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j a n u a r y 19 | 24. - 30.

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"Heya Girls!"
How times change. While I’m doing an embroidery workshop in London by the artist Ekta Kaul, who gets the art of embroidery out of the dusty grandma corner, embroidery was about the only creative activity that women were allowed to do a hundred years ago. At the beginning of the 20th century, women who wanted to become artists were still severely disadvantaged. They were not allowed to study at the Academy, couldn’t exhibit, and they were denied access to artist associations. Still: many female artists were involved in the dawn of Modernism in Vienna. They are just all forgotten today. Or rather: they have been erased from art historiography. After a first “investigative” show at the Jewish Museum two years ago, the Lower Belvedere now dedicates a long overdue presentation to these women. From 25 January, “City of Women” shows female artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938 – a great discovery!
Wishing you a surprising week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna. 25 January to 19 May. 14 €. Web
P.S. You can follow my London trip on Instagram!
Helene von Taussig, Foto: Johannes Stoll © Belvedere
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Super Stock Sale at Kleidermacherei
Because of her “real” babies, the first baby of designer Katja Rozboril, her fashion label kaRja, had to take a backseat for a while. From April, there will be a relaunch, with fixed opening hours and a new summer collection. The rooms are smartened up as well and before they paint, saw, and drill there, everything has to go. Meaning: -70% on the collection for 2 days, plus there’s a 1+1 free-offer! They still have much in stock, like skirts, dresses, jackets, long shirts, blouses, fashion show models, prototypes, and a few T-Shirts from the screen print collection.
Kleidermacherei, Margaretenstraße 2, 1040 Vienna. 24+ 25 January 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Herwig Prammer
King Arthur
Now that’s some opera! Henry Purcell’s “King Arthur” is actually a semi-opera (with many speaking parts), a special form of the English baroque opera, which was ousted by the Italian opera after a short boom. But before all the opera grouches get scared off now: the stage spectacle at the Theater an der Wien is absolutely worth seeing! The actual plot around King Arthur, who fights the Saxon king Oswald for the power in England and the love of the blind Emmeline, is embedded in a thrilling background story in Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s brilliant production.
Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Vienna. 24, 28 + 30 January 19:00. From 25 €. Web
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 Christy Astuy
Christy Astuy
Unusual, cheeky pictures that make you chuckle! For her picture series “L’Amant”, Californian and Viennese-by choice Christy Astuy was inspired by an assignment to paint young adults in historical attire for an ancestral portrait gallery. In addition, she’s currently single herself and was wondering about what a lover would have to look like. That’s how the 9 oil paintings with historically dressed up gentlemen were created, from the “Protector” to the male blonde “Il Biondo”. They also show some of her iPad drawings. Original art that puts you in a good mood!
Galerie Gerersdorfer, Währinger Straße 12, 1090 Vienna. Vernissage 24 January 19:00. Free entry. Web
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 Female Pleasure / Filmcoop Zürich
Night of Programmkinos
Not only will a variety of hip films come to the screen for the first time in all of Austria today, but they are even free! In Vienna alone, six iconic cinemas from the Gartenbau to the Künstlerhaus join in with premieres and previews. At Filmcasino, they show a preview of the superb French animation film “Minuscule – Mandibles From Far Away”, the Stadtkino shows the moving documentary “Ute Bock Superstar” and – warm recommendation from CitySpotterGirl – the DeFrance screens the brilliant documentary “#Female Pleasure”. A must-watch!
Nacht der Programmkinos, different theatres in Vienna. 25 January from 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival
At this point, we are pretty much sick and tired of the cold winter wind, but there are definitely no objections to a purely musical breeze from the north. Today, four fascinating Scandinavian musicians barely known in these parts perform at the WUK and provide Nordic melancholy just as well as cool party sound. The trio “Lake Jons” comes from Finland, also playing will be the daze-pop trio Great News from the Norwegian mountains, the Danish “Hippie-Hop”-singer Iris Gold and – also from Denmark – the eccentric Lydmor. Listen in here!
WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna. 25 January 20:00. 21 €. Web
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 Sisi Museum Wien
Sisi and the “stronger sex”
Fascinating tour in Sisi’s footsteps: during a trip through the Sisi Museum, curator Olivia Lichtscheidl talks about the men who were of great significance to the life of Empress Elisabeth. Starting with the biographies of the men – including her father, her favourite brother, a political friend, her sports companion, and finally her murderer – she’ll talk about the influence of these gentlemen on the empress. Husband, sun, brother-in-law, teachers, and employees will follow in February. The tour starts with a snack at Café Hofburg, then it’s off to the museum at 15:15!
