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d e c e m b e r 19 | 5. - 11.

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"Heya Girls!"
Well, ladies, are you already close to the pre-Christmas sugar high? Or are you already tired of the Viennese advent charm with Vanillekipferl, punch, and the never-changing presents? Luckily, there’s another way: more original, more fun, more multiculti! You can soak up a dash of African Christmas vibes at the African Christmas market on the weekend, for instance. They have much to admire and purchase there, from cheerfully patterned African textiles, fashion, and jewellery to art carvings. And the super-delicious African finger food reliably neutralises any possible sugar overdose. What’s more, an extra-nice yule bazaar takes places at the Sofiensäle. It provides Christmas vibes with its Swedish programme: traditional Lucia songs are sung, “Glögg”-mulled wine is drunk, and Swedish delicacies are served. And sure, Sweden fans will also be able to shop here, of course.
Wishing you a colourful week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
African Market, Mozartgasse 4, 1040 Vienna. 6-8 December. Web Julbasar, Sofiensäle, Marxergasse 17, 1030 Vienna. 8 December. Web
Photo: Nasra
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 Hiroko Ueba
Making Japanes Greeting Cards
Well, grandma will be in for a surprise when she finds out who sent her a Japanese greeting card! Today’s workshop by artist Hiroka Ueba teaches you how to draw dragons, characters, lampions, fish and much more in the style of the Japanese New Year. Originally, these cards, which were delivered exactly on New Year’s Day, were sent to friends and family that lived far away. Here in our part of the world, our loved ones will wonder and then be amazed at what the young ones created in no more than one-and-a-half hours! And maybe granny will slip you some for your next trip to Japan…
Habari Design Store, Theobaldgasse 16, 1060 Vienna. 5 December 18:00. 20 €. Sign up. Web
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 Needs Must Film
this human world
13 festival days and more than 100 feature films, documentaries and animated films in 4 cinemas: once again the festival “this human world” will focus on human rights this year. And it does so, as usual, without moralising undertones but instead wittily, thrillingly and harrowingly. Today’s film marathon includes, among other films, “From tomorrow on I will” from Peking and “Bruce Lee and the Outlaw” for which Joost Vandebrug followed Rumanian street child Nicu in Bucharest for six years. And on Saturday, there will even be a film poster flea market for a good cause!
Several cinemas in Vienna. Until 10 December. Programme and prices online
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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 Christmas Special Sale, they sell off remaining stock, individual items, and slightly damaged games, as well as board games and long running games from DKT to Activity, plus puzzles and playing cards. And with a bit of luck, you might also find some new game hits that are price-reduced due to minor material defects. Collectors will also find rarities – and those who like indulging in reminiscences may even find some games from their own childhood.
Piatnik, Hütteldorfer Straße 229, 1140 Vienna. 5 December 13:00 to 18:00. Web
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Advent Tour Nibelungen Quarter
A fine opportunity to explore a not so well-known neighbourhood! The 15th district is blossoming into a trendy quarter – more and more creative people are settling around Kriemhildplatz and Burjanplatz, as well. And some of them introduce themselves tonight: Monika Ritter invites you into her atelier, you can create Christmas decorations and cards with Marija Strmotic, the gallery Art Pool shows “Engerl & Bengerl”, at Buchkontor you can recharge your batteries with Irish coffee. And in the church crypt on Burjanplatz they host an advent-singing. Sounds like a nice after-work walk.
All around Kriemhild- and Burjanplatz, 1150 Vienna. 6 December 17:00 to 20:00. Free of charge. Web
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 Akademie Wintermarkt
Akademie Winter Market
Every year again, the Advent Market of the Academy of Fine Arts presents itself with super-creative offers and with a charitable objective. For three days, the former Semperdepot will become a trading centre for uncommon things. You will find cool unique pieces by prospective artists and designers at a hundred market stalls. Plus, there will be bands rocking the courtyard again, today it’s Conny Kubinger’s turn, plus, they also have a couple of choirs like körölör there that will fire up the crowd. And ad solidarity: you can also drop off some presents for refugee children there!
Akademie, Semperdepot, Lehargasse 8, 1060 Vienna. 6-8 December. Free entry. Web
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SelbermacherInnen Christmas Market
Sadly, CitySpotterGirl’s resolution to put more self-made things under the Christmas tree is going to fail again because of time passing twice as fast during advent. But luckily, there are (thank you!) people who manage to avidly crochet, knit, bottle and bake, even during the most stressful time of the year. At Amtshaus Margareten, you can purchase a variety of lovingly self-made things today. The market is being organised by the association “Station Wien”. An opportunity to support a good initiative – and to stick to another resolution: to shop locally! 
Amtshaus Margareten, Schönbrunner Straße 54, 1050 Vienna. 6 December 15:00 to 20:00. Web
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Xmas gas station
What are 17 designers doing at a gas station? Hosting a Christmas market! Namely at the windowless but light chain covered Kunsttankstelle Ottakring. The low-waste camp offers beeswax cloths by Sheepish and recycled lamps made from teapots or flat irons by Relumenate from Brooklyn. Something else that you certainly won’t find at any other winter market in Vienna are Rosemarie Hebenstreit’s paper cuttings made by using an old technique and a sale of buntwäsche. Most of the 17 artists come from Vienna, everything is sustainable and handmade!
