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"Heya Girls!"
Who has sampled the herb of immortality before? Or looked for healing herbs in the middle of the city? Right now, you could even find something in our small office garden: because there, all the sudden, celandine appeared. The alchemists of medieval times would have loved our courtyard paradise, since they used the herb with the golden-yellow blossoms in order to depict the prime matter. In the month of May, herbs are popping up all over the place, so it’s hardly surprising that the herb-events are in high season as well. During a guided tour at the Cityfarm Schönbrunn you cannot only discover many aromatic herbs, but also miracle herbs with proven medical effects – paracress, brahmi, mushroom plant and the afore mentioned herb of immortality. Mitchi Hörl organized a nice evening of herbalism about “wild herbs for women’s health”. And in the Seestadt, there is even a “Long Day of Viennese Wild Herbs”. It includes a plant-swap meet, an herb buffet and guided tours led by the Viennese Herb Academy. Their motto is: Good herbs in the city!
Wishing you a green week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Cityfarm Schönbrunn, May 19 Web Mitchi Hörl, 1130 Vienna. May 19 Web Viennese Herb Academy 1220 Vienna.  May 20. Web
Photo: Cityfarm Sch├Ânbrunn
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 Michael Neugebauer
Jane Goodall „Five Reasons for Hope“
Everybody needs to listen to this woman a least once! Chimpanzees’ expert Jane Goodall is one of the most captivating lecturers worldwide and also a brilliant fighter for environmental projects and Mother Nature. Tonight, the UN Messenger of Peace is in Vienna, this time the focus of her lecture are her personal “Five Reasons for Hope”: the reasons that let her maintain a hopeful outlook into the future despite of many unpleasant developments in the sectors of species protection, environment or human rights. You can also listen to the lecture live on Facebook!
Expedithalle, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna. May 18 19:00. 45 €. Web
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 Art for Art
Visiting „Art for Art“
An exciting glimpse behind the scenes – not only for theater lovers! At the almost 15 000 sqm big “Art for Art” decoration sites mostly stage equipment for theater productions all over the world are being built and created. Today, an excursion of the theater museum leads through these creative halls, where theater painters paint stage sceneries, sculptors make even the most unusual sculptures and carpenters and locksmiths create strange new worlds. They even have their own armor workshop! The tour will be guided by Paul Zündel, the director of this “magic factory”.
Art for Art, Arsenal, Objekt 19, 1030 Vienna. May 18 14:00 to 16:00. 12 €. Web
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 Mx.Oops /WendellCooper, Foto: Ian Douglas
Performeum – Big Opening
During the “Festwochen” every year the whole city is basically on fire, but this year even more so! And there is a new location, which will be opened with lots of glam and glitter today. The Performeum is located at a former factory site in the 10th district and it’s the secret centerpiece of the festival. The “temple of the moment” will be inaugurated today with the queer-ecstatic performance “House of Realness” featuring New York glamor star Justin Vivian Bond. From 18:00 on you can also relax beneath the cupulas of the installation “Hamamness” and get pampered by Hamam-staff, which is also a nice idea ;-)
Performeum, Laxenburger Straße 2a, 1100 Vienna. May 18 20:00. Free entry, but ticket necessary! Web
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 Karin Bergmayer
Meidling Riviera Show
This is a well-known fact: a hat cannot only be the icing on an outfit-cake but also change your whole appearance. Suddenly, you move a little bit more elegantly, feel a little bit more like a lady and shoot others sassy looks from beneath the rim ;-) Today, Karin Bergmayer from the legendary hat salon in Meidling is presenting new pieces à la “summer cocktail hats with hand-sewn organza flowers”. Together with the opticians from Tivoligasse she is celebrating a funky-elegant Riviera hat & glasses show. The event will take place inside and in front of the shop, accompanied by Italian music. Grande!
