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"Heya Girls!"
A bunch of keys with a history! With a very serious history. Because technically, everyone should feel safe after closing their own apartment door from the inside. Unfortunately, this is not at all the case: right now, every 5th woman in Austria is affected by violence from their husband or partner! To provide safety to women looking for a safe haven, the first women’s shelter was opened in Vienna in 1978 (in the picture: the original bunch of keys). Now, 40 years later, there’s an exhibition dedicated to these important institutions. Titled “In the beginning, we were very much in love”, it shows harrowing as well as encouraging stories of affected women based on interviews and personal objects; plus women’s shelter employees are called before the curtain. They, too, are often subject to stress, threats, clichés and prejudices. Ultimately, the topic is thought-provoking: about the perception of women, unequal power structures and about how much you yourself are willing to put up with for love. Hm…
Wishing you a harmonious week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Volkskundemuseum, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna. Opening 26 April 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Cherry Tree Festival
Soon the pink-rosy colour orgy currently bestowed on us by the blooming cherry trees will be over. For a couple of years now, you’ve been able to admire the magnificent crimson “Kazura” at Danube Island as well, where a group of Japanese artists designed a cherry tree grove in 2002. Today, they celebrate the yearly festival there, including a Japanese program with Mochi-Tsuki (pounding of rice), traditional dance and singing, Kyudo-show (archery), Haiku-reading, and workshops from origami to manga-drawing. Anything missing? Bingo, the tea ceremony ;-)
Danube Island, approx. 1.6 km north of Nordbrücke near Jedleseer Brücke, 1210 Vienna. 26 April 13:00 to 17:00. Free entry. Web
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Oh dear, yet another shop full of things a woman doesn’t need but really, really wants to have ;-) The first branch of the Dutch chain HEMA was already founded in Amsterdam in 1926, now Vienna has one too (two, actually, if you count the small, also new shop at Westbahnhof!). You can now shop for 10,000 everyday-products like home accessories, writing materials, household stuff, beauty products, and cute party supplies at the store on MaHü. Quite nice, because it’s not too expensive, pretty colourful, and produced by HEMA itself. Have fun browsing!
HEMA, Mariahilfer Straße 71, 1060 Vienna. From 26 April. Mon-Wed 9:30 to 19:00, Thu 9:30 to 20:00, Fri 9:30 to 19:00, Sat 9:30 to 18:00. Web
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 Walter Mussil
Ich Zarah
“I’m a political idiot”, was Zarah Leander’s response to the question how she could have possibly allowed the Nazis to make her into an artist icon during the Third Reich. Star-author Franzobbel has dedicated his new theater play to the “wild flesh of the last diva” by having an actress and a director bring Zarah Leander’s biography to the stage. This results in a fiery dialogue that blurs the lines between present and past. A thought-proving evening which, accompanied with music, shows the colourful, but also the dark side of Zarah Leander.
Off Theater, Kirchengasse 41, 1070 Vienna. 26-28 April + 3-5 May 20:00. 25 €. Web
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Feinstoff # design.popup
Thanks to the summer temperatures, shopping-crazies are tripping over each other in the shopping areas right now. There’s gotta be a more relaxed way! Like today in a small but mighty designer pop-up in Gumpendorfer Straße: 6 labels have gotten together there to flog highlights from their current collections. Including cool gear from recycled men’s dress shirts by MILCH, extravagant stylis-jewellery, fashion by Edith Langer with trendy patterns, pretty LU-design-backpacks and chocolatey “Belgicatesses”! Tonight: late night shopping with live swing music!
ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorfer Straße 23, 1060 Vienna. 27 April 14:00 to 21:00, 28+29 April 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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Bicycles! A Love Story
Neat new exhibition where bike fans can indulge in their boneshaker infatuation! Whether it be life-size portrait photographs of eccentric 19th century-bicycle pioneers (great styling, fascinating technique!), endearing family snap shots from all over the world, moving moments of cycling history, amusing film clips or rare bicycles, the purpose of the show is mainly this: to be fun! That’s why there are also historical selfie backdrops, music, and velo-food trucks. For the opening, they show a pedal-powered film, accompanied by Tingel Tangel music!