Sisi Museum, Hofburg / Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna. 25 January 14:00. 27.60 €. Web
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Glow – The Beauty Convention
Selfie and duck face alert! A huge concourse of beauty bloggers, vloggers, and instagrammers as well as their followers meet today at the exhibition grounds of Europe’s biggest beauty convention. There, you can have make-up pros style and advise you, try out the newest products of popular brands at numerous booths, and take home beauty secrets and personal tips from the influencers talking on the stage. Plus: music acts and meet & greets with a wide range of web celebrities and beauty experts. Better be quick, there will be a huge crowd!
Messe Wien, Messeplatz 1, 1021 Vienna. 26 January 9:30 to 18:30. From 30 €. Web
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 City Farm Wien
Winter Vegetables – Harvest in the snow
Snoresville in the frozen patches? As if! Delicacies like pink kale, green pak choi, or leaf mustard flourish in the cold as well. Garden expert Wolfgang Palme will share today how to manage a crispy-fresh harvest in the cold season during a workshop at the City Farm. He will introduce perennial plants, and also talk about ideal cultivation periods, location choice, suitable plant varieties, and technical aids for successful vegetable cultivation. Afterwards, in the comfortable warmth of the “Green Classroom”, you can try some tasty winter greens.
City Farm Augarten, Obere Augartenstraße 1C, 1020 Vienna. 26 January 9:00 to 13:00. 60 €. Web
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The big Volksgarten Ball Night
Close to Hofburg, where there’s currently one ball happening after another, and yet totally different: the Volksgarten Disco is turned into a ballroom tonight. With everything that goes with it: little gifts for the ladies, elegant ballroom decorations, and midnight show. And not least three dance floors with different music for letting off steam. The fact that the ball only starts at 23:00 might also be beneficial: more time for styling ;-) Apropos, there is also a dress code: black tie or creative self-interpretations true to the motto “Glitter & Gold – more is more”. If you keep to it, you get a bottle of Piccolo sparkling wine.
Volksgarten, Burgring, 1010 Vienna. 26 January 23:00. 15 €. Web
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 Mischa Blank
Natasha Korsakova: Tödliche Sonate
The Russian-Greek-Italian-German virtuosa Natasha Korsakova is a global star violinist – plus, she is also the grand-grand-granddaughter of composer Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow. But not only that, she also worked as model and writes crime novels. Her newest book was just published, scene of the plot is a bleak Rome – it’s about music, violins and a murder. At today’s book presentation, the violinist herself will play a little on an old Italian master instrument, Otto Brusatti will read and host. Free entry, but score card reservation is recommended!
Theater Spielraum, Kaiserstraße 46, 1070 Vienna. 27 January 19:00. Free entry. Web
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 Klimt Villa Wien
Girlfriends-Day at Klimt Villa
Nice Sunday outing for Gustav groupies! At today’s girlfriends day at the Klimt Villa in Hietzing, you can meet the painter’s great-granddaughter, fashion designer Brigitte Huber-Mader, take part in a special guided tour through the special exhibition “Klimt lost” and slurp a glass of champagne at the Salon. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to take a stroll through the beautifully renovated rooms of his last place of activity. The Klimt Villa has quite the varied history itself and served the painter as studio and realm of creativity until his death in 1918.
Klimt Villa, Feldmühlgasse 11, 1130 Vienna. 27 January 14:00 to 16:00. 15 €. Web
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 Mark Peters
Mark Peters
He is an exceptional guitarist, has a beautiful voice, and the man is handsome too – so what could go wrong ;-) The singer-songwriter Mark Peters was born in London but now lives in Vienna, which is also where he published his debut album “Spirits”. With his versatile voice and his guitar playing, he playfully melts influences of folk, jazz and funk up to blues and country. With his new group “The Dark Band”, he will present their first joint release “The Sum of All Parts” today, afterwards it’s off to a Europe tour. You can listen in here.
Fluc, Praterstern 5, 1020 Vienna. 28 January 20:00. 10 €. Web
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Sweet Cosmetics
Chocolate is not only good for the soul, it’s also a true blessing for the skin! And if you treat yourself to chocolate in the form of cosmetics, the calories are not an issue either ;-) At today’s workshop, herbal educationalist Julia Binder demonstrates how to fabricate wonderful cosmetic products from chocolate and cacao butter. Lip balm (smells and tastes good!) and bath bombs are made together. For chocolate is a real fountain of youth for the skin, it provides moisture and has a lifting effect. The products may be taken home.