Kunsttankstelle Ottakring, Grundsteingasse 45-47, 1160 Vienna, 6-8 December. Web
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Day of Wishes
A gift for all those who still have wishes: today two “wishing-coaches” accompany people with a wish through the day. The pros of the coaching atelier “die lilacouch” demonstrate how to put a wish in motion, how to create pictures of your wish, how to write a wish list and how to bring a wish into the light of day. From morning till night, you work on dreaming and goals with the help of meditations, creative writing exercises, coaching, self-made wish-cards and wishing journal – in order to turn possibility into reality. The whole day kindly costs only 40 €, please sign up!
die lilacouch, Gersthofer Straße 103, 1180 Vienna. 7 December 10:00 to 17:30. 40 €. Web
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 Sascha Pierro / Agnes Slupek
Martin Klein/ Mary Broadcast
Today you may open not one but two doors from the (musical) advent calendar: first Martin Klein will strike the keys with feeling at the double concert, then Mary Broadcast follows off with powerful pop songs. While Klein is compared to Thom Yorke, Mary Broadcast produced her latest album “SVINX” with the Sofa Surfers. What they have in common: their impressive musical life careers! And since the whole thing takes place in the context of the musical advent calendar, you can memorise it like this: on 7 December a Wienerlied concert in the 7th district, on 8 December in the 8th and jolly onward in that way…
Theater am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 10, 1070 Vienna. 7 December 19:30. 18 €. Web
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Augarten Markterei
Now there the siblings Bitzinger from Markterei have come up with something nice: with selected producers as well as some new faces, they move into the newly renovated Schankwirtschaft at Augarten for the weekend. With regional Mangalitza salami, ginger liquor by Ingwerer and handmade unique items by Nut & Feder and Yaga, they conquer the stone vault of the former “Bunkerei”. Outside at the campfire, you may indulge in a hot cocktail or bust a move inside (on Saturday) with the Lindy Hop Tasters – and fall happily into bed afterwards.
Schankwirtschaft at Augarten, Obere Augartenstraße 1a, 1020 Vienna. 7+8 December 11:00 -20:00. Free entry. Web
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Screen printing at mano design
Not only a good gift idea, but also a wonderfully relaxing event in the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle: screen printing on porcelain! This weekend in her shop-studio, designer Hedwig Rotter, the creative brains behind mano design, offers once more the possibility for you to muck in with the mugs and, under her competent guidance, create your own individual design-gifts made of porcelain. You can choose from cups, plates and bowls, which can be designed with existing screen prints from mano design's extensive collection. Price depends on workpiece, please register!
mano design, Grundsteingasse 36/1-3, 1160 Vienna. 7+8/14+15 December 12:00 to 15:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Ruth Wegerer
Angel Advent
One design advent market is currently chasing the next, somehow you already lose track. Nevertheless, you still find some insider’s tips – like Ruth Wegerer’s angel workshop. The journalist uses fabrics and iron wire to create poetic creatures that are simply a must-see. Once a year she sells the angels that have long been legendary among connoisseurs at her private angel market. For the production of the (up to 100 cm tall) figurines, she uses chandelier crystals, silk flowers, feathers, bark and antique lace. Plus: free buffet and pretty things from 11 other designers!
Ruth Wegerer, Stiegergasse 15-17 (door 47), 1150 Vienna. 8 December 11:00 to 19:00. Web
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KUKLA Pop-Up Store
The fans of “2 Minutes 2 Millions” know Stefanie Kukla, since that TV show is where she gained a fat cash injection for her innovative business in a professional and charming manner. And her idea is brilliant, indeed: a one-size-fits-all article of clothing for the fixed price of 140€, which can be wrapped, tied, and clipped in numerous variations by means of a clip. From shawl and west to low-backed dress, everything is possible with a KUKLA. Have you become curious? Until 23 December you can buy the smart wrap thing at a pop-up at Seilergasse!
KUKLA Pop Up, Seilergasse 3, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Wed, Sat 10:00 to 18:00, Thu+Fri 10:00 to 19:30. Web
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Weihnachtsengel küsst man nicht
It’s complicated. Linda, a former Prada model, is supposed to advertise salami dressed as a Christmas angel, plus give reindeer Katla a kiss on its hairy muzzle. That goes wrong, then several date mishaps and matchmaking stories follow and so in the end Lina, Manfred and Annette meet unexpectedly at Rudi's farm and get snowed in. The result: chaos, love tangles and a Christmas of a special kind. Based on the Christmas novel of the same name, Rory Six wrote a musical comedy that takes all clichés to task and will make the audience cry with laughter.
