Frankenstein Rages, Lennox Rocks, Emin Doodles: London Weekend

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Paloma Faith. The Southbank Centre is staging a weekend of events featuring music from new works to classics.

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Paloma Faith. The Southbank Centre is staging a weekend of events featuring music from new works to classics. Close

Paloma Faith. The Southbank Centre is staging a weekend of events featuring music from new works to classics.

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Annie Lennox is one of the stars taking part in "Southbank Centre Presents Equals Live" at London's Royal Festival Hall on Friday, March 11. Close

Annie Lennox is one of the stars taking part in "Southbank Centre Presents Equals Live" at London's Royal Festival... Read More

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Singer Kate Nash is preparing for the "WOW -- Women of the World" festival in London. Close

Singer Kate Nash is preparing for the "WOW -- Women of the World" festival in London.

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Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois, whose only collaboration is the focus of an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, London, through March 12. Close

Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois, whose only collaboration is the focus of an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, London, through March 12.

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''I lost you'' (2009-2010), a collaborative work by Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, is part of a series on display at Hauser & Wirth, London, through March 12. Close

''I lost you'' (2009-2010), a collaborative work by Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, is part of a series on display... Read More

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A scene from "Frankenstein." Director Danny Boyle creates several spectacular moments in a large-scale production which fills the biggest of the National Theatre’s three stages. Close

A scene from "Frankenstein." Director Danny Boyle creates several spectacular moments in a large-scale production... Read More

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Benedict Cumberbatch in "Frankenstein" adapted by Nick Dear from the 1818 novel by Mary Shelly. Cumberbatch alternates with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller in the roles of Frankenstein and the Creature. Close

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Frankenstein" adapted by Nick Dear from the 1818 novel by Mary Shelly. Cumberbatch... Read More

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''Sky Mirror'' (2006) by Anish Kapoor, reflects the skies and foliage in its natural setting. Close

''Sky Mirror'' (2006) by Anish Kapoor, reflects the skies and foliage in its natural setting.

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"C-Curve" (2007) by Anish Kapoor. The mirrored sculpture is part of Kapoor's open-air exhibition in Kensington Gardens, organized by the Serpentine Gallery, which ends March 13. Close

"C-Curve" (2007) by Anish Kapoor. The mirrored sculpture is part of Kapoor's open-air exhibition in Kensington... Read More

Annie Lennox, Paloma Faith and Kate Nash will be rocking London’s Southbank Centre as part of the “Wow -- Women of the World” Festival.

Lennox -- known for her Eurythmics hits such as “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” -- has organized tomorrow’s fast- moving concert through Equals, her partnership of 20 charities.

The Royal Festival Hall show, celebrating the centenary of International Women’s Day, is followed by a second gig featuring Speech Debelle and Baaba Maal on March 12.

Information: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk, http://www.weareequals.org/, +44-20-7960-4200.

Saturday

The only collaboration between heroines Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin can be seen in an Old Bond Street gallery. Emin takes Bourgeois’s suggestive blobs --gouaches of naked men and woman -- and sketches over them.

Luckily for Emin, the French-born doyenne lived long enough to give the doodles her approval; she died last year at age 98.

“Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin: Do Not Abandon Me” ends March 12 at Hauser & Wirth, 15 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4AX. Information: http://www.hauserwirth.com or call +44-20- 7399-9770.

Automat, a couple of streets away from Hauser & Wirth, is an up-market American diner with Mayfair prices. If you fancy a burger and fries, and maybe an ice cream, this is the place for you. The best tables are the booths in the paneled section of Automat, close to the front. Information: http://www.automat-london.com/ or +44-20-7499-3033

Saturday Night

“Frankenstein” is sending a quiver or two down London spines.

The mad scientist looks on as his Creature pops out of a pouch in the National Theatre’s new staging. Director Danny Boyle last filmed actor James Franco sawing off his own arm in “127 Hours.”

Here, the lead actors swap roles on different nights. While Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch are both good, Cumberbatch adds depth to the raging monster.

“Frankenstein” is in repertory at the National Theatre. Information: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. or call +44-20-7452-3000.

Across Waterloo Bridge from the National Theatre, one of London’s oldest Indian eateries is tucked away in a rundown building. The India Club has been there for decades and it isn’t to everyone’s taste: It’s scruffy and cheap without being cheerful. Yet it is a favorite for diners who enjoy a cafe unchanged by the passage of time. Information: 2nd Floor, Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, WC2R 1JA or +44-20-7836-0650.

Sunday

Spot a dish or two on your Sunday stroll in the park.

Anish Kapoor has scattered a couple of his giant mirrored disks around Kensington Gardens, along with a curving wall and a pointy spire. It’s your last chance to see them in their leafy temporary habitat, a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery: the display’s last day is March 13.

Information: http://www.serpentinegallery.org or +44-20-7402-6075.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at mbeech@bloomberg.net.

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