CONCERT: FRENCH band Dub Incorporation (aka Dub Inc) will return to Slovakia for a concert on May 9, 20:00, at Ateliér Babylon at SNP Square 14, supported by Slovak band Medial Banana. Dub Inc, with singing in French, English, and Arabian, mixes reggae, dancehall, dub, ska and hip-hop, and in Bratislava they will present their new album, Paradise. Tickets cost €14 and can be purchased through www.ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Peter Gabriel – The legendary British singer’s tour to celebrate his breakthrough 1986 album ‘So’, for which he performs the album in its entirety (including hits like Sledgehammer and Big Time), comes to Slovakia.
Starts: May 5, 19:30; Slovnaft Arena, (Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium), Odbojárov 9. Admi-ssion: €49-€199. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
SPORT: United Colours of Football – The fourth year of this outdoor football tournament is intended not just as an opportunity for children and adults to play the game, but also to put aside differences and enjoy music, vegetarian food and more.
Starts: May 8, 9:00; ZŠ Mu-droňova elementary school, Mudroňova 83. Admission: free for onlookers, €5 for players. More info: www.ucof.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Steve Vai – The US guitarist, composer and hard/progressive rock perfor-mer (and winner of nine Grammies) will perform in Bratislava.
Starts: May 7, 20:00; Maje-stic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €45-€75. More in-fo: www.majestic.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: The cycle of early music on historical instruments Musica Poetica da Camera includes also Historical Insturments. The Solamente Naturali musical ensemble with cellist Michal Sťahel will present cello in the repertory of Italian composers who were also cellists at the Vienna royal court in the early 18th century (Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Giovanni Perroni); as well as two contemporary premieres of concerts recently re-discovered. Michal Sťahel will play an original Baroque cello form Vienna, dating back to 1720, lent by the Esterhazy Stiftung Eisenstadt.
Starts: May 11, 18:15; Café Berlinka, Esterhay Palac,e Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.sng.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Porque Tango & Angelica Rimoldi – The Bratislava-based Porque Tango (including Martin Chovanec – bandoneon; Jozef Ostrolucký – violin; František Výrostko – double bass; Ladislav Fanzowitz – pianos) will join forces with Argentinean singer Angelica Rimoldi.
Starts: May 10, 20:00; Hla-va 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €4 -€2. Tel: 0911/193-382; www. hlava22.sk.
OPERA: Met Live in HD – Gioacchino Rossini – La Cene-rentola / Cinderella – This version of the famous story will be presented in a live broadcast featuring mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Juan Diego Florez.
Starts: May 10, 18:45; Divadlo Aréna theatre, Viedens-ká Cesta 3. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/6720-2550; www. divadloarena.sk.
BOTANICAL GARDEN/CELEBRATIONS: The Comenius University celebrates its 95th anniversary, and one of the events will be the Birthday Weekend at the Botanical Garden (operated by the university) which will scrap the admission fee for children, students and pensioners and halve it for adults.
Starts: May 8-11, 9:00-18:00; Botanical garden, Botnaická 3. Admission: free-€1.50. More info: www.uniba.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Fats Jazz Band – Swingový Majáles – The May ball in Swing style brings period atmosphere and music as well as a lesson in period dances for beginners.
Starts: May 7, 19:00; V-Club, SNP Square. Admission: €6- €10. More info: www.nocka.sk, www.ticketportal.sk.
WORLD MUSIC: Thierry & Friends – This special mix of reggae, ethnic music and Slovak folklore is based on the African music (with lyrics in Slovak, French and Lingala) and performance of Thierry Ebam and his friends, this time featuring guest Miroslav Rajt on traditional Slovak instruments.
Starts: May 9 20:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €6. Tel: 0911/193- 382; www.hlava22.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Špargľové Dni / Asparagus Days – The gastronomy events focused on special plants will start this with asparagus – a plant that now has high season; focusing on its culinary use.
Starts: May 9-11, 11:00-22:00; Primatial Square. Admission: free. More info: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk.
WORLD MUSIC: Juraj Dura Turtev (SK), Rami Shaafi (UK), Mark Brogli (Switzerland), Erik Turtev(SK) will perform special, harmonic and guttural singing.
Starts: May 9, 19:00; Staromestské centrum Kultúry a Vzdelávania / Old Town Centre of Culture and Education, Školská 14. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.citylife.sk.
EXHIBITION: This joint exhibition presents the diverse works of sculptor Maria Schultz and painters Marián Komáček and Pavol Hammel (the latter is a famous Slovak singer and composer).
Open: workdays 8:00-18:00; Sat 9:00-13:00 until May 18; Audi Exclusive Gallery, Harmincova 2/B. Admission: free. More info: www.audibratislava.sk.
EXHIBITION: Cesta do Neznáma / The Journey into the Unknown – This interactive exhibition playfully relays to children the story of Ulysses and his epic voyage, inviting them to answer questions, perform various tasks and demonstrate their skills.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 18; Bibiana House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Admission: €0.70-€1. Tel: 02/5443-1308; 02/5443-4986; www.bibiana.sk.
JAZZ: SoulMates – The first collaboration between US key-boardist Brian Charette and Czech guitarist Libor Šmoldas and drummer Tomáš Hobzek, wherein they combine sophisticated modern jazz with “harsh street sounds”, has already proved successful.
