Warhol’s Elvis, Killing Joke, Flamenco: London Weekend
They just want to be celebrities.
Seventeen dancers in “A Chorus Line” bare their souls every night on the London stage as they try out in front of a hard-nosed director. Pirouettes and prepared routines are meshed with spontaneous confessions of self-hatred and chest augmentation.
The perms and shiny leotards may look dated, yet there’s plenty of drama to keep you going for two hours with no break.
“A Chorus Line” is at the London Palladium, Argyll Street, W1F 7TF. Information: http://www.achoruslinelondon.com or +44-844-412-2957.
Brasserie Chavot, near the Palladium, is an all-singing, all-dancing place to eat. Eric Chavot, who held two Michelin stars at the Capital, is one of London’s most respected chefs. His brasserie opened this week. The website isn’t fully operational, so for bookings dial +44-20-7078-9577, and for the address and other details see http://brasseriechavot.com/.
The Tate Gallery was repeatedly bombed during World War II, and has the pockmarks to prove it.
Turner Prizewinning artist Simon Starling uses that history as a starting point for a film installation in what’s now Tate Britain’s columned main hall. His roving camera captures works that were once shown there and that touch on violence. Examples: Picasso’s “The Charnel House” (1944-5), Fiona Banner’s “Jaguar” warplane (2010), and Warhol’s “Triple Elvis” (1963), where the rocker stands, legs apart, pointing a gun.
Starling’s “Phantom Ride,” part of a series of commissions sponsored by Sotheby’s, ends Oct. 20. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.
It’s a busy weekend for rock fans. Shows include the Yardbirds at Twickenham Stadium and Stranglers at the Roundhouse Friday; the much-tipped Courteeners at the O2 Academy Brixton Saturday and troubadour Billy Bragg at Rough Trade East Sunday.
Fans of post-punk anarchy will probably be heading to Kentish Town for the long-awaited return of Killing Joke. The band, led by Jaz Coleman, specializes in humor as dark as its name. Songs like “Love Like Blood” and “Empire Song” will be revived with maximum feedback and plenty of punk sneers.
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY. Information: http://www.killingjoke.com/
It’s not strictly true that there’s only one place to eat in Kentish Town: Chicken Shop, a destination for food fans, is also home to Dirty Burger. This twin venue, an offshoot of Soho House, is a magnet for carnivores. Information: http://www.chickenshop.com/ or +44-20-3310-2020. (For Dirty Burger: http://www.eatdirtyburger.com/ or +44-20-3310-2010.)
Gustavo Dudamel is sure to give his all performing Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with the LA Philharmonic on Sunday. His four-day residency also includes an open rehearsal (with Dudamel leading a mixed-ability young orchestra) and the European premiere of a John Adams oratorio. Information: http://www.barbican.org.uk or +44-20-7638-8891.
The Sadler’s Wells flamenco festival turns 10 with a powerful lineup featuring the fast-footed gypsy Farruquito (Sunday), the top female star Eva Yerbabuena (Friday and Saturday), and next week, the inventive Rocio Molina -- currently one of Sadler’s Wells young associate artists. Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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