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s e p t e m b e r 16 | 7. - 13.

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"Heya Girls!"
That’s nice: We’re allowed to be shamelessly curious now! Allowed to poke our noses in someone else’s apartment and knock at strangers’ doors unannounced! This weekend, 82 (often private) buildings in Vienna that are normally not open to public open their doors – and offer us a glance behind the fronts. This initiative is called "Open House Vienna" - the architectural project was originally conceived in London and takes place in 30 cities from New York to Tel Aviv each year. Open House shows buildings with a special history, particular flair, fascinating architecture or an interesting concept. This also includes houses in the outer districts, after all the inner city is not the only place with architectural treasures. Get to know the Laudon water castle, the Loft 2 with its lake in the middle of the 2nd district (photo), the former office building of the imperial and royal Austrian Bank, the neighbourhood hotel Karmelitermarkt and the first Viennese pop-up dorms. Maps help you to create your personal tour - and, of course, the glance through 82 keyholes is free of charge! 

Wishing you a lovely week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Open House Vienna. September 10+11. Web
P.S. Fashion by Ute Ploier: on the portal!
Photo: Iris Kaltenegger
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 Laniato KPC
Laniato crochet workshop
Crocheting makes happy, especially when the wool comes from happy sheep! And since the Laniato is always searching for unusual yarns, they are now the first shop in Europe (!) to sell Kpc Yarns. Kpc source their merino wool exclusively from the family-run Gostwyck Farm in Australia where the animals’ wellbeing comes first. Makes sheep happy and the wool (in more than 30 colours) as soft and fluffy as cashmere! If you want to try out the Australian super threads, come to the crochet workshop today, the topic is Granny Squares. Crochet hooks and drinks are provided by Laniato.
Laniato, Beatrixgasse 4, 1030 Vienna. September 8. 16:00-20:00. Participation free of charge. Web
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5th Fashion District
Margareten has blossomed out when it comes to fashion and design! And so the district proudly presents the enterprises and brands that are responsible for the stylish wind of change to a circle of invited guests tonight. Kitty Montgomery exhibits chic cashmere-knitwear-designs, the LIVE for Fashion-Show allows guests to have a glance at the current collections of selected designers and the Boutique Trendzeit shows creations of local labels. Home & Living trends are presented by the host Grünbeck. By the way: the registration period is over, but CitySpotter Girl readers can still register until Thursday, 12am!
Grünbeck Einrichtungen, Margaretenstraße 93, 1050 Vienna. 19:00. Free entrance. Please register! Web
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City harvest in the open-air supermarket
Dig out, wash, wrap – this is what shopping looks like in the open-air supermarket. This year, the premises of the former coffin manufactory Atzgersdorf have turned into an agriculture park for everyone, where fresh vegetables such as chilli, courgettes and herbs are grown. Fresh eggs from happy hens living on the premises and honey are available as well. Instead of a shopping trolley you’ll take a wheelbarrow, you pay in donations and you are also welcome to help gardening. Today, the rich harvest is celebrated, with guided tours, workshops and open-air food stalls. Plus live Indie pop and gypsy jazz. Awesome!
Freiluftsupermarkt, Breitenfurter Straße 176, 1230 Vienna. September 8, from 9:30. Free entrance. Web
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Vitra Sample Sale
A true insiders’ tip and an absolute must-go for design aficionados! In London, people are camping in freezing temperatures well below zero for this occasion – and also in Vienna, you’d better be an early bird today. The Swiss cult label Vitra opens its Viennese stock! That means: You’ll never get the exclusive furniture pieces as cheap as today. Stools, shelves, lamps, desks and, above all, an endless amount of design classics are offered at almost half price, as well-preserved stock items. For example: cult chairs by Eames and Panton. Attention: hard to find, the direction for your GPS is Breitenleerstraße 101!
Vitra Lager, Zwerchäckerweg 2, 1220 Vienna. September 9. 15:00- 20:00. Web
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 Sergey Ponomarev
World Press Photo 16
Almost 80,000 photographs were submitted, 42 photographers from 21 different countries were awarded prizes in 8 categories. The gallery WestLicht exhibits the best press photographs of last year - this is not only the most important exhibition of international photojournalism, but also a unique review of last year’s happenings. The winning photograph 2016 was taken by the Australian photographer Warren Richardson: It shows refugees trying to cross the border from Serbia to Hungary. The picture was taken last August, a few weeks before the separation barrier was constructed.

