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Die StadtSpionin
a p r i l 18 | 19. - 25.

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"Heya Girls!"
You know how it is with spies, they don’t like to be noticed. I, too, move around the city incognito, investigate in secret, and try out new venues and shops anonymously. It’s very rare for me to drop my disguise and step in front of the curtain. Like this Thursday. Because I’m honoured to be invited to the infamous women’s club “alpha” – I will be interviewed “in public”, so to speak. So if you’d like to find out how this whole spying business works, you’re hereby cordially invited. The interview will focus on CitySpotterGirl’s books. Because I actually founded a publishing business a couple of years ago as well, called “Wundergarten”. (And to be honest, “publisher” wasn’t even on my life plan – it’s incredible what kind of remarkable surprises life springs at you sometimes ;-) “Wundergarten” publishes mainly Vienna guides and, as of recently, also women’s books like “Das Buch der Tage” – a diary which highlights the monthly cycle. So ladies, come in large numbers! I’m looking forward to it!
Wishing you a happy-springy week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Club alpha, Stubenbastei 12/14, 1010 Vienna. 19 April 19:00. 8 € (incl. drinks). Please sign up. Web
P.S. CitySpotterGirl is now on Instagram too!
Photo: Sabine Maier
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The name leads you into the right direction – singer Eivør is indeed from the far North, or more precisely, from the Faeroe Islands. And the “Faeroean Björk”, as she is often called, is an allround talent: not only does she sing powerfully, unconventionally, and breathtakingly beautifully, she also composes music herself and at the same time, she’s also a painter, story teller, and poetess. Wow, someone was really smooched by the muse ;-) The blonde elfin soprano is also a captivating live performer, her shows are heartwarming and full of temperament. Listen in here!
Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Vienna. 19. April 19:30. 25 €. Web
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 Katherine Batliner
Spring Sale at Batliner
Who knew “Icelandic cod” could be so chic ;-) Designer Katherine Batliner doesn’t just use calf leather, but also Icelandic fish leather to make bags and wallets. They are very pretty, with looots of space, suitable for everyday life, and extremely durable. Fish leather is way more tearproof than calf leather, by the way, and was already used 5,000 years ago! The best chance for such a good catch: the three-day spring sale, with super cheap individual pieces and bags from last year’s collections. Plus, you can angle for wallets in beautiful colours that are 70% off.
Batliner, Marxergasse 24/2, 1030 Vienna. 19-21 April. Thu-Fri 15:00 to 20:00, Sat 12:00 to 17:00. Web
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Happiness can be learned
As you know, fortune is fickle, but today, psychologist Angela Winkler gives suggestions in her kick-off speech on how to tame it and make it stay with you, so that you may be permanently happy. Because there’s actually a lot you can contribute to that. The outer circumstances like relationship status and wallet contents are really decisive – which is confirmed by research on happiness, by the way. A nice little idea in advance: collect happy little moments, write them down and put them into a jar. And whenever you need it, just pull one out and remember that nice moment!
Lachzentrum of Cottage Apotheke, Gymnasiumstraße 61, 1180. Free entry. Sign upWeb
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Plant Swapping Market & Garden Days
Dwarf tamarillo for yucca palm, cactus for strawberries? At the plant swapping market, you can exchange all kinds of greens again – today in the 18th, tomorrow in the 17th district. And the exchange of ideas with other gardening enthusiasts is part of the deal! Also good for an itching green thumb: the Hirschstettener Garden Days with about 100 exhibitors from landscape design to saving energy, a plant doctor for brought along “patients”, and floral inspirations in the theme gardens. You can also find gardening tips in CitySpotterGirl’s garden book!
Plant Swapping, Johann-Nepomuk-Vogl-Platz, 1180 Vienna. 20 April 14:00 to 18:00. Web Blumengärten Hirschstetten, 1220 Vienna. 20-22 April. Web
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 Stefan Gergely / Pletterbauer
„Food Entertainment” gourmet night
From golden trout with three kinds of pepper over bread seasoned duck to rhubarb dessert with turmeric – today’s gourmet night at the stylish hotel-restaurant Veranda focuses on spices of all kinds. The creative 4-course menu is prepared by chef de cuisine Jeremy Ilian, and as special guest, the busy author and food blogger Bianca Gusenbauer-Hoppe offers culinary insights into the world of spice aromas and tells the banquet-attendees stuff worth knowing about flavour harmonies and what miracles to perform with certain spices. Tasty!
