What’s on for Thursday May 9, 2013

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A guide to what’s on around the area today

COMEDY

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. The Phoenix Theatre Comedy Club. Presented by Blue Murder Comedy Club. Admission £10, concs. (01420) 472 664.

CONCERTS

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

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. Julian Lloyd Webber in concert. Accompanied by Rebecca Ormodia (piano). Admission £20. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

DANCING

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.35. (023) 9226 6177.

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: 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.

FAREHAM: Fareham Library, Osborn Road (PO16 7EN). 9.30am-5pm. Sail and Steam. Recent oil paintings by Richard Ashworth.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Gods Port. Local artist Pete Codling will create a temporary freehand giant charcoal drawing. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

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. Churcher’s College Art Exhibition. Featuring a selection of lower school art work. (01730) 260756.

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.

GIGS

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Larry Garner and The Norman Beaker Band. Blues. Admission £15, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm-11.15pm. Richard Walters. Singer-songwriter. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Isa Bell, 7pm; Lee Coneley, 7.30pm; David Jones, 8pm; Jerry Williams, 8.30pm; Guilded Youth, 9pm; The Bayonettes, 9.30pm; Our Colour Company, 10.15pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 10.45pm. 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. 9pm. The Groovebreakers.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Shaka Tak. The four original members produce a musically dynamic and entertaining show. Admission £17.50-£19.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. New Model Army. Plus special guests Electric River. Admission £16. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7.45pm. The Pyjama Game. Starring Hadley Fraser and Joanna Riding. Admission: £31.50. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. The Trench. Presented by Les Enfants Terribles the production blends live music, puppetry and physical performance. Admission £12.50, concs. (01329) 223100.

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. The Pitmen Painters. By Lee Hall. A humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics. Admission: £20.50-£26.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. 7.30pm. The Railway Children. Presented by Haslemere Thespians. (01428) 642161 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, 42, Kent Street, Portsea. 8pm. Guys and Dolls. Love story set in 1950s New York. Admission: £12, concs (show only); £22.50, concs (inc a two-course meal). (023) 9273 7370. groundlings.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. High Society. Starring Michael Praed, Carolyn Pickles and Teddy Kempner. Admission: £21.50-£36. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre Bar, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. An Evening of Two One-Act Plays: Anorak of Fire by Stephen Dinsdale and Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett. Admission: £9, concs. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

FAREHAM: Catisfield Memorial Hall, Catisfield Lane, Catisfield. 7.30pm. Heavenly Hostas – Their Care and Cultivation. Talk by John Baker, organised by the Catisfield & District Horticultural Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (01329) 312269 or catisfield.com/CHS.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Pop, Politics and Parties – Behind the Scenes at Eurovision. Gordon Lewis has worked at several contests and provides an insight into what really happens behind the scenes. Admission £4, concs. (023) 9252 3463.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Becket Hall, Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Street. 2.45pm. A Day in Iran as a Housewife. Talk by Sandra Simmonds, organised by the Portsmouth Cathedral Club. 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. 07703 443 988.

PORTSMOUTH: The Scout Hall, The Ridings, Hilsea (PO2 0UE). 7pm for 7.30pm-9pm. Tropical Gardens. Talk by Jayne McBride, organised by the Portsmouth Horticultural Society. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £1 members, £2 non-members. All welcome. PoHS.weebly.com.