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j u l y 16 | 7. - 13.

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"Heya Girls!"
I’ve been wondering for quite some time now when the last time was that I strolled through the area of the Hofburg. Result: never. For me, the core of our city is the number one rushing zone – a slalom around tourists who are constantly taking pictures and walking too slow. Only yesterday I realised that funny, noteworthy or explosive stories have taken place at the Hofburg for centuries. Take the so-called wet nurses tax, for example: In 1900, court official Freiherr von Wetschl, well-known for his notorious thriftiness, introduced a seasonal fee of 50 Krone for each pram in the Volksgarten. In April 2011, a huge pillow-fight was organized in the inner courtyard of the palace. In August 1848, the aristocrat Karoline von Perin-Gradenstein founded the first Viennese democratic women’s association in the Volksgarten. And the square Michaelerplatz was the first place Europe-wide where lilacs, hyacinths and tulips were planted. The open-air exhibition “GeschichtenOrt Hofburg” consists of 20 stops which are scattered across the whole area and mention memorable events. They should provide us Viennese with a new approach to the topography of this venue. Thank you – in my case, it worked.
Wishing you a curious week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Stadtraum Hofburg, 1010 Vienna. Until Oct. 26. Web
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Enjoying Leftovers at Süßes Eck
You can’t buy happiness – but chocolate! Today, the best places are the two charming stores of the small confectioner’s “Confiserie zum Süßen Eck”. Since they’ll start their summer break tomorrow, they are selling all of their loose chocolate treats at half price. This is called “Noagerl-Naschen”: A leftovers meal for chocolate lovers. Fresh cream truffles, French cream nougat, creative Spanish chocolate, sweets and liquorice are waiting behind the glass counter. You won’t break out in a sweat despite the huge selection because the temperature is wonderfully cool in here. And everything is delicious – since it’s made from chocolate ;-)
Confiserie zum Süßen Eck, Währinger Straße 65, 1090 Vienna. 7 July. 10:00-19:30. Web 
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mamabule Pop-Up Store
Mamabule is the name of a former village in Botswana – and the eponym of an online store full of handmade treasures from Africa. At the moment, you can buy them in a pop-up store as well – taking a look definitely pays off! The Raku pottery, made from African earth, is particularly attractive. The store offers crockery and colourful decorative objects such as fishes on stands – rainbow fish in African, so to speak ;-) Also very pretty: The hand-painted or hand-printed cushions, fabric and tea towels with cheerful, simple themes and stunningly beautiful patterns. The sight of them is enough to brighten your spirits!
mamabule Pop-Up Store, Breite Gasse 19, 1070 Vienna. Until July 23. Mon-Fri 10:00-18:30, Sat 10:00-17:00. Web
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 Augen der Angst
“Kino wie noch nie”
Great cinema beneath the stars! Until August 23, the Austrian Film Archive presents outstanding films in its beautiful garden at Augartenspitz. Tonight, “Peeping Tom” will be screened. A different film is shown every night – classics, cult films, premieres and rediscoveries. Moreover, the programme includes two specials: One focuses on concert and backstage films of the Rolling Stones and another one on films with Helmut Qualtinger (The Name of the Rose!). Before and after the screening, you can enjoy delicious dishes prepared by “Grünstern Gartenküche” using fresh organic products.
Kino wie noch nie, Obere Augartenstraße 1,1020 Vienna. Until August 23, 21:30. €8,50. Web
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 graphics by BLK
Sound of Wine
A different kind of wine fair: Where normally trendy people shake their hips to underground beats, you can taste wines bearing eloquent names such as “Black Betty” and “Tears of Joy” tonight. Or get “Rosy Cheeks” from the sparkling Pinot Noir of the same name ;-) More than 30 winemakers, amongst them “Domäne Wachau” and “Punk’s finest”, have brought all kinds of delicacies from their cellars to the “Grelle Forelle”. The sandwich makers “Pastrami Baby” line your stomach for the tasting, and afterwards it is time to dance through the night. Far away from a stiff attitude – wine is young, sexy and for everyone!
Grelle Forelle, Spittelauer Lände 12, 1090 Vienna. 8 July from 16:00 onwards. €15 Web
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The upper end of the street Reindorfgasse in the 15th district stands for a wild and appealing combination of shopping, art, fashion, bikes and nerd stuff. Today, the local bar heroes and heroines are throwing a block-party. It starts in the early afternoon in the garden restaurant of the hip concept store Block 44 with coffee and coconut balls, accompanied by excellent Calypso DJ sounds. The closing night of resident artist Andreas Fränzl will be celebrated here too. Metaware, a Mecca for hipsters and geeks, sells hot goods with fan culture elements for nerds. They also have a Nintendo-Barbie-Mashup-Machine – whatever that is ;-)
Reindorfgasse 39, 42 and 44, 1150 Vienna. 15:00-22:00. Free entry. Web
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 Maik√§fer flieg
youngCaritas Summer Cinema
Touching open air cinema: Three award-winning films shown at the Diagonale will be screened in the small inner courtyard in front of the actionFabrik of youngCaritas’ – for free! After opening with the social drama “Einer von uns” (“One of us”), the film “Chucks”, based on Cornelia Travnicek’s novel, will be presented tonight. It is staged in a featherweight way, and leading actress Anna Posch (present tonight!) received a Romy award as best young actress. Special highlight: “Maikäfer flieg” (“Fly Away Home”), the fantastic adaptation of Christine Nöstlinger’s autobiographical novel about her childhood in 1945.

