What’s on for Thursday April 11, 2013

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A guide to what’s on around the area today

DANCE

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.35.

PORTSMOUTH: Drayton Centre, Havant Road (PO6 1PA). 2pm-4.15pm. TPP Dance Club Tea Dance. Ballroom and sequence. Admission: £3.50 (inc tea/coffee). 07989 124 089.

EVENTS

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 10am-midday, 1pm-3pm, 4pm-6pm. Create Your Own MaTShirt. Inspired by our Matisse exhibition? Come along and turn your plain T-shirt into a masterpiece. £2.50 per person. Please book as places limited. 7pm. Meet the Author: June Hampson. Come and meet Gosport-born June and hear about the inspiration behind her books. Admission £3, concs (inc refreshments). (023) 9252 3463.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 10am-midday. Messy Family Fun. Learn new skills, have fun, try out art and craft with a biblical theme, and enjoy lunch together as a family. Details: Alan Lihou, 07591 702 020, messyfamilyfun.tumblr.com.

PORTSMOUTH: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 2pm-4pm. Friendship Club for the over 55s. Different activity each week with a welcoming friendly group. Admission: £2.50 a session. (023) 9278 0500.

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, 42, Kent Street, Portsea. 8pm. Faulty Towers Murder Mystery. Brasil! There’s a dead body in my soup!. Admission: £22 (inc two-course meal). (023) 9273 7370. groundlings.co.uk.

SELBORNE: Gilbert White’s House and Garden, The Wakes, High Street, (GU34 3JH). 10.30am-5.15pm. Wild at White’s Easter Bunny Hunt. Enjoy exploring the 30 acres of garden and parklands, bursting with spring blossom and flowers, whilst hunting for our Easter bunnies. (01420) 511275, gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: St Peter’s Church, Somers Road, Somers Town. 3pm-5pm. Messy Family Fun. Learn new skills, have fun, try out art and craft with a biblical theme, and enjoy a hot meal together as a family. Details: Alan Lihou, 07591 702 020, messyfamilyfun.tumblr.com.

WATERLOOVILLE: St George’s Church Hall, Hambledon Road. 9.30am-11.30am. St George’s Market. Eggs and home made preserves, honey, cards, jewellery, wood craft, craft, cakes, and plants. Coffee and tea available. (023) 9226 4583, stgeorgesnews.org.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by Tony Edsell. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-4pm. Matisse Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-1954. The exhibition features 35 lithographic reproductions of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Teddy Bear Story ... featuring 150 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples of the toy. No Place Like Pompey ... 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. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: History Centre, Second Floor Norrish Central Library, Guildhall Square. 9.30am-6pm. A Tale of One City. Displays about the history of the African Women’s Forum, including artefacts from Cameroon, Ghana and Zanazibar. (023) 9281 9311.

PORTSMOUTH: Mary Rose Story Building, Historic Dockyard. 10am-6pm. Les Miserables Costumes on Display. Featuring 19 costumes and a selection of props from the film.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. Song for Marion (PG); 8pm. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. Starring: Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and Anne Reid. (01428) 642161 for further details.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm-11.15pm. Scholars. Rock. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Tread Steady, 7pm; Eloise Keating, 7.30pm; The High Wire Act, 8pm; Van Laun, 8.30pm; Josh Savage (full band), 9pm; Sidewinder, 9.30pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 10pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong and friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Up-C Down-C. Plus special guests Drexl, and The Divorcee. Admission £3. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. Olu Shola.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. King Charles. Plus special guests Story Books and Giovanna. Admission £10. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Louis Pearl is The Amazing Bubbleman. A show with lots of fun activities. Admission £7, concs. (01329) 223100.

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 11.30am, 2.30pm. Gosport Gang Show. Fast moving musical revue combining the talents of over 100 young members of the Gosport and Fareham Scout and Guide Associations. Admission: £9, matinee; £11 evening. (01329) 231942, fernehamhall.co.uk, gosportgangshow.co.uk.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Cast includes Corrinne Wicks, Tom Butcher, Sarah Thomas and Jim Alexander. Admission: £15-£26.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, West Town. 7.30pm. Andy Capp: The Musical. Presented by Hayling Musical Society and based on the cartoon strip. Admission £10. (023) 9246 6363.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. Hairspray. Starring Mark Benton, Lucy Benjamin, Marcus Collins and Freya Sutton. Admission: £20-£45. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7pm. Guinness World Science. Join our team of presenters in genuine live record attempts by our audience. Suitable for ages seven to 13. Admission £14.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Scorched. A moving, Oscar-nominated thriller with twists and turns, set in war-torn Lebanon, that will keep you guessing to the final denouement. Admission: £9. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

FAREHAM: Catisfield Memorial Hall, Catisfield Lane, Catisfield. 7.30pm. Northern Israel – The teeming streets with streaming treats. Talk by Eric Watson, organised by the Catisfield & District Horticultural Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (01329) 312269 or catisfield.com/CHS.

FAREHAM: Whiteley Primary School, Gull Coppice, Whiteley. 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Whiteley Wags Women’s Institute. Make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy yourself.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Becket Hall, Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Street. 2.45pm. Portsmouth Cathedral Club Meeting. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £3. (023) 9285 1177.

PORTSMOUTH: meet Mountbatten Centre, Twyford Avenue. 2pm. Two/Three Mile Walk with Friends. WFH accredited. All ages and abilities welcome. New walkers please arrive early to register. (023) 9286 3224.

