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Stevie Wonder, Paris Debauchery, Dream Bentley: London Weekend

An installation ''Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World'' is shown at the Hayward Gallery in London. The show is on through Sept. 5 at the Hayward, which is part of the Southbank Centre. Source: Southbank Centre via Bloomberg

June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Can saftig Anna Netrebko still fit into Manon’s party clothes? The Russian star sings Jules Massenet’s sexpot at Covent Garden on Friday evening.

Netrebko plays the title role in the 1884 work at the Royal Opera House. En route to the convent, Manon falls madly in love with the noble Chevalier des Grieux (Vittorio Grigolo), and is soon catapulted into a dizzying world of Parisian debauchery and wealth.

The production, which runs through July 10, is staged by Laurent Pelly, and has Music Director Antonio Pappano at the baton. Information: or +44-20-7240-1200.


If you think chairs are for sitting, think again.

“New Decor,” at the Hayward Gallery, explodes the notion of furniture as comfy and functional. Items you see here have no purpose: They’re subversive art. The mischievous works by Monica Bonvicini could be sex-club props -- a hammock made of metal chains, a lounger woven with leather belts.

One floor up is Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s experiential kingdom. Neto invites you to wander through a tunnel of stretched tulle (weighed down with pouches of spice or pebbles), walk up ladders for an aerial view, and take a dip in the pool on the terrace.

“New Decor” and “Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World” -- both through Sept. 5 -- are at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre. Information: or call +44-20-7960-4200.

Saturday Night

The list of stars at the three-day Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park grows every year, with Stevie Wonder topping the bill on Saturday night. Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae and James Morrison are onstage earlier in the evening.

Those attending the whole event also will catch Paul McCartney and Crosby, Stills and Nash on Sunday, with Pearl Jam on Friday. Hard Rock Calling will never be as cool as Glastonbury, though it’s a lot easier for Londoners to get home at the end of the shows.



Imagine a fair where you can buy a Picasso painting, a 1936 Bentley, fine wine and a rare gem -- all in one place.

“Masterpiece London” is a new multidisciplinary one-stop shop for those who still have spending power. More than 100 booths offer art and antiques, classic cars, photographs, design and jewelry.

The fair is at the former Chelsea Barracks on Chelsea Bridge Road, London SW1 through June 29. Information: or call +44-20-7499-7470.

The Caprice restaurant group has a venue on the site. Information: or call +44-7884-301722. More enticing is the nearby 101 Pimlico Road, a British bistro. Information: or call +44-20-7730-0202.

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

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at

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