Nordbahnhalle, Leystraße 157, 1020 Vienna. Vernissage 27 April 18:00. Free entry. Until 3 June. Web
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Vitra Sample Sale
Top insider’s tip and terrific opportunity for design-aficionados! In London, people camp outside for this at sub-zero temperatures – and in Vienna too, it’s highly recommended to be there in time. Because the Swiss cult-company Vitra opens its Viennese warehouse! Meaning: you’ll never get the exclusive furniture pieces as cheap as there. Chairs, shelves, lamps, desks, and particularly design classics are given away almost 50% off as stock items in good condition. Including: cult chairs by Eames and Panton. Attention: it’s difficult to find, the address for GPS is Breitenleerstraße 101!
Vitra Lager, Zwerchäckerweg 2, exit Gewerbepark Stadlau, 1220 Vienna. 27 April. 13:00 to 17:00. Web
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 Cosima Terasse
Dance Day at Brotfabrik
Today is International Dance Day and since the usual moves have already been performed a thousand times, there’s new input for shake fans this time! The Caritas organization “Taanz die Toleranz” has organised a dance day at Brotfabrik, with two free workshops and a pretty original performance. They start with a ballet workshop for all (good for warming up and stretching!) with Claire Granier, afterwards you can try the elegant “voguing” with choreographer Karin Cheng, and finally admire the “dogs of all talents” – a show with real puppies and their owners. Nice!
Brotfabrik, Objekt 19, Absberggasse 27/3. 1100 Vienna. 28 April 10:00 to 18:00. Web 
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 Renate Jindra-Metal
Viennese Pottery Market
Alright, now you don’t have to wit anymore until the pottery market in August in Gmunden in order to pretty up your home with clay art. Close to 15 international artists and master potters transform the cosy are in front of Servitenkirche into a classy clay bazaar this weekend. The attendees include Igor Balgavy from Slowakia, for instance, who brought along his pretty domestic ware with slip decoration, or the Viennese pottery artist Renate Jindra-Metal with funny heart-shaped vases and barbed spherical boxes. They got everything from pottery jewellery to indoor fountains!
Viennese Pottery Market, Servitengasse, 1090 Vienna. 27+28 April 10:00 to 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Sample Sale at Ina Kent
Bargain alert, which will probably cause Ina Kent fans to hyperventilate now ;-) Because the simple but super chic bags are being sold off today at a Sample Sale, at reduced prices and in vast numbers. Prototypes, limited editions, and individual pieces can be bagged or rather shouldered up to 70% cheaper than usual, the Kent classic “Moonlit6” can be bought from 45 euros, its little sister “Mog8” (which can also be transformed into a hip bag) even from 25 euros and in trendy metallic rosé. Attention, only at the store in Neubaugasse!
Ina Kent Store, Neubaugasse 34, 1070 Vienna. 27 April 11:00 to 19:00, 28 April 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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Viennese Wunderl Weekend
Oioioi, shoe connoisseurs get jittery when they hear the word “Wunderl”! Because the chic shop carries amazingly beautiful designer shoes and bags. The only downside for us Viennese: the shoe paradise’s home is near Wiener Neustadt. But: for three days, Wunderl will come to us in the city for a popup and he brings some very tempting stuff with it. Meaning best shoe picks, dear ladies, from slip-on shoes to pumps, from Chloe to Valentino, from new arrival to outlet bargain. And the tempting shoe wonderland is even open on Sunday. Hallelujah!
