Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
CONCERT:
TWO jazz saxophonists, Italy’s Michele Polga and Slovak Radovan Tariška, will unite for a concert on February 5 at 19:30 at the Ateliér Babylon (SNP Square 14) in Bratislava. Other musicians include Paolo Birro on piano, Stefano Senni on double bass and Walter Paoli on drums, all from Italy, and Slovaks Ondrej Krajňák on piano, Tomáš Baroš on double bass and two drummers - David Hodek and Marián Švečík. Michele Polga Quartet is playing in Slovakia as part of the “Little Magic Tour”. Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased through www.ticketportal.sk. More info can be found at www.babylonatelier.sk.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Quasars Ensemble – This modern classical ensemble will perform in Bratislava “Viennese music from the Art Nouveau era in Bratislava, Slovak jazz in Prague and Polish Neo-classicism in Paris”, through the compositions of Alexander Albrecht, Alexander Moyzes and Aleksander Tansman.
Starts: Feb 4, 19:00; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443- 2030; www.polinst.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Depeche Mode – The legendary British tech-no pop band returns to Slovakia on their Delta Machine Tour, after last year’s enormously successful tour, with a set list featuring their newer singles.
Starts: Feb 6, 21:00; Slovnaft Arena (Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium), Odbojárov 9. Admi-ssion: €89-€299. Tel: 02/5293 -3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC/FOLKLORE:
Russian operatic singers perform arias, as well as folk and romantic songs.
Starts: Feb 6, 17:00; RCVK, Fraňa Kráľa 2. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5262-5981; www.rcvkba.sk.

Bratislava
ORIENTAL DANCE:
Sensually Hafla – The second edition of the romantic Oriental dan-ce party on the occasion of Valentine’s Day offers lectures, a bazaar and dances performed to Andalusian and Arabian music, with guests from Syria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Starts: Feb 8, 17:00; DK Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €6-€10 (for couples). Tel: 02 /6383-5404; www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Pressburger Klezmer Band – This prominent Slovak band will perform their mix of klezmer – the traditional music of central-European Jews – and jazz, reg-gae, Latin and other genres.
Starts: Feb 8, 20:30; ART Club Café Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €8. Tel: 0918/724-379; www. kafescherz.sk.

Bratislava
JAZZ:
Jazz Trio – This trio consisting of Juraj Schweigert (harmonica, vocals), Tomáš Lukáč (guitar) and Juraj Kalász (double bass) play traditional jazz, evoking the atmosphere of old-time jazz clubs.
Starts: Feb 6, 20:30; Café Studio, Nedbalova 14. Admission: Tel: 0903 448 108; www.cafestudio.info.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
So Many Fish, So Little Time – This exhibition of Katarína Janečková, curated by Július Barczi and Nina Gažovičová, presents the young Slovak artist’s recent works, including acrylic paintings, space paintings and four hanging objects called Bubla Fish.
Open: weekdays 10:00-18:00 until February 26; SOGA gallery, Panská 4. Admission: free. More info: www.soga.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Exhibitions for three artists coincide at the House of Arts: Ivica Krošláková, Oľga Bartošíková and Ľudovít Hološka. Krošláková is a crucial representative of Informel in Slovakia; Bartošíková has been exploring new directions and represents super-realism; and Hološka’s paintings, drawings and illustrations are completed with his essays, reviews and lectures.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until Feb 16 (Krošláková) and Feb 23 (Bartošíková and Hološka); House of Arts, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info: www.nocka.sk.

Nové Mesto nad Váhom
JAZZ:
Steve Walsch & Band (US, SK) – New York-based guitar player (who has played with numerous popular musicians, including Norah Jones) joins Slovaks Dano Šoltis (drums) and Rasťo Uhrík (double bass) to play his fusion of jazz, blues and country rock.
Starts: Feb 7, 20:00; Blue Note Jazz and Music Club,
J. Hašku 18. Admission: €5. Tel: 0902/608-912; www. bluenote.sk.

Modra
LIVE MUSIC:
Lucie Bílá – This Czech pop icon is very popular in Slovakia. This time, she will perform her most popular hits with pianist Petr Malásek.
Starts: Feb 8, 18:00; Town Cultural Centre, Sokolská 8. Admission: €35 (in advance) - €40 (at the site). Tel: 02/5293 -3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Central SLOVAKIA

Donovaly
SKI RACE:
A NIGHT ski race called Hudy Night Work Skialpová Štvanica (Ski-touring Chase) will take place on February 8 at 17:30 at the Donovaly ski resort within the Snow Tour 2014 series. There will be three categories – men, women and hobbyists – with two separate courses. The race is free for onlookers; competitors have to register in advance on www.marathonbb.com/registracia. It starts at the Telemix Nová Hoľa cable car station. More info: www.horskamania.sk, www.hudy.cz/snowtour.

Žilina
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Černošské Inšpirácie / Black Inspirations – Soloists Barbora Řeháčková (CZ, vocals), Lee Andrew Davison (US, vocals), František Tomšíček (CZ, trumpet), Radim Linhart (CZ, piano), Jan Linhart (CZ, drums) and Vít Fiala (CZ, double bass), conducted by Czech Petr Chromčák, will perform black spirituals and a suite from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.
Starts: Feb 6, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. Tel: 041/ 2451-111; www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Bystrica
MODERN DANCE:
7_choreografov / 7_choreographers – This modern dance piece combines seven performers, seven duets, seven themes and seven forms of energy, elaborated by seven prominent Slovak choreographers: Milan Kozánek, Zuna Kozánková, Katarína Zagorski, Stanislava Vlčeková, Daniel Raček, Peter Mika and Zuzana Hájková, to the music of Matej Haasz.
Starts: Feb 5, 19:00; DŠT studio, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 048/4146-540; www. studiotanca.sk.

Banská Bystrica
LIVE MUSIC:
U.D.O – Featuring veteran singer Udo Dirkschneider (former front man of famous German metal band Accept), U.D.O brings their heavy metal storm to Slovakia, with opening acts Black Blitz and Slovak pagan metal band Ramchat.
Starts: Feb 9, 19:00; Ministry of Fun, Na Troskách 25 (Europa SC). Admission: €22. More info: www.ministryoffun.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Poprad
CAR RACE:
Quadrotrophy – The endurance race of quads, Quadrotrophy Lučivná 2014, enters its 7th year. Presented by Andrej Bičan, it will also offer animation, programmes for children, body painting and musical performances.
Starts: Feb 8, 10:00; municipality of Lučivná. Admission: free for visitors. More info: www.stvorkolky.net.

Košice
OPERA:
Carmen – The famous opera by George Bizet still charms audiences with its tale of love, romance and freedom set to an immortal musical score. The piece is conducted by Igor Dohovič, choreogra-phed by Boba Brella and directed by Blažena Hončarivová.
Starts: Feb 8, 19:00; SDKE, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€10. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.

Košice
ICE HOCKEY:
HC Košice – MsHK Žilina – Two rival clubs of the Tipsport Extra League pit their strengths against one another, with Košice being the fist in the chart and Žilina second but last.
Starts: Feb 9, 17:00; Steel Arena ice stadium, Nerudova 12, admission €2-€6.
More info: www.hckosice.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.

Michalovce
EXHIBITION:
Trinásta Komnata / The Thirteenth Chamber – This exhibition of painter Andrej Smolák mostly shows his paintings, mainly nudes.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-15:30 until Feb 28; Zemplín Museum, Kostolné Square 1. Admission: €0.50. Tel: 056/ 6441-093; www.zemplinskemuzeum.sk.