Things To Do In London: Wednesday 5 November 2014

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BONFIRE NIGHT: Remember, Remember the 5th of November! London celebrates Guy Fawkes with plenty of fireworks displays across the city: find the closest one to you. Many of them are free.

HISTORY OF PUNK: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk opens today at Somerset House. On the occasion of Blondie’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition showcases a series of iconic and previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the band. Free, until 25 January 2015. For more exhibitions in London, check out our November art listing.

PICKLE COMPETITION: London Review Bookshop hosts a Pickle Competition tonight. Bring your best selection of pickles, let the staff try them, win a book. Don't worry if you don't like pickles there will be other food and a drink provided by the shop, plus a 10% discount on all books. Free, prebook, 6pm

MUSIC AND POETRY: Violinist and musician Aisha Orazbayeva curates a night of music and poetry from Kazakhstan as part of Dash Arts Central Asian Season. The event takes place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Free, just turn up, 7pm

WRITING ABOUT MONSTERS: The Royal Society of Literature holds The Roy Jenkins Memorial Meeting at Courtauld Institute. In a conversation chaired by Selina Hastings, authors Richard Davenport-Hines, Lucy Hughes-Hallett discuss the art of bringing dark characters to life on the page. £8/£5, prebook, 7pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: The storytelling club hosts an evening with mythologist Dr Martin Shaw at Swedenborg House in Holborn. The theme is The Eloquence of a Fairytale, and Shaw tells Faithful John, an Indo-European wondertale popularised by the Brothers Grimm (with a simultaneous commentary). £8, prebook, 7pm

EVENING TALK: Salon London presents a talk about crime, punishment and retribution. The event takes place at the Theatre Bar at the KPH and speakers include Prof Tim Newburn, Dr Molly Crockett and Jo Berry. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

PIANO CONCERT: Irish pianist Barry Douglas performs at the Wigmore Hall tonight. The programme includes Schubert, Brahms and Musorgsky. £30-£15, prebook, 7.30pm

MEET & JAM: Zigfrid Von Underbelly  in Hoxton Square hosts an evening of music with the Meet & Jam Band. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Help independent artist Andy Parker to fundraise for his challenging project In the Footsteps of Turner. The landscape painter will be setting off around the east and south coasts of England in Spring 2015  to paint at the locations chosen by Turner for his 'Ports and Harbours of England' series. He is fundraising in order to cover the costs for the journey plus the final exhibition. You can donate before 7 December then follow the results of your donation.

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