What’s on for Thursday October 11, 2012

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A guide to what’s on today.

CLUBBING

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. Milk Student Night. Featuring: house, dub step, dnd, classics. (023) 9221 0437.

COMEDY

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Jenny Eclair: Eclairious. Jenny’s new stand-up show. Admission £17.50. (01329) 223100.

CONCERTS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Live! Featuring Sam Gladstone, Portsmouth Grammar School (organ). Admission: £2.50, concs. (023) 9282 3399.

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 7.30pm. Royal Marine School of Music Concert. A concert held by the Royal Marine School of Music at the church. The second of their 2012-13 season of concerts at St Mary’s.

DANCING

COSHAM: Cosham Conservative Club, Spur Road. 7.30pm for 8pm-11pm. Club-50 Disco. Golden oldies and disco classics. With Pete Travers. All welcome. Admission: £4 members, £5 guests. (023) 9225 1958 or club-50.co.uk.

EVENTS

PORTSMOUTH: Anchorage Lodge, Sywell Crescent, Anchorage Park. 9.30am-11.30am. 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. With lots of different activities each week. Admission: £2.50. (023) 9278 0500.

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, Curzon Howe Road, Portsea. 8pm. Twisted Expectations Murder Mystery. Enjoy your meal and pick the brains of the cast to solve a terrible murder in Victorian London. Admission £18.50 (inc two-course meal). Fancy dress available to hire. (023) 9273 7370, groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 4.30pm-6.30pm. Paper Crafting. Inspire, create and have fun! Admission £12. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by a group named Aspire in various media and genre. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road (PO12 1NS). 10am-4pm. A Family Perspective: the Art of the Snapes in Gosport. A rare chance to see the fine sketches by the Snape family alongside oils and well-known watercolours. (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road (PO12 2AS). 10am-5.30pm. Horrible Science of Submarines. Subs are cool and exciting ... subs are horrible and scary ... (023) 9251 0354, submarine-museum.co.uk.

PETERSFIELD: Flora Twort Gallery, Church Path. Exhibition of Recent Works. A variety of recent works by local artist Joan Mullins. (01730) 260756.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Portraits and Landscapes: Rediscovering Richard Ubsdell ... marking the bicentenary of this local artist. A Tale of One City ... exploring the links between Charles Dickens and life in Portsmouth today. 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.

PORTSMOUTH: Norrish Central Library, Guildhall Square. Library hours. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Work by artist Des Kilfeather.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm. The Gutter Brothers. Skiffle. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall Café, Guildhall Square. 8pm doors for 8.30pm. Live Lounge. Featuring Barb Jungr, Ian Shaw and John Etheridge. Admission £12; students £10. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Glen Malo, 7pm; Mike Keating, 7.30pm; Matt Jarvis, 8pm; King Sized Robots, 8.30pm; Jinder, 9pm-10pm; Matt Savage (comedian), 10.15pm; Shuggadaddi, 10.30pm; Jay Groovara, 11.30pm-midnight. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong and friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Brook, 466, Portswood Road. 8pm doors. Y&T. Plus: The Jokers. Admission: £16 advance, £18 door. (023) 8055 5366.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road. 9pm. Helen.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Palm Reader. Plus: Baby Godzilla. Admission £3. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. The Manfreds: 50th Anniversary. Featuring Paul Jones, Mike d’Abo, Mike Hugg, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie. Admission £20-£32.50. (023) 9282 8282.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Dan Le Sac. Plus special guests: Benin City; and Sarah Williams White. Admission £9. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. Noël Coward’s Private Lives. Starring Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens. Admission: £29.50. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 1.45pm, 8pm. Wonderful Day. A celebration of the glamorous life of Doris Day, presented by Double Sharp Productions. Admission 1.45pm, £6.75; 7.30pm, £9.90-£11, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

HEDGE END: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane (SO30 4EJ). 7pm. Bloom. A play about 100 years of garden history, presented by Forest Forge. Admission £10, concs. (01489) 799499, theberrytheatre.co.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 8pm. American Idiot. Musical based on Green Day’s Grammy award-winning album. Admission: £16.50-£34.50. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Great Expectations. A wonderful evening’s entertainment for all the family to celebrate Charles Dickens 200th anniversary year. Admission: £11. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 8pm. There Is Hope. Presented by the Rosie Kay Dance Company. Admission £16.50, concs. Pre-show discussion, 6.15pm (please reserve your place). (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

WALKS & TALKS

FAREHAM: Catisfield Memorial Hall, Catisfield Lane, Catisfield. 7.30pm. Nepal: A Plant Hunters Trek. Illustrated talk by Jim Love, organised by the Catisfield & District Horticultural Society. Visitors and new members welcome. (01329) 312269 or catisfield.com/CHS.

FAREHAM: Whiteley Primary School, Gull Coppice, Whiteley. 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Whiteley Wags Women’s Institute. Make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy yourself.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm-9pm. The Chasseurs Britanniques: a foreign regiment in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Talk by author Alistair Nichols. Admission £3, concs. (023) 9252 3463.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Becket Hall, Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Street. 2.45pm. The Queen Bee and Her Subjects. Presentation by Roy Godfrey, organised by the Portsmouth Cathedral Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £3. (023) 9285 1177.

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.