Everything you need to do this Weekend in Vienna: 42 event tips

December 10, 2017

Everything you need
to do this Weekend in
Vienna: 42 event tips

December 10, 2017

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Hey, hey! We’ve selected the very best of what’s happening in Vienna this weekend so you can spend less time working out what to do, and spend more time making the most out of life.

Check out below the 42 awesome things happening this weekend in Vienna:

 

Design pop-up shop in a funky coffeehouse

Rienna – contemporary designshop

When: THU, November 9 – WED, January 31 | WED–FRI: 11am–7pm, SAT: 10am–6pm
Where: Rien
Entry: free!

There’s an oddly named design pop-up shop, popping up in the reborn hipster coffeehouse in the first district, Rien. Showcasing and selling awesome products from local creatives, it’s surely worth checking out during the lead up to Christmas (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). If this place gets any cooler (a whale on the roof, weekly music sessions and now a design shop!) , we’re going to have to stop going!

Recommended if you like: forearm Tattoos, beards, ham and cheese toast, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, being that member of the Family that everybody knows for thoughtful and cool gifts

Ice skating wonderland with a picturesque background, anyone?

Der Kleine Eistraum am Wiener Weihnachtstraum

When: November 17 – January 7, 10am–10pm
Where: Rathausplatz
Entry: tba, for more information click here

Finally, you won’t have to wait for January to do one of the most romantic things in a Viennese winter (or to get all of those bruises that you tell people you got in a bar fight). The winter wonderland that pops up in front of the Rathaus every year once the Christmas markets have closed, is opening a little earlier this year. The Wiener Eistraum ice skating rink will already open this week, at least part of it. Check out the website for details, such as how much you’ll be forking out for entry and skate rental.

Recommended if you like: embarrassing yourself on a first date because you have two left feet on skates, doing pirouettes on the ice, sharpening your skates with a steely look in your eye, planning something romantic with your loved ones, trying out the moves from Starlight Express on ice

Art Advent at Karlsplatz

Adventmarkt am Karlsplatz

When: November 17 – December 23, daily: 12pm–8pm
Where: Karlsplatz
Entry: free!

The Art Advent Market at Karlsplatz stands out from the crowd of Christmas markets that encircle the ring of the old city. While it’s still got the crafts stands selling beeswax candles and carved wooden angels, it possesses its own oddball flavour, like the carousel cobbled together with recycled scrap material and powered by bicycle power, the llama rides, the old guy in the bowler hat playing on his musical box. All craft found here is handmade locally. There is also a large focus on organic products here, including an organic Glühwein and Punsch stand. The market frames the man-made pond which has been emptied of water, and filled with children playing in piles of hay and flying around in four-wheeled bikes. It is a family affair early in the evening. This is all the while under the holy glow of the towering Karlskirche and a spiderweb of fairy lights. This one is a favourite for many.

T’is the season of Glühwein and and kissing when your nose is dripping

Christmas markets are open!

When: Daily until December 26, 2017
Where: Various locations
Entry: Free!

Tis’ the season again and as winter in Vienna has it, it is the favourite season of many locals simply thanks to those charming Christmas markets! A wonderful vibe spreads around town as markets open all over Vienna, and the smell of cinnamon, mulled wine, and sweet desserts fills the air. Be sure to get your first Heisse Liebe Punsch in soon and get in the spirit.  And it just so happens that we’ve put together a list of our favourite markets, here.

Recommended if you like: the smell of gingerbread cookies, waking up with gifts waiting for you, being jolly, celebrating christmukkah, overcoming the cold by drinking hard spirits hidden in tea, Glühwein, meeting friends at Christmas markets

A very cool Christmas event + market in the old horse stables of CREAU

Creau Advent

When: December 1–24 | MON–FRI: 6:30pm, SAT–SUN: 4pm
Where: CREAU
Entry: free!

