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d e c e m b e r 18 | 13. - 19.

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"Heya Girls!"
I have the greatest sympathy for the duchess of Bedford. In the bygone days, she thought the time between lunch and dinner much too long and therefore got into the habit of enjoying a little snack with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Hey presto, she established the tradition of the five o’clock tea, beloved by me. This was in the early eighteenhundredsomethings, and around 1900 already, the afternoon tea had made it all the way to Vienna. At the Grand Hotel it was a regular element of the gastronomic offer back then. You probably saw elegant ladies with huge hats enjoying cucumber sandwiches and Darjeeling and gossiping about the latest scandals. Or allowing equally elegant gentleman to flirt with them. Anyway, they serve five o’clock tea again today at the Grand Hotel. Very British, with finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, lime pie, fruit tartelettes, and chocolate mousse. Yes, that’s CitySpotterGirl’s paradise! Now all you need is the elegant gentleman ;-)
Wishing you a tasteful week,
Your CitySpotterGirl

Grand Hotel Wien, Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Vienna. Until 31 March daily 15:00 to 18:00. 35 €. Web

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 Annette Kelm
Annette Kelm. Tomato Target
A tomato plant, a 500 euro note, or a rather ugly building – Annette Kelm’s photographs show unassuming yet at the same time fractious motifs. For her pictures, the Stuttgart-born may like to fall back on stylistic genres like still life, studio photography, or the classic architecture shot, but she interprets them in a new and thoroughly original way. The exhibition at Kunsthalle opening today focuses mainly on photographs that present architecture, design or seemingly familiar objects in a subtly alienating manner. Fascinatingly paradox!
Kunsthalle at MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. Vernissage 13 December 19:00. Free entry. Web
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 Stephan Floß
Wonderful Town
A Leonard Bernstein treat! “Wonderful Town” is one of the early, lesser-known musicals of the musical universal genius and a wonderfully buoyant homage to New York. Inspired by the frantic Greenwich Village, it’s about 2 sisters from Ohio who are trying to get their bearings in the “Big Apple”. The younger one, Eileen, is busy fending off admirers, while the reserved Ruth is trying unsuccessfully to get her literary works published. The European premiere of this show took place at the Volksoper in 1956, now they are presenting an acclaimed new production.
Volksoper, Währinger Straße 78, 1090 Vienna. 13 December 19:00. From 26 €. Web
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Piatnik Special Sale
Pssst! Special tip for Christkinds and Christmas ladies: every year again in December, you can snatch low-priced games at Piatnik. At the Christmassy Special Sale, they sell off remaining stock, individual pieces, and slightly damaged games, apart from board games and long runners from DKT to Activity, they also have puzzles and playing cards. And with a bit of luck, you might find some new game hits that are price-reduced due to minor defects. Collectors will also find rarities – and if you enjoy indulging in reminiscences, maybe you’ll even find some games from your childhood.
Piatnik, Hütteldorfer Straße 229, 1140 Vienna. 13 December 13:00 to 18:00. Web
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Bauhaus tanzt
The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 as an art school by Walter Gropius, until today it’s considered to be the home of the avantgarde in design, art, and architecture. For the upcoming 100-year-anniversary, the young artist group “Pop-Up Collective” has created a full-length dance production that is shown at Brick5 today. The room and the Bauhaus-aesthetic play an important role in it. An unusual and multifarious theatre night was developed with dance, music and design, jazzed up with surreal scenes and a dash of humour. On top of that, there will be a Santa gourmand party in the spirit of Bauhaus tomorrow.
Turnhalle/Brick5, Herklotzgasse 21, 1150 Vienna. 14+15 December 20:00. 20 €. Web
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X-Mas Art
Phew! You don’t even know where to go first with all those Christmas Markets, pop-ups, and punch charities. The small, fine events are often lost in the bustle. Like this one: a few artists and creative minds have joined forces at an atelier in the 7th district, you can shop there in a relaxed atmosphere, starting today. Doesn’t necessarily have to be for Christmas! You can always just buy some fashion by Pitour for yourself, there’s always a need for pretty mano design ceramics, and the Silverfineart photos and pics by Igor Sapic can just be looked at, too. For today’s opening, there’s “Wine & Dine” with music from 17:00!
Das Atelier, Kirchengasse 17, 1070 Vienna. 14-22 December. Web
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Eat Slay Love
No pre-Christmas contemplation today, an ecstatic dance film and a cool party are on the agenda! The place of action is the Gartenbaukino, where they show “Climax” by Gaspar Noé – a cinematic hell ride shot in long takes, filled with unbelievable dance scenes. At the top of the attractive cast is legendary break-dancer Sofia Boutella, the rousing music was ingeniously mixed by the French star DJ Kiddy Smile. And the very same will work live at Gartenbaukino today: they ask you to an excessive “Voguing Ball” after the film!
Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12, 1010 Vienna. 14 December 21:00. 18 € film+ball. Web
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Stylisten Market X-Mas Edition
