Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 9 August 2017

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Things to do

LOST MEN: It's your last chance to see into the eyes and the stories of those you'll probably never know in The Lost Men of Syria, an exhibition of works by photo journalist Edward Jonkler. Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ROMAN RUINS: Top archaeologists have curated a pop-up exhibition where you can handle objects used in the reconstruction of the Temple of Mithras, one of the most famous Roman discoveries in London. Guildhall Yard, free, just turn up, noon-5pm

LGBT WALKS: Visit key sites in the life and death of Joe Orton, a gay Islington playwright who died 50 years ago this summer, on this guided walk. Also discover other LGBT 'firsts' from the area, in the aftermath of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Angel tube, free, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

QUIZ AND CURRY: Gather together up to five of your most knowledgeable friends for Ealing Park Tavern's regular Wednesday pub quiz night, with a curry thrown in for a tenner. Ealing Park Tavern, £10, book ahead, 6pm

GLASS TOUR: There's more to stained glass than just how pretty it looks. Go beneath the aesthetics with this talk and tour of some of London's best examples of 20th century stained glass in Southwark Cathedral for a journey through time, colour and history. Southwark Cathedral, £8, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.15pm

Stained glass tour of Southwark Cathedral

PRESS IN THE ART WORLD: In the fast-developing world of media, how do you get shows, pieces and announcements covered? Join Anna McNay and Londonist's own Tabish Khan as they reveal all. Cass Art Islington, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

ROOFTOP MUSIC: You'll feel a world away from London with Proms on The Roof, as music from the Royal College of Music floats through the floral foliage of Spanish, Tudor and English woodland gardens. The Roof Gardens (Kensington), £29.50 includes welcome drink, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

GANGSTER MAGIC: Marvin Alan combines magic and comedy for an absurd, surreal act that hopes to surprise as well as to entertain. Water Rats (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, 7pm

FILM NIGHT: Experience some of the best music films, and hear the music through an incredible sound system. This week, it's Oasis: Supersonic — and your ticket includes the obligatory popcorn. The Half Moon (Putney), £2, book ahead, 8pm-11pm


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Theatre review: buy the ticket, take the ride

Secret Studio Lab are back, with some of their signature moves — experiential riffing off a cult classic, secret east London locations, big, violent set-pieces — and some new ones. This show has more free-form elements than their last few: rather than being shepherded through the experience you're set free at certain points to wander through different rooms and tableaux — a different path through Project Mayhem for every audience member. We don't want to bust the secrecy of this experience but for a sense of what to expect, previous shows have adapted Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn and Fincher's Se7en. This one's more ambitious, intensely physical and with complex plotting. Fight scenes are tightly choreographed, brutal and compelling. The plotting's where it flounders sometimes — if, like one of our group, you haven't seen the film it's riffing on, you might struggle to invest in or follow the twists. But while the evening's often a bit haphazard, it's still an enjoyable, high-energy hit of dystopian underworld. Project Mayhem, Secret Studio Lab, secret east London location, £29.99. Until 20 August ★★★★☆ Lydia Manch

Theatre review: blue ball

Image courtesy Darren Bell

Cult 80s flick The Blues Brothers hits the stage this summer in the form of an in all-singing all-dancing show pumped full of soul, R&B, country and rock classics. Playing the eponymous siblings Jake and Elwood, David Kristopher-Brown and director Joshua Mumby lead the line in ebullient fashion backed by the roof-raising voices of Helen Hart and Hannah Kee as the Stax Sisters and a frenetic Arnold Mabhena taking on James Brown and Ray Charles' characters. This is an utterly shameless and brazenly uplifting jukebox musical which rocks the rafters. This might smack of cruise ship entertainment at times but, with singalong numbers galore like Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Minnie The Moocher and Jailhouse Rock, you would need a heart of stone not to get caught up in this passionate show and, if you're not up and dancing by the end, we'll eat Elwood’s black hat. The Blues Brothers – Summer Special, Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH. Until 26 August ★★★★☆ Franco Milazzo

Food review: o Canada

O CANADA: Back for another three-day run in Mayfair, it's the second stint at Little Social for this Canadian lodge-themed pop-up. They've gone all out on the theme — plaid-clad bar staff, decorative warming pans on the walls, antler-shaped chandeliers — modelling it on the cabanes à sucre of eastern Canada. Cocktails are on-theme without being cheesy: the Maple Leaf Old Fashioneds laced lightly with syrup rather than thick with it, along with some well-chosen Canadian beers and wine. Our starters — crab and lardo on brioche, and a pea soup with ham hock and a slow-cooked egg spilling yolk into it — are hearty and elegant, rich without being one-note. Main courses lean towards simplicity and buckling-down-for-the-winter heft, like the tartiere — a piggy, mashed potato-topped pie. Better to think of this as a cheerful, irreverent riffing on Canadian ingredients — and decor — rather than a fervent homage to Canada on London soil. Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, W1S 1NE, making quarterly appearances and open till 9 August for this run ★★★★★ Lydia Manch

Good cause of the day: mazi mas picnic

Mazí Mas is a roaming restaurant and social enterprise dedicated to supporting migrant and refugee women. On Wednesdays until 23 August, they are co-hosting picnics with different community organisations from across London. Each week, inspirational projects and grass roots organisations will share their stories and 'recipes' for creating meaningful social change and sustaining resilient communities. Each purchase of the food they prepare for the picnic helps to support the members of their organisation. Serpentine Pavilion (Kensington Gardens), free, just turn up, 1pm

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The Science of Psychedelics



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Lecture: How to Look After Your Brain



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Ex MI5 Agent Talks Russian Hacking



Since the election of Donald Trump, claims of Russian hacking have become widespread. The evidence for them isn't concrete, so why and how are these allegations being made? LDN Talks @ Night present MI5 whistleblower Annie Machon, attempting to untangle the truth from the lies. Get tickets