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

ON STAGE

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.

20:00, Kulisse

14.9 STING

Courtesy of sting.com

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.

20:00, Stadthalle

13.9 SHIRLEY VALENTINE

“Why do we get all this life if we don’t ever use it?”

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

The Irish folk sister songstresses harmonize through new arrangements of traditional standards and their own songs, many of which feature on new album Far Beyond the Stars.

18:30, Sargfabrik

14.9 RHIZOMATIC CIRCUS

© rhizomatic.at

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

 F23

19.9 NEIL DIAMOND

© Graham Wiltshire/Redferns

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.
20:00, Stadthalle

ON SCREEN

14.9 MOTHER!

© Burgkino

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

14.9 JAWS

Ⓒ Bud Gray / MPTV

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

12 Angry Men, 1957 Sydney Lumet

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

ON DISPLAY

13.9 VISIONS OF NATURE

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree…2 Ⓒ Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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

Daphne Ahlers, Never Let Jealousy Threaten Female Bonds, 2017

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

Johannes Wohnseifer
Password-Painting (siD)
2017

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

Galerie Thoman

15.9 WORLD PRESS PHOTO

THE POLAROID PROJECT (05.12.2017-04.03.2018), James Nitsch, Razor Blade, 1976, Fotosammlung OstLicht, Wien

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.

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Through Oct 22, Westlicht

SPECIAL

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

Though the summer might be hemorrhaging out of the city, there’s still some fun to be had of the outdoors with a number of street festivals and markets happening this week.

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

Reindorfgasse

15.9 JOSEFSTÄDTER STREET FESTIVAL

© Agenda-Josefstadt

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

© Diana Ringo

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

Archivbild aus dem Jahre 1977. – (c) APA/EDWIN ZACH (EDWIN ZACH)

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.
10:00, Naschmarkt

18.9 SING KIDS

© theatermuseum.at

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

Theatermuseum