A platoon of foul-mouthed Scots is blasting its way back onto the London stage.
“Black Watch” tracks the Scottish regiment’s deployment in Iraq. As they endure the banality of war, bored boys put up nude posters, pine for cheese on toast, and get caught with their pants down by their commander.
Don’t miss the clever stage gimmickry: a pool table doubling as a tank, a soldier narrating the regiment’s history while peers change him into and out of corresponding costumes.
“Black Watch” is at the Barbican Theatre, the Friday performance is at 7:45 p.m. Information: http://www.barbican.org.uk or +44-20-7638-4141.
Sedap, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Barbican, is an authentic and inexpensive Malaysian restaurant that draws fans from across London: http://www.sedap.co.uk/. Even closer, Baracca is an old-style neighborhood Italian eatery at 2c Cherry Walk, on Whitecross Street. Tel. +44-20-7588-0710.
An undressed man neatly cuts open his torso, then hacks off his toes with a chainsaw.
Sound like a gory movie? It’s a line-drawn animation piece by Kristian de la Riva, part of this year’s young-artist survey New Contemporaries, which in the past revealed Damien Hirst.
Elsewhere, artist Greta Alfaro films vultures swooping in on a lavish outdoor banquet table. The hungry birds knock down chairs and smash plates as they fight over the roast. A metaphor for our gluttonous times?
“New Contemporaries 2010” is at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Mall, SW1, and sponsored by Bloomberg LP, parent company of Bloomberg News. Information: http://www.ica.org.uk or +44-20-7930-3647.
Albannach restaurant and whisky bar, on Trafalgar Square, is handy for the ICA: http://www.albannach.co.uk/. If you are looking for gourmet food on a budget, book early at Les Deux Salons for the 15.50 pounds pretheater menu: http://www.lesdeuxsalons.co.uk/.
Duffy, Cee Lo Green and Black Eyed Peas play the O2 on Saturday, with Kylie Minogue and Akon on Sunday as the Jingle Bell Ball crams more than 20 acts into two nights that promise to be a blend of tackiness and high-power glitz.
The winter festival’s stage also will pile on the tinsel for mini-sets from Jason Derulo and teen favorite band JLS. It’s hosted by Capital FM radio presenters.
A 50-year-old Norwegian spruce that was shipped and trucked to London goes up in city center this weekend.
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, a gift of the Norwegian people since 1947, will stay until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas. Evening caroling starts there later this month.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)