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"Heya Girls!"
This will be no bed of roses! But it’s going to be one of the highlights of the Festival Weeks that start on Friday for sure. Because when Tanya Tagaq sings, thunder, punk and female primal force are rolling off the stage with unrestrained power. The Arctic native and winner of the prestigious Polaris award with Inuit roots is a master of the guttural rhythmic throat singing of her people which she mixes with genres like electro or metal and her powerful vocals. This is her way of rebelling against the violent world and the discrimination of her people, celebrating the strength of women and showing patriarchy her claws. In the course of the Festival Weeks, the power-lady will just about not break the ceiling with her current show “Retribution” at MuseumsQuartier on Thursday – you only hear music like that very, very rarely! If you like it a bit lighter, you’ll go to the Festival Weeks opening on Friday and attend the free concert on Rathausplatz: with musical “flowers from the capital” from Alma to Ernst Molden. Quite nice too ;-)

Wishing you a powerful week,
Your CitySpotterGirl

MuseumsQuartier, Hall G, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 16 May 20:30. From 15 €. Web
Photo: Tanya Tagaq © Vanessa Heins
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 C. Fürthner
Spritzwein Thursday at Cobenzl
The Café Luftschloss Cobenzl, recently awakened from hibernation, is currently one of the best places to chill. Surrounded by nature and with an incredible view of the city! During the warm season of the year, there’s multi-variant white wine spritzer flowing freely every Thursday from the neighbouring vineyard estate. And before you slouch in a hammock or beach chair, you can stretch, bend, and find your middle during an extensive sundowner yoga session. And last but not least they play some cool FM4 music at the happening. Alright then, girls: up the hill!

Cafe Luftschloss Cobenzl, Am Cobenzl 94, 1190 Vienna. Thursdays from 17:00. 5€. Web
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 Lisa Niedermayr
Indigo blueprint at Michaeler dome
Pretty brilliant: an art & craft project makes the famous rotunda of the so-called Michaelerkuppel the biggest indigo blueprint artwork in the world. This isn’t made possible by textile and colour but by a light installation which makes the splendid, 54m-high dome of the Michaeler wing ablaze with shades of blue. Until Sunday you can admire this project done in cooperation with native blueprint artists. Additionally, they show creative works in the alcoves of the Michaeler gate and Weltmuseum offers indigo guided tours on the subject of textiles and colouring.

Michaelerkuppel, Michaeler wing Hofburg, 1010 Vienna. Until 13 May. Free entry. Web
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 Vienna Marriott Hotel
Ladies Night at Marriot Health Club
Great idea to savour today’s national holiday to the fullest! At the Vienna Marriott Hotel’s Health Club, you can chill every Thursday night in a sophisticated manner during “Ladies Night” for the top prize of 22 euros. You’re greeted with a “Kaiserin”-aperitif, then you’re equipped with towel, bathrobe, and slippers and you’re off to the wellness paradise including aroma steam bath, several saunas, fine chill-out areas, and an indoor pool. They also serve snacks and drinks. Theoretically, there’s also a fitness area but who really needs that ;-)

Vienna Marriott Hotel, Parkring 12a, 1010 Vienna. Every Thursday 19:00 to 22:00. 22 €. Web
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Closing Down Sale at Thompson’s
It’s a pity, but the nice bookstore in the Schubert quarter will close down at the end of May. Until then, they are selling off everything – not only books of all genres (including many in English!) but also stationery from cards to flower-patterned notebooks, colourful handbag-folding mirrors, magnetic signs, and sheep heads. Yes, you read that correctly – not real ones, though, but giant “Sheep Heads” handmade by a German artist for decoration purposes or other funny ideas ;-) Everything is 30 to 50 percent off, excluded are only the newest of books.

Thompson’s, Nussdorfer Straße 43, 1090 Vienna. Until the end of May. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 14:00. Web
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 Klaus Ranger
Wiener Genuss Festival
Oh yeah, that’ll be a hurly-burly in the meadows of Stadtpark again: because on the weekend, Austria’s biggest culinary festival will take place there! At more than 190 elegant stalls, the best native manufacturers offer regional products, delicacies for tasting and for buying – from Alpine salmon to escargot ragout. And at the gourmet stalls, you can feast on delicacies from all over the country, from Vorarlberger Käsknöpfle to Waldviertler Mohnnudeln (potato noodles with poppy). Also neat: traditional dairy farmers provide insight into their daily work in their own tent.

