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FANS OF the sunny sounds of African roots-reggae artists Thierry and Friends can keep warm at their winter concert. Thierry Ebam sings lyrics about brotherhood, friendship and understanding in French, Slovak and African Lingala, accompanied by the music of Fred Miskiewicz, Peťo Klema, Romain Cavet, Miya Hashimoto, Zuzka Hianiková and another Peťo. The concert, on February 23 at 20:30 at Hlava 22 (Bazová 9) in Bratislava, costs €6 and tickets can be obtained by calling 0948/327-333 or by visiting www.hlava22.sk.

Maok, Tony Granko and Martin Geišberg will play their improvisations over different genres of music, through which they are unified by their ability to connect with the audience.
Starts: Feb 22, 19:00; Klub Za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €3. Tel: 02/6381- 1328; www.kzp.sk.

Volanie po krvi v opere a operete / Call for Blood in Opera and Operetta – This concert from the Momento Musicale cycle organised by the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) features music around the theme of blood (which is the theme of a current exhibition in the gallery) performed by students of operatic singing.
Starts: Feb 20, 18:00; SNG, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: €1.50. More information: 02/2047- 6270; www.sng.sk.

Komorné večery vo Dvorane - Chamber Evenings in the Dvorana (Courtyard) - Viera Bartošová on piano, Alžběta Falcníková on violin, Viktória Verbovská on cello, Stanislav Bicák on bassoon, and Matúš Veľas on oboe will play the works of Debussy, Messiaen, Césare Franck and Francis Poulenc.
Starts: Feb 20, 19:00; Dvorana concert call, VŠMU building, Zochova 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5441-2070; www.htf.vsmu.sk.

Pomáda / Grease – The famous rock and roll musical is coming to Bratislava, this time with guests Nela Pocisková, Janko Slezák and some Czech stars – plus dancers from the RDS Company, as choreographed by Ján Ďurovčík.
Starts: Feb 20, 19:00; Heineken Tower Stage,
J&T Tower 115, Pribinova 25. Admission: €19-€29. Tel:
0905/ 847-202; www.heinekentowerstage.sk.

Hommage á Vaňhal, Musica Aeterna - The ensemble playing old music, Musica aeterna (led by Peter Zajíček) will give a chamber evening composed of works by relatively unknown composer Jan Křtitel Vaňhal, who was, however, active and popular in the second half of the 18th century. Musica Aeterna will offer four Vaňhal's pieces: Simphonie periodique No 22 D Minor, Concert for Double Bass and Orchestra Es Major, Concert for Harpsichord and Violin C Major and Concert for Flute and Orchestra A Major. Soloists include Gertraud Wimmer on flute, Monika Knoblochová on harpsichord and Ján Prievozník on double bass.
Starts: Feb 19, 19:00; Small Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Tel: 02/2047–5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bluesweiser, the grouping playing blues-funk, will this time perform new pieces, in the following line-up: Dura Turtev, IDoky Doležal, Monika Doležalová, Milan Bínovský and Elo Vojta.
Starts: Feb 19, 19:00; Kafe Scherz, Partizánska 2. Admission: €3. Tel: 0918/724-379; http://kafe.scherz.sk.

Thursday Art Talk - The programme is dedicated to English speakers who live in Bratislava and would like to know more about Slovak visual art; and this time, the curator Lucia Gregorová explains on the gender issue of Jana Želibská's exhibition in a lecture called – She = He?
This is the second of two independent sessions at the Jana Želibská. No Touching exhibition is dedicated to the artist’s approach to the body. In Slovak visual art, she was the first artist with such an audacious and open interest in the erotic; the zone of contact between the genders. However, she always portrayed this indirectly and with a slight sense of irony and humour.
Starts: Feb 21, 19:00; Slovak National Gallery, Esterházy palace (2nd floor), Nám. Ľ. Štúra 4. Admission: €4.70. More information: lektori@sng.sk; 02/2047-6270; www.sng.sk.

Sochy Obrazy / Statues Paintings – This double exhibition features the iron figural and abstract plastic work of Kata Kissoczy and the figural paintings and metal graphic work of Stano Bubán created over the last three years.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00 until March 1; Galéria SPP, Mlynské Nivy 44/C. Admission: free. Tel: 02/6262-4203; www.spp.sk/kontakt/kontakt-galeria-spp.

Alchémia ilú-zie / The Alchemy of Illusion – Polish artist Bartek Otocki exhibits a selection from his painting-photo remakes of Renaissance portraits.
Open: Mon-Thu 10:00- 16:00, Fri 10:00-15:00 until March 1; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. Admission: free. More info: www.polinst.sk.

Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Dúhové eminencie / Rainbow Eminences - Astro Night – World-music band Dúhové eminencie’s concert and launch of their new, eponymous CD, will be enhanced by Oriental dancing performed by the Jasmin troupe.
Starts: Feb 23, 17:00; Town Cultural Centre, Hviezdoslavova 4. Admission: Voluntary. More info: www.tuhar.eu.


Liptovský Mikuláš
Umbilical Brothers – The Australian comedic duo, Shane Dundas and David Collins, better known as the Umbilical Brothers, are renowned for their combination of pantomime, farce and slapstick. They are making their Slovak debut in Bratislava, and will also perform in Liptovský Mikuláš.
Starts: Feb 21, 20:00; House of Culture, Hollého 4. Admission: €23. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Kaltenecker’s 1705 – Hungarian jazz-fusion trio Zsolt Kaltenecker (keyboard, synthesiser), Béla Piri (double bass) and András Dés (percussion) fuse modern jazz with world, ethnic, rock and New Age music.
Starts: Feb 24, 20:00; Bombura klub, Nám. Gen. M. R. Štefánika 16. Admission: €3-€4. Tel: 0905/347 415; tickets: www.ticket-art.sk.

Banská Bystrica
2v1 Soňa Horňáková + 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, combines drama with humour to reflect four seasons in the life of a woman. Horňáková’s concert completes the evening’s performance.
Starts: Feb 22, 19:00; Štúdio tanca, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 048/4146-540; www.studiotanca.sk.


BRAŇO Jánoš, Slovak “narrator of mysterious balladic stories”, exhibits his dream-like symbolic oil paintings on wood in the Galéria u anjela / At the Angel Gallery, Starý trh 53 in Kežmarok. An exhibition called Bolo nebolo / Once upon a Time… is running there until March 13, afternoons Tuesday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. Admission is free.

Silvia Josifoska Trio – One of the most distinguished personalities of the Slovak musical scene, Josifoska focuses on blues, but also plays soul, funk, rock, jazz and Latin music. In Poprad she is playing with Gabriel Jonáš (piano) and Eddy Portella (percussion).
Starts: Feb 21, 19:00; House of Culture, Štefánikova 99/72. Admission: €5. Tel: 052/7722 -255;

Skadne Krek – This Norwegian band mixes metal with rock and jazz, and will offer Košice fans the chance to get a taste of their music in a live setting.
Starts: Feb 31, 20:00; Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €3. More info: www.tabacka.sk.

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