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f e b r u a r y 14 | 6. - 12.

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"Heya Girls!"
Recently, I have received my first real handwritten letter in 15 years. Such a wonderful feeling! And naturally, I immediately wrote back. For the younger among us: to do so, you need to draw the amount of approx. 850 SMS with a so-called fountain pen on paper, without any automatic spelling.  Very retro and in any case, since then, I am in a very nostalgic state. I've taken out old photo albums, and asked myself, where the last 20 years so suddenly disappeared and went for a walk at the National Library. There, there is currently - very nostalgic as well - an exhibition of old childhood pictures. Author Arthur Schnitzler as a six-year-old, Crown Prince Rudolf, dressed as a gondoliere, sternly looking at the camera, Archduchess Marie Valerie with a Saint Bernard that is bigger than her. How is the exhibition called? „Children, how time flies". Exactly!
Wishing you a nice week
Your CitySpotterGirl

Nationalbibliothek, Josefsplatz, 1010 Vienna. Until 23 February. Web

P.S. New on the web portal: unusual gourmet stores. Old grocery shop reloaded! Here
Photo: Ludwig Gutmann, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
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Dieter Thomas Kuhn
Lots of clever people have already racked their brains over it. It’s still a mystery how Dieter Thomas Kuhn manages to make an entire public enthusiastic about pop music, even when it's not their scene. Solution to this riddle? Maybe it’s the charismatic singer, who approaches this corny genre in a deeply respectful manner. Or his weird concerts, where the masses converge since 20 years, to build friendships, party and dance. Today, people can be wild in Vienna as well: Mr. Kuhn is a guest at the WUK with his "Festival of Love" tour. Cult status: high!
WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna. 6 February 20:00. 28€. Web
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Sale at Eva Blut
Gotta be quick now! There isn't much time left to be able to acquire the refined bags of the Austrian designer Eva Blut, aka Eva Buchberger, at nicely reduced prices. Most of all because starting today, these casual articles will be even more reduced during the winter sale. Women can bid winter farewell while looking good: with bags of loden and leather, puristic and multifunctional, suitable for business as well as recreation. The bags are purchasable in the fine Eva Blut Store at up to 50% cheaper. Colors of the season: alpaca and burgundy!

