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a p r i l 19 | 11. - 17.

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"Heya Girls!"
In 1569, Emperor Maximilian II purchased Katterburg, laying not only the foundation for the park of Schönbrunn but also for its notable plant collections. For hundreds of years, botanists and gardeners travelled to faraway countries by order of the hoarding-obsessed Habsburgs to bring back large quantities of new plants to Vienna. Finally, the collection was extensive that it had outgrown Schönbrunn and parts of it had to be placed in Augarten, at the Belvedere, and in the Hofburg Gardens. What few people know: miraculously, a larger part of these plants has been preserved until today! By now, the rarities are treasured and nurtured by Österreichische Bundesgärten – and the gardeners now open their “Grüne Schatzkammer” (Green Treasury) for the collection’s 450-year anniversary. The valuables will be presented in a variety of exhibitions and lectures in 2019. Including – like at present – plants that are extinct in their natural environment.
Wishing you a blossoming week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Alpengarten in Belvedere, Prinz Eugen Straße 27, 1030 Vienna. Mon-Sun 10:00 to 18:00. 4 €. Web
P.S. CitySpotterGirl is on Easter break and will be back on 25 April.
Photo: Österreiches Bundesgärten
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 Sophie Poppe
Herbststraße: SHOW19
Fashion fans better snap up one of these sought-after tickets quickly! Once again, the Modeschule Herbststraße will show off all of its skills, the graduation-creations of the budding textile artists and fashion designers are presented at MuseumsQuartier in four identical shows. You can admire the youngsters’ creative output on the runway in the Ovalhalle today and tomorrow. This year the trainees have dedicated themselves to the motto #Schönheit (beauty) and fully intend to really challenge the audience with their interpretation of it ;-)
MuseumsQuartier, Ovalhalle, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 11 +12 April 17:00 +20:00. 19 €. Web
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Toy_Box: Graue Schleier über der Stadt
Cool feminist art from Prague: From today, the techno-anarchist artist Toy_Box shows her works at the Czech Centre. The Czech artist borrowed her pseudonym from Alan Moore’s iconic comic “Top 10”. Her exhibition in Vienna combines new works with older ones, especially drawings and paintings, placed in the entire room in a multi-layered installation. The thematic focus is on uprooting, intolerance, homelessness, and animal suffering. Her expressive works are documentary, at times naturalistic as well, and always straightforward. Vernissage is today!
Tschechisches Zentrum, Herrengasse 17, 1010 Vienna. Vernissage 11 April 18:30. Free entry. Web
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 Rita bringt's
Rita bringt’s-Spring Cooking Course
Is there even anybody left in Vienna who doesn’t know “Rita bringt’s”? The healthy organic lunch (vegetarian or vegan) is delivered daily per order with cargo bicycles in Vienna. If you still prefer to stir things up yourself, you can have Rita show you in person how to make her tasty, vegetarian spring-meals. You will conjure simple recipes for few or many eaters, with the best veggies from Adamah Biohof and selected oils from Ölmühle Fandler. Respective spiceology and herbology is included, obviously!
feinkoch Studio, Fillgradergasse 8, 1060 Vienna. 11 April 17:00 to 21:00. 85 €. Sign up! Web
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VinziRast Easter Market
That’s how you make Easter cheerful and hopeful for many people outside of your family: simply get your Easter shopping done at the VinziRast! They are hosting a market there in the rooms and the courtyard of VinziRast-mittendrin for three days where all gifts – from bread baskets and egg cosies to stools – have been made by refugees. And this done by hand in the course of the integration project VinziChance. And the best thing about it: these unique pieces are really pretty and can be snatched in exchange for a donation. Plus, the big bike check event is today!
