Dylan’s Doodles, Last Night’s First Woman: London Weekend

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Michael Xavier as Captain von Trapp with a cast of children in "The Sound of Music" at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The production runs through Sept. 14, 2013.

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The seven children of Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music."

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"On the Face of It: Skip Sharpe," a pastel sketch by Bob Dylan. The work is one in a series of 12 pastels at the National Portrait Gallery in London through Jan. 5, 2014. Close

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"In Your Face: Nina Felix" by Bob Dylan. The pastel sketch is one of 12 he has on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London through Jan. 5, 2014. Close

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American conductor and violinist Marin Alsop will become the first woman to conduct the last night of the BBC Proms in London Sept. 7. Close

American conductor and violinist Marin Alsop will become the first woman to conduct the last night of the BBC Proms in London Sept. 7.

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. She and Nigel Kennedy will be the star soloists on the last night of the BBC Proms in London on Sept. 7, 2013. Close

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Bryan Ferry will be performing at Hyde Park on the last night of the Proms in London. The classical-music festival ends on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013. Close

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Bob Dylan’s doodles, Bryan Ferry and “The Sound of Music” are our choices for London this week.

STAGE

You have one week left to see the highest-grossing production in the history of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: “The Sound of Music.”

Wealthy Austrian widower Captain von Trapp (Michael Xavier) hires trainee nun Maria (Charlotte Wakefield) to look after his extensive progeny at his nice mansion. Then the Nazis arrive.

A chance to hear “Edelweiss” in leafy surroundings. Ends Sept. 14: http://www.openairtheatre.com or +44-844-826-4242.

DINING

Coal Vaults is a new restaurant and bar on Wardour Street in Soho. Every dish on the seasonal European menu has a matching cocktail. The industrial-style venue is the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs, Martyn Simpson and Felix Leuschner. There are five separate vaults for private dining. Information: http://www.coalvaults.com/.

Meatopia comes to London for the first time on Sept. 7. More than 20 chefs will create dishes and cook them over fire. The lineup includes Fergus Henderson of St. John, Richard H Turner of Hawksmoor and Gizzi Erskine, the Sunday Times cook. Information: http://www.meatopia.co.uk/.

VISUAL ARTS

Dylan has produced a dozen pastel sketches in the last year or two that are on show at the National Portrait Gallery.

The rough, angular drawings look like the sketches done in courtrooms. The titles are plays on the word ’face’ (“Face the Music,” “About Face”), followed by a name. Information: http://www.npg.org.uk or +44-20-7306-0055.

MUSIC

The Last Night of the Proms has a female conductor for the first time: Marin Alsop leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Nicely timed to refute Vasily Petrenko’s stone age comments about orchestras playing better for male sticks. The Saturday night soloists include Joyce DiDonato, wearing gems loaned by Chopard, and Nigel Kennedy.

Kennedy is also playing the Proms in the Park event across from the Royal Albert Hall. Ferry is another star attraction at the outdoor concert. Information: http://www.bbc.co.uk

The iTunes festival at the Roundhouse this weekend features Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix and Bastille. Information: http://www.itunesfestival.com/

OTHER LONDON OUTINGS

The Mayor of London is throwing his annual nine-day celebration of the Thames river as of this weekend. You can get a guided tour of the Queen’s row-barge the Gloriana (in the classic boat festival), hear poet Andrew Motion give a cruise-ship talk, and watch a 21-mile (34-kilometer) boat race with dozens of crews.

Information: http://www.thamesfestival.org.

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

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

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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