Warhol’s Elvis, Killing Joke, Flamenco: London Weekend

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A scene from "A Chorus Line." The musical finishes with a glitzy number in which the whole company gets to dance in the chorus.

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A scene from "A Chorus Line." The musical finishes with a glitzy number in which the whole company gets to dance in the chorus. Close

A scene from "A Chorus Line." The musical finishes with a glitzy number in which the whole company gets to dance in the chorus.

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The ensemble line-up of "A Chorus Line" at the London Palladium. The 1975 musical receives its first West End revival in a lively production. Close

The ensemble line-up of "A Chorus Line" at the London Palladium. The 1975 musical receives its first West End revival... Read More

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In "A Chorus Line," hopeful auditioners compete for eight places in the chorus of a Broadway show. Close

In "A Chorus Line," hopeful auditioners compete for eight places in the chorus of a Broadway show.

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Simon Starling's film piece "Phantom Ride," picturing Picasso's "The Charnel House" (1944-5). It has been commissioned by Tate Britain as part of a series sponsored by Sotheby's. Close

Simon Starling's film piece "Phantom Ride," picturing Picasso's "The Charnel House" (1944-5). It has been... Read More

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Simon Starling's "Phantom Ride" shows rubble on the floor of Tate Britain's main hall. The artist's work is inspired by the bombing of the gallery during World War II. Close

Simon Starling's "Phantom Ride" shows rubble on the floor of Tate Britain's main hall. The artist's work is inspired... Read More

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Killing Joke singer Jaz Coleman poses before a concert by the post-punk band in London. Coleman, who is also a classical composer, leads the group on hits such as "Empire Song" and "Love Like Blood." Close

Killing Joke singer Jaz Coleman poses before a concert by the post-punk band in London. Coleman, who is also a... Read More

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Fast-footed gypsy dancer Farruquito, grandson of the late Sevillan legend Farruco. Farruquito will be performing in the flamenco festival at Sadler's Wells in London on March 17, 2013. Close

Fast-footed gypsy dancer Farruquito, grandson of the late Sevillan legend Farruco. Farruquito will be performing in... Read More

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The inventive flamenco prodigy Rocio Molina with a tambourine. Molina will be performing in this month at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, where she is also an associate artist. Close

The inventive flamenco prodigy Rocio Molina with a tambourine. Molina will be performing in this month at the... Read More

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Dancers from the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia in action. The company is performing at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London this March. Close

Dancers from the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia in action. The company is performing at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London this March.

They just want to be celebrities.

Seventeen dancers in “A Chorus Line” bare their souls every night on the London stage as they try out in front of a hard- nosed director. Pirouettes and prepared routines are meshed with spontaneous confessions of self-hatred and chest augmentation.

The perms and shiny leotards may look dated, yet there’s plenty of drama to keep you going for two hours with no break.

“A Chorus Line” is at the London Palladium, Argyll Street, W1F 7TF. Information: http://www.achoruslinelondon.com or +44- 844-412-2957.

Brasserie Chavot, near the Palladium, is an all-singing, all-dancing place to eat. Eric Chavot, who held two Michelin stars at the Capital, is one of London’s most respected chefs. His brasserie opened this week. The website isn’t fully operational, so for bookings dial +44-20-7078-9577, and for the address and other details see http://brasseriechavot.com/.

Saturday

The Tate Gallery was repeatedly bombed during World War II, and has the pockmarks to prove it.

Turner Prizewinning artist Simon Starling uses that history as a starting point for a film installation in what’s now Tate Britain’s columned main hall. His roving camera captures works that were once shown there and that touch on violence. Examples: Picasso’s “The Charnel House” (1944-5), Fiona Banner’s “Jaguar” warplane (2010), and Warhol’s “Triple Elvis” (1963), where the rocker stands, legs apart, pointing a gun.

Starling’s “Phantom Ride,” part of a series of commissions sponsored by Sotheby’s, ends Oct. 20. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.

Saturday Night

It’s a busy weekend for rock fans. Shows include the Yardbirds at Twickenham Stadium and Stranglers at the Roundhouse Friday; the much-tipped Courteeners at the O2 Academy Brixton Saturday and troubadour Billy Bragg at Rough Trade East Sunday.

Fans of post-punk anarchy will probably be heading to Kentish Town for the long-awaited return of Killing Joke. The band, led by Jaz Coleman, specializes in humor as dark as its name. Songs like “Love Like Blood” and “Empire Song” will be revived with maximum feedback and plenty of punk sneers.

The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY. Information: http://www.killingjoke.com/

It’s not strictly true that there’s only one place to eat in Kentish Town: Chicken Shop, a destination for food fans, is also home to Dirty Burger. This twin venue, an offshoot of Soho House, is a magnet for carnivores. Information: http://www.chickenshop.com/ or +44-20-3310-2020. (For Dirty Burger: http://www.eatdirtyburger.com/ or +44-20-3310-2010.)

Sunday

Gustavo Dudamel is sure to give his all performing Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with the LA Philharmonic on Sunday. His four-day residency also includes an open rehearsal (with Dudamel leading a mixed-ability young orchestra) and the European premiere of a John Adams oratorio. Information: http://www.barbican.org.uk or +44-20-7638-8891.

The Sadler’s Wells flamenco festival turns 10 with a powerful lineup featuring the fast-footed gypsy Farruquito (Sunday), the top female star Eva Yerbabuena (Friday and Saturday), and next week, the inventive Rocio Molina -- currently one of Sadler’s Wells young associate artists. Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300.

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

Muse highlights include Scott Reyburn on the art market, New York and London weekend guides, Lewis Lapham on history and Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater.

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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