Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
CONCERT:
THE PRESSBURGER Klezmer Band, a well-established Slovak band that plays klezmer – the traditional Jewish music of central and eastern Europe – has invited guest Oskar Lehotský (on cimbalom) to give a concert called S cimbalom (Mit Tsimbl). It goes to the very roots of klezmer. The event takes place on April 28 at 20:00, in the Zrkadlový háj house of culture, Rovniankova 3 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €6 in advance and €8 on the door and can be bought through www.ticketportal.sk; more information can be found at www.kzp.sk.


Bratislava
BICYCLE RIDE:
Critical Mass – The monthly (last Friday) bicycle ride through the streets of 300 cities and towns has reached Bratislava. Aimed at improving conditions for cyclists, it is also an opportunity for participants to improve their fitness.
Starts: April 27, 18:00; start in SNP Square, opposite the Dunaj shopping centre. Admission: free. More info: www.criticalmass.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
The Prodigy – The legendary British electronic dance music band offer one of their famed live performances, led by frontman Keith Flint.
Starts: April 27, 20:00; Aegon Aréna / NTC, Príkopova 6. Admission: €50. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava
DANCE FEAST:
Medzinárodný deň tanca / International Dance Day - The dance theatre and school Elle Danse will celebrate the International Dance Day by offering free workshops in its premises, by a dance happening in the Eurovea shopping centre that should move to Hviezdoslavovo Square, and by a dance party in Elledanse.
Starts: April 29, 10:00-16:00 (T & D House, Miletičova 17/B), 17:00-19:00 (Eurovea, streets of Bratislava), 19:30 (T & D House, Miletičova 17/B). Admission: free. Tel: 0907/835-528; www.elledanse.sk.

Bratislava
GALLERY / ART TALK:
Thursday Art Talk - Talianske maliarstvo 16.-18. storočia / Italian Painting of the 16th to 18th centuries – A guided tour in English, intended to brief foreign art lovers living in Bratislava about the specific collections and works of the Slovak National Gallery, this time with curator Zuzana Ludiková.
Starts: April 26, 19:00; SNG, Water Barracks (2nd floor), Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Admission: €4.70. Tel: 02/2047-6270; www.sng.sk, lektori @sng.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Jiří Valoch – Curated by Marián Meško, this exhibition shows the works of Czech poet, critic and (mainly) conceptual author who focuses his creation on words, and their semantic as well as artistic perception.
Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-19:00 until May 6; Galéria 19, Laza-retská 19. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5292-6651; www.galeria19.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Tibor Hamza - Štruktúry / Structures – Hamza, a constructivist focused on geometry and even op-art, presents a wide selection from his works.
Open: Mon-Sat 12:00-18:00 until May 6; Galéria Z, Ven-túrska 8. Admission: free. Tel: 0903/468-776; www. galeria-z.sk.

Trnava
CONCERT/GALLERY:
Musica Minore - Koncert pri svetle pochodní / Concert by Torchlight – The Musica Minore chamber ensemble led by M. Petrík (viola), with J. Šindelářová (flute), I. Frajtová (violin), P. Mikeska (violin), M. Petríková (violin), J. Víšek (violin), M. Pášma (double bass), M. Hreňo (cello) and R. Beláková (harpsichord), gives a concert within the Trnava Musical Spring in the local Synagogue art space, performing works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Händel and Bach.
Starts: April 23, 19:00; Synagóga – centrum súčasného umenia, Halenárska 2. Admission: €3. Tel: 033/5514-657; www.gjk.

Komárno
JAZZ MUSIC:
Spring Jazz Days - Part of the Spring Jazz Days 2012 will take place in Komárno, where renowned Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa will sing with his band, as will the local Diexieland Band and Czech singer Petra Boerner with her band. The event will be free, as part of the Days of the Town of Komárno.
Starts: April 28, 17:30 (Komárno Dixieland band) - 20:30 (Peter Lipa Band). Admission: free. Tel: 035/7713-550; www.komarnanskedni.sk.

Nitra
EXHIBITION:
THE EXHIBITION Divákom prístupné (Akvizície za posledných päť rokov) / Accessible to the Public (Acquisitions During the Last Five Years) at the Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3 in Nitra, displays all the artworks acquired by the gallery in this period. The exhibition, which is showing until May 6, is curated by Barbora Geržová and features 28 authors representing the Slovak art scene from 1960 to the present. Admission is €0.70 - €1.50 and more information is available at www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.

Central SLOVAKIA


Banská Bystrica
MUSIC/DANCE/ACTING:
Carmen – This combination of music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin with innovative dance, singing and acting, gives the story of passion, love, jealousy and hate a new form. Adapted and choreographed by Dana Dinková, the cast includes, as well as local performers, the flamenco musicians S. Kohútek, Z. Fujacová, M. Kohútek and C. Kubiš.
Starts: April 28, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €8. Tel: 048/2457-123; www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Bystrica
EXHIBITION:
Maliarstvo 19. storočia a prvej tretiny 20. storočia na východnom Slovensku / Painting of the 19th Century and the First Third of the 20th Century in Eastern Slovakia – This exhibition, providing an exhaustive overview of the artistic life of eastern Slovakia, has been extended by popular appeal.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until May 20; Bethlen House, Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4701-615; www. ssgbb.sk.

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice
LIVE MUSIC:
Sixth Birthday of the Steel Arena – The local sports and culture hub celebrates its 6th birthday with an exclusive party including Czech pop star Michal David.
Starts: April 25, 19:00; Steel Arena, Nerudova 12. Admission: €14-€30. Tel: 02/5293 -3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.steelarena.sk.

Spišská Nová Ves
EXHIBITION:
Severná Afrika očami geológa / North Africa through the Eyes of a Geologist – This exhibition, consisting of the private collection of Adrián Harničár, shows North Africa as seen by a scientist.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:30, Sat 9:00-13:00 until May 17; Múzeum Spiša, Letná 50. Admission: €1-€2. Tel. 053/4423- 757; www.muzeumspisa.com.