A mean time in Greenwich

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Greenwich may be notorious as London's prettiest smog basin, but it also plays host to the annual Greenwich Festival, an eclectic mix of the arts that looks good enough to entice anyone who can't face going up to Edinburgh. Take the kids down to the opening celebrations tonight (Cutty Sark Gardens, 7pm) and gawp at Brazilian percussionists, street theatre, jazz and fireworks. Tomorrow sees Dolores Keane, the Irish singer, drop in (Blackheath Concert Halls, 8pm) and there's a rare chance to see the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama (Albany Theatre, Deptford, Sat 3-Sun 4 Jun). They can also marvel at A Great Day in Harlem, Jean Bach's phenomenal jazz film (Greenwich cinema, weekends from tomorrow). Word-lovers also get festival fare, in the form of Whitbread prize-winning author and poet Fred D'Aguiar, who MCs a Poetry Jam (University of Greenwich Students' Union, 8pm Wed 7 Jun), while architect Richard Rogers gives the inaugural Festival Millenium Lecture, on his vision for the future of London (Queen's House, 7pm Thur 8 Jun). Theatre highlight is the world premiere of Ken Campbell's Window of Opportunity, in which the strange man wonders about science (Albany Theatre, Deptford, 8pm Wed 7 Jun). Later on, classical music events include Emma Kirkby singing Mozart with the Academy of Ancient Music (Royal Naval College Chapel, 7.30pm 14 Jun), and the traditional festival finale, Purcell with Picnic. King Arthur, with an extended interval for alfresco nosh - like Glyndebourne without the penguin suits (St Alfege Church, 6.30pm Sun 18 Jun).

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