AMERICAN singer, guitarist and composer Claire Lynch opens the second annual Bluegrass Fest in Bratislava on May 2. She performs with her band The Claire Lynch Band featuring such prominent American musicians as bassist Missy Raines, guitarist Jim Hurst and mandolin and violin player Jason Thomas. Apart from the American headliner, the four-day festival programme consists of performances by 20 bands from six countries. The neighbouring Czech Republic is represented by Robert Křesťan and his Druhá Tráva with American mandolin player and singer Andy Owens as a guest. Other Czech performers include Drivem Petr K...S a Fámy, The Log, and Funny Grass. From Austria there is Nugget, and the Netherlands is represented by Waterflow. Czas Na Grass arrives from Poland. The local scene offers rich representation featuring Meantime, Acoustic Colours, Blueland, BG Time, Grasscountry, Union Citygrass, Šidlo, G-runs'n roses, Richard Cíferský and Rainy Day, Mišo Varo band, or Acoustic Trash. Tickets for the festival, taking place in the Klub za Zrkadlom music club at Rovniankova 3 from May 2 to 5 range from Sk140 to Sk350 For more information, call 02/6381-1328.
LIVE MUSIC: John Digweed - A club event with a legendary DJ, who influenced the world trance and progressive music scene, arrives in the capital to promote his new album, Transitions vol.2.
Starts: Apr 30, 21:00. Admission: Sk350, Sk1,500. PKO, (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
FESTIVAL: Indian Film Festival - The Bratislava-based Embassy of India and the Slovak Film Institute organize a four-day film festival, during which visitors can see Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (Sometime Yes Sometimes No), Dil Chahta Hai (What the Heart Desires), Sholay (Flames), The Terrorist, and Tamil Chandni (Moonlight). The films, in Hindi and Tamil languages, will be screened with Slovak subtitles.
Runs: May 3-6, all shows begin at 18:00 except for The Terrorist, which will be shown at 15:00. Admission: free. Charlie's Centrum (Spitálska 4).
LIVE MUSIC: Lucia Lužinská and All Time Jazz Trio - Slovak jazz singer Lucia Lužinská performs with the drumless All Time Jazz Trio launched by guitarit Boris Čellár inspired by the famous Nat King Cole Trio.
Starts: May 4, 19:00. Admission: Sk290. Štúdio L+S, Námestie 1. Mája 5. Tel: 02/5296-7552.
SHOW: Shaolin Kung Fu - After a successful tour of Slovakia two years ago, the Shaolin monks return to demonstrate amazing physical and mental powers in a new show.
Starts: May 6, 19:00. Admission: Sk200-Sk700. Sports Hall Pasienky, Trnavská 29.
EXHIBITION: Young Slovak Paintings - The recently established Mladá maľba (Young Painting) Foundation, which aims to help talented young painters, presents the work of 15 promising Slovak artists.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until May 6. Admission: Sk80. The Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), Pálffy Palace, Panská 19-21.
LIVE MUSIC: Tina - The new holder of the Slovak Grammy award in the category of best female singer and best album, Tina, gives a concert as part of her national tour.
Starts: May 4, 20:00. Admission: Sk159 (in advance), Sk199 (at the door). Piano Club, Pod Sokolice 12 - 16. Tel: 032/7445-081.
EXHIBITION: Picture Con-nection - The display presents Hungarian art from collections of the Gallery of Contemporary Hungarian Artists in Dunajská Streda.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00- 17:00 until May 13. Admission: Sk40. The Ján Koniarek Gallery, Kppel House, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659.
EXHIBITION: The Flying Dutchmen - The exhibition presents Dutch and Flemish paintings from the Golden Age, which abound in the collections of Slovak museums, galleries, and even castles and manor houses, but have never been exhibited as a whole.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until June 6. Admission: Sk50. Zvolen Castle, Námestie SNP.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Košice Music Spring - Prominent Slovak soprano Eva Urbanová and Hungarian conductor Domonkos Héja star in the opening concert of the 52nd annual month-long festival.
Starts: May 2, 19:00. Admission: Sk300-Sk500. Dom Umenia, Moyzesova 66.
DANCE: GASP 2 - This new dance show by Ján Durovčík, with more dancers and more technical and sound effects than its predecessor, is inspired by traditions of world renowned dance ensembles but stems from Slovak features.
Starts: May 4, 19:00. Admission: Sk320. Jumbo Centre, Masarykova 2. Tel: 055/625-8888.
EXHIBITION: Sculpture and Drawing - The Šariš Gallery presents works by young Polish visual artist Anna Horoszko as part of the project Art without Borders.
Open: Tue, Wed, and Fri 9:00-17:00, Thur 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-18:00 until May 27. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská Galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51. Tel: 051/7725-423.
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