Veranda at Hotel Sans Souci, Burggasse 2, 1070 Vienna. 20 April 19:00. 98 € incl. aperitif and wine. Book a table! Web
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 Ryan Gosling for Barton Perreira
Barton Perreira Eyewear Warehouse Sale
Designer glasses for bargain prices – something you’ll find today not in the inner city, but in Meidling, dear ladies! The yearly super sale of the Californian top brand Barton Perreira is happening there, with about 800 glasses. A cool hurly-burly event complete with music and drinks! The stylish sun (and optical) glasses, used by such stars as Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling to hide behind, are up to 75% (squee!) off. Including many models from previous collections but also hip current ones with minor flaws. But in such a case, you may be generous and overlook a little scratch ;-)
Barton Perreira Warehouse, Längenfeldgasse 27/B/11, 1120 Vienna. 20 April 14:00 to 19:30. Web
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 Vienna Wool & Design Festival
Vienna Wool & Design Festival
A dream event for all knitting ladies and felt queens! Countless exhibitors are at the Arcotel Wimberger for the International Wool & Design Festival to show which way the thread blows. On the one hand, you can admire all their creations, on the other hand, they also offer workshops for sewing pros - from “Tunisian crocheting for the slightly advanced” to “Marlisling”, a special knitting technique. On top of that, you can buy high-quality yarns from all over the world, as well as finished products and lots of supplies. Tonight, there’s a gala dinner for the kick-off!
Arcotel Wimberger, Neubaugürtel 34-36, 1070 Vienna. 20+21 April. 10 €/day. Web
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Flea market goes Fünfhaus
Nice flea market at cool location! The organisers have known each other since the births of their first children, which is also when they held their first flea market. It quickly became bigger than kids’ clothes, though, and by now, they also have tons of clothes for “big” people, including many hip and barely worn pieces for great bargain prices and neat accessories from bags to belts! For the first time, the friends-flea market is taking place at the concept store eben44 this year – which has the advantage that, thanks to a pop-up, you can also snatch some pretty (new!) Veja-sneakers ;-)
eben44, Reindorfgasse 44, 1150 Vienna. 21 April 9:00 to 19:00. Web
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Krav Maga – self-defense for women
One thing is for sure: a weekend course won’t make you an expert in all things self-defense. Except if you have the ninja-gene ;-) But six hours of focused training with simple techniques and clear scenarios can drastically improve your chances of defending yourself in an actual emergency. They show exercises standing up (hit it hard) and clinch on the ground (come up safe). Apart from that, Irene Zavarsky will also work on your voice and body language in her course in order for you to appear stronger and be less likely to be seen as a victim. Also for daughters from 15!

KaiGym, Handelskai 102-112/4/Lokal 1, 1200 Vienna. 21-22 April. 105 €. Web
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 Grains Wien
Sunday brunch Grains & The Art of Raw
CitySpotterGirl has already informed you recently about the fact that you can get a delicious, creative and healthy breakfast at “Grains”. It has only one disadvantage – it’s tiny! That’s why today’s Sunday brunch is taking place at the neighbouring “The Art of Raw”. Together, they conjure up a buffet where warm Grains Specials like cereal, congee, or stews create a breakfast paradise with raw-vegan creations from Raw Chocolate Brownie to Black Forest cake and berry-licious Raspberry Dream. Yummy!
Art of Raw, Gumpendorfer Straße 40-44, 1060 Vienna. 22 April 10:00 to 15:00. 24.90 €. Book a table! Web 
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Q202 Atelier Tour
To be upfront about it: this is gonna be problematic for lazy feet. Because the Q202-atelier tour means extensive hiking through the city. From Friday to Sunday, 200 artists at 53 locations in the 2nd and 22nd districts open their doors, inviting you to browse modern art and design. What’s special about Q202: the uncomplicated and personal contact with the artists, visiting backyard-ateliers, shops and workshops – among them the revitalised Nordbahnhalle! There, you can admire the unusual Nomad Crew wooden furniture and lamps, for example. Hiking map here!

Q202 Atelier Tour, 1020 + 1200 Vienna. 20-22 April 14:00 to 21:00, Sun until 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Experiencing nature-blender-workshop
In her nature-gardening shop in Simmering, Regina Jakubek grows wild herbs, fruit, vegetables, and berries. In between all of that, little havens have come about, like a greenhouse as creative space, a little magical forest, or a campfire site. This year, the friendly city-gardening shop opens its doors to one day-workshop guest for the first time, first up is a smoothie course. Lebenwert-lady Lydia Fillbach shows five blender recipes with vitamin bombs from young plants to tree leaves, you’ll harvest the healthy greens yourself on site, of course. Also: detoxing with barefoot walking and burning herbs!
Stadt-Gärtnerei Jakubek, Meidlgasse 545, 1110 Vienna. 22 April 15:00 to approx. 18:00. 70 €. Web
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 Österreichische Bundesgärten
Summer flowers sale
Something hardly anyone knows: at selected dates during the year, the Federal Gardens sell plants super cheap to private plant lovers! These days, they are once again giving away summer flowers from their own production for reimbursement of costs – and that at Schlosspark Schönbrunn. You’ll have to wander to the courtyard of the Botanical Collections where the colourful flowers (many bed and balcony flowers like pelargonium or zinnia) are being offered until 4 May Monday to Friday. As long as stock lasts, so better not go on the last day!
