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f e b r u a r y 18 | 15. - 21.

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"Heya Girls!"
Now wasn’t that practical! And barely anyone knows them, the “one-kitchen-houses”. What a shame that the feminist living-experiment from 1900 with one central kitchen including cooks didn’t make it to the 21st century. What a pleasant fantasy to come home to your kitchen-less place after work and instead happily sitting down for a ready dinner together with other power-women. There were also common rooms to think and exchange ideas (like a highly attractive rooftop terrace), but then Austrofascism came and that was it with female empowerment and the revolutionary idea of “out of the kitchen”. The rest of the living experiment, unfortunately, is history. A story that will be told in an interesting women’s lecture at Wiener Volkshochschulen on 20 February. At the centre: two of the former feminism strongholds in Vienna: the women’s residential home in the 18th district and “Heimhof” in the 15th. And now? Back to the year 1900, please!
Wishing you a practical week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
VHS Wiener Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna. 20 February 17:00 to 18:30. 6 €. Sign up. Web
Photo: Bezirksmuseum 15
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Chuck Spazzano live
He’s a relationship expert, a world-famous bestselling author, a Doctor of Psychology, and clearly has been blessed with the talent of making people happy: Chuck Spezzano. And the best thing is that today, you won’t have to make do with tips from his books and theoretical healing methods, but you’ll be able to listen live to his “principles of being for a successful life”! The spirit-guru is a guest at Thalia’s and will be chatting about his visions of love, happiness, health, and success. And how you can achieve them yourself. And from 16 to 18 February, he’ll be holding a 3-day-seminar!
Thalia, Mariahilfer Straße 99, 1060 Vienna. 15 February 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Factory sale at Sevie skincare
Like it’s often the case with construction sites, the natural cosmetics manufactory Sevie’s change of location (so far in Burggasse) is dragging on a bit. To bridge the time, there’s a factory sale at the new and bigger place every Thursday, where you can stock up on some fine nature-beauty-products: self-made skin-care from face cleaning and cremes and serums to soaps and lip care, much is reduced up to 15 percent, everything is nicely packaged – and 100% biodegradable. The new shop will open at the beginning of March, if everything goes according to plan, by the way!
Sevie skincare, Hohlweggasse 44, 1030 Vienna. 15 February 10:00 to 13:00 + 14:00 to 18:00. Web
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WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection
You can’t help but go “Wow, wow, wow!” in view of the newly exhibited mind-blowing works at Leopold museum, and rightly so. It could happen in front of the brash “Four Foot-Flours” by Andy Warhol just as well as when faced with the frivolous-sculptural nude studies of Francis Bacon or Marc Chagalls “Les Amoureux”. For the first time, billionaire’s widow Heidi Goëss-Horten has opened her absolutely impressive private art collection to us commoners. More than 150 masterstrokes by Schiele & Klimt to Klee & Miró and Hirst & Richter can be seen. Today is vernissage!
Leopold Museum, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 15 February 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Streetshop Sale
If you’re into sustainably produced, fair-trade and pretty things, you’re always well of at Streeshop – but especially now! Until the end of February, they offer fine sale bargains to snatch for your wardrobe, kitchen or your make-up bag! For example casually-chic Smateria bags made from upcycled mosquito nets (-50%), African Sakiba-fashion jewellery from an aid project for women in Togo (-10%) or colourful patch-skirts made of Wachau Kalmuck fabric by the label Liparski (two for the price of one!). Cool stuff, smart philosophy!
Street Shop, Skodagasse 10, 1080 Vienna. Until 28 February Tue-Fri 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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Helen Schneider
How it sounds if a strong woman packs all the ups and downs of her life into a soundtrack? This you could ask New York-born singer Helen Schneider tonight. You don’t have to, though. Because she sings her wild and eventful 63-year-long life away in such a playful, soulful, and jazzy way that no words are necessary. Her album “Movin’ On” is, nomen est omen, about overcoming grief, about new beginnings, and about staying optimistic, come what may ;-) CitySpotterGirl is already a fan! Listen in here.
Theater Akzent, Argentinierstraße 37, 1040 Vienna. 16 February 19:30. 19-34 €. Web
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Pop-Up-exhibition at k&k joinery
Young curator Ala Glasner is already infamous for projects at exceptional locations. But the fact that she managed to have a group exhibition at the former k&k Kunsttischlerei (artisan joinery) in Schlossgasse for three days almost seems like a miracle! Hardly any Viennese resident has ever set eyes on the inside of the 1912-built Jugendstil building by Hans Epstein, which is also facing renovation soon. Eleven native artists now express photographically, cinematically, and performatively how the building’s fate “Before the Beginning, after the End” feels. Cool!
k&k Kunsttischlerei, Schlossgasse 14, 1050 Vienna. 16 -18 February 14:00 to 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Losar: Tibetan New Year’s Festival
The year of the firebird is history, welcome to the year of the dog! Because the Tibetan year no. 2,145 starts now. “Losar”, the Tibetan New Year, has been celebrated for more than 2,000 years (since the enthronement of the first king Nyatri Tsempo) – and is also celebrated properly at the Don Bosco Haus with songs and burning incense today. They offer everything that’s part of a successful Tibetan party: The program leads from the snowlion dance to the Cholsum Shabdro dance group, from the incense offering ceremony to the pulse-taking by a Tibetan doctor, from a tombola to the night party. Plus: momos and pie!
