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 (September 12 – September 19, 2017).
EVENT OF THE WEEK
On Now Fashion Week
All this week Museumsquartier plays host to designers from Austria and beyond. Vienna has been steadily building a name for itself as a hotbed for young talent in the fashion industry and here you can see the proof as the creators exhibit their threads on the catwalks and in pop-up stores. Take a look at our tips for the local rising stars of the scene here.
Through Sep 17, MQ
12.9 ENGLISH COMEDY NIGHT
Local comic Patrick Lamb racks up another evening of laughs with guest stars Andy Valvur and Addy van der Borgh. Andy Valvur hails from the United States and specialises in one-liners, recently headlining the Comedy Festival in Cologne. Addy van der Borgh is from the United Kingdom and creates a high-energy oddball show born of clowning and physical theatre training.
To bee or not to bee – It was a black and yellow striped sweater that earned Gordon Sumner the moniker Sting. The veteran actor and songwriter from England’s north-east has gone on to amass some 20 records, both with The Police and as a solo artist. The New York resident performs here in support of his latest effort, 57th and 9th.
13.9 SHIRLEY VALENTINE
The author of Blood Brothers and Educating Rita, Willy Russell, created this touching one character play that portrays a woman bound to domesticity and yearning to rediscover herself.
Through Oct 21, Vienna’s English Theatre
14.9 THE HENRY GIRLS
14.9 RHIZOMATIC CIRCUS
The collective comes to Vienna to perform its wild and boisterous second production, Amorph. Clowns, acrobats and aerial dancers take to the stage alongside live musicians and projected visuals. I saw the show last month in Styria and was blown away.
Through Sep 16, 18:30
19.9 NEIL DIAMOND
The wedding party staple and cornerstone of the karaoke industry with numbers like Sweet Caroline and Mandy is touring the world to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of his first hit, Solitary Man. In his vast career the singer has fronted a staggering 38 hit records.
Darren Aronofsky’s latest psycho-thriller features Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a secluded couple plagued by uninvited guests. If you’ve seen any of Aronofsky’s other work like Black Swan or Requiem for a Dream you’ll know what to expect. If not, just remember to keep breathing.
20:00, Burg Kino
What starts out like a teen romance on the beach very quickly descends into sheer terror in Spielberg’s classic horror, so iconic now that just the sound of those low and menacing strings is enough to bring it all flooding back.
20:30, Haydn Kino
14.9 LOGAN LUCKY
From the director of the Ocean’s series comes a heist movie a little more rough and ready than its predecessor. The film that brought Soderbergh out of retirement sees the hapless Logan brothers hatch a plan to make some fast money at a NASCAR rally in North Carolina.
Starts Sep 14, various locations
16.9 HENRY FONDA RETROSPECTIVE
The Henry Fonda fest continues this week with Twelve Angry Men and The Wrong Man. In the former, Fonda is joined by Lee J. Cobb and Martin Balsam on a jury that must decide the fate of a teenager on a murder charge. In The Wrong Man, Fonda plays hardworking Manny Balestrero as he gets tangled up in a criminal investigation.
20:00, Film Museum
13.9 VISIONS OF NATURE
Through a selection of stills and video compositions from 25 artists, both Austrian and international, the exhibition looks at nature and the changing impact that human life has had on it over time.
Through February 18, Kunst Haus
13.9 IN AWE
The exhibition is discussing the metamorphosis of the word awe, from an expression for the sensations felt when countenancing the sublime, to a response for anything even mildly agreeable in awesome. The exhibition curated by Melanie Ohnemus features works of 20 contemporary artists and will celebrate its opening with music from The Lonely Boys and Michele de Menna.
Through Oct 25, Albertina
14.9 MADE OF USING FOUND IMAGES
Though the title makes my brain hurt a little, the exhibition as part of the curated by_ gallery festival sees Cologne-born artist Johannes Wohnseifer pick some of his favorite artists’ works to converse with his own, including those of Albrecht Fuchs. The opening of the exhibition will have music from fellow German musician and DJ, Thomas Brinkmann.
19:00, Through Nov 4
15.9 WORLD PRESS PHOTO
The annual worldwide photojournalism competition exhibits the winners and runners-up in high definition. A chance to reflect on some of the big stories of the past year through images, like the murder of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov in Turkey, captured here by photographer Burhan Ozbilici.
Through Oct 22, Westlicht
14.9 SPORT IN YOUR CITY
Over the whole weekend there’ll be more than 30 sports for children to try their hands at for free in the Rathausplatz, from athletic disciplines to handball. There will also be a 10 metre climbing wall and daily competitions where you can win a mountain bike or yoga equipment.
Through Sep 16, Rathausplatz
15.9 REINDORF STREET FESTIVAL
Here the whole grätzl will party together with live music from Der Nino aus Wien, Birgit Denk and Ernst Molden, as well as a vintage market and workshops.
Also Sep 16, 14:00
15.9 JOSEFSTÄDTER STREET FESTIVAL
A time for dancing in the street as the eighth district’s main artery closes to traffic and instead hosts local artists including the percussionist Joris Dudli and the all female band Madam Baheux
12:00, Josefstädter Strasse
16.9 JAPANESE AUTUMN FESTIVAL
Ring in the fall to the sound of taiko drums, with origami and calligraphy workshops and a tea ceremony.
14:00-17:00, Japanese Gardens, Schlosspark Schönbrunn
16.9 FORTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY FLEA MARKET
Naschmarkt will commemorate its 40th birthday this weekend. Of course it won’t simply be the market as we know it because there will be, amongst other things, an acrobatic show and the best Elvis performer in the whole of Europe, Ron Glaser.
18.9 SING KIDS
Aspiring tenors and prima donnas are encouraged to experiment with some vocal exercises after seeing the exhibition on legendary tenor, Plácido Domingo.
Also Sep 23, 15:30-17:30