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December's First Tuesday
Latin-American dance party
Austrian Embassy Advent and Exhibitions
French Institute and Austrian Embassy lecture
French Institute literature evening and exhibition
Welcome Understanding
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
Bratislava Zen Centre

December's First Tuesday

Organisers of First Tuesday Bratislava, an information technology social club, invite you to their December meeting on Tuesday, December 5 at 18:30 in Elektra restaurant on Miletičova 5. Invited speakers will try to answer the question "Where are the Internet entrepreneurs?" Admission is free for registered participants. For more information and the registration form, check: www.firsttuesday.sk.


Latin-American dance party

The Latino Culture Project organisation will on December 7 hold 'Fiesta Latina of Miguel Mendez', a monthly Latino dance party which allows the public to experience a slice of the vibrant Latino culture right here in Bratislava. A dance performance by the Slovak group Latino Flash will be followed by a Latino-American discotheque led by DJ Mulato. The party lasts from 20:00 till 4:00 at Charlie's pub on Špitálska 4. For more information call Miguel Mendez at 0905 254 134.


Austrian Embassy Advent and Exhibitions

Austrian music groups 'Brass quartet from Altaussee', 'Leonard's trio', and the Vienna gymnasium chorus will with other artists create an advent atmosphere similar to the one celebrated in the Austrian Altaussee lake area, famous for its deeply rooted Christmas traditions. Expressed in folk songs and short readings (both in German and Slovak), the traditions' revival, known as "Advent at Aussee", will begin at 19:00 on December 9, in Kostol Najsvätejšieho spasiteľa on Františkánske námestie 1. Tel: 5443 2985.
The Austrian Culture Center together with Docomomo Slovakia (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement) will open an exhibition of architect Christian Ludwig at 16:00 on December 7. Born in Slovakia in 1901, Ludwig created the best of his designs in Bratislava (i.e. Café Regina), before he moved to Germany in 1944. His architecture is documented by photographs, plan designs and models and will be exhibited in the Austrian Culture Center on Zelená 7 off Hlavné námestie (Main Square) in the Bratislava Old Town. The exhibition will run till the end of January 2001.
On the same day, an exhibition of Ludwig's son Christian Ludwig Attersee will also open at 18:00 in Slovenská národná galéria (Slovak National Gallery). Also born in Bratislava, Attersee is considered to be one of the founders of the 'New Paintings' style in central Europe and the most successful contemporary Austrian painter. At the Slovak National Gallery on Riečna 1. Exhibit runs till February 28, 2001. Tel: 5443 2985.


French Institute and Austrian Embassy lecture

As part of the '1001 Europe' series of lectures, French politician, journalist and writer Bernd Posselt will give a lecture on the "Future of Institutions in the EU" in French (simultaneously translated into Slovak and German) on Monday, December 4 at 17:00. Posselt, who is president of Paneuropa-Union Deutschland and a member of Coordination Union Fora of German-Czech dialogue, will lecture in the Comenius University law faculty auditorium on Šafárikovo námestie 6. Tel: 5934 7777.


French Institute literature evening and exhibition

The book Sunset and Love, written by Denis de Rougemont, will be presented by the author on December 6 at 18:00 in the French Institute's Gallery on Sedlárska 7.
The French Institute will also hold an exhibition of William Schiffer, a sculptor born in Slovakia who now lives in France. The exhibition featuring his medal works will open on December 8 at 17:00 in the Institute's Gallery. Tel: 5934 7777. The exhibition runs till January 6, 2001.


Welcome Understanding

The Association for Art and Communication in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the US in Bratislava and the Slovak Embassy in Yugoslavia is organising an exhibition of Yugoslav contemporary art entitled 'Welcome Understanding'. The diverse and colourful works of 17 artists, mostly paintings and drawings, depict every day life in Yugoslavia. At Zámocká ulica 6 (behind the Chez David restaurant), in a derelict building symbolic of the current situation in the country. Exhibition runs till December 12. Tel: 5441 7212.


Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

An Alcoholics Anonymous group for English-speakers meets every Wednesday at 18:30 in Petržalka on Kopčianska 14, 2nd floor. The building is located diagonally across from the Petržalka train station and has a Matador sign. For more information call Frank at 4342 1637.


Bratislava Zen Centre

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 18:30 to 20:00, the Slovak Zen Buddhism school Kuan Um in Bratislava invites beginners as well as long-term students to practice and learn about Zen Buddhism. Those interested can attend the meetings at Ľudovíta Fullu 58/22. To get there, take bus #32 from the main train station till the end of the line, get off and walk down Beniakova ulica to Ľudovíta Fullu ulica. Or take trams 1, 5, 9, or 12 from the centre in the direction of Karlova Ves, get off at the Nad Lúčkami bus stop and go up the hill to Ľudovíta Fullu. For more information, call the centre at 6531 4096, or call Peter Košút for English-language information at 0903 134 853.


Does your embassy, institute, or organisation have an upcoming event? Tell the expat community in Slovakia all about it in The Slovak Spectator's Community Corner. To place a notice of your group's events, please contact Zuzana Habšudová at tel: 5923 3304. Or send her a notice by e-mail at slspect@internet.sk.

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