K.D. Lang Croons, East Coast Trauma, Swap Shop: London Weekend

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Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang, with a megaphone as she prepares to "Sing It Loud,'' the title of her new album. Lang is touring with the band Siss Boom Bang in support of the Nashville-recorded CD. Source: Orbit PR via Bloomberg

k.d. lang is bringing her new band to Britain. The singer-songwriter is backed by Siss Boom Bang on a new Nashville album: her first in three years, and the first to be made entirely with a group in two decades.

Lang’s Royal Festival Hall dates will showcase her clear-voiced style -- a blend of country, jazz and pop -- and feature tracks from “Sing It Loud,” her new Nonesuch Records CD.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, tonight and tomorrow. Information: +44-20-7960-4200, http://www.kdlang.com/, http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/

The Park Plaza hotel, a 10-minute walk away, has a fine restaurant that deserves more attention. Brasserie Joel is the domain of Joel Antunes, who once wowed diners at Les Saveurs in Mayfair and returns to London from the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, New York. Information: http://www.brasseriejoel.co.uk/ and +44-20-7620-7272.


Experience the great outdoors by staying inside at the Haunch of Venison Gallery.

Richard Long is an artist who maps his long rambles through nature with words and photographs. He uses mud, clay and wood. His Danish river stones cover the waxed parquet of the gallery behind the Royal Academy of Arts.

Showing alongside him is Giuseppe Penone. In a niche halfway up the stairs is a baby tree that Penone has sculpted out of a log -- reversing the process that originally led the log to be carved out of a tree. These are simple souls with simple ideas that have a certain small charm.

The Haunch of Venison Gallery is at 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET. Information: http://www.haunchofvenison.com or +44-20-7495-5050.

The Royal Academy now has a first-class restaurant in Peyton & Byrne. Chef Mark Hollyer uses ingredients from specialist producers for dishes such as ham hock salad and pea & broad bean risotto. The wine list features special-edition labels designed by academicians including Tracey Emin and Gary Hume. Information: http://bit.ly/dLU6BG and +44-20-7300-5608.

Saturday Night

Watch an upper-crust East Coast couple come undone as a pair of friends move in.

Agnes and Tobias live comfortably in their plush, carpet-lined interior. They’re the main characters in Edward Albee’s 1966 play “A Delicate Balance.” One day, they receive an alarmed visit from Harry and Edna, who are running scared -- but won’t say what of.

The acting (by Imelda Staunton, among others) and directing are fine, though at three hours with two intervals, it’s a long evening.

“A Delicate Balance” is at the Almeida Theatre through July 2. Information: http://www.almeida.co.uk or +44-20-7359-4404.


A dress made of candy sounds like something for Lady Gaga.

It’s actually a garment you learn to stitch together at the London Green Fair, a free ecology jamboree in Regent’s Park. Also in the recycled-couture section: a Swap Shop where you can trade your little-worn T-shirt with someone else’s.

The fair has concerts, talks, a kids’ corner, and organic food -- and is powered by renewable energy.

The London Green Fair runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. in Regent’s Park Saturday and Sunday. Information: http://www.londongreenfair.org or +44-20-7324-4693.

(Farah Nayeri and Mark Beech write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

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