The old horse stable turned creative space CREAU in Prater is organising the most special of all Viennese Christmas markets – a real life Advent calendar. Each horse stall will act as a window of the Advent calendar and will be opened daily (MON–FRI from 6:30pm, and SAT–SUN from 4pm), revealing an installation, live music event, projections, etc by one of 24 artists. This is one very cool concept.
Also, there will be a designer market, where you can buy lots of great stuff, alongwith, of course, Punsch and food!

Recommended if you like: alternative Christmas markets, unique events at unique locations, outdoor markets, warming up from the inside-out, buying great presents, getting to know local artists and their work, CREAU events, something different, wearing big wooly underwear through winter

A winter market in Stadtpark

Le Jardin Wintermarkt

When: December 1–23, every TUE–SAT | TUE–FRI: 4pm–2am, SAT: 12pm–2am
Where: Café Français Stadtpark
Entry: free!

The garden of Café Français in Stadtpark will be transformed into a winter wonderland throughout December.At this market, you can sip at Punsch, Glühwein, or hot chocolate, nibble on some tasty snacks (eg. Kässpätzle, Kaiserschmarrn and chestnuts) all in a lovely (said in our best British accent) wintery atmosphere. Indoors, there will be a bar and dance floor, with DJ music (THU–SAT) to dance to. 

Recommended if you like: winter gardens, French people, French kissing, the wonder of winter, spending a lot of time at Christmas events, one month of drinking Punsch daily, bad and kitschy Christmas pullovers

Weekends of winter markets in a bunker turned bar

KUNST & KRAM Weihnachtsmarkt – mit TIPSY Punsch

When: FRI–SUN, December 8–10, 2pm–10pm
Where: Bunkerei Augarten
Entry: Free

The second and third weekend in December will be market time at Bunkerei in the lovely manicured park, Augarten. At this market set in the old bunker turned bar you’ll find a big selection of antiques, contemporary handicraft, and artistic products. Plus, Tipsy Pusch will be offering up different kinds of Punsch and Glühwein, as well as a Hot Mojito (wow, what an awesome idea – wish we had it first!).

Recommended if you like: sustainable living, wearing an antique watch, bold-rimmed glasses, flea markets, sustainable living, turning up to a party in the most unique, sexy outfit

A curated indoor winter fashion pop-up market

Modepalast Weihnachts Wunder Welt Pop Up Store

When: December 4–23 (daily, except Sundays) | MON–WED: 9am–8pm, THU–FRI: 9am–9pm, SAT: 9am–6pm
Where: The Mall Wien Mitte
Entry: free!

An unusual kind of winter market will be filling up The Mall Wien Mitte for three weeks in December. The curated pop-up Christmas design and lifestyle market will offer products by local independent labels and producers (not a bad market to fill up a chain store-filled mall, we’d say). Find more info’ on what and who to expect, here.

Recommended if you like: winter and Christmas markets that don’t sell kitsch and shit, indoor Christmas markets, buying great gifts to give away, staying warm while shopping, buying unique gifts

Pop-up Christmas market selling alternative products

Die fette Nelke: Pop-up Markt

When: November 30 – December 23, THU–SAT: 3pm–8am
Where: Die fette Nelke
Entry: free!

An un-Christmas-sy Christmas market will go down at “Die fette Nelke: Pop-up Markt” in Nelkengasse this month. Die Fette Nelke will be the site where fashion, design and other crafty stuff will be on display and up for sale. This is a unique shopping opp. for those still in need for personal presents. 

Recommended if you like: weekend Christmas markets, stress-free shopping zones, alternative Christmas markets, buying local products, being known as the friend or family member buying awesome Christmas presents

Austrian Championships in Figure Skating on ice – indeed, something different

Österreichische Meisterschaften 2018

When: THU–SAT, December 14–16
Where: Albert-Schulz-Eishalle
Entry: TBA

If you’re a fan of figure skating, ice dancing and pair skating, or even if you’re not, make sure not to miss the Austrian Championships this weekend, which will be happening from Thursday until Saturday at the Albert-Schulz-Halle. All age categories will be presenting their skills on ice and skates. Something very different for to do for many of you, we assume. 

