Things To Do In London: Friday 22 August 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, Asda in Charlton, Sheen Lane Centre, Ripple Centre in Barking and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

DESIGN EXHIBITION: Cath Kidston flagship store in Piccadilly launches a new photographic exhibition called Do You Like Yours Big or Small? The display shows celebrity photography pledging allegiance to the fashion designer and a personal view into their bag content. Free, just turn up, until 5 September 

CEILIDH: Join in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh (“Kaylee”) at London Wonderground on Southbank. Whether you’re an experienced Ceilidh-er or a newbie, the hosts will guide you through the whole experience as you dance to live music. £20.50, prebookuntil 27 August

THEATRE: Safe Word is on stage at The Rag Factory in Brick Lane for a few days. This play focus on the human stream of consciousness and is characterised by repeated blackouts during the acting. £8/£6, prebook, until 24 August

BOTTLETOP WORKSHOP: Bottletop artists Robson Cezar is currently the artist-in-residence at Spitalfields City Farm, and is offering the public a chance to make a bottle top masterpiece with him at one of his free workshops. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

GUIDED TOUR: Discover the industrial heritage of Canary Wharf and Greenwich with Bowlers London Walking Tours. Meeting point is Greenwich DLR station, you’re welcome to take your camera with you. £10, prebook, 4pm-6.30pm

ROYAL ACADEMY: The prestigious London arts institute hosts a one-off Latin Takeover. Brazilian music and a Latin atmosphere will fill the Academy for one night — the event is connected to the current exhibition Radical Geometry. £14.50(including a drink), prebook, 6.30pm

CHARITY SCREENING: West End Film Club pays homage to actor Robin Williams with a charity screening of 1996 The Birdcage, taking place at the Century Club. The film is about a gay couple and their schemes to hide their relationship, when the parents of one of them come to visit. £5+bf, prebook, from 7pm

ART PERFORMANCE: See artists William Cobbing and Beth Collar performing their newly-commissioned piece at the Hayward Gallery. Expect a disjointed ‘conversation’ between the two protagonists being scrawled into wet clay. Free, just turn up, 7pm

STORYTELLING: Join London Dreamtime for supernatural tales of ships, water and the ‘beautiful Others’. The location of the event is secret (although we know it’s in the Deptford area) and will be unveiled once you prebook your place by email. £2, prebook by email essential8pm 

FILM FESTIVAL: London Fields Brewery hosts the one-day Film in the Fields festival. Eight short films will be screened, alongside live music and craft beer. £20-£5, prebook, 8.30pm-5am

CABARET: The Black Cat Cabaret is on stage tonight at London Wonderground, in Waterloo. Don’t worry if you can’t get tickets for tonight — the show repeats on Friday 29 August. £24.50-£19.50, prebook, 9.30pm

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Camden Fringe

We’re over halfway through London’s biggest performing arts festival, Camden Fringe. Every day throughout the festival, we’ll be bringing you our pick of shows to catch that day. Today is the very last one of the festival, and our suggestions are below:

Five actors bring more than thirty animals on stage in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, based on a selection of David Sedaris’ fables. At London Welsh Centre, until 23 August 

We Are Not Cakes is a performance mixing live puppetry, spoken word, burlesque and live music. The inspiration comes from a collection of short stories, poems and texts from Russia’s early 20th Century Avant Garde movement: the Oberiu. At Camden People’s Theatre, until 24 August 


Good Cause of the Day

Today you can sign up to become a volunteer for Envision, a youth-led social action charity. Envision works mainly in schools and colleges across London supporting young people to set up their own social action projects. You can actively give your support by becoming a volunteer, share your personal experiences with others and learn new working skills.

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