Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 31 July 2013

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CLASSIC CARS: Ian Visits tells us that Harpenden Common will be filled with 1,000 classic cars this afternoon, plus motorbikes and scooters. Free, just turn up, 2pm onwards

EROTIC READING: In the Flesh relaunches in London tonight at the Alley Cat Bar & Club on Denmark Street, giving well-known erotic writers the chance to share their work. Hosted by bestselling erotic memoirist Suzanne Portnoy, the event will also feature published authors including James Lear, Primula Bond and KD Grace. Free, just turn up, 6pm

LATES: The Science Museum stays open late for an adults-only evening of science, booze, games, music and a special theme of the science of speed. Free, just turn up, 6.45-10pm

CLASSICAL: Join German composer Sven Helbig and the Fauré Quartett for a live performance of Pocket Symphonies, at the Regent Street Apple Store. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

HOMEWORK: The Homework team – including Joe Dunthorne, Ross Sutherland, Luke Wright, John Osborne and Tim Clare – reveal the lengths they’ve gone to research their work. Properly fun night at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. £5, just turn up, 8pm

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Nest Collective presents Jeff Warner and Tim Eriksen — reinterpreting old ballads, love songs and dance tunes — at the Old Queen's Head. £10/£8, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8pm

NIGHT SHIFT: Wilton's Music Hall goes back in time tonight for an informal event steeped in history. At The Night Shift, Director Laurence Cummings is joined by mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić for a performance of Handel's most dramatic arias on instruments specific to his lifetime. £15/£12, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8pm

COMEDY: The whimsical Australian Celia Pacquola does her 2012 Edinburgh show for four nights at Soho Theatre from today, all about her international travels. £10/£12.50, prebook, 8pm

DUSKY THEATRE: A group of performers called the Arbonauts present Biped's Monitor — a surreal promenade performance in Nunhead Cemetery at dusk, re-imagining Italo Calvino’s magical folktale about a young aristocrat who takes to the trees. £15, prebook, 8.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Nerd Nite is a monthly event where several folk give 18-21 minute geeky-yet-fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. Tonight at Paper Dress Vintage, attending nerds can learn about the cultural construction of pain with special guests speakers covering various related subjects. All profits raised will go towards Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical aid agency providing free medical care to people in desperate need in over  65 countries around the world. £6+bf, prebook, 8pm

London Connection Puzzle

Can you believe that at least two people have already solved this week's puzzle, from just the one clue-word, FROG? Today's additional clue-word is SWAN. What's the London connection? (No need to email, now someone's guessed it.)

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

Another day of moderate to heavy rain. In case you can't picture such a phenomenon, imagine taking a shower...then imagine it happening outside. (Obviously without the shampoo and stuff...and with no mouldy sealant that you must get round to replacing...and best not to walk around naked and all...and you'll probably have a brolly...but otherwise, it'll be much like taking a shower.)