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A TRADITIONAL spring exhibition of naive art is currently taking place at the Typo & Ars Gallery, Roľnícka 349 in the Vajnory district of Bratislava. It is dedicated to Slovak artists from the mainly Slovak village of Kovačica in the Vojvodina region of Serbia, and ranges from older masters like Zuzana Chalupová and Ján Kňazovic, to contemporary oil paintings. The exhibition Insita z Kovačice is open daily until May 22, but please contact the owner/manager at 0903/477-074 or check www.typoars.sk to confirm opening hours.

Koncert Trio Tango – This concert by Ursula Fiedler (vocals and violin), Thomas Kirsten (cello) and Christian Heitler (piano and arrangements) comes with works reflecting early Modernism in music. “Tango Nuevo” by Astor Piazolla will be performed with works by Silesian late-Romantic composer Conrad Ansorge.
Starts: May 5, 18:00; Mozart Hall of the Austrian Embassy, Ventúrska 10. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5930-1533; www.rakusko.eu.

GASP 3 – The dance-rhythmical show prepared by the Slovak Dance Theatre / Slovenské divadlo tanca bears the typical traces of choreographer Ján Ďurovčík, this time including a combination of classical and less traditional forms, a touch of humour and folklore.
Starts: May 5, 19:00; Hei-neken Tower Stage. Admission: €16-€19. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Jubilujúci velikáni hudby / Great Musicians Celebrating Anniversaries – The Opera of the Slovak National Theatre has prepared a special concert commemorating the anniversaries of some renowned central European composers: Ján Cikker, Gustav Mahler and Antonín Dvořák. The cast includes, among others, A. Kohútková, P. Mikuláš and Ilya Silchukov (Belarus).
Starts: May 6, 19:00; SND new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €3-€10. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Lentilky – This exhibition offers a thorough view of the small-format works of Dávid Baffi. Small formats, known as Lentilky (a Slovak brand of chocolate sweets similar to Smarties or M&Ms), are combination of studies, essays and archives documenting the research process.
Open: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8:00-19:00, Wed 12:00-19:00 until May 13; Artotéka, City Library, Kapucínska 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-3244 – 6; www.mestskakniznica.sk.

Akadémia kávy - zdravá káva / Academy of Coffee - Healthy Coffee – For anyone wanting to learn more about choosing, preparing and serving coffee, the Academy of Coffee offers lessons, workshops and tasting sessions.
Starts: May 7, 13:00-17:00; Coffee Shop, Mostná 7. Admission: €45 (including snack and tasting of coffee). Tel: 02/5293 -3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Hanuman Cup 9 - A series of professional Thai boxing matches under K1 rules culminate in a duel between Slovakia's Michal Halada and Ukrainian Cup winner Ivan Schevchenko.
Starts: May 6, 19:00; Town Sports Hall, Rybnikova 15. Admission: €10 (in advance) or €13 (on the door). Tel: 02/ 5293-3321, 0905/647-192; www. ticketportal.sk, www. hanumancup.sk.


Banská Bystrica
The United States Air Forces in Europe Band gives a series of concerts in Slovakia in the beginning of May. It will perform on May 7 at 19:00 in the Štiavničky Sports Hall in Banská Bystrica. Tickets can be purchased through the Information Centre in SNP Square 1 (tel. 048/4155-085).

Banská Bystrica
Eugen Suchoň - Krútňava / The Whirlpool – The most performed opera by a Slovak composer is based on Milo Urban’s short novel. The story of love and hatred ending in a drama of consciousness is set in a folk environment after World War I.
Starts: May 3, 19:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 048/2457- 123-4, 048/2457-120; www. stateopera.sk.

In front of the HM Tesco Turiec, circus performances will be offered for free during the whole weekend, including acrobats, a magician, juggler, clown, and more.
Starts: May 6 (14:00, 15:30 and 17:00), May 7 and May 8 (10:30, 14:00 and 16:00), shopping centre Turiec 1. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.


Vranov nad Topľou
IMT Smile Akustik Tour 2011 – Very popular Slovak bands have set off on an “unplugged” tour, introducing young and emerging musicians like Xindl X, Samo Tomeček, LeRa, Peter Červenka, and Noc a deň.
Starts: May 5, 19:00; EKG Night Club, U Boženy Něm-covej 1134. Admission: €12. Tel: 0907/256-274; 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

DAT Politics + The Uniques + Chunk-Foo Fighters – The French electroglitch band DAT Politics has joined forces with two Slovak groups, the post-punk The Uniques and DJs Chunk-Foo Fighters who are breathing fresh air into the electro-house and bass-line scene.
Starts: May 6, 22:00; Kasárne Kulturpark, Kuku-čínova 2. Admission: €8 (in advance) or €10 (on the door). Tel: 055/6854-299; www. kulturpark.sk.

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