Don Bosco Haus, St. Veit-Gasse 25, 1130 Vienna. 17 February from 11:00. Free entry. Web
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Anti Valentines Ball
Enough already with all the schmaltzy couples stuff! If you still need to get over the last Valentine’s Day or aren’t into commercial-romance at the touch of a button in general, then you can celebrate against it tonight at WUK! Because at the traditional Anti Valentines Ball, it gets down to (love) business in an easy-swinging and refreshingly queer-avantgarde-like manner! In the foreground: cool music, strange-ingenious performances, a shitstorm cabin and a makeup station. In the background: classic film “Pink-Flamingos” by trash director John Waters. Which may by the way also serve as inspiration for your ball outfit!
WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna. 17 February 21:00. 15 €. Web
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The small cheesery
Even as a child, Anita Zrounek liked trying new things and producing them herself, whether it’s making pearl bracelets or soaps. Now she’s passing on her collected DIY-knowledge in her “Werklerei” to others. Like the 101-of-making-cheese-yourself-event that’s on today’s agenda. First, she’ll explain the equipment and the theory – future cheesemakers have to know when the casein coagulates or how to work with rennet, after all. And then you’ll spend an entire afternoon producing some delicious cream cheese, halloumi, and mozzarella made from cow’s milk and goat’s milk. With tasting and recipe notes for at home!
Book & Cook, Neusiedlerstaße 12/1, 2340 Mödling. 17 February 10:00 to 17:00. 95 €. Sign up. Web
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International Day of Tourist Guides
As every year on the Day of Tourist Guides, the guide experts invite you to fascinating and free (!) discovery tours. Today, everyone gathers and assembles in and around the new Weltmuseum Vienna at Hofburg! There are six different outdoor & indoor guided tours that take you to archduchess Leopoldine’s married life in Brazil, for example, or back to the times of Vienna’s World Fair when cultural products from Japan and China were in great demand. But you can also conquer “diplomatic” Vienna and the world of knights and armours”. No need to register.
Weltmuseum, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna. 18 February 10:00 to 16:00. Free entry. Details online
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Bach flowers-Dance
This may sound a little unusual but the healing power of Bach flowers can also enfold during a joint dance. For each of the 38 Bach flower extracts that have a harmonising effect on body and soul, an easy-to-learn circle dance has been created – meditative, at times calm, other times dynamic. Everyone can join today’s dance afternoon regardless of experience or previous knowledge and dance to Bach flowers, healing herbs, trees and other nature motives. By the way, blossom of the month is “Sweet Chestnut”, it offers faith and security in dark hours.
Naturheilverein, Esterhazygasse 30, 1060 Vienna. 18 February 15:00 to 17:00. 12 €. Web
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Circular Fashion Week
Not a vicious cycle, but a super-positive circular vision for the future in all things fashion, environment, and sustainability is being set in motion by Circular Fashion Week today. It offers you a chance to specifically change your own fashion consumer behaviour during the Fashion Repair Café and the clothes exchange. And to inform yourself about innovations and new solutions for the clothing industry at the expert talk and the Sustainable Fashion Exhibition. The whole join-in and mindset changing spectacle is being organised by ARA, masters of used materials, and students from Applied Arts and TU Vienna.
Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, Franz Josefs Kai 3, 1010 Vienna. 19-24 February. Free entry. Web
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Arbeit, lebensnah
Two strong women who have carried out important pioneering work, but are hardly known nonetheless, provide the subject matter for a new and fascinating life story-stage play. In her position as the first head of the Women’s Department of the Viennese Chamber of Labour, Käthe Leichter (murdered at a concentration camp in 1942) examined the situation of working women. Marie Jahoda, who fled to the US, mainly became known as author of the study “The Unemployed of Marienthal” and continued to do research on work-related issues in exile. You can find an interview with actress and portraittheater-founder Anita Zieher here!
Theater Drachengasse, Fleischmarkt 22, 1010 Vienna. 19-23 February 20:00. Web
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Orchid Show Hirschstetten
Favour a trip to warmer climes? Blumengärten Hirschstetten currently exhibit exotic wonder flowers from Asia, South America and all of Europe in their heated greenhouses. Until 25 February at the International Orchid and Tillandsia Show (the latter are quite nice too, by the way ;-), you can delve into a sea of colours, flowers, and scents and stroll around between sword-leaf helleborines, vanilla orchids, and dew-fresh small spider orchids through a bewitchingly beautiful dream-jungle. It’s almost like a holiday. The glorious flowers can also be bought!
