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d e c e m b e r 20 | 10. - 16.

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"Heya Girls!"
Oh, it gets dark so early right now! As if we couldn’t all do with an overdose of radiance and brightness after such a year. That is why, ladies, we have to learn an Arabic word today: it is “al nour" and means “the light”. And it is also the name of a great women's project in Marrakech. In the Moroccan handicraft association founded in 2013, physically impaired women embroider clothing, fashion accessories and home accessories. So Alnour does indeed bring light into the social-economic Marrakech darkness, where woman and work don’t really go together anyway. The textiles produced are really pretty – and shine all the way to Vienna this weekend! Alnour makes camp at the shop Safran & Cie for three days and brightens the domestic woman’s heart with the finest table lines and bedclothes, delightful tops, scarves, bags and cushions. All made from cotton or linen and with hand-embroidered Fassi, trout or polka-dot ornaments. There’s always a little light :-)
Wishing you a radiant week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Alnour Pop-up at Safran & Cie, Werdertorgasse 12, 1010 Vienna. 10-12 December. Web
Photo: Alnour
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 Sheila Hicks
Sheila Hicks: Thread, Trees, River
A rush of colours! Flexible, sensual and appealing, at times delicate and intimate, then monumental and expansive: the fabrics, sculptures and installations of artist Sheila Hicks challenge traditional notions of textile art and explore new artistic levels. Born in Nebraska, Sheila Hicks originally started out as a painter, today she is considered a virtuoso of textile (including archaic) techniques and historical traditions. The exhibition “Thread, Trees, River” is her first solo exhibition in Austria. Tip: especially beautiful are also the “Minimes”, her miniatures made of yarn. 
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. From 10 December Tue-Sun 10:00 to 18:00. 14 €. Web
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Purora Shop
Washing, peeling, cutting, putting everything away, cleaning – all this for just one smoothie? From today there’s an easier way: the Upper Austrian start-up “Purora” has moved to Vienna with its first shop. It sells ready-made jars full of vegetables and fruit that just need to be chopped in a blender. Although they have their own Purora appliance for this, you can also use your own model from home, of course. Apple with nuts, matcha with grapes, pear with goji berries and other varieties are always organic and vegan. The same applies to the soups: mix, heat in a pot – bon appétit.
Purora Shop, Zollergasse 43, 1070 Vienna. Opening 10 December 16:00. Web
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 Christian Benesch
Susa Kreuzberger Christmas Sale
Austro-designer Susa Kreuzberger calls it “xmas-sale”, CitySpotterGirl calls it “Super-Jamboree-for-Last-Minute-Gifts” :-) But either way, you can still score timeless and high-quality eye-catcher pieces from the current and previous collections until 21 December! There's a 20% discount on the winter models, for example snuggly floor-length cashmere alpaca coats and chic overalls! “Older” unique pieces, including many trousers, are even 50% off! Much in black and dark blue. As there is no crowd and no hustle and bustle in the shop, you can take your time to find something pretty.
Susa Kreuzberger, Kettenbrückengasse 20, 1040 Vienna. Wed-Fri 12:00 to 18:00, Sat 11:00 to 15:00. Web
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 100 Grad
Gluten-free Christmas desserts
In 2020, nutrition-conscious people and those with a sweet tooth and food intolerances really don’t need to despair at Christmas dinner anymore. Or even worse: give up sweets. There are tasty alternatives for them, 3 of them are shown live on Zoom today by master confectioner Sieglinde Pircher. The recipes for yoghurt panna cotta, tiramisu and mini-tartlets are gluten-free, low in carbohydrates and partly lactose-free. The oven stays cold for all desserts, meaning: uncomplicated preparation and no stress in the kitchen. So the motto for the festive meal is: don't deny yourself, dig in!
100 Grad via Zoom. Only online. 11 December 18:00 to 21:00. With registration. 49.90 €. Web
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Hunter Boots at Gummistiefelhaus
A snow-covered Vienna would be so beautiful, all winter-white sprinkled. Unfortunately snow in big cities always turns into sludge right away. Well, for shoe fashionistas this extends the rubber boot season, at least. At Gummistiefelhaus, suitable footwear is now available at a reduced price: Hunter boots now cost 40 percent less, but only while stocks last! The trendy boots were designed to withstand Scotland's weather moods, today they are modern all-rounders – weatherproof and a must-have at British rock festivals. For all hip dogwalkers, puddle jumpers and mud hoppers.
Gummistiefelhaus, Strozzigasse 1, 1080 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 18:30, Sat 10:00 to 19:00. Web
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Adolf Loos x 2
This week, 10 December to be precise, marks the 150th anniversary of Adolf Loos' birthday. Two exhibitions celebrate this important pioneer of modern architecture. With its new show “Adolf Loos. Private Houses”, the MAK is focusing on his revolutionary private residential buildings – mostly luxuriously furnished single-family homes, villas and country houses for a middle-class, often Jewish clientele. 100 design drawings, plans, photographs and models are on display. His lesser-known literary works are exhibited at Wienbibliothek.