Sonnentor, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 24, 1030 Vienna. 28 January 17:30 to 19:00. 25 €. Please sign up! Web
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60 Years Arena Bar
The Arena Bar is an institution with a turbulent history, from being a dance café to a flamenco venue to a red-light establishment – and for ten years, it has been a “bar of the arts”. The boss, the now more than 90-year-old Helene Wanne, still comes to the bar several times a week to run the business and open her bar for people. The 60th anniversary is being celebrated today with a big jubilee revue with a variety show, literature, music, and a red-light poetry slam; Tini Trampler will host the evening and vintner Friedl Umschaid will present the edition “Rotlichtviertel”.
Arena Bar, Margaretenstraße 117, 1050 Vienna. 29 January 19:30. Voluntary donation. Web
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 Ai Weiwei / Bruno Bühlmann / Jung, Sursee/Schweiz
Chinese Whispers
We know (and worship!) Ai Weiwei, but other Chinese artists? The big exhibition at MAK opening today turns on the lights for you in terms of contemporary Chinese art. Collector and China-connoisseur Uli Sigg has been following the developments of modern art in the Middle Kingdom since the late 1970s, and in the 1990s he began building up the most important collection of Chinese art in the world. From today, more than 100 works from the Sigg collection are being shown – apart from Ai Weiwei by Cao Fei, Duan Jianyu, Feng Mengbo or He Xiangyu. And Ai Weiwei is at the vernissage!
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. Vernissage 29 January 19:00. Free entry. Exhibition until 26 May. Web
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 Kosmos Theater
Jetzt müssen wir auf morgen warten
A thoroughly feminine theatre night with live sound by singer-songwriter Clara Luzia! Three sisters in spirit, among them also Claudia Kottal, play fragmented mini-scenes of different role models. Because it will start immediately, your own life – but before, the women want to quickly clean out the drawers, find their elderly father a place in a home, and raise the child. They bring to the stage what we all know: family conflicts, memories, aspirations, break up-conversations, meetings at the café or profound insights during cooking. Today’s the premiere!
Kosmos Theater, Siebensterngasse 42, 1070 Vienna. Premiere 29 January 20:00. From 23.20 €. Web
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Cucina Povera
Literally translated, „cucina povera” means poor man’s food and represents the honest, simple Italian cuisine. The cooking course at “Babette’s” offers the chance to learn how to create tasty and refined dishes with little effort. Just the right thing for fans of inexpensive and good Italo-cuisine! The ambiance is harmonious, too: a glass of Frizzante is served while the menu is presented. Afterwards, everyone can snip, cook, knead, taste and arrange – but most of all, ask questions! In the end, everyone joins in for a cosy dinner.
Babette’s, Schleifmühlgasse 17, 1040 Vienna. 30 January 18:00. 135 €. Web
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 Pedro Claudio / Jeremiah
Dancas Ocultas 
Insider tip! Today at Konzerthaus, the successful Portuguese accordion quartet “Danças Ocultas” will be playing together with the Brazilian singer and cellist Dom La Nena. A highly emotional arrangement: while the young musician, who is giving her debut in Vienna today, by the way, stunningly sings of weltschmerz (“saudade”) with her velvet voice, the four keys wizards create minimalist and profound sound mixtures from tango nuevo, chamber music, as well as traditional Portuguese music. You can listen in and melt here!
Konzerthaus, Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Vienna. 30 January 19:30. From 35 €. Web
Shop of the Week 
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Serena Laker is an aroma practitioner and an advocate for sustainability, regionality and feminist economy. That’s why all of the products in her small shop are exclusively produced in Austria. For example incense materials like Swiss pine resin, Viennese CBD cosmetics by “Out of Earth”, Evelia orange hair soap, wild harvested essential oils from Vorarlberg by “feeling”, as well as Styrian sea-buckthorn pulp oil. Of course you can get consultation and treatment there too – new in their programme is a deeply relaxing Duft.Klang.Massage (scent-sound-massage). Just the scent in the balancerie alone is a blessing! 
balancerie, Nußdorfer Straße 52, 1090 Vienna. Mon 17:00 to 19:00, Fri 14:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Wiki Wiki Poke
Wiki Wiki Poke
The tables take the form of surfboards, on the wall there glows a neon-pink “Aloha” and in the fridge is Hawaiian Kona beer – it’s only natural that they also serve Poke Bowls to fit the Hawaiian mood. You choose from a handful of recommended bowls (like Shoyu Chicken or Korean Beef) or you put together your own favourite bowl. The basic ingredient is rice, then you add fish, meat or tofu, lots of vegetables and toppings. Fans form a long queue here around lunchtime, but you’ll likely find a seat at the long tables. And if you are lucky, you might land a seat in one of the hammock chairs (!) at the window.
Wiki Wiki Poke, Wipplingerstraße 21, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 21:00. Web


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