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Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 15 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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ART FAIR: 90 specialist dealers descend on Chelsea today for the start of BADA Fine Art Fair, selling traditional, modern and contemporary art and antiques. Duke of York Square, £20, book ahead, until 21 March

HAIRCUT ON THE HOUSE: Ted's Grooming Room in Lancaster Place turns one today, but instead of you giving them a gift, they're offering you one. You can get the 'Cut A Long Story Short' haircut, for free. Ted's Grooming Room, free, just turn up, 9am-6.30pm (first come, first served)

ORGAN SESSION: Union Chapel welcomes legendary organist Donald MacKenzie, best known for playing the mighty five-manual organ at Leicester Square Odeon. Union Chapel, free, just turn up, 10am-1pm

TRACE YOUR FAMILY: If your ancestors are from London, there's a good chance their trade is recorded somewhere in Guildhall Library. With the help of the librarians, discover your family's past. Guildhall Library, £5.90, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

VR ART: The House of Peroni lands in Soho, allowing you to step inside a piece of art. There's also a bar area serving (you guessed it) Peroni. House of Peroni, £20 (includes beer or cocktail), just turn up, 5pm-10.30pm

Nilüfer Yanya at the Sebright Arms

BELIEF VS DUTY: Most open-heart surgery in children requires the use of donor blood. This goes against the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, which causes tensions between clinical teams and devout families. Professor Martin Elliot lectures on this tension and discusses options for surgery without donor blood. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

A CAPPELLA: Yale University's a cappella group Something Extra covers every genre from pop to jazz to folk to indie rock in this rare appearance across the pond. The Underdog, London Bridge, £5, just turn up 7.30pm-8.45pm

FREE COMEDY: Every Wednesday night, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich hosts free comedy. The pub has seen William Gladstone and Charles Dickens eat side-by-side, so if the comedy sucks, entertain yourself by thinking about what they might have discussed. Trafalgar Tavern, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9.30pm

SEBRIGHT ARMS: Legendary Hackney music venue, The Sebright Arms, pushes on with a series of gigs celebrating its reopening. Tonight, it's meditative singer songwriter Nilüfer Yanya. Sebright Arms, £6, book ahead, 8pm


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: war and landscapes

Credit: Linda Kitson

We like how the House of Illustration introduces us to artists we've never heard of. Case in point Linda Kitson who worked for the BBC. We see images of war from the Falklands, plus her latest works covering landscapes. Not all the images were to our liking in this small one room exhibition, but we loved the ghoulish plague pit. Linda Kitson: Drawings and Projects at House of Illustration, £7.50, Until 30 April ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Kahn

Theatre review: kosher cougars

It's a dark night in Dalston. It isn't stormy but you know you're in for bad weather. Council estate local Gina brings in a young devout Jewish man from outside her flat. Some of the lads on the estate have injured him after he was visiting the local slapper. He can't go home as it's the sabbath. And he doesn't want to face his fiancee. Gina is an ex-nurse and full-time carer. But just what care does young Gideon need? Michelle Collins and Joe Coen are engaging in their banter. Steward Permutt's script is full of laugh out loud moments. But the piece feels like it has several endings. Perhaps choosing one would give it more of an edge. A Dark Night in Dalston, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP, £14.50-£18, Until 1 April ★★★★☆ (Tuesday to Saturday) Paul Ewing

Good cause for the day

WORLD OF RHINOS: Here's an evening of illuminating discussions on the Wild World of Rhinos. Hear first hand from the people trying to save them in Africa. All funds go towards making sure more of these wonderful animals survive. The Royal Institution, £95/£30/£25, book ahead, 23 March, 6pm-10pm

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Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

LDN Talks @ Night | The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is resuming on how psychedelics affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. This talk from Dr David Luke 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

Talk: Neuroscience of Powerful Habits
Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

LDN Talks@Night |Insights of a War Crime Investigator
What would you say face-to-face to Saddam Hussein? How would you feel digging up the mass graves of Kosovo? Jonathan Tait-Harris will share experiences from his jobs as a policeman, soldier, war-crimes investigator and adviser to UK and Iraqi governments. £10 Get tickets