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f e b r u a r y 19 | 14. - 20.

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"Heya Girls!"
Alright, so I actually read up on this. Valentine’s Day is not an invention by the florists guild, it was already celebrated in the 14thcentury. And they definitely didn’t have a Chamber of Commerce back then. But apparently lots of lovestruck people. In Vienna, too, there are tons of opportunities for some hefty romanticising this week. The Leopold Museum serves a love potion in the evening and couples who whisper “Liebesrausch” only pay half. At Prater, things get cute: getting kissed and creeped out at the haunted castle. At the Natural History Museum, you can explore eroticism in the Stone Age and the Iron Age. Singles can solve riddles at “First Escape” and meet new people there – a different kind of blind dating. The Bakery in the Hotel Daniel serves a particularly nice special menu on the 14th, if you prefer things classier, you can have star-chef Silvio Nickol cook for you romantic deluxe-style at Palais Coburg, or enjoy a delicious 6-course-menu with candlelight and piano music on the first floor of the former Prince’s palace. And if you can’t stand all of this, you had best escape to the Anti-Valentine’s Party at the lifestyle hotel SO/ Vienna. Aside from drinks like “Tinder Me” and party mood, you can give vent to your feelings in the “Hate My Ex Corner” with voodoo dolls and punchbag!
Wishing you a romantic week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Postcard from Gustav Klimt to Emilie Flöge © Leopold Museum
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One Billion Rising
In January alone, six women were already murdered in Austria, and one in three women globally is beaten or raped over the course of her life. In order to take a stand in a visible manner, American feminist Eve Ensler has declared Valentine’s Day V-Day. For years, women have been taking to the streets on 14 February to dance together for a non-violent life using the motto “One Billion Rising”. Vienna will join in too! At 17:00, they will be dancing on Mariahilfer Straße to “Break the Chain”, afterwards it’s on to the Thursday demonstration and then the after-party at ega!
Platz der Menschenrechte, Mariahilfer Straße 1, 1070 Vienna. 14 February 17:00. Web
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Trash_design Sale
Pretty cool, all the stuff you can make from electronic waste! Jobseekers use waste disposal site finds to produce products from jewellery to kitchen accessories using the label “trash_design”. Until the end of February, supporting the socio-economic business and its sustainability intentions with shopping is practically a must – for they offer a discount of 30% on all trash_design products at the field store. Like on bracelets from colourful wires or bowls from a washing machine’s bull eye. Which withstand 200° and can even be used for baking lasagne!
field Store, Lerchenfelder Straße 85-89, 1070 Vienna. Tue-Fri 12:00 to 18:00, Sat 10:00 to 17:00. Web
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 César Decharme
Flying High: Women Artists of Art Brut
The first comprehensive exhibition that is exclusively dedicated to female Art Brut from 1860 to today! For decades, the exclusively male discoverers and propagandists of the genre – psychiatrists and artists – have addressed the work of creative women patients in a way that can only be described as a process of elimination. The show opening today presents 316 works by 93 women artists from 21 countries. Works that go beyond our idea of art – from shrill colour worlds and fantastic creatures to incredible pieces of handicrafts. Vernissage is today!
Bank Austria Kunstforum, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna. Vernissage 14 February 18:30. Free entry. Web
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Sale at artup
For 15 years, designer Linda Zlok has sold “Austrian Design in the City” in her store with gallery-feeling. Unfortunately, she quits now and whether the shop at Bauernmarkt will remain is subject of negotiations right now. In any case, there’s a hefty sale going on there, at normal opening times until 22 February, and at a flea market after that. So it’s a great opportunity to stock up cheaply (discount of up to 50%!), on designer fashion of the usually rather high-end variety like cheerfully colourful stuff by “Gemini Universe”, avantgarde items by “Ruins of Modernity”, or a gorgeous evening gown by Edith A’Gay.
artup, Bauernmarkt 8, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 18:30, Sat 11:00 to 17:00. Web
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 Michael Schreiber
Lee MacDougall
Kind of a cool guy and he also sings well: during the last few years, Brit Lee MacDougall travelled around the entire world with a battered guitar on his back. The singer/songwriter played music everywhere from Alabama to Aachen and performed in sold-out concerts at famous venues such as the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. He has even shared the stage with Ed Sheeran once. Tonight at Haus der Musik, he presents songs from his debut album “Busk Till Dawn”, a second album is currently in the making. Fine guitar-heavy Brit pop, inspired by the Beatles and the Kinks. Listen in here!
Haus der Musik, Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna. 15 February 20:00. 15 €. Web
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 Biohof No 5
Wein & Schwein
The name (Wine & Swine) says it all, they serve delicacies of happy Mangalitza pigs and pour out exquisite vino tonight at Biohof N°5 in Floridsdorf. It starts with a tour through the wine cellar plus a tasting of different vintages (Wiener Gemischter Satz, DAC, new wines 2018 and barrel tastings) – all of organic quality. As supplement they offer bread, Lardo, lard and greaves. Afterwards, it’s off to the gallery room above the wine cellar where you are awaited by treats from liver sausage to roast pork. Better book quickly, there are only 16 spots!
