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Things to do today
EASTER HOLIDAYS: Moomins, butterflies, robots or millipedes; whatever your kids are into, there's plenty going on in London over the school holidays to keep them busy. Whether you're looking for a show, and exhibition, or just a couple of family-friendly places to eat out, check out our guide to London over the Easter holidays.
HUMANITY LECTURE: Is humanity naturally good? That's the subject of this lunchtime lecture, which takes into account the physical, chemical and biological components of human nature. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Experienced chamber musicians the Moeran Quartet put on a lunchtime concert, playing Haydn's 'Joke' Quartet and Mozart's 'A Musical Joke'. Lauderdale House, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-2pm
CHRISTIE'S LATES: The South Kensington auction house hosts its monthly late night opening. The theme this month is Contemporary Living; take a guided tour, or join in a design workshop. Christie's South Kensington, free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
Y2K LECTURE: Remember the Millennium Bug? Y2K? What was it all about — and did it even exist at all? Find out at this Gresham College talk. Museum of London, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
CURATOR TOUR: Join a curator for a tour of the current Miles & Stirling architecture exhibition. It examines two plans which were put forward for buildings on the No.1 Poultry site in the City of London. RIBA (66 Portland Place), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
LIVE JAZZ: On the second day of Live at Zedel's Jazz Week, vocalist Emelia Martenson performs lesser-known gems of the Great American Songbook, accompanied by pianist Jamie Safir, who has worked with the likes of Tony Christie and Will Young. Brasseries Zedel, £20, book ahead, 7pm
SMURFS: Get creative and fashion your own papier mache Smurf (inspired by a cocktail or two).Will you make a smashing Smurfette or a posh Papa Smurf? Drink, Shop & Do, free with a drink, just turn up, from 7pm
HAMMER & TONGUE: Poet, filmmaker and composer Kevin Cadwallender tops the bill at this open mic night. Hear live poetry and spoken word performances before the evening culminates in the open mic slam. The Book Club £6, just turn up, 7.30pm
UNDER THE SKIN: London Sinfonietta provides the live accompaniment to this screening of Jonathan Glazer's unusual film Under The Skin. Royal Festival Hall, £15-£25, book ahead, 7.30pm
Meet the author of Cityread’s Elizabethan spy novel at Lambeth Palace
The Cityread book for 2017 is Prophecy by S.J Parris, a thrilling spy novel set in 1538. Starring real life spy Giordano Bruno — who worked for Elizabeth I’s spymaster — the novel focuses around the plot to replace Elizabeth with Mary Queen of Scots. Head to Lambeth Palace on 16 April to get the writer’s view; hear S.J. Parris in conversation with historian Tracy Borman, and you'll find out more about the real Bruno, the plots that rocked Elizabethan England, and what it's like to take historical events and turn them into novels.
This will all take place in the glorious setting of the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace — exciting historical objects, including the execution warrant of Mary Queen of Scots, will be on display. Fancy brushing up on your Tudor know-how? S.J. Parris and Tracy Borman in conversation takes place on Wednesday 19 April at 6.30pm at Lambeth Palace. Book your tickets here.
Comedy review: don't take your parents
If you can shock a Soho audience on a Friday night, you're either doing something very right or very wrong. In the case of Lucy McCormick, it's both. Her X-rated take on the New Testament's 'Doubting Thomas' scene makes Madonna's Like A Prayer video look like a gentler episode of In The Night Garden. The rest of Triple Threat smooshes together the holy trinity of Jesus, Nutella and Adele with sadomasochistic dedication to the art. The Friday night audience is gagging for it, and we wonder if it'd be received the same on a sober Monday. Anyway, who cares — McCormick has put the Soho back into Soho Theatre.
Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, Soho, W1D 3NE, £19/£17, until 22 April. ★★★★☆ Will Noble
Art review: embracing bodies
Marc Quinn is most famous for placing a statue of Alison Lapper on the Fourth Plinth and creating a self-portrait using 10 pints of his own blood. His addition to Sir John Soane's Museum is a much tamer affair, with casts of him and his muse in an intimate embrace. The statues are all over the museum so it’s disappointing how similar they all are. Even more disappointing is the use of gender stereotyping, with the female nude exposed, while the male is just a pair of comforting arms. Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life at Sir John Soane's Museum. Until 23 September, free. ★★☆☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: pitch perfect
Proving that double entendres are not the preserve of 70s farces, operatic drag superstar Le Gateau Chocolat's Black is a moving musical autobiography. In it, the Nigerian baritone exposes and examines the dark undertones of his difficult upbringing as well as the mental health issues he lives with on a daily basis. Chocolat was seen last year in the National Theatre's revival of The Threepenny Opera and popping up soon as Feste in Emma Rice's final season RSC production of Twelfth Night. He is fearless in his choice of music and artistic expression through comedic animation sequences, glorious arias and an incredibly haunting a capella version of Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me). Le Gateau Chocolat: Black, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN, £10-£18, 4-8 April ★★★★☆ Franco Milazzo
Good cause of the day
DIRTY DANCING: Book ahead for this Dirty Dancing screening and 1960s night, featuring themed cocktails and plenty of dancing. Money raised goes towards a mum-of-three Debbie Rocke's lifesaving operation. Mycenae House (Greenwich), £9, book ahead, 7 April, 7pm
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