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n o v e m b e r 18 | 1. - 7.

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"Heya Girls!"
Those among you who have been reading CitySpotterGirl for a while might remember that I used to live in the ninth district with my teen daughter. The girl is now all grown up, is a historian and journalist – and her first book will be released next week. It tells the story of Arthur, an elderly gentleman who showed up at our door in the ninth one day and asked if he might visit his childhood flat. He’d had to leave it in 1939 at the age of ten – when fleeing the Nazis. His Jewish parents, who were later murdered, had sent him abroad on his own to save his life. He was able to flee on a Kindertransport, first to France and later to New York. And he survived! The captivating book “Arthur und Lilly” recounts the unusual story of Arthur’s life, describes the moving friendship between my daughter and the old engineer from America, and offers an insight into the story of the Kindertransports, which involved countless people to save a handful of children from the Holocaust. On 7 November, she will present the book at Thalia. And I would be happy if you came in great numbers! Proud Mama ;-)
Wishing you a moving week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Thalia, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2A, 1030 Vienna. 7 November. 19:00. Free entry. Book Trailer. Web
Photo: Kindertransport, © Sabine Maier
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Dia de los Muertos
Nice concept: according to Mexican belief, the dead visit from beyond the other side on 1 November, on the “Dia de los Muertos”, to celebrate a joyful reunion with us living people. In Vienna, the Day of the Dead is celebrated today at WUK again, this year Hans and Sophie Scholl are specially honoured, they and other dead are being remembered with opulent-kitschy altars, decorated colourfully with flowers, food, personal items, and photographs. And then a glass is raised to the deceased during “pan de muerto”, skulls, margaritas, and dances. Beautiful custom!

WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna. 1 November 15:00 to 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Suppe mit Sinn
From today, you can spoon up good karma in the form of soup in all of Austria again! More than 200 top venues once again participate in the relief effort of Wiener Tafel. 1 Euro goes directly to people affected by poverty. Not only does that warm your own stomach during the cold season but also, more importantly, the solidary heart! Viennese venues joining in: Marco Simonis, Tian Bistro on Spittelberg, Mochi Ramen Bar, Karma Food, and many others. There’s really no good excuse NOT to gourmandise deliciously smelling Grießnockerl soup, mushroom soup, or rice noodle soup with purpose!
Suppe mit Sinn, various venues in Vienna. 1 November until 31 December. For details see web
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Tea & Sympathy
An entertaining “High-Tea” at Theater Scala: before the British sever all ties to Europe Brexit-wise, this year’s dinner-production is dedicated, literarily and musically, to the Brits’ favourite beverage. A quirky evening full of eccentrics and dandies from Oscar Wilde to Dame Edith Sitwell, from Monty Python to the Queen. Which only leaves the question: “shortbread or cucumber sandwich?”, because obviously, they are serving tea, sandwiches, and scones. And please, dear ladies: don’t pocket the silverware, for the butler will check and is authorised to search your bags at the exit ;-)
Theater Scala, Wiedner Hauptstraße 108, 1050 Vienna. 1-3 November 19:45. 32 €. Web
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Writing Night: My Life as a Tercet
Good against November-darkness ;-) At today’s Writing Night with writing coach Judith Wolfsberger you put together a tercet (Haiku) and then brush it with ink. First, everyone can write freely and focus on a specific aspect of their life, and then condense it following the old Japanese Haiku tradition. Finally, the findlings will be painted on, blotted, and glued on – and then all hobby literati may laugh heartily or sniffle with emotion and pride at their own work and the unpredictable life. Drawing ink, paintbrushes, and paper will be provided at the workshop!
Writer’s studio, Liechtensteinstraße 12, 1090 Vienna. 2 November 19:45 to 23:00. 30 €. Web
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
If it doesn’t click right away for you when hearing “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” – this is the most famous African choir, after all! It has already performed for the Pope, the English Queen, and Nelson Mandela, and reaped his 5th Grammy at the beginning of this year. Founded more than 50 years ago by Joseph Shabalala at the South African place Ladysmith, the ensemble is considered the most important representative of the Zulu people’s singing tradition. They had their international breakthrough in the 80s with songs for Paul Simon’s legendary album “Graceland”. Listen here
Konzerthaus, Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Vienna. 2 November 19:30. From 23 €. Web
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How do you manage to give pictures the impression of three-dimensionality? Photography has always been fascinated by this challenge, a 3-day-exhibition on this topic now surprises you with interesting knowledge and works. For instance, they show how 3-D-photos were shot 100 years ago, you can make Schloss Neuschwanstein grow taller before your eyes, or experience how photos seemingly fall out of their frame. Fascinating and versatile – from Tunisian travel pictures from the 1930s and the development of a butterfly to funny 3-D-videos!