actionFabrik, Heiligenstädter Straße 31, Gürtelbogen 353, 1190 Vienna. July 7-9, 21:00. Free entry. Web
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 Christine Kaufmann
“Wesentlich Weiblich Wunderbar”
Dancing, retreating into inner silence and letting one’s creativity run free – during her one-day seminar for women, artist Christine Kaufmann passes on everything she loves. She supports the participants in immersing themselves in their very own female power and emerging strengthened. In a guided tour into the inner self, powerful and healing images of one’s own femininity appear. Then, those inner visions will be expressed by painting which results in a personal image of power. In addition, everyone draws strength for herself from the creative and benevolent female power of the group. Nice!
Lighthouse Seminarbakery, Pulverturmgasse 4, 1090 Vienna. July 9. 11:00-17:00. €95. Web 
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 Markus Doerfler
Goodball Summer Party
Although it is about football, this summer party, which includes a charity football tournament, is even for those who refuse to watch the European championship a great way to chill out! Apart from the terrific location, which is normally not freely accessible, many fantastic concerts will take place today. The Jewish sports centre – extremely relaxing with its huge lawn and a pool – offers a stage for singer-songwriter Mika Vember, followed by the hip duo “A Life A Song A Cigarette”. After that, the band “The Crispies”, at the moment considered an insider tip, will rock the stage.
Sportzentrum Hakoah, Wehlistraße 320, 1020 Vienna. July 9. Tournament from 10:00 onwards, concerts from 14:00 onwards. Pay as you wish. Web
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Culinary journey along the Silk Road
Until the 13th century, spices, silk and porcelain as well as merchants, scholars, religions and ideas travelled on the legendary Silk Road from east to west, from the Mediterranean to East Asia and the other way round. Today, the association “Kulturbrücke” lets us experience the old caravan road again – namely in a culinary way. A wide range of delicacies from Mongolia, Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia and Buryatia will be offered for free. The cooks, all of them natives, will not only prepare their national dishes, but also provide information about the history and preparation.
Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1170 Vienna. July 9, 17:30. Free entry. Web
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 Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
Medieval Market
The Museum of Military History takes its visitors on a journey through time back to the Middle Ages: Feel like a damsel dancing to medieval tunes with the group “Eulenspiel” or drooling over noble warriors participating in the big knight’s tournament. Jugglers, basket-makers, armourers – the exhibitors and craftspeople will provide you with an insight into times long past. Countless stalls sell different products and the historical wandering bakery offers baked goods as in the olden days. Besides, the whole event is plastic-free! And those who attend the market dressed in medieval clothes don’t pay any entrance fee.

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Arsenal, 1030 Vienna. July 9, 9:00-22:00; July 10 until 19:00. 6 €. Web
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Yoga and breakfast in the Palais’ garden
Harmonizing body, mind and soul at one of Vienna’s most beautiful places: Plane trees, magnolias and a spouting water basin can be found in the hidden bastion garden of the hotel Coburg. During the summer, yoga instructor Sabine Harbich teaches correct breathing, bending and stretching every second Sunday at this idyllic venue to beginners and professionals. The participants are provided with yoga mats, a towel and a bottle of water. And to top it all off: Enjoying a healthy and above all luxurious breakfast at the Palais’ restaurant “Clementine im Glashaus” after the one-hour training session. Breakfast Asanas for a perfect Sunday!
Palais Coburg Residenz, Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna. July 10, 9:00. €40 including breakfast. Web
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“Milch” Sewing Workshop
Stylish new clothes made from old men’s suits: Under her label “Milch”, Designer Cloed Baumgartner has already given new life to many old pieces. In today’s workshop, the participants work according to the motto “All you can sew” with approved patterns by “Milch” and can tailor models such as wrapover skirt Pia, bag Leo or dress Lina. Equipment like cords, threads or zips and material in the form of trousers or shirts are provided. You can also bring some old clothes yourself. The only preconditions to participating in the workshop are mastering straight seams using a sewing machine and handling a pair of scissors.
Zero Waste Lab, Brotfabrik, Eingang Puchsbaumgasse 1, 1010 Vienna. July 10, 13:00-19:00. €100. Web
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Otto Wagner: Steinhof
When it opened in 1907, the nursing home “Am Steinhof” was Europe’s biggest and most modern mental hospital. The “mentally ill” relatives of the European financial aristocracy and high nobility came here for treatment. During today’s guided tour you can discover these fascinating premises. The tour starts in the management building. To finish off, guide Walter Juraschek will take you through the recreation area “Steinhofgründe” to the climax of Otto Wagner’s architectural oeuvre: the church “Kirche am Steinhof”. It is considered the most important sacral creation of art nouveau. The meeting point is the foyer of the management building of Steinhof.
