Things To Do Today In London: Friday 21 April 2017

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WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD: This year's Sony World Photography Awards exhibition opens today, displaying shortlisted photographs from around the world. This year, there's also a special exhibition of work by Martin Parr. Somerset House, £7-£18, book ahead, 21 April-7 May

HEAVY METAL YOGA: Forget the waterfalls and birdsong — this yoga class is for the hardcore only. A yoga class that helps you unleash your inner beast rather than tame it. Gymbox Bank, £20/free, book ahead, 8am-8.45am

WAR PROPAGANDA: Head to the recently reopened National Army Museum for a talk about how love and attraction were used in propaganda to mobilise the nation during both world wars. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

GUN SALUTES: If you're in the vicinity of Hyde Park around midday, brace yourself for a 41-round gun salute. It's all in honour of the Queen's birthday. Don't say we didn't warn you. Hyde Park, free, just turn up, noon. If that's not enough bangs for you, there should be an even larger 62-round salute at the Tower of London at 1pm. Never let it be said that one does not know how to party.

HOLOCAUST TALK: Follow the journey of Holocaust survivor Zahava Kohn, through her letters, photographs and documents in the National Archive's collection. Then hear Zahava herself speak, followed by words by her daughter providing a second-generation perspective. The National Archives, free, book ahead, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Heavy Metal Yoga at Gymbox Bank

SISTER ACT: Watch 1992 film Sister Act accompanied by a live gospel choir (the audience is encouraged to sing along). The film is about a woman who goes into witness protection hiding — in a convent. Central Hall Westminster, £40/£35, book ahead, 1.45pm/6.45pm

CARRY ON CURATING: Celebrate the V&A Museum's recently acquired Tommy Cooper collection with a night of museum comedy. Performers include John Lloyd and Nish Kumar. V&A Museum, £15, book ahead, 7pm

FREE FILM FESTIVAL: It's the start of the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival, and it's launching with a sensory overload. The film is Chef, the tale of an acclaimed chef who gets frustrated with the mundanity of the food he makes so quits to start his own food truck to rediscover his passion for food. The White Hart, free, first come first served, 8pm

ELECTRONIC MUSIC: Limbs is a new home for live electronic music in London that aims to bridge the gap between the club and the concert hall. It's an intimate setting underneath Haggerston's railway arches. Tonight sees performances from Mined, Two Legs and Rainbow Shark. Limbs, £5 book ahead, 8pm-midnight

PRINCE: It's nearly a year since the master of flamboyant master of funk Prince passed away, so head down to Purple Rave. DJs will be spinning Prince tunes and there's a screening of Purple Rain to boot. Clapham Grand, £10, book ahead, 8pm-3am

Art review: a chaotic reconstruction

Courtesy Focal Point Gallery, Southend. Photo: Manuela Barczewski

Paul Johnson has recreated his artist's studio inside the gallery, but everything is fragments. He takes mundane coffee cup lids and creates casts of them — bringing permanence to throwaway items. It's a chaotic glimpse into the creative mind. Paul Johnson: Teardop Centre at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG, until 18 June, free ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Khan

Art review: far too conceptual

Copyright National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

Across two galleries is the work of Romanian conceptual artist Geta Bratescu. She works across many mediums including textiles, photography, video and performance. However, the work is far too conceptual and difficult to extract anything from. Geta Bratescu, The Studio: A tireless ongoing space at Camden Arts Centre,  Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG, until 18 June, free ★★☆☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Khan

Good cause for the day

RAVING IRAN: Book ahead to see the story of two persecuted DJs in Iran in this documentary followed by a Q&A. That will then be followed by the DJ duo featured in the film — Blade & Beard — spinning out some tracks for a party in their UK debut. Proceeds go towards the homeless charity Crisis. Village Underground, £40 for whole event, £7 for just the party, book ahead, 27 April, 7pm-2am


Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Love Actually

Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies

Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots

Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?

Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets