Lady Gaga Joins Dracula, Frida Kahlo for London Weekend

Dracula, Frida Kahlo and Lady Gaga are our (non-related) choices for London this weekend.


The 28 rivals in “A Chorus Line” are about to appear for the last time at the Palladium in their battle for stardom. Information: +44-844-412-2957.

Two other excellent shows, both comedies, are also coming to the end of their runs on Aug. 31: “The Cripple of Inishmaan” starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Alan Ayckbourn’s “Relatively Speaking” with Felicity Kendal.


Picture is an informal new restaurant and bar just north of Oxford Street. This shopping area is filled with fast-food outlets and could well use more good places to eat. Picture was opened earlier this year by three friends who previously worked at Arbutus and Wild Honey. You can see the inspiration in a menu that offers quality cooking at everyday prices. Information: or +44-20-7637-7892.

Dock Kitchen is an unusual restaurant in a converted wharf building overlooking the Grand Union Canal, in west London. It’s difficult to find but worth the effort. Stevie Parle is a young chef who is not afraid to experiment. He’s traveled widely, including for his TV series “Spice Trip,” which took him to Mexico, Zanzibar, Cambodia and Turkey. You can taste a range of influences in his ever-changing menu. Information: or +44-20-8962-1610.


Mexico was once the go-to place for artists seeking low-cost living and a revolutionary atmosphere. Even D.H. Lawrence made his way over.

You can see some of the results in the Royal Academy’s “Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940.” The finest painting of all is by Kahlo: a self-portrait so tiny it would fit in a locket, with her signature monobrow. Otherwise, the photography stands out -- especially Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Mexican prostitutes.

“Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940” is at the Royal Academy through September 29: or +44-20-7300-8000.


At the Roundhouse on Sunday, Lady Gaga previews the “Artpop” album out later this year. The star normally plays London’s largest venues such as Twickenham Stadium. This time she is downsizing at the start of the iTunes Festival, now in its seventh year, which brings 30 nights of free music to those who win ticket ballots.

The series also includes shows by Justin Timberlake, Haim, Elton John and Kings of Leon.

The BBC Proms continues with its eclectic program at the Royal Albert Hall. Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra” Friday is followed by movie music Saturday and Arvo Part Sunday.


Tremble in the forecourt of the British Museum.

“Monster Weekend” features horror movies inspired by the museum and its collections. “Dracula” screens on Friday and “The Mummy” Saturday, both at 8 p.m. For more information: or +44-20-7928-3232.

(Mark Beech and Farah Nayeri write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

Muse highlights include the New York and London weekend guides, Richard Vines on food, Farah Nayeri on film, Lewis Lapham on history, Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater and Greg Evans and Craig Seligman on film.

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