ViennaBallhaus, Berggasse 5, 1090 Vienna. 27+28 April 12:00 to 22:00, 29 April 12:00 to 15:00. Web 
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 Berit Steffin
For all art-manicas: get your hiking shoes ready! Or at least your most comfortable sneakers, if you want to betake yourself on the artwalk18. This weekend in Währing, more than 100 (!) artists are once again opening their ateliers, galleries and workshops. They range from photography over sculpting and handicraft, many of the artists even allow you to look over their shoulders while they work. In on the party are painter Ute Kaiserreiner, for example, and fashion designer Berit Steffin with her gorgeous "Gestickte Märchen"; you can find a detailed plan here!
Various locations, 1180 Vienna. 28 April 14:00 to 20:00, 29 April 14:00 to 19:00. Free entry. Web 
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Let’s talk about money
Now that’s convenient! If the shoe-shopping tip above is enticing you into extensive spending, this opportunity will bring an easier approach to money into your life. At this money-Sunday with Claudia Schwab-Eckl, your own (often harmful to cash flow!) attitude towards financial matters are probed, centred around clearing exercises and the dissolution of convictions like “Money doesn’t make you happy”. The methods used are “Access Tools” and „Movements of the spirit”, plus healing chants are attracting future wealth.
Zentrum am Platz, Maurer Hauptplatz 8, 1230 Vienna. 29 April 14:00 to 19:00. 95 €. Web
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Private shopping event at Roee
Usually, only celebs and superstars are allowed to do this! To shop in a designer store outside the opening hours with ten girlfriends including a 30 percent discount as well as snacks and drinks – and of course the most personal consultation. CitySpotterGirl raffles 2x such an exclusive shopping event at Roee! In 2017, designer and creative head of the label Rene Pomberger opened his first store in the seventh district. He likes to work with high-quality materials, the colours are sober, the cuts pretty extravagant and casual. Learn how to participate in the raffle here.
Raffle CitySpotterGirl, run time until 14 May 2018. All information and legal notices online 
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Gürtel Connection
Monday are usually couch-days rather than going-out-days, but today there’s no excuse! First of all, it’s a holiday tomorrow and second of all, partying in this case is practically philanthropic. 14 venues on Gürtel have come together and invite you to what is already the 5th Gürtel-Connection: more than 60 acts & DJs for one entry price (voluntary donation!), plus it is for a good cause. So whether you rave it up at 4 Floors at The Loft, go to the country concert at Rhiz or chill out with some cocktails at Coco Bar – all of the proceeds go to Kinderkrebshilfe. Great!
Several venues at Gürtel in Vienna. 30 April from 20:00. Voluntary donation. Program online
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Urban City Garden
First Tuesday of the month and fine weather! If this applies, then you can chill out again in the huge 2,000 sqm-garden of the Imperial Riding School Hotel, starting now. DJ beats, cocktails, summer drinks, a lounge area, and beach chairs on the green lawn provide holiday feelings in the middle of the city – as for filling your belly, they bring in different food trucks every month. For today’s opening, you can try tasty burgers “speedy potatoes” or grilled arepas, the after-work relax sounds come from DJ J’aime Julien. Yep summer, we’re so ready for you!
Imperial Riding School Hotel, Ungargasse 60, 1030 Vienna. 1 May 17:00 to 22:00. Free entry. Web
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 Lubomir Hlasek
Citizen Science Award
For curious natures, nature lovers and everyone who’s hungry for experiences: starting today, everyone can become a hobby-researcher committed to scientific purposes. Until 30 June, the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMBWF) invites interested citizens to participate in six selected science projects from flora & fauna to medicine - from bird-watching common swifts in Vienna to documenting the blossom of the common elder. The most dedicated Citizen Scientists are awaited by cash and material prizes from up to 3,000 euros.
