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n o v e m b e r 16 | 24. - 30.

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"Heya Girls!"
Politically, the world is in distress right now, a crazy billionaire, who likes to grab strange women by their “pussy”, becomes president of the US and Hofer & co cannot decide if they would rather defame VdB as a communist or if they want to put him in the Nazi corner. Could somebody please press pause? And stop this vortex of collective craziness at least for a little while? Maybe the upcoming weekend will help: when thousands of people are doing yoga in Vienna and when there are fairs like “YOGA Planet” and “VEGAN Planet” happening at the MAK at the same time, we hope for “good vibrations” in the city. For three days everything will be revolving around yoga and the vegan lifestyle – there will be 120 exhibitors, more than 30 talks and workshops, culinary highlights and vegan cooking shows. But above all you can try pretty much every yoga style that exists worldwide during join-in yoga classes. Ranging from Acro yoga to yoga therapy, from Forrest yoga to Vinyasa yoga. I already know: yoga won’t heal the world. But it will distance us a little bit from all this craziness!
Wishing you a calm week
Your CitySpotterGirl
MAK, Weißkirchnerstraße 3, 1010 Vienna. November 25-27. From 10 €. Web
Photo: Wari Om
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Big pearl sale
Between the nostalgic vintage pieces and colorful ethnic eye-catchers in jewelry expert Johanna Kölbl’s store you kind of feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson film. No matter if it’s The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: in this store everything is full of color, pomp and kitsch. And that is also the reason why it’s time for a change in the product line and why many pearls made from terracotta, bone, Murano or metal are available at great on-sale prices. You can buy 50 grams starting at 5 €! Other decoration material is on sale as well! Until the end of the year!
Kölbl Perlen, Zollergasse 43, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 14:00 to 18:00, Sat 12:00 to 17:00. Web
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Blue Bird Festival & Rykarda Parasol
What started a few years ago with lots of commitment and lifeblood as a planned “one-day-wonder” is today one of the most popular music festivals of Austria. Fans of singers and songwriters can party for three days at the Blue Bird Festival: melancholic guys from Ireland (I have a tribe) will be performing and also the best songwriter of England Neil Halstead and Aldous Harding from New Zealand with her gothic fairytales. Great tip for today: Rykarda Parasol. With her deep voice she tells stories about experience, loss and adventure – always elegant and dark.
Porgy & Bess, Riemergasse 11, 1010 Vienna. November 24-26. Rykarda Parasol: November 24. Web
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 Metro Verlag
„Glamorous women of Vienna“
A travel through time to Vienna during the turn of the century and the Golden Twenties: back then a new type of women came up, Viennese women were self-confident, outgoing, mystifying and attractive. And they caused quite the stir: be it Olga Desmond, one of Vienna’s first nude dancers or diseuse Greta Keller, who was Marlene Dietrich’s inspiration for her lascivious-smoky timbre or Markat model Hanna Klinkosch. The exciting and often dramatic stories of 26 “women with that certain something” are portrayed with many anecdotes in Werner Rosenberger’s newest book “Glamouröse Wienerinnen”.
Jewish Museum, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna. November 24 18:30. Free entry. Web
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claustyler-trunk-show at Trendzeit
When designers sell their collections basically directly from the trunk to their clients, it is called a trunk show. Today the Viennese designer Claus Tyler – possibly a new star of fashion! – will open his luggage at the boutique Trendzeit. He brought some highlights from his newest collection “through the looking glass”, for example elegant dresses with a Haute Couture flair, very stylish with shimmering metallic threads and interesting transparency effects. And, to calm down all the excited shoppers, there will be Lillet aperitifs ;-)
Trendzeit, Margaretenstraße 79, 1050 Vienna. November 25 16:00 to 19:30. Web 
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“Money is power?“
Even though more women than ever are earning their “own” money – financial dependency in a marriage is difficult for many. It often facilitates an imbalance of power, which borders on oppression. It is just as burdening when women not only have to take care of house and kids but also have to earn the main part of the family income. This group of women often includes those, whose husbands don’t have access to the labor market. At today’s talk psychologist Claudia Prudic will talk about how women can escape such dependencies.
VHS Landstraße, Hainburger Straße 29, 1030 Vienna. November 25 18:00. 6 €. Web
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 Peter Trykar
Whirl dance of the dervishes
To spin until you are dizzy – everybody knows that queasy but fun feeling. But spinning for a longer period of time without stopping can also result in a relaxing and exciting journey to one’s own center. Which brings us to the whirl dance: this dance takes you to your own mental and physical limits – in order to spin for a long time, you have to outgrow your own comfort zone. At dance pedagogue Julia Fraunlob’s workshop your body is put in motion through breathing exercises, shaking and simple movements and then each participant can develop their own whirl dance technique. Great against Christmas insanity!
Studio Goldegg, Goldegggasse 29, 1040 Vienna.  Nov 25 17:00 to 20:00, Nov 26 14:00 to 17:00. 95 €. Web
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„During the Night“ at the KHM
A lot is going on, at night at the museum! The Museum of Art History (KHM) has asked celebrities from the worlds of art, culture and science to grapple with the topics of the current Edmund de Waal exhibition. Today, the results can be explored during a nightshift with many readings, talks and performances: Michael Köhlmeier is referring literarily to the “Medusa by Rubens”, philharmonic Franz Bartolomey will be playing his cello to the exhibits and author Vea Kaiser will also have a say. At the end, the whole event will culminate in a talk from the artist himself.

