Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 6 June 2019

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Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 6 June 2019
The Last Word festival continues at Roundhouse

Things to do

DARK MATTER: The mysteries of the universe are examined closer at Dark Matter, a new exhibition focusing on the 95% of our universe which cannot be observed. Art, physics and philosophy combine to ask questions about the concept of invisibility, and the human quest for knowledge. Science Gallery (London Bridge), free, just turn up, 6 June-26 August - Read our 5-star review.

19TH CENTURY CRYPTS: The boundaries that separate the living from the dead are discussed at this talk about burial grounds and crypts in 18th and 19th century London. Find out about the architectural features — both exterior and interior — that the lost crypts would have had. Old Operating Theatre (London Bridge), £12, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

CITY, ESSAY, FILM: Be at the opening screening of City, Essay, Film, a series of events by UCL Urban Laboratory to examine the concept and practice of the ‘urban essay film’. Four short films are shown tonight, including 2008 documentary The Solitary Life of Cranes, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers Eva Weber and Manuel Ferrari. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £12.50/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm

The first screening in the City, Essay, Film series.

AFROPEAN: Writer and photographer Johny Pitts and television presenter Ayo Akinwolere discuss black culture and identity in Europe today. In his book, Pitts talks to many Europeans of African descent who struggle with their identity and having multiple international allegiances. Libreria (Hackney), £4, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

BORING TALKS: The people behind the annual Boring Conference host an evening dedicated to talking about stationery and writing... but don't nod off just yet. The idea is to take topics that seem obscure and a bit dull, and show people how interesting they really are. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

CREMATION STORIES: The problems with flame-based cremation in London are the subject of this London Festival of Architecture event. It may sound morbid, but it's an important topic — a lack of space within London itself is one issue, and the talk also looks at possible future alternatives, including water-based cremation, and other ways of disposing of human remains. Frederick W Paine Funeral Directors (Kingston), free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

How exciting can stationery be? Find out at British Library

ARCHITECTURE SHOWOFF: Architecture Showoff is a comedy night about London's ever-changing skyline, with performances by those who really know their stuff about buildings. Steve Cross comperes, with podcast comedian Iszi Lawrence and alternative comedian Michael Brunström on the bill. The City Centre (Guildhall), £9.50, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

WOMEN AND MONEY: Jewish Museum hosts an all-female comedy evening on the tricky subject of money. Musical comedian Ria Lina, BBC regular Athena Kugblenu, and comedy newcomer Eleanor Tieran are hosted by MC Ben Van Der Velde. The event coincides with the current Jews, Money, Myth exhibition. Jewish Museum (Camden), £10/£7/£5, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

A line-up of female comedians at Jewish Museum

LIAM GALLAGHER: Watch a live broadcast of the world premiere of new film Liam Gallagher: As it Was. The documentary follows the singer from his successful Oasis days, to the band's demise, and on through his attempts at building a successful solo career. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £10.95, book ahead, 7.10pm

WHAT WORDS ARE OURS: Writer and performer Tania Randall hosts What Words Are Ours?, a poetry cabaret show featuring a variety of performers including spoken word artist Koko Brown, actor Sapphire Joy, poet Jamal Mehmood and Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2018 finalist Reece Lyons. The event is part of The Last Word festival. Roundhouse (Camden), £10, book ahead, 7.45pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

London Bridge station is best known for its tubes and trains, but until 9 June you can see this replica Spitfire on the mainline station concourse. The full-size model marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and was placed here by Imperial War Museum.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for tickets to Giggle Aid London, a charity comedy concert on 7 July. Omid Djalili, Ed Gamble and Sophie Duker are among the comedians on the line-up, raising money for British Red Cross. Find out more and book tickets.

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