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Preview by Farah Nayeri
Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Black Keys are back with a blend of raw rock, blues and soul.
The Ohio musicians play their last dates in Europe before returning home for an American tour. This is about the last chance to see them before their stardom becomes stadium-sized.
Their new CD, “El Camino,” will be showcased in the concerts, with Band of Skulls in support.
Tonight through Feb. 11 at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. While shows are selling out, some tickets can be found online. Information: +44-20-8365-2121, www.alexandrapalace.com, http://www.theblackkeys.com/.
The Olympic torch is up for a medal of its own.
Designed by London-based Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the tapered rod (currently on show at the Design Museum) is a contender for the Design of the Year award. It has 8,000 holes, representing the 8,000 people who will carry it over 8,000 miles. An inside burner should help keep the flame alive.
Other contenders: the figure-hugging gown that Katherine Middleton wore to marry Prince William; an opera house that Zaha Hadid designed in Guangzhou, China; and handbags that Vivienne Westwood made with women in Kenya.
Also shortlisted is the redesign of Bloomberg Businessweek, (owned by Bloomberg LP, parent company of Bloomberg News.)
The Design Museum is at Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. Information: www.designoftheyear.com.
Go see the revival of “The Madness of King George III,” the 1991 Alan Bennett play, starring David Haig as the sporadically raving sovereign. Clive Francis plays the doctor who periodically stuffs a gag in his mouth.
“The Madness of George III” is at the Apollo Theatre through March 31. Information: www.nimaxtheatres.com or +44-844-412-4658.
Quo Vadis, a short walk from the Apollo Theatre, is one of Soho’s oldest restaurants, and now back to being among the most fashionable thanks to chef Jeremy Lee. Foodies are jostling to try his recipes. Information: www.quovadissoho.co.uk/ or +44-20-7437-9585.
Frills, frowns and footwork are back at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre -- with the two-week flamenco festival.
A highpoint is this weekend’s gala, a combo show with the inventive dancer-choreographer Rafaela Carrasco and with Olga Pericet, whose style is a mix of traditional and contemporary dance. If you prefer singing, hold out for the popular Jose Merce on Feb. 19.
Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN. Information: www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4300.
Or you can watch sculpture and choreography merge in “Jealousy,” inspired by a French novel and staged in a converted 1950s warehouse. At the Print Room in Notting Hill through Feb. 18. Information: www.the-print-room.org.
Sadler’s Wells is close to one of London’s most exciting streets for restaurants, Exmouth Market, where a variety of cuisines is available. One place to try is Morito, a simple and inexpensive tapas bar. Information: +44-20-7278-7007.
--With assistance from Mark Beech and Richard Vines in London. Editors: Mark Beech, Jim Ruane.
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