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Oxbridge Race, Elvis Returns, Nude Venus: Great London Weekend

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Michael Malarkey as Elvis Presley in "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Noel Coward Theatre, in London. The scene begins as a recording studio, and changes to a more abstract setting for the final medley of numbers. Photographer: Tristram Kenton/Jo Allan PR via Bloomberg

Rockers of all kinds take over the Royal Albert Hall this weekend, including Liam Gallagher, Miles Kane, Editors, Tinie Tempah and Jessie J.

All are joining concerts for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which has become a spring fixture at the hall. Gallagher, the former front man of Oasis, shows off his latest group Beady Eye tomorrow; Editors headline on Saturday; Tempah -- best British breakthrough artist at the Brit awards in February -- performs on March 27.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP. Information: +44 207 589 8212, or

Racine, a brisk 10-minute walk from the Albert Hall, has turned into a destination for fans of chef Henry Harris’s French country cooking. The wine list is another draw. Information: or +44-20-7584-4477.

For a late bite, the casual Balans is open till midnight. Information: or +44-020-7376-0115.


Oxford and Cambridge Universities go oar-to-oar in a Thames river race that originated in 1829.

The two crews board their boats Saturday afternoon from Putney Embankment, after a gold sovereign is tossed to determine which side they row on. They fight to the Mortlake finish past scores of cheering gawkers, as tens of thousands watch live on BBC1, BBC World, BBC America and Eurosport.

Cambridge, last year’s winner, has chalked up the most wins since 1829 -- 80 against Oxford’s 75.


The Brown Dog is a friendly pub in Barnes -- near the race’s finish -- with a fine British seasonal menu. It’s a few blocks from the river, and children and dogs are welcome, so it’s a good place to escape the crowds. Book ahead if you want to eat. There’s no TV, so if you try too many of the real ales, you could miss the 5 p.m. race.

Information: or +44-20-8392-2200.

Saturday Night

A 1956 recording session featuring Elvis Presley is being recreated on the London stage.

“Million Dollar Quartet,” a Broadway show, has the King teaming up with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins in Memphis, Tennessee. They race through tracks including “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

The live singing is solid, particularly in the final medley. It’s the linking narration that could use some work.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is at the Noel Coward Theatre. Information: or +44-844-482-5141.


He was known for his chaste Madonnas. Yet the Renaissance artist Jan Gossaert produced plenty of naughty nudes.

A roomful of his erotica including his famous part-uncovered Venus is in the National Gallery.

Gossaert’s portraits give his sitters framed, architectural backdrops, creating a 3-D effect -- without the silly glasses.

“Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance” is at the National Gallery through May 30. Information: or call +44-20-7747-2423.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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