Things To Do In London: Thursday 19 March 2015

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Things To Do

The Yiddish Twist Orchestra is at Rich Mix

LITERARY FEST: The Daunt Books Festival begins today, with events featuring the likes of historian Antonia Fraser, author William Fiennes and naturalist and birdwatcher Tim Dee. Various prices, prebook, until 20 March

FREE FILMS: Camberwell Free Film Festival starts today, screening films and documentaries in pubs, cafes and other venues around the local area. Free, until 29 March

FREE BROWNIES: Yep, you read that right. Konditor & Cook celebrates the opening of a new shop at 39 Goodge Street by giving away free H.A.S.H brownies (that's Hazelnuts, Almonds, Secret spices and Honey, FYI) as part of the launch celebrations, 12pm-1pm

GREENLAND FILM: Dochouse screens documentary film Village At The End Of The World, about the Greenland town of Niaqornat and its 59 inhabitants. Followed by a Q&A with directors Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson. £5, prebook, 3pm

VET COLLEGE: The Royal Veterinary College in Camden is open late for an evening of science, with focus on reproduction. Meet RVC scientists who are pioneers in the field of animal reproduction and hear from London Zoo vets about contraception for exotic animals. Free, prebook, 5.30pm

PENNY LECTURE: Morley College’s Penny Lecture series continues with a talk by feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez about whether feminist representation matters. Costs 1p, just turn up, 6.30pm

LEARN TO UKE: There's a taster ukulele session at the Goldsmith Pub in Borough, led by tutor Lorraine Bow. No experience necessary, ukelele provided. £28, prebook, 7pm

SHORT FILMS: Watch seven short LGBT films at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane, and talk about them with their directors. £3, prebook, 7pm

QUESTION TIME: People’s Question Time comes to Wood Green, giving Londoners the chance to question the Mayor and the London Assembly and find out about their plans and priorities for the city. Free, prebook, 7pm

ASTRONOMY STORIES: Author Susanna Hislop presents astronomical stories associated with the constellations from her book Stories in the Stars. At the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. £7/£6, prebook, 7pm

THE RISE OF UKIP: Conway Hall in Holborn holds a London Thinks event about the rise of political party UKIP — why it has become more popular and how successful it could be in the general election. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: You’ll never regret seeing a John Hegley show. Verging on national treasure, catch the poet and comedian at King’s Place performing a selection of old and new material. £12.50/£9.50, prebook, 8pm

YIDDISH TWIST ORCHESTRA: Head to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for the launch of The Yiddish Twist Orchestra's debut album. Expect a cult programme of gems, favourites, Twists and new classic compositions. £10/£8, prebook, 8pm

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