Davos Summiteer, Dancing Monks, Dexys: London Weekend

A Davos conference panelist, a Picasso dwarf, and dancing monks are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this weekend.


Playwright Bruce Norris is in two places this weekend.

At the Gate Theatre is his “Purple Heart,” about a Vietnam War widow who lives with her teenage son and nosy mother-in-law, and receives a visit from a veteran with a prosthetic hand. Ends April 6: http://www.gatetheater.co.uk or call +44-20-7229-0706.

At the Royal Court is the new Norris play “The Low Road,” a critique of capitalism staged by the theater’s departing artistic director Dominic Cooke. It fast-forwards from colonial America to Davos, where a banker praises greed in a panel. Ends May 11: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com or +44-20-7565-5000.


If you’re at the Barbican cinemas this weekend, there’s a new place to eat next door: Cote, inspired by Paris bistros. The food is good, and the prices reasonable. A main of linguine with seafood, for instance, costs 11.95 pounds ($18). Information: http://www.cote-restaurants.co.uk.

Trinity would be a good restaurant anywhere, and is particularly welcome in Clapham. It’s been a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2006. Chef Adam Byatt is known for the quality of his cooking and ingredients. Sunday lunch is 42 pounds for three courses: http://www.trinityrestaurant.co.uk.


As a 20-year-old, Picasso was confident and prolific.

“Yo Picasso” (1901) is the title he gave a self-portrait that’s now in private hands and hangs in the Courtauld Gallery through May 27. “Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901” -- focusing on his output that year -- features the flaming-orange picture of a performing dwarf (“Nana”), and brooding Blue Period canvases inspired by his friend’s suicide in a Montmartre café after he was spurned by a certain Germaine. Information: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk or +44-20-7848-2526.

For earlier Iberian art, visit the dim Sevillan church interior recreated by the Dulwich Picture Gallery for its Bartolome Esteban Murillo exhibition. Ends May 19: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk or +44-20-8639-5254.


Laura Mvula, the classically trained singer who has turned to soul, plays a date at the Wiltons Music Hall April 5 before heading to the U.S. for the release of her album.

The following night at the same venue, Londoners get a rare chance to hear Dexys, the band which returned after 27 years with the acclaimed “One Day I’m Going to Soar.” Kevin Rowland’s troupe is playing the new album all the way through and following it with older songs such as “Come on Eileen.”

April 5 and 6 at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1-4 Graces Alley, off Ensign St, E1 8JB. Information: http://wiltons.org.uk/, +44-20-7702-2789 or http://www.dexysonline.com/


Seventeen Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China will swarm the Sadler’s Wells stage this weekend. They’ll demonstrate Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi moves in “Sutra,” a popular work by Belgian-Moroccan dancer-choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The box-like wooden sets are by sculptor Antony Gormley. Through April 6. Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-20-7863-8198.

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

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