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"A Lady at her Toilet (La Toilette)"
"A Lady at her Toilet (La Toilette)" by Jean-Antoine Watteau is on view at the Wallace Collection in London. Source: Wallace Collection via Bloomberg

April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Ska music returns to London for the Easter weekend, with a four-day festival celebrating the reggae-flavored mix of jazz, calypso and rhythm and blues.

Some of the genre’s biggest stars will be taking part in the marathon Clapham Grand shows, including the English Beat (“Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”), Dave and Ansel Collins (“Double Barrel”) and Lynval Golding of the Specials (“Too Much Too Young,” “Ghost Town.”).

London International Ska Festival runs through April 24 at St. John’s Hill, SW11 1TT. Information: +44-207-223-6523, or http://www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/ and http://www.claphamgrand.com

Entree is a neighborhood restaurant and cocktail bar near the Clapham Grand that is owned by Jayke Mangion, a young Australian. It’s an informal venue for modern European food. Information: http://www.entreebattersea.co.uk/ or +44-20-7223-5147.

Saturday

Exhibition organizers are jumping on the Royal Wedding bandwagon.

To mark the April 29 nuptials of Prince William (grandson of Queen Elizabeth II) and Kate Middleton, English Heritage is staging a show of royal wedding cakes inside Wellington Arch, steps away from Buckingham Palace.

Highlights: a re-bake of the 9-foot-high (2.74-meter) cake at Princess Louise’s 1871 wedding, a sugar model of Buckingham Palace, and a replica of Queen Victoria’s wedding gateau. The event is sponsored by sugar company Tate & Lyle Plc.

“Let Them Eat Cake” is at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, and runs April 22-25. Information: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk.

Saturday Night

Matthew Fox was last seen in the series “Lost,” cohabiting with other plane-crash survivors on a faraway island.

He’s now in the cast of playwright Neil LaBute’s “In a Forest Dark and Deep.” Fox plays blue-collar tough guy Bobby, whose sister -- a successful academic -- needs help packing books. The books are in her country cabin, and seem to belong to the tenant, who’s gone strangely missing.

As lightning strikes, the siblings take the opportunity to squabble, uncovering some awful truths in the process.

“In a Forest Dark and Deep” is at the Vaudeville Theatre. Information: http://www.nimaxtheatres.com or +44-844-482-9675.

The Waldorf Hilton, near the Vaudeville, has refurbished its bar to create Good Godfrey’s, serving cocktails in a dark paneled room with large antique mirrors. Options include Hot Gin Punch for two, which comes in a teapot. Afternoon tea is also served, along with snacks and sharing dishes. Information: http://bit.ly/f2cfpD or +44-20-7836-2400.

Sunday

Spy on a lady in her boudoir in a sumptuous London townhouse.

“La Toilette” (“A Lady at her Toilet”) is a sexy work by the 18th-century French painter Antoine Watteau: A nude woman looks right at you as she strains to pull on her nightgown. She and other oils have been rehung to accompany a free exhibition on Watteau’s friend and patron Jean de Jullienne.

The artist’s drawings are among his best work. More than 80 now hang in the Royal Academy of Arts -- chalk sketches of a glance, a twisting head, or a dark mantle.

“Esprit et Verite: Watteau and His Circle” at the Wallace Collection and “Watteau: The Drawings” at the Royal Academy both end June 5. Information: http://www.wallacecollection.org and http://www.royalacademy.org.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.

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

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