Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 9 May 2018

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Sing your heart out at a seriously old school open mic night.

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FREE FRIED CHICKEN: Winner, winner chicken dinner! Cult fried chicken brand Slim Chickens is arriving at Boxpark with a bang by giving out as much free fried chicken as you can eat. Pick one of 12 sauces from their interactive billboard (highlights include garlic parmesan and mango habanero) and get dipping. Boxpark (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

MEET THE MAKERS: Get to know 12 extraordinary artisans from the worlds of jewellery design, woodwork, pottery, and much more at Battersea Power Station. They'll be showcasing their wares and sharing the secrets to their sucess in exclusive workshops for the rest of this week. Battersea Power Station, free, just turn up, 10am-8pm, until 13 May

THE CLIMATE MAJORITY: Baby brain getting you down? Take your tot (under 1 year old) along for a dose of culture at Babble Talk's latest outing. This time, you'll be discussing whether climate change really matters and if so, why the world at large is doing so little about it in an informal, baby-friendly setting with public opinion expert and new dad Leo Barasi. The Wheatsheaf (Tooting), £10, book ahead, 11.30pm-12.30pm

FASHIONED FROM NATURE: The V&A's latest exhibition strips clothing back to its bare bones to explore the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world. Meet the curator, Edwina Ehrman, for a lunchtime lecture on the research underpinning the exhibition and the fashion world's moves towards a more responsible industry. V&A (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

CATHEDRAL TOUR: Explore 900 years of history at a twilight tour of Southwark Cathedral. You'll discover exciting links to Shakespearean theatre, a buried bishop, and the cathedral's role in founding a famous London hospital. Southwark Cathedral (London Bridge), £8, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Audio-visual visionary Matana Roberts brings improvised soundscapes to Peckham.

LADY OF STAVOREN: An all-female ensemble resurrects the Lady of Stavoren, a dark Dutch fable that explores the far-reaching consequences of greed. What happens when the woman who has it all wants more? Putney Arches, St Mary's Church (Putney), £8, book ahead, 6.45pm-7.45pm, until 10 May

CECIL ROTH LECTURE: The two subjects of this year's Cecil Roth lecture braved Greek pirate, storm seas, and melting rivers in their mission to aid impoverished Jewish communities. Discover the incredible lives of Sir Moses and Lady Judith Montefiore with the help of award-winning historian Professor Abigail Green. Jewish Museum (Camden), from £6.50, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

RETRO OPEN MIC: Old Fashioned by name, old fashioned by nature. You won't be hearing any Wonderwall covers at this open mic night, which has a strict pre-1965 music policy. Expect classic tunes from the golden age of jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll and if you're feeling brave you can step up to the mic yourself. The Old Queen’s Head (Islington), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

MATANA ROBERTS: Renowned composer, saxophonist, mixed media practitioner, sonic voyager — Matana Roberts wears many hats. Tonight she's collaborating with improvisational sound artist Kelly-Jayne Jones to create a live work featuring tactile electro-acoustic interplay that speaks to a shared politics of resistance. Peckham Levels, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

THE RHEINGANS SISTERS: With an adventurous approach to the fiddle, banjo, bansitar, and tambourin à cordes, folk duo The Rheingans Sisters have reimagined traditional music for a contemporary age. Hear them play their hotly anticipated third album Bright Field live at Stoke Newington's The Old Church. £14, book ahead, 8.15pm-10.15pm

Good cause of the day

Theatre and music seamlessly blend together in this adaptation of a little known short story from Ivan Bunin. In An Unknown Friend, a married woman write a series of love letters to her favourite author —who she just so happens to have never met. Enjoy the show followed by an artists' reception and cocktails while raising money for Gift of Life, a charity helping children to beat cancer.

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Hidden London Tour


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