What’s on for Thursday April 18, 2013

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A guide to what’s on around the area today.

COMEDY

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Shazia Mirza: Cuckooland. Brand new show. Admission £14.50, concs. (01329) 223100.

CONCERTS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Live! Featuring David Price (organ). Admission: £3, concs. (023) 9282 3300.

DANCING

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

EVENTS

CLANFIELD: Petersgate Infant School, Green Lane (PO8 0JU). 2pm. Plant and Jumble Sale. Organised by the Clanfield Gardening Club. All welcome. Volunteers required. clanfieldgardeningclub.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Paulsgrove Community Centre, Marsden Road, Paulsgrove. 1.15pm-2.45pm. Connors Toy Library. For play, friendships, socialising, toy loan, craft and other activities. Admission £2 per family per week.

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: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. Midday. Charity Lunch. A chance to enjoy a light lunch – the money raised will be used to support a charity.

SOUTHSEA: St Jude’s Church, Kent Road. 7pm for 7.30pm. Mother India. Film about life in India through the eyes of the orphan. Details: motherindiafilm.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.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 10am-5pm. Calligraphy in Portsmouth. Exhibition of creative calligraphy by adult education students from Portsmouth College. portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

PETERSFIELD: Flora Twort Gallery, Church Path. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Recent works by local artist Janet Mitchell. Admission free.

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-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.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm-11pm. Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection. Blues, folk. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Ashley Scrace, 7pm; Ben Brookes, 7.30pm; George Wedlake, 8pm; Midnight Wire, 8.30pm; Van Susans, 9pm; Eden, 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: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. Danny and The Dreamtones.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Bromheads. Plus special guests Bellyeyesmile. Admission £8. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Millennium Hall, HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane (PO14 1AS). 7.30pm. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol. Comedy by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, presented by Collingwood RSC. Admission: £6. 07502 037 922.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. Charley’s Aunt. Farce by Brandon Thomas, presented by Creative Cow. Admission: £13-£24.50 concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

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.

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.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 7.30pm. West Side Story. Presented by SJ Theatre Productions. Admission £16, concs. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

GOSPORT: RN Submarine Museum, Haslar Road. 7pm. The History of Fort Blockhouse. Talk by local historian Chris Donnithorne. All welcome. Admission £10. Raising funds for the HMS Alliance Appeal. (023) 9254 5034.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: Methodist Church Hall, High Street. 2pm. Meon Valley Heartstart Group with CPR Instruction. Talk organised by Lee-on-the-Solent Residents Association. All welcome. (023) 9255 1706 or 9255 1303.

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. 07703 443 988.

SOUTHSEA: New Benildus Hall, St John’s College, Grove Road South. 7pm for 7.30pm. St John’s College Politics Society meeting. Lib Dem MP Sir Nick Harvey, will address the society about the experience of working in partnership with another political party. Refreshments available. stjohnscollege.co.uk.