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Katy Perry Whirls, Tate Film Show, Frank Stella: London Weekend

October 12, 2011

Preview by Farah Nayeri

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Katy Perry’s worldwide tour returns to the U.K. this weekend for her biggest shows in London, featuring dancing gingerbread men, rah-rah skirts, giant lollipops and constant jokes between the pop hits.

Perry, the wife of comedian Russell Brand, will be at the O2 Friday and Saturday to reel through catchy, suggestive songs such as “I Kissed a Girl” and “Peacock.”

O2, Peninsula Sq., SE10 0DX. Information: +44-20-8463-2000,,


The Frieze art fair -- Europe’s biggest commercial showcase for living artists -- runs through the weekend, testing collectors’ nerve at a time when world markets are taking a drubbing.

Some $350 million worth of art is on sale at the fair in Regent’s Park. Don’t miss the 500,000 euro ($690,000) yacht that will cost you 125,000 euros more if you buy it at Frieze: Like Marcel Duchamp’s urinal, it will become a signed readymade by artist Christian Jankowski, renamed “Speedboat Christian” with a signed certificate.

Hix Restaurant and Champagne Bar is the place to eat at Frieze. Chef Mark Hix is friends with many British artists, and his regular spot on the fair’s grounds -- staffed by a team from his London venues -- is a celebrity hangout. Information: or +44-77-0789-3217.

London galleries are rolling out top talent during Frieze week. Haunch of Venison has a career mini-survey of Frank Stella. Information:

Across the river in Bermondsey -- and worth the trek -- is White Cube’s giant new space, in a handsomely redesigned former data-storage warehouse. The inaugural show, inspired by natural sculptures (“scholar’s rocks”) owned by Damien Hirst, includes a Hirst pill cabinet. Information:

Saturday Night

A young Protestant girl named Hannah is soon to be wedded to a rich English peer. Then she proclaims she’s hearing voices.

Sound like a horror movie? It’s “The Veil,” a spooky new production at the National Theatre. Hannah is recruited as a medium by an ex-priest. Later, gunshots are heard offstage.

“The Veil” gets help from a fun cast and a beautiful period-living-room set.

Information: or +44-20-7452-3000.


Every year, an artist is asked to fill Tate Modern’s monumental Turbine Hall with a tailor-made work. Responses have included a crack in the concrete and a black hole.

Now, British artist Tacita Dean has come up with “FILM,” a looping, 11-minute projection that pays tribute to the dying art of pre-digital moviemaking. Beamed on a screen 13 meters (42 feet) tall, it was shot vertically by tilting a Cinemascope lens.

“FILM” is a poetic piece to ponder, though it would be better served in a smaller space. Information: or +44-20-7887-8888.

Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House, in Borough Market, is a short walk from Tate Modern. It’s an informal place for first-class seafood, and supplies some of London smartest restaurants. There’s a selection of six types of oyster, plus options such as New Orleans -- deep-fried, with tartar sauce. Information: or +44-20-7403-9554.

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

--With assistance from Mark Beech, Richard Vines and Warwick Thompson in London. Editors: Mark Beech, Jim Ruane.

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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