Hard rock takes over London’s Roundhouse tomorrow night, with a show full of punks, aggressive guitarists dressed in black leather and posters of rats.
It’s part of a drive by the Stranglers to chart in five straight decades. The band is promoting its CD “Giants” and a greatest-hits CD, which contains the upbeat “No More Heroes” and “Peaches” as well as the hushed “Golden Brown.”
Sinead O’Connor, Annie Lennox, Katy B and Emeli Sande are some of the stars taking part in the weekend-long “WOW -- Women of the World” festival at the Southbank Centre.
O’Connor plays the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, while the others take part in a joint “Equals Live 2012” concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday.
WOW’s big program, put together by Jude Kelly, also has talks by Cherie Blair on mentoring, Patrick Stewart on domestic violence and Mary Portas on campaigning. There are also debates about cosmetic surgery, Margaret Thatcher as a feminist icon and sexual inequality in sport. Ruby Wax and Judith Owen are performing their comedy “Losing It,” while Mary Pickford’s silent movies are screened to newly created musical soundtracks.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, until March 11. The festival is supported by Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News. See http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/wow
Beg, steal or borrow if you don’t have tickets to “Noises Off” at the Old Vic. Michael Frayn’s 1982 play tells the story of a group of touring actors trying to put on a show called “Nothing On.”
As pants drop, dresses fall off, doors are slammed and chaos ensues, one character is left gasping “this is getting farcical” -- when things could hardly be more like an old-fashioned bedroom farce.
The show was extended after rave reviews and the entire run sold out: The curtain comes down for the last time on March 10. Fortunately, the show is set to return March 24 at the Novello in Aldwych. Information: http:/www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.
If you can’t get into “Noises Off,” a very different evening is on offer at the Almeida. March 10 is also its last night. Bijan Sheibani’s production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” is transposed to rural Iran. Information: http://www.almeida.co.uk or +44-20-7359-4404.
View the work of an artist who still lives in the mental hospital she checked herself into in the late 1970s.
Tate Modern has a big exhibition devoted to Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese painter-performer-peacenik who took New York by storm in the 1960s and who is now 82, wheelchair-bound and still fond of polka dots.
The exhibition has lots of dotty installations as well as two rooms full of soft sculptures of the male organ that reflect the artist’s low opinion of men.
“Yayoi Kusama” is at Tate Modern, London, through June 5. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern or +44-20-7887-8888.
When visiting Tate Modern, it’s worth taking the time to walk to the Menier Chocolate Factory. The arts venue has a modern European restaurant. Diners with a sweet tooth may opt for the Chocolate Platter. The rest of us can just make do with goat’s cheese, burgers and other cocoa-free options. Information: https://www.menierchocolatefactory.com/ or +22-020-7234 9610
Six of the world’s leading women chefs team up in London this weekend for a series of three dinners in which a U.K. star collaborates with an overseas counterpart. On Sunday night, it’s Angela Hartnett of Murano with Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, in New York. The following night, Clare Smyth, Gordon Ramsay’s head chef, pairs with Helena Rizzo of Mani in Sao Paulo. On Tuesday, it’s Anna Hansen of Modern Pantry with Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, South Africa.
The evenings have been devised by Hartnett and the food writer Fiona Sims and will be held at 1 Lombard Street. Tickets for the five-course meals cost 150 pounds ($236). To make a booking, contact Elena Leva on 44-20-7929-9511 or email@example.com.
(Mark Beech and Farah Nayeri write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)