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d e c e m b e r 17 | 14. - 20.

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"Heya Girls!"
Already tired of the whole Viennese Advent magic with vanilla crescents, punch, and always the same presents? Luckily there’s another way: more original, funnier, more multiculti! A pinch of African Christmas feeling can be soaked up at the World Christmas bazaar at Galerie Fortuna, for instance. They have unique pieces, like upcycled scrap metal trays or bedspreads with sponge printing art from Burkina Faso. And Saturday’s Africa Market at Afripoint also tempts you with special gift ideas, too – fashion, jewellery, and treat yourself shea butter -cosmetics. Plus, the Kwanzaa-Festival with live music and African buffet is on 16 December! On December 17, however, Russian Advent nostalgia emerges at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. There, fans of global partying are carried off eastwards with delicacies from the Russian cuisine (yes, including caviar, grins) and traditional craftmanship. And finally, we’re off to Tibet with Buddhist prayer flags, Advent-wise, at the Yak & Yeti!

Wishing you an exotic week,
Your CitySpotterGirl

Fortuna Galerie, until 23 December. Web Afripoint, 16.12. Web Cathedral of St. Nicholas, 17 December. Web Yak&Yeti, 14-16 December. Web

P.S. Recipes to try out: Christmas in a yar! Web
Photo: Dreamstime
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 Coop Himmelb(l)au
150 years of Applied Arts
Congrats! The University of Applied Arts celebrates its 150th anniversary! With a brilliant huge exhibition in which Austria’s craziest, most innovative and visionary university shows what it always was, is, and will be best at: making art! The first part of the jubilee show is about looking back, browsing old curriculums and admiring 400 selected highlight-exhibits of the past. The second part, like in the “Future Room”, looks to the future! To many provocative, contemporary art-strokes of genius by Peter Weibel, Hans Hollein & co.
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. Vernissage 14 December 19:00. Web
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Across the Universe
Sounds like the perfect mix for the Advent finish: yoga, design, healing, art, and sustainable products. All of this is combined in the newly opened “Happy Place” in Josefstadt, where a small co-working space, a gallery, a yoga studio, a treatment room, and a showroom find themselves on 200 recently spruced up square meters. The latter will be inaugurated with a pop up, you can shop lovely Christmas cards of illustrator Evi Psaltidi, handmade glass pearl jewellery by Marion Juraszovich, or felt ware by Sawatou Mouratidou.

