Things To Do In London: Friday 26 September 2014

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New group exhibition The Ark, including work by Laura Ball, is our Good Cause of the Day.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End, Morrisons in Thamesmead, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

AMY WINEHOUSE: A new exhibition, When I Walk In Your Shoes, opens today at Westbank Gallery in Notting Hill. It's curated by Henry Hate, friend and tattoo artist to Amy Winehouse. All artworks on show celebrate Amy's life, and money raised goes towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse in young people. Until 1 October

LEGO ART: Seen posters of a yellow plastic man ripping his own chest apart and wondered what it's all about? The answer is The Art Of The Brick. The new exhibition opens at Truman Brewery today, with plastic replicas of famous artworks as well as human Lego scupltures, and even a dinosaur. Various prices, prebook, until 4 January

MEATFEST: Pork Life, a food festival at Dalston Yard from Big Eater — the team behind Ribstock, Chilli Chilli Bang Bang and National Burger Day — begins today. This time round, the focus is on all things pig. £15, prebook, all day

FOOD MARKET: Chrisp Street in Poplar has a new monthly food market launching today. Expect street food traders, live music, a pop-up bar, table tennis and giant games. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

MALAYSIA NIGHT: Experience Malaysian cuisine and culture with an all-day celebration in Trafalgar Square. There will be food stalls, music and dances. Free, just turn up, 12pm-10pm

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Looking for something different to do in your lunch break? Head to Bishopsgate Institute for a free concert. Today's performer is pianist Maria Marchant. Free, just turn up, 1.05pm

SCIENCE UNCOVERED: Enjoy exclusive access to specimens and items from the Natural History Museum as it throws open its doors for Science Uncovered. This annual festival of science is part of European Researchers' Night. Free, just turn up, from 3pm

MUSEUM LATE: Our friends at Museum of London Docklands are treading new waters with their first ever special late night openings, giving the after-work crowd a chance to catch the acclaimed Bridge exhibition. Free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

THE JAMES PLAYS: Playwright Rona Munro and director Laurie Sansom are the subjects of tonight's National Theatre Platform, where they will be discussing The James Plays, a trilogy of plays about the kings of Scotland. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

NOW Later: Florence Peake performs SHIFT CONSTRUCT at the first ever NOW Gallery Later event in Greenwich Peninsula. The performance work, which moves between indoor and outdoor spaces, features dancers building structures in response to the light, atmosphere and presence of people in the space. 6pm-9pm

MUSEUM LATE: The V&A hosts its periodical late opening, and the theme is the visual culture of London. Expect an ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings. Free, just turn up, from 6.30pm

SIMPSONS MATHS: Al Jean and David X. Cohen, writers on The Simpsons and Futurama, are at The Science Museum to reveal the hidden mathematical secrets of both TV series. Sounds more fun than our GCSE maths classes. £15/£12.50, prebook, 7pm

CEILIDH: A little bit of Scotland comes to Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Beginners and the more experienced dancer are invited to take part in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh. £18.15, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

A new group art exhibition, The Ark, opens today at Clerkenwell’s Crypt on the Green. International artists were challenged to produce two unique pieces of one ‘Red Listed’ endangered animal, which will be displayed two-by-two. The exhibition is free for the public to attend, and open until 2 October. Artist Laura Ball will be donating 25% of all proceeds on her work to the IUCN: Red List, protecting endangered animals around the world.

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