy online exchange and market place moves from the virtual to the real world: at a top location (with garden!), “Wunderweiber” offer their goods from fashion to sweet treats and jewellery, plus there’s also a photo studio, readings at a special literary saloon, and try-out sessions from work-out and music.

bluem im museum, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna. 4 May from 10:00. Free entry. Web
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Gesangskapelle Hermann
Poems a capella and in dialect? Gesangskapelle Hermann makes it possible! The six young “Hermanns” warble away wittily and cynically about essentially Austrian and other happenings. Eloquently and very charmingly, garnished with the necessary dash of wickedness. In their new program, they sing to their relatives and family members, but also about the “electric bike” or the “Beisl round the corner”, among other things, all in Austrian dialect. And the cool Volksmusik boygroup manages to get by without any instruments whatsoever. Listen in here.

Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. 20:00. From 5 €. Web
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Spring market at Ludwig Reiter
For a few years, Ludwig Reiter’ super-great leather kickers have been produced at Gutshof Süßenbrunn. And at that very place a two-day spring market is taking place now which you simply have to attend! First of all: extended ex-factory sale and shoe cleaning seminars! Secondly: you can by fancy stuff from oils to Mühlbauer hats and Lena Hoschek fashion. Food is being provided as well, among others by 12 Karma Food with wonderful curries and salads. And if you’ve always wondered about cobblers and their trade: there are tours through the factory.

Gutshof Süßenbrunn, Weingartenallee 2, 1220 Vienna. 4 May 10:00 to 18:00, 5 May 10:00 to 17:00. Web
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Bralette Workshop
Tailor your own lace bra? Apparently, it’s much easier than you’d think! At today’s softbra sewing workshop, i wanna lingerie designer Olivia Löwenpapst will prove this and show sewing enthusiasts and curious newbies all the steps to their own self-made favourite bra. In only 4 hours, everyone can create a Tracy Bralette made from comfy stretch lace. All material needed is provided in a sewing kit: dessous lace, rubber band, sliders, rings, and hooks. Good mood, beverages, and pie are offered for free.

Atelier des Dock 7, Kirchengasse 43, 1070 Vienna. 5 May 10:00 to 14:00. Web
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 Pilates Verband Austria
Pilates Day
Welp, how are you doing shortly before the beachwear season? If you feel like finally tackling that flat stomach project, you could check out the new effective, muscle-making training offered on Pilates Day. It’s free! At Core Pilates Studio (above Mastnak Öko-shop in Neubaugasse) for example, you can try out promising body-shaping devices like reformer or trampoline. Sounds a lot like a muscle hangover ;-) Fresh air fanatics best visit the Pilates trial course on the training ground at U4 station Roßauer Länder.

Various locations in Vienna. 5 May. Free participation. Program online
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Jane’s Walk Vienna
For three days, you can stroll through Vienna on amusing detours and unknown shortcuts now! Because everyone who knows some hidden ways or wants to share some neighbourhood secrets can simply organize private tours. These original “Jane’s Walks” are taking place at the beginning of May – in memory of city planner Jane Jacobs – in many cities all over the world. In Vienna, they take you through the green “Tivoli” around the Schönbrunner area, to the huge Karl-Marx-Hof in the 19th district, or to shops with stories in the 8th district. Register your own “Jane’s Walk” here.

Various walks in Vienna. 4-6 May. Free participation. Web
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 sous bois
Maker Faire Vienna
Touch and try, that’s what the Maker Faire is all about. It takes place again in the cool METAStadt in the 22nd district. A hit for all wannabe Gyro Gearlooses and DIY-queens! The exhibitors and the workshop selection of more than 200 “makers” ranges from an automatic crêpes robot to a digital knitting machine. CitySpotterGirl simply can’t wait for the Maker Faire – at her stall, you can create super colourful paper works with help of the Wiener Muster book. The first two readers who send us an email each win two tickets for the fair!

METAStadt, Stadtlauer Straße 41, 1220 Vienna. Free shuttle bus from U2-station Stadlau. 5+6 May 10:00 to 18:00. 13 €. Web 
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 Ferrari Zöchling
#supportyourlocalgirlgang Designshop
A creative girl gang is providing some super cool Sunday shopping today. The brains behind the all together eight Viennese labels, among them Amateur, Ferrari Zöchling and Margaret And Hermione have made camp in Gumpendorfer Straße for three days. The doors are open until 18:00 (last day!) today, and it’s not only worth getting to know the ladies’ stylish creations ranging from innovative beachwear made from recycled fish nets to chic bags, but also the people behind them. They’re all women who produce locally and sustainably.

ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorfer Straße 23, 1060 Vienna. 4 May 14:00 to 21:00, 5+6 May 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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 NHM Wien
Adventure Basement Storage
A bit spooky but a true insider tip for explorers! The “underworld” of the Museum of Natural History is usually not open to the public although it can be explored occasionally during exclusive guided tours. Down there, four (!) stories below the earth, you’ll find the herpetological collection, which consists of thousands of skeletons and more than 200,000 amphibians and reptiles conserved in alcohol, some of them artfully prepared. But don’t worry, there are also non-alcoholic things to admire: travel souvenirs confiscated by customs from all around the globe.

