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ENERGETIC trumpeter LACO Deczi, a cornerstone of the Slovak jazz scene in the 1950s, who ended up in America after he refused to make concessions to the communist regime, will hold two concerts this week with his Celula New York band. Deczi started out playing traditional west-coast jazz, and later, by bringing younger musicians into the group, he added a rock flavour to the band's music. He will be performing with his lifelong musical partner, bass guitarist Steve Clarke, along with keyboardist Walter Fischbacher and Deczi's oldest son, drummer Laco "Vajco" Deczi Jr. The band will play in Žilina May 22 at 20:00, Rondel klub 23, Závodská 6 (tickets cost Sk180 and 200, tel: 041/7641-929), and Bratislava May 24 at 19:00, at Štúdio L & S on Nám. 1. Mája 5 (tickets are Sk190, tel: 02/5296-7552).


DANCE: People - A new performance by the Slovak dance-group Bralen with choreography by Cristina Perero (Brasil), Bruce Taylor (France) and Rastislav Letenaj (Slovakia).
Starts: May 19 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk160, 180. Divadlo P. O. Hviezdoslava (P. O. Hviezdoslav Theatre), Laurinská 2. Tel: 02/5413-1321.

LIVE MUSIC: Lucie - Czech pop band celebrates its 15th anniversary with special guests Support Lesbiens and Le Payaco.
Starts: May 19 at 19:30. Tickets: Sk399. Futbalový štadión ŠK Slovan (Slovan Football Stadium), Tehelné pole. www.ticketportal.sk

DANCE: The Secret as a Principle - An evening of modern dance performances.
Starts: May 20 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk100. Theatrium, Pressburg Centrum, Pribinova 25. Tel: 0903/516-465.

PERFORMANCE: Sangre Flamenca - Flamenco mixed with modern dance performed to jazz and classical music by Los Remedios and Flamenco Contemporaneo.
Starts: May 24 at 20:00. Tickets: Sk180, 220. Dom kultúry Zrkadlový háj (Zrkadlový háj House of Culture), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Momentum Musicum - Bratislava Guitar Quartet performs works by various composers.
Starts: May 25 at 16:00. Tickets: Sk60. CC centrum, Jiráskova 3. Tel: 02/6382-4390.

LIVE MUSIC: Horkýže slíže - Slovak pop band, awarded best band of the year, performs.
Starts: May 25 at 17:00. Tickets: Sk149, 199. Live! Club, Aupark shopping park, Einsteinova ul. Tel: 02/6345-4108.

LIVE MUSIC: Glenn Miller Orchestra - Big band orchestra performs jazz standards.
Starts: May 26 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk700, 800. Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Tel: 02/5557-4939.

EXHIBITION: Privat Frei - Thirteen contemporary Slovak artists display their photography, film and video works created under the common theme Intimacy as a Show.
Open Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until June 13. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Tel: 02/5441-3316.


EXHIBITION: Dana Krajčová-Hollá - Paintings by the Slovak artist inspired by gestures as a means for self-expression.
Open Tue, Thu 10:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-15:00 until June 2. Admission: Sk10. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Nábrežie I. Krasku 1, Piešťany. Tel: 033/7725-626.


EVENT: Festival of Cheese and Bryndza - An annual open-air fesitval of cheese and wine tasting, cooking of traditional Slovak bryndzové halušky, demonstrations of shepherding traditions, all accompanied by folklore performances.
Running May 24, from 9:00 to 24:00 on Nám. Osloboditeľov, Liptovský Mikuláš; May 25, from 10:00 to 18:00 at Liptovská Village Museum, Pribylina. (www.lhradok.sk) Tel: 044/16-186, 5522-418.

FESTIVAL: Garden of Eden - Three days with live concerts, Slovak and international DJs, alternative theatre, photo exhibitions and workshops with the People Against Racism non-governmental organisation.
Runs: May 23 to 25 at various times and venues. Tickets: Sk99 (1 day), Sk177 (2 days). Miestne kultúrne stredisko (Community Cultural Centre), Nám. SNP 119, Žiar nad Hronom. Tel: 045/6738-241. www.gardenofeden.sk


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Contemporary Slovak Music - Japanese soprano Nao Higano together with Ivan Gajan on piano and Jozef Podhoranský on cello perform works by Vilec, Godár, Holoubek, and Beneš.
Starts: May 20 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk80. Dom umenia (House of the Arts), Moyzesova 66, Košice. Tel: 055/6226-541.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Guitar Concert - Two young musicians, Peter Tomko and Adam Marec, perform works by Bach, Rameau and Belinatti.
Starts: May 25 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk20, 50. Galéria umelcov Spiša (Spiš Artists' Gallery), Zimná 46, Spišská Nová Ves. Tel: 053/4464-710.

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