Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Actress Natalie Portman’s fiance -- who had a minor role in “Black Swan” and masterminded her moves -- shows off his best work at Sadler’s Wells.
Benjamin Millepied’s choreography is a highlight of the American Ballet Theater’s mixed bill on Friday night. A parade of guys in loose waistcoats and girls in Grecian tunics twitch and toss in a seamless blend of ballet and athletics. Shame about the screechy live music.
Information: http://www.sadlerswells.org.uk or +844-412-4300.
The flies are feasting on an artwork by Damien Hirst.
Trapped in a giant vitrine, they suck at the leftovers of a barbecue: roast fowl, red meat slabs, chunky fries, dollops of ketchup and a cow’s head bleeding under the picnic table.
“Let’s Eat Outdoors Today” (1990-91) is the showstopper in the Royal Academy of Art’s Modern British Sculpture exhibition, a sleekly laid out though sparse selection with glaring omissions (Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor).
Don’t miss Anthony Caro’s bright-red contraption and Barbara Hepworth’s memorial with a hole at the top: A version of it stands outside New York’s United Nations building.
The show ends on April 7. Information: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk or +44-20-7300-8000.
The new Restaurant at the Royal Academy offers all-day dining with waiter service. By restaurateur Oliver Peyton, who brought fine food to London’s National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, it serves wild-sea-bass ceviche, with pink pepper, as well as pheasant with sherry sauce. Information: +44-20-7300-5608 or http://bit.ly/f7uLS7.
Hotly tipped rock acts are taking part in HMV’s Next Big Thing concerts across eight London venues through Feb. 13. Saturday night’s shows include Gaggle, a 22-member female choir that will crowd the stage at the Borderline.
The festival also includes Caitlin Rose, Funeral for a Friend, Yoav, Sunday Girl and James Blake.
Over at the National Theatre, Rebecca Hall -- the uptight Vicky in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” -- headlines a staging of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by her dad, director Peter Hall.
She plays a girl who passes herself off as a boy and sparks a flurry of erotic misunderstandings. Her gender-bending outfit: a snugly fitted dark-red doublet and breeches.
The elder Hall, meanwhile, has a barebones directing style that sometimes slows down the production.
“Twelfth Night” ends March 2. Information: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or +44-20-7452-3000.
Nearby Skylon is a good place to eat light, fresh dishes created by Finnish chef Helena Puolakka -- a protegee of culinary masters Pierre Gagnaire and Pierre Koffmann. Pre- and post-theater menus start at 26.75 pounds ($43.29). Information: +44-20-7654-7800 or http://bit.ly/hXck8z.
Charles Dickens was also an actor.
Find out more by joining a London walk that starts every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Covent Garden Tube station and winds up at the Charles Dickens Museum. Call before you go.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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