CONCERT:SLOVAK band Longital plays a concert in Bratislava’s Klub za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3, on February 2, along with Ukrainian band Zapaska. Longital (Shina & Daniel Salontay) and Zapaska (Yana Shpachynska & Pavlo Nechytalyo, pictured above) are touring together under the title Draky sa vracajú / Dragons are Back, playing a unique mix of unplugged and electronic music, folk songs and blues, hip-hop and lo-fi minimalism. Tickets cost €6 (in advance), or €8 (on the door). For more details, visit www.kzp.sk, or www.longital.com.
TENNIS: Fed Cup Slovensko – The 1st round of the II. World group brings the French national tennis team to Slovakia to play the home team. This match will pit two former winning nations against each other.
Starts: Feb 4-5, 13:00 (4), 12:00 (5); Aegon Arena, Národ-né tenisové centrum, Príko-pova 6. Admission: €10. Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Duo JuJu – Judith Reither (viola) and Julia Schreitl (saxophone), two young Austrian musicians, join forces to present their winning compositions which unify various traditions in an attractive musical experiment.
Starts: Feb 3, 18:00; Mozart Hall of the Austrian Embassy, Ventúrska 10. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5464 -1337; www.rakusko.eu/sk/kultura.aspx.
LIVE MUSIC: Duran Duran – This British band, one of the world’s biggest pop acts in the 1980s, are still making music and will present their latest album All You Need Is Now (2010) at a concert in the Slovak capital.
Starts: Feb 1, 20:00; Inche-ba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3. Admission: €50-€69. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Buena Vista – The hot Cuban jazz ensemble comes again to warm the Slovak winter. The grouping, which rose to global fame thanks to the Wim Wenders movie Buena Vista Social Club, shows that age does not matter when it comes to playing music, and that its players can still captivate audiences.
Starts: Feb 3, 19:00; Hant Arena – Pasienky sports hall, Trnavská 29. Admission: €12-€22. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk, www. music-art.sk.
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LIVE MUSIC/FORUM: Večer s Kenom Hensleym / An Evening with Ken Hensley – An evening with a former member of legendary band Uriah Heep offers an acoustic concert as well as a forum and an opportunity for autograph hunters.
Starts: Feb 3, 20:00; Blue Note jazz & music restaurant, J. Hašku 18. Tel: 032/7440-008; www. bluenote.sk.
SNOWBOARDING: BIG Air v obci / Big Air in the Municipality – The second year of this snowboarding competition also includes graffiti, music, fun for spectators, and much more. Held in the main square of Valaská, a municipality near the town of Brezno, the event offers a snowboarding competition and free-ski show on February 4, from 10:00, with the finals taking place at 17:00. The event is free for spectators and €10 for competitors. For more information, visit www.bigairvobci.cekuj.net or call 0915/253-457.
FLAMENCO MUSIC: Martin Bies & Flamenco Clan – This concert (within the Reina de Saba Tour) presents, apart from Martin Bies (a Slovak guitar player with Spanish roots), Jaro Havran (flute), Ramón El Demo (vocal), Marco de Judia (guitar) Llavesitas (bass, Arabian lute-oud), and Dino de Valeria (cajon, percussion).
Starts: Feb 3, 19:00; Town-Hall, SNP Square. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 048/4156-051; www. pkobb.sk.
EXHIBITION: Na husličkách maľované / Painted on Violins – This touring exhibition of more than 180 violins that have been given a new lease of life after being painted by artists makes a stop at Budatín Castle.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-16:00 until Feb 12; Považské mú-zeum, Budatín Castle, Topoľo- vá 1. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 041/5001-511; www. pmza.sk.
ICE SKATING: An ice rink at Aupark offers exercise and fun, with free rental and sharpening of skates. On Mondays there will be an ice hockey school, a figure skating school on Wednesdays, and a disco on ice on Fridays.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00- 21:00, Sat-Sun 9:00-21:00 until March 4; Aupark Shopping Center, Námestie oslobodi-teľov. Admission: free. More info: www.auparkkosice.sk.
EXHIBITION: Teodor Jozef Mousson – A selection of 140 works by the “Painter of Zemplín” is a comprehensive exhibition. Last year marked 100 years since this prolific painter, born in southern Hungary, came to Michalovce (where he lived between 1911 and 1944). Through his works he mostly mapped the Zemplín region.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-15:30 until March 30; Zemplínske múzeum, Kostolné Square 1. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 056/ 6441-093; www.zemplinskemuzeum.sk.