Museum of Natural History, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. 6 May 11:00. 8 € plus entry fee. Sign up! Web
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 Happy Zoe
TCM for menstrual cramps
Yeah, that time of the month can be a serious pain in the butt. There are many ways of finding relief; in today’s lecture at Shambhala, Claude Diolosa presents several based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. For many female problems that cannot be treated with conventional western methods can actually be treated successfully with TCM. Today, the experienced TCM doctor talks about the different causes and treatment strategies. Oh, and the best reading material for a completely new approach to the menstruation is “Buch der Tage” – excerpt here.

Shambhala, Bennogasse 8A, 1080 Vienna. 7 May 19:00 to 20:30. 20 €. Web
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 Weltmuseum Wien
Language Café at Weltmuseum
Cool way to brush up on your foreign languages skills before the holiday season! Starting now, Verein Weltmuseum Wien Friends is hosting an open and free for all language café on every other Monday at Weltmuseum. Those keen to practise can meet at cook café in the Hall of Columns and just start chatting away. Each time, different languages are offered, with Spanish, English and German going first – which means you can also pose as a language teacher ;-) And the magnificent Hall of Columns easily beats every community college room!

Weltmuseum, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna. Every other Monday 16:00 to 18:00. Free participation. Web
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 Patchworkgruppe Wien
30 years in Patchwork Heaven
The Patchworkgruppe Wien consists of 24 sewing enthusiastic ladies of various age groups, who love creating beautiful works from pieces of fabric. The group has found a supporter in Trachten-queen Gexi Tostmann, the meetings take place in her rooms, she spoils the ladies with remnants from her Dirndl workshop, and every few years, the busy patchwork ladies are hosting an exhibition. Now the time has come again: until 25 May, you can admire close to 100 colourful works from quilts over bags to pillows in the historical vault of Mölkerhof.

Tostmann Trachten, Schottengasse 3a, 1010 Vienna. Until 25 May Mon-Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Free entry. Web
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 Rupert Pessl
Arche Noah Pop Up Store
For green thumbs and gourmet gardeners: rare Lion’s Tongues, attractive Hannibals and peculiar Neckarperles are settling down in the middle of Vienna again! Behind this breath of fresh country air is the world-beautifying society Arche Noah that has been spreading rare crop plants and the knowledge to go with it for years. Starting now, you can snatch many fascinating young veggie plants, fresh herbs, berry rarities, and organic seeds – at the Arche Noah Pop-Up store in the 5th. So quickly clear window sills, patches, and rooftop gardens for botanical treats.

Arche Noah, Rechte Wienzeile 123 (courtyard), 1050 Vienna. Tue-Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web 
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Female Founders on startups
Even though startups led by women are more successful than those by men on average, the way to the startup if often harder for them. In Austria, there is still lots of potential for female founders! The creators of the initiative Female Founders have made it their goal to bring more women into the startup scene. Tanja Sternbauer and Lisa Fassl help founders with networking and finding investors. During today’s morning conversation, they talk about the challenges that startups face and what role women play in that process.

Restaurant Hansen, Wipplingerstraße 34, 1010 Vienna. 8 May 8:30 to 10:00. Sign up! Web
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 Fehmi Baumbach
Bowie Musical “Lazarus“
Together with the album “Blackstar”, it was David Bowie’s last work before his death 2016: the musical “Lazarus”. In the 1976 film adaption of the science-fiction classic “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, Bowie himself had played the alien Thomas Jerome Newton. In the musical, he finishes telling the story of the fallen alien. Big Bowie songs, among them Beginners, Heroes and This Is Not America blend seamlessly into a magnificent story. The Volkstheater ensemble performs, accompanied by an eight-person band, 17 songs written by the music legend.

Volkstheater, Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna. 9 May 19:30. 6-53 . Web
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 Sebastian Binder (1)
Red Bull Music Festival
What do Sängerknaben, Seiler & Speer and rapper Nazar have in common? While their genres couldn’t be more different, they are all domestic music stars. And they are all part of the 30 act-line up of a new festival presenting an adventurous mix of Austria’s music scene. It takes place at Riesenrad in Prater with its main stage situated at Riesenradplatz, a HipHop stage in the building of Waggon 31 and an electronic state at Grand Autodrom. And – how cool! – DJs will perform in some Riesenrad wagons! For this, they’ll apply the „Hop On Hop Off“-principle.

Red Bull Music Festival Vienna, Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna. 9 May from 18:00. 19 €. Web
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VOI fesch
They became known to the broad public when appearing on the startup show “2 Minuten 2 Millionen” where Helmuth Stöber introduced his Verein für Originelle Inklusion, which he basically founded in his living room. In the meantime, the very pretty products have found a home at Neubaugasse. VOI promotes art made by people with disabilities, printing their works on T-shirts, bags and hooded sweaters. The high-quality pieces are being sold in the bright and friendly flagship store and 24/7 at the online shop. Colourful fashion with colourful people in a colourful world!

VOI fesch, Neubaugasse 81/2, 1070 Vienna. Wed + Fri 9:00 to 18:00, Thu 9:00 to 19:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Now here is a wholehearted recommendation once more! Suat Takan is running a wonderful stall at Kutschkermarkt with fish & delicacies, plus he has the best contacts to fish mongers. And so it happens that he only serves the very best and freshest food at his fish restaurant that he opened a while ago. Whether it’s wild bass, Patagonian calamari (served with Ratatouille) or a starter plate overflowing with fish, sea food and vegetables – nothing’s been this tasty in a while. Plus they have nice ambiance and friendly service. No surprise that making reservations is strongly recommended here!

Takan’s, Haizingergasse 13, 1180 Vienna. Tue-Fri 18:00 to 24:00, Sat 13:00 to 24:00. Web



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