Things To Do In London Today: Monday 11 November 2013

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The Korean Film Festival runs this week, as well as the Jewish and Russian Film Festivals.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City of London and Battersea Arts Centre. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

£1 THEATRE: A new season of Theatre in the Pound at Cockpit Theatre starts today. An eclectic evening of 15-minute performances showcasing all things theatrical, audience members pay £1 to get in and all participants pay £1 a minute to rent the theatre. Needless to say, it can be a very varied night. £1, just turn up, 7pm (and various dates until June 2014)

RESTAGING REVOLUTIONS: Unfinished Histories present an exhibition at Ovalhouse on the alternative theatre movement in Lambeth and Camden during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Free, just turn up, until 21 December

FILM FESTIVALS: Take your pick from Korean, Russian and Jewish films — all three screen this week as part of their respective film festivals in London.

WELLBEING: A programme of performances, debates and workshops focusing on health and wellbeing commences today, with Arts of Wellbeing Festival. Many of the events are free and over 20 organisations are taking part so there is plenty to see and do. Visit the website for full listings, until 15 November

TWO MINUTE SILENCE: The main act of remembrance took place yesterday, but you might also want to mark Armistice Day today, either at your desk or home, or a dedicated ceremony. One of the biggest gatherings will take place in Trafalgar Square where the Royal British Legion will lead a two-minute silence, followed by the placing of poppies in the fountains. Free, just turn up, 11am

SILENT CACOPHONY: Also marking Armistice Day, a series of 30 performances across the capital will remember the sites of bomb and rocket attacks from the two world wars. Highlights of Silent Cacophony include a projected film on the shrapnel-scarred wall of Tate Britain, and a silent walk around part of Bloomsbury, re-enacting the path of a WWI Zeppelin. Free, just turn up, times vary

CHILDHOOD: Paddington Bear? Roald Dahl? Each Peach Pear Plum? Lauren Child, Julia Eccleshare, Laura Dockrill and Ian Beck discuss their favourite children’s books at the British Library. £7.50/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

ARCHITECTURE: Architect Timothy Hill talks at the Royal Academy about current projects and the conditions of architecture in Australia. £12/£6, prebook, 6.30pm

BOOKS: The Brook Green Festival of Books starts for 10 days of poetry, adventure, politics, history and romance. Tonight, Lauren St John talks about her work and first novel for adults, The Obituary Writer, at Bush Theatre. £10, prebook, 7pm

MAGIC: Aspiring magicians head to this week's London Festival of Magic, with daytime lectures from performers behind closed doors (£30) and evening shows — Saturday and Sunday are open to the public. 11am start

YOUTH MUSIC: Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall sees 3,000 of the UK's best young musicians take to the stage over three days, with a different theme each evening. Tonight, it's 'Celebration'. £5-£28.75, prebook, 7pm

POETRY IN PRISON: Not On Normal Courtyard Exercise is a theatre show written and performed by spoken word artists Steve Larkin, inspired by real-life events that took place while he worked as poet-in-residence at a high security therapeutic prison. At Etcetera Theatre. £6.50, prebook, 7.30pm

Good Cause of the Day

Dreams from the Pit is an original new play, performing at Palace Theatre for one night only (tonight) in aid of the veterans mental health charity Combat Stress. The play combines war poetry with a contemporary tale of British soldiers returning from Afghanistan. It is based on lengthy interviews with members of the armed forces, veterans, their families and experts and portrays the common causes and symptoms of PTSD affecting increasing numbers of service personnel. From £15, prebook, 7.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Did you work out last week's solution? The clue-words were ISLA, LOUIS, VACLAV and GARGI. The connection? They're all names of Pelicans in St James's Park. A tough one, so congratulations to Thomas Ogilvie who was first to email in the correct answer. A new puzzle starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

We took a look at dapper Londoners in their hats on this day in 2011, and the year before we asked what effect ghost bikes have on London's road users?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Want the good news, or the bad news? The good? Oh splendid, I like your optimism. Well, it's going to be a little bit milder than yesterday, so leave your woollens behind (unless you're reading this on the Tube, in which case, please do not leave your woollens behind, lest they be regarded as suspicious woollens and destroyed in a controlled explosion.) And the bad news? The rain returns. But don't let it get you down. Today's precipitation, according to the BBC, comes in at least five exciting flavours. (Left to right, see below) there's pissy commuting rain, ho-hum office window rain, digital rain (neatly quantised into rows and columns), MIST and FOG. Something for everyone, I hope you'll agree.

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