VinziRast-mittendrin, Währinger Straße 19, 1090 Vienna. 11-13 April 15:00 to 20:00. Web
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 Claudia Tramontana
Designer Flea-Market
An insider’s tip for creative fashionistas! Four Viennese manufacture are currently spring-cleaning and invite you to a stylish material sale. Fine designer fabrics (like from Valentino or Ungaro) as well as fitting braids and buttons come from the host Claudia Tramontana’s fabric stock and from fashion designer Dagmar Mikolics, whose atelier is also domiciled in the city. The fashion studio Prima Visione parts with leather hides as soft as butter made of nappa and velour and Blechinger Pelzdesign joins in with bargains. Fabrics can be purchased from 4 euros already!
Claudia Tramontana Couture, Bräunerstraße 2, 1010 Vienna. 11 + 12 April Web
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 Wiener Kriminalitaeten Theater
The Spektakel as scene of the crime: murderesses are being brought to life there today. Not “real” ones, though, but literary models: for the Viennese Kriminalitaeten Theater shows dramatised scenes from thrillers and crime novels, in cooperation with “Mörderische Schwestern” (a club promoting German-speaking crime literature written by women). Four actors and actresses bring scenes from several crime novels to the stage and make the respective works palatable for readers. That is why they don’t necessarily tell you whodunit ;-)
Spektakel, Hamburgerstraße 14, 1050 Vienna. 12+13 April 19:30. 22 €. Web
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Wax Wrap Workshop
They make you save tons of aluminium foil and cling film and are much prettier: self-made wax cloth wraps! In today’s short workshop you can learn how to coat cotton fabric squares with wonderfully scented beeswax or plant-based rape wax in order to make them into re-usable wrapping cloths and coverings. The beeswax things are breathable and have an antibacterial, biocidal effect reducing mould formation. Meaning you won’t just decrease your amount of packaging waste, but the foodstuffs can also be preserved for a longer time. Quite brilliant!
das Kommod, Münzwardeingasse 8, 1060 Vienna. 13 April 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 + 16:00. 12 € Web
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 Naama Fassbinder
Journey to the Heart of Tango
For tango dancers and those with ambitions in this area: the iconic Arena Bar in Margareten is hosting a tango night today. With a concert and a preceding free dance-workshop! The “Naama Trio” around singer Naama Isabelle Fassbinder takes you on a passionate musical journey, starting with Yiddish, German, and French tangos from the 1930s to Argentinean ones by Astor Piazzolla all the way to Goran Bregovic’s “Underground Tango”. And the atmosphere there is amazing: because the Arena Bar is furnished in the Spanish style of the 1950s.
Arena Bar, Margaretenstraße 117, 1050 Vienna. 13 April Workshop 19:00, concert 20:00. 12 €. Web
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Popular not only with tourists but also with us Viennese folks: on selected days during the Easter Week, you can board the pink, nostalgic Manner tram at Karlsplatz and go for a spin for free. It travels the outer Ring anticlockwise via Schwedenplatz to Schottentor, where it turns around and goes back to Karlsplatz. While watching the magnificent buildings pass by outside the window, Easter bunny “Manni” hands out free Easter chocolate samples of the number one wafers producer inside the nostalgic tramway to people with a sweet tooth.
Departure: Karlsplatz, Otto Wagner Pavillon, 1040 Vienna. 13 April 14:10, 15:00, 15:50, 16:40, 17:30, 18:20. Free. Web
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Women’s Power Day at Crossbox
Not for Sunday-couch potatoes! At today’s Ladies Day, you sweat and power together as much as the muscles can take in the parking area of the fitness centre Crossbox in Floridsdorf. You can pump iron at several stations, partly in somewhat unconventional ways, like tossing car tyres, “Farmer’s Walk” or pulling iron bars. Guided and motivated by Crossbox boss Marlis Hochwarter, you can explore your own limits. Things are in no way dead serious and not overambitious, either. It doesn’t matter at all how fit or old you are!
Crossbox, Angyalföldstraße 76, 1210 Vienna. 14 April 10:00 to 11:30. 15 €. Web
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Rare Plants Fair at Botanical Garden
Certain fans even postpone their departure for the Easter holidays because of this: the beloved rare fair at the Botanical Garden is here! Among the countless plant & garden markets in spring, this one is still a hobby gardener’s best bet. For pretty decent prices, you can purchase terrestrial orchids, flower bulbs, apple geranium, peony, rare seeds, and organically grown vegetable plants for three days and – this CitySpotterGirl will certainly go for again – a huge clematis selection. And it’s also really nice just to stroll around!
