What’s on for Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015

SHORT STORY FOR THE WEEKEND: Red Noir by Richard Salsbury

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What’s on around the area this weekend

SATURDAY

CONCERT

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 7.30pm. University of Portsmouth Choir. The choir will present an all Puccini programme including his Gloria, operatic arias and the Preludio Sinfonico. Tickets: £12, £10 & £8 concessions. Box Office: (023) 9284 3023.

PORTSMOUTH: Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, College Road, HM Naval Base, PO1 3LJ. Music event. For further information or to book tickets contact (023) 9289 3338, email events@pnbpt.co.uk or visit actionstations.org

DANCING

PORTCHESTER: Parish Hall,Assheton Court, off Castle Street. 7-9pm. Ballroom dance. Admission £3.50, including tea and cake. Contact (023) 9235 1162 for more.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. 7.30pm-11pm. 50-50 dance: 78 Club. Admission £6 for members, £7 for non members.

EVENTS

COSHAM: St Philip’s Church hall, Hawthorn Crescent. 11am-2pm. Table top sale. Refreshments available with bacon rolls & homemade soup, variety of tables & homemade cakes. Admission 40p. Contact (023) 9237 9278 for further details or to book a table.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 10.15am-11.30am.

Top Banana workshop days. Circus skills including diablo and juggling. Single session £6.25, five sessions £28.75. Call 07944 286278 or email topbananacircus@gmail.com

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-midday. See! Make! Do! Family art sessions run by the participation team alongside artist Letty Clarke. Admission £6 per child. Participants are advised to wear old clothes or bring an overall. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Shakespeare week. Celebrate Shakespeare week and try your hand at writing with a quill pen. Admission free with a valid museum ticket. Contact (023) 9298 6410 for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. They That Are Left. Photographic exhibition by Brian David Stevens showing portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

GOSPORT: Gallery@Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Haslar Hospital – The Splendour and Decline. Haslar stands ready to serve in a new chapter. With the building empty Philip Woolway ARPS photographically captures Haslar in its current state. Admission free.

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. 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 Guildhall, Guildhall Square, south corridor, ground floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. 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. Castle Road: Exhibition. This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between the The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Castle Road features photographs by BA (Hons) photography alumnus Dainius Šciuka, from the ‘Taste the Street’ series, 2013-14. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Diversity: Exhibition. The next in a series of local artists to exhibit in the Guildhall Cafe is Carol Ellen Stickland. Carol is self-taught and explores and experiments with styles and media, ranging from Chinese brush and watercolour to mixed media with collage. Free admission. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information about this exhibition.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Pompey Prints. A rolling exhibition of prints which celebrate Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject, showcasing the work of artists who live locally. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Library, 19-21 Palmerston Road, PO5 3QQ. 9.30am-5pm. Arthur and George Exhibition. A joint exhibition from The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at Portsmouth City Council and the forthcoming ITV production in which Martin Clunes plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Admission free. Contact (023) 9281 9311 or visit conandoylecollection.co.uk for information.

GIGS

BUCKLAND: The Druids Arms, Binsteed Road, Portsmouth. 8.30pm-late. Ken Mayes. 50’s and 60’s music. Admission free.

HAYLING ISLAND: Hayling Billy, 117 Elm Grove, PO11 9ED. 9pm. Rustyn George Band.

PORTSMOUTH: Harvest Home, 106 Copnor Road, PO3 5AN. 9pm. Kneeslider. Live music from a modern rock band.

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Rd, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Spike’s leg-endary classic vinyl rock roadshow. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for more details.

SOUTHSEA: The Pyramids, Clarence Esplanade, PO5 3ST. 7pm. Truffle. Live music from the heavy rock band. Special guests include Siege, Toledo Steel and Kodiak Jack. Tickets £8.25.STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Oliver. Musical by Fareham musical society. Contact 01329 231942 for more details.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road. 7.45pm. Wife After Death. Comedy by Eric Chappell. Performed by HIADS. Contact (023) 9246 6363 for information.

PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 8pm. Hedda Gabbler. Returning from her honeymoon and already bored with her marriage, Hedda finds herself caught between the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Loevborg and the clutches of the predatory Judge Brack. Adult tickets £10, concessions £8. Performed by award winning Groundlings Adult Drama School. Contact (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for information and bookings.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. The Ladykillers. Comedy by Graham Linehan, performed by CCADS. Contact (023) 9282 8282 for information.

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Theatre Hall, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane. 7.30pm doors for 8pm start. Horror at Hadder Hall. Murder mystery evening by Christine Oliphant and the Lee Players. Nibbles provided, bring own drinks. Contact 01329 662128 for more information.

WINCHESTER: Winchester Guildhall, High Street, SO23 9GH. 11.30am-4pm and 6.30pm-11pm. Fifth Winchester real ale & cider festival. One of the three annual beer festivals run by the southern Hampshire CAMRA branch. Tickets £5, £10, £7 and £8 respectively.

SUNDAY

DANCING

FAREHAM: Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL. 1.30-4pm. Tea dance. 50/50 and ballroom/sequence. Admission £3 including tea and biscuits. Large car park.

PORTCHESTER: Parish Hall,Assheton Court, off Castle Street.7-9pm. Ballroom dance. Admission £3.50, including tea and cake. Contact (023) 9235 1162 for more.

EVENTS

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 11.30am-3.30pm. Sunday Gun Firing. The 64-pounder rifled muzzle loading gun on the ground platform will be fired at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-3pm. The Sunday book fair. Browse second hand books. Contact (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Shakespeare week. Celebrate Shakespeare week and try your hand at writing with a quill pen. Admission free with a valid museum ticket. Contact (023) 9298 6410 for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. They That Are Left. Photographic exhibition by Brian David Stevens showing portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Here & There: Vulcan Building. An exhibition of work by members of Aspex artists’ associates. This show, spread across two sites, will feature the work of 16 artists, working in a diverse range of media, styles and scale. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Pompey Prints. A rolling exhibition of prints which celebrate Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject, showcasing the work of artists who live locally. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

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.

GIGS

MILTON: Shepherds Crook, 107 Goldsmith Avenue, PO4 8QZ. 6pm. GlitterBugz.