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f e b r u a r y 16 | 18. - 24.

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"Heya Girls!"
Of course: When a play about insanely brilliant women is performed in Vienna, I become curious. Especially when Virginia Woolf is one of them. What would I do without her? Always when things are going awry in my life, I read “Orlando“ – and everything is fine again. It’s hard to believe that Woolf, one of the greatest writers of Modern Age, suffered from psychosis throughout her life and drowned herself in a river in 1941. Camille Claudel was another brilliant woman. The gifted sculptress should have been a boy, was ignored by her mum and committed to a mental hospital later on. And Clara Immerwahr, women’s rights defender and the first female graduate chemist in Germany, shot herself with her husband’s gun, the poison gas scientist Fritz Haber, when she couldn’t stand his “co-killing” during WW I any more. They all went mad because they wanted to live up their talents, their freedom and their self-determination one hundred years ago. They all are one of the reasons why “insanely brilliant woman” is a compliment today! Off to the theatre!
Wishing you an exciting week
Your CitySpotterGirl
KosmosTheater, Siebensterngasse 42, 1070 Vienna. February 18-20. 20:00. 19 €. Web
Photo: Eva Buchinger
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 Annet van der Voort
Flowers & Tables
Representing still objects such as flowers or fruits has been a tradition in art since antique times. At the vernissage today, however, art fans may marvel at “still lifes” of present times. Photo artist Annet van der Voort, who studied in Antwerp and Vienna and whose prints have already decorated international museums already for a long time, presents wonderful flower still lifes of the series “Vanitas and Tulipa“. They remind us of the Garden of Eden; funnily enough, contain small insects and are simply beautiful! Her colleague Pawel Zak instead focuses on clean chic, grapes, mussels and water glasses. Opening today.

AnzenbergerGallery, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna. February 18, 19:00. Free entrance. Web 
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Super bargains at modus vivendi
There is news in the house of the two Austro designers Monika Bacher and Charlotte Jakoubek, also known as “modus vivendi“ to fashion insiders: After a quarter of a century they want to go back to the roots and only offer a minimized highlight collection of basics and knitwear in the future. That’s why prices of loads of collection pieces, remaining stock and accessories are now cut down rigorously! Amazing silk dresses, baggy trousers and wool skirts – buy two pieces and get a 50 % discount. And when you buy three or more items between February 25 and 27 prices are haggled over like at a bazaar.
modus vivendi, Schadekgasse 4, 1060 Vienna. Until February 20, Wed-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat till 17. Web
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Arche Noah „Dish up diversity“
From yellow and currant-sized to red and huge as a bovine heart – this call for collective tomato growing promises a bountiful crop! The seeds come from the Arche Noah seeds stock, then the varieties are grown at home on the balcony, in a plant pot or in a community garden. And after harvesting, the hobby gardeners will carry 600 different tomato rarities to Schönbrunn, admire the diversity and celebrate a cheerful closing party on September 3. Tastes like a good idea! Just register (online), you can join in until February 26.
Project „Vielfalt auftafeln“. Until February 26. Please register. 5 €. Web
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New label: Margaret and Hermione
Watch out, beach babes! Stylish bikinis and swimsuits of the brand new Austro label Margaret and Hermione freshly fall into fashionistas’ traps today and tomorrow. The two designers Barbara Gölles and Andrea Kollar present their colourful and charmingly fanciful summer collection “Coco Lime and Beasts“ – and provide holiday feeling in the grey month of February! The funny print and plain-coloured combinations are made of fishing nets – very sustainable! - and teem with saltwater fish, summer colours and refined styles. Pre-order your favourite model quickly!
AFA Offspace, Lindengasse 27, 1070 Vienna. February 19+20, 11:00-18:00. Free entrance. Web
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Vienna Swing Sisters: In the Mood!
Lots of wit, a touch of kitsch and evilness – that’s what has made the act of the three powerful-voiced Vienna Swing Sisters legendary for years. Today Eva Hinterreithner, Lisa Jakob and Susanne Fanny Rader once again slip into the roles of the famous “Andrew Sisters“ from Minneapolis – style-wise as well as music-wise. They scored nine gold discs and loads of chart hits in the 1940s and 50s. Together with the Lungau Bigband the voice pistols of today perform lively highlights from Glenn Miller to Artie Shaw. Keep swinging, ladies!
Theater Akzent, Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Vienna. February 19, 19:30. 20-32 €. Web
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Theme night: We found a bank
Yes, money rules the world. But in contrast to commercial bank conglomerates this can also be done in an ethically correct and people-oriented way now! The “Common Good Bank” has existed since 2010 and, as the name suggests, focuses on common good instead of profit-making, but of course the bank also manages saving deposits, credits and payments. Everyone can join and become a legal shareholder for 200€. How does that work? Vera Besse from the initiative Growth and Change, who has advocated for sustainable economic models and solidary-ecological solutions for years, will explain it today. Interesting!
