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.

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

Talk: 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