Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 27 June 2013

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Lifted dance and circus company, as part of Dancing City at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Image ©Bert Nielsen

Lifted dance and circus company, as part of Dancing City at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Image ©Bert Nielsen

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Mary Abbots Centre in Kensington and The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions

NATURAL HISTORY: Natural History at Art First is a group exhibition of works that celebrate the diversity of the natural world. Free, just turn up, until 16 August

ART FAIRMasterpiece London 2013 is London’s leading art, antiques and design fair, bringing together collectors and exhibitors from around the world for one week in the lovely South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. £20 for a one-day fair ticket, prebook, until 3 July

BEER: Two London beer festivals start today: a ‘Firestarter’ beer festival at The Hope in Carshalton, and 14 rare ciders will be on offer at The Bull’s Head in Croydon, along with real ales and whisky. Free, just turn up, until 29 and 30 June respectively.

DANCING CITY: Greenwich and Docklands International Festival annual outdoor dance extravaganza takes to the streets today and tomorrow, with lunchtime nuggets of dance. Free, just turn up (see website for location), 12pm and 1.30pm

DESIGN: New Designers 2013 is a two-week exhibition for emerging design talent and tonight, the first late event sees a panel of leaders from the design community discuss the ABSOLUT, and what makes the design so iconic. Free with a New Designers ticket (not just turn up, as we said earlier), 6pm

SOUND IN ART: Join a panel discussion on sound practices in contemporary art at the Institution of International Visual Arts. £7/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

GAY HISTORY: How old is the oldest chat-up line between men? What did Shakespeare think about cross-dressing? Who was the first lesbian? Join author Richard B Parkinson at Gay’s the Word bookshop for a discussion around his book A Little Gay History. £2, just turn up,7pm

WAXEN FRANCE: Find out how Madame Tussaud’s presentation of French politics directly after the French Revolution influenced the popular perception of France among the British, at The Last Tuesday Society. £7, prebook, 7pm

NOISEOxford House Gallery in Bethnal Green hosts an evening of experimental music and sound art, with talents from across London performing their work live. £3 (includes a drink), just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY: Balham Bowls Club hosts We Love Comedy tonight, with what they describe as “possibly the strongest line-up you’ll see at any comedy event this year”. We’ll leave you to decide. £10/£8, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7.30pm

UFOS: Join the UFO debate today at the Bell pub on Middlesex Street with a panel of UFO investigators and experts, who will be discussing their ideas of the reality, meaning and significance of the UFO phenomenon. £3/£2, just turn up, 7.30pm

GOTH VEGAN TRANSVESTISM: Tangents, wordplay, extreme cleverness, goth vegan tranvestism and buzzing from Andrew O’Neill and his 2012 Edinburgh show at Jackson’s Lane. There’s something infectiously joyful about what this guy does, and we can’t recommend him highly enough. £10, prebook, 8pm

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Good Causes of the Day
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) holds a charity exhibition tonight at its headquarters at One Exchange Square, to commemorate the life of Ina Coretchi, a communications adviser with the EBRD who passed away last December. Two artists, Vincenzo Albano and Hyo Myoung Kim, whom Ina knew and appreciated, will be exhibiting their works and have kindly agreed to donate 50 per cent of any sales to HOSPICE Angelus, the leading provider of palliative care in Ina’s native Moldova. £10 donation suggested via this fundraising page, RSVP to EBRDevents@ebrd.com, 5.30pm

12 artists have each turned a tennis ball into a piece of art and tonight they are auctioning them off to raise money for the Greenhouse Charity, an organisation that puts inspirational coaches into schools and community clubs. It all takes place at 63 Broadwick Street, and there will also be cake and ice cream. Free, just turn up, 7pm

London Connection Puzzle
You’ve had two clue-words: DONALD and TERRY. Nobody has guessed the London connection so far. Today’s addition is RICHARD. If you think you know it, email Matt at the address above. Final clue-word tomorrow.

London Weather, by Inclement Atlee
A dry hump, followed by wet dreams and gentle blowing. The BBC’s forecast for London is pure filth.

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