Peter Doherty Snarls, Warhol’s Queen, Guillem: London Weekend

Sylvie Guillem in "Bye," a solo that was created for her by choreographer Mats Ek. The French-born dancer is at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, performing work by Ek and William Forsythe. Photographer: Bill Cooper/Sadler's Wells via Bloomberg

Peter Doherty is returning to music after years of being in the headlines for his personal life. The one-time fiance of Kate Moss, friend of Amy Winehouse and drug addict is playing a solo show on Friday.

Doherty, who has fronted the Libertines and Babyshambles, added the gig after sell-out tour dates in May. Since his solo CD “Grace/Wastelands” he has written dozens of autobiographical songs, biting back at press coverage.

Peter Doherty, supported by the View. O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL. Information: +44-844-477-2000 or,


The artist who once displayed actress Tilda Swinton in a vitrine has made a selection of her own favorite works from the U.K. government’s collection.

Cornelia Parker has come up with a clever, color-coordinated array you can see at the Whitechapel Gallery.

On the blue-themed wall is a Warhol portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The red wall features Jake and Dinos Chapman’s skulls and plastic eyeballs. Peter Blake’s screenprint of the Beatles is amid the mainly yellow artworks.

Hanging nearby is another fabulous quartet: Gillian Wearing’s “The Garden” (1997) shows the artist and other women wearing only T-shirts with mischievous messages.

The show is at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX, through Dec. 4. Information: +44-20-7522-7888 or

If you’re visiting Whitechapel and want to try dishes from the Indian subcontinent, Mirch Masala is a cut above many of the curry houses on Brick Lane. This informal venue is inexpensive, with a wide choice of meat and vegetarian dishes. Information: or +44-20-7377-0155.

The Royal Ballet is staging “Jewels” by George Balanchine, inspired by his daily walks past the gem-filled vitrines on Fifth Avenue. The company rolls out its stars for a Saturday matinee, dressing them in sparkling green, red and white costumes representing emeralds, rubies and diamonds.

“Jewels” ends its run on Oct. 5. Information: or +44-20-7304-4000.

Saturday Night

Very hot tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the randy old philosopher in Gounod’s “Faust” at the Royal Opera House. The diverting staging by David McVicar includes a can-can scene at the Enfer cabaret and soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the doomed Marguerite.

“Faust,” at the Royal Opera House, ends on Oct. 10. Information: or +44-20-7304-4000.

Theater buffs may opt to step back in time at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is reviving medieval mystery plays. The adaptations by Tony Harrison cut the original works to a manageable three hours. The evening runs from a comic Creation scene to a scary Last Judgment, with parts of the audience getting consigned to heaven or hell.

Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. Information: or +44-20-7902-1400.


Sylvie Guillem -- who famously walked out on Rudolf Nureyev during his stewardship of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1989 -- is not ready to hang up her pointes.

Still defying gravity at 46, Guillem now gets her kicks from the contemporary repertoire. Watch her on Sunday night perform two tailor-made pieces: “Rearray” by William Forsythe, and “Bye” from Mats Ek, which is about “a woman who takes leave of a certain stage in her life.”

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

Exmouth Market, a 10-minute walk from Sadler’s Wells, is filled with restaurants and bars. If the weather’s good, it’s hard to resist a seat outside Caravan, where you may share a table and enjoy inexpensive treats or sip coffee. Information: or +44-20-7833-8115.

(Farah Nayeri and Mark Beech write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

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