Things To Do In London This Week: 6-12 March 2017

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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Rich Mix

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LAST CHANCE FOR UNDERWEAR: This week's your last chance to check out the V&A's comprehensive history of underwear in the Undressed exhibition, which we loved. Victoria & Albert Museum, £12, book ahead, until 12 March

DANCE WITH ME: Things I Like In Bethnal Green (Dance With Me), is an exhibition of eight short films that show the passing of time in Bethnal Green. Oxford House, free, just turn up, 9am-10pm, 6-12 March

NO 1 POULTRY: Did you know that Postmodern masterpiece No 1 Poultry almost didn't happen? A new exhibition compares it to its unrealised predecessor, Mansion House Square. The Architecture Gallery, free, just turn up, 8 March-25 June

Food review: chocolate calzone?

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims' conquest of London continues at a pace hotter than the ovens that fire the doughy delights. Its latest opening is in Shoreditch and apart from very good pizza, there are two novel reasons to head there: 1: It's BYOB, so you can quaff whatever you like with your N'duja pizza (although there's a fully stocked fridge too, if you forget to hit the offy on the way). There's usually a £2.50 corkage charge but for the first month, this is being waived. 2: If you bring a chocolate bar — any chocolate bar — they will calzonify it for you. That's right, they'll encase it in dough and bake it. Our tip? A Milky Way.

On Monday 6 March the soft launch is 'pay what you like'; with all proceeds going to the Samaritans, and it opens fully on Tuesday 7 March. 136 Shoreditch High Street, Monday-Saturday 11.30am-11pm, Sundays noon-10pm.

Monday 6 March

UKULELE HOOTENANNY: Whether you're a beginner or an expert ukulele player, you're welcome at this ukulele hootenanny. Borrow an instrument or bring your own and take part in renditions of old classics and modern pop songs on the ukulele. Queen of Hoxton. Free (£20 refundable deposit), 7pm-12am

GIANT NIGHT OUT: The latest in the superb Milestones series sees John Coltrane's masterpiece Giant Steps performed in its entirety. Opportunities to hear such genre-defining music played live are rare; don't miss this one. The Jazz Cafe, £10, book ahead, doors 7.30pm

Art review: dark & abstract

Copyright Kazuo Shiraga, Courtesy Hisao Shiraga.

Japanese painter Kazuo Shiraga has created abstract pieces with forceful brushstrokes. These early works date from the 1960s but have lost none of their power, drawing you into these chaotic maelstroms of layers of paint. Kazuo Shiraga at Levy Gorvy, 22 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PY, free Until 25 March ★★★☆☆  (Tuesday-Saturday)

Tuesday 7 March

FOOD & DRINK WALK: Take a tour around St James's, to find out the area's lengthy food and drink history. Hear about the Jamie Oliver of the 19th century and find the hotel bar that inspired Ian Fleming's choice of drink for his most famous creation. Green Park tube station, £12/£9, book ahead, 11am-12.45pm

OPEN MIC: Apollo is the Greek god of poetry and he's kindly lent his name to the poetry collective UnApollogetic, who host a spoken word and open mic night. Hackney Attic, free, book ahead, 7.30pm

ZIGGY STARDUST: Watch the classic documentary of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars' last show at the Hammersmith Odeon. Rich Mix, £10.50-£5, book ahead, 8.30pm

Art review: plasticine jungles

Henry Hudson has made a name for himself by creating fantastically detailed images using solely plasticine. In this series he creates unnaturally dense and colourful jungle scenes — stunning works to behold. Henry Hudson: Sun City Tanning at Carl Kostyal, 12a Savile Row, W1S 3PQ, free, until 25 March ★★★★☆ (Monday-Friday)

Wednesday 8 March

SCULPTURE WALK: Wander through Broadgate, a veritable hub of contemporary sculpture in the heart of the City on this guided lunchtime walk. Meet at Barclays bank on Moorgate, £5, book in advance, 1pm-1.50pm

SHECAN: Watch female London based artists on International Women's Day, performing beatbox, dance, spoken word and more to inspire and celebrate a culture of peace. Bhavan Centre, £5, book ahead, 6.15pm-9.15pm

SENSE SAFARI: Sound out Greenwich late at night, as you learn to ignore your eyes and follow your ears on this guided tour. Learn how to listen to the buildings and surroundings. Greenwich railway station, £12/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Thursday 9 March

BLACK BRITISH POLITICS: When the South African state introduced apartheid in 1948, it was the black British community that was one of the first voices of international criticism. Hear more about the anti-apartheid struggle from Dr Elizabeth Williams. The National Archive, free, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

CHILDHOOD FILM: Watch a child try to escape her dead-end family setting in search of freedom in film Girlhood. Followed by a panel discussion between critics and academics. Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, £7, book ahead, 6.30pm

WHO RUN THE WORLD: It's the last Open Arts Café event and they're going out in a blaze of glory, dedicating the night to women of the past, present and future with music, theatre, comedy and short films. Open Arts Cafe, donation, just turn up, 7.15pm

Black British Politics at The National Archives

Friday 10 March

RUGBY NIGHT MARKET: There's a ballsy night out in Spitalfields; a rugby themed night market in honour of the Six Nations. The perfect spot to kick back and watch the Ireland vs Wales game, or take part in rugby competitions and coaching. Old Spitalfields Market, free, just turn up 5.30pm-9.30pm

ROBOT SURGERY: Robot's performing surgery might be the future, so come and see a simulated operation performed by the da Vinci Surgical System. Science Museum, £25/£22/£20/£18, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

PORTRAITS CONCERT: Ever considered musicians and composers as portraitists? That's what Ian Burnside does at this concert. The Wallace Collection, £30/£25, book ahead, 7.30pm

Saturday 11 March

EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP: Learn how to embellish or repair a garment through the wonders of embroidery; breathing new life into old outfits. The New Craft House, £55, book in advance, 11am-2pm & 3pm-6pm

GHANAIAN INDEPENDENCE: Young Africa Centre is celebrating 60 years of Ghanaian independence, with a pop up food market, music, poetry and much more. Young Africa Centre, free (donations welcome), book ahead, 2pm-10pm

Embroidery workshop at New Craft House

Sunday 12 March

DESIGN MARKET: The London Artisan is a showcase of over 50 curated designers, and functions as a diverse shopping experience. Old Truman Brewery, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

KURDISH LITERATURE: Take part in an evening honouring author Bakhtiyar Ali, the foremost Kurdish novelist whose latest novel is the first major contemporary piece of Kurdish literature to be translated into English. Burgh House, £5, book in advance, 6.30pm-8.30pm

CABARET FANTASTIQUE: An international feast of cabaret talent all held together by dry wit and a dry white, and hosted by Marcel Lucont. LOST Theatre, £10 on the door, £8 in advance, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

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