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COMEDY

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 8pm-11pm. Fosters’ South Coast Comedian of The Year 2014: Heat Five. Hosted by James Alderson and featuring: Ems Coombes, Sean McHaffie, Richard Jones, Tom Latimer, Rob Manifield, Ben Thurston, Sam Beard and Matt McKew. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

CONCERTS

HORNDEAN: Blendworth Centre, Blendworth Lane (PO8 4AA). 7.30pm. Horndean Music Society Concert. Featuring students from South Downs College. All welcome. Admission £7. horndeanmusicsociety.org.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Dream Melodies. Featuring works by Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn. Conductor: Kirill Karabits. Soloist: Pieter Wispelwey (cello). Admission £15-£25. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

DANCING

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.50. (023) 9226 6177.

EVENTS

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-midday. Social Group for the Over 50s. Enjoy a chat over a cup of tea? Want to meet new people? Have the opportunity to try activities? Then come along! Admission £2. (023) 9268 8705.

EXHIBITIONS

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

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Blooming Marvellous: intergenerational community knitted garden. Over 2,500 knitters and crocheters worked with participatory visual artist Pauline Stanley to create the garden. Come and join in to help our garden grow. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: Ground Floor Café, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour (PO6 3EN). 10am-4pm. Stitches to Dye For Embroidery Exhibition. Portsmouth and District Embroiderers Guild have collaborated with Portsmouth Young Embroiderers in putting on this exhibition. (023) 9238 9056.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete ... recollections of the Brutalist structure 10 years after demolition. No Place Like Pompey ... looking at some of the things that make Pompey special. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Admission free. (023) 9283 4779, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Jolly Sailor, 54, Clarence Parade. 8pm. Southsea’s Got Talent! Who will win the £1,000? You?. (023) 9229 5195.

FILMS

PORTSMOUTH: No 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Historic Dockyard. Bodylines (nc); 6pm-6.45pm. Intended to create an artwork and describe a range of movements, the film encompasses an exploration of fluidity in dance and is the amalgamation of five short films. They are the collaboration of an artist, a dancer and the composer of the music for Suzanne. Suzanne (12A); 7pm. France, 2014. Subtitles. Directed by Katell Quillévéré. Starring: Sara Forestier, François Damiens and Adèle Haenel. Admission £7.50, concs. 07435 029 408, no6cinema.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Eldon Screening Room, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Avenue (PO1 2DJ). Romeo & Juliet (PG); 7pm. 2013. Directed by Carlo Carlei. Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Damian Lewis. Admission £6, concs. 07580 715 982, portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk.

GIGS

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm. A Tribute to Cyril Tawney. Join Shep Woolley at his tribute to Gosport-born Cyril Tawney, broadcaster, naval historian and writer of some of the best-loved songs of the folk revival. Please book in advance. Admission £10. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Louise Ferrett, 7pm; Perry and Harry, 7.30pm; Dillon, 8pm; The Folsom, 8.30pm; Decaders, 9pm; Looten Duke, 10.15pm; Foxer, 10.45pm; Kelvin Jones, 11.15pm-midnight. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. James George and Friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Solent Pereformance Showcase. Admission £2. (023) 8022 5612.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Kakatsitsi. Kakatsitsi’s music takes rhythms and chants from the Ghanain tradition and combines them with music from other West African cultures in a modern and accessible way. Admission £13.50, concs. (01329) 223100.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Hometown Sessions. Featuring Mike (The Exits), Jack New and Matt Hometown. Admission £5. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. Stevie. By Hugh Whitemore, a tribute to the life and work of Stevie Smith. Starring Zoë Wanamaker. Admission: £24-£33. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Kakatsitsi. Kakatsitsi’s music takes rhythms and chants from the Ghanain tradition and combines them with music from other West African cultures in a modern and accessible way. Admission £13.50, concs. (01329) 223100.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. 7pm. National Theatre Live: King Lear. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. (01428) 642161 for further details.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. London Suite. Neil Simon’s comedy is presented by Bench Theatre. Admission £8, cons. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. West Side Story. A vibrant stage production of the classic musical. Admission £15-£45, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 7.30pm. Birdsong. A mesmerising story of love and courage, based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks. Admission £21, concs. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

CHICHESTER: 9, North Pallant (PO19 1TJ). 8pm. Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition. Talk by Dr Michael Petry. Admission £8.50, concs. (01243) 774557. pallant.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: meet John Pounds Centre, off Queen Street, Portsea. 10.30am. Slow short walk to Victoria Park. 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.

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 Road. 10.30am. Walking Friends Portsmouth Two-and-a-half Mile Walk. New walkers please arrive early to register. walkingfriendsportsmouth.org.uk.