* The summer is slowly fading away, and it's time you started your social life again. So clear a space on your calendar for the "Business Cocktail" party held by American Chamber of Commerce on August 27th starting at 6pm at Hotel Danube's Panorama room. Am-Cham holds these parties on the third Thursday of every month. The next "Business Cocktail" will be on September 24th, sponsored by our very own Slovak Spectator! Everyone is invited, and encouraged to dig in to the punch.
* Still looking for adventure in Slovakia's beautiful mountains? Then give the Climbing School a call in Záskalie, Považská Teplá, which is about two hours drive from Bratislava. The school offers one-day, weekly and special courses conducted by trained climbers, and supplies all climbing equipment. Training takes place in Manín Canyon, or on an artificial climbing wall in bad weather. Courses finish October 31st. Call 0901 8062-24, 017 05 Považská Teplá, or contact the Information Centre in Považská Bystrica, 822 326655-45. In case you choose hiking over climbing, watch for signsposts! The tourist paths and routes are staked out with summer signs designed by the Slovak Tourist Club and by the Mountain Rescue Service. The tourist paths cross the most interesting sightseeing regions. Good, detailed maps are available in information centres and bookstores.
* If you're planning to spend weekend in Prague, make sure you visit the Czech Republic's very first Wax Museum. Over 300 square metres and four rooms offer the faces of 48 personalities who have influenced the history, science, culture, sports and politics on the domestic and world stages. From the Dictators Exhibit, which covers Lenin, Brežnev and Castro, you can wander through Czech history from King Charles IV to Franz Kafka. The World's Personalities section includes Rasputin, Einstein, Václav Klaus, Václav Havel, Mozart, Napoleon, Tolstoi, Chaplin, Martina Navrátilová, Churchill, Gorbatchev, Dalí, Louis Amstrong, Lady Diana and many more. You can find them all at Muzeum voskových figurín, Ulica 28. Října, Tel: 00420 2 24199-5203
* Umelecká beseda - fragment D, Danubius 1968 - The Slovak Art Union has prepared a reopening of a successful exhibition, the Bienale of Modern Art 1968, which was cancelled after 21 August in 1968, the day that Czechoslovakia was occupied by Warsaw Pact armies.
The exhibition accommodates a fragment of the 400 works shown in 1968, and also highlights a series of 6 documentaries such as Danubius 1968 (1968, the first and last Danubius Exhibition), Black Days (1969, special issue of Weekly Film Diary - Occupation of Czechoslovakia), Film Journal - Events after 17 November 1989 (1989), One who lives after Warsava (Prague occupation, 1968), The End of Stalinism in the Czech Republic (cartoon, 1968), Dubček-International (1998). Dosto-jevského 1. Open daily 1pm-9pm. Ends September 13