Things to do today is sponsored by Cityread.
What we're reading
- Trials of driverless shuttle buses are happening in London.
- Ken Livingstone ran London so well. Now he's trashed his reputation.
- Date announced for London ultra low emission zone.
- Stalin and Lenin's forgotten London hangouts.
- Dalston's Eastern Curve Gardens — originally part of the old East London Line — could be forced to close.
- Could the London Stadium soon become the Vodafone Stadium?
Things to do today
EASTER HOLIDAYS: The school holidays are here, and there's plenty going on in London including family exhibitions, nature trails, egg hunts and museum workshops. Take a look at what's on near you, whatever their age, and whatever your budget.
CHERNOBYL DISASTER: It's 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, but what consequences has it had on food production and consumption in Europe? That's what's being explored in this new mixed media exhibition, which opens today. Rich Mix, free entry, just turn up, 6-28 April
SAMPLE SALE: Grab some incredible discounts on the last day of the Whistles Sample Sale in Shoreditch. Protein Studios, free entry, just turn up, 8am-7pm
FROM THE SOMME: Hear the story of how the British and Canadian forces were able to win the Battle of Arras over the Germans in 1917, despite the fact that inexperienced pilots were pitted against Germany's Red Baron. The National Archives (Kew), free, book ahead, 2pm-4pm
MEGACITIES: As the world's population grows, megacities will become increasingly common. Find out about some of the challenges of designing megacities, such as providing enough food for the inhabitants and keeping the air clean enough to breathe. Barnard's Inn Hall, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
GIRL ON GIRL: Artists Juno Calypso and Maisie Cousins are just some of those taking part in this panel discussion about female photographers and the female gaze. It's to celebrate the launch of new book Girl On Girl. Photographers' Gallery, free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm
SEEING ANIMALS: TV ratings and exhibition attendance show that the natural world has never been more popular. This talk seeks to study how this increased engagement affects conservation efforts. Wellcome Collection, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
SUPPER TALK: Hear a talk that covers the social history of flax, an incredible fabric that we all rely on everyday. You'll learn the origins of everyday terms such as spinster, heckler and lingerie. Tickets include a drink and there's a chance to eat either before or after the talk. Chelsea Physic Garden, £17 (and another £19 for the meal), book ahead, 7pm-8pm
MARIOKE: A mash-up of karaoke and video games — what could be more ideal? Marioke has a selection of popular tunes — all re-written to make them about video games — to be sung to the crowd. The Loading Bar (Stoke Newington), £7, book ahead, 7pm-11.30pm
FUNNY WOMEN: Who says women aren't funny? Watch a night of female created short comedy films, alongside comedy by female comedy community Funny Women. Rich Mix, £10/£12, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY SHOW: Annie McGrath, Lou Sanders and Stuart Laws are among the comedians on the bill at this bargain-cheap comedy night. The Star of Kings (King's Cross), £3, book ahead,8pm-10.30pm
Round up the kids for a day of Tudor tales and treats
As part of the month-long Cityread book festival, get transported back to the 16th century for some historical fun and games at Charterhouse on Good Friday.
Gather round the storyteller in the atmospheric old chapel, make delicious old fashioned sweets, and take part in a traditional Tudor dance workshop. Running from 11am-3pm, this children's event is all inspired by Cityread's 2017 book of choice, Prophecy, which is set in Elizabethan London. Young Londoners are sure to have a ball — and may learn something about London's past too.
For more information, and to see the whole 2017 Cityread programme, visit www.cityread.london.
Art review: quantum ceramics
Nadav Drukker is a quantum physicist who also makes ceramics, and he doesn't separate the two. The pieces in this show are covered with equations looking at ideas as complex as String Theory. The strange combination makes for some unique and intriguing works. Nadav Drukker: Quantum Ceramics at Knight Webb Gallery, 54 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8PZ, until 8 April, free ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: turn on the hot tap
The ultimate 'backstage musical', 42nd Street lifted America from the Depression. Its timely, majestic arrival at Drury Lane is still an evening of total escapism and total delight as you share the hopes and dreams of fresh-off-the-bus Peggy Sawyer (Clare Halse, bloody marvellous), breaking into the Broadway big-time via Sheena Easton's broken ankle. Easton is in fine, warm voice but it's her young replacement who will tap her way into your heart.
If An American in Paris is an Impressionist painting, 42nd Street is a glorious vivid-coloured cartoon. Amazingly, there were only five songs in the 1933 film, but the Al Warren and Harry Dubin back catalogue delivers fifteen showstoppers from We're In The Money to Shuffle Off To Buffalo and Lullaby Of Broadway, each one more overwhelming than the last. Incredible. 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF, £25-125, booking until 22 July [Monday-Saturday] ★★★★★ Cholly Knockerbocker
Good cause for the day
DIRTY DANCING: Prepare for a dazzling evening as Blackheath's Mycenae House is transformed into the Kellerman's Holiday Resort for the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing. You'll watch the film then dance all that passion out afterwards. All proceeds go towards Debbie's Fight for Life, which is raising money for a lifesaving operation for a mum-of-three, that's currently unavailable in the UK. Mycenae House, £9, book ahead, 7 April, 7pm-11pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
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
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
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
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