Technisches Museum, Mariahilfer Straße 212, 1140 Vienna. Vernissage 2 November 15:00. Free entry when registered. Web
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Bunka No Hi
If this feels Japanese to you – it is! On 3 November, Japan traditionally celebrates “Bunka No Hi”, Culture Day, with parades and art exhibitions. And since the Kunstforum is all Japan-themed because of the exhibition “Fascination Japan: Monet. Van Gogh. Klimt” right now anyway, it will be observed there: there is a tea ceremony taking place from 13:00, they offer a guided tour through the exhibition, and they show how the Japanese art of wood carving works. And for the DIYers: in the atelier, you can create a test print yourself with original Japanese materials and tools.
Bank Austria Kunstforum, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna. 3 November from 13:00. 3.50 € + 11 € entry fee. Web
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Passport Stories at Peek & Cloppenburg
Here’s the first gift idea for Christmas: personalised leather accessories! Peek & Cloppenburg is currently hosting a popup on the topic of travelling, where, aside from other stylish things, they offer pretty accessories by the Viennese label “Majavia” – all made from recycled leather! The pretty Passport Holders, iPhone Cases, or Cosmetic Pouches in soft colours like “Blushy Desert”-pink will be engraved with the desired initials right there on site, for free. Oh yeah, and bored male shopping companions can have their hair and beards trimmed during a free barber session ;-)
Peek & Cloppenburg, Kärntner Straße 29, 1010 Vienna. 2+3 November. Web
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Truffle Market
Maybe truffles are somewhat similar to oysters. You like them – or you just don’t. In any case, a visit to the Truffle Market is recommended to all “addicts”, where the initiator Thomas Edlinger invites you to taste and buy the edible tuber. On three Saturdays, the veggie-restaurant yam! will be transformed into a gourmet bazaar for this, where delicious products like truffled honey, salsa tartufo, truffle butter, or truffle oils are piling up on tables and shelves. And all those who can’t resist even the smell of the tuber may tuck in right there and soothe their gastric juices ;-)
yamm!, Universitätsring 10, 1010 Vienna. 3, 10+17 November 10:00 to 17:00. Web
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Amazing theatre with Maria Hofstätter at Werk X! “Foxfinder” is a clever-grotesque parable of the Big Brother state: the people are having a hard time. Economic difficulties and bad harvests lead to resentment and desperation in a rural area, somewhere in England. Which calls for a bogeyman – and in Dawn King’s play, it’s the fox that is made responsible not only for stealing geese but for everything that is bad. They call for a government commissioned “Foxfinder”, whose obsession quickly throws the community’s social fabric into disarray.
Werk X, Oswaldgasse 35A, 1120 Vienna. 2-6 November 19:30. 20 €. Web
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Easy on your wallet and the economy, pimps up your wardrobe, and on top of it all, it makes all those involved happy – clothes swapping simply is a great thing! This weekend at Kunsttankstelle, you can swap sorted-out clothes with new treasures. And this is how it works: the clothes you bring (max. 3 kilos) are being weighed on site, for every kilo you get a “1 Kilo Bon”. Which you can in turn exchange for one kilo of clothes. Apart from clothing, it also applies to plants, games, books, and vinyl! All remaining things go to the VinziMarkt.
Kunsttankstelle Ottakring, Grundsteingasse 45, 1160 Vienna. 3 +4 November 10:00 to 19:00. Web
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Year after year, just in time before Christmas, the Kunst-Supermarkt makes a stop in the city. Prices and setting remind you of a supermarket, but the art for sale is real. Until 26 January, you can purchase original artworks in these temporary stores for little money: drawings, aquarelles, acryl- and oil paintings as well as small sculptures. More than 6,000 works by 95 national and international contemporary artists will be presented, all of them originals – and definitely no posters or prints! The unique items can be taken home right after the purchase.
, Mariahilfer Straße 103 (in the passage), 1060 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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Bock auf Kultur
Ute Bock has left a lot of good, among other things the annual benefit festival “Bock auf Kultur”, with many events from cabarets to concerts. This year, to start things off, the wonderful Mary Broadcast indulges in misty slow-motion pop and melancholy ballads at Siebenstern, together with David Klein (singer of the former iconic hits-duo “Tanz Baby”!).
And tomorrow, director Ernst Kurt Weigl brings together the cult film “Fight Club” and the theatre classic “Liliom” at the OFF Theater. The proceeds go the Ute Bock refugee project!
