London On The Cheap: 4-10 March

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London On The Cheap: 4-10 March

Absolutely free this week: Late at Tate, booky things, Maslenitsa, Barbican weekender, dance and pancake races.

Friday: World Book Night Launch in Trafalgar Square between 6-8pm is free. There will be readings. There might even be books. But check out Saturday for more....

Late at Tate Britain promises spoken word plus birdsong and an installation that you could affect with Art Now Live. Free, 6 till 10pm.

Saturday: The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall hosts World Book Night Party with "a book-lovers' party, featuring book swaps, mass reading groups, and literary speed dating." Free, from 8pm (get there early!).

The Barbican Weekender offers a jam packed 2-day programme of theatre, dance, music, film, food, visual art and spoken word free, for all ages. Today and Sunday.

Sunday: Celebrate the Russian spring festival Maslenitsa in Trafalgar Square between 12.30-7pm.

The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green needs your support. Go along and buy a book. Failing that, go along and offer moral support by knitting there between 1-3pm.

In Whitechapel Gallery between 1-5.30pm you can witness a free performance created by Siobhan Davies and Matthias Sperling called 'To hand' (2-20 March, Thurs-Sun).

Monday: Get there EARLY cos Adam Buxton's headlining the Good Ship Comedy Night in Kilburn. Reserve in advance £4, on the door £5, doors from 6pm, happy hour till 7pm, show at 8pm.

Susie Orbach and others discuss The Letters of Rosa Luxembourg at the book's launch, The Swedenborg Society, 7pm. £5 a ticket with refreshments thrown in. RSVP:

Tuesday: It's International Women's Day so here's an opportunity to find out about Edith Cavell by visiting the Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas' Hospital. A talk 'Following in Nightingale’s footsteps - Edith Cavell’s story' by Jonathan Evans starts at 6.15pm. Tickets £5.80/£3 for members.

It's also Pancake Day. The Great Spitalfields Pancake Day race is at 12.30pm. After work, pancakes are cheap and easy to make and fun to flip.

Wednesday: Fans of the Beeb, book your free ticket for this lecture from Michael Lyons, outgoing chairman of the BBC Trust, giving his view on the future of public service broadcasting and public value: the remaining challenges for the BBC at LSE. At Sheik Zayed Theatre, free but book your tickets. 6.30pm start.

Thursday Like potatoes? Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetables is a workshop at Tank, the Ladywell Tavern SE13 at 2pm. £5 per person.

Watch a free screening of Three Colours Blue at Farm Street Church of the Immaculate Conception, W1 from 6.45pm.

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Celebrate Maslenitsa this weekend: Image of Russian dolls from 2010 celebrations by k e n c h i e

Last Updated 03 March 2011