SHOW: GAMUSHARA! – Daredevil (or The Beat of Courage) is the title of the newest show by well-known Japanese drummers Yamato, who are now coming to Slovakia. Fans of Eastern percussion can enjoy their performance on February 12, at 20:00 in the Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3 in Bratislava; the drummers will later perform in Košice. Since 1993, Yamato has impressed with their energy and joy of drumming on old, traditional Wadaiko drums. Tickets cost €29 to €45 and are available through www.ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Black Stone Raiders – This band, combining three great personalities – Jean-Paul Bourelly (a guitarist who has played with Miles Davis), Daryl Jones (a bassist with Sting and Eric Clapton) and Will Calhoun (a drummer with Living Colour and B. B. King) – play rock, blues, jazz and funk in their own unique way.
Starts: Feb 8, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14 (Kolár-ska 3). Admission: €15-€25. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www. atelierbabylon.sk.
ORIENTAL DISCO: Oriental Belly-Dance Disco – Dancing to recorded Oriental music in a teahouse can make for some alternative Saturday evening entertainment.
Starts: Feb 11, 18:00-21:30; Biela ľalia teahouse, Nevädzo-vá 882/4. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/161-925; www. bielalalia.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Sitra Achra – Traditional blues enriched with elements of funk, soul, swing and reggae, played by Boboš Procházka, Pišta Lengyel and Ajdži Sabo – plus guitar player Martin Zajko.
Starts: Feb 9, 21:00; Restaurant Tarpan, Májová 23. Admission: €2-€3. Tel: 02/ 6224-1585, 0911/793-823; www. tarpan.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: Hogo Fogo Jazz Quartet (saxophone, tube, electric piano, bass guitar) focuses mainly on jazz standards with a wide range from slow ballads through latin jazz to the energetic fusion, which will make people dance.
Starts: Feb 11, 20:00; Lemontree restaurant, Hviezdoslavovo Square 7, Bratislava, Admision: free. Tel: 02/54411244; www.lemontree.sk/events.
ORIENTAL SHOW: Sen noci orientálnej - The Oriental Night's Dream - This annual event has become already a tradition in the world of Oriental dance. This time guests include, among others, Presburger Bellydancers, TS Karavána, Orient Tribal Dance and Daila (Czech Republic).
Starts: Feb 19, 19:00-23:00; Culture Centre Vajnorská 14. Admision: €9. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
OPERA: Otello - The well-known classical opera by Giuseppe Verdi will be sung by globally renowned Argentinian tenor José Cura in the title role; other performers include Adriana Kohútková as Desdemona and Dalibor Jenis as Yago. The opera will be conducted by Ondrej Lenárd.
Starts: Feb 11, 19:00; new building of the Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Admision: €40-€80. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.
EXHIBITION: Obložený klavír č. 17 / Garnished Piano No. 17 - Viera Čepcová (jewels), Peter Čepec (oil painting and enamel) – In their gallery on the outskirts of Bratislava, artists Peter and Viera Čepec exhibit their most recent works.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until Feb 20 (it is advisable to contact the gallery before visiting); Typo & Ars Gallery, Roľnícka 349, Vajnory. Admission: free. Tel: 0903/477-074; www.typoars.sk.
EXHIBITION: Inter-view2 – The second edition of a group exhibition curated by Barbora Geržová shows works by 22 male artists and two couples focused on the same issues – relations, family, children, corporality, identity – as Inter-view1, which presented work by female artists.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Feb 26; Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.70. Tel: 037/6579-641/3; www. nitrianskagaleria.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Pacora Trio and Jana Semerádová – Baroque flute player Jana Semerádová joins forces with Stanislav Palúch (violin), Marcel Comendant (cymbalo) and Róbert Ragan (bass), aka the Pacora Trio, to combine classical music with jazz and folk. They will perform Händel, Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Giuseppe Tartini, a work by S. Palúch and an arranged folk song.
Starts: Feb 6, 19:00; Town Hall, SNP Square 1. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 048/4156-052; www.pkobb.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Koncert venovaný 20. výročiu založenia Konzervatória J. L. Bellu – This concert, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the J. L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, offers The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, performed by Dalibor Karvay on violin and the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra conducted by Igor Vlach.
Starts: Feb 9, 19:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €8. Tel: 048/4124-656; www.stateopera.sk.
SHOW ON ICE:Popoluška na ľade / Cinderella on Ice – The popular fairy tale, transformed into a Czech-made show on ice, tours Slovakia, starting at Košice’s Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12, on February 10 (at 17:00) and 11 (at 13:00 and 17:00). The cast includes popular Czech actors, singers and dancers including Jiří Korn, Josef Vojtek, Leona Machálková, Martin Dejdar, Dana Morávková, Vlastimil Harapes and others. Tickets from €22 to €26 can be purchased through Tipsport, cultural centres and via www.ticketportal.sk. After Košice, the show visits other Slovak cities.
KICKBOXING: K1 Empress Liga – The first of the five Slovak rounds of this Kickboxing League, held according to K1 rules includes 9 full-contact matches, one female K1 match and 2 MMA matches.
Starts: Feb 11, 19:00; Sports Hall, Štítnická Street. Admission: €11-€13. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.k1team.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Večer dvoch svetov / From Two Worlds of Music – Jan Talich from the Czech Republic (on violin and conducting) accompanied by the local State Philharmonic plays works by Mozart and Schumann.
Starts: Feb 9, 19:00; State Philharmonic, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk.