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Eric Clapton, Lang Lang Play; Miro’s Fury: Great London Weekend

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A neon sign designed by artist Tracey Emin in the entrance to Mark Hix's pop-up restaurant at the Frieze Art Fair in London. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

May 21 (Bloomberg) -- Eric Clapton is settling in for a two-week annual residency.

The Royal Albert Hall is being taken over by the guitarist for a series of laid-back shows that will include a lot of blues, some sit-down acoustic folk numbers and hits such as “Layla” and “I Shot the Sheriff.”

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP. Clapton’s gigs continue through June 1, some with Steve Winwood as co-star. Information: +44-207-589-8212, http://www.royalalberthall.com/ or http://www.ericclapton.com/.

Casa Brindisa serves Spanish wines and tapas just a few minutes from the Royal Albert Hall. You can order a la carte or opt for set menus at 24.95 pounds ($40.25) and 29.95 pounds.

Information: http://www.brindisa.com/restaurants/ or +44-20-7590-0008.

Saturday

Joan Miro’s 1937 painting “Still Life With Old Shoe” is a highlight of a Tate Modern retrospective featuring more than 150 works from around the world. The Miro still life was born from his fury at the destruction wrought by the Spanish Civil War.

Instead of the traditional depiction of beautiful objects, he turned to household garbage -- a smashed bottle, moldy bread, a rotten apple speared by a fork, a trampled boot. Miro puts them into a violently discolored setting, heavy with funereal black and blood red.

Visitors see how Miro’s early images of the Catalan countryside become Surreal and uncompromising. His vision darkened as Civil War became World War, and he ends with striking abstracts, full of blobs and squiggles.

“Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape” is at Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG, through Sept. 11. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern or call +44-207-887-8888.

Saturday Night

This weekend is your last opportunity to catch French romance on the stage of the Gielgud Theatre.

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” which closes on May 21, offers a nostalgic look at first love. Guy Fouchier, a 20-year-old auto mechanic, woos 17-year-old Genevieve Emery. He has to leave for an army posting in Algeria. They go their separate ways, while always remembering what they had.

The show is based on Jacques Demy’s 1964 film that starred a young Catherine Deneuve and featured Michel Legrand songs later recorded by Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.

The Gielgud, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR. Information: http://tinyurl.com/4gdg5e8 or call +44-844-482-5130.

Hix is one of London’s most fashionable restaurants. Don’t let that put you off this venue, near the Gielgud. The basement cocktail bar is a hidden gem and head chef Kevin Gratton serves British dishes such as roast Middle White pork in the ground-floor dining room. Information: http://www.hixsoho.co.uk/ or +44-20-7292-3518.

Sunday

Lang Lang, China’s best-known musical export, joins 100 young players for a Sunday-afternoon piano extravaganza at the Royal Festival Hall.

Fifty Steinway grands will be crammed on the main stage for Lang Lang and his fellow instrumentalists, aged between 5 and 24. Together, they’ll play pieces by Schubert, Bach and Beethoven -- in special arrangements for multiple pianos.

The concert is part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain celebrations, sponsored by MasterCard. Information: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk or +44-844-875-0073.

(Mark Beech writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer on the story: Mark Beech in London at mbeech@bloomberg.net or http://twitter.com/Mark_Beech.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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