Various locations in Vienna. 1 May to 30 June. Voluntary participation. Projects online
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May Day Festival at Böhmischer Prater
It’s a holiday and beautiful weather which mean you just have to go on a getaway! So how about a trip to the somewhat quirky Böhmischer Prater? There, in the Laaer Forest, the start of the warm season is celebrated with a true hustle and bustle – with new attractions, live-music and funny offers. For example, from 13:00 to 14:00 o’clock, you can go on any ride for just 1 euro – from the colourful-swift Caribbean Twister to the slow-paged Lillipop- carousel and the nostalgic rotting horsie merry-go-round. And if you don’t get sticky cotton candy, it doesn’t count ;-)
Böhmischer Prater, Laaer Wald 30C, 1100 Vienna. 1 May 11:00 to 20:00. Free entry. Web
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 Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom
Late Night Spa at Sofitel
CitySpotterGirl has already let you in on the fact that many fancy inner city hotels have day spas that are open to the public, you can look them up in the new “Wiener Entdeckungen 8”. For example, on the fifth floor of Hotel Sofitel at Danube Canal, you can treat yourself to a deluxe steam bath or some jacuzzi time and drown out your every-day life with relish. Every first Wednesday of the month (today!), the “So SPA“ is now open until 23:00, plus they serve bubbly cocktails like “Shiatsu-Tonic“ and small meals, accompanied by chill DJ-sounds. After-work-relaxing at its finest!
Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Praterstraße 1, 1020 Vienna. 2 May 19:00 to 23:00. 29 €. Web
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Lisa Stansfield
Now, it’s definitely been quite a while since her first super hit “All Around the World” at the end of the 80s, but Lisa Stansfield has still got it. She has sold millions of albums and has risen from pop-star to queen of British soul music. Her newest song “Billionaire” proves once again just how well the musician knows her craft of song-writing and singing. Effortlessly, she manages to wrap up an entire soap opera in just one song ;-) “It’s about love. It’s about money. The rest is for you to decide for yourself”, is what she says herself. Today live at Museumsquartier!
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 2 May 20:00. From 51.90 €. Web
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 OEGG / Scheberl
Cipangu – Mythisches Japan
After the cherry blossom festival at Danube Island, here comes some more Japanese-themed stuff in the Newsletter - and in the city ;-) Because there is a lovely Japan-exhibition in Kagran that’s opening today. Scene of the action is the Österreichische Gartenbaumuseum where the group Ikenobo-Ikebana will present something that is an important and highly traditional art in Japan – the arrangement of flowers. Breathtakingly beautiful! You can also see Viennese artist Karl Wilhelm Löff’s paintings and sculptures from his Japan-inspired Cipangu-cycle, plus there are some bonsais to admire.
Gartenbaumuseum, Siebeckstraße 14, 1220 Vienna. Vernissage 2 May 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 KHM Museumsverband
Imperial Shop Vienna
Huge but still somewhat hidden! On Friday, the new fancy Imperial Shop opens – at Hofburg at the World Museum, adjacent to the also new Hofburg Info Center. Even as a non-tourist you can hit the store without being bombarded with souvenir kitsch. The selection is really mostly high end and very stylish, ranging from Mühlbauer-hats to Lobmeyr glasses, but you can also find stylish original stuff like Piatnik play cards in Viennese tiles-look or pretty Art Nouveau pattern paper boxes. You won’t get away entirely without Sisi-pillows or Klimt-pencil cases but again – with style!
Imperial Shop Vienna, Hofburg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna. From 27 April daily 9:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Of course it’s a bit sad that Pure Living Bakery has closed its doors. But its successors help you with the forgetting process ;-) Really nice service, unusually good coffee (from various small roasting houses) and great pies (chocolate with pomegranate seeds!) are some good arguments for a detour to Altgasse. You can eat breakfast here all day, plus they offer creative sandwiches. Wifi works smoothly, and there is an open bookcase for reading material if you feel like reading. And if you’re already there, you can also buy fresh organic bread from the bakery Öfferl!
Nook, Altgasse 12, 1130 Vienna. Tue-Fri 9:00 to 18:00, Sat + Sun 10:00 to 18:00. Web


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