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d e c e m b e r 21 | 16. - 23.

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"Heya Girls!"
What sounds like pious hope nowadays was once the motto of a brilliant Viennese: “Progress through beauty” proclaimed Josef Hoffmann. The architect, designer and co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte is often seen as the master builder of the rich, back in the Golden Twenties. Which is not true, as a magnificent exhibition at the MAK has been showing since this week. Hoffmann survived five different political systems, including monarchy and fascism. He created luxury villas such as the Palais Stoclet in Brussels as well as Viennese social buildings and firmly believed that beauty, even in the simplest of everyday life, can bring people forward. In the largest retrospective to date, the MAK is now showing Hoffmann's enormous life's work with more than 1,000 (!) exhibits, which encompasses all aspects of everyday life. And since the exhibition had to be postponed for a year because of Corona, it was also possible to do research for a year longer. With exciting results – for the first time, Hoffmann's relationship to National Socialism has been examined. Definitely check it out!
Wishing you a beautiful week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. Until 19 June 2022 Tue 10:00 to 21:00, Wed-Sun 10:00 to 18:00. 15 €. Web
Photo: MAK/Georg Mayer
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Dust & Silk
Ikat weavings made of silk, tea and “wild apples” once reached Europe on the myth-enshrouded historical trade routes that Marco Polo travelled. But so did religions, knowledge and diseases. And the current exhibition at the Weltmuseum is about this old “Silk Road” as well as the new one. Its complexity is fascinating: Here is an Iranian water pipe from 1500, and over there is a photo of a new highway in the Gobi Desert. The exhibition shows over 200 historical exhibits juxtaposed with pieces of contemporary art. What a huge web of movements between Asia and Europe!
Weltmuseum, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna. Until 3 May 2022. 16 €. Web 
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World Art Christmas Bazaar
Who else knows people you can't shop for because they already got everything? Then this is the right Christmas market: at Galerie Fortuna you can snatch unusual and unusually beautiful things, fairly traded, from all over the world. The selection reads like something out of the Arabian Nights: contemporary Masai jewellery by a young fashion designer, trays from Senegal with decorative reverse painting on glass, cloth dolls made by women from Zanzibar and Baobab trees made of Kitenge fabrics in Dar es Salaam. The winter blues doesn’t stand a chance. Until 24.12., you can shop here!
Fortuna Galerie, Berggasse 21, 1090 Vienna. Until 24 December Mon-Sat 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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50 Years of Humanity
Doctors Without Borders celebrate their birthday! The humanitarian aid organisation was founded on 21 December 1971 and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Burgtheater honorary members and acting veterans Klaus Maria Brandauer and Elisabeth Orth lend their voices to those who would no longer be alive without the organisation's help. Cabaret artist Dirk Stermann offers arguments against those who draw the borders too tightly. President Alexander van der Bellen will also join the celebration. Important!
Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna. 16 December 19:00. 6-32 €. Web
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AnzenbergerGallery Sale
At the AnzenbergerGallery's stock sale and photo book flea market, you have two chances to find bargains on rarities. The gallery and art bookshop in the Ankerbrot factory specialises in photography, and this weekend there are some great bargains! On the one hand, you can find photo books, some handmade or signed, and magazines for as little as 1 euro. On the other hand, there's framed photo art, from large-format mountain photos to casual street photography, for as little as €25. If you are an art lover, looking for a special gift or have an empty wall at home: go check it out!
AnzenbergerGallery, Brotfabrik Wien, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna. 17-18 December Fri 12:00 to 18:00, Sat 11:00 to 17:00. Web
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 Michela Ghisetti
Michela Ghisetti
Into the new year with a retrospective: the Albertina is dedicating a major exhibition to the Italian artist Michela Ghisetti, who is far too little known in our country. Her omnipresent theme: social roles. Ghisetti's art is contradictory – at times she draws almost lifelike portraits of women, at other times she creates abstract paintings full of colourful dots. Particularly enchanting: her latest series of works consists of ten dolls, each with its own character. Ghisetti's art is always about social cohesion in our society. And we could really use some of that right now...
Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. Until 20 March 2022 Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun 10:00 to 18:00, Wed&Fri until 21:00. 16.90 €. Web
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What are 16 designers doing at a petrol station? A Christmas Market! And this at the windowless but fairy-lit Kunsttankstelle Ottakring. The creative corner offers crocheted and knitted items by migliarino and Steffi Rauchwarter's screen prints for you to purchase. Organiser Edith Haberl will bring textile design articles and jewellery from her label Editha, bags come from dusimoden, ceramics from Romana Widder and Alexandra Klammer. The artists are mostly from Vienna and everything is handmade, of course!