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. From 8 December Tue-Sun 10:00 to 18:00. 14 €. Web Loos Räume, 1010 Vienna. From 10 December. Web
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 Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli: Believe in Christmas 
This man's voice causes goose bump moments – making you tingle from the tips of your ears to your toes. And goose bumps are what star tenor Andrea Bocelli brings to people all over the world today, his exclusive Christmas concert is streamed globally from the empty opera house in Parma. You can only be there live with a ticket for the right time zone, nothing is recorded. With his powerful voice, Bocelli sings Christmas tunes like Hallelujah, Ave Maria and Amazing Grace, and special guests are announced as a surprise – sounds like duets with world stars. Prettyplease Ed Sheeran!
Andrea Bocelli – Believe In Christmas. Only online. 12 December 21:00 to 22:00. 22 €. Web
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 Ruth Moftakhar
Fabric design at Musterstudio
Only for today, textile designer Ruth Moftakhar will open her studio for a fine fabric-shopping day. In her Musterstudio the Viennese designer creates timeless prints and collections, which are all sewn by hand. There are textile wristbands, silk and cotton scarves to be wrapped around your neck, head and wrist. The hip piggyback gym bags are available with geometric patterns and in watercolour look. Cloth bags have the batik look that is currently celebrating a revival. As they are only produced in small series, you won't run into them in the street all the time, either.
Musterstudio, Burggasse 104, 1070 Vienna. 12 December 12:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Johanna Finckh
Art to try on from Finckh
Original! Johanna Finckh delivers her “art to try on” as ready-framed pictures (previously disinfected) to your home. First, you describe who you are and what (art) ideas you have by email, letter or telephone call. Then an individual package with five works is put together, which is brought virus-free by bicycle. The parcel with drawings, paintings, prints and postcards can then be viewed, tested and tried out in your own home for a fortnight without any obligation to buy. Anything that doesn't fit will be picked up again free of charge!  
Johanna Finckh. Gießaufgasse 9, 1050 Vienna. Pictures/prints from 130 €. Web
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 Annina Pargfrieder
Bread baking with sourdough and yeast
Well-known Corona side effect: suddenly everyone bakes their own bread. But Annina Pargfrieder makes something really special out of the loaf. Her food blog “backabenteuer” was honoured as one of the best in 2020, for hobby bakers she has now switched to live online courses. Sourdough and yeast are used to bake hearty mixed and farmhouse bread, which she artfully shapes with “bread scoring” and stencils: by slicing, the crust opens like an artichoke, leaf patterns, bees, foxes and lion's manes of turmeric are created. Exemplary bread art!
backabenteuer. Only online. 13 December 14:30 to approx. 18:00. 59 €. Web
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 Boglarka Babiczki
Bogis tiny house online concert
She's not only a voice-, but also a vibe wonder: Boglarka Babiczki, a Viennese by choice with Hungarian roots. Today she invites you to an atmospheric “tiny home concert”, where she presents her new songs via YouTube live stream. In her one-woman show with vocals, synth and loops, the singer-songwriter serves up “dark-ambient-popjazz” with strong lyrics: socially critical, feminist, full of love and always with a little paprika and a lot of Hungarian black humour. Also included is her latest hit “Vincent”, inspired by Saint-Exupery's Little Prince.
BogLARK tiny home concert. 13 December 18:00. Free of charge. Web
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 B. Pichler
Christmas tree sale from VinziRast
A grove of magnificent Christmas trees is currently covering the inner courtyard of the charitable VinziRast restaurant “mittendrin” with greenery. Shrinking tree population is expressly desired here, because: half the proceeds of every Christmas tree sold go straight to the maintenance of the VinziRast facilities for homeless people – for them, emergency shelters and housing projects are essential for survival in winter. The donation campaign offers beautiful Nordmann firs and Colorado firs from organic cultivation in Lower Austria. Happy tree shopping!
