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Travolta Disco Suit, Hack Satire, McQueen: London Weekend

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Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- British journalism gets a drubbing in a quirky London theater production.

“Enquirer” is set in different parts of an empty building near the Barbican. You’re constantly on the move, viewing skits rooted in real life that show media people as bribing boozers.

The staging is full of surprises. One minute, you watch an old-school editor being interviewed at his leather-topped desk; the next, you see the doors of a standing cabinet slide open to reveal a reporter clicking at a newspaper-wrapped typewriter.

The text is less gripping, full of banal musings and lots of expletives. “Journalism is a sexy profession full of ugly people,” goes one of the better lines.

“Enquirer,” which ends tomorrow, is still worth seeing for its inventiveness and first-class cast.

Mother at the Trampery, 188-192 St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JY, until Oct. 21. Information: +44-20-7638 8891 or http://www.barbican.org.uk.

If all this drama leaves you hungry, Burger & Lobster has just opened a branch nearby on St. John Street. The choice is simply burger or lobster and the price -- with a side salad and fries -- is 20 pounds ($32.30). There’s no website or phone number yet. The address is 40 St. John Street, EC1M 41Y. For Burger & Lobster: http://burgerandlobster.com/.

Saturday

It’s been 35 years since John Travolta worked the dance floor in his flashy white “Saturday Night Fever” disco suit.

The suit is now on display in a show of Hollywood costumes at the Victoria & Albert Museum. There’s something for every generation: from Judy Garland’s gingham dress in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), to Audrey Hepburn’s chic sheath in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) to Johnny Depp’s scruffy garb in the 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The show ends Jan. 27, 2013. Information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/hollywoodcostume or +44-20-7907-7073.

Rocca di Papa is a neighborhood Italian a short walk from the V&A. It’s in a building that was once part of Christie’s and retains the original features. Information: http://www.roccarestaurants.com/ or +44-20-7225-3413.

Saturday Night

Steve Miller’s band is playing a rare show in London. The guitar ace, who had a 17-year break between albums until “Bingo!” in 2010, will be reprising his hits “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle” “Abracadabra” and “Rock’n Me.”

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH: +44-844-482-8008, http://www.roundhouse.org.uk or http://www.stevemillerband.com/

Rock fans are spoiled for choice tonight. Toyah is back, with support acts including electropop act Shh. Alternatively, the Cribs join the Q Awards series of concerts.

O2 Academy Islington, Parkfield, N1 OPS: +44-844-477-2000 or http://www.toyahwillcox.com. Q Awards, The Forum, 9 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY: +44-844-847-2405; http://www.hmvforum.com.

Sunday

Steve McQueen aims a pistol, drives a Jag and takes a sulfur bath with his wife in 1963 photographs you can see at the Atlas Gallery.

The intimate shots by Life magazine’s John Dominis date back to a time when the racecar-loving McQueen was yet to become the world’s most popular actor. His untimely death in 1980 at age 50 makes the pictures that much more touching.

“Steve McQueen: King of Cool” ends Oct. 27 at the Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, W1U 7NF. Information: http://www.atlasgallery.com or +44-20-7224-4192.

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

To contact the writer on this story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

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

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