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f e b r u a r y 14 | 13. - 19.

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"Heya Girls!"
Yeah, I know: construction sites are annoying. They are dirty, noisy and cause traffic jams. In Austria, people don't usually head over to a construction site willingly – but on Saturday, one should do so anyway. The goal of the journey is the largest urban development project in Vienna. The Seestadt aspern is one of the most extensive construction sites in Europe, with roughly 1,000 people working day after day on the premises. 42 cranes are currently in use in the Seestadt. During the day, they're well-behaved heavy labourers, for just one night, they change – under the supervision of their crane operators – into delicate ballet dancers and play "Crane Lake"! Yes, you heard that right, on Saturday, the cranes in aspern dance in a festive gown of lights on "film music" that was composed specially for the occasion. The entire construction site turns into a stage - the production at nightfall will be the most unusual Dancing Stars spectacle that Vienna has ever seen.

Wishing you a nice week
Your CitySpotterGirl

aspern Seestadt, 1120 Vienna. 15 February 17:30. Free entrance. Web

P.S. Special tips for Valentine's Day can be found online: romantic dinners, moonlight climbing and wellness for 2.
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Sale at Combinat
Oldies but Goldies! Nice highlights from past seasons are currently wandering over the counter at Combinat. And at unbelievably low prices too: selected articles by designers such as Pitour, Artista, km/a, Aquanauta or Lothar Daniel Bechtold all cost no more than 50 Euro! Until the end of February, ladies can hunt these bargains in the fine shop and bid winter farewell with style: with puristic pullovers or a romantic dress, as a business lady or in a chill recreational look. Respect, at Combinat's, they know how to seduce us urban fashionistas ;)
Combinat, quartier21/MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. Tu-Sa 12:00 to 19:00. Web
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Luisa Francia
Is there actually a woman who doesn't have a book of Luisa Francia on a shelf? For all fans and those who want to become one, today's the chance to meet the renowned author from Munich! At Thalia, she presents her books "The Magic of Stones", (in which she describes rituals, stone circles and places of power) and "Female Power, Female Wisdom". Humorous and clever as usual, Francia devotes herself to the universe of mothers, daughters – from feminine role models to shamanesses. And she explains how to master everyday life with magical ease.
Thalia, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2a/2b, 1030 Vienna. 13 February 19:00. Free entrance. Web
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Berlin already has its own typographic museum, here for the first time, an exhibition explores the past of Viennese façades. Since 2012, the association "Stadtschrift" saves beautiful letters gone obsolete from scrapping, climbs up ladders and scaffolds and dismantles neon light tubes or metal lettering. A part of the collection will be presented to the public for the first time at Treffpunkt Lerchenfeld – among others, the "thalia" from the notorious Ottarkinger pharmacy or the neon green "Elektro" that everyone has seen at least once somewhere. Wonderfully retro!

Treffpunkt Lerchenfeld, Lerchenfelder Straße 141, 1070 Vienna. Until 13 March Tu 10:00 to 12:30, 15:00 to 19:00, We 15:00 to 19:00, Th 10:00-12:30. Web
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Heartbreaks in the hat atelier
Karin Bergmayer's legendary hat atelier in Meidling will actually turn 25 this year. And since the designer has always loved the topic heart, the first salon of the anniversary year follows the motto heartbreak. Perfect for Valentine's Day! So today, visitors of the atelier can enjoy the dearest model hats, lovely fascinators, heart berets and heart hats and try out everything to their heart's content. The small heartbreakers are all handmade. Besides, there are great bargain articles and minus 50 % on some individual items!

karin bergmayer hutobjekte, Franz Emerichgasse 3/6, 1120 Vienna. 14 February 14:00 to 20:00. Web
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Afro-queen contest
Goodbye clichés! Who is the fairest in the land, this unusual Miss contest asks only incidentally. At the Afro-queen contest, it's not perfect measures that count, but charisma and exotism, culture and immigration. The beauty of Africa can be experienced on many levels: pretty girls buzz on stage, while presenting African fashion by designer Mande Masa. This makes for a very colourful show, which includes musical and dancing entertainement from the black continent. When & where? Tonight at Reigen!
Reigen, Hadikgasse 62, 1140 Vienna. 14 February 22:00. From 12€. Web
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One Billion Rising
Sometimes, only pure activism helps. To set an example against violence against women, the American feminist Eve Ensler changed Valentine's Day into V-Day. Last year, during the day of action, she called out for the first time for "One Billion Rising", acting for the number of women who are victims of violence around the globe. In 205 countries, thousands of people left their workplaces and homes at the same time to dance together in the streets. In Vienna too, there will be dancing today – in front of the Parliament. If there are enough people, it will look just as nice as last year in San Francisco.

