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THE ANNUAL Evenings of New Music started October 13 in Bratislava but visitors still have four evenings to listen to inventive projects oscillating between classical and improvisational music. The highlights of the 16th year are Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Curran, Americans living in Europe, English trombone composer Hilary Jeffery and Austrian laptop musician Christian Fennesz. The two Americans will perform on October 17 and 18, respectively. Jeffery was scheduled to play with Slovak ensemble Vapori del Cuore on October 15. The Slovaks will also join Fennesz in the don@u.com project on the festival's last day, October 20. The day before is reserved for Fennesz's solo venture. Evenings of New Music take place at Studio 12, Jakubovo námestie 12, Bratislava. Tickets costing Sk60 and Sk120 are on sale one hour before the concerts, which start at 19:00. (www.vecery.info)

NERAK Roth Patterson is another great name on the world's blues scene coming to Petržalka's Za Zrkadlom Club. This dynamic guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter has been on stage with some of the world's most influential bluesmen, including Pinetop Perkins, BB King, Big Jack Johnson, Jethro Tull, and Guy Davis. His passion comes from his deep interest in blues history and he draws on experiences from his own life. The concert, at which Patterson introduces pieces from his latest CD, Bluesdaddy, takes place on October 20 at 20:10 in Klub Za Zrkadlom (Za Zrkadlom Club) at Rovniankova 3, Bratislava. Tickets cost Sk140. For more information call 02/6381-1328.
Guest from Sevilla - The current world number one flamenco dancer Araceli de Alcala performs her show in Slovakia.
Starts: Oct 18 at 19:00. Admission: Sk280, Sk350. Teatro Wüstenrot, Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Tel: 02/5022-8740.

The Gathering of Drummers - The fourth year of the event pairs nine drummers of distinctly different genres, including Czech Pavej Fajt, American Hearn Gadbois, Congo Elvis Kititi and Czech David Koller.
Starts: Oct 19 at 20:00. Admission: Sk199. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

Opening of the New Concert Season - The Symphonic Orchestra of Slovak Radio and Austrian clarinet player Peter Schmidl play works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven under the baton of Danish conductor Niels Muus.
Starts: Oct 20 at 19:00. Admission: Sk50-90. Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Tel: 02/5727-3881.

Watt 2005 - The display presents the best photos of the 4th and 5th round of the biggest national photo competition of amateur photographers.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00 until October 25. Admission: free. Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5441-5724.
EXHIBITION: Bartlett School of Architecture - Students of one of the most prominent universities of architecture in the world present the latest trends in contemporary British architecture.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-16:00 until October 25. Admission: free. Galéria
Médium (Medium Gallery), Hviezdoslavovo square 18. Tel: 02/5443-5334.

From Jerusalem to All Nations - The display is a shortened version of a large archaeological exposition from Rimini in Italy presenting Palestine at the time of Jesus Christ and the spreading of Christianity during the first three centuries AD.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 until November 6. Admission: Sk50. Old City Hall, Primaciálne námestie. Tel: 02/5920-5135.

Cithara Aediculae - Spanish guitar player Anabel Montesinos gives a concert within a festival of classical guitar music.
Starts: Oct 19 at 19:00. Admission: Sk60. Synagogue, Ulica pri Synagóge. Tel: 037/1618-6.

Bits of Humanity - Spanish photographer Jerónimo Molero exhibits black-and-white as well as colour photos of children and women full of emotion, beauty and tenderness.
Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-17:00 until November 13. Admission: free. Štefan Prokop Gallery, Potočná 5. Tel: 033/6411-166.
FESTIVAL: Jazz Fest - The one-day event features Japanese pianist Hiromi, Hungarian Bolla Quartet and Slovak guitarist Andrej Šeban.
Starts: Oct 22 at 19:30. Admission: Sk200. Mier Cinema, Námestie Gy. Széchényiho 9. Tel: 035/6410-775.


ORGANIZERS of the 20th International Festival of Diving Films have prepared a feast of films and photography for lovers of the underwater world. The festival, taking place between October 20 and 23, is accompanied by discussions with diving legends such as Austrian Gerhard Zauner, and the most famous Slovak documentary filmmaker, Pavol Barabáš. The cleaning of the Tatras' mountain lakes is part of the event's outdoor activities. The festival takes place in the Átrium Hotel and the Kriváň cinema in Nový Smokovec, Vysoké Tatry (High Tatras). Tickets cost Sk200. For more information see www.mfpf.sk (also in English).
photo: Settimio Cipriani

Dolný Kubín
Bearers of Traditions - Eleven folk dance and music ensembles perform within a regional competitive show.
Starts: Oct 23 at 13:00. Admission: donation. Mestské kultúrne stredisko (Town Culture Centre), Námestie slobody 1. Tel: 043/5864-928.

Slobodná Európa 1989-2005 Tour - The Punk'n'roll legend performs goodbye concerts prior to halting performances for an unspecified period of time.
Starts: Oct 22 at 21:00. Admission: Sk80. Kozel Pub, Rudnaya 21. Tel: 041/5621-478.


Imprints of Intuition - Czech photographer Víťězslav Krejči exhibits photography etchings.
Open: Mon-Fri 10-18:00, Sat 10:00-14:00 until November 13. Admission: Sk10. Dom Fotografie (House of Photography), Námestie sv Egídia 3633/44.
Tel: 052/7723-818.

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