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Things To Do In London This Week: 27 February-5 March

Guerillas in our Midst at Whitechapel Gallery

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DIFFERENCE FESTIVAL: The University of Westminster is the most internationally diverse university in the UK and they're throwing a festival to celebrate it. There'll be demonstrations, lectures and discussions. University of Westminster, free, book ahead, various times

CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Isabella Palumbo spent two months in Cuba taking pictures of locals and listening to their stories. She discovered a beautiful country full of potential, blocked by the myth of revolution. MostArt Centre, free, just turn up, 10am-11pm

JEWISH BOOK WEEK: The annual Jewish Book Week returns, with an epic 75 events over nine days. Speakers come from across the globe and cover a range of subjects. Various locations, £10.50 per event, book ahead, various times

Art review: Japanese wonders

Copyright William Morris Gallery

THE ART OF JAPAN: Frank Brangywn travelled to Japan over 100 years ago, collaborating with Japanese artists and bringing home Japanese art. It's a story worth telling and the William Morris does a great job with screens, paintings and even plans for an unrealised museum. Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP, free. Until 14 May ★★★★☆ (Wednesday-Sunday)

Monday 27 February

THE TALE OF JANUARIE: The Tale of Januarie is a new opera based on Chaucer's classic The Merchant's Tale. A comedy of love and age sung in traditional Middle English for the purists. Barbican Centre, £25/£15, book ahead, 7pm

ROOFTOP STORYTELLING: Head up to the Viking bar atop the Queen of Hoxton and join award winning storyteller Giles Abbott, as he weaves a tale of betrayal and loss. Queen of Hoxton, free, just turn up, 7pm-8pm

IBIZA TO NORFOLK: Martin's got a problem: he has an illness that no one understands and all he can think about is his hero David Bowie. The play was a sell-out in Edinburgh so isn't one to sleep on now that it's down south. Jackson's Lane, £14.95/£12.95, book ahead, 8pm

Tuesday 28 February

PANCAKES: Flipping heck, it's Pancake Day. Check out our list of where to celebrate in London.

FILM QUIZ: Calling all cinephiles: the Hackney Attic's film quiz is for you. One of the few places in life you can actually be rewarded for your couch potato lifestyle. Hackney Attic, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

TEMPLAR POETRY: Ellen Cranitch releases her first collection of poetry, The Immortalist, alongside a performance from David Coldwell. Keats House, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

GAYW3: Sorry God, I'm Gay explores a priest, an imam and a poet negotiating their identities. JW3, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

Life, Animated at Stanley's Film Club

Wednesday 1 March

FILM CLUB: At the age of three, a young boy named Owen stopped speaking and was diagnosed with autism. Track his journey making sense of reality through Disney movies in Life, Animated. There's a bring your baby along screening in the morning as well. Stanley's Film Club, £8/£6/£5, book ahead, 10am-1pm and 7pm-11pm

DIGGING FIRE: The Great Fire Of London was a while ago — but we can still learn a lot about it through archaeology. Gustav Milne talks about his experiences and insights from fire digs. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 3pm

Thursday 2 March

LITTLE ITALY TOUR: Spend your lunchtime wandering around London's Little Italy in Clerkenwell with an Italian tour guide. St Peter's Italian Church, £25, book ahead, noon-2pm

WHALES: Ever wondered what's it like to be a whale? This talk goes inside the world's largest mammal's mind to try and explain how they think. It's probably more accurate than lying submerged in your bath after a particularly large dinner. London School of Economics, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm

GUERILLA GIRLS: To celebrate International Women's Day, watch a screening of the classic documentary Guerillas in our Midst with an introduction from Club de Femmes. Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50/£7.50, book ahead, 7pm

Blossoms perform at Tate Britain

Friday 3 March

HOCKNEY AND MUSIC: The Tate Britain and Festival No. 6 are putting on a night to remember. You can see the fantastic David Hockney retrospective, enjoy live music from Blossoms, poetry from John Cooper Clarke and much more. Tate Britain, £69, book ahead, 7.30pm-11.55pm

MAKING NATURE: Drop into the Wellcome Collection's exhibition Making Nature, for a tour and chat with its curator Honor Beddard on the process of putting it all together. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 6pm-6.45pm

GYM THEATRE: "Will has one true love but is it Bec or the gym?" Head to Pleasance Theatre for a semi-staged performance of A Gym Thing. Pleasance Theatre, £5, book ahead, 7.45pm

Making Nature at Wellcome Collection

Saturday 4 March

WANDER TOOTING: Join Saira for a wander around Tooting. Visit Tooting Markets and the historic Streatham Cemetery before ending up at the magical Sewing Machine Museum. Tooting Broadway station, suggested £4 donation, just turn up, noon

GREEK SUPPER CLUB: Meet new people, feast on traditional Greek food and enjoy amazing 'rebetiko' Greek music at yaya's. Clapton, £40, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Theatre review: tick this off your bucket list

Bucket List. Photo: Jack Offord

Theatre Ad Infinitum explore dreams, systems, and the price others pay for the way we live, in this bold and beautiful production. With stunning movement, music, and a headstrong young girl leading the way, Bucket List takes you to a faraway Mexican town to show you the impact of your little luxuries back home — and it should be top of your list this week. Bucket List, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN. £15/£12.50. Until 4 March ★★★Savannah Whaley

Sunday 5 March

SWISH AND STYLE: Tired of your old wardrobe, but don't have the cash to change things up? Swap your old clothes in at Swish and Style, and leave with a whole new outfit. Creation Space, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-3pm

ACOUSTIC SUNDAY: Cosy up in The Crypt in Dalston for a festive Acoustic Sunday, presented by Sound Advice UK. Things kick off with an open mic session, before whittling through a selection of east London's finest acoustic musicians. The Crypt, free, just turn up, 2.30pm-8pm

BEYONCÉ BABY SHOWER: The Book Club are throwing Beyoncé a baby shower (although there's currently no word on whether queen B will attend herself). There will be flowers galore at least. The Book Club, £4, book ahead, 4pm-10pm

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LDN Talks @ Night |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

London 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

BucketList Talks - How to follow your dreams
Hear crazy true stories from the people who've probably done everything on your bucket list. Be inspired by tales of marathon running, exploring the Arctic at 16 and driving to Mongolia. Get tickets