The Friday Arts Diary

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Art

"Turning the World Upside Down" at the Serpentine Gallery (Tuesday 28 September to Sunday 13 March 2011)

The Serpentine Gallery unveiled an outdoor installation by Anish Kapoor this week. The large-scale sculptures, constructed of highly reflective stainless steel and mirrors meant to reflect and distort the surrounding landscape, can be viewed in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition is free of charge.

Festival

The Story of London Festival (Friday 1 to Sunday 10 October)

Beginning today is a city-wide celebration of London's rich heritage and evolution. Events will be taking place all over the capital, including guided walks along the Thames, an exhibition ("Lost London") at City Hall, which explores London's lost buildings and streets and covers the period 1870-1945, and a debate about the importance of cycling at the London Transport Museum.

Music

Cadogan Hall: Rendez-Vous Chez Nina Rota (Sunday 3 October, 7pm)

A musical tribute to the songs of Nina Rota on Sunday evening, performed by Mauro Gioia, Sharleen Spiteri and Catherine Ringer. Rota composed some of the best-known film soundtracks in history, most memorably those to La Dolce Vita and The Godfather.

Theatre

The Tempest at the Rose Theatre (Tuesday 5 October to Saturday 30 October)

The start of a run of Shakespeare's Tempest directed by David Pearce, beginning this Tuesday. The Tempest is thought to be the last play Shakespeare ever wrote alone. (NB: There are no performances on Mondays.)

Dance

Royal Opera House: Onegin (Thursday 30 September to Monday 25 October)

A new season of dance begins with Onegin, performed by the full company of the Royal Ballet. Based on Pushkin's eponymous novel, this production was choreographed by John Cranko and features music by Tchaikovsky.

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