Across the Universe, Piaristengasse 18, 1080 Vienna. 14 December 11:00 to 20:00. Web
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Predrinking in the front yard
Don’t be surprised if today in the 2nd district you see many open frontdoors and colourful groups of people gathering in the front yards. In the Struwer-, the Nordbahn-, Volkert- and Allierte quarters, neighbours are inviting neighbours: to get to know each other, to chat, and to pre-game punch – bring your own cup! You’ll receive a warm welcome at the multiculti bookshop Afrieurotext, for instance, or at hairdresser Bettina Wein’s (with a ceramics exhibition), or at the uber chic Urban Lodge Apartments from Kolarik-offspring Paul. All participants here. Let’s see some new people and places!
Predrinking in the front yard. 1020 Vienna. 14 December from 18:30. Free entry. Web
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 Robert Paget
Paget’s cheese devotion
Oh come, all ye cheese fans, oh come ye! When Austrian cheese-Messiah Robert Paget hosts a delicious, yet at times somewhat smelly service, there’s no holding back ;-) Today, many of his carefully ripened delicacies and rarities can be tasted at the marvellously beautiful Supersense – in the usually private, former HorchRaum of Dogenhof, accompanied by some wine and the finest analogue music. The cheese specialities can be pre-ordered for refining the Christmas table on this occasion.
Supersense, Praterstraße 70, 1020 Vienna. 15 December from 20:00. Sign up! 22 €. Web
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Vintage picture frames Sale & Blockparty
Ladies, put nails into the walls, it’s urgent! Because today or tomorrow at the latest, dusty photos and old prints will finally get a fitting frame-make over. Over 100 handmade vintage picture frames are waiting for potential buyers at frameshore’s -10% sale. Like big simple and small kitschy ones, incredibly great sample items and universal size pieces (from 20 x 20 to 160 x 60). From 15 €! Plus, there’s the 1. Winter-Outdoor-Block-Party by Mon Ami at the same time, same street. With cool bands, DJs, and fashion flea market.
Frameshore, Theobaldgasse 14, 1060 Vienna. 15+16 December. Web Mon Ami Blockparty Web
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Althan Xmas Popup Store
Today, we go to the Althan quarter, gift browsing. That’s the name of the area around the Franz-Josefs-trains station in the 9th district, which is currently regarded as one of the most interesting city development projects. But in the meantime, before an elevated park and an exciting all-round will emerge there, they’re busy using the space otherwise! And so, without further ado, “Wunderweiber” have transformed the Althaan dialogue office into a colourful Xmas popup store. You get handknitted wool cap, self-made jam, personalised cross stitch-kits and more.
Dialogbüro Althan Quartier, Althanstraße 4, 1090 Vienna. 15+16 December. Web
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 Books, Ink.
Culinary presents & Card lettering
Today, there are not one but two DIY-workshops on the agenda! At essen:z-Kochstudio, culinary Chistkindl-delicacies are being produced with professional help – and also wrapped nicely. For example, Arabian Nights-syrup, chocolate cake in a mug and pomegranate vinegar. Everyone receives 12 portions to take home! And the lettering class by Books, Ink. is all about the crafting of the last Christmas cards, gift tags, and gift wrapping paper. Season-appropriate gold foil will be involved ;-) With working-goodie-bag and catering. Forward march, to the Christmas parcel finish!

essen:z Kochstudio, Brückengasse 4, 1060 Wien. 16 December. 14:00 to 18:00. 98 €. Web Coco Quadrat, 1040 Wien. 11:00 to 15:00. 95 €. Web
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 Johannes Marschick
Vienna Boulder Tour Finale
Well, my dear sporting aces (and those who’d like to become ones)! Today, a woman has exactly two choices: either she puts on her bouldering shoes and qualifies for the Vienna Finale at the preceding jam session between 15:30 and 17:00. The top six are in! Or she exercises passively, mingles with the spectators, and watches the best bouldering chamois from up close. CitySpotterGirl, too, is thinking about painting the walls red soon by help of the mega hip skills-and strength climbing technique. But today, it’s just about cheering on and partying!
boulderbar vienna, Hannovergasse 21 (at the inner courtyard), 1200 Vienna. 16 December from 14:30, from 19:30 finale. 10 €. Web
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 Sophie Souffle
Art and Stuff
At the neat Christmas Market at Bunkerei in Augarten you can find hats, audio books, graphic novels, second-hand goods, upcycling design, jewellery, backpacks – well, simply art and lots of junk. Handmade, original gift ideas are offered for sale on every corner, ranging from young (fashion) labels, contemporary handicraft to art, antiques and vintage things. And simultaneously to the Christmas market, Bunkerei in Augarten also offers “Tipsy Punch” in a cosy atmosphere where you can choose from an assortment of beverages to keep your tummy warm: wassail, mulled wine, Hot Mojito & more.
Bunkerei, Obere Augartenstraße 1a, 1020 Vienna. 15-17 December 14:00 to 22:00. Web
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Umschlagplatz Wasofil „panic“
This weekend, Vienna’s secret culture private special market economy is once again offering original products for your buck. This should be particularly interesting for those who’re slightly panicked about not having all their presents together yet. Over 40 exhibitors are represented with their self-designed fashion, trashion-, organic food products in house, hall and courtyard of Steinergasse 8. E.g.: Blanca Vela flashy shoulder bags made from Peruvian fabrics (want!) or the Miststück with their chic tarted up lamps. There’s also organic saffron from Waldviertel. More design-markets at the portal!

