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Grace’s Hula-Hoop, DeVito, Hirst’s Sale: London Weekend

June 14, 2012

"The Sunshine Boys"

Rebecca Blackstone and Danny DeVito in "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon. Part of the play revives an old sketch of "The Doctor Will See You Now". Photographer: Johan Persson/Premier PR via Bloomberg

Grace Jones will be staring down London fans as they go dance crazy at the Lovebox Festival.

Festival goers will get a reprise of the disco diva’s “Slave to the Rhythm,” which she belted out at the Jubilee Concert this month with a hula-hoop spinning around her waist for the entire performance.

The three-day Lovebox event in Victoria Park, now going for a decade, is becoming one of the best U.K. festivals. Hot Chip tops the bill tonight, with the Friendly Fires and Emeli Sande Saturday. Jones is supported by Lana Del Rey, Chaka Khan and Chic on Sunday.

Lovebox, Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3. Information: http://www.lovebox.net or +44-844-822-1233. Tickets cost from 29 pounds ($45) for Friday only to 185 pounds for the VIP weekend package; some combinations are sold out.

Bistrotheque, near Victoria Park, is one of East London’s most enjoyable restaurants -- a relaxed and informal venue, popular for brunch on weekends, when a pianist plays hits on a baby grand. It’s best to book. Information: http://www.bistrotheque.com/ or +44 (0)20 8983 7900.

Saturday

The artist famous for cracking Tate Modern’s concrete floor is back in London with a rather more delicate work.

Doris Salcedo has threaded together thousands of rose petals to create a giant shroud. The dead petals are soft and a rust color, with tiny visible stitches.

Equally funereal is Salcedo’s evocation of the 1,500 young Colombian men who were promised a job in the army, then executed and passed off as guerrillas killed in combat. Their coffins are symbolized by pairs of stacked tables, their tabletops touching, and thin blades of grass shooting through them.

“Doris Salcedo” is at White Cube, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London SW1Y 6BU through June 30. Information: http://www.whitecube.com or +44-20-7930-5373.

Hix, a short walk from White Cube, is the restaurant of Chef Mark Hix, who counts Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin among his friends. Original works by Young British Artists hang all over the venue, which includes a clubby bar in the basement, known for the excellence of its cocktails. Information: http://www.hixsoho.co.uk/ or +44-20-7292-3518.

Saturday Night

Watch Danny DeVito whinge and whine in striped pajamas.

DeVito plays the retired vaudeville actor Willie in “The Sunshine Boys” by Neil Simon. Long after he and his sidekick Al (Richard Griffiths) have put their 43-year comedy act to bed, it’s being reprised for a television special.

Old-age squabbles are also reprised for the occasion. The mismatched duo -- one far larger than the other -- draw laughs just standing side by side. And DeVito, who was last in a play four decades ago, shows off his expert comic timing.

“The Sunshine Boys” is at the Savoy Theatre. Information: http://www.sunshineboystheplay.com or +44-844-871-7687.

Sunday

Hirst faces his first big market test since his retrospective opened at Tate Modern earlier this year.

You can see -- and prepare to bid for -- his work in a Sotheby’s (BID:US) pre-auction exhibition, which also features art by Miro, Picasso, Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The show is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Sotheby’s on 34-35 New Bond Street.

Sunday Night

The Barbican offers classical-music fans a rare double whammy: the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs Sunday night, conducted by Simon Rattle (who usually waves his baton at the Berlin Philharmonic).

On the menu are Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. Information: http://www.barbican.org.uk, +44-20- 7638-8891.

To contact the writer of this 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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