Stevie Wonder, Paris Debauchery, Dream Bentley: London Weekend
Can saftig Anna Netrebko still fit into Manon’s party clothes? The Russian star sings Jules Massenet’s sexpot at Covent Garden on Friday evening.
Netrebko plays the title role in the 1884 work at the Royal Opera House. En route to the convent, Manon falls madly in love with the noble Chevalier des Grieux (Vittorio Grigolo), and is soon catapulted into a dizzying world of Parisian debauchery and wealth.
If you think chairs are for sitting, think again.
“New Decor,” at the Hayward Gallery, explodes the notion of furniture as comfy and functional. Items you see here have no purpose: They’re subversive art. The mischievous works by Monica Bonvicini could be sex-club props -- a hammock made of metal chains, a lounger woven with leather belts.
One floor up is Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s experiential kingdom. Neto invites you to wander through a tunnel of stretched tulle (weighed down with pouches of spice or pebbles), walk up ladders for an aerial view, and take a dip in the pool on the terrace.
The list of stars at the three-day Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park grows every year, with Stevie Wonder topping the bill on Saturday night. Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae and James Morrison are onstage earlier in the evening.
Those attending the whole event also will catch Paul McCartney and Crosby, Stills and Nash on Sunday, with Pearl Jam on Friday. Hard Rock Calling will never be as cool as Glastonbury, though it’s a lot easier for Londoners to get home at the end of the shows.
Imagine a fair where you can buy a Picasso painting, a 1936 Bentley, fine wine and a rare gem -- all in one place.
“Masterpiece London” is a new multidisciplinary one-stop shop for those who still have spending power. More than 100 booths offer art and antiques, classic cars, photographs, design and jewelry.
The fair is at the former Chelsea Barracks on Chelsea Bridge Road, London SW1 through June 29. Information: http://www.masterpiecefair.com or call +44-20-7499-7470.
The Caprice restaurant group has a venue on the site. Information: http://bit.ly/cW5Rcm or call +44-7884-301722. More enticing is the nearby 101 Pimlico Road, a British bistro. Information: http://www.101pimlicoroad.co.uk/ or call +44-20-7730-0202.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)