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ENERGIA PRIMA: Energia Prima exhibition launches today at DIVUS London, organised by the Czech Centre. The display showcases paintings and drawings by Czech painter Otto Placht, whose style is defined as expressive and emotional. Free, until 24 January
TREE WEEK: Celebrating National Tree Week, The Conservation Foundation's Ulmus Londinium exhibition at City Hall reveals the elm tree’s special relationship with the capital’s built environment, crafts and biodiversity. Free, until 5 December
CHRISTMAS MARKETS: December's here, which means Christmas markets are opening thick and fast. To find the closest one to you, check our Christmas markets and fairs listing.
AUTHOR TALK: Celebrated film critic and gothic horror and fantasy author Kim Newman is at Barbican Library to chat about his work to journalist and author Barry Forshaw. Free, just turn up, 7pm
COMEDY ON A BOAT: Hop on board The Tattershall Castle for an evening of laughter and fun. The Boat Show tonight features Rob Deering, Hal Cruttenden, Carl Donnelly and MC Joe Lycett. £12/£10, prebook, 7pm
HACKNEY BIODIVERSITY: Learn about London's natural heritage and geology, particularly the spectacular features of the Lea Valley, with London Wildlife Trust expert Alister Hayes. The event is at Hackney Marshes Centre: prebook your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8802 4573. Free, prebook, 7pm
CABARET PLAYROOM: Enjoy an evening of music, songs and live performances presented by cabaret performer Tricity Vogue plus special guests. The event takes place at The Albany in Deptford. Pay what you can (min. £1), just turn up, 7.45pm
CHEAP LECTURE: Paul Velluet, from the Richmond Local History Society, gives a lecture about the impact of Twickenham Bridge and the Great Chertsey Road in St Margarets in the 1930s. Head to the Twickenham Local History Society. £2.50, just turn up, 8pm
FILM SCREENING: The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley hosts a screening of Chicken, a film by independent filmmaker Joe A. Stephenson. After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the director and main actors. £11.50/£9, prebook, 8.30pm
COMEDY: Richard Herring starts a week-long run at Leicester Square Theatre with his show Lord of the Dance Settee, all about daftness. £15, prebook, 8.45pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, Hammersmith Town Hall, Church Of Lady Of The Annunciation in Addiscombe, Morrisons in Thamesmead and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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Good Cause of the Day
To mark World Aids Day, W London Hotel in Leicester Square is throwing a glitzy fundraising party along with global organisation (RED). Jaime Winstone will be DJing, and you can have a glitter makeover or get a manicure. Step into the photo booth and get dressed up in fancy dress. There is no set price for the event, but donations are encouraged, and all go to the (RED) Global Fund. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. From 8pm
From The Archive
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