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Laura Bush Reads to Dead Kids, Killer Gets Off: London Weekend

Kate Eifrig plays former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush in
Kate Eifrig plays former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush in "Tiny Kushner." The five one-act plays are by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, and are currently on at London's Tricycle Theatre. Photographer: Michal Daniel/Premier PR via Bloomberg

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Laura Bush takes to the stage in a burgundy pantsuit, a leather-bound book tucked under one arm.

The onetime librarian and wife of former U.S. President George W. Bush reads Dostoyevsky to an invisible trio of dead Iraqi children. “I’m sorry you’re dead, but all children love books,” she says.

The Bush playlet is part of an evening of shorties by Pulitzer prizewinner Tony Kushner. In another, President Richard Nixon’s dead shrink observes from heaven: “What’s amazing is that he didn’t blow up the planet.”

“Tiny Kushner” ends Saturday at the Tricycle Theatre, so this is your last chance to catch it in London. Information: http://www.tricycle.co.uk or call +44-20-7328-1000.

Saturday

Art books are getting their own fair at the Whitechapel Gallery, with celebrity signings throughout the weekend.

At lunchtime on Saturday, Martin Creed -- whose last escapade featured sprinters charging through Tate Britain in 2008 -- will give a talk and autograph copies of his book. Jake and Dinos Chapman will do the same the day before, when the three-day fair opens.

Information: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org or call +44-20-7522-7878.

Saturday Night

Kathryn Williams has spent a decade writing songs since she was nominated for the 2000 Mercury Prize at age 26 for the intimate CD “Little Black Numbers.”

“The Quickening,” released earlier this year, has a fuller band sound. Admirers of Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton and Laura Nyro will love Williams’s wordplay. She has asked fans to vote online for the tunes they most want to hear.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, SE1 8XX.

Information: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk; http://www.kathrynwilliams.net/

Sunday

Eadweard Muybridge, the 19th-century photography pioneer, would have spent the last decades of his life in jail for murdering his wife’s lover in 1874. But he got lucky with his all-male jury and continued making these eccentric pictures of running nudes and galloping horses.

As this career survey at Tate Britain shows, he also produced majestic images of the American landscape.

“Eadweard Muybridge” ends Jan. 16, 2011. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain or call +44-20-7887-8888.

Restaurant Picks

How about some griddled scallops, served on the shell, with pea puree and mint? Le Cafe Anglais in west London is taking 25 percent off your bill -- including wine -- until Oct. 3 at its new Cafe & Oyster Bar.

More gourmet fish dishes are on offer over at One-O-One, in Knightsbridge. Here, you can obtain 40 percent off the price of food at lunchtime and between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. if you book the offer in advance via the London-Eating website: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/1729.htm.

(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.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at mbeech@bloomberg.net.

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