In front of the Parliament, Dr. Karl Renner Ring 3, 1010 Vienna. 14 February 17:00 to 19:00. Web
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Cabala in Schönbrunn
Many leaders had ties to magic: they were looking for places full of energy and power to build their residences. Such as Maria Theresa's husband, who even built an alchemist's laboratory in his "heavenly Viennese place of power”, the Emperor's Pavilion in the Zoological Garden! Today, visitors can follow these mysterious cabalistic and geomantic symbols all around the square of Schönbrunn. This unusual walk shows secret places of power in the Garden and the Zoo, and includes awareness exercices.
Meeting point: Schönbrunn Palace, Schlossstraße/ Haupteingang, 1130 Vienna. 15 February 14:00. 15€. Sign up! Web
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Clearance sale at MQ Point
Wow, MQ Point closes its gates! But thankfully, not permanently: on April 1st, the shop opens again, completely renovated and with a fresh look. It will be rebuilt on February 17, until then, the lockdown will be celebrated with a clearance sale. On this occasion, everything will be at a fine 30 percent cheaper: colourful pots and plates by Pantone (*swoon*), quirky retro wobble dolls, weird decoration and books for individualists. A really eccentric hotchpotch of fashion, design and gift articles, in which visitors can dive every day (even on Sundays!).

MQ Point, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. Every day 10:00 to 19:00. Web
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 Collio, Hotel Triest
Top restaurants at special prices
Luxurious feasting at budget prices! Starting today and until 25 February, almost 50 top restaurants in the city offer menus at greatly reduced prices. During the "Restaurant week", which has already delighted gourmets for a few years, there are culinary delicacies in 3-course menus for 19.50 € at lunchtime, in the evening 3-courses are offered at 29.50 €. Restaurants decorated with more than 2 toques ask for an extra charge, but the saving still amounts to up to 50%. Participants include Sacher, the Collio in Hotel Triest or 1500 Foodmakers. Attention: reservations can be made online only!

Restaurantwoche, various locations in all of Vienna. 15 to 25 February. Web
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Orchid show
Fancy a trip to warmer climates? In the heated glass houses of the Blumengärten Hirschstetten, exotic floral wonders are currently on display. For one week, collectors and breeders from different countries show their orchids and tillandsia. Next to well-known species such as phalaenopsis and cattleya, there are also rare orchids and breedings from all over the world. Those who want to bring one or two exotic beauties home are in luck - it is also possible to buy at the exhibition. Particularly exciting: rarities from private nurseries.

Blumengärten Hirschstetten, Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Vienna. 15-23 February 9:00 to 17:00. 6€. Web
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Soul Sisters Women's Day
A day that is only about feelings: about perceiving them consciously and enjoying them. The Women's Day at the Soul Sisters', the centre for women in their middle years (in the pool of experts: here) is a pleasant break from everyday stress. Colourful aspects of womanhood are at the forefront of this event, goddesses of world history act as symbols for this journey through the rainbow of feelings. There will be dancing, singing and most of all, joie de vivre and intense emotions will be really savoured.

Soul Sisters, Goldeggasse 2/5, 1040 Vienna. 16 February 10:00. 120€. Sign up! Web
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 food artists
Would we like blue tomatoes just as much as we like red ones? And does the eye really always taste along with the mouth? These questions will be answered playfully by food artists during a photo exhibition. Cheese and cakes are culinary combined in a questionable manner; bell peppers are coiffed with steak-hoods.  The vernissage is multisensorial: irritating tastings test the senses of visitors. Weird "smell specs" come to their assistance, to help them recognizing smells.

futurefoodstudio, Brunnengasse 17, 1160 Vienna. Vernissage 17 February 17:00. 18€ (incl. tastings) Sign up! Web
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Flatschers Bistrot Opening
Yes, fans are cheering! And Flatschers has quite a few: they regularly travel to the Kaiserstraße for tasty steaks and burgers. Only a few meters away, the restaurant opens its new branch today. It's called Flatschers Bistrot (that's right, with a t!) and is openly devoted to Francophile living. French music leaks out the loudspeakers, French atmosphere lies in the air. And the food? Just as meaty as the parent restaurant. And, of course, also very French: mussels, éclairs, champagne and original wines. Well then: chapeau!

