Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 28 March 2017

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WALKING FESTIVAL: Walking is a form of exercise and also a way of exploring a new area. Do both in this week long walking festival from CoolTan Arts. Various places and prices, book ahead, 28 March-2 April

LEARN THE CELLO: Try a free taster session in playing the cello at Morley College, and prove that old dogs really can learn new tricks. Morley College, free, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

RIBA LATE: The Royal Institute of British Architects stays open late for an evening of talks, films, music and performances focusing on the work of 20th century architects Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling. 66 Portland Place, free, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

DNA CODE: Finding out how cracking the human genome (or DNA code) will help doctors to save lives, and the complications that rise from it, as this evening lecture. Royal College of Physicians, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION: See illustrations inspired by the artists' travels across the globe at this exhibition private view in a cosy corner of Forest Gate. Corner Kitchen, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

WIRING UP THE BRAIN: Head to this Royal Society neuroscience lecture to find out how the eye sends messages to the brain using nerve cells. The Royal Society, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Knitting workshop at Sincerely Louise

SWANS ON THE THAMES: You may associate the Thames more with sewage than with swans, but this talk at Chiswick Pier Trust covers the history of swans on the Thames, including their Royal connections. Chiswick Pier Trust, £3, 7pm

TEMPLAR POETRY: Poets Oliver Comins and Michael Woods read work from their new collections to an audience. Keats House, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

KNITTING WORKSHOP: Head to Sincerely Louise's snug Brixton studio full of faux taxidermy, wool and friendly faces. They'll teach you how to knit or just have a natter over a mug of tea or glass of wine (included in the ticket price). Sincerely Louise, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

OH BOY! COMEDY: Mat Ewins headlines this month's Oh Boy! comedy night, along with Alice Devlin, Andy Barr and others. Expect stand-up, character and sketch comedy. The Rose & Crown, Kentish Town, free (donations welcome), just turn up, 7.30pm

FILM SCREENING: Serpentine Cinema ventures to Peckham for a screening of short films by artists Laura Provost and John Latham. Peckhamplex, £4,99, book ahead, 8.30pm


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Elizabethan feasting at the Cityread Supper Club

Cityread is the month-long events series which gets Londoners involved with one single book — this year, it's going Elizabethan. The chosen novel for 2017 is Prophecy by S.J. Parris, a spy thriller set in 1538 London, so the events all have a historical twist.

For a thoroughly foodie evening and a chance to meet the author, head to the Cityread Supper Club on 4 April. This is an intimate night of feasting, drinking and merry Tudor chit-chat with Prophecy author S.J. Parris and Back in Time for Dinner's food historian Polly Russell. Taking place at Fulham's Malt House, acclaimed chef Paul Merrett will serve up a four-course menu inspired by 16th century banquets.

Hungry for history? — check out cityread.london/events for tickets and the rest of the Cityread programme.


Art review: lose yourself in the mist

The Tate has launched a ten day series of performances. There are evening ticketed performances, but we've experienced the free elements and there are some gems here too. We liked the projection of shifting neon eyes played out to electronic music, and it's fantastic fun to get lost in the mist on the Tate terrace. BMW Tate Live at Tate Modern, until 2 April, free (costs vary for evening performances) ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: The Kid Stays in the Picture

If you're a film buff, you'll be thrilled by this tech-rich Hollywood bio of Robert Evans, producer of Chinatown, Love Story and The Godfather. Simon McBurney's long and fond tracking shot to follow his rise and rise at Paramount before a catastrophic fall after a cocaine-buying sting. If you're not a film buff it's just an angry man shouting into two phones at once. But you'd need to see it to decide. The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS, from £12, day seats only, until 8 April ★★★☆☆ [Monday-Saturday] Johnny Fox

Good cause for the day

CHARITY COMEDY: Hear hilarious sets from Stefano Paolini, Andrew Watts, Jenny Bede and Harriet Braine at this charity comedy night, where all the proceeds go to Pump Aid, which brings clean water to Africa. Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, £8, book ahead, 7pm

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