Pink Rocks Hyde Park; Money Honey; Warplane Art: London Weekend
“Get the Party Started” will be the apt opener from platinum-haired Pink on Friday night. She will race though her hits including “So What.” Other acts at the eclectic festival include Lily Allen and LCD Soundsystem.
Bar Trattoria Semplice is a good place for a quick bite before the concert. This offshoot of the Michelin-starred Ristorante Semplice serves fine Italian ingredients prepared without fuss. Information: http://www.bartrattoriasemplice.com or +44-20-7491-8638.
Watch bees make honey at the heart of London’s moneymaking district.
The Honey House -- in the Festival Gardens beside St. Paul’s Cathedral -- showcases one of eight beehives put up in the City as part of the annual City of London Festival. You can taste their sweet output on set days during the festival.
If your interest is money, not honey, there’s an open day at the Bank of England Saturday, with tours of areas you would not normally be allowed into.
The festival’s mainstay, of course, is classical music. Hear plenty of it for free or for a fee, and flaunt your own skills at one of the street pianos scattered around the City.
The festival ends July 9. Information: http://www.colf.org or call +44-845-120-7502.
A hard-drinking writer has an affair with a younger woman as the world sinks into economic depression.
Welcome to 1920s London and to Terence Rattigan’s “After the Dance,” currently at the National Theatre in a staging by Thea Sharrock. Set in Mayfair, it shows David (Benedict Cumberbatch) leaving his wife Joan (Nancy Carroll) during the countdown to the Crash of 1929.
Information: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or call +44- 20-7452-3000.
If you prefer cheerier fare, Saturday is the last chance to see the Spanish guitarist Paco Pena at Sadler’s Wells, with guest star Angel Munoz, one of Spain’s greatest male dancers.
Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or call +44-844- 412-4300.
A fighter jet hangs by its tail in Tate Britain’s pillared central hall.
Another lies belly up on the floor, its fuselage stripped of paint and given a mirror-like shine.
Once they were warplanes. Now they are artworks, thanks to Fiona Banner, 44, and the strange stars of her show, “Harrier and Jaguar.” Harrier is adorned with painted feathers, but Jaguar had a more illustrious past, serving in the 1991 Allied campaign to chase Iraq out of Kuwait.
Banner is the latest artist commissioned to produce something for Tate Britain’s grand lobby. It’s a provocative work. The killing machines may indeed be turned into pleasant objects, but you leave wondering about their past lives. The series is sponsored by Sotheby’s in a three-year deal that is up for renewal.
Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)