Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 13 July 2017

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PAPER CLAY: Italian ceramist Paola Paronette's paper clay exhibition opens today. Using a blend of paper, card and clay, she produces vessels that seem weightless when alone, yet like skyscrapers and sea creatures when grouped together. Contemporary Ceramics Centre (Bloomsbury), free, just turn up, 10.30am-6pm

KEW COLLECTIONS: Expert botanist and historian, Mark Nesbitt, talks through Kew's collection of fascinating and beautiful fibres. Discover why only a few of the 1,000 species of plant fibre are a commercial success. Chelsea Physic Garden, £17, book ahead, 6pm-8.15pm

SUMMERS BIGGEST HIT: See Middlesex take on Surrey this summer at the home of cricket, in an action packed night — perfect for sports lovers or simply an after work jaunt with friends. Lord's Cricket Ground, £20 (kids £5), book ahead, 6.15pm

STYLISH LONDON: We all love prancing about London's stylish shops, restaurants and attractions. Join Insider London author Rachel Felder and a panel of London experts as they reveal their favourite hidden spots in the capital. Stanfords (Covent Garden), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

DEAD, LIFE DRAWING: With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom, you're invited to try your hand at drawing some of them. Beginner or expert, everyone is welcome. the Grant Museum of Zoology, £8, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

End of the world

AMERICAN CENTURY: A eulogy for the death of the American popular imagination, using a single all-embracing motif: junk food. Performed by Kuwaiti visual artist, Monira Al Qadiri. Gasworks (Vauxhall), free, just turn up, 7pm

WILD AND PLAYFUL: Bored of the daily grind? This playful session is sure to bring colour back to your life, as you go wild with paint in a special plastic play zone. Who says you have to grow up? The Hive (Dalston), £25, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

BRING THE TALENT: London's got talent, loads of it, and it's time to show it off at Bring it! open mic night. With a bar stocked with organic and craft drinks, and a bun and fries meal deal, you can't go wrong. Grow (Hackney Wick), free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm

CHANGE THE WORLD: A one-woman satire about left-wing activism, in which Adele embarks on a mission to save the world. How did the Tories win anyway? Everyone she knows voted Labour... King's Head Theatre (Islington), £12, book ahead, 8pm

END OF THE WORLD: In Norse myth, Ragnarök is the end of the world via huge volcanic explosion. Folklorist and author Carolyne Larrington looks at whether there's anything the gods can do to stop it, and if not — is there any consolation to be had in total annihilation? The Old King's Head (London Bridge), £3, just turn up, 8pm-10pm


Try wheelchair basketball at Liberty Festival

Fancy giving wheelchair basketball a go? You can do this and much more at Liberty Festival, a free family-friendly day out at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that's dedicated to disability arts and sports.

Be wowed at ILL-Abilities' dance performances, and inspired by photographic exhibition Liberty Parade; watch circus acts and street theatre while enjoying the atmosphere of the all-inclusive festival.

Pack a picnic or make the most of the global street food on offer. Entry is free, but you’ll need a ticket if you want to see the World Para Athletics Championships which will also be going on. Find out more about Liberty Festival here.


Art review: Picasso & Warhol

This exhibition is inspired by great art collectors of the past, but that's just the excuse to display a fantastic range of works by Picasso, Andy Warhol's pop prints of Marilyn Monroe and Chairman Mao, Joan Miro's colourful abstract paintings and Marc Chagall's dream-like figures. It's a high quality collection all of its own. The Art of the Collector at Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, W1S 2PF. Until 20 August, free. ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan

Food review: steaks and the city

The Trading House's building used to be the Bank of New Zealand, but now it's big pineapple-shaped lights, gilding and plant fronds everywhere. With a pianist doing Ed Sheeran covers in the corner for good measure. Cocktails are just as flamboyant, with tropical new-for-the-summer ones like the kiwi-based Velvet Green Martini, and leaning towards stickily sweet. But the beer list's worth exploring, running from standards through to specialist ale, flights and IPA-based cocktails. Food bounces across pies, tapas, kebabs and charcuterie — but at a random sample, The Trading House is doing several of those far better than you'd expect from such a long, sprawling menu. The Trading House might be trying to please everybody, but if you're in the market for decent beers, big slabs of garlic-buttered meat and perfectly-blackened jerk salmon kebabs, it'll probably succeed. The Trading House, 89-91 Gresham Street, EC2V 7NQ. ★★★★☆ Lydia Manch

Art review: all about the surface

Copyright Channing Hansen, image courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery

Two different exhibitions both focus on use of materials. Channing Hansen hand weaves as if paintings are jumping from frame to frame, while a group show of Masters looks at how surfaces are manipulated through knotting, burning and slashing to create minimalist works. A masterclass in the use of the material. Channing Hansen and Painting on the Edge at Stephen Friedman Gallery, 11 & 25-28 Old Burlington Street, W1S 3AN. Until 29 July, free. ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Good cause for the day: poppy walk

Open to all abilities, join 1,000 others in a sponsored walk around a guided trail. Equipped with a quiz, make sure to look out for all the clues on the way... you'll be rewarded for it at the end. In aid of The Royal British Legion. Honourable Artillery Company, £20, book ahead, 16 July, 8.30am-6pm

Funzing

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Talk: Is MDMA The Future of Therapy?
Ben Sessa is a child psychiatrist, who takes a developmental perspecitve on adult mental disorders and addictions. He's started looking at the benefits of MDMA therapy, which he believes is psychiatry's best opportunity for a therapeutic breakthrough. His talk focuses on using MDMA to tackle alcohol abuse and PTSD. Get tickets

Talk: Neuroscience of Relationship Success
Relationships are not easy. Each of us has completely different brains, which affects our thinking, communication and different reactions to the same events. Problems occur when we try to understand other people's behaviour using only our brain. Often, even if we understand that we are different from another person, we still feel lost and misunderstood, affecting our own wellbeing and health in the relationship. In order to change that we need to look at the place where it all starts and ends, our brains, to understand what the recipe is for successful relationships. Get tickets

Lecture: The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is no longer afraid of psychedelics, now studying how they affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. LDN Talks @ Night present Dr David Luke, and engages in current study into pyschedelics and their historical use in shamanic rituals. Be prepared, you might leave with more questions than answers. Get tickets