Kunsttankstelle Ottakring, Grundsteingasse 45-47, 1160 Vienna, 17-19 December. Web
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 Marlene Kelnreiter
Cheese and Fermentation
Marlene Kelnreiter usually takes care of the social media accounts of various projects like our publishing company Wundergarten. But every summer she moves up into the mountains to turn milk into cheese. In today's course, she shares her knowledge of alpine cheese-making and whisks the eggbeater to turn fresh milk into delicious fresh cheese. Because by means of wild fermentation it’s possible to make natural dairy products at home. The perfect workshop to make sure things don’t get cheesy when you make cheese!
Augora, Stumpergasse 1a, 1060 Vienna. 18 December 11:00. 85 €. Web
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Imaginario Store
An end to bland sportswear! The small Viennese start-up Imaginario specialises in colourful leggings and shirts. Today it is moving its web shop into real life for a day – and welcoming friends of the active lifestyle in the pop-up store on Mahü. The high-quality sportswear is made in Europe, the fabric comes from Italy. But you can not only try your way through the assortment today, you also get a 10 to 25 % discount. The digital health tech company Smartmelts is also taking part and offers a free body fat analysis. Plus: coffee and snacks!
MH76 Studio, Mariahilfer Straße 76/29, 1070 Vienna. 18 December 10:00-18:00. Web
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 Kaffeehaus am Ring
Edelstoff X-Mas-Edition
Edelstoff dresses up for Christmas! The design fair is the perfect place to buy presents: 150 small businesses offer fair fashion, jewellery, home accessories, stationery and more. Most of them produce in Austria and the surrounding area. Roundure, for example, makes loudspeakers from Austrian wood, the Viennese manufacturer “Kaffeehaus am Ring” creates delightful porcelain jewellery, and designer Elke Freytag's pretty clothes are also sewn in Vienna. At the latter's stand you can even get hold of CitySpotterGirl’s new book: “Charmante Shops in Wien”!
Marx Halle, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna. 18-19 December. 4 €. Web
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 Gut Fabricius
Advent Market at Gut Fabricius
Christmas outing: a little behind Oberlaa, just outside Vienna, lies the Fabricius estate. The former mill, now a picturesque riding stable, is hosting a small Advent market this weekend! There will be punch, chestnuts and open sandwiches, a wine tasting and meaty delicacies from Scottish Highland beef. And some exciting stalls to get those last Christmas presents under wraps: Christmas floristry by Diana Pernek, natural cosmetics by Spirit of Oil, jewellery by Petra Hauser, scarves and bags made of alpaca wool, hats, fashion. Beautiful!
Gut Fabricius, Mühlgasse 6, 2326 Lanzendorf. 17-19.12. Fri to Sun. Web
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The Little Prince
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint Exupéry's philosophical story of the Little Prince is simply always amazing. Today it is retold on stage in the Sonnwendviertel! A pilot has to make an emergency landing in the Sahara and meets a prince from another planet. With Rita Luksch, a woman takes on the role of the boy who learns about love, responsibility and uniqueness on earth. The story is accompanied by spherical sounds and a violist
Gleis 21, Bloch-Bauer-Promenade 22, 1100 Vienna. 19 December 19:30. 29 €. Web
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Trumpets in Concert
Would you like a little escape from the hectic pace of everyday life? Here you go: pulse-regulating sounds in the Minorite Church. You can experience come relaxed Christmas vibes here this evening at a trumpet concert. Three trumpeters (led by Leonhard Leeb!), a percussionist and a keyboarder perform all kinds of Christmas songs: from Handel to Bach to Vivaldi, from Elvis Presley to Amazing Grace. Festive, cheerful, upbeat – and perfect for unwinding. And to make sure nothing gets in the way of cosiness, the church is nicely heated and the seats are numbered.
Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 2a, 1010 Vienna. 19 December 16:00. From 17 €. Web
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Riot Grrrl Shop
Viva la Vulva! Together with Stefanie Sargnagel, Riotgrrrl Arts is opening a pre-Christmas pop-up store near Alser Straße. For five days, you can buy T-shirts, pins, prints, cloth bags and more by exciting Austrian artists. “your stitch witch”, for example, embroiders tongue-in-cheek social criticism to hang on the wall, her flower-framed slogans are called “heast oida” or “Bi, shy and ready to cry”. Linda Steiner, on the other hand, makes adorable, inclusive illustrations. The proceeds go to the Rawa organisation, which supports women in Afghanistan. Cool!
Riot grrrl Pop Up Shop, Hernalser Hauptstraße 30, 1170 Vienna. 17-21 December. Web
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 Pexels/Eva Elijas
Winter Solstice Ritual
December 21st is the beginning of winter. Which means: The days are getting longer again! Finally! And this has to be celebrated properly. For example, with a ritual for the winter solstice. Together with female empowerment coach Veronika Lamprecht, you’ll meditate, burn incense and reminisce about the last six months of the year and try to consciously close the books on the past. The online workshop offers many tips and exercises to make this easier. The next morning, the new, sunny day is welcomed at a joint breakfast via Zoom. And we’ll talk about how it was...