Biohof N°5, Stammersdorfer Straße 5, 1210 Vienna. 15 February 17:00. 38 €. Web
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Heal Your Heart-Seminar
When we get offended, overreact, or hold back our feelings, it often has to do with an injury suffered in the past. Better protect the heart instead of suffering heartbreak ;-) In place of these avoidance strategies, though, you could also tackle the issue in a serious manner: today’s 1-day-seminar by Eva Buttazzoni and Renata Proske is about healing your heart. They show how to connect head and heart in order to listen to the voice of your heart, how to find hindering blockages or even erase them, and how to free yourself from the burdensome energies of other people.
Energetiker Akademie, Haussteinstraße 4/52, 1020 Vienna. 16 February 10:00 to 17:00. 150 €. Please sign up! Web
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FIN Pop-up Archive Sale
12 days of “Happy Shopping” for fashionistas! FIN-designer Sasa Fabjan needs space for new creations and is thus luring you to a pop-up stock sale with irresistible discounts in the sixth district. Avant-garde classics, fancy ballroom dresses and remainders from previous collections can be shopped there for prices reduced by up to 70 percent. Sorted neatly by colours and sessions, you can choose extravagant and often asymmetrically cut blouses, dresses and coats, knowing for sure that nobody else has them ;-) By the way, the pop-up is open on Sunday as well!
Ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorfer Straße 23, 1060 Vienna. Until 24 February Mon-Sat 11:00 to 19:00, Sun 12:00 to 17:00. Web
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 Charlotte Schwarz
Mystery Dinner with Casanova
The Valentine’s Day romance is over and done with, today super-philanderer Giacomo Casanova has his big appearance! Five actors serve up a mysterious-fascinating ghost story around the most famous womaniser of all time during a three-course dinner at the Hotel Regina. For a dead harlot was found beneath a tree, brutally murdered. All dinner guests are invited to take guesses and help the hunt for the murderer, having the chance of winning the book “Prominente Geister” by Austria’s one and only spookologist Gabriele Hasmann.
Hotel Regina, Rooseveltplatz 15, 1090 Vienna. 16 February. 18:30. 69 €. Web
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 hdgoe / Markus Guschelbauer
International Day of Tourist Guides
As every year on the Day of Tourist Guides, the guide experts invite you to fascinating and free (!) discovery tours. And that indoors as well as outdoors: you can take part in a fascinating journey through Austria’s history from 1918 until today at the new House of Austrian History, for example, then there’s a tour at the Papyrus Museum all about the history of “Art and Paper”, and an outdoor tour at Heldenplatz gives interesting insights into – duh! – heroes. Additional tours take place at the Literature Museum and at the Globe & Esperanto Museum.
Several museums, 1010 Vienna. 17 February 10:00 to 16:00. Free entry with score card! Web 
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Ayurveda Detox Workshop
Firing up your Agni, living according to dosha and getting rid of ama – that is the ayurvedic detox plan. In today’s workshop with Claudia Mainau and Lutz Mossbauer, you learn everything you have to know to do the necessary spring detoxing on your own at home. First, your body type is determined, then you get helpful dietary advice following the motto “don’t fast, eat right”. Dinachariya – the healthy daily routine – is another topic, plus detoxing yoga exercises and relaxing mind-detox, meaning meditation.

yogamed, Gerlgasse 1/8, 1030 Vienna. 17 February 10:00 to 14:00. 60 €. Please sign up! Web
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 Imperial Renaissance Hotel
Franz Brunch
For breakfast princesses: today (and every Sunday from now on), the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel is hosting an Imperial “Franz Brunch” in their lobby. Behind the idea is the hotel’s interesting history: the neo-classical building was bought in 1802 by Emperor Franz Joseph I., in 1850 today’s lobby was turned into the Imperial riding hall for the military riding school. Afterwards, the lobby was reconstructed and served as EOS cinema as well as a garage for post buses. Now, it’s a place for gourmandising emperor-style – with live jazz, “Sisi”-Bellini, a sumptuous buffet and heavenly desserts.
Imperial Renaissance Hotel, Ungargasse 60, 1030 Vienna. Sundays 12:30 to 15:30. From 49 €. Web
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Free Course Week at Shambhala
At the beginning of the summer semester (yes, SUMMER-semester, ha!), the wellness & meditation temple in the 8th district is offering numerous free try-out courses and info events! So if you’re still undecided course-wise, this week of free courses is your chance to try everything: from kidney-strengthening Qigong or relaxing trance journeys to Dakini training or Taijiquan & Kung Fu. Part of the extensive programme are also „Theatre & Improvisation”, belly dance and helpful techniques like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Shambhala, Bennogasse 8a & Josefstädterstraße 5, 1080 Vienna. 18-24 February. Free participation. Web
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 Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen
She is rather unknown in these parts here, but in the USA, Haley Johnsen has already had a taste of celebrity life when she participated in the TV-show “American Idol”. Today, the American can be heard live in Vienna for the first time, in tow she brings the first songs of her new album. Nice, catchy ballads in blues-rock style sung with a soft but powerful voice, at times with a nostalgic arrangement. Haley Johnsen was born in Oregon and grew up influenced by pop, classical music, rock, country and gospel. You can listen in here.