VinziRast-mittendrin, Währinger Straße 19, 1090 Vienna. Until 23 December Mon-Sun 15:00 to 19:00. 30 € per metre. Web
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Freshly drifted in from Klagenfurt's pedestrian zone: with a pop-up, the boutique “lil'fame” sniffs the air of Vienna's big city, shop manager Chiara Ambrusch plans to stay in the capital until March. She has brought cheerful boho fashion with her, which she tracks down in small shops in Italy and France. In addition, she has found some decorations and accessories with holiday flair that come from Bali: necklaces of colourful beads and pompons, handmade hammam scarves. Plus knitted clothing, jumpers and tops – and all quite easy on the wallet.
lil'fame, Gumpendorfer Strasse 67, 1060 Vienna. Until March 2021, Mon-Sat 12:00 to 19:00. Web
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 Ashley Taylor
Martin Schläpfer: 4
The new director of the State Opera Ballet opens his first programme with a bang – and introduces himself as a choreographer at the same time. Martin Schläpfer simply calls his brilliant premiere of Mahler's 4th Symphony “4”, which can be seen as a danced depiction of the pandemic & society. Schläpfer brings the entire ensemble, 102 dancers, onto the stage. A challenge not only in Corona times. The result is a brilliant mixture of classical ballet and modern dance! The dancers performed in the completely empty Opera – the stream can be seen until 4 March.
Staatsoper Wien. Online stream of “Mahler, live” + “4”. Free of charge. Web
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 minitta photography
Online Talk with Mireille Ngosso
A strong woman: Mireille Ngosso surely is. With the SPÖ politician, a black woman has moved into the Vienna City Council and Landtag this year for the first time. The medical doctor, who fled the Congo at the age of three, has not only made history this year. She has also organised the Black Lives Matter protest in Vienna and 50,000 people have joined her. In the online talk on Zoom in the evening she talks about racism in Austria, her career and feminism – and she answers questions. If you have any, don’t hold back, there are interesting things to learn.
Mireille Ngosso via Zoom. 15 December 18:00. Free of charge. Web
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 Besser STADTleben
Viennese Advent calendar
On the home stretch before Christmas, things get tricky: tedious family meals, right and wrong gifts, and gaffes that should be avoided. That is why 24 well-known Viennese reveal their Advent life hacks to the magazine “Besser STADTleben”: Every day an online window opens, behind which a video of Gerda Rogers, Christa Kummer, Robert Palfrader, Nino from Vienna or the Vienna Boys Choir awaits. How – if at all – do you debate your relatives? How often is it allowed to play “Last Christmas” before you become liable to prosecution for assault? Finally there are answers ;-)
Besser STADTleben. Advent calendar online. Until 24 December. Free of charge. Web
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Fit with the Fred Astaire dance school
In order to keep it moving, you can twirl through the living room with the Fred Astaire dance school on a regular basis: weekly fitness sessions with dance music take place live on Zoom and are absolutely free! Professional Emanuele Spampinato is in charge of Latin American dance, and today he heats up the course “Ladies Latin” with fiery steps. If you want to spin around the room like a top – better get the furniture out of the way ;-) For the remaining workdays Brazilian Vibes, Swing courses or the dynamic Core Rhythms are on the programme. Shake it baby, shake it!
Fred Astaire dance school. Only online. 16 December 18:30 to 19:15. Free of charge. Web
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Covid-19: Testing and Vaccination
Along with the Corona virus, there are also thousands of rumours about it swirling around. Once heard, they can be disturbing. This makes it all the more important to listen closely to science. The Medical University of Vienna is currently working on solutions against the disease with more than a hundred projects. In a live interview today, two of its leading experts offer insights into current research: virologist Robert Strassl will talk about testing, Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt heads the Centre for Infectiology and Tropical Medicine – she will provide information on vaccination. Very important: questions are welcome
Medical University of Vienna. Only online. 16 December 19:00. Free of charge. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 Motto Brot
Motto Brot
Reminds you a little of the beautiful old bakeries in Paris: Motto-founder Bernd Schlacher opened a new bakery on Mariahilferstraße with bread expert Barbara van Melle this week. Matching the beautiful shop with its flower tiles, bread, pastries and “Viennoiserien” are produced here with a lot of love (and time!). And everything is organic, of course. Unusual types of cereals are used, like perennial rye from the Waldviertel region or one-grained wheat. The result is – from Neunerlei gingerbread to baguettes – bread for connoisseurs that is also quite eye-catching. And never overpriced!
Motto Brot, Mariahilfer Straße 71, 1060 Vienna. Mon-Fri 7:00 to 19:00, Sat + Sun 8:00 to 19:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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  Ines Hofbaur
Pizza Randale
So, it happened. After 9 months of Corona and 2 lockdowns CitySpotterGirl is lying on the sofa while eating pizza in front of the TV. Handwringingimpossible! But in my defence, I will say this: it’s not just any pizza, of course. Because you can do pizza differently. For example, with red beets, horseradish and smoked rainbow trout (incredibly tasty!) or with Black Angus roast beef and lemon oil. And when Blunzen, apple and marjoram land on the pizza, it’s called “Wiener Blut”. The ultra-creative pastry discs are baked at Randale – daily from midday for pickup or delivery. What luck!
Randale, Kettenbrückengasse 1, 1050 Vienna. Heinestr. 15, 1020 Vienna. Daily from 12:00 to 22:00. Web



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