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Die StadtSpionin
j u l y 14 | 17. - 23.

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"Heya Girls!"
Somehow, it is always the same: we sit in our office, it's lunchtime, hunger strikes, the telephone rings, a colleague needs urgent help, hunger grows, the next appointment is waiting - and at some point, we run to the bakery at the corner and wolf down a sandwich. But now, dear colleagues of the working population, salvation is near! For some time now, more and more restaurants all around Vienna have been taking care of us people with lunchtime problems and they’ve cooked healthy, creative and quick food. And what did the CitySpotterGirl do? She packed the new mega-trend and all practical tips in a new book! "Wiens bester Mittagstisch" ("Vienna's best lunchtime table") will show you 100 restaurants for a nice quick meal: from take away to business lunches, from secret tips to scene hotspots, from organic to vegan. Starting 21 July, you can buy this practical lunchtime primer in every bookshop. You can even order the book on the web portal now: here. Well then, enjoy, everyone!
Wishing you a nice week
Your CitySpotterGirl
"Wiens bester Mittagstisch". Extract and buy: on the web
Photo: Wundergarten Verlag
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If she can do it, so can I!
So, it's now the female skater scene's turn to shine under the spotlight! In this exhibition, " If she can do it, so can I!", artists show their view of skating and draw - completely away from the mainstream action sport industry – a self-portrait of female skaters. There will be paintings, pictures and sculptures by Sixxa (Kathi Macheiner), Carolina Frank, Inga Guzyte, farbwerke and Maria Arndt. The works also mark the start of the "Women-Skate-History" collection in Austria. The vernissage is tonight!

Der Schaukasten, Märzstraße 67, 1150 Vienna. 17 July 19:00. Free entrance. Web
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 Marta Lamovsek
ImPuls Tanz
For almost five weeks, our city will become a hotspot for contemporary dancing - with international performances, workshops (even for beginners!) and party nights! The sensational prelude was created by star choreograph and Bach fan (we love his Goldberg variations!) Alain Platel with his Les Ballets C de la B: in the piece "tauberbach", he refers to the project of an artist who recorded cantatas of Bach with a deaf choir. And he combines it with the touching story of waste collector Estamira.

Volkstheater, Neustiftgasse1, 1070 Vienna. 17 July 21:00. 12-68 €. Web
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Strength training for women
Many women dread fitness centres and wild strength trainings. Efficient muscle building can be different, says Sigrid Markl and demonstrates it every Thursday. Instead of heavy weights, the entire body is put to work with crunches or tricky squats, sometimes helped by small machines. Those who don't want to imitate "model Arnold" can still look forward to this: building muscle is essential to fight posture disorders, as a precaution against osteoporosis, as a metabolism optimization - and yes, being a bit tighter is pretty too. The first hour is free, please sign up!
Zentrum Heureka, Hermanngasse 30/2/1, 1070 Vienna. Th 18:00. One hour 17 €. Web
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Marions Hutatelier closes down
We are definitely not amused! After eight years, Marion Weiss closes the doors of her lovely hat shop across from the Ronacher. For good. Small comfort on the side: until 31 July, she will hold a clearance sale where ladies can still purchase artful headdresses at mini prices (unique items start at 15€). And this is high-level handicraft! These objects of desire, made with lots of fantasy, creativity and love, range from straw and felt hats to sporty wool hoods and noble fascinators. Chapeau!

Marions Hutatelier, Seilerstätte 18-20, 1010 Vienna. Until 31 July Mo, Tu, Th, Fr 13:00 to 18:00, Sa 09:00 to 13:00. Web
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Rooftop Cinema
Yep, it's that time again! The main library's open air cinema Kino am Dach relies until 31 August on good weather. On Vienna's nicest roof, it will show films for six weeks under the motto "Rooftop Cinema Worldwide", in cooperation with internation open air cinemas. On the screens, 45 film highlights, festival and popular successes - from "Little Miss Sunshine" to "Slumdog Millionaire". The films always start at 21:30, the Cinebar on the roof with view over Vienna is open everyday until 00:00. Tonight, they’ll show the current production "Über-Ich und Du".

