Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 9 July 2013

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See Spinal Tap at Mockumentary Night. See below for details.

Listings

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street and City Temple by Holborn Viaduct. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed exhibition of BA and MA student photography opens at The Photographers' Gallery. Free, just turn up, until 21 July

PAINTING PARIS: As part of The Discovery of Paris Lunchtime Lecture Series, Stephen Duffy leads a lecture on Thomas Shotter Boys' watercolours at the Wallace Collection. Free, just turn up, 1pm

ST BRIDE'S: Did you see the video of Londonist M@ climbing St Bride's "wedding cake" spire? You can take a guided tour of the Wren church this afternoon and find out about its history, including a visit to the crypt (there's also a free lunchtime recital today at 1.15pm). Tickets £6, just turn up, 3pm

BOOKS: New York Times bestselling author Kimberly Mccreight is at Waterstones Hampstead talking about her book Reconstructing Amelia. £6/£4, prebook, 7pm

MORBID ANATOMY: Learn about the Danse Macabre at a Last Tuesday Society talk. £7, prebook, 6.30pm

LITERARY SPEAKEASY: Readings from upcoming authors, on-the-spot story writing and the ghost of Ernest Hemingway are all promised at tonight's literary night at Drink, Shop & Do on the Cally Road. Free, just turn up, 7pm

TV AND FILM: The Film and TV Extravaganza at Islington Assembly Hall promises a musical celebration of film and TV's past, delving through the world of funky, cult, pop and jazzy tunes from the 70s and 80s. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

NEW WAVE COMEDY: Invisible Dot's New Wave London residency has a pretty good comedy line up: Colin Hoult, The Pin, Sam Fletcher, Liam Williams, Tash Demetriou, Karl Schultz, Twins & Thrice. £8, prebook, 7.45pm

FILM NIGHT: Film Night at the Bohemia is a monthly film night with a different theme every time. Today’s theme is ‘mockumentary’, so head along for short films and discussions before ending the night with the king of them all, This Is Spinal Tap. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Reader Competition

Urban ‘Hib-Hop’ plastic-bag-heads from Limerick, Rubberbandits are back at Soho Theatre following their sell-out run earlier in the year —check them out on YouTube. If you want to see this subversive, riotous musical comedy duo we have two tickets to give away for their show on Monday 15 July. To be in with a chance of winning, leave a comment on this post telling us about your favourite plastic bag and we will pick a winner at random at noon on Friday 12 July. Good luck!

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Good Cause of the Day

Restoration is complete on the Union Chapel’s 19th Century organ, which will officially be launched to the public on 14 July 2013 in a week-long programme of traditional recitals, contemporary performances and the London premiere of Carl Dreyer’s masterpiece of silent film, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, set to a new score for soprano, church organ and electronics. In the launch week and future concerts, proceeds will go towards Union Chapel’s Organ Education Outreach Fund. Full programme and tickets are available by visiting the Union Chapel website.

London Connection Puzzle

This week's puzzle is a bit more tricky. The first clueword is 'SA'. Have a guess what the connection's going to be, if you like, but you're probably best waiting for tomorrow's clue.

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