Knightley’s Tryst, Cee Lo Green, Tracking Jack: London Weekend
Rockers get the best of both worlds at Wembley Arena on Friday, from abrasive metal to smooth soul.
The NME Awards 2011 Big Gig stage hosts Cee Lo Green, whose silky voice has graced hits such as “Forget You.” The show is headlined by the Foo Fighters, led by Dave Grohl, who is this year’s winner of the NME’s “Godlike Genius” Award. Support acts include Band of Horses and No Age.
Queen Victoria was an amateur watercolorist who packed her paints in a canvas-and-leather satchel.
The faded shoulder bag is displayed in Tate Britain’s “Watercolour,” a survey of the medium’s evolving role -- as an aristocratic pastime, a precursor of photography and a chronicler of the horrors of war.
The standout work is Turner’s “The Blue Rigi” (1842), rescued from export by a 2007 national fundraising campaign. It’s a tough act to follow, as the works of later artists in the exhibition abundantly demonstrate.
“Watercolour” is at Tate Britain through Aug. 21. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.
Osteria Dell’Angolo, a short walk away, serves contemporary Italian cuisine. The lunchtime prix-fixe menu is 19.50 pounds for three courses and 15 pounds for two. Information: http://bit.ly/hBoS2P or +44-20-3268-1077.
Osteria’s closed on Sundays, when a good alternative is the Tate’s Rex Whistler restaurant, known for its wine list and its murals. Information: http://bit.ly/9qL3Y or +44-20- 7887-8825.
Did she or didn’t she?
Keira Knightley keeps you guessing as the straitlaced 1930s schoolteacher accused of having a lesbian affair with a colleague in “The Children’s Hour.” Knightley gives a credible performance, facing down critics who sometimes sniff at her acting.
Other names in the cast: Elisabeth Moss (from “Mad Men”) as her presumed lover, and Ellen Burstyn as the accusing student’s high-born grandmother. Lillian Hellman wrote the play.
“The Children’s Hour” is at the Comedy Theatre through May 7. Information: http://www.ambassadortickets.com or +44- 844-871-7627.
Spice Market, the pan-Asian restaurant of New York chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has opened nearby at the new W hotel, on Leicester Square. Meals, served all day, include rice-cracker-crusted tuna with citrus-chili sauce. Information: http://bit.ly/hyJjez or +44-20-7758-1088.
Trace the steps of a serial killer as a spooky finale to your weekend.
Jack the Ripper butchered at least five prostitutes in 1888, and was never convincingly identified. A dedicated tour sets out from the Tower of London, winds its way through East End alleys, and culminates in an old Victorian pub where Ripper’s victims downed their pints. The newspaper headlines and period photos on the walls keep it real.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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