Park Schönbrunn, Meidlinger gate, 1130 Vienna. Until 4 May Mon-Fri 8:00 to 14:00, 27 April until 18:00. Web 
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Exclusive shopping event at Roee
Usually, only celebs and superstars are allowed to do this! To shop in a designer store outside the opening hours with ten girlfriends including a 30 percent discount as well as snacks and drinks – and of course the most personal consultation. CitySpotterGirl raffles 2x such an exclusive shopping at Roee! In September 2017, designer and creative head of the label Rene Pomberger opened his first store in the seventh district. He likes to work with high-quality materials, the colours are sober, the cuts pretty extravagant and casual. Learn how to participate in the raffle here.
Raffle CitySpotterGirl, run time until 14 May 2018. All information and legal notices online
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 IAWS 2018 / Gao Yuan
Animal Welfare Summit with Ai Weiwei
CitySpotterGirl loves Ai Weiwei! Obviously, she’s telling you this not completely at random but because the good man is here in the city right now ;-) He will be one of the speakers at today’s International Animal Welfare Summit; the star-artist has recently proven his humanitarian engagement by making the refugee documentary “Human Flow”. With other experts of economics, politics and science, like author and activist Raj Patel, they will discuss key questions like “Animal welfare – question of the future or luxury problem?” in lectures but also panel discussions. Interesting for non-experts as well!
Orangery Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 45, 1130 Vienna. 24 April 10:00 to 18:30. Web
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Afrika! Afrika!
Spectacular, imaginative, dreamy, intense and a little bit eccentric – and thus totally in the spirit of Andre Heller is how the successful Afrika-show is returning. For example, during the so-called “Icarian Games”, an artist is spinning a partner through the air using only their feet, and for the Banquin Act, nine men use their strong arms as trampoline, pretty wow! Among the ensemble of about 70 artists, we find old acquaintances from 12 years of “Afrika! Afrika!
like the pole dance acrobats from Tanzania or the Afro-American SlamDunk basketball players from the USA. Cool!
Stadthalle, Roland-Rainer-Platz 1, 1150 Vienna. 19:30. From 19.90 €. Web
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badluck reloaded
Exciting reality-theatre about people who weren’t so lucky in life: the society „Badluck“ brings actors and actresses who had to flee from their homes onto the stage. The performers of the new and third play “badluck reloaded” (following “badluck” and “badluck aleppo”) come from Iraq, Iran, Syria or Afghanistan and play scenes that highlight their own existence and their artistic survival in Austria. Impressive how they demonstrate their inner and outer conflicts and how they navigate through the society of their new home country. Today’s premiere!
Theater Nestroyhof - Hamakom, Nestroyplatz 1, 1020 Vienna. 25 April 20:00. 20 €. Web
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Toms Shop at Arnold’s
What would summer be without proper light footwear! Super comfy, chic and colourful, that’s what feet like. And that’s why we like to put them into “Toms”, the biggest selection of them in the country can now be found at the new shop-inside-shop at Arnold’s. In celebration of the opening, they are having a „Style Your Toms”-special, where you can let street-artist Chrisi Tee glam up your freshly-bought shoes for free. Not just the shoes’ style is top but so is the social idea behind it: for every sold pair of shoes sold, a pair for a child in need is donated.
Arnold’s, Siebensterngasse 52, 1070 Vienna. 25 April 15:00 to 18:00. Web 
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Sitting is the new Smoking
The good thing about comparing too-much-sitting with smoking: getting off your bum and moving is certainly easier than to stop smoking ;-) Today’s lecture can be taken as first step, personal trainer and nutritionist Stefan Macek offers helpful tips on how to integrate exercise into your daily routine without pressure and enforcement and without having to run to the gym. Because sport doesn’t have to be neither achievement-oriented nor result-based! It should be fun and not take up too much time. That’ll show your inner couch potato who’s boss!
Goldenes Kreuz Privatklinik, Lazarettgasse 16-18, 1090 Vienna. 25 April 18:30. Sign up! Web
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Shop der Woche 
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 Gerhard Wasserbauer
Staudigl Naturparfümerie
In 1979, the Staudigls took over two small drug stores in Wollzeile. One turned into a Reformhaus (health shop), the other one into a natural perfumery – which back then was still quite revolutionary! Now, the shop has been rebuilt and expanded and now shines with a huge selection of top natural cosmetic brands from the Swedish „Björk & Berry“- birch elixir to the toxic free “Nailberry” nail polish. Also neat: in the pink “women’s room” in the back there are make-up desks where you can try out products. Or you treat yourself to a Quick Treatment like a “Skin Workout” or an eyebrow tinting. Enticing!
Staudigl Naturparfümerie, Wollzeile 4, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 9:30 to 18:30, Sat 9:30 to 17:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Do you need to have a Master’s degree in Environmental Management to be such a good baker? Well, it worked for Raphaela ;-) The likable young confectioner for vegan and gluten-free patisserie has been baking for various restaurants for years, now, at the beginning of the month, she has opened her own café together with her boyfriend. It’s bright and friendly – and on the stylish counter, you can find chocolate-peanut butter cake next to zucchini blueberry pie, brownies and tiramisu cake. They serve warm meals for lunch, the lentil curry with sweet potatoes was excellent. Really damn cosy here!
Ausnahmsweise, Hofmühlgasse 18, 1060 Vienna. Tue-Sat 12:00 to 18:30. Web


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