Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 6 November 2013

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Writing From Prison is at the Southbank Centre.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at ASDA on Old Kent Road and St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions

STREET ART: CAPA London Centre on Cromwell Road brings together curator Garry Hunter and street artists Paul “DON” Smith and Ben Wilson to create a chewing gum piece of art on the pavement in front of the centre, before engaging in a panel discussion on the evolution of street art. Free, just turn up, from 11am (panel discussion at 1pm)

WAR HORSE: Award-winning co-director of War Horse Marianne Elliot talks about the production’s extraordinary journey, from early National Theatre workshops through to first performances and then international success. £4/£3, prebook, 5pm

ART: Discover the early figure drawings of the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer and learn about the themes in the exhibition at a Courtauld Gallery curator's talk. Free with museum entry (£6/£5), prebook, 5pm

PORTRAITS: The Institute of Contemporary Arts screens a selection of artists' videos that look at identity and the relationship between subject and filmmaker. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

KILL OR CURE: Set in the atmospheric Barts Pathology Museum, Steve Parker, author of new book Kill or Cure, traces the experience of one patient with the same symptoms through different eras in history. Who would they see, what tests would they do, what were the diagnoses and would they work? £6.50, prebook, 6.30pm

HISTORY BOOZE: London Historians' monthly pub meetup takes place upstairs at the Windsor Castle, Victoria. Very informal and anyone with a love of the capital's history is welcome. Plus, we'll be there. Free, just turn up, 6.30-late

NEW FILM: Three emerging filmmakers get 30 minutes each to showcase and talk about their work, at Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights. Head to Hackney Attic, where tonight’s films focus on drama. £5/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

STAGE: Abigail Collins started her professional career in The Royal Ballet, but has since moved on to street theatre, cabaret clubs and retellings of her "sordid life story". Catch her (be quick, she's bendy) at Shoreditch Town Hall tonight. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

ORCHESTRA: The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs four seminal pieces by Arvo Pärt alongside a violin concerto by Sofia Gubaidulina, at the Royal Festival Hall. £9-£65, prebook, 7.30pm

SONG AND SATIRE: American artist Janice Perry has a rare London appearance at Conway Hall tonight, for an evening of satire, song, and sharp perspective on the state of the United States. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

TRANSLATION DUEL: Translators Frank Wynne and Ollie Brock go head-to-head with rival versions of the intro to Albert Camus’s The Outsider, at the Southbank Centre. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

WRITING FROM PRISON: Writing From Prison is an evening showcasing writing by offenders, secure patients and detainees, also at the Southbank Centre. £8, prebook, 7.45pm


Good Cause of the Day

Trade in the winter cold for some fiery heat, with the ZSL London Zoo Fire Walk on Thursday 21 November. Things might get a little hot underfoot as you raise money for endangered animals around the world, but do not worry — before your walk you'll receive a “Nothing is Impossible” seminar, to learn different techniques to overcome your fears. Friends and family can watch, too, and get a torch-lit tour of the Zoo after dark. £30 for firewalkers and £5/£3 for spectators, sign up online, Thursday 21 November from 6pm

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue was LOUIS. Today's is ISLA. Spotted the London connection? Email matt@londonist.com if you think you have it (but check the live-site first, if you're reading this on the subscriber email, to check if someone beat you).

From the Archive

London is a city of history, and on this day last year we took a look at London's Top 10 Golden Oldies. Do you know where you can find the capital's oldest surviving cinema, outdoor statue and underground station?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Well, it's a pretty miserable day out there, with almost continuous rain till bed time. So, to cheer us up, let's have a London-themed meteorological joke. Help me complete the punchline to the following.

Did you hear about the man who confused the Met Office with the Met Police?

Did he:

(a) End up behind isobars?
(b) Get a clip round the ear from former weatherman Bill Giles after referring to 'the Old Bill'?
(c) Get released after being given a severe weather warning?
(d) Think that an 'IC1' male was a snowman?
(e) Do something with a much better punchline than any I can think up?