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photo: Courtesy of Humbug Theatre

THE HUMBUG Theatre from San Francisco is presenting its world premiere of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted and performed by Ron Severdia, on November 14 in Bratislava as part of the Theatre Festival in the Astorka Theatre. In this solo performance, Severdia portrays more than 40 different characters in a story that resonates with the very essence of the Christmas spirit. In this retelling, he magically transforms from Scrooge to Tiny Tim and other characters under the direction of Julian López-Morillas. The tickets for the performance cost Sk100. During the festival, which lasts from November 12 to 17, the Astorka Theatre at Námestie SNP 33 will also host the Czech Švandovo Divadlo company, the Polish troupe AD Spectatores, and the Hungarian Stúdió K Színház, among others. Tickets for the performances range from Sk50 to Sk200. For more information, call 02/5443-2093.


Longital and Bratři Orffové - The Slovak duo and the Czech band give a concert.
Starts: Nov 13, 20:00. Admission: Sk200 (in advance), Sk250 (at the door). Klub za Zrkadlom music club, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

The Festivities of Young Wine - A blessing of this year's wine opens this three-day wine festival. After the festival's official opening, visitors can sample wines from the capital's various districts and the Low Carpathians region. Attendees can also taste local delicacies, buy folk handicrafts, and watch performances by folk ensembles and other artists.
Runs: Nov 14-16. The Primaciálne námestie and the courtyard of the Old City Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Golden Concert - This annual tradition of a pre-Christmas concert celebrating the Czech and Slovak music scenes takes place for the fourth time with Lucie Bíla, Meky Žbirka, Janko Lehotský and the Modus band, Marián Varga and Sisa Sklovská performing.
Starts: Nov 15, 19:00. Admission: Sk700, Sk750. Sibamac Aréna, the National Tennis Centre, Príkopova Street. www.ticketportal.sk.

Fox - Zuzana Hassová with the Funny Fellows band, her sister Monika Hassová and Johanna Biesewig from the Trio Olga band present their latest Dutch-German-Slovak project in the style of the 1930s.
Starts: Nov 16, 19:00. Admission: Sk150. Divadlo v Podpalubí (Theatre in Underdeck), on the Danube embankment between the Old and New Bridges beside Janko Kráľ Park. Tel: 0903/449-650, www.lodcafe.sk.

Rhythm & Bling - An event of European scope featuring the internationally acclaimed R'N'B DJs Revolution and Jam-I arrive in Slovakia.
Starts: Nov 17, 21:00. Admission: Sk300, Sk150. Dopler club, Prievozská 18. www.dopler.sk.

Auction of Contemporary Art - Auction house Woxart & Weiss auctions works by Czech and Slovak contemporary artists including Rudolf Sikora, Stano Filko, and Aleš Veselý.
Starts: Nov 18, 13:30 (The exhibition of works takes place between November 15 and 17 from 11:00 to 18:00). EA Art Hotel William, Laurinská 7.

The Mirror as an Instrument of Illusion - This display, which is the first part of a long-term exhibition project, presents works by Slovak and Czech authors, whose oeuvre is closely connected with the use of mirrors. The aim of the project is to analyse various aspects of the phenomenon of illusion.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until December 31. Admission: Sk30. Nitrianska Galéria (The Nitra Gallery), Župné Námestie 3. Tel: 037/6579-641.

Stories of Immortality - Prominent Slovak painter, graphic artist and sculptor Daniel Brunovský presents works from the last 20 years.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until December 2. Admission: Sk20. Gallery of M.A. Bazovský, Palackého 27, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7436-858.


WRO - The Polish Centre of Media Arts WRO from Wroclaw presents its activities, and the Biennial of Media Art, the largest Central European Festival focusing on this kind of art, takes place.
Starts: Nov 15, 19:00. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.

Banská Bystrica
Hommage to Ján Nepomuk Hummel - French and Slovak musicians mark the 170th anniversary of the death of composer Ján Nepomuk Hummel.
Starts: Nov 13, 16:00. Thurzov dom (The House of Thurzo), Nám. SNP4. Tel: 048/4155-085.


Gala Evening of Professional Boxing - Accomplished boxers from Slovakia and abroad demonstrate their abilities at a gala evening topped with a mega laser show.
Starts: Nov 12, 19:00. Admission: Sk500. Infiniti Arena. Tel: 055/6258-888.

Jazz For Sale - This concert by the Czech Trio Michala Pavlíčka, US-Slovak Scott Hamilton & the Nothing But Swing Trio as well as the Hungarian Palya Bea & The Band complete the jazz festival.
Starts: Nov. 17, 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Historical Town Hall. Tel: 055/6258-888.

photo: Courtesy of the Moyzes Quartet

THE MAIN AIM of this cycle of three benefit concerts held under the title Organissimo is to accelerate the rescue and restoration of the precious historical organ in the gothic Parish Church in Pezinok. An opera concert, featuring young sopranos Eva Šušková and Andrea Čajová, bass Matúš Trávniček and baritone Peter Mazalán, who will sing directly under the precious organ, opens the cycle on November 11. The prestigious Moyzes Quartet performs on November 18. The renowned church choir Ad Una Corda, which dates back to 1867, completes the series on November 25. All three concerts start at 15:30. Voluntary contributions will be used for the restoration of the organ, which was made in 1863 by one of the most important Slovak organ builders. For more information, go to www.auc.sk.

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