Things To Do In London Today: 30 January 2013

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ART OPENINGS: Plenty of new art openings today, including the Hayward Gallery’s Light Show (£11), Design Stories at the Design Museum, Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain, and two new Hauser and Wirth exhibitions.

BORIS ON THE SPOT: It’s Mayor’s Question Time over at City Hall this morning. Watch Boris being quizzed on everything from Lewisham A&E to nitrogen dioxide levels. Free, just turn up, 10am

TUBE: Andrew Martin is at Guildhall Library to talk about his recent book Underground, Overground. £8, prebook, 6pm

ZOMBIES!: This month’s Science Museum Late opening is all about zombies. It’s a populist hook to get people learning about brains and consciousness, but you can also train up as a zombie and have fun pretending to eat brains. Free, just turn up, 6.45-10pm

MUSIC: 90′s favourites the Spin Doctors play Islington Academy. £19.68, prebook, 7pm

ARGUE: The first of three debates about theatre, The Argument Room poses the question, “The alternative and experimental theatre of the 60s, 70s and 80s; a profound influence on our culture today – or youthful exuberance in vain?” Follow the ding dong, free, online from 7pm.

COMEDY: Matt Thomas has settled the religion vs science debate and will tell you all about it at the Canal Cafe Theatre during his show The Human Being’s Guide to Not Being a Dick About Religion. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

MEDICINE: Margaret McCartney weighs up the pros and cons of screening millions of people for diseases the vast majority of them don’t have, and other modern medical matters. It’s this month’s London Skeptics in the Pub meetup, and it’s at The Monarch in Camden Town. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

Random London Fact Of The Day

Jimi Hendrix makes a number of entries in the annals of London trivia. His most famous connection is now his former house on Brook Street, which neighbours the house of musical immigrant predecessor George Frideric Hadel. Hendrix was supposedly once refused entry to Kew Gardens for wearing what the ticket office described as “fancy dress”. He’s also one of the (many) people blamed for initiating London’s parakeet infestation, having released a pair on Carnaby Street in the 1960s. His trademark setting-fire-to-guitar antic was first performed at the now-demolished Astoria, using lighter fluid bought from Seven Sisters Road. He died in London on 17 September 1970 at the  Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, of a suspected sleeping pill overdose.

Good Cause Of The Day
Please send ideas to matt@londonist.com

Today’s appeal is from Joss Parkes Searchlight, a relatively new charity set up after the sad death of Joss Parkes in January 2011. The charity was formed to provide support for families of children suffering from brain tumours. The charity will shortly hold its first major event — an auction of artwork donated by 100 artists, including Rob Ryan, Julian Opie and Mr Brainwash. If you’d like to attend the auction, which takes place on 14 March at Blackall Studios, Leonard Street, Shoreditch, please follow the contact details on the charity’s events page. Snap up some serious art, and help a good cause at the same time.

London Weather
Today’s forecast is inexplicably, inefficiently and no-doubt incorrectly written in BASIC. For a more human-rated version, see the BBC’s weather report.

10 LET X = 1
20 PRINT “Rain. Bummer.”
30 X = X + 1
40 If X = 10 THEN GOTO  60
50 GOTO 20
60 PRINT “It’s 2pm, and the clouds clear to reveal glorious sunshine.”
70 X = X + 1
80 If X = 13 THEN GOTO 110
90 PRINT “Still sunny!”
100 GOTO 70
110 PRINT “It is 5pm and the sun has set. You head home. You turn a corner. There is a goblin here. He clubs you to death. You are dead. Please go back to the start. Game over.”

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