London Weekend: Fleetwood Mac, Bond Breakfast, Timberlake
Fleetwood Mac, Tori Amos, a James Bond breakfast and the brand-new King’s Cross Square are our choices for London this weekend.
U.S. singer-songwriter Tori Amos premieres her musical “The Light Princess” at the National Theatre. Amos -- who has indicated in interviews that she believes in fairies -- worked for five years to produce the show with writer Samuel Adamson. Directed by Marianne Elliott, it’s a dark fairy tale about a prince and princess from warring kingdoms who engage in a forbidden affair: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk, http://www.toriamos.com or +44-20-7452-3000.
The Dorchester hosts “Breakfast With Bond” on Saturday to mark the release of William Boyd’s new James Bond novel, whose opening pages are set at the hotel. Boyd reads from the book; guests get a signed copy and the chance to ogle vintage cars on the forecourt. Tickets are 69 pounds. Or say “Solo” when booking breakfast at the Grill until the end of November, and you get a free copy: http://bit.ly/15pc5iL or +44-20-7629-8888.
Medlar, on King’s Road, won Best London Restaurant in the AA Hospitality Awards this week. It’s owned by chef Joe Mercer Nairne (formerly of Chez Bruce) and David O’Connor, formerly manager at Chez Bruce, the Square and the Ledbury. The food is modern European, using British ingredients. Information: http://www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk/ or +44-20-7349-1900.
Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta’s life was bookended by trauma: She was separated from her parents at age 12 and died at age 36, mysteriously falling from a New York window.
In between, she produced singular art that’s the focus of a Hayward exhibition. The show would have been impossible without Mendieta’s records of her ephemeral creations, such as the 1973 performances where she cast herself as a rape victim.
Mendieta’s 1980 return to Cuba inspired some of her best work: primitive sculptures carved into caves (and photographed), some of which still exist. Through Dec. 15 at the Hayward Gallery: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk or +44-20-7960-4200.
Fleetwood Mac plays the final gig of its three-concert run at the O2 -- the first U.K. shows since it sold out Wembley in 2009. The veteran band is the same as at its “Rumours” peak -- while Christine McVie is largely absent, she did make a surprise brief appearance at one show. Expect plenty of the 1977 album, re-released this year in a 35th-anniversary edition, as well as hits from a new four-track EP. Information: http://www.fleetwoodmac.com.
The iTunes festival is wrapping up at the Roundhouse. Dizzee Rascal serves up his droll hip-hop on Friday, John Legend adds jazz on Saturday and Justin Timberlake offers hit-material pop on Sunday: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/.
OTHER LONDON OUTINGS
Send your kids up a chimney this weekend at a festival to inaugurate a vast new London square. King’s Cross Square (in front of the station) celebrates its Victorian, industrial past with a carnival at nearby Granary Square, where visitors can race penny farthings (those old bicycles with huge front wheels) and kids can shovel coal.
Meanwhile, cheerleaders, drumlines and stars and stripes are set to take over Regent Street on Saturday.
The London thoroughfare will be traffic-free ahead of Sunday’s American football game at Wembley Stadium, pitting the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some of the players will be at the block party, too.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)
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