What’s on for Thursday March 21, 2013

The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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

COMEDY

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. Pete Firman: Hoodwinker. With a blend of comedy and magic. Admission £15, concs. (01420) 472 664.

CONCERTS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Live! Featuring Portsmouth Grmmar School Instrumentalists. Admission: £3, concs. portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 7.30pm. Royal Marines School of Music Concert. (023) 9282 2990.

DANCING

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

EVENTS

GOSPORT: Local Studies Centre, High Street. Ancestry Beginners Workshop. Come and learn how to use the library edition of Ancestry so you can start or enhance your family tree. Workshop fee £9. (023) 9252 3463 to book your place.

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.

EXHIBITIONS

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

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-7pm. 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.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Library Gallery, Palmerston Road. 9.30am-8pm. Paintings and Pastels. Exhibition of works by sisters Pam Ashenden and Sylvia Massey.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Glen Malo, 7pm; Matt McGowan, 7.30pm; Cortez, 8pm; The Amnesiacs, 8.30pm; The Modern Fool, 9pm; Mark Vennis and The Different Place Band (drums), 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. 7pm. Jam Warrior Productions present ... Mr Mountain, Western Sand, plus more. Admission £4. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 8pm. Danny and The Dreamtones.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Portsmouth College: An Evening of Music. Admission £5. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Summer Holiday. Musical presented by Fareham Musical Society. Admission £12-£14, concs. (01329) 231942, fernehamhall.co.uk.

GOSPORT: Brunel Theatre, HMS Sultan, Military Road (PO13 9SG). 7.30pm. Guys and Dolls. Performed by Sultan Theatre Group. (023) 9254 2272, 9254 2708.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. 7.30pm. Calamity Jane. Performed by Haslemere Players. (01428) 642161 for further details.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. The Hound of the Baskervilles. Presented by HumDrum. Admission £12.50, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road, West Town. 7.45pm. Kafka’s Dick. A comedy by Alan Bennett, presented by HIADS. Admission £7. (023) 9246 6363.

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7pm-9.30pm. Blossom Alley. Presented by New Apollo and Cop The Needle Productions. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk. 7.30pm. The Trench. Award-winning and critically acclaimed show, presented by Les Enfants Terribles. Admission £12, concs. (023) 9264 9000, newtheatreroyal.com.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.15pm. Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Presented by the Welsh National Opera. Admission: £7.50-£40. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Annie. The latest show from Groundlings Theatre. Admission £9-£13.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Community Centre Theatre, Stubbington Lane (PO14 2PP). 8pm. Calendar Girls. Comedy by Tim Firth, presented by Lee Players. Admission: £8. (01329) 662128.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Laburnum Grove. A thriller or a comedy? By J B Priestley. Admission: £9. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

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.