Entertainment

>il/>te Seri (Seven Evenings) is a free, weekly > nlertainment listings magazine. Plug into l lie local scene with cinema, theatre and opera programmes; details of the week's (porting events; and information on live gigs and concerts in Bucharest's bars and i lubs.

Posters advertising underground music nights and alternative-club DJs or live bands appear all over the city, so keep your eyes peeled.

Cinemas

Most films are shown in their original language with Romanian subtitles, and tickets cost between €1 and €3.

Hollywood Multiplex (Map pp54-5; © 327 7020; Hucurejti Mall, Calea Vitan 55-59) Bucharest's only multiscreen cinema.

Cinemateca Eforie (Map p60; © 313 0483; Str Eforie I) Shows art-house and world films.

French Institute (Map pp54-5; ©210 0224; B-dul Dacia 77) Screens a variety of foreign films.

Mainstream cinemas are clustered near li-dul Nicolae Balcescu and B-dul Regina Elisabeta. They include Cinema Scala (Map |i60; © 211 0372; B-dul General Magheru 2-4), Cinema Luceafarul (Map p60; ©315 8767; B-dul IC Bratianu

6) and Cinema Patria (Map p60; © 211 8625; B-dul General Magheru 12-14).

Gay & Lesbian Venues

Bucharest's fledgling gay scene remains stilted by lingering homophobic attitudes across both the city and country. But there is some action.

Queens (Map p60; www.bucharestonline.ro/endubs .html; Str Culmea Veche 2; ® noon-3am) is the only 'real' gay venue in Bucharest.

Live Music

There's some good live music in Bucharest -just follow your ears.

Green Hours 22 Jazz Club (Map p60; ©314 5751; Calea Victoriei 120; ®24hr) Hip cellar bar with live jazz, a weekend disco and even short theatre performances; the itinerary is posted inside. In summer hang out with the cool, bohemian crowd at the outside bar to the sound of smooth jazz.

Jukebox (Map p60; ©314 8314; Str Sepcari 22; ® 8pm-3am Mon-Sat) Namesake band Jukebox gets this place jumping in the basement. It's heaving with fun-lovers at the weekend.

Backstage (Map p60; © 312 3943; Str Gabroveni 14; ® 9pm-5am) Live rock in a sweaty red-brick vaulted cellar.

Art Jazz ClubJMap p60; © 0723-520 643; B-dul Nicolae Balcescu; ® 8pm-3am) Toe-tapping live music weekly.

Romanian Athenaeum (Map p60; © 315 8798; Str Franklin 1; tickets £1-3) Experience the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.

Opera & Ballet

Opera House (Opera Romana; Map pp54-5; © 3146980; [email protected]; B-dul Mlhail Kogalniceanu 70; tickets £1-4). Soak up the cultural flavour of Romania's music scene with a refined night at the opera. See the box office (® lOam-lpm & 2-7.30pm Tue-Sun) for details of the shows and get warbling.

Sport

The team Steaua Bucure§ti play at Steaua Stadium; fans can get kitted out in all the red-white-and-blue Steaua paraphernalia at the side's club shop (Map p60; © 094 299 037; cnr Str Ion Zalomit & Str Ion Brezloanu).

Its rival side, Dinamo Bucure^ti, play at Dinamo Stadium (Map pp54-5; ©210 6974; Jos Stefan eel Mare 7-9), which is also home to a club shop.

Theatre

Bucharest has many theatres (® Sep-Jun), offering a lively mix of comedy, farce, satire and straight contemporary plays in a variety of languages. Tickets cost no more than €3.

Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre (Teatrul National Ion Luca Caragiale; Map p60; g614 7171, 615 4746; B-dul Nicolae Balcescu 2) is named after the 20th-century playwright who kicked off his career here as a prompter. The theatre was built in the 1970s; the original theatre dating from 1852 was destroyed during WWII. The box office (® 10am-7pm) is on the southern side of the building.

The Jewish State Theatre (Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat; Map pp54-5; §323 4530; Str lullu Barasch 15) holds plays in Hebrew and Yiddish.

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