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TWO ARTISTS are exhibiting their works in the Danubiana gallery, in Čunovo near Bratislava. Austrian Karl Prantl’s exhibition Rodina a priatelia / Family and Friends shows his love for nature and his conviction that artworks should placed where they came to exist – in nature. It includes the first showing of his new piece “Stations of the Cross”. German artist of Kurdish origin Bahram Hajou focuses in his drawings (exhibited under the title Dialóg / Dialogue) on the intimate relationship between men and women in an expressive, post-modernist way. The exhibitions are on show Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until March 17; tickets cost €3-€6. For more information visit www.danubiana.sk.

November – This play by US playwright David Mamet is a political satire, casting popular Slovak actor Tomáš Maštalír in what can almost be called a “one-man show”. The performance will include English subtitles.
Starts: Jan 28, 19:00; Divadlo Aréna / Aréna Theatre, Viedenská cesta 10. Admission: €9. Tel: 02/6720-2553; www.divadloarena.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.

The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pawel Przytocki, a Polish conductor and head of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow, will perform works by Witold Lutoslawski, Camille Saint-Saens and César Franck.
Starts: Jan 30, 19:00; Slovak Radio Concert Studio, Mýtna 1. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 02 /5727-3624;
www. slovakradio.sk.

Zimný festival jedla / Winter Festival of Food – The first year of this wintertime gastronomic event lasts for a month and offers trips for gourmets by “Gurmán bus” including three restaurants during one weekend, with several routes, e.g. Nitra Region, Small Carpathian, or Bratislava Exotic.
Starts: Feb 2-Feb 15. Admission: €70-€85. Tel: 02/4445 -3003;
www.zimnyfestivaljedla.sk (in Slovak only).

Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley – The US bluegrass diva Dale Ann Bradley (vocals, guitar) joins forces with US singer/guitarist Steve Gulley, famous for his tenor, for the January Mountain Tour, including a gig in Bratislava.
Starts: Jan 29, 19:00; Klub Za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €9-€10. Tel: 02/6381-1328; www.kzp.sk.

Bvdub + Bruno Sanfilippo - US musician Brock Van Wey, aka Bvdub, and Argentina composer and pianist Bruno Sanfilippo have in common a minimalist perception of modern classical music, and are inspired by icons of this genre like Arvo Pärt or Philip Glass. Bvdub combines classical music with electronic one; while Sanfilippo's works are dominated by piano with pre-recorded ambiente sounds.
Starts: Feb 2, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14 (entrance from Kolárska). Admission: €12. Tel: 02/2090-1900; http:// atelierbablyon.sk.

Kufor kresieb / Suitcase of Drawings – A collection of 300 previously unknown drawings by famous artist of Slovak/Hungarian origin Ladislav Mednyánszky, most of which were found in a large suitcase. The exhibition shows a selection of them, lent from the P. M. Bohúň Gallery in Liptovský Mikuláš.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Feb 10; Pálffy Palace of the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), Panská 19. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443-3627; www.gmb.sk.

FILM. Directed by Artists / Film in Contemporary Art – This exhibition is based on a project mapping the works of Slovak and international (i.e. Czech and Ukrainian) artists reflecting the specific phenomenon of film. The works presented perceive the filmed image as found footage, reacting to various movie-making procedures, or reflect it as a social event.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00; Nitrian-ska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.50-1.50. Tel: 037 /6579-641;
www. nitrianskagaleria.sk.


Banská Bystrica
BABYLUZARU (Badín-Bystrica-Lučenec-WestAfrican-Rhythmic-AgitpropGroup) promotes West African rhythms and music, supported by dance and dance workshops. The group will give live performance at the Chuť tanca / Taste of Dance show at the Divadlo štúdio tanca (Theatre-studio of Dance), Komenského 12 in Banská Bystrica, on January 31 at 18:00, and later also provide dance lessons and workshops to anyone who is interested. Admission is free. More information is available by calling 048/4146-540, or visiting www.studiotanca.sk.

Concert for subscribers – The main attraction of this concert will be Turkish conductor Erol Erdinc, who will also play piano, Klaudia Remencová-Kudjová on cello, and baritone Mesut Iktu. They will perform works by Giuseppe Tartini and Astor Piazzolla, and vocal works by Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Mikael Tariverdiev, F. Frenkel, and Uvi Cemal Erkin.
Starts: Jan 31, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO), Dolný Val 47. Admission: €6-€9. Tel: 041/2451-111; www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Bystrica
100 X France, Francúzska fotografia od zrodu po súčasnosť / 100 X France, French Photography from the Beginning till Now – This exhibition, produced in cooperation with the French Institute in Bratislava and curated by Sophie Schmit, offers a selection from thousands of photographs from the French National Library, the Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Centre which, thanks to accompanying texts, helps explain the history of photography as well as contemporary French – and Parisian – history.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until Feb 24; Central-Slovak Gallery / Stredoslovenská galéria, Bethlenov dom, Dolná 8. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 048/4701-613; www.ssgbb.sk.


Walking tours for locals and visitors alike, every first weekend in the month, regardless of the weather. The theme and route is different each time, this time it is The Language of Symbols.
Starts: Feb 2, 17:00 (in English); starting from Vedecká knižnica / Science Library, Hlavná 10. Admission: €2.99. Tel: 0948/032-657;
www. potulka.sk;
www.mickosice. sk.

Nabucco – This famous work by Giuseppe Verdi, sung in Italian, describes in four acts a story from the Old Testament, the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the taking of the Jews as hostages. The Košice staging is directed by Václav Věžník and conducted by Jakub Žídek, and presents, among others, Richard Haan/Ludovic Kendi, Jaroslav Dvorský/Róbert Smiščík, Magda Málková/Tatiana Paľovčíková-Paládiová and Gabriela Hübnerová/Viera Kállayová.
Starts: Feb 2, 19:00; State Theatre, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€12. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.

Daniel Libeskind - Architektúra je reč / Architecture is a Language – One of the exhibitions organised to mark the 100th anniversary of the Power Plant / Elektráreň in Poprad, where the Tatra Gallery now has its home, hails a renowned contemporary architect living in New York and working all over the world who has also influenced many galleries.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00; Tatranská galéria, Hviezdoslavova 12. Admission: €0.50- 1.50. Tel: 052/ 7721-968; www.tatragaleria.sk.

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