What’s on for Friday, February 20, 2015

SHORT STORY FOR THE WEEKEND: Committed by Diane Ashman

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CONCERTS

COSHAM: Cosham Baptist Church. 9.30am-8.30pm. Brass solos. Part of this year’s Portsmouth Music Festival. Visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk for more information.

HAVANT: Park Community School, Middle Park Way. 10am-8pm. Dance. Part of this year’s Portsmouth Music Festival. Visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 9.30am-1pm. Piano. Part of this year’s Portsmouth Music Festival. Visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. Heroes and Superheroes. Pete Harrison and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present an evening of some of the best film scores from the movies. Blockbuster soundtracks include those written by Maurice Jarre, Hans Zimmer, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. Tickets between £14.75-£29.50. To book contact 0844 453 9028 or visit bsolive.co.uk

WATERLOOVILLE: Crookhorn College. 9.30am-8.40pm. Vocal. Part of this year’s Portsmouth Music Festival. Visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk for more information.

DANCING

SOUTHSEA: The Jolly Sailor, PO5 2EU. 8pm. Cuban Club. Learn five styles of latin dance to five styles of latin music. £4 admission with free introductory lesson.

EVENTS

BROCKENHURST: John Montagu Building, Beaulieu. 10.30am-4.30pm. Half term at Beaulieu. A chance to take a close-up look at motoring objects in the National Motor Museum. Hold, handle and investigate motoring artefacts, early motoring clothing and fascinating photos and documents. Call 01590 612345 or visit beaulieu.co.uk for more information.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. Bricks & Mortar. 150 years on, find out more about the Fort’s construction and what life was like for the builders. Activities include; Build The Fort, £3.50 per child, Design a Brick, £2 per child and daily gunfiring, free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. PO12 1BT. 9.30am-3.30pm. Magic School. Local magician Matt Blossom reveals the secrets of magic and how to make things vanish. For children aged between seven and 12. Tickets £27.50. Telephone booking line (023) 9252 3463.

GUNWHARF: Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT. 10am-6pm. Lego: Build a Tower! Families can take part in Lego and Duplo tower building activities. Call (023) 9285 7520 or visit spinnakertower.co.uk for more information.

MILTON:The Beddow Library, Milton Road. 10.30am-12.30pm. Over 50s Social Club Meeting. The chance to meet new people and chat over a cup of tea. £1.50 group subs. Call (023) 9268 8705.

PORTSMOUTH: Hillside and Wymering Centre, Cheltenham Road. 10.30am-12.30pm. Over 60s Youth Club.

PORTSMOUTH: Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade. 11am-3pm. Crafty Commandos. Build boats and landing crafts and then race them to the finish line. Admission free with a valid museum ticket. Call (023) 9298 6413, email info@royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk or visit royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk for information and bookings.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Val Carter, June Cousins and Michael Taylor. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. Light Fever. Photographic exhibition by 16 teenagers from the Portsmouth Autism Support Network. The teenagers have worked with digital artists Butterfly FX to produce this exhibition using light graffiti photographic techniques. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Youth Open Art Competition and Exhibition. The gallery is inviting all young artists to submit original artwork in any medium for selection for the exhibition and a prize. Free admission. Call (023) 9252 3463 for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. These Stories Of Old Stones. Become immersed in and inspired by the long ago world of castles, chivalry, maidens and knights. Though now many of these once grand and imposing sites have fallen into ruins, they hold a fairytale appeal, with crumbling turrets, worn spiral staircases and doors to rooms that no longer exist. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Chris Briden: Street Art. Southampton-based artist Chris has developed a photorealist style after years of working within designated legal graffiti sites. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Wendy’s work is inspired by her love of nature and Jill’s designs are influenced by the simple shapes and clarity of form of the cultures of Ancient Egypt and prehistoric Britain. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, PO1 2LJ. 10am-5pm. A Hard Choice - Stories behind Portsmouth’s Collections of Art and Design.

Curator Rosalinda Hardiman reveals the stories behind the objects and the hidden world of the curator. The exhibition will share her knowledge and joy in museum collections. Fine and decorative art will feature strongly. Admission free. Contact (023) 9283 4779 or visit portsmouthmuseums.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Weighing Anchor: An Artist at Sea On board HMS Argyll and Tireless. A body of work by Jules George depicting the experiences of HMS Argyll and the submarine HMS Tireless on active deployment. Admission free with a valid museum ticket. Contact (023) 9272 7582 for more information about this exhibition.

PORTSMOUTH: Eldon Building, Middle Street, PO1 2DJ. 9am-5pm. Illustrated Menagerie. Illustrations by University of Portsmouth students and alumni. Admission free. Visit port.ac.uk/space for more information.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Surrey, GU27 2AS. 3pm. Paddington. In search of a better life, arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family. Tickets between £4.50 and £8. Contact 01428 642 161 or visit haslemerehall.co.uk for more information.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Surrey, GU27 2AS. 5pm. The Theory Of Everything. Biopic of Stephen Hawking’s life based on Jane Hawkings memoir ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’. Tickets between £4.50 and £8. Contact 01428 642 161 or visit haslemerehall.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 7pm. Exodus: Gods and Kings (12A). Cinematic portrayal of the Old Testament story of Moses and Ramses. Adult tickets £8, £6.50 for students and seniors. Call 074 3502 9408 for more.

GIGS

EMSWORTH: Railway Inn, 95 North St, PO10 7PQ. Force Four. Live music.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. PO12 1BT. 7.30pm. Solent Sunrise Band. Rock ‘n’ roll, country, swing and ballads from the 50s and 80s. Tickets £5. Telephone booking line (023) 9252 3463.

HAVANT: The Curlew, Petersfield Road, PO9 2HU. 9pm. Mafia. Rock covers. Admission free.

PORTSMOUTH: The Milton Arms, 174 Milton Road, PO4 8PR. 6pm-midnight. The Milton Arms Closing Party. Disco, live music, party anthems, live bands and chart tunes. Admission free all night. Children and families welcome until 9pm, over 18s only thereafter.

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, 174 Milton Road, PO4 8PR. 7pm-late. Pompey Punx Collective with special guests Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons and guests. Live bands, punk music. Admission £5. Over 18s only.

PORTSMOUTH: The Auckland Arms, Netley Rd, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. Acoustic Junkfish. Acoustic duo.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain

Inn, The Green, PO9 6AB. Hattrick. 8.45pm-11pm. Contact: (023) 9307 2783.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle. Paparazzi. Mod/pop covers band.

WINCHESTER: Boarhunt Blues Club, Trampers Lane, North Boarhunt. Steve ‘BigMan’ Clayton & the 44’s. Tickets £12.50. Contact (023) 9225 4909.