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"Heya Girls!"
When art star Jonathan Meese runs across the Zweierlinie, the square in front of the City Hall is a stressful construction site and there is this certain crackle to be felt in the May-air, it can only mean one thing: the Festwochen are about to start! And this Friday the big opening is happening at the Rathausplatz. With poems in Viennese dialect and Spoken Word Poetry, Gypsy jazz and soul, rock’n’rave from Russia and Zulu-sounds. The host of the versatile show is lady unstoppable – Conchita! And she will be doing something that I, thanks to TV broadcasting, have already seen in show at the Sydney Opera House: give an incredible symphonic concert. In duets and unusual arrangements, together with the Vienna Symphony, Conchita will encounter the incomparable variety that makes this city so unique. Harri Stojka, Russkaja, MoZuluArt, Ernst Molden and Yasmo & die Klangkantine are also part of the performance. And everything for free. And please, in dry weather!
Wishing you a festive week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Wiener Festwochen Opening, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna. May 12 21:20. Free entry. Web
P.S. Who would like to win a Sunday brunch?
Photo: Rainer Droese
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Hemayat Summer Party
Who has always wanted to drink a coffee with our Federal President VdB? Or have Christine Nöstlinger come up with a personal poem just for you? Or even spend a day with Adele Neuhauser at the “Tatort”-film set? Then you should head to the Palais Schönburg tonight. Because there, at the Hemayat Summer Party (Hemayat refers to people who are traumatized by torture or war) “time donations” from famous Austrians and works of art are auctioned off. You can start bidding right now: here. Additionally, there will be drinks, live music – and maschek will be hosting the evening.
Palais Schönburg, Rainergasse 11, 1040 Vienna. May 11 19:00. Free entry. Web
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A tribute to the 1970ies and a trip to a nostalgic place! The performance “Sculpere” unites dance, art and vivid city (garden) planning. The open air stage is provided by the ageing architecture site around the "Schwanensee" at Kurpark Oberlaa, a remnant of the International Garden Show 1974. Moving sculptures from today's artists come together with the weathered objects from back in the days. Ten “PionierInnen” (“Pioneers”) from the dance company of the same name are expressing the volatility of art and dancing and transporting art blockbusters and forgotten pieces into the presence.
Meeting point: Kurparkdiele, Northern entry Oberlaa, Filmteichstraße, 1100 Vienna. 18:30. Free entry. Web
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KLAR Fashion Presentation | INDIG_OH
The CitySpotterGirl loves blueprinting and that is why (and not only because of that!) she considers Klara Neuber’s newest collection to be real beautiful. It is the designer’s vision to dedicate a collection to each Federal State of Austria using the respective traditional fabrics. The last collection was dominated by Styrian loden cloth, now it is time for the blueprint technique – in cooperation with the traditional business Koó from Burgenland. The new “INDIG_OH”-creations ranging from collars to dresses will be presented today at the Samstag shop, you can check out a virtual fashion show of the pieces at the portal!
Samstag Shop, Margaretenstraße 46, 1040 Vienna. May 11 18.00 to 22.00. Free entry. Web
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 Weingut Wien Cobenzl
Winery Cobenzl: Open basement
Vienna is different, also as a city of wine! Because our beloved mega village includes the only wine-growing region in the world that is completely located within the borders of a metropolis. The Winery Cobenzl with vineyards in Grinzing, Nussberg and Bisamberg has been property of the City of Vienna for more than 100 years. Today, wine-lovers can participate in free guided tours through the basement and the press house at the Cobenzl. And of course you can also taste the exquisite products ;-) Next to the classical wine tasting you can also sample “vertically”, which means various wines of one kind from different years.
Winery Vienna Cobenzl, Am Cobenzl 96, 1190 Vienna. May 12 11:00 to 21:00. Free entry. Tasting 5+ €. Web
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Wunderweiber pop up market
Well, this can only turn out to be wonderful! It all started with a Facebook group called “Wiener Wunderweiber” (“Wonderwomen of Vienna”). By now, there are thousands of women participating, each with her own way of being wonderful – and offering many great things. After a lively online exchange, the virtual market place is brought into the real life for the very first time: at a dream location (with garden!), the Wonderwomen are selling anything ranging from fashion to sweets to dishes, also, there will be a photo-studio, readings and introductory sessions from massage to Grinberg. Afterwards chill out with cabaret and music!
bluem im museum, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna. May 12 10:00 to 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Let’s go to the far North! At the Urania, filmmakers from Northern and Baltic countries are conjuring exciting stories from Sweden to Estonia onto the screen. Today, the program includes a filmic excursion to Iceland: in the film “Sparrows”, a 16-year-old is forced to move from Reykjavik to his from the financial crisis badly effected father in the North of the island. A lot less dramatic is the topic of the panel discussion happening at the culmination of the event on Tuesday: it is about the question why the population of Nordic countries is so happy and what the famous “Hygge” is all about ;-)
VHS Wiener Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna. May 10-16. 6 €/film. Web
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Flea market x3
Wow, dear bargain hunters, this weekend you better get out your trolleys to hit all the interesting places! Because there are promising flea markets happening: in Wieden, 51 courtyards are opening their doors and the residents are offering up all kinds of things. Also interesting if you just want to have a peek at usually private courtyards! A hit for creative fashionistas is the design flea market from Claudia Tramontana in the city center. There, 5 handywomen are inviting to a stylish design and material sale. And at the Volkstheater, a flea market with treasures from the costume stock awaits you – from baroque to bling-bling!
