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Marián Varga and Dorota Nvotová - Prominent Slovak keyboardist Varga joins young musician Nvotová.
Starts: Oct 26 at 20:00. Admission: Sk120. Stoka Theatre, Pribinova 1. Tel: 02/5292-4470.

Sushi Jazz Vol 2 - Sleepwalker, an acoustic dance-floor jazz quartet, and DJ Shuya Okino, from the legendary Kyoto Jazz Massive, perform.
Starts: Oct 28 at 20:00. Admission: Sk349. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

Concert of Polish Artists - Soprano Joanna Ruszała and pianist Wojciech Waleczek play Frederic Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Gaetano Donizetti, and Charles Gounod.
Starts: Oct 26 at 19:00. Admission: Sk40. Klarisky Church. Tel: 02/5443-1707.

Homenaje Paco de Lucia - Flaco de Nerja, Dino Valeria, Alberta Garcia and Jean-Baptiste Marino pay tribute to flamenco oeuvre by Paco de Lucia.
Starts: Oct 27 at 20:00. Admission: Sk220. Klub za zrkadlom (Za zrkadlom Club), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Counter Prize - The final horse race event of the current season.
Starts: Oct 30 at 12:00. Admission: Sk40. Admission: Sk40. Závodisko (Racecourse), Starohájska 29.
Tel: 02/6241-1504.

Rasťo Čambál - Slovak photographer exhibits his staged colour and black-and-white photos.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-18 until November 2. Admission: free. Small Photogallery, Vodohospodár-
ska výstavba, Karloveská 2.
Tel: 02/6542-6461.

Glass Sculptures - Helmut W Hundstorfer and Friedrich Prehal display their glassworks.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00 until November 4. Admission: free. Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa, Bajkalská 30. Tel: 02/5823-1111.

Illusions, Gobelin Tapestry and Wall Paintings - The display presents visual and textile arts of Hungarian artists.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-15:30 November 20. Admission: Sk40. Trenčín Castle, Barbora's Palace. Tel: 032/7435-657.


Slovak Death Fest - The death metal event features Vital Remains, Wasteform and Insidious Decrepancy from USA, Fleshgrinder from Brazil, Smashed Face from the Czech Republic and Sanatorium, Depresy and Moonfog from Slovakia.
Starts: Oct 29 at 16:00. Admission: Sk350. Guru Club, Kuzmányho 6. Tel: 041/5626-465. www.deathfest.sk (also in English).

LiptovskÝ mikuláš
Miroslav Ksandr - Dubbed the sculptor of Liptov region, this prominent Slovak contemporary artist displays works inspired by peasants, folk hero Jánošík, and women.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until November 6. Admission: Sk30. Koloman Sokol Centre, Námestie osloboditeľov 28, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5620-035.


Week of Czech Cuisine - Košice pubs - Plzeňská hospoda, Diera, Korzo, Fontána, Gazdovská pivnica, Irish pub and several more - bring Czech specialties to their daily menues.
Runs: Oct 20 to 27. Tel (Košice Information Centre): 055/16-186.

Erika & Small Personal Gadgets - The display presents a joint project of Slovak jeweller Alžbeta K Majerníková and German jeweller Stefany Klemp.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until November 5. Admission: Sk20. Tatranská galéria (Tatra Gallery), Alžbetina 30. Tel: 052/7721-968.

THE INTERNATIONAL Festival of Art Therapy/Art on the Margin will feature 12 troupes performing 14 shows between October 24 and 29 in Banská Bystrica and Bratislava. Now in its second year, the festival offers a competitive show of "community theatres" whose ensembles consist of mentally ill, physically disabled and other problems' fascing performers. This is an experiment in art therapy, or psychotherapy, which uses art to treat disabilities. This year's guests come from the USA, The Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, the Republic of South Africa, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Pregónes Theatre, an off-Broadway Bronx-based ensemble, will highlight its Puerto Rican and Latin American roots with El Apagón (The Blackout),...
photo: Courtesy of Art Therapy

...a play set on a New York City subway train during a blackout. A discussion on HIV and AIDS will be an integral part of the South African Soweto Theatre's plays. Hungarian ensemble Vakrepűlés színjatszó egyesűlet (The Blindfly Theatre Company) will present The Touch of Night, a play written especially for blind actors, to be performed in total darkness. The central Slovak city of Banská Bystrica will host 11 plays at its Theatre from the Passage, located at Horná Strieborná 25. Bratislava's Astorka Korzo '90 Theatre is the venue for the US performance and Štúdio 12 will host two. Tickets cost Sk100. Call 048/4124-782 or visit www.divadlozpasaze.sk (also in English).
photo: Courtesy of Art Therapy

The 100-member Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra is returning to Slovakia to play a unique mixture of traditional gypsy violin, Hungarian folk tunes and classical music. Performances will be held in Bratislava on October 28 at the Sport Hall Pasienky on Bajkalská Street and the next day at the Cassosport Hall, at Alejová 11, in Košice. Both concerts start at 19:00, and feature the best cimbalom player in the world, Oszkár Őkrős. The Bratislava concert (Sk590 - Sk890) includes Slovak musical singer Katarína Hasprová and world-renowned opera singer Martin Babjak. Košice tickets cost Sk249 and Sk299. For more information call 0903/445-710.
photo: Courtesy of BGSO

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