Museum of Art History, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. November 26 19:00 to 3:00. 15 €. Web
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 Sophie Souffle
A market only for designs by women: whoever wants to buy Christmas presents far away from the rush and stress (but close to Mariahilfer) should head to the Weiberei today. More than 30 creative ladies are presenting fashion, jewelry, stationary and accessories – diverse, colorful, chic and sometimes just good-mood inducing. Pop.Cut are bringing their sweet Cake Pops, Sandra Gilles makes fashion, Ana Chron creates fun bags and wallets from old books. And the CitySpotterGirl herself will be there as well and sell her awesome new books about Vienna! For food-lovers: there will be street food from “Hy Kitchen”.
ega, Windmühlgasse 26, 1060 Vienna. November 26 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry. Web
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Hartmann Nordenholz final stock & sample sale
Because Agnes Nordenholz has been doing her own fashion-thing with the same name for the least four seasons, the German-Austrian designer duo “Hartmann Nordenholz” doesn’t exist any longer. But there are still quite a few pieces in stock here in Vienna from their joint collections from the years 2000 to 2014 – and those are being sold in a final sale. And you should definitely take advantage! There are bags, nice avant-garde loden coats, silk dresses and also fine knit-pieces and designs that have actually never been sold before. Today is the last day!
AFA Offspace, Lindengasse 27, 1070 Vienna. November 25 + 26 11:00 to 19:00. Web
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Mephisto’s awakening
Tonight, the audience in “Hell” (that is what the basement is called) at the Theater an der Wien will be heated up in a Dadaistic and senseless manner. There really is nothing left out at the historical and hot-blooded revue; performances range from a super-happy Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz as a moody Donald Duck to an embarrassingly fresh Stefan Fleischhacker as Lucia. Additionally, an also very eccentric diseuse will take the audience on a journey of the Romanian art of dancing and there will be a live stream of the Dance Olympics in Chemnitz where Picasso’s cubist ballet can be watched. Well, that’s Dada ;-)
Theater an der Wien, November 26, 27+30, December 2 20:00. From 20 €. Web
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 Berit Steffin
ChristmasQuarter & Swedish Julbasar
Oh dear advent season, when business is crazy at the Christmas markets! During the first weekend of Advent the WeihnachtsQuartier (ChristmasQuarter) will once again tempt us to spend money. 1 000 square meters of designs and more than 100 creative people will be at the MuseumsQuarter, everything is sold indoors where it’s heated! So there will be lots of people but also great and extraordinary presents ranging from fashion to jewelry, paper and ceramics. For those who prefer a more tranquil event, there is also the Julbasar of the Swedish church on today’s “Söndag”, with Lucia-singing, Glögg and nice products from the far north.
MuseumsQuarter, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. Nov 25-27. Free entry. Web Julbasar. 1030 Vienna. Web
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Kempinski bargain for Viennese women
Well, sometimes we do need a little luxury ;-) Which you can treat yourself to during the Advent season – at great on-sale prices – at the high-quality hotel Kempinski. Because starting today there will be a special package available: the offer is only valid for an overnight stay from an Advent Sunday to Monday – and only for residents of Vienna. The stay at the hotel is set off with a four course meal at the restaurant “Die Küche” (wine included), followed by staying the night in one of the 98 luxurious rooms and then Monday will begin with the best breakfast of the city – and the Kempinski Spa is included as well. Hallelujah!
Palais Hansen Kempinski, Schottenring 24, 1010 Vienna. Code „1010Wien“ 149 €/ person. Web
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Sympathy-bonus! What do two acting graduates do in order to avoid unemployment? They form a cabaret duo together and breathe new life into the male-dominated cabaret scene. In their second program “denn sie wissen nicht, was sie tun 2.0” (“for they know not what they do 2.0”) they talk boldly and with lots of self-irony about their lives and the everyday topics of the 21st century: watching TV without going gaga, taking the U-Bahn without going crazy or going to a restaurant without questioning your common sense while reading the menu. Funny and zappy!
Aera, Gonzagagasse 11, 1010 Vienna. November 28 19:30. 17 €. Web
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African Bazaar
Shop colorfully, from Morocco to Cote D’Ivoire: at a bazaar at the Aux Gazelles this week many pretty handicrafts from Africa are being sold. Initiator Marième Dia is selling products through her label Fulaani, which are mostly produced from natural and recycled materials. Like pearls manufactured in ancient Ashanti tradition from glass or bronze, hand-woven cotton fabrics, jewelry made from cow horn or colorful baskets made from grass and palm fiber. Additionally the Aux Gazelles will be opening its pool of Moroccan handicrafts. Great presents!
