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Camden Rock, Boozy Poirot, Einstein Music: London Weekend

May 02, 2012

David Suchet as James in ``Long Day's Journey Into Night'' by Eugene O'Neill at the Apollo Theatre in London. Eugene O'Neill closely based the play on his own family. Photographer: Johan Persson/Jo Allan PR via Bloomberg

David Suchet as James in ``Long Day's Journey Into Night'' by Eugene O'Neill at the Apollo Theatre in London. Eugene O'Neill closely based the play on his own family. Photographer: Johan Persson/Jo Allan PR via Bloomberg

The Camden Crawl is growing into a three-day arts event this year starring bands such as Death in Vegas, Alabama 3, Glasvegas and the Cribs.

The annual north London festival is staged in small, packed bars that host indie acts. The Futureheads, the Raincoats and Gaz Coombes are also due to play.

If you’d rather bar-hop than stay in one place, you’ll find comedy and painting events added to the slate this year.

Tickets start at about 40 pounds ($64.66) and soar to 162 for VIP passes, with some already sold out. Information: http://www.thecamdencrawl.com/

Market is an unpretentious restaurant in Camden serving seasonal British food at prices that are low by London standards. The early-evening set menu is 17.50 pounds ($28.38) for two courses. Information: http://www.marketrestaurant.co.uk/ or +44-20-7267-9700.

Saturday

A middle-aged sunbather in shades and swimming trunks hangs sullenly from a gallery wall.

The smaller-than-life figure (“Drift,” 2009) is the work of ex-puppet-maker Ron Mueck, whose undersized or oversized sculptures convey a sense of human frailty. The sunbather, on a floating mattress with outstretched arms, has a Christ-like air about him.

Three other figures inhabit the gallery, including a pudgy woman in her birthday suit who carries a huge pile of twigs, and a black youth with low-hanging jeans who examines the bleeding wound in his torso.

Ron Mueck ends May 26 at Hauser & Wirth, Savile Row, W1S 2ET. Information: http://www.hauserwirth.com or +44-207-287-2300.

A short walk away, Fortnum & Mason’s department store traces its history to 1707. It’s a fine place to go for afternoon tea at the refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, opened by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge on May 1. Information: http://bit.ly/HeS1H9.

Saturday Night

Hercule Poirot has dropped the bow tie and shaved the mustache.

David Suchet -- the actor universally recognized as the face of “Poirot” in the detective series -- is on the London stage in Eugene O’Neill’s three-hour “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” He plays a faded star turned alcoholic whose self- loathing wife is a morphine addict.

Suchet is excellent in the part, as is his onstage wife -- Laurie Metcalf from “Roseanne” -- who gets more and more tongue-tied as the morphine kicks in.

At the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Information: http://www.nimaxtheatres.com or call +44-844-482-9671.

Sunday

They don’t call it Little Venice for nothing.

This weekend, dozens of canal boats will get dolled up for their annual pageant on the waterway near London’s Paddington district. Live bands, folk dancers and snack stalls will liven up the free event.

Information: http://www.waterways.org.uk.

The operatic marathon “Einstein on the Beach,” which made Philip Glass famous, is coming to London -- almost 20 years after its last production.

The work, featuring synthesizers and woodwinds, tests the endurance of audience members, who are fortunately able to come and go during its five-hour running time.

May 4-13, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. Show times are: Friday 6:20 p.m., Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. Information: http://www.barbican.org.uk or +44-20-7638-8891.

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

Today’s Muse highlights include: Rich Jaroslovsky on technology, Scott Reyburn on art auctions.

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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