Recommended if you like: ice skating, sport events, cheering and clapping, watching figure skating live instead of on TV, ice, winter Olympics, admiring people from afar, trying something different

Coffee, cake and records

Plattenflohmarkt #4!

When: FRI, December 15, 7pm–9pm
Where: Fett und Zucker
Entry: free!

The wonderful cafe of cake, ‘Fett und Zucker,’ is filling it’s space with records, coffee & cake this Friday. Invited are nice people (yes, nice ones only!), interested in vinyl, CD’s, tapes and co. looking to shop for their own collection, or for a special Christmas gift.

Recommended if you like: music, being a snob about vinyls, shopping vintage, drinking so much coffee you get high and want to dance, feeling the soul of the music, big headphones, cake, cake and more cake

Swiss-Chilean Electronic DJ maestro comes to the party

Horst & Hannelore w/ Luciano

When: FRI, December 15, 10pm–6am
Where: Horst
Entry: TBA

On the 15th day of Christmas, Horst gave to us… Luciano, an electronic DJ of the highest quality, right in our back yard, well almost our backyard… not our actual backyard, cos’ we don’t actually have one. This Friday, you can expect some mischief on the decks and some dancing on the floor. ‘Ave a listen:

Recommended if you like: spontaneously breaking out into a breakdance or beatbox, Electronic music, being a die-hard Electronic music fan, wearing your bikini to bed, waking up in somebody else’s bed wearing somebody else’s underwear, partying until your parents put out a missing persons Ad

Lo-Fi DJ from the UK in a nice intimate setting

Manifest w/ Ross From Friends (Distant Hawaii/Magicwire, UK)

When: FRI, December 15, 11pm–6am
Where: SASS Music Club
Entry: TBA

Coming this Friday is a dude from Colchester who made a name for himself with the track below before quickly earning a reputation for being a quality producer and a DJ held in the highest order amongst the lo–fi scene. This Friday, he will be performing with the House-obsessed crowd from the DJ collective, Manifest, in the intimate setting of SASS.

Recommended if you like: Rachel, intimate venues in the heart of the city, not mentioning cellars I promise, riding in convertables with the roof down, going deeper underground, gin and tonics, getting a table at the back of the club like a boss

The crowd from the pop cult mag’ Vice throw a Titanic Christmas party

VICE feiert Weihnachten

When: FRI, December 15, 11pm–5am
Where: Titanic
Entry: Free

Vice, as always, want to party and they love an any excuse. This time around it’s the birth of JC that has got them planning parties. And while they probably haven’t asked themselves WWJD in preparation for this Friday, they did ask Absolute Vodka to get involved and help them party, and it is with their help they can offer free welcome shots and super cheap Vodka Makava (7€) long drinks all night long.

Recommended if you like: gin and tonic, vodka Makava, drinking shots of vodka without hands from between someones thighs, baseball caps, have the peak of your baseball cap point to the gods, checkered shirt, 70s sports wear

Winter warmers by a Viennese Deep House outfit

Möwe I Pratersauna Selected

When: FRI, December 15, 11pm–6am
Where: Pratersauna
Entry: TBA

Born on a cold winter’s night a few years ago, ‘Möwe’ created music together accidentally out of yearning for warmer days and out of their shared hate for winter. Winter has come again, and as the mercury sinks Möwe prepare to warm us up again this Friday by making us dance to some of their happy-go-lucky Deep House.

Recommended if you like: beats instead of birthday cake, House, Soul, Disco, carefully curated clubbing events, trying to make out with a DJ named Roman, sex in public toilets, dancing  and grinding, wearing socks during sex

The warm up party that looks like it will overshadow the actual party

TJ Against Xmas – WarmUp, LIVE: Boogie Hammer, Löve Icöns

When: FRI, December 15, 10pm–4am
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: TBA

Part One of a seriously ear drum busting weekend planned by the crowd from Turbojugend (a group full of cult fans of the Norwegian rock band Turbonegro) actually sounds like a stand alone event in itself. With both a local and Italian band on show this Friday at the Arena, it should be a cracking night out (check their sounds out below). The Viennese outfit will be releasing their first ever tape (yes, you read that correctly), and thus, will be celebrating like mad.