Genuss Festival, Stadtpark, 1010 Vienna. 11-13 May. Free entry. Web
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 Simone Leonhartsberger
Ein wenig Farbe
Whew, not many people can do that: in her new solo piece musical star Pia Douwes slips into 14 different roles! The Holland-born actress plays Helena, who reveals her life story step by step. Because she used to be called Klaus! Now it’s the day of her sex change procedure and Douwes embodies all the people important to the main character during a musical self-discovery trip, from employer to psychotherapist. And since it’s a musical, all the songs are ear worms that stick in your head and wiggle along between drama and ease ;-)

Theatercouch, Schönbrunnerstraße 238, 1120 Vienna. 11 May 19:30. From 64 €. Web
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 Marissa Türk
Let’s talk about menstruation
Okay, seriously – how much do you know about your period? Even though it befalls you month after month, some questions do remain unanswered. How does the ovulation really work? What exactly is it that has such a strong effect on our mood? What new menstruation items are there and what really helps with PMS? During a wonderfully relaxed women’s day, Marissa Türk brings light into the dark-red uterus with well-founded knowledge, plus there’s advice, exchange – and a delicious meal at the terrace (with a dreamy view of the dome!). As preparatory reading, CitySpotterGirl recommends her “Buch der Tage”!

Mandalahof, Fleischmarkt 16, Stiege 1, 1010 Vienna. 12 May 10:30 to 19:00. 90 € incl. meal. Web
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 Marissa Türk
Voguing Ball
Flashback: it’s the year 1990 and we’re worshipping Madonna who’s at the peak of her career. And we’re practicing excessive “voguing” in front of the mirror, like our idol did during her “Blond Ambition”-tour in booked up concert halls. Nowadays, you could also steal a few poses from “Germany’s Next Topmodel” for the supercool moves. And then off to Gartenbaukino where they’re having a Voguing Ball, together with a contest with several categories like “Virgin Vogue” or “Best Dress”. Plus, they also show the documentary “Madonna: Truth or Dare”. Alright then, ladies, strike a pose!

Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12, 1010 Vienna. 12 May Film 21:00, ball from 23:00. 18 € (film+ball). Web
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Don’t be misled! In this context, bodyweight has nothing to do with your weight, at least not with the love handles ;-) Today’s bodyweight day is about sports that are performed with support of your own weight instead of with dumbbells & co. Like Aerial Slik, Street Workout or Calisthenics. At Marxhalle, they present 16 trendy sports, and aside from show from Acroyoga to cheerleading, you can also try out lots of things – and sweat during the High Intensity Interval training, for example, or test your own “Moving Monkey Mobility”. Sounds like a blast!

Marxhalle, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna. 12 May 8:30 to 22:00, Party until 4:00. 15 €. Web
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 Nick Wilson
Concert New Order
Cult meets art! The legendary band New Order is in town for two of its (rare) concerts! The group from Manchester are going through their entire oeuvre for their new show “New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes...”, completely rearranging their songs with a 12-person synthesizer orchestra. “„It’s like smashing a mirror”, says singer Bernard Sumner about the awesome project. The ingenious light & architecture show by New York artist Liam Gillick will provide crashes and flashes reacting live to the music during the concert. Get back into 80s mood here!

MuseumsQuartier, Halle E, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 12+13 May 21:00. From 45 €. Web
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Muttermahl at Creau
A devil’s roast à la maison or mom cake with milk ice cream as “afterbirth” – these original dishes will certainly apply even to notorious Mother’s Day refuseniks ;-) In celebration of Mother’s Day, “Silent Cook” Patrick Müller cooks a creative 3-course-mal today, which will be served at a big table in the open air at Creau. The musical entertainment also contributes to the merry mood: a live band plays songs from the cult cabaret film “Muttertag” (Mother’s Day). In case of bad weather, the feasting will take place in the Kreißsaal (delivery room). No kidding!

Creau, Meiereistraße 12, 1020 Vienna. 13 May 14:00. Sign up! 35 €. Web
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 Verein der geprüften Wiener Fremdenführer
Guided tour across St. Marx Cemetery
Joseph II. has got us into this: around 1780, the emperor forbade burials in churches and crypts and ordered cemeteries built in the suburbs. St. Marx Cemetery is such a Biedermeier cemetery – one of the last ones in the country! Now in spring it’s a perfect idyll. A myriad of lilacs are blossoming, an alluring scent is hanging over the romantic park. Today, there is a guided tour to all the prominent people here: it’s the burial site of superstar Mozart and many millionaires and the high society of the 18th and early 19th century. At least 6,000 gravestones have remained to this day.

Meeting point: St. Marx Cemetery, Leberstraße 6-8, 1030 Vienna. 13 May 14:30. 16 €. Web
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 Michael Neugebauer
Jane Goodall
If you’ve never heard her live, hurry up and get tickets! And everyone else as well. After all, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall is one of the most captivating speakers in the world and a brilliant fighter for environmental protection and mother nature. Tonight, the UN Messenger of Peace is in Vienna again and will give a speech on “biodiversity in harmony”. It’s about the sensitive balance between us humans and other living beings on our planet. The TU Orchestra will provide the musical entertainment for her speech. Inspiring and touching!