Blumengärten Hirschstetten, Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Vienna. 17-25 February 9:00 to 17:00. 6€. Web
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After work Travel Inspiration
A short holiday trip after work – count us in! A new three-day Travel After Work-Event engages all Caribbean-dreamers and Fernweh-stricken people in unusual travel ideas. They pitch truffle hunts in Istria, retreats in convents, hiking with donkeys or give away where you can stay like Dracula in a castle in Transylvania. All this is accompanied by inspiring lectures, tastings and live-music. Today, photographer Rainer Skrovny takes you on a journey to Iran with his pictures and blogger Jakob Horvat chats about his world tours. Sigh!
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 20-22 February 13:00 to 21:00. Free entry. Web
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Vienna World Orchestra
World music at its finest! Once again, the eight-person Vienna World Orchestra more than lives up to its name tonight. The reason for that surely lies in the different origins of the international musicians that are reflected in the typical Iranian, Austrian, Turkish, Kosovan and Cuban sounds – or rather in their melodious ensemble playing. At times it sounds like jazz and classical music, then again more like Pop, E- and U-music. But what do you care about categories when the whole world is a guest, musically speaking! Listen here.
Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. 20 February 20:00. 5-28 €. Web
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Brox Pop-Up
Your granny already knew it and now it offers hope during flu-season: a well-made bouillon can raise the dead! For the consommés from the Berlin “Bone Brox”-boys, who got famous with an appearance on the investment TV-show “Lions’s Den”, organic beef or chicken bones are cooked up to 18 hours (!) and are then refined following recipes from star chef Wolfgang Müller. These super-soups can now be bought in glasses at a pop up in the sixth district until the end of February – or hot and fresh in a cup as “soup to go”, upon request with extras like ginger, eggs, or coconut oil. Chi in slurping form!
Brox Pop-Up, Nelkengasse 8, 1060 Vienna. Until 28/2 Mon-Fri 11:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:30 to 18:30. Web
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Sale Green Ground & EbenBERG
Two of the hippest eco-fashion boutiques in Vienna have joined forces and are hosting a mega-pop-up-sale on 160 sqm together! Firstly, Kathrin Haumer from Green Ground is emptying out her stock, reducing the prices of many highly topical autumn/winter pieces up to 30%. Among them are cool jeans, dresses, trousers and skirts by hip eco-labels like People Tree or Thought. Some selected pieces are even 70% reduced! Secondly, Laura Ebenberg is represented with many eco-bargains. For example, woolly jumpers and dresses by Armed Angels are for sale!
eben44, Reindorfgasse 44, 1150 Vienna. 13-23 February Tue-Fri 11:00 to 19:00. Web
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Night Tour through Palm House
It’s still winter, it gets dark early with night practically befalling us in the early evening. That’s why today’s exclusive night tour through Palm House Schönbrunn already starts at 17:00. The extensive tour around the impressive iron-glass construction starts with a champagne reception, then leads from the “cold room” to more temperate climate zones until the tropical pavilion is reached which inspired its name. In each zone, respective plants wait to be admired and perhaps you will even get to see a few animals like frogs or birds that live there and are still awake ;-)
Palm House, Schönbrunn. 21 February 17:00. Sign up! 25 €. Web
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Belly-Brain-Balance info-evening
Ever since the bestseller “Gut” (German title: Darm mit Charme) we have realised what a highly complex and wonderful organ our digestive tract is. Today’s informational evening with doctor and psychotherapist Caroline Kunz as well as nutrition expert Lydia Fillbach is all about the shamefully disregarded organ, about what makes a healthy gut and how to best pamper your gut. Because sickening bacteria, different kinds of food intolerance or an unhealthy diet take a lot out of the sensitive organ. And then you can forget about being pretty, skinny and smart ;-)
Practice Dr. Caroline Kunz, Blaasstraße 19, 1190 Vienna. 21 February 18:00. Free entry. Please sign up. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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JCH Juergen Christian Hoerl
Now that’s some fashion store! Austro-designer Juergen Christian Hoerl has settled on the light and impeccably styled 300 sqm directly at Opernring. And of course he brought his Ready-to-wear & Party collection pieces, his own custom atelier-shop and haute couture saloon with real eye-catcher items. The style of Ex-McQueen & McCartney-disciple has impressed for a long time, especially the special fabrics (from pleats to gold-glitter patterns), the cool cuts and awesome selection really get you into shopping mood. Super nice service! And right now, there are unique pieces on sale!
JCH Juergen Christian Hoerl, Opernring 23, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Knödel Manufaktur
A real pity that you get stuffed so quickly by Knödel (dumplings). CitySpotterGirl would have loved to try many more ;-) The freshly made potato dough-gems are just as they are supposed to be: super fluffy and very tasty. Right now, they make Grammelknödel or Selchknödel with sauerkraut for lunch, and usually they serve the dumplings with different fillings, from meaty-veggie-spicy to vanilla-strawberry-sweet without side dishes on small plates or also in take-away boxes. The small venue is rather modest, decorated by the owner-trio themselves, but the Knödel are really, really good!
Knödel Manufaktur, Josefstädter Straße 89, 1080 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 20:00, Sat to 18:00. Web


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