Review by Farah Nayeri
(Bloomberg) — Make a date with Lady Gaga the perfect start to your London weekend.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta's world tour juggernaut rolls into the U.K. capital Friday night. The 23-year-old delivers a medley of hits from "Poker Face" to "Just Dance," endlessly switches costumes and arrives in a Chevrolet that turns into a piano.
Oxford Street, London's main shopping drag, is no place for dinosaurs. Or so you thought.
Part of the thoroughfare has been turned into a Jurassic forest with 24 life-sized dinosaurs, including a Diplodocus that stretches the length of three double-decker buses. Size them up on Saturday, and learn how to dig up dinosaur bones, one of the many interactive games you can play on site.
Information: +44-844-847-1745 or http://dinosaursunleashed.co.uk.
Deadly clashes can erupt over such inanities as the number of times a prayer is said. Director Peter Brook shows you how in his barebones staging of "11 and 12," which you can catch for the last time on Saturday night at the Barbican Centre.
The barefooted cast of Africans, Palestinians and Europeans illustrates a real-life massacre in 1930s French- occupied Mali, when followers of two Sufi sages warred over whether to say a prayer 11 or 12 times. The main prop in the play: a red sheet that doubles as a canoe or a shroud.
Information: +44-20-7638-4141 or http://www.barbican.org.uk.
Charles Saatchi, the art collector who co-founded the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency, likes to curate region- specific shows at his gallery off King's Road. Follow him on a free tour of the Indian subcontinent.
Highlights of "The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today" (until May 7) include a colossal lead statue of a bookseller boy in Mumbai ("Eruda" by Jitish Kallat) and a breathing, electricity-powered heap of tarred hospital mattresses ("Untitled," by Tallur L.N.).
Among the best works on show are Rashid Rana's "Veil Series I, II & III" (2004)—images of women in burqas that are composed of hundreds of full-color pornographic snaps.
The next-door Gallery Mess cafe/bar is handy for lunch, homemade pastries and a cup of tea, or a glass of Champagne. The menu is international and may include dishes such as Thai salad, pumpkin tortelloni, hamburger and crispy duck leg with Sichuan pepper. If Saatchi's art can be challenging, the eatery is surprisingly comforting—and the cappuccino is good.
Information: +44-20-7730-8135 or http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/gallerymess/.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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