Wasofil, Steinergasse 8, 1170 Vienna. 15-17 December. Free entry. Web
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Advent am Himmel
Cue: slow movement! Today, urban escapees are treated to restful hours and a fabulous view over all of Vienna “am Himmel”. At 15:00, tower wind musicians of Wiener Stadtmusikanten are playing Christmas classics in front of Sisi chapel, at 14 and 17 o’clock, Schubert’s wonderful “Winterreise” is played in the tree of life circle. Hot cinnamon-apple juice, mulled wine and cookies at fire braziers will help you stay warm. And when it gets dark, Sisi chapel will be shining with colourful lights, its play of colours creating feelings of romantic-kitschy winter happiness. Beautiful!
Sisi-Kapelle, Am Himmel, Himmelstraße, 1190 Vienna. 17 December 14:00 to 17:00. Free entry. Web
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Organic honey from Neuwaldegg tasting
About 200,000 kilometres for a single kilogram of honey, that’s how far the industrious Mayas from Karl and Uli Heller’s organic bee keeping have travelled once again, for example to Schwarzenbergpark, Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark and at the foot of Rax and Schneeberg. The tasty delicacies that they created can be tasted today at Manameierei. And one thing is for certain: this year’s Demeter gold winning “Summer honey with Viennese lime” will tempt even the laziest Willy! There’s also Christmas tree ornaments made from beeswax.
Manameierei, Exelbergstraße 32, 1170 Vienna. 17 December 12:30 to 16:30. Web
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Christmas Special with Stuart Freeman
If you dig the British’s morbid sense of humour but have been through the Monty Pythons stuff a few times, you’ll just go to Rabenhod tonight. They are hosting real Englishman Stuart Freeman, who invites even non-Anglo-infected people to an evening of fun, anecdotes and music in casual Germish (with subtitles!). And since the moody FM4-morning show-star is a true sly old dog when it comes to humour, he’s not only making fun about the differences of British/Austrian differences in Xmas-traditions, food and drinks but is also pulling the Queen’s leg. Amusing!
Rabenhof Theater, Rabengasse 3, 1030 Vienna. 17+18 December 20:00. 22 €. Web 
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 Sepp Gallauer
Sieben Sekunden Ewigkeit
Daughter from a good family, Hollywood beauty, inventress – Vienna-born Hedy Lamarr was a fascinating woman and changed her roles like no other. As an actress, she wrote film history with her nude scene in “Ecstasy”, while simultaneously being a technical genius and the inventress of a technology which cell phones and Bluetooth are based on. Peter Turrini now dedicates a production at Josefstadt theatre to the life and work of the contradictory beauty, her role will be played by the amazing Sandra Cervic. Intense acting at the limit is guaranteed!
Theater an der Josefstadt, Josefstädter Straße 26, 1080 Vienna. 18 December 19:30. From 7 €. Web
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 Frank See Showservice / Lisa Gramlich
USA Gospel Singers
Oh happy day! When you read this, you can already feel it singing and moving inside of you, heartwarmingly, loudly, and cheerfully. Because that’s what makes gospel unique and beautiful, after all: emotion, religiousness, and sheer joy of life. When the amazing Original USA Gospel Singers go at it in the atmospheric building of Minoritenkirche, hearts will jump and even the singing grinchs will let slip out an ardent “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. So, let’s be off to the pre-Christmassy “We join hands and are happy”-program and we will sing Halleluja, yeah!
Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 2a, 1010 Vienna. 19 December 19:30. From 49.95 €. Web
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Christmas Show on the Danube
Occasionally, CitySpotterGirl likes sailing down the bleak Danube in winter melancholically (maybe more than in summer with all the hustle and bustle). But today’s themed trip on the MS Admiral Tegetthoff doesn’t leave you much time to peek out of the window. Firstly, the buffet is cracking under the weight of all the wintery delicacies: broccoli sesame frittata, roasted turkey with cranberries, Christmas carp. Secondly, live-band “Disco Inferno” provides amusement and party atmosphere with 70s hits by Abba, Boney M, The Jackson Five & co!

