Manic Rockers, Hirst Butterfly, Afrobeat Party: London Weekend

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''Venice 2'' by Tom Leighton is on sale by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery at the London Art Fair, which ends Jan. 23rd. Source: Cynthia Corbett Gallery via Bloomberg

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers storm the O2 Academy Brixton this weekend with hits including “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next.”

The trio canceled London shows last year after lead singer James Dean Bradfield got laryngitis. Back at his throaty best, Bradfield promotes the new album “Postcards From a Young Man.” The support act is British Sea Power, whose CD “Valhalla Dancehall” was out this month.

Friday and Saturday. O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL. Information: http://www.manicstreetpreachers.com, http://www.o2academybrixton.co.uk, +44-905-020-3999 or http://www.britishseapower.co.uk

Saturday

A human skull with a checkerboard drawn over it sits proudly inside Tate Modern.

This is no copy of Damien Hirst’s diamond-studded cranium: It’s Gabriel Orozco’s “Black Kites,” made a decade before.

The Mexican artist divides opinion with his works, such as a sliced-up gray Citroen DS. The car is now an engine-less single-seater, with headlights that practically touch.

Orozco’s solo show is at Tate Modern through April 25. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.

Saturday Night

This weekend is your last chance to shimmy in the stalls at the National Theatre.

“Fela!” remembers musician-activist Fela Kuti, who so enraged the Nigerian military that they burned down his home and threw his elderly mother from a window.

Director-choreographer Bill T. Jones skims over those episodes in a cheery 1970s party full of Afrobeat, bell bottoms, booty shakes and sax solos.

“Fela!” transfers to the Sadler's Wells Theatre from July 20 to Aug. 28. Information: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or call +44-20-7452-3000.

The nearby Waterloo Bar & Grill is the Waterloo Brasserie’s new incarnation, with a fresh menu and an updated look. The makeover happened this week, so you should get a warm welcome: http://www.thewaterloobrasserie.com/

Sunday

A Hirst butterfly can be yours for less than 4,000 pounds ($6,396) at the London Art Fair. Not a dead butterfly: a foil block, from his signed series at the Paul Stolper stand.

Two floors up is the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, founded by a former City banker with an eye for up-and-comers. Her star artist: Tom Leighton, whose seamless photographs are actually a painstaking montage of images he takes in multiple cities -- Beijing, Venice, Dubai, Paris, New York.

The London Art Fair is at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1. Information: http://www.londonartfair.co.uk and http://www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com.

Caravan is a great casual eatery a short walk away that roasts its own coffee. Or how about home-cured organic salmon and scrambled egg on grain toast? http://bit.ly/a1TWz1. For Indian cuisine, try Spices, which is winning favor with food lovers for its fresh dishes. Tel. +44-20-7837-7151.

(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 farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at mbeech@bloomberg.net.