Well, already settled on a Christmas outfit? If not, you can totter to the Stylisten flea market today, which is a safe bet for finding something glamorous. After all, the shopping substance here comes exclusively from designers like Ferraris Zöchling as well as stylists and bloggers who part with some unique pieces and brand parts in the old year still. Plus, co-initiator Nina Kepplinger from “Ninali – Upcycling Couture” offers insight into the art of upcycling, in her corner you can try re-designing old pieces yourself. You can also buy jewellery, cosmetics, and wine!
f6 open factory, Esterhazygasse 3, 1060 Vienna. 15 December 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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  Erik Haugsby / Clayton Ceramics Studio
Rami Ceramics Art Market
The first open ceramics studio in the city, run by 3 utterly charming young women, hosts a large ceramics art market today. It features exhibits by all those who potter around the co-making-project at Volkertmarkt, go in and out there, or belong to the circle of ceramics aficionadas and clay artists in some other way. You can shop the lovely bowls by course instructor Hannah Seifert, unusual vessels by Erik Haugsby, or delicately speckled bowls by the Clayton Ceramics Studio. Stationeries from “Druckstube” will be on offer as well, so you can find pretty gift cards!
Rami, Volkertmarkt 15, 1020 Vienna. 15 December 10:00 to 17:00. Web
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 Alexander Schwarz
Gospel Project: Light has come
Heartwarming, spirited, loud, and cheerful: the Viennese Gospel Project isn’t an elite choir but a colourfully mixed bunch of passionate singers who have evolved into one of the best choirs in the country in the last years. During today’s concert, the Gospel singers will be supported by a top-class band and a very big voice: former “Rounder Girl” Kim Cooper presents her own, soul-y gospel songs as a soloist. The evening’s motto: to bring light into the dark time(s). May the mission prove successful, hallelujah!
Expedithalle, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna. 15 December 19:00. From 15 €. Web
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Organic Honey Tasting from Neuwaldegg
The hardworking Mayas from Karl and Uli Heller’s organic honey farm have covered around 200,000 km again to collect nectar for a single kilo of honey: at the Schwarzenbergpark, the Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark, and at the foot of Rax and Schneeberg, among other areas. You can find out what kind of deliciousness and flavour their effort resulted in at the Manameierei today. And to reveal as much: this year’s Demeter gold from Viennese lime and chestnut blossoms will draw even the laziest Willy from the woodwork! You also get beeswax candles and Christmas ornaments here.
Manameierei, Exelbergstraße 32, 1170 Vienna. 16 December 12:00 to 16:00. Web
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 Inge Lasser
Weihnachts.raum & Bazar by UNO-women
Two very special markets tempt you to go Xmas shopping today: one small and cosy, the other big and bustling, and both organised by women. At the Weihnachts.raum in Gersthof, you can shop exhilarating, enchanting, ensouled things, from art and natural cosmetics to cookies, in a pleasant girlfriend circle. The legendary Advent Bazaar of the UN Women’s Guild (women who work at the UN in Vienna), however, is really huge and takes you all around the globe culinarily, culturally, and gift-wise, with countless foodie- and gift stalls.
Weihnachts.raum, Gentzgasse 105, 1180 Vienna. 16 Dec Web  Austria Center, 1220 Vienna.  Web
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Christmas Market of Volksoper-Family
How original! A bazaar that is much more than that: a get-together with fascinating artists. For today’s Christmas Market, everyone of Wiener Volksoper’s staff comes together – the ensemble as well as all the behind-the-scenes employees. On offer are preserved, knitted, and crocheted stuff, jewellery, liqueurs, home-made delicacies and much more. A few theatre people will be there in person, which means you can openly chat with them or enjoy some punch with them. All the proceeds of the event go to the charity “Künstler helfen Künstlern”.
Cafe Volksoper-Theaterpause, Lustkandlgasse 4, 1090 Vienna. 16 December 13:00 to 19:00. Web
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 StockFood / Bauer-Syndication
Beginners Cooking Class "X-MAS Edition"
For the less experienced cooking-savvy ladies: the Christmas menu is saved! Today at a beginner’s cooking course, basically at the last moment, you can learn how to conjure festive courses to the table. Under the professional guidance of Tina Ganser, delicacies like a quick paprika quiche, trout with a herb crust, or roast chicken with Christmassy honey-cinnamon glaze. Which is no witchery, mind you: everyone can manage these courses with a couple of tips and tricks – and after such a full rehearsal, what could go wrong on Christmas Eve!
ich koche – die Kochschule, Girardigasse 2-6, 1060 Vienna. 17 December 17:30 to 21:30. 99 €. Web 
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 Bronski & Grünberg
Pension Schöller
A plastic-pink madhouse instead of a feel-good hotel: the adventurous team of Bronski & Grünberg has taken on the comedy classic and transported it into the present. The plot: independent gentleman Philipp Klapproth visits the evening party of a sanatorium in Vienna – only it isn’t one but rather the acclaimed guest house Schöller with its quirky guests. A feminist playwright, a young actor with speech impediment, a foreign correspondent with a passion for lion hunting, plus a choleric Major. Just the normal everyday madness and super funny!
Bronski & Grünberg, Müllnergasse 2, 1090 Vienna. 17 December 19:30. 24 €. Web
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Vintage Fabrik