Recommended if you like: head banging so hard you slip a disc, head butting your mates on the d floor, mosh pits, album release, wearing a lot of black and tartan, chains, Turbonegro

Loosen up to some Soul, grab a lover and gyrate the night away

Tighten Up

When: FRI, December 15, 10pm–4am
Where: Super Unusual Beings (SUB)
Entry: TBA

Promising original rare and honest records this Friday, the team may be saying ‘Tighten Up’ but what they really want from you is too loosen up, lose your mind and find your soul… or just find some soul (and grab them with both hands), which is exactly what you will find at the club SUB – Soul, Funk, RNB, Jazz and all the genres that make you want to grab someone and gyrate their private parts.

Recommended if you like: RnB, Beyonce, doing the U-Turn more badass than Usher, gin and tonic, trying really bad pick up lines for the laugh, shirts with big collars, big sweeping dancfloors, getting some serious dancing done on a Friday night, Al Green, Taj Mahal, funking it up on a Friday (whatever the hell that means)

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batman!

Batman im Filmcasino

When: THU–FRI, December 14–15
Where: Filmcasino
Entry: 9€ single ticket, 16€ double feature, 24€ triple feature

Batman fans, listen up! Here’s your chance to catch the pre-Christian Bale Batmen on the big screen. This week, the Filmcasino will be screening the three classics of Batman, Batman Returns, and Batman – The Movie. Go check ‘em out (or just choose the one you wanna see).Or just wait for that bat signal to appear and disappear into the night, you mysterious vigilante, you.

Recommended if you like: wearing a Batman cape, pretending you’re a superhero when nobody is watching, big, beautiful smiles, being a film fanatic, cult classics, red velvet seats, Marvel comic classic made into films, whispering into the person’s ear sitting in front of you, ‘I’m Batman.’

A glimpse into the life and upbringing of an great American director

David Lynch – The Art Life

When: FRI–FRI, November 24 – December 15, various times
Where: Filmcasino
Entry: TBA

In this documentary, that’s running on the big screen for almost a month, the film makers follow the journey of David Lynch, from his humble beginnings to his rise to world fame, with his direction of films, like Eraserhead, Elephantman, and more recently, the TV series, Twin Peaks. He is, however, more than a filmmaker and inspiration, as you will learn from this fascinating documentary.

Recommended if you like: being a film fanatic, cult classics, calling yourself The Dude, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, a man full of class, escapism, learning the stories behind great creatives, David Lynch’s films

An introduction to the dance of the Tango by some pros in a grand old setting

Tango Argentino: #TGIF After Work

When: FRI, December 15, 6pm–9pm
Where: Weltmuseum
Entry: 19€ (inc. Museum entry)

This Friday, you can let your hair down and Tango into the night at this unique event. Tango pros, Pablo Avila and Maria Casan, will take you through the hour-long workshop which will give an insight into the world of Tango. Luckily, there are two workshops (6pm–7pm or 7:30pm–8:30pm), both in the grand old setting of the Weltmuseum, and with the option of adding on a thematic tour. This is one fantastic way to see the newly reopened museum.

Recommended if you like: Latin American culture, serious salsa, tango, events in grand settings, being a struggling dancer that lives for the movement, being attracted to men/women with dark coloured eyes and dark hair

A quaint little market square in Vienna’s 2nd district celebrates Christmas

Wintermarkt am Volkertmarkt

When: SAT, December 16, 10am–4pm
Where: Nelke
Entry:

A comfy winter market in the 2nd district’s Volkertmarkt will be popping up this Saturday. A bunch if stands will be set up selling handmade arts and craft or tasty bites. Sounds like a splendid way to discover an underrated market square in Vienna, and spend a lovely afternoon at a market (with Punsch in your hand, of course).

Plus: if you’re interested in selling at the market, sign up via sophia@nelke.at. There is a 10€ fee to rent a table.

