What’s on for Friday, January 2, 2015

MP gets behind initiative to get children invested in reading

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COMEDY

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Wedge Comedy Club. Featuring Alistair Barrie, Paul McCaffrey and Sean Collins. Compére Dinga. Followed by It’s A Sin until late. Admission: £8 (£6 NUS). (023) 9286 3911.

DANCING

PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Ballroom and sequence with music provided by Brenda &W Sounds. Admission: £3. Call (023) 9242 5331 for more information.

PAULSGROVE: Hillside and Wymering Centre, Cheltenham Road, PO6 3PY. 10.15am-11.15am. Jiggy Wrigglers. Spend time with your little ones learning to have fun with dance. Call (023) 9288 2550 for more information.

EVENTS

PORTSMOUTH: Beddow Library, Milton Road. 9.30am-6pm. Christmas Mini Challenge. A challenge for children to read any three library books between 12 December 2014 and 6 January 2015. To take part children need to update their profile page on the summer reading challenge website with the three books they have read, to receive a virtual badge and secret video as a reward. Register interest with Beddow Library staff. Call (023) 9268 8144.

PORTSMOUTH: On board HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 10am-4.30pm. Hunt The Slipper Family Trail. Free with a valid museum ticket.

PORTSMOUTH: On board HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 10.30am-4.30pm. Family Activity Area. Once the lower deck mess and schoolroom for Warrior’s young officers, Warrior’s Gun Room is now an activity area for children including costumed role-play, toys, games and colouring sheets. Free with a valid museum ticket.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 10pm-2.30pm. It’s A Sin Room 2: Thunderdome. Call (023) 9286 3911 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: The Royal Marines Museum. 11am and 2pm. Get Me Out of Here: Survival in the Arctic. Test your arctic survival skills in a range of winter themed arctic activities. Learn how Royal Marines survive in harsh cold climates, make your own igloo and complete the snow show challenge. Admission free with a valid museum ticket.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 11pm-2.30am. It’s A Sin. With resident DJs Lemon and Spikey Mark. (023) 9286 3911.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Ted Baker, Sue Harvey and David Johnson. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

FAREHAM: Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am – 4pm. Inspired By...Facing-Recovering. This exhibition explores the complex issues injured soldiers face in their transition from military to civilian life. Through drawing, video and words a number of soldiers and veterans share their personal stories and experience of injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in what one veteran described as closure in ‘graphical evidence’. Suitable for over 16’s. Admission free. Call 0113 220 1888 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.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Lest We Forget ... remembering Portsmouth people and the First World War.. No Place LikePompey ... looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth ... devoted to the beautiful game. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Call (023) 9282 7261 or visit portsmouthmuseums.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Lines of Best Fit. Features existing artworks and two site specific drawings; created especially for the Aspex Guildhall space. Both artists have reacted within the limitations set by the space while continuing to expand the definition of ‘drawing’ within their current modes of practice. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/your-visit/aspexguildhall for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits. This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Seven Ages Of Woman, Photography Exhibition by UoP Graduate Tyran Hawthorn. A series of seven photographs, showing the ageing process over time, linked by Tyran to Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’ from ‘As You Like It’. Free admission.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 8.30am-5.30pm. Kroma: Kate Bishop Exhibition. Illustrations from Kroma’s collection of prints created for the home, inspired by Scandinavian living, food and lifestyle as well as Kate’s love of colour. The collection includes both current & past ranges as well as digital and original pieces of artwork. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.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: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Craft Emergency 2014. Craft Emergency winner, Malene Hartmann Rassmussen, will be displaying her work alongside 12 other artists from across the globe. (023) 9277 8080, aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. South Central Group Exhibition. Aspex’s new open submission group exhibition, which seeks to highlight the work of emerging visual artists working in any media in the South of England. A winner will be chosen from this shortlist, who will then be supported by the team at aspex to produce a solo exhibition. Visit aspex.org.uk for more information.

FILMS

PORTSMOUTH: The Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 9.30am and 1pm. Frozen Christmas Party. An afternoon or morning of song, dance and famous faces as the Kings Theatre and Manic Stage Productions bring the best look-a-like characters to the stage for a pre party of fun and games. This will be followed by the movie on the big screen. Tickets £8 for adults, £6 for children and OAPs. For more information call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportmouth.co.uk for more information.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: Fort Cumberland Arms, 125, Eastney Road, Eastney. 8pm-11pm. Jeff Bell. 50s, 60s, country and popular music singer.

PORTSMOUTH: Front Bar, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 8pm-late. Dr Funkenstein. Playing 60s and 70s tracks. Admission free. (023) 9229 6352.

SOUTHSEA: Rosie’s Vineyard, 87, Elm Grove. 8.30pm-11pm. Live Jazz. Featuring: the Milton James Hot Four. (023) 9275 5944.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, Delamere Road. 8.30pm. Spike’s Classic Vinyl Roadshow. (023) 9282 1658.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 2pm and 7pm. 101 Dalmatians. Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of the classic tale. Tickets range from £10-£25. Book online at cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.

PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street. 3pm and 7pm. Cinderella. Family panto performed by a cast of professionals as well as local children. Adult tickets £16, concessions £12, children £10, family £42. Concessions available. Call (023) 9273 7370 for bookings and more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7pm. Aladdin. Antony Costa and Jade Ellis star in this family panto. Tickets from £18.50 to £25.50. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

SOUTHSEA: meet Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade. 10.30am. Seafront Walk. Walk along the promenade. Suitable for all. New walkers to arrive early to register . Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.