Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 4 July 2013
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INDEPENDENCE DAY: Anyone wishing to celebrate US Independence Day can choose from a number of events in bars and restaurants around town. View London has a list.
EHTIFAL: Ehtifal is a free, three-day festival of art, literature, music and family events at the Serpentine Pavilion celebrating the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. Free, see website for full listings, until 6 July
TRUCK STOP: Britain's best food trucks roll into Canary Wharf today for Truck Stop, a mobile foodie convoy where you can try delicious foodstuffs to the backdrop of live music and a collection of classic American cars. £10, prebook, until 5 July (although running the first Thursday/Friday in August and September too)
EAST END PAINTINGS: Marc Gooderham's eye-catching paintings of the East End go on show at 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields tonight. Go look-see, they're brilliant. Free, just turn up, until 21 July
EXTREME BIOLOGY: As levels of nuclear waste increase, could a humble microbe offer a solution to cleaning up radioactive environments? Join geomicrobiologist Professor Jonathan Lloyd to find out, at The Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. Free, just turn up (first come first served), 2.30pm
BEERFEST: Enjoy a wide selection of British beer and live music at City Beerfest today in Guildhall Yard. £15, just turn up, 3.30-9pm
ART THURSDAY: First Thursdays is an initiative to promote East London’s art scene with over 170 museums and galleries opening late for free events, talks and private views. Free, see website for full listings
STEM CELL THERAPY: Regenetec, global leaders in stem cell therapy, leads a lecture at the Institute of Physics on how cutting-edge regenerative stem cell therapy prevents and reverses disease. Free, prebook, from 6pm
ISLAND LATE: Join the Courtauld Gallery this evening for an island-themed Summer Late. There will be a live DJ, drawing competitions and cocktails, as well as the opportunity to explore their excellent permanent collection and Collecting Gaugin exhibition. £6/£5, prebook, 6-9pm
KILLER SHREWS: Yes, you read that right. Killer shrews. Head to the Grant Museum of Zoology for a screening of the 1959 horror film The Killer Shrews, where a well-intentioned scientific experiment goes horribly wrong and result is shrews. But not just any shrews. KILLER shrews. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm
PITCH SISTERS: Ode To No. 6 | The Pitch Sisters Live! is a performance by sound artist Ain Bailey that explores the question on everyone's lips: What would a female sonic universe sounds like if we all vocally hung around an A flat below middle C? £7/£5, prebook, 6.30pm
NEW BOOKS: There’s a bumper evening at Review Bookshop as they mark the release of five – five – books. Hear Quentin S Crisp, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Nina Allan, PF Jeffery and writers from the Rustblind and Silverbright anthology. Free, prebook, 7pm
DAVID MITCHELL: David Mitchell — the comedian not the author — talks about his memoir at the Apple Store on Regent Street. Free, prebook, 7pm
IMPROV: Song, spoken word, stand-up, sketch and improv await at A Night of Cock and Bull at the Playhouse, Cable St Studios. £7/£5, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7.45pm
MUSICAL BINGO: A special US Independence Day version of musical bingo takes place at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. £7, prebook or £10 turnup, 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Perfect your smouldering looks and make sure your gadgets are fully-charged, as the London Brainwave Walk for Kids adopts a glamorous James Bond theme for its event this year on Tuesday 16 July. The 5km treasure hunt walk raises funds for Brainwave, a children's charity that exists to help children with disabilities achieve their full potential. The walk takes in film locations in central London and participants are invited to attend a Bond-themed 'after party' at Bishopsgate Institute, with canapés, drinks and the chance to win signed goodies from Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. £30, sign up online, Tuesday 16 July at 5.30pm
London Connection Puzzle
Your two clues so far have been KINGSLAND and CITY ROAD. Today's clue is WENLOCK. But what's the London connection? No one's got the correct solution yet, so email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you have it.
UPDATE: several people have now sent in the correct solution, so no need to email.
London Weather, by Inclement Attlee
Today is the meteorological equivalent of Christmas Eve...a final day of indifferent build-up before a week of uninterrupted sunshine. It's going to be so sunny that it'll even be sunny underneath your bed, and down your kitchen plug hole...even at night time. That's how sunny it's going to be. But not today. And not for you. Instead, expect a warm but muggy day, with occasional glimpses of the majesty to come. In summary: eccrine overdrive.