Diabolské Husle(Devil's Violin), a gifted ensemble of seven instrumentalists from Berky-Mrenica, is currently touring Slovakia with its unique mixture of genres from classical to jazz and pop music. Special guests include flamenco dancer Bettina Castano, Slovak tenor Peter Dvorský and Czech pop singer Lucie Bílá. Bratislava will host the show at the Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1, on February 13, starting at 19:00. Tickets cost Sk999 when bought in advance and Sk1,499 at the door. The ensemble's next appearances will be in Žilina (Dom Odborov, Námestie Ľ Štúra 1, February 14), Trenčín (Dom Armády, Hviezdoslavova 16, February 15), Prešov (Sports Hall, Pod kamennou baňou 31, February 16) and Košice (Hala Cassosport, Alejova 11, February 17). For more information, call 02/5557-4939.

photo: Courtesy of Diabolskéhusle


The Bloodhound Gang - The US band with deviant lyrics and eye-catching music arrives with its "greatest" hits.
Starts: Feb 14 at 19:00. Admission: Sk499. Park Kultúry a Oddychu (Culture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5910-3101.

Skunk - The ska band from the Basque region will perform.
Starts: Feb 16 at 20:00. Admission: Sk119. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

Night of Fighters - International martial arts stars challenge the hardest fists in Slovakia.
Starts: Feb 17 at 19:00. Admission: Sk700-Sk1,500. Pasienky Sports Hall, Trnavská cesta 29.
Tel: 02/5443-3715.

Iraq - Russian photographer Yuri Kozyrev took photos in Iraq for two years without learning who is "good" and who is "righteous".
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until March 3. Admission: Sk20. The Central European House of Photography, Prepoštská 4. Tel: 02/5443-0459.

After Solstice - This display features works by painter Ján Ilavský.
Open: Tue-Sun 12:00-18:00 until March 19. Admission: free. Galéria Slovenskej Sporiteľne (Slovenská Sporiteľňa Gallery), Zelená 2. Tel: 02/5977-9102.

Ordinary Mira-cles - As part of a cycle entitled A Visit to a Studio, the Bibiana gallery introduces Slovak painter Fero Lipták, whose works are closely connected with theatre and film.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until April 9. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308.

Musick for a While - This Baroque ensemble, featuring soprano Jana Pastorková, violinists Alexander Jablokov and Andrej Jablokov, violoncellist Zuzana Ďurčeková and lute and teorba player Juraj Struhárik, plays music by Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Friedrich Händel, among others.
Starts: Feb 17 at 18:00. Admission: Sk50. Synagogue, Ulica pri Synagóge. Tel: 037/1618-6.


Banská Bystrica
The Evening with Folk Music - Ponitran ensemble performs.
Starts: Feb 17 at 19:00. Admission: Sk60. SMH Hall, Skuteckého 4. Tel: 048/4125-464.

Concert within the Year of Slovak Music - Czech violinist Jana Vonášková-Nováková and flutist Ján Figura accompanied by the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina play Ján Cikker, Bohuslav Martinů and Ludwig van Beethoven under the baton of Czech conductor Leoš Svárovský.
Starts: Feb 17 at 19:00. Admission: Sk60-Sk120. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.

Krňačky - Another competition on krňačky, a traditional wooden sled used by woodcutters for transporting logs out of remote forests, takes place.
Starts: Feb 18 at 10:00. Admission: free. Beňuš (close to Brezno). Tel: 048/6114-221.


Dance Amongst Shards (Tanec medzi črepinami) - The SĽUK folk ensemble gives a grandiose performance.
Starts: Feb 18 at 19:00. Admission: Sk280. Jumbo Centrum, Masarykova 2. Tel: 055/6258-888.

František Turcsányi - The artist presents artworks created while in Africa.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-16:30, Thu 9:00-17:30, Sun 14:00-18:00, until February 26. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská Galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51, Prešov. Tel: 051/7725-42.

Spaces of Light - Young photographer Robo Kočan exhibits his photo paintings.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until March 3. Galéria u sediaceho anjela, Starý trh 53. Tel: 052/4522-153.

The Shaolin Monks of Chinaare returning to Slovakia after their successful, sold-out European tour in 2005. Fifteen performers will test the limits of physical and mental powers to the sound of original Shaolin Temple music. The two-hour Mystical Powers of the Shaolin Tour starts at Bratislava's Pasienky Sports Hall (Trnavská cesta 29) on February 16. It continues in Zvolen (Zimný štadión, Pod Dráhami 2292) on February 18. Košice fans can see the monks at the Cassosport Hall (Alejova 11) on February 19. The Sports Hall in Martin (Gorkého Street) will close the show on February 20. All shows start at 19:00. Tickets range from Sk250 to Sk600. For more information, call 02/44371633.
photo: Zetmedia agency

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