Gösserhalle, Laxenburger Straße 2B, 1100 Vienna. 14 May 19:00. From 29 €. Web
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Indecent Songs
Mighty indecent stuff is happening at Letztes Erfreuliches Operntheater – so much so that the program has indeed been deemed adult only! And that despite the fact that they don’t sing anything else but Volkslieder ;-) They have made a selection from the wealth of Austrian treasury of song on the topic of gender that offers an interesting journey through the erotic past of city and countryside as far as both historical and social aspects go. And to keep it from getting too voyeuristic, they will present “women’s” songs as well as “men’s” songs.

Theater L.E.O., Ungargasse 18, 1030 Vienna. 14 May 20:00. 25-35 €. Web
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Feminism loaded
Mind the (gender-)gap! Unfortunately, this is still warning to be taken seriously, and other feminist key issues, too, are still very much relevant. A new travelling exhibition summarises the most important concerns of the feminist science and women’s movement in 10 stations, additionally there are also listening stations on topics like “Barbie meets Ken – Body meets Norm” or “Global Feminism – International Women’s Movements”. For the opening today, curator Angelika Schafferer will be leading the tour through the exhibition!

Frauenhetz, Untere Weißgerberstraße 41, 1030 Vienna. Vernissage 14 May 18:00. Exhibition until 13 June. Free entry. Web
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 Claus Tyler
Runway Pop-Up Store
Bargain huntresses, arm yourselves with money and sneak up to Kirchengasse. Because the first floor of the Runway Store is currently subject to a stylish pop-up until the end of the month. There, you can get the current collections of selected Viennese labels, plus lots of sale goods that are 30 to 60 percent off! For example, beautiful Callisti dresses and pieces by Ferrari Zöchling, Claus Tyler, Sabine Karner and Kamen, as well as jewellery by Nadine Now! And at today’s opening, the designers can be met and greeted face-to-face during cocktails ;-)

Runway, Kirchengasse 48, 1070 Vienna. 15 May 18:00. Pop-Up until 26 May Tue-Sat. Web
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Eddie Luis and Die Gnadenlosen
That’s how the first saloon orchestras of the golden 20s sounded! Shrill trumpets, whimpering saxophones, cheeky songs and lots of swing. 11 virtuosi from nine different countries are directed by the boisterous circus director Eddie Luis (known to music insiders as folksmilch singer and contrabass player!) like there was no tomorrow. Their dance-inspiring repertoire includes songs by Duke Ellington but also sweet melodies by George Gershwin as well as hits from the Golden Twenties. A great and captivating project, today at Sargfabrik! Start swinging here.

Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Vienna. 15 May 19:30. 25 €. Web
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 Bernd Püribauer
This Is Eat / Dada Isst
This is a combination we can definitely get behind: food, art and humour. The illustrator and cartoonist Bernd Püribauer, also known for his „Animal of the Week“-creation in “Falter”, believes that in essence, everything is really ever about food. In his works, he uses brilliant word plays. His word-drawings always make sense in a smart and absurd way – but leave a lot of room for interpretation. Apart from the artist’s cartoons, you will also see some of his objects and a bat-y bedding installation at the courtyard of Netroyhof. Today is the vernissage!

Kunstraum Nestroyhof, Nestroyplatz 1, 1020 Vienna. Vernissage 16 May 19:00. Free entry. Web 
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 Wikimedia Commons / Gryffindor
Shakespeare in the Park
Now it’s the students’ turn! At Altes AKH, students of English and American Studies are performing Shakespeare’s popular comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. They weave together Early Modern English, music, and theatrical performance in one night of love, laughter, and magic. The spectators can experience the whole classic “Shakespeare in the Park”-thing – meaning they can sit on blankets in the grass and enjoy their own brought along food and drinks during the play. Before the play, there’s also a very interesting introductory lecture.

Campus University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8, 1090 Vienna. 16 May 19:00. Free entry. Web
Shop of the Week 
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Rome wasn’t built in a day! Three years ago, Elisabeth Kohl who is not so young herself anymore, was at a crossroads professionally. She took two years, remembered her roots and her love for craftwork that was inspired in her early on by her carpenter-father. For an entire year, she canvassed craftsman’s markets and manufactories in Austria and its neighbouring countries to fill her own shop with her finds. Now you can find beautiful products all about living, life, and gift-giving there: handmade paper from Germany, delicate porcelain from Umbria and fancy Comploj glass. Great!

Allerhand, Nisselgasse 16, 1140 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 18:30, Sat 9:00 to 13:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Once more something really original! Family Kalch in Stadlau has been running a garden centre for generations – by now, the former vegetable hall has been transformed into a restaurant, though. The unusual location is somewhat reminiscent of the Bronx: the vast pub garden is right below the U2 line which runs on stilts there. Nevertheless, it’s quite idyllic to sit outside between the raised beds and sea of blossoms, the cook scurries past, picking fresh herbs, and the elegant teak furniture matches the industrial concrete pillars. And they cook really well with many of their own products!

Jussi, Langobardenstraße 121, 1220 Vienna. Mon-Sat 9:00 to 22:30, Sun + holiday 9:00 to 19:00. Web


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