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Apartment House Weissenhof Estate, L. Mies van der Rohe,1927, Stuttgart, Germany(Source: Courtesy of Foto+Synthesis)


DESIGN FACTORY, at Bottova 2 in Bratislava, is showing an exhibition by US photographer Gordon Watkinson. Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy shows the enduring heritage of the style that formed the beginnings of modern architecture. Until March 27 visitors can admire his photographs on Mondays through Fridays between 10:00 and 18:00 and on weekends between 13:00 and 18:00, for free. For more information, please call 02/5020-1717 or visit www.designfactory.sk. (Catalogue by Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel.)

Benefičný koncert pre Afriku / Benefit Concert for Africa – Raising money for the construction of drinking-water wells in Africa, this concert includes performers like Ja-nais, Križiaci, Metelica, Samo Tomeček and Free Inna Cage, and The Hope Gospel Singers, with Natália Žembová as host.
Starts: March 8, 19:00; UPC, Mlynská dolina. Admission: voluntary contribution. Tel: 02/5564-0409; www.savio.sk.

Lord of the Dance 2011 – The world-famous group founded by Michael Flatley has already been to Slovakia, but its universal language is still enchanting new audiences.
Starts: March 11 and 12, 19:00; SIBAMAC Arena, Prí-kopova 6. Admission: €25 and up. Tel: 02/4920-9890, 02/5293 -3323; www.ticketportal.sk.

Čas na komiks / Time for Comics – This exhibition shows Polish ‘rea-listic’ comic art and its strong influence on other media, and features work by Piotr Machlajewski, Krzysztof Gawron-kiewicz, Przemyslaw Truscinski and several others.
Open: Mon-Thurs 10:00 -17:00, Fri 9:00-15:00 until March 18; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-2014; www. polinst.sk.

Jazz & Blues – Slovak photographer Zdenko Hanout shows his photographs portraying music personalities like B. B. King, Al Green, Bobby McFerrin, James Morrison, Maceo Parker, and others.
Open: one hour before each performance, usually at 18:00, until March 25; foyer of the Divadlo Malá scéna STU, Dostojevského rad 7. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2042-0014; www.malascena.sk.

Výber z tvorby - výstava / Selection from Works - Exhibition – The creme de la creme of four artists: Marian Vida, Melita Gwerková, pottery maker Gabriela Vidová and photographer Tomas Morilon.
Open: daily 10:00-19:00 until March 20; City Café Gallery in City Gate Passage (Lau-rinská Street). Admission: free. More info: www.citylife. sk.

Galantská paleta 2011 / Galanta Palette - This exhibition of local club amateur artists' works has now entered its ninth year.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-16:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-17:00 until March 13; Renesančný kaštieľ. Admission: free. Tel: 031/7804 -731; www.galanta.sk.

THE CURRENT exhibition by Michal Jakabčic and Viera Žilinčanová, both key representatives of Slovak art, called Ostrovy imaginácie / Islands of Imagination and collected from eight galleries and three private owners can be seen at the M.A. Bazovský Gallery, Palackého 27 in Trenčín, Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:00 to 17:00, until April 3, for €1.30. For more information, please call 032/7436-858 or visit www.gmab.sk.


Banská Bystrica
Madama Butterfly – The premiere of one of the most famous operas, Giacomo Puccini’s three-act drama in Italian, here produced and conducted by Marián Vach and directed by Barbara Klimo. It tells the tragic story of a young Japanese woman falling in love with an American and finding the clash of cultures impossible to overcome.
Starts: March 11 and 12, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €8. Tel: 048/2457- 120; www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Bystrica
Veronika Šramatyová - Hard Work/ Clean Work – Solo exhibition by a Slovak neo-conceptual artist who uses a hyper-realistic approach presents the last decade of her work.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-16:00 until March 13; Stredoslo-venská galéria, Bethlenov dom, Dolná 8. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 048/4701-615; www.ssgbb.sk.


Pohár primátora Vysokých Tatier v obrovskom slalome / The Mayor of High Tatras’ Cup in Giant Slalom – The third and final round of this race between High Tatras elementary school pupils.
Starts: March 9, 9:00; Ta-transká Lomnica-Čučoriedky. Admission: free. More info: www.popradtatry.sk.

XI. Krosnianske bienále umenia (Krosniansky salón) / XIth Krosno Artistic Biennale – This general view of current Polish art, including paintings, statues, photographs and installations, has been exchanged with the BWA Gallery in Krosno (Poland).
Open: weekdays 9:00- 17:00, weekends 14:30-18:30 until March 27; Šarišská galéria, Hlavná 51. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 051/7725-423; www.museum.sk.

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