Recommended if you like: the holiday season, Christmas, the smell of Christmas in the air, watching Home Alone with your family on Christmas,  Christmas socks

Fashion flea market in a sassy little 6th district bar

Modami: Mode- & Flohmarkt im Mon Ami

When: SAT, December 16, 11am–8:30pm
Where: Mon ami
Entry: free!

It’s the usual Christmas flea market shopping drill, happening on  the coolest of all cool streets; Theobaldgasse, ion the funky little bar, Mon ami. There’ll be shopping, drinking and eating to the sound of chilled music throughout the day, and the distant smell of the beer spilt on the floor from the crazy night before. It’s the dream.

Recommended if you like:  hanging out on Theobaldgasse, Mon Ami, rubbing your butt on someone else’s butt while passing them in a bar…we mean really rubbing it, the thrill of the flea market hunt

Punsch, free pancakes & hats with the NENI crowd

NENIs Charity Punsch

When: SAT, December 16, 6pm–11pm
Where: NENI am Naschmarkt
Entry: TBA

This Saturday, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a different kind of festive cheer with the cafe, NENI am Naschmarkt. The NENI clan will be giving out free Hanukkah latkes (savoury potato pancakes) throughout the evening, and serving up lots of Punsch, while hats from the artisan hat makers, Nomade Moderne, will be up for sale.

Plus: all money raised from the Punsch sales will go to the ‘Flucht nach Vorn Organisation.’ Read more about the organisation, here.

Recommended if you like: charity events, drinking to go good, celebrating Hanukkah, holiday treats, impressing passers-by with a cool hat on your head

Designer market that will make you look great for Christmas

Designer X-Mas Sale & 10 Years Mother Agency Open House

When: SAT, December 16, 12pm–8pm
Where: mother agency models & talents mgmt
Entry: Free!

Check out this spontaneous and fresh Christmas shopping pop-up event this Saturday. You’ll find a whole bunch of funky designer stuff to buy for your loved ones, or to treat yourself. There will be jewellery by Nefelì Di, glasses by Evelyn Rillé, accessories by Mario Soldo, clothes by Lisi Lang and Romana Zöchling, shoes and other vintage fashion items.

Plus: there will be music, snacks and sweets!

Recommended if you like: designer clothes at neat prices, sales and pop up events, only getting unique gifts for friends and family, mingling with strangers and  striking up random convos’, chilled afternoons

Part two of a death punk and Rockabilly, F#*k Christmas weekend special

TJ Against Xmas – LIVE: Futonegro, Supersheriff

When: SAT, December 16, 8pm–4am
Where: DasBACH
Entry: TBA

If you haven’t put your neck out from head banging on the Friday at the warmup party, then you are ready for part two of a double death punk special, which will see two Viennese acts take to the stage this Saturday in DasBach. Both of them will undoubtedly share the aim of blasting your eardrums so hard, you can’t hear the DJs who will follow with Rock’n’Roll tracks throughout the night and into the early morn’

Recommended if you like: Punk Rock from the yesteryears, Rockabilly haircuts, Sex Pistols, Northern soul, Garage, beer and cigarettes, sweaty sex in unusual places

The Film Academy’s Christmas gift to you is a party

Filmakademie Weihnachtsparty

When: SAT, December 16, 6pm–4:30am
Where: Filmakademie
Entry: 3€ ( but if you can afford more, don’t be afraid to donate more)

Apparently these parties by The Filmakademie are legendary, and while we can well imagine it (although we don’t trust people who claim such things), this Saturday is your chance to find out. For those early birds, there is a film screening  and drinks and a feast of talks and discussions all before the DJs get the party started for, what we imagine, is the legendary part.

Recommended if you like: dancing with the stars, legendary parties, the film academy, being a film fanatic, cult classics, calling yourself The Dude, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, a man full of class, licking peoples knee caps

A homage to Yazoo, with all the disco you could dream of

POWER DISCO ϟ Don’t Go!