Die Optiker, Tivoligasse 4-6, 1120 Vienna. May 19 18:30. Free entry. Web
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 Salon Jardin
Salon Jardin
A magical place for a picnic that is usually not open to the public. A comfortable lawn chair that looks like a piece of art. A laid-back sampling of organic culinary delicacies, accompanied by exhilarant music, under the open spring sky – that’s what the Salon Jardin is all about! Usually, the beautiful park of Castle Hetzendorf is not available to the general public. But for Vienna’s garden salon it will be open for three days: on these days, 60 exhibiters will be presenting furniture, design, ceramics, plants, food and arts and crafts, and additionally there will be “green” lectures and workshops.
Castle Park Hetzendorf, Hetzendorferstraße 79, 1120 Vienna. May 19-21. 8 €. Web
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Vila Madalena
A good-mood concert in the center of the Karmelitermarkt and for free! The Viennese duo Vila Madalena will be performing cheery market-stroll-music, along the lines of the Brazilian artists’ quarter with the same name, with Balkan sounds, a touch of flamenco and a breeze of Yiddish music and jazz. And all of it without any technical support, just acoustic – which makes the whole event even nicer. But (attention!) it happens before noon! The concert series “Musikmarkt” is on tour around Vienna’s markets until the end of May with fine acoustic acts ranging from wild violins to fun reggae.
Karmelitermarkt, 1020 Vienna. May 19 11:00 to 13:00. Free entry. Web
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 Bronski & Gr├╝nberg
Forget about the old yellow Reclam-booklets, because you have never experienced the sufferings of young Werther like this before! At the Bronski & Grünberg (whoever hasn’t been there yet: it’s about time!) a hip version of Goethe’s classic piece can be seen – relocated into the era of social media and re-written from scratch for today’s generation. The best proof that Werther’s question of identity, happiness and an ideal interpersonal relationship is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago! And it really is a joy to watch young actor Josef Ellers “suffer” ;-)
Bronski & Grünberg, Müllnergasse 2 / corner Porzellangasse, 1090 Vienna. May 20+21 19:30. 21 €. Web
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 sous bois
Maker Faire Vienna
Touching and trying is what the Maker Faire, which will be happening at the cool METAStadt in the 22nd district, is all about. A hit for all wannabe-Gyro Gearlooses and DIY-queens! The selection of exhibitors and workshops includes 900 “makers”, ranging from the world’s first fruit gum-3D-printer to an open source DIY-vegetable garden. The CitySpotterGirl can’t wait for the Maker Faire to start – at her stand you can create super colorful paper-pieces by using her new Vienna book of patterns. The first two readers to send us a mail win two tickets each for the fair!
METAStadt, Dr. Otto-Neurath-Gasse 3, 1220 Vienna. Free shuttle to the U2-stop Stadlau. May 20+21 10:00 to 18:00. 11 €. Web
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 Nina Mandl
TCM-Basics fire-element – gluten free
The ideal cooking class for all of those who have a problem with the gluten that can be found in several kinds of cereal: all of the presented recipes are 100% gluten free! And they also fit the season: expert Nina Mandl explains how you can cool down your body with cooling food during rising temperatures. Because the currently active element “fire” can quickly become too much and that possibly leads to hyperthermia or mental and physical overstraining. But the other way around, you also (depending on your type!) shouldn’t eat too many cooling foods because that could result badly as well. Interesting!
Agency ACTS, Hasnerstraße 123, 1160 Vienna. May 20 12:00 to 17:00. 100 €. Web
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 Veronika Persche
Tailoring market
Karlotta Pink, Knallfrosch Design, Guate Stoffe & Toyota sewing machines – even just the list of exhibitors of the tailoring market sounds great once again! Vendors from the whole German-speaking area are selling their finest stock around the topic of the “miracle of fabrics”. Additionally, there will be interesting workshops where the expert sewing-queens will be sharing their knowledge and lectures where they will be giving advice. Doesn’t matter if it’s code-crafting (development of embroidery designs with Open Source!) or the fabrication of thread buttons: for 2 days hobby-tailors can learn how it’s done.