Wiedner Courtyard-Flea Market. May 13 10:00 to 16:00. Web Design flea market. 1010 Vienna. May 11-13 Web Volkstheater. 1070 Vienna. May 13 10:00 to 13:00. Web
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Flower Power for Maria Theresia
By now, everybody should know that it has been 300 years today (!) that Maria Theresia was born, since there are so many exhibitions dedicated to her. Today, she is paid homage through two nice events. Under the supervision of the Federal Gardeners you can plant flowers around the Maria Theresia monument between the two museums. Plants and the necessary tools are provided by the Federal Gardens for free. And whoever needs even more exercise, can follow into the footsteps of the empress on a Segway with historically dressed guides. Next to her monument, the tour also includes places like Schönbrunn.
Museum of Art History, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. May 13 13:00 to 18:00. Web Segway Rental Store, Parkring 18, 1010 Vienna. 9:00 + 15:00. 79 €. Web
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Son Of The Velvet Rat
The newspaper Kurier awarded him the title of “Best Songwriter of the country”. And the Austrian songwriter Georg Altziebler does not only enjoy a stellar reputation in this country but also internationally. His newest album “Dorado” with his “Samtrattensohn”-project was recorded in California. It includes songs about travelling like “Blood Red Shoes” – as always, the music finds itself somewhere in between folk noir and melancholy. And thanks to his wonderful melodies and deep voice you always kind of have to think of Bob Dylan ;-) Special guest at today’s concert: singer Laura Rafetseder.
Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Vienna. May 13 19:30. 21 €. Web
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Vienna Gourmet Festival
Oh yes, there’ll be an enormous crowd in the meadows of Stadtpark once again: as long as the weather is good, this weekend Austria’s biggest culinary festival will be taking place! On more than 190 elegant stands, Austria’s best culinary manufacturers offer regional products to sample and to take home: alpine salmon, organic hay lemonade, plum vinegar, Pannonian fennel pollen, poppy seed pesto or snail ragout – everything “made in Austria”. Nice: besides live cooking shows, original milk farmers will be talking about their day-to-day work.
Gourmet Festival, Stadtpark, 1010 Vienna. 12-14. Free entry. Web
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Konstante Art Fair Vienna 2017
Art lovers can delight themselves in colors, forms and festivities this weekend in the Josefstadt. In the halls of the Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art at the beautiful Palais Schönborn, more than 40 artists of various stylistic directions are presenting their pieces ranging from paintings to sculptures and installations. “Art doesn’t have to be crazy. But it can be!” is the motto of the spectacle, which also includes a daily Art Breakfast, a live graffiti performance and a literature afternoon. And since the Palais also has a green courtyard, a garden party will be celebrated there today.
Museum of Folk Art,
 Laudongasse 15-19, 
1080 Vienna
. May 12-14. Free entry. Web
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Staying the night at the fancy Hotel Palais Coburg is something you seldom do when you live in Vienna, but a fine brunch is definitely a good idea once in a while. The feast in the state rooms in the Beletage is not the cheapest – but who has to pay for themselves on Mother’s Day anyway ;-) In exchange, you will be treated to Pol Roger champagne in “free flow” from the magnum bottle, accompanied by live piano music. And you will also be satisfied in a culinary sense, on the menu are delicacies ranging from fresh oysters to duck foie gras terrine. And there will also be a crepe-station plus chocolate fountain. Sigh!
Palais Coburg, Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna. May 14 11:30 to 15:00. 125 € incl. champagne. Web
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Around the world in 8 burgers
Well, this is definitely not for vegans. But it is for burger fans. Because the Hard Rock Cafe Vienna celebrates the start of the burger season with the World Burger Tour. Every Hard Rock Cafe worldwide grills its own Local Legendary Burger, which captures the taste of the respective city. In May and June, eight of these legendary burgers will be on the menu in Vienna. The culinary world trip starts in dazzling Buenos Aires and travels from Barcelona to Ho Chi Minh and Tennessee (May). In June, among others, Seoul and New Orleans get their turn. Yummy!
Hard Rock Cafe Vienna, Rotenturmstraße 25, 1010 Vienna. May + June Mon-Sun 11:30 to 24:00. Web
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"Bäume für die Seele"
Be it a cheerful maple tree or an enduring oak tree – each type of tree has a different impact on our soul! It doesn’t matter if they are planted in your garden or a piece of furniture that you use a lot. So it is good to know, which type of wood strengthens your soul and what the special characteristics of trees are. Shaman Julia Gruber, and the ingenious tree whisperer Erwin Thoma, wrote a book about this exciting topic, which also includes a set of cards and introduces the character of the 40 most important trees that grow around here. Today, Julia Gruber will present her book.
