Metropole caters to the interests and needs of English-speaking expat communities. Here are our curated recommendations for what you won’t want to miss in Vienna this Week (August 8 – August 15, 2017).
EVENT OF THE WEEK
August 13: METROPOLE x Impulstanz Party
One last dance – come celebrate with us at the close of the Impulstanz festival! With live music from The P’s and Paul Nouvet, and DJ sets by Pezo Fox and Rawkat.
August 10: PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey is the only artist to have won the prestigious Mercury Award prize twice. The British songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and prodigious talent will arrive here in support of her latest record, The Hope Six Demolition Project, part of which was recorded during sessions before a live audience at Somerset House in London.
The debut record that propelled Interpol to popularity turns 15 on August 20th, so to celebrate the New York guitar band are performing it in full at shows throughout the summer.
August 15: Comedy Night at WomBar
The comedy night returns led by comedian Reginald Bärris who will himself perform before opening up the stage to local and international acts and perhaps a few brave lodgers! Entry is always free!
Wombat’s Naschmarkt, 20:00
August 12: Billy Bragg
A leader of the anti-folk movement in the early 80s and long-time political activist, Billy Bragg gained popularity with his first album back in 1983 “Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy”. The simplicity of his recordings, sharp-witted lyrics accompanied often just with electric guitar, found fond comparisons to both Woody Guthrie and The Clash.
August 11: Black Code
Canadian filmmaker, Nicholas de Pencier has travelled the world to create this documentary depicting the worldwide battle for the world wide web. The film, based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name looks to portray how groups of individuals are fighting to preserve its freedom amongst growing governmental and corporate restrictions.
Frameout at MQ, 21:30
August 12: Paterson
Jim Jarmusch’s latest film is an observation of simple lives and the struggles and triumphs within them. Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver living in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife, Laura. Jarmusch manages here to slowly weave an often beautiful picture without succumbing to cheap narrative tricks.
Kino Wie Noch Nie, 21:00
August 10: Leon, The Professional
1994 classic about weary and solitary hitman (Jean Reno) and young girl (Natalie Portman) that live on the same apartment floor as they try to avenge the death of the young girl’s father at the hand of a crooked DEA agent (Gary Oldman).
Kino am Dach, 20:00
The opening evening of the festival looks at urban planning from the post-war era and will feature three short film screenings. The first, ‘every-one’, is inspired by French philosopher Michel de Certau’s book “The Practice of Everyday Life” – a study of the common human and its changing form. The evening also includes workshops and a guided tour.
Architekturzentrum, from 17:00
On Now: Ericka Beckman – Game Mechanics
The exhibition features a series of the US artist’s films, paintings and installations looking at the craft and inner-workings of sports and games and their effect on human behaviour. Beckman studies the way competition, pressure to perform and strict rule structure all influence our thought processes.
Secession, through September 3
On Now: Maria Lassnig – Dialogues
Arguably one of the most important female artists of the 20th Century, this exhibition unveils a number of the celebrated Austrian expressionist’s lesser-known drawings and watercolours. Lassnig pioneered a type of art she termed ‘Body Awareness’, abstractly portraying the felt through the seen.
Albertina, through August 27
On Now: Erwin Wurm – Performative Sculptures
The term ‘Performative Sculptures’ was one coined by artist and sculptor Wurm back in 1990 as a means for describing his new expression which portrays sculptures under various influences. Within the 40-odd pieces brought together here there are a number created specifically for this show
21er Haus, through September 10
“August 9: Calle Libre – Festival for Urban Aesthetics
Look at how art can revive even the dullest of Vienna’s corners. The festival celebrating street art will feature workshops, live paintings around the city, talks and guided tours. Check the Facebook for the full timetable and be sure not to miss it!
(Festival Opening) MQ, 16:00 – through August 12
August 12: Kunst am Kanal
Two days of celebrating the 11th birthday of the art and culture center, Das Werk with a program for children, live music, food and art installations all set along the canal. Free entry!
Das Werk, through August 14
August 11: Artist Workshop with Rosangela Scheithauer
Painter Rosangela Scheithauer exhibits a retrospective of her work and will also be leading painting workshops over the weekend.
Vienna Workshop Gallery, 17:00-18:30 also August 12, 16:00-17:30
August 13: Laced Up – Sneaker Fair
I know you got sole! Here you can find everything from the latest Yeezy’s or Jordan’s to a rare pair of vintage Airs. If you’re looking for kicks this weekend, the answer is afoot.
August 9: Urban City Garden
Food stalls, ice cream, cocktails and DJ’s and more at this free evening in “the most beautiful garden in the city”
Imperial Riding School, 17:00