Polkadot, Albertgasse 12, 1080 Vienna. 18 February 20:30. Voluntary donation. Web
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 Coop Himmelb(l)au
Builder-Owner Award ’18
Fascinating insights into the domestic architecture scene: Ringturm currently shows the prettiest houses in Austria – including all 22 nominated projects of the shortlist, apart from the Builder-Owner Award winners 2018. Among the six winners are very diverse projects like three minimalist Carinthian (log) houses in the middle of the forest, the “Wunderkammer des Brotes” (housing the Bread Museum “Paneum”) in Upper Austria built by Coop Himmelb(l)au, or a Volksschule in Vorarlberg for which a 1980s building was converted. Inspiring and impressive!
Ringturm, Schottenring 30, 1010 Vienna. Until 1 March Mon-Fri 9:00 to 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Everybody can draw!
As long as primary school children get bad grades in “Art Education” for not colouring properly or for doodling unconventionally, there will probably always be adults who think they can’t draw. Nonsense! Three course-evenings at “Sous-Bois” now encourage you to believe in your own drawing abilities. Because everybody has their own graphic script that is to be discovered. First you draw blind, with your left hand, or while listening to music – free and without model. Afterwards, you may venture on the drawing of items and room situations using different techniques.
sous-bois, Neustiftgasse 33, 1070 Vienna. 19 + 26 February + 5 March 18:30. 160 €. Web
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Outdoor-Training with Sepp Resnik
Well, this doesn’t exactly sound like a gentle work-out but it’s certainly effective ;-) Extreme athlete and triathlete Sepp Resnik has cycled around the world several times, was part of the national team military pentathlon and has also tortured our tennis star Dominic Thiem fitness-wise. Now, the Vienna Marriott managed to win him for a weekly training session, where non-hotel guests can participate as well. Your fitness level doesn’t matter, coach Resnik looks at everyone individually. The training takes places in the Stadtpark, afterwards you can enjoy some wellness at the Marriott for 2 hours.
Meeting point: Vienna Marriott Hotel, Parkring 12a, 1010 Vienna. Wednesday 17:00 to 19:00. 23 €. Web
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 Joy Peters
The Sinatra Sisters
Attention, fake news ;-) Frank Sinatra had to very gifted sisters that always used to be in his shadow. And of course these sisters have angelic singing voices. That’s why they are finally stepping out of their brother’s shadow and go on a world tour – and – guess what! – tonight, they give us the honour in Vienna! Singer Susanne Marik and (male!) singer Joy Peters slip into the roles of the “Sinatra Sisters”. On the programme: all of good Frankie Boy’s world-famous corny evergreens from “New York, New York” to “Strangers in the Night” (which is our favorite). Tadadadadadaaaa!
Theater-Center-Forum, Porzellangasse 50, 1090 Vienna. 20 February 20:00. 22 €. Web
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Burlesque Course
Welcome to the world of glamour and style! From today, you can take classes in stretching lasciviously and “not-quite-undressing” during a course by star-producer Rebecca Greenstein herself. You won’t just learn how to develop charisma and presence, but it is also about the joy of slipping into new roles – be it Hollywood Diva, Candy-Girl, or Punk-Fairy ;-) After each course night, you can find inspiration by watching the Advanced Burlesque Ladies on stage and get advice – from smooth feather-fan-handling to sewing costumes.
School of Burlesque, Neubaugasse 38, 1070 Vienna. 10 sessions from 20 February, 18:45. Sign up! 265 €. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 The Budims
The Budims
The Budims are called Magdalena and Markus, are both 28 years young, happily married – and they dig jeans! So after gaining some experience in the textile business, it made sense for them to open their own denim store. It is situated at Raimundhof on MaHü and only has three brands (for a start) in the shelves stuffed with jeans up to the ceiling, but enough different models for every figure and leg lengths. And all of them, G-Star, Kings Of Indigo as well as Denham value sustainability. They also plan to have a repair- and upcycling corner so that your favourite jeans may live as long as possible and stay trendy. Winsome!
The Budims, Mariahilfer Straße 45/15, 1060 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 19:00, Sat 9:30 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Hotel Sacher
Salon Sacher
Everyone knows the Sacher anyway, at least the long queues of Asians that patiently wait in front of the hotel hoping for seats in the café. Now, Salon Sacher was opened recently to the left of the hotel entrance – smaller, more intimate and not at all furnished in the usual Sacher-plush style. In fact, the style takes some getting used to, it’s based on the 20s in France, accompanied by a historic stucco ceiling that was found in the course of the renovation. But it’s definitely unusual! The cakes are delicious, the snacks from sandwich to goose liver mousse are exquisite. I think we shouldn’t surrender the Salon to the Asians ;-)
Salon Sacher, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Sun 12:00 to 20:30. Web


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