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(Source: Alena Klenková)


THE COMIC operetta The Bat / Netopier by “master of waltz” Johann Strauss is a masterpiece of the genre and a common element in companies’ repertoires. It is demanding for performers – from a dramatic as well as musical point of view – and rewarding for audiences. The Slovak National Theatre (SND) premiered The Bat last New Year’s Eve after a ten-year break, and will stage it again on February 21 at 19:00 in the SND new building, Pribinova 17 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €10 to €35 and can be purchased through www.snd.sk.

Thursday Art Talk – The latest in a series of lectures and commented tours in English that take place once a month in the Slovak National Gallery focuses on the recently opened exhibition / installation by Denisa Lehocká.
Starts: Feb 23, 19:00; SNG, Water Barracks, Riečna 1. Admission: €4.70. Tel: 02/2047 -6270; www.sng.sk, lektori @sng.sk.

Vlado Vizár Jazz Quartet – Vlado Vizár (trombone), Ján Babič (drums), Andrej Šebo (contrabass) and Peter Jankech (piano) play a concert in a downtown pub.
Starts: Feb 20, 20:00; Pub u zeleného stromu, Obchodná 43. Admission: free. Tel: 0908/606-359; www.jazzar.sk, www.uzelenehostromu.sk.

Nordfest 2012 – The 5th international festival of Nordic films continues, mainly at the former Nivy cinema at Súťažná 18, but also at other venues. Movies, from Finnish to Icelandic, are offered daily till March 3.
Starts: Feb 20 to March 3 at 19:30, Kino Nivy, KC Dunaj, and elsewhere. Admission: €2 (KC Dunaj), €2.40-2.80 (Kino Nivy). More info: nostalgia @nostalgia.sk,www.nostalgia.sk.

Bene-fičný koncert pre Afriku / Benefit Concert for Africa, organised by Savio, opens the Tehlička programme and brings The Elements, Close Harmony Friends, Silvia Chlebovská and Simona Martausová, plus host Slavomír Jurko.
Starts: Feb 21, 19:00; University Pastoral Centre, Staré grunty 36, Mlynská dolina. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 02/5564-0409; www.savio.sk.

Chamber concert - US pianist Henry Kramer, Norwegian violonist Catharina Chen and Norwegian pianist Svienung Bjelland will play works of Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Alexander Scriabin and Ole Bull within a chamber concert of the Slovak Philharmonic.
Starts: Tue 21, 19:00; Small Hall of the Reduta, Palackého 2. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/20475-233; 02/5293-3323; www.filharm.sk.

Winners of the Professor Jindřich Halabala Award – A selection of the best students’ works from the 7th year of the international Cena profesora Jindřicha Halabalu / Professor Jindřich Halabala Award includes furniture and interior decorations by 25 young designers from Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Open: Tue-Sat 13:00-18:00 until March 4; Satelit centre, Dobrovičova 3. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-248; www.sdc.sk.

Collaboration_4 – This exhibition shows the results of a project initiated by German artists around Thomas Thiede. It brings together artists who in various conditions create site-specific works stressing the individual character of particular places. This edition of the project – focusing on cooperation among artists – was made in the BANSKÁ ST A NICA contemporary culture centre in Banská Štiavnica in autumn 2011.
Open: Tue-Fri 13:00-17:30 until Feb 29; SPACE gallery, Velehradská 7/A. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/463-278; www.crazycurators.org, www.collaboration-project.de.

Indy & LA4 (Indy & Wich) – Czech hip-hop legend Indy along with Wich and LA4 have all come to show their skills as icons of the independent music scene.
Starts: Feb 24, 20:00; Lodenica muzik pub, Rekreač-ná 3. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/ 5293-3321;www.ticketportal.sk.


Banská Bystrica
2v1 Kapela Comp&neros + Tak dávno som Ti nenapísala / It Is So Long Since I Have Written to You – One of the most successful dance pieces by this dance studio, which is choreographed by Zuzana Hájková and inspired a film of the same name, reflects four seasons in the life of a woman, combining serious and funny moments.
Starts: Feb 24, 19:00; Štúdio tanca, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €4-€5. Tel: 048/4146-540; www.studiotanca.sk.

Banská Bystrica
Inékafe Právo na šťastie tour 2012 – The Right to Happiness Tour by this famous Slovak pop-punk band presents their first album after eight years away. Inékafe will be supported by Horská chata and The Paranoid.
Starts: Feb 23, 19:30; Ministry of Fun, Na Troskách 25. Admission: €10-€12. Tel: 02/5293-3321;www.ticketportal.sk.


THE ZÁTIŠIA Dušana Mravca exhibition presents a young Slovak artist, Dušan Mravec, whose art is characterised by a paradox of motif and format: he pictures banal, everyday items in an unusual way, making them special, unique and attractive. The exhibition can be seen at the Galéria U anjela / At the Angel Gallery in Kežmarok until March 17; Tuesdays to Fridays from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00.

Tatranská Lomnica
Snežné psy / Snow Dogs – The 3rd year of this less traditional winter festival for families offers dog sleighs, ice sculpture, demonstrations of winter rescue work, skiing, music and fun.
Starts: Feb 25-26 10:00- 14:00; Tatranská Lomnica ski resort. Admission: free. Tel. 0903/112-200; www.vt.sk.

The first evening of Stand-up Comedy in English offers Christian Schulte-Loh (from Germany), who shot to fame at the Edinburgh Festival, and Joe Eagan from Canada. The event is planned to become regular, bringing various comedians.
Starts: Tue Feb 21, 20:00; GES Club, L. Novomeského Square 13. Admission: €9 (in advance) - €10 (on the door). Tel: 0903/127-235; info@expanzia.sk; www.BabyBlueBanana.com.

Kuriozity / Hľadaj - hádaj - vyhraj – The exhibition Curiosities / Look - Guess - Win in the Slovak Museum of Technology brings together various curiosities, mainly from private collections, including a finger torch for writing in the dark, a station spittoon, knives for bleeding, a mobile haematology laboratory and one million crowns in shredded banknotes.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-17:00 until March 30; Slovenské tech-nické múzeum, Hlavná 88. Admission: €1.50-€3. Tel: 055/6224-035; www.stm-ke.sk.

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