PORTSMOUTH: meet Scott Road car park (off Military Road by The News Centre). 10.30am. Hilsea Lines Walk. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ with its abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: meet Southsea Community Centre, St Paul’s Square, King Street. 10.30am. Two/Three Mile Walk with Friends. WFH accredited. All ages and abilities welcome. New walkers please arrive early to register. (023) 9286 3224.

TOMORROW

CLUBBING

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 8pm-midnight. Secret Society. Featuring DJ Druid, Technikore. (023) 9221 0437.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 10pm. Thunderdome. (023) 9286 3911.

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

COMEDY

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Doug Segal: How To Read Minds and Influence People. Everyone who sees this show will leave with an amazing mind trick they can do with their friends. Admission £8, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Wedge Comedy Club. Featuring Joel Dommett, Suzi Ruffell and Adam Bloom. Compére Dinga. Followed by It’s A Sin till late. Admission: £8 (£6 NUS). (023) 9286 3911.

EVENTS

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Methodist Church and Pastoral Centre, 19, High Street. (PO10 7AQ). 1pm-3.30pm. Emsworth Arts and Crafts Market. Come and browse the many arts and crafts made by local people. 07812 938 719.

HORNDEAN: Butser Ancient Farm (Chalton/ Clanfield turnoff on A3). 1.30pm-3.30pm. May Day Preparations. May pole dancing and creative activities for children. (023) 9259 8838, or butserancientfarm.co.uk.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 10am-midday. Messy Family Fun. Learn new skills, have fun, try out art and craft with a biblical theme, and enjoy lunch together as a family. Details: Alan Lihou, 07591 702 020, messyfamilyfun.tumblr.com.

PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 6pm-9.20pm. Reiki Therapy, Metamorphic Technique and Indian Head Massage. Drop-in therapy session, no appointment necessary. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Admission: £5-£8.

SELBORNE: Gilbert White’s House and Garden, The Wakes, High Street, (GU34 3JH). 10.30am-5.15pm. Wild at White’s Easter Bunny Hunt. Enjoy exploring the 30 acres of garden and parklands, bursting with spring blossom and flowers, whilst hunting for our Easter bunnies. (01420) 511275, gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: St Peter’s Church, Somers Road, Somers Town. 3pm-5pm. Messy Family Fun. Learn new skills, have fun, try out art and craft with a biblical theme, and enjoy a hot meal together as a family. Details: Alan Lihou, 07591 702 020, messyfamilyfun.tumblr.com.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-4pm. Matisse Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-1954. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Teddy Bear Story. No Place Like Pompey. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth. A Study in Sherlock. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: History Centre, Second Floor Norrish Central Library, Guildhall Square. 9.30am-5pm. A Tale of One City. Displays about the history of the African Women’s Forum, including artefacts from Cameroon, Ghana and Zanazibar. (023) 9281 9311.

PORTSMOUTH: Mary Rose Story Building, Historic Dockyard. 10am-6pm. Les Miserables Costumes on Display. Featuring 19 costumes and a selection of props from the film.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. Song for Marion (PG); 8pm. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. Starring: Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and Anne Reid. (01428) 642161 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: No 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Historic Dockyard. To The Wonder (12A); 7pm. USA, 2012. Directed by Terrence Malick. Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem. Admission £7.50, concs. 07435 029 408, no6cinema.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA: The Portsmouth Film Society, Havelock Community Centre, 324, Fawcett Road. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG), midday. US, 2012. The New York Zoo escapees are chased across Europe. To hide out, they join the circus. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (12A), 2pm; UK, 2012. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked. (023) 9229 1346, portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk.

GIGS

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. Daryl Kellie. Admission £8. (01420) 472 664.

FAREHAM: Hill Park MWM Club. Sam Johns Appeal Charity Night.

HAVANT: Wheelwright Arms, Emsworth Road. 9pm. Rock A Toons. Rock covers band.

LAVANT: Memorial Hall. 8pm. Chichester Country Music Club Concert. Featuring Smokey Mountain Boys. Admission: £5. (01243) 527966, 787008, or (01489) 896323.

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm. The Targets. Mod tribute band. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Kitsch N D’Or Restaurant, 37, Eldon Street. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Sweet ’n’ Hot. Jazz duo (vocal and piano). (023) 9286 1519.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 8.30pm. Spike’s Legendary Classic Vinyl Rock Roadshow. rmatavern.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Monkey Waiters. All welcome.

SOUTHSEA: The Golden Eagle, Delamere Road. Doghouse. Rock/party band. (023) 9282 1658.

WICKHAM: The Kings Head, The Square. 9pm. This Way Up. (01329) 832123.

STAGE

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 8pm. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Cast includes Corrinne Wicks, Tom Butcher, Sarah Thomas and Jim Alexander. Admission: £15-£26.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, West Town. 7.30pm. Andy Capp: The Musical. Presented by Hayling Musical Society and based on the cartoon strip. Admission £10. (023) 9246 6363.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.30pm. Hairspray. Starring Mark Benton, Lucy Benjamin, Marcus Collins and Freya Sutton. Admission: £20-£45. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. AC/DC UK. They look like them, they sound like them, and they generate the rock and roll atmosphere of AC/DC live in concert. Admission £17.50. (023) 9282 8282.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Scorched. A moving, Oscar-nominated thriller with twists and turns, set in war-torn Lebanon, that will keep you guessing to the final denouement. Admission: £11. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 8pm. An Audience with Jonathan Miller. Admission £18, concs. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.