Gaia-Akademie, 4112 St. Gotthard. Online only. 21 December 19:00, 22 December 9:00. 49 €. Web 
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 Zonta Club Wien Parkring
Charity Pop-Up Store “Bags Help Women”
As we all know, CitySpotterGirl has a strong obsession with bags, which is why this pop-up store is just right. Over the course of months, they have been collecting handbags so that there is something for every kind of budget: second-hand bags in good condition, rare vintage pieces, but also luxury brand bags from labels such as Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Valentino. The proceeds will go to the violence prevention project “StoP – Stadtteile ohne Partnergewalt” in Vienna. Attention: Donations of bags can also be dropped off today – find out exactly where here!
PopUp-Store, Hotel Altstadt Vienna, Kirchengasse 41, 1070 Vienna. 20-21 December 14:00 to 20:00. Web
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 Theater L.E.O.
Christmas cabaret
Now there's this fairy tale about a peaceful, perfect Christmas with stress-free present buying, harmonious family get-togethers and snow-flaked relaxation. But neither we Viennese believe in that, nor singer Elena Schreiber and fellow actor Robert Kolar from the opera theatre L.E.O. They are honest and are looking forward to an entertaining and trenchant evening of Christmas songs and anecdotes that will make even the last remnants of festive despair evaporate in a flash. With music from Mozart to Georg Kreisler and sketches by Loriot. Today: 2 tickets for the price of 1!
Theatre L. E. O., Ungargasse 18, 1030 Vienna. 21 December 19:30. 30 €. Web
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 Phoebe Violet
Phoebe Violet
Latin Chamber Pop – that's what Phoebe Violet calls her music. Originally from Costa Rica, she plays the violin and sings. Her dramatic stage presence is reminiscent of a theatre performance – in a good way! Phoebe Violet moved to Linz with her family when she was still a teenager; she has been making music since the age of three. Her Spanish lyrics are about realising dreams, preferably without naivety. Her compositions are dramatic without being exaggerated – on stage she is supported by a violinist, a cellist and a bassist. Today finally live (!) once again at Sargfabrik!
Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Vienna. 22 December 19:30. 22 €. Web
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 David Bohmann
The Viennese Rothschilds. A thriller
The Rothschilds, Jewish bankers from Frankfurt, are among the richest families in the world. One branch of the family settled in Vienna in 1816 – and was involved in major political, economic and social conflicts from the very start. Of course, anti-Semitism also played a role. With Louis Rothschild as hostage, the Gestapo extorted the family's entire fortune in 1938. Nevertheless, the Rothschilds founded numerous educational and charitable foundations and helped persecuted co-religionists. The new exhibition at the Jewish Museum explores the legacy of the Rothschilds in Vienna.
Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna. Sun-Fri 10:00 to 18:00. 12 €. Web 
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 Philine Hofmann
The Big Bronski Christmas Show
It's showtime: The Bronski & Grünberg Theatre in Alsergrund is putting on a Christmas special again this year, completely in the style of the US TV shows from the 1960s. The Christmas Show is a mixture of witty parody and skilful miming of the great US stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & co perform (in the Austrian version), and sometimes put their foot in their mouth! Snow cannons and tap duels, eggnog and lots of tinsel: it will be a glittering show of superlatives. Attention: naturally, the finest US English will be spoken throughout the evening ;-)
Bronski & Grünberg Theatre, Müllnergasse 2, 1090 Vienna. 22 December 19:30. 30 €. Web
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​Shop of the Week 
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Perfect place for the final presents spurt: a comic book shop. The new branch of ComicTreff recently opened in the Auhof Center. In addition to the usual suspects from Marvel & DC, they also have (partly rare) manga, a huge selection of US indie comics and very pretty graphic novels on offer. What is not in stock will be ordered! Also worth mentioning is the large selection of comic merchandise: costumes from Harry Potter to Batman, Pokémon stuffed animals and mugs, T-shirts from Superman to One Piece. And for CitySpotterGirl’s daughter: yes, they also have baby Yoda ;-)
Comic Treff  Auhof Center, Albert-Schweitzer-Gasse 6, 1140 Vienna. Web
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Alles Wurscht
The sausage stand by Börsepark has been here for what feels like forever, but now everything is different. And that’s not just due to the fact that snack stands are a crisis-proof institution in times of lockdowns. Recently, creative cooking with a lot of heart and soul has been going on here. The bosna? It's vegan with fermented spring onions and Madras curry (the sausage comes from Hut und Stiel). Krautfleckerl also comes in a truffled version, as do the fries, and alongside delicious beef tartare, they even serve calamari fritti. Who cares about a Lockdown then.
Alles Wurscht, Börseplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Sat 11:00 to 17:00. Web



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