Western SLOVAKIABratislava EXHIBITION: WORKS by one of the most noted 20th century Slovak painters, Koloman Sokol, who spent most of his life in exile in Mexico and the United States, are on show in Bratislava until October 25. Even though small in size and less well-known, the 25 paintings, found by chance in the artist’s closet by his son, are considered to be some of his best pieces of modern graphic art. Originally, the collection was not supposed to be seen by Sokol’s admirers: it was hidden in a carton box labeled simply cuadros (Spanish for paintings). Now, six years after his death, they are available at the Pálffy Palace at Panská 19 daily except Mondays. Admission is €3.32. For further details, call 02/5443- 1556 or go to www.gmb.sk.
MUSIC: A BIG dose of oldies has been prepared for the pop music audience in Bratislava. After their successful tour of Slovakia, ABBA Stars, a well-known cover band from Prague, arrives in the capital on October 24 with a three-hour show featuring the greatest hits of the popular Swedish foursome who stopped performing in 1982. This time, however, the Czech singers will not be alone: they have invited the “original” Boney M, another chart-hitting group from Germany, to share the stage with them. Baby Do You Wanna Bum?, Daddy Cool or Sunny are a few of the singles they will offer their fans. The concert starts at 19:00 at the Sibamac Arena at Príkopova 6 and tickets cost between €14.90 and €35. For more information, call 02/4342-6758 or visit www.megakoncert.sk.
FESTIVAL: New Minorities Week – Film screenings, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and much more are included in the programme of the 4th edition of this multicultural festival organised by the Milan Šimečka Foundation.
Runs: October 19-25. Admission: €2 - €5. A4 Zero Space, SNP Square 12. Tel: 0915/794-942, www.a4.sk.
DANCE: In the Rhythm of Flamenco – Choreographer Viera Masaryková and her Andalucia dance ensemble change the chilling autumn evening into a hot summer-night fiesta.
Starts: October 23, 19:00. Admission: €8. Bratislava Puppet Theatre, Dunajská 36. Tel: 0908/ 625-281, www.babkovedivadlo.sk.
HORSE RACE: Autumn Grand Prix & October Grand Prix – Horse race enthusiasts have the last chance this year to spend an afternoon cheering their noble four-legged favourites, as two prestigious competitions close the current season.
Starts: October 25, 12:00. Admission: €1.40. Petržalka Racecourse, Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/624 11 504, www.zavodisko.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: The Backwards – The Beatles are back – or at least their best-known hits are – thanks to one of the most popular cover bands in the country.
Starts: October 25, 19:00. Admission: €12 - €14. Nová Scéna Theatre, Živnostenská 1. Tel: 02/2048-8500, www.nova-scena.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Zodiac Tour – Katarína Knechtová, former lead singer of Peha, a popular Slovak band, sets out on tour around Slovakia to promote her first solo album.
Starts: October 22, 20:00. Admission: €7. Stará pekáreň (Old Bakery Shop), Rázusova 2. Tel: 0905/702-971,
EXHIBITION: Three From One Region – A presentation of paintings by Ondrej Šteberl, Jozef Lackovič and Dana Poláková, local naive artists from three different generations.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until January 10, 2010. Admission: €1.70. Naive Art Gallery, Cajlanská 255. Tel: 033/6404-035, www.sng.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Gypsy Fire – Sisa Sklovská, Slovak pop diva famous especially for her powerful multi-octave voice, performs some of the best-known gypsy songs, accompanied with Ruska Roma and Alexander Dašek’s Gypsy Music ensembles.
Starts: October 19, 20:00. Admission: €12. Europa Culture Centre, Námestie slobody 3. Tel : 048/4112-297, www.gypsymusic.sk.
SHOW: MyART: Who’s Frank? – This “decadently empty, avant-garde, egocentric cabaret”, as its author, young Slovak artist Milan Loviška, characterised his new dance show, questions the values of the modern consumer society.
Starts: October 24, 20:00. Admission: €3.50. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel.: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Czech-Slovak Chamber Duo – Pianist Zuzana Berešová and violinist Pavel Burdych give a chamber concert featuring various classical music compositions within the Czech Culture Days festival.
Starts: October 21, 18:00. Admission: voluntary contribution. Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Tel: 055/6231-801, www.czechcentres.cz.
FESTIVAL: Jazz Prešov – An international line-up of jazz musicians including Paul Zauner’s Blue Brass and Christian McBride Trio gig in Slovakia’s third largest city.
Runs: October 21-22. Admission: €5 (one-day ticket). PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. Tel: 0903/603-309, www.jazzpresov.sk.