Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 16 March 2017

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We've got discount tickets for a fantastic new play, Seventeen. Scroll down for details.

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BIRTHDAY BASH: What's better than a normal birthday party? Why, a four day long birthday extravaganza of course. That's what Number 90 Bar & Kitchen is doing, and it all kicks off on Thursday. Expect DJs, bands, art installations, delicious food and creative cocktails. Number 90 Bar & Kitchen, free, just turn up 16-19 March

LIT FESTIVAL: North London Literary Festival brings a variety of authors and speakers to Middlesex University in Hendon for writing workshops and talks from the likes of graphic novel author Warren Ellis and journalist Alex Andreou. Middlesex University, various prices, book ahead, 11am-7pm

SHEEP PIG GOAT: There's a disconnect between the way that humans perceive animals through our stories and the lives they truly live. Sheep Pig Goat is a project that aims to bridge the disconnect. Peckham, free, book ahead, 11.30am-1pm, 2pm-3.30pm & 4.30pm-6pm, until 19 March

SOAPBOX SCIENCE: Pay a penny to hear this lecture on the lack of representation of women in science today — did you know that less than 26% of biology lecturers are female? Morley Gallery, 1p, just turn up, 6pm-7.30pm

SPITALFIELDS NIPPERS: Get an insight into the lives of East End Londoners at the end of the 19th century. This series of photos, taken by Horace Warner, shows some of the poorest people in London and is the subject of a talk by the Gentle Author Museum of Childhood, £7, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Beer and Browse at Libreria Bookshop

IMMERSIVE THEATRE: Croydonites Festival of New Theatre present Morningstar, an abstract piece that tackles who you can and can't trust. Secret location, Croydon, £8/£6, book ahead, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm

BEER AND BROWSE: Libreria Bookshop in Spitalfields is putting some amazing things together in blender to concoct a cultural mash-up evening. Wander around the shop with a beer in hand, while The Wizard of Oz is screened to the sounds of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Libreria Bookshop, free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

QUIZ NIGHT: Which famous artist painted the ceiling of the Paris Opera in 1964? Which is heavier a cricket bat, or a basketball? Answer these challenging questions and more at Ben Uri Gallery's charity quiz night. Ben Uri Gallery, £25/£12.50, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

HACKNEY WOTEVER: Bar Wotever was founded in 2005 and is now one of the world's longest running queer performance events. Expect live music, cabaret, comedy, talks, films, dance, spoken word and more tonight. Hackney Attic, £8/£6, book ahead, 7.30pm

BIG SAM: The man, the myth, the legend: Sam Allardyce is speaking at Oasis Hub in Waterloo. He'll tell some of his favourite footballing stories from his long career in the game, with all proceeds going to Hub Athletic, which change the lives of young people through football. Oasis Hub, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

Don't miss your chance to grab tickets at a £10 discount for Seventeen — the critically-acclaimed play at the Lyric Hammersmith

Seventeen is set after the end of the last day of school, when everyone's meant to move on. It's about the cusp of adulthood, the cusp of complete change.

But Seventeen is a coming-of-age story with a difference — one with some surprises up its sleeve...

If you want to come and watch it with fellow Londonist readers, we have a batch of tickets to the performance on 20 March. Even better, you'll get £10 off your tickets, with the best seats in the house for just £25.

For more details and to book your tickets, click here.

Art review: colourful paintings

Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

We've never been sure about Maria Lassnig's washed out self-portraits, but this show across two gallery spaces has converted us somewhat. From her portraits to her abstract works, the full range of her colourful works presents her as more than just a creator of beautiful paintings. Maria Lassnig: A Painting Survey - 1950-2007 at Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, W1S 2ET, until 29 April, free ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: history repeating itself

Photo: Jack Sain

Labour is failing, flailing and fighting no one but itself under an unpopular leader. The Tories have a female PM and the country feels messy and tetchy. Cue drama as four politicians meet up in a Docklands kitchen to plot defection. It's not 2017 but 1981 in this witty take on politics and the personalities involved that proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Five strong performances and a sharp script make for an entertaining, informative piece. Limehouse, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, 
WC2H 9LX, £10-40, until 15 April ★★★★☆ (Monday to Saturday) Chris Bridges

Good cause for the day

SONGS FROM THE HEART: In 2005 Paul Toeman's father died suddenly of a heart attack. Since then he's been a staunch supporter of the British Heart Foundation. Here he sings a concert in their aid, featuring songs focusing on love and the heart in memory of his father. Lauderdale House, £20, just turn up, 7.30pm-9pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets