Our pick of five events happening over the next week you won't want to miss...

Drink and Draw

This drop-in life drawing class may be at the Royal Drawing School but all abilities are welcome. Several approaches to life drawing will be considered in this weekly class, with different models each time. The class fee includes free beer and wine throughout the evening.

Duke Street, 388-396 Oxford Street, W1C 1JU, every Friday until March 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm. Details: royaldrawingschool.org

Films at JW3

The community centre will be screening a selection of independent films including a highly personal documentary about Jewish film director Howard Brookner, made by his nephew (Jan 20) and another documentary on the conductor Rafael Schächter, who formed a choir in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and gave a defiant performance of Verdi’s Requiem. The film follows conductor Murry Sidlin who, in 2013, brought it back to Theresienstadt (Jan 21).

JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET. Details: 020 7433 8988

The Big Craft Swish

Crafting uses a lot of materials, but a lot of materials often go unused. To help minimise waste this event invites you to bring your unwanted bit and bobs which somebody else could use, in return you can pick up a few things to take away with you. Everybody must bring something, there will then be half an hour to browse and at 3pm you can take whatever you wish.

The Spread Eagle, Albert Street, Camden, NW1 7NB, Sunday, January 22, from 2pm. Details: uk.funzing.com

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The Whalley Range All Stars present this story of valour, in which a knight travels through a forest of forks and a mountain of washing up to then battle a set of snapping teeth which hopes to destroy a cake and the community who reside inside.

artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12 0GA, Sunday, January 22, 11am and 2pm. Details: 020 8369 5454

Inspired by Birds

Peter Holden MBE, the longest serving staff member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), will be giving a talk using illustrations and music from artists and composers who have drawn their inspiration from nature – especially birds. Teaser questions for the event include: Who kept moss in a matchbox to remind him of his homeland as he travelled abroad? How did birds from Asia find their way onto Roman mosaics and why did Rembrandt draw Bird of Paradise without feet?

The Wilberforce Centre, St Paul’s Church, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, NW7 1QU, Tuesday, January 24, 8pm. Details: rspb.org.uk