Hirst Billboards, Food Fest, Vermeer: London Weeekend

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A scene from "Home" at the National Theatre's temporary Shed space in London. The play is a mash-up of director Nadia Fall's interviews with homeless young people in an East London foyer.

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A scene from "Home" at the National Theatre's temporary Shed space in London. The play is a mash-up of director Nadia Fall's interviews with homeless young people in an East London foyer. Close

A scene from "Home" at the National Theatre's temporary Shed space in London. The play is a mash-up of director Nadia... Read More

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"The Lady of Shalott" (1888) by John William Waterhouse. The artwork is one of a few dozen selected by the public to feature on 22,000 billboards across the U.K. through Aug. 25, 2013. Close

"The Lady of Shalott" (1888) by John William Waterhouse. The artwork is one of a few dozen selected by the public to... Read More

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Art Everywhere poster campaign artist Peter Blake in front of a billboard showing his work "The Meeting" or "Have a Nice Day, Mr. Hockney" (1981-83). It is one of several dozen artworks that will be beamed on 22,000 billboards across the U.K. through Aug. 25, 2013. Close

Art Everywhere poster campaign artist Peter Blake in front of a billboard showing his work "The Meeting" or "Have a... Read More

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Beat-boxer Grace Savage in a scene from "Home" at the National Theatre. Savage plays a homeless mother-to-be in an East London shelter, one of a dozen characters all inspired by real life. Close

Beat-boxer Grace Savage in a scene from "Home" at the National Theatre. Savage plays a homeless mother-to-be in an... Read More

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"The Guitar Player" (1672) by Johannes Vermeer. The 17th-century guitar is said to have had a delicate sound, softer than that of a modern instrument. Close

"The Guitar Player" (1672) by Johannes Vermeer. The 17th-century guitar is said to have had a delicate sound, softer... Read More

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"A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal" (1670-2) by Johannes Vermeer. In the foreground is a viola da gamba, an instrument on which a companion might join the young woman in a duet. Close

"A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal" (1670-2) by Johannes Vermeer. In the foreground is a viola da gamba, an... Read More

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Musician Soweto Kinch with his tenor saxophone. The jazz and hip hop artist will perform at the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival on Aug. 16-18, 2013 in London. Close

Musician Soweto Kinch with his tenor saxophone. The jazz and hip hop artist will perform at the Canary Wharf Jazz... Read More

Damien Hirst billboards, a foodie festival, Vermeer, and jazz in Canary Wharf are our choices for London this weekend.

STAGE

As many as 80,000 young people end up homeless in the U.K. each year. The National Theatre is giving voice to a few.

“Home” is a patchwork of interviews that director Nadia Fall conducted at a real-life foyer in East London. Her gritty production is staged inside the National’s temporary Shed space (the red four-legged structure parked outside the theater).

What makes “Home” stand out are the movement and music -- especially by beat-boxer Grace Savage, who mimics a newborn baby one minute, an ear-splitting drum machine the next.

Ends Sept. 7 at the Shed, National Theatre, SE1 9PX: http://www.theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk or +44-20-7452-3244.

DINING

The new Foodies Festival at Battersea Park this weekend brings together chefs such as Ian Pengelley of Gilgamesh or Omar Allibhoy of Tapas Revolution. There are pop-up restaurants, drinks master classes, a producers’ market and a children’s cookery theater. The event runs all weekend, with tickets starting at 12 pounds. Information: http://foodiesfestival.com/.

Izakayas are popular in Japan: They’re informal bars with inexpensive food. Flesh & Buns brings the formula to Covent Garden. It’s the new venue of Ross Shonhan, whose menu includes tataki, sashimi and California rolls, as well as steaks and fish: +44-20-7632-9500 or http://www.fleshandbuns.com/.

VISUAL ARTS

There are no more than three dozen known works by Vermeer. Five are currently hanging in the National Gallery’s niche exhibition devoted to the theme of music, how it was used as a seduction tool and even an aphrodisiac.

Vermeer’s “Young Woman Seated at a Virginal” (1670-2) looks innocent enough. Yet the picture on the wall behind her shows a prostitute charming a client by playing a lute while the procuress demands payment.

Don’t overlook the other Dutch masters and period instruments in the show. “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” ends Sept. 8 at the National Gallery. Information: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk or +44-20-7747-2885.

MUSIC

As London rock music fans make the 40-minute journey to Chelmsford this weekend for the V Festival starring Beyonce and the Kings of Leon, jazz enthusiasts will have less far to go. The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival is free and features Soweto Kinch, YolanDa Brown and Zoe Rahman.

Information: http://bit.ly/pmBgKG

OTHER LONDON OUTINGS

Some 22,000 commercial poster sites nationwide are letting themselves be overtaken by art during the August lull. The 57 works chosen by the public are mostly modern and contemporary -- think Hirst and David Hockney -- though Holbein and Whistler have also made the cut. Nice change from the usual ads for underwear and energy drinks.

Information: http://www.arteverywhere.org.uk.

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

Muse highlights include the New York and London weekend guides, Lewis Lapham on history, Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater and Greg Evans and Craig Seligman on film.

To contact the writer on the 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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