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SHOW AND TELL: UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology on Gower Street hosts a lunch lecture by PhD researcher Josephine Msindai, who explains her research on the social structure and conservation of primates around Africa’s Lake Victoria. Free, just turn up, 1pm
EUROPEAN POLICIES: UCL hosts a panel discussion about the new phase of the EU governance and policy-making, following on from the recent European elections. The event is organised by UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources. Free, prebook, 4pm
DIOR, DARLING: Paris-based writer and fashion journalist, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is at the V&A Museum in Kensington to talk about the life of fashion designer Christian Dior, drawing on reminiscences and interviews with Dior’s former employees such as Pierre Cardin. £9/£7, prebook, 6.30pm
DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS: The Charles Dickens Museum in Holborn keeps its doors open late for a Candlelight evening. The historic rooms of Dickens’ home will be decorated for Christmas, with the desk where he wrote many of his novels lit by candlelight, as it would have been in his time. £20, prebook, from 6.40pm (time entry every 20 minutes)
MUSEUM LATE: The Science Museum is also open late tonight, as it is on the last Wednesday of every month. This time the event celebrates the recent opening of the museum’s new gallery about the Information Age — which we visited a while ago. Free, just turn up, from 6.45pm
EAST VS. WEST: Agata Pyzik, author of Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West, is at Housman’s Bookshop in King’s Cross to talk about the book. Marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, she will also be speaking about the continued cultural divide that separates East and West Europe. £3, 7pm
EVOLUTION DEBATE: Join a panel of experts at the Royal Institution to discuss how the environment might drive cultural evolution, what impact culture has on the environment and whether humans are the only species with distinct cultures.£12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm
OPERA CINEMA: The Royal Opera House screens a live production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End (and others across the UK). The romantic comedy follows the story of Nemorino who uses a love potion to seduce Adina, before his intentions are rudely interrupted by another suitor, Sergeant Belcore. Various prices, prebook, 7.15pm
DOCHOUSE: The Institute of Contemporary Art on the Mall hosts a screening of Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary, Maidan. Filmed over 90 days, it portrays Ukraine’s anti-government protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square. Followed by a discussion with Raisa Sidenova a film historian specialising in Soviet documentary film and Joanna Szostek, a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. £11/£8/£7, prebook, 8.20pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Sainsbury’s in Dog Kennel Hill, St Paul’s Centre in Enfield, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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