CONCERT: Pete Lincoln (Sweet) – Pete Lincoln who started playing guitar early on and who, in the 1980s and 1990s collaborated with artists like Cliff Richard, Tina Turner, Shakin’ Stevens and others and who has been the leader of the band The Sweet is now playing solo acoustic guitar at several venues in Slovakia, including Nitra. Starts: Feb 4, 21:00; Frankie Rock Club, Mostná 42. Admission: €15. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk; tickets www.ticketportal.sk.
ICE-HOCKEY: HK Nitra - HC Košice – Within the Tipsport-liga ice-hockey league, two clubs from regional metropoles will be facing one another, with Košice being 2nd in the leader board and Nitra 3rd. Starts: Feb 5, 15:00; Nitra Aréna, Jesenského 2. More info: http://hknitra.tipsportextraliga.sk/klub/nitra-arena.html.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Carnival Gala-Concert from a Czech Star – The Slovak Sinfonietta conducted by Leoš Svárovský, with Czech soprano Tereza Mátlová will perform a fine selection of arias and tunes from operas, operettas and musicals, composed by famous composers from Mozart through Charles Gounod, Carl Maria von Weber, Daniel-François Esprit Auber, Giuseppe Verdi, Jacques Offenbach, Jerry Bock, Frederick Loewe, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Starts: Feb 2, 3, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: 14-€18. More info: www.skozilina.sk.
CONCERT: David Koller & Friends 2017 – Czech musician David Koller has embarked on a tour, in which his songs are performed by other Czech and Slovak musicians and bands who are guests at his concerts: Katarzia, Korben Dallas, Vladimír 518 & Mike Trafik, Kato of Prago Union, Hentai Corporation, Android Asteroid and Ben Cristovao, among others. In February, they will tour Slovakia, making a stop in Žilina, Jasná, Trenčín, Košice and Banská Bystrica, a Valentine concert in Bratislava, and finish the tour in Nitra. Starts: Feb 3, 20:00; Event House, Bytčická 16. Admission: €20. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk; www.davidkoller.cz.
THEATRE/MUSICAL: Gypsy Roots, or Gipsy Spices – The dance tragicomedy tells a story of the love between Roma and Non-Roma, to the background of contemporary issues, social life and prejudices, with arranged music by Goran Bregovič, directed and choreographed by Daan Dinková and Jaroslav Moravčík, with cast including Ján Jamrich, Veronika Szabová and the ballet of the State Opera. Starts: Feb 7, 10:00, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8. More info: www.stateopera.sk.
CONCERT: Exceptional Concert of Exceptional Musicians – The concert hailing the upcoming 25th anniversary of the local J. L. Bella Conservatory will feature Michal Červeinka on accordion, Nothing But Swing (a trio – Róbert Ragan Sr., Klaudius Kováč, Peter Solárik), Martin Budinský on cymbal, and Zlaté Husle / Golden Violin orchestra (Martin Sleziak, Marek Krištofík, Milan Hronček, Peter Párničan, Erik Bartoš). The proceeds will go to support the students of the conservatory. Starts: Feb 9, 19:00; Auditorium of the Slovak Medical University (SZU), Bernolákova 8, (near Novamed). More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
EXHIBITION: Needle, Hand, Heart, Head – The exhibition shows the works of four Slovak artists that were created in the graphic studio of the local Banská Stiavnica Contemporary centre. The artists are Milan Adamčiak, Lucia Dovičáková, Juraj Gábor, and Svätopluk Mikyta. Open: Tue-Sun 8:00-16:00 until Jan 15. Admission: €1-€2. Galéria Jozefa Kollára (Jozef Kollár Gallery), Námestie sv. Trojice 8. Tel: 045/6913-431; www.muzeumbs.sk, www.banskastanica.sk.
OPERA: Giacomo Puccini: La Bohéme – The famous opera that represents the core of the repertory at most opera houses around the world is rehearsed at the State Theatre Košice – SDKE – by Maroš Potokár, conducted by Jan Novobilský, directed by Michael Tarant, with stage and costumes by Tomáš Moravec, and choreography by Ivana Kučerová. The cast includes Lucie Kašpárková, Aneta Hollá, Anton Baculík/Jaroslav Dvorský/Jozef Gráf, Marek Gurbaľ, Marek Pobuda/Martin Kovács, Michal Onufer, József Havasi, František Balún, Celestýn Čapka Martin Kovács/Martin Potoma, and others. Starts: Feb 3, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4- €15. More info: www.sdke.sk.
CONCERT: Jerguš Oravec - Na Ramenách Otcov Tour / On Fathers’ Shoulders Unplugged Tour – The composer, guitarist and singer Jerguš Oravec is on tour promoting his eponymous recent, very personal and innovative album, addressing fans of blues, rock, indie, pop, psychedelic and more. He will be supported by Denis Pagáč on bass and Peter Schön on drums. Starts: Feb 4, 20:30; Christiania, Hlavná 105. More info: www.christiania.eu.sk.
CHILDREN/SPORT: Carnival on Ice – During their winter holidays, children can enjoy a masquerade on ice, during a morning at the T- Systems ice rink. Starts: Feb 3, 10:00-12:00; T – Systems sports- and entertainment complex, Alejová 2. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Winter Food Festival 2017 Košice – The winter gastronomy festival that offers selected themes and leitmotifs in several restaurants across Slovakia comes to Košice: Our Iconic Food; Tastes of the Regions; and Recipes of Our Mums will be offered in the form of a Basic Tasting (€10), a two-dish Tasting €16), and a three-dish Tasting (€19) at the Camelot Steak Restaurant, the Carpano caffe - restaurant – terrace, the Hostinec brewery and the Baránok.restaurant & boarding house. Lasts: until Feb 15. More info: www.zimnyfestivaljedla.sk.
FILM SCREENING: Jarmusch in Úsmev – An overview of the movies of US director Jim Jarmusch at the local film club, Úsmev, lasts until February 9, and comprises Paterson (Feb 4), Dead Man (Feb 5), Coffee and Cigarettes (Feb 7) and a concert by Jozef Van Wissem (Feb 9), composer of the soundtrack to Jarmusch’s movie Only Lovers Left Alive). Starts: Feb 4 (18:00), 5 (20:00), 7 (20:00), 9 (20:00); Úsmev cinema Kasárenské Námestie 1. More info: www.kinousmev.sk.
Vysoké Tatry / High Tatras
ICE SCULPTING/TOURISM: Tatra Ice Cathedral – Again in 2017, tourists and hikers are invited to enjoy a unique ice temple that includes elements of Tatra history and nature, this time with Spiš Gotrhic elements. Open: daily 9:00-16:30; Hrebienok – Starý Smokovec, High Tatras (cable car to Hrebienok, or by foot from Starý Smokovec - about 2.4 km, i.e. 40 minutes. More info: www.regiontatry.sk, www.vt.sk.