Station Reichsbrücke, Handelskai 265, 1020 Vienna. 19 December 19:00 to 22:00. 45 €. Sign up. Web
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Mein Design-Christmas sale
News from Kettenbrückengasse that are useful to our strained wallets at this time of year! Because all the tenant designers are moving out of “Mein Design” and, starting at the end of January, boss Ulrike Eckersdorfer will use the whole shop with her label “La Schachula”, prices will be falling, starting today. Whether loops, dresses, necklaces, ceramic birds, bath towels, skirts, bedlinen, or evening outfits – individual pieces can be snatched up to 70 % cheaper. Plus, there’s a party tonight: with orange punch, wine from Weinviertel, and olive specialities.

Mein Design, Kettenbrückengasse 6, 1040 Vienna. Sale from 19 December. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 18:00, Sat 10:00 to 15:00. Web
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 Karja / Steiner / Rosenrot
shoP uP at Kleidermacherei
Hurrah! Finally, trained garment-worker Katja Rozboril is back from her baby break. And she has brought us a load of new dresses, skirts and jackets of her Label [kaRja] made of high-quality wool fabrics. Only unique pieces in warm winter colours and timelessly beautiful check patterns, pinstripes and herringbone patterns! But there are also great sale bargains (-50%!) on earlier collections. She has also invited two BFFs into her atelier: jewellery-designer Claudia Steiner with geometrical and floral jewels. And Edita Rosenrot who makes charming vintage étagères. Great!

Kleidermacherei, Margaretenstraße 2, 1040 Vienna. Until 23 December. Web
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 Rainer Maria Jilg
Fiva meets Jazzrausch Bigband
Today, Porgy & Bess will shake like Balver Höhle did sound-wise during the MTV Unplugged concert by Fanta 4 in 2000. What the Hip-Hop broadswords dared back then – translate flat electro beats into real orchestral music – is now brought to completion by rapper Fiva with her big band of 20 plus string quartet. This troupe also manages to trick everyone’s ears when it comes to acoustics, transforms scratch-sounds into warm string sounds and DJ grooves into hymnal windplayer clang. Not to mention Nina “Fiva” Sonnenberg’s poetical text rap. Listen in and be wowed!
Porgy & Bess,  Riemergasse 11, 1010 Vienna. 20 December 20:30. 32/36 €. Web
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Zettl gourmet Pop up Store
Nom, nom! Usually, you can only buy Upper Austrian Brigitta Zettl’s delicacies online. But for Christmas, she makes and exception and treats Viennese foodies offline in the real world! For four days, you can buy selected delicacies form all over the world at Zettl Pop up Store in 5th district. For example, Italian red vines, French duck confit, Norwegian salmon specialities, Austrian Hussites balls – everything is also available as super-neat gift arrangements! Best to order online or just come by spontaneously and try them at the store.

Geschenkewerkstatt, Hamburgerstraße 11, 1050 Vienna. 14/19/20+21 December 16:00 to 20:00. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 Nena Ackerl
Veralie & Raumkomplett
The two shop-cronies Vera Ziegler und Doris Ackerl have moved: into a really stylish White-Cube-Store just around the corner of Mariahü. The first is still creating her delicate, but massively gilded “Veralie” ear-, neck-, and arm-jewellery. The latter one is actually an architect, but has resorted to collecting pretty and sustainably produced design pieces here. There are for example “fireplace talk”-candles by Loops from Salzburg, Zero-Waste-shampoo by DK from Vienna or the cool light-& hanging module wardrobe by VFJ from Berlin.

Veralie & Raumkomplett, Theobaldgasse 20, 1060 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:30 to 18:30, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Das Lokal im Hof
In the yard of Alpenmilch headquarters, inhabited by co-workers and creative folk today, there has been good cooking for a while now. A few days ago, the owners changed, and now Babsi Fegerl and Robert Haider provide the neighbourhood with lunch. Very small menu, always a vegetarian option, the recipes (like stuffed cabbage rolls or beef steak with Serviettenknödel) are often inspired by Austrian classics. Tastes homely somehow! In stark contrast to the cooking is the architecture: industry style with a concrete block as counter. Cool!
Das Lokal im Hof, Weyringergasse 36, 1040 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 17:00. From January also open at night. Web


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