Starts: May 9, 19:30; Art Jazz Gallery Kursalon, Spa courtyard, Beethovenova 5. Admission: €4. Tel: 0917/968- 818; www.kursalon.sk.
WORLD MUSIC/DANCE: Alma Flamenca – The first joint programme put together by flamenco dancers, Spanish Juan Polvillo and Czech Jana Drdácká (performing alongside vocalists Cabbuca and El Cheito, and guitarist Morenito De Triana), offers an emotional experience via expressive musical arrangements and original choreography.
Starts: May 7, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €6. Tel: 048/2457-123 or www.stateopera.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: 54th Banská Bystrica Musical Spring – Within the festival of classical music, Andrej Baran and Jozef Podhoranský play works for violin and cello by Ignaz Pley-el, Reinhold Gliere and Zoltán Kodály.
Starts: May 6, 18:00; Cikker Hall of the Town-Hall, SNP Square 1. More info: www. banskabystrica.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Návšteva po rokoch / Visit After Many Years – This concert by jazzman Peter Lipa and actor/singer Milan Lasica presents popular songs combining witty lyrics and pleasant melodies from their recent eponymous album.
Starts: May 5, 19:00; Slovenské komorné divadlo (Slovak Chamber Theatre), Divadelná 1. Admission: €25. More info: www.divadlomartin.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: One Reason – The concert of the all-female band One Reason enlivens the special atmosphere of this popular local cafe.
Starts: May 10, 20:00; Trotuar Cafe, Andreja Kmeťa 14. More info: www.citylife.sk.
EXHIBITION: Cézanne, Manet Renoir a iní / Cézanne, Manet, Renoir and Others – In cooperation with the Sundermann Fine Arts Museum in Wurzburg, Germany, the Považské Museum offers an exhibition of impressionistic works by artists like Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Pierre-August Renoir and others.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-16:00 until June 8; Považské múzeum, Budatín Castle, Topoľová 1. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 041/5001-511; www. pmza.sk.
RUN: THE VSE CITY Run is a charity event to raise money for prematurely born babies and the department of neonatology at a local hospital. In addition to a run in the streets of Košice, there will be a treadmill (starting at 10:00), where for each kilometre run by volunteers, donors will give a certain amount for charity. The benefit event takes place on May 6, with the run itself starting at 17:00 (but a daylong programme is included). More information can be found at www.cityrun.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Sexit with Marián Varga – The famous rock band Sexit will perform with iconic keyboardist and composer Varga (Varga – Hammond organ; Eugen Pál Baláž - guitar, fujara; Zsolt Kiss – drums; Štefan Hundža – vocals; Dionýz Máté – bass).
Starts: May 7, 19:00; GES Club, Novomeského 13. Admi-ssion: €12-€14. Tel: 055/6224 -303; www.ges.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: 59th Košice Musical Spring – This week’s concerts within the 59th year of the music festival bring a piano recital by Ivo Kahánek playing Bach, Schu-mann, Chopin and Rachma-ninoff on May 5; and opera si-ngers Štefan Margita (tenor) and Dagmar Pecková (mezzosoprano) singing a selection of arias from operas by Frances-co Cilea, Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Gershwin, Janáček, Paolo Mascagni, Saint-Saens and Rimsky-Korsakov on May 6.
Starts: May 5 (piano), Eas-tern-Slovak Gallery; May 6 (a-rias); ŠfK House of Arts, Moy-zesova 66. Admission: €10 (piano); €16-€20. Tel: 055/6220 -763; www.sfk.sk.
FILM/FOREIGN CULTURES: Days of French Culture – The international festival of films lasting up to three minutes, called Tres Court, is being organised within the Days of French Culture. A day later, an organ festival will feature Miroslav Piš playing the works of French composers.
Starts: May 5 (film fest), 17:00, Kasárne Kulturpark barracks, Kukučínova 2; May 6, 18:00 (organ recital), Calvinistic Church, Hrnčiarska Street. Admission: free. More info: www.afke.sk.
EU CELEBRATIONS: Day of Europe – The anniversary of the Robert Schuman Declaration has become the anniversary of modern unification of Europe within the EU. Morevoer, Slovakia celebrates the 10th anniversary of joining the EU. In Košice, there will be daylong events, information services, competitions and evening concerts.
Starts may 9, 10:00-22:00; Main Street, downtown Košice. Admission: free. More info: www.visitkosice.eu; www.10rokov.eu.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Klenoty francúzskej inštrumentálnej hudby XVIII. storočia / The Gems of the French Instrumental Music of 18th Century – Zuzana Branciard (SK, violin), Lucile Boulanger (FR, viola da gamba) and Arnaud de Pasquale (FR, cembalo) will play French instrumental mu-sic by composers Couperin, Leclair, Rebel and Rameau.
Starts: May 5, 18:00; Con-cathedral of the Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, Mnoheľova. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
EXHIBITION: Xénie Bergerová – Anjel a žena / Angel and Woman – The young Slovak painter and expert restorer plays with the confluence of reality and abstraction in her paintings.
Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00 Sun 10:00-13:00 until May 15; U Anjela (At the Angel) gallery, Starý Trh 53. Admission: free. More info: www.galeriauanjela.sk.