What’s on for Thursday April 25, 2013

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

CONCERTS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Live! Featuring Portsmouth Grammar School (chamber music and soloists). Admission: £3, concs. (023) 9282 3300.

DANCING

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

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: 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.

EXHIBITIONS

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

HORNDEAN: Pumfrett Room, Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre, Gravel Hill. 9am-4.30pm. A Journey Through the Landscape. Exhibition of paintings by Sharon Hurst, G W Gascoigne and Trevor Glover. (023) 9259 5040, hants.gov.uk/countryside/qecp.htm.

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

PORTCHESTER: Health Centre/Library, West Street. 9.30am-5pm. Memories of Portchester. An exhibition of photographs of Portchester past, organised by the Portchester Civic Society. (023) 9238 2778.

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.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. I Give It A Year (15); 8pm. Romantic comedy directed by Dan Mazer. Starring: Anna Faris, Rose Byrne, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver and Olivia Colman. (01428) 642161 for further details.

GIGS

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. Mike Dawes. Admission £11, concs. (01420) 472 664.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Sasha Mattissen, 7pm; Glen Malo, 7.30pm; Mike Keating, 8pm; Dean Curtis, 8.30pm; Welcome Pariah, 9pm; The James Tiffins Band, 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. Ragdoll.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Martin Stephenson. Admission £10. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. The Pyjama Game. Starring Hadley Fraser and Joanna Riding. Admission: £25.50. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer. One of Ireland’s unsung heroes brought to life in this award-winning, dramatic and humorous solo performance. Admission £12.50, concs. (01329) 223100.

GRAYSHOTT: Village Hall, Headley Road. 7.30pm. Nunsense – The Musical. Presented by Grayshott Stagers. Admission: £11.50. (01428) 605464, grayshottstagers.co.uk.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. Cider with Rosie. A new stage version presented by Gloucestershire’s Everyman Theatre. Admission: £15-£26.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAMBLEDON: Village Hall, West Street. 8pm. Funny Money. Play by Ray Clooney, presented by Hambledon Arts Society Drama Group. (023) 9263 2800.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. Absent Friends. Alan Ayckbourn comedy presented by Bench Theatre. Admission £8, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, 106, London Road. 7.30pm. Good Morning Bill. Presented by Horndean Amateur Theatrical Society. Admission £6. (023) 9278 5800.

SOBERTON: Village Hall, Long Lane (SO32 3PF). 7.30pm. Calendar Girls. A play by Tim Firth, presented by the Soberton Players. Admission £6. (023) 9263 2551.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2ppm, 7.30pm. The Full Monty. A play by Simon Beaufoy, directed by Daniel Evans and starring: Sidney Cole, Kenny Doughty, Craig Gazey, Roger Morlidge, Kieran O’Brien and Simon Rouse. Featuring songs from the film. Admission: £15-£29.50. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Crazy For You. The new Gershwin musical, presented by South Downe Musical Society. Admission £12-£15, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

WALKS & TALKS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road. 1.45pm for 2pm. Haslemere Flower Club Monthly Meeting. Demonstrator Anne Meadows with Dorset Delights. Visitors and new members welcome. nafas.org.uk.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Becket Hall, Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Street. 2.45pm. The Making of the Overlord Embroidery. Talk by Barbara Glancefield, organised by the Portsmouth Cathedral Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £3. (023) 9285 1177.

PORTSMOUTH: Lecture Theatre 1, Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street. 6.55pm for 7pm. Is the Future Nuclear? Talk by Professor Jim Smith, University of Portsmouth, jointly organised by the Portsmouth and District Physical Society and The IET Solent Network. Admission £1.50. (023) 9284 5396, port.ac.uk/physsoc.

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.