Courtyard Ottakring, Ottakringer Straße 49, 1160 Vienna. February 19, 18:00. Free entrance. Web
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 Barbara Graf
FrancoFair 2.0
Okay, the CitySpotterGirl is slightly food-minded at the moment and when hearing France she automatically thinks of Paul Bocuse’s chervil soup. But epicurean delights are not at the centre of the 2nd francophone art fair. French and Francophile craftspeople and artists rather present and sell cool photos, pottery, drawings and textiles with that certain „je ne sais quoi“ on February 19 and 20. So you may for example buy flowery-paradisiac oil paintings by Marie Malherbe and funny ear-bags by Barbara Graf. Party time from 9pm! And, of course, they have food as well ;-)

Penguinfactory, Berggasse 29, 1090 Vienna. February 20, 10:00-24:00. Free entrance. Web
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Alles Leinwand travel festival
Be it Mongolia, Peru or the USA- if you now want to dive into the jumble of the world, you just need to travel to the Old AKH where the travel bug-curing and inspiring travel festival for passionate globetrotters takes place. Oriental rhythm concerts, Nepalese delicacies from Yak & Yeti and high-ranking live reportages take you all around the globe. Crowd-pleaser Andreas Pröve for example talks about his last wheelchair adventure in Burma and travel photographer Bruno Maul about the latest picture firework of his Cuba trip. Presentations cost 13€, free admission to the fair.
Old AKH, Hof 2/C1, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna. February, 20+21. Free entrance. Web
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Orchid exhibition
Are you up for an excursion to warmer regions? As of today, exotic flower wonders are exhibited in the heated glasshouses of the flower gardens Hirschstetten. Collectors and growers from different countries present their orchids and Tillandsias for one week. Besides the well-known varieties such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya rare varieties from all over the world are to be found as well. And since last summer was such a hot one, you may even admire the Botanical Garden’s “Queen of Orchids” which is in bloom for the first time in five years! If you want, you may also buy the exotic beauties.
Flower gardens Hirschstetten, Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Vienna. February 20-28. 9:00-17:00. 6€. Web
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 Janine Guldener
A tribute to Bertha von Suttner
She was courageous, intelligent, open-minded and already advocated for equality and a modern Europe in the 19th century. We’re talking about the Austro pacifist and writer Bertha von Suttner who was the first women ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Now her visionary texts and timeless thoughts are brought back to life. Namely, by the actress and play initiator Susanne Eisenkolb, who slips into the role of the woman of the century for one evening and recites extracts of her novels, diaries and letters. Passionate and with music!
MuTh, Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Vienna. February 21, 19:30. 24 €. Web
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 Kitsch Bitch
Collective Pop-up sale
Spring-cleaning is not really the CitySpotterGirl’s favourite pastime. If it is done by hip fashion labels and shops such as We Bandits, Comerc or Maska, however, things look differently ;-) Like every year, they clear their stocks to make room for the new collections. And in the collective pop up sale today, they sell trendy pieces and other fashion stuff of past season for up to 80% off! Hurray! Among the “cleared out” pieces you’ll find chic leather lace-up shoes and ankle boots by Zapateria, casual jersey outfits by sessùn or cool statement shirts by Kitsch Bitch.
ArriOla Tanzstudio, Schottenfeldgasse 72, 1070 Vienna. February 21, 13:00-18.00
. Free entrance. Web
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International tourist guide day
Very nice: guided tours are for free today! The reason is the international tourist guide day on which city guides work for free. The focus will be on the Natural History Museum this year: The guides provide participants with secret insights into the building history, different departments and curiosities of the historic house. Explore the world’s largest public collection of meteorites or the daring “Novara” world circumnavigation expedition by the k.u.k. military navy. Of course, you may also have a look at the Stone Age section with Venus of Willendorf. Plus: interesting presentations. Everything for free!
Natural History Museum, Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna.
 February 21, 9:30-16:00. Free entrance. Web
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 Rainer Sturm/
Philosophical mindfulness evening
Mindfulness seems to be one of the most important key words in today’s world. In fact, a word that no one aiming at a stress-free and fulfilled life can ignore. Today, the mindfulness expert Thomas Höfer explains how you manage to incorporate this healthy awareness into your own life – and this event is not taking place in some yoga centre, but in the chic Grand Hotel as part of the “Philosophical evening” (for free!). Mr Höfer also presents MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), a well-founded method of training one’s own mindfulness. Off to the here and now!
Grand Hotel, Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Vienna. February 22, 18:30. Free entrance. Please register. Web 
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 Christina Leurer
Backpack beauties of the fashion label lu
It could be Ursula Lidy’s fault that more and more hip city dwellers carry their daily odds and ends in backpacks rather than in normal handbags. She is a designer by trade and crafted her handmade strap eye candies in such a smart, loving and robust way that we ladies don’t want to leave our homes without them any more. CitySpotterGirl now raffles three of the stylish handmade pieces on the portal. Just participate and with a little luck you’ll soon strut around the city with a pretty “Leopold”. Hard-core fans may also still support the project via crowdfunding!
