CONCERT: THE BUBNOVAČKA Orchestra offers a lecture on percussion and drumming which will continue with an improvised jam session, involving instruments like the cajon, darbouka, djembe, bongos, vibraslap, boomwhackers, cowbells and others. This event is organised by the Zvuky cez ruky / Sounds through Hands civic association and Rytmika music school and takes place on February 28 at 18:30 at DK Lúky, Vígľašská 1, Bratislava. Tickets cost €3 and can be obtained by calling 02/6383-5404 or via www.kzp.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Zimný koncert Speváckeho zboru mesta Bratislavy / Winter Concert of the Bratislava City Choir – The choir has become one of the most renowned European choirs. It will sing Schubert and Handel, supported by the famous Cappella Istropolitana orchestra, soloists Marta Srnková, Vladimír Pánik and Karol Plank, and conductor Ladislav Holásek.
Starts: March 3, 17:00; DPOH City Theatre, Laurinská 19. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/5910-3107;
THEATRE: Tajovsky Ruulezz! – A Slovak drama classic performed in English, intended to inform non-Slovaks about the beauties and mysteries of Slovak literature and history. Directed by Zuzana Bírešová, it stars Donald Greene, Tomas Haramule, An-na Katarzyna Kolkowska, Oli-ver Lippo, Katarína Matia-šovská, Michaela Šuľáková and Christina Vollbrecht.
Starts: February 28, 09:00; Dom kultúry Ružinov ‘Cultus’, Ružinovská 28 (mostly for En-glish-learning groups). Admi-ssion: €3. Tel: 0907/722-531;
BALLET: Open Balet Gala – The Open Ballet Gala offers an evening full of stars, including from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, and from St Petersburg, Paris, Berlin and Munich, giving a guest performance of pieces ranging from Les Mirages, Don Quixote and the Moszkowski Waltz to Pas de Deux by Tchaikovsky.
Starts: March 2, 19:00; new building of the SND, Pribinova 17. Admission: €100-€400 (VIP). Tel: Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
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MUSEUM: Špirhac - gacek - trúlelek: Zo života netopierov / From the Life of Bats – This travelling exhibition is now showing at the Museum of Croatian Culture, part of the Slovak National Museum. The exhibition, named after the words for ‘bat’ used in different Slovak dialects, offers a rare view of the lives of these protected flying mammals.
Open: daily 10:00-16:00 until March 22; MKCHS, Istrijská 68. Admission: €1-€2.
LIVE MUSIC: Azúcar Cubana – This Slovak-based band, co-mprising Janelys Fernández Díaz, Roland Kaník, Eddy Portella and Maroš Podhajský, plays authentic Latino music.
Starts: March 1, 20:00; Piano Club. Admission: €5-€6. Tel: 032/7445-081;
PARTY: THE ŠKODA Snow Show at the Donovaly ski resort includes the European Cup in slope-style snowboarding, DJ Sympatico, organised fun and competition for visitors, testing of Škoda cars, and more. The party takes place on March 2 at Park Snow Donovaly.
MODERN DANCE: Be Bop – This dance piece, inspired by the similarly-named jazz style dating from the 1940s, depicts a group of slackers who, driven by circumstances to seek refuge in a cellar, are forced to confront their own weaknesses and vices. Choreographed by Stanislava Vlčeková and directed by Jozef Vlk (who also wrote the music), this truly existential drama reveals the possibilities of contemporary dance.
Starts: February 27, 19:00; Divadlo štúdio tanca (Theatre-Studio of Dance), Komen-ského 12. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 048/4146-540; www. studiotanca.sk.
CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: Zimomravenie 2013 – The fourth edition of this winter festival will focus on fairy tales, offering a non-traditional museum visit, workshops, reading of a children’s book by Braňo Jobus, theatre plays for the youngest, a disco, an afternoon with games and competitions in a swimming pool, a night visit to the Terra Permonia attraction, and more.
Starts: February 27 to March 3; various sites in B. Štiavnica. Admission: various. More info: www. zimomravenie.sk.
JAZZ: One Day Jazz Fest 2013 – For the first time, this jazz festival visits Košice, offering US soul singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Frank McComb, Austrian-Swiss jazz trio Depart Refire (Harry Sokal on sax, Heiri Känzig on bass and Slovak drummer Martin Valihora) playing a mix of Alpine folklore, New York downtown grooves and hot rhythms, and Slovak guitar-player and singer Andrej Šeban and his band. The event will be repeated the following day at Bratislava’s Istropolis venue.
Starts: February 26, Historical City Hall, Hlavná 59. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
BALLET: Spiaca krásavica / Sleeping Beauty – A gem of classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Mario Petipa to the music of Tchaikovsky will be premie-red in the State Theatre, directed by Ondrej Šoth and choreographed by Mikhailo Novi-kov. Some parts will be performed by talents from the lo-cal folklore ensemble Železiar.
Starts: March 1, 19:00; State Theatre, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 055/2452- 269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.