Things To Do In London: Wednesday 13 May 2015

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Hear about the Camper footwear brand at Design Museum

EUROPEAN LITERATURE:
Fiction, poetry and short stories which explore the nature of relationships, childhood trauma, questions of morality at British Library's European Literature Night. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

CHEMICAL BROTHERS:
Head to the BFI IMAX on South Bank for a screening of Don't Think, a concert documentary about electronic music duo Chemical Brothers. It mainly focuses on their 2012 Fuji Rock live show. £16, 6.50pm/9.10pm
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COMEDY:
There’s a double bill of podcasts at The Phoenix on Cavendish Square, as Danielle Ward, Michael Legge and Margaret Cabourn-Smith encourage people to Do The Right Thing, and Pappy’s record their latest Flatshare Slamdown. £10/£7+fee, prebook, 7pm

DESIGN DYNASTIES:
A new exhibition opens today at the Design Museum, about footwear brand Camper. Tonight, design provocateur Martí Guixé and CEO Miguel Fluxa are at the museum to talk about the company, from humble beginnings to its now-global status. £7.50, 7pm
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SWING DANCE:
Have a go at the Lindy Hop and Charleston at a beginner class under the guidance of experts at Swing Patrol. £10, 7pm
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PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES:
In this special Royal Insitution event for Mental Health Awareness Week, David Clark and Richard Layard argue that mental ill-health causes more suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment, and they put forward their suggestions for a solution to the fact that not enough people currently receive treatment. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm

POP UP PAINTING:
Create your own version of Georgia O'Keefe's Flowers masterpiece with Pop-Up Painting at The Grange Pub in Ealing. No experience is needed and all materials are provided. £25, 7.30pm
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SILENT FILM:
The Cinema Museum in Lambeth hosts a 35mm screening of 1916 silent film East Is East. The film is about separated childhood sweethearts and has a live piano accompaniment. £4, 7.30pm
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SEX DEBATE:
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents London Thinks, a debate about the ethics of buying and selling sex. Hear from current sex workers and prostitution survivors about the reality of the sex trade, as well as academics. £5-£15, prebook, 7.30pm

YEATS IN LONDON:
South East London Folklore Society meets at the Old King’s Head in Borough to learn about a little known side of the poet WB Yeats, and the time he spent in London. £3/£1.50, booking recommended, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Tonight at BAFTA on Piccadilly, Dr Christian is joined by Dan Gillespie-Sells from The Feeling and London Gay Big Band for an event raising money for HIV charity NAT. There's also an auction led by Christopher Biggins. Get your tickets here.

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