When: SAT, December 16, 9:50pm–6am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 1€ < 10pm, 5€ before 11:30, 7€ the rest of the night

Just to be clear: they are not actually telling you not to go in the title, yet merely paying homage to the classic 80s hit by Yazoo. Also in homage to the pure disco of that era, the Loft has enlisted ‘hausgemacht’ to organise the beats with a Disco and a Power Disco sound. Seems like the decisions this weekend lie between Super Disco and Power Disco, we will require someone to attend both and tell us what exactly the difference is.

Recommended if you like: Michael Jackson, ABBA, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, big stilettos, old school music, playing the air guitar in your underpants at home in your living room, how your ass looks in tight lycra, Power Disco

Drown yourself in 1000things Christmas sauce at a Super Disco

Die 1000things Super Disco Weihnachtssause

When: SAT, December 16, 11pm–6am
Where: Horst
Entry: 10€ all night long

They ask you to not ask any questions, but to just come along. This takes a lot of trust, but in this instance, your trust is well placed. With Punsch promised this Saturday, as well as all the sing-a-long songs you could possible imagine, plus track after track of ‘Super Disco’, Horst is indeed the place to be this Saturday night (Warning: we do say this about nearly every event).

Recommended if you like: beats instead of birthday cake, House, soul, Disco, carefully curated clubbing events, trying to make out with a DJ named Roman, sex in public toilets, dancing  and grinding, singing yourself horse

Disney in Concert

When: SAT, December 16, 7pm–10pm
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: from 61.70€, buy your ticket here

Do we really need to put a video or link to the music here? Don’t we all know the Disney songs by heart, anyway? And to be quite honest, we couldn’t agree on which Disney song to put here – it started a huuuuge argument.

Recommended if you like: the circle of life, building a snowman, Hans Zimmer, singing along to all the soundtracks of your childhood movies, letting go, the bare necessities, dressing up as a princess or prince when home along

A very American evening of Indie Folk and Craft Beer

Maple & Mahogany at the Werkstatt Theater

When: SAT, December 16, 7pm–10:30pm
Where: Mikes’ Werkstatt Theater
Entry: 12/10€ (email here to reserve: events@mikeswerkstatt.at)

Having recently released an EP, the duo behind Maple and Mahogany are trying to maintain momentum with more concerts and more beer. With this Saturday’s concert, they will be performing in a very intimate venue, which is not only cosy, but also interesting looking as it is jam packed with oddities. The Indie Folk and Americana duo are not only offering a night of music, but as one half is also a member of the Beaver Brewing Co. team, he has brewed up a special beer just for his band and their album release, which will also available at the theatre.

Recommended if you like: drinking Makava, grooming your beard, discovering local indie talent, rambling on, craft beer, restaurants with mismatched furniture, fashion and handmade design, intimacy, acoustic stuff

Pop-up Christmas market with a view

Goodthings Rooftop Pop-Up & Punsch

When: SAT, December 16, 3pm–8pm
Where: Dachboden im 25hours Hotel
Entry: Free

This Saturday, the Dachboden are teaming up with the Goodthings crew to bring you a mini–Weihnachtsmarkt with a few tiny little differences. There will be a few designers selling their wares, along with Punsch being served at the rooftop bar.  Oh, and did we mention the view? Magic.

Recommended if you like: Punsch, Christmas time in the city, the idea of saving yourself Christmas shopping gauntlet, the smell of roasted almonds, intimate events, discovering local designer talent, getting a view with your drink

A Cambridge Professor talks about feathers and the night

Vortrag: The Materiality of Night

When: SAT, December 16, 3pm–4pm
Where: Weltmuseum
Entry: Free, with valid museum ticket.

If we are totally honest, we had to ask ourselves if ‘Materiality’ was a real word, but then we realised it is a Cambridge Professor holding the talk this Saturday, and stuffed that thought back into our mouths before it could get out. And this professor’s name is posher than ours, so there’s that too. The good professor will be leading a talk on the history of the Tukanoan people’s relationship with the night and how they tried to make their Amazonian understanding of the Night and Day more tangible through objects.

