PRINTS and Drawings is the name of what is probably the first individual exhibition by Max Ernst ever brought to Slovakia. Pictures by Ernst, a Dadaist and Surrealist par excellence, are methodical puzzles, but they do not provide any solution. Through his collages and frottage works, Ernst brings us into a mystical world of mythology, masks, totems, dreams, and fantasy. The exhibition shows Ernst's interest in literature both as an author as well as an illustrator. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 until September 5 at the Slovak National Gallery, Vodné Kasárne (Water Barracks), Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Tickets cost Sk80. Tel: 02/5443-2055.
photo: Max Ernst
CLASSICAL MUSIC: An Hommage to Bach - Bratislava Chamber Soloists and organ player Stanislav Šurin perform to celebrate the 254th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's birth.
Starts: Jul 21 at 20:00. Tickets: Sk100, Sk120. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelical Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5932-7716.
LIVE MUSIC: Mango Molas - The Slovak band plays music inspired by rhythm.
Starts: Jul 23 at 18:00. Tickets: Sk100. Areál Štrkovec (Recreation area of Štrkovec lake). Tel: 02/5596-0861.
LIVE MUSIC: Best of Buty - The Czech folk-rock band Buty gives an outdoor concert.
Starts: Jul 23 at 20:00. Tickets: Sk199, Sk299. Vodná veža (Water Tower) on the Danube embankment, close to the Nový most bridge. Tel: 0903/607-680.
LIVE MUSIC: Čechomor - The prominent Czech world music band performs within its Krušovice Tour 2004.
Starts: Jul 24 at 19:30. Tickets: Sk250. Nádvorie Bratislavského hradu (Courtyard of Bratislava Castle). Tel: 02/5935-6155.
MUSICAL: Hair - Actors and actresses of Nová scéna ensemble perform the outdoor Slovak version of the cult musical.
Starts: Jul 24 at 20:00. Hviezdoslavovo námestie. Tel: 02/5464-1794.
THE SUMMER Evening of Music, featuring world music, jazz, and blues will start at 17:30 in the garden of Dom umenia (House of Art) behind the At Home Gallery in the synagogue at Mliečňanská street 7 in Šamorín. The performers include Slovak famous keyboardist Marián Varga, Hungarian band Besh o Drom, German Impossible Trio, Slovak Miki Škuta & The Barflies, the Dusty Fort Band with phenomenal harmonica player Erich "Boboš" Procházka, and others. Tickets cost Sk120-200. For more information call 0903/255-681.
photo: Erich "Boboš" Procházka
FESTIVAL: Letná pauza or Summer Pause - The second annual 13-hour marathon of rock music hosts bands like Chiki-liki-tu-a, Horkýže slíže, No Name, and the Czech stars Buty.
Starts: Jul 24 at 13:00. Tickets: Sk250. Soccer stadium Pod farou, Bojnice. Tel: 046/5420-957
FESTIVAL: Summerbeach Rudava - A sport-music festival combining music and a beach volleyball tournament, including a cherry pit spitting contest, and featuring the Slovak bands Para, Polemic, and the Pressburger Klezmer Band.
Runs: Jul 23-25, starting at 9:00. Tickets: Sk180 (for all three days when bought in advance). Rudava, recreation area in Malé Leváre. Tel: 0908/177-487.
FESTIVAL: Žákovic Open - The fourth annual celebration of one of the smallest music festivals in Slovakia hosts Czech guest Mňága a žďorp.
Starts: Jul 24 at 15:00. Tickets: Sk250. Near Žákovic pension, Trenčianske Bohuslavice. Tel: 0903/720-225.
FESTIVAL: Folklore Feast Under Babia Hora - The 12th annual folk festival by Beskydy natives.
Runs: Jul 25, starting at 13:00. Admission: free. Amphitheatre, Sihelné. Tel: 043/5594-214.
FESTIVAL: Roma Sunday: Let's Get to Know Each Other or Te prindžarel Pes - Roma folklore ensembles and craftsmen present their culture.
Starts: Jul 25 at 10:00. Admission: Sk60. Múzeum slovenskej dediny (Museum of Slovak Village), Jahodnícke háje, Martin. Tel: 043/4132-686.
FESTIVAL: Ruthenian Sunday - Ensembles present Ruthenian and Šariš culture.
Starts: Jul 25 at 14:00. Tickets: Sk40. Skanzen (outdoor museum), Bardejovské Kúpele. Tel: 054/4722-009.
Compiled by Jana Liptáková