Aux Gazelles, Rahlgasse 5, 1060 Vienna. November 23-29 14:00 to 21:00, except Sunday. Web 
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 Vesna Andjic / iStock
Women’s Health Day: pelvic floor
It concerns almost all of us but it’s still a taboo: continence- and pelvic floor issues are some of the most common disorders that women of all generations are battling with. Today at the (no-cost!) Women’s Health Day at the St. Josef Hospital women can find out more about the possibilities of therapy and about which precautious measures should be taken. Additionally to medical talks about many different topics and information stands, there will be gynecologists offering personal consultations then and there. Better take advantage now and not later!
St. Josef-Hospital Salvatorsaal, Auhofstraße 189, 1130 Vienna. November 28 17:00 to 20:00. Free entry. Web
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Floaten at the Therme Wien
To weightlessly escape the daily routine in complete silence, that is what the CitySpotterGirl longs for on stressful days. Sigh! And that is now possible at the floating pool where you can float weightlessly in the water because of its high salinity. By forgoing all your impulses you can reach deep relaxation culminating in meditative states of consciousness. Also, your muscles are loosened up and the immune system is strengthened. Convinced? Until December 23rd you can float at the Therme Wien for only 30 instead of 45 Euros and of course you have the pool immersed in softly dimmed light all to yourself for 50 minutes.
Therme Wien, Kurbadstraße 14, 1100 Vienna. Mon-Fri 13:00 to 21:00, Sat+Sun from 11:00 (Solewelt). Web
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Plain pop up store in the 7th district
Wishing-table deck yourself! The festive days are coming soon and friends and family are looking forward to gourmet feasting – which makes it the perfect occasion for the decoration experts and table geniuses from the online shop Plain to switch over to the “real” world for a little while and open a pop up store at the Leuchten (lamps) store. There are handpicked manufacturer pieces from all over the world: beautiful porcelain, stylish glasses, unique table textiles and decoration pieces. And the cool lamps from the company Franke are illuminating the “beautiful things for the table”.
Franke Leuchten, Westbahnstraße 5, 1070 Vienna. Til 12/23 Tue-Fri 10:00 to 18:00, Sat til 17:00. Web
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 Guido Mocafico
An underwater world made of glass
In the year 1863 the artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka started to create thousands of glass models of marine animals. The fabrication of these incredibly delicate and exceedingly perfect and beautiful models has remained a riddle until today. The jellyfish, octopuses, anemones and nautiluses were produced for the university and never shown to the public. But that changes today: from now on the spineless underwater miracle models can be seen at the Natural History Museum – and they are equally fascinating and terrifying, beautiful and mysterious.
Natural History Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. Thu-Mon 9:00 to 18:30,Wed until 21:00 . Web
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 J├╝rgen Josting
Andrea Schroeder
She is a song poet whose voice is just as captivating as her lyrical and often melancholic song texts: Andrea Schroeder from Berlin has made both feuilleton and critics break out in storms of enthusiasm with her first two albums. The Rolling Stone for example described her second work as a “powerful album full of drama and melancholy, somewhere between Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Nick Cave and Nico”. After many sold out concerts and acclaimed festival performances she released her third album “Void” this summer and is now on tour. Tonight at Theater Akzent, listen in here!
Theater Akzent, Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Vienna. November 30 19:30. 27 €. Web
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Smoky evening
How about ending the year in an especially pleasant manner? Perfectly timed for the upcoming cold and smoky nights, Birgit Heyn introduces the ancient art of ritual smoking. Why and when do you smoke? How do you use charcoal? And how do angelica and dragon’s blood smell? Smoking is a deeply rooted tradition in many cultures and the herbs, resins and blossoms are dedicated to certain goddesses, gods and protective spirits. Stories and myths accompany the ritual smoking and stimulate the imagination and unconscious. An evening full of practical and background knowledge.
Kräuterdrogerie, Kochgasse 34, 1080 Vienna. November 30 19:00 to 21:00. 29 €. Web
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Shop of the week 
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 Jakub Han
A classic sofa made from a grand piano, a couch table made from a drum and light sources made from shuttlecocks: interior designer Gary Sanders has devoted himself entirely to fanciful upcycling. The trained carpenter from Manchester in the UK has settled in Vienna after studying architecture and travelling the world and now, in his new store, he wants to inspire others to turn old stuff into new and upscale pieces. He will gladly upcycle finds of his clients and let them peek over his shoulder while he is working. He also offers upcycling workshops. Nice!
bespoke, Damböckgasse 6, 1060 Vienna. Thu-Sat 12:00 to 20:00 (November 25-27 until 22:00). Web
Restaurant of the week 
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 Pastrami Baby
Pastrami Baby
It was about time! Finally a Reuben sandwich, which can bear comparison to the ones in New York. So: gourmet chef Robert Haider (former chef at Zweitbester) and his colleagues decided to make the best sandwiches in Vienna and compete against the Viennese “Wurstsemmel”. And it works! With excellent ingredients (bread from Gragger, pastrami from Paul Mogg) and ingenious seasoning the tender pastrami beef brisket in different variations is put between rye toasts. Tastes delicious, but the sandwich with arctic char and fig mustard is also a hit. Eat in or take away!
Pastrami Baby, Lerchenfelderstraße 51, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Sat 10:00 to 22:00. Web


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