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j u l y 16 | 21. - 27.

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"Heya Girls!"
You can see a city from different angles: from the angle of a tourist, the I-need-to-get-to-the-office-quickly-angle, the grumpy-Viennese-angle or the enthusiastic summer-evening-oh-how-beautiful!-angle. “Die 78er” from the Institute for City Exploration look at Vienna in another way. They peer behind the scenes, into the hidden, undiscovered and often gloomy aspects of the city. The curious group (yes, they have female members as well!) enters abandoned houses, explores underground sewers, climbs up onto rooftops and cranes – and documents everything with spectacular pictures: Images of burnt-out discos, from the rooftop of the slowly crumbling flak tower, of nocturnal subway shafts or old factory halls. Of course, this is not really legal, but they never break in – and those who follow them on Facebook get to see a Vienna that no one knows. At the moment, the “Urban Explorers” are presenting a selection of their pictures in the gallery Oxymoron. Vienna from a different angle!
Wishing you a curious week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Oymoron, Burggasse 89, 1070 Vienna. Until 30 July. Tues-Sat 13:00-18:00. Free entry. Web

PS: The Viennese harbour’s new boss presents her five favourite books on CitySpotterGirl. Web
Photo: Die 78er
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Summer, Singing, South Pacific
Balm for souls that are yearning for faraway places! At a Singing Evening in the middle of the lush greenness of the beautiful recreation area “Steinhofgründe”, simple songs from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Hawaii will be lilted tonight: some meditative, others lively, complemented by easy steps and moves and accompanied by drums, percussion and ukulele. This kind of free singing with singing therapist Julia Hwesta-Spitzer is not just fun but also has a positive impact on hormonal balance, immune system and psyche. And even pain can be eased by singing. Aloha against ouch ;-)
Meeting point: Bus station “Baumgartner Höhe” (bus 47A), 1160 Vienna. 21 July 18:30-20:30. €20. Web
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Kino am Dach: Banksy Does New York
In 2013, the legendary street artist Banksy left 31 art works in 31 days in New York. Every day he unveiled a new painting or another kind of art work at a previously undisclosed place. By doing so, he caused a great uproar – and a documentary film that will be shown for the first time in Vienna tonight. Director Chris Mourkabel focuses especially on the different reactions provoked by the graffiti in public space, showing Youtube videos, pictures on Instagram and TV recordings. The documentary can be watched tonight on the rooftop of the main library – one of the city’s most beautiful summer cinemas.
Dach der Hauptbücherei, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna. 21 July, 21:00. €8. Web
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Sale at Margaret and Hermione
From today onwards, there will be a mega-massive-mambo-jambo-sale at the swimwear label Margaret and Hermione. The stylish bikinis and swimsuits of the new Austro label will be reduced by up to 70%. By the way, the two designers Barbara Gölles and Andrea Kollar produce their colourful, elaborate collections sustainably from fishing nets. The cheerful print and plain swimwear combos are full of seafish and little monkeys with coconut trees, the cuts fit and are nevertheless wonderfully sophisticated. Better be quick in casting your string bag, the sale will only take place until Saturday!
Margaret and Hermione, Burggasse 24, 1070 Vienna. 21-23 July, Thurs+Fri 11:00-20:00, Sat until 18:00. Web
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 Hugo Gumiel
Israel Galvan:
“Re-inventor of Flamenco” – a Spanish dancer first has to earn this title! Israel Galvan did, and what he creates from the common clichés of this dance and its rich traditions will be shown for the first time in Austria tonight. The full-blooded dancer, who has been showered with prizes, will exude sexy dancing energy together with six musicians at the Volkstheater. At his “dancing concert” – that’s what he calls it – the extreme moves of this good-looking master merge with the unconventional and virtuoso music. Gripping, humorous – and the passionate dance is a treat for the eyes anyway ;-)
Volkstheater, Neustiftgasse 1, 1070 Vienna. 22 July 21:00. Tickets from €8. Web
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Farewell Sale at Messinger
Such a shame! Opened just one year ago, the exquisite Messinger Showroom will unfortunately be closing down at the end of this week. Until then, Elisa Kramer-Asperger’s minimalistic IAmYou pieces and the items of fellow designer Monica Ferrari will be sold off. Discounts close to the pain barrier will also be offered on vintage jewellery by Antoaneta Stereva, handmade leather shoes by Danijel Radic, Furoshiki shoes that flatter your bare feet and cool original sunglasses from the 70s. By the way, the IAmYou collections can be bought from September onwards at Combinat at the MQ.
Messinger, Burggasse 104, 1070 Vienna. Thurs 12:00-19:00, Fri until 18:00, Sat until 16:00. Web
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 Kristina Eggers
Testing Tour in the 8th District
Sustainable living without renunciation: On her blog “Ich mach es anders” (“I’m doing it differently”), Sabrina Haupt shows how this works. Lately she has been offering guided tours through Viennese districts during which the participants visit shops that are pioneers when it comes to sustainability. Today she will lead a testing tour through the 8th district – without participation fee! Information about sustainable fishery, food sharing and a side tour to an organic shop that offers its products without packaging are included. Also she will show you Josefstadt’s vegan side and how to buy directly from the farm in this city. At the end you can enjoy delicious organic ice cream or fruit sorbet.
Meeting point: Goldfisch, Lerchenfelderstraße 16, 1080 Vienna. 22 July, 15:00. Register! Web
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Festival of Lights at the Old Danube
Look! How romantic! From 20:00 onwards, a fleet adorned with lampions will float across the Old Danube. Participants will use their own boats or rent one from the many rental companies and – yes, really! – a group of Venetian gondola will join in as well. Music is in the air, culinary delicacies are on offer during the trip, and the darker it gets, the prettier and kitschier it is. The highlight of the evening will be the fireworks in the Gänsehäufl area at 21:45. In case of bad weather, the event will take place on 30 July instead. Tip: Reserve your rented boat early!
Old Danube between Wasserpark and Gänsehäufl, 1220 Vienna. 23 July from 20:00 onwards. Free entry. Web
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Holi Festival
Colour explosion? Pink-yellow-green colour fever? On Saturday, a cloud of colour for which the word “colourful” will have to be reinvented will envelop us: The Holi Festival of Colours will come to Vienna! This tradition originates in India. “Holi” is an old Hindu custom: People of any age and gender meet, throw Gulal colour powder at each other and celebrate a huge feast together. On Saturday, this party between Woodstock and Bollywood will be celebrated at the Danube Island as well. Please buy the (non-toxic) colour at the venue and don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!
Marx Halle Freifläche, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna. 23 July from 14:00. Tickets from €19.90. Web
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 Wien Museum
Guided tour through the Hermesvilla
“Mansion surrounded by greenery, imperial, partly furnished, 1350 sq m living space”: Empress Sisi’s “Palace of Dreams” is located in the middle of the former imperial hunting ground Lainzer Tiergarten. Emperor Francis Joseph gave it to her as a present, hoping that it would keep his wife, who loved travelling, in Vienna for longer – a plan that didn’t work. To get to the mansion, you have to take a long walk through the shady park. Afterwards you can participate in a guided tour which will not just inform you about the building’s architectural history, but also about the biography of the eccentric empress.