Ottakringer Brewery, Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160 Vienna. May 20+21 11:00 to 18:00. 5 €. Web
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 Tanzgruppe Belibenu
Jewish Street Festival
Colorful, loud, lively: today a big party is happening at the Arkadenhof of the City Hall. At the street festival within the framework of the Festival of Jewish Culture (which is on until Tuesday) various live acts like Timna Brauer or the ensemble Klesmer will be creating mayhem. How to move to their music will be demonstrated by Israeli dance groups. And of course there will be great food: from falafel to home-baked goods, also kosher wine – and vodka ;-) Also, pretty and hand-made ethnic jewelry will be sold and at the many info-stands you can find out more about the Jewish lifestyle in Vienna. Please bring your passport!
City Hall, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1. 1010 Vienna. May 21 15:00 to 20:00. Free entry. Web
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30th Austrian Women’s Race
There are many good reasons why you should put on your running shoes: to clear your head, to relieve stress, to become fit. Or simply to participate in the women’s race! The race is happening for the 30th time today, around 35 000 enthusiastic runners and walkers of any age will be doing their best at the Prater Hauptallee. And not only joining in but also cheering on is a source of happiness! So nice to experience the mobilized women’s power up close and simply great what Women’s Race founder Ilse Dippmann managed to get going. Read more about the interesting background story here.
Start: Pierre-de-Coubertin-Platz, 1020 Vienna. May 21 from 9:00. 45 €. Web
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 Marco Riebler
Porcia-theater vehicle
A different kind of theater! Because today, we are offered a little theater highlight: the rich in tradition ensemble Porcia from Carinthia is parking its theater vehicle (“Theaterwagen”) in Vienna for the first time. They will be performing at 3 locations – today in the middle of Mariahilfer Straße. Very nice when a ramp opens up magically and a funny ensemble wearing colorful costumes emerges and starts acting right then and there. They will be playing “Der Tenor” from Carl Sternheim, a very Carinthian story of singing. Next stop is Resselpark on May 25th and 26th!
Theaterwagen, Mariahilfer Straße 70, 1070 Vienna. May 22 12:00 and 17:00. Free entry. Web
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 Marina Pichlbauer
Power dance with hula hoop
Wonderfully feminine and at the same time fun! The hula hoop workout at the park with Marina Pichlbauer means pure joy of life. You dance and hoop with different colorful hoops, which will also be included into the choreography of the exercises. Doesn’t matter if they are Latin-American step combinations accompanied by hot rhythms or deliberate gyration of the hips, it’s always fun. And beginners will be able to participate easily as well. The whole thing happens in a section of the Belvedere-garden, which is usually not open to the public, which is awesome as well ;-)
Meeting point: Arbeiterkammer, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 20-22, 1040 Vienna. Mondays 18:00-19:30. 15 €. Web
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Cheese specialties from Robert Paget
There are gourmets who think he is the best cheese maker in Austria. In the Kamptal, Robert Paget breeds water buffalos and uses their milk to make delicious cheese, namely real buffalo mozzarella, camembert, blue cheese. Today, the master will be visiting the city and telling interesting stories about cheese at the cooking studio essen:z. He will also answer questions like: what is ricotta? How is mozzarella made? What is so special about buffalo yogurt? How do you store cheese correctly? You can find out everything you have always wanted to know about cheese. And of course, you can sample!
essen:z cooking studio, Brückengasse 4, 1060 Vienna. May 22 18:30. 48 €. Web
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Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Jan Frankl
“Reset – alles auf Anfang”
Real nice training for your laughing muscles – just as always when Michael Niavarani is behind something. In the amnesia-comedy “Reset –Alles auf Anfang” (Reset- Everything from the start”), written by the comedian himself, luggage is mixed up, paintings are replaced and people aren’t sure about their own identity anymore. The businessmen called Herbert who suffers from memory loss will make you laugh out loud. A man in his best years who is approached by his wife, his mistress, his best friend and his gay half-brother for their own advantage. Awesome!
