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Everett Gets Dumped, Kraftwerk Gig, Manet: London Weekend

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Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox in "Judas Kiss" by David Hare at the Duke of York's Theatre.

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Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox in "Judas Kiss" by David Hare at the Duke of York's Theatre. Close

Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox in "Judas Kiss" by David Hare at the Duke of York's Theatre.

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Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in "Judas Kiss" by David Hare. Wilde has to choose whether to flee to France or stay and make a stand on English hypocrisy. Close

Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in "Judas Kiss" by David Hare. Wilde has to choose whether to flee to France or stay... Read More

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Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox in "Judas Kiss," with Freddie Fox who plays Lord Alfred Douglas. Close

Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox in "Judas Kiss," with Freddie Fox who plays Lord Alfred Douglas.

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"Dejeuner sur l'herbe," (c. 1863-68) by Edouard Manet. This painting, combining a naked woman with clothed men, caused a scandal when it was first exhibited. Close

"Dejeuner sur l'herbe," (c. 1863-68) by Edouard Manet. This painting, combining a naked woman with clothed men,... Read More

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"Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets," 1872, by Edouard Manet. The subject of this portrait was a talented artist, who was also a pupil and friend of Manet's. Paris, Musee d'Orsay, Photo copyright RMN (Musee d'Orsay) / Herve Lewandowski. Close

"Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets," 1872, by Edouard Manet. The subject of this portrait was a talented... Read More

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"The Railway," 1873, by Edouard Manet. The model for the adult woman in this picture was Victorine Meurent, who posed for "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" and several other masterpieces by the artist. Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Close

"The Railway," 1873, by Edouard Manet. The model for the adult woman in this picture was Victorine Meurent, who posed... Read More

"Music in the Tuileries Gardens" (1862) by Edouard Manet. This picture contians the portraits of many artists, writers and musicians incluidng Baudeleaiire and the composer Offenbach. The National Gallery, London, Source Royal Academy, via Bloomberg. Close

"Music in the Tuileries Gardens" (1862) by Edouard Manet. This picture contians the portraits of many artists,... Read More

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The soundtrack CD to the film "Ill Manors" by Plan B. The U.K. musician, also known as Ben Drew, was nominated for the Mercury Prize 2012 and lost to Alt-J. He is also on a tour to promote his three albums. Close

The soundtrack CD to the film "Ill Manors" by Plan B. The U.K. musician, also known as Ben Drew, was nominated for... Read More

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"Kraftwerk Roboter 3" by Peter Boettcher, a photographer who has documented the band's performances since 1991. His photographs were shown at the NRW-Forum in Dusseldorf to coincide with a series of concerts by the band in their home city. Kraftwerk has played the shows in New York, Germany and the U.K. Close

"Kraftwerk Roboter 3" by Peter Boettcher, a photographer who has documented the band's performances since 1991. His... Read More

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"Kraftwerk Roboter 4" by Peter Boettcher. It was among the photographs of the Dusseldorf band in an exhibition at the NRW Forum in their home city. The band is playing a series of eight concerts in Germany and the U.K., each one focused on a different album. Close

"Kraftwerk Roboter 4" by Peter Boettcher. It was among the photographs of the Dusseldorf band in an exhibition at the... Read More

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"Three Studies for a Self-Portrait" by Francis Bacon. Dating from 1980, it was auctioned by Sotheby's in an sale of contemporary art in London on Feb. 12. It sold for 13.8 million pounds with fees ($21.6 million). Close

"Three Studies for a Self-Portrait" by Francis Bacon. Dating from 1980, it was auctioned by Sotheby's in an sale of... Read More

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"Wolke (Cloud)" a 1976 photorealist painting by Gerhard Richter. It was included in an evening auction of contemporary artworks at Sotheby's in London on Feb. 12 and was on show before the event. Close

"Wolke (Cloud)" a 1976 photorealist painting by Gerhard Richter. It was included in an evening auction of... Read More

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"Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)" (1982-1983) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The mixed media work was formerly owned by the Irish rock band U2 and was auctioned in London after being put on public display. Close

"Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)" (1982-1983) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The mixed media work was formerly owned by the Irish... Read More

The cops are at the door, and all Rupert Everett can think of is the lobster plate the butler just carted in.