Hermesvilla, Lainzer Tiergarten, 1130 Vienna. 24 July, 15:00. €11. Web
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Grill ,n‘ Chill City Barbecue
It’s already got around that the huge garden of the Imperial Riding School Hotel in Vienna’s 3rd district is a really great place to relax. A hot and high-caloric tip for people who love to eat good and a lot of food is the grill buffet that invites during summer each week from Thursday to Sunday to feast without restraint in the idyllic City Garden – mind you, the buffet is all you can eat! Delicacies such as juicy poulard breast, pork belly from the Tullnerfeld region, spare ribs caramelized with honey, salmon medallions and many more will be sizzled there. Until 18:00, early birds pay 25% less!
Imperial Riding School Hotel, Ungargasse 60, 1030 Vienna. Thurs-Sun 17:00-22:00, until 28/8. €32. Web
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Vienna Cabaret Festival
According to a German saying, humourless people go to the cellar to laugh. From tonight onwards, those who like laughing in public will go to the city hall. During the festival, two programmes per evening will provide you with laughing fits. It starts with “Helden für nix” by Christoph Fälbl & Rainer Nowak and “Best of G’schichten und Lieder” by Victor Gernot. On Saturday it will continue with humorous ensembles such as Lukas Resetarits and Kernölamazonen or Klaus Eckel and Steinböck & Rudle. Newcomer cabaret artists will warm up your laughing muscles as pre-acts.
Arkadenhof im Rathaus, Rathausplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. 25-30 July, 19:30. From €28. Web
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Touching Hearts Summer Special
What Bioenergetician Michael Karner does with his sensitive hands has a deep effect and can be felt through the whole body and within the heart. This is why he calls his method “touching hearts”. The soft touches help you to get a more positive perception of your own body and thus gain more self-consciousness. Until the end of September, you can benefit from summery getting-to-know-you-prices – all heart-warming packages are offered at half price. Each of them includes an introductory talk, body work and a post-analysis as well as feedback after the treatment.
Gemeinschaftspraxis, Burggasse 55, 1070 Vienna. From €30/hour. Offer until end of September. Web
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Silent nocturnal hours at St Ruprecht
Vienna’s oldest church is located in the middle of the city at the edge of the so-called “Bermuda-Triangle”. The present building originates from the 12th century and its simplicity makes it quite unique in Vienna. The church’s offer is unique as well: Each Friday from 21:00-24:00, this place of worship turns into an open “night church”. Illuminated by candles only, it offers peace and silence to everyone, no matter what religious denomination or origin. This unusual place of retreat reveals an impressive meditative power and you can leave your everyday life behind in next to nothing.

