Things To Do In London Today: Monday 13 May 2013

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Kings Place (round the back of). Scene of a couple of interesting talks tonight. (See below)

GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

SCREEN PRINTING: Join artists Heather Martin and Jessica Shattock at Drink, Shop, Do to learn how to screen print. Paper stencils and visual imagery will be supplied and you can take home your very own creation on a tote bag. £13, just turn up, 6.30pm

INDIAN MIDDLE CLASS: James Astill and Ed Hawkins discuss cricket and the Indian middle class at the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm

OPEN-MIC: Comedians, musicians, magicians, dancers, linguists are all welcome at AllSortz, an open-mic night at RichMix. Go along to enjoy the variety or email in advance to book a 10 minute slot for yourself. Free, just turn up, 7pm

BOOK CLUB: This month’s Fiction Lab — a book club devoted to novels about scientists — is on Pure by Andrew Miller and at the usual venue of the Royal Institution. Free, just turn up, 7pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Lionel Shriver launches her 11th novel, Big Brother, at Kings Place. £9.50, prebook, 7pm

POLITICS: Also at Kings Place, The Independent’s Steve Richards goes behind the scenes of British politics with Jenni Russell, Rafael Behr and Jesse Norman. £9.50, prebook, 7pm

TALK: Put on by The Moot With No Name, Professor Roger Luckhurst discusses the life of William T Stead – a journalist, imperialist, feminist, liberal radical and towering figure in late Edwardian England. £3/£2, just turn up, 7.30pm

GIG: V V Brown is at Birthdays in Dalston tonight, where she will be playing new material from her upcoming second album. £5, prebook, 8pm

Random London Fact of the Day
Goats can be found all over the capital when you know where to look. We kid you not. Spitalfields has a statue to a goat, plus a collection on its farm, two of which compete in a goat race each year. At the British Museum’s current Pompei/Herculaneum exhibition you can see a previously banned statue depicting a particularly lewd act betwixt god and goat. Most city farms have a few (goats, not gods), and we even spied some from the train window while passing through Kentish Town yesterday, also in a local city farm. You can find out more about London’s caprids in this handy guide we put together.

Shameless Londonist Plug of the Day
We’re still looking for entries in our Time Travel London competition. The winners will get displayed in a proper exhibition somewhere. Your work could be hanging among them, even if you’ve never done anything arty before. All you need to do is depict something from modern London in a scene with something from ye olde London — for example, Charles Dickens in a pilates class or a Roman legion marching over Tower Bridge. Paint, draw, make a collage or manipulate a photograph, and send it to matt@londonist.com ASAP. Previous examples here.

Good Cause of the Day
The Cellar Singers are an a cappella choir who formed in 2011 in the cellar room of a London wine bar. They sing whatever they feel like and throughout the year put on public concerts in aid of a good cause. Their Spring Concert takes place this Wednesday 15 May at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, tickets cost £5 and all proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

London Weather

Today’s forecast should be sang to the tune of Coldplay’s Yellow.

We checked the stats
We checked the stats for you
The BBC did, too
And they were all yellow (look ↓)

Infrequent sun
Masked by a cloud or two
And how the west wind blew
And it was all yellow

Your sky
Oh yeah your sky above
Turns in
To something miserable
And you know
For you it might not stay dry
For you it might not stay dry

(Ba, ba, ba, ba…oh, we can’t do the guitar bit.)

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