Globe Vienna, Marx Halle, Karl Farkas Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna. Until June 29 19:30. From 24 €. Web
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 Salzgrotte Meereskristall
Wellness-singing in a salt cave
Yes, singing makes us happy and it makes our bodies vibrate – and that feels really good! Especially when the sounds and the location are as wholesome as they are at today’s event with singer and shiatsu-practitioner Thomas Bonneß. Because he is inviting to a mutual regeneration in a salt cave (“Salzgrotte”): there you can lie or sit in a field of deep relaxation, breath “healthy” air, listen to his mantras – or just join in singing yourself. In the cave, the temperature stays at 21 degrees constantly, so you should maybe bring a light sweater and socks, blankets are available there.
Meereskristall Salzgrotte, Tanbruckgasse 12/1, 1120 Vienna. May 23 19:00. Sign up! 20 €. Web
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 Wiener Tafel
Long Table
The Vienna Tafel is an institution: groceries are saved from being thrown out and given away for free to those in need. Today the association is inviting to the annual Long Table (“Lange Tafel”): a colorful street festival with picnic, music and show cooking. Everyone is invited to sit down at the long table and eat while listening to the sounds of the the “Strottern” or the orchestra “MusikarbeiterInnenkapelle”. And since the Wienissimo Festival is happening at the same time, there is also a white table where you can eat in exchange for a small donation. On the menu today: a Viennese breakfast with a huge serving of scrambled eggs!
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna. May 23 12:00 to 22:00. Free entry. Web
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Doderer at the Palace of Justice
Wow, very unusual! 90 years after the fire at the Palace of Justice as it was described in Doderer’s most famous piece “The Demons”, a scenic reading is bringing the event from back then to live once again at the original location. After three Demons-episodes in the spring, the big finale of the 60-year-old piece of work is happening as actor Stefan Suske guides through several levels of the Palace of Justice and through the meandering paths of the final chapter of “The Demons”: it is July 15th of 1927and the Palace of Justice is burning. A moving experience of a moving time!
Palace of Justice, Schmerlingplatz 10, 1010 Vienna. May 24 19:30. 15 €. Web 
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 Nick Widmer
Hyperreality in a castle
Lots of things are new this year at the Festwochen, also including a brand-new, fancy party location! Night owls can fly to the Castle Neugebäude to experience some nice parties during the next few nights. It is going to be wild, shrill and uninhibited! And today also fairly Portuguese, because the first clubbing-night features Principe, a hip record label based in Lisbon, showing how it’s done. Also, US-club-music-queen Holly Herndon will be entertaining the dance floor with her recently developed live show. To feet and heads going crazy! You can check out the whole DJ-line-up here.
Castle Neugebäude, Kaiser-Ebersdorfer-Straße, 1110 Vienna. May 24-27 from 21:00. 25 €. Web
Shop of the week 
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 Rudolf Strobl
lu design & Dörte Kaufmann
News at Kettenbrückengasse: designer Ursula Lidy, who until recently was active at the shop Näherei Apfel in number 8, has moved to number 17 at the beginning of the month to work with knitting-artist Dörte Kaufmann. There, the two ladies are concentrating on the centerpieces of their creative work: for Ursula Lidy they are the lovingly created and robust backpack-beauties, Dörte Kaufmann prefers to knit pretty accessories. Not only fluffy hats and gloves but also delicate crochet-pieces that are perfect for summer. This Thursday the shop will be open until 21:00 because of the Late Night Shopping event in the street.
lu design, Kettenbrückengasse 17, 1050 Vienna. Tue-Fri 11:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 16:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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 Ines Hofbaur
Zuckerkringel Kekswerkstatt
Whoever feels like the CitySpotterGirl and loves “real” cakes without a whole lot of frills, has found the right place! At the recently opened café of the enthusiastic baker Doris Shanker the recipes come directly from the pastry chef grandma of the owner. Beneath glass covers there are heavenly pastries to be found, like super soft Guglhupf, Linzer cookies or juicy cherry cake. The selection is small but mighty, the location spacious and cozy and even the coffee is good: it comes from the roast house Suchan in Freistadt and is organic, just like the cakes. Additionally, there is also a cookie workshop with a long table for baking-classes.
Zuckerkringel Kekswerkstatt, Gentzgasse 127, 1180 Vienna. Wed-Sun 10:00 to 18:00. Web


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