St. Ruprecht, Judengasse, 1010 Vienna. Each Friday from 21:00 to 24:00. Free entry. Web
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Summer Sale at Göttin des Glücks
A divine opportunity for cheerful, fair shopping! The designer collective Göttin des Glücks needs to make space for new pieces in the store, which is why they are reducing their entire summer collection by 30%. Colourful summer dresses made from organic cotton can be bought for nearly €70, plain coloured and very comfortable flared skirts are sold for less than €50. And you can always do with a loosely cascading wrap jacket! By the way, the cute underwear is also reduced by 20% – and really every woman likes showing off with the logo “Göttin” (“goddess”) on her vest ;-)
Göttin des Glücks, Kirchengasse 17, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00-14:00, 14:30-18:30, Sat 11:00-17:00 Uhr. Web
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 Hannah Neuhuber
Shakespeare in the park
Today it will be turbulent in the idyllic Pötzipark when the premiere of “The Comedy of Errors” takes place as part of the summer theatre. In the grounds of the former palace Schloss Pötzleinsdorf, in the middle of giant trees, old bathing grottos, decayed bird houses and figurines of the Ringtheater, in this production we are told the story of identical twin brothers who – adapted from Shakespeare – cause a lot of confusion in the city of Ephesus. To crown it all, there is a second pair of identical twin brothers that are involved as servants. Pure chaos and a funny open air play!

Schloss Pötzleinsdorf, Geymüllergasse 1, 1180 Vienna. From 27 July until 6 August. 19:00. €22. Web
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 Ludwig Seidl Captures
MQ-Hofmusik: Avec
Mystically beautiful and tenderly touching – Avec’s songs are really profound. Tonight, the young singer-songwriter from Vöcklabruck (Upper Austria) will cause goose bumps at the Museumsquartier – as part of the summery Hofmusik, the entry will even be free! In her songs, Avec describes life, tells stories and shares experiences, some of them gloomy, others cheerful and all of them very soulful. She will be accompanied by the percussion and gentle guitar sound of the two members of her band. In September she will release her debut album – you can already start to get excited!
MQ Haupthof, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 27 July, 18:00. Free entry. Web
Shop of the Week 
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What a worthy successor for the Gloriette cinema! A very pleasant and relaxed combination of bistro and bike shop has moved into its rooms. The boss, Anthony Chira, is an avowed bicycle freak and proud of the high-quality bikes he offers in his store. In the bright corner shop you can find solid, trendy city bikes by the German traditional manufacturer Victoria as well as speedy electric bikes. The crew works passionately and skilfully in the adjacent repair shop. Moreover, they gladly revamp old bikes. For those who are searching for the bike for life: Home-made Velobis bikes are built on request. It’s really great that Vienna is turning more and more into a city of bikes!
Velobis, Johnstraße 1-3, 1140 Vienna. Mon 10:00-18:00, Tues-Fri until 20:00, Sat until 16:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 Jahan Saber
Cathy Lemoine is not only Venezuela’s most famous TV cook but also responsible for the culinary creations of Vienna’s latest gourmet project. The restaurant Chuchú opened recently and brings the taste of the Caribbean to the Danube: Gilt-head bream grilled in banana leaves, duck breast with wakame jam or the Venezuelan favourite dish Chicharrones (pork belly) with mashed yucca are on the menu. Customers enjoy the food in an elegant, original environment with a golden bar and a mural by famous body painting artist Bella Volen. Latin American fusion cuisine with a certain Asian influence to make it perfect!
Chuchú, Wipplingerstraße 21, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Thurs 11:30-15:30, 18:00-24:00, Fri until 2:00, Sat 18:00-2:00. Web


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