Recommended if you like: design with vibrant colour, traveling, coordinating a whole room to do the Mexican wave, an excuse to wear your sombrero, Latin American culture, indeginous history, feathers in the night, feather boas

A Moroccan-flavoured advent brunch on Sunday

AdventSONNTAGE: Brunch, Hammam & Bazaar

When: SUN, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 11am–6pm
Where: Aux Gazelles
Entry: Brunch: 18€/person, Hammam prices see here, Bazaar entry: free!

On four Sundays leading up to Christmas, Aux Gazelles will be opening their doors (despite normally being closed on Sundays) for some afternoon indulgence (including lots of yummy food). Enjoy a Moroccan brunch buffet, including homemade bread, special brunch items, tajines and Morrocan patisserie. Also, after you’ve been stuffed with food, you  can relax and get pampered in the Hammam. Or perhaps shop for some handmade products, like tableware, leatherware and interior accesories from Morocco that will be up for sale in the bazaar ajoined to the brunching.

Plus: on December 10, there will be the Stylisten Market xmas edition #2 happening in combination with the brunch – a trendy second hand market by bloggers, stylists, editors and designers

Recommended if you like: Morrocan cuisine, tanjines, the souks of Marakesh, big brunches, lazy Sundays, the thrill of the fleamarket hunt

Putting a little heat and sensuality into the Christmas season

Salsa & Sensual Christmas Party

When: SUN, December 17, 7pm–1am
Where: Schwarzberg
Entry: 15€ on the door (or 12€ pre-sale before December 12, 9€ without trial lesson)

This Sunday, Salsa & Sensual are inviting all of us to their Christmas party, and boy do they have a line up for us to celebrate. With a live performance from YET GARBEY (who is from Cuba so must be sensual – check them out below), as well as two pre–party workshops in both Urban Salsa and Bachata Sensual a night of non-stop dancing is guaranteed. They claim there will be some surprises as well, but what they can be is hard to imagine.

Recommended if you like: Latino culture, umm… salsa dancing, doing the chicken dance when nobody’s looking, picking up a corner of your skirt and swaying your hips in the kitchen while cooking, making ze’ hot passionate love like a Latino

A laugh with that loveable Englishman we all know from the radio, and co 

Stuart Freeman Christmas Show 2017

When: FRI, December 8, 7:30pm; SUN, December 17, 7:30pm; MON, December 18, 7:30pm
Where: Rabenhof Theater

You know his voice from the radio (that is if you’re one of the cool kids listening to FM4 radio station) and you might even know his cheeky smile if you’ve seen him at one of the many events he gets mixed up with – we’re talking about Sir Stuart Freeman, ladies and Gents (he’s actually not knighted or anything…we just like calling him ‘Sir’ because of that bedtime story voice of his). Mr Freeman has been known many a time to crack a funny, and he certainly knows how to work a crowd. A little standup, plenty of interaction with the audience, and some brilliant musicians ( one of them being Clara Luzia) will all be coming together at the 3 Christmas shows happening throughout the month. From those that have been to the show, the feedback is always glowing, so get on it – go see Stuey live!

Recommended if you like: being read bedtime stories, English accents, having your toes sucked during sexual intercourse, listening to Stuart Freeman on the radio, all things English, Frank Spencer in Some Mothers do ave em, Mr Bean, singer/ songwriter music, laughing so hard a little pee comes out

An exhibition on form and following rules in architecture

Form folgt Paragraph / Form Follows Rules

When: November 23, 2017 – April 4, 2018
Where: 
Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien
Entry: 9€ (7€ students, or for free on WED 5pm–7pm)

The exhibit ‘Form follows Paragraph’ will focus on how architects battle with their need to adhere to building regulations and standards in their designs. With a historical dimension in mind, the question arises whether famous sites of Vienna would have been possible under current regulations, and will also ask the question: what rules does society actually need, and which are actually overkill? You’ll have time to visit this exhibition until April 4. But come on, winter’s the perfect time for going to exhibitions, right?

Recommended if you like: opening events, reading history books that smell like your grandma, Sunday strolls through museums, thinking outside the box, being an architect

Photography in all its seriousness. Not. 