Eva Blut Store, Jordangasse 3, 1010 Vienna. Tu-Fr 11:00 to 19:00, Sa 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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Franzobel: Die Weibspassion
Hemma von Gurk, one of the wealthiest women of the Middle-Ages, slowly renounced – guided by an inner voice – her sumptuous life to follow her "calling".  In the centre of power struggles, authoritarian rules and colossal social injustices, she tried to find a new way. Last year, for Hemma's jubilee, author Franzobel wrote a play about the famous Carinthian Saint. Today, with his wife and actress Maxi Blaha, he reads his "Hemma-Play" at the Alte Schmiede.
Alte Schmiede, Schönlaterngasse 9, 1010 Vienna. 6 February 19:00. Free entrance. Web
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60s night
Ladies who love shift dresses and pillbox hats, look out! The InterContinental Vienna celebrates its 50th anniversary with a journey back to the 60s. This first large international hotel in Vienna opened its doors in 1964 - until the end of March, it will go back to the glamorous sixties every Friday. The elegant Intermezzo bar, one of the first American bars in Vienna, really offers the right setting for this. Cocktails, music and bar food - all in a chic retro style. Guests who arrive in clothing suitable for the 60s will be rewarded with a free vodka martini.  And all the while, Shirley Bassey sings "Goldfinger"...
InterContinental, Johannesgasse 28, 1010 Vienna. Every Friday until the end of March 18:00 to 02:00. Free entrance. Web
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Buying directly from farmers? Or obtaining biological products via FoodCoop directly from local producers? It sounds wonderful, but time is often a problem. Margret Zimmermann now helps stressed-out people: She is in contact with more than 30 small organic farms in Vienna and its surroundings. All week, interested folks can order bread and pastries, fruits, vegetables, dairy and pasta, juices or meat online. Every Friday, the order can be picked up at "essenswert". It helps farmers and is good for consumers. If you want to shop spontaneously: some delicacies are always available at the shop.
essenswert, Schlösselgasse 20, 1080 Vienna. Collection Fr 10:00 to 19:00.
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 Captain Tortue
Private shopping at Mode-Salon
Shopping without neon lights and stuffy changing rooms, but with a personal advisor and a glass champagne - it's not an absurd fantasy, it's a visit to Cathrine Kleemann's. The fashion expert invites all to her studio, where she presents the collection of the French label Captain Tortue in a private setting: colourful, with lots of details, easy to wear, comfortable, with sizes ranging from 34 to 52. Simply arrange a meeting and, alone or with girlfriends, taste and try out, whether it is during lunch break or in the evening.  Ladies can take home the last articles of the winter collection right away at bargain prices!
Cathrine Kleemann, Wiedner Hauptstraße 40/2/12, 1040 Vienna. Appointments at 0699 1049 4847.  Web
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Depeche Mode
Legendary! When it involves Depeche Mode, the record alarm rings: the cult band has been at the top of international music for more than three decades. 100 million records sold, numerous concerts, brimming halls. Why we should grace these sirs with our presence again at their Vienna gig? Because they’ve just released their 13th studio album, which critics have qualified as their most brilliant. A varied synth sound, minimalistic, electronic and simply beautiful, will be blowing tonight through the Stadthalle. A must hear for all sound dreamers!
Stadthalle, Halle D, Vogelweidplatz 14, 1150 Vienna. 8 February 19:30. Starting from 63.80€. Web
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 günther gumhold/ pixelio. de
Lucky Origami Workshop
Do it yourself in Japanese! With Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, all kinds of animals, flowers and lucky charms can be created from a simple square piece of paper.  All you need to bring at this nice afternoon workshop is a small dose of patience and accuracy. Then, simply let Noriko Mafune-Bachinger guide you. This experienced Origami artist can even teach the tricks of the trade to people with two left hands. Inverted fold, mountain and valley fold, 90 degree rotation - done!
Please sign up.
Weltmuseum Wien, Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna. 8 February 16:30. 12€. Web
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Free workshops in the Shaolin Temple
Few people know that Europe's largest Shaolin Temple is in Vienna. Currently, all interested people have the opportunity to visit it, free of charge. In the Shaolin Temple, professionals teach both Far Eastern fighting styles and relaxation techniques. Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, meditation, yoga or Chi Kung. During the Viennese Kung Fu Weeks, all techniques can be tried out for free until 16 February. Today also on the programme: strengthening Kung Fu for beginners, relaxing meditation and a lecture on TCM nutrition. To secure your place: sign up!
Shaolin Tempel Austria, Markhofgasse 19, 1030 Vienna. Free entrance. Until 16 February. Web
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 Palais Coburg
Pop up restaurant in Palais Coburg
We already know that the restaurant in Palais Coburg is one of the best (and most expensive) in Austria, thanks to chef-genius Silvio Nickol. But now and for three weeks, there is a new restaurant in this noble house - and it is simply swell! Every week, the pop up will set up a huge table in an unusual place and 35 people will be able to have a real feast without ruining their purse. The menu, decoration and cool sounds also change weekly: this week, the motto is "Love", next week it continues with "Flower Power".
Palais Coburg Residenz, Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna. Until 24 February 18:30. 4 courses menu 49€. Web
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Jura Soyfer: Eine fremde Stadt
At the tables, counter, entrances and exits: this play stretches through Café Siebenstern. When "An unknown city" celebrates its premiere, there’s music, reading and acting in every corner. From a novel fragment by Jura Soyfer: In "Thus died a party", he tells about the decline of social-democracy, of utopias and failures. The actors mix with the audience, Soyfer's newly recorded poems meet historical pictures and a film. A concertante performance for the 80th anniversary of the tragic February uprising. 
Kulturcafé Siebenstern, Siebensternplatz, 1070 Vienna. 9 February 20:00. Admission: free donation. Web
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 VHS Wien Lechner
Trying out the VHS
What was that again about New Year’s resolutions? If women want to work on their bikini figure or refresh their language skills for the next holiday:  the range of courses provided by the Viennese Volkshochschulen (adult education centres) is huge. The new semester starts today. Taiji with a fan, Vietnamese, bobbin lace making, mandoline or directing? Given the plethora of courses (20 000 per year), those who still can't decide can simply come by during the first hour to try it out for free. Some courses also offer a preliminary consulting.
VHS – Die Wiener Volkshochschulen, locations in all of Vienna. Web
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 Residenz Verlag
Of people, cells and washing machines
She has been the CitySpotterGirl's favourite scientist for quite a while, in her new book, Renée Schroeder incites people to save the world. Given the rampant economic growth and explosive increase of the world population, it has become clear to the bio-chemist: it can't go on like this! So she learns from cells and bacteria, which possess controlled growth and selfless behaviour. The motto: think outside the box! Today, Renée Schroeder reads from "Of people, cells and washing machines". She has already revealed her favourite books to the CitySpotterGirl: here.
Thalia, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2a/2b, 1030 Vienna. 10 February 19:00. Free entrance. Web 
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 Petra Bork/ pixelio. de
Merits & dangers of vitamin pills
Swallowing as many vitamins as possible? Sounds healthy, but it isn't always. Because: the frequent consumption of pills of vitamins and minerals can often cause unwanted side-effects.  What these might be, Dr. Cem Ekmekcioglu tells about during this lecture. And about a lot more: he gives an overview of the most important functions of selected micro-nutriments and on the basis of scientific studies, examines the positive effects of these supplements. Medical know-how to take away!
VHS Wiener Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna. 10 February 17:00. 6€. Sign up! Web
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 Brandstätter Verlag
From shell to core
She makes syrup out of apple cores, racy chutney out of watermelon rind and unusual pesto out of leftover radish leaves: Barbara Wörndl doesn’t throw out anything! In her new, quite marvellous cooking book "Von der Schale bis zum Kern" (From shell to core), she has collected over 100 vegetarian recipes and tips for culinary "recycling". Today, she first presents her book - and then, visitors can taste a few unusual creations at Babette's, where the author used to cook and experiment.
Babette’s, Am Hof 13, 1010 Vienna. 11 February 17:00 to 19:00. Free entrance. Please sign up! Web
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Silk on sale
Creative minds watch out: well hidden in a passage at the Hohen Markt, there is the old Viennese shop for fabrics and accessories Küchler. A small nostalgic store, clad in dark wood, still exactly the same as when Andrea Küchler took it over from her mother. And wherever the eye falls: fabrics, stacked from floor to ceiling. To celebrate the shop’s 60th anniversary, all silks - from pure silk and crepe de Chine to satin - are 50% cheaper! Tip: mind the opening hours – Ms. Küchler runs the store on her own.
Stoffe Küchler, Hoher Markt 4 (passage), Mo-Th 11:00 to 16:00. Web
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Christiane Spatt „do ducks fly“
A filigree bouquet of feathers, artificial flowers and pictures, sewed on fabric: everything is very commonplace, yet this arrangement seems somewhat disconcerting. Christiane Spatt assembles materials from her personal fund (clothes, jewellery, decor) on handiworks, which on first glance look nice or humorous - and on second glance, make you wonder. What lurks behind this idyll? Why does everything look as if it was loaded with big memories? All works shown starting today were created during a fellowship at the Villa Waldberta in Munich.
ubik space, Linke Wienzeile 72, 1060 Vienna. Vernissage 19:00. Free entrance. Web 
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Cancer treatment of the future
In the last fifteen years, cancer has evolved from a deadly to a chronic illness. New medicine and new therapies (such as for breast and blood cancer) bring hope on the one side, but also presents new challenges to doctors and affected people. At this evening's lecture, a top-class round of experts provides clarification and, on the basis of various perspectives, gives a picture of tomorrow's cancer treatment. At the end, it is possible to ask questions to the experts. Entrance is free!

