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Loved-Up Jude Law, Carnival Fever, Dance Party: London Weekend

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Jude Law and Ruth Wilson in "Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Law's character is an Irish stoker rescued from drowning at sea. Photographer: Johan Persson/Donmar via Bloomberg

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Jude Law never looked scruffier.

In “Anna Christie” at London’s Donmar Warehouse, Law plays a shipwrecked Irish stoker who appears, dripping and shirtless, on a coal barge. He grows close to the skipper’s daughter, who isn’t quite as virtuous as he’d like.

With a beard as thick as his Irish accent, Law puts on a strong performance, and helps make up for the play’s longueurs: Penned by Eugene O’Neill in 1921, it lasts two and a half hours (including the interval).

“Anna Christie” is at the Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX. Information: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com or +44-844-871-7624.

Saturday

What if you were Michelangelo’s David and could actually see the tourists gaping at you all day?

Photographer Thomas Struth has assumed that vantage point, and aimed his camera at the visitors. His clear, wall-sized images of their awestruck faces -- now on show at the Whitechapel Gallery -- make you wonder if art hasn’t replaced religion.

Also worth seeing are Struth’s lush forest views, and his portraits of extended families from around the world, where, even in a crowded group pose, the males quietly exude dominance.

The show ends Sept. 16 at the Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX. Information: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org or +44-20-7522-7888.

Saturday Night

London’s summer festival season comes to a dance-party conclusion on Clapham Common this weekend. The two-day South West Four Weekender event features Underworld’s aggressive post-techno beats on Saturday. Australia’s Pendulum headlines on Sunday, with its drum-and-bass heavy hits such as “Propane Nightmares.”

Information: http://southwestfour.com. Some tickets still available though selling fast.

If you attend South West Four, you only need to walk to the northern end of Clapham Common to eat at Trinity restaurant -- which, incidentally, is worth crossing London to eat at. Chef Adam Byatt is known for his great cooking and low prices. Sunday lunch is 30 pounds ($50) for three courses. It’s wise to book early. Information: http://www.trinityrestaurant.co.uk/ or +44-20-7622-1199.

Sunday

Caribbean belles in boas and sequined brassieres will float through west London starting Sunday.

The two-day Notting Hill Carnival will give as many as a million visitors the chance to eat, drink, and watch masquerade bands with names like “People of Paradise” and “Pioneers and Their Offspring.”

A record police presence -- at least twice as many officers as were deployed for the royal wedding -- will aim to stop any of the revelers from staging a repeat of the recent loot-and-scoot London riots.

Information: http://www.nottinghill-carnival.co.uk or +44-20-7727-0072.

The best place to eat at the carnival is on the street, where the Caribbean food is hot and inexpensive. If you want to escape from the hubbub, you might try Lucky Seven, an American diner that will be serving a limited menu. Information: http://www.lucky7london.co.uk/ or +44-20-7727-6771. Many other restaurants in the area will be closed.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts & 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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