Theatercouch, Schönbrunner Straße 238, 1120 Vienna. 9 December 19:30. 24.60 €. Web
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 Jürgen Vsetecka
The Best Christmas Cookies
The best Christmas cookies are always the ones made by grandma. But in the course with "Chief of Sugar" Jürgen Vsetecka even she might yet learn something. The confectioner and tartelette master worked for Oberlaa and Landtmann and since 2010 has been the deputy chief pastry chef at Meinl am Graben. He also writes cookbooks for Gusto in which he reinterprets old recipes – well, and he's handsome, too ;-) During the four-hour baking course, Vsetecka shows his "best Christmas cookies" in a small setting and introduces you to the art of baking them.
Gusto Kochschule, Taborstraße 1-3, 1020 Vienna. 9 December 18:00 to 22:00. 79 €. Web
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 Pertramer, Rabenhof
Three women and 1000 Books
Three women, a thousand books and a mission: to present the most exciting female literary masterpieces to the audience in this more-than-a-reading! Actress Sandra Cervik, legend Erni Mangold and rapper Esra Özmen present a wonderful collection of women's texts, ranging from Elfriede Jelinek to Hildegard von Bingen and Lina Loos to Stefanie Sargnagel. Reading and interpreting will be done in this tour de force. But not only that: EsRAP performs the first Christine Nöstlinger rap ever tonight, and if you, too, are wondering what that sounds like, you should get tickets asap!
Rabenhof Theater, Rabengasse 3, 1030 Vienna. 10 December 20:00. 26 €. Web
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 Karin Hackl
#supportyourlocalgirlgang Xmas-Shop
Stylish Christmas shopping off the mainstream and off-the-peg clothing! The creative girlgang consisting of about 20 Viennese labels, among them Amateur, Milk, Sumday or Ferrari Zöchling, opens a temporary Christmas Giftshop today. The doors will remain open there until Sunday. Not only the creations of the ladies from avant-garde to unusual jewellery or decorative home accessories are worth getting to know, but also the people behind them. All of them are women and all of them produce sustainably and locally. They also have spice cake and mulled wine.
ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorfer Straße 23, 1060 Vienna. 10-15 December. Web
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 SKB, Edgar Knaack
Loos Day
The “Haus ohne Augenbrauen” on Michaelerplatz, Café Museum, the American Bar – architect Adolf Loos has left many traces in Vienna. On the occasion of his 149th birthday, the Hofmobiliendepot celebrates "Loos Day" today. In addition to a special guided tour through the Loos furniture collection, curator Eva B. Ottillinger presents a completely preserved room today. The room – originally part of Georg Roy's apartment furnishings from around 1901/1904 – was shown to the public for the first time in the previous year and could be purchased by the Hofmobiliendepot.
Hofmobiliendepot, Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Vienna. 10 December 16:00 + 18:00. 12.50 € (incl. guided tour). Web
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 Stefan Fürtbauer
Mystery Hunt
CitySpotterGirl already followed the Mystery of the Sphinx a year ago (successfully, I’d like to emphasise here ;-) Now there’s a new Mystery Hunt at Kunsthistorisches Museum. In the magnificent Kunstkammer, you can trace Rudolf II, the most enigmatic of all Habsburgs. He was a magical emperor, far ahead of his time, who surrounded himself with alchemists, astrologers and occultists and was not understood by his contemporaries. You play in groups of 4-8 people, receive a box with mysterious hints and riddles upon booking and experience the museum in a completely new way.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. 28 €/ person plus entry. Web
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 Lorenz Seidler
No longer buried: Malzgasse 16
Malzgasse 16 in the 2nd district once housed a school, a synagogue and the world's first (!) Jewish Museum. All three were destroyed during the November pogroms of 1938, nothing remained of the interior furnishings. At least that's what they thought. Until someone discovered bricked up cellar rooms in 2018, which brought astonishing findings to light: inkpots, dumbbells for gymnastics lessons, destroyed gravestones and cult objects. The pieces are currently on display in the Haus der Geschichte, and a guided tour in the Malzgasse now provides background information on the unusual find.
Haus der Geschichte, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna + Malzgasse 16, 1010 Vienna. 11 December 17:00. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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Herbarium Officinale
New, elegant, inviting: all icings on the cake when it comes to health, beauty, relaxation and libido can be found at the Herbarium Officinale, the new herbs centre at Hoher Markt.  The herbal fairies that buzz around here give detailed advice and you can find the right (herbal) solution for every ailment, from homemade medicinal herbal tea blends to relaxation capsules and Yoni oil. In the chic bar area, they offer power snacks: home-brewed cola, energy chocolate balls or a basic, mineralizing immune soup. The motto: feel good all around!
Herbarium Officinale, Hoher Markt 5, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-17:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Wagner’s Kitchen
Quite courageous, actually: in a city where only Poke Bowls and Thai-street food remain viable options for a quick meal, they are betting on something quite old-fashioned in Pilgramgasse as of this week. Wagner's Kitchen serves warm baguettes. And they really taste damn good! All freshly made, all creatively filled. There are baguettes with steak and lime aioli, the Italian version with mozzarella and chicken in parmesan coating or "the Mexican" with chicken breast and guacamole. Even the sauces are homemade. Plus, really nice service! 
Wagner’s Kitchen, Pilgramgasse 5, 1050 Vienna. Mon-Sat 11:00 to 20:00. Web


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