Things To Do In London: Wednesday 11 March 2015

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Things To Do

Notting Hill Carnival is under discussion at Ben Uri Gallery

BEER AND CIDER FEST: The London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival begins today at the Camden Centre in Euston. See other upcoming beer festivals. £3.50 per day, until 13 March

GRAYSON PERRY: The artist’s exhibition at National Portrait Gallery offers snapshots of modern life in the form of tapestries and other household objects. Free, until 15 March

LIVE SCIENCE: Take part in Science Museum's latest experiment, looking at how our social experiences influence our responses to other people laughing and crying. Takes about five minutes, age 3+. Free, just turn up, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 18 April

AFRICAN ART: Pangaea II: New art from Africa and Latin America, featuring the work of 19 emerging artists, is now open at the Saatchi Gallery. See our review of the first part of the exhibition last year. Until 6 September

CROMWELL’S PALACES: Gresham College hosts a lecture at the Museum of London, showing Oliver Cromwell in an unusual light — as someone interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style. After the execution of Charles I, Cromwell took over many of the Royal Palaces. Free, just turn up, 6pm

MILKING IT: Tonight is the first in three food debates at Borough Market, discussing the history, science and politics of kitchen staples. Tonight, the focus is on milk, hosted by food writer and historian Bee Wilson. Panelists include Dil Peeling, campaign director of Compassion in World Farming, Lee-Anna Rennie, dairy coordinator at The School of Artisan Food and Borough Market trader Steve Hook, founder of Hook & Son. £15 (includes tastings from the market traders), prebook, 7pm

NOTTING HILL: Ben Uri Gallery in Kilburn hosts a lecture by Ansel Wong, founder of the Elimu Carnival Band, about the history of Notting Hill Carnival, and the challenges facing artists, performers, residents and everyone else who wants to continue to be involved with the Carnival. Free, prebook on 0207 604 3991 or email lauraj@benuri.org, 7pm

GEOLOGY: Paleobiology lecturer Jan Zalasiewicz and environmental journalist Christian Schwägerl are at the Royal Institution to talk about how human actions affect the planet; geologically, we are currently moving from the Holocene era to the Anthropocene era. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm

MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC: Singer, songwriter and composer Olcay Bayir, a classically-trained soprano, performs at Sands Film Studio in Rotherhithe. £14, prebook, 7.30pm

RED CHAIR: Head to Canada Water Cultural Space for a performance of The Red Chair, which "lies somewhere between a Grimm’s tale, an absurdist ghost story and a parent’s guide on how not to bring up children". £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

OPERA LIVE: English National Opera broadcasts La Traviata (See our review) live from the Coliseum to over 400 cinemas across the UK and Ireland including many London venues from Brixton to Crouch End. Various prices, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Enjoy a double bill at the Soho Theatre with Stephen K Amos at the start of his two week run (£12.50-£17.50, prebook, 7.30pm), then have a drink in the bar before heading in again to catch Aamer Rahman (£12.50-£17.50, prebook, 9.30pm). If you haven’t seen the YouTube clip of him talking about reverse racism, watch it now.

WOMEN IN FILM: Head to The Old Nunhead’s Head Pub for a programme of three short films and a Q&A with artist Ruth Maclennan, in which the city is a site of disorientation, inner conflict, and power struggles. 8pm


Good Cause of the Day

The British Red Cross together with Syrian artist, Ibrahim Fakhri, have created an art installation to commemorate 4 years since the start of the Syrian conflict, open 16-22 March at Old Truman Brewery. The installation, No-One Home, will feature 1461 milk bottles, one for every day since the start of the Syrian conflict. Another milk bottle will be added every day of the exhibition.

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