Things To Do In London: Friday 20 February 2015

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Russell Brand is at Southbank Centre

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The Oscars award ceremony takes place this Sunday, but if your red carpet invite got lost in the post (ours too), console yourself by reading the synopses of Oscar movies remade in London. Crouch End Tiger, Hidden Dagenham anyone?


FAMILY FUN: Keep the kids happy in half term with our list of family-friendly activities going on across London.

PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY: Drawn by Light at the Science Museum uses images selected from the archives of the Royal Photographic Society to cover the entire history of photography. Last couple of weeks to see it. ★★★☆☆ £8/£5, prebook, until 1 March

RUSSELL BRAND: Love him or loathe him, he's at Southbank Centre today as part of Imagine Children's Festival, for an exclusive reading of his book The Pied Piper of Hamelin. £14/£7, prebook, 2pm

LGBT HISTORY: The only vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single discusses his new autobiography at the British Library. Reverend Richard Coles talks with Dr Giles Fraser about the book, Fathomless Riches, discussing gay life and politics in the 1980s, and his path to the priesthood. Part of LGBT History Month. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

FILM CLUB: Coin Street Film Club hosts an evening of shorts, including some from the London Short Film Festival. £5, just turn up, 6.30pm

SWING DANCE: Bishopsgate Institute holds an evening of swing dancing, beginning with a taster class for those who're new to it. £10/£8/£5, prebook, 7pm

CONCERT: The Little Orchestra performs at Hackney Town Hall. The exact programme is being kept under wraps but we're promised some Bach and Mozart. £17.50, prebook, from 7.30pm

CUNNING FOLK: Head to Sutton House in Hackney for an evening of music and storytelling. Headline act is folk music act Forbes-Moncrieff, and the spoken word act is Olivia Armstrong. At Toynbee Studios in Shoreditch. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: White Rabbit presents a topsy turvy tea party to mark the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Enjoy free jam tarts, chocolate roses, sugar mice and other treats while hearing a collection of weird, surreal and contrary stories. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Head to The Harrison in King’s Cross for The Schadenfreude Cabaret, with appearances from Max and Ivan, Stephen Bailey, That Pair, Ian Lane, Emma Sidi and Garrett Millerick, who is MCing. £5, prebook, 8pm

FAIRGROUND: Four storeys of the Bussey Building in Peckham are being taken over for an immersive fairground experience for adults. Take part in traditional fairground games, watch circus acts, play musical bingo, and more. £20-£30, prebook, 8pm

VIOLENCE IN FILM: As part of Trash Cannes film festival,Bethnal Green’s KO Gym hosts an in-ring panel discussion featuring Dougie Brimson (Green Street), Brock Norman Brock (Bronson), Oliver Kassman (Qwerty Films) and Lucy Brett (BBFC), followed by a screening of Bronson. £5, prebook, 8.30pm

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