Thalia, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2a/2b, 1030 Vienna. May 15 19:00. Free entry. Web
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The future is better than its reputation
We make the world as we like it! So many people have a very pessimistic outlook into the future right now. But there is the possibility of co-designing the world. A new documentary film shows people, who move something – also including four true power women. They are fighting for a vivid political culture, for sustainable solutions when it comes to food and construction, for a new economy and social justice. Encouraging and inspiring! After today’s special screening at the Gartenbau Cinema, the brass band Federspiel will be performing their music, which was composed exclusively for this film.
Gartenbau Cinema, Parkring 12, 1010 Vienna. May 16 19:30. 16 €. Web 
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Cocktails, art and cool music: at the Cupola Hall of the Museum of Art History the “Kunstschatzi” is promising a good party once again. Just for the event’s motto “Voyage, Voyage”, barkeeper Tom Sipos created a very fine drink, the complementing DJ sounds come from “Hedonismus Hacienda Graz”. There is also the possibility to walk through the gallery of paintings, the chamber of art and the special exhibition “Das erste Gold” (“The first gold”) anytime. Special themed guided tours will happen with the motto “Fiction of the unknown” and “Sex knows no age” – from 20:00 on at every full hour.
Museum of Art History, Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. May 16 19:00 to 23:00. 10 €. Web
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Veilings at the St. Stephan’s Cathedral
Time to veil the men! Victoria Coeln currently corrects the dominating gender relations in an artful way – and that at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral of all places! Because there, Coeln veiled male stylites in semi-transparent fabric and uses specific, focused light to heighten the visibility of the female sculptures and the depictions of the Virgin Mary at the Cathedral until June 12th. In addition, the artist lets great women from the 20th and 21st century – philosophers, pacifists and activists – have their say via text projections. That is definitely something every woman should see!
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Stephansplatz, 1010 Vienna. Until June 12 daily 6:00 to 22:00. Free entry. Web
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Sew your pin-on friend
Maria Sulzer sews dolls that are far more than just dolls. They are not only delightful in a very humorous way, but also “best friends”, an accessory for your soul. At today’s workshop you can sew mini version of the fabric ladies that can be pinned on. They will be created from fabric remnants from the production phase and a lapel pin. And with many hand-sewn seams and under the expert supervision of Maria Sulzer, anybody can manage to create their very own textile companion for all times. Or maybe a “mini-me” as a present for your best friend – also a cute idea!
Feldversuch, Liebenberggasse 1, 1010 Vienna. May 17 16:00 to 21:00. 12 €/ pin. Web
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Self-portrait - context image of women
The painter and gallery owner Christa Hauer-Fruhmann did not want to live with the discrimination against female artists any longer. In 1977 she founded the “International Action Group of Visual Artists – IntAkt”. With actions and “femifestivals” IntAkt has been standing up for art making women. For its anniversary, an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse is dedicated to the female self-portrait: fifty exhibiting female artists are expressing themselves through different types of media ranging from film to photography and installation. Now this is strong art full of women’s power!
WUK / Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna. Until May 24 Tue-Sat. Free entry. Web
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Charity – Each one saves one African
Wild determination, a donation box and five actors and actresses: they are rehearsing a charity event in order to support a school project in Guinea-Bissau. But how do you talk about poverty and misery in Africa in an entertaining way? What are European actors allowed to say/think/feel about Africa? And how much is a human life actually worth? More than 65 million people are fleeing their homes at the moment – and we switch between honest and embarrassing concern. The play is set on a minefield of vanities and shame and settles up with terms like solidarity, victimhood or sympathy.
KosmosTheater, Siebensterngasse 42, 1070 Vienna. Until May 27 Wed-Sat 20:30. 19 €. Web
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The Optic House & Maybach Boutique
Now, this gives the term “horn-rimmed glasses” a whole new dimension! The super exclusive and handmade glasses made of Asian water buffalo-horn that you can buy here could be considered the “Mercedes” of visual aids. Seems fitting, since Maybach originally produced only luxury limousines (steering wheel made of gold – no problem!). Counting the new store in Vienna, there are now 4 shops worldwide where you can buy accessories that are in no way inferior to the cars when it comes to luxury. In Vienna, they sell mainly glasses, but also finest leather goods ranging from gloves to horse saddles. Fancy!
The Optic House & Maybach Boutique, Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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figar Bao.Bun
It seems like a new food trend has come to Vienna: bao buns. But those things do really taste delicious! The yeast dough buns are steamed in huge bamboo baskets and then cut open on one side and filled with all kinds of things. An Asian burger, so to say. At the recently opened and small figar Bao.Bun (most conveniently located close to the office, thank you ;-) six different versions of the street food-thingy are served in a minimalistic atmosphere. With crispy chicken and quinoa, with steak and wasabi puree or with salmon. Since the buns are fairly small, you have to eat at least two of them. And homemade fries!
figar Bao.Bun, Margaretenstraße 11, 1040 Vienna. Mon – Sun 11:30 to 22:30.


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