The legendary funk group, Earth Wind And Fire, featuring the Al McKay Allstars, arrives in Bratislava to play songs from its latest CD, Illumination. The fourteen-member ensemble also plays and sings its biggest funk hits of the 1970s and 1980s, including September, Sing a Song and Fantasy. The concert takes place on January 13 at 20:00 in the sports hall Pasienky at Trnavská cesta 29. Tickets cost Sk790 to Sk1,490. For more information call 0903/445-710.


In Honour of the Masters - The Moyzes Quartet plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alexander Moyzes and Dmitry Shostakovich within the Chamber Tuesdays' concert cycle.
Starts: Jan 10 at 19:00. Admission: Sk130. Malá sála Slovenskej filharmónie (Slovak Philharmonic Small Concert Hall), Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

Stivín, Šeban, Michalidesová - Czech prominent multi-instrumentalist Jiří Stivín, Slovak guitarist Andrej Šeban and flautist Silvia Michalidesová perform.
Starts: Jan 10 at 19:00. Admission: Sk80. Divadlo AHA, Mieste kultúrne centrum (Local culture centre), Školská 14. Tel: 02/5249-6822.

Photos - Czech photographer Jan Saudek celebrates his 70th birthday with an exhibition of black-and-white and coloured of women.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until January 15. Admission: free. Michalský dvor Gallery, Michalská 3.Tel: 02/5441-1079.

Table Settings - Five designers present coffee and tea services, spice boxes and other things necessary for comfortable dining.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00 until January 20. Admission: free. Dizajn štúdio ÚĽUV (ÚĽUV Design Studio), Dobrovičova 13.
Tel: 02/5296-4153.

Drawings from the Archive - Painter Milan Paštéka answers the question "What is painting?" with pastels and temperas.
Open: Tue-Sun 12:00-18:00 until January 22. Admission: free. Galéria Slovenskej Sporiteľne (Slovenská Sporiteľňa Gallery), Zelená 2.
Tel: 02/5977-9102.

Peha - The popular band and its guests, play.
Starts: Jan 13 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150. Orlovňa club, Kráľovská 18. Tel: 034/6645-341.

Death Metal - Czech grind band Ingrowing, Slovak death metal bands Vighun, Antares and Symphony of Destruction, play.
Starts: Jan 13 at 20:00. Admission: Sk50. Rock Club, Kupecká 7. Tel: 0904/344-891.

Martin Benka (1888-1971) - The display presents a selection of works by one of the most important figures in Slovak modernism in the first half of the 20th century, who gained much of his inspiration from the Slovak countryside and its people.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until February 26. Admission: Sk20. Galéria MA Bazovského (MA Bazovský Gallery), Palackého 27. Tel: 032/7436-858.


Banská Bystrica
Gypsy Roots - The performance, based on music by Balkan musician Goran Bregovič, deals with the sensitive issue of the relations between the Roma and non-Roma.
Starts: Jan 10 at 18:30. Admission: Sk100-120. Banská Bystrica State Opera, Národná 11. Tel: 048/4124-418.

Banská Bystrica
Contemporary Slovak Graphic Arts - The 16th triennial exhibition presents the best Slovak graphic works created by 37 artists between 2002 and 2005.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until February 24. Admission: Sk40. Štátna galéria Pretórium (State gallery Pretórium), Námestie Š Moysesa 25. Tel: 088/7248-64.

Julo Fujak and Guests - The experimenter and seeker of new expressions in contemporary music and guests, play.
Starts: Jan 14 at 20:00. Admission: Sk50, Sk70. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.


Surprise - An exhibition of bronze sculptures and drawings by Czech artist Jaromír Gargulák.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until January 27. Galéria u sediaceho anjela, Starý trh 53. Tel: 052/4522-153.

Mikuláš Lovacký - Bardejov-based artist exhibits his enamels.
Open: Tue-Sun 8:30-16:00 until January 31. Admission: free. Šarišské múzeum (Šariš museum), Radničné námestie 13. Tel: 054/4722-009.

photo: Courtesy of Ján Koniarek Gallery

The Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnavamarks the 80th birthday of Oskár Čepan (1925-1992) with an exhibition introducing this important literary theoretician, historian and visual artist. Nowadays his name is connected with an annual prize awarded to young artists in Slovakia. Čepan was one of the crucial personalities of his generation, who helped to change the cultural life and art scene in Slovakia. In the 1960s his name was linked to Bratislava's visual arts movement Konfrontácie (Confrontations), known for its links to French structural abstraction. He is also known as a man who helped to introduce the ideas of some important personalities of the Russian avant-garde, such as Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlinin, Vassily Kandinsky and Sergei Charchoun, into Slovakia. The Artist Oskár Čepanexhibition particularly focuses on presenting the artist as a creator of collages and geometrical abstraction. The display takes place in Kopplov Kaštieľ (The Koppel Manor House) of the Ján Koniarek Gallery at Zelený kríček 3. It is open between Tuesday and Friday between 10:00 and 18:00 and Saturdays and Sundays between 13:00 and 18:00 until January 29. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information call 033/5511-659.

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