Raffle CitySpotterGirl, deadline 11 March 2016. Information and legal notices online
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Alexandra Prinz: Adventure Golan
A thrilling war report of a nurse: Alexandra Prinz spent half a year with the Armed Forces in a crisis region that most of us only know from the news. Her book “Abenteuer Golan”, which she presents today, is an unusual open diary about her time in a military camp in Syria. In times of refugee crisis the book provides an interesting insight into the backgrounds of the Syrian military daily routine where women are an absolute minority and handling weapons is part of everyday life. A quotation: “Learning to shoot is easy…”
Restaurant Lechner, Wilhelm-Exner-Gasse 28, 1090 Vienna. February 23, 20:00. Free entrance. Web
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 Svensk Tenn
Josef Frank: „World of patterns“
After a pop up shop and a large exhibition in the MAK the unique pattern prints by Josef Frank and Svenskt Tenn are moving to Vienna for a third time. To be exact, in a 2-room-appartment in the third district where the timeless furnishing philosophy of the textile visionary becomes real and visible. The living- and workroom equipped with Frank furniture and objects is open to design fans until March 17. And you’d better have a look at the pattern exhibition, which takes place at the same time and displays “Dixieland” and other top designs, as well. Free entrance!
BeLLeArTi, Radetzkystraße 5, 1030 Vienna. February 19- March 17, Wed-Thu 8:30-17:00, Fri till 13:00. Web
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It’s only Life
Broadway-Feeling in the venerable Cafe Prückel: In the café’s function cellar there’s actually taking place a musical premiere tonight. The prize-winning musical revue “It’s only Life“, which is performed for the first time in Austria tonight, was written by the multiple award-winning Broadway hit producer John Bucchino, who also composed for Liza Minnelli and Art Garfunkel. And so, the rousing songs and ballads that the audience is about to hear today are also full of love and yearning, disappointment and sacrifice. Great feelings on a small, cosy stage!
Cafe Prückel, Biberstraße 2, 1010 Vienna, 19:00. 20 €. Web
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Open House at Stadtschrift
Birgit Ecker and Roland Hörmann, the two rescuers of the Viennese city letters, have now found a home for part of their lettering stock: a small show room in the sixth district where 12 selected storefront beauties are displayed as of now. Including a “Liköre” sign from Meidling of the 40s or a “Café” sign from 1918 – which is, by the way, the oldest jewel of the collection. Of course, visitors will also learn interesting background stories and typography anecdotes. Opening festivity today! If the duo continues collecting like this, Vienna will have its own letter museum one day!
Stadtschrift, Liniengasse 2a, 1060 Vienna. February 24, from 4pm. Opening hours by arrangement. Web
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 Laura Gliesche
Hinking Sinking Ladies
Now it’s time to conquer the oceans in a musical manner! As part of the international accordion festival two female top accordion combos make a guest appearance in Vienna tonight. The first one comes from Berlin and gives the audience goose bumps with creaking pirate songs, super vigorous sailor swing and heart-rending sea robber ballads. Click here for a sample of the sonorous flotsam and jetsam. Equally brilliant and slightly jazzy are the “Schweineorgel“ sounds by the three girls of Karat Apart around live wire and singer Franziska Hatz. True she-devils!
KosmosTheater, Siebensterngasse 42, 1070 Vienna. February 24, 20:00. 24 €. Web
Shop of the week 
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Up in the air is the motto in Thomas Klugt’s pretty design cockpit where trendsetters have the worldwide exclusive chance to purchase the hip multiple prize-winning “bordbar” trolleys of the same-named creative label. Be it new, ex factory or as a 2nd hand model from Pan Am & Co: the multi-functional steel trolleys and airplanes boxes are now also available as stylish kitchen blocks, bathroom cabinets and table football. Each piece is completely restored, laminated and equipped at buyer’s option. They are not exactly cheap, but the friendly shop also offers other nice things, such as colourful candy lamps by Fatboy.
byThom, Haidgasse 5, 1020 Vienna. Tue-Fri 11:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-15:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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Sometimes you come across restaurants that have just opened and already seem like they have always existed. Obviously in the right place at the right time. Brevis is one of them: the new brasserie near the Karmeliterchurch looks pretty and serves Mediterranean food. Particularly nice at lunchtime: choose two or three from a wide range of dishes and enjoy them at a (low) menu price. For example, tasty chicken ragout fin with Brussels sprouts and a polenta slice. All ingredients come from befriended producers – and the pasta from Finkensteiner, Austria’s oldest noodle manufacturer :-)
Brevis, Schmelzgasse 3, 1020 Vienna. Tue - Sat 11:30-15:00, 17:30-00:00, Sun 17:30-00:00. Web


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