Flatschers Bistrot, Kaiserstraße 121, 1070 Vienna. Opening 17 February 17:02. Web
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 The Moscow Kremlin State Historical Museum
The world of Fabergé
A precious yet minuscule world: this is how Peter Carl Fabergé's universe sparkles. The most famous Russian jeweller was purveyor to the court of the last Tsars, during his glory days, he employed over 500 goldsmiths and stone-cutters. As the mastermind of this fascinating empire, he brought forth unusual creations of gems and virtuoso handicrafts. Over 160 of these valuables, including four of the world-renowned Imperial Easter Eggs, can be seen in Vienna starting today. Also: the exhibition gives an exciting insight into 19th century Russia!

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna. 18.2-18.5. Tu-Su 10:00 to 18:00, Th until 21:00. 14€. Web
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 Mats Backer
Swan Lake Reloaded
Tchaikovsky meets Streetdance! Swan Lake, this epitome of ballet, got a complete new touch from the Swede Fredrik Rydman. And he transformed the classic into a modern dance theatre: the famous music is underlaid with electro-beats and rendered unfamiliar, the choreography ranges from slow motion to hectic break dancing. The story around Prince Siegfried and his Odette was also transported into the present by Rydman: the swans are heroin addicted prostitutes, Rothbart a drugdealer. A celebrated piece that now also comes to Vienna.

Museumsquartier, Halle E, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 18-23 February. From 46.90€. Web
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 Theater im Bahnhof
As a mother (of a really wonderful daughter) I'm allowed to say so: being a mother isn't always pretty. This is also what the performers of the Graz ensemble “Theater im Bahnhof” think and, inspired by Cindy Sherman, they clear the assumption that was subjectively prescribed by society that being a mother is always fulfilling – they show themselves as women who research, fight, quarrel and doubt. "Mütter" ("Mothers") is an intimate play about feminist role models, fears of the future, guilty conscience and the desire to understand the next generation.

brut, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna. 14-19 February 20:00. 14€. Web
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 Redline Wirtschaft
The courage to take a time-out
Simply press pause. Fulfill a dream long cherished, get some energy and then play back into your usual living environment. Does it sound utopian? It's still possible. Christa Langheiter, author of the bestseller "Mut zur Auszeit" ("The courage to take a time-out"), invites all interested and "time-outers" to a discussion.  During five meetings, experiences can be exchanged and questions asked. How can the potential of a longer professional time-out be used? How are financial difficulties solved? And most of all, how does a good re-entry succeed? Please sign up.

SDS Gesundheitszentrum, St. Josef-Krankenhaus, Auhofstr. 189, 1130 Vienna. 19 February 18:00. Web
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Yukatas at Salon:Fähig
With golden ornaments pulled over a shiny azure blue, complex flower patterns on a deep red: Klaus Rink simply had to bring these wonderful sarong fabrics from his travels to Java and South-Eastern Asia. But what should be done with the growing pile of pristine beauties? Together with Nina Wiplinger, who shares his passion for fine textiles, he created yukatas out of them: uncomplicated kimonos for domestic use. Ladies can wear them as a bathrobe or for a summer party – lined with silk, brocade or fabrics for dirndls (!) so pretty, they’ll bring you to your knees!

Salon:Fähig, Esterhazygasse 29, 1060 Vienna. Th+Fr 16:00 to 20:00 and on appointment. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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setz dich
"setz dich" ("sit down") is Michael Seemann's charming invitation to get comfortable between designer fashion and chic bikes. His restaurant is the linking element in the concept store "Block 44". Heavy commodes from the 50s were turned into a counter, a long table found its place in the bright display. Ladies can recover from shopping with a fair coffee (also with soy milk) and a juicy cake pop, or listen to the men talk shop about bikes with a beer and a cheese toast. An exceptionally relaxed place to stop over!
setz dich, Reindorfgasse 44, 1150 Vienna. Tu-Fr 12:00 to 19:00, Sa 11:00 to 17:00. Web


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