Things To Do Today In London: Friday 13 September 2019

Africa Utopia begins today

Things to do

AFRICA UTOPIA: Southbank Centre's three-day celebration of Africa and its diaspora begins today. The Africa Utopia programme includes film screenings, music and dance performances, cartoon shows and an African marketplace. Highlights today include a screening of Black Sheep and a special edition of club night Concrete Lates. Southbank Centre, various prices, book ahead, 13-15 September

OPEN ART STUDIOS: Tonight's the launch night of the inaugural open house at Art House Studios, Croydon. All weekend, artists, designers and makers who work out of the studios open 50+ doors to let the public see where the magic happens — and maybe buy an artwork or two direct from the makers. Art House Studios, free, just turn up, 13-15 September

ANTIQUES FAIR: LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair brings together 100 traders from all over the world, selling all manner of items across the design, decoration, art and antiques spectra. Established collectors and first-time buyers welcome, with prices ranging from £500 to £500,000. Berkeley Square, £20, book ahead, 13-18 September

Lapada Art & Antiques Fair begins today

UNDERWIRE FESTIVAL: Film festival Underwire begins today, focusing on female talent across the film industry. 50-70 films are shown over the duration of the festival, beginning with tonight's screening focusing on Everyday Warrior Queens. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 13-22 September

WINTER NIGHT GARDEN: Backyard Cinema launches its new venue today, and brings back one of its most popular themes, the Winter Night Garden. Over the next few weeks, settle down for screenings of classic and new films, in the setting of a magic wardrobe. The Greatest Showman is first on the bill. Capital Studios (Wandsworth), various prices, book ahead, 13-29 September

MIDLIFE COWBOY: Writer Tony Hawks' latest production, Midlife Cowboy, launches today. Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey star in the musical about the Swindon Country and Western Club's attempts to finally win first prize at the prestigious local Railway Museum Gala Evening. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £16-£25, book ahead, 13 September-6 October

Learn about spy Klaus Fuchs

FAKE NEWS: Despite what Trump would have you believe, fake news isn't a new concept. Henry Hemming's new book, Our Man In New York, reveals how the British used fake news to manipulate American public opinion and bring the US into the second world war. In this talk, Hemmings uses storytelling, music, props, and an audience game to bring the tale to life. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

KLAUS FUCHS: German physicist Klaus Fuchs worked on British and US-led atomic projects during the Cold War, until he was caught and imprisoned in 1950. National Archive curator Mark Dunton uses official records to reveal how he was caught, and how his confession was obtained — and there's a link to the local area too. National Archives (Kew), £5/£4, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

The Cocoa Butter Club at Underbelly Festival

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: London's outdoor cinemas are winding down for autumn, but there's still time to see last year's Queen blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody in the open-air. Watch Freddie Mercury's rise to fame unfold on the big screen as you kick back on a riverside terrace. Chairs are provided but dress warmly and bring a blanket for when the sun goes down. Watermans (Brentford), £10/£9, book ahead, 8pm

UNLUCKY IN PECKHAM: As it's Friday 13th, storytelling experts London Dreamtime uncover some horrific urban legends in SE15. Visit a secret and dark location to hear tales not suitable for kiddies or those of a nervous disposition. It's outdoors, so dress warmly and bring a candle in a jar. Secret Peckham location, £8.06, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

COCOA BUTTER CLUB: Performers of colour unite for a titillating cabaret show boasting burlesque, voguing, circus, drag and dance. It's the final show in The Cocoa Butter Club's summer residency at Underbelly, and brings together the platform's best talent. Underbelly Festival (South Bank), from £14, book ahead, 9.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Tube station white boards must be among the most instagrammed 'thing' in London. Many of the stations have talented staff who write life-affirming messages and witticisms, or create artful doodles to cheer up passengers. Yesterday, I chanced across one of the pensmiths at Turnpike Lane, at work on a Barack Obama quote. Great stuff. Let me know on Twitter (@HeckTube) where your favourite white board doodler can be found.

Good cause of the day

There's still time to sign up to Sunday's Run The Park event, a 5km or 10km run through Walthamstow Marshes for humans and their dogs. The fun run raises money for the Chilterns Dog Rescue Society. Find out more and book tickets.

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