Main library, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna. Weather tel: 0699/ 11366947. 21:30. 7,50 €. Web
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Silent nights in St. Ruprecht
Vienna's oldest church stands in the middle of the city on the outskirts of the "Bermuda Dreieck". The current construction dates back to the 12th century and is quite unique in Vienna because of its simplicity. The church's offer is unique as well: every Friday between 21:00 and midnight, the house of God becomes an open "Night Church". Lit up by candles only, it allows everyone - doesn't matter the confesison or origin - to rest in quiet and silence. This unusual place of retreat then unfolds an impressive meditative power in which one can leave behind everyday life in a matter of seconds.

St. Ruprecht, Judengasse, 1010 Vienna. Every Friday 21:00 to 24:00. Free entrance. Web
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 alex papis
Dead or Alive
Gladiator match 2014: at the poetry slam "Dead or Alive" at the Wiener Lustspielhaus today, famous poets such as Ingeborg Bachmann, Ernst Jandl or Friedrich Hölderlin will face off against the most witty contemporaries of the poetry slam scene in word duels. Of course, they (the poets) will be impersonated by selected actors, since they are long dead. The public will provide the decisive jury in all KO-systems: Friedrich Nietzsche and Alfred Polgar, or rather modern masters of sharp punchlines? Let's find out...

Wiener Lustspielhaus, Am Hof, 1010 Vienna. 19 July 20:00. 15 €. Web
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Now that’s something for chocolate monsters. This three-hour-long workshop teaches how to make organic and vegan filled chocolate in a very easy way. Participants can find out lots of interesting facts about the cocoa plant and its value for our nutrition (raw cocoa beans are well-known superfoods!), as well as trivia concerning nuts. Speaking of nuts: those with a nut allergy can work with almonds instead. Grand finale: enjoying the fine chocolate all together with delicious organic wine from the Burgenland. And at home, let’s watch "Chocolat"...

Vitamynd, Dornbacherstr. 62, 1170 Vienna. 19 July 16:00. 48 €. Please sign up! Web
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Madame Baheux
Music without borders: at the Silent Music Weibersommer in the Augarten, the quartet Madame Baheux will play stirring folk songs and Viennese lieder (listen to a sample here). When these four local bundles of energy perform, weirdness ensues. To be weird, one has to master their instrument quite well. And that is the case with these charming top musicians who have their roots in Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Klosterneuburg, who have without a doubt conquered the international music scene of the last few years. If the weather's bad, it'll be inside the Bunker!

Bunkerei Augarten, Obere Augartenstr.1a, 1020 Vienna. 20 July, 18:00. Free entrance. Web
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 Wien Museum
Guided tour of the Hermesvilla
"Villa with greenspace, imperial, partly furnished, 1350 m² living space".  In the middle of the Lainzer zoo, the former imperial hunting ground, stands Empress Elisabeth's "Castle of dreams". Emperor Franz Joseph gave it to her as a present, hoping to keep his wife, who loved to travel, a bit more often in Vienna. Which, as we know, didn't work. To get to the villa, one must first go on an extended walk through the shady park. Today, there is a guided tour that focuses not only on the construction stories of the house, but also on the eccentric empress’ biography.

Hermesvilla, Lainzer Tiergarten, 1130 Vienna. 20 July 15:00. Web
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 alex papis
Wiener Kabarett-Festivals
There are people who just don't have any sense of humour. Those who want to have a laugh should head to the Rathaus today. There, local masters of humour such as Andreas Vitasek or Heilbutt & Rosen will provide collective laughing fits during the Viennese Cabaret Festival! First, Viktor Gernot will deal with small causes and big results, his solo programe "Im Glashaus" revolves around communication: an easily spoken sentence can trigger a real emotional tsunami in the recipient. And tomorrow, Thomas Stipsits shows his "Best of"...

Wiener Rathaus – arcade court, entrance at Felderstraße 1, 1010 Vienna 21 July 19:30. 21-61€. Web
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 Privatsammlung © Foto: Fernando Ramajo
Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Head-art: After almost 400 (!) years, two rediscovered works of art of Arcimboldo will be visiting the Kunsthistorisches Museum. That's right, it's the late Renaissance painter (to be precise: a Mannerist) who became famous with his panels: on these, he composed portraits with flowers, fruits or vegetables - so-called composite heads. These two "Floras", which are now united with the imperial collection for the first time in 400 years and are accessible for the general public, both come from the series he painted for Emperor Rudolf II. A must see!