WestLicht, Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Vienna. Daily 11:00-19:00, Thu till 21:00, until October 16. 7 €. Web
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A Tribute To Johnny Cash
Ladies, be ready for some truly beautiful music about death, love, passion, injustice and pride tonight. 13 years after Johnny Cash’s death, his Viennese community marks his day of death in September with undiminished passion, paying tribute to their idol at the Reigen. And this is going to be a top-level celebration – with a very interesting innovation: Michael Köhlmeier, Austria’s number one novelist, will sing Cash songs! Seriously! In the second part of the evening, the Lost Compadres, the probably best performers of the late Johnny Cash, are back on stage. Click here to listen to the great “Man in Black“.
Reigen, Hadikgasse 62, 1140 Vienna. September 9, 20:30. 23 €. Web
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3 flea markets
Dear bargain hunters, what do you prefer? The choice of flea markets ranges from stylish to private to social today. At Aux Gazelles, a diverse bunch of life-stylish friends invites to an equally diverse Firlefanz market. Here you can rummage around in the treasure boxes of young designers, stylists and artists, accompanied by an Oriental brunch. Many private markets with a nice atmosphere await you in Margareten where inhabitants of the district open their inner courts and invite to bargain-hunt antiques. And last but not least, a charity flea market is organized at the future location of the VinziDorf in Meidling.
Aux Gazelles, 1060 Vienna. Web Flohmarkt im Hof, 1050 Vienna. Web VinziDorf, 1120 Vienna. September 10. Web
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Aki Matsuri – Japanese autumn festival
Today, we Viennese are allowed to play tourist in Schönbrunn and being shown Japan in the Japanese stone garden of the Castle Park. The Japanese Embassy invites to an autumn festival in the pretty oasis of peace, situated slightly hidden between the palm house and the main entrance of the zoo. And they’ll come up with everything we Europeans associate with Japan – except Sushi ;-) A far-eastern atmosphere will be provided by Takuya Taniguchi’s Taiko drums, a concert of Japanese schoolgirls, a photo exhibition and a charming tea ceremony with Somei Fuhrmann. And Origami folding of course.
Japanese Garden at Schönbrunn Palace Park, main entrance of the zoo, 1130 Vienna. September 10. 14:00-17:00. Free entrance. Web
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Natalie Rox Shopclosing
Oh no, the town will soon lose a great shoe shop! Sad to say, Natalie Rox at Zollergasse is closing down for good at the end of the month. But now the good news: hundreds of pairs of shoes will soon be homeless and are searching for new wearers, at truly low prices. Until 17 September the brand-new autumn/winter collection, including pieces such as Bling Bling Boot or Noir Over Knee, is sold off at prices reduced by up to 50 per cent. Followed by an incredible sale showdown until the end of September where all remaining pairs and even the furnishings of the shop are bargained away. Stopping by pays off!
Natalie Rox, Zollergasse 2, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00-18:30, Sat 11:00-17:00, till October 1. Web
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in the park - 25hours meets Markterei
Wow, this seems to be the culinary highlight of late summer! This weekend, the Markterei makes a guest appearance in the park in front of the 25hours Hotel – with a full line up of food stalls, street food and bars. With carp sausage, kangaroo hot dogs and Brazilian Plata burgers there’ll definitely be no unfulfilled eating desire, as extravagant as it may be. And, following the motto of the Markterei, you can also do your weekend shopping here: You’ll find fresh fish, honey, ham, herbs and local wines. The park feast is accompanied by several live music acts. Cool!

Weghuber Park, Lerchenfelderstr. 1-3, 1070 Vienna. September 10+11. Free entrance. Web
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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in Vienna
This is truly spectacular! A new exhibition brings Michelangelo’s ceiling frescos of the Sistine Chapel to the Viennese Votivkirche in their original size. In the Vatican, the famous works are applied at a height of 20 metres, which makes it hard to observe them thoroughly. The Viennese master photographer Erich Lessing photographed the artworks in the 1990s; back from Canada, they are now exhibited in Austria for the first time. 34 colourfast and gigantic canvas art prints are shown, the “Last Judgement” measures more than 160 sqm. Visitors may get to know the history of every work via earphones.
Votivkirche, Rooseveltplatz, 1090 Vienna. Daily 10:00-18:00, until December 4. From 16,50 €. Web
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Buskers Festival
Fire-breathers and jugglers, graffiti artists and travelling performers. 100 national and international street artists will spray a load of magic on the Karlsplatz. At the Viennese Street Art Festival, the Buskers Festival, they’ll exhibit their talents on three days. Acrobatic, cheerful and for free: Both the festival and the workshops offered (such as juggling, graffiti or upcycling) are free of charge. A gastronomy boulevard and a small market with diverse stalls invite to stroll around – and after dark fire shows will conclude the evening in a spectacular way.

