Emin’s Bed, Van Gogh’s Boots, Kate Nash: London Weekend

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"A Pair of Shoes, One Shoe Upside Down" by Vincent Van Gogh. The oil-on-canvas, painted during the two years that Van Gogh spent in Paris, is on show at the Eykyn Maclean Gallery in London, U.K., through Nov. 29, 2013.

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"A Pair of Shoes, One Shoe Upside Down" by Vincent Van Gogh. The oil-on-canvas, painted during the two years that Van Gogh spent in Paris, is on show at the Eykyn Maclean Gallery in London, U.K., through Nov. 29, 2013. Close

"A Pair of Shoes, One Shoe Upside Down" by Vincent Van Gogh. The oil-on-canvas, painted during the two years that Van... Read More

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Stephen Campbell Moore in "Chimerica" plays a photographer who goes looking for the Tiananmen Square protester who stood in front of the tanks. Close

Stephen Campbell Moore in "Chimerica" plays a photographer who goes looking for the Tiananmen Square protester who... Read More

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Benedict Wong on a revolving set, designed by Es Devlin, in "Chimerica." Written by Lucy Kirkwood, it plots the last 25 years of China's history. Close

Benedict Wong on a revolving set, designed by Es Devlin, in "Chimerica." Written by Lucy Kirkwood, it plots the last... Read More

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"Self-portrait" (Dec. 1886 - Jan. 1887) by Vincent Van Gogh. The oil on canvas is part of the "Van Gogh in Paris" exhibition at the Eykyn Maclean Gallery in London, U.K., through Nov. 29, 2013. Close

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"To Meet My Past" (2002) by Tracey Emin. The four-poster bed with mattress, applique linens and curtains is part of the Charles Saatchi collection and was auctioned to raise funds for his gallery. Close

"To Meet My Past" (2002) by Tracey Emin. The four-poster bed with mattress, applique linens and curtains is part of... Read More

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Crosby, Stills and Nash perform at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Close

Crosby, Stills and Nash perform at the Royal Albert Hall tonight.

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Jay-Z performs at the O2 both Friday and Saturday. Close

Jay-Z performs at the O2 both Friday and Saturday.

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Prince Charles and the Belgian philanthropist Myriam Ullens stand in front of a portrait of the prince by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming. The portrait was auctioned by Sotheby's London on to raise money for the Mimi Foundation cancer charity and for the prince's Drawing Trust. Close

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Tracey Emin’s four-poster bed, Van Gogh’s second-hand boots, Crosby, Stills & Nash and a portrait of Prince Charles are our choices for London this weekend.

STAGE

What happened to the protester who stepped in front of the Tiananmen Square tanks in 1989?

That’s the central question in Lucy Kirkwood’s “Chimerica,” a fast-paced portrait of China in the last quarter-century. Benedict Wong (who plays a demoralized ex-demonstrator) is excellent, and so is Es Devlin’s set -- a revolving cube that serves as a Beijing apartment, strip joint, or torture chamber.

Too bad the female characters feel forced, especially the British executive bent on cracking the Chinese market. Ends Oct. 19 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1 4DY. Information: http://www.chimerica.co.uk or +44-844-871-7627.

DINING

The Cheese & Wine Festival takes place this weekend at two locations: The South Bank Centre and Old Spitalfields Market. It’s a chance to sample cheeses from around the world, as well as bread and wine. Entry is free. Information: http://www.cheesewinefestival.com/.

Drakes Tabanco is a new tavern serving sherry straight from the barrel as well as an Andalusian-inspired menu, with dishes such as roasted piquillo Pepper Salad with flaked almonds, and white bean & wild mushroom stew. This is the new Fitzrovia venue from the owners of Copita and Barrica. Information: http://www.drakestabanco.com/ or +44-20-7637-9388.

VISUAL ARTS

Van Gogh couldn’t afford models when he settled in Paris in 1886. He painted himself, bunches of flowers, and a pair of lace-up boots he picked up at a flea market.

Some stunning examples are on view in a small but absorbing exhibition at the Eykyn MacLean Gallery that attempts to show how two years in Paris led Van Gogh to trade dark tones for a bright palette. Eight works (including five oils) are coupled with 21 by contemporaries he admired, including a fine early Gauguin.

“Van Gogh in Paris” (through Nov. 29) is at Eykyn Maclean, 30 St. George Street, W1S 2FH: http://www.eykynmaclean.com.

Or see Emin’s bed before Charles Saatchi has it auctioned off at Christie’s on Oct. 17 to help fund his gallery. Unlike her stained “My Bed” (1998), this is a tame four-poster with a quilt and ’Weird Sex’ marked above the headboard. Also on sale: works by the Chapman Brothers and Kader Attia. The preview show runs Oct. 12-18 at the Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street: http://www.christies.com.

MUSIC

Close your eyes and Crosby, Stills & Nash sound much the same in 2013 as they did in 1969. Songs like “Marrakesh Express” and “Long Time Gone” have their harmonies and acoustic solos intact.

The trio return to the Royal Albert Hall tonight for a show that draws on a repertoire that they figure contains 900 songs. Information: http://www.crosbystillsnash.com.

Rising U.K. star Kate Nash is at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to showcase her album “Girl Talk” as she moves to a more punky style of music from pop. Meanwhile that music mogul, husband of Beyonce and friend of presidents, Jay-Z, will be at the O2 both Friday and Saturday. http://www.theo2.co.uk/

OTHER LONDON OUTINGS

Prince Charles’s first portrait by a Chinese artist is on view this weekend before going under the hammer next week.

Proceeds from the sale of the Yan Pei-Ming portrait and of works by Antony Gormley, Andreas Gursky and Emin will support the Prince’s Drawing School and the Mimi Foundation cancer charity founded by Myriam Ullens (wife of collector Guy Ullens).

At Sotheby’s London, 34-35 New Bond Street, W1A 2AA. Information: http://www.sothebys.com or www.mimifoundation.com.

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

Muse highlights include the London and New York weekend guides, Warwick Thompson on U.K. theater, 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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