Radiokulturhaus, Argentinierstrasse 30a, 1040 Vienna. 12 February 18:00. Free entrance. Please sign up. Web
Shop of the Week 
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Heavens, what a wide selection! Kurt Spet has brought over 3000 unusual articles from his travels to Vienna, and packed them in a stylish store. The colourful walls with their ice cream colours remind of Miami and the summer - and help orienting yourself. In the yellow and pink rooms, ladies will find the finest sweets (handmade chocolate from Calabria) and culinary specialities from all of Europe. Lime green and light blue contain mountains of accessories for home and garden: bird houses, cushions, flower seeds, lamps. And all of this at very friendly prices. How nice!

Hannibal, Taborstrasse 24, 1020 Vienna. Mo-Fr 10:00 to 18:00, Sa 10:00 to 15:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Kiang at the Yppenmarkt
So, the CitySpotterGirl has finally (!) managed to go to the tiny Kiang wine bar - and now, she will also immediately start raving. How lucky, that Joseph Kiang found his way back to Vienna after many years in Peking! He took over artist Wolfgang Semmelrock's store, equipped it with a number of best-chosen wines and cooks Chinese street food behind the counter, with a dash of Austria. Result: Chinese flat bread with lardo and greaves (creates addiction!), wonderful "slow cooked octopus", served on a leaf spinach salad or jiaozi dumplings. There isn't much space, doesn't matter, you have to go anyway!

Kiang, Yppenplatz 11, 1160 Vienna. Tu–Sa 17:00 to 24:00. Web


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