Things To Do Today In London: Monday 28 October 2019
Things to do
DIA DE MUERTOS: Photographer Jim Grover displays a selection of his images taken in Mexico, portraying local people marking the Dia de los Muertos festival. The photos were taken in Oaxaca, south Mexico, and its surrounding villages, and depict shrines and altars covered in food, drink and sugar skulls, and locals taking part in candlelit vigils in cemeteries. Leica (Royal Exchange), free, just turn up, 28 October-31 December
ALLEYWAYS AND COURTYARDS: Spend the afternoon exploring hidden alleyways and courtyards of the City of London on this guided tour. Learn the parts of history that they don’t teach you at school, visit fragments of medieval and Roman London, and see two sites associated with the occult. Cannon Street, £15, book ahead, 1.30pm-3pm (sponsor)
KIM BOK-DONG: As part of the London East Asian Film Festival, watch new Korean documentary My Name Is Kim Bok-Dong. It’s a biographical account of human rights activist, Kim Bok-Dong who died in January at the age of 93, after a 27-year battle to get Japan to acknowledge its wartime actions. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £12.50/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: The City Centre hosts a panel discussion about the links between architecture and performance, inspired by the Urban Bodies exhibition, and associated performances in the City of London. Choreographer Willi Dorner is among the panellists who discuss the effects that performances can have on citizens of a city. The City Centre (Guildhall), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
HEADS AND BODIES: Remember the kids’ game heads and bodies? You know the one — you draw a head, fold the paper, the next person draws the shoulders, and so on. Play an adults-only version, aided along by booze, and see what sort of terrifying, NSFW creatures emerge.The Book Club (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 7pm-8.30pm
CABIN IN THE SKY: Watch a screening of trippy 1943 musical film Cabin in the Sky, starring some of the era’s most legendary African American performers. It’s shown as part of the BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen series, and tells the story of a compulsive gambler who dies in a drunken fight, and wakes up in purgatory to learn he’s being sent back to Earth. Deptford Cinema, £6.50/£4.50, book ahead,7pm
RONNIE SCOTT’S: The 60th anniversary celebrations of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club continue with a performance by two jazz legends — Courtney Pine CBE with his full live band, and vocalist and soul legend Omar. They take over the renovated Victorian theatre, performing a combination of classic tunes and original new music. Alexandra Palace, £11.97-£42.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY GALA: Be at the last of Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Galas. Having had a chance to recover from the madness of Edinburgh Festival, comedians including Jayde Adams, Helen Bauer and Ivo Graham showcase their work once more. Duchess Theatre, from £15, book ahead, 7.30pm
DEAR BLACK WOMEN: Two-day scratch festival Dear Black Women showcases new writing work by black female writers. Little Red Riding Hood meets Windrush legacy in a work by Nadine Reynolds, while E. Okobi tackles workplace gossip. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £10/£8, book ahead, 8pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
My Roundel of the Week comes from the Jubilee line. I don’t get out this way as often as I’d like, so I took a little time to admire the handsomely presented roundel at Neasden. There’s nothing flamboyant or unusual about this specimen. It just looks good, supported on a black wooden background with a sky-blue frame. A nourishing roundel. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube — he’s not normally this odd.
Good cause of the day
We hate to be the ones to mention the ‘C’ word, but Christmas is coming. Book ahead for WaterAid’s Christmas concert on 10 December, raising money for the charity’s work providing clean water around the world. Find out more and book tickets.
What we’re reading
- Let’s honour what the Windrush Generation has done for London.
- Vagina Museum’s bid for alcohol licence sparks concerns over rowdy stag dos.
- David Lean Cinema in Croydon encourages supporters to back the Cinema Museum.
- Eurostar stories of sex, celebrity and speed.
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