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Katy Perry Shakes, Mapplethorpe Shocks, Wizard: London Weekend

Katy Perry
Pop singer Katy Perry on the cover of her CD "Teenage Dream." The star is touring Europe in support of her third studio album. Source: Capitol Records via Bloomberg

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Katy Perry performs her hits “I Kissed a Girl” and “Firework” in London concerts that combine disco, rock and racy costume changes.

The pop princess, 26, reprises her chart-topping “California Gurls” -- originally featuring Snoop Dogg -- in the hope that her stage pizzazz will eclipse her fame as the wife of comedian Russell Brand.

Performances run March 17-19. Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH. Information: +44-844-844-4748;

River Cafe, favorite stop for food lovers, is convenient for the Apollo. The restaurant that brought seasonal Italian cuisine to London counts TV chef Jamie Oliver among its alumni.

Information:, +44-20-7386-4200.


“Rotten material” is the label U.S. Senator Jesse Helms once slapped on the work of Robert Mapplethorpe.

The photographer’s shots of exposed men now star in an exhibition curated by the Scissor Sisters. Pert bottoms and bonded males hang alongside derivative works by contemporary artists -- nude sketches, folding screens, star-shaped mirrors.

Make time for the documentary playing on the chunky old TV set: Art dealer Leo Castelli and artist Louise Bourgeois remember what it was like sitting for the senator’s pet peeve.

“Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work” ends Saturday at the Alison Jacques Gallery, 16-18 Berners Street, London W1T 3LN. Information: or +44-20-7631-4720.

Saturday Night

She’s off to see the Wizard.

Dorothy has a great voice and the cutest dog ever in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new staging of “The Wizard of Oz.” She’s played by Danielle Hope, who snagged the part in a TV talent contest.

Lloyd Webber has added a few of his own tunes to the musical’s originals in a lavish production with flying monsters, spinning huts, and a bouncing yellow brick road.

“The Wizard of Oz” is at the London Palladium.

Information: or +44-844-412-2957.


Learn how to compose the perfect cheese platter on your days off.

The riverside Cheese & Wine Festival offers wine tastings, mozzarella and parmigiano recipes, and tips on how to match your Bordeaux with your beef -- free of charge.

The festival runs Friday to Sunday at the Cookery Theatre, Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Information:

L’Art du Fromage is the obvious restaurant for cheese lovers in London. This French establishment in Chelsea has it all -- from Brie de Meaux coated with breadcrumbs; to rump steak with Roquefort butter; to Emmental, Comte and Beaufort fondue flambeed in Kirsch. Don’t miss the cheese board.

Information: or +44-20-7352-2759.

(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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