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. 21.7.- February 2015. Every day 10:00 to 18:00, Th until 21:00. Web
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Cooking lessons on the Summerstage
Cooking in the open air - now this is an unusual cooking lesson! First, participants will cook in an urban atmosphere on the "summerstage" at the Donaukanal, then everyone will eat together. This workshop was organised by the primary schools and will take place twice a week until 6 September. Practically after work, they start around 17:00. The cooking will be Indian, Mediterranean or even Thai. Today, Sangita Nebel will demonstrate how to cook healthy Indian food for beginners. Next week, it will be pizza from the grill.

Summerstage, Roßauer Lände, 1090 Vienna. 22 July 17:00 to 20:00. 45 €. Web
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 John Hogg
Swan Lake
CitySpotterGirl special tip! Probably the prettiest staging of the ImPuls Tanz Festival comes from the 29 years old choreograph and dancer Dada Masilo from Johannesburg: she transported "Swan Lake", the western ballet classic per se, to the year 2014 with high-class and a lot of humour. She mixes European, classical-academical and African dances. And brings a breath of fresh air to the romantic ballet fairy-tale! This also applies to the music: Tschaikowski meets Camilla Saint-Saens, Steve Reich & Co.

Volkstheater, Neustiftgasse 1, 1070 Vienna. 22 July 21:00. 12-68 €. Web
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The Greens' "Check Your Bike"
The Green party's Check Your Bike is an event that has taken place across the entire city for a few years; today it's stopping at Friedrich Engels-Platz. Every bike will be examined by experts, then a service and small repairs will be performed on site - adjusting the gears and the brakes, controlling the wear parts and if need be, changing the tubes. Larger defects will be listed and information about the next repair shop will be provided. And nice: it’s all for free! It will be the Stadtpark's and Simmeringer Platz's turn on the following Saturdays.

Friedrich Engels-Platz, 1200 Vienna. 23 July 10:00 to 13:00. Free of charge. Web
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La maison d’Elisa
The sale at La maison d’Elisa (Shop of the Week: here) is going on until end of July. For a purchase of over 100 €, there is a discount of 20% on the entire product range - on shabby furniture in a French country house style, or fun dishes by Coté Table! And it gets even better: nostalgic decoration such as candlesticks, picture frames, lanterns or cheese covers cost up to fifty percent less. And here it comes: readers of the CitySpotterGirl get an exclusive 50% reduction on the entire gardening range! Mon Dieu!!!

La maison d’Elisa, Siebensterngasse 23, 1070 Vienna. Tu-Fr 10:30 to 18:30, Sa 10:00 to 17:00. Web
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Die Buchbinderin
Oh this is such a nice oasis of calm! In the lovingly furnished bookbinding shop, Kerstin Czerwenka binds old handicraft traditions with creative ideas: in the shopping corner of the atelier, she presents her colourful diaries and guest books, bound in fine Italian paper, metallic photo albums, linen Leporello or notebooks bound in rare Japanese Urushi paper (yes, it's the traditional red lacquer). One piece more beautiful than the next! Apart from the precious paperwork, she naturally also binds books and repairs tattered works.

Die Buchbinderin, Florianigasse 5A, 1080 Vienna. Mo-Th 10:00 to 18:00, Fr 10:00 to 15:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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 The Bank
The Bank
There's currently nothing nobler in Vienna! Park Hyatt has settled down in the old Bank Austria headquarters and turned it into a temple of luxury. Marble, chandeliers, precious wood as far as the eye can reach. Now, the restaurant "The Bank" resides in the former cashier's hall - and at least this will be a surprise: in all this nobility, it's really friendly! From the receptionist to the cook, there are only charming, witty people. And for lunch, the delicious menus (such as ricotta raviolis with wood sorrel) are even affordable.

The Bank, Park Hyatt Hotel, Am Hof 2, 1010 Vienna. Mo-Su 6:30 to 10:30, 12:00 to 15:00, 18:00 to 23:00. Web


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