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Band in a Box – The Belgian indie rock band Zita Swoon gives a concert spiced with funk, blues and other styles.
Starts: Dec 3, 20:00. Admission: Sk250. A4-Zero Space, SPN Square 12. www.a4.sk.

Richard Clayderman – This popular pianist, who it is said as a six-year-old could read music before words, gives a concert.
Starts: Dec 3, 19:00. Admission: Sk50-Sk1,790. Sports Hall Pasienky, Trnavská 29. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Christmas with Eva Urbanová - The first lady of the Czech opera scene, Eva Urbanová, performs with guests Tereza Mátlová, David Uličník, Róbert Daniel, David Spilko and a symphonic orchestra at her only Christmas concert in Slovakia.
Starts: Dec 3, 19:00. Admission: Sk700. Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Tel: Tel: 02/5935-6650.

The Moscow Tabakov Theatre – The prominent Russian drama ensemble arrives in Slovakia to perform the plays Money to Burn and An Ordinary Story.
Starts: Dec 4 and 5, 19:00. Admission: Sk250-Sk1,050. The Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square. Tel: 02/5778-2534.

Blues Slovakia or Blues St. Nicholas – After Trnava, Prievidza, Levice and Nové Zámky this touring blues festival featuring Octopus, Bonzo & Rezonators, Zuzana Suchánková and Zva 12:28 Band arrives in the capital.
Starts: Dec 8, 18:00. Admission: Sk100/Sk150. The House of Culture Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Tel: 02/6382-3930.

Feel the Heat – “Tanned, toned, buffed and beautiful” describes the American male striptease troupe Chippendales, which is back in Bratislava with their only show in Eastern Europe.
Starts: Dec 8, 20:00. Admission: Sk700-Sk2,500. Sports Hall Pasienky, Trnavská 29. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Music Gallery – Slovak Róbert Šebesta, Ronald Šebesta, and Austrian Andreas Fink play works by Martin Burlas, Juraj Družecký and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Starts: Dec 5, 18:00. Admission: free. Nitra Gallery, Župné Square 3. Tel: 037/6579-641.

Most Beautiful Carols of Central Europe – Choirs from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia sing carols.
Starts: Dec 8, 19:00. Admission: Sk90. the Andrej Bagar Theatre, Svätoplukovo Square 4. Tel: 037/7721-578.

Neither Word, Nor Thing – This display presents works by one of the most important Slovak contemporary artists and pioneers of conceptual art, Dezider Tóth.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until December 12. Admission: Sk40. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Koppel House, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659.


BALLET: Cinderella – The Russian State Ballet Siberia performs the famous fairy tale.
Starts: Dec 6, at 15:00 and 19:00. Admission: Sk499-Sk1,200. The Sports Hall Bôrik. Tel: 041/7233-186.

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Ecstasy Project – Polish jazzmen perform as part of the Jazz in the Choč Cinema series.
Starts: Dec 4, 18:00. Admission: Sk50/60. Choč, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1269. Tel: 043/5866-506.

Exploding Star Orchestra – This avant-garde jazz concert to be performed by the America-Polish band is one of top concerts taking place at the end of the year.
Starts: Dec 8, 20:00. Admission: Sk120/180 (in advance), Sk160/240 (at the door). Open cultural space Stanica Žilina - Záriečie, Závodská 3. Tel: 0904/047-441.

Christmas in Countryside – An event with pre-Christmas and Christmas customs and traditions by folklore ensembles, caroling singers, Christmas decorations, waffle baking and the magical practices of pre-Christmas times.
Starts: Dec 9. Admission: Sk60. The Museum of the Slovak Village, Jahodnícke Háje. Tel: 043/4132-686, www.snm-em.sk.


Devil Christmas – This concert features celebrities from the Czech and Slovak music scenes, including Lucie Bílá, Pavol Habera, Iveta Bartošová, and Peter Dvorský, accompanied by the Cigánski Diabli (Gypsy Devils). After Prešov, they will perform in the Infiniti Arena in Košice on December 11.
Starts: Dec 5, 19:00. Admission: Sk299-Sk499. Sports hall, Nábrežná Street. Tel: 051/7731-113.

THE CREATORS of Yamato, the hit drum show from Japan, have prepared a brand new extravaganza, Chanbara - Legend of the Sword. This breath-taking display showcases the incredible arts of Japan’s foremost sword masters, acrobats and Wadaiko drummers, whose skills are the result of years of intense training from an early age. The show takes place in the Steel Arena in Košice on December 6 and in the National Tennis Centre at Príkopova 6 in Bratislava on December 8 starting at 20:00. Tickets range from Sk590-Sk1,190. For more information, call 02/12-111.

AFTER filling theatres in Prešov and Bratislava, Hungarian dance theatre ExperiDance is returning to Slovakia. It will perform its show Cigáni z Veľkej Idy (The Gypsies from Veľká Ida) in Košice on December 3. The show is based on a 16th-century legend about when Austrian soldiers attacked a castle in Veľká Ida. The castle’s Hungarian defenders ran out of soldiers, ammunition and food, so they deserted their positions, leaving the Roma to fend for themselves. The dance show to be performed by the 30-member ensemble led by choreographer Sándor Román starts in the Cassosport in Košice at 19:00. Tickets cost between Sk410 and Sk590. For buying tickets, call 055/6258-888.

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