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Enter Shikari, Cheap Art, Lang Lang: London Weekend

Adam Cooper, Scarlett Strallen and Daniel Crossley in "Singin' in the Rain" at the Palace Theatre in London. The production uses thousands of gallons of water for the famous water dance. Photographer: Manuel Harlan/Premier PR via Bloomberg

British band Enter Shikari is playing in London before crossing the Atlantic for a shot at success in the U.S.

The quartet has built up a U.K. following with its blend of hardcore and metal music. It embarks on a 30-date North American tour next month. If the hype is to be believed, Friday’s show is a last chance to hear the hit-makers behind “Sssnakepit” before they go stadium-sized.

HMV Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH. Information:, or +44-844-844-4748.

Classical music fans will be as far away from Hammersmith as possible Friday -- or at least as far as the Royal Albert Hall. The Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen is playing the last in a three-concert cycle of Beethoven works with Lang Lang. The “King Stephen” Overture, Symphony No. 4 and “Emperor” Piano Concerto are on the program.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Information: +44-845-401-5045;


You can plot the end of the Cold War in a sequence of embroideries hanging in Tate Modern.

The Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti spent time in Afghanistan in the 1970s, where he set up a hotel-commune and had local craftswomen embroider flag-marked maps of the world. The maps were later continued in Pakistan. Studying them, you can chart the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Boetti, a follower of Duchamp and a precursor to the now-crowded conceptual-art posse, also created a lamp in 1967 that lights up randomly for 11 seconds every year. The lamp is in the show, though chances of you seeing it light up are next to nil.

“Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” is at Tate Modern through May 27. Information: or +44-20-7887-8888.

Tsuru, behind Tate Modern, is a small sushi bar whose hot dishes include katsu curry and prawn tempura. The chicken is free range and the yellow-fin tuna line caught. Information: or +44-20-7928-2228.

Saturday Night

If you like getting soaked at the theater, sit in the first five rows of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

As the title track is performed at the Palace Theatre, the stage is flooded with thousands of gallons of water. The actor-dancer in the Gene Kelly role (Adam Cooper, a former Royal Ballet principal) evenly distributes the wetness by blissfully kicking water at the audience.

In director Jonathan Church’s fun staging, the action takes place on a studio film lot. At the Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 8AY. Information: +44-844-412-4656 or

Quo Vadis, a few minutes’ walk from the Palace Theatre, is one of London’s oldest restaurants and also one of the most popular under new chef Jeremy Lee. The all-day theater set menu is 17.50 pounds for two courses and 20 pounds for three. It’s wise to book ahead. Information: or +44-20-7437-9585.


The U.K.’s top graphic artists get to show their work in a grand 18th-century setting.

At Somerset House’s contemporary graphic-art fair, you can pick up a print for as little as 10 pounds ($16). One highlight this year: a pop-up graphic zoo, with prints of just about every animal available from the Nelly Duff booth.

“Pick Me Up: Contemporary Graphic Art Fair” runs through April 1. Information: or +44-20-7845-4600.

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