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Grace Jones in Lovebox, Gorilla Art, Domingo: London Weekend

Violinist Nicola Benedetti. Benedetti makes her debut at the annual BBC3 Proms concert series this year in London. Source: BBC Proms via Bloomberg
Violinist Nicola Benedetti. Benedetti makes her debut at the annual BBC3 Proms concert series this year in London. Source: BBC Proms via Bloomberg

Dizzee Rascal opens the Lovebox Weekender festival, which has now grown to a three-day rock event in east London’s Victoria Park.

The rapper’s Friday night show has the Noisettes in support. Saturday’s lineup is led by 1970s rockers Roxy Music and Mark Ronson, the producer of Amy Winehouse. Scary diva Grace Jones brings the show to a close on Sunday after a set from electropop band Hot Chip.



Art’s answer to MySpace has taken over the Royal Academy.

Since 1768, any artist can make a submission to the RA’s annual Summer Exhibition. This year, some 1,200 works crowd the main galleries, and most are for sale (you’ll find the prices in the handy little booklet).

It’s an uneven lineup, and your eyes may be drawn to the older masters dotting the show (Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, David Hockney, Anthony Caro). Still, there’s something for all tastes and budgets in this apercu of the U.K. visual-arts scene.

A highlight: the hulking gorilla made of wire coat hangers by David Mach, which turned heads at the Abu Dhabi Art Fair in November. See also Mach’s collage “Babel Towers.”

Information: or call +44-844-209-1919.

Saturday Night

The play that convinced Arthur Miller to carry on writing for theater is now at the Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue.

“All My Sons” is based on a true story spotted in the Ohio press by Miller’s then mother-in-law. It’s about a family man whose sale of faulty plane parts to the U.S. military causes World War II deaths that come back to haunt him. The staging by Howard Davies stars David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker.

Information: or call +44-845-505-8500.

Those who prefer an evening of high-caliber Brazilian vocals can hear Maria Bethania at the Royal Festival Hall. Information: or call +44-844-875-0073.

Gauthier serves exquisite small plates of seasonal French cuisine in a Regency-style Soho townhouse. The lunch and pre-theater menu is 18 pounds for two courses, 25 pounds for three. Information: or call +44-20-7494-311.


Few were lucky enough over the last month to hear star tenor Placido Domingo in a baritone role: Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” at the Royal Opera. Sunday is a chance to watch him do it all over again, for a costumed and semi-staged version in the gigantic Royal Albert Hall.

The Proms, that much-loved British concert series started 115 years ago, open Friday with a staggering 500-member chorus performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Saturday comes Welsh singer Bryn Terfel in Wagner’s “The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.”

Also performing between now and Sept. 11 are soprano Renee Fleming, conductor Simon Rattle, and two musicians making Prom debuts: violinist Nicola Benedetti and jazzman Jamie Cullum.

Information: or +44-845-401-5040.

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

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