Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 21 March 2017

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Felt Cactus Workshop at Nanna's Cafe

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GLOBAL ART: New exhibition Fragments is a visual exploration on the very idea of fragmentation, created by artists from Brazil, France and Spain. Espacio Gallery, free, just turn up, noon-7pm

THINK SPACE: The UK space sector is growing at a rapid pace. Find out about the instruments made in Britain that are changing space exploration. Royal Museum Greenwich, £6/£5, book ahead, 5.15pm-6.15pm

MAKING MONEY: Ever wondered how money is made? Bank of England Museum curator Jennifer Adam talks about the launch of the polymer £5 note last year, and the history of the production of banknotes. Guildhall Library, £5 (+ booking fee), book ahead, 6pm-8pm

SEXY SHORTS: Short film night Bar Shorts is back with a line-up that will explore sexuality, liberty, frustration, humour in all that is amorous. Watch the films, then chat to the filmmakers and directors. The Book Club, free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE: Climbing Everest could help medical research. This lecture explains how data taken from a 2007 medical expedition to the top of the mountain can be used to explain why some people can adapt to high altitude better than others. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Think Space lecture at Royal Museum Greenwich

CONCEALED REVEALED: Old shoes up chimney breasts, mummified cats bricked up in walls and horse skulls buried under hearthstones are just some of the odd objects found hidden away in post-medieval houses. This talk aims to reveal who was concealing them, and why. Horse Hospital, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

DEEP LIFE: Travel deep into the earth's crust with geochemist Tullis Onstott, to take a look at the life forms living down there and whether their presence gives us clues towards the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

CLASSICAL CONCERT: There's more to LSE than just economics. The LSE Choir and Orchestra hold their Spring Concert, performing works by Gabriel Faure, Beethoven, Mozart and more. LSE, £7, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

LOLITICS: Self-proclaimed 'Lefty political comedy club' Lolitics makes its monthly appearance in Camden, with a line-up including feminist activist Chloe Green and stand-up comedian Charlie Partridge. Best of all? No heckling, and the comedians won't pick on you. The Black Heart, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

FELT CACTUS: Create a plant that doesn't need any watering and brightens up any room at this felt cactus workshop — it's aimed at all abilities. Nanna's Cafe in Highbury, £35, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm


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Art review: ghostly ships

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The Science Museum's collection of model ships in storage has been photographed through their semi-transparent protective covers. Photographic duo Anderson & Low have given these ships a ghostly resurrection, and the fuzzy images capture a sense of the history these models represent.  The way the exhibition is laid out with low lighting and plenty of space only adds to the ethereal atmosphere in the works. Voyages at Science Museum Until 25 June, free ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: triple dance delight

This Royal Ballet triple bill includes the world premiere of Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern, a poignant reflection on the plight of refugees. Placing them in limbo, neither in their old or new home, shadows fall on masses of huddled dancers whose movements are extremely innovative. Set to Henryk Górecki's moving Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, this powerful piece contrasts individual needs with mass plight. The bill also includes David Dawson's The Human Seasons, full of elegant physicality, and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, in which Zenaida Yanowsky (on the night we went) seemed ethereally fragile yet deeply human. The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E, £3-50, 16-24 March 2017 ★★★★☆ Sam Smith

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HOGWHATS QUIZ: Immerse yourself in the wizarding world at this regular Harry Potter quiz. The theme this month is Ravenclaw, so it'll be one for the brainbox Potter fans. All the profits go towards Child.org, which aims to give all children an equal opportunity. Concrete Space in Shoreditch, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

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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