Otto Wagner Spital, Foyer Direktion, Baumgartner Höhe 1, 1140 Vienna. July 11, 14:00. €16. Web
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Snarky Puppy
Wow, with the gig of the unorthodox multi-musician-combo “Snarky Puppy”, the conclusion of the JazzFest is granting us a real highlight! Since the group was founded more than ten years ago, it has consisted of a (changing) collective of about 40 musicians. The styles funk, afro and soul overlap in a peaceful way and are accompanied by jazz horns and gifted world music voices. Anyhow, Snarky Puppy is the living proof that many cooks do under no circumstances spoil the broth – the combo’s sound consists of so many rich layers! Which members will go on tour is a surprise until the end. Smart guitar wizard Marc Ribot will definitely be on stage tonight. Magic!
Rathaus, Arkadenhof, 1010 Vienna. July 11, 20:30. €44. Web
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 Spanische Hofreitschule
Piber meets Vienna
After the Fete Imperiale in the Riding School, the jumping horses are now on vacation in the countryside and the offspring of the stud Piber are on excursion in Vienna. The summer programme (tickets from €12) shows young stallions that have only romped about mountain pastures so far, dams with their foals and historic harnesses with original carriages. The youngsters romp around almost every morning in the Winter Riding School. The daily foals run in the Burggarten is particularly nice! When the weather is nice, you can visit the young horses (for free) in their green children’s room – meet & greet with the offspring, so to speak ;-)
Spanish Riding School, Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. Until July 31. Tues-Sun 11:00. €12-45. Burggarten Tues-Sat 17:00. Free entry. Web
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Sale at Green Ground
Prices are still dropping! The fair fashion boutique Green Ground makes cutbacks too. In the sale, you can get hold of sophisticated fashion pieces from international labels, such as light summer dresses by People Tree, colourful tops by Wunderwerk, trendy hemp dresses by Lanius or sporty shirts by Armed Angels. Items from the current collection are reduced by 30 or 40%, individual pieces or items from the previous collection by up to 50%! You can rummage through the refined dresses, multicoloured skirts and cheeky T-shirts until mid September – of course everything with organic certification as well as fair and sustainably traded.
Green Ground, Servitengasse 11, 1090 Vienna. Tues-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:00 (closed from July 25 to August 8). Web
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 Edson Chagas
Found Not Taken – Edson Chagas
Finds, presented in an artistic way: For his series of photos “Found Not Taken”, Edson Chagas strolled through the streets of African and European cities in order to collect objects that others had thrown away and to rearrange them in front of house facades and walls as sculptural graphical symbols. A way of artistic recycling: Per se worthless articles are given a new value and are consumed again in the form of pictures. This playful-poetic photo series received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. Now it is being shown in Austria for the first time. The opening takes place today – followed by a party in the garden.
Kunst Haus Wien, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna. Vernissage at 19:00. Exhibition until October 30. Free entry. Web
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Geh-Café at the Danube Canal
Street art, the art of graffiti, pop-up bars and urban gardening – the Danube Canal turned into a really cool promenade. Today, the bank of the Danube Canal can be discovered for free during a guided city tour! Eugene Quinn of “space and place” and the street artists of “Urban Space” provide you with elements of surprise as well as gripping stories and interesting perspectives regarding trendy meeting places, quiet places to linger, modern architecture and Vienna’s biggest free graffiti zone. After the one-hour tour, refreshments and organic snacks are waiting for the participants at the pop-up cafe. The walk takes place in all weathers.
Meeting point: Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna. July 13, 16:00-18:00. No participation fee. Web
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AlexStadler Fabric Experiments
Designer Alexandra Stadler always listens to music while designing or knitting. The music contributes directly to her works, which is why the tag of each trendy piece in her mini shop mentions the related music. For this summer, the native Tyrolean composed linen yarn pullovers while listening to Benjamin Clementine. They are loose-knit, asymmetrical and knitted sideways which makes them fall beautifully. Bluish grey sets the tone of AlexStadler’s pieces, with flashes of mustard or white in-between. Apart from experimental knitting, the designer also offers dresses and bags. Very chic, very avant-garde!
AlexStadler Fabric Experiments, Lindengasse 25, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 12:00-16:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Alto – Südtiroler Trattoria
It has been a long time ago that restaurateurs successfully installed themselves in the former home of Dornbach’s “Waldschnepfe”. Until now! The old vault has been renovated in a tasteful way and a South Tyrolean trattoria has moved in. The waiters are friendly and quick, the pizza crunchy and thin, the dough is, if requested, made out of rye, and the toppings include South Tyrolean specialities such as grey cheese, bacon and grapes. The antipasti plate with brittle bread goes well with the wine too. It’s no typical summer restaurant since it doesn’t have a garden, but sitting on the roofed terrace during a warm thundery shower can be quite cosy ;-)
Alto, Dornbacher Straße 88, 1170 Vienna. Mon-Fri 17:00-24:00, Sat+Sun 11:00-24:00. Web


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