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Kaiser Chiefs, Redgrave Drawls, Madonna’s Film: London Weekend
The Kaiser Chiefs will be stirring up a storm in Kentish Town on Friday night. The U.K. band is still turning out rabble-rousing music after oddly prescient records such as “I Predict a Riot” and “Yours Truly, Angry Mob.”
The Bull & Last, just along Highgate Road from the HMV Forum, last week won an award for the U.K.’s best Sunday lunch. Fortunately, this pub serves great food every day. The prices are reasonable: A starter of brown-crab macaroni, crispy soft- shell crab, tomato, tarragon and creme fraiche costs 9.50 pounds ($15). Information: http://www.thebullandlast.co.uk/ or +44-20-7267-3641.
Friday night, the Royal Albert Hall has rock of a different flavor as Matt Goss brings his Las Vegas show to town, with support from Mitch Winehouse, who will be spreading the word about his late daughter’s Amy Winehouse Foundation.
George W. Bush wears a stern expression as he starts the solemn countdown to war.
“10, 9, 8, 9, 5, 7, 2, er...” says the former U.S. president -- as pictured on a cover of the British satirical fortnightly Private Eye. The muckraking magazine, 50 this year, has a small tribute exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The focus is on the fine hand-drawn cartoons. They depict both nameless and famous figures, such as the green-minded Prince Charles, who stoops to talk to a flower (“Now tell me, how long have you been a tulip?”)
There’s also a messy corner desk, and a vitrine stuffed with court judgments and threatened lawsuits. The magazine covers are funniest, though -- many too crude to quote.
A grouchy old lady who just crashed her car gets a chauffeur at her son’s insistence.
The old lady is Vanessa Redgrave in the London staging of “Driving Miss Daisy,” and her driver Hoke is James Earl Jones. After a reluctant first ride to the Piggly Wiggly store in 1940s Georgia, Daisy loosens up, until Hoke becomes her “best friend.”
Though Redgrave never quite nails the southern drawl, she ages visibly in this touching production, as does the excellent Jones. Sets are fun too: The car consists of a steering wheel and wooden seats that rotate automatically to park or turn.
Judge Madonna on her filmmaking abilities Sunday.
The singer-performer’s “W.E.” -- a two-tracked narrative inspired by the life of Wallis Simpson, the American heiress who led King Edward VIII to abdicate -- is playing as part of the London Film Festival.
The festival runs through Oct. 27 and, unlike its Cannes counterpart, is geared toward the general public. Information: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff.
St John Hotel, just off Leicester Square, is convenient for London Film Festival events and it’s the kind of celebrity hangout where you might run into actors and directors.
While chef Fergus Henderson’s nose-to-tail dishes aren’t for everyone, there’s always the bar if you don’t fancy deviled pig’s skin or rabbit & sea-beet pie. Information: http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com/ or +44-20-3301 8069.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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