Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 13 April 2017

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African Drumming and Singing at Wac Arts

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EASTER HOLIDAYS: If you're running out of ideas for how to keep the little ones entertained, look no further than our list of things to do during the Easter holidays.

NATURE EXPLORERS: Go on safari without leaving London. Horniman Museum's minibeast safari takes place on the nature trail in the museum's grounds. £3, buy tickets on the day, 11am/noon/2pm/3pm

BEER FESTIVAL: Start your Easter weekend the right way at this fantastic beer festival at The Crown And Anchor in Brixton. It's to celebrate the pub's five year anniversary. Things will get lively. The Crown And Anchor, just turn up, 4.30pm-1am

FOOD AND WINE TASTING: A selection of Whole Foods stores are running Thirsty Thursday, where you get to try five food tasters and five wine samples to match. Various locations, £5/free at select stores, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm

WAVEY PARTY: Popular fashion brand Wavey Garms have a week long pop-up in Boxpark, and they're throwing one of their legendary parties on Thursday evening. Boxpark Shoreditch, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

Wavey Garms at Boxpark

LATE NIGHT PAINTING: Paint your own ceramics without a children's birthday party raging around you. If you do want to get a little lively though, it's BYOB. Creative Biscuit Ceramics Cafe, £4, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

SOFT DRINK WORKSHOP: This might sound obvious, but delicious soft drinks aren't usually all that healthy. Well here's your chance to make your own that you don't need to feel guilty about. Sourced Market, £5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

FOLK MUSIC: Listen to two of Scotland's finest folk musicians soothe the evening's troubles away, when Mairearad Green and Anna Massie perform. Green Note, £13, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm

AFRICAN DRUMMING: Create some bouncing beats with West African djembe drums, for an evening of good vibes. Wac Arts, £10/£15, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

GRIMELIGHT: Who decided what poetry is? This evening of performances and discussion explores the relationship between poetry and grime. Age 16+. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 8pm


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Art review: a talking cow and a computer astrologer

The Federico Diaz performance under way. Photography copyright David Freeman.

The cavernous Ambika P3 space plays host to an ambitious installation by six artists all based on an historical medical archive. A calf made from the same calfskin that binds the archive books repeats words from texts, a giant blue lake is part of performance and a computer tells us our future. It's bonkers, but brilliant. Casebooks at Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS, until 23 April, free ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan

Theatre review: what goes around

Starring celebrity singers Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins, Carousel's short run isn't the only limited thing about this outdated revival. The same crew behind last year's hit production Sunset Boulevard are back at the Coliseum with a disappointing take on Rogers and Hammerstein's tale of doomed love and celestial redemption. Even if we look past the musical's "romantic approach to domestic violence", the dialogue is still as stiff and corny as ever but now the acting is largely risible, Lonny Price's direction is too languid and the leads have next to zero in the way of chemistry. Thankfully, the songbook is the saving grace here with a talented cast (featuring the brilliant pair Alex Young and Gavin Spokes) belting out uplifting numbers like Mister Snow, June Is Bustin' Out All Over and Anfield anthem You'll Never Walk Alone. Carousel, London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, WC2, until 13 May 2017 ★★★☆☆ Franco Milazzo

Theatre review: locking horns with social taboo

Photo: Johan Persson

The late Edward Albee's late tragicomedy The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is a strange beast that challenges conventional morality a bit like his early absurdist plays. A celebrated 50-year-old architect threatens to destroy his family and career by falling in love with a goat — some mid-life crisis! — but as a metaphor it's about animal passions not bestiality that questions what is "unnatural". Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo impress by playing it straight as the seemingly perfect couple falling apart, while getting plenty of laughs in Ian Rickson's smart production. The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT, £30‒99, until 24 June ★★★★☆ [Monday‒Saturday] Neil Dowden

Good cause for the day

WALK 50KM: Does what it says on the tin as fundraisers walk 50km overnight through central London, to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care. £25 per person to register with £300 fundraising target, book ahead, 9 June, 7pm-10am

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