“I have always had a low opinion of what is called action,” sighs Everett, perfectly cast as Oscar Wilde in “Judas Kiss” (by David Hare), which shows the before-and-after of Wilde’s imprisonment for gross indecency. Despite the low-budget sets and costumes, and Everett’s ill-fitting fat suit, the play is on every critic’s current recommendation list.

A high point takes place in Naples, where Wilde walks in on Bosie (Freddie Fox) and a naked Italian who, he’s told, is called Galileo. “Ah!” comes the reply. “See stars, did you?”

At Duke of York’s Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. Information: http://www.atgtickets.com, +44-844-871-7615.

Saturday

Remember the confident prostitute in Manet’s “Olympia?” You can see her fully clothed and looking much more demure in a blockbuster show at the Royal Academy.

“Manet: Portraying Life” is an intriguing look at the artist’s habit of making friends and family pose as if they were strangers on a Paris boulevard.

“Olympia” model Victorine Meurent alternates as a street singer and a little girl’s chaperone. Young Leon, possibly Manet’s own son, blows bubbles in one picture and leans languidly on a lunch table in another.

Through April 14 at the Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. Information: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk or +44-20-7300-8000.

Nopi, an all-day restaurant near the Royal Academy, is popular for its small plates of healthy food. Executive chef Yotam Ottolenghi also serves a pre-theater menu costing 21.50 pounds ($33.68), or 25.50 pounds with dessert. Information: http://www.nopi-restaurant.com/ or +44-20-7494-9584.

Saturday Night

Plan B isn’t letting up the pace after five years of quick- fire rhymes, two albums and one film. Ben Drew’s manic tour of Britain brings him to the O2 for his biggest show yet, featuring songs from the “Ill Manors” soundtrack.

O2, Peninsula Sq., SE10 0DX. Information: +44-20-8463-2000 or http://www.theo2.co.uk, http://www.time4planb.co.uk/

Kraftwerk plays Tate Modern. The German electronic band has a week of concerts featuring its albums in full. Today is devoted to “Radio-Activity;” tomorrow has “Trans Europe Express.” Score tickets if you can or beg friends: the shows -- also heard in New York last year and Germany last month -- sold out fast and have prices of about 200 pounds online. Information: http://kraftwerk.com/concerts/index-concerts.html

If you prefer a jazz master, pianist Ahmad Jamal -- in his 80s and still going strong -- plays the Barbican on Friday night, sampling tracks from his new album “Blue Moon.”

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8BS. Information: +44-7638-8891, http://www.barbican.org.uk.

Thai Thai, a 10-minute walk from the Barbican, is a traditional Thai restaurant on Old Street that can seat as many as 130 diners. It’s a friendly place and the prices are reasonable. Information: http://www.thaithaioldstreet.co.uk/ or +44-20-7490-5230.

Sunday

Catch a glimpse of a Francis Bacon self-portrait triptych before it goes under the hammer for as much as 15 million pounds next week.

The small-scale 1980 picture, painted when the artist was 71, stars in a Sotheby’s preview show where you can also see works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. At Sotheby’s New Bond Street, Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Information: http://www.sothebys.com.

Usher in the Year of the Snake at Trafalgar Square. London, as ever, is putting on the biggest party of any city outside Asia. After a noon “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony -- where the dragon and lion are symbolically awakened -- 100 performers take over, from acrobats to “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Paul Potts.

Information: http://www.london.gov.uk/events/chinese-new-year-2013.

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

Muse highlights include Manuela Hoelterhoff on arts, Zinta Lundborg’s New York weekend and Lewis Lapham on history.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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