CLASSICAL MUSIC: St Matthew Passion - More than one hundred singers and musicians from seven countries perform the masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach within the Bach festival.
Starts: Mar 16 at 18:00. Admission: Sk250, Sk200. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Lutheran Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5443-4059.

INTERNATIONAL and Slovak musicians will perform high quality contemporary blues music in a marathon session at the 13th annual festival of rhythm and blues music Livin' Blues 2005, which starts at the Lúky House of Culture on March 19 at 16:30. The festival will present music from two different, but parallel, blues scenes. The Bluesmen from Stoka scene will feature musicians who regularly play at the Stoka Theatre on blues Mondays. These include Juraj Turtev, Juraj "Mojo" Haruštiak, Peter "Bonzo" Radványi and The Resonators. Dillon John Werry and The Thieves, from Great Britain, will join them. The second scene features the Blues House band from Trnava, with singer Jana Ružičková, and the Blues 8 band from Prievidza. Jazz and soul singer Zuzana Suchánková will introduce her band, Four. Silvia Josifoska and her band with well-known harmonica player Erich "Boboš" Procházka will be the highlight of the evening. Czech band the Tucet Blues Band from Prague and Polish line-up Easy Rider will represent the foreign blues scene. Tickets cost Sk260, Sk290. The House of Culture is located at Víglašská 1. For more information call 02/6382-3930.
photo: Courtesy of Juraj Turtev

LIVE MUSIC: Ghymes - The Slovak folk-rock-jazz band of ethnic Hungarian musicians presents its latest album, Eghymese (Heaven Short Story).
Starts: Mar 16 at 20:00. Admission: Sk249 and Sk349. Babylon music club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

LIVE MUSIC: Omara Portuondo - The Cuban female star of the Buena Vista Social Club performs as part of her Eastern European tour, introducing her latest album Flor de Amor.
Starts: Mar 19 at 20:00. Admission: Sk790. Park Kultúry a Oddychu (Culture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábr. L. Svobodu 3. Tel: 0904/666-363.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Johann Trummer - Austrian organ player performs Johann Sebastian Bach.
Starts: Mar 20 at 17:00. Admission: voluntary. Bratislava castle, Zámocká 2. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

EXHIBITION: Milky Way - The display presents works by the most significant figures in the new generation of Czech graphic designers.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00 until April 8. Admission: free. České Centrum (Czech Centre), Hviezdoslavovo námestie 8. 02/5920-3305.


LIVE MUSIC: Metal Concert - Czech bands Dark Gambale and Ego Trip rock on.
Starts: Mar 18 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. Orlovňa club, Kráľovská 18, Skalica. Tel: 034/6469-80.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Animo Quartet - Four young musicians play Zmeškal, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Gershwin, Ellington and Suchoň.
Starts: Mar 18 at 19:00. Admission: Sk50. Synagogue, Ulica pri Synagóge, Nitra. Tel: 037/1618-6.

EXHIBITION: Two-wheel Old-timers - The display is a trip into the history of motorbikes. The oldest bike on display is a 1927 Ariel 557.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until April 15. Admission: Sk20. Town Museum, MR Štefánika 1, Pezinok. Tel: 033/6412-306.


FOLK MUSIC: Lúčnica - The renowned folk music and dance ensemble Lúčnica performs.
Starts: Mar 19 at 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk200. Culture House, Hollého 4, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5564-000.

FESTIVAL: Easter Market of Folk Handicrafts - Children's folk ensemble Turiec presents spring and Easter customs starting Friday March 18 at 13:15.
Runs: Mar 18-19 starting at 13:00. Admission: free. Culture Centre, Hviezdoslavova 5, Martin. Tel: 043/4282 224.

EXHIBITION: Easter Decorations - The display presents winners of an Easter-egg decorating competition using traditional and modern techniques.
Runs: Mar 14-19. Admission: free. Town Culture Centre, Námestie slobody 1, Dolný Kubín. Tel: 043/586-2269.


The Magic of Hot Coal exhibition presents the history of ironing and irons - from simple manual mangles and irons when hot coal, gas or spirits were used for heating them to the electric iron. The exhibition presents this mundane household item as something often manufactured with great artistic skill. The first references to irons date back to the 17th century, but they became a common piece of household equipment only 200 years later.
Electric irons came in at the end of the 19th century. The pieces on show include iron, copper cast and forged irons, as well as other ironing implements. The exhibition is housed at the Slovak Technical Museum at Hlavná 88 in Košice. It is open Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00 and Sun 12:00-17:00 until March 31. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information call 055/6224-035.

photo: Zuzana Šullová

<CLASSICAL MUSIC: Pre-Easter Concert - Ivan Sokol plays organ in honour of JS Bach.
Starts: Mar 20 at 19:00. Admission: Sk60. Evangelical Church (Evanjelický kostol), Mlynská, Košice. Tel: 055/1618-6.

b>EXHIBITION: Habari Africa - The display presents photos from the Good News fund-raising event.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-17:00, until March 22. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská Galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51, Prešov. Tel: 051/7725-42.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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