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Popular Slovak singer Richard Müller and several leading American musicians with whom he recorded his latest album, 44, tour around Slovakia. This week will see Müller, drummer Omar Hakim, bassist Will Lee, guitarist Hiram Bullock, keyboardist Clifford Carter and guitarist and percussionist Mike Caffrey performing at three locations. In Košice the event starts at 20:00 on December 5 at the Cassosport sports hall at Alejová 11. The Prešov gig follows on December 6 at 20:00, at the sports hall at Hlavná 67. The musicians will complete this week's tour in Bratislava on December 7, starting at 20:00 at the Pasienky sports hall at Trnavská cesta 29. Tickets for the concerts range from Sk299 to Sk549. For more information call 0903/723-750. photo: Reisel Internet Design, www.reisel.sk

photo: Reisel Internet Design, www.reisel.sk


Pre-Christmas Concert - Devítka from Prague plays traditional folk music while Hrdza from Prešov incorporates world music elements into the genre.
Starts: Dec 8 at 19:00. Admission: Sk140. Klub
Za zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3.
Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Family Christmas Carol Service - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Slovakia holds a Christmas celebration in English.
Starts: Dec 11 at 18:30. Malý kostol (Little Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5443- 2940.

The Nobleman's Christmas and The Three Magi - Part of Bojnice castle's Christmas and New Year's Programme is a competition for Christmas decorations, of which the best will be on show from December 13.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-15:00 until January 8. Admission: Sk80. The Bojnice Museum.
Tel: 046/5430-633.

Vranky and Bánovské Mrchane - Folk dance and music ensembles perform within the Christmas programme.
Starts: Dec 11 at 17:00. Admission: free. Svätoplukovo námestie. Tel: 037/161-86.


IsoverTheatre - One of the most progressive ensembles in the world of dance theatre, En-Knap, gives two performances - Weavers and Rebeka - based on Gabriel García Márquéz's One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Starts: Dec 9 and 10 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100-150 (Weavers), Sk80-100 (Rebeka). Žilina-Záriečie Station culture centre. Tel: 0907/425-221.

LiptovskÝ mikuláš
Janko Alexy - The display presents paintings by the painter, writer and publicist who had a significant influence on the development of modern Slovak painting, cultural and social life.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until January 8. Admission: Sk10. Galéria PM Bohúňa (PM Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3. Tel: 044/5522-758.


Tatras After Windstorm - Czech photographer Radek Michut presents colour photos taken less than one month after the windstorm that hit the High Tatras last year.
Open: Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00 until December 15. Admission: free. Galéria (Gallery) U sediaceho anjela, Starý trh 53. Tel: 052/4522-153.

The second international festival of Christmas customs and crafts, the Visegrad Christmas, enlivens the Orava region between December 10 and 13. Fourteen folk dance and music ensembles from the four Visegrad countries (Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic) will open the event on December 10 at 17:00 in Dolný Kubín's culture centre. They will compete in singing carols and stage plays related to the Nativity. Those most successful will perform in Zázrivá the next day, starting at 15:00. Between December 12 and 13 folk handicraftsmen will offer their wares for sale as well as teach techniques to those interested at Dolný Kubín's culture centre. The venue also hosts an exhibition of Christmas postcards painted by talented children, which will run from December 12 until January 9 and then move to Poland and France. For more information call 043/5864-978. /td>

Andrej Reiser, world-renowned photographer of Slovak origin and founder of the prominent Bilderberg photo agency in Hamburg in 1983, exhibits for the first time in Slovakia. Bratislava City Gallery hosts two of his cycles: Last Days of Leningrad and Portraits. The first gives a picture of the final days before Leningrad's name was changed back to Petersburg. Portraits is a unique photo album of significant personalities. The exhibition is open daily except Mondays until January 8. The gallery is located in the Pálffy Palace at Panská 19. Admission Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-3627.

photo: Bratislava City Gallery

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