Things To Do In London: Thursday 21 January 2016

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Boldly go into the solar system this Thursday. Image: Natural History Museum

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Things to do today:

OTHERWORLDS: Boldly go where you've never been before at the Natural History Museum in Otherworlds: Visions Of Our Solar System. The exhibition, opening today, uses raw data from NASA and ESA missions to reveal a stunning side of space. £11/£9, prebook, 10am-5.50pm

INDIAN TALES: India's storytelling history is a rich tapestry of tales and legends. The Art of Indian Storytelling at the V&A explores centuries of myths and traditions, and their contemporary transformations with modern technology. Free, just turn up, 10am-5.45pm

SIEGFRIED CAMERATA: Lunchtime has never sounded so sweet. Visit St Alfege Church in Greenwich, for a selection of Mozart and Schubert pieces by Siegfried Camerata, a young professional orchestra of Trinity Laban alumni and students. A perfect winter pick-me-up for lovers of classical music. Free, just turn up, 1.05pm

Get ready for your close-up with Theatre Gym, see below. Image: Graeme Wilmot

A NIGHT OF PRINT: Learn about fabric printing in this evening with Royal Designer for Industry, Georgina von Etzdorf at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Famous for her distinctive approach to colour and print, Georgina will discuss her approach to textile design, and take questions. £15/ £12, prebook, 6pm

CHRISTMAS AT THE COMEDY STORE: Christmas comes early at the Comedy Store with tonight's line up. Jerrard Christmas joins Pierre Hollins and Jonny Awsum plus other lovely guests and a happy hour at the bar. £18/£13, prebook, 6.30pm

LEARN TO PERFORM: Take to the stage with Theatre Gym in this Learn to Perform Acting Masterclass. Gain confidence through different acting styles and skills in this constructive workshop. £23, prebook, 7pm

GET EXPERIMENTAL: CEAVI (a group who love experimenting with sound and image) bring beats, bass and experimental music to the Amersham Arms, New Cross. Electroacoustic, improvised tunes and techno will be making the rafters shake. £5, prebook, 8pm

ACASTER: James Acaster (who we love) hosts a night at The Invisible Dot in King’s Cross, with spots from Nathaniel Metcalfe, Steven Boyce and Kiri Pitchard-McLean. £10/£9, prebook, 9.15pm


Big London questions tackled by experts this week

Who owns the capital? How will we solve the housing crisis in the city? And what responsibility should artists take for the negative effects of gentrification? These thorny issues and more are being argued over by experts at a series of debates at Camden People's Theatre from 19-31 January. Tickets are £5, available from the website.


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Good cause of the day

Six great female London musical talents take to the stage as part of the Help Refugees fundraiser, presented by Paper Dress Vintage. This Thursday, Hackney will be ringing with tunes from Anna Pancaldi, Tara Priya, Me For Queen, Persephone and The Pomegranate, and Suzie B, plus loads more music throughout the evening. Tickets are on a pay what you want basis. See website for details. 7.45pm

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The National Art Library Catalogue includes some 750,000 records, providing access to collections comprising more than a million items. Indian Tales Exhibition will be there upto January 24th, National Art Library Landing, Room 85 Hope no one will miss.