Why so serious? – Fotografie am Brillantengrund

When: THU, December 14, 7pm–11pm
Where: Hotel am Brilliantengrund
Entry: tba

This event will put a smile on your face! Why so serious? is the title of the fifth photography exhibition of Fotografie am Brilliantengrund, happening in the funky hotel (and the place that is soooooo much more), Hotel am Brilliantengrund. Photography will meet giggle-worthy material & a tad bit of melancholy. Oh, and maybe stick around for a drink in the cool setting of this retro hotel.

Recommended if you like: loling, exploring photography, going to a hotel for another reason than a dirty sex weekend, scrolling Instagram

Closing exhibition of Kollektiv Zyklus

Kollektiv Zyklus /// Abschlussausstellung

When: WED–THU, December 13–21, 7pm
Where: Spektakel
Entry: free!

It’s been 365 days, 12 words (one for every month) and countless ideas, but the time has come for this special exhibition to end, and the Kollektiv Zyklus is inviting one and all to their closing. The Spektakel will host the exhibition from Wednesay to Thursday, and you’ll get to see the works of many artists who contributed over the last year.

Recommended if you like: illustrations, mingling among artsy people, taking a stroll through a gallery on a cold lousy winter day, buying art, wearing turtlenecks, bright red lipstick

Getting your dose of contemporary culture with Thomas Bayrle’s exhibit

Thomas Bayrle. Wenn etwas zu lang ist – mach es länger / If it’s too long, make it longer

When: WED, October 25, 2017 – MON, April 2, 2018
Where: MAK
Entry: 9.90€, students 7.50€, free entry every Tuesday 6pm–10pm

Berlin-born artist, Thomas Bayrle, will be featured at MAK this autumn with his solo exhibition, ‘If it’s too long, make it longer,’ that showcases a combination of his multi-medial works, along with his computer-generated art. Art, handicraft and industrial production are explored through dyeing, weaving and programming processes, creating a kaleidoscopic of forms and ornaments.

Recommended if you like: strolling through museums on a cold autumn day, mingling among artsy people, showing others that you are interested in art

An exhibition about the 100-year-anniversary of the Volkskundemuseum

Heimat : Machen

When: ongoing, October 17 – December 30
Where: Volkskundemuseum
Entry: 8€ (students 4€)

In light of the 100-year-anniversary of the Volkskundemuseum, the exhibition ‘Heimat : Machen’ will look at the development of the museum and will reflect upon Austria’s national traditions, folk life, and the influence of politics on home life and traditions. The museum is inviting for an open dialogue on its history. The exhibition will open this Tuesday, and will continue until December 30.

Recommended if you like: Vienna, traditions, folk life, historical events, spending a gloomy autumn day in a museum

Natural history at the Mumok

Naturgeschichten. Spuren des Politischen / Natural Histories. Traces of the Political

When: ongoing until January 14, 2018
Where: Mumok
Entry: 11€ (students 7.50€)

In this exhibition at the MUMOK, the interrelation between nature and history will be looked at, showing how nature takes back everything, regardless of the situation. Starting from the 1960s to the present, traditions of colonialism and society have shaped our contemporary environments of today. This fascinating exhibition looks at how this has happened and the influencing factors on how our environments came to be, and it doesn’t shy away from including issues like genocide and military conflict.

Recommended if you like: Mother Nature, contemporary art, strolling through a museum on a cold and rainy autumn day, being enlightened, reading rather large books, snorting knowledge up until you’re high on it, pancakes on Saturdays, wearing striped socks during sex

Traces of time: An exhibition that explores the behind the scenes of art

Spuren der Zeit

When: ongoing until February 26, 2018
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 8€–13€ (available here or at the door)

Focusing on the ‘how’ and not the ‘what’ is a large behind the creation of contemporary art, and not just art, but everyday objects in the world of art – photography and architecture, for example. Investigating the research aspect of art, and how it’s documented, this exhibition offers a unique look behind the scenes of contemporary art.

Recommended if you like: thinking outside the box, being outside your comfort zone, getting to know your city, being socially active, being culturally active, peeking behind the scenes, contemporary art, translating art talk and descriptions into something vaguely understandable