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X Factor Star, Creed’s Moms, Bernhard, Flamenco: London Weekend

Alexandra Burke, winner of the U.K.'s
Alexandra Burke, winner of the U.K.'s "The X Factor" show, has started her "All Night Long Tour," with hits that include "Hallelujah" and "Bad Boys." Source: Hackford Jones PR via Bloomberg

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Alexandra Burke is in London with her “All Night Long Tour,” determined to prove there is life after “The X Factor.”

The 22-year-old, who won the U.K. television contest in 2008, performs hits “Bad Boys” and “Start Without You” as disco lights beam on her spandex dress. Expect dance-hall reggae, tracks from Burke’s planned second album, and her most famous number: a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

IndigO2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. Information: or +44-20-8463-2000.


Martin Creed, who once sent runners sprinting through Tate Britain, is now fixating on a woman’s bubbies.

The art world’s emperor has thought hard and come up with a black-and-white film, seductively titled “Work No. 1071,” which zooms in on a nipple. After many a still moment, the woman’s hand gives it a forceful shake.

As you may remember, he once exhibited a crumpled piece of paper.

The showstopper at Hauser & Wirth is a spinning, motor-powered neon inscription -- “MOTHERS” -- that speeds up as if to whack you in the face, then slows.

Hauser & Wirth is on 23 Savile Row, W1S 2ET. Information: or +44-20-7287-2300.

Cecconi’s, near Savile Row, is a fashionable Italian restaurant with a Mayfair address reflected in its clientele and prices. Busy day and night, it’s popular for breakfast, when you can have black-truffle scrambled eggs with your cappuccino. Or there’s brunch, with calamari fritti and a glass of Prosecco. Information: or +44-20-7434-1500.

Saturday Night

Political correctness takes a beating in a production that just transferred to the West End.

Bruce Norris’s “Clybourne Park” follows the mutations of a house in suburban America as the demographics change. White neighbors in 1959 try to stop its sale to a “colored” family. Black neighbors in 2009 try to prevent its flattening by a white family.

In either case, small talk turns to straight talk as the two sides acknowledge the elephant in the room: race.

“Clybourne Park,” nominated for several Olivier Awards including best director and best new play, is at Wyndham’s Theatre. Information: or +44-844-482-5120.

J Sheekey, around the corner, is perfect for a bite. There’s a pretheater offer of fish and chips and a glass of wine for 16.50 pounds ($26.50). Or there’s the Oyster Bar next door, with a Fashion Week offer of half-a-dozen oysters and a glass of Pol Roger Pure for 15.75 pounds from Feb. 14-27. Information: or +44-20-7240-2565.


A dancing Carmen brings her cigarette girls and men in uniform to Sadler’s Wells.

Compania Aida Gomez’s “Carmen” is part of the flamenco festival (through Feb. 19), which this year also stars Spain’s two greatest female dancers. Rocio Molina performs lightning footwork in sweat pants, puffing on a cigarillo; Eva Yerbabuena introduces a potter’s wheel into her emotive choreography.

Information: or +44-844-412-4300.

Alternatively, comedienne Sandra Bernhard is in town with her mix of laughs and rock ‘n’ roll. Past victims of her lampooning: Madonna, a onetime friend, and Sarah Palin, the wolf-shooting, moose-eating presidential aspirant.

Information: or +44-844-873-3433.

(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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