Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 19 April 2017

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LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Head to the Wellcome Collection to hear all about superbugs. These are diseases such as MRSA that are resistant to antibiotics. The talk also explores if it's possible to create antibiotics that target antibiotic resistance. Wellcome Collection, free, first come first served, 1pm-2pm

NERD NITE: Pandas, monkeys and sport are on the agenda at Nerd Nite, in which three expert speakers are each given around 20 minutes to talk about their topic. Find out about some of the planet's ugliest animals, how closely related we are to monkeys, and whether the Tour de France is getting easier. Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), £6, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Read the things that British Muslim women write at the launch for The Things I Would Tell You. A panel of prominent female British muslims will discuss the daily realities of life and their writing at this talk. Asia House, £10, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm

ENFIELD HISTORY: Hear a slice of Enfield history at Forty Hall. This talk gives an insight into the women who have helped to run the hall in the past — and whose stories are often overshadowed by those of the male owners. Forty Hall, £5, book ahead, 7pm

GRIEF & VAGINAS: Don't worry the two aren't combined. These are two separate talks as part of The Season of Love, the first dealing with how grief works with a trained grief psychotherapist. The second half is a workshop for all genders that will expand your understanding, appreciation and competency around vaginas. Hackney Attic, £10/£5/£3, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

On Growth And Form at the Royal Institution

100TH BIRTHDAY: 2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D'Arcy Thompson's hugely influential book On Growth And Form. It's widely admired by scientists, artists, architects and designers so listen to this expert panel discuss the book's legacy. The Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

CRAFT WORKSHOP: Learn the ancient art of Batik, painting on wool using hot wax to create striking designs. The Doodle Bar (Bermondsey), £25, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

POETS CORNER: The Black Cultural Archives present The Poets Corner, a weekly poetry and spoken word event. Email them in advance if you want a chance to perform. The Black Cultural Archives (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

JAWDANCE: Poets, musicians and spoken words artists are given free rein at this spoken word night — plus there's a chance for members of the audience to sign up for a slot too. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 7.30pm

FREE FILM: Pablo Larraín's No offers an account the 1988 events in Chile, surrounding the country's referendum on democracy. The film explores the 'disappearances' that were commonplace, and whether it's possible to win an election using happiness. Map Studio Cafe (Kentish Town), free, just turn up, 8pm-11pm

Art review: massive abstract paintings

The artist at work on his largest piece. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London © Secundino Hernández

Painter Secundino Hernández creates massive abstract paintings from bold colours. The highlight is upstairs in the Wharf Road space, where it's so thick with paint, as if it's reaching out towards us. His monochrome work is less impressive, and the works are spread across both Victoria Miro galleries. Secundino Hernández: Paso at Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW and 14 St. George Street, W1S 1FE, until 6 May, free ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: more than just a pretty face

Photo: Laurent Liotardo

You've read the story countless times or seen the best pantos, but you won't have experienced anything like this dazzling reimagining of Cinderella. Beautifully narrated by the enchanting Sarah Goddard, it's the same rags to riches story, but the routine with rats and pumpkins is replaced by a spectacular sequence by seasonal fairies, transforming scruffy Cinderella into the belle of the ball. With a prince whose pirouettes will leave you even dizzier than his charm, this production proves early on that it's not just about sumptuous dresses and glittery sparkle. Even the wicked stepsisters are given a more colourful comedic makeover, in this joyful treat of top-tier ballet for the young. My First Ballet: Cinderella, Peacock Theatre Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT, £10-25, until 22 April then touring nationwide until 27 May [Monday-Saturday] ★★★★☆ Phillipa Ellis

Good cause for the day

MUSIC AND COMEDY: A who's who of music and comedy stars collide in Symfunny 2 at The Royal Albert Hall. It's an eclectic mix, from Agnes Brown to Pete Townshend, but all are certain to put on a fabulous show. Proceeds go to Parkinson's UK, which fights the debilitating disease both medically and socially. Royal Albert Hall, £22-£38, book ahead, 7.30pm

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Love Actually


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

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


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

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


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

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


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