Botanischer Garten, Mechelgasse, 1030 Vienna. 12-14 April 9:30 to 18:00. 5 €. Web
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Vintage Flea Market & Modami Market
The 16th and the 6th– those are the top destinations for flea market fans today! At the big Vintage Flea Market at Ottakringer Kunsttankstelle you will find heaps of small furniture, shrill fashion, china, records and original things that make life more fun among all the junk goods shops, grandma stalls, and vintage-freak collections from the 1950s to the 1990s. And there’s a little liqueur with cream topping waiting at the buffet ;-) The Modami Flea Market at Mon Ami in the 6th district is cool for fans of second hand clothes – very chill, with music & drinks, also happening today!
Kunsttankstelle Ottakring, Grundsteingasse 45-47, 1160 Vienna. 13+14 April. Web Mon Ami, 1060 Vienna. 14 April. Web
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 Werner Kmetitsch
Osterflash – Opera for everyone
Singing loudly, playing the drama queen and dancing across the stage: Theater an der Wien now invites amateurs of all ages to join in! Singing, dancing, loving, suffering, laughing, fighting and pining with great gestures – everything may be tried out. Different workshops from “Dance” to “Voice” and “Backstage” offer the change to experience magical moments on stage, a change of perspective and trying out different stage crafts. On the final day, it’s time for the "Osterflash” where you will present what you have practised.
Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Vienna. 15-18 April. 99 €. Web
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Very sweet! For Easter, you can turn Schwedenbomben into funny bunnies, chicks & co at Niemetz in Wiener Neudorf. The sky is the limit, creativity-wise. Giving a Schwedenbombe an additional filling of apricot jam – why not? And just like that, the sweet chocolate marshmallow egg has a yolk ;-) The one-and-a-half-hour workshop offers creative sugar lovers the chance to go all out with many different toppings and icings. And for safe transport home, you get a box you can decorate yourself with colours and stickers.
Schwedenbomben Shop, IZ-NÖ Süd, Straße 2C/2F, 2355 Wiener Neudorf. 15-19 April 18:30. 25 €. Sign up! Web
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For more than 350 years, a real „Lent’s Market” was celebrated at Kalvarienberg in Hernals. Unfortunately, this nostalgic-colourful event came to an end a few years ago, but never mind - now there is the “Kalvarienberg-Fest”. For almost 3 weeks, the seasonably decorated square offers a range of local cultural events: concerts from Soul to Wiener Lied, different exhibitions in an artist’s tent every day, demonstrations of craftsmanship like woodturning and workshops – not only Easter-themed ones but also ones on oil painting, beatboxing and jazz. There is a tent offering protection from bad weather!
Kalvarienbergfest, St. Bartholomäusplatz, 1170 Vienna. Every day until 21 April. Free entry. Web
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 Philipp Lipiarski
Easter at Österreichische Werkstätten
Search, find, shop! The exquisite store of Österreichische Werkstätten on Kärnterstraße tempts you with an original Easter event: Until Holy Saturday, ten golden Easter eggs are hidden in the shop every day. Whoever finds one of them gets 20 percent off his purchase – and the found egg, of course ;-) It’s not difficult to spend money here for Easter decorations, basket contents or table styling, a large part of the beautiful handmade products from fine silver jewellery to vernal tableware comes from reputable Austrian manufactories.