Bock auf Kultur, several locations in Vienna. 5 November to 6 December. Programme online
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Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin
Iconic director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”) has an ingeniously strange approach to film making. Now he’s used his talent in the realm of art for a change, curating an exhibition together with his partner Juman Malouf. For 2 years, the two have been sifting through the collection of Kunsthistorisches Museum, selecting more than 400 unusual objects. From the eponymous Egyptian Spitzmaus (shrew) skeleton and paintings by the “Old Masters” to the Indonesian carved monkey. An original selection offering a new viewpoint of the museum’s variety.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. Until 28 April daily 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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“Ring of Fire” – The Music of Johnny Cash
European premiere for an engaging musical all about the great “Man in Black”! Johnny Cash’s legendary music and his life, as bright as it was dramatic, are the focus of a Broadway musical that is being shown from today at the English Theatre for the first time here. With incredible drive and featuring Cash’s unforgettable songs like “Far Side Banks of Jordan”, “I’ve Been Everywhere” and “Walk the Line”, the musical tells the unusual artist’s story, a roller coaster between love, passion, addiction, injustice and pride. You can get into the mood here.
Vienna’s English Theatre, Josefsgasse 12, 1080 Vienna. Premiere 6 November 19:30. From 25 €. Web
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Gebrüllt vor Lachen
Surviving amidst the chaos that is New York: when master of satire Christopher Durang wrote this comedy 30 years ago, “Gebrüllt vor Lachen” was about a world that had apparently gone mad. Not too much about that has changed, the new version by Hubsi Kramar also features the two protagonists – “Frau” (Dagmar Bernhard) and “Mann” (Stefano Bernardin) – that are overwhelmed by everything that is happening around them. In the midst of consumer stress, they are desperately trying to get by, it’s about sex, fame, religion, self help and media. Today’s premiere!
Theater Akzent, Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Vienna. Premiere 6 November 19:30. From 18 €. Web
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Vom ersten Schmuck der Menschen
Although it has never been vital for the survival of anyone – jewellery has been around since early history. Mankind’s first jewellery was made of metals, pearls, or seashells before the processing of precious stones went to write a new chapter in the history of jewellery. The Naturhistorisches Museum is home to treasures of all ages, especially a historically important collection of jewels. In the course of Wiener Schmucktage, there’s a special tour today where you can follow the traces of citrine, topaz and emerald and learn fascinating facts about the history of glitter & co.
Naturhistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. 7 November 10:00. Sign up! Web
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Stacey Kent
Not without good reason Stacey Kent is often mentioned in the same breath as jazz goddesses Diana Krall and Norah Jones. The Anglo-American singer with the haunting voice fulfilled her dream with the programme “I know I dream”, releasing her first recording with a large orchestra: French chansons, a few new compositions and cover versions of Brazilian evergreens. Majestically emotive sounds, exhilarating yet still intimate. Today, she is bewitching Musikverein, accompanied by the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich. Listen in here.
Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. 7 November 20:00. From 5 €. Web
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Vaginas im Dirndl
Ha, a uniquely great comeback aimed at a misogynist rapper-jerk! With “Erdbeerwoche – Miaßn damma goa nix!” the smartly funny “Vaginas im Dirndl” give a parody of the song “Erdbeerwoche” by KC Rebell, who is voicing unbelievable opinions on women and their periods in this song. Today, the singing female power trio in their Dirndls is hosting a hilarious musical cabaret info night, where Rapper Rebell is not the only who gets what was coming to him. Not entirely G-rated topics on female sexuality, wrapped in funny dialect phrases, adorned with a yodel here and there. Ingenious!
Spektakel, Hamburgerstraße 14, 1050 Vienna. 7 November 19:30. 22 €. Web
Shop of the Week 
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Warning! Avid DIY-ladies and upcycling fans may fall victim to a spending spree here. Simply too tempting are all the beautiful home decoration things at “Camaleo”, which moved from the 9th district to Wienzeile. Especially the easy-to-handle “Annie Sloan Chalk Paints” that can be used to paint anything from walls to furniture in the most beautiful colours. Once started, never stopped ;-) Not to mention all the many knobs, hooks and home décor accessories like vintage picture frames or hand-sewn doorstops. Also, great workshops, programme here!
Camaleo, Linke Wienzeile 16, 1060 Vienna. Tue-Fri 11:00 to 18:00, Sat 10:00 to 15:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Cafe Allgemein
For starters: the desserts here are simply delicious. Made by Hasti, a quarter of the Iranian quartet, who opened a wondernice neighbourhood café deep within Hietzing some time ago. With vintage furniture and perfect coffee, snacks to eat and wonderful sweets like apple jalousie or blueberry-cheesecake. However, you find specialities on the menu as well: orange blossom tee with saffron, handmade Sekanjabin lemonade and couscous salad. They offer breakfast during the entire day. And for subtle background music: Leonard Cohen. Easy to feel good here!
Cafe Allgemein
, Wolkersbergenstraße 22-24, 1130 Vienna. Tue-Fri 7:30 to 19:00, Sat+Sun 9:00 to 20:00. Web


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