Buskers Festival, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna. September 9-11. Free entrance. Web
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 Romani/Barnabás Imre
MQ Vienna Fashion Week
Don’t be surprised if the people strolling around the MuseumsQuartier are even cooler dressed than usually! Autumn is Vienna Fashion Week-time. And that means: fashion shows of Austrian and international designers, shopping, exhibitions and parties. Today, the catwalk is warmed up with an opening show staged by the British-French star stylist Claire Sibille showing an overview of the Austrian fashion scene. In the following days around 70 designers present their collections, a must for fashionistas: the pop-up store in the Quartier21.
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz, 1070 Vienna. September 12-18. Day pass from 19 €, Opening from 150 €. Web
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The vegetable orchestra – „Onionoise“
Scurrile and worldwide unique: Before each performance the Viennese vegetable orchestra chops new instruments. And then they produce interesting sounds out of the freshly created parsley violins, radish flutes and pumpkin kettledrums. Occasionally, the instruments are supported by the sounds of kitchen utensils such as blenders or graters. The organic pop music of the 12-person collective also invites its audience to see, smell and taste – vegetable soup after the concert included! And now you may wonder what carrots & co sound like ;-) Pre-listen here.
Theater am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 10, 1070 Vienna. September 12+13. 19:30. 25 €. Web
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 Komödie am Kai
Oh yes, as the saying goes: Jealousy is a grievous passion that jealously seeks what causes grief. Not funny at all, if you are the one concerned, but a good subject for a super-funny theatre evening! In her piece “Eifersucht”, the bestseller author Esther Vilar tells the story of three women who, full of passion and without a qualm, fight for a man – with wit and subtle humour. The object of desire: Laszlo, a successful lawyer, in his mid-fifties – and, of course, married ;-) What follows is a passionately staged relationship tangle à la “Sex and the City“ and “Desperate Housewifes“. Bitchy and good!
Komödie am Kai, Franz-Josefs-Kai 29, 1010 Vienna. Until October 1. 20:15. From 27 €. Web
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 Braumüller Verlag
Bernie Rieder’s new cooking book
When Bernie Rieder cooks, the CitySpotterGirl’s mouth is always watering. And since the time we were in a cooking jury together, I know: this guy is also super-funny! That means: tonight the kitchen remains cold, because the top chef presents his new cooking book. It’s about “Austrian cuisine – the classics”, in other words: Kaiserschmarrn, Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, newly interpreted in the typical Rieder style. And of course, the master himself will cook samples at the book presentation – this is going to be a tasty gourmet happening. By the way, you’ll find Rieder recipes to try at home on the portal!

Book store Thalia, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2a, 1030 Vienna. September 13.19:00. Free entrance. Web
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A Einedrahra kommt nach Liesing
A Vienna “Tatort”, but without Krassnitzer and Neuhauser: In Liesing, the theatre group Fink performs a historically controversial criminal case (which actually took place!) in a station drama with music, people and puppets. In the play you’ll get to know interesting facts of Viennese history during the pre-March period and together with inspector Rudolf Köpp von Felsenthal you’ll follow the tracks of the great counterfeiter Peter Ritter von Bohr. Tip: comfortable shoes facilitate the manhunt in the world of “Großkopfaden und Sacklpicka“ around the Maurer Hauptplatz!
Meeting point: Maurer Hauptplatz, 1230 Vienna. 19:30. Until September 17. 20 €. Web
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 Lena Grabher
Eligius Award 2016. Jewelry in Austria
Austria has an award for contemporary jewelry design: the Eligius Award, presented each year in Salzburg. The MAK now exhibits a selection of the unconventional pieces handed in by the crème de la crème of the Austrian jewelry scene for the price this year. This year’s winner Lena Grabher from Vorarlberg convinced the jury with her unconventional, partly 3D-printed, arm jewelry made of glass and plastic. 90 works of the designer Anna Heindl from the late 1970s to the present provide the exhibition with some extra glamour.
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna. Until September 25. Wed-Sun 10:00-19:00, Tue till 22:00. 9,90 €. Web
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Traditional women dances
How nice! Everything you need for this swinging day is a dance skirt ;-) Circle dance expert Laura Shannon demonstrates women dances from Greece, Armenia and the Balkans today and provides insights into her research about traditional dances. Her class focuses on central messages of simple and powerful dance patterns expressing the holy cycles of life and transmitting hidden wisdoms from old times. An invitation to all women to strengthen their access to their inner fire and their inspiration in a very female way!
Shambhala, Bennogasse 8A, 1080 Vienna. September 14. 10:00-18:00. 130 €. Web
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Shop of the week 
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Who really needs a kitschy frill Oktoberfest Dirndl? The chic store of the Styrian traditional label Mothwurf in the newly renovated Palais Batthyany provides the best proof that traditional costumes can also be absolutely elegant. Organza sashes and French laces decorate the exquisite Dirndl and the skirts, shirts, cute 50s dresses and jackets with eye-turner buttons are wonderfully offbeat. Very beautiful: the petticoats of hand-made Gobelin fabrics from Waldviertel. They are also available with Sisi motives, by the way – so tasteful that not only tourists but also Viennese love them.
Mothwurf, Herrengasse 19, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-18:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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Wirr am Brunnemarkt
At the moment, every trendy restaurant in New York needs a “rooftop” – a preferably huge roof terrace. This is why the Wirr would also be a hotspot in the Big Apple right now, not just at the Brunnenmarkt. We’ve known the Wirr in Burggasse for years, now the cool restaurant has a brother at the Yppenplatz. Yes, you can also sit inside the new market lodge. But the “place to be“ is the rooftop, occupying the whole roof. Take a seat on the colourful vintage furnishings and enjoy the creative cuisine (crispy fried chicken and purple sweet potatoes) and the breakfast, especially on Saturdays. Already cult.
Wirr am Brunnemarkt, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna. Mon-Sat 9:00- 23:00. Web


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