Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 6 June 2013

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Kilburn Community Centre. Free, just turn up, see site for terms and conditions

PRINTS: A selection of Patrick Caulfield's bold prints are on display at The Alan Cristea Gallery from today, to coincide with Tate Britain's retrospective exhibition of Caulfield's paintings. Free, just turn up, until 13 July

FIRST THURSDAYS: Whitechapel Gallery's First Thursdays opens up the east London art scene to new audiences as over 170 galleries and museums in the area are open late with free events, talks and exhibitions. Today's highlights include an evening of folklore-themed events at Whitechapel Gallery, a talk at Architrope in Cabin/et (a former shipping container) and a private view at Rich Mix considering the social significance of street markets. See website for full listings, until 9pm

LONDON WRITERS: Ben Pedroche and Mark Mason sign their books about London’s power stations and the Underground atWaterstones Leadenhall Market. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

INDEPENDENTS DAY: A day of discussion, debate and entertainment awaits at ICA as the Independents Day festival celebrates the strength and diversity of individual creativity. Includes talks from guests of various creative disciplines including publishing, theatre, film, art and music. £10/£8, prebook, 2-6pm

GYPSY ROMA MONTH: Explore the history, culture and languages of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Hackney this month. The launch in Hackney Central Library this evening includes a musical performance from members of London Gypsy Orchestra. Free, just turn up, 4.30pm

ART: Fragments of Isolated Faculty celebrates the permanent outdoor artworks around Trinity Buoy Wharf, through a trail of secret caches that reveal human intervention through paintings by the riverside. Free, just turn up, until 9 June but launch event tonight 5-8pm

BUILDINGS TO SHOES: Award winning UK architect Julian Hakes talks at the Royal Society of Chemistry about how he went from designing buildings and bridges to award-winning shoes for London Fashion Week. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

BOOK READING: Thomas Keneally talks about his new novel Daughters of Mars at Foyles. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm

HUMAN ZOO: Join writer Betsy Bradley for an illustrated lecture on the ethnographic exhibitions that became popular in the late Victorian era, making captive celebrities of many 'imported' tribes. £7, prebook, 7pm

FAMILY AFFAIRS: Pele Cox, Kerry Hudson, Courttia Newland, Saira Shah and Meike Ziervogel read tales of family at the Holloway Arts Festival. Free, prebook, 7pm

HATE MAIL: Over a year ago, Mr Bingo drunkenly tweeted that he would send an offensive postcard to the first 50 people who replied. Within a minute he had his 50 and over the last 12 months he has posted artistic abuse to over 550 people. Today is the launch of his exhibition at KK Outlet showcasing 220 postcards from Mr Bingo's archives. The first 60 people through the door will even get their very own personalised piece of Hate Mail. Free, just turn up, until 29 June but launch event tonight is 7-9pm

COMEDY: We still laugh like drains at Joel Veitch’s Independent-Woman-by-Elbow-played-by-cats video. See him alongside David Trent, Chris Kendall, Flange Krammer, Matt Highton, Mawaan Rizwaan and Sanderson Jones at All Your Internet Are Belong To Us in Hackney. £5, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day
On Monday 10 June, Dame Helen Mirren will be answering questions about her life in theatre as part of a special one-off fundraiser for the National Youth Theatre, where she started acting. An Audience With Helen Mirren takes place on the set of her hit play The Audience at Gielgud Theatre and all money raised will be used to support the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, a world-leading youth arts organisation. £38.50, prebook, Monday 10 June at 2.30pm

Random Little Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Londonist
Today marks Londonist editor Matt's eighth anniversary writing for Londonist. His very first article was about the notorious tagger 'Tox', and can be read here. And check out that comments section.

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