Österreichische Werkstätten, Kärntner Straße 6, 1010 Vienna. 15 to 20 April. Web
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 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
That he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature is just one of the many facets in the life of Bob Dylan. He used to be the coolest of all rock stars, the icon of counterculture and the most important songwriter of the century. Now God has become a bit old and a bit quirky. Never mind, we still love him! His 38th album was released two years ago, “Triplicate” is Bob Dylan’s first triple studio album and contains thirty new recordings of songs from the American Songbook. The 77-year-old superstar is in Vienna today and tomorrow. Listen in here
Konzerthaus, Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Vienna. 16 +17 April 20:00. From 149 €. Web
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From Self-Protection to Autoimmunity
Everyone knows that it’s our immune system’s job to protect our body from diseases and to defend it against harmful bacteria and viruses. But how exactly does that work in detail? What can we do for our endogenous defence system? And what actually happens when the immune system acts up and suddenly turns on the body’s own cells and organs? At today’s free lecture, an immunologist and a specialist for internal medicine explain the complex role of our immune system and describe how and why autoimmune diseases develop.
Medizinische Universität, Van Swieten Saal, Van-Swieten-Gasse 1a, 1090 Vienna. 16 April 19:00. Free entry. Web
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 Bronski & Grünberg
Schuld & Sühne
When Alexander Pschill and Kaya Dimicki talk about their newest production, the artist couple goes into raptures. “Schuld & Sühne” (Crime & Punishment) is the biggest production ever seen by the small Bronski & Grünberg theatre, after all. On a stage that seems too small for it, 14 actors and actresses carry you off into the complex world of the murderer Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, created by the pen of Dostoevsky. The Russian psychological thriller set in the 19th century is turned into a comedy, but not exclusively – for labels have no business at the Bronski!
Bronski & Grünberg Theater, Müllnergasse 2, 1090 Vienna. 15 April 19:30. 24 €. Web
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Organic Vitalkaffee Tasting
This will have caffeine junkies prick up their ears: coffee can be beneficial for the immune system and doesn’t necessarily acidifies the body, either. However, it is important what kind of coffee your slurp. If you want to do coffee in a healthy way, you might want to try organic Vitalkaffee from an Upper-Austrian roast house, which you can taste for free today at a reformstark shop. Not only is it alkaline and particularly digestible because of the gentle roasting process, but it’s also pimped with two highly effective biological TCM-medicinal mushrooms strengthening the immune system. Interesting!
reformstark Martin, The Mall, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 1b, 1030 Vienna. 15 +17 April. Web
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 Biyon Kattilathu
Biyon Kattilathu
Why oh why is it so difficult for us to enjoy the moment? This often made Dr. Biyon Kattilathu, the likeable and incredibly funny Indian from Ruhrgebiet, turn red with anger … well, white …  anyway, it made him angry. His one-man-show now aims to remind people that every day is special. For that, the handsome German entertainer takes the audience on a journey across India – with self-irony, music and intelligent humour. And since the economist graduate also considers himself a happiness ambassador, his show makes you twice as happy ;-)
Theater Akzent, Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Vienna. 17 April 20:00. 29.90 €. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 Toms Store by Arnolds
Ever since  the CitySpotterGirl covered many kilometres on a city trip in Toms without complaints, she’s been an avowed fan of the pretty, light slip-ons. And it’s wonderful that Toms (short for Tomorrow’s Shoes) makes a donation to a child in need for every sold pair. After various pop-ups and a shop in shop by Arnolds, the first Toms store has now opened. Not big and somewhat remotely situated but offering a big enough selection. Leather or cloth, with colourful parrot pattern, dots, stripes or in delicate pastel unicolour, with slight plateau or thin soled – all so pretty!
Toms, Lerchenfelder Straße 65, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 18:00, Sat 10:00 to 17:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Only just opened but full to bursting every night: the craft brewery by owner Igor Nesterenko has apparently been missing in Margareten. The really big venue looks pretty cool with its brick walls, the copper brewing kettles between the tables and the brewery behind a glass wall; the craft beers that are brewed here have funny names (“Die fesche Margarete” – the pretty Margarete) and taste well. They also offer a bit of food: tarte flambée, fish’n chips, chicken lollipops – but you do really come here for the beers. And also for the incredibly nice service team!
Laurenz4, Wiedner Hauptstraße 111, 1050 Vienna. Tue-Sat 17:00 to 24:00. Web


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