A vintage market where rummaging really pays off. Organised by, a new online marketplace for vintage clothes, furniture and furnishing, the pop up on Mariahilfer Straße offers a selection of these from retailers from all of Austria until 23 December. Cool lamps – from the green industrial lamp that has to be installed on the desk old school-style to the retro-standard lamp with a flowered lampshade – small furniture, age-old anatomy school posters, 60s mirrors, knick-knack, and clothes. For presents or for prettying up your own four walls.
PopUpZentrale, Mariahilfer Straße 3, 1060 Vienna. Until 23. December Mon-Sun 12:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Les Reines Prochaines
Les Reines Prochaines
Huzza! Off to the Dadaistic-feminist “Schildkrötenritt”! That’s the name of the new program by the borderline ingenious Swiss women’s band “Les Reines Prochaines”. They are already as old as Methuselah, they want to grow old like turtles (“Schildkröten”) and so they set off to a musical journey through profane life, evoking the advantages of old age. Depending on the mood, Fränzi, Muda and Sus sound jazzy, folksy, melodious and minimalist, they tell stories and perform body poems. Now if you have no idea what that might look like – never mind, go and experience it live!
Kosmos Theater, Siebensterngasse 42, 1070 Vienna. 18 + 19 December 20:00. 20 €. Web
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Koloman Moser
The variety of art that universal genius Koloman Moser has created during his life is pretty impressive. To commemorate the centennial of his death, the MAK is dedicating the most comprehensive solo show to date to the great visionary of the Wiener Moderne and inspired artist. This is the first time that many of the 500 or so exhibits, largely taken from the MAK Collection, have been made accessible to the public. Structured chronologically, the MAK exhibition retraces every step of Moser’s unusual career: from painter to all-round designer and finally back to painting. Vernissage is today!
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. Vernissage 18 December 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Laco’s Christmas Pop Up
Flat, comfortable, cool – all this applies to the loafers designed by Alexandra Eisenburger for her still young label “Laco’s”. While the chic footwear is usually only available for purchase online, they can now be bought at a Christmas pop up in the inner city as well. They will be in the company of some other elegant and colourful labels, like the British luxury silk garments by Phoebe Grace, bags with embroidered personal monograms by Carlitos, or Italian ceramics by Barbara Mercante. Also beautiful: the colourful cashmere scarves by Raffaela Pretini.
Laco’s Pop Up, Seilergasse 14, 1010 Vienna. Until 22 December Mon-Fri 12:00-18:30, Sat 11:00-18:00. Web
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Artists wrap presents
It has allegedly happened that presentees didn’t want to open their gifts. That’s how artfully designed, unusually bizarre, and most original the presents look that you can get wrapped by young artists until 23 December. In exchange for a small contribution of 1.50€ towards expenses, the creative group get to work at a daily-changing location around Westbahnstraße. Today between 13:00 and 17:00, you can bring your present to Franke Leuchten at Westbahnstraße 5, where it will be enwrapped artfully. The wrapping does matter after all!
Various shops on Kaiser-, Neubau-, Ziegler- and Westbahnstraße, 1070 Vienna. Until 23 December. Web
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On the Roof of the Museum
With Christmas stress reaching epidemic proportions, how about a relaxing glass of punch at a magical place as remedy? In that case, a guided tour through The Museum of Natural History comes warmly recommended. During the one-hour tour, you learn a lot about the Museum’s history and its architecture, you get the chance to look behind the scenes of the house and you will even get to climb up to the dome! But the highlight of the day are the drinks on the roof in the evening – with a breathtaking view over the sparkling inner city. Beautiful!
Naturhistorisches Museum, Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna. 19 December 18:30. 8 € plus admission fee. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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Before Hanna founded the label Makaro together with her boyfriend, she just couldn’t find good quality gold jewellery at acceptable prices. So she started designing delicate pieces of gold jewellery herself. The kicker: there is a two-year guarantee for the gilded bracelets, ear studs, rings and necklaces, and apparently, that’s how long they will keep their noble colour (at least). Cute mini bracelets can be bought from 17€ already, rings with individual engraving from 49 €. And you can try on everything in the recently opened, glaringly bright Makaro store!

Makaro, Stiftgasse 21, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Hotel Schani Wien
Breakfast at Hotel Schani
Hotel Schani next to the new train station has been there for a while, Schani Salon on MaHü on the other hand has just opened. Both Boutique Hotels aren’t only unusually lovingly furnished, but they are also open for everyone. Including co-working space, garden, and a breakfast buffet that’s really great fun. For only 14 €, you can feast all morning next to the hotel guests: great coffee and Sonnentor teas, smoothies that you can press yourself, loads of fruits, yoghurt, bread, hummus, muesli, spreads, cheesecake (the bomb), scrambled eggs and cold cuts. Recommended!
Hotel Schani, Karl-Popper-Straße 22, 1100 Vienna. Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 to 10:00, Sat+Sun 6:30 to 11:00. Web


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