Talks in London Friday 23 March

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Dino Snores — Sleep over at the Natural History Museum23 MarchHave you ever seen the movie “Night At The Museum”? Well… now’s your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called “Revenge of the Minibeasts”.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition23 MarchYayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

All New People23 March“All New People” tells the story of Charlie, who has retreated to Long Beach Island for the winter. With his life in a rut, his little hideaway escape plan is ruined a motley parade of misfits who turn up and darken the mood. What will a fireman, a beauty queen, and a Brit estate agent do cooped up in a beach house?

“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre23 March“She Stoops To Conquer” tells the story of Hardcastle, who’s trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend’s son. But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes, and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper, and his daughter is a barmaid.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern23 MarchAlighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century. As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps, pens and magazine covers. Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries.

Lang Lang, playing the Beethoven Concerto Cycle23 MarchWorld reknowned pianist Lang Lang will be performing the first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London, alongside conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons23 MarchThe Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch’s image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory23 MarchHampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich — it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don’t even have to book.

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude23 MarchJ W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude’s landscapes. Two of Turner’s most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.

Simon Callow in “Being Shakespeare”23 MarchBack by popular demand, Simon Callow will be reprising his celebration of the world’s most famous playwright in “Being Shakespeare”. This magnificent one-man show brings to life the Bard by interweaving his most popular plays into a “greatest hits” whole, populating it with his most loved and most reviled characters.

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music23 MarchJoin Maria, the nuns, the dashing Captain and his gaggle of singing kids in Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a Julie Andrews inspired frenzy, and fancy dress is encouraged. There’s even a competition for the best-dressed nun/nazi/Von Trapp kid!

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace23 MarchStrolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the “Changing of the Guard” is one of the must-do events in everyone’s itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London23 MarchThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘David Copperfield’ will bring to life the author’s world.

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