Things To Do Today: Wednesday 9 March 2016

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See London's waterways on film for free today. Image: CabbyDave

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Things to do today:  

LIVING WATERWAYS: See the winning entries of the Living Waterways photography competition at W7 Emporium. Be among the first to see some of London's most beautiful waterways on film at the opening day of this exhibition. Free, just turn up, 9am-5pm

ART LECTURE: "It can make us laugh, it can make us angry... it all depends on how we look at it." Linda Clarke explores 100 Years Of Modern Art with scepticism and lots of humour in this Clapham lecture. From Picasso's cubist people to The Scream, discover a century of modern art. Free, prebook, 1.30pm

HERITAGE AND DISASTERS: Natural disasters not only claim lives, they impact on a country's cultural heritage — often destroying valuable works of art and buildings. This UCL expert panel discussion examines why protecting cultural heritage is important, with open debate between panel and attendees strongly encouraged. Free, prebook, 6pm

Learn the secrets to guilt-free desserts with Denisa

RAW DESSERTS: Imagine three hours of desserts that taste great and are almost guilt free. Join Denisa for a chocolate and cake-packed raw food workshop. You'll learn to make five different sweet treats that are dairy-free, gluten-free and don't contain processed sugar, including a Chocolate Opening Ball — our mouths are watering already. £75, prebook, 6.30pm

MECHANICAL DRAWING: Make the most of the unusual environment in this Mechanical Drawing event at The Testing Works, a Victorian testing and experimenting workshop in Southwark. Sketch your way round the building's interesting contents. Though it's not a taught workshop, Drawing pro, Tom, will be happy to give you some pointers. £12, prebook, 6.30pm

LEGO ROBOTS: How big can you build a Lego Robot? Drink, Shop & Do challenge you to a competition that lets your inner child make an appearance. Grab a cocktail, as many bricks as you can carry and get building. It's the best bit of being a kid, but with alcohol. Free (when you buy a drink), just turn up, 7pm

FEMINISM: Journalist Dawn Foster is at award-winning bookshop, Pages of Hackney, talking about feminism, the working class and how 'leaning in' only helps the 1%. £5, prebook, 7pm

CONCERT: Tunedin.London head to Sands Film Studio this Wednesday with singer-songwriter, Brooke Sharkey. She'll be filling Rotherhithe with soulful melodies, blending blues, folk and Latin beats. £14, prebook, 7.30pm

POETRY READING: Burley Fisher Books invite you to join a poetic evening with Sophie Mayer as she reads from her third collection, (O). Her work, described as 'playful' and 'rewarding', explores the legacy of fairy tales — do they set us free? Or oppress us? £3 (including a glass of wine), just turn up, 7.30pm

POP UP PAINTING: Get painting like one of the best loved British artists, David Hockey at Hampstead's Holly Bush. You're free to follow the lines of one of his works or put your own creative stamp on the canvas. Everything's included, with all abilities welcome. £25.99, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Stand-up veteran Nick Revell is joined by 'deviant Jane Asher' Diane Spencer, Adam Rowe, and MC Robyn Perkins at the Four Thieves in Battersea. £6, prebook, 8.30pm

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Good cause of the day

The Makers of Modern London Charity Walk takes place today, starting at Farrington and exploring London's East End. With your guide Rob, discover the inventors, campaigners, engineers and philanthropists who helped build the city. All proceeds go to The Malala Fund — supporting the education of girls across the world. £12/£9, prebook, 9 March, 11am