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Green Day, Open-Air Witch Hunt, Future Hirsts: London Weekend

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The cast of "The Crucible." The play, by Arthur Miller, is staged by Timothy Sheader and can be seen at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London.

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The cast of "The Crucible." The play, by Arthur Miller, is staged by Timothy Sheader and can be seen at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London. Close

The cast of "The Crucible." The play, by Arthur Miller, is staged by Timothy Sheader and can be seen at the Regent's... Read More

The retail section of Iberica restaurant in London. Spanish diners congregate here in the evenings. Photo: Lotus PR via Bloomberg. Close

The retail section of Iberica restaurant in London. Spanish diners congregate here in the evenings. Photo: Lotus PR via Bloomberg.

Hams at the ready at Iberica. The London restaurant is popular with Spanish diners. Photo: Lotus PR via Bloomberg. Close

Hams at the ready at Iberica. The London restaurant is popular with Spanish diners. Photo: Lotus PR via Bloomberg.

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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is playing at Ronnie Scott's.

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An undated handout photo, provided to the media on Thursday, May 14, 2009, shows the band ''Green Day''.

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John Gallagher Jr., center, as Johnny with cast in the world premiere of ``American Idiot'' at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California. The rock opera, based on Green Day's Grammy-winning album, runs through Nov 1. Close

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''Madame Blavatsky" by 2008 Turner Prize nominee Goshka Macuga. The 2007 work is included in the show ''Newspeak: British Art Now Part I'' at London's Saatchi Gallery through Oct. 17. Close

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Take in an al fresco witch hunt as you set off on your summer weekend in London.

The Crucible” -- Arthur Miller’s ‘50s parable about the Salem “witch trials” of innocent young women in 1692 Massachusetts -- has its closing weekend at the open-air theater in Regent’s Park. Britain’s oldest permanent outdoor stage hosts performances for 16 weeks each summer, drawing more than 130,000 people.

The forest-like surroundings add to the ominous feel of the play, which is staged by Timothy Sheader and features Oliver Ford Davies as Danforth, the deputy governor.

Open Air Theatre is at the Ironworks, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR, and runs through Sept. 11. Information: http://openairtheatre.org or +44-844-826-4242.

Iberica, on Portland Place near the park, is popular with the Spanish community for its excellent tapas and wines. You can also buy meats and cheeses to take for a picnic. Information: http://www.ibericalondon.com or +44-7636-8650.

Saturday

Hear Wynton Marsalis play for free at Victoria Park in East London.

The trumpeter and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bring Latin swing and big-band sound to the park. It’s the 15- member ensemble’s first-ever open-air concert in the U.K.

Marsalis and his cohorts play at 5 p.m., in between other acts, at Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3. Information: http://www.paradisegardensfestival.org.uk or +44-20-7264-7925.

If you want to pay to hear Marsalis and his big band, they’re at the Barbican Friday and the Hackney Empire Sunday. Information: http://www.barbican.org or +44-20-7638-4141.

Saturday Night

Green Day makes a return visit to London on its world tour. The trio is perfecting its “American Idiot” sneer after more than two decades and 65 million records sold.

Expect hits from the incendiary “21st Century Breakdown” to the rabble rousing “Minority.”

Green Day, Wembley National Stadium, HA9 0WS. Information: +44-844-980-8001, http://www.greenday.com or http://www.wembleystadium.com/events/majorevents/greenday.

Sunday

See Charles Saatchi’s pick of today’s young British artists at his sprawling gallery in Chelsea.

“Newspeak: British Art Now -- Part I” is the biggest exhibition to be held at the new Saatchi Gallery since it opened in October 2008 off King’s Road. The show rounds up work from several dozen upstarts, many of them little known. But so were Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin once upon a time.

An established name in the mix is Goshka Macuga, a 2008 Turner Prize nominee who, at the Whitechapel Gallery last year, recreated the United Nations Security Council’s circular chamber and arranged for the loan of the tapestry of Picasso’s “Guernica” that usually hangs at the UN in New York. Brilliant!

Information: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk.

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

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

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