Music in London Friday 24 February

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Music in London on Fri 24th February

Our guide to music concerts in London on Friday 24 February 2012.

Elkie Brooks at Cadogan Hall, London
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Elkie Brooks, at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Now celebrating more than 50 years in music, Elkie Brooks will be performing some of her classic hits alongside a few from her most recent album. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new.
Rammstein at O2 Arena, London
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Rammstein – Made in Germany 1995-2011

O2 Arena Rammstein are one of the loudest head-banging bands around -- the kind of act that turns their amps up to 11. The German band has just assembled a retrospective of their greatest hits called "Made In Germany 1995-2011", and will be taking it on tour in 2012.
 

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Juno and the Paycock, at the National Theatre24 FebruaryJuno is struggling to cajole Jack back into work as he spends his time drinking with his sidekick. Their son is crippled after fighting for the IRA, and their daughter has joined a union and gone on strike. “Juno and the Paycock” offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits24 FebruaryThis major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud’s portraits — a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud’s lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics24 FebruaryThis explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the “Commando” comic series. “Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics” will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.

The House of Annie Lennox24 FebruaryAnnie Lennox’s success with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist has spanned four decades, in which she has amassed a large collection of costumes, dresses and accessories. This exhibition will showcase items that helped to develop her creative vision, together with plenty of photographs, awards, interviews and videos.

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory24 FebruaryHampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich — it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don’t even have to book.

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain24 FebruaryCutting through 500 years of history, the exhibition will include works by Lely, Kneller, Mondrian, Bomberg and more. It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work.

Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’24 FebruaryThis spectacular version of Verdi’s “Aida” will be performed ‘in the round’ amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King’s daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity24 FebruaryDavid Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life. He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. This exhibition will be his first major show in London.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam24 FebruaryHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.

 
 
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